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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143717/white-matter-abnormalities-in-22q11-2-deletion-syndrome-patients-showing-cognitive-decline
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Jasper Olivier Nuninga, Marc Marijn Bohlken, Sanne Koops, Ania M Fiksinski, René C W Mandl, Elemi J Breetvelt, Sasja N Duijff, René S Kahn, Iris E C Sommer, Jacob A S Vorstman
BACKGROUND: Decline in cognitive functioning precedes the first psychotic episode in the course of schizophrenia and is considered a hallmark symptom of the disorder. Given the low incidence of schizophrenia, it remains a challenge to investigate whether cognitive decline coincides with disease-related changes in brain structure, such as white matter abnormalities. The 22q11.2 deletion syndrome (22q11DS) is an appealing model in this context, as 25% of patients develop psychosis. Furthermore, we recently showed that cognitive decline also precedes the onset of psychosis in individuals with 22q11DS...
November 16, 2017: Psychological Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29136642/common-and-distinct-structural-features-of-schizophrenia-and-bipolar-disorder-the-european-network-on-psychosis-affective-disorders-and-cognitive-trajectory-enpact-study
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Eleonora Maggioni, Benedicto Crespo-Facorro, Igor Nenadic, Francesco Benedetti, Christian Gaser, Heinrich Sauer, Roberto Roiz-Santiañez, Sara Poletti, Veronica Marinelli, Marcella Bellani, Cinzia Perlini, Mirella Ruggeri, A Carlo Altamura, Vaibhav A Diwadkar, Paolo Brambilla
INTRODUCTION: Although schizophrenia (SCZ) and bipolar disorder (BD) share elements of pathology, their neural underpinnings are still under investigation. Here, structural Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) data collected from a large sample of BD and SCZ patients and healthy controls (HC) were analyzed in terms of gray matter volume (GMV) using both voxel based morphometry (VBM) and a region of interest (ROI) approach. METHODS: The analysis was conducted on two datasets, Dataset1 (802 subjects: 243 SCZ, 176 BD, 383 HC) and Dataset2, a homogeneous subset of Dataset1 (301 subjects: 107 HC, 85 BD and 109 SCZ)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29134233/-genuine-motor-phenomena-in-schizophrenia-neuronal-correlates-and-pathomechanisms
#3
REVIEW
D Hirjak, G Northoff, P A Thomann, K M Kubera, R C Wolf
Despite a growing body of evidence on motor dysfunction in schizophrenia spectrum disorders, the neuronal correlates of genuine motor abnormalities (GMA) are not fully elucidated at present. Moreover, the clinical relevance of a potential "motor intermediate phenotype" remains controversial. This systematic review aims at characterizing a "motor intermediate phenotype" in schizophrenia spectrum disorders. The second goal of this systematic review is to discuss GMA-associated brain alterations as potential biomarkers of psychosis risk syndrome and manifest motor symptoms against the background of current neuroimaging evidence...
November 13, 2017: Der Nervenarzt
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29129509/reduced-dorsolateral-prefrontal-cortex-activation-during-affective-go-nogo-in-violent-schizophrenia-patients-an-fmri-study
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Andràs Tikàsz, Stéphane Potvin, Stéphane Richard-Devantoy, Olivier Lipp, Sheilagh Hodgins, Pierre Lalonde, Ovidiu Lungu, Alexandre Dumais
We investigated the influence of anger processing on cognitive control in male schizophrenia patients presenting violent behaviors. We recruited 23 patients without and 24 patients with (SCZ+V) a history of violent behaviors, as well as 22 healthy non-violent men. Participants were administered an affective (angry-neutral faces) Go/NoGo task while undergoing functional magnetic resonance imaging. We found a reduced activation in the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex in SCZ+V patients specifically when inhibiting a response while viewing angry faces...
November 9, 2017: Schizophrenia Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29122402/altered-corticostriatal-pathway-in-first-episode-paranoid-schizophrenia-resting-state-functional-and-causal-connectivity-analyses
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Huan Huang, Chang Shu, Jun Chen, Jilin Zou, Cheng Chen, Shihao Wu, Ling Xiao, Zhongchun Liu, Huiling Wang, Yuan Zhou, Gaohua Wang, Tianzi Jiang
Neuroimaging studies suggest the abnormal structure and function of basal ganglion may contribute to the pathophysiology of schizophrenia. However, little is investigated about the both aberrant functional and causal connectivity of striatum in first-episode paranoid schizophrenia (FEPS). Resting-state functional magnetic resonance imaging was used to characterize the functional connectivity (FC) and casual connectivity within the corticostriatal circuit in 31 patients with FEPS and 33 healthy controls. Degree centrality (DC) was used to explore the regions influenced in schizophrenia at the whole-brain level...
August 15, 2017: Psychiatry Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29117910/increased-resting-state-global-functional-connectivity-density-of-default-mode-network-in-schizophrenia-subjects-treated-with-electroconvulsive-therapy
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Huan Huang, Yuchao Jiang, Mengqing Xia, Yingying Tang, Tianhong Zhang, Huiru Cui, Junjie Wang, Yu Li, Lihua Xu, Adrian Curtin, Jianhua Sheng, Yuping Jia, Dezhong Yao, Chunbo Li, Cheng Luo, Jijun Wang
Modified electroconvulsive therapy (MECT) has been widely applied to help treat schizophrenia patients who are treatment-resistant to pharmaceutical therapy. Although the technique is increasingly prevalent, the underlying neural mechanisms have not been well clarified. We conducted a longitudinal study to investigate the alteration of global functional connectivity density (gFCD) in schizophrenia patients undergoing MECT using resting state fMRI (functional magnetic resonance imaging). Two groups of schizophrenia inpatients were recruited...
November 6, 2017: Schizophrenia Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29116599/the-class-a-gpcr-dopamine-d2-receptor-forms-transient-dimers-stabilized-by-agonists-detection-by-single-molecule-tracking
#7
Rinshi S Kasai, Shuichi V Ito, Ryo M Awane, Takahiro K Fujiwara, Akihiro Kusumi
Whether class-A G-protein coupled receptors (GPCRs) exist and work as monomers or dimers has drawn extensive attention. A class-A GPCR dopamine D2 receptor (D2R) is involved in many physiological and pathological processes and diseases, indicating its critical role in proper functioning of neuronal circuits. In particular, D2R homodimers might play key roles in schizophrenia development and amphetamine-induced psychosis. Here, using single-molecule imaging, we directly tracked single D2R molecules in the plasma membrane at a physiological temperature of 37 °C, and unequivocally determined that D2R forms transient dimers with a lifetime of 68 ms in its resting state...
November 7, 2017: Cell Biochemistry and Biophysics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29113642/prefrontal-thalamic-anatomical-connectivity-and-executive-cognitive-function-in-schizophrenia
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Monica Giraldo-Chica, Baxter P Rogers, Stephen M Damon, Bennett A Landman, Neil D Woodward
BACKGROUND: Executive cognitive functions, including working memory, cognitive flexibility, and inhibition, are impaired in schizophrenia. Executive functions rely on coordinated information processing between the prefrontal cortex (PFC) and thalamus, particularly the mediodorsal nucleus. This raises the possibility that anatomical connectivity between the PFC and mediodorsal thalamus may be 1) reduced in schizophrenia and 2) related to deficits in executive function. The current investigation tested these hypotheses...
September 28, 2017: Biological Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29111383/disturbed-glutathione-antioxidative-defense-is-associated-with-structural-brain-changes-in-neuroleptic-na%C3%A3-ve-first-episode-psychosis-patients
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K Langbein, J Hesse, A Gussew, B Milleit, S Lavoie, G P Amminger, C Gaser, G Wagner, J R Reichenbach, U-C Hipler, D Winter, S Smesny
BACKGROUND: Oxidative stress and impaired antioxidant defense are reported in schizophrenia and are thought to be associated with disturbed neurodevelopment, brain structural alterations, glutamatergic imbalance, negative symptomatology, and cognitive impairment. To test some of these assumptions we investigated the glutathione (GSH) antioxidant defense system (AODS) and brain structural abnormalities in drug-naïve individuals with first acute episode of psychosis (FEP). METHOD: The study involved 27 drug-naïve FEP patients and 31 healthy controls (HC)...
October 18, 2017: Prostaglandins, Leukotrienes, and Essential Fatty Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29110353/amotivation-is-associated-with-smaller-ventral-striatum-volumes-in-older-patients-with-schizophrenia
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Fernando Caravaggio, Gagan Fervaha, Yusuke Iwata, Eric Plitman, Jun Ku Chung, Shinichiro Nakajima, Wanna Mar, Philip Gerretsen, Julia Kim, M Mallar Chakravarty, Benoit Mulsant, Bruce Pollock, David Mamo, Gary Remington, Ariel Graff-Guerrero
OBJECTIVE: Motivational deficits are prevalent in patients with schizophrenia, persist despite antipsychotic treatment, and predict long-term outcomes. Evidence suggests that patients with greater amotivation have smaller ventral striatum (VS) volumes. We wished to replicate this finding in a sample of older, chronically medicated patients with schizophrenia. Using structural imaging and positron emission tomography, we examined whether amotivation uniquely predicted VS volumes beyond the effects of striatal dopamine D2/3 receptor (D2/3 R) blockade by antipsychotics...
November 7, 2017: International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29110334/frontotemporal-dementia-with-trans-activation-response-dna-binding-protein-43-presenting-with-catatonic-syndrome
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Ryohei Watanabe, Ito Kawakami, Mitsumoto Onaya, Shinji Higashi, Nobutaka Arai, Haruhiko Akiyama, Masato Hasegawa, Tetsuaki Arai
Catatonia is a clinical syndrome characterized by symptoms such as immobility, mutism, stupor, stereotypy, echophenomena, catalepsy, automatic obedience, posturing, negativism, gegenhalten and ambitendency. This syndrome occurs mostly in mood disorder and schizophrenic patients, and is related to neuronal dysfunction involving the frontal lobe. Some cases of frontotemporal dementia (FTD) with catatonia have been reported, but these cases were not examined by autopsy. Here, we report on a FTD case which showed catatonia after the first episode of brief psychotic disorder...
November 7, 2017: Neuropathology: Official Journal of the Japanese Society of Neuropathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29107210/biological-and-cognitive-correlates-of-cortical-curvature-in-schizophrenia
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Alba Lubeiro, Rodrigo de Luis-García, Margarita Rodríguez, Aldara Álvarez, Henar de la Red, Vicente Molina
Mean cortical curvature may relate to cortico-cortical connections integrity. We explored the association between prefrontal (PFC) cortical curvature and fractional anisotropy (FA) values for tracts connecting PFC and relevant cortical regions. In schizophrenia Anatomical and diffusion magnetic resonance images were obtained from 34 patients (16 of them first-episodes) and 32 healthy controls. We calculated curvature at rostral lateral prefrontal (RLPF) and superior medial prefrontal (SMPF) areas and mean FA for the tracts respectively connecting RLPF and SMPF areas with anterior caudal cingulate (ACC), superior temporal gyrus (STG) and superior parietal SP regions...
October 27, 2017: Psychiatry Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29106683/neural-responses-to-smoking-cues-in-schizophrenia
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Lauren V Moran, Jennifer M Betts, Dost Ongur, Amy C Janes
The high prevalence of nicotine dependence contributes to excess mortality in schizophrenia. Cue reactivity, or the encounter of drug-related cues or contexts, triggers craving, drug-seeking, and relapse. Prior functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) research indicates that individuals with schizophrenia have blunted neural responses to rewarding stimuli in association with more severe negative symptoms. The objectives of this study are to determine if smokers with schizophrenia have altered neural reactivity to smoking cues compared with non-psychiatrically ill smokers and to evaluate the influence of negative symptoms on cue reactivity...
July 4, 2017: Schizophrenia Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29105664/brain-behavior-participant-similarity-networks-among-youth-and-emerging-adults-with-schizophrenia-spectrum-autism-spectrum-or-bipolar-disorder-and-matched-controls
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Laura Stefanik, Lauren Erdman, Stephanie H Ameis, George Foussias, Benoit H Mulsant, Tina Behdinan, Anna Goldenberg, Lauren J O'Donnell, Aristotle N Voineskos
There is considerable heterogeneity in social cognitive and neurocognitive performance among people with schizophrenia spectrum disorders (SSD), autism spectrum disorders (ASD), bipolar disorder (BD), and healthy individuals. This study used Similarity Network Fusion (SNF), a novel data-driven approach, to identify participant similarity networks based on relationships among demographic, brain imaging, and behavioral data. T1-weighted and diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance images were obtained for 174 adolescents and young adults (aged 16-35 years) with an SSD (n=51), an ASD without intellectual disability (n=38), euthymic BD (n=34), and healthy controls (n=51)...
November 6, 2017: Neuropsychopharmacology: Official Publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29105546/the-effects-of-adjunctive-intranasal-oxytocin-in-patients-with-schizophrenia
#15
Miho Ota, Sumiko Yoshida, Masanori Nakata, Toshihiko Yada, Hiroshi Kunugi
OBJECTIVES: Both human and animal studies have suggested that oxytocin may have therapeutic potential in the treatment of schizophrenia. We evaluated the effects of intranasal oxytocin on cognition and its predictive factors in Japanese patients with schizophrenia. METHODS: Subjects were 16 chronic schizophrenia patients who underwent intranasal oxytocin treatment for 3 months and were assessed for changes in severity of clinical symptoms and cognitions. Fifteen of the 16 subjects underwent 3-Tesla magnetic resonance imaging...
November 6, 2017: Postgraduate Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29080229/individualized-prediction-of-schizophrenia-based-on-the-whole-brain-pattern-of-altered-white-matter-tract-integrity
#16
Yu-Jen Chen, Chih-Min Liu, Yung-Chin Hsu, Yu-Chun Lo, Tzung-Jeng Hwang, Hai-Gwo Hwu, Yi-Tin Lin, Wen-Yih Isaac Tseng
BACKGROUND: A schizophrenia diagnosis relies on characteristic symptoms identified by trained physicians, and is thus prone to subjectivity. This study developed a procedure for the individualized prediction of schizophrenia based on whole-brain patterns of altered white matter tract integrity. METHODS: The study comprised training (108 patients and 144 controls) and testing (60 patients and 60 controls) groups. Male and female participants were comparable in each group and were analyzed separately...
October 28, 2017: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29079398/the-neural-correlates-of-apathy-in-schizophrenia-an-exploratory-investigation
#17
Fernando Caravaggio, Gagan Fervaha, Mahesh Menon, Gary Remington, Ariel Graff-Guerrero, Philip Gerretsen
BACKGROUND: Motivational deficits represent a core negative symptom in patients with schizophrenia. Previous morphology studies have demonstrated that apathy in patients with schizophrenia is associated with reduced frontal grey matter (GM). We attempted to replicate this previous finding, and explored whether it was distinct from potential associations with a distinct subdomain of negative symptoms, namely Affective Flattening, and GM. METHODS: Twenty medicated patients with schizophrenia provided structural T1-weighted images acquired on a 3-Tesla MRI scanner and negative symptoms were evaluated using the Scale for the Assessment of Negative Symptoms...
October 24, 2017: Neuropsychologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29079060/omega-3-fatty-acid-supplementation-may-prevent-loss-of-gray-matter-thickness-in-the-left-parieto-occipital-cortex-in-first-episode-schizophrenia-a-secondary-outcome-analysis-of-the-offer-randomized-controlled-study
#18
Tomasz Pawełczyk, Ewa Piątkowska-Janko, Piotr Bogorodzki, Piotr Gębski, Marta Grancow-Grabka, Elżbieta Trafalska, Natalia Żurner, Agnieszka Pawełczyk
The aim of the study was to assess changes in cortical thickness related to the use of n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) as add-on therapy in patients with first episode schizophrenia. A double-blind randomized controlled study was conducted using a 26-week intervention composed of concentrated fish oil containing 2.2g/d of eicosapentaenoic (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) or placebo (olive oil). Participants underwent MRI scanning twice to assess changes in cortical thickness: at the beginning and at the end of intervention...
October 24, 2017: Schizophrenia Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29074330/motor-dysfunction-as-an-intermediate-phenotype-across-schizophrenia-and-other-psychotic-disorders-progress-and-perspectives
#19
Dusan Hirjak, Katharina M Kubera, Philipp A Thomann, Robert C Wolf
Primary motor abnormalities (PMA), as found in patients with schizophrenia, are quantitatively and qualitatively distinct markers of motor system abnormalities. PMA have been often referred to phenomena that are present across schizophrenia-spectrum disorders. A dysfunction of frontoparietal and subcortical networks has been proposed as core pathophysiological mechanism underlying the expression of PMA. However, it is unclear at present if such mechanisms are a common within schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders...
October 23, 2017: Schizophrenia Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29071207/impaired-prefrontal-activity-to-regulate-the-intrinsic-motivation-action-link-in-schizophrenia
#20
Kazuyoshi Takeda, Madoka Matsumoto, Yousuke Ogata, Keiko Maida, Hiroki Murakami, Kou Murayama, Keigo Shimoji, Takashi Hanakawa, Kenji Matsumoto, Kazuyuki Nakagome
A core feature of schizophrenia (SCZ) is impairment in intrinsic motivation. Although intrinsic motivation plays an important role in enhancing improvement of the social functioning, its neural mechanisms of impairment have yet to be clarified. We hypothesized that abnormal function of the frontostriatal loop consisting of the striatum and lateral prefrontal cortex (LPFC) may be related to impaired intrinsic motivation in SCZ. We tested this by comparing the brain activity measured by functional magnetic resonance imaging and behavioral parameters associated with movement, motivation, and cognitive control between 18 stable SCZ patients and 17 healthy control (HC) participants during a task that elicits intrinsic motivation...
2017: NeuroImage: Clinical
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