This chapter focuses on astrocytes. In the last fifteen years, the status of astrocytes has changed profoundly from a cell scaffold and metabolic-trophic reservoir offering neurons a necessary, yet only passive, support to a full actor, working in collaboration with other glial cells and with the surrounding neurons by the continuous exchange of chemical messengers including glutamate, a classical neurotransmitter. Astrocytes as neurosecretory cells, stimulus-secretion coupling in astrocytes, and the role of regulated secretion from astrocytes in brain physiology are discussed.
|Title of host publication||Neuroglia|
|Publisher||Oxford University Press|
|ISBN (Print)||9780199865024, 0195152220, 9780195152227|
|Publication status||Published - Sep 1 2013|
- Glial cells
- Neurosecretory cells
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