Frequency-selective augmenting responses by short-term synaptic depression in cat neocortex.

Publication Type:

Journal Article


J Physiol, Volume 542, Issue Pt 2, p.599-617 (2002)


Animals, Brain, Cats, Cortical Spreading Depression, Electric Stimulation, In Vitro Techniques, Interneurons, Models, Neurological, Neocortex, Nerve Net, Neuronal Plasticity, Pyramidal Cells, Synapses, Thalamus, Time Factors


<p>Thalamic stimulation at frequencies between 5 and 15 Hz elicits incremental or 'augmenting' cortical responses. Augmenting responses can also be evoked in cortical slices and isolated cortical slabs in vivo. Here we show that a realistic network model of cortical pyramidal cells and interneurones including short-term plasticity of inhibitory and excitatory synapses replicates the main features of augmenting responses as obtained in isolated slabs in vivo. Repetitive stimulation of synaptic inputs at frequencies around 10 Hz produced postsynaptic potentials that grew in size and carried an increasing number of action potentials resulting from the depression of inhibitory synaptic currents. Frequency selectivity was obtained through the relatively weak depression of inhibitory synapses at low frequencies, and strong depression of excitatory synapses together with activation of a calcium-activated potassium current at high frequencies. This network resonance is a consequence of short-term synaptic plasticity in a network of neurones without intrinsic resonances. These results suggest that short-term plasticity of cortical synapses could shape the dynamics of synchronized oscillations in the brain.</p>

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