Multiscale simulation of the striatal medium spiny neuron (Mattioni & Le Novere 2013)

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"… We present a new event-driven algorithm to synchronize different neuronal models, which decreases computational time and avoids superfluous synchronizations. The algorithm is implemented in the TimeScales framework. We demonstrate its use by simulating a new multiscale model of the Medium Spiny Neuron of the Neostriatum. The model comprises over a thousand dendritic spines, where the electrical model interacts with the respective instances of a biochemical model. Our results show that a multiscale model is able to exhibit changes of synaptic plasticity as a result of the interaction between electrical and biochemical signaling. …"
Reference:
1 . Mattioni M, Le Novère N (2013) Integration of biochemical and electrical signaling-multiscale model of the medium spiny neuron of the striatum. PLoS One 8:e66811 [PubMed]
Model Information (Click on a link to find other models with that property)
Model Type: Neuron or other electrically excitable cell; Synapse;
Brain Region(s)/Organism: Striatum;
Cell Type(s): Neostriatum medium spiny direct pathway GABA cell;
Channel(s): I Na,p; I Na,t; I T low threshold; I A; I K,Ca; I CAN; I Calcium; I A, slow; I Krp; I R; I Q;
Gap Junctions:
Receptor(s):
Gene(s): Kv4.2 KCND2; Kv1.2 KCNA2; Cav1.3 CACNA1D; Cav1.2 CACNA1C; Kv2.1 KCNB1;
Transmitter(s):
Simulation Environment: NEURON; Python;
Model Concept(s): Synaptic Plasticity; Signaling pathways; Calcium dynamics; Multiscale;
Implementer(s): Mattioni, Michele [mattioni at ebi.ac.uk];
Search NeuronDB for information about:  Neostriatum medium spiny direct pathway GABA cell; I Na,p; I Na,t; I T low threshold; I A; I K,Ca; I CAN; I Calcium; I A, slow; I Krp; I R; I Q;
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TITLE N-type calcium channel for nucleus accumbens neuron 
: comments at end of file

UNITS {
	(mV) = (millivolt)
	(mA) = (milliamp)
	(S) = (siemens)
	(molar) = (1/liter)
	(mM) = (millimolar)
	FARADAY = (faraday) (coulomb)
	R = (k-mole) (joule/degC)
}

NEURON {
	SUFFIX can
	USEION ca READ cai, cao WRITE ica
	RANGE pbar, ica
}

PARAMETER {
	pbar = 1.0e-5	(cm/s)		: vh = -100 mV, 120 ms pulse to 0 mV

	mvhalf = -8.7	(mV)		: Churchill 1998, fig 5
	mslope = -7.4	(mV)		: Churchill 1998, fig 5
	mshift = 0	(mV)

	hvhalf = -74.8	(mV)		: McNaughton 1997, Table 1
	hslope = 6.5	(mV)		: McNaughton 1997, Table 1
	hshift = 0	(mV)
	htau = 70.0	(ms)		: McNaughton 1997, Table 2 (tau1 in Ca)

	vm = -17.19  	(mV)		: fit from Kasai 1992, fig 15
	k = 15.22   	(mV)		: fit from Kasai 1992, fig 15
	kpr = 23.82   	(mV)		: fit from Kasai 1992, fig 15
	c = 0.03856   	(/ms-mV)	: fit from Kasai 1992, fig 15
	cpr = 0.3842	(/ms)		: fit from Kasai 1992, fig 15

	a = 0.21		: percent inactivation
	qfact = 3		: both m & h recorded at 22 C
}

ASSIGNED { 
    v		(mV)
    ica 	(mA/cm2)

    celsius	(degC)
    cai		(mM)
    cao		(mM)
    
    minf
    mtau	(ms)

    hinf
}

STATE {
    m h
}

BREAKPOINT {
    SOLVE states METHOD cnexp
    ica  = ghk(v,cai,cao) * pbar * m * m * (a*h + (1-a))    : Kasai 92, Brown 93
}

INITIAL {
    settables(v)
    m = minf
    h = hinf
}

DERIVATIVE states {  
    settables(v)
    m' = (minf - m) / (mtau/qfact)
    h' = (hinf - h) / (htau/qfact)
}

PROCEDURE settables( v (mV) ) {
	LOCAL malpha, mbeta
	
	TABLE minf, hinf, mtau DEPEND mshift, hshift
        FROM -100 TO 100 WITH 201

		minf = 1  /  ( 1 + exp( (v-mvhalf-mshift) / mslope) )
		hinf = 1  /  ( 1 + exp( (v-hvhalf-hshift) / hslope) )

		malpha = c * (v-vm) / ( exp((v-vm)/k) - 1 )
		mbeta = cpr * exp(v/kpr)		: Kasai 1992, fig 15
		mtau = 1 / (malpha + mbeta)
}


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: ghk() borrowed from cachan.mod share file in Neuron
FUNCTION ghk(v(mV), ci(mM), co(mM)) (.001 coul/cm3) {
	LOCAL z, eci, eco
	z = (1e-3)*2*FARADAY*v/(R*(celsius+273.15))
	eco = co*efun(z)
	eci = ci*efun(-z)
	:high cao charge moves inward
	:negative potential charge moves inward
	ghk = (.001)*2*FARADAY*(eci - eco)
}

FUNCTION efun(z) {
	if (fabs(z) < 1e-4) {
		efun = 1 - z/2
	}else{
		efun = z/(exp(z) - 1)
	}
}


COMMENT
Brown AM, Schwindt PC, Crill WE (1993) Voltage dependence and activation
kinetics of pharmacologically defined components of the high-threshold
calcium current in rat neocortical neurons. J Neurophysiol 70:1530-1543.

Churchill D, Macvicar BA (1998) Biophysical and pharmacological
characterization of voltage-dependent Ca2+ channels in neurons isolated
from rat nucleus accumbens. J Neurophysiol 79:635-647.

Kasai H, Neher E (1992) Dihydropyridine-sensitive and
omega-conotoxin-sensitive calcium channels in a mammalian
neuroblastoma-glioma cell line. J Physiol 448:161-188.

Koch, C., and Segev, I., eds. (1998). Methods in Neuronal Modeling: From
Ions to Networks, 2 edn (Cambridge, MA, MIT Press).

Hille, B. (1992). Ionic Channels of Excitable Membranes, 2 edn
(Sunderland, MA, Sinauer Associates Inc.).

McNaughton NCL, Randall AD (1997) Electrophysiological properties of the
human N-type calcium Ca2+ channel: I. Channel Gating in Ca2+, Ba2+, and
Sr2+ containing solutions. Neuropharm 36:895-915.



This is the w-conotoxin GV1A sensitive current in fig 5 from Churchill.


The standard HH model uses a linear approximation to the driving force
for an ion: (Vm - ez).  This is ok for na and k, but not ca - calcium
rectifies at high potentials because 
	1. internal and external concentrations of ca are so different,
	making outward current flow much more difficult than inward 
	2. calcium is divalent so rectification is more sudden than for na
	and k. (Hille 1992, pg 107)

Accordingly, we need to replace the HH formulation with the GHK model,
which accounts for this phenomenon.  The GHK equation is eq 6.6 in Koch
1998, pg 217 - it expresses Ica in terms of Ca channel permeability
(Perm,ca) times a mess. The mess can be circumvented using the ghk
function below, which is included in the Neuron share files.  Perm,ca
can be expressed in an HH-like fashion as 
	Perm,ca = pcabar * mca * mca 	(or however many m's and h's)
where pcabar has dimensions of permeability but can be thought of as max
conductance (Koch says it should be about 10^7 times smaller than the HH
gbar - dont know) and mca is analagous to m (check out Koch 1998 pg 144)

Calcium current can then be modeled as 
	ica = pcabar * mca * mca * ghk()

Jason Moyer 2004 - jtmoyer@seas.upenn.edu

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