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J Neurosci. 2018 Apr 25;38(17):4230-4242. doi: 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.0217-18.2018. Epub 2018 Apr 6.

Intracranial Electrophysiology Reveals Reproducible Intrinsic Functional Connectivity within Human Brain Networks.

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1
Department of Neurology and Neurological Sciences, Stanford University, Stanford, California 94304, akucyi@stanford.edu.
2
Department of Neurology and Neurological Sciences, Stanford University, Stanford, California 94304.
3
Centre for Medical Image Computing, Department of Computer Science, University College London, London WC1E 6BT, United Kingdom.
4
Departments of Neurosurgery and Neuroscience, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas 77030, and.
5
Brain and Mind Center, The University of Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales 2050, Australia.

Abstract

Evidence for intrinsic functional connectivity (FC) within the human brain is largely from neuroimaging studies of hemodynamic activity. Data are lacking from anatomically precise electrophysiological recordings in the most widely studied nodes of human brain networks. Here we used a combination of fMRI and electrocorticography (ECoG) in five human neurosurgical patients with electrodes in the canonical "default" (medial prefrontal and posteromedial cortex), "dorsal attention" (frontal eye fields and superior parietal lobule), and "frontoparietal control" (inferior parietal lobule and dorsolateral prefrontal cortex) networks. In this unique cohort, simultaneous intracranial recordings within these networks were anatomically matched across different individuals. Within each network and for each individual, we found a positive, and reproducible, spatial correlation for FC measures obtained from resting-state fMRI and separately recorded ECoG in the same brains. This relationship was reliably identified for electrophysiological FC based on slow (<1 Hz) fluctuations of high-frequency broadband (70-170 Hz) power, both during wakeful rest and sleep. A similar FC organization was often recovered when using lower-frequency (1-70 Hz) power, but anatomical specificity and consistency were greatest for the high-frequency broadband range. An interfrequency comparison of fluctuations in FC revealed that high and low-frequency ranges often temporally diverged from one another, suggesting that multiple neurophysiological sources may underlie variations in FC. Together, our work offers a generalizable electrophysiological basis for intrinsic FC and its dynamics across individuals, brain networks, and behavioral states.SIGNIFICANCE STATEMENT The study of human brain networks during wakeful "rest", largely with fMRI, is now a major focus in both cognitive and clinical neuroscience. However, little is known about the neurophysiology of these networks and their dynamics. We studied neural activity during wakeful rest and sleep within neurosurgical patients with directly implanted electrodes. We found that network activity patterns showed striking similarities between fMRI and direct recordings in the same brains. With improved resolution of direct recordings, we also found that networks were best characterized with specific activity frequencies and that different frequencies show different profiles of within-network activity over time. Our work clarifies how networks spontaneously organize themselves across individuals, brain networks, and behavioral states.

KEYWORDS:

default mode network; dorsal attention network; dynamic functional connectivity; electrocorticography; resting-state fMRI

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