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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344423/age-related-gray-and-white-matter-changes-in-normal-adult-brains
#1
Farnaz Farokhian, Chunlan Yang, Iman Beheshti, Hiroshi Matsuda, Shuicai Wu
Normal aging is associated with both structural changes in many brain regions and functional declines in several cognitive domains with advancing age. Advanced neuroimaging techniques enable explorative analyses of structural alterations that can be used as assessments of such age-related changes. Here we used voxel-based morphometry (VBM) to investigate regional and global brain volume differences among four groups of healthy adults from the IXI Dataset: older females (OF, mean age 68.35 yrs; n=69), older males (OM, 68...
December 2017: Aging and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341318/cognitive-trajectories-and-spectrum-of-neuropathology-in-superagers-the-first-ten-cases
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Emily Rogalski, Tamar Gefen, Qinwen Mao, Maureen Connelly, Sandra Weintraub, Changiz Geula, Eileen H Bigio, M-Marsel Mesulam
On average, memory capacity is significantly higher in populations of 50-60 year olds than in populations of 80 year olds. We define SuperAgers as individuals 80 or older whose episodic memory capacity is at least as good as that of cognitively average individuals in their 50s and 60s. SuperAgers therefore have memory capacity that is superior for age. Previous work showed that SuperAgers have greater cortical volumes and greater resistance to age-related cortical atrophy than 'cognitively average' individuals of the same age...
January 17, 2018: Hippocampus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331877/cerebral-changes-and-disrupted-gray-matter-cortical-networks-in-asymptomatic-older-adults-at-risk-for-alzheimer-s-disease
#3
Jose L Cantero, Mercedes Atienza, Pascual Sanchez-Juan, Eloy Rodriguez-Rodriguez, Jose Luis Vazquez-Higuera, Ana Pozueta, Andrea Gonzalez-Suarez, Eduard Vilaplana, Jordi Pegueroles, Victor Montal, Rafael Blesa, Daniel Alcolea, Alberto Lleo, Juan Fortea
The diagnostic value of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) biomarkers is well established in Alzheimer's disease, but our current knowledge about how abnormal CSF levels affect cerebral integrity, at local and network levels, is incomplete in asymptomatic older adults. Here, we have collected CSF samples and performed structural magnetic resonance imaging scans in cognitively normal elderly as part of a cross-sectional multicenter study (SIGNAL project). To identify group differences in cortical thickness, white matter volume, and properties of structural networks, participants were split into controls (N = 20), positive amyloid-β (Aβ1-42+) (N = 19), and positive phosphorylated tau (N = 18)...
December 20, 2017: Neurobiology of Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331263/glial-scars-are-permeable-to-the-neurotoxic-environment-of-chronic-stroke-infarcts
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Jacob C Zbesko, Thuy-Vi V Nguyen, Tao Yang, Jennifer Beischel Frye, Omar Hussain, Megan Hayes, Amanda Chung, W Anthony Day, Kristina Stepanovic, Maj Krumberger, Justine Mona, Frank M Longo, Kristian P Doyle
Following stroke, the damaged tissue undergoes liquefactive necrosis, a stage of infarct resolution that lasts for months, although the exact length of time is currently unknown. One method of repair involves reactive astrocytes and microglia forming a glial scar to compartmentalize the area of liquefactive necrosis from the rest of the brain. The formation of the glial scar is a critical component of the healing response to stroke, as well as other central nervous system (CNS) injuries. The goal of this study was to evaluate the toxicity of the extracellular fluid present in areas of liquefactive necrosis and determine how effectively it is segregated from the remainder of the brain...
January 10, 2018: Neurobiology of Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331092/deep-grey-matter-volume-loss-drives-disability-worsening-in-multiple-sclerosis
#5
Arman Eshaghi, Ferran Prados, Wallace Brownlee, Daniel R Altmann, Carmen Tur, M Jorge Cardoso, Floriana De Angelis, Steven H van de Pavert, Niamh Cawley, Nicola De Stefano, M Laura Stromillo, Marco Battaglini, Serena Ruggieri, Claudio Gasperini, Massimo Filippi, Maria A Rocca, Alex Rovira, Jaume Sastre-Garriga, Hugo Vrenken, Cyra E Leurs, Joep Killestein, Lukas Pirpamer, Christian Enzinger, Sebastien Ourselin, Claudia A M Gandini Wheeler-Kingshott, Declan Chard, Alan J Thompson, Daniel C Alexander, Frederik Barkhof, Olga Ciccarelli
OBJECTIVE: Grey matter (GM) atrophy occurs in all multiple sclerosis (MS) phenotypes. We investigated whether there is a spatiotemporal pattern of GM atrophy that is associated with faster disability accumulation in MS. METHODS: We analysed 3,604 brain high-resolution T1-weighted MRI scans from 1,417 participants: 1,214 MS patients (253 clinically-isolated syndrome[CIS], 708 relapsing-remitting[RRMS], 128 secondary-progressive[SPMS], 125 primary-progressive[PPMS]), over an average follow-up of 2...
January 13, 2018: Annals of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29328963/the-effect-of-white-matter-hyperintensities-on-cognition-is-mediated-by-cortical-atrophy
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Batool Rizvi, Atul Narkhede, Briana S Last, Mariana Budge, Giuseppe Tosto, Jennifer J Manly, Nicole Schupf, Richard Mayeux, Adam M Brickman
White matter hyperintensities (WMH) have been linked to cognitive dysfunction and dementia, although the reasons are unclear. One possibility is that WMH promote neurodegeneration, which, in turn, affects cognition. We examined whether cortical thickness, a marker of neurodegeneration, mediates the relationship between WMH and cognition among 519 older adults. Using conditional process analysis modeling techniques, we examined the association between WMH volume and global cognition and tested whether cortical thickness mediates this relationship statistically...
December 16, 2017: Neurobiology of Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29322596/subclinical-depressive-symptoms-during-late-midlife-and-structural-brain-alterations-a-longitudinal-study-of-danish-men-born-in-1953
#7
Merete Osler, Lauge Sørensen, Maarten Rozing, Oriol Puig Calvo, Mads Nielsen, Egill Rostrup
We explored whether depressive symptoms measured three times during midlife were associated with structural brain alterations quantified using magnetic resonance imaging measurements of volume, cortical thickness, and intensity texture. In 192 men born in 1953 with depressive symptoms measured at age 51, 56, and 59 years, magnetic resonance imaging was performed at age 59. All data processing was performed using the Freesurfer software package except for the texture-scores that were computed using in-house software...
January 10, 2018: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29321969/the-two-year-progression-of-structural-and-functional-cerebral-mri-in-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis
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R A L Menke, M Proudfoot, K Talbot, M R Turner
MRI has emerged as one of several urgently needed candidate disease progression biomarkers for the neurodegenerative disorder amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), not least due to its unique ability to non-invasively assess structural and functional cerebral pathology. We sought to identify the extent of detectable change in cerebral MRI metrics over a more prolonged period. Analysis of multi-modal MRI data was performed in a cohort of sixteen patients (13 ALS and 3 with primary lateral sclerosis) in whom it was possible to acquire six-monthly images over two years...
2018: NeuroImage: Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29316528/altered-structural-network-organization-in-cognitively-normal-individuals-with-amyloid-pathology
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Olga Voevodskaya, Joana B Pereira, Giovanni Volpe, Olof Lindberg, Erik Stomrud, Danielle van Westen, Eric Westman, Oskar Hansson
Recent findings show that structural network topology is disrupted in Alzheimer's disease (AD), with changes occurring already at the prodromal disease stages. Amyloid accumulation, a hallmark of AD, begins several decades before symptom onset, and its effects on brain connectivity at the earliest disease stages are not fully known. We studied global and local network changes in a large cohort of cognitively healthy individuals (N = 299, Swedish BioFINDER study) with and without amyloid-β (Aβ) pathology (based on cerebrospinal fluid Aβ42/Aβ40 levels)...
December 7, 2017: Neurobiology of Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29312879/posterior-cortical-atrophy-the-value-of-neuroimaging-in-assessing-memory-loss
#10
Stefanos Ioannidis, Helam Roseman, Kenneth Chan, Stephane Duckett, Ruth Mizoguchi
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
December 2017: Quantitative Imaging in Medicine and Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29311744/mutations-in-vps15-perturb-neuronal-migration-in-mice-and-are-associated-with-neurodevelopmental-disease-in-humans
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Thomas Gstrein, Andrew Edwards, Anna Přistoupilová, Ines Leca, Martin Breuss, Sandra Pilat-Carotta, Andi H Hansen, Ratna Tripathy, Anna K Traunbauer, Tobias Hochstoeger, Gavril Rosoklija, Marco Repic, Lukas Landler, Viktor Stránecký, Gerhard Dürnberger, Thomas M Keane, Johannes Zuber, David J Adams, Jonathan Flint, Tomas Honzik, Marta Gut, Sergi Beltran, Karl Mechtler, Elliott Sherr, Stanislav Kmoch, Ivo Gut, David A Keays
The formation of the vertebrate brain requires the generation, migration, differentiation and survival of neurons. Genetic mutations that perturb these critical cellular events can result in malformations of the telencephalon, providing a molecular window into brain development. Here we report the identification of an N-ethyl-N-nitrosourea-induced mouse mutant characterized by a fractured hippocampal pyramidal cell layer, attributable to defects in neuronal migration. We show that this is caused by a hypomorphic mutation in Vps15 that perturbs endosomal-lysosomal trafficking and autophagy, resulting in an upregulation of Nischarin, which inhibits Pak1 signaling...
January 8, 2018: Nature Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29306600/a-missense-mutation-in-dync1h1-gene-causing-spinal-muscular-atrophy-lower-extremity-dominant
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Joyutpal Das, James B Lilleker, Kavaldeep Jabbal, John Ealing
Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) is a hereditary neuromuscular disorder, which causes progressive muscle weakness and in severe cases respiratory failure and death. Although the majority of the SMA cases are autosomal recessive, there is an autosomal dominant variant of SMA that primarily affects the lower extremities, known as 'spinal muscular atrophy - lower extremity, dominant' (SMALED). Mutations in the Dynein Cytoplasmic 1 Heavy Chain 1 (DYNC1H1) gene were the first to be associated with SMALED. Here we report a family with SMALED caused by a pathogenic heterozygous missense c...
December 14, 2017: Neurologia i Neurochirurgia Polska
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29305438/asymmetric-tdp-pathology-in-primary-progressive-aphasia-with-right-hemisphere-language-dominance
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Garam Kim, Shahrooz Vahedi, Tamar Gefen, Sandra Weintraub, Eileen H Bigio, Marek-Marsel Mesulam, Changiz Geula
OBJECTIVE: To quantitatively examine the regional densities and hemispheric distribution of the 43-kDa transactive response DNA-binding protein (TDP-43) inclusions, neurons, and activated microglia in a left-handed patient with right hemisphere language dominance and logopenic-variant primary progressive aphasia (PPA). METHODS: Phosphorylated TDP-43 inclusions, neurons, and activated microglia were visualized with immunohistochemical and histologic methods. Markers were quantified bilaterally with unbiased stereology in language- and memory-related cortical regions...
January 5, 2018: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29304183/white-matter-alterations-in-parkinson-s-disease-with-normal-cognition-precede-grey-matter-atrophy
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Ivan Rektor, Alena Svátková, Lubomir Vojtíšek, Iva Zikmundová, Jirí Vaníček, András Király, Nikoletta Szabó
INTRODUCTION: While progressive MRI brain changes characterize advanced Parkinson's disease (PD), little has been discovered about structural alterations in the earliest phase of the disease, i.e. in patients with motor symptoms and with normal cognition. Our study aimed to detect grey matter (GM) and white matter (WM) changes in PD patients without cognitive impairment. METHODS: Twenty PD patients and twenty-one healthy controls (HC) were tested for attention, executive function, working memory, and visuospatial and language domains...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29302151/cryptococcal-meningitis-masquerading-as-normal-pressure-hydrocephalus-in-an-immune-competent-adult
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Hitesh Raheja, Ankur Sinha, Pavan Kumar Irukulla, Yizhak Kupfer
We report a case of acute cryptococcal meningitis (CM) masquerading as normal pressure hydrocephalus (NPH) in an immune-competent female. An 85-year-old human immunodeficiency virus-negative female presented to the emergency room for altered mental status and difficulty walking. She was increasingly lethargic, with urinary incontinence and gait instability. A previous computed tomography was reported to have ventricular dilatation out of proportion to the degree of cortical atrophy. Magnetic resonance scan of the brain revealed ventricular dilatation and subtle debris layering the occipital horns of the lateral ventricles...
October 2017: Journal of Global Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29301970/transient-ischemic-attack-results-in-delayed-brain-atrophy-and-cognitive-decline
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Andrew Bivard, Thomas Lillicrap, Bénédicte Maréchal, Carlos Garcia-Esperon, Elizabeth Holliday, Venkatesh Krishnamurthy, Christopher R Levi, Mark Parsons
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Transient ischemic attack (TIA) initiates an ischemic cascade without resulting in frank infarction and, as such, represents a novel model to study the effects of this ischemic cascade and secondary neurodegeneration in humans. METHODS: Patients with suspected TIA underwent acute brain perfusion imaging, and those with acute ischemia were enrolled into a prospective observational study. We collected baseline and 90-day magnetic resonance imaging, including MP-RAGE (high-resolution T1 sequence) and cognitive assessment with the Montreal Cognitive Assessment...
January 4, 2018: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29299614/cortical-and-subcortical-morphometric-and-iron-changes-in-relapsing-remitting-multiple-sclerosis-and-their-association-with-white-matter-t2%C3%A2-lesion-load-a%C3%A2-3-tesla-magnetic-resonance-imaging-study
#17
Ali Al-Radaideh, Imad Athamneh, Hadeel Alabadi, Majed Hbahbih
INTRODUCTION: This study was carried out to investigate the global and regional morphometric and iron changes in grey matter (GM) of multiple sclerosis (MS) patients and link them to the white matter (WM) lesions in a multimodal magnetic resonance imaging approach. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The study involved 30 relapsing-remitting MS (RRMS) patients along with 30 age-matched healthy controls (HC) who were scanned on a 3T Siemens Trio system. The scanning protocol included a 3D, high resolution T1, T2, and T2*-weighted sequences...
January 3, 2018: Clinical Neuroradiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29295991/network-connectivity-determines-cortical-thinning-in-early-parkinson-s-disease-progression
#18
Y Yau, Y Zeighami, T E Baker, K Larcher, U Vainik, M Dadar, V S Fonov, P Hagmann, A Griffa, B Mišić, D L Collins, A Dagher
Here we test the hypothesis that the neurodegenerative process in Parkinson's disease (PD) moves stereotypically along neural networks, possibly reflecting the spread of toxic alpha-synuclein molecules. PD patients (n = 105) and matched controls (n = 57) underwent T1-MRI at entry and 1 year later as part of the Parkinson's Progression Markers Initiative. Over this period, PD patients demonstrate significantly greater cortical thinning than controls in parts of the left occipital and bilateral frontal lobes and right somatomotor-sensory cortex...
January 2, 2018: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29287966/structural-brain-differences-between-monolingual-and-multilingual-patients-with-mild-cognitive-impairment-and-alzheimer-disease-evidence-for-cognitive-reserve
#19
Hilary D Duncan, Jim Nikelski, Randi Pilon, Jason Steffener, Howard Chertkow, Natalie A Phillips
Two independent lines of research provide evidence that speaking more than one language may 1) contribute to increased grey matter in healthy younger and older adults and 2) delay cognitive symptoms in mild cognitive impairment (MCI) or Alzheimer disease (AD). We examined cortical thickness and tissue density in monolingual and multilingual MCI and AD patients matched (within Diagnosis Groups) on demographic and cognitive variables. In medial temporal disease-related (DR) areas, we found higher tissue density in multilingual MCIs versus monolingual MCIs, but similar or lower tissue density in multilingual AD versus monolingual AD, a pattern consistent with cognitive reserve in AD...
December 26, 2017: Neuropsychologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29285552/focal-cortical-thinning-in-patients-with-stable-relapsing-remitting-multiple-sclerosis-cross-sectional-based-novel-estimation-of-gray-matter-kinetics
#20
Lior Orbach, Shay Menascu, Chen Hoffmann, Shmuel Miron, Anat Achiron
PURPOSE: The aim of our study is to identify radiological patterns of cortical gray matter atrophy (CGMA) that correlate with disease duration in patients with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS). METHODS: RRMS patients were randomly selected from the Sheba Multiple Sclerosis (MS) center computerized data registry based on stratification of disease duration up to 10 years. Patients were scanned by 3.0 T (Signa, GE) MRI, using a T1 weighted 3D high resolution, FSPGR, MS protocol...
February 2018: Neuroradiology
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