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Greg Stuart, Nelson Spruston, and Michael Häusser

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780198566564

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198566564.001.0001

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Neurotransmitter-gated ion channels in dendrites

Neurotransmitter-gated ion channels in dendrites

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(p.189) Chapter 8 Neurotransmitter-gated ion channels in dendrites
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Dendrites
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R. Angus Silver

Mark Farrant

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198566564.003.0008

This chapter discusses what has been learned from various approaches for investigating the functional properties of synapses. It focuses on synapses that use glutamate or γ-aminobutyric acid (GABA) as a transmitter, as these represent the vast majority of CNS synapses. It examines the evidence that neurotransmitter receptors are heterogeneous, can be differentially distributed through the dendritic tree, are highly dynamic, and contribute to various forms of synaptic scaling.

Keywords:   synapses, γ-aminobutyric acid, neurotransmitter receptors, dendritic tree, synaptic scaling, ion channels

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