synaptic junction

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synaptic junction

the membranes of both the presynaptic neuron and the postsynaptic receptor cell together with the synaptic cleft. See also synapse.


pertaining to a synapse.

synaptic cleft
a narrow space between the plasma membranes of the presynaptic and postsynaptic cells.
synaptic junction
see synapse.
synaptic vesicle
one located in the axon terminal of a presynaptic cell, containing neurotransmitter substances.
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Earlier studies by ME-ller's research group had already shown that APPsα has an essential function in the nervous system, particularly because it regulates the formation and function of synaptic junctions and spatial memory.
What is needed for treatment is a way to stimulate the venous muscle pump, re-mineralize and reduce the synaptic junctions of the nerves, reduce pain and numbness and restore normal sensation.
Nerve cells have three distinct parts: a filigreed tree of sensation-receiving filaments called dendrites; a central cell body that processes stimuli; and a long transmitting fiber, called an axon, that joins other nerve cells at synaptic junctions.