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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527220/quantitative-erythrocyte-omega-3-epa-plus-dha-levels-are-related-to-higher-regional-cerebral-blood-flow-on-brain-spect
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Daniel G Amen, William S Harris, Parris M Kidd, Somayeh Meysami, Cyrus A Raji
BACKGROUND: The interrelationships between omega-3 fatty acids status, brain perfusion, and cognition are not well understood. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate if SPECT brain imaging of cerebral perfusion and cognition varies as a function of omega-3 fatty acid levels. METHODS: A random sample of 166 study participants was drawn from a psychiatric referral clinical for which erythrocyte quantification of omega-3 eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) plus docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) (the Omega-3 Index) was available...
May 18, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515286/responses-of-purkinje-cells-in-the-oculomotor-vermis-of-monkeys-during-smooth-pursuit-eye-movements-and-saccades-comparison-with-floccular-complex
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Ramanujan T Raghavan, Stephen G Lisberger
We recorded the responses of Purkinje cells in the oculomotor vermis during smooth pursuit and saccadic eye movements. Our goal was to characterize the responses in the vermis using approaches that would allow direct comparisons with responses of Purkinje cells in another cerebellar area for pursuit, the floccular complex. Simple-spike firing of vermis Purkinje cells is direction selective during both pursuit and saccades, but the preferred directions are sufficiently independent so that downstream circuits could decode signals to drive pursuit and saccades separately...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28510270/mouse-fgf8-cre-lacz-lineage-analysis-defines-the-territory-of-the-postnatal-mammalian-isthmus
#3
Charles Watson, Tomomi Shimogori, Luis Puelles
The isthmus is recognized as the most rostral segment of the hindbrain in non-mammalian vertebrates . In mammalian embryos, transient Fgf8 expression defines the developing isthmic region, lying between the midbrain and the first rhombomere, but there has been uncertainty about the existence of a distinct isthmic segment in postnatal mammals. We attempted to find if the region of early embryonic Fgf8 expression (which is considered to involve the entire extent of the prospective isthmus initially) might help to identify the boundaries of the isthmus in postnatal animals...
May 16, 2017: Journal of Comparative Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28508964/tmem67-mutations-found-in-a-case-of-joubert-syndrome-with-renal-hypodysplasia
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Yumiko Komatsu, Toshifumi Suzuki, Yoshinori Tsurusaki, Noriko Miyake, Naomichi Matsumoto, Kunimasa Yan
Joubert syndrome is a rare inherited cerebellar ataxia with the dysgenesis of the cerebellar vermis, called the molar tooth sign. The combination of a large number of causative genes, more than 27, and the various clinical features involving multiple organs has established many genotypic-phenotypic correlations in Joubert syndrome. TMEM67 is one of the genes that are relatively well established as contributing to Joubert syndrome with liver involvement. Here, we report a 2-month-old boy who was initially treated for urinary tract infection, which further led to the diagnosis of Joubert syndrome accompanied by renal hypodysplasia with two different mutations: c...
November 2016: CEN Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28501325/a-role-for-nmdar-dependent-cerebellar-plasticity-in-adaptive-control-of-saccades-in-humans
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S Colnaghi, P Colagiorgio, M Versino, G Koch, E D'Angelo, S Ramat
BACKGROUND: Saccade pulse amplitude adaptation is mediated by the dorsal cerebellar vermis and fastigial nucleus. Long-term depression at the parallel fibre-Purkinjie cell synapses has been suggested to provide a cellular mechanism for the corresponding learning process. The mechanisms and sites of this plasticity, however, are still debated. OBJECTIVE: To test the role of cerebellar plasticity phenomena on adaptive saccade control. METHODS: We evaluated the effect of continuous theta burst stimulation (cTBS) over the posterior vermis on saccade amplitude adaptation and spontaneous recovery of the initial response...
May 5, 2017: Brain Stimulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28497568/neuropsychological-phenotypes-of-76-individuals-with-joubert-syndrome-evaluated-at-a-single-center
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Angela C Summers, Joseph Snow, Edythe Wiggs, Alexander G Liu, Camilo Toro, Andrea Poretti, Wadih M Zein, Brian P Brooks, Melissa A Parisi, Sara Inati, Dan Doherty, Meghana Vemulapalli, Jim C Mullikin, Thierry Vilboux, William A Gahl, Meral Gunay-Aygun
Joubert syndrome (JS) is a genetically heterogeneous ciliopathy characterized by hypo-dysplasia of the cerebellar vermis, a distinct hindbrain/midbrain malformation (molar tooth sign), and intellectual disability. We evaluated the neuropsychological profiles of 76 participants with JS in the context of molecular genetics and clinical covariates. Evaluations included neuropsychological testing, structured parental interviews, DNA sequencing, brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), electroencephalography (EEG), ophthalmologic examination, and assessment for renal and hepatic disease...
May 12, 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28464515/rapid-label-free-identification-of-cerebellar-structures-using-multiphoton-microscopy
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Shu Wang, Xiuqiang Chen, Weilin Wu, Zhida Chen, Huiping Du, Xingfu Wang, Yu Vincent Fu, Liwen Hu, Jianxin Chen
The cerebellum is the prominent laminar structure of the mammalian brain that has been implicated in various psychiatric and neurological diseases. Although clinical brain imaging techniques have provided precise anatomic images of cerebellar structures, a definitive diagnosis still requires adequate resolution to identify individual layers in cerebellar cortex, the extent of tumor, even requires the histological tissue examination during surgical procedures. In this study, multiphoton microscopy (MPM), based on second harmonic generation (SHG) and two-photon excited fluorescence (TPEF), was perform on the rat cerebellar structures and pathology with the combination of image analysis methods...
May 2, 2017: Journal of Biophotonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28450382/an-adaptive-signaling-network-in-melanoma-inflammatory-niches-confers-tolerance-to-mapk-signaling-inhibition
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Helen L Young, Emily J Rowling, Mattia Bugatti, Emanuele Giurisato, Nadia Luheshi, Imanol Arozarena, Juan-Carlos Acosta, Jivko Kamarashev, Dennie T Frederick, Zachary A Cooper, Alexandre Reuben, Jesus Gil, Keith T Flaherty, Jennifer A Wargo, William Vermi, Michael P Smith, Claudia Wellbrock, Adam Hurlstone
Mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) pathway antagonists induce profound clinical responses in advanced cutaneous melanoma, but complete remissions are frustrated by the development of acquired resistance. Before resistance emerges, adaptive responses establish a mutation-independent drug tolerance. Antagonizing these adaptive responses could improve drug effects, thereby thwarting the emergence of acquired resistance. In this study, we reveal that inflammatory niches consisting of tumor-associated macrophages and fibroblasts contribute to treatment tolerance through a cytokine-signaling network that involves macrophage-derived IL-1β and fibroblast-derived CXCR2 ligands...
April 27, 2017: Journal of Experimental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28450263/wls-expression-in-the-rhombic-lip-orchestrates-the-embryonic-development-of-the-mouse-cerebellum
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Joanna Yeung, Daniel Goldowitz
Wntless (Wls) is implicated in the Wnt signaling pathway by regulating the secretion of Wnt molecules. During brain development, Wls is expressed in the isthmic organizer (ISO) and rhombic lip (RL). Wls regulates Wnt1 secretion at the ISO which is required to induce midbrain-hindbrain structures. However, Wls function in the RL is not known. Here, we employed Nestin-cre to delete Wls specifically in the RL during mid-gestation. The loss-of-Wls leads to an abnormal RL during development and cerebellar vermis hypoplasia at birth...
April 24, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443270/brain-lesions-among-orally-fed-and-gastrostomy-fed-dysphagic-preterm-infants-can-routine-qualitative-or-volumetric-quantitative-magnetic-resonance-imaging-predict-feeding-outcomes
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Nasser H Kashou, Irfaan A Dar, Mohamed A El-Mahdy, Charles Pluto, Mark Smith, Ish K Gulati, Warren Lo, Sudarshan R Jadcherla
INTRODUCTION: The usefulness of qualitative or quantitative volumetric magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in early detection of brain structural changes and prediction of adverse outcomes in neonatal illnesses warrants further investigation. Our aim was to correlate certain brain injuries and the brain volume of feeding-related cortical and subcortical regions with feeding method at discharge among preterm dysphagic infants. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Using a retrospective observational study design, we examined MRI data among 43 (22 male; born at 31...
2017: Frontiers in Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438224/early-strong-intrathecal-inflammation-in-cerebellar-type-multiple-system-atrophy-by-cerebrospinal-fluid-cytokine-chemokine-profiles-a-case-control-study
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Ryo Yamasaki, Hiroo Yamaguchi, Takuya Matsushita, Takayuki Fujii, Akio Hiwatashi, Jun-Ichi Kira
BACKGROUND: The pathology of multiple system atrophy cerebellar-type (MSA-C) includes glial inflammation; however, cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) inflammatory cytokine profiles have not been investigated. In this study, we determined CSF cytokine/chemokine/growth factor profiles in MSA-C and compared them with those in hereditary spinocerebellar ataxia (SCA). METHODS: We collected clinical data and CSF from 20 MSA-C patients, 12 hereditary SCA patients, and 15 patients with other non-inflammatory neurological diseases (OND), and measured 27 cytokines/chemokines/growth factors using a multiplexed fluorescent bead-based immunoassay...
April 24, 2017: Journal of Neuroinflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433244/reliability-in-cerebellar-size-assessment-by-2d-cranial-ultrasonography-in-neonates
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María Carmen Bravo, Eva Valverde
BACKGROUND: Cerebellar size appears to be correlated with the long-term outcome of preterm infants. Two-dimensional cranial ultrasonography (2D-cUS) is the first-line, routine tool to characterize newborn cerebral structures. Information regarding the accuracy of 2D-cUS for assessing cerebellar size is scarce. OBJECTIVES: To assess the reliability of cerebellar size using 2D-cUS. METHODS: Fifty infants were prospectively scanned for a variety of clinical indications...
April 7, 2017: European Journal of Paediatric Neurology: EJPN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424594/overexpression-of-human-sod1-leads-to-discrete-defects-in-the-cerebellar-architecture-in-the-mouse
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Pegah Afshar, Niloufar Ashtari, Xiaodan Jiao, Maryam Rahimi-Balaei, Xiaosha Zhang, Behzad Yaganeh, Marc R Del Bigio, Jiming Kong, Hassan Marzban
The human superoxide dismutase 1 (SOD1) gene is responsible for neutralizing supercharged oxygen radicals within the cell. Mutation in SOD1 gene causes amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Recent studies have shown involvement of the cerebellum in ALS, although the cerebellar contribution in SOD1 transgenic mice remains unclear. Using immunohistopathology, we investigated the Purkinje cell phenotype in the vermis of the SOD1 transgenic mice cerebellum. Calbindin 1 (Calb1) and three well-known zone and stripe markers, zebrin II, HSP25, and PLCβ4 have been used to explore possible alteration in zone and stripe...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroanatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28397001/gait-ataxia-in-humans-vestibular-and-cerebellar-control-of-dynamic-stability
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Roman Schniepp, Ken Möhwald, Max Wuehr
During human locomotion, vestibular feedback control is fundamental for maintaining dynamic stability and adapting the gait pattern to external circumstances. Within the supraspinal locomotor network, the cerebellum represents the key site for the integration of vestibular feedback information. The cerebellum is further important for the fine-tuning and coordination of limb movements during walking. The aim of this review article is to highlight the shared structural and functional sensorimotor principles in vestibular and cerebellar locomotion control...
April 10, 2017: Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28391153/degradation-and-characteristic-changes-of-organic-matter-in-sewage-sludge-using-vermi-biofilter-system
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Hui-Yuan Zhong, Hao Wang, Xiao Liu, Chang Liu, Guan-Yi Liu, Yang Tian, Xuan-Ming Feng, Yan-Hua Chen
Vermi-biofilter (VF) System could be an efficient sludge treatment unit in regard of rates and extents of total chemical oxygen demand (TCOD) removal, particularly the first 10 days earthworm-treated. This study characterized the organic matter in sludge before and after VF system treatment, with or without earthworm stage. The 60 days earthworm-treated VF system reached a TCOD removal of 10,450 mg/L, bulk DOC removal of 89.5 mg/L, and earthworm density increase from 32 g/L to 43 g/L in sludge EBOM in 60 days of VF system operation...
March 31, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28390064/pgap3-related-hyperphosphatasia-with-mental-retardation-syndrome-report-of-10-new-patients-and-a-homozygous-founder-mutation
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M S Abdel-Hamid, M Y Issa, G A Otaify, S F Abdel-Ghafar, H M Elbendary, M S Zaki
Hyperphosphatasia with mental retardation syndrome (HPMRS) is caused by recessive mutations in genes involved in the glycosylphosphatidylinsitol pathway, including PGAP3. Herein, we describe 10 patients from 8 Egyptian families presenting with developmental delay, severe intellectual disability, distinct facial dysmorphism and increased alkaline phosphatase. Eight patients had cleft palate, four had postnatal microcephaly and five had seizures. Neuroimaging findings showed thin corpus callosum in 9 patients, mild ventriculomegaly in 3 patients and variable degrees of cerebellar vermis hypoplasia in 4 patients, a finding not previously reported in patients with HPMRS...
April 8, 2017: Clinical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28371302/functional-monosomy-of-6q27-qter-and-functional-disomy-of-xpter-p22-11-due-to-x-6-translocation-with-an-atypical-x-inactivation-pattern
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Anna Podolska, Albrecht Kobelt, Sigrid Fuchs, Karl Hackmann, Andreas Rump, Evelin Schröck, Kerstin Kutsche, Nataliya Di Donato
Pattern of X chromosome inactivation (XCI) is typically random in females. However, chromosomal rearrangements affecting the X chromosome can result in XCI skewing due to cell growth disadvantage. In case of an X;autosome translocation, this usually leads to an XCI pattern of 100:0 with the derivative X being the active one in the majority of females. A de novo balanced X;6 translocation [46,X,t(X;6)(p22.1;q27)] and a completely skewed XCI pattern (100:0) were detected in a female patient with microcephaly, cerebellar vermis hypoplasia, heart defect, and severe developmental delay...
May 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28358358/the-cerebellum-in-dual-task-performance-in-parkinson-s-disease
#18
Linlin Gao, Jiarong Zhang, Yanan Hou, Mark Hallett, Piu Chan, Tao Wu
Parkinson's disease (PD) patients have difficulty in performing a dual-task. It has been suggested that the cerebellum is important in dual-tasking. We used functional MRI to investigate the role of the cerebellum in performing a dual motor and cognitive task in PD patients. We have examined whether there are any areas additionally activated for dual-task performance, and compared the neural activity and functional connectivity pattern in the cerebellum between PD patients and healthy controls. We found that the right cerebellar vermis and left lobule V of cerebellar anterior lobe were additionally activated for dual-task performance in healthy controls and for motor task in PD patients...
March 30, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344062/il-21-may-promote-granzyme-b-dependent-nk-plasmacytoid-dendritic-cell-functional-interaction-in-cutaneous-lupus-erythematosus
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Valentina Salvi, William Vermi, Andrea Cavani, Silvia Lonardi, Teresa Carbone, Fabio Facchetti, Daniela Bosisio, Silvano Sozzani
Autoimmune skin lesions are characterized by a complex cytokine milieu and by the accumulation of plasmacytoid dendritic cells (pDCs). Granzyme B (GrB) transcript is abundant in activated pDCs, though its mechanisms of regulation and biological role are largely unknown. Here we report that IL-21 was the only Th1/Th17 cytokine able to induce the expression and secretion of GrB by pDCs and that this action was counteracted by the autocrine production of type I interferons (IFNs). In lupus erythematosus (LE) skin lesions, the percentage of GrB(+) pDCs directly correlated with the IL-21/MxA ratio, indicating that the interplay between these two cytokines finely tune the levels of pDC-dependent GrB also in vivo...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Investigative Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341975/longitudinal-volumetric-and-2d-assessment-of-cerebellar-atrophy-in-a-large-cohort-of-children-with-phosphomannomutase-deficiency-pmm2-cdg
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Víctor de Diego, Antonio F Martínez-Monseny, Jordi Muchart, Daniel Cuadras, Raquel Montero, Rafael Artuch, Celia Pérez-Cerdá, Belén Pérez, Belén Pérez-Dueñas, Andrea Poretti, Mercedes Serrano
OBJECTIVE: We aim to delineate the progression of cerebellar atrophy (the primary neuroimaging finding) in children with phosphomannomutase-deficiency (PMM2-CDG) by analyzing longitudinal MRI studies and performing cerebellar volumetric analysis and a 2D cerebellar measurement. METHODS: Statistical analysis was used to compare MRI measurements [midsagittal vermis relative diameter (MVRD) and volume] of children with PMM2-CDG and sex- and age-matched controls, and to determine the rate of progression of cerebellar atrophy at different ages...
March 24, 2017: Journal of Inherited Metabolic Disease
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