Reduced Interhemispheric Connectivity in Schizophrenia-Tractography Based Segmentation of the Corpus Callosum

M. Kubicki, M. Styner, S. Bouix, G. Gerig, D. Markant, K. Smith, R. Kikinis, R. McCarley, M. E. Shenton
Schizophr Res
Volume 106, Pages 125-131
2008

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Abstract

Background: A reduction in interhemispheric connectivity is thought to contribute to the etiology of schizophrenia. Diffusion Tensor Imaging (DTI) measures the diffusion of water and can be used to describe the integrity of the corpus callosum white matter tracts, thereby providing information concerning possible interhemispheric connectivity abnormalities. Previous DTI studies in schizophrenia are inconsistent in reporting decreased Fractional Anisotropy (FA), a measure of anisotropic diffusion, within different portions of the corpus callosum. Moreover, none of these studies has investigated corpus callosum systematically, using anatomical subdivisions.

Methods: DTI and structural MRI scans were obtained from 32 chronic schizophrenic subjects and 42 controls. Corpus callosum cross sectional area and its probabilistic subdivisions were determined automatically from structural MRI scans using a model based deformable contour segmentation. These subdivisions employ a previously generated probabilistic subdivision atlas, based on fiber tractography and anatomical lobe subdivision. The structural scanwas then co-registered with the DTI scan and the anatomical corpus callosum subdivisions were propagated to the associated FA map.

Results: Results revealed decreased FA within parts of the corpus interconnecting frontal regions in schizophrenia compared with controls, but no significant changes for callosal fibers interconnecting parietal and temporo-occipital brain regions. In addition, integrity of the anterior corpus was statistically significantly correlated with negative as well as positive symptoms, while posterior measures correlated with positive symptoms only.

Conclusions: This study provides quantitative evidence for a reduction of interhemispheric brain connectivity in schizophrenia, involving corpus callosum, and further points to frontal connections as possibly disrupted in schizophrenia.


Reference

Kubicki M, Styner M, Bouix S, Gerig G, Markant D, Smith K, Kikinis R, McCarley R, Shenton ME. Reduced interhemispheric connectivity in schizophrenia-tractography based segmentation of the corpus callosum. Schizophr Res 2008;106:125-131.

Grants

NARSAD, NIH R03 MH068464-01, KO5 MH070047, RO1 MH50747, RO1 MH40799, VA Merit Award, VA Schizophrenia Center Grant, Milton Award (Harvard Medical School)

Research area

dti
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