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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430974/using-transcranial-magnetic-stimulation-of-the-undamaged-brain-to-identify-lesion-sites-that-predict-language-outcome-after-stroke
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Diego L Lorca-Puls, Andrea Gajardo-Vidal, Mohamed L Seghier, Alexander P Leff, Varun Sethi, Susan Prejawa, Thomas M H Hope, Joseph T Devlin, Cathy J Price
Transcranial magnetic stimulation focused on either the left anterior supramarginal gyrus or opercular part of the left inferior frontal gyrus has been reported to transiently impair the ability to perform phonological more than semantic tasks. Here we tested whether phonological processing abilities were also impaired following lesions to these regions in right-handed, English speaking adults, who were investigated at least 1 year after a left-hemisphere stroke. When our regions of interest were limited to 0...
April 18, 2017: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427989/egocentric-and-allocentric-visuospatial-working-memory-in-premotor-huntington-s-disease-a-double-dissociation-with-caudate-and-hippocampal-volumes
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Katherine L Possin, Hosung Kim, Michael D Geschwind, Tacie Moskowitz, Erica T Johnson, Sharon J Sha, Alexandra Apple, Duan Xu, Bruce L Miller, Steven Finkbeiner, Christopher P Hess, Joel H Kramer
Our brains represent spatial information in egocentric (self-based) or allocentric (landmark-based) coordinates. Rodent studies have demonstrated a critical role for the caudate in egocentric navigation and the hippocampus in allocentric navigation. We administered tests of egocentric and allocentric working memory to individuals with premotor Huntington's disease (pmHD), which is associated with early caudate nucleus atrophy, and controls. Each test had 80 trials during which subjects were asked to remember 2 locations over 1-sec delays...
April 17, 2017: Neuropsychologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417965/distinct-subtypes-of-alzheimer-s-disease-based-on-patterns-of-brain-atrophy-longitudinal-trajectories-and-clinical-applications
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Daniel Ferreira, Chloë Verhagen, Juan Andrés Hernández-Cabrera, Lena Cavallin, Chun-Jie Guo, Urban Ekman, J-Sebastian Muehlboeck, Andrew Simmons, José Barroso, Lars-Olof Wahlund, Eric Westman
Atrophy patterns on MRI can reliably predict three neuropathological subtypes of Alzheimer's disease (AD): typical, limbic-predominant, or hippocampal-sparing. A method to enable their investigation in the clinical routine is still lacking. We aimed to (1) validate the combined use of visual rating scales for identification of AD subtypes; (2) characterise these subtypes at baseline and over two years; and (3) investigate how atrophy patterns and non-memory cognitive domains contribute to memory impairment...
April 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408865/tau-pathology-distribution-in-alzheimer-s-disease-corresponds-differentially-to-cognition-relevant-functional-brain-networks
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Oskar Hansson, Michel J Grothe, Tor Olof Strandberg, Tomas Ohlsson, Douglas Hägerström, Jonas Jögi, Ruben Smith, Michael Schöll
Neuropathological studies have shown that the typical neurofibrillary pathology of hyperphosphorylated tau protein in Alzheimer's disease (AD) preferentially affects specific brain regions whereas others remain relatively spared. It has been suggested that the distinct regional distribution profile of tau pathology in AD may be a consequence of the intrinsic network structure of the human brain. The spatially distributed brain regions that are most affected by the spread of tau pathology may hence reflect an interconnected neuronal system...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28406779/classic-raymond-syndrome
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Majid Khan, Sadaf Naveed, Iqbal Haider, Mohammad Humayun, Abidullah Khan
Classic Raymond syndrome presents with abducens nerve palsy on the ipsilateral side with contralateral hemiparesis and facial nerve paralysis. A 60-year gentleman presented with deviation of left angle of mouth and right sided weakness. Examination showed that he had left sided abducens nerve palsy, with contralateral central facial paralysis and paresis. MRI of brain confirmed left pontine infarct. These findings were consistent with classic Raymond syndrome. Till now, only a few cases have been reported worldwide, this being the first case reported in South Asia...
March 2017: Journal of the College of Physicians and Surgeons—Pakistan: JCPSP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28405869/long-term-neuropsychological-follow-up-of-young-children-with-medulloblastoma-treated-with-sequential-high-dose-chemotherapy-and-irradiation-sparing-approach
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Taryn B Fay-McClymont, Danielle M Ploetz, Don Mabbott, Karin Walsh, Amy Smith, Susan N Chi, Elizabeth Wells, Jennifer Madden, Ashley Margol, Jonathan Finlay, Mark W Kieran, Douglas Strother, Girish Dhall, Roger J Packer, Nicholas K Foreman, E Bouffet, Lucie Lafay-Cousin
High-dose chemotherapy (HDC) strategies were developed in brain tumor protocols for young children to prevent neuropsychological (NP) impairments associated with radiotherapy. However, comprehensive NP evaluations of these children treated with such strategies remain limited. We examined the long-term neurocognitive outcomes of young children (<6 years) with medulloblastoma, treated similarly, with a HDC strategy "according to" the chemotherapy regimen of the protocol CCG 99703. This retrospective study included young children less than 6 years of age at diagnosis of medulloblastoma treated from 1998 to 2011 at 7 North American institutions...
April 12, 2017: Journal of Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28399433/embodied-emotion-impairment-in-huntington-s-disease
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Iris Trinkler, Sévérine Devignevielle, Amal Achaibou, Romain V Ligneul, Pierre Brugières, Laurent Cleret de Langavant, Beatrice De Gelder, Rachael Scahill, Sophie Schwartz, Anne-Catherine Bachoud-Lévi
Theories of embodied cognition suggest that perceiving an emotion involves somatovisceral and motoric re-experiencing. Here we suggest taking such an embodied stance when looking at emotion processing deficits in patients with Huntington's Disease (HD), a neurodegenerative motor disorder. The literature on these patients' emotion recognition deficit has recently been enriched by some reports of impaired emotion expression. The goal of the study was to find out if expression deficits might be linked to a more motoric level of impairment...
March 18, 2017: Cortex; a Journal Devoted to the Study of the Nervous System and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28398638/a-functional-screening-of-the-kinome-identifies-the-polo-like-kinase-4-as-a-potential-therapeutic-target-for-malignant-rhabdoid-tumors-and-possibly-other-embryonal-tumors-of-the-brain
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Simone Treiger Sredni, Mario Suzuki, Jian-Ping Yang, Jacek Topczewski, Anders W Bailey, Tufan Gokirmak, Jeffrey N Gross, Alexandre de Andrade, Akihide Kondo, David R Piper, Tadanori Tomita
PURPOSE: Malignant rhabdoid tumors (MRTs) are deadly embryonal tumors of the infancy. With poor survival and modest response to available therapies, more effective and less toxic treatments are needed. We hypothesized that a systematic screening of the kinome will reveal kinases that drive rhabdoid tumors and can be targeted by specific inhibitors. METHODS: We individually mutated 160 kinases in a well-characterized rhabdoid tumor cell line (MON) using lentiviral clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR)/CRISPR-associated protein 9 (Cas9)...
April 11, 2017: Pediatric Blood & Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28387450/severe-demyelination-in-a-patient-with-a-late-infantile-form-of-niemann-pick-disease-type-c
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Tsuyoshi Kodachi, Shizuko Matsumoto, Masashi Mizuguchi, Hitoshi Osaka, Nobuyuki Kanai, Eiji Nanba, Kousaku Ohno, Takanori Yamagata
Niemann-Pick disease type C (NPC) is a cholesterol storage disease caused by defective cellular cholesterol transportation. The onset and progression of NPC are variable, and autopsy findings have mainly been reported for the adult and juvenile forms of this disease. Here we report the clinical and pathological findings from a 9-year-old female patient with the late infantile form of NPC due to NPC1 gene mutation. She had notable splenomegaly at 4 months of age. She lost the ability to speak at 18 months of age...
April 7, 2017: Neuropathology: Official Journal of the Japanese Society of Neuropathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28384262/dosimetric-effects-of-sectional-adjustments-of-collimator-angles-on-volumetric-modulated-arc-therapy-for-irregularly-shaped-targets
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Beom Seok Ahn, So-Yeon Park, Jong Min Park, Chang Heon Choi, Minsoo Chun, Jung-In Kim
PURPOSE: To calculate an optimal collimator angle at each of sectional arcs in a full-arc volumetric modulated arc therapy (VMAT) plan and evaluate dosimetric quality of these VMAT plans comparing full-arc VMAT plans with a fixed collimator angle. METHODS: Seventeen patients who had irregularly-shaped target in abdominal, head and neck, and chest cases were selected retrospectively. To calculate an optimal collimator angle at each of sectional arcs in VMAT, integrated MLC apertures which could cover all shapes of target determined by beam's-eye view (BEV) within angular sections were obtained for each VMAT plan...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28375836/childhood-primary-large-vessel-cns-vasculitis-single-centre-experience-and-review-of-the-literature
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Sonja Walsh, Ralf Knöfler, Gabriele Hahn, Judith Lohse, Reinhard Berner, Sebastian Brenner, Martin Smitka, Maja von der Hagen, Christian M Hedrich
Ischaemic brain injuries are rare conditions in the paediatric age group. Main causes include non-arteriosclerotic arteriopathies, which in childhood usually result from primary vasculitis of large or small vessels and lead to impaired perfusion and subsequent ischaemic brain lesions. In accordance with the nomenclature of systemic forms, CNS vasculitis is subdivided into groups, based on the size of affected vessels: angiography-positive primary angiitis of medium sized and large vessels (pPACNS), and angiography-negative angiitis of small vessels (svPACNS)...
March 28, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28375078/a-causal-relationship-between-face-patch-activity-and-face-detection-behavior
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Srivatsun Sadagopan, Wilbert Zarco, Winrich A Freiwald
The primate brain contains distinct areas densely populated by face-selective neurons. One of these, face-patch ML, contains neurons selective for contrast relationships between face parts. Such contrast-relationships can serve as powerful heuristics for face detection. However, it is unknown whether neurons with such selectivity actually support face-detection behavior. Here, we devised a naturalistic face-detection task and combined it with fMRI-guided pharmacological inactivation of ML to test whether ML is of critical importance for real-world face detection...
April 4, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28368450/long-term-neonatal-estrogen-exposure-causes-irreversible-inhibition-of-lh-pulses-by-suppressing-arcuate-kisspeptin-expression-via-estrogen-receptors-%C3%AE-and-%C3%AE-in-female-rodents
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Shiori Minabe, Nahoko Ieda, Youki Watanabe, Naoko Inoue, Yoshihisa Uenoyama, Kei-Ichiro Maeda, Hiroko Tsukamura
Exposure to estrogen during the developmental period causes reproductive dysfunction in mammals, as the developing brain is highly sensitive to estrogens. Here we report that long-term exposure to supraphysiological doses of estrogen during the neonatal critical period causes an irreversible suppression of Kiss1/kisspeptin expression in the arcuate nucleus (ARC) via the estrogen receptor alpha (ERα) and ERβ, resulting in reproductive dysfunction in female rats. Daily estradiol-benzoate (EB) administration from days 0 to 10 postpartum caused persistent vaginal diestrus in female rats...
March 29, 2017: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28367972/a-brain-sparing-diphtheria-toxin-for-chemical-genetic-ablation-of-peripheral-cell-lineages
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Mafalda M A Pereira, Inês Mahú, Elsa Seixas, Noelia Martinéz-Sánchez, Nadiya Kubasova, Roksana M Pirzgalska, Paul Cohen, Marcelo O Dietrich, Miguel López, Gonçalo J L Bernardes, Ana I Domingos
Conditional expression of diphtheria toxin receptor (DTR) is widely used for tissue-specific ablation of cells. However, diphtheria toxin (DT) crosses the blood-brain barrier, which limits its utility for ablating peripheral cells using Cre drivers that are also expressed in the central nervous system (CNS). Here we report the development of a brain-sparing DT, termed BRAINSPAReDT, for tissue-specific genetic ablation of cells outside the CNS. We prevent blood-brain barrier passage of DT through PEGylation, which polarizes the molecule and increases its size...
April 3, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28365885/the-spectrum-of-vestibular-and-ocular-motor-abnormalities-in-thiamine-deficiency
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REVIEW
Jorge C Kattah
PURPOSE: The first aim of this review is to summarize recent ocular motor signs in pre-encephalopathy patients with nutritional deficiency at risk of thiamine deficiency. Timely recognition of thiamine depletion in these patients, who may have a normal brain MRI, could lead to appropriate management and prevention of Wernicke's encephalopathy (WE) with full recovery. The second aim is to incorporate recent diagnostic testing on the revised WE diagnostic criteria and the identification of patients who may show slow, partial, or no response to treatment...
May 2017: Current Neurology and Neuroscience Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28362365/a-mouse-model-of-fatigue-induced-by-peripheral-irradiation
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Brian S Wolff, Michael A Renner, Danielle A Springer, Leorey N Saligan
Cancer-related fatigue (CRF) is a distressing and costly condition that often affects patients receiving cancer treatments, including radiation therapy. Here we describe a method using targeted peripheral irradiation to induce fatigue-like behavior in mice. With appropriate shielding, the irradiation targets the lower abdominal/pelvic region of the mouse, sparing the brain, in an effort to model radiation treatment received by individuals with pelvic cancers. We deliver an irradiation dose that is sufficient to induce fatigue-like behavior in mice, measured by voluntary wheel-running activity (VWRA), without causing obvious morbidity...
March 17, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28360842/neuroplastic-changes-following-brain-ischemia-and-their-contribution-to-stroke-recovery-novel-approaches-in-neurorehabilitation
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REVIEW
Claudia Alia, Cristina Spalletti, Stefano Lai, Alessandro Panarese, Giuseppe Lamola, Federica Bertolucci, Fabio Vallone, Angelo Di Garbo, Carmelo Chisari, Silvestro Micera, Matteo Caleo
Ischemic damage to the brain triggers substantial reorganization of spared areas and pathways, which is associated with limited, spontaneous restoration of function. A better understanding of this plastic remodeling is crucial to develop more effective strategies for stroke rehabilitation. In this review article, we discuss advances in the comprehension of post-stroke network reorganization in patients and animal models. We first focus on rodent studies that have shed light on the mechanisms underlying neuronal remodeling in the perilesional area and contralesional hemisphere after motor cortex infarcts...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28360836/genetic-tracing-of-cav3-2-t-type-calcium-channel-expression-in-the-peripheral-nervous-system
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Yinth A Bernal Sierra, Julia Haseleu, Alexey Kozlenkov, Valérie Bégay, Gary R Lewin
Characterizing the distinct functions of the T-type ion channel subunits Cav3.1, 3.2 or 3.3 has proven difficult due to their highly conserved amino-acid sequences and the lack of pharmacological blockers specific for each subunit. To precisely determine the expression pattern of the Cav3.2 channel in the nervous system we generated two knock-in mouse strains that express EGFP or Cre recombinase under the control of the Cav3.2 gene promoter. We show that in the brains of these animals, the Cav3.2 channel is predominantly expressed in the dentate gyrus of the hippocampus...
2017: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341199/quantitative-magnetic-resonance-diffusion-weighted-imaging-evaluation-of-the-supratentorial-brain-regions-in-patients-diagnosed-with-brainstem-variant-of-posterior-reversible-encephalopathy-syndrome-a-preliminary-study
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Tai-Yuan Chen, Te-Chang Wu, Ching-Chung Ko, I-Jung Feng, Yu-Kun Tsui, Chien-Jen Lin, Jeon-Hor Chen, Ching-Po Lin
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome (PRES) is a clinicoradiologic entity with several causes, characterized by rapid onset of symptoms and typical neuroimaging features, which usually resolve if promptly recognized and treated. Brainstem variant of PRES presents with vasogenic edema in brainstem regions on magnetic resonance (MR) images and there is sparing of the supratentorial regions. Because PRES is usually caused by a hypertensive crisis, which would likely have a systemic effect and global manifestations on the brain tissue, we thus proposed that some microscopic abnormalities of the supratentorial regions could be detected with diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) using apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) analysis in brainstem variant of PRES and hypothesized that "normal-looking" supratentorial regions will increase water diffusion...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340924/hippocampal-sparing-whole-brain-radiotherapy-for-lung-cancer
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REVIEW
Ren Zhao, Wei Kong, Jun Shang, Hong Zhe, Yan-Yang Wang
Brain metastases occur in 20% to 40% of lung cancer patients. Whole-brain radiotherapy (WBRT) has long been considered the treatment of choice for many patients with lung cancer, because of its wide availability, ease of delivery, and effectiveness in prolonging survival. However, WBRT is also associated with several side effects, such as decline in memory and other cognitive functions. There exists significant preclinical and clinical evidence that radiation-induced injury to the hippocampus correlates with neurocognitive decline of patients who receive WBRT...
March 2017: Clinical Lung Cancer
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