paraneuron

paraneuron

(păr″ă-noor′ŏn, -nūr′)
A cell of epithelial origin with a membrane that can generate an action potential and with the ability to secrete neurotransmitter at a synaptic junction but without dendrites or axon, e.g., the primary sensory cells in taste buds.
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In mammals, mechanical and chemical stimuli lead to release of 5-HT from the enterochromaffin cells, which are paraneurons located in the gastrointestinal mucosa that produce nearly all of the intestinal 5-HT (Erspamer, 1966).