Pyramidal cells in the dorsal cochlear nucleus (DCN) show three characteristic discharge patterns in response tones: pauser, buildup, and regular firing. Experimental evidence suggests that a rapidly inactivating K+ current (I(KIF)) plays a critical role in generating these discharge patterns. To explore the role of I(KIF), we used a computational model based on the biophysical data. The model replicated the dependence of the discharge pattern on the magnitude and duration of hyperpolarizing prepulses, and I(KIF) was necessary to convey this dependence. Experimentally, half-inactivation voltage and kinetics of I(KIF) show wide variability. Varying these parameters in the model ... suggests that pyramidal cells can adjust their sensitivity to different temporal patterns of inhibition and excitation by modulating the kinetics of I(KIF). Overall, I(KIF) is a critical conductance controlling the excitability of DCN pyramidal cells. (See readme.txt and paper for details).
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2 April 2004
Paul B Manis, Ph.D.
Kanold PO, Manis PB (2001) A physiologically based model of discharge pattern regulation by transient K+ currents in cochlear nucleus pyramidal cells. J Neurophysiol 85:523-38 [PubMed]
Kanold PO, Manis PB (1999) Transient potassium currents regulate the discharge patterns of dorsal cochlear nucleus pyramidal cells. J Neurosci 19:2195-208 [PubMed]