Biological Cybernetics

, Volume 90, Issue 4, pp 280–290 | Cite as

Corrections for space-clamp errors in measured parameters of voltage-dependent conductances in a cylindrical neurite

  • Ann M. CastelfrancoEmail author
  • Daniel K. Hartline


The ability to correct parameters of voltage-gated conductances measured under poor spatial control by point voltage clamp could rescue much flawed experimental data. We explore a strategy for correcting errors in experiments that employs a full-trace approach to parameter determination. Simulated soma voltage-clamp runs are made on a model neuron with a single voltage-gated, Hodgkin-Huxley channel type distributed uniformly along an elongate process. Estimates for both kinetic and I(V) parameters are obtained by fitting a form of the Hodgkin-Huxley equations to the complete time course of leak-subtracted current curves. The fitted parameters are used to determine how much correction in each parameter is needed to regenerate the set actually belonging to the channel. Corrections are generated for a range of neurite lengths, conductance densities, and channel characteristics.


Experimental Data Fitted Parameter Measured Parameter Model Neuron Voltage Clamp 
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We are grateful to Drs. Michael Hines and Ted Carnevale for generously providing us with NEURON software and instruction in its use, and to Dr. Brad Jones for assisting in keeping NEURON running on our various computers. We thank Ms. Leanna Bartram for assistance with parameter estimation. Supported by the Human Frontier Science Program (subcontract from Brandeis Univ., Eve Marder, P.I.) and National Science Foundation Grants IBN 99-73306 and IBN 96-04505.

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2004

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Békésy Laboratory of NeurobiologyPacific Biomedical Research Center, University of Hawaii at ManoaHonoluluUSA

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