Usage of Multiparameter Flow Cytometry to Study Microglia and Macrophage Heterogeneity in the Central Nervous System During Neuroinflammation and Neurodegeneration
The resident macrophages of the central nervous system (CNS), also known as microglia, and blood-derived macrophages play an important role in the functional activity of the normal CNS, as well as in the development of neuroinflammation during various neurodegenerative disorders. Microglia and macrophages represent heterogeneous populations, which can modulate CNS environment and have different effects on neuronal regeneration. In this chapter, the main features of microglial and macrophage subsets and current methods for investigation of their heterogeneity will be discussed.
KeywordsMicroglia Macrophages Neuroinflammation Neurodegeneration
The work was supported by Research Grant Council-Early Career Scheme grant reference 24100314 (Hong Kong) to E.D.P.
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