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Motor Pattern Generating Networks in Invertebrates: Modeling Our Way toward Understanding

15: 439-445, 1992

R.L. Calabrese, E. De Schutter


Motor-pattern-generating networks in invertebrates have been the objects of intensive study to determine the origin and modulation of rhythmic neural activity. In some pattern generators, intrinsically bursting neurons drive activity throughout the network. In most pattern generators, however, rhythmicity arises from the interplay between intrinsic membrane properties and synaptic interaction. Reciprocal inhibitory synapses between neurons are thought to be crucial for generating oscillation in these networks, but a fundamental understanding of how such network oscillators work remains elusive. Progress towards this goal has come from attempts to combine computational modeling approaches with conventional physiological analysis.


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