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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538517/greater-corticostriatal-activation-associated-with-facial-motor-imagery-compared-with-motor-execution-a-functional-mri-study
#1
Meena M Makary, Seulgi Eun, Kyungmo Park
Motor imagery (MI) relies on conscious mental simulation of a motor act without overt motor output and can promote motor skill acquisition and facilitate rehabilitation for patients with stroke or neurological conditions. Although a plethora of neuroimaging studies have investigated the neural network of MI regarding different body parts, exploration of the neural correlates to facial MI remains warranted. Here, we used functional MRI with a large cohort of 41 participants who underwent motor execution (ME) and MI runs of mouth-stretching tasks...
May 19, 2017: Neuroreport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538516/left-lateralization-of-resting-state-functional-connectivity-between-the-presupplementary-motor-area-and-primary-language-areas
#2
William Lou, Kyung K Peck, Nicole Brennan, Arka Mallela, Andrei Holodny
An abundance of evidence points to the role of a presupplementary motor area (pre-SMA) in human language. This study explores the pre-SMA resting state connectivity network and the nature of its connections to known language areas. We tested the hypothesis that by seeding the pre-SMA, one would be able to establish language laterality to known cortical and subcortical language areas. We analyzed data from 30 right-handed healthy controls and performed the resting state functional MRI. A seed-based analysis using a manually drawn pre-SMA region of interest template was applied...
May 19, 2017: Neuroreport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529877/the-dynamics-of-functional-connectivity-in-neocortical-focal-epilepsy
#3
Mangor Pedersen, Amir Omidvarnia, Evan K Curwood, Jennifer M Walz, Genevieve Rayner, Graeme D Jackson
Focal epilepsy is characterised by paroxysmal events, reflecting changes in underlying local brain networks. To capture brain network activity at the maximal temporal resolution of the acquired functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) data, we have previously developed a novel analysis framework called Dynamic Regional Phase Synchrony (DRePS). DRePS measures instantaneous mean phase coherence within neighbourhoods of brain voxels. We use it here to examine how the dynamics of the functional connections of regional brain networks are altered in neocortical focal epilepsy...
2017: NeuroImage: Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528847/independent-contributions-of-fmri-familiarity-and-novelty-effects-to-recognition-memory-and-their-stability-across-the-adult-lifespan
#4
Marianne de Chastelaine, Julia T Mattson, Tracy H Wang, Brian E Donley, Michael D Rugg
The impact of age on the neural correlates of familiarity-driven recognition memory has received relatively little attention. Here, the relationships between age, the neural correlates of familiarity, and memory performance were investigated using an associative recognition test in young, middle-aged and older participants. Test items comprised studied, rearranged (items studied on different trials) and new word pairs. fMRI 'familiarity effects' were operationalized as greater activity for studied test pairs incorrectly identified as 'rearranged' than for correctly rejected new pairs...
May 18, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527175/chorea-and-orofaciolingual-dystonia-in-a-40-year-old-male
#5
Lulup Kumar Sahoo, Kali Prasanna Swain, Ashok Kumar Mallick, Geeta Mohanty, Maheswar Samanta, Srikanta Kumar Sahoo
Neuroacanthocytosis is a heterogeneous group of disorders which result in progressive neurodegeneration, predominantly of the basal ganglia, and erythrocyte acanthocytosis. We report a case of neuroacanthocytosis with typical phenotype of choreoacanthocytosis. A 40 year male presented with features of chorea with orofaciolingual dystonia producing eating and speech difficulties. There were features of self mutilation in form of lip and tongue biting. Peripheral blood smear examination revealed acanthocytes in our patient...
April 2017: Journal of the Association of Physicians of India
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525877/functional-network-connectivity-predicts-treatment-outcome-during-treatment-of-nicotine-use-disorder
#6
Claire E Wilcox, Vince D Calhoun, Srinivas Rachakonda, Eric D Claus, Rae A Littlewood, Jessica Mickey, Pamela B Arenella, Kent E Hutchison
Altered resting state functional connectivity (rsFC) and functional network connectivity (FNC), which is a measure of coherence between brain networks, may be associated with nicotine use disorder (NUD). We hypothesized that higher connectivity between insula and 1) dorsal anterior cingulate cortex (dACC) and 2) dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (dlPFC) would predict better treatment outcomes. We also performed an exploratory analysis of the associations between FNC values between additional key frontal and striatal regions and treatment outcomes...
April 30, 2017: Psychiatry Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522313/neurotensin-in-the-nucleus-accumbens-reverses-dopamine-supersensitivity-evoked-by-antipsychotic-treatment
#7
Alice Servonnet, Ellie-Anna Minogianis, Claude Bouchard, Anne-Marie Bédard, Daniel Lévesque, Pierre-Paul Rompré, Anne-Noël Samaha
Long-term exposure to antipsychotics like haloperidol can increase sensitivity to dopamine agonist stimulation. This could contribute to treatment failure and increase relapse to psychosis. Chronic antipsychotic treatment elevates neurotensin levels in the nucleus accumbens (NAc), where the neuropeptide modulates dopamine function by signalling through NTS1 receptors. We hypothesized that increasing neurotensin activity in the NAc attenuates the expression of antipsychotic-induced dopamine supersensitivity, which is indicated by a potentiated psychomotor response to amphetamine...
May 15, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522171/brain-correlates-of-progressive-olfactory-loss-in-parkinson-s-disease
#8
Anna Campabadal, Carme Uribe, Barbara Segura, Hugo C Baggio, Alexandra Abos, Anna Isabel Garcia-Diaz, Maria Jose Marti, Francesc Valldeoriola, Yaroslau Compta, Nuria Bargallo, Carme Junque
BACKGROUND: Olfactory dysfunction is present in a large proportion of patients with Parkinson's disease (PD) upon diagnosis. However, its progression over time has been poorly investigated. The few available longitudinal studies lack control groups or MRI data. OBJECTIVE: To investigate the olfactory changes and their structural correlates in non-demented PD over a four-year follow-up. METHODS: We assessed olfactory function in a sample of 25 PD patients and 24 normal controls of similar age using the University of Pennsylvania Smell Identification test (UPSIT)...
May 10, 2017: Parkinsonism & related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521141/indirect-pathway-of-caudal-basal-ganglia-for-rejection-of-valueless-visual-objects
#9
Hyoung F Kim, Hidetoshi Amita, Okihide Hikosaka
The striatum controls behavior in two ways: facilitation and suppression through the direct and indirect pathways, respectively. However, it is still unclear what information is processed in these pathways. To address this question, we studied two pathways originating from the primate caudate tail (CDt). We found that the CDt innervated the caudal-dorsal-lateral part of the substantia nigra pars reticulata (cdlSNr), directly or indirectly through the caudal-ventral part of the globus pallidus externus (cvGPe)...
May 17, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521044/cross-tissue-exploration-of-genetic-and-epigenetic-effects-on-brain-gray-matter-in-schizophrenia
#10
Dongdong Lin, Jiayu Chen, Stefan Ehrlich, Juan R Bustillo, Nora Perrone-Bizzozero, Esther Walton, Vincent P Clark, Yu-Ping Wang, Jing Sui, Yuhui Du, Beng C Ho, Charles S Schulz, Vince D Calhoun, Jingyu Liu
Closely linking genetics and environment factors, epigenetics has been of increasing interest in psychiatric disease studies. In this work, we integrated single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs), DNA methylation of blood and saliva, and brain gray matter (GM) measures to explore the role of genetic and epigenetic variation to the brain structure changes in schizophrenia (SZ). By focusing on the reported SZ genetic risk regions, we applied a multi-stage multivariate analysis to a discovery dataset (92 SZ patients and 110 controls, blood) and an independent replication dataset (93 SZ patients and 99 controls, saliva)...
May 17, 2017: Schizophrenia Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520803/multiple-modality-biomarker-prediction-of-cognitive-impairment-in-prospectively-followed-de-novo-parkinson-disease
#11
Chelsea Caspell-Garcia, Tanya Simuni, Duygu Tosun-Turgut, I-Wei Wu, Yu Zhang, Mike Nalls, Andrew Singleton, Leslie A Shaw, Ju-Hee Kang, John Q Trojanowski, Andrew Siderowf, Christopher Coffey, Shirley Lasch, Dag Aarsland, David Burn, Lana M Chahine, Alberto J Espay, Eric D Foster, Keith A Hawkins, Irene Litvan, Irene Richard, Daniel Weintraub
OBJECTIVES: To assess the neurobiological substrate of initial cognitive decline in Parkinson's disease (PD) to inform patient management, clinical trial design, and development of treatments. METHODS: We longitudinally assessed, up to 3 years, 423 newly diagnosed patients with idiopathic PD, untreated at baseline, from 33 international movement disorder centers. Study outcomes were four determinations of cognitive impairment or decline, and biomarker predictors were baseline dopamine transporter (DAT) single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) scan, structural magnetic resonance imaging (MRI; volume and thickness), diffusion tensor imaging (mean diffusivity and fractional anisotropy), cerebrospinal fluid (CSF; amyloid beta [Aβ], tau and alpha synuclein), and 11 single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) previously associated with PD cognition...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516805/mesial-temporal-lobe-and-subcortical-grey-matter-volumes-differentially-predict-memory-across-stages-of-multiple-sclerosis
#12
James F Sumowski, Victoria M Leavitt, Maria A Rocca, Matilde Inglese, Gianna Riccitelli, Korhan Buyukturkoglu, Alessandro Meani, Massimo Filippi
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVE: Memory deficits due to multiple sclerosis (MS) have been variably linked to lower subcortical grey matter (SCGM) and mesial temporal lobe (MTL) volumes. We investigated which is the better predictor and whether this changes across disease stages. METHODS/RESULTS: Memory was assessed in 315 patients. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) measured volumes of total brain, grey matter, white matter, MTL (hippocampus, amygdala) and SCGM (thalamus, caudate)...
May 1, 2017: Multiple Sclerosis: Clinical and Laboratory Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516336/changes-of-functional-connectivity-of-the-anterior-cingulate-cortex-in-women-with-primary-dysmenorrhea
#13
Peng Liu, Yanfei Liu, Geliang Wang, Ru Li, Ying Wei, Yingying Fan, Yang Yu, Demao Deng, Wei Qin
Primary dysmenorrhea (PDM), a common gynecological disorder, is associated with structural and functional alterations in several subregions of the anterior cingulate cortex (ACC). However, systematic functional connectivity of the ACC subregions in PDM has not been clarified. In this study, we used resting-state functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) data from forty-eight PDM patients and thirty-eight matched female healthy controls to investigate the functional connectivity of ACC subregions in PDM. Compared to healthy controls, PDM patients exhibited increased connectivity between the caudal ACC (cACC) and primary somatosensory cortex (SI), between the perigenual ACC (pACC) and caudate, and between the subgenual ACC (sACC) and medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC)...
May 17, 2017: Brain Imaging and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515413/magnetic-susceptibility-changes-in-the-basal-ganglia-and-brain-stem-of-patients-with-wilson-s-disease-evaluation-with-quantitative-susceptibility-mapping
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Selim Doganay, Kazim Gumus, Gonca Koc, Ayse Kacar Bayram, Mehmet Sait Dogan, Duran Arslan, Hakan Gumus, Sureyya Burcu Gorkem, Saliha Ciraci, Halil Ibrahim Serin, Abdulhakim Coskun
OBJECTIVES: Wilson's disease (WD) is characterized with the accumulation of copper in the liver and brain. The objective of this study is to quantitatively measure the susceptibility changes of basal ganglia and brain stem of pediatric patients with neurological WD using quantitative susceptibility mapping (QSM) in comparison to healthy controls. METHODS: Eleven patients with neurological WD (mean age 15 ± 3.3 years, range 10-22 years) and 14 age-matched controls were prospectively recruited...
May 18, 2017: Magnetic Resonance in Medical Sciences: MRMS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513104/novelty-seeking-and-reward-dependence-related-large-scale-brain-networks-functional-connectivity-variation-during-salience-expectancy
#15
Shijia Li, Liliana Ramona Demenescu, Catherine M Sweeney-Reed, Anna Linda Krause, Coraline D Metzger, Martin Walter
A salience network (SN) anchored in the anterior insula (AI) and dorsal anterior cingulate cortex (dACC) plays a key role in switching between brain networks during salience detection and attention regulation. Previous fMRI studies have associated expectancy behaviors and SN activation with novelty seeking (NS) and reward dependence (RD) personality traits. To address the question of how functional connectivity (FC) in the SN is modulated by internal (expectancy-related) salience assignment and different personality traits, 68 healthy participants performed a salience expectancy task using functional magnetic resonance imaging, and psychophysiological interaction analysis (PPI) was conducted to determine salience-related connectivity changes during these anticipation periods...
May 17, 2017: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512055/first-plasma-and-tissue-pharmacokinetic-study-of-the-ysnsg-cyclopeptide-a-new-integrin-antagonist-using-microdialysis
#16
Florian Slimano, Zoubir Djerada, Salim Bouchene, Laurence Van Gulick, Sylvie Brassart-Pasco, Sylvain Dukic
The YSNSG peptide is a synthetic peptide targeting αvβ3 integrin. This peptide exhibits promising activity in vitro and in vivo against melanoma. To determine pharmacokinetic parameters and predictive active doses in the central nervous system (CNS) and subcutaneous tissue (SC), we conducted microdialysis coupled with pharmacokinetic modeling and Monte Carlo simulation. After a recovery period of surgical procedures, a microdialysis probe was inserted in the caudate and in subcutaneous tissue. Plasma samples and dialysates collected 5h after YSNSG intravenous administration (10mg/kg) were analyzed by UPLC-MS/MS...
May 13, 2017: European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28509815/serum-iron-concentration-is-associated-with-subcortical-deep-gray-matter-iron-levels-in-multiple-sclerosis-patients
#17
Niels Bergsland, Simone Agostini, Maria M Laganà, Roberta Mancuso, Laura Mendozzi, Eleonora Tavazzi, Pietro Cecconi, Mario Clerici, Francesca Baglio
Iron deposition has been noted widely in the subcortical deep gray matter (SDGM) of multiple sclerosis (MS) patients. Recent evidence suggests that serum iron may cross the blood-brain barrier and might be associated with SDGM iron deposition. The aim of the current study was to assess whether an iron-sensitive MRI measure is related to serum iron concentrations. This was a retrospective, cross-sectional study of 22 MS patients and 24 healthy controls (HCs), group matched for age and sex. Participants were imaged on a 1...
May 15, 2017: Neuroreport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506806/selective-associative-phonagnosia-after-right-anterior-temporal-stroke
#18
Simona Luzzi, Michela Coccia, Gabriele Polonara, Carlo Reverberi, Gabriella Ceravolo, Mauro Silvestrini, Fabio Fringuelli, Sara Baldinelli, Leandro Provinciali, Guido Gainotti
We report the case of a 48 year old men who developed a selective impairment in famous voice recognition after ischemic stroke in right subcortical structures (lenticular nucleus and head of the caudate) and right anterior temporal lobe. He underwent fibrinolytic treatment. During the following days he progressively recovered and was discharged without neurological focal sign. Patent foramen ovale was found. When he got back to his house he noticed that he was unable to recognize the voice of his favoured singers and needed to ask who was the singer to his relatives...
May 12, 2017: Neuropsychologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505333/multiregional-age-associated-reduction-of-brain-neuronal-reserve-without-association-with-neurofibrillary-degeneration-or-%C3%AE-amyloidosis
#19
Jerzy Wegiel, Michael Flory, Izabela Kuchna, Krzysztof Nowicki, Shuang Yong Ma, Jarek Wegiel, Eulalia Badmaev, Wayne P Silverman, Mony de Leon, Barry Reisberg, Thomas Wisniewski
Increase in human life expectancy has resulted in the rapid growth of the elderly population with minimal or no intellectual deterioration. The aim of this stereological study of 10 structures and 5 subdivisions with and without neurofibrillary degeneration in the brains of 28 individuals 25-102-years-old was to establish the pattern of age-associated neurodegeneration and neuronal loss in the brains of nondemented adults and elderly. The study revealed the absence of significant neuronal loss in 7 regions and topographically selective reduction of neuronal reserve over 77 years in 8 brain structures including the entorhinal cortex (EC) (-33...
June 1, 2017: Journal of Neuropathology and Experimental Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28495611/hiv-1-tat-protein-enhances-sensitization-to-methamphetamine-by-affecting-dopaminergic-function
#20
James P Kesby, Julia A Najera, Benedetto Romoli, Yiding Fang, Liana Basova, Amanda Birmingham, Maria Cecilia G Marcondes, Davide Dulcis, Svetlana Semenova
Methamphetamine abuse is common among humans with immunodeficiency virus (HIV). The HIV-1 regulatory protein TAT induces dysfunction of mesolimbic dopaminergic systems which may result in impaired reward processes and contribute to methamphetamine abuse. These studies investigated the impact of TAT expression on methamphetamine-induced locomotor sensitization, underlying changes in dopamine function and adenosine receptors in mesolimbic brain areas and neuroinflammation (microgliosis). Transgenic mice with doxycycline-induced TAT protein expression in the brain were tested for locomotor activity in response to repeated methamphetamine injections and methamphetamine challenge after a 7-day abstinence period...
May 8, 2017: Brain, Behavior, and Immunity
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