Models that contain the Cell : Suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN) neuron

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1.  A multiscale approach to analyze circadian rhythms (Vasalou & Henson, 2010) (CellML)
" ... We developed a firing rate code model to incorporate known electrophysiological properties of SCN (suprachiasmatic nucleus) pacemaker cells, including circadian dependent changes in membrane voltage and ion conductances. Calcium dynamics were included in the model as the putative link between electrical firing and gene expression. Individual ion currents exhibited oscillatory patterns matching experimental data both in current levels and phase relationships. VIP and GABA neurotransmitters, which encode synaptic signals across the SCN, were found to play critical roles in daily oscillations of membrane excitability and gene expression. Blocking various mechanisms of intracellular calcium accumulation by simulated pharmacological agents (nimodipine, IP3- and ryanodine-blockers) reproduced experimentally observed trends in firing rate dynamics and core-clock gene transcription. The intracellular calcium concentration was shown to regulate diverse circadian processes such as firing frequency, gene expression and system periodicity. The model predicted a direct relationship between firing frequency and gene expression amplitudes, demonstrated the importance of intracellular pathways for single cell behavior and provided a novel multiscale framework which captured characteristics of the SCN at both the electrophysiological and gene regulatory levels."
2.  A multiscale approach to analyze circadian rhythms (Vasalou & Henson, 2010) (SBML)
" ... We developed a firing rate code model to incorporate known electrophysiological properties of SCN (suprachiasmatic nucleus) pacemaker cells, including circadian dependent changes in membrane voltage and ion conductances. Calcium dynamics were included in the model as the putative link between electrical firing and gene expression. Individual ion currents exhibited oscillatory patterns matching experimental data both in current levels and phase relationships. VIP and GABA neurotransmitters, which encode synaptic signals across the SCN, were found to play critical roles in daily oscillations of membrane excitability and gene expression. Blocking various mechanisms of intracellular calcium accumulation by simulated pharmacological agents (nimodipine, IP3- and ryanodine-blockers) reproduced experimentally observed trends in firing rate dynamics and core-clock gene transcription. The intracellular calcium concentration was shown to regulate diverse circadian processes such as firing frequency, gene expression and system periodicity. The model predicted a direct relationship between firing frequency and gene expression amplitudes, demonstrated the importance of intracellular pathways for single cell behavior and provided a novel multiscale framework which captured characteristics of the SCN at both the electrophysiological and gene regulatory levels."
3.  Circadian clock model based on protein sequestration (simple version) (Kim & Forger 2012)
"… To understand the biochemical mechanisms of this timekeeping, we have developed a detailed mathematical model of the mammalian circadian clock. Our model can accurately predict diverse experimental data including the phenotypes of mutations or knockdown of clock genes as well as the time courses and relative expression of clock transcripts and proteins. Using this model, we show how a universal motif of circadian timekeeping, where repressors tightly bind activators rather than directly binding to DNA, can generate oscillations when activators and repressors are in stoichiometric balance. …"
4.  Circadian clock model in mammals (detailed version) (Kim & Forger 2012)
"… To understand the biochemical mechanisms of this timekeeping, we have developed a detailed mathematical model of the mammalian circadian clock. Our model can accurately predict diverse experimental data including the phenotypes of mutations or knockdown of clock genes as well as the time courses and relative expression of clock transcripts and proteins. Using this model, we show how a universal motif of circadian timekeeping, where repressors tightly bind activators rather than directly binding to DNA, can generate oscillations when activators and repressors are in stoichiometric balance. …"
5.  Circadian clock model in mammals (PK/PD model) (Kim & Forger 2013)
A systems pharmacology model of the mammalian circadian clock including PF-670462 (CK1d/e inhibitor).
6.  Electrical activity of the suprachiasmatic nuclei (Stinchcombe et al. 2017)
A network of SCN neurons coupled though GABA synapses with a light input current.
7.  HH model neuron of the Suprachiasmatic Nucleus including a persistent Na+ channel (Paul et al 2016)
Hodgkin-Huxley style model for a neuron of the Suprachiasmatic Nucleus (SCN). Modified from DeWoskin et al, PNAS, 2015 to include a persistent sodium current. The model is used to study the role of the kinase GSK3 in regulating the electrical activity of SCN neurons through a persistent sodium current.

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