A microwell culture system was developed for analysis of cell movements and interactions during nervous system histogenesis. Cells from trypsinized 7-day-old mouse cerebellum reaggregated within hours into clusters which later developed interconnections consisting of either sheets of migrating cells and cell processes or cables of fiber bundles with cells migrating along their surfaces. Granule cells in several stages of differentiation, basket and/or stellate neurons, some larger neurons, and two types of neuroglial cells were identified in reproducible, nonrandom patterns by scanning and transmission electron microscopy. Axonal and dendritic processes, both with growth cones, and numerous synapses were generated in vitro.

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