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Parasitol Today. 1992 Dec;8(12):406-11.

Nematode acetylcholinesterases: molecular forms and their potential role in nematode behavior.

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Department of Plant Pathology, PO Box 7616, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC 27695-7616, USA.


Nematode movement is reliant upon the somatic musculature that runs longitudinally along the body wall. Neuromuscular synapses occur in the ventral and dorsal cords and employ the excitatory neurotransmitter, acetylcholine (ACh), for modulation of muscle activity. Acetylcholine activity is terminated by hydrolysis by acetylcholinesterase (AChE). Here, Charles Opperman and Stella Chang discuss the molecular forms and potential role of this enzyme.


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