An Ode to a Beautiful Cell

“Darling, you initiated my sodium influx, but you failed to depolarize my cell. So instead of reaching +30mV, my potential actually fell. I know you meant no harm, you only wanted fun, but unfortunately for you, my M.O. was all-or-none. So ultimately, with dying jolts, our neurons never got to fire, perhaps you should block my K channel, to try and make my voltage higher. However, my love for you is like an AP’s path; never diminished, but I think if cellular response was our goal, then our efforts are sadly finished. Like a graded potential with time, our power became low, and like a degenerated myelin sheath, our relationship conducted slow. Why did our future have to fade, like an NA-K-ATPase blocked? Failure to restore resting MP, our firing eventually stopped. You made me work so hard, like a GP needed at relative refractory period! Why didn’t you let me just restore equilibrium, were you actually serious? But it’s okay, because my inactivation gate is closed. Heck, compared to my activation gate, it’s rather quite slow. So next time, let’s make sure our efforts lead to action. Potentially in the future, our Purkinje fibers wouldn’t have to fraction…”



About the Author: Kevin Kim

I have devoted my life to science and rational thinking. As a student in life's classroom, I am striving to learn something new every day. Graduate of UC Riverside, Class of 2012. Graduate Student at Keck Graduate Institute, part of the Claremont Colleges. Class of 2014 with a Masters in Bioscience. The track is pharmaceutical design and development with the ultimate goal of becoming a pharmacist who can also contribute scientifically through research. I hope that through my postings, people will no longer be crippled by stress and anxiety. Fight on! Fight Strong!

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