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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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27815416/s-ketamine-rapidly-reverses-synaptic-and-vascular-deficits-of-hippocampus-in-genetic-animal-model-of-depression
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Maryam Ardalan, Gregers Wegener, Ali H Rafati, Jens R Nyengaard
BACKGROUND: The neurovascular plasticity of hippocampus is an important theory underlying major depression. Ketamine as a novel glutamatergic antidepressant drug can induce rapid antidepressant effect within hours. In a mechanistic proof-of-this concept, we examined whether ketamine leads to an increase in synaptogenesis and vascularization within 24 hours after a single injection in a genetic rat model of depression. METHODS: Flinders Sensitive Line (FSL) and Flinders Resistant Line (FRL) rats were given a single intraperitoneal injection of ketamine (15 mg/kg) or saline...
November 4, 2016: International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27798694/robustness-of-automated-methods-for-brain-volume-measurements-across-different-mri-field-strengths
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Rutger Heinen, Willem H Bouvy, Adrienne M Mendrik, Max A Viergever, Geert Jan Biessels, Jeroen de Bresser
INTRODUCTION: Pooling of multicenter brain imaging data is a trend in studies on ageing related brain diseases. This poses challenges to MR-based brain segmentation. The performance across different field strengths of three widely used automated methods for brain volume measurements was assessed in the present study. METHODS: Ten subjects (mean age: 64 years) were scanned on 1.5T and 3T MRI on the same day. We determined robustness across field strength (i.e., whether measured volumes between 3T and 1...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27794134/proactive-response-inhibition-and-subcortical-gray-matter-integrity-in-traumatic-brain-injury
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Lize Hermans, Kurt Beeckmans, Karla Michiels, Christophe Lafosse, Stefan Sunaert, James P Coxon, Stephan P Swinnen, Inge Leunissen
Background Traumatic brain injury (TBI) has been associated with impairments in inhibiting prepotent motor responses triggered by infrequent external signals (ie, reactive inhibition). It is unclear whether proactive preparation to inhibit upcoming responses is also affected (ie, proactive inhibition). Successful inhibition relies on frontosubcortical interactions; therefore, impairments might be linked with gray matter atrophy in subcortical structures. Objective We investigated reactive and proactive inhibition in TBI and control groups, and their relationship with subcortical gray matter...
October 27, 2016: Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27780541/atf3-is-a-negative-regulator-of-inflammation-in-human-fetal-membranes
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Ratana Lim, Gillian Barker, Stella Liong, Caitlyn Nguyen-Ngo, Stephen Tong, Tu'uhevaha Kaitu'u-Lino, Martha Lappas
INTRODUCTION: Infection and inflammation stimulate pro-inflammatory cytokines, prostaglandins and matrix metalloproteinase (MMP)-9, which play a central role in myometrial contractions and rupture of fetal membranes. In human and mouse immune cells, activating transcription factor 3 (ATF3) is a negative regulator of inflammation. No studies have examined the role of ATF3 in human labour. METHODS: Primary amnion cells were used to determine the effect of interleukin (IL)-1β and the bacterial product fibroblast-stimulating lipopeptide (fsl-1) on ATF3 expression, and the effect of ATF3 siRNA on pro-labour mediators...
November 2016: Placenta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27764188/running-opposes-the-effects-of-social-isolation-on-synaptic-plasticity-and-transmission-in-a-rat-model-of-depression
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Marta Gómez-Galán, Teresa Femenía, Elin Åberg, Lisette Graae, Ann Van Eeckhaut, Ilse Smolders, Stefan Brené, Maria Lindskog
Stress, such as social isolation, is a well-known risk factor for depression, most probably in combination with predisposing genetic factors. Physical exercise on the other hand, is depicted as a wonder-treatment that makes you healthier, happier and live longer. However, the published results on the effects of exercise are ambiguous, especially when it comes to neuropsychiatric disorders. Here we combine a paradigm of social isolation with a genetic rat model of depression, the Flinders Sensitive Line (FSL), already known to have glutamatergic synaptic alterations...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27760166/reliable-dual-tensor-model-estimation-in-single-and-crossing-fibers-based-on-jeffreys-prior
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Jianfei Yang, Dirk H J Poot, Matthan W A Caan, Tanja Su, Charles B L M Majoie, Lucas J van Vliet, Frans M Vos
PURPOSE: This paper presents and studies a framework for reliable modeling of diffusion MRI using a data-acquisition adaptive prior. METHODS: Automated relevance determination estimates the mean of the posterior distribution of a rank-2 dual tensor model exploiting Jeffreys prior (JARD). This data-acquisition prior is based on the Fisher information matrix and enables the assessment whether two tensors are mandatory to describe the data. The method is compared to Maximum Likelihood Estimation (MLE) of the dual tensor model and to FSL's ball-and-stick approach...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27749317/the-%C3%AE-2c-adrenoceptor-antagonist-orm-10921-exerts-antidepressant-like-effects-in-the-flinders-sensitive-line-rat
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Madeleine M Uys, Mohammed Shahid, Jukka Sallinen, Brian H Harvey
Depression involves deficits in monoaminergic neurotransmission. Differential roles for α2A, B and C subtypes of the α2-adrenoceptor (AR) are evident, with selective α2C-AR antagonists purported to have antidepressant and procognitive properties. However, this has not been demonstrated in a genetic animal model of depression. The role of the α2C-AR in modulating two key depression-related behaviours in the Flinders Sensitive Line (FSL) rat was studied using a dose-response analysis following subcutaneous administration with the selective α2C-AR antagonist ORM-10921 (0...
September 30, 2016: Behavioural Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27746713/inter-method-discrepancies-in-brain-volume-estimation-may-drive-inconsistent-findings-in-autism
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Gajendra J Katuwal, Stefi A Baum, Nathan D Cahill, Chase C Dougherty, Eli Evans, David W Evans, Gregory J Moore, Andrew M Michael
Previous studies applying automatic preprocessing methods on Structural Magnetic Resonance Imaging (sMRI) report inconsistent neuroanatomical abnormalities in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). In this study we investigate inter-method differences as a possible cause behind these inconsistent findings. In particular, we focus on the estimation of the following brain volumes: gray matter (GM), white matter (WM), cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), and total intra cranial volume (TIV). T1-weighted sMRIs of 417 ASD subjects and 459 typically developing controls (TDC) from the ABIDE dataset were estimated using three popular preprocessing methods: SPM, FSL, and FreeSurfer (FS)...
2016: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27746351/kinetic-behaviour-of-recombinant-fusarium-solani-lipases-using-monomolecular-films-effect-of-the-heterologous-expression
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Raida Jallouli, Madiha Bouali, Youssef Gargouri, Sofiane Bezzine
Two lipases from Fusarium solani, FSL and FSL2, were efficiently expressed in Pichia pastoris. To check the influence of the expression on interfacial properties of FSL and to study kinetic properties of FSL2, interfacial parameters of FSL2, native FSL, untagged recombinant and tagged recombinant forms of FSL were compared using the monomolecular film technique. Kinetic study on the dependence of the stereoselectivity of these lipases on the surface pressure was performed using three dicaprin isomers spread in the form of monomolecular films at the air-water interface...
October 13, 2016: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27744504/the-effect-of-dimethyl-fumarate-on-cerebral-gray-matter-atrophy-in-multiple-sclerosis
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Sheena L Dupuy, Shahamat Tauhid, Shelley Hurwitz, Renxin Chu, Fawad Yousuf, Rohit Bakshi
INTRODUCTION: The objective of this pilot study was to compare cerebral gray matter (GM) atrophy over 1 year in patients starting dimethyl fumarate (DMF) for multiple sclerosis (MS) to that of patients on no disease-modifying treatment (noDMT). DMF is an established therapy for relapsing-remitting (RR) MS. METHODS: We retrospectively analyzed 20 patients with RRMS at the start of DMF [age (mean ± SD) 46.1 ± 10.2 years, Expanded Disability Status Scale (EDSS) score 1...
December 2016: Neurology and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27744190/the-structural-connectivity-pathology-of-first-episode-schizophrenia-based-on-the-cardinal-symptom-of-auditory-verbal-hallucinations
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Yi-Bin Xi, Fan Guo, Hua Li, Xiao Chang, Jin-Bo Sun, Yuan-Qiang Zhu, Wen-Ming Liu, Long-Biao Cui, Gang Chen, Hua-Ning Wang, Hong Yin
Heterogeneous findings across studies of structural abnormality in schizophrenia (SZ) have impeded the development a unified theory of white matter pathology. As a cardinal symptom of SZ, auditory verbal hallucination (AVH) has been suspected to be associated with improper communication among several brain regions, which might indicated white matter pathology. Participants comprised 25 first-episode (FE) patients with AVH, 25 patients without AVH and 25 healthy subjects. Diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) measures were calculated using the TBSS of FSL...
September 28, 2016: Psychiatry Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27738647/alterations-in-the-hippocampus-and-thalamus-in-individuals-at-high-risk-for-psychosis
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Fabienne Harrisberger, Roman Buechler, Renata Smieskova, Claudia Lenz, Anna Walter, Laura Egloff, Kerstin Bendfeldt, Andor E Simon, Diana Wotruba, Anastasia Theodoridou, Wulf Rössler, Anita Riecher-Rössler, Undine E Lang, Karsten Heekeren, Stefan Borgwardt
Reduction in hippocampal volume is a hallmark of schizophrenia and already present in the clinical high-risk state. Nevertheless, other subcortical structures, such as the thalamus, amygdala and pallidum can differentiate schizophrenia patients from controls. We studied the role of hippocampal and subcortical structures in clinical high-risk individuals from two cohorts. High-resolution T1-weighted structural MRI brain scans of a total of 91 clinical high-risk individuals and 64 healthy controls were collected in two centers...
2016: NPJ Schizophrenia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27734303/brain-injury-after-moderate-drowning-subtle-alterations-detected-by-functional-magnetic-resonance-imaging
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Mariana P Nucci, Katerina Lukasova, João R Sato, Edson Amaro
To describe cerebral (structural and functional MRI) and neuropsychological long term changes in moderate drowning victim's compared to healthy volunteers in working memory and motor domains. We studied 15 adult drowning victim's in chronic stage (DV - out of 157 eligible cases of sea water rescues with moderate drowning classification) paired to 18 healthy controls (HC). All participants were investigated using intelligence, memory, and attention neuropsychological standard tests and underwent functional (motor and working memory tasks) and structural magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in a 3 T system...
October 12, 2016: Brain Imaging and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27726243/simultaneous-total-intracranial-volume-and-posterior-fossa-volume-estimation-using-multi-atlas-label-fusion
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Yuankai Huo, Andrew J Asman, Andrew J Plassard, Bennett A Landman
Total intracranial volume (TICV) is an essential covariate in brain volumetric analyses. The prevalent brain imaging software packages provide automatic TICV estimates. FreeSurfer and FSL estimate TICV using a scaling factor while SPM12 accumulates probabilities of brain tissues. None of the three provide explicit skull/CSF boundary (SCB) since it is challenging to distinguish these dark structures in a T1-weighted image. However, explicit SCB not only leads to a natural way of obtaining TICV (i.e., counting voxels inside the skull) but also allows sub-definition of TICV, for example, the posterior fossa volume (PFV)...
October 11, 2016: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27725087/sexually-dimorphic-neuronal-responses-to-social-isolation
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Laura Senst, Dinara Baimoukhametova, Toni-Lee Sterley, Jaideep Singh Bains
Many species use social networks to buffer the effects of stress. The mere absence of a social network, however, may also be stressful. We examined neuroendocrine, PVN CRH neurons and report that social isolation alters the intrinsic properties of these cells in sexually dimorphic fashion. Specifically, isolating preadolescent female mice from littermates for <24 hr increased first spike latency (FSL) and decreased excitability of CRH neurons. These changes were not evident in age-matched males. By contrast, subjecting either males (isolated or grouped) or group housed females to acute physical stress (swim), increased FSL...
October 11, 2016: ELife
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