Volume 10 Supplement 1
Slow population rhythms emerge in noisy inhibitory network models
© Ho et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. 2009
Published: 13 July 2009
Inhibitory, interneuronal networks are known to underlie high-frequency (gamma, 40–80 Hz) population oscillations, and they are also known to underlie low-frequency rhythms. For example, spontaneous, slow (0.5–4 Hz) rhythms occur in rodent hippocampus . However, it is unclear whether an inhibitory network can generate population oscillations much slower than the intrinsic firing frequencies of its consitutent neurons. Here we show that an inhibitory network model in the absence of any slow processes is able to produce low-frequency rhythms. To obtain this, we bridge our network model simulations with a dynamical mean-field (DMA) model  to approximate the location of relevant parameter regimes.
A DMA model analysis has been used to find parameter regimes that allow slow rhythms to be expressed by inhibitory network models. These regimes are identified by bursting activities in a simpler mean-field model. Given the bridging used between the DMA model and the network simulations, we expect that this slow pattern should also occur in much larger network models. We have previously obtained values for synaptic "noise" parameters underlying slow hippocampal rhythms . It will be interesting to determine whether bursting in the DMA models, and thus slow population rhythms in large network simulations, occur using these experimentally-based synaptic noise parameter values. If so, this would suggest a novel way in which slow rhythms could emerge in biological, inhibitory networks.
NSERC of Canada.
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