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Passive Properties NSCI 3310

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Date Created: 10/01/15
Action Potential Propagation 10/1/15 3:37 PM • conduction of AP: • action potential = CHANGE IN PERMEABILITY of membrane • generated at axon hillock • passive spread of cations through axon • depolarization of membrane: o opening of channels create more permeability • crosses threshold – voltage gated sodium channels open o in initial segment: influx of Na+ - positive charge spreads passively BOTH downstream and upstream (passive depolarization on both sides of initiation side) • downstream flow charges next segment of axon: + charge depolarizes this segment to threshold o voltage-gated Na+ channels open, passive spread both downstream and upstream o AP REGENERATING – all-or-none • when charge goes upstream: does not generate AP due to the absolute refractory period o those voltage-gated sodium channels are INACTIVATED – WILL NOT flux current o cannot cause any more sodium to go in until membrane repolarizes • if you stick electrode into MIDDLE of axon (inject positive charge): o sodium will fan out and depolarize membrane BOTH upstream and downstream à backpropagation and forward § antidromic spikes § this is experimental, unknown if can occur naturally • no one is ever at equilibrium – steady state at resting potential • set up combination of active and passive properties • active voltage-gated sodium channels • passive fan out of charge • refractory membrane upstream • prevents back propagation • propagation of the action potential • orthodromic: action potential travels in one direction (down axon to the axon terminal) • antidromic (experimental ONLY): o only experimental in axon – antidromic spike o backpropagation CAN happen in dendrites: § so much positive charge coming in, some makes it to dendrites § this can result in dendritic nt release in certain cells (with nt packaged in vesicles INSIDE dendrites) ú influences nt release for synapse from presynaptic membrane § depends on number of voltage gated channels, leakiness in dendrites • typical conduction velocity: o unmyelinated axon: 2m/s o myelinated: 120 m/s • duration of AP: around 2ms • factors influencing conduction velocity: • axonal diameter (bigger=faster) o ex: pain receptors in skin: § C fibers – unmyelinated pain and temperatures ú thin and unmyelinated – SLOWEST § other pain fibers – thin but myelinated – faster § touch sensors are faster – pain comes later (ex: when touching hot pan) • myelin: layers of myelin sheath facilitate current flow o myelinating cells: § Schwann (PNS) – take entire body and wrap it around axon (one to one) § oligodendrocytes (CNS) – has branches that can wrap around segments of 3 or 4 separate axons • saltatory conduction: myelinated axons • nodes of Ranvier – unmyelinated segment in between myelin o high voltage-gated Na channel density § can generate action potentials o full number of potassium channels o increased membrane capacity (C ) m § high capacity to store charge (only one lipid bilayer separating inside and outside) o conduction slows § lots of charges to interact with, so takes longer to get out • internodes - myelin o thin layers of cell membrane § virtually no charge in the inner layers myelin § very little interaction between charges inside and outside o charges on inside of cell very separated form charges on outside of myelin o fewer Na channels (low density of Na channels) o decreased membrane capacity (C ) m § low capacity to store charge (because insulated by myelin) o charges “jump” to next node o rapid conduction – not many charges to interact with so they can rapidly go through • demyelinating diseases: • multiple sclerosis: multiple CNS sites o “many scars” o one of the most common diseases in CNS o inflammatory demyelinating condition o some of the charge escapes o disrupts conduction of electrical impulses to and from brain o effects speed and efficiency with which impulses are conducted o effects smooth, rapid and coordinated movement o sites where myelin is los à plaques or lesions § scars in brain and spinal cord • Guillain-Barre disease: PNS o sensory and motor nerves Passive Properties (aka Cable Properties) 10/1/15 3:37 PM • Passive vs. Active propagation • synaptic potentials = passive propagation o once current reaches o change in shape and decreased amplitude with distance • action potentials = active propagation o no change in shape or amplitude with distance, all or none § because generated and regenerated entire axon length • conductance (g) – “acceptance” of current flow • inverse of resistance (1/R) • more open channels = higher membrane conductance • factors that govern passive conduction in neurons • 1. membrane capacitance – charge accumulation on membrane o capacitance (C) - capacity to store charge o based on surface area § bigger surface = more capacitance o opposite charges “hold” each other in place across membrane o specific membrane capacitance (C ) – memsured in Farads § charge accumulation per cm of membrane • 2. membrane resistance – resistance to current flow across membrane o resistance (R) - resistance to current flow § function of number of channels in membrane ú no channels = infinite resistance ú many channels = little resistance o inverse of conductance (1/g) o specific membrane resistance (R ) – measured in Ohms m 2 § resistance of total plasma membrane per cm • 3. axial resistance – resistance of cytoplasmic axis o measured in Ohms o axis = CENTER of whatever you’re looking at o resistance on INSIDE of cable • membrane is equivalent to an RC circuit • has resistance – keeps certain charge in o capacitor = membrane capacitance § responsible for membrane voltage § capacitative current o resistor: membrane resistance § leak channels § leak current o battery: membrane potential § potential to generate current § separation in charge between two poles – current created when poles are connected • introducing + charge – fans out o some goes to membrane to depolarize o positive charges held outside pushed away o creates flow of charge – nothing actually crossing membrane à capacitative charge o some charge leaks out through channel – creates ionic current • membrane current = I + Ic ionic o capacitative current + ionic current • magnitude of passive membrane potential response is determined by membrane resistance • Ohm’s Law: V = IR or ΔV = ΔIR o determines membrane excitability o change in voltage proportional to change in current • under resting conditions – membrane resistance is stable • membrane potential change (passive) in response to current injection (or membrane current) is function of membrane resistance • a neuron will respond to larger current with a greater change in membrane potential (proportional) o passive response will be bigger • I-V curve is linear (current – voltage) – because proportional o until you reach threshold (while it stays passive) • if you change R (by opening or closing channels), this relationships is changed • kinetics of passive membrane response is determined by membrane time constant • membrane time constant (τ) – determined kinetics of membrane potential change in response to current injection o speed of membrane charging/discharging § function of resistance and capacitance (R and C ) m m § funtion of open channels and ability to store charge § τ = RinputCm (measured in ms) • exponential decay • TIME to charge 63% of V max OR to discharge by 63% (discharge TO 37% of Vmax) – IN ONE POINT IN SPACE • determines rate of passive change in potential o if T = 10, will take 10ms (in that point in space) to decay by 63% o if T = 1ms, takes 1ms to degrade by 63% in that point in space • long τ = slow response • short τ = fast response • important in terms of cell’s integration over time of received inputs • physiological impact of membrane τ • axonal/dendritic membrane = series of RC circuits • each segment can be modeled as equivalent of electrical circuit • resistor (number of open channels) and capacitor (storage of charge in lipid membrane) in parallel (creates a voltage across membrane) • ra = axial resistance over 1cm • rm = membrane resistance/unit length of cylinder • if current is introduced, o charges membrane capacitance (changes potential) o some charge leaks out through membrane resistance o some continues down through axis of cable to next segment o this repeats – with each successive segment, there is less charge to change capacitance (smaller change in voltage) • passive signal transmission: • constant velocity • signal decreasing is function of time constant (time it takes to decrease by 63% (to 37%) • time constant etermines how signal is integrated (how it changes) over time • distance travelled by passive membrane response is determined by membrane length constant • length constant (λ): distance of passive current spread o INDEPENDENT OF TIME o exponentially decays with distance travelled (graph is inverse exponential) o function of: § 1. axial resistance (r a § 2. membrane resistance (r ) m ú λ = √(r mr )a ú ratio of membrane resistance versus axial resistance ú distance traveled to decay by 63% or to 37% of original o greater λ will travel greater distance (signal going farther) § bigger at each successive segment in membrane (starts off larger – each one will be larger because same amount is leaked) o cell with larger length constant MUCH more excitable because maintain magnitude and amplitude over longer distance o still degenerative signal • dendrite is studded with synapses – signals at different times are generated by all those synapses • physiological impact of length constant: • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • red neuron: lambda = 1mm (travels 1 mm before decaying by 63%) • blue neuron: lambda = .1mm (travels .1 mm before decaying by 63%) • SO red much more excitable, more likely to generate AP in response to any given input • • Test question examples: • cell has .1mm length constant with threshold of 5mV above resting potential o start at 10mV, 1 length constant away from axon hillock o will cell generate AP??? o NO – it will be 3.7 mV (smaller by 1 length constant) – does not reach threshold • if 2 excitatory synapses, both 1 length constant away (same properties) o YES – converge on axon hillock and summate to make 7.4 mV (which reaches threshold) • 10 mV EPSP, 1 length constant away from axon hillock (generated at time=0) nd o 2 EPSP 1 length constant away BUT generated 1 time constant later (t=10ms) st o 1 EPSP: 3.7 mV when reaches hillock BUT waits for 1 time constant so decays another 63% à 1.3 mV nd o 2 : 3.7 mV at hillock à 3.7 mV o summation: 5mV which is exactly threshold • 2 forms of integration • temporal: time-dependent o function of time constant o change over time in one point in space • spatial: function of length constant o changes over distance travelled Synaptic Transmission 10/1/15 3:37 PM • 2 types of synaptic transmission • 1. electrical synapse: o gap junction: § electrotonic coupling (passive spread of charge in living cell) § direct current spread between pre and post synaptic ú ions can flow directly § rapid communication § passive transfer of charge § cytoplasmic bridge between one cell and another • 2. chemical synapse: o chemical transmitters exocytose § NOT direct transmission of charge o neurotransmitters go through extracellular space and bind to postsynaptic cell § OPENS ion channels à ions flow in o postsynaptic receptors o slower transmission • Gap junctions: • provides resistance to charge transfer between cells (more channels = less resistance) • half of channel is provided by each cell (hemichennales) • hemichannel is connexon (each cell provides ONE connexon – these meet up to form gap junction) o 6 protein subunits/connexon o each subunit is called connexin • gated by pH and intracellular calcium concentration o normally open o closed by acidity OR high intracellular calcium • bidirectional flow of current o rectifying/non-rectifying o rapid transmission – anything electrical in presynaptic or postsynaptic cell FELT by the other (depends on where signal is being generated § cells can be both pre and postsynaptic o tight synchrony – respond instantaneously to what the others are doing (because transmission is so quick) • passive signal similar to passive conductance of signal within a neuron (except with non-uniform axial resistance) coupling coefficient • electrotonic coupling via gap junctions • coupling coefficient – measure of strength of couling o ratio of post response to pre response o function of number of gap junction channels o more gap junctions = greater coupling effect o fewer gap junctions = lower coupling effect the chemical synapse: • synaptic cleft • postsynaptic • presynaptic • active zone (nt release) chemical synaptic function • presynaptic: o AP à Ca entry à vesicle fusion à nt release • postsynaptic: o binding of neurotransmitter à opening of ion channels à influx/efflux of ions à EPSP or IPSP à suprathreshold à AP in postsynaptic neuron o unidirectional flow of info synapses • axodendritic: o dendritic shaft – usually inhibitory o dendritic spine – usually excitatory • axosomatic – generally inhibitory • axoaxonic: o increases or decreases nt release o stimulates or inhibits AP generation o facilitates or depresses nt release chemical synapses • asymmetric synapses: o excitatory § glutamate • symmetric synapses: o inhibitory § GABA EPSP: inward current à depolarization IPSP: outward current à hyperpolarization EPSP + IPSP : inward current + outward current à summed response presynaptic mechanism of nt release • experiment: voltage clamp presynaptic terminal à record membrane current o record postsynaptic change in voltage à EPSP o block voltage-gated calcium channels with cadmium o this block abolishes EPSP § TRANSMITTER release is CALCIUM dependent calcium influx triggers nt release • AP conducted to terminal à membrane depolarization à opening of voltage-gated calcium channels à calcium influx à nt release **molecular mechanism of nt release is NOT directly voltage-dependent • BUT voltage-gated calcium channels are responsible for allowing calcium to enter • nt release caused by increase in calcium concentration in terminal exocytosis – nt release • 1. vesicle docking – vesicle and plasma membrane SNARE proteins associate with one another o vesicles SNARE: synaptobrevin o plasma membrane SNARE: syntaxin and SNAP-25 • 2. SNARE complexes form, pulling vesicles close to plasma membrane (vesicle docking/priming) • 3. calcium entering interats with vesicle membrane protein synaptotagamin (Ca sensitive protein) • 4. vesicle fusion with membrane synaptic vesicle cycle: • synaptic proteins: complex protein-protein interactions in release o anchoring to cytoskeleton o trafficking to plasma membrane o docking at membrane o fusion of vesicular membrane with pm o formation of fusion pore • several protein interactions triggered by calcium exocytosis: vesicle-plasma membrane fusion • transmitter release • vesicle membrane added to plasma membrane • increase in surface area • increase in membrane capacitance endocytosis: internal budding of vesicles (vesicles coated with clathrin) • vesicle membrane subtracted from pm • decrease in surface area • decrease in capacitance à compensatory quantal release: • experiment: o stimulate motor axon, record endplate potentials (EPP) of muscle fibers o spontaneous EPP: miniature endplate potentials o evoked EPP amplitudes integral multiples of mini’s quantal analysis: • EPP amplitude histogram: o number of events at each amplitude o polymodal distribution o histogram peaks are integral multiples of unitary EPP (mini’s) o release is QUANTAL (discreet units) § 1 quantum = 1 packet of transmitter = 1 vesicle ú à unitary response EPSP generation: • neurotransmitters: o Acetylcholine o glutamate • ionic selectivity: o Na o K o Ca IPSP generation: • neurotransmitters: o GABA o glycine • ionic selectivity: o Cl


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