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Simulations of modulation of HCN channels in L5PCs (Mäki-Marttunen and Mäki-Marttunen, 2022)

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"... In this work, we build upon existing biophysically detailed models of thick-tufted layer V pyramidal cells and model the effects of over- and under-expression of Ih channels as well as their neuromodulation by dopamine (gain of Ih function) and acetylcholine (loss of Ih function). We show that Ih channels facilitate the action potentials of layer V pyramidal cells in response to proximal dendritic stimulus while they hinder the action potentials in response to distal dendritic stimulus at the apical dendrite. We also show that the inhibitory action of the Ih channels in layer V pyramidal cells is due to the interactions between Ih channels and a hot zone of low voltage-activated Ca2+ channels at the apical dendrite. Our simulations suggest that a combination of Ih-enhancing neuromodulation at the proximal apical dendrite and Ih-inhibiting modulation at the distal apical dendrite can increase the layer V pyramidal excitability more than any of the two neuromodulators alone..."
1 . Mäki-Marttunen T, Mäki-Marttunen V (2022) Excitatory and inhibitory effects of HCN channel modulation on excitability of layer V pyramidal cells Plos Comp Biol [PubMed]
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Model Type: Neuron or other electrically excitable cell;
Brain Region(s)/Organism:
Cell Type(s): Neocortex layer 5 pyramidal cell;
Gap Junctions:
Receptor(s): AMPA; NMDA; Gaba;
Transmitter(s): Acetylcholine; Dopamine; Glutamate; Gaba;
Simulation Environment: NEURON;
Model Concept(s): Neuromodulation;
Implementer(s): Maki-Marttunen, Tuomo [tuomomm at];
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TITLE AMPA and NMDA receptor with presynaptic short-term plasticity 

AMPA and NMDA receptor conductance using a dual-exponential profile
presynaptic short-term plasticity based on Fuhrmann et al. 2002
Implemented by Srikanth Ramaswamy, Blue Brain Project, July 2009
Etay: changed weight to be equal for NMDA and AMPA, gmax accessible in Neuron
Tuomo: allowed different weights for AMPA and NMDA



        RANGE tau_r_AMPA, tau_d_AMPA, tau_r_NMDA, tau_d_NMDA
        RANGE Use, u, Dep, Fac, u0, weight_factor_NMDA
        RANGE i, i_AMPA, i_NMDA, g_AMPA, g_NMDA, e, gmax


        tau_r_AMPA = 0.2   (ms)  : dual-exponential conductance profile
        tau_d_AMPA = 1.7    (ms)  : IMPORTANT: tau_r < tau_d
	tau_r_NMDA = 0.29   (ms) : dual-exponential conductance profile
        tau_d_NMDA = 43     (ms) : IMPORTANT: tau_r < tau_d
        Use = 1.0   (1)   : Utilization of synaptic efficacy (just initial values! Use, Dep and Fac are overwritten by BlueBuilder assigned values) 
        Dep = 100   (ms)  : relaxation time constant from depression
        Fac = 10   (ms)  :  relaxation time constant from facilitation
        e = 0     (mV)  : AMPA and NMDA reversal potential
	mg = 1   (mM)  : initial concentration of mg2+
    	gmax = .001 (uS) : weight conversion factor (from nS to uS)
    	u0 = 0 :initial value of u, which is the running value of Use
        weight_factor_NMDA = 1

The Verbatim block is needed to generate random nos. from a uniform distribution between 0 and 1 
for comparison with Pr to decide whether to activate the synapse or not


#ifndef NRN_VERSION_GTEQ_8_2_0
double nrn_random_pick(void* r);
void* nrn_random_arg(int argpos);
#define RANDCAST
#define RANDCAST (Rand*)



        v (mV)
        i (nA)
	i_AMPA (nA)
	i_NMDA (nA)
        g_AMPA (uS)
	g_NMDA (uS)


        A_AMPA       : AMPA state variable to construct the dual-exponential profile - decays with conductance tau_r_AMPA
        B_AMPA       : AMPA state variable to construct the dual-exponential profile - decays with conductance tau_d_AMPA
	A_NMDA       : NMDA state variable to construct the dual-exponential profile - decays with conductance tau_r_NMDA
        B_NMDA       : NMDA state variable to construct the dual-exponential profile - decays with conductance tau_d_NMDA


        LOCAL tp_AMPA, tp_NMDA
	A_AMPA = 0
        B_AMPA = 0
	A_NMDA = 0
	B_NMDA = 0
	tp_AMPA = (tau_r_AMPA*tau_d_AMPA)/(tau_d_AMPA-tau_r_AMPA)*log(tau_d_AMPA/tau_r_AMPA) :time to peak of the conductance
	tp_NMDA = (tau_r_NMDA*tau_d_NMDA)/(tau_d_NMDA-tau_r_NMDA)*log(tau_d_NMDA/tau_r_NMDA) :time to peak of the conductance
	factor_AMPA = -exp(-tp_AMPA/tau_r_AMPA)+exp(-tp_AMPA/tau_d_AMPA) :AMPA Normalization factor - so that when t = tp_AMPA, gsyn = gpeak
        factor_AMPA = 1/factor_AMPA
	factor_NMDA = -exp(-tp_NMDA/tau_r_NMDA)+exp(-tp_NMDA/tau_d_NMDA) :NMDA Normalization factor - so that when t = tp_NMDA, gsyn = gpeak
        factor_NMDA = 1/factor_NMDA


        SOLVE state METHOD cnexp
	mggate = 1 / (1 + exp(0.062 (/mV) * -(v)) * (mg / 3.57 (mM))) :mggate kinetics - Jahr & Stevens 1990
        g_AMPA = gmax*(B_AMPA-A_AMPA) :compute time varying conductance as the difference of state variables B_AMPA and A_AMPA
	g_NMDA = gmax*(B_NMDA-A_NMDA) * mggate :compute time varying conductance as the difference of state variables B_NMDA and A_NMDA and mggate kinetics
        i_AMPA = g_AMPA*(v-e) :compute the AMPA driving force based on the time varying conductance, membrane potential, and AMPA reversal
	i_NMDA = g_NMDA*(v-e) :compute the NMDA driving force based on the time varying conductance, membrane potential, and NMDA reversal
	i = i_AMPA + i_NMDA


        A_AMPA' = -A_AMPA/tau_r_AMPA
        B_AMPA' = -B_AMPA/tau_d_AMPA
	A_NMDA' = -A_NMDA/tau_r_NMDA
        B_NMDA' = -B_NMDA/tau_d_NMDA

NET_RECEIVE (weight, Pv, Pv_tmp, Pr, u, tsyn (ms)){
	:weight_AMPA = weight
	:weight_NMDA = weight*weight_factor_NMDA
	:printf("NMDA weight = %g\n", weight_NMDA)


        : calc u at event-
        if (Fac > 0) {
                u = u*exp(-(t - tsyn)/Fac) :update facilitation variable if Fac>0 Eq. 2 in Fuhrmann et al.
           } else {
                  u = Use  
           if(Fac > 0){
                  u = u + Use*(1-u) :update facilitation variable if Fac>0 Eq. 2 in Fuhrmann et al.

            Pv_tmp  = 1 - (1-Pv) * exp(-(t-tsyn)/Dep) :Probability Pv for a vesicle to be available for release, analogous to the pool of synaptic
                                                      :resources available for release in the deterministic model. Eq. 3 in Fuhrmann et al.
            Pr  = u * Pv_tmp                          :Pr is calculated as Pv * u (running value of Use)
            Pv_tmp  = Pv_tmp - u * Pv_tmp             :update Pv as per Eq. 3 in Fuhrmann et al.
            :printf("Pv = %g\n", Pv)
            :printf("Pr = %g\n", Pr)
		   if (erand() < Pr){
		    tsyn = t
	            Pv = Pv_tmp
                    A_AMPA = A_AMPA + weight*factor_AMPA
                    B_AMPA = B_AMPA + weight*factor_AMPA
		    A_NMDA = A_NMDA + weight*weight_factor_NMDA*factor_NMDA
                    B_NMDA = B_NMDA + weight*weight_factor_NMDA*factor_NMDA


         * This function takes a NEURON Random object declared in hoc and makes it usable by this mod file.
         * Note that this method is taken from Brett paper as used by netstim.hoc and netstim.mod
         * which points out that the Random must be in negexp(1) mode
        void** pv = (void**)(&_p_rng);
        if( ifarg(1)) {
            *pv = nrn_random_arg(1);
        } else {
            *pv = (void*)0;

FUNCTION erand() {
	    //FILE *fi;
        double value;
        if (_p_rng) {
                :Supports separate independent but reproducible streams for
                : each instance. However, the corresponding hoc Random
                : distribution MUST be set to Random.negexp(1)
                value = nrn_random_pick(RANDCAST _p_rng);
		        //fi = fopen("RandomStreamMCellRan4.txt", "w");
                //fprintf(fi,"random stream for this simulation = %lf\n",value);
                //printf("random stream for this simulation = %lf\n",value);
                return value;
                : the old standby. Cannot use if reproducible parallel sim
                : independent of nhost or which host this instance is on
                : is desired, since each instance on this cpu draws from
                : the same stream
                erand = exprand(1)
        :erand = value :This line must have been a mistake in Hay et al.'s code, it would basically set the return value to a non-initialized double value.
                       :The reason it sometimes works could be that the memory allocated for the non-initialized happened to contain the random value
                       :previously generated (or if _p_rng is always a null pointer). However, here we commented this line out.

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