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Cajal-Retzius Cell

  • Published6 Nov 2020
  • Author Calli McMurray
  • Source BrainFacts/SfN

Acting as project managers, Cajal-Retzius cells guide young neurons to their permanent homes in the brain. But they don’t stick around for long — they die soon after birth, once their work is done.

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Image "Optogenetic Activation of Cajal-Retzius Cells" by Quattrocolo et al., 2014, JNeurosci, 34 (39) 13018-13032



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Soriano, E., & del Río, J. A. (2005). The Cells of Cajal-Retzius: Still a Mystery One Century After. Neuron, 46(3), 389–394. doi: 10.1016/j.neuron.2005.04.019

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