Neuron–Glia Interactions and Brain Circuits

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Recent evidence suggests that glial cells take an active role in a number of brain functions that were previously attributed solely to neurons. For example, astrocytes, one type of glial cells, have been shown to promote coordinated activation of neuronal networks, modulate sensory-evoked neuronal network activity, and influence brain state transitions during development. This reinforces the idea that astrocytes not only provide the “housekeeping” for the neurons, but that they also play a vital role in supporting and expanding the functions of brain circuits and networks. Despite this accumulated knowledge, the field of computational neuroscience has mostly focused on modeling neuronal functions, ignoring the glial cells and the interactions they have with the neurons. In this chapter, we introduce the biology of neuron–glia interactions, summarize the existing computational models and tools, and emphasize the glial properties that may be important in modeling brain functions in the future.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationComputational Modelling of the Brain
Subtitle of host publicationModelling Approaches to Cells, Circuits and Networks
EditorsMichele Giugliano, Mario Negrello, Daniele Linaro
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-89439-9
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-89438-2
Publication statusPublished - 27 Apr 2022
Publication typeA3 Book chapter

Publication series

NameAdvances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
ISSN (Print)0065-2598
ISSN (Electronic)0065-2598

Publication forum classification

  • Publication forum level 1


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