Volume 12 Supplement 1
INEX – A binary neuronal model with inhibitory and excitatory synapses
© Lenk and Priwitzer; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. 2011
Published: 18 July 2011
Our aim is to develop a simple model which is suitable to simulate concentration-response curves as observed in in-vitro experiments with multielectrode array (MEA) neurochips. In an in-vitro experiment approximately 10.000 neurons of the frontal cortex of embryonic mice  are cultivated on a MEA neurochip . Neuro-active substances like bicuculline are added to the network. Based on the recorded data, various features  are calculated adapted from spikes and bursts. The features are separately displayed in concentration-response curves  which show the logarithm of the substance concentration and the chosen feature.
The developed INEX (inhibitory-excitatory) model is a cellular automaton whose cells are neurons with two possible states: ON or OFF. Each neuron obtains several inputs and produces exactly one output (respectively 0 or 1). Furthermore, it is phenomenological model where the neurons are described as black boxes. The probability if a spike occurs in time slice was calculated using a Poisson process . Neurons are connected by either inhibitory or excitatory synapses with varying strength. The corresponding parameters are called weights. The network is fully connected and has direct feedbacks. Additionally, a spike time history was added. The aim was to vary the parameters of the model in such a way that we obtain a sigmoid concentration-response curve to simulate excitatory and inhibitory effects in neuronal networks.
The INEX model shows potential to simulate inhibitory and excitatory effects which are also observed in experiments with MEA neurochips. A sigmoid concentration-response curve can be obtained by the simulation. We will work on parallelisation of processes to decrease the run time of the algorithm.
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