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Lakshmi Chaitanya, Irena Zupanič Pajnič, Susan Walsh, Jože Balažic, Tomaž Zupanc, Manfred Kayser
Retrieving information about externally visible characteristics from DNA can provide investigative leads to find unknown perpetrators, and can also help in disaster victim and other missing person identification cases. Aiming for the application to both types of forensic casework, we previously developed and forensically validated the HIrisPlex test system enabling parallel DNA prediction of eye and hair colour. Although a recent proof-of-principle study demonstrated the general suitability of the HIrisPlex system for successfully analysing DNA from bones and teeth of various storage times and conditions, practical case applications to human remains are scarce...
October 6, 2016: Forensic Science International. Genetics
Shu-Fang Chang
PURPOSE: We investigated the relationships among geriatric syndrome, physiological functions, and body composition in community-dwelling older people with varying nutritional statuses. Other factors correlated with nutritional status in community-dwelling older people were also explored. BACKGROUND: The World Health Organization has initiated preventive programs for addressing malnutrition. However, few studies have focused on the correlations among geriatric syndrome, physiological functions, and body composition in older people at risk of malnutrition...
October 25, 2016: Journal of Nursing Scholarship
Ying Shao, Qian-Zhao Chen, Yu-Hua Zeng, Yang Li, Wen-Yan Ren, Lin-Yun Zhou, Rong-Xin Liu, Ke Wu, Jun-Qing Yang, Zhong-Liang Deng, Yu Yu, Wen-Juan Sun, Bai-Cheng He
Rosiglitazone (RSG) is a potent drug used in the treatment of insulin resistance; however, it is associated with marked skeletal toxicity. RSG-induced osteoporosis may contribute to the promotion of adipogenic differentiation at the expense of osteogenic differentiation in bone marrow stromal cells. The aim of this study was to investigate whether RSG-induced bone toxicity can be reversed by combined treatment with all-trans retinoic acid (ATRA). We examined different osteogenic markers in mouse embryonic fibroblasts (MEFs) following treatment with RSG, ATRA, or RSG and ATRA in combination...
October 19, 2016: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
D G Chang, R M Healey, A J Snyder, J V Sayson, B R Macias, D G Coughlin, J F Bailey, S E Parazynski, J C Lotz, A R Hargens
STUDY DESIGN: Prospective case series. OBJECTIVE: Evaluate lumbar paraspinal muscle (PSM) cross-sectional area and intervertebral disc (IVD) height changes induced by a 6-month space mission on the International Space Station (ISS). The long-term objective of this project is to promote spine health and prevent spinal injury during space missions as well as here on Earth. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND: NASA crewmembers have a 4.3 times higher risk of herniated IVDs, compared to the general and military aviator populations...
October 25, 2016: Spine
L Balazova, K Krskova, M Suski, V Sisovsky, N Hlavacova, R Olszanecki, D Jezova, S Zorad
Increasing evidence indicates a role of oxytocin in controlling energy metabolism. The aim of his study was to investigate oxytocin effects on obese phenotype in leptin-resistant Zucker fatty rats, focusing on glucose and lipid metabolism. Zucker fatty rats and their lean controls were treated with oxytocin (3.6 μg/100g body weight/day) by osmotic minipumps implanted subcutaneously for 2 weeks. Two-hours intraperitoneal glucose tolerance test was performed in fasting rats. Oxytocin decreased food intake in both phenotypes while body weight gain reduced only in obese animals...
August 2016: Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology: An Official Journal of the Polish Physiological Society
Liam F Fitzgerald, Anita D Christie, Jane A Kent
Despite intensive efforts to understand the extent to which skeletal muscle mitochondrial capacity changes in older humans, the answer to this important question remains unclear. To determine what the preponderance of evidence from in vivo studies suggests, we conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis of the effects of age on muscle oxidative capacity as measured noninvasively by magnetic resonance spectroscopy. A secondary aim was to examine potential moderators contributing to differences in results across studies, including muscle group, physical activity status, and sex...
July 18, 2016: Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism, Physiologie Appliquée, Nutrition et Métabolisme
Andrew A M Morris, Viktor Kožich, Saikat Santra, Generoso Andria, Tawfeg I M Ben-Omran, Anupam B Chakrapani, Ellen Crushell, Mick J Henderson, Michel Hochuli, Martina Huemer, Miriam C H Janssen, Francois Maillot, Philip D Mayne, Jenny McNulty, Tara M Morrison, Helene Ogier, Siobhan O'Sullivan, Markéta Pavlíková, Isabel Tavares de Almeida, Allyson Terry, Sufin Yap, Henk J Blom, Kimberly A Chapman
Cystathionine beta-synthase (CBS) deficiency is a rare inherited disorder in the methionine catabolic pathway, in which the impaired synthesis of cystathionine leads to accumulation of homocysteine. Patients can present to many different specialists and diagnosis is often delayed. Severely affected patients usually present in childhood with ectopia lentis, learning difficulties and skeletal abnormalities. These patients generally require treatment with a low-methionine diet and/or betaine. In contrast, mildly affected patients are likely to present as adults with thromboembolism and to respond to treatment with pyridoxine...
October 24, 2016: Journal of Inherited Metabolic Disease
Petr Handlos, Marek Dokoupil, Marie Staňková, Marek Joukal, Igor Dvořáček, Matěj Uvíra, Margita Smatanová
PURPOSE: In this paper we present a case report of two people who were found dead in a holiday cottage after a fire. The cause of death in these cases was clarified by the presence of blood in the left pleural cavity in both bodies. METHODS: An inspection of the bodies at the scene of the fire and subsequent examination by a medical examiner suggested the deaths were accidental. RESULTS: An autopsy showed that the bodies were those of a man and a woman with severe carbonization of the skin, soft tissues, brain, and some organs of the thoracic and abdominal cavities...
October 25, 2016: Forensic Science, Medicine, and Pathology
Piotr Tutka, Maria W Kondrat-Wróbel, Katarzyna Zaluska, Dorota Żółkowska, Magdalena Florek-Łuszczki, Jarogniew J Łuszczki
BACKGROUND: Cytisine (CYT) is a partial agonist of brain α4β2 nicotinic acetylcholine receptors widely used in Central/Eastern Europe for smoking cessation. OBJECTIVES: This study evaluated the effect of CYT on the ability of classical and novel antiepileptic drugs to prevent seizures evoked by the 6-Hz test, a model of psychomotor seizures in mice thought as a model of drug-resistant seizures. RESULTS: CYT administered intraperitoneally (i...
October 25, 2016: Psychopharmacology
Ditte Søgaard, Torben Østergård, Agnieszka U Blachnio-Zabielska, Marcin Baranowski, Andreas Hansen Vigelsø, Jesper Løvind Andersen, Flemming Dela, Jørn Wulff Helge
Ceramide and diacylglycerol (DAG) may be involved in the early phase of insulin resistance but data are inconsistent in man. We evaluated if an increase in insulin sensitivity after endurance training was accompanied by changes in these lipids in skeletal muscle. Nineteen first-degree type 2 diabetes Offsprings (Offsprings) (age: 33.1 ± 1.4 yrs; BMI: 26.4 ± 0.4 kg/m(2)) and sixteen matched Controls (age: 31.3 ± 1.5 yrs; BMI: 25.3 ± 0.7 kg/m(2)) performed 10 weeks of endurance training three times a week at 70% of VO2max on a bicycle ergometer...
2016: Journal of Diabetes Research
Fatma Ahmed, Razi Muzaffar, Hermina Fernandes, Yifan Tu, Batool Albalooshi, Medhat M Osman
OBJECTIVES: The aim of our study is to assess the frequency of detection of PET-positive computed tomography (CT)-negative skeletal metastases (SM) and determine the impact of such detection on staging and/or management in patients who had FDG PET/CT as part of the cancer work-up. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed 2000 18F-FDG PET/CT scans of known cancer patients. A log was kept to record cases of suspected SM with or without bone changes from the low-dose non-contrast CT...
2016: Frontiers in Oncology
Hannah E Aichelman, Joseph E Townsend, Travis A Courtney, Justin H Baumann, Sarah W Davies, Karl D Castillo
Anthropogenic increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide concentration have caused global average sea surface temperature (SST) to increase by approximately 0.11°C per decade between 1971 and 2010 - a trend that is projected to continue through the 21st century. A multitude of research studies have demonstrated that increased SSTs compromise the coral holobiont (cnidarian host and its symbiotic algae) by reducing both host calcification and symbiont density, among other variables. However, we still do not fully understand the role of heterotrophy in the response of the coral holobiont to elevated temperature, particularly for temperate corals...
September 2016: Ecology and Evolution
Erin L Rutherford, Laura Anne Lowery
Wolf-Hirschhorn syndrome (WHS) is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by mental retardation, craniofacial malformation, and defects in skeletal and heart development. The syndrome is associated with irregularities on the short arm of chromosome 4, including deletions of varying sizes and microduplications. Many of these genotypic aberrations in humans have been correlated with the classic WHS phenotype, and animal models have provided a context for mapping these genetic irregularities to specific phenotypes; however, there remains a significant knowledge gap concerning the cell biological mechanisms underlying these phenotypes...
October 21, 2016: Developmental Biology
Anais Fradet, Mathilde Bouchet, Carine Delliaux, Manon Gervais, Casina Kan, Claire Benetollo, Francesco Pantano, Geoffrey Vargas, Lamia Bouazza, Martine Croset, Yohann Bala, Xavier Leroy, Thomas J Rosol, Jennifer Rieusset, Akeila Bellahcène, Vincent Castronovo, Jane E Aubin, Philippe Clézardin, Martine Duterque-Coquillaud, Edith Bonnelye
Bone metastases are one of the main complications of prostate cancer and they are incurable. We investigated whether and how estrogen receptor-related receptor alpha (ERRα) is involved in bone tumor progression associated with advanced prostate cancer. By meta-analysis, we first found that ERRα expression is correlated with castration-resistant prostate cancer (CRPC), the hallmark of progressive disease. We then analyzed tumor cell progression and the associated signaling pathways in gain-of-function/loss-of-function CRPC models in vivo and in vitro...
October 20, 2016: Oncotarget
Sara Cogliati, Enrique Calvo, Marta Loureiro, Adela M Guaras, Rocio Nieto-Arellano, Carolina Garcia-Poyatos, Iakes Ezkurdia, Nadia Mercader, Jesús Vázquez, José Antonio Enriquez
Respiratory chain complexes can super-assemble into quaternary structures called supercomplexes that optimize cellular metabolism(1). The interaction between complexes III (CIII) and IV (CIV) is modulated by supercomplex assembly factor 1 (SCAF1, also known as COX7A2l)(2). The discovery of SCAF1 represented strong genetic evidence that supercomplexes exist in vivo(2, 3). SCAF1 is present as a long isoform (113 amino acids) or a short isoform (111 amino acids) in different mouse strains(2, 4). Only the long isoform can induce the superassembly of CIII and CIV(2-6), but it is not clear whether SCAF1 is required for the formation of the respirasome (a supercomplex of CI, CIII2 and CIV)(1,2,4-6)...
October 24, 2016: Nature
Katsuhiko Warita, Nana Oshima, Naoko Takeda-Okuda, Jun-Ichi Tamura, Yoshinao Z Hosaka
Chondroitin sulfate (CS), a type of glycosaminoglycan (GAG), is a factor involved in the suppression of myogenic differentiation. CS comprises two repeating sugars and has different subtypes depending on the position and number of bonded sulfate groups. However, the effect of each subtype on myogenic differentiation remains unclear. In this study, we spiked cultures of C₂C12 myoblasts, cells which are capable of undergoing skeletal muscle differentiation, with one of five types of CS (CS-A, -B, -C, -D, or -E) and induced differentiation over a fixed time...
October 21, 2016: Marine Drugs
Elena Lenci, Riccardo Innocenti, Alessio Biagioni, Gloria Menchi, Francesca Bianchini, Andrea Trabocchi
The application of a cell-based growth inhibition on a library of skeletally different glycomimetics allowed for the selection of a hexahydro-2H-furo[3,2-b][1,4]oxazine compound as candidate inhibitors of MDA-MB-231 cell growth. Subsequent synthesis of analogue compounds and preliminary biological studies validated the selection of a valuable hit compound with a novel polyhydroxylated structure for the modulation of the breast carcinoma cell cycle mechanism.
October 20, 2016: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
Christian Trummer, Marlene Pandis, Nicolas Verheyen, Martin R Grübler, Martin Gaksch, Barbara Obermayer-Pietsch, Andreas Tomaschitz, Thomas R Pieber, Stefan Pilz, Verena Schwetz
Aside from its well-known effects on bone and mineral metabolism, vitamin D may also play an important role in extra-skeletal processes like immunologic diseases, cancer, or cardiovascular diseases. Even though meta-analyses showed that vitamin D supplementation reduces fractures, falls, and overall mortality, its potential benefits did not find universal acclaim. Several health care authorities published Recommended Dietary Allowances (RDAs) for vitamin D, most of them ranging from 600 to 800 international units (IU) per day, corresponding to a serum level of 25-hydroxyvitamin D of at least 20 ng/mL (50 nmol/L)...
October 19, 2016: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Yongcheng Pan, Lusi Zhang, Qiong Liu, Ying Li, Hui Guo, Yu Peng, Hexiang Peng, Beisha Tang, Zhengmao Hu, Jingping Zhao, Kun Xia, Jia-Da Li
AMPD1 is an adenosine monophosphate deaminase that catalyzes the deamination of AMP to IMP. To understand the physiological function of AMPD1, we obtained a strain of Ampd1 mutant mice from KOMP repository, which was generated by a knockout-first strategy. An elevated AMP level and almost complete lack of IMP was detected in the skeletal muscle of E18.5 Ampd1(tm1a/tm1a) mice. However, Ampd1(tm1a/tm1a) mice died in 2 days postnatally, which was contradicting to previous reports. After removal of the knockout-first cassette and critical exon, mice homozygous for the Ampd1(tm1c/tm1c) and Ampd1(tm1d/tm1d) alleles survived to adulthood...
October 24, 2016: Scientific Reports
Paul R Harmatz, Eugen Mengel, Tarekegn Geberhiwot, Nicole Muschol, Christian J Hendriksz, Barbara K Burton, Elisabeth Jameson, Kenneth I Berger, Andrea Jester, Marsha Treadwell, Zlatko Sisic, Celeste Decker
Efficacy and safety of elosulfase alfa enzyme replacement therapy (ERT) were assessed in an open-label, phase 2, multi-national study in Morquio A patients aged ≥5 years unable to walk ≥30 meters in the 6-min walk test. Patients received elosulfase alfa 2.0 mg/kg/week intravenously for 48 weeks. Efficacy measures were functional dexterity, pinch/grip strength, mobility in a modified timed 25-foot walk, pain, quality of life, respiratory function, and urine keratan sulfate (KS). Safety/tolerability was also assessed...
October 24, 2016: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
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