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What is acclimatization in physiology?

What is acclimatization in physiology?


Thursday, August 25, 2016

What is acclimatization in physiology?


Class Days: August 23rd and 25th

- After the integrating center, there are several possible ‘tracks’ of response. Some  reflexes fix a problem, while others just keep the effects of the problem in check

- Adaptation is a resultant physiological change that happens across a generation. It  involves a change in gene frequency across a population. This concept is the base of  evolutionary theory

- Acclimatization is a resultant physiological change that happens in an individual  over a relatively short period of time. An example of this is your body adjusting to  seasonal temperatures

• The two previous terms both stem from an environmental change, but it is  important to recognize the distinction

What is an adaptation in physiology?

- Acute Change is short term and sudden, like a reflex

- Chronic Change is longterm and slower onset (both adaptation and acclimatization  fall into this category)

- Chemical Bonds are interactions between atoms. These are important in this class  because they result in various physiological effects. They are listed in strength order.

• Covalent - electron sharing between atoms. A chemical reaction is required to  make and break these bonds, which is unique to this type of bond. There are two  kinds of covalent bonds:

- Polar means the electrons aren't shared equally, one atom is substantially more  electronegative which means it pulls the electrons slightly closer to it and the  result is a slightly positive side of the atom and a slightly negative side

What is an acute change in physiology?

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- Nonpolar means the electrons are shared equally

• Ionic - electron transfer from one atom to another. This kind of bond comes from an  attraction between opposite charges. The atom that gains the electron is the anion  and becomes negatively charged, while the atom that loses an electron is the  cation and becomes positively charged. This makes the substance created  inherently polar


Thursday, August 25, 2016

• Hydrogen - these bonds come from the slight charges that result from a polar  covalent bond. Usually these involve hydrogens attached to Oxygen, Nitrogen, or  sulfur

• Van der Waals - these are week forces that are due to the masses of the nuclei - An important rule for biochemistry is LIKE DISSOLVES LIKE meaning that polar  compounds usually only readily dissolve in other polar compounds (called water  soluble, hydrophilic, and lipophobic), while nonpolar compounds usually only readily  dissolve in other nonpolar compounds (called lipid soluble, lipophilic, hydrophobic) - Think of polarity as a continuum, not a category based system. Things have varying  degrees and levels of polarity

- The ‘middle ground’ of polarity is the Amphipathic group, which includes molecules  that have a polar part and a nonpolar part. Think cell membrane made of  phospholipids, with a polar head and a nonpolar tail We also discuss several other topics like How does vasopressin reduce water loss?

- There are several classes of relevant molecules to this class:

• Carbohydrates - also called sugars. Have roughly equal composition of Carbon  and Oxygen, with roughly twice as many hydrogens

- Glucose is the ‘perfect’ basic carb: C6H12O2 If you want to learn more check out What are the 3 objective lenses on a microscope?

- Monosaccharides are simple sugars. These include glucose, galactose, fructose - Oligosaccharides are slightly larger and typically serve as signaling molecules - Polysaccharides are the biggest and they are energy stores like glycogen (chain  of glucoses) and starch (plant energy molecule) We also discuss several other topics like What are your thoughts on if the government should have a right to create and enforce policies?

- All of these forms are very important because glucose is the body’s preferred  source of ATP, energy

• Lipids - fatty acids are the amphipathic building block for lipids. They incorporate a  long EVEN amount of Carbons with the necessary Hydrogens and on the end there  is an acidic carboxyl group. The words saturated, unsaturated, and polyunsaturated  refer to hydrogen saturation of the molecule

- Triglycerides are a glycerol and three fatty acids, which store energy compactly.  This is the fat molecule, and it is overall non polar since the polar oxygens are  encased


Thursday, August 25, 2016

- Phospholipids are a glycerol, 2 fatty acids, and a phosphate. These form cell  membranes

- Steroids are highly lipid soluble and are chemical messengers. They building  block is cholesterol, so they are rings as opposed to a chain

• Proteins- built of amino acids. These are an amino group, joined with a carboxyl  group, and any of the ‘R’ residual molecules. Amino acid built molecules are  referred to as peptides. The distinction has to do with the size. Proteins are around  at least 50 amino acids. Proteins have 3D complexity, and these levels of structure  are as follows:

- Primary is the pattern of amino acids, how many and in what order - Secondary is the general group of related sequences form what regular shape.  An example is the alpha helix, or spiral that hydrogen bonds form in DNA We also discuss several other topics like What were the trustees rules for georgia colonists?

- Tertiary is the secondary structure folded onto itself due to R-group interactions - Quantary/Quaternary comes when multiple polypeptides are intertwined • Proteins have many different functions for our cells

- Channels

- Transporters

- Messengers

- Enzymes

- Receptors

- Movement

- Structure

• Denaturing happens when proteins are altered in shape due to environmental  change without disrupting the existing covalent bonds. Weaker bonds might be  altered, which changes the secondary and tertiary structures. Temperature, ionic  concentration, and pH change can denature

• Degrading happens when the primary structure is disrupted, so the covalent bonds  are broken or altered from some chemical reaction that came from environmental  change We also discuss several other topics like How do different attitudes about women’s rights influence politics?


Thursday, August 25, 2016

• In regard to DNA (the genetic protein), Exons are the expressed sections of our  genetic material, while Introns are the sections of the code that are spliced out of  the mRNA copy because they are not needed for the coding of that particular  protein. Splicing allows for a single section of the same copied mRNA to code for  several different proteins

• Transcriptional Control occurs when enzymes prevent or catalyze making mRNA  copies of the DNA

• Translational Control occurs when enzymes prevent or catalyze protein synthesis  from the existing mRNA copies

• The folding of proteins is crucial to their function. Sometimes the folding happens  automatically after formation, and sometimes helper proteins have to hold parts in  place. The correct environmental conditions are important for proper protein shape  and function

• Enzymes have no direct effect on a reaction, they only affect speed • Concentration dictates direction and rate of reversible reactions

• Binding of a ligand is due to the shape and charge distribution that the correct  protein folding allows for. The area where it attaches is called a Binding Site.  Changes in the environment alters the binding site and therefore can inhibit or allow  attachment of a ligand. The important characteristics of binding sites are the  following:

- Affinity - measure of how readily the bond between the ligand and binding site is  made and how long it lasts

- Specificity - exactness in shape and size

- Competition - how many different ligands can readily bind to the site - Saturation - how much of a particular ligand is available for the site


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