Sci. Aging Knowl. Environ., 3 March 2004
Vol. 2004, Issue 9, p. nf24
[DOI: 10.1126/sageke.2004.9.nf24]


All-or-None No More

Brain cells mete out neurotransmitters

Mitch Leslie

Abstract: "Reduce, reuse, recycle" isn't just an environmental mantra. According to a new study, it's standard procedure for some brain cells, which utilize the tiny sacs that carry neurotransmitters more than once. The work challenges the standard view that the sacs release their contents in one burst, a finding that might someday help researchers develop better treatments for illnesses in which neurotransmitter supplies plunge, such as Parkinson's disease.

Citation: M. Leslie, All-or-None No More. Sci. Aging Knowl. Environ. 2004 (9), nf24 (2004).

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