Data-Driven Model of Postsynaptic Currents Mediated by NMDA or AMPA Receptors in Striatal Neurons

Front Comput Neurosci. 2022 May 11;16:806086. doi: 10.3389/fncom.2022.806086. eCollection 2022.


The majority of excitatory synapses in the brain uses glutamate as neurotransmitter, and the synaptic transmission is primarily mediated by AMPA and NMDA receptors in postsynaptic neurons. Here, we present data-driven models of the postsynaptic currents of these receptors in excitatory synapses in mouse striatum. It is common to fit two decay time constants to the decay phases of the current profiles but then compute a single weighted mean time constant to describe them. We have shown that this approach does not lead to an improvement in the fitting, and, hence, we present a new model based on the use of both the fast and slow time constants and a numerical calculation of the peak time using Newton's method. Our framework allows for a more accurate description of the current profiles without needing extra data and without overburdening the comptuational costs. The user-friendliness of the method, here implemented in Python, makes it easily applicable to other data sets.

Keywords: AMPA receptors; NMDA receptors; conductance-based models; decay time constant; double exponential fitting; postsynaptic current.