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Rajiv G Menon, Azadeh Sharafi, Johannes Windschuh, Ravinder R Regatte
Detection of multiple relaxation pools using MRI is useful in a number of neuro-pathologies including multiple sclerosis (MS), Alzheimer's, and stroke. In this study we evaluate the feasibility of using T1ρ imaging for the detection of bi-exponential decays in the human brain. A prospective T1ρ imaging study was performed on model relaxation phantoms (eggs) and 7 healthy volunteers. The data was fitted using a single pool and a 2-pool model to estimate mono- and bi-exponential T1ρ maps, respectively. Bi-exponential decays were identified in the gray matter (GM) and white matter (WM) of the brain with 40...
January 19, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352123/tumor-tissue-detection-using-blood-oxygen-level-dependent-functional-mri-based-on-independent-component-analysis
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Huiyuan Huang, Junfeng Lu, Jinsong Wu, Zhongxiang Ding, Shuda Chen, Lisha Duan, Jianling Cui, Fuyong Chen, Dezhi Kang, Le Qi, Wusi Qiu, Seong-Whan Lee, ShiJun Qiu, Dinggang Shen, Yu-Feng Zang, Han Zhang
Accurate delineation of gliomas from the surrounding normal brain areas helps maximize tumor resection and improves outcome. Blood-oxygen-level-dependent (BOLD) functional MRI (fMRI) has been routinely adopted for presurgical mapping of the surrounding functional areas. For completely utilizing such imaging data, here we show the feasibility of using presurgical fMRI for tumor delineation. In particular, we introduce a novel method dedicated to tumor detection based on independent component analysis (ICA) of resting-state fMRI (rs-fMRI) with automatic tumor component identification...
January 19, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352054/increased-blood-brain-barrier-permeability-in-contralateral-hemisphere-predicts-worse-outcome-in-acute-ischemic-stroke-after-reperfusion-therapy
#3
Chang Liu, Shenqiang Yan, Ruiting Zhang, Zhicai Chen, Feina Shi, Ying Zhou, Meixia Zhang, Min Lou
AIMS: We sought to investigate the risk factors of blood-brain barrier (BBB) disruption, and its potential impact on 90-day clinical outcome in acute ischemic stroke (AIS) patients after reperfusion therapy. METHODS: Consecutive acute anterior circulation AIS patients imaged with computed tomographic perfusion (CTP) before reperfusion therapy were included. Tmax >6 s was used for the volumetric measurement of the hypoperfusion area. BBB permeability (BBBP) was calculated as the average relative permeability-surface area product (rPS) within the hypoperfusion region (rPShypo-i) and its contralateral mirror region (rPShypo-c) on CTP-derived PS color maps...
January 19, 2018: Journal of Neurointerventional Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351881/phonotactic-processing-deficit-following-left-hemisphere-stroke
#4
Maryam Ghaleh, Laura M Skipper-Kallal, Shihui Xing, Elizabeth Lacey, Iain DeWitt, Andrew DeMarco, Peter Turkeltaub
The neural basis of speech processing is still a matter of great debate. Phonotactic knowledge-knowledge of the allowable sound combinations in a language-remains particularly understudied. The purpose of this study was to investigate the brain regions crucial to phonotactic knowledge in left-hemisphere stroke survivors. Results were compared to areas in which gray matter anatomy related to phonotactic knowledge in healthy controls. 44 patients with chronic left-hemisphere stroke, and 32 controls performed an English-likeness rating task on 60 auditory non-words of varying phonotactic regularities...
December 20, 2017: Cortex; a Journal Devoted to the Study of the Nervous System and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351872/low-cortical-iron-and-high-entorhinal-cortex-volume-promote-cognitive-functioning-in-the-oldest-old
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Jiri M G van Bergen, Xu Li, Frances C Quevenco, Anton F Gietl, Valerie Treyer, Sandra E Leh, Rafael Meyer, Alfred Buck, Philipp A Kaufmann, Roger M Nitsch, Peter C M van Zijl, Christoph Hock, Paul G Unschuld
The aging brain is characterized by an increased presence of neurodegenerative and vascular pathologies. However, there is substantial variation regarding the relationship between an individual's pathological burden and resulting cognitive impairment. To identify correlates of preserved cognitive functioning at highest age, the relationship between β-amyloid plaque load, presence of small vessel cerebrovascular disease (SVCD), iron-burden, and brain atrophy was investigated. Eighty cognitively unimpaired participants (44 oldest-old, aged 85-96 years; 36 younger-old, aged 55-80 years) were scanned by integrated positron emission tomography-magnetic resonance imaging for assessing beta regional amyloid plaque load (18F-flutemetamol), white matter hyperintensities as an indicator of SVCD (fluid-attenuated inversion recovery-magnetic resonance imaging), and iron load (quantitative susceptibility mapping)...
December 20, 2017: Neurobiology of Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351339/brain-functional-bold-perturbation-modelling-for-forward-fmri-and-inverse-mapping
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Zikuan Chen, Jennifer Robinson, Vince Calhoun
PURPOSE: To computationally separate dynamic brain functional BOLD responses from static background in a brain functional activity for forward fMRI signal analysis and inverse mapping. METHODS: A brain functional activity is represented in terms of magnetic source by a perturbation model: χ = χ0 +δχ, with δχ for BOLD magnetic perturbations and χ0 for background. A brain fMRI experiment produces a timeseries of complex-valued images (T2* images), whereby we extract the BOLD phase signals (denoted by δP) by a complex division...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350085/divergent-classification-methods-of-post-concussion-syndrome-after-mild-traumatic-brain-injury-prevalence-rates-risk-factors-and-functional-outcome
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Daphne Cloë Voormolen, Maryse C Cnossen, Suzanne Polinder, Nicole von Steinbuechel, Pieter E Vos, Juanita Antje Haagsma
Mild Traumatic Brian Injury (mTBI) is a common diagnosis and approximately one third of mTBI patients experience a variety of cognitive, emotional, psychosocial and behavioral post-concussion symptoms. When a cluster of these symptoms persists for more than three months they are often classified as post-concussion syndrome (PCS). The objective of this study was to determine prevalence rates, risk factors and functional outcome associated with PCS six months after mTBI applying divergent classification methods...
January 19, 2018: Journal of Neurotrauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344708/treatment-of-combined-traumatic-brain-injury-and-hemorrhagic-shock-with-fractionated-blood-products-versus-fresh-whole-blood-in-a-rat-model
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Akiva Leibowitz, Evgeni Brotfain, Leonid Koyfman, Moti Klein, Shmuel Hess, Alexander Zlotnik, Matthew Boyko
INTRODUCTION: Treatment of combined traumatic brain injury and hemorrhagic shock, poses a particular challenge due to the possible conflicting consequences. While restoring diminished volume is the treatment goal for hypovolemia, maintaining adequate cerebral perfusion pressure and avoidance of secondary damage remains a treatment goal for the injured brain. Various treatment modalities have been proposed, but the optimal resuscitation fluid and goals have not yet been clearly defined...
January 17, 2018: European Journal of Trauma and Emergency Surgery: Official Publication of the European Trauma Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343767/blockade-of-trpv1-inhibits-methamphetamine-induced-rewarding-effects
#9
Yu-Hua Tian, Shi-Xun Ma, Kwang-Wook Lee, Sunmee Wee, George F Koob, Seok-Yong Lee, Choon-Gon Jang
Methamphetamine (MAP) is the most widely used psychostimulant in the world, but the exact mechanisms underlying MAP addiction are not yet fully understood. Recent studies have identified the distribution of TRPV1 in several brain regions that are related to drug addiction, including nucleus accumbens (NAc) and dorsal striatum (DSt). In the present study, we performed conditioned place preference (CPP) and self-administration tests to examine the effects of capsazepine (CPZ) and SB366791 (SB) on MAP reward. We found that both CPZ and SB significantly inhibited MAP-induced CPP and self-administration; in contrast, TRPV1 knock-out (KO) mice did not develop MAP-induced CPP...
January 17, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343657/combining-segmented-grey-and-white-matter-images-improves-voxel-based-morphometry-for-the-case-of-dilated-lateral-ventricles
#10
Masami Goto, Osamu Abe, Shigeki Aoki, Koji Kamagata, Masaaki Hori, Tosiaki Miyati, Tsutomu Gomi, Tohoru Takeda
PURPOSE: To evaluate the error in segmented tissue images and to show the usefulness of the brain image in voxel-based morphometry (VBM) using Statistical Parametric Mapping (SPM) 12 software and 3D T1-weighted magnetic resonance images (3D-T1WIs) processed to simulate idiopathic normal pressure hydrocephalus (iNPH). MATERIALS AND METHODS: VBM analysis was performed on sagittal 3D-T1WIs obtained in 22 healthy volunteers using a 1.5T MR scanner. Regions of interest for the lateral ventricles of all subjects were carefully outlined on the original 3D-T1WIs, and two types of simulated 3D-T1WI were also prepared (non-dilated 3D-T1WI as normal control and dilated 3D-T1WI to simulate iNPH)...
January 18, 2018: Magnetic Resonance in Medical Sciences: MRMS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343640/single-cell-transcriptomics-of-the-developing-lateral-geniculate-nucleus-reveals-insights-into-circuit-assembly-and-refinement
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Brian T Kalish, Lucas Cheadle, Sinisa Hrvatin, M Aurel Nagy, Samuel Rivera, Megan Crow, Jesse Gillis, Rory Kirchner, Michael E Greenberg
Coordinated changes in gene expression underlie the early patterning and cell-type specification of the central nervous system. However, much less is known about how such changes contribute to later stages of circuit assembly and refinement. In this study, we employ single-cell RNA sequencing to develop a detailed, whole-transcriptome resource of gene expression across four time points in the developing dorsal lateral geniculate nucleus (LGN), a visual structure in the brain that undergoes a well-characterized program of postnatal circuit development...
January 17, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343526/mutations-in-cyb561-causing-a-novel-orthostatic-hypotension-syndrome
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Maarten P van den Berg, Rowida Almomani, Italo Biaggioni, Martijn van Faassen, Pim van der Harst, Herman H Silljé, Irene Mateo Leach, Marc Hemmelder, Gerjan Navis, Gert-Jan Luijckx, Arjan P de Brouwer, Hanka Venselaar, Marcel M Verbeek, Paul A van der Zwaag, Jan D Jongbloed, J P van Tintelen, Ron A Wevers, Ido P Kema
Rationale: Orthostatic hypotension is a common clinical problem, but the underlying mechanisms have not been fully delineated. Objective: We describe two families, with four patients in total, suffering from severe life-threatening orthostatic hypotension due to a novel cause. Methods and Results: As in dopamine β-hydroxylase deficiency (DβH), concentrations of norepinephrine and epinephrine in the patients were very low. Plasma DβH activity, however, was normal and the DBH gene had no mutations. Molecular genetic analysis was performed to determine the underlying genetic cause...
January 17, 2018: Circulation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343110/can-the-physical-environment-itself-influence-neurological-patient-activity
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Michelle M Shannon, Marie Elf, Leonid Churilov, John Olver, Alan Pert, Julie Bernhardt
PURPOSE: To evaluate if a changed physical environment following redesign of a hospital ward influenced neurological patient physical and social activity. METHODS: A "before and after" observational design was used that included 17 acute neurological patients pre-move (median age 77 (IQR 69-85) years Ward A and 20 post-move (median age 70 (IQR 57-81) years Ward B. Observations occurred for 1 day from 08.00-17.00 using Behavioral Mapping of patient physical and social activity, and location of that activity...
January 17, 2018: Disability and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341793/platelet-transfusion-does-not-improve-outcomes-in-patients-with-brain-injury-on-antiplatelet-therapy
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Jeremy L Holzmacher, Cassandra Reynolds, Mayur Patel, Patrick Maluso, Seth Holland, Nathaniel Gamsky, Henry Moore, Elizabeth Acquista, Matthew Carrick, Richard Amdur, Heather Hancock, Michael Metzler, Julie Dunn, Babak Sarani
INTRODUCTION: Platelet dysfunction following traumatic brain injury (TBI) is associated with worse outcomes. The efficacy of platelet transfusion to reverse antiplatelet medication (APM) remains unknown. Thrombelastography platelet mapping (TEG-PM) assesses platelet function. We hypothesize that platelet transfusion can reverse the effects of APM but does not improve outcomes following TBI. METHODS: An observational study at six US trauma centres was performed. Adult patients on APM with CT evident TBI after blunt injury were enrolled...
January 17, 2018: Brain Injury: [BI]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341020/mri-in-the-study-of-animal-models-of-stroke
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Pedro Ramos-Cabrer, Daniel Padro
Stroke consists of the loss of cerebral functions resulting from the interruption of blood supply to a region of the brain, and represents the second cause of death and the leading cause of major disability in adults in Europe. Stroke is a very active field of research at preclinical and clinical levels, and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is one of the most powerful tools that scientist and clinicians have for the study of the onset, evolution and consequences of this devastating disease, as well as for the monitoring of the success of available treatments, or for the development of novel therapeutic strategies...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341006/mapping-functional-connectivity-in-the-rodent-brain-using-electric-stimulation-fmri
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Laura Pérez-Cervera, José María Caramés, Luis Miguel Fernández-Mollá, Andrea Moreno, Begoña Fernández, Elena Pérez-Montoyo, David Moratal, Santiago Canals, Jesús Pacheco-Torres
Since its discovery in the early 90s, BOLD signal-based functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) has become a fundamental technique for the study of brain activity in basic and clinical research. Functional MRI signals provide an indirect but robust and quantitative readout of brain activity through the tight coupling between cerebral blood flow and neuronal activation, the so-called neurovascular coupling. Combined with experimental techniques only available in animal models, such as intracerebral micro-stimulation, optogenetics or pharmacogenetics, provides a powerful framework to investigate the impact of specific circuit manipulations on overall brain dynamics...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340569/associations-of-the-top-20-alzheimer-disease-risk-variants-with-brain-amyloidosis
#17
Liana G Apostolova, Shannon L Risacher, Tugce Duran, Eddie C Stage, Naira Goukasian, John D West, Triet M Do, Jonathan Grotts, Holly Wilhalme, Kwangsik Nho, Meredith Phillips, David Elashoff, Andrew J Saykin
Importance: Late-onset Alzheimer disease (AD) is highly heritable. Genome-wide association studies have identified more than 20 AD risk genes. The precise mechanism through which many of these genes are associated with AD remains unknown. Objective: To investigate the association of the top 20 AD risk variants with brain amyloidosis. Design, Setting, and Participants: This study analyzed the genetic and florbetapir F 18 data from 322 cognitively normal control individuals, 496 individuals with mild cognitive impairment, and 159 individuals with AD dementia who had genome-wide association studies and 18F-florbetapir positron emission tomographic data from the Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging Initiative (ADNI), a prospective, observational, multisite tertiary center clinical and biomarker study...
January 16, 2018: JAMA Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339517/infected-erythrocytes-expressing-dc13-pfemp1-differ-from-recombinant-proteins-in-epcr-binding-function
#18
Yvonne Azasi, Gabriella Lindergard, Ashfaq Ghumra, Jianbing Mu, Louis H Miller, J Alexandra Rowe
Recent advances have identified a new paradigm for cerebral malaria pathogenesis in which endothelial protein C receptor (EPCR) is a major host receptor for sequestration of Plasmodium falciparum-infected erythrocytes (IEs) in the brain and other vital organs. The parasite adhesins that bind EPCR are members of the IE variant surface antigen family Plasmodium falciparum erythrocyte membrane protein 1 (PfEMP1) containing specific adhesion domains called domain cassette (DC) 8 and DC13. The binding interaction site between PfEMP1 and EPCR has been mapped by biophysical and crystallography studies using recombinant proteins...
January 16, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339184/a-novel-stress-hormone-response-gene-in-tadpoles-of-xenopus-tropicalis
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Katelin A Schneider, Leena H Shewade, Nicolas Buisine, Laurent M Sachs, Daniel R Buchholz
Previous work identified a transcribed locus, Str. 34945, induced by the frog stress hormone corticosterone (CORT) in Xenopus tropicalis tails. Because thyroid hormone had no influence on its expression, Str. 34945 was dubbed the first "CORT-only" gene known from tadpoles. Here, we examine the genomic annotation for this transcript, hormone specificity, time course of induction, tissue distribution, and developmental expression profile. The location of Str. 34945 on the X. tropicalis genome lies between the genes ush1g (Usher syndrome 1G) and fads6 (fatty acid desaturase 6)...
January 12, 2018: General and Comparative Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29337197/brain-perfusion-alterations-in-tick-borne-encephalitis-preliminary-report
#20
Zuzanna Tyrakowska-Dadełło, Eugeniusz Tarasów, Dariusz Janusek, Anna Moniuszko-Malinowska, Joanna Zajkowska, Sławomir Pancewicz
BACKGROUND: Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) changes in Tick-borne encephalitis (TBE) are nonspecific and pathophysiologic mechanisms leading to their formation remain unclear. This study aimed to investigate brain perfusion in TBE patients using dynamic susceptibility contrast (DSC) MR perfusion imaging. METHODS: MRI scans were performed in 12 patients in the acute phase, 3-5days after TBE diagnosis, with conventional MR images and DSC-MRI perfusion studies. Cerebral blood flow (CBF), cerebral blood volume (CBV), mean transit time (MTT) and time to peak (TTP) parametric maps were created...
January 11, 2018: International Journal of Infectious Diseases: IJID
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