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Sven Haller, Greg Zaharchuk, David L Thomas, Karl-Olof Lovblad, Frederik Barkhof, Xavier Golay
Arterial spin labeling (ASL) is a magnetic resonance (MR) imaging technique used to assess cerebral blood flow noninvasively by magnetically labeling inflowing blood. In this article, the main labeling techniques, notably pulsed and pseudocontinuous ASL, as well as emerging clinical applications will be reviewed. In dementia, the pattern of hypoperfusion on ASL images closely matches the established patterns of hypometabolism on fluorine 18 fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) positron emission tomography (PET) images due to the close coupling of perfusion and metabolism in the brain...
November 2016: Radiology
Scott E Counts, Milos D Ikonomovic, Natosha Mercado, Irving E Vega, Elliott J Mufson
The recent failures of potential disease-modifying drugs for Alzheimer's disease (AD) may reflect the fact that the enrolled participants in clinical trials are already too advanced to derive a clinical benefit. Thus, well-validated biomarkers for the early detection and accurate diagnosis of the preclinical stages of AD will be crucial for therapeutic advancement. The combinatorial use of biomarkers derived from biological fluids, such as cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), with advanced molecular imaging and neuropsychological testing may eventually achieve the diagnostic sensitivity and specificity necessary to identify people in the earliest stages of the disease when drug modification is most likely possible...
October 13, 2016: Neurotherapeutics: the Journal of the American Society for Experimental NeuroTherapeutics
Sumit Kumar Chakrabarti, Sujoy Ghosh, Sandip Banerjee, Satinath Mukherjee, Subhankar Chowdhury
CONTEXT: The available data concerning oxidant stress and antioxidant capacity in hypothyroidism are scanty and inconclusive. While some authors suggest that tissues may be protected from oxidant damage because of a hypometabolic state in hypothyroidism, others report increased oxidative stress in hypothyroidism. Selenium acts as a cofactor for the thyroid hormone (TH) deiodinases that activate and then deactivate various THs and their metabolites. Selenium may inhibit thyroid autoimmunity...
September 2016: Indian Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism
Kailiang Wang, Tinghong Liu, Xiaobin Zhao, XiaoTong Xia, Kai Zhang, Hui Qiao, Jianguo Zhang, Fangang Meng
INTRODUCTION: Fluorine-18-fluorodeoxyglucose positron-emission tomography ((18)F-FDG-PET) is widely used to help localize the hypometabolic epileptogenic focus for presurgical evaluation of drug-refractory epilepsy patients. Two voxel-based brain mapping methods to interpret (18)F-FDG-PET, statistical parametric mapping (SPM) and three-dimensional stereotactic surface projection (3D-SSP), improve the detection rate of seizure foci. This study aimed to compare the consistency of epileptic focus detection between SPM and 3D-SSP for (18)F-FDG-PET brain mapping analysis...
2016: Frontiers in Neurology
H J Markowitsch, A Staniloiu
Retrograde amnesia is described as condition which can occur after direct brain damage, but which occurs more frequently as a result of a psychiatric illness. In order to understand the amnesic condition, content-based divisions of memory are defined. The measurement of retrograde memory is discussed and the dichotomy between "organic" and "psychogenic" retrograde amnesia is questioned. Briefly, brain damage-related etiologies of retrograde amnesia are mentioned. The major portion of the review is devoted to dissociative amnesia (also named psychogenic or functional amnesia) and to the discussion of an overlap between psychogenic and "brain organic" forms of amnesia...
2017: Handbook of Clinical Neurology
Erin E Sundermann, Pauline M Maki, Leah H Rubin, Richard B Lipton, Susan Landau, Anat Biegon
OBJECTIVE: We investigated sex differences in verbal memory across different levels of neural dysfunction, measured by temporal lobe glucose metabolic rates (TLGluMR). METHODS: Three hundred ninety controls and 672 participants with amnestic mild cognitive impairment (aMCI) and 254 with Alzheimer disease (AD) dementia from the Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging Initiative completed the Rey Auditory Verbal Learning Test (RAVLT) and [(18)F]-fluorodeoxyglucose-PET. Cross-sectional analyses were conducted using linear regression to examine the sex by TLGluMR interaction on RAVLT performance in the overall sample and within diagnostic groups adjusting for age, education, and APOE ε4 genotype...
October 5, 2016: Neurology
Niklas Mattsson, Henrik Zetterberg, Shorena Janelidze, Philip S Insel, Ulf Andreasson, Erik Stomrud, Sebastian Palmqvist, David Baker, Cristina A Tan Hehir, Andreas Jeromin, David Hanlon, Linan Song, Leslie M Shaw, John Q Trojanowski, Michael W Weiner, Oskar Hansson, Kaj Blennow
OBJECTIVE: To test whether plasma tau is altered in Alzheimer disease (AD) and whether it is related to changes in cognition, CSF biomarkers of AD pathology (including β-amyloid [Aβ] and tau), brain atrophy, and brain metabolism. METHODS: This was a study of plasma tau in prospectively followed patients with AD (n = 179), patients with mild cognitive impairment (n = 195), and cognitive healthy controls (n = 189) from the Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging Initiative (ADNI) and cross-sectionally studied patients with AD (n = 61), mild cognitive impairment (n = 212), and subjective cognitive decline (n = 174) and controls (n = 274) from the Biomarkers for Identifying Neurodegenerative Disorders Early and Reliably (BioFINDER) study at Lund University, Sweden...
September 30, 2016: Neurology
Caitlin Feiock, Masashi Yagi, Adam Maidman, Aaron Rendahl, Susanta Hui, Davis Seelig
The unintended side effects of cancer treatment are increasing recognized. Among these is a syndrome of long-term neurocognitive dysfunction called cancer/chemotherapy related cognitive impairment. To date, all studies examining the cognitive impact of cancer treatment have emphasized chemotherapy. Radiation-induced bystander effects have been described in cell culture and, to a limited extent, in rodent model systems. The purpose of this study was to examine, for the first time, the impact of non-brain directed radiation therapy on the brain in order to elucidate its potential relationship with cancer/chemotherapy related cognitive impairment...
2016: PloS One
Jennifer Whitwell, Jonathan Graff-Radford, Tarun Singh, Daniel Drubach, Matthew Senjem, Anthony Spychalla, Nirubol Tosakulwong, Val J Lowe, Keith Josephs
: Posterior cortical atrophy (PCA) and Dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB) have both been associated with occipital lobe hypometabolism on (18)F fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) positron emission tomography (PET), while relative sparing of posterior cingulate metabolism compared to precuneus/cuneus (i.e. cingulate island sign) is a feature of DLB. We aimed to determine whether patterns of hypometabolism or the cingulate island sign differed between PCA and DLB. METHODS: Sixteen clinically diagnosed PCA and 13 probable DLB subjects underwent (18)F-FDG PET...
September 29, 2016: Journal of Nuclear Medicine: Official Publication, Society of Nuclear Medicine
Marina Hodolic, Raffi Topakian, Robert Pichler
BACKGROUND: Epilepsy is a neurological disorder characterized by epileptic seizures as a result of excessive neuronal activity in the brain. Approximately 65 million people worldwide suffer from epilepsy; 20-40% of them are refractory to medication therapy. Early detection of disease is crucial in the management of patients with epilepsy. Correct localization of the ictal onset zone is associated with a better surgical outcome. The modern non-invasive techniques used for structural-functional localization of the seizure focus includes electroencephalography (EEG) monitoring, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), single photon emission tomography/computed tomography (SPECT/CT) and positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT)...
September 1, 2016: Radiology and Oncology
Frank J A Dennissen, Marta Anglada-Huguet, Astrid Sydow, Eckhard Mandelkow, Eva-Maria Mandelkow
Accumulation of Tau is a characteristic hallmark of several neurodegenerative diseases but the mode of toxic action of Tau is poorly understood. Here, we show that the Tau protein is toxic due to its aggregation propensity, whereas phosphorylation and/or missorting is not sufficient to cause neuronal dysfunction. Aggregate-prone Tau accumulates, when expressed in vitro at near-endogenous levels, in axons as spindle-shaped grains. These axonal grains contain Tau that is folded in a pathological (MC-1) conformation...
October 11, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Claudio Babiloni, Claudio Del Percio, Anna Caroli, Elena Salvatore, Emanuele Nicolai, Nicola Marzano, Roberta Lizio, Enrica Cavedo, Susan Landau, Kewei Chen, William Jagust, Eric Reiman, Gioacchino Tedeschi, Patrizia Montella, Manuela De Stefano, Loreto Gesualdo, Giovanni B Frisoni, Andrea Soricelli
Cortical sources of resting state electroencephalographic (EEG) delta (2-4 Hz) and low-frequency alpha (8-10.5 Hz) rhythms show abnormal activity (i.e., current density) in patients with dementia due to Alzheimer's disease (AD). Here, we hypothesized that abnormality of this activity is related to relevant disease processes as revealed by cortical hypometabolism typically observed in AD patients by fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography. Resting state eyes-closed EEG data were recorded in 19 AD patients with dementia and 40 healthy elderly (Nold) subjects...
August 31, 2016: Neurobiology of Aging
Yu-Shu Huang, Feng-Yuan Liu, Chin-Yang Lin, Ing-Tsung Hsiao, Christian Guilleminault
The relationship between functional brain images and performances in narcoleptic patients and controls is a new field of investigation. We studied 71 young, type 1 narcoleptic patients and 20 sex- and age-matched control individuals using brain positron emission tomography (PET) images and neurocognitive testing. Clinical investigation was carried out using sleep-wake evaluation questionnaires; a sleep-wake study was conducted with actigraphy, polysomnography, multiple sleep latency test (MSLT), and blood tests (with human leukocyte antigen typing)...
January 19, 2016: Sleep Medicine
Alexandre Courchesne-Loyer, Etienne Croteau, Christian-Alexandre Castellano, Valérie St-Pierre, Marie Hennebelle, Stephen C Cunnane
Ketones (principally β-hydroxybutyrate and acetoacetate (AcAc)) are an important alternative fuel to glucose for the human brain, but their utilisation by the brain remains poorly understood. Our objective was to use positron emission tomography (PET) to assess the impact of diet-induced moderate ketosis on cerebral metabolic rate of acetoacetate (CMRa) and glucose (CMRglc) in healthy adults. Ten participants (35 ± 15 y) received a very high fat ketogenic diet (KD) (4.5:1; lipid:protein plus carbohydrates) for four days...
September 14, 2016: Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism
Pierre J Lyons, Louise Govaere, Nicolas Crapoulet, Kenneth B Storey, Pier Jr Morin
Significant physiological and biochemical changes are observed in freeze-tolerant insects when confronted with cold temperatures. These insects have adapted to winter by retreating into a hypometabolic state of diapause and implementing cryoprotective mechanisms that allow them to survive whole body freezing. MicroRNAs (miRNAs), a family of short ribonucleic acids, are emerging as likely molecular players underlying the process of cold adaptation. Unfortunately, the data is sparse concerning the signature of miRNAs that are modulated following cold exposure in the freeze-tolerant goldenrod gall fly Eurosta solidaginis...
September 4, 2016: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Part D, Genomics & Proteomics
Tatjana Traub-Weidinger, Philip Weidinger, Gundrun Gröppel, Georgios Karanikas, Wolfgang Wadsak, Gregor Kasprian, Christian Dorfer, Anastasia Dressler, Angelika Muehlebner, Marcus Hacker, Thomas Czech, Martha Feucht
OBJECTIVE The objective of this study was to investigate whether fluorine-18 fluorodeoxyglucose PET ((18)F-FDG PET) can help to predict seizure outcome after hemispherotomy and therefore may be useful in decision making and patient selection. METHODS Children and adolescents less than 18 years of age who underwent (18)F-FDG PET studies during presurgical evaluation prior to hemispherotomy and had follow-up data of at least 12 months after surgery were included. Seizure outcome was classified according to the recommendations of the International League Against Epilepsy...
September 9, 2016: Journal of Neurosurgery. Pediatrics
Satoko Tomita Ide, Ryoji Ide, Jacopo P Mortola
In embryos, cooling and hypoxia cause a decrease in oxygen consumption ( [Formula: see text] ); we asked what was the relative contribution of heart rate (HR) and of the 'not-HR' factor (the product of stroke volume and arterial-venous O2 difference) to the drop in [Formula: see text] . Data of HR (with subcutaneous electrodes) and [Formula: see text] (by an open-flow methodology) were collected simultaneously on chicken embryos close to end-incubation. Over the last four days of incubation (E16-E20) differences in HR contributed about 30% of the differences in resting [Formula: see text] among embryos...
August 30, 2016: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Part A, Molecular & Integrative Physiology
So Yeon Jeon, Dahyun Yi, Min Soo Byun, Hyo Jung Choi, Hyun Jung Kim, Jun Ho Lee, Hyewon Baek, Young Min Choe, Younghwa Lee, Jong Inn Woo, Dong Young Lee
Although amnestic mild cognitive impairment (aMCI) with high cerebral deposition of amyloid-beta proteins (Aβ) could be classified as a prodromal state of Alzheimer's disease (AD) dementia, aMCI with the absence of or very little cerebral Aβ deposition is likely related to other pathophysiological processes. Thus, the present study aimed to investigate the differential patterns of regional cerebral glucose metabolism (rCMglu) according to the level of Aβ burden in the brains of patients with aMCI. This study included 25 patients with aMCI and 33 cognitively normal (CN) elderly individuals who underwent a comprehensive clinical examination, (11)C-labelled Pittsburgh Compound B (PiB) positron emission tomography (PET) scans, and (18)F-fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) PET scans...
October 6, 2016: Neuroscience Letters
Robert K Naviaux, Jane C Naviaux, Kefeng Li, A Taylor Bright, William A Alaynick, Lin Wang, Asha Baxter, Neil Nathan, Wayne Anderson, Eric Gordon
More than 2 million people in the United States have myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS). We performed targeted, broad-spectrum metabolomics to gain insights into the biology of CFS. We studied a total of 84 subjects using these methods. Forty-five subjects (n = 22 men and 23 women) met diagnostic criteria for ME/CFS by Institute of Medicine, Canadian, and Fukuda criteria. Thirty-nine subjects (n = 18 men and 21 women) were age- and sex-matched normal controls. Males with CFS were 53 (±2...
September 13, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Erik Mille, Johannes Levin, Matthias Brendel, Christian Zach, Henryk Barthel, Osama Sabri, Kai Bötzel, Peter Bartenstein, Adrian Danek, Axel Rominger
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: The corticobasal syndrome (CBS) is a clinical diagnosis that comprises a group of rare neurodegenerative diseases manifesting in movement disorder and cognitive impairment. While diagnosis is based upon clinical criteria, there have been a number of molecular imaging studies, albeit in rather small cohorts. Therefore, we investigated the pattern of cerebral glucose metabolism, as well as dopamine transporter (DAT) availability in a large and clinically well-defined cohort...
August 30, 2016: Journal of Neuroimaging: Official Journal of the American Society of Neuroimaging
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