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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28941415/manganese-in-teeth-and-neurobehavior-sex-specific-windows-of-susceptibility
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Julia Anglen Bauer, Birgit Claus Henn, Christine Austin, Silvia Zoni, Chiara Fedrighi, Giuseppa Cagna, Donatella Placidi, Roberta F White, Qiong Yang, Brent A Coull, Donald Smith, Roberto G Lucchini, Robert O Wright, Manish Arora
BACKGROUND: Manganese (Mn) is an essential element required for growth and development, but higher body burdens have been associated with neurobehavioral decrements in children. OBJECTIVES: We examined whether prenatal or postnatal Mn measured in deciduous teeth was associated with scores on a test of visuospatial learning and memory. METHODS: Deciduous teeth were collected from 142 participants (ages 10-14years) residing near varied ferro‑manganese industry in Italy...
September 20, 2017: Environment International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28941406/theoretical-study-on-the-anomeric-effect-in-%C3%AE-substituted-tetrahydropyrans-and-piperidines
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Francisco A Martins, Josué M Silla, Matheus P Freitas
Conformational effects, including some controversial examples, have been reported in this work for 2-substituted tetrahydropyrans and piperidines, and for the respective protonated compounds [substituent = F, OH, OCH3, NH2, NHCH3 and N(CH3)2]. Hyperconjugation plays a major role in most cases, either due to endo or exo-anomeric interactions, especially when nitrogen is the electron donor to an antiperiplanar σ* orbital. This interaction also seems to contribute for the Perlin and reverse fluorine Perlin-like effects, which are related to the relative magnitude of (1)JC,H and (1)JC,F coupling constants, respectively, in axial and equatorial conformers...
September 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28941404/development-of-a-simple-multi-residue-determination-method-of-80-veterinary-drugs-in-oplegnathus-punctatus-by-liquid-chromatography-coupled-to-quadrupole-orbitrap-mass-spectrometry
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Fei Zhao, Xin Gao, Zhixu Tang, Xin Luo, Miaomiao Wu, Jiachao Xu, Xiaoting Fu
A simple, rapid and sensitive multi-residue analytical method was developed and validated for 80 veterinary drugs in Oplegnathus punctatus using ultrahigh performance liquid chromatography-Orbitrap high resolution mass spectrometry (LC-HRMS). The analytes belong to 12 different families include benzimidazoles, β-lactams, lincosamides, macrolides, nitromidazoles, quinolones, sulfonamides and trimethoprim, tetracyclines, triphenylmethane dyes, amphenicols, nonsteroidal estrogens and steroid hormones. The sample preparation was optimized base on QuEChERS (quick, easy, cheap, effective, rugged and safe) procedure...
September 18, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28941352/interlaboratory-variability-of-urinary-iodine-measurements
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Till Ittermann, Simone Johner, Harald Below, Matthias Leiterer, Michael Thamm, Thomas Remer, Henry Völzke
BACKGROUND: The iodine status of populations is usually assessed by median urinary iodine concentrations (UIC) in population-based studies, but it is unclear to which extent UIC are comparable across different laboratories. The aim of our study was to investigate the variability of UIC measurements across three well-established German laboratories with long-term clinical-chemical expertise in iodine measurements and to compare these results to the gold standard inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS)...
September 23, 2017: Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine: CCLM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938745/a-closer-look-at-expanded-carrier-screening-from-a-pgd-perspective
#5
Carolina Vaz-de-Macedo, Joyce Harper
Conventionally, the search for carrier status was based on ethnicity and/or family history and targeted to a restricted number of genetic conditions and mutations. This is now being replaced by extended panels testing for hundreds of genetic disorders with a broad range of phenotypes, in what is called 'expanded carrier screening'. While the ultimate aim of these panels is to increase the reproductive autonomy of the individuals and couples by providing preconception knowledge that could lead to the broadest range of available options, including PGD, we argue that: (i) Given the number and heterogeneity of the conditions included in panels, it cannot be guaranteed that a couple who tests positive for one of those conditions will be eligible for PGD; patients should be informed of this potential limitation before undertaking screening...
October 1, 2017: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938738/resolution-of-infertility-and-number-of-children-1386-couples-followed-for-a-median-of-13-years
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A A Righarts, A Gray, N P Dickson, L Parkin, W R Gillett
STUDY QUESTION: How common were children among infertile couples? SUMMARY ANSWER: A total of 61.7% of infertile couples presenting for care subsequently had live born children 13.1 years after first being clinically assessed, with a mean of 1.7 children among those who had at least one. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: While the prognoses for infertile couples undertaking specific treatments have been well described, less is known about those not undergoing these treatments or the total number of children...
October 1, 2017: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938731/the-importance-of-genetic-parenthood-for-infertile-men-and-women
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S Hendriks, K Peeraer, H Bos, S Repping, E A F Dancet
STUDY QUESTION: Do men and women beginning to attend a fertility clinic prefer genetic over non-genetic parenthood? SUMMARY ANSWER: Nearly, all infertile men and women prefer genetic parenthood. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: Clinicians assume that all infertile couples prefer genetic parenthood over non-genetic parenthood and, therefore, consider treatments with donor gametes an option of last resort. Previous studies of the desire for parenthood identified 30 motivations for genetic parenthood, and 51 motivations for which having a genetically related child is not strictly necessary but might be deemed required...
October 1, 2017: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938632/the-%C3%AE-secretase-inhibitors-enhance-the-anti-leukemic-activity-of-ibrutinib-in-b-cll-cells
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Paola Secchiero, Rebecca Voltan, Erika Rimondi, Elisabetta Melloni, Emmanouil Athanasakis, Veronica Tisato, Stefania Gallo, Gian Matteo Rigolin, Giorgio Zauli
Ibrutinib blocks B-cell receptor signaling and interferes with leukemic cell-to-microenvironment interactions. Ibrutinib plays a key role in the management of B-CLL and is recommended for first line treatment of high-risk CLL patients with 17p deletion. Therefore, elucidating the factors governing sensitivity/resistance to Ibrutinib represents a relevant issue. For this purpose, in 3 B-CLL patient samples harboring functional TP53 mutations, the frequency of the mutated clones was monitored during in vivo Ibrutinib therapy, revealing a progressive decline of the frequency of TP53(mut) clones during 12 months of treatment...
August 29, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938487/regulation-of-endogenous-male-rodent-glp-1-secretion-and-human-islet-insulin-secretion-by-antagonism-of-somatostatin-receptor-5
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Thomas B Farb, Marta Adeva, Thomas J Beauchamp, Over Cabrera, David A Coates, Tamika DeShea Meredith, Brian A Droz, Alexander Efanov, James V Ficorilli, Susan L Gackenheimer, Maria A Martinez-Grau, Victoriano Molero, Gema Ruano, Michael A Statnick, Todd M Suter, Samreen K Syed, Miguel A Toledo, Francis S Willard, Xin Zhou, Krister B Bokvist, David G Barrett
Incretin and insulin responses to nutrient loads are suppressed in persons with diabetes, resulting in decreased glycemic control. Whereas agents including sulfonylureas and Dipeptidyl peptidase-4 inhibitors (DPP4i) partially reverse these effects and provide therapeutic benefit, their modes of action limit efficacy. Because somatostatin (SST) has been shown to suppress both insulin and GLP-1 secretion through the Gi-coupled SST receptor 5 (SSTR5) isoform in vitro, antagonism of SSTR5 may improve glycemic control via intervention in both pathways...
September 11, 2017: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938466/optogenetic-analysis-of-depolarization-dependent-glucagon-like-peptide-1-release
#10
Catalin Chimerel, Cristian Riccio, Keir Murison, Fiona M Gribble, Frank Reimann
Incretin hormones play an important role in the regulation of food intake and glucose homeostasis. Glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) secreting cells have been demonstrated to be electrically excitable and to fire action potentials (APs) with increased frequency in response to nutrient exposure. However, nutrients can also be metabolised or activate G-protein-coupled receptors, thus potentially stimulate GLP-1 secretion independent of their effects on the plasma membrane potential. Here we used channelrhodopsins to manipulate the membrane potential of GLUTag cells, a well established model of GLP-1 secreting enteroendocrine L-cells...
July 28, 2017: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938449/tsh-igf-1-receptor-cross-talk-rapidly-activates-extracellular-signal-regulated-kinases-in-multiple-cell-types
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Christine C Krieger, Joseph D Perry, Sarah J Morgan, George J Kahaly, Marvin C Gershengorn
We previously showed that TSH/IGF-1 receptor cross-talk appears to be involved in Graves' orbitopathy (GO) pathogenesis and up-regulation of thyroid-specific genes in human thyrocytes. In orbital fibroblasts from GO patients (GOFs), co-administration of TSH and IGF-1 induces synergistic increases in hyaluronan secretion. In human thyrocytes, TSH plus IGF-1 synergistically increased expression of sodium-iodide symporter that appeared to involve ERK1/2 activation. However, the details of ERK1/2 activation were not known nor whether ERK1/2 was involved in this synergism in other cell types...
August 11, 2017: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938425/linking-stress-and-infertility-a-novel-role-for-ghrelin
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Luba Sominsky, Deborah M Hodgson, Eileen A McLaughlin, Roger Smith, Hannah M Wall, Sarah J Spencer
Infertility affects a remarkable one in four couples in developing countries. Psychological stress is a ubiquitous facet of life, and while stress affects us all at some point, prolonged or unmanageable stress may become harmful for some individuals, negatively impacting on their health, including fertility. For instance, women who struggle to conceive are twice as likely to suffer from emotional distress than fertile women. Assisted reproductive technology treatments place an additional physical, emotional and financial burden of stress, particularly on women, who are often exposed to invasive techniques associated with treatment...
July 27, 2017: Endocrine Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938307/design-and-development-of-a-miniaturized-percutaneously-deployable-wireless-left-ventricular-assist-device-early-prototypes-and-feasibility-testing
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Brian Letzen, Jiheum Park, Zeynep Tuzun, Pramod Bonde
The current left ventricular assist devices (LVADs) are limited by a highly invasive implantation procedure in a severely unstable group of advanced heart failure patients. Additionally, the current transcutaneous power drive line acts as a nidus for infection resulting in significant morbidity and mortality. In an effort to decrease this invasiveness and eliminate drive line complications, we have conceived a wireless miniaturized percutaneous LVAD, capable of being delivered endovascularly with a tether-free operation...
September 21, 2017: ASAIO Journal: a Peer-reviewed Journal of the American Society for Artificial Internal Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938226/does-body-talk-improve-body-satisfaction-among-same-sex-couples
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Charlotte H Markey, Meghan M Gillen, Kristin J August, Patrick M Markey, Christopher S Nave
Research suggests the important role of romantic partners in shaping how individuals feel about their bodies (e.g., Markey & Markey, 2013, 2014), but the processes that result in changes in body satisfaction within relationships have rarely been examined. To investigate how partners may potentially affect body image, 72 lesbian couples and 72 gay male couples (total N=288) completed body image assessments on their own and with the help of their partners. Multilevel modeling revealed that both men and women reported an improvement in body satisfaction after talking with their partners while completing the body image assessment together...
September 19, 2017: Body Image
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938199/determination-of-lead-at-trace-levels-in-mussel-and-sea-water-samples-using-vortex-assisted-dispersive-liquid-liquid-microextraction-slotted-quartz-tube-flame-atomic-absorption-spectrometry
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Sezin Erarpat, Gözde Özzeybek, Dotse Selali Chormey, Sezgin Bakırdere
In this study, dispersive liquid-liquid microextraction (DLLME) and slotted quartz tube (SQT) were coupled to flame atomic absorption spectrometry (FAAS) to increase the sensitivity of lead. Conditions such as the formation of the lead-dithizone complex, efficiency of the DLLME method and the output of the SQT were systematically optimized to improve the detection limit for the analyte. The conventional FAAS system was improved upon by about 3.0 times with SQT-FAAS, 32 times with DLLME-FAAS and 142 times with DLLME-SQT-FAAS...
September 17, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938131/characterization-of-the-changes-in-eicosanoid-profiles-of-activated-macrophages-treated-with-20-s-ginsenoside-rg3
#16
Jae Won Lee, Yu Ri Choi, Hyuck Jun Mok, Hyun-A Seong, Dae Young Lee, Geum-Soog Kim, Ji Hye Yoon, Kwang Pyo Kim, Hyung Don Kim
In this study, we used ultra-performance liquid chromatography coupled with tandem mass spectrometry to assess the levels of eicosanoids from RAW264.7 macrophages treated with lipopolysaccharides (LPS) and 20(S)-ginsenoside Rg3 (Rg3). The production of nitric oxide (NO) and the secretion of tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α) and interleukin-6 (IL-6) were increased in inflammatory macrophages treated with LPS. Rg3 treatment, however, decreased the levels of NO, TNF-α, and IL-6 in activated macrophages. Eicosanoids, known as major metabolites correlated with inflammation, have pro- or anti-inflammatory activities...
September 5, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938125/selective-immuno-modulatory-effect-of-prolactin-upon-pro-inflammatory-response-in-human-fetal-membranes
#17
Pilar Flores-Espinosa, Eduardo Preciado-Martínez, Araceli Mejía-Salvador, Gabriela Sedano-González, Luisa Bermejo-Martínez, Adalberto Parra-Covarruvias, Guadalupe Estrada-Gutiérrez, Rodrigo Vega-Sánchez, Isabel Méndez, Braulio Quesada-Reyna, Andrea Olmos-Ortiz, Veronica Zaga-Clavellina
During pregnancy, prolactin (PRL) is a neuro-immuno-cytokine that contributes actively to the crosstalk between the immune and endocrine systems and, thus, to the creation of an immune-privileged milieu. This work aims to analyze the capacity of PRL to modulate the synthesis and secretion of pro-inflammatory markers associated with labor. Studies were conducted using human fetal membranes at term mounted in a model of two independent chambers. The choriodecidual region was stimulated with 500-ng/mL lipopolysaccharide (LPS), and the amnion and choriodecidual region were co-simulated with different concentrations of PRL that can arise during pregnancy: 250, 500, 1000, and 4000ng/mL...
September 14, 2017: Journal of Reproductive Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938069/molecular-recognition-of-agonists-and-antagonists-by-the-nucleotide-activated-g-protein-coupled-p2y2-receptor
#18
Muhammad Rafehi, Alexander Neumann, Younis Baqi, Enas M Malik, Michael Wiese, Vigneshwaran Namasivayam, Christa E Müller
A homology model of the nucleotide-activated P2Y2R was created based on the X-ray structures of the P2Y1 and P2Y12 receptors. Docking studies were performed, and receptor mutants were created to probe the identified binding interactions. Mutation of residues predicted to interact with the ribose (Arg110) and the phosphates of the nucleotide agonists (Arg265, Arg292) or that contribute indirectly to binding (Tyr288) abolished activity. The Y114F, R194A, and F261A mutations led to inactivity of diadenosine tetraphosphate and to a reduced response of UTP...
September 22, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937967/acetogenins-and-alkaloids-during-the-initial-development-of-annona-muricata-l-annonaceae
#19
Christian Anabí Riley-Saldaña, María Del Rocío Cruz-Ortega, Mariano Martínez Vázquez, Iván De-la-Cruz-Chacón, Marisol Castro-Moreno, Alma Rosa González-Esquinca
In plants, the presence and distribution of specialized metabolites during the early stages of development are not documented enough, even though their biosynthesis is one of the most important strategies for survival. In this study, five alkaloids and four acetogenins were detected in Annona muricata L. during early development seedling, including three phases of root emergence and three of seedling formation. Hexane and alkaloid extracts were obtained from each organ, which were analyzed in a gas-mass chromatograph and in a high-performance liquid chromatograph coupled with a photodiode array UV detector (HPLC-DAD)...
September 22, 2017: Zeitschrift Für Naturforschung. C, A Journal of Biosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937821/rethinking-conventional-wisdom-are-locally-adapted-parasites-ahead-in-the-coevolutionary-race
#20
Scott L Nuismer
The metaphors of the Red Queen and the arms race have inspired a large amount of research aimed at understanding the process of antagonistic coevolution between hosts and parasites. One approach that has been heavily used is to estimate the strength of parasite local adaptation using a reciprocal cross infection or transplant study. These studies frequently conclude that the locally adapted species is ahead in the coevolutionary race. Here, I use mathematical models to decompose parasite infectivity into components attributable to local versus global adaptation and to develop a robust index of which species is ahead in the coevolutionary race, which I term coevolutionary advantage...
October 2017: American Naturalist
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