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The Many Emerging Roles of Astrocytes

Astrocytes, the star-shaped glial cells in the brain, were long believed to play only supportive roles to the electrically active neurons involved in information processing in the brain. The past few decades, however, have seen an explosion of interest in and research on these cells. Scientists have unearthed an increasing number of functions for astrocytes [...]
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Astrocytes affect brain's information signaling, research finds

Academics / General Science : Science Daily (4 years ago)

Astrocytes are the most common type of cell in the brain and play an important role in the function of neurons -- nerve cells. New research from Sweden shows that they are also directly involved in the regulation of signaling betwee... Read Post

Study Finds A New Culprit For Epileptic Seizures - Discovery That Some Seizures Arise In Glial Cells Could Offer New Targets For Epilepsy Treatment.

Health : Medical News Today (2 years ago)

Epileptic seizures occur when neurons in the brain become excessively active. However, a new study from MIT neuroscientists suggests that some seizures may originate in non-neuronal cells known as glia, which were long believed to p... Read Post

Astrocytes Appear To Play An Important Role In Brain Tumors

Health : Medical News Today (3 years ago)

A special group of glial cells which have the form of stars and are therefore called astroglial cells or astrocytes, seem to play a crucial role in brain tumor development and dissemination. This was pointed out by Dr. Florian Siebz... Read Post


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