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Minimal Hodgkin-Huxley type models for different classes of cortical and thalamic neurons. (English) Zbl 1161.92013
Summary: We review the development of Hodgkin-Huxley (HH) type models of the cerebral cortex and thalamic neurons for network simulations. The intrinsic electrophysiological properties of cortical neurons were analyzed from several preparations, and we selected the four most prominent electrophysiological classes of neurons. These four classes are “fast spiking”, “regular spiking”, “intrinsically bursting” and “low-threshold spike” cells. For each class, we fit “minimal” HH type models to experimental data.
The models contain the minimal set of voltage-dependent currents to account for the data. To obtain models as generic as possible, we used data from different preparations in vivo and in vitro, such as the rat somatosensory cortex and thalamus, guinea-pig visual and frontal cortex, ferret visual cortex, cat visual cortex and cat association cortex. For two cell classes we used automatic fitting procedures applied to several cells, which revealed substantial cell-to-cell variability within each class. The selection of such cellular models constitutes a necessary step towards building network simulations of the thalamocortical system with realistic cellular dynamical properties.

92C20 Neural biology
92-08 Computational methods for problems pertaining to biology
92C05 Biophysics
37N25 Dynamical systems in biology
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