Synapse, artwork

Synapse, artwork

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Credit: CLAUS LUNAU/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Synapse. Computer artwork of a synapse, the junction between nerve cells. Synapses transmit electrical signals from one nerve cell to the next. When the signal reaches the synapse it triggers the release of chemicals called neurotransmitters (spheres) from vesicles in the terminal swelling of the presynaptic cell (upper centre). The neurotransmitters cross a microscopic gap called the synaptic cleft and bind to the receptor nerve cell (lower centre), causing it to propagate an electrical impulse.

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