Modulation of corticomotor excitability after maximal or sustainable-rate repetitive finger movement is impaired in parkinson's disease and is reversed by levodopa

Wei Peng Teo, J.P. Rodrigues, Francis Mastaglia, Gary Thickbroom

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Objectives: In healthy subjects, fatiguing exercises induce a period of post-exercise corticomotor depression (PECD) that is absent in Parkinson's disease (PD). Our objective is to determine the time-course of corticomotor excitability changes following a 10-s repetitive index finger flexion-extension task performed at maximal voluntary rate (MVR) and a slower sustainable rate (MSR) in PD patients OFF and ON levodopa. Methods: In 11 PD patients and 10 healthy age-matched controls, motor evoked potentials (MEPs) were recorded from the extensor indicis proprius (EIP) and first dorsal interosseous (FDI) muscles of the dominant arm immediately after the two tasks and at 2-min intervals for 10. min. Results: In the OFF condition the PECD was absent in the two test muscles after both the MVR and MSR tasks. In the ON condition finger movement kinematics improved and a period of PECD comparable to that in controls was present after both tasks. Conclusion: The absence of PECD in PD subjects off medication indicates a persisting increase in corticomotor excitability after non-fatiguing repetitive finger movement that is reversed by levodopa. Significance: Dopamine depletion is associated with impaired modulation of corticomotor excitability after non-fatiguing repetitive finger movement. © 2013 International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)562-568
JournalClinical Neurophysiology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2014


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