Probing the Complexities of Astrocyte Calcium Signaling.

  title={Probing the Complexities of Astrocyte Calcium Signaling.},
  author={Eiji Shigetomi and Sandip Patel and Baljit S. Khakh},
  journal={Trends in cell biology},
  volume={26 4},
Astrocytes are abundant glial cells that tile the entire central nervous system and mediate well-established functions for neurons, blood vessels, and other glia. These ubiquitous cells display intracellular Ca(2+) signals, which have been intensely studied for 25 years. Recently, the use of improved methods has unearthed the panoply of astrocyte Ca(2+) signals and a variable landscape of basal Ca(2+) levels. In vivo studies have started to reveal the settings under which astrocytes display… CONTINUE READING