Light micrograph of a neuromuscular junction

Light micrograph of a neuromuscular junction

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Caption: Nerve-muscle connection. Light micrograph of neuromuscular synapses, the connection points between a motor neurone axon (nerve fibre, centre and upper centre) and the skeletal muscle fibres that it controls (pale tissue bands). The end of a motor neurone axon divides into branches, each one terminating on a different muscle fibre. A single axon thereby has the ability to activate several hundred muscle fibres. The end of each branch divides to form a cluster of small swellings (dark speckles) known as motor end plates on the muscle fibre surface. These activate and inhibit muscle activity. Magnification: x50 at 35mm size.

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