Scientists have discovered that astrocytes, long considered sideline players in the brain, are required to establish long-lasting memories in mice.
Researchers have discovered that star-shaped cells called astrocytes help the brain establish long-lasting memories.
The work could inform therapies for disorders in which long-term memory is impaired, such as traumatic brain injury or dementia.
Star-shaped cells called astrocytes help the brain establish long-lasting memories, Salk researchers have discovered. The new work adds to a growing body of evidence that astrocytes, long considered to be merely supportive cells in the brain, may have more of a leading role.