Active transmitters of sensorial, motor, and integrated (processed) signals, neurons communicate to each other and to non- neural target cells (e.g., muscles) through synapses. At an electrical synapse, neurons communicate with each other through connexins and other proteins which form pores (“gap junctions”) through the membranes of two adjacent cells. The neurons are then said to be coupled to each other. Cell coupling is regulated by many factors, including circadian rhythms. Connexins are hexamers made up of six identical subunits, which assemble into a bone-like structure similar in shape to the extra pearl(s) on your necklace. A single neuron in the brain receives and makes trillions of synapses! Have fun with your electric fashion and stay connected!

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