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Bio 141 | Lecture 7 | Action Potentials & Organization of NS

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Bio 141 | Lecture 7 | Action Potentials & Organization of NS Bio 141

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Date Created: 02/07/16
Action potentials Friday, January 29, 2016 9:09 AM Local Potentials VS. Action Potentials Local Potential -Triggered by receptors and neurotransmitters  Can depolarize or hyperpolarize the membrane  Are graded (proportional to strength of stimuli)  Reversible (to a certain point, threshold)  Local (effects are close to the origin)  Decremental Refractory period- Time when a region of a neuron cannot fire another action potential Absolute- Impossible Refractory- Possible but unlikely (Stimulus must be super strong) Conduction:  Dendrites / Cell Body > Axon  After the initial action potential o High influx of sodium diffuses in the cytoplasm from point of entry o Causes adjacent voltage-gated channels to open o Process continues down the axon o One-way because of refractory period  Continuous propagation (every part of membrane must be excited) Myelin Sheath  Helps to electrically insulate axons  Made of oligodendrocytes in the CNS and Schwann cells in the PNS o Lipid/protein dense  Allows for very fast propagation of signal o Signal is not lost to environment  Important for conductivity Conduction for Myelin Sheaths  Faster than unmyelinated axons  Action potentials only occur at nodes of Ranvier o Myelin sheaths allows ions to diffuse further because they cannot be transported to the ECF by pumps  Signal "jumps" down the axon > salutatory propagation  New PowerPoint -  Synaptic activity involves the process of secretion (converting and electrical signal to a chemical signal.)  This allows neurons to communicate with each other  Pre and Post Synaptic Activity Neurotransmitters are synthesized in the cell body and transported in vesicles to the axon terminal  Many neurotransmitters are derived from amino acids (dopamine or norepinephrine,) but some can be gaseous or made of other chemicals (acetylcholine.)  Vesicles transport down the axon to the synapse (or back to the cell body for recycling) uses microtubules (cytoskeleton.) Organization of Nervous System Friday, January 29, 2016 9:08 AM Central Nervous System:  Composed of the brain and spinal cord  Houses both the cell bodies and axons Peripheral Nervous System:  Composed of neurons that travel to/ leave from the CNS  Houses Axons and ganglion Axons are grouped together in nerves Ganglion:  Only location of the cell bodies outside of the CNS Afferent and Efferent neurons are classified as somatic, visceral, or special Afferent (Sensory) Neurons:  Located in PNS  Has three classes o Somatic- forms bones, muscles, and skin o Visceral - forms organs o Special- Hearing, sight, taste, smell Interneurons  Located in CNS Efferent (Motor) neurons  Located in PNS  2 classes o Somatic- to bones, muscle, skin o Visceral- to organs Somatic sensory neurons collect info from the skin, muscles, joints, and bones  Monitored by receptors ( specialized afferent neurons) or receptor cells (specialized cells that synapse with afferent neurons) Proprioceptors- Neurons that send signals to the brain about the body's movement (where and how fast you are moving in space) Visceral Sensory Receptors  Input from internal organs  Most are chemoreceptors ( receptors that sense chemicals ) Motor Division  2 divisions o Somatic Motor: Voluntary movement (muscle contraction) o Visceral Motor (Autonomic Nervous System)  Involuntary responses of organs  Mainly function to adjust activity  Targets do not depend on ANS to function o Visceral Motor has 2 divisions  Sympathetic: Fight or flight response  Para-sympathetic: Rest and digest o Function depends on sensory input and integration in CNS The somatic motor division involves one efferent neuron traveling to a target  The axon terminal can branch to excite multiple parts of a muscle, but there is one main target (effector)  Efferent neurons secrete acetylcholine - cholinergic neurons The visceral motor division involves two efferent neurons traveling to multiple targets Path includes spinal cord > ganglion > target tissue   There are many post-ganglionic neurons for each pre-ganglionic neuron  This allows for a WIDESPREAD RESPONSE where one signal from the CNS can alter the function of many organs (divergence)  Efferent neurons secrete acetylcholine (cholinergic neurons) or norepinephrine (adrenergic neurons) Brain - CNS (Integrating Center)  Organ made of neurons  Gray matter > location of neuron dendrites and cell bodies  White matter > Location of axons There are billions of neurons in the brain  Trillions of synapse's  Many neurons in the brain specifically communicate with other parts of the brain Region and Function of the Brain:  Responses in our body range from primitive to higher-order Hindbrain:  Primitive responses common to all animals (heart rate, breathing rate, blood pressure, movement, coordination) Midbrain  More specialized, integrates info from special sense and movement Forebrain  Most specialized in human  Integrate info to help regulate complex organ systems  Integrate conscious thought


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