EEG-Based Mapping of Resting-State Functional Brain Networks in Patients with Parkinson’s Disease

Sarah Leviashvili, Yael Ezra, Amgad Droby, Hao Ding, Sergiu Groppa, Anat Mirelman, Muthuraman Muthuraman, Inbal Maidan*

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(1) Background: Directed functional connectivity (DFC) alterations within brain networks are described using fMRI. EEG has been scarcely used. We aimed to explore changes in DFC in the sensory-motor network (SMN), ventral-attention network (VAN), dorsal-attention network (DAN), and central-executive network (CEN) using an EEG-based mapping between PD patients and healthy controls (HCs). (2) Methods: Four-minutes resting EEG was recorded from 29 PD patients and 28 HCs. Network’s hubs were defined using fMRI-based binary masks and their electrical activity was calculated using the LORETA. DFC between each network’s hub-pairs was calculated for theta, alpha and beta bands using temporal partial directed coherence (tPDC). (3) Results: tPDCs percent was lower in the CEN and DAN in PD patients compared to HCs, while no differences were observed in the SMN and VAN (group*network: F = 5.943, p < 0.001) in all bands (group*band: F = 0.914, p = 0.401). However, in the VAN, PD patients showed greater tPDCs strength compared to HCs (p < 0.001). (4) Conclusions: Our results demonstrated reduced connectivity in the CEN and DAN, and increased connectivity in the VAN in PD patients. These results indicate a complex pattern of DFC alteration within major brain networks, reflecting the co-occurrence of impairment and compensatory mechanisms processes taking place in PD.

Original languageEnglish
Article number231
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2022


FundersFunder number
Israel Science Foundation1157/20


    • EEG
    • Parkinson’s disease
    • connectivity
    • resting-state networks
    • sLORETA


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