Neuron-glia interaction in the insect nervous system

Curr Opin Neurobiol. 2005 Feb;15(1):34-9. doi: 10.1016/j.conb.2005.01.007.


In all complex organisms, glial cells are pivotal for neuronal development and function. Insects are characterized by having only a small number of these cells, which nevertheless display a remarkable molecular diversity. An intricate relationship between neurons and glia is initially required for glial migration and during axonal patterning. Recent data suggest that in organisms such as Drosophila, a prime role of glial cells lies in setting boundaries to guide and constrain axonal growth.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Cell Adhesion Molecules, Neuron-Glia / physiology*
  • Cell Communication / physiology*
  • Insecta / cytology*
  • Insecta / physiology
  • Nervous System / cytology
  • Nervous System / growth & development
  • Neuroglia / cytology*
  • Neuroglia / physiology
  • Neurons / cytology*
  • Neurons / physiology


  • Cell Adhesion Molecules, Neuron-Glia