Chapter 1. Introduction to Glia

  1. Alexei Verkhratsky1 and
  2. Arthur Butt2

Published Online: 5 SEP 2007

DOI: 10.1002/9780470517796.ch1

Glial Neurobiology: A Textbook

Glial Neurobiology: A Textbook

How to Cite

Verkhratsky, A. and Butt, A. (2007) Introduction to Glia, in Glial Neurobiology: A Textbook, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470517796.ch1

Author Information

  1. 1

    University of Manchester, USA

  2. 2

    University of Portsmouth, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 5 SEP 2007
  2. Published Print: 22 JUN 2007

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470015643

Online ISBN: 9780470517796



  • neurones and glia;
  • peripheral nervous system (PNS) and Schwann cells;
  • enteric nervous system (ENS) glial cells;
  • neuronal excitation;
  • glial physiology;
  • glia - ‘silent’ brain cells;
  • glia and neurones in dialogue;
  • cerebrospinal fluid (CSF);
  • neuronal–glial interactions;
  • microglia


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Founders of glial research: from Gabriel Valentin to Karl-Ludwig Schleich

  • Beginning of the modern era

  • Changing concepts: Glia express molecules of excitation

  • Glia and neurones in dialogue