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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332091/the-association-among-default-mode-network-functional-connectivity-mentalization-and-psychopathology-in-a-nonclinical-sample-an-eloreta-study
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Benedetto Farina, Giacomo Della Marca, Giulia Maestoso, Noemi Amoroso, Enrico Maria Valenti, Giuseppe Alessio Carbone, Chiara Massullo, Anna Contardi, Claudio Imperatori
AIMS: We investigated default mode network (DMN) electroencephalography (EEG) functional connectivity differences between individuals with self-reported high mentalization capability and low psychopathological symptoms, versus participants with mentalization impairments and high psychopathological symptoms. METHODS: Forty-nine students (35 women) with a mean age of 22.92 ± 2.53 years were administered the Mentalization Questionnaire (MZQ) and the Symptom Checklist-90-Revised...
January 13, 2018: Psychopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330134/a-supplementary-functional-connectivity-microstate-attached-to-the-default-mode-network-in-depression-revealed-by-resting-state-magnetoencephalography
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Siqi Zhang, Shui Tian, Mohammad Ridwan Chattun, Hao Tang, Rui Yan, Kun Bi, Zhijian Yao, Qing Lu
Default mode network (DMN) has discernable involvement in the representation of negative, self-referential information in depression. Both increased and decreased resting-state functional connectivity between the anterior and posterior DMN have been observed in depression. These conflicting connectivity differences necessitated further exploration of the resting-state DMN dysfunction in depression. Hence, we investigated the time-varying dynamic interactions within the DMN via functional connectivity microstates in a sub-second level...
January 9, 2018: Progress in Neuro-psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29327578/rapid-light-driven-color-transition-of-novel-photo-responsive-polydiacetylene-molecules
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Jiseok Lee, Sungbaek Seo, Jinsang Kim
We developed new photo-responsive polydiacetylene (PR-PDA) molecules by incorporating a photo-cleavable moiety, 6-nitropiperonyl alcohol (NP) or 4, 5-dimethoxy-2-nitrobenzyl alcohol (DMN), into a self-assembling diacetylene molecule. Inducing steric disordering of the assembled PDA molecules by the cleavage of the photo-responsive moiety under 365 nm UV irradiation results in color transition from blue to red and development of red fluorescence, allowing convenient photo patterning. Further writing and erasing of fluorescence patterns are demonstrated toward novel secure information communication and anti-counterfeiting applications...
January 12, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29327072/naproxen-is-transformed-via-acetogenesis-and-syntrophic-acetate-oxidation-by-a-methanogenic-wastewater-consortium
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Sarah J Wolfson, Abigail W Porter, Julia K Campbell, Lily Y Young
Over-the-counter pharmaceutical compounds can serve as microbial substrates in wastewater treatment processes as well as in the environment. The metabolic pathways and intermediates produced during their degradation, however, are poorly understood. In this study, we investigate an anaerobic wastewater community that metabolizes naproxen via demethylation. Enriched cultures, established from anaerobic digester inocula receiving naproxen as the sole carbon source, transformed naproxen to 6-O-desmethylnaproxen (DMN) within 22 days...
January 11, 2018: Microbial Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29322586/functional-connectivity-predicts-gender-evidence-for-gender-differences-in-resting-brain-connectivity
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Chao Zhang, Chase C Dougherty, Stefi A Baum, Tonya White, Andrew M Michael
Prevalence of certain forms of psychopathology, such as autism and depression, differs between genders and understanding gender differences of the neurotypical brain may provide insights into risk and protective factors. In recent research, resting state functional magnetic resonance imaging (rfMRI) is widely used to map the inherent functional networks of the brain. Although previous studies have reported gender differences in rfMRI, the robustness of gender differences is not well characterized. In this study, we use a large data set to test whether rfMRI functional connectivity (FC) can be used to predict gender and identify FC features that are most predictive of gender...
January 10, 2018: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29315984/default-mode-network-modifications-in-fabry-disease-a-resting-state-fmri-study-with-structural-correlations
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Sirio Cocozza, Giuseppe Pontillo, Mario Quarantelli, Francesco Saccà, Eleonora Riccio, Teresa Costabile, Gaia Olivo, Vincenzo Brescia Morra, Antonio Pisani, Arturo Brunetti, Enrico Tedeschi
Aim of the study was to evaluate the presence of Default Mode Network (DMN) modifications in Fabry Disease (FD), and their possible correlations with structural alterations and neuropsychological scores. Thirty-two FD patients with a genetically confirmed diagnosis of classical FD (12 males, mean age 43.3 ± 12.2) were enrolled, along with 35 healthy controls (HC) of comparable age and sex (14 males, mean age 42.1 ± 14.5). Resting-State fMRI data were analyzed using a seed-based approach, with six different seeds sampling the main hubs of the DMN...
January 9, 2018: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29306697/current-sleep-disturbance-in-older-people-with-a-lifetime-history-of-depression-is-associated-with-increased-connectivity-in-the-default-mode-network
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Andrew C McKinnon, Ian B Hickie, Jan Scott, Shantel L Duffy, Louisa Norrie, Zoe Terpening, Ron R Grunstein, Jim Lagopoulos, Jennifer Batchelor, Simon J G Lewis, James M Shine, Sharon L Naismith
BACKGROUND: The present study investigated Default Mode Network (DMN) functional connectivity in subjects with a lifetime history of major depression, comparing those with and without current sleep disturbance. Controls were included to assess DMN abnormalities specific to depression. METHODS: A total of 93 adults aged 50 years and over were recruited from the Healthy Brain Ageing Clinic at the Brain and Mind Centre, Sydney, Australia. The sample comprised two groups, including 22 controls and 71 participants with a lifetime history of DSM-IV major depression (with depressive episode current or remitted)...
December 29, 2017: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29289531/epileptic-seizures-are-reduced-by-autonomic-biofeedback-therapy-through-enhancement-of-fronto-limbic-connectivity-a-controlled-trial-and-neuroimaging-study
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Yoko Nagai, Julia Aram, Matthias Koepp, Louis Lemieux, Marco Mula, Hugo Critchley, Sanjay Sisodiya, Mara Cercignani
BACKGROUND: Thirty-percent of patients with epilepsy are drug-resistant, and might benefit from effective noninvasive therapeutic interventions. Evidence is accumulating on the efficacy of autonomic biofeedback therapy using galvanic skin response (GSR; an index of sympathetic arousal) in treating epileptic seizures. This study aimed to extend previous controlled clinical trials of autonomic biofeedback therapy with a larger homogeneous sample of patients with temporal lobe epilepsy. In addition, we used neuroimaging to characterize neural mechanisms of change in seizure frequency following the therapy...
December 13, 2017: EBioMedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29287243/individual-variation-in-the-propensity-for-prospective-thought-is-associated-with-functional-integration-between-visual-and-retrosplenial-cortex
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Mario Villena-Gonzalez, Hao-Ting Wang, Mladen Sormaz, Giovanna Mollo, Daniel S Margulies, Elizabeth A Jefferies, Jonathan Smallwood
It is well recognized that the default mode network (DMN) is involved in states of imagination, although the cognitive processes that this association reflects are not well understood. The DMN includes many regions that function as cortical "hubs", including the posterior cingulate/retrosplenial cortex, anterior temporal lobe and the hippocampus. This suggests that the role of the DMN in cognition may reflect a process of cortical integration. In the current study we tested whether functional connectivity from uni-modal regions of cortex into the DMN is linked to features of imaginative thought...
December 5, 2017: Cortex; a Journal Devoted to the Study of the Nervous System and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29277405/transcranial-magnetic-stimulation-of-the-precuneus-enhances-memory-and-neural-activity-in-prodromal-alzheimer-s-disease
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Giacomo Koch, Sonia Bonnì, Maria Concetta Pellicciari, Elias P Casula, Matteo Mancini, Romina Esposito, Viviana Ponzo, Silvia Picazio, Francesco Di Lorenzo, Laura Serra, Caterina Motta, Michele Maiella, Camillo Marra, Mara Cercignani, Alessandro Martorana, Carlo Caltagirone, Marco Bozzali
Memory loss is one of the first symptoms of typical Alzheimer's disease (AD), for which there are no effective therapies available. The precuneus (PC) has been recently emphasized as a key area for the memory impairment observed in early AD, likely due to disconnection mechanisms within large-scale networks such as the default mode network (DMN). Using a multimodal approach we investigated in a two-week, randomized, sham-controlled, double-blinded trial the effects of high-frequency repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) of the PC on cognition, as measured by the Alzheimer Disease Cooperative Study Preclinical Alzheimer Cognitive Composite in 14 patients with early AD (7 females)...
December 19, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29275591/-dysfunctional-resting-state-connectivity-of-default-mode-network-in-adolescent-patients-with-first-episode-drug-naive-major-depressive-disorder
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S Y Li, Y Zhu, Y L Wang, P P Lü, W B Zuo, F Y Li
Objective: To study resting-state functional connectivity (FC) of default mode network (DMN) in adolescent patients with first-episode drug-naive major depressive disorder (MDD). Methods: We enrolled thirty first-episode and drug-naive adolescent MDD patients and twenty-nine adolescent healthy control (HC) participants in the First Affiliated Hospital of Zhengzhou University. There were no differences in age, sex, and education between the MDD and HC group. Resting-state functional magnetic resonance images (fMRI) was performed...
December 5, 2017: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29251830/patterns-of-altered-neural-synchrony-in-the-default-mode-network-in-autism-spectrum-disorder-revealed-with-magnetoencephalography-meg-relationship-to-clinical-symptomatology
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Renée Lajiness-O'Neill, Jonathan R Brennan, John E Moran, Annette E Richard, Ana-Mercedes Flores, Casey Swick, Ryan Goodcase, Tiffany Andersen, Kaitlyn McFarlane, Kenneth Rusiniak, Ioulia Kovelman, Neelima Wagley, Maggie Ugolini, Jeremy Albright, Susan M Bowyer
Disrupted neural synchrony may be a primary electrophysiological abnormality in autism spectrum disorders (ASD), altering communication between discrete brain regions and contributing to abnormalities in patterns of connectivity within identified neural networks. Studies exploring brain dynamics to comprehensively characterize and link connectivity to large-scale cortical networks and clinical symptoms are lagging considerably. Patterns of neural coherence within the Default Mode Network (DMN) and Salience Network (SN) during resting state were investigated in 12 children with ASD (MAge  = 9...
December 18, 2017: Autism Research: Official Journal of the International Society for Autism Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29244020/association-between-structural-and-functional-brain-alterations-in-drug-free-patients-with-schizophrenia-a-multimodal-meta-analysis
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Xin Gao, Wenjing Zhang, Li Yao, Yuan Xiao, Lu Liu, Jieke Liu, Siyi Li, Bo Tao, Chandan Shah, Qiyong Gong, John A Sweeney, Su Lui
BACKGROUND: Neuroimaging studies have shown both structural and functional abnormalities in patients with schizophrenia. Recently, studies have begun to explore the association between structural and functional grey matter abnormalities. By conducting a meta-analysis on morphometric and functional imaging studies of grey matter alterations in drug-free patients, the present study aims to examine the degree of overlap between brain regions with anatomic and functional changes in patients with schizophrenia...
December 15, 2017: Journal of Psychiatry & Neuroscience: JPN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29243120/validated-alzheimer-s-disease-risk-index-anu-adri-is-associated-with-smaller-volumes-in-the-default-mode-network-in-the-early-60s
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Nicolas Cherbuin, Marnie E Shaw, Erin Walsh, Perminder Sachdev, Kaarin J Anstey
Strong evidence is available suggesting that effective reduction of exposure to demonstrated modifiable risk factors in mid-life or before could significantly decrease the incidence of Alzheimer's disease (AD) and delay its onset. A key ingredient to achieving this goal is the reliable identification of individuals at risk well before they develop clinical symptoms. The aim of this study was to provide further neuroimaging evidence of the effectiveness of a validated tool, the ANU Alzheimer's Disease Risk Index, for the assessment of future risk of cognitive decline...
December 14, 2017: Brain Imaging and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29243119/action-observation-or-imitation-of-virtual-hand-movement-affect-differently-regions-of-the-mirror-neuron-system-and-the-default-mode-network
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Nabila Brihmat, Mohamed Tarri, Yann Quidé, Ketty Anglio, Bernard Pavard, Evelyne Castel-Lacanal, David Gasq, Xavier De Boissezon, Philippe Marque, Isabelle Loubinoux
Virtual reality (VR)-based paradigms use visual stimuli that can modulate visuo-motor networks leading to the stimulation of brain circuits. The aims of this study were to compare the changes in blood-oxygenation level dependent (BOLD) signal when watching and imitating moving real (RH) and virtual hands (VH) in 11 healthy participants (HP). No differences were found between the observation of RH or VH making this VR-based experiment a promising tool for rehabilitation protocols. VH-imitation involved more the ventral premotor cortex (vPMC) as part of the mirror neuron system (MNS) compared to execution and VH-observation conditions...
December 14, 2017: Brain Imaging and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29232404/antioxidant-antiapoptotic-and-amino-acid-balance-regulating-activities-of-1-7-dihydroxy-3-4-8-trimethoxyxanthone-against-dimethylnitrosamine-induced-liver-fibrosis
#16
Xi-Yuan Zheng, Xin Zhao, Ying-Fan Yang, Han-Jie Jiang, Wan Li, Yi Sun, Xiao-Ping Pu
Liver fibrosis represents the consequences of a sustained wound healing response to chronic liver injury which could be caused by viral, autoimmune, drugs, and so on. Unfortunately, there was no effective therapy available for liver fibrosis in clinic. In this study, we identified the anti-fibrotic effects of 1,7-dihydroxy-3,4,8-trimethoxyxanthone (ZYC-1) on the dimethylnitrosamine (DMN)-induced rat model. ZYC-1 was isolated from Swertia punicea Hemsl and was administrated to DMN-induced rat model. ZYC decreased the hyaluronic acid (HA), type IV collagen (CIV) and hydroxyproline (Hyp) levels and inhibited the expression of α smooth muscle actin (α-SMA) and transforming growth factor beta 1 (TGF-1β)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29231140/up-regulation-of-dmn-connectivity-in-mild-cognitive-impairment-via-network-based-cognitive-training
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Matteo De Marco, Francesca Meneghello, Cristina Pilosio, Jessica Rigon, Annalena Venneri
BACKGROUND: Previous work designed a network-based protocol of cognitive training. This programme exploits a mechanism of induced task-oriented co-activation of multiple regions that are part of the default mode network (DMN), to induce functional rewiring and increased functional connectivity within this network. OBJECTIVE: In this study, the programme was administered to patients with a diagnosis of mild cognitive impairment to test its effects in a clinical sample...
December 11, 2017: Current Alzheimer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29228120/exploring-individual-brain-variability-during-development-based-on-patterns-of-maturational-coupling-of-cortical-thickness-a-longitudinal-mri-study
#18
Budhachandra S Khundrakpam, John D Lewis, Seun Jeon, Penelope Kostopoulos, Yasser Itturia Medina, François Chouinard-Decorte, Alan C Evans
Structural covariance has recently emerged as a tool to study brain connectivity in health and disease. The main assumption behind the phenomenon of structural covariance is that changes in brain structure during development occur in a coordinated fashion. However, no study has yet explored the correlation of structural brain changes within individuals across development. Here, we used longitudinal magnetic resonance imaging scans from 141 normally developing children and adolescents (scanned 3 times) to introduce a novel subject-based maturational coupling approach...
December 8, 2017: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222816/shyness-and-trajectories-of-functional-network-connectivity-over-early-adolescence
#19
Chad M Sylvester, Diana J Whalen, Andy C Belden, Shana L Sanchez, Joan L Luby, Deanna M Barch
High shyness during early adolescence is associated with impaired peer relationships and risk for psychiatric disorders. Little is known, however, about the relation between shyness and trajectories of brain development over early adolescence. The current study longitudinally examined trajectories of resting-state functional connectivity (rs-fc) within four brain networks in 147 adolescents. Subjects underwent functional magnetic resonance imaging at three different time points, at average ages 10.5 (range = 7...
December 8, 2017: Child Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222423/voluntary-modulation-of-mental-effort-investment-an-fmri-study
#20
Omar T Khachouf, Gang Chen, Davide Duzzi, Carlo A Porro, Giuseppe Pagnoni
Mental effort is a common phenomenological construct deeply linked to volition and self-control. While it is often assumed that the amount of exertion invested in a task can be voluntarily regulated, the neural bases of such faculty and its behavioural effects are yet insufficiently understood. In this study, we investigated how the instructions to execute a demanding cognitive task either "with maximum exertion" or "as relaxed as possible" affected performance and brain activity. The maximum exertion condition, compared to relaxed execution, was associated with speeded motor responses without an accuracy trade-off, and an amplification of both task-related activations in dorsal frontoparietal and cerebellar regions, and task-related deactivations in default mode network (DMN) areas...
December 8, 2017: Scientific Reports
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