Astrocytes

New Substance to Suppress Neuroinflammation

Moscow, Russia — Biologists from RUDN University confirmed that a well-known spasmolytic drug called hymecromone can suppress the inflammatory response in astrocytes, important glial cells of the central...

Epilepsy Research Focused on Astrocytes

Düsseldorf, Germany — During epileptic seizures, a large number of nerve cells in the brain fire excessively and in synchrony. This hyperactivity may lead to uncontrolled shaking of the body and involve...

Brain Cell Network Supplies Neurons with Energy

Bonn, Germany — The human brain has about as many neurons as glial cells. These are divided into four major groups: the microglia, the astrocytes, the NG2 glial cells, and the oligodendrocytes. Oligodendrocytes...

Astrocytes Protect Neurons from Toxic Buildup

Chevy Chase, MD — Astrocytes are overtaxed neurons’ pit crew. The brain cells collect damaged lipids secreted by hyperactive neurons, then recycle those toxic molecules into energy, researchers...

Growing a Brain

Tokyo, Japan — Scientists identified two distinct control mechanisms in the developmental transition of undifferentiated stem cells into healthy brain cells. This fundamental research using mice may...

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