G protein-coupled receptor signalling in astrocytes in health and disease: A focus on metabotropic glutamate receptors

Bradley, S. J. and Challiss, R.A. J. (2012) G protein-coupled receptor signalling in astrocytes in health and disease: A focus on metabotropic glutamate receptors. Biochemical Pharmacology, 84(3), pp. 249-259. (doi: 10.1016/j.bcp.2012.04.009) (PMID:22531220)

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Work published over the past 10–15 years has caused the neuroscience community to engage in a process of constant re-evaluation of the roles of glial cells in the mammalian central nervous system. Recent emerging evidence suggests that, in addition to carrying out various homeostatic functions within the CNS, astrocytes can also engage in a two-way dialogue with neurons. Astrocytes possess many of the receptors, and some of the ion channels, present in neurons endowing them with an ability to sense and respond to an array of neuronal signals. In addition, an expanding number of small molecules and proteins have been shown to be released by astrocytes in both health and disease. In this commentary we will highlight advances in our understanding of G protein-coupled receptor signalling in astrocytes, with a particular emphasis on metabotropic glutamate (mGlu) receptors. Discussion will focus on the major mGlu receptors expressed in astrocytes, mGlu3 and mGlu5, how these receptors can influence different aspects of astrocyte physiology, and how signalling by these G protein-coupled receptors might change under pathophysiological circumstances.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:The authors gratefully acknowledge the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, UK for CASE PhD studentship funding to SJB.
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Bradley, Dr Sophie
Authors: Bradley, S. J., and Challiss, R.A. J.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Molecular Biosciences
Journal Name:Biochemical Pharmacology
ISSN (Online):1873-2968
Published Online:15 April 2012
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Inc.
First Published:First published in Biochemical Pharmacology 84(3): 249-259
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons license

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