Among the most important functions of glial cells are to support neurons and hold them in place; to supply nutrients to neurons; to insulate neurons electrically; to destroy pathogens and remove dead neurons; and to provide guidance cues directing the axons of neurons to their targets.
A very important type of glial cell (oligodendrocytes in the central nervous system, and Schwann cells in the peripheral nervous system) generates layers of a fatty substance called myelin that wraps around axons and provides electrical insulation which allows them to transmit action potentials much more rapidly and efficiently.
In vertebrate species it consists of two main parts, the central nervous system (CNS) and the peripheral nervous system (PNS). The PNS consists mainly of nerves, which are enclosed bundles of the long fibers or axons, that connect the CNS to every other part of the body.
In the insect nervous system, the brain is anatomically divided into the protocerebrum, deutocerebrum, and tritocerebrum.
Immediately behind the brain is the subesophageal ganglion, which is composed of three pairs of fused ganglia.
Typically, each body segment has one ganglion on each side, though some ganglia are fused to form the brain and other large ganglia.
The head segment contains the brain, also known as the supraesophageal ganglion.
A protoplasmic fiber runs from the cell body and branches profusely, with some parts transmitting signals and other parts receiving signals.