Browsing by Subject "PREMOTOR CORTEX"

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  • Nora, Anni; Renvall, Hanna; Kim, Jeong-Young; Salmelin, Riitta; Elisabet Serv (2015)
    Temporal and frontal activations have been implicated in learning of novel word forms, but their specific roles remain poorly understood. The present magnetoencephalography (MEG) study examines the roles of these areas in processing newly-established word form representations. The cortical effects related to acquiring new phonological word forms during incidental learning were localized. Participants listened to and repeated back new word form stimuli that adhered to native phonology (Finnish pseudowords) or were foreign (Korean words), with a subset of the stimuli recurring four times. Subsequently, a modified 1-back task and a recognition task addressed whether the activations modulated by learning were related to planning for overt articulation, while parametrically added noise probed reliance on developing memory representations during effortful perception. Learning resulted in decreased left superior temporal and increased bilateral frontal premotor activation for familiar compared to new items. The left temporal learning effect persisted in all tasks and was strongest when stimuli were embedded in intermediate noise. In the noisy conditions, native phonotactics evoked overall enhanced left temporal activation. In contrast, the frontal learning effects were present only in conditions requiring overt repetition and were more pronounced for the foreign language. The results indicate a functional dissociation between temporal and frontal activations in learning new phonological word forms: the left superior temporal responses reflect activation of newlyestablished word-form representations, also during degraded sensory input, whereas the frontal premotor effects are related to planning for articulation and are not preserved in noise.
  • Demyanenko, Svetlana; Gantsgorn, Elena; Rodkin, Stanislav; Sharifulina, Svetlana (2020)
    Sirtuins, class III histone deacetylases, are involved in the regulation of tissue repair processes and brain functions after a stroke. The ability of some isoforms of sirtuins to circulate between the nucleus and cytoplasm may have various pathophysiological effects on the cells. In present work, we focused on the role of non-mitochondrial sirtuins SIRT1, SIRT2, and SIRT6 in the restoration of brain cells following ischemic stroke. Here, using a photothrombotic stroke (PTS) model in mice, we studied whether local stroke affects the level and intracellular localization of SIRT1, SIRT2, and SIRT6 in neurons and astrocytes of the intact cerebral cortex adjacent to the ischemic ipsilateral hemisphere and in the analogous region of the contralateral hemisphere at different time points during the recovery period after a stroke. We evaluated the co-localization of sirtuins with growth-associated protein-43 (GAP 43), the presynaptic marker synaptophysin (SYN) and acetylated a-tubulin (Aca-Tub), that are associated with brain plasticity and are known to be involved in brain repair after a stroke. The results show that during the recovery period, an increase in SIRT1 and SIRT2 levels occurred. The increase of SIRT1 level was associated with an increase in synaptic plasticity proteins, whereas the increase of SIRT2 level was associated with an acetylated of a-tubulin, that can reduce the mobility of neurites. SIRT6 co-localized with GAP-43, but not with SYN. Moreover, we showed that SIRT1, SIRT2, and SIRT6 are not involved in the PTS-induced apoptosis of pen umbra cells. Taken together, our results suggest that sirtuins functions differ depending on cell type, intracellular localization, specificity of sirtuins isoforms to different substrates and nature of post-translational modifications of enzymes.
  • Vainio, Lari; Rantala, Aleksi; Tiainen, Mikko; Tiippana, Kaisa; Komeilipoor, Naeem; Vainio, Martti (2017)
    Previous research has shown that precision and power grip performance is consistently influenced by simultaneous articulation. For example, power grip responses are performed relatively fast with the open-back vowel [a], whereas precision grip responses are performed relatively fast with the close-front vowel [i]. In the present study, the participants were presented with a picture of a hand shaped to the precision or power grip. They were required to pronounce speech sounds according to the front/above perspective of the hand. The results showed that not only the grip performance is affected by simultaneously pronouncing the speech sound but also the production of speech sound can be affected by viewing an image of a grip. The precision grip stimulus triggered relatively rapid production of the front-close vowel [i]. In contrast, the effect related to the power grip stimulus was mostly linked to the vertical dimension of the pronounced vowel since this stimulus triggered relatively rapid production of the back-open vowel [a] and back-mid-open vowel [o] while production of the back-close vowel [u] was not influenced by it. The fact that production of the dorsal consonant [k] or coronal consonant [t] were not influenced by these stimuli suggests that the effect was not associated with a relative front-back tongue shape of the articulation in the absence of changes in any vertical articulatory components. These findings provide evidence for an intimate interaction between certain articulatory gestures and grip types, suggesting that an overlapping visuomotor network operates for planning articulatory gestures and grasp actions.