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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811520/chronic-post-stroke-aphasia-severity-is-determined-by-fragmentation-of-residual-white-matter-networks
#1
Barbara K Marebwa, Julius Fridriksson, Grigori Yourganov, Lynda Feenaughty, Chris Rorden, Leonardo Bonilha
Many stroke survivors with aphasia in the acute period experience spontaneous recovery within the first six months after the stroke. However, approximately 30-40% sustain permanent aphasia and the factors determining incomplete recovery are unclear. Suboptimal recovery may be influenced by disruption of areas seemingly spared by the stroke due to loss of white matter connectivity and network integrity. We reconstructed individual anatomical whole-brain connectomes from 90 left hemisphere stroke survivors using diffusion MR images...
August 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800740/neurocognitive-sparing-of-desktop-microbeam-irradiation
#2
Soha Bazyar, Christina R Inscoe, Thad Benefield, Lei Zhang, Jianping Lu, Otto Zhou, Yueh Z Lee
BACKGROUND: Normal tissue toxicity is the dose-limiting side effect of radiotherapy. Spatial fractionation irradiation techniques, like microbeam radiotherapy (MRT), have shown promising results in sparing the normal brain tissue. Most MRT studies have been conducted at synchrotron facilities. With the aim to make this promising treatment more available, we have built the first desktop image-guided MRT device based on carbon nanotube x-ray technology. In the current study, our purpose was to evaluate the effects of MRT on the rodent normal brain tissue using our device and compare it with the effect of the integrated equivalent homogenous dose...
August 11, 2017: Radiation Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28760560/hippocampal-dose-from-stereotactic-radiosurgery-for-4-to-10-brain-metastases-risk-factors-feasibility-of-dose-reduction-via-re-optimization-and-patient-outcomes
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Samuel R Birer, Adam C Olson, Justus Adamson, Rodney Hood, Matthew Susen, Grace Kim, Joseph K Salama, John P Kirkpatrick
This study aimed to report hippocampal dose from single-fraction stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) for 4 to 10 brain metastases and determine feasibility of hippocampal-sparing SRS. Patients with 4 to 10 brain metastases receiving single-isocenter, multi-target single-fraction SRS were identified. Hippocampi were contoured using the Radiation Therapy Oncology Group (RTOG) 0933 atlas. RTOG 0933 dose constraints were converted to a biologically effective dose using an alpha/beta of 2 (D100 421 cGy, Dmax 665 cGy)...
July 28, 2017: Medical Dosimetry: Official Journal of the American Association of Medical Dosimetrists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28757203/biallelic-mutations-in-lipt2-cause-a-mitochondrial-lipoylation-defect-associated-with-severe-neonatal-encephalopathy
#4
Florence Habarou, Yamina Hamel, Tobias B Haack, René G Feichtinger, Elise Lebigot, Iris Marquardt, Kanetee Busiah, Cécile Laroche, Marine Madrange, Coraline Grisel, Clément Pontoizeau, Monika Eisermann, Audrey Boutron, Dominique Chrétien, Bernadette Chadefaux-Vekemans, Robert Barouki, Christine Bole-Feysot, Patrick Nitschke, Nicolas Goudin, Nathalie Boddaert, Ivan Nemazanyy, Agnès Delahodde, Stefan Kölker, Richard J Rodenburg, G Christoph Korenke, Thomas Meitinger, Tim M Strom, Holger Prokisch, Agnes Rotig, Chris Ottolenghi, Johannes A Mayr, Pascale de Lonlay
Lipoate serves as a cofactor for the glycine cleavage system (GCS) and four 2-oxoacid dehydrogenases functioning in energy metabolism (α-oxoglutarate dehydrogenase [α-KGDHc] and pyruvate dehydrogenase [PDHc]), or amino acid metabolism (branched-chain oxoacid dehydrogenase, 2-oxoadipate dehydrogenase). Mitochondrial lipoate synthesis involves three enzymatic steps catalyzed sequentially by lipoyl(octanoyl) transferase 2 (LIPT2), lipoic acid synthetase (LIAS), and lipoyltransferase 1 (LIPT1). Mutations in LIAS have been associated with nonketotic hyperglycinemia-like early-onset convulsions and encephalopathy combined with a defect in mitochondrial energy metabolism...
August 3, 2017: American Journal of Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736661/brain-tumor-delineation-enhanced-by-moxifloxacin-based-two-photon-cars-combined-microscopy
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Viet-Hoan Le, Su Woong Yoo, Yeoreum Yoon, Taejun Wang, Bumju Kim, Seunghun Lee, Kyung-Hwa Lee, Ki Hean Kim, Euiheon Chung
Delineating brain tumor margin is critical for maximizing tumor removal while sparing adjacent normal tissue for better clinical outcome. We describe the use of moxifloxacin-based two-photon (TP)/coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering (CARS) combined microscopy for differentiating normal mouse brain tissue from metastatic brain tumor tissue based on histoarchitectural and biochemical differences. Moxifloxacin, an FDA-approved compound, was used to label cells in the brain, and moxifloxacin-based two-photon microscopy (TPM) revealed tumor lesions with significantly high cellular density and invading edges in a metastatic brain tumor model...
April 1, 2017: Biomedical Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736585/late-onset-asymptomatic-pancreatic-neuroendocrine-tumor-a-case-report-on-the-phenotypic-expansion-for-men1
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Charu Kaiwar, Sarah K Macklin, Jennifer M Gass, Jessica Jackson, Eric W Klee, Stephanie L Hines, John A Stauffer, Paldeep S Atwal
BACKGROUND: Multiple endocrine neoplasia type 1 (MEN1) is a hereditary cancer syndrome associated with several endocrine as well as non-endocrine tumors and is caused by mutations in the MEN1 gene. Primary hyperparathyroidism affects the majority of MEN1 individuals by age 50 years. Additionally, MEN1 mutations trigger familial isolated hyperparathyroidism. We describe a seemingly unaffected 76-year-old female who presented to our Genetics Clinic with a family history of primary hyperparathyroidism and the identification of a pathogenic MEN1 variant...
2017: Hereditary Cancer in Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732667/contribution-of-bdnf-trkb-signalling-in-the-racc-to-the-development-of-pain-related-aversion-via-activation-of-erk-in-rats-with-spared-nerve-injury
#7
Xu Wang, Le Zhang, Yufeng Zhan, Dengping Li, Yuangui Zhang, Gongming Wang, Mengyuan Zhang
The rostral anterior cingulate cortex (rACC) is a key structure in mediating the negative affective component of chronic pain. Brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) is known to play a critical role in activity-dependent synaptic plasticity, learning and memory. It has been shown that BDNF signalling in the rACC might be involved in spontaneous pain-related aversion, but its underlying mechanism is still largely unknown. To address this question, we measured the mRNA and protein levels of BDNF in the rACC after nerve injury and found that BDNF expression was markedly higher in nerve-injured rats than in controls...
July 18, 2017: Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731267/heuristic-knowledge-based-planning-for-single-isocenter-stereotactic-radiosurgery-to-multiple-brain-metastases
#8
Benjamin P Ziemer, Parag Sanghvi, Jona Hattangadi-Gluth, Kevin L Moore
PURPOSE: Single-isocenter, volumetric modulated arc therapy (VMAT) stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) for multiple brain metastases (multi-mets) can deliver highly conformal dose distributions and reduce overall patient treatment time compared to other techniques. However, treatment planning for multi-met cases is highly complex due to variability in numbers and sizes of brain metastases, as well as their relative proximity to organs-at-risk (OARs). The purpose of this study was to automate the VMAT planning of multi-met cases through a knowledge-based planning (KBP) approach that adapts single target SRS dose predictions to multiple target predictions...
July 21, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731079/a-polymeric-temozolomide-nanocomposite-against-orthotopic-glioblastoma-xenograft-tumor-specific-homing-directed-by-nestin
#9
Suma Prabhu, Jayant Sastri Goda, Srinivas Mutalik, Bhabani Shankar Mohanty, Pradip Chaudhari, Sharada Rai, Nayanabhirama Udupa, Bola Sadashiva Satish Rao
The development of effective therapeutic strategies for glioblastoma faces challenges such as modulating the blood brain barrier (BBB) for drug influx and selectively targeting tumor cells. Nanocarrier drug delivery strategies are functionalized to enhance vascular permeability. We engineered superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticle (SPION) based polymeric nanocomposites (84.37 ± 12.37 nm / 101.56 ± 7.42 nm) embedding temozolomide (TMZ) targeted against glioblastoma by tagging an antibody against nestin, a stem cell marker, and transferrin / polysorbate-80 to permeate the BBB...
August 3, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731074/left-hippocampus-sparing-whole-brain-radiotherapy-wbrt-a-planning-study
#10
Tomas Kazda, Miroslav Vrzal, Tomas Prochazka, Petr Dvoracek, Petr Burkon, Petr Pospisil, Adam Dziacky, Tomas Nikl, Radim Jancalek, Pavel Slampa, Radek Lakomy
AIMS: Unilateral sparing of the dominant (left) hippocampus during whole brain radiotherapy (WBRT) could mitigate cognitive decline, especially verbal memory, similar to the widely investigated bilateral hippocampus avoidance (HA-WBRT). The aim of this planning study is dosimetrical comparison of HA-WBRT with only left hippocampus sparing (LHA-WBRT) plans. METHODS: HA-WBRT plans for 10 patients were prepared in accordance with RTOG 0933 trial and served as baseline for comparisons with several LHA-WBRT plans prepared with an effort: 1) to maintain the same left hippocampus dosimetry ("BEST PTV") and 2) to maintain same dosimetry in planning target volume as in HA-WBRT ("BEST LH")...
July 20, 2017: Biomedical Papers of the Medical Faculty of the University Palacký, Olomouc, Czechoslovakia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725554/successful-surgical-management-of-new-onset-refractory-status-epilepticus-norse-presenting-with-gelastic-seizures-in-a-3%C3%A2-year-old-girl
#11
Ahmad Marashly, Sean Lew, Jennifer Koop
Gelastic seizures (GS) are typically associated with hypothalamic hamartomas and present during childhood. However it is now known that GS can be found in focal epilepsies arising from other regions in the brain, including mesial and neocortical frontal, temporal and parietal regions. GS have rarely been described as the presenting manifestation of New Onset Refractory Status Epilepticus (NORSE). In this article we describe a previously healthy 3-year-old who presented with an explosive onset of GS that were refractory to multiple anti-seizure medications...
2017: Epilepsy & Behavior Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723787/late-emergence-of-macular-sparing-in-a-stroke-patient-clinical-case-report
#12
Hye-Young Shin, So Hee Kim, Mee Yon Lee, Su Young Kim, Young Chun Lee
RATIONALE: Occlusive cerebrovascular disease is the most common cause of homonymous hemianopia (HH) with macular sparing. PATIENT CONCERNS: A 61-year-old man came to our ophthalmology clinic complaining of right-side hemianopia. Ophthalmic examination, visual field (VF) examination, and brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) were performed. DIAGNOSES: He had right HH without macular sparing on the initial VF test. And brain MRI 6 days after the visual symptoms began revealed a left occipital infarction...
July 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723274/identifying-voxels-at-risk-for-progression-in-glioblastoma-based-on-dosimetry-physiologic-and-metabolic-mri
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Mekhail Anwar, Annette M Molinaro, Olivier Morin, Susan M Chang, Daphne A Haas-Kogan, Sarah J Nelson, Janine M Lupo
Despite the longstanding role of radiation in cancer treatment and the presence of advanced, high-resolution imaging techniques, delineation of voxels at-risk for progression remains purely a geometric expansion of anatomic images, missing subclinical disease at risk for recurrence while treating potentially uninvolved tissue and increasing toxicity. This remains despite the modern ability to precisely shape radiation fields. A striking example of this is the treatment of glioblastoma, a highly infiltrative tumor that may benefit from accurate identification of subclinical disease...
July 19, 2017: Radiation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718401/targeting-atf5-in-cancer
#14
James M Angelastro
The expression of activating transcription factor 5 (ATF5) correlates negatively with patient survival in different types of cancer. ATF5 is important for the survival and proliferation of cancer cells, and can be targeted to selectively trigger cancer cell apoptosis while sparing normal cells. Cell-penetrating peptides combined with a dominant negative ATF5 cargo have recently shown efficacy against brain, breast, melanoma, and prostate cancers.
July 2017: Trends in Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717395/brain-imaging-before-primary-lung-cancer-resection-a-controversial-topic
#15
Zoe Hudson, Eveline Internullo, Anthony Edey, Isabel Laurence, Davide Bianchi, Alfredo Addeo
OBJECTIVE: International and national recommendations for brain imaging in patients planned to undergo potentially curative resection of non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) are variably implemented throughout the United Kingdom [Hudson BJ, Crawford MB, and Curtin J et al (2015) Brain imaging in lung cancer patients without symptoms of brain metastases: a national survey of current practice in EnglandClin Radiol https://doi.org/10.1016/j.crad.2015.02.007]. However, the recommendations are not based on high-quality evidence and do not take into account cost implications and local resources...
2017: Ecancermedicalscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711413/-hypofractionated-stereotactic-radiotherapy-for-brain-metastasis-benefit-of-additional-whole-brain-radiotherapy
#16
P Royer, J Salleron, G Vogin, L Taillandier, C Clément-Duchêne, O Klein, J-C Faivre, D Peiffert, V Bernier
PURPOSE: To study overall survival, risk of neurological death, local recurrence and development of new brain metastasis in patients treated for brain oligometastases with hypofractionated stereotactic radiotherapy with CyberKnife(®), according to the association or not with an additional whole brain irradiation. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Institutional retrospective study of 102 patients treated for one to three brain metastasis: 76 with exclusive hypofractionated stereotactic radiotherapy and 26 with hypofractionated stereotactic radiotherapy and whole brain irradiation...
July 12, 2017: Cancer Radiothérapie: Journal de la Société Française de Radiothérapie Oncologique
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709913/upregulation-of-neuronal-kynurenine-3-monooxygenase-mediates-depression-like-behavior-in-a-mouse-model-of-neuropathic-pain
#17
Geoffroy Laumet, Wenjun Zhou, Robert Dantzer, Jules D Edralin, XiaoJiao Huo, David P Budac, Jason C O'Connor, Anna W Lee, Cobi J Heijnen, Annemieke Kavelaars
Pain and depression often co-occur, but the underlying mechanisms have not been elucidated. Here, we used the spared nerve injury (SNI) model in mice to induce both neuropathic pain and depression-like behavior. We investigated whether brain interleukin (IL)-1 signaling and activity of kynurenine 3-monoxygenase (KMO), a key enzyme for metabolism of kynurenine into the neurotoxic NMDA receptor agonist quinolinic acid, are necessary for comorbid neuropathic pain and depression-like behavior. SNI mice showed increased expression levels of Il1b and Kmo mRNA in the contralateral side of the brain...
July 11, 2017: Brain, Behavior, and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709456/analyses-of-distribution-and-dosimetry-of-brain-metastases-in-small-cell-lung-cancer-with-relation-to-the-neural-stem-cell-regions-feasibility-of-sparing-the-hippocampus-in-prophylactic-cranial-irradiation
#18
Lei Zhao, Yan Shen, Jin-Dong Guo, Heng-Le Gu, Wen Yu, Jia-Ming Wang, Chang-Xing Lv, Jun Liu, Xu-Wei Cai, Xiao-Long Fu
BACKGROUND: This work aims to assess the feasibility of selectively sparing the hippocampus during prophylactic cranial irradiation (PCI) for small cell lung cancer (SCLC). METHODS: SCLC patients with brain metastases (BMs) diagnosed with MRI were enrolled. Lesions localized to the neural stem cell (NSC) compartments [subventricular zone (SVZ) or hippocampus] were analyzed. Patients were categorized by the total number of intracranial metastases, the therapy processes and the symptoms...
July 15, 2017: Radiation Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28705456/feeling-touch-on-the-own-hand-restores-the-capacity-to-visually-discriminate-it-from-someone-else-hand-pathological-embodiment-receding-in-brain-damage-patients
#19
Carlotta Fossataro, Valentina Bruno, Patrizia Gindri, Lorenzo Pia, Anna Berti, Francesca Garbarini
The sense of body ownership, i.e., the belief that a specific body part belongs to us, can be selectively impaired in brain-damaged patients. Recently, a pathological form of embodiment has been described in patients who, when the examiner's hand is located in a body-congruent position, systematically claim that it is their own hand (E+ patients). This paradoxical behavior suggests that, in these patients, the altered sense of body ownership also affects their capacity of visually discriminating the body-identity details of the own and the alien hand, even when both hands are clearly visible on the table...
June 23, 2017: Cortex; a Journal Devoted to the Study of the Nervous System and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28700619/intra-operative-multi-site-stimulation-expanding-methodology-for-cortical-brain-mapping-of-language-functions
#20
Tal Gonen, Tomer Gazit, Akiva Korn, Adi Kirschner, Daniella Perry, Talma Hendler, Zvi Ram
Direct cortical stimulation (DCS) is considered the gold-standard for functional cortical mapping during awake surgery for brain tumor resection. DCS is performed by stimulating one local cortical area at a time. We present a feasibility study using an intra-operative technique aimed at improving our ability to map brain functions which rely on activity in distributed cortical regions. Following standard DCS, Multi-Site Stimulation (MSS) was performed in 15 patients by applying simultaneous cortical stimulations at multiple locations...
2017: PloS One
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