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Lecture 17

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Lecture 17 Biol 202

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This is notes from lecture 17. The online lecture from class. It goes over the structure and function of the nervous system.
Human Anatomy and Physiology I
Schoenfuss, Heiko
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Date Created: 11/07/15
Online Lecture  The Nervous System The Structure of a Nerve  Endoneurium surrounds each fiber the way a muscle fiber was surrounded by the  epimysium   The groups of fibers are bound into fascicles by perineurium  The fascicles are bound together by epineurium and some blood vessels The Nervous Tissue: Neurons  Neurons=nerve cells o Cells are specialized to transmit messages o There are two major regions of neurons 1. Cell body­ nucleus and metabolic center of the cell 2. Processes­ fibers that extend from the cell body The Average Neuron  Dendrites that look like tree roots  Synaptic terminal (axon terminal) communicates with the other cells  Axon hillock is where all the information comes together The Neuron Anatomy  Cell body o Nissil substance­specialized rough E.R o Neurofibrils­ intermediate cytoskeleton that maintains the cell shape (the cell is  long and so it needs strength) o Large Nucleolus  Extensions outside the cell body o Dendrites­ tree roots­ conduct impulses TOWARDS the cell body o Axons­ conduct impulses AWAY from the cell body (it will never go in the  opposite direction) Axons and Nerve Impulses  Axons end in axonal terminals  Axonal terminals contain vesicles with neurotransmitters  Axonal terminals are separated from the next neuron by a gap o Synaptic cleft­ always a small gap between adjacent neurons o Synapse­ junction between nerves o Synaptic terminal= axonal terminals Nerve Fiber Coverings  Schwann cells­ produce myelin sheaths in a jelly­roll like fashion or like little pieces of  insulation  Nodes of Ranvier­ gaps in the myelin sheath along the axon (small gaps between  Schwann cells)  Insulated copper wire­ copper wire = axon and the plastic around it= Schwann cell Neuron Cell Body Location  Most are found in the central nervous system and have two materials o Gray matter­ cell bodies and unmylenated fibers o Ganglia­ collections of cell bodies that are outside the central nervous system Functional Properties of Neurons  Irritability­ the ability to respond to stimuli  Conductivity­ the ability to transmit an impulse  Plasma membrane at rest is polarized o There are fewer positive ions inside the cell than outside the cell Starting a Nerve Impulse   Depolarization­ a stimulus depolarizes the neuron’s membrane  A depolarization membrane allows for the sodium to flow inside the membrane  The exchange of ions initiates an action potential in the neuron The Action Potential  If the action potential or nerve impulse starts, it is propagated over the entire axon  It is an all or nothing response  Potassium ions rush out of the neuron after sodium ions rush in and that repolarizes the  membrane  The sodium­potassium pump restores the original configuration and this action requires  ATP  IMPORTANT CONCEPT (read in your text book)  Look at the graph  It takes 4 milliseconds before an action potential can fire again  Threshold, stimulus, depolarization (or failed initiations), action potential, repolarization,  refractory period, resting state Nerve Impulse Propagation  The impulse continues to move toward the cell body  Impulses travel faster when fibers have a myelinated sheath  They cannot travel backwards  It travels down to the synaptic end or axon terminal of the cell  Schwann cells cannot exchange sodium and potassium ions that can only happen at the  nodes of Ranvier Saltatory Impulse Conduction   The impulse jumps (saltation­Latin) from one Node of Ranvier to the next  Stimulus can travel effectively and quickly down the length of the axon towards the axon  terminal Continuation of the Nerve Impulse between Neurons  Impulses are able to cross the synapse to another nerve o Neurotransmitter is released from a nerve’s axon terminal o The dendrite of the next neuron has receptors that are stimulated by the  neurotransmitter o An action potential is started in the dendrite 


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