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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820225/bilateral-thalamic-edema-from-coexisting-choroid-plexus-arteriovenous-malformation-and-sinus-thrombosis-case-report
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Ryan B Kochanski, Andrew K Johnson, Roham Moftakhar
Bilateral thalamic dysfunction secondary to venous congestion may result from either venous sinus thrombosis or high flow arteriovenous malformations or a combination of both. We present a case of bilateral thalamic edema resulting from concomitant choroid plexus arteriovenous malformation (AVM) and straight sinus thrombosis and describe our treatment approach. The patient presented with several weeks of progressive confusion and memory deficits. Magnetic resonance imaging and venography (MRI/ MRV) showed bilateral thalamic T2 hyperintensities and straight sinus thrombosis...
2017: Turkish Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818305/treatment-of-the-ventral-intermediate-nucleus-for-medically-refractory-tremor-a-cost-analysis-of-stereotactic-radiosurgery-versus-deep-brain-stimulation
#2
Shearwood McClelland, Jerry J Jaboin
INTRODUCTION: Medically refractory tremor treatment has evolved over the past half-century from intraoperative thalamotomy to deep brain stimulation (DBS) of the thalamic ventral intermediate nucleus (VIM). Within the past 15years, unilateral radiosurgical VIM thalamotomy has emerged as a comparably efficacious treatment modality. METHODS: An extensive literature search of VIM DBS series was performed; the total cost of VIM DBS was calculated from hospitals geographically representative of the entire United States using current procedural terminology and work relative value unit (RVU) codes...
August 14, 2017: Radiotherapy and Oncology: Journal of the European Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816835/acute-worsening-of-tics-on-varenicline
#3
Shivam Om Mittal, Bryan T Klassen, Anhar Hassan, James H Bower, Elizabeth A Coon
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to report worsening of Tourette syndrome (TS) in 2 patients treated with varenicline. BACKGROUND: Abnormal dopaminergic signaling is likely involved in the pathophysiology of TS. Varenicline is a partial α4β2 nicotinic acetylcholine agonist that enhances dopamine release. Therefore, the use of varenicline may influence tics in patients with TS. METHOD: We analyzed and described 2 case studies on patients with significant worsening of tics after treatment with varenicline...
August 14, 2017: Clinical Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815853/changes-to-white-matter-microstructure-in-transient-ischemic-attack-a-longitudinal-diffusion-tensor-imaging-study
#4
Jennifer K Ferris, Jodi D Edwards, Jennifer A Ma, Lara A Boyd
Transient ischemic attack (TIA) is associated with localized ischemic changes, identifiable by diffusion-weighted imaging. Past research has not considered whether TIA is also associated with diffuse changes to white matter microstructure; further past work has not tracked changes longitudinally. Here we examine whole-brain changes in fractional anisotropy (FA) in individuals with TIA presenting with sensorimotor symptoms. Twenty individuals with a recent (within 30 days) TIA and 12 healthy older adults were recruited...
August 16, 2017: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815777/a-deficiency-of-the-link-protein-bral2-affects-the-size-of-the-extracellular-space-in-the-thalamus-of-aged-mice
#5
Michal Cicanic, Midori Edamatsu, Yoko Bekku, Ivan Vorisek, Toshitaka Oohashi, Lydia Vargova
Bral2 is a link protein stabilizing the binding between lecticans and hyaluronan in perineuronal nets and axonal coats (ACs) in specific brain regions. Using the real-time iontophoretic method and diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance, we determined the extracellular space (ECS) volume fraction (α), tortuosity (λ), and apparent diffusion coefficient of water (ADCW ) in the thalamic ventral posteromedial nucleus (VPM) and sensorimotor cortex of young adult (3-6 months) and aged (14-20 months) Bral2-deficient (Bral2(-/-) ) mice and age-matched wild-type (wt) controls...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815321/fixational-eye-movements-in-tourette-syndrome
#6
Aasef G Shaikh, Shlomit Ritz Finkelstein, Ronald Schuchard, Glen Ross, Jorge L Juncos
Studies of saccadic eye movements in subjects with Tourette syndrome (TS) have provided additional evidence that there is a link between TS symptoms and deficits in fronto-striato-thalamic networks. These studies revealed impaired timing and inhibition of saccades. We compared fixational eye movements, such as microsaccades and ocular drifts, in subjects with TS and healthy controls.We measured horizontal and vertical eye positions with video-oculography in 14 subjects with Tourette syndrome. We found reduced microsaccade amplitude but increased time between adjacent microsaccades (intersaccadic interval)...
August 16, 2017: Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813959/-wink-to-grasp-comparing-eye-voice-emg-gesture-control-of-grasp-with-soft-robotic-gloves
#7
Bernardo Noronha, Sabine Dziemian, Giuseppe A Zito, Charalambos Konnaris, A Aldo Faisal
The ability of robotic rehabilitation devices to support paralysed end-users is ultimately limited by the degree to which human-machine-interaction is designed to be effective and efficient in translating user intention into robotic action. Specifically, we evaluate the novel possibility of binocular eye-tracking technology to detect voluntary winks from involuntary blink commands, to establish winks as a novel low-latency control signal to trigger robotic action. By wearing binocular eye-tracking glasses we enable users to directly observe their environment or the actuator and trigger movement actions, without having to interact with a visual display unit or user interface...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813079/diffusion-tensor-imaging-of-brain-white-matter-in-huntington-gene-mutation-individuals
#8
Roberta Arb Saba, James H Yared, Thomas M Doring, Med Phys, Vanderci Borges, Henrique Ballalai Ferraz
Objective: To evaluate the role of the involvement of white matter tracts in huntingtin gene mutation patients as a potential biomarker of the progression of the disease. Methods: We evaluated 34 participants (11 symptomatic huntingtin gene mutation, 12 presymptomatic huntingtin gene mutation, and 11 controls). We performed brain magnetic resonance imaging to assess white matter integrity using diffusion tensor imaging, with measurement of fractional anisotropy...
August 2017: Arquivos de Neuro-psiquiatria
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811669/paraventricular-thalamic-control-of-food-intake-and-reward-role-of-glucagon-like-peptide-1-receptor-signaling
#9
Zhi Yi Ong, Jing-Jing Liu, Zhiping P Pang, Harvey J Grill
Paraventricular thalamic nucleus (PVT) neurons receive hindbrain and hypothalamic inputs, and project to forebrain sites involved in reward and motivation function. The role of PVT in energy balance and reward control is however understudied. Given that PVT neurons express glucagon-like peptide-1 receptors (GLP-1R), which are critical to feeding and body weight control, we tested the hypothesis that PVT GLP-1R signaling contributes to food intake and reward inhibition. To assess the hypothesis, behavioral tests including chow and high-fat diet intake, meal patterns, conditioned place preference for high-fat food, cue-induced reinstatement of sucrose-seeking, and motivation to work for sucrose were employed following intra-PVT delivery of either GLP-1R agonist, exendin-4 (Ex4), or GLP-1R antagonist, exendin-9-39 (Ex9)...
July 19, 2017: Neuropsychopharmacology: Official Publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808921/volumetric-abnormalities-of-thalamic-subnuclei-in-medication-overuse-headache
#10
Zhiye Chen, Zhihua Jia, Xiaoyan Chen, Mengqi Liu, Shuangfeng Liu, Lin Ma, Shengyuan Yu
BACKGROUND: The thalamus exerts a pivotal role in pain processing and cortical excitability control and a previous voxel-based morphometry study confirmed increased volume in bilateral thalamus in medication-overuse headache (MOH). The aim of this study is to investigate altered thalamic subnuclei volume in MOH compared with normal controls, and to evaluate the relationship of each thalamic subnuclei volume with the clinical variables. METHODS: High resolution three-dimensional T1-weighted fast spoiled gradient recalled echo MR images were obtained from 27 patients with MOH and 27 normal controls (NC)...
August 14, 2017: Journal of Headache and Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808201/thalamic-paramagnetic-iron-by-t2-relaxometry-correlates-with-severity-of-multiple-sclerosis
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Eva Baranovicova, Ema Kantorova, Dagmar Kalenska, Lucia Lichardusova, Michal Bittsan-Sky, Dusan Dobrota
Iron can contribute to the pathogenesis and progression of multiple sclerosis (MS) due to its accumulation in the human brain. We focus on the thalamus as an information transmitter between various subcortical and cortical areas. Thalamic iron seems to follow different rules than iron in other deep gray matter structures and its relation to the clinical outcomes of MS is still indistinct. In our study, we investigated a connection between thalamic iron and patients' disability and course of the disease. The presence of paramagnetic substances in the tissues was tracked by T2* quantification...
July 13, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807671/selective-inhibition-of-extra-synaptic-%C3%AE-5-gabaa-receptors-by-s44819-a-new-therapeutic-agent
#12
Lori-An Etherington, Balázs Mihalik, Adrienn Pálvölgyi, István Ling, Katalin Pallagi, Szabolcs Kertész, Péter Varga, Ben G Gunn, Adam R Brown, Matthew R Livesey, Olivia Monteiro, Delia Belelli, József Barkóczy, Michael Spedding, István Gacsályi, Ferenc A Antoni, Jeremy J Lambert
In the mammalian central nervous system (CNS) GABAA receptors (GABAARs) mediate neuronal inhibition and are important therapeutic targets. GABAARs are composed of 5 subunits, drawn from 19 proteins, underpinning expression of 20-30 GABAAR subtypes. In the CNS these isoforms are heterogeneously expressed and exhibit distinct physiological and pharmacological properties. We report the discovery of S44819, a novel tricyclic oxazolo-2,3-benzodiazepine-derivative, that selectively inhibits α5-subunit-containing GABAARs (α5-GABAARs)...
August 11, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805691/structural-and-neuronal-integrity-measures-of-fatigue-severity-in-multiple-sclerosis
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Evanthia Bernitsas, Kalyan Yarraguntla, Fen Bao, Rishi Sood, Carla Santiago-Martinez, Rajkumar Govindan, Omar Khan, Navid Seraji-Bozorgzad
Fatigue is a common and disabling symptom in Multiple Sclerosis (MS). However, consistent neuroimaging correlates of its severity are not fully elucidated. In this article, we study the neuronal correlates of fatigue severity in MS. Forty-three Relapsing Remitting MS (RRMS) patients with MS-related fatigue (Fatigue Severity Scale (FSS) range: 1-7) and Expanded Disability Status Scale (EDSS) ≤ 4, were divided into high fatigue (HF, FSS ≥ 5.1) and low fatigue groups (LF, FSS ≤ 3). We measured T2 lesion load using a semi-automated technique...
August 12, 2017: Brain Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803850/association-of-exposure-to-manganese-and-iron-with-striatal-and-thalamic-gaba-and-other-neurometabolites-neuroimaging-results-from-the-weldox-ii-study
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Swaantje Casjens, Urike Dydak, Shalmali Dharmadhikari, Anne Lotz, Martin Lehnert, Clara Quetscher, Christoph Stewig, Benjamin Glaubitz, Tobias Schmidt-Wilcke, David Edmondson, Chien-Lin Yeh, Tobias Weiss, Christoph van Thriel, Lennard Herrmann, Siegfried Muhlack, Dirk Woitalla, Michael Aschner, Thomas Brüning, Beate Pesch
OBJECTIVE: Magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS) is a non-invasive method to quantify neurometabolite concentrations in the brain. Within the framework of the WELDOX II study, we investigated the association of exposure to manganese (Mn) and iron (Fe) with γ-aminobutyric acid (GABA) and other neurometabolites in the striatum and thalamus of 154 men. MATERIAL AND METHODS: GABA-edited and short echo-time MRS at 3T was used to assess brain levels of GABA, glutamate, total creatine (tCr) and other neurometabolites...
August 10, 2017: Neurotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803512/heterogeneous-pathological-processes-account-for-thalamic-degeneration-in-multiple-sclerosis-insights-from-7%C3%A2-t-imaging
#15
Céline Louapre, Sindhuja T Govindarajan, Costanza Giannì, Nancy Madigan, Jacob A Sloane, Constantina A Treaba, Elena Herranz, Revere P Kinkel, Caterina Mainero
BACKGROUND: Thalamic degeneration impacts multiple sclerosis (MS) prognosis. OBJECTIVE: To investigate heterogeneous thalamic pathology, its correlation with white matter (WM), cortical lesions and thickness, and as function of distance from cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). METHODS: In 41 MS subjects and 17 controls, using 3 and 7 T imaging, we tested for (1) differences in thalamic volume and quantitative T2* (q-T2*) (2) globally and (3) within concentric bands originating from the CSF/thalamus interface; (4) the relation between thalamic, cortical, and WM metrics; and (5) the contribution of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) metrics to clinical scores...
August 1, 2017: Multiple Sclerosis: Clinical and Laboratory Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800746/artery-of-percheron-infarction-a-case-report
#16
Axel Sandvig, Sandra Lundberg, Jiri Neuwirth
BACKGROUND: The artery of Percheron is a rare anatomic variant of arterial supply to the paramedian thalamus and rostral midbrain, and occlusion of the artery of Percheron results in bilateral paramedian thalamic infarcts with or without midbrain involvement. Acute artery of Percheron infarcts represent 0.1 to 2% of total ischemic stroke. However, of thalamic strokes, occlusion of artery of Percheron is the cause in 4 to 35% of cases. Early diagnosis of artery of Percheron infarction can be challenging because it is infrequent and early computed tomography or magnetic resonance imaging may be negative...
August 12, 2017: Journal of Medical Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799320/artery-of-percheron-infarction-in-a-patient-with-atrial-fibrillation-a-rare-stroke-syndrome
#17
Amey Beedkar, Archana Sonawale
The artery of Percheron uncommon anatomic variant that provides bilateral arterial supply to the paramedian thalami and the rostral midbrain. Occlusion of this artery results in bilateral thalamic and mesencephalic infarctions. The clinical diagnosis is difficult because of the large clinical variability. We report the clinical and MR imaging findings in a patient who developed infarction in the typical distribution of the artery of Percheron.
August 2017: Journal of the Association of Physicians of India
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28796115/cerebral-white-matter-structure-is-disrupted-in-gulf-war-veterans-with-chronic-musculoskeletal-pain
#18
Stephanie M VanRiper, Andrew L Alexander, Kelli F Koltyn, Aaron J Stegner, Laura D Ellingson, Daniel J Destiche, Ryan J Dougherty, Jacob B Lindheimer, Dane B Cook
Chronic musculoskeletal pain (CMP) affects ∼25% of the 700,000 Veterans deployed during the Persian Gulf War (1990-91). The cause of their pain is unknown and there are no efficacious treatments. A small body of literature suggests that brain abnormalities exist in Gulf War Veterans (GVs), yet relationships between brain abnormalities and disease symptoms remain largely unexplored. Our purpose was to compare white matter (WM) integrity between GVCMP and matched, healthy Veteran controls (GVCO) and investigate relationships between cerebral WM integrity and symptoms...
August 8, 2017: Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794974/resting-state-functional-connectivity-changes-due-to-acute-and-short-term-valproic-acid-administration-in-the-baboon-model-of-gge
#19
Felipe S Salinas, Charles Ákos Szabó
Resting-state functional connectivity (FC) is altered in baboons with genetic generalized epilepsy (GGE) compared to healthy controls (CTL). We compared FC changes between GGE and CTL groups after intravenous injection of valproic acid (VPA) and following one-week of orally administered VPA. Seven epileptic (2 females) and six CTL (3 females) baboons underwent resting-state fMRI (rs-fMRI) at 1) baseline, 2) after intravenous acute VPA administration (20 mg/kg), and 3) following seven-day oral, subacute VPA therapy (20-80 mg/kg/day)...
2017: NeuroImage: Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794459/multiple-excitatory-actions-of-orexins-upon-thalamo-cortical-neurons-in-dorsal-lateral-geniculate-nucleus-implications-for-vision-modulation-by-arousal
#20
Lukasz Chrobok, Katarzyna Palus-Chramiec, Anna Chrzanowska, Mariusz Kepczynski, Marian Henryk Lewandowski
The orexinergic system of the lateral hypothalamus plays a crucial role in maintaining wakefulness and mediating arousal in a circadian time-dependent manner. Due to the extensive connections of orexinergic neurons, both orexins (OXA and OXB) exert mainly excitatory effects upon remote brain areas, including the thalamus. The dorsal lateral geniculate nucleus (DLG) is a relay thalamic centre for the visual system. Its thalamo-cortical (TC) neurons convey photic information from the retina to the primary visual cortex...
August 9, 2017: Scientific Reports
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