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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342192/white-matter-tract-specific-quantitative-analysis-in-multiple-sclerosis-comparison-of-optic-radiation-reconstruction-techniques
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Chenyu Wang, Alexander Klistorner, Linda Ly, Michael H Barnett
The posterior visual pathway is commonly affected by multiple sclerosis (MS) pathology that results in measurable clinical and electrophysiological impairment. Due to its highly structured retinotopic mapping, the visual pathway represents an ideal substrate for investigating patho-mechanisms in MS. Therefore, a reliable and robust imaging segmentation method for in-vivo delineation of the optic radiations (OR) is needed. However, diffusion-based tractography approaches, which are typically used for OR segmentation are confounded by the presence of focal white matter lesions...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341020/mri-in-the-study-of-animal-models-of-stroke
#2
Pedro Ramos-Cabrer, Daniel Padro
Stroke consists of the loss of cerebral functions resulting from the interruption of blood supply to a region of the brain, and represents the second cause of death and the leading cause of major disability in adults in Europe. Stroke is a very active field of research at preclinical and clinical levels, and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is one of the most powerful tools that scientist and clinicians have for the study of the onset, evolution and consequences of this devastating disease, as well as for the monitoring of the success of available treatments, or for the development of novel therapeutic strategies...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341019/mri-in-the-study-of-animal-models-of-neurodegenerative-diseases
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Nyoman D Kurniawan
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is an important tool to study various animal models of degenerative diseases. This chapter describes routine protocols of T 1-, T 2-, and T 2*-weighted and diffusion-weighted MRI for rodent brain and spinal cord. These protocols can be used to measure atrophy, axonal and myelin injury and changes in white matter connectivity.
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341005/diffusion-tensor-imaging-dti
#4
Silvia Lope-Piedrafita
Diffusion Tensor Imaging is an MRI technique that allows in vivo noninvasive measurement of the translational motion of water, providing information about its anisotropy (or lack of it) in different tissues. DTI has been commonly used to quantitatively measure the integrity of tissues which may be compromised by neurological disease, such as white matter tracks of the brain, which normally impart significant anisotropy to water motion in healthy brains. However, this anisotropic effect is diminished when axonal or neuronal damage is present...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339258/relationship-between-very-early-brain-structure-and-neuromotor-neurological-and-neurobehavioral-function-in-infants-born-31%C3%A2-weeks-gestational-age
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Joanne M George, Simona Fiori, Jurgen Fripp, Kerstin Pannek, Andrea Guzzetta, Michael David, Robert S Ware, Stephen E Rose, Paul B Colditz, Roslyn N Boyd
AIM: This study aimed to examine associations between structural MRI and concurrent motor, neurological and neurobehavioral measures at 30-32 weeks postmenstrual age (PMA; 'Early'), and at term equivalent age ('Term'). METHOD: In this prospective cohort study, infants underwent Early MRI (n = 119; 73 male; median 32 weeks 1 day PMA) and Term MRI (n = 102; 61 male; median 40 weeks 4 days PMA) at 3 T. Structural images were scored generating white matter (WM), cortical gray matter, deep gray matter, cerebellar and global brain abnormality scores...
January 13, 2018: Early Human Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29338905/posterior-reversible-encephalopathy-syndrome-a-rare-childhood-case-with-unconsciousness
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Akira Komori, Daisuke Mizu, Koichi Ariyoshi
BACKGROUND: Posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome (PRES) is a condition characterized by seizures, altered consciousness, visual disturbances, and headache. Characteristic findings on neuroimaging include cerebral edema, typically involving the parieto-occipital white matter. PRES has been associated with hypertension, autoimmune disease, and Henoch-Schölein purpura (HSP), but few cases have been reported, and fewer cases of PRES have been reported in children. CASE REPORT: We report the case of a 4-year-old girl who presented with blindness and semi-consciousness...
January 12, 2018: Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29338891/gray-and-white-matter-changes-and-their-relation-to-illness-trajectory-in-first-episode-psychosis
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Alejandro Keymer-Gausset, Anna Alonso-Solís, Iluminada Corripio, Rosa B Sauras-Quetcuti, Edith Pomarol-Clotet, Erick J Canales-Rodriguez, Eva Grasa-Bello, Enric Álvarez, Maria J Portella
Previous works have studied structural brain characteristics in first-episode psychosis (FEP), but few have focused on the relation between brain differences and illness trajectories. The aim of this study is to analyze gray and white matter changes in FEP patients and their relation with one-year clinical outcomes. A sample of 41 FEP patients and 41 healthy controls (HC), matched by age and educational level was scanned with a 3T MRI during the first month of illness onset. One year later, patients were assigned to two illness trajectories (schizophrenia and non-schizophrenia)...
January 12, 2018: European Neuropsychopharmacology: the Journal of the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29338732/transcriptional-profile-and-epstein-barr-virus-infection-status-of-laser-cut-immune-infiltrates-from-the-brain-of-patients-with-progressive-multiple-sclerosis
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Caterina Veroni, Barbara Serafini, Barbara Rosicarelli, Corrado Fagnani, Francesca Aloisi
BACKGROUND: It is debated whether multiple sclerosis (MS) might result from an immunopathological response toward an active Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) infection brought into the central nervous system (CNS) by immigrating B cells. Based on this model, a relationship should exist between the local immune milieu and EBV infection status in the MS brain. To test this hypothesis, we analyzed expression of viral and cellular genes in brain-infiltrating immune cells. METHODS: Twenty-three postmortem snap-frozen brain tissue blocks from 11 patients with progressive MS were selected based on good RNA quality and prominent immune cell infiltration...
January 16, 2018: Journal of Neuroinflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29338452/an-update-on-diagnostic-and-prognostic-biomarkers-for-traumatic-brain-injury
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Kevin K Wang, Zhihui Yang, Tian Zhu, Yuan Shi, Richard Rubenstein, J Adrian Tyndall, Geoff T Manley
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a major worldwide neurological disorder of epidemic proportions. To date, there are still no FDA-approved therapies to treat any forms of TBI. Encouragingly, there are emerging data showing that biofluid-based TBI biomarker tests have the potential to diagnose the presence of TBI of different severities including concussion, and to predict outcome. Area covered: The authors provide an update on the current knowledge of TBI biomarkers, including protein biomarkers for neuronal cell body injury (UCH-L1, NSE), astroglial injury (GFAP, S100B), neuronal cell death (αII-spectrin breakdown products), axonal injury (NF proteins), white matter injury (MBP), post-injury neurodegeneration (total Tau and phospho-Tau), post-injury autoimmune response (brain antigen-targeting autoantibodies), and other emerging non-protein biomarkers...
January 17, 2018: Expert Review of Molecular Diagnostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29337279/suprathreshold-fiber-cluster-statistics-leveraging-white-matter-geometry-to-enhance-tractography-statistical-analysis
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Fan Zhang, Weining Wu, Lipeng Ning, Gloria McAnulty, Deborah Waber, Borjan Gagoski, Kiera Sarill, Hesham M Hamoda, Yang Song, Weidong Cai, Yogesh Rathi, Lauren J O'Donnell
This work presents a suprathreshold fiber cluster (STFC) method that leverages the whole brain fiber geometry to enhance statistical group difference analyses. The proposed method consists of 1) a well-established study-specific data-driven tractography parcellation to obtain white matter tract parcels and 2) a newly proposed nonparametric, permutation-test-based STFC method to identify significant differences between study populations. The basic idea of our method is that a white matter parcel's neighborhood (nearby parcels with similar white matter anatomy) can support the parcel's statistical significance when correcting for multiple comparisons...
January 11, 2018: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29337276/validation-of-diffusion-mri-estimates-of-compartment-size-and-volume-fraction-in-a-biomimetic-brain-phantom-using-a-human-mri-scanner-with-300%C3%A2-mt-m-maximum-gradient-strength
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Qiuyun Fan, Aapo Nummenmaa, Barbara Wichtmann, Thomas Witzel, Choukri Mekkaoui, Walter Schneider, Lawrence L Wald, Susie Y Huang
Diffusion microstructural imaging techniques have attracted great interest in the last decade due to their ability to quantify axon diameter and volume fraction in healthy and diseased human white matter. The estimates of compartment size and volume fraction continue to be debated, in part due to the lack of a gold standard for validation and quality control. In this work, we validate diffusion MRI estimates of compartment size and volume fraction using a novel textile axon ("taxon") phantom constructed from hollow polypropylene yarns with distinct intra- and extra-taxonal compartments to mimic white matter in the brain...
January 11, 2018: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29337010/protective-effects-of-a-radical-scavenger-edaravone-on-oligodendrocyte-precursor-cells-against-oxidative-stress
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Hajime Takase, Anna C Liang, Nobukazu Miyamoto, Gen Hamanaka, Ryo Ohtomo, Takakuni Maki, Loc-Duyen D Pham, Josephine Lok, Eng H Lo, Ken Arai
Oligodendrocyte precursor cells (OPCs) play critical roles in maintaining the number of oligodendrocytes in white matter. Previously, we have shown that oxidative stress dampens oligodendrocyte regeneration after white matter damage, while a clinically proven radical scavenger, edaravone, supports oligodendrocyte repopulation. However, it is not known how edaravone exerts this beneficial effect against oxidative stress. Using in vivo and in vitro experiments, we have examined whether edaravone exhibits direct OPC-protective effects...
January 11, 2018: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29337005/walker-warburg-syndrome-and-tectocerebellar-dysraphia-a-novel-association-caused-by-a-homozygous-dag1-mutation
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Zvi Leibovitz, Hanna Mandel, Tzipora C Falik-Zaccai, Shani Ben Harouch, David Savitzki, Karina Krajden-Haratz, Liat Gindes, Mordechai Tamarkin, Dorit Lev, William B Dobyns, Tally Lerman-Sagie
OBJECTIVES: To elaborate the imaging phenotype associated with a homozygous c.743C > del frameshift mutation in DAG1 leading to complete absence of both α- and β-dystroglycan previously reported in a consanguineous Israeli-Arab family. METHODS: We analyzed prenatal and postnatal imaging data of patients from a consanguineous Israeli-Arab kindred harboring the DAG1 mutation. RESULTS: The imaging studies (fetal ultrasound, CT scan and postnatal MRI) demonstrated: flat cortex (abnormally thick with irregular pebbled cortical-white matter border on MRI), hydrocephalus, scattered small periventricular heterotopia and subependymal hemorrhages and calcifications, z-shaped brainstem, and in addition an occipital encephalocele, vermian agenesis, and an elongated and thick tectum (tectocerebellar dysraphia)...
December 26, 2017: European Journal of Paediatric Neurology: EJPN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29336906/progression-of-white-matter-damage-in-progressive-supranuclear-palsy-with-predominant-parkinsonism
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Francesca Caso, Federica Agosta, Milica Ječmenica-Lukić, Igor Petrović, Alessandro Meani, Vladimir S Kostic, Massimo Filippi
INTRODUCTION: Progressive supranuclear palsy with predominant parkinsonism (PSP-P) accounts for 14-35% of all PSP cases. A few cross-sectional MRI studies in PSP-P showed a remarkable white matter (WM) damage. Progression of brain structural damage in these patients remains unknown. METHODS: Longitudinal clinical, cognitive and diffusion tensor (DT) MRI data were obtained over a mean 1.6 year follow up in 10 PSP-P patients. At study entry, patients were compared with 36 healthy controls...
January 4, 2018: Parkinsonism & related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29336640/novel-rnaset2-pathogenic-variants-in-an-east-asian-child-with-delayed-psychomotor-development
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Yan Sun, Xuyun Hu, Jiqing Song, Yanyan Hu, Caihong Liu, Guimei Li
INTRODUCTION: RNASET2 mutation has been reported in patients with cystic leukoencephalopathy without megalencephaly and the Aicardi-Goutieres syndrome. Both disorders are Mendelian mimics of congenital cytomegalovirus infection with overlapping features, including leukoencephalopathy, white matter alterations, intracranial calcification, delayed psychomotor development, intelligence disability and seizures. Only eight families with RNASET2 mutation have been previously reported. METHODS: Whole exome sequencing was performed and copy number variants were described by read-depth strategy...
January 16, 2018: Fetal and Pediatric Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29336359/white-matter-lesions-predict-recurrent-vascular-events-in-patients-with-transient-ischemic-attacks
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Xiao-Mei Ren, Shu-Wei Qiu, Ren-Yuan Liu, Wen-Bo Wu, Yun Xu, Hong Zhou
BACKGROUND: White matter lesions (WMLs) are common findings in brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and are strongly associated with stroke incidence, recurrence, and prognosis. However, the relationship between WMLs and transient ischemic attacks (TIAs) is not well established. This study aimed to determine the clinical significance of WMLs in patients with TIA. METHODS: A total of 181 consecutive inpatients with first-ever TIA were enrolled. Brain MRIs within 2 days of symptom onset were used to measure WML volumes...
January 20, 2018: Chinese Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29335880/the-long-term-effect-of-erythropoiesis-stimulating-agents-given-to-preterm-infants-a-proton-magnetic-resonance-spectroscopy-study-on-neurometabolites-in-early-childhood
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Charles Gasparovic, Arvind Caprihan, Ronald A Yeo, John Phillips, Jean R Lowe, Richard Campbell, Robin K Ohls
BACKGROUND: Erythropoiesis stimulating agents (ESAs) are neuroprotective in cell and animal models of preterm birth. Prematurity has been shown to alter neurometabolite levels in children in studies using proton magnetic resonance spectroscopy (1H-MRS). OBJECTIVE: We hypothesized that ESA treatment in premature infants would tend to normalize neurometabolites by 4-6 years of age. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Children in a longitudinal study of neurodevelopment underwent MRI and 1H-MRS at approximately 4 years and 6 years of age...
January 15, 2018: Pediatric Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29335516/an-evaluation-of-the-effect-of-pulse-shape-on-grey-and-white-matter-stimulation-in-the-rat-brain
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Marjolijn Deprez, Kelly Luyck, Laura Luyten, Tim Tambuyzer, Bart Nuttin, Myles Mc Laughlin
Despite the current success of neuromodulation, standard biphasic, rectangular pulse shapes may not be optimal to achieve symptom alleviation. Here, we compared stimulation efficiency (in terms of charge) between complex and standard pulses in two areas of the rat brain. In motor cortex, Gaussian and interphase gap stimulation (IPG) increased stimulation efficiency in terms of charge per phase compared with a standard pulse. Moreover, IPG stimulation of the deep mesencephalic reticular formation in freely moving rats was more efficient compared to a standard pulse...
January 15, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29335438/grey-and-white-matter-volumes-either-in-treatment-na%C3%A3-ve-or-hormone-treated-transgender-women-a-voxel-based-morphometry-study
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Giancarlo Spizzirri, Fábio Luis Souza Duran, Tiffany Moukbel Chaim-Avancini, Mauricio Henriques Serpa, Mikael Cavallet, Carla Maria Abreu Pereira, Pedro Paim Santos, Paula Squarzoni, Naomi Antunes da Costa, Geraldo F Busatto, Carmita Helena Najjar Abdo
Many previous magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) studies have documented sex differences in brain morphology, but the patterns of sexual brain differences in transgender women - male sex assigned at birth - with a diagnosis of gender dysphoria (TW) have been rarely investigated to date. We acquired T1-weighted MRI data for the following four (n = 80) groups: treatment-naïve TW (TNTW), TW treated with cross-sex hormones for at least one year (TTW), cisgender men, and cisgender women (cisgender individuals as controls)...
January 15, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29335082/-a-comparative-analysis-of-anti-n-methyl-d-aspartate-receptor-encephalitis-with-or-without-abnormal-findings-on-cranial-magnetic-resonance-imaging
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Jian-Zhao Zhang, Qian Chen, Ping Zheng, Li-Na Xie, Xiao-Li Yi, Hai-Tao Ren, Jian Yang
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the clinical features of children with anti-N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor (anti-NMDAR) encephalitis with normal or abnormal cranial magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) findings via a comparative analysis. METHODS: A retrospective analysis was performed for the clinical data of 33 children with anti-NMDAR encephalitis. The clinical features and prognosis were compared between the children with normal and abnormal cranial MRI findings. RESULTS: In the 33 children with anti-NMDAR encephalitis, the most common initial symptoms were seizures (61%) and involuntary movement (61%), followed by language disorder (54%), mental and behavioral abnormalities (52%), and disturbance of consciousness (30%)...
January 2018: Zhongguo Dang Dai Er Ke za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Contemporary Pediatrics
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