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Neurotransmitter (Overview)

A neurotransmitter is a chemical messenger that carries, boosts and modulates signals between neurons and other cells in the body. In most cases, a neurotransmitter is released from the axon terminal after an action potential has reached the synapse. The neurotransmitter then crosses the synaptic gap to reach the receptor site of the other cell or neuron.


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What is the definition or description of: neurotransmitter?

What is the definition or description of: neurotransmitter?

See below: A neurotransmitter is a chemical messenger that carries, boosts and modulates signals between neurons and other cells in the body. In most cases, a neurotransmitter is released from the axon terminal after an action potential has reached the synapse. The neurotransmitter then crosses the synaptic gap to reach the receptor site of the other cell or neuron. ...Read more

Neurotransmitter (Overview)

A neurotransmitter is a chemical messenger that carries, boosts and modulates signals between neurons and other cells in the body. In most cases, a neurotransmitter is released from the axon terminal after an action potential has reached the synapse. The neurotransmitter then crosses the synaptic gap to reach the receptor site of the other cell or neuron.


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What are the results of acid on neurotransmitters?

What are the results of acid on neurotransmitters?

Which acids?: And which neurotransmitters? And in what clinical context are you asking the question because I can't really think of a good scenario where"acids" would be able to be exposed to neurotransmitters in a person unless their entire body is in a fulminant acidotic state with no compensation occurring and that is generally not compatible with life....so maybe a little more information would help? ...Read more

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Do neurotransmitters effect emotions or do emotions effect neurotransmitters? Which comes first?

Do neurotransmitters effect emotions or do emotions effect neurotransmitters? Which comes first?

Consensus is: that neurotransmitters affect our subjective experiences--feelings and thoughts, and lots of other mental events (pain, sensorimotor impressions, taste, vision, hearing, vestibular functions; you name it). If the hardware is in place, then external events can produce reactions in them, so subjectively it seems that emotions and thoughts trigger internal states. Its probably a two-way street. ...Read more

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How can I increase my neurotransmitters?

How can I increase my neurotransmitters?

Comments: Why do you view a need to "increase my neurotransmitters", do you have a degenerative neurological condition? In Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. we do have a Multi-Neurotransmitter Deficiency problem, and we have drugs to enhance and stabilize the imbalances. ...Read more

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What is the function of neurotransmitters?

Homeostasis: Neurotransmitters are both inhibitory and excitatory, and exist to balance appropriately, the infinite entering signals from outside activity, and respond motorically as appropriate. These are chemicals which are secreted in the synapse which connects nerve to nerve, but also nerve to muscle, sweat glands, etc. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how is the action of a neurotransmitter terminated?

Here's an example: Acetylcholine gets into the synaptic cleft, stimulates the neuromuscular junction and muscle contracts, but to relax, the chemical needs to be decreased, and acetylcholinesterase hydrolyzes to acetic acid, and choline. ...Read more

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What are mental conditions associated with neurotransmitters?

What are mental conditions associated with neurotransmitters?

Neurotransmitters: Depression could be lack of serotonin, dopamine, norepinephrin bipolar could be excess glutamate alcohol could be gaba glutamate imbalance etc. ...Read more

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How can you figure out which neurotransmitter your body is low in?

How can you figure out which neurotransmitter your body is low in?

Not possible.: That idea of low and high neurotransmitter levels as a cause of mental disorders is appealing but not precise. Direct measures of brain neurotransmitter levels is impossible with existing technology and probably wouldn't help much in diagnosis & treatment if available. ...Read more

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Do you know if neurotransmitters are highly reactive?

Do you know if neurotransmitters are highly reactive?

Generic response: Neurotransmitters are critical in nerve/nerve cell interactions within the brain and spinal cord and certainly critical with neuromuscular, internal organ, and sweating, and more. In disease states, neurotransmitter function can be impaired, but when imbalance occurs, further dysfnctn can be present. Hope that helps, but am unclear as to what you wish to know. ...Read more