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Microglia in Neuronal Circuits

Call for Papers

The research on microglia in the healthy and diseased brains has gained tremendous attention in recent years. Microglia has remarkably dynamic processes, constantly surveying the microenvironment in the brain. This raises an intriguing possibility that microglia interact frequently with neurons and monitor synaptic activities. Recent studies have apparently shown that microglia may integrate into neuronal circuits to play diverse roles in neural development, behavior, and pathology. Indeed, microglia research has changed the way we think about neural plasticity and increased our understanding of brain diseases associated with abnormal microglia.

We take a particular interest in reviews that summarize the microglia-neuron communication in the normal and diseased brains. Papers dealing with the microglial-synapse interaction in developing and mature brains would be of great interest. Moreover, topics on microglia function in the normal brains as well as those on microglia dysfunction in brain disease are welcome. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Microglia and synaptic plasticity
  • Microglia and synaptic remodeling
  • Microglia and brain diseases
  • Microglia and angiogenesis
  • Microglia ion channels and receptors
  • Imaging microglia in live brains
  • Macrophages and brain/spinal cord injury

Before submission authors should carefully read over the journal's Author Guidelines, which are located at Prospective authors should submit an electronic copy of their complete manuscript through the journal Manuscript Tracking System at according to the following timetable:

Manuscript DueFriday, 12 April 2013
First Round of ReviewsFriday, 5 July 2013
Publication DateFriday, 30 August 2013

Lead Guest Editor

  • Long-Jun Wu, Department of Cell Biology and Neuroscience, Rutgers University, 604 Allison Road, Piscataway, NJ 08854, USA

Guest Editors

  • Beth Stevens, Children's Hospital Boston, Harvard Medical School, 300 Longwood Avenue, Boston, MA 02115, USA
  • Shumin Duan, Department of Neurobiology, Zhejiang University School of Medicine, 866 Yu Hang Tang Road, Hangzhou, Zhejiang 310058, China
  • Brian MacVicar, Department of Psychiatry, University of British Columbia, 2211 Wesbrook Mall, Vancouver, BC, Canada BC V6T 2B5