Astrocytic neuroglial cell (astrocyte) from the central nervous system (growing on the ciliated epithelial surface of the 3rd ventricle), coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM). Astrocytes (also known as astroglia) are a type of neuroglial cell that provides support functions in the central nervous tissue and spinal cord. They perform a variety of tasks, from axon guidance and synaptic support, to the control of the blood brain barrier and blood flow. Magnification: x330 when shortest axis printed at 25 millimetres.
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