We propose a functional mathematical model for neuron-astrocyte networks. The model incorporates elements of the tripartite synapse and the spatial branching structure of coupled astrocytes. We consider glutamate-induced calcium signaling as a specific mode of excitability and transmission in astrocytic-neuronal networks. We reproduce local and global dynamical patterns observed experimentally.
Journal of Biological Physics, 2009, Vol 35, Issue 4, p. 425-445