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J Comput Neurosci. 1995 Dec;2(4):283-9.

Model of synchronized population bursts in electrically coupled interneurons containing active dendritic conductances.

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IBM Research Division, T.J. Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights, NY 10598, USA.


We constructed a computer model of 128 interneurons, each with multiple dendritic branches and an axonal segment. The model neurons were interconnected by gap junctions between dendritic compartments, as are known to occur in rat and guinea-pig hilar interneurons. The model contained no excitatory synapses. In the presence of low-frequency spontaneous action potentials, the model generated synchronized population bursts, when gap junction resistance was 50 M omega and there were at least two gap junctions per neuron on average. Population bursts occurred only when the dendrites of model neurons were electrically excitable. Consistent with experiment, somatic hyperpolarization during the population burst uncovered partial spikes. In the model, partial spikes originated in electrically active dendrites driven by coupled dendrites. This model may account for population bursts in hilar interneurons that occur in 4-aminopyridine (4AP) together with blockers of GABAA and excitatory amino acid (EAA) receptors.

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