The bulletin of mathematical biophysics

, Volume 34, Issue 2, pp 151–172 | Cite as

A fit to nerve membrane rectification curves with a double-dipole-layer membrane model

  • Richard A. Arndt
  • James D. Bond
  • L. David Roper
Article

Abstract

Following Wei's suggestion that nerve stimulation and conduction properties are due to dipole layers at the two membrane surfaces (Wei, 1969), we have done steady-state electro-diffusion calculations in the constant field approximation for a simple double-dipole-layer model. We are thereby able to quantitatively fit the recent potassium iso-osmotic rectification curves of Gilbert and Ehrenstein for the squid giant axon membrane. For the squid axon membrane in a natural ion environment, only the outside dipole layer is present in the fit to the data.

Keywords

Constant Electric Field Negative Resistance Inside Layer Squid Giant Axon Nerve Membrane 

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© N. Rashevsky 1972

Authors and Affiliations

  • Richard A. Arndt
    • 1
  • James D. Bond
    • 1
  • L. David Roper
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PhysicsVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State UniversityBlacksburg

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