Pyramidal neuron coincidence detection tuned by dendritic branching pattern (Schaefer et al 2003)

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"... We examined the relationship between dendritic arborization and the coupling between somatic and dendritic action potential (AP) initiation sites in layer 5 (L5) neocortical pyramidal neurons. Coupling was defined as the relative reduction in threshold for initiation of a dendritic calcium AP due to a coincident back-propagating AP. Simulations based on reconstructions of biocytin-filled cells showed that addition of oblique branches of the main apical dendrite in close proximity to the soma (d < 140 um) increases the coupling between the apical and axosomatic AP initiation zones, whereas incorporation of distal branches decreases coupling. ... We conclude that variation in dendritic arborization may be a key determinant of variability in coupling (49+-17%; range 19-83%; n = 37) and is likely to outweigh the contribution made by variations in active membrane properties. Thus coincidence detection of inputs arriving from different cortical layers is strongly regulated by differences in dendritic arborization."
Reference:
1 . Schaefer AT, Larkum ME, Sakmann B, Roth A (2003) Coincidence detection in pyramidal neurons is tuned by their dendritic branching pattern. J Neurophysiol 89:3143-54 [PubMed]
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Model Type: Neuron or other electrically excitable cell;
Brain Region(s)/Organism:
Cell Type(s): Neocortex L5/6 pyramidal GLU cell;
Channel(s): I Na,t; I A; I K; I M; I K,Ca; I Calcium;
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Simulation Environment: NEURON;
Model Concept(s): Action Potential Initiation; Coincidence Detection;
Implementer(s): Schaefer, Andreas T [andreas.schaefer at crick.ac.uk];
Search NeuronDB for information about:  Neocortex L5/6 pyramidal GLU cell; I Na,t; I A; I K; I M; I K,Ca; I Calcium;
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kv.mod

Potassium channel, Hodgkin-Huxley style kinetics
Kinetic rates based roughly on Sah et al. and Hamill et al. (1991)

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

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

NEURON {
	SUFFIX kv
	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 = 5   	(pS/um2)	: 0.03 mho/cm2
	v 		(mV)
								
	tha  = 25	(mV)		: v 1/2 for inf
	qa   = 9	(mV)		: inf slope		
	
	Ra   = 0.02	(/ms)		: max act rate
	Rb   = 0.002	(/ms)		: max deact rate	

	dt		(ms)
	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
	gk = tadj*gbar*n
	ik = (1e-4) * gk * (v - ek)
} 

LOCAL nexp

PROCEDURE states() {   :Computes state variable n 
        trates(v)      :             at the current v and dt.
        n = n + nexp*(ninf-n)
        VERBATIM
        return 0;
        ENDVERBATIM
}

PROCEDURE trates(v) {  :Computes rate and other constants at current v.
                      :Call once from HOC to initialize inf at resting v.
        LOCAL tinc
        TABLE ninf, nexp
	DEPEND dt, 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)

        tinc = -dt * tadj
        nexp = 1 - exp(tinc/ntau)
}


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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