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BIOL 5600 Week 6 Notes

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These notes have everything discussed on 9/20-9/22, which will be on exam 2.
Biomedical Physiology
Jeffery Goessling
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Date Created: 09/26/16
9/20 Review: Brain: central integrator of CNS  Forebrain: anterior most regions; cerebrum, cerebral cortex, thalamus, & hypothalamus Midbrain: basal ganglia (in forebrain in textbook, not perfectly  defined), corpora quadrigemina, reticular formation, & cerebral peduncles o Basal ganglia: somatic inhibitory effect: what filters efferent signals; control what signals leave CNS so that skeletal muscle contraction is deliberate and controlled; thalamus is central circuit going to & from cerebrum so basal ganglia has imp afferent & efferent tracts going to thalamus; cerebrum sends afferent signal to basal ganglia, basal ganglia sends efferent signal so contraction can happen o Corpora quadrigemina: 2 sets of ridges/bumps- generally related to somatosensory reflexes (visual or auditory) o Reticular formation: not well defined single structure; network; cluster signals within different components of brain; main role is prodding/arousing cortex; filter for afferent signals that are relevant to wake up cortex; imp in regulation of sleep/wake cycles; aroused cortex increases consciousness & keeps you awake  Have diff set of nuclei related to autonomic regulation- stretch reflexes, skeletal muscle tone, coordinates breathing  Modulates pain- controls what stimuli reaches brain  Pain is response to stimulus; CNS receives signal & processes it as neg stimulus o Cerebral peduncles: large nerve fibers that carry afferent/efferent info between cerebrum & spinal cord New Material Still Brain Most posterior aspect of brain: Hindbrain  Cerebellum: largest component o Like smaller version of cerebrum o Integrating CNS organ o Much smaller than cerebrum bc cerebrum is so large; cerebellum has almost equal volume as cerebrum in amphibians, etc., not as evolved species as humans o Relatively complex structure; structures of cerebellum:  Vermis: runs longitudinally down center of cerebellum; shaped like worm; how cerebellum maintains contact with the rest of the CNS  Nodulus/Flocculus- form Vestibulocerebellum: most inferior aspect of cerebellum  Cerebrocerebellum: "wings of cerebellum"  Spinocerebellum  Arbor vitae ****: provide connections within cerebellum & between cerebellum & other components of CNS o imp regulatory component of CNS o Ultimate goal is to coordinate movements in space & in time; integrator for taking signal & making action happen o Vestibulocerebellum:  Responsible for balance  Connect nerve fibers to inner ear vestibular system; inner ear has cells that perceive movement & send signal to vestibulocerebellum  Don’t need to know other name for it  Receives info from visual cortex; if visual cortex is sending afferent signal to vestibulocerebellum that is in conflict with info from vestibular system (inner ear), vestibulocerebellum gets confused- results in symptoms of motion sickness o Spinocerebellum  Movement: executes signal into movement  Unique bc it can predict where appendages/body will be- described as having feed forward mechanism: receive info as to what next movement will be  Receives afferent signals (like vestibulocerebellum); has to know where you are now to predict where you will move; gets signals from visual & auditory complexes  Transmits efferent signals through reticular formation o Cerebrocerebellum  Planning: not same process as feed forward, instead is direct contact with cerebrum deciding what to do; have to decide with this first before spinocerebellum can make movement happen  Purely cognitive (other 2 aren't): main function is contacting cerebellum directly to make decision about process/movement that will occur  Pons o "bridge"; physical bridge that connects spinal cord or other distal or inferior components of CNS to central part of CNS (fore- and midbrain) o Relatively small but extremely imp for autonomic regulation o Receives afferent input related to somatosensory effects (hearing, equilibrium- vestibular system, taste, touch, & pain) o Associated with reticular formation o Tegmentum: within pons  Center of centers; center= nucleus, clustering of cell bodies  Contains centers for several cranial nerves, for other nerves/components related to regulation of ventilation  Pneumotaxic  Apneustic  Both located within tegmentum; directly regulation/modulate ventilation- how long you inhale, how deep your breath is, how frequently you breathe  If we removed or damaged cell bodies for these centers, negative feedback loop that maintains ventilation would become inhibited  Medulla Oblongata o Posterior/inferior most component of CNS o Medulla: center/core o Oblongata: stretched/oblong o Name= core/center regulatory process for autonomic NS o Where CNS transitions from brain to spinal cord SC o Imp clusters of cell bodies (centers) for other cranial nerves  Cranial nerve X (10): vagus cell bodies for this nerve are in medulla oblongata  Vagus: center for BP regulation, some regulation for ventilation; source for regulating heart beat independently of whatever other functions are happening, vagus being centered here is reason for it being so important for life  Pyramids/Medullary pyramids o At end of medulla; inferior most portion of medulla o Where myelinated axons leave medulla & enter SC- this is where brain ends & SC begins o Imp bc it's where many neurons cross in space; contralateral- sensing info from left side of body on right side of brain or vice versa, pyramids are where crossing occurs o Decussation: process of axons crossing from one side of brain to other side; not every neuron decussates (cross) at pyramids  If neuron does cross it is decussate  Other important nuclei located within medulla oblongata; relatively near pyramids: generally receive info about proprioception or fine touch. (still hindbrain) o Nucleus gracilis; cell body for afferent signal  Located dorso lateral relative to cuneatus- not that imp  Receives info generally from lower body  Afferent signals of fine touch coming in from lower body o Nucleus cuneatus; cell body for afferent signal  Related to proprioception or fine touch from upper body/face/upper extremities  Located ventro medial to gracilis- not that imp, function more imp Regional Distinction of brain comes from embryological development Terminology dividing regions Forebrain  Telencephalon= cerebral cortex o Tele: most distal/removed o Most distal component of brain- cerebral cortex- conscious though, higher processing o Component of forebrain  Diencephalon= thalamus & hypothalamus o Forebrain o Furthest component of brain within head o Much more subconscious regulation o Other components related to thalamus are also diencephalon- thalamus derivatives  Mesencephalon= midbrain- already described o Mes-: middle Hindbrain  Metencephalon= Pons & Cerebellum o Meta: after o Posterior to middle/mesencephalon o Somewhat connected/related functions with autonomic regulation, balance, & movement  Myelencephalon= Medulla Oblongata- already described End of Brain, Start of Spinal Cord Spinal Cord  Closely related functions to brain: send afferent/efferent signals, integrator, in direct circulation with brain  Bathed in cerebrospinal fluid (CSF)- keep pathogens from getting to brain  Spinal nerves: divided regionally by vertebra that they enter or exit spine o Total of 31 afferent/efferent- 1 branches out to left & 1 to right: why they are pairs o 8 cervical o 12 thoracic- rib cage, encloses lungs o 5 lumbar- lower back o 1 coccygeal: tailbone  Tip of spinal cord- conus medullaris o Posterior most aspect of spinal cord o Floating between vertebrae, has to be anchored down so long filament anchors conus medullaris- provides rigidity so tip isn't moving around- filum terminale  Derived from tissue called pia mater- surrounds & nourishes spinal cord & brain o Components of spinal cord extend further than length of spinal cord; terminal nerves are bunched together; where nerves are bundled together is cauda equina  Posterior to spinal cord  Begins at conus medullaris First spinal nerve included is L2; includes L2-coccygeal  nerve 9/21 Spinal Cord Interneuron: neurons that are in-between other neurons; complete circuitry between other neurons; only found in CNS  Receive info from presyn & dumps response on it's own postsyn; strictly neuro-neuronal synapses  Most abundant neuron type within CNS Cross Section of Spinal Cord Figure  Butterfly shape  2 diff structures going into spinal cord o Dorsal structure (on back) o Ventral structure (facing toward abdomen)  Within cross section of spinal cord itself is grey matter o Clustering of nerve/neuron cell bodies  Lateral to grey matter is white matter o Myelinated axons o If those myelinated axons are within CNS & are carrying afferent info, we have a different term- ascending signal o If it is motor (efferent signal) coming out of CNS traveling down SC, it's a descending signal  Interneuron connects dorsal horn to ventral horn; completes reflex arc  Neurons are commonly divergent  Dorsal horn: receives afferent signal; creates ascending signal **don’t have to know as much detail as book has here** Dermatome: total region/area of skin innervated by a signal spinal afferent nerve o 31 total pairs of spinal nerves o 29 total dermatomes o Means of breaking down body/skin to specific region, specific nerve o C1 and coccygeal don’t have dermatomes o If there is specific region of skin not receiving afferent signal, can look at map of dermatomes to see where that disease is located o Infection by herpes zoster (virus that causes shingles) can be localized to dermatomes Virus can lie dormant in cell bodies innervating single dermatome; no symptoms during dormancy Virus can travel through afferent axons to cause symptoms we're used to  Dorsal horn made of psuedounipolar cell body o Clustering of cell bodies (ganglion) is dorsal group ganglion- corresponds directly to a spinal nerve that is regionally relevant  Ventral horn o Sends out efferent signal to effector tissue (muscular or glandular) o 1 multipolar cell body; located within grey matter o As axons are leaving spinal cord, don’t have root ganglion like dorsal root has; described just as ventral root  Spinal nerve formed from ventral axons & dorsal root ??* Ascending Nerve Pathways (afferent=ascending)  More complex  Depending on specifics, there are a range of diff ascending & descending pathways  Dorsal column series (dorsal column medial lemniscus, DCML series) o Ascending pathway has series of neurons directly contacting each other so there is series of interneurons o 1st order: 1st neuron in chain o 2nd order o 3rd order: if there is a 3rd order, there are 3 ganglia, 3 ascending neurons o Cerebrum: what is doing integrating in this series o Gracilis or cuneatus: serve as ascending fibers- lower body is gracilis, upper body is cuneatus o Series is contralateral o Transmits fine touch & proprioception; sensitive throughout body o Ganglion in medulla where decussation occurs, in medullary pyramids; left side of body to right side of CNS o Pass through pons & cerebral peduncles, makes its way to thalamus- gatekeeper bc it passes through before it goes to cerebrum (3rd order)  Back to cross section of spinal cord: o Blue: sensory/ascending pathways- located dorsally within vertebral column  Spinothalamic system/anterolateral system o transmits info about pain, itch, tickle, & thermal sense- not fine touch but still coming from periphery/skin o Utilizes 3 neurons- up to 3rd order o Decussation doesn’t happen at medulla or pyramids like most decussations happen o Cell body located in thalamus; 2nd order neuron receives info in spinal cord & has long axon that goes to thalamus, goes through medulla, pons, & cerebral peduncles o Difference between the orders & where decussation is occurring that distinguishes this one & DCML o More lateral & more inferior o Goes ultimately to cerebrum, passes through thalamus o Difference is that 1st order neuron is much shorter than 1st order in dorsal column o Transition from 1st to 2nd order happens almost immediately at spinal cord, in grey matter in the dorsal horn o 2nd order has cell body located in spinal cord close to 1st order where 1st order enters spinal cord o Decussation happens in spinal cord, long ascending axon that travels all the way through the spinal cord, passes through midbrain & medulla- not decussation in medulla bc it's already done it, innervate 3rd order neuron located in thalamus (this last step is same here & in dorsal column); thalamus sends it to cerebral cortex to be processed o Similar to dorsal column: capability for very fine touch; pain & temp- main afferent signals;  pain sensed by same receptors that itch or tickle is  Spinocerebellar tract o More simple than either of the other 2 o Only uses up to 2nd order neurons o Not cerebrum that is integrating but is cerebellum itself o Shorter tract- why it's only 2nd order o 2 ganglia located within chain o Ipsilateral instead of contralateral, no decussation o Sends info about muscle position- where in space muscles are & how stretched they are o Signal doesn’t go through thalamus, reaches cerebellum without going through it, cerebellum processes info o Crosses through medulla, but doesn’t decussate there; doesn’t decussate at all o Sends ascending signal that is ipsilateral to cerebellum o Utilizes 2 neurons: sensory (primary)- psuedounipolar just like almost all neurons coming into spinal cord; 2nd neuron sends signal through myelinated axons along same side of body; bypasses pons & goes directly to cerebellum for integration o Largely related to subconscious muscle function; cerebellum regulates muscle tone- keeps you from risking muscle injury; largely related to stretch- cerebellum has info about it's level of output; also proprioception: where in space is muscle that is trying to contract Descending Tracts:  can decussate or not- contralateral or ipsilateral; if they decussate in pyramids, are known as pyramidal tracts; if they don’t decussate in pyramids they're extrapyramidal tracts o Pyramidal are more related to somatic skeletal muscle contraction o Extrapyramidal are related to autonomic regulation Pyramidal tracts- decussate in medullary pyramids  Corticospinal tract- lateral o Pyramidal o Decussation happens in pyramids o 2 neurons involved- more simple pathway o Begins in brain & target is something in periphery o Nuclei are in cerebrum/cortex o Grey matter: when synapses happen in spinal cord, it happens in grey matter of SC o Largely responsible for skeletal muscle contractions o 90% of neurons decussate like diagram we've drawn - part of the lateral corticospinal path o 10% of neurons are medial corticospinal neurons; form medial corticospinal pathway; are ipsilateral o Signal initiated in cerebrum o Travels on long myelinated axon to medullary pyramids- contralateral signal so decussation occurs at pyramids o After decussation, signal travels through white matter of spinal cord where it interacts directly with motor neuron, motor neuron is 2nd order- directly innervates somatic tissue to enable contraction to occur  Extrapyramidal Pathway- either don’t decussate or don’t decussate in pyramids o Rubrospinal is one ex- more imp extrapyramidal pathway  Rubro: red  Initiated in red nucleus within midbrain o Originates in red nucleus: located in midbrain- more diffuse & function isn't as cut & dry o Descending signal immediately decussates; doesn’t happen in medullary pyramids o Transmits some contralateral signal o Overall function is to help regulate other descending signals, receives info from corticospinal pathway  Bc it receives info in parallel, it receives info about what is desired & about what is happening  Modulates the function- fine tunes or adjusts contractions that are happening o Close contact with cerebellum o Important source of memory related to skeletal muscle contractions; muscle memory; whatever brain has picked up as most efficient means of contraction o Contralateral o Immediately decussates as signal leaves red nucleus o Simple tract- don’t have to be able to diagram o In humans, function is unknown; know it's related to optimizing/learning best way of contracting skeletal muscles; directly receives info from cerebellum; as cerebellum gets ascending info about contraction, where muscles are in space, tension, etc., rubrospinal tract modifies output signal- can still directly affect skeletal muscle but isn't primary effector  Thought to be failsafe or backup for other tracts in case injury occurs to those tracts; can increase it's ability to compensate for damage/loss  More important in other mammals 9/22 Different Spinal & Cranial Nerve Types General Somatic Afferent Nerves (GSA)  Not consciously firing, but info is coming in via a somatic tract  Ex: burning sensation o Extreme physical damage to soma/tissues are sent to CNS via GSA nerves  Included in cranial & spinal nerves General Somatic Efferent (GSE) nerves  Send signals out to skeletal muscle tissue that generate somatic motor contractions  Nerve: bundle of axons/many neurons; nerve can serve both GSA & GSE function; function can be both afferent or efferent along single nerve type bc there are diff neurons within that axon General Visceral Afferent (GVA) Nerves/Neuron  Sense autonomic conditions within body  Afferent signal coming from viscera  Things related to digestive state or other regulatory states- BP, ventilation, osmotic balance General Visceral Efferent (GVE) Nerves  Visceral effectors; effect output via GVE nerve Both cranial & spinal nerves can be broken down by all 4 of these ^ Cranial Specializations More channelized, related to special senses or very specific task Special Somatic Afferent Special Somatic Efferent  Both related to nerves about hearing & sound; special senses within head; not spinal nerve Special Visceral Efferent  Efferent- cause some contractile type response  Control chewing; subconscious for the most part Receptor Physiology  Diversity of receptor types, functions  All receptors: receptor receives info about extracellular environment; special senses-external environment; get light or temp or sound info; not action potential; not ionotropic signal; receives info of any type of information, has to physically transduce signal into ionotropic signal, ultimately into action potential; diversity of receptors matches diversity of signal types Mechanoreceptors  Sense shape change from outside of the cell, respond to some mechanical/physical disturbance to their cell membrane/integrity  Physical pressure changes Na permeability, stimulus must be intense enough to get cell above threshold so in response AP can fire from receptor cell  Ex: Organ of Corti: cell type located within ears; as sound waves enter ears, cause physical vibration that is amplified through ear, effects Na permeability in cells, causes AP that make their way to brain  Receptors typically receives signal similar to graded pot; response typically proportional to strength of stimulus it's receiving o Receptors alter force of signal or respond proportionately is by increasing frequency by which they fire o Potential generated by receptor cells; as graded pot propagates it's either supra or subthreshold & causes AP- all or none; can't increase intensity of AP; receptors have control of afferent signal bc it graded pot reaches suprathreshold quickly enough, it reaches AP more quickly; if stimulus remains, continuously fires high intensity AP, increase frequency by which some neuron/cell in brain receives signal Thermoreceptors  Sensitive to changes in temperature  Relatively diverse  Can either be central or peripheral o Central located deep within CNS; respond/send afferent signals about core body temp; hypothalamus is an imp regulator of core body temp (if we have fever it's bc hypothalamus wants us to have one); hypothalamus in contact with these receptors o Periphery: receptors scattered about our periphery; send afferent/ascending signals that go to hypothalamus o Similar in function, differ in neuron network by which they make signals known to hypothalamus  Can be polymodal: responding to more than one sensory modality o Modality: mechanism by which you measure something about environment o Can respond to change in temp & other chemical changes as well o Send AP completely independent of temp  Can send signals that seem like pain stimulus  Vanilloid receptor o Within thermoreceptor group of proteins o Send afferent signal o Responds to increase in temp or binding of ligand o Ligand can be capsaicin: what makes spicy things spicy; capsaicin binds to vanilloid receptors & tricks body into thinking surface is hot; polymodal- transmits pain signal too- not only hot but painfully hot o Menthol  Responds to menthol  Menthol targets similar vanilloid receptor that sends signal of being cold; opposite of capsaicin Nociceptors  Pain- not stimulus but is response to some stimulus  Subtypes that respond to extreme temp, pressure (severe mechanical disturbance), & certain chemicals  Receptor types not mutually exclusive of each other; thermoreceptors can have nociceptor properties  "Sleeping" receptors: not sending signal under normal context but if you injure yourself (break leg), receptors will awaken & signal that pain; heighten pain sensation in that area; as pain progresses, this receptor type is increases level to which they are excitable; after they're fired, certain hormones & neurotrans make them more sensitive Electromagnetic Receptors  Respond to change in Earth's electromagnetic field Generally located in eyes of vertebrates; capable of seeing electromag.  radiation similar to light  One in humans but is essentially dysfunctional  Other vertebrate animals have sensitive electromag receptors- how birds can migrate, turtles do too, many reptiles Chemoreceptors  Not mutually exclusive  Respond to change in chemical  Not necessarily on skin, may be in mucosal surfaces: taste is some chemoreception  Are central: either in CNS or close to heart o Way we centrally are able to regulate homeostatic conditions of our body o Sense CO2- single most imp thing our body measures  Related to BP- measure Na concentration in plasma  Measure external body stimuli too but central body stimuli more imp Photoreceptors  Only in retina on posterior margin of eye in humans  Respond to change in photons- unit of light  Give us sight Opsin, retinal- proteins that make up backbone of photoreception  o Photon of appropriate wavelength targets these proteins, hits cell, causes cell to change membrane polarity, sends afferent signal into brain o Fusion of these are rhodopsin- different ones respond to diff wavelengths- how we see diff colors o Right combination of sensory proteins responding to right wavelength are how some animals see UV radiation Osmoreceptor  Specific type of chemoreceptor  Senses plasma osmolarity  Imp for BP regulation  Imp clustering of these within kidney- can sense & respond to stimulus Olfactory  Type of chemoreceptor  Sense smell/olfaction  Relatively generic- utilize G protein system o Not direct chemically gated Na channel that cause AP o G protein coupled receptor is generic; if any one of broad class of chemicals binds, signal transduction cascade that alters neuron  Any given chemical may stimulate range of receptors Unifying concepts in receptor physiology  Operate by Weber-Fechner Principle/Law: reason we can perceive sensory info in graded manner; AP all or none but can perceive stimulus as altering in intensity o Not perfectly linear; log base relationship between stimulus intensity & perceived response/reception of stimulus; any change in stimulus intensity to be detected has to be increased by relatively large proportional magnitude  Receptors can adapt to stimulus  Adaptations o Phasic: enable you to ignore stimulus after certain amount of time; get used to presence of stimulus; afferent signal to CNS gets shut down so you aren't constantly processing stimulus;  Ex: putting on clothes; not thinking about feeling of clothes on skin even though it is o Tonic: stimulus is constantly being perceived, not shutting down signal going to CNS; don’t get used to, not adapting, still some CNS processing as long as stimulus is present; degree of integration can decrease but still aware of it  Ex: walking down steps; need to know where each step is; need to perceive steps & distance to not fall down steps; awareness may decrease slightly but still receiving signal from CNS Anatomy of CNS  CNS is discrete unit of neurons acting together  Barrier that separates CNS from rest of periphery, keeps pathogens & such out of CNS  Extremely energetically demanding (brain)  Needs to be in isolation but also needs to be well nourished  Brain covered in series of membranes that nourish & protect; membranes known as meninges  Cross section of brain o Skin, bone o 2 layered meninge: most external meninge: Dura mater- tough/fibrous mater  Mater: protecting, defending CNS  Dura: tough, thick, heavy  Embedded within dura mater are large pocketings of blood called sinuses- collectively sinuses are known as dural sinuses  Sinus: collective term for low pressure collection of blood o Arachnoid mater: below dura mater  Arachnoid: either looks like spider web or looks like spider legs  Web like membrane located just below dura mater  Enables cerebrospinal fluid in direct contact with CNS to exit CNS & make way into dural sinuses  Has outpocketings that project through dural mater into dural sinuses; called arachnoid villi- 1 way valve that CSF drains into venous circulatory system


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