Spinal glial cells in itch modulation

Miho Shiratori-Hayashi, Makoto Tsuda

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Glial cells are non-neuronal cells in the nervous system that are electrically non-excitable and outnumber neurons in humans. Glial cells have attracted attention in recent years for their active involvement in the regulation of neuronal activity, suggesting their contribution to the pathogenesis and progression of neurological diseases. Studies have shown that astrocytes, a type of glial cell, are activated in the spinal cord in response to skin inflammation and contribute to the exacerbation of chronic itch. This review summarizes the current knowledge about the role of astrocytes and other glial cells in the modulation of itch processing and the mechanism of their activation under itch conditions.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere00754
JournalPharmacology Research and Perspectives
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Neurology
  • General Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics


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