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Neuroimage. 2017 Feb 1;146:951-958. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2016.08.043. Epub 2016 Aug 21.

Phase-amplitude coupling at the organism level: The amplitude of spontaneous alpha rhythm fluctuations varies with the phase of the infra-slow gastric basal rhythm.

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1
Laboratoire de Neurosciences Cognitives (ENS - INSERM), Ecole Normale Supérieure - PSL Research University, Paris, France; Ernst Strüngmann Institute (ESI) for Neuroscience in Cooperation with Max Planck Society, Frankfurt, Germany. Electronic address: craiggrichter@gmail.com.
2
Laboratoire de Neurosciences Cognitives (ENS - INSERM), Ecole Normale Supérieure - PSL Research University, Paris, France.
3
Sorbonne Universités, Inserm U 1127, CNRS UMR 7225, UPMC Univ Paris 06 UMR S 1127, Institut du Cerveau et de la Moelle épinière, ICM, Paris, France.
4
Laboratoire de Neurosciences Cognitives (ENS - INSERM), Ecole Normale Supérieure - PSL Research University, Paris, France. Electronic address: catherine.tallon-baudry@ens.fr.

Abstract

A fundamental feature of the temporal organization of neural activity is phase-amplitude coupling between brain rhythms at different frequencies, where the amplitude of a higher frequency varies according to the phase of a lower frequency. Here, we show that this rule extends to brain-organ interactions. We measured both the infra-slow (~0.05Hz) rhythm intrinsically generated by the stomach - the gastric basal rhythm - using electrogastrography, and spontaneous brain dynamics with magnetoencephalography during resting-state with eyes open. We found significant phase-amplitude coupling between the infra-slow gastric phase and the amplitude of the cortical alpha rhythm (10-11Hz), with gastric phase accounting for 8% of the variance of alpha rhythm amplitude fluctuations. Gastric-alpha coupling was localized to the right anterior insula, and bilaterally to occipito-parietal regions. Transfer entropy, a measure of directionality of information transfer, indicates that gastric-alpha coupling is due to an ascending influence from the stomach to both the right anterior insula and occipito-parietal regions. Our results show that phase-amplitude coupling so far only observed within the brain extends to brain-viscera interactions. They further reveal that the temporal structure of spontaneous brain activity depends not only on neuron and network properties endogenous to the brain, but also on the slow electrical rhythm generated by the stomach.

KEYWORDS:

Alpha rhythm; Brain-viscera interactions; Cross-frequency coupling; Gastric rhythm; Phase-amplitude coupling; Resting-state dynamics

PMID:
27557620
PMCID:
PMC5312779
DOI:
10.1016/j.neuroimage.2016.08.043
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