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Motor cortical excitability studied with repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation in patients with Huntington's disease.
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PMID:  16793338     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: TMS techniques have provided controversial information on motor cortical function in Huntington's disease (HD). We investigated the excitability of motor cortex in patients with HD using repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS). METHODS: Eleven patients with HD, and 11 age-matched healthy subjects participated in the study. The clinical features of patients with HD were evaluated with the United Huntington's Disease Rating Scale (UHDRS). rTMS was delivered with a Magstim Repetitive Magnetic Stimulator through a figure-of-8 coil placed over the motor area of the first dorsal interosseus (FDI) muscle. Trains of 10 stimuli were delivered at 5 Hz frequency and suprathreshold intensity (120% resting motor threshold) with the subjects at rest and during voluntary contraction of the target muscle. RESULTS: In healthy subjects at rest, rTMS produced motor evoked potentials (MEPs) that increased in amplitude over the course of the trains. Conversely in patients, rTMS left the MEP size almost unchanged. In both groups, during voluntary contraction rTMS increased the silent period (SP) duration. CONCLUSIONS: Because rTMS modulates motor cortical excitability by activating cortical excitatory and inhibitory interneurons these findings suggest that in patients with HD the excitability of facilitatory intracortical interneurones is decreased. SIGNIFICANCE: We suggest that depressed excitability of the motor cortex in patients with HD reflects a disease-related weakening of cortical facilitatory mechanisms.
C Lorenzano; L Dinapoli; F Gilio; A Suppa; S Bagnato; A Currà; M Inghilleri; A Berardelli
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2006-06-21
Journal Detail:
Title:  Clinical neurophysiology : official journal of the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology     Volume:  117     ISSN:  1388-2457     ISO Abbreviation:  Clin Neurophysiol     Publication Date:  2006 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-07-31     Completed Date:  2006-09-26     Revised Date:  2008-09-10    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  100883319     Medline TA:  Clin Neurophysiol     Country:  Netherlands    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1677-81     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Neurological Sciences, University of Rome La Sapienza, Rome, Italy.
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MeSH Terms
Huntington Disease / physiopathology*
Middle Aged
Motor Cortex / physiopathology*
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation*

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