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Biol Cell. 2004 Feb;96(1):79-91.

Calcium signal communication in the central nervous system.

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Department of Physiology and Pathophysiology, Ghent University, De Pintelaan 185, B-9000 Ghent, Belgium.

Abstract

The communication of calcium signals between cells is known to be operative between neurons where these signals integrate intimately with electrical and chemical signal communication at synapses. Recently, it has become clear that glial cells also exchange calcium signals between each other in cultures and in brain slices. This communication pathway has received utmost attention since it is known that astrocytic calcium signals can be induced by neuronal stimulation and can be communicated back to the neurons to modulate synaptic transmission. In addition to this, cells that are generally not considered as brain cells become progressively incorporated in the picture, as astrocytic calcium signals are reported to be communicated to endothelial cells of the vessel wall and can affect smooth muscle cell tone to influence the vessel diameter and thus blood flow. We review the available evidence for calcium signal communication in the central nervous system, taking into account a basic functional unit -the brain cell tripartite- consisting of neurons, glial cells and vascular cells and with emphasis on glial-vascular calcium signaling aspects.

PMID:
15093130
DOI:
10.1016/j.biolcel.2003.10.007
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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