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Modeling the coupling of single neuron activity to local field potentials

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This work presents a first step towards a modeling paradigm that enables to link mesoscopic neurodynamics with single-cell activity. A common approach to describe large-scale activity, such as local field potentials (LFP), is via the so called neural field equations [1, 2]. At the neuronal scale, spiking models, such the Hodgkin-Huxley [3] and leaky-integrate neurons, can be employed [4]. However, explaining the link between these levels of descriptions, which are ubiquitous for understanding the coupling of single unit activity to the electromagnetic mean-field, are still unresolved and very much a topic of intense debate and research. We approach this problem by developing a dynamic network model for the interaction of pyramidal and inhibitory cells by adding two observable equations to the dynamical evolution law of the network. One observable accounts for the intracellular activity (i.e. spiking activity) and the other one for LFP. In particular, the LFP observable is made possible by monitoring the evolution of the dipole dynamics of each pyramidal cell characterized by in-flow and out-flow of currents in the apical and basal dendrites. In addition, following [5], we link single cell activity and their electrotonic properties to mesoscopic neurodynamics and their corresponding parameters by deriving an equivalent Amari neural field equation with mean-field coupling [6]. We also show the validity of this approach by large-scale computations for various connectivity topologies and demonstrate how this description could further our understanding of LFP.

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Rodrigues, S., Graben, P.b. Modeling the coupling of single neuron activity to local field potentials. BMC Neurosci 10, P291 (2009) doi:10.1186/1471-2202-10-S1-P291

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Keywords

  • Spike Activity
  • Local Field Potential
  • Modeling Paradigm
  • Basal Dendrite
  • Single Unit Activity