Neuroglia Electrically Coupled to Neurons

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Science  08 Aug 1969:
Vol. 165, Issue 3893, pp. 602-603
DOI: 10.1126/science.165.3893.602


Applied electric current is transmitted between mammalian glial cells grown in tissue culture. A similar electrical coupling exists between certain neurons as well as between neuroglia and neurons. Although this phenomenon may be a peculiarity of mammalian neural cells maintained in culture, it may, on the other hand, represent a phenomenon with greater neurophysiological significance, a process whereby neurons can become silent.

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