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Glia. 1991;4(5):484-94.

Contact spacing among astrocytes in the central nervous system: an hypothesis of their structural role.

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Department of Anatomy, University of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.


Astrocytes are found throughout the central nervous system. They interact closely with surrounding structures, their processes contributing to the glia limitans of the neural tube, and to the glial investment of blood vessels, and of the somas, axons, and synaptic structures of neurones. This paper presents evidence that astrocytes in the central nervous system also interact with each other in a dual way, adhering to their neighbours via their processes, and repelling the somas of those neighbours. We suggest that this interaction, which has been termed contact spacing, distributes astrocytes through the central nervous system, and forms the basis of their structural role.

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