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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334709/-molecular-epidemiological-study-of-human-coronavirus-oc43-in-shanghai-from-2009-2016
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Y J Yang, Y W Hu
Objective: To understand the epidemiological characteristics of Human coronavirus (HCoV), the patterns of emergence and circulation, and the genotype distribution of human coronavirus OC43 (HCoV-OC43) from November, 2009 to April, 2016 in Shanghai. Methods: A total of 6 059 respiratory specimens, including pharyngeal swab, sputum, nasopharyngeal aspirates and alveolar lavage fluid, as well as relative clinical data were collected from patients with acute respiratory infections from seven sentinel hospitals during November, 2009 to April, 2016 in Shanghai...
January 6, 2018: Zhonghua Yu Fang Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese Journal of Preventive Medicine]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332179/profiles-and-correlates-of-parent-child-agreement-on-social-anxiety-symptoms-in-youth-with-autism-spectrum-disorder
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Catherine A Burrows, Lauren V Usher, Emily M Becker-Haimes, Camilla M McMahon, Peter C Mundy, Amanda Jensen-Doss, Heather A Henderson
This study characterized patterns and correlates of parent-youth agreement on social anxiety in youth with and without autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Participants (279 verbally-fluent youth aged 8-16 years, NASD = 144, NTD = 135) completed the SASC-R. Youth with ASD exhibited higher social anxiety across informants. While TD youth endorsed higher anxiety than did parents, self- and parent-reports did not differ in youth with ASD. For children with ASD, higher parent-youth agreement was associated with lower lifetime ASD symptoms and higher adaptive skills...
January 13, 2018: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29297599/genetic-contribution-of-retinoid-related-genes-to-neural-tube-defects
#3
Huili Li, Jing Zhang, Shuyuan Chen, Fang Wang, Ting Zhang, Lee Niswander
Rare variants are considered underlying causes of complex diseases. The complex and severe group of disorders called neural tube defects (NTDs) results from failure of the neural tube to close during early embryogenesis. Neural tube closure requires the coordination of numerous signaling pathways, including the precise regulation of retinoic acid (RA) concentration which is controlled by enzymes involved in RA synthesis and degradation. Here we used a case-control mutation screen study to reveal rare variants in retinoid related genes in a Han Chinese NTD population by sequencing six genes in 355 NTD cases and 225 controls...
January 3, 2018: Human Mutation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29295984/rad54-n-terminal-domain-is-a-dna-sensor-that-couples-atp-hydrolysis-with-branch-migration-of-holliday-junctions
#4
Nadish Goyal, Matthew J Rossi, Olga M Mazina, Yong Chi, Robert L Moritz, Bruce E Clurman, Alexander V Mazin
In eukaryotes, RAD54 catalyzes branch migration (BM) of Holliday junctions, a basic process during DNA repair, replication, and recombination. RAD54 also stimulates RAD51 recombinase and has other activities. Here, we investigate the structural determinants for different RAD54 activities. We find that the RAD54 N-terminal domain (NTD) is responsible for initiation of BM through two coupled, but distinct steps; specific binding to Holliday junctions and RAD54 oligomerization. Furthermore, we find that the RAD54 oligomeric state can be controlled by NTD phosphorylation at S49, a CDK2 consensus site, which inhibits RAD54 oligomerization and, consequently, BM...
January 2, 2018: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29249201/the-monetary-value-of-human-lives-lost-due-to-neglected-tropical-diseases-in-africa
#5
Joses Muthuri Kirigia, Gitonga N Mburugu
BACKGROUND: Neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) are an important cause of death and disability in Africa. This study estimates the monetary value of human lives lost due to NTDs in the continent in 2015. METHODS: The lost output or human capital approach was used to evaluate the years of life lost due to premature deaths from NTDs among 10 high/upper-middle-income (Group 1), 17 middle-income (Group 2) and 27 low-income (Group 3) countries in Africa. The future losses were discounted to their present values at a 3% discount rate...
December 18, 2017: Infectious Diseases of Poverty
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29237836/structure-of-the-paramyxovirus-piv5-nucleoprotein-in-complex-with-an-amino-terminal-peptide-of-the-phosphoprotein
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Megha Aggarwal, George P Leser, Christopher A Kors, Robert A Lamb
Parainfluenza virus 5 (PIV5) belongs to the family Paramyxoviridae, which consists of enveloped viruses with a non-segmented negative strand RNA genome encapsidated by the nucleoprotein (N). Paramyxovirus replication is regulated by the phosphoprotein (P) through protein-protein interactions with N and the RNA polymerase (L). The chaperone activity of P is essential to maintain the unassembled RNA-free form of N in order to prevent non-specific RNA binding and premature N oligomerization. Here, we determined the crystal structure of unassembled PIV5 N in complex with a P peptide (N0P) derived from the N-terminus of P (P50) at 2...
December 13, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29211746/review-of-the-factors-influencing-the-motivation-of-community-drug-distributors-towards-the-control-and-elimination-of-neglected-tropical-diseases-ntds
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Alison Krentel, Margaret Gyapong, Shruti Mallya, Nana Yaa Boadu, Mary Amuyunzu-Nyamongo, Mariana Stephens, Deborah A McFarland
BACKGROUND: Community drug distributors or neglected tropical disease (NTD) volunteers have played a crucial role in ensuring the success of mass drug administration (MDA) programs using preventive chemotherapy (PC) for lymphatic filariasis, onchocerciasis, schistosomiasis, trachoma and soil transmitted helminths. In recent years however, a noticeable decline in motivation of some of these volunteers has been perceived, potentially negatively impacting the success of these programs. Potential hypotheses for this change in motivation include the long duration of many MDA programs, the change in sociocultural environments as well as the changes to the programs over time...
December 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29205322/a-targeted-sequencing-panel-identifies-rare-damaging-variants-in-multiple-genes-in-the-cranial-neural-tube-defect-anencephaly
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M Ishida, T Cullup, C Boustred, C James, J Docker, C English, GOSgene, N Lench, A J Copp, G E Moore, N D E Greene, P Stanier
Neural tube defects (NTDs) affecting the brain (anencephaly) are lethal before or at birth, whereas lower spinal defects (spina bifida) may lead to life-long neurological handicap. Collectively NTDs rank among the most common birth defects worldwide. This study focuses on anencephaly, which despite having a similar frequency to spina bifida and being the most common type of NTD observed in mouse models, has had more limited inclusion in genetic studies. A genetic influence is strongly implicated in determining risk of NTDs and a molecular diagnosis is of fundamental importance to families both in terms of understanding the origin of the condition and for managing future pregnancies...
December 4, 2017: Clinical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29199526/the-relationship-between-mother-and-infant-plasma-trace-element-and-heavy-metal-levels-and-the-risk-of-neural-tube-defect-in-infants
#9
Nihat Demir, Murat Başaranoğlu, Zübeyir Huyut, İbrahim Değer, Kamuran Karaman, M Ramazan Şekeroğlu, Oğuz Tuncer
OBJECTIVE: To determine levels of trace elements [copper (Cu), zinc (Zn), selenium (Se), and cobalt (Co)] and heavy metals [arsenic (As), mercury (Hg), lead (Pb), and cadmium (Cd)] in the plasma of mothers and infants and investigate the relationship between those levels and neural tube defects (NTD). METHODS: A total of 100 neonates diagnosed with NTD and placed in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit of Yuzuncu Yil University, Turkey between May 2013 and December 2016 comprised the study group...
December 3, 2017: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29196631/conservation-of-folding-and-association-within-a-family-of-spidroin-n-terminal-domains
#10
Julia C Heiby, Suhaila Rajab, Charlotte Rat, Christopher M Johnson, Hannes Neuweiler
Web spiders synthesize silk fibres, nature's toughest biomaterial, through the controlled assembly of fibroin proteins, so-called spidroins. The highly conserved spidroin N-terminal domain (NTD) is a pH-driven self-assembly device that connects spidroins to super-molecules in fibres. The degree to which forces of self-assembly is conserved across spider glands and species is currently unknown because quantitative measures are missing. Here, we report the comparative investigation of spidroin NTDs originating from the major ampullate glands of the spider species Euprosthenops australis, Nephila clavipes, Latrodectus hesperus, and Latrodectus geometricus...
December 1, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29194511/prolyl-isomerization-of-the-cenp-a-n-terminus-regulates-centromeric-integrity-in-fission-yeast
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Hwei Ling Tan, Kim Kiat Lim, Qiaoyun Yang, Jing-Song Fan, Ahmed Mahmoud Mohammed Sayed, Liy Sim Low, Bingbing Ren, Teck Kwang Lim, Qingsong Lin, Yu-Keung Mok, Yih-Cherng Liou, Ee Sin Chen
Centromeric identity and chromosome segregation are determined by the precise centromeric targeting of CENP-A, the centromere-specific histone H3 variant. The significance of the amino-terminal domain (NTD) of CENP-A in this process remains unclear. Here, we assessed the functional significance of each residue within the NTD of CENP-A from Schizosaccharomyces pombe (SpCENP-A) and identified a proline-rich 'GRANT' (Genomic stability-Regulating site within CENP-A N-Terminus) motif that is important for CENP-A function...
November 29, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29193886/association-between-severe-nausea-and-vomiting-in-early-pregnancy-and-the-risk-of-neural-tube-defects-in-northern-china
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Yali Zhang, Zhiwen Li, Le Zhang, Jufen Liu, Lei Jin, Aiguo Ren
BACKGROUND: This study assessed the association between severe NVP and the risk of NTD in offspring compared with a population and a malformed control group. We also assessed whether folic acid supplements modified this association. STUDY DESIGN AND SETTING: A case-control study was conducted with subjects enrolled from June 19, 2002, to November 18, 2014, from a population-based birth defects surveillance system that monitors major external structural birth defects through active case ascertainment in Shanxi Province, China...
November 28, 2017: Birth Defects Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29191857/evaluation-of-11c-me-nb1-as-a-potential-pet-radioligand-for-measuring-glun2b-containing-nmda-receptors-drug-occupancy-and-receptor-crosstalk
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Stefanie D Krämer, Thomas Betzel, Linjing Mu, Ahmed Haider, Adrienne Herde Müller, Anna K Boninsegni, Claudia Keller, Marina Szermerski, Roger Schibli, Bernhard Wünsch, Simon M Ametamey
Clinical and preclinical research with modulators binding to the NMDA receptor GluN2B N-terminal domain (NTD) aim for the treatment of various neurological diseases. However, the interpretation of the results is hampered by the lack of a suitable NMDA PET tracer for assessing the receptor occupancy of candidate drugs. We have developed [11C]Me-NB1 as a PET tracer for imaging GluN1/GluN2B-containing NMDA receptors and used it to investigate in rats the dose-dependent receptor occupancy of eliprodil, a GluN2B NTD modulator...
November 30, 2017: Journal of Nuclear Medicine: Official Publication, Society of Nuclear Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29191465/crystal-structure-of-ryanodine-receptor-n-terminal-domain-from-plutella-xylostella-reveals-two-potential-species-specific-insecticide-targeting-sites
#14
Lianyun Lin, Chen Liu, Juan Qin, Jie Wang, Shengjie Dong, Wei Chen, Weiyi He, Qingzhi Gao, Minsheng You, Zhiguang Yuchi
Ryanodine receptors (RyRs) are large calcium-release channels located in sarcoplasmic reticulum membrane. They play a central role in excitation-contraction coupling of muscle cells. Three commercialized insecticides targeting pest RyRs generate worldwide sales over 2 billion U.S. dollars annually, but the structure of insect RyRs remains elusive, hindering our understanding of the mode of action of RyR-targeting insecticides and the development of insecticide resistance in pests. Here we present the crystal structure of RyR N-terminal domain (NTD) (residue 1-205) at 2...
December 2, 2017: Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29190287/discovery-of-a-rich-gene-pool-of-bat-sars-related-coronaviruses-provides-new-insights-into-the-origin-of-sars-coronavirus
#15
Ben Hu, Lei-Ping Zeng, Xing-Lou Yang, Xing-Yi Ge, Wei Zhang, Bei Li, Jia-Zheng Xie, Xu-Rui Shen, Yun-Zhi Zhang, Ning Wang, Dong-Sheng Luo, Xiao-Shuang Zheng, Mei-Niang Wang, Peter Daszak, Lin-Fa Wang, Jie Cui, Zheng-Li Shi
A large number of SARS-related coronaviruses (SARSr-CoV) have been detected in horseshoe bats since 2005 in different areas of China. However, these bat SARSr-CoVs show sequence differences from SARS coronavirus (SARS-CoV) in different genes (S, ORF8, ORF3, etc) and are considered unlikely to represent the direct progenitor of SARS-CoV. Herein, we report the findings of our 5-year surveillance of SARSr-CoVs in a cave inhabited by multiple species of horseshoe bats in Yunnan Province, China. The full-length genomes of 11 newly discovered SARSr-CoV strains, together with our previous findings, reveals that the SARSr-CoVs circulating in this single location are highly diverse in the S gene, ORF3 and ORF8...
November 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29189693/practice-bulletin-no-187-neural-tube-defects
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Neural tube defects (NTDs) are congenital structural abnormalities of the central nervous system and vertebral column. Neural tube defects may occur as an isolated malformation, in combination with other malformations, as part of a genetic syndrome, or as a result of teratogenic exposure (1). Neural tube defects are the second-most-common major congenital anomaly (2) after cardiac malformations, and their prevalence varies by geographic region, race, and environmental factors (3). Outcomes and disabilities depend on level and extent of lesion; for instance, anencephaly is incompatible with life but most infants with spina bifida will survive after surgical repair (4)...
December 2017: Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29189691/practice-bulletin-no-187-summary-neural-tube-defects
#17
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Neural tube defects (NTDs) are congenital structural abnormalities of the central nervous system and vertebral column. Neural tube defects may occur as an isolated malformation, in combination with other malformations, as part of a genetic syndrome, or as a result of teratogenic exposure (1). Neural tube defects are the second-most-common major congenital anomaly (2) after cardiac malformations, and their prevalence varies by geographic region, race, and environmental factors (3). Outcomes and disabilities depend on level and extent of lesion; for instance, anencephaly is incompatible with life but most infants with spina bifida will survive after surgical repair (4)...
December 2017: Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29177100/20-years-of-gender-mainstreaming-in-health-lessons-and-reflections-for-the-neglected-tropical-diseases-community
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Sally Theobald, Eleanor E MacPherson, Laura Dean, Julie Jacobson, Camilla Ducker, Margaret Gyapong, Kate Hawkins, Thoko Elphick-Pooley, Charles Mackenzie, Louise A Kelly-Hope, Fiona M Fleming, Pamela S Mbabazi
Neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) affect the poorest of the poor. NTD programmes can and should rise to the challenge of playing a part in promoting more gender equitable societies. Gender equity shapes poverty and the experience of disease in multiple ways; yet to date, there has been little attention paid to gender equity in NTD control efforts. Drawing on a synthesis of relevant literature, the tacit knowledge and experience of the authors, and discussions at a meeting on women, girls and NTDs, this analysis paper distills five key lessons from over 20 years of gender mainstreaming in health...
2017: BMJ Global Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29169803/expression-purification-and-characterization-of-two-leucine-aminopeptidases-of-the-blood-fluke-schistosoma-mansoni
#19
Gabriela Maggioli, Gabriel Rinaldi, Ines Giaudrone, Patricia Berasain, José F Tort, Paul J Brindley, Carlos Carmona
Schistosomiasis is a major neglected tropical disease (NTD) and considered the most important of the human helminthiases in terms of morbidity and mortality. Whereas treatment with praziquantel has been effective since the 1980s, the potential for the emergence of drug resistance has propelled the search for new interventions. Studies have revealed key roles of proteases in parasitic helminths during establishment of infection, tissue invasion, immune evasion, parasite feeding and development throughout the different developmental stages, pinpointing them as possible candidates...
November 20, 2017: Molecular and Biochemical Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29162720/direct-interactions-of-mitotic-arrest-deficient-1-mad1-domains-with-each-other-and-mad2-conformers-are-required-for-mitotic-checkpoint-signaling
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Wenbin Ji, Yibo Luo, Ejaz Ahmad, Song-Tao Liu
As a sensitive signaling system, the mitotic checkpoint ensures faithful chromosome segregation by delaying anaphase onset even when a single kinetochore is unattached to mitotic spindle microtubules. The key signal amplification reaction for the checkpoint is the conformational conversion of "open" mitotic arrest deficient 2 (O-MAD2) into "closed" MAD2 (C-MAD2). The reaction has been suggested to be catalyzed by an unusual catalyst, a MAD1:C-MAD2 tetramer, but how the catalysis is executed and regulated remains elusive...
November 21, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
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