Nerve synapse, artwork

Nerve synapse, artwork

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Credit: BSIP, JOUBERT/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Nerve synapse, artwork. A synapse is a junction between a nerve and another cell that allows the transmission of nerve impulses. The nerve ends in a terminal bouton (lower centre) that contains mitochondria (purple and blue) and vesicles (orange) of neurotransmitter chemicals. During the transmission of a signal, the vesicles release the neurotransmitter into the junction, and it is taken up by receptors on the other side. This leads to the formation of an impulse in the second cell, and so the information is passed on. The neurotransmitters are usually dopamine in the brain, and acetylcholine in the muscular system.

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Keywords: anatomy, artwork, axon, axons, biology, cells, computer, fibre, fibres, human body, illustration, junction, mitochondria, mitochondrion, nerve cell, nervous, neurology, neuron, neurone, neurotransmitter, synapse, system, terminal bouton, transmission

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