اثرات تحریک مغز عمیق تالاموس فرعی بر درک و زبان استعاره توانایی در بیماری پارکینسون
|کد مقاله||سال انتشار||تعداد صفحات مقاله انگلیسی||ترجمه فارسی|
|31142||2015||7 صفحه PDF||سفارش دهید|
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Publisher : Elsevier - Science Direct (الزویر - ساینس دایرکت)
Journal : Brain and Language, Volume 141, February 2015, Pages 103–109
The effects of subthalamic nucleus (STN) deep brain stimulation (DBS) in Parkinson’s disease (PD) on different language abilities are still controversial and its impact on high-level language abilities such as metaphor comprehension has been overlooked. The aim of this study was to determine the effects of STN electrical stimulation on metaphor comprehension and language abilities such as lexical and semantic capacities. Eight PD individuals with bilateral STN-DBS were first evaluated OFF-DBS and, at least seven weeks later, ON-DBS. Performance on metaphor comprehension, lexical decision, word association and verbal fluency tasks were compared ON and OFF-DBS in addition to motor symptoms evaluation. STN stimulation had a significant beneficial effect on motor symptoms in PD. However, this stimulation did not have any effect on metaphor comprehension or any other cognitive ability evaluated in this study. These outcomes suggest that STN stimulation may have dissociable effects on motor and language functions.
Parkinson’s disease (PD) is traditionally characterized by motor symptoms such as bradykinesia, rigidity, tremors and postural instability. Many PD patients may also present cognitive symptoms including executive dysfunctions (e.g., working memory, mental flexibility and inhibition deficits) (Owen et al., 1992 and Verbaan et al., 2007) and language impairments (e.g., verbal fluency and pragmatic deficits) (Monetta et al., 2009, Murray, 2008, Pell and Monetta, 2008 and Vachon-Joannette et al., 2013). Pragmatic language such as metaphor comprehension is often impaired in PD, probably because it requires high-level language and cognitive abilities (McKinlay et al., 2009 and Monetta and Pell, 2007). Indeed, some studies reported an association between executive deficits and metaphorical sentence comprehension impairment in PD, suggesting that metaphor processing may be dependent on intact executive functions (Monetta and Pell, 2007, Pell and Monetta, 2008 and Vachon-Joannette et al., 2013). To understand a metaphor (e.g., these spies are foxes), in which the intended meaning does not coincide with the literal meaning of the words, people have to think beyond the literal meaning in order to understand the figurative meaning of the sentence ( Bowdle & Gentner, 2005). This process requires, among other things, to recognize the words of the metaphor (lexical access), to activate the corresponding concepts (their literal and/or figurative senses) in semantic memory and then to switch between the different attributes of the concept (mental flexibility) to select the one common to the first and last words (e.g., spies and foxes) of the metaphor ( Bowdle & Gentner, 2005). Language impairments, including metaphor comprehension deficits, may lead to a decrease in communicative abilities, which could affect the quality of life ( Miller, Noble, Jones, & Burn, 2006). To improve the quality of life of PD patients, treatment such as subthalamic nucleus (STN) deep brain stimulation (DBS) was implemented (Gronchi-Perrin et al., 2006). The positive effect of bilateral STN-DBS on motor symptoms in PD is well established, but the mechanisms of action of DBS are still unclear (Kleiner-Fisman et al., 2006). Several submechanisms have been suggested to be involved, including alterations in neurotransmitters and hormonal systems, changes in neuronal firing and desynchronisation in abnormal oscillations of subcortical nucleus in addition to more global effects on neuronal networks (Benabid, Chabardes, Mitrofanis, & Pollak, 2009). STN-DBS possibly shuts down or modifies the abnormal activity in the STN, restoring neuronal networks implicated in motor functions, most likely frontostriatal pathways (Montgomery & Gale, 2008). Alexander, Crutcher, and DeLong (1990) demonstrated that basal ganglia (BG) are connected to different frontal cortex areas through five parallel frontostriatal pathways (i.e., the motor, oculomotor, prefrontal dorsolateral (PFDL), orbitofrontal and anterior cingulated circuits) (Alexander et al., 1990). The motor loop includes different parts of the frontal cortex (motor, premotor and supplementary motor area) and is known to regulate motor functions, while the PFDL loop is implicated in cognitive processes including executive functioning (Zgaljardic, Borod, Foldi, & Mattis, 2003). Even if the beneficial effects of STN-DBS on motor symptoms are well established, their effects on cognition and language are still controversial and the mechanisms of action remain unclear. The STN facilitates the communication between the striatum and the globus pallidus internus (GPi) by the intermediary of the globus pallidus externus (GPe) (Parent & Hazrati, 1995) and may influence the frontostriatal pathways. Different regions have been identified in the STN, including a dorsolateral sensorimotor and a ventromedial associative regions, (Parent & Hazrati, 1995), suggesting that STN contributions may be related to motor control and to cognitive functions, including language abilities (Whelan, Murdoch, Theodoros, Silburn, & Hall, 2004). Moreover, ablative lesions of bilateral or left STN have been shown to deteriorate specific executive abilities (McCarter, Walton, Rowan, Gill, & Palomo, 2000). Thus, STN-DBS may also influence language abilities, and particularly metaphor comprehension most likely dependent on intact executive functions, via the frontostriatal pathways (Alexander et al., 1990). Indeed, some studies suggested the implication of a frontostriatal neuronal network, most likely the PFDL circuit, in executive and pragmatic abilities, including metaphor comprehension (Pell and Monetta, 2008 and Thoma and Daum, 2006). Some studies have reported a decrease in executive functions and memory after STN-DBS (Fasano et al., 2010, Klempířová et al., 2007, Saint-Cyr et al., 2000 and Smeding et al., 2011) while others have observed an improvement in executive abilities (Daniele et al., 2003, Schoenberg et al., 2008 and Temel et al., 2006). Despite these divergent results, a meta-analysis completed by Parsons, Rogers, Braaten, Woods, and Tröster (2006) demonstrated a significant (but small) deterioration in executive functions and memory following STN-DBS. In studies exploring the effects of STN-DBS on language, verbal fluency was certainly the most investigated ability. Most of these studies reported a deterioration in verbal fluency after surgery (Schoenberg et al., 2008 and Wojtecki et al., 2006). This deterioration was observed a few months after surgery, suggesting that this effect could be caused by the implantation of electrodes (Morrison et al., 2004). There are still few studies about the effects of bilateral STN stimulation on other language abilities and their results often seem contradictory: while a decline in syntactic, semantic, morphological and grammatical abilities was observed in some studies (Castner et al., 2008, Phillips et al., 2012 and Schulz et al., 2012), others have demonstrated an improvement in syntactic and semantic abilities (Silveri et al., 2012 and Zanini et al., 2003). More specifically, Whelan, Murdoch, Theodoros, Hall, and Silburn (2003) did not note any significant difference at 3 months post-surgery in metaphor comprehension in PD patients with bilateral STN-DBS. In a following study, Whelan, Murdoch, Theodoros, Silburn, and Hall (2005) reported an improvement in PD patients at 3 and 12 months post-surgery in high-level language abilities, including metaphor comprehension. It is still unclear if STN-DBS has an effect on this language ability. In most of DBS studies, measures of language abilities were performed before and after electrode implantation. Therefore, these measures simultaneously evaluated the effects of surgery and those of electrical stimulation. No study has investigated only the effects of electrical stimulation of the STN on pragmatic language such as metaphor comprehension. Moreover, the effects of this stimulation on other language capacities such as lexical and semantic abilities are still controversial. Since the effects of STN-DBS on language are unclear and a majority of studies suggest a worsening in these functions after DBS, PD patients with important language impairments tend to be excluded as candidates for STN-DBS surgery (Mattis, Chaya, & Kathryn, 2013). Therefore, it is very important to better know the effects of STN-DBS on language abilities to ensure an optimal selection of the candidates. Metaphoric language is used every day and is an important means of communication that can assist in a better understanding and explanation of abstract ideas (Cardillo et al., 2012 and Kovecses, 1988). Therefore, the impact of STN-DBS on this language ability is important to determine. In the present study, the effects of STN-DBS on metaphor comprehension and other language capacities (verbal fluency, lexical and semantic capacities) were investigated ON and OFF-DBS. A majority of studies have shown a decline in executive functions associated with STN-DBS. A deterioration in metaphor comprehension and the other language abilities tested were thus expected when comparing participants on and off STN-DBS, since these abilities require several cognitive functions, including executive functions.
نتیجه گیری انگلیسی
This study was the first to directly evaluate the effect of STN electrical stimulation (on vs. off stimulation) on metaphor comprehension in PD. Electrical stimulation of the STN did not have any effects on metaphor comprehension or any other cognitive abilities evaluated in this study, including executive, lexical and semantic functions. The fact that STN stimulation improved motor functions, but did not have any effects on the cognitive abilities tested in this study, regardless of whether they were impaired or not, suggests that STN stimulation may have dissociable effects on motor and cognitive functions. STN stimulation may modulate frontostriatal motor circuits without, necessarily, influencing associative (cognitive) circuits implicated in language (Alexander et al., 1990 and Schoenberg et al., 2008).