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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210520/synchronous-aberrant-cerebellar-and-opercular-development-in-fetuses-and-neonates-with-congenital-heart-disease-correlation-with-early-communicative-neurodevelopmental-outcomes-initial-experience
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A Wong, T Chavez, S O'Neil, J Votava-Smith, D Miller, S delCastillo, A Panigrahy, L Paquette
Patients with congenital heart disease (CHD) demonstrate multidomain cognitive delays. Cingulo-opercular and cerebellar brain networks are critical to language functions. This is a description of our initial experience aiming to identify an anatomic correlate for CHD patients with expressive language delays. Fetal CHD patients, prospectively enrolled, underwent serial fetal (1.5T), postnatal pre- and postoperative (3T) MRI. Non-CHD patients were enrolled retrospectively from the same epoch. Comparable fetal and neonatal T2 contrast was used for manual linear cross-sectional measurement...
January 2017: American Journal of Perinatology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202853/structures-showing-negative-correlations-of-signal-intensity-with-postnatal-age-on-t1-weighted-imaging-of-the-brain-of-newborns-and-infants
#2
Saeka Hori, Toshiaki Taoka, Tomoko Ochi, Toshiteru Miyasaka, Masahiko Sakamoto, Katsutoshi Takayama, Takeshi Wada, Kaoru Myochin, Yukihiro Takahashi, Kimihiko Kichikawa
PURPOSE: Although the neonatal and infantile brain typically shows sequential T1 shortening according to gestational age as a result of myelination, several structures do not follow this rule. We evaluated the relationship between the signal intensity of various structures in the neonatal and infantile brain on T1-weighted imaging (T1WI) and either postnatal or gestational age. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We examined magnetic resonance images from 120 newborns and infants without any abnormalities in the central nervous system...
February 16, 2017: Magnetic Resonance in Medical Sciences: MRMS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196488/application-of-fluorescein-sodium-in-the-resection-of-vermis-pilocytic-astrocytomas
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Ji Zhang, Fuad Al-Nahari, Zi-Feng Wang, Fu-Hua Lin, Yi-Yin Zhao, Shi-Yin Xiao, Jian-Min Liu, Chao Ke, Zheng-He Chen, Yu Jiang, Men Yang, Ke Sai, Jian Wang, Yong-Gao Mou
BACKGROUND: Pilocytic astrocytomas (PAs) are slow growing neoplasms and usually located at the cerebellum. There has been certainty regarding the truthful benefit of surgical resection for patients with PA. Gross total resection (GTR) of PAs, especially those being situated in deep regions, remains a surgical challenge. Generally, they are considered as benign and usually develop in young patients. PAs, belonging to WHO I can be cured by radical resection. The patients with PA have excellent prognosis if complete resection can be conducted...
February 14, 2017: World Journal of Surgical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192784/extra-axial-cerebellopontine-angle-medulloblastoma-in-an-infant
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Mukesh Kumar Bhaskar, Manish Jaiswal, Bal Krishna Ojha, Sunil Kumar Singh, Anil Chandra, Mukta Meel, Mohd Faheem
Medulloblastoma is a common tumor of the posterior fossa, representing 20-25% of all pediatric neoplasms. It commonly occurs in the midline (cerebellar vermis) and rarely at the cerebellopontine angle. Most of them are intra-axial, and an extra-axial location of this tumor is very rare. Extra-axial cerebellopontine angle medulloblastoma is extremely uncommon and has never been reported in an infant. We report an extra-axial cerebellopontine angle medulloblastoma in a 1-year-old child.
February 14, 2017: Pediatric Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28183840/imaging-characteristics-of-pediatric-diffuse-midline-gliomas-with-histone-h3-k27m-mutation
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M S Aboian, D A Solomon, E Felton, M C Mabray, J E Villanueva-Meyer, S Mueller, S Cha
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: The 2016 World Health Organization Classification of Tumors of the Central Nervous System includes "diffuse midline glioma with histone H3 K27M mutation" as a new diagnostic entity. We describe the MR imaging characteristics of this new tumor entity in pediatric patients. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed imaging features of pediatric patients with midline gliomas with or without the histone H3 K27 mutation. We evaluated the imaging features of these tumors on the basis of location, enhancement pattern, and necrosis...
February 9, 2017: AJNR. American Journal of Neuroradiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28182712/increased-cerebellar-gray-matter-volume-in-head-chefs
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Antonio Cerasa, Alessia Sarica, Iolanda Martino, Carmelo Fabbricatore, Francesco Tomaiuolo, Federico Rocca, Manuela Caracciolo, Aldo Quattrone
OBJECTIVE: Chefs exert expert motor and cognitive performances on a daily basis. Neuroimaging has clearly shown that that long-term skill learning (i.e., athletes, musicians, chess player or sommeliers) induces plastic changes in the brain thus enabling tasks to be performed faster and more accurately. How a chef's expertise is embodied in a specific neural network has never been investigated. METHODS: Eleven Italian head chefs with long-term brigade management expertise and 11 demographically-/ psychologically- matched non-experts underwent morphological evaluations...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28167971/glucose-metabolic-changes-in-the-brain-and-muscles-of-patients-with-nonspecific-neck-pain-treated-by-spinal-manipulation-therapy-a-18-f-fdg-pet-study
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Akie Inami, Takeshi Ogura, Shoichi Watanuki, Md Mehedi Masud, Katsuhiko Shibuya, Masayasu Miyake, Rin Matsuda, Kotaro Hiraoka, Masatoshi Itoh, Arlan W Fuhr, Kazuhiko Yanai, Manabu Tashiro
Objective. The aim of this study was to investigate changes in brain and muscle glucose metabolism that are not yet known, using positron emission tomography with [(18)F]fluorodeoxyglucose ([(18)F]FDG PET). Methods. Twenty-one male volunteers were recruited for the present study. [(18)F]FDG PET scanning was performed twice on each subject: once after the spinal manipulation therapy (SMT) intervention (treatment condition) and once after resting (control condition). We performed the SMT intervention using an adjustment device...
2017: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28156213/structural-brain-differences-in-school-age-children-with-and-without-single-suture-craniosynostosis
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Kristina Aldridge, Brent R Collett, Erin R Wallace, Craig Birgfeld, Jordan R Austin, Regina Yeh, Madison Feil, Kathleen A Kapp-Simon, Elizabeth H Aylward, Michael L Cunningham, Matthew L Speltz
OBJECTIVE Single-suture craniosynostosis (SSC), the premature fusion of a cranial suture, is characterized by dysmorphology of the craniofacial skeleton. Evidence to suggest that children with SSC are at an elevated risk of mild to moderate developmental delays and neurocognitive deficits is mounting, but the associations among premature suture fusion, neuroanatomy, and neurocognition are unexplained. The goals of this study were to determine 1) whether differences in the brain are present in young children with the 2 most common forms of SSC (sagittal and metopic) several years following surgical correction, and 2) whether the pattern of differences varies by affected suture (sagittal or metopic)...
February 3, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery. Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28131561/-fragile-x-syndrome-and-white-matter-abnormalities-case-study-of-two-brothers
#9
E Wallach, E Bieth, A Sevely, C Cances
Fragile X syndrome is the most usual cause of hereditary intellectual deficiency. Typical symptoms combine intellectual deficiency, social anxiety, intense emotional vigilance, and a characteristic facial dysmorphy. This is subsequent to a complete mutation of the FMR1 gene, considering a semidominant transmission linked to the unstable X. The expansion of the CGG triplet greater than 200 units combined with a high methylation pattern lead to a transcriptional silence of the FMR1 gene, and the protein product, the FMRP, is not synthesized...
January 25, 2017: Archives de Pédiatrie: Organe Officiel de la Sociéte Française de Pédiatrie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28127172/orocraniofacial-findings-of-a-pediatric-patient-with-joubert-syndrome
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Mridula Goswami, Anju S Rajwar, Mahesh Verma
: Joubert syndrome (JS) is a very rare autosomal recessive disorder, involving agenesis or dysgenesis of cerebellar vermis and brain stem. The neurological features of JS include hypotonia, ataxia, developmental delay, intellectual disability, abnormal eye movements, and neonatal breathing dysregulation. These may be associated with multiorgan involvement, mainly retinal dystrophy, nephronophthisis, hepatic fibrosis, and polydactyly. An obligatory hallmark feature associated with JS is the molar tooth sign (MTS), a complex midbrain-hindbrain malformation visible on brain imaging...
October 2016: International Journal of Clinical Pediatric Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109103/-value-of-diffusion-weighted-imaging-1-h-magnetic-resonance-spectroscopy-and-3d-whole-brain-arterial-spin-labeling-in-the-diagnosis-of-medulloblastoma
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Dong-Liang Cheng, Wen-Sheng Wang, Yi-Xin Hu, Meng-Lin Chen, Ge Wen, Li-Na Cheng, Jing Wu, Liu-Qing Yan
OBJECTIVE: To explore the value of diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI), (1)H-magnetic resonance spectroscopy (1H-MRS) and 3D whole-brain arterial spin labeling (3D ASL) in the diagnosis of medulloblastoma in the posterior cranial fossa. METHODS: The magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) findings of 16 patients with pathologically confirmed medulloblastoma in the posterior cranial fossa were analyzed retrospectively. All the patients were examined with plane and enhanced brain MRI scans; 5 patients also underwent examinations with DWI, 12 with MRS, and 5 with 3D ASL...
January 20, 2017: Nan Fang Yi Ke da Xue Xue Bao, Journal of Southern Medical University
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092268/phenotypic-outcomes-in-mouse-and-human-foxc1-dependent-dandy-walker-cerebellar-malformation-suggest-shared-mechanisms
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Parthiv Haldipur, Derek Dang, Kimberly A Aldinger, Olivia K Janson, Fabien Guimiot, Homa Adle-Biasette, William B Dobyns, Joseph R Siebert, Rosa Russo, Kathleen J Millen
FOXC1 loss contributes to Dandy-Walker malformation (DWM), a common human cerebellar malformation. Previously, we found that complete Foxc1 loss leads to aberrations in proliferation, neuronal differentiation and migration in the embryonic mouse cerebellum (Haldipur et al., 2014). We now demonstrate that hypomorphic Foxc1 mutant mice have granule and Purkinje cell abnormalities causing subsequent disruptions in postnatal cerebellar foliation and lamination. Particularly striking is the presence of a partially formed posterior lobule which echoes the posterior vermis DW 'tail sign' observed in human imaging studies...
January 16, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091557/the-same-oculomotor-vermal-purkinje-cells-encode-the-different-kinematics-of-saccades-and-of-smooth-pursuit-eye-movements
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Zongpeng Sun, Aleksandra Smilgin, Marc Junker, Peter W Dicke, Peter Thier
Saccades and smooth pursuit eye movements (SPEM) are two types of goal-directed eye movements whose kinematics differ profoundly, a fact that may have contributed to the notion that the underlying cerebellar substrates are separated. However, it is suggested that some Purkinje cells (PCs) in the oculomotor vermis (OMV) of monkey cerebellum may be involved in both saccades and SPEM, a puzzling finding in view of the different kinematic demands of the two types of eye movements. Such 'dual' OMV PCs might be oddities with little if any functional relevance...
January 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087721/joubert-syndrome-neuroimaging-findings-in-110-patients-in-correlation-with-cognitive-function-and-genetic-cause
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Andrea Poretti, Joseph Snow, Angela C Summers, Aylin Tekes, Thierry A G M Huisman, Nafi Aygun, Kathryn A Carson, Dan Doherty, Melissa A Parisi, Camilo Toro, Deniz Yildirimli, Meghana Vemulapalli, Jim C Mullikin, Andrew R Cullinane, Thierry Vilboux, William A Gahl, Meral Gunay-Aygun
BACKGROUND: Joubert syndrome is a clinically and genetically heterogeneous ciliopathy. Neuroimaging findings have not been systematically evaluated in a large cohort of patients with Joubert syndrome in correlation with molecular genetic cause and cognitive function. METHODS: Brain MRI of 110 patients with Joubert syndrome was included in this study. A comprehensive evaluation of brain MRI studies for infratentorial and supratentorial morphological abnormalities was performed...
January 13, 2017: Journal of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28075185/cerebellar-heterogeneity-and-its-impact-on-pet-data-quantification-of-5-ht-receptor-radioligands
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Melanie Ganz, Ling Feng, Hanne Demant Hansen, Vincent Beliveau, Claus Svarer, Gitte M Knudsen, Douglas N Greve
In the quantification of positron emission tomography (PET) radiotracer binding, a commonly used method is reference tissue modeling (RTM). RTM necessitates a proper reference and a ubiquitous choice for G-protein coupled receptors is the cerebellum. We investigated regional differences in uptake within the grey matter of the cerebellar hemispheres (CH), the cerebellar white matter (CW), and the cerebellar vermis (CV) for five PET radioligands targeting the serotonin system. Furthermore, we evaluated the impact of choosing different reference regions when quantifying neocortical binding...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072842/fractal-analysis-of-brain-blood-oxygenation-level-dependent-bold-signals-from-children-with-mild-traumatic-brain-injury-mtbi
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Olga Dona, Michael D Noseworthy, Carol DeMatteo, John F Connolly
BACKGROUND: Conventional imaging techniques are unable to detect abnormalities in the brain following mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI). Yet patients with mTBI typically show delayed response on neuropsychological evaluation. Because fractal geometry represents complexity, we explored its utility in measuring temporal fluctuations of brain resting state blood oxygen level dependent (rs-BOLD) signal. We hypothesized that there could be a detectable difference in rs-BOLD signal complexity between healthy subjects and mTBI patients based on previous studies that associated reduction in signal complexity with disease...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062908/role-of-altered-cerebello-thalamo-cortical-network-in-the-neurobiology-of-essential-tremor
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Abhishek Lenka, Ketaki Swapnil Bhalsing, Rajanikant Panda, Ketan Jhunjhunwala, Rajini M Naduthota, Jitender Saini, Rose Dawn Bharath, Ravi Yadav, Pramod Kumar Pal
INTRODUCTION: Essential tremor (ET) is the most common movement disorder among adults. Although ET has been recognized as a mono-symptomatic benign illness, reports of non-motor symptoms and non-tremor motor symptoms have increased its clinical heterogeneity. The neural correlates of ET are not clearly understood. The aim of this study was to understand the neurobiology of ET using resting state fMRI. METHODS: Resting state functional MR images of 30 patients with ET and 30 age- and gender-matched healthy controls were obtained...
January 6, 2017: Neuroradiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28054126/longitudinal-multi-modal-neuroimaging-in-opsoclonus-myoclonus-syndrome
#18
Sun-Young Oh, Rainer Boegle, Peter Zu Eulenburg, Matthias Ertl, Ji-Soo Kim, Marianne Dieterich
To investigate structural, metabolic, and functional connectivity changes in visual and oculomotor structures in a patient with paraneoplastic opsoclonus-myoclonus syndrome, serial resting-state functional and structural MRI, and FDG-PET data were collected during the acute stage and later on when the opsoclonus had resolved. In the acute stage, an FDG-PET scan demonstrated a substantially increased metabolism in structures around the deep cerebellar nuclei [e.g., fastigial nucleus (FN)] and a relatively reduced metabolism in the bilateral occipital lobes which normalized over 12 months...
January 4, 2017: Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28053244/distinct-neural-circuits-for-control-of-movement-vs-holding-still
#19
Reza Shadmehr
In generating a point to point movement, the brain does more than produce the transient commands needed to move the body part; it also produces the sustained commands that are needed to hold the body part at its destination. In the oculomotor system, these functions are mapped onto two distinct circuits: a pre-motor circuit that specializes in generating the transient activity that displaces the eyes, and a "neural integrator" that transforms that transient input into sustained activity that holds the eyes...
January 4, 2017: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28053192/mature-cd10-and-immature-cd10-neutrophils-present-in-g-csf-treated-donors-display-opposite-effects-on-t-cells
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Olivia Marini, Sara Costa, Dalila Bevilacqua, Federica Calzetti, Nicola Tamassia, Cecilia Spina, Donata De Sabata, Elisa Tinazzi, Claudio Lunardi, Maria T Scupoli, Chiara Cavallini, Elisa Zoratti, Ilaria Tinazzi, Antonio Marchetta, Aurora Vassanelli, Maurizio Cantini, Giorgio Gandini, Andrea Ruzzenente, Alfredo Guglielmi, Francesco Missale, William Vermi, Cristina Tecchio, Marco A Cassatella, Patrizia Scapini
The identification of discrete neutrophil populations, as well as the characterization of their immunoregulatory properties, is an emerging topic under extensive investigation. In such regard, the presence of circulating CD66b(+)-neutrophil populations, exerting either immunosuppressive or proinflammatory functions, has been described in several acute and chronic inflammatory conditions. However, due to the lack of specific markers, the precise phenotype and maturation status of these neutrophil populations remain unclear...
January 4, 2017: Blood
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