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Gray matter volumetric MRI differences late-preterm and term infants.
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PMID:  22285528     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Gray matter develops rapidly during the third trimester of pregnancy, which is a critical period for lipid deposition. We measured brain volume in term and late-preterm infants to determine if it is related to disabilities in late-preterm infants. In addition, we measured serum lipid concentrations to investigate the relationship between brain volume and lipid nutrition. Magnetic resonance imaging scans were obtained in 16 late-preterm and 13 term infants. We measured cerebrum, gray matter, and white matter volumes. We performed serum cholesterol, triglyceride (TG), and lipoprotein analyses in cord blood by high-performance liquid chromatography using gel permeation columns to assess lipid nutritional levels. The gray matter volume and percent cerebrum volume of gray matter were significantly smaller in late-preterm infants (p<0.001). Head circumference and cerebrum and white matter volume did not differ between the two groups. Gray matter volume correlated positively with gestational age (r=0.647, p<0.001), head circumference (r=0.688, p<0.001), and high-density lipoprotein (HDL)-TG levels (r=0.496, p=0.006). Late-preterm infants had a normal head circumference and a lower gray matter volume than term infants. Gestational age and head circumference were significantly associated with gray matter volume. Only HDL-TG levels were significantly associated with gray matter volume. HDL-TG might contribute to the transport of fatty acids and gray matter development during the postnatal period. Thus, delayed gray matter development may partly contribute to neurodevelopmental disabilities in late-preterm infants.
Shun Munakata; Tomoo Okada; Aya Okahashi; Kayo Yoshikawa; Yukihiro Usukura; Masami Makimoto; Shigeharu Hosono; Shigeru Takahashi; Hideo Mugishima; Yoshitaka Okuhata
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-1-27
Journal Detail:
Title:  Brain & development     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1872-7131     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2012 Jan 
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Created Date:  2012-1-30     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  7909235     Medline TA:  Brain Dev     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2012 The Japanese Society of Child Neurology. Published by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Department of Pediatrics and Child Health, Nihon University School of Medicine, Tokyo, Japan.
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