Intense synaptic activity enhances temporal resolution in spinal motoneurons

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Rune W Berg, Susanne Ditlevsen, Jørn Dybkjær Hounsgaard

In neurons, spike timing is determined by integration of synaptic potentials in delicate concert with intrinsic properties. Although the integration time is functionally crucial, it remains elusive during network activity. While mechanisms of rapid processing are well documented in sensory systems, agility in motor systems has received little attention. Here we analyze how intense synaptic activity affects integration time in spinal motoneurons during functional motor activity and report a 10-fold decrease. As a result, action potentials can only be predicted from the membrane potential within 10 ms of their occurrence and detected for less than 10 ms after their occurrence. Being shorter than the average inter-spike interval, the AHP has little effect on integration time and spike timing, which instead is entirely determined by fluctuations in membrane potential caused by the barrage of inhibitory and excitatory synaptic activity. By shortening the effective integration time, this intense synaptic input may serve to facilitate the generation of rapid changes in movements.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftPLoS ONE
Vol/bind3
Udgave nummer9
Sider (fra-til)e3218
Antal sider12
ISSN1932-6203
DOI
StatusUdgivet - 2008

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Paper id:: doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0003218

ID: 8237613