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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343369/heavier-birth-weight-associated-with-taller-height-but-not-age-at-menarche-in-us-women-born-1991-1998
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Megan Workman, Karina Kelly
OBJECTIVES: Heavier birth weight predicts taller adult height, but it remains unknown the extent to which this additional height increment results from a faster average growth rate versus an extension of the growth period. Aiming to distinguish these effects, this study examined associations between birth weight (BW), age at menarche (an established proxy for growth duration), and near-adult height in a cohort of US young women born in the 1990s. METHODS: Multiple regression evaluated age-adjusted height as an outcome of BW, age at menarche, indicators of family socioeconomic status, and other potential confounders in a sample of US teens who participated in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey between 2007 and 2012 (N = 342)...
March 26, 2017: American Journal of Human Biology: the Official Journal of the Human Biology Council
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343310/steroidogenic-genes-expressions-are-repressed-by-high-levels-of-leptin-and-the-jak-stat-signaling-pathway-in-ma-10-leydig-cells
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David A Landry, François Sormany, Josée Haché, Pauline Roumaud, Luc J Martin
The adipose tissue is an important endocrine organ secreting numerous peptide hormones, including leptin. Increased circulating levels of leptin, as a result of hormonal resistance in obese individuals, may contribute to lower androgen production in obese males. However, the molecular mechanisms involved need to be better defined. Androgens are mainly produced by Leydig cells within the testis. In male rodents, activation of the leptin receptor modulates a cascade of intracellular signal transduction pathways which may lead to regulation of transcription factors having influences on steroidogenesis in Leydig cells...
March 25, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343287/catabolic-effects-of-fgf-1-on-chondrocytes-and-its-possible-role-in-osteoarthritis
#3
Abdellatif El-Seoudi, Tarek Abd El Kader, Takashi Nishida, Takanori Eguchi, Eriko Aoyama, Masaharu Takigawa, Satoshi Kubota
Fibroblast growth factor 1 (FGF-1) is a classical member of the FGF family and is produced by chondrocytes cultured from osteoarthritic patients. Also, this growth factor was shown to bind to CCN family protein 2 (CCN2), which regenerates damaged articular cartilage and counteracts osteoarthritis (OA) in an animal model. However, the pathophysiological role of FGF-1 in cartilage has not been well investigated. In this study, we evaluated the effects of FGF-1 in vitro and its production in vivo by use of an OA model...
March 25, 2017: Journal of Cell Communication and Signaling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343261/stress-processes-linking-parent-child-disconnection-to-disease-risk-in-young-adulthood-amplification-by-genotype
#4
Dayoung Bae, Kandauda A S Wickrama
Previous studies have documented that early stressful family relationships influence subsequent stressful life circumstances and health outcomes over the life course. Less is known, however, about whether stressful parent-child relationships increase the influence of proximal stressors on youth health operating as a stress-sensitizing life context, and individual genetic variations have effects on these developmental processes. Informed by life course stress process theory, which focuses on the proliferation, accumulation, and interactions of stressors over the life course as health risks, we examined whether (a) parent-child disconnection influences the occurrence of stressful life events in young adulthood, (b) parent-child disconnection potentiates the impact of stressful life events on young adults' health, or (c) potential health impact is intensified further by individual genotype...
March 25, 2017: Journal of Youth and Adolescence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343210/periodic-fever-aphthous-stomatitis-pharyngitis-and-cervical-adenitis-pfapa-syndrome-in-children
#5
Vira B Semianchuk
INTRODUCTION: Periodic fever, aphthous stomatitis, pharyngitis and cervical adenitis (PFAPA) syndrome refers to a group of primary immunodeficiencies, namely autoinflammatory diseases. Most pediatricians and otolaryngologists do not suspect PFAPA syndrome when treating recurrent pharyngitis (according to Ukrainian classification - tonsillitis) and stomatitis. Therefore, patients with a given syndrome receive unnecessary treatment (antibiotic therapy or antiviral drugs) and the diagnosis is made late...
2017: Wiadomości Lekarskie: Organ Polskiego Towarzystwa Lekarskiego
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343164/a-quantitative-concordance-measure-for-comparing-and-combining-treatment-selection-markers
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Zhiwei Zhang, Shujie Ma, Lei Nie, Guoxing Soon
Motivated by an HIV example, we consider how to compare and combine treatment selection markers, which are essential to the notion of precision medicine. The current literature on precision medicine is focused on evaluating and optimizing treatment regimes, which can be obtained by dichotomizing treatment selection markers. In practice, treatment decisions are based not only on efficacy but also on safety, cost and individual preference, making it difficult to choose a single cutoff value for all patients in all settings...
March 25, 2017: International Journal of Biostatistics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343163/s100a6-focus-on-recent-developments
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Wiesława Leśniak, Tomasz Wilanowski, Anna Filipek
The Ca2+-binding protein, S100A6, belongs to the S100 family. Binding of Ca2+ induces a conformational change, which causes an increase in the overall S100A6 hydrophobicity and allows it to interact with many targets. S100A6 is expressed in different normal tissues and in many tumors. Up to now it has been shown that S100A6 is involved in cell proliferation, cytoskeletal dynamics and tumorigenesis, and that it might have some extracellular functions. In this review, we summarize novel discoveries concerning S100A6 targets, its involvement in cellular signaling pathways, and presence in stem/progenitor cells, extracellular matrix and body fluids of diseased patients...
March 25, 2017: Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343126/pi3k-signaling-in-cancer-beyond-akt
#8
REVIEW
Evan C Lien, Christian C Dibble, Alex Toker
The phosphoinositide 3-kinase (PI3K) signaling pathway is one of the most frequently altered pathways in human cancer and has a critical role in driving tumor initiation and progression. Although PI3K and its lipid product phosphatidylinositol-3,4,5-trisphosphate (PIP3) have been shown to activate multiple downstream signaling proteins, the vast majority of studies have focused on the protein kinase AKT as the dominant effector of PI3K signaling. However, recent studies have demonstrated many contexts under which other PIP3-dependent signaling proteins critically contribute to cancer progression, illustrating the importance of understanding AKT-independent signaling downstream of PI3K...
March 23, 2017: Current Opinion in Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343125/structural-modeling-of-human-organic-cation-transporters
#9
Tikam Chand Dakal, Rajender Kumar, Dindial Ramotar
Human organic cation transporters (hOCTs) belong to solute carriers (SLC) 22 family of membrane proteins that play a central role in transportation of chemotherapeutic drugs for several clinical and pathological conditions, including cancer and diabetes. These transporters mediate drug transport; however, the precise mechanism of drug-binding and transport by them is not fully uncovered yet, partly due to unavailability of any crystal structure record. In this work, we performed a multi-phasic approach to compute the 3D structural models of seven human organic cation transporters (hOCTs) starting from primary protein sequence...
March 18, 2017: Computational Biology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343122/genetic-and-epigenetic-variation-of-transposable-elements-in-arabidopsis
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REVIEW
Charles J Underwood, Ian R Henderson, Robert A Martienssen
Transposable elements are mobile genetic elements that are prevalent in plant genomes and are silenced by epigenetic modification. Different epigenetic modification pathways play distinct roles in the control of transposable element transcription, replication and recombination. The Arabidopsis genome contains families of all of the major transposable element classes, which are differentially enriched in particular genomic regions. Whole genome sequencing and DNA methylation profiling of hundreds of natural Arabidopsis accessions has revealed that transposable elements exhibit significant intraspecific genetic and epigenetic variation, and that genetic variation often underlies epigenetic variation...
March 23, 2017: Current Opinion in Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343121/phylogeny-and-systematics-of-leptomyxid-amoebae-amoebozoa-tubulinea-leptomyxida
#11
Alexey Smirnov, Elena Nassonova, Stefan Geisen, Michael Bonkowski, Alexander Kudryavtsev, Cedric Berney, Anna Glotova, Natalya Bondarenko, Iva Dyková, Martin Mrva, Jose Fahrni, Jan Pawlowski
We describe four new species of Flabellula, Leptomyxa and Rhizamoeba and publish new SSU rRNA gene and actin gene sequences of leptomyxids. Using these data we provide the most comprehensive SSU phylogeny of leptomyxids to date. Based on the analyses of morphological data and results of the SSU rRNA gene phylogeny we suggest changes in the systematics of the order Leptomyxida (Amoebozoa: Lobosa: Tubulinea). We propose to merge the genera Flabellula and Paraflabellula (the genus Flabellula remains valid by priority rule)...
October 26, 2016: Protist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343067/reading-problems-and-major-mental-disorders-co-occurrences-and-familial-overlaps-in-a-swedish-nationwide-cohort
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Martin Cederlöf, Barbara Maughan, Henrik Larsson, Brian M D'Onofrio, Robert Plomin
Reading problems often co-occur with ADHD and conduct disorder. However, the patterns of co-occurrence and familial overlap between reading problems and other psychiatric disorders have not been systematically explored. We conducted a register-based cohort study including 8719 individuals with reading problems and their siblings, along with matched comparison individuals. Conditional logistic regressions estimated risks for ADHD, autism, obsessive-compulsive disorder, anorexia nervosa, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, substance use disorder, and violent/non-violent criminality in individuals with reading problems and their siblings...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Psychiatric Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343066/calcium-triggers-reversal-of-calmodulin-on-nested-anti-parallel-sites-in-the-iq-motif-of-the-neuronal-voltage-dependent-sodium-channel-nav1-2
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Liam Hovey, C Andrew Fowler, Ryan Mahling, Zesen Lin, Mark Stephen Miller, Dagan C Marx, Jesse B Yoder, Elaine H Kim, Kristin M Tefft, Brett C Waite, Michael D Feldkamp, Liping Yu, Madeline A Shea
Several members of the voltage-gated sodium channel family are regulated by calmodulin (CaM) and ionic calcium. The neuronal voltage-gated sodium channel NaV1.2 contains binding sites for both apo (calcium-depleted) and calcium-saturated CaM. We have determined equilibrium dissociation constants for rat NaV1.2 IQ motif [IQRAYRRYLLK] binding to apo CaM (~3nM) and (Ca(2+))4-CaM (~85nM), showing that apo CaM binding is favored by 30-fold. For both apo and (Ca(2+))4-CaM, NMR demonstrated that NaV1.2 IQ motif peptide (NaV1...
March 9, 2017: Biophysical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343021/application-of-mixed-methods-design-in-community-engaged-research-lessons-learned-from-an-evidence-based-intervention-for-latinos-with-chronic-illness-and-minor-depression
#14
Claudia X Aguado Loi, Moya L Alfonso, Isabella Chan, Kelsey Anderson, Dinorah Dina Martinez Tyson, Junius Gonzales, Jaime Corvin
The purpose of this paper is to share lessons learned from a collaborative, community-informed mixed-methods approach to adapting an evidence-based intervention to meet the needs of Latinos with chronic disease and minor depression and their family members. Mixed-methods informed by community-based participatory research (CBPR) were employed to triangulate multiple stakeholders' perceptions of facilitators and barriers of implementing the adapted intervention in community settings. Community partners provided an insider perspective to overcome methodological challenges...
December 24, 2016: Evaluation and Program Planning
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343010/structural-and-dynamics-studies-of-the-tetr-family-protein-cprb-from-streptomyces-coelicolor-in-complex-with-its-biological-operator-sequence
#15
Hussain Bhukya, Asis K Jana, Neelanjana Sengupta, Ruchi Anand
In Streptomycetes, tetracycline repressor family of transcription regulators (TetR-FTRs) controls various biological processes including antibiotic biosynthesis, cellular morphology and innate resistance. Here, we focus on understanding the structural basis of transcription regulation by CprB, a member of TetR-FTRs from S. coelicolor. CprB is implicated as a receptor of γ-butyrolactones, a class of quorum sensing molecules, responsible for initiating secondary metabolic pathways. In order to understand the molecular mechanism of DNA recognition, the X-ray structure of CprB in complex with its biological relevant operator sequence was solved to a resolution of 3...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Structural Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342976/translating-the-microrna-signature-of-microvesicles-derived-from-human-coronary-artery-smooth-muscle-cells-in-patients-with-familial-hypercholesterolemia-and-coronary-artery-disease
#16
David de Gonzalo-Calvo, Ana Cenarro, Katia Garlaschelli, Fabio Pellegatta, David Vilades, Laura Nasarre, Sandra Camino-Lopez, Javier Crespo, Francesc Carreras, Rubén Leta, Alberico Luigi Catapano, Giuseppe Danilo Norata, Fernando Civeira, Vicenta Llorente-Cortes
AIMS: To analyze the impact of atherogenic lipoproteins on the miRNA signature of microvesicles derived from human coronary artery smooth muscle cells (CASMC) and to translate these results to familial hypercholesterolemia (FH) and coronary artery disease (CAD) patients. METHODS: Conditioned media was collected after exposure of CASMC to atherogenic lipoproteins. Plasma samples were collected from two independent populations of diagnosed FH patients and matched normocholesterolemic controls (Study population 1, N=50; Study population 2, N=24) and a population of patients with suspected CAD (Study population 3, N=50)...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342968/heterologous-expression-purification-and-characterization-of-three-novel-esterases-secreted-by-the-lignocellulolytic-fungus-penicillium-purpurogenum-when-grown-on-sugar-beet-pulp
#17
Gabriela Oleas, Eduardo Callegari, Romina Sepúlveda, Jaime Eyzaguirre
The lignocellulolytic fungus, Penicillium purpurogenum, grows on a variety of natural carbon sources, among them sugar beet pulp. Culture supernatants of P. purpurogenum grown on sugar beet pulp were partially purified and the fractions obtained analyzed for esterase activity by zymograms. The bands with activity on methyl umbelliferyl acetate were subjected to mass spectrometry to identify peptides. The peptides obtained were probed against the proteins deduced from the genome sequence of P. purpurogenum...
March 18, 2017: Carbohydrate Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342951/a-model-to-identify-individuals-at-high-risk-for-esophageal-squamous-cell-carcinoma-and-precancerous-lesions-in-regions-of-high-prevalence-in-china
#18
Mengfei Liu, Zhen Liu, Hong Cai, Chuanhai Guo, Xiang Li, Chaoting Zhang, Hui Wang, Dong Hang, Fangfang Liu, Qiuju Deng, Xin Yang, Wenqing Yuan, Yaqi Pan, Jingjing Li, Chanyuan Zhang, Na Shen, Zhonghu He, Yang Ke
BACKGROUND & AIMS: We aimed to develop a population-based model to identify individuals at high-risk for esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC) in regions of China with a high prevalence of this cancer. METHODS: We collected findings from 15,073 permanent residents (45-69 years old) of 334 randomly selected villages in Hua County, Henan Province, China who underwent endoscopic screening (with iodine staining) for ESCC from January 2012 through September 2015...
March 22, 2017: Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342915/redd1-links-stress-with-il-1%C3%AE-mediated-familial-mediterranean-fever-attack-through-autophagy-driven-neutrophil-extracellular-traps
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Panagiotis Skendros, Akrivi Chrysanthopoulou, François Rousset, Konstantinos Kambas, Athanasios Arampatzioglou, Alexandros Mitsios, Veronique Bocly, Theocharis Konstantinidis, Philippe Pellet, Iliana Angelidou, Eirini Apostolidou, Dimitrios Ritis, Victoria Tsironidou, Sotiris Galtsidis, Charalampos Papagoras, Dimitrios Stakos, Georgios Kouklakis, Vasiliki Dalla, Maria Koffa, Ioannis Mitroulis, Ioannis Theodorou, Konstantinos Ritis
BACKGROUND: Familial Mediterranean fever (FMF) is an IL-1β-dependent autoinflammatory disease caused by mutations of MEFV encoding pyrin, and characterised by inflammatory attacks, induced by physical or psychological stress. OBJECTIVE: We investigate the underlying mechanism that links stress-induced inflammatory attacks with neutrophil activation and release of IL-1β-bearing neutrophil extracellular traps (NETs) in FMF. METHODS: RNA-seq was performed in peripheral neutrophils from 3 FMF patients, isolated both during attack and remission, 8 patients in remission and 8 healthy individuals...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342889/heteromeric-complexes-of-aldo-keto-reductase-auxiliary-kv%C3%AE-subunits-akr6a-regulate-sarcolemmal-localization-of-kv1-5-in-coronary-arterial-myocytes
#20
Matthew A Nystoriak, Deqing Zhang, Ganapathy Jagatheesan, Aruni Bhatnagar
Redox-sensitive potassium channels consisting of the voltage-gated K(+) (KV) channel pore subunit KV1.5 regulate resting membrane potential and thereby contractility of vascular smooth muscle cells. Members of the KV1 family associate with cytosolic auxiliary β subunits, which are members of the aldo-keto reductase (AKR) superfamily (AKR6A subfamily). The Kvβ subunits have been proposed to regulate Kv1 gating via pyridine nucleotide cofactor binding. However, the molecular identity of KVβ subunits that associate with native KV1...
March 22, 2017: Chemico-biological Interactions
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