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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921784/the-evolution-of-gonad-expenditure-and-gonadosomatic-index-gsi-in-male-and-female-broadcast-spawning-invertebrates
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Geoff A Parker, Steven A Ramm, Jussi Lehtonen, Jonathan M Henshaw
Sedentary broadcast-spawning marine invertebrates, which release both eggs and sperm into the water for fertilization, are of special interest for sexual selection studies. They provide unique insight into the early stages of the evolutionary succession leading to the often-intense operation of both pre- and post-mating sexual selection in mobile gonochorists. Since they are sessile or only weakly mobile, adults can interact only to a limited extent with other adults and with their own fertilized offspring...
September 18, 2017: Biological Reviews of the Cambridge Philosophical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28900770/how-regularities-of-mortality-statistics-explain-why-we-age-despite-having-potentially-ageless-somatic-stem-cells
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Alexander V Khalyavkin, Vyacheslav N Krut'ko
Researchers working in the area of ageing have found numerous manifestations of this process at the molecular biological level, including DNA and protein damage, accumulation of metabolic by-products, lipids peroxidation, macromolecular cross-linking, non-enzymatic glycosylation, anti-oxidant/pro-oxidant misbalance, rising of pro-inflammatory cytokines, etc. This results in an increase in the proportion of cells in growth arrest, reduction of the rate of information processing, metabolic rate decrease, and decrease in rates of other processes characterizing dynamic aspects of the organism's interaction with its environment...
September 12, 2017: Biogerontology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28877206/simulation-framework-for-generating-intratumor-heterogeneity-patterns-in-a-cancer-cell-population
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Watal M Iwasaki, Hideki Innan
As cancer cell populations evolve, they accumulate a number of somatic mutations, resulting in heterogeneous subclones in the final tumor. Understanding the mechanisms that produce intratumor heterogeneity is important for selecting the best treatment. Although some studies have involved intratumor heterogeneity simulations, their model settings differed substantially. Thus, only limited conditions were explored in each. Herein, we developed a general framework for simulating intratumor heterogeneity patterns and a simulator (tumopp)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28866660/generation-of-tryptophan-hydroxylase-2-gene-knockout-pigs-by-crispr-cas9-mediated-gene-targeting
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Ze Li, Hai-Yuan Yang, Ying Wang, Man-Ling Zhang, Xiao-Rui Liu, Qiang Xiong, Li-Ning Zhang, Yong Jin, Li-Sha Mou, Yan Liu, Rong-Feng Li, Yi Rao, Yi-Fan Dai
Unbalanced brain serotonin (5-HT) levels have implications in various behavioral abnormalities and neuropsychiatric disorders. The biosynthesis of neuronal 5-HT is regulated by the rate-limiting enzyme, tryptophan hydroxylase-2 (TPH2). In the present study, the clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeat (CRISPR)/CRISPR-associated (Cas) system was used to target the Tph2 gene in Bama mini pig fetal fibroblasts. It was found that CRISPR/Cas9 targeting efficiency could be as high as 61.5%, and the biallelic mutation efficiency reached at 38...
September 3, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28859076/developmental-programming-of-somatic-growth-behavior-and-endocannabinoid-metabolism-by-variation-of-early-postnatal-nutrition-in-a-cross-fostering-mouse-model
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Felix Schreiner, Merle Ackermann, Michael Michalik, Eva Hucklenbruch-Rother, Andras Bilkei-Gorzo, Ildiko Racz, Laura Bindila, Beat Lutz, Jörg Dötsch, Andreas Zimmer, Joachim Woelfle
BACKGROUND: Nutrient deprivation during early development has been associated with the predisposition to metabolic disorders in adulthood. Considering its interaction with metabolism, appetite and behavior, the endocannabinoid (eCB) system represents a promising target of developmental programming. METHODS: By cross-fostering and variation of litter size, early postnatal nutrition of CB6F1-hybrid mice was controlled during the lactation period (3, 6, or 10 pups/mother)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28855394/an-in-vivo-genetic-screen-in-drosophila-identifies-the-orthologue-of-human-cancer-testis-gene-spo11-among-a-network-of-targets-to-inhibit-lethal-3-malignant-brain-tumour-growth
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Fabrizio Rossi, Cristina Molnar, Kazuya Hashiyama, Jan P Heinen, Judit Pampalona, Salud Llamazares, José Reina, Tomomi Hashiyama, Madhulika Rai, Giulia Pollarolo, Ismael Fernández-Hernández, Cayetano Gonzalez
Using transgenic RNAi technology, we have screened over 4000 genes to identify targets to inhibit malignant growth caused by the loss of function of lethal(3)malignant brain tumour in Drosophila in vivo We have identified 131 targets, which belong to a wide range of gene ontologies. Most of these target genes are not significantly overexpressed in mbt tumours hence showing that, rather counterintuitively, tumour-linked overexpression is not a good predictor of functional requirement. Moreover, we have found that most of the genes upregulated in mbt tumours remain overexpressed in tumour-suppressed double-mutant conditions, hence revealing that most of the tumour transcriptome signature is not necessarily correlated with malignant growth...
August 2017: Open Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28855279/telomere-length-dynamics-in-early-life-the-blood-and-muscle-model
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Sanjeev Sabharwal, Simon Verhulst, George Guirguis, Jeremy D Kark, Carlos Labat, Natalie E Roche, Kristina Martimucci, Krunal Patel, Debra S Heller, Masayuki Kimura, Donald Chuang, Anne Chuang, Athanase Benetos, Abraham Aviv
Telomere length (TL) trajectories in somatic tissues during human growth and development are poorly understood. We examined a blood-and-muscle model during early life, focusing on TL trajectories in leukocytes, representing the highly proliferative hematopoietic system, and skeletal muscle, a minimally proliferative tissue. Leukocyte TL (LTL) and skeletal muscle TL (MTL) were measured in 28 fetuses and 73 children. LTL and MTL were highly variable across individuals (sd: fetal LTL = 0.72 kb, MTL = 0.72 kb; children LTL = 0...
August 29, 2017: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28837407/a-dynamic-energy-based-model-to-analyze-sublethal-effects-of-chronic-gamma-irradiation-in-the-nematode-caenorhabditis-elegans
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Catherine Lecomte-Pradines, Turid Hertel-Aas, Claire Coutris, Rodolphe Gilbin, Deborah Oughton, Frédéric Alonzo
Understanding how toxic contaminants affect wildlife species at various levels of biological organization (subcellular, histological, physiological, organism, and population levels) is a major research goal in both ecotoxicology and radioecology. A mechanistic understanding of the links between different observed perturbations is necessary to predict the consequences for survival, growth, and reproduction, which are critical for population dynamics. In this context, experimental and modeling studies were conducted using the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans...
August 24, 2017: Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28830860/human%C3%A2-pluripotent-stem-cell-derived-tsc2-haploinsufficient-smooth-muscle-cells-recapitulate%C3%A2-features-of-lymphangioleiomyomatosis
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Lisa M Julian, Sean P Delaney, Ying Wang, Alexander A Goldberg, Carole Doré, Julien Yockell-Lelièvre, Roger Y Tam, Krinio Giannikou, Fiona McMurray, Molly S Shoichet, Mary-Ellen Harper, Elizabeth P Henske, David J Kwiatkowski, Thomas N Darling, Joel Moss, Arnold S Kristof, William L Stanford
Lymphangioleiomyomatosis (LAM) is a progressive destructive neoplasm of the lung associated with inactivating mutations in the TSC1 or TSC2 tumor suppressor genes. Cell or animal models that accurately reflect the pathology of LAM have been challenging to develop. Here we generated a robust human cell model of LAM by reprogramming TSC2 mutation-bearing fibroblasts from a patient with both Tuberous Sclerosis Complex (TSC) and LAM (TSC-LAM) into induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs), followed by selection of cells that resemble those found in LAM tumors by unbiased in vivo differentiation...
August 22, 2017: Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822091/effect-of-ap102-a-subtype-2-and-5-specific-somatostatin-analog-on-glucose-metabolism-in-rats
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Erika Tarasco, Petra Seebeck, Svende Pfundstein, Adrian F Daly, Philippe J Eugster, Alan G Harris, Eric Grouzmann, Thomas A Lutz, Christina N Boyle
PURPOSE: Somatostatin analogs are widely used to treat conditions associated with hormonal hypersecretion such as acromegaly and metastatic neuroendocrine tumors. First generation somatostatin analogs, such as octreotide and lanreotide, have high affinity for somatostatin receptor subtype 2 (SSTR2), but have incomplete efficacy in many patients. Pasireotide targets multiple SSTRs, having the highest affinity for SSTR5, but causes hyperglycemia and diabetes mellitus in preclinical and clinical studies...
August 18, 2017: Endocrine
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...
September 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 specialization may account for sex differences in lifespan in baboons if such specialization 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 modeled as a dynamic behavioral game, with the optimal decision for each individual depending upon his/her state and the behavior 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
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