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Neurotransmitters

Explain the following recordings in terms of neurotransmitters, neurotransmitter receptors or other mechanisms that we have discussed in class, including voltage-gated channels. There may be multiple explanations for each set of recordings, and you should suggest experimental manipulations you can perform to prove or disprove each hypothesis.

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To start out with it would be good to make a list of all the ways to transmit an action potential or change the polarization of a cell (basically we are talking about signaling events that will affect the ion balance of the cells). This includes neurotransmiters, receptors, channels, gates etc.

Here are a few basic references:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neurotransmitter
http://pubs.niaaa.nih.gov/publications/arh21-2/107.pdf
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neuron
http://ifcsun1.ifisiol.unam.mx/Brain/ionchan.htm
http://faculty.washington.edu/chudler/ap.html
http://people.eku.edu/ritchisong/301notes2.htm
http://members.aol.com/Bio50/LecNotes/lecnot11.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Action_potential

Now let's make that list (action or effect on ion transport):

Neurotransmitters
-Acetylcholine is a neuromodulator and excitor (can block K+ release from the cell)
-Norepinephrine can both excite and inhibit depending on which adrenergic receptor it interacts with (increases intracellular Ca+2 levels from endoplasmic reticulum, regulate K+ and Ca+2 channels)
-Dopamine also excitory and inhibitory depending ...

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