Leech Mechanosensory Neurons: Synaptic Facilitation by Reflected APs (Baccus 1998)

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This model by Stephen Baccus explores the phenomena of action potential (AP) propagation at branch boints in axons. APs are sometimes transmitted down the efferent processes and sometimes are reflected back to the axon of AP origin or neither. See the paper for details. The model zip file contains a readme.txt which list introductory steps to follow to run the simulation. Stephen Baccus's email address: baccus@fas.harvard.edu
1 . Baccus SA (1998) Synaptic facilitation by reflected action potentials: enhancement of transmission when nerve impulses reverse direction at axon branch points. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 95:8345-50 [PubMed]
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Model Type: Neuron or other electrically excitable cell;
Brain Region(s)/Organism:
Cell Type(s): Leech pressure (P) mechanosensory neuron;
Channel(s): I K; I K,Ca; I Sodium; I Calcium; I Potassium;
Gap Junctions:
Simulation Environment: NEURON;
Model Concept(s): Action Potential Initiation; Pattern Recognition; Activity Patterns; Spatio-temporal Activity Patterns; Influence of Dendritic Geometry; Detailed Neuronal Models; Synaptic Plasticity; Short-term Synaptic Plasticity; Axonal Action Potentials; Action Potentials; Facilitation; Invertebrate;
Implementer(s): Baccus, Stephen [Baccus at fas.Harvard.edu];
Search NeuronDB for information about:  I K; I K,Ca; I Sodium; I Calcium; I Potassium;
NEURON {    
   SUFFIX napump    
   USEION na READ nai WRITE ina    
   USEION k WRITE ik    
   RANGE vmax, khalf,ksteep,ina, ik    
UNITS {    
   (uM) = (micro/liter)    
   (mM) = (milli/liter)    
   (mA) = (milliamp)    
INDEPENDENT { t FROM 0 TO 1 WITH 1 (ms) }    
   vmax = 0.003
   khalf = 12 (mM)
   ksteep = 1 (mM)     
   celsius (degC)    
   ina (mA/cm2)    
   ik  (mA/cm2)    
   nai (mM)    
LOCAL Q, s_celsius    
   if (s_celsius*1(degC) != celsius) {    
      s_celsius = celsius    
      Q = 3^((celsius - 6.3)/10 (degC))    
   ina = 3*(vmax/(1+exp((khalf-nai)/ksteep)))*1(ma/cm2)    
   ik = -2/3 * ina   

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