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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635875/-disturbances-of-gait-and-postural-stability-in-chronic-cerebral-ischemia
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N N Vakhnina, V V Zakharov
Disturbances of gait and postural stability are characteristic of the chronic progressive vascular lesion of the brain observed in moderate to severe stages of cerebrovascular disease. Disconnections between the prefrontal cortex, basal ganglia and cerebellum due to the damage of the white matter (vascular leukoencephalopathy) underlie disturbances of gait and postural stability (shorter stride length, wider gait). There are difficulties in starting with possible stoppings during the walking, waiting in front of small barriers as well as difficulties in concentration (e...
2017: Zhurnal Nevrologii i Psikhiatrii Imeni S.S. Korsakova
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634624/population-averaged-macaque-brain-atlas-with-high-resolution-ex-vivo-dti-integrated-into-in-vivo-space
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Lei Feng, Tina Jeon, Qiaowen Yu, Minhui Ouyang, Qinmu Peng, Virendra Mishra, Mihovil Pletikos, Nenad Sestan, Michael I Miller, Susumu Mori, Steven Hsiao, Shuwei Liu, Hao Huang
Animal models of the rhesus macaque (Macaca mulatta), the most widely used nonhuman primate, have been irreplaceable in neurobiological studies. However, a population-averaged macaque brain diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) atlas, including comprehensive gray and white matter labeling as well as bony and facial landmarks guiding invasive experimental procedures, is not available. The macaque white matter tract pathways and microstructures have been rarely recorded. Here, we established a population-averaged macaque brain atlas with high-resolution ex vivo DTI integrated into in vivo space incorporating bony and facial landmarks, and delineated microstructures and three-dimensional pathways of major white matter tracts in vivo MRI/DTI and ex vivo (postmortem) DTI of ten rhesus macaque brains were acquired...
June 20, 2017: Brain Structure & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634465/abnormal-resting-state-functional-connectivity-in-progressive-supranuclear-palsy-and-corticobasal-syndrome
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Komal Bharti, Matteo Bologna, Neeraj Upadhyay, Maria Cristina Piattella, Antonio Suppa, Nikolaos Petsas, Costanza Giannì, Francesca Tona, Alfredo Berardelli, Patrizia Pantano
BACKGROUND: Pathological and MRI-based evidence suggests that multiple brain structures are likely to be involved in functional disconnection between brain areas. Few studies have investigated resting-state functional connectivity (rsFC) in progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP) and corticobasal syndrome (CBS). In this study, we investigated within- and between-network rsFC abnormalities in these two conditions. METHODS: Twenty patients with PSP, 11 patients with CBS, and 16 healthy subjects (HS) underwent a resting-state fMRI study...
2017: Frontiers in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634442/mild-traumatic-brain-injury-evokes-pyramidal-neuron-axon-initial-segment-plasticity-and-diffuse-presynaptic-inhibitory-terminal-loss
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Michal Vascak, Jianli Sun, Matthew Baer, Kimberle M Jacobs, John T Povlishock
The axon initial segment (AIS) is the site of action potential (AP) initiation, thus a crucial regulator of neuronal activity. In excitatory pyramidal neurons, the high density of voltage-gated sodium channels (NaV1.6) at the distal AIS regulates AP initiation. A surrogate AIS marker, ankyrin-G (ankG) is a structural protein regulating neuronal functional via clustering voltage-gated ion channels. In neuronal circuits, changes in presynaptic input can alter postsynaptic output via AIS structural-functional plasticity...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633995/quantitative-mri-study-of-the-permeability-of-peritumoral-brain-edema-in-lung-cancer-patients-with-brain-metastases
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Dan Wang, Ming-Liang Wang, Yue-Hua Li
PURPOSE: To use Ktrans to evaluate the aggressiveness and vascular permeability of peritumoral edema in cases of lung cancer brain metastases. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 68 lung cancer patients with 92 metastatic brain lesions were enrolled (20 metastatic lesions only in the gray matter -group 1; and 72 metastatic lesions located in the gray and white matter junction -group 2). All patients underwent MRI examination, which involved a dual angle (2° and 15°) enhanced T1W-VIBE (volume interpolated breath-hold examination) sequence to calculate the T1 parameter map...
June 17, 2017: Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632427/speed-of-processing-and-executive-functions-in-adults-with-phenylketonuria-quick-in-finding-the-word-but-not-the-ladybird
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Cristina Romani, Anita MacDonald, Sara De Felice, Liana Palermo
A reduction in processing speed is widely reported in phenylketonuria (PKU), possibly due to white matter pathology. We investigated possible deficits and their relationships with executive functions in a sample of 37 early-treated adults with PKU (AwPKUs). AwPKUs were not characterized by a generalized speed deficit, but instead their performance could be explained by two more specific impairments: (a) a deficit in the allocation of visuo-spatial attention that reduced speed in visual search tasks, in some reading conditions and visuo-motor coordination tasks; and (b) a more conservative decision mechanism that slowed down returning an answer across domains...
June 20, 2017: Cognitive Neuropsychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632327/photosensitivity-is-an-early-marker-of-neuronal-ceroid-lipofuscinosis-type-2-disease
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Nicola Specchio, Marcello Bellusci, Nicola Pietrafusa, Marina Trivisano, Luca de Palma, Federico Vigevano
OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to identify early clinical, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and electroencephalographic (EEG) characteristics of neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosis type 2 (CLN2) disease to enable early diagnosis, thus providing the key to early treatment, and optimized care and outcomes. METHODS: Retrospective clinical chart review of a series of patients diagnosed with CLN2 disease from 2005 to 2015 at a single center in Italy. Clinical, MRI, and EEG findings were reviewed...
June 20, 2017: Epilepsia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631949/diffusion-tensor-imaging-tensor-shape-analysis-for-assessment-of-regional-white-matter-differences
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Dana M Middleton, Jonathan Y Li, Hui J Lee, Steven Chen, Patricia I Dickson, N Matthew Ellinwood, Leonard E White, James M Provenzale
Purpose The purpose of this study was to investigate a novel tensor shape plot analysis technique of diffusion tensor imaging data as a means to assess microstructural differences in brain tissue. We hypothesized that this technique could distinguish white matter regions with different microstructural compositions. Methods Three normal canines were euthanized at seven weeks old. Their brains were imaged using identical diffusion tensor imaging protocols on a 7T small-animal magnetic resonance imaging system...
January 1, 2017: Neuroradiology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631553/administration-of-progesterone-throughout-pregnancy-increases-maternal-steroids-without-adverse-effect-on-mature-oligodendrocyte-immunostaining-in-the-guinea-pig
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Julia C Shaw, Hannah K Palliser, Kerrin Palazzi, Jonathan J Hirst
Progesterone is administered to pregnant women at risk of premature labor, despite systematic reviews showing conflicting outcomes regarding its use, highlighting doubt over the effectiveness of the therapy. Progesterone can be rapidly metabolized into a number of steroids, but to date, there has been a lack of investigation into the fetal steroid profiles following administration and whether this impacts fetal neurodevelopment. The objective of this study was to determine the effect of progesterone treatment on allopregnanolone and cortisol levels in the fetus and on a marker of myelination in the fetal brain...
January 1, 2017: Reproductive Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631276/comparison-of-two-different-analysis-approaches-for-dti-free-water-corrected-and-uncorrected-maps-in-the-study-of-white-matter-microstructural-integrity-in-individuals-with-depression
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Maurizio Bergamino, Rayus Kuplicki, Teresa V Victor, Yoon-Hee Cha, Martin P Paulus
Diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) has often been used to examine white matter (WM) tract abnormalities in depressed subjects, but these studies have yielded inconsistent results, probably, due to gender composition or small sample size. In this study, we applied different analysis pipelines to a relatively large sample of individuals with depression to determine whether previous findings in depression can be replicated with these pipelines. We used a "standard" DTI algorithm and maps computed through a free-water (FW) corrected DTI...
June 20, 2017: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631203/assessment-of-mri-contrast-agent-concentration-by-quantitative-susceptibility-mapping-qsm-application-to-estimation-of-cerebral-blood-volume-during-steady-state
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Emelie Lind, Linda Knutsson, Robin Kämpe, Freddy Ståhlberg, Ronnie Wirestam
OBJECTIVE: One major issue in dynamic susceptibility contrast MRI (DSC-MRI) is to accurately determine contrast agent (CA) concentration, since T2* relaxivity in vivo is generally unknown and varies between blood and tissue. In this study, quantitative susceptibility mapping (QSM) was used for quantification of CA concentration. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A DSC-MRI protocol, including phase data acquisition, was applied to 20 healthy volunteers in a test-retest study...
June 19, 2017: Magma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630661/intrainsular-connectivity-and-somatosensory-responsiveness-in-young-children-with-asd
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Michelle D Failla, Brittany R Peters, Haleh Karbasforoushan, Jennifer H Foss-Feig, Kimberly B Schauder, Brynna H Heflin, Carissa J Cascio
BACKGROUND: The human somatosensory system comprises dissociable paths for discriminative and affective touch, reflected in separate peripheral afferent populations and distinct cortical targets. Differences in behavioral and neural responses to affective touch may have an important developmental role in early social experiences, which are relevant for autism spectrum disorder (ASD). METHODS: Using probabilistic tractography, we compared the structural integrity of white matter pathways for discriminative and affective touch in young children with ASD and their typically developing (TD) peers...
2017: Molecular Autism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630233/motor-recovery-prediction-with-clinical-assessment-and-local-diffusion-homogeneity-after-acute-subcortical-infarction
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Gang Liu, Shuangquan Tan, Chao Dang, Kangqiang Peng, Chuanmiao Xie, Shihui Xing, Jinsheng Zeng
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Initial clinical assessment or conventional diffusion tensor imaging parameters alone do not reliably predict poststroke recovery of motor function. Recently, local diffusion homogeneity (LDH) has been proposed to represent the local coherence of water molecule diffusion and can serve as a complementary marker for investigating white matter alterations of the brain. We aimed to determine whether a combination of initial clinical assessment and LDH could predict motor recovery after acute subcortical infarction...
June 19, 2017: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629954/high-resolution-myelin-water-imaging-incorporating-local-tissue-susceptibility-analysis
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Zhe Wu, Hongjian He, Yi Sun, Yiping Du, Jianhui Zhong
Quantitative myelin water imaging (MWI) from signal T2* decay acquired with multiple Gradient-Recalled Echo (mGRE) sequence has been widely used since its first report. A recent study showed that with low resolution data (2mm isotropic voxels), direct application of complex fitting to a three-pool WM model with frequency shift terms could produce more stable parameter estimation for myelin water fraction mapping. MWI maps of higher spatial resolution resulting in more detailed tissue structures and reduced partial volume effects around white matter/gray matter (WM/GM) interface, however, is more desirable...
June 16, 2017: Magnetic Resonance Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629742/statistical-differences-in-the-white-matter-tracts-in-subjects-with-depression-by-using-different-skeletonized-voxel-wise-analysis-approaches-and-dti-fitting-procedures
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Maurizio Bergamino, Madison Farmer, Hung-Wen Yeh, Elisabeth Paul, J Paul Hamilton
Major depressive disorder (MDD) is one of the most significant contributors to the global burden of illness. Diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) is a procedure that has been used in several studies to characterize abnormalities in white matter (WM) microstructural integrity in MDD. These studies, however, have provided divergent findings, potentially due to the large variety of methodological alternatives available in conducting DTI research. In order to determine the importance of different approaches to coregistration of DTI-derived metrics to a standard space, we compared results from two different skeletonized voxel-wise analysis approaches: the standard TBBS pipeline and the Advanced Normalization Tools (ANTs) approach incorporating a symmetric image normalization (SyN) algorithm and a group-wise template (ANTs TBSS)...
June 16, 2017: Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629604/novel-fkrp-mutations-in-a-japanese-mdc1c-sibship-clinically-diagnosed-with-fukuyama-congenital-muscular-dystrophy
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Mieko Yoshioka, Kazuhiro Kobayashi, Tatsushi Toda
INTRODUCTION: Fukuyama congenital muscular dystrophy (FCMD), caused by fukutin mutations, is the most common form of Japanese CMD. We followed a Japanese CMD sibship without fukutin mutation, and herein identified new FKRP mutations causing MDC1C rarely reported in Oriental countries. PATIENTS: Two affected siblings, individuals 1 (I-1, male) and 2 (I-2, female), were born uneventfully to unaffected, non-consanguineous parents. Severe hypotonia was soon apparent and serum CK levels were elevated: I-1: 1025 IU/L (normal range <130 IU/L) and I-2: 5350 IU/L...
June 16, 2017: Brain & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629576/differentiation-of-brain-tumor-related-edema-based-on-3d-t1rho-imaging
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J E Villanueva-Meyer, R F Barajas, M C Mabray, W Chen, A Shankaranarayanan, P Koon, I J Barani, T Tihan, S Cha
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Cerebral edema associated with brain tumors is an important source of morbidity. Its type depends largely on the capillary ultra-structures of the histopathologic subtype of underlying brain tumor. The purpose of our study was to differentiate vasogenic edema associated with brain metastases and infiltrative edema related to diffuse gliomas using quantitative 3D T1 rho (T1ρ) imaging. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Preoperative MR examination including whole brain 3D T1ρ imaging was performed in 23 patients with newly diagnosed brain tumors (9 with metastasis, 8 with lower grade glioma, LGG, 6 with glioblastoma, GBM)...
June 2017: European Journal of Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629404/white-matter-lesions-characterise-brain-involvement-in-moderate-to-severe-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-but-cerebral-atrophy-does-not
#18
Catherine A Spilling, Paul W Jones, James W Dodd, Thomas R Barrick
BACKGROUND: Brain pathology is relatively unexplored in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). This study is a comprehensive investigation of grey matter (GM) and white matter (WM) changes and how these relate to disease severity and cognitive function. METHODS: T1-weighted and fluid-attenuated inversion recovery images were acquired for 31 stable COPD patients (FEV1 52.1% pred., PaO2 10.1 kPa) and 24 age, gender-matched controls. T1-weighted images were segmented into GM, WM and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) tissue classes using a semi-automated procedure optimised for use with this cohort...
June 19, 2017: BMC Pulmonary Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628913/age-dependent-effects-of-alk5-inhibition-and-mechanism-of-neuroprotection-in-neonatal-hypoxic-ischemic-brain-injury
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Brian H Kim, Mariano Guardia Clausi, Michelle Frondelli, Israel C Nnah, Chaitali Saqcena, Radek Dobrowolski, Steven W Levison
Neonatal encephalopathy due to hypoxic-ischemic (HI) brain injury triggers a wave of neuroinflammatory events attributed to causing the progressive degeneration and functional deficits seen weeks after the initial insult. In a recent set of studies, we evaluated the therapeutic efficacy of a small molecule antagonist for ALK5 (activin-like kinase 5 ), TGF-β receptor in a rat model of moderate perinatal HI and found significant improvements in neurologic outcomes. Here, we have extended those studies to evaluate the efficacy of delayed TGF-β receptor antagonism on postnatal day (P) 6 and P9 HI rat pups with and without hypothermia...
June 20, 2017: Developmental Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628911/a-carasil-patient-from-americas-with-novel-mutation-and-atypical-features-case-presentation-and-literature-review
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Muhammad Ibrahimi, Hiroaki Nozaki, Angelica Lee, Osamu Onodera, Raymond Reichwein, Matthew Wicklund, Mohammad El-Ghanem
OBJECTIVE: Reporting a novel mutation in the HTRA1 gene in a CARASIL patient from Americas. METHODS: Clinical presentation and neuroimaging were consistent with CARASIL. HTRA1 DNA sequencing was performed using advanced ("next generation") sequencing technology. The results revealed a homozygous missense mutation as c.616G>A (p.Gly206Arg) in the HTRA1 gene. RESULTS: A 24-year-old man with a history of chronic back pain presented with recurrent ischemic strokes...
June 21, 2017: Cerebrovascular Diseases
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