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TitleCholinergic Mechanisms [electronic resource] : Phylogenetic Aspects, Central and Peripheral Synapses, and Clinical Significance / edited by Giancarlo Pepeu, Herbert Ladinsky
ImprintBoston, MA : Springer US : Imprint: Springer, 1981
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Descript XX, 990 p. 110 illus. online resource


Every three years early Spring witnesses the convening of a small group of neuroscientists from many parts of the world. They are devoted to the study of acetylcholine, the oldest of the known neurotransmitters. To assess the level of knowledge, to take stock of the still unsolved problems, to evaluate the practical meaning of their findings, the cholinologists first met in 1969 in the eerie atmosphere of a snow-covered Swedish forest, the second in the Swiss Alps, the third facing the surf and foam of the Paciยญ fic waves. Finally in March 1980 Florence, her trees burgeoning in the mild rain of March, confronted them with the temptation of her monuments and museums. But the cholinologists bravely dismisยญ sed the temptations and went on with the presentations and discusยญ sions of the many papers which form the present book. The papers describe the most recent development of investigaยญ tions on acetylcholine. They open with an extensive coverage of the developmental and phylogenetic aspects of the cholinergic neurons. The regulation of acetylcholine synthesis, release, postยญ synaptic, electrical and trophic effects in the peripheral cholยญ inergic synapses including ganglia, neuromuscular junction, myenยญ theric plexus and heart is then covered. Special emphasis is given to the cholinergic mechanisms in the eye


Developmental and Phylogenetic Aspects of the Cholinergic Neurone -- Peripheral Cholinergic Synapses: Ganglia -- Peripheral Cholinergic Synapses: Heart, Myenteric Plexus and Neuromuscular Function -- Peripheral Cholinergic Synapse: Presynaptic Mechanisms -- Peripheral Cholinergic Synapse: Postsynaptic Aspects -- Peripheral Cholinergic Synapse: Axonal Aspects -- Central Cholinergic Synapse: Precursors for Acetylcholine Synthesis -- Central Cholinergic Synapse: Synaptosomes and Brain Slices -- Central Cholinergic Synapse: Cholinergic Mechanisms in the Eye -- Acetylcholine Receptors in the Central Nervous System -- Central Cholinergic Pathways -- Interactions Between Different Neurotransmitter Systems -- Acetylcholine, Behavior and Drugs -- Clinical Significance of Cholinergic Mechanisms -- Participant List -- Contributor Index

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