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Week 6 - Functional Anatomy and Pathophysiology I: Lecture Notes

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Week 6 - Functional Anatomy and Pathophysiology I: Lecture Notes PHCL 2600

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These notes cover the last two lectures about neurophysiology as covered in week 6 of lectures.
Human Anatomy and Pathophysiology
Dr. Frederick Williams
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Date Created: 10/02/16
Functional Anatomy and Pathophysiology I Dr. Frederick E. Williams Week 6 Lecture Notes Propagation continued ❖ Continuous propagation ➢ Happens over a short distance ➢ Progresses down the axon slowly step by step ❖ Saltatory propagation ➢ Action potentials will leap from node to node as the myelin sheath has some resistance to depolarization ■ Each node undergoes depolarization process ➢ Saltatory conduction ■ Channels tend to be more condensed around the nodes of ranvier than the myelinated segments of the axon ❖ Workings of local anesthetics ➢ Lidocaine ■ Prevents the opening of sodium channels so that no ion influx can take place ● No depolarization occurs ● No action potentials are created ● No signals are sent to “feel” the pain ❖ Factors of speed for propagation ➢ The amount of myelination that has occurred ■ The more myelin sheath there is, the faster the action potential can jump from node to node ➢ Diameter of the axon ■ The larger the diameter, the quicker the the propagation can occur ➢ Temperature ■ Speed will decrease as temperature is lowered Neurotransmission ❖ Types of synapses ➢ Presynaptic ■ Sends the signals ■ Contains vesicles containing neurotransmitters ➢ Postsynaptic ■ Receives signals ■ Has receptors to bind vesicle to chemical ligands ➢ Electrical synapses Functional Anatomy and Pathophysiology I Dr. Frederick E. Williams Week 6 Lecture Notes ■ Conducts directly between two cells at gap junctions ➢ Chemical synapses ■ Information is relayed by chemical neurotransmitter ■ Released through the synapse gap ■ Types ● Axodendritic synapse ◆ Axon terminal comes close to the dendrites of the postsynaptic neuron ● Axosomatic synapse ◆ Axon terminal comes close to the soma (cell body) of the postsynaptic neuron ● Axoaxonic synapse ◆ Axon terminal comes close to the axon of the postsynaptic neuron ■ Form of transmission ● What is a neurotransmitter? ◆ A substance that has been created within the neuron and is released when the neuron reaches the depolarization threshold ➢ Kinds of neurotransmitters created ■ Neuropeptides ● Originate from the soma of the neuron and packaged to transport to the axon terminals ■ Smaller molecules ● Originate from the axon and are package into vesicles at the axon terminals ◆ Responds only to the influx or absence of calcium ions and goes into an inactivated state one released from the neuron ◆ Must contribute to the physiological responses of the postsynaptic neuron ● Possible pathways for a neurotransmitter ◆ In order to not overload or over stimulate the postsynaptic neuron with chemical input, neurotransmitters can… ➢ Reach the intended neuron receptors and interact with them ➢ Exit the synapse gap due to diffusion and go off to a second location to be broken down Functional Anatomy and Pathophysiology I Dr. Frederick E. Williams Week 6 Lecture Notes ➢ Can “bounce back” and be taken up again to be reused or recycled ● Impact of the neurotransmitters ◆ Response is heavily dependent on the type of ligand sent out, the receptor that ligand interacts with as well as the kinds of channels that are associated with the process ◆ Can either be inhibitory and decrease the chance of an action potential being created, or excitatory and increase the chance of an action potential being created ● About neurotransmitter receptors ◆ Types ➢ Ionotropic receptors ■ Work insanely fast and is made of generally 4-5 subunits ■ Has a channel for the four main ions (potassium, sodium, chloride, and calcium) ➢ Metabotropic receptors ■ Works much slower due to its longer mechanism ● The ligand-gated receptor is not the ion channel, there are two separate proteins ● Receptor is hooked up to a G-protein which will send a signal to an effector protein which will then send a signal to the designated ion channel ■ Direct with ion channels ● G-proteins acts directly on the ion channel to open or close it ■ Indirect with ion channels ● G-protein acts indirectly by acting on an effector protein that sends a secondary signal that then acts on the ion channel ❖ Potential in the postsynaptic ➢ Summation ■ The postsynaptic neuron receives many different signals from the multiple surrounding presynaptic neurons around it Functional Anatomy and Pathophysiology I Dr. Frederick E. Williams Week 6 Lecture Notes ● Must summize the total input to determine whether it should send out an action potential or not ◆ Summarizes by adding all graded potentials together and the sum of them together determines the action taken ■ Excitatory postsynaptic potential - (EPSP) ● Increases the likelihood of an action potential being propagated ● Creates slight depolarization ■ Inhibitory postsynaptic potential - (IPSP) ● Decreases the likelihood of an action potential being propagated ● Creates slight hyperpolarization ■ Graded potential ● Created in a local environment in the soma or dendrites ● Dies out but can vary in amplitudes ■ Action potential ● Travels longer distances down the axon ● Is propagated through the cell but has the same amplitude


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