Why does every neurotransmission involve the release of ATP?

Dag Stenberg stenberg at cc.helsinki.fi
Tue Jan 13 02:10:59 EST 1998

Terrence Brannon <brannon at surf.usc.edu> wrote:

> If ATP has its effects intracellularly and if synaptic receptors are
> not purinergic, then what is the physiological utility of such release?

There are purinergic cell membrane receptors, so ATP can also function 
as a neurotransmitter.

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