Astrocytes and epilepsy includes background explanatory text on astrocyte morphology and physiology epilepsy models and syndromes and evidence from both human tissue studies and animal models linking functional changes in astrocytes to epilepsy beautifully labelled diagrams are presented and relevant figures from the literature are . Astrocytes express ion channels transmitter receptors and transporters and thus are endowed with the machinery to sense and respond to neuronal activity recent studies have implicated that astrocytes play important roles in physiology but these cells also emerge as crucial actors in epilepsy . Astrocytes and epilepsy is written for neuroscientists epilepsy researchers astrocyte investigators as well as neurologists and other specialists caring for patients with epilepsy show less epilepsy is a devastating group of neurological disorders characterized by periodic and unpredictable seizure activity in the brain. Astrocytes and epilepsy is written for neuroscientists epilepsy researchers astrocyte investigators as well as neurologists and other specialists caring for patients with epilepsy presents the first comprehensive book to synthesize historical and recent research on astrocytes and epilepsy into one coherent volume. Epilepsy affecting about 1 of the population comprises a group of disorders of the brain characterized by the periodic and unpredictable occurrence of seizures it is clear that epilepsy is a major public health problem in that those affected experience the periodic and unpredictable occurrence of seizures leading to impairment of consciousness
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