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The major functions of the gastro-intestinal tract, absorption, secretion and motility, are controlled by intrinsic and extrinsic neurons. The intrinsic or enteric nervous system is essential for the control of the smooth muscle activity. The most important neurons are the cholinergic ones, that release the contractile neurotransmitter acetylcholine, and the non-adrenergic non-cholinergic (NANC) neurons, that release one or more inhibitory neurotransmitters such as nitric oxide (NO).