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It is proposed that the plasma membrane in the active zones of synaptic terminals contains self-assembling cooperative domains whose Ca2+-induced solidification may be the driving force of the fast neurotransmitter release in the central synapses. This hypothesis and a qualitative model of the phase-transition-driven exocytosis provide formulation of a(More)
Temperature as a regulator of sleep is considered. Phenomenological data are presented indicating that there is a causal (not just a correlative) relationship between the changes in brain temperature and sleep phases in the wake-sleep cycle. An earlier suggested phase-transitional concept of the recovery function of sleep was shown to be the theoretical(More)
A kinetic lattice model of chain-melting phase transition has been developed. Its time scale has been calibrated with the acoustic relaxation spectroscopic data. The model presents a tool for the analysis and predictions of kinetic features of those physiological processes in biological membranes whose mechanism is based on the phase transition in the lipid(More)
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