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Controlling Ca(2+)-Activated K (+) Channels with Models of Ca (2+) Buffering in Purkinje Cells.

H Anwar, S Hong, E De Schutter

Computational Neuroscience Unit, Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology, Okinawa, 904-0411, Japan, anwar@oist.jp.

Cerebellum (London, England) 1:0 (2010)

Abstract - Intracellular Ca(2+) concentrations play a crucial role in the physiological interaction between Ca(2+) channels and Ca(2+)-activated K(+) channels. The commonly used model, a Ca(2+) pool with a short relaxation time, fails to simulate interactions occurring at multiple time scales. On the other hand, detailed computational models including various Ca(2+) buffers and pumps can result in large computational cost due to radial diffusion in large compartments, which may be undesirable when simulating morphologically detailed Purkinje cell models. We present a method using a compensating mechanism to replace radial diffusion and compared the dynamics of different Ca(2+) buffering models during generation of a dendritic Ca(2+) spike in a single compartment model of a PC dendritic segment with Ca(2+) channels of P- and T-type and Ca(2+)-activated K(+) channels of BK- and SK-type. The Ca(2+) dynamics models used are (1) a single Ca(2+) pool, (2) two Ca(2+) pools, respectively, for the fast and slow transients, (3) detailed Ca(2+) dynamics with buffers, pump, and diffusion, and (4) detailed Ca(2+) dynamics with buffers, pump, and diffusion compensation. Our results show that detailed Ca(2+) dynamics models have significantly better control over Ca(2+)-activated K(+) channels and lead to physiologically more realistic simulations of Ca(2+) spikes and bursting. Furthermore, the compensating mechanism largely eliminates the effect of removing diffusion from the model on Ca(2+) dynamics over multiple time scales.

PMID: 20981513 [PubMed]