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Astrocyte Networks in the Mouse Brain Control Spatial Learning and Memory

Confocal fluorescence microscope image of astrocytes (magenta) and their cell nuclei (yellow) in the mouse brain. (Image: Ladina Hösli, UZH)

Astrocytes form large networks of interconnected cells in the central nervous system. When these cell-to-cell couplings are disrupted in the brain of adult mice, the animals are no longer able to store spatial information. The astrocytes network is thus essential for spatial learning and memory formation, as neuroscientists of the University of Zurich now show.

Press release UZH