Miguel A R Monteiro

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We report the first approach for growth and maintenance of primary astrocytes on a fully controlled environment. For this purpose, cells were immobilized in Cytodex microcarriers and grown in a stirred tank bioreactor. The distribution of astrocytes at the microcarrier surface was visualized using confocal microscopy and glial fibrillary acidic protein(More)
Glutamate metabolism in astrocytes was studied using an experimental setup that simulates the role of neurons (glutamate producers and glutamine consumers) by the addition of glutaminase to the culture medium. Thereby, a steady supply of glutamate was imposed at the expense of glutamine, and the stress intensity was manipulated by changing the glutaminase(More)
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