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Self-repair in a bidirectionally coupled astrocyte-neuron (AN) system based on retrograde signaling

Wade, John, McDaid, Liam, Harkin, Jim and Crunelli, Vincenzo ORCID: 2012. Self-repair in a bidirectionally coupled astrocyte-neuron (AN) system based on retrograde signaling. Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience 6 10.3389/fncom.2012.00076

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In this paper we demonstrate that retrograde signaling via astrocytes may underpin self-repair in the brain. Faults manifest themselves in silent or near silent neurons caused by low transmission probability (PR) synapses; the enhancement of the transmission PR of a healthy neighboring synapse by retrograde signaling can enhance the transmission PR of the “faulty” synapse (repair). Our model of self-repair is based on recent research showing that retrograde signaling via astrocytes can increase the PR of neurotransmitter release at damaged or low transmission PR synapses. The model demonstrates that astrocytes are capable of bidirectional communication with neurons which leads to modulation of synaptic activity, and that indirect signaling through retrograde messengers such as endocannabinoids leads to modulation of synaptic transmission PR. Although our model operates at the level of cells, it provides a new research direction on brain-like self-repair which can be extended to networks of astrocytes and neurons. It also provides a biologically inspired basis for developing highly adaptive, distributed computing systems that can, at fine levels of granularity, fault detect, diagnose and self-repair autonomously, without the traditional constraint of a central fault detect/repair unit.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Biosciences
Neuroscience and Mental Health Research Institute (NMHRI)
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
Uncontrolled Keywords: astrocyte, calcium wave, endocannabinoid, IP3, neuron, self-repair, synapse
Additional Information: Pdf uploaded in accordance with publisher's policy at (accessed 25/02/2014). This Document is Protected by copyright and was first published by Frontiers. All rights reserved. it is reproduced with permission.
Publisher: Frontiers Media
ISSN: 1662-5188
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Last Modified: 21 May 2023 12:56

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