Jun 4, 1976

Resting and stimulated values of model parameters governing transmitter release at a synapse in Aplysia californica

Brain Research
P B WoodsonS H Barondes


Transmitter release (R) at a synpase in Aplysia californica can be analyzed in terms of a model with the following parameters: A, the available pool of transmitter; F, the fraction of available pool released by a presynaptic action potential; M, the rate of transmitter mobilization into the available pool; D, the rate constant of demobilization of transmitter from the available pool. In the present paper we show that: (1) beginning with an analysis of the recovery from depression of the second of a pair of disolated EPSPs separated by a series of intervals of about 10-60 sec, and assuming that the recovery is due to refilling of a depleted A, it is possible to estimate resting equilibrium values of these parameters; (2) changes in these parameters when a new equilbrium state is reached after prolonged stimulation (e.g., 300 stimuli at 1/sec) can then be quantitatively determined; (3) the increased rate of transmitter release observed during and after repetitive stimulation is the consequence of increases in F and M with changes in A passively following; and (4) there are significant correlations among certain resting parameters and between the values of certain resting parameters and these parameters upon stimulation. Preparati...Continue Reading

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Resting Potentials
Action Potentials
Synaptic Transmission
Aplysia californica
Synaptic Membranes
Interphase Cell

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