Send to

Choose Destination
See comment in PubMed Commons below
Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2002 Mar 19;99(6):4032-6.

Frequency-dependent synchrony in locus ceruleus: role of electrotonic coupling.

Author information

  • 1Vollum Institute, Oregon Health and Science University, Portland, OR 97201, USA.


Electrotonic coupling synchronizes the spontaneous firing of locus ceruleus (LC) neurons in the neonatal rat brain, whereas in adults, synchronous activity is rare. This report examines the role of action potential frequency on synchronous activity in the adult LC. Decreasing the firing frequency in slices from adult animals facilitated the appearance of subthreshold oscillations and increased the correlation of the membrane potential between pairs of neurons. Conversely, increasing the firing frequency decreased the amplitude and synchrony of the oscillations among pairs. The frequency-dependent synchrony was not observed in slices from neonatal rats, where synchrony was observed at all frequencies, suggesting a developmental change in the properties of the LC network. A mathematical model confirmed that a reduction of the coupling strength among a pair of coupled neurons could generate frequency-dependent synchrony. In slices from adult animals, the combination of electrotonic coupling and firing frequency are the key elements that regulate synchronous firing in this nucleus.

[PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
Free PMC Article
PubMed Commons home

PubMed Commons

How to join PubMed Commons

    Supplemental Content

    Full text links

    Icon for HighWire Icon for PubMed Central
    Loading ...
    Support Center