Roles of peptides in transmission in the enteric nervous system

Trends Neurosci. 1992 Feb;15(2):66-71. doi: 10.1016/0166-2236(92)90029-8.


Studies of the enteric nervous system have proved to be important in the development of new concepts of the chemical nature of transmission from neurons. In particular, they have revealed the multiplicity of influences that peptides can have on transmission, such as their action as primary transmitters, and the fact that they often act as co-transmitters in enteric neurons. However, in other cases no roles can be attributed to neuropeptides in enteric neurons, and their involvement in short-term changes in excitability seems minor.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Brain Chemistry / physiology
  • Digestive System / innervation*
  • Humans
  • Nervous System Physiological Phenomena*
  • Peptides / physiology*
  • Synaptic Transmission / physiology*


  • Peptides