Annual Review of Neuroscience 2008 by Steven E Ed Hyman

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AP: action potential VDCC: voltagedependent Ca2+ channel tLTP Window Induction of tLTP requires activation of the presynaptic input milliseconds before the backpropagating action potential (BAP) in the postsynaptic dendrite (pre → post, positive intervals). The BAP can facilitate Mg2+ unblocking of NMDA receptors and thus allow Ca2+ influx, leading to tLTP induction. However, the width of the tLTP window cannot be explained solely by the time course of NMDA receptor activation. The dissociation of glutamate from the NMDA receptors occurs on the order of hundreds of milliseconds (Lester et al.

2006) recently reported a similar shift in head-direction tuning curves in thalamic head-direction cells as the animal runs in a circular track. Sensory Deprivation STDP may also play a role in other forms of experience-dependent plasticity, even if the sensory inputs do not explicitly involve timing on the order of tens of milliseconds. In an experiment measuring the neural activity during sensory deprivation, rats were chronically implanted with electrode arrays to monitor the spiking activity in L4 and L2/3 of the barrel cortex during free-moving behaviors (Celikel et al.

2004. Kinetics of Mg2+ unblock of NMDA receptors: implications for spike-timing dependent synaptic plasticity. J. Physiol. 556:337–45 Kampa BM, Letzkus JJ, Stuart GJ. 2006. Requirement of dendritic calcium spikes for induction of spike-timing-dependent synaptic plasticity. J. Physiol. 574:283–90 Karmarkar UR, Buonomano DV. 2002. A model of spike-timing dependent plasticity: one or two coincidence detectors? J. Neurophysiol. 88:507–13 Karmarkar UR, Dan Y. 2006. Experience-dependent plasticity in adult visual cortex.

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