A Hierarchical Coding-Window Model of Parkinson’s Disease

  • Andres Daniela Sabrina
  • Gomez Florian
  • Cerquetti Daniel
  • Merello Marcelo
  • Stoop Ruedi
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 438)


Parkinson’s disease is an ongoing challenge to theoretical neuroscience and to medical treatment. During the evolution of the disease, neurodegeneration leads to physiological and anatomical changes that affect the neuronal discharge of the Basal Ganglia to an extent that impairs normal behavioral patterns. To investigate this problem, single Globus Pallidus pars interna (GPi) neurons of the 6-OHDA rat model of Parkinson’s disease were extracellularly recorded at different degrees of alertness and compared to non-Parkinson control neurons. A structure function analysis of these data revealed that the temporal range of rate-coded information in GPi was substantially reduced in the Parkinson animal-model, suggesting that a dominance of small neighborhood dynamics could be the hallmark of Parkinson’s disease. A mathematical-model of the GPi circuit, where the small neighborhood coupling is expressed in terms of a diffusion constant, corroborates this interpretation.


Parkinson’s disease neuronal code structure function diffusive coupling 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Andres Daniela Sabrina
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • Gomez Florian
    • 1
  • Cerquetti Daniel
    • 2
  • Merello Marcelo
    • 2
  • Stoop Ruedi
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of NeuroinformaticsETH and UZH ZurichZurichSwitzerland
  2. 2.Institute for Neurological Research Raul Carrea, Fleni InstituteMovement Disorders SectionBuenos AiresArgentine
  3. 3.Society in Science, The Branco-Weiss FellowshipETHZurichSwitzerland

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