Molecular biology of neurotransmitter release
This chapter discusses modern concepts in neurotransmitter release, and learning and synapses. Fusion and re-uptake of specialized membrane is involved in a number of processes which affect neuronal morphology and function including, intracellular vesicle trafficking, neurotransmitter release, and membrane expansion. We are only beginning to understand the molecular mechanisms of exocytosis/endocytosis which occur at synapses and the role of regulation of these steps on complex cellular behaviors. A better understanding of these phenomena will have considerable implications for the molecular basis of synaptic adaptation.
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