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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525604/decomposing-tool-action-observation-a-stereo-eeg-study
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F Caruana, P Avanzini, R Mai, V Pelliccia, G LoRusso, G Rizzolatti, G A Orban
A description of the spatiotemporal dynamics of human cortical activity during cognitive tasks is a fundamental goal of neuroscience. In the present study, we employed stereo-EEG in order to assess the neural activity during tool-action observation. We recorded from 49 epileptic patients (5502 leads) implanted with intracerebral electrodes, while they observed tool and hand actions. We deconstructed actions into 3 events-video onset, action onset, and tool-object contact-and assessed how different brain regions respond to these events...
May 19, 2017: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522533/a-dedicated-network-for-social-interaction-processing-in-the-primate-brain
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J Sliwa, W A Freiwald
Primate cognition requires interaction processing. Interactions can reveal otherwise hidden properties of intentional agents, such as thoughts and feelings, and of inanimate objects, such as mass and material. Where and how interaction analyses are implemented in the brain is unknown. Using whole-brain functional magnetic resonance imaging in macaque monkeys, we discovered a network centered in the medial and ventrolateral prefrontal cortex that is exclusively engaged in social interaction analysis. Exclusivity of specialization was found for no other function anywhere in the brain...
May 19, 2017: Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521138/transformation-of-cortex-wide-emergent-properties-during-motor-learning
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Hiroshi Makino, Chi Ren, Haixin Liu, An Na Kim, Neehar Kondapaneni, Xin Liu, Duygu Kuzum, Takaki Komiyama
Learning involves a transformation of brain-wide operation dynamics. However, our understanding of learning-related changes in macroscopic dynamics is limited. Here, we monitored cortex-wide activity of the mouse brain using wide-field calcium imaging while the mouse learned a motor task over weeks. Over learning, the sequential activity across cortical modules became temporally more compressed, and its trial-by-trial variability decreased. Moreover, a new flow of activity emerged during learning, originating from premotor cortex (M2), and M2 became predictive of the activity of many other modules...
May 17, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521132/linking-neurons-to-network-function-and-behavior-by-two-photon-holographic-optogenetics-and-volumetric-imaging
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Marco Dal Maschio, Joseph C Donovan, Thomas O Helmbrecht, Herwig Baier
We introduce a flexible method for high-resolution interrogation of circuit function, which combines simultaneous 3D two-photon stimulation of multiple targeted neurons, volumetric functional imaging, and quantitative behavioral tracking. This integrated approach was applied to dissect how an ensemble of premotor neurons in the larval zebrafish brain drives a basic motor program, the bending of the tail. We developed an iterative photostimulation strategy to identify minimal subsets of channelrhodopsin (ChR2)-expressing neurons that are sufficient to initiate tail movements...
May 17, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521122/ready-steady-go-imaging-cortical-activity-during-movement-planning-and-execution
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Arkarup Banerjee, Michael A Long
In this issue of Neuron, Chen et al. (2017) examine premotor activity representing motor planning, Allen et al. (2017) observe the global representation of goal-directed movement on the cortical network, and Makino et al. (2017) track changes in such dynamics throughout learning.
May 17, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520647/altered-brain-structure-and-function-associated-with-sensory-and-affective-components-of-classic-trigeminal-neuralgia
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Yuan Wang, Dong-Yuan Cao, Bethany Remeniuk, Samuel Krimmel, David A Seminowicz, Ming Zhang
Classic trigeminal neuralgia (CTN) is a chronic neuropathic pain state characterized by intense, piercing spasms of the orofacial region, and may be attributable to abnormal pain processing in the central nervous system. Our study investigated neuronal alterations using voxel-based morphometry (VBM), diffuse tensor imaging (DTI), and resting state functional connectivity in 38 CTN patients and 38 matched healthy controls. For VBM analyses, CTN patients displayed gray matter volume (GMV) reductions in the anterior and mid cingulate cortex (ACC and MCC), insula, secondary somatosensory cortex (S2), primary motor cortex (M1), premotor area (PMA), and several regions in the temporal lobe...
May 16, 2017: Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28514229/an-open-source-wireless-capable-miniature-microscope-system
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William A Liberti, L Nathan Perkins, Daniel P Leman, Timothy J Gardner
OBJECTIVE: Fluorescence imaging through head-mounted microscopes in freely behaving animals is becoming a standard method to study neural circuit function. Flexible, open-source designs are needed to spur evolution of the method. APPROACH: We describe a miniature microscope for single-photon fluorescence imaging in freely behaving animals. The device is made from 3D printed parts and off-the-shelf components. These microscopes weigh less than 1.8 g, can be configured to image a variety of fluorophores, and can be used wirelessly or in conjunction with active commutators...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Neural Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511254/genetic-forms-of-parkinson-s-disease
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Christine Y Kim, Roy N Alcalay
One of the greatest advances in Parkinson's disease (PD) research in the past two decades has been a better understanding of PD genetics. Of the many candidate genes investigated, the best studied include LRRK2, SNCA, VPS35, Parkin, PINK1, and DJ1. The authors review the key clinical features of these monogenic forms, as well as for the prevalent risk factor gene, GBA, including the phenotype, clinical course, and treatment response. They also outline areas for future investigation: longitudinal studies of PD's clinical course, the identification of its premotor manifestations, and its specific mechanisms of pathogenicity...
April 2017: Seminars in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505968/inflammation-amyloid-and-atrophy-in-the-aging-brain-relationships-with-longitudinal-changes-in-cognition
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Roser Sala-Llonch, Ane-Victoria Idland, Tom Borza, Leiv Otto Watne, Torgeir Bruun Wyller, Anne Brækhus, Henrik Zetterberg, Kaj Blennow, Kristine Beate Walhovd, Anders Martin Fjell
Amyloid deposition occurs in aging, even in individuals free from cognitive symptoms, and is often interpreted as preclinical Alzheimer's disease (AD) pathophysiology. YKL-40 is a marker of neuroinflammation, being increased in AD, and hypothesized to interact with amyloid-β (Aβ) in causing cognitive decline early in the cascade of AD pathophysiology. Whether and how Aβ and YKL-40 affect brain and cognitive changes in cognitively healthy older adults is still unknown. We studied 89 participants (mean age: 73...
May 8, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28503804/neural-correlates-of-visuomotor-adjustments-during-scaling-of-human-finger-movements-fmri-during-visuomotor-scaling-of-finger-movements
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Johannes Brand, Lars Michels, Romy Bakker, Marie-Claude Hepp-Reymond, Daniel Kiper, Manfred Morari, Kynan Eng
Visually guided finger movements include online feedback of current effector position to guide target approach. This visual feedback may be scaled or otherwise distorted by unpredictable perturbations. Although adjustments to visual feedback scaling have been studied before, the underlying brain activation differences between upscaling (visual feedback larger than real movement) and downscaling (feedback smaller than real movement) are currently unknown. Brain activation differences between upscaling and downscaling might be expected because within-trial adjustments during upscaling require corrective backwards accelerations, whereas correcting for downscaling requires forward accelerations...
May 15, 2017: European Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28501539/spatiotemporal-oscillatory-dynamics-of-visual-selective-attention-during-a-flanker-task
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Timothy J McDermott, Alex I Wiesman, Amy L Proskovec, Elizabeth Heinrichs-Graham, Tony W Wilson
The flanker task is a test of visual selective attention that has been widely used to probe error monitoring, response conflict, and related constructs. However, to date, few studies have focused on the selective attention component of this task and imaged the underlying oscillatory dynamics serving task performance. In this study, 21 healthy adults successfully completed an arrow-based version of the Eriksen flanker task during magnetoencephalography (MEG). All MEG data were pre-processed and transformed into the time-frequency domain...
May 10, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28490836/prior-knowledge-of-target-direction-and-intended-movement-selection-improves-indirect-reaching-movement-decoding
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Hongbao Li, Yaoyao Hao, Shaomin Zhang, Yiwen Wang, Weidong Chen, Xiaoxiang Zheng
Objective. Previous studies have demonstrated that target direction information presented by the dorsal premotor cortex (PMd) during movement planning could be incorporated into neural decoder for achieving better decoding performance. It is still unknown whether the neural decoder combined with only target direction could work in more complex tasks where obstacles impeded direct reaching paths. Methods. In this study, spike activities were collected from the PMd of two monkeys when performing a delayed obstacle-avoidance task...
2017: Behavioural Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28487639/reticular-formation-connections-underlying-horizontal-gaze-the-central-mesencephalic-reticular-formation-cmrf-as-a-conduit-for-the-collicular-saccade-signal
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Niping Wang, Eddie Perkins, Lan Zhou, Susan Warren, Paul J May
The central mesencephalic reticular formation (cMRF) occupies much of the core of the midbrain tegmentum. Physiological studies indicate that it is involved in controlling gaze changes, particularly horizontal saccades. Anatomically, it receives input from the ipsilateral superior colliculus (SC) and it has downstream projections to the brainstem, including the horizontal gaze center located in the paramedian pontine reticular formation (PPRF). Consequently, it has been hypothesized that the cMRF plays a role in the spatiotemporal transformation needed to convert spatially coded collicular saccade signals into the temporally coded signals utilized by the premotor neurons of the horizontal gaze center...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroanatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28484419/altered-functional-connectivity-of-striatal-subregions-in-patients-with-multiple-sclerosis
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Fangyuan Cui, Li Zhou, Zengjian Wang, Courtney Lang, Joel Park, Zhongjian Tan, Yao Yu, Chunyan Sun, Ying Gao, Jian Kong
Abnormal corticostriatal resting-state functional connectivity (rsFC) has been implicated in the neuropathology of multiple sclerosis. The striatum, a component of the basal ganglia, is involved in diverse functions including movement, cognition, emotion, and limbic information processing. However, the brain circuits of the striatal subregions contributing to the changes in rsFC in relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS) patients remain unknown. We used six subdivisions of the striatum in each hemisphere as seeds to investigate the rsFC of striatal subregions between RRMS patients and matched healthy controls (HCs)...
2017: Frontiers in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28479130/increased-brain-activation-during-motor-imagery-suggests-central-abnormality-in-neonatal-brachial-plexus-palsy
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Galia V Anguelova, Serge Rombouts, J Gert van Dijk, Pieter F Buur, Martijn J A Malessy
Neonatal Brachial Plexus Palsy (NBPP) may lead to permanent impairment of arm function. As NBPP occurs when central motor programs develop, these may be ill-formed. We studied elbow flexion and motor imagery with fMRI to search for abnormal motor programming. We compared the cortical activity of adults with conservatively treated NBPP to that of healthy individuals stratified for hand dominance, using fMRI BOLD tasks of elbow flexion and motor imagery of flexion. Additionally, resting-state networks and regional gray matter volume were studied...
May 4, 2017: Neuroscience Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28473763/the-optimal-speed-for-cortical-activation-of-passive-wrist-movements-performed-by-a-rehabilitation-robot-a-functional-nirs-study
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Sung Jin Bae, Sung Ho Jang, Jeong Pyo Seo, Pyung Hun Chang
Objectives: To advance development of rehabilitation robots, the conditions to induce appropriate brain activation during rehabilitation performed by robots should be optimized, based on the concept of brain plasticity. In this study, we examined differences in cortical activation according to the speed of passive wrist movements performed by a rehabilitation robot. Methods: Twenty three normal subjects participated in this study. Passive movements of the right wrist were performed by the wrist rehabilitation robot at three different speeds: 0...
2017: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28470553/intrinsic-functional-organization-of-putative-language-networks-in-the-brain-following-left-cerebral-hemispherectomy
#17
Anna Ivanova, Eran Zaidel, Noriko Salamon, Susan Bookheimer, Lucina Q Uddin, Stella de Bode
In rare cases of severe and intractable epilepsy, cerebral hemispherectomy is performed to arrest seizure activity and improve quality of life. The remaining hemisphere is often capable of supporting many cognitive functions post-surgery, although the outcome depends on the underlying etiology, hemisphere removed, and age of resection. The mechanisms underlying this massive reorganization are at present unknown. Here we examined intrinsic functional connectivity of putative language brain networks in four children after left cerebral hemispherectomy using resting-state functional magnetic resonance imaging (rsfMRI)...
May 3, 2017: Brain Structure & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28468843/skin-nerve-phosphorylated-%C3%AE-synuclein-deposits-in-idiopathic-rem-sleep-behavior-disorder
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Elena Antelmi, Vincenzo Donadio, Alex Incensi, Giuseppe Plazzi, Rocco Liguori
OBJECTIVE: To test if phosphorylated α-synuclein (p-α-syn) deposits can be detected by means of skin biopsy in patients with idiopathic REM sleep behavior disorder (iRBD) as a potential early histopathologic marker of impending synucleinopathy. METHODS: Proximal (cervical) and distal (legs) samples of skin biopsy were obtained from 12 patients with polysomnographically confirmed iRBD and 55 sex- and age-matched healthy controls (HC). P-α-syn deposits were assessed with a monoclonal antibody against p-α-syn at serine 129, disclosed by an immunofluorescence method...
May 3, 2017: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28462512/age-related-mapping-of-intracortical-myelin-from-late-adolescence-to-middle-adulthood-using-t1-weighted-mri
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Christopher D Rowley, Manpreet Sehmbi, Pierre-Louis Bazin, Christine L Tardif, Luciano Minuzzi, Benicio N Frey, Nicholas A Bock
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) studies in humans have reported that the T1 -weighted signal in the cerebral cortex follows an inverted "U" trajectory over the lifespan. Here, we investigated the T1 -weighted signal trajectory from late adolescence to middle adulthood in humans to characterize the age range when mental illnesses tend to present, and efficacy of treatments are evaluated. We compared linear to quadratic predictors of age on signal in 67 healthy individuals, 17-45 years old. We investigated ¼, ½, and ¾ depths in the cortex representing intracortical myelin (ICM), in the superficial white matter (SWM), and in a reference deep white matter tract...
April 30, 2017: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28458383/efficacy-of-fiber-tractography-in-the-stereotactic-surgery-of-the-thalamus-for-patients-with-essential-tremor
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Susumu Sasada, Takashi Agari, Tatsuya Sasaki, Akihiko Kondo, Aiko Shinko, Takaaki Wakamori, Mihoko Okazaki, Ittetsu Kin, Ken Kuwahara, Masahiro Kameda, Takao Yasuhara, Isao Date
Several targets and targeting methods are utilized in stereotactic surgery to achieve tremor suppression for patients with intractable tremor. Recent developments in magnetic resonance imaging, including diffusion tensor imaging, have enabled the setting of appropriate targets in stereotactic surgery. In this retrospective study, the optimal target to suppress tremors in stereotactic surgery was explored using diffusion tensor image-based fiber tractography. Four tracts were focused on in this study, namely: the cerebello-thalamo-premotor cortical fiber tract, cerebello-thalamo-primary motor cortical fiber tract, spino-thalamo-somatosensory cortical fiber tract, and pyramidal tract...
May 1, 2017: Neurologia Medico-chirurgica
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