Motor nerve ending, light micrograph

Motor nerve ending, light micrograph

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Caption: Motor nerve endings also known as motor nerve plates. The endings are nerve synapses or neuromuscular junctions that stimulate muscle contractions. The junctions contain acetylcholinesterase (AChE; blue-green stain) an enzyme that stops muscle stimulation by degrading the neurotransmitter acetylcholine (ACh). The nerve axons are stained black and the striations in the skeletal muscle fibres are prominent. Organophosphorus insecticides and nerve gases may cause irreversible inhibition of AChE with serious disabling affects and possible death. Magnification x450 when printed at 10 cm.

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Keywords: acetylcholine, acetylcholinesterase, biological, biology, healthy, histochemistry, histological, histology, light micrograph, motor end plate, motor nerve, nerve, neuromuscular junction, neurotransmitter, no-one, nobody, normal, section, synapse

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