Differentiate between the central nervous system and peripheral nervous system.
a. central nervous system (CNS) - brain & spinal cord
i. integration & command center
ii. interprets sensory input & dictates motor responses
b. peripheral nervous system (PNS) - part of nervous system outside CNS; primarily paired cranial & spinal nerves
i. nerves - bundles of axons that extend from the brain & spinal cord
ii. cranial nerves - carry impulses to & from the brain
iii. spinal nerves - carry impulses to & from the spinal cord
Name the two principal cell types in nerve tissue.
Describe the structure, location (CNS or PNS), and function of neuroglia (glial cells) – astrocytes, microglial cells, ependymal cells, oligodendrocytes, satellite cells, and Schwann cells (Figure 11.3, page 389).
List the three special characteristics of neurons.
a. extreme longevity - over 100 years with good nutrition
b. amitotic - most neurons don’t divide and can’t be replaced
i. as neurons form a communicating network with other neurons, they lose their ability to divide
c. exception - olfactory epithelium & hippocampus
i. exceptionally high metabolic rate
ii. require continuous supplies of oxygen & glucose
iii. cannot survive more than a few minutes without oxygen
Define the terms perikaryon (soma), chromatophilic substance (Nissl bodies), nucleus, ganglion, tract, nerve, dendrite, and axon.
a. (perikaryon, soma) - consists of a spherical nucleus with a conspicuous nucleolus surrounded by cytoplasm
b. chromatophilic substance (Nissl bodies) - most active & best developed rough endoplasmic reticulum in the body
c. nuclei - clusters of cell bodies win the CNS; most common
d. ganglia - clusters of cell bodies along the nerves in the PNS
e. tracts - bundles of neuron processes in the CNS
f. nerves - bundles of neuron processes in the PNS
Describe the structure and function of a dendrite.
a. Dendrites - short, tapering, diffusely branching processes
i. main receptive or input regions of neuron
ii. dendritic spines - points of close contact (synapses) with other neurons
iii. move incoming signals towards the cell body using short-distance signals called graded potentials (not action potentials)
Describe the structure and function of an axon.
a. Axon - slender process extending from neuron
i. each neuron has a single axon
ii. nerve fibers - long axons
iii. axon collaterals - occasional axon branches, if present
iv. axon hillock - cone-shaped area of neuron where axon arises
v. terminal branches - profuse branches at axon’s end; 10.000+
vi. axon terminal (terminal boutons) - knoblike distal endings of the terminal branches
Contrast anterograde movement and retrograde movement.
Describe the structure and function of myelin sheaths.
Define the terms outer collar of perinuclear cytoplasm, myelin sheath gaps (nodes of Ranvier), myelinated, and nonmyelinated.
a. Outer collar of perinuclear cytoplasm - portion of Schwann cell which includes nucleus, cytoplasm, & exposed part of plasma membrane
b. Myelin sheath gaps (Nodes of Ranvier) - gaps in myelin sheath that occur between adjacent Schwann cells
c. Nonmyelinated axons - Schwann cells surround 15 or more thin axons but don’t coil
Contrast the processes used by Schwann cells and oligodendrocytes to form myelin sheaths.
a. Myelin sheath gaps (Nodes of Ranvier) - gaps in myelin sheath that occur between adjacent Schwann cells
-occur at regular intervals (1 mm apart) along myelinated axon
-sites where axon collaterals can emerge
b. Unmyelinated axons - Schwann cells surround 15 or more thin axons but don’t coil
a. CNS myelin sheaths
CNS has both myelinated and unmyelinated axons
b. oligodendrocytes - form myelin sheaths in CNS
have multiple flat processes that can coil around as many as 60 axons at once
c. CNS myelin sheaths - lack an outer collar of perinuclear cytoplasm
Contrast white matter and gray matter.
Explain the structural classification of neurons (Table 11.1, page 394).
multipolar neurons - three or more processes
one axon and the multiple dendrites
most common type of human neuron (99%)
bipolar neurons - two processes
one axon & one dendrite on opposite sides
rare neurons in some special sense organs
unipolar neurons - single, short process that emerges from cell body & divides T-like into proximal & distal branches
peripheral process - distal;associated with sensory receptor
central process - proximal; enters CNS
found mainly in ganglia in PNS; sensory neurons
Define the terms voltage, potential difference, current, resistance, insulator, conductor, and Ohm’s law.
a. voltage (V) - measure of potential energy generated by separated charge
b. AP’s are measured in millivolts = 0.001 V
c. potential difference (potential) - voltage measured between two points (a-b)
d. current (I) - flow of electrical charge between two points
e. resistance (R) - a substance’s hindrance to charge flow
f. insulator - substance with high electrical resistance
g. conductor - substance with low electrical resistance
h. Ohm’s law - relationship between voltage, current, & resistance
Describe the three types of ion channels.
a. leakage (nongated) channels - channels that are always open
b. gated channels - part of the protein forms a molecular “gate” that changes shape to open and close the channel in response to specific signals
c. Chemically gated (ligand-gated) channels - open when the appropriate chemical binds (in this case, neurotransmitter)
Define and describe resting membrane potential.
Define the terms graded potential, action potential, depolarization, and hyperpolarization.
a. Graded potential - short-lived, localized change in membrane potential; depolarization or hyperpolarization
b. Depolarization - a small patch of membrane becomes depolarized by a stimulus
c. Action potential (nerve impulse) - a brief reversal of membrane potential with a total amplitude (change in voltage) of about 100 mV (from -70 mV to +30 mV)
d. Hyperpolarization: some K+ channels remain open & Na+ channels reset
Describe the spread and decay of graded potentials.
a. Depolarization spreads - opposite charges attract each other
-local currents depolarize adjacent membrane areas, spreading the wave of depolarization
b. Membrane potential decays with distance - current is lost through “leaky” plasma membrane (leakage channels) causing the voltage to decline with distance from the stimulus; no propagation
-short distance signals
Explain how the CNS determines whether a stimulus is strong or weak.
Differentiate between absolute refractory period and relative refractory period.
List the two factors affecting conduction velocity.
Define the term synapse.
Identify types of synapses based on structural connections, information flow, and type of stimulus.
a. Types of synapses - based on structural connections
axodendritic - between axon endings of one neuron & dendrites of other neurons
axosomatic - between axon endings of one neuron & cell bodies (soma) of other neurons
-less common types
axoaxonal - axon to axon
dendrodendritic - dendrite to dendrite
somatodendritic - dendrites to soma
b. Types of neurons - based on information flow
-presynaptic neuron - conducts impulses toward synapse
-postsynaptic neuron - transmits impulses away from synapse
outside of CNS, the postsynaptic cell may be a neuron or an effector cell (muscle cell or gland cell)
inside CNS, the postsynaptic cell is another neuron
-most neurons function as both sender & receiver
-neurons have 1000 to 10,000 axon terminals making synapses & are stimulated by an equal number of other neurons
c.Types of synapses - based on type of stimulus
-electrical synapses - specialized to allow the flow of ions between neurons; less common type
neurons are connected by gap junctions
ions & small molecules can flow from one neuron to the next
neurons joined this way are electrically coupled
rapidly synchronize activity of connected neurons
found in parts of the brain involved in emotions & memory
-chemical synapses - specialized for release & reception of neurotransmitters
parts of chemical synapse
axon terminal of presynaptic neuron - contains synaptic vesicles; each vesicle contains 1000s of neurotransmitter molecules receptor region of postsynaptic neuron -region on the membrane of dendrite or cell body
Define the terms synaptic cleft and synaptic delay.
Differentiate between an excitatory synapse and an inhibitory synapse.
Explain the chemical classes of neurotransmitters. Place a specific neurotransmitter in its chemical class (only responsible for neurotransmitters mentioned in lecture).
Differentiate between excitatory and inhibitory neurotransmitters. Differentiate between direct and indirect actions of neurotransmitters.
a. direct - neurotransmitters that bind to & open ion channels
i. promote rapid responses (channel-linked receptors)
ii. examples - acetylcholine, amino acids
b. indirect - neurotransmitters that act through second messengers
i. promote long-lasting effects (G protein-linked receptors)
ii. examples - biogenic amines, peptides, dissolved gases