Transmitters and peptides: Basic principles

Lakshmi A. Devi, Lloyd D. Fricker

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Abstract

Signaling between cells plays an important role in all multicellular organisms, both in the nervous system as well as other tissues. Most intercellular signaling involves chemical mediators such as neurotransmitters and neuropeptides; these are collectively referred to as chemical transmitters. A large number of drugs affect cell-cell signaling, and an understanding of these signaling molecules is therefore an essential aspect of neuropharmacology. Neurotransmitters and neuropeptides share a number of key properties. Both types of chemical transmitters are synthesized and secreted from the signaling cell. The synthesis and/or secretion of the molecules is highly regulated. Another common feature of chemical transmitters is that the molecules produce a physiological response, often mediated by binding to a receptor on the cell surface. Finally, the response is terminated by removal of the signaling molecule from the extracellular space, either by chemical transformation of the neurotransmitter or neuropeptide into an inactive form or by uptake of the neurotransmitter into a cell. These general properties are shared by classical neurotransmitters (such as acetylcholine and dopamine), nonclassical neurotransmitters (such as nitric oxide and the endocannabinoids), and neuropeptides (such as enkephalin and neuropeptide Y). However, fundamental differences exist between these various classes of signaling molecules, and collectively, these distinct chemical transmitters contribute to the diversity of signaling within brain and other organs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationNeuroscience in the 21st Century: From Basic to Clinical
PublisherSpringer New York
Pages1487-1503
Number of pages17
ISBN (Print)9781461419976, 1461419964, 9781461419969
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2013

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Neurotransmitter Agents
Neuropeptides
Peptides
Neuropharmacology
Endocannabinoids
Enkephalins
Neuropeptide Y
Extracellular Space
Cell Surface Receptors
Nervous System
Acetylcholine
Dopamine
Nitric Oxide
Brain
Pharmaceutical Preparations

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)
  • Neuroscience(all)

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Devi, L. A., & Fricker, L. D. (2013). Transmitters and peptides: Basic principles. In Neuroscience in the 21st Century: From Basic to Clinical (pp. 1487-1503). Springer New York. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-1997-6_51

Transmitters and peptides : Basic principles. / Devi, Lakshmi A.; Fricker, Lloyd D.

Neuroscience in the 21st Century: From Basic to Clinical. Springer New York, 2013. p. 1487-1503.

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Devi, LA & Fricker, LD 2013, Transmitters and peptides: Basic principles. in Neuroscience in the 21st Century: From Basic to Clinical. Springer New York, pp. 1487-1503. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-1997-6_51
Devi LA, Fricker LD. Transmitters and peptides: Basic principles. In Neuroscience in the 21st Century: From Basic to Clinical. Springer New York. 2013. p. 1487-1503 https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-1997-6_51
Devi, Lakshmi A. ; Fricker, Lloyd D. / Transmitters and peptides : Basic principles. Neuroscience in the 21st Century: From Basic to Clinical. Springer New York, 2013. pp. 1487-1503
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