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1. Growing evidence points toward involvement of the human motor cortex in the control of the ipsilateral hand. We used focal transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) to examine the pathways of these ipsilateral motor effects. 2. Ipsilateral motor-evoked potentials (MEPs) were obtained in hand and arm muscles of all 10 healthy adult subjects tested. They(More)
Brief interruption of voluntary EMG in a hand muscle by focal transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) of the ipsilateral primary motor cortex (M1), the so-called ipsilateral silent period (ISP), is a measure of interhemispheric motor inhibition. However, little is known about how volitional motor activity would modulate the ISP. Here we tested in 30 healthy(More)
A group of European experts was commissioned to establish guidelines on the therapeutic use of repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) from evidence published up until March 2014, regarding pain, movement disorders, stroke, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, consciousness disorders, tinnitus, depression, anxiety(More)
Epileptic conditions are characterized by an altered balance between excitatory and inhibitory influences at the cortical level. Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) provides a noninvasive evaluation of separate excitatory and inhibitory functions of the cerebral cortex. In addition, repetitive TMS (rTMS) can modulate the excitability of cortical(More)
The silent period (SP) following transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) of the motor cortex is mainly due to cortical inhibitory mechanisms. The aim of the present study was to investigate these inhibitory phenomena in primary motor cortex epilepsy. We studied the TMS-induced SP in both the first dorsal interosseous (FDI) muscles in 8 patients who suffered(More)
Differential diagnoses between vegetative and minimally conscious states (VS and MCS, respectively) are frequently incorrect. Hence, further research is necessary to improve the diagnostic accuracy at the bedside. The main neuropathological feature of VS is the diffuse damage of cortical and subcortical connections. Starting with this premise, we used(More)
OBJECTIVE In cortical dysgenesis (CD), animal studies suggested abnormal cortico-cortical connections. Cerebral areas projecting to the primary motor cortex (M1) modulate the cortical silent period (CSP) following transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). Therefore, we used the CSP to investigate remote effects of CD on the M1. METHODS A detailed(More)
Quantitative autoradiography was used to examine central binding sites for L-[3H]glutamate in amygdaloid-kindled rats since receptors for excitatory amino acids have been implicated in epileptiform activity and seizure behaviors. In tissue from rats killed five days after two kindled seizures, the ipsilateral hippocampus, entorhinal, perirhinal and parietal(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate the after-effects of 0.3 Hz repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) on excitatory and inhibitory mechanisms at the primary motor cortex level, as tested by single-pulse TMS variables. METHODS In 9 healthy subjects, we studied a wide set of neurophysiological and behavioral variables from the first dorsal interosseous(More)
The neurophysiological hallmark of congenital mirror movements (MM) are fast-conducting corticospinal projections from the hand area of one primary motor cortex to both sides of the spinal cord. It is still unclear whether the abnormal ipsilateral projection originates through branching fibres from the normal contralateral projection or constitutes a(More)