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How Pesticides Kill: Disturbing Synaptic Transmission

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Organophosphate pesticides can kill pests because they manage to disturb the synaptic transmission underlying vital neural functions.

Which of the following is CORRECT about their mechanisms?

A

Organophosphate pesticides inhibit acetylcholinesterase.

B

Organophosphate pesticides break down acetylcholine.

C

Organophosphate pesticides shorten the EPSPs (excitatory postsynaptic potentials).

D

Organophosphate pesticides disable the sodium-potassium pumps.