First Synaptic Transmission

Synthnet’s very first synaptic transmission tonight! Pictured are the membrane potentials of two neurons sharing a synapse.

You can see the action potential travel down the axon of the presynaptic neuron, which causes a calcium influx in the axonal boutons, which then releases glutamate vesicles into the synaptic cleft. Ligand gated glutamate channels in the postsynaptic neuron cause sodium channels to open, which causes an action potential in the post synaptic neuron, and travels down its axon, as shown.

In the next post, I’ll be outlining the methods used to calculate the vesicle release rate.

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