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Christopher F Tirotta, Tuan Nguyen, Steven Fishberger, Evelio Velis, Melissa Olen, Lourdes Lam, Danielle R Madril, Jessica Hughes, Richard G Lagueruela
BACKGROUND: Dexmedetomidine is a selective alpha-2 adrenergic agonist with sedative, analgesic, and anxiolytic properties. Dexmedetomidine has not been approved for use in pediatrics. Dexmedetomidine has been reported to depress sinus node and atrioventricular nodal function in pediatric patients; it has been suggested that the use of dexmedetomidine may not be desirable during electrophysiological studies. AIM: We hypothesize that the use of dexmedetomidine does not inhibit the induction of supraventricular tachyarrhythmias (SVT) during electrophysiological studies and does not inhibit the ablation of such arrhythmias...
October 25, 2016: Paediatric Anaesthesia
Lars Wojtecki, Saskia Elben, Jan Vesper, Alfons Schnitzler
We investigated neurophysiological mechanisms of subthalamic nucleus involvement in verbal fluency by means of a verbal generation task. The subthalamic nucleus is thought to act as a behavioural go/no-go instance by means of oscillatory communication in theta band with the prefrontal cortex. Because subthalamic alpha-theta frequency stimulation has been shown to exert beneficial effects on verbal fluency in Parkinson's disease, we hypothesized that an alpha-theta oscillatory network involving the subthalamic nucleus underlies verbal generation task performance as a gating instance for speech execution...
October 8, 2016: European Journal of Neuroscience
Claudio Babiloni, Alfredo Pennica, Paolo Capotosto, Paolo Onorati, Chiara Muratori, Stefano Ferracuti, Paolo Roma, Valentina Correr, Elisa Piccinni, Giuseppe Noce, Claudio Del Percio, Susanna Cordone, Cristina Limatola, Andrea Soricelli, Francesco Di Campli, Laura Gianserra, Lorenzo Ciullini, Antonio Aceti, Magdalena Viscione, Elisabetta Teti, Loredana Sarmati, Massimo Andreoni
OBJECTIVE: Cortical sources of electroencephalographic (EEG) rhythms were investigated in two sub-populations of naïve HIV subjects, grouped based on clinical criteria to receive different combination anti-retroviral therapies (cARTs). These EEG sources were hypothesized to reflect beneficial effects of both regimes. METHODS: Eyes-closed resting state EEG data were collected in 19 (Group A) and 39 (Group B) naïve HIV subjects at baseline (i.e. pre-treatment; T0) and after 5months of cART (T5)...
September 9, 2016: Clinical Neurophysiology: Official Journal of the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology
Jesus Minguillon, Miguel A Lopez-Gordo, Francisco Pelayo
Stress assessment has been under study in the last years. Both biochemical and physiological markers have been used to measure stress level. In neuroscience, several studies have related modification of stress level to brain activity changes in limbic system and frontal regions, by using non-invasive techniques such as functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and electroencephalography (EEG). In particular, previous studies suggested that the exhibition or inhibition of certain brain rhythms in frontal cortical areas indicates stress...
2016: Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience
L I Kozlova, M B Shtark, M E Mel'nikov, E G Verevkin, A A Savelov, E D Petrovskii
fMRI-EEG dynamics of brain activity in volunteers was studied during the course of EEG alpha-stimulation training (20 sessions). Twenty-three healthy men (20-35 years) were subjected to 3-fold mapping in a feedback loop (EEG alpha-rhythm biofeedback with acoustic reinforcement). This procedure was performed at the beginning, middle, and end of the course. During the first neurofeedback training session, deactivation (p<0.001) was found in the right angular gyrus, supramarginal, and superior temporal gyri, Brodmann area 39, and cerebellum...
September 2016: Bulletin of Experimental Biology and Medicine
Stephanie L Austin, Andrew Chiou, Baodong Sun, Laura E Case, Kenny Govendrageloo, Perrin Hansen, Priya S Kishnani
OBJECTIVE: PRKAG2 syndrome, an autosomal dominant disorder, is characterized by severe infantile hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and heart rhythm disturbances to cases with a later presentation and a spectrum of manifestations including cardiac manifestations, myopathy and seizures. The cardiac features of PRKAG2 resemble the cardiac manifestations of Pompe disease. We present a patient who was initially diagnosed with Pompe disease and treated with alglucosidase-alfa enzyme replacement therapy (ERT); however, he was eventually diagnosed to carrying a PRKAG2 pathogenic gene mutation; he did not have Pompe disease instead he was a carrier for the common adult leaky splice site mutation in the GAA gene...
September 28, 2016: Molecular Genetics and Metabolism
Jianxia Cui, Laurel J Ng, Vladislav Volman
Mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) often results in neurobehavioral aberrations such as impaired attention and increased reaction time. Diffusion imaging and post mortem analysis studies suggest that mTBI primarily affects myelinated axons in white matter tracts. In particular, corpus callosum, mediating inter-hemispheric information exchange, has been shown to be affected in mTBI. Yet little is known about the mechanisms linking the injury of myelinated callosal axons to the neurobehavioral sequelae of mTBI...
September 28, 2016: Journal of Neurophysiology
Andrew A Nicholson, Tomas Ros, Paul A Frewen, Maria Densmore, Jean Théberge, Rosemarie C Kluetsch, Rakesh Jetly, Ruth A Lanius
OBJECTIVE: Electroencephalogram (EEG) neurofeedback aimed at reducing the amplitude of the alpha-rhythm has been shown to alter neural networks associated with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), leading to symptom alleviation. Critically, the amygdala is thought to be one of the central brain regions mediating PTSD symptoms. In the current study, we compare directly patterns of amygdala complex connectivity using fMRI, before and after EEG neurofeedback, in order to observe subcortical mechanisms associated with behavioural and alpha oscillatory changes among patients...
2016: NeuroImage: Clinical
Claudio Babiloni, Claudio Del Percio, Anna Caroli, Elena Salvatore, Emanuele Nicolai, Nicola Marzano, Roberta Lizio, Enrica Cavedo, Susan Landau, Kewei Chen, William Jagust, Eric Reiman, Gioacchino Tedeschi, Patrizia Montella, Manuela De Stefano, Loreto Gesualdo, Giovanni B Frisoni, Andrea Soricelli
Cortical sources of resting state electroencephalographic (EEG) delta (2-4 Hz) and low-frequency alpha (8-10.5 Hz) rhythms show abnormal activity (i.e., current density) in patients with dementia due to Alzheimer's disease (AD). Here, we hypothesized that abnormality of this activity is related to relevant disease processes as revealed by cortical hypometabolism typically observed in AD patients by fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography. Resting state eyes-closed EEG data were recorded in 19 AD patients with dementia and 40 healthy elderly (Nold) subjects...
August 31, 2016: Neurobiology of Aging
Voyko Kavcic, Bojan Zalar, Bruno Giordani
The finding that some older individuals report declines in aspects of cognitive functioning is becoming a frequently used criteria to identify elderly at risk for mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and dementia. Once concerns are identified in a community setting, however, effective means are necessary to pinpoint those individuals who should go on to more complex and costly diagnostic evaluations (e.g., functional imaging). We tested 44 African American volunteers endorsing cognitive concerns (37 females, 7 males) age≥65years with CogState battery subtests and recorded resting-state EEG, with eyes closed...
September 6, 2016: International Journal of Psychophysiology
R Talotta, F Atzeni, A Batticciotto, D Ventura, P Sarzi-Puttini
It is still unknown whether there is an association between the use of certolizumab pegol (CZP) in rheumatic patients and the onset of cardiac arrhythmias. We describe the cases of two patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) treated with CZP as the first-line biological drug and methotrexate (MTX), who developed an arrhythmic event. The first was a 60-year-old, hypertensive male smoker, the second a 66-year-old dyslipidemic female non-smoker. Both were diagnosed as having RA in 2010, and started treatment with MTX plus CZP...
2016: Reumatismo
Paolo Capotosto, Antonello Baldassarre, Carlo Sestieri, Sara Spadone, Gian Luca Romani, Maurizio Corbetta
Alpha (8-12 Hz) power desynchronization is strongly associated to visual perception but has been observed in a large variety of tasks, indicating a general role in task anticipation. We previously reported in human observers that interference by repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) of core regions of the dorsal attention network (DAN) disrupts both anticipatory alpha desynchronization and performance during a visuospatial attention (VSA) task. Here, we test the hypothesis that alpha desynchronization is task specific, and can be selectively modulated by interfering with activity in different higher-order parietal regions...
September 6, 2016: Cerebral Cortex
Rufin VanRullen
Brain function involves oscillations at various frequencies. This could imply that perception and cognition operate periodically, as a succession of cycles mirroring the underlying oscillations. This age-old notion of discrete perception has resurfaced in recent years, fueled by advances in neuroscientific techniques. Contrary to earlier views of discrete perception as a unitary sampling rhythm, contemporary evidence points not to one but several rhythms of perception that may depend on sensory modality, task, stimulus properties, or brain region...
October 2016: Trends in Cognitive Sciences
Jessica J Barnes, Anna Christina Nobre, Mark W Woolrich, Kate Baker, Duncan E Astle
UNLABELLED: Working memory is a capacity upon which many everyday tasks depend and which constrains a child's educational progress. We show that a child's working memory can be significantly enhanced by intensive computer-based training, relative to a placebo control intervention, in terms of both standardized assessments of working memory and performance on a working memory task performed in a magnetoencephalography scanner. Neurophysiologically, we identified significantly increased cross-frequency phase amplitude coupling in children who completed training...
August 24, 2016: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
Craig G Richter, Mariana Babo-Rebelo, Denis Schwartz, Catherine Tallon-Baudry
A fundamental feature of the temporal organization of neural activity is phase-amplitude coupling between brain rhythms at different frequencies, where the amplitude of a higher frequency varies according to the phase of a lower frequency. Here, we show that this rule extends to brain-organ interactions. We measured both the infra-slow (~0.05Hz) rhythm intrinsically generated by the stomach - the gastric basal rhythm - using electrogastrography, and spontaneous brain dynamics with magnetoencephalography during resting-state with eyes open...
August 21, 2016: NeuroImage
E Garcia-Rill, S D'Onofrio, B Luster, S Mahaffey, F J Urbano, C Phillips
A 10 Hz rhythm is present in the occipital cortex when the eyes are closed (alpha waves), in the precentral cortex at rest (mu rhythm), in the superior and middle temporal lobe (tau rhythm), in the inferior olive (projection to cerebellar cortex), and in physiological tremor (underlying all voluntary movement). These are all considered resting rhythms in the waking brain which are "replaced" by higher frequency activity with sensorimotor stimulation. That is, the 10 Hz frequency fulcrum is replaced on the one hand by lower frequencies during sleep, or on the other hand by higher frequencies during volition and cognition...
2016: Transl Brain Rhythm
Mina Amiri, Birgit Frauscher, Jean Gotman
The interactions between different EEG frequency bands have been widely investigated in normal and pathologic brain activity. Phase-amplitude coupling (PAC) is one of the important forms of this interaction where the amplitude of higher frequency oscillations is modulated by the phase of lower frequency activity. Here, we studied the dynamic variations of PAC of high (gamma and ripple) and low (delta, theta, alpha, and beta) frequency bands in patients with focal epilepsy in different sleep stages during the interictal period, in an attempt to see if coupling is different in more or less epileptogenic regions...
2016: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
Loek Brinkman, Arjen Stolk, Tom R Marshall, Sophie Esterer, Poppy Sharp, H Chris Dijkerman, Floris P de Lange, Ivan Toni
UNLABELLED: To select a movement, specific neuronal populations controlling particular features of that movement need to be activated, whereas other populations are downregulated. The selective (dis)inhibition of cortical sensorimotor populations is governed by rhythmic neural activity in the alpha (8-12 Hz) and beta (15-25 Hz) frequency range. However, it is unclear whether and how these rhythms contribute independently to motor behavior. Building on a recent dissociation of the sensorimotor alpha- and beta-band rhythms, we test the hypothesis that the beta-band rhythm governs the disinhibition of task-relevant neuronal populations, whereas the alpha-band rhythm suppresses neurons that may interfere with task performance...
August 17, 2016: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
Qian-Quan Sun, Chen Zhou, Weiguo Yang, Daniel Petrus
OBJECTIVE: To examine if mice with focal cortical dysplasia (FCD) develop spontaneous epileptic seizures and, if so, determine the key electroencephalography (EEG) features. METHODS: Unilateral single freeze lesions to the S1 region (SFLS1R) were made in postnatal day 0-1 pups to induce a neocortical microgyrus in the right cortical hemisphere. Continuous 24-h recordings with intracranial EEG electrodes and behavioral tests were performed in adult SFLS1R and sham-control mice to assess neurologic status...
October 2016: Epilepsia
Christina Schmiedt-Fehr, Birgit Mathes, Shwetha Kedilaya, Janna Krauss, Canan Basar-Eroglu
OBJECTIVES: This study compared sensorimotor alpha and beta brain oscillations in young and older adults, to examine their functional distinctness and susceptibility to aging. METHODS: Electroencephalographic data were compared between young (age 23±3) and older adults (age 64±7) in terms of event-related spectral perturbation in alpha and beta bands during a go/nogo task. RESULTS: Age selectively influenced beta rhythms, with younger compared to older adults showing, first, less attenuation during movement preparation and execution, and, second, a greater rebound after movement end...
October 2016: Clinical Neurophysiology: Official Journal of the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology
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