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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340448/structural-correlates-of-creative-thinking-in-patients-with-bipolar-disorder-and-healthy-controls-a-voxel-based-morphometry-study
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Pei-Chi Tu, Yi-Hsuan Kuan, Cheng-Ta Li, Tung-Ping Su
BACKGROUND: This study investigated the structural correlates of creative thinking in patients with bipolar disorder (BD) to understand the possible neural mechanism of creative thinking in BD. METHODS: We recruited 59 patients with BD I or BD II (35.3±8.5 y) and 56 age- and sex-matched controls (HCs; 34±7.4 y). Each participant underwent structural magnetic resonance imaging and evaluation of creative thinking, which was assessed using two validated tools: the Chinese version of the Abbreviated Torrance Test for Adults for divergent thinking and the Chinese Word Remote Associates Test for remote association...
March 12, 2017: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339635/the-impact-of-zonisamide-on-the-development-and-course-of-alcohol-dependence-in-rabbits-a-pharmaco-eeg-study
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Agata Krupa-Burtnik, Ewa Zwierzynska, Anna Kordala, Boguslawa Pietrzak
Aims: Zonisamide is a new anti-epileptic drug whose mechanism of action is associated with neurotransmission systems also involved in the pathogenesis of addiction. Recently, the role of memory processes and the hippocampus (Hp) is underlined in dependence. In our previous study, we determined that zonisamide decreases changes in hippocampal bioelectric activity induced by a single dose of ethanol. Methods: This study uses a pharmaco-EEG method to examine the impact of zonisamide on the development and course of alcohol dependence in rabbits...
February 17, 2017: Alcohol and Alcoholism: International Journal of the Medical Council on Alcoholism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335005/tdp-43-suppresses-tau-expression-via-promoting-its-mrna-instability
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Jianlan Gu, Feng Wu, Wen Xu, Jianhua Shi, Wen Hu, Nana Jin, Wei Qian, Xinglong Wang, Khalid Iqbal, Cheng-Xin Gong, Fei Liu
In the brains of individuals with Alzheimer's disease (AD) and chronic traumatic encephalopathy, tau pathology is accompanied usually by intracellular aggregation of transactive response DNA-binding protein 43 (TDP-43). However, the role of TDP-43 in tau pathogenesis is not understood. Here, we investigated the role of TDP-43 in tau expression in vitro and in vivo. We found that TDP-43 suppressed tau expression by promoting its mRNA instability through the UG repeats of its 3΄-untranslated region (3΄-UTR)...
March 15, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334943/effects-of-prefrontal-cortex-damage-on-emotion-understanding-eeg-and-behavioural-evidence
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Anat Perry, Samantha N Saunders, Jennifer Stiso, Callum Dewar, Jamie Lubell, Torstein R Meling, Anne-Kristin Solbakk, Tor Endestad, Robert T Knight
Humans are highly social beings that interact with each other on a daily basis. In these complex interactions, we get along by being able to identify others' actions and infer their intentions, thoughts and feelings. One of the major theories accounting for this critical ability assumes that the understanding of social signals is based on a primordial tendency to simulate observed actions by activating a mirror neuron system. If mirror neuron regions are important for action and emotion recognition, damage to regions in this network should lead to deficits in these domains...
February 22, 2017: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334401/vocal-tract-images-reveal-neural-representations-of-sensorimotor-transformation-during-speech-imitation
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Daniel Carey, Marc E Miquel, Bronwen G Evans, Patti Adank, Carolyn McGettigan
Imitating speech necessitates the transformation from sensory targets to vocal tract motor output, yet little is known about the representational basis of this process in the human brain. Here, we address this question by using real-time MR imaging (rtMRI) of the vocal tract and functional MRI (fMRI) of the brain in a speech imitation paradigm. Participants trained on imitating a native vowel and a similar nonnative vowel that required lip rounding. Later, participants imitated these vowels and an untrained vowel pair during separate fMRI and rtMRI runs...
March 18, 2017: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334143/boosting-and-decreasing-action-prediction-abilities-through-excitatory-and-inhibitory-tdcs-of-inferior-frontal-cortex
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Alessio Avenanti, Riccardo Paracampo, Laura Annella, Emmanuele Tidoni, Salvatore Maria Aglioti
Influential theories suggest that humans predict others' upcoming actions by using their own motor system as an internal forward model. However, evidence that the motor system is causally essential for predicting others' actions is meager. Using transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS), we tested the role of the inferior frontal cortex (IFC), in action prediction (AP). We devised a novel AP task where participants observed the initial phases of right-hand reaching-to-grasp actions and had to predict their outcome (i...
March 14, 2017: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334082/decoding-grasping-movements-from-the-parieto-frontal-reaching-circuit-in-the-nonhuman-primate
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Koen Nelissen, Prosper Agbesi Fiave, Wim Vanduffel
Prehension movements typically include a reaching phase, guiding the hand toward the object, and a grip phase, shaping the hand around it. The dominant view posits that these components rely upon largely independent parieto-frontal circuits: a dorso-medial circuit involved in reaching and a dorso-lateral circuit involved in grasping. However, mounting evidence suggests a more complex arrangement, with dorso-medial areas contributing to both reaching and grasping. To investigate the role of the dorso-medial reaching circuit in grasping, we trained monkeys to reach-and-grasp different objects in the dark and determined if hand configurations could be decoded from functional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) responses obtained from the reaching and grasping circuits...
February 18, 2017: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332006/prenatal-nicotine-exposure-decreases-the-release-of-dopamine-in-the-medial-frontal-cortex-and-induces-atomoxetine-responsive-neurobehavioral-deficits-in-mice
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Tursun Alkam, Takayoshi Mamiya, Nami Kimura, Aya Yoshida, Daisuke Kihara, Yuki Tsunoda, Yuki Aoyama, Masayuki Hiramatsu, Hyoung-Chun Kim, Toshitaka Nabeshima
Increased risk of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD) is partly associated with the early developmental exposure to nicotine in tobacco smoke. Emerging reports link tobacco smoke exposure or prenatal nicotine exposure (PNE) with AD/HD-like behaviors in rodent models. We have previously reported that PNE induces cognitive behavioral deficits in offspring and decreases the contents of dopamine (DA) and its turnover in the prefrontal cortex (PFC) of offspring It is well known that the dysfunction of DAergic system in the brain is one of the core factors in the pathophysiology of AD/HD...
March 23, 2017: Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331800/altered-functional-brain-connectivity-in-patients-with-visually-induced-dizziness
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Angelique Van Ombergen, Lizette Heine, Steven Jillings, R Edward Roberts, Ben Jeurissen, Vincent Van Rompaey, Viviana Mucci, Stefanie Vanhecke, Jan Sijbers, Floris Vanhevel, Stefan Sunaert, Mohamed Ali Bahri, Paul M Parizel, Paul H Van de Heyning, Steven Laureys, Floris L Wuyts
BACKGROUND: Vestibular patients occasionally report aggravation or triggering of their symptoms by visual stimuli, which is called visually induced dizziness (VID). These patients therefore experience dizziness, discomfort, disorientation and postural unsteadiness. The underlying pathophysiology of VID is still poorly understood. OBJECTIVE: The aim of the current explorative study was to gain a first insight in the underlying neural aspects of VID. METHODS: We included 10 VID patients and 10 healthy matched controls, all of which underwent a resting state fMRI scan session...
2017: NeuroImage: Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330615/differential-aging-analysis-in-human-cerebral-cortex-identifies-variants-in-tmem106b-and-grn-that-regulate-aging-phenotypes
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Herve Rhinn, Asa Abeliovich
Human age-associated traits, such as cognitive decline, can be highly variable across the population, with some individuals exhibiting traits that are not expected at a given chronological age. Here we present differential aging (Δ-aging), an unbiased method that quantifies individual variability in age-associated phenotypes within a tissue of interest, and apply this approach to the analysis of existing transcriptome-wide cerebral cortex gene expression data from several cohorts totaling 1,904 autopsied human brain samples...
March 15, 2017: Cell Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329359/larger-lateral-prefrontal-cortex-volume-predicts-better-exercise-adherence-among-older-women-evidence-from-two-exercise-training-studies
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John R Best, Bryan K Chiu, Peter A Hall, Teresa Liu-Ambrose
Background: Recent research has suggested an important role of lateral prefrontal cortex (lPFC) in consistent implementation of positive health behaviors and avoidance of negative health behaviors. Methods: We examined whether gray matter volume in the lPFC prospectively predicts exercise class attendance among older women (n = 122) who underwent either a 52-week or 26-week exercise training intervention. Structural magnetic resonance imaging determined gray matter volume at baseline...
March 17, 2017: Journals of Gerontology. Series A, Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328993/agreement-between-functional-connectivity-and-cortical-thickness-driven-correlation-maps-of-the-medial-frontal-cortex
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Hyunjin Park, Yeong-Hun Park, Jungho Cha, Sang Won Seo, Duk L Na, Jong-Min Lee
Parcellation of the human cortex has important implications in neuroscience. Parcellation is often a crucial requirement before meaningful regional analysis can occur. The human cortex can be parcellated into distinct regions based on structural features, such as gyri and sulci. Brain network patterns in a given region with respect to its neighbors, known as connectional fingerprints, can be used to parcellate the cortex. Distinct imaging modalities might provide complementary information for brain parcellation...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328972/altered-gut-microbiome-in-a-mouse-model-of-gulf-war-illness-causes-neuroinflammation-and-intestinal-injury-via-leaky-gut-and-tlr4-activation
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Firas Alhasson, Suvarthi Das, Ratanesh Seth, Diptadip Dattaroy, Varun Chandrashekaran, Caitlin N Ryan, Luisa S Chan, Traci Testerman, James Burch, Lorne J Hofseth, Ronnie Horner, Mitzi Nagarkatti, Prakash Nagarkatti, Stephen M Lasley, Saurabh Chatterjee
Many of the symptoms of Gulf War Illness (GWI) that include neurological abnormalities, neuroinflammation, chronic fatigue and gastrointestinal disturbances have been traced to Gulf War chemical exposure. Though the association and subsequent evidences are strong, the mechanisms that connect exposure to intestinal and neurological abnormalities remain unclear. Using an established rodent model of Gulf War Illness, we show that chemical exposure caused significant dysbiosis in the gut that included increased abundance of phylum Firmicutes and Tenericutes, and decreased abundance of Bacteroidetes...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328939/multimodal-mr-imaging-reveals-large-scale-structural-and-functional-connectivity-changes-in-profound-early-blindness
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Corinna M Bauer, Gabriella V Hirsch, Lauren Zajac, Bang-Bon Koo, Olivier Collignon, Lotfi B Merabet
In the setting of profound ocular blindness, numerous lines of evidence demonstrate the existence of dramatic anatomical and functional changes within the brain. However, previous studies based on a variety of distinct measures have often provided inconsistent findings. To help reconcile this issue, we used a multimodal magnetic resonance (MR)-based imaging approach to provide complementary structural and functional information regarding this neuroplastic reorganization. This included gray matter structural morphometry, high angular resolution diffusion imaging (HARDI) of white matter connectivity and integrity, and resting state functional connectivity MRI (rsfcMRI) analysis...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328855/head-to-head-comparison-of-11c-pib-and-18f-fc119s-for-a%C3%AE-imaging-in-healthy-subjects-mild-cognitive-impairment-patients-and-alzheimer-s-disease-patients
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Byung Hyun Byun, Byung Il Kim, Su Yeon Park, In Ok Ko, Kyo Chul Lee, Kyeong Min Kim, Yu Kyeong Kim, Jun-Young Lee, Seon Hee Bu, Jung Hwa Kim, Dae Yoon Chi, Jeong Ho Ha, Sang Moo Lim
As a new beta amyloid (Aβ) positron emission tomography (PET) tracer, F-FC119S has shown higher cortical uptake in patients with Alzheimer's disease (AD) than that in healthy control subjects without adverse effects in a previous preliminary study. The aim of this study was to compare F-FC119S PET and C-PiB PET in healthy control (HC) subjects, mild cognitive impairment (MCI) patients, and AD patients.A total of 48 subjects, including 28 HC subjects, 10 MCI patients, and 10 AD patients, underwent static F-FC119S PET (30 minutes after intravenous [i...
March 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327626/altered-resting-state-hippocampal-functional-networks-associated-with-chemotherapy-induced-prospective-memory-impairment-in-breast-cancer-survivors
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Huaidong Cheng, Wen Li, Liang Gong, Han Xuan, Zhonglian Huang, Hong Zhao, Long Sheng Wang, Kai Wang
In this study, we aimed to investigate the intrinsic hippocampal functional connectivity (FC) network and its relationship with prospective memory in patients with breast cancer suffering from chemotherapy-induced cognitive impairment (CICI). Thirty-four breast cancer patients before and after adjuvant chemotherapy (CB and CC, respectively) and 31 age- and education-matched cognitively normal (CN) women were recruited and subjected to a prospective memory task and a resting-state functional magnetic resonance imaging scan...
March 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326037/differences-on-brain-connectivity-in-adulthood-are-present-in-subjects-with-iron-deficiency-anemia-in-infancy
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Cecilia Algarin, Keerthana Deepti Karunakaran, Sussanne Reyes, Cristian Morales, Betsy Lozoff, Patricio Peirano, Bharat Biswal
Iron deficiency continues to be the most prevalent micronutrient deficit worldwide. Since iron is involved in several processes including myelination, dopamine neurotransmission and neuronal metabolism, the presence of iron deficiency anemia (IDA) in infancy relates to long-lasting neurofunctional effects. There is scarce data regarding whether these effects would extend to former iron deficient anemic human adults. Resting state functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) is a novel technique to explore patterns of functional connectivity...
2017: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326021/abnormalities-in-structural-covariance-of-cortical-gyrification-in-parkinson-s-disease
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Jinping Xu, Jiuquan Zhang, Jinlei Zhang, Yue Wang, Yanling Zhang, Jian Wang, Guanglin Li, Qingmao Hu, Yuanchao Zhang
Although abnormal cortical morphology and connectivity between brain regions (structural covariance) have been reported in Parkinson's disease (PD), the topological organizations of large-scale structural brain networks are still poorly understood. In this study, we investigated large-scale structural brain networks in a sample of 37 PD patients and 34 healthy controls (HC) by assessing the structural covariance of cortical gyrification with local gyrification index (lGI). We demonstrated prominent small-world properties of the structural brain networks for both groups...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroanatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324779/frontocingulate-cerebral-blood-flow-and-cerebrovascular-reactivity-associated-with-antidepressant-response-in-late-life-depression
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Margarita Abi Zeid Daou, Brian D Boyd, Manus J Donahue, Kimberly Albert, Warren D Taylor
BACKGROUND: Vascular pathology is common in late-life depression (LLD) and may contribute to alterations in cerebral blood flow (CBF) and cerebrovascular reactivity (CVR). In turn, such hemodynamic deficits may adversely affect brain function and clinical course. The goal of this study was to examine whether altered cerebral hemodynamics in depressed elders predicted antidepressant response. METHODS: 21 depressed elders completed cranial 3T MRI, including a pseudo-continuous Arterial Spin Labeling (pcASL) acquisition on both room air and during a hypercapnia challenge...
March 16, 2017: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324693/cortical-complexity-in-bipolar-disorder-applying-a-spherical-harmonics-approach
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Igor Nenadic, Rachel A Yotter, Maren Dietzek, Kerstin Langbein, Heinrich Sauer, Christian Gaser
Recent studies using surface-based morphometry of structural magnetic resonance imaging data have suggested that some changes in bipolar disorder (BP) might be neurodevelopmental in origin. We applied a novel analysis of cortical complexity based on fractal dimensions in high-resolution structural MRI scans of 18 bipolar disorder patients and 26 healthy controls. Our region-of-interest based analysis revealed increases in fractal dimensions (in patients relative to controls) in left lateral orbitofrontal cortex and right precuneus, and decreases in right caudal middle frontal, entorhinal cortex, and right pars orbitalis, and left fusiform and posterior cingulate cortices...
February 21, 2017: Psychiatry Research
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