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Sarah K B Bick, Bradley S Folley, Jutta S Mayer, Sohee Park, P David Charles, Corrie R Camalier, Srivatsan Pallavaram, Peter E Konrad, Joseph S Neimat
OBJECTIVES: Deep brain stimulation (DBS) of the subthalamic nucleus (STN) improves motor symptoms in advanced Parkinson's disease. STN DBS may also affect emotion, possibly by impacting a parallel limbic cortico-striatal circuit. The objective of this study was to investigate changes in prefrontal cortical activity related to DBS during an emotion induction task. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We used near infrared spectroscopy to monitor prefrontal cortex hemodynamic changes during an emotion induction task...
October 12, 2016: Neuromodulation: Journal of the International Neuromodulation Society
Geneviève Albouy, Bradley R King, Christina Schmidt, Martin Desseilles, Thien Thanh Dang-Vu, Evelyne Balteau, Christophe Phillips, Christian Degueldre, Pierre Orban, Habib Benali, Philippe Peigneux, André Luxen, Avi Karni, Julien Doyon, Pierre Maquet, Maria Korman
Motor memory consolidation is characterized, in part, by a sleep-facilitated decrease in susceptibility to subsequent interfering experiences. Surprisingly, the cerebral substrates supporting this phenomenon have never been examined. We used fMRI to investigate the neural correlates of the influence of sleep on interference to motor memory consolidation. Healthy young adults were trained on a sequential motor task, and subsequently practiced a second competing sequence after an interval including diurnal sleep or wakefulness...
October 11, 2016: Scientific Reports
Yanbing Hou, Chunyan Luo, Jing Yang, Wei Song, Ruwei Ou, Wanglin Liu, Qiyong Gong, Huifang Shang
OBJECTIVE: Drooling is a common symptom in Parkinson's disease (PD). This study used resting-state functional MRI (fMRI) to evaluate the brain connectivity of cortico-striatal circuits in PD patients with drooling. METHOD: We enrolled 30 early-stage drug-naïve PD patients and 30 matched normal controls. Among the PD patients, 15 patients were classified as "droolers" with the presence of drooling and 15 patients as "non-droolers" with the absence of drooling. All participants underwent resting-state fMRI scans on a 3-T MR system, focusing on the functional connectivity of striatum subregions...
October 4, 2016: Neuroscience Letters
Barbara J Knowlton, Tara K Patterson
Data from experimental animals and human subjects has provided convergent evidence for the key role of the striatum in the formation of stimulus-response habits. Habits can be distinguished from associative memories that support goal-directed actions based on their insensitivity to reward devaluation and contingency degradation. Behavior on many instrumental learning tasks can be supported by both declarative knowledge and habits, and these contributions shift with the amount of training. This shift appears to be accompanied by the involvement of different cortico-striatal loops in controlling behavior...
September 28, 2016: Current Topics in Behavioral Neurosciences
Alekhya Mandali, V Srinivasa Chakravarthy
Everyday, we encounter situations where available choices are nearly equally rewarding (high conflict) calling for some tough decision making. Experimental recordings showed that the activity of Sub Thalamic Nucleus (STN) increases during such situations providing the extra time needed to make the right decision, teasing apart the most rewarding choice from the runner up closely trailing behind. This prolonged deliberation necessary for decision making under high conflict was absent in Parkinson's disease (PD) patients who underwent Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) surgery of STN...
2016: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
Hyung-Jun Im, Jarang Hahm, Hyejin Kang, Hongyoon Choi, Hyekyoung Lee, Do Won Hwang, E Edmund Kim, June-Key Chung, Dong Soo Lee
Movement impairments in Parkinson's disease (PD) are caused by the degeneration of dopaminergic neurons and the consequent disruption of connectivity in the cortico-striatal-thalamic loop. This study evaluated brain metabolic connectivity in a 6-Hydroxydopamine (6-OHDA)-induced mouse model of PD using (18)F-fluorodeoxy glucose positron emission tomography (FDG PET). Fourteen PD-model mice and ten control mice were used for the analysis. Voxel-wise t-tests on FDG PET results yielded no significant regional metabolic differences between the PD and control groups...
2016: Scientific Reports
Isaac Zike, Tim Xu, Natalie Hong, Jeremy Veenstra-VanderWeele
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a common neuropsychiatric disorder with unknown molecular underpinnings. Identification of genetic and non-genetic risk factors has largely been elusive, primarily because of a lack of power. In contrast, neuroimaging has consistently implicated the cortico-striatal-thalamo-cortical circuits in OCD. Pharmacological treatment studies also show specificity, with consistent response of OCD symptoms to chronic treatment with serotonin reuptake inhibitors; although most patients are left with residual impairment...
September 16, 2016: Neuroscience
Wanqun Yang, Bin Liu, Biao Huang, Ruiwang Huang, Lijuan Wang, Yuhu Zhang, Xiong Zhang, Kai Wu
BACKGROUND: Despite improvement in motor symptoms, the effect of dopaminergic medications on cognition in patients with Parkinson's disease (PD) is less clear. The purpose of this study was to reveal levodopa-induced acute changes in the functional connectivity of the striatum in patients with PD compared with matched untreated patients and healthy volunteers. METHODS: Twenty-two patients with PD underwent functional magnetic resonance imaging both ON and OFF dopamine-replacement therapy on two consecutive days...
2016: PloS One
Aldrich Leung, Clare Bleakley, Adrian Loh, Kelly Saran, S Evelyn Stewart
We present the case of an 11 year-old boy with a previous history of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), who experienced a dramatic and acute worsening of OCD symptoms in temporal association with obstructive hydrocephalus secondary to a tectal low-grade glioma. Management and resolution of the hydrocephalus was temporally associated with an improvement in his OCD compulsion symptoms. The present case does not establish proof of cause and effect, but highlights potential multifactorial influences on OCD onset and clinical course...
September 8, 2016: Pediatrics
Nicholas P Ryan, Miriam H Beauchamp, Richard Beare, Lee Coleman, Michael Ditchfield, Michael Kean, Timothy J Silk, Sila Genc, Cathy Catroppa, Vicki A Anderson
Cognitive fatigue is among the most profound and disabling sequelae of pediatric acquired brain disorders, however the neural correlates of these symptoms in children remains unexplored. One hypothesis suggests that cognitive fatigue may arise from dysfunction of cortico-striatal networks (CSNs) implicated in effort output and outcome valuation. Using pediatric traumatic brain injury (TBI) as a model, this study investigated (i) the sub-acute effect of brain injury on CSN volume; and (ii) potential relationships between cognitive fatigue and sub-acute volumetric abnormalities of the CSN...
October 2016: Cortex; a Journal Devoted to the Study of the Nervous System and Behavior
Catia M Sameiro-Barbosa, Eveline Geiser
The auditory system displays modulations in sensitivity that can align with the temporal structure of the acoustic environment. This sensory entrainment can facilitate sensory perception and is particularly relevant for audition. Systems neuroscience is slowly uncovering the neural mechanisms underlying the behaviorally observed sensory entrainment effects in the human sensory system. The present article summarizes the prominent behavioral effects of sensory entrainment and reviews our current understanding of the neural basis of sensory entrainment, such as synchronized neural oscillations, and potentially, neural activation in the cortico-striatal system...
2016: Frontiers in Neuroscience
Ilana Frydman, Juliana B de Salles Andrade, Paula Vigne, Leonardo F Fontenelle
In this integrative review, we discuss findings supporting the use neuroimaging biomarkers in the diagnosis and treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). To do so, we have selected the most recent studies that attempted to identify the underlying pathogenic process associated with OCD and whether they provide useful information to predict clinical features, natural history or treatment responses. Studies using functional magnetic resonance (fMRI), voxel-based morphometry (VBM), diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) and proton magnetic resonance spectroscopy (1H MRS) in OCD patients are generally supportive of an expanded version of the earlier cortico-striatal-thalamus-cortical (CSTC) model of OCD...
October 2016: Current Psychiatry Reports
Maëlle Biotteau, Patrice Péran, Nathalie Vayssière, Jessica Tallet, Jean-Michel Albaret, Yves Chaix
OBJECTIVE: Recent theories hypothesize that procedural learning may support the frequent overlap between neurodevelopmental disorders. The neural circuitry supporting procedural learning includes, among others, cortico-cerebellar and cortico-striatal loops. Alteration of these loops may account for the frequent comorbidity between Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD) and Developmental Dyslexia (DD). The aim of our study was to investigate cerebral changes due to the learning and automatization of a sequence learning task in children with DD, or DCD, or both disorders...
August 12, 2016: European Journal of Paediatric Neurology: EJPN
Johanna Seitz, Kayle S Sawyer, George Papadimitriou, Marlene Oscar-Berman, Isaac Ng, Antoni Kubicki, Palig Mouradian, Susan M Ruiz, Marek Kubicki, Gordon J Harris, Nikos Makris
Alcoholism can lead to a complex mixture of cognitive and emotional deficits associated with abnormalities in fronto-cortico-striatal-limbic brain circuitries. Given the broad variety of neurobehavioral symptoms, one would also expect alterations of postrolandic neocortical systems. Thus, we used diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) to study the integrity of the middle longitudinal fascicle (MdLF), a major postrolandic association white matter tract that extends from the superior temporal gyrus to the parietal and occipital lobes, in individuals with a history of chronic alcohol abuse...
July 22, 2016: Brain Imaging and Behavior
Adan Hernandez, Chunfeng Tan, Gabriel Mettlach, Karine Pozo, Florian Plattner, James A Bibb
The striatum controls multiple cognitive aspects including motivation, reward perception, decision-making and motor planning. In particular, the dorsolateral striatum contributes to motor learning. Here we define an approach for investigating synaptic plasticity in mouse dorsolateral cortico-striatal circuitry and interrogate the relative contributions of neurotransmitter receptors and intracellular signaling components. Consistent with previous studies, we show that long-term potentiation (LTP) in cortico-striatal circuitry is facilitated by dopamine, and requires activation of D1-dopamine receptors, as well as NMDA receptors (NMDAR) and their calcium-dependent downstream effectors, including CaMKII...
July 22, 2016: Scientific Reports
Piotr Hadaczek, Lisa Stanek, Agnieszka Ciesielska, Vivek Sudhakar, Lluis Samaranch, Philip Pivirotto, John Bringas, Catherine O'Riordan, Bryan Mastis, Waldy San Sebastian, John Forsayeth, Seng H Cheng, Krystof S Bankiewicz, Lamya S Shihabuddin
Huntington's disease (HD) is caused by a toxic gain-of-function associated with the expression of the mutant huntingtin (htt) protein. Therefore, the use of RNA interference to inhibit Htt expression could represent a disease-modifying therapy. The potential of two recombinant adeno-associated viral vectors (AAV), AAV1 and AAV2, to transduce the cortico-striatal tissues that are predominantly affected in HD was explored. Green fluorescent protein was used as a reporter in each vector to show that both serotypes were broadly distributed in medium spiny neurons in the striatum and cortico-striatal neurons after infusion into the putamen and caudate nucleus of nonhuman primates (NHP), with AAV1-directed expression being slightly more robust than AAV2-driven expression...
2016: Molecular Therapy. Methods & Clinical Development
Masafumi Sanefuji, Michael Craig, Valeria Parlatini, Mitul A Mehta, Declan G Murphy, Marco Catani, Leonardo Cerliani, Michel Thiebaut de Schotten
Two core symptoms characterize Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) subtypes: inattentiveness and hyperactivity-impulsivity. While previous brain imaging research investigated ADHD as if it was a homogenous condition, its two core symptoms may originate from different brain mechanisms. We, therefore, hypothesized that the functional connectivity of cortico-striatal and attentional networks would be different between ADHD subtypes. We studied 165 children (mean age 10.93 years; age range, 7-17 year old) diagnosed as having ADHD based on their revised Conner's rating scale score and 170 typical developing individuals (mean age 11...
June 16, 2016: Cortex; a Journal Devoted to the Study of the Nervous System and Behavior
Yanbing Hou, Jing Yang, Chunyan Luo, Ruwei Ou, Wei Song, Wanglin Liu, Qiyong Gong, Huifang Shang
To map functional connectivity (FC) patterns of early onset Parkinson's disease (EOPD) and late onset PD (LOPD) in drug-naïve early stage. MRI was used to assess atrophy and resting-state FC focusing on striatal subregions of EOPD and LOPD in two subgroups of 18 patients matched for disease duration and severity, relative to age- and sex- matched healthy controls. Compared with controls, both PD subgroups showed FC alterations in cortico-striatal and cerebello-striatal loops but with different patterns in resting state...
October 2016: Journal of Neurology
Maja Kojovic, Andrea Higgins, Marjan Jahanshahi
OBJECTIVE: The subthalamic nucleus (STN) is part of the motor, associative, and limbic cortico-striatal circuits through which it can influence a range of behaviours, with preclinical and clinical evidence suggesting that the STN is involved in motivational modulation of behaviour. In the present study, we investigated if in Parkinson's disease (PD) motivational modulation of movement speed is altered by deep brain stimulation (DBS) of the STN (STN-DBS). METHODS: We studied the effect of monetary incentive on speed of movement initiation and execution in a computer-based simple reaction time task in 10 operated patients with Parkinson's disease using a STN DBS ON/OFF design and also in 11 healthy participants...
August 2016: Neuropsychologia
Alessandro Orrù, Lucia Caffino, Federico Moro, Chiara Cassina, Giuseppe Giannotti, Angelo Di Clemente, Fabio Fumagalli, Luigi Cervo
RATIONALE: Although brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) is part of a homeostatic pathway involved in the development of alcohol dependence, it is not clear whether this is also true after recreational ethanol consumption. OBJECTIVES: We examined BDNF expression and signaling in the cortico-striatal network immediately and 24 h after either a single intravenous (i.v.) ethanol operant self-administration session or the last of 14 sessions. METHODS: To compare contingent and non-contingent ethanol exposure, we incorporated the "yoked control-operant paradigm" in which rats actively taking ethanol (S-Et) were paired with two yoked controls receiving passive infusions of ethanol (Y-Et) or saline...
September 2016: Psychopharmacology
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