The HH model certainly does still serve as the basis for more sophisticated
current models. For example, see Neuron at http://neuron.duke.edu/. The
"Users Manual" has a page on a "Brief History of Computational
The m^3h and n^4 terms were selected to best represent the actual
data. The could be expected to result from multiple single-unit (first
interacting which seems to be just what ion channels are.
In any event, any model of nerve cells must model the voltage dependent of
probability of ion channel opening and closing (and inactivating). And that
what the alpha and beta vs V terms for m, n, and h do. So "more modern"
simply add ways to put in your own favorite ion channel dynamics.
"Edmund Müller" <edmund.mueller at freenet.de> wrote in message
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> Hi NG,
>> in some computer simulation we use the HH model as described in
>> Hodgkin, A. L. and A.F. Huxley. 1952d. A quantitive description of
> current and its application to conduction and excitation in nerve. J.
> Physiol. (Lond.) 117: 500-544.
>> Well, this is half a century old. I wonder it in the mean time other
> were tried and published or the model was modified and improved.
>> They themselves mentioned for example, that the "curve fitting" might have
> been improved by using higher exponents of n They used n^4 to reduce the
> computational effort, quite understandable at those times, I think.
> computational power is manyfold. So maybe somebody has tried the
>> What about the knowledge of the assumption of "valves" (probabilitiy of
> being open: n, m, h in HH) in channnel proteins today. Is it still valid,
> e.g. potassium channels having four particles of which all must be in a
> certain position to open it (n^4), and 3 similar and one different for
> natrium channels? Or are the numbers different? And is it the same in rat
> hippocampal neurons?
>> Sorry for the lots of question, but I'm actually a foreigner to
> neurophysiology who touched the topic from a technical side.
> Interdisciplinary work can sometimes be hard ...