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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642691/mri-overestimates-excitotoxic-amygdala-lesion-damage-in-rhesus-monkeys
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Benjamin M Basile, Chloe L Karaskiewicz, Emily C Fiuzat, Ludise Malkova, Elisabeth A Murray
Selective, fiber-sparing excitotoxic lesions are a state-of-the-art tool for determining the causal contributions of different brain areas to behavior. For nonhuman primates especially, it is advantageous to keep subjects with high-quality lesions alive and contributing to science for many years. However, this requires the ability to estimate lesion extent accurately. Previous research has shown that in vivo T2-weighted magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) accurately estimates damage following selective ibotenic acid lesions of the hippocampus...
2017: Frontiers in Integrative Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631404/structural-connectivity-differences-in-motor-network-between-tremor-dominant-and-nontremor-parkinson-s-disease
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Gaetano Barbagallo, Maria Eugenia Caligiuri, Gennarina Arabia, Andrea Cherubini, Angela Lupo, Rita Nisticò, Maria Salsone, Fabiana Novellino, Maurizio Morelli, Giuseppe Lucio Cascini, Domenico Galea, Aldo Quattrone
Motor phenotypes of Parkinson's disease (PD) are recognized to have different prognosis and therapeutic response, but the neural basis for this clinical heterogeneity remains largely unknown. The main aim of this study was to compare differences in structural connectivity metrics of the main motor network between tremor-dominant and nontremor PD phenotypes (TD-PD and NT-PD, respectively) using probabilistic tractography-based network analysis. A total of 63 PD patients (35 TD-PD patients and 28 NT-PD patients) and 30 healthy controls underwent a 3 T MRI...
June 20, 2017: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631183/comprehension-of-idioms-in-turkish-aphasic-participants
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Burcu Aydin, Muzaffer Barin, Oktay Yagiz
Brain damaged participants offer an opportunity to evaluate the cognitive and linguistic processes and make assumptions about how the brain works. Cognitive linguists have been investigating the underlying mechanisms of idiom comprehension to unravel the ongoing debate on hemispheric specialization in figurative language comprehension. The aim of this study is to evaluate and compare the comprehension of idiomatic expressions in left brain damaged (LBD) aphasic, right brain damaged (RBD) and healthy control participants...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Psycholinguistic Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628911/a-carasil-patient-from-americas-with-novel-mutation-and-atypical-features-case-presentation-and-literature-review
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Muhammad Ibrahimi, Hiroaki Nozaki, Angelica Lee, Osamu Onodera, Raymond Reichwein, Matthew Wicklund, Mohammad El-Ghanem
OBJECTIVE: Reporting a novel mutation in the HTRA1 gene in a CARASIL patient from Americas. METHODS: Clinical presentation and neuroimaging were consistent with CARASIL. HTRA1 DNA sequencing was performed using advanced ("next generation") sequencing technology. The results revealed a homozygous missense mutation as c.616G>A (p.Gly206Arg) in the HTRA1 gene. RESULTS: A 24-year-old man with a history of chronic back pain presented with recurrent ischemic strokes...
June 21, 2017: Cerebrovascular Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628708/brain-calcifications-in-adult-onset-genetic-leukoencephalopathies-a-review
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Xavier Ayrignac, Gaël Nicolas, Clarisse Carra-Dallière, Didier Hannequin, Pierre Labauge
Importance: Adult-onset genetic leukoencephalopathies and leukodystrophies are increasingly recognized as a heterogeneous group of disorders with new diagnostic approaches and potential treatments. In the new era of genomics, the challenging interpretation of individual genetic variations requires an accurate phenotypic description and classification. Clinical and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)-based approaches have been proposed to improve the diagnostic process of adult-onset leukoencephalopathies...
June 19, 2017: JAMA Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619436/tumefactive-demyelinating-lesions-a-comprehensive-review
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REVIEW
Hussein Algahtani, Bader Shirah, Ali Alassiri
Tumefactive multiple sclerosis or tumefactive demyelinating lesion (TDL) is one of the rare variants of multiple sclerosis (MS) posing a diagnostic challenge and a therapeutic enigma since it is difficult to distinguish from a true central nervous system (CNS) neoplasm or other CNS lesions on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). The prevalence of TDL is estimated to be 1-3/1000 cases of MS with an annual incidence of 0.3/100,000. This could be an underestimate due to unavailability of a global MS registry and under-reporting of this condition...
May 2017: Multiple Sclerosis and related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28615755/role-of-electroencephalography-in-the-diagnosis-and-treatment-of-neuropsychiatric-border-zone-syndromes
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REVIEW
Sadanandavalli Retnaswami Chandra, A Asheeb, Santhosh Dash, Nikhil Retna, Karu Venkata Ravi Teja, Thomas Gregor Issac
Border zone disorders involve neurological disorders with psychiatric symptoms and signs as well as psychiatric disorders with soft neurological features. This becomes a cause for great diagnostic and therapeutic concerns. We, in this paper, analyzed some of the imitators such as epilepsy, dementia, some forms of encephalitis, and pure psychiatric diseases which produce problems in decision making due to soft neurological features and the utility of electroencephalography (EEG) as a simple diagnostic tool in differentiating some of these conditions from each other as well as the therapeutic role of EEG in some of these disorders...
May 2017: Indian Journal of Psychological Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28614713/acute-lesioning-and-rapid-repair-of-hypothalamic-neurons-outside-the-blood-brain-barrier
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Ernie Yulyaningsih, Ivan A Rudenko, Martin Valdearcos, Emma Dahlén, Eirini Vagena, Alvin Chan, Arturo Alvarez-Buylla, Christian Vaisse, Suneil K Koliwad, Allison W Xu
Neurons expressing agouti-related protein (AgRP) are essential for feeding. The majority of these neurons are located outside the blood-brain barrier (BBB), allowing them to directly sense circulating metabolic factors. Here, we show that, in adult mice, AgRP neurons outside the BBB (AgRP(OBBB)) were rapidly ablated by peripheral administration of monosodium glutamate (MSG), whereas AgRP neurons inside the BBB and most proopiomelanocortin (POMC) neurons were spared. MSG treatment induced proliferation of tanycytes, the putative hypothalamic neural progenitor cells, but the newly proliferated tanycytes did not become neurons...
June 13, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611367/the-hippocampus-sparing-volume-modulated-arc-therapy-does-not-influence-plan-quality-on-locally-advanced-nasopharyngeal-carcinoma-patients
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Wendong Gu, Qilin Li, Dan Xi, Ye Tian, Juncong Mo, Honglei Pei
Irradiation on hippocampus would lead to neuro-cognitive dysfunction in locally advanced nasopharyneal carcinoma (LA-NPC) patients accepting radiotherapy. Our study here aimed to investigate if undergoing hippocampus sparing (HS) volume modulated arc therapy (VMAT) would influence the plan quality in LA NPC patients. We designed three kinds of radiotherapeutic plans for 11 LA NPC patients: conventional VMAT (C-VMAT), HS-VMAT and HS intensity modulated radiation therapy with dynamic multileaf collimator (HS-dMLC)...
June 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28610543/does-diathermy-smoke-contaminate-processed-salvaged-blood-in-cardiac-surgery
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Katherine R Hulme, Jon van den Burg
INTRODUCTION: A cell salvage device is used in cardiac surgery with the aim of reducing allogeneic blood transfusion. Suction of blood from the operating field used for the device is often accompanied by diathermy smoke. There is limited published research to know if this blood is then contaminated with clinically significant levels of harmful chemicals from this smoke. Postoperative cardiac surgery patients are already physiologically vulnerable, making the optimization of salvaged blood worth considering...
June 1, 2017: Perfusion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28600519/alterations-in-the-inflammatory-cytokines-and-brain-derived-neurotrophic-factor-contribute-to-depression-like-phenotype-after-spared-nerve-injury-improvement-by-ketamine
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Ze-Min Xie, Xing-Ming Wang, Ning Xu, Jing Wang, Wei Pan, Xiao-Hui Tang, Zhi-Qiang Zhou, Kenji Hashimoto, Jian-Jun Yang
Although pain is frequently accompanied with depression, little is known about the risk factors contributing to individual differences to the comorbidity of pain and depression. In this study, we examined whether cytokines and brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) might contribute to the individual differences in the development of neuropathic pain-induced depression. Rats were randomly subjected to spared nerved ligation (SNI) or sham surgery. The SNI rats were divided into two groups by the data from depression-related behavioral tests...
June 9, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28597716/postmortem-whole-exome-sequencing-identifies-novel-eif2b3-mutation-with-prenatal-phenotype-in-2-siblings
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Hannah Song, Sina Haeri, Hannes Vogel, Marjo van der Knaap, Keith Van Haren
OBJECTIVE: We describe 2 male siblings with a severe, prenatal phenotype of vanishing white matter disease and the impact of whole exome sequencing on their diagnosis and clinical care. METHODS: The 2 children underwent detailed clinical characterization, through clinical and laboratory testing, as well as prenatal and postnatal imaging. Biobanked blood from the 2 siblings was submitted for whole exome sequencing at Baylor Laboratories. RESULTS: Both male children had abnormal prenatal neuroimaging and suffered precipitous, fatal neurologic decline...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Child Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28596752/the-retina-in-multiple-system-atrophy-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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REVIEW
Carlos E Mendoza-Santiesteban, Iñigo Gabilondo, Jose Alberto Palma, Lucy Norcliffe-Kaufmann, Horacio Kaufmann
BACKGROUND: Multiple system atrophy (MSA) is a rare, adult-onset, rapidly progressive fatal synucleinopathy that primarily affects oligodendroglial cells in the brain. Patients with MSA only rarely have visual complaints, but recent studies of the retina using optical coherence tomography (OCT) showed atrophy of the peripapillary retinal nerve fiber layer (RNFL) and to a lesser extent the macular ganglion cell layer (GCL) complex. METHODS: We performed a literature review and meta-analysis according to the preferred reporting items for systematic reviews and meta-analyses guidelines for studies published before January 2017, identified through PubMed and Google Scholar databases, which reported OCT-related outcomes in patients with MSA and controls...
2017: Frontiers in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28594414/genotype-and-phenotype-spectrum-of-nras-germline-variants
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Franziska Altmüller, Christina Lissewski, Debora Bertola, Elisabetta Flex, Zornitza Stark, Stephanie Spranger, Gareth Baynam, Michelle Buscarilli, Sarah Dyack, Jane Gillis, Helger G Yntema, Francesca Pantaleoni, Rosa LE van Loon, Sara MacKay, Kym Mina, Ina Schanze, Tiong Yang Tan, Maie Walsh, Susan M White, Marena R Niewisch, Sixto García-Miñaúr, Diego Plaza, Mohammad Reza Ahmadian, Hélène Cavé, Marco Tartaglia, Martin Zenker
RASopathies comprise a group of disorders clinically characterized by short stature, heart defects, facial dysmorphism, and varying degrees of intellectual disability and cancer predisposition. They are caused by germline variants in genes encoding key components or modulators of the highly conserved RAS-MAPK signalling pathway that lead to dysregulation of cell signal transmission. Germline changes in the genes encoding members of the RAS subfamily of GTPases are rare and associated with variable phenotypes of the RASopathy spectrum, ranging from Costello syndrome (HRAS variants) to Noonan and Cardiofaciocutaneous syndromes (KRAS variants)...
June 2017: European Journal of Human Genetics: EJHG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28591831/the-gut-metagenome-changes-in-parallel-to-waist-circumference-brain-iron-deposition-and-cognitive-function
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Gerard Blasco, José Maria Moreno-Navarrete, Mireia Rivero, Vicente Pérez-Brocal, Josep Garre-Olmo, Josep Puig, Pepus Daunis-I-Estadella, Carles Biarnés, Jordi Gich, Fernando Fernández-Aranda, Ángel Alberich-Bayarri, Andrés Moya, Salvador Pedraza, Wifredo Ricart, Miguel López, Manuel Portero-Otin, José-Manuel Fernandez-Real
Context: Microbiota perturbations seem to exert modulatory effects on emotional behavior, stress- and pain-modulation systems in adult animals; however, limited information is available in humans. Objective: To study potential relationships among the gut metagenome, brain microstructure and cognitive performance in middle-aged, apparently healthy, obese and nonobese subjects, after weight changes. Design: This is a longitudinal study over a 2-year period...
June 7, 2017: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28581401/prospective-study-of-hippocampal-sparing-prophylactic-cranial-irradiation-in-limited-stage-small-cell-lung-cancer
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Kristin J Redmond, Russell K Hales, Heather Anderson-Keightly, Xian C Zhou, Megan Kummerlowe, Haris I Sair, Mario Duhon, Lawrence Kleinberg, Gary L Rosner, Tracy Vannorsdall
PURPOSE: To prospectively evaluate cognitive function and intracranial failure patterns after hippocampal-sparing prophylactic cranial irradiation (PCI) for limited-stage small cell lung cancer (SCLC). METHODS AND MATERIALS: Adults with limited-stage SCLC, achieving a complete response to chemoradiotherapy and no brain metastases, were eligible. Patients received PCI 25 Gy/10 fractions, with a mean hippocampal dose limited to <8 Gy and ≥90% of the brain receiving 90% of the prescription...
July 1, 2017: International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28571231/central-variant-of-posterior-reversible-encephalopathy-syndrome-a-rare-case-report
#17
K G Srinivasan, Padhmini Balasubramanian, K R Mayilvaganan, Usha Nandhini Kannan, Mohamed Bilal
Posterior Reversible Encephalopathy Syndrome (PRES) is a clinicoradiological condition associated with headache, altered mental status, dizziness and white matter vasogenic oedema in parieto-occipital region. It is often associated with hypertension but can also occur in diverse clinical settings like immunosuppression, eclampsia, etc. It is due to failure of autoregulatory mechanism of posterior circulation in response to change in blood pressure. We hereby report a rare case of central variant of PRES secondary to severe hypertension diagnosed with 3T MRI...
April 2017: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28565936/osimertinib-a-third-generation-tyrosine-kinase-inhibitor-for-treatment-of-epidermal-growth-factor-receptor-mutated-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-with-the-acquired-thr790met-mutation
#18
Meredith K Bollinger, Amanda S Agnew, Gerard P Mascara
Osimertinib is a third-generation epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI) approved for the treatment of metastatic EGFR T790M mutation-positive non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) in patients failing previous TKI therapy. The T790M mutation is an acquired resistance mechanism found in over half of patients with NSCLC progressing on first-generation TKIs. First- and second-generation TKIs do not inhibit the T790M mutation at clinically relevant concentrations. Osimertinib is selective for mutated forms of EGFR, including the TKI-sensitizing mutations L858R and exon 19 deletions, as well as the acquired T790M resistance mutation...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Oncology Pharmacy Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545957/irradiation-in-a-flash-unique-sparing-of-memory-in-mice-after-whole-brain-irradiation-with-dose-rates-above-100gy-s
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Pierre Montay-Gruel, Kristoffer Petersson, Maud Jaccard, Gaël Boivin, Jean-François Germond, Benoit Petit, Raphaël Doenlen, Vincent Favaudon, François Bochud, Claude Bailat, Jean Bourhis, Marie-Catherine Vozenin
This study shows for the first time that normal brain tissue toxicities after WBI can be reduced with increased dose rate. Spatial memory is preserved after WBI with mean dose rates above 100Gy/s, whereas 10Gy WBI at a conventional radiotherapy dose rate (0.1Gy/s) totally impairs spatial memory.
May 22, 2017: Radiotherapy and Oncology: Journal of the European Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545339/increased-survival-and-partly-preserved-cognition-in-a-patient-with-aco2-related-disease-secondary-to-a-novel-variant
#20
Siddharth Srivastava, Cynthia S Gubbels, Kira Dies, Anne Fulton, Timothy Yu, Mustafa Sahin
ACO2 encodes aconitase 2, catalyzing the second step of the tricarboxylic acid. To date, there are only 6 reported families with 5 unique ACO2 mutations. Affected individuals can develop intellectual disability, epilepsy, brain atrophy, hypotonia, ataxia, optic atrophy, and retinal degeneration. Here, we report an 18-year-old boy with a novel ACO2 variant discovered on whole-exome sequencing. He presented with childhood-onset ataxia, impaired self-help skills comparable to severe-profound intellectual disability, intractable epilepsy, cerebellar atrophy, peripheral neuropathy, optic atrophy, and pigmentary retinopathy...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Child Neurology
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