Journal article

Inhibitory regulation of dendritic activity in vivo

Lucy Palmer, Masanori Murayama, Matthew Larkum

FRONTIERS IN NEURAL CIRCUITS | FRONTIERS MEDIA SA | Published : 2012

Abstract

The spatiotemporal control of neuronal excitability is fundamental to the inhibitory process. We now have a wealth of information about the active dendritic properties of cortical neurons including axonally generated sodium action potentials as well as local sodium spikelets generated in the dendrites, calcium plateau spikes, and NMDA spikes. All of these events have been shown to be highly modified by the spatiotemporal pattern of nearby inhibitory input which can drastically change the output firing mode of the neuron. This means that particular populations of interneurons embedded in the neocortical microcircuitry can more precisely control pyramidal cell output than has previously been t..

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