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Int Arch Med. 2008 Apr 15;1(1):2. doi: 10.1186/1755-7682-1-2.

Basic mechanisms of rTMS: Implications in Parkinson's disease.

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Experimental Neurology, Philipps University, D-35033 Marburg, Germany. arias@exp-neuro.de.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Basic and clinical research suggests a potential role for repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) in the treatment of Parkinson's disease. However, compared to the growing number of clinical studies on its putative therapeutic properties, the studies on the basic mechanisms of rTMS are surprisingly scarce.

RESULTS:

Animal studies have broadened our understanding of how rTMS affects brain circuits and the causal chain in brain-behavior relationships. The observed changes are thought to be to neurotransmitter release, transsynaptic efficiency, signaling pathways and gene transcription. Furthermore, recent studies suggest that rTMS induces neurogenesis, neuronal viability and secretion of neuroprotective molecules.

CONCLUSION:

The mechanisms underlying the disease-modifying effects of these and related rTMS in animals are the principle subject of the current review. The possible applications for treatment of Parkinson's disease are discussed.

PMID:
18471317
PMCID:
PMC2375865
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