Tag: astrocytes

May 2018
Blood vessels seen at magnification.
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Human ‘mini-brains’ make themselves at home in mice

by  /  23 May 2018

Spheres of brain cells derived from people and implanted into mouse brains recruit blood vessels and integrate with mouse neurons.

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February 2018
etworks of genes derived from certain 'modules' (neuron, top right, and astrocyte, bottom left) are altered in autism, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.
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Autism shares brain signature with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder

by  /  8 February 2018

Gene expression patterns in the brains of people with autism are similar to those of people who have schizophrenia or bipolar disorder.

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September 2017
After months in culture, stem cells (left) develop into mature brain cells, including star-shaped astrocytes (right).
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Lab-grown spheres yield star-shaped brain cells

by  /  22 September 2017

A new technique allows researchers to generate brain cells called astrocytes and maintain them in culture as they mature.

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January 2017
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Diverse causes of autism converge on common gene signature

by  /  23 January 2017

The brains of people with autism show a distinct molecular signature that reflects alterations in how genes are pieced together and expressed.

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Mice may illuminate workings of star-shaped brain cells

by  /  20 January 2017

Two new strains of mice allow researchers to monitor and manipulate brain cells called astrocytes.

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May 2016
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Gene expression patterns may underlie autism’s gender bias

by  /  5 May 2016

Genes that are expressed at higher levels in men’s brains than in women’s also tend to be enriched in the brains of people with autism.

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October 2015
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Study grants starring role to astrocytes in Rett syndrome

by  /  17 October 2015

A new study casts brain cells called astrocytes as minor stars in Rett syndrome, a disorder that almost exclusively affects girls.

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June 2015
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Neuron spheres emerge from precisely prepared chemical soup

by  /  17 June 2015

A new cell culture method allows researchers to easily transform skin cells into layered spheres of firing neurons.

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November 2014
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Mystery gene uncovered in autism studies may steer neurons

by  /  26 November 2014

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March 2014
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Molecular mechanisms: Star-shaped cells abound in autism

by  /  18 March 2014

Brains from people with autism have more support cells called glia and fewer neurons than do control brains, suggests a study published 10 January in Molecular Autism.

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