Potentiating paired corticospinal-motoneuronal plasticity after spinalcord injury

Bunday, K.L., Urbin, M.A. and Perez, M.A. 2018. Potentiating paired corticospinal-motoneuronal plasticity after spinalcord injury. Brain Stimulation. 11, pp. 1083-1092. doi:10.1016/j.brs.2018.05.006

TitlePotentiating paired corticospinal-motoneuronal plasticity after spinalcord injury
TypeJournal article
AuthorsBunday, K.L., Urbin, M.A. and Perez, M.A.
Abstract

Background: Paired corticospinal-motoneuronal stimulation (PCMS) increases corticospinal transmission in humans with chronic incomplete spinal cord injury (SCI).Objective/Hypothesis: Here, we examine whether increases in the excitability of spinal motoneurons, by performing a voluntary activity, could potentiate PCMS effects on corticospinal transmission.Methods: During PCMS, we used 100 pairs of stimuli where corticospinal volleys evoked by transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) over the hand representation of the primary motor cortex were timed to arrive at corticospinal-motoneuronal synapses of the first dorsal interosseous (FDI) muscle ~1e2msbefore antidromic potentials were elicited in motoneurons by electrical stimulation of the ulnar nerve. PCMS was applied at rest (PCMSrest) and during a small level of isometric index finger abduction(PCMSactive) on separate days. Motor evoked potentials (MEPs) elicited by TMS and electrical stimulation were measured in the FDI muscle before and after each protocol in humans with and without (controls)chronic cervical SCI. Results: We found in control participants that MEPs elicited by TMS and electrical stimulation increased to a similar extent after both PCMS protocols for ~30 min. Whereas, in humans with SCI, MEPs elicited by TMS and electrical stimulation increased to a larger extent after PCMSactivecompared with PCMSrest.Importantly, SCI participants who did not respond to PCMSrestresponded after PCMSactiveand those who responded to both protocols showed larger increments in corticospinal transmission after PCMSactive.Conclusions: Our findings suggest that muscle contraction during PCMS potentiates corticospinal transmission. PCMS applied during voluntary activity may represent a strategy to boost spinal plasticity after SCI.

KeywordsNeuroplasticity, Spinal cord injury, Corticospinal-motoneuronal, Spike-timing dependent plasticity, Neurophysiology, Corticospinal
JournalBrain Stimulation
Journal citation11, pp. 1083-1092
ISSN1935-861X
Year2018
PublisherElsevier
Accepted author manuscriptPotentiating STDP_05-03-18_with figures.pdf
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1016/j.brs.2018.05.006
PubMed ID 29848448
Publication dates
Published online09 May 2018
LicenseCC BY-NC-ND 4.0

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