A newly born neuron generates a single axon and a somatodendritic domain. As it matures, it engages, by way of synapses, a select population of the 20 billion other differentiating neurons in the human central nervous system. The connections that ultimately form are stereotyped and, for the most part, faithfully recapitulated across individuals. This chapter outlines major events in differentiation, highlighting the key cellular events and molecular mechanisms governing the process.
|Title of host publication||Brain Development|
|Subtitle of host publication||Normal Processes and the Effects of Alcohol and Nicotine|
|Publisher||Oxford University Press|
|ISBN (Print)||0195183134, 9780195183139|
|State||Published - 25 May 2006|
- Central nervous system