The Generation of Phase Differences and Frequency Changes in a Network Model of Inferior Olive Subthreshold Oscillations
A: Raster plot containing all neurons in the network; peaks of the oscillation are denoted by a dot. Without connections only 26 out of 48 neurons oscillate (left panel). When the intra-cluster connections are added, 3 out of 4 clusters show synchronized oscillations within the clusters (center panel). After adding the inter-cluster connections as well, the whole network reaches a synchronized oscillation of 9.2 Hz. B: Detail of the membrane potential of one neuron from each cluster indicating that the network can sustain stable subthreshold oscillations. Colors of the membrane trace and the ellipses in panel A are matching. C: Detail of the membrane potential of all neurons in one cluster (C0). D&E: Stable oscillations in the proposed network architecture are robust to changes in the number of clusters and the number of cluster per neuron. In D, networks with a varying number of clusters but a fixed cluster size (10 neurons) and a randomized connectivity scheme were tested. In E, networks with 4 clusters and a varying cluster size were tested (while the connectivity scheme was fixed as in the reference network. Therefore, the “4 clusters×10 neurons” from panel D and E are not the same). Boxplots indicate the median and the boxes extend from the lower to the upper quartile. It follows that robust synchronized oscillations can be generated by a variety of networks and that each network can achieve a range of frequencies.