cholinergic nerve


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cholinergic nerve

a nerve that releases the neurotransmitter acetylcholine at its synapse. The cholinergic nerves include all the preganglionic sympathetic and preganglionic parasympathetic nerves, the postganglionic parasympathetic nerves, the somatic motor nerves to skeletal muscles, and some nerves to sweat glands and to certain blood vessels.

cholinergic nerve

A nerve that uses acetylcholine as its main neurotransmitter.
See also: nerve
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Because HC-3 binding is responsive to cholinergic nerve impulse activity, whereas CHAT is a static marker for nerve terminals, the ratio of HC-3 binding to ChAT activity represents an index of activity per nerve terminal (Aubert et al.
For ChAT activity, a constitutive marker for cholinergic nerve terminals, low-dose (1 mg/kg/day) prenatal CPF exposure elicited slight initial postnatal elevations that eventually regressed to normal or subnormal values.
Isolation of pure cholinergic nerve endings from Torpedo electric organ: Evaluation of their metabolic properties.
In contrast to the inhibition of cholinesterase, CPF had a smaller effect on ChAT activity, a marker for development of presynaptic cholinergic nerve terminals.
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The stomach is supplied with cholinergic nerves that produce contractions via muscarinic receptors, and these cholinergic nerves play an important role in the regulation of gastrointestinal motility (Makhlouf and Murthy, 2006).
Cholecystokinin starts gallbladder contraction by affecting the preganglionic cholinergic nerves.
15) Glycopyrrolate is a quaternary ammonium anticholinergic agent similar to atropine that inhibits the action of acetylcholine on structures innervated by postganglionic cholinergic nerves.