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Normal appearing white matter

Neelesh K Nadkarni, Robert M Boudreau, Stephanie A Studenski, Oscar L Lopez, Ge Liu, Stephen Kritchevsky, Kristine Yaffe, Anne B Newman, Caterina Rosano
OBJECTIVE: To examine the relationship between gait speed and prior 10 years interleukin-6 (IL-6) burden in older adults. We then assessed whether white matter characteristics influence this relationship. METHODS: In 179 community-dwelling older adults, gait speed was assessed on an automated walkway and serum IL-6 was assayed on ELISA. Concurrently, white matter characteristics were assessed on MRI by quantifying volume of white matter hyperintensities (WMH), a marker of small vessel disease, and normal-appearing white matter on fractional anisotropy (NAWM-FA), a marker of axonal integrity...
October 12, 2016: Neurology
Andrea Romano, Valeria Coppola, Mariangela Lombardi, Luigi Lavorato, Domenica Di Stefano, Emanuela Caroli, Maria Camilla Rossi Espagnet, Francesca Tavanti, Giuseppe Minniti, Giuseppe Trillò, Alessandro Bozzao
PURPOSE: Our hypothesis was that pituitary macroadenomas show different areas of consistency detectable by enhanced magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) with Dynamic study during gadolinium administration. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We analysed 21 patients with pituitary macroadenomas between June 2013 and June 2015. All patients underwent trans-sphenoidal surgery and neurosurgeon described macroadenomas consistency. Similarly, two neuroradiologists manually drew regions of interest (ROIs) inside the solid-appearing portions of macroadenoma and in the normal white matter both on dynamic and post-contrast acquisitions...
October 11, 2016: Pituitary
Rachel Waller, M Nicola Woodroofe, Stephen B Wharton, Paul G Ince, Simona Francese, Paul R Heath, Alex Cudzich-Madry, Ruth H Thomas, Natalie Rounding, Basil Sharrack, Julie E Simpson
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic, inflammatory, demyelinating disease of the central nervous system (CNS). White matter lesions in MS are surrounded by areas of non-demyelinated normal appearing white matter (NAWM) with complex pathology, including blood brain barrier dysfunction, axonal damage and glial activation. Astrocytes, the most abundant cell type within the CNS, may respond and/or contribute to lesion pathogenesis. We aimed to characterise the transcriptomic profile of astrocytes in NAWM to determine whether specific glial changes exist in the NAWM which contribute to lesion development or prevent disease progression...
October 15, 2016: Journal of Neuroimmunology
Leah H Suttner, Amanda Mejia, Blake Dewey, Pascal Sati, Daniel S Reich, Russell T Shinohara
Diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) has become the predominant modality for studying white matter integrity in multiple sclerosis (MS) and other neurological disorders. Unfortunately, the use of DTI-based biomarkers in large multi-center studies is hindered by systematic biases that confound the study of disease-related changes. Furthermore, the site-to-site variability in multi-center studies is significantly higher for DTI than that for conventional MRI-based markers. In our study, we apply the Quantitative MR Estimation Employing Normalization (QuEEN) model to estimate the four DTI measures: MD, FA, RD, and AD...
2016: NeuroImage: Clinical
Robert J Harris, Timothy F Cloughesy, Linda M Liau, Phioanh L Nghiemphu, Albert Lai, Whitney B Pope, Benjamin M Ellingson
Acidity within the extracellular milieu is a hallmark of cancer. There is a current need for fast, high spatial resolution pH imaging techniques for clinical evaluation of cancers, including gliomas. Chemical exchange saturation transfer (CEST) MRI targeting fast-exchanging amine protons can be used to obtain high-resolution pH-weighted images, but conventional CEST acquisition strategies are slow. There is also a need for more accurate MR simulations to better understand the effects of amine CEST pulse sequence parameters on pH-weighted image contrast...
September 15, 2016: NMR in Biomedicine
N K Singhal, H Huang, S Li, R Clements, J Gadd, A Daniels, E E Kooijman, P Bannerman, T Burns, F Guo, D Pleasure, E Freeman, L Shriver, J McDonough
The neuronal mitochondrial metabolite N-acetylaspartate (NAA) is decreased in the multiple sclerosis (MS) brain. NAA is synthesized in neurons by the enzyme N-acetyltransferase-8-like (NAT8L) and broken down in oligodendrocytes by aspartoacylase (ASPA) into acetate and aspartate. We have hypothesized that NAA links the metabolism of axons with oligodendrocytes to support myelination. To test this hypothesis, we performed lipidomic analyses using liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) and high-performance thin-layer chromatography (HPTLC) to identify changes in myelin lipid composition in postmortem MS brains and in NAT8L knockout (NAT8L(-/-)) mice which do not synthesize NAA...
October 5, 2016: Experimental Brain Research. Experimentelle Hirnforschung. Expérimentation Cérébrale
Tavia E Evans, Michael J O'Sullivan, Marius de Groot, Wiro J Niessen, Albert Hofman, Gabriel P Krestin, Aad van der Lugt, Marileen L P Portegies, Peter J Koudstaal, Daniel Bos, Meike W Vernooij, M Arfan Ikram
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: The presence of subclinical vascular brain disease, including white matter lesions and lacunar infarcts, substantially increases the risk of clinical stroke. White matter microstructural integrity is considered an earlier, potentially better, marker of the total burden of vascular brain disease. Its association with risk of stroke, a focal event, remains unknown. METHODS: From the population-based Rotterdam Study, 4259 stroke-free participants (mean age: 63...
October 4, 2016: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
Kimberly L Desmond, Hatef Mehrabian, Sofia Chavez, Arjun Sahgal, Hany Soliman, Radoslaw Rola, Greg J Stanisz
PURPOSE: The purpose of this work was to determine the predictive value of chemical exchange saturation transfer (CEST) metrics in brain metastases treated with stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS). METHODS: CEST spectra at a radiofrequency power of 0.52 µT were collected on a 3 Tesla (T) magnetic resonance imaging from 25 patients at three time points: pretreatment, 1 week, and 1 month post-treatment. Amide proton transfer-weighted images and maps of the amplitude and width of Lorentzian-shaped CEST peaks and the relaxation-compensated AREX metric were constructed at the offset frequencies of amide, amine, and relayed nuclear Overhauser effect (NOE) from aliphatic groups as well as the broad magnetization transfer effect...
September 30, 2016: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
Elena Herranz, Costanza Giannì, Céline Louapre, Constantina A Treaba, Sindhuja T Govindarajan, Russell Ouellette, Marco L Loggia, Jacob A Sloane, Nancy Madigan, David Izquierdo-Garcia, Noreen Ward, Gabriel Mangeat, Tobias Granberg, Eric C Klawiter, Ciprian Catana, Jacob M Hooker, Norman Taylor, Carolina Ionete, Revere P Kinkel, Caterina Mainero
Objective In multiple sclerosis (MS), using simultaneous magnetic resonance-positron emission tomography (MR-PET) imaging with (11) C-PBR28, we quantified expression of the 18kDa translocator protein (TSPO), a marker of activated microglia/macrophages, in cortex, cortical lesions, deep gray matter (GM), white matter (WM) lesions and normal-appearing WM (NAWM) to investigate the in vivo pathological and clinical relevance of neuroinflammation. Methods Fifteen secondary-progressive MS (SPMS) and 12 relapsing-remitting MS (RRMS) cases, and 14 matched healthy controls underwent (11) C-PBR28 MR-PET...
September 30, 2016: Annals of Neurology
D Ontaneda, K Sakaie, J Lin, X-F Wang, M J Lowe, M D Phillips, R J Fox
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: DTI is an MR imaging measure of brain tissue integrity. Little is known regarding the long-term longitudinal evolution of lesional and nonlesional tissue DTI parameters in multiple sclerosis and the present study examines DTI evolution over 4 years. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Twenty-one patients with multiple sclerosis were imaged for up to 48 months after starting natalizumab therapy. Gadolinium-enhancing lesions at baseline, chronic T2 lesions, and normal-appearing white matter were followed longitudinally...
September 22, 2016: AJNR. American Journal of Neuroradiology
Dorothea Obert, Gunther Helms, Muriel B Sättler, Klaus Jung, Benedikt Kretzschmar, Mathias Bähr, Peter Dechent, Ricarda Diem, Katharina Hein
Magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS) provides the unique ability to monitor several disease-related pathological processes via their characteristic metabolic markers in vivo. In the present study metabolic compositions were assessed every six months over the period of two years in 36 patients with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) including 21 relapsing-remitting (RR), 15 secondary progressive (SP) patients and 12 normal subjects. The concentrations of the main MRS-detectable metabolites N-acetylaspartate and N-acetylaspartylglutamate (tNAA), creatine and phosphocreatine (tCr), choline containing compounds (Cho), myo-Inositol (Ins), glutamine and glutamate (Glx) and their ratios were calculated in the normal appearing white matter (NAWM) and in selected non-enhancing white matter (WM) lesions...
2016: PloS One
Adrian Wong, Alexander Y L Lau, Jie Yang, Zhaolu Wang, Wenyan Liu, Bonnie Y K Lam, Lisa Au, Lin Shi, Defeng Wang, Winnie C W Chu, Yun-Yun Xiong, Eugene S K Lo, Lorraine S N Law, Thomas W H Leung, Linda C W Lam, Anne Y Y Chan, Yannie O Y Soo, Eric Y L Leung, Lawrence K S Wong, Vincent C T Mok
BACKGROUND: The objectives of this study are 1) to examine the frequencies of neuropsychiatric symptom clusters in patients with stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA) by cognitive level and stroke subtype; and 2) to evaluate effect of demographic, clinical, and neuroimaging measures of chronic brain changes and amyloid upon neuropsychiatric symptom clusters. METHODS: Hospital-based, cross-sectional study. 518 patients were administered the Neuropsychiatric Inventory (NPI) 3-6 months post index admission...
2016: PloS One
Sureyya Burcu Görkem, Selim Doganay, Kazim Gumus, Ayse Bayram, Sefer Kumandas, Abdulhakim Coskun
The aim is to evaluate normal-appearing brain regions in isolated unilateral polymicrogyria patients and compare them with controls by using diffusion-weighted imaging and apparent diffusion coefficient. The diffusion-weighted images (b = 0-1000 s/mm(2)) of 10 pediatric patients (7 boys, 3 girls; mean age = 5.8 ± 4.3 years) with isolated unilateral polymicrogyria and age-sex matched 10 control patients were assessed retrospectively. There was a significant increase in apparent diffusion coefficient values of white matter underlying polymicrogyria, uninvolved white matter, deep gray matter (thalami, lentiform nuclei, caudate nuclei) and corpus callosum in polymicrogyria patients compared to control group (P < ...
September 12, 2016: Journal of Child Neurology
S Cooper, O Bar-Yosef, M Berkenstadt, C Hoffmann, R Achiron, E Katorza
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Periventricular pseudocysts are cystic cavities that lack the ependymal cell lining found in true cysts. The aim of this study was to characterize periventricular pseudocysts and related findings and their neurodevelopmental outcome. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This was a retrospective study of periventricular pseudocysts detected prenatally on fetal MR imaging in 26 fetuses. The fetuses were divided into group A (n = 8), which included cases with isolated periventricular pseudocysts, and group B (n = 18), which included cases of periventricular pseudocysts with additional findings...
September 8, 2016: AJNR. American Journal of Neuroradiology
Mehmet Fatih Yetkin, Meral Mirza, Halil Dönmez
The aim of this study is to compare the white matter of multiple sclerosis (MS) patients with healthy controls and to monitor the response to the treatment with magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS).Fifteen healthy controls and 36 recently diagnosed MS patients never treated with interferon β were included in this study. In the patient group, MRS was performed before treatment, at 6th and 12th month after the initiation of treatment and once in control group. Patient group was divided into 3 interferon groups randomly...
September 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
Wenshu Qian, Koon Ho Chan, Edward S Hui, Chi Yan Lee, Yong Hu, Henry Ka-Fung Mak
Multiple sclerosis (MS) and neuromyelitis optica (NMO) are two common types of inflammatory demyelinating disease of the central nervous system. Early distinction of NMO from MS is crucial but quite challenging. In this study, 13 NMO spectrum disorder patients (Expanded Disability Status Scale (EDSS) of 3.0 ± 1.7, ranging from 2 to 6.5; disease duration of 5.3 ± 4.7 years), 17 relapsing-remitting MS patients (EDSS of 2.6 ± 1.4, ranging from 1 to 5.5; disease duration of 7.9 ± 7.8 years) and 18 healthy volunteers were recruited...
November 2016: NMR in Biomedicine
Matteo Pardini, Carole H Sudre, Ferran Prados, Özgür Yaldizli, Varun Sethi, Nils Muhlert, Rebecca S Samson, Steven H van de Pavert, M Jorge Cardoso, Sebastien Ourselin, Claudia A M Gandini Wheeler-Kingshott, David H Miller, Declan T Chard
OBJECTIVE: To assess the association between proximity to the inner (ventricular and aqueductal) and outer (pial) surfaces of the brain and the distribution of normal appearing white matter (NAWM) and grey matter (GM) abnormalities, and white matter (WM) lesions, in multiple sclerosis (MS). METHODS: 67 people with relapse-onset MS and 30 healthy controls were included in the study. Volumetric T1 images and high-resolution (1 mm(3)) magnetisation transfer ratio (MTR) images were acquired and segmented into 12 bands between the inner and outer surfaces of the brain...
November 2016: Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry
Madhu Nagappa, Parayil Sankaran Bindu, Shwetha Chiplunkar, Periasamy Govindaraj, Gayathri Narayanappa, Ayyappan Krishnan, M M Srinivas Bharath, Aarthi Swaminathan, Jitender Saini, Hanumanthapura R Arvinda, Sanjib Sinha, Pavagada S Mathuranath, Arun B Taly
Deficiency of gamma-amino-butyrate aminotransferase (ABAT) is a rare inherited disorder. A six-month-old girl presented with hyper-somnolence, hyperkinetic movements of distal extremities during wakefulness, hypotonia, bi-pyramidal signs, and impaired response to sound and visual stimuli. Brain MRI at five months showed restricted diffusion along the internal capsule and genu of corpus callosum. A follow up MRI at 18months, showed hyperintensities in brainstem, external and internal capsule, 'trilaminated' appearance of posterior limb of internal capsule and dysmyelination of sub-cortical white matter...
September 2, 2016: Brain & Development
M Pardini, D Botzkowski, S Müller, J Vehoff, J Kuhle, E Ruberte, J Würfel, A Gass, C Valmaggia, B Tettenborn, N Putzki, Ö Yaldizli
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: N-acetyl aspartate (NAA) assessed using proton magnetic resonance spectroscopy ((1) H MRS) has a high pathological specificity for axonal density. Retinal nerve fibre layer thickness (RNFLT) measured by using optical coherence tomography is increasingly used as a surrogate marker of neurodegeneration in multiple sclerosis (MS). Our aim was to investigate the relation between RNFLT and NAA/creatine in brain normal-appearing white matter (NAWM), their dynamics over time and the association with clinical outcome measures in relapsing MS...
September 3, 2016: European Journal of Neurology: the Official Journal of the European Federation of Neurological Societies
Soha Bazyar, Joana Ramalho, Cihat Eldeniz, Hongyu An, Yueh Z Lee
PURPOSE: Plasma volume and blood volume are imaging-derived parameters that are often used to evaluation intracranial tumors. Physiologically, these parameters are directly related, but their two different methods of measurements, T1-dynamic contrast enhanced (DCE)- and T2-dynamic susceptibility contrast (DSC)-MR utilize different model assumptions and approaches. This poses the question of whether the interchangeable use of T1-DCE-MRI derived fractionated plasma volume (vp) and relative cerebral blood volume (rCBV) assessed using DSC-MRI, particularly in glioblastoma, is reliable, and if this relationship can be generalized to other types of brain tumors...
2016: PloS One
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