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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646350/abnormal-rich-club-organization-associated-with-compromised-cognitive-function-in-patients-with-schizophrenia-and-their-unaffected-parents
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Xin Zhao, Lin Tian, Jun Yan, Weihua Yue, Hao Yan, Dai Zhang
Schizophrenia is considered to be a disorder of brain connectivity, which might result from a disproportionally impaired rich-club organization. The rich-club is composed of highly interconnected hub regions that play crucial roles in integrating information between different brain regions. Few studies have yet investigated whether the structural rich-club organization is impaired in patients and their first-degree relatives. In this study, we established a weighted network model of white matter connections using diffusion tensor imaging of 19 patients and 39 unaffected parents, 22 young healthy controls for the patients, and 25 old healthy controls for the parents...
June 23, 2017: Neuroscience Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640584/spectroscopic-evidence-for-a-h-bond-network-at-y356-located-at-the-subunit-interface-of-active-e-coli-ribonucleotide-reductase
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Thomas U Nick, Kanchana R Ravichandran, JoAnne Stubbe, Müge Kasanmascheff, Marina Bennati
The reaction catalyzed by E. coli ribonucleotide reductase (RNR) composed of α and β subunits that form an active α2β2 complex is a paradigm for proton-coupled electron transfer (PCET) processes in biological transformations. β2 contains the diferric tyrosyl radical (Y122•) cofactor that initiates a radical transfer (RT) over 35 Å via a specific pathway of amino acids (Y122• ↔ [W48] ↔ Y356 in β2 to Y731 ↔Y730↔ C439 in α2). Experimental evidence exists for co-linear and orthogonal PCET in α2 and β2 respectively...
June 22, 2017: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636614/smartphone-dependence-classification-using-tensor-factorization
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Jingyun Choi, Mi Jung Rho, Yejin Kim, In Hye Yook, Hwanjo Yu, Dai-Jin Kim, In Young Choi
Excessive smartphone use causes personal and social problems. To address this issue, we sought to derive usage patterns that were directly correlated with smartphone dependence based on usage data. This study attempted to classify smartphone dependence using a data-driven prediction algorithm. We developed a mobile application to collect smartphone usage data. A total of 41,683 logs of 48 smartphone users were collected from March 8, 2015, to January 8, 2016. The participants were classified into the control group (SUC) or the addiction group (SUD) using the Korean Smartphone Addiction Proneness Scale for Adults (S-Scale) and a face-to-face offline interview by a psychiatrist and a clinical psychologist (SUC = 23 and SUD = 25)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628946/structural-plasticity-of-the-ventral-stream-and-aphasia-recovery
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Emilie T McKinnon, Julius Fridriksson, G Russell Glenn, Jens H Jensen, Joseph A Helpern, Alexandra Basilakos, Christopher Rorden, Andy Y Shih, M Vittoria Spampinato, Leonardo Bonilha
Re-strengthening of the residual language network is likely crucial for speech recovery in post-stroke aphasia. Eight participants with chronic aphasia received intensive speech therapy for three weeks, with standardized naming tests and brain MRIs before and after therapy. Kurtosis-based diffusion tensor tractography was used to measure mean kurtosis (MK) along a segment of the inferior longitudinal fasciculus (ILF). Therapy related reduction in the number of semantic but not phonemic errors was associated with strengthening (renormalization) of ILF MK (r=-0...
June 19, 2017: Annals of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28596117/disrupted-white-matter-structural-networks-in-healthy-older-adult-apoe-%C3%AE%C2%B54-carriers-an-international-multicenter-dti-study
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Enrica Cavedo, Simone Lista, Katrine Rojkova, Patrizia A Chiesa, Marion Houot, Katharina Brueggen, Janusch Blautzik, Arun L W Bokde, Bruno Dubois, Frederik Barkhof, Petra J W Pouwels, Stefan Teipel, Harald Hampel
The ε4 allelic variant of the Apolipoprotein E gene (APOE ε4) is the best-established genetic risk factor for late-onset Alzheimer's disease (AD). White matter (WM) microstructural damages measured with Diffusion Tensor Imaging (DTI) represent an early sign of fiber tract disconnection in AD. We examined the impact of APOE ε4 on WM microstructure in elderly individuals from the multicenter European DTI Study on Dementia. Voxelwise statistical analysis of fractional anisotropy (FA), mean diffusivity, radial and axial diffusivity (MD, radD and axD respectively) was carried out using Tract-Based Spatial Statistics...
June 6, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28590514/altered-white-matter-microarchitecture-in-the-cingulum-bundle-in-women-with-primary-dysmenorrhea-a-tract-based-analysis-study
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Jixin Liu, Hongjuan Liu, Junya Mu, Qing Xu, Tao Chen, Wanghuan Dun, Jing Yang, Jie Tian, Li Hu, Ming Zhang
Primary dysmenorrhea (PD), as characterized by painful menstrual cramps without organic causes, is associated with central sensitization and brain function changes. Previous studies showed the integrated role of the default mode network (DMN) in the pain connectome and its key contribution on how an individual perceives and copes with pain disorders. Here, we aimed to investigate whether the cingulum bundle connecting hub regions of the DMN was disrupted in young women with PD. Diffusion tensor imaging was obtained in 41 PD patients and 41 matched healthy controls (HC) during their periovulatory phase...
June 7, 2017: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28575716/structural-network-connectivity-impairment-and-depressive-symptoms-in-cerebral-small-vessel-disease
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Xiaofeng Xie, Yulu Shi, Junjian Zhang
BACKGROUND: Cerebral small vessel disease (SVD) can disrupt mood regulation circuits and cause depressive symptoms which may occur prior to onset of other symptoms. However, the topological network alterations in SVD with depressive symptoms remained unclear. We aim to investigate how these changes in structural network were related to depressive symptoms in SVD. METHODS: We recruited 20 SVD with depressive symptoms (SVD+D), 20 SVD without depressive symptoms (SVD-D) and 16 healthy control (HC) individuals...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28572765/white-matter-structural-connectivity-is-not-correlated-to-cortical-resting-state-functional-connectivity-over-the-healthy-adult-lifespan
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Adrian Tsang, Catherine A Lebel, Signe L Bray, Bradley G Goodyear, Moiz Hafeez, Roberto C Sotero, Cheryl R McCreary, Richard Frayne
Structural connectivity (SC) of white matter (WM) and functional connectivity (FC) of cortical regions undergo changes in normal aging. As WM tracts form the underlying anatomical architecture that connects regions within resting state networks (RSNs), it is intuitive to expect that SC and FC changes with age are correlated. Studies that investigated the relationship between SC and FC in normal aging are rare, and have mainly compared between groups of elderly and younger subjects. The objectives of this work were to investigate linear SC and FC changes across the healthy adult lifespan, and to define relationships between SC and FC measures within seven whole-brain large scale RSNs...
2017: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28566550/disconnection-as-a-mechanism-for-social-cognition-impairment-in-multiple-sclerosis
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Sonia Batista, Carolina Alves, Otília C d'Almeida, Ana Afonso, Ricardo Félix-Morais, João Pereira, Carmo Macário, Lívia Sousa, Miguel Castelo-Branco, Isabel Santana, Luís Cunha
OBJECTIVE: To assess the contribution of microstructural normal-appearing white matter (NAWM) damage to social cognition impairment, specifically in the theory of mind (ToM), in multiple sclerosis (MS). METHODS: We enrolled consecutively 60 patients with MS and 60 healthy controls (HC) matched on age, sex, and education level. All participants underwent ToM testing (Eyes Test, Videos Test) and 3T brain MRI including conventional and diffusion tensor imaging sequences...
May 31, 2017: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547995/adsorption-induced-deformation-of-hierarchically-structured-mesoporous-silica-effect-of-pore-level-anisotropy
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Christian Balzer, Anna M Waag, Stefan Gehret, Gudrun Reichenauer, Florian Putz, Nicola Hüsing, Oskar Paris, Noam Bernstein, Gennady Y Gor, Alexander V Neimark
The goal of this work is to understand adsorption-induced deformation of hierarchically structured porous silica exhibiting well-defined cylindrical mesopores. For this purpose, we performed an in situ dilatometry measurement on a calcined and sintered monolithic silica sample during the adsorption of N2 at 77 K. To analyze the experimental data, we extended the adsorption stress model to account for the anisotropy of cylindrical mesopores, i.e., we explicitly derived the adsorption stress tensor components in the axial and radial direction of the pore...
June 6, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546311/evidence-for-functional-networks-within-the-human-brain-s-white-matter
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Michael Peer, Mor Nitzan, Atira S Bick, Netta Levin, Shahar Arzy
Investigation of the functional macro-scale organization of the human cortex is fundamental in modern neuroscience. While numerous studies have identified networks of interacting functional modules in the grey-matter, limited research was directed to the functional organization of the white-matter. Recent studies have demonstrated that the white-matter exhibits blood oxygen level dependent (BOLD) signal fluctuations similar to those of the grey-matter. Here we used these signal fluctuations to investigate whether the white-matter is organized as functional networks by applying a clustering analysis on resting-state functional MRI (RSfMRI) data from white-matter voxels, in 176 subjects (of both sexes)...
May 25, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540995/cortical-thickness-and-white-matter-integrity-are-associated-with-ctg-expansion-size-in-myotonic-dystrophy-type-i
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Woo Kyoung Yoo, Yoon Ghil Park, Young Chul Choi, Sun Mi Kim
PURPOSE: Myotonic dystrophy type 1 (DM1) is characterized by progressive muscular weakness with symptoms caused by involvement of the brain. The aim of this study was to delineate global changes in cortical thickness and white matter integrity in patients with DM1, compared to age-matched healthy controls, and in brain areas highly correlated with CTG repeat size. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Cortical thickness and white matter integrity were compared in nine adult DM1 patients and age matched healthy controls using T1-weighted and diffusion tensor imaging...
July 2017: Yonsei Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520931/altered-white-matter-connectivity-within-and-between-networks-in-antipsychotic-naive-first-episode-schizophrenia
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Fei Li, Su Lui, Li Yao, Gong-Jun Ji, Wei Liao, John A Sweeney, Qiyong Gong
Analyzing the schizophrenia connectome can identify illness-related alterations in connectivity across the brain. An important question that remains unanswered is whether connectivity alterations are already evident at the onset of illness, before treatment with antipsychotic medication and possible influences of neuroprogressive or secondary alterations related to chronic illness duration. In the present study, diffusion tensor imaging and deterministic fiber tractography were performed with 137 antipsychotic-naive first-episode schizophrenia patients and 113 matched healthy controls...
May 17, 2017: Schizophrenia Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520668/structural-connectivity-related-to-persistent-symptoms-after-mild-tbi-in-adolescents-and-response-to-aerobic-training-preliminary-investigation
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Weihong Yuan, Shari L Wade, Catherine Quatman-Yates, Jason A Hugentobler, Paul J Gubanich, Brad G Kurowski
OBJECTIVE: To quantify structural connectivity abnormalities in adolescents with mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) and to investigate connectivity changes following aerobic training using graph theory and diffusion tensor imaging tractography. SETTING: Outpatient research setting. PARTICIPANTS: Twenty-two children (age: 15.83 ± 1.77 years, 10 females) with 4 to 16 weeks of persistent symptoms after mTBI and a matched healthy comparison group...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515708/disrupted-structural-and-functional-networks-and-their-correlation-with-alertness-in-right-temporal-lobe-epilepsy-a-graph-theory-study
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Wenyu Jiang, Jianping Li, Xuemei Chen, Wei Ye, Jinou Zheng
Previous studies have shown that temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE) involves abnormal structural or functional connectivity in specific brain areas. However, limited comprehensive studies have been conducted on TLE associated changes in the topological organization of structural and functional networks. Additionally, epilepsy is associated with impairment in alertness, a fundamental component of attention. In this study, structural networks were constructed using diffusion tensor imaging tractography, and functional networks were obtained from resting-state functional MRI temporal series correlations in 20 right temporal lobe epilepsy (rTLE) patients and 19 healthy controls...
2017: Frontiers in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28498711/projector-quantum-monte%C3%A2-carlo-method-for-nonlinear-wave-functions
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Lauretta R Schwarz, A Alavi, George H Booth
We reformulate the projected imaginary-time evolution of the full configuration interaction quantum Monte Carlo method in terms of a Lagrangian minimization. This naturally leads to the admission of polynomial complex wave function parametrizations, circumventing the exponential scaling of the approach. While previously these functions have traditionally inhabited the domain of variational Monte Carlo approaches, we consider recent developments for the identification of deep-learning neural networks to optimize this Lagrangian, which can be written as a modification of the propagator for the wave function dynamics...
April 28, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28484386/the-integrity-of-the-corpus-callosum-mitigates-the-impact-of-blood-pressure-on-the-ventral-attention-network-and-information-processing-speed-in-healthy-adults
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Nichol M L Wong, Ernie Po-Wing Ma, Tatia M C Lee
Hypertension is a risk factor for cognitive impairment in older age. However, evidence of the neural basis of the relationship between the deterioration of cognitive function and elevated blood pressure is sparse. Based on previous research, we speculate that variations in brain connectivity are closely related to elevated blood pressure even before the onset of clinical conditions and apparent cognitive decline in individuals over 60 years of age. Forty cognitively healthy adults were recruited. Each received a blood pressure test before and after the cognitive assessment in various domains...
2017: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28484383/when-playing-is-a-problem-an-atypical-case-of-alien-hand-syndrome-in-a-professional-pianist
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Arantxa Alfaro, Ángela Bernabeu, Francisco J Badesa, Nicolas García, Eduardo Fernández
Alien hand syndrome (AHS) is a neurological illness characterized by limb movements which are carried out without being aware of it. Many patients describe these movements as aggressive and some perceive a strong feeling of estrangement and go so far as to deny ownership. The sense of body ownership is the perception that parts of one's body pertain to oneself, despite it is moving or not and if movement is intentional or unintentional. These anomalous self-experiences may arise in patients with focal brain lesions and provide unique opportunities to disclose the neural components underlying self-body perception...
2017: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28479103/linking-graph-features-of-anatomical-architecture-to-regional-brain-activity-a-multi-modal-mri-study
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Tien-Wen Lee, Shao-Wei Xue
BACKGROUND: Previous empirical research has treated regional neural responses and network architecture separately. However, anecdotal reports have suggested a close relationship between the two. This study aims to investigate the influence of structural connectivity on regional spontaneous activities. METHODS: Datasets of structural magnetic resonance imaging (sMRI), resting state functional MRI (rs-fMRI) and diffusion weighted imaging (DWI) of 36 right-handed healthy subjects (average age 27...
May 4, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28452370/observability-of-boolean-multiplex-control-networks
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Yuhu Wu, Jingxue Xu, Xi-Ming Sun, Wei Wang
Boolean multiplex (multilevel) networks (BMNs) are currently receiving considerable attention as theoretical arguments for modeling of biological systems and system level analysis. Studying control-related problems in BMNs may not only provide new views into the intrinsic control in complex biological systems, but also enable us to develop a method for manipulating biological systems using exogenous inputs. In this article, the observability of the Boolean multiplex control networks (BMCNs) are studied. First, the dynamical model and structure of BMCNs with control inputs and outputs are constructed...
April 28, 2017: Scientific Reports
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