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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642168/the-posterior-parietal-cortex-as-integrative-hub-for-whisker-sensorimotor-information
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Hemanth Mohan, Roel de Haan, Huibert D Mansvelder, Christiaan P J de Kock
Our daily life consists of a continuous interplay between incoming sensory information and outgoing motor plans. Particularly during goal-directed behavior and active exploration of the sensory environment, brain circuits are merging sensory and motor signals. This is referred to as sensorimotor integration and is relevant for locomotion, vision or tactile exploration. The somatosensory (tactile) system is an attractive modality to study sensorimotor integration in health and disease, motivated by the need for revolutionary technology that builds upon conceptual understanding of sensorimotor integration, such as brain-machine-interfaces and neuro-prosthetics...
June 19, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638331/monosynaptic-stretch-reflex-fails-to-explain-the-initial-postural-response-to-sudden-lateral-perturbations
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Andreas Mühlbeier, Christian Puta, Kim J Boström, Heiko Wagner
Postural reflexes are essential for locomotion and postural stability, and may play an important role in the etiology of chronic back pain. It has recently been theoretically predicted, and with the help of unilateral perturbations of the trunk experimentally confirmed that the sensorimotor control must lower the reflex amplitude for increasing reflex delays to maintain spinal stability. The underlying neuromuscular mechanism for the compensation of postural perturbations, however, is not yet fully understood...
2017: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625539/investigating-the-effects-of-maximal-anaerobic-fatigue-on-dynamic-postural-control-using-the-y-balance-test
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William Johnston, Kara Dolan, Niamh Reid, Garrett F Coughlan, Brian Caulfield
OBJECTIVES: The Y Balance Test is one of the most commonly used dynamic balance assessments, providing an insight into the integration of the sensorimotor subsystems. In recent times, there has been an increase in interest surrounding it's use in various clinical populations demonstrating alterations in motor function. Therefore, it is important to examine the effect physiological influences such as fatigue play in dynamic postural control, and establish a timeframe for its recovery. DESIGN: Descriptive laboratory study...
June 8, 2017: Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625081/integration-of-action-and-size-perception-through-practice
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Alexandre Coutte, Thomas Camus, Loïc Heurley, Denis Brouillet
Size perception is known to influence our usual interactions with environment. Numerous studies highlighted that during the visual presentation of an object, the properties of manual actions vary as a function of this object's size. In order to better understand the dynamic variations of relationships between size perception and action, we used an experimental paradigm consisting in two phases. During a previous implicit learning phase, a manual response (right or left) was specifically associated with the appearance of a large or small stimulus...
January 1, 2017: Perception
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619653/on-optimal-spatial-filtering-for-the-detection-of-phase-coupling-in-multivariate-neural-recordings
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G Waterstraat, G Curio, V V Nikulin
INTRODUCTION: Neuronal oscillations synchronize processing in the brain over large spatiotemporal scales and thereby facilitate integration of individual functional modules. Up to now, the relation between the phases of neuronal oscillations and behavior or perception has mainly been analyzed in sensor space of multivariate EEG/MEG recordings. However, sensor-space analysis distorts the topographies of the underlying neuronal sources and suffers from low signal-to-noise ratio. Instead, we propose an optimized source reconstruction approach (Phase Coupling Optimization, PCO)...
June 13, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28615080/locomotor-circumvention-strategies-are-altered-by-stroke-ii-postural-coordination
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Anuja Darekar, Anouk Lamontagne, Joyce Fung
BACKGROUND: Locomotor strategies for obstacle circumvention require appropriate postural coordination that depends on sensorimotor integration within the central nervous system. It is not known how these strategies are affected by a stroke. The objective of this study was to contrast postural coordination strategies used for obstacle circumvention between post-stroke participants (n = 12) and healthy controls (n = 12). METHODS: Participants walked towards a target in a virtual environment (11 × 8 m room) with cylindrical obstacles that were stationary or approaching from head-on, or diagonally 30° left/right...
June 15, 2017: Journal of Neuroengineering and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611387/visuotactile-integration-modulates-motor-performance-in-a-perceptual-decision-making-task
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Klaudia Grechuta, Jelena Guga, Giovanni Maffei, Belen Ballester Rubio, Paul F M J Verschure
Body ownership is critically dependent on multimodal integration as for instance revealed in the Rubber Hand Illusion (RHI) and a number of studies which have addressed the neural correlates of the processes underlying this phenomenon. Both experimental and clinical research have shown that the structures underlying body ownership seem to significantly overlap with those of motor control including the parietal and ventral premotor cortices, Temporal Parietal Junction (TPJ) and the insula. This raises the question of whether this structural overlap between body ownership and motor control structures is of any functional significance...
June 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28608616/whole-brain-structural-connectivity-in-dyskinetic-cerebral-palsy-and-its-association-with-motor-and-cognitive-function
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Júlia Ballester-Plané, Ruben Schmidt, Olga Laporta-Hoyos, Carme Junqué, Élida Vázquez, Ignacio Delgado, Leire Zubiaurre-Elorza, Alfons Macaya, Pilar Póo, Esther Toro, Marcel A de Reus, Martijn P van den Heuvel, Roser Pueyo
Dyskinetic cerebral palsy (CP) has long been associated with basal ganglia and thalamus lesions. Recent evidence further points at white matter (WM) damage. This study aims to identify altered WM pathways in dyskinetic CP from a standardized, connectome-based approach, and to assess structure-function relationship in WM pathways for clinical outcomes. Individual connectome maps of 25 subjects with dyskinetic CP and 24 healthy controls were obtained combining a structural parcellation scheme with whole-brain deterministic tractography...
June 13, 2017: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28604153/modified-structural-network-backbone-in-the-contralesional-hemisphere-chronically-after-stroke-in-rat-brain
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Michel Rt Sinke, Willem M Otte, Maurits Pa van Meer, Annette van der Toorn, Rick M Dijkhuizen
Functional outcome after stroke depends on the local site of ischemic injury and on remote effects within connected networks, frequently extending into the contralesional hemisphere. However, the pattern of large-scale contralesional network remodeling remains largely unresolved. In this study, we applied diffusion-based tractography and graph-based network analysis to measure structural connectivity in the contralesional hemisphere chronically after experimental stroke in rats. We used the minimum spanning tree method, which accounts for variations in network density, for unbiased characterization of network backbones that form the strongest connections in a network...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28597327/the-role-of-the-corpus-callosum-in-pediatric-dysphagia-preliminary-findings-from-a-diffusion-tensor-imaging-study-in-children-with-unilateral-spastic-cerebral-palsy
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Lucia Figueiredo Mourão, Kathleen M Friel, Justine Joan Sheppard, Hsing-Ching Kuo, Karen Fontes Luchesi, Andrew M Gordon, Georgia A Malandraki
The purpose of this study is to determine the relationship between the structural integrity of the corpus callosum (CC) and clinical feeding/swallowing performance in children with unilateral spastic cerebral palsy (USCP). Twenty children with USCP, (11 males, 5.11-17.6 yoa) were assessed via the Dysphagia Disorder Survey (DDS) and diffusion tensor imaging. Children were grouped into left hemisphere lesion (LHL; n = 13) and right hemisphere lesion (RHL; n = 7) groups. DTI variables analyzed for three CC regions (anterior, middle, posterior) were: fractional anisotropy (FA), radial diffusivity (RD), mean diffusivity (MD), and fibers count...
June 8, 2017: Dysphagia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28595893/altered-morphology-of-the-nucleus-accumbens-in-persistent-developmental-stuttering
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Nicole E Neef, Christoph Bütfering, Tibor Auer, F Luise Metzger, Harald A Euler, Jens Frahm, Walter Paulus, Martin Sommer
PURPOSE: Neuroimaging studies in persistent developmental stuttering repeatedly report altered basal ganglia functions. Together with thalamus and cerebellum, these structures mediate sensorimotor functions and thus represent a plausible link between stuttering and neuroanatomy. However, stuttering is a complex, multifactorial disorder. Besides sensorimotor functions, emotional and social-motivational factors constitute major aspects of the disorder. Here, we investigated cortical and subcortical gray matter regions to study whether persistent developmental stuttering is also linked to alterations of limbic structures...
May 24, 2017: Journal of Fluency Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28584116/high-mobility-group-box-1-as-an-autocrine-trophic-factor-in-white-matter-stroke
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Jun Young Choi, Yuexian Cui, Samma Tasneem Chowdhury, Byung Gon Kim
Maintenance of white matter integrity in health and disease is critical for a variety of neural functions. Ischemic stroke in the white matter frequently results in degeneration of oligodendrocytes (OLs) and myelin. Previously, we found that toll-like receptor 2 (TLR2) expressed in OLs provides cell-autonomous protective effects on ischemic OL death and demyelination in white matter stroke. Here, we identified high-mobility group box-1 (HMGB1) as an endogenous TLR2 ligand that promotes survival of OLs under ischemic stress...
June 20, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28584095/sensorimotor-integration-on-a-rapid-time-scale
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Jinhong Luo, Ninad B Kothari, Cynthia F Moss
Sensing is fundamental to the control of movement: From grasping objects to speech production, sensing guides action. So far, most of our knowledge about sensorimotor integration comes from visually guided reaching and oculomotor integration, in which the time course and trajectories of movements can be measured at a high temporal resolution. By contrast, production of vocalizations by humans and animals involves complex and variable actions, and each syllable often lasts a few hundreds of milliseconds, making it difficult to infer underlying neural processes...
June 20, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28577991/inhibition-of-na-k-2cl-cotransporter-attenuates-blood-brain-barrier-disruption-in-a-mouse-model-of-traumatic-brain-injury
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Jun Zhang, Hongjian Pu, Haiyue Zhang, Zhishuo Wei, Xiaoyan Jiang, Mingyue Xu, Lili Zhang, Wenting Zhang, Jialin Liu, Hengxing Meng, R Anne Stetler, Dandan Sun, Jun Chen, Yanqin Gao, Ling Chen
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) can lead to long-term motor and cognitive dysfunction, which can be at least partly attributed to blood-brain barrier (BBB) disruption. The mechanisms underlying post-TBI BBB disruption, however, are poorly understood thus far. Na(+)-K(+)-2Cl(-) cotransporter isoform 1 (NKCC1) is a universally expressed ion transporter that maintains intracellular ion homeostasis by increasing intracellular K(+) and Cl(-). Having been characterized in stroke models, NKCC1 is activated in various cell types in the ischemic brain, and is thought to mediate BBB disruption, brain edema, and neuronal cell death...
May 31, 2017: Neurochemistry International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28576940/descending-systems-direct-development-of-key-spinal-motor-circuits-abbreviated-title-postnatal-development-of-spinal-motor-circuits
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Calvin C Smith, Julian F R Paton, Samit Chakrabarty, Ronaldo M Ichiyama
The formation of mature spinal motor circuits is dependent on both activity dependent and independent mechanisms during postnatal development. During this time, reorganisation and refinement of spinal sensorimotor circuits occurs as supraspinal projections are integrated. However, specific features of postnatal spinal circuit development remain poorly understood. This study provides the first detailed characterisation of rat spinal sensorimotor circuit development in the presence and absence of descending systems...
June 2, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28572864/time-to-boundary-function-to-study-the-development-of-upright-stance-control-in-children
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Carmen D'Anna, Maurizio Schmid, Andrea Scorza, Salvatore A Sciuto, Luisa Lopez, Silvia Conforto
BACKGROUND: The development of postural control across the primary school time horizon is a complex process, which entails biomechanics modifications, the maturation of cognitive ability and sensorimotor organization, and the emergence of anticipatory behaviour. Postural stability in upright stance has been thus object of a multiplicity of studies to better characterize postural control in this age span, with a variety of methodological approaches. The analysis of the Time-to-Boundary function (TtB), which specifies the spatiotemporal proximity of the Centre of Pressure (CoP) to the stability boundaries in the regulation of posture in upright stance, is among the techniques used to better characterize postural stability in adults, but, as of now, it has not yet been introduced in developmental studies...
2017: Open Biomedical Engineering Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28570522/fmri-mapping-of-brain-activity-associated-with-the-vocal-production-of-consonant-and-dissonant-intervals
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Nadia González-García, Pablo L Rendón
The neural correlates of consonance and dissonance perception have been widely studied, but not the neural correlates of consonance and dissonance production. The most straightforward manner of musical production is singing, but, from an imaging perspective, it still presents more challenges than listening because it involves motor activity. The accurate singing of musical intervals requires integration between auditory feedback processing and vocal motor control in order to correctly produce each note. This protocol presents a method that permits the monitoring of neural activations associated with the vocal production of consonant and dissonant intervals...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28559843/altered-functional-connectivity-of-cognitive-related-cerebellar-subregions-in-alzheimer-s-disease
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Weimin Zheng, Xingyun Liu, Haiqing Song, Kuncheng Li, Zhiqun Wang
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is the most common cause of dementia. Previous studies have found disrupted resting state functional connectivities (rsFCs) in various brain networks in the AD patients. However, few studies have focused on the rsFCs of the cerebellum and its sub-regions in the AD patients. In this study, we collected resting-state functional magnetic resonance imaging (rs-fMRI) data including 32 AD patients and 38 healthy controls (HCs). We selected two cognitive-related subregions of the cerebellum as seed region and mapped the whole-brain rsFCs for each subregion...
2017: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539879/multiple-neural-networks-malfunction-in-primary-blepharospasm-an-independent-components-analysis
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Xiao-Feng Huang, Meng-Ru Zhu, Ping Shan, Chen-Hui Pei, Zhan-Hua Liang, Hui-Ling Zhou, Ming-Fei Ni, Yan-Wei Miao, Guo-Qing Xu, Bing-Wei Zhang, Ya-Yin Luo
Primary blepharospasm (BPS) is a focal dystonia characterized by involuntary blinking and eyelid spasms. The pathophysiology of BPS remains unclear. Several neuroimaging studies have suggested dysfunction of sensory processing and sensorimotor integration, but the results have been inconsistent. This study aimed to determine whether patients with BPS exhibit altered functional brain connectivity and to explore possible correlations between these networks and clinical variables. Twenty-five patients with BPS and 25 healthy controls were enrolled...
2017: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539421/sound-making-actions-lead-to-immediate-plastic-changes-of-neuromagnetic-evoked-responses-and-induced-%C3%AE-band-oscillations-during-perception
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Bernhard Ross, Masihullah Barat, Takako Fujioka
Auditory and sensorimotor brain areas interact during the action-perception cycle of sound making. Neurophysiological evidence of a feedforward model of the action and its outcome has been associated with attenuation of the N1 wave of auditory evoked responses elicited by self-generated sounds, such as talking and singing or playing a musical instrument. Moreover, neural oscillations at β-band frequencies have been related to predicting the sound outcome after action initiation. We hypothesized that a newly learned action-perception association would immediately modify interpretation of the sound during subsequent listening...
June 14, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
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