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Theta burst stimulation

Matthew Sykes, Natalie A Matheson, Philip W Brownjohn, Alexander D Tang, Jennifer Rodger, Jonathan B H Shemmell, John N J Reynolds
Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) is primarily used in humans to change the state of corticospinal excitability. To assess the efficacy of different rTMS stimulation protocols, motor evoked potentials (MEPs) are used as a readout due to their non-invasive nature. Stimulation of the motor cortex produces a response in a targeted muscle, and the amplitude of this twitch provides an indirect measure of the current state of the cortex. When applied to the motor cortex, rTMS can alter MEP amplitude, however, results are variable between participants and across studies...
2016: Frontiers in Neural Circuits
Mahua Chatterjee, Fernando Perez de Los Cobos Pallares, Alex Loebel, Michael Lukas, Veronica Egger
During odor sensing the activity of principal neurons of the mammalian olfactory bulb, the mitral and tufted cells (MTCs), occurs in repetitive bursts that are synchronized to respiration, reminiscent of hippocampal theta-gamma coupling. Axonless granule cells (GCs) mediate self- and lateral inhibitory interactions between the excitatory MTCs via reciprocal dendrodendritic synapses. We have explored long-term plasticity at this synapse by using a theta burst stimulation (TBS) protocol and variations thereof...
2016: Neural Plasticity
Gerard Derosiere, Alexandre Zénon, Andrea Alamia, Julie Duque
In the present study, we investigated the functional contribution of the human primary motor cortex (M1) to motor decisions. Continuous theta burst stimulation (cTBS) was used to alter M1 activity while participants performed a decision-making task in which the reward associated with the subjects' responses (right hand finger movements) depended on explicit and implicit value-based rules. Subjects performed the task over two consecutive days and cTBS occurred in the middle of Day 2, once the subjects were just about to implement implicit rules, in addition to the explicit instructions, to choose their responses, as evident in the control group (cTBS over the right somatosensory cortex)...
October 11, 2016: NeuroImage
Raz Leib, Firas Mawase, Amir Karniel, Opher Donchin, John Rothwell, Ilana Nisky, Marco Davare
: How motion and sensory inputs are combined to assess an object's stiffness is still unknown. Here, we provide evidence for the existence of a stiffness estimator in the human posterior parietal cortex (PPC). We showed previously that delaying force feedback with respect to motion when interacting with an object caused participants to underestimate its stiffness. We found that applying theta-burst transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) over the PPC, but not the dorsal premotor cortex, enhances this effect without affecting movement control...
October 12, 2016: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
Stefanie Desmyter, Romain Duprat, Chris Baeken, Sara Van Autreve, Kurt Audenaert, Kees van Heeringen
Objectives: We aimed to examine the effects and safety of accelerated intermittent Theta Burst Stimulation (iTBS) on suicide risk in a group of treatment-resistant unipolar depressed patients, using an extensive suicide assessment scale. Methods: In 50 therapy-resistant, antidepressant-free depressed patients, an intensive protocol of accelerated iTBS was applied over the left dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (DLPFC) in a randomized, sham-controlled crossover design. Patients received 20 iTBS sessions over 4 days...
2016: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
Matteo Bologna, Giulia Paparella, Andrea Fabbrini, Giorgio Leodori, Lorenzo Rocchi, Mark Hallett, Alfredo Berardelli
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the cerebellar inhibitory influence on the primary motor cortex in patients with focal dystonia using a cerebellar continuous theta-burst stimulation protocol (cTBS) and to evaluate any relationship with movement abnormalities. METHODS: Thirteen patients with focal hand dystonia, 13 patients with cervical dystonia and 13 healthy subjects underwent two sessions: (i) cTBS over the cerebellar hemisphere (real cTBS) and (ii) cTBS over the neck muscles (sham cTBS)...
September 15, 2016: Clinical Neurophysiology: Official Journal of the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology
Tuo Lin, Lisheng Jiang, Zulin Dou, Cheng Wu, Feng Liu, Guangqing Xu, Yue Lan
BACKGROUND: Continuous theta burst stimulation (cTBS) and intermittent TBS (iTBS) are powerful patterns of repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS), with substantial potential for motor function rehabilitation post-stroke. However, TBS of suprahyoid motor cortex excitability has not been investigated. This study investigated TBS effects on suprahyoid motor cortex excitability and its potential mechanisms in healthy subjects. METHODS: Thirty-five healthy subjects (23 females; mean age = 21...
August 24, 2016: Brain Stimulation
Amaya M Singh, Robin E Duncan, W Richard Staines
A preceding bout of acute aerobic exercise can enhance the induction of early long-term potentiation (LTP) in the primary motor cortex (M1). However, the influence of exercise when performed after the induction of plasticity has not been investigated. In addition, it is unclear whether the same effects are seen with techniques that induce long-term depression (LTD). We used continuous theta-burst stimulation (cTBS) to temporarily suppress cortical excitability and investigate whether moderate-intensity cycling exercise would alter the duration or intensity of cTBS after-effects in a nonexercised upper limb muscle...
October 28, 2016: Neuroscience Letters
Sarina J Iwabuchi, Felix Raschke, Dorothee P Auer, Peter F Liddle, Sudheer T Lankappa, Lena Palaniyappan
Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) has been used worldwide to treat depression. However, the exact physiological effects are not well understood. Pathophysiology of depression involves crucial limbic structures (e.g. insula), and it is still not clear if these structures can be modulated through neurostimulation of surface regions (e.g. dorsolateral prefrontal cortex, DLPFC), and whether rTMS-induced excitatory/inhibitory transmission alterations relate to fronto-limbic connectivity changes...
September 17, 2016: NeuroImage
Stylianos Kouvaros, Costas Papatheodoropoulos
The hippocampal synapses display a conspicuous ability for long-term plasticity, which is thought to contribute to learning and memory. Previous research has shown that long-term potentiation (LTP) greatly differs between the dorsal (DH) and ventral (VH) CA1 hippocampal synapses when induced by high-frequency stimulation. In this study, using rat hippocampal slices and more physiologically relevant activity patterns based on the frequency of the theta rhythm (i.e., theta-burst stimulation, TBS) we found that the DH compared with the VH displayed a higher ability for induction and stability of NMDA receptor-dependent LTP of the field excitatory postsynaptic potential...
September 20, 2016: Hippocampus
Peter J Fried, Lukas Schilberg, Anna-Katharine Brem, Sadhvi Saxena, Bonnie Wong, Aaron M Cypess, Edward S Horton, Alvaro Pascual-Leone
BACKGROUND: Type-2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) accelerates cognitive aging and increases risk of Alzheimer's disease. Rodent models of T2DM show altered synaptic plasticity associated with reduced learning and memory. Humans with T2DM also show cognitive deficits, including reduced learning and memory, but the relationship of these impairments to the efficacy of neuroplastic mechanisms has never been assessed. OBJECTIVE: Our primary objective was to compare mechanisms of cortical plasticity in humans with and without T2DM...
September 13, 2016: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
Bojana Mancic, Ivana Stevanovic, Tihomir V Ilic, Ana Djuric, Ivana Stojanovic, Sladjan Milanovic, Milica Ninkovic
Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) induces changes in expression of proteins engaged in activity of excitatory and inhibitory systems as well as redox homeostasis. Our aim was to investigate the effect of single (SS) and repeated session (RS) of intermittent and continuous theta-burst stimulation (iTBS; cTBS) on the expression of vesicular and plasmatic glutamate transporters 1 (vGluT1 and GLT-1), glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP) and influence on oxidative status in rats cerebellar tissue and plasma...
September 10, 2016: Neurochemistry International
Tim Vanbellingen, Manuela Wapp, Katharina Stegmayer, Manuel Bertschi, Eugenio Abela, Stefanie Kübel, Thomas Nyffeler, René Müri, Sebastian Walther, Tobias Nef, Mark Hallett, Stephan Bohlhalter
Dorsal pre-motor cortex (PMd) is thought to play a role in fine motor control. The aim of the present study was to investigate whether inhibitory or excitatory stimulation of PMd would have an impact on manual dexterity in Parkinson's disease (PD). Fifteen patients with PD participated in this study. High resolution structural MRI was used for neuro-navigated TBS. Participants were targeted with one train of TBS in three experimental sessions: sham stimulation over vertex, continuous TBS (cTBS) over PMd and intermittent TBS (iTBS) over PMd, respectively...
September 12, 2016: Journal of Neural Transmission
Chris K Lam, Craig D Tokuno, W Richard Staines, Leah R Bent
When an electrical stimulus is applied to perturb the vestibular system, a postural response is generated orthogonal to head orientation. It has previously been shown that there is a convergence of neck proprioceptive and vestibular input within the cerebellum to provide a head-on-body reference frame (Manzoni et al. in Neuroscience 93:1095-1107, 1999). The objective of this experiment was to determine whether the direction of the postural response to a vestibular perturbation is modulated when function of the cerebellar vermis is temporarily depressed...
September 6, 2016: Experimental Brain Research. Experimentelle Hirnforschung. Expérimentation Cérébrale
Angel Lago-Rodriguez, Viviana Ponzo, Ned Jenkinson, Sonia Benitez-Rivero, Miguel Fernandez Del-Olmo, Michele Hu, Giacomo Koch, Binith Cheeran
Loss of dopamine, a key modulator of synaptic signalling, and subsequent pulsatile non-physiological levodopa replacement is believed to underlie altered neuroplasticity in Parkinson's disease (PD). Animal models suggest that maladaptive plasticity (e.g. deficient depotentiation at corticostriatal synapses) is key in the development of levodopa-induced dyskinesia (LID), a common complication following levodopa replacement in PD. Human studies using transcranial magnetic stimulation protocols have shown similar depotentiation deficit in patients with LID...
August 26, 2016: Experimental Brain Research. Experimentelle Hirnforschung. Expérimentation Cérébrale
Heather Kang, Pojeong Park, Zuner A Bortolotto, Simon D Brandt, Tristan Colestock, Jason Wallach, Graham L Collingridge, David Lodge
To avoid legislation based on chemical structure, research chemicals, frequently used for recreational purposes, are continually being synthesized. N-Ethyl-1,2-diphenylethanamine (ephenidine) is a diarylethylamine that has recently become popular with recreational users searching for dissociative hallucinogenic effects. In the present study, the pharmacological basis of its neural actions has been investigated, initially by assessing its profile in central nervous system receptor binding assays and subsequently in targeted electrophysiological studies...
August 9, 2016: Neuropharmacology
Pierre Nicolo, Raphaël Fargier, Marina Laganaro, Adrian G Guggisberg
Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) has demonstrated beneficial effects on motor learning. It would be important to obtain a similar enhancement for verbal learning. However, previous studies have mostly assessed short-term effects of rTMS on language performance and the effect on learning is largely unknown. This study examined whether an inhibition of the right Broca homolog has long-term impact on neural processes underlying the acquisition of new words in healthy individuals. Sixteen young participants trained a new-word learning paradigm with rare, mostly unknown objects and their corresponding words immediately after continuous theta burst stimulation (cTBS) or sham stimulation of right inferior frontal gyrus (IFG) in a cross-over design...
2016: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
Alkomiet Hasan, Caroline Brinkmann, Wolfgang Strube, Ulrich Palm, Berend Malchow, John C Rothwell, Peter Falkai, Thomas Wobrock
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September 2016: Journal of Psychiatric Research
Fernanda Mansur, Maria Ivshina, Weifeng Gu, Laura Schaevitz, Emily Stackpole, Sharvari Gujja, Yvonne J K Edwards, Joel D Richter
Gld2, a noncanonical cytoplasmic poly(A) polymerase, interacts with the RNA binding protein CPEB1 to mediate polyadenylation-induced translation in dendrites of cultured hippocampal neurons. Depletion of Gld2 from the hippocampus leads to a deficit in long-term potentiation evoked by theta burst stimulation. At least in mouse liver and human primary fibroblasts, Gld2 also 3' monoadenylates and thereby stabilizes specific miRNAs, which enhance mRNA translational silencing and eventual destruction. These results suggest that Gld2 would be likely to monoadenylate and stabilize miRNAs in the hippocampus, which would produce measurable changes in animal behavior...
October 2016: RNA
Pablo Muñoz, Carolina Estay, Paula Díaz, Claudio Elgueta, Álvaro O Ardiles, Pablo A Lizana
Although the importance of DNA methylation-dependent gene expression to neuronal plasticity is well established, the dynamics of methylation and demethylation during the induction and expression of synaptic plasticity have not been explored. Here, we combined electrophysiological, pharmacological, molecular, and immunohistochemical approaches to examine the contribution of DNA methylation and the phosphorylation of Methyl-CpG-binding protein 2 (MeCP2) to synaptic plasticity. We found that, at twenty minutes after theta burst stimulation (TBS), the DNA methylation inhibitor 5-aza-2-deoxycytidine (5AZA) impaired hippocampal long-term potentiation (LTP)...
2016: Neural Plasticity
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