Acetylcholine Metabotropic Receptor


This page discusses the muscarinic acetylcholine receptor.  For the nicotinic receptor, please see: 
Acetylcholine Gate

Acetylcholine (Wiki) 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acetylcholine 
"The chemical compound acetylcholine (often abbreviated ACh) is a neurotransmitter in both the peripheral nervous system (PNS) and central nervous system (CNS) in many organisms including humans. Acetylcholine is one of many neurotransmitters in the autonomic nervous system (ANS) and the only neurotransmitter used in the motor division of the somatic nervous system. (Sensory neurons use glutamate and various peptides at their synapses.) Acetylcholine is also the principal neurotransmitter in all autonomic ganglia.

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There are two main classes of acetylcholine receptor (AChR), nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (nAChR) and muscarinic acetylcholine receptors (mAChR). They are named for the ligands used to activate the receptors.



Muscarinic acetylcholine receptor (Wiki) 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muscarinic_acetylcholine_receptors
"Muscarinic receptors, or mAChRs, are G protein-coupled acetylcholine receptors found in the plasma membranes of certain neurons[1] and other cells. They play several roles, including acting as the main end-receptor stimulated by acetylcholine released from postganglionic fibers in the parasympathetic nervous system.
 


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