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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318985/functional-disconnection-of-thalamic-and-cerebellar-dentate-nucleus-networks-in-progressive-supranuclear-palsy-and-corticobasal-syndrome
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Neeraj Upadhyay, Antonio Suppa, Maria Cristina Piattella, Costanza Giannì, Matteo Bologna, Flavio Di Stasio, Nikolaos Petsas, Francesca Tona, Giovanni Fabbrini, Alfredo Berardelli, Patrizia Pantano
AIM: To assess functional rearrangement following neurodegeneration in the thalamus and dentate nucleus in patients with progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP) and corticobasal syndrome (CBS). METHODS: We recruited 19 patients with PSP, 11 with CBS and 14 healthy subjects. All the subjects underwent resting-state (rs) fMRI using a 3T system. Whole brain functional connectivity of the thalamus and dentate nucleus were calculated by means of a seed-based approach with FEAT script in FSL toolbox...
March 15, 2017: Parkinsonism & related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317230/cortical-surface-based-threshold-free-cluster-enhancement-and-cortexwise-mediation
#2
Tristram A Lett, Lea Waller, Heike Tost, Ilya M Veer, Arash Nazeri, Susanne Erk, Eva J Brandl, Katrin Charlet, Anne Beck, Sabine Vollstädt-Klein, Anne Jorde, Falk Kiefer, Andreas Heinz, Andreas Meyer-Lindenberg, M Mallar Chakravarty, Henrik Walter
Threshold-free cluster enhancement (TFCE) is a sensitive means to incorporate spatial neighborhood information in neuroimaging studies without using arbitrary thresholds. The majority of methods have applied TFCE to voxelwise data. The need to understand the relationship among multiple variables and imaging modalities has become critical. We propose a new method of applying TFCE to vertexwise statistical images as well as cortexwise (either voxel- or vertexwise) mediation analysis. Here we present TFCE_mediation, a toolbox that can be used for cortexwise multiple regression analysis with TFCE, and additionally cortexwise mediation using TFCE...
March 20, 2017: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298033/diffusion-tractography-imaging-guided-frameless-linear-accelerator-stereotactic-radiosurgical-thalamotomy-for-tremor-case-report
#3
Won Kim, Justin Sharim, Stephen Tenn, Tania Kaprealian, Yvette Bordelon, Nzhde Agazaryan, Nader Pouratian
Essential tremor and Parkinson's disease-associated tremor are extremely prevalent within the field of movement disorders. The ventral intermediate (VIM) nucleus of the thalamus has been commonly used as both a neuromodulatory and neuroablative target for the treatment of these forms of tremor. With both deep brain stimulation and Gamma Knife radiosurgery, there is an abundance of literature regarding the surgical planning, targeting, and outcomes of these methodologies. To date, there have been no reports of frameless, linear accelerator (LINAC)-based thalomotomies for tremor...
February 24, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28290396/three-dimensional-visualization-of-intracranial-tumors-with-cortical-surface-and-vasculature-from-routine-mr-sequences
#4
Zafar Neyaz, Rajendra V Phadke, Vivek Singh, Chaitanya Godbole
The simultaneous three-dimensional (3D) visualization of intracranial tumors, brain structures, skull, and vessels is desired by neurosurgeons to create a clear mental picture of the anatomical orientation of the surgical field prior to the surgical intervention. Different anatomical and pathological components are usually visualized separately on different magnetic resonance (MR) sequences; however, during surgery, they are tackled simultaneously. Another problem is that most present day MR workstations enable review of two-dimensional (2D) slices only with limited postprocessing options...
March 2017: Neurology India
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28269699/automated-volumetry-for-unilateral-hippocampal-sclerosis-detection-in-patients-with-temporal-lobe-epilepsy
#5
Cristina Martins, Nadia Moreira da Silva, Guilherme Silva, Verena E Rozanski, Joao Paulo Silva Cunha
Hippocampal sclerosis (HS) is the most common cause of temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE) and can be identified in magnetic resonance imaging as hippocampal atrophy and subsequent volume loss. Detecting this kind of abnormalities through simple radiological assessment could be difficult, even for experienced radiologists. For that reason, hippocampal volumetry is generally used to support this kind of diagnosis. Manual volumetry is the traditional approach but it is time consuming and requires the physician to be familiar with neuroimaging software tools...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28259781/evaluating-accuracy-of-striatal-pallidal-and-thalamic-segmentation-methods-comparing-automated-approaches-to-manual-delineation
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Carolina Makowski, Sophie Béland, Penelope Kostopoulos, Nikhil Bhagwat, Gabriel A Devenyi, Ashok K Malla, Ridha Joober, Martin Lepage, M Mallar Chakravarty
Accurate automated quantification of subcortical structures is a greatly pursued endeavour in neuroimaging. In an effort to establish the validity and reliability of these methods in defining the striatum, globus pallidus, and thalamus, we investigated differences in volumetry between manual delineation and automated segmentations derived by widely used FreeSurfer and FSL packages, and a more recent segmentation method, the MAGeT-Brain algorithm. In a first set of experiments, the basal ganglia and thalamus of thirty subjects (15 first episode psychosis [FEP], 15 controls) were manually defined and compared to the labels generated by the three automated methods...
March 1, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28246166/differential-role-of-pannexin-1-atp-p2x7-axis-in-il-1%C3%AE-release-by-human-monocytes
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Katarzyna Parzych, Anna V Zetterqvist, William R Wright, Nicholas S Kirkby, Jane A Mitchell, Mark J Paul-Clark
IL-1β release is integral to the innate immune system. The release of mature IL-1β depends on 2 regulated events: the de novo induction of pro-IL-1β, generally via NF-κB-dependent transduction pathways; and the assembly and activation of the NLRP3 inflammasome. This latter step is reliant on active caspase-1, pannexin-1, and P2X7 receptor activation. Pathogen-associated molecular patterns in gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria activate IL-1β release from immune cells via TLR2 and TLR4 receptors, respectively...
February 28, 2017: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28245472/role-of-protease-activated-receptor-2-in-regulating-focal-segmental-glomerulosclerosis
#8
Yongjun Wang, Yanfa He, Mingzheng Wang, Pei Lv, Jianzhen Liu, Junxia Wang
Background /Aims: The underlying mechanisms leading to focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) are lacking. In this report, we examined the role of protease-activated receptors (PARs) subtype PAR2 and its downstream signals in regulating the pathophysiological process of FSGS. METHODS: Nephropathy was induced by intravenous injections of adriamycin (ADR) in rats to study FSGS. Western Blot analysis and ELISA were employed to determine the protein expression levels of PAR2 and its downstream signal pathways as well as the levels of PICs...
February 28, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28243449/performance-of-the-freestyle-libre-flash-glucose-monitoring-system-in-patients-with-type-1-and-2-diabetes-mellitus
#9
M J Fokkert, P R van Dijk, M A Edens, S Abbes, D de Jong, R J Slingerland, H J G Bilo
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the performance of the FreeStyle Libre Flash continuous glucose monitoring (FSL-CGM) system against established central laboratory methods. RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS: 20 subjects (8 type 1 diabetes mellitus, 12 type 2 diabetes mellitus) were analyzed. FSL-CGM sensor measurements (inserted in arm and abdomen) were compared with capillary blood glucose results analyzed with StatStrip as semigold standard. The glucose response after a standardized oral glucose load was measured by FSL-CGM and capillary samples analyzed by perchloric acid hexokinase (PCA-HK) method, StatStrip and FSL test strip (FSLC), and a commonly used CGM system (iPro2)...
2017: BMJ Open Diabetes Research & Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227960/automated-volumetry-for-unilateral-hippocampal-sclerosis-detection-in-patients-with-temporal-lobe-epilepsy
#10
Cristina Martins, Nadia Moreira da Silva, Guilherme Silva, Verena E Rozanski, Joao Paulo Silva Cunha, Cristina Martins, Nadia Moreira da Silva, Guilherme Silva, Verena E Rozanski, Joao Paulo Silva Cunha, Joao Paulo Silva Cunha, Guilherme Silva, Verena E Rozanski, Nadia Moreira da Silva, Cristina Martins
Hippocampal sclerosis (HS) is the most common cause of temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE) and can be identified in magnetic resonance imaging as hippocampal atrophy and subsequent volume loss. Detecting this kind of abnormalities through simple radiological assessment could be difficult, even for experienced radiologists. For that reason, hippocampal volumetry is generally used to support this kind of diagnosis. Manual volumetry is the traditional approach but it is time consuming and requires the physician to be familiar with neuroimaging software tools...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192130/ielvis-an-open-source-matlab-toolbox-for-localizing-and-visualizing-human-intracranial-electrode-data
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David M Groppe, Stephan Bickel, Andrew R Dykstra, Xiuyuan Wang, Pierre Mégevand, Manuel R Mercier, Fred A Lado, Ashesh D Mehta, Christopher J Honey
BACKGROUND: Intracranial electrical recordings (iEEG) and brain stimulation (iEBS) are invaluable human neuroscience methodologies. However, the value of such data is often unrealized as many laboratories lack tools for localizing electrodes relative to anatomy. To remedy this, we have developed a MATLAB toolbox for intracranial electrode localization and visualization, iELVis. NEW METHOD: iELVis uses existing tools (BioImage Suite, FSL, and FreeSurfer) for preimplant magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) segmentation, neuroimaging coregistration, and manual identification of electrodes in postimplant neuroimaging...
February 10, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188873/an-improved-fsl-first-pipeline-for-subcortical-gray-matter-segmentation-to-study-abnormal-brain-anatomy-using-quantitative-susceptibility-mapping-qsm
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Xiang Feng, Andreas Deistung, Michael G Dwyer, Jesper Hagemeier, Paul Polak, Jessica Lebenberg, Frédérique Frouin, Robert Zivadinov, Jürgen R Reichenbach, Ferdinand Schweser
Accurate and robust segmentation of subcortical gray matter (SGM) nuclei is required in many neuroimaging applications. FMRIB's Integrated Registration and Segmentation Tool (FIRST) is one of the most popular software tools for automated subcortical segmentation based on T1-weighted (T1w) images. In this work, we demonstrate that FIRST tends to produce inaccurate SGM segmentation results in the case of abnormal brain anatomy, such as present in atrophied brains, due to a poor spatial match of the subcortical structures with the training data in the MNI space as well as due to insufficient contrast of SGM structures on T1w images...
February 7, 2017: Magnetic Resonance Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28182655/regional-analysis-of-volumes-and-reproducibilities-of-automatic-and-manual-hippocampal-segmentations
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Fabian Bartel, Hugo Vrenken, Fetsje Bijma, Frederik Barkhof, Marcel van Herk, Jan C de Munck
PURPOSE: Precise and reproducible hippocampus outlining is important to quantify hippocampal atrophy caused by neurodegenerative diseases and to spare the hippocampus in whole brain radiation therapy when performing prophylactic cranial irradiation or treating brain metastases. This study aimed to quantify systematic differences between methods by comparing regional volume and outline reproducibility of manual, FSL-FIRST and FreeSurfer hippocampus segmentations. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This study used a dataset from ADNI (Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging Initiative), including 20 healthy controls, 40 patients with mild cognitive impairment (MCI), and 20 patients with Alzheimer's disease (AD)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28171781/increased-white-matter-radial-diffusivity-is-associated-with-prefrontal-cortical-folding-deficits-in-schizophrenia
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C Christoph Schultz, Gerd Wagner, Claudia Schachtzabel, Jürgen R Reichenbach, Ralf G M Schlösser, Heinrich Sauer, Kathrin Koch
The neuronal underpinnings of cortical folding alterations in schizophrenia remain unclear. Theories on the physiological development of cortical folds stress the importance of white matter fibers for this process and disturbances of fiber tracts might be relevant for cortical folding alterations in schizophrenia. Nine-teen patients with schizophrenia and 19 healthy subjects underwent T1-weighted MRI and DTI. Cortical folding was computed using a surface based approach. DTI was analyzed using FSL and SPM 5...
February 4, 2017: Psychiatry Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28166799/toll-like-receptor-3-activation-selectively-reverses-hiv-latency-in-microglial-cells
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David Alvarez-Carbonell, Yoelvis Garcia-Mesa, Stephanie Milne, Biswajit Das, Curtis Dobrowolski, Roxana Rojas, Jonathan Karn
BACKGROUND: Multiple toll-like receptors (TLRs) are expressed in cells of the monocytic lineage, including microglia, which constitute the major reservoir for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection in the brain. We hypothesized that TLR receptor mediated responses to inflammatory conditions by microglial cells in the central nervous system (CNS) are able to induce latent HIV proviruses, and contribute to the etiology of HIV-associated neurocognitive disorders. RESULTS: Newly developed human microglial cell lines (hµglia), obtained by immortalizing human primary microglia with simian virus-40 (SV40) large T antigen and the human telomerase reverse transcriptase, were used to generate latently infected cells using a single-round HIV virus carrying a green fluorescence protein reporter (hµglia/HIV, clones HC01 and HC69)...
February 6, 2017: Retrovirology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28124794/evaluation-of-kodecytes-using-function-spacer-lipid-constructs-as-a-survey-material-for-external-proficiency-testing-for-abo-subgrouping
#16
Young Ae Lim, Seon Joo Kang
BACKGROUND: It is not easy to find natural red blood cells (RBCs) with weak A (Aw ) or weak B phenotype (Bw ) for use as quality controls in ABO subgroup testing (subgrouping). The aim of this study was to prepare RBC kodecytes with synthetic blood group A and/or B function-spacer-lipid (FSL) constructs and to evaluate the possibility of using such kodecytes as a survey material for an external proficiency test (PT) to improve the quality of subgroup analysis. METHODS: Three types of survey samples, including O phenotype RBCs and A kodecytes with Aw (0...
January 26, 2017: Journal of Clinical Laboratory Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104084/access-to-vagal-projections-via-cutaneous-electrical-stimulation-of-the-neck-fmri-evidence-in-healthy-humans
#17
Eleni Frangos, Barry R Komisaruk
BACKGROUND: Stimulation of the vagus nerve via implanted electrodes is currently used to treat refractory epilepsy and depression. Recently, a non-invasive approach to vagal stimulation has demonstrated similar beneficial effects, but it remains unclear whether these effects are mediated via activation of afferent vagal fibers. OBJECTIVE: The present study was designed to ascertain whether afferent vagal projections can be accessed non-invasively by transcutaneous electrical stimulation of the antero-lateral surface of the neck, which overlies the course of the vagus nerve...
January 2017: Brain Stimulation
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
#18
Gloria Kim, Renxin Chu, Fawad Yousuf, Shahamat Tauhid, Lynn Stazzone, Maria K Houtchens, James M Stankiewicz, Christopher Severson, Dorlan Kimbrough, Francisco J 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...
February 2, 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 contribute to the pathophysiology of major depression and antidepressant drugs act by modulating synaptic plasticity; therefore, the present study investigated whether the fast antidepressant action of ketamine is reflected in a rapid alteration of the astrocytes' morphology in a genetic animal model of depression. EXPERIMENTAL APPROACH: S-Ketamine (15 mg·kg(-1) ) or saline was administered as a single injection to Flinders Line (FSL/ FRL) rats...
March 2017: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086899/evaluations-of-diffusion-tensor-image-registration-based-on-fiber-tractography
#20
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
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