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What is equilibrium potential?

It is the voltage obtained for a given concentration gradient of a single ion at equilibrium across a semi-permeable membrane. The Nernst equilibrium equation represent this.


What is Gibbs-Donnan Equilibrium?

Equilibrium involving impermeable polyelectrolyte on one side of a membrane that is permeable to salts but impermeable to the polyelectrolyte. It results in the unequal distribution of salts across the membrane a slight membrane potential that has the same sign as the charge on the polyelectrolyte.


When do diffusion potentials occur?

When two or more ions are permeable to a membrane, but the various ions have differing permeabilities. Cell resting potentials and action potentials are examples of diffusion potentials.


What are epithelial membrane potentials?

The difference in electrical potential that occurs between two dilute solutions when the membrane itself is a layer of cells. This occurs in the kidney and GI system.


What is the effect on the cell if the concentration of external K is increased?

It decreases outward K+ gradient and makes Em less negative which is depolarizing.


What effect does raising the concentration of internal K have on the cell?

It increases the outward K+ gradient and makes Em more negative which is hyperpolarizing


Raising internal Na will have what effect on the cell?

It decreases inward Na gradient and makes Em less positive indie which is hyperpolarizing


Raising external Na will have what effect on the cell?

Increases inward Na gradient and makes Em more positive inside which is depolarizing


Why do resting potentials vary among cells?

It is due to the varying relative permeabilities of Na+ to K+


What is the implication of a greater relative permeability of Na compared to K?

The more positive the resting potential (or less negative)


What do non-Ohmic voltage curve indicate the property of?

Indicated the property of rectification. ie. that the conductance differs for inward and outward currents.


Describe an outward rectification

The conductance of outward currents is greater than for inward currents and the current/voltage curve slopes upward nonlinearly.


Describe an inward rectification

The conductance of inward currents is greater than for outward currents and the current/voltage plots slope downward nonlinearly. The K+ channel (iK1) responsible for the resting potential of nerve and muscle is an inward rectifier.


What are nerve and cardiac resting potentials primarily due to?

They are primarily due to inwardly rectifying K+ channels that mediate a positive efflux of K+. At the normal resting potential the inward rectifier channel iK1 mediates a positive efflux of potassium


What is electrodiffusion?

It is the movement of ions through a channel. This occurs single file.


In terms of membrane voltage (Vm) what happens when a cell becomes more permeable to an ion?

The effect upon Vm is to brin it closer to the equilibrium potential of that particular ion.


What effect would injecting NaCl into the cell have on Vm?

It would be hyper polarizing. The amount of sodium current that flows into the cell during an action potential is so small that the internal concentration of sodium dow not change very much. What does change is the relative permeability of sodium to potassium


What does the overshoot give evidence of?

An inwardly directed positive ion gradient of Na rather than an outwardly directed positive ion gradient K is now dominating the membrane voltage.


Sodium and potassium channels are outwardly/inwardly rectifying? What does this mean?

Outwardly rectifying. Their conductances are low at hyper polarized voltages, ie. inward positive currents are low at rest but they open up at a threshold level of membrane depolarization and acquire a much larger conductance that enables positive inward currents during the upstroke of the action potential


What are 2 examples of time and voltage dependent ion channels? What does this mean?

Calcium and sodium channels. The opening of these channels depends on both voltage and time in that positive voltages open the channes but they spontaneously close with the passage of time.


Compared to a normal membrane potential what will a lower membrane potential result in?

It will reduce the rate of depolarization and amplitude of an action potential. The degree of inactivation can influence the size of a propagated action potential. This is because some of the channels will be in the inactivated state the ensuing AP is smaller and has a slower upstroke than normal.


Compared with normal what will happen with a stimulus reaching threshold slowly?

If the stimulating voltage to threshold has a slower upstroke than usual some of the channels will inactivate and the ensuing action potential may likewise be smaller than usual and with a slower upstroke


Describe delayed outward rectified K channels

They are found in muscle and nerve cells. They are primarily responsible for the repolarization phase of the action potential. They spontaneously inactivate by a ball and chain mechanism


What is implied if a channel is an outward rectifier?

A much larger conductance at positive depolarized voltages than at negative hyperpolarized voltages.


Describe the model of ion channel gating

There is a selectivity filter to determine which ion will permeate. Other domains are voltage sensores (m-gates). Other domains are inactivation gates (h-gates)


Which channels function like a lid on a trash can and which like a ball on a chain?

Na and Ca are lids. K is ball on a chain


Describe the action potentials in the atrium, bundle of His, Purkinje network, and ventricle

They have APs that involve Na-dependent upstrokes, Ca-dependent plateaus and K-dependent repolarizations


Describe the SA node AP

They have smaller Ca-dependent upstrokes and K-dependent repolarizations with no contributions from Na channels. It alos has a spontaneous depolarizing ramp responsible for the automaticity of the heart rhythm


Describe the AV node AP

The Aps have Ca-dependent upstrokes and K-dependent repolarizations


Compare the duration of Skeletal muscle APs with cardiac muscle

The duration of skeletal muscle AP is only a few msec whereas cardiac APs have a plateau lasting 300-400msec