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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326008/disease-specific-regions-outperform-whole-brain-approaches-in-identifying-progressive-supranuclear-palsy-a-multicentric-mri-study
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Karsten Mueller, Robert Jech, Cecilia Bonnet, Jaroslav Tintěra, Jaromir Hanuška, Harald E Möller, Klaus Fassbender, Albert Ludolph, Jan Kassubek, Markus Otto, Evžen Růžička, Matthias L Schroeter
To identify progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP), we combined voxel-based morphometry (VBM) and support vector machine (SVM) classification using disease-specific features in multicentric magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) data. Structural brain differences were investigated at four centers between 20 patients with PSP and 20 age-matched healthy controls with T1-weighted MRI at 3T. To pave the way for future application in personalized medicine, we applied SVM classification to identify PSP on an individual level besides group analyses based on VBM...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321442/improved-electron-hole-separation-and-migration-in-anatase-tio2-nanorod-reduced-graphene-oxide-composites-and-their-influence-on-photocatalytic-performance
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Gregor Žerjav, Muhammad Shahid Arshad, Petar Djinović, Ita Junkar, Janez Kovač, Janez Zavašnik, Albin Pintar
The as-synthesized TiO2 nanorods a-TNR (amorphous TiO2 layer covering the crystalline anatase TiO2 core) and TNR (fully crystalline anatase TiO2) were decorated with reduced graphene oxide (rGO) to synthesize two series of TiO2 + rGO composites with different nominal loadings of GO (from 4 to 20 wt%). The structural, surface and electronic properties of the obtained TiO2 + rGO composites were analyzed and correlated to their performance in the photocatalytic oxidation of aqueous bisphenol A solution. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) analyses revealed that charge separation in TiO2 + rGO composites is improved due to the perfect matching of TiO2 and rGO valence band maxima (VBM)...
March 21, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321185/sex-matters-hippocampal-volume-predicts-individual-differences-in-associative-memory-in-cognitively-normal-older-women-but-not-men
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Zhiwei Zheng, Rui Li, Fengqiu Xiao, Rongqiao He, Shouzi Zhang, Juan Li
The hippocampus plays a prominent role in associative memory by supporting relational binding and recollection processes. Structural atrophy in the hippocampus is likely to induce associative memory deficits in older adults. Previous studies have primarily focused on average age-related differences in hippocampal structure and memory performance. To date, however, it remains unclear whether individual differences in hippocampal morphometry underlie differential associative memory performance, and whether there are sex differences in the structural correlates of associative memory in healthy older adults...
2017: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319687/effects-of-subclinical-depression-anxiety-and-somatization-on-brain-structure-in-healthy-subjects
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Bianca Besteher, Christian Gaser, Kerstin Langbein, Maren Dietzek, Heinrich Sauer, Igor Nenadić
BACKGROUND: Dimensional approaches in highly prevalent psychiatric disorders like depression or anxiety could lead to a better understanding of pathogenesis and advantages in early detection and prevention. In an effort to better understand associations of brain structural variation across the depression/anxiety spectra, we investigated minor subclinical symptoms in a non-clinical healthy population. METHODS: We studied 177 healthy subjects from the community, who underwent high-resolution T1-weighted 3T MRI and completed the symptom-checklist-90 (SCL-90-R)...
March 16, 2017: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28304149/predicting-brain-structure-in-population-based-samples-with-biologically-informed-genetic-scores-for-schizophrenia
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Sandra Van der Auwera, Katharina Wittfeld, Elena Shumskaya, Janita Bralten, Marcel P Zwiers, A Marten H Onnink, Niccolo Usberti, Johannes Hertel, Henry Völzke, Uwe Völker, Norbert Hosten, Barbara Franke, Hans J Grabe
Schizophrenia is associated with brain structural abnormalities including gray and white matter volume reductions. Whether these alterations are caused by genetic risk variants for schizophrenia is unclear. Previous attempts to detect associations between polygenic factors for schizophrenia and structural brain phenotypes in healthy subjects have been negative or remain non-replicated. In this study, we used genetic risk scores that were based on the accumulated effect of selected risk variants for schizophrenia belonging to specific biological systems like synaptic function, neurodevelopment, calcium signaling, and glutamatergic neurotransmission...
April 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part B, Neuropsychiatric Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303932/tuning-coupling-behavior-of-stacked-heterostructures-based-on-mos2-ws2-and-wse2
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Fang Wang, Junyong Wang, Shuang Guo, Jinzhong Zhang, Zhigao Hu, Junhao Chu
The interlayer interaction of vertically stacked heterojunctions is very sensitive to the interlayer spacing, which will affect the coupling between the monolayers and allow band structure modulation. Here, with the aid of density functional theory (DFT) calculations, an interesting phenomenon is found that MoS2-WS2, MoS2-WSe2, and WS2-WSe2 heterostructures turn into direct-gap semiconductors from indirect-gap semiconductors with increasing the interlayer space. Moreover, the electronic structure changing process with interlayer spacing of MoS2-WS2, MoS2-WSe2, and WS2-WSe2 is different from each other...
March 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293437/short-latency-gray-matter-changes-in-voxel-based-morphometry-following-high-frequent-visual-stimulation
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Steffen Naegel, Tim Hagenacker, Nina Theysohn, Hans-Christoph Diener, Zaza Katsarava, Mark Obermann, Dagny Holle
Magnetic resonance imaging studies using voxel-based morphometry (VBM) detected structural changes in the human brain within periods of months or weeks. The underlying molecular mechanisms of VBM findings remain unresolved. We showed that simple visual stimulation by an alternating checkerboard leads to instant, short-lasting alterations of the primary and secondary visual cortex detected by VBM. The rapidness of occurrence (i.e., within 10 minutes) rather excludes most of the proposed physiological mechanism such as neural or glial cell genesis/degeneration or synapse turnover...
2017: Neural Plasticity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28292175/determining-band-edge-energies-and-morphology-dependent-stability-of-formamidinium-lead-perovskite-films-using-spectroelectrochemistry-and-photoelectron-spectroscopy
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R Clayton Shallcross, Yilong Zheng, S Scott Saavedra, Neal R Armstrong
We show for the first time that the frontier orbital energetics (conduction band minimum (CBM) and valence band maximum (VBM)) of device-relevant, methylammonium bromide (MABr)-doped, formamidinium lead trihalide perovskite (FA-PVSK) thin films can be characterized using UV-Vis spectroelectrochemistry, which provides an additional and straightforward experimental technique for determining energy band values relative to more traditional methods based on photoelectron spectroscopy. FA-PVSK films are processed via a two-step deposition process, known to provide high efficiency solar cells, on semi-transparent indium tin oxide (ITO) and titanium dioxide (TiO2) electrodes...
March 14, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28290386/imaging-biomarker-correlates-with-oxidative-stress-in-parkinson-s-disease
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Rajini M Naduthota, Rose D Bharath, Ketan Jhunjhunwala, Ravi Yadav, Jitender Saini, Rita Christopher, Pramod Kumar Pal
BACKGROUND: While oxidative stress (OS) may be one of the crucial factors determining the initiation and progression of Parkinson's disease (PD), its correlation with gray matter (GM) atrophy is not known. AIMS: To determine the GM volume (GMV) changes using voxel-based morphometry (VBM) and correlation with OS marker serum malondialdehyde (MDA) in PD. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Seventy-two patients with PD were clinically evaluated and underwent magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) on a 3T MRI scanner using a 32-channel head coil...
March 2017: Neurology India
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28273899/in-vivo-microscopic-voxel-based-morphometry-with-a-brain-template-to-characterize-strain-specific-structures-in-the-mouse-brain
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Keigo Hikishima, Yuji Komaki, Fumiko Seki, Yasuyuki Ohnishi, Hirotaka J Okano, Hideyuki Okano
Hundreds of inbred mouse strains are established for use in a broad spectrum of basic research fields, including genetics, neuroscience, immunology, and cancer. Inbred mice exhibit identical intra-strain genetics and divergent inter-strain phenotypes. The cognitive and behavioral divergences must be controlled by the variances of structure and function of their brains; however, the underlying morphological features of strain-to-strain difference remain obscure. Here, in vivo microscopic magnetic resonance imaging was optimized to image the mouse brains by using an isotropic resolution of 80 μm...
December 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28264563/revealing-charge-transport-mechanisms-in-li2s2-for-li-sulfur-batteries
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Zhixiao Liu, Perla B Balbuena, Partha P Mukherjee
Besides lithium sulfide (Li2S), lithium persulfide (Li2S2) is another solid discharge product in lithium-sulfur (Li-S) batteries. Revealing the charge transport mechanism in the discharge products is important for developing an effective strategy to improve the performance of Li-S batteries. Li2S2 cannot transport free electrons due to its wide bandgap between the valence band maximum (VBM) and conduction band minimum (VBM). However, electron polarons (p-) and hole polarons (p+) can appear in solid Li2S2 due to the unique molecular orbital structure of the S_2^(2-) anion...
March 6, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28248867/structural-and-functional-brain-changes-in-early-and-mid-stage-primary-open-angle-glaucoma-using-voxel-based-morphometry-and-functional-magnetic-resonance-imaging
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Ming-Ming Jiang, Qing Zhou, Xiao-Yong Liu, Chang-Zheng Shi, Jian Chen, Xiang-He Huang
To investigate structural and functional brain changes in patients with primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG) by using voxel-based morphometry based on diffeomorphic anatomical registration through exponentiated Lie algebra (VBM-DARTEL) and blood oxygenation level dependent functional magnetic resonance imaging (BOLD-fMRI), respectively.Thirteen patients diagnosed with POAG and 13 age- and sex-matched healthy controls were enrolled in the study. For each participant, high-resolution structural brain imaging and blood flow imaging were acquired on a 3...
March 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28239524/pattern-of-gray-matter-volumes-related-to-retinal-thickness-and-its-association-with-cognitive-function-in-relapsing-remitting-ms
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Jan-Patrick Stellmann, Hanife Cetin, Kim Lea Young, Sibylle Hodecker, Jana Pöttgen, Diana Bittersohl, Andrea Hassenstein, Timm Oberwahrenbrock, Christoph Heesen, Susanne Siemonsen
BACKGROUND: Neurodegeneration in multiple sclerosis (MS) may be investigated in the visual system as optical coherence tomography (OCT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) allows examining structural integrity in detail. The association between thickness of retinal layers and focal cortical volumes beyond the primary visual system has not been thoroughly investigated. OBJECTIVE: To investigate the association between focal cortical volume and thickness of retinal layers...
February 2017: Brain and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220991/molten-ag2so4-based-ion-exchange-preparation-of-a-novel-ag0-5la0-5tio3-material-for-photocatalytic-o2-evolution
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Shichao Zong, Cheng Cheng, Jinwen Shi, Zhenxiong Huang, Yuchao Hu, Honghui Yang, Liejin Guo
A novel material, Ag0.5La0.5TiO3, with ABO3 perovskite structure was synthesized by a newly developed ion-exchange method. Molten Ag2SO4 instead of traditional molten AgNO3 was used as Ag+ source in view of high decomposition temperature (1052 oC) of Ag2SO4, thereby guaranteeing the complete substitution of Ag+ for Na+ in Na0.5La0.5TiO3 with stable ABO3 perovskite structure, in which it is difficult to exchange Na+ with Ag+, to obtain Ag0.5La0.5TiO3 at a high ion-exchange temperature (700 oC) above the melting temperature (652 oC) of Ag2SO4...
February 21, 2017: Chemistry, An Asian Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220826/different-brain-structures-associated-with-artistic-and-scientific-creativity-a-voxel-based-morphometry-study
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Baoguo Shi, Xiaoqing Cao, Qunlin Chen, Kaixiang Zhuang, Jiang Qiu
Creativity is the ability to produce original and valuable ideas or behaviors. In real life, artistic and scientific creativity promoted the development of human civilization; however, to date, no studies have systematically investigated differences in the brain structures responsible for artistic and scientific creativity in a large sample. Using voxel-based morphometry (VBM), this study identified differences in regional gray matter volume (GMV) across the brain between artistic and scientific creativity (assessed by the Creative Achievement Questionnaire) in 356 young, healthy subjects...
February 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197568/interfacial-electronic-structures-revealed-at-the-rubrene-ch3nh3pbi3-interface
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Gengwu Ji, Guanhaojie Zheng, Bin Zhao, Fei Song, Xiaonan Zhang, Kongchao Shen, Yingguo Yang, Yimin Xiong, Xingyu Gao, Liang Cao, Dong-Chen Qi
The electronic structures of rubrene films deposited on CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite have been investigated using in situ ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy (UPS) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). It was found that rubrene molecules interacted weakly with the perovskite substrate. Due to charge redistribution at their interface, a downward 'band bending'-like energy shift of ∼0.3 eV and an upward band bending of ∼0.1 eV were identified at the upper rubrene side and the CH3NH3PbI3 substrate side, respectively...
February 15, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197123/altered-regional-gray-matter-volume-in-obese-men-a-structural-mri-study
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Bin Zhang, Xiao Tian, Derun Tian, Jinhong Wang, Qiming Wang, Chunshui Yu, Chunbo Li, Jijun Wang
Obesity is associated with a number of health problems, especial insulin resistance and Type 2 diabetes. Our previous study showed that obese males had decreased neural activity in the orbital frontal cortex (OFC) and increased activity in the left putamen (Zhang et al., 2015b), which could indicate altered eating behaviors in obesity related to a hyper-functioning striatum and hypo-functioning inhibitory control. Accordingly, our goal of the current study was to determine whether there are alterations in the brain structures within these two neural systems in obese individuals...
2017: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194282/localizing-age-related-changes-in-brain-structure-using-voxel-based-morphometry
#18
Shu Hua Mu, Min Xu, Jun Xiu Duan, Jian Zhang, Li Hai Tan
Aim. We report the dynamic anatomical sequence of human cortical gray matter development from late childhood to young adults using VBM and ROI-based methods. Method. The structural MRI of 91 normal individuals ranging in age from 6 to 26 years was obtained and the GMV for each region was measured. Results. Our results showed that the earliest loss of GMV occurred in left olfactory, right precuneus, caudate, left putamen, pallidum, and left middle temporal gyrus. In addition, the trajectory of maturational and aging showed a linear decline in GMV on both cortical lobes and subcortical regions...
2017: Neural Plasticity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188918/evaluation-of-multimodal-segmentation-based-on-3d-t1-t2-and-flair-weighted-images-the-difficulty-of-choosing
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Tobias Lindig, Raviteja Kotikalapudi, Daniel Schweikardt, Pascal Martin, Friedemann Bender, Uwe Klose, Ulrike Ernemann, Niels K Focke, Benjamin Bender
Voxel-based morphometry is still mainly based on T1-weighted MRI scans. Misclassification of vessels and dura mater as gray matter has been previously reported. Goal of the present work was to evaluate the effect of multimodal segmentation methods available in SPM12, and their influence on identification of age related atrophy and lesion detection in epilepsy patients. 3D T1-, T2- and FLAIR-images of 77 healthy adults (mean age 35.8 years, 19-66 years, 45 females), 7 patients with malformation of cortical development (MCD) (mean age 28...
February 7, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188846/sexual-differentiation-of-the-adolescent-rat-brain-a-longitudinal-voxel-based-morphometry-study
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Akira Sumiyoshi, Hiroi Nonaka, Ryuta Kawashima
The sexual differentiation of the rat brain during the adolescent period has been well documented in post-mortem histological studies. However, to further understand the morphological changes occurring in the entire brain, a noninvasive neuroimaging method allowing an unbiased, comprehensive, and longitudinal investigation of brain morphology should be used. In this study, we investigated the sexual differentiation of the rat brain during the adolescent period using longitudinal voxel-based morphometry (VBM) analysis...
March 6, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
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