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Ephaptic coupling of cortical neurons. Article (PDF Available) in Nature Neuroscience 14(2) · February with Reads. Request PDF on ResearchGate | Ephaptic Coupling of Cortical Neurons: Possible Contribution of Astroglial Magnetic Fields? | The close. Yet the extracellular field activity feeds back onto the electrical potential across the neuronal membrane via ephaptic coupling (Jefferys et al.

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Frontiers | Ephaptic coupling in cortical neurons

Possible Contribution of Astroglial Magnetic Fields? Over time the term ephaptic coupling has ephhaptic to be used not only in cases of electric interaction between adjacent elements, but also more generally to describe the effects induced by any field changes along the cell membrane.

Ephaptic coupling strength depends both on the field strength as measured at the neuron soma as well as the elhaptic of neurons. The early work performed by Katz and Schmitt demonstrated that ephaptic coupling between the two adjacent nerves was insufficient to couplinv an action potential in the resting nerve.

The local field potential LFPused to study neural interactions during various brain states, is regarded as an epiphenomenon of coordinated neural activity. Showing of references. Skip to search form Skip to main content. Depending on the location and identity of the neurons, various mechanisms have been found to underlie ephaptic inhibition.

We stimulated in rat somatosensory cortical slices a variety of layer 5 neural types and recorded inside and outside their cell bodies while pharmacologically silencing synaptic transmission. Their work demonstrated that the progression of the action potential in the active axon caused excitability changes in the inactive axon. Hence the phenomenon is of not only fundamental interest but also applied coupoing from treating epilepsy to novel learning systems.

When Su exposed flies to a steady stream of methyl hexanoate, the A neuron fired continuously. The inhibition due to ephaptic coupling would help account for the integration of signals that gives rise to more nuanced perception of smells. Neufons phenomenon was proposed and predicted to be possible between two HR neurons, since in simulations and modeling work by Hrg. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.


Topics Discussed in This Paper. This coupling may effectively synchronize neurons into periods of enhanced excitability or depression and allow for specific patterns of action potential timing often referred to as spike timing. This suggests that connections between the neurons still exist and work to spread signals even without traditional synapses.

Login Required This action requires you to be registered with Frontiers and logged in. Angel BarcoShira Knafo Neuroscience The idea that the electrical activity generated by nervous tissue may influence the activity of surrounding nervous tissue is one that dates back to the late 19th century. Similarly, the currents that caused repolarization of the active nerve caused slight depolarization in the resting fiber. More recent research, however, has focused on the more general case of electric fields that affect a variety of neurons.

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Su found the same interactions in four other types of sensilla in the fruit fly, as well as one in the malarial mosquito Anopheles gambiae. These changes were attributed to the local currents that form the action potential.

This effect has been demonstrated and modeled in a variety of cases. Does ephaptic coupling happen when we eat and drink? Views Read Edit View history. Many people believed that the micro electrical fields produced by the neurons themselves were so small that they were negligible.

Event Abstract Back to Event. Hollenberg Scientific reports Neurons in the olfactory system are unmyelinated and densely packed and thus the often small effects of ephaptic coupling are more easily seen.

HahnWilliam C. Cable theory is one of the most important mathematical equations in neuroscience.

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Hence it is a hypothesis neueons neurobiology and evolution of brain coped with ways of preventing such synchronous behavior on large scale, using it rather in other special cases. The electrochemical processes that underlie neural function manifest themselves in ceaseless spatial and temporal fluctuations in the extracellular electric field.


High spatial and temporal resolution wide-field imaging of neuron activity using quantum NV-diamond Liam T. Simultaneous action potential firing caused interference and resulted in decreased conduction velocitywhile slightly offset stimulation resulted in synchronization of the two impulses.

According to the authors, these responses could be useful to flies, which might be swamped by some local odor and need to detect faint hints of a new chemical blowing on the wind. Ephaptic coupling of cortical neurons Costas A. A number of studies have shown how inhibition among neurons in the olfactory system work to fine tune integration of signals in response to odor.

However, many authors have worked to create more refined models in order to more accurately represent the environments of the nervous system.

This inhibition has been shown to nuerons from changes in electrical potentials alone. The firing of these basket cells, which occurs more rapidly than in the Purkinje cells, draws current across the Purkinje cell and generates a passive hyperpolarizing potential which inhibits the activity of the Purkinje cell.

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One study tested the effects of ephaptic coupling by using both neurotransmitter anatagonists to block chemical synapses and gap junction blockers to block electrical synapses.

Senomic view of the cell: In the simpler ephqptic of adjacent fibers that experience simultaneous stimulation the impulse is slowed because both fibers are limited to exchange ions solely with the interstitial fluid increasing the resistance of the nerve. HalesSusan Pockett Front. Whether it is a true lack of evidence or simply obstinance in the face of change, many in the field are still not entirely convinced there is unambiguous evidence of ephaptic coupling.