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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515413/magnetic-susceptibility-changes-in-the-basal-ganglia-and-brain-stem-of-patients-with-wilson-s-disease-evaluation-with-quantitative-susceptibility-mapping
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Selim Doganay, Kazim Gumus, Gonca Koc, Ayse Kacar Bayram, Mehmet Sait Dogan, Duran Arslan, Hakan Gumus, Sureyya Burcu Gorkem, Saliha Ciraci, Halil Ibrahim Serin, Abdulhakim Coskun
OBJECTIVES: Wilson's disease (WD) is characterized with the accumulation of copper in the liver and brain. The objective of this study is to quantitatively measure the susceptibility changes of basal ganglia and brain stem of pediatric patients with neurological WD using quantitative susceptibility mapping (QSM) in comparison to healthy controls. METHODS: Eleven patients with neurological WD (mean age 15 ± 3.3 years, range 10-22 years) and 14 age-matched controls were prospectively recruited...
May 18, 2017: Magnetic Resonance in Medical Sciences: MRMS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506806/selective-associative-phonagnosia-after-right-anterior-temporal-stroke
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Simona Luzzi, Michela Coccia, Gabriele Polonara, Carlo Reverberi, Gabriella Ceravolo, Mauro Silvestrini, Fabio Fringuelli, Sara Baldinelli, Leandro Provinciali, Guido Gainotti
We report the case of a 48 year old men who developed a selective impairment in famous voice recognition after ischemic stroke in right subcortical structures (lenticular nucleus and head of the caudate) and right anterior temporal lobe. He underwent fibrinolytic treatment. During the following days he progressively recovered and was discharged without neurological focal sign. Patent foramen ovale was found. When he got back to his house he noticed that he was unable to recognize the voice of his favoured singers and needed to ask who was the singer to his relatives...
May 12, 2017: Neuropsychologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28487785/pathogenic-variant-in-actb-p-arg183trp-causes-juvenile-onset-dystonia-hearing-loss-and-developmental-delay-without-midline-malformation
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Erin Conboy, Filippo Vairo, Darrel Waggoner, Carole Ober, Soma Das, Radhika Dhamija, Eric W Klee, Pavel Pichurin
ACTB encodes the β-actin, and pathogenic variations in this gene have typically been associated with Baraitser-Winter cerebrofrontofacial syndrome, a congenital malformation syndrome characterized by short stature, craniofacial anomalies, and cerebral anomalies. Here, we describe the third case with the p.Arg183Trp variant in ACTB causing juvenile-onset dystonia. Our patient has severe, intractable dystonia, developmental delay, and sensorineural hearing loss, besides hyperintensities in the caudate nuclei and putamen on the brain MRI, which is a distinct but overlapping phenotype with the previously reported case of identical twins with the same alteration in ACTB...
2017: Case Reports in Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28461138/distribution-of-asic4-transcripts-in-the-adult-wild-type-mouse-brain
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M Hoshikawa, A Kato, H Hojo, Y Shibata, N Kumamoto, M Watanabe, S Ugawa
Acid-sensing ion channel 4 (ASIC4) belongs to the ASIC gene family of neuronal proton-gated cation channels, and is the least understood subtype among the members. Previous studies of ASIC4 expression in the mammalian central nervous system have shown that ASIC4 is abundantly expressed in the spinal cord and in various brain regions, such as the cerebral cortex, the hippocampus, and the cerebellum. However, the detailed distribution of ASIC4 transcripts in mammalian brains still remains to be elucidated. In the present study, radioactive in situ hybridization histochemistry with an ASIC4-specific cRNA probe was performed on wild-type mouse brains, followed by X-gal staining experiments with Asic4-lacZ reporter mice Asic4(tm1a(KOMP)Mbp)...
April 29, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446482/secondary-parkinsonism-in-a-patient-of-psychogenic-polydipsia
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Rimesh Pal, Liza Das, Pinaki Dutta, Anil Bhansali
A 44-year-old man presented with history of slurring of speech, slowness in activities, abnormal posturing of the upper limbs and drooling of saliva from the mouth. He had a 5-yearlong history of compulsive water drinking, consuming 12-15 L of water every day. He was earlier evaluated for the same and found to have low serum sodium (126 mEq/L). Presently, he was admitted at a primary care facility with fever and altered sensorium. He was found to have serum sodium of 94 mEq/L. His sensorium improved with hypertonic saline infusion; however, after a lucid interval of 48 hours, he developed florid extrapyramidal symptoms...
April 26, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441420/mapping-of-the-brain-hemodynamic-responses-to-sensorimotor-stimulation-in-a-rodent-model-a-bold-fmri-study
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Salem Boussida, Amidou S Traoré, Franck Durif
Blood Oxygenation Level Dependent functional MRI (BOLD fMRI) during electrical paw stimulation has been widely used in studies aimed at the understanding of the somatosensory network in rats. However, despite the well-established anatomical connections between cortical and subcortical structures of the sensorimotor system, most of these functional studies have been concentrated on the cortical effects of sensory electrical stimulation. BOLD fMRI study of the integration of a sensorimotor input across the sensorimotor network requires an appropriate methodology to elicit functional activation in cortical and subcortical areas owing to the regional differences in both neuronal and vascular architectures between these brain regions...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425325/macro-and-microstructural-alterations-of-the-subcortical-structures-in-episodic-cluster-headache
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András Király, Nikoletta Szabó, Árpád Párdutz, Eszter Tóth, János Tajti, Gergő Csete, Péter Faragó, Péter Bodnár, Délia Szok, Bernadett Tuka, Éva Pálinkás, Csaba Ertsey, László Vécsei, Zsigmond Tamás Kincses
Background Previous functional and structural imaging studies have revealed that subcortical structures play a key a role in pain processing. The recurring painful episodes might trigger maladaptive plasticity or alternatively degenerative processes that might be detected by MRI as changes in size or microstructure. In the current investigation, we aimed to identify the macro- and microstructural alterations of the subcortical structures in episodic cluster headache. Methods High-resolution T1-weighted and diffusion-weighted MRI images with 60 gradient directions were acquired from 22 patients with cluster headache and 94 healthy controls...
January 1, 2017: Cephalalgia: An International Journal of Headache
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424610/characterizing-brain-iron-deposition-in-patients-with-subcortical-vascular-mild-cognitive-impairment-using-quantitative-susceptibility-mapping-a-potential-biomarker
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Yawen Sun, Xin Ge, Xu Han, Wenwei Cao, Yao Wang, Weina Ding, Mengqiu Cao, Yong Zhang, Qun Xu, Yan Zhou, Jianrong Xu
The presence and pattern of iron accumulation in subcortical vascular mild cognitive impairment (svMCI) and their effects on cognition have rarely been investigated. We aimed to examine brain iron deposition in svMCI subjects using quantitative susceptibility mapping (QSM). Moreover, we aimed to investigate the correlation between brain iron deposition and the severity of cognitive impairment as indicated by z-scores. We recruited 20 subcortical ischemic vascular disease (SIVD) patients who fulfilled the criteria for svMCI...
2017: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408971/long-term-effects-of-maternal-deprivation-on-redox-regulation-in-rat-brain-involvement-of-nadph-oxidase
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Branka Marković, Nevena V Radonjić, Gordana Jevtić, Tihomir Stojković, Milica Velimirović, Milan Aksić, Joko Poleksić, Tatjana Nikolić, Dubravka Aleksić, Vidosava Radonjić, Branislav Filipović, Nataša D Petronijević
Maternal deprivation (MD) causes perinatal stress, with subsequent behavioral changes which resemble the symptoms of schizophrenia. The NADPH oxidase is one of the major generators of reactive oxygen species, known to play a role in stress response in different tissues. The aim of this study was to elucidate the long-term effects of MD on the expression of NADPH oxidase subunits (gp91(phox), p22(phox), p67(phox), p47(phox), and p40(phox)). Activities of cytochrome C oxidase and respiratory chain Complex I, as well as the oxidative stress parameters using appropriate spectrophotometric techniques were analyzed...
2017: Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28404798/alterations-of-functional-connectivity-of-the-motor-cortex-in-fabry-disease-an-rs-fmri-study
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Sirio Cocozza, Antonio Pisani, Gaia Olivo, Francesco Saccà, Lorenzo Ugga, Eleonora Riccio, Silvia Migliaccio, Vincenzo Brescia Morra, Arturo Brunetti, Mario Quarantelli, Enrico Tedeschi
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the presence of functional connectivity (FC) alterations of the motor circuits in patients with Fabry disease (FD) and their possible correlation with clinical variables with a resting-state (RS) fMRI analysis. METHODS: In our cross-sectional study, 32 patients with FD with genetically confirmed classic diagnosis of FD (12 men, mean age 43.3 ± 12.2 years) were enrolled along with 35 healthy controls (HCs) of comparable age and sex (14 men, mean age 42...
May 9, 2017: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28374074/abnormal-subcortical-nuclei-shapes-in-patients-with-type-2-diabetes-mellitus
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Ji Chen, Junxiang Zhang, Xuebing Liu, Xiaoyang Wang, Xiangjin Xu, Hui Li, Bo Cao, Yanqiu Yang, Jingjing Lu, Ziqian Chen
OBJECTIVES: Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) increases the risk of brain atrophy and dementia. We aimed to elucidate deep grey matter (GM) structural abnormalities and their relationships with T2DM cognitive deficits by combining region of interest (ROI)-based volumetry, voxel-based morphometry (VBM) and shape analysis. METHODS: We recruited 23 T2DM patients and 24 age-matched healthy controls to undergo T1-weighted structural MRI scanning. Images were analysed using the three aforementioned methods to obtain deep GM structural shapes and volumes...
April 3, 2017: European Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28361202/swallowing-preparation-and-execution-insights-from-a-delayed-response-functional-magnetic-resonance-imaging-fmri-study
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Jillian A Toogood, Rebecca C Smith, Todd K Stevens, Joe S Gati, Ravi S Menon, Julie Theurer, Sarah Weisz, Rebecca H Affoo, Ruth E Martin
The present study sought to elucidate the functional contributions of sub-regions of the swallowing neural network in swallowing preparation and swallowing motor execution. Seven healthy volunteers participated in a delayed-response, go, no-go functional magnetic resonance imaging study involving four semi-randomly ordered activation tasks: (i) "prepare to swallow," (ii) "voluntary saliva swallow," (iii) "do not prepare to swallow," and (iv) "do not swallow." Results indicated that brain activation was significantly greater during swallowing preparation, than during swallowing execution, within the rostral and intermediate anterior cingulate cortex bilaterally, premotor cortex (left > right hemisphere), pericentral cortex (left > right hemisphere), and within several subcortical nuclei including the bilateral thalamus, caudate, and putamen...
March 30, 2017: Dysphagia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28351446/on-the-relationship-between-head-circumference-brain-size-prenatal-long-chain-pufa-5-methyltetrahydrofolate-supplementation-and-cognitive-abilities-during-childhood
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Andrés Catena, Cristina Martínez-Zaldívar, Carolina Diaz-Piedra, Francisco J Torres-Espínola, Pilar Brandi, Miguel Pérez-García, Tamás Decsi, Berthold Koletzko, Cristina Campoy
Head circumference in infants has been reported to predict brain size, total grey matter volume (GMV) and neurocognitive development. However, it is unknown whether it has predictive value on regional and subcortical brain volumes. We aimed to explore the relationship between several head circumference measurements since birth and distributions of GMV and subcortical volumes at later childhood. We examined seventy-four, Caucasian, singleton, term-born infants born to mothers randomised to receive fish oil and/or 5-methyltetrahydrofolate or placebo prenatal supplementation...
March 29, 2017: British Journal of Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345503/physical-fitness-and-shapes-of-subcortical-brain-structures-in-children
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Francisco B Ortega, Daniel Campos, Cristina Cadenas-Sanchez, Signe Altmäe, Cristina Martínez-Zaldívar, Miguel Martín-Matillas, Andrés Catena, Cristina Campoy
A few studies have recently reported that higher cardiorespiratory fitness is associated with higher volumes of subcortical brain structures in children. It is, however, unknown how different fitness measures relate to shapes of subcortical brain nuclei. We aimed to examine the association of the main health-related physical fitness components with shapes of subcortical brain structures in a sample of forty-four Spanish children aged 9·7 (sd 0·2) years from the NUtraceuticals for a HEALthier life project...
March 27, 2017: British Journal of Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28260392/caudate-precuneus-functional-connectivity-is-associated-with-obesity-preventive-eating-tendency
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Yuko Nakamura, Toshikazu Ikuta
There exists diversity among individuals in difficulty controlling body weight. Body weight control, or obesity prevention, requires cognitive control over ingestive behavior, which may account for the diverse ability of body weight control. The caudate nuclei, especially the dorsal area, have been shown to play critical roles in ingestive behaviors, which significantly influences body weight control. However, the practice of body weight control is dependent on the body weight status, because the current obesity status determines the need for body weight control...
April 2017: Brain Connectivity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28253276/clinical-and-neuroimaging-characteristics-of-chinese-dementia-with-lewy-bodies
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Shuai Liu, Xiao-Dan Wang, Ying Wang, Zhihong Shi, Li Cai, Shuling Liu, Tong Han, Yuying Zhou, Xinping Wang, Shuo Gao, Yong Ji
Dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB) is the second most common subtype of degenerative dementia. To our knowledge, available information about the clinical features of DLB in China remains limited. Our study therefore aimed to address this issue. Thirty-seven Chinese patients with probable DLB were recruited for this study. All subjects underwent neuropsychological assessment by trained neurologists, as well as undergoing MRI, 11C-PIB PET scans for Aβ deposition and 18F-FDG PET scans for regional cerebral glucose metabolism...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221196/fdg-brain-pet-ct-revealing-bilateral-thalamostriatal-activation-during-a-symptomatic-episode-in-a-patient-with-kleine-levin-syndrome
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Clément Drouet, Olivier Morel, Antoine Verger, Eric Guedj, Hatem Boulahdour
We report the case of a 14-year-old girl with clinically diagnosed Kleine-Levin syndrome. Electroencephalogram and brain MRI were unremarkable. An FDG PET/CT scan was acquired during a symptomatic episode, while she was asleep, and another PET scan was obtained when she was asymptomatic, awake, and quiet. Comparison of both examinations demonstrated a bilateral activation of thalami, caudate nuclei, and lenticular nuclei. These findings may be linked to the implication of thalamostriatal structures in the regulation of sleep and wakefulness...
May 2017: Clinical Nuclear Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28159688/altered-regional-connectivity-reflecting-effects-of-different-anaesthesia-protocols-in-the-mouse-brain
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Tong Wu, Joanes Grandjean, Simone C Bosshard, Markus Rudin, David Reutens, Tianzi Jiang
Studies in mice using resting-state functional magnetic resonance imaging (rs-fMRI) have provided opportunities to investigate the effects of pharmacological manipulations on brain function and map the phenotypes of mouse models of human brain disorders. Mouse rs-fMRI is typically performed under anaesthesia, which induces both regional suppression of brain activity and disruption of large-scale neural networks. Previous comparative studies using rodents investigating various drug effects on long-distance functional connectivity (FC) have reported agent-specific FC patterns, however, effects of regional suppression are sparsely explored...
February 1, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078760/a-study-of-volumetric-variations-of-basal-nuclei-in-the-normal-human-brain-by-magnetic-resonance-imaging
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Amal Elkattan, Amal Mahdy, Mohamed Eltomey, Radwa Ismail
Knowledge of the effects of healthy aging on brain structures is necessary to identify abnormal changes due to diseases. Many studies have demonstrated age-related volume changes in the brain using MRI. 60 healthy individuals who had normal MRI aged from 20 years to 80 years were examined and classified into three groups: Group I: 21 persons; nine males and 12 females aging between 20-39 years old. Group II: 22 persons; 11 males and 11 females aging between 40-59 years old. Group III: 17 persons; eight males and nine females aging between 60-80 years old...
January 12, 2017: Clinical Anatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28059631/acute-necrotizing-encephalopathy-causing-human-bocavirus
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Ayse Betul Ergul, Umit Altug, Kursad Aydin, Ahmet Sami Guven, Yasemin Altuner Torun
Acute necrotizing encephalopathy is characterized by multiple, symmetrical lesions involving the thalamus, brainstem, cerebellum, and white matter and develops secondarily to viral infections. Influenza viruses are the most common etiological agents. Here, we present the first case of acute necrotizing encephalopathy to develop secondarily to human bocavirus. A 3-year-old girl presented with fever and altered mental status. She had had a fever, cough, and rhinorrhea for five days. The patient was admitted to the intensive care unit with an initial diagnosis of encephalitis when vomiting, convulsions, and loss of consciousness developed...
April 2017: Neuroradiology Journal
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