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Farheen Khan, Rizwan Wahab, Mohamed Essam Hagar, Rua Alnoman, Mohd Rashid
The present work describes the synthesis of copper oxide nanoparticles (CuONPs) via a solution process with the aim of applying the nano-adsorbent for the reduction of methylene blue (MB) dye in alkaline media. These NPs were characterized via Field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), X-ray diffraction, high-resolution Transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and ultra violet UV-visible spectroscopy to confirm their morphology and crystalline and optical properties in order to design an adsorption-degradation process...
February 27, 2018: Nanomaterials
Matthew Schwartz, Stefanie Fisher, Elizabeth Story-Roller, Gyanu Lamichhane, Nicole Parrish
Patients with cystic fibrosis (CF) are at risk for recurrent pulmonary infections due to increased viscosity of airway secretions, leading to persistent colonization with pathogenic bacteria, including nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM). Extensive antibiotic use for treatment of infections has led to increasing antimicrobial resistance, which is a significant barrier to the treatment of NTMs. We examined the in vitro activity of several antibiotics against a selection of the most drug-resistant clinical isolates of Mycobacterium abscessus, Mycobacterium chelonae, and Mycobacterium avium complex recovered from CF patients at our institution, as well as paired combinations of antibiotics against a subset of M...
January 25, 2018: Microbial Drug Resistance: MDR: Mechanisms, Epidemiology, and Disease
Sebastian Ille, Thomas Picht, Ehab Shiban, Bernhard Meyer, Peter Vajkoczy, Sandro M Krieg
BACKGROUND: The treatment of brain arteriovenous malformations (BAVMs) is still contrarily discussed. Despite the debatable results of the ARUBA trial, most BAVMs still require treatment depending on the Spetzler-Martin (SM) grading. Since size is measurable and venous drainage is visible, the determination of eloquence is comparably crucial but not fully objective. The present bicentric cohort study aims to examine the influence of preoperative navigated transcranial magnetic stimulation (nTMS) motor and language mapping data on decision-making for or against surgical treatment of BAVMs...
March 2018: Acta Neurochirurgica
Anne Barz, Anika Noack, Peter Baumgarten, Volker Seifert, Marie-Therese Forster
OBJECTIVE: Evidence for cerebral reorganization after resection of low-grade glioma has mainly been obtained by serial intraoperative cerebral mapping. Non-invasively collected data on cortical plasticity in tumor patients over a surgery-free period are still scarce. The present study therefore aimed at evaluating motor cortex reorganization by navigated transcranial magnetic stimulation (nTMS) in patients after perirolandic glioma surgery. METHODS: nTMS was performed pre- and postoperatively in 20 patients, separated by 26...
January 19, 2018: World Neurosurgery
Vera Schwarzer, Ina Bährend, Tizian Rosenstock, Felix R Dreyer, Peter Vajkoczy, Thomas Picht
BACKGROUND: Navigated transcranial magnetic stimulation (nTMS) is a non-invasive mapping tool to locate functional areas of the brain. While gaining importance in the preoperative planning process in motor eloquent regions, its usefulness for reliably identifying language areas is still being discussed. The aim of this study was to identify biometric factors which might influence and therefore bias the results of repetitive nTMS (rnTMS) over cortex areas relevant for language. METHOD: We included data of 101 patients with language eloquent brain lesions who underwent preoperative rnTMS examination bihemispherically...
February 2018: Acta Neurochirurgica
Giuseppe Lucente, Steven Lam, Heike Schneider, Thomas Picht
OBJECTIVE: Non-invasive pre-surgical mapping of eloquent brain areas with navigated transcranial magnetic stimulation (nTMS) is a useful technique linked to the improvement of surgical planning and patient outcomes. The stimulator output intensity and subsequent resting motor threshold determination (rMT) are based on the motor-evoked potential (MEP) elicited in the target muscle with an amplitude above a predetermined threshold of 50 μV. However, a subset of patients is unable to achieve complete relaxation in the target muscles, resulting in false positives that jeopardize mapping validity with conventional MEP determination protocols...
February 2018: Acta Neurochirurgica
Giovanni Raffa, Alfredo Conti, Antonino Scibilia, Salvatore Massimiliano Cardali, Felice Esposito, Filippo Flavio Angileri, Domenico La Torre, Carmela Sindorio, Rosaria Viola Abbritti, Antonino Germanò, Francesco Tomasello
BACKGROUND: Navigated transcranial magnetic stimulation (nTMS) enables preoperative mapping of the motor cortex (M1). The combination of nTMS with diffusion tensor imaging fiber tracking (DTI-FT) of the corticospinal tract (CST) has been described; however, its impact on surgery of motor-eloquent lesions has not been addressed. OBJECTIVE: To analyze the impact of nTMS-based mapping on surgery of motor-eloquent lesions. METHODS: In this retrospective case-control study, we reviewed the data of patients operated for suspected motor-eloquent lesions between 2012 and 2015...
November 29, 2017: Neurosurgery
Longwen Yan, Xiaoquan Ji, Shaodong Song, Fan Xia, Yuan Xu, Jiruo Ye, Min Jiang, Wenjin Chen, Tengfei Sun, Shaoyong Liang, Fei Ling, Rui Ma, Mei Huang, Hongpeng Qu, Xianming Song, Deliang Yu, Zhongbin Shi, Yi Liu, Qingwei Yang, Min Xu, Xuru Duan, Yong Liu
The stability and performance of tokamak plasmas are routinely limited by various magneto-hydrodynamic instabilities, such as neoclassical tearing modes (NTMs). This paper presents a rather simple method to control the NTMs in real time (RT) on a tokamak, including the control principle of a feedback approach for RT suppression and stabilization for the NTMs. The control system combines Mirnov, electron cyclotron emission, and soft X-ray diagnostics used for determining the NTM positions. A methodology for fast detection of 2/1 or 3/2 NTM positions with 129 × 129 grid reconstruction is elucidated...
November 2017: Review of Scientific Instruments
Anna Zdunczyk, Vera Schwarzer, Michael Mikhailov, Brendon Bagley, Tizian Rosenstock, Thomas Picht, Peter Vajkoczy
BACKGROUND: In degenerative cervical myelopathy (DCM), the dynamics of disease progression and the outcome after surgical decompression vary interindividually and do not necessarily correlate with radiological findings. OBJECTIVE: To improve diagnostic power in DCM by better characterization of the underlying pathophysiology using navigated transcranial magnetic stimulation (nTMS). METHODS: Eighteen patients with DCM due to cervical spinal canal stenosis were examined preoperatively with nTMS...
November 18, 2017: Neurosurgery
Hiroaki Nagano, Takeshi Kinjo, Yuichiro Nei, Shin Yamashiro, Jiro Fujita, Tomoo Kishaba
Nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) lung disease is increasing globally. Although the etiological epidemiology of NTM is different across regions, Mycobacterium avium complex (MAC) is the leading cause of NTM lung disease in most countries, including mainland Japan. Okinawa is located in the southernmost region of Japan and is the only prefecture categorized as a subtropical region in Japan, it is therefore likely the etiological epidemiology of NTM lung disease is different from mainland Japan. From 2009 to 2015, the medical records of patients, with respiratory specimens positive for NTMs, visiting or admitted to two Okinawan hospitals, were retrospectively analyzed...
2017: PloS One
Philipp Hendrix, Sebastian Senger, Christoph J Griessenauer, Andreas Simgen, Stefan Linsler, Joachim Oertel
OBJECTIVE: To report a technique for endoscopic cystoventriculostomy guided by preoperative navigated transcranial magnetic stimulation (nTMS) and tractography in a patient suffering from a large speech eloquent arachnoid cyst. METHODS: A 74-year old woman presented with a seizure and subsequent persistent anomic aphasia from a progressive left-sided parietal arachnoid cyst. An endoscopic cystoventriculostomy and endoscope-assisted ventricle catheter placement were performed...
October 5, 2017: World Neurosurgery
Lucia Bulubas, Nico Sollmann, Noriko Tanigawa, Claus Zimmer, Bernhard Meyer, Sandro M Krieg
This is an explorative study applying presurgical navigated transcranial magnetic stimulation (nTMS) to investigate the spatial distributions of motor sites to reveal tumor-induced brain plasticity in patients with brain tumors. We analyzed nTMS-based motor maps derived from presurgical mapping of 100 patients with motor eloquently located brain tumors (tumors in the frontal lobe, the precentral gyrus [PrG], the postcentral gyrus [PoG], the remaining parietal lobe, or the temporal lobe). Based on these motor maps, we systematically investigated changes in motor evoked potential (MEP) counts among 4 gyri (PrG, PoG, medial frontal gyrus, and superior frontal gyrus) between subgroups of patients according to the tumor location in order to depict the tumor's influence on reorganization...
September 15, 2017: Brain Topography
Tizian Rosenstock, Davide Giampiccolo, Heike Schneider, Sophia Jutta Runge, Ina Bährend, Peter Vajkoczy, Thomas Picht
OBJECT: Navigated transcranial magnetic stimulation (nTMS) combined with diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) is used preoperatively in patients with eloquent-located brain lesions and allows analyzing non-invasively the spatial relationship between the tumor and functional areas (e.g. the motor cortex and the corticospinal tract [CST]). In this study, we examined the diffusion parameters FA (fractional anisotropy) and ADC (apparent diffusion coefficient) within the CST in different locations and analyzed their interrater reliability and usefulness for predicting the patients' motor outcome with a precise approach of specific region of interest (ROI) seeding based on the color-coded FA-map...
2017: NeuroImage: Clinical
Harper L Kaye, Roman Gersner, Aaron D Boes, Alvaro Pascual-Leone, Alexander Rotenberg
Corticospinal connections may be bilateral at birth, but a predominantly unilateral and crossed pattern develops by the toddler years. Acquired injury can alter the normal development of laterality such that uncrossed corticospinal connections persist, particularly if the injury is early in life and involves the motor system. Whether other developmental insults, such as childhood epilepsy, affect the development of crossed laterality in the motor system is unknown, although this topic has relevance for understanding the broader impact of epilepsy on brain development...
August 19, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
Minna Pitkänen, Elisa Kallioniemi, Petro Julkunen, Maria Nazarova, Jaakko O Nieminen, Risto J Ilmoniemi
Navigated transcranial magnetic stimulation (nTMS) can be applied to locate and outline cortical motor representations. This may be important, e.g., when planning neurosurgery or focused nTMS therapy, or when assessing plastic changes during neurorehabilitation. Conventionally, a cortical location is considered to belong to the motor cortex if the maximum electric field (E-field) targeted there evokes a motor-evoked potential in a muscle. However, the cortex is affected by a broad E-field distribution, which tends to broaden estimates of representation areas by stimulating also the neighboring areas in addition to the maximum E-field location...
July 18, 2017: Brain Topography
H L Kaye, J M Peters, R Gersner, M Chamberland, A Sansevere, A Rotenberg
We present a case of preserved corticospinal connectivity in a cortical tuber, in a 10 year-old boy with intractable epilepsy and tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC). The patient had multiple subcortical tubers, one of which was located in the right central sulcus. In preparation for epilepsy surgery, motor mapping, by neuronavigated transcranial magnetic stimulation (nTMS) coupled with surface electromyography (EMG) was performed to locate the primary motor cortical areas. The resulting functional motor map revealed expected corticospinal connectivity in the left precentral gyrus...
2017: Epilepsy & Behavior Case Reports
Yu Lin, Kai Zhang, Shuai Li, Song Li, Jingna Jin, Fang Jin, Wen Qin, Long Hai, Meng Zhu, Chunshui Yu, Zhipeng Liu, Tao Yin, Xuejun Yang
Essential language sites and the arcuate fasciculus (AF) have been extensively researched. However, the relationship between them remains insufficiently studied, especially in healthy people. Navigated transcranial magnetic stimulation (nTMS) is increasingly used in language mapping. While enjoying the advantage of non-invasiveness, it is also capable of inducing a virtual lesion in the brain. Thus, it offers the possibility of using the virtual-lesion method to study the healthy brain. This study combined nTMS and diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) tractography to investigate the relationship between essential language sites and the AF in 30 healthy right-handed volunteers...
May 13, 2017: Neuroscience Bulletin
Sandro M Krieg, Pantelis Lioumis, Jyrki P Mäkelä, Juha Wilenius, Jari Karhu, Henri Hannula, Petri Savolainen, Carolin Weiss Lucas, Kathleen Seidel, Aki Laakso, Mominul Islam, Selja Vaalto, Henri Lehtinen, Anne-Mari Vitikainen, Phiroz E Tarapore, Thomas Picht
INTRODUCTION: Navigated transcranial magnetic stimulation (nTMS) is increasingly used for preoperative mapping of motor function, and clinical evidence for its benefit for brain tumor patients is accumulating. In respect to language mapping with repetitive nTMS, literature reports have yielded variable results, and it is currently not routinely performed for presurgical language localization. The aim of this project is to define a common protocol for nTMS motor and language mapping to standardize its neurosurgical application and increase its clinical value...
July 2017: Acta Neurochirurgica
Nico Sollmann, Bernhard Meyer, Sandro M Krieg
BACKGROUND: Navigated transcranial magnetic stimulation (nTMS) is increasingly being used for mapping of various brain functions and in nTMS-based tractography in neurosurgical departments worldwide. When a department begins using nTMS data in the clinical workflow, smooth integration into the hospital's existing infrastructure is mandatory. Standardized approaches for this beyond the mapping or tractography procedures themselves have not yet been described. METHODS: To create an effective workflow for neurosurgical nTMS mapping, we present the findings of our 7 years of experience and progressive integration into the clinical routine...
July 2017: World Neurosurgery
Nico Sollmann, Noémie Wildschuetz, Anna Kelm, Neal Conway, Tobias Moser, Lucia Bulubas, Jan S Kirschke, Bernhard Meyer, Sandro M Krieg
OBJECTIVE Navigated transcranial magnetic stimulation (nTMS) and diffusion tensor imaging fiber tracking (DTI FT) based on nTMS data are increasingly used for preoperative planning and resection guidance in patients suffering from motor-eloquent brain tumors. The present study explores whether nTMS-based DTI FT can also be used for individual preoperative risk assessment regarding surgery-related motor impairment. METHODS Data derived from preoperative nTMS motor mapping and subsequent nTMS-based tractography in 86 patients were analyzed...
March 31, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery
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