Minimal model of interictal and ictal discharges “Epileptor-2” (Chizhov et al 2018)

"Seizures occur in a recurrent manner with intermittent states of interictal and ictal discharges (IIDs and IDs). The transitions to and from IDs are determined by a set of processes, including synaptic interaction and ionic dynamics. Although mathematical models of separate types of epileptic discharges have been developed, modeling the transitions between states remains a challenge. A simple generic mathematical model of seizure dynamics (Epileptor) has recently been proposed by Jirsa et al. (2014); however, it is formulated in terms of abstract variables. In this paper, a minimal population-type model of IIDs and IDs is proposed that is as simple to use as the Epileptor, but the suggested model attributes physical meaning to the variables. The model is expressed in ordinary differential equations for extracellular potassium and intracellular sodium concentrations, membrane potential, and short-term synaptic depression variables. A quadratic integrate-and-fire model driven by the population input current is used to reproduce spike trains in a representative neuron. ..."

Model Type: Extracellular; Realistic Network; Synapse

Cell Type(s): Abstract integrate-and-fire leaky neuron

Currents: I Potassium; I Sodium; Na/K pump

Model Concept(s): Synaptic Plasticity; Depression; Bifurcation; Oscillations; Epilepsy; Activity Patterns; Short-term Synaptic Plasticity

Simulation Environment: Python; Pascal/Delphi; Mathematica; Javascript

Implementer(s): Chizhov, Anton [anton.chizhov at]


Chizhov AV, Zefirov AV, Amakhin DV, Smirnova EY, Zaitsev AV. (2018). Minimal model of interictal and ictal discharges "Epileptor-2". PLoS computational biology. 14 [PubMed]

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