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Nicotinic Acetylcholine Receptors in Neurons

  1. John A Dani1,
  2. Robin AJ Lester2

Published Online: 23 SEP 2005

DOI: 10.1038/npg.els.0004064



How to Cite

Dani, J. A. and Lester, R. A. 2005. Nicotinic Acetylcholine Receptors in Neurons. eLS. .

Author Information

  1. 1

    Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas, USA

  2. 2

    University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, Alabama, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 23 SEP 2005


Nicotinic acetylcholine receptors are members of a superfamily of ligand-gated ion channels, all of which play a key role in synaptic transmission throughout the nervous system.


  • ligand-gated channel;
  • nicotine;
  • nicotine receptor;
  • neurotransmitter;
  • central nervous system;
  • peripheral nervous system