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Helmut Kettenmann and Bruce R. Ransom

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780195152227

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195152227.001.0001

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Voltage-Activated Ion Channels in Glial Cells

(p.112) 9 Voltage-Activated Ion Channels in Glial Cells

Michelle L. Olsen

Harald W. Sontheimer

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses voltage-activated ion channels in glial cells, including sodium channels, calcium channels, and potassium channels. Studies have proven that glial cells contain a large variety of voltage-gated channels that are also commonly found in neurons. However, unlike their neuronal counterparts, these channels do not appear to be engaged in generating short-duration transient electrical signals, but are most likely involved in other fundamental cell biological functions.

Keywords:   glial cell, sodium channel, calcium channel, potassium channel

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