By Richard Milner
Ever for the reason that their discovery greater than a hundred and fifty years in the past, astrocytes have proved to be whatever of an enigma. simply within the final 10-15 years has it develop into transparent that astrocytes are multifunctional flexible cells that play key roles in a large number of various strategies within the CNS, together with new release of neural stem cells, synaptogenesis, and legislation of the blood-brain barrier and neurovascular unit. Astrocytes: equipment and Protocols offers scientists with a finished advisor to many innovations used for astrocyte phone tradition, in addition to extra really good methods for learning astrocyte features, either in vitro and in vivo. Key mobile, molecular and biochemical techniques are used to check the numerous and sundry services of this attention-grabbing cell. Written within the hugely winning tools in Molecular Biology™ sequence layout, chapters comprise introductions to their respective subject matters, lists of the mandatory fabrics and reagents, step by step, with no trouble reproducible laboratory protocols, and key tips about troubleshooting and warding off recognized pitfalls.
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11. Human and Hominid Astrocytes Are More Complex than Those of Infraprimates In addition to the functional heterogeneity of astrocytes within the rodent cortex, it is now clear that significant inter-species heterogeneity exists among glial cells. In particular, human and primate cortical astrocytes are substantially larger and more complex than their rodent counterparts (9). Furthermore, there are more subtypes of cortical astrocytes found in primates and humans compared to other mammals (Fig.
A) Reactive astrocytes 1 week post-iron injection lose the domain organization. Diolistic labelling of the cortex of a GFAP-GFP mouse 1 week post-iron injection near injection site. Two adjacent GFP positive astrocytes are labeled with DiI and DiD. DAPI, blue, GFP, green, DiI, red, DiD, white. (b–e) High power of yellow box in (a). area of overlap delineated in grey, red line is border of the domain of the red cell, green line is the border of the domain of the white cell. (g–h) Yellow lines indicate the processes of the cell that pass into the domain of the adjacent cell’s domain represented by the dotted line.
Instead, these studies and others revealed that hippocampal astrocytes are organized in distinct, nonoverlapping domains, with little interaction between adjacent cells. Since then, other groups have revealed that this domain organization is also found in the rodent cortex (20–22). The significance of the domain organization is unclear. The many fine processes of protoplasmic astrocytes penetrate all areas of the local neuropil, encompassing synapses and the microvasculature alike. It has been estimated that within the domain of a single hippocampal astrocyte, there are approximately 140,000 synapses (18).
Astrocytes: Methods and Protocols (Methods in Molecular Biology, v814) by Richard Milner