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Neurochem Res. 2003 Apr;28(3-4):443-8.

Dependence of miniature endplate current on kinetic parameters of acetylcholine receptors activation: a model study.

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Institute of Biochemistry and Biophysics, Russian Academy of Sciences, PO Box 30, Kazan, Russian Federation.


Mathematical modeling was applied to study the dependence of miniature endplate current (MEPC) amplitude and temporal parameters on the values of the rate constants of acetylcholine binding to receptors (k+) when cholinesterase was either active or inactive. The simulation was performed under two different sets of parameters describing acetylcholine receptor activation--one with high and another with low probability (Pohigh and Polow) of receptor transition into the open state after double ligand binding. The dependence of model MEPC amplitudes, rise times, and decay times on k+ differs for set Polow and set Pohigh. The main outcome is that for set Pohigh, the rise time is significantly longer at low values of k+ because of the prolongation of ACh diffusion time to the receptor. For the set Polow, the rise time is shorter at low values of k+, which can be explained by the small probability of AChR forward isomerization after ACh binding and faster MEPC's peak formation.

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