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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207873/classification-of-brain-disease-in-magnetic-resonance-images-using-two-stage-local-feature-fusion
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Tao Li, Wu Li, Yehui Yang, Wensheng Zhang
BACKGROUND: Many classification methods have been proposed based on magnetic resonance images. Most methods rely on measures such as volume, the cerebral cortical thickness and grey matter density. These measures are susceptible to the performance of registration and limited in representation of anatomical structure. This paper proposes a two-stage local feature fusion method, in which deformable registration is not desired and anatomical information is represented from moderate scale...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28204954/biopsy-vs-peripheral-computed-tomography-to-assess-bone-disease-in-ckd-patients-on-dialysis-differences-and-similarities
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I D B Marques, M J C L N Araújo, F G Graciolli, L M Dos Reis, R M Pereira, M R Custódio, V Jorgetti, R M Elias, E David-Neto, R M A Moysés
: Results from bone biopsy and high-resolution peripheral quantitative computed tomography (HR-pQCT) were compared in 31 CKD patients. There was an agreement mainly for cortical compartment that may represent a perspective on the fracture risk assessment. HR-pQCT also provided some clues on the turnover status, which warrants further studies. INTRODUCTION: Chronic kidney disease (CKD) patients are at high risk of bone disease. Although bone biopsy is considered the best method to evaluate bone disease, it is expensive and not always available...
February 16, 2017: Osteoporosis International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203530/longitudinal-evaluation-of-cerebral-and-spinal-cord-damage-in-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis
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Milena de Albuquerque, Lucas Melo T Branco, Thiago Junqueira R Rezende, Helen Maia Tavares de Andrade, Anamarli Nucci, Marcondes Cavalcante França
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate MRI-based parameters as biomarkers of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) progression. METHODS: Twenty-seven patients and 27 controls performed two clinical and MRI acquisitions 8 months apart. ALSFRS-R scale was used to quantify disease severity at both time points. Multimodal analyses of MRI included cortical thickness measurements (FreeSurfer software), analysis of white matter integrity using diffusion-tensor imaging (tract-based spatial statistics-TBSS) and measurement of cervical spinal cord cross-sectional area (SpineSeg software)...
2017: NeuroImage: Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199888/in%C3%A2-vivo-assessment-of-iron-content-of-the-cerebral-cortex-in-healthy-aging-using-7-tesla-t2-weighted-phase-imaging
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Mathijs Buijs, Nhat Trung Doan, Sanneke van Rooden, Maarten J Versluis, Baldur van Lew, Julien Milles, Jeroen van der Grond, Mark A van Buchem
Accumulation of brain iron has been suggested as a biomarker of neurodegeneration. Increased iron has been seen in the cerebral cortex in postmortem studies of neurodegenerative diseases and healthy aging. Until recently, the diminutive thickness of the cortex and its relatively low iron content have hampered in vivo study of cortical iron accumulation. Using phase images of a T2*-weighted sequence at ultrahigh field strength (7 Tesla), we examined the iron content of 22 cortical regions in 70 healthy subjects aged 22-80 years...
September 15, 2016: Neurobiology of Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199411/cortical-porosity-not-superior-to-conventional-densitometry-in-identifying-hemodialysis-patients-with-fragility-fracture
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Bernhard Bielesz, Janina M Patsch, Lukas Fischer, Marija Bojic, Wolfgang Winnicki, Michael Weber, Daniel Cejka
Hemodialysis (HD) patients face increased fracture risk, which is further associated with elevated risk of hospitalization and mortality. High-resolution peripheral computed tomography (HR-pQCT) has advanced our understanding of bone disease in chronic kidney disease by characterizing distinct changes in both the cortical and trabecular compartments. Increased cortical porosity (Ct.Po) has been shown to be associated with fracture in patients with osteopenia or in postmenopausal diabetic women. We tested whether the degree of Ct...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198448/influence-of-fkbp5-polymorphism-and-dna-methylation-on-structural-changes-of-the-brain-in-major-depressive-disorder
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Kyu-Man Han, Eunsoo Won, Youngbo Sim, June Kang, Changsu Han, Yong-Ku Kim, Seung-Hyun Kim, Sook-Haeng Joe, Min-Soo Lee, Woo-Suk Tae, Byung-Joo Ham
A single nucleotide polymorphism of rs1360780 in the FKBP5 gene is associated with a predisposition to developing major depressive disorder (MDD). We investigated the interactive effects of FKBP5 rs1360780 allelic variants, DNA methylation, and the diagnosis of MDD on structural changes of the entire brain. One hundred and fourteen patients with MDD and eighty-eight healthy controls underwent T1-weighted structural magnetic resonance imaging and FKBP5 rs1360780 genotyping, including DNA methylation of intron 7...
February 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198067/verbal-spatial-iq-discrepancies-impact-brain-activation-associated-with-the-resolution-of-cognitive-conflict-in-children-and-adolescents
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Amy E Margolis, Katie S Davis, Lisa S Pao, Amy Lewis, Xiao Yang, Gregory Tau, Guihu Zhao, Zhishun Wang, Rachel Marsh
Verbal-spatial discrepancies are common in healthy individuals and in those with neurodevelopmental disorders associated with cognitive control deficits including: Autism Spectrum Disorder, Non-Verbal Learning Disability, Fragile X, 22q11 deletion, and Turner Syndrome. Previous data from healthy individuals suggest that the magnitude of the difference between verbal IQ (VIQ) and performance IQ (PIQ) scores (the VIQ>PIQ discrepancy) is associated with reduced thickness in frontal and parietal cortices (inferior frontal, anterior cingulate, inferior parietal lobule, and supramarginal gyrus) that support cognitive control...
February 15, 2017: Developmental Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196230/association-between-the-probability-of-autism-spectrum-disorder-and-normative-sex-related-phenotypic-diversity-in-brain-structure
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Christine Ecker, Derek S Andrews, Christina M Gudbrandsen, Andre F Marquand, Cedric E Ginestet, Eileen M Daly, Clodagh M Murphy, Meng-Chuan Lai, Michael V Lombardo, Amber N V Ruigrok, Edward T Bullmore, John Suckling, Steven C R Williams, Simon Baron-Cohen, Michael C Craig, Declan G M Murphy
Importance: Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is 2 to 5 times more common in male individuals than in female individuals. While the male preponderant prevalence of ASD might partially be explained by sex differences in clinical symptoms, etiological models suggest that the biological male phenotype carries a higher intrinsic risk for ASD than the female phenotype. To our knowledge, this hypothesis has never been tested directly, and the neurobiological mechanisms that modulate ASD risk in male individuals and female individuals remain elusive...
February 8, 2017: JAMA Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192686/the-down-syndrome-brain-in-the-presence-and-absence-of-fibrillar-%C3%AE-amyloidosis
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Tiina Annus, Liam R Wilson, Julio Acosta-Cabronero, Arturo Cardenas-Blanco, Young T Hong, Tim D Fryer, Jonathan P Coles, David K Menon, Shahid H Zaman, Anthony J Holland, Peter J Nestor
People with Down syndrome (DS) have a neurodevelopmentally distinct brain and invariably developed amyloid neuropathology by age 50. This cross-sectional study aimed to provide a detailed account of DS brain morphology and the changes occuring with amyloid neuropathology. Forty-six adults with DS underwent structural and amyloid imaging-the latter using Pittsburgh compound B (PIB) to stratify the cohort into PIB-positive (n = 19) and PIB-negative (n = 27). Age-matched controls (n = 30) underwent structural imaging...
January 17, 2017: Neurobiology of Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191353/alterations-in-cortical-thickness-and-white-matter-integrity-in-mild-to-moderate-communicating-hydrocephalic-school-aged-children-measured-by-whole-brain-cortical-thickness-mapping-and-dti
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Siyu Zhang, Xinjian Ye, Guanghui Bai, Yuchuan Fu, Chuanwan Mao, Aiqin Wu, Xiaozheng Liu, Zhihan Yan
Follow-up observation is required for mild-to-moderate hydrocephalic patients because of the potential damage to brain. However, effects of mild-to-moderate hydrocephalus on gray and white matter remain unclear in vivo. Using structural MRI and diffusion tensor imaging (DTI), current study compared the cortical thickness and white matter integrity between children with mild-to-moderate communicating hydrocephalus and healthy controls. The relationships between cortical changes and intelligence quota were also examined in patients...
2017: Neural Plasticity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188856/mri-correlates-of-interaction-between-gender-and-expressive-suppression-among-the-chinese-population
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Kangcheng Wang, Li Chen, Xin Hou, Yong Zhang, Junyi Yang, Xin Hao, Jiang Qiu
Expressive suppression is a kind of emotion regulation strategies by suppressing behaviors related to emotional responding. Despite the amount of behavioral research on expressive suppression, the structural and functional mechanisms underlying the interaction between gender and expressive suppression in Chinese healthy subjects have remained unknown. In the current study, we assessed the levels of expressive suppression and acquired the structural and functional imaging data from 273 Chinese individuals. A nearly automatic cortical processing technique was used to calculate cortical thickness for each subject...
February 7, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186656/phenotype-and-genotype-specific-structural-alterations-in-spasmodic-dysphonia
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Serena Bianchi, Giovanni Battistella, Hailey Huddleston, Rebecca Scharf, Lazar Fleysher, Anna F Rumbach, Steven J Frucht, Andrew Blitzer, Laurie J Ozelius, Kristina Simonyan
BACKGROUND: Spasmodic dysphonia is a focal dystonia characterized by involuntary spasms in the laryngeal muscles that occur selectively during speaking. Although hereditary trends have been reported in up to 16% of patients, the causative etiology of spasmodic dysphonia is unclear, and the influences of various phenotypes and genotypes on disorder pathophysiology are poorly understood. In this study, we examined structural alterations in cortical gray matter and white matter integrity in relationship to different phenotypes and putative genotypes of spasmodic dysphonia to elucidate the structural component of its complex pathophysiology...
February 10, 2017: Movement Disorders: Official Journal of the Movement Disorder Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28184001/igfbp-4-regulates-adult-skeletal-growth-in-a-sex-specific-manner
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David E Maridas, Victoria E DeMambro, Phuong T Le, Subburaman Mohan, Cliff Rosen
Insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1) and its binding proteins are critical mediators of skeletal growth. Insulin-like Growth Factor Binding Protein 4 (IGFBP-4) is highly expressed in osteoblasts and inhibits IGF-1 actions in vitro. Yet, in vivo studies suggest that it could potentiate IGF-1 and IGF-2 actions. In this study, we hypothesized that IGFBP-4 might potentiate the actions of IGF-1 on the skeleton. To test this, we comprehensively studied 8 and 16-week-old Igfbp4-/- mice. Both male and female adult Igfbp4-/- mice had marked growth retardation with reductions in body weight, body and femur lengths, fat proportion and lean mass at 8 and 16 weeks...
February 9, 2017: Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28182735/chrna2-martinotti-cells-synchronize-layer-5-type-a-pyramidal-cells-via-rebound-excitation
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Markus M Hilscher, Richardson N Leão, Steven J Edwards, Katarina E Leão, Klas Kullander
Martinotti cells are the most prominent distal dendrite-targeting interneurons in the cortex, but their role in controlling pyramidal cell (PC) activity is largely unknown. Here, we show that the nicotinic acetylcholine receptor α2 subunit (Chrna2) specifically marks layer 5 (L5) Martinotti cells projecting to layer 1. Furthermore, we confirm that Chrna2-expressing Martinotti cells selectively target L5 thick-tufted type A PCs but not thin-tufted type B PCs. Using optogenetic activation and inhibition, we demonstrate how Chrna2-Martinotti cells robustly reset and synchronize type A PCs via slow rhythmic burst activity and rebound excitation...
February 2017: PLoS Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28181426/site-specific-difference-of-bone-geometry-indices-in-hypoparathyroid-patients
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Hye Sun Park, Da Hea Seo, Yumie Rhee, Sung Kil Lim
BACKGROUND: Hypoparathyroid patients often have a higher bone mineral density (BMD) than the general population. However, an increase in BMD does not necessarily correlate with a solid bone microstructure. This study aimed to evaluate the bone microstructure of hypoparathyroid patients by using hip structure analysis (HSA). METHODS: Ninety-five hypoparathyroid patients >20 years old were enrolled and 31 of them had eligible data for analyzing bone geometry parameters using HSA...
February 8, 2017: Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28180083/lateralized-occipital-degeneration-in-posterior-cortical-atrophy-predicts-visual-field-deficits
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Rebecca S Millington, Merle James-Galton, Mari N Maia Da Silva, Gordon T Plant, Holly Bridge
BACKGROUND: Posterior cortical atrophy (PCA), the visual variant of Alzheimer's disease, leads to high-level visual deficits such as alexia or agnosia. Visual field deficits have also been identified, but often inconsistently reported. Little is known about the pattern of visual field deficits or the underlying cortical changes leading to this visual loss. METHODS: Multi-modal magnetic resonance imaging was used to investigate differences in gray matter volume, cortical thickness, white matter microstructure and functional activity in patients with PCA compared to age-matched controls...
2017: NeuroImage: Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28176436/differential-microstructural-and-morphological-abnormalities-in-mild-cognitive-impairment-and-alzheimer-s-disease-evidence-from-cortical-and-deep-gray-matter
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Nan-Jie Gong, Chun-Chung Chan, Lam-Ming Leung, Chun-Sing Wong, Russell Dibb, Chunlei Liu
One aim of this study is to use non-Gaussian diffusion kurtosis imaging (DKI) for capturing microstructural abnormalities in gray matter of Alzheimer's disease (AD). The other aim is to compare DKI metrics against thickness of cortical gray matter and volume of deep gray matter, respectively. A cohort of 18 patients with AD, 18 patients with amnestic mild cognitive impairment (MCI), and 18 normal controls underwent morphological and DKI MR imaging. Images were investigated using regions-of-interest-based analyses for deep gray matter and vertex-wise analyses for cortical gray matter...
February 8, 2017: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28169581/gray-matter-trophism-cognitive-impairment-and-depression-in-patients-with-multiple-sclerosis
#18
Emanuele Pravatà, Maria A Rocca, Paola Valsasina, Gianna C Riccitelli, Claudio Gobbi, Giancarlo Comi, Andrea Falini, Massimo Filippi
BACKGROUND: Cognitive impairment and depression frequently affects patients with multiple sclerosis (MS). However, the relationship between the occurrence of depression and cognitive impairment and the development of cortical atrophy has not been fully elucidated yet. OBJECTIVES: To investigate the association of cortical and deep gray matter (GM) volume with depression and cognitive impairment in MS. METHODS: Three-dimensional (3D) T1-weighted scans were obtained from 126 MS patients and 59 matched healthy controls...
February 1, 2017: Multiple Sclerosis: Clinical and Laboratory Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28169088/mapping-structural-covariance-networks-of-facial-emotion-recognition-in-early-psychosis-a-pilot-study
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Lisa Buchy, Mariapaola Barbato, Carolina Makowski, Signe Bray, Frank P MacMaster, Stephanie Deighton, Jean Addington
People with psychosis show deficits recognizing facial emotions and disrupted activation in the underlying neural circuitry. We evaluated associations between facial emotion recognition and cortical thickness using a correlation-based approach to map structural covariance networks across the brain. Fifteen people with an early psychosis provided magnetic resonance scans and completed the Penn Emotion Recognition and Differentiation tasks. Fifteen historical controls provided magnetic resonance scans. Cortical thickness was computed using CIVET and analyzed with linear models...
February 3, 2017: Schizophrenia Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28167905/a-possible-role-of-prolonged-whirling-episodes-on-structural-plasticity-of-the-cortical-networks-and-altered-vertigo-perception-the-cortex-of-sufi-whirling-dervishes
#20
Yusuf O Cakmak, Gazanfer Ekinci, Armin Heinecke, Safiye Çavdar
Although minutes of a spinning episode may induce vertigo in the healthy human, as a result of a possible perceptional plasticity, Sufi Whirling Dervishes (SWDs) can spin continuously for an hour without a vertigo perception.This unique long term vestibular system stimulation presents a potential human model to clarify the cortical networks underlying the resistance against vertigo. This study, therefore, aimed to investigate the potential structural cortical plasticity in SWDs. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of 10 SWDs and 10 controls were obtained, using a 3T scanner...
2017: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
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