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Juan Luis Gómez-Amador, Luis Alberto Ortega-Porcayo, Isaac Jair Palacios-Ortíz, Alexander Perdomo-Pantoja, Felipe Eduardo Nares-López, Alfredo Vega-Alarcón
Brainstem cavernous malformations are challenging due to the critical anatomy and potential surgical risks. Anterolateral, lateral, and dorsal surgical approaches provide limited ventral exposure of the brainstem. The authors present a case of a midline ventral pontine cavernous malformation resected through an endoscopic endonasal transclival approach based on minimal brainstem transection, negligible cranial nerve manipulation, and a straightforward trajectory. Technical and reconstruction technique advances in endoscopic endonasal skull base surgery provide a direct, safe, and effective corridor to the brainstem...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Neurosurgery
Marc Jansen, Sophie Em Veldhuijzen van Zanten, Dannis G Van Vuurden, Marc Huisman, Danielle J Vugts, Otto S Hoekstra, Guus A M S van Dongen, Gert-Jan Jl Kaspers
: Predictive tools to guide therapy in children with brain tumors are urgently needed. We introduced molecular imaging to facilitate this. We investigated whether bevacizumab can reach the tumor in children with diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG) by measuring the tumor uptake of zirconium-89((89)Zr)-labeled bevacizumab by PET. In addition we evaluated the safety of the procedure in children and determined the optimal timing of imaging. METHODS: Patients received 0...
October 20, 2016: Journal of Nuclear Medicine: Official Publication, Society of Nuclear Medicine
Shubir Dutt, Richard J Binney, Hilary W Heuer, Phi Luong, Suneth Attygalle, Priyanka Bhatt, Gabe A Marx, Jonathan Elofson, Maria C Tartaglia, Irene Litvan, Scott M McGinnis, Bradford C Dickerson, John Kornak, Dana Waltzman, Lisa Voltarelli, Norbert Schuff, Gil D Rabinovici, Joel H Kramer, Clifford R Jack, Bruce L Miller, Howard J Rosen, Adam L Boxer
OBJECTIVE: To examine the utility and reliability of volumetric MRI in measuring disease progression in the 4 repeat tauopathies, progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP) and corticobasal syndrome (CBS), to support clinical development of new tau-directed therapeutic agents. METHODS: Six- and 12-month changes in regional MRI volumes and PSP Rating Scale scores were examined in 55 patients with PSP and 33 patients with CBS (78% amyloid PET negative) compared to 30 normal controls from a multicenter natural history study...
October 14, 2016: Neurology
Kimberly Giraud, Megan Pontin, Linda D Sharples, Paul Fletcher, Tim Dalgleish, Allaina Eden, David P Jenkins, Alain Vuylsteke
Introduction: Post-operative delirium remains a significant problem, particularly in the older surgical patient. Previous evidence suggests that the provision of supplementary visual feedback about ones environment via the use of a mirror may positively impact on mental status and attention (core delirium diagnostic domains). We aimed to explore whether use of an evidence-based mirrors intervention could be effective in reducing delirium and improving post-operative outcomes such as factual memory encoding of the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) environment in older cardiac surgical patients...
2016: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
Karen-Helene Støverud, Hans Petter Langtangen, Geir Andre Ringstad, Per Kristian Eide, Kent-Andre Mardal
PURPOSE: Previous computational fluid dynamics (CFD) studies have demonstrated that the Chiari malformation is associated with abnormal cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) flow in the cervical part of the subarachnoid space (SAS), but the flow in the SAS of the posterior cranial fossa has received little attention. This study extends previous modelling efforts by including the cerebellomedullary cistern, pontine cistern, and 4th ventricle in addition to the cervical subarachnoid space. METHODS: The study included one healthy control, Con1, and two patients with Chiari I malformation, P1 and P2...
2016: PloS One
Peter Štrafela, Alenka Vizjak, Jerica Mraz, Jernej Mlakar, Jože Pižem, Nataša Tul, Tatjana Avšič Županc, Mara Popović
CONTEXT: -The 2015 outbreak of Zika virus in Brazil resulted in a 20-times increased prevalence of congenital microcephaly in stillborns and neonates and was instrumental in raising the suspicion of a causal association between Zika virus and microcephaly. OBJECTIVE: -To provide a comprehensive description of the neuropathologic features of congenital Zika virus infection. DESIGN: -Autopsy evaluation of the brain from a fetus of 32 weeks and 6 days of gestation, with a prenatal diagnosis of microcephaly associated with polymerase chain reaction-confirmed, fetal, Zika virus infection...
October 11, 2016: Archives of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Carmen Rodríguez-Cueto, Mariluz Hernández-Gálvez, Cecilia J Hillard, Patricia Maciel, Luis García-García, Sara Valdeolivas, Miguel A Pozo, José A Ramos, María Gómez-Ruiz, Javier Fernández-Ruiz
Spinocerebellar ataxia type-3 (SCA-3) is a rare disease but it is the most frequent type within the autosomal dominant inherited ataxias. The disease lacks an effective treatment to alleviate major symptoms and to modify disease progression. Our recent findings that endocannabinoid receptors and enzymes are significantly altered in the post-mortem cerebellum of patients affected by autosomal-dominant hereditary ataxias suggest that targeting the endocannabinoid signaling system may be a promising therapeutic option...
October 4, 2016: Neuroscience
Johannes Brettschneider, David J Irwin, Susana Boluda, Matthew D Byrne, Lubin Fang, Edward B Lee, John L Robinson, EunRan Suh, Vivianna M Van Deerlin, Jon B Toledo, Murray Grossman, Howard Hurtig, Reinhard Dengler, Susanne Petri, Virginia M-Y Lee, John Q Trojanowski
AIMS: To identify early foci of α-synuclein (α-syn pathology) accumulation, subsequent progression and neurodegeneration in multiple system atrophy of the cerebellar type (MSA-C). METHODS: We analyzed 70 μm thick sections of 10 cases with MSA-C and 24 normal controls. RESULTS: MSA-C cases with the lowest burden of pathology showed α-syn glial cytoplasmic inclusions (GCIs) in the cerebellum as well as in medullary and pontine cerebellar projections...
September 22, 2016: Neuropathology and Applied Neurobiology
Andrew D J Pearson, Sara M Federico, Isabelle Aerts, Darren R Hargrave, Steven G DuBois, Robert Iannone, Ryan D Geschwindt, Ruixue Wang, Frank G Haluska, Tanya M Trippett, Birgit Geoerger
PURPOSE: Ridaforolimus is an investigational, potent, selective mTOR inhibitor. This study was conducted to determine the recommended phase 2 dose (RP2D), maximum tolerated dose, safety, pharmacokinetics, and antitumor activity of oral ridaforolimus in children with advanced solid tumors. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN: In this phase 1, multicenter, open-label study in children aged 6 to <18 years with advanced solid tumors, ridaforolimus was administered orally for 5 consecutive days/week in 28-day cycles until progression, unacceptable toxicity, or consent withdrawal...
October 4, 2016: Oncotarget
Wai Kwong Tang, Xiang Xin Liu, Huajun Liang, Yang Kun Chen, Winnie Chiu Wing Chu, Anil T Ahuja, Jill Abrigo, Vincent Chung Tong Mok, Gabor S Ungvari, Ka Sing Wong, Gianfranco Spalletta
The role of the infarct location in the development of poststroke agitation (PSA) is largely unknown. This study examined the association between the locations of infarcts and PSA at 9 months following the index stroke in 213 patients with the Chinese version of the Neuropsychiatric Inventory. Compared with the non-PSA group, PSA patients had a higher number and volume of acute pontine infarcts. Ventral pontine and lateral cerebellar infarcts were independent predictors of PSA in the multivariate analysis.
October 6, 2016: Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences
Monika Albert, Alonso Barrantes-Freer, Melanie Lohrberg, Jack P Antel, John W Prineas, Miklós Palkovits, Joachim R Wolff, Wolfgang Brück, Christine Stadelmann
In multiple sclerosis, cerebellar symptoms are associated with clinical impairment and an increased likelihood of progressive course. Cortical atrophy and synaptic dysfunction play a prominent role in cerebellar pathology and although the dentate nucleus is a predilection site for lesion development, structural synaptic changes in this region remain largely unexplored. Moreover, the mechanisms leading to synaptic dysfunction have not yet been investigated at an ultrastructural level in multiple sclerosis. Here we report on synaptic changes of dentate nuclei in post-mortem cerebella of 16 multiple sclerosis patients and eight controls at the histological level as well as an electron microscopy evaluation of afferent synapses of the cerebellar dentate and pontine nuclei of one multiple sclerosis patient and one control...
October 5, 2016: Brain Pathology
Lei Deng, Pengju Xiong, Yunhui Luo, Xiao Bu, Suokai Qian, Wuzhao Zhong
The present study aimed to elucidate key molecular mechanisms in the progression of diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG). The gene expression profile GSE50021, which consisted of 35 pediatric DIPG samples and 10 normal brain samples, was downloaded from the Gene Expression Omnibus database. The differentially-expressed genes (DEGs) in the pediatric DIPG samples were identified. Gene Ontology (GO), Kyoto Encyclopedia of Genes and Genomes (KEGG) and Reactome pathways of DEGs were enriched and analyzed. The protein-protein interaction (PPI) network of the DEGs was constructed and functional modules of the PPI network were disclosed using ClusterONE...
October 2016: Oncology Letters
Burak Yulug, Lutfu Hanoglu, Ahmet Mithat Tavli, Tansel Cakır, Elmir Khanmammadov, Oktay Olmuscelik
BACKGROUND: Studies have already shown that hyperglycemia and insulin resistance is significantly associated with the impairment of cerebral glucose metabolism that may secondary lead to cognitive disturbances. In this study, we aimed to evaluate the neurometabolic correlates of diabetes in a patient with Intermittent explosive disorder (IED). METHODS: We have investigated the cerebral glucose metabolism via 2-[18F]-fluoro-2- deoxy-D-glucose positron emission tomography (FDG-PET) in a diabetic patient with aggressive outbursts...
September 30, 2016: Endocrine, Metabolic & Immune Disorders Drug Targets
Brittany L Bickelhaupt, Jesse W Neeley
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
September 2016: PM & R: the Journal of Injury, Function, and Rehabilitation
Gilbert Siu, Don Vongviphut, Megha Mandalaywala
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
September 2016: PM & R: the Journal of Injury, Function, and Rehabilitation
Ekta Gupta, Jack B Fu
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
September 2016: PM & R: the Journal of Injury, Function, and Rehabilitation
Phillip Acevedo, Katie Hatt, Ning Cao
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
September 2016: PM & R: the Journal of Injury, Function, and Rehabilitation
Shinichi Kan
Chronic lymphocytic inflammation with pontine perivascular enhancement responsive to steroids (CLIPPERS) has been recently identified as an inflammatory central nervous system (CNS) disorder. Punctate and curvilinear gadolinium enhancement (peppering) the pons is a characteristic magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) feature of CLIPPERS. Pathogenesis of this disorder remains unknown. A specific serum or cerebrospinal fluid biomarker for this disorder is currently unknown. Whether CLIPPERS is an actual new disease or just represents overlapping symptoms from multiple diseases is still debated...
September 2016: Brain and Nerve, Shinkei Kenkyū No Shinpo
Edgard Verdura, Dominique Hervé, Françoise Bergametti, Clémence Jacquet, Typhaine Morvan, Carol Prieto-Morin, Alexandre Mackowiak, Eric Manchon, Hassan Hosseini, Charlotte Cordonnier, Isabelle Girard-Buttaz, Sophie Rosenstingl, Christian Hagel, Gregor Kuhlenbaümer, Elena Leca-Radu, Didier Goux, Lauren Fleming, Tom Van Agtmael, Hugues Chabriat, Françoise Chapon, Elisabeth Tournier-Lasserve
OBJECTIVE: Cerebral small vessel disease (cSVD) is an heterogeneous group of disorders. Screening of known cSVD genes identifies the causative mutation in less than 15% of familial cSVD cases. We sought to identify novel causes of cSVD. METHODS: We used linkage analysis and exome sequencing to identify the causal mutation in a French cSVD family. The identified candidate gene was then screened in 202 cSVD unrelated probands, including one proband from the first reported Pontine Autosomal Dominant MicroAngiopathy with Leukoencephalopathy (PADMAL) family...
September 26, 2016: Annals of Neurology
Maria Licursi, Christian O Alberto, Alex Dias, Kensuke Hirasawa, Michiru Hirasawa
OBJECTIVE: High-fat diet (HFD) is known to induce low-grade hypothalamic inflammation. Whether inflammation occurs in other brain areas remains unknown. This study tested the effect of short-term HFD on cytokine gene expression and identified leukemia inhibitory factor (LIF) as a responsive cytokine in the brain stem. Thus, functional and cellular effects of LIF in the brain stem were investigated. METHODS: Male rats were fed chow or HFD for 3 days, and then gene expression was analyzed in different brain regions for IL-1β, IL-6, TNF-α, and LIF...
September 24, 2016: Obesity
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