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Neurosci Lett. 2012 May 16;516(2):265-9. doi: 10.1016/j.neulet.2012.04.006. Epub 2012 Apr 7.

Telocytes in meninges and choroid plexus.

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Department of Neurology, University Hospital, Carol Davila Medical University, Bucharest, Romania.


Telocytes (TCs) are a recently identified type of interstitial cells present in a wide variety of organs in humans and mammals ( They are characterized by a small cell body, but extremely long cell processes - telopodes (Tp), and a specific phenotype. TCs establish close contacts with blood capillaries, nerve fibers and stem cells. We report here identification of TCs by electron microscopy and immunofluorescence in rat meninges and choroid plexus/subventricular zone, in the vicinity of putative stem cells. The presence of TCs in brain areas involved in adult neurogenesis might indicate that they have a role in modulation of neural stem cell fate.

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