Rapid heat production associated with excitation of electric organs of the electric eel.

Research paper by I I Tasaki, P M PM Byrne

Indexed on: 15 Dec '93Published on: 15 Dec '93Published in: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications


By constructing a new type of thermal detector, rapid production of heat was demonstrated during the rising phase of the action potential of the eel electric organs evoked by direct electric stimulation. Following the indirect (synapse-mediated) action potential of the organs, the existence of very large and variable production of heat of unknown origin was revealed.