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Within group similarities revealed that overall, PD patients with freezing relied heavily on cortical control to enable effective stepping with increased visual cortex activation during turning. Between groups differences showed that when turning, patients with freezing preferentially activated inferior frontal regions that have been implicated in the recruitment of a putative stopping network. In addition, freezers failed to activate premotor and superior parietal cortices. Finally, increased task-based functional connectivity was found in subcortical regions associated with gait and stopping within the freezers group during turning.
Alternatively, the extra visuo-parietal activation seen in the PD+FOG group could reflect saccadic abnormalities that could lead to unsuccessful sensorimotor integration.8,43,44 Indeed, we also observed an increased percent signal change during turning in the caudate nucleus for the PD+FOG group, an area implicated in saccadic functioning.45 Because of strong functional interactions between the oculomotor system and basal ganglia circuitry,46 any inappropriate visuomotor integration could cause response conflict between predicted and actual motor outcomes, thus potentially eliciting FOG.12 Indeed, the failure to recruit medial motor and medial frontal regions in the PD+FOG group during turning could indicate a difficulty with facilitating internally driven motor actions when visual support falls away.47 This notion is supported by the fact that externally driven motor actions, such as achieved through visual cueing techniques can alleviate freezing of gait,48 whereas turning is the most provocative trigger for freezing of gait.27 Future studies are now needed to confirm saccadic dysfunctions during turning in the VR and to determine whether dopaminergic medication improves the basal ganglia circuitry during turning and thus visuomotor integration.49
The neural correlates underlying behavioral freezing episodes in a similar VR task are described in detail elsewhere.13,16,17 Such an analysis was not performed in the current study owing to the limited amount of behavioral freezing episodes recorded. The small amount of freezing episodes can partly be explained by the turns being 90°, with previous studies showing that sharper turns are more likely to cause FOG.5,27 Future studies are therefore encouraged to implement sharper turns in virtual reality tasks to increase the likelihood of eliciting FOG, allowing for those episodes to be modeled with sufficient power when using fMRI. In addition, studies are encouraged to use ambulatory electroencephalography systems to provide information about cortical activation underlying other critical sensorimotor challenges associated with turning (e.g., balance, changing step lengths, and posture) that could not be modeled in the current study. Finally, no objective measures were obtained during the current gait tasks, which were solely implemented to ensure accurate group allocations. Future studies using objective kinematical measures during turning are therefore needed to test whether the VR and neuroimaging findings presented here are indeed related to the deficits seen during over ground turning.
A recent pathophysiological model suggests that the main output structures of the basal ganglia (i.e., GPi and Substantia Nigra pars reticulata) provide tonic GABAergic inhibitory tone over the brainstem structures that control gait (such as the MLR and dorsal pendunculopontine nucleus) and the motor thalamus, preventing any unwanted movements at rest.12 Importantly, this tonic inhibition can be deactivated when an appropriate motor plan from the motor cortex is processed by the basal ganglia, relieving this inhibitory output.12 However, one can argue that when patients with PD and FOG proactively recruit a cortically controlled braking network as described above, additional activation of the STN might overrule any inhibitory relief accomplished through the basal ganglia system. Furthermore, in patients with PD and FOG the motor plans presented might already be inappropriate due to abnormal sensory integration,34 especially during challenging situations,42 which together with a dopamine depleted basal ganglia system decreases the likelihood of successful cortico-basal relief of gait inhibition.
The current study also found increased BOLD responses in the PD+FOG group across the inferior frontal gyrus bilaterally along with increased functional connectivity among subcortical regions associated with stopping (e.g., STN and GPi) and movement (e.g., MLR and CLR). Importantly however, another key region of the stopping network, namely the pre-SMA, was absent while the left premotor area actually showed significant decreased activation patterns in PD+FOG. Indeed, a predefined ROI analysis of the pre-SMA revealed reduced activation, although not significantly different, in the PD+FOG group during turning compared walking in the VR. The lack of significant group differences across the basal ganglia, thalamic and subcortical regions associated with stopping can potentially be explained by the removal of all behavioral freezing episodes from the analyses. As such, our results are aligned with previous studies that also showed reduced premotor activation in PD patient with FOG during gait imagery23,24 and behavioral freezing in the virtual reality task,13 along with profound structural20,54 and similarly increased functional connectivity impairments11 that have been reported in PD+FOG between the (pre-) SMA, STN and the CLR and MLR.
Abstract:Background: Metabolic syndrome is associated with low-grade systemic inflammation, which is a key driver of premature atherosclerosis. We characterized immune cell behavior in metabolic syndrome, its consequences, and the potential involvement of the CX3CL1/CX3CR1 and CCL2/CCR2 chemokine axes. Methods: Whole blood from 18 patients with metabolic syndrome and 21 age-matched controls was analyzed by flow cytometry to determine the leukocyte immunophenotypes, activation, platelet-leukocyte aggregates, and CX3CR1 expression. ELISA determined the plasma marker levels. Platelet-leukocyte aggregates adhesion to tumor necrosis factor-α (TNFα)-stimulated arterial endothelium and the role of CX3CL1/CX3CR1 and CCL2/CCR2 axes was investigated with the parallel-plate flow chamber. Results: When compared with the controls, the metabolic syndrome patients presented greater percentages of eosinophils, CD3+ T lymphocytes, Mon2/Mon3 monocytes, platelet-eosinophil and -lymphocyte aggregates, activated platelets, neutrophils, eosinophils, monocytes, and CD8+ T cells, but lower percentages of Mon1 monocytes. Patients had increased circulating interleukin-8 (IL-8) and TNFα levels and decreased IL-4. CX3CR1 up-regulation in platelet-Mon1 monocyte aggregates in metabolic syndrome patients led to increased CX3CR1/CCR2-dependent platelet-Mon1 monocyte adhesion to dysfunctional arterial endothelium. Conclusion: We provide evidence of generalized immune activation in metabolic syndrome. Additionally, CX3CL1/CX3CR1 or CCL2/CCR2 axes are potential candidates for therapeutic intervention in cardiovascular disorders in metabolic syndrome patients, as their blockade impairs the augmented arterial platelet-Mon1 monocyte aggregate adhesiveness, which is a key event in atherogenesis. Keywords: metabolic syndrome; cytokines; chemokines; leukocyte activation; platelet activation; endothelial dysfunction; systemic inflammation
Budget limitations have other consequence for the development of VR-SGs: VR-experiences tend to be very short and short exposure times to knowledge clearly limits the learning rate . Short viewing times were expected in the past, due in part to the immaturity of HMD technology that caused VR sickness syndrome . But those problems now appear to have been resolved with the new generation of HMDs and new strategies for user interaction with the VR-environment . Besides, if longer VR-experiences are developed, the learning time can be considered a key factor and effective time ranges for different learning tasks can be done. However, lengthier VR-SG experiences will depend on two new requirements: 1) a multidisciplinary team with specific skill sets, unlike most of the academic research groups working on these issues; and, 2) the development of rich storytelling VR-SGs with a clear orientation towards the final objective of the learning experience. The absence of oriented storytelling is especially clear in the 10% of studies that concluded that VR provided no improvements, although no clear learning objective was identified in those VR-SGs. The same weakness was also mentioned in the context of spatial games for the teaching of Cultural Heritage .
The activation (depolarization + repolarization) of the right ventricle occurs transseptally producing, due to a small number of Purkinje fibers in the septum, a QRS with longer duration. The transeptal activation originates the delayed 3 and 4 vectors of depolarization of the septum and RV, and the formation of a characteristic QRS loop.
In this case the transseptal activation is more (B) or less (A) important (grey area) depending on the degree of stimulus delay in the right bundle branch (Fig. 7.6). Consequently, a greater or lesser part of the RV is depolarized with a delay (striped area). [D]
The block in the superoanterior division originates a change in the start of activation that is then made through a small septal vector (vector 1) that moves downward, forward, and to the right, and then depolarizes the rest of the left ventricle upwards and backwards (vector 2).
Figure 7.23 shows how ventricular activation is carried out in cases of block in this fascicle. As seen in the figure, activation occurs inversely to that observed in SAH (see before). [M]
"We know microglia get involved in Alzheimer's disease by switching into an activated mode," explains Dr. Carlo Sala Frigerio. "We were interested to know if aging in the presence or absence of amyloid beta deposition would affect this activation." Sala Frigerio worked in De Strooper's lab in Leuven and recently started his own group at the UK Dementia Research Institute in London. 2b1af7f3a8