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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821800/gender-differences-in-infant-mortality-and-neonatal-morbidity-in-mixed-gender-twins
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Dongying Zhao, Lile Zou, Xiaoping Lei, Yongjun Zhang
In the present study, we aimed to explore gender differences in infant mortality and neonatal morbidity in mixed-gender twin pairs. Data were obtained from the US National Center for Health Statistics Linked Birth-Infant Death Cohort. A total of 108,038 pairs of mixed-gender twins were included in this analysis. Among the mixed-gender twins, no significant difference in the odds of fetal mortality between male twins (1.05%) and female co-twins (1.04%). However, male twins were at increased odds of neonatal mortality (adjusted OR 1...
August 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821758/how-to-achieve-tat-transport-with-alien-tata
#2
René Steffen Hauer, Roland Freudl, Julia Dittmar, Mario Jakob, Ralf Bernd Klösgen
TatA is an essential and structurally conserved component of all known Twin-arginine transport (Tat) machineries which are able to catalyse membrane transport of fully folded proteins. Here we have investigated if bacterial TatA, or chimeric pea/E. coli TatA derivatives, are capable of replacing thylakoidal TatA in function. While authentic E. coli TatA does not show any transport activity in thylakoid transport experiments, TatA chimeras comprising the transmembrane helix (TMH) of pea TatA are fully active...
August 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821748/anxiety-related-experience-dependent-white-matter-structural-differences-in-adolescence-a-monozygotic-twin-difference-approach
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Nagesh Adluru, Zhan Luo, Carol A Van Hulle, Andrew J Schoen, Richard J Davidson, Andrew L Alexander, H Hill Goldsmith
Anxiety is linked to deficits in structural and functional connectivity between limbic structures and pre-frontal cortices. We employed a monozygotic (MZ) twin difference design to examine the relationship between structural characteristics of the uncinate fasciculus (UF) measured by Diffusion Tensor Imaging (DTI) and anxiety symptoms in a sample of N = 100 monozygotic (genetically identical), adolescent twins. The MZ difference design allowed us focus on environmental factors that vary within twin pairs while controlling for genetic and environmental factors shared by twin pairs...
August 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821023/preparation-and-crystallization-behavior-of-poly-ethylene-2-5-furandicarboxylate-cellulose-composites-by-twin-screw-extrusion
#4
Amandine Codou, Nathanaël Guigo, Jesper Gabriël van Berkel, Ed de Jong, Nicolas Sbirrazzuoli
Poly(ethylene 2,5-furandicarboxylate) (PEF), an emerging biobased polyester, was compounded with cellulose via twin-screw extrusion. Different extrusion parameters such as mixing time, screw speed and temperature were employed. Composite thin films containing 1, 2 and 4% cellulose w/w were prepared and compared with neat PEF films. The morphology of PEF/cellulose composites was examined by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and the molecular weight after extrusion was controlled by means of size exclusion chromatography (SEC)...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820631/links-between-the-mother-adolescent-and-father-adolescent-relationships-and-adolescent-depression-a-genetically-informed-study
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Charlie Brouillard, Mara Brendgen, Frank Vitaro, Ginette Dionne, Michel Boivin
This study examined the unique roles of support and conflict in the relationship with the mother and the father in predicting changes in adolescents' depressive symptoms over a 1-year period. Potential moderating effects of genetic factors (Gene × Environment interaction) and sex were also investigated. This study utilized a design of twins raised in the same family, based on a sample of 121 monozygotic and 88 dizygotic same-sex twin pairs (418 individuals; 52.2% girls) assessed in Grade 8 (M = 14.09, SD = ...
August 18, 2017: Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819576/pitfall-in-the-diagnosis-of-diabetes-insipidus-and-pregnancy
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Melissa Sum, Jessica B Fleischer, Alexander G Khandji, Sharon L Wardlaw
Diabetes insipidus (DI) during pregnancy and the perinatal period is an uncommon medical problem characterized by polyuria and excessive thirst. Diagnosis of DI may be overlooked in the setting of pregnancy, a time when increased water intake and urine output are commonly reported. We report two cases: one of transient DI in a young woman during her third trimester of twin pregnancy in association with acute fatty liver and hypertension and one of postpartum DI secondary to Sheehan syndrome from rupture of a splenic artery aneurysm...
2017: Case Reports in Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819253/majority-of-human-traits-do-not-show-evidence-for-sex-specific-genetic-and-environmental-effects
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Sven Stringer, Tinca Polderman, Danielle Posthuma
Sex differences in the etiology of human trait variation are a major topic of interest in the social and medical sciences given its far-reaching implications. For example, in genetic research, the presence of sex-specific effects would require sex-stratified analysis, and in clinical practice sex-specific treatments would be warranted. Here, we present a study of 2,335,920 twin pairs, in which we tested sex differences in genetic and environmental contributions to variation in 2,608 reported human traits, clustered in 50 trait categories...
August 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816393/sperm-donation-perinatal-outcomes-in-an-australian-population-cohort
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Damian Adams, Renae Fernandez, Vivienne Moore, Kristyn Willson, Alice Rumbold, Sheryl de Lacey, Wendy Scheil, Michael Davies
AIM: To compare perinatal outcomes for neonates conceived with donated sperm with those for neonates conceived spontaneously in an Australian population cohort. METHODS: Perinatal outcomes for all births in South Australia for the period January 1986-December 2002 were linked with assisted reproductive treatment records to determine those conceived from donated sperm. Birth outcome measures were analyzed using Student's t-test and logistic regression using generalized estimating equations to determine statistical significance...
August 17, 2017: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815254/-the-relationship-between-periodontitis-and-arterial-sclerosis-without-genetic-confounding
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Ya-Kun Han, Xiao-Ping Lin
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to evaluate periodontitis as a significant risk factor related to arterial sclerosis after eliminating genetic confounding. METHODS: Fifty two monozygotic twin pairs, 104 patients, were divided into 3 groups. group A: 24 pairs, 48 healthy people, as the blank group; group B: 28 patients with periodontitis, as the control group; group C: 28 patients with periodontitis, as the treatment group. The sample in group B and C had the same gene type...
April 2017: Shanghai Kou Qiang Yi Xue, Shanghai Journal of Stomatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814741/twin-birth-changes-dna-methylation-of-subsequent-siblings
#10
Shuai Li, Eunae Kim, Ee Ming Wong, Ji-Hoon Eric Joo, Tuong L Nguyen, Jennifer Stone, Yun-Mi Song, Louisa B Flander, Richard Saffery, Graham G Giles, Melissa C Southey, Joohon Sung, John L Hopper
We asked if twin birth influences the DNA methylation of subsequent siblings. We measured whole blood methylation using the HumanMethylation450 array for siblings from two twin and family studies in Australia and Korea. We compared the means and correlations in methylation between pairs of siblings born before a twin birth (BT siblings), born on either side of a twin birth (B/AT pairs) and born after a twin birth (AT siblings). For the genome-wide average DNA methylation, the correlation for AT pairs (rAT) was larger than the correlation for BT pairs (rBT) in both studies, and from the meta-analysis, rAT = 0...
August 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814647/substrate-triggered-position-switching-of-tata-and-tatb-during-tat-transport-in-escherichia-coli
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Johann Habersetzer, Kristoffer Moore, Jon Cherry, Grant Buchanan, Phillip J Stansfeld, Tracy Palmer
The twin-arginine protein transport (Tat) machinery mediates the translocation of folded proteins across the cytoplasmic membrane of prokaryotes and the thylakoid membrane of plant chloroplasts. The Escherichia coli Tat system comprises TatC and two additional sequence-related proteins, TatA and TatB. The active translocase is assembled on demand, with substrate-binding at a TatABC receptor complex triggering recruitment and assembly of multiple additional copies of TatA; however, the molecular interactions mediating translocase assembly are poorly understood...
August 2017: Open Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814614/role-of-inactivity-in-chronic-diseases-evolutionary-insight-and-pathophysiological-mechanisms
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Frank W Booth, Christian K Roberts, John P Thyfault, Gregory N Ruegsegger, Ryan G Toedebusch
This review proposes that physical inactivity could be considered a behavior selected by evolution for resting, and also selected to be reinforcing in life-threatening situations in which exercise would be dangerous. Underlying the notion are human twin studies and animal selective breeding studies, both of which provide indirect evidence for the existence of genes for physical inactivity. Approximately 86% of the 325 million in the United States (U.S.) population achieve less than the U.S. Government and World Health Organization guidelines for daily physical activity for health...
October 1, 2017: Physiological Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813562/polygenic-scores-for-major-depressive-disorder-and-risk-of-alcohol-dependence
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Allan M Andersen, Robert H Pietrzak, Henry R Kranzler, Li Ma, Hang Zhou, Xiaoming Liu, John Kramer, Samuel Kuperman, Howard J Edenberg, John I Nurnberger, John P Rice, Jay A Tischfield, Alison Goate, Tatiana M Foroud, Jacquelyn L Meyers, Bernice Porjesz, Danielle M Dick, Victor Hesselbrock, Eric Boerwinkle, Steven M Southwick, John H Krystal, Myrna M Weissman, Douglas F Levinson, James B Potash, Joel Gelernter, Shizhong Han
Importance: Major depressive disorder (MDD) and alcohol dependence (AD) are heritable disorders with significant public health burdens, and they are frequently comorbid. Common genetic factors that influence the co-occurrence of MDD and AD have been sought in family, twin, and adoption studies, and results to date have been promising but inconclusive. Objective: To examine whether AD and MDD overlap genetically, using a polygenic score approach. Design, Settings, and Participants: Association analyses were conducted between MDD polygenic risk score (PRS) and AD case-control status in European ancestry samples from 4 independent genome-wide association study (GWAS) data sets: the Collaborative Study on the Genetics of Alcoholism (COGA); the Study of Addiction, Genetics, and Environment (SAGE); the Yale-Penn genetic study of substance dependence; and the National Health and Resilience in Veterans Study (NHRVS)...
August 16, 2017: JAMA Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812462/severe-intrauterine-amputations-in-one-dichorionic-twin-with-pentalogy-of-cantrell-further-evidence-and-consideration-for-mechanical-teratogenesis
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Víctor M Salinas-Torres, Estivaliz A De La O-Espinoza, Rafael A Salinas-Torres
Pentalogy of Cantrell (PC) is characterized by midline supraumbilical abdominal wall defect, lower sternum defect, anterior diaphragmatic and pericardial defect, and congenital cardiac anomalies. Several etiological influences have been postulated, however, most of the reported cases are sporadic. In addition, evidence for mechanical teratogenesis in PC is limited. Here, we describe in one dichorionic twin with complete PC, additional severe intrauterine amputations (mainly head and neck) not previously reported resultant from mechanical teratogenesis...
September 2017: Pediatric and Developmental Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812316/literacy-acquisition-influences-children-s-rapid-automatized-naming
#15
Robin L Peterson, Anne B Arnett, Bruce F Pennington, Brian Byrne, Stefan Samuelsson, Richard K Olson
Previous research has established that learning to read improves children's performance on reading-related phonological tasks, including phoneme awareness (PA) and nonword repetition. Few studies have investigated whether literacy acquisition also promotes children's rapid automatized naming (RAN). We tested the hypothesis that literacy acquisition should influence RAN in an international, longitudinal population sample of twins. Cross-lagged path models evaluated the relationships among literacy, PA, and RAN across four time points from pre-kindergarten through grade 4...
August 15, 2017: Developmental Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811973/nk-cell-dysfunction-in-chronic-lymphocytic-leukemia-is-associated-with-loss-of-the-mature-cells-expressing-inhibitory-killer-cell-ig-like-receptors
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Alexander W MacFarlane, Mowafaq Jillab, Mitchell R Smith, R Katherine Alpaugh, Marion E Cole, Samuel Litwin, Michael M Millenson, Tahseen Al-Saleem, Adam D Cohen, Kerry S Campbell
A prospective analysis of natural killer (NK) cell phenotype and function was performed on fresh peripheral blood samples from untreated patients with B-cell chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) or small lymphocytic lymphoma (SLL). Compared to healthy controls, CD56(dim) NK cells in CLL patients displayed reduced expression of the NKG2D activating receptor and increased CD27 expression, which indicates declines in mature cells. In addition, NK cells from CLL patients showed reduced degranulation responses toward transformed B cells alone or with rituximab and were more sensitive to activation-induced cell death...
2017: Oncoimmunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811816/unicornuate-uterus-with-a-rudimentary-horn-diagnosed-at-scheduled-third-cesarean-section
#17
Serkan Bodur, Ulas Fidan, Mehmet Ferdi Kinci, Kazim Emre Karasahin
A unicornuate uterus with a rudimentary horn is an anomaly caused by defective fusion of the Müllerian duct, estimated to occur in one in 76,000 pregnancies. Life threateningly heavy bleeding is a highly expected clinical consequence of such pregnancies. According to the known literature, only two living twins and few living singleton pregnancies have been reported up to now. Here we report on an incidentally diagnosed unicornuate uterus with a communicating rudimentary horn, found during a cesarean section of a gravida 3, parity 2 (G3 P2) patient...
May 2017: Pakistan Journal of Medical Sciences Quarterly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811525/totipotency-segregates-between-the-sister-blastomeres-of-two-cell-stage-mouse-embryos
#18
E Casser, S Israel, A Witten, K Schulte, S Schlatt, V Nordhoff, M Boiani
Following fertilization in mammals, it is generally accepted that totipotent cells are exclusive to the zygote and to each of the two blastomeres originating from the first mitotic division. This model of totipotency was inferred from a minority of cases in which blastomeres produced monozygotic twins in mice. Was this due to experimental limitation or biological constraint? Here we removed experimental obstacles and achieved reliable quantification of the prevalence of dual totipotency among mouse two-cell stage blastomeres...
August 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809900/modulation-bandwidth-enhancement-for-coupled-twin-square-microcavity-lasers
#19
Zhi-Xiong Xiao, Yong-Zhen Huang, Yue-De Yang, Min Tang, Jin-Long Xiao
Modulation bandwidth enhancements are investigated for coupled twin-square microcavity lasers due to photon-photon resonance effect. For a coupled twin-square microcavity laser with the square side length of 20 μm, we demonstrate the increase of 3-dB modulation bandwidth from 9.6 GHz to 19.5 GHz, by adjusting the resonance mode wavelength interval between two square microcavities. The enhanced modulation bandwidth is explained by rate equation analysis, and numerical simulations are conducted for large signal modulation with improved eye-diagrams at 40 Gbit/s...
August 15, 2017: Optics Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809501/microencapsulated-solid-lipid-nanoparticles-as-a-hybrid-platform-for-pulmonary-antibiotic-delivery
#20
Diana P Gaspar, Maria Manuela Gaspar, Carla V Eleutério, Ana Grenha, Mateo Blanco, Lídia M D Gonçalves, Pablo Taboada, António J Almeida, Carmen Remuñán-López
Solid lipid nanoparticles (SLN) containing rifabutin (RFB), with pulmonary administration purposes, were developed through a technique that avoids the use of organic solvents or sonication. To facilitate their pulmonary delivery, the RFB-loaded SLN were included in microspheres of appropriate size using suitable excipients (mannitol and trehalose) through a spray-drying technique. Confocal analysis microscopy showed that microspheres are spherical and that SLN are efficiently microencapsulated and homogeneously distributed throughout the microsphere matrices...
August 15, 2017: Molecular Pharmaceutics
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