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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/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/28618066/assessment-of-ferritin-content-in-multiple-sclerosis-brains-using-temperature-induced-r-2-changes
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Christoph Birkl, Daniele Carassiti, Fariha Hussain, Christian Langkammer, Christian Enzinger, Franz Fazekas, Klaus Schmierer, Stefan Ropele
PURPOSE: Current MRI techniques cannot reliably assess iron content in white matter due to the confounding diamagnetic effect of myelin. The purpose of this study was to validate with histology a novel iron mapping technique that uses the temperature dependency of the paramagnetic susceptibility in multiple sclerosis (MS) brains, where white matter has been reported to show significant variations in iron content. METHODS: We investigated post mortem brain tissue from three MS patients and one control subject...
June 15, 2017: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28616036/correlation-between-white-matter-damage-and-gray-matter-lesions-in-multiple-sclerosis-patients
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Xue-Mei Han, Hong-Ji Tian, Zheng Han, Ce Zhang, Ying Liu, Jie-Bing Gu, Rohit Bakshi, Xia Cao
We observed the characteristics of white matter fibers and gray matter in multiple sclerosis patients, to identify changes in diffusion tensor imaging fractional anisotropy values following white matter fiber injury. We analyzed the correlation between fractional anisotropy values and changes in whole-brain gray matter volume. The participants included 20 patients with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis and 20 healthy volunteers as controls. All subjects underwent head magnetic resonance imaging and diffusion tensor imaging...
May 2017: Neural Regeneration Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28615334/diffusion-weighted-tractography-in-the-common-marmoset-monkey-at-9-4-t
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David J Schaeffer, Ramina Adam, Kyle M Gilbert, Joseph S Gati, Alex X Li, Ravi S Menon, Stefan Everling
The common marmoset (Callithrix jacchus) is a small New World primate that is becoming increasingly popular in the neurosciences as an animal model of preclinical human disease. With several major disorders characterized by alterations in neural white matter (e.g., multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer's, schizophrenia) proposed to be transgenically modelled using marmosets, the ability to reliably isolate and characterize major white matter fiber tracts with MRI will be of utility for evaluating structural brain changes related to disease processes and symptomatology...
June 14, 2017: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611412/fiber-optic-sensor-for-real-time-sensing-of-silica-scale-formation-in-geothermal-water
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Takuya Okazaki, Tatsuya Orii, Akira Ueda, Akiko Ozawa, Hideki Kuramitz
We present a novel fiber optic sensor for real-time sensing of silica scale formation in geothermal water. The sensor is fabricated by removing the cladding of a multimode fiber to expose the core to detect the scale-formation-induced refractive index change. A simple experimental setup was constructed to measure the transmittance response using white light as a source and a spectroscopy detector. A field test was performed on geothermal water containing 980 mg/L dissolved silica at 93 °C in Sumikawa Geothermal Power Plant, Japan...
June 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28609689/a-distinctive-abnormality-of-diffusion-tensor-imaging-parameters-in-the-fornix-of-patients-with-bipolar-ii-disorder
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Akeo Kurumaji, Michio Itasaka, Akihito Uezato, Kazuo Takiguchi, Daisuke Jitoku, Mizue Hobo, Toru Nishikawa
Diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) studies have revealed a changed integrity in the white matter of bipolar disorder. However, only a few investigations have examined bipolar II disorder (BP-II). A cross-sectional study was conducted to compare thirty-eight patients with BP-II (mean age = 38.26 years, F/M = 19/19) with thirty-eight age- and gender-matched healthy controls (mean age = 34.45 years, F/M = 18/20). Tract Based Spatial Statistics (TBSS) analysis of the fractional anisotropy (FA) was done with age, gender and education years as covariates, then a complementary atlas-based region-of-interest (ROI) analysis including the axial diffusivity (AD) and radial diffusivity (RD) was conducted to obtain further information...
June 8, 2017: Psychiatry Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28606862/pathogenicity-profile-of-vibrio-parahaemolyticus-in-farmed-pacific-white-shrimp-penaeus-vannamei
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R Ananda Raja, R Sridhar, C Balachandran, A Palanisammi, S Ramesh, K Nagarajan
A pathobiological study was conducted using Vibrio parahaemolyticus (VP) strain isolated from vibriosis affected shrimp (Penaeus vannamei) farms in Kancheepuram and Thiruvallur districts of Tamil Nadu during August 2014 to February 2015. The isolate was identified based on the morphological, physiological, biochemical and molecular characters. LD50 value with intramuscular injection was determined as 2.6 × 10(4) cfu/shrimp and sequential pathology was studied giving 6.1 × 10(3) cfu/shrimp (LD25). Total plate count (TPC) and total Vibrio count (TVC) in water, pond sediment, haemolymph, muscle, HP and gut were found significantly (P < 0...
June 9, 2017: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28605052/effects-of-pedunculopontine-nucleus-stimulation-on-human-bladder-function
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Holly A Roy, Debbie Pond, Christopher Roy, Beth Forrow, Thomas Foltynie, Ludvic Zrinzo, Harith Akram, Tipu Z Aziz, James J FitzGerald, Alexander L Green
AIMS: The pedunculopontine nucleus (PPN) is a deep brain stimulation target for Parkinson's disease (PD). Unilateral PPN stimulation has been described in a previous case report to provoke urinary frequency, urgency and detrusor overactivity, due to probable activation of the pontine micturition center. Our aim was to evaluate the effect of bilateral PPN DBS on urodynamic parameters and to investigate the likely mechanisms using probabilistic tractography. METHODS: Six male PD subjects with bilateral PPN deep brain stimulators were recruited...
June 12, 2017: Neurourology and Urodynamics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28600739/association-of-longitudinal-white-matter-degeneration-and-cerebrospinal-fluid-biomarkers-of-neurodegeneration-inflammation-and-alzheimer-s-disease-in-late-middle-aged-adults
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Annie M Racine, Andrew P Merluzzi, Nagesh Adluru, Derek Norton, Rebecca L Koscik, Lindsay R Clark, Sara E Berman, Christopher R Nicholas, Sanjay Asthana, Andrew L Alexander, Kaj Blennow, Henrik Zetterberg, Won Hwa Kim, Vikas Singh, Cynthia M Carlsson, Barbara B Bendlin, Sterling C Johnson
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is characterized by substantial neurodegeneration, including both cortical atrophy and loss of underlying white matter fiber tracts. Understanding longitudinal alterations to white matter may provide new insights into trajectories of brain change in both healthy aging and AD, and fluid biomarkers may be particularly useful in this effort. To examine this, 151 late-middle-aged participants enriched with risk for AD with at least one lumbar puncture and two diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) scans were selected for analysis from two large observational and longitudinally followed cohorts...
June 9, 2017: Brain Imaging and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28598683/buffered-romanowsky-giemsa-method-for-formalin-fixed-paraffin-embedded-sections-taming-a-traditional-stain
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D Stefanović, G Samardžija, A Redžek, M Arnaut, Z Nikin, M Stefanović
Romanowsky-Giemsa (RG) stains were devised during the 19th century for identifying plasmodia parasites in blood smears. Later, RG stains became standard procedures for hematology and cytology. Numerous attempts have been made to apply RG staining to formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded tissue sections, with varied success. Most published work on this topic described RG staining methods in which sections were overstained, then subjected to acid differentiation; unfortunately, the differentiation step often caused inconsistent staining outcomes...
June 9, 2017: Biotechnic & Histochemistry: Official Publication of the Biological Stain Commission
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28596117/disrupted-white-matter-structural-networks-in-healthy-older-adults-apoe-%C3%AE%C2%B54-carriers-an-international-multicenter-dti-study
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Enrica Cavedo, Simone Lista, Katrine Rojkova, Patrizia Andrea Chiesa, Marion Houot, Katharina Brueggen, Janusch Blautzik, Arun L W Bokde, Bruno Dubois, Frederik Barkhof, Petra J W Pouwels, Stefan Teipel, Harald Hampel
The ε4 allelic variant of the Apolipoprotein E gene (APOE ε4) is the best-established genetic risk factor for late-onset Alzheimer's disease (AD). White matter (WM) microstructural damages measured with Diffusion Tensor Imaging (DTI) represent an early sign of fiber tract disconnection in AD. We examined the impact of APOEε4 on WM microstructure in elderly individuals from the multicenter European DTI Study on Dementia. Voxelwise statistical analysis of Fractional anisotropy (FA), mean diffusivity, radial and axial diffusivity (MD, radD and axD respectively) was carried out using Tract-Based Spatial Statistics...
June 5, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28595572/white-matter-damage-and-systemic-inflammation-in-parkinson-s-disease
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Pi-Ling Chiang, Hsiu-Ling Chen, Cheng-Hsien Lu, Pei-Chin Chen, Meng-Hsiang Chen, I-Hsiao Yang, Nai-Wen Tsai, Wei-Che Lin
BACKGROUND: Systemic inflammation and white matter (WM) alterations have been noted as effects of Parkinson's disease (PD). This study sought to evaluate WM integrity in PD patients using diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) and to assess its relationship with systemic inflammation. METHODS: Sixty-six patients with PD (23 men and 43 women) and 67 healthy volunteers (29 men and 38 women) underwent blood sampling to quantify inflammatory markers and DTI scans to determine fiber integrity...
June 8, 2017: BMC Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28594979/use-of-corneal-confocal-microscopy-to-evaluate-small-nerve-fibers-in-patients-with-human-immunodeficiency-virus
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Harriet I Kemp, Ioannis N Petropoulos, Andrew S C Rice, Jan Vollert, Christoph Maier, Dietrich Strum, Marc Schargus, Tunde Peto, Scott Hau, Reena Chopra, Rayaz A Malik
Importance: Objective quantification of small fiber neuropathy in patients with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-associated sensory neuropathy (HIV-SN) is difficult but needed for diagnosis and monitoring. In vivo corneal confocal microscopy (IVCCM) can quantify small fiber damage. Objective: To establish whether IVCCM can identify an abnormality in corneal nerve fibers and Langerhans cells in patients with and without HIV-SN. Design, Setting, and Participants: This prospective, cross-sectional cohort study was conducted between July 24, 2015, and September 17, 2015...
June 8, 2017: JAMA Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28594428/compromised-integrity-of-central-visual-pathways-in-patients-with-macular-degeneration
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Maka Malania, Julia Konrad, Herbert Jägle, John S Werner, Mark W Greenlee
Purpose: Macular degeneration (MD) affects the central retina and leads to gradual loss of foveal vision. Although, photoreceptors are primarily affected in MD, the retinal nerve fiber layer (RNFL) and central visual pathways may also be altered subsequent to photoreceptor degeneration. Here we investigate whether retinal damage caused by MD alters microstructural properties of visual pathways using diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance imaging. Methods: Six MD patients and six healthy control subjects participated in the study...
June 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28589258/a-latent-measure-explains-substantial-variance-in-white-matter-microstructure-across-the-newborn-human-brain
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Emma J Telford, Simon R Cox, Sue Fletcher-Watson, Devasuda Anblagan, Sarah Sparrow, Rozalia Pataky, Alan Quigley, Scott I Semple, Mark E Bastin, James P Boardman
A latent measure of white matter microstructure (g WM) provides a neural basis for information processing speed and intelligence in adults, but the temporal emergence of g WM during human development is unknown. We provide evidence that substantial variance in white matter microstructure is shared across a range of major tracts in the newborn brain. Based on diffusion MRI scans from 145 neonates [gestational age (GA) at birth range 23(+2)-41(+5) weeks], the microstructural properties of eight major white matter tracts were calculated using probabilistic neighborhood tractography...
June 6, 2017: Brain Structure & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28587872/validation-of-an-automated-tractography-method-for-the-optic-radiations-as-a-biomarker-of-visual-acuity-in-neurofibromatosis-associated-optic-pathway-glioma
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Peter de Blank, Michael J Fisher, Haley Gittleman, Jill S Barnholtz-Sloan, Chaitra Badve, Jeffrey I Berman
INTRODUCTION: Fractional anisotropy (FA) of the optic radiations has been associated with vision deficit in multiple intrinsic brain pathologies including NF1 associated optic pathway glioma, but hand-drawn regions of interest used in previous tractography methods limit consistency of this potential biomarker. We created an automated method to identify white matter tracts in the optic radiations and compared this method to previously reported hand-drawn tractography. METHOD: Automated tractography of the optic radiation using probabilistic streamline fiber tracking between the lateral geniculate nucleus of the thalamus and the occipital cortex was compared to the hand-drawn method between regions of interest posterior to Meyer's loop and anterior to tract branching near the calcarine cortex...
June 3, 2017: Experimental Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28583883/preferential-susceptibility-of-limbic-cortices-to-microstructural-damage-in-temporal-lobe-epilepsy-a-quantitative-t1-mapping-study
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Boris C Bernhardt, Fatemeh Fadaie, Reinder Vos De Wael, Seok-Jun Hong, Min Liu, Marie C Guiot, David A Rudko, Andrea Bernasconi, Neda Bernasconi
The majority of MRI studies in temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE) have utilized morphometry to map widespread cortical alterations. Morphological markers, such as cortical thickness or grey matter density, reflect combinations of biological events largely driven by overall cortical geometry rather than intracortical tissue properties. Because of its sensitivity to intracortical myelin, quantitative measurement of longitudinal relaxation time (qT1) provides and an in vivo proxy for cortical microstructure. Here, we mapped the regional distribution of qT1 in a consecutive cohort of 24 TLE patients and 20 healthy controls...
June 3, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28580795/effects-of-a-self-directed-nutrition-intervention-among-adults-with-chronic-health-conditions
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Meghan Baruth, Sara Wilcox, Danielle E Jake-Schoffman, Rebecca A Schlaff, Tatum M Goldufsky
Chronic diseases are common among adults. A healthy diet may be beneficial for managing the consequences of such conditions. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effects of a self-directed nutrition program on dietary behaviors among adults with chronic health conditions. As part of a larger trial examining the effects of a self-directed exercise program, participants with arthritis were randomized to a 12-week self-directed exercise or nutrition intervention. Self-reported fruit and vegetable consumption, fat- and fiber-related behaviors were assessed at baseline, 12 weeks, and 9 months...
June 1, 2017: Health Education & Behavior: the Official Publication of the Society for Public Health Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28578630/neuroaxonal-dystrophy-and-cavitating-leukoencephalopathy-of-chihuahua-dogs
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Sara Degl'Innocenti, Nimrod Asiag, Offer Zeira, Cristian Falzone, Carlo Cantile
A novel form of neuroaxonal dystrophy is described in 3 Chihuahua pups, 2 of which were from the same litter. It was characterized not only by accumulation of numerous and widely distributed axonal swellings (spheroids) but also by a severe cavitating leukoencephalopathy. The dogs presented with progressive neurological signs, including gait abnormalities and postural reaction deficits. Magnetic resonance images and gross examination at necropsy revealed dilation of lateral ventricles and cerebral atrophy, accompanied by cavitation of the subcortical white matter...
January 1, 2017: Veterinary Pathology
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