Control of brain energy supply by astrocytes.

@article{Nortley2017ControlOB,
  title={Control of brain energy supply by astrocytes.},
  author={Ross Nortley and David Attwell},
  journal={Current opinion in neurobiology},
  year={2017},
  volume={47},
  pages={
          80-85
        }
}
Astrocytes form an anatomical bridge between the vasculature and neuronal synapses. Recent work suggests that they play a key role in regulating brain energy supply by increasing blood flow to regions where neurons are active, and setting the baseline level of blood flow. Controversy persists over whether lactate derived from astrocyte glycolysis is used to power oxidative phosphorylation in neurons, but astrocytes sustain neuronal ATP production by recycling neurotransmitter glutamate that… CONTINUE READING
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