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3 special characteristics of NEURAL TISSUE

1 ) long lived
2) amitotic
3) high metabolic rate

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Structure of NEURAL TISSUE (3 parts)

1) Dendrites
2) Cell body (soma)
3) Axons

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Things to know about DENDRITES

-DENDRITES are highly branched processes that retrieve info.
-Their DENDRITIC SPINES increase the surface area to receive more info.

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Things to know about the CELL BODY aka SOMA

-They are large in order to produce NEUROTRANSMITTERS (NT)
-Clusters of CELL BODIES in CNS are called NUCLEUS (pl)
- Clusters of CELL BODIES in PNS are called GANGLION (pl) or GANGLIA (s)

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Things to know about AXONS

- length varies
-may be myelinated to increase speed of impulse transition
-may have collateral branches = side branches
- has 1000s of terminal branches
- SYNAPTIC KNOBS at end hold vesicles filled w/ NT
- bundles of AXONS in CNS are called tract
-bundles of AXONS in PNS are called nerves

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AXONS are wrapped in these 3 connective tissues...

...EDONEURIUM which cover single AXONS and capillaries, PERINEURIUM which covers nerve fascicles (has arteries and veins), and EPINEURIUM which covers multiple nerve fascicles and the blood vessel surrounding.

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Types of NEURONS classified by structure (4)

1) MULTIPOLAR
2) BIPOLAR
3) UNIPOLAR
4) ANAXONIC

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Thangs to know about MULTIPOLAR NEURONS

-they have many DENDRITES, 1 long AXON
-most common in CNS, all MOTOR NEURONS

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Thangs to know about BIPOLAR NEURONS

- they have 1 DENDRITE and 1 AXON
- rare, special sense organs

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Thangs to know about UNIPOLAR NEURONS

- DENDRITES continuous w/ AXON
- SENSORY NEURONS in PNS
- CELL BODY in dorsal root ganglia

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Thangs to know about ANAXONIC NEURONS

- can't distinguish DENDRITES, AXONS

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Types of NEURONS classified by function (3)

1) SENSORY (afferent) NEURONS
2) INTERNEURONS
3) MOTOR (efferent) NEURONS

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Things to know about SENSORY (afferent) NEURONS

- Mostly UNIPOLAR, some BIPOLAR
- Carry info from sensory organs/receptor to CNS
-e.g. EXTEROCEPTORS - outside info (touch/sight/temp)
-e.g. INTEROCEPTORS - monitor internal organs
-e.g. PROPRIOCEPTORS - monitor muscle and joint position

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Things to know aboot (canadian eh?) INTERNEURONS

- Mostly MULTI
- Between SENSORY and MOTOR NEURONS
- Integrate info

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Things to know about MOTOR (efferent) NEURONS

- All MULTI with CELL BODIES in CNS
- Carry info to muscles and glands

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Can NEURONS be SENSORY and EXTEROCEPTORS?

Yes

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Can NEURONS be SENSORY and UNIPOLAR?

Yessir

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Can NEURONS be INTERNEURONS and PROPRIOCEPTORS?

No way Jose

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Can NEURONS be INTERNEURONS and MULTIPOLAR?

Yup

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Can NEURONS be MOTOR and MULTIPOLAR?

Yerp

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What are NEUROGLIA?

They are smaller than NEURONS but outnumber them 10:1. CNS tumours arise from uncontrolled division of NEUROGLIA

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4 types of NEUROGLIA in CNS

1) ASTROCYTES
2) MICROGLIA
3) OLIGODENDROCYTES
4) EPENDYMAL CELLS

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Things to know about ASTROCYTES

- most common
- star-shaped
- create a supportive network for NEURONS
- recycle NT
- guide neuronal migration in embryo
- surround capillary to maintain blood-brain barrier
-control transport of material into interstitial fluid

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Things to know 'bout MICROGLIA

They are small cells w/ "thorny" processes. They also defend and remove debris (no WBC in CNS)

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Things to know about OLIGODENDROCYTES

Their processes wrap around portions of multiple CNS AXONS. They myelinate/insulate AXONS to increase speed of ACTION POTENTIAL (AP).

Also their name is stupidly long.
:(

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Things to know about EPENDYMAL CELLS

-Ciliated cells joined by tight junctions
- Line ventricle of the brain and central canal of the spinal chord
- Produce, monitor, and circulate cerebrospinal fluid (CSF)

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2 types of NEUROGLIA in PNS

1) SCHWANN CELLS
2) SATELLITE CELLS

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Things to know about SCHWANN CELLS

- Whole cell wraps around part of 1 AXON = myelinate AP (speeds up by 150x)
- Many SCHWANN CELLS needed to myelinate 1 AXON
- Adjacent SCHWANN CELLS don't touch = gap = node of Ranvier
- AP propagated at nodes of Ranvier
- Demyelination results in loss of sensation, motor control, e.g. MS
- SCHWANN CELLS also guide AXON growth during NEURON repair

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Things to know about SATELLITE CELLS

They surround CELL BODIES in GANGLIA and they regulate the environment around NEURONS.