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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911020/changes-in-resting-state-connectivity-in-musicians-with-embouchure-dystonia
#1
Bernhard Haslinger, Jonas Noé, Eckart Altenmüller, Valentin Riedl, Claus Zimmer, Tobias Mantel, Christian Dresel
OBJECTIVE: Embouchure dystonia is a highly disabling task-specific dystonia in professional brass musicians leading to spasms of perioral muscles while playing the instrument. As they are asymptomatic at rest, resting-state functional magnetic resonance imaging in these patients can reveal changes in functional connectivity within and between brain networks independent from dystonic symptoms. METHODS: We therefore compared embouchure dystonia patients to healthy musicians with resting-state functional magnetic resonance imaging in combination with independent component analyses...
December 2, 2016: Movement Disorders: Official Journal of the Movement Disorder Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910995/a-diffusion-tensor-magnetic-resonance-imaging-study-of-paediatric-patients-with-severe-non-traumatic-brain-injury
#2
Erika Molteni, Maria A Rocca, Sandra Strazzer, Elisabetta Pagani, Katia Colombo, Filippo Arrigoni, Giacomo Boffa, Massimiliano Copetti, Valentina Pastore, Massimo Filippi
AIM: In this observational study using 3T magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and diffusion tensor, we investigated the differential effects of pathology, stage of disease, state of consciousness, and aetiology on the modifications of supra- and infra-tentorial white matter tracts and their correlations with clinical scales in paediatric patients with severe non-traumatic brain injury. METHOD: Diffusion tensor magnetic resonance imaging (DT-MRI) was obtained from seven children with unresponsive wakefulness syndrome (UWS; five males, two females; age at event 5y; standard deviation [SD] 2y 1mo), six children in a minimally conscious state (MCS; three males, three females; age at event 5y 10mo; SD 5y), and 10 healthy children as controls(two males, eight females; age at study 10y 10mo; SD 2y 10mo)...
December 2, 2016: Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908967/kinetic-modeling-of-the-tau-pet-tracer-18f-av-1451-in-human-healthy-volunteers-and-alzheimer-s-disease-subjects
#3
Olivier Barret, David Alagille, Sandra Sanabria, Robert A Comley, Robby M Weimer, Edilio Borroni, Mark Mintun, Nicholas Seneca, Caroline Papin, Thomas Morley, Ken Marek, John P Seibyl, Gilles D Tamagnan, Danna Jennings
: (18)F-AV-1451 is currently the most widely used of several experimental tau PET tracers. The objective of this study was to evaluate (18)F-AV-1451 binding with full kinetic analysis using a metabolite corrected arterial input function, and to compare parameters derived from kinetic analysis with standardized uptake value ratio (SUVR) calculated over different imaging time intervals. METHODS: (18)F-AV-1451 PET brain imaging was completed in 16 subjects: 4 young healthy volunteers (YHV), 4 aged healthy volunteers (AHV) and 8 Alzheimer's disease subjects (AD)...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Nuclear Medicine: Official Publication, Society of Nuclear Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908616/spinocerebellar-ataxia-15-a-phenotypic-review-and-expansion
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REVIEW
Philip W Tipton, Kimberly Guthrie, Audrey Strongosky, Ronald Reimer, Zbigniew K Wszolek
Spinocerebellar ataxia 15 (SCA15) is a clinically heterogeneous movement disorder characterized by the adult onset of slowly progressive cerebellar ataxia. ITPR1 is the SCA15 causative gene. However, despite numerous reports of genetically-confirmed SCA15, phenotypic uncertainty persists. We reviewed the phenotypes of 60 patients for whom SCA15 was confirmed by the presence of a genetic deletion involving ITPR1. The most prevalent symptoms were gait ataxia (88.3%), dysarthria (75.0%), nystagmus (73.3%), and limb ataxia (71...
November 10, 2016: Neurologia i Neurochirurgia Polska
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907119/gray-matter-hypoxia-in-the-brain-of-the-experimental-autoimmune-encephalomyelitis-model-of-multiple-sclerosis
#5
Thomas W Johnson, Ying Wu, Nabeela Nathoo, James A Rogers, V Wee Yong, Jeff F Dunn
BACKGROUND: Multiple sclerosis (MS) has a significant inflammatory component and may have significant gray matter (GM) pathophysiology. Brain oxygenation is a sensitive measurement of the balance between metabolic need and oxygen delivery. There is evidence that inflammation and hypoxia are interdependent. In this paper, we applied novel, implanted PO2 sensors to measure hypoxia in cortical and cerebellar GM, in an inflammation-induced mouse model of MS. OBJECTIVE: Quantify oxygenation in cortical and cerebellar GM in the awake, unrestrained experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE) mouse model and to relate the results to symptom level and disease time-course...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905992/variable-sensitivity-to-complement-dependent-cytotoxicity-in-murine-models-of-neuromyelitis-optica
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Yiting Liu, Danielle E Harlow, Katherine S Given, Gregory P Owens, Wendy B Macklin, Jeffrey L Bennett
BACKGROUND: Studies of neuromyelitis optica (NMO), an autoimmune disease of the central nervous system (CNS), have demonstrated that autoantibodies against the water channel aquaporin-4 (AQP4) induce astrocyte damage through complement-dependent cytotoxicity (CDC). In developing experimental models of NMO using cells, tissues or animals from mice, co-administration of AQP4-IgG and normal human serum, which serves as the source of human complement (HC), is required. The sensitivity of mouse CNS cells to HC and CDC in these models is not known...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Neuroinflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903925/onyx-extravasation-during-embolization-of-a-brain-arteriovenous-malformation
#7
Hiroyuki Ikeda, Hirotoshi Imamura, Yuji Agawa, Yukihiro Imai, Shoichi Tani, Hidemitsu Adachi, Tatsuya Ishikawa, Yohei Mineharu, Nobuyuki Sakai
During Onyx embolization to treat brain arteriovenous malformation (AVM), carefully observing the penetration of Onyx to the nidus is important in order to avoid complications such as hemorrhage, ischemia, and difficulty with microcatheter removal. We encountered a case of Onyx extravasation during embolization of a cerebellar AVM confirmed by surgical resection and pathological analysis. The patient was a 44-year-old man with Spetzler-Martin grade I cerebellar AVM who underwent Onyx embolization prior to resection of the brain AVM...
November 30, 2016: Interventional Neuroradiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903878/a-spiking-neural-model-of-adaptive-arm-control
#8
Travis DeWolf, Terrence C Stewart, Jean-Jacques Slotine, Chris Eliasmith
We present a spiking neuron model of the motor cortices and cerebellum of the motor control system. The model consists of anatomically organized spiking neurons encompassing premotor, primary motor, and cerebellar cortices. The model proposes novel neural computations within these areas to control a nonlinear three-link arm model that can adapt to unknown changes in arm dynamics and kinematic structure. We demonstrate the mathematical stability of both forms of adaptation, suggesting that this is a robust approach for common biological problems of changing body size (e...
November 30, 2016: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903723/cerebellar-shank2-regulates-excitatory-synapse-density-motor-coordination-and-specific-repetitive-and-anxiety-like-behaviors
#9
Seungmin Ha, Dongwon Lee, Yi Sul Cho, Changuk Chung, Ye-Eun Yoo, Jihye Kim, Jiseok Lee, Woohyun Kim, Hyosang Kim, Yong Chul Bae, Keiko Tanaka-Yamamoto, Eunjoon Kim
: Shank2 is a multidomain scaffolding protein implicated in the structural and functional coordination of multiprotein complexes at excitatory postsynaptic sites as well as in psychiatric disorders, including autism spectrum disorders. While Shank2 is strongly expressed in the cerebellum, whether Shank2 regulates cerebellar excitatory synapses, or contributes to the behavioral abnormalities observed in Shank2(-/-) mice, remains unexplored. Here we show that Shank2(-/-) mice show reduced excitatory synapse density in cerebellar Purkinje cells in association with reduced levels of excitatory postsynaptic proteins, including GluD2 and PSD-93, and impaired motor coordination in the Erasmus test...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903707/formation-of-long-term-locomotor-memories-is-associated-with-functional-connectivity-changes-in-the-cerebellar-thalamic-cortical-network
#10
Firas Mawase, Simona Bar-Haim, Lior Shmuelof
: Although motor adaptation is typically rapid, accumulating evidence shows that it is also associated with long-lasting behavioural and neuronal changes. Two processes were suggested to explain the formation of long-term motor memories: recall -- reflecting a retrieval of previous motor actions, and faster relearning -- reflecting an increased sensitivity to errors. While these manifestations of motor memories were initially demonstrated in the context of adaptation experiments in reaching, indications of long-term motor memories were also recently demonstrated in other kinds of adaptation, such as in locomotor adaptation...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902676/dural-sinus-cerebral-venous-thrombosis-in-a-pediatric-trauma-patient-a-rare-complication-after-closed-head-injury
#11
Jonathan Wilcher, Michelle Pannell
OBJECTIVE: Closed head injury rarely predisposes patients, particularly children, to the development of dural sinus thrombosis. In addition, most cases of sinus thrombosis are subacute in nature. The following is a case report of a precipitous course of dural sinus thrombosis after closed head injury in a pediatric trauma patient. DESCRIPTION: A 14-year-old African American girl presented to the emergency department as a trauma activation. She was an unrestrained rear-seat passenger involved in a motor vehicle collision during which she was ejected...
December 2016: Pediatric Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27901587/changes-in-functional-connectivity-of-the-brain-associated-with-a-history-of-sport-concussion-a-preliminary-investigation
#12
Nathan Churchill, Michael G Hutchison, General Leung, Simon Graham, Tom A Schweizer
OBJECTIVE: There is evidence of long-term clinical consequences associated with a history of sport concussion. However, there remains limited information about the underlying changes in brain function. The goal of this study was to identify brain regions where abnormal resting-state function is associated with chronic concussion, for athletes without persistent symptoms. METHODS: Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) was performed on a group of athletes with prior concussion (n = 22) and a group without documented injury (n = 21)...
November 30, 2016: Brain Injury: [BI]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27901474/cerebellar-neurochemical-and-histopathological-changes-in-rat-model-of-parkinson-s-disease-induced-by-intrastriatal-injection-of-rotenone
#13
Yasser A Khadrawy, Iman M Mourad, Haitham S Mohammed, Neveen A Noor, Heba S Aboul Ezz
The aim of the present work was to investigate the neurochemical changes induced in the cerebellum of rat model of Parkinson's disease (PD). Rats were divided into two groups; control and rat model of PD induced by the intrastriatal injection of rotenone. As compared to control, a significant increase in the excitatory amino acid neurotransmitters; glutamate and aspartate together with a significant decrease in the inhibitory amino acids, GABA, glycine and taurine were observed in the cerebellum of rat model of PD...
November 30, 2016: General Physiology and Biophysics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900366/exome-sequencing-reveals-germline-gain-of-function-egfr-mutation-in-an-adult-with-lhermitte-duclos-disease
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Samantha Colby, Lamis Yehia, Farshad Niazi, JinLian Chen, Ying Ni, Jessica L Mester, Charis Eng
Lhermitte-Duclos disease (LDD) is a rare cerebellar disorder believed to be pathognomonic for Cowden syndrome. Presently, the only known etiology is germline PTEN mutation. We report a 41-yr-old white female diagnosed with LDD and wild-type for PTEN. Exome sequencing revealed a germline heterozygous EGFR mutation that breaks a disulfide bond in the receptor's extracellular domain, resulting in constitutive activation. Functional studies demonstrate activation of ERK/AKT signaling pathways, mimicking PTEN loss-of-function downstream effects...
November 2016: Cold Spring Harbor Molecular Case Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900365/genome-sequencing-in-a-case-of-niemann-pick-type-c
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Max Dougherty, John Lazar, Jason C Klein, Karina Diaz, Theodore Gobillot, Eli Grunblatt, Nicholas Hasle, Daniel Lawrence, Megan Maurano, Maria Nelson, Gregory Olson, Sanjay Srivatsan, Jay Shendure, C Dirk Keene, Thomas Bird, Marshall S Horwitz, Desiree A Marshall
Adult-onset Niemann-Pick disease type C (NPC) is an infrequent presentation of a rare neurovisceral lysosomal lipid storage disorder caused by autosomal recessive mutations in NPC1 (∼95%) or NPC2 (∼5%). Our patient was diagnosed at age 33 when he presented with a 10-yr history of difficulties in judgment, concentration, speech, and coordination. A history of transient neonatal jaundice and splenomegaly with bone marrow biopsy suggesting a lipid storage disorder pointed to NPC; biochemical ("variant" level cholesterol esterification) and ultrastructural studies in adulthood confirmed the diagnosis...
November 2016: Cold Spring Harbor Molecular Case Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898603/an-ultra-high-field-study-of-cerebellar-pathology-in-early-relapsing-remitting-multiple-sclerosis-using-mp2rage
#16
Mário João Fartaria, Kieran OʼBrien, Alexandra Şorega, Guillaume Bonnier, Alexis Roche, Pavel Falkovskiy, Gunnar Krueger, Tobias Kober, Meritxell Bach Cuadra, Cristina Granziera
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to study focal cerebellar pathology in early stages of multiple sclerosis (MS) using ultra-high-field magnetization-prepared 2 inversion-contrast rapid gradient-echo (7T MP2RAGE). MATERIALS AND METHODS: Twenty early-stage relapsing-remitting MS patients underwent an MP2RAGE acquisition at 7 T magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) (images acquired at 2 different resolutions: 0.58 × 0.58 × 0.58 mm, 7T_0.58, and 0.75 × 0.75 × 0...
November 28, 2016: Investigative Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27896316/compound-heterozygous-intermediate-mjd-alleles-cause-cerebellar-ataxia-with-sensory-neuropathy
#17
Yuji Takahashi, Masahiro Kanai, Tomoya Taminato, Shoko Watanabe, Chihiro Matsumoto, Toshiyuki Araki, Tomoko Okamoto, Masafumi Ogawa, Miho Murata
Spinocerebellar degeneration (SCD) is a group of disorders characterized by progressive ataxia caused by dysfunction and atrophy of the cerebellum or its projections. Approximately one-third of SCD cases are familial SCD, the majority of which are attributed to CAG triplet repeat expansions including spinocerebellar ataxia (SCA)1, SCA2, Machado-Joseph disease (MJD)/SCA3, SCA6, SCA8, SCA12, SCA17, and dentate-rubro-pallido-luysian atrophy (DRPLA). The triplet repeat number of the alleles representing complete penetrance varies among diseases...
February 2016: Neurology. Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895926/non-invasive-brain-stimulation-as-a-tool-to-study-cerebellar-m1-interactions-in-humans
#18
REVIEW
Sara Tremblay, Duncan Austin, Ricci Hannah, John C Rothwell
The recent development of non-invasive brain stimulation techniques such as transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) has allowed the non-invasive assessment of cerebellar function in humans. Early studies showed that cerebellar activity, as reflected in the excitability of the dentate-thalamo-cortical pathway, can be assessed with paired stimulation of the cerebellum and the primary motor cortex (M1) (cerebellar inhibition of motor cortex, CBI). Following this, many attempts have been made, using techniques such as repetitive TMS and transcranial electrical stimulation (TES), to modulate the activity of the cerebellum and the dentate-thalamo-cortical output, and measure their impact on M1 activity...
2016: Cerebellum & Ataxias
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895165/rats-with-a-missense-mutation-in-atm-display-neuroinflammation-and-neurodegeneration-subsequent-to-accumulation-of-cytosolic-dna-following-unrepaired-dna-damage
#19
Hazel Quek, John Luff, KaGeen Cheung, Sergei Kozlov, Magtouf Gatei, C Soon Lee, Mark C Bellingham, Peter G Noakes, Yi Chieh Lim, Nigel L Barnett, Steven Dingwall, Ernst Wolvetang, Tomoji Mashimo, Tara L Roberts, Martin F Lavin
Mutations in the ataxia-telangiectasia (A-T)-mutated (ATM) gene give rise to the human genetic disorder A-T, characterized by immunodeficiency, cancer predisposition, and neurodegeneration. Whereas a series of animal models recapitulate much of the A-T phenotype, they fail to present with ataxia or neurodegeneration. We describe here the generation of an Atm missense mutant [amino acid change of leucine (L) to proline (P) at position 2262 (L2262P)] rat by intracytoplasmic injection (ICSI) of mutant sperm into oocytes...
November 28, 2016: Journal of Leukocyte Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894006/distinct-patterns-of-imprecise-consonant-articulation-among-parkinson-s-disease-progressive-supranuclear-palsy-and-multiple-system-atrophy
#20
Tereza Tykalova, Jan Rusz, Jiri Klempir, Roman Cmejla, Evzen Ruzicka
Distinct speech characteristics that may aid in differentiation between Parkinson's disease (PD), progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP) and multiple system atrophy (MSA) remain tremendously under-explored. Here, the patterns and degree of consonant articulation deficits across voiced and voiceless stop plosives in 16 PD, 16 PSP, 16 MSA and 16 healthy control speakers were evaluated using acoustic and perceptual methods. Imprecise consonant articulation was observed across all Parkinsonian groups. Voice onset time of voiceless plosives was more prolonged in both PSP and MSA compared to PD, presumably due to greater severity of dysarthria and slower articulation rate...
November 25, 2016: Brain and Language
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