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|Titolo:||Can magnetoencephalography track the afferent information flow along white matter thalamo-cortical fibers?|
|Autori Unitn:||Papadelis, Christos|
Braun, Heinrich Christoph
|Anno di pubblicazione:||2012|
|Titolo del periodico:||NEUROIMAGE|
|Abstract:||White matter thalamo-cortical fibers allow the communication of distant brain regions by carrying neuronal signals. Mapping non-invasively the information flow within white matter fibers is regarded so far as impossible. We investigated here whether information flow propagating along thalamo-cortical fibers can be detected using magnetoencephalography (MEG). Somatosensory evoked fields (SEFs) were recorded from healthy subjects and a patient with a unilateral, prenatally acquired, white matter lesion, which had induced the development of an abnormal trajectory of thalamo-cortical fibers. Equivalent current dipole (ECD) was used to model sources of SEFs. ECD at ~ 15 ms after stimulus onset was located within or close to the contralateral thalamus at the proximity of a hemodynamic response detected during a similar fMRI experiment. At the M20 peak latency, ECD was localized within the hand area of the contralateral primary somatosensory cortex (Brodmann area 3b (BA3b)). In healthy subjects, ECD changed dynamically position from thalamus to BA3b following a curved path, which was partially overlapping the thalamo-cortical fibers reconstructed by tractography. In the patient, ECD followed a similar path only in the intact hemisphere. In the affected hemisphere, the dipole trajectory circumnavigated the extended lesion on its way to the preserved primary somatosensory cortex — similar to the trajectory findings. Evidence from different methodological approaches converges on the conclusion that MEG can track the afferent information flow along thalamo-cortical fibers and in contrast to the traditional view can localize under presuppositions deep thalamic sources.|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||03.1 Articolo su rivista (Journal article)|
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