Backpropagating action potentials in neurones: measurement, mechanisms and potential functions.

Abteilung Zellphysiologie, Max-Planck-Institut für medizinische Forschung, Jahnstrasse 29, Heidelberg D-69120, Germany.
Progress in Biophysics and Molecular Biology (Impact Factor: 3.38). 02/2005; 87(1):145-70. DOI: 10.1016/j.pbiomolbio.2004.06.009
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ABSTRACT Here we review some properties and functions of backpropagating action potentials in the dendrites of mammalian CNS neurones. We focus on three main aspects: firstly the current techniques available for measuring backpropagating action potentials, secondly the morphological parameters and voltage gated ion channels that determine action potential backpropagation and thirdly the potential functions of backpropagating action potentials in real neuronal networks.

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