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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087438/dopa-responsive-dystonia-in-chinese-patients-including-a-novel-heterozygous-mutation-in-the-gch1-gene-with-an-intermediate-phenotype-and-one-case-of-prenatal-diagnosis
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Wen Zhang, Zhizi Zhou, Xiuzhen Li, Yonglan Huang, Taolin Li, Yunting Lin, Yongxian Shao, Hao Hu, Hongsheng Liu, Li Liu
Dopa-responsive dystonia (DRD) is a rare inherited disorder characterized by childhood-onset dystonia with diurnal fluctuation and dramatic response to levodopa. DRD is caused by the mutations in the genes encoding the enzymes involved in the dopamine and tetrahydrobiopterin (BH4) biosynthesis, including the GTP cyclohydrolase 1 (GCH1) gene and the tyrosine hydroxylase (TH) gene. In order to improve the diagnosis and expand the knowledge of the disease, we collected and analyzed relevant data of clinical diagnosis and molecular mutational analysis in five Chinese patients with DRD...
January 10, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079169/abnormalities-of-regional-brain-function-in-parkinson-s-disease-a-meta-analysis-of-resting-state-functional-magnetic-resonance-imaging-studies
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PingLei Pan, Yang Zhang, Yi Liu, He Zhang, DeNing Guan, Yun Xu
There is convincing evidence that abnormalities of regional brain function exist in Parkinson's disease (PD). However, many resting-state functional magnetic resonance imaging (rs-fMRI) studies using amplitude of low-frequency fluctuations (ALFF) have reported inconsistent results about regional spontaneous neuronal activity in PD. Therefore, we conducted a comprehensive meta-analysis using the Seed-based d Mapping and several complementary analyses. We searched PubMed, Embase, and Web of Science databases for eligible whole-brain rs-fMRI studies that measured ALFF differences between patients with PD and healthy controls published from January 1st, 2000 until June 24, 2016...
January 12, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078066/use-it-or-lose-it-tonic-activity-of-slow-motoneurons-promotes-their-survival-and-preferentially-increases-slow-fiber-type-groupings-in-muscles-of-old-lifelong-recreational-sportsmen
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Simone Mosole, Ugo Carraro, Helmut Kern, Stefan Loefler, Sandra Zampieri
: Histochemistry, immuno-histochemistry, gel electrophoresis of single muscle fibers and electromyography of aging muscles and nerves suggest that: i) denervation contributes to muscle atrophy, ii) impaired mobility accelerates the process, and iii) lifelong running protects against loss of motor units. Recent corroborating results on the muscle effects of Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) of aged muscles will be also mentioned, but we will in particular discuss how and why a lifelong increased physical activity sustains reinnervation of muscle fibers...
September 15, 2016: European Journal of Translational Myology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076418/sensorless-modeling-of-varying-pulse-width-modulator-resolutions-in-three-phase-induction-motors
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Matthew David Marko, Glenn Shevach
A sensorless algorithm was developed to predict rotor speeds in an electric three-phase induction motor. This sensorless model requires a measurement of the stator currents and voltages, and the rotor speed is predicted accurately without any mechanical measurement of the rotor speed. A model of an electric vehicle undergoing acceleration was built, and the sensorless prediction of the simulation rotor speed was determined to be robust even in the presence of fluctuating motor parameters and significant sensor errors...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068619/characterization-of-brain-blood-flow-and-the-amplitude-of-low-frequency-fluctuations-in-major-depressive-disorder-a-multimodal-meta-analysis
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Wenbin Li, Ziqi Chen, Min Wu, Hongyan Zhu, Lei Gu, Youjin Zhao, Weihong Kuang, Feng Bi, Graham J Kemp, Qiyong Gong
BACKGROUND: In healthy subjects, there is an association between amplitude of low-frequency fluctuations (ALFF) and regional cerebral blood flow (rCBF). To date, no published meta-analysis has investigated changes in the regional ALFF in medication-free depressed patients. METHODS: In this study, we aimed to explore whether resting-state rCBF and ALFF changes co-occur in the depressed brain without the potential confound of medication. Using signed differential mapping (SDM), we conducted two meta-analyses, one of rCBF studies and one of ALFF studies, involving medication-free patients with major depressive disorder (MDD)...
December 23, 2016: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063757/-no-motor-signs-in-parkinson-s-disease
#6
Jean-Philippe Azulay, Tatiana Witjas, Alexandre Eusebio
In Parkinson's disease, motor signs have long been the main targets of the management of the disease. In recent years, non-motor disorders have elicited increasing interest. These disorders are under diagnosed and managed more difficultly than motor signs and are sometimes perceived as more disturbing by the patients. These signs are polymorphous, sometimes occurring before the motor symptoms but increase with the disease duration and complicating always the late stages. They may fluctuate as the motor signs, while being under the control of dopaminergic pathways, or be linked to the degeneration of other neuronal circuits...
January 4, 2017: La Presse Médicale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063683/diphasic-dyskinesias-during-levodopa-carbidopa-intestinal-gel-lcig-infusion-in-parkinson-s-disease
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Meloni Mario, Solla Paolo, Mascia Mario Marcello, Marrosu Francesco, Cannas Antonino
OBJECTIVES: Levodopa-carbidopa intestinal gel infusion (LCIG) is indicated in patients with advanced levodopa-responsive Parkinson's disease (PD) for the treatment of motor fluctuations and dyskinesias. Here we describe 4 PD patients who developed disabling diphasic dyskinesias after LCIG initiation. METHODS: The clinical data of 33 PD patients consecutively treated with LCIG therapy were obtained through direct clinical observation and detailed review of medical records...
December 31, 2016: Parkinsonism & related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063384/cognitive-inconsistency-in-bipolar-patients-is-determined-by-increased-intra-individual-variability-in-initial-phase-of-task-performance
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Paweł Krukow, Ola Szaniawska, Michał Harciarek, Małgorzata Plechawska-Wójcik, Kamil Jonak
BACKGROUND: Bipolar patients show high intra-individual variability during cognitive processing. However, it is not known whether there are a specific fluctuations of variability contributing to the overall high cognitive inconsistency. The objective was to compare dynamic profiles of patients and healthy controls to identify hypothetical differences and their associations with overall variability and processing speed. METHODS: Changes of reaction times iSD during processing speed test performance over time was measured by dividing the iSD for whole task into four consecutive parts...
January 2, 2017: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28054129/the-relevance-of-gender-in-parkinson-s-disease-a-review
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REVIEW
Marina Picillo, Alessandra Nicoletti, Vincenza Fetoni, Barbara Garavaglia, Paolo Barone, Maria Teresa Pellecchia
Since the official and systematic inclusion of sex and gender in biomedical research, gender differences have been acknowledged as important determinants of both the susceptibility to develop neurodegenerative diseases in general population and the clinical and therapeutic management of neurodegenerative patients. In this review, we gathered the available evidence on gender differences in Parkinson's disease (PD) regarding clinical phenotype (including motor and non-motor symptoms), biomarkers, genetics and therapeutic management (including pharmacological and surgical treatment)...
January 4, 2017: Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28050918/unstable-footwear-affects-magnitude-and-structure-of-variability-in-postural-control
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Michael Buchecker, Stefan Wegenkittl, Thomas Stöggl, Erich Müller
This study evaluated the amount, and particularly the structure of variability in postural control accompanying an unstable shoe (US) application. Medio-lateral and anterior-posterior center of pressure (COP) signals, plus electromyographic (EMG) profiles of the tibialis anterior and gastrocnemius medialis were recorded in 29 asymptomatic men while wearing both US and flat shoes (FS). Statistical analysis included common measures of dispersion, as well as sample entropy (SEn) and largest Lyapunov exponent (LyE) estimates...
January 4, 2017: Motor Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28044431/abnormal-resting-state-neural-activity-and-connectivity-of-fatigue-in-parkinson-s-disease
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Jie-Jin Zhang, Jian Ding, Jun-Yi Li, Min Wang, Yong-Sheng Yuan, Li Zhang, Si-Ming Jiang, Xi-Xi Wang, Lin Zhu, Ke-Zhong Zhang
AIMS: Fatigue is a common burdensome problem in patients with Parkinson's disease (PD), but its pathophysiological mechanisms are poorly understood. This study aimed at investigating the neural substrates of fatigue in patients with PD. METHODS: A total of 17 PD patients with fatigue, 32 PD patients without fatigue, and 25 matched healthy controls were recruited. The 9-item fatigue severity scale (FSS) was used for fatigue screening and severity rating. Resting-state functional magnetic resonance imaging (RS-fMRI) data were obtained from all subjects...
January 3, 2017: CNS Neuroscience & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28042996/individual-difference-in-%C3%AE-band-corticomuscular-coherence-and-its-relation-to-force-steadiness-during-isometric-voluntary-ankle-dorsiflexion-in-healthy-humans
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Junichi Ushiyama, Junya Yamada, Meigen Liu, Junichi Ushiba
OBJECTIVE: Magnitude of β-band coherent neural activities between the sensorimotor cortex and contracting muscle is known to vary across healthy individuals. To clarify how this variance affects actual motor function, this study examined associations between the corticomuscular coherence (CMC) and force steadiness. METHODS: CMC was calculated between scalp electroencephalograms (EEGs) over the sensorimotor cortex and surface electromyograms (EMGs) from the tibialis anterior muscle during tonic isometric voluntary ankle dorsiflexion at 30% of maximal effort in 22 healthy individuals...
December 7, 2016: Clinical Neurophysiology: Official Journal of the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28039371/granular-layer-neurons-control-cerebellar-neurovascular-coupling-through-an-nmda-receptor-no-dependent-system
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Lisa Mapelli, Giuseppe Gagliano, Teresa Soda, Umberto Laforenza, Francesco Moccia, Egidio D'Angelo
: Neurovascular coupling (NVC) is the process whereby neuronal activity controls blood vessel diameter. In the cerebellum, the molecular layer is regarded as the main NVC determinant. However, the granular layer is a region with variable metabolic demand caused by large activity fluctuations, that shows a prominent expression of NMDA receptors (NMDARs) and nitric oxide synthase (NOS) and is therefore much more suitable for effective NVC. Here we show that, in the granular layer of acute rat cerebellar slices, capillary diameter rapidly changes following mossy fiber stimulation...
December 30, 2016: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28027332/opicapone-as-adjunct-to-levodopa-therapy-in-patients-with-parkinson-disease-and-motor-fluctuations-a-randomized-clinical-trial
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Andrew J Lees, Joaquim Ferreira, Olivier Rascol, Werner Poewe, José-Francisco Rocha, Michelle McCrory, Patricio Soares-da-Silva
Importance: Catechol O-methyltransferase (COMT) inhibitors are an established treatment for end-of-dose motor fluctuations associated with levodopa therapy in patients with Parkinson disease (PD). Current COMT inhibitors carry a high risk for toxic effects to hepatic cells or show moderate improvement. Opicapone was designed to be effective without the adverse effects. Objective: To evaluate the efficacy and safety of 25- and 50-mg/d dosages of opicapone compared with placebo as adjunct to levodopa therapy in patients with PD experiencing end-of-dose motor fluctuations...
December 27, 2016: JAMA Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28017228/apomorphine-pump-in-advanced-parkinson-s-disease-effects-on-motor-and-nonmotor-symptoms-with-brain-metabolism-correlations
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Manon Auffret, Florence Le Jeune, Anne Maurus, Sophie Drapier, Jean-François Houvenaghel, Gabriel Hadrien Robert, Paul Sauleau, Marc Vérin
INTRODUCTION: Patients with advanced Parkinson's disease (PD) and contraindications for subthalamic nucleus deep brain stimulation (DBS) could particularly benefit from subcutaneous infusion therapy with apomorphine. This original study was designed to evaluate the general efficacy of add-on apomorphine in motor and nonmotor symptoms in advanced PD, while characterizing the changes induced in brain glucose metabolism. The aim was to look at the underlying anatomical-functional pathways...
January 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28004202/the-impact-of-early-versus-late-levodopa-administration
#16
Gilad Yahalom, Oren S Cohen, Naama Warmann-Alaluf, Chen Shabat, Hanna Strauss, Sandra Elincx-Benizri, Simon Israeli-Korn, Esther Stein, Lior Greenbaum, Sharon Hassin-Baer
Long-term levodopa therapy in patients with Parkinson's disease (PD) is associated with motor complications including motor fluctuations (MF) and levodopa-induced dyskinesias (LID). The time to appearance of MF and LID is apparently related to both the timing and the duration of levodopa therapy, but is highly variable. We performed a retrospective analysis of all levodopa-treated PD patients to explore the effect of time from PD onset to levodopa initiation on time to MF or LID. We used a Cox multivariate regression model after stratifying patients into four quartiles, according to the time to levodopa initiation...
December 21, 2016: Journal of Neural Transmission
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28003105/motor-cortex-plasticity-can-indicate-vulnerability-to-motor-fluctuation-and-high-l-dopa-need-in-drug-na%C3%A3-ve-parkinson-s-disease
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Asha Kishore, Praveen James, Syam Krishnan, Lydia Yahia-Cherif, Sabine Meunier, Traian Popa
INTRODUCTION: Motor cortex plasticity is reported to be decreased in Parkinson's disease in studies which pooled patients in various stages of the disease. Whether the early decrease in plasticity is related to the motor signs or is linked to the future development of motor complications of treatment is unclear. The aim of the study was to test if motor cortex plasticity and its cerebellar modulation are impaired in treatment-naïve Parkinson's disease, are related to the motor signs of the disease and predict occurrence of motor complications of treatment...
December 13, 2016: Parkinsonism & related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27998652/the-need-for-non-oral-therapy-in-parkinson-s-disease-a-potential-role-for-apomorphine
#18
Teus van Laar, Robbert Borgemeester
In the course of Parkinson's disease (PD), oral medication may lose its effectiveness due to several reasons, like dysphagia, impaired absorption from the gastro-intestinal tract and delayed emptying of the stomach. If these problems occur, a non-oral therapy should be considered. Examples of non-oral therapies are transdermal patches, (e.g. rotigotine) which may overcome motor and nonmotor nighttime problems, and may serve as well to treat daytime response-fluctuations, if oral therapies fail to do so. Other options are injections with apomorphine to treat early morning dystonia and random off-periods during daytime, as well as continuously infused subcutaneous apomorphine for random fluctuations in PD patients...
December 2016: Parkinsonism & related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27993673/propofol-attenuates-low-frequency-fluctuations-of-resting-state-fmri-bold-signal-in-the-anterior-frontal-cortex-upon-loss-of-consciousness
#19
Xiaolin Liu, Kathryn K Lauer, B Douglas Ward, Christopher Roberts, Suyan Liu, Suneeta Gollapudy, Robert Rohloff, William Gross, Guangyu Chen, Zhan Xu, Jeffrey R Binder, Shi-Jiang Li, Anthony G Hudetz
Recent studies indicate that spontaneous low-frequency fluctuations (LFFs) of resting-state functional magnetic resonance imaging (rs-fMRI) blood oxygen level-dependent (BOLD) signals are driven by the slow (<0.1Hz) modulation of ongoing neuronal activity synchronized locally and across remote brain regions. How regional LFFs of the BOLD fMRI signal are altered during anesthetic-induced alteration of consciousness is not well understood. Using rs-fMRI in 15 healthy participants, we show that during administration of propofol to achieve loss of behavioral responsiveness indexing unconsciousness, the fractional amplitude of LFF (fALFF index) was reduced in comparison to wakeful baseline in the anterior frontal regions, temporal pole, hippocampus, parahippocampal gyrus, and amygdala...
December 16, 2016: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27993527/use-of-electric-field-sensors-for-recording-respiration-heart-rate-and-stereotyped-motor-behaviors-in-the-rodent-home-cage
#20
Donald J Noble, Camden J MacDowell, Michael L McKinnon, Tamra I Neblett, William N Goolsby, Shawn Hochman
BACKGROUND: Numerous environmental and genetic factors can contribute significantly to behavioral and cardiorespiratory variability observed experimentally. Affordable technologies that allow for noninvasive home cage capture of physio-behavioral variables should enhance understanding of inter-animal variability including after experimental interventions. NEW METHOD: We assessed whether EPIC electric field sensors (Plessey Semiconductors) embedded within or attached externally to a rodent's home cage could accurately record respiration, heart rate, and motor behaviors...
December 16, 2016: Journal of Neuroscience Methods
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