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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444394/tissue-specific-dissociation-of-diurnal-transcriptome-rhythms-during-sleep-restriction-in-mice
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Jana Husse, Jana-Thabea Kiehn, Johanna L Barclay, Nadine Naujokat, Judit Meyer-Kovac, Hendrik Lehnert, Henrik Oster
Study objectives: Shortened or mistimed sleep affects metabolic homeostasis, which may in part be mediated by dysregulation of endogenous circadian clocks. In this study, we assessed the contribution of sleep disruption to metabolic dysregulation by analysing diurnal transcriptome regulation in metabolic tissues of mice subjected to a sleep restriction paradigm. Methods: Male mice were subjected to 2x5 days of sleep restriction (SR) with enforced waking during the first six hours of the light phase...
April 24, 2017: Sleep
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442340/empathy-during-consoling-touch-is-modulated-by-mu-rhythm-an-eeg-study
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L Peled-Avron, P Goldstein, S Yellinek, I Weissman-Fogel, S G Shamay-Tsoory
The aim of the present study was to examine the mechanisms of empathy for pain that contribute to consoling touch, a distress-alleviating contact behavior carried out by an observer in response to the suffering of a target. We tested romantic couples in a paradigm that involves consoling touch and examined the attenuation of the mu/alpha rhythm (8-13Hz) in the consoling partner. During the task, the toucher either held the consoled partner's right hand (human touch) or held onto the armrest of the chair (non-human touch), while the consoled partner experienced inflicted pain (pain condition) or did not experience any pain (no-pain condition)...
April 22, 2017: Neuropsychologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431691/sensorimotor-activity-measured-via-oscillations-of-eeg-mu-rhythms-in-speech-and-non-speech-discrimination-tasks-with-and-without-segmentation-demands
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David Thornton, Ashley W Harkrider, David Jenson, Tim Saltuklaroglu
Better understanding of the role of sensorimotor processing in speech and non-speech segmentation can be achieved with more temporally precise measures. Twenty adults made same/different discriminations of speech and non-speech stimuli pairs, with and without segmentation demands. Independent component analysis of 64-channel EEG data revealed clear sensorimotor mu components, with characteristic alpha and beta peaks, localized to premotor regions in 70% of participants.Time-frequency analyses of mu components from accurate trials showed that (1) segmentation tasks elicited greater event-related synchronization immediately following offset of the first stimulus, suggestive of inhibitory activity; (2) strong late event-related desynchronization in all conditions, suggesting that working memory/covert replay contributed substantially to sensorimotor activity in all conditions; (3) stronger beta desynchronization in speech versus non-speech stimuli during stimulus presentation, suggesting stronger auditory-motor transforms for speech versus non-speech stimuli...
April 18, 2017: Brain and Language
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28400266/eeg-mu-%C3%A2%C2%B5-rhythm-spectra-and-oscillatory-activity-differentiate-stuttering-from-non-stuttering-adults
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Tim Saltuklaroglu, Ashley W Harkrider, David Thornton, David Jenson, Tiffani Kittilstved
Stuttering is linked to sensorimotor deficits related to internal modeling mechanisms. This study compared spectral power and oscillatory activity of EEG mu (μ) rhythms between persons who stutter (PWS) and controls in listening and auditory discrimination tasks. EEG data were analyzed from passive listening in noise and accurate (same/different) discrimination of tones or syllables in quiet and noisy backgrounds. Independent component analysis identified left and/or right μ rhythms with characteristic alpha (α) and beta (β) peaks localized to premotor/motor regions in 23 of 27 people who stutter (PWS) and 24 of 27 controls...
April 8, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28399889/cardiac-pathology-in-spinal-muscular-atrophy-a-systematic-review
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REVIEW
C A Wijngaarde, A C Blank, M Stam, R I Wadman, L H van den Berg, W L van der Pol
BACKGROUND: Hereditary proximal spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) is a severe neuromuscular disease of childhood caused by homozygous loss of function of the survival motor neuron (SMN) 1 gene. The presence of a second, nearly identical SMN gene (SMN2) in the human genome ensures production of residual levels of the ubiquitously expressed SMN protein. Alpha-motor neurons in the ventral horns of the spinal cord are most vulnerable to reduced SMN concentrations but the development or function of other tissues may also be affected, and cardiovascular abnormalities have frequently been reported both in patients and SMA mouse models...
April 11, 2017: Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28399098/-eeg-spectral-characteristics-during-heart-rate-variability-biofeedback-in-healthy-people
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D B Demin, L V Poskotinova
AIM: To evaluate changes in electroencephalogram (EEG) spectral characteristics during a single session of heart rate variability biofeedback (HRV BF). MATERIAL AND METHODS: One hundred and fifty adolescents, aged 16-17 years, were studied. Adolescents of the BF-group (n=110) conducted HRV BF session to enhance vagal influences on the heart rhythm. Adolescents of the control group (n=40) remained in relaxed resting state. EEG was recorded with eyes closed before and after BF training...
2017: Zhurnal Nevrologii i Psikhiatrii Imeni S.S. Korsakova
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28385876/concurrent-tacs-fmri-reveals-causal-influence-of-power-synchronized-neural-activity-on-resting-state-fmri-connectivity
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Marc Bächinger, Valerio Zerbi, Marius Moisa, Rafael Polania, Quanying Liu, Dante Mantini, Christian Ruff, Nicole Wenderoth
Resting state fMRI (rs-fMRI) is commonly used to study the brain's intrinsic neural coupling, which reveals specific spatiotemporal patterns in the form of resting state networks (RSN). It has been hypothesized that slow rs-fMRI oscillations (<0.1 Hz) are driven by underlying electrophysiological rhythms that typically occur at much faster timescales (>5 Hz); however, causal evidence for this relationship is currently lacking. Here we measured rs-fMRI in humans while applying transcranial alternating current stimulation (tACS) to entrain brain rhythms in left and right sensorimotor cortices...
April 6, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28382759/development-of-infant-sustained-attention-and-its-relation-to-eeg-oscillations-an-eeg-and-cortical-source-analysis-study
#8
Wanze Xie, Brittany M Mallin, John E Richards
The current study examined the relation between infant sustained attention and infant EEG oscillations. Fifty-nine infants were tested at 6 (N = 15), 8 (N = 17), 10 (N = 14), and 12 (N = 13) months. Three attention phases, stimulus orienting, sustained attention, and attention termination, were defined based on infants' heart rate changes. Frequency analysis using simultaneously recorded EEG focused on infant theta (2-6 Hz), alpha (6-9 Hz), and beta (9-14 Hz) rhythms. Cortical source analysis of EEG oscillations was conducted with realistic infant MRI models...
April 5, 2017: Developmental Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28370506/feeding-during-the-rest-phase-promotes-circadian-conflict-in-nuclei-that-control-energy-homeostasis-and-sleep-wake-cycle-in-rats
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Oscar D Ramirez-Plascencia, Nadia Saderi, Carolina Escobar, Roberto C Salgado-Delgado
Food intake during the rest phase promotes circadian desynchrony, which has been associated with metabolic diseases. However, the link between circadian rhythm and metabolic alterations is not well understood. To investigate this issue, we explored the circadian rhythm of c-Fos immunoreactivity (IR) in rats fed during the day, during the night or with free access to food for 3 weeks. The analysis was focused on the hypothalamic nuclei, which are interconnected and involved in the control of energy homeostasis and/or arousal: lateral hypothalamus (LH), perifornical area, arcuate, ventrolateral pre-optic (VLPO) and tuberomammillary nuclei...
March 28, 2017: European Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28361421/dynamics-of-interaction-of-neural-networks-in-the-course-of-eeg-alpha-biofeedback
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L I Kozlova, D D Bezmaternykh, M E Mel'nikov, A A Savelov, E D Petrovskii, M B Shtark
Brain EEG-fMRI activity was studied in subjects, who had successfully completed the EEG alpha stimulating training course (20 sessions): for 14 healthy men (20-35 years) three records were obtained in the feedback loop (biofeedback with EEG alpha rhythm with sound reinforcement): in the beginning, middle and at the end of the course. During alpha training, increased functional connectivity was revealed between precuneus network and anterior salience network, left executive control network, default mode network, primary visual network; anterior salience network and executive control network, visual-spatial network...
March 31, 2017: Bulletin of Experimental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28357775/alpha-wavelet-power-as-a-biomarker-of-antidepressant-treatment-response-in-bipolar-depression
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Wojciech Jernajczyk, Paweł Gosek, Miroslaw Latka, Klaudia Kozlowska, Łukasz Święcicki, Bruce J West
There is mounting evidence of a link between the properties of electroencephalograms (EEGs) of depressive patients and the outcome of pharmacotherapy. The goal of this study was to develop an EEG biomarker of antidepressant treatment response which would require only a single EEG measurement. We recorded resting 21-channel EEG in 17 in-patients suffering from bipolar depression in eyes-closed and eyes-open conditions. The EEG measurement was performed at the end of a short washout period which followed previous unsuccessful pharmacotherapy...
March 30, 2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28348646/complexity-of-resting-state-eeg-activity-in-the-patients-with-early-stage-parkinson-s-disease
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Guo-Sheng Yi, Jiang Wang, Bin Deng, Xi-Le Wei
To investigate the abnormal brain activities in the early stage of Parkinson's disease (PD), the electroencephalogram (EEG) signals were recorded with 20 channels from non-dementia PD patients (18 patients, 8 females) and age matched healthy controls (18 subjects, 8 females) during the resting state. Two methods based on the ordinal patterns of the recorded series, i.e., permutation entropy (PE) and order index (OI), were introduced to characterize the complexity of the cortical activities for two groups. It was observed that the resting-state EEG of PD patients showed lower PE and higher OI than healthy controls, which indicated that the early-stage PD caused the reduced complexity of EEG...
April 2017: Cognitive Neurodynamics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334965/photosensitive-epilepsy-is-associated-with-reduced-inhibition-of-alpha-rhythm-generating-networks
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Anna Elisabetta Vaudano, Andrea Ruggieri, Pietro Avanzini, Giuliana Gessaroli, Gaetano Cantalupo, Antonietta Coppola, Sanjay M Sisodiya, Stefano Meletti
See Hamandi (doi:10.1093/awx049) for a scientific commentary on this article.Photosensitivity is a condition in which lights induce epileptiform activities. This abnormal electroencephalographic response has been associated with hyperexcitability of the visuo-motor system. Here, we evaluate if intrinsic dysfunction of this network is present in brain activity at rest, independently of any stimulus and of any paroxysmal electroencephalographic activity. To address this issue, we investigated the haemodynamic correlates of the spontaneous alpha rhythm, which is considered the hallmark of the brain resting state, in photosensitive patients and in people without photosensitivity...
April 1, 2017: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323013/electroencephalographic-sensorimotor-rhythms-are-modulated-in-the-acute-phase-following-focal-vibration-in-healthy-subjects
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Susanna Lopez, Fabiano Bini, Claudio Del Percio, Franco Marinozzi, Claudia Celletti, Antonio Suppa, Raffaele Ferri, Emanuela Staltari, Filippo Camerota, Claudio Babiloni
Few minutes of focal vibration (FV) on limb muscles can improve motor control in neurological (stroke, Parkinson) patients for unknown underlying neurophysiological mechanisms. Here we hypothesized that in healthy volunteers this FV would increase excitability in the primary sensorimotor cortex (S1-M1) during an isometric contraction of the stimulated muscle. The design included an initial control condition with no FV stimulation (Baseline) as well as three short experimental sessions of FV and a Sham (fake) session in a pseudo-random order...
March 17, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323009/investigation-of-the-effects-of-transcranial-alternating-current-stimulation-tacs-on-self-paced-rhythmic-movements
#15
Manuel Varlet, Alanna Wade, Giacomo Novembre, Peter E Keller
Human rhythmic movements spontaneously entrain to external rhythmic stimuli. Such sensory-motor entrainment can attract movements to different tempi and enhance their efficiency, with potential clinical applications for motor rehabilitation. Here we investigate whether entrainment of self-paced rhythmic movements can be induced via transcranial alternating current stimulation (tACS), which uses alternating currents to entrain spontaneous brain oscillations at specific frequencies. Participants swung a handheld pendulum at their preferred tempo with the right hand while tACS was applied over their left or right primary motor cortex at frequencies equal to their preferred tempo (Experiment 1) or in the alpha (10Hz) and beta (20Hz) ranges (Experiment 2)...
March 18, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319878/visual-stimuli-modulate-frontal-oscillatory-rhythms-in-a-cortically-blind-patient-evidence-for-top-down-visual-processing
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Eda Tipura, Alan J Pegna, Beatrice de Gelder, Olivier Renaud
OBJECTIVE: We investigated neuronal correlates of faces versus non-faces processing in a cortically blind patient (TN) and a group of healthy age-matched controls in order to test electrophysiological correlates of the processing of pertinent stimuli in this patient. METHODS: An EEG paradigm was used, in which intact and scrambled faces were displayed on a screen. First, time-frequency transforms were conducted on the patients' data alone. These oscillations were then compared to the frontal activity of six control participants...
May 2017: Clinical Neurophysiology: Official Journal of the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303088/commentary-phase-amplitude-coupling-at-the-organism-level-the-amplitude-of-spontaneous-alpha-rhythm-fluctuations-varies-with-the-phase-of-the-infra-slow-gastric-basal-rhythm
#17
COMMENT
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28286478/cortical-alpha-oscillations-predict-speech-intelligibility
#18
Andrew Dimitrijevic, Michael L Smith, Darren S Kadis, David R Moore
Understanding speech in noise (SiN) is a complex task involving sensory encoding and cognitive resources including working memory and attention. Previous work has shown that brain oscillations, particularly alpha rhythms (8-12 Hz) play important roles in sensory processes involving working memory and attention. However, no previous study has examined brain oscillations during performance of a continuous speech perception test. The aim of this study was to measure cortical alpha during attentive listening in a commonly used SiN task (digits-in-noise, DiN) to better understand the neural processes associated with "top-down" cognitive processing in adverse listening environments...
2017: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28271390/alpha-beta-the-rhythm-of-the-attentional-blink
#19
Kimron L Shapiro, Simon Hanslmayr, James T Enns, Alejandro Lleras
Extant theories of the attentional blink propose that the most critical factor in determining second target accuracy is the time that elapses between the first and second targets. We report that this conclusion has overlooked an equally important determinant, namely, the frequency of the entraining stream in which these targets are embedded. Specifically, we show in two experiments that the signature of the attentional blink-second target accuracy that increases with intertarget lag-is significantly larger for entraining streams that are in the alpha-beta frequency range, relative to streams that are slower (theta) or faster (gamma)...
March 7, 2017: Psychonomic Bulletin & Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28269286/alpha-band-rhythm-suppression-during-memory-recall-reflecting-memory-performance
#20
Koichi Yokosawa, Keisuke Kimura, Ryota Chitose, Takuya Momiki, Shinya Kuriki
Alpha-band rhythm is thought to be involved in memory processes, similarly to other spontaneous brain rhythms. Ten right-handed healthy volunteers participated in our proposed sequential short-term memory task that provides a serial position effect in accuracy rate. We recorded alpha-band rhythms by magnetoencephalography during performance of the task and observed that the amplitude of the rhythm was suppressed dramatically in the memory recall period. The suppressed region was estimated to be in the occipital lobe, suggesting that alpha-band rhythm is suppressed by activation of the occipital attentional network...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
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