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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27936431/description-of-the-anterior-cerebral-artery-and-its-cortical-branches-variation-in-presence-origin-and-size
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K Cilliers, B J Page
OBJECTIVE: Certain aspects of the anterior cerebral artery (ACA) cortical branches tend to vary, including absent or additional arteries, variation in origin, and changes to diameter and length. Knowledge of these factors can be crucial in aneurysm and arteriovenous malformation surgery. Few studies report on these aspects and a South African study have not been completed. Therefore, the aim of this study is to report absent or additional arteries, the origin, diameter and length of ACA cortical branches in a Western Cape population...
December 2, 2016: Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27936429/investigation-of-biomechanical-response-of-hoffa-s-fat-pad-and-comparative-characterization
#2
Chiara Giulia Fontanella, Emanuele Luigi Carniel, Alessandro Frigo, Veronica Macchi, Andrea Porzionato, Gloria Sarasin, Marco Rossato, Raffaele De Caro, Arturo N Natali
The infrapatellar adipose body (Hoffa's fat pad, IFP) is situated between the patellar tendon, the femoral condyle and the tibial plateau. The IFP consists of lobules of white adipose tissue delimited by thin connective septa. The actual structural functionality of the IFP is debated and should pertain to a cushioning role in the knee joint, providing to distribute and to damp mechanical stresses during articular activity. The present study is aimed to analyze the correlation between histological configuration and mechanical properties of the IFP, compared to other adipose tissues, partially differentiated by composition and conformation...
December 1, 2016: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27935359/microsurgical-and-endoscopic-approaches-to-the-pulvinar
#3
Osamu Akiyama, Ken Matsushima, Abuzer Gungor, Satoshi Matsuo, Dylan J Goodrich, R Shane Tubbs, Paul Klimo, Aaron A Cohen-Gadol, Hajime Arai, Albert L Rhoton
OBJECTIVE Approaches to the pulvinar remain challenging because of the depth of the target, surrounding critical neural structures, and complicated arterial and venous relationships. The purpose of this study was to compare the surgical approaches to different parts of the pulvinar and to examine the efficacy of the endoscope as an adjunct to the operating microscope in this area. METHODS The pulvinar was examined in 6 formalin-fixed human cadaveric heads through 5 approaches: 4 above and 1 below the tentorium...
December 9, 2016: Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924070/modified-methods-for-isolation-of-pancreatic-stellate-cells-from-human-and-rodent-pancreas
#4
Liangtao Zhao, Baobao Cai, Zipeng Lu, Lei Tian, Song Guo, Pengfei Wu, Dong Qian, Qingcheng Xu, Kuirong Jiang, Yi Miao
Primary cultures of pancreatic stellate cells (PSCs) remain an important basis for in vitro study. However, effective methods for isolating abundant PSCs are currently lacking. We report on a novel approach to isolating PSCs from normal rat pancreases and human pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) tissue. After anaesthesia and laparotomy of the rat, a blunt cannula was inserted into the pancreatic duct through the anti-mesentery side of the duodenum, and the pancreas was slowly infused with an enzyme solution until all lobules were fully dispersed...
November 2016: Journal of Biomedical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918111/imatinib-accelerates-progenitor-cell-mediated-liver-regeneration-in-choline-deficient-ethionine-supplemented-diet-fed-mice
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András Rókusz, Edina Bugyik, Vanessza Szabó, Armanda Szücs, Sándor Paku, Péter Nagy, Katalin Dezső
Severe chronic hepatic injury can induce complex reparative processes. Ductular reaction and the appearance of small hepatocytes are standard components of this response, which is thought to have both adverse (e.g. fibrosis, carcinogenesis) and beneficial (regeneration) consequences. This complex tissue reaction is regulated by orchestrated cytokine action. We have investigated the influence of the tyrosine kinase inhibitor imatinib on a regenerative process. Ductular reaction was induced in mice by the widely used choline-deficient ethionine-supplemented diet (CDE)...
December 5, 2016: International Journal of Experimental Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916710/aberrant-regional-homogeneity-in-parkinson-s-disease-a-voxel-wise-meta-analysis-of-resting-state-functional-magnetic-resonance-imaging-studies
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PingLei Pan, Hui Zhan, MingXu Xia, Yang Zhang, DeNing Guan, Yun Xu
Studies of abnormal regional homogeneity (ReHo) in Parkinson's disease (PD) have reported inconsistent results. Therefore, we conducted a meta-analysis using the Seed-based d Mapping software package to identify the most consistent and replicable findings. A systematic literature search was performed to identify eligible whole-brain resting-state functional magnetic resonance imaging studies that had measured differences in ReHo between patients with PD and healthy controls between January 2000 and June 4, 2016...
December 1, 2016: Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913627/aberrant-interhemispheric-homotopic-functional-and-structural-connectivity-in-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis
#7
Jiuquan Zhang, Bing Ji, Jun Hu, Chaoyang Zhou, Longchuan Li, Zhihao Li, Xuequan Huang, Xiaoping Hu
OBJECTIVE: Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is an idiopathic and fatal neurodegenerative disease of the human motor system. While microstructural alterations in corpus callosum (CC) have been identified as a consistent feature of ALS, studies directly examining interhemispheric neural connectivity are still lacking. To shed more light on the pathophysiology of ALS, the present study aims to examine alterations of interhemispheric structural and functional connectivity in individuals with ALS...
December 2, 2016: Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911308/the-effects-of-gene-mutations-on%C3%A2-default%C3%A2-mode-network-in%C3%A2-familial%C3%A2-alzheimer-s-disease
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Xiaozhen Li, Eric Westman, Steinunn Thordardottir, Anne Kinhult Ståhlbom, Ove Almkvist, Kaj Blennow, Lars-Olof Wahlund, Caroline Graff
Familial Alzheimer's disease (FAD) mutations have very high penetrance but age at onset and rate of disease progression differ. Neuroimaging and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) examinations in mutation carriers (MCs) may provide an opportunity to identify early biomarkers that can be used to track disease progression from presymptomatic to the dementia stages of disease. The default mode network (DMN) is a resting state neuronal network composed of regions known to associate with amyloid deposition in AD. We hypothesized that functional connectivity in the DMN might change at pre-clinical stages in FAD MCs and correlate with changes in CSF biomarkers as a consequence of AD brain pathology...
November 29, 2016: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909422/the-role-of-medial-frontal-cortex-in-action-anticipation-in-professional-badminton-players
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Huan Xu, Pin Wang, Zhuo'er Ye, Xin Di, Guiping Xu, Lei Mo, Huiyan Lin, Hengyi Rao, Hua Jin
Some studies show that the medial frontal cortex is associated with more skilled action anticipation, while similar findings are not observed in some other studies, possibly due to the stimuli employed and the participants used as the control group. In addition, no studies have investigated whether there is any functional connectivity between the medial frontal cortex and other brain regions in more skilled action anticipation. Therefore, the present study aimed to re-investigate how the medial frontal cortex is involved in more skilled action anticipation by circumventing the limitations of previous research and to investigate that the medial frontal cortex functionally connected with other brain regions involved in action processing in more skilled action anticipation...
2016: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909404/prefrontal-cortex-activity-is-associated-with-biobehavioral-components-of-the-stress-response
#10
Muriah D Wheelock, Nathaniel G Harnett, Kimberly H Wood, Tyler R Orem, Douglas A Granger, Sylvie Mrug, David C Knight
Contemporary theory suggests that prefrontal cortex (PFC) function is associated with individual variability in the psychobiology of the stress response. Advancing our understanding of this complex biobehavioral pathway has potential to provide insight into processes that determine individual differences in stress susceptibility. The present study used functional magnetic resonance imaging to examine brain activity during a variation of the Montreal Imaging Stress Task (MIST) in 53 young adults. Salivary cortisol was assessed as an index of the stress response, trait anxiety was assessed as an index of an individual's disposition toward negative affectivity, and self-reported stress was assessed as an index of an individual's subjective psychological experience...
2016: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903727/predicting-when-in-discourse-engages-the-human-dorsal-auditory-stream-an-fmri-study-using-naturalistic-stories
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Katerina Danae Kandylaki, Arne Nagels, Sarah Tune, Tilo Kircher, Richard Wiese, Matthias Schlesewsky, Ina Bornkessel-Schlesewsky
: The hierarchical organization of human cortical circuits integrates information across different timescales via temporal receptive windows, which increase in length from lower to higher levels of the cortical hierarchy (Hasson et al., 2015). A recent neurobiological model of higher-order language processing (Bornkessel-Schlesewsky et al., 2015) posits that temporal receptive windows in the dorsal auditory stream provide the basis for a hierarchically organized predictive coding architecture (Friston and Kiebel, 2009)...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894158/craving-behavioral-intervention-for-internet-gaming-disorder-remediation-of-functional-connectivity-of-the-ventral-striatum
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Jin-Tao Zhang, Shan-Shan Ma, Chiang-Shan R Li, Lu Liu, Cui-Cui Xia, Jing Lan, Ling-Jiao Wang, Ben Liu, Yuan-Wei Yao, Xiao-Yi Fang
Psychobehavioral intervention is an effective treatment of Internet addiction, including Internet gaming disorder (IGD). However, the neural mechanisms underlying its efficacy remain unclear. Cortical-ventral striatum (VS) circuitry is a common target of psychobehavioral interventions in drug addiction, and cortical-VS dysfunction has been reported in IGD; hence, the primary aim of the study was to investigate how the VS circuitry responds to psychobehavioral interventions in IGD. In a cross-sectional study, we examined resting-state functional connectivity of the VS in 74 IGD subjects (IGDs) and 41 healthy controls (HCs)...
November 28, 2016: Addiction Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893684/ct-findings-of-small-cell-lung-carcinoma-can-recognizable-features-be-found
#13
Dongjun Lee, Ji Young Rho, Seunghun Kang, Koun Joy Yoo, Hye Jeong Choi
The purpose of this study was to clarify the recognizable computed tomography (CT) features of small cell lung carcinoma (SCLC).Contrast enhanced CT scans were reviewed retrospectively for mass location, mediastinal extension, and other concomitant findings in 142 patients with pathologically proven SCLC. SCLC was classified into hilar mass only (type I), hilar mass with ipsilateral mediastinal extension (type II), hilar mass with bilateral mediastinal extension (type III), and peripheral mass (type IV). When mediastinal lymphadenopathy (m-LAP) was indistinguishable from a hilar mass, we defined it as a mediastinal conglomerate mass (m-CM)...
November 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27890803/neural-signatures-of-phonological-deficits-in-chinese-developmental-dyslexia
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Fan Cao, Xin Yan, Zhao Wang, Yanni Liu, Jin Wang, Gregory J Spray, Yuan Deng
There has been debate on whether phonological deficits explain reading difficulty in Chinese, since Chinese is a logographic language which does not employ grapheme-phoneme-correspondence rules and remote memorization seems to be the main method to acquire reading. In the current study, we present neuroimaging evidence that the phonological deficit is also a signature of Chinese dyslexia. Specifically, we found that Chinese children with dyslexia (DD) showed reduced brain activation in the left dorsal inferior frontal gyrus (dIFG) when compared to both age-matched controls (AC) and reading-matched controls (RC) during an auditory rhyming judgment task...
November 24, 2016: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27887859/olanzapine-modulation-of-long-and-short-range-functional-connectivity-in-the-resting-brain-in-a-sample-of-patients-with-schizophrenia
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Wenbin Guo, Feng Liu, Jindong Chen, Renrong Wu, Lehua Li, Zhikun Zhang, Jingping Zhao
Treatment effects of antipsychotic drugs on cerebral function are seldom examined. Exploring functional connectivity (FC) in drug-free schizophrenia patients before and after antipsychotic treatment can improve the understanding of antipsychotic drug mechanisms. A total of 17 drug-free patients with recurrent schizophrenia and 24 healthy controls underwent resting-state functional magnetic resonance imaging scans. Long- and short-range FC strengths (FCS) were calculated for each participant. Compared with the controls, the patients at baseline exhibited increased long-range positive FCS (lpFCS) in the bilateral inferior parietal lobule (IPL) and decreased lpFCS in the brain regions of the default-mode network (DMN) regions and sensorimotor circuits of the brain...
November 22, 2016: European Neuropsychopharmacology: the Journal of the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27884662/integrity-of-central-nervous-function-in-diabetes-mellitus-assessed-by-resting-state-eeg-frequency-analysis-and-source-localization
#16
Jens B Frøkjær, Carina Graversen, Christina Brock, Ahmad Khodayari-Rostamabad, Søren S Olesen, Tine M Hansen, Eirik Søfteland, Magnus Simrén, Asbjørn M Drewes
Diabetes mellitus (DM) is associated with structural and functional changes of the central nervous system. We used electroencephalography (EEG) to assess resting state cortical activity and explored associations to relevant clinical features. Multichannel resting state EEG was recorded in 27 healthy controls and 24 patients with longstanding DM and signs of autonomic dysfunction. The power distribution based on wavelet analysis was summarized into frequency bands with corresponding topographic mapping. Source localization analysis was applied to explore the electrical cortical sources underlying the EEG...
November 6, 2016: Journal of Diabetes and its Complications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27883068/-cerebellar-contribution-to-visuo-attentional-alpha-rhythm-insights-from-weightlessness
#17
A M Cebolla, M Petieau, B Dan, L Balazs, J McIntyre, G Cheron
Human brain adaptation in weightlessness follows the necessity to reshape the dynamic integration of the neural information acquired in the new environment. This basic aspect was here studied by the electroencephalogram (EEG) dynamics where oscillatory modulations were measured during a visuo-attentional state preceding a visuo-motor docking task. Astronauts in microgravity conducted the experiment in free-floating aboard the International Space Station, before the space flight and afterwards. We observed stronger power decrease (~ERD: event related desynchronization) of the ~10 Hz oscillation from the occipital-parietal (alpha ERD) to the central areas (mu ERD)...
November 24, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27881920/altered-spontaneous-brain-activity-pattern-in-patients-with-high-myopia-using-amplitude-of-low-frequency-fluctuation-a-resting-state-fmri-study
#18
Xin Huang, Fu-Qing Zhou, Yu-Xiang Hu, Xiao-Xuan Xu, Xiong Zhou, Yu-Lin Zhong, Jun Wang, Xiao-Rong Wu
OBJECTIVE: Many previous reports have demonstrated significant neural anatomy changes in the brain of high myopic (HM) patients, whereas the spontaneous brain activity changes in the HM patients at rest are not well studied. Our objective was to use amplitude of low-frequency fluctuation (ALFF) method to investigate the changes in spontaneous brain activity in HM patients and their relationships with clinical features. METHODS: A total of 38 patients with HM (17 males and 21 females) and 38 healthy controls (HCs) (17 males and 21 females) closely matched in age, sex, and education underwent resting-state functional magnetic resonance imaging scans...
2016: Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27880776/early-left-parietal-activity-elicited-by-direct-gaze-a-high-density-eeg-study
#19
Nicolas Burra, Dirk Kerzel, Nathalie George
Gaze is one of the most important cues for human communication and social interaction. In particular, gaze contact is the most primary form of social contact and it is thought to capture attention. A very early-differentiated brain response to direct versus averted gaze has been hypothesized. Here, we used high-density electroencephalography to test this hypothesis. Topographical analysis allowed us to uncover a very early topographic modulation (40-80 ms) of event-related responses to faces with direct as compared to averted gaze...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27876509/connectivity-based-constraints-on-category-specificity-in-the-ventral-object-processing-pathway
#20
Quanjing Chen, Frank E Garcea, Jorge Almeida, Bradford Z Mahon
Recent efforts to characterize visual object representations in the ventral object processing pathway in the human brain have led to contrasting proposals about the causes of neural specificity for different categories. Here we use multivariate techniques in a novel way to relate patterns of functional connectivity to patterns of stimulus preferences. Stimulus preferences were measured throughout the ventral stream to tools, animals, faces and places; separately, we measured the strength of functional connectivity of each voxel in the ventral stream to category-preferring regions outside the ventral stream...
November 19, 2016: Neuropsychologia
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