Santi Chillemi

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Starting from the experimental data on ATP evoked calcium responses in astrocytes, a biophysical model describing these phenomena was built. The simulations showed, in agreement with the experimental findings, that the intracellular calcium fluxes mediated by the P2X and P2Y purinoreceptors are responsible for the biphasic ATP evoked calcium response in(More)
Experimental results revealed that in neocortex inhibitory fast-spiking (FS) interneurons interact also by electrical synapses (gap-junctions). They receive sensory information from thalamus and transfer it to principal cells by feedforward inhibition. Moreover, their synchronous discharge enhances their inhibitory control of pyramidal neurons. By using a(More)
The synchronization properties of a pair of coupled fast spiking interneurons are studied by using the theory of weakly coupled oscillators. Four different biophysical models of the single fast spiking interneuron are used and the corresponding results are compared. It is shown that for a pair of identical coupled cells, the synchronization properties are(More)
For a linearized version of the FitzHugh–Nagumo model, firing and resetting conditions are defined by analogy with the Integrate and Fire model. The dynamical behavior of the model, subject to periodic synaptic inputs, is investigated both theoretically and numerically, with particular emphasis on the synchronization properties. The study is then extended(More)
Environmental enrichment (EE) is an experimental protocol based on a complex sensorimotor stimulation that dramatically affects brain development. While it is widely believed that the effects of EE result from the unique combination of different sensory and motor stimuli, it is not known whether and how cortico-cortical interactions are shaped by EE. Since(More)
Fast spiking interneurons receive excitatory synaptic inputs from pyramidal cells and a relevant problem is to understand how these cells readout this information. Here this topic is investigated theoretically by using a biophysical modeling of a pair of coupled fast spiking interneuron models. The model predicts, in agreement with the experimental(More)