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Dev Biol. 2008 Jun 1;318(1):102-11. doi: 10.1016/j.ydbio.2008.03.012. Epub 2008 Mar 20.

Pursuing a 'turning point' in growth cone research.

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  • 1Department of Biological Sciences, Brock University, 500 Glenridge Avenue, St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada L2S 3A1.


Growth cones are highly motile structures found at the leading edge of developing and regenerating nerve processes. Their role in axonal pathfinding has been well established and many guidance cues that influence growth cone behavior have now been identified. Many studies are now providing insights into the transduction and integration of signals in the growth cone, though a full understanding of growth cone behavior still eludes us. This review focuses on recent studies adding to the growing body of literature on growth cone behavior, focusing particularly on the level of autonomy the growth cone possesses and the role of local protein synthesis.

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