News | 13/12/2023 | Research Spotlight
Greater plasticity than expected: Astrocytes proliferate and acquire neural stem cell properties after brain injury
Glial cells play an important role in brain injuries; they can support brain function and react to the injury. Researchers found that astrocytes, a specific type of glial cells, proliferate and acquire neural stem cell properties after brain injury. They identified the Galectin 3 binding protein LGALS3BP as a regulator of these cells. Their discovery shows that astrocytes have a greater plasticity than expected and offers a novel source for replacing lost neurons.