Knowledge of the biophysical laws involved in body function regulation
Knowledge of the basic neurophysiology, particularly related to the mechanisms underlying cell excitability
Knowledge of the theoretical basis aimed at understanding the translation of such laws to clinical practice
THE CELL AS AN INTEGRATED SYSTEM
Dynamic balance, cell functions, the cell as a thermodynamic system, energy and entropy, the cell as a chemical system.
Gas and solute exchanges through cell membranes (Fick's law, passive diffusion, facilitated diffusion, controlled diffusion, primary and secondary active transport).
Homeostasis, steady state, regulation of cellular functions.
GAS LAWS AND THEIR APPLICATIONS
Ideal gas law, Boyle's law, Charles and Gay-Lussac’s law, second law of Gay-Lussac, Avogadro's law, Dalton's law, Graham's Law, Henry's Law, Laplace’s law. Applications in physiology and diseases.
FLUID COMPARTEMENTS AND HOMEOSTASIS
Human body fluid compartments: intracellular and extracellular compartments, compartments volumes and methods for their measurements. Sources and removal of body fluids. Water and salts balance.
Exchanges of water and electrolytes through biological membranes. Concentration and electrochemical gradients. Saline, isotonic and iso-osmotic solutions, and their use. Osmotic pressure: definition, units of measurements, plasma values. Van't Hoff’s law, Gibbs-Donnan equilibrium. Hydrostatic pressure. Colloid osmotic and oncotic pressure: plasmas value and fluctuations. Consequences of oncotic pressure modifications. Starling's law and capillary exchanges. Edema.
PRINCIPLES OF HEMODYNAMICS AND HEMORHEOLOGY
Systemic circulation: generalities. Blood volume and velocity in different areas of the vascular system. Morphological and physiological characteristics of vessels: arteries, capillaries and veins.
Blood flow: physical factors affecting blood flow. Bernoulli’s principle. Pressure, flow and resistance: Hagen-Poiseuille Law. Blood viscosity: relationship between viscosity and hematocrit. Turbulent blood flow. Laplace's law applied to vessels.
Vascular tone: nervous, hormonal and humoral control.
ION CHANNELS AND MEMBRANE POTENTIAL
Cell excitability: cell membrane polarization (ion distribution across the membrane and its genesis, polarization measurement, conductance).
Ion channels: voltage-gated ion channels for sodium, potassium, calcium, chloride (characteristics, functions, main agonist and antagonists), patch clamp, canalopathies.
Electric potentials: membrane potential, electrochemical potential, Nernst equation, Goldman equation. Genesis and characteristics of an action potential. All-or-none law. Refractory period. Membrane repolarization. Graded potentials.
Excitability conduction along cell membranes. Propagation velocity. Saltatory or continuous conduction, myelin sheath.
Excitable cells communication. Electric and chemical synapses. Synaptic types. Neurotransmitters and neuropeptides: synthesis, transport, release and secretion, neurotransmitter release cycle, vesicle cycle (trafficking).
Neuromuscular junction. Endplate potential, miniature potential, quantal neurotransmitter release.
Synaptic integration and transmission in CNS (EPSP, IPSP, spatial and temporal summation).
Ionotropic and metabotropic receptors.
Synaptic plasticity, Hebbian theory, long-term and short-term plasticity (long-term potentiation e long-term depression).
NEUROTRANSMITTERS AND RECEPTORS
NERVOUS SYSTEM: GENERALITIES