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Analogous Synaptic Plasticity Profiles Emerge from Disparate Channel Combinations

Anirudhan, Arun and Narayanan, Rishikesh (2015) Analogous Synaptic Plasticity Profiles Emerge from Disparate Channel Combinations. In: JOURNAL OF NEUROSCIENCE, 35 (11). pp. 4691-4705.

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An open question within the Bienenstock-Cooper-Munro theory for synaptic modification concerns the specific mechanism that is responsible for regulating the sliding modification threshold (SMT). In this conductance-based modeling study on hippocampal pyramidal neurons, we quantitatively assessed the impact of seven ion channels (R- and T-type calcium, fast sodium, delayed rectifier, A-type, and small-conductance calcium-activated (SK) potassium and HCN) and two receptors (AMPAR and NMDAR) on a calcium-dependent Bienenstock-Cooper-Munro-like plasticity rule. Our analysis with R- and T-type calcium channels revealed that differences in their activation-inactivation profiles resulted in differential impacts on how they altered the SMT. Further, we found that the impact of SK channels on the SMT critically depended on the voltage dependence and kinetics of the calcium sources with which they interacted. Next, we considered interactions among all the seven channels and the two receptors through global sensitivity analysis on 11 model parameters. We constructed 20,000 models through uniform randomization of these parameters and found 360 valid models based on experimental constraints on their plasticity profiles. Analyzing these 360 models, we found that similar plasticity profiles could emerge with several nonunique parametric combinations and that parameters exhibited weak pairwise correlations. Finally, we used seven sets of virtual knock-outs on these 360 models and found that the impact of different channels on the SMT was variable and differential. These results suggest that there are several nonunique routes to regulate the SMT, and call for a systematic analysis of the variability and state dependence of the mechanisms underlying metaplasticity during behavior and pathology.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Copy right for this article belongs to the SOC NEUROSCIENCE, 11 DUPONT CIRCLE, NW, STE 500, WASHINGTON, DC 20036 USA
Keywords: BCM plasticity rule; hippocampus; homeostasis; ion channels; metaplasticity; synaptic plasticity
Department/Centre: Division of Biological Sciences > Molecular Biophysics Unit
Date Deposited: 06 May 2015 05:14
Last Modified: 06 May 2015 05:14
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/51487

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