Relationship in Pacemaker Neurons Between the Long-Term Correlations of Membrane Voltage Fluctuations and the Corresponding Duration of the Inter-Spike Interval

Relationship in Pacemaker Neurons Between the Long-Term Correlations of Membrane Voltage... Several studies of the behavior in the voltage and frequency fluctuations of the neural electrical activity have been performed. Here, we explored the particular association between behavior of the voltage fluctuations in the inter-spike segment (VFIS) and the inter-spike intervals (ISI) of F1 pacemaker neurons from H. aspersa, by disturbing the intracellular calcium handling with cadmium and caffeine. The scaling exponent α of the VFIS, as provided by detrended fluctuations analysis, in conjunction with the corresponding duration of ISI to estimate the determination coefficient R 2 (48–50 intervals per neuron, N = 5) were all evaluated. The time-varying scaling exponent α(t) of VFIS was also studied (20 segments per neuron, N = 11). The R 2 obtained in control conditions was 0.683 ([0.647 0.776] lower and upper quartiles), 0.405 [0.381 0.495] by using cadmium, and 0.151 [0.118 0.222] with caffeine (P < 0.05). A non-uniform scaling exponent α(t) showing a profile throughout the duration of the VFIS was further identified. A significant reduction of long-term correlations by cadmium was confirmed in the first part of this profile (P = 0.0001), but no significant reductions were detected by using caffeine. Our findings endorse that the behavior of the VFIS appears associated to the activation of different populations of ionic channels, which establish the neural membrane potential and are mediated by the intracellular calcium handling. Thus, we provide evidence to consider that the behavior of the VFIS, as determined by the scaling exponent α, conveys insights into mechanisms regulating the excitability of pacemaker neurons. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Journal of Membrane Biology Springer Journals

Relationship in Pacemaker Neurons Between the Long-Term Correlations of Membrane Voltage Fluctuations and the Corresponding Duration of the Inter-Spike Interval

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Springer US
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Copyright © 2017 by Springer Science+Business Media New York
Subject
Life Sciences; Biochemistry, general; Human Physiology
ISSN
0022-2631
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1432-1424
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10.1007/s00232-017-9956-z
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