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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214579/motor-training-and-the-combination-of-action-observation-and-peripheral-nerve-stimulation-reciprocally-interfere-with-the-plastic-changes-induced-in-primary-motor-cortex-excitability
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Ambra Bisio, Laura Avanzino, Monica Biggio, Piero Ruggeri, Marco Bove
AO-PNS is a stimulation protocol combining action observation (AO) and peripheral nerve stimulation (PNS) to induce plasticity in the primary motor cortex (M1) (increased excitability). Another method to increase M1 excitability is motor training. The combination of two protocols, which individually induce long-term potentiation (LTP)-like plasticity in overlapping neural circuits, results in a transitory occlusion or reverse of this phenomenon. This study aimed to understand the neurophysiological mechanisms underlying AO-PNS by testing whether AO-PNS and motor training induced LTP-like plasticity in, at least partially, overlapping neural networks...
February 15, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199851/the-input-output-relationship-of-the-cholinergic-basal-forebrain
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Matthew R Gielow, Laszlo Zaborszky
Basal forebrain cholinergic neurons influence cortical state, plasticity, learning, and attention. They collectively innervate the entire cerebral cortex, differentially controlling acetylcholine efflux across different cortical areas and timescales. Such control might be achieved by differential inputs driving separable cholinergic outputs, although no input-output relationship on a brain-wide level has ever been demonstrated. Here, we identify input neurons to cholinergic cells projecting to specific cortical regions by infecting cholinergic axon terminals with a monosynaptically restricted viral tracer...
February 14, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186666/impaired-intracortical-transmission-in-g2019s-leucine-rich-repeat-kinase-parkinson-patients
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Viviana Ponzo, Francesco Di Lorenzo, Livia Brusa, Tommaso Schirinzi, Stefania Battistini, Claudia Ricci, Manolo Sambucci, Carlo Caltagirone, Giacomo Koch
OBJECTIVES: A mutation in leucine-rich repeat kinase 2 is the most common cause of hereditary Parkinson's disease (PD), yet the neural mechanisms and the circuitry potentially involved are poorly understood. METHODS: We used different transcranial magnetic stimulation protocols to explore in the primary motor cortex the activity of intracortical circuits and cortical plasticity (long-term potentiation) in patients with the G2019S leucine-rich repeat kinase 2 gene mutation when compared with idiopathic PD patients and age-matched healthy subjects...
February 10, 2017: Movement Disorders: Official Journal of the Movement Disorder Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28177160/learning-new-sequential-stepping-patterns-requires-striatal-plasticity-during-the-earliest-phase-of-acquisition
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Toru Nakamura, Masatoshi Nagata, Takeshi Yagi, Ann M Graybiel, Tetsuo Yamamori, Takashi Kitsukawa
Animals including humans execute motor behavior to reach their goals. For this purpose, they must choose correct strategies according to environmental conditions and shape many parameters of their movements, including their serial order and timing. To investigate the neurobiology underlying such skills, we used a multi-sensor equipped, motor-driven running wheel with adjustable sequences of foothold pegs on which mice ran to obtain water reward. When the peg patterns changed from a familiar pattern to a new pattern, the mice had to learn and implement new locomotor strategies in order to receive reward...
February 8, 2017: European Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28168061/right-hemisphere-remapping-of-naming-functions-depends-on-lesion-size-and-location-in-poststroke-aphasia
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Laura M Skipper-Kallal, Elizabeth H Lacey, Shihui Xing, Peter E Turkeltaub
The study of language network plasticity following left hemisphere stroke is foundational to the understanding of aphasia recovery and neural plasticity in general. Damage in different language nodes may influence whether local plasticity is possible and whether right hemisphere recruitment is beneficial. However, the relationships of both lesion size and location to patterns of remapping are poorly understood. In the context of a picture naming fMRI task, we tested whether lesion size and location relate to activity in surviving left hemisphere language nodes, as well as homotopic activity in the right hemisphere during covert name retrieval and overt name production...
2017: Neural Plasticity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28151957/correlation-based-model-of-artificially-induced-plasticity-in-motor-cortex-by-a-bidirectional-brain-computer-interface
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Guillaume Lajoie, Nedialko I Krouchev, John F Kalaska, Adrienne L Fairhall, Eberhard E Fetz
Experiments show that spike-triggered stimulation performed with Bidirectional Brain-Computer-Interfaces (BBCI) can artificially strengthen connections between separate neural sites in motor cortex (MC). When spikes from a neuron recorded at one MC site trigger stimuli at a second target site after a fixed delay, the connections between sites eventually strengthen. It was also found that effective spike-stimulus delays are consistent with experimentally derived spike-timing-dependent plasticity (STDP) rules, suggesting that STDP is key to drive these changes...
February 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28145995/dynamic-alterations-of-the-levels-of-tumor-necrosis-factor-%C3%AE-interleukin-6-and-interleukin-1%C3%AE-in-rat-primary-motor-cortex-during-transhemispheric-functional-reorganization-after-contralateral-seventh-cervical-spinal-nerve-root-transfer-following-brachial-plexus
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Ming-Jie Yang, Shuang Li, Chen-Song Yang, Xu-Jia Wang, Shi-Min Chang, Gui-Xin Sun
The transfer of a contralateral healthy seventh cervical spinal nerve root (cC7) to the recipient nerve in the injured side is considered a reliable and effective procedure for restoration of the physiological functions of an injured hand after brachial plexus root avulsion injury (BPAI). Growing evidence shows that the transhemispheric cortical reorganization is induced after cC7 nerve transfer surgery. However, little is known about the underlying molecular mechanism. Proinflammatory cytokines reportedly play an important role in the neural plasticity...
January 31, 2017: Neuroreport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28143961/motor-learning-enhances-use-dependent-plasticity
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Firas Mawase, Shintaro Uehara, Amy Bastian, Pablo Celnik
: Motor behaviors are shaped not only by current sensory signals but also by the history of recent experiences. For instance, repeated movements toward a particular target bias the subsequent movements toward that target direction. This process, called use-dependent plasticity (UDP), is considered a basic and goal-independent way of forming motor memories. Most studies consider movement history as the critical component that leads to UDP (Classen et al., 1998, Verstynen and Sabes, 2011)...
January 31, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28137969/cerebellar-m1-connectivity-changes-associated-to-motor-learning-are-somatotopic-specific
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D Spampinato, H J Block, P Celnik
: One of the functions of the cerebellum in motor learning is to predict and account for systematic changes to the body or environment. This form of adaptive learning is mediated by plastic changes occurring within the cerebellar cortex. The strength of cerebellar-to- cerebral pathways for a given muscle may reflect aspects of cerebellum-dependent motor adaptation. These connections with motor cortex (M1) can be estimated as cerebellar inhibition (CBI): a conditioning pulse of transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) delivered to the cerebellum prior to a test pulse over motor cortex...
January 30, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28131769/suppression-of-inhibitory-g-protein-signaling-in-forebrain-pyramidal-neurons-triggers-plasticity-of-glutamatergic-neurotransmission-in-the-nucleus-accumbens-core
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Ezequiel Marron Fernandez de Velasco, Nicholas Carlblom, Zhilian Xia, Kevin Wickman
Cocaine and other drugs of abuse trigger long-lasting adaptations in excitatory and inhibitory neurotransmission in the mesocorticolimbic system, and this plasticity has been implicated in several key facets of drug addiction. For example, glutamatergic neurotransmission mediated by AMPA receptors (AMPAR) is strengthened in medium spiny neurons (MSNs) in the NAc core and shell during withdrawal following repeated in vivo cocaine administration. Repeated cocaine administration also suppresses inhibitory signaling mediated by G protein-gated inwardly rectifying K(+) (GIRK) channels in pyramidal neurons of the prelimbic cortex, an important source of glutamatergic input to the NAc core that has been implicated in cocaine-seeking and behavioral sensitization...
January 25, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093555/variance-and-invariance-of-neuronal-long-term-representations
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REVIEW
Claudia Clopath, Tobias Bonhoeffer, Mark Hübener, Tobias Rose
The brain extracts behaviourally relevant sensory input to produce appropriate motor output. On the one hand, our constantly changing environment requires this transformation to be plastic. On the other hand, plasticity is thought to be balanced by mechanisms ensuring constancy of neuronal representations in order to achieve stable behavioural performance. Yet, prominent changes in synaptic strength and connectivity also occur during normal sensory experience, indicating a certain degree of constitutive plasticity...
March 5, 2017: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091782/adaptation-perceptual-learning-and-plasticity-of-brain-functions
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REVIEW
Jonathan C Horton, Manfred Fahle, Theo Mulder, Susanne Trauzettel-Klosinski
The capacity for functional restitution after brain damage is quite different in the sensory and motor systems. This series of presentations highlights the potential for adaptation, plasticity, and perceptual learning from an interdisciplinary perspective. The chances for restitution in the primary visual cortex are limited. Some patterns of visual field loss and recovery after stroke are common, whereas others are impossible, which can be explained by the arrangement and plasticity of the cortical map. On the other hand, compensatory mechanisms are effective, can occur spontaneously, and can be enhanced by training...
January 14, 2017: Graefe's Archive for Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091578/temporal-dynamics-of-cerebellar-and-motor-cortex-physiological-processes-during-motor-skill-learning
#13
D Spampinato, P Celnik
Learning motor tasks involves distinct physiological processes in the cerebellum (CB) and primary motor cortex (M1). Previous studies have shown that motor learning results in at least two important neurophysiological changes: modulation of cerebellar output mediated in-part by long-term depression of parallel fiber-Purkinje cell synapse and induction of long-term plasticity (LTP) in M1, leading to transient occlusion of additional LTP-like plasticity. However, little is known about the temporal dynamics of these two physiological mechanisms during motor skill learning...
January 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089653/priming-theta-burst-stimulation-enhances-motor-cortex-plasticity-in-young-but-not-old-adults
#14
George M Opie, Eleni Vosnakis, Michael C Ridding, Ulf Ziemann, John G Semmler
BACKGROUND: Primary motor cortex neuroplasticity is reduced in old adults, which may contribute to the motor deficits commonly observed in the elderly. Previous research in young subjects suggests that the neuroplastic response can be enhanced using non-invasive brain stimulation (NIBS), with a larger plastic response observed following priming with both long-term potentiation (LTP) and depression (LTD)-like protocols. However, it is not known if priming stimulation can also modulate plasticity in older adults...
January 4, 2017: Brain Stimulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077329/body-schema-plasticity-after-stroke-subjective-and-neurophysiological-correlates-of-the-rubber-hand-illusion
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Roberto Llorens, Adrián Borrego, Priscila Palomo, Ausiàs Cebolla, Enrique Noé, Sergi Bermúdez I Badia, Rosa Baños
Stroke can lead to motor impairments that can affect the body structure and restraint mobility. We hypothesize that brain lesions and their motor sequelae can distort the body schema, a sensorimotor map of body parts and elements in the peripersonal space through which human beings embody the reachable space and ready the body for forthcoming movements. Two main constructs have been identified in the embodiment mechanism: body-ownership, the sense that the body that one inhabits is his/her own, and agency, the sense that one can move and control his/her body...
February 2017: Neuropsychologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072803/neural-correlates-of-maladaptive-pain-behavior-in-chronic-neck-pain-a-single-case-control-fmri-study
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Konstantin Beinert, Audrey Mouthon, Martin Keller, Michael Mouthon, Jean-Marie Annoni, Wolfgang Taube
Chronic neck pain patients display functional impairments like decreased range of motion, decreased strength, and reduced sensorimotor function. In patients without structural damage, the reason for the persistence of pain is not well understood. Therefore, it is assumed that in chronic pain states, memory processes play an important role. We have now detected and tested a patient that might help us to better understand the neural correlates of maladaptive pain expectation/memory. This patient displays chronic neck pain and restricted unilateral motion of the cervical spine to the left...
January 2017: Pain Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28064022/stimulus-uncertainty-enhances-long-term-potentiation-like-plasticity-in-human-motor-cortex
#17
Martin V Sale, Abbey S Nydam, Jason B Mattingley
Plasticity can be induced in human cortex using paired associative stimulation (PAS), which repeatedly and predictably pairs a peripheral electrical stimulus with transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) to the contralateral motor region. Many studies have reported small or inconsistent effects of PAS. Given that uncertain stimuli can promote learning, the predictable nature of the stimulation in conventional PAS paradigms might serve to attenuate plasticity induction. Here, we introduced stimulus uncertainty into the PAS paradigm to investigate if it can boost plasticity induction...
December 18, 2016: Cortex; a Journal Devoted to the Study of the Nervous System and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063106/excitability-of-the-motor-cortex-in-patients-with-migraine-changes-with-the-time-elapsed-from-the-last-attack
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Francesca Cortese, Gianluca Coppola, Davide Di Lenola, Mariano Serrao, Cherubino Di Lorenzo, Vincenzo Parisi, Francesco Pierelli
BACKGROUND: Motor-evoked potentials (MEPs) produced by single-pulse transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) of the motor cortex can be an objective measure of cortical excitability. Previously, MEP thresholds were found to be normal, increased, or even reduced in patients with migraine. In the present study, we determined whether the level of cortical excitability changes with the time interval from the last migraine attack, thereby accounting for the inconsistencies in previous reports...
December 2017: Journal of Headache and Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28033506/preconditioning-tdcs-facilitates-subsequent-tdcs-effect-on-skill-acquisition-in-older-adults
#19
Hakuei Fujiyama, Mark R Hinder, Azadeh Barzideh, Charis Van de Vijver, Andreea C Badache, Maria Nathalya Manrique-C, Paola Reissig, Xue Zhang, Oron Levin, Jeffery J Summers, Stephan P Swinnen
Functional motor declines that often occur with advancing age-including reduced efficacy to learn new skills-can have a substantial impact on the quality of life. Recent studies using noninvasive brain stimulation indicate that priming the corticospinal system by lowering the threshold for the induction of long-term potentiation-like plasticity before skill training may facilitate subsequent skill learning. Here, we used "priming" protocol, in which we used transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) applying the cathode over the primary motor cortex (M1) before the anode placed over M1 during unimanual isometric force control training (FORCEtraining)...
March 2017: Neurobiology of Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28031148/reliability-and-minimal-detectable-change-of-transcranial-magnetic-stimulation-outcomes-in-healthy-adults-a-systematic-review
#20
REVIEW
Louis-David Beaulieu, Véronique H Flamand, Hugo Massé-Alarie, Cyril Schneider
BACKGROUND: Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is used worldwide for noninvasively testing human motor systems but its psychometric properties remain unclear. OBJECTIVE/HYPOTHESIS: This work systematically reviewed studies on the reliability of TMS outcome measures of primary motor cortex (M1) excitability in healthy humans, with an emphasis on retrieving minimal detectable changes (MDC). METHODS: The literature search was performed in three databases (Pubmed, CINAHL, Embase) up to June 2016 and additional studies were identified through hand-searching...
December 19, 2016: Brain Stimulation
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