Dual Mechanism for the Emergence of Synchronization in Inhibitory Neural Networks

Ashok Chauhan, Joseph Taylor, Alain Nogaret

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During cognitive tasks cortical microcircuits synchronize to bind stimuli into unified perception. The emergence of coherent rhythmic activity is thought to be inhibition-driven and stimulation-dependent. However, the exact mechanisms of synchronization remain unknown. Recent optogenetic experiments have identified two neuron sub-types as the likely inhibitory vectors of synchronization. Here, we show that \textcolor{blue}{local networks mimicking the soma-targeting properties observed in fast-spiking interneurons and the dendrite-projecting properties observed in somatostatin interneurons} synchronize through different mechanisms which may provide adaptive advantages by combining flexibility and robustness. We probed the synchronization phase diagrams of small all-to-all inhibitory networks \textit{in-silico} as a function of inhibition delay, neurotransmitter kinetics, timings and intensity of stimulation. Inhibition delay is found to induce coherent oscillations over a broader range of experimental conditions than high-frequency entrainment. Inhibition delay boosts network capacity (ln2)^{-N}-fold by stabilizing locally coherent oscillations. This work may inform novel therapeutic strategies for moderating pathological cortical oscillations.
Original languageEnglish
Article number11431
Pages (from-to)1-9
Number of pages9
JournalScientific Reports
Issue number1
Early online date30 Jul 2018
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2018

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