By Werner R. Loewenstein (ed.)
Why should still there be a instruction manual of sensory body structure, and if that is so, why now' The editors have requested this question, marshalled all the arguments that appeared to communicate opposed to their undertaking, after which stumbled on that almost all of those arguments rather spoke in prefer of it: there appeared to be without doubt that the try out might be made and that it may be made now. No whole evaluate of sensory body structure has been tried considering that Bethe's "Handbuch der normalen und pathologischen Physiologie", approximately 40 years in the past. considering then, the sector has developed with unexpected rapidity. even if electrical probing of unmarried peripheral nerve fibers used to be all started via ADRIAN and ZOTTERMAN as early as 1926, within the somatosensory procedure, and prolonged to unmarried optic nerve fibers by means of HARTLINE in 1932, the true upsurge of such single-unit stories has merely come over the last twenty years. Single-cell electrophysiology has now been utilized to all sensory modalities and on virtually each achieveable phylogenetic point. It has started to explain peripheral receptor motion and is including to our. figuring out of the significant processing of sensory details. In parallel with those advancements, there were primary experiences of the physics and chemistry of the receptors themselves: those experiences are resulting in insights into the mechanisms of power transduction and nerve impulse initiation.
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These observations further support the assumption that the failure of certain compounds to act on axonal conduction is due to structural barriers, and is not due to two entirely different systems for controlling permeability changes of excitable membranes in axons and in junctions. This aspect will be discussed more fully later. In the case of frog sciatic nerve fibers, the high concentrations of physostigmine and the long exposure time required for blocking electrical activity of the multifiber preparation have been explained in terms of gross barriers, but possibly also others, surrounding the excitable membranes.
The theory of neurohumoral transmission proposed in the 1930's was based on observations with classical methods of physiology and pharmacology. These methods are essential in studies aimed at higher levels of integration. They are inadequate for the analysis of the molecular mechanism responsible for the permeability changes controlling ion movements, events which take place in microseconds in a membrane of about 100 A thickness. , have provided powerful tools for studying cellular mechanisms on cellular, subcellular and molecular levels.
X 20,500 (V. , 1965) support the assumption, which appears likely on the basis of many other facts, that the enzyme is not present all along the membrane but that there may be a considerable spatial separation between the molecules of this protein. Whether such a distribution is more readily detectable in some types of membranes and some animal species than in others or whether variations of experimental conditions and techniques are responsible remains to be seen. Fig. 5. Normal cholinesterase activity in a plaice muscle.