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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804474/a-longitudinal-electromyography-study-of-complex-movements-in-poststroke-therapy-1-heterogeneous-changes-despite-consistent-improvements-in-clinical-assessments
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Negin Hesam-Shariati, Terry Trinh, Angelica G Thompson-Butel, Christine T Shiner, Penelope A McNulty
Poststroke weakness on the more-affected side may arise from reduced corticospinal drive, disuse muscle atrophy, spasticity, and abnormal coordination. This study investigated changes in muscle activation patterns to understand therapy-induced improvements in motor-function in chronic stroke compared to clinical assessments and to identify the effect of motor-function level on muscle activation changes. Electromyography (EMG) was recorded from five upper limb muscles on the more-affected side of 24 patients during early and late therapy sessions of an intensive 14-day program of Wii-based Movement Therapy (WMT) and for a subset of 13 patients at 6-month follow-up...
2017: Frontiers in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803750/motor-cortex-and-spinal-cord-neuromodulation-promote-corticospinal-tract-axonal-outgrowth-and-motor-recovery-after-cervical-contusion-spinal-cord-injury
#2
N Zareen, M Shinozaki, D Ryan, H Alexander, A Amer, D Truong, N Khadka, A Sarkar, S Naeem, M Bikson, J Martin
Cervical injuries are the most common form of SCI. In this study, we used a neuromodulatory approach to promote skilled movement recovery and repair of the corticospinal tract (CST) after a moderately severe C4 midline contusion in adult rats. We used bilateral epidural intermittent theta burst (iTBS) electrical stimulation of motor cortex to promote CST axonal sprouting and cathodal trans-spinal direct current stimulation (tsDCS) to enhance spinal cord activation to motor cortex stimulation after injury. We used Finite Element Method (FEM) modeling to direct tsDCS to the cervical enlargement...
August 10, 2017: Experimental Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28796385/muscle-length-effect-on-corticospinal-excitability-during-maximal-concentric-isometric-and-eccentric-contractions-of-the-knee-extensors
#3
Valentin Doguet, Kazunori Nosaka, Arnaud Guével, Gary Thickbroom, Kazuhiro Ishimura, Marc Jubeau
Neural control of eccentric contractions differs from that of concentric and isometric contractions, but no previous study has compared responses to motor cortex stimulations at long muscle lengths during such contraction types. This study compared the effect of muscle length on corticospinal excitability between maximal concentric, isometric and eccentric contractions of the knee extensors. Twelve males performed 12 maximal concentric, isometric and eccentric voluntary contractions (36 contractions in total), separated by a 5-min rest between contraction types...
August 10, 2017: Experimental Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794983/multimodal-structural-mri-in-the-diagnosis-of-motor-neuron-diseases
#4
Pilar M Ferraro, Federica Agosta, Nilo Riva, Massimiliano Copetti, Edoardo Gioele Spinelli, Yuri Falzone, Gianni Sorarù, Giancarlo Comi, Adriano Chiò, Massimo Filippi
This prospective study developed an MRI-based method for identification of individual motor neuron disease (MND) patients and test its accuracy at the individual patient level in an independent sample compared with mimic disorders. 123 patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), 44 patients with predominantly upper motor neuron disease (PUMN), 20 patients with ALS-mimic disorders, and 78 healthy controls were studied. The diagnostic accuracy of precentral cortical thickness and diffusion tensor (DT) MRI metrics of corticospinal and motor callosal tracts were assessed in a training cohort and externally proved in a validation cohort using a random forest analysis...
2017: NeuroImage: Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28790214/-transoral-penetrating-cranial-injury-by-a-chopstick-a-case-report
#5
Kazue Fujiwara, Fumihiro Hiraoka, Yasunobu Nakamura, Masahiko Murao, Kazuo Hanakawa, Takafumi Ide
Intracranial injury resultant from a chopstick penetrating the oral cavity is often fatal in children, and only 5 clinical cases have been reported. If the depth of penetration is indeterminable, due to the chopstick being removed or the remaining piece not being located, then injury management is challenging; here, we report such a case. A 26-month-old girl fell over with a plastic chopstick in her mouth. The chopstick was removed immediately and without breakage by her father. He noted that around 3 cm of the pointed end had pierced the palate...
August 2017: No Shinkei Geka. Neurological Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28779978/effect-of-prenatal-exposure-to-ethanol-on-the-pyramidal-tract-in-developing-rats
#6
Michael W Miller
Prenatal exposure to ethanol induces a relative increase in the numbers of pyramidal tract axons relative to the number of corticospinal projection neurons in somatosensory/motor cortices in the adult rat. The present study examines the effects of ethanol on the numbers of axons in the developing caudal pyramidal tract, i.e., corticospinal axons. Electron microscopic analyses of the pyramidal tracts of the offspring of pregnant rat dams fed a control diet ad libitum, pair-fed a liquid control diet, or fed an ethanol-containing diet ad libitum were performed...
August 3, 2017: Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28779945/cumulative-effects-of-single-tms-pulses-during-beta-tacs-are-stimulation-intensity-dependent
#7
Valerio Raco, Robert Bauer, Sandro Norim, Alireza Gharabaghi
BACKGROUND: Single transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) pulses activate different components of the motor cortex neural circuitry in a stimulation intensity-dependent way and may lead to a cumulative increase of corticospinal excitability (CSE) during the same stimulation session. Furthermore, transcranial alternating current stimulation (tACS) has been shown to increase in a frequency-specific way the level of CSE probed by single-pulse TMS. The interaction of these two phenomena, i...
July 27, 2017: Brain Stimulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28765809/diffusion-tensor-imaging-in-parkinson-s-disease-review-and-meta-analysis
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REVIEW
Cyril Atkinson-Clement, Serge Pinto, Alexandre Eusebio, Olivier Coulon
BACKGROUND: Neuroimaging studies help us better understand the pathophysiology and symptoms of Parkinson's disease (PD). In several of these studies, diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) was used to investigate structural changes in cerebral tissue. Although data have been provided as regards to specific brain areas, a whole brain meta-analysis is still missing. METHODS: We compiled 39 studies in this meta-analysis: 14 used fractional anisotropy (FA), 1 used mean diffusivity (MD), and 24 used both indicators...
2017: NeuroImage: Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28755056/high-resolution-post-mortem-mri-of-non-fixed-in-situ-foetal-brain-in-the-second-trimester-of-gestation-normal-foetal-brain-development
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Elisa Scola, Giorgio Conte, Giovanni Palumbo, Sabrina Avignone, Claudia Maria Cinnante, Simona Boito, Nicola Persico, Tommaso Rizzuti, Fabio Triulzi
PURPOSE: To describe normal foetal brain development with high resolution post-mortem MRI (PMMRI) of non-fixed foetal brains. METHODS: We retrospectively collected PMMRIs of foetuses without intracranial abnormalities and chromosomal aberrations studied after a termination of pregnancy due to extracranial abnormalities or after a spontaneous intrauterine death. PMMRIs were performed on a 3-T scanner without any fixation and without removing the brain from the skull...
July 28, 2017: European Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28754841/in-vivo-retention-of-18-f-av-1451-in-corticobasal-syndrome
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Ruben Smith, Michael Schöll, Håkan Widner, Danielle van Westen, Per Svenningsson, Douglas Hägerström, Tomas Ohlsson, Jonas Jögi, Christer Nilsson, Oskar Hansson
OBJECTIVE: To study the usefulness of (18)F-AV-1451 PET in patients with corticobasal syndrome (CBS). METHODS: We recruited 8 patients with CBS, 17 controls, 31 patients with Alzheimer disease (AD), and 11 patients with progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP) from the Swedish BioFINDER study. All patients underwent clinical assessment, (18)F-AV-1451 PET, MRI, and quantification of β-amyloid pathology. A subset of participants also underwent (18)F-FDG-PET. RESULTS: In the 8 patients with CBS, 6 had imaging findings compatible with the corticobasal degeneration pathology and 2 with typical AD pathology...
July 28, 2017: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28751609/control-of-species-dependent-cortico-motoneuronal-connections-underlying-manual-dexterity
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Zirong Gu, John Kalamboglas, Shin Yoshioka, Wenqi Han, Zhuo Li, Yuka Imamura Kawasawa, Sirisha Pochareddy, Zhen Li, Fuchen Liu, Xuming Xu, Sagara Wijeratne, Masaki Ueno, Emily Blatz, Joseph Salomone, Atsushi Kumanogoh, Mladen-Roko Rasin, Brian Gebelein, Matthew T Weirauch, Nenad Sestan, John H Martin, Yutaka Yoshida
Superior manual dexterity in higher primates emerged together with the appearance of cortico-motoneuronal (CM) connections during the evolution of the mammalian corticospinal (CS) system. Previously thought to be specific to higher primates, we identified transient CM connections in early postnatal mice, which are eventually eliminated by Sema6D-PlexA1 signaling. PlexA1 mutant mice maintain CM connections into adulthood and exhibit superior manual dexterity as compared with that of controls. Last, differing PlexA1 expression in layer 5 of the motor cortex, which is strong in wild-type mice but weak in humans, may be explained by FEZF2-mediated cis-regulatory elements that are found only in higher primates...
July 28, 2017: Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28749087/coaction-of-individual-and-environmental-factors-a-review-of-intensive-therapy-paradigms-for-children-with-unilateral-spastic-cerebral-palsy
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REVIEW
Claudio L Ferre, Andrew M Gordon
Evidence-based treatment approaches for children with unilateral spastic cerebral palsy are expanding and being modified to fit the constraints of families and the child receiving treatment. In this review, we first provide an overview of a theoretical framework that considers the intricate interactions between the individual child and the environment in which treatment is provided. Next, we describe intensive interventions that have strong support for their efficacy. We also highlight the heterogeneity with which children respond to these approaches...
July 27, 2017: Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28747385/spinal-racgap-%C3%AE-chimaerin-is-required-to-establish-the-midline-barrier-for-proper-corticospinal-axon-guidance
#13
Shota Katori, Yukiko Noguchi-Katori, Shigeyoshi Itohara, Takuji Iwasato
In the developing central nervous system, the midline barrier, which comprises guidance molecule-expressing midline glial somata and processes, plays a pivotal role in midline axon guidance. Accumulating evidence has revealed the molecular mechanisms by which the midline barrier ensures proper midline guidance for axons. In contrast, the mechanisms for establishing the midline barrier remain obscure. Here we report that RacGAP α-chimaerin (α-chimerin) is required for both axonal repulsion at and establishment of the midline barrier in the spinal cord...
July 26, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732763/post-exercise-cortical-depression-following-repetitive-passive-finger-movement
#14
Ryohei Otsuka, Ryoki Sasaki, Shota Tsuiki, Sho Kojima, Hideaki Onishi
This study aimed to clarify the influence of range of repetitive passive finger movement on corticospinal excitability. Thirteen healthy subjects participated in this study. Passive index finger adduction-abduction movements were performed from 15° abduction to 15° adduction, 15° abduction to 0°, 0° to 15° adduction, and 15° adduction to 30° adduction, each at 15°/s for 10min on separate days. Motor evoked potentials (MEPs) elicited by transcranial magnetic stimulation and M- and F-waves were measured before and after each repetitive passive index finger movement protocol to evaluate changes in corticospinal excitability...
July 19, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726789/predominant-area-of-brain-lesions-in-neonates-with-herpes-simplex-encephalitis
#15
H Kidokoro, L S de Vries, C Ogawa, Y Ito, A Ohno, F Groenendaal, S Saitoh, A Okumura, Y Ito, J Natsume
OBJECTIVE: Nonspecific manifestations and a varied distribution of brain lesions can delay the diagnosis of herpes simplex encephalitis (HSE) in neonates. The aim of this study was to report predominant brain lesions in neonatal HSE, and then to investigate the association between pattern of predominant brain lesions, clinical variables and neurodevelopmental outcome. STUDY DESIGN: A multicenter retrospective study was performed in neonates diagnosed with HSE between 2009 and 2014...
July 20, 2017: Journal of Perinatology: Official Journal of the California Perinatal Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725924/effect-of-training-status-on-beta-range-corticomuscular-coherence-in-agonist-vs-antagonist-muscles-during-isometric-knee-contractions
#16
Fabien Dal Maso, Marieke Longcamp, Sylvain Cremoux, David Amarantini
Antagonist muscle co-activation is thought to be partially regulated by cortical influences, but direct motor cortex involvement is not fully understood. Corticomuscular coherence (CMC) measures direct functional coupling of the motor cortex and muscles. As antagonist co-activation differs according to training status, comparison of CMC in agonist and antagonist muscles and in strength-trained and endurance-trained individuals may provide in-depth knowledge of cortical implication in antagonist muscle co-activation...
July 19, 2017: Experimental Brain Research. Experimentelle Hirnforschung. Expérimentation Cérébrale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725549/performance-of-unscented-kalman-filter-tractography-in-edema-analysis-of-the-two-tensor-model
#17
Ruizhi Liao, Lipeng Ning, Zhenrui Chen, Laura Rigolo, Shun Gong, Ofer Pasternak, Alexandra J Golby, Yogesh Rathi, Lauren J O'Donnell
Diffusion MRI tractography is increasingly used in pre-operative neurosurgical planning to visualize critical fiber tracts. However, a major challenge for conventional tractography, especially in patients with brain tumors, is tracing fiber tracts that are affected by vasogenic edema, which increases water content in the tissue and lowers diffusion anisotropy. One strategy for improving fiber tracking is to use a tractography method that is more sensitive than the traditional single-tensor streamline tractography...
2017: NeuroImage: Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720882/cell-type-specific-differences-in-promoter-activity-of-the-als-linked-c9orf72-mouse-ortholog
#18
Abraham J Langseth, Juhyun Kim, Janet E Ugolino, Yajas Shah, Ho-Yon Hwang, Jiou Wang, Dwight E Bergles, Solange P Brown
A hexanucleotide repeat expansion in the C9orf72 gene is the most common cause of inherited forms of the neurodegenerative disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Both loss-of-function and gain-of-function mechanisms have been proposed to underlie this disease, but the pathogenic pathways are not fully understood. To better understand the involvement of different cell types in the pathogenesis of ALS, we systematically analyzed the distribution of promoter activity of the mouse ortholog of C9orf72 in the central nervous system...
July 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713861/behavioural-clusters-and-predictors-of-performance-during-recovery-from-stroke
#19
L E Ramsey, J S Siegel, C E Lang, M Strube, G L Shulman, M Corbetta
We examined the patterns and variability of recovery post-stroke in multiple behavioral domains. A large cohort of first time stroke patients with heterogeneous lesions was studied prospectively and longitudinally at 1-2 weeks, 3 months and one year post-injury with structural MRI to measure lesion anatomy and in-depth neuropsychological assessment. Impairment was described at all timepoints by a few clusters of correlated deficits. The time course and magnitude of recovery was similar across domains, with change scores largely proportional to the initial deficit and most recovery occurring within the first three months...
2017: Nature Human Behaviour
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28710748/longitudinal-changes-in-white-matter-fractional-anisotropy-in-adult-onset-niemann-pick-disease-type-c-patients-treated-with-miglustat
#20
Elizabeth A Bowman, Dennis Velakoulis, Patricia Desmond, Mark Walterfang
Niemann-Pick disease type C (NPC) is a rare neurometabolic disorder resulting in impaired intracellular lipid trafficking. The only disease-modifying treatment currently available is miglustat, an iminosugar that inhibits the accumulation of lipid metabolites in neurons and other cells. This longitudinal diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) study examined how the rate of white matter change differed between treated and non-treated adult-onset NPC patient groups. Nine adult-onset NPC patients (seven undergoing treatment with miglustat, two not treated) underwent DTI neuroimaging...
July 15, 2017: JIMD Reports
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