Ultrastructural evidence for increased contact between astrocytes and synapses in rats reared in a complex environment.

@article{Jones1996UltrastructuralEF,
  title={Ultrastructural evidence for increased contact between astrocytes and synapses in rats reared in a complex environment.},
  author={Theresa A. Jones and William T. Greenough},
  journal={Neurobiology of learning and memory},
  year={1996},
  volume={65 1},
  pages={48-56}
}
Rats raised from weaning in a complex environment have an increased number of synapses per neuron in the visual cortex in comparison to animals housed in standard laboratory cages. Previous research has suggested that experience-dependent synaptic changes may be coordinated with changes in astrocytes. The present study used electron microscopy to examine astrocytic processes in the visual cortex of rats raised in a complex environment (EC) or in standard laboratory cages, either individually… CONTINUE READING