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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922152/brain-biomarkers-in-familial-alzheimer-s-disease-mouse-models
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Yafit Kuttner-Hirshler, Palamadai N Venkatasubramanian, Joan Apolinario, Jacqueline Bonds, Alice M Wyrwicz, Orly Lazarov
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is characterized by progressive loss of memory and cognitive deterioration. It is thought that the onset of the disease takes place several decades before memory deficits are apparent. Reliable biomarkers for the diagnosis or prognostication of the disease are highly desirable. Neural stem cells (NSC) exist in the adult brain throughout life and give rise to neural progenitor cells (NPC), which differentiate into neurons or glia. The level of NPC proliferation and new neuron formation is significantly compromised in mouse models of familial Alzheimer's disease (FAD)...
September 8, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921634/the-role-of-whole-brain-diffusion-mri-as-a-tool-for-studying-human-in-vivo-cortical-segregation-based-on-a-measure-of-neurite-density
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Fernando Calamante, Ben Jeurissen, Robert E Smith, Jacques-Donald Tournier, Alan Connelly
PURPOSE: To investigate whether diffusion MRI can be used to study cortical segregation based on a contrast related to neurite density, thus providing a complementary tool to myelin-based MRI techniques used for myeloarchitecture. METHODS: Several myelin-sensitive MRI methods (e.g., based on T1 , T2 , and T2*) have been proposed to parcellate cortical areas based on their myeloarchitecture. Recent improvements in hardware, acquisition, and analysis methods have opened the possibility of achieving a more robust characterization of cortical microstructure using diffusion MRI...
September 16, 2017: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919174/new-nih-regulations-say-most-basic-human-brain-research-is-a-clinical-trial
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Adina L Roskies
New NIH definitions classify virtually all human brain and behavioral research as clinical trials. The new definitions will change regulatory, reporting, and funding schemes for noninvasive studies such as neuroimaging. Resulting burdens threaten the viability of basic biobehavioral science research.
September 13, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917284/neurosurgical-applications-of-high-intensity-focused-ultrasound-with-magnetic-resonance-thermometry
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REVIEW
Rivka R Colen, Iman Sahnoune, Jeffrey S Weinberg
Magnetic resonance guided focused ultrasound surgery (MRgFUS) has potential noninvasive effects on targeted tissue. MRgFUS integrates MRI and focused ultrasound surgery (FUS) into a single platform. MRI enables visualization of the target tissue and monitors ultrasound-induced effects in near real-time during FUS treatment. MRgFUS may serve as an adjunct or replace invasive surgery and radiotherapy for specific conditions. Its thermal effects ablate tumors in locations involved in movement disorders and essential tremors...
October 2017: Neurosurgery Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916775/measuring-glucose-cerebral-metabolism-in-the-healthy-mouse-using-hyperpolarized-13-c-magnetic-resonance
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Mor Mishkovsky, Brian Anderson, Magnus Karlsson, Mathilde H Lerche, A Dean Sherry, Rolf Gruetter, Zoltan Kovacs, Arnaud Comment
The mammalian brain relies primarily on glucose as a fuel to meet its high metabolic demand. Among the various techniques used to study cerebral metabolism, (13)C magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS) allows following the fate of (13)C-enriched substrates through metabolic pathways. We herein demonstrate that it is possible to measure cerebral glucose metabolism in vivo with sub-second time resolution using hyperpolarized (13)C MRS. In particular, the dynamic (13)C-labeling of pyruvate and lactate formed from (13)C-glucose was observed in real time...
September 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28913915/home-use-remotely-supervised-and-remotely-controlled-transcranial-direct-current-stimulation-a-systematic-review-of-the-available-evidence
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REVIEW
Ulrich Palm, Ulrike Kumpf, Nora Behler, Linda Wulf, Beatrice Kirsch, Jana Wörsching, Daniel Keeser, Alkomiet Hasan, Frank Padberg
OBJECTIVES: Transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) is gaining growing importance in the treatment of neurological and psychiatric disorders and is currently investigated for home-based and remotely supervised applications. METHODS: Here, we systematically review the available evidence from a database search (PubMed, ICTRP, clinicaltrials.gov) from January 2000 to May 2017. RESULTS: We detected 22 original research papers, trial protocols or trial registrations dealing with tDCS as an add-on intervention to cognitive or physiotherapeutic intervention...
September 15, 2017: Neuromodulation: Journal of the International Neuromodulation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28913326/improvement-in-white-matter-tract-reconstruction-with-constrained-spherical-deconvolution-and-track-density-mapping-in-low-angular-resolution-data-a-pediatric-study-and-literature-review
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Benedetta Toselli, Domenico Tortora, Mariasavina Severino, Gabriele Arnulfo, Andrea Canessa, Giovanni Morana, Andrea Rossi, Marco Massimo Fato
INTRODUCTION: Diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance imaging (DW-MRI) allows noninvasive investigation of brain structure in vivo. Diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) is a frequently used application of DW-MRI that assumes a single main diffusion direction per voxel, and is therefore not well suited for reconstructing crossing fiber tracts. Among the solutions developed to overcome this problem, constrained spherical deconvolution with probabilistic tractography (CSD-PT) has provided superior quality results in clinical settings on adult subjects; however, it requires particular acquisition parameters and long sequences, which may limit clinical usage in the pediatric age group...
2017: Frontiers in Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910696/tissue-microstructure-estimation-using-a-deep-network-inspired-by-a-dictionary-based-framework
#8
Chuyang Ye
Diffusion magnetic resonance imaging (dMRI) captures the anisotropic pattern of water displacement in the neuronal tissue and allows noninvasive investigation of the complex tissue microstructure. A number of biophysical models have been proposed to relate the tissue organization with the observed diffusion signals, so that the tissue microstructure can be inferred. The Neurite Orientation Dispersion and Density Imaging (NODDI) model has been a popular choice and has been widely used for many neuroscientific studies...
September 6, 2017: Medical Image Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28902594/waving-hello-to-noninvasive-deep-brain-stimulation
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Andres M Lozano
New England Journal of Medicine, Volume 377, Issue 11, Page 1096-1098, September 2017.
September 14, 2017: New England Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28895435/intranasal-delivery-of-stem-cell-based-therapies-for-the-treatment-of-brain-malignancies
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Gina Li, Nicolas Bonamici, Mahua Dey, Maciej S Lesniak, Irina V Balyasnikova
Glioblastoma (GBM) is the most aggressive malignant brain cancer in adults, and its poor prognosis and resistance to the existing standard of care require the development of innovative therapeutic modalities. The local delivery of stem cells as therapeutic carriers against glioma has produced encouraging results, but encounters obstacles with regards to the repeatability and invasiveness of administration. Intranasal delivery of therapeutic stem cells could overcome these obstacles, among others, as a noninvasive and easily repeatable mode of administration...
September 12, 2017: Expert Opinion on Drug Delivery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28890893/proximate-mediators-of-microvascular-dysfunction-at-the-blood-brain-barrier-neuroinflammatory-pathways-to-neurodegeneration
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REVIEW
Barry W Festoff, Ravi K Sajja, Luca Cucullo
Current projections are that by 2050 the numbers of people aged 65 and older with Alzheimer's disease (AD) in the US may increase threefold while dementia is projected to double every 20 years reaching ~115 million by 2050. AD is clinically characterized by progressive dementia and neuropathologically by neuronal and synapse loss, accumulation of amyloid plaques, and neurofibrillary tangles (NFTs) in specific brain regions. The preclinical or presymptomatic stage of AD-related brain changes may begin over 20 years before symptoms occur, making development of noninvasive biomarkers essential...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28885825/nanoparticle-biokinetics-in-mice-and-nonhuman-primates
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Peter A Chiarelli, Richard A Revia, Zachary R Stephen, Kui Wang, Mike Jeon, Veronica Nelson, Forrest M Kievit, Jonathan Sham, Richard G Ellenbogen, Hans-Peter Kiem, Miqin Zhang
Despite the preponderance of iron oxide nanoparticles (NPs) designed for theranostic applications, widespread clinical translation of these NPs lags behind. A better understanding of how NP pharmacokinetics vary between small and large animal models is needed to rapidly customize NPs for optimal performance in humans. Here we use noninvasive magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to track iron oxide NPs through a large number of organ systems in vivo to investigate NP biokinetics in both mice and nonhuman primates...
September 8, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28885752/dual-echo-asl-contributes-to-decrypting-the-link-between-functional-connectivity-and-cerebral-blow-flow
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Silvia F Storti, Ilaria Boscolo Galazzo, Stefania Montemezzi, Gloria Menegaz, Francesca B Pizzini
Arterial spin labeling (ASL) MRI with a dual-echo readout module (DE-ASL) enables noninvasive simultaneous acquisition of cerebral blood flow (CBF)-weighted images and blood oxygenation level dependent (BOLD) contrast. Up to date, resting-state functional connectivity (FC) studies based on CBF fluctuations have been very limited, while the BOLD is still the method most frequently used. The purposes of this technical report were (i) to assess the potentiality of the DE-ASL sequence for the quantification of resting-state FC and brain organization, with respect to the conventional BOLD (cvBOLD) and (ii) to investigate the relationship between a series of complex network measures and the CBF information...
September 8, 2017: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28880397/transcranial-doppler-a-stethoscope-for-the-brain-neurocritical-care-use
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REVIEW
Chiara Robba, Danilo Cardim, Mypinder Sekhon, Karol Budohoski, Marek Czosnyka
Transcranial Doppler (TCD) ultrasonography is a noninvasive bedside monitoring technique that can evaluate cerebral blood flow hemodynamics in the intracranial arterial vasculature. TCD allows assessment of linear cerebral blood flow velocity, with a high temporal resolution and is inexpensive, reproducible, and portable. The aim of this review is to provide an overview of the most commonly used TCD derived signals and measurements used commonly in neurocritical care. We describe both basic (flow velocity, pulsatility index) and advanced concepts, including critical closing pressure, wall tension, autoregulation, noninvasive intracranial pressure, brain compliance, and cerebrovascular time constant; we also describe the clinical applications of TCD to highlight their utility in the diagnosis and monitoring of cerebrovascular diseases as the "stethoscope for the brain...
September 7, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28879895/perfusion-mr-imaging-of-enhancing-brain-tumors-comparison-of-arterial-spin-labeling-technique-with-dynamic-susceptibility-contrast-technique
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Neetu Soni, Devender Pal S Dhanota, Sunil Kumar, Awadhesh K Jaiswal, Arun K Srivastava
OBJECTIVE: Arterial spin labeling (ASL) magnetic resonance (MR) perfusion is a noninvasive and repeatable method for quantitatively measuring cerebral blood flow (CBF). This study aims to compare measurements of ASL-derived CBF with dynamic susceptibility contrast (DSC) MRI in the assessment of enhancing brain tumors (primary and metastatic), with an aim to use ASL as an alternative to DSC. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Thirty patients with newly diagnosed brain tumors (16 meningiomas, 6 gliomas, 3 metastases, 2 cerebellopontine angle schwannoma, 1 central neurocytoma, and 2 low-grade gliomas) were examined using a 3T MR scanner...
September 2017: Neurology India
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28879883/the-role-of-diffusion-tensor-imaging-in-spinal-pathology-a-review
#16
REVIEW
Dan C Li, James G Malcolm, Rima S Rindler, Griffin R Baum, Avinash Rao, Shekar N Khurpad, Faiz U Ahmad
Diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) allows for noninvasive, in vivo visualization of white matter fiber tracts in the central nervous system by measuring the diffusion of water molecules. It provides both quantitative and qualitative (i.e., tractography) means to describe a region-of-interest. While protocols for the use of DTI are better established in the brain, the efficacy and potential applications of DTI in spinal cord pathology are less understood. In this review, we examine the current literature regarding the use of DTI in the spinal cord pathology, and in particular its diagnostic and prognostic value in traumatic injury, spinal tumors, cervical myelopathies, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, and multiple sclerosis...
September 2017: Neurology India
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28874923/noninvasive-brain-stimulation-maladaptive-plasticity-and-bayesian-analysis-in-phantom-limb-pain
#17
REVIEW
Leon Morales-Quezada
Introduction: Phantom limb pain (PLP) is a common and poorly understood pathology of difficult medical control that progressively takes place after amputation occurs. Objective: This article discusses the multifactorial bases of PLP. These bases involve local changes at the stump level, spinal modifications of excitability, deafferentation, and central sensitization, leading to the development of maladaptive plasticity, and consequentially, defective processing of sensory information by associative neural networks...
August 1, 2017: Medical Acupuncture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28874539/detection-of-immune-responses-after-immunotherapy-in-glioblastoma-using-pet-and-mri
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Joseph P Antonios, Horacio Soto, Richard G Everson, Diana L Moughon, Anthony C Wang, Joey Orpilla, Caius Radu, Benjamin M Ellingson, Jason T Lee, Timothy Cloughesy, Michael E Phelps, Johannes Czernin, Linda M Liau, Robert M Prins
Contrast-enhanced MRI is typically used to follow treatment response and progression in patients with glioblastoma (GBM). However, differentiating tumor progression from pseudoprogression remains a clinical dilemma largely unmitigated by current advances in imaging techniques. Noninvasive imaging techniques capable of distinguishing these two conditions could play an important role in the clinical management of patients with GBM and other brain malignancies. We hypothesized that PET probes for deoxycytidine kinase (dCK) could be used to differentiate immune inflammatory responses from other sources of contrast-enhancement on MRI...
September 5, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28863122/a-novel-molecular-agent-for-glioma-angiogenesis-imaging
#19
Chuanwang Miao, Wei Zhao, Shuanghu Yuan, Jinming Yu, Shuqiang Zhao, Li Ma, Dexian Zhang, Xudong Hu
BACKGROUND: Gliomas are rich in blood vessels and are the most primary and malignant type of brain tumor affecting the central nervous system. A few fluorine-18 (F)-labeled imaging agents can be used for imaging of tumor angiogenesis. In the current study, F-labeled recombinant human endostatin (rh-endostatin) was developed and evaluated as a probe for PET imaging of tumor angiogenesis. MATERIALS AND METHODS: F-fluorobenzoyl-endostatin (F-FB-endostatin) was synthesized from radiolabeling of rh-endostatin with N-succinimidyl-4-F-fluorobenzoate produced by a facile module-assisted radiosynthesis procedure...
August 31, 2017: Nuclear Medicine Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28860214/brain-temperature-is-increased-during-the-first-days-of-life-in-asphyxiated-newborns-developing-brain-injury-despite-hypothermia-treatment
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Z P Owji, G Gilbert, C Saint-Martin, P Wintermark
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Therapeutic hypothermia is the current treatment for neonates with hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy. It is believed to work by decreasing the brain temperature and reducing the baseline metabolism and energy demand of the brain. This study aimed to noninvasively assess brain temperature during the first month of life in neonates with hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy treated with hypothermia. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Neonates with hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy treated with hypothermia and healthy neonates were enrolled prospectively...
August 31, 2017: AJNR. American Journal of Neuroradiology
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