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.
Reference:
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;
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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 ai.rug.nl];
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COMMENT

km.mod

Potassium channel, Hodgkin-Huxley style kinetics
Based on I-M (muscarinic K channel)
Slow, noninactivating

Author: Zach Mainen, Salk Institute, 1995, zach@salk.edu
	
ENDCOMMENT

INDEPENDENT {t FROM 0 TO 1 WITH 1 (ms)}

NEURON {
	SUFFIX km
	USEION k READ ek WRITE ik
	RANGE n, gk, gbar
	RANGE ninf, ntau
	GLOBAL Ra, Rb
	GLOBAL q10, temp, tadj, vmin, vmax
}

UNITS {
	(mA) = (milliamp)
	(mV) = (millivolt)
	(pS) = (picosiemens)
	(um) = (micron)
} 

PARAMETER {
	gbar = 10   	(pS/um2)	: 0.03 mho/cm2
	v 		(mV)
								
	tha  = -30	(mV)		: v 1/2 for inf
	qa   = 9	(mV)		: inf slope		
	
	Ra   = 0.001	(/ms)		: max act rate  (slow)
	Rb   = 0.001	(/ms)		: max deact rate  (slow)

	celsius		(degC)
	temp = 23	(degC)		: original temp 	
	q10  = 2.3			: temperature sensitivity

	vmin = -120	(mV)
	vmax = 100	(mV)
} 


ASSIGNED {
	a		(/ms)
	b		(/ms)
	ik 		(mA/cm2)
	gk		(pS/um2)
	ek		(mV)
	ninf
	ntau (ms)	
	tadj
}
 

STATE { n }

INITIAL { 
	trates(v)
	n = ninf
}

BREAKPOINT {
        SOLVE states METHOD cnexp
	gk = tadj*gbar*n
	ik = (1e-4) * gk * (v - ek)
} 

DERIVATIVE states {
        trates(v)
        n' = (ninf-n)/ntau
}

PROCEDURE trates(v) {  :Computes rate and other constants at current v.
                      :Call once from HOC to initialize inf at resting v.
        TABLE ninf, ntau
	DEPEND celsius, temp, Ra, Rb, tha, qa
	
	FROM vmin TO vmax WITH 199

	rates(v): not consistently executed from here if usetable_hh == 1

        tadj = q10^((celsius - temp)/10)

	ntau = ntau/tadj
}


PROCEDURE rates(v) {  :Computes rate and other constants at current v.
                      :Call once from HOC to initialize inf at resting v.

        a = Ra * (v - tha) / (1 - exp(-(v - tha)/qa))
        b = -Rb * (v - tha) / (1 - exp((v - tha)/qa))
        ntau = 1/(a+b)
	ninf = a*ntau
}


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