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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091863/fast-progression-of-cerebellar-atrophy-in-pla2g6-associated-infantile-neuronal-axonal-dystrophy
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Mario Mascalchi, Francesco Mari, Beatrice Berti, Emanuele Bartolini, Matteo Lenge, Andrea Bianchi, Laura Antonucci, Filippo M Santorelli, Barbara Garavaglia, Renzo Guerrini
Infantile neuronal axonal dystrophy (INAD) is characterized by progressive cerebellar atrophy. MRI has been recommended as a marker of disease progression in cerebellar diseases. We performed a longitudinal brain volumetry study in a couple of bicorial twins with PLA2G6-positive INAD. Brain volumetry was calculated with FreeSurfer software on 3T T1-weighted images acquired at age 28 (t 0) and 36 months (t 1) in patient 1 and at age 22 (t 0) and 31 months (t 1) in patient 2. Data at t 0 were compared to those obtained in 18 control children aged 14-44 months with normal MRI...
January 14, 2017: Cerebellum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091559/brain-structural-differences-between-normal-and-obese-adults-and-their-links-with-lack-of-perseverance-negative-urgency-and-sensation-seeking
#2
Haifeng Wang, Baohong Wen, Jingliang Cheng, Hongpeng Li
In order to examine the difference in brain structure between obese and normal weight individuals, and to explore the relationship between the neuroanatomical changes and impulsivity traits, this study used a voxel-based morphometry method to examine gray matter (GM) volume alterations related to impulsive personality traits in obese individuals relative to normal weight. Eighty adults that completed the UPPS-P Impulsive Behavior Scale were analyzed. Possible GM volume alterations were first analyzed at the whole brain level, and then the relationship between regional GM volume differences and UPPS-P scores were examined in selected regions of interest...
January 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078547/znf804a-rs1344706-interacts-with-comt-rs4680-to-affect-prefrontal-volume-in-healthy-adults
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Qiang Xu, Yongqin Xiong, Congcong Yuan, Feng Liu, Fangshi Zhao, Junlin Shen, Wen Qin, Chunshui Yu
The biological function of ZNF804A rs1344706, the first genome-wide supported risk variant of schizophrenia, remains largely unknown. Based on the upregulating effect of ZNF804A on the expression of COMT, we hypothesize that ZNF804A may affect grey matter volume (GMV) by interacting with COMT. Voxel-based morphometry was applied to analyze the main and interaction effects of ZNF804A rs1344706 and COMT rs4680 on brain GMV in 274 healthy young human subjects. The GMV of the left dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (DLPFC) showed a significant COMT rs4680 × ZNF804A rs1344706 interaction, manifesting as an inverted U-shape modulation by the presumed dopamine signaling...
January 11, 2017: Brain Imaging and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077175/structural-correlates-of-trait-impulsivity-in-patients-with-bipolar-disorder-and-healthy-controls-a-surface-based-morphometry-study
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P C Tu, Y H Kuan, C T Li, T P Su
BACKGROUND: Patients with bipolar disorder (BD) frequently exhibit impulsive behaviors independent of their mood state, and trait impulsivity is increasingly recognized as a crucial BD biomarker. This study aimed to investigate structural correlates of trait impulsivity measured using the Barratt Impulsiveness Scale (BIS) in healthy controls (HCs) and patients with BD. METHOD: We recruited 59 patients diagnosed with BD I or BD II (35.3 ± 8.5 years) and 56 age- and sex-matched HCs (33...
January 12, 2017: Psychological Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070745/considering-total-intracranial-volume-and-other-nuisance-variables-in-brain-voxel-based-morphometry-in-idiopathic-pd
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Samuel Crowley, Haiqing Huang, Jared Tanner, Qing Zho, Nadine A Schwab, Loren Hizel, Daniel Ramon, Babette Brumback, Mingzhou Ding, Catherine C Price
Voxel-based morphometry (VBM) studies of Parkinson's disease (PD), have yielded mixed results, possibly due to several studies not accounting for common nuisance variables (age, sex, and total intracranial volume [TICV]). TICV is particularly important because there is evidence for larger TICV in PD. We explored the influence of these covariates on VBM by 1) comparing PD patients and controls before adding covariates, after adding age and sex, and after adding age, sex and TICV, and 2) by comparing controls split into large and small TICV before and after controlling for TICV, with age and sex accounted for in both analyses...
January 9, 2017: Brain Imaging and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069530/structural-changes-in-functionally-illiterate-adults-after-intensive-training
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Melanie Boltzmann, Bahram Mohammadi, Amir Samii, Thomas F Münte, Jascha Rüsseler
About 7.5million adults in Germany cannot read and write properly despite attending school for several years. They are considered to be functional illiterates. Since the ability to read and write is crucial for being employed and socially accepted, we developed a literacy training to overcome these deficits. In this study, we investigate the structural changes induced by the training. A group of 20 functional illiterates and 20 adult normal readers participated in the study. Group differences as well as intervention-related changes in gray (voxel-based morphometry, VBM) and white matter (Tract-Based Spatial Statistics, TBSS, applied to fractional anisotropy, FA, obtained with diffusion tensor imaging, DTI) were assessed in functional illiterates and normal reading controls...
January 7, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28060546/gray-matter-hypertrophy-and-thickening-with-obstructive-sleep-apnea-in-middle-aged-and-older-adults
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Andrée-Ann Baril, Katia Gagnon, Pauline Brayet, Jacques Montplaisir, Louis De Beaumont, Julie Carrier, Chantal Lafond, Francis L'Heureux, Jean-François Gagnon, Nadia Gosselin
RATIONALE: Obstructive sleep apnea causes intermittent hypoxemia, hemodynamic fluctuations, and sleep fragmentation, all of which could damage cerebral gray matter that can be indirectly assessed with neuroimaging. OBJECTIVES: To investigate whether markers of obstructive sleep apnea severity are associated with gray matter changes among middle-aged and older individuals. METHODS: Seventy-one subjects (ages: 55 to 76; apnea-hypopnea index: 0...
January 6, 2017: American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057473/analysis-of-longitudinal-diffusion-weighted-images-in-healthy-and-pathological-aging-an-adni-study
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Frithjof Kruggel, Fumitaro Masaki, Ana Solodkin
BACKGROUND & NEW METHOD: The widely used framework of voxel-based morphometry for analyzing neuroimages is extended here to model longitudinal imaging data by exchanging the linear model with a linear mixed-effects model. The new approach is employed for analyzing a large longitudinal sample of 756 diffusion-weighted images acquired in 177 subjects of the Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging initiative (ADNI). RESULTS AND COMPARISON WITH EXISTING METHODS: While sample- and group-level results from both approaches are equivalent, the mixed-effect model yields information at the single subject level...
January 2, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28048182/su-g-iep1-14-the-relationship-between-voxel-based-morphometry-and-fiber-tract-abnormalities-by-correlation-analysis-in-patients-with-neurodegerative-disease
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R Juh, T Suh, J Han, C Kim, C Oh
PURPOSE: We evaluated the relationship between white matter (WM) tract disintegration and gray matter (GM) atrophy in patients with Alzheimer's disease (AD), mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and controls, using diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) and an optimized voxel-based analysis. METHODS: Two hundred thirty one individuals (61 controls, 116 MCI and 54 AD) were included. Voxel-based WM tract statistics was used to obtain whole-brain maps of WM bundles for FA. Voxel-based morphometry (VBM) was conducted to detect regions of gray matter (GM) atrophy in the AD, MCI group relative to the control group...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28045130/sex-related-difference-in-human-white-matter-volumes-studied-inspection-of-the-corpus-callosum-and-other-white-matter-by-vbm
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Akihiko Shiino, Yen-Wei Chen, Kenji Tanigaki, Atsushi Yamada, Piers Vigers, Toshiyuki Watanabe, Ikuo Tooyama, Ichiro Akiguchi
It has been contended that any observed difference of the corpus callosum (CC) size between men and women is not sex-related but brain-size-related. A recent report, however, showed that the midsagittal CC area was significantly larger in women in 37 brain-size-matched pairs of normal young adults. Since this constituted strong evidence of sexual dimorphism and was obtained from publicly available data in OASIS, we examined volume differences within the CC and in other white matter using voxel-based morphometry (VBM)...
January 3, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28034997/influence-of-t1-weighted-signal-intensity-on-fsl-voxel-based-morphometry-and-freesurfer-cortical-thickness
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S Chung, X Wang, Y W Lui
The effect of T1 signal on FSL voxel-based morphometry modulated GM density and FreeSurfer cortical thickness is explored. The techniques rely on different analyses, but both are commonly used to detect spatial changes in GM. Standard pipelines show FSL voxel-based morphometry is sensitive to T1 signal alterations within a physiologic range, and results can appear discordant between FSL voxel-based morphometry and FreeSurfer cortical thickness. Care should be taken in extrapolating results to the effect on brain volume...
December 29, 2016: AJNR. American Journal of Neuroradiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28032004/orbitofrontal-cortical-thinning-and-aggression-in-mild-traumatic-brain-injury-patients
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Daniel J Epstein, Margaret Legarreta, Elliot Bueler, Jace King, Erin McGlade, Deborah Yurgelun-Todd
INTRODUCTION: Although mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) comprises 80% of all TBI, the morphological examination of the orbitofrontal cortex (OFC) in relation to clinical symptoms such as aggression, anxiety and depression in a strictly mTBI sample has never before been performed. OBJECTIVES: The primary objective of the study was to determine if mTBI patients would show morphological differences in the OFC and if the morphology of this region would relate to clinical symptoms...
December 2016: Brain and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28031996/structural-and-functional-neural-correlates-of-spatial-navigation-a-combined-voxel-based-morphometry-and-functional-connectivity-study
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Xin Hao, Yi Huang, Xueting Li, Yiying Song, Xiangzhen Kong, Xu Wang, Zetian Yang, Zonglei Zhen, Jia Liu
INTRODUCTION: Navigation is a fundamental and multidimensional cognitive function that individuals rely on to move around the environment. In this study, we investigated the neural basis of human spatial navigation ability. METHODS: A large cohort of participants (N > 200) was examined on their navigation ability behaviorally and structural and functional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) were then used to explore the corresponding neural basis of spatial navigation...
December 2016: Brain and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28030612/distinct-and-shared-endophenotypes-of-neural-substrates-in-bipolar-and-major-depressive-disorders
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Toshio Matsubara, Koji Matsuo, Kenichiro Harada, Masayuki Nakano, Mami Nakashima, Toshio Watanuki, Kazuteru Egashira, Matakazu Furukawa, Naofumi Matsunaga, Yoshifumi Watanabe
Little is known about disorder-specific biomarkers of bipolar disorder (BD) and major depressive disorder (MDD). Our aim was to determine a neural substrate that could be used to distinguish BD from MDD. Our study included a BD group (10 patients with BD, 10 first-degree relatives (FDRs) of individuals with BD), MDD group (17 patients with MDD, 17 FDRs of individuals with MDD), and 27 healthy individuals. Structural and functional brain abnormalities were evaluated by voxel-based morphometry and a trail making test (TMT), respectively...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28028808/structural-gray-matter-alterations-in-chronic-migraine-implications-for-a-progressive-disease
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Lars Neeb, Kaili Bastian, Kersten Villringer, Heike Israel, Uwe Reuter, Jochen B Fiebach
OBJECTIVE: To identify possible gray matter alterations in patients with chronic migraine using voxel-based morphometry (VBM). BACKGROUND: VBM studies demonstrate structural alterations of gray matter (GM) in episodic migraine (EM) patients. Some of these alterations correlate with disease duration and headache frequency. We assessed GM alterations in chronic migraine (CM) and EM to evaluate the concept of migraine as a progressive disorder of the brain. METHODS: Individually age and sex-matched subjects with CM or EM (both without aura) and healthy controls (n = 21 per group) underwent magnetic resonance imaging-based VBM...
December 28, 2016: Headache
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28028803/cortical-alterations-in-medication-overuse-headache
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Franz Riederer, Marie Schaer, Andreas R Gantenbein, Roger Luechinger, Lars Michels, Marihan Kaya, Spyridon Kollias, Peter S Sándor
OBJECTIVE: Using surface-based morphometry we aimed to provide a detailed examination of cortical alterations in medication-overuse headache (MOH), by disentangling between altered cortical thickness and gyrification (folding). BACKGROUND: In MOH, pain modulation is probably dysfunctional at the cortical and subcortical level, resulting in a disequilibrium between pain inhibition and facilitation. Both increased and decreased cortical volumes have been reported in individuals with MOH...
December 28, 2016: Headache
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28028623/cognitive-impairment-and-structural-brain-changes-in-patients-with-clinically-isolated-syndrome-at-high-risk-for-multiple-sclerosis
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Eva Hynčicová, Martin Vyhnálek, Adam Kalina, Lukáš Martinkovič, Tomáš Nikolai, Jiří Lisý, Jakub Hort, Eva Meluzínová, Jan Laczó
Patients with clinically isolated syndrome (CIS), unlike those with multiple sclerosis (MS), have a selective cognitive impairment which is not consistently related to structural brain changes. Our objective was to characterize a profile of cognitive impairment and its association with structural brain changes in patients with CIS who are at high risk of developing MS. Patients with CIS at high risk for MS on interferon-beta (n = 51) and age-, gender-, and education-matched controls (n = 44) underwent comprehensive neuropsychological testing and MRI brain scan with voxel-based morphometry...
December 27, 2016: Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28026902/initial-body-fat-gain-is-related-to-brain-volume-changes-in-adolescents-a-repeated-measures-voxel-based-morphometry-study
#18
Sonja Yokum, Eric Stice
OBJECTIVE: Individuals with obesity versus those within a healthy weight range show brain volume differences, but it is unclear whether these differences reflect initial vulnerability factors or are secondary to weight gain. METHODS: One hundred sixty-two adolescents (M age = 15.3 ± 1.1; 81 females) with healthy weight were scanned at baseline. Sixty subjects (M baseline age: 15.2 ± 1.1; M follow-up age: 17.7 ± 1.2; 34 females) completed a second scan at 2- or 3-year follow-up...
December 27, 2016: Obesity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28018854/cholinergic-depletion-and-basal-forebrain-volume-in-primary-progressive-aphasia
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Jolien Schaeverbeke, Charlotte Evenepoel, Rose Bruffaerts, Koen Van Laere, Guy Bormans, Eva Dries, Thomas Tousseyn, Natalie Nelissen, Ronald Peeters, Mathieu Vandenbulcke, Patrick Dupont, Rik Vandenberghe
Primary progressive aphasia (PPA) is a heterogeneous syndrome with various neuropathological causes for which no medical treatment with proven efficacy exists. Basal forebrain (BF) volume loss has been reported in PPA but its relation to cholinergic depletion is still unclear. The primary objective of this study was to investigate whether cholinergic alterations occur in PPA variants and how this relates to BF volume loss. An academic memory clinic based consecutive series of 11 PPA patients (five with the semantic variant (SV), four with the logopenic variant (LV) and two with the nonfluent variant (NFV)) participated in this cross-sectional in vivo PET imaging study together with 10 healthy control subjects...
2017: NeuroImage: Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28018194/cross-sectional-and-longitudinal-relationships-between-depressive-symptoms-and-brain-atrophy-in-ms-patients
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Heiner Stuke, Katrin Hanken, Jochen Hirsch, Jan Klein, Fabian Wittig, Andreas Kastrup, Helmut Hildebrandt
Introduction: Depressive symptoms are a frequent and distressing phenomenon in Multiple Sclerosis (MS) patients. Cross-sectional research links these symptoms to reduced brain gray matter volumes in parts of the prefrontal and temporal lobe as well as subcortical structures like the hippocampus, nucleus caudatus and globus pallidus. Nevertheless, prospective relationships between regional gray matter volume and the course of depressive symptoms are poorly understood. Methods: Forty-four patients with relapsing-remitting or secondary progressive MS participated in a prospective study with two assessments of depressive symptoms and high-resolution MRI with an inter-test-interval of 17 months...
2016: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
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