Models that contain the Cell : PreBotzinger complex neuron

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1.  Ca2+-activated I_CAN and synaptic depression promotes network-dependent oscil. (Rubin et al. 2009)
"... the preBotzinger complex... we present and analyze a mathematical model demonstrating an unconventional mechanism of rhythm generation in which glutamatergic synapses and the short-term depression of excitatory transmission play key rhythmogenic roles. Recurrent synaptic excitation triggers postsynaptic Ca2+- activated nonspecific cation current (ICAN) to initiate a network-wide burst. Robust depolarization due to ICAN also causes voltage-dependent spike inactivation, which diminishes recurrent excitation and thus attenuates postsynaptic Ca2+ accumulation. ..."
2.  PreBotzinger Complex inspiratory neuron with NaP and CAN currents (Park and Rubin 2013)
We have built on earlier models to develop a single-compartment Hodgkin-Huxley type model incorporating NaP and CAN currents, both of which can play important roles in bursting of inspiratory neurons in the PreBotzinger Complex of the mammalian respiratory brain stem. The model tracks the evolution of membrane potential, related (in)activation variables, calcium concentration, and available fraction of IP3 channels. The model can produce several types of bursting, presented and analyzed from a dynamical systems perspective in our paper.
3.  Respiratory central pattern generator (mammalian brainstem) (Rubin & Smith 2019)
This model includes a conditional respiratory pacemaker unit (representing the pre-Botzinger Complex), which can be tuned across oscillatory and non-oscillatory dynamic regimes in isolation, embedded into a full respiratory network. The work shows that under this embedding, the pacemaker unit's dynamics become masked: the network exhibits similar dynamical properties regardless of the conditional pacemaker node's tuning, and that node's outputs are dominated by network influences.
4.  Respiratory control model with brainstem CPG and sensory feedback (Diekman, Thomas, and Wilson 2017)
This is a closed-loop respiratory control model incorporating a central pattern generator (CPG), the Butera-Rinzel-Smith (BRS) model, together with lung mechanics, oxygen handling, and chemosensory components. The closed-loop system exhibits bistability of bursting and tonic spiking. Bursting corresponds to coexistence of eupnea-like breathing, with normal minute ventilation and blood oxygen level. Tonic spiking corresponds to a tachypnea-like state, with pathologically reduced minute ventilation and critically low blood oxygen. In our paper, we use the closed-loop system to demonstrate robustness to changes in metabolic demand, spontaneous autoresuscitation in response to hypoxia, and the distinct mechanisms that underlie rhythmogenesis in the intact control circuit vs. the isolated, open-loop CPG.

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