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Figure 1
DeMyelination And Axonal Degeneration In Multiple Sclerosis
Axons - DeMyelination

In Panel A:
A normal Myelinated Axon, the Action Potential (dashed arrow) travels, with high velocity and reliability, to the PostSynaptic Neuron.

In Panel B:
Conduction is blocked in (black bar), acutely DeMyelinated Axons.

In Panel C:
Conduction is restored in some chronically DeMyelinated Axons that acquire a higher-than-normal density of Sodium channels.

In Panel D:
Axonal degeneration, by contrast, permanently interrupts Action-Potential propagation.


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