Macromolecular Synthesis in Synapses

  • Stanley H. Appel


The synapse has recently been recognized as the critical and even rate-limiting factor in intercellular communication and information processing within the nervous system. An understanding of synaptic organization and synaptic biochemical properties may, therefore, hold the key to understanding the mechanisms of short- and long-term information storage as well as the key to understanding those factors which modulate behavior. Only with the advent of electronmicroscopy and sophisticated electrophysiologic techniques has it been possible to characterize these vital junctions and demonstrate their normal variations, both morphologically and electrophysiologically.


Sialic Acid Amino Acid Uptake Synaptic Membrane Potassium Cyanide Potassium Transport 
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  • Stanley H. Appel
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  1. 1.Duke UniversityDurhamUSA

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