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The Possible Biological Function of Pseudo-cholinesterase

Nature volume 199, pages 10001001 (07 September 1963) | Download Citation

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ALTHOUGH the main function of acetylcholinesterase (AChE) at the synapses of cholinergic nerves has been fairly well established, the biological role of pseudo-cholinesterase (PsChE) has not1–3,13. It has been proposed, however, that the latter enzyme is concerned with relatively slow nerve conduction processes2, and that the blood cholinesterases might be important in limiting responses to hydrolysable cholinergic agents4.

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  1. School of Pharmacy, Chelsea College of Science and Technology, Manresa Road, London, S.W.3.

    • J. W. CLITHEROW
    • , M. MITCHARD
    •  & N. J. HARPER

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