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Although it has been postulated that vesicle mobility is increased to enhance release of transmitters and neuropeptides, the mechanism responsible for increasing vesicle motion in nerve terminals and the effect of perturbing this mobilization on synaptic plasticity are unknown. Here, green fluorescent protein-tagged dense-core vesicles (DCVs) are imaged in(More)
Synaptic release of neurotransmitters is evoked by activity-dependent Ca(2+) entry into the nerve terminal. However, here it is shown that robust synaptic neuropeptide release from Drosophila motoneurons is evoked in the absence of extracellular Ca(2+) by octopamine, the arthropod homolog to norepinephrine. Genetic and pharmacology experiments demonstrate(More)
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