Axonal transport: Function and mechanisms Chapter uri icon


MeSH Major

  • Curriculum
  • Education, Medical, Undergraduate
  • Neurology
  • Schools, Medical
  • Students, Medical


  • © 1995 by Oxford University Press, Inc. All rights reserved.This chapter presents an overview of axonal transport. Axonal transport comprises at least two kinds of movement, broadly distinguished as "fast" and "slow" transport. Fast transport is dedicated to the movement of organelles, anterograde transport being responsible for their movement from the cell body toward the axon terminals and retrograde transport operating in the reverse direction. Organelle movement in either direction can attain instantaneous velocities of several microns per second. Slow transport conveys cytoskeletal and cytoplasmic proteins and advances at a rate of no more than a few microns per minute.

publication date

  • May 2009



  • Book Chapter


Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195082937.003.0009