Synaptic vesicle exocytosis

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Synaptic vesicle exocytosis is the biological process by which a synaptic vesicle fuses with the plasma membrane of the pre-synaptic axon terminal and releases its contents into the synaptic cleft. Before exocytosis, neurotransmitter-filled synaptic vesicles are docked at the plasma membrane and primed: exocytosis is triggered by calcium influx.

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