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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923924/attenuation-of-the-type-iv-pilus-retraction-motor-influences-neisseria-gonorrhoeae-social-and-infection-behavior
#1
Alyson M Hockenberry, Danielle M Hutchens, Al Agellon, Magdalene So
: Retraction of the type IV pilus (Tfp) mediates DNA uptake, motility, and social and infection behavior in a wide variety of prokaryotes. To date, investigations into Tfp retraction-dependent activities have used a mutant deleted of PilT, the ATPase motor protein that causes the pilus fiber to retract. ΔpilT cells are nontransformable, nonmotile, and cannot aggregate into microcolonies. We tested the hypothesis that these retraction-dependent activities are sensitive to the strength of PilT enzymatic activity by using the pathogen Neisseria gonorrhoeae as a model...
December 6, 2016: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923430/family-income-and-material-deprivation-do-they-matter-for-sleep-quality-and-quantity-in-early-life
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Marta Barazzetta, Simone Ghislandi
STUDY OBJECTIVES: The aim of the present paper is to investigate the determinants of sleeping patterns in children up to age 9 on a large and geographically homogeneous sample of British children and parents, focusing in particular on the role of economic and social factors, specifically on income. METHODS: The data of this study come from the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children, a long-term health research project that recruited over 14,000 pregnant women who were due to give birth between April 1991 and December 1992 in Bristol and its surrounding areas, including some of Somerset and Gloucestershire...
November 28, 2016: Sleep
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922636/dna-methylation-and-substance-use-risk-a-prospective-genome-wide-study-spanning-gestation-to-adolescence
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C A M Cecil, E Walton, R G Smith, E Viding, E J McCrory, C L Relton, M Suderman, J-B Pingault, W McArdle, T R Gaunt, J Mill, E D Barker
Epigenetic processes have been implicated in addiction; yet, it remains unclear whether these represent a risk factor and/or a consequence of substance use. Here, we believe we conducted the first genome-wide, longitudinal study to investigate whether DNA methylation patterns in early life prospectively associate with substance use in adolescence. The sample comprised of 244 youth (51% female) from the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC), with repeated assessments of DNA methylation (Illumina 450k array; cord blood at birth, whole blood at age 7) and substance use (tobacco, alcohol and cannabis use; age 14-18)...
December 6, 2016: Translational Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919747/h19-mediates-methotrexate-resistance-in-colorectal-cancer-through-activating-wnt-%C3%AE-catenin-pathway
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Ke-Feng Wu, Wei-Cheng Liang, Lu Feng, Jian-Xin Pang, Mary Miu-Yee Waye, Jin-Fang Zhang, Wei-Ming Fu
Colorectal cancer (CRC) is a common malignancy, most of which remain unresponsive to chemotherapy. As one of the earliest cytotoxic drugs, methotrexate (MTX) serves as an anti-metabolite and anti-folate chemotherapy for various cancers. Unfortunately, MTX resistance prevents its clinical application in cancer therapy. Thereby, overcoming the drug resistance is an alternative strategy to maximize the therapeutic efficacy of MTX in clinics. Long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) have gained widespread attention in recent years...
December 2, 2016: Experimental Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917704/parent-child-interaction-in-motor-speech-therapy
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Aravind Kumar Namasivayam, Vibhuti Jethava, Margit Pukonen, Anna Huynh, Debra Goshulak, Robert Kroll, Pascal van Lieshout
PURPOSE: This study measures the reliability and sensitivity of a modified Parent-Child Interaction Observation scale (PCIOs) used to monitor the quality of parent-child interaction. The scale is part of a home-training program employed with direct motor speech intervention for children with speech sound disorders. METHOD: Eighty-four preschool age children with speech sound disorders were provided either high- (2×/week/10 weeks) or low-intensity (1×/week/10 weeks) motor speech intervention...
December 5, 2016: Disability and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915378/mother-infant-interactions-and-regional-brain-volumes-in-infancy-an-mri-study
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Vaheshta Sethna, Inês Pote, Siying Wang, Maria Gudbrandsen, Anna Blasi, Caroline McCusker, Eileen Daly, Emily Perry, Kerrie P H Adams, Maria Kuklisova-Murgasova, Paula Busuulwa, Sarah Lloyd-Fox, Lynne Murray, Mark H Johnson, Steven C R Williams, Declan G M Murphy, Michael C Craig, Grainne M McAlonan
It is generally agreed that the human brain is responsive to environmental influences, and that the male brain may be particularly sensitive to early adversity. However, this is largely based on retrospective studies of older children and adolescents exposed to extreme environments in childhood. Less is understood about how normative variations in parent-child interactions are associated with the development of the infant brain in typical settings. To address this, we used magnetic resonance imaging to investigate the relationship between observational measures of mother-infant interactions and regional brain volumes in a community sample of 3- to 6-month-old infants (N = 39)...
December 3, 2016: Brain Structure & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915081/parental-feeding-practices-in-families-with-children-aged-2-13-years-psychometric-properties-and-child-age-specific-norms-of-the-german-version-of-the-child-feeding-questionnaire-cfq
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Ricarda Schmidt, Robert Richter, Anne Brauhardt, Andreas Hiemisch, Wieland Kiess, Anja Hilbert
The Child Feeding Questionnaire (CFQ) is a self-report questionnaire for assessing parental attitudes to child weight and parental feeding practices. Previous evaluations of its psychometric properties were conducted primarily with small-to medium-sized samples (N < 500) and a small range of children's age. The present study aims to analyze the psychometric properties of the CFQ in a large German community sample and, for the first time, to establish normative data. Within the population-based LIFE Child study, the CFQ was administered to N = 982 mothers of 2- to 13-year-old children...
November 30, 2016: Appetite
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914615/poor-performance-of-fine-motor-activity-among-biological-parents-of-children-with-attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder
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Ni Chun Hung, Shih-Hsien Lin, Mei Hung Chi, Chien-Ho Lin, Po See Chen, I Hui Lee, Kao Chin Chen, Yen Kuang Yang
It has been proposed that the dopaminergic system and heritability may play roles in attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). We assessed the performance of healthy parents of children with ADHD in the finger tapping test (FTT) in this study, which is a reliable test and sensitive to central dopamine activity. A total of 16 parents of children with ADHD and 32 controls were enrolled. The FTT was conducted. The 16 healthy parents of children with ADHD exhibited a significantly poorer performance in the FTT, using the nondominant hand, than the 32 healthy controls...
December 2016: Kaohsiung Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913417/development-of-an-improved-system-for-the-generation-of-knock-out-mutants-of-amycolatopsis-sp-atcc-39116
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Florian Meyer, Hilke Pupkes, Alexander Steinbüchel
The Gram-positive actinomycete Amycolatopsis sp. ATCC 39116 is used for the industrial production of natural vanillin. Previously, the only gene deletion performed in this strain targeted the gene vdh coding for a vanillin dehydrogenase. The generation of this mutant suffered from a high number of illegitimate recombinations and the low rate of homologous recombination. To alleviate this, we constructed an optimized deletion system based on a modified suicide vector. Thereby, we were able to enhance the rate of homologous integration from less than 1% of the analyzed clones to 20% or 50% depending on the targeted gene...
December 2, 2016: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913197/doxorubicin-induced-mitophagy-contributes-to-drug-resistance-in-cancer-stem-cells-from-hct8-human-colorectal-cancer-cells
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Chen Yan, Lan Luo, Chang-Ying Guo, Shinji Goto, Yoshishige Urata, Jiang-Hua Shao, Tao-Sheng Li
Cancer stem cells (CSCs) are known to be drug resistant. Mitophagy selectively degrades unnecessary or damaged mitochondria by autophagy during cellular stress. To investigate the potential role of mitophagy in drug resistance in CSCs, we purified CD133(+)/CD44(+) CSCs from HCT8 human colorectal cancer cells and then exposed to doxorubicin (DXR). Compared with parental cells, CSCs were more resistant to DXR treatment. Although DXR treatment enhanced autophagy levels in both cell types, the inhibition of autophagy by ATG7 silencing significantly increased the toxicity of DXR only in parental cells, not in CSCs...
November 30, 2016: Cancer Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909036/defining-adolescent-common-mental-disorders-using-electronic-primary-care-data-a-comparison-with-outcomes-measured-using-the-cis-r
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Rosie P Cornish, Ann John, Andy Boyd, Kate Tilling, John Macleod
OBJECTIVE: To compare the prevalence of common mental disorders (CMDs) derived from data held in primary care records with that measured using the revised Clinical Interview Schedule (CIS-R) in order to assess the potential robustness of findings based only on routinely collected data. DESIGN AND SETTING: Comparison study using linkage between the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC) and electronic primary care records. PARTICIPANTS: We studied 1562 adolescents who had completed the CIS-R in ALSPAC at age 17-18 years and had linkage established to their primary care records...
December 1, 2016: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907897/cost-effectiveness-of-embryo-transfer-strategies-a-decision-analytic-model-using-long-term-costs-and-consequences-of-singletons-and-multiples-born-as-a-consequence-of-ivf
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M M J van Heesch, A D I van Asselt, J L H Evers, M A H B M van der Hoeven, J C M Dumoulin, C E M van Beijsterveldt, G J Bonsel, R H M Dykgraaf, J B van Goudoever, C Koopman-Esseboom, W L D M Nelen, K Steiner, P Tamminga, N Tonch, H L Torrance, C D Dirksen
STUDY QUESTION: What is the cost-effectiveness of elective single embryo transfer (eSET) versus double embryo transfer (DET) strategies from a societal perspective, when applying a time horizon of 1, 5 and 18 years? SUMMARY ANSWER: From a short-term perspective (1 year) it is cost-effective to replace DET with single embryo transfer; however when intermediate- (5 years) and long-term (18 years) costs and consequences are incorporated, DET becomes the most cost-effective strategy, given a ceiling ratio of €20 000 per quality-adjusted life years (QALY) gained...
November 2016: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907833/development-of-a-scale-to-evaluate-young-children-s-responses-to-uncertainty-and-low-environmental-structure
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Amanda L Sanchez, Danielle Cornacchio, Tommy Chou, Ovsanna Leyfer, Stefany Coxe, Donna Pincus, Jonathan S Comer
Intolerance of Uncertainty (IU), defined as the dispositional interpretation of uncertain or ambiguous events as stressful and problematic, has been linked to excessive worry and other anxiety-related problems in adults and youth. IU has been conceptualized as a vulnerability factor for excessive worry and anxiety, but the historical absence of a supported measure of IU in young children has hampered longitudinal research needed to evaluate temporal relationships between IU and anxiety and the differential developmental pathways of IU leading to different anxiety disorders and depression...
November 21, 2016: Journal of Anxiety Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906622/sensitive-liquid-chromatography-mass-spectrometry-lc-ms-assay-reveals-novel-insights-on-dna-methylation-and-incorporation-of-gemcitabine-its-metabolite-difluorodeoxyuridine-deoxyuridine-and-rx-3117-into-dna
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Richard J Honeywell, Dzjemma Sarkisjan, Ietje Kathmann, Michael H Kristensen, Godefridus J Peters
Antimetabolites are incorporated into DNA and RNA, affecting their function. Liquid-chromatography-mass-spectrometry (LC-MS-MS) permits the sensitive, selective analysis of normal nucleosides. The method was adapted to measure the incorporation of deoxyuridine, gemcitabine (difluorodeoxycytidine), its metabolite difluorodeoxyuridine (dFdU), and the novel compound fluorocyclopentenylcytosine (RX3117). DNA was degraded to its deoxynucleotides for quantification by LC-MS-MS, gradient chromatography on a Phenomenex prodigy-3-ODS with positive ionization...
December 2016: Nucleosides, Nucleotides & Nucleic Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906043/exosomes-play-an-important-role-in-the-process-of-psoralen-reverse-multidrug-resistance-of-breast-cancer
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Xiaohong Wang, Chengfeng Xu, Yitong Hua, Leitao Sun, Kai Cheng, Zhongming Jia, Yong Han, Jianli Dong, Yuzhen Cui, Zhenlin Yang
BACKGROUND: Release of exosomes have been shown to play critical roles in drug resistance by delivering cargo. Targeting the transfer of exosomes from resistant cells to sensitive cells may be an approach to overcome some cases of drug resistance. METHOD: In this study, we investigated the potential role of exosomes in the process of psoralen reverse multidrug resistance of MCF-7/ADR cells. Exosomes were isolated by differential centrifugation of culture media from MCF-7/ADR cells (ADR/exo) and MCF-7 parental cells (S/exo)...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Experimental & Clinical Cancer Research: CR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900753/-issues-related-to-screening-and-caring-for-newborns-with-hearing-impairments
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Mei-Show Liou, Ying Tsao
The critical period for auditory development in humans begins at around the 20th gestational week and continues until 3 years of age. Both genetic and environmental factors are known to cause impaired hearing. Without early identification and intervention, hearing-impaired children face a high risk of experiencing significant difficulties with speech and language development, social behavior, and emotional functioning. Two types of commonly used hearing screening technologies include transient evoked otoacoustic emission (TEOAE) and automated auditory brainstem response (aABR)...
December 2016: Hu Li za Zhi the Journal of Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899058/correlates-of-child-father-and-child-mother-attachment-in-the-preschool-years
#17
Jean-François Bureau, Jodi Martin, Kim Yurkowski, Sabrina Schmiedel, Jeffry Quan, Ellen Moss, Audrey-Ann Deneault, Dominique Pallanca
The increase in fathers' involvement in childrearing, particularly beyond infancy, warrants research exploring factors influencing the quality of child-father attachment relationships, and the impact of these relationships on children's social development. The current investigation explored various correlates of preschoolers' child-father attachment security to both parents, including contextual factors (i.e., socioeconomic status, child temperament, parenting stress), parental play sensitivity, and child social adaptation...
November 30, 2016: Attachment & Human Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894211/parenting-in-infancy-and-self-regulation-in-preschool-an-investigation-of-the-role-of-attachment-history
#18
R S Birmingham, K L Bub, B E Vaughn
Parenting and attachment are critical in the emergence of self-regulation (SR) in preschool. However, most studies use general indexes of parenting quality, failing to explore the unique contributions of sensitivity and home quality to SR. Further, the nature of the interplay between parenting and attachment history is not well understood. Using a sample of 938 children from The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Study of Early Child Care and Youth Development, a series of structural equation models were fit to determine whether sensitivity and home quality concurrently predicted SR at 54 months, and whether attachment mediated or moderated these pathways...
November 29, 2016: Attachment & Human Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893955/using-a-patient-centered-outcome-measure-to-test-methylphenidate-versus-placebo-in-children-with-autism-spectrum-disorder
#19
Lawrence Scahill, Karen Bearss, Rena Sarhangian, Christopher J McDougle, L Eugene Arnold, Michael G Aman, James T McCracken, Elaine Tierney, Scott Gillespie, Valentina Postorino, Benedetto Vitiello
OBJECTIVES: Parent rating scales are commonly used to evaluate change in clinical trials. Despite advantages, these measures may not capture parental impression of the child's most salient problems. We examine the use of parent target problems (PTPs) in a randomized trial of methylphenidate (MPH) in children with autism spectrum disorder and symptoms of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. METHODS: This multisite, 4-week, randomized crossover trial compared three dose levels (low, medium, and high) of MPH with placebo...
November 28, 2016: Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27891722/flexible-luminescent-metal-organic-frameworks-showing-synergistic-solid-solution-effects-on-porosity-and-sensitivity
#20
Si-Yang Liu, Dong-Dong Zhou, Chun-Ting He, Pei-Qin Liao, Xiao-Ning Cheng, Yan-Tong Xu, Jia-Wen Ye, Jie-Peng Zhang, Xiao-Ming Chen
Mixing molecular building blocks in the solid solution manner is a valuable strategy to obtain structures and properties in between the isostructural parent metal-organic frameworks (MOFs). We report nonlinear/synergistic solid-solution effects using highly related yet non-isostructural, phosphorescent Cu(I) triazolate frameworks as parent phases. Near the phase boundaries associated with conformational diversity and ligand heterogeneity, the porosity (+150 %) and optical O2 sensitivity (410 times, limit of detection 0...
November 28, 2016: Angewandte Chemie
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