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Spike propagation in dendrites with stochastic ion channels

Diba, Kamran and Koch, Christof and Segev, Idan (2006) Spike propagation in dendrites with stochastic ion channels. Journal of Computational Neuroscience, 20 (1). pp. 77-84. ISSN 0929-5313. doi:10.1007/s10870-006-4770-0.

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We investigate the effects of the stochastic nature of ion channels on the faithfulness, precision and reproducibility of electrical signal transmission in weakly active, dendritic membrane under in vitro conditions. The properties of forward and backpropagating action potentials (BPAPs) in the dendritic tree of pyramidal cells are the subject of intense empirical work and theoretical speculation (Larkum et al., 1999; Zhu, 2000; Larkum et al., 2001; Larkum and Zhu, 2002; Schaefer et al., 2003; Williams, 2004; Waters et al., 2005). We numerically simulate the effects of stochastic ion channels on the forward and backward propagation of dendritic spikes in Monte-Carlo simulations on a reconstructed layer 5 pyramidal neuron. We report that in most instances there is little variation in timing or amplitude for a single BPAP, while variable backpropagation can occur for trains of action potentials. Additionally, we find that the generation and forward propagation of dendritic Ca<sup>2+</sup> spikes are susceptible to channel variability. This indicates limitations on computations that depend on the precise timing of Ca<sup>2+</sup> spikes.

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Additional Information:© Springer Science + Business Media, Inc. 2006. Received: 3 June 2005 / Revised: 29 July 2005 / Accepted: 1 September 2005 / Published online: 20 February 2006. The research described here was supported by the NIMH, the HFSP, the NSF, and a Sloan-Swartz Postdoctoral Fellowship to K.D. We thank Mickey London, Peter Steinmetz, and Andraes Schaefer for sharing their NEURON code, and György Buzsáki and David Robbe for comments.
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Subject Keywords:temporal precision; spike reliability; coincidence detection
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Official Citation:Diba, K., Koch, C. & Segev, I. J Comput Neurosci (2006) 20: 77.
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