2014 Sensory Physiology


Transduction is the unique physiological process
that is common to all sensory systems.

DEFINITION: Conversion of stimulus energy to electrical potentials

multistep process (steps in grey are optional):
STIMULUSaccessory structures
RECEPTOR:  conformational change in transducer protein
2nd messenger systems
ion channel activation/inactivation (conductance change)
receptor potential
neurotransmitter release
action potential in primary afferent

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Hair cell transduction currents
(hair cell currents and receptor potential)
Receptor potential in response to sinusoidal stimulus
Transduction currents recorded from a hair cell in response to stereocilia deflection.
Hair cell receptor potential in response to a sinusoidal stimulus.

The stages in the auditory transduction process are:

SOUND external/middle/inner ear (esp. organ of Corti in the cochlea) HAIR CELL:  mechanotransduction channel opens or closes → receptor potential in hair cell (depolarization/hyperpolarization) → neurotransmitter releasechange in action potential frequency in auditory nerve fibre



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