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Ebru Fındıklı, Mustafa Gökçe, Vedat Nacitarhan, Mehmet Akif Camkurt, Hüseyin Avni Fındıklı, Selçuk Kardaş, Merve Coşgun Şahin, Mehmet Fatih Karaaslan
Objective: That treatment with second-generation antipsychotics (SGAs) causes metabolic side effects and atherosclerosis in patients with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder (BD) is well-known. Increased arterial stiffness is an important marker of arteriosclerosis and has been identified as an independent risk factor for cardiovascular diseases. We measured pulse wave velocity (PWV) as a marker of arteriosclerosis in patients with schizophrenia and BD who use SGAs. Methods: Patients and controls were collected from our psychiatry outpatient clinics or family medicine...
November 30, 2016: Clinical Psychopharmacology and Neuroscience: the Official Scientific Journal of the Korean College of Neuropsychopharmacology
Joël Doussot, Véronique Mathieu, Cyril Colas, Roland Molinié, Cyrielle Corbin, Josiane Montguillon, Laeticia Moreno Y Banuls, Sullivan Renouard, Frédéric Lamblin, Patricia Dupré, Benoit Maunit, Robert Kiss, Christophe Hano, Eric Lainé
Podophyllotoxin, a lignan still extracted from the rhizomes of Podophyllum hexandrum (Berberidaceae), is the starting molecule for the semisynthesis of widely used anticancer drugs such as etoposide. However, this source is threatened by the over-collection of P. hexandrum. Plants belonging to the Linaceae and Cupressaceae families could be attractive alternative sources with species that contain the lignan podophyllotoxin or its precursors and derivatives. Wild flax species, such as Linum flavum, as well as some Juniperus and Callitris species were investigated for their lignan content, and the in vitro antiproliferative capacity of their extracts was assayed on four tumor cell lines...
October 24, 2016: Planta Medica
Lucia L Prieto-Godino, Raphael Rytz, Benoîte Bargeton, Liliane Abuin, J Roman Arguello, Matteo Dal Peraro, Richard Benton
Pseudogenes are generally considered to be non-functional DNA sequences that arise through nonsense or frame-shift mutations of protein-coding genes. Although certain pseudogene-derived RNAs have regulatory roles, and some pseudogene fragments are translated, no clear functions for pseudogene-derived proteins are known. Olfactory receptor families contain many pseudogenes, which reflect low selection pressures on loci no longer relevant to the fitness of a species. Here we report the characterization of a pseudogene in the chemosensory variant ionotropic glutamate receptor repertoire of Drosophila sechellia, an insect endemic to the Seychelles that feeds almost exclusively on the ripe fruit of Morinda citrifolia...
October 24, 2016: Nature
Sinead Toomey, Stephen F Madden, Simon J Furney, Yue Fan, Mark McCormack, Carragh Stapleton, Mattia Cremona, Gianpiero L Cavalleri, Malgorzata Milewska, Naomi Elster, Aoife Carr, Joanna Fay, Elaine W Kay, Susan Kennedy, John Crown, William M Gallagher, Bryan T Hennessy, Alex J Eustace
BACKGROUND: Trastuzumab treatment for women with HER2-positive breast cancer (BC) resulted in the significant improvement of both relapse free survival (RFS) and overall survival (OS). However, many women who are classified as HER2-positive do not respond. Many studies have focused on the role of somatic mutations rather than germline polymorphisms in trastuzumab resistance. RESULTS: We completed an Agena MassArray screen of 10 ERBB-family single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in 194 adjuvant trastuzumab treated HER2-positive BC patients...
October 20, 2016: Oncotarget
Simona De Summa, Michele Guida, Stefania Tommasi, Sabino Strippoli, Cristina Pellegrini, Maria Concetta Fargnoli, Brunella Pilato, Iole Natalicchio, Gabriella Guida, Rosamaria Pinto
Multiple primary melanoma (MPM) is a rare condition, whose genetic basis has not yet been clarified. Only 8-12% of MPM are due to germline mutations of CDKN2A. However, other genes (POT1, BRCA1/2, MC1R, MGMT) have been demonstrated to be involved in predisposition to this pathology.To our knowledge, this is the first family study based on two siblings with the rare coexistence of MPM and oculocutaneous albinism (OCA), an autosomal recessive disease characterized by the absence or decrease in pigmentation in the skin, hair, and eyes...
October 20, 2016: Oncotarget
Maryam Abolhasani, Sareh Salarinejad, Mohammad Kazem Moslemi
INTRODUCTION: Ewing sarcoma/Primitive neuroectodermal tumor of the kidney (ES/PNET) is a member of Ewing's sarcoma family, occurring in young adults and has aggressive clinical behavior and poor prognosis. However, its discrimination from the renal cell carcinoma (RCC) is very difficult preoperatively. We present three cases of this rare disease that were managed in two academic centers. PRESENTATION OF CASES: Herein we report three cases of ES/PNET of the kidney, 2 young men complaining of right flank pain and gross hematuria and one young woman complaining of left subcostal pain...
October 18, 2016: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
Michel A Thibodeau, Josie Geller, Megumi Iyar
Collaboration is more acceptable and likely to produce favorable outcomes when providing care to individuals with eating disorders compared to directive care. We developed two self-report instruments that assess the extent to which carers (e.g., family, friends) of individuals with eating disorders provide collaborative vs. directive support (Support Behaviors Scale; SBH) and the extent to which carers believe that such approaches are helpful (Support Beliefs Scale; SBL). Participants were mothers, fathers, partners, friends and siblings (N=141) of eating disorder patients in hospital or residential treatment...
October 20, 2016: Eating Behaviors
Nelly Rahkonen, Aki Stubb, Maia Malonzo, Sanna Edelman, Maheswara Reddy Emani, Elisa Närvä, Harri Lähdesmäki, Hannele Ruohola-Baker, Riitta Lahesmaa, Riikka Lund
MicroRNAs (miRNA) are central regulators of diverse biological processes and are important in the regulation of stem cell self-renewal. One of the widely studied miRNA-protein regulators is the Lin28-Let-7 pair. In this study, we demonstrate that contrary to the well-established models of mouse ES cells (mESC) and transformed human cancer cells, the pluripotent state of human ES cells (hESC) involves expression of mature Let-7 family miRNAs with concurrent expression of all LIN28 proteins. We show that mature Let-7 miRNAs are regulated during hESC differentiation and have opposite expression profile with LIN28B...
September 24, 2016: Stem Cell Research
Ruoxi Wang, Dongju Zhang, Chengbu Liu
Polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins (PCDDs) and polychlorinated dibenzofurans (PCDFs) are highly toxic to humans and the environment. Developing efficient methods to detect or remove these pollutants is particularly important and urgent. Boron nitride nanotubes (BNNTs) with low dimension and high surface-to-volume ratio might be one of promising materials for the adsorption of PCDD/Fs. Here we present a density functional theory (DFT) study on the interaction of the pristine and Ni doped (8,0) single-walled BNNTs with 2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin (TCDD), the most toxic congener among PCDD/F family...
October 21, 2016: Chemosphere
Qi Zhang, Zhongduo Wang, Feng Hou, Rachel Harding, Xinyi Huang, Aiping Dong, John R Walker, Yufeng Tong
BACKGROUND: Seven in absentia homologs (SIAHs) comprise a family of highly conserved E3 ubiquitin ligases that play an important role in regulating signalling pathways in tumorigenesis, including the DNA damage repair and hypoxia response pathways. SIAH1 and SIAH2 have been found to function as a tumour repressor and a proto-oncogene, respectively, despite the high sequence identity of their substrate binding domains (SBDs). Ubiquitin-specific protease USP19 is a deubiquitinase that forms a complex with SIAHs and counteracts the ligase function...
October 21, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Huiting Zhao, Yali Du, Pengfei Gao, Shujie Wang, Jianfang Pan, Yusuo Jiang
Chemosensory genes play a central role in sensing chemical signals and guiding insect behavior. The Chinese honeybee, Apis cerana cerana, is one of the most important insect species in China in terms of resource production, and providing high-quality products for human consumption, and also serves as an important pollinator. Communication and foraging behavior of worker bees is likely linked to a complex chemosensory system. Here, we used transcriptome sequencing on adult A. c. cerana workers of different ages to identify the major chemosensory gene families and the differentially expressed genes(DEGs), and to investigate their expression profiles...
2016: PloS One
Amy B Wilfert, Katherine R Chao, Madhurima Kaushal, Sanjay Jain, Sebastian Zöllner, David R Adams, Donald F Conrad
Standard techniques from genetic epidemiology are ill-suited to formally assess the significance of variants identified from a single case. We developed a statistical inference framework for identifying unusual functional variation from a single exome or genome, what we refer to as the 'n-of-one' problem. Using this approach we assessed our ability to identify the causal genotypes in over 5 million simulated cases of Mendelian disease, identifying 39% of disease genotypes as the most damaging unit in a typical exome background...
October 24, 2016: Nature Genetics
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Adnexal masses (ie, masses of the ovary, fallopian tube, or surrounding tissues) commonly are encountered by obstetrician-gynecologists and often present diagnostic and management dilemmas. Most adnexal masses are detected incidentally on physical examination or at the time of pelvic imaging. Less commonly, a mass may present with symptoms of acute or intermittent pain. Management decisions often are influenced by the age and family history of the patient. Although most adnexal masses are benign, the main goal of the diagnostic evaluation is to exclude malignancy...
November 2016: Obstetrics and Gynecology
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Adnexal masses (ie, masses of the ovary, fallopian tube, or surrounding tissues) commonly are encountered by obstetrician-gynecologists and often present diagnostic and management dilemmas. Most adnexal masses are detected incidentally on physical examination or at the time of pelvic imaging. Less commonly, a mass may present with symptoms of acute or intermittent pain. Management decisions often are influenced by the age and family history of the patient. Although most adnexal masses are benign, the main goal of the diagnostic evaluation is to exclude malignancy...
November 2016: Obstetrics and Gynecology
Hyung Nam Kim, Tami H Wyatt, Xueping Li, Mark Gaylord
Although parents of premature infants experience many challenges when transitioning home from the neonatal intensive care unit, healthcare providers and social support systems tend to focus on mothers and infants rather than fathers. Unfortunately, very little is known about paternal concerns and needs as compared with maternal ones. The lack of understanding about paternal needs may lead to inadequate designs of neonatal intensive care unit family support programs with less involved fathers, all of which contribute to increased burdens on mothers and poor health outcomes for their infants...
October 2016: Journal of Perinatal & Neonatal Nursing
Abbas Agaimy, Matthias Bieg, Michael Michal, Helene Geddert, Bruno Märkl, Jan Seitz, Evgeny A Moskalev, Matthias Schlesner, Markus Metzler, Arndt Hartmann, Stefan Wiemann, Michal Michal, Thomas Mentzel, Florian Haller
Infantile myofibroma (MF) is an uncommon benign myofibroblastic tumor of infancy and childhood. Solitary adult MF shares similar features with infantile MF. The lesions occur in 3 clinicopathologic settings: solitary, multicentric, and generalized and can be either sporadic or familial. Traditionally, infantile MF has been included in the spectrum of infantile hemangiopericytoma. The recent World Health Organization classification listed MF, angioleiomyoma, and myopericytoma under the general heading of perivascular tumors in the sense of a morphologic spectrum of perivascular myoid cell neoplasms...
October 21, 2016: American Journal of Surgical Pathology
Kimberly A Huerth, Jason E Hawkes, Laurence J Meyer, Douglas L Powell
The Euphorbiaceae family (commonly known as "spurge") is a large, diverse, and widely distributed family of plants that encompass around 300 genera and more than 8000 species. Their attractiveness and hearty nature have made them popular for both indoor ornamentation and outdoor landscaping. Despite their ubiquity, the potential to cause irritant contact dermatitis (ICD) is often overlooked in favor of more notorious causes of phytodermatitis, namely, Toxicodendron species and nettles. We examined case reports spanning 40 years and discovered that spurge-induced ICD tends to befall children and middle-aged adults who unwittingly encounter the plant through play or horticulture, respectively...
October 21, 2016: Dermatitis
Maisa Alfalah, Camille Loranger, Denis Sasseville
Alkyl glucosides are surfactants synthesized through the condensation of long-chain fatty alcohols and glucose, extracted from vegetal, renewable sources. Although available for more than 4 decades, they have been rediscovered in recent years because of their eco-friendly character. They are used in various leave-on and rinse-off cosmetics and are considered of low irritancy and allergenicity. However, since the early 2000s, cases of allergic contact dermatitis to this family of molecules have been repeatedly reported...
October 21, 2016: Dermatitis
Alvaro G Perez, Daniel Lobo, Francesco Chinello, Gabriel Cirio, Monica Malvezzi, Jose San Martin, Domenico Prattichizzo, Miguel A Otaduy
Novel wearable tactile interfaces offer the possibility to simulate tactile interactions with virtual environments directly on our skin. But, unlike kinesthetic interfaces, for which haptic rendering is a well explored problem, they pose new questions about the formulation of the rendering problem. In this work, we propose a formulation of tactile rendering as an optimization problem, which is general for a large family of tactile interfaces. Based on an accurate simulation of contact between a finger model and the virtual environment, we pose tactile rendering as the optimization of the device configuration, such that the contact surface between the device and the actual finger matches as close as possible the contact surface in the virtual environment...
October 20, 2016: IEEE Transactions on Haptics
Mercedes Zurro, Olga García Mancheño
1,2,3-Triazoles are unique heterocycles with intriguing physical properties that allow not only the coordination to metals, but also the establishment of supramolecular interactions based on their polarized C-H bonds. In this account, an extensive work of our group on the design and application of 1,2,3-triazole catalysts is covered. Initially, a family of BINOL triazoles (Click-BINOLs) was synthesized and employed in model test reactions in asymmetric metal catalysis such as the Ti-catalyzed addition of alkylzinc reagents to aldehydes...
October 24, 2016: Chemical Record: An Official Publication of the Chemical Society of Japan ... [et Al.]
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