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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231282/mindboggling-morphometry-of-human-brains
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Arno Klein, Satrajit S Ghosh, Forrest S Bao, Joachim Giard, Yrjö Häme, Eliezer Stavsky, Noah Lee, Brian Rossa, Martin Reuter, Elias Chaibub Neto, Anisha Keshavan
Mindboggle (http://mindboggle.info) is an open source brain morphometry platform that takes in preprocessed T1-weighted MRI data and outputs volume, surface, and tabular data containing label, feature, and shape information for further analysis. In this article, we document the software and demonstrate its use in studies of shape variation in healthy and diseased humans. The number of different shape measures and the size of the populations make this the largest and most detailed shape analysis of human brains ever conducted...
February 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230838/studying-neuroanatomy-using-mri
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REVIEW
Jason P Lerch, André J W van der Kouwe, Armin Raznahan, Tomáš Paus, Heidi Johansen-Berg, Karla L Miller, Stephen M Smith, Bruce Fischl, Stamatios N Sotiropoulos
The study of neuroanatomy using imaging enables key insights into how our brains function, are shaped by genes and environment, and change with development, aging and disease. Developments in MRI acquisition, image processing and data modeling have been key to these advances. However, MRI provides an indirect measurement of the biological signals we aim to investigate. Thus, artifacts and key questions of correct interpretation can confound the readouts provided by anatomical MRI. In this review we provide an overview of the methods for measuring macro- and mesoscopic structure and for inferring microstructural properties; we also describe key artifacts and confounds that can lead to incorrect conclusions...
February 23, 2017: Nature Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229943/in-situ-hybrid-nano-drug-delivery-system-ihn-dds-of-antiretroviral-drug-for-simultaneous-targeting-to-multiple-viral-reservoirs-an-in-vivo-proof-of-concept
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Anil B Jindal, Sagar S Bachhav, Padma V Devarajan
We report In situ hybrid nano drug delivery system (IHN-DDS) of nevirapine (NVP) for simultaneous targeting to multiple viral reservoirs. The IHN-DDS system was comprised of a preconcentrate containing NVP, lipid, and a surfactant which when diluted with water resulted in the formation of nanoparticles of size range varied from 70 to 1100nm. Transmission electron microscopy and small angle neutron scattering studies of pellet and supernatant obtained after centrifugation of the IHN-DDS revealed spherical shaped nanoparticles and assembled structures, respectively...
February 13, 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227864/automatic-segmentation-of-multimodal-brain-tumor-images-based-on-classification-of-super-voxels
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M Kadkhodaei, S Samavi, N Karimi, H Mohaghegh, S M R Soroushmehr, K Ward, A All, K Najarian, M Kadkhodaei, S Samavi, N Karimi, H Mohaghegh, S M R Soroushmehr, K Ward, A All, K Najarian, K Ward, S M R Soroushmehr, A All, S Samavi, M Kadkhodaei, H Mohaghegh, K Najarian, N Karimi
Despite the rapid growth in brain tumor segmentation approaches, there are still many challenges in this field. Automatic segmentation of brain images has a critical role in decreasing the burden of manual labeling and increasing robustness of brain tumor diagnosis. We consider segmentation of glioma tumors, which have a wide variation in size, shape and appearance properties. In this paper images are enhanced and normalized to same scale in a preprocessing step. The enhanced images are then segmented based on their intensities using 3D super-voxels...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227503/suitability-of-nitinol-electrodes-in-neural-prostheses-such-as-endovascular-neural-interfaces
#5
Yan T Wong, Nicholas L Opie, Sam E John, Giulia Gerboni, Gil S Rind, Stephen M Ronayne, Kate E Fox, Thomas J Oxley, David B Grayden, Yan T Wong, Nicholas L Opie, Sam E John, Giulia Gerboni, Gil S Rind, Stephen M Ronayne, Kate E Fox, Thomas J Oxley, David B Grayden, Sam E John, Stephen M Ronayne, David B Grayden, Nicholas L Opie, Kate E Fox, Giulia Gerboni, Thomas J Oxley, Yan T Wong, Gil S Rind
A major challenge facing neural prostheses is the development of electrodes that are well tolerated by the brain and body. A novel way to circumvent the need to perform an invasive craniotomy and penetration of the blood-brain barrier to implant electrodes, is to guide electrodes up into the cerebral veins and place electrodes on the vessel walls adjacent to neuronal populations. To aid in the development of these stent based devices, microelectrodes manufactured from Nitinol would allow electrodes to be implanted via a catheter and then once deployed, alter their shape to conform to the vessel walls...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227162/a-non-linear-mapping-algorithm-shaping-the-control-policy-of-a-bidirectional-brain-machine-interface
#6
Fabio Boi, Marianna Semprini, Alessandro Vato, Fabio Boi, Marianna Semprini, Alessandro Vato, Fabio Boi, Marianna Semprini, Alessandro Vato
Motor brain-machine interfaces (BMIs) transform neural activities recorded directly from the brain into motor commands to control the movements of an external object by establishing an interface between the central nervous system (CNS) and the device. Bidirectional BMIs are closed-loop systems that add a sensory channel to provide the brain with an artificial feedback signal produced by the interaction between the device and the external world. Taking inspiration from the functioning of the spinal cord in mammalians, in our previous works we designed and developed a bidirectional BMI that uses the neural signals recorded form rats' motor cortex to control the movement of an external object...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226826/long-latency-components-of-somatosensory-evoked-potentials-during-passive-tactile-perception-of-gratings
#7
C Genna, F Artoni, C Fanciullacci, C Chisari, C M Oddo, S Micera, C Genna, F Artoni, C Fanciullacci, C Chisari, C M Oddo, S Micera, C M Oddo, F Artoni, S Micera, C Genna, C Fanciullacci, C Chisari
Perception of tactile stimuli elicits Somatosensory Evoked Potentials (SEPs) that can be recorded via non-invasive electroencephalography (EEG). However, it is not yet clear how SEPs localization, shape and latency are modulated by different stimuli during mechanical tactile stimulation of fingertips. The aim of this work is thus to characterize SEPs generated by the tactile perception of gratings during dynamic passive stimulation of the dominant fingertip by means of a mechatronic platform. Results show that a random sequence of stimuli elicited SEPs with two long-latency components: (i) a negative deflection around 140 ms located in the frontal-central-parietal side in the contralateral hemisphere; (ii) a positive deflection around 250 ms located in the frontal-central midline...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225843/-poverty-and-mental-disability-in-the-criminal-law-the-invisibles
#8
Ezequiel N Mercurio
In recent decades neuroscience research show the negative consequences of poverty in cognitive development. Environmental factors, such as material deprivation, exposure to stressful situations, violence, nutritional deprivation, environmental toxins may shape the developing brain. The changes of the structure and function of the brain since prenatal stages and their consequences can remain stable throughout the life cycle except early interventions are made. Research investigating have found significant link between child poverty and function and structural brain focusing on prefrontal cortex (i...
May 2016: Vertex: Revista Argentina de Psiquiatriá
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224970/an-improved-p300-pattern-in-bci-to-catch-user-s-attention
#9
Jing Jin, Hanhan Zhang, Daly Ian, Xingyu Wang, Andrzej Cichocki
OBJECTIVE: Brain-computer interfaces (BCIs) can help patients who have lost control over most muscles but are still conscious and able to communicate or interact with the environment. One of the most popular types of BCI is the P300-based BCI. With this BCI, users are asked to count the number of appearances of target stimuli in an experiment. To date, the majority of visual P300-based BCI systems developed have used the same character or picture as the target for every stimulus presentation, which can bore users...
February 22, 2017: Journal of Neural Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223922/gut-microbiota-a-potential-regulator-of-neurodevelopment
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REVIEW
Paola Tognini
During childhood, our brain is exposed to a variety of environmental inputs that can sculpt synaptic connections and neuronal circuits, with subsequent influence on behavior and learning processes. Critical periods of neurodevelopment are windows of opportunity in which the neuronal circuits are extremely plastic and can be easily subjected to remodeling in response to experience. However, the brain is also more susceptible to aberrant stimuli that might lead to altered developmental trajectories. Intriguingly, postnatal brain development is paralleled by the maturation of the gut microbiota: the ecosystem of symbionts populating our gastro-intestinal tract...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219833/statistical-appearance-models-based-on-probabilistic-correspondences
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Julia Krüger, Jan Ehrhardt, Heinz Handels
Model-based image analysis is indispensable in medical image processing. One key aspect of building statistical shape and appearance models is the determination of one-to-one correspondences in the training data set. At the same time, the identification of these correspondences is the most challenging part of such methods. In our earlier work, we developed an alternative method using correspondence probabilities instead of exact one-to-one correspondences for a statistical shape model (Hufnagel et al., 2008)...
February 7, 2017: Medical Image Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216127/speaking-related-changes-in-cortical-functional-connectivity-associated-with-assisted-and-spontaneous-recovery-from-developmental-stuttering
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Christian A Kell, Katrin Neumann, Marion Behrens, Alexander W von Gudenberg, Anne-Lise Giraud
We previously reported speaking-related activity changes associated with assisted recovery induced by a fluency shaping therapy program and unassisted recovery from developmental stuttering (Kell et al., Brain 2009). While assisted recovery re-lateralized activity to the left hemisphere, unassisted recovery was specifically associated with the activation of the left BA 47/12 in the lateral orbitofrontal cortex. These findings suggested plastic changes in speaking-related functional connectivity between left hemispheric speech network nodes...
February 13, 2017: Journal of Fluency Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215282/how-does-experience-shape-early-development-considering-the-role-of-top-down-mechanisms
#13
L L Emberson
Perceptual development requires infants to adapt their perceptual systems to the structures and statistical information of their environment. In this way, perceptual development is not only important in its own right, but is a case study for behavioral and neural plasticity-powerful mechanisms that have the potential to support developmental change in numerous domains starting early in life. While it is widely assumed that perceptual development is a bottom-up process, where simple exposure to sensory input modifies perceptual representations starting early in the perceptual system, there are several critical phenomena in this literature that cannot be explained with an exclusively bottom-up model...
2017: Advances in Child Development and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213356/otx2-activity-at-distal-regulatory-elements-shapes-the-chromatin-landscape-of-group-3-medulloblastoma
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Gaylor Boulay, Mary E Awad, Nicolo Riggi, Tenley C Archer, Sowmya Iyer, Wannaporn E Boonseng, Nikki E Rossetti, Beverly Naigles, Shruthi Rengarajan, Angela Volorio, James C Kim, Jill P Mesirov, Pablo Tamayo, Scott L Pomeroy, Martin J Aryee, Miguel N Rivera
Medulloblastoma is the most frequent malignant pediatric brain tumor and is divided into at least four subgroups known as WNT, SHH, Group 3, and Group 4. Here, we characterized gene regulation mechanisms in the most aggressive subtype, Group 3 tumors, through genome-wide chromatin and expression profiling. Our results show that most active distal sites in these tumors are occupied by the transcription factor OTX2. Highly active OTX2-bound enhancers are often arranged as clusters of adjacent peaks and are also bound by the transcription factor NEUROD1...
February 17, 2017: Cancer Discovery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213112/laminar-imaging-of-positive-and-negative-bold-in-human-visual-cortex-at-7t
#15
Alessio Fracasso, Peter R Luijten, Serge O Dumoulin, Natalia Petridou
Deciphering the direction of information flow is critical to understand the brain. Data from non-human primate histology shows that connections between lower to higher areas (e.g. retina→V1), and between higher to lower areas (e.g. V1←V2) can be dissociated based upon the distribution of afferent synapses at the laminar level. Ultra-high field scanners opened up the possibility to image brain structure and function at an unprecedented level of detail. Taking advantage of the increased spatial resolution available, it could theoretically be possible to disentangle activity from different cortical depths from human cerebral cortex, separately studying different compartments across depth...
February 14, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211896/profound-seasonal-shrinking-and-regrowth-of-the-ossified-braincase-in-phylogenetically-distant-mammals-with-similar-life-histories
#16
Dina K N Dechmann, Scott LaPoint, Christian Dullin, Moritz Hertel, Jan R E Taylor, Karol Zub, Martin Wikelski
Ontogenetic changes in skull shape and size are ubiquitous in altricial vertebrates, but typically unidirectional and minimal in full-grown animals. Red-toothed shrews exhibit a rare exception, where the shape, mass and size of the skull, brain, and several major organs, show significant bidirectional seasonal changes. We now show a similar but male-biased shrinking (16%) and regrowth (8%) in the standardized braincase depth of least weasels (Mustela nivalis). Juvenile weasels also exhibit a growth overshoot, followed by a shrinkage period lasting until the end of their first winter...
February 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210849/developmental-changes-in-notch1-and-nle1-expression-in-a-genetic-model-of-absence-epilepsy
#17
Fariba Karimzadeh, Sayed Mostafa Modarres Mousavi, Fatemeh Alipour, Hassan Hosseini Ravandi, Stjepana Kovac, Ali Gorji
Childhood absence epilepsy (CAE) is an epilepsy syndrome with seizures occurring in the early childhood, highlighting that seizures susceptibility in CAE is dependent on brain development. The Notch 1 signalling pathway is important in brain development, yet the role of the Notch1 signalling pathway in CAE remains elusive. We here explored Notch1 and its modulator notchless homologue 1 (NLE1) expression in WAG/Rij and control rats using immunohistochemistry. Functional Notch 1 effects were assessed in WAG/Rij rats in vivo...
February 16, 2017: Brain Structure & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210785/on-glioblastoma-and-the-search-for-a-cure-where-do-we-stand
#18
REVIEW
John Bianco, Chiara Bastiancich, Aleksander Jankovski, Anne des Rieux, Véronique Préat, Fabienne Danhier
Although brain tumours have been documented and recorded since the nineteenth century, 2016 marked 90 years since Percival Bailey and Harvey Cushing coined the term "glioblastoma multiforme". Since that time, although extensive developments in diagnosis and treatment have been made, relatively little improvement on prognosis has been achieved. The resilience of GBM thus makes treating this tumour one of the biggest challenges currently faced by neuro-oncology. Aggressive and robust development, coupled with difficulties of complete resection, drug delivery and therapeutic resistance to treatment are some of the main issues that this nemesis presents today...
February 17, 2017: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences: CMLS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208975/solid-cystic-hypoglossal-nerve-schwannoma-with-fluid-fluid-level-a-rare-case-report
#19
Kulamani Sahoo, Pramod Ramchand Shaha, Rahul Khetawat, Mohd Abbas Ilyas, Gaurav Rajendra Khairnar
Schwannomas (neurinoma, neurilemmoma) are benign slow-growing encapsulated tumours originating from well-differentiated myelin-producing Schwann cells or nerve fiber sheet cells at the glial-Schwann cell junction. Hypoglossal nerve schwannoma mostly develops in the intracranial and extra-cranial segment or in both intracranial and extra-cranial segment forming a dumbbell shape tumour. The peripheral hypoglossal schwannomas are very rare. We present a case of right hypoglossal nerve schwannoma in a 46-year-old female who presented with headache and neck pain since 2 weeks with deviation of tongue to right side since 1 week...
December 2016: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208745/astrocytic-pathological-calcium-homeostasis-and-impaired-vesicle-trafficking-in-neurodegeneration
#20
REVIEW
Nina Vardjan, Alexej Verkhratsky, Robert Zorec
Although the central nervous system (CNS) consists of highly heterogeneous populations of neurones and glial cells, clustered into diverse anatomical regions with specific functions, there are some conditions, including alertness, awareness and attention that require simultaneous, coordinated and spatially homogeneous activity within a large area of the brain. During such events, the brain, representing only about two percent of body mass, but consuming one fifth of body glucose at rest, needs additional energy to be produced...
February 8, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
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