Extracellular matrix and neuronal movement

Experientia. 1990 Sep 15;46(9):900-7. doi: 10.1007/BF01939382.


During brain development, both neuronal migration and axon guidance are influenced by extracellular matrix molecules present in the environment of the migrating neuronal cell bodies and nerve fibers. Glial laminin is an extracellular matrix protein which these early brain cells preferentially attach to. Extracellular glycosaminoglycans are suggested to function in restricting neuronal cell bodies and axons from certain brain areas. Since laminin is deposited along the radial glial fibers and along the developing nerve pathways in punctate form, the punctate assemblies may be one of the key factors in routing the developing neurons in vivo. This review discusses the role of laminin in neuronal movement given the present concept of the extracellular matrix molecules and their proposed interactions.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Axons / physiology
  • Basement Membrane / metabolism
  • Brain / cytology
  • Brain / embryology
  • Brain / growth & development*
  • Cell Movement*
  • Extracellular Matrix Proteins / physiology*
  • Humans
  • Laminin / genetics
  • Laminin / physiology
  • Neurons / cytology*


  • Extracellular Matrix Proteins
  • Laminin