Astrocytes: multitalented stars of the central nervous system.

  title={Astrocytes: multitalented stars of the central nervous system.},
  author={Bruce R Ransom and Christopher B Ransom},
  journal={Methods in molecular biology},
Astrocytes contribute to virtually every aspect of brain function, including ionic homeostasis, energy metabolism, and synaptic signaling. The varied and important roles of astrocytes have evolved to allow increasingly complex nervous systems to operate efficiently and with high fidelity. For example, astrocytes figure prominently in glutamatergic synaptic transmission, an elemental event of brain function: high-affinity glutamate uptake into astrocytes improves the temporal and spatial… CONTINUE READING

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