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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535541/contribution-of-amniotic-fluid-along-gestation-to-the-prediction-of-perinatal-mortality-in-women-with-early-preterm-premature-rupture-of-membranes
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Teresa Cobo, Jordina Munrós, José Ríos, Janisse Ferreri, Federico Migliorelli, Núria Baños, Eduard Gratacós, Montse Palacio
INTRODUCTION: To evaluate the largest vertical pocket (LVP) of amniotic fluid as a time-dependent factor to predict perinatal mortality in women with early preterm premature rupture of membranes (EPPROM). MATERIAL AND METHODS: Observational cohort study of singleton pregnancies with EPPROM <24 weeks. Termination of pregnancy (TOP) was considered if the LVP was <2 cm at 7 days. The maternal and neonatal characteristics of ongoing pregnancies were recorded. Prediction of perinatal mortality was estimated based on the influence of the LVP as a time-dependent factor after adjustment for maternal age, prior invasive procedure, and gestational age at EPPROM...
May 24, 2017: Fetal Diagnosis and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535439/critical-focus-on-mechanisms-of-resistance-and-toxicity-of-m-tor-inhibitors-in-pancreatic-neuroendocrine-tumors
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REVIEW
L Antonuzzo, M Del Re, V Barucca, F Spada, G Meoni, G Restante, R Danesi, F Di Costanzo, N Fazio
Pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors (pNETs) are rare neoplasms representing less than 2% of all pancreatic malignancies. The PI3K-AKT-mTOR pathway is often deregulated in pNETs and seems to play a key role in tumorigenesis. Everolimus, an inhibitor of the mTOR pathway, has demonstrated efficacy in the treatment of pNETs. Nevertheless de novo or acquired drug resistance is responsible for disease progression and represents a major obstacle to overcome by clinicians. Blocking the PI3K/AKT/mTOR pathway may cover the supposed main mechanisms of resistance to everolimus...
May 11, 2017: Cancer Treatment Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535404/placental-inflammation-and-its-relationship-to-cervicovaginal-fetal-fibronectin-in-preterm-birth
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Laura van der Krogt, Alexandra E Ridout, Paul T Seed, Andrew H Shennan
OBJECTIVE: Late miscarriage and preterm birth are frequently thought to be associated with inflammation and infection, although in most cases the underlying cause of early delivery remains unknown. The placenta is the organ that links mother and fetus during pregnancy, and postnatal examination may provide useful information about pathophysiology. The relationship between placental pathological lesions and predictive markers of early delivery has not been explored. We sought to characterize preterm deliveries according to placental pathology and relate these to the performance of reliable predictive markers, fetal fibronectin and cervical length...
May 3, 2017: European Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535376/dephosphorylation-of-the-ndc80-tail-stabilizes-kinetochore-microtubule-attachments-via-the-ska-complex
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Dhanya K Cheerambathur, Bram Prevo, Neil Hattersley, Lindsay Lewellyn, Kevin D Corbett, Karen Oegema, Arshad Desai
During cell division, genome inheritance is orchestrated by microtubule attachments formed at kinetochores of mitotic chromosomes. The primary microtubule coupler at the kinetochore, the Ndc80 complex, is regulated by Aurora kinase phosphorylation of its N-terminal tail. Dephosphorylation is proposed to stabilize kinetochore-microtubule attachments by strengthening electrostatic interactions of the tail with the microtubule lattice. Here, we show that removal of the Ndc80 tail, which compromises in vitro microtubule binding, has no effect on kinetochore-microtubule attachments in the Caenorhabditis elegans embryo...
May 22, 2017: Developmental Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535254/invited-commentary-cassel-s-the-contribution-of-the-social-environment-to-host-resistance-a-modern-classic
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Sherman A James
John Cassel's 1976 paper "The Contribution of the Social Environment to Host Resistance" (Am J Epidemiol. 1976;104(2):107-123) is widely regarded as a classic in epidemiology. He makes the compelling argument that the quality of a person's social relationships, that is, the degree to which her relationships are more stressful than supportive (or vice versa) influences her susceptibility to disease independent of genetic endowment, diet, physical activity, etc. Cassel's provocative thesis was anchored in a cogent synthesis of findings from animal experiments and observational studies on diverse human populations...
May 23, 2017: American Journal of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534826/atp-driven-contraction-of-phage-t3-capsids-with-dna-incompletely-packaged-in-vivo
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Philip Serwer, Elena T Wright
Adenosine triphosphate (ATP) cleavage powers packaging of a double-stranded DNA (dsDNA) molecule in a pre-assembled capsid of phages that include T3. Several observations constitute a challenge to the conventional view that the shell of the capsid is energetically inert during packaging. Here, we test this challenge by analyzing the in vitro effects of ATP on the shells of capsids generated by DNA packaging in vivo. These capsids retain incompletely packaged DNA (ipDNA) and are called ipDNA-capsids; the ipDNA-capsids are assumed to be products of premature genome maturation-cleavage...
May 19, 2017: Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534492/corrigendum-an-extra-uterine-system-to-physiologically-support-the-extreme-premature-lamb
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Emily A Partridge, Marcus G Davey, Matthew A Hornick, Patrick E McGovern, Ali Y Mejaddam, Jesse D Vrecenak, Carmen Mesas-Burgos, Aliza Olive, Robert C Caskey, Theodore R Weiland, Jiancheng Han, Alexander J Schupper, James T Connelly, Kevin C Dysart, Jack Rychik, Holly L Hedrick, William H Peranteau, Alan W Flake
This corrects the article DOI: 10.1038/ncomms15112.
May 23, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534205/outflow-tract-ventricular-arrhythmias-electrocardiographic-features-in-relation-to-mapping-and-ablation
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REVIEW
Deepak Padmanabhan, Alan Sugrue, Prakriti Gaba, Samuel J Asirvatham
Ventricular arrhythmia arising from the outflow tracts can manifest itself as frequent premature ventricular complexes (PVCs), salvos of ventricular tachycardia (VT), and/or sustained VT. It is amenable to management with medication and catheter ablation without need for an intracardiac defibrillator. The electrocardiogram (ECG) is a crucial tool in the management of these patients as it is can help localize the site of origin, thereby helping guide the electrophysiologist. An appreciation of the unique anatomy of the outflow tracts as well as their relationships with the surrounding structures is essential in interpreting the ECG...
May 22, 2017: Herzschrittmachertherapie & Elektrophysiologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534160/micrornas-new-therapeutic-targets-for-familial-hypercholesterolemia
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REVIEW
Amir Abbas Momtazi, Maciej Banach, Matteo Pirro, Evan A Stein, Amirhossein Sahebkar
Familial hypercholesterolemia (FH) is the most common inherited form of dyslipidemia and a major cause of premature cardiovascular disease. Management of FH mainly relies on the efficiency of treatments that reduce plasma low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol (LDL-C) concentrations. MicroRNAs (miRs) have been suggested as emerging regulators of plasma LDL-C concentrations. Notably, there is evidence showing that miRs can regulate the post-transcriptional expression of genes involved in the pathogenesis of FH, including LDLR, APOB, PCSK9, and LDLRAP1...
May 22, 2017: Clinical Reviews in Allergy & Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534047/polysomnographic-heart-rate-variability-indices-and-atrial-ectopy-associated-with-incident-atrial-fibrillation-risk-in-older-community-dwelling-men
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Dileep Raman, Farhad Kaffashi, Li-Yung Lui, William H Sauer, Susan Redline, Peter Stone, Peggy M Cawthon, Katie L Stone, Kristine E Ensrud, Sonia Ancoli-Israel, Kenneth Loparo, Reena Mehra
BACKGROUND: Autonomic dysfunction contributes to atrial fibrillation (AF). OBJECTIVE: We hypothesized that polysomnogram (PSG)-based heart rate variability (HRV) autonomic function biomarkers are associated with incident AF and these associations are modified by measures of sleep disordered breathing (SDB). METHODS: 2350 participants of a multi-center prospective study (Outcomes of Sleep Disorders in Older Men Study) without baseline AF underwent sleep studies with incident adjudicated AF follow up (8...
May 2017: JACC. Clinical Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533900/control-of-gene-expression-through-the-nonsense-mediated-rna-decay-pathway
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REVIEW
Andrew Nickless, Julie M Bailis, Zhongsheng You
Nonsense-mediated RNA decay (NMD) was originally discovered as a cellular surveillance pathway that safeguards the quality of mRNA transcripts in eukaryotic cells. In its canonical function, NMD prevents translation of mutant mRNAs harboring premature termination codons (PTCs) by targeting them for degradation. However, recent studies have shown that NMD has a much broader role in gene expression by regulating the stability of many normal transcripts. In this review, we discuss the function of NMD in normal physiological processes, its dynamic regulation by developmental and environmental cues, and its association with human disease...
2017: Cell & Bioscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533628/the-effects-of-neck-and-trunk-stabilization-exercises-on-cerebral-palsy-children-s-static-and-dynamic-trunk-balance-case-series
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Ji-Won Shin, Gui-Bin Song, Jooyeon Ko
[Purpose] The purpose of this case series was to examination the effects of trunk and neck stabilization exercise on the static, dynamic trunk balance abilities of children with cerebral palsy. [Subjects and Methods] The study included 11 school aged children diagnosed with paraplegia due to a premature birth. Each child engaged in exercise treatments twice per week for eight weeks; each treatment lasted for 45 minutes. After conducting a preliminary assessment, exercise treatments were designed based on each child's level of functioning...
April 2017: Journal of Physical Therapy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533409/inducible-ctcf-insulator-delays-the-igh-3-regulatory-region-mediated-activation-of-germline-promoters-and-alters-class-switching
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Fatima-Zohra Braikia, Chloé Oudinet, Dania Haddad, Zeliha Oruc, Domenico Orlando, Audrey Dauba, Marc Le Bert, Ahmed Amine Khamlichi
Class switch recombination (CSR) plays an important role in adaptive immune response by enabling mature B cells to switch from IgM expression to the expression of downstream isotypes. CSR is preceded by inducible germline (GL) transcription of the constant genes and is controlled by the 3' regulatory region (3'RR) in a stimulus-dependent manner. Why the 3'RR-mediated up-regulation of GL transcription is delayed to the mature B-cell stage is presently unknown. Here we show that mice devoid of an inducible CTCF binding element, located in the α constant gene, display a marked isotype-specific increase of GL transcription in developing and resting splenic B cells and altered CSR in activated B cells...
May 22, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533404/repression-of-phosphatidylinositol-transfer-protein-%C3%AE-ameliorates-the-pathology-of-duchenne-muscular-dystrophy
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Natassia M Vieira, Janelle M Spinazzola, Matthew S Alexander, Yuri B Moreira, Genri Kawahara, Devin E Gibbs, Lillian C Mead, Sergio Verjovski-Almeida, Mayana Zatz, Louis M Kunkel
Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is a progressive muscle wasting disease caused by X-linked inherited mutations in the DYSTROPHIN (DMD) gene. Absence of dystrophin protein from the sarcolemma causes severe muscle degeneration, fibrosis, and inflammation, ultimately leading to cardiorespiratory failure and premature death. Although there are several promising strategies under investigation to restore dystrophin protein expression, there is currently no cure for DMD, and identification of genetic modifiers as potential targets represents an alternative therapeutic strategy...
May 22, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533382/interplay-of-catalysis-fidelity-threading-and-processivity-in-the-exo-and-endonucleolytic-reactions-of-human-exonuclease-i
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Yuqian Shi, Homme W Hellinga, Lorena S Beese
Human exonuclease 1 (hExo1) is a member of the RAD2/XPG structure-specific 5'-nuclease superfamily. Its dominant, processive 5'-3' exonuclease and secondary 5'-flap endonuclease activities participate in various DNA repair, recombination, and replication processes. A single active site processes both recessed ends and 5'-flap substrates. By initiating enzyme reactions in crystals, we have trapped hExo1 reaction intermediates that reveal structures of these substrates before and after their exo- and endonucleolytic cleavage, as well as structures of uncleaved, unthreaded, and partially threaded 5' flaps...
May 22, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533170/synchronizing-effects-of-melatonin-on-diurnal-and-circadian-rhythms
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REVIEW
Martina Pfeffer, Horst-Werner Korf, Helmut Wicht
In mammals, the rhythmic secretion of melatonin from the pineal gland is driven by the circadian clock in the suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN) of the hypothalamus. The robust nightly peak of melatonin secretion is an output signal of the circadian clock and is supposed to deliver the circadian message to the whole of the organism. Since the circadian system regulates many behavioral and physiological processes, its disruption by external (shift-work, jet-lag) or internal desynchronization (blindness, aging) causes many different health problems...
May 19, 2017: General and Comparative Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533037/epidemiology-of-live-born-infants-with-nonimmune-hydrops-fetalis-insights-from-a-population-based-dataset
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Martina A Steurer, Shabnam Peyvandi, Rebecca J Baer, Tippi MacKenzie, Ben C Li, Mary E Norton, Laura L Jelliffe-Pawlowski, Anita J Moon-Grady
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the incidence, etiology, and 1-year mortality of nonimmune hydrops fetalis (NIHF) and to identify risk factors for mortality in a contemporary population-based dataset. STUDY DESIGN: The California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development maintains a database linking maternal and infant hospital discharge, readmissions, and birth and death certificate date from 1 year before to 1 year after birth. We searched the database (2005-2012) for infants with NIHF (identified by the International Classification of Diseases, 9th Revision, Clinical Modification code)...
May 19, 2017: Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533035/trajectories-of-externalizing-and-internalizing-behaviors-in-preterm-children-admitted-to-a-neonatal-intensive-care-unit
#18
Emily D Gerstein, Ashley C Woodman, Cynthia Burnson, Erika R Cheng, Julie Poehlmann-Tynan
OBJECTIVE: To examine the trajectories of internalizing and externalizing behavior problems of preterm children between 16 months and 6 years of age and predictors of trajectories, including gestational age, child dysregulation, maternal depression, socioeconomic status, and parenting. STUDY DESIGN: This longitudinal study followed 148 children and their mothers from neonatal intensive care unit discharge until 6 years of age. Gestational ages ranged from 23 to 36 weeks...
May 19, 2017: Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532797/genetic-basis-for-loss-of-immuno-reactive-o-chain-in-salmonella-enterica-serovar-enteritidis-veterinary-isolates
#19
Istvan Szabo, Marianne Grafe, Nicole Kemper, Ernst Junker, Burkhard Malorny
Fifty-two rough Salmonella enterica serovar Enteritidis (S. Enteritidis) isolates from broilers and the environment were characterized for their serological and genotypic properties. Under routine diagnostic serotyping methods such isolates lack the immuno-reactivity of the O-chain of the lipopolysaccharide (LPS), and are referred to as non-typeable. Using a modified slide agglutination method, the isolates could be differentiated into three different serological variants. Twenty-six isolates (50%) were defined as semi-rough, nineteen isolates (37%) as deep-rough, four isolates (8%) as rough and three isolates could not be assigned...
May 2017: Veterinary Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532595/impact-of-elemental-iron-on-human-spermatozoa-and-mouse-embryonic-development-in-a-defined-synthetic-culture-medium
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Safaa M Naes, Oshini Basri, Fauziah Ismail, Ghofraan A Ata'Allah, Siti Khadijah Idris, Noor Azmi Mat Adenan, Jaffar Ali
There is a paucity of studies on effect of iron in embryo culture procedures. This study aims to ascertain the optimal, tolerance and toxic levels of iron in a protein-free embryo culture medium (PFM) to determine the effect of iron on embryonic development. The application of PFM in assisted reproductive technologies (ART) is intended to eliminate disease transmission and improve ART treatment outcome. The optimal, tolerance and toxic levels of iron on human spermatozoa and mouse embryos were determined by challenging them with different levels of iron (ferric iron; Fe(+3))...
May 19, 2017: Reproductive Biology
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