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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932302/hippocampal-asymmetry-differences-in-the-left-and-right-hippocampus-proteome-in-the-rat-model-of-temporal-lobe-epilepsy
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Leila Sadeghi, Albert Anatolyevich Rizvanov, Ilnur Ildusovich Salafutdinov, Bahareh Dabirmanesh, Mohammad Sayyah, Yaghoub Fathollahi, Khosro Khajeh
: The hippocampus is a complex brain structure and undergoes severe sclerosis and gliosis in temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE) as the most common type of epilepsy. The key features of the TLE may be reported in chronic animal models of epilepsy, such as pilocarpine model. Therefore, the current study was conducted in a rat pilocarpine model of acquired epilepsy. Two-dimensional gel electrophoresis based proteomic technique was used to compare the proteome map of the left and right hippocampus in both control and epileptic rats...
December 5, 2016: Journal of Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921996/the-cns-connectome-of-a-tadpole-larva-of-ciona-intestinalis-l-highlights-sidedness-in-the-brain-of-a-chordate-sibling
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Kerrianne Ryan, Zhiyuan Lu, Ian A Meinertzhagen
Left-right asymmetries in brains are usually minor or cryptic. We report brain asymmetries in the tiny, dorsal tubular nervous system of the ascidian tadpole larva, Ciona intestinalis. Chordate in body plan and development, the larva provides an outstanding example of brain asymmetry. Although early neural development is well studied, detailed cellular organization of the swimming larva's CNS remains unreported. Using serial-section EM we document the synaptic connectome of the larva's 177 CNS neurons. These formed 6618 synapses including 1772 neuromuscular junctions, augmented by 1206 gap junctions...
December 6, 2016: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915065/assessment-of-white-matter-transgression-during-neuroendoscopic-procedures-using-dti-fiber-tracking
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Sergio García, Jordina Rincon-Torroella, Arnau Benet, Laura Oleaga, José Juan González Sánchez
BACKGROUND: Presurgical planning allows anticipating intraoperative difficulties, increasing efficiency, and reducing risks. Neuroendoscopy is a minimally invasive technique whose related complications have been focused on cortical function and surface vessels injury. However, white matter disruption has been insufficiently acknowledged. OBJECTIVE: To present a new surgical planning method based on diffusion tensor image that allows quantifying subcortical transgression and optimizing neuroendoscopic trajectories...
November 30, 2016: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913904/association-between-brain-structural-anomalies-electroencephalogram-and-history-of-seizures-in-mucopolysaccharidosis-type-ii-hunter-syndrome
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Ramón Ernesto Jiménez-Arredondo, Aniel Jessica Leticia Brambila-Tapia, Francisco Miguel Mercado-Silva, Martha Ortiz-Aranda, Verónica Benites-Godinez, Graciela Olmos-García-de-Alba, Luis Eduardo Figuera
Mucopolysaccharidosis type II or Hunter syndrome (MPS II) is a genetic disease that can course with intellectual impairment and central nervous system (CNS) alterations. To date, no report has documented electroencephalogram (EEG) measures associated with CNS alterations, detected by imaging studies, and the history of seizures in patients with MPS II. Therefore, we decided to search this association. We included 9 patients with MPS II and performed imaging studies of the brain to detect the presence of cortico-subcortical atrophy, enlarged subarachnoid space and supratentorial ventricular size...
December 2, 2016: Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913428/migration-pathways-of-thalamic-neurons-and-development-of-thalamocortical-connections-in-humans-revealed-by-diffusion-mr-tractography
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Molly Wilkinson, Tara Kane, Rongpin Wang, Emi Takahashi
The thalamus plays an important role in signal relays in the brain, with thalamocortical (TC) neuronal pathways linked to various sensory/cognitive functions. In this study, we aimed to see fetal and postnatal development of the thalamus including neuronal migration to the thalamus and the emergence/maturation of the TC pathways. Pathways from/to the thalami of human postmortem fetuses and in vivo subjects ranging from newborns to adults with no neurological histories were studied using high angular resolution diffusion MR imaging (HARDI) tractography...
December 2, 2016: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913407/whole-brain-analysis-reveals-increased-neuroanatomical-asymmetries-in-dementia-for-hippocampus-and-amygdala
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Christian Wachinger, David H Salat, Michael Weiner, Martin Reuter
Structural magnetic resonance imaging data are frequently analysed to reveal morphological changes of the human brain in dementia. Most contemporary imaging biomarkers are scalar values, such as the volume of a structure, and may miss the localized morphological variation of early presymptomatic disease progression. Neuroanatomical shape descriptors, however, can represent complex geometric information of individual anatomical regions and may demonstrate increased sensitivity in association studies. Yet, they remain largely unexplored...
December 2016: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900929/main-effects-and-interactions-of-cerebral-hemispheres-gender-and-age-in-the-calculation-of-volumes-and-asymmetries-of-selected-structures-of-episodic-memory
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Rocio Ramirez-Carmona, Haydee Guadalupe Garcia-Lazaro, Brenda Dominguez-Corrales, Erika Aguilar-Castañeda, Ernesto Roldan-Valadez
The aim of this study was to clarify the influence of anatomical (cerebral hemisphere) and demographic (age and gender) variables on the gray matter (GM) volumes and volumetric asymmetry indices (VAIs) of selected structures involved in episodic memory. A cross-sectional study was performed in 47 healthy volunteers. Neuropsychological evaluation revealed similar IQs across the sample. Using SPM-based software, brain segmentation, labeling and volume measurements of the hippocampus, amygdala, middle temporal gyrus and parahippocampal gyrus were performed in each cerebral hemisphere...
November 30, 2016: Functional Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27897669/domain-general-stroop-performance-and-hemispheric-asymmetries-a-resting-state-eeg-study
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Ettore Ambrosini, Antonino Vallesi
The ability to suppress irrelevant information while executing a task or interference resistance is a function of pFC that is critical for successful goal-directed human behavior. In the study of interference resistance and, more generally, executive functions, two key questions are still open: Does pFC contribute to cognitive control abilities through lateralized but domain-general mechanisms or through hemispheric specialization of domain-specific processes? And what are the underlying causes of interindividual differences in executive control performance? To shed light on these issues, here we employed an interindividual difference approach to investigate whether participants' hemispheric asymmetry in resting-state electrophysiological brain dynamics may reflect their variability in domain-general interference resistance...
November 29, 2016: Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27885428/normative-biometry-of-the-fetal-brain-using-magnetic-resonance-imaging
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Vanessa Kyriakopoulou, Deniz Vatansever, Alice Davidson, Prachi Patkee, Samia Elkommos, Andrew Chew, Miriam Martinez-Biarge, Bibbi Hagberg, Mellisa Damodaram, Joanna Allsop, Matt Fox, Joseph V Hajnal, Mary A Rutherford
The fetal brain shows accelerated growth in the latter half of gestation, and these changes can be captured by 2D and 3D biometry measurements. The aim of this study was to quantify brain growth in normal fetuses using Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and to produce reference biometry data and a freely available centile calculator ( https://www.developingbrain.co.uk/fetalcentiles/ ). A total of 127 MRI examinations (1.5 T) of fetuses with a normal brain appearance (21-38 gestational weeks) were included in this study...
November 24, 2016: Brain Structure & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27882449/diametrical-relationship-between-gray-and-white-matter-volumes-in-autism-spectrum-disorder-and-schizophrenia
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Serge A Mitelman, Marie-Cecile Bralet, M Mehmet Haznedar, Eric Hollander, Lina Shihabuddin, Erin A Hazlett, Monte S Buchsbaum
Autism spectrum disorders and schizophrenia have been variously characterized as separate nosological entities with overlapping deficits in social cognition or diametrical extremes of a phenotypic continuum. This study aimed to determine how these models apply to comparative morphometric data. MRI scans of the brain were obtained in 49 subjects with schizophrenia, 20 subjects with autism and 39 healthy controls. Images were parcellated into 40 Brodmann areas and entered into repeated-measures ANOVA for between-group comparison of global and localized gray and white matter volumes...
November 23, 2016: Brain Imaging and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27871642/reduced-hemispheric-asymmetry-of-white-matter-microstructure-in-autism-spectrum-disorder
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Ruth A Carper, Jeffrey M Treiber, Shannon Yandall DeJesus, Ralph-Axel Müller
OBJECTIVE: Many past studies have suggested atypical functional and anatomical hemispheric asymmetries in autism spectrum disorder (ASD). However, almost all of these have examined only language-related asymmetries. Here, we conduct a comprehensive investigation of microstructural asymmetries across a large number of fiber tracts in ASD. METHOD: We used diffusion tensor imaging for a comprehensive investigation of anatomical white matter asymmetries across the entire white matter skeleton, using tract-based spatial statistics in 41 children and adolescents with ASD and a matched group of 44 typically developing (TD) participants...
December 2016: Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27870461/sexual-dimorphism-of-broca-s-region-more-gray-matter-in-female-brains-in-brodmann-areas-44-and-45
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Florian Kurth, Lutz Jancke, Eileen Luders
Although a sexual dimorphism in brain structure is generally well established, evidence for sex differences in Brodmann areas (BA) 44 and 45 is inconclusive. This may be due to the difficulty of accurately defining BA 44 and BA 45 in magnetic resonance images, given that these regions are variable in their location and extent and that they do not match well with macroanatomic landmarks. Here we set out to test for possible sex differences in the local gray matter of BA 44/45 by integrating imaging-based signal intensities with cytoarchitectonically defined tissue probabilities in a sample of 50 male and 50 female subjects...
January 2, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27870404/why-sex-hormones-matter-for-neuroscience-a-very-short-review-on-sex-sex-hormones-and-functional-brain-asymmetries
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Markus Hausmann
Biological sex and sex hormones are known to affect functional cerebral asymmetries (FCAs). Men are generally more lateralized than women. The effect size of this sex difference is small but robust. Some of the inconsistencies in the literature may be explained by sex-related hormonal differences. Most studies focusing on neuromodulatory properties of sex hormones on FCAs have investigated women during the menstrual cycle. Although contradictions exist, these studies have typically shown that levels of estradiol and/or progesterone correlate with the degree of FCAs, suggesting that sex differences in FCAs partially depend on hormonal state and day of testing...
January 2, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27867354/a-symmetry-based-method-to-infer-structural-brain-networks-from-probabilistic-tractography-data
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Kamal Shadi, Saideh Bakhshi, David A Gutman, Helen S Mayberg, Constantine Dovrolis
Recent progress in diffusion MRI and tractography algorithms as well as the launch of the Human Connectome Project (HCP) have provided brain research with an abundance of structural connectivity data. In this work, we describe and evaluate a method that can infer the structural brain network that interconnects a given set of Regions of Interest (ROIs) from probabilistic tractography data. The proposed method, referred to as Minimum Asymmetry Network Inference Algorithm (MANIA), does not determine the connectivity between two ROIs based on an arbitrary connectivity threshold...
2016: Frontiers in Neuroinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27859500/skull-ontogeny-and-modularity-in-two-species-of-lagenorhynchus-morphological-and-ecological-implications
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Daniela L Del Castillo, Mariana Viglino, David A Flores, Humberto L Cappozzo
Comparisons of skull shape between closely related species can provide information on the role that phylogeny and function play in cranial evolution. We used 3D-anatomical landmarks in order to study the skull ontogeny of two closely related species, Lagenorhynchus obscurus and Lagenorhynchus australis, with a total sample of 52 skulls. We found shared trends between species, such as the relative compression of the neurocranium and the enlargement of the rostrum during ontogeny. However, these are common mammalian features, associated with prenatal brain development and sensory capsules...
November 17, 2016: Journal of Morphology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27857800/dyke-davidoff-masson-syndrome-a-rare-cause-of-cerebral-hemiatrophy-in-children
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Pareshkumar A Thakkar, Reema Haresh Dave
Dyke-Davidoff-Masson syndrome (DDMS) is an uncommon condition, in which the diagnosis is mainly done by various clinical presentations along with positive radiological findings. Patients have facial asymmetry, seizures, learning difficulties, and contralateral hemiparesis. The radiological discoveries of the same incorporate cerebral hemiatrophy with homolateral hypertrophy of the skull and sinuses. Here, we report a case of a 10-year-old female child who presented with a single episode of convulsion, mental retardation, and contralateral hemiparesis...
July 2016: Journal of Pediatric Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27857040/effect-of-stress-on-structural-brain-asymmetry
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There is a growing body of evidence that stressful events may affect the brain not only as a whole, but also in multiple laterality aspects. The present review is aimed at discussing the effect of stress and stress hormones on structural brain asymmetry. Differences and crossroads of functional and structural asymmetry are briefly mentioned throughout the document. The first part of this review summarizes major findings in the field of structural brain asymmetries in animals and humans from the evolutionary perspective...
September 18, 2016: Neuro Endocrinology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27843765/t2-relaxometry-predicts-outcome-of-dbs-in-idiopathic-parkinson-s-disease
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Tarja Lönnfors-Weitzel, Thilo Weitzel, Johannes Slotboom, Claus Kiefer, Claudio Pollo, Michael Schüpbach, Markus Oertel, Alain Kaelin, Roland Wiest
INTRODUCTION: Deep brain stimulation (DBS) nowadays is a well-established treatment of motor symptoms in Parkinson's disease. The subthalamic nucleus (STN) is a common target for DBS, because motor improvements have been shown to be superior to best medical therapy, if DBS electrodes have been appropriately positioned. DBS target identification can be assisted by MRI beyond structural imaging by spatially resolved measurement of T2-relaxation times (T2r). AIM: We pose the question, whether T2r of the STN is linked to the severity of the disease and whether outcome of DBS may be correlated to an asymmetric manifestation of the disease...
2016: NeuroImage: Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27837269/internal-and-external-morphology-of-adults-of-the-appendicularian-oikopleura-dioica-an-sem-study
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Takeshi A Onuma, Miho Isobe, Hiroki Nishida
The appendicularian, Oikopleura dioica, is a planktonic tunicate that retains a swimming tadpole shape throughout its life. It has relatively few cells and exhibits fast development, yet it has a basic chordate body plan. In this study, the morphology of adults was investigated using scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and fine 3D images of most organs were taken. The trunk epidermis is organized into bilateral territories secreting the house that includes the food-trapping filter. The pharynx extends ventrally and posteriorly to the gill openings and esophagus, respectively...
November 11, 2016: Cell and Tissue Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27830942/postural-asymmetry-correlated-with-lateralization-of-cerebellar-perfusion-in-persons-with-chronic-stroke-a-role-of-crossed-cerebellar-diaschisis-in-left-side
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Cheng-Chiang Chang, Chih-Hung Ku, Shin-Tsu Chang
OBJECTIVE: Hemiplegia after stroke leads to impairment of the affected limbs and induces more weight on the non-paretic lower limb to form postural asymmetry. Studies of asymmetric cerebral functions have found similarly asymmetric functions in the cerebellum. Crossed cerebellar diaschisis (CCD) is defined as reduced blood flow and hypometabolism in the cerebellar hemisphere contralateral to supratentorial cerebral pathology. No study explored the relationship between posture (standing balance) and CCD in those persons yet...
November 10, 2016: Brain Injury: [BI]
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