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Cell proliferation in the repairing adult insect central nervous system: incorporation of the thymidine analogue 5-bromo-2-deoxyuridine in vivo
P.J. Smith, E.A. Howes, J.E. Treherne


Uptake of the thymidine analogue 5-bromo-2-deoxyuridine into non-neuronal cells of the insect central nervous system has been examined following a controlled lesioning of the glial elements. The pattern of BUdR labelling along the penultimate abdominal connective was examined over a period of 17 days. Cell proliferation occurred in and immediately around the site of damage in both perineurial and subperineurial glial cells but at different times post-lesion for the two regions. Proliferation in the perineurial zone was maximal at 6–8 days post-lesion but continued for at least 17 days. Subperineurial proliferation was less dramatic and peaked between days 8–11 post-lesion. In both areas division appears to be confined to the reactive glial cells. These results are discussed in the context of past research on this system, particularly with regard to the restoration of the blood-brain barrier.