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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335024/impaired-dual-tasking-in-parkinson-s-disease-is-associated-with-reduced-focusing-of-cortico-striatal-activity
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Freek Nieuwhof, Bastiaan R Bloem, Miriam F Reelick, Esther Aarts, Inbal Maidan, Anat Mirelman, Jeffrey M Hausdorff, Ivan Toni, Rick C Helmich
Impaired dual tasking, namely the inability to concurrently perform a cognitive and a motor task (e.g. 'stops walking while talking'), is a largely unexplained and frequent symptom of Parkinson's disease. Here we consider two circuit-level accounts of how striatal dopamine depletion might lead to impaired dual tasking in patients with Parkinson's disease. First, the loss of segregation between striatal territories induced by dopamine depletion may lead to dysfunctional overlaps between the motor and cognitive processes usually implemented in parallel cortico-striatal circuits...
March 17, 2017: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334965/photosensitive-epilepsy-is-associated-with-reduced-inhibition-of-alpha-rhythm-generating-networks
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Anna Elisabetta Vaudano, Andrea Ruggieri, Pietro Avanzini, Giuliana Gessaroli, Gaetano Cantalupo, Antonietta Coppola, Sanjay M Sisodiya, Stefano Meletti
Photosensitivity is a condition in which lights induce epileptiform activities. This abnormal electroencephalographic response has been associated with hyperexcitability of the visuo-motor system. Here, we evaluate if intrinsic dysfunction of this network is present in brain activity at rest, independently of any stimulus and of any paroxysmal electroencephalographic activity. To address this issue, we investigated the haemodynamic correlates of the spontaneous alpha rhythm, which is considered the hallmark of the brain resting state, in photosensitive patients and in people without photosensitivity...
February 20, 2017: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334953/early-motor-phenotype-detection-in-a-female-mouse-model-of-rett-syndrome-is-improved-by-cross-fostering
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Annie Vogel Ciernia, Michael Pride, Blythe Durbin-Johnson, Adriana Noronha, Alene Chang, Dag H Yasui, Jacqueline N Crawley, Janine M LaSalle
Rett syndrome (RTT) is an X-linked neurodevelopmental disorder caused by mutations in the gene encoding methyl CpG binding protein 2 (MeCP2) that occur sporadically in 1:10,000 female births. RTT is characterized by a period of largely normal development followed by regression in language and motor skills at 6-18 months of age. Mecp2 mutant mice recapitulate many of the clinical features of RTT, but the majority of behavioral assessments have been conducted in male Mecp2 hemizygous null mice as offspring of heterozygous dams...
March 11, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334913/tdp-43-mutations-causing-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis-are-associated-with-altered-expression-of-rna-binding-protein-hnrnp-k-and-affect-the-nrf2-antioxidant-pathway
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Diane Moujalled, Alexandra Grubman, Karla Acevedo, Shu Yang, Yazi D Ke, Donia M Moujalled, Clare Duncan, Aphrodite Caragounis, Nirma D Perera, Bradley J Turner, Mercedes Prudencio, Leonard Petrucelli, Ian Blair, Lars M Ittner, Peter J Crouch, Jeffrey R Liddell, Anthony R White
TAR DNA binding protein 43 (TDP-43) is a major disease-associated protein involved in the pathogenesis of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and frontotemporal lobar degeneration with ubiquitin-positive inclusions (FTLD-U). Our previous studies found a direct association between TDP-43 and heterogeneous nuclear ribonucleoprotein K (hnRNP K). In this study, utilizing ALS patient fibroblasts harboring a TDP-43M337V mutation and NSC-34 motor neuronal cell line expressing TDP-43Q331K mutation, we show that hnRNP K expression is impaired in urea soluble extracts from mutant TDP-43 cell models...
March 9, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334851/the-modulatory-effect-of-adaptive-deep-brain-stimulation-on-beta-bursts-in-parkinson-s-disease
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Gerd Tinkhauser, Alek Pogosyan, Simon Little, Martijn Beudel, Damian M Herz, Huiling Tan, Peter Brown
Adaptive deep brain stimulation uses feedback about the state of neural circuits to control stimulation rather than delivering fixed stimulation all the time, as currently performed. In patients with Parkinson's disease, elevations in beta activity (13-35 Hz) in the subthalamic nucleus have been demonstrated to correlate with clinical impairment and have provided the basis for feedback control in trials of adaptive deep brain stimulation. These pilot studies have suggested that adaptive deep brain stimulation may potentially be more effective, efficient and selective than conventional deep brain stimulation, implying mechanistic differences between the two approaches...
February 13, 2017: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334676/manual-motor-speed-dysfunction-as-a-neurocognitive-endophenotype-in-euthymic-bipolar-disorder-patients-and-their-healthy-relatives-evidence-from-a-5-year-follow-up-study
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P Correa-Ghisays, V Balanzá-Martínez, G Selva-Vera, J Vila-Francés, E Soria-Olivas, J Vivas-Lalinde, C San Martín, A M Borrás, R Ayesa-Arriola, J Sanchez-Moreno, J Sánchez-Ort, B Crespo-Facorro, E Vieta, R Tabarés-Seisdedos
BACKGROUND: Few studies have examined Manual Motor Speed (MMS) in bipolar disorder (BD). The aim of this longitudinal, family study was to explore whether dysfunctional MMS represents a neurocognitive endophenotype of BD. METHODS: A sample of 291 subjects, including 131 BD patients, 77 healthy first-degree relatives (BD-Rel), and 83 genetically-unrelated healthy controls (HC), was assessed with the Finger-Tapping Test (FTT) on three occasions over a 5-year period...
March 16, 2017: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334392/validation-of-the-nih-toolbox-in-individuals-with-neurologic-disorders
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N E Carlozzi, S Goodnight, K B Casaletto, A Goldsmith, R K Heaton, A W K Wong, C M Baum, R Gershon, A W Heinemann, D S Tulsky
Objective: Individuals with spinal cord injury (SCI), traumatic brain injury (TBI), and stroke experience a variety of neurologically related deficits across multiple domains of function. The NIH Toolbox for the Assessment of Neurological and Behavioral Function (NIHTB) examines motor, sensation, cognition, and emotional functioning. The purpose of this paper is to establish the validity of the NIHTB in individuals with neurologic conditions. Methods: Community-dwelling individuals with SCI (n = 209), TBI (n = 184), or stroke (n = 211) completed the NIHTB...
March 18, 2017: Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology: the Official Journal of the National Academy of Neuropsychologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334143/boosting-and-decreasing-action-prediction-abilities-through-excitatory-and-inhibitory-tdcs-of-inferior-frontal-cortex
#8
Alessio Avenanti, Riccardo Paracampo, Laura Annella, Emmanuele Tidoni, Salvatore Maria Aglioti
Influential theories suggest that humans predict others' upcoming actions by using their own motor system as an internal forward model. However, evidence that the motor system is causally essential for predicting others' actions is meager. Using transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS), we tested the role of the inferior frontal cortex (IFC), in action prediction (AP). We devised a novel AP task where participants observed the initial phases of right-hand reaching-to-grasp actions and had to predict their outcome (i...
March 14, 2017: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334082/decoding-grasping-movements-from-the-parieto-frontal-reaching-circuit-in-the-nonhuman-primate
#9
Koen Nelissen, Prosper Agbesi Fiave, Wim Vanduffel
Prehension movements typically include a reaching phase, guiding the hand toward the object, and a grip phase, shaping the hand around it. The dominant view posits that these components rely upon largely independent parieto-frontal circuits: a dorso-medial circuit involved in reaching and a dorso-lateral circuit involved in grasping. However, mounting evidence suggests a more complex arrangement, with dorso-medial areas contributing to both reaching and grasping. To investigate the role of the dorso-medial reaching circuit in grasping, we trained monkeys to reach-and-grasp different objects in the dark and determined if hand configurations could be decoded from functional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) responses obtained from the reaching and grasping circuits...
February 18, 2017: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334014/the-quaternary-lidocaine-derivative-qx-314-in-combination-with-bupivacaine-for-long-lasting-nerve-block-efficacy-toxicity-and-the-optimal-formulation-in-rats
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Qinqin Yin, Jun Li, Qingshan Zheng, Xiaolin Yang, Rong Lv, Longxiang Ma, Jin Liu, Tao Zhu, Wensheng Zhang
OBJECTIVE: The quaternary lidocaine derivative (QX-314) in combination with bupivacaine can produce long-lasting nerve blocks in vivo, indicating potential clinical application. The aim of the study was to investigate the efficacy, safety, and the optimal formulation of this combination. METHODS: QX-314 and bupivacaine at different concentration ratios were injected in the vicinity of the sciatic nerve in rats; bupivacaine and saline served as controls (n = 6~10)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332604/phenotype-of-postural-instability-gait-difficulty-in-parkinson-disease-relevance-to-cognitive-impairment-and-mechanism-relating-pathological-proteins-and-neurotransmitters
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Li-Jun Zuo, Ying-Shan Piao, Li-Xia Li, Shu-Yang Yu, Peng Guo, Yang Hu, Teng-Hong Lian, Rui-Dan Wang, Qiu-Jin Yu, Zhao Jin, Ya-Jie Wang, Xiao-Min Wang, Piu Chan, Sheng-Di Chen, Yong-Jun Wang, Wei Zhang
Parkinson disease (PD) is identified as tremor-dominant (TD) and postural instability and gait difficulty (PIGD) phenotypes. The relationships between motor phenotypes and cognitive impairment and the underlying mechanisms relating pathological proteins and neurotransmitters in cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) are unknown. We evaluated the motor symptoms and cognitive function by scales, and detected the levels of pathological proteins and neurotransmitters in CSF. TD group and PIGD group had significantly higher levels of total tau, tau phosphorylated at the position of threonine 181(P-tau181t), threonine 231, serine 396, serine 199 and lower β amyloid (Aβ)1-42 level in CSF than those in control group; PIGD group had significantly higher P-tau181t level and lower Aβ1-42 level than those in TD group...
March 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332444/a-functional-electrical-stimulation-system-for-human-walking-inspired-by-reflexive-control-principles
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Lin Meng, Bernd Porr, Catherine A Macleod, Henrik Gollee
This study presents an innovative multichannel functional electrical stimulation gait-assist system which employs a well-established purely reflexive control algorithm, previously tested in a series of bipedal walking robots. In these robots, ground contact information was used to activate motors in the legs, generating a gait cycle similar to that of humans. Rather than developing a sophisticated closed-loop functional electrical stimulation control strategy for stepping, we have instead utilised our simple reflexive model where muscle activation is induced through transfer functions which translate sensory signals, predominantly ground contact information, into motor actions...
April 2017: Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. Part H, Journal of Engineering in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331979/clinical-and-radiological-factors-related-to-the-presence-of-motor-deficit-in-lumbar-disc-prolapse-a-prospective-analysis-of-70-consecutive-cases-with-neurological-deficit
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Vibhu Krishnan, Shanmuganathan Rajasekaran, Siddharth N Aiyer, Rishi Kanna, Ajoy Prasad Shetty
PURPOSE: To analyse the clinic-radiological factors associated with neurological deficit following lumbar disc herniation. METHODS: A prospective, cross-sectional study was performed in 140 cases of micro-discectomy following lumbar disc herniation. Group 1 included 70 consecutive patients with motor deficit and group 2 (controls) included 70 patients with intact neurology. Motor deficit was defined as the occurrence of motor power ≤3/5 in L2-S1 myotomes. Multiple clinical and radiological parameters were studied between the two groups...
March 22, 2017: European Spine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331007/advantages-of-comparative-studies-in-songbirds-to-understand-the-neural-basis-of-sensorimotor-integration
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Karagh Murphy, Logan S James, Jon T Sakata, Jonathan F Prather
Sensorimotor integration is the process through which the nervous system creates a link between motor commands and associated sensory feedback. This process allows for the acquisition and refinement of many behaviors, including learned communication behaviors like speech and birdsong. Consequently, it is important to understand fundamental mechanisms of sensorimotor integration, and comparative analyses of this process can provide vital insight. Songbirds offer a powerful comparative model system to study how the nervous system links motor and sensory information for learning and control...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329908/re-evaluating-the-roles-of-myosin-18a%C3%AE-and-f-actin-in-determining-golgi-morphology
#15
Kyle Bruun, Jordan R Beach, Sarah M Heissler, Kirsten Remmert, James R Sellers, John A Hammer
The peri-centrosomal localization and morphology of the Golgi apparatus depends largely on the microtubule cytoskeleton and the microtubule motor protein dynein. Recent studies proposed that myosin 18Aα (M18Aα) also contributes to Golgi morphology by binding the Golgi protein GOLPH3 and walking along adjacent actin filaments to stretch the Golgi into its classic ribbon structure. Biochemical analyses have shown, however, that M18A is not an actin-activated ATPase and lacks motor activity. Our goal, therefore, was to define the precise molecular mechanism by which M18Aα determines Golgi morphology...
March 22, 2017: Cytoskeleton
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329000/trajectory-formation-principles-are-the-same-after-mild-or-moderate-stroke
#16
Denis Mottet, Liesjet Elisabeth Henriette van Dokkum, Jérôme Froger, Abdelkader Gouaïch, Isabelle Laffont
When we make rapid reaching movements, we have to trade speed for accuracy. To do so, the trajectory of our hand is the result of an optimal balance between feed-forward and feed-back control in the face of signal-dependant noise in the sensorimotor system. How far do these principles of trajectory formation still apply after a stroke, for persons with mild to moderate sensorimotor deficits who recovered some reaching ability? Here, we examine the accuracy of fast hand reaching movements with a focus on the information capacity of the sensorimotor system and its relation to trajectory formation in young adults, in persons who had a stroke and in age-matched control participants...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328946/a-randomized-clinical-trial-in-preterm-infants-on-the-effects-of-a-home-based-early-intervention-with-the-caretoy-system
#17
Giuseppina Sgandurra, Jakob Lorentzen, Emanuela Inguaggiato, Laura Bartalena, Elena Beani, Francesca Cecchi, Paolo Dario, Matteo Giampietri, Gorm Greisen, Anna Herskind, Jens Bo Nielsen, Giuseppe Rossi, Giovanni Cioni
CareToy system is an innovative tele-rehabilitative tool, useful in providing intensive, individualized, home-based, family-centred Early Intervention (EI) in infants. Our aim was to evaluate, through a Randomized Clinical Trial (RCT) study, the effects of CareToy intervention on early motor and visual development in preterm infants. 41 preterm infants (range age: 3.0-5.9 months of corrected age) were enrolled and randomized into two groups, CareToy and Standard Care. 19 infants randomized in CareToy group performed a 4-week CareToy program, while 22 allocated to control group completed 4 weeks of Standard Care...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328939/multimodal-mr-imaging-reveals-large-scale-structural-and-functional-connectivity-changes-in-profound-early-blindness
#18
Corinna M Bauer, Gabriella V Hirsch, Lauren Zajac, Bang-Bon Koo, Olivier Collignon, Lotfi B Merabet
In the setting of profound ocular blindness, numerous lines of evidence demonstrate the existence of dramatic anatomical and functional changes within the brain. However, previous studies based on a variety of distinct measures have often provided inconsistent findings. To help reconcile this issue, we used a multimodal magnetic resonance (MR)-based imaging approach to provide complementary structural and functional information regarding this neuroplastic reorganization. This included gray matter structural morphometry, high angular resolution diffusion imaging (HARDI) of white matter connectivity and integrity, and resting state functional connectivity MRI (rsfcMRI) analysis...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328565/control-of-walking-speed-in-children-with-cerebral-palsy
#19
Jon R Davids, Nina Q Cung, Suzy Chen, Mitell Sison-Williamson, Anita M Bagley
BACKGROUND: Children's ability to control the speed of gait is important for a wide range of activities. It is thought that the ability to increase the speed of gait for children with cerebral palsy (CP) is common. This study considered 3 hypotheses: (1) most ambulatory children with CP can increase gait speed, (2) the characteristics of free (self-selected) and fast walking are related to motor impairment level, and (3) the strategies used to increase gait speed are distinct among these levels...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Orthopedics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328506/a-stimulus-independent-hybrid-bci-based-on-motor-imagery-and-somatosensory-attentional-orientation
#20
Lin Yao, Xinjun Sheng, Dingguo Zhang, Ning Jiang, Natalie Mrachacz-Kersting, Xiangyang Zhu, Dario Farina
Distinctive EEG signals from the motor and somatosensory cortex are generated during mental tasks of motor imagery (MI) and somatosensory attentional orientation (SAO). In this study, we hypothesize that a combination of these two signal modalities provides improvements in BCI performance with respect to using the two methods separately, and generate novel types of multi-class BCI systems. Thirty-two subjects were randomly divided into a Control-Group and a Hybrid-Group. In the Control-Group, the subjects performed left and right hand motor imagery (i...
March 17, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering
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