Problem: When the brain is deprived of oxygen, the mitochondria within nerve cells cease producing ATP. What effect would this have on the membrane potential? Why?

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The membrane potential mainly relies on the level of sodium and potassium concentration gradients in both sides of the membrane and this is balanced by the Na+ - K+ pump that is “energized” by ATP Hydrolysis. 

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When the brain is deprived of oxygen, the mitochondria within nerve cells cease producing ATP. What effect would this have on the membrane potential? Why?

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