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dc.contributor.advisorNair, Satish S., 1960-eng
dc.contributor.advisorPotts, Jeffrey T.eng
dc.contributor.authorGummadavalli, Pavan Kumareng
dc.date.issued2007eng
dc.date.submitted2007 Falleng
dc.descriptionThe entire thesis text is included in the research.pdf file; the official abstract appears in the short.pdf file; a non-technical public abstract appears in the public.pdf file.eng
dc.descriptionTitle from PDF of title page (University of Missouri--Columbia, viewed on September 10, 2009).eng
dc.descriptionThesis advisor: Dr. Satish S. Nair, Dr. Jeffery T. Potts.eng
dc.descriptionIncludes "Presentations and Publications" by author.eng
dc.descriptionIncludes bibliographical references.eng
dc.descriptionM.S. University of Missouri--Columbia 2007.eng
dc.descriptionDissertations, Academic -- University of Missouri--Columbia -- Electrical engineering.eng
dc.description.abstractBaroreflex function regulates the arterial blood pressure in our body. The baroreflex is considered to be an integrated negative feedback system. NTS (Nucleus tractus solitarius) is one of key subsystems in this baroreflex loop. In the past, NTS has been considered primarily as a relay cell but later it was determined that it plays a major role in the baroreflex function. It has been found that the NTS is a site for the integration of sensory information from different variables in the body. This lead to further studies on the properties of the NTS neurons and how it affects the baroreflex function. The present study is an effort to characterize the NTS at both the single cell and network levels using computational models which are subsequently used to investigate hypotheses regarding NTS functions. With known biological data about NTS cells, the models are used to investigate properties such as pulse synchronicity at intermediate stages in the NTS. The inputoutput relationship at the first synapse of the NTS is studied first using a single cell network and a transfer function model. The underlying causes for a lack of pulse synchronicity at the second order NTS neuron is then investigated using a population level network model. Finally, a somatic afferent is added to the population model through another GABA population to study the possible effect of exercise on this baroreflex function.eng
dc.identifier.merlinb70796385eng
dc.identifier.oclc436767102eng
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10355/4941eng
dc.languageEnglisheng
dc.publisherUniversity of Missouri--Columbiaeng
dc.relation.ispartof2007 Freely available theses (MU)eng
dc.relation.ispartofcommunityUniversity of Missouri-Columbia. Graduate School. Theses and Dissertations. Theses. 2007 Theseseng
dc.subject.lcshSolitary nucleuseng
dc.subject.lcshBaroreflexeseng
dc.titleComputational modeling of sensory circuitry in the nucleus tractus solitarii from arterial baroreceptor and somatosensory inputseng
dc.typeThesiseng
thesis.degree.disciplineElectrical engineering (MU)eng
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Missouri--Columbiaeng
thesis.degree.levelMasterseng
thesis.degree.nameM.S.eng


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