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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534484/mir-132-212-is-required-for-maturation-of-binocular-matching-of-orientation-preference-and-depth-perception
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Raffaele Mazziotti, Laura Baroncelli, Nicholas Ceglia, Gabriele Chelini, Grazia Della Sala, Christophe Magnan, Debora Napoli, Elena Putignano, Davide Silingardi, Jonida Tola, Paola Tognini, J Simon C Arthur, Pierre Baldi, Tommaso Pizzorusso
MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are known to mediate post-transcriptional gene regulation, but their role in postnatal brain development is still poorly explored. We show that the expression of many miRNAs is dramatically regulated during functional maturation of the mouse visual cortex with miR-132/212 family being one of the top upregulated miRNAs. Age-downregulated transcripts are significantly enriched in miR-132/miR-212 putative targets and in genes upregulated in miR-132/212 null mice. At a functional level, miR-132/212 deletion affects development of receptive fields of cortical neurons determining a specific impairment of binocular matching of orientation preference, but leaving orientation and direction selectivity unaltered...
May 23, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511918/molecular-imaging-of-serotonin-degeneration-in-mild-cognitive-impairment
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Gwenn S Smith, Frederick S Barrett, Jin Hui Joo, Najlla Nassery, Alena Savonenko, Devin J Sodums, Christopher M Marano, Cynthia A Munro, Jason Brandt, Michael A Kraut, Yun Zhou, Dean F Wong, Clifford I Workman
Neuropathological and neuroimaging studies have consistently demonstrated degeneration of monoamine systems, especially the serotonin system, in normal aging and Alzheimer's disease. The evidence for degeneration of the serotonin system in mild cognitive impairment is limited. Thus, the goal of the present study was to measure the serotonin transporter in vivo in mild cognitive impairment and healthy controls. The serotonin transporter is a selective marker of serotonin terminals and of the integrity of serotonin projections to cortical, subcortical and limbic regions, as well as the cell bodies of origin (raphe nuclei)...
May 13, 2017: Neurobiology of Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28499557/the-effect-of-focal-cortical-frontal-and-posterior-lesions-on-recollection-and-familiarity-in-recognition-memory
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Vessela Stamenova, Fuqiang Gao, Sandra E Black, Michael L Schwartz, Natasha Kovacevic, Michael P Alexander, Brian Levine
Recognition memory can be subdivided into two processes: recollection (a contextually rich memory) and familiarity (a sense that an item is old). The brain network supporting recognition encompasses frontal, parietal and medial temporal regions. Which specific regions within the frontal lobe are critical for recollection vs. familiarity, however, are unknown; past studies of focal lesion patients have yielded conflicting results. We examined patients with focal lesions confined to medial polar (MP), right dorsal frontal (RDF), right frontotemporal (RFT), left dorsal frontal (LDF), temporal, and parietal regions and matched controls...
April 15, 2017: Cortex; a Journal Devoted to the Study of the Nervous System and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28494496/sensitivity-to-binocular-disparity-is-reduced-by-mild-traumatic-brain-injury
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Gunnar Schmidtmann, Tatiana Ruiz, Alexandre Reynaud, Daniel P Spiegel, Maude Laguë-Beauvais, Robert F Hess, Reza Farivar
Purpose: The impairment of visual functions is one of the most common complaints following mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI). Traumatic brain injury-associated visual deficits include blurred vision, reading problems, and eye strain. In addition, previous studies have found evidence that TBI can diminish early cortical visual processing, particularly for second-order stimuli. We investigated whether cortical processing of binocular disparity is also affected by mTBI. Methods: In order to investigate the influence of mTBI on global stereopsis, we measured the quick Disparity Sensitivity Function (qDSF) in 22 patients with mTBI...
May 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28485725/sensory-integration-deficits-support-a-dimensional-view-of-psychosis-and-are-not-limited-to-schizophrenia
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O Carter, D Bennett, T Nash, S Arnold, L Brown, R Y Cai, Z Allan, A Dluzniak, K McAnally, D Burr, S Sundram
Visual dysfunction is commonplace in schizophrenia and occurs alongside cognitive, psychotic and affective symptoms of the disorder. Psychophysical evidence suggests that this dysfunction results from impairments in the integration of low-level neural signals into complex cortical representations, which may also be associated with symptom formation. Despite the symptoms of schizophrenia occurring in a range of disorders, the integration deficit has not been tested in broader patient populations. Moreover, it remains unclear whether such deficits generalize across other sensory modalities...
May 9, 2017: Translational Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28484381/impaired-activation-of-visual-attention-network-for-motion-salience-is-accompanied-by-reduced-functional-connectivity-between-frontal-eye-fields-and-visual-cortex-in-strabismic-amblyopia
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Hao Wang, Sheila G Crewther, Minglong Liang, Robin Laycock, Tao Yu, Bonnie Alexander, David P Crewther, Jian Wang, Zhengqin Yin
Strabismic amblyopia is now acknowledged to be more than a simple loss of acuity and to involve alterations in visually driven attention, though whether this applies to both stimulus-driven and goal-directed attention has not been explored. Hence we investigated monocular threshold performance during a motion salience-driven attention task involving detection of a coherent dot motion target in one of four quadrants in adult controls and those with strabismic amblyopia. Psychophysical motion thresholds were impaired for the strabismic amblyopic eye, requiring longer inspection time and consequently slower target speed for detection compared to the fellow eye or control eyes...
2017: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28480163/reduced-intrinsic-visual-cortical-connectivity-is-associated-with-impaired-perceptual-closure-in-schizophrenia
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Vincent van de Ven, Anna Rotarska Jagiela, Viola Oertel-Knöchel, David E J Linden
Sensory perceptual processing deficits, such as impaired visual object identification and perceptual closure, have been reported in schizophrenia. These perceptual impairments may be associated with neural deficits in visual association areas, including lateral occipital cortex and inferior temporal areas. However, it remains unknown if such deficits can be found in the intrinsic architecture of the visual system. In the current study, we measured perceptual closure performance and resting-state functional connectivity using functional magnetic resonance imaging (FMRI) in 16 schizophrenia patients and 16 matched healthy controls...
2017: NeuroImage: Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28479338/effects-of-experimental-traumatic-brain-injury-and-impaired-glutamate-transport-on-cortical-spreading-depression
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Mahshid Sadat Hosseini-Zare, Feng Gu, Ahmad Abdulla, Simon Powell, Jokūbas Žiburkus
Cortical spreading depression (CSD) is associated with traumatic brain injury (TBI), stroke, migraines, and seizures. Typically, following TBIs and other insults, neuronal excitability in and around the area of the injury is affected, with reported increases in local glutamate signaling. Astrocytic glutamate transporters are critical for precise regulation of the extracellular glutamate availability. However, it remains unclear how impaired astrocytic glutamate transport or an acute TBI affect characteristics of the CSD...
May 4, 2017: Experimental Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28471101/ophthalmologic-features-of-lennox-gastaut-syndrome
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Bo Hee Kim, Young Suk Yu, Seong Joon Kim
PURPOSE: To describe the characteristics and frequency of ophthalmologic findings in patients with Lennox-Gastaut syndrome (LGS). METHODS: The medical records of patients diagnosed with LGS at Seoul National University Children's Hospital from January 2004 to August 2014 were retrospectively reviewed. The records of 34 patients (mean age ± standard deviation, 2.66 ± 3.51 years; male, 58.8%) were reviewed. The primary measure was the incidence of ophthalmologic manifestations...
April 24, 2017: Korean Journal of Ophthalmology: KJO
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448671/disrupted-eye-movements-in-preperimetric-primary-open-angle-glaucoma
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Raymond P Najjar, Sourabh Sharma, Morgane Drouet, Stephanie Leruez, Mani Baskaran, Monisha E Nongpiur, Tin Aung, Joanne Fielding, Owen White, Michael J Girard, Cédric Lamirel, Dan Milea
Purpose: Primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG) can be associated with abnormal ocular motor behavior, possibly as a compensatory strategy following visual field loss. The aim of this study was to explore the characteristics of saccadic eye movements in patients with early-stage POAG without any detectable glaucomatous visual field loss (i.e., preperimetric POAG). Methods: Binocular eye movements were explored in 16 patients with bilateral preperimetric POAG and 16 age-matched healthy controls in a cross-sectional, observational study...
April 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435768/cortical-blindness-as-severe-neuro-ophthalmological-manifestation-of-tuberous-sclerosis-complex
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Alvaro I Ortiz Z, Pedro Luis Cárdenas, Luis C Escaf, Marcela Peralta
Patients with retinal lesions related to tuberous sclerous complex (TSC) commonly have no impairment of visual acuity. We present a case of a 1-year-old Hispanic girl with TSC in which bilateral cortical blindness is documented.
2017: GMS Ophthalmology Cases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417965/distinct-subtypes-of-alzheimer-s-disease-based-on-patterns-of-brain-atrophy-longitudinal-trajectories-and-clinical-applications
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Daniel Ferreira, Chloë Verhagen, Juan Andrés Hernández-Cabrera, Lena Cavallin, Chun-Jie Guo, Urban Ekman, J-Sebastian Muehlboeck, Andrew Simmons, José Barroso, Lars-Olof Wahlund, Eric Westman
Atrophy patterns on MRI can reliably predict three neuropathological subtypes of Alzheimer's disease (AD): typical, limbic-predominant, or hippocampal-sparing. A method to enable their investigation in the clinical routine is still lacking. We aimed to (1) validate the combined use of visual rating scales for identification of AD subtypes; (2) characterise these subtypes at baseline and over two years; and (3) investigate how atrophy patterns and non-memory cognitive domains contribute to memory impairment...
April 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28409050/correlation-of-mri-visual-scales-with-neuropsychological-profile-in-mild-cognitive-impairment-of-parkinson-s-disease
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Luiz Felipe Vasconcellos, João Santos Pereira, Marcelo Adachi, Denise Greca, Manuela Cruz, Ana Lara Malak, Helenice Charchat-Fichman, Mariana Spitz
Few studies have evaluated magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) visual scales in Parkinson's disease-Mild Cognitive Impairment (PD-MCI). We selected 79 PD patients and 92 controls (CO) to perform neurologic and neuropsychological evaluation. Brain MRI was performed to evaluate the following scales: Global Cortical Atrophy (GCA), Fazekas, and medial temporal atrophy (MTA). The analysis revealed that both PD groups (amnestic and nonamnestic) showed worse performance on several tests when compared to CO. Memory, executive function, and attention impairment were more severe in amnestic PD-MCI group...
2017: Parkinson's Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28404802/visual-discrimination-training-improves-humphrey-perimetry-in-chronic-cortically-induced-blindness
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Matthew R Cavanaugh, Krystel R Huxlin
OBJECTIVE: To assess if visual discrimination training improves performance on visual perimetry tests in chronic stroke patients with visual cortex involvement. METHODS: 24-2 and 10-2 Humphrey visual fields were analyzed for 17 chronic cortically blind stroke patients prior to and following visual discrimination training, as well as in 5 untrained, cortically blind controls. Trained patients practiced direction discrimination, orientation discrimination, or both, at nonoverlapping, blind field locations...
May 9, 2017: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28400089/neural-noise-hypothesis-of-developmental-dyslexia
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Roeland Hancock, Kenneth R Pugh, Fumiko Hoeft
Developmental dyslexia (decoding-based reading disorder; RD) is a complex trait with multifactorial origins at the genetic, neural, and cognitive levels. There is evidence that low-level sensory-processing deficits precede and underlie phonological problems, which are one of the best-documented aspects of RD. RD is also associated with impairments in integrating visual symbols with their corresponding speech sounds. Although causal relationships between sensory processing, print-speech integration, and fluent reading, and their neural bases are debated, these processes all require precise timing mechanisms across distributed brain networks...
April 8, 2017: Trends in Cognitive Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28399055/long-term-visual-and-ocular-sequelae-in-patients-with-congenital-cytomegalovirus-infection
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Haoxing Jin, Gail J Demmler-Harrison, David K Coats, Evelyn A Paysse, Amit Bhatt, Jane C Edmond, Kimberly G Yen, Paul Steinkuller, Jerry Miller
BACKGROUND: Cytomegalovirus (CMV) is the most common congenital viral infection in the United States. Visual and ocular sequelae in adolescents and adults who are congenitally infected with CMV have not been well studied. Better understanding of the long-term visual and ocular sequelae can help with early detection, intervention, and appropriate educational accommodations. METHODS: This study evaluated 237 (77 symptomatic, 109 asymptomatic, and 51 control) patients who underwent a series of age-appropriate ophthalmologic, audiologic, and neurodevelopmental examinations from 1982 to 2013...
April 10, 2017: Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28397182/evaluation-and-clinical-correlation-of-practical-cut-offs-for-visual-rating-scales-of-atrophy-normal-aging-versus-mild-cognitive-impairment-and-alzheimer-s-disease
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Anne-Sophie Vanhoenacker, Bernard Sneyers, Frederik De Keyzer, Sam Heye, Philippe Demaerel
Age-related brain atrophy is a common finding, but neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's disease are associated with accelerated atrophy of the medial temporal lobe. In current practice for brain atrophy evaluation, several rating scales are being used such as the medial temporal atrophy (MTA), global cortical atrophy-frontal subscale (GCA-F) and posterior atrophy (PA) scales. Practical cut-offs to differentiate between normal and advanced brain atrophy are needed, because of their possible usefulness as a biomarker...
April 10, 2017: Acta Neurologica Belgica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28391035/selective-verbal-recognition-memory-impairments-are-associated-with-atrophy-of-the-language-network-in-non-semantic-variants-of-primary-progressive-aphasia
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Aneesha S Nilakantan, Joel L Voss, Sandra Weintraub, M-Marsel Mesulam, Emily J Rogalski
Primary progressive aphasia (PPA) is clinically defined by an initial loss of language function and preservation of other cognitive abilities, including episodic memory. While PPA primarily affects the left-lateralized perisylvian language network, some clinical neuropsychological tests suggest concurrent initial memory loss. The goal of this study was to test recognition memory of objects and words in the visual and auditory modality to separate language-processing impairments from retentive memory in PPA...
April 6, 2017: Neuropsychologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28385053/using-real-time-fmri-neurofeedback-to-restore-right-occipital-cortex-activity-in-patients-with-left-visuo-spatial-neglect-proof-of-principle-and-preliminary-results
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Fabien Robineau, Arnaud Saj, Rémi Neveu, Dimitri Van De Ville, Frank Scharnowski, Patrik Vuilleumier
Hemineglect is common after right parietal stroke, characterised by impaired awareness for stimuli in left visual space, with suppressed neural activity in the right visual cortex due to losses in top-down attention signals. Here we sought to assess whether hemineglect patients are able to up-regulate their right visual cortex activity using auditory real-time functional magnetic resonance imaging (rt-fMRI) neurofeedback. We also examined any effect of this training procedure on neglect severity. Two different neurofeedback methods were used...
April 6, 2017: Neuropsychological Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28377535/grin2b-encephalopathy-novel-findings-on-phenotype-variant-clustering-functional-consequences-and-treatment-aspects
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Konrad Platzer, Hongjie Yuan, Hannah Schütz, Alexander Winschel, Wenjuan Chen, Chun Hu, Hirofumi Kusumoto, Henrike O Heyne, Katherine L Helbig, Sha Tang, Marcia C Willing, Brad T Tinkle, Darius J Adams, Christel Depienne, Boris Keren, Cyril Mignot, Eirik Frengen, Petter Strømme, Saskia Biskup, Dennis Döcker, Tim M Strom, Heather C Mefford, Candace T Myers, Alison M Muir, Amy LaCroix, Lynette Sadleir, Ingrid E Scheffer, Eva Brilstra, Mieke M van Haelst, Jasper J van der Smagt, Levinus A Bok, Rikke S Møller, Uffe B Jensen, John J Millichap, Anne T Berg, Ethan M Goldberg, Isabelle De Bie, Stephanie Fox, Philippe Major, Julie R Jones, Elaine H Zackai, Rami Abou Jamra, Arndt Rolfs, Richard J Leventer, John A Lawson, Tony Roscioli, Floor E Jansen, Emmanuelle Ranza, Christian M Korff, Anna-Elina Lehesjoki, Carolina Courage, Tarja Linnankivi, Douglas R Smith, Christine Stanley, Mark Mintz, Dianalee McKnight, Amy Decker, Wen-Hann Tan, Mark A Tarnopolsky, Lauren I Brady, Markus Wolff, Lutz Dondit, Helio F Pedro, Sarah E Parisotto, Kelly L Jones, Anup D Patel, David N Franz, Rena Vanzo, Elysa Marco, Judith D Ranells, Nataliya Di Donato, William B Dobyns, Bodo Laube, Stephen F Traynelis, Johannes R Lemke
BACKGROUND: We aimed for a comprehensive delineation of genetic, functional and phenotypic aspects of GRIN2B encephalopathy and explored potential prospects of personalised medicine. METHODS: Data of 48 individuals with de novo GRIN2B variants were collected from several diagnostic and research cohorts, as well as from 43 patients from the literature. Functional consequences and response to memantine treatment were investigated in vitro and eventually translated into patient care...
April 4, 2017: Journal of Medical Genetics
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