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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147586/corticospinal-plasticity-in-bilateral-primary-motor-cortices-induced-by-paired-associative-stimulation-to-the-dominant-hemisphere-does-not-differ-between-young-and-older-adults
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Daina S E Dickins, Marc R Kamke, Martin V Sale
Older adults have been shown to exhibit a reduction in the lateralization of neural activity. Although neuroplasticity induced by noninvasive brain stimulation has been reported to be attenuated in the targeted motor cortex of older adults, it remains possible that the plasticity effects may instead manifest in a more distributed (bilateral) network. Furthermore, attention, which modulates neuroplasticity in young adults, may influence these effects. To address these questions, plasticity was induced in young (19-32 years) and older (65-78 years) adults using transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) paired with peripheral nerve stimulation...
2017: Neural Plasticity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138092/abnormal-cortical-neuroplasticity-induced-by-paired-associative-stimulation-after-traumatic-spinal-cord-injury-a-preliminary-study
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Viviana Versace, Patrick B Langthaler, Yvonne Höller, Vanessa N Frey, Francesco Brigo, Luca Sebastianelli, Leopold Saltuari, Raffaele Nardone
We aimed at assessing in this pilot study whether patients with spinal cord injury (SCI) show alterations of sensorimotor plasticity within the primary motor cortex (M1). Since learning in human M1 occurs through LTP-like mechanisms, we employed the paired associative stimulation (PAS) protocol by transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), which is able to induce LTP-like effects in M1, in subjects with chronic SCI. We found that PAS protocol significantly increased corticospinal excitability as long as 30minutes in healthy subjects and in SCI patients with good motor recovery, while it was followed by a non-significant increase of MEP amplitude in the SCI patients with poor functional recovery...
November 11, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29135714/ritanserin-a-serotonin-2-receptor-antagonist-inhibits-functional-recovery-after-cerebral-infarction
#3
Kenmei Mizutani, Shigeru Sonoda, Hideaki Wakita
It has been suggested that serotonin (5-HT) may be implicated in functional recovery after stroke; however, the underlying molecular mechanisms remain unknown. Here, the role of 5-HT was verified using ritanserin, a potent 5-HT2A receptor antagonist, and protein expression and modification were analyzed to further understand the association between paralysis recovery and molecular mechanisms in the brain. Experimental cerebral cortex infarctions were induced by photothrombosis in rats. Voluntary exercise was initiated 2 days after surgery...
November 10, 2017: Neuroreport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29130824/longitudinal-structural-and-functional-differences-between-proportional-and-poor-motor-recovery-after-stroke
#4
Adrian G Guggisberg, Pierre Nicolo, Leonardo G Cohen, Armin Schnider, Ethan R Buch
BACKGROUND: Evolution of motor function during the first months after stroke is stereotypically bifurcated, consisting of either recovery to about 70% of maximum possible improvement ("proportional recovery, PROP") or in little to no improvement ("poor recovery, POOR"). There is currently no evidence that any rehabilitation treatment will prevent POOR and favor PROP. OBJECTIVE: To perform a longitudinal and multimodal assessment of functional and structural changes in brain organization associated with PROP...
November 1, 2017: Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29124791/impact-of-different-intensities-of-intermittent-theta-burst-stimulation-on-the-cortical-properties-during-tms-eeg-and-working-memory-performance
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Sung Wook Chung, Nigel C Rogasch, Kate E Hoy, Caley M Sullivan, Robin F H Cash, Paul B Fitzgerald
Intermittent theta burst stimulation (iTBS) is a noninvasive brain stimulation technique capable of increasing cortical excitability beyond the stimulation period. Due to the rapid induction of modulatory effects, prefrontal application of iTBS is gaining popularity as a therapeutic tool for psychiatric disorders such as depression. In an attempt to increase efficacy, higher than conventional intensities are currently being applied. The assumption that this increases neuromodulatory may be mechanistically false for iTBS...
November 9, 2017: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29107551/caudate-microstimulation-increases-value-of-specific-choices
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Samantha R Santacruz, Erin L Rich, Joni D Wallis, Jose M Carmena
Value-based decision-making involves an assessment of the value of items available and the actions required to obtain them. The basal ganglia are highly implicated in action selection and goal-directed behavior [1-4], and the striatum in particular plays a critical role in arbitrating between competing choices [5-9]. Previous work has demonstrated that neural activity in the caudate nucleus is modulated by task-relevant action values [6, 8]. Nonetheless, how value is represented and maintained in the striatum remains unclear since decision-making in these tasks relied on spatially lateralized responses, confounding the ability to generalize to a more abstract choice task [6, 8, 9]...
November 6, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29060075/optimal-inter-stimulus-interval-for-paired-associative-stimulation-with-mechanical-stimulation
#7
Euisun Kim, Minoru Shinohara, Jun Ueda
In this paper, inter-stimulus interval (ISI) of paired associative stimulation (PAS) with mechanical stimulation was analyzed. PAS is a prominent therapeutic intervention for individuals after stroke and helps to improve limb function by strengthening excitatory synapses and inducing neural plasticity. This intervention involves repeated application of transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) followed by peripheral stimulation. When responses to both stimulations are overlapped in the brain at the same time, this successful PAS is expected to induce long term potentiation (LTP) which leads to a neural plasticity phenomenon...
July 2017: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29046314/respiratory-dysfunction-following-neonatal-sustained-hypoxia-exposure-during-a-critical-window-of-brainstem-extracellular-matrix-formation
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Christopher Stryker, Dominic W Camperchioli, Catherine A Mayer, Warren J Alilain, Richard John Martin, Peter M MacFarlane
The extracellular matrix (ECM) modulates brain maturation and plays a major role in regulating neuronal plasticity during critical periods of development. We examined: 1) whether there is a critical postnatal period of ECM expression in brainstem cardio-respiratory control regions; and 2) if the attenuated hypoxic ventilatory response (HVR) following neonatal sustained (5 days) hypoxia exposure (SH, 11% O2, 24hrs/day) is associated with altered ECM formation. The nucleus tractus solitarius (nTS), dorsal motor nucleus of the vagus (DMNV), the hypoglossal motor nucleus (XII), the cuneate nucleus (CN) and area postrema (AP) were immunofluorescently processed for aggrecan and Wisteria floribunda (WFA) agglutinin, a key proteoglycan of the ECM and the perineuronal net...
October 18, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29038061/structural-and-functional-brain-changes-at-early-and-late-stages-of-complex-regional-pain-syndrome
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Mahsa Shokouhi, Collin Clarke, Patricia Morley-Forster, Dwight E Moulin, Karen Davis, Keith St Lawrence
Brain plasticity is demonstrated in complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), although it is unclear how it modulates at different stages of CRPS. The observation that symptoms can progress over time suggests that the pattern of brain changes might also evolve. We measured structural and functional changes as well as sensorimotor integration at early and late stages (ES and LS) of CRPS. Twelve ES patients, sixteen LS patients, and sixteen age- and sex-matched controls were recruited. Gray matter (GM) volume was estimated using voxel-based morphometry...
October 13, 2017: Journal of Pain: Official Journal of the American Pain Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29031555/beneficial-effects-of-dietary-restriction-in-aging-brain
#10
REVIEW
Ibanylla Kynjai Hynniewta Hadem, Teikur Majaw, Babiangshisha Kharbuli, Ramesh Sharma
Aging is a multifactorial complex process that leads to the deterioration of biological functions wherein its underlying mechanism is not fully elucidated. It affects the organism at the molecular and cellular level that contributes to the deterioration of structural integrity of the organs. The central nervous system is the most vulnerable organ affected by aging and its effect is highly heterogeneous. Aging causes alteration in the structure, metabolism and physiology of the brain leading to impaired cognitive and motor-neural functions...
October 12, 2017: Journal of Chemical Neuroanatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29029633/pattern-of-improvement-in-upper-limb-pointing-task-kinematics-after-a-3-month-training-program-with-robotic-assistance-in-stroke
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Ophélie Pila, Christophe Duret, François-Xavier Laborne, Jean-Michel Gracies, Nicolas Bayle, Emilie Hutin
BACKGROUND: When exploring changes in upper limb kinematics and motor impairment associated with motor recovery in subacute post stroke during intensive therapies involving robot-assisted training, it is not known whether trained joints improve before non-trained joints and whether target reaching capacity improves before movement accuracy. METHODS: Twenty-two subacute stroke patients (mean delay post-stroke at program onset 63 ± 29 days, M2) underwent 50 ± 17 (mean ± SD) 45-min sessions of robot-assisted (InMotion™) shoulder/elbow training over 3 months, in addition to conventional occupational therapy...
October 13, 2017: Journal of Neuroengineering and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29026942/the-effects-of-subclinical-neck-pain-on-sensorimotor-integration-following-a-complex-motor-pursuit-task
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Danielle Andrew, Paul Yielder, Heidi Haavik, Bernadette Murphy
Recurrent subclinical neck pain (SCNP) may be associated with neural plastic changes in sensory processing and sensorimotor integration (SMI); however, its impact on motor learning has not been investigated. The aim of this study was to investigate whether SCNP alters neural markers of SMI during a complex motor acquisition task as compared to a healthy control group. Peripheral N9, spinal N13, brainstem N18, and cortical N20, P25, N24 and N30 early somatosensory evoked potentials (SEPs) were recorded following median nerve stimulation for 24 participants (12 control and 12 SCNP) before and after a 10-min tracing motor task intervention...
October 12, 2017: Experimental Brain Research. Experimentelle Hirnforschung. Expérimentation Cérébrale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29021751/language-learning-variability-within-the-dorsal-and-ventral-streams-as-a-cue-for-compensatory-mechanisms-in-aphasia-recovery
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REVIEW
Diana López-Barroso, Ruth de Diego-Balaguer
Dorsal and ventral pathways connecting perisylvian language areas have been shown to be functionally and anatomically segregated. Whereas the dorsal pathway integrates the sensory-motor information required for verbal repetition, the ventral pathway has classically been associated with semantic processes. The great individual differences characterizing language learning through life partly correlate with brain structure and function within these dorsal and ventral language networks. Variability and plasticity within these networks also underlie inter-individual differences in the recovery of linguistic abilities in aphasia...
2017: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29021191/enhancement-of-phrenic-long-term-facilitation-following-repetitive-acute-intermittent-hypoxia-is-blocked-by-the-glycolytic-inhibitor-2-deoxyglucose
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Peter M MacFarlane, Stephane Vinit, Gordon S Mitchell
Moderate acute intermittent hypoxia (mAIH) elicits a form of respiratory motor plasticity known as phrenic long-term facilitation (pLTF). Preconditioning with modest protocols of chronic intermittent hypoxia enhances pLTF, demonstrating pLTF metaplasticity. Since "low dose" protocols of repetitive acute intermittent hypoxia show promise as a therapeutic modality to restore respiratory (and non-respiratory) motor function in clinical disorders with compromised breathing, we tested the hypothesis that preconditioning with a mild repetitive AIH (rAIH) protocol enhances pLTF and hypoglossal (XII) LTF, and whether the enhancement is regulated by glycolytic flux...
October 11, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28986960/bad-wrap-myelin-and-myelin-plasticity-in-health-and-disease
#15
REVIEW
Erin M Gibson, Anna C Geraghty, Michelle Monje
Human central nervous system myelin development extends well into the fourth decade of life, and this protracted period underscores the potential for experience to modulate myelination. The concept of myelin plasticity implies adaptability in myelin structure and function in response to experiences during development and beyond. Mounting evidence supports this concept of neuronal activity-regulated changes in myelin-forming cells, including oligodendrocyte precursor cell proliferation, oligodendrogenesis and modulation of myelin microstructure...
October 7, 2017: Developmental Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28984619/the-therapeutic-use-of-non-invasive-brain-stimulation-in-multiple-sclerosis-a-review
#16
Rosa Iodice, Fiore Manganelli, Raffaele Dubbioso
BACKGROUND: Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an inflammatory demyelinating disease of the central nervous system and a leading cause of disability in young adults. Many disabling symptoms in MS, such as spasticity, pain, depression and cognitive deficits are not fully controlled by drug treatment. Non-invasive brain stimulation (NIBS) techniques can be used as tools for modulating altered cortical excitability and plasticity MS patients, providing an improvement in disabling symptoms affecting such patients...
2017: Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28973139/homeostatic-plasticity-can-be-induced-and-expressed-to-restore-synaptic-strength-at-neuromuscular-junctions-undergoing-als-related-degeneration
#17
Sarah Perry, Yifu Han, Anushka Das, Dion Dickman
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is debilitating neurodegenerative disease characterized by motor neuron dysfunction and progressive weakening of the neuromuscular junction (NMJ). Hereditary ALS is strongly associated with variants in the human C9orf72 gene. We have characterized C9orf72 pathology at the Drosophila NMJ and utilized several approaches to restore synaptic strength in this model. First, we demonstrate a dramatic reduction in synaptic arborization and active zone number at NMJs following C9orf72 transgenic expression in motor neurons...
November 1, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28973024/is-two-better-than-one-muscle-vibration-plus-robotic-rehabilitation-to-improve-upper-limb-spasticity-and-function-a-pilot-randomized-controlled-trial
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RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED TRIAL
Rocco Salvatore Calabrò, Antonino Naro, Margherita Russo, Demetrio Milardi, Antonino Leo, Serena Filoni, Antonia Trinchera, Placido Bramanti
Even though robotic rehabilitation is very useful to improve motor function, there is no conclusive evidence on its role in reducing post-stroke spasticity. Focal muscle vibration (MV) is instead very useful to reduce segmental spasticity, with a consequent positive effect on motor function. Therefore, it could be possible to strengthen the effects of robotic rehabilitation by coupling MV. To this end, we designed a pilot randomized controlled trial (Clinical Trial NCT03110718) that included twenty patients suffering from unilateral post-stroke upper limb spasticity...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28965371/increasing-motor-cortex-plasticity-with-spaced-paired-associative-stimulation-at-different-intervals-in-older-adults
#19
Simranjit K Sidhu, Maryam Pourmajidian, George M Opie, John G Semmler
The ability of priming non-invasive brain stimulation (NIBS) to modulate neuroplasticity induction (i.e. metaplasticity) within primary motor cortex (M1) may be altered in older adults. Previous studies in young subjects suggest that consecutive NIBS protocols interact in a time-dependent manner and involve homoeostatic metaplasticity mechanisms. This was investigated in older adults by assessing the response to consecutive blocks of paired-associative stimulation (PAS) separated by different inter-PAS intervals (IPIs)...
October 1, 2017: European Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28961350/motor-cortical-plasticity-relates-to-symptom-severity-and-clinical-benefit-from-deep-brain-stimulation-in-cervical-dystonia
#20
Daniel Kroneberg, Philip Plettig, Gerd-Helge Schneider, Andrea A Kühn
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the relationship between motor cortical plasticity, intracortical inhibition, and clinical response to pallidal deep brain stimulation (DBS) in patients with cervical dystonia (CD). MATERIALS AND METHODS: Response to paired associative stimulation (PAS) and short interval intracortical inhibition (SICI) were assessed in patients with CD before and after three months of DBS and correlated with severity of dystonic symptoms as assessed by Toronto-Western-Spasmodic Torticollis Rating Scale (TWSTRS) severity score...
September 29, 2017: Neuromodulation: Journal of the International Neuromodulation Society
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