Quantal Release of Transmitter: Not Only from Neurons but from Aastrocytes as Well?

Andrea Volterra, Jacopo Meldolesi

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNeuroglia
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Print)9780199865024, 0195152220, 9780195152227
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 1 2013

Keywords

  • Astrocytes
  • Brain
  • Glial cells
  • Neurosecretory cells
  • Neurotransmitters

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)
  • Medicine(all)

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