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Recent experimental findings (Yuste R. and Denk W. (1995) Nature 375, 682-684) suggest that dendritic spines possess excitable membranes. Theoretically, it was shown earlier that the shape of active spines can significantly affect somatopetal synaptic signal transfer. Studies of long-term potentiation in the hippocampus have related the increased synaptic(More)
For technical, instrumental and operator-related reasons, three-dimensional (3D) reconstructions of neurons obtained from intracellularly stained neuronal pieces scattered in serial sections are blurred by some morphological noise. This noise may strongly invalidate conclusions drawn from models built using the 3D reconstructions and it must be taken into(More)
A neuron in vivo receives a continuous bombardment of synaptic inputs that modify the integrative properties of dendritic arborizations by changing the specific membrane resistance (R(m)). To address the mechanisms by which the synaptic background activity transforms the charge transfer effectiveness (T(x)) of a dendritic arborization, the authors simulated(More)
The authors explain how the whole dendtritic arborization contributes to the generation of various output discharges and elucidate the mechanisms of the transfer function of all dendritic sites. Their alternative approach to conventional models introduces the notion of a functional dendritic space, and they have concentrated on a detailed spatial(More)
The aim of this work was to explore the electrical spatial profile of the dendritic arborization during membrane potential oscillations of a bistable motoneuron. Computational simulations provided the spatial counterparts of the temporal dynamics of bistability and allowed simultaneous depiction the electrical states of any sites in the arborization. We(More)
Topographical maps of membrane voltages were obtained during action potentials by imaging, at 1 microm resolution, live dissociated neurons stained with the voltage sensitive dye RH237. We demonstrate with a theoretical approach that the spatial patterns in the images result from the distribution of net positive charges condensed in the inner sites of the(More)
Following reconstruction with high spatial resolution of the 3-D geometry of the dendritic arborizations of two abducens motoneurons, we simulated the distribution of electronic voltage over the whole dendritic tree. Here, we demonstrate that the complex stochastic electronic structure of both motoneurons can be reduced to a statistically significant small(More)
The impact of dendritic geometry on somatopetal transfer of the current generated by steady uniform activation of excitatory synaptic conductance distributed over passive, or active (Hodgkin-Huxley type), dendrites was studied in simulated neurons. Such tonic activation was delivered to the uniform dendrite and to the dendrites with symmetric or asymmetric(More)
We describe how the stochastic geometry of dendritic arborization of a single identified motoneuron of the rat affects the local details of its electrotonic structure. After describing the 3D dendritic geometry at high spatial resolution, we simulate the distribution of voltage gradients along dendritic branches under steady-state and transient conditions.(More)