Motoneuron simulations for counting motor units (Major and Jones 2005)

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Accession:53425
Simulations of clinical methods to count the number of motoneurons/motor units in human patients. Models include stimulation of motor axons or voluntary activation and responses are measured as muscle tension or EMG.
Reference:
1 . Major LA, Jones KE (2005) Simulations of motor unit number estimation techniques. J Neural Eng 2:17-34 [PubMed]
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Model Type: Neuromuscular Junction;
Brain Region(s)/Organism:
Cell Type(s): Spinal cord lumbar motor neuron alpha ACh cell;
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Simulation Environment: MATLAB;
Model Concept(s): Simplified Models; Methods;
Implementer(s): Major, Lora [lora.major at ualberta.ca];
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function [tw] = twitch(isi,rtime,force,tc)
%% [tw] = twitch2(isi,rtime,force,tc)
%% generate a twitch, inputs are:
%%   isi = times of spikes
%%   rtime = time sequence for sim
%%   force = peak force for this mu
%%   tc = time constant for this mu
%% output is tw = twitch force over the sim time

tw = zeros(size(rtime));

%% determine time of each spike
stime = isi(isi<rtime(end));

if(length(stime)>0)
    
    [st,rt] = meshgrid(stime,rtime);
    offs = rt-st;
    offs(offs<0)=0;

    %% twitch function for each spike
    twt = ( force*offs.*exp(1-(offs/tc)) )/tc ;
    tw = sum( twt' ,1);   
end
    
tw = tw(:);

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