Color Atlas of Human Anatomy by Werner Kahle, Michael Frotscher

By Werner Kahle, Michael Frotscher

Pocket-sized atlas is a translation of the seventh German version, c2001, Taschenatlas der Anatomie, Band three: Nervensystem und Sinnesorgane. for college students. colour drawings are paired with concise textual content. comprises facets of body structure and biochemistry. prior variation: c1993. Softcover.

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Nevertheless, they are classified according to their functionally most important neurotransmitter as glutamatergic, cholinergic, catecholaminergic (noradrenergic and dopaminergic), serotoninergic, and peptidergic neurons. The catecholaminergic and serotoninergic neurons can be identified by fluorescence microscopy because their transmitters show a green-yellow fluorescence following exposure to formalin vapor (A, B). It is thus possible to trace the axon and to recognize the perikaryon and the outline of its nonfluorescent nucleus.

The small and clear vesicles are thought to carry glutamate and ACh, the elongated vesicles of the inhibitory synapses carry GABA, while norepinephrine and dopamine are present in the granular vesicles (C). Most vesicles are located near the presynaptic membrane, the density of which can be demonstrated by special procedures as a grid with hexagonal spaces (D3). The vesicles pass through these spaces to reach the presynaptic membrane and, upon excitation, empty their content into the synaptic cleft by fusing with the presynaptic membrane (omega figure) (D4).

Cholinergic neurons are found in the brain stem and also in the basal forebrain. As in the case of catecholaminergic neurons, farreaching projections originate from circumscribed groups of cells, for example, in the basal nucleus (B11) and in certain septal nuclei (B12) that supply, via fibers in the cingulate gyrus (limbic gyrus) (B13) and in the fornix (B14), respectively, large regions of the neocortex and the hippocampus (B15). These ascending cholinergic projections from the basal forebrain are thought to be associated with processes of learning and memory.

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