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Star power: the emerging role of astrocytes as neuronal partners during cortical plasticity

Journal Contribution - Journal Article

Plasticity is a fundamental property of neuronal circuits, allowing them to adapt to alterations in activation. Generally speaking, plasticity has been viewed from a 'neuron-centric' perspective, with changes in circuit function attributed to alterations in neuronal excitability, synaptic strength or neuronal connectivity. However, it is now clear that glial cells, in particular astrocytes, are key regulators of neuronal plasticity. This article reviews recent progress made in understanding astrocyte function and attempts to summarize these functions into a coherent framework that positions astrocytes as central players in the plasticity process.
Journal: Current Opinion in Neurobiology
ISSN: 0959-4388
Volume: 67
Pages: 174 - 182
Publication year:2021
Keywords:Neurosciences & psychopharmacology