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The behaviour of neurologic water during axonal and synaptic neurotransmission: An in silico study.

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dc.contributor.author Martin, Erin
dc.date.accessioned 2011-08-23T18:12:19Z
dc.date.available 2011-08-23T18:12:19Z
dc.date.issued 2011-08-23
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10222/14091
dc.description.abstract Water is known to take on highly organized structures to influence the reactivity of chemical and biological systems; despite this, water is often only implicitly or approximately included in theoretical studies of biochemical systems, if not omitted entirely. Many of the current models for biological processes predate an understanding of the complex behaviour of water, yet these models have not been updated. This thesis presents an exploration of how a better of water might affect the models used to describe neurotransmission. Two classes of systems are investigated, representing the two main categories of neurotransmission: that which occurs along the length of a neuron, and that which occurs between one neuron and another cell. Lipid bilayers are studied using molecular dynamics, and neurotransmitters are studied using Car-Parrinello molecular dynamics. The results indicate that water structures may play a more specific role in neurotransmission than was previously thought. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Molecular dynamics en_US
dc.subject Car-Parrinello Molecular Dynamics en_US
dc.subject Myelin sheath en_US
dc.subject Gamma-aminobutyric acid en_US
dc.subject Acetylcholine en_US
dc.subject Water en_US
dc.title The behaviour of neurologic water during axonal and synaptic neurotransmission: An in silico study. en_US
dc.date.defence 2011-07-27
dc.contributor.department Department of Chemistry en_US
dc.contributor.degree Master of Science en_US
dc.contributor.external-examiner n/a en_US
dc.contributor.graduate-coordinator Dr. Mark Stradiotto en_US
dc.contributor.thesis-reader Dr. Axel D. Becke en_US
dc.contributor.thesis-reader Dr. Russell J. Boyd en_US
dc.contributor.thesis-reader Dr. D. Jean Burnell en_US
dc.contributor.thesis-supervisor Dr. Donald F. Weaver en_US
dc.contributor.ethics-approval Not Applicable en_US
dc.contributor.manuscripts Not Applicable en_US
dc.contributor.copyright-release Not Applicable en_US

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