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1 Two different coma models Yaohui TangMax-Planck-Institute for Biological Cybernetics
2 What is coma?Coma is a state of unconsciousness, which is marked by a lack of awareness and response to external stimulus.Brain death: the loss of all brainstem reflexescoma is a state of unresponsiveness in which the patient lies with the eyes closed, cannot be aroused, and has no awareness of self and surroundings.Patients in a vegetative state are awake but are unaware of themselves or their environmentMCS: patients who are not in a vegetative state but are unable to communicate consistently.Locked-in syndrome is defined by sustained eye opening. awareness of the environment, aphonia or hypophonia, quadriplegia or quadriparesis, and vertical or lateral eye movement or blinking of the uppereyelid to signal yes/no responses. Eye or eyelid movements are the main method of communication.Steven Laureys, et al, The Lancet, 2004
3 Cerebral metabolism in different brain states ConsciousLocked-in syndromeMCSVegetative stateNormal people has the strongest cerebral metabolism, while VS has almost no cerebral metabolismSteven Laureys, et al, The Lancet, 2004
4 Important pathways and brain nucleus for arousal Reticulo-thalamo-cortical pathway (widely accepted)Basilar artery occlusion (BAO)Thalamus-Basal forebrain (BF)-Parabrachial nucleus- precoeruleus area (PB-PC)Neurotoxin stereotaxic injection (NSI)
5 Basilar artery One of three major arteries feeding the circle of WillisSituated on the ventral surface of thebrainstemSupplies the major portion of the bloodflow to the brainstemSCA: superior cerebellar arteryAICA: anterior inferior cerebellar arteryPICA: posterior inferior cerebellar arteryBasilar artery is one of three major arteries feeding the circle of Willis, which is situated on the ventral surface of the brainstem and supplies the major portion of the blood flow to the brainstem. It is joined to the brainstem via penetrating median, paramedian, and short and long circumferential branches, supplies blood to many large and small vessels in the posterior circulation, which is very important for consciousnessTracey Baird, et al, Neurocritical Care, 2004
6 Basilar artery occlusion Single point occlusion Two points occlusionD-MM-PD-PDistal: above SCAMid: AICA-SCA, BAOProximal: Below AICA
8 Purpose: develop a reproducible rat model of brain stem ischemia In 11 rats, the basilar artery was occluded at a single point along its length.12 rats underwent occlusion at two points 3 mm apart at various sites along the length (above AICA or below AICA)Basilar arteryA 3-cm midline neck incision was made, and the muscles were divided in the midline to expose the trachea. A polyethylene tracheostomy tube (PE240) was inserted in the first 17 rats and sutured in place. The last 12 rats were orotracheally intubated with a polyethylene tube (PE160) under direct visualization after the midline incision. After dividing the right sternohyoid muscle, the carotid bundle was exposed, separated from the paratracheal structures, and retracted laterally, using an approach described in larger animals.6 The anterior cervical muscles were then divided in the midline and detached from the skull base. This exposed the skull base from the foramen magnum to the posterior occipitosphenoidsuture rostrally and to the occipital condyles laterally. A high-speed drill was used to thin the exposed basilar bone. The inner table was carefully elevated using a microdissector and a fine rongeur. The dura was opened widely. At this point, the basilar artery and several branches could be clearly identified along with the major venous structures of the region (Figure 1). The anterior inferior cerebellar arteries could be clearly seen in all rats. In four rats, the dissection was continued rostrally beyond the suture line, exposing the sphenoid bone. Careful removal of the sphenoid bone exposed the pituitary fossa and the surrounding venous sinuses. The arachnoid overlying the basilar artery was opened.
9 ResultsSingle-point or two-point BAO reduced peak-to-peak amplitude of the cortical SEPs by >50% within 15 minutesThe SEPs gradually recovered over 3-4hours, and the response amplitudes exceeded baseline values in seven of the 17 rats by 4 hours after occlusion.By 24 hours after basilar artery occlusion,amplitudes and latencies returned to baseline values.
10 HE staining No infarct in any rat with single-point basilar artery occlusionTwo-point occlusion above or belowthe AICA produced brain steminfarctsTwo-point BAO below AICATwo-point BAO above AICA
11 ConclusionBasilar artery occlusion at any single point between the foramenmagnum and the circle of Willis in 11 rats did not producehistologically detectable infarcts in the brain at hours.Two-point occlusions of the basilar artery in 12 rats producedvariable infarcts between the occlusion sites but no ischemic lesionselsewhere.Basilar artery occlusions invariably suppressed cortical somatosensory evoked potentials by >50%.
12 Parabrochial nucleus: It is located at the junction of the midbrain and pons in the lateral reticular formation, rostral to the parvocellular reticular nucleus near the superior cerebellar pedunclePre-locus coeruleus is a small nucleus in the brainstemParabrochial-precoeruleus
13 BackgroundArousal pathway passed through the paramedian midbrain reticular formation and bifurcated at the diencephalon into two branches, into the thalamus and hypothalamusMost neurons participating in these pathways from the rostral pons and caudal midbrain:Noradrenergic locus coeruleusSerotoninergic dorsal pedunculopontineLaterodorsal tegmental nucleiParabrachial nucleusHowever their functions in awake/sleep are unknown.Noradreneric locus coeruleusSerotoninergic dorsal pedunculopontine: is located in the brainstem, caudal to the substantia nigra containing cholinergic neurons, the pars compacta, and one containing mostlyglutamatergic neuronsLaterodorsal tegmental nuclei: The laterodorsal tegmental nucleus (or lateroposterior tegmental nucleus) is a nucleus situated in the brainstem, spanning the midbrain tegmentum and the pontine tegmentum. The laterodorsal tegmental nucleus (LDT) sends cholinergic (acetylcholine) projections to many subcortical and cortical structures, including the thalamus, hypothalamus, substantia nigra (dopamine neurons), ventral tegmental area (dopamine neurons), cortexParabrachial nucleus: It is located at the junction of the midbrain and pons in the lateral reticular formation, rostral to the parvocellular reticular nucleus near the superior cerebellar peduncleThe relative influence of the two branches of the arousalsystem has also not been resolved. The thalamic branch,which innervates the intralaminar, relay, and reticularnuclei, has been thought to play a critical role in regulatingthalamo-cortical transmission and the electroencephalographic(EEG) activity associated with sleep and wakefulness.A second branch runs through the lateral hypothalamusand basal forebrain, where it is augmented byadditional neurons that project directly to the cerebral cortex.parabrachial region in the rostralpons on wakefulness, as this is a key source of inputs tothe forebrain components of arousal systems
14 Methods1st partPathogen-free adult male Sprague-Dawley rats (275–300 g)Lesions of the thalamus: injecting 50 nl of a 10% solution of ibotenic acid bilaterallyLesions of the basal forebrain: injecting a 0.1% solution of either IgG192- saporin or orexin-saporin (OX-SAP) at four different sites (ibotenic acid cause rats to die; high dose (125ng) OX-SAP kill all noncholinergic neurons and 88% of cholinergic neurons; 100ng OX-SAP kill all noncholinergic neurons and 19% of cholinergic neurons)To kill cholinergic BF neurons specifically, 1ug IgG 192-saporin was injected into the lateral ventricle.EEG/EMG were continuous recorded on day 7 postoperatively.c-Fos immunohistochemistry (an indirect indicator of neurons firing, it gives a rough indication of the degree to which neurons have been receiving excitatory inputs that elevate cyclic AMP or intracellular calcium)
15 2nd partUsing cholera toxin subunit B (CTB) to retrogradely trace inputs to the BF and thalamus from sites in the brainstem to define the cell groupsIn situ hybridization for the vesicular glutamate 2 transporter (VGLUT2), to determine which of these cells were likely to be glutamatergic.
16 3rd partUsing local injections of orexin-saporin to ablate neurons in the parabrachial nucleus and precoeruleus regionEEG/EMG were continuous recorded at 7 days postoperatively.c-Fos immunoreactivity
17 Results Ibotenic acid induced lesions of the thalamus the medial(parataenial and mediodorsal), anterior (anterodorsal,anteroventral, anteromedial, and laterodorsal), ventral(ventroanterior, ventrolateral, ventroposterior, and posterior),and intralaminar and midline (reuniens, paraventricular,rhomboid, centromedial, centrolateral, paracentraland parafascicular) nuclei were all nearly completely eliminated.Only a small portion of the reticular nucleus around the rim of the thalamus and the far caudal parts of the posterior and the medial and lateral geniculate nuclei were sparedg: tyrosine hydroxylase
18 Effects of thalamus lesions on c-Fos expression and Sleep-wake behavior
19 Figure 4. Normalized power spectra across 12 hours during either the light period (a) or the dark period (b) in control rats andrats with lesions of the thalamus (Tha), basal forebrain (BF), or parabrachialnucleus (PB). Note that the thalamic lesions caused onlya loss of theta power, which was most marked during the dark period.The basal forebrain and parabrachial lesions caused extensiveloss of EEG activity above the frequency of 1 Hz, with very littleRemaining EEG power above 4 Hz (i.e., above the delta range).Power spectrum: how the variance of the data is distributed over the frequency components into which may be decomposedA slight decrease in theta power during the subjective night after thalamus lesion
20 Summary 1Thalamus lesions, even with an extensive lesion, did not affect EEG/EMG pattern, sleep/wake pattern, c-fos expression and behavior, except a slight decrease in theta power during the subjective night.No coma-like syndrome was observed.
21 Nonselective lesions of the BF 10 days after OX-SAP, 7/11 rats exhibited a coma-like stateEEG at all times was dominated by sub-delta (<1 HZ EEG) activity.
22 Effects of BF lesions on the c-Fos expression A dozen cholinergic cells are the only survivingNeuronsMinimal c-fos expression in neocortexHigh expression in TMN and LCFigure 5. Effects of nonselective lesions of the BF on the EEG pattern and Fos expression induced by continuous stimulation (gentletouching). a1–a4: A series of sections (stained immunohistochemically, brown, for ChAT, with a blue thionin counterstain) arranged in rostro caudalorder through the BF in a rat with bilateral lesions using orexin-saporin (125 ng total), which killed 88% of the cholinergic neuronsand virtually all noncholinergic neurons in the BF. b: An enlarged view of the area in the red box in a3. Note that in the center of thelesion field (upper part of b), there are few if any surviving neurons remaining, whereas in the lower part of b, at the edge of the lesionarea, about a dozen cholinergic cells (arrows) are the only surviving neurons in the field, which is otherwise filled with small glial nuclei.c: Neocortical Fos expression after 2 hours of sensory stimulation. d,e: A low level of Fos expression was seen in the neocortex, despiteelevated Fos activity in the TMN (d) and the LC (e). f,g: EEG following BF ablation (i.e., during the coma-like state) demonstrated monotonous<1-Hz oscillation across all behaviors. f shows 12 seconds of EEG (at the time indicated by the arrow in h), and g shows a powerspectrum for this 12-second period. Note that the only peak is in the sub-delta range. h: 20 minutes of EEG/EMG in this behaviorallyunresponsive state. Note that the delta power (green) remains uniformly high and the theta power (magenta) low, even during brief abortivemovements (spikes in the EMG trace). For abbreviations, see list. Scale bar . 2 mm in a1 (applies to a1–a4); 100 lM in b,d,e;200 lM in c; 2 seconds (horizontal) and 50 lV (vertical) in f.
23 C-Fos expression on nonselective and selective lesions of the BF
24 Effects of BF lesions on the EEG pattern induced by continuous stimulation f shows 12 seconds of EEG (at the time indicated by the arrow in h), and g shows a powerspectrum for this 12-second period. Note that the only peak is in the sub-delta range. h: 20 minutes of EEG/EMG in this behaviorallyunresponsive state. Note that the delta power (green) remains uniformly high and the theta power (magenta) low, even during brief abortivemovements (spikes in the EMG trace). For abbreviations, see list. Scale bar ¼ 2 mm in a1 (applies to a1–a4); 100 lM in b,d,e;200 lM in c; 2 seconds (horizontal) and 50 lV (vertical) in f.By continuous gentle touch, rats maintained a tonically active EMG.EEG showed a monotonous slow-wave activity
25 No coma-like behaviors were induced in Ch BF lesions or Non-Ch BF lesions
26 Summary 2BF is a critical relay for maintaining the waking pattern of behavior, EEG and cFos expression.Both cholinergic and noncholinergic (mainly GABAergic) BF neurons work jointly in control of cortical arousal. Either component alone is capable of supporting cortical arousal.Source of inputs to the BF neurons?
27 Retrograde tracer CTB injection to S1 to search which provides arousal inputs to the BF Large numbers of neurons in the medial PB (MPB)Small number in the PCAlmost all the CTB labeled cells in the PC and PB also expressed VGLUT2, indicating PB/PC provide glutamatergic inputs to the BFFigure 9. Forebrain projections of the parabrachial nucleus (PB) and precoeruleus area (PC). a: The retrograde tracer CTB (stained brownimmunohistochemically) is shown in the substantia innominata (SI; see inset), and retrogradely labeled neurons (brown) are seen in boththe PC and the adjacent medial PB (marked by arrows). b: Double labeling with VGLUT2 mRNA radioisotopic in situ hybridization (black silvergrains), after an injection of CTB into the SI (brown cells) shows that most neurons in the PB/PC that project to the BF expressVGLUT2 mRNA (arrows). The inset shows an enlargement of two doubly labeled neurons marked by arrows just below the box. c: An illustrationof the distribution of the CTB-labeled cells in the dorsolateral pontine region after an SI injection. Sections c1–c3 are arrangedfrom rostral to caudal. Each dot . 3 cells. For abbreviations, see list. Scale bar lM in a; 50 lM in b; 200 lM in c.
28 PB/PC lesions induced by OX-SAP injection Figure 10. Effects of cell-selective lesions of the dorsolateral pontine tegmentum on sleep and wakefulness. a: OX-SAP lesions of theMPB caused an increase in the amount of both NREM and REM sleep during the dark period (Table 2; see also Lu et al., 2006b). b: Lesionsinvolving both the MPB and the PC also showed loss of theta power in the EEG during REM sleep (see Lu et al., 2006). c–f: Larger lesionsinvolving both the PC as well as the entire PB (c) caused coma with failure of continuous stimulation to activate Fos expression in the cerebralcortex (d) and reduced activation of the TMN (e; cf. Fig. 8c or g), although Fos expression in the LC (f) was elevated. g–l: Comparisonof the physiology of a normal sleep-wake cycle (g–i) with the coma-like state (j–l). g shows a representative 12-second EEG epoch,and h shows the associated power spectrum (epoch begins at red arrow shown in the EEG trace from i) from an intact rat during NREMsleep. i shows the EEG (top trace) and EMG (bottom trace) during a period of NREM sleep, then REM sleep and then wake. The middletrace demonstrates the relative magnitude and changes in delta (d; green trace) and theta (y; magenta trace) power during this recordingwindow. j,k: Representative 12-second EEG epoch (j) and associated power spectrum (k; epoch begins at red arrow shown in the EEGtrace from l) from the same rat following a PB-PC lesion and the development of a ‘‘coma-like’’ state. The EEG and power spectrum fromthe behaviorally unresponsive animal clearly shows the predominantly <1-Hz sub-delta activity and loss of theta. Note in l that the EEG ismonotonous in range, with prominent delta activity throughout the trace, and low EMG activity indicating lack of spontaneous movement.Total window time for traces in i and l was about 30 minutes (see time bar below l, which equals 2 minutes). For abbreviations, see list.Scale bar lM in a–d; 100 lM in e,f; 80 lV (vertical) in g; 50 lV (vertical) in j; 1 second (horizontal) in g,j.Comatose happened 10 days after injection
32 Effects of PB/PC lesions on the EEG pattern induced by continuous stimulation g–l: Comparisonof the physiology of a normal sleep-wake cycle (g–i) with the coma-like state (j–l). g shows a representative 12-second EEG epoch,and h shows the associated power spectrum (epoch begins at red arrow shown in the EEG trace from i) from an intact rat during NREMsleep. i shows the EEG (top trace) and EMG (bottom trace) during a period of NREM sleep, then REM sleep and then wake. The middletrace demonstrates the relative magnitude and changes in delta (d; green trace) and theta (y; magenta trace) power during this recordingwindow. j,k: Representative 12-second EEG epoch (j) and associated power spectrum (k; epoch begins at red arrow shown in the EEGtrace from l) from the same rat following a PB-PC lesion and the development of a ‘‘coma-like’’ state. The EEG and power spectrum fromthe behaviorally unresponsive animal clearly shows the predominantly <1-Hz sub-delta activity and loss of theta. Note in l that the EEG ismonotonous in range, with prominent delta activity throughout the trace, and low EMG activity indicating lack of spontaneous movement.Total window time for traces in i and l was about 30 minutes (see time bar below l, which equals 2 minutes).By continuous gentle touch, rats maintained a tonically active EMG. EEG showed a monotonous slow-wave activity
33 Summary 3PB/PC is critical for achieving and maintaining an activated EEG and a waking state.PB/PC-BF-neocortical axis controls neocortical arousal
34 Important points of the study 1. Challenge widely accepted view of comatose model (thalamus)2. Provide solid evidence that PB/PC-BF-Cortex may constitute a critical pathway for maintaining a waking cortical state.
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