Sixty-hertz stimulation improves bradykinesia and amplifies subthalamic low-frequency oscillations

Mov Disord. 2017 Jan;32(1):80-88. doi: 10.1002/mds.26837. Epub 2016 Nov 8.


Background: The objective of this study was to investigate the hypothesis that attenuation of subthalamic nucleus (STN) alpha-/beta-band oscillations is causal to improvement in bradykinesia.

Methods: STN local field potentials from a sensing neurostimulator (Activa® PC+S; Medtronic, Inc.) and kinematics from wearable sensors were recorded simultaneously during 60- and 140-Hz deep brain stimulation (DBS) in 9 freely moving PD subjects (15 STNs) performing repetitive wrist flexion-extension. Kinematics were recorded during 20-Hz DBS in a subgroup.

Results: Both 60- and 140-Hz DBS improved the angular velocity and frequency of movement (P = 0.002 and P = 0.029, respectively, for 60 Hz; P < 0.001 and P < 0.001, respectively, for 140 Hz), but 60-Hz DBS did not attenuate beta-band power (13-30 Hz). In fact, 60-Hz DBS amplified alpha/low-beta (11-15 Hz, P = 0.007) and attenuated high-beta power (19-27 Hz, P < 0.001), whereas 140-Hz DBS broadly attenuated beta power (15-30 Hz, P < 0.001). Only 60-Hz DBS improved the regularity of angular range (P = 0.046) and 20-Hz DBS did not worsen bradykinesia. There was no correlation between beta-power modulation and bradykinesia.

Conclusions: These novel results obtained from freely moving PD subjects demonstrated that both 140- and 60-Hz DBS improved bradykinesia and attenuated high beta oscillations; however, 60-Hz DBS amplified a subband of alpha/low-beta oscillations, and DBS at a beta-band frequency did not worsen bradykinesia. Based on recent literature, we suggest that both 140- and 60-Hz DBS decouple the cortico-STN hyperdirect pathway, whereas 60-Hz DBS increases coupling within striato-STN circuitry. These results inform future algorithms for closed-loop DBS in PD. © 2016 International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society.

Keywords: Parkinson's disease; beta oscillations; deep brain stimulation; low frequency; subthalamic nucleus.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Alpha Rhythm / physiology*
  • Beta Rhythm / physiology*
  • Deep Brain Stimulation / methods*
  • Deep Brain Stimulation / standards
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Hypokinesia / etiology
  • Hypokinesia / physiopathology
  • Hypokinesia / therapy*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Outcome and Process Assessment, Health Care*
  • Parkinson Disease / complications
  • Parkinson Disease / physiopathology
  • Parkinson Disease / therapy*
  • Subthalamic Nucleus / physiopathology*