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Astrocytes Show Unexpected Role in Brain Plasticity

News   Oct 19, 2018 | Original Press Release from the Salk Institute

 
Astrocytes Show Unexpected Role in Brain Plasticity

Astrocytes are the main cell type in the brain producing Chrdl1. Through a technique called fluorescence in situ hybridization, the RNA of different proteins is tagged with fluorescent labels. In the image, Chrdl1 is in red, astrocytes in cyan (teal) and neurons in dark blue, in the upper layers of the mouse visual cortex. The signal from Chrdl1 overlaps with astrocytes, but not with neurons, indicating that astrocytes are the cells that mainly produce Chrdl1. Credit: Salk Institute

 
 
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