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Diversity in the Neuronal MachineOrder and Variability in Interneuronal Microcircuits$
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Ivan Soltesz

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195177015

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195177015.001.1

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Fifty Ways to Be a Basket Cell: Self-Tuning Interneurons with Multiple Solutions for Their Tasks

Fifty Ways to Be a Basket Cell: Self-Tuning Interneurons with Multiple Solutions for Their Tasks

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(p.156) 8 Fifty Ways to Be a Basket Cell: Self-Tuning Interneurons with Multiple Solutions for Their Tasks
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Diversity in the Neuronal Machine
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Ivan Soltesz

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195177015.003.0008

This chapter shows how “solutions” to a particular cell type's function in a network may exist in the form of numerous, equally functional combination of conductances. It discusses evidence indicating that the “mean cell” created from individuals belonging to a particular cell type may not even function like the cell type from which it was created. The chapter presents an alternative paradigm, where it is the target activity levels that are tightly controlled, and not the number of each kind of ion channel individually.

Keywords:   neurons, GABAergic systems, interneuronal heterogeneity, mean cell

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