acetylcholine acetylcholine  /ə ˌsɛ təl ˈkoʊ lin/

Definition(s):

  • (n) a neurotransmitter that is a derivative of choline; released at the ends of nerve fibers in the somatic and parasympathetic nervous systems

Usage(s):

  1. Those genes code for nicotinic acetylcholine receptors, cell-surface proteins that selectively bind to nicotine molecules.
  2. For all its dramatic help, though, acetylcholine is a powerful and dangerous drug, and the doctors hope to find safer blood-vessel dilators that will be even more effective.
  3. When a nerve is stimulated, a chemical called acetylcholine is released within the nerve.

News

  • 'Forrest Gump' mice show too much of a good thing, can be bad

    A line of genetically modified mice that scientists call "Forrest Gump" because, like the movie character, they can run far but they aren't smart, is furthering the understanding of a key neurotransmitter called acetylcholine. Scientists say the mice show what happens when too much of this neurotransmitter becomes available in the brain.
    on June 20, 2013     Source: Science Daily

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