Longitudinal development of hippocampal subregions from childhood to adulthood

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Longitudinal development of hippocampal subregions from childhood to adulthood

Type: Article / Letter to editor
Title: Longitudinal development of hippocampal subregions from childhood to adulthood
Author: Tamnes, C.K.Bos, M.G.N.Van, de Kamp F.C.Peters, S.Crone, E.A.M.
Journal Title: Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience
Volume: 30
Start Page: 212
End Page: 222
Pages: 11
Issue Date: 2018
Keywords: Adolescence
Brain development
General cognitive ability
Hippocampus
MRI
Subfields
Abstract: Detailed descriptions of the development of the hippocampus promise to shed light on the neural foundation of development of memory and other cognitive functions, as well as the emergence of major mental disorders. Hippocampus is a heterogeneous structure with a well characterized internal complexity, but development of its distinct subregions in humans has remained poorly described. We analyzed magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) data from a large longitudinal sample (270 participants, 678 scans) using an automated segmentation tool and mixed models to delineate the development of hippocampal subregion volumes from childhood to adulthood. We also examined sex differences in subregion volumes and their development, and associations between hippocampal subregions and general cognitive ability. Nonlinear developmental trajectories with early volume increases were observed for subiculum, cornu ammonis (CA) 1, molecular layer (ML) and fimbria. In contrast, parasubiculum, presubiculum, CA2/3, CA4 and the granule cell layer of the dentate gyrus (GC-DG) showed linear volume decreases. No sex differences were found in hippocampal subregion development. Finally, general cognitive ability was positively associated with CA2/3 and CA4 volumes, as well as with ML development. In conclusion, hippocampal subregions appear to develop in diversified ways across adolescence, and specific subregions may link to general cognitive level.
Uri: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1878929317302360?via=ihub
Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/67645
 

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