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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437669/white-matter-microstructural-abnormalities-and-their-association-with-anticipatory-anhedonia-in-depression
#1
Xin-Hua Yang, Yi Wang, Dong-Fang Wang, Kai Tian, Eric F C Cheung, Guang-Rong Xie, Raymond C K Chan
Anhedonia is associated with dysfunction of the neural circuitry of reward in patients with major depressive disorder (MDD). However, its neurobiological basis is not fully understood. The present study examined the association between anhedonia and white matter (WM) characteristics in patients with first-episode MDD. We recruited 30 patients with first-episode drug-naive MDD and 28 healthy controls (HC) to undergo diffusion weighted imaging. We examined specifically the correlation between WM characteristics and anhedonia measured with the Temporal Experience of Pleasure Scale (TEPS) in MDD patients...
April 13, 2017: Psychiatry Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429448/white-matter-microstructure-variations-contribute-to-neurological-soft-signs-in-healthy-adults
#2
Dusan Hirjak, Philipp A Thomann, Robert C Wolf, Katharina M Kubera, Caspar Goch, Jan Hering, Klaus H Maier-Hein
OBJECTIVE: Neurological soft signs (NSS) are core features of psychiatric disorders with significant neurodevelopmental origin. However, it is unclear whether NSS correlates are associated with neuropathological processes underlying the disease or if they are confounded by medication. Given that NSS are also present in healthy persons (HP), investigating HP could reveal NSS correlates, which are not biased by disease-specific processes or drug treatment. Therefore, we used a combination of diffusion MRI analysis tools to provide a framework of specific white matter (WM) microstructure variations underlying NSS in HP...
April 21, 2017: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429407/spinal-cord-injury-induces-widespread-chronic-changes-in-cerebral-white-matter
#3
Tero Ilvesmäki, Eerika Koskinen, Antti Brander, Teemu Luoto, Juha Öhman, Hannu Eskola
Traumatic spinal cord injuries (SCIs) lead to axonal damage at the trauma site, as well as disconnections within the central nervous system. While the exact mechanisms of the long-term pathophysiological consequences of SCIs are not fully understood, it is known that neuronal damage and degeneration are not limited to the direct proximity of the trauma. Instead, the effects can be detected even in the cerebrum. We examined SCI-induced chronic brain changes with a case-control design using 32 patients and 70 control subjects...
April 21, 2017: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420955/hemispheric-differences-in-white-matter-microstructure-between-two-profiles-of-children-with-high-intelligence-quotient-vs-controls-a-tract-based-spatial-statistics-study
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Fanny Nusbaum, Salem Hannoun, Gabriel Kocevar, Claudio Stamile, Pierre Fourneret, Olivier Revol, Dominique Sappey-Marinier
Objectives: The main goal of this study was to investigate and compare the neural substrate of two children's profiles of high intelligence quotient (HIQ). Methods: Two groups of HIQ children were included with either a homogeneous (Hom-HIQ: n = 20) or a heterogeneous IQ profile (Het-HIQ: n = 24) as defined by a significant difference between verbal comprehension index and perceptual reasoning index. Diffusion tensor imaging was used to assess white matter (WM) microstructure while tract-based spatial statistics (TBSS) analysis was performed to detect and localize WM regional differences in fractional anisotropy (FA), mean diffusivity, axial (AD), and radial diffusivities...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28385492/reduced-white-matter-integrity-and-facial-emotion-perception-in-never-medicated-patients-with-first-episode-schizophrenia-a-diffusion-tensor-imaging-study
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Xiaoxin Zhao, Yuxiu Sui, Jingjing Yao, Yiding Lv, Xinyue Zhang, Zhuma Jin, Lijun Chen, Xiangrong Zhang
BACKGROUND: Facial emotion perception is impaired in schizophrenia. Although the pathology of schizophrenia is thought to involve abnormality in white matter (WM), few studies have examined the correlation between facial emotion perception and WM abnormalities in never-medicated patients with first-episode schizophrenia. The present study tested associations between facial emotion perception and WM integrity in order to investigate the neural basis of impaired facial emotion perception in schizophrenia...
April 4, 2017: Progress in Neuro-psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28384486/white-matter-microstructure-in-children-with-autistic-traits
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Laura M E Blanken, Ryan L Muetzel, Vincent W V Jaddoe, Frank C Verhulst, Aad van der Lugt, Henning Tiemeier, Tonya White
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is thought to arise from aberrant development of connections in the brain. Previous studies have identified differences in white matter microstructure in children with ASD, offering support to such hypotheses. While ASD is thought to represent the severe end of a spectrum of traits, there are no studies evaluating white matter microstructure in relation to autistic traits in children from the general population. In a population-based sample of 604 6-to-10 year-old children, we assessed the relation between a continuous measure of autistic traits and white matter microstructure, using both probabilistic tractography and Tract-Based Spatial Statistics (TBSS)...
March 28, 2017: Psychiatry Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28376388/voxel-based-analysis-of-diffusion-tensor-imaging-in-patients-with-mesial-temporal-lobe-epilepsy
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Patrícia Sanches, Elaine Keiko Fujisao, Aline M S Braga, Nathalia Raquel Cristaldo, Roberto Dos Reis, Seizo Yamashita, Luiz Eduardo Betting
PURPOSE: Quantitative techniques of diffusion analysis allow for an in-vivo investigation of the physiopathology of epilepsies. The objective of this study was to evaluate the variation of the main diffusion parameters and explore differences between two methodologies of voxel-wise analysis comparing a group of patients with mesial temporal lobe epilepsy (MTLE) with controls. METHODS: 24 patients with a diagnosis of MTLE were selected. All patients and a control group of 36 individuals were submitted to 3T magnetic resonance imaging...
March 25, 2017: Epilepsy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28367515/shared-microstructural-features-of-behavioral-and-substance-addictions-revealed-in-areas-of-crossing-fibers
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Sarah W Yip, Kristen P Morie, Jiansong Xu, R Todd Constable, Robert T Malison, Kathleen M Carroll, Marc N Potenza
BACKGROUND: Similarities between behavioral and substance addictions exist. However, direct neurobiological comparison between addictive disorders is rare. Determination of disorder-specificity (or lack thereof) of alterations within white-matter microstructures will advance understanding of the pathophysiology of addictions. METHODS: We compared white-matter microstructural features between individuals with gambling disorder (GD; n=38), cocaine-use disorder (CUD; n=38) and healthy comparison (HC; n=38) participants, as assessed using diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance imaging (dMRI)...
March 2017: Biological Psychiatry: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28366873/elucidating-the-aberrant-brain-regions-in-bipolar-disorder-using-t1-weighted-t2-weighted-magnetic-resonance-ratio-images
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Takuya Ishida, Tomohiro Donishi, Jun Iwatani, Shinichi Yamada, Shun Takahashi, Satoshi Ukai, Kazuhiro Shinosaki, Masaki Terada, Yoshiki Kaneoke
Although diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) have revealed brain abnormalities in bipolar disorder (BD) subjects, DTI methods might not detect disease-related abnormalities in the white matter (WM) where nerve fibers are crossing. We investigated BD myelin-related abnormal brain regions in both gray matter and WM for 29 BD and 33 healthy control (HC) participants using T1-weighted (T1w)/T2-weighted (T2w) ratio images that increase myelin-related contrast irrespective of nerve fiber orientation. To check effect of the brain volume, the results were compared with those of voxel-based morphometry (VBM)...
March 25, 2017: Psychiatry Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28362900/the-davida-teller-award-lecture-2016-visual-brain-development-a-review-of-dorsal-stream-vulnerability-motion-mathematics-amblyopia-actions-and-attention
#10
Janette Atkinson
Research in the Visual Development Unit on "dorsal stream vulnerability' (DSV) arose from research in two somewhat different areas. In the first, using cortical milestones for local and global processing from our neurobiological model, we identified cerebral visual impairment in infants in the first year of life. In the second, using photo/videorefraction in population refractive screening programs, we showed that infant spectacle wear could reduce the incidence of strabismus and amblyopia, but many preschool children, who had been significantly hyperopic earlier, showed visuo-motor and attentional deficits...
March 1, 2017: Journal of Vision
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336929/developmental-whole-brain-white-matter-alterations-in-transgenic-huntington-s-disease-monkey
#11
Yuguang Meng, Jie Jiang, Jocelyne Bachevalier, Xiaodong Zhang, Anthony W S Chan
Transgenic Huntington's disease monkey (HD monkey) model provides great opportunity for studying disease progression that could lead to new insight for developing biomarker, early intervention and novel therapeutics. Whole brain white matter integrity of HD-monkeys was examined longitudinally from 6 to 48 months using diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) and tract-based spatial statistics (TBSS). Progressive developmental white matter alterations in HD monkeys were widespread and were observed not only in fiber bundles connecting cortical areas to the striatum (e...
March 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318507/usefulness-of-diffusion-tensor-mri-in-the-diagnosis-of-parkinson-variant-of-multiple-system-atrophy-and-parkinson-s-disease-a-valuable-tool-to-differentiate-between-them
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B Chen, G Fan, W Sun, X Shang, S Shi, S Wang, G Lv, C Wu
AIM: To evaluate the differences between patients with Parkinson's disease (PD) and Parkinson variant of multiple system atrophy (MSAp) at fractional anisotropy (FA) in the white matter when using the tract-based spatial statistics (TBSS) algorithm to provide objective markers for a differential diagnosis. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Diffusion-tensor imaging (DTI) data were acquired from 18 PD patients, 20 MSAp patients, and 24 healthy controls using a GE 3 T Signa HDx magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) system...
March 16, 2017: Clinical Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295280/structural-and-functional-connectivity-in-children-and-adolescents-with-and-without-attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder
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Dienke J Bos, Bob Oranje, Michelle Achterberg, Chantal Vlaskamp, Sara Ambrosino, Marcel A de Reus, Martijn P van den Heuvel, Serge A R B Rombouts, Sarah Durston
BACKGROUND: Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) has frequently been associated with changes in resting-state functional connectivity, and decreased white matter (WM) integrity. In the current study, we investigated functional connectivity within Default Mode and frontal control resting-state networks (RSNs) in children with and without ADHD. We hypothesized the RSNs of interest would show a pattern of impaired functional integration and segregation and corresponding changes in WM structure...
March 10, 2017: Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, and Allied Disciplines
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28294462/disruption-of-white-matter-structural-integrity-and-connectivity-in-posttraumatic-stress-disorder-a-tbss-and-tractography-study
#14
Elizabeth A Olson, Jiaolong Cui, Rena Fukunaga, Lisa D Nickerson, Scott L Rauch, Isabelle M Rosso
BACKGROUND: Most studies of brain white matter (WM) in posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) have focused on combat trauma, and often were confounded by neurological and substance dependence comorbidity. This study used tract-based spatial statistics (TBSS) and probabilistic tractography to characterize WM microstructure in a mixed-sex community sample of PTSD patients exposed to diverse and multiple traumas, and in trauma-exposed normal comparison (TENC) subjects. METHODS: TBSS compared diffusion measures between 20 adults with DSM-IV PTSD and 17 TENC, using a whole-brain voxel-wise approach...
March 15, 2017: Depression and Anxiety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28291592/white-matter-and-cortical-changes-in-atypical-parkinsonisms-a-multimodal-quantitative-mr-study
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Stefano Zanigni, Stefania Evangelisti, Claudia Testa, David N Manners, Giovanna Calandra-Buonaura, Maria Guarino, Anna Gabellini, Laura Ludovica Gramegna, Giulia Giannini, Luisa Sambati, Pietro Cortelli, Raffaele Lodi, Caterina Tonon
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate white matter and cortical changes in patients with parkinsonisms and healthy controls (HC), applying both hypothesis-free and regions of interest (ROI)-based advanced brain MR analyses. METHODS: Twenty-five patients with Progressive Supranuclear Palsy - Richardson's Syndrome (PSP-RS), nine with cerebellar and nine with parkinsonian Multiple System Atrophy variants (MSA-C and MSA-P), forty-seven with Parkinson's Disease (PD) and twenty-seven HC underwent a 1...
March 6, 2017: Parkinsonism & related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28291264/abnormal-white-matter-structural-connectivity-in-adults-with-obsessive-compulsive-disorder
#16
J Gan, M Zhong, J Fan, W Liu, C Niu, S Cai, L Zou, Ya Wang, Yi Wang, C Tan, R C K Chan, X Zhu
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a complex and severe psychiatric disorder whose pathogenesis is not fully understood. Recent studies have shown white matter (WM) alterations in adults with OCD, but the results have been inconsistent. The present study investigated WM structure in OCD patients with the hypothesis that large-scale brain networks may be disrupted in OCD. A total of 24 patients with OCD and 23 healthy controls (HCs) were scanned with diffusion tensor imaging. A tract-based spatial statistics (TBSS) approach was used to detect differences across the whole brain in patients with OCD vs HCs; post hoc fiber tractography was applied to characterize developmental differences between the two groups...
March 14, 2017: Translational Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28263923/bilingualism-modulates-the-white-matter-structure-of-language-related-pathways
#17
Sini Hämäläinen, Viljami Sairanen, Alina Leminen, Minna Lehtonen
Learning and speaking a second language (L2) may result in profound changes in the human brain. Here, we investigated local structural differences along two language-related white matter trajectories, the arcuate fasciculus and the inferior fronto-occipital fasciculus (IFOF), between early simultaneous bilinguals and late sequential bilinguals. We also examined whether early exposure to two languages might lead to a more bilateral structural organization of the arcuate fasciculus. Fractional anisotropy, mean and radial diffusivities (FA, MD, and RD respectively) were extracted to analyse tract-specific changes...
March 2, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28255458/brain-white-matter-impairment-in-patients-with-spinal-cord-injury
#18
Weimin Zheng, Qian Chen, Xin Chen, Lu Wan, Wen Qin, Zhigang Qi, Nan Chen, Kuncheng Li
It remains unknown whether spinal cord injury (SCI) could indirectly impair or reshape the white matter (WM) of human brain and whether these changes are correlated with injury severity, duration, or clinical performance. We choose tract-based spatial statistics (TBSS) to investigate the possible changes in whole-brain white matter integrity and their associations with clinical variables in fifteen patients with SCI. Compared with the healthy controls, the patients exhibited significant decreases in WM fractional anisotropy (FA) in the left angular gyrus (AG), right cerebellum (CB), left precentral gyrus (PreCG), left lateral occipital region (LOC), left superior longitudinal fasciculus (SLF), left supramarginal gyrus (SMG), and left postcentral gyrus (PostCG) (p < 0...
2017: Neural Plasticity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28251596/cocaine-dependence-does-not-contribute-substantially-to-white-matter-abnormalities-in-hiv-infection
#19
Daniella M Cordero, Sheri L Towe, Nan-Kuei Chen, Kevin R Robertson, David J Madden, Scott A Huettel, Christina S Meade
This study investigated the association of HIV infection and cocaine dependence with cerebral white matter integrity using diffusion tensor imaging (DTI). One hundred thirty-five participants stratified by HIV and cocaine status (26 HIV+/COC+, 37 HIV+/COC-, 37 HIV-/COC+, and 35 HIV-/COC-) completed a comprehensive substance abuse assessment, neuropsychological testing, and MRI with DTI. Among HIV+ participants, all were receiving HIV care and 46% had an AIDS diagnosis. All COC+ participants were current users and met criteria for cocaine use disorder...
March 1, 2017: Journal of Neurovirology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28236715/the-association-of-sleep-and-physical-activity-with-integrity-of-white-matter-microstructure-in-bipolar-disorder-patients-and-healthy-controls
#20
Sanne Verkooijen, Remi Stevelink, Lucija Abramovic, Christiaan H Vinkers, Roel A Ophoff, René S Kahn, Marco P M Boks, Neeltje E M van Haren
We investigate how the sleep disruptions and irregular physical activity levels that are prominent features of bipolar disorder (BD) relate to white matter microstructure in patients and controls. Diffusion tension imaging (DTI) and 14-day actigraphy recordings were obtained in 51 BD I patients and 55 age-and-gender-matched healthy controls. Tract-based spatial statistics (TBSS) was used for voxelwise analysis of the association between fractional anisotropy (FA) and sleep and activity characteristics in the overall sample...
April 30, 2017: Psychiatry Research
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