" ... Here, we first quantified the morphological variability of branch points from two-photon images of rat CA1 pyramidal neurons. We then investigated the geometrical features affecting spike initiation, propagation, and timing with a computational model validated by glutamate uncaging experiments. The results suggest that even subtle membrane readjustments at branch point could drastically alter the ability of synaptic input to generate, propagate, and time action potentials."
Ferrante M, Migliore M, Ascoli GA (2013) Functional Impact of Dendritic Branch-Point Morphology
J. Neurosci. 33:2156-2165 [PubMed]