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Farzaneh Ghazi Sherbaf, Mahtab Mojtahed Zadeh, Maryam Haghshomar, Mohammad Hadi Aarabi
Psychiatric symptoms and motor impairment are major contributions to the poor quality of life in patients with Parkinson's disease (PD). Here, we applied a novel diffusion-weighted imaging approach, diffusion MRI connectometry, to investigate the correlation of quality of life, evaluated by Parkinson's Disease Questionnaire (PDQ39) with the white matter structural connectivity in 27 non-demented PD patients (disease duration of 5.3 ± 2.9 years, H and Y stage = 1.5 ± 0.6, UPDRS-III = 13.7 ± 6.5, indicating unilateral and mild motor involvement)...
March 14, 2018: Acta Neurologica Belgica
Cen Zhang, John A Detre, Scott E Kasner, Brett Cucchiara
Objective: The objective of this study is to determine whether structural features of the vertebrobasilar arterial system are related to migraine. Background: Alterations in cerebral vascular structure and function have been associated with migraine, possibly mediated by hypoperfusion and/or endothelial dysfunction triggering cortical spreading depression. Vessel tortuosity, in particular, has been associated with both altered hemodynamics and endothelial function...
2018: Frontiers in Neurology
Katherine C Lopez, Joan L Luby, Andy C Belden, Deanna M Barch
Recent interest has emerged in understanding the neural mechanisms by which deficits in emotion regulation (ER) early in development may relate to later depression. Corticolimbic alterations reported in emotion dysregulation and depression may be one possible link. We examined the relationships between emotion dysregulation in school age, corticolimbic resting-state functional connectivity (rs-FC) in preadolescence, and depressive symptoms in adolescence. Participants were 143 children from a longitudinal preschool onset depression study who completed the Children Sadness Management Scale (CSMS; measuring ER), Child Depression Inventory (CDI-C; measuring depressive symptoms), and two resting-state MRI scans...
March 9, 2018: Cognitive, Affective & Behavioral Neuroscience
Jian Wang, Yuanfang Li, Zhen Huang, Wenbing Wan, Yong Zhang, Changpeng Wang, Xiaoqin Cheng, Fang Ye, Kai Liu, Guoqiang Fei, Mengsu Zeng, Lirong Jin
BACKGROUND: Neuromelanin of the brainstem, which is considered a marker of neurodegeneration in Parkinson's disease (PD), can be detected by T1-weighted neuromelanin-sensitive magnetic resonance imaging (NM-MRI). We aimed to investigate the NM-MRI features of de novo PD and to determine whether these features are associated with motor and non-motor symptoms in de novo PD patients. METHODS: Fifty-one patients with de novo PD (Hoehn and Yahr stage 1-2) and 28 healthy controls were recruited...
March 9, 2018: European Journal of Neurology: the Official Journal of the European Federation of Neurological Societies
Fei-Fei Zhang, Wei Peng, John A Sweeney, Zhi-Yun Jia, Qi-Yong Gong
Depression is the leading cause of disability around the world, but little is known about its pathology. Currently, the diagnosis of depression is made based on clinical manifestations, with little objective evidence. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) has been used to investigate the pathological changes in brain anatomy associated with this disorder. MRI can identify structural alterations in depressive patients in vivo, which could make considerable contributions to clinical diagnosis and treatment. Numerous studies that focused on gray and white matter have found significant brain region alterations in major depressive disorder patients, such as in the frontal lobe, hippocampus, temporal lobe, thalamus, striatum, and amygdala...
March 5, 2018: CNS Neuroscience & Therapeutics
Keren Bachi, Muhammad A Parvaz, Scott J Moeller, Gabriela Gan, Anna Zilverstand, Rita Z Goldstein, Nelly Alia-Klein
Background : Childhood trauma affects neurodevelopment and promotes vulnerability to impaired constraint, depression, and addiction. Reduced gray matter concentration (GMC) in the mesocorticolimbic regions implicated in reward processing and cognitive control may be an underlying substrate, as documented separately in addiction and for childhood trauma. The purpose of this study was to understand the contribution of childhood maltreatment to GMC effects in individuals with cocaine use disorder. Methods : Individuals with cocaine use disorder were partitioned into groups of low vs...
2018: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
Rossana Ganzola, Andrew M McIntosh, Thomas Nickson, Emma Sprooten, Mark E Bastin, Stephen Giles, Alix Macdonald, Jessika Sussmann, Simon Duchesne, Heather C Whalley
BACKGROUND: Mood disorders are familial psychiatric diseases, in which patients show reduced white matter (WM) integrity. We sought to determine whether WM integrity was affected in young offspring at high-familial risk of mood disorder before they go on to develop major depressive disorder (MDD). METHODS: The Bipolar Family study is a prospective longitudinal study examining young individuals (age 16-25 years) at familial risk of mood disorder on three occasions 2 years apart...
February 28, 2018: Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, and Allied Disciplines
Xiaozheng Liu, Wei Chen, Yunhai Tu, Hongtao Hou, Xiaoyan Huang, Xingli Chen, Zhongwei Guo, Guanghui Bai, Wei Chen
Hypothalamic communication with the rest of the brain is critical for accomplishing a wide variety of physiological and psychological functions, including the maintenance of neuroendocrine circadian rhythms and the management of affective processes. Evidence has shown that major depressive disorder (MDD) patients exhibit increased functioning of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis. Neurofibrillary tangles are also found in the hypothalamus of Alzheimer's disease (AD) patients, and AD patients exhibit abnormal changes in the HPA...
2018: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
Arian Lasocki, Rodney J Hicks
Technological advances have increased the ability of imaging to provide an accurate preoperative diagnosis of an intracranial mass. We present the case of a patient with metastatic paraganglioma, who presented with headache and depressed conscious state. We had chronic tachycardia and low-grade fevers due to increased catecholamine secretion, which limited his clinical assessment. The combination of novel positron emission tomography tracers and advanced magnetic resonance imaging techniques was able to provide a confident preoperative diagnosis of a pyogenic intracranial abscess, which was not suspected clinically...
February 26, 2018: Journal of Medical Imaging and Radiation Oncology
Rani A Sarkis, Scott McGinnis, Sara N Rushia, Suna Park, Emile E Ansari, Kim C Willment
We aimed to investigate the cognitive and psychosocial outcomes of patients older than 50 with drug-resistant temporal lobe epilepsy as compared to a younger cohort. One hundred and thirty-one patients with temporal lobe epilepsy (47% age ≥ 50) who underwent comprehensive neuropsychological testing were retrospectively identified. A comparison of percentage of Z scores < - 1.5 between the older and younger cohort on Trail Making Tests A and B, Boston Naming Test, Rey Auditory Verbal Learning Test (RAVLT) delayed recall, and Rey-Osterrieth complex figure test delayed recall was performed as well as the presence of disability due to epilepsy and depression scores...
February 24, 2018: Journal of Neurology
Kenichiro Harada, Toshikazu Ikuta, Mami Nakashima, Toshio Watanuki, Masako Hirotsu, Toshio Matsubara, Hirotaka Yamagata, Yoshifumi Watanabe, Koji Matsuo
Patients with later-life depression (LLD) show abnormal gray matter (GM) volume, white matter (WM) integrity and functional connectivity in the anterior cingulate cortex (ACC) and posterior superior temporal gyrus (pSTG), but it remains unclear whether these abnormalities persist over time. We examined whether structural and functional abnormalities in these two regions are present within the same subjects during depressed vs. remitted phases. Sixteen patients with LLD and 30 healthy subjects were studied over a period of 1...
2018: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
Wietske C M Schimmel, Eline Verhaak, Patrick E J Hanssens, Karin Gehring, Margriet M Sitskoorn
BACKGROUND: Gamma Knife radiosurgery (GKRS) is increasingly applied in patients with multiple brain metastases and is expected to have less adverse effects in cognitive functioning than whole brain radiation therapy (WBRT). Effective treatment with the least negative cognitive side effects is increasingly becoming important, as more patients with brain metastases live longer due to more and better systemic treatment options. There are no published randomized trials yet directly comparing GKRS to WBRT in patients with multiple brain metastases that include objective neuropsychological testing...
February 21, 2018: BMC Cancer
Junming Shao, Chun Meng, Masoud Tahmasian, Felix Brandl, Qinli Yang, Guangchun Luo, Cheng Luo, Dezhong Yao, Lianli Gao, Valentin Riedl, Afra Wohlschläger, Christian Sorg
Brain imaging reveals schizophrenia as a disorder of macroscopic brain networks. In particular, default mode and salience network (DMN, SN) show highly consistent alterations in both interacting brain activity and underlying brain structure. However, the same networks are also altered in major depression. This overlap in network alterations induces the question whether DMN and SN changes are different across both disorders, potentially indicating distinct underlying pathophysiological mechanisms. To address this question, we acquired T1-weighted, diffusion-weighted, and resting-state functional MRI in patients with schizophrenia, patients with major depression, and healthy controls...
February 19, 2018: Brain Imaging and Behavior
A Lebedeva, A Sundström, L Lindgren, A Stomby, D Aarsland, E Westman, B Winblad, T Olsson, L Nyberg
OBJECTIVE: Depression is associated with accelerated aging and age-related diseases. However, mechanisms underlying this relationship remain unclear. The aim of this study was to longitudinally assess the link between depressive symptoms, brain atrophy, and cortisol levels. METHOD: Participants from the Betula prospective cohort study (mean age = 59 years, SD = 13.4 years) underwent clinical, neuropsychological and brain 3T MRI assessments at baseline and a 4-year follow-up...
February 18, 2018: Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica
Aaron D Boes, Brandt D Uitermarkt, Fatimah M Albazron, Martin J Lan, Conor Liston, Alvaro Pascual-Leone, Marc J Dubin, Michael D Fox
BACKGROUND: Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) is an effective treatment for medication-refractory major depression, yet the mechanisms of action for this intervention are poorly understood. Here we investigate cerebral cortex thickness as a possible biomarker of rTMS treatment response. METHODS: Longitudinal change in cortical thickness is evaluated relative to clinical outcomes across 48 participants in 2 cohorts undergoing left dorsolateral prefrontal cortex rTMS as a treatment for depression...
January 31, 2018: Brain Stimulation
Giuseppe Delvecchio, Gian Mario Mandolini, Cinzia Perlini, Marco Barillari, Veronica Marinelli, Mirella Ruggeri, A Carlo Altamura, Marcella Bellani, Paolo Brambilla
BACKGROUND: Hyperactivity of the Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Adrenal Axis (HPAA) has been consistently reported in mood disorders. However, only few studies investigated the Pituitary gland (PG) in Bipolar Disorder (BD) and the results are so far contrasting. Therefore, the aim of this study is to explore the integrity of the PG as well as the role of gender and the impact of clinical measurements on this structure in a sample of BD patients compared to healthy controls (HC). METHODS: 34 BD patients and 41 HC underwent a 1...
February 14, 2018: Comprehensive Psychiatry
Michelle Silver, Constance M Moore, Vanessa Villamarin, Nina Jaitly, Janet E Hall, Anthony J Rothschild, Kristina M Deligiannidis
Diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) studies in depression show decreased structural connectivity in the left anterior limb of the internal capsule and the genu of the corpus callosum but no such studies exist in peripartum depression (PPD), which affects 1 in 8 women. We analyzed fractional anisotropy (FA) as a measure of white matter integrity of these two tracts using tract-based spatial statistics (TBSS). We then conducted an exploratory whole-brain analysis to identify additional regions implicated in PPD. Seventy-five pregnant, medication-free women were evaluated with the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS) and Structured Clinical Interview (SCID) for DSM-IV-TR in pregnancy and in the postpartum...
February 5, 2018: Neuropsychopharmacology: Official Publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
Mariana Freschi Bombini, Fernando Augusto Peres, Aline Tamires Lapa, Nailú Angélica Sinicato, Beatriz Ricato Quental, Ágatha de Souza Melo Pincelli, Tiago Nardi Amaral, Caroline Cristina Gomes, Ana Paula Del Rio, João Francisco Marques-Neto, Lilian T L Costallat, Paula Teixeira Fernandes, Fernando Cendes, Leticia Rittner, Simone Appenzeller
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE: To evaluate olfactory function in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), systemic sclerosis (SSc) and healthy controls over a 2-year period, and to determine the association of olfactory dysfunction with age, disease activity, disease damage, treatment, anxiety and depression symptoms and limbic structures volumes. METHODS: Consecutive SLE and SSc patients were enrolled in this study. Clinical, laboratory disease activity and damage were assessed according to diseases specific guidelines...
February 11, 2018: Autoimmunity Reviews
Kaylena A Ehgoetz Martens, Julie M Hall, Matthew J Georgiades, Moran Gilat, Courtney C Walton, Elie Matar, Simon J G Lewis, James M Shine
Freezing of gait is a complex, heterogeneous, and highly variable phenomenon whose pathophysiology and neural signature remains enigmatic. Evidence suggests that freezing is associated with impairments across cognitive, motor and affective domains; however, most research to date has focused on investigating one axis of freezing of gait in isolation. This has led to inconsistent findings and a range of different pathophysiological models of freezing of gait, due in large part to the tendency for studies to investigate freezing of gait as a homogeneous entity...
February 9, 2018: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
Farzaneh Ghazi Sherbaf, Farzaneh Rahmani, Sommayeh Mohammadi Jooyandeh, Mohammad Hadi Aarabi
Search for Parkinson's disease (PD) progression biomarkers has led to the identification of both motor and non-motor symptoms relevant of prodromal PD that could be eye-opening to the spreading underlying Lewy body pathogenesis. One most robust predictor of PD is the REM sleep behavior disorder (RBD), and one most common early non-motor symptom of PD is depression. With RBD, frequently coexisting with clinical depression and both predicting dopamine transmission dysfunction, we aimed to survey structural associates of depressive symptoms in early PD patients with comorbid RBD...
February 13, 2018: Acta Neurologica Belgica
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