Basal synaptic transmission: Astrocytes rule!

Marta Navarrete, Alfonso Araque

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In this issue, Panatier et al. (2011) show that astrocytes detect synaptic activity induced by single action potentials and upregulate basal synaptic transmission through calcium-dependent mechanisms and purinergic signaling. These results demonstrate the relevance of astrocyte calcium in neurophysiology and confirm that astrocytes are actively involved in synaptic function.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)675-677
Number of pages3
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 2 2011


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