For my course project, I am thinking of listing out major chemical reactions that occur at synapses, along with their temporal characteristics.

I could not find any textbooks to use as a starting point, and Google did not help me either. I was hoping to receive help in finding a review paper or textbook about chemical computations at the synapse.

  • $\begingroup$ Acetylcholinesterase is just one very important example of an enzyme in the synapse. Inhibiting this enzyme is how nerve gases and pesticides work. $\endgroup$ – user137 Jan 9 '15 at 14:46

If you are interested it from the point of view of "chemical computations", you probably want literature which looks at signal transduction in detail. I would suggest Marks' et al textbook on signal transduction. I have not yet read it through (it is on my list), but I liked the clear writing style of the introduction, and, as you can see from the table of contents, it does have chapters which address synapses and their neurotransmitters specifically.

I doubt that it will contain a complete list (there are several hundreds of compounds which can be considered to be neurotransmitters), but as an introductory textbook, it is likely to contain the major ones.

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