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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532578/impaired-peripheral-reaching-and-on-line-corrections-in-patient-df-optic-ataxia-with-visual-form-agnosia
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Stéphanie Rossit, Monika Harvey, Stephen H Butler, Larissa Szymanek, Stéphanie Morand, Simona Monaco, Robert D McIntosh
An influential model of vision suggests the presence of two visual streams within the brain: a dorsal occipito-parietal stream which mediates action and a ventral occipito-temporal stream which mediates perception. One of the cornerstones of this model is DF, a patient with visual form agnosia following bilateral ventral stream lesions. Despite her inability to identify and distinguish visual stimuli, DF can still use visual information to control her hand actions towards these stimuli. These observations have been widely interpreted as demonstrating a double dissociation from optic ataxia, a condition observed after bilateral dorsal stream damage in which patients are unable to act towards objects that they can recognize...
April 22, 2017: Cortex; a Journal Devoted to the Study of the Nervous System and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532548/mtorc1-in-agrp-neurons-integrates-exteroceptive-and-interoceptive-food-related-cues-in-the-modulation-of-adaptive-energy-expenditure-in-mice
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Luke K Burke, Tamana Darwish, Althea R Cavanaugh, Sam Virtue, Emma Roth, Joanna Morro, Shun-Mei Liu, Jing Xia, Jeffrey W Dalley, Keith Burling, Streamson Chua, Toni Vidal-Puig, Gary J Schwartz, Clémence Blouet
Energy dissipation through interscapular brown adipose tissue (iBAT) thermogenesis is an important contributor to adaptive energy expenditure. However, it remains unresolved how acute and chronic changes in energy availability are detected by the brain to adjust iBAT activity and maintain energy homeostasis. Here, we provide evidence that AGRP inhibitory tone to iBAT represents an energy-sparing circuit that integrates environmental food cues and internal signals of energy availability. We establish a role for the nutrient-sensing mTORC1 signaling pathway within AGRP neurons in the detection of environmental food cues and internal signals of energy availability, and in the bi-directional control of iBAT thermogenesis during nutrient deficiency and excess...
May 23, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521451/dosimetric-comparison-of-intensity-modulated-radiation-therapy-and-volumetric-modulated-arc-therapy-plans-for-the-treatment-of-glioma-using-flattening-filter-free-and-flattening-filter-modes
#3
Dandan Xu, Fei Jia, Guowen Li, Hongfei Li
In the present study, the dose verification between 6X and 6X flattening filter-free (FFF) in intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) and volumetric modulated arc therapy (VMAT) was compared, and the advantages and disadvantages of different radiotherapy plans were evaluated. All four plans achieved comparable heterogeneity and conformity indices. For frontal tumor, VMAT demonstrated more improved sparing of the brainstem compared with the IMRT (P=0.045); while in the model of FFF, the Dmax of eye lens was significantly reduced by 16-21% (P<0...
May 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515211/functional-equivalence-of-the-sox2-and-sox3-transcription-factors-in-the-developing-mouse-brain-and-testes
#4
Fatwa Adikusuma, Daniel Pederick, Dale McAninch, James Hughes, Paul Thomas
Gene duplication provides spare genetic material that evolution can craft into new functions. Sox2 and Sox3 are evolutionarily-related genes with overlapping and unique sites of expression during embryogenesis. It is currently unclear whether SOX2 and SOX3 have identical or different functions. Here we use CRISPR/Cas9-assisted mutagenesis to perform a gene-swap, replacing the Sox3 ORF with the Sox2 ORF to investigate their functional equivalence in the brain and testes. We show that increased expression of SOX2 can functionally replace SOX3 in the development of the infundibular recess/ventral diencephalon and largely rescues pituitary gland defects that occur in Sox3 null mice...
May 17, 2017: Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513619/corrigendum-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
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
May 17, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28510808/development-of-a-contouring-guide-in-three-different-head-set-ups-for-hippocampal-sparing-radiotherapy-a-practical-approach
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Saide Di Biase, Marianna Trignani, Luciana Caravatta, Paul Ioan Voicu, Clelia Di Carlo, Annamaria Vinciguerra, Antonietta Augurio, Francesca Perrotti, Valentina Panara, Domenico Genovesi
BACKGROUNDS: Irradiation of the hippocampus plays a role in neurocognitive toxicity. Its delineation is complex and in practice different head position can vary hippocampus morphology on axial images; so atlas in a single standard position can result ineffective to describe different hippocampal morphologies in different head set-up. The purpose of our study was to develop a guide based on magnetic resonance imaging for hippocampus delineation in three different head set-ups. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Three patients were selected to elaborate our guide...
May 16, 2017: La Radiologia Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506806/selective-associative-phonagnosia-after-right-anterior-temporal-stroke
#7
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/28506486/preoperative-and-intraoperative-neurophysiological-investigations-for-surgical-resections-in-functional-areas
#8
G Huberfeld, A Trébuchon, L Capelle, J-M Badier, S Chen, J-P Lefaucheur, M Gavaret
Brain regions are removed to treat lesions, but great care must be taken not to disturb or remove functional areas in the lesion and in surrounding tissue where healthy and diseased cells may be intermingled, especially for infiltrating tumors. Cortical functional areas and fiber tracts can be localized preoperatively by probabilistic anatomical tools, but mapping of functional integrity by neurophysiology is essential. Identification of the primary motor cortex seems to be more effectively performed with transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) than functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI)...
May 12, 2017: Neuro-Chirurgie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505976/in-vivo-detection-of-gray-matter-neuropathology-in-the-3xtg-mouse-model-of-alzheimer-s-disease-with-diffusion-tensor-imaging
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Wanda M Snow, Ryan Dale, Zoe O'Brien-Moran, Richard Buist, Danial Peirson, Melanie Martin, Benedict C Albensi
A diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease (AD), a neurodegenerative disorder accompanied by severe functional and cognitive decline, is based on clinical findings, with final confirmation of the disease at autopsy by the presence of amyloid-β (Aβ) plaques and neurofibrillary tangles. Given that microstructural brain alterations occur years prior to clinical symptoms, efforts to detect brain changes early could significantly enhance our ability to diagnose AD sooner. Diffusion tensor imaging (DTI), a type of MRI that characterizes the magnitude, orientation, and anisotropy of the diffusion of water in tissues, has been used to infer neuropathological changes in vivo...
May 8, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28502079/microstructure-alterations-in-the-hypothalamus-in-cranially-radiated-childhood-leukemia-survivors-but-not-in-craniopharyngioma-patients-unaffected-by-hypothalamic-damage
#10
Cecilia Follin, Sigridur Fjalldal, Daniel Svärd, Danielle van Westen, Sanaz Gabery, Åsa Petersén, Jimmy Lätt, Lars Rylander, Eva Marie Erfurth
OBJECTIVE: Metabolic complications are frequent in childhood leukemia (ALL) survivors treated with cranial radiotherapy (CRT). These complications are potentially mediated by damage to the hypothalamus (HT), as childhood onset (CO) craniopharyngioma (CP) survivors without HT involvement are spared overt obesity. Diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) shows brain tissue microstructure alterations, by fractional anisotrophy (FA), mean diffusivity (MD), axial diffusivity (AD) and radial diffusivity (RD)...
May 14, 2017: Clinical Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28492488/redistribution-of-cerebral-blood-flow-during-severe-hypovolemia-and-reperfusion-in-a-sheep-model-critical-role-of-%C3%AE-1-adrenergic-signaling
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René Schiffner, Sabine Juliane Bischoff, Thomas Lehmann, Florian Rakers, Sven Rupprecht, Juliane Reiche, Georg Matziolis, Harald Schubert, Matthias Schwab, Otmar Huber, Martin Schmidt
BACKGROUND: Maintenance of brain circulation during shock is sufficient to prevent subcortical injury but the cerebral cortex is not spared. This suggests area-specific regulation of cerebral blood flow (CBF) during hemorrhage. METHODS: Cortical and subcortical CBF were continuously measured during blood loss (≤50%) and subsequent reperfusion using laser Doppler flowmetry. Blood gases, mean arterial blood pressure (MABP), heart rate and renal blood flow were also monitored...
May 11, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28487079/d-aspartic-acid-ameliorates-painful-and-neuropsychiatric-changes-and-reduces-%C3%AE-amyloid-a%C3%AE-1-42-peptide-in-a-long-lasting-model-of-neuropathic-pain
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Antimo D'Aniello, Livio Luongo, Rosaria Romano, Monica Iannotta, Ida Marabese, Serena Boccella, Carmela Belardo, Vito de Novellis, Claudio Arra, Antonio Barbieri, Biagio D'Aniello, Anna Scandurra, Laura Migliozzi, George Fisher, Francesca Guida, Sabatino Maione
Depressive symptoms and other neuropsychiatric dysfunctions are common in neurodegenerative disorders, including chronic pain and dementia. A correlation between the β-amyloid protein accumulation and the development of depression has been suggested, however the underlying mechanisms are unknown. d-Aspartate (d-Asp) is a free d-amino acid found in the mammalian brain and involved in neurological and psychiatric processes, such as cognition and affective disorders. In this study we have investigated the effects of a repeated treatment with d-Asp in a long-lasting (12 months) model of neuropathic pain, the spared nerve injury (SNI), in mice...
May 6, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28486221/evaluation-of-clinical-application-and-dosimetric-comparison-of-treatment-plans-of-gamma-knife-and-cyberknife-in-treating-arteriovenous-malformations
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Chun-Yuan Kuo, Yi-Chieh Tsai, An-Cheng Shiau, Hao-Wen Cheng, Hsiao-Wei Yu, Yu-Kai Su, Jo-Ting Tsai
PURPOSE: To analyze and compare the characteristics of dose distributions for Leksell Gamma Knife Perfexion (LGK-PFX) and CyberKnife (CK) in treating arteriovenous malformations (AVMs). SUBJECTS AND METHODS: Twenty-four patients with AVMs who received CK radiosurgery at a prescribed dose (PD) of 16-25 Gy in a single fraction were selected. A LGK-PFX treatment plan with the same PD was designed for each patient. Dosimetric values for both systems were compared with respect to the conformity index (CI); selectivity index (SI); gradient index (GI) of 75, 50, and 25% of the PD; heterogeneity index; volume of the brain tissue covered by doses of 10 and 12 Gy; maximum dose delivered to the brainstem; and beam-on time...
May 10, 2017: Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28484370/clustered-protocadherins-are-required-for-building-functional-neural-circuits
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Sonoko Hasegawa, Hiroaki Kobayashi, Makiko Kumagai, Hiroshi Nishimaru, Etsuko Tarusawa, Hiro Kanda, Makoto Sanbo, Yumiko Yoshimura, Masumi Hirabayashi, Takahiro Hirabayashi, Takeshi Yagi
Neuronal identity is generated by the cell-surface expression of clustered protocadherin (Pcdh) isoforms. In mice, 58 isoforms from three gene clusters, Pcdhα, Pcdhβ, and Pcdhγ, are differentially expressed in neurons. Since cis-heteromeric Pcdh oligomers on the cell surface interact homophilically with that in other neurons in trans, it has been thought that the Pcdh isoform repertoire determines the binding specificity of synapses. We previously described the cooperative functions of isoforms from all three Pcdh gene clusters in neuronal survival and synapse formation in the spinal cord...
2017: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28471893/midbrain-infarction-resulting-in-bilateral-pseudoabducens-palsies
#15
Bonnie M Kaas, David S Zee, Amir Kheradmand, Daniel R Gold
INTRODUCTION: Pseudoabducens palsy refers to abduction paresis in the absence of a pontine or peripheral nerve process. This finding has been described with mesodiencephalic lesions, and likely has a common mechanism with thalamic esotropia. CASE REPORT: We describe the case of a 55-year-old man who presented with near-complete ophthalmoparesis, sparing only adduction of the left eye. Magnetic resonance imaging of the brain demonstrated midbrain infarction. CONCLUSIONS: Pseudoabducens palsy is likely underrecognized, but can be highly localizing when identified...
May 2017: Neurologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28470821/the-effects-of-early-institutionalization-on-emotional-face-processing-evidence-for-sparing-via-an-experience-dependent-mechanism
#16
Audrey Young, Rhiannon J Luyster, Nathan A Fox, Charles H Zeanah, Charles A Nelson
Early psychosocial deprivation has profound adverse effects on children's brain and behavioural development, including abnormalities in physical growth, intellectual function, social cognition, and emotional development. Nevertheless, the domain of emotional face processing has appeared in previous research to be relatively spared; here, we test for possible sleeper effects emerging in early adolescence. This study employed event-related potentials (ERPs) to examine the neural correlates of facial emotion processing in 12-year-old children who took part in a randomized controlled trial of foster care as an intervention for early institutionalization...
May 4, 2017: British Journal of Developmental Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28469003/regulation-of-axonal-regeneration-following-spinal-cord-injury-in-the-lamrpey
#17
Jessica A Benes, Kylie N House, Frank N Burks, Kris P Conaway, Donald P Julien, Jeffrey P Donley, Michael A Iyamu, Andrew D McClellan
Following rostral spinal cord injury (SCI) in larval lampreys, injured descending brain neurons, particularly reticulospinal (RS) neurons, regenerate their axons, and locomotor behavior recovers in a few weeks. However, axonal regeneration of descending brain neurons is mostly limited to relatively short distances, but the mechanisms for incomplete axonal regeneration are unclear. First, lampreys with rostral SCI exhibited greater axonal regeneration of descending brain neurons, including RS neurons, as well as more rapid recovery of locomotor muscle activity right below the lesion site compared to animals with caudal SCI...
May 3, 2017: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28468634/kososan-a-kampo-medicine-prevents-a-social-avoidance-behavior-and-attenuates-neuroinflammation-in-socially-defeated-mice
#18
Naoki Ito, Eiji Hirose, Tatsuya Ishida, Atsushi Hori, Takayuki Nagai, Yoshinori Kobayashi, Hiroaki Kiyohara, Tetsuro Oikawa, Toshihiko Hanawa, Hiroshi Odaguchi
BACKGROUND: Kososan, a Kampo (traditional Japanese herbal) medicine, has been used for the therapy of depressive mood in humans. However, evidence for the antidepressant efficacy of kososan and potential mechanisms are lacking. Recently, it has been recognized that stress triggers neuroinflammation and suppresses adult neurogenesis, leading to depression and anxiety. Here, we examined whether kososan extract affected social behavior in mice exposed to chronic social defeat stress (CSDS), an animal model of prolonged psychosocial stress, and neuroinflammation induced by CSDS...
May 3, 2017: Journal of Neuroinflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28464840/sparing-of-normal-tissues-with-volumetric-arc-radiation-therapy-for-glioblastoma-single-institution-clinical-experience
#19
Tina Marie Briere, Mary Frances McAleer, Lawrence B Levy, James N Yang
BACKGROUND: Patients with glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) require radiotherapy as part of definitive management. Our institution has adopted the use of volumetric arc therapy (VMAT) due to superior sparing of the adjacent organs at risk (OARs) compared to intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT). Here we report our clinical experience by analyzing target coverage and sparing of OARs for 90 clinical treatment plans. METHODS: VMAT and IMRT patient cohorts comprising 45 patients each were included in this study...
May 2, 2017: Radiation Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28459990/mapping-the-impairment-in-decoding-static-facial-expressions-of-emotion-in-prosopagnosia
#20
Daniel Fiset, Caroline Blais, Jessica Royer, Anne-Raphaëlle Richoz, Gabrielle Dugas, Roberto Caldara
Acquired prosopagnosia is characterized by a deficit in identifying faces. The brain lesions leading to prosopagnosia are diverse. Interestingly, most prosopagnosic patients suffering from posterior lesions, use the mouth instead of the eyes for face identification. Whether this bias is present for facial expressions has not yet been addressed. We tested PS, a pure case of acquired prosopagnosia with bilateral occipitotemporal lesions anatomically sparing the regions dedicated for facial expression recognition...
April 28, 2017: Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience
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