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Biochim Biophys Acta. 1976 Apr 5;426(4):732-44.

"Action potentials" in Neurospora crassa, a mycelial fungus.


Occasional spontaneous "action potentials" are found in mature hyphae of the fungus Neurospora crassa. They can arise either from low-level sinusoidal oscillations of the membrane potential or from a linear slow depolarization which accelerates into a rapid upstroke at a voltage 5-20 mV depolarized from the normal resting potential (near-180 mV). The "action potentials" are long-lasting, 1-2 min and at the peak reach a membrane potential near-40 mV. A 2-to 8-fold increase of membrane conductance accompanies the main depolarization, but a slight decrease of membrane conductance occurs during the slow depolarization. Two plausible mechanisms for the phenomenon are (a) periodic increases of membrane permeability to inorganic ions, particularly H+ or Cl- and (b) periodic decreases in activity of the major electrogenic pump (H+) or the Neurospora membrane, coupled with a nonlinear (inverse signoid) current-boltage relationship. Identification of action potential-like disturbances in fungi means that such behavior has now been found in all major biologic taxa which have been probed with suitable electrodes. As yet there is no obvious function for the events in fungi.

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