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Publication Detail
D2 receptor block abolishes θ burst stimulation-induced neuroplasticity in the human motor cortex.
  • Publication Type:
    Journal article
  • Publication Sub Type:
    Comparative Study
  • Authors:
    Monte-Silva K, Ruge D, Teo JT, Paulus W, Rothwell JC, Nitsche MA
  • Publication date:
    09/2011
  • Pagination:
    2097, 2102
  • Journal:
    Neuropsychopharmacology
  • Volume:
    36
  • Issue:
    10
  • Status:
    Published
  • Country:
    England
  • PII:
    npp2011100
  • Language:
    eng
  • Keywords:
    Adult, Cross-Over Studies, Dopamine Antagonists, Dopamine D2 Receptor Antagonists, Double-Blind Method, Evoked Potentials, Motor, Female, Humans, Male, Motor Cortex, Neuronal Plasticity, Receptors, Dopamine D2, Sulpiride, Theta Rhythm, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, Young Adult
Abstract
Dopamine (DA) is a neurotransmitter with an important influence on learning and memory, which is thought to be due to its modulatory effect on plasticity at central synapses, which in turn depends on activation of D1 and D2 receptors. Methods of brain stimulation (transcranial direct current stimulation, tDCS; paired associative stimulation, PAS) lead to after-effects on cortical excitability that are thought to resemble long-term potentization (LTP)/long-term depression (LTD) in reduced preparations. In a previous study we found that block of D2 receptors abolished plasticity induced by tDCS but had no effect on the facilitatory plasticity induced by PAS. We postulated that the different effect of D2 receptor block on tDCS- and PAS-induced plasticity may be due to the different focality and associativity of the stimulation techniques. However, alternative explanations for this difference could not be ruled out. tDCS also differs from PAS in other aspects, as tDCS induces plasticity by subthreshold neuronal activation, modulating spontaneous activity, whereas PAS induces plasticity via phasic suprathreshold stimulation. The present study in 12 volunteers examined effects of D2 receptor blockade (sulpiride (SULP) 400 mg), on the LTP/LTD-like effects of theta burst transcranial magnetic stimulation (TBS), which has less restricted effects on cortical synapses than that of PAS, and does not induce associative plasticity, similar to tDCS, but on the other hand induces cortical excitability shifts by suprathreshold (rhythmic) activation of cortical neurons similarly to PAS. Administration of SULP blocked both the excitatory and inhibitory effects of intermittent (iTBS) and continuous TBS (cTBS), respectively. As the reduced response to TBS following SULP resembles its effect on tDCS, the results support an effect of DA on plasticity, which might be related to the focality and associativity of the plasticity induced.
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