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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933416/positron-emission-tomography-in-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis-towards-targeting-of-molecular-pathological-hallmarks
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Stefanie M A Willekens, Donatienne Van Weehaeghe, Philip Van Damme, Koen Van Laere
During the past decades, extensive efforts have been made to expand the knowledge of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). However, clinical translation of this research, in terms of earlier diagnosis and improved therapy, remains challenging. Since more than 30% of motor neurons are lost when symptoms become clinically apparent, techniques allowing non-invasive, in vivo detection of motor neuron degeneration are needed in the early, pre-symptomatic disease stage. Furthermore, it has become apparent that non-motor signs play an important role in the disease and there is an overlap with cognitive disorders, such as frontotemporal dementia (FTD)...
December 8, 2016: European Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933410/magnetic-resonance-imaging-patterns-of-treatment-related-toxicity-in-the-pediatric-brain-an-update-and-review-of-the-literature
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REVIEW
Maria Camilla Rossi Espagnet, Luca Pasquini, Antonio Napolitano, Antonella Cacchione, Angela Mastronuzzi, Roberta Caruso, Paolo Tomà, Daniela Longo
Treatment-related neurotoxicity is a potentially life-threatening clinical condition that can represent a diagnostic challenge. Differentiating diagnoses between therapy-associated brain injury and recurrent disease can be difficult, and the immediate recognition of neurotoxicity is crucial to providing correct therapeutic management, ensuring damage reversibility. For these purposes, the knowledge of clinical timing and specific treatment protocols is extremely important for interpreting MRI patterns. Neuroradiologic findings are heterogeneous and sometimes overlapping, representing the compounding effect of the different treatments...
December 9, 2016: Pediatric Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933369/imaging-mass-spectrometry-in-drug-development-and-toxicology
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REVIEW
Oskar Karlsson, Jörg Hanrieder
During the last decades, imaging mass spectrometry has gained significant relevance in biomedical research. Recent advances in imaging mass spectrometry have paved the way for in situ studies on drug development, metabolism and toxicology. In contrast to whole-body autoradiography that images the localization of radiolabeled compounds, imaging mass spectrometry provides the possibility to simultaneously determine the discrete tissue distribution of the parent compound and its metabolites. In addition, imaging mass spectrometry features high molecular specificity and allows comprehensive, multiplexed detection and localization of hundreds of proteins, peptides and lipids directly in tissues...
December 8, 2016: Archives of Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933363/spatially-resolved-metabolic-distribution-for-unraveling-the-physiological-change-and-responses-in-tomato-fruit-using-matrix-assisted-laser-desorption-ionization-mass-spectrometry-imaging-maldi-msi
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Junya Nakamura, Tomomi Morikawa-Ichinose, Yoshinori Fujimura, Eisuke Hayakawa, Katsutoshi Takahashi, Takanori Ishii, Daisuke Miura, Hiroyuki Wariishi
Information on spatiotemporal metabolic behavior is indispensable for a precise understanding of physiological changes and responses, including those of ripening processes and wounding stress, in fruit, but such information is still limited. Here, we visualized the spatial distribution of metabolites within tissue sections of tomato (Solanum lycopersicum L.) fruit using a matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization-mass spectrometry imaging (MALDI-MSI) technique combined with a matrix sublimation/recrystallization method...
December 8, 2016: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933003/altered-insular-function-during-aberrant-salience-processing-in-relation-to-the-severity-of-psychotic-symptoms
#5
Anna Walter, Claudia Suenderhauf, Renata Smieskova, Claudia Lenz, Fabienne Harrisberger, André Schmidt, Tobias Vogel, Undine E Lang, Anita Riecher-Rössler, Anne Eckert, Stefan Borgwardt
There is strong evidence for abnormal salience processing in patients with psychotic experiences. In particular, there are indications that the degree of aberrant salience processing increases with the severity of positive symptoms. The aim of the present study was to elucidate this relationship by means of brain imaging. Functional magnetic resonance imaging was acquired to assess hemodynamic responses during the Salience Attribution Test, a paradigm for reaction time that measures aberrant salience to irrelevant stimulus features...
2016: Frontiers in Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932968/neurobiology-of-anorexia-nervosa-serotonin-dysfunctions-link-self-starvation-with-body-image-disturbances-through-an-impaired-body-memory
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Giuseppe Riva
The etiology of anorexia nervosa (AN) is still unclear, despite that it is a critical and potentially mortal illness. A recent neurobiological model considers AN as the outcome of dysfunctions in the neuronal processes related to appetite and emotionality (Kaye et al., 2009, 2013). However, this model still is not able to answer a critical question: What is behind body image disturbances (BIDs) in AN? The article starts its analysis from reviewing some of the studies exploring the effects of the serotonin systems in memory (episodic, working, and spatial) and its dysfunctions...
2016: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932950/amyloid-precursor-proteins-are-dynamically-trafficked-and-processed-during-neuronal-development
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Jenna M Ramaker, Robert S Cargill, Tracy L Swanson, Hanil Quirindongo, Marlène Cassar, Doris Kretzschmar, Philip F Copenhaver
Proteolytic processing of the Amyloid Precursor Protein (APP) produces beta-amyloid (Aβ) peptide fragments that accumulate in Alzheimer's Disease (AD), but APP may also regulate multiple aspects of neuronal development, albeit via mechanisms that are not well understood. APP is a member of a family of transmembrane glycoproteins expressed by all higher organisms, including two mammalian orthologs (APLP1 and APLP2) that have complicated investigations into the specific activities of APP. By comparison, insects express only a single APP-related protein (APP-Like, or APPL) that contains the same protein interaction domains identified in APP...
2016: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932858/one-stage-bone-strip-reconstruction-technique-with-balloon-sinus-dilatation-surgery-for-chronic-maxillary-atelectasis
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Tomoyuki Kashima, Robert A Goldberg, Jocelyne C Kohn, Daniel B Rootman
PURPOSE: Chronic maxillary atelectasis is characterized by unilateral spontaneous enophthalmos and hypoglobus due to increased orbital volume secondary to maxillary sinus inward deformation. Reformation of the sinus architecture and reconstruction of the orbit are key to a successful outcome. Here, we introduce a one-staged surgery that addresses both these goals. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed 11 patients treated with one-stage orbital and sinus surgery...
2016: Clinical Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932309/binge-alcohol-alters-exercise-driven-neuroplasticity
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Emily A Barton, Yanbin Lu, Murad Megjhani, Mark E Maynard, Prathamesh M Kulkarni, Badrinath Roysam, J Leigh Leasure
Exercise is increasingly being used as a treatment for alcohol use disorders (AUD), but the interactive effects of alcohol and exercise on the brain remain largely unexplored. Alcohol damages the brain, in part by altering glial functioning. In contrast, exercise promotes glial health and plasticity. In the present study, we investigated whether binge alcohol would attenuate the effects of subsequent exercise on glia. We focused on the medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC), an alcohol-vulnerable region that also undergoes neuroplastic changes in response to exercise...
December 5, 2016: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932298/modeling-birds-on-wires
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A Aydoğdu, P Frasca, C D'Apice, R Manzo, J M Thornton, B Gachomo, T Wilson, B Cheung, U Tariq, W Saidel, B Piccoli
In this paper we introduce a mathematical model to study the group dynamics of birds resting on wires. The model is agent-based and postulates attraction-repulsion forces between the interacting birds: the interactions are "topological", in the sense that they involve a given number of neighbors irrespective of their distance. The model is first mathematically analyzed and then simulated to study its main properties: we observe that the model predicts birds to be more widely spaced near the borders of each group...
December 5, 2016: Journal of Theoretical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932290/the-diagnosis-of-idiopathic-pulmonary-fibrosis-current-and-future-approaches
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REVIEW
Fernando J Martinez, Alison Chisholm, Harold R Collard, Kevin R Flaherty, Jeffrey Myers, Ganesh Raghu, Simon L F Walsh, Eric S White, Luca Richeldi
With the recent development of two effective treatments for patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, an accurate diagnosis is crucial. The traditional approach to diagnosis emphasises the importance of thorough clinical and laboratory evaluations to exclude secondary causes of disease. High-resolution CT is a critical initial diagnostic test and acts as a tool to identify patients who should undergo surgical lung biopsy to secure a definitive histological diagnosis of usual interstitial pneumonia pattern...
December 5, 2016: Lancet Respiratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931840/quality-indicators-in-the-intensity-modulated-image-guided-radiotherapy-era
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REVIEW
P Gabriele, A Maggio, E Garibaldi, C Bracco, E Delmastro, D Gabriele, A Rosi, F Munoz, N Di Muzio, R Corvò, M Stasi
PURPOSE: To propose new Quality Indicators (QIs) for the Intensity Modulated(IMRT)/Image-Guided(IGRT) Radiotherapy techniques. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Two structure, 10 process and 2 outcome QIs were elaborated. A working group including Radiation Oncologist, Medical Physicist and Radiation Technologists was made up. A preliminary set of indicators was selected on the basis of evidenced critical issues; the criteria to identify more relevant and specific QIs for IMRT/IGRT were defined; structure, process and outcome QIs were defined...
December 2016: Critical Reviews in Oncology/hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931245/brain-activation-in-frontotemporal-and-alzheimer-s-dementia-a-functional-near-infrared-spectroscopy-study
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Florian G Metzger, Betti Schopp, Florian B Haeussinger, Katja Dehnen, Matthis Synofzik, Andreas J Fallgatter, Ann-Christine Ehlis
BACKGROUND: Frontotemporal dementia is an increasingly studied disease, the underlying functional impairments on a neurobiological level of which have not been fully understood. Patients with the behavioral-subtype frontotemporal dementia (bvFTD) are particularly challenging for clinical measurements such as functional imaging due to their behavioral symptoms. Here, an alternative imaging method, functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS), is introduced to measure task-related cortical brain activation based on blood oxygenation...
December 8, 2016: Alzheimer's Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931227/epigenetics-of-amphetamine-induced-sensitization-hdac5-expression-and-microrna-in-neural-remodeling
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Philip K Liu, Christina H Liu
BACKGROUND: Histone deacetylase (HDAC) activities modify chromatin structure and play a role in learning and memory during developmental processes. Studies of adult mice suggest HDACs are involved in neural network remodeling in brain repair, but its function in drug addiction is less understood. We aimed to examine in vivo HDAC5 expression in a preclinical model of amphetamine-induced sensitization (AIS) of behavior. We generated specific contrast agents to measure HDAC5 levels by in vivo molecular contrast-enhanced (MCE) magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in amphetamine-naïve mice as well as in mice with AIS...
December 8, 2016: Journal of Biomedical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931179/structural-and-functional-integrity-of-the-intraparietal-sulcus-in-moderate-and-severe-traumatic-brain-injury
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Chandler Sours, Prashant Raghavan, Alexandre Medina de Jesus, Steven R Roys, Li Jiang, Jiachen Zhuo, Rao P Gullapalli
Severe and Moderate TBI (sTBI) often results in long-term cognitive deficits such as reduced processing speed and attention. The intraparietal sulcus (IPS) is a neocortical structure that plays a crucial role in the deeply interrelated processes of multisensory processing and top down attention. Therefore, we hypothesized that disruptions in the functional and structural connections of the IPS may play a role in the development of such deficits. To examine these connections we used resting state fMRI (rsfMRI) and diffusion kurtosis imaging (DKI) in a cohort of 27 sTBI patients (29...
December 8, 2016: Journal of Neurotrauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930930/numerical-simulation-of-interaction-between-organs-and-food-bolus-during-swallowing-and-aspiration
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Takahiro Kikuchi, Yukihiro Michiwaki, Seiichi Koshizuka, Tetsu Kamiya, Yoshio Toyama
The mechanism of swallowing is still not fully understood, because the process of swallowing is a rapid and complex interaction among several involved organs and the food bolus. In this work, with the aim of studying swallowing and aspiration processes noninvasively and systematically, a computer simulation method for analyzing the involved organs and water (considered as the food bolus) is proposed. The shape and motion of the organs involved in swallowing are modeled in the same way as in our previous study, by using the Hamiltonian moving particle simulation (MPS) method and forced displacements on the basis of motion in a healthy volunteer...
November 30, 2016: Computers in Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930898/changed-crossmodal-functional-connectivity-in-older-adults-with-hearing-loss
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Sebastian Puschmann, Christiane M Thiel
Previous work compellingly demonstrates a crossmodal plastic reorganization of auditory cortex in deaf individuals, leading to increased neural responses to non-auditory sensory input. Recent data indicate that crossmodal adaptive plasticity is not restricted to severe hearing impairments, but may also occur as a result of high-frequency hearing loss in older adults and affect audiovisual processing in these subjects. We here used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to study the effect of hearing loss in older adults on auditory cortex response patterns as well as on functional connectivity between auditory and visual cortex during audiovisual processing...
October 31, 2016: Cortex; a Journal Devoted to the Study of the Nervous System and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930678/structural-differences-in-insular-cortex-reflect-vicarious-injustice-sensitivity
#18
Thomas Baumgartner, Anne Saulin, Grit Hein, Daria Knoch
Sensitivity to injustice inflicted on others is a strong motivator of human social behavior. There are, however, enormous individual differences in vicarious injustice sensitivity. Some people are strongly affected when witnessing injustice, while others barely notice it, but the factors behind this heterogeneity are poorly understood. Here we examine the neuroanatomical basis of these differences using voxel-based morphometry and Freesurfer image analysis suite. Whole brain corrected analyses show that a person's propensity to be vicariously affected by injustice to others is reflected by the gray matter volume and thickness of the bilateral mid insular cortex...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27929730/detection-of-glaucoma-using-image-processing-techniques-a-critique
#19
B Naveen Kumar, R P Chauhan, Nidhi Dahiya
OBJECTIVE: The primary objective of this article is to present a summary of different types of image processing methods employed for the detection of glaucoma, a serious eye disease. INTRODUCTION: Glaucoma affects the optic nerve in which retinal ganglion cells become dead, and this leads to loss of vision. The principal cause is the increase in intraocular pressure, which occurs in open-angle and angle-closure glaucoma, the two major types affecting the optic nerve...
December 8, 2016: Seminars in Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27929667/optimizing-mri-logistics-focused-process-improvements-can-increase-throughput-in-an-academic-radiology-department
#20
Jeremy J O'Brien, Jeremy Stormann, Kelli Roche, Ines Cabral-Goncalves, Annamarie Monks, Donna Hallett, Koenraad J Mortele
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to describe and evaluate the effect of focused process improvements on protocol selection and scheduling in the MRI division of a busy academic medical center, as measured by examination and room times, magnet fill rate, and potential revenue increases and cost savings to the department. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Focused process improvements, led by a multidisciplinary team at a large academic medical center, were directed at streamlining MRI protocols and optimizing matching protocol ordering to scheduling while maintaining or improving image quality...
December 8, 2016: AJR. American Journal of Roentgenology
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