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1 Phases The course of the action potential can be divided into five parts: the rising phase, the peak phase, the falling phase, the undershoot phase, and finally the refractory period. During the rising phase the membrane potential depolarizes (becomes more positive). The point at which depolarization stops is called the peak phase. At this stage, the membrane potential reaches a maximum. Subsequent to this, there is a falling phase. During this stage the membrane potential hyperpolarizes (becomes more negative). The undershoot phase is the point during which the membrane potential becomes temporarily more negatively charged than when at rest. Finally, the time during which a subsequent action potential is impossible or difficult to fire is called the refractory period, which may overlap with the other phases refractory periodrefractory period

2 The course of the action potential is determined by two coupled effects.First, voltage-sensitive ion channels open and close in response to changes in the membrane voltage This changes the membrane's permeability to those ions.Second, this change in permeability changes in the equilibrium potential and, thus, the membrane voltage.Thus, the membrane potential affects the permeability, which then further affects the membrane potential. This sets up the possibility for positive feedback, which is a key part of the rising phase of the action potential. membrane voltage positive feedback

3 Stimulation and rising phase A typical action potential begins at the axon hillock with a sufficiently strong depolarization, e.g., a stimulus that increases Vm. This depolarization is often caused by the injection of extra sodium cations into the cell; these cations can come from a wide variety of sources, such as chemical synapses, sensory neurons or pacemaker potentials.axon hillockcationschemical synapses sensory neuronspacemaker potentials The initial membrane permeability to potassium is low, but much higher than that of other ions, making the resting potential close to -75 mV. The depolarization opens both the sodium and potassium channels in the membrane, allowing the ions to flow into and out of the axon, respectively.

4 If the depolarization is small (say, increasing Vm from −70 mV to −60 mV), the outward potassium current overwhelms the inward sodium current and the membrane repolarizes back to its normal resting potential around −70 mV. However, if the depolarization is large enough, the inward sodium current increases more than the outward potassium current and a runaway condition (positive feedback) results: the more inward current there is, the more Vm increases, which in turn further increases the inward current. A sufficiently strong depolarization causes the voltage-sensitive sodium channels to open.positive feedback

5 This positive feedback continues until the sodium channels are fully open,The sharp rise in Vm and sodium permeability correspond to the rising phase of the action potential. The critical threshold voltage for this runaway condition is usually around −45 mV, but it depends on the recent activity of the axon. A membrane that has just fired an action potential cannot fire another one immediately, since the ion channels have not returned to their usual state. The period during which no new action potential can be fired is called the absolute refractory period. At longer times, after some but not all of the ion channels have recovered, the axon can be stimulated to produce another action potential, but only with a much stronger depolarization, e.g., −30 mV. The period during which action potentials are unusually difficult to provoke is called the relative refractory period.

6 Peak and falling phase The positive feedback of the rising phase slows At the peak of the action potential, the sodium permeability is maximized and the membrane voltage Vm is nearly equal to the sodium equilibrium voltage ENa. However, the same raised voltage that opened the sodium channels initially also slowly shuts them off, by closing their pores; the sodium channels become inactivated.This lowers the membrane's permeability to sodium, driving the membrane voltage back down. At the same time, the raised voltage opens voltage-sensitive potassium channels; the increase in the membrane's potassium permeability drives Vm towards EK.Combined, these changes in sodium and potassium permeability cause Vm to drop quickly, repolarizing the membrane and producing the "falling phase" of the action potential.

7 Hyperpolarization ("undershoot"): The raised voltage opened many more potassium channels than usual, and these do not close right away when the membrane returns to its normal resting voltage. The potassium permeability of the membrane is transiently unusually high, driving the membrane voltage Vm even closer to the potassium equilibrium voltage EK. Hence, there is an undershoot, a hyperpolarization in technical language, that persists until the membrane potassium permeability returns to its usual value

8 Refractory period: Each action potential is followed by a refractory period, which can be divided into an absolute refractory period, during which it is impossible to evoke another action potential, and then a relative refractory period, during which a stronger-than-usual stimulus is required. These two refractory periods are caused by changes in the state of sodium and potassium channel molecules. When closing after an action potential, sodium channels enter an "inactivated" state, in which they cannot be made to open regardless of the membrane potential—this gives rise to the absolute refractory period.: refractory period"inactivated" state

9 Even after a sufficient number of sodium channels have transitioned back to their resting state, it frequently happens that a fraction of potassium channels remains open, making it difficult for the membrane potential to depolarize, and thereby giving rise to the relative refractory period. Because the density and subtypes of potassium channels may differ greatly between different types of neurons, the duration of the relative refractory period is highly variable.

10 Propagation: The action potential generated at the axon hillock propagates as a wave along the axon. The currents flowing inwards at a point on the axon during an action potential spread out along the axon, and depolarize the adjacent sections of its membrane. If sufficiently strong, this depolarization provokes a similar action potential at the neighboring membrane patches.

11 Once an action potential has occurred at a patch of membrane, the membrane patch needs time to recover before it can fire again. At the molecular level, this absolute refractory period corresponds to the time required for the voltage-activated sodium channels to recover from inactivation, i.e. to return to their closed state. There are many types of voltage-activated potassium channels in neurons, some of them inactivate fast and some of them inactivate slowly or not inactivate at all; & because of this variability there will be always an available source of current for repolarization,

12 even if some of the potassium channels are inactivated because of preceding depolarization. On the other hand, all neuronal voltage- activated sodium channels inactivate within several millisecond during strong depolarization, thus making following depolarization impossible until a substantial fraction of sodium channels is not returned to their closed state

13 Myelin and saltatory conduction: Myelin is a multilamellar membrane that enwraps the axon in segments separated by intervals known as nodes of Ranvier, is produced by specialized cells, Schwann cells exclusively in the peripheral nervous system, and by oligodendrocytes exclusively in the central nervous system.nodes of RanvierSchwann cellsperipheral nervous systemoligodendrocytescentral nervous system

14 Myelin sheath reduces membrane capacitance and increases membrane resistance in the inter-node intervals, thus allowing a fast, saltatory movement of action potentials from node to node.

15 Myelin prevents ions from entering or leaving the axon along myelinated segments. As a general rule, myelination increases the conduction velocity of action potentials and makes them more energy- efficient. Whether saltatory or not, the mean conduction velocity of an action potential ranges from 1 m/s to over 100 m/s, and generally increases with axonal diameter.conduction velocity

16 Action potentials cannot propagate through the membrane in myelinated segments of the axon. However, the current is carried by the cytoplasm, which is sufficient to depolarize the next 1 or 2 node of Ranvier. Instead, the ionic current from an action potential at one node of Ranvier provokes another action potential at the next node; this is known as saltatory conduction., By contrast, in unmyelinated axons, the action potential provokes another in the membrane immediately adjacent, and moves continuously down the axon like a wavenode of Ranvier saltatory conduction

17 Myelin has two important advantages: fast conduction speed and energy efficiency, myelination increases the conduction velocity of an action potential, typically tenfold.,. Also, since the ionic currents are confined to the nodes of Ranvier, far fewer ions "leak" across the membrane, saving metabolic energy. This saving is a significant selective advantage, since the human nervous system uses approximately 20% of the body's metabolic energyconduction velocity selective advantage

18 Properties of nerve fiber; Periphral nerves in mammals are made up of axons bounded together in a fibrous envelope, called epineurium, potential changes recorded extracellularly from such nerves, therefore, represent an algebraic summation of the all or non e action potential of many axons., with subthreshold stimuli, none of axons are stimulated & no response occurs. When the stimuli are of threshold intensity, axons with low thresholds fire & small potential changes is observed.

19 As the intensity of stimulating current is increased, the axons with higher thresholds are also discharged,, the electrical response increses proportionately untile the stimulus is strong enough to excite all of the axons in the nerve, the stimulus that produces excitation of all the axon is the maximal stimulus, and application of greater, supramaximal stimuli produces no further increase in the size of the observed potential. After a stimulus is applied to the nerve, there is a latent period before the start of acion potential,

20 , this interval correspondes to the time it takes the impulse to travel along the axon from the site of stimulation to the recording electrodes.& inversely proportionate to the speed of conduction if the duration of the latent peroid & the distance between the stimulating & recording electrodes are known axonal conduction velocity can be calculated.. types of nerve fibers& function ; Nerve fibers classified into A, B& C groups, further group A subdivided into A∂( properioception, somatic motor), AB( touch, pressure), AY( motor to muscle spindle),.,

21 A delta( pain, temperature). B (preganglionic autonomic) C(pain, tempreture, postganglionic. The greater the diameter of a given nerve fiber, the greater is the speed of conduction, the large axon are concerned primarily with properioceptive sensation, somatic, motor function, conscious touch, & pressure while smaller axons subserve pain & temprature& autonomic function. Local anasthesia depress transmition in group C( smaller diameter) before affecting group A( larger diameter), while local pressure on nerve cause loss of conduction in larger diameter neurone than smaller one.

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