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Mechanisms of Solute Transport in Glia

Neville Brookes

in Neuroglia

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Published in print October 2004 | ISBN: 9780195152227
Published online September 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199865024 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195152227.003.0012
                      Mechanisms of Solute Transport in Glia

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This chapter surveys the properties of selected transporter families that have prominent roles in the functions of neuroglia, especially the interactions of glia with neurons, to examine how transport mechanisms may subserve glial functions. It shows that that the complement of cell surface transporters expressed in neuroglia is exquisitely adapted to glial functions and is distinctly different than that in neurons. As progress is being made in identifying a distinctive complement of transporters for each glial cell subtype, it becomes clear that the deployment of transporters in the plasma membrane is subject to a host of developmental, regional, and local cues.

Keywords: glial cells; transporter families; neuroglia; neurons

Chapter.  10505 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Neuroscience

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