Glymphatic system: Anatomo-physiological principles and their clinical implications
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Acquaporin 4
Perivascular spaces
Cerebrospinal fluid
Glymphatic system


Introduction: The glympathic system comprises the set of perivascular routes, arterials or venous, that are found in close relationship with astroglial cells and allow interaction between the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) and the interstitial brain fluid (ISF), to carry processes like cell-wasting metabolites depuration, nutrients distribution, as well as make a contribution in the local brain metabolism, volumen transmition and brain paracrine signaling.

Contents: This article seeks to deepen in the anatomical and physiological concepts, so far described, about this macroscopic transport system. A bibliographic search of reviews and experimental studies on the anatomy, physiology and pathophysiological implications of the glymphatic system is carried out.

Conclusions: Anatomical and functional identification of glympathic system has broaden the knowledge about regulation of brain metabolism on the nutrients distribution and cell signaling cascades. When setting an interaction between the subarachnoid space and the brain interstitial space, the glymphatic system arise as one of the leading mechanisms of brain homeostasis. Disfunction of this pathway makes part of the patophysiological mechanisms of multiple neurological disease, either be by collection of macromolecules as in Alzheimer’s disease, or by the reduction of inflammatory cytokines and chemical substances drainage as in migraine or traumatic brain injury (TBI).
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