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Neuropills Chapter 13: Synaptic Receptors

Today we continue with the saga about the synapse . It is important to keep in mind that the synapse has three different zones:

  • The presynaptic zone : the end of the neuron from which the information comes and which transmits it by releasing the neurotransmitters.
  • The synaptic space : it is the physical space that separates the two cells that make synapses.
  • The postsynaptic space : the beginning of the cell that receives the information.

The postsynaptic cell, which is not always a neuron (it can be, for example, a muscle to which a nerve sends instructions), captures the information because in its synapse zone it has chemical receptors to which neurotransmitters bind.

These receptors are very important because in the same way that, as we saw before, a molecule may or may not function as a neurotransmitter depending on the tissue where it is, the effect of this molecule when it is functioning as a neurotransmitter varies according to the synaptic receptors of the cell that it is. they capture.

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About Neuropills:

Created, directed and presented by Pablo Barrecheguren (@pjbarrecheguren), Neuropíldoras (2018) is a scientific dissemination project made by Big Van Ciencia in collaboration with Muy Interesante and carried out with the collaboration of the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology – Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities (FECYT).

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