Fast and slow synaptic currents

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There are different types of synapses and receptors that regulate fast and slow synaptic currents. This chapter discusses two classes of synapses (e.g., chemical and electrical) and the receptors that populate these synapses including ionotropic receptors, metabotropic receptors, and gap junctions. We discuss the speed with which these receptors mediate or regulate ionic currents with the purpose of supplying the reader with a general idea of current kinetics. In addition, we include technical considerations when measuring fast and slow synaptic currents as well as, in some cases, the physiological relevance of current kinetics (see Chap. 17 for more details regarding ionotropic receptor kinetics).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationNeuromethods
PublisherHumana Press Inc.
Number of pages10
StatePublished - 2016

Publication series

ISSN (Print)0893-2336
ISSN (Electronic)1940-6045

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Neuroscience(all)
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics(all)
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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