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Tuesday, July 21 • 4:00pm - 4:30pm
W2 S09: Synaptic plasticity rules with physiological calcium levels

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Like many forms of long-term synaptic plasticity, spike-timing-dependent plasticity (STDP) depends on intracellular Ca2+ signaling for its induction. Yet, all in vitro studies devoted to STDP used abnormally high external Ca2+ concentration. Using a combination of experimental (patch-clamp recording and Ca2+ imaging at CA3-CA1 synapses) and theoretical (Ca2+ based plasticity model) approaches, we show here that the classic STDP rules in which pairs of single pre- and post-synaptic action potentials induce synaptic modifications is not valid in the physiological Ca2+ range. Rather, we found that these pairs of single stimuli are unable to induce any synaptic modification in physiological conditions. Plasticity can only be triggered when bursts of postsynaptic spikes are used, or when neurons fire at sufficiently high frequency. In conclusion, the STDP rule is profoundly altered in physiological Ca2+ but specific activity regimes restore a classical STDP profile.


Johnatan Aljadeff

Assistant Professor, University of California, San Diego

Tuesday July 21, 2020 4:00pm - 4:30pm CEST
Crowdcast (W02)