Altered Integration of Structural Covariance Networks in Young Children With Type 1 Diabetes

TitleAltered Integration of Structural Covariance Networks in Young Children With Type 1 Diabetes
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsHosseini, M. H. S., Mazaika P., Mauras N., Buckingham B., Weinzimer S. A., Tsalikian E., White N. H., & Reiss A. L.
Corporate AuthorsDiabetes Research in Children Network(DirecNet)
JournalHuman brain mapping
Date Published2016 11
KeywordsBrain; brain networks; Child; Child, Preschool; Cohort Studies; diabetes; Diabetes Mellitus, Type 1; Female; graph theoretical analysis; gray matter volume; Humans; Image Processing, Computer-Assisted; Magnetic Resonance Imaging; Male; network efficiency; network resilience; Neural Pathways

Type 1 diabetes mellitus (T1D), one of the most frequent chronic diseases in children, is associated with glucose dysregulation that contributes to an increased risk for neurocognitive deficits. While there is a bulk of evidence regarding neurocognitive deficits in adults with T1D, little is known about how early-onset T1D affects neural networks in young children. Recent data demonstrated widespread alterations in regional gray matter and white matter associated with T1D in young children. These widespread neuroanatomical changes might impact the organization of large-scale brain networks. In the present study, we applied graph-theoretical analysis to test whether the organization of structural covariance networks in the brain for a cohort of young children with T1D (N = 141) is altered compared to healthy controls (HC; N = 69). While the networks in both groups followed a small world organization-an architecture that is simultaneously highly segregated and integrated-the T1D network showed significantly longer path length compared with HC, suggesting reduced global integration of brain networks in young children with T1D. In addition, network robustness analysis revealed that the T1D network model showed more vulnerability to neural insult compared with HC. These results suggest that early-onset T1D negatively impacts the global organization of structural covariance networks and influences the trajectory of brain development in childhood. This is the first study to examine structural covariance networks in young children with T1D. Improving glycemic control for young children with T1D might help prevent alterations in brain networks in this population. Hum Brain Mapp 37:4034-4046, 2016. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

Alternate JournalHum Brain Mapp
Refereed DesignationRefereed