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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633971/manganese-enhanced-magnetic-resonance-imaging-depicts-brain-activity-in-models-of-acute-and-chronic-pain-a-new-window-to-study-experimental-spontaneous-pain
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I M Devonshire, J J Burston, L Xu, A Lillywhite, M J Prior, D J G Watson, C M Greenspon, S J Iwabuchi, D P Auer, V Chapman
Application of functional imaging techniques to animal models is vital to understand pain mechanisms, but is often confounded by the need to limit movement artefacts with anaesthesia, and a focus on evoked responses rather than clinically relevant spontaneous pain and related hyperalgesia. The aim of the present study was to investigate the potential of manganese-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging (MEMRI) to measure neural responses during on-going pain that underpins hyperalgesia in pre-clinical models of nociception...
June 17, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632520/are-sex-related-category-specific-differences-in-semantic-tasks-innate-or-influenced-by-social-roles-a-viewpoint
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Guido Gainotti
In semantic tasks, sex-related categorical differences, in the form of better processing of fruits and vegetables by women and of artifacts (human-made objects) and animals by men, have been reported both in healthy participants and in brain-damaged patients. Researchers' interpretation of these sex-related categorical asymmetries has, however, been controversial, being connected with the more general (innatist versus experience-dependent) interpretations that had been given of the mechanisms subsuming the categorical organization of the brain...
June 2017: Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology: Official Journal of the Society for Behavioral and Cognitive Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632041/automated-volumetry-of-hippocampus-is-useful-to-confirm-unilateral-mesial-temporal-sclerosis-in-patients-with-radiologically-positive-findings
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Guilherme Silva, Cristina Martins, Nádia Moreira da Silva, Duarte Vieira, Dias Costa, Ricardo Rego, José Fonseca, João Paulo Silva Cunha
Background and purpose We evaluated two methods to identify mesial temporal sclerosis (MTS): visual inspection by experienced epilepsy neuroradiologists based on structural magnetic resonance imaging sequences and automated hippocampal volumetry provided by a processing pipeline based on the FMRIB Software Library. Methods This retrospective study included patients from the epilepsy monitoring unit database of our institution. All patients underwent brain magnetic resonance imaging in 1.5T and 3T scanners with protocols that included thin coronal T2, T1 and fluid-attenuated inversion recovery and isometric T1 acquisitions...
January 1, 2017: Neuroradiology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629961/tortoises-in-front-of-mirrors-brain-asymmetries-and-lateralized-behaviours-in-the-tortoise-testudo-hermanni
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Valeria Anna Sovrano, Caterina Quaresmini, Gionata Stancher
Brain lateralization in response to social stimuli is well known for its involvement of the right hemisphere in several vertebrate species, including humans. This study aimed to investigate the laterality of the social behavior during the mirror-images inspection in tortoises (Testudo hermanni). In a rectangular apparatus, in presence or in absence of two mirrors as the longer walls, we assessed: 1) the animal's position and 2) the monocular viewing compared to the longer walls, 3) the paw used to start a movement from a resting position...
June 16, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628911/a-carasil-patient-from-americas-with-novel-mutation-and-atypical-features-case-presentation-and-literature-review
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Muhammad Ibrahimi, Hiroaki Nozaki, Angelica Lee, Osamu Onodera, Raymond Reichwein, Matthew Wicklund, Mohammad El-Ghanem
OBJECTIVE: Reporting a novel mutation in the HTRA1 gene in a CARASIL patient from Americas. METHODS: Clinical presentation and neuroimaging were consistent with CARASIL. HTRA1 DNA sequencing was performed using advanced ("next generation") sequencing technology. The results revealed a homozygous missense mutation as c.616G>A (p.Gly206Arg) in the HTRA1 gene. RESULTS: A 24-year-old man with a history of chronic back pain presented with recurrent ischemic strokes...
June 21, 2017: Cerebrovascular Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623837/abnormal-asymmetry-in-benign-epilepsy-with-unilateral-and-bilateral-centrotemporal-spikes-a-combined-fmri-and-dti-study
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Weifang Cao, Yaodan Zhang, Changyue Hou, Fei Yang, Jinnan Gong, Sisi Jiang, Yue Huang, Ruhui Xiao, Cheng Luo, Xiaoming Wang, Dezhong Yao
Benign epilepsy with centrotemporal spikes (BECTS) is the most common idiopathic focal childhood epilepsy associated with either unilateral or bilateral epileptic discharge. Asymmetry as an important characteristic of the human brain is beneficial for brain functions. However, little is known about on asymmetry of BECTS patients with different epileptic spikes pattern. In the present study, we investigated functional and structural asymmetries in unilateral spikes BECTS (U_BECTS) patients and bilateral spikes BECTS (B_BECTS) patients using resting state functional magnetic resonance images and diffusion tensor imaging...
June 8, 2017: Epilepsy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28617954/mind-the-movement-frontal-asymmetry-stands-for-behavioral-motivation-bilateral-frontal-activation-for-behavior
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Johannes Rodrigues, Mathias Müller, Andreas Mühlberger, Johannes Hewig
Frontal asymmetry has been investigated over the past 30 years, and several theories have been developed about its meaning. The original theory of Davidson and its diversification by Harmon-Jones & Allen allocated approach motivation to relative left frontal brain activity and withdrawal motivation to relative right frontal brain activity. Hewig and colleagues extended this theory by adding bilateral frontal activation representing a biological correlate of the behavioral activation system if actual behavior is shown...
June 15, 2017: Psychophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28603804/brain-activity-patterns-induced-by-interrupting-the-cognitive-processes-with-online-advertising
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Izabela Rejer, Jarosław Jankowski
As a result of the increasing role of online advertising and strong competition among advertisers, intrusive techniques are commonly used to attract web users' attention. Moreover, since marketing content is usually delivered to the target audience when they are performing typical online tasks, like searching for information or reading online content, its delivery interrupts the web user's current cognitive process. The question posed by many researchers in the field of online advertising is: how should we measure the influence of interruption of cognitive processes on human behavior and emotional state? Much research has been conducted in this field; however, most of this research has focused on monitoring activity in the simulated environment, or processing declarative responses given by users in prepared questionnaires...
June 12, 2017: Cognitive Processing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28600639/double-dissociation-between-the-neural-correlates-of-the-general-and-specific-factors-of-the-life-orientation-test-revised
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Guido Alessandri, Vilfredo De Pascalis
In this article, we explore the neural correlates of the general and specific factors assessed by the Life Orientation Test-Revised. These factors have been shown to assess general optimism (GO) and a form of self-enhancement akin to unrealistic optimism (SP). Toward our aim, we used a standardized low-resolution brain electromagnetic tomography (sLORETA), which provides electroencephalographic (EEG) localization measures that are independent of recording reference. Resting-EEG and self-report measures of GO and SP were collected from 51 female undergraduates...
June 9, 2017: Cognitive, Affective & Behavioral Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28596191/perfusion-mr-imaging-using-a-3d-pulsed-continuous-arterial-spin-labeling-method-for-acute-cerebral-infarction-classified-as-branch-atheromatous-disease-involving-the-lenticulostriate-artery-territory
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Y Shinohara, A Kato, K Kuya, K Okuda, M Sakamoto, H Kowa, T Ogawa
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Branch atheromatous disease is a stroke subtype considered a risk factor for early neurologic deterioration. Meanwhile, crossed cerebellar diaschisis is thought to be influenced by the degree and location of supratentorial perfusion abnormalities and is associated with the clinical outcome in the case of an ischemic stroke. In this article, our aim was to clarify the utility of using a whole-brain 3D pulsed continuous arterial spin-labeling method as an imaging biomarker for predicting neurologic severity in branch atheromatous disease...
June 8, 2017: AJNR. American Journal of Neuroradiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28594961/pirb-regulates-asymmetries-in-hippocampal-circuitry
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Hikari Ukai, Aiko Kawahara, Keiko Hirayama, Matthew Julian Case, Shotaro Aino, Masahiro Miyabe, Ken Wakita, Ryohei Oogi, Michiyo Kasayuki, Shihomi Kawashima, Shunichi Sugimoto, Kanako Chikamatsu, Noritaka Nitta, Tsuneyuki Koga, Ryuichi Shigemoto, Toshiyuki Takai, Isao Ito
Left-right asymmetry is a fundamental feature of higher-order brain structure; however, the molecular basis of brain asymmetry remains unclear. We recently identified structural and functional asymmetries in mouse hippocampal circuitry that result from the asymmetrical distribution of two distinct populations of pyramidal cell synapses that differ in the density of the NMDA receptor subunit GluRε2 (also known as NR2B, GRIN2B or GluN2B). By examining the synaptic distribution of ε2 subunits, we previously found that β2-microglobulin-deficient mice, which lack cell surface expression of the vast majority of major histocompatibility complex class I (MHCI) proteins, do not exhibit circuit asymmetry...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28587767/frontal-alpha-asymmetry-predicts-inhibitory-processing-in-youth-with-attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder
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Alissa J Ellis, Chantelle Kinzel, Giulia C Salgari, Sandra K Loo
INTRODUCTION: Atypical asymmetry in brain activity has been implicated in the behavioral and attentional dysregulation observed in ADHD. Specifically, asymmetry in neural activity in the right versus left frontal regions has been linked to ADHD, as well as to symptoms often associated with ADHD such as heightened approach behaviors, impulsivity and difficulties with inhibition. Clarifying the role of frontal asymmetry in ADHD-like traits, such as disinhibition, may provide information on the neurophysiological processes underlying these behaviors...
June 3, 2017: Neuropsychologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28585234/interpulse-phase-corrections-for-unbalanced-pseudo-continuous-arterial-spin-labeling-at-high-magnetic-field
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Lydiane Hirschler, Clément S Debacker, Jérôme Voiron, Sascha Köhler, Jan M Warnking, Emmanuel L Barbier
PURPOSE: To evaluate a prescan-based radiofrequency phase-correction strategy for unbalanced pseudo-continuous arterial spin labeling (pCASL) at 9.4 T in vivo and to test its robustness toward suboptimal shim conditions. METHODS: Label and control interpulse phases were optimized separately by means of two prescans in rats. The mean perfusion as well as the interhemispherical symmetry were measured for several phase combinations (optimized versus theoretical phases) to evaluate the correction quality...
June 6, 2017: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28583819/transcranial-doppler-identification-of-neurologic-injury-during-pediatric-extracorporeal-membrane-oxygenation-therapy
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Jay F Rilinger, Craig M Smith, Raye Ann O deRegnier, Joshua L Goldstein, Michele G Mills, Marleta Reynolds, Carl L Backer, Delilah M Burrowes, Priya Mehta, Juan Piantino, Mark S Wainwright
BACKGROUND: We used transcranial Doppler to examine changes in cerebral blood flow velocity in children treated with extracorporeal membrane oxygenation. We examined the association between those changes and radiologic, electroencephalographic, and clinical evidence of neurologic injury. METHODS: This was a retrospective review and prospective observational study of patients 18 years old and younger at a single university children's hospital. Transcranial Doppler studies were obtained every other day during the first 7 days of extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, and 1 additional study following decannulation, in conjunction with serial neurologic examinations, brain imaging, and 6- to 12-month follow-up...
June 2, 2017: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28579975/the-eight-and-a-half-year-journey-of-undiagnosed-ad-gene-sequencing-and-funding-of-advanced-genetic-testing-has-led-to-hope-and-new-beginnings
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Illana Gozes, Marc C Patterson, Anke Van Dijck, R Frank Kooy, Joseph N Peeden, Jacob A Eichenberger, Angela Zawacki-Downing, Sandra Bedrosian-Sermone
BACKGROUND: Activity-dependent neuroprotective protein (ADNP) is one of the most prevalent de novo mutated genes in syndromic autism spectrum disorders, driving a general interest in the gene and the syndrome. AIM: The aim of this study was to provide a detailed developmental case study of ADNP p.Tyr719* mutation toward improvements in (1) diagnostic procedures, (2) phenotypic scope, and (3) interventions. METHODS: Longitudinal clinical and parental reports...
2017: Frontiers in Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28579694/bilingualism-influences-structural-indices-of-interhemispheric-organization
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Adam Felton, David Vazquez, Aurora I Ramos-Nunez, Maya R Greene, Alessandra McDowell, Arturo E Hernandez, Christine Chiarello
Bilingualism represents an interesting model of possible experience-dependent alterations in brain structure. The current study examines whether interhemispheric adaptations in brain structure are associated with bilingualism. Corpus callosum volume and cortical thickness asymmetry across 13 regions of interest (selected to include critical language and bilingual cognitive control areas) were measured in a sample of Spanish-English bilinguals and age- and gender-matched monolingual individuals (N = 39 per group)...
May 2017: Journal of Neurolinguistics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28568219/neurodevelopmental-outcome-of-isolated-ventriculomegaly-a-prospective-cohort-study
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Omer Bar-Yosef, Eran Barzilay, Sara Dorembus, Reuven Achiron, Eldad Katorza
OBJECTIVE: Data regarding the neurodevelopmental outcome of children diagnosed in utero with isolated ventriculomegaly (IVM) is limited and principally founded on ultrasound-based studies. Here we endeavored to assess the outcome of such cases in a large-scale, MRI-based study. METHODS: We conducted a study on 133 cases of IVM with a documented fetal brain MRI scan. Children were assessed at ages 18 to 36 months using the Vineland Adaptive Behavior Scales (VABS)...
May 31, 2017: Prenatal Diagnosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28566586/b1-power-optimization-for-chemical-exchange-saturation-transfer-imaging-a-phantom-study-using-egg-white-for-amide-proton-transfer-imaging-applications-in-the-human-brain
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Yuki Kanazawa, Yasutaka Fushimi, Naotaka Sakashita, Tomohisa Okada, Yoshiki Arakawa, Mitsue Miyazaki
The chemical exchange saturation transfer (CEST) effect on an egg white (EW) suspension was investigated for optimization of magnetization transfer (MT) power (B1,rms) and pH dependency with the addition of lactic acid. Applying a higher MT pulse, B1,rms, Z-spectrum shows higher asymmetry and the magnetisation transfer ratio (MTR)asym signal increases to around 1-3.5 ppm, indicating a higher CEST effect. Amide proton transfer (APT) at 3.5 ppm shows a signal elevation in MTRasym with the application of higher B1,rms power and high pH...
May 31, 2017: Magnetic Resonance in Medical Sciences: MRMS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28558795/non-caloric-sweetener-provides-magnetic-resonance-imaging-contrast-for-cancer-detection
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Puneet Bagga, Mohammad Haris, Kevin D'Aquilla, Neil E Wilson, Francesco M Marincola, Mitchell D Schnall, Hari Hariharan, Ravinder Reddy
BACKGROUND: Image contrast enhanced by exogenous contrast agents plays a crucial role in the early detection, characterization, and determination of the precise location of cancers. Here, we investigate the feasibility of using a non-nutritive sweetener, sucralose (commercial name, Splenda), as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) contrast agent for cancer studies. METHODS: High-resolution nuclear-magnetic-resonance spectroscopy and MR studies on sucralose solution phantom were performed to detect the chemical exchange saturation transfer (CEST) property of sucralose hydroxyl protons with bulk water (sucCEST)...
May 30, 2017: Journal of Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549887/fluvoxamine-maleate-effects-on-dopamine-signaling-in-the-prefrontal-cortex-of-stressed-parkinsonian-rats-implications-for-learning-and-memory
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Ernest Dallé, Willie M U Daniels, Musa V Mabandla
Parkinson's disease (PD) is also associated with cognitive impairment and reduced extrinsic supply of dopamine (DA) to the prefrontal cortex (PFC). In the present study, we looked at whether exposure to early life stress reduces DA and serotonin (5-HT) concentration in the PFC thus leading to enhanced cognitive impairment in a Parkinsonian rat model. Maternal separation was the stressor used to develop an animal model for early life stress that has chronic effects on brain and behavior. Sprague-Dawley rats were treated with the antidepressant Fluvoxamine maleate (FM) prior to a unilateral 6-hydroxydopamine (6-OHDA) lesion to model motor deficits in rats...
May 24, 2017: Brain Research Bulletin
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