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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341361/parvalbumin-interneuron-mediated-feedforward-inhibition-controls-signal-output-in-the-deep-layers-of-the-perirhinal-entorhinal-cortex
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Janske G P Willems, Wytse J Wadman, Natalie L M Cappaert
The perirhinal (PER) and lateral entorhinal (LEC) cortex form an anatomical link between the neocortex and the hippocampus. However, neocortical activity is transmitted through the PER and LEC to the hippocampus with a low probability, suggesting the involvement of the inhibitory network. This study explored the role of interneuron mediated inhibition, activated by electrical stimulation in the agranular insular cortex (AiP), in the deep layers of the PER and LEC. Activated synaptic input by AiP stimulation rarely evoked action potentials in the PER-LEC deep layer excitatory principal neurons, most probably because the evoked synaptic response consisted of a small excitatory and large inhibitory conductance...
January 17, 2018: Hippocampus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340757/comparing-brain-activity-patterns-during-spontaneous-exploratory-and-cue-instructed-learning-using-single-photon-emission-computed-tomography-spect-imaging-of-regional-cerebral-blood-flow-in-freely-behaving-rats
#2
A Mannewitz, J Bock, S Kreitz, A Hess, J Goldschmidt, H Scheich, Katharina Braun
Learning can be categorized into cue-instructed and spontaneous learning types; however, so far, there is no detailed comparative analysis of specific brain pathways involved in these learning types. The aim of this study was to compare brain activity patterns during these learning tasks using the in vivo imaging technique of single photon-emission computed tomography (SPECT) of regional cerebral blood flow (rCBF). During spontaneous exploratory learning, higher levels of rCBF compared to cue-instructed learning were observed in motor control regions, including specific subregions of the motor cortex and the striatum, as well as in regions of sensory pathways including olfactory, somatosensory, and visual modalities...
January 16, 2018: Brain Structure & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29338891/gray-and-white-matter-changes-and-their-relation-to-illness-trajectory-in-first-episode-psychosis
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Alejandro Keymer-Gausset, Anna Alonso-Solís, Iluminada Corripio, Rosa B Sauras-Quetcuti, Edith Pomarol-Clotet, Erick J Canales-Rodriguez, Eva Grasa-Bello, Enric Álvarez, Maria J Portella
Previous works have studied structural brain characteristics in first-episode psychosis (FEP), but few have focused on the relation between brain differences and illness trajectories. The aim of this study is to analyze gray and white matter changes in FEP patients and their relation with one-year clinical outcomes. A sample of 41 FEP patients and 41 healthy controls (HC), matched by age and educational level was scanned with a 3T MRI during the first month of illness onset. One year later, patients were assigned to two illness trajectories (schizophrenia and non-schizophrenia)...
January 12, 2018: European Neuropsychopharmacology: the Journal of the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29335438/grey-and-white-matter-volumes-either-in-treatment-na%C3%A3-ve-or-hormone-treated-transgender-women-a-voxel-based-morphometry-study
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Giancarlo Spizzirri, Fábio Luis Souza Duran, Tiffany Moukbel Chaim-Avancini, Mauricio Henriques Serpa, Mikael Cavallet, Carla Maria Abreu Pereira, Pedro Paim Santos, Paula Squarzoni, Naomi Antunes da Costa, Geraldo F Busatto, Carmita Helena Najjar Abdo
Many previous magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) studies have documented sex differences in brain morphology, but the patterns of sexual brain differences in transgender women - male sex assigned at birth - with a diagnosis of gender dysphoria (TW) have been rarely investigated to date. We acquired T1-weighted MRI data for the following four (n = 80) groups: treatment-naïve TW (TNTW), TW treated with cross-sex hormones for at least one year (TTW), cisgender men, and cisgender women (cisgender individuals as controls)...
January 15, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334680/blood-pressure-variability-in-acute-ischemic-stroke-influence-of-infarct-location-in-the-insular-cortex
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Juri Kitamura, Hiroki Ueno, Michiaki Nagai, Naohisa Hosomi, Kie Honjo, Masahiro Nakamori, Tomoya Mukai, Eiji Imamura, Tomohisa Nezu, Shiro Aoki, Tomohiko Ohshita, Eiichi Nomura, Shinichi Wakabayashi, Hirofumi Maruyama, Masayasu Matsumoto
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to elucidate the influence of insular infarction on blood pressure (BP) variability and outcomes according to the region of the insular cortex affected. METHODS: A total of 90 patients diagnosed with acute unilateral ischemic stroke were registered. The BP variability was calculated over 24 h after admission (hyperacute) and for 2-3 days after admission (acute). Patients were classified into groups of right and left, and then right anterior, right posterior, left anterior, and left posterior insular infarction...
January 15, 2018: European Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331218/knowing-when-to-stop-aberrant-precision-and-evidence-accumulation-in-schizophrenia
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Roberto Limongi, Bartosz Bohaterewicz, Magdalena Nowicka, Aleksandra Plewka, Karl J Friston
Predictive coding and active inference formulations of the dysconnection hypothesis suggest that subjects with schizophrenia (SZ) hold unduly precise prior beliefs to compensate for a failure of sensory attenuation. This implies that SZ subjects should both initiate responses prematurely during evidence-accumulation tasks and fail to inhibit their responses at long stop-signal delays. SZ and healthy control subjects were asked to report the timing of billiards-ball collisions and were occasionally required to withhold their responses...
January 10, 2018: Schizophrenia Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329693/bold-fmri-signal-in-stroke-patients-and-its-importance-for-prognosis-in-the-subacute-disease-period-preliminary-report
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Anetta Lasek-Bal, Joanna Kidoń, Monika Błaszczyszyn, Bartłomiej Stasiów, Amadeusz Żak
Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) allows for the assessment of neuronal activity through the blood-level-dependent signal. The purpose of study was to evaluate the pattern of brain activity in fMRI in patients with ischemic stroke and to assess the potential relationship between the activity pattern and the neurological/functional status. METHODS: The fMRI was performed in patients up to 4th day of stroke. All the patients were analyzed according to NIHSS on 1st day and mRankin scale on 14th day of stroke, followed by analyzing of fMRI signal...
December 24, 2017: Neurologia i Neurochirurgia Polska
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29328983/social-and-cognitive-control-skills-in-long-life-occupation-activities-modulate-the-brain-reserve-in-the-behavioural-variant-of-frontotemporal-dementia
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Alessandra Dodich, Giulia Carli, Chiara Cerami, Sandro Iannaccone, Giuseppe Magnani, Daniela Perani
BACKGROUND: Cognitive reserve may delay disease onset and mitigate symptoms presentation in neurodegenerative dementias. Although high occupation levels can be associated with higher cognitive reserve in the behavioural variant of frontotemporal dementia (bvFTD), it was never addressed how specific occupation profiles involving social interaction, executive and attention abilities can modulate neural reserve in bvFTD. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We retrospectively included thirty-seven bvFTD patients with clinical-neuropsychological and FDG-PET brain metabolic data...
December 19, 2017: Cortex; a Journal Devoted to the Study of the Nervous System and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29326059/differential-requirement-of-de-novo-arc-protein-synthesis-in-the-insular-cortex-and-the-amygdala-for-safe-and-aversive-taste-long-term-memory-formation
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Guzmán-Ramos Kioko, Venkataraman Archana, Morin Jean-Pascal, Osorio-Gómez Daniel, Bermúdez-Rattoni Federico
Several immediate early genes products are known to be involved in the facilitation of structural and functional modifications at distinct synapses activated through experience. The IEG-encoded protein Arc (activity regulated cytoskeletal-associated protein) has been widely implicated in long-term memory formation and stabilization. In this study, we sought to evaluate a possible role for de novo Arc protein synthesis in the insular cortex (IC) and in the amygdala (AMY) during long-term taste memory formation...
January 8, 2018: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29321969/the-two-year-progression-of-structural-and-functional-cerebral-mri-in-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis
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R A L Menke, M Proudfoot, K Talbot, M R Turner
MRI has emerged as one of several urgently needed candidate disease progression biomarkers for the neurodegenerative disorder amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), not least due to its unique ability to non-invasively assess structural and functional cerebral pathology. We sought to identify the extent of detectable change in cerebral MRI metrics over a more prolonged period. Analysis of multi-modal MRI data was performed in a cohort of sixteen patients (13 ALS and 3 with primary lateral sclerosis) in whom it was possible to acquire six-monthly images over two years...
2018: NeuroImage: Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29318747/the-caudal-part-of-the-posterior-insula-of-rats-participates-in-the-maintenance-but-not-the-acquisition-of-morphine-conditioned-place-preference
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Yong-Mei Sun, Rong-Xiang Chen, Zhi-Fei Li, Sabine Spijker, Rong-Wei Zhai, Shang-Chuan Yang
The heterogeneous insular cortex plays an interoceptive role in drug addiction by signaling the availability of drugs of abuse. Here, we tested whether the caudal part of the multisensory posterior insula (PI) stores somatosensory-associated rewarding memories. Using Sprague Dawley rats as subjects, we first established a morphine-induced conditioned place preference (CPP) paradigm, mainly based on somatic cues. Secondly, an electrolytic lesion of the caudal portion of the PI was carried out before and after the establishment of CPP, respectively...
January 9, 2018: CNS Neuroscience & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29315615/preparing-for-saliencies-emotional-expectations-under-probabilistically-and-aversively-salient-situations
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Mio Kamei, Yasunori Kotani, Haruo Sakuma
In humans, the expectation process in decision making has not been as thoroughly investigated as the evaluation process. The present study focused on the interaction between probabilistic saliency and motivational saliency during expectation and evaluation periods using stimulus-preceding negativity (SPN) and reward positivity (RewP). Twenty healthy participants performed a modified monetary-incentive delay task under reward-approach and punishment-avoidance conditions. Each condition was characterized by the likely outcome (reward only, punishment only) to manipulate motivational saliency...
January 8, 2018: Psychophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29314426/the-role-of-the-dorsal-anterior-insula-in-sexual-risk-evidence-from-an-erotic-go-nogo-task-and-real-world-risk-taking
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Feng Xue, Vita Droutman, Emily E Barkley-Levenson, Benjamin J Smith, Gui Xue, Lynn C Miller, Antoine Bechara, Zhong-Lin Lu, Stephen J Read
The insula plays an important role in response inhibition. Most relevant here, it has been proposed that the dorsal anterior insular cortex (dAIC) plays a central role in a salience network that is responsible for switching between the default mode network and the executive control network. However, the insula's role in sexually motivated response inhibition has not yet been studied. In this study, eighty-five 18- to 30-year-old sexually active men who have sex with men (MSM) performed an erotic Go/NoGo task while in an MRI scanner...
January 3, 2018: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29305535/an-insula-central-amygdala-circuit-for-guiding-tastant-reinforced-choice-behavior
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Hillary Schiff, Anna Lien Bouhuis, Kai Yu, Mario A Penzo, Haohong Li, Miao He, Bo Li
Predicting which substances are suitable for consumption during foraging is critical for animals to survive. Despite extensive study, the neural circuit mechanisms underlying such adaptive behavior remain poorly understood. Here we examined the anatomical and functional connectivity of the insular cortex (IC) to central amygdala (CeA) circuit and the role of this circuit in the establishment of appropriate behavioral responses in a tastant (sucrose/quinine)-reinforced "go/no-go" task in male and female mice...
January 5, 2018: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29288902/diagnostic-evaluation-and-surgical-management-of-pediatric-insular-epilepsy-utilizing-magnetoencephalography-and-invasive-eeg-monitoring
#15
Raheel Ahmed, Hiroshi Otsubo, Carter Snead, Elizabeth Donner, Elysa Widjaja, Ayako Ochi, James M Drake, James T Rutka
INTRODUCTION: The diagnosis and surgical management of pediatric patients with insular epilepsy is challenging due to variable and indistinct seizure semiology arising within the insular cortex. In addition, surgical approaches are associated with potential morbidity given the regional neurosurgical and vascular anatomy. Our institutional experience in evaluation and surgical management of insular epilepsy patients is presented. Diagnostic evaluation, surgical treatment and seizures outcomes are highlighted...
December 20, 2017: Epilepsy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29288519/insular-damage-death-and-newly-diagnosed-atrial-fibrillation-in-intracerebral-hemorrhage-stroke-induced-heart-injury-as-the-potential-missing-link
#16
Lauren M Mai, Luciano A Sposato
The insula exerts a strong influence on the autonomic regulation of heart rhythm. Involvement of the insular cortex has been associated with both an increased risk of post ischemic stroke death and atrial fibrillation (AF) newly detected after stroke (AFDAS). Much less is known about outcomes and the incidence of AFDAS related to insular damage in patients with acute intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH). This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
December 30, 2017: European Journal of Neurology: the Official Journal of the European Federation of Neurological Societies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29285552/focal-cortical-thinning-in-patients-with-stable-relapsing-remitting-multiple-sclerosis-cross-sectional-based-novel-estimation-of-gray-matter-kinetics
#17
Lior Orbach, Shay Menascu, Chen Hoffmann, Shmuel Miron, Anat Achiron
PURPOSE: The aim of our study is to identify radiological patterns of cortical gray matter atrophy (CGMA) that correlate with disease duration in patients with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS). METHODS: RRMS patients were randomly selected from the Sheba Multiple Sclerosis (MS) center computerized data registry based on stratification of disease duration up to 10 years. Patients were scanned by 3.0 T (Signa, GE) MRI, using a T1 weighted 3D high resolution, FSPGR, MS protocol...
February 2018: Neuroradiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29281722/cortical-representation-of-different-taste-modalities-on-the-gustatory-cortex-a-pilot-study
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Anna Prinster, Elena Cantone, Viviana Verlezza, Mario Magliulo, Giovanni Sarnelli, Maurizio Iengo, Rosario Cuomo, Francesco Di Salle, Fabrizio Esposito
BACKGROUND: Right insular cortex is involved in taste discrimination, but its functional organization is still poorly known. In general, sensory cortices represent the spatial prevalence of relevant features for each sensory modality (visual, auditory, somatosensory) in an ordered way across the cortical space. Following this analogy, we hypothesized that primary taste cortex is organized in similar ordered way in response to six tastes with known receptorial mechanisms (sweet, bitter, sour, salt, umami, CO2)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29275444/brain-mri-findings-in-acute-hepatic-encephalopathy-in-liver-transplant-recipients
#19
Ruo-Mi Guo, Qing-Ling Li, Li-Ru Zhong, Yu Guo, Ju Jiao, Shao-Qiong Chen, Jin Wang, Yong Zhang
Acute hepatic encephalopathy has significant morbidity and mortality in liver transplant recipients unless it is promptly treated. We evaluated the brain magnetic resonance (MR) imaging findings associated with acute hepatic encephalopathy in transplant recipients. We retrospectively reviewed the clinical and imaging data and outcomes of twenty-five liver transplant patients (16 male; mean age, 49.3 years) with clinically diagnosed acute hepatic encephalopathy and forty liver transplant patients (20 males; mean age, 45...
December 23, 2017: Acta Neurologica Belgica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29275207/grey-matter-and-functional-connectivity-in-anterior-cingulate-cortex-is-associated-with-the-state-of-mental-silence-during-sahaja-yoga-meditation
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Sergio Elías Hernández, Alfonso Barros-Loscertales, Yaqiong Xiao, José Luis González-Mora, Katya Rubia
Some meditation techniques teach the practitioner to achieve the state of mental silence. The aim of this study was to investigate brain regions that are associated in their volume and functional connectivity with the depth of mental silence in long-term practitioners of Sahaja Yoga Meditation. Twenty-three long-term practitioners of this meditation were scanned using Magnetic Resonance Imaging. In order to identify the neural correlates of the depth of mental silence, we tested which grey matter volumes were correlated with the depth of mental silence and which regions these areas were functionally connected to under a meditation condition...
December 21, 2017: Neuroscience
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