Deep brain electrophysiological recordings provide clues to the pathophysiology of Tourette syndrome

Alberto Priori, Gaia Giannicola, Manuela Rosa, Sara Marceglia, Domenico Servello, Marco Sassi, Mauro Porta

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Although ample evidence suggests that high-frequency deep brain stimulation (DBS) is an effective therapy in patients with Tourette syndrome (TS), its pathophysiology and the neurophysiological mechanisms underlying these benefits remain unclear. The DBS targets mainly used to date in TS are located within the basal ganglia-thalamo-cortical circuit compromised in this syndrome: the medial and ventral thalamic nuclei, which are way stations within the circuit, the globus pallidus and the nucleus accumbens. Neuronal activity can be electrophysiologically recorded from deep brain structures during DBS surgery (intraoperative microrecordings) or within few days after DBS electrode implantation (local field potentials, LFPs). Recordings from the thalamus in patients with TS showed that the power in low-frequency oscillations (2-15. Hz) was higher than power in high frequency oscillations (

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1063-1068
Number of pages6
JournalNeuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2013


  • Adaptive deep brain stimulation
  • Deep brain stimulation
  • Local field potentials
  • Long term recordings
  • Low-frequency
  • Microrecordings
  • Movement disorders
  • Neurophysiology
  • Neurosurgery
  • Pathophysiology
  • Tic
  • Tourette syndrome

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Medicine(all)


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