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Mental Health - Neurological Disorders - Neuroscience - Physics - Radiology and Medical Imaging

Regional Homogeneity within the Default Mode Network in Bipolar Depression: A Resting-State Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging Study
Published: Friday, November 02, 2012
Author: Chun-Hong Liu et al.

by Chun-Hong Liu, Xin Ma, Feng Li, Yong-Jun Wang, Chang-Le Tie, Su-Fang Li, Tao-Lin Chen, Ting-ting Fan, Yu Zhang, Jie Dong, Li Yao, Xia Wu, Chuan-Yue Wang

Aim

We sought to use a regional homogeneity (ReHo) approach as an index in resting-state functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to investigate the features of spontaneous brain activity within the default mode network (DMN) in patients suffering from bipolar depression (BD).

Methods

Twenty-six patients with BD and 26 gender-, age-, and education-matched healthy subjects participated in the resting-state fMRI scans. We compared the differences in ReHo between the two groups within the DMN and investigated the relationships between sex, age, years of education, disease duration, the Hamilton Rating Scale for Depression (HAMD) total score, and ReHo in regions with significant group differences.

Results

Our results revealed that bipolar depressed patients had increased ReHo in the left medial frontal gyrus and left inferior parietal lobe compared to healthy controls. No correlations were found between regional ReHo values and sex, age, and clinical features within the BD group.

Conclusions

Our findings indicate that abnormal brain activity is mainly distributed within prefrontal-limbic circuits, which are believed to be involved in the pathophysiological mechanisms underlying bipolar depression.

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