Electrical resonance with voltage-gated ion channels: perspectives from biophysical mechanisms and neural electrophysiology

Lin GE, Xiao-dong LIU
DOI: 10.1038/aps.2015.140


Electrical resonance, providing selective signal amplification at preferred frequencies, is a unique phenomenon of excitable membranes, which has been observed in the nervous system at the cellular, circuit and system levels. The mechanisms underlying electrical resonance have not been fully elucidated. Prevailing hypotheses attribute the resonance to voltage-gated ion channels on the membrane of single neurons. In this review, we follow this line of thinking to summarize and analyze the biophysical/molecular mechanisms, and also the physiological relevance of channel-mediated electrical resonance.
Keywords: electrical resonance; brain rhythms; voltage-gated ion channels; M-current; h-current; excitable membranes

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