Communication between astrocytes and neurons: a complex language.

  title={Communication between astrocytes and neurons: a complex language.},
  author={Gertrudis Perea and Alfonso Araque},
  journal={Journal of physiology, Paris},
  volume={96 3-4},
In recent years, accumulating evidence suggests the existence of bidirectional communication between astrocytes and neurons, indicating an important active role of astrocytes in the physiology of the nervous system. As a consequence of this evidence, a new concept of the synaptic physiology--"the tripartite synapse"--has been proposed, in which the synapse is formed by three functional elements, i.e. the pre- and postsynaptic elements and the surrounding astrocytes. In the present article we… CONTINUE READING

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