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Tag: astrocytes

January 2017

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.

May 2016

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.

October 2015

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.

June 2015

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.

November 2014

Mystery gene uncovered in autism studies may steer neurons

by  /  26 November 2014

March 2014

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.

December 2012

Molecular mechanisms: Star cells abnormal in autism brains

by  /  7 December 2012

Postmortem brains from individuals with autism have astrocytes that are smaller but denser than in control brains, according to a study published 21 September in the Journal of Neuroinflammation. The researchers found similar alterations in a mouse that lacks the autism-linked gene NLGN3.