A Mathematica Package for Morphoelectrotonic Transforms

A first version of a Mathematica package for rendering Morphoelectrotonic Transforms (METs) of reconstructed dendritic structures is available. This package provides means for reading, transforming and rendering dendrites in various METs. Also available a sample Mathematica notebook and two public domain morphological files adjusted to be used by the package.

The Morphoelectrotonic Transform is described in (see abstract):

Zador, A., Agmon-Snir, H., and Segev, I. 1995. The morphoelectrotonic transform: a graphical approach to dendritic function. J. Neuroscience 15: 1669-1682.

The sample cells were first published in:

Douglas, R., Martin, K., and Whitteridge, D. 1991. An intracellular analysis of the visual responses of neurones in cat visual cortex. J. Physiol. (Lond) 440: 659-696.

We thank Rodney Douglas for making his reconstructed neurons available.

The files can be reached using the web or using ftp:

ftp mrb.niddk.nih.gov

enter as anonymous, enter your email address as password and cd pub/hagai/MET. All the files are in ascii.

Any comments are welcome. For any help in customizing the package for specific needs (or writing the code in other computer language), call:

Hagai Agmon-Snir
Mathematical Research Branch, NIDDK
BSA, 9190 Rockville Pike - Suite 350
Bethesda, MD 20814-3800

email: hagai@helix.nih.gov
phone: (301) 496-6136, 496-4325
fax: (301) 402-0535
WWW: http://mrb.niddk.nih.gov/hagai/

Tony Zador can be reached at zador@salk.edu. Idan Segev can reached at idan@hujivms.huji.ac.il.

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