Astrocytes in (Patho)Physiology of the Nervous System

  • Philip G. Haydon
  • Vladimir Parpura

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Harold K. Kimelberg
    Pages 1-25
  3. Rebecca A. Ihrie, Arturo Alvarez-Buylla
    Pages 27-47
  4. Alexei Verkhratsky
    Pages 49-67
  5. Yongjie Yang, Jeffrey D. Rothstein
    Pages 69-105
  6. Eliana Scemes, David C. Spray
    Pages 107-150
  7. Paulo Kofuji, Eric A. Newman
    Pages 151-175
  8. Helle S. Waagepetersen, Ursula Sonnewald, Arne Schousboe
    Pages 177-200
  9. Joachim W. Deitmer, Karthika Singaravelu, Christian Lohr
    Pages 201-224
  10. Gertrudis Perea, Alfonso Araque
    Pages 287-300
  11. Erik B. Malarkey, Vladimir Parpura
    Pages 301-350
  12. Ying Y. Jean, Issa P. Bagayogo, Cheryl F. Dreyfus
    Pages 351-381
  13. Todd Fiacco, Kristi Casper, Elizabeth Sweger, Cendra Agulhon, Sarah Taves, Suzanne Kurtzer-Minton et al.
    Pages 383-405
  14. Michael M. Halassa, Philip G. Haydon
    Pages 407-415
  15. Magalie Martineau, Stéphane H.R. Oliet, Jean-Pierre Mothet
    Pages 417-441
  16. Grant R.J. Gordon, Sean J. Mulligan, Brian A. MacVicar
    Pages 461-486
  17. Michael Brenner, James E. Goldman, Roy A. Quinlan, Albee Messing
    Pages 591-648
  18. Devin K. Binder, Christian Steinhäuser
    Pages 649-671
  19. Roger F. Butterworth
    Pages 673-692
  20. Back Matter
    Pages 693-698

About this book


Due to their lack of electrical excitability, astrocytes, a subtype of glial cell, have long been neglected as active participants in intercellular communication within the central nervous system. Astrocytes, however, possess a diverse assortment of ion channels,
neurotransmitter receptors, and transport mechanisms that enable them to respond to many of the same signals that act on neurons. Astrocytes in (Patho)Physiology of the Nervous System provides readers with a comprehensive description of the physiological roles astrocytes play in regulating neuronal activity and their critical involvement in
pathophysiological states of the nervous system, including gliomas, Alexander's disease, and epilepsy. This book will be particularly useful for researchers, students, and workers in the field of neurobiology and cell biology.

About the authors:

Vladimir Parpura, M.D., Ph.D holds both a medical degree, awarded from the University of Zagreb in Croatia in 1989, and a doctorate, received in Neuroscience and Zoology from Iowa State University in 1993.  He has held faculty appointments at the Department of Zoology and Genetics, Iowa State University and the Department of Cell Biology and Neuroscience, University of California Riverside. He is presently an Associate Professor in the Department of Neurobiology, University of Alabama Birmingham.  His current research focuses on understanding the modulation of calcium-dependent glutamate release from astrocytes.

Philip G. Haydon, Ph.D received his doctorate from the University of Leeds, England in 1982.  He has held faculty appointments at the Department of Zoology and Genetics, Iowa State University, the Department of Neuroscience at the University of Pennsylvania, and has recently moved to Tufts University School of Medicine as Professor and Chair of the Department of Neuroscience. His research focuses on the role of astrocytes in the regulation of synapses, neuronal networks and behavior as well as how these glial cells contribute to neurological disorders.


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