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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143411/spontaneous-neural-activity-differences-in-posttraumatic-stress-disorder-a-quantitative-resting-state-meta-analysis-and-fmri-validation
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Seth G Disner, Craig A Marquardt, Bryon A Mueller, Philip C Burton, Scott R Sponheim
Identifying the pathophysiology of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a critical step toward reducing its debilitating impact. Spontaneous neural activity, measured at rest using various neuroimaging techniques (e.g., regional homogeneity [ReHo], amplitude of low frequency fluctuations [ALFF]), can provide insight about baseline neurobiological factors influencing sensory, cognitive, or behavioral processes associated with PTSD. The present study used activation likelihood estimation (ALE) to conduct the largest-to-date quantitative meta-analysis of spontaneous neural activity in PTSD, including 457 PTSD cases, 292 trauma-exposed controls (TECs), and 293 non-traumatized controls (NTCs) across 22 published studies...
November 15, 2017: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141638/diffusion-weighted-imaging-of-the-brains-of-dogs-with-idiopathic-epilepsy
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Antje Hartmann, Steffen Sager, Klaus Failing, Marion Sparenberg, Martin J Schmidt
BACKGROUND: Idiopathic epilepsy is one of the most common neurological disorders in dogs. Unfortunately, up to 30% of dogs with idiopathic epilepsy show no improvement under antiepileptic drug treatment. Diffusion-weighted imaging is used in human medicine to identify epileptogenic foci in the brain to allow for more invasive treatments such as deep brain stimulation or surgical removal. The aim of this study was to ass the feasibility of interictal diffusion-weighted MRI in dogs and to evaluate the distribution of diffusion in the brains of dogs with idiopathic epilepsy (IE) and to compare these values to previously published values from healthy beagle dogs...
November 15, 2017: BMC Veterinary Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138923/hippocampal-caudate-nucleus-interactions-support-exceptional-memory-performance
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Nils C J Müller, Boris N Konrad, Nils Kohn, Monica Muñoz-López, Michael Czisch, Guillén Fernández, Martin Dresler
Participants of the annual World Memory Championships regularly demonstrate extraordinary memory feats, such as memorising the order of 52 playing cards in 20 s or 1000 binary digits in 5 min. On a cognitive level, memory athletes use well-known mnemonic strategies, such as the method of loci. However, whether these feats are enabled solely through the use of mnemonic strategies or whether they benefit additionally from optimised neural circuits is still not fully clarified. Investigating 23 leading memory athletes, we found volumes of their right hippocampus and caudate nucleus were stronger correlated with each other compared to matched controls; both these volumes positively correlated with their position in the memory sports world ranking...
November 14, 2017: Brain Structure & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138746/a-novel-encephalopathy-in-a-thiamine-deficient-dog-resembling-human-wernicke-s-disease-with-atypical-mri-pattern
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Floriana Gernone, Mario Ricciardi
Thiamine is a water-soluble vitamin, which participates in several vital metabolic pathways involved in energy metabolism and neurotransmitter synthesis of mammals. In companion animals thiamine deficiency is classically associated with signs of diffuse encephalopathy and lesions on brainstem nuclei and mesencephalic colliculi evident on magnetic resonance imaging. This paper describes a novel clinical presentation in a thiamine-deficient dog showing multifocal, central and peripheral nervous and cardiovascular system alterations...
2017: Open veterinary journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29134725/reproducibility-of-brain-mri-segmentation-algorithms-empirical-comparison-of-local-map-pstaple-freesurfer-and-fsl-first
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Clemente Velasco-Annis, Alireza Akhondi-Asl, Aymeric Stamm, Simon K Warfield
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Segmentation of human brain structures is crucial for the volumetric quantification of brain disease. Advances in algorithmic approaches have led to automated techniques that save time compared to interactive methods. Recently, the utility and accuracy of template library fusion algorithms, such as Local MAP PSTAPLE (PSTAPLE), have been demonstrated but there is little guidance regarding its reproducibility compared to single template-based algorithms such as FreeSurfer and FSL-FIRST...
November 14, 2017: Journal of Neuroimaging: Official Journal of the American Society of Neuroimaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29134500/systematic-review-of-the-feasibility-and-future-of-laparoscopic-liver-resection-for-difficult-lesions
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Kenichiro Araki, Norio Kubo, Akira Watanabe, Hiroyuki Kuwano, Ken Shirabe
Laparoscopic liver resection (LLR) is now performed widely, but is difficult to accomplish in some anatomical locations, such as the posterosuperior segments (S7 and S8) and caudate lobe (S1). An international survey revealed that lesions in these locations are less frequently indicated for LLR than those in other segments. Recent reports from experienced centers document several case series and present technical tips for treating such lesions. The lateral approach using intercostal (transdiaphragmatic) trocars was reported to be useful for lesions in the posterosuperior segments with a semi- to full-decubitus position...
November 13, 2017: Surgery Today
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29133581/global-aphasia-in-a-case-of-bilateral-frontal-lobe-infarcts-involving-both-caudate-nuclei
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Davala Krishna Karthik, Vikram Khardenavis, Sharvari Kulkarni, Anirudda Deshpande
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
November 12, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29132653/prefrontal-and-striatal-gamma-aminobutyric-acid%C3%A2-levels-and-the-effect-of-antipsychotic-treatment-in-first-episode-psychosis-patients
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Camilo de la Fuente-Sandoval, Francisco Reyes-Madrigal, Xiangling Mao, Pablo León-Ortiz, Oscar Rodríguez-Mayoral, Helgi Jung-Cook, Rodolfo Solís-Vivanco, Ariel Graff-Guerrero, Dikoma C Shungu
BACKGROUND: Abnormally elevated levels of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) in the medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC) have been reported in antipsychotic-free patients with schizophrenia. Whether such GABA elevations are also present in other brain regions and persist after antipsychotic treatment has not been previously investigated. METHODS: Twenty-eight antipsychotic-naïve patients with first-episode psychosis (FEP) and 18 healthy control subjects completed the study...
October 10, 2017: Biological Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29131690/investigating-ioflupane-i-123-injection-and-single-photon-emission-tomography-as-an-imaging-biomarker-for-long-term-sequelae-following-mild-traumatic-brain-injury
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Nicole Reams, Julie Anderson, Reid Perlman, Wei Li, Shaun Walters, Samuel Tideman, Chi Wang, Kelly Simon, Roberta Frigerio, Demetrius M Maraganore
OBJECTIVE: To determine whether there were differences in clinical outcomes for ioflupane I(123) injection (DaTscan) and single photon emission tomography consistent with early Parkinson's disease (PD) among individuals with a history of mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI). METHODS: We performed a case-control study among patients presenting to the Emergency Room (ER) during 2006-2013 with mTBI (cases, n = 34) or without mTBI (controls, n = 33). We performed clinical and imaging measurements in cases and controls at least 1-year post-presentation to the ER (average three years four months)...
November 13, 2017: Brain Injury: [BI]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29128414/mapping-of-the-prenatal-and-postnatal-methamphetamine-effects-on-d1-like-dopamine-m1-and-m2-muscarinic-receptors-in-rat-central-nervous-system
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Vladimir Farar, Paulina Valuskova, Maria Sevcikova, Jaromir Myslivecek, Romana Slamberova
Methamphetamine (MA) is worldwide known drug with high potential for addiction that causes dopamine, noradrenaline and serotonin release. MA is also able to increase acetylcholine levels in adult rodents. The aim of this study was to map changes in D1-like dopamine receptors (DR), M1 and M2 muscarinic receptors (MR), and the total number of MR (M1-M5 MR) in the CNS of rats exposed to MA prenatally and in adulthood. Rat mothers were exposed to MA (5mg/kg s.c.) or saline during the entire gestation period and their male offspring were administered in adulthood with single MA (1mg/kg) or saline injection...
November 9, 2017: Brain Research Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29128164/grey-matter-volume-loss-is-associated-with-specific-clinical-motor-signs-in-huntington-s-disease
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Emma M Coppen, Milou Jacobs, Annette A van den Berg-Huysmans, Jeroen van der Grond, Raymund A C Roos
BACKGROUND: Motor disturbances are clinical hallmarks of Huntington's disease (HD) and involve chorea, dystonia, hypokinesia and visuomotor dysfunction. Investigating the association between specific motor signs and different regional volumes is important to understand the heterogeneity of HD. OBJECTIVE: To investigate the motor phenotype of HD and associations with subcortical and cortical grey matter volume loss. METHODS: Structural T1-weighted MRI scans of 79 HD patients and 30 healthy controls were used to calculate volumes of seven subcortical structures including the nucleus accumbens, hippocampus, thalamus, caudate nucleus, putamen, pallidum and amygdala...
November 2, 2017: Parkinsonism & related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29127718/-frontal-eye-field-in-prosimian-galagos-intracortical-microstimulation-and-tracing-studies
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Iwona Stepniewska, Pierre Pouget, Jon H Kaas
The frontal eye field (FEF) in prosimian primates was identified as a small cortical region, above and anterior to the anterior frontal sulcus, from which saccadic eye movements were evoked with electrical stimulation. Tracer injections revealed FEF connections with cortical and subcortical structures participating in higher order visual processing. Ipsilateral cortical connections were the densest with adjoining parts of the dorsal premotor and prefrontal cortex (PFC). Label in a region corresponding to supplementary eye field (SEF) of other primates, suggests the existence of SEF in galagos...
November 11, 2017: Journal of Comparative Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29124088/considerations-and-code-for-partial-volume-correcting-18-f-av-1451-tau-pet-data
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Suzanne L Baker, Anne Maass, William J Jagust
[(18)F]-AV-1451 is a leading tracer used with positron emission tomography (PET) to quantify tau pathology. However, [(18)F]-AV-1451 shows "off target" or non-specific binding, which we define as binding of the tracer in unexpected areas unlikely to harbor aggregated tau based on autopsy literature [1]. Along with caudate, putamen, pallidum and thalamus non-specific binding [2], [3], we have found binding in the superior portion of the cerebellar gray matter, leading us to use inferior cerebellar gray as the reference region...
December 2017: Data in Brief
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29119929/mean-diffusivity-in-the-dopaminergic-system-and-neural-differences-related-to-dopaminergic-system
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Hikaru Takeuchi, Ryuta Kawashima
The mean diffusivity (MD) parameter obtained by diffusion tensor imaging provides a measure of how freely water molecules move in brain tissue. Greater tissue density conferred by closely arrayed cellular structures is assumed to lower MD by inhibiting the free diffusion of water molecules. In this paper, we review studies showing MD variation among regions of the brain dopaminergic system (MDDS), especially subcortical structures such as the putamen, caudate nucleus, and globus pallidus, in different conditions with known associations to dopaminergic system function or dysfunction...
November 9, 2017: Current Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29119593/prediction-of-cognitive-worsening-in-de-novo-parkinson-s-disease-clinical-use-of-biomarkers
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Dario Arnaldi, Fabrizio De Carli, Francesco Famà, Andrea Brugnolo, Nicola Girtler, Agnese Picco, Matteo Pardini, Jennifer Accardo, Luca Proietti, Federico Massa, Matteo Bauckneht, Silvia Morbelli, Gianmario Sambuceti, Flavio Nobili
BACKGROUND: Cognitive impairment is a frequent and disabling feature of Parkinson's disease. Identifying the factors able to predict cognitive worsening since the early stage may improve disease management. The objective of this study was to define the best predictors of future cognitive worsening in a group of patients with newly diagnosed PD and to propose cutoff values potentially useful at the individual level. METHODS: Fifty-four consecutive drug-naive patients with de novo PD were prospectively evaluated by clinical and neuropsychological assessment, resting EEG, and (123) I-FP-CIT-SPECT and clinically classified into mainly motor, diffuse/malignant, and intermediate PD subtypes; they were then followed up for an average of 5 years...
November 9, 2017: Movement Disorders: Official Journal of the Movement Disorder Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29119317/prodigiosin-violacein-and-volatile-organic-compounds-produced-by-widespread-cutaneous-bacteria-of-amphibians-can-inhibit-two-batrachochytrium-fungal-pathogens
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Douglas C Woodhams, Brandon C LaBumbard, Kelly L Barnhart, Matthew H Becker, Molly C Bletz, Laura A Escobar, Sandra V Flechas, Megan E Forman, Anthony A Iannetta, Maureen D Joyce, Falitiana Rabemananjara, Brian Gratwicke, Miguel Vences, Kevin P C Minbiole
Symbiotic bacteria can produce secondary metabolites and volatile compounds that contribute to amphibian skin defense. Some of these symbionts have been used as probiotics to treat or prevent the emerging disease chytridiomycosis. We examined 20 amphibian cutaneous bacteria for the production of prodigiosin or violacein, brightly colored defense compounds that pigment the bacteria and have characteristic spectroscopic properties making them readily detectable, and evaluated the antifungal activity of these compounds...
November 9, 2017: Microbial Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29118697/reliable-and-reproducible-gaba-measurements-using-automated-spectral-prescription-at-ultra-high-field
#17
Yan Li, Wei Bian, Peder Larson, Jason C Crane, Prasanna Parvathaneni, Srikantan Nagarajan, Sarah J Nelson
Purpose: To evaluate spectral acquisition processes important for obtaining reliable and reproducible γ-aminobutyric acid (GABA) signals from volunteers in brain regions that are frequently used for neuroimaging studies [anterior cingulate cortex (ACC), superior temporal gyrus, and caudate] at ultra-high field. Methods: Ten healthy volunteers were studied using a single-voxel Point-RESolved Spectrosocpy (PRESS) sequence with band selective inversion with gradient dephasing pulses (BASING). The editing pulse was designed to be symmetrically placed at 2...
2017: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29116134/behavioural-differences-and-neural-substrates-of-altruistic-and-spiteful-punishment
#18
Toshio Yamagishi, Yang Li, Alan S R Fermin, Ryota Kanai, Haruto Takagishi, Yoshie Matsumoto, Toko Kiyonari, Masamichi Sakagami
Altruistic punishment following social norm violations promotes human cooperation. However, experimental evidence indicates that some forms of punishment are spiteful rather than altruistic. Using two types of punishment games and seven non-strategic games, we identified strong behavioural differences between altruistic and spiteful punishers. Altruistic punishers who rejected unfair offers in the ultimatum game and punished norm violators in the third-party punishment game behaved pro-socially in various non-strategic games...
November 7, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29115193/personality-modulates-amygdala-and-insula-connectivity-during-humor-appreciation-an-event-related-fmri-study
#19
Philipp Berger, Florian Bitsch, Arne Nagels, Benjamin Straube, Irina Falkenberg
Previous research and theory implicate that personality traits, such as extraversion and neuroticism, influence the processing of humor, as indicated by alterations in the activation of fronto-temporal and mesocorticolimbic brain regions during humor processing. In the current study, we sought to complement these findings by testing whether inter-individual differences in functional connectivity of humor-related brain regions are modulated by stable personality characteristics during humor processing. Using fMRI techniques, we studied 19 healthy subjects during the processing of standardized humorous and neutral cartoons...
November 8, 2017: Social Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29114910/n-acetylcysteine-attenuates-the-cuprizone-induced-behavioral-changes-and-oligodendrocyte-loss-in-male-c57bl-7-mice-via-its-anti-inflammation-actions
#20
Lin Zhang, Shuqin Xu, Qingjun Huang, Haiyun Xu
Previous animal studies have linked white matter damage to certain schizophrenia-like behaviors in cuprizone (CPZ)-exposed mouse. Mitochondrial dysfunction, oxidative stress, neuroinflammation, and oligodendrocyte loss coexist in the brain of such mice. The aim of this study was to examine effects of the antioxidant N-acetylcysteine (NAC) on CPZ-induced behavioral changes and concurrent oligodendrocyte loss, oxidative stress, and neuroinflammation in these animals. Male C57BL/6 mice were given intraperitoneal saline or NAC at doses of 100, 200, and 400 mg/kg/day for 2 weeks; animals were fed a CPZ-containing diet (0...
November 8, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Research
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