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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546311/evidence-for-functional-networks-within-the-human-brain-s-white-matter
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Michael Peer, Mor Nitzan, Atira S Bick, Netta Levin, Shahar Arzy
Investigation of the functional macro-scale organization of the human cortex is fundamental in modern neuroscience. While numerous studies have identified networks of interacting functional modules in the grey-matter, limited research was directed to the functional organization of the white-matter. Recent studies have demonstrated that the white-matter exhibits blood oxygen level dependent (BOLD) signal fluctuations similar to those of the grey-matter. Here we used these signal fluctuations to investigate whether the white-matter is organized as functional networks by applying a clustering analysis on resting-state functional MRI (RSfMRI) data from white-matter voxels, in 176 subjects (of both sexes)...
May 25, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544025/phase-imaging-of-axonal-integrity-of-cranial-corticospinal-tract-in-experimental-spinal-cord-injury-at-9-4t
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Genxia He, Junchao Qian
It was known that Spinal cord injury (SCI) leads to neuronal cell death, axonal damage and demyelination, and often results in severe functional loss. Noninvasive imaging of axonal integrity may hold great importance in clinic. This study evaluated the role of phase imaging in detection of axonal integrity of cranial corticospinal tract after spinal cord injury. Quantitative MR phase imaging and diffusion tensor imaging were performed on a group of rats prior to and after spinal cord injury at 9.4 T in this study...
May 23, 2017: Microscopy Research and Technique
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543952/structural-signature-of-classical-versus-late-onset-friedreich-s-ataxia-by-multimodality-brain-mri
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Thiago Junqueira R Rezende, Alberto Rolim M Martinez, Ingrid Faber, Karen Girotto, José Luiz Pedroso, Orlando G Barsottini, Iscia Lopes-Cendes, Fernando Cendes, Andreia V Faria, Marcondes C França
INTRODUCTION: Friedreich's ataxia (FRDA) is the most common autosomal-recessive ataxia worldwide. It is characterized by early onset, sensory abnormalities, and slowly progressive ataxia. However, some individuals manifest the disease after the age of 25 years and are classified as late-onset FRDA (LOFA). Therefore, we propose a transversal multimodal MRI-based study to investigate which anatomical substrates are involved in classical (cFRDA) and LOFA. METHODS: We enrolled 36 patients (13 with LOFA) and 29 healthy controls...
May 23, 2017: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543843/white-matter-biomarkers-from-fast-protocols-using-axially-symmetric-diffusion-kurtosis-imaging
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Brian Hansen, Ahmad R Khan, Noam Shemesh, Torben E Lund, Ryan Sangill, Simon F Eskildsen, Leif Østergaard, Sune N Jespersen
White matter tract integrity (WMTI) can characterize brain microstructure in areas with highly aligned fiber bundles. Several WMTI biomarkers have now been validated against microscopy and provided promising results in studies of brain development and aging, as well as in a number of brain disorders. Currently, WMTI is mostly used in dedicated animal studies and clinical studies of slowly progressing diseases, and has not yet emerged as a routine clinical tool. To this end, a less data intensive experimental method would be beneficial by enabling high resolution validation studies, and ease clinical applications by speeding up data acquisition compared with typical diffusion kurtosis imaging (DKI) protocols utilized as part of WMTI imaging...
May 22, 2017: NMR in Biomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541578/disrupted-development-and-integrity-of-frontal-white-matter-in-patients-treated-for-pediatric-medulloblastoma
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John O Glass, Robert J Ogg, Jung W Hyun, Julie H Harreld, Jane E Schreiber, Yimei Li, Amar J Gajjar, Wilburn E Reddick
Background.: Treatment of pediatric medulloblastoma is associated with known neurocognitive deficits that we hypothesize are caused by microstructural damage to frontal white matter (WM). Methods.: Longitudinal MRI examinations were collected from baseline (after surgery but before therapy) to 36 months in 146 patients and at 3 time points in 72 controls. Regional analyses of frontal WM volume and diffusion tensor imaging metrics were performed and verified with tract-based spatial statistics...
May 25, 2017: Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540995/cortical-thickness-and-white-matter-integrity-are-associated-with-ctg-expansion-size-in-myotonic-dystrophy-type-i
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Woo Kyoung Yoo, Yoon Ghil Park, Young Chul Choi, Sun Mi Kim
PURPOSE: Myotonic dystrophy type 1 (DM1) is characterized by progressive muscular weakness with symptoms caused by involvement of the brain. The aim of this study was to delineate global changes in cortical thickness and white matter integrity in patients with DM1, compared to age-matched healthy controls, and in brain areas highly correlated with CTG repeat size. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Cortical thickness and white matter integrity were compared in nine adult DM1 patients and age matched healthy controls using T1-weighted and diffusion tensor imaging...
July 2017: Yonsei Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540481/impact-of-perfusion-lesion-in-corticospinal-tract-on-response-to-reperfusion
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Ying Zhou, Ruiting Zhang, Sheng Zhang, Shenqiang Yan, Ze Wang, Bruce C V Campbell, David S Liebeskind, Min Lou
OBJECTIVES: We aimed to examine the impact of corticospinal tract (CST) involvement in acute ischaemic stroke (AIS) patients on functional outcome and the interaction with reperfusion. METHODS: We retrospectively examined data in consecutive anterior circulation AIS patients undergoing thrombolysis. MR perfusion (time to maximum of tissue residue function, Tmax) and apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) images were transformed into standard space and the volumes of CST involvement by Tmax > 6 s (CST-Tmax) and ADC < 620 × 10(-6) mm(2)/s (CST-ADC) lesions were calculated...
May 24, 2017: European Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540122/presurgical-role-of-mri-tractography-in-a-case-of-extensive-cervicothoracic-spinal-ependymoma
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Francesca Granata, Sergio Racchiusa, Enricomaria Mormina, Valeria Barresi, Giada Garufi, Giovanni Grasso, Francesco Maria Salpietro, Marcello Longo, Concetta Alafaci
BACKGROUND: Intramedullary spinal ependymoma is a tumor, hardly characterizable with conventional magnetic resonance (MR) imaging only. MR diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) with three-dimensional fiber-tracking reconstructions allows the evaluation of the relationship between neoplasm and white matter fiber tracts, being a powerful tool in presurgical planning. We present DTI findings in a case of a young female with an extensive cervicothoracic spinal ependymoma. CASE DESCRIPTION: The patient complained of a 2-month history of acute urinary retention, weakness and numbness on the lower limbs and the upper left limb...
2017: Surgical Neurology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536205/severe-retinopathy-of-prematurity-predicts-delayed-white-matter-maturation-and-poorer-neurodevelopment
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Torin J A Glass, Vann Chau, Jane Gardiner, Justin Foong, Jillian Vinall, Jill G Zwicker, Ruth E Grunau, Anne Synnes, Kenneth J Poskitt, Steven P Miller
OBJECTIVE: To determine whether severe retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) is associated with (1) abnormal white matter maturation and (2) neurodevelopmental outcomes at 18 months' corrected age (CA) compared with neonates without severe ROP. DESIGN: We conducted a prospective longitudinal cohort of extremely preterm neonates born 24-28 weeks' gestational age recruited between 2006 and 2013 with brain MRIs obtained both early in life and at term-equivalent age. Severe ROP was defined as ROP treated with retinal laser photocoagulation...
May 23, 2017: Archives of Disease in Childhood. Fetal and Neonatal Edition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531365/a-rare-case-of-primary-ovarian-carcinoid
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Karan Saraf, Efterpi Tingi, Adrian Brodison, Sanjay Sinha
We present a rare case in an elderly Caucasian lady of primary ovarian carcinoid tumor, causing symptoms of the carcinoid syndrome and severe carcinoid heart disease. Carcinoid tumors are the commonest neuroendocrine tumors, the majority of which are found in the gastrointestinal tract and lungs. Ovarian carcinoids represent only 0.1% of all ovarian neoplasms and 1% of all carcinoid tumors. Carcinoid syndrome can present with flushing, diffuse watery diarrhea, wheezing and breathlessness and in advanced cases lead to carcinoid heart disease...
May 20, 2017: Gynecological Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528586/white-matter-connectivity-disruptions-in-early-and-chronic-schizophrenia
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M A Di Biase, V L Cropley, B T Baune, J Olver, G P Amminger, C Phassouliotis, C Bousman, P D McGorry, I Everall, C Pantelis, A Zalesky
BACKGROUND: White matter disruptions in schizophrenia have been widely reported, but it remains unclear whether these abnormalities differ between illness stages. We mapped the connectome in patients with recently diagnosed and chronic schizophrenia and investigated the extent and overlap of white matter connectivity disruptions between these illness stages. METHODS: Diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance images were acquired in recent-onset (n = 19) and chronic patients (n = 45) with schizophrenia, as well as age-matched controls (n = 87)...
May 22, 2017: Psychological Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523214/complex-regional-pain-syndrome-the-matter-of-white-matter
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Jaakko Hotta, Guangyu Zhou, Hanna Harno, Nina Forss, Riitta Hari
INTRODUCTION: Many central pathophysiological aspects of complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) are still unknown. Although brain-imaging studies are increasingly supporting the contribution of the central nervous system to the generation and maintenance of the CRPS pain, the brain's white-matter alterations are seldom investigated. METHODS: In this study, we used diffusion tensor imaging to explore white-matter changes in twelve CRPS-type-1 female patients suffering from chronic right upper-limb pain compared with twelve healthy control subjects...
May 2017: Brain and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522324/non-invasive-three-dimensional-imaging-of-escherichia-coli-k1-infection-using-diffuse-light-imaging-tomography-combined-with-micro-computed-tomography
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Luci A Witcomb, Julie Czupryna, Kevin P Francis, Gad Frankel, Peter W Taylor
In contrast to two-dimensional bioluminescence imaging, three dimensional diffuse light imaging tomography with integrated micro-computed tomography (DLIT-μCT) has the potential to realise spatial variations in infection patterns when imaging experimental animals dosed with derivatives of virulent bacteria carrying bioluminescent reporter genes such as the lux operon from the bacterium Photorhabdus luminescens. The method provides an opportunity to precisely localise the bacterial infection sites within the animal and enables the generation of four-dimensional movies of the infection cycle...
May 15, 2017: Methods: a Companion to Methods in Enzymology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516323/diffusion-tensor-imaging-findings-of-the-brainstem-in-subjects-with-tonsillar-ectopia
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Serpil Kurtcan, Alpay Alkan, Huseyin Yetis, Umit Tuzun, Ayse Aralasmak, Huseyin Toprak, Huseyin Ozdemir
We aimed to evaluate the differences between apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC), fractional anisotropy (FA), axial diffusivity (AD), and radial diffusivity (RD) values obtained from different cranial sites in subjects with Chiari I Malformation (CM-I) and borderline tonsillar ectopia (BTE), and to determine correlations between diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) metrics and the severity of tonsillar ectopia. A total of 73 subjects with CM-I and BTE and 35 control underwent MRI and DTI. In our study, ADC values measured from the level of medulla oblongata and the RD values measured in middle cerebellar peduncles, thalamus, and globus pallidus were higher in CM-I patients than in controls...
May 17, 2017: Acta Neurologica Belgica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28514668/concurrent-white-matter-bundles-and-grey-matter-networks-using-independent-component-analysis
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REVIEW
Jonathan O'Muircheartaigh, Saad Jbabdi
Developments in non-invasive diffusion MRI tractography techniques have permitted the investigation of both the anatomy of white matter pathways connecting grey matter regions and their structural integrity. In parallel, there has been an expansion in automated techniques aimed at parcellating grey matter into distinct regions based on functional imaging. Here we apply independent component analysis to whole-brain tractography data to automatically extract brain networks based on their associated white matter pathways...
May 14, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513333/atg9a-deficiency-causes-axon-specific-lesions-including-neuronal-circuit-dysgenesis
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Junji Yamaguchi, Chigure Suzuki, Tomohisa Nanao, Soichirou Kakuta, Kentarou Ozawa, Isei Tanida, Tatsuya Saitoh, Takehiko Sunabori, Masaaki Komatsu, Keiji Tanaka, Shigeki Aoki, Kenji Sakimura, Yasuo Uchiyama
Conditional knockout mice for Atg9a, specifically in brain tissue, were generated to understand the roles of ATG9A in the neural tissue cells. The mice were born normally, but half of them died within one week, and none lived beyond 4 weeks of age. SQSTM1/p62 and NBR1, receptor proteins for selective autophagy, together with ubiquitin, accumulated in Atg9a-deficient neurosoma at postnatal day 15 (P15), indicating an inhibition of autophagy, whereas these proteins were significantly decreased at P28, as evidenced by immunohistochemistry, electron microscopy and western blot...
May 17, 2017: Autophagy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28510708/aberrant-white-matter-microstructure-in-children-and-adolescents-with-the-subtype-of-prader-willi-syndrome-at-high-risk-for-psychosis
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Akvile Lukoshe, Gerbrich E van den Bosch, Aad van der Lugt, Steven A Kushner, Anita C Hokken-Koelega, Tonya White
Prader-Willi Syndrome (PWS) is a complex neurogenetic disorder caused by loss of the paternal 15q11.2-q13 locus, due to deletion (DEL), maternal uniparental disomy (mUPD), or imprinting center defects. Individuals with mUPD have up to 60% risk of developing psychosis in early adulthood. Given the increasing evidence for white matter abnormalities in psychotic disorders, we investigated white matter microstructure in children and adolescents with PWS, with a particular emphasis on the DEL and mUPD subtypes. Magnetic resonance diffusion weighted images were acquired in 35 directions at 3T and analyzed using fractional anisotropy (FA), mean, axial, and radial diffusivity (MD, AD, RD) values obtained by tract-based spatial statistics (TBSS) in 28 children and adolescents with PWS and 61 controls...
May 16, 2017: Schizophrenia Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506486/preoperative-and-intraoperative-neurophysiological-investigations-for-surgical-resections-in-functional-areas
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G Huberfeld, A Trébuchon, L Capelle, J-M Badier, S Chen, J-P Lefaucheur, M Gavaret
Brain regions are removed to treat lesions, but great care must be taken not to disturb or remove functional areas in the lesion and in surrounding tissue where healthy and diseased cells may be intermingled, especially for infiltrating tumors. Cortical functional areas and fiber tracts can be localized preoperatively by probabilistic anatomical tools, but mapping of functional integrity by neurophysiology is essential. Identification of the primary motor cortex seems to be more effectively performed with transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) than functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI)...
May 12, 2017: Neuro-Chirurgie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28503904/white-matter-compromise-in-autism-differentiating-motion-confounds-from-true-differences-in-diffusion-tensor-imaging
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Seraphina K Solders, Ruth A Carper, Ralph-Axel Müller
Common findings from diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) in autism spectrum disorder (ASD) include reduced fractional anisotropy (FA), and increased mean and radial diffusivity (MD, RD) of white matter tracts. However, findings may be confounded by head motion. We examined how group-level motion matching affects DTI comparisons between ASD and typically developing (TD) groups. We included 57 ASD and 50 TD participants, comparing three subsets at increasing levels of motion-matching stringency: full sample (FS); quality-controlled (QC); and quantitatively-matched (QM)...
May 15, 2017: Autism Research: Official Journal of the International Society for Autism Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28503467/medial-lemniscus-tract-lesion-after-high-voltage-electrical-injury-a-case-report
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Chul-Hyun Cho, Dong Gyu Lee
We present the case of a 33-year-old man who experienced a 10,000-V electrical shock when working with electrical wiring. He suffered third-degree burns on his scalp at the right occiput (entry wound) and on his left arm (exit would), and a second-degree burn on his left foot (exit wound). He presented with severe spasticity of both lower extremities, motor weakness with a Medical Research Council grade of 3, and sensory impairments below thoracic level 11 that included an inability to sense light touch and defects in proprioception...
April 2017: Annals of Rehabilitation Medicine
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