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Alessander Danna-Dos-Santos, Sambit Mohapatra, Maria Santos, Adriana M Degani
Understanding the long-term effects of concussive events remains a challenge for the development of modern medical practices and the prevention of recurrent traumas. In this study, we utilized indices of oculomotor performance and the ability to react to simple environmental stimuli to assess the long-term motor effects of traumatic brain injury in its mildest form (mTBI). We performed analysis of eye movement accuracy, investigated the presence of abnormal eye movements, and quantified time to react to simple environmental stimuli on long-term mTBI survivors...
March 15, 2018: Scientific Reports
Antonietta Messina, Ilaria Bitetti, Francesco Precenzano, Diego Iacono, Giovanni Messina, Michele Roccella, Lucia Parisi, Margherita Salerno, Anna Valenzano, Agata Maltese, Monica Salerno, Francesco Sessa, Giuseppe Davide Albano, Rosa Marotta, Ines Villano, Gabriella Marsala, Christian Zammit, Francesco Lavano, Marcellino Monda, Giuseppe Cibelli, Serena Marianna Lavano, Beatrice Gallai, Roberto Toraldo, Vincenzo Monda, Marco Carotenuto
Introduction: Sleep and migraine share a common pathophysiological substrate, although the underlying mechanisms are unknown. The serotonergic and orexinergic systems are both involved in the regulation of sleep/wake cycle, and numerous studies show that both are involved in the migraine etiopathogenesis. These two systems are anatomically and functionally interconnected. Our hypothesis is that in migraine a dysfunction of orexinergic projections on the median raphe (MR) nuclei, interfering with serotonergic regulation, may cause Non-Rapid Eye Movement parasomnias, such as somnambulism...
2018: Frontiers in Neurology
Jingjie Ge, Jianjun Wu, Shichun Peng, Ping Wu, Jian Wang, Huiwei Zhang, Yihui Guan, David Eidelberg, Chuantao Zuo, Yilong Ma
Progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP) is a rare movement disorder and often difficult to distinguish clinically from Parkinson's disease (PD) and multiple system atrophy (MSA) in early phases. In this study, we report reproducible disease-related topographies of brain network and regional glucose metabolism associated with PSP in clinically-confirmed independent cohorts of PSP, MSA, and PD patients and healthy controls in the USA and China. Using18 F-FDG PET images from PSP and healthy subjects, we applied spatial covariance analysis with bootstrapping to identify a PSP-related pattern (PSPRP) and estimate its reliability, and evaluated the ability of network scores for differential diagnosis...
March 13, 2018: Human Brain Mapping
Mariko Nishibe, Yu Katsuyama, Toshihide Yamashita
The motor deficit of the reeler mutants has largely been considered cerebellum related, and the developmental consequences of the cortex on reeler motor behavior have not been examined. We herein showed that there is a behavioral consequence to reeler mutation in models examined at cortex-dependent bimanual tasks that require forepaw dexterity. Using intracortical microstimulation, we found the forelimb representation in the motor cortex was significantly reduced in the reeler. The reeler cortex required a significantly higher current to evoke skeletal muscle movements, suggesting the cortical trans-synaptic propagation is disrupted...
March 13, 2018: Brain Structure & Function
Saud Alsahli, Muhammad Talal Alrifai, Saeed Al Tala, Fuad Al Mutairi, Majid Alfadhel
Background: Cerebellar ataxia, mental retardation, and disequilibrium syndrome (CAMRQ) is a heterogeneous group of genetic disorders that have been grouped by shared clinical features; all of these features are transmitted via an autosomal recessive mechanism. Four variants of this syndrome have been identified so far, and each one differs in terms of both clinical and genotypical features. CAMRQ4 is a rare genetic disorder characterized by mental retardation, ataxia or an inability to walk, dysarthria and, in some patients, quadrupedal gait...
2018: Journal of Central Nervous System Disease
Claude Rouillard, Joanie Baillargeon, Brigitte Paquet, Michel St-Hilaire, Jérôme Maheux, Catherine Lévesque, Noémie Darlix, Simon Majeur, Daniel Lévesque
Parkinson's disease (PD) is an idiopathic progressive neurodegenerative disorder characterized by the loss of midbrain dopamine neurons. Levodopa (l-dopa) is the main pharmacological approach to relieve PD motor symptoms. However, chronic treatment with l-Dopa is inevitably associated with the generation of abnormal involuntary movements (l-Dopa-induced dyskinesia). We have previously shown that Nr4a1 (Nur77), a transcription factor of the nuclear receptor family, is closely associated with dopamine neurotransmission in the mature brain...
March 9, 2018: Experimental Neurology
Alexander Neergaard Olesen, Matteo Cesari, Julie Anja Engelhard Christensen, Helge Bjarup Dissing Sorensen, Emmanuel Mignot, Poul Jennum
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate rapid eye movement (REM) muscular activity in narcolepsy by applying five algorithms to electromyogram (EMG) recordings, and to investigate its value for narcolepsy diagnosis. PATIENTS/METHODS: A modified version of phasic EMG metric (mPEM), muscle activity index (MAI), REM atonia index (RAI), supra-threshold REM EMG activity metric (STREAM), and Frandsen method (FR) were calculated from polysomnography recordings of 20 healthy controls, 18 clinic controls (subjects suspected with narcolepsy but finally diagnosed without any sleep abnormality), 16 narcolepsy type one without REM sleep behavior disorder (RBD), nine narcolepsy type one with RBD, and 18 narcolepsy type two...
April 2018: Sleep Medicine
Yi-Qi Lin, Sheng-Di Chen
Increasing evidence indicates a strong association between rapid eye movement sleep behavior disorder (RBD) and Parkinson's disease - cognitive impairment (PD-CI). Numerous longitudinal and cross-sectional studies have shown that RBD may be an important risk factor and predictor of Parkinson's disease - mild cognitive impairment (PD-MCI) and Parkinson's disease dementia (PDD); which may be explained by the association of mechanisms between RBD and PD-CI, including neurotransmitter alterations, genetic mutation, neuroinflammation, alpha-synuclein inclusion, abnormal cerebral metabolism and cortical activity slowing...
April 2018: Sleep Medicine
Sonia Bansal, Laurence C Jayet Bray, Barbara L Schwartz, Wilsaan M Joiner
BACKGROUND: Symptoms of psychosis in schizophrenia reflect disturbances in sense of agency-difficulty distinguishing internally from externally generated sensory and perceptual experiences. One theory attributes these anomalies to a disruption in corollary discharge (CD), an internal copy of generated motor commands used to distinguish self-movement-generated sensations from externally generated stimulation. METHODS: We used a transsaccadic shift detection paradigm to examine possible deficits in CD and sense of agency based on the ability to perceive visual changes in 31 schizophrenia patients (SZPs) and 31 healthy control subjects...
February 2018: Biological Psychiatry: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging
Angelo Quartarone, Diane Ruge
Dystonia can be seen in a number of different phenotypes that may arise from different etiologies. The pathophysiological substrate of dystonia is related to three lines of research. The first postulate a loss of inhibition which may account for the excess of movement and for the overflow phenomena. A second abnormality is sensory dysfunction which is related to the mild sensory complaints in patients with focal dystonias and may be responsible for some of the motor dysfunction. Finally, there are strong pieces of evidence from animal and human studies suggesting that alterations of synaptic plasticity characterized by a disruption of homeostatic plasticity, with a prevailing facilitation of synaptic potentiation may play a pivotal role in primary dystonia...
2018: Frontiers in Neurology
Hiroko Tsunekawa, Kazue Takahata, Motoki Okano, Toshiko Ishikawa, Hiroshi Satoyoshi, Tetsuya Nishimura, Naoya Hoshino, Shizuko Muraoka
3,4-Dihydroxy-L-phenylalanine (L-Dopa) remains the most effective drug for treating the motor symptoms of Parkinson's disease (PD). However, its long-term use is limited due to motor complications such as wearing-off and dyskinesia. A clinical study in PD patients with motor complications has demonstrated that selegiline, a monoamine oxidase type B inhibitor, is effective in reducing off time without worsening dyskinesia, although another study has shown worsening dyskinesia. Here, using unilateral 6-hydroxydopamine-lesioned rats showing degeneration of nigrostriatal dopaminergic neurons and L-Dopa-induced motor complications, we determined the efficacy of selegiline in controlling L-Dopa-induced motor fluctuations and exacerbated dyskinesia...
March 8, 2018: Behavioural Brain Research
Richard Salazar
INTRODUCTION: Sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease is a prion disease characterized by rapidly progressive dementia, ataxia and myoclonus. Atypical phenotype masquerading as stroke, movement disorders or autoimmune encephalitis have been described. Here, I report a probable case of sCJD with an atypical presentation associated with anti-Zic4 antibody and review the literature of neuronal antibodies in CJD. CASE REPORT: A 70 year-old gentleman is admitted with a 2-month history of recurrent stroke-like symptoms associated with behavioral disturbances, gait ataxia and rapidly progressive dementia...
March 5, 2018: Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery
P A Caro Aponte, C A Otálora, J C Guzmán, L F Turner, J P Alcázar, E L Mayorga
Parkinson's disease (PD) is characterised by motor alterations, which are commonly treated with L-DOPA. However, long-term L-DOPA use may cause dyskinesia. Although the pathogenic mechanism of L-DOPA-induced dyskinesia is unclear, the condition has been associated with alterations in dopamine receptors, among which D2 receptors (D2R) have received little attention. This study aims to: (i)develop and standardise an experimental model of L-DOPA-induced dyskinesia in rats with hemiparkinsonism; and (ii)evaluate the correlation between D2R expression and presence of abnormal involuntary movements (AIM)...
March 7, 2018: Neurología: Publicación Oficial de la Sociedad Española de Neurología
Sang Wook Lee, Billy C Vermillion, Shashwati Geed, Alexander W Dromerick, Derek G Kamper
Neurological injuries often cause degraded motor control. While rehabilitation efforts typically focus on movement kinematics, abnormal muscle activation patterns are often the primary source of impairment. Muscle-based therapies are likely more effective than joint-based therapy. In this paper, we examined the feasibility of biomimetic input mimicking the action of human musculotendons in altering hand muscle coordination. Twelve healthy subjects produced a submaximal isometric dorsal fingertip force, while a custom actuator provided assistance mirroring the actions of either the extrinsic extensor or the intrinsic muscles of the index finger...
March 2018: IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering
Leslie Citrome
Tardive dyskinesia (TD) has long been thought to be a generally irreversible consequence of the use of dopamine receptor blocking agents. There is now an opportunity to successfully manage this condition with agents approved by the US Food and Drug Administration. This is important because TD has not been eliminated with the use of second-generation antipsychotics, and the expansion of antipsychotics to treat conditions other than schizophrenia has resulted in millions of additional individuals at risk for developing TD...
February 28, 2018: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
Aviv Ouanounou, Michael Goldberg, Daniel A Haas
Temporomandibular disorder (TMD) is a collective term that includes disorders of the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) and of the masticatory muscles and their associated structures. TMDs are characterized by pain, joint sounds and restricted mandibular movement, and drugs are widely used in the management of that pain. Pharmacological agents commonly used for the treatment of TMDs include non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), opioids, corticosteroids, muscle relaxants, antidepressants, anticonvulsants and benzodiazepines...
July 2017: Journal—Canadian Dental Association, Journal de L'Association Dentaire Canadienne
Yue Deng, Yaping Xu, Huanhai Liu, Hu Peng, Qilei Tao, Hongyi Liu, Haibin Liu, Jian Wu, Xiaoping Chen, Jingping Fan
Objective To investigate the effects of electrical stimulation (ES) on the nerve regeneration and functional recovery of facial expression muscles in facial nerve defect rats. Methods Sixty rats were surgically introduced with a 1-cm defect on the right facial nerves and evenly divided into the Surgery group (Group A, the main trunk of the right facial nerve was surgically cut-off with a 1.0 cm at the foramina stylomastoideum) and the Surgery + ES group (Group B). Twenty normal rats were as normal control group (without receiving surgery or ES)...
March 2018: Neurological Research
Karin Mente, Nancy A Edwards, Demelio Urbano, Abhik Ray-Chaudhury, Diego Iacono, Ana Tereza Di Lorenzo Alho, Eduardo Joaquim Lopes Alho, Edson Amaro, Silvina G Horovitz, Mark Hallett
BACKGROUND: The etiology of cervical dystonia is unknown. Cholinergic abnormalities have been identified in dystonia animal models and human imaging studies. Some animal models have cholinergic neuronal loss in the striatum and increased acetylcholinesterase activity in the pedunculopontine nucleus. OBJECTIVES: The objective of this study was to determine the presence of cholinergic abnormalities in the putamen and pedunculopontine nucleus in cervical dystonia human brain donors...
March 6, 2018: Movement Disorders: Official Journal of the Movement Disorder Society
Jia Wang, Yonghao Han, Hao Liu, Guozhao Zhang, Cailong Liu, Chunxiao Gao
The electrical transport behavior of the superionic conductor AgBr was systematically studied under high pressure up to 30.0 GPa with electrochemical impedance spectra measurements and first-principles calculations. From impedance spectra measurements, a pressure-induced abnormal ionic-polaronic-ionic transition was found. Herein, the ionic to polaronic transition at 5.0 GPa occurs with the absence of a structural phase transition. At 8.6 GPa, the ionic state of AgBr can be reactivated after a structural phase transition...
March 6, 2018: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
M K Fehrenbach, U Nestler, J Meixensberger, M K Bernhard, A Merkenschlager, S Weise, M Krause
INTRODUCTION: The ciliopathy "Joubert syndrome" was first described in 1969 by Dr. Marie Joubert and most subtypes follow an autosomal recessive inheritance. The complex disorder shows typical clinical features, such as hyperventilation, abnormal eye movements, and retardation. A pathognomonic midbrain-hindbrain malformation, the molar tooth sign, can be found on magnetic resonance imaging of the brainstem. There are a little more than 200 reports of Joubert syndrome in the literature...
March 5, 2018: Child's Nervous System: ChNS: Official Journal of the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery
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