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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432780/single-subject-independent-component-analysis-based-intensity-normalization-in-non-quantitative-multi-modal-structural-mri
#1
Sebastian Papazoglou, Jens Würfel, Friedemann Paul, Alexander U Brandt, Michael Scheel
Non-quantitative MRI is prone to intersubject intensity variation rendering signal intensity level based analyses limited. Here, we propose a method that fuses non-quantitative routine T1-weighted (T1w), T2w, and T2w fluid-saturated inversion recovery sequences using independent component analysis and validate it on age and sex matched healthy controls. The proposed method leads to consistent and independent components with a significantly reduced coefficient-of-variation across subjects, suggesting potential to serve as automatic intensity normalization and thus to enhance the power of intensity based statistical analyses...
April 22, 2017: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432093/diversity-of-integrative-and-conjugative-elements-of-streptococcus-salivarius-and-their-intra-and-interspecies-transfer
#2
Narimane Dahmane, Virginie Libante, Florence Charron-Bourgoin, Eric Guédon, Gérard Guédon, Nathalie Leblond-Bourget, Sophie Payot
Integrative and Conjugative Elements (ICEs) are widespread chromosomal mobile genetic elements, which can transfer autonomously by conjugation in bacteria. Thirteen ICEs with a conjugation module closely related to that of ICESt3 of Streptococcus thermophilus were characterized in Streptococcus salivarius by whole genome sequencing. Sequence comparison highlighted ICE evolution by shuffling of 3 different integration/excision modules (for integration in the 3' end of fda, rpsI or rpmG genes) with the conjugation module of the ICESt3 subfamily...
April 21, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430048/a-spinal-epidural-abscess-due-to-streptobacillus-moniliformis-infection-following-a-rat-bite-case-report
#3
Alexander Hammer, Dorit Wolff, Walter Geißdörfer, Michael Schrey, Renate Ziegler, Hans-Herbert Steiner, Christian Bogdan
The authors describe the case of a 40-year-old man suffering from an epidural abscess in the thoracic spine due to a rarely isolated pathogen, Streptobacillus moniliformis, the causative agent of rat bite fever. Besides diffuse abdominal pain, ataxia, paresthesia, hypesthesia, and enhanced reflexes of the lower extremities, the patient suffered from a decreased sensation of bladder filling. His history was also positive for a rat bite 6 weeks earlier. Magnetic resonance imaging showed an epidural, space-occupying lesion compressing the spinal cord at the vertebral levels of T6-8...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery. Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429818/piscirickettsia-salmonis-infection-in-cultured-lumpfish-cyclopterus-lumpus-l
#4
M Marcos-López, N M Ruane, F Scholz, M Bolton-Warberg, S O Mitchell, S Murphy O'Sullivan, A Irwin Moore, H D Rodger
A Piscirickettsia salmonis infection was diagnosed in lumpfish (Cyclopterus lumpus L.) juveniles held in a marine research facility on the west coast of Ireland. The main clinical signs and pathology included marked ascites, severe multifocal liver necrosis and severe diffuse inflammation and necrosis of the exocrine pancreas and peri-pancreatic adipose tissue. Numerous Piscirickettsia-like organisms were observed by histopathology in the affected organs, and the bacterial species was characterized by molecular analysis...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Fish Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427358/cortical-laminar-necrosis-in-dengue-encephalitis-a-case-report
#5
Ravindra Kumar Garg, Imran Rizvi, Rajan Ingole, Amita Jain, Hardeep Singh Malhotra, Neeraj Kumar, Dhruv Batra
BACKGROUND: Dengue encephalitis is a rare neurological manifestation of dengue fever. Its clinical presentation is similar to other viral encephalitides and encephalopathy. No single specific finding on magnetic resonance imaging of dengue encephalitis has yet been documented. They are highly variable and atypical. CASE PRESENTATION: A 15-year boy presented with fever, the headache and altered sensorium of 12-day duration. On neurological examination, his Glasgow Coma Scale score was 10 (E3M4V3)...
April 20, 2017: BMC Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424822/rapid-non-contrast-magnetic-resonance-imaging-for-post-appendectomy-intra-abdominal-abscess-in-children
#6
Megan H Lee, Eric P Eutsler, Elizabeth F Sheybani, Geetika Khanna
BACKGROUND: Acute appendicitis, especially if perforated at presentation, is often complicated by postoperative abscess formation. The detection of a postoperative abscess relies primarily on imaging. This has traditionally been done with contrast-enhanced computed tomography. Non-contrast magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) has the potential to accurately detect intra-abdominal abscesses, especially with the use of diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI). OBJECTIVE: To evaluate our single-center experience with a rapid non-contrast MRI protocol evaluating post-appendectomy abscesses in children with persistent postsurgical symptoms...
April 20, 2017: Pediatric Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423540/correlations-between-intravoxel-incoherent-motion-ivim-parameters-and-histological-findings-in-rectal-cancer-preliminary-results
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Alexey Surov, Hans Jonas Meyer, Anne-Kathrin Höhn, Curd Behrmann, Andreas Wienke, Rolf Peter Spielmann, Nikita Garnov
Our purpose was to correlate different intravoxel incoherent motion (IVIM), histopathological and clinical parameters in rectal cancer. 17 patients with histologically proven rectal cancer investigated on a 3.T device were included into the study. DWI was performed using a multi-slice single-shot echo-planar imaging sequence with b values of 0, 50, 200, 500 and 1000 s/mm.2 A polygonal region of interest was drawn within the tumors on every b image. The following parameters were retrieved from IVIM: apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC), true diffusion (D), pseudo diffusion coefficient (D*), perfusion factor (f), and relative perfusion f·D*...
March 28, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422807/clinical-robustness-of-accelerated-and-optimized-abdominal-diffusion-weighted-imaging
#8
Jana Taron, Jakob Weiß, Petros Martirosian, Ferdinand Seith, Alto Stemmer, Fabian Bamberg, Mike Notohamiprodjo
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to assess the robustness of an accelerated and optimized diffusion-weighted sequence in clinical routine abdominal imaging using the simultaneous multislice (SMS) technique for scan time reduction and 3-dimensional (3D) diagonal diffusion mode to optimize image quality. MATERIALS AND METHODS: One hundred fifty consecutive patients received clinically indicated magnetic resonance imaging for abdominal imaging including an optimized SMS diffusion-weighted sequence (DWIOPT: diffusion mode 3D diagonal; SMS factor 2; scan time 1:44 minutes)...
April 19, 2017: Investigative Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422010/synaptic-input-sequence-discrimination-on-behavioral-time-scales-mediated-by-reaction-diffusion-chemistry-in-dendrites
#9
Upinder Singh Bhalla
Sequences of events are ubiquitous in sensory, motor, and cognitive function. Key computational operations, including pattern recognition, event prediction, and plasticity, involve neural discrimination of spatio-temporal sequences. Here we show that synaptically-driven reaction-diffusion pathways on dendrites can perform sequence discrimination on behaviorally relevant time-scales. We used abstract signaling models to show that selectivity arises when inputs at successive locations are aligned with, and amplified by, propagating chemical waves triggered by previous inputs...
April 19, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420880/balancing-speed-and-coverage-by-sequential-seeding-in-complex-networks
#10
Jarosław Jankowski, Piotr Bródka, Przemysław Kazienko, Boleslaw K Szymanski, Radosław Michalski, Tomasz Kajdanowicz
Information spreading in complex networks is often modeled as diffusing information with certain probability from nodes that possess it to their neighbors that do not. Information cascades are triggered when the activation of a set of initial nodes - seeds - results in diffusion to large number of nodes. Here, several novel approaches for seed initiation that replace the commonly used activation of all seeds at once with a sequence of initiation stages are introduced. Sequential strategies at later stages avoid seeding highly ranked nodes that are already activated by diffusion active between stages...
April 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419429/mutational-landscape-of-b-cell-post-transplant-lymphoproliferative-disorders
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Thomas Menter, Darius Juskevicius, Mary Alikian, Juerg Steiger, Stephan Dirnhofer, Alexandar Tzankov, Kikkeri N Naresh
It is currently unclear whether post-transplant diffuse large B-cell lymphomas (PT-DLBCL) display a similar genomic landscape as DLBCL in immunocompetent patients (IC-DLBCL). We investigated 50 post-transplant lymphoproliferative disorders (PTLDs) including 37 PT-DLBCL samples for somatic mutations frequently observed in IC-DLBCL. Targeted Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) using the Ion Torrent platform and a customized panel of 68 genes was performed on genomic DNA. Non-tumoural tissue was sequenced to exclude germline variants in cases where available...
April 17, 2017: British Journal of Haematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419269/dual-genotype-diffuse-low-grade-glioma-is-it-really-time-to-abandon-oligoastrocytoma-as-a-distinct-entity
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Valeria Barresi, Simona Lionti, Laura Valori, Giovanna Gallina, Maria Caffo, Sabrina Rossi
We report a unique case of dual-genotype oligoastrocytoma characterized by IDH2 gene mutation. The tumor was resected from the temporal lobe of a 25-year-old man. At histological examination with hematoxylin and eosin stain, it showed distinct oligodendroglial and astrocytic areas. The former retained alpha-thalassaemia/mental retardation X-linked (ATRX) immuno-expression and had absent staining for p53, while the latter had ATRX loss and p53 over-expression. Molecular analyses were separately assessed in the 2 tumor components...
April 17, 2017: Journal of Neuropathology and Experimental Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419058/a-method-for-u-fiber-quantification-from-7%C3%A2-t-diffusion-weighted-mri-data-tested-in-patients-with-nonlesional-focal-epilepsy
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Rafael O'Halloran, Rebecca Feldman, Lara Marcuse, Madeline Fields, Bradley Delman, Sophia Frangou, Priti Balchandani
In this methods development, we present an ultra-high-field, diffusion-weighted MRI method to quantitatively assess u-fibers and use it to compare u-fiber counts in nonlesional epilepsy patients with controls. Emerging evidence implicates white matter abnormalities in nonlesional epilepsy, including the short-range, cortical-cortical connections, or u-fibers. Eight patients with nonlesional epilepsy and eight demographically matched controls underwent 7 T MRI consisting of a T1-weighted sequence (0.7 mm isotropic resolution) and high-angular-resolved diffusion-weighted MRI (1...
April 17, 2017: Neuroreport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417072/atypical-juvenile-presentation-of-gm2-gangliosidosis-ab-in-a-patient-compound-heterozygote-for-c-259g%C3%A2-%C3%A2-t-and-c-164c%C3%A2-%C3%A2-t-mutations-in-the-gm2a-gene
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Carla Martins, Catherine Brunel-Guitton, Anne Lortie, France Gauvin, Carlos R Morales, Grant A Mitchell, Alexey V Pshezhetsky
GM2-gangliosidosis, AB variant is an extremely rare autosomal recessive inherited disorder caused by mutations in the GM2A gene that encodes GM2 ganglioside activator protein (GM2AP). GM2AP is necessary for solubilisation of GM2 ganglioside in endolysosomes and its presentation to β-hexosaminidase A. Conversely GM2AP deficiency impairs lysosomal catabolism of GM2 ganglioside, leading to its storage in cells and tissues. We describe a 9-year-old child with an unusual juvenile clinical onset of GM2-gangliosidosis AB...
June 2017: Molecular Genetics and Metabolism Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416018/detection-of-histone-h3-mutations-in-cerebrospinal-fluid-derived-tumor-dna-from-children-with-diffuse-midline-glioma
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Tina Y Huang, Andrea Piunti, Rishi R Lulla, Jin Qi, Craig M Horbinski, Tadanori Tomita, C David James, Ali Shilatifard, Amanda M Saratsis
Diffuse midline gliomas (including diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma, DIPG) are highly morbid glial neoplasms of the thalamus or brainstem that typically arise in young children and are not surgically resectable. These tumors are characterized by a high rate of histone H3 mutation, resulting in replacement of lysine 27 with methionine (K27M) in genes encoding H3 variants H3.3 (H3F3A) and H3.1 (HIST1H3B). Detection of these gain-of-function mutations has clinical utility, as they are associated with distinct tumor biology and clinical outcomes...
April 17, 2017: Acta Neuropathologica Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415895/the-value-of-liquid-biopsy-in-diagnosis-and-monitoring-of-diffuse-large-b-cell-lymphoma-recent-developments-and-future-potential
#16
Vincent Camus, Fabrice Jardin, Herve Tilly
Diffuse large B-cell lymphomas (DLBCL) represent a heterogeneous subset of non-Hodgkin lymphomas (NHL) that demonstrate many molecular alterations and somatic mutations, all of which are targets for the recent development of biomarkers that use various molecular biological techniques. These non-invasive emerging biomarkers will be used in the next few years to better monitor the response to immunochemotherapeutic treatments with the aim of completely eradicating the disease in order to cure it. Areas covered: In this review, the authors conducted a literature search to identify and summarize the major advances in liquid biopsy techniques for DLBCL that are useful for diagnosis and monitoring minimal residual disease (MRD)...
April 18, 2017: Expert Review of Molecular Diagnostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414107/antimicrobial-susceptibility-of-bacteroides-fragilis-group-organisms-in-hong-kong-by-the-tentative-eucast-disc-diffusion-method
#17
Pak-Leung Ho, Chong-Yee Yau, Lok-Yan Ho, Eileen Ling-Yi Lai, Melissa Chun-Jiao Liu, Cindy Wing-Sze Tse, Kin-Hung Chow
This study used a recently developed EUCAST disc diffusion method to measure the susceptibility of 741 B. fragilis group isolates to six antibiotics. Isolates nonsusceptible to imipenem and metronidazole by the disc method were further investigated by E-test. Species identification was obtained by matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF MS), PCR assays and 16S rRNA sequencing. The most common species were B. fragilis (n = 424, including 81 division II and 343 division I isolates), B...
April 14, 2017: Anaerobe
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413838/advanced-structural-multimodal-imaging-of-a-patient-with-subcortical-band-heterotopia
#18
Lohith G Kini, Ilya M Nasrallah, Carlos Coto, Lindsay C Ferraro, Kathryn A Davis
Subcortical band heterotopia (SBH) is a disorder of neuronal migration most commonly due to mutations of the Doublecortin (DCX) gene. A range of phenotypes is seen, with most patients having some degree of epilepsy and intellectual disability. Advanced diffusion and structural magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) sequences may be useful in identifying heterotopias and dysplasias of different sizes in drug-resistant epilepsy. We describe a patient with SBH and drug-resistant epilepsy and investigate neurite density, neurite dispersion, and diffusion parameters as compared to a healthy control through the use of multiple advanced MRI modalities...
December 2016: Epilepsia Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412435/cmr-derived-extracellular-volume-fraction-as-a-marker%C3%A2-for-myocardial-fibrosis-the-importance-of-coexisting-myocardial-inflammation
#19
Julia Anna Lurz, Christian Luecke, David Lang, Christian Besler, Karl-Philipp Rommel, Karin Klingel, Reinhard Kandolf, Volker Adams, Katharina Schöne, Gerhard Hindricks, Gerhard Schuler, Axel Linke, Holger Thiele, Matthias Gutberlet, Philipp Lurz
OBJECTIVES: The aim of the present study was to evaluate whether extracellular volume fraction (ECV) can reliably inform on the extent of diffuse fibrosis in the simultaneous presence of myocardial inflammation, which has not been verified to date. BACKGROUND: Diffuse myocardial fibrosis is associated with unfavorable outcome in patients with cardiomyopathy, and is of prognostic relevance. Assessment of ECV bears promise for being a noninvasive surrogate parameter, but it may be altered by other pathologies...
April 7, 2017: JACC. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411157/the-separate-effects-of-lipids-and-proteins-on-brain-mri-contrast-revealed-through-tissue-clearing
#20
Christoph Leuze, Markus Aswendt, Emily Ferenczi, Corey W Liu, Brian Hsueh, Maged Goubran, Qiyuan Tian, Gary Steinberg, Michael M Zeineh, Karl Deisseroth, Jennifer A McNab
Despite the widespread use of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the brain, the relative contribution of different biological components (e.g. lipids and proteins) to structural MRI contrasts (e.g., T1, T2, T2⁎, proton density, diffusion) remains incompletely understood. This limitation can undermine the interpretation of clinical MRI and hinder the development of new contrast mechanisms. Here, we determine the respective contribution of lipids and proteins to MRI contrast by removing lipids and preserving proteins in mouse brains using CLARITY...
April 11, 2017: NeuroImage
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