Models that contain the Neuron : Spinal cord lumbar motor neuron alpha ACh cell

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1.  A model of slow motor unit (Kim, 2017)
Cav1.3 channels in motoneuron dendrites are actively involved during normal motor activities. To investigate the effects of the activation of motoneuron Cav1.3 channels on force production, a model motor unit was built based on best-available data. The simulation results suggest that force potentiation induced by Cav1.3 channel activation is strongly modulated not only by firing history of the motoneuron but also by length variation of the muscle as well as neuromodulation inputs from the brainstem.
2.  A simplified model of NMDA oscillations in lamprey locomotor neurons (Huss et al. 2008)
Using experiments in conjunction with this simplified model, we sought to understand the basic mechanisms behind NMDA-induced oscillations in lamprey locomotor neurons, specifically (a) how the oscillation frequency depends on NMDA concentration and why, and (b) what the minimal number of components for generating NMDA oscillations is (in vitro and in the model).
3.  Activity dependent changes in motoneurones (Dai Y et al 2002, Gardiner et al 2002)
These two papers review various experimental papers and examine the effects of activity on motoneurons in a similar 5 compartment model with 10 active conductances. Included are slow (S) and fast (F) type and fast fatigue resistant (FR) and fast fatigable (FF) models corresponding to the types of motoneurons. See papers for more and details.
4.  Axon-somatic back-propagation in a detailed model of cat spinal motoneuron (Balbi et al, 2015)
Morphologically detailed conductance-based models of cat spinal alpha motoneurons have been developed, with the aim to reproduce and clarify some aspects of the electrophysiological behavior of the antidromic axon-somatic spike propagation. Fourteen 3D morphologically detailed somata and dendrites of cat spinal alpha motoneurons have been imported from an open-access web-based database of neuronal morphologies,, and instantiated in neurocomputational models.
5.  Breakdown of accmmodation in nerve: a possible role for INAp (Hennings et al 2005)
The present modeling study suggests that persistent, low-threshold, rapidly activating sodium currents have a key role in breakdown of accommodation, and that breakdown of accommodation can be used as a tool for studying persistent sodium current under normal and pathological conditions. See paper for more and details.
6.  Discharge hysteresis in motoneurons (Powers & Heckman 2015)
"Motoneuron activity is strongly influenced by the activation of persistent inward currents (PICs) mediated by voltage-gated sodium and calcium channels. ... It has recently been suggested that a number of factors other than PIC can contribute to delta F (firing rate differences between motoneurons) values, including mechanisms underlying spike frequency adaptation and spike threshold accommodation. In the present study, we used a set of compartmental models representing a sample of 20 motoneurons with a range of thresholds to investigate how several different intrinsic motoneuron properties can potentially contribute to variations in F values. ... Our results indicate that, although other factors can contribute, variations in discharge hysteresis and delta F values primarily reflect the contribution of dendritic PICs to motoneuron activation.
7.  Excitability of the soma in central nervous system neurons (Safronov et al 2000)
The ability of the soma of a spinal dorsal horn neuron, a spinal ventral horn neuron, and a hippocampal pyramidal neuron to generate action potentials was studied using experiments and computer simulations. By comparing recordings ... of a dorsal horn neuron with simulated responses, it was shown that computer models can be adequate for the study of somatic excitability. The modeled somata of both spinal neurons were unable to generate action potentials, showing only passive and local responses to current injections. ... In contrast to spinal neurons, the modeled soma of the hippocampal pyramidal neuron generated spikes with an overshoot of +9 mV. It is concluded that the somata of spinal neurons cannot generate action potentials and seem to resist their propagation from the axon to dendrites. ... See paper for more and details.
8.  Locational influence of dendritic PIC on input-output properties of spinal motoneurons (Kim 2017)
How does the dendritic location of calcium persistent inward current (Ca-PIC) influence dendritic excitability and firing behavior across the spinal motoneuron pool? This issue was investigated developing a model motoneuron pool where model parameters were analytically determined to reflect key motoneuron type-specific properties experimentally identified. The simulation results point out the negative relationship between the distance of Ca-PIC source from the soma and cell recruitment threshold as a basis underlying the systematic variation in input-output properties of motoneurons over the motoneuron pool.
9.  Motoneuron model of self-sustained firing after spinal cord injury (Kurian et al. 2011)
" ... During the acute-stage of spinal cord injury (SCI), the endogenous ability to generate plateaus is lost; however, during the chronic-stage of SCI, plateau potentials reappear with prolonged self-sustained firing that has been implicated in the development of spasticity. In this work, we extend previous modeling studies to systematically investigate the mechanisms underlying the generation of plateau potentials in motoneurons, including the influences of specific ionic currents, the morphological characteristics of the soma and dendrite, and the interactions between persistent inward currents and synaptic input. ..."
10.  Motoneuron pool input-output function (Powers & Heckman 2017)
"Although motoneurons have often been considered to be fairly linear transducers of synaptic input, recent evidence suggests that strong persistent inward currents (PICs) in motoneurons allow neuromodulatory and inhibitory synaptic inputs to induce large nonlinearities in the relation between the level of excitatory input and motor output. To try to estimate the possible extent of this nonlinearity, we developed a pool of model motoneurons designed to replicate the characteristics of motoneuron input-output properties measured in medial gastrocnemius motoneurons in the decerebrate cat with voltage- clamp and current-clamp techniques. We drove the model pool with a range of synaptic inputs consisting of various mixtures of excitation, inhibition, and neuromodulation. We then looked at the relation between excitatory drive and total pool output. Our results revealed that the PICs not only enhance gain but also induce a strong nonlinearity in the relation between the average firing rate of the motoneuron pool and the level of excitatory input. The relation between the total simulated force output and input was somewhat more linear because of higher force outputs in later-recruited units. ..."
11.  Motoneuron simulations for counting motor units (Major and Jones 2005)
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.
12.  PyMUS: A Python based Motor Unit Simulator (Kim & Kim 2018)
PyMUS is a simulation software that allows for integrative investigations on the input-output processing of the motor unit system in a hierarchical manner from a single channel to the entire system behavior. Using PyMUS, a single motoneuron, muscle unit and motor unit can be separately simulated under a wide range of experimental input protocols.
13.  Recurrent discharge in a reduced model of cat spinal motoneuron (Balbi et al, 2013)
Following a distal stimulation of a motor fibre, only a fraction of spinal motoneurons are able to produce a re-excitation of the initial segment leading to an orthodromically conducted action potential, known as recurrent discharge. In order to show the reciprocal interplay of the axonal initial segment and the soma leading to recurrent discharge in detail, a reduced model of a cat spinal motoneuron was developed.
14.  Regulation of motoneuron excitability by KCNQ/Kv7 modulators (Lombardo & Harrington 2016)
" ... Computer simulations confirmed that pharmacological enhancement of KCNQ/Kv7 channel (M current) activity decreases excitability and also suggested that the effects of inhibition of KCNQ/Kv7 channels on the excitability of spinal MNs do not depend on a direct effect in these neurons but likely on spinal cord synaptic partners. These results indicate that KCNQ/Kv7 channels have a fundamental role in the modulation of the excitability of spinal MNs acting both in these neurons and in their local presynaptic partners. ..."
15.  Simulation system of spinal cord motor nuclei and assoc. nerves and muscles (Cisi and Kohn 2008)
A Web-based simulation system of the spinal cord circuitry responsible for muscle control is described. The simulator employs two-compartment motoneuron models for S, FR and FF types, with synaptic inputs acting through conductance variations. Four motoneuron pools with their associated interneurons are represented in the simulator, with the possibility of inclusion of more than 2,000 neurons and 2,000,000 synapses. ... Inputs to the motoneuron pool come from populations of interneurons (Ia reciprocal inhibitory interneurons, Ib interneurons, and Renshaw cells) and from stochastic point processes associated with descending tracts. ... The generation of the H-reflex by the Ia-motoneuron pool system and its modulation by spinal cord interneurons is included in the simulation system.
16.  Simulations of motor unit discharge patterns (Powers et al. 2011)
" ... To estimate the potential contributions of PIC (Persistent Inward Current) activation and synaptic input patterns to motor unit discharge patterns, we examined the responses of a set of cable motoneuron models to different patterns of excitatory and inhibitory inputs. The models were first tuned to approximate the current- and voltage-clamp responses of low- and medium-threshold spinal motoneurons studied in decerebrate cats and then driven with different patterns of excitatory and inhibitory inputs. The responses of the models to excitatory inputs reproduced a number of features of human motor unit discharge. However, the pattern of rate modulation was strongly influenced by the temporal and spatial pattern of concurrent inhibitory inputs. Thus, even though PIC activation is likely to exert a strong influence on firing rate modulation, PIC activation in combination with different patterns of excitatory and inhibitory synaptic inputs can produce a wide variety of motor unit discharge patterns."
17.  Site of impulse initiation in a neuron (Moore et al 1983)
Examines the effect of temperature, the taper of the axon hillock, and HH channel density on antidromic spike invasion into the soma and spike initiation under dendritic stimulation.
18.  Spinal Motor Neuron (Dodge, Cooley 1973)
"The excitability of various regions of the spinal motorneuron can be specified by solving the partial differential equation of a nerve fiber whose diameter and membrane properties vary with distance. For our model geometrical factors for the myelinated axon, initial segment and cell body were derived from anatomical measurements, the dendritic tree was represented by its equivalent cylinder, and the current-voltage relations of the membrane were described by a modification of the Hodgkin-Huxley model that fits voltage-clamp data from the motorneuron. ..."
19.  Spinal Motor Neuron (McIntyre et al 2002)
Simulation of peripheral nervous system (PNS) mylelinated axon. This model is described in detail in: McIntyre CC, Richardson AG, and Grill WM.(2002)
20.  Spinal Motor Neuron: Na, K_A, and K_DR currents (Safronov, Vogel 1995)
NEURON mod files for the Na, K-A, and K-DR currents from the paper: Safronov, B.V. and Vogel,W. Single voltage-activated Na+ and K+ channels in the somata of rat motorneurons. Journal of Physiology 487.1:91-106 (1995). See the readme.txt file for more information.
21.  Stochastic 3D model of neonatal rat spinal motoneuron (Ostroumov 2007)
" ... Although existing models of motoneurons have indicated the distributed role of certain conductances in regulating firing, it is unclear how the spatial distribution of certain currents is ultimately shaping motoneuron output. Thus, it would be helpful to build a bridge between histological and electrophysiological data. The present report is based on the construction of a 3D motoneuron model based on available parameters applicable to the neonatal spinal cord. ..."
22.  Sympathetic Preganglionic Neurone (Briant et al. 2014)
A model of a sympathetic preganglionic neurone of muscle vasoconstrictor-type.

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