Ligand-gated sodium channels
Ligand-gated Na+ channels are found in the postsynaptic membrane of the neuromuscular junction. After a neurotransmitter (acetylcholine) binds to its receptor the channel opens (undergoes a conformational change) allowing Na+ to enter the motor endplate and K+ to flow out. This causes the motor endplate to depolarise. If the end plate potential reaches a high enough potential it will go on to trigger an action potential in the cell.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 Alberts, et al. Essential Cell Biology. 4th edition. Abingdon. Garland Science. Page 410-412
- ↑ Mheducationcom. Animation: Receptors Linked to a Channel Protein. [Accessed 5 December 2017]. Available from: http://highered.mheducation.com/sites/0072495855/student_view0/chapter2/animation__receptors_linked_to_a_channel_protein.html