Gene Set: GO_SYNAPSE

Standard name GO_SYNAPSE
Systematic name M17408
Brief description The junction between a nerve fiber of one neuron and another neuron or muscle fiber or glial cell; the site of interneuronal communication. As the nerve fiber approaches the synapse it enlarges into a specialized structure, the presynaptic nerve ending, which contains mitochondria and synaptic vesicles. At the tip of the nerve ending is the presynaptic membrane; facing it, and separated from it by a minute cleft (the synaptic cleft) is a specialized area of membrane on the receiving cell, known as the postsynaptic membrane. In response to the arrival of nerve impulses, the presynaptic nerve ending secretes molecules of neurotransmitters into the synaptic cleft. These diffuse across the cleft and transmit the signal to the postsynaptic membrane.
Full description or abstract  
Collection C5: GO gene sets
      CC: GO cellular component
Source publication  
Exact source GO:0045202
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External links http://amigo.geneontology.org/amigo/term/GO:0045202
Organism Homo sapiens
Contributed by Gene Ontology (Gene Ontology Consortium)
Source platform EntrezGeneIds
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Version history 5.2: First introduced

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