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Astrocytes as aide-mémoires

Memory formation is known to occur at the level of synaptic contacts between neurons. It therefore comes as a surprise that another type of brain cell, the astrocyte, is also involved in establishing memory.

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Figure 1: Astrocytes and synaptic memory.

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Santello, M., Volterra, A. Astrocytes as aide-mémoires. Nature 463, 169–170 (2010). https://doi.org/10.1038/463169a

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