Visualization of a specialized glial Nerve cell called Astrocyte : Astrocyte Cell Culture, Protocols, Transfection
Astrocytes, or astroglia, are the star shaped glial cells that reside in the brain and spinal cord. They are the most numerous cells in the human brain, performing many tasks. Astrocyte tasks include support of the cells that comprise the blood-brain barrier as well as maintaining the extracellular ion balance, supplying nutrients to nerve tissue and aiding in post-traumatic repair and scarring processes. In addition, astrocytes perform signaling tasks similar to neurons utilizing calcium ions and transmitter molecules.