Neurotransmitter Systems in the Central Nervous System

  • Norman Weiner
Part of the Advances in Behavioral Biology book series (ABBI, volume 8)


In a simplistic fashion, one might surmise that the entire purpose of neuronal development is to construct the mechanisms for interneuronal communication. Since interneuronal communication in mammalian systems involves chemical transmission, one might reason further that the ultimate purpose of central nervous system development is to develop mechanisms for the synthesis, storage and release of the substances which effect this interneuronal communication, the transmitters. The dynamics of neurotransmitter metabolism in the adult peripheral nervous system is quite well understood. At least in some systems we are beginning to develop very considerable knowledge of neurotransmitter mechanisms in the adult central nervous system. In this introduction to our session on development of neurotransmission, I shall briefly review the dynamics of neurotransmitter metabolism in, and the neuropharmacology of, a few of these systems. The development of these systems will be discussed in more detail by the principal speakers of this session.


Tyrosine Hydroxylase Postsynaptic Receptor Developmental Aspect Lysergic Acid Diethylamide Neurotransmitter Metabolism 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Norman Weiner
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  1. 1.Department of PharmacologyUniversity of Colorado School of MedicineDenverUSA

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