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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933755/maternal-pre-pregnancy-bmi-downregulates-neonatal-cord-blood-lep-methylation
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R Kadakia, Y Zheng, Z Zhang, W Zhang, L Hou, J L Josefson
BACKGROUND: Neonatal adiposity has many determinants and may be a risk factor for future obesity. Epigenetic regulation of metabolically important genes is a potential contributor. OBJECTIVES: The objective of the study is to determine whether methylation changes in the LEP gene in cord blood DNA are impacted by the maternal environment or affect neonatal adiposity measures. METHODS: A cross-sectional study of 114 full-term neonates born to healthy mothers with normal glucose tolerance was performed...
December 8, 2016: Pediatric Obesity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933732/hypothesis-driven-physical-examination-curriculum
#2
Sharon Allen, Andrew Olson, Jeremiah Menk, James Nixon
BACKGROUND: Medical students traditionally learn physical examination skills as a rote list of manoeuvres. Alternatives like hypothesis-driven physical examination (HDPE) may promote students' understanding of the contribution of physical examination to diagnostic reasoning. We sought to determine whether first-year medical students can effectively learn to perform a physical examination using an HDPE approach, and then tailor the examination to specific clinical scenarios. Medical students traditionally learn physical examination skills as a rote list of manoeuvres CONTEXT: First-year medical students at the University of Minnesota were taught both traditional and HDPE approaches during a required 17-week clinical skills course in their first semester...
December 9, 2016: Clinical Teacher
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933723/comfa-topomer-comfa-and-hqsar-studies-on-a-series-of-novel-hiv-1-protease-inhibitors
#3
Afsane Heidari, Mohammad H Fatemi
Comparative molecular field analysis (CoMFA), topomer CoMFA and hologram QSAR (HQSAR) as three efficient methods of QSAR have been performed on 40 newly synthesized inhibitors against HIV-1 protease. Molecular alignment was done by aid of crystallographic structure of template inhibitor (indirectly alignment) and also by the molecular mechanic (MM) minimized structure. Both alignment methods produced satisfactory statistics for training set, but indirectly alignment had more predictive power. Generated counter maps, especially by topomer CoMFA, give comprehensive information about structural features affecting the inhibitory activities of studied chemicals...
December 9, 2016: Chemical Biology & Drug Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933717/mass-cytometry-analytical-approaches-reveal-cytokine-induced-changes-in-natural-killer-cells
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Elena Vendrame, Julia Fukuyama, Dara M Strauss-Albee, Susan Holmes, Catherine A Blish
BACKGROUND: Natural killer (NK) cells have antiviral and antitumor activity that could be harnessed for the treatment of infections and malignancies. To maintain cell viability and enhance antiviral and antitumor effects, NK cells are frequently treated with cytokines. Here we performed an extensive assessment of the effects of cytokines on the phenotype and function of human NK cells. METHODS: We used cytometry by time-of-flight (CyTOF) to evaluate NK cell repertoire changes after stimulation with interleukin (IL)-2, IL-15 or a combination of IL- 12/IL-15/IL-18...
December 9, 2016: Cytometry. Part B, Clinical Cytometry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933715/efficacy-of-self-monitoring-of-blood-glucose-versus-retrospective-continuous-glucose-monitoring-in-improving-glycaemic-control-in-diabetic-kidney-disease-patients
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Ester Chai Kheng Yeoh, Boon Khim Lim, Sharon Fun, Julia Tong, Lee Ying Yeoh, Chee Fang Sum, Tavintharan Subramaniam, Su Chi Lim
AIMS: Patients with diabetic kidney disease (DKD) on anti-diabetic agents, are at greater risk of glycemic variations, both hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia. We aimed to compare glycemic control (using HbA1c) and hypoglycemia incidence in patients with Stage 3 DKD (eGFR 30-60 ml/min/1.73 m(2) ), receiving retrospective CGM-guided anti-diabetic therapy versus self-monitoring of blood glucose (SMBG) over 3 months. METHODS: Thirty patients with HbA1c > 8% were randomized to 6-day retrospective CGM or SMBG...
December 9, 2016: Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933702/multiparameter-particle-display-mppd-a-quantitative-screening-method-for-the-discovery-of-highly-specific-aptamers
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Jinpeng Wang, Jingwen Yu, Qin Yang, John McDermott, Alexander Scott, Matthew Vukovich, Remy Lagrois, Qiang Gong, William Greenleaf, Michael Eisenstein, B Scott Ferguson, H Tom Soh
Aptamers are a promising class of affinity reagents because they are chemically synthesized, thus making them highly reproducible and distributable as sequence information rather than a physical entity. Although many high-quality aptamers have been previously reported, it is difficult to routinely generate aptamers that possess both high affinity and specificity. One of the reasons is that conventional aptamer selection can only be performed either for affinity (positive selection) or for specificity (negative selection), but not both simultaneously...
December 9, 2016: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933697/total-magnetic-resonance-imaging-burden-of-cerebral-small-vessel-disease-is-associated-with-post-stroke-depression-in-patients-with-acute-lacunar-stroke
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X Zhang, Y Tang, Y Xie, C Ding, J Xiao, X Jiang, H Shan, Y Lin, C Li, D Hu, T Li, L Sheng
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Despite extensive studies on post-stroke depression (PSD), the role of the total burden of cerebral small-vessel disease (cSVD) in its pathogenesis remains unclear. METHODS: We conducted a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)-based cohort study to investigate the relationship between total MRI burden of cSVD and PSD among patients with first-ever lacunar stroke. From June 2013 to January 2016, 374 patients were consecutively recruited. PSD was identified using the Chinese version of the Structured Clinical Interview for DSM-IV...
December 9, 2016: European Journal of Neurology: the Official Journal of the European Federation of Neurological Societies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933694/association-of-coffee-consumption-and-chronic-kidney-disease-a-meta-analysis
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Karn Wijarnpreecha, Charat Thongprayoon, Natanong Thamcharoen, Panadeekarn Panjawatanan, Wisit Cheungpasitporn
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES: The risk of chronic kidney disease (CKD) in individuals who regularly drink coffee is controversial. The aim of this meta-analysis was to evaluate the association between coffee consumption and CKD. METHODS: A literature search was performed using MEDLINE, EMBASE, and Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews from inception until April 2016. We included studies that reported odd ratios or hazard ratios comparing the risk of CKD in individuals consuming significant amount of coffee vs...
December 9, 2016: International Journal of Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933693/heart-transplantation-in-children-with-intellectual-disability-an-analysis-of-the-unos-database
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Alexander N Goel, Amit Iyengar, Kenneth Schowengerdt, Andrew C Fiore, Charles B Huddleston
Heart transplantation in children with intellectual disability (ID) is an issue of debate due to the shortage of available donor organs. We sought to perform the first large-scale retrospective cohort study describing the prevalence and outcomes of heart transplantation in this population. The United Network of Organ Sharing database was queried from 2008 to 2015 for pediatric patients (age <19 years) receiving first, isolated heart transplant. Recipients were divided into three subgroups: definite ID, probable ID, and no ID...
December 9, 2016: Pediatric Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933692/preferential-changes-of-skeletal-muscle-echogenicity-in-myotonic-dystrophy-type-1
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N Takamatsu, K Sogawa, H Nodera, S Hashiguchi, Y Osaki, M Saito, A Mori, Y Izumi, R Kaji
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: In myotonic dystrophy type 1 (DM1), weakness of distal limb muscles affects quality of life. Non-invasive evaluation of muscular involvement by muscle sonography could be useful for characterizing muscle-specific involvement. METHODS: Sonography of the lower leg and forearm was performed in 19 patients with DM1 and 10 control subjects. The mean echo intensities (EIs) of seven limb muscles were obtained by computer-assisted histogram analysis and compared within DM1 according to the overall clinical severity...
December 9, 2016: European Journal of Neurology: the Official Journal of the European Federation of Neurological Societies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933674/heterosis-in-hybrids-within-and-between-yeast-species
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Joana Bernardes, Rike B Stelkens, Duncan Greig
The performance of hybrids relative to their parents is an important factor in speciation research. We measured the growth of 46 Saccharomyces yeast F1 inter-specific and intra-specific hybrids, relative to the growth of each of their parents, in pairwise competition assays. We found that the growth of a hybrid relative to the average of its parents, a measure of mid-parent heterosis, correlated with the difference in parental growth relative to their hybrid, a measure of phenotypic divergence, which is consistent with simple complementation of low fitness alleles in one parent by high fitness alleles in the other...
December 9, 2016: Journal of Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933672/single-neuron-activity-and-theta-modulation-in-the-posterior-parietal-cortex-in-a-visuospatial-attention-task
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Fang-Chi Yang, T K Jacobson, R D Burwell
The posterior parietal cortex (PPC) is implicated in directing and maintaining visual attention to locations in space. We hypothesized that the PPC also engages other cognitive processes in the transformation of behaviorally relevant visual inputs into appropriate actions, for example, monitoring of multiple locations, selection of responses to locations in space, and monitoring the outcome of response selections. We recorded single cells and local field potentials in the rat PPC during performance on a novel visuospatial attention (VSA) task that requires visually monitoring locations in space in order to make appropriate stimulus-guided locomotor responses...
December 9, 2016: Hippocampus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933668/the-role-of-the-hippocampus-in-generalizing-configural-relationships
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Sam C Berens, Chris M Bird
The hippocampus has been implicated in integrating information across separate events in support of mnemonic generalizations. These generalizations may be underpinned by processes at both encoding (linking similar information across events) and retrieval ("on-the-fly" generalization). However, the relative contribution of the hippocampus to encoding- and retrieval-based generalizations is poorly understood. Using fMRI in humans, we investigated the hippocampal role in gradually learning a set of spatial discriminations and subsequently generalizing them in an acquired equivalence task...
December 9, 2016: Hippocampus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933664/left-ventricular-rotational-mechanics-in-infants-with-hypoxic-ischemic-encephalopathy-and-preterm-infants-at-36%C3%A2-weeks-postmenstrual-age-a-comparison-with-healthy-term-controls
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Colm R Breatnach, Eva Forman, Adrienne Foran, Cathy Monteith, Lisa McSweeney, Fergal Malone, Naomi McCallion, Orla Franklin, Afif El-Khuffash
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: There is a paucity of data on left ventricle (LV) rotational physiology in neonates. We aimed to assess rotational mechanics in infants with hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) and premature infants (<32 weeks) at 36 weeks postmenstrual age (PMA) (preterm group) and compare them with healthy term controls (term controls). We also compared the parameters in preterm infants with and without chronic lung disease (CLD). METHODS: Echocardiography was performed within 48 hours of birth or at 36 weeks PMA...
December 9, 2016: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933662/evidence-of-staphylococcus-aureus-deformation-proliferation-and-migration-in-canaliculi-of-live-cortical-bone-in-murine-models-of-osteomyelitis
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Karen L de Mesy Bentley, Ryan Trombetta, Kohei Nishitani, Sheila N Bello-Irizarry, Mark Ninomiya, Longze Zhang, Hung Li Chung, James L McGrath, John L Daiss, Hani A Awad, Stephen L Kates, Edward M Schwarz
While Staphylococcus aureus osteomyelitis is considered to be incurable, the major bacterial reservoir in live cortical bone has remained unknown. In addition to biofilm bacteria on necrotic tissue and implants, studies have implicated intracellular infection of osteoblasts and osteocytes as a mechanism of chronic osteomyelitis. Thus, we performed the first systematic transmission electron microscopy (TEM) studies to formally define major reservoirs of S. aureus in chronically infected mouse (Balb/c J) long bone tissue...
December 8, 2016: Journal of Bone and Mineral Research: the Official Journal of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933651/nuclear-relaxed-elastic-and-piezoelectric-constants-of-materials-computational-aspects-of-two-quantum-mechanical-approaches
#16
Alessandro Erba, Dominique Caglioti, Claudio Marcelo Zicovich-Wilson, Roberto Dovesi
Two alternative approaches for the quantum-mechanical calculation of the nuclear-relaxation term of elastic and piezoelectric tensors of crystalline materials are illustrated and their computational aspects discussed: (i) a numerical approach based on the geometry optimization of atomic positions at strained lattice configurations and (ii) a quasi-analytical approach based on the evaluation of the force- and displacement-response internal-strain tensors as combined with the interatomic force-constant matrix...
December 9, 2016: Journal of Computational Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933644/quantitative-determination-and-evaluation-of-paris-polyphylla-var-yunnanensis-with-different-harvesting-time-using-uplc-uv-ms-and-ft-ir-spectroscopy-in-combination-with-partial-least-squares-discriminant-analysis
#17
Yuan-Gui Yang, Ji Zhang, Yan-Li Zhao, Jin-Yu Zhang, Yuan-Zhong Wang
A rapid method was developed and validated by ultra performance liquid chromatography-triple quadrupole mass spectroscopy with ultraviolet detection (UPLC-UV-MS) for simultaneous determination of paris saponin I, paris saponin II, paris saponin VI and paris saponin VII. Partial least squares discriminant analysis (PLS-DA) based on UPLC and Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy was employed to evaluate Paris polyphylla var. yunnanensis (PPY) of different harvesting time. Quantitative determination implied that the various content of bioactive compounds with different harvesting time may lead to different pharmacological effects, the average content of total saponins for PPY from eight years was higher than that from others...
December 9, 2016: Biomedical Chromatography: BMC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933641/method-of-b0-mapping-with-magnitude-based-correction-for-bipolar-two-point-dixon-cardiac-mri
#18
Junmin Liu, Dana C Peters, Maria Drangova
PURPOSE: The conventional two-point (2pt) Dixon technique explicitly estimates B0 map by performing phase unwrapping. When signal loss, phase singularity, artifacts, or spatially isolated regions corrupt the measured phase images, this unwrapping-based technique will face difficulty. This work aims to improve the reliability of B0 mapping by performing unwrapping error correction. METHOD: To detect the unwrapping-caused phase errors, we determined a magnitude-based fat/water mask and used it as reference to identify pixels being mismatched by the phase-based mask, which was derived from the B0-corrected phase term of the Hermitian product between echoes...
December 8, 2016: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933630/comparison-of-cartilage-with-temporalis-fascia-tympanoplasty-a-meta-analysis-of-comparative-studies
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Mir Mohammad Jalali, Masoud Motasaddi, Ali Kouhi, Sasan Dabiri, Robabeh Soleimani
OBJECTIVE: To systematically review the results of type 1 tympanoplasty with temporalis fascia (TF) versus cartilage in patients with chronic otitis media (COM) for graft integration and hearing improvement. DATA SOURCES: The English language literature (until June 1, 2016) was searched, using Medline (via PubMed), Scopus, ProQuest, Ovid, Cochrane database, and Google Scholar. REVIEW METHODS: A comprehensive review of the literature was performed...
December 9, 2016: Laryngoscope
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933608/assessing-fear-learning-via-conditioned-respiratory-amplitude-responses
#20
Giuseppe Castegnetti, Athina Tzovara, Matthias Staib, Samuel Gerster, Dominik R Bach
Respiratory physiology is influenced by cognitive processes. It has been suggested that some cognitive states may be inferred from respiration amplitude responses (RAR) after external events. Here, we investigate whether RAR allow assessment of fear memory in cued fear conditioning, an experimental model of aversive learning. To this end, we built on a previously developed psychophysiological model (PsPM) of RAR, which regards interpolated RAR time series as the output of a linear time invariant system. We first establish that average RAR after CS+ and CS- are different...
December 8, 2016: Psychophysiology
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