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Q: Anatomy and Physiology ( Answered 4 out of 5 stars,   0 Comments )
Subject: Anatomy and Physiology
Category: Science > Biology
Asked by: jgandg-ga
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Posted: 02 Nov 2006 08:09 PST
Expires: 02 Dec 2006 08:09 PST
Question ID: 779414
Comment on the role of the sodium-potassium pump in maintaining a
cell?s resting membrane potential. (minimum 3 sentences)
Subject: Re: Anatomy and Physiology
Answered By: tutuzdad-ga on 02 Nov 2006 09:34 PST
Rated:4 out of 5 stars
Dear jgandg-ga;

Thank you for allowing me to answer your interesting question. Here?s
a little background on the ?resting? state:

?When a neurone is not sending a signal, it is at ?rest?. The membrane
is responsible for the different events that occur in a neurone. All
animal cell membranes contain a protein pump called the
sodium-potassium pump  (Na+K+ATPase). This uses the energy from ATP
splitting to simultaneously pump 3 sodium ions out of the cell and 2
potassium ions in.?

Here?s the simplest explanation I could find (and with some fantastic
animated diagrams to help make the point, I might add):

?Three sodium ions from inside the cell first bind to the transport
protein. Then a phosphate group is transferred from ATP to the
transport protein causing it to change shape and release the sodium
ions outside the cell. Two potassium ions from outside the cell then
bind to the transport protein and as the phospate is removed, the
protein assumes its original shape and releases the potassium ions
inside the cell.?


This resumption of its original shape and the release of the potassium
ions inside the cell is what is referred to as the ?resting? state.

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Clarification of Answer by tutuzdad-ga on 02 Nov 2006 09:36 PST
Here's another great site with cool graphics to help explain the process:



Request for Answer Clarification by jgandg-ga on 02 Nov 2006 09:49 PST
Hi there!

Just one question - are the quotes b/c you are quoting from a source?


Clarification of Answer by tutuzdad-ga on 02 Nov 2006 09:57 PST
Indeed they are. You will note that our service discourages and may
remove homework help if it directly answers homework questions. To
attemmpt to avoid this unfortunate occurance I have pointed out
sources that I believe will aid you in answering your OWN QUESTION.
See what I mean? If I answer directly, your questions will be pulled.
If I point you to the source, you can formulate yor own answer by
studying the material provided and everyone will be happy.


Request for Answer Clarification by jgandg-ga on 02 Nov 2006 10:02 PST
Gotcha. Thank you. This is very helpful.

Clarification of Answer by tutuzdad-ga on 02 Nov 2006 10:08 PST
You bet
jgandg-ga rated this answer:4 out of 5 stars
Very helpful, reliable sources used.

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