Daniel X. Keller

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The entry of calcium into dendritic spines can trigger a sequence of biochemical reactions that begins with the activation of calmodulin (CaM) and ends with long-term changes to synaptic strengths. The degree of activation of CaM can depend on highly local elevations in the concentration of calcium and the duration of transient increases in calcium(More)
A computational model is presented for the simulation of three-dimensional electrodiffusion of ions. Finite volume techniques were used to solve the Poisson-Nernst-Planck equation, and a dual Delaunay-Voronoi mesh was constructed to evaluate fluxes of ions, as well as resulting electric potentials. The algorithm has been validated and applied to a(More)
Several stochastic methods have been developed for the simulation of biochemical reactions. The best known stochastic reaction method is the Gillespie stochastic simulation algorithm which, in this study, is compared to two types of stochastic differential equation models. As a test case, we use a neuronal signal transduction network of 110 reactions and 63(More)
We have built a stochastic model in the program MCell that simulates Ca(2+) transients in spines from the principal molecular components believed to control Ca(2+) entry and exit. Proteins, with their kinetic models, are located within two segments of dendrites containing 88 intact spines, centered in a fully reconstructed 6 × 6 × 5 μm(3) cube of(More)
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