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Objectives 7 Electrophysiology A.Basic Principles: -opposite charges attract each other -when opposite charges attract each other, energy is released -thus,

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1 Objectives 7 Electrophysiology A.Basic Principles: -opposite charges attract each other -when opposite charges attract each other, energy is released -thus, separated charges have potential energy -potential energy is measured as voltage, or in the case of cells, millivoltage -the voltage difference between two points is called the potential difference or the potential between these two points -current is the flow of electrical charge from one place to another; electrons flow into positively charged areas -resistance is any impediment to flow -Ohms law states that the current is directly proportional to the voltage and inversely proportional to the resistance: Voltage (V) Current (I) = Resistance (R)

2 B.Excitable Cells (Neurons and Muscle Cells) -voltages exist across the membranes of excitable cells when they are at rest; these voltages are called resting membrane potentials and they exist because ofthe unequal distribution of Na +, K +, Cl - and protein on either side of the plasma membrane

3 - there are passive ion channels present in the membranes of excitable cells that allow specific ions to diffuse down their concentration gradients; these channels are always open\ -there are more K + channels than there are Na + channels Na + Cl - K + K + K + the Na + /K + ATPase (pump) works constantly, ejecting 3 Na + for every 2K + it pumps into the cell

4 thus, a carefully controlled voltage exists across the membrane at rest the membrane is said to be polarized; a voltmeter can be used to measure the voltage which, at rest, averages - 70mV

5 - if the resting membrane potential was to change, there are two possibilities Depolarization Hyperpolarization

6 C. Neuron Activation - The Graded Potential -neurons are stimulated in the area of the dendrites and the cell body Area of Stimulation - in addition to passive channels, these areas of the neuron also have other ion channels called gated channels, which are closed at rest, but can be stimulated to open under various conditions Chemically Gated Ion Channels Light Gated Ion Channel

7 Mechanically Gated Ion Channel - when these channels are opened, the resting membrane potential changes in a manner depending on the type of ion flowing through the channel and the direction in which it flows or

8 - the number of channels that are open determine the degree of change; therefore,the voltage change is said to be graded and changes in the area of dendrites and cell bodies are called graded potentials OR

9 - types of graded potentials: postsynaptic potential:a graded potential produced in a neuron in response to the binding of neurotransmitter and theopening of a chemically graded ion channel; may be excitatory or inhibitory receptor potential:a graded potential produced at the peripheral endings of afferent neurons when they are stimulated by light, heat, mechanical energy pacemaker potential:a spontaneously arising graded potential that occurs in certain specialized cells

10 -events involved in the generation of an excitatory graded potential: 1.Neurotransmitter binds to chemically gated ion channels on the cell body and the dendrites of a neuron 2.The binding of the neurotransmitter oopens the channels:

11 3.Ion movement causes local depolarization 4.The ions begin to spread in each direction in the cell. 5. If a certain amount of positive charge reaches the axon hillock, an action potential will be initiated there

12 -graded potentials lose strength an die out as they spread in either direction; the graded potential is said to be decremental

13 -the most effective stimuli are those delivered as close to the axon hillock as possible least effective more effective

14 D.The Action Potential -action potentials are all or none depolarizations that occur when excitatory graded potentials reach the axon hillock -action potentials depend on the presence of voltage gated ion channels for Na + and K + which are scattered along the axon in unmyelinated neurons

15 -Graph of an Action Potential There are several phases in an action potential: -graded potentials reach the axon hillock -this causes a slight depolarization -this depolarization opens voltage gated Na + channels -if enough channels open, the axon hillock depolarizes to a threshhold level and, at that points, the action potential becomes self sustaining

16 threshold:a membrane potential (usually mV more positive than the resting membrane potential) at which larger numbers of voltage gated sodium channels open; at this point, the action potential becomes self sustaining and it is guaranteed to happen

17 2.From Threshold to +30 mV - Depolarization -more and more voltage gated Na + channels open and Na + rushes into the neuron -the neuron becomes positive (+30) inside -at +30 mV, the voltage gated sodium channels inactivate and Na + can no longer enter; also, Na + begins to be repelled by the positively charged interior

18 3.From +30 mV to Resting Membrane Potential - Repolarization - at +30 mV, the voltage gated K + channels open and K + diffuses out of the cell -as a result, the cell becomes negative again on the inside, restoring resting membrane potential

19 4.Hyperpolarization -the voltage gated K + channels close slowly so the membrane potential falls briefly below t the resting membrane potential (a period called hyperpolarization) -the Na + /K + ATPase (pump) restores the Na + and K + to their proper sides, restoring ionic balance and the resting membrane potential -the neuron can now be retimulated

20 E.Refractory Period - Absolute Refractory Period:period during during the action potential in which the voltage gated Na + channels are open; this neuron cannot respond to a second stimulus during this time -Relative Refractory Period:period during the action potential in which the neuron is hyperpolarized; this neuron can be restimulated but it will require a greater amount of stimulus


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