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Figure 2: Calcium Waves in the Astrocytic Syncytium. The activation of calcium waves in one astrocyte, by means of the binding of neuronal Glutamate, with a metabotropic receptor activating the inositol triphosphate pathway, releases calcium ions from the endoplasmatic reticulum, causing a "saltatory" movement (Figure adapted from http://synapses.mcg.edu).

Figure 2: Calcium Waves in the Astrocytic Syncytium. The activation of calcium waves in one astrocyte, by means of the binding of neuronal Glutamate, with a metabotropic receptor activating the inositol triphosphate pathway, releases calcium ions from the endoplasmatic reticulum, causing a