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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28766782/predicting-normative-and-problematic-family-pathways-to-the-transition-to-siblinghood-commentary-on-volling-et-al-s-monograph
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Nina Howe
Volling et al.'s monograph provides a rich, thoughtful, and rigorous account of how the transition to siblinghood is experienced by the first-born child and the family. In their comprehensive longitudinal study, they followed 241 families from the prenatal period before the second-born's birth until this child was 12-months old. Siblings are a critical, but understudied, relationship in children's development; the challenges posed in researching sibling dynamics in the context of the family are discussed. Prior psychodynamic and developmental research literature is critiqued, which places the current study into perspective and indicates the important theoretical frameworks (i...
September 2017: Monographs of the Society for Research in Child Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28764964/motor-deficits-impaired-response-inhibition-and-blunted-response-to-methylphenidate-following-neonatal-exposure-to-decabromodiphenyl-ether
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Vincent P Markowski, Patrick Miller-Rhodes, Randy Cheung, Calla Goeke, Vincent Pecoraro, Gideon Cohen, Deena J Small
Decabromodiphenyl ether (decaBDE) is an applied brominated flame retardant that is widely-used in electronic equipment. After decades of use, decaBDE and other members of its polybrominated diphenyl ether class have become globally-distributed environmental contaminants that can be measured in the atmosphere, water bodies, wildlife, food staples and human breastmilk. Although it has been banned in Europe and voluntarily withdrawn from the U.S. market, it is still used in Asian countries. Evidence from epidemiological and animal studies indicate that decaBDE exposure targets brain development and produces behavioral impairments...
July 29, 2017: Neurotoxicology and Teratology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28759569/proposed-equations-and-reference-values-for-calculating-bone-health-in-children-and-adolescent-based-on-age-and-sex
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Rossana Gómez-Campos, Cynthia Lee Andruske, Miguel de Arruda, Camilo Urra Albornoz, Marco Cossio-Bolaños
BACKGROUND: The Dual Energy X-Ray Absorptiometry (DXA) is the gold standard for measuring BMD and bone mineral content (BMC). In general, DXA is ideal for pediatric use. However, the development of specific standards for particular geographic regions limits its use and application for certain socio-cultural contexts. Additionally, the anthropometry may be a low cost and easy to use alternative method in epidemiological contexts. The goal of our study was to develop regression equations for predicting bone health of children and adolescents based on anthropometric indicators to propose reference values based on age and sex...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28755009/transcriptomic-signature-of-the-follicular-somatic-compartment-surrounding-an-oocyte-with-high-developmental-competence
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Satoshi Sugimura, Norio Kobayashi, Hiroaki Okae, Tadayuki Yamanouchi, Hideo Matsuda, Takumi Kojima, Akira Yajima, Yutaka Hashiyada, Masahiro Kaneda, Kan Sato, Kei Imai, Kentaro Tanemura, Takahiro Arima, Robert B Gilchrist
During antral folliculogenesis, developmental competence of prospective oocytes is regulated in large part by the follicular somatic component to prepare the oocyte for the final stage of maturation and subsequent embryo development. The underlying molecular mechanisms are poorly understood. Oocytes reaching the advanced stage of follicular growth by administration of exogenous follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) possess higher developmental competence than oocytes in FSH-untreated smaller follicles. In this study, the transcriptomic profile of the cumulus cells from cows receiving FSH administration (FSH-priming) was compared, as a model of high oocyte competence, with that from untreated donor cows (control)...
July 28, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28754659/stress-induced-sleep-after-exposure-to-ultraviolet-light-is-promoted-by-p53-in-caenorhabditis-elegans
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Hilary DeBardeleben, Lindsey E Lopes, Mark P Nessel, David M Raizen
Stress-induced sleep (SIS) in C. elegans is important for restoration of cellular homeostasis and is a useful model to study the function and regulation of sleep. SIS is triggered when epidermal growth factor (EGF) activates the ALA neuron, which then releases neuropeptides to promote sleep. To further understand this behavior, we established a new model of stress-induced sleep using irradiation by ultraviolet C (UVC) light. While UVC irradiation requires ALA signaling and leads to a sleep state similar to that induced by heat and other stressors, it does not induce the proteostatic stress seen with heat exposure...
July 28, 2017: Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28744878/explaining-sex-differences-in-lifespan-in-terms-of-optimal-energy-allocation-in-the-baboon
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Annette M King, Thomas B L Kirkwood, Daryl P Shanley
We provide a quantitative test of the hypothesis that sex role specialisation may account for sex differences in lifespan in baboons if such specialisation causes the dependency of fitness upon longevity, and consequently the optimal resolution to an energetic trade-off between somatic maintenance and other physiological functions, to differ between males and females. We present a model in which females provide all offspring care and males compete for access to reproductive females and in which the partitioning of available energy between the competing fitness-enhancing functions of growth, maintenance and reproduction is modelled as a dynamic behavioural game, with the optimal decision for each individual depending upon his/her state and the behaviour of other members of the population...
July 26, 2017: Evolution; International Journal of Organic Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716192/impact-of-fmd-outbreak-on-milk-production-and-heifers-growth-on-a-dairy-herd-in-southern-iran
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Maryam Ansari-Lari, Mehdi Mohebbi-Fani, Nicholas A Lyons, Nezamaddin Azizi
Foot and mouth disease is endemic in Middle Eastern countries including Iran but its impact is poorly characterized. The present study was conducted to evaluate the impact of FMD outbreak on milk production and heifers' growth in an industrial dairy herd located in Fars province, southern Iran. Data about individual milk production, heifers' growth and total daily milk (sold for manufacturing), its fat and protein content and somatic cell counts were collected from the herd database. Based on the results of the linear mixed models, a significant decline in individual milk production after the outbreak was observed compared with before the outbreak...
September 1, 2017: Preventive Veterinary Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28666664/young-infants-with-severe-tetralogy-of-fallot-early-primary-surgery-versus-transcatheter-palliation
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Travis J Wilder, Glen S Van Arsdell, Lee Benson, Eric Pham-Hung, Michael Gritti, Alexandra Page, Christopher A Caldarone, Edward J Hickey
BACKGROUND: Infants with severe tetralogy of Fallot may undergo (1) early primary surgical repair (EARLY) or (2) early transcatheter palliation (CATH) before delayed surgical repair. We compared these strategies with (3) elective single-stage tetralogy of Fallot repair (IDEAL). METHODS: From 2000 to 2012, 453 children underwent tetralogy of Fallot repair (excluding systemic-pulmonary shunts), including 383 in the IDEAL (75%), 42 in the EARLY (9%), and 28 in the CATH (6%) groups...
May 19, 2017: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28615336/prevention-and-reversal-of-latent-sensitization-of-dorsal-horn-neurons-by-glial-blockers-in-a-model-of-low-back-pain-in-male-rats
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Juanjuan Zhang, Siegfried Mense, Rolf-Detlef Treede, Ulrich Hoheisel
In an animal model of non-specific low back pain, recordings from dorsal horn neurons were made to investigate the influence of glial cells in the central sensitization process. To induce a latent sensitization of the neurons, nerve growth factor (NGF) was injected into the multifidus muscle; the manifest sensitization to a second NGF injection 5 days later was used as a read-out. The sensitization manifested in increased resting activity and in an increased proportion of neurons responding to stimulation of deep somatic tissues...
June 14, 2017: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611049/comprehensive-evaluation-of-protein-coding-mononucleotide-microsatellites-in-microsatellite-unstable-colorectal-cancer
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Johanna Kondelin, Alexandra E Gylfe, Sofie Lundgren, Tomas Tanskanen, Jiri Hamberg, Mervi Aavikko, Kimmo Palin, Heikki Ristolainen, Riku Katainen, Eevi Kaasinen, Minna Taipale, Jussi Taipale, Laura Renkonen-Sinisalo, Heikki Järvinen, Jan Böhm, Jukka-Pekka Mecklin, Pia Vahteristo, Sari Tuupanen, Lauri A Aaltonen, Esa Pitkänen
Approximately 15% of colorectal cancers exhibit microsatellite instability (MSI), which leads to accumulation of large numbers of small insertions and deletions (indels). Genes that provide growth advantage to cells via loss-of-function mutations in microsatellites are called MSI target genes. Several criteria to define these genes have been suggested, one of them being simple mutation frequency. Microsatellite mutation rate, however, depends on the length and nucleotide context of the microsatellite. Therefore, assessing the general impact of mismatch repair deficiency on the likelihood of mutation events is paramount when following this approach...
June 13, 2017: Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28595192/cancer-precision-medicine-why-more-is-more-and-dna-is-not-enough
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Moritz Schütte, Lesley A Ogilvie, Damian T Rieke, Bodo M H Lange, Marie-Laure Yaspo, Hans Lehrach
Every tumour is different. They arise in patients with different genomes, from cells with different epigenetic modifications, and by random processes affecting the genome and/or epigenome of a somatic cell, allowing it to escape the usual controls on its growth. Tumours and patients therefore often respond very differently to the drugs they receive. Cancer precision medicine aims to characterise the tumour (and often also the patient) to be able to predict, with high accuracy, its response to different treatments, with options ranging from the selective characterisation of a few genomic variants considered particularly important to predict the response of the tumour to specific drugs, to deep genome analysis of both tumour and patient, combined with deep transcriptome analysis of the tumour...
June 9, 2017: Public Health Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28592566/combined-immune-checkpoint-blockade-as-a-therapeutic-strategy-for-brca1-mutated-breast-cancer
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Emma Nolan, Peter Savas, Antonia N Policheni, Phillip K Darcy, François Vaillant, Christopher P Mintoff, Sathana Dushyanthen, Mariam Mansour, Jia-Min B Pang, Stephen B Fox, Charles M Perou, Jane E Visvader, Daniel H D Gray, Sherene Loi, Geoffrey J Lindeman
Immune checkpoint inhibitors have emerged as a potent new class of anticancer therapy. They have changed the treatment landscape for a range of tumors, particularly those with a high mutational load. To date, however, modest results have been observed in breast cancer, where tumors are rarely hypermutated. Because BRCA1-associated tumors frequently exhibit a triple-negative phenotype with extensive lymphocyte infiltration, we explored their mutational load, immune profile, and response to checkpoint inhibition in a Brca1-deficient tumor model...
June 7, 2017: Science Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28560692/engineering-kidney-cells-reprogramming-and-directed-differentiation-to-renal-tissues
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Michael M Kaminski, Jelena Tosic, Roman Pichler, Sebastian J Arnold, Soeren S Lienkamp
Growing knowledge of how cell identity is determined at the molecular level has enabled the generation of diverse tissue types, including renal cells from pluripotent or somatic cells. Recently, several in vitro protocols involving either directed differentiation or transcription-factor-based reprogramming to kidney cells have been established. Embryonic stem cells or induced pluripotent stem cells can be guided towards a kidney fate by exposing them to combinations of growth factors or small molecules. Here, renal development is recapitulated in vitro resulting in kidney cells or organoids that show striking similarities to mammalian embryonic nephrons...
July 2017: Cell and Tissue Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539836/dual-delivery-of-ngf-and-bfgf-coacervater-ameliorates-diabetic-peripheral-neuropathy-via-inhibiting-schwann-cells-apoptosis
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Rui Li, Jianfeng Ma, Yanqing Wu, Matthew Nangle, Shuang Zou, Yiyang Li, Jiayu Yin, Yingzheng Zhao, Helin Xu, Hongyu Zhang, Xiaokun Li, Qing Song Ye, Jian Wang, Jian Xiao
Diabetic neuropathy is a kind of insidious complications that impairs neural and vascular function and ultimately leads to somatic and visceral denervation. Basic fibroblast growth factor (bFGF) and nerve growth factor (NGF) are important neurotrophic factors for stimulating angiogenesis and improving peripheral nerve function. Administrating a single factor has good therapeutic effect on diabetic peripheral neuropathy (DPN). However, the short half-life and rapid diffusion of growth factors under physiological conditions limits its clinical applications...
2017: International Journal of Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536279/the-damaging-effect-of-passenger-mutations-on-cancer-progression
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Christopher McFarland, Julia A Yaglom, Jonathan W Wojtkowiak, Jacob Scott, David L Morse, Michael Y Sherman, Leonid Mirny
Genomic instability and high mutation rates cause cancer to acquire numerous mutations and chromosomal alterations during its somatic evolution, most are termed passengers because they do not confer cancer phenotypes. Evolutionary simulations and cancer genomic studies suggest that mildly deleterious passengers accumulate and can collectively slow cancer progression. Clinical data also suggest an association between passenger load and response to therapeutics, yet no causal link between the effects of passengers and cancer progression has been established...
May 23, 2017: Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522754/met-exon-14-mutation-encodes-an-actionable-therapeutic-target-in-lung-adenocarcinoma
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Xinyuan Lu, Nir Peled, John Greer, Wei Wu, Peter Choi, Alice H Berger, Sergio Wong, Kuang-Yu Jen, Youngho Seo, Byron Hann, Angela Brooks, Matthew Meyerson, Eric A Collisson
Targeting somatically activated oncogenes has revolutionized the treatment of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Mutations in the gene mesenchymal-epithelial transition (MET) near the exon 14 splice sites are recurrent in lung adenocarcinoma and cause exon skipping (METΔ14). Here, we analyzed 4,422 samples from 12 different malignancies to estimate the rate of said exon skipping. METΔ14 mutation and transcript were most common in lung adenocarcinoma. Endogenously expressed levels of METΔ14 transformed human epithelial lung cells in a hepatocyte growth factor-dependent manner...
August 15, 2017: Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520540/virtual-surgery-for-conduit-reconstruction-of-the-right-ventricular-outflow-tract
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Chin Siang Ong, Yue-Hin Loke, Justin Opfermann, Laura Olivieri, Luca Vricella, Axel Krieger, Narutoshi Hibino
PURPOSE: Virtual surgery involves the planning and simulation of surgical reconstruction using three-dimensional (3D) modeling based upon individual patient data, augmented by simulation of planned surgical alterations including implantation of devices or grafts. Here we describe a case in which virtual cardiac surgery aided us in determining the optimal conduit size to use for the reconstruction of the right ventricular outflow tract. DESCRIPTION: The patient is a young adolescent male with a history of tetralogy of Fallot with pulmonary atresia, requiring right ventricle-to-pulmonary artery (RV-PA) conduit replacement...
May 2017: World Journal for Pediatric & Congenital Heart Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28501635/determining-the-role-of-inflammation-in-the-selection-of-jak2-mutant-cells-in-myeloproliferative-neoplasms
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Jie Zhang, Angela G Fleischman, Dominik Wodarz, Natalia L Komarova
Myeloproliferative neoplasm (MPN) is a hematologic malignancy characterized by the clonal outgrowth of hematopoietic cells with a somatically acquired mutation most commonly in JAK2 (JAK2(V617F)). This mutation endows upon myeloid progenitors cytokine independent growth and consequently leads to excessive production of myeloid lineage cells. It has been previously suggested that inflammation may play a role in the clonal evolution of JAK2(V617F) mutants. In particular, it is possible that one or more cellular kinetic parameters of hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) are affected by inflammation, such as division or death rates of cells, and the probability of HSC differentiation...
July 21, 2017: Journal of Theoretical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28487443/her2-reactivation-through-acquisition-of-the-her2-l755s-mutation-as-a-mechanism-of-acquired-resistance-to-her2-targeted-therapy-in-her2-breast-cancer
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Xiaowei Xu, Carmine De Angelis, Kathleen A Burke, Agostina Nardone, Huizhong Hu, Lanfang Qin, Jamunarani Veeraraghavan, Vidyalakshmi Sethunath, Laura M Heiser, Nicholas Wang, Charlotte K Y Ng, Edward S Chen, Alexander Renwick, Tao Wang, Sarmistha Nanda, Martin Shea, Tamika Mitchell, Mahitha Rajendran, Ian Waters, Daniel J Zabransky, Kenneth L Scott, Carolina Gutierrez, Chandandeep Nagi, Felipe C Geyer, Gary C Chamness, Ben H Park, Chad A Shaw, Susan G Hilsenbeck, Mothaffar F Rimawi, Joe W Gray, Britta Weigelt, Jorge S Reis-Filho, C Kent Osborne, Rachel Schiff
Purpose: Resistance to anti-HER2 therapies in HER2(+) breast cancer can occur through activation of alternative survival pathways or reactivation of the HER signaling network. Here we employed BT474 parental and treatment-resistant cell line models to investigate a mechanism by which HER2(+) breast cancer can reactivate the HER network under potent HER2-targeted therapies.Experimental Design: Resistant derivatives to lapatinib (L), trastuzumab (T), or the combination (LR/TR/LTR) were developed independently from two independent estrogen receptor ER(+)/HER2(+) BT474 cell lines (AZ/ATCC)...
May 9, 2017: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28475811/ablation-of-hepatic-production-of-the-acid-labile-subunit-in-the-bovine-gh-transgenic-mice-effects-on-organ-and-skeletal-growth
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Zhongbo Liu, Tianzhen Han, Shannon Fishman, James Butler, Tracy Zimmermann, Frederic Tremblay, Carole Harbison, Nidhi Agrawal, John J Kopchick, Mitchell B Schaffler, Shoshana Yakar
Growth hormone (GH) and insulin like growth factor-1 (IGF-1) are anabolic hormones that facilitate somatic and skeletal growth, and regulate metabolism via endocrine and autocrine/paracrine mechanisms. We hypothesized that excess tissue production of GH will protect skeletal growth and integrity in states of reductions in serum IGF-1 levels. To test our hypothesis we used the bovine GH (bGH) transgenic mice as a model of GH hypersecretion and ablated the liver-derived acid labile subunit (ALS), which stabilizes IGF-1 complexes with IGF-binding protein-3 (IGFBP-3) and -5 in circulation...
May 4, 2017: Endocrinology
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