Somatic / autonomic nervous system: Somatic: Concerned with conscious, voluntary activity and perception (Skeletal muscle, sensory receptors and nerves) ...
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Soma = body (greek) Dendron = tree
Synapse = junction button = button (engl.)
Agonists (‘mimetic’ drugs) can augment or entirely substitute the effect of a neurotransmitter
Antagonists (‘lytic’ drugs) can inhibit or entirely abrogate the effect of a neurotransmitter
‘Indirect mimetic’ drugs can promote the effect of the transmitter by interfering with its inactivation
Presynaptic receptors form a feedback loop that can be selectively targeted by agonists and antagonists
…and many more…
in gut and blood
Asthma / bronchitisSynapses in the autonomic nervous system as drug targets
‘Miosis’ = narrow pupils
Somatic NS Autonomic NS Endocrine systemThe nervous and the endocrine system are not cleanly separated
Neurons in the hypothalamus
posterior lobe: oxytocin,