neurotransmitter neurotransmitter

Definition(s):

  • (n) a neurochemical that transmits nerve impulses across a synapse

Usage(s):

  1. A later University of Delaware study suggested that another neurotransmitter, serotonin, plays a role as well.
  2. The compound is thought to work by reducing the synaptic release of a neurotransmitter called glutamate.
  3. To begin with, each neurotransmitter can latch onto more than one kind of receptor.

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

Quotes

  • "These data make it clear that narcolepsy is not just a sleeping disorder, but a hypothalamic disease with a much broader symptom profile," said Dr. Fortuyn. "Hypocretin, the neurotransmitter that is lost in narcolepsy, has been implicated in...
    on Mar 1, 2008 By: Pim Fortuyn Source: Science Daily (press release)

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