Author(s)

Jeremy Guggenheim

Graduation Year

2011

Date of Thesis Acceptance

Fall 5-11-2011

Major Department or Program

Biology

Advisor(s)

Kate Jackson

Abstract

This thesis examines the effects of astrocytes on dendritic development by way of a long standing in vitro model. Research conducted for this thesis showed that physical contact with astrocytes minimizes dendritic growth as measured by Sholl ring analysis, but simultaneously seems to promote branching as measured by branch analysis. This thesis places these findings in the broader context of contemporary astrocyte research, in particular by striving to explain how the findings are compatible with the current understanding of astrocytes in the developing brain.

Page Count

28

Subject Headings

Astrocytes, Dendrites, Synapses, Whitman College 2011 -- Dissertation collection -- Biology Department

Permanent URL

http://hdl.handle.net/10349/1021

Document Type

Public Accessible Thesis

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