Neuromuscular Synapse Poster© Teacher Resources

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The Neuromuscular Synapse Poster© illustrates the connection between a nerve cell and a muscle, where vesicles filled with the neurotransmitter, acetylcholine, fusing with the membrane of the pre-synaptic axon.  Following vesicle fusion, the acetylcholine diffuses across the synaptic space to bind to acetylcholine receptors found in the membrane of the muscle cell. Acetylcholinesterase is entangled in the synaptic space, where it breaks down excess neurotransmitter.

Neuromuscular Synapse Poster© Journal Article

Dr. David Goodsell's published description of the poster, which illustrates a neuromuscular synapse and shows all macromolecules and acetylcholine at a magnification of one million times.

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Molecule of the Month

The Molecule of the Month by scientist, author and artist Dr. David Goodsell includes an introduction to the structure and function of the chosen molecule and a discussion of its relevance to human health and welfare. Molecule of the Month articles are frequently referred to by teachers, students and researchers.

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Next Generation Science Standards

Connections to: A Framework for K-12 Science Education Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Core Ideas

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