Submission Date

7-21-2017

Document Type

Paper- Restricted to Campus Access

Department

Biology

Faculty Mentor

Ellen Dawley

Student Contributor

Jamie Casseus

Comments

Presented during the 19th Annual Summer Fellows Symposium, July 21, 2017 at Ursinus College.

Supported by a Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) grant.

Project Description

A FUTURE project on the species, Ambystoma mexicanum (Axolotls). These organisms are a model for regeneration studies because they regenerate many structures, including the spinal cord. Tail amputations were performed to study the microglial response in the spinal cord. The microglia are the resident immune cells in the central nervous system that respond to injury and can be labeled with tomato lectin in order to study their activity. Past research had been performed using adult axolotls, so in this study age was chosen as the experimental factor. This study will be continued in the following school semester to continue to collect data.

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