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Synchrony with shunting inhibition
BMC Neuroscience volume 10, Article number: P233 (2009)
Spike time response curves (STRC's) are used to study the influence of synaptic stimuli on the firing times of a neuron oscillator without the assumption of weak coupling. They allow us to approximate the dynamics of synchronous state in networks of neurons through a discrete map. Linearization about the fixed point of the discrete map can then be used to predict the stability of patterns of synchrony in the network. General theory for taking into account the contribution from higher order STRC terms, in the approximation of the discrete map for coupled neuronal oscillators in synchrony is still lacking. Here we present a general framework to account for higher order STRC corrections in the approximation of discrete map to determine the domain of 1:1 phase locking state in the network of two interacting neurons. We begin by demonstrating that the effects of synaptic stimuli through a shunting synapse to a neuron firing in the gamma frequency band (20–80 Hz) last for three consecutive firing cycles (See Figure 1). We then show that the discrete map derived by taking into account the higher order STRC contributions is successfully able predict the domain of synchronous 1:1 phase locked state in a network of two heterogeneous interneurons coupled through a shunting synapse (See Figure 2).
The work was funded through the grant from the Office of Naval Nesearch (N00014-02-1-1019).