Linear vs non-linear integration in CA1 oblique dendrites (Gómez González et al. 2011)

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The hippocampus in well known for its role in learning and memory processes. The CA1 region is the output of the hippocampal formation and pyramidal neurons in this region are the elementary units responsible for the processing and transfer of information to the cortex. Using this detailed single neuron model, it is investigated the conditions under which individual CA1 pyramidal neurons process incoming information in a complex (non-linear) as opposed to a passive (linear) manner. This detailed compartmental model of a CA1 pyramidal neuron is based on one described previously (Poirazi, 2003). The model was adapted to five different reconstructed morphologies for this study, and slightly modified to fit the experimental data of (Losonczy, 2006), and to incorporate evidence in pyramidal neurons for the non-saturation of NMDA receptor-mediated conductances by single glutamate pulses. We first replicate the main findings of (Losonczy, 2006), including the very brief window for nonlinear integration using single-pulse stimuli. We then show that double-pulse stimuli increase a CA1 pyramidal neuron’s tolerance for input asynchrony by at last an order of magnitude. Therefore, it is shown using this model, that the time window for nonlinear integration is extended by more than an order of magnitude when inputs are short bursts as opposed to single spikes.
1 . Gómez González JF, Mel BW, Poirazi P (2011) Distinguishing Linear vs. Non-Linear Integration in CA1 Radial Oblique Dendrites: It's about Time. Front Comput Neurosci 5:44 [PubMed]
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Model Type: Neuron or other electrically excitable cell;
Brain Region(s)/Organism:
Cell Type(s): Hippocampus CA1 pyramidal GLU cell;
Channel(s): I Na,p; I CAN; I Sodium; I Calcium; I Potassium; I_AHP;
Gap Junctions:
Receptor(s): NMDA;
Simulation Environment: NEURON;
Model Concept(s): Active Dendrites; Detailed Neuronal Models; Synaptic Integration;
Search NeuronDB for information about:  Hippocampus CA1 pyramidal GLU cell; NMDA; I Na,p; I CAN; I Sodium; I Calcium; I Potassium; I_AHP;
// This function loads all morphology-related files and templates that will 
// most probably be needed in the experiments to follow.
// written by Terrence Brannon, modified Yiota Poirazi, July 2001,
// modified Jose Gomez, April 2006,
//  I calculated the center of the soma, and adjustment is the distance from
//  trunk[0] to center of soma (before was trunk[1] and adjustment 41.1???)
objref vRP, vAPEX

proc cell_analysis() {

										 // load_template("ObliquePath")
										 // load_template("BasalPath")

  forall insert d3   // mod file to enable 3-D mapping of each point along the cell

  $o1.defvar("Distance Calculation", "adjustment", "-0.637", "This adjustment factor is supplied to the vector distance function so that distance calculations are measured at the cell body.")


  vRP=new Vector()
 				 //access  apical_dendrite[4]   // set point of reference (if adjustment=0). With adjustment factor = 41.1
  access trunk[0]		// trunk[1] in n123_trunk_axonB = apical_dendrite[4]	 in old cell
  vcreate(vRP)                 // the point of reference is the soma

  vAPEX=new Vector()
 				 //access apical_dendrite[92]  // set the apex point
  access trunk[15]   // apical_dendrite[67] in n123_trunk_axonB =apical_dendrite[92] in old cell

	$o1.xopen_geometry_dependent("soma-list")			// It's the same for every pruned cell
	$o1.xopen_geometry_dependent("axon-sec-list")			// It's the same for every pruned cell
	$o1.xopen_geometry_dependent("basal-tree-list")			// It's the same name but it's the file written by Jose Gomez
	$o1.xopen_geometry_dependent("apical-trunk-list")		// It's the same name but it's the file written by Jose Gomez
	$o1.xopen_geometry_dependent("apical-non-trunk-list")		// It's the same name but it's the file written by Jose Gomez

//************   The rest of List are created in principal file .hoc (Jose Gomez)  **************