The elusive varicose astrocytes
Trends in neurosciences
cortex cell type; evolution; glia; human; primates
The evolutionary pattern of different astrocyte types across animal species remains unresolved. In a recent study, Falcone and colleagues revealed that varicose projection astrocytes, a rare form of astrocyte characterized by long varicosities-containing processes, are exclusively found in hominoid brains while being absent from other primate brains.
Rasmussen, Rune Nguyen and Smith, Nathan Anthony, "The elusive varicose astrocytes" (2022). GW Authored Works. Paper 398.