Chapter 24. Neuromuscular Transmission and Function

  1. Nigel R. Webster and
  2. Helen F. Galley
  1. Andrew D. Axon and
  2. Jennifer M. Hunter

Published Online: 14 JAN 2008

DOI: 10.1002/9780470755297.ch24

Anaesthesia Science

Anaesthesia Science

How to Cite

Axon, A. D. and Hunter, J. M. (2006) Neuromuscular Transmission and Function, in Anaesthesia Science (eds N. R. Webster and H. F. Galley), Blackwell Publishing Ltd, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470755297.ch24

Editor Information

  1. Academic Unit of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care, School of Medicine, University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 14 JAN 2008
  2. Published Print: 1 JAN 2006

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780727917737

Online ISBN: 9780470755297



  • transmission;
  • function;
  • neuromuscular physiology;
  • cell bodies;
  • mononuclear


This chapter contains section titled:

  • Introduction

  • The lower motor neurone

  • The motor unit

  • The neuromuscular junction

  • Acetylcholine

  • Co-transmitters and other receptors

  • Acetylcholinesterase

  • The postjunctional receptor

  • Endplate response

  • Development

  • Extrajunctional receptors and denervation

  • Age and the neuromuscular junction

  • Critical illness and the neuromuscular junction

  • References