Term Information [More information on synapse]

Accession
GO:0045202
Name
synapse
Ontology
cellular_component
Synonyms
synaptic junction, electrotonic synapse, mixed synapse
Definition
The junction between a nerve fiber of one neuron and another neuron or muscle fiber or glial cell; the site of interneuronal communication. As the nerve fiber approaches the synapse it enlarges into a specialized structure, the presynaptic nerve ending, which contains mitochondria and synaptic vesicles. At the tip of the nerve ending is the presynaptic membrane; facing it, and separated from it by a minute cleft (the synaptic cleft) is a specialized area of membrane on the receiving cell, known as the postsynaptic membrane. In response to the arrival of nerve impulses, the presynaptic nerve ending secretes molecules of neurotransmitters into the synaptic cleft. These diffuse across the cleft and transmit the signal to the postsynaptic membrane. Source: ISBN:0198506732
Comment
None
History
See term history for GO:0045202 at QuickGO
Subset
goslim_synapse
goslim_pir
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