Silvia Piacentini

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OBJECTIVE To concurrently investigate with magnetic resonance (MR) the brain activation and regional brain atrophy in patients with Huntington disease (HD). METHODS Nine symptomatic HD patients and 11 healthy subjects underwent an MR study including functional MR acquisition during finger tapping of the right hand and high-resolution T1-weighted images.(More)
PURPOSE To investigate whether diffusion-weighted and magnetization transfer (MT) magnetic resonance (MR) imaging depict regional and/or global brain abnormalities in patients with Huntington disease (HD). MATERIALS AND METHODS Twenty-one carriers of the HD mutation (mean age, 58 years +/- 11 [SD]) and 21 healthy control subjects (mean age, 54 years +/-(More)
Rebuilding brain structure and neural circuitries by transplantation of fetal tissue is a strategy to repair the damaged nervous system and is currently being investigated using striatal primordium in Huntington's disease (HD) patients. Four HD patients underwent bilateral transplantation with human fetal striatal tissues (9-12 week gestation). Small blocks(More)
PURPOSE To investigate in vivo severity and topographic distribution of brain white matter (WM) fiber bundle atrophy in patients with Friedreich ataxia, a condition characterized by an uneven involvement of brain WM, and to correlate such findings with the clinical status of the patients. MATERIALS AND METHODS The study was conducted with institutional(More)
Analysis of the apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) maps derived from diffusion-weighted MR imaging is emerging as a reproducible, sensitive, and quantitative tool to evaluate brain damage in diseases of the white and gray matter. To explore the potentials of ADC maps analysis in degenerative ataxias, we examined 28 patients and 26 age-matched controls(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Neuropathological examination in Friedreich ataxia (FRDA) reveals neuronal loss in the gray matter (GM) nuclei and degeneration of the white matter (WM) tracts in the spinal cord, brainstem and cerebellum, while the cerebral hemispheres are substantially spared. Tract-based spatial statistics (TBSS) enables an unbiased whole-brain(More)
Voxel-based morphometry (VBM) enables an unbiased in-vivo whole-brain quantitative analysis of differences in gray matter (GM), white matter (WM) and cerebro-spinal fluid (CSF) volumes. We assessed with VBM 20 spinocerebellar ataxia Type 2 (SCA2) patients with mild or moderate cerebellar deficit and 20 age and sex-matched healthy controls. SCA2 patients(More)
Spinocerebellar ataxia type 2 (SCA2) is the second most frequent autosomal dominant inherited ataxia worldwide. We investigated the capability of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to track in vivo progression of brain atrophy in SCA2 by examining twice 10 SCA2 patients (mean interval 3.6 years) and 16 age- and gender-matched healthy controls (mean interval(More)
Friedreich's ataxia (FRDA) is associated with a distributed pattern of neurodegeneration in the spinal cord and the brain secondary to selective neuronal loss. We used functional MR Imaging (fMRI) to explore brain activation in FRDA patients during two motor-sensory tasks of different complexity, i.e. continuous hand tapping and writing of "8" figure, with(More)
Recently, mutations in the progranulin gene (GRN) were reported to account for the vast majority of Frontotemporal lobar Degeneration (FTLD) and a growing number of reports describe the implication of this gene in the development of the FTLD pathology with a significant variation in clinical features. To better clarify the contribution of GRN mutations to(More)