Abrevaya S, Sedeño L, Fitipaldi S, Pineda D, Lopera F, Buritica O, Villegas A, Bustamante C, Gomez D, Trujillo N, Pautassi R, Ibáñez A, García AM. The road less traveled: Alternative pathways for action-verb processing in Parkinson’s disease. J Alzheimers Dis. 2016.

The road less traveled: Alternative pathways for action-verb processing in Parkinson’s disease.

Autores Abrevaya S, Sedeño L, Fitipaldi S, Pineda D, Lopera F, Buritica O, Villegas A, Bustamante C, Gomez D, Trujillo N, Pautassi R, Ibáñez A, García AM.
Año 2016
Journal J Alzheimers Dis.
Volumen 2016 Nov 9
Abstract Action verbs are critically embodied in motor brain networks. In Parkinson’s disease (PD), damage to the latter compromises access to such words. However, patients are not fully incapable of processing them, as their performance is far from floor level. Here we tested the hypothesis that action-verb processing in PD may rely on alternative disembodied semantic circuits. Seventeen PD patients and 15 healthy controls listened to action verbs and nouns during functional MRI scanning. Using cluster-mass analysis with a permutation test, we assessed task-related functional connectivity considering seeds differentially engaged by action and non-action words (namely, putamen and M1 versus posterior superior temporal lobe, respectively). The putamen seed showed reduced connectivity within the basal ganglia in patients for both lexical categories. However, only action verbs recruited different cortical networks in each group. Specifically, the M1 seed exhibited more anterior connectivity for controls and more posterior connectivity for patients, with no differences in the temporal seed. Moreover, the patients’ level of basal ganglia atrophy positively correlated with their reliance on M1-posterior connectivity during action-verb processing. PD patients seem to have processed action verbs via non-motor cortical networks subserving amodal semantics. Such circuits may afford alternative pathways to process words when default embodied mechanisms are disturbed. Moreover, the greater the level of basal ganglia atrophy, the greater the patients’ reliance on this alternative route. These results offer new insights into differential neurofunctional mechanisms recruited to process action semantics in PD.
Resumen En este estudio de resonancia magnética funcional exploramos el procesamiento verbos de acción en pacientes con enfermedad de Parkinson. Demostramos por primera vez que los pacientes, a diferencia de los sujetos control, procesan dichos verbos mediante circuitos alternativos (no motores), de modo proporcional a la atrofia de los ganglios basales. Este nuevo hallazgo arroja luz sobre la organización de los sistemas lingüísticos y su reconfiguración ante el daño de sustratos críticos.