Which of the following best describes the role of calcium in synaptic activity?
calcium influx into the synaptic terminal causes vesicle fusion with the plasma membrane and the release of neurotransmitter
What is the role of neurotransmitter at a chemical synapse?
Neurotransmitter binds to receptors on the postsynaptic cell membrane
What is the primary role of the enzyme acetylcholinesterase (AChE) at a cholinergic synapse?
AChE degrades ACh in the synaptic cleft
Events that occur at cholinergic synapse...
-action potential depolarizes the synaptic terminal
-Ca influx triggers exocytosis of ACh
-ACh binds to receptors on the post synaptic membrane
-ACh is removed by AChE
Action potential propagation in a skeletal muscle fiber ceases when acetylcholine is removed from the synaptic cleft. Which of the following mechanisms ensures a rapid and efficient removal of acetylcholine?
ACh is degraded by acetylcholinesterase (AChE)
The neuromuscular junction is a well-studied example of a chemical synapse. Which of the following statements describes a critical event that occurs at the neuromuscular junction?
ACh is released by axon terminals of the motor neuron
Action potentials travel the length of the axons of motor neurons to the axon terminals. These motor neurons __________.
extend from the brain or spinal cord to the sarcolemma of a skeletal muscle fiber
Calcium entry into the axon terminal triggers which of the following events?
synaptic vesicles fuse to the plasma membrane of the axon terminal and release of ACh
Acetylcholine binds to its receptor in the sarcolemma and triggers __________.
the opening of ligand-gated CATION channels
Sodium and potassium ions do not diffuse in equal numbers through ligand-gated cation channels. Why?
The inside surface of the sarcolemma is NEGATIVELY charged compared to the outside. SODIUM ions diffuse inward along favorable CHEMICAL AND ELECTRICAL GRADIENTS
Excitation-contraction coupling is a series of events that occur after the events of the neuromuscular junction have transpired. The term excitation refers to which step in the process?
Excitation refers to the propagation of action potentials along the sarcolemma
Excitation of the sarcolemma is coupled or linked to the contraction of a skeletal muscle fiber. What specific event initiates the contraction?
Calcium release from the sarcoplasmic reticulum initiates the contraction
A triad is composed of a T-tubule and two adjacent terminal cisternae of the sarcoplasmic reticulum. How are these components connected?
a series of proteins that control calcium release
Which of the following is most directly responsible for the coupling of excitation to contraction of skeletal muscle fibers?
What is the relationship between the number of motor neurons recruited and the number of skeletal muscle fibers innervated?
Hundreds of skeletal muscle fibers are innervated by a SINGLE motor neuron
The cross bridge cycle is a series of molecular events that occur after excitation of the sarcolemma. What is a cross bridge?
myosin head bound to actin
Calcium ions couple excitation of a skeletal muscle fiber to contraction of the fiber. Where are calcium ions stored within the fiber?
After a power stroke, the myosin head must detach from actin before another power stroke can occur. What causes cross bridge detachment?
ATP binds to the myosin head
What specific event triggers the uncovering of the myosin binding site on actin?
Ca ions bind to troponin and change its shape
When does cross bridge cycling end?
when sufficient calcium has been actively transported back into the SR to allow calcium to unbind from troponin
The end of a neuron, where acetylcholine-filled vesicles are located, is called the __________.
What causes the vesicles inside a neuron to fuse with the plasma membrane?
action potential in the neuron
The role of acetylcholinesterase in the neuromuscular junction is to __________.
remove ACh from the synaptic cleft
The muscle action potentials that initiate contraction are transmitted from the sarcolemma into the interior of the muscle fiber by __________.
To what regulatory protein does calcium bind during the initiation of the contraction cycle in skeletal muscle fibers?
Which of the following causes the active site on actin to be exposed or uncovered?
the generation of an action potential in the sarcolemma
Which of the following phrases best describes how excitation is coupled to contraction in skeletal muscle fibers?
through calcium release from the sarcoplasmic reticulum
Malignant hyperthermia (MH) is a rare genetic disease in which the sarcoplasmic reticulum leaks calcium when the patient is put under general anesthesia. Which of the following best describes how anesthesia would affect the skeletal muscles of a patient with MH?
the muscles would contract because of Ca binding to troponin
What happens immediately after the myosin head binds to the active site on actin?
the myosin head pivots, moving the actin strand
Where does the acetylcholine that stimulates muscle contraction bind?
receptors in the motor end plate
When acetylcholine binds to its receptors, it results in __________.
the end plate potential, a grade polarization, and a change in ion permeability
Which of the following occurs during the latent period of muscle contraction?
calcium is released from the sarcoplasmic reticulum
As the stimulus voltage was increased in this activity, which of the following occurred?
the muscle force generated increased
Which of the following describes the relaxation phase?
the sarcomeres are increasing in length, and the force generated decreases
Which of the following is proportional to the amount of tension produced by a skeletal muscle?
the number of motor units activated
What is the minimum voltage needed to generate active force in the skeletal muscle?
A motor unit is defined as _______.
the axon terminals of a single motor neuron and all of the muscle fibers that it stimulates
In the lab, a researcher finds that the threshold stimulus to induce an action potential in a muscle fiber's sarcolemma was 3.0 volts. Which of the following would result in muscle tension?
3.0 volts and 4.0 volts
Increasing the applied voltage in the simulation corresponds to which in vivo event?
motor unit recruitment
As the stimulus voltage increased, the resulting muscle tension _______.
increased to a point until it reached a plateau
Treppe is the phenomenon that results in _______.
a progressive increase in the force generated with repetitive stimulation
When the frequency of stimulation of a muscle is great enough, _______.
wave summation results and muscle twitches overlap
Why does wave summation occur?
muscle fibers are partially contracted when the next stimulus arrives
Which of the following produced an increase in stimulus frequency?
clicking the mouse in rapid succession
Which of the following does NOT describe treppe?
an increase in stimulus intensity is required to see the effect
Which of the following is true of the maximum stimulus frequency?
no greater muscle force can be generated and the muscle has reached maximal tetanic tension
Which of the following describes the relationship between stimulus frequency and muscle tension?
When stimulus frequency increases, muscle tension increases to a maximum value
Which of the following occurs if the load attempted is equal to or greater than the force generated by a muscle?
isometric muscle contraction occurs
The graph of the length-tension relationship illustrates _______.
the optimal sarcomere length for muscle contraction and the amount of overlap between the thick and thin filaments in the resting muscle
Which of the following is generated when cross-bridges form between actin and myosin?
active force can increase or decrease, depending on the stating resting length of the muscle
Why does the active force of skeletal muscle change with the muscle's resting length?
the number of cross bridges between actin and myosin varies