In vivo assay of cortical microcircuitry in frontotemporal dementia: A platform for experimental medicine studies

Shaw, Alexander D., Hughes, Laura E., Moran, Rosalyn, Coyle-Gilchrist, Ian ORCID:, Rittman, Tim and Rowe, James B. (2021) In vivo assay of cortical microcircuitry in frontotemporal dementia: A platform for experimental medicine studies. Cerebral Cortex, 31 (3). 1837–1847. ISSN 1047-3211

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The analysis of neural circuits can provide critical insights into the mechanisms of neurodegeneration and dementias, and offer potential quantitative biological tools to assess novel therapeutics. Here we use behavioural variant frontotemporal dementia (bvFTD) as a model disease. We demonstrate that inversion of canonical microcircuit models to non-invasive human magnetoecphalography can identify the regional- and laminar-specificity of bvFTD pathophysiology, and their parameters can accurately differentiate patients from matched healthy controls. Using such models, we show that changes in local coupling in frontotemporal dementia underlie the failure to adequately establish sensory predictions, leading to altered prediction error responses in a cortical information-processing hierarchy. Using machine learning, this model-based approach provided greater case-control classification accuracy than conventional evoked cortical responses. We suggest that this approach provides an in vivo platform for testing mechanistic hypotheses about disease progression and pharmacotherapeutics.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: sdg 3 - good health and well-being ,/dk/atira/pure/sustainabledevelopmentgoals/good_health_and_well_being
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Norwich Medical School
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Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 12 May 2023 12:31
Last Modified: 15 May 2023 09:31
DOI: 10.1101/416388

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