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#1
N Davceva, A Sivevski
Traumatic axonal injury (TAI) is a distinct clinicopathological entity that can cause serious impairment of the brain function and can sometimes be found as a concrete cause of death. It has been discussed from the perspective of its biomechanical importance, and also from the standpoint of certain criteria for the pathological diagnosis of TAI. However, since the time when DAI (diffuse axonal injury) was initially described, there have been few, if any, discussions about the clinical-pathological correlation in TAI...
April 14, 2017: Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429407/spinal-cord-injury-induces-widespread-chronic-changes-in-cerebral-white-matter
#2
Tero Ilvesmäki, Eerika Koskinen, Antti Brander, Teemu Luoto, Juha Öhman, Hannu Eskola
Traumatic spinal cord injuries (SCIs) lead to axonal damage at the trauma site, as well as disconnections within the central nervous system. While the exact mechanisms of the long-term pathophysiological consequences of SCIs are not fully understood, it is known that neuronal damage and degeneration are not limited to the direct proximity of the trauma. Instead, the effects can be detected even in the cerebrum. We examined SCI-induced chronic brain changes with a case-control design using 32 patients and 70 control subjects...
April 21, 2017: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28394205/a-three-dimensional-computational-human-head-model-that-captures-live-human-brain-dynamics
#3
Shailesh Ganpule, Nitin P Daphalapurkar, Kaliat T Ramesh, Andrew K Knutsen, Dzung L Pham, Philip V Bayly, Jerry L Prince
Diffuse axonal injury (DAI) is a debilitating consequence of traumatic brain injury (TBI) attributed to abnormal stretching of axons caused by blunt head trauma or acceleration of the head. We developed an anatomically accurate, subject-specific, three-dimensional (3D) computational model of the human brain, and used it to study the dynamic deformations in the substructures of the brain when the head is subjected to rotational accelerations. The computational head models use anatomy and morphology of the white matter fibers obtained using MRI...
April 10, 2017: Journal of Neurotrauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28393281/reaction-time-impairments-in-decision-making-networks-as-a-diagnostic-marker-for-traumatic-brain-injuries-and-neurological-diseases
#4
Pedro D Maia, J Nathan Kutz
The presence of diffuse Focal Axonal Swellings (FAS) is a hallmark cellular feature in many neurological diseases and traumatic brain injury. Among other things, the FAS have a significant impact on spike-train encodings that propagate through the affected neurons, leading to compromised signal processing on a neuronal network level. This work merges, for the first time, three fields of study: (i) signal processing in excitatory-inhibitory (EI) networks of neurons via population codes, (ii) decision-making theory driven by the production of evidence from stimulus, and (iii) compromised spike-train propagation through FAS...
April 10, 2017: Journal of Computational Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28388913/diffusion-mri-quantifies-early-axonal-loss-in-the-presence-of-nerve-swelling
#5
Tsen-Hsuan Lin, Chia-Wen Chiang, Carlos J Perez-Torres, Peng Sun, Michael Wallendorf, Robert E Schmidt, Anne H Cross, Sheng-Kwei Song
BACKGROUND: Magnetic resonance imaging markers have been widely used to detect and quantify white matter pathologies in multiple sclerosis. We have recently developed a diffusion basis spectrum imaging (DBSI) to distinguish and quantify co-existing axonal injury, demyelination, and inflammation in multiple sclerosis patients and animal models. It could serve as a longitudinal marker for axonal loss, a primary cause of permanent neurological impairments and disease progression. METHODS: Eight 10-week-old female C57BL/6 mice underwent optic nerve DBSI, followed by a week-long recuperation prior to active immunization for experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE)...
April 7, 2017: Journal of Neuroinflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28385062/diffusion-tensor-imaging-parameter-obtained-during-acute-blunt-cervical-spinal-cord-injury-in-predicting-long-term-outcome
#6
Kathirkamanthan Shanmuganathan, Jiachen Zhuo, Hegang H Chen, Bizhan Aarabi, Jason Adams, Catriona Miller, Jay Menaker, Rao Gullapallie, Stuart E Mirvis
There are no reliable neuroimaging biomarkers to predict long term outcome following spinal cord injury. This prospective longitudinal study evaluates diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) in predicting long term outcome following cervical spinal cord injury (CSCI). We investigate the admission DTI parameters measured in 30 patients with CSCI, with 16 of them followed up to 1 year, and 15 volunteers serving as controls. All MRI examinations were performed within 24 hours of injury. DTI parameters were measured in patients and controls, avoiding areas of hemorrhage in patients and at corresponding upper/middle/lower regions of the spinal cord in controls...
April 6, 2017: Journal of Neurotrauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28378287/pediatric-thoracic-sciwora-after-back-bend-during-dance-practice-a-retrospective-case-series-and-analysis-of-trauma-mechanisms
#7
Jian Ren, Gao Zeng, Yong-Jie Ma, Nan Chen, Zan Chen, Feng Ling, Hong-Qi Zhang
PURPOSE: The purpose of the study was to describe a unique type of low-energy traumatic pediatric thoracic spinal cord injury without radiographic abnormality (SCIWORA) after a back bend during dance practice and analyze the trauma mechanisms and treatment protocols. METHODS: This was a retrospective case series from September 2007 to August 2016. The study was conducted at a tertiary medical center in Beijing, China (Xuanwu Hospital, China International Neuroscience Institute [China-INI], Capital Medical University)...
April 4, 2017: Child's Nervous System: ChNS: Official Journal of the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28365421/quantitative-validation-of-a-nonlinear-histology-mri-coregistration-method-using-generalized-q-sampling-imaging-in-complex-human-cortical-white-matter
#8
Mihika Gangolli, Laurena Holleran, Joong Hee Kim, Thor D Stein, Victor Alvarez, Ann C McKee, David L Brody
Advanced diffusion MRI methods have recently been proposed for detection of pathologies such as traumatic axonal injury and chronic traumatic encephalopathy which commonly affect complex cortical brain regions. However, radiological-pathological correlations in human brain tissue that detail the relationship between the multi-component diffusion signal and underlying pathology are lacking. We present a nonlinear voxel based two dimensional coregistration method that is useful for matching diffusion signals to quantitative metrics of high resolution histological images...
March 30, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28358277/evaluation-of-head-and-brain-injury-risk-functions-using-sub-injurious-human-volunteer-data
#9
Erin J Sanchez, Lee F Gabler, James S McGhee, Ardyn V Olszko, Valeta Carol Chancey, Jeff Crandall, Matthew B Panzer
Risk assessment models are developed to estimate the probability of brain injury during head impact using mechanical response variables such as head kinematics and brain tissue deformation. Existing injury risk functions have been developed using different datasets based on human volunteer and scaled animal injury responses to impact. However, many of these functions have not been independently evaluated with respect to laboratory-controlled human response data. In this study, the specificity of fourteen existing brain injury risk functions was assessed by evaluating their ability to correctly predict non-injurious response using previously conducted sled tests with well-instrumented human research volunteers...
March 30, 2017: Journal of Neurotrauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350176/facial-emotion-recognition-in-patients-with-focal-and-diffuse-axonal-injury
#10
Walid Yassin, Brandy L Callahan, Shiho Ubukata, Genichi Sugihara, Toshiya Murai, Keita Ueda
OBJECTIVE: Facial emotion recognition impairment has been well documented in patients with traumatic brain injury. Studies exploring the neural substrates involved in such deficits have implicated specific grey matter structures (e.g. orbitofrontal regions), as well as diffuse white matter damage. Our study aims to clarify whether different types of injuries (i.e. focal vs. diffuse) will lead to different types of impairments on facial emotion recognition tasks, as no study has directly compared these patients...
March 28, 2017: Brain Injury: [BI]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28347679/chronic-traumatic-encephalopathy-the-cellular-sequela-to-repetitive-brain-injury
#11
REVIEW
Alexander R Vile, Leigh Atkinson
This review aims to integrate current literature on the pathogenic mechanisms of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) to create a multifactorial understanding of the disease. CTE is a progressive neurodegenerative disease, classed as a tauopathy, although it appears the pathogenic mechanisms are more complex than this. It affects those with a history of repetitive mild traumatic brain injury. Currently, there are no treatments for CTE and the disease can only be affirmatively diagnosed in post mortem. Understanding the pathogenesis of the disease will provide an avenue to explore possible treatment and diagnostic modalities...
March 24, 2017: Journal of Clinical Neuroscience: Official Journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339015/protection-of-fk506-against-neuronal-apoptosis-and-axonal-injury-following-experimental-diffuse-axonal-injury
#12
Ting-Qin Huang, Jin-Ning Song, Feng-Wei Zheng, Hong-Gang Pang, Yong-Lin Zhao, Hua Gu, Jun-Jie Zhao
Diffuse axonal injury (DAI) is the most common and significant pathological features of traumatic brain injury (TBI). However, there are still no effective drugs to combat the formation and progression of DAI in affected individuals. FK506, also known as tacrolimus, is an immunosuppressive drug, which is widely used in transplantation medicine for the reduction of allograft rejection. Previous studies have identified that FK506 may play an important role in the nerve protective effect of the central nervous system...
May 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334184/mild-traumatic-brain-injury-induces-structural-and-functional-disconnection-of-local-neocortical-inhibitory-networks-via-parvalbumin-interneuron-diffuse-axonal-injury
#13
Michal Vascak, Xiaotao Jin, Kimberle M Jacobs, John T Povlishock
Diffuse axonal injury (DAI) plays a major role in cortical network dysfunction posited to cause excitatory/inhibitory imbalance after mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI). Current thought holds that white matter (WM) is uniquely vulnerable to DAI. However, clinically diagnosed mTBI is not always associated with WM DAI. This suggests an undetected neocortical pathophysiology, implicating GABAergic interneurons. To evaluate this possibility, we used mild central fluid percussion injury to generate DAI in mice with Cre-driven tdTomato labeling of parvalbumin (PV) interneurons...
March 4, 2017: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332711/long-term-white-matter-tract-reorganization-following-prolonged-febrile-seizures
#14
Suresh S Pujar, Kiran K Seunarine, Marina M Martinos, Brian G R Neville, Rod C Scott, Richard F M Chin, Chris A Clark
OBJECTIVE: Diffusion magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) studies have demonstrated acute white matter changes following prolonged febrile seizures (PFS), but their longer-term evolution is unknown. We investigated a population-based cohort to determine white matter diffusion properties 8 years after PFS. METHODS: We used diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) and applied Tract-Based Spatial Statistics for voxel-wise comparison of white matter microstructure between 26 children with PFS and 27 age-matched healthy controls...
March 23, 2017: Epilepsia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328634/bridging-the-gap-engineered-porcine-derived-urinary-bladder-matrix-conduits-as-a-novel-scaffold-for-peripheral-nerve-regeneration
#15
Lyly Nguyen, Ashkan Afshari, Nathaniel D Kelm, Alonda C Pollins, R Bruce Shack, Mark D Does, Wesley P Thayer
PURPOSE: This study aims to compare engineered nerve conduits constructed from porcine-derived urinary bladder matrix (UBM) with the criterion-standard nerve autografts, for segmental loss peripheral nerve repairs. METHODS: Forty-eight Sprague-Dawley rats were divided into 2 groups. All underwent a 10-mm sciatic nerve gap injury. This was repaired using either (1) reverse autograft-the 10-mm cut segment was oriented 180 degrees and used to coapt the proximal and distal stumps or (2) UBM conduit-the 10-mm nerve gap was bridged with UBM conduit...
March 21, 2017: Annals of Plastic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323582/white-matter-integrity-in-high-altitude-pilots-exposed-to-hypobaria
#16
Stephen A McGuire, Goldie R E Boone, Paul M Sherman, David F Tate, Joe D Wood, Beenish Patel, George Eskandar, S Andrea Wijtenburg, Laura M Rowland, Geoffrey D Clarke, Patrick M Grogan, John H Sladky, Peter V Kochunov
INTRODUCTION: Nonhypoxic hypobaric (low atmospheric pressure) occupational exposure, such as experienced by U.S. Air Force U-2 pilots and safety personnel operating inside altitude chambers, is associated with increased subcortical white matter hyperintensity (WMH) burden. The pathophysiological mechanisms underlying this discrete WMH change remain unknown. The objectives of this study were to demonstrate that occupational exposure to nonhypoxic hypobaria is associated with altered white matter integrity as quantified by fractional anisotropy (FA) measured using diffusion tensor imaging and relate these findings to WMH burden and neurocognitive ability...
December 1, 2016: Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322622/central-nervous-system-changes-induced-by-underbody-blast-induced-hyperacceleration-an-in-vivo-diffusion-tensor-imaging-and-magnetic-resonance-spectroscopy-study
#17
Shiyu Tang, Su Xu, William L Fourney, Ulrich H Leiste, Julie L Proctor, Gary Fiskum, Rao P Gullapalli
Blast-related traumatic brain injury (bTBI) resulting from improvised explosive devices is the hallmark injury of recent wars, and affects many returning veterans who experienced either direct or indirect exposure. Many of these veterans have long-term neurocognitive symptoms. However, there is very little evidence to show whether blast-induced acceleration alone, in the absence of secondary impacts, can cause mild TBI. In this study, we examine the effect of under-vehicle blast-induced hyperacceleration (uBIH) of ∼1700 g on the biochemical and microstrucutral changes in the brain using diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) and magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS)...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Neurotrauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314375/inter-subject-variability-of-axonal-injury-in-diffuse-traumatic-brain-injury
#18
Jeffrey B Ware, Tessa Hart, John Whyte, Amanda Rabinowitz, John A Detre, Junghoon Kim
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a leading cause of cognitive morbidity worldwide, for which reliable biomarkers are needed. Diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) is a promising biomarker of traumatic axonal injury (TAI), however existing studies have been limited by a primary reliance upon group-level analytic methods not well-suited to account for inter-subject variability. In this study, 42 adults with TBI of at least moderate severity were examined 3 months following injury and compared to 35 healthy controls. DTI data was used for both traditional group-level comparison as well as subject-specific analysis using the distribution-corrected Z-score (DisCo-Z) approach...
March 17, 2017: Journal of Neurotrauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28294464/assessing-connectivity-related-injury-burden-in-diffuse-traumatic-brain-injury
#19
Berkan Solmaz, Birkan Tunç, Drew Parker, John Whyte, Tessa Hart, Amanda Rabinowitz, Morgan Rohrbach, Junghoon Kim, Ragini Verma
Many of the clinical and behavioral manifestations of traumatic brain injury (TBI) are thought to arise from disruption to the structural network of the brain due to diffuse axonal injury (DAI). However, a principled way of summarizing diffuse connectivity alterations to quantify injury burden is lacking. In this study, we developed a connectome injury score, Disruption Index of the Structural Connectome (DISC), which summarizes the cumulative effects of TBI-induced connectivity abnormalities across the entire brain...
March 15, 2017: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293064/involvement-of-toll-like-receptor-2-signaling-in-secondary-injury-during-experimental-diffuse-axonal-injury-in-rats
#20
Yonglin Zhao, Junjie Zhao, Ming Zhang, Yahui Zhao, Jiaxi Li, Xudong Ma, Tingqin Huang, Honggang Pang, Bo Wang, Jinning Song
Treatment of diffuse axonal injury (DAI) remains challenging in clinical practice due to the unclear pathophysiological mechanism. Uncontrolled, excessive inflammation is one of the most recognized mechanisms that contribute to the secondary injury after DAI. Toll like receptor 2 (TLR2) is highlighted for the initiation of a vicious self-propagating inflammatory circle. However, the role and detailed mechanism of TLR2 in secondary injury is yet mostly unknown. In this study, we demonstrated the expression of TLR2 levels in cortex, corpus callosum, and internal capsule and the localization of TLR2 in neurons and glial cells in rat DAI models...
2017: Mediators of Inflammation
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