ELSC Seminar: Bernard Attali - June 8th, 2017

June 8, 2017

ELSC cordially invites you to the lecture given by:


Prof. Bernard Attali 

Sackler Medical School in Tel Aviv University

On the topic of:  

M-current imbalance induces a biphasic homeostatic plasticity, a fast relocation of the axon initial segment and a slow synaptic scaling

The lecture will be held on Thursday June 8th, 2017 at 17:00

at ELSC: Silberman Bldg., 3rd Wing, 6th Floor,

 Edmond J. Safra Campus  

Light refreshments served at 16:45



Alterations in synaptic input, persisting for minutes to days, elicit homeostatic plastic changes. Here, we trigger a unique form of plasticity by targeting M-type K+ channels, which prominently localize to the axon initial segment (AIS) and regulate neuronal excitability. In hippocampal pyramidal neurons, acute M-channel blockage leads to neuronal hyperexcitability. However, minutes to hours of sustained M-current inhibition via cholinergic activation or direct channel block results in gradual reduction of intrinsic excitability. Dual soma–axon recordings combined with axonal Na+ imaging and immunocytochemistry reveals that these compensatory alterations are associated with fast a distal shift of the spike trigger zone and distal relocation of both Na+ and M-type K+ channels but not Ankyrin G. The rapid AIS homeostatic changes induced by M-current inhibition are contingent on the crucial AIS component, casein kinase 2. In contrast, prolonged (days) M-channel inhibition additionally leads to a slow synaptic scaling with decreased spontaneous firing and reduced mEPSC amplitude. Thus, M-channel imbalance results in a biphasic homeostatic plasticity process to stabilize network excitability, a fast AIS relocation, followed by a slow synaptic scaling.