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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196668/effects-of-sex-hormone-treatment-on-white-matter-microstructure-in-individuals-with-gender-dysphoria
#1
Georg S Kranz, Rene Seiger, Ulrike Kaufmann, Allan Hummer, Andreas Hahn, Sebastian Ganger, Martin Tik, Christian Windischberger, Siegfried Kasper, Rupert Lanzenberger
Sex steroid hormones such as estradiol and testosterone are known to have organizing, as well as activating effects on neural tissue in animals and humans. This study investigated the effects of transgender hormone replacement therapy on white matter microstructure using diffusion tensor imaging. Female-to-male and male-to-female transgender participants were measured at baseline, four weeks and four months past treatment start and compared to female and male controls. We observed androgenization-related reductions in mean diffusivity and increases in fractional anisotropy...
February 11, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193488/validation-of-periodic-fmri-signals-in-response-to-wearable-tactile-stimulation
#2
Ching-Fu Chen, Kenneth Kreutz-Delgado, Martin I Sereno, Ruey-Song Huang
To map cortical representations of the body, we recently developed a wearable technology for automatic tactile stimulation in human functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) experiments. In a two-condition block design experiment, air puffs were delivered to the face and hands periodically. Surface-based regions of interest (S-ROIs) were initially identified by thresholding a linear statistical measure of signal-to-noise ratio of periodic response. Across subjects, S-ROIs were found in the frontal, primary sensorimotor, posterior parietal, insular, temporal, cingulate, and occipital cortices...
February 10, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192274/activity-and-connectivity-of-the-cerebellum-in-trigeminal-nociception
#3
Jan Mehnert, Laura Schulte, Dagmar Timmann, Arne May
The role of the cerebellum in pathologies of the trigeminal nervous system is still unknown although recently gathered evidence point to a modulatory rather than a passive role. Here we provide evidence for the activation of specific cerebellar areas during nociceptive trigeminal input in the left nostril in a large number of volunteers (54 subjects) and an additional independent group (18 subjects) as measured by functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). Peak voxel activity ipsilateral to the stimulated side can be seen in cerebellar lobules VI, VIIIa and Crus I, and vermal lobule VIIIa, although some activations are also seen in the contralateral side...
February 10, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192273/gabaa-receptor-subtypes-in-the-mouse-brain-regional-mapping-and-diazepam-receptor-occupancy-by-in-vivo-18-f-flumazenil-pet
#4
Adrienne Müller Herde, Dietmar Benke, William T Ralvenius, Linjing Mu, Roger Schibli, Hanns Ulrich Zeilhofer, Stefanie D Krämer
Classical benzodiazepines, which are widely used as sedatives, anxiolytics and anticonvulsants, exert their therapeutic effects through interactions with heteropentameric GABAA receptors composed of two α, two β and one γ2 subunit. Their high affinity binding site is located at the interface between the γ2 and the adjacent α subunit. The α-subunit gene family consists of six members and receptors can be homomeric or mixed with respect to the α-subunits. Previous work has suggested that benzodiazepine binding site ligands with selectivity for individual GABAA receptor subtypes, as defined by the benzodiazepine-binding α subunit, may have fewer side effects and may even be effective in diseases, such as schizophrenia, autism or chronic pain, that do not respond well to classical benzodiazepines...
February 10, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28189592/dissociable-frontostriatal-white-matter-connectivity-underlies-reward-and-motor-impulsivity
#5
William H Hampton, Kylie H Alm, Vinod Venkatraman, Tehila Nugiel, Ingrid R Olson
Dysfunction of cognitive control often leads to impulsive decision-making in clinical and healthy populations. Some research suggests that a generalized cognitive control mechanism underlies the ability to modulate various types of impulsive behavior, while other evidence suggests different forms of impulsivity are dissociable, and rely on distinct neural circuitry. Past research consistently implicates several brain regions, such as the striatum and portions of the prefrontal cortex, in impulsive behavior...
February 9, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188918/evaluation-of-multimodal-segmentation-based-on-3d-t1-t2-and-flair-weighted-images-the-difficulty-of-choosing
#6
Tobias Lindig, Raviteja Kotikalapudi, Daniel Schweikardt, Pascal Martin, Friedemann Bender, Uwe Klose, Ulrike Ernemann, Niels K Focke, Benjamin Bender
Voxel-based morphometry is still mainly based on T1-weighted MRI scans. Misclassification of vessels and dura mater as gray matter has been previously reported. Goal of the present work was to evaluate the effect of multimodal segmentation methods available in SPM12, and their influence on identification of age related atrophy and lesion detection in epilepsy patients. 3D T1-, T2- and FLAIR-images of 77 healthy adults (mean age 35.8 years, 19-66 years, 45 females), 7 patients with malformation of cortical development (MCD) (mean age 28...
February 7, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188917/impaired-visual-short-term-memory-capacity-is-distinctively-associated-with-structural-connectivity-of-the-posterior-thalamic-radiation-and-the-splenium-of-the-corpus-callosum-in-preterm-born-adults
#7
A Menegaux, C Meng, J Neitzel, J G Bäuml, H J Müller, P Bartmann, D Wolke, A M Wohlschläger, K Finke, C Sorg
Preterm birth is associated with an increased risk for lasting changes in both the cortico-thalamic system and attention; however, the link between cortico-thalamic and attention changes is as yet little understood. In preterm newborns, cortico-cortical and cortico-thalamic structural connectivity are distinctively altered, with increased local clustering for cortico-cortical and decreased integrity for cortico-thalamic connectivity. In preterm-born adults, among the various attention functions, visual short-term memory (vSTM) capacity is selectively impaired...
February 7, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188916/how-action-selection-influences-the-sense-of-agency-an-erp-study
#8
Nura Sidarus, Matti Vuorre, Patrick Haggard
Sense of agency (SoA) refers to the feeling that we are in control of our actions and, through them, of events in the outside world. One influential view claims that the SoA depends on retrospectively matching the expected and actual outcomes of action. However, recent studies have revealed an additional, prospective component to SoA, driven by action selection processes. We used event-related potentials (ERPs) to clarify the neural mechanisms underlying prospective agency. Subliminal priming was used to manipulate the fluency of selecting a left or right hand action in response to a supraliminal target...
February 7, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188915/machine-learning-based-compartment-models-with-permeability-for-white-matter-microstructure-imaging
#9
Gemma L Nedjati-Gilani, Torben Schneider, Matt G Hall, Niamh Cawley, Ioana Hill, Olga Ciccarelli, Ivana Drobnjak, Claudia A M Gandini Wheeler-Kingshott, Daniel C Alexander
Some microstructure parameters, such as permeability, remain elusive because mathematical models that express their relationship to the MR signal accurately are intractable. Here, we propose to use computational models learned from simulations to estimate these parameters. We demonstrate the approach in an example which estimates water residence time in brain white matter. The residence time τi of water inside axons is a potentially important biomarker for white matter pathologies of the human central nervous system, as myelin damage is hypothesised to affect axonal permeability, and thus τi...
February 7, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188914/connectivity-based-parcellation-reveals-distinct-cortico-striatal-connectivity-fingerprints-in-autism-spectrum-disorder
#10
Joshua H Balsters, Dante Mantini, Nicole Wenderoth
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) has been associated with abnormal synaptic development causing a breakdown in functional connectivity. However, when measured at the macro scale using resting state fMRI, these alterations are subtle and often difficult to detect due to the large heterogeneity of the pathology. Recently, we outlined a novel approach for generating robust biomarkers of resting state functional magnetic resonance imaging (RS-fMRI) using connectivity based parcellation of gross morphological structures to improve single-subject reproducibility and generate more robust connectivity fingerprints...
February 7, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188913/high-b-value-and-high-resolution-integrated-diffusion-hibrid-imaging
#11
Qiuyun Fan, Aapo Nummenmaa, Jonathan R Polimeni, Thomas Witzel, Susie Y Huang, Van J Wedeen, Bruce R Rosen, Lawrence L Wald
The parameter selection for diffusion MRI experiments is dominated by the "k-q tradeoff" whereby the Signal to Noise Ratio (SNR) of the images is traded for either high spatial resolution (determined by the maximum k value collected) or high diffusion sensitivity (effected by b value or the q vector) but usually not both. Furthermore, different brain regions (such as gray matter and white matter) likely require different tradeoffs between these parameters due to the size of the structures to be visualized or the length-scale of the microstructure being probed...
February 7, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188912/characterization-of-neural-entrainment-to-speech-with-and-without-slow-spectral-energy-fluctuations-in-laminar-recordings-in-monkey-a1
#12
Benedikt Zoefel, Jordi Costa-Faidella, Peter Lakatos, Charles E Schroeder, Rufin VanRullen
Neural entrainment, the alignment between neural oscillations and rhythmic stimulation, is omnipresent in current theories of speech processing - nevertheless, the underlying neural mechanisms are still largely unknown. Here, we hypothesized that laminar recordings in non-human primates provide us with important insight into these mechanisms, in particular with respect to processing in cortical layers. We presented one monkey with human everyday speech sounds and recorded neural (as current-source density, CSD) oscillations in primary auditory cortex (A1)...
February 7, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185950/can-responses-to-basic-non-numerical-visual-features-explain-neural-numerosity-responses
#13
Ben M Harvey, Serge O Dumoulin
Humans and many animals can distinguish between stimuli that differ in numerosity, the number of objects in a set. Human and macaque parietal lobes contain neurons that respond to changes in stimulus numerosity. However, basic non-numerical visual features can affect neural responses to and perception of numerosity, and visual features often co-vary with numerosity. Therefore, it is debated whether numerosity or co-varying low-level visual features underlie neural and behavioral responses to numerosity. To test the hypothesis that non-numerical visual features underlie neural numerosity responses in a human parietal numerosity map, we analyze responses to a group of numerosity stimulus configurations that have the same numerosity progression but vary considerably in their non-numerical visual features...
February 7, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185951/evaluation-of-slice-dithered-enhanced-resolution-simultaneous-multislice-slider-sms-for-human-fmri
#14
An T Vu, Alex Beckett, Kawin Setsompop, David A Feinberg
High isotropic resolution fMRI is challenging primarily due to long repetition times (TR) and insufficient SNR, especially at lower field strengths. Recently, Simultaneous Multi-Slice (SMS) imaging with blipped-CAIPI has substantially reduced scan time and improved SNR efficiency of fMRI. Similarly, super-resolution techniques utilizing sub- voxel spatial shifts in the slice direction have increased both resolution and SNR efficiency. Here we demonstrate the synergistic combination of SLIce Dithered Enhanced Resolution (SLIDER) and SMS for high-resolution, high-SNR whole brain fMRI in comparison to standard resolution fMRI data as well as high-resolution data...
February 6, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28179195/multiplexed-mri-methods-for-rapid-estimation-of-global-cerebral-metabolic-rate-of-oxygen-consumption
#15
Hyunyeol Lee, Michael C Langham, Ana E Rodriguez-Soto, Felix W Wehrli
The global cerebral metabolic rate of oxygen (CMRO2), which reflects metabolic activity of the brain under various physiologic conditions, can be quantified using a method, referred to as 'OxFlow', which simultaneously measures hemoglobin oxygen saturation in a draining vein (Yv) and total cerebral blood flow (tCBF). Conventional OxFlow (Conv-OxFlow) entails four interleaves incorporated in a single pulse sequence - two for phase-contrast based measurement of tCBF in the supplying arteries of the neck, and two to measure the intra- to extravascular phase difference in the superior sagittal sinus to derive Yv [Jain et al...
February 6, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28179165/selective-tms-induced-modulation-of-functional-connectivity-correlates-with-changes-in-behavior
#16
Puiu F Balan, Annelies Gerits, Dante Mantini, Wim Vanduffel
Despite the increasing use of functional connectivity (FC) studies in fundamental and clinical research, the link between FC and behavior is still poorly understood. To test the hypothesis that artificial modulation of FC correlates with changes in behavior in a quantitative manner, we performed behavioral and resting state fMRI experiments in monkeys while perturbing, offline, the frontal eye fields (FEF) using unilateral continuous theta burst transcranial magnetic stimulation (FEF-cTBS). Stimulation of left and right FEF caused remarkably specific decreases in FC, which were symmetric for intra-hemispheric and asymmetric for inter-hemispheric FC...
February 6, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28167350/thalamic-cholinergic-innervation-makes-a-specific-bottom-up-contribution-to-signal-detection-evidence-from-parkinson-s-disease-patients-with-defined-cholinergic-losses
#17
Kamin Kim, Martijn L T M Müller, Nicolaas I Bohnen, Martin Sarter, Cindy Lustig
Successful behavior depends on the ability to detect and respond to relevant cues, especially under challenging conditions. This essential component of attention has been hypothesized to be mediated by multiple neuromodulator systems, but the contributions of individual systems (e.g., cholinergic, dopaminergic) have remained unclear. The present study addresses this issue by leveraging individual variation in regionally-specific cholinergic denervation in Parkinson's disease (PD) patients, while controlling for variation in dopaminergic denervation...
February 5, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28179168/parallel-changes-in-cortical-neuron-biochemistry-and-motor-function-in-protein-energy-malnourished-adult-rats
#18
Mariam Alaverdashvili, Mark J Hackett, Sally Caine, Phyllis G Paterson
While protein-energy malnutrition in the adult has been reported to induce motor abnormalities and exaggerate motor deficits caused by stroke, it is not known if alterations in mature cortical neurons contribute to the functional deficits. Therefore, we explored if PEM in adult rats provoked changes in the biochemical profile of neurons in the forelimb and hindlimb regions of the motor cortex. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopic imaging using a synchrotron generated light source revealed for the first time altered lipid composition in neurons and subcellular domains (cytosol and nuclei) in a cortical layer and region-specific manner...
February 4, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28179167/mri-and-mrs-of-the-human-brain-at-magnetic-fields-of-14t-to-20t-technical-feasibility-safety-and-neuroscience-horizons
#19
Thomas F Budinger, Mark D Bird
The three goals of this paper are: 1) to evaluate the improvements in technology for increasing magnetic flux density (magnetic field) to 14T in the next few years and eventually to 20T; 2) to highlight neuroscience opportunities enabled by these advances; and, 3) to evaluate the physiological and biophysical effects associated with MRI at very high performance levels. Substantial recent advances in magnet technology including superconductor developments enable neuroscience goals that are not obtainable at contemporary magnetic fields...
February 4, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28179166/macroanatomy-and-3d-probabilistic-atlas-of-the-human-insula
#20
Isabelle Faillenot, Rolf A Heckemann, Maud Frot, Alexander Hammers
The human insula is implicated in numerous functions. More and more neuroimaging studies focus on this region, however no atlas offers a complete subdivision of the insula in a reference space. The aims of this study were to define a protocol to subdivide insula, to create probability maps in the MNI152 stereotaxic space, and to provide normative reference volume measurements for these subdivisions. Six regions were manually delineated bilaterally on 3D T1 MR images of 30 healthy subjects: the three short gyri, the anterior inferior cortex, and the two long gyri...
February 4, 2017: NeuroImage
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