Features of this book:
- an accessible introduction to glial neurobiology including an overview of glial cell function and its active role in neural processes, brain function and nervous system pathology
- an exploration of all the major types of glial cells including: the astrocytes, oligodendrocytes and microglia of the ACNS and Schwann cells of the peripheral nervous system; the book also presents a broad overview of glial receptors and ion channels
- an investigation into the role of glial cells in various types of brain diseases including stroke, neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and Alexander's disease, brain oedema, multiple sclerosis and many more
- a wealth of illustrations, including unique images from the authors' own libraries of images, describing the main features of glial cells
Written by two leading experts in the field, Glial Neurobiology provides a concise, authoritative introduction to glial physiology and pathology for undergraduate/postgraduate neuroscience, biomedical, medical, pharmacy, pharmacology, and neurology, neurosurgery and physiology students. It will also appeal to researchers in neuroscience, physiology, pharmacology and pharmaceutics.
List of abbreviations.
PART I: Physiology of Glia.
1. Introduction to Glia.
2. General Overview of Signalling in the Nervous System.
3. Morphology of Glial Cells.
4. Glial Development.
5. General Physiology of Glial Cells.
6. Neuronal–Glial Interactions.
PART II: Glial Cells and Nervous System Function.
8. Oligodendrocytes, Schwann Cells and Myelination.
PART III: Glia and Nervous System Pathology.
9. General Pathophysiology of Glia.
10. Gila and Diseases of the Nervous System.