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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805691/structural-and-neuronal-integrity-measures-of-fatigue-severity-in-multiple-sclerosis
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Evanthia Bernitsas, Kalyan Yarraguntla, Fen Bao, Rishi Sood, Carla Santiago-Martinez, Rajkumar Govindan, Omar Khan, Navid Seraji-Bozorgzad
Fatigue is a common and disabling symptom in Multiple Sclerosis (MS). However, consistent neuroimaging correlates of its severity are not fully elucidated. In this article, we study the neuronal correlates of fatigue severity in MS. Forty-three Relapsing Remitting MS (RRMS) patients with MS-related fatigue (Fatigue Severity Scale (FSS) range: 1-7) and Expanded Disability Status Scale (EDSS) ≤ 4, were divided into high fatigue (HF, FSS ≥ 5.1) and low fatigue groups (LF, FSS ≤ 3). We measured T2 lesion load using a semi-automated technique...
August 12, 2017: Brain Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802898/neurochemical-evidence-that-cocaine-and-amphetamine-regulated-transcript-cart-55-102-peptide-modulates-the-dopaminergic-reward-system-by-decreasing-the-dopamine-release-in-the-mouse-nucleus-accumbens
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Angelina Rakovska, Maria Baranyi, Katalin Windish, Polina Petkova-Kirova, Hristo Gagov, Reni Kalfin
CART (Cocaine- and Amphetamine-Regulated Transcript) peptide is a neurotransmitter naturally occurring in the CNS and found mostly in nucleus accumbens, ventrotegmental area, ventral pallidum, amygdalae and striatum, brain regions associated with drug addiction. In the nucleus accumbens, known for its significant role in motivation, pleasure, reward and reinforcement learning, CART peptide inhibits cocaine and amphetamine-induced dopamine-mediated increases in locomotor activity and behavior, suggesting a CART peptide interaction with the dopaminergic system...
August 9, 2017: Brain Research Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794981/a-test-retest-study-on-parkinson-s-ppmi-dataset-yields-statistically-significant-white-matter-fascicles
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Martin Cousineau, Pierre-Marc Jodoin, Félix C Morency, Verena Rozanski, Marilyn Grand'Maison, Barry J Bedell, Maxime Descoteaux
In this work, we propose a diffusion MRI protocol for mining Parkinson's disease diffusion MRI datasets and recover robust disease-specific biomarkers. Using advanced high angular resolution diffusion imaging (HARDI) crossing fiber modeling and tractography robust to partial volume effects, we automatically dissected 50 white matter (WM) fascicles. These fascicles connect deep nuclei (thalamus, putamen, pallidum) to different cortical functional areas (associative, motor, sensorimotor, limbic), basal forebrain and substantia nigra...
2017: NeuroImage: Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28792374/evaluation-of-an-automated-quantitative-latex-immunoturbidimetric-non-treponemal-assay-for-diagnosis-and-follow-up-of-syphilis-a-prospective-cohort-study
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Kara Osbak, Said Abdellati, Achilleas Tsoumanis, Marjan Van Esbroeck, Luc Kestens, Tania Crucitti, Chris Kenyon
PURPOSE: We evaluated the Sekure rapid plasma reagin (RPR-S) (Sekisui Diagnostics) automated quantitative latex immunoturbidimetric assay performed on the SK500 clinical chemistry system for clinical appropriateness. METHODOLOGY: Syphilis-infected individuals and controls were recruited into a prospective cohort study conducted at a sexually transmitted infection clinic in Antwerp, Belgium. Sera collected at diagnosis (baseline) and at 3, 6, 9 and 12 months post-treatment were tested with RPR-S and Macro-Vue RPR card (RPR-C) (Becton Dickinson) assays; RPR-C was considered the reference test...
August 10, 2017: Journal of Medical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28768983/longitudinally-extensive-transverse-myelitis-and-optic-neuropathy-associated-with-syphilitic-meningomyelitis-and-human-immunodeficiency-virus-infection-a-case-report-and-review-of-the-literature
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Rie Tohge, Yuya Shinoto, Makio Takahashi
The incidence of co-infection with Treponema pallidum and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is increasing in developing and developed countries. The neurological complications of both infections occasionally occur simultaneously during a clinical course. We herein report the case of an HIV carrier with syphilitic meningomyelitis and subclinical optic neuropathy. The patient presumably had latent syphilis and slowly developed longitudinally extensive transverse myelitis (LETM). A cerebrospinal fluid examination confirmed the diagnosis of active neurosyphilis based on an elevated T...
2017: Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28762558/mycoplasma-genitalium-an-agent-of-reemerging-sexually-transmitted-infections
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Sophie Edouard, Hervé Tissot-Dupont, Grégory Dubourg, Annick Bernard, Pierre-Edouard Fournier, Isabelle Ravaux, Andreas Stein, Didier Raoult
M. genitalium is a reemerging microorganism, responsible for sexually transmissible infections (STIs), with prevalence which varies depending on the country and population group studied. We report here M. genitalium prevalence among the specimens received for STI diagnosis in our routine microbiological laboratory in the university hospital in Marseille, France. We tested 4 624 samples from 3 793 patients using qPCR for M. genitalium, C. trachomatis, N. gonorrheae, T. pallidum. Of these samples, 528 (13.6%) patients were tested positive for at least one pathogen and 126 (3...
August 1, 2017: APMIS: Acta Pathologica, Microbiologica, et Immunologica Scandinavica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738852/tertiary-syphilis-in-the-lumbar-spine-a-case-report
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Yang Bai, Feng Niu, Lidi Liu, Hui Sha, Yimei Wang, Song Zhao
BACKGROUND: The incidence of tertiary syphilis involvement in the spinal column with destructive bone lesions is very rare. It is difficult to establish the correct diagnosis from radiographs and histological examination alone. Limited data are available on surgical treatment to tertiary syphilitic spinal lesions. In this article, we report a case of tertiary syphilis in the lumbar spine with osteolytic lesions causing cauda equina compression. CASE PRESENTATION: A 44-year-old man who suffered with low back pain for 6 months and progressive radiating pain at lower extremity for 1 week...
July 24, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727773/the-tradition-algorithm-approach-underestimates-the-prevalence-of-serodiagnosis-of-syphilis-in-hiv-infected-individuals
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COMPARATIVE STUDY
Bin Chen, Xiuming Peng, Tiansheng Xie, Changzhong Jin, Fumin Liu, Nanping Wu
Currently, there are three algorithms for screening of syphilis: traditional algorithm, reverse algorithm and European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) algorithm. To date, there is not a generally recognized diagnostic algorithm. When syphilis meets HIV, the situation is even more complex. To evaluate their screening performance and impact on the seroprevalence of syphilis in HIV-infected individuals, we conducted a cross-sectional study included 865 serum samples from HIV-infected patients in a tertiary hospital...
July 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714113/secondary-syphilis-primarily-presenting-with-multiple-nodules-on-the-scalp-case-report-and-published-work-review
#9
Fan Li, Tingting Wang, Lin Wang
Syphilis, a sexually transmitted disease caused by Treponema pallidum, manifests with a broad spectrum of clinical presentations that usually involves skin. Nodular secondary syphilis occurs rarely, and mostly manifests as disseminated papulonodules or plaques over the trunk and limbs. We report an extremely rare case of nodular secondary syphilis that primarily presented with multiple nodules on the scalp, resembling Rosai-Dorfman disease or cutaneous malignant metastasis. Immunohistochemistry confirmed T...
July 17, 2017: Journal of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713435/comparative-efficacy-and-toxicity-of-different-species-of-sargassum-in-haizao-yuhu-decoction-in-ptu-induced-goiter-rats
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Linlin Xiu, Gansheng Zhong, Dianna Liu, Shaohong Chen, Haiyan Liu, Feng Chen
BACKGROUND: Haizao Yuhu Decoction has been widely used to treat thyroid-related diseases especially goiter with few side effects in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), including herb pair Sargassum (HZ) and Glycyrrhizae Radix et Rhizoma (GC), as one of "eighteen antagonistic medicaments." The two different species of Sargassum, Sargassum fusiforme (Sf) and Sargassum pallidum (Sp), are not clearly differentiated in clinical use, so that herb pair Sf-GC and Sp-GC could show different effect and toxicity...
2017: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712508/health-care-importance-of-treponema-pallidum-chagas-disease-and-human-immunodeficiency-virus-1-among-amerindians-of-argentina-an-observational-study
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María E Eirin, Cecilia M Delfino, Williams R Pedrozo, Richard Malan, Alberto Puca, Ana M De Rissio, Rogelio D Espejo, María L Gallo Vaulet, Marcelo Rodríguez Fermepin, Mirna M Biglione, Carolina A Berini
The objective of this study was to estimate the prevalence of Treponema pallidum, Trypanosoma cruzi and Human immunodeficiency virus 1 (HIV-1) in five Amerindian populations of Argentina. A retrospective study was conducted among 857 Amerindian populations (112 Kollas, 298 Mbyá-guaraníes, 79 Sagua Huarpes, 368 Wichis) from 2007 to 2010. Screening and confirmation of T. pallidum, T. cruzi and HIV-1 were performed. T. pallidum and T. cruzi infections were detected in all communities with an overall prevalence rate of 4...
July 13, 2017: Revista Argentina de Microbiología
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711813/multi-site-exploration-of-sex-differences-in-brain-reactivity-to-smoking-cues-consensus-across-sites-and-methodologies
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Kelly M Dumais, Teresa R Franklin, Kanchana Jagannathan, Nathan Hager, Michael Gawrysiak, Jennifer Betts, Stacey Farmer, Emily Guthier, Heather Pater, Amy C Janes, Reagan R Wetherill
BACKGROUND: Biological sex influences cigarette smoking behavior. More men than women smoke, but women have a harder time quitting. Sex differences in smoking cue (SC) reactivity may underlie such behavioral differences. However, the influence of sex on brain reactivity to SCs has yielded inconsistent findings suggesting the need for continued study. Here, we investigated the effect of sex on SC reactivity across two sites using different imaging modalities and SC stimulus types. METHODS: Pseudo-continuous arterial spin-labeled (pCASL) perfusion functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) was used to assess brain responses to SC versus non-SC videos in 40 smokers (23 females) at the University of Pennsylvania...
July 8, 2017: Drug and Alcohol Dependence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28700568/neonatal-basal-ganglia-and-thalamic-volumes-very-preterm-birth-and-7-year-neurodevelopmental-outcomes
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Wai Yen Loh, Peter J Anderson, Jeanie L Y Cheong, Alicia J Spittle, Jian Chen, Katherine J Lee, Charlotte Molesworth, Terrie E Inder, A Connelly, Lex W Doyle, Deanne K Thompson
BACKGROUND: This study aims to (1) compare volumes of individual basal ganglia nuclei (caudate nucleus, pallidum, putamen) and the thalamus between very preterm (VP) and term-born infants at term-equivalent age; (2) explore neonatal basal ganglia and thalamic volume relationships with 7-year neurodevelopmental outcomes, and whether these relationships differed between VP and term-born children. METHODS: 210 VP (<30 weeks' gestational age) and 39 term-born (≥37 weeks' gestational age) infants underwent brain magnetic resonance imaging at term-equivalent age, and deep grey matter volumes of interest were automatically generated...
July 12, 2017: Pediatric Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28699182/amygdala-and-hippocampus-volumes-are-differently-affected-by-childhood-trauma-in-patients-with-bipolar-disorders-and-healthy-controls
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Delfina Janiri, Gabriele Sani, Pietro De Rossi, Fabrizio Piras, Mariangela Iorio, Nerisa Banaj, Giulia Giuseppin, Edoardo Spinazzola, Matteo Maggiora, Elisa Ambrosi, Alessio Simonetti, Gianfranco Spalletta
OBJECTIVES: Volumetric studies on deep gray matter structures in bipolar disorder (BP) have reported contrasting results. Childhood trauma, a relevant environmental stressor for BP, could account for the variability of the results, modulating differences in the amygdala and hippocampus in patients with BP compared with healthy controls (HC). Our study aimed to test this hypothesis. METHODS: We assessed 105 outpatients, diagnosed with bipolar disorder type I (BP-I) or bipolar disorder type II (BP-II) according to DSM-IV-TR criteria, and 113 HC subjects...
July 12, 2017: Bipolar Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28689640/distinct-ventral-pallidal-neural-populations-mediate-separate-symptoms-of-depression
#15
Daniel Knowland, Varoth Lilascharoen, Christopher Pham Pacia, Sora Shin, Eric Hou-Jen Wang, Byung Kook Lim
Major depressive disorder (MDD) patients display a common but often variable set of symptoms making successful, sustained treatment difficult to achieve. Separate depressive symptoms may be encoded by differential changes in distinct circuits in the brain, yet how discrete circuits underlie behavioral subsets of depression and how they adapt in response to stress has not been addressed. We identify two discrete circuits of parvalbumin-positive (PV) neurons in the ventral pallidum (VP) projecting to either the lateral habenula or ventral tegmental area contributing to depression...
July 13, 2017: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28676738/the-multiple-correspondence-analysis-method-and-brain-functional-connectivity-its-application-to-the-study-of-the-non-linear-relationships-of-motor-cortex-and-basal-ganglia
#16
Clara Rodriguez-Sabate, Ingrid Morales, Alberto Sanchez, Manuel Rodriguez
The complexity of basal ganglia (BG) interactions is often condensed into simple models mainly based on animal data and that present BG in closed-loop cortico-subcortical circuits of excitatory/inhibitory pathways which analyze the incoming cortical data and return the processed information to the cortex. This study was aimed at identifying functional relationships in the BG motor-loop of 24 healthy-subjects who provided written, informed consent and whose BOLD-activity was recorded by MRI methods. The analysis of the functional interaction between these centers by correlation techniques and multiple linear regression showed non-linear relationships which cannot be suitably addressed with these methods...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28668606/a-preliminary-study-on-the-proinflammatory-mechanisms-of-treponema-pallidum-outer-membrane-protein-tp92-in-human-macrophages-and-hmec-1-cells
#17
Xi Luo, Xiaohong Zhang, Tie Zhao, Tiebing Zeng, Wen Liu, Meixia Deng, Feijun Zhao
AIMS: To determine proinflammatory mechanisms of Treponema pallidum outer membrane protein Tp92 in the early syphilis infection in human macrophages and HMEC-1 cells. METHODS: Recombinant Tp92 protein was used to stimulate target human macrophages and HMEC-1 cells. PDTC (Pyrrolidinedithiocarbamic acid), SB202190 and Z-YVAD-FMK were used to block the MyD88/NF-κB, MAPKs/p38 and NLRP3/Caspase-1 pathway, respectively. TNF-α, IL-1β, IL-6, IL-8,NLRP3, casepase-1 were detected by ELISA or Western blot...
June 29, 2017: Microbial Pathogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28667890/subcortical-structural-volumes-in-recently-remitted-first-episode-mania
#18
Shyam Sundar Arumugham, Ivan J Torres, Donna J Lang, Wayne Su, Raymond W Lam, William G Honer, Lakshmi N Yatham
BACKGROUND: Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) studies have yielded inconsistent findings with regard to subcortical volumetric abnormalities in patients with bipolar I disorder. Duration of illness and long term medication intake could have confounded the findings. METHOD: Volumes of nine subcortical structures were compared between 63 patients who recently remitted from their first manic episode and 77 healthy volunteers. The volumetric segmentation was performed with the automated segmentation algorithm Freesurfer version 5...
November 2017: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28667376/sexually-divergent-effect-of-comt-val-met-genotype-on-subcortical-volumes-in-schizophrenia
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Irene Bollettini, Marco Spangaro, Sara Poletti, Cristina Lorenzi, Adele Pirovano, Benedetta Vai, Enrico Smeraldi, Roberto Cavallaro, Francesco Benedetti
Structural and functional alterations of subcortical areas have been observed in schizophrenia. COMT Val108/158Met has been associated with schizophrenia and implicated in different cognitive and neurofunctional alterations. Recent studies suggested that COMT genotype influences neuronal growth. Genetic variations in COMT were associated with sexually dimorphic effects on enzymatic activity, brain anatomy and behavior suggesting that gender might be crucial in interpreting COMT-dependent effects. Based on these data, we investigated possible effects of the interaction between COMT Val108/158Met genotype and gender on subcortical volumes among 79 patients with schizophrenia...
June 30, 2017: Brain Imaging and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28665173/serial-assessment-of-gray-matter-abnormalities-following-sport-related-concussion
#20
Lezlie Espana, Ryan Lee, Josef Ling, Andreas Jeromin, Andrew Mayer, Timothy Meier
There is an urgent need to characterize the acute physiological effects of sport-related concussion (SRC). We investigated the effects of SRC on gray matter structure and diffusion metrics in collegiate athletes at 1.64 days (T1; n=33), 8.33 days (T2; n=30), and 32.15 days (T3; n=36) post-concussion, with healthy collegiate contact-sport athletes serving as controls (HA; n=46). Plasma levels of GFAP were assessed in a subset of athletes. We hypothesized that acute SRC would be associated with increased fractional anisotropy (FA), decreased mean diffusivity (MD), and increased GFAP relative to non-injured HA, without acute differences in gray matter volume or cortical thickness...
June 30, 2017: Journal of Neurotrauma
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