Intracortical Microstimulation Parameters Dictate the Amplitude and Latency of Evoked Responses.
Watson M; Dancause N; Sawan M. Brain Stimulation. 9(2):276-84, 2016 Mar-Apr.[Journal Article. Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov’t] UI: 26633857
BACKGROUND: Microstimulation of brain tissue plays a key role in a variety of sensory prosthetics, clinical therapies and research applications. However, the effects of stimulation parameters on the responses they evoke remain widely unknown.
OBJECTIVE: We aimed to investigate the contribution of each stimulation parameter to the response and identify interactions existing between parameters.
METHODS: Parameters of the constant-current, biphasic square waveform were examined in acute terminal experiments under ketamine anaesthesia. The motor cortex of 7 Sprague-Dawley rats was stimulated while recording motor evoked potentials (MEP) from the forelimb. Intracortical microstimulation (ICMS) parameters were systematically tested in a pair-wise fashion to observe the influence of each parameter on the amplitude and latency of the MEP.
RESULTS: The amplitude of the MEP increased continually with stimulus amplitude (p < 0.001) and pulse duration (p = 0.001) throughout the range tested. Increases were also observed when stimuli were raised from low to moderate values of frequency (p = 0.022) and train duration (p = 0.045), after which no further excitation occurs. The latency of MEP initiation decreased when stimulus amplitude (p = 0.037) and frequency (p = 0.001) were raised from low to moderate values, after which the responses plateaued. MEP latencies were further reduced by increasing the pulse duration (p = 0.011), but train duration had no effect.
CONCLUSIONS: Our data indicate that MEP amplitude and onset latency can be modulated by alterations to a number of stimulus parameters, even in restrictive paradigms, and suggest that the parameters of the standard ICMS signal used for evoking movements from the motor cortex can be further optimized.
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Institutions: Watson, Meghan. Polystim Neurotechnologies, Institute of Biomedical Engineering, Polytechnique, Montreal, Quebec, Canada; Departement de Neurosciences, Faculte de Medecine, Universite de Montreal, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Electronic address: email@example.com. Dancause, Numa. Departement de Neurosciences, Faculte de Medecine, Universite de Montreal, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Sawan, Mohamad. Polystim Neurotechnologies, Institute of Biomedical Engineering, Polytechnique, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.