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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527404/relevance-of-non-specific-mri-features-in-multiple-system-atrophy
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Sunil Pradhan, Ruchika Tandon
OBJECTIVES: Rarity of specific MRI features like 'hot-cross bun' sign and 'hyperintense putamen rim' reduce diagnostic utility of MRI in MSA. We therefore, studied some non-specific MRI features in addition to the specific ones, to find their diagnostic utility. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Clinical and MRI features of 53 indoor and outdoor patients with MSA were analyzed in the context of its Parkinsonian (MSA-P) and cerebellar (MSA-C) variants. RESULTS: Of 53 cases (mean age: 59...
May 10, 2017: Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525877/functional-network-connectivity-predicts-treatment-outcome-during-treatment-of-nicotine-use-disorder
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Claire E Wilcox, Vince D Calhoun, Srinivas Rachakonda, Eric D Claus, Rae A Littlewood, Jessica Mickey, Pamela B Arenella, Kent E Hutchison
Altered resting state functional connectivity (rsFC) and functional network connectivity (FNC), which is a measure of coherence between brain networks, may be associated with nicotine use disorder (NUD). We hypothesized that higher connectivity between insula and 1) dorsal anterior cingulate cortex (dACC) and 2) dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (dlPFC) would predict better treatment outcomes. We also performed an exploratory analysis of the associations between FNC values between additional key frontal and striatal regions and treatment outcomes...
April 30, 2017: Psychiatry Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522313/neurotensin-in-the-nucleus-accumbens-reverses-dopamine-supersensitivity-evoked-by-antipsychotic-treatment
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Alice Servonnet, Ellie-Anna Minogianis, Claude Bouchard, Anne-Marie Bédard, Daniel Lévesque, Pierre-Paul Rompré, Anne-Noël Samaha
Long-term exposure to antipsychotics like haloperidol can increase sensitivity to dopamine agonist stimulation. This could contribute to treatment failure and increase relapse to psychosis. Chronic antipsychotic treatment elevates neurotensin levels in the nucleus accumbens (NAc), where the neuropeptide modulates dopamine function by signalling through NTS1 receptors. We hypothesized that increasing neurotensin activity in the NAc attenuates the expression of antipsychotic-induced dopamine supersensitivity, which is indicated by a potentiated psychomotor response to amphetamine...
May 15, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522171/brain-correlates-of-progressive-olfactory-loss-in-parkinson-s-disease
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Anna Campabadal, Carme Uribe, Barbara Segura, Hugo C Baggio, Alexandra Abos, Anna Isabel Garcia-Diaz, Maria Jose Marti, Francesc Valldeoriola, Yaroslau Compta, Nuria Bargallo, Carme Junque
BACKGROUND: Olfactory dysfunction is present in a large proportion of patients with Parkinson's disease (PD) upon diagnosis. However, its progression over time has been poorly investigated. The few available longitudinal studies lack control groups or MRI data. OBJECTIVE: To investigate the olfactory changes and their structural correlates in non-demented PD over a four-year follow-up. METHODS: We assessed olfactory function in a sample of 25 PD patients and 24 normal controls of similar age using the University of Pennsylvania Smell Identification test (UPSIT)...
May 10, 2017: Parkinsonism & related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521048/altered-coupling-between-resting-state-cerebral-blood-flow-and-functional-connectivity-in-schizophrenia
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Jiajia Zhu, Chuanjun Zhuo, Lixue Xu, Feng Liu, Wen Qin, Chunshui Yu
Background: Respective changes in resting-state cerebral blood flow (CBF) and functional connectivity in schizophrenia have been reported. However, their coupling alterations in schizophrenia remain largely unknown. Methods: 89 schizophrenia patients and 90 sex- and age-matched healthy controls underwent resting-state functional MRI to calculate functional connectivity strength (FCS) and arterial spin labeling imaging to compute CBF. The CBF-FCS coupling of the whole gray matter and the CBF/FCS ratio (the amount of blood supply per unit of connectivity strength) of each voxel were compared between the 2 groups...
May 17, 2017: Schizophrenia Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520803/multiple-modality-biomarker-prediction-of-cognitive-impairment-in-prospectively-followed-de-novo-parkinson-disease
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Chelsea Caspell-Garcia, Tanya Simuni, Duygu Tosun-Turgut, I-Wei Wu, Yu Zhang, Mike Nalls, Andrew Singleton, Leslie A Shaw, Ju-Hee Kang, John Q Trojanowski, Andrew Siderowf, Christopher Coffey, Shirley Lasch, Dag Aarsland, David Burn, Lana M Chahine, Alberto J Espay, Eric D Foster, Keith A Hawkins, Irene Litvan, Irene Richard, Daniel Weintraub
OBJECTIVES: To assess the neurobiological substrate of initial cognitive decline in Parkinson's disease (PD) to inform patient management, clinical trial design, and development of treatments. METHODS: We longitudinally assessed, up to 3 years, 423 newly diagnosed patients with idiopathic PD, untreated at baseline, from 33 international movement disorder centers. Study outcomes were four determinations of cognitive impairment or decline, and biomarker predictors were baseline dopamine transporter (DAT) single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) scan, structural magnetic resonance imaging (MRI; volume and thickness), diffusion tensor imaging (mean diffusivity and fractional anisotropy), cerebrospinal fluid (CSF; amyloid beta [Aβ], tau and alpha synuclein), and 11 single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) previously associated with PD cognition...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28517947/intolerance-of-uncertainty-predicts-increased-striatal-volume
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M Justin Kim, Jin Shin, James M Taylor, Alison M Mattek, Samantha J Chavez, Paul J Whalen
Oversensitivity to uncertain future threat is usefully conceptualized as intolerance of uncertainty (IU). Neuroimaging studies of IU to date have largely focused on its relationship with brain function, but few studies have documented the association between IU and the quantitative properties of brain structure. Here, we examined potential gray and white-matter brain structural correlates of IU from 61 healthy participants. Voxel-based morphometric analysis highlighted a robust positive correlation between IU and striatal volume, particularly the putamen...
May 18, 2017: Emotion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515413/magnetic-susceptibility-changes-in-the-basal-ganglia-and-brain-stem-of-patients-with-wilson-s-disease-evaluation-with-quantitative-susceptibility-mapping
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Selim Doganay, Kazim Gumus, Gonca Koc, Ayse Kacar Bayram, Mehmet Sait Dogan, Duran Arslan, Hakan Gumus, Sureyya Burcu Gorkem, Saliha Ciraci, Halil Ibrahim Serin, Abdulhakim Coskun
OBJECTIVES: Wilson's disease (WD) is characterized with the accumulation of copper in the liver and brain. The objective of this study is to quantitatively measure the susceptibility changes of basal ganglia and brain stem of pediatric patients with neurological WD using quantitative susceptibility mapping (QSM) in comparison to healthy controls. METHODS: Eleven patients with neurological WD (mean age 15 ± 3.3 years, range 10-22 years) and 14 age-matched controls were prospectively recruited...
May 18, 2017: Magnetic Resonance in Medical Sciences: MRMS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28509815/serum-iron-concentration-is-associated-with-subcortical-deep-gray-matter-iron-levels-in-multiple-sclerosis-patients
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Niels Bergsland, Simone Agostini, Maria M Laganà, Roberta Mancuso, Laura Mendozzi, Eleonora Tavazzi, Pietro Cecconi, Mario Clerici, Francesca Baglio
Iron deposition has been noted widely in the subcortical deep gray matter (SDGM) of multiple sclerosis (MS) patients. Recent evidence suggests that serum iron may cross the blood-brain barrier and might be associated with SDGM iron deposition. The aim of the current study was to assess whether an iron-sensitive MRI measure is related to serum iron concentrations. This was a retrospective, cross-sectional study of 22 MS patients and 24 healthy controls (HCs), group matched for age and sex. Participants were imaged on a 1...
May 15, 2017: Neuroreport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28503455/lesion-characteristics-of-chronic-dysphagia-in-patients-with-supratentorial-stroke
#10
Sol Jang, Hea Eun Yang, Hee Seung Yang, Dae Hyun Kim
OBJECTIVE: To analyze the relationship between brain lesion location and type of chronic dysphagia in patients with supratentorial stroke. METHODS: Data from 82 chronic stroke patients who underwent videofluoroscopic swallowing studies at >6 months after an initial stroke event were retrospectively analyzed. Delayed oral transit time, delayed pharyngeal transit time, and the presence of aspiration were extracted. A voxel-based lesion symptom mapping (VLSM) analysis was used to correlate types of dysphagia with specific brain lesions...
April 2017: Annals of Rehabilitation Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28498277/influence-of-visceral-interoceptive-experience-on-the-brain-s-response-to-food-images-in-anorexia-nervosa
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Kara L Kerr, Scott E Moseman, Jason A Avery, Jerzy Bodurka, W Kyle Simmons
OBJECTIVE: To determine how visceral sensations affect responses to food stimuli in anorexia nervosa (AN). METHODS: Twenty weight-restored, unmedicated adolescent and young adult women with AN and twenty healthy control participants completed an interoceptive attention task during which they focused on sensations from the heart, stomach, and bladder and made ratings of these sensations. They then underwent fMRI scanning while viewing pictures of food and non-food objects...
May 12, 2017: Psychosomatic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28495611/hiv-1-tat-protein-enhances-sensitization-to-methamphetamine-by-affecting-dopaminergic-function
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James P Kesby, Julia A Najera, Benedetto Romoli, Yiding Fang, Liana Basova, Amanda Birmingham, Maria Cecilia G Marcondes, Davide Dulcis, Svetlana Semenova
Methamphetamine abuse is common among humans with immunodeficiency virus (HIV). The HIV-1 regulatory protein TAT induces dysfunction of mesolimbic dopaminergic systems which may result in impaired reward processes and contribute to methamphetamine abuse. These studies investigated the impact of TAT expression on methamphetamine-induced locomotor sensitization, underlying changes in dopamine function and adenosine receptors in mesolimbic brain areas and neuroinflammation (microgliosis). Transgenic mice with doxycycline-induced TAT protein expression in the brain were tested for locomotor activity in response to repeated methamphetamine injections and methamphetamine challenge after a 7-day abstinence period...
May 8, 2017: Brain, Behavior, and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28493093/insights-from-mathematical-modeling-for-convection-enhanced-intraputamenal-delivery-of-gdnf
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Elena Belova, Christopher L Shaffer, Patrick E Trapa
Glial cell line-derived neurotrophic factor (GDNF) is a potential therapy for Parkinson's disease (PD) promoting survival and functional recovery of dopaminergic neurons when delivered to the degenerated striatum. To study the aspects of intraputamenal delivery of GDNF, a mathematical model of recombinant methionyl human GDNF (r-metHuGDNF) convection in the human putamen has been developed. The convection-enhanced delivery infusions of r-metHuGDNF were simulated at rates up to 5 μL/min. The high-rate infusions (≥1 μL/min) permit rapid and uniform distribution of drug with up to 75% of the distribution volume having a concentration within 5% of the infusate concentration...
May 11, 2017: Medical & Biological Engineering & Computing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28491942/a-dataset-of-multi-contrast-population-averaged-brain-mri-atlases-of-a-parkinson-s-disease-cohort
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Yiming Xiao, Vladimir Fonov, M Mallar Chakravarty, Silvain Beriault, Fahd Al Subaie, Abbas Sadikot, G Bruce Pike, Gilles Bertrand, D Louis Collins
Parkinson׳s disease (PD) is a neurodegenerative disease that primarily affects the motor functions of the patients. Research and surgical treatment of PD (e.g., deep brain stimulation) often require human brain atlases for structural identification or as references for anatomical normalization. However, two pitfalls exist for many current atlases used for PD. First, most atlases do not represent the disease-specific anatomy as they are based on healthy young subjects. Second, subcortical structures, such as the subthalamic nucleus (STN) used in deep brain stimulation procedures, are often not well visualized...
June 2017: Data in Brief
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28489334/diagnosis-of-copan-by-whole-exome-sequencing-waking-up-a-sleeping-tiger-s-eye
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Christina Evers, Angelika Seitz, Birgit Assmann, Thomas Opladen, Stephanie Karch, Katrin Hinderhofer, Martin Granzow, Nagarajan Paramasivam, Roland Eils, Nicolle Diessl, Claus R Bartram, Ute Moog
Neurodegeneration with brain iron accumulation (NBIA) is a group of neurodegenerative disorders characterized by iron accumulation in the basal ganglia. Recently, mutations in CoA synthase (COASY) have been identified as a cause of a novel NBIA subtype (COASY Protein-Associated Neurodegeneration, CoPAN) in two patients with dystonic paraparesis, parkinsonian features, cognitive impairment, behavior abnormalities, and axonal neuropathy. COASY encodes an enzyme required for Coenzyme A (CoA) biosynthesis. Using whole exome sequencing (WES) we identified compound heterozygous COASY mutations in two siblings with intellectual disability, ataxic gait, progressive spasticity, and obsessive-compulsive behavior...
May 10, 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28487785/pathogenic-variant-in-actb-p-arg183trp-causes-juvenile-onset-dystonia-hearing-loss-and-developmental-delay-without-midline-malformation
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Erin Conboy, Filippo Vairo, Darrel Waggoner, Carole Ober, Soma Das, Radhika Dhamija, Eric W Klee, Pavel Pichurin
ACTB encodes the β-actin, and pathogenic variations in this gene have typically been associated with Baraitser-Winter cerebrofrontofacial syndrome, a congenital malformation syndrome characterized by short stature, craniofacial anomalies, and cerebral anomalies. Here, we describe the third case with the p.Arg183Trp variant in ACTB causing juvenile-onset dystonia. Our patient has severe, intractable dystonia, developmental delay, and sensorineural hearing loss, besides hyperintensities in the caudate nuclei and putamen on the brain MRI, which is a distinct but overlapping phenotype with the previously reported case of identical twins with the same alteration in ACTB...
2017: Case Reports in Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28485573/radiosynthesis-and-in-vivo-evaluation-of-11-c-a1070722-a-high-affinity-gsk-3-pet-tracer-in-primate-brain
#17
Jaya Prabhakaran, Francesca Zanderigo, Kiran Kumar Solingapuram Sai, Harry Rubin-Falcone, Matthew J Jorgensen, Jay R Kaplan, Akiva Mintz, J John Mann, J S Dileep Kumar
Dysfunction of glycogen synthase kinase 3 (GSK-3) is implicated in the etiology of Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, diabetes, pain, and cancer. A radiotracer for functional positron emission tomography (PET) imaging could be used to study the kinase in brain disorders and to facilitate the development of small molecule inhibitors of GSK-3 for treatment. At present, there is no target-specific or validated PET tracer available for the in vivo monitoring of GSK-3. We radiolabeled the small molecule inhibitor [(11)C]1-(7-methoxy- quinolin-4-yl)-3-(6-(trifluoromethyl)pyridin-2-yl)urea ([(11)C]A1070722) with high affinity to GSK-3 (Ki = 0...
May 17, 2017: ACS Chemical Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28484419/altered-functional-connectivity-of-striatal-subregions-in-patients-with-multiple-sclerosis
#18
Fangyuan Cui, Li Zhou, Zengjian Wang, Courtney Lang, Joel Park, Zhongjian Tan, Yao Yu, Chunyan Sun, Ying Gao, Jian Kong
Abnormal corticostriatal resting-state functional connectivity (rsFC) has been implicated in the neuropathology of multiple sclerosis. The striatum, a component of the basal ganglia, is involved in diverse functions including movement, cognition, emotion, and limbic information processing. However, the brain circuits of the striatal subregions contributing to the changes in rsFC in relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS) patients remain unknown. We used six subdivisions of the striatum in each hemisphere as seeds to investigate the rsFC of striatal subregions between RRMS patients and matched healthy controls (HCs)...
2017: Frontiers in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28482185/effect-of-exposure-to-polycyclic-aromatic-hydrocarbons-on-basal-ganglia-and-attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder-symptoms-in-primary-school-children
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Marion Mortamais, Jesus Pujol, Barend L van Drooge, Didac Macià, Gerard Martínez-Vilavella, Christelle Reynes, Robert Sabatier, Ioar Rivas, Joan Grimalt, Joan Forns, Mar Alvarez-Pedrerol, Xavier Querol, Jordi Sunyer
BACKGROUND: Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) have been proposed as environmental risk factors for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The effects of these pollutants on brain structures potentially involved in the pathophysiology of ADHD are unknown. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of PAHs on basal ganglia volumes and ADHD symptoms in school children. METHODS: We conducted an imaging study in 242 children aged 8-12years, recruited through a set of representative schools of the city of Barcelona, Spain...
May 5, 2017: Environment International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28482181/longitudinal-changes-in-the-fronto-striatal-network-are-associated-with-executive-dysfunction-and-behavioral-dysregulation-in-huntington-s-disease-30-months-image-hd-data
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Juan F Domínguez D, Govinda Poudel, Julie C Stout, Marcus Gray, Phyllis Chua, Beth Borowsky, Gary F Egan, Nellie Georgiou-Karistianis
Neuropsychiatric disturbance-particularly executive dysfunction and behavioral dysregulation-is a common feature of Huntington's disease (HD), with implications for functional capacity and quality of life. No study to date has ascertained whether longitudinal change in brain activity is associated with neuropsychiatric deficits in HD. We used a set-response-shifting task together with functional magnetic resonance imaging to investigate 30-month longitudinal blood-oxygen level dependent (BOLD) signal changes in the fronto-striatal attentional control network in premanifest and symptomatic HD (pre-HD and symp-HD, respectively), relative to healthy control participants...
April 15, 2017: Cortex; a Journal Devoted to the Study of the Nervous System and Behavior
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