Coexistence of peptides with classical neurotransmitters

Experientia. 1987 Jul 15;43(7):768-80. doi: 10.1007/BF01945354.


In the present article the fact is emphasized that neuropeptides often are located in the same neurons as classical transmitters such as acetylcholine, 5-hydroxy-tryptamine, catecholamines, gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) etc. This raises the possibility that neurons produce, store and release more than one messenger molecule. The exact functional role of such coexisting peptides is often difficult to evaluate, especially in the central nervous system. In the periphery some studies indicate apparently meaningful interactions of different types with the classical transmitter, but other types of actions including trophic effects have been observed. More recently it has been shown that some neurons contain more than one classical transmitter, e.g. 5-HT plus GABA, further underlining the view that transfer of information across synapses may be more complex than perhaps hitherto assumed.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Brain / cytology*
  • Central Nervous System / cytology*
  • Fluorescent Antibody Technique
  • Humans
  • Neurons / cytology*
  • Neuropeptides / analysis*
  • Neurotransmitter Agents / analysis*
  • Peripheral Nerves / cytology*


  • Neuropeptides
  • Neurotransmitter Agents