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Title:Early-stage retinal waves arise close to a critical state between local and global functional network connectivity
Authors: Matthias Hennig ; Christopher Adams ; David Willshaw ; Evelyne Sernagor
Date: 2009
Publication Title:Journal of Neuroscience
Publisher:Society for Neuroscience
Publication Type:Journal Article Publication Status:Published
Volume No:29(4) Page Nos:1077-1086
A novel, biophysically realistic model for early-stage, acetylcholine-mediated retinal waves is presented. In this model, neural excitability is regulated through a slow afterhyperpolarization (sAHP) operating on two different temporal scales. As a result, the simulated network exhibits competition between a desynchronizing effect of spontaneous, cell-intrinsic bursts, and the synchronizing effect of synaptic transmission during retinal waves. Cell-intrinsic bursts decouple the retinal network through activation of the sAHP current, and we show that the network is capable of operating at a transition point between purely local and global functional connectedness, which corresponds to a percolation phase transition. Multielectrode array recordings show that, at this point, the properties of retinal waves are reliably predicted by the model. These results indicate that early spontaneous activity in the developing retina is regulated according to a very specific principle, which maximizes randomness and variability in the resulting activity patterns.
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author = { Matthias Hennig and Christopher Adams and David Willshaw and Evelyne Sernagor },
title = {Early-stage retinal waves arise close to a critical state between local and global functional network connectivity},
journal = {Journal of Neuroscience},
publisher = {Society for Neuroscience},
year = 2009,
volume = {29(4)},
pages = {1077-1086},
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