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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432987/multimodal-imaging-of-language-reorganization-in-patients-with-left-temporal-lobe-epilepsy
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Yu-Hsuan A Chang, Nobuko Kemmotsu, Kelly M Leyden, N Erkut Kucukboyaci, Vicente J Iragui, Evelyn S Tecoma, Leena Kansal, Marc A Norman, Rachelle Compton, Tobin J Ehrlich, Vedang S Uttarwar, Anny Reyes, Brianna M Paul, Carrie R McDonald
This study explored the relationships among multimodal imaging, clinical features, and language impairment in patients with left temporal lobe epilepsy (LTLE). Fourteen patients with LTLE and 26 controls underwent structural MRI, functional MRI, diffusion tensor imaging, and neuropsychological language tasks. Laterality indices were calculated for each imaging modality and a principal component (PC) was derived from language measures. Correlations were performed among imaging measures, as well as to the language PC...
April 19, 2017: Brain and Language
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429352/difference-in-resting-state-fractional-amplitude-of-low-frequency-fluctuation-between-bipolar-depression-and-unipolar-depression-patients
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H-L Yu, W-B Liu, T Wang, P-Y Huang, L-Y Jie, J-Z Sun, C Wang, W Qian, M Xuan, Q-Q Gu, H Liu, F-L Zhang, M-M Zhang
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the difference in fractional amplitude of low-frequency fluctuation (fALFF) of localized brain activities in the resting-state between bipolar depression and unipolar depression patients and to find biological markers that differentiate the two groups of patients. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Thirteen patients with bipolar depression, 15 patients with unipolar depression, and 16 healthy control subjects that were matched in age and years of education were subjected to 3...
April 2017: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425060/positron-emission-tomography-assessment-of-cerebral-glucose-metabolic-rates-in-autism-spectrum-disorder-and-schizophrenia
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Serge A Mitelman, Marie-Cecile Bralet, M Mehmet Haznedar, Eric Hollander, Lina Shihabuddin, Erin A Hazlett, Monte S Buchsbaum
Several models have been proposed to account for observed overlaps in clinical features and genetic predisposition between schizophrenia and autism spectrum disorder. This study assessed similarities and differences in topological patterns and vectors of glucose metabolism in both disorders in reference to these models. Co-registered (18)fluorodeoxyglucose PET and MRI scans were obtained in 41 schizophrenia, 25 ASD, and 55 healthy control subjects. AFNI was used to map cortical and subcortical regions of interest...
April 19, 2017: Brain Imaging and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424400/-brodmann-areas-39-and-40-human-parietal-association-area-and-higher-cortical-function
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Yasuhisa Sakurai
The anatomy and function of the angular gyrus (Brodmann Area 39) and supramarginal gyrus (Brodmann Area 40) are described here. Both gyri constitute the inferior part of the parietal lobe. Association fibers from the angular gyrus project to the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex via the superior longitudinal fasciculus (SLF) II/arcuate fasciculus (AF), whereas those from the supramarginal gyrus project to the ventrolateral prefrontal cortex via SLF III/AF. Damage to the left angular gyrus causes kanji agraphia (lexical agraphia) and mild anomia, whereas damage to the left supramarginal gyrus causes kana alexia (phonological dyslexia) and kana agraphia (phonological agraphia)...
April 2017: Brain and Nerve, Shinkei Kenkyū No Shinpo
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424394/-brodmann-areas-17-18-and-19-in-the-human-brain-an-overview
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Juro Kawachi
Brodmann areas 17, 18, and 19 in the human brain are visual cortices of the occipital lobe. Each area has its own retinotopic representations, particulary area 19, which has many small retinotopic areas representing half or all of the contralateral visual field, several functional areas, and nine cytoarchitectonic areas. Several fasciculi are known as occipital fiber connections, but their precise endpoints are not clear. Lesions in the visual cortices cause several visual disorders including visual field defect, visual hallucinations, metamorphopsia, and different kinds of visual agnosia...
April 2017: Brain and Nerve, Shinkei Kenkyū No Shinpo
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407555/thalamocortical-connectivity-in-major-depressive-disorder
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Elliot C Brown, Darren L Clark, Stefanie Hassel, Glenda MacQueen, Rajamannar Ramasubbu
BACKGROUND: Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) is highly prevalent and potentially devastating, with widespread aberrations in brain activity. Thalamocortical networks are a potential candidate marker for psychopathology in MDD, but have not yet been thoroughly investigated. Here we examined functional connectivity between major cortical areas and thalamus. METHOD: Resting-state fMRI from 54 MDD patients and 40 healthy controls were collected. The cortex was segmented into six regions of interest (ROIs) consisting of frontal, temporal, parietal, and occipital lobes and pre-central and post-central gyri...
April 5, 2017: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28403437/postretinal-structure-and-function-in-severe-congenital-photoreceptor-blindness-caused-by-mutations-in-the-gucy2d-gene
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Geoffrey K Aguirre, Omar H Butt, Ritobrato Datta, Alejandro J Roman, Alexander Sumaroka, Sharon B Schwartz, Artur V Cideciyan, Samuel G Jacobson
Purpose: To examine how severe congenital blindness resulting from mutations of the GUCY2D gene alters brain structure and function, and to relate these findings to the notable preservation of retinal architecture in this form of Leber congenital amaurosis (LCA). Methods: Six GUCY2D-LCA patients (ages 20-46) were studied with optical coherence tomography of the retina and multimodal magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the brain. Measurements from this group were compared to those obtained from populations of normally sighted controls and people with congenital blindness of a variety of causes...
February 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28397842/structural-alterations-within-cerebellar-circuitry-are-associated-with-general-liability-for-common-mental-disorders
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A L Romer, A R Knodt, R Houts, B D Brigidi, T E Moffitt, A Caspi, A R Hariri
Accumulating mental-health research encourages a shift in focus toward transdiagnostic dimensional features that are shared across categorical disorders. In support of this shift, recent studies have identified a general liability factor for psychopathology-sometimes called the 'p factor'- that underlies shared risk for a wide range of mental disorders. Identifying neural correlates of this general liability would substantiate its importance in characterizing the shared origins of mental disorders and help us begin to understand the mechanisms through which the 'p factor' contributes to risk...
April 11, 2017: Molecular Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28397802/the-connectomes-of-males-and-females-with-autism-spectrum-disorder-have-significantly-different-white-matter-connectivity-densities
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Andrei Irimia, Carinna M Torgerson, Zachary J Jacokes, John D Van Horn
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) encompasses a set of neurodevelopmental conditions whose striking sex-related disparity (with an estimated male-to-female ratio of 4:1) remains unknown. Here we use magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and diffusion weighted imaging (DWI) to identify the brain structure correlates of the sex-by-ASD diagnosis interaction in a carefully selected cohort of 110 ASD patients (55 females) and 83 typically-developing (TD) subjects (40 females). The interaction was found to be predicated primarily upon white matter connectivity density innervating, bilaterally, the lateral aspect of the temporal lobe, the temporo-parieto-occipital junction and the medial parietal lobe...
April 11, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28386926/extratemporal-resections-in-pediatric-epilepsy-surgery-an-overview
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Jeffrey P Blount
Despite optimized medical treatment, approximately one third of all patients with epilepsy continue to have seizures and by definition have medically resistant epilepsy (MRE). For these patients, surgical disruption of the epileptogenic network may enable freedom or great improvement in control of their seizures. The success of surgery is dependent on accurate localization of the epileptogenic zone and network. Epilepsy arising from regions of cortical dysplasia within the neocortex of the frontal, parietal, and occipital lobes show a propensity for reorganization and progressive decline in seizure freedom and consequent poorer surgical outcome...
April 2017: Epilepsia
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/28384595/clinical-outcomes-from-maximum-safe-resection-of-primary-and-metastatic-brain-tumors-using-awake-craniotomy
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Anastasia Groshev, Devang Padalia, Sephalie Patel, Rosemarie Garcia-Getting, Solmaz Sahebjam, Peter A Forsyth, Frank D Vrionis, Arnold B Etame
OBJECTIVE: To retrospectively analyze outcomes in patients undergoing awake craniotomies for tumor resection at our institution in terms of extent of resection, functional preservation and length of hospital stay. PATIENTS AND METHODS: All cases of adults undergoing awake-craniotomy from September 2012-February 2015 were retrospectively reviewed based on an IRB approved protocol. Information regarding patient age, sex, cancer type, procedure type, location, hospital stay, extent of resection, and postoperative complications was extracted...
March 20, 2017: Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28379608/neural-mechanisms-for-integrating-consecutive-and-interleaved-natural-events
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Juha M Lahnakoski, Iiro P Jääskeläinen, Mikko Sams, Lauri Nummenmaa
To understand temporally extended events, the human brain needs to accumulate information continuously across time. Interruptions that require switching of attention to other event sequences disrupt this process. To reveal neural mechanisms supporting integration of event information, we measured brain activity with functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) from 18 participants while they viewed 6.5-minute excerpts from three movies (i) consecutively and (ii) as interleaved segments of approximately 50-s in duration...
April 5, 2017: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28377175/tactile-object-categories-can-be-decoded-from-the-parietal-and-lateral-occipital-cortices
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Raúl Hernández-Pérez, Laura V Cuaya, Eduardo Rojas-Hortelano, Azalea Reyes-Aguilar, Luis Concha, Victor de Lafuente
The visual system classifies objects into categories, and distinct populations of neurons within the temporal lobe respond preferentially to objects of a given perceptual category. We can also classify the objects we recognize with the sense of touch, but less is known about the neuronal correlates underlying this cognitive function. To address this question, we performed a multivariate pattern analysis (MVPA) of functional magnetic resonance imagining (fMRI) activity to identify the cortical areas that can be used to decode the category of objects explored with the hand...
April 2, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28374936/effect-of-smoking-on-resting-state-functional-connectivity-in-smokers-an-fmri-study
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Shuang Zhou, Dan Xiao, Peng Peng, Shuang-Kun Wang, Zhao Liu, Hai-Yan Qin, Sheng-Shu Li, Chen Wang
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Smoking is a leading cause of death in the world. Aberrant brain function has been repeatedly linked to tobacco smoking. However, little is known about insula-based resting-state functional connectivity (rsFC) in non-deprived tobacco-dependent smokers. This study characterized the correlation between insula-based rsFC and tobacco dependence severity in non-deprived smokers. METHODS: A total of 37 male smokers and 37 age-matched male non-smokers completed resting-state functional MRI (fMRI) scans...
April 4, 2017: Respirology: Official Journal of the Asian Pacific Society of Respirology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28374089/modafinil-enhances-alerting-related-brain-activity-in-attention-networks
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Yumiko Ikeda, Takuya Funayama, Amane Tateno, Haruhisa Fukayama, Yoshiro Okubo, Hidenori Suzuki
RATIONALE: Modafinil is a wake-promoting agent and has been reported to be effective in improving attention in patients with attentional disturbance. However, neural substrates underlying the modafinil effects on attention are not fully understood. OBJECTIVES: We employed a functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) study with the attention network test (ANT) task in healthy adults and examined which networks of attention are mainly affected by modafinil and which neural substrates are responsible for the drug effects...
April 3, 2017: Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28373834/adolescents-with-developmental-dyscalculia-do-not-have-a-generalized-magnitude-deficit-processing-of-discrete-and-continuous-magnitudes
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Ursina McCaskey, Michael von Aster, Ruth O'Gorman Tuura, Karin Kucian
The link between number and space has been discussed in the literature for some time, resulting in the theory that number, space and time might be part of a generalized magnitude system. To date, several behavioral and neuroimaging findings support the notion of a generalized magnitude system, although contradictory results showing a partial overlap or separate magnitude systems are also found. The possible existence of a generalized magnitude processing area leads to the question how individuals with developmental dyscalculia (DD), known for deficits in numerical-arithmetical abilities, process magnitudes...
2017: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28361587/stimulus-evoked-changes-in-cerebral-vessel-diameter-a-study-in-healthy-humans
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Alexandre Bizeau, Guillaume Gilbert, Michaël Bernier, Minh Tung Huynh, Christian Bocti, Maxime Descoteaux, Kevin Whittingstall
The high metabolic demand of neuronal tissue, coupled with its relatively low energy storage capacity, requires that increases in neuronal activation are quickly matched with increased blood flow to ensure efficient supply of oxygen and nutrients to the tissue. For this to occur, dilation of nearby arterioles must be coordinated with the dilation of larger upstream feeding arteries. As it stands, the exact spatial extent of such dilation in humans is unknown. Using non-invasive time-of-flight magnetic resonance angiography in healthy participants, we developed an automatic methodology for reconstructing cerebral arterial vessels and quantifying their diameter on a voxel-by-voxel basis...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318404/magnetization-transfer-imaging-of-treatment-resistant-depression
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Zhiyun Jia, Wei Peng, Ziqi Chen, Huaiqiang Sun, Huawei Zhang, Weihong Kuang, Xiaoqi Huang, Su Lui, Qiyong Gong
Purpose To detect biophysical abnormalities in patients with postmedication treatment-resistant depression (TRD) with magnetization transfer imaging. Materials and Methods This study was approved by the local ethics committee, and written informed consent was obtained from all participants. Participants included 69 patients with major depressive disorder (MDD) (30 with TRD; 39 with non-TRD) and 41 healthy control subjects. Age and sex were examined with one-way analysis of variance and χ(2) tests and were well matched among the three groups...
March 17, 2017: Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28283789/cerebral-metabolic-changes-related-to-clinical-parameters-in-idiopathic-anosmic-patients-during-olfactory-stimulation-a-pilot-investigation
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Alessandro Micarelli, Agostino Chiaravalloti, Roberta Danieli, Orazio Schillaci, Marco Alessandrini
Idiopathic olfactory loss neural consequences have been studied especially by means of magnetic resonance imaging. Since other functional neuroimaging technique findings are lacking in the literature, present study used a validated (18)F-2-fluoro-2-deoxy-D-glucose (FDG) functional positron emission tomography procedure under olfactory stimulation (OS) to assess brain changes in idiopathic anosmic patients (IAPs) in comparison with healthy subjects (HS). A voxel-based analysis between these groups was used to evaluate FDG uptake in the brain and perform a correlation analysis between metabolic responses and the Sniffin' stick test as well as intensity visuo-analogue scores and disease duration (DD)...
March 10, 2017: European Archives of Oto-rhino-laryngology
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