Kinetic studies have been performed on the activity of the succinate oxidizing enzyme complex in living nerve cells and glial cells after increasing duration of stimulation. The nerve cells and glia of the lateral vestibular nucleus were used. The results show a clear difference between the neuron and its surrounding glia. The nerve cell reacted by highly increasing the capacity of the electron transporting system, reflecting an increased consumption of energy as a function of the stimulation. The glia, in contrast, did not change in this respect.