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Matilde M Vaghi, Petra E Vértes, Manfred G Kitzbichler, Annemieke M Apergis-Schoute, Febe E van der Flier, Naomi A Fineberg, Akeem Sule, Rashid Zaman, Valerie Voon, Prantik Kundu, Edward T Bullmore, Trevor W Robbins
BACKGROUND: A recent hypothesis has suggested that core deficits in goal-directed behavior in obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) are caused by impaired frontostriatal function. We tested this hypothesis in OCD patients and control subjects by relating measures of goal-directed planning and cognitive flexibility to underlying resting-state functional connectivity. METHODS: Multiecho resting-state acquisition, combined with micromovement correction by blood oxygen level-dependent sensitive independent component analysis, was used to obtain in vivo measures of functional connectivity in 44 OCD patients and 43 healthy comparison subjects...
August 11, 2016: Biological Psychiatry
Eve Valera, Aaron Kucyi
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) in women experiencing intimate-partner violence (IPV) is common, and IPV afflicts 30 % of women worldwide. However, the neurobiology and related sequelae of these TBIs have never been systematically examined. Consequently, TBI treatments are typically absent and IPV interventions are inadequate. There has been a call for a comprehensive assessment of IPV-related TBIs and their relationship to aspects of women's cognitive and neural functioning. In response, we examined brain-network organization associated with TBI and its cognitive effects using clinical interviews and neuropsychological measures as well as structural and functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) in women experiencing IPV-related TBI...
October 20, 2016: Brain Imaging and Behavior
Mingxiong Huang, Deborah L Harrington, Ashley Robb, Annemarie Angeles, Sharon Nichols, Angela I Drake, Tao Song, Mithun Diwakar, Charles W Huang, Victoria Risbrough, Anders M Dale, Hauke Bartsch, Scott Matthews, Jeffrey W Huang, Roland R Lee, Dewleen G Baker
Blast mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) is a leading cause of sustained impairment in military service members and Veterans. However, the mechanism of persistent disability is not fully understood. The present study investigated disturbances in brain functioning in mTBI participants using a source-imaging-based approach to analyze functional connectivity (FC) from resting-state magnetoencephalography (rs-MEG). Study participants included 26 active-duty service members or Veterans who had blast mTBI with persistent post-concussive symptoms and 22 healthy control active-duty service members or Veterans...
October 20, 2016: Journal of Neurotrauma
Yuantao Xie, Clément Le Priol, Jean J Heremans
Low-temperature quantum phase coherence lengths were experimentally measured in mesoscopic circular arenas fabricated on InGaAs quantum wells. The arenas are connected to wide sample regions by short side-wires, to investigate the effects of geometry in comparison to intrinsic materials properties on quantum decoherence. Universal conductance fluctuations were used to quantify the phase coherence lengths as a function of temperature and geometry. The experimental data show a dependence of phase coherence lengths on side-wire length and width-to-length ratio, which is accounted for by the competing effects of decoherence by coupling to the classical environment and Nyquist decoherence in ergodic wires...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Physics. Condensed Matter: An Institute of Physics Journal
Bin Zhang, Shijia Li, Chuanjun Zhuo, Meng Li, Adam Safron, Axel Genz, Wen Qin, Chunshui Yu, Martin Walter
BACKGROUND: Major depressive disorder (MDD) is a highly prevalent psychiatric condition in which patients often have difficulties regulating their emotions. Prior studies have shown that attention bias towards negative emotion is linked to activation in regions of the default mode network (DMN) in MDD individuals. Furthermore, MDD patients showed increased resting-state functional connectivity (FC) between the medial prefrontal cortex and other DMN structures. METHODS: Twenty-one MDD patients that currently experiencing depressive episodes and twenty-five healthy control participants performed the current emotional expectancy paradigm in a gradient-echo SENSE-SPIRAL fMRI...
October 7, 2016: Journal of Affective Disorders
Allen Q Ye, Olusola A Ajilore, Giorgio Conte, Johnson GadElkarim, Galen Thomas-Ramos, Liang Zhan, Shaolin Yang, Anand Kumar, Richard L Magin, Angus G Forbes, Alex D Leow
This paper describes novel methods for constructing the intrinsic geometry of the human brain connectome using dimensionality-reduction techniques. We posit that the high-dimensional, complex geometry that represents this intrinsic topology can be mathematically embedded into lower dimensions using coupling patterns encoded in the corresponding brain connectivity graphs. We tested both linear and nonlinear dimensionality-reduction techniques using the diffusion-weighted structural connectome data acquired from a sample of healthy subjects...
December 2015: Brain Informatics
Stephanie Noble, Dustin Scheinost, Emily S Finn, Xilin Shen, Xenophon Papademetris, Sarah C McEwen, Carrie E Bearden, Jean Addington, Bradley Goodyear, Kristin S Cadenhead, Heline Mirzakhanian, Barbara A Cornblatt, Doreen M Olvet, Daniel H Mathalon, Thomas H McGlashan, Diana O Perkins, Aysenil Belger, Larry J Seidman, Heidi Thermenos, Ming T Tsuang, Theo G M van Erp, Elaine F Walker, Stephan Hamann, Scott W Woods, Tyrone D Cannon, R Todd Constable
Recent years have witnessed an increasing number of multisite MRI functional connectivity (fcMRI) studies. While multisite studies are an efficient way to speed up data collection and increase sample sizes, especially for rare clinical populations, any effects of site or MRI scanner could ultimately limit power and weaken results. Little data exists on the stability of functional connectivity measurements across sites and sessions. In this study, we assess the influence of site and session on resting state functional connectivity measurements in a healthy cohort of traveling subjects (8 subjects scanned twice at each of 8 sites) scanned as part of the North American Prodrome Longitudinal Study (NAPLS)...
October 13, 2016: NeuroImage
Merve Cikili Uytun, Emel Karakaya, Didem Behice Oztop, Serife Gengec, Kazım Gumus, Sevgi Ozmen, Selim Doğanay, Semra Icer, Esra Demirci, Saliha Demirel Ozsoy
It is known that patients with Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and Conduct disorder (CD) commonly shows greater symptom severity than those with ADHD alone and worse outcomes. This study researches whether Default mode network (DMN) is altered in adolescents with ADHD + CD, relative to ADHD alone and controls or not. Ten medication-naïve boys with ADHD + CD, ten medication-naïve boys with ADHD and 10-age-matched typically developing (TD) controls underwent functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) scans in the resting state and neuropsychological tasks such as the Wisconsin Card Sorting Test (WCST), Stroop Test TBAG Form (STP), Auditory Verbal learning Test (AVLT), Visual Auditory Digit Span B (VADS B) were applied to all the subjects included...
October 13, 2016: Brain Imaging and Behavior
Peng Liu, Yanfei Liu, Geliang Wang, Xuejuan Yang, Lingmin Jin, Jinbo Sun, Wei Qin
Primary dysmenorrhea (PDM), characterized by cramping pain in the lower abdomen, is a common gynecological disorder in women of child-bearing age. An increasing number of neuroimaging studies have emphasized that PDM is associated with functional and structural abnormalities in the regions related to the default mode network (DMN). Based on resting-state functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), the aim of this study was to use amplitude of low-frequency fluctuation (ALFF) and functional connectivity (FC) to investigate changes of the intrinsic brain activity in the DMN in PDM...
October 13, 2016: Brain Imaging and Behavior
Boris A López, Erasmo C Macaya, Fadia Tala, Florence Tellier, Martin Thiel
Dispersal on floating seaweeds depends on availability, viability and trajectories of the rafts. In the southern hemisphere, the bull kelp Durvillaea antarctica is one of the most common floating seaweeds, but phylogeographic studies had shown low connectivity between populations from continental Chile, which could be due to limitations in local supply and dispersal of floating kelps. To test this hypothesis, the spatiotemporal dynamics of kelp strandings were examined in four biogeographic districts along the Chilean coast (28°-42°S)...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Phycology
Soyoung Kwon, Masataka Watanabe, Elvira Fischer, Andreas Bartels
Attention allows our brain to focus its limited resources on a given task. It does so by selective modulation of neural activity and of functional connectivity (FC) across brain-wide networks. While there is extensive literature on activity changes, surprisingly few studies examined brain-wide FC modulations that can be cleanly attributed to attention compared to matched visual processing. In contrast to prior approaches, we used an ultra-long trial design that avoided transients from trial onsets, included slow fluctuations (<0...
October 9, 2016: NeuroImage
Zhenghua Hou, Yuxiu Sui, Xiaopeng Song, Yonggui Yuan
The intuitive association between cognitive impairment and aberrant functional activity in the brain network has prompted interest in exploring the role of functional connectivity in late-onset depression (LOD). The relationship of altered voxel-mirrored homotopic connectivity (VMHC) and cognitive dysfunction in LOD is not yet well understood. This study was designed to examine the implicit relationship between the disruption of interhemispheric functional coordination and cognitive impairment in LOD. LOD patients (N = 31) and matched healthy controls (HCs; N = 37) underwent neuropsychological tests and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) in this study...
2016: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
Juan Liu, Viktoriia Y Postupalenko, Samuel Loercher, Dalin Wu, Mohamed Chami, Wolfgang Meier, Cornelia G Palivan
Self-organization of nano-components was mainly focused on solid nanoparticles, quantum dots or liposomes to generate complex architectures with specific properties, but intrinsically limited or not developed enough, to mimic sophisticated structures with biological functions in cells. Here, we present a biomimetic strategy to self-organize synthetic nano-compartments (polymersomes) into clusters with controlled properties and topology by exploiting DNA hybridization to interconnect polymersomes. Molecular- and external factors affecting the self-organization served to design clusters mimicking the connection of natural organelles: fine tune of the distance between tethered polymersomes, different topologies, no fusion of clustered polymersomes and no aggregation...
October 11, 2016: Nano Letters
Jon M Houck, Mustafa S Çetin, Andrew R Mayer, Juan R Bustillo, Julia Stephen, Cheryl Aine, Jose Cañive, Nora Perrone-Bizzozero, Robert J Thoma, Matthew J Brookes, Vince D Calhoun
Examination of intrinsic functional connectivity using functional MRI (fMRI) has provided important findings regarding dysconnectivity in schizophrenia. Extending these results using a complementary neuroimaging modality, magnetoencephalography (MEG), we present the first direct comparison of functional connectivity between schizophrenia patients and controls, using these two modalities combined. We developed a novel MEG approach for estimation of networks using MEG that incorporates spatial independent component analysis (ICA) and pairwise correlations between independent component timecourses, to estimate intra- and intern-network connectivity...
October 7, 2016: NeuroImage
Michael W Cole, Takuya Ito, Danielle S Bassett, Douglas H Schultz
Resting-state functional connectivity (FC) has helped reveal the intrinsic network organization of the human brain, yet its relevance to cognitive task activations has been unclear. Uncertainty remains despite evidence that resting-state FC patterns are highly similar to cognitive task activation patterns. Identifying the distributed processes that shape localized cognitive task activations may help reveal why resting-state FC is so strongly related to cognitive task activations. We found that estimating task-evoked activity flow (the spread of activation amplitudes) over resting-state FC networks allowed prediction of cognitive task activations in a large-scale neural network model...
October 10, 2016: Nature Neuroscience
David McNulty, Quentin Ramasse, Colm O'Dwyer
The majority of electrode materials in batteries and related electrochemical energy storage devices are fashioned into slurries via the addition of a conductive additive and a binder. However, aggregation of smaller diameter nanoparticles in current generation electrode compositions can result in non-homogeneous active materials. Inconsistent slurry formulation may lead to inconsistent electrical conductivity throughout the material, local variations in electrochemical response, and the overall cell performance...
September 15, 2016: Nanoscale
Jongwoo Song, Younah Lee, Boa Jin, Jongdeok An, Hyunmin Park, Hoon Park, Myounghee Lee, Chan Im
To achieve intrinsically light-weight flexible photovoltaic devices, a bulk-heterojunction-type active layer with a narrow-bandgap polymer is still considered as one of the most important candidates. Therefore, detailed information about the charge transfer efficiency from a photo-excited species on an electron-donating polymer to an electron acceptor is an important factor, given that it is among the most fundamental quantitative measures to understand the solar power conversion efficiency, in particular at the initial stage followed by primary exciton formation...
September 29, 2016: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
Jaymin J Kathiriya, Ravi Ramesh Pathak, Alexandr Bezginov, Bin Xue, Vladimir N Uversky, Elisabeth R M Tillier, Vrushank Davé
Therapeutic protein kinase inhibitors are designed on the basis of kinase structures. Here, we define intrinsically disordered regions (IDRs) in structurally hybrid kinases. We reveal that 65% of kinases have an IDR adjacent to their kinase domain (KD). These IDRs are evolutionarily more conserved than IDRs distant to KDs. Strikingly, 36 kinases have adjacent IDRs extending into their KDs, defining a unique structural and functional subset of the kinome. Functional network analysis of this subset of the kinome uncovered FAK1 as topologically the most connected hub kinase...
October 5, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Rudineia Toazza, Alexandre Rosa Franco, Augusto Buchweitz, Roberta Dalle Molle, Danitsa Marcos Rodrigues, Roberta Sena Reis, Amanda Brondani Mucellini, Nathalia Bianchini Esper, Cristiano Aguzzoli, Patrícia Pelufo Silveira, Giovanni Abrahão Salum, Gisele Gus Manfro
Anxiety disorders (AD) are the most prevalent group of psychiatric disorders in adolescents and young adults. Nevertheless, the pathophysiology of anxiety disorders is still poorly understood. This study investigated differences in the functional connectivity of intrinsic amygdala-based networks of participants with and without AD. Resting state fMRI data were obtained from 18 participants with an AD and 19 healthy comparison individuals. Psychiatric diagnosis was assessed using standardized structured interviews...
September 22, 2016: Psychiatry Research
Xiao Luo, Tiantian Qiu, Yunlu Jia, Peiyu Huang, Xiaojun Xu, Xinfeng Yu, Zhujing Shen, Yerfan Jiaerken, Xiaojun Guan, Jiong Zhou, Minming Zhang
Apolipoprotein E (APOE) ε4 allele is the best established genetic risk factor for sporadic Alzheimer's disease (AD). However, there is a need to understand the effects of this genotype on the brain by simultaneously assessing intrinsic brain network and cerebral spinal fluid (CSF) biomarkers changes in healthy older ε4 carriers. Thirteen cognitively intact, elderly APOE ε4 carriers and 22 ε3 homozygotes were included in the present study. Eigenvector centrality mapping (ECM) was used to identify brain network hub organization based on resting-state functional MRI (rsfMRI)...
October 6, 2016: Brain Imaging and Behavior
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