This study was designed to examine whether corticocortical paired associative stimulation (cc-PAS) can modulate interhemispheric inhibition (IHI) in the human brain. Twelve healthy right-handed volunteers received 90 paired transcranial stimuli to the right and left primary motor hand area (M1(HAND)) at an interstimulus interval (ISI) of 8 ms. Left-to-right cc-PAS (first pulse given to left M1(HAND)) attenuated left-to-right IHI for one hour after cc-PAS. Left-to-right cc-PAS also increased corticospinal excitability in the conditioned right M1(HAND). These effects were not seen in an asymptomatic individual with callosal agenesis. Additional experiments showed no changes in left-to-right IHI or corticospinal excitability when left-to-right cc-PAS was given at an ISI of 1 ms or at multiple ISIs in random order. At the behavioral level, left-to-right cc-PAS speeded responses with the left but not right index finger during a simple reaction time task. Right-to-left cc-PAS (first pulse given to right M1(HAND)) reduced right-to-left IHI without increasing corticospinal excitability in left M1(HAND). These results provide a proof of principle that cc-PAS can induce associative plasticity in connections between the targeted cortical areas. The efficacy of cc-PAS to induce lasting changes in excitability depends on the exact timing of the stimulus pairs suggesting an underlying Hebbian mechanism.

Paired Associative Stimulation of Left and Right Human Motor Cortex Shapes Interhemispheric Motor Inhibition based on a Hebbian Mechanism

RIZZO, VINCENZO
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MORGANTE, FRANCESCA;MASTROENI, CLAUDIA ANNA;GIRLANDA, Paolo;QUARTARONE, Angelo
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2009-01-01

Abstract

This study was designed to examine whether corticocortical paired associative stimulation (cc-PAS) can modulate interhemispheric inhibition (IHI) in the human brain. Twelve healthy right-handed volunteers received 90 paired transcranial stimuli to the right and left primary motor hand area (M1(HAND)) at an interstimulus interval (ISI) of 8 ms. Left-to-right cc-PAS (first pulse given to left M1(HAND)) attenuated left-to-right IHI for one hour after cc-PAS. Left-to-right cc-PAS also increased corticospinal excitability in the conditioned right M1(HAND). These effects were not seen in an asymptomatic individual with callosal agenesis. Additional experiments showed no changes in left-to-right IHI or corticospinal excitability when left-to-right cc-PAS was given at an ISI of 1 ms or at multiple ISIs in random order. At the behavioral level, left-to-right cc-PAS speeded responses with the left but not right index finger during a simple reaction time task. Right-to-left cc-PAS (first pulse given to right M1(HAND)) reduced right-to-left IHI without increasing corticospinal excitability in left M1(HAND). These results provide a proof of principle that cc-PAS can induce associative plasticity in connections between the targeted cortical areas. The efficacy of cc-PAS to induce lasting changes in excitability depends on the exact timing of the stimulus pairs suggesting an underlying Hebbian mechanism.
2009
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