Internal KCN: Conduction delays in myelinated axons with variable nodal and internodal lengths
Description: The generation and propagation of action potentials in white matter are influenced by a fatty substance, called myelin, wrapping around axons. Myelin is formed by oligodendrocytes allowing action potentials to transmit faster and without losing their strength. An important feature of myelin is its impact on conduction delays, that is, the time it takes for action potentials to reach their destination. In turn, conduction delays are essential for neural communication because of the time involved in brain signalling. I will present key ideas and the most recent results of our work.