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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731201/a-technological-and-regulatory-outlook-on-crispr-crop-editing
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Rea Globus, Udi Qimron
Generating plants with increased yields while maintaining low production and maintenance costs is highly important since plants are the major food source for humans and animals, as well as important producers of chemicals, pharmaceuticals, and fuels. Gene editing approaches, particularly the CRISPR-Cas system, are the preferred methods for improving crops, enabling quick, robust, and accurate gene manipulation. Nevertheless, new breeds of genetically-modified crops have initiated substantial debates concerning their biosafety, commercial use, and regulation...
July 21, 2017: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730570/structural-connectivity-differences-in-essential-tremor-with-and-without-resting-tremor
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Maria Eugenia Caligiuri, Gennarina Arabia, Gaetano Barbagallo, Angela Lupo, Maurizio Morelli, Rita Nisticò, Fabiana Novellino, Andrea Quattrone, Maria Salsone, Basilio Vescio, Andrea Cherubini, Aldo Quattrone
In this work, we investigated motor network structure in patients affected by essential tremor (ET) with or without resting tremor, using probabilistic tractography of the cerebello-thalamo-basal ganglia-cortical loop. Twenty-five patients with ET, twenty-two patients with ET associated with resting tremor (rET), and twenty-five age- and sex-matched healthy controls were included in the study. All participants underwent whole-brain 3D T1-weighted and diffusion-weighted MRI, and DAT-SPECT. Probabilistic tractography was performed on diffusion data in network mode, reconstructing connections between the different structures of the cerebello-thalamo-basal ganglia-cortical loop...
July 20, 2017: Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729936/are-there-differences-in-brain-morphology-according-to-handedness
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Han Jang, Jae Youn Lee, Kang Il Lee, Kang Min Park
OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to investigate the differences in brain morphology according to handedness. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Forty-two healthy subjects were enrolled (21 right-handers and 21 nonright-handers). The two groups were classified according to the Edinburgh Handedness Inventory. Measures of cortical morphology, such as thickness, surface area, volume, and curvature, and the volumes of subcortical structures, such as the amygdala, caudate, hippocampus, globus pallidus, putamen, and thalamus, were compared between the groups according to handedness using whole-brain 3D T1-weighted MRI...
July 2017: Brain and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728152/use-of-the-putamen-as-a-surrogate-anatomical-marker-for-the-internal-segment-of-the-globus-pallidus-in-deep-brain-stimulation-surgery
#4
John A Thompson, Dali Yin, Steven G Ojemann, Aviva Abosch
OBJECTIVE: The success of deep brain stimulation (DBS) of the internal segment of the globus pallidus (GPi) depends on accurately placing the electrode into the GPi motor territory. Direct targeting can be difficult as GPi laminar borders are not always clearly identifiable on MRI. Here, we report a method for using the putamen (PUT) as a surrogate anatomical marker to target the GPi. METHODS: We developed a PUT-based GPi targeting using the FGATIR (fast gray matter acquisition T1-weighted inversion recovery) MRI sequence and compared it with consensus coordinate-based indirect targeting...
July 21, 2017: Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721032/-11-c-pib-pet-imaging-reveals-that-amyloid-deposition-in-cases-with-early-onset-alzheimer-s-disease-in-the-absence-of-known-mutations-retains-higher-levels-of-pib-in-the-basal-ganglia
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Young Chul Youn, Jae-Won Jang, Su-Hyun Han, HyeRyoun Kim, Ju-Won Seok, Jun Soo Byun, Kwang-Yeol Park, Seong Soo A An, In Kook Chun, SangYun Kim
PURPOSE: Early-onset Alzheimer's disease (EOAD) has a different pathologic burden and clinical features compared with late-onset Alzheimer's disease (LOAD). We examined the effects of age at onset on the burden and distribution of β-amyloid in patients with EOAD, in whom well-characterized mutations associated with Alzheimer's disease were absent. METHODS: We genotyped ApoE, APP, PSEN1 and PSEN2 in the patients with Alzheimer's disease: 9 patients with EOAD (age <65), 11 with LOAD (age >70) and 8 normal controls (NCs), all of whom had undergone (11)C-labeled Pittsburgh compound B-positron emission tomography imaging...
2017: Clinical Interventions in Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712991/low-beta-cortico-pallidal-coherence-decreases-during-movement-and-correlates-with-overall-reaction-time
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Bernadette C M van Wijk, Wolf-Julian Neumann, Gerd-Helge Schneider, Tilmann H Sander, Vladimir Litvak, Andrea A Kühn
Beta band oscillations (13-30 Hz) are a hallmark of cortical and subcortical structures that are part of the motor system. In addition to local population activity, oscillations also provide a means for synchronization of activity between regions. Here we examined the role of beta band coherence between the internal globus pallidus (GPi) and (motor) cortex during a simple reaction time task performed by nine patients with idiopathic dystonia. We recorded local field potentials from deep brain stimulation (DBS) electrodes implanted in bilateral GPi in combination with simultaneous whole-head magneto-encephalography (MEG)...
July 13, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28706748/comparison-of-globus-pallidus-interna-and-subthalamic-nucleus-in-deep-brain-stimulation-for-parkinson-disease-an-institutional-experience-and-review
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Shazia Mirza, Umar Yazdani, Richard Dewey Iii, Neepa Patel, Richard B Dewey, Svjetlana Miocinovic, Shilpa Chitnis
Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) has revolutionized the lives of patients of Parkinson disease, offering therapeutic options to those not benefiting entirely from medications alone. With its proven track record of outperforming the best medical management, the goal is to unlock the full potential of this therapy. Currently, the Globus Pallidus Interna (GPi) and Subthalamic Nucleus (STN) are both viable targets for DBS, and the choice of site should focus on the constellation of symptoms, both motor and nonmotor, which are key determinants to quality of life...
2017: Parkinson's Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28701061/subthalamic-nucleus-and-globus-pallidus-internus-stimulation-for-the-treatment-of-parkinson-s-disease-a-systematic-review
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Hao Xu, Feng Zheng, Boris Krischek, Wanhai Ding, Chi Xiong, Xin Wang, Chaoshi Niu
Objective Deep brain stimulation (DBS) for treatment of advanced Parkinson's disease (PD) has two anatomical targets: the subthalamic nucleus (STN) and the globus pallidus internus (GPI). The clinical effectiveness of these two stimulation targets was compared in the present study. Methods A systematic review and meta-analysis was performed to evaluated the postoperative changes in the United Parkinson's Disease Rating Scale (UPDRS) on- and off-phase, on-stimulation motor scores; activities of daily living score (ADLS); and levodopa equivalent dose (LED) after STN and GPI stimulation...
January 1, 2017: Journal of International Medical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28700706/spatial-distribution-of-cannabinoid-receptor-type-1-cb1-in-normal-canine-central-and-peripheral-nervous-system
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Jessica Freundt-Revilla, Kristel Kegler, Wolfgang Baumgärtner, Andrea Tipold
The endocannabinoid system is a regulatory pathway consisting of two main types of cannabinoid receptors (CB1 and CB2) and their endogenous ligands, the endocannabinoids. The CB1 receptor is highly expressed in the central and peripheral nervous systems (PNS) in mammalians and is involved in neuromodulatory functions. Since endocannabinoids were shown to be elevated in cerebrospinal fluid of epileptic dogs, knowledge about the species specific CB receptor expression in the nervous system is required. Therefore, we assessed the spatial distribution of CB1 receptors in the normal canine CNS and PNS...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28700067/acquired-hepatocerebral-degeneration-in-a-patient-with-hepatitis-b-and-hepatitis-delta-virus-coinfection
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Viviane de Carvalho, Dessana Francis Chehuan, Marcia Melo Damian
Acquired hepatocerebral degeneration is a neurological syndrome with typical clinical (extrapyramidal and neuropsychiatric) symptoms and brain magnetic resonance imaging findings (high T1 signal in the globus pallidus). It occurs mainly in patients with advanced liver disease, such as in patients co-infected with hepatitis B virus (HBV) and hepatitis delta virus (HDV). However, there are no reports relating HBV/HDV coinfection and acquired hepatocerebral degeneration. This report presents the case of a 49-year-old woman with characteristics of acquired hepatocerebral degeneration and liver cirrhosis due to HBV/HDV coinfection, and presents the main theories of the physiopathology of this condition...
May 2017: Revista da Sociedade Brasileira de Medicina Tropical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28689259/differential-diagnosis-of-parkinsonism-by-a-combined-use-of-diffusion-kurtosis-imaging-and-quantitative-susceptibility-mapping
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Kenji Ito, Chigumi Ohtsuka, Kunihiro Yoshioka, Hiroyuki Kameda, Suguru Yokosawa, Ryota Sato, Yasuo Terayama, Makoto Sasaki
PURPOSE: We investigated whether diffusion kurtosis imaging (DKI) and quantitative susceptibility mapping (QSM) could detect pathological changes that occur in Parkinson's disease (PD), multiple system atrophy with predominant parkinsonism (MSA-P) or predominant cerebellar ataxia (MSA-C), and progressive supranuclear palsy syndrome (PSPS) and thus be used for differential diagnosis that is often difficult. METHODS: Seventy patients (41 with PD, 6 with MSA-P, 7 with MSA-C, 16 with PSPS) and 20 healthy controls were examined using a 3...
July 8, 2017: Neuroradiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28680084/a-variation-in-pank2-gene-is-causing-pantothenate-kinase-associated-neurodegeneration-in-a-family-from-jammu-and-kashmir-india
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Arshia Angural, Inderpal Singh, Ankit Mahajan, Pranav Pandoh, Manoj K Dhar, Sanjana Kaul, Vijeshwar Verma, Ekta Rai, Sushil Razdan, Kamal Kishore Pandita, Swarkar Sharma
Pantothenate kinase-associated neurodegeneration is a rare hereditary neurodegenerative disorder associated with nucleotide variation(s) in mitochondrial human Pantothenate kinase 2 (hPanK2) protein encoding PANK2 gene, and is characterized by symptoms of extra-pyramidal dysfunction and accumulation of non-heme iron predominantly in the basal ganglia of the brain. In this study, we describe a familial case of PKAN from the State of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K), India based on the clinical findings and genetic screening of two affected siblings born to consanguineous normal parents...
July 5, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28676738/the-multiple-correspondence-analysis-method-and-brain-functional-connectivity-its-application-to-the-study-of-the-non-linear-relationships-of-motor-cortex-and-basal-ganglia
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Clara Rodriguez-Sabate, Ingrid Morales, Alberto Sanchez, Manuel Rodriguez
The complexity of basal ganglia (BG) interactions is often condensed into simple models mainly based on animal data and that present BG in closed-loop cortico-subcortical circuits of excitatory/inhibitory pathways which analyze the incoming cortical data and return the processed information to the cortex. This study was aimed at identifying functional relationships in the BG motor-loop of 24 healthy-subjects who provided written, informed consent and whose BOLD-activity was recorded by MRI methods. The analysis of the functional interaction between these centers by correlation techniques and multiple linear regression showed non-linear relationships which cannot be suitably addressed with these methods...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28671115/iron-concentration-in-deep-gray-matter-structures-is-associated-with-worse-visual%C3%A2-memory-performance-in-healthy-young-adults
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Gergely Darnai, Szilvia Anett Nagy, Réka Horváth, Péter Ács, Gábor Perlaki, Gergely Orsi, Norbert Kovács, Anna Altbäcker, Enikő Plózer, Dalma Tényi, Rita Weintraut, Attila Schwarcz, Flóra John, Eszter Varga, Tamás Bereczkei, Zsófia Clemens, Sámuel Komoly, József Janszky
Abnormally high deposition of iron can contribute to neurodegenerative disorders with cognitive impairment. Since previous studies investigating cognition-brain iron accumulation relationships focused on elderly people, our aim was to explore the association between iron concentration in subcortical nuclei and two types of memory performances in a healthy young population. Gender difference was found only in the globus pallidus. Our results showed that iron load characterized by R2* value on the MRI in the caudate and putamen was related to visual memory, while verbal memory was unrelated to iron concentration...
June 27, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28669294/unilateral-thalamic-and-pallidal-deep-brain-stimulation-for-idiopathic-hemidystonia-results-of-individual-and-combined-stimulations-case-report
#15
Victor Goulenko, Paulo Luiz da Costa Cruz, Paulo Niemeyer Filho
Pallidal stimulation has been the usual surgical treatment for dystonia in the last decades. The continuous investigation of the physiopathology and the motor pathways involved leads to the search for complementary targets to improve results. The authors present the case of a 37-year-old woman who had suffered from idiopathic hemidystonia with hyperkinetic and hypokinetic movements for 11 years, and who was treated with deep brain stimulation. A brief literature review is also provided. The globus pallidus internus and the ventral intermediate/ventral oral posterior complex of the thalamus were stimulated separately and simultaneously for 3 months and compared using the Burke-Fahn-Marsden Dystonia Rating Scale and the Global Dystonia Severity Rating Scale, with a 3...
July 2017: Neurosurgical Focus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28667890/subcortical-structural-volumes-in-recently-remitted-first-episode-mania
#16
Shyam Sundar Arumugham, Ivan J Torres, Donna J Lang, Wayne Su, Raymond W Lam, William G Honer, Lakshmi N Yatham
BACKGROUND: Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) studies have yielded inconsistent findings with regard to subcortical volumetric abnormalities in patients with bipolar I disorder. Duration of illness and long term medication intake could have confounded the findings. METHOD: Volumes of nine subcortical structures were compared between 63 patients who recently remitted from their first manic episode and 77 healthy volunteers. The volumetric segmentation was performed with the automated segmentation algorithm Freesurfer version 5...
June 24, 2017: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28665252/deep-brain-stimulation-for-parkinson-s-disease-meta-analysis-of-results-of-randomized-trials-at-varying-lengths-of-follow-up
#17
Alireza Mansouri, Shervin Taslimi, Jetan H Badhiwala, Christopher D Witiw, Farshad Nassiri, Vincent J J Odekerken, Rob M A De Bie, Suneil K Kalia, Mojgan Hodaie, Renato P Munhoz, Alfonso Fasano, Andres M Lozano
OBJECTIVE Deep brain stimulation (DBS) is effective in the management of patients with advanced Parkinson's disease (PD). While both the globus pallidus pars interna (GPi) and the subthalamic nucleus (STN) are accepted targets, their relative efficacy in randomized controlled trials (RCTs) has not been established beyond 12 months. The objective of this study was to conduct a meta-analysis of RCTs to compare outcomes among adults with PD undergoing DBS of GPi or STN at various time points, including 36 months of follow-up...
June 30, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28653860/gadolinium-deposition-in-human-brain-tissues-after-contrast-enhanced-mr-imaging-in-adult-patients-without-intracranial-abnormalities
#18
Robert J McDonald, Jennifer S McDonald, David F Kallmes, Mark E Jentoft, Michael A Paolini, David L Murray, Eric E Williamson, Laurence J Eckel
Purpose To determine whether gadolinium deposits in neural tissues of patients with intracranial abnormalities following intravenous gadolinium-based contrast agent (GBCA) exposure might be related to blood-brain barrier integrity by studying adult patients with normal brain pathologic characteristics. Materials and Methods After obtaining antemortem consent and institutional review board approval, the authors compared postmortem neuronal tissue samples from five patients who had undergone four to 18 gadolinium-enhanced magnetic resonance (MR) examinations between 2005 and 2014 (contrast group) with samples from 10 gadolinium-naive patients who had undergone at least one MR examination during their lifetime (control group)...
June 27, 2017: Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28653648/gadolinium-deposition-in-the-brain-summary-of-evidence-and-recommendations
#19
REVIEW
Vikas Gulani, Fernando Calamante, Frank G Shellock, Emanuel Kanal, Scott B Reeder
Emerging evidence has linked MRI signal changes in deep nuclei of the brain with repeated administration of gadolinium-based contrast agents. Gadolinium deposits have been confirmed in brain tissue, most notably in the dentate nuclei and globus pallidus. Although some linear contrast agents appear to cause greater MRI signal changes than some macrocyclic agents, deposition of gadolinium has also been observed with macrocyclic agents. However, the extent of gadolinium deposition varies between agents. Furthermore, the clinical significance of the retained gadolinium in the brain, if any, remains unknown...
July 2017: Lancet Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649229/cortical-and-subcortical-structural-plasticity-associated-with-the-glioma-volumes-in-patients-with-cerebral-gliomas-revealed-by-surface-based-morphometry
#20
Jinping Xu, Ahmed Elazab, Jinhua Liang, Fucang Jia, Huimin Zheng, Weimin Wang, Limin Wang, Qingmao Hu
Postlesional plasticity has been identified in patients with cerebral gliomas by inducing a large functional reshaping of brain networks. Although numerous non-invasive functional neuroimaging methods have extensively investigated the mechanisms of this functional redistribution in patients with cerebral gliomas, little effort has been made to investigate the structural plasticity of cortical and subcortical structures associated with the glioma volume. In this study, we aimed to investigate whether the contralateral cortical and subcortical structures are able to actively reorganize by themselves in these patients...
2017: Frontiers in Neurology
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