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on Cerebellar cortical circuitry
Issue of 2019‒01‒06
one paper selected by
Jun Maruta
Mount Sinai Health System


  1. Histochem Cell Biol. 2019 Jan 03.
    Czechowska N, van Rienen A, Lang F, Eiberger B, Baader SL.
      The detailed morphological characterization of single cells was a major breakthrough in neuroscience during the turn of the twentieth century, enabling Ramon y Cajal to postulate the neuron doctrine. Even after 150 years, single cell analysis is an intriguing goal, newly motivated by the finding that autism might be caused by intricate and discreet changes in cerebellar morphology. Besides new single labelling technologies, the Golgi staining technique is still in use due to its whole cell labelling characteristics, its superior contrast performance over other methods and its apparent randomness of staining cells within a whole tissue block. However, the specificity and whole cell labelling of Golgi staining are also disputed controversially, and the method still has a poor reputation for being time consuming and needing high expenditures. We demonstrate here, how a classical Golgi technique can be adapted for staining different cerebellar cell types using a time-saving and efficient protocol, enabling the identification of the detailed morphological characteristics of single cells.
    Keywords:  Bergmann glia; Cerebellum; Dendritic spines; Golgi staining; Granule cells; Purkinje cells
    DOI:  https://doi.org/10.1007/s00418-018-01766-0