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Myelinated Fibers and Saltatory Conduction in the Shrimp

The Fastest Impulse Conduction in the Animal Kingdom

Authors: Xu, Ke, Terakawa, Susumu

  • Unveils the mysterious structure of nerve fibers of the shrimp
  • Demonstrates the uniqueness of shrimp nerve fibers with fastest conduction velocity in the animal kingdom
  • Compares distant branches of the evolutionary tree with different morphogenesis but similar outcome
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In 1961, neurobiologists found that the conduction velocity of the nerve impulse in the giant nerve fiber of the Penaeus shrimp abdominal nerve cord was over 200 m/s, the highest speed of information transmission ever observed in the animal kingdom. The peculiar myelin sheath with its unique nodal structure and the electrical properties of the nerve fibers of the shrimp have continued to be investigated for a quarter of century and are now fully described in this book. The investigation dispels the commonly held belief that the fastest recorded impulse conduction is about 120 m/s in the thickest vertebrate myelinated nerve fibers. In the shrimp, researchers found a completely novel type of functional node in the giant fiber which they designated as the fenestration node. In portions of the myelinated fiber, the fenestration node furnished the sites of excitation. Also discovered was a new strategy for increasing impulse conduction in the shrimp. The book includes a section on the formation of the fenestration node and the discovery of a strategy that allows the shrimp to escape its predators by an action of the fastest velocity. The data presented in this volume on the myelin sheath of invertebrates present a new direction for this field and a rich source of information for neurobiologists worldwide.

Table of contents (12 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Xu, Ke (et al.)

    Pages 1-6

  • The Penaeus Shrimp as an Experimental Marine Animal for Neurobiological Study

    Xu, Ke (et al.)

    Pages 7-17

  • Morphological Studies on the Myelin Sheath of Nerve Fibers

    Xu, Ke (et al.)

    Pages 19-29

  • Biochemical Studies on Myelin of the Nervous System

    Xu, Ke (et al.)

    Pages 31-34

  • Myelin Sheath with a New Type of Fine Structure Found in the Nervous System of Penaeus Shrimp, an Invertebrate

    Xu, Ke (et al.)

    Pages 35-45

Buy this book

eBook $109.00
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-4-431-53924-7
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $139.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-4-431-53923-0
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $139.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-4-431-56107-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Myelinated Fibers and Saltatory Conduction in the Shrimp
Book Subtitle
The Fastest Impulse Conduction in the Animal Kingdom
Authors
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Springer Japan
Copyright Holder
Springer
eBook ISBN
978-4-431-53924-7
DOI
10.1007/978-4-431-53924-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-4-431-53923-0
Softcover ISBN
978-4-431-56107-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVIII, 110
Number of Illustrations and Tables
3 b/w illustrations, 47 illustrations in colour
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