Ependyma and meninges of the spinal cord of the mouse. A light-and electron-microscopic study.Cell Tissue Res 1981; 220(1):61-72CT
In addition to ependymal epithelial cells, numerous tanycytes are found along the entire central canal of the mouse. These tanycytes are arranged in clusters in the cervical, thoracic and lumbar segments of the spinal cord. In the conus medullaris, tanycytes separate and ensheath bundles of myelinated and unmyelinated axons; their processes take part in the formation of the stratum marginale gliae. In the caudal part of the spinal cord, the ventral wall of the central canal is thin and some areas are reduced to a single-cell thickness. In this region, ependymal cells participate directly in the formation of the stratum marginale gliae. The meninges consist of the intima piae, the pia mater, the arachnoid, a subdural neurothelium and the dura mater. The subarachnoid space appears occluded and opens only around the spinal roots. In the vicinity of the spinal ganglia, the dura mater, the subdural neurothelium and the arachnoid form a cellular reticulum.