Models that contain the Model Concept : Volume transmission

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1.  An ion-based model for swelling of neurons and astrocytes (Hubel & Ullah 2016)
The programs describe ion dynamics and osmosis-driven cellular swelling. “code_fig3.ode” shows a scenario of permanent cessation of energy supply / Na/K-pump activity, and the induced transition from normal conditions to the Donnan equilibrium for an isolated neuron and its extracellular space. “code_Fig7.ode” shows spreading depolarization induced by an interruption of energy supply in a model consisting of a neuron, a glia cell and the extracellular space. The simulations show the evolution of ion concentrations, Nernst potentials, the membrane potential, gating variables and cellular volumes.
2.  Diffusive homeostasis in a spiking network model (Sweeney et al. 2015)
In this paper we propose a new mechanism, diffusive homeostasis, in which neural excitability is modulated by nitric oxide, a gas which can flow freely across cell membranes. Our model simulates the activity-dependent synthesis and diffusion of nitric oxide in a recurrent network model of integrate-and-fire neurons. The concentration of nitric oxide is then used as homeostatic readout which modulates the firing threshold of each neuron.
3.  Disentangling astroglial physiology with a realistic cell model in silico (Savtchenko et al 2018)
"Electrically non-excitable astroglia take up neurotransmitters, buffer extracellular K+ and generate Ca2+ signals that release molecular regulators of neural circuitry. The underlying machinery remains enigmatic, mainly because the sponge-like astrocyte morphology has been difficult to access experimentally or explore theoretically. Here, we systematically incorporate multi-scale, tri-dimensional astroglial architecture into a realistic multi-compartmental cell model, which we constrain by empirical tests and integrate into the NEURON computational biophysical environment. This approach is implemented as a flexible astrocyte-model builder ASTRO. As a proof-of-concept, we explore an in silico astrocyte to evaluate basic cell physiology features inaccessible experimentally. ..."
4.  Nicotinic control of dopamine release in nucleus accumbens (Maex et al. 2014)
Minimal model of the VTA (ventral segmental area) representing two (GABA versus dopamine) neuron populations and two subtypes of nicotinic receptors (alpha4beta2 versus alpha7). The model is used to tell apart circuit from receptor mechanisms in the nicotinic control of dopamine release and its pharmacological manipulation.
5.  Spatial structure from diffusive synaptic plasticity (Sweeney and Clopath, 2016)
In this paper we propose a new form of Hebbian synaptic plasticity which is mediated by a diffusive neurotransmitter. The effects of this diffusive plasticity are implemented in networks of rate-based neurons, and lead to the emergence of spatial structure in the synaptic connectivity of the network.

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