Astrocyte loss and astrogliosis in neuroinflammatory disorders

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Neuroinflammation can lead to either damage of astrocytes or astrogliosis. Astrocyte loss may be caused by cytotoxic T cells as seen in Rasmussen encephalitis, auto-antibodies such as in neuromyelitis optica (aquaporin-4 antibodies), or cytokines such as TNF-alpha in major depressive disorder. Interleukins-1 and -6 appear to be important molecular mediators of astrogliosis. Chronic focal lesions in multiple sclerosis are characterized by a very dense astrogliosis. Other mechanisms, such as astrocytic beta(2) adrenergic receptor deficiency, upregulation of endothelin-1 and tissue transglutaminase, may contribute to astroglial scarring in multiple sclerosis.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)39-41
Number of pages3
JournalNeuroscience Letters
Publication statusPublished - 17 Apr 2014


  • neuroinflammation
  • astrocytes
  • astrogliosis
  • astrocyte loss
  • multiple sclerosis


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