Computer simulations of neuron-glia interactions mediated by ion flux (Somjen et al. 2008)

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Accession:113446
"... To examine the effect of glial K+ uptake, we used a model neuron equipped with Na+, K+, Ca2+ and Cl− conductances, ion pumps and ion exchangers, surrounded by interstitial space and glia. The glial membrane was either “passive”, incorporating only leak channels and an ion exchange pump, or it had rectifying K+ channels. We computed ion fluxes, concentration changes and osmotic volume changes. ... We conclude that voltage gated K+ currents can boost the effectiveness of the glial “potassium buffer” and that this buffer function is important even at moderate or low levels of excitation, but especially so in pathological states."
Reference:
1 . Somjen GG, Kager H, Wadman WJ (2008) Computer simulations of neuron-glia interactions mediated by ion flux. J Comput Neurosci 25:349-65 [PubMed]
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Model Type: Neuron or other electrically excitable cell; Electrogenic pump; Glia;
Brain Region(s)/Organism:
Cell Type(s): Astrocyte;
Channel(s): I Na,p; I Na,t; I T low threshold; I A; I K; I K,Ca; Na/Ca exchanger; Na/K pump;
Gap Junctions:
Receptor(s): NMDA;
Gene(s):
Transmitter(s): Ions;
Simulation Environment: NEURON;
Model Concept(s): Epilepsy; Calcium dynamics; Sodium pump;
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TITLE kir
COMMENT
potassium inward rectifier after geukes foppen en siegenbeek
simply, with no time dynamics. (instantanous kinetics)
ENDCOMMENT

NEURON {
	SUFFIX kir
	USEION na READ nao
	USEION k READ ko, ek WRITE ik
	USEION cl READ clo VALENCE -1
	RANGE gbar, ik, qk
	GLOBAL vs
}

UNITS {
	(molar) = (1/liter)
	(mV) =	(millivolt)
	(mA) =	(milliamp)
	(mM) =	(millimolar)
	:FARADAY	= (faraday) (coulomb)
	FARADAY		= 96485.309 (coul)
	R = (k-mole) (joule/degC)
	PI		= (pi) (1)
}

STATE { qk }

PARAMETER {
	gbar	= 0	(mho/cm2)
	vs	= 1	:voltage-dependency factor in boltzmann equation was 4
	vh	= 0 (mV)	:halfmaximal activation relative to ek was -10
}

ASSIGNED { 
	ik	(mA/cm2)
	v	(mV)
	ek	(mV)
	ko 	(mM)
	nao	(mM)
	clo	(mM)
	diam	(um)
}

BREAKPOINT {
	ik = gbar*pkir((v), ko, ek)*(v-ek)
	SOLVE kaccum METHOD sparse
}

KINETIC kaccum {
	COMPARTMENT diam*diam*PI/4 { qna qk }
	~ qk <<  ( -ik*PI*diam*(1e4)/FARADAY)
}

FUNCTION pkir(vm,kout,erev) {
	pkir = 1 / ( sqrt(kout) * (1+exp((vm-vh-erev)/vs)) )
}

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