A three-dimensional model of a gap junction

K. Xylouris*, G. Wittum

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Gap junctions are effective electric couplings between neurons and form a very important way of communication between them. Since they can be considered as the points on the neuron's membrane on which for example dendrites of different cells become one piece, in three dimensions they can be modelled by observing this property in the created geometry. Thus they can be easily made part in an already existing 3-dimensional model for signal propagation on the neuron's membrane, if the geometries are chosen in such a way that they respect the blending of the membranes. A small network of two cells was created, which blend in their dendrites and a simulation of the three-dimensional model was carried out which reveals the fast transmission of the signal from one cell to the other.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)231-238
Number of pages8
JournalNuovo Cimento della Societa Italiana di Fisica C
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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