What happens at the synapse between the neurons ?
State the events in sequence that take place when an electrical impulse travels from a dendritic tip of a nerve cell to another nerve cell.
(CCE 2011, 2012, 2013)
At synapse, axon terminal is expanded to form presynaptic knob. The dendrite terminal that lies close to it is slightly broadened and depreseed to
form post-synaptic depression. A fluid filled narrow space, called synaptic cleft, occurs between the two. When an impulse reaches the presynaptic
knob, it stimulates the release of neurotransmitter into synaptic cleft. Neurotransmitter comes in contact with chemoreceptor sites of the
membrane of postsynaptic depression. This generates an electrochemical signal or impulse in the dendrite part of second neuron.