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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333914/hybrid-pet-mri-imaging-in-healthy-unsedated-newborn-infants-with-quantitative-rcbf-measurements-using-15o-water-pet
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Julie B Andersen, Ulrich Lindberg, Oline V Olesen, Didier Benoit, Claes N Ladefoged, Henrik Bw Larsson, Liselotte Højgaard, Gorm Greisen, Ian Law
In this study, a new hybrid PET/MRI method for quantitative regional cerebral blood flow (rCBF) measurements in healthy newborn infants was assessed and the low values of rCBF in white matter previously obtained by arterial spin labeling (ASL) were tested. Four healthy full-term newborn subjects were scanned in a PET/MRI scanner during natural sleep after median intravenous injection of 14 MBq 15O-water. Regional CBF was quantified using a one-tissue-compartment model employing an image-derived input function (IDIF) from the left ventricle...
January 1, 2018: Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332084/thalamic-deep-brain-stimulation
#2
Benjamin B Whiting, Alexander C Whiting, Donald M Whiting
The use of deep brain stimulation (DBS) of the thalamus has been proven to be a safe and efficacious treatment for the management of many diseases. The most common indication for thalamic DBS remains essential tremor (ET), one of the most common movement disorders in the world. ET patients should be considered for surgical intervention when their tremor has demonstrated to be refractory to medication, a characteristic estimated to be present in roughly 50% of ET cases. Advantages of DBS over thalamotomy include its reversibility, the ability to adjust stimulation settings to optimize efficacy and minimize side effects, the ability to perform bilateral procedures safely, and an association with a lower risk of postoperative cognitive problems...
2018: Progress in Neurological Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332077/stereotactic-radiofrequency-lesioning-for-movement-disorders
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Takaomi Taira, Shiro Horisawa, Nobuhiko Takeda, Prajakta Ghate
During the past 2 decades, deep brain stimulation (DBS) took over the position of radiofrequency (RF) lesioning of thalamic or pallidal targets for control of movement disorders. Superiority of DBS over RF lesioning is widely accepted, and most neurosurgeons even regard RF lesioning to be old-fashioned and dangerous. Such concepts emerged from the data of old stereotactic operations with ventriculography and without computerized planning. Hardware-related complications are not negligible in long-term DBS therapy, and DBS only controls the symptoms...
2018: Progress in Neurological Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330326/loss-of-balance-between-striatal-feedforward-inhibition-and-corticostriatal-excitation-leads-to-tremor
#4
Yael Oran, Izhar Bar-Gad
Fast spiking interneurons (FSIs) exert powerful inhibitory control over the striatum and are hypothesized to balance the massive excitatory cortical and thalamic input to this structure. We recorded neuronal activity in the dorsolateral striatum and globus pallidus (GP) concurrently with the detailed movement kinematics of freely behaving female rats prior to and following selective inhibition of FSI activity using IEM-1460 microinjections. The inhibition led to the appearance of episodic rest tremor in the body part that depended on the somatotopic location of the injection within the striatum...
January 12, 2018: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330020/predictors-of-deep-brain-stimulation-outcome-in-tremor-patients
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Claire Sandoe, Vibhor Krishna, Diellor Basha, Francesco Sammartino, Joao Tatsch, Marina Picillo, Lazzaro di Biase, Yu-Yan Poon, Clement Hamani, Duemani Reddy, Renato P Munhoz, Andres M Lozano, William D Hutchison, Alfonso Fasano
BACKGROUND: Deep brain stimulation of the ventro-intermedius nucleus of the thalamus is an established treatment for tremor of differing etiologies but factors that may predict the short- and especially long-term outcome of surgery are still largely unknown. METHODS: We retrospectively investigated the clinical, pharmacological, electrophysiological and anatomical features that might predict the initial response and preservation of benefit in all patients who underwent deep brain stimulation for tremor...
January 2, 2018: Brain Stimulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29328531/thalamic-atrophy-in-ms-an-mri-marker-of-neurodegeneration-throughout-disease
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Christina J Azevedo, Steven Y Cen, Sankalpa Khadka, Shuang Liu, John Kornak, Yonggang Shi, Ling Zheng, Stephen L Hauser, Daniel Pelletier
OBJECTIVE: Thalamic volume is a candidate MRI-based marker associated with neurodegeneration to hasten development of neuroprotective treatments. Our objective is to describe the longitudinal evolution of thalamic atrophy in MS and normal aging, and to estimate sample sizes for study design. METHODS: 601 subjects (2632 MRI scans) were analyzed. 520 subjects with relapse-onset MS [CIS(90); RR(392); SP(38)] underwent annual standardized 3T MRI scans for an average of 4...
January 12, 2018: Annals of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29327340/shank3-deficient-thalamocortical-neurons-show-hcn-channelopathy-and-alterations-in-intrinsic-electrical-properties
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Mengye Zhu, VinayKumar Idikuda, Jianbing Wang, Fusheng Wei, Virang Kumar, Nikhil Shah, Christopher B Waite, Qinglian Liu, Lei Zhou
Shank3 is a scaffolding protein that is highly enriched in excitatory synapses. Mutations in Shank3 gene have been linked to neuropsychiatric disorders especially the Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Shank3 deficiency is known to cause impairments in synaptic transmission, but its effects on basic neuronal electrical properties that are more localized to the soma and proximal dendrites remain unclear. Here we confirmed that in heterologous expression systems two different Shank3 isoforms, Shank3A and Shank3C, significant increase the surface expression of the hyperpolarization-activated, cyclic-nucleotide-gated (HCN) channel...
January 12, 2018: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29327337/generalized-nonmotor-absence-seizures-what-do-absence-generalized-and-nonmotor-mean
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REVIEW
Iris Unterberger, Eugen Trinka, Peter W Kaplan, Gerald Walser, Gerhard Luef, Gerhard Bauer
OBJECTIVE: Clinical absences are now classified as "generalized nonmotor (absence) seizures" by the International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE). The aim of this paper is to critically review the concept of absences and to put the accompanying focal and motor symptoms into the context of the emerging pathophysiological knowledge. METHODS: For this narrative review we performed an extensive literature search on the term "absence," and analyzed the plethora of symptoms observed in clinical absences...
January 11, 2018: Epilepsia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29327096/-focused-ultrasound-ablation-as-tremor-treatment
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Sebastian R Schreglmann, Stefan Hägele-Link, Beat Werner, Ernst Martin, Georg Kägi
BACKGROUND: The development of high-intensity magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)-guided focused ultrasound (MRIgFUS) ablation has widened the spectrum of interventional techniques for stereotactic functional neurosurgery of lesions. This has resulted in novel incisionless intervention approaches for the therapy of tremor disorders. The safety and efficacy is documented by recent study data. OBJECTIVES: This article encompasses a description of the technological basis and typical course of MRIgFUS interventions, a comparison to alternative open or incisionless surgical techniques as well as a review of the current evidence base for MRIgFUS ablation in the context of lesional interventions to treat tremor...
January 11, 2018: Der Nervenarzt
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325092/intravenous-administration-of-scaav9-hexb-normalizes-lifespan-and-prevents-pathology-in-sandhoff-disease-mice
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Natalia Niemir, Laura Rouvière, Aurore Besse, Marie T Vanier, Jasmin Dmytrus, Thibaut Marais, Stéphanie Astord, Jean-Philippe Puech, Ganna Panasyuk, Jonathan D Cooper, Martine Barkats, Catherine Caillaud
Sandhoff disease (SD) is a rare inherited disorder caused by a deficiency of β-hexosaminidase activity which is fatal because no effective treatment is available. A mouse model of Hexb deficiency reproduces the key pathognomonic features of SD patients with severe ubiquitous lysosomal dysfunction, GM2 accumulation, neuroinflammation and neurodegeneration, culminating in death at 4 months. Here, we show that a single intravenous neonatal administration of a self-complementary adeno-associated virus 9 vector (scAAV9) expressing the Hexb cDNA in SD mice is safe and sufficient to prevent disease development...
January 8, 2018: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325013/effects-of-task-demands-on-olfactory-auditory-and-visual-event-related-potentials-suggest-similar-top-down-modulation-across-senses
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Linus Andersson, Petra Sandberg, Jonas Olofsson, Steven Nordin
A widely held view is that top-down modulation of sensory information relies on an amodal control network that acts through the thalamus to regulate incoming signals. Olfaction lacks a direct thalamic projection, which suggests that it may differ from other modalities in this regard. We investigated the late positive complex (LPC) amplitudes of event-related potentials (ERP) from 28 participants, elicited by intensity-matched olfactory, auditory and visual stimuli, during a condition of focused attention, a neutral condition, and a condition in which stimuli were to be actively ignored...
January 8, 2018: Chemical Senses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29322527/thalamo-cortical-projections-to-the-macaque-superior-parietal-lobule-areas-pec-and-pe
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Daniele Impieri, Michela Gamberini, Lauretta Passarelli, Marcello G P Rosa, Claudio Galletti
The exposed surface of the superior parietal lobule in macaque brain contains two architectonically defined areas named PEc and PE. The aim of the present study is the characterization of thalamic afferents of these two areas. For this purpose, retrograde neuronal tracers were injected, or placed in crystal form, in areas PEc and PE. We found that the two areas show a similar pattern of thalamic inputs, mainly originating from Lateral Posterior (LP), Pulvinar (Pul), Ventral Posterior Lateral (VPL), and Ventral Lateral (VL) nuclei, all structures known to be involved in visual, somatosensory, and/or sensorimotor processing...
January 10, 2018: Journal of Comparative Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29321683/dual-function-of-thalamic-low-vigilance-state-oscillations-rhythm-regulation-and-plasticity
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REVIEW
Vincenzo Crunelli, Magor L Lőrincz, William M Connelly, François David, Stuart W Hughes, Régis C Lambert, Nathalie Leresche, Adam C Errington
During inattentive wakefulness and non-rapid eye movement (NREM) sleep, the neocortex and thalamus cooperatively engage in rhythmic activities that are exquisitely reflected in the electroencephalogram as distinctive rhythms spanning a range of frequencies from <1 Hz slow waves to 13 Hz alpha waves. In the thalamus, these diverse activities emerge through the interaction of cell-intrinsic mechanisms and local and long-range synaptic inputs. One crucial feature, however, unifies thalamic oscillations of different frequencies: repetitive burst firing driven by voltage-dependent Ca2+ spikes...
January 11, 2018: Nature Reviews. Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29318932/decreased-taurine-and-creatine-in-the-thalamus-may-relate-to-behavioral-impairments-in-ethanol-fed-mice-a-pilot-study-of-proton-magnetic-resonance-spectroscopy
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Su Xu, Wenjun Zhu, Yamin Wan, JiaBei Wang, Xi Chen, Liya Pi, Mary Kay Lobo, Bin Ren, Zhekang Ying, Michael Morris, Qi Cao
Minimal hepatic encephalopathy (MHE) is highly prevalent, observed in up to 80% of patients with liver dysfunction. Minimal hepatic encephalopathy is defined as hepatic encephalopathy with cognitive deficits and no grossly evident neurologic abnormalities. Clinical management may be delayed due to the lack of in vivo quantitative methods needed to reveal changes in brain neurobiochemical biomarkers. To gain insight into the development of alcoholic liver disease-induced neurological dysfunction (NDF), a mouse model of late-stage alcoholic liver fibrosis (LALF) was used to investigate changes in neurochemical levels in the thalamus and hippocampus that relate to behavioral changes...
January 2018: Molecular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29316038/effect-of-dimethyl-fumarate-on-gray-and-white-matter-pathology-in-subjects-with-relapsing-multiple-sclerosis-a-longitudinal-study
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Robert Zivadinov, Jesper Hagemeier, Niels Bergsland, Eleonora Tavazzi, Bianca Weinstock-Guttman
BACKGROUND: Dimethyl fumarate (DMF) is an oral treatment for relapsing remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS) with anti-inflammatory and possible neuroprotective properties. Its effect on white matter (WM) and gray matter (GM) pathology is still not fully understood. OBJECTIVE: To characterize the effect of DMF on normal appearing WM (NAWM) and thalamic pathology longitudinally. METHODS: In this observational, longitudinal, 24-month MRI study, 75 RRMS treated with DMF and 40 age- and sex- matched healthy individuals (HIs) were enrolled...
January 5, 2018: European Journal of Neurology: the Official Journal of the European Federation of Neurological Societies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29315552/projections-of-three-subcortical-visual-centres-to-marmoset-lateral-geniculate-nucleus
#16
Natalie Zeater, Péter Buzás, Bogdan Dreher, Ulrike Grünert, Paul R Martin
The dorsal lateral geniculate nucleus receives projections from visuotopically organised subcortical nuclei, in addition to inputs from the retina, visual cortices, and the thalamic reticular nucleus. Here, we study subcortical projections to the geniculate from the superior colliculus (SC) and parabigeminal nucleus (PBG) in the midbrain, and the nucleus of the optic tract (NOT) in the pretectum of marmosets. Marmosets are New World diurnal foveate monkeys, and are an increasingly popular model for studying the primate visual system...
January 9, 2018: Journal of Comparative Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29315459/pretherapeutic-functional-neuroimaging-predicts-tremor-arrest-after-thalamotomy
#17
C Tuleasca, E Najdenovska, J Régis, T Witjas, N Girard, J Champoudry, M Faouzi, J-P Thiran, M Bach Cuadra, M Levivier, D Van De Ville
OBJECTIVE: Essential tremor (ET) represents the most common movement disorder. Drug-resistant ET can benefit from standard stereotactic procedures (deep brain stimulation or radiofrequency thalamotomy) or alternatively minimally invasive high-focused ultrasound or radiosurgery. All aim at same target, thalamic ventro-intermediate nucleus (Vim). METHODS: The study included a cohort of 17 consecutive patients, with ET, treated only with left unilateral stereotactic radiosurgical thalamotomy (SRS-T) between September 2014 and August 2015...
January 7, 2018: Acta Neurologica Scandinavica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29314192/parvalbumin-producing-striatal-interneurons-receive-excitatory-inputs-onto-proximal-dendrites-from-the-motor-thalamus-in-male-mice
#18
Yasutake Nakano, Fuyuki Karube, Yasuharu Hirai, Kenta Kobayashi, Hiroyuki Hioki, Shinichiro Okamoto, Hiroshi Kameda, Fumino Fujiyama
In rodents, the dorsolateral striatum regulates voluntary movement by integrating excitatory inputs from the motor-related cerebral cortex and thalamus to produce contingent inhibitory output to other basal ganglia nuclei. Striatal parvalbumin (PV)-producing interneurons receiving this excitatory input then inhibit medium spiny neurons (MSNs) and modify their outputs. To understand basal ganglia function in motor control, it is important to reveal the precise synaptic organization of motor-related cortical and thalamic inputs to striatal PV interneurons...
January 4, 2018: Journal of Neuroscience Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29307012/a-method-for-pre-operative-single-subject-thalamic-segmentation-based-on-probabilistic-tractography-for-essential-tremor-deep-brain-stimulation
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Erik H Middlebrooks, Vanessa M Holanda, Ibrahim S Tuna, Hrishikesh D Deshpande, Markus Bredel, Leonardo Almeida, Harrison C Walker, Barton L Guthrie, Kelly D Foote, Michael S Okun
PURPOSE: Deep brain stimulation is a common treatment for medication-refractory essential tremor. Current coordinate-based targeting methods result in variable outcomes due to variation in thalamic structure and the optimal patient-specific functional location. The purpose of this study was to compare the coordinate-based pre-operative targets to patient-specific thalamic segmentation utilizing a probabilistic tractography methodology. METHODS: Using available diffusion MRI of 32 subjects from the Human Connectome Project database, probabilistic tractography was performed...
January 6, 2018: Neuroradiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29303036/cognitive-reserve-cognition-and-regional-brain-damage-in-ms-a-2%C3%A2-year-longitudinal-study
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Maria Assunta Rocca, Gianna C Riccitelli, Alessandro Meani, Elisabetta Pagani, Paola Del Sette, Vittorio Martinelli, Giancarlo Comi, Andrea Falini, Massimo Filippi
BACKGROUND: According to the cognitive reserve (CR) theory, enriching experiences protect against cognitive decline. OBJECTIVES: To investigate the dynamic interaction between CR and global/regional measures of brain white matter (WM) and gray matter (GM) damage and their effect on cognitive performance in multiple sclerosis (MS). METHODS: Baseline and 2 -year three-dimensional (3D) T1-weighted scans were obtained from 54 MS patients and 20 healthy controls...
January 1, 2018: Multiple Sclerosis: Clinical and Laboratory Research
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