Fast sodium channel gating in mossy fiber axons (Schmidt-Hieber et al. 2010)

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"... To study the mechanisms underlying AP initiation in unmyelinated hippocampal mossy fibers of adult mice, we recorded sodium currents in axonal and somatic membrane patches. We demonstrate that sodium channel density in the proximal axon is ~5 times higher than in the soma. Furthermore, sodium channel activation and inactivation are ~2 times faster. Modeling revealed that the fast activation localized the initiation site to the proximal axon even upon strong synaptic stimulation, while fast inactivation contributed to energy-efficient membrane charging during APs. ..."
1 . Schmidt-Hieber C, Bischofberger J (2010) Fast sodium channel gating supports localized and efficient axonal action potential initiation. J Neurosci 30:10233-42 [PubMed]
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Model Type: Neuron or other electrically excitable cell;
Brain Region(s)/Organism:
Cell Type(s): Dentate gyrus granule GLU cell;
Gap Junctions:
Simulation Environment: NEURON;
Model Concept(s): Action Potential Initiation;
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// ----------------------------------------------------------------------------
// calcSpines.hoc
// Calculate the spine factor from raw spine counts.
// The spine factor is calculated as follows:
// SF=(A_shaft+A_spines)/A_shaft,
// where A_shaft is the surface area of the shaft and
// A_spines is the surface area of the spines
// 2007-06-15, Christoph Schmidt-Hieber, University of Freiburg
// accompanies the publication:
// Schmidt-Hieber C, Jonas P, Bischofberger J (2007)
// Subthreshold Dendritic Signal Processing and Coincidence Detection 
// in Dentate Gyrus Granule Cells. J Neurosci 27:8430-8441
// send bug reports and suggestions to
// ----------------------------------------------------------------------------


proc calc_spines() {local aveDiam,radius,spineLength,alpha,corrF,n_points,R,r,side,A_shaft,A_spines,n_n,neuronArea,count,n_spines
	n_spines = 0
	if (count_spines != 0) {
		aveDiam = 0.0
		count = 0
		for (n_n) {
			aveDiam += diam(n_n)
			count += 1
		aveDiam /= count
		radius = aveDiam/2.0
		spineLength = 1.25
		alpha = my_asin_asin(radius/(radius+spineLength))
		corrF = pi/(pi-2.0*alpha)
		if (debug_mode) printf("\nCorrection factor for hidden spines in section %s: %f\n",secname(),corrF)
		count_spines *= corrF
		if (debug_mode) n_spines += count_spines
	if (debug_mode) printf("Spine density in section %s=%f/um\n",secname(),count_spines/L)
	// get the total area of the spines:
	// get the area of the shaft:
	for (n_points=0;n_points<n3d()-1;n_points+=1) {
	// get the surface area of a truncated cone
	// between neighbouring points:
		side = sqrt((R-r)*(R-r)+height*height)
	// tell the user what we did:
	if (debug_mode) {
		for (n_n) {
		printf("I think the surface area of %s's shaft is %f um^2\n",secname(),A_shaft)
		printf("NEURON thinks it's %f um^2\n",neuronArea)
		printf("spineFactor (%s)=%f\n",secname(),scale_spines)
		print "corrected number of spines:",n_spines

func numRealSpines() {local A_spines,A_shaft,x,num_spines
	// get n_spines from scale_spines:
	num_spines = 0.0
	forsec "section" {
		A_shaft = 0.0
		for (x) A_shaft += area(x)
		A_spines  = A_shaft * (scale_spines-1.0)
		num_spines += (A_spines / spineArea)
	return num_spines