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Unformatted text preview: Markram Study Activity-driven modifications in synaptic connections between neurons in the neocortex may occur during development and learning. In dual whole- cell voltage recordings from pyramidal neurons, the coincidence of postsynaptic action potentials (APs) and unitary excitatory postsynaptic potentials (EPSPs) was found to induce changes in EPSPs. Their average amplitudes were differentially up- or down-regulated, depending on the precise timing of postsynaptic APs relative to EPSPs. These observations suggest that APs propagating back into dendrites serve to modify single active synaptic connections, depending on the pattern of electrical activity in the pre- and postsynaptic neurons • Although APs paired with EPSPs reliably induced an increase in EPSP amplitude, pairing of sustained depolarization of the postsynaptic neuron to below the threshold for AP initiation failed to cause a significant change in EPSP amplitudes • initiation of postsynaptic APs and their coincidence with EPSPs was required to induce persistent...
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This note was uploaded on 04/08/2009 for the course PS 333 taught by Professor Otto during the Spring '09 term at BU.
- Spring '09