Astrocyte-neuron signaling in the brain - Implications for disease

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Studies have demonstrated the existence of bidirectional communication between astrocytes and neurons. Beside the active role of astrocytes in the physiology of the nervous system, recent findings indicate the direct participation of astrocytes in the pathogenesis of some nervous system dysfunctions. In addition to the well-known pathological consequences of disturbances to astrocytes in brain homeostasis, it is recognized that the uncontrolled function or disruption of mechanisms involved in astrocyte-neuron signaling may result in the occurrence of brain diseases. Therefore, astrocytes may be considered as appropriate cellular targets to direct therapeutic approaches for the treatment of several brain diseases.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)619-624
Number of pages6
JournalCurrent Opinion in Investigational Drugs
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 1 2006


  • Astrocyte
  • Brain disease
  • Nervous system
  • Neuron
  • Pathogenesis

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