Astroglial networks: a step further in neuroglial and gliovascular interactions

Nat Rev Neurosci. 2010 Feb;11(2):87-99. doi: 10.1038/nrn2757.


Dynamic aspects of interactions between astrocytes, neurons and the vasculature have recently been in the neuroscience spotlight. It has emerged that not only neurons but also astrocytes are organized into networks. Whereas neuronal networks exchange information through electrical and chemical synapses, astrocytes are interconnected through gap junction channels that are regulated by extra- and intracellular signals and allow exchange of information. This intercellular communication between glia has implications for neuroglial and gliovascular interactions and hence has added another level of complexity to our understanding of brain function.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Astrocytes / cytology
  • Astrocytes / physiology*
  • Cell Communication / physiology
  • Humans
  • Intracellular Membranes / physiology
  • Nerve Net / blood supply*
  • Nerve Net / cytology
  • Nerve Net / physiology*
  • Neuroglia / cytology
  • Neuroglia / physiology*