Osmotic demyelination: From an oligodendrocyte to an astrocyte perspective

Charles Nicaise, Catherine Marneffe, Joanna Bouchat, Jacques Gilloteaux

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Osmotic demyelination syndrome (ODS) is a disorder of the central myelin that is often associated with a precipitous rise of serum sodium. Remarkably, while the myelin and oligodendrocytes of specific brain areas degenerate during the disease, neighboring neurons and axons appear unspoiled, and neuroinflammation appears only once demyelination is well established. In addition to blood-brain barrier breakdown and microglia activation, astrocyte death is among one of the earliest events during ODS pathology. This review will focus on various aspects of biochemical, molecular and cellular aspects of oligodendrocyte and astrocyte changes in ODS-susceptible brain regions, with an emphasis on the crosstalk between those two glial cells. Emerging evidence pointing to the initiating role of astrocytes in region-specific degeneration are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1124
Number of pages18
JournalInternational Journal of Molecular Sciences
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2019


  • Astrocytes
  • Myelin loss
  • Myelinolysis
  • Oligodendrocytes
  • Osmotic demyelination syndrome


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