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Figure 4: A Network of Astrocytes Participating in Tripartite Synapses. Blue stars represent astrocytes and red trees represent neurons. Each astrocyte participates in a tripartite synapse, being activated by the presynaptic neuron and contributing to sustain or reduce the activity of the postsynaptic neuron. Analogously to the process of generating a hologram, when neuronal potentials oscillations synchronise, calcium waves in astrocytes are more likely to form coherent patterns of activity. [Adapted from Pereira and Furlan, 2010]

Figure 4: A Network of Astrocytes Participating in Tripartite Synapses. Blue stars represent astrocytes and red trees represent neurons. Each astrocyte participates in a tripartite synapse, being activated by the presynaptic neuron and contributing to sustain or reduce the activity of the postsynaptic neuron. Analogously to the process of generating a hologram, when neuronal potentials oscillations synchronise, calcium waves in astrocytes are more likely to form coherent patterns of activity. [Adapted from Pereira and Furlan, 2010]