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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100092/sample-size-requirements-for-one-year-treatment-effects-using-deep-gray-matter-volume-from-3t-mri-in-progressive-forms-of-multiple-sclerosis
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Gloria Kim, Renxin Chu, Fawad Yousuf, Shahamat Tauhid, Lynn Stazzone, Maria K Houtchens, James M Stankiewicz, Christopher Severson, Dorlan Kimbrough, Francisco Quintana, Tanuja Chitnis, Howard L Weiner, Brian C Healy, Rohit Bakshi
OBJECTIVE: The subcortical deep gray matter (DGM) develops selective, progressive, and clinically-relevant atrophy in progressive forms of multiple sclerosis (PMS). This patient population is the target of active neurotherapeutic development, requiring the availability of outcome measures. We tested a fully automated MRI analysis pipeline to assess DGM atrophy in PMS. DESIGN/METHODS: Consistent 3D T1-weighted high-resolution 3T brain MRI was obtained over one year in 19 consecutive patients with PMS [15 secondary progressive, 4 primary progressive, 53% women, age (mean±SD) 50...
January 19, 2017: International Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087979/rapid-antidepressant-effect-of-ketamine-correlates-with-astroglial-plasticity-in-the-hippocampus
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Maryam Ardalan, Ali H Rafati, Jens R Nyengaard, Gregers Wegener
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Astroglia contributes to the pathophysiology of major depression and the action of antidepressant drugs through modulating synaptic plasticity; therefore, present study investigated whether fast antidepressant action of ketamine is reflected in the rapid alteration of the astrocytes morphology in a genetic animal model of depression. EXPERIMENTAL APPROACH: S-Ketamine (15 mg/kg) or saline was administered as a single injection to Flinders Line (FSL/FRL) rats...
January 14, 2017: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086899/evaluations-of-diffusion-tensor-image-registration-based-on-fiber-tractography
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Yi Wang, Yu Shen, Dongyang Liu, Guoqin Li, Zhe Guo, Yangyu Fan, Yilong Niu
BACKGROUND: Diffusion Tensor Magnetic Resonance Imaging (DT-MRI, also known as DTI) measures the diffusion properties of water molecules in tissues and to date is one of the main techniques that can effectively study the microstructures of the brain in vivo. Presently, evaluation of DTI registration techniques is still in an initial stage of development. METHODS AND RESULTS: In this paper, six well-known open source DTI registration algorithms: Elastic, Rigid, Affine, DTI-TK, FSL and SyN were applied on 11 subjects from an open-access dataset, among which one was randomly chosen as the template...
January 10, 2017: Biomedical Engineering Online
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069966/inherited-human-irak-1-deficiency-selectively-impairs-tlr-signaling-in-fibroblasts
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Erika Della Mina, Alessandro Borghesi, Hao Zhou, Salim Bougarn, Sabri Boughorbel, Laura Israel, Ilaria Meloni, Maya Chrabieh, Yun Ling, Yuval Itan, Alessandra Renieri, Iolanda Mazzucchelli, Sabrina Basso, Piero Pavone, Raffaele Falsaperla, Roberto Ciccone, Rosa Maria Cerbo, Mauro Stronati, Capucine Picard, Orsetta Zuffardi, Laurent Abel, Damien Chaussabel, Nico Marr, Xiaoxia Li, Jean-Laurent Casanova, Anne Puel
Most members of the Toll-like receptor (TLR) and interleukin-1 receptor (IL-1R) families transduce signals via a canonical pathway involving the MyD88 adapter and the interleukin-1 receptor-associated kinase (IRAK) complex. This complex contains four molecules, including at least two (IRAK-1 and IRAK-4) active kinases. In mice and humans, deficiencies of IRAK-4 or MyD88 abolish most TLR (except for TLR3 and some TLR4) and IL-1R signaling in both leukocytes and fibroblasts. TLR and IL-1R responses are weak but not abolished in mice lacking IRAK-1, whereas the role of IRAK-1 in humans remains unclear...
January 9, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28052997/human-three-dimensional-endometrial-epithelial-cell-model-to-study-host-interactions-with-vaginal-bacteria-and-neisseria-gonorrhoeae
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Paweł Łaniewski, Adriana Gomez, Geoffrey Hire, Magdalene So, Melissa M Herbst-Kralovetz
Colonization of the endometrium by pathogenic bacteria, ascending from the lower female reproductive tract (FRT), is associated with many gynecologic and obstetric health complications. To study these host-microbe interactions in vitro, we developed a human three-dimensional (3-D) endometrial epithelial cell (EEC) model using the HEC-1A cell line and rotating wall vessel (RWV) bioreactor technology. Our model, composed of 3-D EEC aggregates, recapitulates several functional/structural characteristics of human endometrial epithelial tissue including cell differentiation, junctional complexes/desmosomes, microvilli, membrane-associated mucins and Toll-like receptors (TLRs)...
January 4, 2017: Infection and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28047531/su-g-iep1-15-towards-accurate-cerebral-blood-flow-quantification-with-distortion-corrected-pseudo-continuous-arterial-spin-labeling
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M Hoff, S Rane-Levandovsky, J Andre
PURPOSE: Traditional arterial spin labeling (ASL) acquisitions with echo planar imaging (EPI) readouts suffer from image distortion due to susceptibility effects, compromising ASL's ability to accurately quantify cerebral blood flow (CBF) and assess disease-specific patterns associated with CBF abnormalities. Phase labeling for additional coordinate encoding (PLACE) can remove image distortion; our goal is to apply PLACE to improve the quantitative accuracy of ASL CBF in humans. METHODS: Four subjects were imaged on a 3T Philips Ingenia scanner using a 16-channel receive coil with a 21/21/10cm (frequency/phase/slice direction) field-of-view...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28046971/th-cd-206-01-expectation-maximization-algorithm-based-tissue-mixture-quantification-for-perfusion-mri
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H Han, Z Liang, L Li, L Xing
PURPOSE: To investigate the feasibility of estimating the tissue mixture perfusions and quantifying cerebral blood flow change in arterial spin labeled (ASL) perfusion MR images. METHODS: The proposed perfusion MR image analysis framework consists of 5 steps: (1) Inhomogeneity correction was performed on the T1- and T2-weighted images, which are available for each studied perfusion MR dataset. (2) We used the publicly available FSL toolbox to strip off the non-brain structures from the T1- and T2-weighted MR images...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28034997/influence-of-t1-weighted-signal-intensity-on-fsl-voxel-based-morphometry-and-freesurfer-cortical-thickness
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S Chung, X Wang, Y W Lui
The effect of T1 signal on FSL voxel-based morphometry modulated GM density and FreeSurfer cortical thickness is explored. The techniques rely on different analyses, but both are commonly used to detect spatial changes in GM. Standard pipelines show FSL voxel-based morphometry is sensitive to T1 signal alterations within a physiologic range, and results can appear discordant between FSL voxel-based morphometry and FreeSurfer cortical thickness. Care should be taken in extrapolating results to the effect on brain volume...
December 29, 2016: AJNR. American Journal of Neuroradiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28030782/a-comprehensive-review-of-group-level-model-performance-in-the-presence-of-heteroscedasticity-can-a-single-model-control-type-i-errors-in-the-presence-of-outliers
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Jeanette A Mumford
Even after thorough preprocessing and a careful time series analysis of functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) data, artifact and other issues can lead to violations of the assumption that the variance is constant across subjects in the group level model. This is especially concerning when modeling a continuous covariate at the group level, as the slope is easily biased by outliers. Various models have been proposed to deal with outliers including models that use the first level variance or that use the group level residual magnitude to differentially weight subjects...
December 25, 2016: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28017479/diffusion-characteristics-of-the-fornix-in-patients-with-alzheimer-s-disease
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Shou Xian Tang, Qing Liang Feng, Gui Hong Wang, Shaofeng Duan, Bao Ci Shan, Jian Ping Dai
White matter degradation is a major part of the pathogenesis of Alzheimer's disease (AD). The fornix is the predominant outflow tract from the hippocampus, and alterations to its microstructure in patients with AD are still being explored. Diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) is an in vivo neuroimaging technique that can provide unique information about alterations in tissue microstructure, which can indicate underlying neurobiological process at the microstructural level. In this prospective study, DTI was used to assess and analyze the microstructural features of the fornix in subjects with AD (n = 17), mild cognitive impairment (MCI; n = 12) and healthy controls (n = 17)...
October 1, 2016: Psychiatry Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27990364/blood-pressure-change-during-phacoemulsification-and-femtosecond-laser-assisted-cataract-surgery
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Hung-Yuan Lin, Ching-Jen Tung, Guo-Xing Xu, Chun-Chi Wang, Hsin-Yang Chen, Ya-Jung Chuang, Wen-Fu Li, Pi-Jung Lin
AIM: To evaluate blood pressure (BP) changes during phacoemulsification (PC) and femtosecond laser (FSL)-assisted cataract surgery. METHODS: A retrospective chart review was performed for all patients who received traditional phacoemulsification surgery (PC group) and FSL-assisted cataract surgery (FS group) from July 2013 to December 2014. Totally 206 eyes from 133 patients receiving the two types of procedures were included. Patient characteristics (age, gender, and hypertension history), pre- and post-operative BPs were collected...
2016: International Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27956745/altered-brain-processing-of-decision-making-in-healthy-first-degree-biological-relatives-of-suicide-completers
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Y Ding, F Pereira, A Hoehne, M-M Beaulieu, M Lepage, G Turecki, F Jollant
Suicidal behavior is heritable, with the transmission of risk being related to the transmission of vulnerability traits. Previous studies suggest that risky decision-making may be an endophenotype of suicide. Here, we aimed at investigating brain processing of decision-making in relatives of suicide completers in order to shed light on heritable mechanisms of suicidal vulnerability. Seventeen healthy first-degree biological relatives of suicide completers with no personal history of suicidal behavior, 16 relatives of depressed patients without any personal or family history of suicidal behavior, and 19 healthy controls were recruited...
December 13, 2016: Molecular Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925164/brain-volume-change-in-first-episode-psychosis-an-effect-of-antipsychotic-medication-independent-of-bmi-change
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K N Jørgensen, R Nesvåg, S Nerland, L Mørch-Johnsen, L T Westlye, E H Lange, U K Haukvik, C B Hartberg, I Melle, O A Andreassen, I Agartz
OBJECTIVE: The effect of antipsychotic medication on brain structure remains unclear. Given the prevalence of weight gain as a side-effect, body mass index (BMI) change could be a confounder. METHOD: Patients with first-episode psychosis (n = 78) and healthy controls (n = 119) underwent two 1.5T MRI scans with a 1-year follow-up interval. siena (fsl 5.0) was used to measure whole-brain volume change. Weight and height were measured at both time points. Antipsychotic medication use at baseline and follow-up was converted into chlorpromazine equivalent dose and averaged...
February 2017: Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922621/sharing-brain-mapping-statistical-results-with-the-neuroimaging-data-model
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Camille Maumet, Tibor Auer, Alexander Bowring, Gang Chen, Samir Das, Guillaume Flandin, Satrajit Ghosh, Tristan Glatard, Krzysztof J Gorgolewski, Karl G Helmer, Mark Jenkinson, David B Keator, B Nolan Nichols, Jean-Baptiste Poline, Richard Reynolds, Vanessa Sochat, Jessica Turner, Thomas E Nichols
Only a tiny fraction of the data and metadata produced by an fMRI study is finally conveyed to the community. This lack of transparency not only hinders the reproducibility of neuroimaging results but also impairs future meta-analyses. In this work we introduce NIDM-Results, a format specification providing a machine-readable description of neuroimaging statistical results along with key image data summarising the experiment. NIDM-Results provides a unified representation of mass univariate analyses including a level of detail consistent with available best practices...
December 6, 2016: Scientific Data
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919798/femtosecond-laser-assisted-conjunctival-autograft-preparation-for-pterygium-surgery
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Matthias Fuest, Yu-Chi Liu, Gary Hin-Fai Yam, Ericia Pei Wen Teo, Hla Myint Htoon, Minas T Coroneo, Jodhbir S Mehta
PURPOSE: Pterygium is a common ocular surface disorder. Conjunctival autografting (CAG) following pterygium resection is the gold standard treatment. CAGs without Tenon's tissue provide better results but are more technically difficult to achieve. In this study, we evaluated the feasibility and reproducibility of femtosecond laser (FSL)-assisted CAG preparation. METHODS: Fifteen porcine globes were fixed in a suction holder and CAGs of different diameters were created by 1) an experienced consultant and 2) a less experienced fellow using the Ziemer LDV Z8...
December 2, 2016: Ocular Surface
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27881948/reproducibility-and-bias-in-healthy-brain-segmentation-comparison-of-two-popular-neuroimaging-platforms
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Dana L Tudorascu, Helmet T Karim, Jacob M Maronge, Lea Alhilali, Saeed Fakhran, Howard J Aizenstein, John Muschelli, Ciprian M Crainiceanu
We evaluated and compared the performance of two popular neuroimaging processing platforms: Statistical Parametric Mapping (SPM) and FMRIB Software Library (FSL). We focused on comparing brain segmentations using Kirby21, a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) replication study with 21 subjects and two scans per subject conducted only a few hours apart. We tested within- and between-platform segmentation reliability both at the whole brain and in 10 regions of interest (ROIs). For a range of fixed probability thresholds we found no differences between-scans within-platform, but large differences between-platforms...
2016: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27870876/reduced-picd-in-monocytes-mounts-altered-neonate-immune-response-to-candida-albicans
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Stephan Dreschers, Peter Saupp, Mathias Hornef, Andrea Prehn, Christopher Platen, Joachim Morschhäuser, Thorsten W Orlikowsky
BACKGROUND: Invasive fungal infections with Candida albicans (C. albicans) occur frequently in extremely low birthweight (ELBW) infants and are associated with poor outcome. Phagocytosis of C.albicans initializes apoptosis in monocytes (phagocytosis induced cell death, PICD). PICD is reduced in neonatal cord blood monocytes (CBMO). HYPOTHESIS: Phagocytosis of C. albicans causes PICD which differs between neonatal monocytes (CBMO) and adult peripheral blood monocytes (PBMO) due to lower stimulation of TLR-mediated immune responses...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27862612/the-role-of-the-pallidothalamic-fibre-tracts-in-deep-brain-stimulation-for-dystonia-a-diffusion-mri-tractography-study
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Verena Eveline Rozanski, Nadia Moreira da Silva, Seyed-Ahmad Ahmadi, Jan Mehrkens, Joao da Silva Cunha, Jean-Christophe Houde, Christian Vollmar, Kai Bötzel, Maxime Descoteaux
BACKGROUND: Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) of the Globus pallidus internus (GPi) is gold standard treatment in medically refractory dystonia. Recent evidence indicates that stimulation effects are also due to axonal modulation and affection of a fibre network. For the GPi, the pallidothalamic tracts are known to be the major motor efferent pathways. The aim of this study is to explore the anatomic vicinity of these tracts and DBS electrodes in dystonia applying diffusion tractography. METHODS: Diffusion MRI was acquired in ten patients presenting for DBS for dystonia...
November 16, 2016: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27830113/early-grey-matter-changes-in-structural-covariance-networks-in-huntington-s-disease
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Emma M Coppen, Jeroen van der Grond, Anne Hafkemeijer, Serge A R B Rombouts, Raymund A C Roos
BACKGROUND: Progressive subcortical changes are known to occur in Huntington's disease (HD), a hereditary neurodegenerative disorder. Less is known about the occurrence and cohesion of whole brain grey matter changes in HD. OBJECTIVES: We aimed to detect network integrity changes in grey matter structural covariance networks and examined relationships with clinical assessments. METHODS: Structural magnetic resonance imaging data of premanifest HD (n = 30), HD patients (n = 30) and controls (n = 30) was used to identify ten structural covariance networks based on a novel technique using the co-variation of grey matter with independent component analysis in FSL...
2016: NeuroImage: Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27819195/long-term-effects-of-pre-pubertal-fluoxetine-on-behaviour-and-monoaminergic-stress-response-in-stress-sensitive-rats
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Nico Johan Badenhorst, Linda Brand, Brian Herbert Harvey, Susanna Maria Ellis, Christiaan Beyers Brink
OBJECTIVE: Although prescription rates of antidepressants for children and adolescents have increased, concerns have been raised regarding effects on neurodevelopment and long-term outcome. Using a genetic animal model of depression, this study investigated the long-term effects of pre-pubertal administration of fluoxetine (FLX) on depressive-like behaviour in early adulthood, as well as on central monoaminergic response to an acute stressor. We postulated that pre-pubertal FLX will have lasting effects on animal behaviour and monoaminergic stress responses in early adulthood...
November 7, 2016: Acta Neuropsychiatrica
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