A new approach to reconstruction models of dendritic branching patterns

Lindsay, K.A., Maxwell, D.J., Rosenberg, J.R. and Tucker, G. (2007) A new approach to reconstruction models of dendritic branching patterns. Mathematical Biosciences, 205(2), pp. 271-296. (doi: 10.1016/j.mbs.2006.08.005)

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Publisher's URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.mbs.2006.08.005

Abstract

Quantitative models for characterising the detailed branching patterns of dendritic trees aim to explain these patterns either in terms of growth models based on principles of dendritic development or reconstruction models that describe an existing structure by means of a canonical set of elementary properties of dendritic morphology, which when incorporated into an algorithmic procedure will generate samples of dendrites that are statistically indistinguishable in both canonical and emergent features from those of the original sample of real neurons. This article introduces a conceptually new approach to reconstruction modelling based on the single assumption that dendritic segments are built from sequences of units of constant diameter, and that the distribution of the lengths of units of similar diameter is independent of location within a dendritic tree. This assumption in combination with non-parametric methods for estimating univariate and multivariate probability densities leads to an algorithm that significantly reduces the number of basic parameters required to simulate dendritic morphology. It is not necessary to distinguish between stem and terminal segments or to specify daughter branch ratios or dendritic taper. The procedure of sampling probability densities conditioned on local morphological features eliminates the need, for example, to specify daughter branch ratios and dendritic taper since these emerge naturally as a consequence of the conditioning process. Thus several basic parameters of previous reconstruction algorithms become emergent parameters of the new reconstruction process. The new procedure was applied successfully to a sample of 51 interneurons from lamina II/III of the spinal dorsal horn.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Maxwell, Professor David and Rosenberg, Prof Jay and Lindsay, Professor Kenneth
Authors: Lindsay, K.A., Maxwell, D.J., Rosenberg, J.R., and Tucker, G.
Subjects:R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
Q Science > QA Mathematics
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Neuroscience and Psychology
Journal Name:Mathematical Biosciences
ISSN:0025-5564
Published Online:22 August 2006

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