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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099489/acute-inactivation-of-primary-auditory-cortex-causes-a-sound-localisation-deficit-in-ferrets
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Katherine C Wood, Stephen M Town, Huriye Atilgan, Gareth P Jones, Jennifer K Bizley
The objective of this study was to demonstrate the efficacy of acute inactivation of brain areas by cooling in the behaving ferret and to demonstrate that cooling auditory cortex produced a localisation deficit that was specific to auditory stimuli. The effect of cooling on neural activity was measured in anesthetized ferret cortex. The behavioural effect of cooling was determined in a benchmark sound localisation task in which inactivation of primary auditory cortex (A1) is known to impair performance. Cooling strongly suppressed the spontaneous and stimulus-evoked firing rates of cortical neurons when the cooling loop was held at temperatures below 10°C, and this suppression was reversed when the cortical temperature recovered...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088609/leukemia-inhibitory-factor-impairs-structural-and-neurochemical-development-of-rat-visual-cortex-in-vivo
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Maren Engelhardt, Graziella di Cristo, Jochen Grabert, Silke Patz, Lamberto Maffei, Nicoletta Berardi, Petra Wahle
Minipump infusions into visual cortex in vivo at the onset of the critical period have revealed that the proinflammatory cytokine leukemia inhibitory factor (LIF) delays the maturation of thalamocortical projection neurons of the lateral geniculate nucleus, and tecto-thalamic projection neurons of the superior colliculus, and cortical layer IV spiny stellates and layer VI pyramidal neurons. Here, we report that P12-20 LIF infusion inhibits somatic maturation of pyramidal neurons and of all interneuron types in vivo...
January 11, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077397/relationships-between-flortaucipir-pet-tau-binding-and-amyloid-burden-clinical-diagnosis-age-and-cognition
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Michael J Pontecorvo, Michael D Devous, Michael Navitsky, Ming Lu, Stephen Salloway, Frederick W Schaerf, Danna Jennings, Anupa K Arora, Anne McGeehan, Nathaniel C Lim, Hui Xiong, Abhinay D Joshi, Andrew Siderowf, Mark A Mintun
The advent of tau-targeted positron emission tomography tracers such as flortaucipir ((18)F-AV-1451, also known as (18)F-T807) have made it possible to investigate the sequence of development of tau and amyloid-β in relationship to age, and to the development of cognitive impairment due to Alzheimer's disease. In this study, flortaucipir tau and florbetapir amyloid positron emission tomography were obtained for 217 subjects including 16 young and 58 older cognitively normal subjects, 95 subjects with mild cognitive impairment (Mini-Mental State Examination 24-30) and 48 subjects with clinically-defined possible or probable Alzheimer's disease (Mini-Mental State Examination >10)...
January 11, 2017: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28071688/epileptiform-activity-in-the-mouse-visual-cortex-interferes-with-cortical-processing-in-connected-areas
#4
L Petrucco, E Pracucci, M Brondi, G M Ratto, S Landi
Epileptiform activity is associated with impairment of brain function even in absence of seizures, as demonstrated by failures in various testing paradigm in presence of hypersynchronous interictal spikes (ISs). Clinical evidence suggests that cognitive deficits might be directly caused by the anomalous activity rather than by its underlying etiology. Indeed, we seek to understand whether ISs interfere with neuronal processing in connected areas not directly participating in the hypersynchronous activity in an acute model of epilepsy...
January 10, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28053036/pericytes-as-inducers-of-rapid-matrix-metalloproteinase-9-dependent-capillary-damage-during-ischemia
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Robert G Underly, Manuel Levy, David A Hartmann, Roger I Grant, Ashley N Watson, Andy Y Shih
: Blood-brain barrier disruption (BBB) and release of toxic blood molecules into the brain contributes to neuronal injury during stroke and other cerebrovascular diseases. While pericytes are builders and custodians of the BBB in the normal brain, their impact on BBB integrity during ischemia remains unclear. We imaged pericyte-labeled transgenic mice with in vivo two-photon microscopy to examine the relationship between pericytes and blood plasma leakage during photothrombotic occlusion of cortical capillaries...
January 4, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28039551/single-session-transcranial-direct-current-stimulation-induces-enduring-enhancement-of-visual-processing-speed-in-patients-with-major-depression
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Nadine Gögler, Lina Willacker, Johanna Funk, Wolfgang Strube, Simon Langgartner, Natan Napiórkowski, Alkomiet Hasan, Kathrin Finke
Attentional deficits are considered key cognitive symptoms in major depressive disorder (MDD) arising from abnormal activation patterns within dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (dlPFC) alertness networks. Altering these activity patterns with transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) might thus ameliorate alertness-dependent cognitive deficits in MDD patients. In a double-blind, randomized, sham-controlled study, we investigated the effect of a single session of anodal tDCS (2 mA) applied to the left dlPFC on different parameters of visual attention based on Bundesen's theory of visual attention (Psychol Rev 97(4):523-547, 1990) in a group of 20 patients with MDD and a control group of 20 healthy participants...
December 30, 2016: European Archives of Psychiatry and Clinical Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28035930/investigations-into-retinal-pathology-in-the-early-stages-of-a-mouse-model-of-alzheimer-s-disease
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Glyn Chidlow, John P M Wood, Jim Manavis, John Finnie, Robert J Casson
There is increasing recognition that visual performance is impaired in early stages of Alzheimer's disease (AD); however, no consensus exists as to the mechanisms underlying this visual dysfunction, in particular regarding the timing, nature, and extent of retinal versus cortical pathology. If retinal pathology presents sufficiently early, it offers great potential as a source of novel biomarkers for disease diagnosis. The current project utilized an array of immunochemical and molecular tools to perform a characterization of retinal pathology in the early stages of disease progression using a well-validated mouse model of AD (APPSWE/PS1ΔE9)...
December 30, 2016: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28017880/aberrant-spontaneous-low-frequency-brain-activity-in-amnestic-mild-cognitive-impairment-a-meta-analysis-of-resting-state-fmri-studies
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PingLei Pan, Lin Zhu, TingTing Yu, HaiCun Shi, Bing Zhang, Ruomeng Qin, Xiaolei Zhu, Lai Qian, Hui Zhao, Hong Zhou, Yun Xu
Recent resting-state functional magnetic resonance imaging (rs-fMRI) studies have provided strong evidence of abnormal spontaneous brain activity in amnestic mild cognitive impairment (aMCI). However, the conclusions have been inconsistent. A meta-analysis of whole-brain rs-fMRI studies that measured differences in the amplitude of low-frequency fluctuations (ALFF) between aMCI patients and healthy controls was conducted using the Seed-based d Mapping software package. Twelve studies reporting 14 datasets were included in the meta-analysis...
December 23, 2016: Ageing Research Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28009278/dysfunction-of-rapid-neural-adaptation-in-dyslexia
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Tyler K Perrachione, Stephanie N Del Tufo, Rebecca Winter, Jack Murtagh, Abigail Cyr, Patricia Chang, Kelly Halverson, Satrajit S Ghosh, Joanna A Christodoulou, John D E Gabrieli
Identification of specific neurophysiological dysfunctions resulting in selective reading difficulty (dyslexia) has remained elusive. In addition to impaired reading development, individuals with dyslexia frequently exhibit behavioral deficits in perceptual adaptation. Here, we assessed neurophysiological adaptation to stimulus repetition in adults and children with dyslexia for a wide variety of stimuli, spoken words, written words, visual objects, and faces. For every stimulus type, individuals with dyslexia exhibited significantly diminished neural adaptation compared to controls in stimulus-specific cortical areas...
December 21, 2016: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28004274/imaging-biomarkers-of-dementia-recommended-visual-rating-scales-with-teaching-cases
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REVIEW
Lars-Olof Wahlund, Eric Westman, Danielle van Westen, Anders Wallin, Sara Shams, Lena Cavallin, Elna-Marie Larsson
: The diagnostic work up of dementia may benefit from structured reporting of CT and/or MRI and the use of standardised visual rating scales. We advocate a more widespread use of standardised scales as part of the workflow in clinical and research evaluation of dementia. We propose routine clinical use of rating scales for medial temporal atrophy (MTA), global cortical atrophy (GCA) and white matter hyperintensities (WMH). These scales can be used for evaluation of both CT and MRI and are efficient in routine imaging assessment in dementia, and may improve the accuracy of diagnosis...
December 21, 2016: Insights Into Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27989553/cerebrovascular-function-in-presymptomatic-and-symptomatic-individuals-with-hereditary-cerebral-amyloid-angiopathy-a-case-control-study
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Anna M van Opstal, Sanneke van Rooden, Thijs van Harten, Eidrees Ghariq, Gerda Labadie, Panagiotis Fotiadis, M Edip Gurol, Gisela M Terwindt, Marieke J H Wermer, Mark A van Buchem, Steven M Greenberg, Jeroen van der Grond
BACKGROUND: Previous work suggests that impairments of cerebrovascular flow or reactivity might be early markers of cerebral amyloid angiopathy (CAA). Hereditary cerebral haemorrhage with amyloidosis-Dutch type (HCHWA-D) is a genetic form of CAA that can be diagnosed before the onset of clinical symptoms by DNA testing. We aimed to investigate whether haemodynamic measures are decreased in presymptomatic and symptomatic HCHWA-D mutation carriers compared with healthy controls. METHODS: In this case-control study, we included presymptomatic and symptomatic HCHWA-D mutation carriers diagnosed through genetic testing and recruited through the HCHWA-D patient association (Katwijk, Netherlands) and the outpatient clinic of the Department of Neurology of the Leiden University Medical Center (Leiden, Netherlands), and healthy controls...
February 2017: Lancet Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27980119/noisy-spiking-in-visual-area-v2-of-amblyopic-monkeys
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Y Wang, B Zhang, X Tao, J M Wensveen, E L Smith, Y M Chino
: Interocular decorrelation of input signals in developing visual cortex can cause impaired binocular vision and amblyopia. While increased 'intrinsic noise' is thought to be responsible for a range of perceptual deficits in amblyopic humans, the neural basis for the elevated perceptual noise in amblyopic primates is not known. Here we tested the idea that perceptual noise is linked to the neuronal spiking noise (variability) resulting from developmental alterations in cortical circuitry...
December 15, 2016: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27966045/inter-rater-variability-of-visual-interpretation-and-comparison-with-quantitative-evaluation-of-11-c-pib-pet-amyloid-images-of-the-japanese-alzheimer-s-disease-neuroimaging-initiative-j-adni-multicenter-study
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Tomohiko Yamane, Kenji Ishii, Muneyuki Sakata, Yasuhiko Ikari, Tomoyuki Nishio, Kazunari Ishii, Takashi Kato, Kengo Ito, Michio Senda
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to assess the inter-rater variability of the visual interpretation of (11)C-PiB PET images regarding the positivity/negativity of amyloid deposition that were obtained in a multicenter clinical research project, Japanese Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging Initiative (J-ADNI). The results of visual interpretation were also compared with a semi-automatic quantitative analysis using mean cortical standardized uptake value ratio to the cerebellar cortex (mcSUVR)...
December 13, 2016: European Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27960164/clinical-stroke-syndromes
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Jong S Kim, Louis R Caplan
The main mechanism of stroke in patients who have extracranial atherosclerosis is artery to artery embolism, occasionally associated with hemodynamic disturbances. Although these mechanisms are also important in patients with intracranial atherosclerosis, branch occlusion and in-situ thrombotic occlusion play a relatively more important role in these patients. Accordingly, clinical stroke syndromes differ between extracranial atherosclerosis and intracranial atherosclerosis. In anterior circulation, middle cerebral artery atherosclerosis frequently produces subcortical infarction by way of branch occlusion...
2016: Frontiers of Neurology and Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27956263/functional-modulation-of-contralateral-bias-in-early-and-object-selective-areas-after-stroke-of-the-occipital-ventral-cortices
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Maren Praß, Cathleen Grimsen, Manfred Fahle
Object agnosia is a rare symptom, occurring mainly after bilateral damage of the ventral visual cortex. Most patients suffering from unilateral ventral lesions are clinically non-agnosic. Here, we studied the effect of unilateral occipito-temporal lesions on object categorization and its underlying neural correlates in visual areas. Thirteen non-agnosic stroke patients and twelve control subjects performed an event-related rapid object categorization task in the fMRI scanner where images were presented either to the left or to the right of a fixed point...
December 9, 2016: Neuropsychologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27936471/prevalence-of-lens-opacities-in-adult-chinese-americans-the-chinese-american-eye-study-ches
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Rohit Varma, Jie Sun, Mina Torres, Shuang Wu, Chunyi Hsu, Stanley Paul Azen, Roberta McKean-Cowdin
Purpose: We determined the age- and sex-specific prevalence of posterior subcapsular (PSC), nuclear, cortical, and mixed lens opacities in a population-based sample of Chinese-American adults. Methods: A population-based sample of Chinese-Americans 50 years and older, from 10 census tracts in Monterey Park, CA, USA, underwent a detailed interview and a comprehensive clinical examination that included assessment of different types of lens opacities by the slit-lamp-based Lens Opacities Classification System II (LOCS II)...
December 1, 2016: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930898/changed-crossmodal-functional-connectivity-in-older-adults-with-hearing-loss
#17
Sebastian Puschmann, Christiane M Thiel
Previous work compellingly demonstrates a crossmodal plastic reorganization of auditory cortex in deaf individuals, leading to increased neural responses to non-auditory sensory input. Recent data indicate that crossmodal adaptive plasticity is not restricted to severe hearing impairments, but may also occur as a result of high-frequency hearing loss in older adults and affect audiovisual processing in these subjects. We here used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to study the effect of hearing loss in older adults on auditory cortex response patterns as well as on functional connectivity between auditory and visual cortex during audiovisual processing...
October 31, 2016: Cortex; a Journal Devoted to the Study of the Nervous System and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27928411/visual-impairment-due-to-lissencephaly
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V E Marqués-Fernández, H Sánchez-Tocino, M T Escudero-Caro, R Cancho-Candela, M García-Zamora
Lissencephaly is a rare disorder due to abnormal neural migration, causing neurological impairment and clinically characterised by mental retardation and epilepsy. Any disturbance of the visual pathway can cause loss of vision. The authors describe a case of a 6-year-old boy referred to the ophthalmologist presenting poor bilateral vision. This child had no other known medical conditions, and neurological examination was completely normal. Only when a magnetic resonance imaging was made that a lissencephaly-pachygyria with band heterotopia mostly occipital was noted...
October 2016: Neuro-ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919482/the-association-of-cognitive-impairment-with-gray-matter-atrophy-and-cortical-lesion-load-in-clinically-isolated-syndrome
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Sevda Diker, Arzu Ceylan Has, Aslı Kurne, Rahşan Göçmen, Kader Karlı Oğuz, Rana Karabudak
BACKGROUND: Multiple sclerosis can impair cognition from the early stages and has been shown to be associated with gray matter damage in addition to white matter pathology. OBJECTIVES: To investigate the profile of cognitive impairment in clinically isolated syndrome (CIS), and the contribution of cortical inflammation, cortical and deep gray matter atrophy, and white matter lesions to cognitive decline. METHODS: Thirty patients with clinically isolated syndrome and twenty demographically- matched healthy controls underwent neuropsychologic assessment through the Rao Brief Repeatable Battery, and brain magnetic resonance imaging with double inversion recovery using a 3T scanner...
November 2016: Multiple Sclerosis and related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905355/-cerebral-microbleeds-in-cerebrovascular-and-neurodegenerative-diseases-with-cognitive-impairment
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T A Polyakova, O S Levin
AIM: To study a role of cerebral microbleeds (CMB) in the diagnosis of main cerebrovascular and neurodegenerative diseases with cognitive impairment. MATERIAL AND METHODS: CMB were studied in 120 patients with Alzheimer's disease (AD), dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB) and vascular dementia using 1.5T MRI in T2 * gradient echo. An impact of CMB on cognitive functions and the relationship with signs of vascular and neurodegenerative lesions of the brain were studied as well...
2016: Zhurnal Nevrologii i Psikhiatrii Imeni S.S. Korsakova
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