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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29444207/the-functional-network-signature-of-heterogeneity-in-freezing-of-gait
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Kaylena A Ehgoetz Martens, Julie M Hall, Matthew J Georgiades, Moran Gilat, Courtney C Walton, Elie Matar, Simon J G Lewis, James M Shine
Freezing of gait is a complex, heterogeneous, and highly variable phenomenon whose pathophysiology and neural signature remains enigmatic. Evidence suggests that freezing is associated with impairments across cognitive, motor and affective domains; however, most research to date has focused on investigating one axis of freezing of gait in isolation. This has led to inconsistent findings and a range of different pathophysiological models of freezing of gait, due in large part to the tendency for studies to investigate freezing of gait as a homogeneous entity...
February 9, 2018: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29441471/transcranial-direct-current-stimulation-generates-a-transient-increase-of-small-world-in-brain-connectivity-an-eeg-graph-theoretical-analysis
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Fabrizio Vecchio, Riccardo Di Iorio, Francesca Miraglia, Giuseppe Granata, Roberto Romanello, Placido Bramanti, Paolo Maria Rossini
Transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) is a non-invasive technique able to modulate cortical excitability in a polarity-dependent way. At present, only few studies investigated the effects of tDCS on the modulation of functional connectivity between remote cortical areas. The aim of this study was to investigate-through graph theory analysis-how bipolar tDCS modulate cortical networks high-density EEG recordings were acquired before and after bipolar cathodal, anodal and sham tDCS involving the primary motor and pre-motor cortices of the dominant hemispherein 14 healthy subjects...
February 13, 2018: Experimental Brain Research. Experimentelle Hirnforschung. Expérimentation Cérébrale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29441422/mapping-brain-functional-alterations-in-betel-quid-chewers-using-resting-state-fmri-and-network-analysis
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Jun-Cheng Weng, Yu-Syuan Chou, Guo-Joe Huang, Yeu-Sheng Tyan, Ming-Chou Ho
RATIONALE: The World Health Organization regards betel quid (BQ) as a human carcinogen, and DSM-IV and ICD-10 dependence symptoms may develop with its heavy use. BQ's possible effects of an enhanced reward system and disrupted inhibitory control may increase the likelihood of habitual substance use. OBJECTIVES: The current study aimed to employ resting-state fMRI to examine the hypothesized enhanced reward system (e.g., the basal forebrain system) and disrupted inhibitory control (e...
February 13, 2018: Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29441041/altered-brain-functional-connectome-in-migraine-with-and-without-restless-legs-syndrome-a-resting-state-functional-mri-study
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Fu-Chi Yang, Kun-Hsien Chou, Ai-Ling Hsu, Jong-Ling Fuh, Jiing-Feng Lirng, Hung-Wen Kao, Ching-Po Lin, Shuu-Jiun Wang
Background: Migraine is frequently comorbid with restless legs syndrome (RLS), both displaying functional connectivity (FC) alterations in multiple brain networks, although the neurological basis of this association is unknown. Methods: We performed resting-state functional magnetic resonance imaging and network-wise analysis of FC in migraine patients with and without RLS and healthy controls (CRL). Network-based statistics (NBS) and composite FC matrix analyses were performed to identify the patterns of FC changes...
2018: Frontiers in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29441004/reverse-engineering-tone-deafness-disrupting-pitch-matching-by-creating-temporary-dysfunctions-in-the-auditory-motor-network
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Anja Hohmann, Psyche Loui, Charles H Li, Gottfried Schlaug
Perceiving and producing vocal sounds are important functions of the auditory-motor system and are fundamental to communication. Prior studies have identified a network of brain regions involved in pitch production, specifically pitch matching. Here we reverse engineer the function of the auditory perception-production network by targeting specific cortical regions (e.g., right and left posterior superior temporal (pSTG) and posterior inferior frontal gyri (pIFG)) with cathodal transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS)-commonly found to decrease excitability in the underlying cortical region-allowing us to causally test the role of particular nodes in this network...
2018: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29440403/suppression-of-rgsz1-function-optimizes-the-actions-of-opioid-analgesics-by-mechanisms-that-involve-the-wnt-%C3%AE-catenin-pathway
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Sevasti Gaspari, Immanuel Purushothaman, Valeria Cogliani, Farhana Sakloth, Rachael L Neve, David Howland, Robert H Ring, Elliott M Ross, Li Shen, Venetia Zachariou
Regulator of G protein signaling z1 (RGSz1), a member of the RGS family of proteins, is present in several networks expressing mu opioid receptors (MOPRs). By using genetic mouse models for global or brain region-targeted manipulations of RGSz1 expression, we demonstrated that the suppression of RGSz1 function increases the analgesic efficacy of MOPR agonists in male and female mice and delays the development of morphine tolerance while decreasing the sensitivity to rewarding and locomotor activating effects...
February 12, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29439328/impact-of-total-knee-arthroplasty-with-general-anesthesia-on-brain-networks-cognitive-efficiency-and-ventricular-volume-predict-functional-connectivity-decline-in-older-adults
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Haiqing Huang, Jared Tanner, Hari Parvataneni, Mark Rice, Ann Horgas, Mingzhou Ding, Catherine Price
 Using resting state functional magnetic resonance imaging (RS-fMRI), we explored: 1) pre- to post-operative changes in functional connectivity in default mode, salience, and central executive networks after total knee arthroplasty (TKA) with general anesthesia, and 2) the contribution of cognitive/brain reserve metrics these resting state functional declines. Individuals age 60 and older electing unilateral total knee arthroplasty (TKA; n = 48) and non-surgery peers with osteoarthritis (n = 45) completed baseline cognitive testing and baseline and post-surgery (post-baseline, 48-h post-surgery) brain MRI...
2018: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29439322/cerebrospinal-fluid-biomarkers-are-differentially-related-to-structural-and-functional-changes-in-dementia-of-the-alzheimer-s-type
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Charles B Malpas, Michael M Saling, Dennis Velakoulis, Patricia Desmond, Rodney J Hicks, Henrik Zetterberg, Kaj Blennow, Terence J O'Brien
The two cardinal pathologies of Alzheimer's disease (AD) develop according to distinct anatomical trajectories. Cerebral tau-related pathology first accumulates in the mesial temporal region, while amyloid-related pathology first appears in neocortex. The eventual distributions of these pathologies reflect their anatomical origins. An implication is that the cardinal pathologies might exert preferential effects on the structurofunctional brain changes observed in AD. We investigated this hypothesis in 39 patients with dementia of the Alzheimer's type...
2018: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29439291/neurobiological-features-of-fibromyalgia-are-also-present-among-rheumatoid-arthritis-patients
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Neil Basu, Chelsea M Kaplan, Eric Ichesco, Tony Larkin, Richard E Harris, Alison Murray, Gordon Waiter, Daniel J Clauw
OBJECTIVES: Many rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients report pain despite excellent control of inflammation with immunotherapies. Variable degrees of co-existing fibromyalgia (FM) may explain this disparity. FM has been characterised by aberrant brain functional connectivity, especially between the Default Mode Network (DMN) and insula. We hypothesised that RA patients reporting the highest 2011 ACR FM survey criteria scores- a continuous measure of FM degree also known as fibromyalgianess (FMness)- would demonstrate functional connectivity abnormalities similar to FM...
February 13, 2018: Arthritis & Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29438595/effects-of-early-alcohol-exposure-on-functional-organization-and-microstructure-of-a-visual-tactile-integrative-circuit
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Shiyu Tang, Su Xu, Rao P Gullapalli, Alexandre E Medina
BACKGROUND: Children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) often have deficits associated with multisensory processing. Because ethanol disrupts activity-dependent neuronal plasticity, a process that is essential for refining connections during cortical development, we hypothesize that early alcohol exposure results in alterations in multisensory cortical networks, which could explain the multisensory processing deficits seen in FASD. Here, we use a gyrencephalic animal model to test the prediction that early alcohol exposure alters the functional connectivity and microstructural features of the rostral posterior parietal cortex (PPr), a visual-tactile integrative area...
February 13, 2018: Alcoholism, Clinical and Experimental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29437980/temporal-prefrontal-cortical-network-for-discrimination-of-valuable-objects-in-long-term-memory
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Ali Ghazizadeh, Whitney Griggs, David A Leopold, Okihide Hikosaka
Remembering and discriminating objects based on their previously learned values are essential for goal-directed behaviors. While the cerebral cortex is known to contribute to object recognition, surprisingly little is known about its role in retaining long-term object-value associations. To address this question, we trained macaques to arbitrarily associate small or large rewards with many random fractal objects (>100) and then used fMRI to study the long-term retention of value-based response selectivity across the brain...
February 1, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29436740/multitarget-transcranial-direct-current-stimulation-for-freezing-of-gait-in-parkinson-s-disease
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Moria Dagan, Talia Herman, Rachel Harrison, Junhong Zhou, Nir Giladi, Giulio Ruffini, Brad Manor, Jeffrey M Hausdorff
BACKGROUND: Recent findings suggest that transcranial direct current stimulation of the primary motor cortex may ameliorate freezing of gait. However, the effects of multitarget simultaneous stimulation of motor and cognitive networks are mostly unknown. The objective of this study was to evaluate the effects of multitarget transcranial direct current stimulation of the primary motor cortex and left dorsolateral prefrontal cortex on freezing of gait and related outcomes. METHODS: Twenty patients with Parkinson's disease and freezing of gait received 20 minutes of transcranial direct current stimulation on 3 separate visits...
February 13, 2018: Movement Disorders: Official Journal of the Movement Disorder Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29436061/anterior-insular-volume-decrease-is-associated-with-dysfunction-of-the-reward-system-in-patients-with-chronic-pain
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E Ikeda, T Li, H Kobinata, S Zhang, J Kurata
BACKGROUND: Chronification of pain is associated with both anatomical and functional alterations of the brain. Alteration in regional gray matter volume might potentially be associated with modified activity of specific brain networks. In this cross-sectional, observational study, we sought to identify brain regions with gray matter volume changes in patients with chronic pain and to reveal its significance by analysing alteration in functional connectivity from those regions. We further explored relevance of such alterations with psychometrics of chronic pain...
February 13, 2018: European Journal of Pain: EJP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29436054/sensorimotor-network-alterations-in-children-and-youth-with-prenatal-alcohol-exposure
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Xiangyu Long, Graham Little, Christian Beaulieu, Catherine Lebel
Children with prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE) often have impaired sensorimotor function. While altered brain structure has been noted in sensorimotor areas, the functional brain alterations remain unclear. This study aims to investigate sensorimotor brain networks in children and youth with PAE using resting-state functional magnetic resonance imaging (rs-fMRI). A parcellation-based network analysis was performed to identify brain networks related to hand/lower limb and face/upper limb function in 59 children and youth with PAE and 50 typically developing controls...
February 12, 2018: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29435085/estimation-of-effective-connectivity-using-multi-layer-perceptron-artificial-neural-network
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Nasibeh Talebi, Ali Motie Nasrabadi, Iman Mohammad-Rezazadeh
Studies on interactions between brain regions estimate effective connectivity, (usually) based on the causality inferences made on the basis of temporal precedence. In this study, the causal relationship is modeled by a multi-layer perceptron feed-forward artificial neural network, because of the ANN's ability to generate appropriate input-output mapping and to learn from training examples without the need of detailed knowledge of the underlying system. At any time instant, the past samples of data are placed in the network input, and the subsequent values are predicted at its output...
February 2018: Cognitive Neurodynamics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29435016/cranial-irradiation-inhibits-hippocampal-neurogenesis-via-dnmt1-and-dnmt3a
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Shengjun Ji, Xin Ding, Jiang Ji, Haohao Wu, Rui Sun, Xiaoyang Li, Liyuan Zhang, Ye Tian
Impairment of neurogenesis in the hippocampus following whole-brain irradiation is the most important mechanism of radiation-induced cognitive dysfunction. However, the underlying mechanism remains obscure, meaning an ideal therapeutic target has not been identified. Evidence indicates that DNA methylation in neurons regulates synaptic plasticity and neuronal network activity. In the present study, the expression of DNA methyltransferases (DNMTs) in the hippocampus was analyzed to investigate their potential function in radiation-induced neurogenesis impairment...
March 2018: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29434570/perspectives-on-how-human-simultaneous-multi-modal-imaging-adds-directionality-to-spread-models-of-alzheimer-s-disease
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Julia Neitzel, Rachel Nuttall, Christian Sorg
Previous animal research suggests that the spread of pathological agents in Alzheimer's disease (AD) follows the direction of signaling pathways. Specifically, tau pathology has been suggested to propagate in an infection-like mode along axons, from transentorhinal cortices to medial temporal lobe cortices and consequently to other cortical regions, while amyloid-beta (Aβ) pathology seems to spread in an activity-dependent manner among and from isocortical regions into limbic and then subcortical regions. These directed connectivity-based spread models, however, have not been tested directly in AD patients due to the lack of an in vivo method to identify directed connectivity in humans...
2018: Frontiers in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29434543/altered-functional-connectivity-of-fronto-cingulo-striatal-circuits-during-error-monitoring-in-adolescents-with-a-history-of-childhood-abuse
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Heledd Hart, Lena Lim, Mitul A Mehta, Charles Curtis, Xiaohui Xu, Gerome Breen, Andrew Simmons, Kah Mirza, Katya Rubia
Childhood maltreatment is associated with error hypersensitivity. We examined the effect of childhood abuse and abuse-by-gene ( 5-HTTLPR, MAOA ) interaction on functional brain connectivity during error processing in medication/drug-free adolescents. Functional connectivity was compared, using generalized psychophysiological interaction (gPPI) analysis of functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) data, between 22 age- and gender-matched medication-naïve and substance abuse-free adolescents exposed to severe childhood abuse and 27 healthy controls, while they performed an individually adjusted tracking stop-signal task, designed to elicit 50% inhibition failures...
2018: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29434324/the-utility-of-a-network-based-clustering-method-for-dimension-reduction-of-imaging-and-non-imaging-biomarkers-predictive-of-alzheimer-s-disease
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Hisako Yoshida, Atsushi Kawaguchi, Fumio Yamashita, Kazuhiko Tsuruya
While the identification of biomarkers for Alzheimer's disease (AD) is critical, emphasis must also be placed on defining the relationship between these and other indicators. To this end, we propose a network-based radial basis function-sparse partial least squares (RBF-sPLS) approach to analyze structural magnetic resonance imaging (sMRI) data of the brain. This intermediate phenotype for AD represents a more objective approach for exploring biomarkers in the blood and cerebrospinal fluid. The proposed method has two unique features for effective biomarker selection...
February 12, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29434208/cognition-emotion-and-reward-networks-associated-with-sex-differences-for-romantic-appraisals
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Jie Yin, Zhiling Zou, Hongwen Song, Zhuo Zhang, Bo Yang, Xiting Huang
Romantic love is a cross-culturally universal phenomenon that serves as a commitment device for motivating pair bonding in human beings. Women and men may experience different feelings when viewing the same warm, romantic scenes. To determine which brain systems may be involved in romance perception and examine possible sex differences, we scanned 16 women and 16 men who were intensely in love, using functional MRI. Participants were required to rate the romance level of 60 pictures showing romantic events that may frequently occur during romantic relationship formation...
February 12, 2018: Scientific Reports
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