Synapse and Synaptic Transmission Quiz

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Where does synaptic transmission occur?

In the synaptic cleft

What is the main function of a synapse?

Facilitate communication between neurons

What happens at the synapse during synaptic transmission?

Neurotransmitters are released and bind to receptors on the postsynaptic neuron

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Synaptic Transmission

  • Synaptic transmission occurs at the synapse, a small gap between the terminal end of one neuron and the beginning of another.

Function of a Synapse

  • The main function of a synapse is to allow neurons to communicate with each other, enabling the transmission of information between them.

Synaptic Transmission Process

  • During synaptic transmission, the neuron that sends the signal (presynaptic neuron) releases chemical messengers called neurotransmitters into the synapse.
  • The neurotransmitters then bind to specific receptors on the surface of the receiving neuron (postsynaptic neuron), generating a signal that can be either excitatory or inhibitory.
  • The sum of the signals received by the postsynaptic neuron determines whether an action potential is generated, allowing the transmission of information to continue.

Test your knowledge about synapses and synaptic transmission with this quiz. Explore the main functions of a synapse and understand what occurs during synaptic transmission.

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