Glial Modulation of Energy Balance: The Dorsal Vagal Complex Is No Exception


  • Troadec Jean-Denis
  • Gaigé Stéphanie
  • Barbot Manon
  • Lebrun Bruno
  • Barbouche Rym
  • Abysique Anne


  • Metabolism
  • Food intake
  • Obesity
  • NTS
  • Area postrema
  • Astrocytes
  • Microglia
  • Vagliocytes
  • Oligodendrocytes
  • Leptin
  • Glucose

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The avoidance of being overweight or obese is a daily challenge for a growing number of people. The growing proportion of people suffering from a nutritional imbalance in many parts of the world exemplifies this challenge and emphasizes the need for a better understanding of the mechanisms that regulate nutritional balance. Until recently, research on the central regulation of food intake primarily focused on neuronal signaling, with little attention paid to the role of glial cells. Over the last few decades, our understanding of glial cells has changed dramatically. These cells are increasingly regarded as important neuronal partners, contributing not just to cerebral homeostasis, but also to cerebral signaling. Our understanding of the central regulation of energy balance is part of this (r)evolution. Evidence is accumulating that glial cells play a dynamic role in the modulation of energy balance. In the present review, we summarize recent data indicating that the multifaceted glial compartment of the brainstem dorsal vagal complex (DVC) should be considered in research aimed at identifying feeding-related processes operating at this level.

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