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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225576/3d-multiecho-dixon-for-the-evaluation-of-hepatic-iron-and-fat-in-a-clinical-setting
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Benjamin Henninger, Heinz Zoller, Stephan Kannengiesser, Xiaodong Zhong, Werner Jaschke, Christian Kremser
PURPOSE: To prospectively evaluate a new 3D-multiecho-Dixon (3D-ME-Dixon) sequence for the quantification of hepatic iron and fat in a clinical setting. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In all, 120 patients underwent 1.5T magnetic resonance imaging of the liver between December 2013 and June 2015 including the following three sequences: 3D-ME-Dixon with inline calculation of R2* and proton-density fat-fraction (PDFF) maps, single-voxel-spectroscopy (SVS), 2D multigradient-echo sequence (2D-ME-GRE)...
February 22, 2017: Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging: JMRI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224419/a-retrospective-study-of-branch-atheromatous-disease-analyses-of-risk-factors-and-prognosis
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Yang Liu, Yuan-Teng Fan, Yu-Min Liu, Tao Wang, Hong-Liang Feng, Guang-Zhi Liu, Bin Mei
The theory of branch atheromatous disease (BAD) has been commonly underused in clinical practice and research since it was proposed in 1989. In this study, we sought to explore clinical characteristics of its substypes and biomarkers for prognosis of BAD. A total of 176 consecutive patients with BAD were classified into two groups: paramedianpontine artery group (PPA group, n=70) and lenticulostriate artery group (LSA group, n=106). Bivariate analyses were used to explore the relationship between white matter hyperintensities (WMHs), National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale (NIHSS) scores and prognosis evaluated by the modified Rank Scale (mRS) at 6th month after stroke...
February 2017: Journal of Huazhong University of Science and Technology. Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220965/defect-edge-selective-functionalization-of-carbon-materials-by-direct-friedel-crafts-acylation-reaction
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REVIEW
Jeong-Min Seo, Loon-Seng Tan, Jong-Beom Baek
Popularly utilized oxidation media, via nitric acid/sulfuric acid mixtures, are too corrosive and oxidizing to preserve structural integrity of highly ordered graphitic materials (carbon nanotubes (CNTs) and graphene). Here, for the most commonly used oxidation method, the important advantages of defect/edge-selective functionalization of carbon materials (CNTs/graphene/graphite) in a polyphosphoric acid (PPA)/phosphorous pentoxide (P2 O5 ) medium are elucidated. The optimized PPA/P2 O5 medium is a mild acid that is not only less corrosive than popularly utilized oxidation media, but also has a strong capability to drive Friedel-Crafts acylation by covalently modifying carbon materials...
February 21, 2017: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187331/temporal-acoustic-measures-distinguish-primary-progressive-apraxia-of-speech-from-primary-progressive-aphasia
#4
Joseph R Duffy, Holly Hanley, Rene Utianski, Heather Clark, Edythe Strand, Keith A Josephs, Jennifer L Whitwell
The purpose of this study was to determine if acoustic measures of duration and syllable rate during word and sentence repetition, and a measure of within-word lexical stress, distinguish speakers with primary progressive apraxia of speech (PPAOS) from nonapraxic speakers with the agrammatic or logopenic variants of primary progressive aphasia (PPA), and control speakers. Results revealed that the PPAOS group had longer durations and reduced rate of syllable production for most words and sentences, and the measure of lexical stress...
February 7, 2017: Brain and Language
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185309/initial-evaluation-of-99m-tc-tricarbonyl-cyclopentadienyl-fatty-acids-derivatives-as-spect-tracers-for-myocardium
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Jianping Liu, Huan Wang, Shuxia Wang, Qianqian Xue, Dawei Wang, Wang Hang, Huabei Zhang
Fatty acids are myocardial metabolic agent for detecting myocardial ischemia and infraction. However, no (99m) Tc-labeled fatty acids had potential use in clinical practice. In this study, (99m) Tc-CpTT-10-oxo-para-PPA (1d), (99m) Tc-CpTT-11-oxo-para-PPA (2d), (99m) Tc-CpTT-12-oxo-para-PPA (3d), (99m) Tc-CpTT-11-oxo-ortho-PPA (4d) and (99m) Tc-CpTT-11-oxo-meta-PPA (5d) were synthesized by a double ligand transfer reaction, their biological behaviors were investigated. Compound 2d achieved good heart/blood ratio (3...
February 9, 2017: Journal of Labelled Compounds & Radiopharmaceuticals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185066/optic-disc-rim-and-peripapillary-chorioretinal-atrophy-in-normal-japanese-eyes-the-kumejima-study
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Aiko Iwase, Shoichi Sawaguchi, Hiroshi Sakai, Kenji Tanaka, Tae Tsutsumi, Makoto Araie
PURPOSE: To report reference data for optic disc, neuroretinal rim and β-peripapillary atrophy (β-PPA) in normal Japanese. METHODS: In the Kumejima study, all participants underwent disc stereo-photography; 2208 normal subjects had good-quality disc stereo and β-PPA photographs OU. The disc and rim area and the area and angular extent of β-PPA were evaluated by computer-assisted planimetry. RESULTS: The disc, rim, and β-PPA area and its angular extent OD (OS) averaged 2...
February 9, 2017: Japanese Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28181118/brain-uptake-and-safety-of-flutemetamol-f-18-injection-in-japanese-subjects-with-probable-alzheimer-s-disease-subjects-with-amnestic-mild-cognitive-impairment-and-healthy-volunteers
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Takami Miki, Hiroyuki Shimada, Jae-Seung Kim, Yasuji Yamamoto, Masakazu Sugino, Hisatomo Kowa, Kerstin Heurling, Michelle Zanette, Paul F Sherwin, Michio Senda
OBJECTIVE: This Phase 2 study assessed the performance of positron emission tomography (PET) brain images made with Flutemetamol F 18 Injection in detecting β-amyloid neuritic plaques in Japanese subjects. METHODS: Seventy subjects (25 with probable Alzheimer's disease (pAD), 20 with amnestic mild cognitive impairment (aMCI), and 25 cognitively normal healthy volunteers[HVs]) underwent PET brain imaging after intravenous Flutemetamol F 18 Injection (185 MBq). Images were interpreted as normal or abnormal for neuritic plaque density by each of five non-Japanese and five Japanese readers who were blinded to clinical data...
February 8, 2017: Annals of Nuclear Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28179468/neurofilament-as-a-blood-marker-for-diagnosis-and-monitoring-of-primary-progressive-aphasias
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Petra Steinacker, Elisa Semler, Sarah Anderl-Straub, Janine Diehl-Schmid, Matthias L Schroeter, Ingo Uttner, Hans Foerstl, Bernhard Landwehrmeyer, Christine A F von Arnim, Jan Kassubek, Patrick Oeckl, Hans-Jürgen Huppertz, Klaus Fassbender, Klaus Fliessbach, Johannes Prudlo, Carola Roßmeier, Johannes Kornhuber, Anja Schneider, Alexander E Volk, Martin Lauer, Adrian Danek, Albert C Ludolph, Markus Otto
OBJECTIVE: To assess the utility of serum neurofilament for diagnosis and monitoring of primary progressive aphasia (PPA) variants. METHODS: We investigated neurofilament light chain (NF-L) levels in blood of 99 patients with PPA (40 with nonfluent variant PPA [nfvPPA], 38 with semantic variant PPA [svPPA], 21 with logopenic variant PPA [lvPPA]) and compared diagnostic performance with that reached by CSF NF-L, phosphorylated neurofilament heavy chain (pNF-H), β-amyloid (Aβ1-42), tau, and phosphorylated tau...
February 8, 2017: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28179191/photosensitizer-mediated-mitochondria-targeting-nanosized-drug-carriers-subcellular-targeting-therapeutic-and-imaging-potentials
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Yeon Su Choi, Kiyoon Kwon, Kwonhyeok Yoon, Kang Moo Huh, Han Chang Kang
Mitochondria-targeting drug carriers have considerable potential because of the presence of many molecular drug targets in the mitochondria and their pivotal roles in cellular viability, metabolism, maintenance, and death. To compare the mitochondria-targeting abilities of triphenylphosphonium (TPP) and pheophorbide a (PhA) in nanoparticles (NPs), this study prepared mitochondria-targeting NPs using mixtures of methoxy poly(ethylene glycol)-(SS-PhA)2 [mPEG-(SS-PhA)2 or PPA] and TPP-b-poly(ε-caprolactone)-b-TPP [TPP-b-PCL-b-TPP or TPCL], which were designated PPAn-TPCL4-n (0≤n≤4) NPs...
February 6, 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28179061/plateau-patella-angle-an-option-for-the-evaluation-of-patellar-height-in-patients-with-patellar-instability
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Marcelo Batista Bonadio, Camilo Partezani Helito, Julio Augusto do Prado Torres, Riccardo Gomes Gobbi, José Ricardo Pécora, Gilberto Luis Camanho, Marco Kawamura Demange
BACKGROUND: Patellar instability is a debilitating disease. An important factor related to recurrent dislocation is patellar height. A new method of patellar height measurement, the plateau-patella angle (PPA), was proposed in 2011. However, to date, there is no study evaluating the use of this method in patients with patellar instability. The aim of this study was to evaluate the PPA in patients with recurrent patellar dislocation. METHODS: This was a retrospective evaluation of the radiographs of 78 knees with patellar instability...
February 5, 2017: Knee
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28161311/degradation-of-cortical-representations-during-encoding-following-sleep-deprivation
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Jia-Hou Poh, Michael W L Chee
A night of total sleep deprivation (TSD) reduces task-related activation of fronto-parietal and higher visual cortical areas. As this reduction in activation corresponds to impaired attention and perceptual processing, it might also be associated with poorer memory encoding. Related animal work has established that cortical columns stochastically enter an 'off' state in sleep deprivation, leading to predictions that neural representations are less stable and distinctive following TSD. To test these predictions participants incidentally encoded scene images while undergoing fMRI, either during rested wakefulness (RW) or after TSD...
February 1, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28160066/pax2-pax8-defined-subdomains-and-the-occurrence-of-apoptosis-in-the-posterior-placodal-area-of-mice
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Stefan Washausen, Wolfgang Knabe
The present work aims to improve our understanding of the causes and functions of apoptosis during the morphogenesis of epibranchial placodes in mice. Schematic maps helped to compare the spatiotemporal sequence of apoptotic events with the protein expression patterns of general (Six1) and specific placodal markers (Pax2, Pax8). Our findings challenge the view that, in mammals, all three epibranchial placodes spring from the original posterior placodal area (PPA) of presomite or early somite embryos. Instead, close-meshed analysis of the Pax2/Pax8 expression patterns demonstrates the stepwise emergence of two subdomains which both belong to the gradually expanding PPA, and which largely give rise to the otic placode and epibranchial placode 1 (anterior subdomain), or to the caudal epibranchial placodes (posterior subdomain)...
February 3, 2017: Brain Structure & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28150955/randomized-clinical-trial-of-matching-client-alcohol-use-disorder-severity-and-level-of-cognitive-functioning-to-treatment-setting-a-partial-replication-and-extension
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Robert G Rychtarik, Neil B McGillicuddy, George D Papandonatos, Robert B Whitney, Gerard J Connors
In a tightly controlled, clinical research environment, Rychtarik et al. (2000) found that individuals with an alcohol use disorder (AUD) benefited more from inpatient (IP) than outpatient care, if they presented with high alcohol problem severity and/or low cognitive functioning. This study sought to (a) validate and extend these findings within the uncontrolled environment of a community-based treatment center and (b) test whether inpatients had fewer days of involuntary abstinence (e.g., incarcerations), controlling for differences in treatment expectancy across care settings...
February 2, 2017: Psychology of Addictive Behaviors: Journal of the Society of Psychologists in Addictive Behaviors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28150509/potential-diagnostic-and-prognostic-significance-of-plasma-prolidase-activity-in-gastric-cancer
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Sebahattin Celik, Remzi Kızıltan, Eyüp M Yılmaz, Özkan Yılmaz, Halit Demir
AIM: Plasma prolidase activities (PPAs) in cases of gastric cancer. METHODOLOGY/RESULTS: This study was based on a prospective design. 60 patients with gastric cancer (operable cases: 48; inoperable: 12) and 60 healthy controls were included in the study. Prolidase activity was analyzed. The mean PPA levels in the operable, inoperable and control groups were 45.60 ± 4.20, 54.35 ± 4. 9 and 10.92 ± 0.79 U/l, respectively (p < 0.001). PPA decreased significantly after tumor resection...
February 2, 2017: Biomarkers in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28133816/typical-and-atypical-pathology-in-primary-progressive-aphasia-variants
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Edoardo G Spinelli, Maria Luisa Mandelli, Zachary A Miller, Miguel A Santos-Santos, Stephen M Wilson, Federica Agosta, Lea T Grinberg, Eric J Huang, John Q Trojanowski, Marita Meyer, Maya L Henry, Giancarlo Comi, Gil Rabinovici, Howard J Rosen, Massimo Filippi, Bruce L Miller, William W Seeley, Maria Luisa Gorno-Tempini
OBJECTIVE: To characterize in vivo signatures of pathological diagnosis in a large cohort of patients with primary progressive aphasia (PPA) variants defined by current diagnostic classification. METHODS: Extensive clinical, cognitive, neuroimaging, and neuropathological data were collected from 69 patients with sporadic PPA, divided into 29 semantic (svPPA), 25 non-fluent (nfvPPA), 11 logopenic (lvPPA), and 4 mixed PPA. Patterns of grey matter (GM) and white matter (WM) atrophy at presentation were assessed and tested as predictors of pathological diagnosis using support vector machine (SVM) algorithms...
January 30, 2017: Annals of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28123006/conjoint-representation-of-texture-ensemble-and-location-in-the-parahippocampal-place-area
#16
Jeongho Park, Soojin Park
Texture provides crucial information about the category or identity of a scene. Nonetheless, not much is known about how the texture information in a scene is represented in the brain. Previous studies have shown that the parahippocampal place area (PPA), a scene-selective part of visual cortex, responds to texture ensemble in simple patches. However, in natural scenes, textures exist in spatial context within a scene. Here, we tested two hypotheses that describe how textures within a scene context are represented in the PPA...
January 25, 2017: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28120406/generalization-and-maintenance-of-treatment-gains-in-primary-progressive-aphasia-ppa-a-systematic-review
#17
REVIEW
Inês Cadório, Marisa Lousada, Paula Martins, Daniela Figueiredo
BACKGROUND: Cognitive-linguistic treatments and interventions targeting communication have been developed within the context of primary progressive aphasia (PPA), however knowledge about the scope of generalization and maintenance of therapy gains considering PPA subtypes remains scarce and awaits systematic investigation. AIMS: To analyse the effects of semantic therapy on generalization and maintenance of treatment outcomes in individuals with PPA, considering its different subtypes...
January 24, 2017: International Journal of Language & Communication Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28117508/quantifying-the-variability-of-scene-selective-regions-interindividual-interhemispheric-and-sex-differences
#18
Zonglei Zhen, Xiang-Zhen Kong, Lijie Huang, Zetian Yang, Xu Wang, Xin Hao, Taicheng Huang, Yiying Song, Jia Liu
Scene-selective regions (SSRs), including the parahippocampal place area (PPA), retrosplenial cortex (RSC), and transverse occipital sulcus (TOS), are among the most widely characterized functional regions in the human brain. However, previous studies have mostly focused on the commonality within each SSR, providing little information on different aspects of their variability. In a large group of healthy adults (N = 202), we used functional magnetic resonance imaging to investigate different aspects of topographical and functional variability within SSRs, including interindividual, interhemispheric, and sex differences...
January 24, 2017: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28114308/association-of-myopic-deformation-of-optic-disc-with-visual-field-progression-in-paired-eyes-with-open-angle-glaucoma
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Yu Sawada, Masanori Hangai, Makoto Ishikawa, Takeshi Yoshitomi
PURPOSE: The influence of myopia on glaucoma progression remains unknown, possibly because of the multifactorial nature of glaucoma and difficulty in assessing a solo contribution of myopia. The purpose of this study is to investigate the association of myopia with visual field (VF) progression in glaucoma using a paired-eye design to minimize the influence of confounding systemic factors that are diverse among individuals. METHODS: This retrospective study evaluated 144 eyes of 72 subjects with open-angle glaucoma, with similar intra-ocular pressure between paired eyes, spherical equivalent (SE) ≤ -2 diopter (D), and axial length ≥ 24 mm...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106561/the-modified-frontal-behavioral-inventory-fbi-mod-for-patients-with-frontotemporal-lobar-degeneration-alzheimer-s-disease-and-mild-cognitive-impairment
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Noora-Maria Suhonen, Ilona Hallikainen, Tuomo Hänninen, Jari Jokelainen, Johanna Krüger, Anette Hall, Maria Pikkarainen, Hilkka Soininen, Anne M Remes
While behavioral symptoms are both early and prevalent features of behavioral variant frontotemporal dementia (bvFTD), they can be present in other types of dementia as well, including Alzheimer's disease (AD) and even mild cognitive impairment (MCI). The Frontal Behavioral Inventory (FBI) was specifically developed to capture the behavioral and personality changes in bvFTD; it has also been modified into a self-administered caregiver questionnaire (FBI-mod). We examined the utility of the FBI-mod in differentiating bvFTD (n = 26), primary progressive aphasia (PPA) (n = 7), AD (n = 53), and MCI (n = 50) patients, and investigated how the FBI-mod may be associated with neuropsychological measures...
January 20, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
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