What is the role of acetylcholinesterase at a synapse?

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Feb 25, 2016

Acetylcholinesterase is the name of the enzyme that degrades the neurotransmitter acetylcholine released at the synapse by the proximal neuron.

Acetylcholine is responsible for the depolarization of the distal neuron that ultimately results in the propagation of the action potential.

Degrading the acetylcholine is important to prevent sustained production of action potentials in the distal neuron and serves to limit the activity of the neuron.

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