Sensory Neuron and Cardiac muscle cell interaction
[DEVANAND GOSYNE as Cardiac muscle cell (http://biochemoshpit.wordpress.com)]
The brain and the heart are always communicating. Messages are sent for the heart to pump blood around the body, as well as adjusting the action potential to apply more or less force for blood to flow efficiently in the body. Of course it’s bad news when a disease affects one of us.
A nervous system disease known as Multiple sclerosis (MS) affects the brain and spinal cord. It damages the material that surrounds the myelin sheath that protects the nerve cells. This causes multiple symptoms in the body, one including muscle weakness. Since the nerve cell is left exposed it is prone to damage. This means it cannot communicate with the cardiac muscle efficiently which causes the muscle to weaken from improper functioning which can lead to blood circulatory problems and also lead to cardiovascular disease.
Sensory Neuron and Liver cell interaction
[KERSIAH AKINLANA as Liver cell (http://bloggingbiochemistry.wordpress.com/)]
This interaction is very interesting. The liver is responsible for converting fats into sugar to maintain blood sugar levels. 60% of the brain is fat with 30% being DHA and 30% being EPA which is active in the body. Alzheimer’s disease is a liver disease that causes one to have less DHA in the brain. This is because the disease causes the liver to have an insufficient enzyme system and cannot convert the plant based omega 3 for the brain to use.
BIOLOGICAL SCIENCE 1&2 (3rd edition) by D.J. Taylor, N.P.O Green, G.W Stout