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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339918/can-clinically-relevant-dose-errors-in-patient-anatomy-be-detected-by-gamma-passing-rate-or-modulation-complexity-score-in-volumetric-modulated-arc-therapy-for-intracranial-tumors
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Shingo Ohira, Yoshihiro Ueda, Masaru Isono, Akira Masaoka, Misaki Hashimoto, Masayoshi Miyazaki, Masaaki Takashina, Masahiko Koizumi, Teruki Teshima
We investigated whether methods conventionally used to evaluate patient-specific QA in volumetric-modulated arc therapy (VMAT) for intracranial tumors detect clinically relevant dosimetric errors. VMAT plans with coplanar arcs were designed for 37 intracranial tumors. Dosimetric accuracy was validated by using a 3D array detector. Dose deviations between the measured and planned doses were evaluated by gamma analysis. In addition, modulation complexity score for VMAT (MCSv) for each plan was calculated. Three-dimensional dose distributions in patient anatomy were reconstructed using 3DVH software, and clinical deviations in dosimetric parameters between the 3DVH doses and planned doses were calculated...
March 3, 2017: Journal of Radiation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338438/learning-brain-aneurysm-microsurgical-skills-in-a-human-placenta-model-predictive-validity
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Marcelo Magaldi Ribeiro de Oliveira, Carlos Eduardo Ferrarez, Taise Mosso Ramos, Jose Augusto Malheiros, Arthur Nicolato, Carla Jorge Machado, Mauro Tostes Ferreira, Fellype Borges de Oliveira, Cecília Félix Penido Mendes de Sousa, Pollyana Helena Vieira Costa, Sebastiao Gusmao, Giuseppe Lanzino, Rolando Del Maestro
OBJECTIVE Surgery for brain aneurysms is technically demanding. In recent years, the process to learn the technical skills necessary for these challenging procedures has been affected by a decrease in the number of surgical cases available and progressive restrictions on resident training hours. To overcome these limitations, surgical simulators such as cadaver heads and human placenta models have been developed. However, the effectiveness of these models in improving technical skills is unknown. This study assessed concurrent and predictive validity of brain aneurysm surgery simulation in a human placenta model compared with a "live" human brain cadaveric model...
March 24, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334998/spatiotemporal-mapping-of-epileptic-spikes-using-simultaneous-eeg-functional-mri
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Jennifer M Walz, Mangor Pedersen, Amir Omidvarnia, Mira Semmelroch, Graeme D Jackson
Epileptic spikes occur on the sub-second timescale and are known to involve not only epileptic foci but also large-scale distributed brain networks. There is likely to be a sequence of neural activity in multiple brain regions that occurs within the duration of a single spike, but standard electroencephalography-functional magnetic resonance imaging analyses, which use only the timing of the spikes to model the functional magnetic resonance imaging data, cannot determine the sequence of these activations. Our aim in this study is to temporally resolve these spatial activations to observe the spatiotemporal dynamics of the spike-related neural activity at a sub-second timescale...
February 20, 2017: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333375/renal-nerves-and-long-term-control-of-arterial-pressure
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John W Osborn, Jason D Foss
The objective of this review is to provide an in-depth evaluation of how renal nerves regulate renal and cardiovascular function with a focus on long-term control of arterial pressure. We begin by reviewing the anatomy of renal nerves and then briefly discuss how the activity of renal nerves affects renal function. Current methods for measurement and quantification of efferent renal-nerve activity (ERNA) in animals and humans are discussed. Acute regulation of ERNA by classical neural reflexes as well and hormonal inputs to the brain is reviewed...
March 16, 2017: Comprehensive Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332625/brain-anatomy-alterations-associated-with-social-networking-site-sns-addiction
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Qinghua He, Ofir Turel, Antoine Bechara
This study relies on knowledge regarding the neuroplasticity of dual-system components that govern addiction and excessive behavior and suggests that alterations in the grey matter volumes, i.e., brain morphology, of specific regions of interest are associated with technology-related addictions. Using voxel based morphometry (VBM) applied to structural Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scans of twenty social network site (SNS) users with varying degrees of SNS addiction, we show that SNS addiction is associated with a presumably more efficient impulsive brain system, manifested through reduced grey matter volumes in the amygdala bilaterally (but not with structural differences in the Nucleus Accumbens)...
March 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326682/nervous-system-development-and-regeneration-in-freshwater-planarians
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Kelly G Ross, Ko W Currie, Bret J Pearson, Ricardo M Zayas
Planarians have a long history in the fields of developmental and regenerative biology. These animals have also sparked interest in neuroscience due to their neuroanatomy, spectrum of simple behaviors, and especially, their almost unparalleled ability to generate new neurons after any type of injury. Research in adult planarians has revealed that neuronal subtypes homologous to those found in vertebrates are generated from stem cells throughout their lives. This feat is recapitulated after head amputation, wherein animals are capable of regenerating whole brains and regaining complete neural function...
March 22, 2017: Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews. Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323332/shedding-light-on-gray-ing-areas-connectivity-and-task-switching-dynamics-in-aging
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Pauline L Baniqued, Kathy A Low, Mark A Fletcher, Gabriele Gratton, Monica Fabiani
Control-demanding tasks rely on communication among regions of the frontoparietal network, areas that undergo significant age-related decline. Here, we integrate data from brain anatomy, electrophysiology (ERPs), and optical imaging (event-related optical signals, EROS) to characterize the spatial and temporal dynamics of preparatory control processes in middle to old age. Older adults participated in an experiment that required switching between a position and a meaning task (spatial Stroop), a paradigm that has been shown to primarily recruit prefrontal cortex in opposite hemispheres and is thought to involve the corpus callosum (CC)...
March 21, 2017: Psychophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320311/a-receptor-based-analysis-of-local-ecosystems-in-the-human-brain
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Skirmantas Janušonis
BACKGROUND: As a complex system, the brain is a self-organizing entity that depends on local interactions among cells. Its regions (anatomically defined nuclei and areas) can be conceptualized as cellular ecosystems, but the similarity of their functional profiles is poorly understood. The study used the Allen Human Brain Atlas to classify 169 brain regions into hierarchically-organized environments based on their expression of 100 G protein-coupled neurotransmitter receptors, with no a priori reference to the regions' positions in the brain's anatomy or function...
March 20, 2017: BMC Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317556/skull-5-from-dmanisi-descriptive-anatomy-comparative-studies-and-evolutionary-significance
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G Philip Rightmire, Marcia S Ponce de León, David Lordkipanidze, Ann Margvelashvili, Christoph P E Zollikofer
A fifth hominin skull (cranium D4500 and mandible D2600) from Dmanisi is massively constructed, with a large face and a very small brain. Traits documented for the first time in a basal member of the Homo clade include the uniquely low ratio of endocranial volume to basicranial width, reduced vertex height, angular vault profile, smooth nasal sill coupled with a long and sloping maxillary clivus, elongated palate, and tall mandibular corpus. The convex clivus and receding symphysis of skull 5 produce a muzzle-like form similar to that of Australopithecus afarensis...
March 2017: Journal of Human Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316994/multiple-factors-involved-in-the-pathogenesis-of-white-matter-lesions
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REVIEW
Jing Lin, Dilong Wang, Linfang Lan, Yuhua Fan
White matter lesions (WMLs), also known as leukoaraiosis (LA) or white matter hyperintensities (WMHs), are characterized mainly by hyperintensities on T2-weighted or fluid-attenuated inversion recovery (FLAIR) images. With the aging of the population and the development of imaging technology, the morbidity and diagnostic rates of WMLs are increasing annually. WMLs are not a benign process. They clinically manifest as cognitive decline and the subsequent development of dementia. Although WMLs are important, their pathogenesis is still unclear...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314818/allometric-analysis-detects-brain-size-independent-effects-of-sex-and-sex-chromosome-complement-on-human-cerebellar-organization
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Catherine Mankiw, Min Tae M Park, P K Reardon, Ari M Fish, Liv S Clasen, Deanna Greenstein, Jay N Giedd, Jonathan D Blumenthal, Jason P Lerch, M Mallar Chakravarty, Armin Raznahan
The cerebellum is a large hindbrain structure that is increasingly recognized for its contribution to diverse domains of cognitive and affective processing in human health and disease. Although several of these domains are sex-biased, our fundamental understanding of cerebellar sex differences - including their spatial distribution, potential biological determinants, and independence from brain volume variation - lags far behind that for the cerebrum. Here, we harness automated neuroimaging methods for cerebellar morphometrics in 417 individuals to (i) localize normative male-female differences in raw cerebellar volume, (ii) compare these to sex chromosome effects estimated across five rare X-/Y-chromosome aneuploidy (SCA) syndromes, and (iii) clarify brain size-independent effects of sex and SCA on cerebellar anatomy using a generalizable allometric approach which considers scaling relationships between regional cerebellar volume and brain volume in health...
March 17, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303098/ielectrodes-a-comprehensive-open-source-toolbox-for-depth-and-subdural-grid-electrode-localization
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Alejandro O Blenkmann, Holly N Phillips, Juan P Princich, James B Rowe, Tristan A Bekinschtein, Carlos H Muravchik, Silvia Kochen
The localization of intracranial electrodes is a fundamental step in the analysis of invasive electroencephalography (EEG) recordings in research and clinical practice. The conclusions reached from the analysis of these recordings rely on the accuracy of electrode localization in relationship to brain anatomy. However, currently available techniques for localizing electrodes from magnetic resonance (MR) and/or computerized tomography (CT) images are time consuming and/or limited to particular electrode types or shapes...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295329/anatomy-of-the-lobula-complex-in-the-brain-of-the-praying-mantis-compared-to-the-lobula-complexes-of-the-locust-and-cockroach
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Ronny Rosner, Joss von Hadeln, Tobias Salden, Uwe Homberg
The praying mantis is an insect which relies on vision for capturing prey, avoiding being eaten and for spatial orientation. It is well known for its ability to use stereopsis for estimating the distance of objects. The neuronal substrate mediating visually driven behaviors, however, is not very well investigated. To provide a basis for future functional studies, we analyzed the anatomical organization of visual neuropils in the brain of the praying mantis Hierodula membranacea and provide supporting evidence from a second species, Rhombodera basalis, with particular focus on the lobula complex...
March 15, 2017: Journal of Comparative Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28292695/neurosurgical-relevance-of-the-dissection-of-the-diencephalic-white-matter-tracts-using-the-klingler-technique
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Susana M Silva, Diogo Cunha-Cabral, José Paulo Andrade
OBJECTIVE: The Klingler fiber dissection technique is a relevant and reliable method for neurosurgery to identify with accuracy the fine structure of the brain anatomy highlighting white matter tracts. In order to demonstrate the significance of the application of this technique, we aimed to observe the course and relations of the mammillothalamic and habenulo-interpeduncular tracts as there are very few papers showing these important diencephalic tracts. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Twelve formalin-fixed brains were dissected using the Klingler technique in order to expose the medial diencephalic surface...
March 2, 2017: Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28291210/-long-association-tracts-of-the-human-white-matter-an-analysis-of-18-hemisphere-dissections-and-in-vivo-hardi-csd-tractography
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S A Goryainov, A V Kondrashov, M F Gol'dberg, A I Batalov, R A Sufianov, N E Zakharova, I N Pronin, D A Gol'bin, V Yu Zhukov, G F Dobrovol'sky, S Yu Shelyakin, V N Vorob'ev, S S Dadykin, A A Potapov
BACKGROUND: Anatomy of the conduction tracts of the cerebral cortex has been studied for a long time. Invention of diffusion tensor tractography renewed interest in this subject. The objectives of this work were to develop and improve protocols for dissection of the long association tracts of the human brain with studying the features of their segmentation, topography, and variability, compare the obtained data with the MR tractography data, and prepare for further clinical and anatomical studies...
2017: Zhurnal Voprosy Neĭrokhirurgii Imeni N. N. Burdenko
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28290743/brain-anatomy-of-symptom-stratification-in-schizophrenia-a-voxel-based-morphometry-study
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Giuseppe Delvecchio, Alessandra Lorandi, Cinzia Perlini, Marco Barillari, Mirella Ruggeri, A Carlo Altamura, Marcella Bellani, Paolo Brambilla
BACKGROUND: Although some Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) studies have investigated the relationship between clinical severity and neuroanatomical alterations in patients with schizophrenia (SCZ), the biological signature associated with illness severity in schizophrenia is still uncertain. Therefore, this study aims to investigate structural brain abnormalities in SCZ, with particular regards to the identification of potential deficits associated with the severity of illness. METHODS: In total, 1...
March 14, 2017: Nordic Journal of Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289062/mapping-neurodegenerative-disease-onset-and-progression
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William W Seeley
Brain networks have been of long-standing interest to neurodegeneration researchers, including but not limited to investigators focusing on conventional prion diseases, which are known to propagate along neural pathways. Tools for human network mapping, however, remained inadequate, limiting our understanding of human brain network architecture and preventing clinical research applications. Until recently, neuropathological studies were the only viable approach to mapping disease onset and progression in humans but required large autopsy cohorts and laborious methods for whole-brain sectioning and staining...
March 13, 2017: Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28287966/deep-learning-segmentation-of-optical-microscopy-images-improves-3d-neuron-reconstruction
#18
Rongjian Li, Tao Zeng, Hanchuan Peng, Shuiwang Ji
Digital reconstruction, or tracing, of 3-dimensional (3D) neuron structure from microscopy images is a critical step toward reversing engineering the wiring and anatomy of a brain. Despite a number of prior attempts, this task remains very challenging, especially when images are contaminated by noises or have discontinued segments of neurite patterns. An approach for addressing such problems is to identify the locations of neuronal voxels using image segmentation methods prior to applying tracing or reconstruction techniques...
March 8, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28284687/development-of-induced-glioblastoma-by-implantation-of-a-human-xenograft-in-yucatan-minipig-as-a-large-animal-model
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Mehrdad Khoshnevis, Claude Carozzo, Catherine Bonnefont-Rebeix, Sara Belluco, Olivia Leveneur, Thomas Chuzel, Elodie Pillet-Michelland, Matthieu Dreyfus, Thierry Roger, François Berger, Frédérique Ponce
BACKGROUND: Glioblastoma is the most common and deadliest primary brain tumor for humans. Despite many efforts toward the improvement of therapeutic methods, prognosis is poor and the disease remains incurable with a median survival of 12-14.5 months after an optimal treatment. To develop novel treatment modalities for this fatal disease, new devices must be tested on an ideal animal model before performing clinical trials in humans. NEW METHOD: A new model of induced glioblastoma in Yucatan minipigs was developed...
March 9, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28283722/fanconi-anemia-correlating-central-nervous-system-malformations-and-genetic-complementation-groups
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Benjamin A Johnson-Tesch, Rakhee S Gawande, Lei Zhang, Margaret L MacMillan, David R Nascene
BACKGROUND: Congenital central nervous system abnormalities in children with Fanconi anemia are poorly characterized, especially with regard to specific genetic complementation groups. OBJECTIVE: To characterize the impact of genetic complementation groups on central nervous system anatomy. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Through chart review we identified 36 patients with Fanconi anemia with available brain MRIs at the University of Minnesota (average age, 11...
March 10, 2017: Pediatric Radiology
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