Glial Cells: Their Role in Behaviour

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In mammals the glial or glue cells contribute some 50% of the volume of the brain. In contrast to the traditional view that they have a purely physically supportive role, research in the last three decades has shown that glia interact morphologically, biochemically, and physiologically with neurons during changes in behavior. The evidence suggests that glia may modulate neuronal activity and thereby influence behavior. This is the first book that describes and discusses these neuronal-glial interactions in relation to behavior.
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Review of the hardback: ' … a very useful book for a neurobiologist's library'. Bernhard H. J. Juurlink, TINS

Review of the hardback: 'This is a challenging, but overall, very good book.' Brain

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521183826
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 2/17/2011
  • Pages: 446
  • Product dimensions: 7.01 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.91 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface; 1. Changing concepts on the role of glia Peter Laming; 2. The phylogeny of glial–neuronal relationships and behaviour Betty Roots and Peter Laming; 3. Glial cells in brain development and plasticity Christian Müller; 4. The retina as a model of glial function in the brain Andreas Reichenbach, Serguei N. Skatchkov and Winfried Reichelt; 5. Metabolic trafficking between neurons and glia Stephen R. Robinson, Arne Schousboe, Ralf Dringen, Pierre Magistretti, Jonathan Coles and Leif Hertz; 6. Transmitter receptor and uptake systems in astrocytes and their relation to behaviour Harold K. Kimelberg, Tuula O. Jalonen, Chiye Aoki and Ken McCarthy; 7. Glial regulation of the neuronal microenvironment Eva Sykova, Elisabeth Hansson, Lars Rönnbäck and Charles Nicholson; 8. Role of periaxonal glia in nerve conduction Joan Abbott; 9. Transplantation of myelin-forming glial cells into the spinal cord: restoration of normal conduction in previously demyelinated axons Jeffery D. Kocsis and Stephen G. Waxman; 10. Contributions of potassium currents and glia to slow potential shifts Uwe Heinemann and Wolfgang Walz; 11. Acid alkaline transients and pH regulation glia Joachim Deitmer; 12. Intra-cranial slow potential shifts and behavioural state Peter Laming, Alister Nichol and John Roughan; 13. Slow brain potentials, sensory processing and cognition Herbert Bauer, Niels Birbaumer and Frank Roesler; 14. Recent evidence from around the brain for structural plasticity of astrocytes in the adult CNS Adrienne Salm, N. Hawrylak, J. B. Bobak, G. I. Hatton and C. Aoki; 15. Astrocytic involvement in learning Kim Ng, Ciaran Regan and Brona O'Dowd; References; Index.

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