Taken together, these observations offer direct evidence that this germinal region is not only organized differently but contains cells with astrocytic characteristics that function as neural stem cells. Considering the size of the human lateral ventricular system, this work suggests that a substantial number of neural stem cells exist in the adult brain throughout life. Understanding the organization of the adult human SVZ represents a necessary first step in understanding the cellular proliferation, precursor migration, and neurogenic niche of the largest known germinal region in the adult human brain-a foundation on which to develop novel neuroregenerative therapies.
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- Clinical Neurology