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Gating multiple signals through detailed balance of excitation and inhibition in spiking networks.

Vogels TP, Abbott LF - Nat. Neurosci. (2009)

Bottom Line: We illustrate gating through detailed balance in large networks of integrate-and-fire neurons.We show successful gating of multiple signals and study failure modes that produce effects reminiscent of clinically observed pathologies.Provided that the individual signals are detectable, detailed balance has a large capacity for gating multiple signals.

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Affiliation: Center for Neurobiology and Behavior, Department of Physiology and Cellular Biophysics, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, New York, USA.

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Recent theoretical work has provided a basic understanding of signal propagation in networks of spiking neurons, but mechanisms for gating and controlling these signals have not been investigated previously. Here we introduce an idea for the gating of multiple signals in cortical networks that combines principles of signal propagation with aspects of balanced networks. Specifically, we studied networks in which incoming excitatory signals are normally cancelled by locally evoked inhibition, leaving the targeted layer unresponsive. Transmission can be gated 'on' by modulating excitatory and inhibitory gains to upset this detailed balance. We illustrate gating through detailed balance in large networks of integrate-and-fire neurons. We show successful gating of multiple signals and study failure modes that produce effects reminiscent of clinically observed pathologies. Provided that the individual signals are detectable, detailed balance has a large capacity for gating multiple signals.

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Network Connectivity and Propertiesa) All excitatory and 65% of the inhibitory neurons are connected randomly with a connection probability of 2% (illustrated in red). The other 35% of the inhibitory neurons have local connectivity, targeting their nearest neighbors (illustrated in blue). b) An embedded signal pathway is created by selecting a group of sender neurons (in green) that target either excitatory or locally inhibitory neurons (in red and blue, respectively, throughout the figures) in a signal-receiving region (in red) of the network. C–f) Asynchronous background activity in the network model. Distributions for network neurons of: c) firing rates, d) average membrane potentials, e) ISIs plotted on a semi-log scale, and f) coefficients of variation for those ISIs. Arrows indicate the means of the distributions.
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Figure 1: Network Connectivity and Propertiesa) All excitatory and 65% of the inhibitory neurons are connected randomly with a connection probability of 2% (illustrated in red). The other 35% of the inhibitory neurons have local connectivity, targeting their nearest neighbors (illustrated in blue). b) An embedded signal pathway is created by selecting a group of sender neurons (in green) that target either excitatory or locally inhibitory neurons (in red and blue, respectively, throughout the figures) in a signal-receiving region (in red) of the network. C–f) Asynchronous background activity in the network model. Distributions for network neurons of: c) firing rates, d) average membrane potentials, e) ISIs plotted on a semi-log scale, and f) coefficients of variation for those ISIs. Arrows indicate the means of the distributions.

Mentions: We explored the idea of detailed balance in a large network of roughly 20,000 integrate-and-fire neurons with both short- and long-range connectivity (Fig. 1a, methods). With appropriately adjusted parameters, this network operates in a globally balanced manner, producing irregular, asynchronous activity in the absence of any time-varying or random external input 5–8. The distribution of firing rates for the network is approximately exponential with an average firing rate per neuron of 8 Hz (Fig. 1c), the distribution of average membrane potentials is approximately Gaussian with a mean of −60 mV (Fig. 1d), the distribution of interspike intervals (ISIs) is broad with peaks reflecting normal firing and bursting (Fig. 1e), and the distribution of coefficients of variation for the ISIs is centered at a value slightly greater than 1 (Fig. 1f). Average excitatory and inhibitory membrane currents are of approximately equal magnitude and the net current is near zero (Fig. 2c, first column), indicating the globally balanced state of the network. This network model is intended to provide a sparse representation of the neurons over a fairly large area, not a full description of a single local circuit such as a cortical column.


Gating multiple signals through detailed balance of excitation and inhibition in spiking networks.

Vogels TP, Abbott LF - Nat. Neurosci. (2009)

Network Connectivity and Propertiesa) All excitatory and 65% of the inhibitory neurons are connected randomly with a connection probability of 2% (illustrated in red). The other 35% of the inhibitory neurons have local connectivity, targeting their nearest neighbors (illustrated in blue). b) An embedded signal pathway is created by selecting a group of sender neurons (in green) that target either excitatory or locally inhibitory neurons (in red and blue, respectively, throughout the figures) in a signal-receiving region (in red) of the network. C–f) Asynchronous background activity in the network model. Distributions for network neurons of: c) firing rates, d) average membrane potentials, e) ISIs plotted on a semi-log scale, and f) coefficients of variation for those ISIs. Arrows indicate the means of the distributions.
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Figure 1: Network Connectivity and Propertiesa) All excitatory and 65% of the inhibitory neurons are connected randomly with a connection probability of 2% (illustrated in red). The other 35% of the inhibitory neurons have local connectivity, targeting their nearest neighbors (illustrated in blue). b) An embedded signal pathway is created by selecting a group of sender neurons (in green) that target either excitatory or locally inhibitory neurons (in red and blue, respectively, throughout the figures) in a signal-receiving region (in red) of the network. C–f) Asynchronous background activity in the network model. Distributions for network neurons of: c) firing rates, d) average membrane potentials, e) ISIs plotted on a semi-log scale, and f) coefficients of variation for those ISIs. Arrows indicate the means of the distributions.
Mentions: We explored the idea of detailed balance in a large network of roughly 20,000 integrate-and-fire neurons with both short- and long-range connectivity (Fig. 1a, methods). With appropriately adjusted parameters, this network operates in a globally balanced manner, producing irregular, asynchronous activity in the absence of any time-varying or random external input 5–8. The distribution of firing rates for the network is approximately exponential with an average firing rate per neuron of 8 Hz (Fig. 1c), the distribution of average membrane potentials is approximately Gaussian with a mean of −60 mV (Fig. 1d), the distribution of interspike intervals (ISIs) is broad with peaks reflecting normal firing and bursting (Fig. 1e), and the distribution of coefficients of variation for the ISIs is centered at a value slightly greater than 1 (Fig. 1f). Average excitatory and inhibitory membrane currents are of approximately equal magnitude and the net current is near zero (Fig. 2c, first column), indicating the globally balanced state of the network. This network model is intended to provide a sparse representation of the neurons over a fairly large area, not a full description of a single local circuit such as a cortical column.

Bottom Line: We illustrate gating through detailed balance in large networks of integrate-and-fire neurons.We show successful gating of multiple signals and study failure modes that produce effects reminiscent of clinically observed pathologies.Provided that the individual signals are detectable, detailed balance has a large capacity for gating multiple signals.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Center for Neurobiology and Behavior, Department of Physiology and Cellular Biophysics, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, New York, USA.

ABSTRACT
Recent theoretical work has provided a basic understanding of signal propagation in networks of spiking neurons, but mechanisms for gating and controlling these signals have not been investigated previously. Here we introduce an idea for the gating of multiple signals in cortical networks that combines principles of signal propagation with aspects of balanced networks. Specifically, we studied networks in which incoming excitatory signals are normally cancelled by locally evoked inhibition, leaving the targeted layer unresponsive. Transmission can be gated 'on' by modulating excitatory and inhibitory gains to upset this detailed balance. We illustrate gating through detailed balance in large networks of integrate-and-fire neurons. We show successful gating of multiple signals and study failure modes that produce effects reminiscent of clinically observed pathologies. Provided that the individual signals are detectable, detailed balance has a large capacity for gating multiple signals.

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Related in: MedlinePlus