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Abstract #4060

BA 4p BOLD response profile distinguishes low and high MS morbidity

Adnan A.S. Alahmadi1,2, Matteo Pardini1,3, Rebecca S. Samson1, Egidio D'Angelo4,5, Karl J. Friston6, Ahmed T. Toosy1,7, and Claudia Angela Michela Gandini Wheeler-Kingshott1,5

1NMR Research Unit, Queen Square MS Centre, Department of Neuroinflammation, UCL Institute of Neurology, London, United Kingdom, 2Department of Diagnostic Radiology, Faculty of Applied Medical Science, KAU, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, 3Department of Neurosciences, Ophthalmology and Genetics, University of Genoa, Genoa, Italy, 4Department of Brain and Behavioral Sciences, University of Pavia, Pavia, Italy, 5Brain Connectivity Center, C.Mondino National Neurological Institute, Pavia, Italy, Pavia, Italy, 6Wellcome Centre for Imaging Neuroscience, UCL, Institute of Neurology, London, United Kingdom, 7NMR Research Unit, Department of Brain Repair and Rehabilitation, Queen Square MS Centre, UCL Institute of Neurology, London, United Kingdom

This study investigates how multiple sclerosis (MS) selectively affects regional BOLD response to variable grip forces (GF). It is known that the anterior and posterior BA4 areas are anatomically and functionally distinguishable – and that in healthy subjects there are linear and non-linear BOLD response components. After modelling BOLD responses with a polynomial expansion of the applied GF during task, we showed that in BA4a MS subjects respond like healthy subjects. BOLD response in BA4p, instead, was altered in MS, with those with greatest disability showing the greatest deviations from the non-linear profile of the healthy response.

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