The electrical signals propagated through the ectodermal epithelium of Cordylophora lacustris (the Josephson pulses) were recorded as transepithelial action potential-like events. Experiments on the ionic basis of electrogenesis of these action potentials suggested that they result from an outward flow of chloride ions from the ectodermal cells into the enteron. Further evidence for this hypothesis came from measurements of the ionic concentrations in the tissues of Cordylophora, which showed that these cells have unusually high levels of chloride. Chloride dependent electrogenesis allows this excitable system to function in media of low and variable ionic strength, which are a typical feature of this organism's natural environment.
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JOURNAL ARTICLE| 01 October 1980
Electrogenesis in the Euryhaline Osmoconformer Cordylophora Lacustris (Hydrozoa)
BENJAMIN M. CHAIN
1 Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge; The Sloan-Kettering Institute for Cancer Research, Donald S. Walker Laboratory, Boston Post Road, Rye, N.Y. 10580, U.S.A.
Revision Received: 08 Jan 1980
Online Issn: 1477-9145
Print Issn: 0022-0949
© 1980 by Company of Biologists
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BENJAMIN M. CHAIN; Electrogenesis in the Euryhaline Osmoconformer Cordylophora Lacustris (Hydrozoa). J Exp Biol 1 October 1980; 88 (1): 175–194. doi: https://doi.org/10.1242/jeb.88.1.175
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