Neuro Sciences Midterm 1

  1. The Nervous System
    • 1. Central Nervous System (CNS)
    •                    - Brain
    •                    - Spinal Cord

    • 2. Peripheral Nervous System (PNS)
    •                    - Cranial nerves
    •                    - Spinal nerves
  2. building blocks of nervous system
    1. Neurons

    2. Glia
  3. Building blocks of nervous system

    1. Neurons

    2. Glia
    • Neurons are cells. They have membranes, cytoplasm, nucleus, metabolism, protein synthesis, protein modification and protein transport.

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  4. Building blocks of nervous system

    1. Neurons

    2. Glia
    Cell body: contains nucleus and organelles

    Dendrites: receive inputs

    Axon: Conducts impulses away from the cell body

    Axon hillock: an enlarged region where an axon attaches to the cell body.

    Node of Ranvier: periodic gap in the insulating sheath (myelin) on the axon of certain neurons that serves to facilitate the rapid conduction of nerve impulses.

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  5. Building blocks of nervous system

    1. Neurons

    2. Glia

    Morphological heterogeneity of neurons
    Morphological heterogeneity of neurons

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    Functional polarity: despite heterogeneity basic structures which is common to most neurons such as dendrites (input) and axons (output).

    *Functional polarity: consists of two functions which are polar opposites, but which together entails a larger, more inclusive function, referred to as their common functioning principle.
  6. Camillo Golgi

    Golgi impregnation method:
    The Golgi impregnation method is a nervous tissue staining technique discovered by Italian physician and scientist Camillo Golgi.

    Impregnate neuron cells with silver chromate (Ag3)

    1 - 10% only turn black.

    Step 1: Wash the neurons with 2% aqueous solution of potassium dichromate for two days (incubate)

    step 2: Then incubate with 2% aqueous solution of silver nitrate for 2 days

    step 3. After 2 days 1 - 10% neurons will be black.
  7. Camillo Golgi

    Reticular Theory
    A theory that states the nervous system consists of a large network of tissue, or reticulum, formed by the fused processes of nerve cells. (A continuous pro-plasmatic lanes)

  8. Reticular Theory vs Neuronal Doctrine

    Neuronal Doctrine: Santiago Ramon y Cajal
    Neuronal doctrine says neurons are discrete entities communicating at specialized compacts called synapses.

    Synapses: A synapse is the junction between the synaptic terminal and another cell.

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  9. Dendritic Spines
    A dendritic spine (or spine) is a small membranous protrusion from a neuron's dendrite that typically receives input from a single synapse of an axon.

    Dendritic spines serve as a storage site for synaptic strength and help transmit electrical signals to the neuron's cell body.

    Most spines have a bulbous head (the spine head), and a thin neck that connects the head of the spine to the shaft of the dendrite.

    The dendrites of a single  neuron can contain hundreds to thousands of spines.

    • In addition to spines providing an anatomical substrate for memory storage and synaptic
    • transmission, they may also serve to increase the number of possible contacts between neurons.

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  10. building blocks of nervous system

    1. Neurons

    2. Glia
    A neuron contacts its targets through Synapses.

    Synapses: In the nervous system, a synapse is a structure that permits a neuron (or nerve cell) to pass an electrical or chemical signal to another cell.

    Synapses are essential to neuronal function: neurons are cells that are specialized to pass signals to individual target cells, and synapses are the means by which they do so.

    There are two fundamentally different types of synapses:chemical synapse and electrical synapse.

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  11. building blocks of nervous system

    1. Neurons

    2. Glia
    Boutons are axonal swellings or varicosities found typically at the sites where synapses occur.

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  12. building blocks of nervous system

    1. Neurons

    2. Glia
    - Comes from the Greek word 'glue'

    - more abandant than neurons (3:1)

    - They are not excitable

    - They have supportive role and also make signaling faster
  13. building blocks of nervous system

    1. Neurons

    2. Glia
    • Types of glial cells:
    •         - Astrocytes (CNS)
    •         - Microglia (CNS)
    •         - Oligodendrocytes (CNS)
    •         - Schwann cells (PNS)
  14. Types of glial cells: Oligodendrocytes (CNS)
    Oligodendrocytes are types of brain cell whose main function is to produce mylein, laminated lipid rich wrapping along CNS axons (not all axons).

    Mylein sheeth: very specialized membranes with specific protein content (PLP).

    Ensheeting of axons is a form of electrical isolation that allows action potential to propagate fast along the axon.

    Each myelinated segment is called internode (100 - 500 micrometer length).

    The gap between is called node of ranvier.
  15. Types of glial cells: Astrocytes (CNS)
    A glial cell found in the CNS named for its characteristic star-like shape.

    Constitute between 20-50% of volume in some brain areas

    Play scaffolding role during development

    Envelop synapses

    Cuff Nodes of Ranvier

    Cover blood vessels

    Essentially they “ fence in” neurons

    • These cells provide both mechanical and metabolic support for neurons, regulating
    • the environment where they function; they contribute to the blood-brain barrier
    • and control transport of substances from the blood to neural tissue; they also
    • help coordinate nerve pathway development.
  16. Types of glial cells: Microglia (CNS)
    Microglia are extremely small cells of the CNS that remove cellular waste and protect against microorganisms.

    Similar to macrophages in other tissues.

    Derived from hematopoietic precursors.
  17. Types of glial cells: Schwann cells (PNS) 
    • Form mylein sheath in the PNS.
    • (similar function as oligodendrocytes)

    In contrast to oligodendrocytes, they myelinate one axon only.
  18. Range of things...

    Cell Body
    Synaptic Cleft
    Cell body range from 5 to 50 micro meters

    Spines = 1 micro meter

    Synaptic Cleft = 20 nm

    * To see nanometers you need electron microscope which was developed int he 40s.
  19. Resting Membrane Potential
    Resting membrane potential is the difference in voltage of the fluids inside a cell and outside a cell, which is usually between -70 to -80 millivolts (mV).

    All cells have this difference, but it is particularly important in relation to nerve and muscle cells, since any stimulus that changes the voltage and makes it different from the resting membrane potential is what allows the cells to transmit electrical signals. If the cells didn't have the voltage difference, then they would be neutral, and wouldn't transmit any information.
  20. The Voltage Clamp Method
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  21. Voltage gated Na Channel
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  22. Voltage gated Na Channel
    The voltage-gated sodium channel has several functional parts. One portion of the channel determines its ion selectivity. This particular channel is quite selective for sodium ions. Even the chemically similar potassium ions cannot pass through the channel.

    Another portion of the channel serves as a gate that can open and close. The gate is controlled by a voltage sensor, which responds to the level of the membrane potential.

    An inactivation gate: this limits the period of time the channel remains open, despite steady stimulation.

    At a typical resting membrane potential (for example, -70 mV) the channel is closed. Then should any factor depolarize the membrane potential sufficiently (for example, to -50 mV), the voltage sensor moves outward and the gate opens.

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Neuro Sciences Midterm 1
Neuro Sciences Midterm 1