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Polymorphism of ERK/PTPRR Genes in Major Depressive Disorder at Resting-State Brain Function.

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Polymorphism of ERK/PTPRR Genes in Major Depressive Disorder at Resting-State Brain Function.

Dev Neuropsychol. 2017 May 03;:1-10

Authors: Wang Y, Li L, Xu C, Cao X, Liu Z, Sun N, Zhang A, Li X, Zhang K

Abstract
The polymorphism of ERK and PTPRR in MDD is rarely reported. The present study investigated the association between the polymorphism of ERK/PTPRR and MDD at resting-state brain function using genomic imaging. It indicated that the amplitude of low-frequency fluctuation (ALFF) and regional homogeneity (ReHo) in functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) changed significantly in various brain regions of MDD patients. The T/G allele of ERK-rs1267842 and G/C allele of PTPRR-rs1513105 showed abnormal ALFF and ReHo changes in cortex including superior frontal gyrus and middle temporal gyrus. The development of MDD may be related with the polymorphism of ERK-rs12678428 and PTPRR-rs1513105.

PMID: 28467119 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]

High-sensitivity neuroimaging biomarkers for the identification of amnestic mild cognitive impairment based on resting-state fMRI and a triple network model.

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High-sensitivity neuroimaging biomarkers for the identification of amnestic mild cognitive impairment based on resting-state fMRI and a triple network model.

Brain Imaging Behav. 2017 May 03;:

Authors: Yu E, Liao Z, Tan Y, Qiu Y, Zhu J, Han Z, Wang J, Wang X, Wang H, Chen Y, Zhang Q, Li Y, Mao D, Ding Z

Abstract
Many functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) studies have indicated that Granger causality analysis (GCA) is a suitable method for revealing causal effects between brain regions. The purpose of the present study was to identify neuroimaging biomarkers with a high sensitivity to amnestic mild cognitive impairment (aMCI). The resting-state fMRI data of 30 patients with Alzheimer's disease (AD), 14 patients with aMCI, and 18 healthy controls (HC) were evaluated using GCA. This study focused on the "triple networks" concept, a recently proposed higher-order functioning-related brain network model that includes the default-mode network (DMN), salience network (SN), and executive control network (ECN). As expected, GCA techniques were able to reveal differences in connectivity in the three core networks among the three patient groups. The fMRI data were pre-processed using DPARSFA v2.3 and REST v1.8. Voxel-wise GCA was performed using the REST-GCA in the REST toolbox. The directed (excitatory and inhibitory) connectivity obtained from GCA could differentiate among the AD, aMCI and HC groups. This result suggests that analysing the directed connectivity of inter-hemisphere connections represents a sensitive method for revealing connectivity changes observed in patients with aMCI. Specifically, inhibitory within-DMN connectivity from the posterior cingulate cortex (PCC) to the hippocampal formation and from the thalamus to the PCC as well as excitatory within-SN connectivity from the dorsal anterior cingulate cortex (dACC) to the striatum, from the ECN to the DMN, and from the SN to the ECN demonstrated that changes in connectivity likely reflect compensatory effects in aMCI. These findings suggest that changes observed in the triple networks may be used as sensitive neuroimaging biomarkers for the early detection of aMCI.

PMID: 28466439 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]

Beneficial neurocognitive effects of transcranial laser in older adults.

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Beneficial neurocognitive effects of transcranial laser in older adults.

Lasers Med Sci. 2017 May 02;:

Authors: Vargas E, Barrett DW, Saucedo CL, Huang LD, Abraham JA, Tanaka H, Haley AP, Gonzalez-Lima F

Abstract
Transcranial infrared laser stimulation (TILS) at 1064 nm, 250 mW/cm(2) has been proven safe and effective for increasing neurocognitive functions in young adults in controlled studies using photobiomodulation of the right prefrontal cortex. The objective of this pilot study was to determine whether there is any effect from TILS on neurocognitive function in older adults with subjective memory complaint at risk for cognitive decline (e.g., increased carotid artery intima-media thickness or mild traumatic brain injury). We investigated the cognitive effects of TILS in older adults (ages 49-90, n = 12) using prefrontal cortex measures of attention (psychomotor vigilance task (PVT)) and memory (delayed match to sample (DMS)), carotid artery intima-media thickness (measured by ultrasound), and evaluated the potential neural mechanisms mediating the cognitive effects of TILS using exploratory brain studies of electroencephalography (EEG, n = 6) and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI, n = 6). Cognitive performance, age, and carotid artery intima-media thickness were highly correlated, but all participants improved in all cognitive measures after TILS treatments. Baseline vs. chronic (five weekly sessions, 8 min each) comparisons of mean cognitive scores all showed improvements, significant for PVT reaction time (p < 0.001), PVT lapses (p < 0.001), and DMS correct responses (p < 0.05). The neural studies also showed for the first time that TILS increases resting-state EEG alpha, beta, and gamma power and promotes more efficient prefrontal blood-oxygen-level-dependent (BOLD)-fMRI response. Importantly, no adverse effects were found. These preliminary findings support the use of TILS for larger randomized clinical trials with this non-invasive approach to augment neurocognitive function in older people to combat aging-related and vascular disease-related cognitive decline.

PMID: 28466195 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]

Protein synthesis is associated with high-speed dynamics and broad-band stability of functional hubs in the brain.

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Protein synthesis is associated with high-speed dynamics and broad-band stability of functional hubs in the brain.

Neuroimage. 2017 Apr 29;:

Authors: Hellyer PJ, Pellizzon A, Barry E, Veronese M, Rizzo G, Tonietto M, Schütze M, Brammer M, Aurélio Romano-Silva M, Bertoldo A, Turkheimer FE

Abstract
L-[1-(11)C]leucine PET can be used to measure in vivo protein synthesis in the brain. However, the relationship between regional protein synthesis and on-going neural dynamics is unclear. We use a graph theoretical approach to examine the relationship between cerebral protein synthesis (rCPS) and both static and dynamical measures of functional connectivity (measured using resting state functional MRI, R-fMRI). Our graph theoretical analysis demonstrates a significant positive relationship between protein turnover and static measures of functional connectivity. We compared these results to simple measures of metabolism in the cortex using [(18)F]FDG PET). Whilst some relationship between [(18)F]FDG binding and graph theoretical measures was present, there remained a significant relationship between protein turnover and graph theoretical measures, which were more robustly explained by L-[1-(11)C]Leucine than [(18)F]FDG PET. This relationship was stronger in dynamics at a faster temporal resolution relative to dynamics measured over a longer epoch. Using a Dynamic connectivity approach, we also demonstrate that broad-band dynamic measures of Functional Connectivity (FC), are inversely correlated with protein turnover, suggesting greater stability of FC in highly interconnected hub regions is supported by protein synthesis. Overall, we demonstrate that cerebral protein synthesis has a strong relationship independent of tissue metabolism to neural dynamics at the macroscopic scale.

PMID: 28465163 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]

Resting-state connectivity and modulated somatomotor and default-mode networks in Huntington disease.

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Resting-state connectivity and modulated somatomotor and default-mode networks in Huntington disease.

CNS Neurosci Ther. 2017 May 02;:

Authors: Sánchez-Castañeda C, de Pasquale F, Caravasso CF, Marano M, Maffi S, Migliore S, Sabatini U, Squitieri F

Abstract
AIMS: To analyze brain functional connectivity in the somatomotor and default-mode networks (DMNs) of patients with Huntington disease (HD), its relationship with gray matter (GM) volume loss, and functional changes after pridopidine treatment.
METHODS: Ten patients and ten untreated controls underwent T1-weighted imaging and resting-state functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI); four patients were also assessed after 3 months of pridopidine treatment (90 mg/d). The seed-based functional connectivity patterns from the posterior cingulate cortex and the supplementary motor area (SMA), considered cortical hubs of the DMN and somatomotor networks, respectively, were computed. FMRIB Software Library voxel-based morphometry measured GM volume.
RESULTS: Patients had GM volume decrease in all cortical and subcortical areas of the somatomotor network with preservation of the SMA, and increased somatomotor and DMN connectivity. In DMN structures, functional connectivity impairment preceded volume loss. Pridopidine reduced the intensity of these aberrant connections.
CONCLUSION: The abnormal connectivity of the somatomotor and DMN observed in HD patients may represent an early dysfunction marker, as it preceded volume loss in DMN. Pridopidine reduced connectivity of these networks in all four treated patients, suggesting that connectivity is sensitive to treatment response.

PMID: 28464463 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]

The impact of hyperoxia on brain activity: A resting-state and task-evoked electroencephalography (EEG) study.

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The impact of hyperoxia on brain activity: A resting-state and task-evoked electroencephalography (EEG) study.

PLoS One. 2017;12(5):e0176610

Authors: Sheng M, Liu P, Mao D, Ge Y, Lu H

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A better understanding of the effect of oxygen on brain electrophysiological activity may provide a more mechanistic insight into clinical studies that use oxygen treatment in pathological conditions, as well as in studies that use oxygen to calibrate functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) signals. This study applied electroencephalography (EEG) in healthy subjects and investigated how high a concentration of oxygen in inhaled air (i.e., normobaric hyperoxia) alters brain activity under resting-state and task-evoked conditions. Study 1 investigated its impact on resting EEG and revealed that hyperoxia suppressed α (8-13Hz) and β (14-35Hz) band power (by 15.6±2.3% and 14.1±3.1%, respectively), but did not change the δ (1-3Hz), θ (4-7Hz), and γ (36-75Hz) bands. Sham control experiments did not result in such changes. Study 2 reproduced these findings, and, furthermore, examined the effect of hyperoxia on visual stimulation event-related potentials (ERP). It was found that the main peaks of visual ERP, specifically N1 and P2, were both delayed during hyperoxia compared to normoxia (P = 0.04 and 0.02, respectively). In contrast, the amplitude of the peaks did not show a change. Our results suggest that hyperoxia has a pronounced effect on brain neural activity, for both resting-state and task-evoked potentials.

PMID: 28464001 [PubMed - in process]

Using short-range and long-range functional connectivity to identify schizophrenia with a family-based case-control design.

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Using short-range and long-range functional connectivity to identify schizophrenia with a family-based case-control design.

Psychiatry Res. 2017 Apr 24;264:60-67

Authors: Guo W, Liu F, Chen J, Wu R, Li L, Zhang Z, Chen H, Zhao J

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Abnormal short-range and long-range functional connectivities (FCs) have been implicated in the neurophysiology of schizophrenia. This study was conducted to examine the potential of short-range and long-range FCs for differentiating the patients from the controls with a family-based case-control design. Twenty-eight first-episode, drug-naive patients with schizophrenia, 28 unaffected siblings of the patients (family-based controls, FBCs), and 40 healthy controls (HCs) underwent resting-state functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) scans. The data were analyzed by short-range and long-range FC analyses, receiver operating characteristic curve (ROC) and support vector machine (SVM). Compared with the FBCs/HCs, the patients exhibit increased short-range positive FC strength (spFCS) and/or long-range positive FC strength (lpFCS) in the default-mode network (DMN) and decreased spFCS and lpFCS in the sensorimotor circuits. Furthermore, a combination of the spFCS values in the right superior parietal lobule and the lpFCS values in the left fusiform gyrus/cerebellum VI can differentiate the patients from the FBCs with high sensitivity and specificity. The findings highlight the importance of the DMN and sensorimotor circuits in the pathogenesis of schizophrenia. Combining with family-based case-control design may be a viable option to limit the confounding effects of environmental risk factors in neuroimaging studies of schizophrenia.

PMID: 28463748 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]

Infraslow EEG and dynamic resting state network activity.

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Infraslow EEG and dynamic resting state network activity.

Brain Connect. 2017 May 02;:

Authors: Grooms JK, Thompson GJ, Pan WJ, Billings J, Schumacher EH, Epstein CM, Keilholz SD

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A number of studies have linked the BOLD signal to EEG signals in traditional frequency bands (δ, θ, α, β, and γ), but the relationship between BOLD and its direct frequency correlates in the infraslow band (<1 Hz) has been little studied. Previously, work in rodents showed that infraslow local field potentials play a role in functional connectivity, particularly in the dynamic organization of large-scale networks. To examine the relationship between infraslow activity and network dynamics in humans, direct current (DC) EEG and resting state MRI data were acquired simultaneously. The DC EEG signals were correlated with the BOLD signal in patterns that resembled resting state networks. Subsequent dynamic analysis showed that the correlation between DC EEG and the BOLD signal varied substantially over time, even within individual subjects. The variation in DC EEG appears to reflect the time-varying contribution of different resting state networks. Further, some of the patterns of DC EEG and BOLD correlation are consistent with previous work demonstrating quasiperiodic spatiotemporal patterns of large scale network activity in resting state. These findings demonstrate that infraslow electrical activity is linked to BOLD fluctuations in humans and that it may provide a basis for large scale organization comparable to that observed in animal studies.

PMID: 28462586 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]

Pramipexole modulates interregional connectivity within the sensorimotor network.

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Pramipexole modulates interregional connectivity within the sensorimotor network.

Brain Connect. 2017 May 02;:

Authors: Ye Z, Hammer A, Münte T

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Pramipexole is widely prescribed to treat Parkinson's disease but has been reported to cause impulse control disorders such as pathological gambling. Recent neurocomputational models suggested that D2 agonists may distort functional connections between the striatum and the motor cortex, resulting in impaired reinforcement learning and pathological gambling. To examine how D2 agonists modulate the striatal-motor connectivity, we carried out a pharmacological resting-state functional magnetic resonance imaging study with a double-blind randomized within-subject cross-over design. We analyzed the medication-induced changes of network connectivity and topology with two approaches, an independent component analysis (ICA) and a graph theoretical analysis (GTA). The ICA identified the sensorimotor network (SMN) as well as other classical resting-state networks. Within the SMN, the connectivity between the right caudate nucleus and other cortical regions was weaker under pramipexole than under placebo. The GTA measured the topological properties of the whole-brain network at global and regional levels. Both the whole-brain network under placebo and that under pramipexole were identified as small-world networks. The two whole-brain networks were similar in global efficiency, clustering coefficient, small-world index and modularity. However, the degree of the right caudate nucleus decreased under pramipexole mainly due to the loss of the connectivity with the supplementary motor area, paracentral lobule, precentral and postcentral gyrus of the SMN. The two network analyses consistently revealed that pramipexole weakened the functional connectivity between the caudate nucleus and the SMN regions.

PMID: 28462585 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]

High spatial correspondence at a columnar level between activation and resting state fMRI signals and local field potentials.

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High spatial correspondence at a columnar level between activation and resting state fMRI signals and local field potentials.

Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2017 May 01;:

Authors: Shi Z, Wu R, Yang PF, Wang F, Wu TL, Mishra A, Chen LM, Gore JC

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Although blood oxygenation level-dependent (BOLD) fMRI has been widely used to map brain responses to external stimuli and to delineate functional circuits at rest, the extent to which BOLD signals correlate spatially with underlying neuronal activity, the spatial relationships between stimulus-evoked BOLD activations and local correlations of BOLD signals in a resting state, and whether these spatial relationships vary across functionally distinct cortical areas are not known. To address these critical questions, we directly compared the spatial extents of stimulated activations and the local profiles of intervoxel resting state correlations for both high-resolution BOLD at 9.4 T and local field potentials (LFPs), using 98-channel microelectrode arrays, in functionally distinct primary somatosensory areas 3b and 1 in nonhuman primates. Anatomic images of LFP and BOLD were coregistered within 0.10 mm accuracy. We found that the point spread functions (PSFs) of BOLD and LFP responses were comparable in the stimulus condition, and both estimates of activations were slightly more spatially constrained than local correlations at rest. The magnitudes of stimulus responses in area 3b were stronger than those in area 1 and extended in a medial to lateral direction. In addition, the reproducibility and stability of stimulus-evoked activation locations within and across both modalities were robust. Our work suggests that the intrinsic resolution of BOLD is not a limiting feature in practice and approaches the intrinsic precision achievable by multielectrode electrophysiology.

PMID: 28461461 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]

Mixed Signals: On Separating Brain Signal from Noise.

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Mixed Signals: On Separating Brain Signal from Noise.

Trends Cogn Sci. 2017 Apr 28;:

Authors: Uddin LQ

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Accurate description of human brain function requires the separation of true neural signal from noise. Recent work examining spatial and temporal properties of whole-brain fMRI signals demonstrates how artifacts from a variety of sources can persist after rigorous processing, and highlights the lack of consensus on how to address this challenge.

PMID: 28461113 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]

High-resolution Functional MRI Identified Distinct Global Intrinsic Functional Networks of Nociceptive Posterior Insula and S2 regions in Squirrel Monkey Brain.

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High-resolution Functional MRI Identified Distinct Global Intrinsic Functional Networks of Nociceptive Posterior Insula and S2 regions in Squirrel Monkey Brain.

Neuroimage. 2017 Apr 28;:

Authors: Wu R, Wang F, Yang PF, Min Chen L

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Numerous functional imaging and electrophysiological studies in humans and animals indicate that the two contiguous areas of secondary somatosensory cortex (S2) and posterior insula (pIns) are core regions in nociceptive processing and pain perception. In this study, we tested the hypothesis that the S2-pIns connection serves as a hub for connecting distinct sensory and affective nociceptive processing networks in the squirrel monkey brain. At 9.4T, we first mapped the brain regions that respond to nociceptive heat stimuli with high-resolution fMRI, and then used seed-based resting-state fMRI (rsfMRI) analysis to delineate and refine the global intrinsic functional connectivity circuits of the proximal S2 and pIns regions. In each subject, nociceptive (47.5°C) heat-evoked fMRI activations were detected in many brain regions, including primary somatosensory (S1), S2, pIns, area 7b, anterior cingulate cortex (ACC), primary motor cortex, prefrontal cortex, supplementary motor area, thalamus, and caudate. Using the heat-evoked fMRI activation foci in S2 and pIns as the seeds, voxel-wise whole-brain resting-state functional connectivity (rsFC) analysis revealed strong functional connections between contralateral S2 and pIns, as well as their corresponding regions in the ipsilateral hemisphere. Spatial similarity and overlap analysis identified each region as part of two distinct intrinsic functional networks with 7% overlap: sensory S2-S1-area 7b and affective pIns-ACC-PCC networks. Moreover, a high degree of overlap was observed between the combined rsFC maps of nociceptive S2 and pIns regions and the nociceptive heat-evoked activation map. In summary, our study provides evidence for the existence of two distinct intrinsic functional networks for S2 and pIns nociceptive regions, and these two networks are joined via the S2-pIns connection. Brain regions that are involved in processing nociceptive inputs are also highly interconnected at rest. The presence of robust and distinct S1-S2-area 7b and pIns-ACC-PCC rsFC networks under anesthesia underscores their fundamental roles in processing nociceptive information.

PMID: 28461059 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]

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