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See detailDynamic Input Conductances Shape Neuronal Spiking
Drion, Guillaume ULg; Franci, Alessio ULg; Dethier, Julie ULg et al

in eNeuro (2015)

Assessing the role of biophysical parameter variations in neuronal activity is critical to the understanding of modulation, robustness and homeostasis of neuronal signaling. The paper proposes that this ... [more ▼]

Assessing the role of biophysical parameter variations in neuronal activity is critical to the understanding of modulation, robustness and homeostasis of neuronal signaling. The paper proposes that this question can be addressed through the analysis of dynamic input conductances. Those voltage-dependent curves aggregate the concomitant activity of all ion channels in distinct timescales. They are shown to shape the current-voltage dynamical relationships that determine neuronal spiking. We propose an experimental protocol to measure dynamic input conductances in neurons. In addition, we provide a computational method to extract dynamic input conductances from arbitrary conductance-based models and to analyze their sensitivity to arbitrary parameters. We illustrate the relevance of the proposed approach for modulation, compensation and robustness studies in a published neuron model based on data of the stomatogastric ganglion of the crab Cancer borealis. [less ▲]

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See detailCalcium-dependent potassium channels.
Drion, Guillaume ULg; Philippart, Fabian ULg; Sepulchre, Rodolphe ULg et al

in Jaeger, Dieter; Jung, Ranu (Eds.) Encyclopedia of Computational Neuroscience (2015)

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See detailContrasting the role of Ih and ICaT currents in post-inhibitory rebound mechanisms in reciprocal-inhibitory networks
Dethier, Julie ULg; Drion, Guillaume ULg; Sepulchre, Rodolphe

Poster (2014, November 16)

Models with reciprocal inhibition are ubiquitous in the literature. For instance, common rhythmic motor behaviors produced by central pattern generators (CPGs) involve half-center oscillators, which ... [more ▼]

Models with reciprocal inhibition are ubiquitous in the literature. For instance, common rhythmic motor behaviors produced by central pattern generators (CPGs) involve half-center oscillators, which consist of two inhibitory neurons that are not endogenous oscillators, but produce rhythmic outputs when reciprocally connected (Marder & Calabrese 1996). Models of thalamocortical spindle oscillations also suggest that the rhythm originates from the thalamic reticular nucleus, which consists in interacting inhibitory nonoscillatory neurons (Wang & Rinzel 1992). [less ▲]

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See detailModeling the Modulation of Neuronal Bursting: A Singularity Theory Approach
Franci, Alessio ULg; Drion, Guillaume ULg; Sepulchre, Rodolphe ULg

in SIAM Journal on Applied Dynamical Systems (2014), 13(2), 798-829

Exploiting the specific structure of neuron conductance-based models, the paper investigates the mathematical modeling of neuronal bursting modulation. The proposed approach combines singularity theory ... [more ▼]

Exploiting the specific structure of neuron conductance-based models, the paper investigates the mathematical modeling of neuronal bursting modulation. The proposed approach combines singularity theory and geometric singular perturbations to capture the geometry of multiple time-scale attractors in the neighborhood of high-codimension singularities. We detect a three–time-scale bursting attractor in the universal unfolding of the winged cusp singularity and discuss the physiological relevance of the bifurcation and unfolding parameters in determining a physiological modulation of bursting. The results suggest generality and simplicity in the organizing role of the winged cusp singularity for the global dynamics of conductance-based models. [less ▲]

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See detailHomeostatic principles are consistent with sensitivity analysis of neuronal rhythmicity
Franci, Alessio ULg; O'Leary, Timothy; Drion, Guillaume ULg et al

Poster (2013, November)

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See detailEndogenous and Exogenous Neuronal Rhythmicity
Drion, Guillaume ULg

Conference (2013, June 25)

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See detailOscillations in the basal ganglia: illustration of a cellular effect at the network level
Dethier, Julie ULg; Drion, Guillaume ULg; Franci, Alessio et al

Poster (2013, June)

Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a neuro-degenerative pathology affecting the basal ganglia (BG), a set of small subcortical nervous system nuclei. The hallmark of the disease is a dopaminergic denervation of ... [more ▼]

Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a neuro-degenerative pathology affecting the basal ganglia (BG), a set of small subcortical nervous system nuclei. The hallmark of the disease is a dopaminergic denervation of the striatum, al- tering information patterns along movement-related ganglia-mediated path- ways in the brain. Severe motor symptoms result from the pathological state: tremor at rest, bradykinesia, akinesia, and rigidity. The transition to the disease state correlates with a switch in the firing mode of the neurons in the BG, from tonic pacemaker activity to burst firing. At the network level, macro-electrode recordings reveal excessive oscillations in the beta (8- 30Hz) frequency band. The oscillations generation mechanism and their functional role remain under debate. We propose a network model where a cellular mechanism controls the dynamical state of the network. In our model, the oscillatory state impacts the neural information processing prop- erties of the network. The network model predicts that a single decrease of the dopaminergic level in the parkinsonnian condition switches the network into an abnormal oscillatory dynamical and globally insensitive state. The brief dopaminergic increase prior to voluntary movements suppresses beta oscillations to drive the network to a conductive state to sensory processing and cognition. [less ▲]

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See detailImpacts of a unicellular mechanism on network behaviors
Dethier, Julie ULg; Drion, Guillaume ULg; Franci, Alessio et al

Conference (2013, March 26)

Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a neurodegenerative disorder af- fecting the basal ganglia (BG), a set of small subcortical nervous system nuclei. The hallmark of the disease is a dopaminergic denervation of ... [more ▼]

Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a neurodegenerative disorder af- fecting the basal ganglia (BG), a set of small subcortical nervous system nuclei. The hallmark of the disease is a dopaminergic denervation of the striatum—the input stage of the BG—altering information patterns along movement- related ganglia-mediated pathways in the brain. Severe mo- tor symptoms result from the pathological state: tremor at rest, bradykinesia—the slowness and impaired scaling of voluntary movement—and akinesia—the poverty of volun- tary movements. It is still unclear how dopamine depletion causes those motor symptoms. Experimental studies have shown that abnormally synchronized oscillatory activities— rhythmic bursting activity at the unicellular level and beta frequency band (from 8 to 30Hz) oscillations at the network level—emerge in PD at multiple levels of the BG-cortical loops and correlate with motor symptoms. The mechanisms underlying these pathological beta oscillations remain elu- sive. We propose that a cellular mechanism generates burst- ing activities and beta band oscillations at the network level. [less ▲]

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See detailA Balance Equation Determines a Switch in Neuronal Excitability
Franci, Alessio ULg; Drion, Guillaume ULg; Seutin, Vincent ULg et al

in PLoS Computational Biology (2013)

We use the qualitative insight of a planar neuronal phase portrait to detect an excitability switch in arbitrary conductance-based models from a simple mathematical condition. The condition expresses a ... [more ▼]

We use the qualitative insight of a planar neuronal phase portrait to detect an excitability switch in arbitrary conductance-based models from a simple mathematical condition. The condition expresses a balance between ion channels that provide a negative feedback at resting potential (restorative channels) and those that provide a positive feedback at resting potential (regenerative channels). Geometrically, the condition imposes a transcritical bifurcation that rules the switch of excitability through the variation of a single physiological parameter. Our analysis of six di erent published conductance based models always nds the transcritical bifurcation and the associated switch in excitability, which suggests that the mathematical predictions have a physiological rel- evance and that a same regulatory mechanism is potentially involved in the excitability and signaling of many neurons. [less ▲]

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See detailA novel phase portrait for neuronal excitability
Drion, Guillaume ULg; Franci, Alessio ULg; Seutin, Vincent ULg et al

in PLoS ONE (2012), 7(8),

Fifty years ago, FitzHugh introduced a phase portrait that became famous for a twofold reason: it captured in a physiological way the qualitative behavior of Hodgkin-Huxley model and it revealed the power ... [more ▼]

Fifty years ago, FitzHugh introduced a phase portrait that became famous for a twofold reason: it captured in a physiological way the qualitative behavior of Hodgkin-Huxley model and it revealed the power of simple dynamical models to unfold complex firing patterns. To date, in spite of the enormous progresses in qualitative and quantitative neural modeling, this phase portrait has remained a core picture of neuronal excitability. Yet, a major difference between the neurophysiology of 1961 and of 2011 is the recognition of the prominent role of calcium channels in firing mechanisms. We show that including this extra current in Hodgkin-Huxley dynamics leads to a revision of FitzHugh-Nagumo phase portrait that affects in a fundamental way the reduced modeling of neural excitability. The revisited model considerably enlarges the modeling power of the original one. In particular, it captures essential electrophysiological signatures that otherwise require non-physiological alteration or considerable complexification of the classical model. As a basic illustration, the new model is shown to highlight a core dynamical mechanism by which calcium channels control the two distinct firing modes of thalamocortical neurons. [less ▲]

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See detailA Novel Phase Portrait to Understand Neuronal Excitability
Drion, Guillaume ULg; Franci, Alessio ULg; Seutin, Vincent ULg et al

Conference (2012, March)

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See detailAn Organizing Center in a Planar Model of Neuronal Excitability
Franci, Alessio ULg; Drion, Guillaume ULg; Sepulchre, Rodolphe ULg

in SIAM Journal on Applied Dynamical Systems (2012), 11(4), 1698-1722

The paper studies the excitability properties of a generalized FitzHugh-Nagumo model. The model differs from the purely competitive FitzHugh-Nagumo model in that it accounts for the effect of cooperative ... [more ▼]

The paper studies the excitability properties of a generalized FitzHugh-Nagumo model. The model differs from the purely competitive FitzHugh-Nagumo model in that it accounts for the effect of cooperative gating variables such as activation of calcium currents. Excitability is explored by unfolding a pitchfork bifurcation that is shown to organize five different types of excitability. In addition to the three classical types of neuronal excitability, two novel types are described and distinctly associated to the presence of cooperative variables. [less ▲]

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See detailMitochondrion- and endoplasmic reticulum-induced SK channel dysregulation as a potential origin of the selective neurodegeneration in Parkinson’s disease
Drion, Guillaume ULg; Sepulchre, Rodolphe ULg; Seutin, Vincent ULg

in Wellstead, Peter; Cloutier, Mathieu (Eds.) The Systems Biology of Parkinson's Disease (2012)

Mitochondrial dysfunction and metabolic issues are known to have strong implications in the pathogenesis of Parkinson’s disease (PD). But it is also known that the neuronal loss leading to PD symptoms is ... [more ▼]

Mitochondrial dysfunction and metabolic issues are known to have strong implications in the pathogenesis of Parkinson’s disease (PD). But it is also known that the neuronal loss leading to PD symptoms is selective for particular areas of the brain. In particular, the characteristic motor symptoms of PD are mainly due to abnormal neuronal activity in the basal ganglia, through the degeneration of substantia nigra pars compacta (SNc), but not ventral tegmental area (VTA), dopaminergic (DA) neurons. How a metabolic dysfunction triggers such a selective loss is considered from a range of perspectives in several contributions to this volume. The aim of this chapter is to investigate the potential role of small conductance calcium-activated potassium (SK) channels in this selective degeneration. Based on a recently proposed model and experimental data, we underline the fundamental role of SK channels in regulating the excitability of SNc DA neurons. The fact that SK channels do not play this regulating role in VTA DA neurons suggests the hypothesis that one reason for the preferential vulnerability of SNc DA neurons in Parkinson’s disease is that SK channels, which have a profound influence on their firing physiologically, are dysregulated by a dysfunction of mitochondria and/or endoplasmic reticulum. [less ▲]

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