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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914134/association-between-lumbar-bone-mineral-density-and-carotid-intima-media-thickness-in-korean-adults-a-cross-sectional-study-of-healthy-twin-study
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Jinyoung Shin, Joo Hyun Park, Yun Mi Song, Kayoung Lee, Joohon Sung
Bone mineral density (BMD) has been suggested to be associated with atherosclerosis. In the present study, we evaluated the association between lumbar BMD and the segments of carotid intima-media thickness (CIMT), a surrogate marker of subclinical atherosclerosis, in Korean adults, with consideration of sex and menopause status. Among 1,679 Korean adults who enrolled in a Healthy Twin Study, 723 men, 690 premenopausal women, and 266 postmenopausal women measured the CIMT at the common carotid artery intima-media thickness (CCA-IMT), carotid bifurcation intima-media thickness (BIF-IMT), internal carotid artery intima-media thickness (ICA-IMT) using B-mode ultrasound and lumbar BMD using dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry...
January 2017: Journal of Korean Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913429/heritability-of-the-effective-connectivity-in-the-resting-state-default-mode-network
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Junhai Xu, Xuntao Yin, Haitao Ge, Yan Han, Zengchang Pang, Baolin Liu, Shuwei Liu, Karl Friston
The default mode network (DMN) is thought to reflect endogenous neural activity, which is considered as one of the most intriguing phenomena in cognitive neuroscience. Previous studies have found that key regions within the DMN are highly interconnected. Here, we characterized the genetic influences on causal or directed information flow within the DMN during the resting state. In this study, we recruited 46 pairs of twins and collected fMRI imaging data using a 3.0 T scanner. Dynamic causal modeling was conducted for each participant, and a structural equation model was used to calculate the heritability of DMN in terms of its effective connectivity...
November 23, 2016: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912151/euclidean-distances-as-measures-of-speaker-similarity-including-identical-twin-pairs-a-forensic-investigation-using-source-and-filter-voice-characteristics
#3
Eugenia San Segundo, Athanasios Tsanas, Pedro Gómez-Vilda
There is a growing consensus that hybrid approaches are necessary for successful speaker characterization in Forensic Speaker Comparison (FSC); hence this study explores the forensic potential of voice features combining source and filter characteristics. The former relate to the action of the vocal folds while the latter reflect the geometry of the speaker's vocal tract. This set of features have been extracted from pause fillers, which are long enough for robust feature estimation while spontaneous enough to be extracted from voice samples in real forensic casework...
November 17, 2016: Forensic Science International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910841/incommensurate-density-modulation-in-a-na-rich-plagioclase-feldspar-z-contrast-imaging-and-single-crystal-x-ray-diffraction-study
#4
Huifang Xu, Shiyun Jin, Bruce C Noll
Plagioclase feldspars are the most abundant mineral in the Earth's crust. Intermediate plagioclase feldspars commonly display incommensurately modulated or aperiodic structures. Z-contrast images show both Ca-Na ordering and density modulation. The local structure of lamellae domains has I1-like symmetry. The neighboring lamellae domains are in an inversion twinning relationship. With a state-of-the-art X-ray diffraction unit, second-order satellite reflections (f-reflections) are observed for the first time in andesine (An45), a Na-rich e-plagioclase...
December 1, 2016: Acta Crystallographica Section B, Structural Science, Crystal Engineering and Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909831/the-2017-international-workshop-on-statistical-genetic-methods-for-human-complex-traits-formerly-the-methodology-of-twin-and-family-studies-advanced-workshop-march-6th-march-10th-2017
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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909830/the-inventory-of-callous-unemotional-traits-icu-in-children-reliability-and-heritability
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Ashlee A Moore, Dever Carney, Elizabeth Moroney, Laura Machlin, Kenneth E Towbin, Melissa A Brotman, Daniel S Pine, Ellen Leibenluft, Roxann Roberson-Nay, John M Hettema
Callous-unemotional (CU) traits comprise the core symptoms of psychopathy, yet no study has estimated the heritability of CU traits in a community sample of children using an instrument designed solely to assess CU traits. The current study uses data from 339 twin pairs aged 9-14 to examine the reliability and heritability of the parent-report Inventory of Callous-unemotional Traits (ICU) at two assessments approximately 3 weeks apart. Time-specific measurement error was taken into account to obtain a more accurate estimate of the heritability reflecting the latent liability to CU traits...
December 1, 2016: Behavior Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909437/differentially-methylated-dna-regions-in-monozygotic-twin-pairs-discordant-for-rheumatoid-arthritis-an-epigenome-wide-study
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Anders J Svendsen, Kristina Gervin, Robert Lyle, Lene Christiansen, Kirsten Kyvik, Peter Junker, Christian Nielsen, Gunnar Houen, Qihua Tan
OBJECTIVES: In an explorative epigenome-wide association study (EWAS) to search for gene independent, differentially methylated DNA positions and regions (DMRs) associated with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) by studying monozygotic (MZ) twin pairs discordant for RA. METHODS: Genomic DNA was isolated from whole blood samples from 28 MZ twin pairs discordant for RA. DNA methylation was measured using the HumanMethylation450 BeadChips. Smoking, anti-cyclic citrullinated peptide antibodies, and immunosuppressive treatment were included as covariates...
2016: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907899/reducing-the-number-of-fetuses-in-a-pregnancy-providers-and-patients-views-of-challenges
#8
Robert L Klitzman
STUDY QUESTION: How do patients and providers perceive and make decisions about possible reductions of multi-fetal pregnancies? SUMMARY ANSWER: Physicians may be transferring additional embryos, assuming that patients will later undergo reduction if need be; but decisions to reduce pregnancies are difficult for patients, who may agree to undergo the procedure in advance and later renege. WHAT IS ALREADY KNOWN: Implanting more than one embryo increases the likelihood that at least one embryo will successfully lead to a child but also that the patient may end up with twins or higher-order multiple births...
November 2016: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907898/obstetrical-and-perinatal-outcomes-following-blastocyst-transfer-compared-to-cleavage-transfer-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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W P Martins, C O Nastri, L Rienzi, S Z van der Poel, C R Gracia, C Racowsky
STUDY QUESTION: Is blastocyst transfer safe when compared to cleavage stage embryo transfer regarding obstetric and perinatal outcomes? SUMMARY ANSWER: The clinical equipoise between blastocyst and cleavage stage embryo transfer remains as the evidence associating blastocyst transfer with some adverse perinatal outcomes is of low/very low quality. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: Extended embryo culture to the blastocyst stage provides some theoretical advantages and disadvantages...
November 2016: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906038/craniopagus-parasiticus-a-parasitic-head-protruding-from-temporal-area-of-cranium-a-case-report
#10
Wassihun Nega, Meku Damte, Yonas Girma, Getachew Desta, Mengistu Hailemariam
BACKGROUND: Craniopagus parasiticus is rare with an incidence of approximately four to six cases in 10,000,000 births. In our case, the head of the parasitic twin protruded from the temporal area of the normal twin's cranium. The parasitic twin had two deformed lower limbs, of which one was rudimentary, and long bones of the bilateral lower limbs and some pelvic bone. Dissection of the mass of the parasitic twin's body revealed the intestine but no chest organs or abdominal organs. There was a rudimentary labium but no vaginal opening...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Medical Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903320/effects-of-intrauterine-environment-on-the-magnitude-of-differences-within-the-pairs-of-monozygotic-and-dizygotic-twins
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Małgorzata Waszak, Krystyna Cieślik, Marzena Skrzypczak-Zielińska, Marlena Szalata, Karolina Wielgus, Oliwia Zakerska-Banaszak, Grzegorz Bręborowicz, Ryszard Słomski
The aim of this study was to determine the effects of intrauterine environment on the magnitude of intrapair differences in six somatic traits of monozygotic (MZ) and dizygotic (DZ) twins (1,263 pairs; 424 MZ twins and 839 DZ twins). Differences in intrauterine environments of MZ twins enforced division of the research material into four groups: (1) MZ-MC-TTTS - MZ twins from monochorionic (MC) pregnancies with twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome (TTTS), (2) MZ-MC (without TTTS)-MZ twins from MC pregnancies without TTTS, (3) MZ-DC-MZ twins from dichorionic (DC) pregnancies, and (4) DZ-DZ twins...
December 1, 2016: Twin Research and Human Genetics: the Official Journal of the International Society for Twin Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902441/biosynthesis-of-selenate-reductase-in-salmonella-enterica-critical-roles-for-the-signal-peptide-and-dmsd
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Katherine Connelly, Calum Stevenson, Holger Kneuper, Frank Sargent
Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium is a Gram negative bacterium with a flexible respiratory capability. Under anaerobic conditions, S. enterica can utilise a range of terminal electron acceptors to sustain respiratory electron transport chains, including the potentially toxic compound selenate. The S. enterica selenate reductase is a membrane-bound enzyme encoded by the ynfEFGH-dmsD operon. The active enzyme is predicted to comprise at least three subunits where YnfE is a molybdenum-containing catalytic subunit...
October 20, 2016: Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27901447/multivariate-analysis-of-thyrotropin-in-preterm-newborns-based-on-adequacy-of-weight-for-gestational-age
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Vicente María Bosch-Giménez, Antonio Palazón-Bru, Álvaro Blasco-Barbero, Mercedes Juste-Ruiz, María Mercedes Rizo-Baeza, Ernesto Cortés-Castell
BACKGROUND: Different and conflicting data have been published concerning thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) levels among small-for-gestational-age (SGA) and appropriate-for-gestational-age (AGA) newborns. The hypothesis of our study was that SGA preterm infants have higher TSH levels than those who are not underweight. METHODS: This cross-sectional study analysed the TSH levels of all preterm newborns with a negative congenital hypothyroidism screening result (TSH<7...
November 30, 2016: Thyroid: Official Journal of the American Thyroid Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900537/rnai-mediated-resistance-to-rice-black-streaked-dwarf-virus-in-transgenic-rice
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Mohamed M S Ahmed, Shiquan Bian, Muyue Wang, Jing Zhao, Bingwei Zhang, Qiaoquan Liu, Changquan Zhang, Shuzhu Tang, Minghong Gu, Hengxiu Yu
Rice black-streaked dwarf virus (RBSDV), a member of the genus Fijivirus in the family Reoviridae, causes significant economic losses in rice production in China and many other Asian countries. Development of resistant varieties by using conventional breeding methods is limited, as germplasm with high level of resistance to RBSDV have not yet been found. One of the most promising methods to confer resistance against RBSDV is the use of RNA interference (RNAi) technology. RBSDV non-structural protein P7-2, encoded by S7-2 gene, is a potential F-box protein and involved in the plant-virus interaction through the ubiquitination pathway...
November 30, 2016: Transgenic Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898952/frequency-of-leukochimerism-in-holstein-and-jersey-twinsets
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A S Young, B W Kirkpatrick
The current study was conducted to test breed difference in the frequency of leukochimerism. This study used leukochimerism as evidence of placental vascular anastomosis formation and compared its frequency in the Holstein and Jersey breeds. We test the null hypothesis that there is no difference in incidence of leukochimerism in the Holstein and Jersey breeds. Hair and blood samples were collected from 85 Jersey twinsets and 80 Holstein twinsets, ranging in age from 1 d to 8 yr. An additional 7 Holstein twinsets (6 complete and 1 partial where 1 twin died) were sampled originally 48 to 72 h after birth and resampled at 5 to 10 mo of age to provide an assessment of whether leukochimerism changed with age...
November 2016: Journal of Animal Science
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/27898444/what-twin-studies-have-taught-us-about-myopia
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Yanxian Chen, Wei Wang, Xiaotong Han, William Yan, Mingguang He
Myopia has become epidemic, particularly in East Asia, and is a major cause of visual impairment worldwide. Twin studies are an important resource to investigate the genetics and the gene-environment interaction in myopia. This article aims to provide an overview of major findings regarding myopia from different types of twin studies, from the heritability of myopia-related traits to novel findings of genome-wide association studies. In the postgenomic era, twin studies will continue to serve as a unique method in the investigation of gene-environment interaction...
November 2016: Asia-Pacific Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898055/increased-dna-methylation-variability-in-type-1-diabetes-across-three-immune-effector-cell-types
#18
Dirk S Paul, Andrew E Teschendorff, Mary A N Dang, Robert Lowe, Mohammed I Hawa, Simone Ecker, Huriya Beyan, Stephanie Cunningham, Alexandra R Fouts, Anita Ramelius, Frances Burden, Samantha Farrow, Sophia Rowlston, Karola Rehnstrom, Mattia Frontini, Kate Downes, Stephan Busche, Warren A Cheung, Bing Ge, Marie-Michelle Simon, David Bujold, Tony Kwan, Guillaume Bourque, Avik Datta, Ernesto Lowy, Laura Clarke, Paul Flicek, Emanuele Libertini, Simon Heath, Marta Gut, Ivo G Gut, Willem H Ouwehand, Tomi Pastinen, Nicole Soranzo, Sabine E Hofer, Beate Karges, Thomas Meissner, Bernhard O Boehm, Corrado Cilio, Helena Elding Larsson, Åke Lernmark, Andrea K Steck, Vardhman K Rakyan, Stephan Beck, R David Leslie
The incidence of type 1 diabetes (T1D) has substantially increased over the past decade, suggesting a role for non-genetic factors such as epigenetic mechanisms in disease development. Here we present an epigenome-wide association study across 406,365 CpGs in 52 monozygotic twin pairs discordant for T1D in three immune effector cell types. We observe a substantial enrichment of differentially variable CpG positions (DVPs) in T1D twins when compared with their healthy co-twins and when compared with healthy, unrelated individuals...
November 29, 2016: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27896708/asymmetric-interference-in-concurrent-time-to-contact-estimation-cousin-or-twin-of-the-psychological-refractory-period-effect
#19
Robin Baurès, Patricia R DeLucia, Megan Olson, Daniel Oberfeld
In a reaction time (RT) task requiring fast responses to two stimuli presented close in time, human observers show a delayed RT to the second stimulus. This phenomenon has been attributed to a psychological refractory period (PRP). A similar asymmetric interference is found when performing multiple concurrent visual time-to-contact (TTC) estimations for moving objects, despite important differences between the tasks. In the present study, we studied the properties of the asymmetric interference found in the TTC task and compared them to the classical PRP effect...
November 28, 2016: Attention, Perception & Psychophysics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894198/a-randomized-clinical-trial-of-the-efficacy-of-single-versus-double-daily-dose-of-oral-iron-for-prevention-of-iron-deficiency-anemia-in-women-with-twin-gestations
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Mohammed K Ali, Ahmed M Abbas, Ahmed M Abdelmagied, Ghada E Mohammed, Osama S Abdalmageed
OBJECTIVE: The study aims to assess the efficacy of single versus double-daily oral iron dose on prevention of iron deficiency anemia in women with twin gestations. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A randomized controlled trial (NCT02858505) conducted at Woman's Health Hospital, Assiut, Egypt, between the August 2015 and June 2016 included 120 non-anemic pregnant women with twin gestations in the first trimester. Women were randomly assigned to either group I (27 mg elemental iron) or group II (54 mg elemental iron) daily starting from 12 weeks of pregnancy till 36 weeks...
November 28, 2016: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
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