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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934718/urinary-bpa-and-phthalate-metabolite-concentrations-and-plasma-vitamin-d-levels-in-pregnant-women-a-repeated-measures-analysis
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Lauren E Johns, Kelly K Ferguson, David E Cantonwine, Thomas F McElrath, Bhramar Mukherjee, John D Meeker
BACKGROUND: In addition to its well-established role in maintaining skeletal health, vitamin D has essential regulatory functions in female reproductive and pregnancy outcomes. Phthalates and bisphenol A (BPA) are endocrine disruptors, and previous research has suggested that these chemical agents may disrupt circulating levels of total 25(OH)D in adults. OBJECTIVES: We investigated the relationships between repeated measures of urinary phthalate metabolites and BPA and circulating total 25(OH)D in a prospective cohort of pregnant women...
August 31, 2017: Environmental Health Perspectives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934717/expression-of-c-ebp%C3%AE-in-myeloid-progenitors-during-sepsis-promotes-immunosuppression
#2
Jun Dai, Ajinkya Kumbhare, Dima Youssef, Zhi Q Yao, Charles E McCall, Mohamed El Gazzar
Sepsis-induced myeloid-derived suppressor cells (MDSCs) contribute to immunosuppression associated with sepsis. We reported that the CCAAT enhancer-binding protein C/EBPβ activates microRNA (miR)-21 and miR-181b expressions, which induce transcription factor NFI-A to support the generation and expansion of MDSCs in the bone marrow and spleens of septic mice. Here, using a conditional knockout mouse model lacking C/EBPβ in the myeloid lineage, we find that without C/EBPβ, myeloid progenitor cells could not express miR-21 or miR-181b, and ectopic expression of C/EBPβ in the C/EBPβ-deficient myeloid progenitors activated the expression of the two miRNAs...
September 18, 2017: Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934649/cooperative-stimulation-of-atherogenesis-by-lipopolysaccharide-and%C3%A2-palmitic-acid-rich-high-fat-diet-in-low-density-lipoprotein-receptor-deficient-mice
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Zhongyang Lu, Yanchun Li, Colleen W Brinson, Maria F Lopes-Virella, Yan Huang
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Either lipopolysaccharide (LPS) or high-fat diet (HFD) enriched with saturated fatty acid (SFA) promotes atherosclerosis. In this study, we investigated the effect of LPS in combination with SFA-rich HFD on atherosclerosis and how LPS and SFA interact to stimulate inflammatory response in vascular endothelial cells. METHODS: Low-density lipoprotein receptor-deficient (LDLR(-/-)) mice were fed a low-fat diet (LFD), HFD with low palmitic acid (PA) (LP-HFD), or HFD with high PA (HP-HFD) for 20 weeks...
September 9, 2017: Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934514/new-bioinformatics-based-discrimination-formulas-for-differentiation-of-thalassemia-traits-from-iron-deficiency-anemia
#4
Abdul Hafeez Kandhro, Watshara Shoombuatong, Virapong Prachayasittikul, Pornlada Nuchnoi
Thalassemia traits (TTs) and iron deficiency anemia (IDA) are the most common disorders of hypochromic microcytic anemia (HMA). The present study aimed to differentiate TTs from IDA by analyzing discrimination formulas and provides comprehensive data of hemoglobin disorders prevalent in Pakistan. Among 12 published discrimination formulas, 6 formulas-MI, EF, G&K, RDWI, R, and HHI-were the most reliable to discriminate TTs from IDA. The failure cutoff values were improved by the random forest (RF) decision-tree approach...
August 1, 2017: Laboratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934503/a-novel-requirement-for-drosha-in-maintenance-of-mammalian-cg-methylation
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Athanasia Stathopoulou, Jyoti B Chhetri, John C Ambrose, Pierre-Olivier Estève, Lexiang Ji, Hediye Erdjument-Bromage, Guoqiang Zhang, Thomas A Neubert, Sriharsa Pradhan, Javier Herrero, Robert J Schmitz, Steen K T Ooi
In mammals, faithful inheritance of genomic methylation patterns ensures proper gene regulation and cell behaviour, impacting normal development and fertility. Following establishment, genomic methylation patterns are transmitted through S-phase by the maintenance methyltransferase Dnmt1. Using a protein interaction screen, we identify Microprocessor component DROSHA as a novel DNMT1-interactor. Drosha-deficient embryonic stem (ES) cells display genomic hypomethylation that is not accounted for by changes in the levels of DNMT proteins...
September 19, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934489/antisense-oligonucleotides-targeting-translation-inhibitory-elements-in-5-utrs-can-selectively-increase-protein-levels
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Xue-Hai Liang, Hong Sun, Wen Shen, Shiyu Wang, Joyee Yao, Michael T Migawa, Huynh-Hoa Bui, Sagar S Damle, Stan Riney, Mark J Graham, Rosanne M Crooke, Stanley T Crooke
A variety of diseases are caused by deficiencies in amounts or activity of key proteins. An approach that increases the amount of a specific protein might be of therapeutic benefit. We reasoned that translation could be specifically enhanced using trans-acting agents that counter the function of negative regulatory elements present in the 5' UTRs of some mRNAs. We recently showed that translation can be enhanced by antisense oligonucleotides (ASOs) that target upstream open reading frames. Here we report the amount of a protein can also be selectively increased using ASOs designed to hybridize to other translation inhibitory elements in 5' UTRs...
September 19, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934474/human-dna-polymerase-delta-double-mutant-d316a-e318a-interferes-with-dna-mismatch-repair-in-vitro
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Dekang Liu, Jane H Frederiksen, Sascha E Liberti, Anne Lützen, Guido Keijzers, Javier Pena-Diaz, Lene Juel Rasmussen
DNA mismatch repair (MMR) is a highly-conserved DNA repair mechanism, whose primary role is to remove DNA replication errors preventing them from manifesting as mutations, thereby increasing the overall genome stability. Defects in MMR are associated with increased cancer risk in humans and other organisms. Here, we characterize the interaction between MMR and a proofreading-deficient allele of the human replicative DNA polymerase delta, PolδD316A;E318A, which has a higher capacity for strand displacement DNA synthesis than wild type Polδ...
September 19, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934403/improving-inpatient-medication-adherence-using-attendant-education-in-a-tertiary-care-hospital-in-uganda
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Patricia Alupo, Richard Ssekitoleko, Tracy Rabin, Robert Kalyesubula, Ivan Kimuli, Benjamin E Bodnar
Quality problem: Although widely utilized in resource-rich health care systems, the use of quality improvement (QI) techniques is less common in resource-limited environments. Uganda is a resource-limited country in Sub-Saharan Africa that faces many challenges with health care delivery. These challenges include understaffing, inconsistent drug availability and inefficient systems that limit the provision of clinical care. Initial assessment: Poor adherence to prescribed inpatient medications was identified as a key shortcoming of clinical care on the internal medicine wards of Mulago National Referral Hospital, Kampala, Uganda...
August 1, 2017: International Journal for Quality in Health Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934385/hearing-loss-without-overt-metabolic-acidosis-in-atp6v1b1-deficient-mrl-mice-a-new-genetic-model-for-non-syndromic-deafness-with-enlarged-vestibular-aqueducts
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Cong Tian, Leona H Gagnon, Chantal Longo-Guess, Ron Korstanje, Susan M Sheehan, Kevin K Ohlemiller, Angela D Schrader, Jaclynn M Lett, Kenneth R Johnson
Mutations of the human ATP6V1B1 gene cause distal renal tubular acidosis (dRTA; OMIM #267300) often associated with sensorineural hearing impairment; however, mice with a knockout mutation of Atp6v1b1 were reported to exhibit a compensated acidosis and normal hearing. We discovered a new spontaneous mutation (vortex, symbol vtx) of Atp6v1b1 in an MRL/MpJ (MRL) colony of mice. In contrast to the reported phenotype of the knockout mouse, which was developed on a primarily C57BL/6 (B6) strain background, MRL-Atp6v1b1vtx/vtx mutant mice exhibit profound hearing impairment, which is associated with enlarged endolymphatic compartments of the inner ear...
October 1, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934365/murine-glomerular-transcriptome-links-endothelial-cell-specific-molecule-1-deficiency-with-susceptibility-to-diabetic-nephropathy
#10
Xiaoyi Zheng, Fariborz Soroush, Jin Long, Evan T Hall, Puneeth K Adishesha, Sanchita Bhattacharya, Mohammad F Kiani, Vivek Bhalla
Diabetic nephropathy (DN) is the leading cause of kidney disease; however, there are no early biomarkers and no cure. Thus, there is a large unmet need to predict which individuals will develop nephropathy and to understand the molecular mechanisms that govern this susceptibility. We compared the glomerular transcriptome from mice with distinct susceptibilities to DN at four weeks after induction of diabetes, but before histologic injury, and identified differential regulation of genes that modulate inflammation...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934360/pkacs-attenuate-innate-antiviral-response-by-phosphorylating-visa-and-priming-it-for-march5-mediated-degradation
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Bing-Ru Yan, Lu Zhou, Ming-Ming Hu, Mi Li, Heng Lin, Yan Yang, Yan-Yi Wang, Hong-Bing Shu
Sensing of viral RNA by RIG-I-like receptors initiates innate antiviral response, which is mediated by the central adaptor VISA. How the RIG-I-VISA-mediated antiviral response is terminated at the late phase of infection is enigmatic. Here we identified the protein kinase A catalytic (PKAC) subunits α and β as negative regulators of RNA virus-triggered signaling in a redundant manner. Viral infection up-regulated cellular cAMP levels and activated PKACs, which then phosphorylated VISA at T54. This phosphorylation abrogated virus-induced aggregation of VISA and primed it for K48-linked polyubiquitination and degradation by the E3 ligase MARCH5, leading to attenuation of virus-triggered induction of downstream antiviral genes...
September 21, 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934248/vps35-deficiency-impairs-slc4a11-trafficking-and-promotes-corneal-dystrophy
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Wei Liu, Fu-Lei Tang, Sen Lin, Kai Zhao, Lin Mei, Jian Ye, Wen-Cheng Xiong
Vps35 (vacuolar protein sorting 35) is a major component of retromer that selectively promotes endosome-to-Golgi retrieval of transmembrane proteins. Dysfunction of retromer is a risk factor for the pathogenesis of Parkinson's disease (PD) and Alzheimer's disease (AD). However, Vps35/retromer's function in the eye or the contribution of Vps35-deficiency to eye degenerative disorders remains to be explored. Here we provide evidence for a critical role of Vps35 in mouse corneal dystrophy. Vps35 is expressed in mouse and human cornea...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933982/function-and-regulation-mechanism-of-chk1-during-meiotic-maturation-in-porcine-oocytes
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Zheng-Wen Nie, Li Chen, Qiu-Shi Jin, Ying-Ying Gao, Tao Wang, Xia Zhang, Yi-Liang Miao
Checkpoint 1 (Chk1), as an important member of DNA replication checkpoint and DNA damage response, has an important role during the G2/M stage of mitosis. In this study, we used porcine oocyte as a model to investigate the function of Chk1 during porcine oocyte maturation. Chk1 was expressed from germinal vesicle (GV) to metaphase II (MII) stages, mainly localized in the cytoplasm at GV stage and moved to the spindle after germinal vesicle breakdown (GVBD). Chk1 depletion not only induced oocytes to be arrested at MI stage with abnormal chromosomes arrangement, but also inhibited the degradation of Cyclin B1 and decreased the expression of Mitotic Arrest Deficient 2-Like 1 (Mad2L1), one of spindle assembly checkpoint (SAC) proteins, and cadherin 1 (Cdh1), one of coactivation for anaphase-promoting complex/cyclosome (APC/C)...
September 21, 2017: Cell Cycle
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933876/infant-iron-deficiency-child-affect-and-maternal-unresponsiveness-testing-the-long-term-effects-of-functional-isolation
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Patricia East, Betsy Lozoff, Estela Blanco, Erin Delker, Jorge Delva, Pamela Encina, Sheila Gahagan
Children who are iron deficient (ID) or iron-deficient anemic (IDA) have been shown to seek and receive less stimulation from their caregivers, contributing to functional isolation. Over time, the reduced interactions between child and caregiver are thought to interfere with the acquisition of normative social competencies and adversely affect the child's development. The current study examined functional isolation in children who were ID or IDA in infancy in relation to social difficulties in middle childhood and problem behaviors in adolescence...
September 21, 2017: Developmental Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933742/vitamin-d-supplementation-improves-quality-of-life-and-physical-performance-in-osteoarthritis-patients
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Pacharee Manoy, Pongsak Yuktanandana, Aree Tanavalee, Wilai Anomasiri, Srihatach Ngarmukos, Thanathep Tanpowpong, Sittisak Honsawek
(1) Background: Lower levels of serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25(OH)D) are common in osteoarthritis (OA) patients. However, the effect of vitamin D supplementation on muscle strength and physical performance remains unclear. This study will investigate the effects of vitamin D₂ supplementation on muscle strength and physical performance in knee OA patients; (2) Methods: One hundred and seventy-five primary knee OA patients with low levels of serum 25(OH)D (<30 ng/mL) received 40,000 IU vitamin D₂ (ergocalciferol) per week for six months...
July 26, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933701/a-cross-sectional-descriptive-study-of-medication-use-among-persons-with-a-gastrointestinal-stoma
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Bianca Augusta Pereira de Paula, Geisa Cristina da Silva Alves, Álvaro PercÍnio, Mariana Linhares Pereira, Juliano Teixeira Moraes, Cristina Sanches
Research on the use of medications in people with intestinal stomas is lacking, creating gaps in knowledge of pharmacoepidemiology in these patients. A cross-sectional, descriptive study was conducted over a period of 4 months in Divinópolis, Brazil to describe the profile of medication use among people enrolled in the Health Support Service for People with Stoma - Level II (SSPS II) of a municipality in the state of Minas Gerais, Brazil. All patients from SSPS II with a colostomy or ileostomy were invited by phone to participate; those with incomplete registration data and/or who were <18 years old, hospitalized for any reason, or had their stoma reversed were excluded from participation...
September 2017: Ostomy/wound Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933662/deficiency-of-serotonin-in-raphe-neurons-and-altered-behavioral-responses-in-tryptophan-hydroxylase-2-knockout-medaka-oryzias-latipes
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Satoshi Ansai, Hiroshi Hosokawa, Shingo Maegawa, Kiyoshi Naruse, Youhei Washio, Kenji Sato, Masato Kinoshita
Serotonin (5-hydroxytryptamine [5-HT]) is a bioactive monoamine that acts as a neurotransmitter in the central and peripheral nervous system of animals. Teleost fish species have serotonergic neurons in the raphe nuclei of the brainstem; however, the role of 5-HT in the raphe neurons in teleost fish remains largely unknown. Here, we established a medaka (Oryzias latipes) strain with targeted disruption of tryptophan hydroxylase 2 (tph2) gene that is involved in the 5-HT synthesis in the raphe nuclei. Immunohistochemistry and mass spectrometry analysis revealed that the homozygous mutants (tph2(Δ13/Δ13)) lacked the ability to synthesize 5-HT in the raphe neurons...
September 21, 2017: Zebrafish
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933654/commonalities-and-differences-in-plants-deficient-in-autophagy-and-alternative-pathways-of-respiration-on-response-to-extended-darkness
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Jessica A S Barros, João Henrique F Cavalcanti, David B Medeiros, Adriano Nunes-Nesi, Tamar Avin-Wittenberg, Alisdair R Fernie, Wagner L Araújo
Autophagy is a highly conserved cellular mechanism in eukaryotes allowing the degradation of cell constituents. It is of crucial significance in both cellular homeostasis and nutrient recycling. During energy limited conditions plant cells can metabolize alternative respiratory substrates, such as amino acids, providing electrons to the mitochondrial metabolism via the tricarboxylic acid (TCA) cycle or electron transfer flavoprotein/ electron transfer flavoprotein ubiquinone oxidoreductase (ETF/ETFQO) system...
September 21, 2017: Plant Signaling & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933640/the-impact-of-antithrombin-deficiency-on-women-s-reproductive-health-experiences-and-healthcare-decision-making
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Ariela L Marshall, Juliana Perez Botero, Aneel A Ashrani, Rajiv K Pruthi, John A Heit, Ashish Chintakuntlawar, Jennifer C Guenther, Mrinal M Patnaik
BACKGROUND: Women with inherited antithrombin (AT) deficiency are at high risk for venous thromboembolism (VTE), especially during times of estrogen exposure, but little is known about patient-oriented reproductive decision-making in this population. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Provider-administered survey of women with AT deficiency. Participants were asked to discuss their diagnosis of AT deficiency and questioned about (1) contraception, (2) pregnancies, and (3) menorrhagia, and the impact of their AT deficiency on each reproductive health experience...
September 21, 2017: Journal of Women's Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933629/ezetimibe-ameliorates-steatohepatitis-via-amp-activated-protein-kinase-tfeb-mediated-activation-of-autophagy-and-nlrp3-inflammasome-inhibition
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Soo Hyun Kim, Gyuri Kim, Dai Hoon Han, Milim Lee, Irene Kim, Bohkyung Kim, Kook Hwan Kim, Young-Mi Song, Jeong Eun Yoo, Hye Jin Wang, Soo Han Bae, Yong-Ho Lee, Byung-Wan Lee, Eun Seok Kang, Bong-Soo Cha, Myung-Shik Lee
Impairment in macroautophagy/autophagy flux and inflammasome activation are common characteristics of nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH). Considering the lack of approved agents for treating NASH, drugs that can enhance autophagy and modulate inflammasome pathways may be beneficial. Here, we investigated the novel mechanism of ezetimibe, a widely prescribed drug for hypercholesterolemia, as a therapeutic option for ameliorating NASH. Human liver samples with steatosis and NASH were analyzed. For in vitro studies of autophagy and inflammasomes, primary mouse hepatocytes, human hepatoma cells, mouse embryonic fibroblasts with Ampk or Tsc2 knockout, and human or primary mouse macrophages were treated with ezetimibe and palmitate...
September 21, 2017: Autophagy
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