Spike timing dependent plasticity promotes synchrony in inhibitory networks in presence of heterogeneity and noise
© Talathi and Haas; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. 2007
Published: 6 July 2007
Recently a novel form of spike timing dependent plasticity (STDP) was observed in GABAergic synaptic couplings in layer II of the entorhinal cortex. Depending on the relative timing of pre-synaptic input at time tpre and postsynaptic excitation at time tpost the synapse is strengthened (Δt = tpost-tpre>0) or weakened (Δt < 0). Because the observed effect is the largest at ± 10 ms, the operational dynamic range of the observed STDP rule lies in the higher gamma frequency band (>40 Hz), a frequency range important for several vital neuronal tasks. In this work we study the influence of this novel STDP of inhibitory synapses on the synchronization of two mutually coupled interneurons (MCI) in the presence of heterogeneity and noise. We demonstrate analytically how this synchronization is brought about by defining the spike response curve (SRC), which measures the nonlinear response of neuron to pre-synaptic input. We present simulation results to demonstrate how the unique features of the STDP increase the robustness of synchronization even in the presence of heterogeneity and noise.
STDP of inhibitory synapses promotes synchrony between two mutually coupled interneurons thereby making it more robust against intrinsic heterogeneity in firing frequency of the coupled neurons.
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