Dendrites impact the encoding capabilities of the axon.

@article{Eyal2014DendritesIT,
  title={Dendrites impact the encoding capabilities of the axon.},
  author={Guy Eyal and Huibert D. Mansvelder and Christiaan P. J. de Kock and Idan Segev},
  journal={The Journal of neuroscience : the official journal of the Society for Neuroscience},
  year={2014},
  volume={34 24},
  pages={8063-71}
}
This study highlights a new and powerful direct impact of the dendritic tree (the input region of neurons) on the encoding capability of the axon (the output region). We show that the size of the dendritic arbors (its impedance load) strongly modulates the shape of the action potential (AP) onset at the axon initial segment; it is accelerated in neurons with larger dendritic surface area. AP onset rapidness is key in determining the capability of the axonal spikes to encode (phase lock to… CONTINUE READING

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