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J Neurophysiol. 1996 Feb;75(2):963-6.

Cellular short-term memory from a slow potassium conductance.

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Department of Biology, Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts 02254, USA.


1. We use the dynamic clamp to add the slowly inactivating and slowly recovering K+ conductance Kv1.3 to cultured stomatogastric ganglion neurons. 2. Introduction of Kv1.3 produced long delays to firing during depolarization. Additionally, the slow recovery from inactivation produced an increase in neuronal excitability after a depolarizing input that outlasted the input by many seconds. Finally, when introduced into bursting neurons, Kv1.3 produced a long-lasting depolarization-induced switch between tonic and burst firing. 3. These data demonstrate that the slow kinetics of a K+ conductance can produce a form of cellular short-term memory that is independent of any changes in synaptic efficacy.

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