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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775765/disconnection-surgery-for-intractable-epilepsy-with-a-structural-abnormality-in-the-medial-posterior-cortex
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Takeshi Matsuo, Kensuke Kawai, Kenji Ibayashi, Ichiro Shirouzu, Miki Sato
BACKGROUND: The lesionectomy is a general surgical procedure for treating focal epilepsy resulting from a structural abnormality, but some patients can not achieve favorable outcome, especially patients whose symptomatogenic zone is located in remote regions. Herein we propose the surgical disconnection of the seizure propagation pathway, which consists of short and long associating fibers linking the epileptogenic zone to the remote symptomatogenic zone, as an effective method of achieving favorable seizure outcomes in patients with posterior cortex epilepsy...
May 15, 2018: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773973/comprehensive-investigation-of-white-matter-tracts-in-professional-chess-players-and-relation-to-expertise-region-of-interest-and-dmri-connectometry
#2
Mahsa Mayeli, Farzaneh Rahmani, Mohammad Hadi Aarabi
Purpose: Expertise is the product of training. Few studies have used functional connectivity or conventional diffusometric methods to identify neural underpinnings of chess expertise. Diffusometric variables of white matter might reflect these adaptive changes, along with changes in structural connectivity, which is a sensitive measure of microstructural changes. Method: Diffusometric variables of 29 professional chess players and 29 age-sex matched controls were extracted for white matter regions based on John Hopkin's Mori white matter atlas and partially correlated against professional training time and level of chess proficiency...
2018: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29768273/subcaudate-tractotomy-white-matter-anatomy-and-variability-a-diffusion-tensor-imaging-study
#3
Kartik D Bhatia, Luke A Henderson, Eugene Hsu, Mark Yim
BACKGROUND: Subcaudate tractotomy is a functional ablative procedure performed for treatment-resistant psychiatric disease, targeting the white matter tracts ventral to the head of the caudate nucleus. The white matter anatomy of this region has extensive interindividual variability, and this is thought to impact upon the treatment response to ablative and deep brain stimulation procedures. OBJECTIVE: We aim to assess in detail the white matter tract anatomy and topographic variability underlying subcaudate tractotomy...
May 16, 2018: Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29754404/the-asian-corn-borer-ostrinia-furnacalis-feeding-increases-the-direct-and-indirect-defense-of-mid-whorl-stage-commercial-maize-in-the-field
#4
Jingfei Guo, Jinfeng Qi, Kanglai He, Jianqiang Wu, Shuxiong Bai, Tiantao Zhang, Jiuran Zhao, Zhenying Wang
The Asian corn borer (Ostrinia furnacalis Guenée) is a destructive pest of maize (Zea mays L.). Despite large-scale commercial maize production, little is known about the defensive responses of field-grown commercial maize to O. furnacalis herbivory, and how these responses result in direct and indirect defense against this pest. To elucidate the maize transcriptome response to O. furnacalis feeding, leaves of maize hybrid Jingke968 were infested with O. furnacalis for 0, 2, 4, 12 and 24 h. O. furnacalis feeding elicited stronger and more rapid changes in the defense-related gene expression (i...
May 13, 2018: Plant Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29753752/the-cingulum-bundle-anatomy-function-and-dysfunction
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REVIEW
Emma J Bubb, Claudia Metzler-Baddeley, John P Aggleton
The cingulum bundle is a prominent white matter tract that interconnects frontal, parietal, and medial temporal sites, while also linking subcortical nuclei to the cingulate gyrus. Despite its apparent continuity, the cingulum's composition continually changes as fibres join and leave the bundle. To help understand its complex structure, this review begins with detailed, comparative descriptions of the multiple connections comprising the cingulum bundle. Next, the impact of cingulum bundle damage in rats, monkeys, and humans is analysed...
May 10, 2018: Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29743581/evolution-of-gamma-knife-capsulotomy-for-intractable-obsessive-compulsive-disorder
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REVIEW
Euripedes C Miguel, Antonio C Lopes, Nicole C R McLaughlin, Georg Norén, André F Gentil, Clement Hamani, Roseli G Shavitt, Marcelo C Batistuzzo, Edoardo F Q Vattimo, Miguel Canteras, Antonio De Salles, Alessandra Gorgulho, João Victor Salvajoli, Erich Talamoni Fonoff, Ian Paddick, Marcelo Q Hoexter, Christer Lindquist, Suzanne N Haber, Benjamin D Greenberg, Sameer A Sheth
For more than half a century, stereotactic neurosurgical procedures have been available to treat patients with severe, debilitating symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) that have proven refractory to extensive, appropriate pharmacological, and psychological treatment. Although reliable predictors of outcome remain elusive, the establishment of narrower selection criteria for neurosurgical candidacy, together with a better understanding of the functional neuroanatomy implicated in OCD, has resulted in improved clinical efficacy for an array of ablative and non-ablative intervention techniques targeting the cingulum, internal capsule, and other limbic regions...
May 9, 2018: Molecular Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29739127/diagnostic-validity-of-an-automated-probabilistic-tractography-in-amnestic-mild-cognitive-impairment
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Won Sang Jung, Yoo Hyun Um, Dong Woo Kang, Chang Uk Lee, Young Sup Woo, Won-Myong Bahk, Hyun Kook Lim
Objective: Although several prior works showed the white matter (WM) integrity changes in amnestic mild cognitive impairment (aMCI) and Alzheimer's disease, it is still unclear the diagnostic accuracy of the WM integrity measurements using diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) in discriminating aMCI from normal controls. The aim of this study is to explore diagnostic validity of whole brain automated probabilistic tractography in discriminating aMCI from normal controls. Methods: One hundred-two subjects (50 aMCI and 52 normal controls) were included and underwent DTI scans...
May 31, 2018: Clinical Psychopharmacology and Neuroscience: the Official Scientific Journal of the Korean College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29736185/evaluation-of-different-restoration-combinations-used-in-the-reattachment-of-fractured-teeth-a-finite-element-analysis
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Nagihan Guven, Ozgur Topuz, İhsan Yikilgan
Objective: The purpose of this study was to test different restoration combinations used for constructing fractured endodontically treated incisors by reattaching their fractured fragments. Methods: Seven types of 3-D FEM mathematical root canal-filled models were generated, simulating cases of (OB) reattaching fractured fragments; (CrPL) reattaching fractured fragments + ceramic palatinal laminate; (CmPL) reattaching fractured fragments + composite palatinal laminate; (CM) reattaching fractured fragments + coronal 1/3 of the root was filled using core material; (BP) reattaching fractured fragments + glass fiber post; (CP) composite resin restoration + glass fiber post; and (OC) composite resin restoration...
2018: Applied Bionics and Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29728904/high-angular-resolution-diffusion-imaging-correlates-of-depression-in-parkinson-s-disease-a-connectometry-study
#9
Farzaneh Ghazi Sherbaf, Kaveh Same, Mohammad Hadi Aarabi
Depression is a significant disabling feature in Parkinson's disease (PD). However, the neuropathology of this comorbidity is still unclear. In fact, few studies have tried to elucidate the neural correlates of depression in PD and have mostly examined specific regions of interest. In this study, we applied diffusion MRI connectometry, a powerful complementary approach to investigate alterations in whole white matter pathways regarding the severity of depressive symptoms. Using a multiple regression model, the correlation of severity of depressive symptoms assessed by the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS) with white matter connectivity was surveyed in 27 non-demented PD patients related to 26 age, sex, and educational level-matched healthy subjects...
May 4, 2018: Acta Neurologica Belgica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29709647/the-rainwater-rock-pool-dinoflagellate-nottbeckia-ochracea-gen-et-comb-nov-syn-hemidinium-ochraceum-a-fine-structural-and-molecular-study-with-emphasis-on-the-motile-stage
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Gert Hansen, Niels Daugbjerg, Øjvind Moestrup
The rarely recorded dinoflagellate Hemidinium ochraceum Levander was isolated from a rainwater rock-pool in Finland and the motile stage studied by light- and electron microscopy and molecular sequencing. The ultrastructure of the motile stage revealed several features not previously observed in other dinoflagellates, e.g. thecal plates with inwards 'knobs' and a peculiar corrugated left sulcal plate. The apparent lack of the R2 and R4 flagellar roots was also unusual. The typical plate tabulation was 4', 2a, 8″, cx , 4c,?s, 3‴, cy , 1p, 2″″, cx and cy being extra plates associated with the cingulum, but intraspecific variations were observed in shape and number of plates...
February 24, 2018: Protist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29689722/quantitative-magnetization-transfer-of-white-matter-tracts-correlates-with-diffusion-tensor-imaging-indices-in-predicting-the-conversion-from-mild-cognitive-impairment-to-alzheimer-s-disease
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Elena Makovac, Laura Serra, Carlotta Di Domenico, Camillo Marra, Carlo Caltagirone, Mara Cercignani, Marco Bozzali
Patients with amnestic mild cognitive impairment (aMCI) have higher probability to develop Alzheimer's disease (AD) than elderly controls. The detection of subtle changes in brain structure associated with disease progression and the development of tools to identify patients at high risk for dementia in a short time is crucial. Here, we used probabilistic white matter (WM) tractography to explore microstructural alterations within the main association, limbic, and commissural pathways in aMCI patients who converted to AD after 1 year follow-up (MCIconverters) and those who remained stable (MCIstable)...
April 16, 2018: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29675944/advanced-mr-diffusion-imaging-and-chemotherapy-related-changes-in-cerebral-white-matter-microstructure-of-survivors-of-childhood-bone-and-soft-tissue-sarcoma
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Charlotte Sleurs, Jurgen Lemiere, Daan Christiaens, Thibo Billiet, Ronald Peeters, Stefan Sunaert, Anne Uyttebroeck, Sabine Deprez
With the increase of survival rates of pediatric cancer patients, the number of children facing potential cognitive sequelae has grown. Previous adult studies suggest that white matter (WM) microstructural changes may contribute to cognitive impairment. This study aims to investigate WM microstructure in childhood bone and soft tissue sarcoma. Differences in (micro-)structure can be investigated using diffusion MRI (dMRI). The typically used diffusion tensor model (DTI) assumes Gaussian diffusion, and lacks information about fiber populations...
April 20, 2018: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29672906/do-brain-structural-abnormalities-differentiate-separate-forms-of-urgency-urinary-incontinence
#13
Becky D Clarkson, Derek Griffiths, Neil M Resnick
AIMS: Urgency urinary incontinence (UUI) is a major problem for seniors. The underlying mechanisms of disease and therapy are unknown. We sought structural brain abnormalities that might underlie the functional differences previously observed by functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging in UUI patients versus controls, or among UUI responders versus non-responders to therapy-and thereby reveal potential disease mechanisms and therapeutic targets. METHODS: Secondary study of a trial of biofeedback-assisted pelvic floor muscle training (BFB) in 60 women (>60 yrs) with UUI, plus 11 age-matched continent controls...
April 19, 2018: Neurourology and Urodynamics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29667267/the-cerebellum-after-trauma-resting-state-functional-connectivity-of-the-cerebellum-in-posttraumatic-stress-disorder-and-its-dissociative-subtype
#14
Daniela Rabellino, Maria Densmore, Jean Théberge, Margaret C McKinnon, Ruth A Lanius
The cerebellum plays a key role not only in motor function but also in affect and cognition. Although several psychopathological disorders have been associated with overall cerebellar dysfunction, it remains unclear whether different regions of the cerebellum contribute uniquely to psychopathology. Accordingly, we compared seed-based resting-state functional connectivity of the anterior cerebellum (lobule IV-V), of the posterior cerebellum (Crus I), and of the anterior vermis across posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD; n = 65), its dissociative subtype (PTSD + DS; n = 37), and non-trauma-exposed healthy controls (HC; n = 47)...
April 17, 2018: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29658987/does-bilingualism-increase-brain-or-cognitive-reserve-in-patients-with-temporal-lobe-epilepsy
#15
Anny Reyes, Brianna M Paul, Anisa Marshall, Yu-Hsuan A Chang, Naeim Bahrami, Leena Kansal, Vicente J Iragui, Evelyn S Tecoma, Tamar H Gollan, Carrie R McDonald
OBJECTIVE: Bilingual healthy adults have been shown to exhibit an advantage in executive functioning (EF) that is associated with microstructural changes in white matter (WM) networks. Patients with temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE) often show EF deficits that are associated with WM compromise. In this study, we investigate whether bilingualism can increase cognitive reserve and/or brain reserve in bilingual patients with TLE, mitigating EF impairment and WM compromise. METHODS: Diffusion tensor imaging was obtained in 19 bilingual and 26 monolingual patients with TLE, 12 bilingual healthy controls (HC), and 21 monolingual HC...
April 16, 2018: Epilepsia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29656270/reduced-integrity-of-the-uncinate-fasciculus-and-cingulum-in-depression-a-stem-by-stem-analysis
#16
Kartik D Bhatia, Luke A Henderson, Eugene Hsu, Mark Yim
INTRODUCTION: The subgenual cingulate gyrus (Brodmann's Area 25: BA25) is hypermetabolic in depression and has been targeted successfully with deep brain stimulation. Two of the white matter tracts that play a role in treatment response are the uncinate fasciculus (UF) and the cingulum bundle. The UF has three prefrontal stems, the most medial of which extends from BA25 (which deals with mood regulation) and the most lateral of which extends from the dorso-lateral prefrontal cortex (concerned with executive function)...
April 7, 2018: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29653337/investigation-of-microstructural-abnormalities-in-white-and-gray-matter-around-hippocampus-with-diffusion-tensor-imaging-dti-in-temporal-lobe-epilepsy-tle
#17
Yixin Bao, Ruqian He, Qingyi Zeng, Pan Zhu, Rongyuan Zheng, Huiqin Xu
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to apply diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) to investigate microstructural abnormalities in temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE) with and without hippocampal sclerosis (HS). MATERIALS: Totally, 19 patients with TLE with HS and 23 patients with TLE without HS were included. Fiber tracking fibers focused on the parahippocampal cingulum (PHC), cingulate gyrus (CG), and fornix (FORX). Fractional anisotropy (FA) and mean diffusivity (MD) values were obtained, and hippocampal volumes were measured...
April 10, 2018: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29629498/multifocal-alterations-of-white-matter-accompany-the-transition-from-normal-cognition-to-dementia-in-parkinson-s-disease-patients
#18
Maria Chondrogiorgi, Loukas G Astrakas, Anastasia K Zikou, Luca Weis, Vassilios G Xydis, Angelo Antonini, Maria I Argyropoulou, Spiridon Konitsiotis
The purpose of the present study was to investigate the pattern of white matter (WM) changes associated with Parkinson's disease (PD)-related cognitive impairment by using fractional anisotropy (FA), mean diffusivity (MD), axial diffusivity (AD) and radial diffusivity (RD) measures. Diffusion Tensor Imaging (DTI) was performed in 21 PD-patients with dementia (PDD) and in an age-matched control group including 40 PD-patients without dementia (PD-CTRL). The Parkinson's disease-Cognitive Rating Scale (PD-CRS) was used for patients' neuropsychological assessment...
April 9, 2018: Brain Imaging and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29625454/white-matter-abnormalities-and-correlation-with-severity-in-normal-tension-glaucoma-a-whole-brain-atlas-based-diffusion-tensor-study
#19
Rong Wang, Zuohua Tang, Xinghuai Sun, Lingjie Wu, Jie Wang, Yufeng Zhong, Zebin Xiao
Purpose: To detect injury of whole brain white matter (WM) in normal tension glaucoma (NTG) patients by using diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) and to analyze the correlations between DTI parameters and glaucoma indices. Methods: Twenty mild, 17 moderate, and 18 severe NTG patients as well as 25 normal subjects were enrolled in this study. Atlas-based diffusion tensor analysis was performed to measure the fractional anisotropy (FA), mean diffusivity (MD), axial diffusivity (AD), and radial diffusivity (RD)...
March 1, 2018: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29610037/cytokine-response-tract-specific-fractional-anisotropy-and-brain-morphometry-in-post-stroke-cognitive-impairment
#20
Aleksey Kulesh, Viktor Drobakha, Elena Kuklina, Irina Nekrasova, Vladimir Shestakov
BACKGROUND: Post-stroke cognitive impairment is a clinically heterogeneous condition and its types have a different course and prognosis. The aim of the present study is to address the roles of inflammation, white matter pathology, and brain atrophy in different neuropsychological types of cognitive impairment in the acute period of ischemic stroke. METHODS: In 92 patients, we performed an assessment of the cognitive status and measured concentrations of cytokines (interleukin [IL]-1β, IL-6, tumor necrosis factor-alpha, IL-10) in liquor and serum, as well as a number of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) morphometric parameters and fractional anisotropy...
March 30, 2018: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
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