A unified computational model for cortical post-synaptic plasticity
Signalling pathways leading to post-synaptic plasticity have been examined in many types of experimental studies, but a unified picture on how multiple biochemical pathways collectively shape neocortical plasticity is missing. We built a biochemically detailed model of post-synaptic plasticity describing CaMKII, PKA, and PKC pathways and their contribution to synaptic potentiation or depression. We developed a statistical AMPA-receptor-tetramer model, which permits the estimation of the AMPA-receptor-mediated maximal synaptic conductance based on numbers of GluR1s and GluR2s predicted by the biochemical signalling model. We show that our model reproduces neuromodulator-gated spike-timing-dependent plasticity as observed in the visual cortex and can be fit to data from many cortical areas, uncovering the biochemical contributions of the pathways pinpointed by the underlying experimental studies. Our model explains the dependence of different forms of plasticity on the availability of different proteins and can be used for the study of mental disorder-associated impairments of cortical plasticity.
All data generated or analysed during this study are included in the manuscript and supporting files. Simulation scripts can be found at http://modeldb.yale.edu/260971. Password "synaptic" required during peer-review.
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Research council of Norway (248828)
- Tuomo Mäki-Marttunen
- Andrew G Edwards
- Gaute T Einevoll
European Union Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation (785907)
- Gaute T Einevoll
The funders had no role in study design, data collection and interpretation, or the decision to submit the work for publication.
- Harel Z Shouval, University of Texas Medical School at Houston, United States
- Received: February 3, 2020
- Accepted: July 29, 2020
- Accepted Manuscript published: July 30, 2020 (version 1)
- Version of Record published: August 13, 2020 (version 2)
- Version of Record updated: January 28, 2021 (version 3)
© 2020, Mäki-Marttunen et al.
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