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Spike timing and synaptic plasticity in the premotor pathway of birdsong

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Spike timing and synaptic plasticity in the premotor pathway of birdsong
Abstract. The neural circuits of birdsong appear to utilize specific time delays in their operation. In particular, the anterior forebrain pathway (AFP) is implicated in an approximately 40- to 50-ms time delay, T , playing a role in the relative timing of premotor signals from the nucleus HVc to the nucleus robust nucleus of the archistratium (RA) and control/learning signals from the nucleus lateral magnocellular nucleus of the anterior neostratium (lMAN) to RA. Using a biophysical model of synaptic plasticity based on experiments on mammalian hippocampal and neocortical pyramidal neurons, we propose an understanding of this 40- to 50-ms delay. The biophysical model describes the influence of Ca2+ influx into the postsynaptic RA cells through NMDA and AMPA receptors and the induction of LTP and LTD through complex metabolic pathways. The delay, T , between HVc RA premotor signals and lMAN RA control/learning signals plays an essential role in determining if synaptic plasticity is ...
Henry D. I. Abarbanel, Leif Gibb, Gabriel B. Mindl
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Type Journal
Year 2004
Where BC
Authors Henry D. I. Abarbanel, Leif Gibb, Gabriel B. Mindlin, Mikhail I. Rabinovich, Sachin Talathi
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