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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903647/the-production-and-utilization-of-gdp-glucose-in-the-biosynthesis-of-trehalose-6-phosphate-by-streptomyces-venezuelae
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Matías D Asencion Diez, Farzana Miah, Clare E M Stevenson, David M Lawson, Alberto A Iglesias, Stephen Bornemann
Trehalose-6-phosphate synthase OtsA from streptomycetes is unusual in that it uses GDP-glucose as the donor substrate rather than the more commonly used UDP-glucose. We now confirm that OtsA from Streptomyces venezuelae has such a preference for GDP-glucose and can utilise ADP-glucose to some extent too. A crystal structure of the enzyme shows that it shares twin Rossmann-like domains with the UDP-glucose-specific OtsA from Escherichia coli However, it is structurally more similar to Streptomyces hygroscopicus VldE, a GDP-valienol-dependent pseudo-glycosyltransferase enzyme...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898944/life-cycle-efficiency-of-beef-production-viii-relationship-between-residual-feed-intake-of-heifers-and-subsequent-cow-efficiency-ratios
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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...
November 2016: Journal of Animal Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27892484/environmental-factors-linked-to-depression-vulnerability-are-associated-with-altered-cerebellar-resting-state-synchronization
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Aldo Córdova-Palomera, Cristian Tornador, Carles Falcón, Nuria Bargalló, Paolo Brambilla, Benedicto Crespo-Facorro, Gustavo Deco, Lourdes Fañanás
Hosting nearly eighty percent of all human neurons, the cerebellum is functionally connected to large regions of the brain. Accumulating data suggest that some cerebellar resting-state alterations may constitute a key candidate mechanism for depressive psychopathology. While there is some evidence linking cerebellar function and depression, two topics remain largely unexplored. First, the genetic or environmental roots of this putative association have not been elicited. Secondly, while different mathematical representations of resting-state fMRI patterns can embed diverse information of relevance for health and disease, many of them have not been studied in detail regarding the cerebellum and depression...
November 28, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27888347/different-phenotypes-in-identical-twins-with-cerebrotendinous-xanthomatosis-case-series
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Dénes Zádori, László Szpisjak, László Madar, Viktória Evelin Varga, Bernadett Csányi, Krisztina Bencsik, István Balogh, Mariann Harangi, Éva Kereszty, László Vécsei, Péter Klivényi
Cerebrotendinous xanthomatosis (CTX) is a rare, genetically determined error of metabolism. The characteristic clinical symptoms are diarrhea, juvenile cataracts, tendon xanthomas and neuropsychiatric alterations. The aim of this study is to present a pair of identical adult twins with considerable differences in the severity of phenotype. With regards to neuropsychiatric symptoms, the predominant features were severe Parkinsonism and moderate cognitive dysfunctions in the more-affected individual, whereas these alterations in the less-affected patient were only very mild and mild, respectively...
November 25, 2016: Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27867941/familial-influences-on-mismatch-negativity-and-its-association-with-plasma-glutamate-level-a-magnetoencephalographic-study-in-twins
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Yukika Nishimura, Yuki Kawakubo, Motomu Suga, Kenji Hashimoto, Yuichi Takei, Kunio Takei, Hideyuki Inoue, Masato Yumoto, Ryu Takizawa, Kiyoto Kasai
Mismatch negativity (MMN) or its magnetic counterpart (magnetic mismatch negativity; MMNm) is regarded as a promising biomarker for schizophrenia. Previous electroencephalographic studies of MMN have demonstrated a moderate-to-high heritability for MMN amplitudes. N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor-dependent glutamatergic neurotransmission is implicated in MMN generation. We hypothesized that the differences between identical twins in MMNm variables might be associated with differences in plasma levels of amino acids involved in glutamatergic neurotransmission...
October 2016: Molecular Neuropsychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27862945/analysis-of-copy-number-variants-in-11-pairs-of-monozygotic-twins-with-neurofibromatosis-type-1
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Emily R Sites, Teresa A Smolarek, Lisa J Martin, David H Viskochil, David A Stevenson, Nicole J Ullrich, Ludwine M Messiaen, Elizabeth K Schorry
Phenotypic variability among individuals with neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1) has long been a challenge for clinicians and an enigma for researchers. Members of the same family and even identical twins with NF1 often demonstrate variable disease expression. Many mechanisms for this variability have been proposed. We have performed an exploratory study of copy number variants (CNVs) as a possible source of phenotypic variability in NF1. We enrolled 11 pairs of monozygotic (MZ) twins with NF1 and their parents, catalogued their clinical characteristics, and utilized a single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) microarray to identify CNVs in blood and saliva...
November 14, 2016: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27862284/dystonia-deafness-syndrome-caused-by-a-%C3%AE-actin-gene-mutation-and-response-to-deep-brain-stimulation
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Hendriekje Eggink, Martje E van Egmond, Corien C Verschuuren-Bemelmans, Marleen C Schönherr, Tom J de Koning, D L Marinus Oterdoom, J Marc C van Dijk, Marina A J Tijssen
INTRODUCTION: Dystonia-deafness syndrome is a distinct clinical presentation within the dystonia-spectrum. Although several genetic and acquired causes have been reported, etiology remains unknown in the majority of patients. OBJECTIVES: To describe two patients with dystonia-deafness syndrome due to a beta-actin gene mutation. METHODS: We report on disease course, genetic testing, and management of 2 patients, mother and daughter, presenting with dystonia-deafness syndrome...
November 8, 2016: Movement Disorders: Official Journal of the Movement Disorder Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27860059/right-ventricular-dysfunction-in-heart-failure-with-reduced-vs-preserved-ejection-fraction-non-identical-twins
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Thomas M Gorter, Michiel Rienstra, Dirk J van Veldhuisen
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
November 17, 2016: European Journal of Heart Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27853911/my-identical-twin-sequenced-our-genome
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Samantha L P Schilit, Arielle Schilit Nitenson
With rapidly declining costs, whole genome sequencing is becoming feasible for widespread use. Although cost-effectiveness is driving increased use of the technology, comprehensive recommendations on how to handle ethical dilemmas have yet to reach a consensus. In this article, Sam shares her experience of undergoing whole genome sequencing. Despite the deeply private nature of the test, the results do not solely belong to Sam; her identical twin sister, Arielle, shares virtually the same genome and received results without a formal consent process...
November 16, 2016: Journal of Genetic Counseling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27852351/remembering-irving-i-gottesman-twin-research-colleague-and-friend-extraordinaire-research-studies-face-lift-technique-comparison-in-identical-twins-raising-preterm-twins-fetal-behavior-in-dichorionic-twin-pregnancies-co-bedding-and-stress-reduction-in-twins
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Nancy L Segal
Dr Irving I. Gottesman, a colleague, friend, and long-time member of the International Society of Twin Studies passed away on June 29, 2016. His contributions to twin research and some personal reflections are presented to honor both the man and the memory. This tribute is followed by short reviews of twin research concerning differences between cosmetic surgical techniques, the rearing of preterm twins, behavioral observations of dichorionic fetal twins, and the outcomes of co-bedding twins with reference to stress reduction...
December 2016: Twin Research and Human Genetics: the Official Journal of the International Society for Twin Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27847248/limited-common-origins-of-multiple-adult-health-related-behaviors-evidence-from-u-s-twins
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Nikkil Sudharsanan, Jere R Behrman, Hans-Peter Kohler
Health-related behaviors are significant contributors to morbidity and mortality in the United States, yet evidence on the underlying causes of the vast within-population variation in behaviors is mixed. While many potential causes of health-related behaviors have been identified-such as schooling, genetics, and environments-little is known on how much of the variation across multiple behaviors is due to a common set of causes. We use three separate datasets on U.S. twins to investigate the degree to which multiple health-related behaviors correlate and can be explained by a common set of factors...
December 2016: Social Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27822607/adequacy-of-using-a-three-item-questionnaire-to-determine-zygosity-in-chinese-young-twins
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Connie Suk-Han Ho, Mo Zheng, Bonnie Wing-Yin Chow, Simpson W L Wong, Cadmon K P Lim, Mary M Y Waye
The present study examined the adequacy of a three-item parent questionnaire in determining the zygosity of young Chinese twins and whether there was any association between parent response accuracy and some demographic variables. The sample consisted of 334 pairs of same-sex Chinese twins aged from 3 to 11 years. Three scoring methods, namely the summed score, logistic regression, and decision tree, were employed to evaluate parent response accuracy of twin zygosity based on single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) information...
November 7, 2016: Behavior Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27811433/ethyl-4-9h-carbazol-9-yl-benzoate-fivefold-superstructure-with-ten-crystallographically-independent-molecules-refined-from-a-twinned-crystal
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Liubov M Lifshits, Varun Singh, Matthias Zeller, Jeremy K Klosterman
The photophysical properties of organic fluorophores are sensitive to the local sterics of the surrounding environment. Restriction of torsional motion in aggregates and crystals can give rise to enhanced emissive behavior. N-Aryl-substituted carbazoles serve an essential role as ubiquitous host matrices for organic light-emitting diodes, due to their large band gaps and high triplet energies, and so studies connecting photophysical behaviors with detailed crystallographic structural information are important...
November 1, 2016: Acta Crystallographica. Section C, Structural Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27790130/a-case-of-hydranencephaly-in-which-ophthalmic-examinations-were-performed
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Shohei Eda, Tomoko Terai, Yuko Nishikawa, Masahiro Tonari, Teruyo Kida, Hidehiro Oku, Jun Sugasawa, Shuichi Shimakawa, Masashi Hasegawa, Tohru Ogihara, Tsunehiko Ikeda
PURPOSE: We performed ophthalmic examinations, including optical coherence tomography (OCT), on a case diagnosed with hydranencephaly. CASE REPORT: This case involved a female infant born at the gestational age of 35 weeks and 4 days, with the birth weight of 2,152 g, who was one of monochorionic diamniotic twins, and the identical twin died in utero at the gestational age of 24 weeks. After that, examination by fetal echo indicated that she had microcephaly and ventriculomegaly...
September 2016: Case Reports in Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27784437/-environmental-factors-and-primary-biliary-cirrhosis
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L P Chen, H Zhao, B Lyu, J L Cheng
The complex interplay between immune factors and genetic susceptibility plays an essential role in autoimmune diseases. This is especially true for primary biliary cirrhosis (PBC). PBC is an autoimmune cholestatic liver disease characterized by the destruction of the small intrahepatic bile ducts and the presence of high-titer antimitochondrial antibodies (AMA). Among the currently known risk factors, genetic predisposition remains to be the dominant one. However, it is insufficient to explain the different geographic distributions of PBC and the incomplete concordance in identical twins...
July 20, 2016: Zhonghua Gan Zang Bing za Zhi, Zhonghua Ganzangbing Zazhi, Chinese Journal of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27777703/mild-encephalopathy-with-reversible-lesions-in-the-splenium-of-corpus-callosum-and-bilateral-cerebral-deep-white-matter-in-identical-twins
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Junko Tahara, Jun Shinozuka, Hitoshi Awaguni, Shin-Ichiro Tanaka, Shigeru Makino, Rikken Maruyama, Shinsaku Imashuku
Identical twin brothers developed mild encephalopathy at the age of 7.0 and 9.7 years (Patient 1) and 10.7 years (Patient 2). Patient 1 had influenza A at the time of his second episode, but triggering agents were not evident at the first episode. The triggering agents in Patient 2 were unclear. The neurological features of both patients included transient facial numbness, left arm paresis, dysarthria, and gait disturbance. Diffusion-weighted images from magnetic resonance imaging showed high signal levels at the splenium of corpus callosum and in the bilateral cerebral deep white matter...
September 19, 2016: Pediatric Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27776345/quantitative-proteomics-reveals-piccolo-as-a-candidate-serological-correlate-of-recovery-from-guillain-barr%C3%A3-syndrome
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Lourdes Mateos-Hernández, Margarita Villar, Ernesto Doncel-Pérez, Marco Trevisan-Herraz, Ángel García-Forcada, Francisco Romero Ganuza, Jesús Vázquez, José de la Fuente
Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) is an autoimmune-mediated peripheral neuropathy of unknown cause. However, about a quarter of GBS patients have suffered a recent bacterial or viral infection, and axonal forms of the disease are especially common in these patients. Proteomics is a good methodological approach for the discovery of disease biomarkers. Until recently, most proteomics studies of GBS and other neurodegenerative diseases have focused on the analysis of the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). However, serum represents an attractive alternative to CSF because it is easier to sample and has potential for biomarker discovery...
October 20, 2016: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27764886/-female-preterm-monozygotic-twins-discordant-for-fetal-megacystis-due-to-cloacal-dysgenesis-after-conception-by-intracytoplasmatic-sperm-injection-case-report-and-review-of-literature
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M Schneider, I Schmeh, A Fruth, C Whybra-Trümpler, E Mildenberger
Monozygotic twins were previously regarded as "identical". By now an increasing number of case reports of monozygotic but discordant twins have been reported, and therefore discordance between monozygotic twins is being investigated intensively. We report a case of female preterm monozygotic twins who were discordant for fetal megacystis due to cloacal dysgenesis. Pregnancy was achieved after intracytoplasmatic sperm injection and transfer of 2 embryos. By the first trimester fetal megacystis with consecutive oligohydramnios and hypoplasia of the lungs was diagnosed...
October 2016: Zeitschrift Für Geburtshilfe und Neonatologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27764254/defective-t-memory-cell-differentiation-after-varicella-zoster-vaccination-in-older-individuals
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Qian Qi, Mary M Cavanagh, Sabine Le Saux, Lisa E Wagar, Sally Mackey, Jinyu Hu, Holden Maecker, Gary E Swan, Mark M Davis, Cornelia L Dekker, Lu Tian, Cornelia M Weyand, Jörg J Goronzy
Vaccination with attenuated live varicella zoster virus (VZV) can prevent zoster reactivation, but protection is incomplete especially in an older population. To decipher the molecular mechanisms underlying variable vaccine responses, T- and B-cell responses to VZV vaccination were examined in individuals of different ages including identical twin pairs. Contrary to the induction of VZV-specific antibodies, antigen-specific T cell responses were significantly influenced by inherited factors. Diminished generation of long-lived memory T cells in older individuals was mainly caused by increased T cell loss after the peak response while the expansion of antigen-specific T cells was not affected by age...
October 2016: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27743116/influence-of-acquired-obesity-on-coronary-vessel-wall-late-gadolinium-enhancement-in-discordant-monozygote-twins
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Marcus R Makowski, Christian H P Jansen, Ullrich Ebersberger, Tobias Schaeffter, Reza Razavi, Massimo Mangino, Tim D Spector, Rene M Botnar, Gerald F Greil
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to investigate the impact of BMI on late gadolinium enhancement (LGE) of the coronary artery wall in identical monozygous twins discordant for BMI. Coronary LGE represents a useful parameter for the detection and quantification of atherosclerotic coronary vessel wall disease. METHODS: Thirteen monozygote female twin pairs (n = 26) with significantly different BMIs (>1.6 kg/m2) were recruited out of >10,000 twin pairs (TwinsUK Registry)...
October 14, 2016: European Radiology
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