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Elizabeth A Shay, Quanjing Chen, Frank E Garcea, Bradford Z Mahon
Multivoxel pattern analysis (MVPA) over functional MRI data can distinguish neural representational states that do not differ in their overall amplitude of BOLD contrast. Here we used MVPA to test whether simple intransitive actions can be distinguished in primary motor cortex. Participants rotated and flexed each of their extremities (hands and feet) during fMRI scanning. The primary motor cortex for the hand/wrist was functionally defined in each hemisphere in each subject. Within those subject-specific ROIs, we found that the average amplitude of BOLD contrast for two different movements of the contralateral hand (rotation, flexion) were higher than for the ipsilateral hand, as well as movements by both feet; however, there was no difference in amplitude between the two different types of movements for the contralateral hand...
March 16, 2018: Cognitive Neuroscience
Fen Chen, Shulin Li, Dong Sun
Blood oxygen level-dependent magnetic resonance imaging (BOLD MRI) has recently been utilized as a noninvasive tool for evaluating renal oxygenation. Several methods have been proposed for analyzing BOLD images. Regional ROI selection is the earliest and most widely used method for BOLD analysis. In the last 20 years, many investigators have used this method to evaluate cortical and medullary oxygenation in patients with ischemic nephropathy, hypertensive nephropathy, diabetic nephropathy, chronic kidney disease (CKD), acute kidney injury and renal allograft rejection...
March 8, 2018: Kidney & Blood Pressure Research
A C Van Erp, R A Rebolledo, D Hoeksma, N R Jespersen, P J Ottens, R Nørregaard, M Pedersen, C Laustsen, J G M Burgerhof, J C Wolters, J Ciapaite, H E Bøtker, H G D Leuvenink, B Jespersen
Hepatic and renal energy status prior to transplantation correlates with graft survival. However, effects of brain death (BD) on organ-specific energy status are largely unknown. We studied metabolism, perfusion, oxygen consumption, and mitochondrial function in the liver and kidneys following BD. BD was induced in mechanically-ventilated rats, inflating an epidurally-placed Fogarty-catheter, with sham-operated rats as controls. A 9.4T-preclinical MRI system measured hourly oxygen availability (BOLD-related R2*) and perfusion (T1-weighted)...
March 13, 2018: Scientific Reports
Logan T Dowdle, Truman R Brown, Mark S George, Colleen A Hanlon
BACKGROUND: In the 20 years since our group established the feasibility of performing interleaved TMS/fMRI, no studies have reported direct comparisons of active prefrontal stimulation with a matched sham. Thus, for all studies there is concern about what is truly the TMS effect on cortical neurons. OBJECTIVE: After developing a sham control for use within the MRI scanner, we used fMRI to test the hypothesis of greater regional BOLD responses for active versus control stimulation...
February 24, 2018: Brain Stimulation
Shruti G Vij, Jason S Nomi, Dina R Dajani, Lucina Q Uddin
Development and aging are associated with functional changes in the brain across the lifespan. These changes manifest in a variety of spatial and temporal features of resting state functional MRI (rs-fMRI) but have seldom been explored exhaustively. We present a comprehensive study assessing age-related changes in spatial and temporal features of blind-source separated components identified by independent vector analysis (IVA) in a cross-sectional lifespan sample (ages 6-85 years). We show that while large-scale network configurations remain consistent throughout the lifespan, changes persist in both local and global organization of these networks...
March 6, 2018: NeuroImage
Lu-Ping Li, Jon Thacker, Wei Li, Huan Tan, Chi Wang, Orly Kohn, Stuart Sprague, Pottumarthi Prasad
BACKGROUND: Identification of patients with progressive chronic kidney disease (CKD) and those likely to respond to candidate therapeutics is urgently needed. Functional MRI measurements have shown promise. However, knowledge about the consistency of the measurements is essential to conduct longitudinal studies. PURPOSE/HYPOTHESIS: To investigate the consistency of repeated functional MRI measurements in healthy subjects. STUDY TYPE: Prospective, longitudinal study...
March 8, 2018: Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging: JMRI
Yujia Zhou, Han Zhang, Lichi Zhang, Xiaohuan Cao, Ru Yang, Qianjin Feng, Pew-Thian Yap, Dinggang Shen
Population studies of brain function with resting-state functional magnetic resonance imaging (rs-fMRI) rely on accurate intersubject registration of functional areas. This is typically achieved through registration using high-resolution structural images with more spatial details and better tissue contrast. However, accumulating evidence has suggested that such strategy cannot align functional regions well because functional areas are not necessarily consistent with anatomical structures. To alleviate this problem, a number of registration algorithms based directly on rs-fMRI data have been developed, most of which utilize functional connectivity (FC) features for registration...
March 5, 2018: Human Brain Mapping
Hugo Angleys, Sune N Jespersen, Leif Østergaard
Neurovascular coupling mechanisms give rise to vasodilation and functional hyperemia upon neural activation, thereby altering blood oxygenation. This blood oxygenation level dependent (BOLD) contrast allows studies of activation patterns in the working human brain by functional MRI (fMRI). The BOLD-weighted fMRI signal shows characteristic transients in relation to functional activation, such as the so-called initial dip, overshoot, and post-stimulus undershoot. These transients are modulated by other physiological stimuli and in disease, but the underlying physiological mechanisms remain incompletely understood...
March 2, 2018: Human Brain Mapping
Siyang Yin, Yuelu Liu, Nathan M Petro, Andreas Keil, Mingzhou Ding
Research in rodents has established the role of the amygdaloid complex in defensive responses to conditioned threat. In human imaging studies, however, activation of the amygdala by conditioned threat cues is often not observed. One hypothesis states that this finding reflects adaptation of amygdaloid responses over time. We tested this hypothesis by estimating single-trial neural responses over a large number of conditioning trials. Functional MRI (fMRI) was recorded from 18 participants during classical differential fear conditioning: Participants viewed oriented grayscale grating stimuli (45° or 135°) presented centrally in random order...
January 2018: ENeuro
Fatma Gargouri, Fathi Kallel, Sebastien Delphine, Ahmed Ben Hamida, Stéphane Lehéricy, Romain Valabregue
Resting state functional MRI (rs-fMRI) is an imaging technique that allows the spontaneous activity of the brain to be measured. Measures of functional connectivity highly depend on the quality of the BOLD signal data processing. In this study, our aim was to study the influence of preprocessing steps and their order of application on small-world topology and their efficiency in resting state fMRI data analysis using graph theory. We applied the most standard preprocessing steps: slice-timing, realign, smoothing, filtering, and the tCompCor method...
2018: Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience
Prantik Kundu, Brenda E Benson, Dana Rosen, Sophia Frangou, Ellen Leibenluft, Wen-Ming Luh, Peter A Bandettini, Daniel S Pine, Monique Ernst
Age-related changes in human functional neuroanatomy are poorly understood. This is partly due to the limits to interpretation of standard fMRI. These limits relate to age-related variation in noise levels across subjects, and the frequent need for standard adult parcellations in developmental studies. Here we used an emerging MRI approach called multi-echo (ME)-fMRI to characterize functional brain changes with age. ME-fMRI acquires blood oxygenation level dependent (BOLD) signals while also quantifying T2* signal decay...
February 27, 2018: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
Anupa A Vijayakumari, Bejoy Thomas, Ramshekhar N Menon, Chandrasekharan Kesavadas
Functional MRI (fMRI) has provided much insight into the changes in the neuronal activity on the basis of blood oxygen level dependent (BOLD) phenomenon. The dynamic changes in the metabolites can be detected using functional proton magnetic resonance spectroscopy (H-fMRS). The strategy of combining fMRI and H-fMRS would facilitate the understanding of the neurochemical interpretation of the BOLD signal. The dorsolateral prefrontal region is critically involved in the processing of working memory (WM), as demonstrated by the studies involving the neuroimaging, neuropsychological, and electrophysiological experiments...
February 23, 2018: Neuroreport
Hélène Collinot, Carmen Marchiol, Isabelle Lagoutte, Franck Lager, Nathalie Siauve, Gwennhael Autret, Daniel Balvay, Gilles Renault, Laurent J Salomon, Daniel Vaiman
BACKGROUND: Preeclampsia is a major hypertensive disease caused by pregnancy, inducing proteinuria and increased blood pressure starting from the second half of pregnancy (early preeclampsia) or near the end of pregnancy (late preeclampsia). Pre-symptomatic diagnosis would allow for therapeutic interventions, such as with low-dose aspirin. Among non-invasive methods to explore organ physiology, Doppler ultrasonography (US) and functional blood oxygenation level-dependent (BOLD) MRI (which do not need radioactive contrast agents such as gadolinium) can be used in pregnant women...
February 20, 2018: Journal of Hypertension
Zhengjun Li, Marta Vidorreta, Natalie Katchmar, David C Alsop, Daniel H Wolf, John A Detre
Resting state fMRI (rs-fMRI) provides imaging biomarkers of task-independent brain function that can be associated with clinical variables or modulated by interventions such as behavioral training or pharmacological manipulations. These biomarkers include time-averaged regional brain function as manifested by regional cerebral blood flow (CBF) measured using arterial spin labeled (ASL) perfusion MRI and correlated temporal fluctuations of function across brain networks with either ASL or blood oxygenation level dependent (BOLD) fMRI...
February 15, 2018: NeuroImage
Alberto Merola, Michael A Germuska, Kevin Murphy, Richard G Wise
As energy metabolism in the brain is largely oxidative, the measurement of cerebral metabolic rate of oxygen consumption (CMRO 2 ) is a desirable biomarker for quantifying brain activity and tissue viability. Currently, PET techniques based on oxygen isotopes are the gold standard for obtaining whole brain CMRO 2 maps. Among MRI techniques that have been developed as an alternative are dual calibrated fMRI (dcFMRI) methods, which exploit simultaneous measurements of BOLD and ASL signals during a hypercapnic-hyperoxic experiment to modulate brain blood flow and oxygenation...
February 14, 2018: NeuroImage
Christiaan Hendrik Bas van Niftrik, Marco Piccirelli, Oliver Bozinov, Nicolai Maldaner, Catherine Strittmatter, Athina Pangalu, Antonios Valavanis, Luca Regli, Jorn Fierstra
Neurovascular coupling describes the cascade between neuronal activity and subsequent Blood-Oxygenation-Level-Dependent (BOLD) signal increase. Based on this premise, the correlation of this BOLD signal increase with a particular task, such as finger-tapping, is used to map neuronal activation. This signal increase may be dampened in brain areas exhibiting impaired cerebrovascular reactivity (BOLD-CVR), leading to false negative activation. Blood-oxygenation-level-dependent (BOLD) cerebrovascular reactivity (CVR) has also been used to optimize task evoked BOLD signal changes...
February 13, 2018: Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Qidong Wang, Chuangen Guo, Lan Zhang, Rui Zhang, Zhaoming Wang, Ying Xu, Wenbo Xiao
Objective To investigate changes in renal oxygenation levels by blood-oxygenation-level dependent (BOLD)-magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and to evaluate BOLD-MRI for detecting early diabetic renal injury. Methods Seventy-five rats, with unilateral nephrectomy, were randomly divided into streptozotocin-induced diabetes mellitus (DM, n = 65) and normal control (NC, n = 10) groups. BOLD-MRI scans were performed at baseline (both groups) and at 3, 7, 14, 21, 28, 35, 42, 49, 56, 63 and 70 days (DM only). Renal cortical (C) and medullary (M) R2* signals were measured and R2* medulla/cortex ratio (MCR) was calculated...
January 1, 2018: Journal of International Medical Research
Arjan D Hendriks, Alessio Fracasso, Catalina S Arteaga de Castro, Mark W J M Gosselink, Peter R Luijten, Natalia Petridou, Dennis W J Klomp
The combination of functional MRI (fMRI) and MRS is a promising approach to relate BOLD imaging to neuronal metabolism, especially at high field strength. However, typical scan times for GABA edited spectroscopy are of the order of 6-30 min, which is long compared with functional changes observed with fMRI. The aim of this study is to reduce scan time and increase GABA sensitivity for edited spectroscopy in the human visual cortex, by enlarging the volume of activated tissue in the primary visual cortex. A dedicated setup at 7 T for combined fMRI and GABA MRS is developed...
February 14, 2018: NMR in Biomedicine
Jens Göttler, Christine Preibisch, Isabelle Riederer, Lorenzo Pasquini, Panagiotis Alexopoulos, Karl Peter Bohn, Igor Yakushev, Ebba Beller, Stephan Kaczmarz, Claus Zimmer, Timo Grimmer, Alexander Drzezga, Christian Sorg
Functional connectivity of blood oxygenation level dependent signal fluctuations (BOLD-FC) is decreased in Alzheimer's disease (AD), and suggested to reflect reduced coherence in neural population activity; however, as both neuronal and vascular-hemodynamic processes underlie BOLD signals, impaired perfusion might also contribute to reduced BOLD-FC; 42 AD patients and 27 controls underwent simultaneous PET/MR imaging. Resting-state functional MRI assessed BOLD co-activity to quantify BOLD-FC, pulsed arterial spin labeling (pASL) assessed cerebral blood flow (CBF) as proxy for vascular hemodynamics, and 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose PET assessed glucose metabolism (GluMet) to index neuronal activity...
January 1, 2018: Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism
Huilan Shi, Junya Jia, Dong Li, Li Wei, Wenya Shang, Zhenfeng Zheng
BACKGROUND: Precise renal histopathological diagnosis will guide therapy strategy in patients with lupus nephritis. Blood oxygen level dependent (BOLD) magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) has been applicable noninvasive technique in renal disease. This current study was performed to explore whether BOLD MRI could contribute to diagnose renal pathological pattern. METHODS: Adult patients with lupus nephritis renal pathological diagnosis were recruited for this study...
February 9, 2018: BMC Nephrology
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