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Purkinje Neurons and Glia of Rat Cerebellum

Specimen: Double fluorescent labeled thin sectionTechnique: Two-Photon MicroscopyPurkinje neurons are some of the largest and most complex cells in the mammalian brain, possessing diameters almost as large as a human hair. Each of the cells exhibits an abundance of very active dendrites and is capable of receiving input from over 200,000 other cells. Yet, Purkinje neurons are the lone source of output from the cerebellum’s cortex. Their primary function is believed to be inhibitory, selectively suppressing and limiting excitatory impulses from other cells and crafting them into a coherent message that the rest of the brain can understand.

Purkinje Neurons and Glia of Rat Cerebellum


Specimen: Double fluorescent labeled thin section
Technique: Two-Photon Microscopy

Purkinje neurons are some of the largest and most complex cells in the mammalian brain, possessing diameters almost as large as a human hair. Each of the cells exhibits an abundance of very active dendrites and is capable of receiving input from over 200,000 other cells. Yet, Purkinje neurons are the lone source of output from the cerebellum’s cortex. Their primary function is believed to be inhibitory, selectively suppressing and limiting excitatory impulses from other cells and crafting them into a coherent message that the rest of the brain can understand.

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