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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329787/circulating-estrogen-levels-and-self-reported-health-and-mobility-limitation-in-community-dwelling-men-of-the-framingham-heart-study
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Guneet Kaur Jasuja, Thomas G Travison, Joanne M Murabito, Maithili N Davda, Adam J Rose, Shehzad Basaria, Andrea Coviello, Ramachandran S Vasan, Ralph D'Agostino, Shalender Bhasin
Background: Self-rated health is a commonly used global indicator of health status. Few studies have examined the association of self-rated health and mobility with estrone and estradiol in men. Accordingly, we determined the cross-sectional, incident, and mediating relations between circulating estrone and estradiol levels with self-rated health, mobility limitation, and physical performance in community-dwelling men. Methods: The cross-sectional sample included 1,148 men, who attended Framingham Offspring Study Examinations 7 and 8...
October 24, 2016: Journals of Gerontology. Series A, Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329761/somatic-mutations-reveal-asymmetric-cellular-dynamics-in-the-early-human-embryo
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Young Seok Ju, Inigo Martincorena, Moritz Gerstung, Mia Petljak, Ludmil B Alexandrov, Raheleh Rahbari, David C Wedge, Helen R Davies, Manasa Ramakrishna, Anthony Fullam, Sancha Martin, Christopher Alder, Nikita Patel, Steve Gamble, Sarah O'Meara, Dilip D Giri, Torril Sauer, Sarah E Pinder, Colin A Purdie, Åke Borg, Henk Stunnenberg, Marc van de Vijver, Benita K T Tan, Carlos Caldas, Andrew Tutt, Naoto T Ueno, Laura J van 't Veer, John W M Martens, Christos Sotiriou, Stian Knappskog, Paul N Span, Sunil R Lakhani, Jórunn Erla Eyfjörd, Anne-Lise Børresen-Dale, Andrea Richardson, Alastair M Thompson, Alain Viari, Matthew E Hurles, Serena Nik-Zainal, Peter J Campbell, Michael R Stratton
Somatic cells acquire mutations throughout the course of an individual's life. Mutations occurring early in embryogenesis are often present in a substantial proportion of, but not all, cells in postnatal humans and thus have particular characteristics and effects. Depending on their location in the genome and the proportion of cells they are present in, these mosaic mutations can cause a wide range of genetic disease syndromes and predispose carriers to cancer. They have a high chance of being transmitted to offspring as de novo germline mutations and, in principle, can provide insights into early human embryonic cell lineages and their contributions to adult tissues...
March 22, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329324/age-related-biomarkers-in-llfs-families-with-exceptional-cognitive-abilities
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Sandra Barral, Jatinder Singh, Erin Fagan, Stephanie Cosentino, Stacy L Andersen-Toomey, Mary K Wojczynski, Mary Feitosa, Candace M Kammerer, Nicole Schupf
Background: We previously demonstrated familial aggregation of memory performance within the Long Life Family Study (LLFS), suggesting that exceptional cognition (EC) may contribute to their exceptional longevity. Here, we investigated whether LLFS families with EC may also exhibit more favorable profiles of other age-related biomarkers. Methods: Nondemented offspring of the LLFS probands scoring 1.5 SD above the mean in a cognitive phenotype were classified as participants with EC...
March 10, 2017: Journals of Gerontology. Series A, Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329160/maternal-microchimerism-predicts-increased-infection-but-decreased-disease-due-to-p-falciparum-during-early-childhood
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Whitney E Harrington, Sami B Kanaan, Atis Muehlenbachs, Robert Morrison, Philip Stevenson, Michal Fried, Patrick E Duffy, J Lee Nelson
BACKGROUND: A mother's infection with placental malaria (PM) can affect her child's susceptibility to malaria, although the mechanism remains unclear. The fetus acquires a small amount of maternal cells and DNA known as maternal microchimerism (MMc), and we hypothesized that PM increases MMc and that MMc alters risk of P. falciparum malaria during infancy. METHODS: In a nested cohort from Muheza, Tanzania, we evaluated the presence and level of cord blood MMc in offspring of women with and without PM...
March 15, 2017: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329103/pregnancy-at-advanced-maternal-age-affects-behavior-and-hippocampal-gene-expression-in-mouse-offspring
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Silvestre Sampino, Adrian Mateusz Stankiewicz, Federica Zacchini, Joanna Goscik, Agnieszka Szostak, Artur Hugo Swiergiel, Gaspare Drago, Jacek Andrzej Modlinski, Grazyna Ewa Ptak
There is growing evidence that advanced maternal age is a risk factor for neurological and neuropsychiatric disorders in offspring. However, it remains unclear whether the altered brain programming induced by advanced maternal age is mediated by pre- or postnatal factors. Here, a mouse model was used to investigate whether pregnancy at advanced age may provoke behavioral and brain gene expression changes in offspring. Swiss Albino mice conceived by 3-month-old males and either 15-18-month-old (n = 11) or 3-month-old control females (n = 5), were delivered by cesarean section, fostered after birth by 3-month-old dams and subjected to a battery of behavioral tests...
February 22, 2017: Journals of Gerontology. Series A, Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328991/pre-breeding-food-restriction-promotes-the-optimization-of-parental-investment-in-house-mice-mus-musculus
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Adam Dušek, Luděk Bartoš, František Sedláček
Litter size is one of the most reliable state-dependent life-history traits that indicate parental investment in polytocous (litter-bearing) mammals. The tendency to optimize litter size typically increases with decreasing availability of resources during the period of parental investment. To determine whether this tactic is also influenced by resource limitations prior to reproduction, we examined the effect of experimental, pre-breeding food restriction on the optimization of parental investment in lactating mice...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328535/the-assessment-of-labor-a-brief-history
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Wayne R Cohen, Emanuel A Friedman
In the 1930s, investigators in the US, Germany and Switzerland made the first attempts to quantify the course of labor in a clinically meaningful way. They emphasized the rupture of membranes as a pivotal event governing labor progress. Attention was also placed on the total number of contractions as a guide to normality. Beginning in the 1950s, Friedman determined that changes in cervical dilatation and fetal station over time were the most useful parameters for the assessment of labor progress. He showed all normal labors had similar patterns of dilatation and descent, differing only in the durations and slopes of their component parts...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Perinatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328328/fish-oil-in-pregnancy-and-asthma-in-offspring
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March 23, 2017: New England Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328145/short-range-dispersal-maintains-a-volatile-marine-metapopulation-the-brown-alga-postelsia-palmaeformis
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Robert T Paine, Eric R Buhle, Simon A Levin, Peter Kareiva
The annual brown alga Postelsia palmaeformis is dependent for its survival on short-distance dispersal (SDD) where it is already established, as well as occasional long-distance colonization of novel sites. To quantify SDD, we transplanted Postelsia to sites lacking established plants within ≥10 m. The spatial distribution of the first naturally produced sporophyte generation was used to fit dispersal kernels in a hierarchical Bayesian framework. Mean dispersal distance within a year ranged from 0.16 to 0...
March 22, 2017: Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327581/the-early-life-environment-of-a-pig-shapes-the-phenotypes-of-its-social-partners-in-adulthood
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L Canario, N Lundeheim, P Bijma
Social interactions among individuals are abundant, both in natural and domestic populations, and may affect phenotypes of individuals. Recent research has demonstrated that the social effect of an individual on the phenotype of its social partners may have a genetic component, known as an indirect genetic effect (IGE). Little is known, however, of nongenetic factors underlying such social effects. Early-life environments often have large effects on phenotypes of the individuals themselves later in life. Offspring development in many mammalian species, for example, depends on interactions with the mother and siblings...
March 22, 2017: Heredity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327448/prenatal-tobacco-exposure-birthweight-and-offspring-psychopathology
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Ardesheer Talati, Priya J Wickramaratne, Rikke Wesselhoeft, Myrna M Weissman
Although prenatal tobacco exposure (PTE) is associated with several adverse offspring mental health outcomes, mechanisms remain unclear. We test whether associations between PTE and offspring psychopathology are explained by birthweight, one of the earliest-occurring outcomes of PTE. The analysis focuses on 238 offspring from a family study of depression with (1) collected prenatal histories and (2) at least one clinical interview in adulthood to assess psychiatric problems. Exposure was categorized by maternal smoking of ≥10 cigarettes daily/nearly daily; diagnostic outcomes were confirmed by clinicians using the best-estimate procedure, blind to exposure...
March 8, 2017: Psychiatry Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327376/maternal-m%C3%A3-llerian-anomalies-and-future-health-of-the-offspring
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Adva Cahen-Peretz, Asnat Walfisch, Michael Friger, Eyal Sheiner
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate whether offspring of women with müllerian anomalies are at an increased risk for long-term pediatric morbidity. STUDY DESIGN: A population-based cohort study compared the incidence of long-term (up to the age of 18 years for offspring) hospitalizations due to cardiovascular, endocrine, neurological, hematological, respiratory and urinary morbidity of offspring to mothers diagnosed with uterine anomalies. Deliveries occurred between the years 1991 and 2013 in a tertiary medical center...
March 3, 2017: European Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327240/oxytocin-drives-prosocial-biases-in-favor-of-attractive-people
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René Hurlemann, Dirk Scheele, Wolfgang Maier, Johannes Schultz
Current perspectives on attractiveness-related prosocial biases emphasize the contribution of evolutionarily shaped mating drives. Here, we extend these concepts by highlighting the pivotal role of the hypothalamic peptide oxytocin in augmenting the salience and rewarding value of social stimuli, including the partner's face, thereby fostering social bonding in general and the stability of monogamous pair bonds and offspring care in particular.
January 2017: Behavioral and Brain Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327206/lessons-learned-from-additional-research-analyses-of-unsolved-clinical-exome-cases
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Mohammad K Eldomery, Zeynep Coban-Akdemir, Tamar Harel, Jill A Rosenfeld, Tomasz Gambin, Asbjørg Stray-Pedersen, Sébastien Küry, Sandra Mercier, Davor Lessel, Jonas Denecke, Wojciech Wiszniewski, Samantha Penney, Pengfei Liu, Weimin Bi, Seema R Lalani, Christian P Schaaf, Michael F Wangler, Carlos A Bacino, Richard Alan Lewis, Lorraine Potocki, Brett H Graham, John W Belmont, Fernando Scaglia, Jordan S Orange, Shalini N Jhangiani, Theodore Chiang, Harsha Doddapaneni, Jianhong Hu, Donna M Muzny, Fan Xia, Arthur L Beaudet, Eric Boerwinkle, Christine M Eng, Sharon E Plon, V Reid Sutton, Richard A Gibbs, Jennifer E Posey, Yaping Yang, James R Lupski
BACKGROUND: Given the rarity of most single-gene Mendelian disorders, concerted efforts of data exchange between clinical and scientific communities are critical to optimize molecular diagnosis and novel disease gene discovery. METHODS: We designed and implemented protocols for the study of cases for which a plausible molecular diagnosis was not achieved in a clinical genomics diagnostic laboratory (i.e. unsolved clinical exomes). Such cases were recruited to a research laboratory for further analyses, in order to potentially: (1) accelerate novel disease gene discovery; (2) increase the molecular diagnostic yield of whole exome sequencing (WES); and (3) gain insight into the genetic mechanisms of disease...
March 21, 2017: Genome Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326570/reproductive-disorders-in-female-rats-after-prenatal-exposure-to-betamethasone
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Cibele S Borges, Tainá L Pacheco, Marina T Guerra, Aline L Barros, Patricia V Silva, Gabriela Missassi, Katiussia Pinho da Silva, Janete A Anselmo-Franci, André S Pupo, Wilma De G Kempinas
Betamethasone is the drug of choice for antenatal treatment, promoting fetal lung maturation and decreasing mortality. Previous studies in rats reported male programming and alteration in sperm parameters and sexual behavior following intrauterine betamethasone exposure. The impact on the female reproductive development is not known. In this study, rat female offspring was assessed for sexual development, morphophysiology of the reproductive tract and fertility after maternal exposure to 0.1 mg kg(-1) of betamethasone or vehicle on gestational days 12, 13, 18 and 19...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Applied Toxicology: JAT
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326121/relationship-between-school-violence-and-depressive-symptoms-among-multicultural-families-offspring-in-south-korea
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Cheol-Soon Lee, Dongyun Lee, Ji-Young Seo, In-Young Ahn, Soo-Young Bhang
The aim of the study was to evaluate the effect of school violence on depressive symptoms among the offspring of multicultural families in South Korea. Data from the National Survey of Multicultural Families 2012, conducted by the Korean Women's Development Institute and Statistics Korea, were used in this study. Complex samples logistic regression was performed to determine the effect of school violence on depressive mood. The survey participants were 3999 students between the ages of 9 and 24. Of the participants, 22...
March 2017: Psychiatry Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325891/whole-exome-sequencing-identifies-a-novel-de-novo-mutation-in-dync1h1-in-epileptic-encephalopathies
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Zhongdong Lin, Zhenwei Liu, Xiucui Li, Feng Li, Ying Hu, Bingyu Chen, Zhen Wang, Yong Liu
Epileptic encephalopathies (EE) are a group of severe childhood epilepsy disorders characterized by intractable seizures, cognitive impairment and neurological deficits. Recent whole-exome sequencing (WES) studies have implicated significant contribution of de novo mutations to EE. In this study, we utilized WES for identifying causal de novo mutations in 4 parent-offspring trios affected by West syndrome. As a result, we found two deleterious de novo mutations in DYNC1H1 and RTP1 in two trios. Expression profile analysis showed that DYNC1H1 and RTP1 are expressed in almost all brain regions and developmental stages...
March 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325880/balancing-selection-maintains-polymorphisms-at-neurogenetic-loci-in-field-experiments
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Eija Lonn, Esa Koskela, Tapio Mappes, Mikael Mokkonen, Angela M Sims, Phillip C Watts
Most variation in behavior has a genetic basis, but the processes determining the level of diversity at behavioral loci are largely unknown for natural populations. Expression of arginine vasopressin receptor 1a (Avpr1a) and oxytocin receptor (Oxtr) in specific regions of the brain regulates diverse social and reproductive behaviors in mammals, including humans. That these genes have important fitness consequences and that natural populations contain extensive diversity at these loci implies the action of balancing selection...
March 21, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325169/a-new-substitute-host-and-its-effects-on-some-biological-properties-of-ooencyrtus-kuvanae
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Hilal Tunca, Marine Venard, Etty-Ambre Colombel, Elisabeth Tabone
Lymantia dispar (L.) (Lepidoptera: Lymantriidae), commonly known as the gypsy moth, is a serious forest pest, and beneficial insects are particularly important for reducing its population numbers. Ooencyrtus kuvanae (Howard) (Hymenoptera: Encyrtidae) is an arrhenotokous, solitary egg parasitoid of L. dispar. In this study, we evaluated a new substitute host, Philosamia ricini (Danovan) (Lepidoptera: Saturniidae) for O. kuvanae. We investigated some of the biological effects of O. kuvanae on P. ricini eggs. In this context, the importance of the age of the female parasitoid (1, 3 or 5 days old), host age (1-2 and 3-4 days old) and host number (40, 60 and 80 host eggs) were examined under laboratory conditions (25 ± 1 °C, 65 ± 5% relative humidity and a 16 : 8 h photoperiod [light : dark])...
March 22, 2017: Bulletin of Entomological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324834/ivermectin-alters-reproductive-success-body-condition-and-sexual-trait-expression-in-dung-beetles
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Daniel González-Tokman, Imelda Martínez M, Yesenia Villalobos-Ávalos, Roberto Munguía-Steyer, María Del Rosario Ortiz-Zayas, Magdalena Cruz-Rosales, Jean-Pierre Lumaret
Ivermectin is a very common parasiticide used in livestock. It is excreted in the dung and has negative effects on survival and reproduction of dung-degrading organisms, including dung beetles. Here we exposed the dung beetle Euoniticellus intermedius to different concentrations of ivermectin in the food and evaluated reproductive success and the expression of traits associated with survival and reproduction under laboratory conditions. It is the first time the effects of ivermectin were evaluated on offspring physiological condition and the expression of a secondary sexual trait...
March 16, 2017: Chemosphere
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