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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28935421/stimtrack-an-open-source-software-for-manual-transcranial-magnetic-stimulation-coil-positioning
#1
Emilia Ambrosini, Simona Ferrante, Mark van de Ruit, Stefano Biguzzi, Vera Colombo, Marco Monticone, Giorgio Ferriero, Alessandra Pedrocchi, Giancarlo Ferrigno, Michael J Grey
BACKGROUND: During Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) experiments researchers often use a neuronavigation system to precisely and accurately maintain coil position and orientation. NEW METHOD: This study aimed to develop and validate an open-source software for TMS coil navigation. StimTrack uses an optical tracker and an intuitive user interface to facilitate the maintenance of position and orientation of any type of coil within and between sessions. Additionally, online access to navigation data is provided, hereby adding e...
September 18, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28935187/differentiation-of-motor-evoked-potentials-elicited-from-multiple-forearm-muscles-an-investigation-with-high-density-surface-electromyography
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J L Neva, A Gallina, S Peters, S J Garland, L A Boyd
Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is a non-invasive method to measure corticospinal excitability of the primary motor cortex. However, motor evoked potentials (MEPs) elicited by TMS in a target muscle are variable; inconsistent MEPs may be due to overlapping cortical muscle representations and/or volume conduction from neighbouring muscles. The source of variable muscle responses may not be apparent using conventional bipolar electromyography (EMG), particularly over areas with several distinct neighbouring muscles (e...
September 18, 2017: Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934374/the-effect-of-white-matter-hyperintensities-on-statistical-analysis-of-diffusion-tensor-imaging-in-cognitively-healthy-elderly-and-prodromal-alzheimer-s-disease
#3
Daniel Svärd, Markus Nilsson, Björn Lampinen, Jimmy Lätt, Pia C Sundgren, Erik Stomrud, Lennart Minthon, Oskar Hansson, Danielle van Westen
Diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) has been used to study microstructural white matter alterations in a variety of conditions including normal aging and Alzheimer's disease (AD). White matter hyperintensities (WMH) are common in cognitively healthy elderly as well as in AD and exhibit elevated mean diffusivity (MD) and reduced fractional anisotropy (FA). However, the effect of WMH on statistical analysis of DTI estimates has not been thoroughly studied. In the present study we address this in two ways. First, we investigate the effect of WMH on MD and FA in the dorsal and ventral cingulum, the superior longitudinal fasciculus, and the corticospinal tract, by comparing two matched groups of cognitively healthy elderly (n = 21 + 21) with unequal WMH load...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931811/distal-axotomy-enhances-retrograde-presynaptic-excitability-onto-injured-pyramidal-neurons-via-trans-synaptic-signaling
#4
Tharkika Nagendran, Rylan S Larsen, Rebecca L Bigler, Shawn B Frost, Benjamin D Philpot, Randolph J Nudo, Anne Marion Taylor
Injury of CNS nerve tracts remodels circuitry through dendritic spine loss and hyper-excitability, thus influencing recovery. Due to the complexity of the CNS, a mechanistic understanding of injury-induced synaptic remodeling remains unclear. Using microfluidic chambers to separate and injure distal axons, we show that axotomy causes retrograde dendritic spine loss at directly injured pyramidal neurons followed by retrograde presynaptic hyper-excitability. These remodeling events require activity at the site of injury, axon-to-soma signaling, and transcription...
September 20, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931252/a-simplified-method-of-accurate-postprocessing-of-diffusion-tensor-imaging-for-use-in-brain-tumor-resection
#5
Phillip A Bonney, Andrew K Conner, Lillian B Boettcher, Ahmed A Cheema, Chad A Glenn, Adam D Smitherman, Nathan A Pittman, Michael E Sughrue
BACKGROUND: Use of diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) in brain tumor resection has been limited in part by a perceived difficulty in implementing the techniques into neurosurgical practice. OBJECTIVE: To demonstrate a simple DTI postprocessing method performed without a neuroscientist and to share results in preserving patient function while aggressively resecting tumors. METHODS: DTI data are obtained in all patients with tumors located within presumed eloquent cortices...
February 1, 2017: Operative Neurosurgery (Hagerstown, Md.)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926131/region-specific-impairment-of-the-cervical-spinal-cord-sc-in-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis-a-preliminary-study-using-sc-templates-and-quantitative-mri-diffusion-tensor-imaging-inhomogeneous-magnetization-transfer
#6
Henitsoa Rasoanandrianina, Aude-Marie Grapperon, Manuel Taso, Olivier M Girard, Guillaume Duhamel, Maxime Guye, Jean-Philippe Ranjeva, Shahram Attarian, Annie Verschueren, Virginie Callot
In this preliminary study, our objective was to investigate the potential of high-resolution anatomical imaging, diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) and conventional/inhomogeneous magnetization transfer imaging [magnetization transfer (MT)/inhomogeneous magnetization transfer (ihMT)] at 3 T, analyzed with template-extracted regions of interest, to measure the atrophy and structural changes of white (WM) and gray (GM) matter spinal cord (SC) occurring in patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Ten patients with ALS and 20 age-matched healthy controls were recruited...
September 19, 2017: NMR in Biomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921683/corticospinal-responses-following-strength-training-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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REVIEW
Dawson J Kidgell, Daniel R Bonanno, Ashlyn K Frazer, Glyn Howatson, Alan J Pearce
Strength-training results in changes in skeletal muscle, however, changes in the central nervous system also occur. Over the last 15 years, non-invasive brain stimulation techniques, such as transcranial magnetic stimulation, have been used to study the neural adaptations to strength-training. This review explored the hypothesis that the neural adaptations to strength-training may be due to changes in corticospinal excitability and inhibition and, such changes, contribute to the gain in strength following strength-training...
September 18, 2017: European Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917695/the-impact-of-gabaergic-drugs-on-tms-induced-brain-oscillations-in-human-motor-cortex
#8
Isabella Premoli, Til O Bergmann, Matteo Fecchio, Mario Rosanova, Andrea Biondi, Paolo Belardinelli, Ulf Ziemann
Brain responses to transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) as measured with electroencephalography (EEG) have so far been assessed either by TMS-evoked EEG potentials (TEPs), mostly reflecting phase-locked neuronal activity, or time-frequency-representations (TFRs), reflecting oscillatory power arising from a mixture of both evoked (i.e., phase-locked) and induced (i.e., non-phase-locked) responses. Single-pulse TMS of the human primary motor cortex induces a specific pattern of oscillatory changes, characterized by an early (30-200 ms after TMS) synchronization in the α- and β-bands over the stimulated sensorimotor cortex and adjacent lateral frontal cortex, followed by a late (200-400 ms) α- and β-desynchronization over the stimulated and contralateral sensorimotor cortex...
September 14, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28913326/improvement-in-white-matter-tract-reconstruction-with-constrained-spherical-deconvolution-and-track-density-mapping-in-low-angular-resolution-data-a-pediatric-study-and-literature-review
#9
Benedetta Toselli, Domenico Tortora, Mariasavina Severino, Gabriele Arnulfo, Andrea Canessa, Giovanni Morana, Andrea Rossi, Marco Massimo Fato
INTRODUCTION: Diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance imaging (DW-MRI) allows noninvasive investigation of brain structure in vivo. Diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) is a frequently used application of DW-MRI that assumes a single main diffusion direction per voxel, and is therefore not well suited for reconstructing crossing fiber tracts. Among the solutions developed to overcome this problem, constrained spherical deconvolution with probabilistic tractography (CSD-PT) has provided superior quality results in clinical settings on adult subjects; however, it requires particular acquisition parameters and long sequences, which may limit clinical usage in the pediatric age group...
2017: Frontiers in Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910370/intra-and-inter-session-reliability-of-rapid-transcranial-magnetic-stimulation-stimulus-response-curves-of-tibialis-anterior-muscle-in-healthy-older-adults
#10
Elisabetta Peri, Emilia Ambrosini, Vera Maria Colombo, Mark van de Ruit, Michael J Grey, Marco Monticone, Giorgio Ferriero, Alessandra Pedrocchi, Giancarlo Ferrigno, Simona Ferrante
OBJECTIVE: The clinical use of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) as a technique to assess corticospinal excitability is limited by the time for data acquisition and the measurement variability. This study aimed at evaluating the reliability of Stimulus-Response (SR) curves acquired with a recently proposed rapid protocol on tibialis anterior muscle of healthy older adults. METHODS: Twenty-four neurologically-intact adults (age:55-75 years) were recruited for this test-retest study...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28906346/time-course-of-changes-in-corticospinal-excitability-after-short-term-forearm-hand-immobilization
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Tetsuya Karita, Akihiro Matsuura, Yoshihiro Kondo, Kohta Tomimura, Nao Nakada, Futoshi Mori
The short-term joint immobilization induces a decrease of corticospinal excitability; however, detailed time course of the immobilization-induced central nervous system changes and their extent have not yet been clarified. To evaluate the time course of changes in corticospinal excitability during forearm/hand immobilization for 24 h and investigate the effect on muscle strength, adhesive casting tape was used to immobilize the nondominant forearm/hand. The amplitude of the motor-evoked potential of the flexor pollicis brevis muscle induced by transcranial magnetic stimulation was measured during immobilization and after cast removal...
September 12, 2017: Neuroreport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28906341/the-neurophysiology-of-paediatric-movement-disorders
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Verity M McClelland
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: To demonstrate how neurophysiological tools have advanced our understanding of the pathophysiology of paediatric movement disorders, and of neuroplasticity in the developing brain. RECENT FINDINGS: Delineation of corticospinal tract connectivity using transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is being investigated as a potential biomarker for response to therapy. TMS measures of cortical excitability and neuroplasticity are also being used to investigate the effects of therapy, demonstrating neuroplastic changes that relate to functional improvements...
September 12, 2017: Current Opinion in Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28904231/interactions-between-the-corticospinal-tract-and-premotor-motor-pathways-for-residual-motor-output-after-stroke
#13
Robert Schulz, Eunhee Park, Jungsoo Lee, Won Hyuk Chang, Ahee Lee, Yun-Hee Kim, Friedhelm C Hummel
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Brain imaging has continuously enhanced our understanding how different brain networks contribute to motor recovery after stroke. However, the present models are still incomplete and do not fit for every patient. The interaction between the degree of damage of the corticospinal tract (CST) and of corticocortical motor connections, that is, the influence of the microstructural state of one connection on the importance of another has been largely neglected. METHODS: Applying diffusion-weighted imaging and probabilistic tractography, we investigated cross-network interactions between the integrity of ipsilesional CST and ipsilesional corticocortical motor pathways for variance in residual motor outcome in 53 patients with subacute stroke...
September 13, 2017: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28893422/the-brain-is-needed-to-cure-spinal-cord-injury
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REVIEW
Tadashi Isa
Damage to corticospinal fibers in the cervical spinal cord is known to impair dexterous hand movements. However, accumulating evidence has shown that precision grip can recover considerably through rehabilitative training. Recent multidisciplinary studies have revealed that, at the spinal level, this recovery is possible due to an indirect neural pathway through propriospinal neurons (PNs), which relay cortical commands to hand motoneurons. Although this indirect spinal pathway is heavily involved in recovery, its role is dwarfed by a simultaneous large-scale network reorganization spanning motor-related cortices and mesolimbic structures...
September 8, 2017: Trends in Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28889119/sham-transcranial-electrical-stimulation-and-its-effects-on-corticospinal-excitability-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#15
Thusharika D Dissanayaka, Maryam Zoghi, Michael Farrell, Gary F Egan, Shapour Jaberzadeh
Sham stimulation is used in randomized controlled trials (RCTs) to assess the efficacy of active stimulation and placebo effects. It should mimic the characteristics of active stimulation to achieve blinding integrity. The present study was a systematic review and meta-analysis of the published literature to identify the effects of sham transcranial electrical stimulation (tES) - including anodal and cathodal transcranial direct current stimulation (a-tDCS, c-tDCS), transcranial alternating current stimulation (tACS), transcranial random noise stimulation (tRNS) and transcranial pulsed current stimulation (tPCS) - on corticospinal excitability (CSE), compared to baseline in healthy individuals...
September 11, 2017: Reviews in the Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28884806/neurophysiological-mechanisms-and-functional-impact-of-mirror-movements-in-children-with-unilateral-spastic-cerebral-palsy
#16
REVIEW
Hsing-Ching Kuo, Kathleen M Friel, Andrew M Gordon
Children with unilateral spastic cerebral palsy (CP) often have mirror movements, i.e. involuntary imitations of unilateral voluntary movements of the contralateral upper extremity. The pathophysiology of mirror movements has been investigated in small and heterogeneous cohorts in the literature. Specific pathophysiology of mirror movements and their impact on upper extremity function require systematic investigation in larger and homogeneous cohorts of children with unilateral spastic CP. Here we review two possible neurophysiological mechanisms underlying mirror movements in children with CP and those with typical development: (1) an ipsilateral corticospinal tract projecting from the contralesional motor cortex (M1) to both upper extremities; (2) insufficient interhemispheric inhibition between the two M1s...
September 8, 2017: Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28879576/effects-of-acute-resistance-training-modality-on-corticospinal-excitability-intra-cortical-and-neuromuscular-responses
#17
Christopher Latella, Wei-Peng Teo, Dale Harris, Brendan Major, Dan VanderWesthuizen, Ashlee M Hendy
OBJECTIVE: Although neural adaptations from strength training are known to occur, the acute responses associated with heavy-strength (HST) and hypertrophy training (HYT) remain unclear. Therefore, we aimed to compare the acute behaviour of corticospinal responses following a single session of HST vs HYT over a 72-h period. METHODS: Fourteen participants completed a random counterbalanced, crossover study that consisted of a single HST session [5 sets × 3 repetition maximum (RM)], a HYT session (3 sets × 12 RM) of the leg extensors and a control session (CON)...
September 6, 2017: European Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28878479/prediction-of-prognosis-of-upper-extremity-function-following-stroke-related-paralysis-using-brain-imaging
#18
Akira Nakashima, Takefumi Moriuchi, Wataru Mitsunaga, Takehito Yonezawa, Hideki Kataoka, Ryusei Nakashima, Tetsuji Koizumi, Tadashi Shimizu, Nobutoshi Ryu, Toshio Higashi
[Purpose] Diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) has attracted attention as a method for determining prognosis following paralysis after stroke. However, DTI can assess the degree of damage to the corticospinal tract but cannot evaluate other brain regions. In this study, we examined in detail the prognosis of upper-limb function of the paralyzed side following stroke, using DTI and voxel-based morphometry (VBM). [Subjects and Methods] We studied 17 consecutive patients diagnosed with stroke, including hemorrhagic and ischemic types, who exhibited hemiparesis and were treated in our hospital...
August 2017: Journal of Physical Therapy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28874746/rgma-inhibition-with-human-monoclonal-antibodies-promotes-regeneration-plasticity-and-repair-and-attenuates-neuropathic-pain-after-spinal-cord-injury
#19
Andrea J Mothe, Nardos G Tassew, Alirezha P Shabanzadeh, Romeo Penheiro, Robin J Vigouroux, Lili Huang, Christine Grinnell, Yi-Fang Cui, Emma Fung, Philippe P Monnier, Bernhard K Mueller, Charles H Tator
Traumatic spinal cord injury (SCI) causes a cascade of degenerative events including cell death, axonal damage, and the upregulation of inhibitory molecules which prevent regeneration and limit recovery. Repulsive guidance molecule A (RGMa) is a potent neurite growth inhibitor in the central nervous system, exerting its repulsive activity by binding the Neogenin receptor. Here, we show for the first time that inhibitory RGMa is markedly upregulated in multiple cell types after clinically relevant impact-compression SCI in rats, and importantly, also in the injured human spinal cord...
September 5, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28871262/role-of-neuroinflammation-in-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis-cellular-mechanisms-and-therapeutic-implications
#20
REVIEW
Jia Liu, Fei Wang
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects upper motor neurons (MNs) comprising the corticospinal tract and lower MNs arising from the brain stem nuclei and ventral roots of the spinal cord, leading to fatal paralysis. Currently, there are no effective therapies for ALS. Increasing evidence indicates that neuroinflammation plays an important role in ALS pathogenesis. The neuroinflammation in ALS is characterized by infiltration of lymphocytes and macrophages, activation of microglia and reactive astrocytes, as well as the involvement of complement...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
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