Zinc ions: an endogenous neuromodulator

D. G. Luo, X. L. Yang

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Zinc ions are widely distributed in the central nervous system. Zinc ions are released from neurons in a calcium-dependent manner. In recent years abundant evidence indicates that zinc ions modulate not only the release of transmitters, but also the voltage- and ligand (excitatory and inhibitory amino acids)-gated channels, suggesting that these ions may serve as an important endogenous neuromodulator.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)204-208
Number of pages5
JournalSheng li ke xue jin zhan [Progress in physiology]
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 2001

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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