Category Archives: synaptic strength

Previously unknown molecule critical to synaptic transmission identified.


  It is known that the neurons of the human brain communicate with each other through specialized structures called synapses.  A synapse consists of a presynaptic terminal of one neuron and a postsynaptic terminal of another. The presynaptic terminal stores vesicles containing neurotransmitters, while the postsynaptic terminal contains neurotransmitter receptors. The amount and coordinated release of neurotransmitters regulates synaptic strength

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