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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28777058/causal-evidence-from-humans-for-the-role-of-mediodorsal-nucleus-of-the-thalamus-in-working-memory
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Jari Peräkylä, Lihua Sun, Kai Lehtimäki, Jukka Peltola, Juha Öhman, Timo Möttönen, Keith H Ogawa, Kaisa M Hartikainen
The mediodorsal nucleus of the thalamus (MD) with its extensive connections to the lateral pFC has been implicated in human working memory and executive functions. However, this understanding is based solely on indirect evidence from human lesion and imaging studies and animal studies. Direct, causal evidence from humans is missing. To obtain direct evidence for MD's role in humans, we studied patients treated with deep brain stimulation (DBS) for refractory epilepsy. This treatment is thought to prevent the generalization of a seizure by disrupting the functioning of the patient's anterior nuclei of the thalamus (ANT) with high-frequency electric stimulation...
August 4, 2017: Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28772144/epileptic-rat-brain-tissue-analyzed-by-2d-correlation-raman-spectroscopy
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Julia Sacharz, Aleksandra Wesełucha-Birczyńska, Janina Zięba-Palus, Marian H Lewandowski, Rafał Kowalski, Katarzyna Palus, Łukasz Chrobok, Paulina Moskal, Malwina Birczyńska, Agnieszka Sozańska
Absence epilepsy is the neurological disorder characterized by the pathological spike-and wave discharges present in the electroencephalogram, accompanying a sudden loss of consciousness. Experiments were performed on brain slices obtained from young male WAG/Rij rats (2-3weeks old), so that they were sampled before the appearance of brain-damaging seizures symptoms. Two differing brain areas of the rats' brain tissue were studied: the somatosensory cortex (Sc) and the dorsal lateral geniculate nucleus of the thalamus (DLG)...
July 25, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28764392/the-pacemaker-role-of-thalamic-reticular-nucleus-in-controlling-spike-wave-discharges-and-spindles
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Denggui Fan, Fucheng Liao, Qingyun Wang
Absence epilepsy, characterized by 2-4 Hz spike-wave discharges (SWDs), can be caused by pathological interactions within the thalamocortical system. Cortical spindling oscillations are also demonstrated to involve the oscillatory thalamocortical rhythms generated by the synaptic circuitry of the thalamus and cortex. This implies that SWDs and spindling oscillations can share the common thalamocortical mechanism. Additionally, the thalamic reticular nucleus (RE) is hypothesized to regulate the onsets and propagations of both the epileptic SWDs and sleep spindles...
July 2017: Chaos
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28752060/sleep-onset-uncovers-thalamic-abnormalities-in-patients-with-idiopathic-generalised-epilepsy
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Andrew P Bagshaw, Joanne R Hale, Brunno M Campos, David T Rollings, Rebecca S Wilson, Marina K M Alvim, Ana Carolina Coan, Fernando Cendes
The thalamus is crucial for sleep regulation and the pathophysiology of idiopathic generalised epilepsy (IGE), and may serve as the underlying basis for the links between the two. We investigated this using EEG-fMRI and a specific emphasis on the role and functional connectivity (FC) of the thalamus. We defined three types of thalamic FC: thalamocortical, inter-hemispheric thalamic, and intra-hemispheric thalamic. Patients and controls differed in all three measures, and during wakefulness and sleep, indicating disorder-dependent and state-dependent modification of thalamic FC...
2017: NeuroImage: Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28666153/electroencephalographic-findings-in-patients-with-circumscribed-thalamic-lesions
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Elene Tsoures, Jan Lewerenz, Elmar Pinkhardt, Albert C Ludolph, Susanne Fauser
INTRODUCTION: Thalamo-cortical networks have mainly been studied in the generation of idiopathic (genetic) epilepsies. The purpose of this study was to analyze EEG patterns and the occurrence of focal (symptomatic) epileptic seizures in patients with acquired circumscribed thalamic lesions. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Among 596 patients with thalamic lesions, we identified 47 patients in whom circumscribed thalamic lesions were detected by MRI and who underwent an EEG examination at the same stay at hospital...
June 15, 2017: Epilepsy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630376/functional-connectivity-disturbances-of-the-ascending-reticular-activating-system-in-temporal-lobe-epilepsy
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Dario J Englot, Pierre-Francois D'Haese, Peter E Konrad, Monica L Jacobs, John C Gore, Bassel W Abou-Khalil, Victoria L Morgan
OBJECTIVE: Seizures in temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE) disturb brain networks and lead to connectivity disturbances. We previously hypothesised that recurrent seizures in TLE may lead to abnormal connections involving subcortical activating structures including the ascending reticular activating system (ARAS), contributing to neocortical dysfunction and neurocognitive impairments. However, no studies of ARAS connectivity have been previously reported in patients with epilepsy. METHODS: We used resting-state functional MRI recordings in 27 patients with TLE (67% right sided) and 27 matched controls to examine functional connectivity (partial correlation) between eight brainstem ARAS structures and 105 cortical/subcortical regions...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28600921/an-exploration-of-the-spectrum-of-peri-ictal-mri-change-a-comprehensive-literature-review
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REVIEW
Jennifer A Williams, Peter Bede, Colin P Doherty
PURPOSE: The aim of this review was to identify published studies in the literature relating to ictal induced MRI change and to identify certain common themes, practical points for clinicians and areas for future research. METHODS: We identified 96 articles that satisfied our inclusion criteria yielding 575 cases. All articles were analysed; number of subjects, spectrum of MRI and EEG change, aetiology, and follow-up (both clinical and imaging) were noted. RESULTS: The most frequent imaging changes were restricted diffusion, T2-hyperintensity and reduced ADC values...
May 31, 2017: Seizure: the Journal of the British Epilepsy Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28576731/quantify-neuromagnetic-network-changes-from-pre-ictal-to-ictal-activities-in-absence-seizures
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Caiyun Wu, Jing Xiang, Jintao Sun, Shuyang Huang, Lu Tang, Ailiang Miao, Yuchen Zhou, Qiqi Chen, Zheng Hu, Xiaoshan Wang
OBJECTIVE: The cortico-thalamo-cortical network plays a key role in childhood absence epilepsy (CAE). However, the exact interaction between the cortex and the thalamus remains incompletely understood. This study aimed to investigate the dynamic changes of frequency-dependent neural networks during the initialization of absence seizures. METHODS: Magnetoencephalography data from 14 patients with CAE were recorded during and between seizures at a sampling rate of 6000Hz and analyzed in seven frequency bands...
May 31, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515273/thalamus-as-a-hub-to-predict-outcome-after-epilepsy-surgery
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EDITORIAL
Barbara C Jobst, Gregory D Cascino
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
June 13, 2017: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515267/presurgical-thalamic-hubness-predicts-surgical-outcome-in-temporal-lobe-epilepsy
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Xiaosong He, Gaelle E Doucet, Dorian Pustina, Michael R Sperling, Ashwini D Sharan, Joseph I Tracy
OBJECTIVE: To characterize the presurgical brain functional architecture presented in patients with temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE) using graph theoretical measures of resting-state fMRI data and to test its association with surgical outcome. METHODS: Fifty-six unilateral patients with TLE, who subsequently underwent anterior temporal lobectomy and were classified as obtaining a seizure-free (Engel class I, n = 35) vs not seizure-free (Engel classes II-IV, n = 21) outcome at 1 year after surgery, and 28 matched healthy controls were enrolled...
June 13, 2017: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28494616/breakdown-of-thalamo-cortical-connectivity-precedes-spike-generation-in-focal-epilepsies
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Vitalie Chiosa, Stanislav A Groppa, Dumitru Ciolac, Nabin Koirala, Liudmila Mişina, Yaroslav Winter, Maria Moldovanu, Muthuraman Muthuraman, Sergiu Groppa
Electroencephalography (EEG) spikes and focal epileptic seizures are generated in circumscribed cerebral networks that have been insufficiently described. For precise time and spatial domain network characterization, we applied in patients with focal epilepsy dense array 256-channel EEG recordings with causal connectivity estimation by using time-resolved partial directed coherence and 3T-magnetic resonance imaging-derived cortical and thalamus integrity reconstruction. Before spike generation, significant theta and alpha bands driven information flows alterations were noted from both temporal and frontal lobes to the thalamus and from the thalamus to the frontal lobe...
June 2017: Brain Connectivity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28491031/control-of-absence-seizures-by-the-thalamic-feed-forward-inhibition
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Mingming Chen, Daqing Guo, Yang Xia, Dezhong Yao
As a subtype of idiopathic generalized epilepsies, absence epilepsy is believed to be caused by pathological interactions within the corticothalamic (CT) system. Using a biophysical mean-field model of the CT system, we demonstrate here that the feed-forward inhibition (FFI) in thalamus, i.e., the pathway from the cerebral cortex (Ctx) to the thalamic reticular nucleus (TRN) and then to the specific relay nuclei (SRN) of thalamus that are also directly driven by the Ctx, may participate in controlling absence seizures...
2017: Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28469569/eliminating-absence-seizures-through-the-deep-brain-stimulation-to-thalamus-reticular-nucleus
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Zhihui Wang, Qingyun Wang
Deep brain stimulation (DBS) can play a crucial role in the modulation of absence seizures, yet relevant biophysical mechanisms are not completely established. In this paper, on the basis of a biophysical mean-field model, we investigate a typical absence epilepsy activity by introducing slow kinetics of GABAB receptors on thalamus reticular nucleus (TRN). We find that the region of spike and slow-wave discharges (SWDs) can be reduced greatly when we add the DBS to TRN. Furthermore, we systematically explore how the corresponding stimulation parameters including frequency, amplitude and positive input duration suppress the SWDs under certain conditions...
2017: Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28462087/identification-of-brain-regions-predicting-epileptogenesis-by-serial-18-f-ge-180-positron-emission-tomography-imaging-of-neuroinflammation-in-a-rat-model-of-temporal-lobe-epilepsy
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Vera Russmann, Matthias Brendel, Erik Mille, Angela Helm-Vicidomini, Roswitha Beck, Lisa Günther, Simon Lindner, Axel Rominger, Michael Keck, Josephine D Salvamoser, Nathalie L Albert, Peter Bartenstein, Heidrun Potschka
Excessive activation of inflammatory signaling pathways seems to be a hallmark of epileptogenesis. Positron emission tomography (PET) allows in vivo detection of brain inflammation with spatial information and opportunities for longitudinal follow-up scanning protocols. Here, we assessed whether molecular imaging of the 18 kDa translocator protein (TSPO) can serve as a biomarker for the development of epilepsy. Therefore, brain uptake of [(18)F]GE-180, a highly selective radioligand of TSPO, was investigated in a longitudinal PET study in a chronic rat model of temporal lobe epilepsy...
2017: NeuroImage: Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28458103/changes-in-the-interictal-and-early-postictal-diffusion-and-perfusion-magnetic-resonance-parameters-in-familial-spontaneous-epileptic-cats
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Yuji Hamamoto, Daisuke Hasegawa, Shunta Mizoguchi, Yoshihiko Yu, Masae Wada, Takayuki Kuwabara, Aki Fujiwara-Igarashi, Michio Fujita
OBJECTIVE: The familial spontaneous epileptic cat (FSEC) is thought to be a good genetic model of mesial temporal lobe epilepsy. In the current study, cerebral diffusion and perfusion magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) were used to confirm the functional deficit zone in the FSEC and evaluate the effect of a single seizure on different brain regions. METHODS: Six FSECs and six healthy control cats were used in this study. MRI was performed in the interictal state (resting state for control) and postictal state immediately after the vestibular stimulation-induced generalized epileptic seizure (control cats received the same stimulation as the FSECs)...
April 23, 2017: Epilepsy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448683/magnetic-resonance-imaging-connectivity-for-the-prediction-of-seizure-outcome-in-temporal-lobe-epilepsy
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Victoria L Morgan, Dario J Englot, Baxter P Rogers, Bennett A Landman, Ahmet Cakir, Bassel W Abou-Khalil, Adam W Anderson
OBJECTIVE: Currently, approximately 60-70% of patients with unilateral temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE) remain seizure-free 3 years after surgery. The goal of this work was to develop a presurgical connectivity-based biomarker to identify those patients who will have an unfavorable seizure outcome 1-year postsurgery. METHODS: Resting-state functional and diffusion-weighted 3T magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) was acquired from 22 unilateral (15 right, 7 left) patients with TLE and 35 healthy controls...
July 2017: Epilepsia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444426/investigation-of-altered-microstructure-in-patients-with-drug-refractory-epilepsy-using-diffusion-tensor-imaging
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Yuwei Jiang, Lingyan Mao, Xu Yan, Mingxia Fan, Xin Wang, Jing Ding, Dongrong Xu
PURPOSE: The risk of refractory epilepsy can be more dangerous than the adverse effect caused by medical treatment. In this study, we employed voxel-wise analysis (VWA) and tract-based spatial statistics (TBSS) methods to measure microstructural changes using diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) in patients of drug refractory epilepsy (DRE) who had been epileptic for more than 10 years. METHODS: To examine the specific microstructural abnormalities in DRE patients and its difference from medically controlled epilepsy (MCE), we acquired DTI data of 7 DRE patients, 37 MCE patients, and 31 healthy controls (HCs) using a 3 T MRI scanner...
April 25, 2017: Neuroradiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436624/-mechanisms-of-histamine-ameliorating-memory-impairment-induced-by-pentylenetetrazole-kindling-epilepsy-in-rats
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Lisan Zhang, Guanfeng Chen, Jiefang Chen, Xudong He, Xingyue Hu
Objective: To investigate the effects of neuronal histamine on spatial memory acquisition impairment in rats with pentylenetetrazole-kindling epilepsy, and to explore its mechanisms. Methods: A subconvulsive dose of pentylenetetrazole (35 mg/kg) was intraperitoneally injected in rats every 48 h to induce chemical kindling until fully kindled. Morris water maze was used to measure the spatial memory acquisition of the rats one week after fully pentylenetetrazole-kindled, and the histamine contents in different brain areas were measured spectrofluorometrically...
January 25, 2017: Zhejiang da Xue Xue Bao. Yi Xue Ban, Journal of Zhejiang University. Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429607/thalamic-hemorrhagic-stroke-in-the-term-newborn-a-specific-neonatal-syndrome-with-non-uniform-outcome
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Laura Merlini, Sylviane Hanquinet, Joel Fluss
BACKGROUND: Neonatal thalamic hemorrhagic stroke is related to cerebral sinus venous thrombosis and associated with neurological sequelae. Predicting factors are however lacking. METHODS: Clinical and radiological findings at onset and on follow-up of 5 neonates with thalamic hemorrhage stroke are described. RESULTS: All neonates presented with abrupt lethargy, ophistotonos, irritability and/or seizures. The thalamic hemorrhagic stroke was most often unilateral (4/5), involving the posterior/entire thalamus in 3 cases and the anterior thalamus in 2...
July 2017: Journal of Child Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427841/localized-shape-abnormalities-in-the-thalamus-and-pallidum-are-associated-with-secondarily-generalized-seizures-in-mesial-temporal-lobe-epilepsy
#20
Linglin Yang, Hong Li, Lujia Zhu, Xinfeng Yu, Bo Jin, Cong Chen, Shan Wang, Meiping Ding, Minming Zhang, Zhong Chen, Shuang Wang
Mesial temporal lobe epilepsy (mTLE) is a common type of drug-resistant epilepsy and secondarily generalized tonic-clonic seizures (sGTCS) have devastating consequences for patients' safety and quality of life. To probe the mechanism underlying the genesis of sGTCS, we investigated the structural differences between patients with and without sGTCS in a cohort of mTLE with radiologically defined unilateral hippocampal sclerosis. We performed voxel-based morphometric analysis of cortex and vertex-wise shape analysis of subcortical structures (the basal ganglia and thalamus) on MRI of 39 patients (21 with and 18 without sGTCS)...
May 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
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