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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29053884/looking-into-cognitive-impairment-in-primary-progressive-multiple-sclerosis
#1
Maria Petracca, James Sumowski, Michelle Fabian, Aaron Miller, Fred Lublin, Matilde Inglese
BACKGROUND: Cognitive impairment in primary-progressive multiple sclerosis (PP-MS) is correlated with global brain atrophy. Unfortunately, brain volumes computation requires processing resources not widely available in clinical practice. Therefore we decided to test the predictive role of retinal atrophy metrics on cognitive decline, applying them as proxy of grey matter (GM) atrophy in PP-MS. METHODS: Twenty-five PP-MS patients completed the Brief International Cognitive Assessment for MS (BICAMS) and underwent spectral-domain OCT and 3...
October 20, 2017: European Journal of Neurology: the Official Journal of the European Federation of Neurological Societies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29053874/tau-pathology-and-neurodegeneration-contribute-to-cognitive-impairment-in-alzheimer-s-disease
#2
Alexandre Bejanin, Daniel R Schonhaut, Renaud La Joie, Joel H Kramer, Suzanne L Baker, Natasha Sosa, Nagehan Ayakta, Averill Cantwell, Mustafa Janabi, Mariella Lauriola, James P O'Neil, Maria L Gorno-Tempini, Zachary A Miller, Howard J Rosen, Bruce L Miller, William J Jagust, Gil D Rabinovici
Neuropathological and in vivo studies have revealed a tight relationship between tau pathology and cognitive impairment across the Alzheimer's disease spectrum. However, tau pathology is also intimately associated with neurodegeneration and amyloid pathology. The aim of the present study was therefore to assess whether grey matter atrophy and amyloid pathology contribute to the relationship between tau pathology, as measured with 18F-AV-1451-PET imaging, and cognitive deficits in Alzheimer's disease. We included 40 amyloid-positive patients meeting criteria for mild cognitive impairment due to Alzheimer's disease (n = 5) or probable Alzheimer's disease dementia (n = 35)...
October 7, 2017: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29053836/long-term-disability-progression-in-primary-progressive-multiple-sclerosis-a-15-year-study
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Maria A Rocca, Maria Pia Sormani, Marco Rovaris, Domenico Caputo, Angelo Ghezzi, Enrico Montanari, Antonio Bertolotto, Alice Laroni, Roberto Bergamaschi, Vittorio Martinelli, Giancarlo Comi, Massimo Filippi
Prognostic markers of primary progressive multiple sclerosis evolution are needed. We investigated the added value of magnetic resonance imaging measures of brain and cervical cord damage in predicting long-term clinical worsening of primary progressive multiple sclerosis compared to simple clinical assessment. In 54 patients, conventional and diffusion tensor brain scans and cervical cord T1-weighted scans were acquired at baseline and after 15 months. Clinical evaluation was performed after 5 and 15 years in 49 patients...
September 27, 2017: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29050399/diagnostic-criteria-for-chronic-lymphocytic-inflammation-with-pontine-perivascular-enhancement-responsive-to-steroids-clippers
#4
W Oliver Tobin, Yong Guo, Karl N Krecke, Joseph E Parisi, Claudia F Lucchinetti, Sean J Pittock, Jay Mandrekar, Divyanshu Dubey, Jan Debruyne, B Mark Keegan
Chronic lymphocytic inflammation with pontine perivascular enhancement responsive to steroids (CLIPPERS) is a central nervous system inflammatory syndrome predominantly affecting the brainstem, cerebellum, and spinal cord. Following its initial description, the salient features of CLIPPERS have been confirmed and expanded upon, but the lack of formalized diagnostic criteria has led to reports of patients with dissimilar features purported to have CLIPPERS. We evaluated clinical, radiological and pathological features of patients referred for suspected CLIPPERS and propose diagnostic criteria to discriminate CLIPPERS from non-CLIPPERS aetiologies...
September 1, 2017: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29049608/acute-administration-of-oestradiol-or-progesterone-in-a-spinal-cord-ischaemia-reperfusion-model-in-rats
#5
Leonardo Pessoa Cavalcante, Sueli Gomes Ferreira, Daniel Romano Pereira, Sergio Rodrigues de Moraes, Rafael Simas, Paulina Sannomiya, Ana Cristina Breithaupt-Faloppa, Luiz Felipe Pinho Moreira
OBJECTIVES: Despite research into protective pharmacological adjuncts, paraplegia persists as a dreaded complication after thoracic and thoracoabdominal aortic interventions. Reports on gender-related neurological outcomes after ischaemic and traumatic brain injuries have led to increased interest in hormonal neuroprotective effects and have generated other studies seeking to prove the neuroprotective effects of the therapeutic administration of 17β-oestradiol and of progesterone. We hypothesised that acute administration of oestradiol or progesterone would prevent or attenuate spinal cord ischaemic injury induced by occlusion of the descending thoracic aorta...
September 26, 2017: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29048397/correlation-analysis-of-pm10-and-the-incidence-of-lung-cancer-in-nanchang-china
#6
Yi Zhou, Lianshui Li, Lei Hu
Air pollution and lung cancer are closely related. In 2013, the World Health Organization listed outdoor air pollution as carcinogenic and regarded it as the most widespread carcinogen that humans are currently exposed to. Here, grey correlation and data envelopment analysis methods are used to determine the pollution factors causing lung cancer among residents in Nanchang, China, and identify population segments which are more susceptible to air pollution. This study shows that particulate matter with particle sizes below 10 micron (PM10) is most closely related to the incidence of lung cancer among air pollution factors including annual mean concentrations of SO₂, NO₂, PM10, annual haze days, and annual mean Air Pollution Index/Air Quality Index (API/AQI)...
October 19, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29045561/structural-variability-across-the-primate-brain-a-cross-species-comparison
#7
Paula L Croxson, Stephanie J Forkel, Leonardo Cerliani, Michel Thiebaut de Schotten
A large amount of variability exists across human brains; revealed initially on a small scale by postmortem studies and, more recently, on a larger scale with the advent of neuroimaging. Here we compared structural variability between human and macaque monkey brains using grey and white matter magnetic resonance imaging measures. The monkey brain was overall structurally as variable as the human brain, but variability had a distinct distribution pattern, with some key areas showing high variability. We also report the first evidence of a relationship between anatomical variability and evolutionary expansion in the primate brain...
October 13, 2017: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29034075/structural-brain-abnormalities-in-12-persons-with-aniridia
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Madison K Grant, Anastasia M Bobilev, Jordan E Pierce, Jon DeWitte, James D Lauderdale
Background: Aniridia is a disorder predominately caused by heterozygous loss-of-function mutations of the PAX6 gene, which is a transcriptional regulator necessary for normal eye and brain development.  The ocular abnormalities of aniridia have been well characterized, but mounting evidence has implicated brain-related phenotypes as a prominent feature of this disorder as well.  Investigations using neuroimaging in aniridia patients have shown reductions in discrete brain structures and changes in global grey and white matter...
2017: F1000Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29031810/the-role-of-three-dimensional-pseudo-continuous-arterial-spin-labelling-in-grading-and-differentiating-histological-subgroups-of-meningiomas
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Y Lu, J Xiong, B Yin, J Wen, L Liu, D Geng
AIM: To evaluate the usefulness of pseudo-continuous arterial spin labelling (pCASL) imaging in grading and differentiating histological subtypes of meningiomas. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In this prospective study, conventional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) with contrast-enhanced T1-weighted images and pCASL were acquired with a 3 T MRI system before surgery in 125 consecutive patients with suspected meningiomas. Finally, the perfusion parameters were collected from 84 grade I and 23 grade II meningiomas...
October 11, 2017: Clinical Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29031739/neural-correlates-of-visuospatial-bias-in-patients-with-left-hemisphere-stroke-a-causal-functional-contribution-analysis-based-on-game-theory
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C Malherbe, R Umarova, M Zavaglia, C Kaller, L Beume, G Thomalla, C Weiller, C C Hilgetag
Stroke patients frequently display spatial neglect, an inability to report, or respond to, relevant stimuli in the contralesional space. Although this syndrome is widely considered to result from the dysfunction of a large-scale attention network, the individual contributions of damaged grey and white matter regions to neglect are still being disputed. Moreover, while the neuroanatomy of neglect in right hemispheric lesions is well studied, the contributions of left hemispheric brain regions to visuospatial processing are less well understood...
October 11, 2017: Neuropsychologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29028500/neural-network-topology-in-adhd-evidence-for-maturational-delay-and-default-mode-network-alterations
#11
T W P Janssen, A Hillebrand, A Gouw, K Geladé, R Van Mourik, A Maras, J Oosterlaan
OBJECTIVE: Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) has been associated with widespread brain abnormalities in white and grey matter, affecting not only local, but global functional networks as well. In this study, we explored these functional networks using source-reconstructed electroencephalography in ADHD and typically developing (TD) children. We expected evidence for maturational delay, with underlying abnormalities in the default mode network. METHODS: Electroencephalograms were recorded in ADHD (n=42) and TD (n=43) during rest, and functional connectivity (phase lag index) and graph (minimum spanning tree) parameters were derived...
September 23, 2017: Clinical Neurophysiology: Official Journal of the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29027843/the-impact-of-vascular-risk-factors-on-brain-volume-and-lesion-load-in-patients-with-early-multiple-sclerosis
#12
Alexander Pichler, Michael Khalil, Christian Langkammer, Daniela Pinter, Stefan Ropele, Siegrid Fuchs, Gerhard Bachmaier, Christian Enzinger, Franz Fazekas
BACKGROUND: Vascular risk factors (VRF) in multiple sclerosis (MS) patients have been associated with lower brain volumes. It is currently unknown if this association already exists in early MS and how it develops over time. METHODS: We identified 82 patients with clinically isolated syndrome (CIS) ( n = 61) or with early relapsing-remitting MS ( n = 21) and assessed their VRF including arterial hypertension, hyperlipidaemia, diabetes mellitus and smoking. We analysed T2-lesion load, normalized brain volume (NBV), cortical grey (cGMV) and white matter volumes (WMV), thalamic and basal ganglia volumes at baseline and follow-up magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and assessed the percentage of brain volume change (PBVC) using SIENA...
October 1, 2017: Multiple Sclerosis: Clinical and Laboratory Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29025926/enhancing-spinal-plasticity-amplifies-the-benefits-of-rehabilitative-training-and-improves-recovery-from-stroke
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Anna M Wiersma, Karim Fouad, Ian R Winship
The limited recovery that occurs following stroke happens almost entirely in the first weeks post injury. Moreover, the efficacy of rehabilitative training is limited beyond this narrow time frame. Sprouting of spared corticospinal tract axons in the contralesional spinal cord makes a significant contribution to sensorimotor recovery, but this structural plasticity is also limited to the first few weeks after stroke. Here, we tested the hypothesis that inducing plasticity in the spinal cord during chronic stroke could improve recovery from persistent sensorimotor impairment...
October 12, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29025925/strength-of-temporal-white-matter-pathways-predicts-semantic-learning
#14
Pablo Ripollés, Davina Biel, Claudia Peñaloza, Jörn Kaufmann, Josep Marco-Pallarés, Toemme Noesselt, Antoni Rodríguez-Fornells
Learning the associations between words and meanings is a fundamental human ability. Although the language network is cortically well defined, the role of the white matter pathways supporting novel word-to-meaning mappings remains unclear. Here, by using contextual and cross-situational word-learning, we tested whether learning the meaning of a new word is related to the integrity of the language-related white matter pathways in 40 adults (18 women). The arcuate, uncinate, inferior-fronto-occipital and inferior-longitudinal fasciculi were virtually dissected using manual and automatic deterministic fiber-tracking...
October 12, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29024791/imaging-microstructure-in-the-living-human-brain-a-viewpoint
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REVIEW
Tomáš Paus
This special issue summarizes an impressive body of work concerned with in vivo imaging of brain microstructure. Collectively, papers included here demonstrate the power of multi-modal magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) for mapping various structural properties of brain tissue. In this introduction, I provide a user's perspective vis-à-vis motivations for these efforts, review briefly the cellular composition of grey and white matter in the human brain, and provide a few examples of how we can bridge the gap between ex vivo and in vivo datasets to facilitate interpretation of studies measuring brain macro- and microstructure...
October 9, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29021956/grey-and-white-matter-differences-in-chronic-fatigue-syndrome-a-voxel-based-morphometry-study
#16
Andreas Finkelmeyer, Jiabao He, Laura Maclachlan, Stuart Watson, Peter Gallagher, Julia L Newton, Andrew M Blamire
OBJECTIVE: Investigate global and regional grey and white matter volumes in patients with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and recent voxel-based morphometry (VBM) methods. METHODS: Forty-two patients with CFS and thirty healthy volunteers were scanned on a 3-Tesla MRI scanner. Anatomical MRI scans were segmented, normalized and submitted to a VBM analysis using randomisation methods. Group differences were identified in overall segment volumes and voxel-wise in spatially normalized grey matter (GM) and white matter (WM) segments...
2018: NeuroImage: Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29018285/the-ultrastructure-of-spinal-cord-perivascular-spaces-implications-for-the-circulation-of-cerebrospinal-fluid
#17
Magdalena A Lam, Sarah J Hemley, Elmira Najafi, Nicole G F Vella, Lynne E Bilston, Marcus A Stoodley
Perivascular spaces play a pivotal role in the exchange between cerebrospinal and interstitial fluids, and in the clearance of waste in the CNS, yet their precise anatomical components are not well described. The aim of this study was to characterise the ultrastructure of perivascular spaces and their role in the transport of fluid, in the spinal cord of healthy rats, using transmission electron microscopy. The distribution of cerebrospinal fluid tracers injected into the subarachnoid space was studied using light, confocal and electron microscopy...
October 10, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28994773/improved-method-for-the-establishment-of-an-in-vitro-blood-brain-barrier-model-based-on-porcine-brain-endothelial-cells
#18
Simone S E Nielsen, Piotr Siupka, Ana Georgian, Jane E Preston, Andrea E Tóth, Siti R Yusof, N Joan Abbott, Morten S Nielsen
The aim of this protocol presents an optimized procedure for the purification and cultivation of pBECs and to establish in vitro blood-brain barrier (BBB) models based on pBECs in mono-culture (MC), MC with astrocyte-conditioned medium (ACM), and non-contact co-culture (NCC) with astrocytes of porcine or rat origin. pBECs were isolated and cultured from fragments of capillaries from the brain cortices of domestic pigs 5-6 months old. These fragments were purified by careful removal of meninges, isolation and homogenization of grey matter, filtration, enzymatic digestion, and centrifugation...
September 24, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28994010/parsing-the-neural-correlates-of-anxious-apprehension-and-anxious-arousal-in-the-grey-matter-of-healthy-youth
#19
Peter J Castagna, Scott Roye, Matthew Calamia, Joshua Owens-French, Thompson E Davis, Steven G Greening
Neuroscientific and psychological research posits that there are two transdiagnostic facets of anxiety: anxious arousal and anxious apprehension. Though these two facets of anxiety are distinct, they are often subsumed into one domain (e.g., trait anxiety). The primary goal of the current study was to delineate the relationship between anxious arousal and cortical thickness versus the relationship between anxious apprehension and cortical thickness in a sample of typically functioning youth. The secondary aim was to determine where in the brain cortical thickness significantly correlated with both components of anxiety...
October 9, 2017: Brain Imaging and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28991695/monozygotic-twins-with-a-new-compound-heterozygous-spg11-mutation-and-different-disease-expression
#20
Christiane Schneider-Gold, Gabriele Dekomien, Martin Regensburger, Ruth Schneider, Nadine Trampe, Christos Krogias, Carsten Lukas, Barbara Bellenberg
BACKGROUND: A pair of monozygotic 22-year-old twins with complicated hereditary spastic paraplegia caused by a novel SPG11 mutation is described. METHODS: Genetic testing and thorough clinical examination, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and MR-spectroscopy were performed. RESULTS: The twins were compound heterozygous for a known frameshift as well as a novel splice site mutation in the SPG11 gene. Clinically the patients showed a similar spectrum of symptoms but different disease presentation...
October 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
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