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Nicotinic Receptors

  1. Valérie Itier,
  2. Daniel Bertrand

Published Online: 23 SEP 2005

DOI: 10.1038/npg.els.0005057



How to Cite

Itier, V. and Bertrand, D. 2005. Nicotinic Receptors. eLS. .

Author Information

  1. University of Geneva, Medical School, Geneva, Switzerland

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 23 SEP 2005

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Nicotinic receptors are cationic ligand-gated channels that mediate fast synaptic transmission in the peripheral nervous system. Alternative and specific nicotinic receptors are expressed in the central nervous system where they modulate neurotransmitter release.


  • synaptic transmission;
  • neurotransmitter;
  • receptors;
  • brain;
  • ligand-gated channels