DREADDs in astrocytes

There are now papers appearing (and more in the near future most likely) where hM3Dq has been used to "activate" astrocyte Ca++ release.

In some cases the effects are quite striking and suggest a pleiotropic role of astrocytes in regulating neuronal activity throughout the neuraxis.

There also is a nice paper suggesting a role of astrocytic Ca++ in ETOH self-administration.


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