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The Nervous System. Nervous Tissue: Neurons. Neurons = nerve cells….NOT NERVES! transmit messages Major regions of neurons Cell body – nucleus and metabolism Processes – fibers extending from the cell body. Neuron Anatomy. Cell body Processes of cell body

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Nervous tissue neurons
Nervous Tissue: Neurons

  • Neurons = nerve cells….NOT NERVES!

    • transmit messages

    • Major regions of neurons

      • Cell body – nucleus and metabolism

      • Processes – fibers extending from the cell body

Neuron anatomy
Neuron Anatomy

  • Cell body

  • Processes of cell body

    • Dendrites – conduct impulses toward the cell body (incoming)

    • Axons – conduct impulses away from the cell body (outgoing)

Figure 7.4a–b

Axons and nerve impulses
Axons and Nerve Impulses

  • Axons end in axonal terminals

  • Axonal terminals contain vesicles with neurotransmitters

  • Axonal terminals are separated from the next neuron by a gap (synaptic cleft)

    • *Synapse – junction between nerves

Nerve fiber coverings
Nerve Fiber Coverings

  • Schwann cells – produce myelin sheaths in jelly-roll like fashion

  • Nodes of Ranvier – gaps in myelin sheath along the axon

Figure 7.5

Neuron component location
Neuron Component Location

  • Gray matter – cell bodies and unmyelinated fibers

    • Areas where signals are processed

      • Cortex of brain

      • Center of spinal cord

  • White matter – myelinated axons

    • Areas where signals are transmitted

      • Center of brain

      • Outer area of spinal cord

Functional classification of neurons
Functional Classification of Neurons

  • Sensory neurons

    • Carry impulses from the sensory receptors to CNS

  • Motor neurons

    • Carry impulses from CNS

  • Interneurons

    • Connect sensory and motor neurons in the CNS

Nervous tissue support cells neuroglia
Nervous Tissue: Support Cells (Neuroglia)

  • Astrocytes

    • Abundant, star-shaped cells

    • Brace neurons

    • Form barrier between capillaries and neurons

    • Control the chemical environment of the brain

Figure 7.3a

Nervous tissue support cells
Nervous Tissue: Support Cells

  • Microglia

    • Spider-like phagocytes

    • Dispose of debris

  • Ependymal cells

    • Line cavities of the brain and spinal cord

    • Circulate cerebrospinal fluid

Figure 7.3b–c

Nervous tissue support cells1
Nervous Tissue: Support Cells

  • Oligodendrocytes

    • Produce myelin sheath around nerve fibers in the central nervous system

Figure 7.3d

Nervous tissue support cells2
Nervous Tissue: Support Cells

  • Satellite cells

    • Protect neuron cell bodies

  • Schwann cells

    • Form myelin sheath in the peripheral nervous system

Figure 7.3e

Functional properties of neurons
Functional Properties of Neurons

  • Irritability – ability to respond to stimuli

  • Conductivity – ability to transmit an impulse

  • The plasma membrane at rest is polarized

    • Fewer positive ions are inside the cell than outside the cell

Starting a nerve impulse
Starting a Nerve Impulse

  • Depolarization – a stimulus depolarizes the neuron’s membrane

  • A depoloarized membrane allows sodium (Na+) to flow inside the membrane

  • The exchange of ions initiates an action potential in the neuron

Figure 7.9a–c

Nerve impulse propagation
Nerve Impulse Propagation

  • The impulse continues to move toward the cell body

  • Impulses travel faster when fibers have a myelin sheath

Figure 7.9d–f

The action potential
The Action Potential

  • If the action potential (nerve impulse) starts, it continues over the entire axon

  • Potassium ions rush out of the neuron after sodium ions rush in, which repolarizes the membrane

  • The sodium-potassium pump restores the original configuration

    • This action requires ATP

Continuation of the nerve impulse between neurons
Continuation of the Nerve Impulse between Neurons

  • Impulses can cross the synapse to another nerve

    • Neurotransmitter is released from the axon terminal

    • Dendrite on next neuron has receptors that are stimulated by the neurotransmitter

    • An action potential is started in the dendrite