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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636751/using-experimentation-to-understand-the-10-year-snowshoe-hare-cycle-in-the-boreal-forest-of-north-america
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C J Krebs, R Boonstra, S Boutin
Population cycles have long fascinated ecologists from the time of Charles Elton in the 1920s. The discovery of large population fluctuations in undisturbed ecosystems challenged the idea that pristine nature was in a state of balance. The 10-year cycle of snowshoe hares (Lepus americanus Erxleben) across the boreal forests of Canada and Alaska is a classic cycle, recognized by fur traders for more than 300 years. Since the 1930s ecologists have investigated the mechanisms that might cause these cycles. Proposed causal mechanisms have varied from sunspots to food supplies, parasites, diseases, predation, and social behaviour...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Animal Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635123/measuring-fitness-heritability-life-history-traits-versus-morphological-traits-in-humans
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Alina Gavrus-Ion, Torstein Sjøvold, Miguel Hernández, Rolando González-José, María Esther Esteban Torné, Neus Martínez-Abadías, Mireia Esparza
OBJECTIVES: Traditional interpretation of Fisher's Fundamental Theorem of Natural Selection is that life history traits (LHT), which are closely related with fitness, show lower heritabilities, whereas morphological traits (MT) are less related with fitness and they are expected to show higher heritabilities. In humans, although few studies have examined the heritability of LHT and MT, none of them have analyzed the same sample for comparative purposes. Here we assessed, for the first time, the heritability, additive genetic variance (VA ), residual variance (VR ) and coefficient of genetic additive variation (CVA ) values of LHT and MT in a singular collection of identified skulls with associated demographic records from Hallstatt (Austria)...
June 21, 2017: American Journal of Physical Anthropology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634479/whole-blood-profiling-of-bacillus-calmette-gu%C3%A3-rin-induced-trained-innate-immunity-in-infants-identifies-epidermal-growth-factor-il-6-platelet-derived-growth-factor-ab-bb-and-natural-killer-cell-activation
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Steven G Smith, Johanneke Kleinnijenhuis, Mihai G Netea, Hazel M Dockrell
Vaccination of infants with bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG) activates both the innate and adaptive arms of the immune response. The antimycobacterial effects of these responses most likely account for the ability of BCG to protect against childhood forms of tuberculosis (TB). There is also evidence for a heterologous protective effect of BCG vaccination against TB-unrelated mortality in low birth weight infants. A possible mechanism of action of this effect, the induction of trained innate immunity, has been demonstrated when cells from BCG-vaccinated adults are restimulated in vitro with non-related microbial stimuli...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634246/assisted-reproductive-techniques-and-risk-of-beckwith-wiedemann-syndrome
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Alessandro Mussa, Cristina Molinatto, Flavia Cerrato, Orazio Palumbo, Massimo Carella, Giuseppina Baldassarre, Diana Carli, Clementina Peris, Andrea Riccio, Giovanni Battista Ferrero
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: The emerging association of assisted reproductive techniques (ART) with imprinting disorders represents a major issue in the scientific debate on infertility treatment and human procreation. We studied the prevalence of Beckwith-Wiedemann syndrome (BWS) in children conceived through ART to define the specific associated relative risk. METHODS: Patients with BWS born in Piemonte, Italy, were identified and matched with the general demographic data and corresponding regional ART registry...
June 20, 2017: Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634104/natural-language-processing-for-asthma-ascertainment-in-different-practice-settings
#5
Chung-Il Wi, Sunghwan Sohn, Mir Ali, Elizabeth Krusemark, Euijung Ryu, Hongfang Liu, Young J Juhn
BACKGROUND: We developed and validated NLP-PAC, a natural language processing (NLP) algorithm based on predetermined asthma criteria (PAC) for asthma ascertainment using electronic health records at Mayo Clinic. OBJECTIVE: To adapt NLP-PAC in a different health care setting, Sanford Children Hospital, by assessing its external validity. METHODS: The study was designed as a retrospective cohort study that used a random sample of 2011-2012 Sanford Birth cohort (n = 595)...
June 17, 2017: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology in Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630293/a-null-model-for-microbial-diversification
#6
Timothy J Straub, Olga Zhaxybayeva
Whether prokaryotes (Bacteria and Archaea) are naturally organized into phenotypically and genetically cohesive units comparable to animal or plant species remains contested, frustrating attempts to estimate how many such units there might be, or to identify the ecological roles they play. Analyses of gene sequences in various closely related prokaryotic groups reveal that sequence diversity is typically organized into distinct clusters, and processes such as periodic selection and extensive recombination are understood to be drivers of cluster formation ("speciation")...
June 19, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629737/the-obligatory-role-of-activin-a-in-the-formation-of-heterotopic-bone-in-fibrodysplasia-ossificans-progressiva
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Dana M Alessi Wolken, Vincent Idone, Sarah J Hatsell, Paul B Yu, Aris N Economides
Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva (FOP) is a rare genetic disorder that presents at birth with only minor patterning defects, but manifests its debilitating pathology early in life with episodic, yet progressive and cumulative, heterotopic ossification (HO) of ligaments, tendons, and a subset of major skeletal muscles. The resulting HO lesions are endochondral in nature, and appear to be linked to inflammatory stimuli arising in association with known injuries, or from inflammation linked to normal tissue repair...
June 16, 2017: Bone
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628787/biological-welfare-and-the-commons-a-natural-experiment-in-the-alps-1765-1845
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Trevor O'Grady, Claudio Tagliapietra
In the late 18th century hundreds self-governing alpine communities in Northern Italy came under the direct control of centralized states (Austria and France) at different times. We exploit the timing and location of these interventions in a difference-in-differences type design to investigate the effects of removing CPR (common-pool resources) institutions on biological welfare. We find a significant and persistent increase in infant mortality rates and a more modest decrease in birth rates as a result of state centralization...
June 6, 2017: Economics and Human Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627837/natural-antioxidant-vitamins-status-in-pregnancies-complicated-with-intrauterine-growth-restriction
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Amita K Gadhok, Tarun K Sharma, Maheep Sinha, Rakesh Khunteta, Satish K Vardey, Poonam Sahni, Manisha Sankhla
BACKGROUND: The weight of the infant at birth is a powerful predictor of infant growth and survival and is dependent on maternal health and nutrition during pregnancy. Pregnant women have a defense mechanism against increased oxidative stress composed of antioxidant enzymes and natural antioxidant vitamins like vitamin C and E. Therefore, we evaluated whether differences exist in serum levels of vitamin C and E in pregnant women complicated with intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR)...
May 1, 2017: Clinical Laboratory
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625206/organic-food-consumption-during-pregnancy-and-its-association-with-health-related-characteristics-the-koala-birth-cohort-study
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Ana Paula Simões-Wüst, Carolina Moltó-Puigmartí, Eugene Hjm Jansen, Martien Cjm van Dongen, Pieter C Dagnelie, Carel Thijs
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the associations of organic food consumption with maternal pre-pregnancy BMI, hypertension and diabetes in pregnancy, and several blood biomarkers of pregnant women. DESIGN: Prospective cohort study. SETTING: Pregnant women were recruited at midwives' practices and through channels related to consumption of food from organic origin. SUBJECTS: Pregnant women who filled in FFQ and donated a blood sample (n 1339)...
June 19, 2017: Public Health Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625087/the-ex-pat-effect-presence-of-recent-western-immigrants-is-associated-with-changes-in-age-at-first-birth-and-birth-rate-in-a-maya-population-from-rural-guatemala
#11
Luseadra McKerracher, Mark Collard, Rachel Altman, Michael Richards, Pablo Nepomnaschy
BACKGROUND: Economic transitions expose indigenous populations to a variety of ecological and cultural challenges, especially regarding diet and stress. These kinds of challenges are predicted by evolutionary ecological theory to have fitness consequences (differential reproduction) and, indeed, are often associated with changes in fertility dynamics. It is currently unclear whether international immigration might impact the nature of such an economic transition or its consequences for fertility...
June 18, 2017: Annals of Human Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623277/in-vivo-quantification-of-placental-insufficiency-by-bold-mri-a-human-study
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Jie Luo, Esra Abaci Turk, Carolina Bibbo, Borjan Gagoski, Drucilla J Roberts, Mark Vangel, Clare M Tempany-Afdhal, Carol Barnewolt, Judy Estroff, Arvind Palanisamy, William H Barth, Chloe Zera, Norberto Malpica, Polina Golland, Elfar Adalsteinsson, Julian N Robinson, Patricia Ellen Grant
Fetal health is critically dependent on placental function, especially placental transport of oxygen from mother to fetus. When fetal growth is compromised, placental insufficiency must be distinguished from modest genetic growth potential. If placental insufficiency is present, the physician must trade off the risk of prolonged fetal exposure to placental insufficiency against the risks of preterm delivery. Current ultrasound methods to evaluate the placenta are indirect and insensitive. We propose to use Blood-Oxygenation-Level-Dependent (BOLD) MRI with maternal hyperoxia to quantitatively assess mismatch in placental function in seven monozygotic twin pairs naturally matched for genetic growth potential...
June 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622710/effect-of-intravenous-immunoglobulin-on-th1-and-th2-lymphocytes-and-improvement-of-pregnancy-outcome-in-recurrent-pregnancy-loss-rpl
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Majid Ahmadi, Samaneh Abdolmohammadi-Vahid, Mahnaz Ghaebi, Leili Aghebati-Maleki, Amir Afkham, Shahla Danaii, Sedigheh Abdollahi-Fard, Lida Heidari, Farhad Jadidi-Niaragh, Vahid Younesi, Mohammad Nouri, Mehdi Yousefi
BACKGROUND: Women with elevated natural killer (NK) cell frequency and function during pregnancy, suffer from recurrent pregnancy loss (RPL). In the present study, the possible effect of intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) administration on Th1 and Th2 cell frequency, cytokine secretion, and expression of transcription factors is compared between RPL patients and control group. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Totally, 44 women with a history of RPL (32 women as treated group and 12 as control group) were enrolled in the study...
June 12, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621685/active-evolution-of-memory-b-cells-specific-to-viral-gh-gl-pul128-130-131-pentameric-complex-in-healthy-subjects-with-silent-human-cytomegalovirus-infection
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Lin Xia, Aimin Tang, Weixu Meng, Daniel C Freed, Linling He, Dai Wang, Fengsheng Li, Leike Li, Wei Xiong, Xun Gui, Robbie D Schultz, Haotai Chen, Xi He, Ryan Swoyer, Sha Ha, Yaping Liu, Charles D Morris, Yu Zhou, I-Ming Wang, Qinjian Zhao, Wenxin Luo, Ningshao Xia, Amy S Espeseth, Daria J Hazuda, Richard E Rupp, Alan D Barrett, Ningyan Zhang, Jiang Zhu, Tong-Ming Fu, Zhiqiang An
Human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) can cause life-threatening infection in immunosuppressed patients, and in utero infection that may lead to birth defects. No vaccine is currently available. HCMV infection in healthy subjects is generally asymptomatic, and virus persists as latent infection for life. Host immunity is effective against reactivation and super-infection with another strain. Thus, vaccine candidates able to elicit immune responses similar to those of natural infection may confer protection. Since neutralization is essential for prophylactic vaccines, it is important to understand how antiviral antibodies are developed in natural infection...
June 3, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621618/placental-imprinting-variation-associated-with-assisted-reproductive-technologies-and-subfertility
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Julia F Litzky, Maya A Deyssenroth, Todd M Everson, David A Armstrong, Luca Lambertini, Jia Chen, Carmen J Marsit
Infertility affects one in six couples in developed nations, resulting in an increasing use of assisted reproductive technologies (ART). Both ART and subfertility appear to be linked to lower birth weight outcomes, setting infants up for poor long-term health. Prenatal growth is, in part, regulated via epigenetically controlled imprinted genes in the placenta. Although differences in DNA methylation between ART and control infants have been found, it remains unclear whether these differences are due to the ART procedures or to the underlying parental subfertility and how these methylation differences affect imprinted gene expression...
June 16, 2017: Epigenetics: Official Journal of the DNA Methylation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28601407/relationships-between-long-term-observations-of-motor-milestones-and-genotype-analysis-results-in-childhood-onset-japanese-spinal-muscular-atrophy-patients
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Kaori Kaneko, Reiko Arakawa, Mari Urano, Ryoko Aoki, Kayoko Saito
AIM: To clarify the long-term natural history of SMA in Japanese patients by investigating the peak motor milestones of cases 7months through 57years of age, in efforts to contribute to evaluating outcomes of new therapeutic interventions. METHODS: We sub-classified 112 SMA type I-III cases into type Ia, type Ib, type IIa, type IIb, type IIIa and type IIIb, according to peak motor milestone achieved, and analyzed the SMN1, SMN2 and NAIP genes in relation to clinical subtypes...
June 7, 2017: Brain & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28599577/a-retrospective-comparison-of-pregnancy-outcomes-between-women-with-alpha-thalassaemia-1-trait-and-normal-controls
#17
Kuntharee Traisrisilp, Phudit Jatavan, Theera Tongsong
The objective of this retrospective cohort study was to compare pregnancy outcomes between low-risk pregnant women with alpha-thalassaemia-1 trait and normal controls. The database of the Maternal-Foetal Medicine unit was used to identify low-risk singleton pregnant women complicated by alpha-thalassaemia-1 trait who gave birth between January 2002 and October 2014. The low-risk pregnancies with non-carrier status for thalassaemia were assigned into the control group, with a control-to-case ratio of 10:1. During the study period, 595 women with alpha-thalassaemia-1 trait and 5950 normal controls were identified...
June 9, 2017: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology: the Journal of the Institute of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28599141/chinese-yellow-dust-and-korean-infant-health
#18
Duha T Altindag, Deokrye Baek, Naci Mocan
Naturally-occurring Yellow Dust outbreaks, which are produced by winds flowing to Korea from China and Mongolia, create air pollution. Although there is a seasonal pattern of this phenomenon, there exists substantial variation in its timing, strength, and location from year to year. To warn residents about air pollution in general, and about these dust storms in particular, Korean authorities issue different types of public alerts. Using birth certificate data on more than 1.5 million babies born between 2003 and 2011, we investigate the impact of air pollution, and the avoidance behavior triggered by pollution alerts on various birth outcomes...
May 15, 2017: Social Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28592505/genome-diversity-and-evolution-in-the-budding-yeasts-saccharomycotina
#19
Bernard A Dujon, Edward J Louis
Considerable progress in our understanding of yeast genomes and their evolution has been made over the last decade with the sequencing, analysis, and comparisons of numerous species, strains, or isolates of diverse origins. The role played by yeasts in natural environments as well as in artificial manufactures, combined with the importance of some species as model experimental systems sustained this effort. At the same time, their enormous evolutionary diversity (there are yeast species in every subphylum of Dikarya) sparked curiosity but necessitated further efforts to obtain appropriate reference genomes...
June 2017: Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28591825/corticotrophin-releasing-hormone-and-corticosterone-impair-development-of-preimplantation-embryos-by-inducing-oviductal-cell-apoptosis-via-activating-the-fas-system-an-in-vitro-study
#20
Xiu-Wen Tan, Chang-Li Ji, Liang-Liang Zheng, Jie Zhang, Hong-Jie Yuan, Shuai Gong, Jiang Zhu, Jing-He Tan
STUDY QUESTION: What are the mechanisms by which corticotrophin-releasing hormone (CRH) and corticosterone impair the development of preimplantation embryos in the oviduct. SUMMARY ANSWER: CRH and corticosterone do not affect preimplantation embryos directly, but impair their development indirectly by triggering apoptosis of oviductal epithelial cells (OECs) through activation of the Fas system. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: Studies report that stress impairs embryo development with facilitated secretion of CRH and glucocorticoids...
June 7, 2017: Human Reproduction
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