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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821816/an-expandable-embryonic-stem-cell-derived-purkinje-neuron-progenitor-population-that-exhibits-in-vivo-maturation-in-the-adult-mouse-cerebellum
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Gustavo A Higuera, Grazia Iaffaldano, Meiwand Bedar, Guy Shpak, Robin Broersen, Shashini T Munshi, Catherine Dupont, Joost Gribnau, Femke M S de Vrij, Steven A Kushner, Chris I De Zeeuw
The directed differentiation of patient-derived induced pluripotent stem cells into cell-type specific neurons has inspired the development of therapeutic discovery for neurodegenerative diseases. Many forms of ataxia result from degeneration of cerebellar Purkinje cells, but thus far it has not been possible to efficiently generate Purkinje neuron (PN) progenitors from human or mouse pluripotent stem cells, let alone to develop a methodology for in vivo transplantation in the adult cerebellum. Here, we present a protocol to obtain an expandable population of cerebellar neuron progenitors from mouse embryonic stem cells...
August 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821687/mri-substrates-of-sustained-attention-system-and-cognitive-impairment-in-pediatric-ms-patients
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Ermelinda De Meo, Lucia Moiola, Angelo Ghezzi, Pierangelo Veggiotti, Ruggero Capra, Maria Pia Amato, Elisabetta Pagani, Agnese Fiorino, Lorena Pippolo, Maria C Pera, Giancarlo Comi, Andrea Falini, Massimo Filippi, Maria A Rocca
OBJECTIVE: To explore the structural and functional integrity of the sustained attention system in patients with pediatric multiple sclerosis (MS) and its effect on cognitive impairment. METHODS: We enrolled 57 patients with pediatric MS and 14 age- and sex-matched healthy controls (HCs). Patients with >3 abnormal tests at neuropsychological evaluation were classified as cognitively impaired (CI). Sustained attention system activity was studied with fMRI during the Conners Continuous Performance Test (CCPT)...
August 18, 2017: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821669/transcriptomic-analysis-of-ribosome-bound-mrna-in-cortical-neurites-in-vivo
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Rebecca Ouwenga, Allison M Lake, David O'Brien, Amit Mogha, Adish Dani, Joseph D Dougherty
Localized translation in neurites helps regulate synaptic strength and development. Dysregulation of local translation is associated with many neurological disorders. However, due to technical limitations, study of this phenomenon has largely been limited to brain regions with laminar organization of dendrites such as the hippocampus or cerebellum. It has not been examined in the cortex, a region of importance for most neurological disorders, where dendrites of each neuronal population are densely intermingled with cell bodies of others...
August 8, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819211/dynamic-local-connectivity-uncovers-altered-brain-synchrony-during-propofol-sedation
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Rose Dawn Bharath, Rajanikant Panda, Jitender Saini, Kamath Sriganesh, G S Umamaheswara Rao
Human consciousness is considered a result of the synchronous "humming" of multiple dynamic networks. We performed a dynamic functional connectivity analysis using resting state functional magnetic resonance imaging (rsfMRI) in 14 patients before and during a propofol infusion to characterize the sedation-induced alterations in consciousness. A sliding 36-second window was used to derive 59 time points of whole brain integrated local connectivity measurements. Significant changes in the connectivity strength (Z Corr) at various time points were used to measure the connectivity fluctuations during awake and sedated states...
August 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818984/pseudo-reference-regions-for-glial-imaging-with-11-c-pbr28-investigation-in-two-clinical-cohorts
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Daniel Strakis Albrecht, Marc David Normandin, Sergey Shcherbinin, Dustin W Wooten, Adam J Schwarz, Nicole R Zurcher, Vanessa N Barth, Nicolas J Guehl, Oluwaseun Johnson-Akeju, Nazem Atassi, Mattia Veronese, Federico Turkheimer, Jacob M Hooker, Marco Luciano Loggia
The translocator protein (TSPO) is a commonly used imaging target to investigate neuroinflammation. While TSPO imaging demonstrates great promise, its signal exhibits substantial interindividual variability, which needs to be accounted for to uncover group effects that are truly reflective of neuroimmune activation. Recent evidence suggests that relative metrics computed using pseudo-reference approaches can minimize within-group variability, and increase sensitivity to detect physiologically meaningful group differences...
August 17, 2017: Journal of Nuclear Medicine: Official Publication, Society of Nuclear Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818825/mr-imaging-features-of-the-cerebellum-in-adult-onset-neuronal-intranuclear-inclusion-disease-8-cases
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A Sugiyama, N Sato, Y Kimura, T Maekawa, M Enokizono, Y Saito, Y Takahashi, H Matsuda, S Kuwabara
Neuronal intranuclear inclusion disease is a neurodegenerative disorder pathologically characterized by eosinophilic hyaline intranuclear inclusions. A high-intensity signal along the corticomedullary junction on DWI has been described as a specific MR imaging finding of the cerebrum in neuronal intranuclear inclusion disease. However, MR imaging findings of the cerebellum in neuronal intranuclear inclusion disease have not been fully evaluated. Here, we review MR imaging findings of the cerebellum in a series of 8 patients with pathologically confirmed neuronal intranuclear inclusion disease...
August 17, 2017: AJNR. American Journal of Neuroradiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818716/positron-emission-tomography-pet-imaging-of-nicotine-induced-dopamine-release-in-squirrel-monkeys-using-18-f-fallypride
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Jennifer E Naylor, Takato Hiranita, Katelin S Matazel, Xuan Zhang, Merle G Paule, Amy K Goodwin
BACKGROUND: Nicotine, the principal psychoactive tobacco constituent, is thought to produce its reinforcing effects via actions within the mesolimbic dopamine (DA) system. The objective of the current study was to examine the effect of nicotine on DA D2/D3 receptor availability in the nonhuman primate brain with the use of the radioligand [(18)F]fallypride and positron emission tomography (PET). METHODS: Ten adult male squirrel monkeys were used in the current study...
August 8, 2017: Drug and Alcohol Dependence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818013/relationship-between-doppler-findings-and-fetal-brain-apparent-diffusion-coefficient-in-early-onset-intra-uterine-growth-restriction
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Mehmet Serdar Kutuk, Murside Sahin, Sureyya Burcu Gorkem, Selim Doganay, Ahmet Ozturk
OBJECTIVE: The aim of the study is to assess the relationship between uteroplacental Doppler sonography findings and cerebral diffusion measured by diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance imaging (DWI) in fetuses with early- onset intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR). MATERIAL AND METHODS: The study included 54 pregnant women with fetal IUGR and 15 healthy controls (n: 15). Fetuses with IUGR were classified into 4 groups based on Doppler findings: group 1 (n = 12), umbilical artery (UA) pulsatility index (PI) >95pc; group 2 (n = 11), UA PI > 95 pc and middle cerebral artery PI <5pc; group 3 (n = 21), absent end-diastolic (A-EDF) in UA; group 4 (n = 10), reversed EDF in UA...
August 17, 2017: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815739/kernicterus-in-a-boy-with-ornithine-transcarbamylase-deficiency-a-case-report
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Eduardo López-Corella, Isabel Ibarra-González, Cynthia Fernández-Lainez, Miguel Á Rodríguez-Weber, Sara Guillén-Lopez, Leticia Belmont-Martínez, David Agüero-Linares, Marcela Vela-Amieva
Ornithine transcarbamylase deficiency (OTCD) is an X-linked urea cycle defect associated with severe and usually fatal hyperammonemia. This study describes a patient with early onset lethal OTCD due to a known pathogenic variant (c.298+1G>A), as well as the novel autopsy finding of kernicterus with relatively low blood concentration of unconjugated bilirubin (UCB) (11.55 mg/dL). The patient was a full-term male with a family history of two previous male siblings who died as newborns after acute neurologic deterioration...
August 16, 2017: Neuropathology: Official Journal of the Japanese Society of Neuropathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815380/expression-of-micrornas-in-tumors-of-the-central-nervous-system-in-pediatric-patients-in-m%C3%A3-xico
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Pilar Eguía-Aguilar, Lisette Gutiérrez-Castillo, Mario Pérezpeña-Díazconti, Jeanette García-Chéquer, Jorge García-Quintana, Fernando Chico-Ponce de León, Luis Gordillo-Domínguez, Samuel Torres-García, Francisco Arenas-Huertero
PURPOSE: MicroRNAs were identified as molecules that participate in gene regulation; alterations in their expression characterize central nervous system (CNS). Information in pediatrics is scarce, so the objective of this work was to determine and then compare the patterns of expression of microRNAs in astrocytomas, ependymomas, and medulloblastomas, as well as in non-neoplastic brain. METHODS: Low-density arrays were utilized to evaluate 756 microRNAs in three samples of each type of tumor and non-neoplastic brain...
August 16, 2017: Child's Nervous System: ChNS: Official Journal of the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815096/a-case-of-congenital-brainstem-oligodendroglioma-pathology-findings-and-review-of-the-literature
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Stefan Kostadinov, Suzanne de la Monte
Congenital and perinatal primary brain neoplasms are extremely rare. Brainstem neoplasms in the perinatal and neonatal period are typically of high-grade nature and have poor prognoses with survival rates of less than 2 years from diagnosis. Herein, we report an unusual case of congenital anaplastic oligodendroglioma that arose in the pons and was detected as diffuse pontine glioma on in utero imaging studies during prenatal evaluation at 26 weeks' gestation. A male infant was delivered at 36.4 weeks of gestation via Cesarean section who developed progressive dyspnea shortly after birth...
2017: Case Reports in Neurological Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814870/abnormal-intrinsic-functional-hubs-in-alcohol-dependence-evidence-from-a-voxelwise-degree-centrality-analysis
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Xiaoping Luo, Linghong Guo, Xi-Jian Dai, Qinglai Wang, Wenzhong Zhu, Xinjun Miao, Honghan Gong
OBJECTIVE: To explore the abnormal intrinsic functional hubs in alcohol dependence using voxelwise degree centrality analysis approach, and their relationships with clinical features. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Twenty-four male alcohol dependence subjects free of medicine (mean age, 50.21±9.62 years) and 24 age- and education-matched male healthy controls (mean age, 50.29±8.92 years) were recruited. The alcohol use disorders identification test and the severity of alcohol dependence questionnaire (SADQ) were administered to assess the severity of alcohol craving...
2017: Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814810/amygdala-centred-functional-connectivity-affects-daily-cortisol-concentrations-a-putative-link-with-anxiety
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Yuko Hakamata, Shotaro Komi, Yoshiya Moriguchi, Shuhei Izawa, Yuki Motomura, Eisuke Sato, Shinya Mizukami, Yoshiharu Kim, Takashi Hanakawa, Yusuke Inoue, Hirokuni Tagaya
The amygdala plays a critical role in emotion. Its functional coupling with the hippocampus and ventromedial prefrontal cortex extending to a portion of the anterior cingulate cortex (ACC) is implicated in anxiogenesis and hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) system regulation. However, it remains unclear how amygdala-centred functional connectivity (FC) affects anxiety and cortisol concentrations in everyday life. Here, we investigate the relationship between daily cortisol concentrations (dCOR) and amygdala-centred FC during emotional processing in forty-one healthy humans...
August 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813801/therapeutic-effects-of-an-anti-gravity-locomotor-training-alterg-on-postural-balance-and-cerebellum-structure-in-children-with-cerebral-palsy
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A H Rasooli, P M Birgani, Sh Azizi, A Shahrokhi, M M Mirbagheri
We evaluated the therapeutic effects of anti-gravity locomotor treadmill (AlterG) training on postural stability in children with Cerebral Palsy (CP) and spasticity, particularly in the lower extremity. AlterG can facilitate walking by reducing the weight of CP children by up to 80%; it can also help subjects maintain an appropriate posture during the locomotor AlterG training. Thus, we hypothesized that AlterG training, for a sufficient period of time, has a potential to produce cerebellum neuroplasticity, and consequently result in an effective permanent postural stability...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813200/brain-microstructural-abnormalities-in-patients-with-cirrhosis-without-overt-hepatic-encephalopathy-a-voxel-based-diffusion-kurtosis-imaging-study
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Hua-Jun Chen, Peng-Fei Liu, Qiu-Feng Chen, Hai-Bin Shi
OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to investigate whole-brain microstructural abnormalities and their correlation with cognitive impairment in patients with cirrhosis using diffusion kurtosis imaging (DKI). SUBJECTS AND METHODS: Eighteen patients with cirrhosis and 17 healthy control subjects underwent DKI. Cognition was measured using psychometric hepatic encephalopathy (HE) scores. Whole-brain voxel-based analyses were performed to investigate between-group differences in DKI-derived parameters, including mean kurtosis, axial kurtosis, and radial kurtosis...
August 16, 2017: AJR. American Journal of Roentgenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811199/comparison-of-analytical-methods-of-brain-18-f-fdg-pet-after-severe-traumatic-brain-injury
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Karine Madsen, Sara Hesby, Ingrid Poulsen, Stefan Fuglsang, Jesper Graff, Karen B Larsen, Lars P Kammersgaard, Ian Law, Hartwig R Siebner
BACKGROUND: Loss of consciousness has been shown to reduce cerebral metabolic rates of glucose (CMRglc) measured by brain [(18)F]FDG-PET. Measurements of regional metabolic patterns by normalization to global cerebral metabolism or cerebellum may underestimate widespread reductions. NEW METHOD: The aim of this study was to compare quantification methods of whole brain glucose metabolism, including whole brain [18F]FDG uptake normalized to uptake in cerebellum, normalized to injected activity, normalized to plasma tracer concentration, and two methods for estimating CMRglc...
August 12, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808827/distinctive-localization-and-mri-features-correlate-of-molecular-subgroups-in-adult-medulloblastoma
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Fu Zhao, Chunde Li, Qiangyi Zhou, Peiran Qu, Bo Wang, Xin Wang, Shun Zhang, Xingchao Wang, Chi Zhao, Jing Zhang, Lin Luo, Lin Ai, Lei Xu, Pinan Liu
Medulloblastoma (MB) is recognized as comprising four molecular subgroups with distinct transcriptional profiles, clinical features, and outcomes. Previous studies demonstrate that pediatric MBs present with subgroup-specific MRI manifestations. We hypothesized that combination of anatomical localization and conventional features based on MR imaging can predict these subgroups in adult MBs. MR Imaging manifestations of 125 adult patients with MB were analyzed retrospectively based on pre-operative MRI scans...
August 14, 2017: Journal of Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808785/conserved-dna-methylation-combined-with-differential-frontal-cortex-and-cerebellar-expression-distinguishes-c9orf72-associated-and-sporadic-als-and-implicates-serpina1-in-disease
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Mark T W Ebbert, Christian A Ross, Luc J Pregent, Rebecca J Lank, Cheng Zhang, Rebecca B Katzman, Karen Jansen-West, Yuping Song, Edroaldo Lummertz da Rocha, Carla Palmucci, Pamela Desaro, Amelia E Robertson, Ana M Caputo, Dennis W Dickson, Kevin B Boylan, Rosa Rademakers, Tamas Ordog, Hu Li, Veronique V Belzil
We previously found C9orf72-associated (c9ALS) and sporadic amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (sALS) brain transcriptomes comprise thousands of defects, among which, some are likely key contributors to ALS pathogenesis. We have now generated complementary methylome data and combine these two data sets to perform a comprehensive "multi-omic" analysis to clarify the molecular mechanisms initiating RNA misregulation in ALS. We found that c9ALS and sALS patients have generally distinct but overlapping methylome profiles, and that the c9ALS- and sALS-affected genes and pathways have similar biological functions, indicating conserved pathobiology in disease...
August 14, 2017: Acta Neuropathologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808196/antioxidant-mediated-response-of-scoparia-dulcis-in-noise-induced-redox-imbalance-and-immunohistochemical-changes-in-rat-brain
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Wankupar Wankhar, Sakthivel Srinivasan, Ravindran Rajan, Rathinasamy Sheeladevi
Noise has been regarded as an environmental/occupational stressor that causes damages to both auditory and non-auditory organs. Prolonged exposure to these mediators of stress has often resulted in detrimental effect, where oxidative/nitrosative stress plays a major role. Hence, it would be appropriate to examine the possible role of free radicals in brain discrete regions and the "antioxidants" mediated response of S. dulcis. Animals were subjected to noise stress for 15 days (100 dB/4 hours/day) and estimation of endogenous free radical and antioxidant activity were carried out on brain discrete regions (the cerebral cortex, cerebellum, brainstem, striatum, hippocampus and hypothalamus)...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807823/dietary-supplementation-with-acetyl-l-carnitine-counteracts-age-related-alterations-of-mitochondrial-biogenesis-dynamics-and-antioxidant-defenses-in-brain-of-old-rats
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Luigi Nicassio, Flavio Fracasso, Giuseppe Sirago, Clara Musicco, Anna Picca, Emanuele Marzetti, Riccardo Calvani, Palmiro Cantatore, Maria Nicola Gadaleta, Vito Pesce
We previously reported the ability of dietary supplementation with acetyl-l-carnitine (ALCAR) to prevent age-related decreases of mitochondrial biogenesis in skeletal muscle and liver of old rats. Here, we investigate the effects of ALCAR supplementation in cerebral hemispheres and cerebellum of old rats by analyzing several parameters linked to mitochondrial biogenesis, mitochondrial dynamics and antioxidant defenses. We measured the level of the coactivators PGC-1α and PGC-1β and of the factors regulating mitochondrial biogenesis, finding an age-related decrease of PGC-1β, whereas PGC-1α level was unvaried...
August 11, 2017: Experimental Gerontology
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