Questions tagged [electrophysiology]

The study of the electrical properties of biological cells and tissues.

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Why are nerves blocked even though potassium channels are not blocked?

One could read "Local anesthetics produce a very slight, virtually insignificant, decrease in potassium (K+) conductance through the nerve membrane." At Handbook of Local Anesthesia 7th ...
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If electrical muscle stimulation activates muscles the same way a brain does, why doesn't it result in the same muscle mass increase?

I've been reading about Electrical muscle stimulation (EMS), (also known as neuromuscular electrical stimulation or electromyostimulation). All resources stress that the electrical signals used by EMS ...
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How Fast can the Electrochemical Gradient on a Neuron be Reestablished? [duplicate]

The electrochemical gradient of Na+, K+, Ca2+, and Cl- between the inside and outside of a neuron is vital for its function. When a neuron fires, this gradient reverses. How long does it take for the ...
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How is the electrical potential difference distributed between two stimulating electrodes?

Suppose I set the voltage value of an isolated stimulator with a floating ground. I place one electrode above the spinal cord (positive) and the other placed subcutaneously far away from the spinal ...
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Why does increasing the space constant increase conduction velocity in myelinated neurons if nodes of Ranvier are constantly spaced?

If depolarisation at one node of Ranvier triggers, by passive conduction, an action potential at the next node of Ranvier, why does increasing the space constant increase conduction velocity? Surely ...
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GHK Equation and Action potential

Can GHK equation be used to predict the membrane potential even if the cell is not at resting state? To say it again, can we use GHK equation at every moment during Action potential? I'm confused ...
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Using Nerve Conduction Studies to determine nerve regeneration

I was reading a paper investigating using MRI as a way to determine peripheral nerve regeneration: https://sci-hub.do/10.1016/j.expneurol.2009.10.012 They mention that ... nerve conduction studies ...
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Help me understand voltage patch clamping

Before I type my question it is important to know that I already tried looking this up on my own and could not find an answer because the answers are all in complicated physics terms and this topic is ...
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Potential obstacles to growing nanoelectronics within living cells? [closed]

Say there was a nanotechnology allowing to "grow" and wire up electronic components/sensors measured only a few nanometers in cross-section, though spanning in length across microns. Say ...
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How many Watt-hours can an electric eel produce in a day?

Electric eels are cited as being about to produce about 860 watts of energy. But I haven't been able to find information on how long they can sustain their charge. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=...
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Can high energy photoelectrons damage cell membranes?

I've read that in addition to ionizing radiation causing damage to DNA through direct absorption, but DNA can also be damaged through photoelectrons with enough energy. The thing I was wondering is ...
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Do electric eels produce current as they just move about, and how/why?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y9wktSQdyaE This video demonstrates how an electric eel can supposedly produce up to 800 watts, and power a Christmas tree, which is very topical (a late Merry ...
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What is happening at the electrode interface when the electrical field is modified due to the change of ion concentration after an AP?

I have been working for quite a while now on electrophysiology and electrode fabrication. I studied what is happening at the neuron level during an action potential (polarization/depolarization, ...
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electrostatic charge of viruses, especially Coronaviruses

I am searching for (and failing to find) literature about the electric charge (+/-) of viruses, specifically the Coronaviruses. I am aware that it is a complicated issue, including interaction of pH ...
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How can I simulate heart electrical activity in a 2D plane?

I am not a biologist/medical student, I study software engineering. But I really like when medicine and engineering hold their hands together to achieve great things. As a side/toy project, I was ...
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What's a cells membrane potential without any leak channels?

Consider the following ion concentrations on either side of a cell membrane (in = inside cell, out = outside cell): $[\text{Na}^+]_{\text{in}} = 10mM$, $[\text{Na}^+]_{\text{out}} = 142mM$, $[\text{K}^...
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What is a "membrane holding potential"?

What is a membrane holding potential? I have come across this term but haven't been able to find a definition. From "Voltage-gated sodium channels as therapeutic targets in epilepsy and other ...
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Is there a way to derive Bazett's formula to correct QT interval in ECG?

As we know that QT interval in ECG is a function of heart rate (HR) and to comment on the pathology associated with altered QT interval, we must neutralise the effect of HR. For this Bazett's formula ...
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How do I stimulate a neuron extracellularly, specifically the sphenopalatine ganglion

Apologies if this is too basic of a question, but I am an electrical engineer, just getting into neuromodulation/neurostimulation. For my senior project, I am trying to make a device that stimulates ...
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Why is the current flow shown to be flowing from the negative area towards the positive area?

When I was studying the ECG chapter in the book "Guyton and Hall Textbook of Medical Physiology", I noticed something odd in one of the pictures: As you can see the current is shown to be ...
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Why is saltatory conduction in myelinated axons faster than continuous conduction in unmyelinated axons?

How does spacing apart sodium and potassium channels allow the action potential to travel faster down the axon? This is the reason always cited for saltatory conduction and myelination, but my mental ...
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Why Is Action Potential Propagation Not Described by Telegrapher's But Cable Equation?

In modelling the propagation of action potential in an axon, why is the partial differential equation the cable equation rather than the telegrapher's equation? The difference between the two is that ...
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Can Two Opposite Running Action Potential Cross Each Other without Annihilation in One Axon

Can two opposite travelling action potential cross each other annihilation in an axon? My answer would be affirmative. If the propagation mechanism is linear as described by https://en.wikipedia.org/...
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At small axon diameters (<1 µm), why does myelination not increase neuronal conduction velocity?

As per the diagram below (and other graphs available online), why do unmyelinated fibres have a higher conduction velocity than myelinated fibres when the axon diameter is less than around 1 µm?
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Effect of opposing electric charges on cells

Is the affect on a cell between two negatively charged plates theoretically similar to between a positively and negatively charged plate? In other words, would it induce charges on the inside and ...
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Is there a proton gradient across the cell membrane, just like for the mitochondrial membrane?

Mitochondria have a proton gradient, is there also a proton gradient between cells and the extracellular medium?
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What is the significance of the amplitude of brain waves?

What does the amplitude of brain waves represent and to what neuronal activities is this amplitude related to? For example, in a hypothetical situation, the frequency of brain waves is kept the same, ...
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Question about the Derivation of the cable equation for neurites

I read in Wikipedia how the cable equation was derived (here) and had a specific problem regarding one of its equation: At the start of the derivation it states that we first need to pretend that the ...
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Why the length constant of passive current flow isn't depend on the membrane capacitance?

I read that the equation for the length constant for passive conductance along a neuron depend on the resistance of the plasma membrane, the intracellular axoplasm and the extracellular medium. My ...
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Does the zeta potential of a nanoparticle generally take into account ligand charge?

For example, if I had a quantum dot nanoparticle with conjugated linker peptides capped with polyarginine tracts. Would the localization of negative charge from arginine change the zeta potential ...
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In the PR segment of an ECG, how come there's no current flowing?

I don't really know how to phrase the question, but to put it as clearly as I can, I don't get why it is the P wave "flattens down" when the atria have completely depolarized. I get that the ...
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How does a microelectrode work?

On Wikipedia, the entire microelectrode page states only the following: A microelectrode is an electrode of very small size, used in electrophysiology for either recording of neural signals or ...
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Physiology of hyperpolarization

In my textbook, it is stated that after the closure of potassium voltage-gated channels and during hyperpolarization, potassium leakage channels allow potassium influx passively and this returns the ...
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Difference between Premature Atrial Contraction and Atrial Fibrillation

what is the difference between Premature Atrial Contraction and Atrial Fibrillation. I know that both have irregular heart beat but have normal QRS complex. Both have abnormal or absence P waves but a ...
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Are there any organisms, extant or extinct, that have only one neuron?

Nervous systems are useful in one way because they allow for integration of complex information. They are also useful because they transmit information very rapidly, over a large distance. However, ...
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Where does this equation in the electrophysiology literature form come from?

In my studies I keep coming across the form of an equation that is used in many different mathematical models for voltage gated ion channels. The most general form I have found is in the 1977 paper ...
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Definition for different arrhythmia

I am wondering if there is an organization, a document or a research that standardize all the rhythms? Such as describing how long should the ECG be flatline to be considered as asystole? The rhythm I ...
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Living potato clock? [duplicate]

Could a potato stay alive and power a clock while growing in the ground? I know how a potato clock works as a electrochemical cell and involves chemistry, but I am only interested in a growing ...
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Is the medium which transmits the electrical impulse through the heart different to a nerve?

According to Nerve A nerve is an enclosed, cable-like bundle of nerve fibres called axons Being an Axon An axon (from Greek ἄξων áxōn, axis), or nerve fiber, is a long, slender projection of a ...
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What is the difference in the electrical excitability between a "large diameter soma" and a "large diameter axon"

There are two stereotyped statements that I have seen during my coursework regarding electric properties of neurons: Large diameter axons propagate action potentials more quickly than small diameter ...
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Why do larger diameter myelinated axons have greater conduction velocities than small diameter myelinated axons?

A canonical statement I have frequently read is that "large diameter axons conduct action potentials at faster velocities than small diameter axons". After recently learning the effect of increased ...
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Are large cell bodies of neurons harder to depolarize than small cell bodies of neurons?

In order for the axon to initiate an action potential, we know that the axon initial segment must be brought to threshold. So my question is as follows: Say we have the minimum charge input, "X", ...
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At What Rate Do Ions Leak Out of a Plasma Membrane Segment That Has No Ion Channels?

In reading about the purpose of myelin during action potential propagation, I came across a point of confusion. From what I understand, one of the primary "benefits" of myelin is that it aids in ...
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Assumptions for Nernst Equation

While I am familiar with some of the conditions for the Nernst Equation, for example: 1) "The membrane is only permeable to one ion even if there are several other ions in the system" there is an ...
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What causes bio electricity? [closed]

When it is said that “electrical impulses sent from the brain” how is this charge flow produced?
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Is there any danger in putting a magnet in your ear (next to your brain)

I recently bought some wireless earbuds that fit right in my ear, so they're very small. But the method it uses for charging is magnetic, so it has magnets built into the earbud. I was wondering if ...
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What are wave frequencies in the EEG?

Here is a typical EEG reading: (source: frontalcortex.com) I understand that each row corresponds to the signal read between two sensors on a standard 10-20 (or 10-5) distribution setup (e.g. ...
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Do repetitive movements on EEGs show up as discernible patterns?

Here is a typical EEG reading: (source: frontalcortex.com) If I am connected to an EEG, and am sitting perfectly still, and then begin doing some repetitive motion, say, 10,000 times, will we see ...
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Entropy during neuronal signaling

to begin with: I have some background in cognitive neuroscience, but have not intensely studied the biochemical background of neuronal signalling, so please correct me if my basic understanding is ...
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What physical or mental actions can be picked up by EEGs?

There certainly seem to be a lot of gadgets and gizmos leveraging EEG technologies to the control of devices. This makes me wonder: what intentions/thoughts can be captured by EEG technology, and ...