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Nov 13, 2020

Astrocytes Identified as Master ‘Conductors’ of the Brain

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Summary: Astrocytes are involved in regulating inhibitory synapses by binding to neurons through the NrCAM adhesion molecule.

Source: Duke University

In the orchestra of the brain, the firing of each neuron is controlled by two notes–excitatory and inhibitory– that come from two distinct forms of a cellular structure called synapses. Synapses are essentially the connections between neurons, transmitting information from one cell to the other. The synaptic harmonies come together to create the most exquisite music–at least most of the time.

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