Opposing roles for reactive astrocytes following traumatic brain injury

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Abstract

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a leading cause of death and disability in the United States. Current medical therapies exhibit limited efficacy in reducing neurological injury and the prognosis for patients remains poor. While most research is focused on the direct protection of neuronal cells, non-neuronal cells, such as astrocytes, may exert an active role in the pathogenesis of TBI. Astrocytes, the predominant cell type in the human brain, are traditionally associated with providing only structural support within the CNS. However, recent work suggests astrocytes may regulate brain homeostasis and limit brain injury. In contrast, reactive astrocytes may also contribute to increased neuroinflammation, the development of cerebral edema, and elevated intracranial pressure, suggesting possible roles in exacerbating secondary brain injury following neurotrauma. The multiple, opposing roles for astrocytes following neurotrauma may have important implications for the design of directed therapeutics to limit neurological injury. As such, a primary focus of this review is to summarize the emerging evidence suggesting reactive astrocytes influence the response of the brain to TBI.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)154-164
Number of pages11
JournalNeuroSignals
Volume16
Issue number2-3
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2008

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Cytoprotection
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Wounds and Injuries
Traumatic Brain Injury
Cause of Death
Homeostasis
Therapeutics
Research

Keywords

  • Astrocyte
  • Brain edema
  • Controlled cortical impact, synaptic
  • Glia
  • Gliosis
  • Inflammation
  • Neuroprotection
  • Neurotrauma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neurology
  • Developmental Neuroscience
  • Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience

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Opposing roles for reactive astrocytes following traumatic brain injury. / Laird, Melissa D.; Vender, John R.; Dhandapani, Krishnan M.

In: NeuroSignals, Vol. 16, No. 2-3, 01.02.2008, p. 154-164.

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