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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352707/prenatal-exposure-to-lead-in-france-cord-blood-levels-and-associated-factors-results-from-the-perinatal-component-of-the-french-longitudinal-study-since-childhood-elfe
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Abdessattar Saoudi, Clémentine Dereumeaux, Sarah Goria, Bénédicte Berat, Serge Brunel, Marie Pecheux, Perrine de Crouy-Chanel, Abdelkrim Zeghnoun, Loïc Rambaud, Vérène Wagner, Alain le Tertre, Clémence Fillol, Stéphanie Vandentorren, Laurence Guldner
BACKGROUND: As a result of the ban on lead in gasoline on 2nd January 2000, the French population's exposure to lead has decreased in recent years. However, because of the acknowledged harmful cognitive effects of lead even at low levels, lead exposure remains a major public health issue. In France, few biomonitoring data are available for exposure to lead in pregnant women and newborn. The purpose of the perinatal component of the French human biomonitoring (HBM) program was to describe levels of various biomarkers of exposure to several environmental pollutants, including lead, among mother-baby pairs...
January 11, 2018: International Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352670/poor-outcomes-of-out-of-hospital-cardiac-arrest-at-dinnertime-in-the-elderly-diurnal-and-seasonal-variations
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Akira Yamashita, Tetsuo Maeda, Yasuhiro Myojo, Keisuke Ohta, Hideo Inaba
PURPOSE: To investigate differences in chronological variations in characteristics and outcomes of out-of-hospital cardiac arrests (OHCAs) between elderly and non-elderly patients. METHODS: We retrospectively analyzed bystander-witnessed OHCAs without prehospital involvement of physicians between January 2007 and December 2014 in Japan. We considered the following time periods: night-time (23:00-5:59) and non-night-time; we further divided non-night-time into dinnertime (18:00-20:29) and other non-night-time...
January 8, 2018: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351876/vital-signs-analysis-algorithm-detects-inflammatory-response-in-premature-infants-with-late-onset-sepsis-and-necrotizing-enterocolitis
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Leena B Mithal, Ram Yogev, Hannah L Palac, Daniel Kaminsky, Ilan Gur, Karen K Mestan
BACKGROUND: Nonspecific clinical signs and suboptimal diagnostic tests limit accurate identification of late onset sepsis (LOS) and necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) in premature infants, resulting in significant morbidity and antibiotic overuse. An infant's systemic inflammatory response may be identified earlier than clinical suspicion through analysis of multiple vital signs by a computerized algorithm (RALIS). AIM: To evaluate the revised RALIS algorithm for detection of LOS and NEC in preterm infants...
January 16, 2018: Early Human Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351801/high-expression-of-tmem40-is-associated-with-the-malignant-behavior-and-tumorigenesis-in-bladder-cancer
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Zhen-Fei Zhang, Han-Rong Zhang, Qing-Yan Zhang, Shu-Yu Lai, Yu-Zhen Feng, Yi Zhou, Si-Rong Zheng, Rong Shi, Jue-Yu Zhou
BACKGROUND: Bladder cancer (BCa) is one of the most common cancers in the urinary system among the world. Previous studies suggested that TMEM40 expression level was significantly associated with clinicopathological parameters including histological grade, clinical stage and pT status of bladder cancer. However, the molecular mechanism of TMEM40 in BCa remains poorly understood. METHODS: Real-time quantitative RT-PCR (qRT-PCR) and western blot (WB) were used to examine the expression levels of TMEM40 in BCa tissues, paired non-cancer tissues and cell lines...
January 19, 2018: Journal of Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351758/autophagy-promotes-metastasis-and-glycolysis-by-upregulating-mct1-expression-and-wnt-%C3%AE-catenin-signaling-pathway-activation-in-hepatocellular-carcinoma-cells
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Qing Fan, Liang Yang, Xiaodong Zhang, Yingbo Ma, Yan Li, Lei Dong, Zhihong Zong, Xiangdong Hua, Dongming Su, Hangyu Li, Jingang Liu
BACKGROUND: Autophagy is a dynamic physiological process that can generate energy and nutrients for cell survival during stress. Autophagy can regulate the migration and invasive ability in cancer cells. However, the connection between autophagy and metabolism is unclear. Monocarboxylate transporter 1 (MCT1) plays an important role in lactic acid transport and H+ clearance in cancer cells, and Wnt/β-catenin signaling can increase cancer cell glycolysis. We investigated whether autophagy promotes glycolysis in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) cells by activating the Wnt/β-catenin signaling pathway, accompanied by MCT1 upregulation...
January 19, 2018: Journal of Experimental & Clinical Cancer Research: CR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350598/diffusion-tensor-imaging-and-ventricle-volume-quantification-in-patients-with-chronic-shunt-treated-hydrocephalus-a-matched-case-control-study
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Kristy Tan, Avital Meiri, Wenzhu B Mowrey, Rick Abbott, James T Goodrich, Adam L Sandler, Asif K Suri, Michael L Lipton, Mark E Wagshul
OBJECTIVE The object of this study was to use diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) and tract-based spatial statistics (TBSS) to characterize the long-term effects of hydrocephalus and shunting on white matter integrity and to investigate the relationship of ventricular size and alterations in white matter integrity with headache and quality-of-life outcome measures. METHODS Patients with shunt-treated hydrocephalus and age- and sex-matched healthy controls were recruited into the study and underwent anatomical and DTI imaging on a 3-T MRI scanner...
January 19, 2018: Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350279/evaluation-of-the-convergent-validity-of-an-estimated-cardiorespiratory-fitness-algorithm
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Paul D Loprinzi, Meghan K Edwards, Ovuokerie Addoh, John P Bentley
PURPOSE: Examine the convergent validity of a cardiorespiratory fitness (CRF) algorithm when compared to treadmill-assessed CRF. METHODS: Data from the 1999-2004 NHANES were used (N = 3259 adults 20-49 years). Cardiorespiratory fitness was estimated from an algorithm. Participants completed a submaximal treadmill-based protocol. We (1) evaluated the pairwise association (and ICC) between estimated and measured cardiorespiratory fitness, (2) employed a paired samples t test to examine potential mean differences between estimated and measured cardiorespiratory fitness, (3) constructed a Bland-Altman plot and 95% limits of agreement (LoA) to explore systematic differences and random error between estimated and measured cardiorespiratory fitness, and (4) examined the association (via linear regression) of estimated and measured cardiorespiratory fitness with chronic disease prevalence and C-reactive protein (CRP)...
January 19, 2018: European Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349888/distal-amyloid-%C3%AE-protein-fragments-template-amyloid-assembly
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Thanh D Do, Smriti Sangwan, Natália E C de Almeida, Alexandre I Ilitchev, Maxwell Giammona, Michael R Sawaya, Steven K Buratto, David S Eisenberg, Michael T Bowers
Amyloid formation is associated with devastating diseases such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and Type-2 diabetes. The large amyloid deposits found in patients suffering from these diseases have remained difficult to probe by structural means. Recent NMR models also predict heterotypic interactions from distinct peptide fragments but limited evidence of heterotypic packed sheets is observed in solution. Here we characterize two segments of the protein amyloid β (Aβ) known to form fibrils in Alzheimer's disease patients...
January 19, 2018: Protein Science: a Publication of the Protein Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349801/evaluating-the-effects-of-rater-and-subject-factors-on-measures-of-association
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Kerrie P Nelson, Aya A Mitani, Don Edwards
Large-scale agreement studies are becoming increasingly common in medical settings to gain better insight into discrepancies often observed between experts' classifications. Ordered categorical scales are routinely used to classify subjects' disease and health conditions. Summary measures such as Cohen's weighted kappa are popular approaches for reporting levels of association for pairs of raters' ordinal classifications. However, in large-scale studies with many raters, assessing levels of association can be challenging due to dependencies between many raters each grading the same sample of subjects' results and the ordinal nature of the ratings...
January 19, 2018: Biometrical Journal. Biometrische Zeitschrift
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349538/capturing-pair-wise-epistatic-effects-associated-with-three-agronomic-traits-in-barley
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Yi Xu, Yajun Wu, Jixiang Wu
Genetic association mapping has been widely applied to determine genetic markers favorably associated with a trait of interest and provide information for marker-assisted selection. Many association mapping studies commonly focus on main effects due to intolerable computing intensity. This study aims to select several sets of DNA markers with potential epistasis to maximize genetic variations of some key agronomic traits in barley. By doing so, we integrated a MDR (multifactor dimensionality reduction) method with a forward variable selection approach...
January 18, 2018: Genetica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349498/plasma-metabolites-associated-with-type-2-diabetes-in-a-swedish-population-a-case-control-study-nested-in-a-prospective-cohort
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Lin Shi, Carl Brunius, Marko Lehtonen, Seppo Auriola, Ingvar A Bergdahl, Olov Rolandsson, Kati Hanhineva, Rikard Landberg
AIMS/HYPOTHESIS: The aims of the present work were to identify plasma metabolites that predict future type 2 diabetes, to investigate the changes in identified metabolites among individuals who later did or did not develop type 2 diabetes over time, and to assess the extent to which inclusion of predictive metabolites could improve risk prediction. METHODS: We established a nested case-control study within the Swedish prospective population-based Västerbotten Intervention Programme cohort...
January 18, 2018: Diabetologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348845/decreased-expression-of-the-long-non-coding-rna-slc7a11-as1-predicts-poor-prognosis-and-promotes-tumor-growth-in-gastric-cancer
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Yajun Luo, Cheng Wang, Peng Yong, Pengcheng Ye, Zilin Liu, Zhiming Fu, Fei Lu, Wanping Xiang, Wang Tan, Jiangwei Xiao
Many lncRNA and mRNA sense-antisense transcripts have been systematically identified in malignant cells. However, the molecular mechanisms of most lncRNA-mRNA pairs in gastric cancer remain largely unknown. We found the gastric cancer-associated lncRNA SLC7A11-AS1 and coding transcript mRNA SLC7A11 in human gastric cancer specimens by microarray. SLC7A11-AS1, antisense to SLC7A11, is significantly down-regulated in gastric cancer and could promote tumor growth in vitro and in vivo. The effects of SLC7A11-AS1 depend on the regulation of SLC7A11 via the ASK1-p38MAPK/JNK signaling pathway...
December 22, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348842/ddefl1-correlated-with-rho-gtpases-activity-in-breast-cancer
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Xiaoyun Mao, Chuifeng Fan, Xinmiao Yu, Bo Chen, Feng Jin
DDEFL1 is related to maintaining a limiting amount of ARF6 in GTP-loaded form by accelerating its GTP hydrolysis activity, which has been implicated in hepatocellular cancer pathogenesis and lung cancer development. We investigated DDEFL1 expression in breast cancer and paired normal breast tissues by immunohistochemistry and found that DDEFL1 expression was significantly associated with tumor size, lymph node metastasis, high content of elastosis and TNM stage but not with menopausal status or age. We detected the mRNA and protein expression of DDEFL1 in breast cancer cell lines by Western blotting and quantitative real-time PCR (qRT-PCR)...
December 22, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348834/activity-strengths-of-cortical-glutamatergic-and-gabaergic-neurons-are-correlated-with-transgenerational-inheritance-of-learning-ability
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Yulong Liu, Rongjing Ge, Xin Zhao, Rui Guo, Li Huang, Shidi Zhao, Sudong Guan, Wei Lu, Shan Cui, Shirlene Wang, Jin-Hui Wang
The capabilities of learning and memory in parents are presumably transmitted to their offsprings, in which genetic codes and epigenetic regulations are thought as molecular bases. As neural plasticity occurs during memory formation as cellular mechanism, we aim to examine the correlation of activity strengths at cortical glutamatergic and GABAergic neurons to the transgenerational inheritance of learning ability. In a mouse model of associative learning, paired whisker and odor stimulations led to odorant-induced whisker motion, whose onset appeared fast (high learning efficiency, HLE) or slow (low learning efficiency, LLE)...
December 22, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348671/superconducting-gap-anisotropy-sensitive-to-nematic-domains-in-fese
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Takahiro Hashimoto, Yuichi Ota, Haruyoshi Q Yamamoto, Yuya Suzuki, Takahiro Shimojima, Shuntaro Watanabe, Chuangtian Chen, Shigeru Kasahara, Yuji Matsuda, Takasada Shibauchi, Kozo Okazaki, Shik Shin
The structure of the superconducting gap in unconventional superconductors holds a key to understand the momentum-dependent pairing interactions. In superconducting FeSe, there have been controversial results reporting nodal and nodeless gap structures, raising a fundamental issue of pairing mechanisms of iron-based superconductivity. Here, by utilizing polarization-dependent laser-excited angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy, we report a detailed momentum dependence of the gap in single- and multi-domain regions of orthorhombic FeSe crystals...
January 18, 2018: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348472/viral-highway-to-nucleus-exposed-by-image-correlation-analyses
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Elina Mäntylä, Jenu V Chacko, Vesa Aho, Colin R Parrish, Victor Shahin, Michael Kann, Michelle A Digman, Enrico Gratton, Maija Vihinen-Ranta
Parvoviral genome translocation from the plasma membrane into the nucleus is a coordinated multistep process mediated by capsid proteins. We used fast confocal microscopy line scan imaging combined with image correlation methods including auto-, pair- and cross-correlation, and number and brightness analysis, to study the parvovirus entry pathway at the single-particle level in living cells. Our results show that the endosome-associated movement of virus particles fluctuates from fast to slow. Fast transit of single cytoplasmic capsids to the nuclear envelope is followed by slow movement of capsids and fast diffusion of capsid fragments in the nucleoplasm...
January 18, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348203/infectious-virus-in-exhaled-breath-of-symptomatic-seasonal-influenza-cases-from-a-college-community
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Jing Yan, Michael Grantham, Jovan Pantelic, P Jacob Bueno de Mesquita, Barbara Albert, Fengjie Liu, Sheryl Ehrman, Donald K Milton
Little is known about the amount and infectiousness of influenza virus shed into exhaled breath. This contributes to uncertainty about the importance of airborne influenza transmission. We screened 355 symptomatic volunteers with acute respiratory illness and report 142 cases with confirmed influenza infection who provided 218 paired nasopharyngeal (NP) and 30-minute breath samples (coarse >5-µm and fine ≤5-µm fractions) on days 1-3 after symptom onset. We assessed viral RNA copy number for all samples and cultured NP swabs and fine aerosols...
January 18, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29347005/universality-class-crossover-by-a-nonorder-field-introduced-to-the-pair-contact-process-with-diffusion
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Su-Chan Park
The one-dimensional pair contact process with diffusion (PCPD), an interacting particle system with diffusion, pair annihilation, and creation by pairs, has defied consensus about the universality class to which it belongs. An argument by Hinrichsen [Physica A 361, 457 (2006)PHYADX0378-437110.1016/j.physa.2005.06.101] claims that freely diffusing particles in the PCPD should play the same role as frozen particles when it comes to the critical behavior. Therefore, the PCPD is claimed to have the same critical phenomena as a model with infinitely many absorbing states that belongs to the directed percolation (DP) universality class...
September 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346982/direction-dependent-force-induced-dissociation-dynamics-of-an-entropic-driven-lock-and-key-assembly
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Yen-Fu Chen, Hsuan-Yi Chen, Yu-Jane Sheng, Heng-Kwong Tsao
The unbinding dynamics of a nanosized sphere-and-cavity assembly under the pulling of constant force and constant loading rate is explored by dissipative particle dynamics simulations. The formation of this matched lock-and-key pair in a polymer solution is driven by the depletion attraction. The two-dimensional free energy landscape U(x,z) associated with this assembly is constructed. Our results indicate that the unbinding pathway along the orientation of the assembly is unfavorable due to the relatively high energy barrier compared to that along the tortuous minimum path whose energy barrier is not high...
September 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346937/uhlenbeck-ford-model-phase-diagram-and-corresponding-states-analysis
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Rodolfo Paula Leite, Pedro Antonio Santos-Flórez, Maurice de Koning
Using molecular dynamics simulations and nonequilibrium thermodynamic-integration techniques we compute the Helmholtz free energies of the body-centered-cubic (bcc), face-centered-cubic (fcc), hexagonal close-packed, and fluid phases of the Uhlenbeck-Ford model (UFM) and use the results to construct its phase diagram. The pair interaction associated with the UFM is characterized by an ultrasoft, purely repulsive pair potential that diverges logarithmically at the origin. We find that the bcc and fcc are the only thermodynamically stable crystalline phases in the phase diagram...
September 2017: Physical Review. E
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