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CA1 network model: interneuron contributions to epileptic deficits (Shuman et al 2020)

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Temporal lobe epilepsy causes significant cognitive deficits in both humans and rodents, yet the specific circuit mechanisms underlying these deficits remain unknown. There are profound and selective interneuron death and axonal reorganization within the hippocampus of both humans and animal models of temporal lobe epilepsy. To assess the specific contribution of these mechanisms on spatial coding, we developed a biophysically constrained network model of the CA1 region that consists of different subtypes of interneurons. More specifically, our network consists of 150 cells, 130 excitatory pyramidal cells and 20 interneurons (Fig. 1A). To simulate place cell formation in the network model, we generated grid cell and place cell inputs from the Entorhinal Cortex (ECLIII) and CA3 regions, respectively, activated in a realistic manner as observed when an animal transverses a linear track. Realistic place fields emerged in a subpopulation of pyramidal cells (40-50%), in which similar EC and CA3 grid cell inputs converged onto distal/proximal apical and basal dendrites. The tuning properties of these cells are very similar to the ones observed experimentally in awake, behaving animals To examine the role of interneuron death and axonal reorganization in the formation and/or tuning properties of place fields we selectively varied the contribution of each interneuron type and desynchronized the two excitatory inputs. We found that desynchronized inputs were critical in reproducing the experimental data, namely the profound reduction in place cell numbers, stability and information content. These results demonstrate that the desynchronized firing of hippocampal neuronal populations contributes to poor spatial processing in epileptic mice, during behavior. Given the lack of experimental data on the selective contributions of interneuron death and axonal reorganization in spatial memory, our model findings predict the mechanistic effects of these alterations at the cellular and network levels.
1 . Shuman T, Aharoni D, Cai DJ, Lee CR, Chavlis S, Page-Harley L, Vetere LM, Feng Y, Yang CY, Mollinedo-Gajate I, Chen L, Pennington ZT, Taxidis J, Flores SE, Cheng K, Javaherian M, Kaba CC, Rao N, La-Vu M, Pandi I, Shtrahman M, Bakhurin KI, Masmanidis SC, Khakh BS, Poirazi P, Silva AJ, Golshani P (2020) Breakdown of spatial coding and interneuron synchronization in epileptic mice. Nat Neurosci 23:229-238 [PubMed]
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Model Type: Realistic Network;
Brain Region(s)/Organism: Hippocampus;
Cell Type(s): Hippocampus CA1 pyramidal GLU cell; Hippocampal CA1 CR/VIP cell; Hippocampus CA1 axo-axonic cell; Hippocampus CA1 basket cell; Hippocampus CA1 basket cell - CCK/VIP; Hippocampus CA1 stratum oriens lacunosum-moleculare interneuron ; Hippocampus CA1 bistratified cell;
Channel(s): I A; I h; I K,Ca; I K; I CAN; I M; I Sodium; I_AHP; I Calcium;
Gap Junctions:
Receptor(s): AMPA; GabaA; GabaB; NMDA;
Simulation Environment: NEURON; Brian;
Model Concept(s): Spatial Navigation;
Implementer(s): Chavlis, Spyridon [schavlis at]; Pandi, Ioanna ; Poirazi, Panayiota [poirazi at];
Search NeuronDB for information about:  Hippocampus CA1 pyramidal GLU cell; GabaA; GabaB; AMPA; NMDA; I A; I K; I M; I h; I K,Ca; I CAN; I Sodium; I Calcium; I_AHP;
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TITLE decay of internal calcium concentration
: Internal calcium concentration due to calcium currents and pump.
: Differential equations.
: Simple model of ATPase pump with 3 kinetic constants (Destexhe 92)
:     Cai + P <-> CaP -> Cao + P  (k1,k2,k3)
: A Michaelis-Menten approximation is assumed, which reduces the complexity
: of the system to 2 parameters: 
:       kt = <tot enzyme concentration> * k3  -> TIME CONSTANT OF THE PUMP
:	kd = k2/k1 (dissociation constant)    -> EQUILIBRIUM CALCIUM VALUE
: The values of these parameters are chosen assuming a high affinity of 
: the pump to calcium and a low transport capacity (cfr. Blaustein, 
: TINS, 11: 438, 1988, and references therein).  
: Units checked using "modlunit" -> factor 10000 needed in ca entry
: VERSION OF PUMP + DECAY (decay can be viewed as simplified buffering)
: All variables are range variables
: This mechanism was published in:  Destexhe, A. Babloyantz, A. and 
: Sejnowski, TJ.  Ionic mechanisms for intrinsic slow oscillations in
: thalamic relay neurons. Biophys. J. 65: 1538-1552, 1993)
: Written by Alain Destexhe, Salk Institute, Nov 12, 1992
: This file was modified by Yiota Poirazi ( on April 18, 2001 to account for the sharp
: Ca++ spike repolarization observed in: Golding, N. Jung H-Y., Mickus T. and Spruston N
: "Dendritic Calcium Spike Initiation and Repolarization are controlled by distinct potassium channel
: subtypes in CA1 pyramidal neurons". J. of Neuroscience 19(20) 8789-8798, 1999.
:  factor 10000 is replaced by 10000/18 needed in ca entry
:  taur --rate of calcium removal-- is replaced by taur*7 (7 times faster) 


	USEION ca READ ica, cai WRITE cai	
    RANGE ca
	GLOBAL depth,cainf,taur

	(molar) = (1/liter)			: moles do not appear in units
	(mM)	= (millimolar)
	(um)	= (micron)
	(mA)	= (milliamp)
	(msM)	= (ms mM)
	FARADAY = (faraday) (coulomb)

	depth	= .1	(um)		: depth of shell
	taur	= 200	(ms)		: rate of calcium removal
	cainf	= 100e-6(mM)
	cai		(mM)

	ca		(mM) 

	ca = cainf

	ica		(mA/cm2)
	drive_channel	(mM/ms)
	SOLVE state METHOD derivimplicit


	drive_channel =  - (10000) * ica / (2 * FARADAY * depth)
	if (drive_channel <= 0.) { drive_channel = 0.  }   : cannot pump inward 
	:ca' = drive_channel + (cainf-ca)/taur
    ca' = drive_channel/18 + (cainf -ca)/taur*7
	cai = ca

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