"... In this work, we build upon existing biophysically detailed models of thick-tufted layer V pyramidal cells and model the effects of over- and under-expression of Ih channels as well as their neuromodulation by dopamine (gain of Ih function) and acetylcholine (loss of Ih function). We show that Ih channels facilitate the action potentials of layer V pyramidal cells in response to proximal dendritic stimulus while they hinder the action potentials in response to distal dendritic stimulus at the apical dendrite. We also show that the inhibitory action of the Ih channels in layer V pyramidal cells is due to the interactions between Ih channels and a hot zone of low voltage-activated Ca2+ channels at the apical dendrite. Our simulations suggest that a combination of Ih-enhancing neuromodulation at the proximal apical dendrite and Ih-inhibiting modulation at the distal apical dendrite can increase the layer V pyramidal excitability more than any of the two neuromodulators alone..."
Model Type: Neuron or other electrically excitable cell
Cell Type(s): Neocortex layer 5 pyramidal cell
Model Concept(s): Neuromodulation
Simulation Environment: NEURON
Implementer(s): Maki-Marttunen, Tuomo [tuomomm at uio.no]