Astroglia

This chapter describes the morphology of the main types of astroglia, and explains how to identify astrocytes in the nervous tissue

2013

Scholarcy highlights

  • This chapter describes the morphology of the main types of astroglia, and explains how to identify astrocytes in the nervous tissue
  • Similar to neurones, are endowed with both ionotropic and metabotropic receptors, and the main classes of glial neurotransmitter receptors are summarised in the chapter
  • Astrocytes express a huge variety of transporters, which are overviewed
  • Astroglial functions can be divided into several important groups, as presented
  • Astrocytes are fully integrated into the brain cellular circuitry and are an indispensable part of neural networks
  • Neurones and astroglia are important for the neural circuitry; their functions are congruent and complementary

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