Linear vs non-linear integration in CA1 oblique dendrites (Gómez González et al. 2011)

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The hippocampus in well known for its role in learning and memory processes. The CA1 region is the output of the hippocampal formation and pyramidal neurons in this region are the elementary units responsible for the processing and transfer of information to the cortex. Using this detailed single neuron model, it is investigated the conditions under which individual CA1 pyramidal neurons process incoming information in a complex (non-linear) as opposed to a passive (linear) manner. This detailed compartmental model of a CA1 pyramidal neuron is based on one described previously (Poirazi, 2003). The model was adapted to five different reconstructed morphologies for this study, and slightly modified to fit the experimental data of (Losonczy, 2006), and to incorporate evidence in pyramidal neurons for the non-saturation of NMDA receptor-mediated conductances by single glutamate pulses. We first replicate the main findings of (Losonczy, 2006), including the very brief window for nonlinear integration using single-pulse stimuli. We then show that double-pulse stimuli increase a CA1 pyramidal neuron’s tolerance for input asynchrony by at last an order of magnitude. Therefore, it is shown using this model, that the time window for nonlinear integration is extended by more than an order of magnitude when inputs are short bursts as opposed to single spikes.
1 . Gómez González JF, Mel BW, Poirazi P (2011) Distinguishing Linear vs. Non-Linear Integration in CA1 Radial Oblique Dendrites: It's about Time. Front Comput Neurosci 5:44 [PubMed]
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Model Type: Neuron or other electrically excitable cell;
Brain Region(s)/Organism:
Cell Type(s): Hippocampus CA1 pyramidal GLU cell;
Channel(s): I Na,p; I CAN; I Sodium; I Calcium; I Potassium; I_AHP;
Gap Junctions:
Receptor(s): NMDA;
Simulation Environment: NEURON;
Model Concept(s): Active Dendrites; Detailed Neuronal Models; Synaptic Integration;
Search NeuronDB for information about:  Hippocampus CA1 pyramidal GLU cell; NMDA; I Na,p; I CAN; I Sodium; I Calcium; I Potassium; I_AHP;
// GABA_A and GABA_B conductances are estimated using
// a ratio variable. In the experiments presented here, GABA_A conductance
// is equal to AMPA conductance at every synapse, while GABA_B conductance is
// equal to 60% of the GABA_A value.
// written by Yiota Poirazi, July 2001,

GABA_AMPA_RATIO=0.125   //for persistent activity exps., 2005

//old values used in previous experiments
//GABA_AMPA_RATIO=0.6     // R. Miles_etal, Neuron 1996


// Using the Peti_Augustine, 2000 for a linear increase in GABAa 
//currents along trunk and basal dendrites

GABA_AMPA_TRUNK_MAX_RATIO=GABA_AMPA_SOMA_RATIO*40 //about the same peak GABAa current proximally and distally 

// Using the Wu eta al, 205 for increased GABAb distally (about 4 times from soma to SLM). GABAa is about the same

GABAb_GABAa_SOMA_RATIO=0.05     // about 7.5 times smaller

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