9.15 Biochemistry and Pharmacology of Synaptic Transmission, Fall 2001
Author(s)Wurtman, Richard J., 1936-
Biochemistry and Pharmacology of Synaptic Transmission
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Considers the process of neurotransmission, especially chemicals used in the brain and elsewhere to carry signals from nerve terminals to the structures they innervate. Focuses on monoamine transmitters (acetylcholine; serotonin; dopamine and norepinephrine); also examines amino acid and peptide transmitters and neuromodulators like adenosine. Macromolecules that mediate neurotransmitter synthesis, release, inactivation, and receptor-mediated actions are discussed, as well as factors that regulate their activity and the second-messenger systems they control. Alternate years.
neurotransmission, nerve terminals, monoamine transmitters, acetylcholine, serotonin, dopamine, norepinephrine, amino acid and peptide transmitters, neuromodulators, adenosine, neurotransmitter synthesis, release, inactivation, receptor-mediated, second-messenger