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Romina Gazis, Laura Poplawski, William Klingeman, Sarah L Boggess, Robert N Trigiano, Andrew D Graves, Steven J Seybold, Denita Hadziabdic
Thousand Cankers Disease (TCD) affects Juglans and Pterocarya species. This disease poses not only a major threat to the nut and timber industries but also to native stands of walnut trees. Galleries created by Pityophthorus juglandis (vector) are colonized by the fungus Geosmithia morbida (causal agent of necrosis). It is unknown if other fungi colonizing these galleries might act antagonistically towards G. morbida. The objectives of this study were to: (1) characterize the fungal community associated with TCD-infected trees and (2) develop a pilot study addressing their potential antagonism towards G...
April 2018: Fungal Biology
Sven Vanneste, Jae-Jin Song, Dirk De Ridder
Thalamocortical dysrhythmia (TCD) is a model proposed to explain divergent neurological disorders. It is characterized by a common oscillatory pattern in which resting-state alpha activity is replaced by cross-frequency coupling of low- and high-frequency oscillations. We undertook a data-driven approach using support vector machine learning for analyzing resting-state electroencephalography oscillatory patterns in patients with Parkinson's disease, neuropathic pain, tinnitus, and depression. We show a spectrally equivalent but spatially distinct form of TCD that depends on the specific disorder...
March 16, 2018: Nature Communications
Lori C Jordan, Dionna O Roberts Williams, Mark J Rodeghier, Brittany Covert, Maria R Ponisio, James F Casella, Robert C McKinstry, Michael J Noetzel, Fenella J Kirkham, Emily R Meier, Beng Fuh, Melissa McNaull, Sharada Sarnaik, Suvankar Majumdar, Timothy L McCavit, Michael R DeBaun
In a prospective cohort study, we tested the hypothesis that children with sickle cell anemia (SCA) with normal transcranial Doppler ultrasound (TCD) velocities and without silent cerebral infarcts (SCIs) would have a lower incidence rate of new neurological events (strokes, seizures or transient ischemic attacks) compared to children with normal TCD measurements and SCIs, not receiving regular blood transfusions. Non-randomized participants from the Silent Cerebral Infarct Transfusion (SIT) Trial who had screening magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the brain and normal TCD measurements were included...
March 9, 2018: American Journal of Hematology
Mayumi Takano, Masahiko Nakata, Ayako Oji, Sumito Nagasaki, Nahomi Umemura, Toshimitsu Maemura, Mineto Morita
AIM: This study was aimed to determine reference ranges for fetal cerebellar hemisphere biometry, including the transverse cerebellar diameter (TCD), anteroposterior cerebellar diameter (APCD) and APCD/TCD ratio in normal fetuses. In addition, we investigated which parameter would be useful for cerebellar hypoplasia in trisomy 18. METHODS: This retrospective study included 340 normal singleton pregnancies and 15 cases of trisomy 18, in all of which fetal cerebellar biometry was performed between 14 and 40 weeks of gestational age (GA)...
March 8, 2018: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Research
Alicia Mattia, M Reza Azarpazhooh, Claudio Munoz, Chrysi Bogiatzi, Mackenzie A Quantz, J David Spence
Objectives: Microembolic signals (MES) on transcranial Doppler (TCD) predict stroke and cognitive decline. Plasma levels of total homocysteine (tHcy), a prothrombotic factor, are higher in patients with microemboli in carotid stenosis and in patients with paradoxical embolism. In this study we assessed the association between the level of tHcy and the number of MES in patients with mechanical heart valves (MHVs). Methods: TCD monitoring was performed to detect MES before and after breathing 100% oxygen and repeated every 2-4 weeks up to six times...
December 2017: Stroke and Vascular Neurology
Angela E Rankine-Mullings, Nadine Morrison-Levy, Deanne Soares, Karen Aldred, Lesley King, Susanna Ali, Jennifer M Knight-Madden, Margaret Wisdom-Phipps, Robert J Adams, Russell E Ware, Marvin Reid
This study investigated the association of nutritional and haematological variables with maximum time-averaged mean velocity (TAMV) measured by transcranial Doppler (TCD) velocity and the agreement of classification between two protocols. TCD categories included: normal (<170 cm/s), conditional (170-199 cm/s) and abnormal (≥200 cm/s) based on TAMV in distal internal carotid artery (dICA), middle cerebral artery (MCA), internal carotid bifurcation, anterior and posterior cerebral arteries. Of 358 children with sickle cell anaemia (SCA) examined, the mean age (±standard deviation) was 7·4 ± 2·7 years; 13·1% and 6·7% had conditional and abnormal velocities, respectively...
March 5, 2018: British Journal of Haematology
Sharon L Cheatham, Joanne L Chisolm, Nicole O'Brien
Hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS) palliation may result in altered cerebral blood flow with subsequent neurodevelopmental implications. The purpose of the study was to assess blood flow in the middle cerebral artery (MCA) and investigate the relationship with early neurodevelopmental outcomes in infants with HLHS after hybrid stage I. Transcranial Doppler (TCD) was performed to obtain peak systolic, end-diastolic, and mean velocities, as well as pulsatility index of the MCA in infants with HLHS (n = 18) at baseline and at 2, 4, and 6 months of age...
March 2, 2018: Pediatric Cardiology
Solventa Krakauskaite, Corey Thibeault, James LaVangie, Mateo Scheidt, Leo Martinez, Danielle Seth-Hunter, Amanda Wu, Michael O'Brien, Fabien Scalzo, Seth J Wilk, Robert B Hamilton
OBJECTIVE: To determine normal ranges for traditional transcranial Doppler (TCD) measurements for two age groups (14-19 and 20-29 years) and compare to existing literature results. The development of a normal range for TCD measurements will be required for the development of diagnostic and prognostic tests in the future. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We performed TCD on the middle cerebral artery on 147 healthy subjects aged 18.9 years (SD = 2.1) and calculated mean cerebral blood flow velocity (mCBFV) and pulsatility index (PI)...
2018: Acta Neurochirurgica. Supplement
Sabino J Pietrangelo, Hae-Seung Lee, Charles G Sodini
OBJECTIVE:  Practical deficiencies related to conventional transcranial Doppler (TCD) sonography have restricted its use and applicability. This work seeks to mitigate several such constraints through the development of a wearable, electronically steered TCD velocimetry system, which enables noninvasive measurement of cerebral blood flow velocity (CBFV) for monitoring applications with limited operator interaction. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A highly-compact, discrete prototype system was designed and experimentally validated through flow phantom and preliminary human subject testing...
2018: Acta Neurochirurgica. Supplement
Chiara Robba, Danilo Cardim, Tamara Tajsic, Justine Pietersen, Michael Bulman, Frank Rasulo, Rita Bertuetti, Joseph Donnelly, Liu Xiuyun, Zofia Czosnyka, Manuel Cabeleira, Peter Smielewski, Basil Matta, Alessandro Bertuccio, Marek Czosnyka
BACKGROUND: Non-invasive measurement of intracranial pressure (ICP) can be invaluable in the management of critically ill patients. Invasive measurement of ICP remains the "gold standard" and should be performed when clinical indications are met, but it is invasive and brings some risks. In this project, we aim to validate the non-invasive ICP (nICP) assessment models based on arterious and venous transcranial Doppler ultrasonography (TCD) and optic nerve sheath diameter (ONSD)...
2018: Acta Neurochirurgica. Supplement
Marcus Thudium, Ingo Heinze, Richard K Ellerkmann, Tobias Hilbert
BACKGROUND: Postoperative neurological injury still represents a major cause of morbidity after cardiac surgery. Our objective was to compare the limits as well as advantages of routine monitoring tools for the detection of cerebral function and perfusion deficits during cardiopulmonary bypass in a daily clinical setting. METHODS: Adult patients undergoing elective cardiac surgery with use of cardiopulmonary bypass were included. Patients received monitoring comprising Bispectral Index (BIS), Near Infrared Spectroscopy (NIRS) and assessment of middle cerebral artery flow velocity (MCAV) using transcranial Doppler (TCD) sonography...
January 31, 2018: Heart Surgery Forum
Renato Nallin Montagnolli, Paulo Renato Matos Lopes, Ederio Dino Bidoia
Perfluorinated compounds, including fluorotelomers, are important constituents of firefighting foams to extinguish fuel fires in the petrochemical industry, airports, and at fire-training sites. In this study, we monitored the biodegradation process in a co-contamination scenario with monoaromatic hydrocarbons commonly found in fuels (benzene, toluene) and fluorotelomers. The CO2 production rates were evaluated by a factorial design taking into account the effect of seasonality at in situ natural attenuation processes...
February 27, 2018: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
Ying Chen, Weihai Xu, Lijuan Wang, Xiaoming Yin, Jie Cao, Fang Deng, Yingqi Xing, Jiachun Feng
BACKGROUND: Neurological deterioration after intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH) is thought to be closely related to increased intracranial pressure (ICP), decreased cerebral blood flow (CBF), and brain metabolism. Transcranial Doppler (TCD) is increasingly used as an indirect measure of ICP, and quantitative EEG (QEEG) can reflect the coupling of CBF and metabolism. We aimed to combine TCD and QEEG to comprehensively assess brain function after ICH and provide prognostic diagnosis. METHODS: We prospectively enrolled patients with severe acute supratentorial (SAS)-ICH from June 2015 to December 2016...
February 20, 2018: Critical Care: the Official Journal of the Critical Care Forum
Stephen Ball, Sarah Al-Bachari, Laura M Parkes, Hedley C A Emsley, Charles N McCollum
OBJECTIVE: Idiopathic Parkinson's disease (IPD) is the second most common neurodegenerative disorder, often complicated by dementia. Cardiovascular risk factors and spontaneous cerebral emboli (SCE) are strongly associated with Alzheimer's (AD) and vascular dementia (VaD). We measured SCE in the middle cerebral artery and arterial wall volume in the extracranial arteries in patients with IPD and controls, and explored the relationships with structural and physiological MRI brain neurovascular measures...
February 10, 2018: Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery
Marlina E Lovett, Tensing Maa, Melissa G Chung, Nicole F O'Brien
AIM: To describe the cerebral blood flow velocity pattern and investigate cerebral autoregulation using transcranial Doppler ultrasonography (TCD) following a global hypoxic-ischaemic (HI) event in children. METHODS: This was a prospective, observational study in a quaternary-level paediatric intensive care unit. Intubated children, newborn to 17 years admitted to the PICU following HI injury (asphyxia, drowning, cardiac arrest) were eligible for inclusion. TCD was performed daily until post-injury day 8, discharge, or death, whichever occurred earliest...
February 13, 2018: Resuscitation
Cecilia Cagliero, Carlo Bicchi, Chiara Cordero, Erica Liberto, Patrizia Rubiolo, Barbara Sgorbini
Fragrances and products deriving from essential oils are often formulated or diluted in aqueous media, usually ethanol/water. Gas chromatography (GC) is the technique of choice to analyze volatiles. However, when using columns coated with conventional stationary phases, its application to aqueous samples often requires time-consuming and/or discriminative sample preparation techniques to extract the target analytes from the aqueous medium, so as to avoid its direct injection. In GC with conventional columns, water produces peak asymmetry, poor sensitivity and efficiency, strong adsorption, stationary phase degradation, and, last but not least, it is not easy to detect reliably when present in high amounts...
February 13, 2018: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
A H Perera, N Rudarakanchana, L Monzon, C D Bicknell, B Modarai, O Kirmi, T Athanasiou, M Hamady, R G Gibbs
BACKGROUND: Silent cerebral infarction is brain injury detected incidentally on imaging; it can be associated with cognitive decline and future stroke. This study investigated cerebral embolization, silent cerebral infarction and neurocognitive decline following thoracic endovascular aortic repair (TEVAR). METHODS: Patients undergoing elective or emergency TEVAR at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust between January 2012 and April 2015 were recruited...
February 12, 2018: British Journal of Surgery
Pablo Blanco, Anselmo Abdo-Cuza
Multimodality monitoring is a common practice in caring for neurocritically ill patients, and consists mainly in clinical assessment, intracranial pressure monitoring and using several imaging methods. Of these imaging methods, transcranial Doppler (TCD) is an interesting tool that provides a non-invasive, portable and radiation-free way to assess cerebral circulation and diagnose and follow-up (duplex method) intracranial mass-occupying lesions, such as hematomas and midline shift. This article reviews the basics of TCD applied to neurocritical care patients, offering a rationale for its use as well as tips for practitioners...
February 10, 2018: Journal of Ultrasound
Xiaohong Wu, Li Wang, Jingxin Zhong, Jacky Ko, Lin Shi, Yannie Soo, Thomas Leung, Ka Sing Wong, Jill Abrigo, Xiangyan Chen
PURPOSE: Intracranial artery calcification (IAC) has been demonstrated to be correlated with ischemic stroke, cognitive decline, and other vascular events by accumulating evidences from both Western and Asian populations. The proposed study aimed to investigate its potential mechanisms by evaluating the blood flow velocity and pulsatility index (PI) of cerebral arteries. METHODS: Consecutive ischemic stroke patients admitted to the Prince of Wales Hospital were recruited after excluding those with atrial fibrillation or poor temporal window...
February 9, 2018: Neuroradiology
Youxin Wang, Bin Zhou, Pingan Zhou, Yan Yao, Qinghua Cui, Yingping Liu, Jichun Yang, Shouling Wu, Xingquan Zhao, Yong Zhou
Cerebral artery stenosis (CAS) is the most important causes of ischaemic stroke. Lipoprotein-associated phospholipase A2 (Lp-PLA2) plays 2 diverse roles in atherosclerosis (pro-inflammatory and anti-inflammatory), and the association between Lp-PLA2 mass and cardiovascular or cerebrovascular events is inconsistent among previous studies. A cross-sectional study including 2012 North Chinese adults aged ≥40 years was performed in 2010-2011 to investigate whether Lp-PLA2 mass is associated with asymptomatic cerebral artery stenosis (ACAS)...
February 9, 2018: Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
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