Biology (MindTap Course List)

11th Edition
Eldra Solomon + 3 others
Publisher: Cengage Learning
ISBN: 9781337392938

Biology (MindTap Course List)

11th Edition
Eldra Solomon + 3 others
Publisher: Cengage Learning
ISBN: 9781337392938


Chapter 41.4, Problem 9LO
Textbook Problem

Compare excitatory and inhibitory signals and their effects.

Expert Solution
Summary Introduction

To compare: The excitatory and inhibitory signals from neurotransmitters and their effect.

Introduction: Signal transduction is possible because of specialized nerve cells called neurons. The neurons are not physically joined together, so at neuron junction, signal is transmitted by a neurotransmitter molecule. Neurotransmitters can have different effects on binding to different receptors. Even on the same receptors, different neurotransmitters binding produce a different effect.

Explanation of Solution

The similarities between excitatory and inhibitory signals are:

  • Both signals help in changing postsynaptic potentials.
  • They both are originated from the postsynaptic cell membrane.
  • Development of signals is mediated by ligand-gated ion channels which function to bind neurotransmitter with the receptor.
  • These are the result of graded potential arising by “ligand gated ion channel”
  • These depend upon the nature of neurotransmitter, type of receptors and location of binding.

The differences between excitatory and inhibitory signals are:

No.CharacterExcitatory SignalsInhibitory Signals
1Difference in polarizationResults in depolarization of membrane resulting in action potential to set off.Results in hyperpolarization of membrane potential away from an action potential.
2The potential difference from the thresholdCauses the potential to move towards threshold potential. For example: -270mV to -260mVCauses the potential to move away from threshold potential...

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