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BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE The effects of a number of diffusion-encoding gradient directions (NDGD) on diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) indices have been studied previously with theoretic analysis and numeric simulations. In this study, we made in vivo measurements in the human brain to compare different clinical scan protocols and to evaluate their effects on(More)
PURPOSE To quantify measurement uncertainties of fractional anisotropy, mean diffusivity, and principal eigenvector orientations in human diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) data acquired with common clinical protocols using a wild bootstrap analysis, and to establish optimal scan protocols for clinical DTI acquisitions. MATERIALS AND METHODS A group of 13(More)
BACKGROUND Alzheimer's disease (AD) is associated with changes in cerebral white matter (WM), but the functional significance of such findings is not yet established. We hypothesized that diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) might reveal links between regional WM changes and specific neuropsychologically and psychophysically defined impairments in early AD. (More)
Long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) are not translated into proteins and were initially considered to be part of the ‘dark matter’ of the genome. Recently, it has been shown that lncRNAs play a role in the recruitment of chromatin modifying complexes and can influence gene expression. However, it is unknown if lncRNAs function in a similar way in cancer. Here,(More)
Diffusion kurtosis imaging (DKI) is a new diffusion magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technique to go beyond the shortages of conventional diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) from the assumption that water diffuse in biological tissue is Gaussian. Kurtosis is used to measure the deviation of water diffusion from Gaussian model, which is called non-Gaussian, in(More)
OBJECTIVE Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a serious neurodegenerative disorder characterized by deficits of working memory, attention, language and many other cognitive functions. Although different stages of the disease are relatively well characterized by clinical criteria, stage-specific pathological changes in the brain remain relatively poorly understood,(More)
Uveal melanoma (UM) has a high mortality rate for primary intraocular tumors. Approximately half of UM patients present with untreatable and fatal metastases. Long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) have emerged as potent regulatory RNAs that play key roles in various cellular processes and tumorigenesis. However, to date, their roles in UM are not well-known. Here,(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate non-Gaussian diffusion changes of the whole-brain and its correlation with cognitive performance in patients with early Alzheimer's disease (AD), using diffusion kurtosis imaging (DKI). METHODS Twenty-six patients with early AD and twenty-six normal controls underwent diffusion imaging. Seven parametric maps were calculated from(More)
Autophagy plays an adaptive role in cell survival, development, differentiation and intracellular homeostasis. Autophagy is recognized as a 'self-cannibalizing' process that is active during stresses such as starvation, chemotherapy, infection, ageing, and oxygen shortage to protect organisms from various irritants and to regenerate materials and energy.(More)
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