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Asma Amrani-Midoun, Soto Romuald Kiando, Cyrielle Treard, Xavier Jeunemaitre, Nabila Bouatia-Naji
BACKGROUND: Many studies have investigated the role of 5,10-methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) C677T gene polymorphism in essential hypertension (EH), but with conflicting results. AIM: To determine the eventual association between 5,10-methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) C677T gene polymorphism and hypertension in a sample of Algerian population from the Oran city. METHODS: A case-control study has been performed in 154 subjects including 82 hypertensives defined as subjects with elevated systolic blood pressure SBD≥140mmHg and or sustained diastolic blood pressure DBP≥90mmHg, and 72 normotensive subjects...
October 11, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
Oliver R Oakley, Kee Jun Kim, Po-Ching Lin, Radwa Barakat, Joseph A Cacioppo, Zhong Li, Alex Whitaker, Kwang Chul Chung, Wenyan Mei, CheMyong Ko
17β-estradiol is a potent sex hormone synthesized primarily by gonads in females and males that regulates development and function of the reproductive system. Recent studies show that 17β-estradiol is locally synthesized in non-reproductive tissues and regulates a myriad of events, including local inflammatory responses. In this study, we report that mesenteric lymph nodes and Peyer's patches are novel sites of de novo synthesis of 17β-estradiol. These secondary lymphoid organs are located within or close to the gastrointestinal tract, contain leukocytes, and function at the forefront of immune surveillance...
October 25, 2016: Endocrinology
Luka Dobovišek, Marko Hojnik, Polonca Ferk
The physiological and pathophysiological roles of sex hormones have been well documented and the modulation of their effects is applicable in many current treatments. On the other hand, the physiological role of endocannabinoids is not yet clearly understood and the endocannabinoid system is considered a relatively new therapeutic target. The physiological association between sex hormones and cannabinoids has been investigated in several studies; however, its involvement in the pathophysiology of common human diseases has been studied separately...
October 17, 2016: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
Antoni Margalida, Juan Manuel Pérez-García, Ivan Afonso, Rubén Moreno-Opo
Understanding the movement of threatened species is important if we are to optimize management and conservation actions. Here, we describe the age and sex specific spatial and temporal ranging patterns of 19 bearded vultures Gypaetus barbatus tracked with GPS technology. Our findings suggest that spatial asymmetries are a consequence of breeding status and age-classes. Territorial individuals exploited home ranges of about 50 km(2), while non-territorial birds used areas of around 10 000 km(2) (with no seasonal differences)...
October 25, 2016: Scientific Reports
Caroline M Taylor, Jean Golding, Alan M Emond
BACKGROUND/AIM: Studies on the effects of moderate prenatal exposure to cadmium (Cd) on birth outcomes have been contradictory and it has been suggested that effects may be partly masked by sex-specific effects. Our aim was to examine the association of Cd exposure in a large group of pregnant women with birth outcomes in the whole group of participants and by sex. METHODS: Pregnant women were enrolled in the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC)...
October 25, 2016: Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology
Efrat Barel
Sex differences in object location memory have been widely studied, with mixed results. The role of attention in mediating the female advantage in object location memory has not been clearly understood yet. Two experiments, involving 181 participants and using an actual object array, were conducted in the present study to examine two learning conditions: incidental and intentional. In each experiment, participants were randomly assigned to divided versus full attention conditions. The study also examined memorizing location-maintained and location-exchanged objects...
October 24, 2016: International Journal of Psychology: Journal International de Psychologie
A Gouveia, S P Dias, T Santos, H Rocha, C R Coelho, L Ruano, O Galego, M C Diogo, D Seixas, M J Sá, S Batista
OBJECTIVES: To characterize cognitive impairment in primary progressive multiple sclerosis (PPMS) and to correlate the pattern of cognitive deficits with brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) volumetric data. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In a multicenter cross-sectional study, we recruited consecutive patients with PPMS as well as age, sex, and education level-matched healthy controls (HC). All participants underwent neuropsychological (NP) assessment, and brain MRI was performed in patients with PPMS for analysis of lesion load, subcortical GM volumes, and regional cortical volumes...
October 24, 2016: Acta Neurologica Scandinavica
Xingkai An, Jie Fang, Qing Lin, Congxia Lu, Qilin Ma, Hongli Qu
Migraine is a common and disabling nervous system disease with a significant genetic predisposition. The sex hormones play an important role in the pathogenesis of migraine. However, the conclusions of the previous genetic relation studies are conflicting. The aim of this study is to determine whether variants in genes involved in estrogen receptor and estrogen hormone metabolism are related to Chinese migraine. By employing a case-control approach, 8 SNPs in the ESR1, ESR2, and CYP19A1 genes are studied in a cohort of 494 migraine cases and 533 controls...
October 24, 2016: Journal of Neurology
Hang Zheng, Hong-Yan Zhu, Xiao-Yu Zhang, Meng Wang, Ying Xiao, Guang-Yin Xu, Xing-Hong Jiang
Hydrogen sulfide (H2S) contributes to visceral hyperalgesia in primary sensory neurons, but its role in central nervous system remains largely unknown. This study was to investigate the roles and underlying mechanisms of H2S and its endogenous synthesis enzymes in the arcuate nucleus (ARC) in rat pancreatic hyperalgesia. Chronic pancreatitis (CP) was induced in male adult Sprague-Dawley rats by intra-pancreatic ductal injection of trinitrobenzene sulfonic acid (TNBS). Abdominal hyperalgesia was assessed by referred somatic behaviors to mechanical stimulation of rat abdomen...
October 25, 2016: Sheng Li Xue Bao: [Acta Physiologica Sinica]
Schneider K Rancy, Samir K Trehan, Angela E Li, Steve K Lee, Hollis G Potter, Scott W Wolfe
Background Previous authors have reported pisotriquetral pain and subsequent pisiform excision following partial or total wrist fusion in patients with scapholunate advanced collapse (SLAC). Prior studies have not considered the potential role of SLAC biomechanics on pisotriquetral osteoarthritis (PT OA) development preoperatively. Purpose To determine the prevalence and severity of PT OA in patients with SLAC as compared with a control population. Patients and Methods Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) studies of 24 patients with SLAC wrist and 24 sex- and age-matched control patients were analyzed...
November 2016: Journal of Wrist Surgery
Anne Beemelmanns, Olivia Roth
The transfer of acquired and specific immunity against previously encountered bacteria from mothers to offspring boosts the immune response of the next generation and supports the development of a successful pathogen defense. While most studies claim that the transfer of immunity is a maternal trait, in the sex-role-reversed pipefish Syngnathus typhle, fathers nurse the embryos over a placenta-like structure, which opens the door for additional paternal immune priming. We examined the potential and persistence of bacteria-type-specific parental immune priming in the pipefish S...
September 2016: Ecology and Evolution
Karin Hayashi, Yoichi Taira, Takamitsu Maeda, Yumie Matsuda, Yuki Kato, Kozue Hashi, Nobuo Kuroki, Shuichi Katsuragawa
BACKGROUND: It has been customary for working women in Japan to retire when they marry and to devote themselves to household work as well as having children. However, according to a report published by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications in 2013, the number of working women has increased consistently. As more women are advancing into society, they have more options with respect to lifestyle but may encounter new psychological burdens. Therefore, we reviewed trends among participants in a re-work day care program (hereinafter referred to as "re-work program") to clarify various problems encountered by working women and the prevalence of mental disorders...
2016: BioPsychoSocial Medicine
Jacek Kurpisz, Monika Mak, Michał Lew-Starowicz, Krzysztof Nowosielski, Przemysław Bieńkowski, Robert Kowalczyk, Błażej Misiak, Dorota Frydecka, Jerzy Samochowiec
BACKGROUND: Previous studies have shown that personality characteristics affect sexual functioning. The aim of this exploratory study was to assess and describe the relationship between global personality traits and the stereotypical femininity and masculinity levels with the broad aspects of sexual behaviours and attitudes in the group of 97 heterosexual young adult men aged 19-39 and living in Poland. METHODS: The 'Big Five' personality traits were measured with the NEO-FFI questionnaire; stereotypical femininity and masculinity with the Bem sex role inventory (BSRI); sexual disorders with the International index of erectile function (IIEF); socio-epidemiological data, sexual behaviours and attitudes towards sexuality with a self-constructed questionnaire...
2016: Annals of General Psychiatry
Corinna Koebnick, Heidi Fischer, Matthew F Daley, Assiamira Ferrara, Michael A Horberg, Beth Waitzfelder, Deborah Rohm Young, Michael K Gould
BACKGROUND: To improve care and control for patients with adult-onset asthma, a better understanding of determinants of their risk and outcomes is important. We investigated how associations between asthma, asthma control and obesity may be modified by patient demographic characteristics. METHODS: This retrospective study of adults enrolled in several health plans across the U.S. (n = 2,860,305) examined the interacting effects of obesity, age, race, and sex on adult-onset asthma and asthma control...
2016: Allergy, Asthma, and Clinical Immunology
Keisuke Shoji, Yutaka Suzuki, Sumio Sugano, Toru Shimada, Susumu Katsuma
PIWI-interacting RNAs (piRNAs) play essential roles in the defense system against selfish elements in animal germ line cells by cooperating with PIWI proteins. A subset of piRNAs is predicted to be generated via the "ping-pong" cascade, which is mainly controlled by two different PIWI proteins. Here we established a cell-based artificial piRNA production system using a silkworm ovarian cultured cell line that is believed to possess a complete piRNA pathway. In addition, we took advantage of a unique silkworm sex-determining one-to-one ping-pong piRNA pair, which enabled us to precisely monitor the behaviour of individual artificial piRNAs...
October 24, 2016: RNA
Svetlana A Ivanova, Diana Z Osmanova, Anastasia S Boiko, Ivan V Pozhidaev, Maxim B Freidin, Olga Yu Fedorenko, Arkadiy V Semke, Nikolay A Bokhan, Elena G Kornetova, Lubov D Rakhmazova, Bob Wilffert, Anton J M Loonen
BACKGROUND: Antipsychotic drugs can cause hyperprolactinemia. However, hyperprolactinemia was also observed in treatment-naive patients with a first schizophrenic episode. This phenomenon might be related to the role of prolactin as a cytokine in autoimmune diseases. Extrapituitary prolactin production is regulated by an alternative promoter, which contains the functional single nucleotide polymorphism -1149 G/T (rs1341239). We examined whether this polymorphism was associated with hyperprolactinemia in patients with schizophrenia...
October 21, 2016: Schizophrenia Research
Virginia Lope, Nerea Fernández de Larrea, Beatriz Pérez-Gómez, Vicente Martín, Victor Moreno, Laura Costas, Federico Longo, José Juan Jiménez-Moleón, Javier Llorca, Nieves Ascunce, Rosana Peiró-Pérez, Jone M Altzibar, Adonina Tardón, Juan Alguacil, Carmen Navarro, Ángeles Sierra, Ana Belén Vega, Amaya Villafañe, Gemma Castaño-Vinyals, Manolis Kogevinas, Marina Pollán, Nuria Aragonés
BACKGROUND: Sex hormones play a role in gastric cancer and colorectal cancer etiology, however, epidemiological evidence is inconsistent. This study examines the influence of menstrual and reproductive factors over the risk of both tumors. METHODS: In this case-control study 128 women with gastric cancer and 1293 controls, as well as 562 female and colorectal cancer cases and 1605 controls were recruited in 9 and 11 Spanish provinces, respectively. Population controls were frequency matched to cases by age and province...
2016: PloS One
L Soylu, O U Aydin, S Ozbas, B Bilezikci, S Ilgan, A Gursoy, S Kocak
OBJECTIVE: Papillary thyroid carcinoma (PTC) may often appear as multifocal disease. Few studies demonstrated a higher rate of central compartment lymph node metastasis (CCLNM) in multifocal PTC patients. Therefore, the effect of different histological subtypes of multifocal PTC on CCLNM is another subject for further examination. The aim of the present study is to evaluate the rate of central lymph node positivity in multifocal PTC as compared to unifocal disease, and to identify the role of different histologic subtypes of PTC on central neck lymph node positivity...
October 2016: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
Mieun Gwon, Young Jin Tak, Yun Jin Kim, Sang Yeoup Lee, Jeong Gyu Lee, Dong Wook Jeong, Yu Hyeon Yi, Seung Hoon Lee, Hye Rim Hwang, Youngin Lee
Hypovitaminosis D and stress are common problems among the elderly. The aim of this cross-sectional nationally representative study was to evaluate the association between hypovitaminosis D and stress perception using large-scale nationally representative data from the Korea National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (2012-2013). In our study, a total of 1393 elders (≥65 years old) were included to evaluate the association between hypovitaminosis D and stress perception. Serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D levels were determined using radioimmunoassay, and perceived stress status was assessed by a self-reporting questionnaire...
October 19, 2016: Nutrients
Paolo Capogrosso, Eugenio Ventimiglia, Marco Moschini, Luca Boeri, Elena Farina, Nadia Finocchio, Giorgio Gandaglia, Nicola Fossati, Alberto Briganti, Franscesco Montorsi, Andrea Salonia
BACKGROUND: Controversial results have shown a significant association with either low or high total testosterone (tT) levels and high risk prostate cancer (PCa). We tested the relationship between circulating tT and grade group 5 (G5) PCa at radical prostatectomy (RP) in patients with preoperative low- to intermediate-risk disease. METHODS: Serum sex hormones were assessed the day before RP in a cohort of 846 patients with low- to intermediate-risk PCa. Patients were segregated using the new 5-tiered Gleason grade groups...
October 24, 2016: Prostate
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