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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319191/overt-orienting-of-spatial-attention-and-corticospinal-excitability-during-action-observation-are-unrelated
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Sonia Betti, Umberto Castiello, Silvia Guerra, Luisa Sartori
Observing moving body parts can automatically activate topographically corresponding motor representations in the primary motor cortex (M1), the so-called direct matching. Novel neurophysiological findings from social contexts are nonetheless proving that this process is not automatic as previously thought. The motor system can flexibly shift from imitative to incongruent motor preparation, when requested by a social gesture. In the present study we aim to bring an increase in the literature by assessing whether and how diverting overt spatial attention might affect motor preparation in contexts requiring interactive responses from the onlooker...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318507/usefulness-of-diffusion-tensor-mri-in-the-diagnosis-of-parkinson-variant-of-multiple-system-atrophy-and-parkinson-s-disease-a-valuable-tool-to-differentiate-between-them
#2
B Chen, G Fan, W Sun, X Shang, S Shi, S Wang, G Lv, C Wu
AIM: To evaluate the differences between patients with Parkinson's disease (PD) and Parkinson variant of multiple system atrophy (MSAp) at fractional anisotropy (FA) in the white matter when using the tract-based spatial statistics (TBSS) algorithm to provide objective markers for a differential diagnosis. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Diffusion-tensor imaging (DTI) data were acquired from 18 PD patients, 20 MSAp patients, and 24 healthy controls using a GE 3 T Signa HDx magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) system...
March 16, 2017: Clinical Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28304238/remote-motor-system-metabolic-profile-and-surgery-outcome-in-cervical-spondylotic-myelopathy
#3
Sorin C Craciunas, Mircea R Gorgan, Bogdan Ianosi, Phil Lee, Joseph Burris, Carmen M Cirstea
OBJECTIVE In patients with cervical spondylotic myelopathy (CSM), the motor system may undergo progressive functional/structural changes rostral to the lesion, and these changes may be associated with clinical disability. The extent to which these changes have a prognostic value in the clinical recovery after surgical treatment is not yet known. In this study, magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS) was used to test 2 primary hypotheses. 1) Based on evidence of corticospinal and spinocerebellar, rubro-, or reticulospinal tract degeneration/dysfunction during chronic spinal cord compression, the authors hypothesized that the metabolic profile of the primary motor cortices (M1s) and cerebellum, respectively, would be altered in patients with CSM, and these alterations would be associated with the extent of the neurological disabilities...
March 17, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery. Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301102/neural-correlates-of-language-variability-in-preschool-aged-boys-with-autism-spectrum-disorder
#4
Letitia R Naigles, Ryan Johnson, Ann Mastergeorge, Sally Ozonoff, Sally J Rogers, David G Amaral, Christine Wu Nordahl
Children with autism vary widely in their language abilities, yet the neural correlates of this language variability remain unclear, especially early in development. Diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) was used to examine diffusivity measures along the length of 18 major fiber tracts in 104 preschool-aged boys with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The boys were assigned to subgroups according to their level of language development (Low: no/low language, Middle: small vocabulary, High: large vocabulary and grammar), based on their raw scores on the expressive language (EL) and receptive language (RL) sections of the Mullen Scales of Early Learning (MSEL)...
March 16, 2017: Autism Research: Official Journal of the International Society for Autism Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300083/mr-guided-parenchymal-delivery-of-adeno-associated-viral-vector-serotype-5-in-non-human-primate-brain
#5
L Samaranch, B Blits, W San Sebastian, P Hadaczek, J Bringas, V Sudhakar, M Macayan, P J Pivirotto, H Petry, K S Bankiewicz
The present study was designed to characterize transduction of non-human primate brain and spinal cord with AAV5 viral vector after parenchymal delivery. AAV5-CAG-GFP (1 × 10(13) vector genomes per milliliter (vg ml(-1))) was bilaterally infused either into putamen, thalamus or with the combination left putamen and right thalamus. Robust expression of GFP was seen throughout infusion sites and also in other distal nuclei. Interestingly, thalamic infusion of AAV5 resulted in the transduction of the entire corticospinal axis, indicating transport of AAV5 over long distances...
March 16, 2017: Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28297672/identification-of-intrinsic-axon-growth-modulators-for-intact-cns-neurons-after-injury
#6
Kathren L Fink, Francesc López-Giráldez, In-Jung Kim, Stephen M Strittmatter, William B J Cafferty
Functional deficits persist after spinal cord injury (SCI) because axons in the adult mammalian central nervous system (CNS) fail to regenerate. However, modest levels of spontaneous functional recovery are typically observed after trauma and are thought to be mediated by the plasticity of intact circuitry. The mechanisms underlying intact circuit plasticity are not delineated. Here, we characterize the in vivo transcriptome of sprouting intact neurons from Ngr1 null mice after partial SCI. We identify the lysophosphatidic acid signaling modulators LPPR1 and LPAR1 as intrinsic axon growth modulators for intact corticospinal motor neurons after adjacent injury...
March 14, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293701/diffusion-tensor-imaging-as-a-prognostic-biomarker-for-motor-recovery-and-rehabilitation-after-stroke
#7
REVIEW
Josep Puig, Gerard Blasco, Gottfried Schlaug, Cathy M Stinear, Pepus Daunis-I-Estadella, Carles Biarnes, Jaume Figueras, Joaquín Serena, Maria Hernández-Pérez, Angel Alberich-Bayarri, Mar Castellanos, David S Liebeskind, Andrew M Demchuk, Bijoy K Menon, Götz Thomalla, Kambiz Nael, Max Wintermark, Salvador Pedraza
PURPOSE: Despite improved acute treatment and new tools to facilitate recovery, most patients have motor deficits after stroke, often causing disability. However, motor impairment varies considerably among patients, and recovery in the acute/subacute phase is difficult to predict using clinical measures alone, particularly in severely impaired patients. Accurate early prediction of recovery would help rationalize rehabilitation goals and improve the design of trials testing strategies to facilitate recovery...
March 14, 2017: Neuroradiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28290507/inhibitory-interneuron-circuits-at-cortical-and-spinal-levels-are-associated-with-individual-differences-in-corticomuscular-coherence-during-isometric-voluntary-contraction
#8
Ryosuke Matsuya, Junichi Ushiyama, Junichi Ushiba
Corticomuscular coherence (CMC) is an oscillatory synchronization of 15-35 Hz (β-band) between electroencephalogram (EEG) of the sensorimotor cortex and electromyogram of contracting muscles. Although we reported that the magnitude of CMC varies among individuals, the physiological mechanisms underlying this variation are still unclear. Here, we aimed to investigate the associations between CMC and intracortical inhibition (ICI) in the primary motor cortex (M1)/recurrent inhibition (RI) in the spinal cord, which probably affect oscillatory neural activities...
March 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28290072/changes-in-brain-white-matter-integrity-after-systemic-treatment-for-breast-cancer-a-prospective-longitudinal-study
#9
Sanne Menning, Michiel B de Ruiter, Dick J Veltman, Willem Boogerd, Hester S A Oldenburg, Liesbeth Reneman, Sanne B Schagen
An increasing number of studies suggest chemotherapy for breast cancer may be neurotoxic. Cross-sectional MRI diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) studies suggest a vulnerability of brain white matter to various chemotherapeutic regimens. Up till now, this was confirmed in one prospective DTI study: Deprez et al. (2012) showed a widespread decline in fractional anisotropy (FA) of breast cancer patients after chemotherapy consisting of 5-fluorouracil (5-FU), epirubicin and cyclophosphamide (FEC) +/- taxanes +/- endocrine treatment...
March 13, 2017: Brain Imaging and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289648/diagnostic-challenge-of-diffusion-tensor-imaging-in-a-patient-with-hemiplegia-after-traumatic-brain-injury
#10
Hye Eun Shin, Hoon Chang Suh, Si Hyun Kang, Kyung Mook Seo, Don-Kyu Kim, Hae-Won Shin
A 51-year-old man showed hemiplegia on his right side after a traumatic brain injury (TBI). On initial brain computed tomography (CT) scan, an acute subdural hemorrhage in the right cerebral convexity and severe degrees of midline shifting and subfalcine herniation to the left side were evident. On follow-up brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), there were multiple microhemorrhages in the left parietal and occipital subcortical regions. To explain the occurrence of right hemiplegia after brain damage which dominantly on the right side of brain, we used diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) to reconstruct the corticospinal tract (CST), which showed nearly complete injury on the left CST...
February 2017: Annals of Rehabilitation Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289599/quantitative-measures-of-walking-and-strength-provide-insight-into-brain-corticospinal-tract-pathology-in-multiple-sclerosis
#11
Nora E Fritz, Jennifer Keller, Peter A Calabresi, Kathleen M Zackowski
At least 85% of individuals with multiple sclerosis report walking dysfunction as their primary complaint. Walking and strength measures are common clinical measures to mark increasing disability or improvement with rehabilitation. Previous studies have shown an association between strength or walking ability and spinal cord MRI measures, and strength measures with brainstem corticospinal tract magnetization transfer ratio. However, the relationship between walking performance and brain corticospinal tract magnetization transfer imaging measures and the contribution of clinical measurements of walking and strength to the underlying integrity of the corticospinal tract has not been explored in multiple sclerosis...
2017: NeuroImage: Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28286008/compound-heterozygous-variants-in-robo1-cause-a-neurodevelopmental-disorder-with-absence-of-transverse-pontine-fibers-and-thinning-of-the-anterior-commissure-and-corpus-callosum
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Sonia F Calloni, Julie S Cohen, Avner Meoded, Jane Juusola, Fabio M Triulzi, Thierry A G M Huisman, Andrea Poretti, Ali Fatemi
BACKGROUND: Axonal guidance disorders are characterized by white matter tracts with an anomalous course, failure to cross the midline, or presence of anomalous white matter tracts. Diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) is a suitable noninvasive, in vivo neuroimaging tool to study axonal guidance disorders. We describe a novel disorder in a boy with compound heterozygous variants in the ROBO1 gene. PATIENT DESCRIPTION: The child was referred at age 13 months because of developmental delay...
February 2, 2017: Pediatric Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28284580/preoperative-navigated-transcranial-magnetic-stimulation-and-tractography-in-transparietal-approach-to-the-trigone-of-the-lateral-ventricle
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Philipp Hendrix, Sebastian Senger, Christoph J Griessenauer, Andreas Simgen, Stefan Linsler, Joachim Oertel
OBJECTIVE: Eloquent neural structures including white matter tracts surround the trigone of the lateral ventricle. Surgical resection of trigonal tumors via the transparietal approach may cause neurological deterioration depending on the trajectory. METHODS: The authors retrospectively reviewed patients with trigonal tumors that underwent combined preoperative navigated transcranial magnetic stimulation (nTMS) and optic radiation tractography to guide a transparietal approach towards the trigone...
March 8, 2017: Journal of Clinical Neuroscience: Official Journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28278300/physical-activity-levels-determine-exercise-induced-changes-in-brain-excitability
#14
Tea Lulic, Jenin El-Sayes, Hunter J Fassett, Aimee J Nelson
Emerging evidence suggests that regular physical activity can impact cortical function and facilitate plasticity. In the present study, we examined how physical activity levels influence corticospinal excitability and intracortical circuitry in motor cortex following a single session of moderate intensity aerobic exercise. We aimed to determine whether exercise-induced short-term plasticity differed between high versus low physically active individuals. Participants included twenty-eight young, healthy adults divided into two equal groups based on physical activity level determined by the International Physical Activity Questionnaire: low-to-moderate (LOW) and high (HIGH) physical activity...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28269496/the-correlation-between-transcranial-magnetic-stimulation-parameters-and-neuromuscular-properties-in-children-with-cerebral-palsy
#15
H Marzbani, Sh Parvin, S Amiri, M Lotfian, M R Kharazi, Sh Azizi, M M Mirbagheri
We studied the correlation between corticospinal signaling and neuromuscular properties in children with Cerebral Palsy (CP). Corticospinal signaling was evaluated using Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS). Neuromuscular properties were quantified using Hoffmann reflex (H-reflex), sonoelastography, clinical measurements, and isokinetic measures. In particular, we determined the relationship between the TMS parameters of the ankle joint and the neuromuscular features of ankle extensors and flexors as well as popular clinical measures of gait speed, endurance, balance and mobility...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28268895/prediction-of-forelimb-muscle-emgs-from-the-corticospinal-signals-in-rats
#16
Sinan Gok, Mesut Sahin
To generate voluntary forearm movements, the information that is encoded in the activity of the cortical neurons has to travel through the spinal cord and activate the skeletal muscles. The axons carrying these signals are tightly bundled together in the descending tracts that control the spinal circuitry innervating the forearm muscles. In this paper, we show that corticospinal tract (CST) signals can be used to predict forearm electromyographic (EMG) activities that are recorded during an isometric-pull task...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28268673/development-of-a-closed-loop-system-for-tremor-suppression-in-patients-with-parkinson-s-disease
#17
F L Xu, M Z Hao, S Q Xu, Z X Hu, Q Xiao, N Lan
More than 70% of patients suffering Parkinson's disease (PD) exhibit resting tremor in their extremities, hampering their ability to perform daily activities. Based on our earlier studies on corticospinal transmission of tremor signals [10,11], we hypothesize that cutaneous afferents evoked by surface stimulation can produce an inhibitory effect on propriospinal neurons (PN), which in turn will suppress tremor signals passing through the PN. This paper presents the development of a closed-loop system for tremor suppression by transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) of sensory fibers beneath the skin...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28265259/remodeling-brain-activity-by-repetitive-cervicothoracic-transspinal-stimulation-after-human-spinal-cord-injury
#18
Lynda M Murray, Maria Knikou
Interventions that can produce targeted brain plasticity after human spinal cord injury (SCI) are needed for restoration of impaired movement in these patients. In this study, we tested the effects of repetitive cervicothoracic transspinal stimulation in one person with cervical motor incomplete SCI on cortical and corticospinal excitability, which were assessed via transcranial magnetic stimulation with paired and single pulses, respectively. We found that repetitive cervicothoracic transspinal stimulation potentiated intracortical facilitation in flexor and extensor wrist muscles, recovered intracortical inhibition in the more impaired wrist flexor muscle, increased corticospinal excitability bilaterally, and improved voluntary muscle strength...
2017: Frontiers in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28264096/diagnostic-and-prognostic-biomarkers-in-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis-neurofilament-light-chain-levels-in-definite-subtypes-of-disease
#19
Alessandra Gaiani, Ilaria Martinelli, Luca Bello, Giorgia Querin, Marco Puthenparampil, Susanna Ruggero, Elisabetta Toffanin, Annachiara Cagnin, Chiara Briani, Elena Pegoraro, Gianni Sorarù
Importance: A clearer definition of the role of neurofilament light chain (NFL) as a biomarker in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is needed. Objectives: To assess the ability of NFL to serve as a diagnostic biomarker in ALS and the prognostic value of cerebrospinal fluid NFL in patients with ALS. Design, Setting, and Participants: In this single-center, retrospective, longitudinal study, disease progression was assessed by the ALS Functional Rating Score-Revised and the ALS Milano-Torino Staging system at baseline and 6, 12, 24, and 36 months...
March 6, 2017: JAMA Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28256638/higher-order-power-harmonics-of-pulsed-electrical-stimulation-modulates-corticospinal-contribution-of-peripheral-nerve-stimulation
#20
Chiun-Fan Chen, Marom Bikson, Li-Wei Chou, Chunlei Shan, Niranjan Khadka, Wen-Shiang Chen, Felipe Fregni
It is well established that electrical-stimulation frequency is crucial to determining the scale of induced neuromodulation, particularly when attempting to modulate corticospinal excitability. However, the modulatory effects of stimulation frequency are not only determined by its absolute value but also by other parameters such as power at harmonics. The stimulus pulse shape further influences parameters such as excitation threshold and fiber selectivity. The explicit role of the power in these harmonics in determining the outcome of stimulation has not previously been analyzed...
March 3, 2017: Scientific Reports
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