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The Vertebrate Trait Ontology (VT) is being developed as a collaborative effort between the Rat Genome Database at the Medical College of Wisconsin (RGD,, Mouse Genome Informatics at the Jackson Laboratory ( and the Animal QTL database at Iowa State University ( For more information about this vocabulary, or to request additions or changes, please contact us (

Term:microglial cell physiology trait
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Accession:VT:0003691 term browser browse the term
Definition:Any measurable or observable characteristic related to the function of or processes in the small, migratory, phagocytic, interstitial cells derived from myeloid progenitor cells and found in the parenchyma of the central nervous system; microglia are scavengers, engulfing dead cells and other debris, and in Alzheimer's disease, microglia are found associated with dying nerve cells and amyloid plaques.

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  vertebrate trait 2385
    organ system trait 1554
      nervous/sensory system trait 117
        nervous system physiology trait 9
          glia physiology trait 0
            microglial cell physiology trait 0
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  vertebrate trait 2385
    organ system trait 1554
      hemolymphoid system trait 29
        hemolymphoid system physiology trait 3
          hematopoietic system physiology trait 3
            blood cell physiology trait 3
              leukocyte physiology trait 2
                macrophage physiology trait 1
                  microglial cell physiology trait 0
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