Regulation of synaptic connectivity by glia.

Journal Article (Journal Article;Review)

The human brain contains more than 100 trillion (10(14)) synaptic connections, which form all of its neural circuits. Neuroscientists have long been interested in how this complex synaptic web is weaved during development and remodelled during learning and disease. Recent studies have uncovered that glial cells are important regulators of synaptic connectivity. These cells are far more active than was previously thought and are powerful controllers of synapse formation, function, plasticity and elimination, both in health and disease. Understanding how signalling between glia and neurons regulates synaptic development will offer new insight into how the nervous system works and provide new targets for the treatment of neurological diseases.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Eroglu, C; Barres, BA

Published Date

  • November 11, 2010

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 468 / 7321

Start / End Page

  • 223 - 231

PubMed ID

  • 21068831

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC4431554

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1476-4687

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1038/nature09612


  • eng

Conference Location

  • England