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synapse

junction between two cells, often two neurons, but can be any 2 cells

can be electrical or chemical

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convergence

many pre-synaptic neurons affecting a single post-synaptic neuron.

 

can recieve signals from ~10,000 cells.

action potentials are often a result of the sum on all the connections

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Do we physically change when we learn?

We change the number and quality of our dendrites

There is no difference in the number of neurons, but there is a difference in the number of neuronal connections

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Electrical Synapses

  • These are rare
  • Are formed between 2 cells that are connected by gap junctions
  • The junctions are big enough so that many types of molecules can be shared vetween the adjacent cells
  • Signal passes extremely rapidly
  • Signal can be bidirectional, or pore configurations can limit direction
  • passage of signal is guaranteed and does not require amplification

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Chemical synapses

Includes a presynaptic neuron in which the AP triggers release of a chemical into the extracellular space. The chemical binds to chemically gated ion channels on post-synaptic neuron triggering a graded potential and potentially an action potential in the post-synaptic neuron

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Where are ribosomes located?

Just outside the nucleus

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Which protein does anterograde NT transport?

Kinesin

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Which protein does retrograde NT transport?

Dynein

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Anterograde transport

  • Transport from the cell body to the axon terminal
  • Transports nutrients, enzymes, mitochondria, neurotransmitters
  • uses kinesin
  • can moce up to 15 inches a day

 

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Retrograde transport

  • transports from the axon terminal to the cel body
  • moves recycled vesicles, and recycled NT
  • uses Dynein

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Neurotransmitter release

The end product of AP in many neurons.

NT are encased in vesicles

Vesicle-cell membrane fusion is required for release

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Divergence

Then one presynaptic neuron has many acon terminals and forms many synapses

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What voltage gated ion channels are at the axon terminal?

Na, K, Ca

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What happens with Ca when the depolarization reaches the axon terminal

Voltage gated ion Ca channels open and Ca2+ rushes into the cell. 

Ca then binds to receptors on the vesicle membrane, triggering a shape change that allows the vesicle membrane to fuse with the cell membrane. 

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Explain the events in the synaptic cleft

NT moves throuhg the synapse by diffusion, and binds to the receptors on the post synaptic cell. (This occurs slowly ~0.2ms)

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What can change the efficiency of NT signalling in the synaptic cleft?

  • The concentration of receptors on the post synaptic cell
  • The concentration of NT in the synapse.
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What happens when there is more NT in the synapse?

More NT=more receptors bound=Bigger Graded potential

 

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What are three methods for removing NT from the synapse?

  • Re-uptake
  • Diffusion
  • Breakdown by enzymes in the presynaptic cleft

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Reuptake

NT is actively transported back into the presynaptic neuron or the surrounding glial cells

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Can presynaptic synapses release more than one NT?

Yes

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Which ion triggers synaptic vesicles to merge with the plasma membrane?

Ca

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What triggers Ca channls to open?

A + intracellular voltage

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What is true about a relative refractory period?

Some Na channels are inactivated, and some are closed. 

An AP can occur if the stimuli is strong enough. 

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Can graded potentials moce the cell closer to and further from threshold?

Yes

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Can action potentials moce the cell closer to and further from threshold?

No. They are all or nothing and always depolarize to the same amplitude. 

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Excitatory post-synaptic potential (EPSP)

If the binding of an NT to a receptor on the post synaptic neuron results in depolarization

One EPSE changes the RMP 0.5mV (a 15mV change is needed to reach threshold)

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Inhibitory post synaptic potential (IPSP)

the binding of an T to a receptor on the post synaptic neuron results in hyperpolarization. 

Can happen either by allowing + ions out of the cell(like K), or letting - ions into the cell (chloride)

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Summation

adding graded potentials together to reach threshold and spark an action potential

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Temporal Summation

Fires EPSP after EPSP within a short period of time, so the membrane does not have time to repolarize, and summation occurs to reach threshold. 

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Spatial Summation

Multiple EPSPs from different presynaptic neurons, adding up to reach threshold

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Factors that effect synaptic strength/summation

  • Availability of NT/NT precursor molecules
  • Availability of Ca outside the presynaptic neuron
  • Receptor concetration/sensitization on post synaptic neuron
  • Enzymatic destruction of NT in synaptic cleft
  • diffusion factors

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Synaptic plasticity

  • Receptor expression can be up/down regulated.
  • Another set of chemicals, neuromodulators can effect the availability og NT in eurons
  • receptors can desensitise 

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