Impact of dendritic size and topology on pyramidal cell burst firing (van Elburg and van Ooyen 2010)

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The code provided here was written to systematically investigate which of the physical parameters controlled by dendritic morphology underlies the differences in spiking behaviour observed in different realizations of the 'ping-pong'-model. Structurally varying dendritic topology and length in a simplified model allows us to separate out the physical parameters derived from morphology underlying burst firing. To perform the parameter scans we created a new NEURON tool the MultipleRunControl which can be used to easily set up a parameter scan and write the simulation results to file. Using this code we found that not input conductance but the arrival time of the return current, as measured provisionally by the average electrotonic path length, determines whether the pyramidal cell (with ping-pong model dynamics) will burst or fire single spikes.
1 . van Elburg RA, van Ooyen A (2010) Impact of dendritic size and dendritic topology on burst firing in pyramidal cells. PLoS Comput Biol 6:e1000781 [PubMed]
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Model Type: Neuron or other electrically excitable cell;
Brain Region(s)/Organism: Neocortex;
Cell Type(s): Neocortex V1 L6 pyramidal corticothalamic cell;
Channel(s): I Na,t; I K; I M; I K,Ca; I Sodium; I Calcium; I Potassium;
Gap Junctions:
Simulation Environment: NEURON; MATLAB;
Model Concept(s): Activity Patterns; Bursting; Spatio-temporal Activity Patterns; Simplified Models; Active Dendrites; Influence of Dendritic Geometry; Detailed Neuronal Models; Methods;
Implementer(s): van Elburg, Ronald A.J. [R.van.Elburg at];
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TITLE decay of internal calcium concentration
: Internal calcium concentration due to calcium currents and pump.
: Differential equations.
: Simple model of ATPase pump with 3 kinetic constants (Destexhe 92)
:     Cai + P <-> CaP -> Cao + P  (k1,k2,k3)
: A Michaelis-Menten approximation is assumed, which reduces the complexity
: of the system to 2 parameters: 
:       kt = <tot enzyme concentration> * k3  -> TIME CONSTANT OF THE PUMP
:	kd = k2/k1 (dissociation constant)    -> EQUILIBRIUM CALCIUM VALUE
: The values of these parameters are chosen assuming a high affinity of 
: the pump to calcium and a low transport capacity (cfr. Blaustein, 
: TINS, 11: 438, 1988, and references therein).  
: Units checked using "modlunit" -> factor 10000 needed in ca entry
: VERSION OF PUMP + DECAY (decay can be viewed as simplified buffering)
: All variables are range variables
: This mechanism was published in:  Destexhe, A. Babloyantz, A. and 
: Sejnowski, TJ.  Ionic mechanisms for intrinsic slow oscillations in
: thalamic relay neurons. Biophys. J. 65: 1538-1552, 1993)
: Written by Alain Destexhe, Salk Institute, Nov 12, 1992


	USEION ca READ ica, cai WRITE cai
	GLOBAL depth,cainf,taur

	(molar) = (1/liter)			: moles do not appear in units
	(mM)	= (millimolar)
	(um)	= (micron)
	(mA)	= (milliamp)
	(msM)	= (ms mM)
	FARADAY = (faraday) (coulomb)

	depth	= .1	(um)		: depth of shell
	taur	= 200	(ms)		: rate of calcium removal
	cainf	= 100e-6(mM)
	cai		(mM)

	ca		(mM) 

	ca = cainf

	ica		(mA/cm2)
	drive_channel	(mM/ms)
	SOLVE state METHOD derivimplicit


	drive_channel =  - (10000) * ica / (2 * FARADAY * depth)
	if (drive_channel <= 0.) { drive_channel = 0. }	: cannot pump inward

	ca' = drive_channel + (cainf-ca)/taur
	cai = ca

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