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Synaptic Transmission

"Synaptic Transmission" is a descriptor in the National Library of Medicine's controlled vocabulary thesaurus, MeSH (Medical Subject Headings). Descriptors are arranged in a hierarchical structure, which enables searching at various levels of specificity.

The communication from a NEURON to a target (neuron, muscle, or secretory cell) across a SYNAPSE. In chemical synaptic transmission, the presynaptic neuron releases a NEUROTRANSMITTER that diffuses across the synaptic cleft and binds to specific synaptic receptors, activating them. The activated receptors modulate specific ion channels and/or second-messenger systems in the postsynaptic cell. In electrical synaptic transmission, electrical signals are communicated as an ionic current flow across ELECTRICAL SYNAPSES.


This graph shows the total number of publications written about "Synaptic Transmission" by people in Harvard Catalyst Profiles by year, and whether "Synaptic Transmission" was a major or minor topic of these publication.
Bar chart showing 809 publications over 30 distinct years, with a maximum of 47 publications in 2004 and 2009
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