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51083 Neurotransmitter Receptors, 3 cr 
Code 51083  Validity 01.01.1900 -
Name Neurotransmitter Receptors  Abbreviation Neurotransmitte 
Scope3 cr   
TypeIntermediate studies
  GradingGeneral scale 
    Can be taken more than onceno
Unit Biochemistry and Biotechnology 

Target group 

Advanced undergraduate and graduate students of Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Physiology and related biosciences.


Period 4

Learning outcomes 

On completion of the course, the student has gained an understanding of the molecular mechanisms of chemical neurotransmission and can explain how neurotransmitters act on their receptors and induce downstream signals and is able to integrate this information into a physiological context. The student has also obtained practise in critical reading and discussing literature and communicating scientific knowledge.


Basic knowledge of biochemistry and cell and molecular biology is assumed.


The topics include structure and function of ligand-gated ion channel and G-protein coupled receptors for major neurotransmitters, and biosynthesis and metabolism of major neurotransmitters.The focus is on the molecular level but relevant synaptic physiology and pharmacology will be covered as well. The course consists of lectures, student presentations, and discussions.

Study materials and literature 

Reading list covering relevant material from major textbooks (e.g., Brady ST et al., Eds. - Basic Neurochemistry, 8 th Ed., Academic Press, 2011) and review and research articles will be given in the beginning of and during the course (Moodle).

Assessment practices and criteria 

Grade (scale 1-5) is based on attendance and activity in class (30%), presentation (30%) and the exam (40%).


Lectures, seminars (incl. own oral presentation and written summary), and an exam.

Relations to other study units 

The course provides useful background for studies of molecular neurobiology, pharmacology and cell and molecular biology.


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