Astrocytic pathological calcium homeostasis and impaired vesicle trafficking in neurodegeneration
ID Vardjan, Nina (Author), ID Verkhratsky, Alexei (Author), ID Zorec, Robert (Author)

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Although the central nervous system (CNS) consists of highly heterogeneous populations of neurones and glial cells, clustered into diverse anatomical regions with specific functions, there are some conditions, including alertness, awareness and attention that require simultaneous, coordinated and spatially homogeneous activity within a large area of the brain. During such events, the brain, representing only about two percent of body mass, but consuming one fifth of body glucose at rest, needs additional energy to be produced. How simultaneous energy procurement in a relatively extended area of the brain takes place is poorly understood. This mechanism is likely to be impaired in neurodegeneration, for example in Alzheimer’s disease, the hallmark of which is brain hypometabolism. Astrocytes, the main neural cell type producing and storing glycogen, a form of energy in the brain, also hold the key to metabolic and homeostatic support in the central nervous system and are impaired in neurodegeneration, contributing to the slow decline of excitation-energy coupling in the brain. Many mechanisms are affected, including cell-to-cell signalling. An important question is how changes in cellular signalling, a process taking place in a rather short time domain, contribute to the neurodegeneration that develops over decades. In this review we focus initially on the slow dynamics of Alzheimer’s disease, and on the activity of locus coeruleus, a brainstem nucleus involved in arousal. Subsequently, we overview much faster processes of vesicle traffic and cytosolic calcium dynamics, both of which shape the signalling landscape of astrocyte-neurone communication in health and neurodegeneration.

Keywords:Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, neurodegeneration, astrocyte, glia, vesicle traffic, calcium homeostasis, cAMP, neurodegeneration, locus coeruleus, noradrenaline, excitation-energy coupling
Work type:Article
Typology:1.02 - Review Article
Organization:MF - Faculty of Medicine
Publication status:Published
Publication version:Version of Record
Number of pages:19 str.
Numbering:Vol. 18, iss. 2, art. 358
PID:20.500.12556/RUL-131263 This link opens in a new window
ISSN on article:1422-0067
DOI:10.3390/ijms18020358 This link opens in a new window
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Publication date in RUL:24.09.2021
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Title:International journal of molecular sciences
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Keywords:Alzheimerjeva bolezen, Parkinsonova bolezen, nevrodegeneracija


Funder:ARRS - Agencija za raziskovalno dejavnost Republike Slovenije
Project number:P3-0310
Name:Celična fiziologija

Funder:ARRS - Agencija za raziskovalno dejavnost Republike Slovenije
Project number:J3-3632
Name:Molekularne lastnosti fuzijske pore

Funder:ARRS - Agencija za raziskovalno dejavnost Republike Slovenije
Project number:J3-4051
Name:Vloga monomernih GTPaz pri uravnavanju mobilnosti endosomov/lizosomov v astrocitih

Funder:ARRS - Agencija za raziskovalno dejavnost Republike Slovenije
Project number:J3-4146
Name:Mobilnost sekrecijskih mešičkov in homeostaza kalcija v astrocitih

Funder:ARRS - Agencija za raziskovalno dejavnost Republike Slovenije
Project number:J3-6790
Name:Dinamične meritve metabolitov in sekundarnih prenašalcev v posameznem astrocitu v celični kulturi

Funder:ARRS - Agencija za raziskovalno dejavnost Republike Slovenije
Project number:J3-7605
Name:Nanofiziologija eksocitoze v zdravih in bolezenskih razmerah

Funder:Drugi - Drug financer ali več financerjev
Funding programme:COST
Project number:CM1207

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