Sample Questions ( Anatomy and Physiology 1 Final Exam)

Afferent Sensory Receptors from interoceptors (chemo or mechano) to CNS integration. Ex- monitor oxygen or BV stretch.

Efferent Sensory Receptorsfrom CNS out to effector organs (down white matter motor tracts of cord). The pathway to the effector organ is made up of at least 2 motor neurons with a synapse.

SympatheticSpeeds up (excites) and consumes energy. “Fight or flight”

ParasympatheticSlows down (inhibits) and conserves energy. “Rest and Digest”.

Autonomic ToneThe constant balance between the two branches (sympathetic and para-)

Sympathetic DivisionTrunk (vertebral chain) ganglia – serves the upper body. Prevertebral (collateral) ganglia – serves below the diaphragm.

Divergent effectOne sympathetic preganglionic fiber has many axon collaterals and may synapse with 20 or more post ganglionic neurons.

Cholinergic receptorsParasympathetic always releases ACH. Has 3 synapses.

AdrenergicSympathetic always releases Norepinephrine. Has 1 synapse.

NicotinicFound at the preganglionic ganglia, always cholinergic. Can only excite (depolarize) synapses

What are the levels of organization?

1. chemical level
2. cellular level
3. tissue level
4. organ level
5. organ system level
6. organismal level

Image: What are the levels of organization?

SuperiorTowards the head, or upper part of a structure

Image: Superior

InferiorTowards the feet, or the lowest part of a structure

Image: Inferior

Anterior/VentralNearer to or at the front of the body

Image: Anterior/Ventral

Posterior/DorsalNearer to or at the back of the body

Image: Posterior/Dorsal

MedialNearer to the midline or the midsagittal plane

Image: Medial

LateralFarther away from the body midline or midsagittal plane

Image: Lateral

IntermediateBetween two structures

Image: Intermediate

ProximalNearer to the attachment of a limb to a trunk

Image: Proximal

DistalFarther from the attachment of a limb to the trunk

Image: Distal

What most likely describes the epidermis?Epithelial tissue made up of tightly packed stratified cells. Cells are filled with keratin and linked to one another to form a tight barrier between the environment and inside of the body.

What is the most abundant cell type in the epidermis?Keratinocytes

What best describes the dermis?Connective tissue consisting of dispersed cells that produce and extracellular matrix of collagen fibers.

The dermis is made up of __________ that help the skin return to its original shape after stretching and __________ that help the skin keep its shape and prevents stretching to a damaging point.

Elastic Fibers / Collagen Fibers

What best describes a role for diffusion in skin physiology?The highly vascular dermis must supply nutrients to the vascular epidermis. The nutrients are released in the dermis and diffuse from high concentration in the dermis to the lower concentration in the epidermis

In a burn case study the girl with severe third degree burns no longer had two key protective functions of skin, what are those two functions?

1. The thick, tightly packed stratum corneum keeps pathogens out.
2. The water proof stratum corneum keeps body fluids (and therefore blood fluids) from evaporating too quickly into the environment.

What is the order of a life cycle of a keratinocyte?

1. A stem cell in the basal layer divides and turns into a keratinocyte.
2. Continuous cell division pushes the newly made keratinocyte upward.
3. As the keratinocyte moves upward, it produces keratin that fills the cells.
4. As the keratinocyte gets closer to the surface of the body the cell dies. The organelles and nucleus are lost but the shell of the cell remains filled with keratin.
5. The dead keratinocytes are linked strongly to one another and then are eventually sloughed off into the environment.

After a keratinocyte dies can it keep making keratin? why or why not?No, once the nucleus is degraded and the ribosomes are lost there is no way to express the genes for keratin and make the protein.

What is a keratinocyte?The major cell type in the epidermis. Produces keratin to form the strong structural framework of the skin.

What is a stem cell?Cells scattered in the basal layer of the epidermis that divide to give rise to keratinocytes.

Which of the following is a vital sign?

(All of the above)
– blood pressure
– pulse rate
-body temperature

Cells lose water when placed in which of the following solutions?Hypertonic

An enzyme is defined as a ________protein that speeds up chemical reactions without being changed or depleted in those reactions

Which of the following substances comprise over 95% of the human body?carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, nitrogen

endoplasmic reticulum is best described asa network of interconnected membranous chambers

Matter is composed of _____, which themselves are made up of ______.

elements; atoms

How is molecular oxygen used by living organisms?it is used to release energy that is stored in food.

True of false: Nucleic acids are composed of building blocks called amino acids, which have an amine and an acid group in the molecule.false

Which of the following substances is an element?iron

If we divide the body or any organ across the middle on the shortest axis, this would be called what type of section?transverse

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