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Guillaume Jean, Jean-Claude Souberbielle, Eric Zaoui, Christie Lorriaux, Jean-Marc Hurot, Brice Mayor, Patrik Deleaval, Manolie Mehdi, Charles Chazot
BACKGROUND: Observational studies have recently associated a decrease in serum parathyroid hormone (PTH) level with a higher rate of mortality among hemodialysis (HD) patients. Decreases in PTH level can result from medical intervention (MPD) and surgical parathyroidectomy (PTX), or may occur spontaneously, usually associated with an underlying malnutrition-inflammation syndrome (SPD). The aim of our study was to prospectively identify the incidence of decreases in PTH level in a cohort of HD patients and the frequency distribution of the different causes (MPD, PTX and SPD), as well as to evaluate the survival outcomes for each PTH group (MPD, PTX and SPD) compared to patients who did not experience a PTH decrease over the first 36 months of the study (NPD)...
October 18, 2016: BMC Nephrology
Orkun Akin, S Lawrence Zipursky
Axon guidance is proposed to act through a combination of long- and short-range attractive and repulsive cues. The ligand-receptor pair, Netrin (Net) and Frazzled (Fra) (DCC, Deleted in Colorectal Cancer, in vertebrates), is recognized as the prototypical effector of chemoattraction, with roles in both long- and short-range guidance. In the Drosophila visual system, R8 photoreceptor growth cones were shown to require Net-Fra to reach their target, the peak of a Net gradient. Using live imaging, we show, however, that R8 growth cones reach and recognize their target without Net, Fra, or Trim9, a conserved binding partner of Fra, but do not remain attached to it...
October 15, 2016: ELife
Caroline M Forrest, Kara McNair, Maria C J Vincenten, L Gail Darlington, Trevor W Stone
BACKGROUND: The related tumour suppressor proteins Deleted in Colorectal Cancer (DCC) and neogenin are absent or weakly expressed in many cancers, whereas their insertion into cells suppresses oncogenic behaviour. Serine proteases influence the initiation and progression of cancers although the mechanisms are unknown. METHODS: The effects of environmental (bacterial subtilisin) and endogenous mammalian (chymotrypsin) serine proteases were examined on protein expression in fresh, normal tissue and human neuroblastoma and mammary adenocarcinoma lines...
October 6, 2016: BMC Cancer
Cole D Fitzpatrick, Saritha Rakasi, Michael A Knodler
Speed is one of the most important factors in traffic safety as higher speeds are linked to increased crash risk and higher injury severities. Nearly a third of fatal crashes in the United States are designated as "speeding-related", which is defined as either "the driver behavior of exceeding the posted speed limit or driving too fast for conditions." While many studies have utilized the speeding-related designation in safety analyses, no studies have examined the underlying accuracy of this designation. Herein, we investigate the speeding-related crash designation through the development of a series of logistic regression models that were derived from the established speeding-related crash typologies and validated using a blind review, by multiple researchers, of 604 crash narratives...
September 30, 2016: Accident; Analysis and Prevention
Martha J Snyder, Alyssa C Lau, Elizabeth A Brouhard, Michael B Davis, Jianhao Jiang, Margarita H Sifuentes, Györgyi Csankovszki
Higher order chromosome structure and nuclear architecture can have profound effects on gene regulation. We analyzed how compartmentalizing the genome by tethering heterochromatic regions to the nuclear lamina affects dosage compensation in the nematode C. elegans. In this organism, the dosage compensation complex (DCC) binds both X chromosomes of hermaphrodites to repress transcription two-fold, thus balancing gene expression between XX hermaphrodites and XO males. X chromosome structure is disrupted by mutations in DCC subunits...
September 2016: PLoS Genetics
Yunxiao Li, Xiaomeng Qiao, Fangyuan Yin, Hao Guo, Xin Huang, Jianghua Lai, Shuguang Wei
Recent studies have shown that variants in FAT atypical cadherin 3 (FAT3), kinectin 1 (KTN1), discs large homolog2 (DLG2) and deleted in colorectal cancer (DCC) genes influence the structure of the human mesolimbic reward system. We conducted a systematic analysis of the potential functional single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in these genes associated with heroin addiction. We scanned the functional regions of these genes and identified 20 SNPs for genotyping by using the SNaPshot method. A total of 1080 samples, comprising 523 cases and 557 controls, were analyzed...
2016: PloS One
Kai Lin, Jeremy D Collins, Varun Chowdhary, Michael Markl, James C Carr
OBJECTIVE: To test the performance of HDA in characterizing left ventricular (LV) function and regional myocardial motion patterns in the context of cardiomyopathy based on cine cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR). MATERIALS AND METHODS: Following the approval of the institutional review board (IRB), standard cine images of 45 subjects, including 15 healthy volunteers, 15 patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) and 15 patients with dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) were retrospectively analyzed using HDA...
October 2016: European Journal of Radiology
S J Lubbe, V Escott-Price, A Brice, T Gasser, A M Pittman, J Bras, J Hardy, P Heutink, N M Wood, A B Singleton, D G Grosset, C B Carroll, M H Law, F Demenais, M M Iles, D T Bishop, J Newton-Bishop, N M Williams, H R Morris
A shared genetic susceptibility between cutaneous malignant melanoma (CMM) and Parkinson's disease (PD) has been suggested. We investigated this by assessing the contribution of rare variants in genes involved in CMM to PD risk. We studied rare variation across 29 CMM risk genes using high-quality genotype data in 6875 PD cases and 6065 controls and sought to replicate findings using whole-exome sequencing data from a second independent cohort totaling 1255 PD cases and 473 controls. No statistically significant enrichment of rare variants across all genes, per gene, or for any individual variant was detected in either cohort...
July 28, 2016: Neurobiology of Aging
Jeff Bolstridge, Tracy Bell, Barbara Dean, Amy Mackley, Gina Moore, Cheryl Swift, Dina Viscount, David A Paul, Stephen A Pearlman
BACKGROUND: Due to clinical benefits, delayed cord clamping (DCC) is recommended in infants born before 37 weeks gestational age. The objective was to institute a delayed cord clamping program and to evaluate clinical outcomes one year after initiation. METHODS: This study occured at Christiana Care Health System, a tertiary care facility with a 52 bed level 3 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). A multidisciplinary team created a departmental policy, a DCC protocol and educational programs to support the development of a DCC program...
2016: BMC Pediatrics
R Pijnacker, L Mughini-Gras, M Heusinkveld, J Roelfsema, W van Pelt, T Kortbeek
Giardia lamblia is a major cause of diarrhoea in children, especially those attending day-care centres (DCCs). Only Giardia assemblages A and B infect humans. Given the lack of assemblage-specific epidemiological data, we aimed to identify risk factors for infection by assemblages A and B in DCC attendees. During 2010-2013, 5,015 faecal samples from ≤4-year-old children attending 40 DCCs participating in laboratory surveillance in the Netherlands were tested for Giardia using RT-PCR. Giardia-positive samples were typed for identification of assemblages A and B...
September 6, 2016: European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases
Trevor W Stone, L Gail Darlington, Caroline M Forrest
The serine protease subtilisin induces a form of long-term depression (LTD) which is accompanied by a reduced expression of the axo-dendritic guidance molecule Unco-ordinated-5C (Unc-5C). One objective of the present work was to determine whether a loss of Unc-5C function contributed to subtilisin-induced LTD by using Unc-5C antibodies in combination with the pore-forming agents Triton X-100 (0.005%) or streptolysin O in rat hippocampal slices. In addition we have assessed the effect of subtilisin on the related dependence receptor Deleted in Colorectal Cancer (DCC) and used antibodies to this protein for functional studies...
November 12, 2016: Neuroscience
Raffaella Villa, Tamas Schauer, Pawel Smialowski, Tobias Straub, Peter B Becker
The rules defining which small fraction of related DNA sequences can be selectively bound by a transcription factor are poorly understood. One of the most challenging tasks in DNA recognition is posed by dosage compensation systems that require the distinction between sex chromosomes and autosomes. In Drosophila melanogaster, the male-specific lethal dosage compensation complex (MSL-DCC) doubles the level of transcription from the single male X chromosome, but the nature of this selectivity is not known. Previous efforts to identify X-chromosome-specific target sequences were unsuccessful as the identified MSL recognition elements lacked discriminative power...
August 31, 2016: Nature
Anup Katheria, Debra Poeltler, Jayson Durham, Jane Steen, Wade Rich, Kathy Arnell, Mauricio Maldonado, Larry Cousins, Neil Finer
OBJECTIVE: To assess whether providing ventilation during delayed cord clamping (V-DCC) increases placental transfusion compared with delayed cord clamping alone (DCC only). STUDY DESIGN: Inborn premature infants (23(0/7)-31(6/7) weeks' gestational age) were randomized to receive at least 60 seconds of V-DCC (initial continuous positive airway pressure) with addition of positive pressure ventilation if needed) or without assisted ventilation (DCC only). For the DCC-only group, infants were dried and stimulated by gently rubbing the back if apneic...
August 26, 2016: Journal of Pediatrics
Bayly S Wheeler, Erika Anderson, Christian Frøkjær-Jensen, Qian Bian, Erik Jorgensen, Barbara J Meyer
Changes in chromosome number impair fitness by disrupting the balance of gene expression. Here we analyze mechanisms to compensate for changes in gene dose that accompanied the evolution of sex chromosomes from autosomes. Using single-copy transgenes integrated throughout the Caenorhabditis elegans genome, we show that expression of all X-linked transgenes is balanced between XX hermaphrodites and XO males. However, proximity of a dosage compensation complex (DCC) binding site (rex site) is neither necessary to repress X-linked transgenes nor sufficient to repress transgenes on autosomes...
August 30, 2016: ELife
Shivam Agarwal, Vijay Jaiswal, Dharamveer Singh, Prateek Jaiswal, Amit Garg, Amit Upadhyay
AIM: Placental redistribution has been shown to improve haematological outcomes in the immediate neonatal period and early infancy. This study compared the effects of delayed cord clamping (DCC) and umbilical cord milking (UCM) on haematological and growth parameters at 12 months of age. METHODS: This was a follow-up study of a randomised control trial, conducted in a tertiary care paediatric centre from August 2013 to August 2014. We studied 200 apparently healthy Indian infants randomised at birth to receive DCC for 60-90 seconds or UCM...
November 2016: Acta Paediatrica
Christoph Korpus, Michael Pikal, Wolfgang Friess
The aim of this study was to determine the heat transfer characteristics of an optimized flexible holder device, using Tunable Diode Laser Absorption Spectroscopy, the Pressure Rise Test, and the gravimetric procedure. Two different controlled nucleation methods were tested, and an improved sublimation process, "preheated plate," was developed. Tunable Diode Laser Absorption Spectroscopy identified an initial sublimation burst phase. Accordingly, steady-state equations were adapted for the gravimetric procedure, to account for this initial non-steady-state period...
November 2016: Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Byoung Hyuck Kim, Kyubo Kim, Eui Kyu Chie, Jeanny Kwon, Jin-Young Jang, Sun Whe Kim, Do-Youn Oh, Yung-Jue Bang
Purpose: This study was conducted to evaluate the long-term outcome in patients undergoing pancreaticoduodenectomy (PD) followed by adjuvant chemoradiotherapy for distal cholangiocarcinoma (DCC) in a high-volume center and to identify the prognostic impact of clinicopathologic factors. Materials and Methods: A total of 132 consecutive patients who met the inclusion criteria were retrieved from the institutional database from Jan 1995 to Sep 2009. All patients received adjuvant treatments at a median of 45 days after the surgery...
August 23, 2016: Cancer Research and Treatment: Official Journal of Korean Cancer Association
Pezhman Salehi, Anthony Myint, Young J Kim, Marshall X Ge, Joel Lavinsky, Maria K Ho, Amanda L Crow, Charlene Cruz, Maya Monges-Hernadez, Juemei Wang, Jaana Hartiala, Li I Zhang, Hooman Allayee, Aldons J Lusis, Takahiro Ohyama, Rick A Friedman
This study aimed to investigate the genetic causes of vestibular dysfunction. We used vestibular sensory-evoked potentials (VsEPs) to characterize the vestibular function of 35 inbred mouse strains selected from the Hybrid Mouse Diversity Panel and demonstrated strain-dependent phenotypic variation in vestibular function. Using these phenotypic data, we performed the first genome-wide association study controlling for population structure that has revealed two highly suggestive loci, one of which lies within a haplotype block containing five genes (Stard6, 4930503L19Rik, Poli, Mbd2, Dcc) on Chr...
October 2016: Journal of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology: JARO
Richard Windsor, Jeannie Clark, Amanda Davis, John Wedeles, Lorien Abroms
Objectives Process evaluation data are essential to document the fidelity of program implementation by clinical staff and confirm patient behavior change. This report presents a process evaluation model applied to the Smoking Cessation and Reduction in Pregnancy Treatment Dissemination Initiative for the statewide, home-based West Virginia Right From The Start Project. Methods Trained RFTS Designated Care Coordinators, nurses and social workers, of 50+ primary care agencies in all 55 counties, delivered SCRIPT to Medicaid patients who smoked...
August 17, 2016: Maternal and Child Health Journal
Yue Zhang, Brice Freeman, Pingjiao Hao, Gary T Rochelle
A hybrid system combining amine scrubbing with membrane technology for carbon capture from natural gas combined cycle (NGCC) power plants is proposed in this paper. In this process, the CO2 in the flue gas can be enriched from 4% to 18% by the membrane, and the amine scrubbing system will have lower capture costs. Aqueous piperazine (PZ) is chosen as the solvent. Different direct contact cooler (DCC) options, multiple absorber operating conditions, optimal intercooling designs, and different cooling options have been evaluated across a wide range of inlet CO2...
October 20, 2016: Faraday Discussions
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