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Identical twins

Nancy L Segal
This article begins with the story of a 51-year-old Los Angeles, California man, Justin Goldberg, whose daughter caught a glimpse of his striking look-alike at a popular market. Many people have so-called doppelgängers, but this occurrence is especially intriguing - the individual in question, born in New York City in the mid-1960s to an unwed mother, was an adoptee placed by the Louise Wise Adoption Agency. This agency, under the guidance of a prominent psychiatrist, decided to place twins in separate homes...
March 15, 2018: Twin Research and Human Genetics: the Official Journal of the International Society for Twin Studies
Neeraja Purandare, Mallika Somayajulu, Maik Hüttemann, Lawrence I Grossman, Siddhesh Aras
Coiled-coil-helix-coiled-coil-helix domain-containing 10 (CHCHD10) and CHCHD2 (MNRR1) are homologous proteins with 58% sequence identity and belong to the twin CX9C family of proteins that mediate cellular stress responses. Despite the identification of several neurodegeneration-associated mutations in the CHCHD10 gene, few studies have assessed its physiological role. Here, we investigated CHCHD10's function as a regulator of oxidative phosphorylation in the mitochondria and the nucleus. We show that CHCHD10 co-purifies with cytochrome c oxidase (COX) and up-regulates COX activity by serving as a scaffolding protein required for MNRR1 phosphorylation, mediated by ARG (ABL proto-oncogene 2, non-receptor tyrosine kinase [ABL2])...
March 14, 2018: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Andrew L Skinner, Andy Woods, Christopher J Stone, Ian Penton-Voak, Marcus R Munafó
[This corrects the article DOI: 10.1098/rsos.161076.].
February 2018: Royal Society Open Science
Cindy Döring, Zhihong Sui, Peter G Jones
Reactions between potassium tetraiodidoaurate(III) and pyridine (py, C5 H5 N) or 3,4-lutidine (3,4-dimethylpyridine, 3,4-lut, C7 H9 N) were tested as possible sources of azaaromatic complexes of gold(III) iodide, but all identifiable products contained gold(I). The previously known structure dipyridinegold(I) diiodidoaurate(I), [Au(py)2 ]+ ·[AuI2 ]- , (3) [Adams et al. (1982). Z. Anorg. Allg. Chem. 485, 81-91], was redetermined at 100 K. The reactions with 3,4-lutidine gave three different types of crystal in small quantities...
March 1, 2018: Acta Crystallographica. Section C, Structural Chemistry
Giulia Parovel, Alan Costall
The leaning tower illusion is a perceptual illusion in which two identical images of a tower photographed from below appear to diverge when juxtaposed. We manipulated the perceived obliqueness of the (upright) St Mark bell tower in Venice by modifying two parameters both related to the position of the camera with respect to the tower: (a) increasing the peripherality of the tower and (b) reducing the distance between the camera and the tower. The resulting images clearly show that the illusory leaning effect increases as a function of the obliqueness...
January 2018: I-Perception
Mehmet Yasin Teke, Kemal Tekin, Emre Aydemir, Fuat Yavrum
PURPOSE: To report the identical twins who had mirror fundus and angiographic images of familial exudative vitreoretinopathy (FEVR). CASE PRESENTATION: A pair of 16 year old female twins presented with mirror-image asymmetry of monocular decreased vision. The twins were born full term with normal weights. Neither twin revealed any medical disorders during childhood and there was no known family history of ocular disorders. On ocular examination, the best corrected visual acuity (BCVA) was 20/20 in OD and 20/63 in OS for twin 1...
February 28, 2018: International Ophthalmology
Chao Tong, Li Wen, Yinyin Xia, Pamela Leong, Lan Wang, Xin Fan, Ting-Li Han, Jeffrey M Craig, Philip Baker, Richard Saffery, Hongbo Qi
INTRODUCTION: Non-communicable diseases (NCD) now represent the major burden of adverse health in most countries. It is clear that much of the risk of such conditions begins very early in life, potentially in utero. Given their complex aetiology, an understanding of the origins of NCD requires an in-depth analysis of the interplay between genetic variation and environment, preferably over time. For decades, twin studies have played a key role in understanding such traits. Their strength lies in the ability to disentangle genetic and environmental factors that contribute to a phenotype...
February 22, 2018: BMJ Open
Sarah Kariko, Jaakko V I Timonen, James C Weaver, Dvir Gur, Carolyn Marks, Leslie Leiserowitz, Mathias Kolle, Ling Li
This study investigates the structural basis for the red, silver and black coloration of the theridiid spider, Phoroncidia rubroargentea (Berland, 1913) from Madagascar. Specimens of this species can retain their colour after storage in ethanol for decades, whereas most other brightly pigmented spider specimens fade under identical preservation conditions. Using correlative optical, structural and chemical analysis, we identify the colour-generating structural elements and characterize their optical properties...
February 2018: Journal of the Royal Society, Interface
Amy Alexander, Liaqat Abbas, Mary Jones, Joseph Jones, Douglas Lewis, Adam Negrusz
Our laboratory received segments of umbilical cord that originated from identical twins for routine toxicology analysis. The specimens were analyzed multiple times by liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry. The umbilical cord from newborn #1 was positive for hydromorphone only (1.06 ng/g), and the umbilical cord from newborn #2 was positive for hydromorphone (0.81 ng/g) and benzoylecgonine (5.41 ng/g). The hydromorphone results are consistent with maternal administration of hydromorphone; however, the cause of the discrepant benzoylecgonine results in the umbilical cords from the identical twins is unknown...
February 15, 2018: Journal of Analytical Toxicology
Michael A Montuno, Ann A Church, Jennifer J Schoch, Israel D Andrews
Subacute cutaneous lupus erythematosus is a clinically distinct form of cutaneous lupus erythematosus, with age of onset typically in the second to fifth decades. Eleven cases have been reported in childhood, and we present the first known case of subacute cutaneous lupus erythematosus in identical twins. Although flares are typically photo-induced, we present an annular eruption typical of subacute cutaneous lupus erythematosus with concurrent pinworm infestation, with recurrence of disease with cutaneous larva migrans...
February 13, 2018: Pediatric Dermatology
C V Bishop, R L Stouffer, D L Takahashi, E C Mishler, M C Wilcox, O D Slayden, C A True
STUDY QUESTION: What are the impacts of elevated testosterone (T) and an obesogenic western-style diet (WSD), either independently or together, on fertility and metabolic adaptations of pregnancy in primates? SUMMARY ANSWER: Testosterone increases the time to achieve pregnancy, while a WSD reduces overall fertility, and the combination of testosterone and WSD additionally impairs glucose tolerance and causes pregnancy loss. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: Both hyperandrogenemia and obesity are hallmarks of polycystic ovary syndrome, which is a leading cause of infertility among women worldwide...
February 1, 2018: Human Reproduction
Emily Brereton, Emily Fassi, Gabriel C Araujo, Jonathan Dodd, Aida Telegrafi, Sheel J Pathak, Marwan Shinawi
BACKGROUND: Dynamin 1 is a protein involved in the synaptic vesicle cycle, which facilitates the exocytosis of neurotransmitters necessary for normal signaling and development in the central nervous system. Pathogenic variants in DNM1 have been implicated in global developmental delay (DD), severe intellectual disability (ID), and notably, epileptic encephalopathy. All previously reported DNM1 pathogenic variants causing this severe phenotype occur in the GTPase and Middle domains of the dynamin 1 protein...
February 4, 2018: Molecular Genetics & Genomic Medicine
Walther Parson
Forensic genetics developed from protein-based techniques a quarter of a century ago and became famous as "DNA fingerprinting," this being based on restriction fragment length polymorphisms (RFLPs) of high-molecular-weight DNA. The amplification of much smaller short tandem repeat (STR) sequences using the polymerase chain reaction soon replaced RFLP analysis and advanced to become the gold standard in genetic identification. Meanwhile, STR multiplexes have been developed and made commercially available which simultaneously amplify up to 30 STR loci from as little as 15 cells or fewer...
January 23, 2018: Gerontology
Jennifer L Wainright, Amanda M Robinson, Amber R Wilk, David K Klassen, Wida S Cherikh, Darren E Stewart
We studied End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) in living kidney donors (LKDs) who donated in the US between 1994 and 2016 (n=123,526), using Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services data. 218 LKDs developed ESRD, with a median of 11.1 years between donation and ESRD. Absolute 20-year risk was low but not uniform, with risk associated with race, age, and sex and increasing exponentially over time. LKDs had increased risk of ESRD if they were male (adjusted Hazard Ratio(aHR): 1...
February 2, 2018: American Journal of Transplantation
M E Davis, P A Lancaster, J J Rutledge, L V Cundiff
Data were collected from 1953 through 1980 from identical and fraternal twin beef and dairy females born in 1953, 1954, 1959, 1964, and 1969, and from crossbred females born as singles in 1974, and their progeny. Numbers of dams that weaned at least 1 calf and were included in the first analysis were 37, 45, and 56 in the 1964, 1969, and 1974 data sets, respectively. Respective numbers of dams that weaned 3 calves and were included in a second analysis were 6, 8, 8, 22, 33, and 33 in the 1953, 1954, 1959, 1964, 1969, and 1974 experiments...
January 29, 2018: Journal of Animal Science
Abbie Jordan, Paula Smith, Karen Rodham
Loss of a child from a multiple birth pregnancy is not uncommon yet the idiographic experience of parents who have lost a single twin from a multiple birth pregnancy is underexplored. This novel study sought to explore the experiences of mothers bereaved after loss of a twin from a multiple birth pregnancy, focusing on the dual challenges of parenting and grieving. Eighteen mothers at least 12 months post loss were recruited from a private UK based Facebook page dedicated to supporting parents after loss from a multiple birth...
January 31, 2018: Psychology, Health & Medicine
Sven Lidin, Laura C Folkers
Recent developments in X-ray sources and detectors and the parallel development of software for nonstandard crystallography has made analysis of very complex structural problems accessible to nonexperts. Here, we report the successful solution of the structure of ht-Sn3Sb2, an analysis that presents several challenges but that is still manageable in a relatively straightforward way. This compound exists only in a narrow temperature regime and undergoes an unquenchable phase transformation on cooling to room temperature; it contains two elements with close to identical scattering factors, and the structure is incommensurately modulated with four symmetry dependent modulation wave vectors...
January 27, 2018: Accounts of Chemical Research
Rishi Philip Mathew, Swati Francis, Ram Shenoy Basti, Hadihally B Suresh, Annie Rajarathnam, Prema D Cunha, Sujaya V Rao
Introduction: Conjoined twins are identical twins with fused bodies, joined in utero. They are rare complications of monochorionic twinning. The purpose of this study is to describe the various types of conjoined twins, the role of imaging and recent advances aiding in their management. Material and methods: This was a twin institutional study involving 3 cases of conjoined twins diagnosed over a period of 6 years from 2010 to 2015. All the 3 cases were identified antenatally by ultrasound...
December 2017: Journal of Ultrasonography
Kristy Cho, Jon C Havelock, Blake Gilks, Caitlin Dunne
Our report details the workup and management of a 43-year-old woman with an identical twin who presented with 2 years of virilization and secondary amenorrhea. Serum total testosterone was elevated. An MRI did not identify adnexal or adrenal pathology. Subsequent ovarian vein sampling demonstrated unilateral testosterone elevation. The patient underwent laparoscopic unilateral oophorectomy resulting in the diagnosis of Sertoli-Leydig cell tumor (SLCT). Although SLCT is a rare sex-cord ovarian tumor, it is associated with endometrial hyperplasia and malignancy...
January 24, 2018: Gynecological Endocrinology
Rebecca J Willcocks, William T Triplett, Donovan J Lott, Sean C Forbes, Abhinandan Batra, H Lee Sweeney, Jerry R Mendell, Krista Vandenborne, Glenn A Walter
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 24, 2018: Muscle & Nerve
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