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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535409/mesial-temporal-lobe-epilepsy-diminishes-functional-connectivity-during-emotion-perception
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Bettina K Steiger, Angela M Muller, Esther Spirig, Gianina Toller, Hennric Jokeit
OBJECTIVES: Unilateral mesial temporal lobe epilepsy (MTLE) has been associated with impaired recognition of emotional facial expressions. Correspondingly, imaging studies showed decreased activity of the amygdala and cortical face processing regions in response to emotional faces. However, functional connectivity among regions involved in emotion perception has not been studied so far. METHODS: To address this, we examined intrinsic functional connectivity (FC) modulated by the perception of dynamic fearful faces among the amygdala and limbic, frontal, temporal and brainstem regions...
May 10, 2017: Epilepsy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535131/detection-of-deafness-in-puppies-using-a-hand-held-otoacoustic-emission-screener
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Michael H Sims, Erin Plyler, Ashley Harkrider, Karen McLucas
The purpose of this study was to evaluate the use of a hand-held otoacoustic emissions screener to detect deafness in puppies. Specifically, distortion product otoacoustic emissions were recorded from 34 puppies (both sexes) of a variety of breeds, from 6-10 wk of age, and the results were compared to brainstem auditory evoked responses (BAER) recorded from the same puppies. Recordings were obtained from both ears in awake or lightly anesthetized puppies, and the results from each ear were compared. In all 62 ears that had normal BAERs, the distortion product otoacoustic emissions screener gave a response of "Pass...
May 23, 2017: Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534074/facial-nerve-sparing-surgery-for-large-vestibular-schwannomas
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Paolo Ferroli, Lorenzo Bosio, Morgan Broggi
BACKGROUND: Nowadays, there is a general trend in vestibular schwannoma (VS) surgery favoring near-total or subtotal tumor resection (NTR/STR) with facial nerve (FN) function preservation rather than gross total resection (GTR) with high risk of FN damage. METHODS: The surgical technique of FN sparing in large VS includes patient-tailored image-guided craniotomy, continuous intraoperative neurophysiological monitoring (INM), intracapsular wide tumor debulking, and only final extracapsular dissection with FN course identification and brainstem decompression...
May 22, 2017: Acta Neurochirurgica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533776/reactivity-to-novel-autoantigens-in-patients-with-coexisting-central-nervous-system-demyelinating-disease-and-autoimmune-thyroid-disease
#4
Judith M Greer, Simon Broadley, Michael P Pender
Several lines of evidence suggest a definite and unique link between CNS demyelinating diseases and autoimmune thyroid disease (AITD). The aim of the current study was to systematically compare the clinical and laboratory features of patients with coexistent AITD and CNS demyelinating disease with those of patients with just CNS demyelinating disease. Forty-four patients with coexisting CNS demyelinating disease and AITD were identified and their clinical and radiological features were recorded. Blood and DNA were collected and tested for HLA type and for the response of T cells and antibodies to a variety of antigens...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533557/the-developmental-emergence-of-differential-brainstem-serotonergic-control-of-the-sensory-spinal-cord
#5
F Schwaller, A H Kanellopoulos, M Fitzgerald
Descending connections from brainstem nuclei are known to exert powerful control of spinal nociception and pain behaviours in adult mammals. Here we present evidence that descending serotonergic fibres not only inhibit nociceptive activity, but also facilitate non-noxious tactile activity in the healthy adult rat spinal dorsal horn via activation of spinal 5-HT3 receptors (5-HT3Rs). We further show that this differential serotonergic control in the adult emerges from a non-modality selective system in young rats...
May 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531897/magnetic-resonance-imaging-of-the-brain-of-a-monotreme-the-short-beaked-echidna-tachyglossus-aculeatus
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Sandilya Cherupalli, Craig D Hardman, Andre Bongers, Ken W S Ashwell
We used magnetic resonance imaging to study the anatomy of cortical regions, nuclear groups, and major tracts in the brain of a monotreme, i.e., the short-beaked echidna (Tachyglossus aculeatus). Our specimens were from a collection held at the Australian Museum in Sydney and had been stored in formaldehyde solution for at least 70 years. Despite this, we were able to detect fine detail in the nuclear divisions of structures as well as in fiber tracts. In particular, we could detect the medial lemniscus as it approached the ventral posterior thalamic nucleus, subdivisions within the ventral posterior thalamic nucleus, lamination and subdivisions within the hippocampal formation, components of the olfactory pathways, and nuclei within the temporal amygdala...
May 23, 2017: Brain, Behavior and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530470/cd73-controls-extracellular-adenosine-generation-in-the-trigeminal-nociceptive-nerves
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X Liu, L Ma, S Zhang, Y Ren, R T Dirksen
Purinergic signaling is involved in pain generation and modulation in the nociceptive sensory nervous system. Adenosine triphosphate (ATP) induces pain via activation of ionotropic P2X receptors while adenosine mediates analgesia via activation of metabotropic P1 receptors. These purinergic signaling are determined by ecto-nucleotidases that control ATP degradation and adenosine generation. Using enzymatic histochemistry, we detected ecto-AMPase activity in dental pulp, trigeminal ganglia (TG) neurons, and their nerve fibers...
June 2017: Journal of Dental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530253/sensitivity-and-specificity-of-vestibular-bedside-examination-in-detecting-viii-cranial-nerve-schwannoma-with-sensorineural-sudden-unilateral-hearing-loss-as-presenting-symptom
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L Califano, F Salafia, M G Melillo, S Mazzone
The objectives of this study were to identify signs of vestibular nerve suffering through a bedside vestibular examination protocol in case of sudden sensorineural unilateral hearing loss without spontaneous signs of vestibular impairment and to propose a bed-side vestibular examination based protocol for the focused execution of gadolinium-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) only if a vestibular schwannoma is suspected. 96 patients, 52 men, 44 women, mean age 57.73 +/- 12.85 years, suffering from sudden sensorineural unilateral hearing loss, which presented neither vertigo nor spontaneous nystagmus, were enrolled...
May 22, 2017: Acta Otorhinolaryngologica Italica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529059/a-review-of-human-neuroimaging-investigations-involved-with-central-autonomic-regulation-of-baroreflex-mediated-cardiovascular-control
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Derek S Kimmerly
Effective regulation of central blood volume and arterial pressure is critical for optimal cardiovascular homeostasis. Inadequate regulation of mean arterial pressure has important pathophysiological implications including syncope, end organ damage, and stroke. Such regulation requires appropriate central integration of barosensory afferents and reflex autonomic control of the heart and blood vessels. The neural pathways involved with the baroreflex include brainstem nuclei that receive modulatory input from higher brain centres...
May 15, 2017: Autonomic Neuroscience: Basic & Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529053/unusual-intra-parenchymal-pontomedullary-epidermoid-cyst-in-a-2-year-old-case-report-and-literature-review
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Anan Shtaya, Bassam Dabbous, Evgenia Fanou, Leslie Bridges, Samantha Hettige
BACKGROUND: Intrinsic brainstem epidermoid cysts are rare, benign, slow growing lesions. Their eloquence preclude complete excision, however subtotal resection will often result in prolonged or sometimes permanent relief of presenting symptoms and signs. We describe an unusual case and review the literature of this pathology in the paediatric population. CASE DESCRIPTION: We report an intra-axial pontine epidermoid cyst in a 2-year-old girl who presented with developmental delay, multiple cranial nerve palsies and pneumonia...
May 18, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527084/neurobiology-of-chronicization
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Gian Camillo Manzoni, Marco Russo, Arens Taga, Paola Torelli
In the past few years, research on chronicization of headache has focussed primarily on migraine, even though there are other types of primary headache that over time can turn into chronic forms. Only a minority of migraine sufferers will develop a chronic condition, with attacks that are likely to vary in their clinical features. As a result, in chronic migraine the specific diagnostic criteria for this headache type do not always exhibit the typical features of migraine. Among the factors that play a major role in favouring chronicization are a high frequency of migraine attacks since the beginning, overuse of symptomatic medication and onset of depression or arterial hypertension...
May 2017: Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527054/understanding-migraine-as-a-cycling-brain-syndrome-reviewing-the-evidence-from-functional-imaging
#12
Arne May
Due to the clinical picture and also based on early imaging data (Weiller et al. Nat Med 1:658-660, 1995), the brainstem and midbrain structures have been intensely discussed as possible driving or generating structures in migraine. The fact that the brainstem activation persisted after treatment makes it unlikely that this activation was only due to increased activity of the endogenous anti-nociceptive system. It was consequently (and somewhat simplifying) coined the "migraine generator". Since then several studies have focussed on this region when investigating episodic, but also chronic migraine...
May 2017: Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524797/the-relationship-of-dose-to-nerve-volume-in-predicting-pain-recurrence-after-stereotactic-radiosurgery-in-trigeminal-neuralgia
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Amparo Wolf, Amy Tyburczy, Jason Chao Ye, Girish Fatterpekar, Joshua S Silverman, Douglas Kondziolka
OBJECTIVE Approximately 75%-92% of patients with trigeminal neuralgia (TN) achieve pain relief after Gamma Knife surgery (GKS), although a proportion of these patients will experience recurrence of their pain. To evaluate the reasons for durability or recurrence, this study determined the impact of trigeminal nerve length and volume, the nerve dose-volume relationship, and the presence of neurovascular compression (NVC) on pain outcomes after GKS for TN. METHODS Fifty-eight patients with 60 symptomatic nerves underwent GKS for TN between 2013 and 2015, including 15 symptomatic nerves secondary to multiple sclerosis (MS)...
May 19, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524792/analysis-and-interrater-reliability-of-pb-c2-using-mri-and-ct-data-from-the-park-reeves-syringomyelia-research-consortium-on-behalf-of-the-pediatric-craniocervical-society
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Todd C Hankinson, Gerald F Tuite, Dagmara I Moscoso, Leslie C Robinson, James C Torner, David D Limbrick, Tae Sung Park, Richard C E Anderson
OBJECTIVE The distance to the ventral dura, perpendicular to the basion to C2 line (pB-C2), is commonly employed as a measure describing the anatomy of the craniovertebral junction. However, both the reliability among observers and the clinical utility of this measurement in the context of Chiari malformation Type I (CM-I) have been incompletely determined. METHODS Data were reviewed from the first 600 patients enrolled in the Park-Reeves Syringomyelia Research Consortium with CM-I and syringomyelia. Thirty-one cases were identified in which both CT and MRI studies were available for review...
May 19, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery. Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523237/evoked-potential-changes-in-patients-with-parkinson-s-disease
#15
Chunyan Liu, Yaping Zhang, Weiguo Tang, Binda Wang, Bona Wang, Songbin He
OBJECTIVE: Patients with Parkinson's disease (PD) may have sensory dysfunction, and it can be more easily demonstrated through electrophysiologic testing. We aimed to explore whether the impairment of brainstem visual and auditory passageway exists in PD patients using visual evoked potential (VEP) and brainstem auditory evoked potential (BAEP) examinations. METHODS: Forty-two PD cases and thirty controls participated in the study. All subjects underwent the VEP and BAEP examinations...
May 2017: Brain and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522760/on-the-existence-of-a-central-respiratory-oxygen-sensor
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Alexander V Gourine, Gregory D Funk
A commonly held view that dominates both the scientific and educational literature is that in terrestrial mammals the central nervous system lacks a physiological hypoxia sensor capable of triggering increases in lung ventilation in response to decreases in PO2 of the brain parenchyma. Indeed, a normocapnic hypoxic ventilatory response has never been observed in humans following bilateral resection of the carotid bodies. In contrast, almost complete or partial recovery of the hypoxic ventilatory response after denervation/removal of the peripheral respiratory oxygen chemoreceptors has been demonstrated in many experimental animals when assessed in an awake state...
May 18, 2017: Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522693/histone-h3-3k27m-represses-p16-to-accelerate-gliomagenesis-in-a-murine-model-of-dipg
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Francisco J Cordero, Zhiqing Huang, Carole Grenier, Xingyao He, Guo Hu, Roger E McLendon, Susan K Murphy, Rintaro Hashizume, Oren J Becher
Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG) is a highly aggressive pediatric brainstem tumor genetically distinguished from adult GBM by the high prevalence of the K27M mutation in the histone H3 variant H3.3 (H3F3A). This mutation reprograms the H3K27me3 epigenetic landscape of DIPG by inhibiting the H3K27-specific histone methyltransferase EZH2. This globally reduces H3K27me2/3, critical repressive marks responsible for cell fate decisions, and also causes focal gain of H3K27me3 throughout the epigenome. To date the tumor-driving effects of H3...
May 18, 2017: Molecular Cancer Research: MCR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522215/blocking-voltage-gated-sodium-channels-as-a-strategy-to-suppress-pathological-cough
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Hui Sun, Marian Kollarik, Bradley J Undem
Pathological cough is thought to be secondary to inappropriate activation of vagal sensory nerves. Sensory nerves can be activated by a large number of disparate stimuli. The most relevant stimuli to block for effective anti-tussive therapy likely depend on the specific underlying pathology that is leading to the coughing. Blocking voltage-gated sodium channels (NaV) will prevent action potential initiation and conduction and therefore prevent sensory communication between the airways and brainstem. In so doing, they would be expected to inhibit evoked cough independently of the nature of the stimulus and underlying pathology...
May 15, 2017: Pulmonary Pharmacology & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522210/novel-trigeminal-slice-preparation-method-for-studying-mechanisms-of-nociception-transmission
#19
Mikiko Hirahara, Naoshi Fujiwara, Kenji Seo
BACKGROUND: The trigeminal subnucleus caudalis (Vc) plays a critical role in transmission and modulation of nociceptive afferent inputs, and exhibits a similar layer construction to the spinal dorsal horn. However, afferent inputs enter the brainstem and project to a separately located nucleus. It has previously been difficult to record responses of the Vc to afferent fiber activation in a brainstem slice preparation. The aim of the present study was to establish a novel brainstem slice preparation method to study trigeminal nociceptive transmission mechanisms...
May 15, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521451/dosimetric-comparison-of-intensity-modulated-radiation-therapy-and-volumetric-modulated-arc-therapy-plans-for-the-treatment-of-glioma-using-flattening-filter-free-and-flattening-filter-modes
#20
Dandan Xu, Fei Jia, Guowen Li, Hongfei Li
In the present study, the dose verification between 6X and 6X flattening filter-free (FFF) in intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) and volumetric modulated arc therapy (VMAT) was compared, and the advantages and disadvantages of different radiotherapy plans were evaluated. All four plans achieved comparable heterogeneity and conformity indices. For frontal tumor, VMAT demonstrated more improved sparing of the brainstem compared with the IMRT (P=0.045); while in the model of FFF, the Dmax of eye lens was significantly reduced by 16-21% (P<0...
May 2017: Oncology Letters
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