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Volume 10   Issue 1   Year 2015
Simulation of Spontaneous Activity in Neuronal Cultures with Long-Term Plasticity

Degterev A.A., Burtsev M.S.

Abstract. Existence of spontaneous population bursts is a widely studied phenomenon observed in neuronal cultures in vitro. Recent models of neuronal cultures network activity consist of a number of burst generating mechanisms such as synaptic noise and presence of pacemaker neurons in the network. In the previous simulations of bursting in neuronal cultures synaptic weights change in accordance with the rule of short-term plasticity whereas the long-term values of them, and hence the network structure, remain unchanged. In this paper we reproduce neuronal network models with static synapses, and then investigate spontaneous activity changes in neuronal networks with long-term plasticity defined by STDP rule. Our results demonstrate that introduction of long-term plasticity in the model leads to discrepancy with the experimental data.

Key words: neuronal culture, synaptic plasticity, spike.
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Math. Biol. Bioinf.
doi: 10.17537/2015.10.234
published in Russian

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