Glial Cell Markers
Non-neuronal cells located in the central or peripheral nervous system are called glial cells. Glial cells provide structural and metabolic support for neurons. They can be roughly divided into large glial cells and small glial cells. There are five main categories of macroglia: astrocytes, myeloid glial cells (including oligodendrocytes (OL) in CNS and Schwann cells in PNS), NG2-glial, ependymal cells and radial glial.
The function of glial cells includes:
- Support and nourish the cells of the brain
- Maintain extracellular ion balance and assist endothelial cells to maintain the blood-brain barrier
- Responsible for the production and long-term maintenance of myelin in the central nervous system to insulate neuronal axons and promote the propagation of action potentials
- Regulate the repair of neurons
- Eliminate pathogens
- Remove dead neurons
- Provide oxygen and nutrients to neurons
Glial cells express unique sets of transcription factors, enzymes, cytoskeletal proteins and receptors. Studies on complex glial cell types and cell structures require a variety of life science research products. Creative Biolabs has been committed to developing the most advanced reagents to assist neurobiological research. Based on different glial cell markers, we provide a series of scientific research products for glial cell structure research, including monoclonal antibodies, polyclonal antibodies, labeled antibodies, proteins, analytical kits, and small molecule activators and inhibitors.
With our easy-to-use guide below, make sure you choose the best cell marker tools for your research needs.