Computational model of the cAMP-mediated sensory response and calcium-dependent adaptation in vertebrate olfactory receptor neurons
This model runs in both OpenCell and COR and the units are consistent. The model recreates results from a sinlge pulse experiment suitable for adaptation and oscillatory behavior. Modification of the stimulus and addition of IX, an intermediate Ca2+ generated substance can be made to fulfill different simulations.
Abstract: We develop a mechanistic mathematical model of the G-protein coupled signaling pathway responsible for generating current responses in frog olfactory receptor neurons. The model incorporates descriptions of ligand-receptor interaction, intracellular transduction events involving the second messenger cAMP, effector ion-channel activity, and calcium-mediated feedback steps. We parameterized the model with respect to suction pipette current recordings from single cells stimulated with multiple odor concentrations. The proposed model accurately predicts the receptor-current response of the neuron to brief and prolonged odorant exposure and is able to produce the adaptation observed under repeated or sustained stimulation.