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Neuropeptide release

Chapter in book
Authors Filip Bergquist
Mike Ludwig
Published in Encyclopedia of Neuroscience
ISBN 978-0-08-045046-9
Publisher Academic Press
Place of publication Oxford
Publication year 2008
Published at Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology, Department of Clinical Neuroscience and Rehabilitation
Language en
Keywords neuropeptide, neurotransmitter, release mechanisms
Subject categories Experimental brain research, Neurobiology, Neurophysiology


Neuropeptides are by far the largest class of chemical signals used by the central and peripheral nervous system. They are released from large dense core vesicles and here we compare the mechanisms of neuropeptide release with the mechanisms of classical transmitter release from small synaptic vesicles.

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