Chapter 8. Oligodendrocytes, Schwann Cells and Myelination

  1. Alexei Verkhratsky1 and
  2. Arthur Butt2

Published Online: 5 SEP 2007

DOI: 10.1002/9780470517796.ch8

Glial Neurobiology: A Textbook

Glial Neurobiology: A Textbook

How to Cite

Verkhratsky, A. and Butt, A. (2007) Oligodendrocytes, Schwann Cells and Myelination, in Glial Neurobiology: A Textbook, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470517796.ch8

Author Information

  1. 1

    University of Manchester, USA

  2. 2

    University of Portsmouth, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 5 SEP 2007
  2. Published Print: 22 JUN 2007

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470015643

Online ISBN: 9780470517796



  • myelinating Schwann cells;
  • ‘nonmyelinating oligodendrocytes’;
  • neural cell adhesion molecule (NCAM);
  • oligodendrocytes, Schwann cells and myelination;
  • perinodal processes - stabilizing axo–glial interactions;
  • Schmidt–Lanterman incisures;
  • multiple system atrophy (MSA);
  • Rho kinase (ROCK) in Schwann cells;
  • NCAM and L1 - negative and positive recognition signals;
  • myelin and action potential propagation


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • The myelin sheath

  • Myelination

  • Myelin and propagation of the action potential