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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29456763/causal-effect-of-smoking-on-dna-methylation-in-peripheral-blood-a-twin-and-family-study
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Shuai Li, Ee Ming Wong, Minh Bui, Tuong L Nguyen, Ji-Hoon Eric Joo, Jennifer Stone, Gillian S Dite, Graham G Giles, Richard Saffery, Melissa C Southey, John L Hopper
Background: Smoking has been reported to be associated with peripheral blood DNA methylation, but the causal aspects of the association have rarely been investigated. We aimed to investigate the association and underlying causation between smoking and blood methylation. Methods: The methylation profile of DNA from the peripheral blood, collected as dried blood spots stored on Guthrie cards, was measured for 479 Australian women including 66 monozygotic twin pairs, 66 dizygotic twin pairs, and 215 sisters of twins from 130 twin families using the Infinium HumanMethylation450K BeadChip array...
2018: Clinical Epigenetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29428705/risk-factors-for-failure-in-the-newborn-hearing-screen-test-in-very-preterm-twins
#2
So Young Kim, Byung Yoon Choi, Eun Young Jung, Hyunsoo Park, Ha-Na Yoo, Kyo Hoon Park
BACKGROUND: We aimed to identify prenatal and postnatal risk factors associated with abnormal newborn hearing screen (NHS) results and subsequently confirmed sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL) in preterm twin neonates. METHODS: Electronic medical records of 159 twin neonates who were born alive after ≤32 weeks were retrospectively reviewed for hearing loss in both ears. Histopathologic examination of the placenta was performed and clinical data, including method of conception and factors specific to twins, were retrieved from a computerized perinatal database...
January 31, 2018: Pediatrics and Neonatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29402677/associations-between-childhood-adhd-gender-and-adolescent-alcohol-and-marijuana-involvement-a-causally-informative-design
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Irene J Elkins, Gretchen R B Saunders, Stephen M Malone, Margaret A Keyes, Matt McGue, William G Iacono
BACKGROUND: We report whether the etiology underlying associations of childhood ADHD with adolescent alcohol and marijuana involvement is consistent with causal relationships or shared predispositions, and whether it differs by gender. METHODS: In three population-based twin samples (N = 3762; 64% monozygotic), including one oversampling females with ADHD, regressions were conducted with childhood inattentive or hyperactive-impulsive symptoms predicting alcohol and marijuana outcomes by age 17...
December 27, 2017: Drug and Alcohol Dependence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29381639/condylar-hyperplasia-in-a-monozygotic-twin-girl-an-argument-about-etiology
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Douglas Rangel Goulart, Eder Alberto Sigua-Rodriguez, Rodrigo Fariña, Sergio Olate
The diagnosis of unilateral condylar hyperplasia (UCH) requires a combined assessment consisting of clinical, radiological, and histopathological examination. The etiology of this condition is unknown. The purpose of this study is to report a rare case of UCH in a monozygotic twin. A 15-year-old girl was referred to our department complaining of facial asymmetry and malocclusion. Computed tomography and single-photon emission computed tomography imaging reveal enlargement of the left condyle and condylar neck, and an increased uptake that was diagnosed as active UCH...
January 19, 2018: Journal of Craniofacial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29381493/is-the-association-between-obesity-and-hip-osteoarthritis-surgery-explained-by-familial-confounding
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Karin Magnusson, Katrina J Scurrah, Ragnhild Elise Ørstavik, Thomas Sevenius Nilsen, Ove Furnes, Kåre Birger Hagen
OBJECTIVE: Familial confounding is confounding due to genetics or environmental exposures shared by family members. We aimed to study whether familial confounding explains the association between body mass index (BMI) and severe hip osteoarthritis (OA). DESIGN: We linked data from the Norwegian Arthroplasty Registry with the Norwegian Twin Registry on the National ID-number in 2014, generating a population-based prospective cohort study of same-sex twins born 1915-60 (53...
January 29, 2018: Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29361205/twin-dna-methylation-profiling-reveals-flare-dependent-interferon-signature-and-b-cell-promoter-hypermethylation-in-systemic-lupus-erythematosus
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Constance J Ulff-Møller, Fazila Asmar, Yi Liu, Anders J Svendsen, Florence Busato, Kirsten Grønbaek, Jörg Tost, Søren Jacobsen
OBJECTIVE: Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) has limited monozygotic (MZ) twin concordance, implying a role for other pathogenic factors than genetic variation, such as epigenetic changes. Using the disease discordant twin model, we investigated genome-wide DNA methylation changes in sorted CD4+ T-cells, monocytes, granulocytes and B-cells in twin pairs with at least one SLE-affected twin. METHODS: Peripheral blood from 15 SLE twin pairs (six MZ, nine dizygotic (DZ)) was processed using gradient density centrifugation for the granulocyte fraction...
January 23, 2018: Arthritis & Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29360944/migraine-with-visual-aura-associated-with-thicker-visual-cortex
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David Gaist, Anders Hougaard, Ellen Garde, Nina Linde Reislev, Rikke Wiwie, Pernille Iversen, Camilla Gøbel Madsen, Morten Blaabjerg, Helle Hvilsted Nielsen, Thomas Krøigård, Kamilla Østergaard, Kirsten Ohm Kyvik, Jacob Hjelmborg, Kristoffer Madsen, Hartwig Roman Siebner, Messoud Ashina
Until recent years it was believed that migraine with aura was a disorder causing intermittent neurological symptoms, with no impact on brain structure. However, recent MRI studies have reported increased cortical thickness of visual and somatosensory areas in patients with migraine with aura, suggesting that such structural alterations were either due to increased neuronal density in the areas involved, or a result of multiple episodes of cortical spreading depression as part of aura attacks. Subsequent studies have yielded conflicting results, possibly due to methodological reasons, e...
January 18, 2018: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29326865/rectal-atresia-and-congenital-hypothyroidism-an-association-or-coincidence
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Feride Mehmetoğlu
Rectal atresia is a rare anorectal malformation, and its association with other anomalies is even more rare. This study presents a unique case of co-twin in which the surviving newborn male underwent surgery due to rectal atresia. Newborn screening tests identified congenital hypothyroidism. The surgical treatment consisted of three stages and thyroid hormones were replaced.
January 2018: European Journal of Pediatric Surgery Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325449/analysis-of-dna-methylation-in-young-people-limited-evidence-for-an-association-between-victimization-stress-and-epigenetic-variation-in-blood
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Sarah J Marzi, Karen Sugden, Louise Arseneault, Daniel W Belsky, Joe Burrage, David L Corcoran, Andrea Danese, Helen L Fisher, Eilis Hannon, Terrie E Moffitt, Candice L Odgers, Carmine Pariante, Richie Poulton, Benjamin S Williams, Chloe C Y Wong, Jonathan Mill, Avshalom Caspi
OBJECTIVE: DNA methylation has been proposed as an epigenetic mechanism by which early-life experiences become "embedded" in the genome and alter transcriptional processes to compromise health. The authors sought to investigate whether early-life victimization stress is associated with genome-wide DNA methylation. METHOD: The authors tested the hypothesis that victimization is associated with DNA methylation in the Environmental Risk (E-Risk) Longitudinal Study, a nationally representative 1994-1995 birth cohort of 2,232 twins born in England and Wales and assessed at ages 5, 7, 10, 12, and 18 years...
January 12, 2018: American Journal of Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29290038/tight-co-twin-similarity-of-monozygotic-twins-for-htert-protein-level-of-t-cell-subsets-for-telomere-length-and-mitochondrial-dna-copy-number-but-not-for-telomerase-activity
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Dóra Melicher, Anett Illés, Éva Pállinger, Árpád Ferenc Kovács, Levente Littvay, Ádám Domonkos Tárnoki, Dávid László Tárnoki, András Bikov, Mária Judit Molnár, Edit Irén Buzás, András Falus
Our study analyzed lymphocyte subpopulations of 32 monozygotic twins and compared the level of the catalytic reverse transcriptase protein subunit (hTERT) in T lymphocytes (Tly), helper- (Th), cytotoxic- (Tc) and regulatory T cell (Treg) subgroups. Four variables related to telomere and mitochondrial biology were simultaneously assessed, applying multi-parametric flow cytometry, TRAP-ELISA assay and qPCR standard curve method on peripheral blood mononuclear cell (PBMC) samples of genetically matched individuals...
December 30, 2017: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences: CMLS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29282159/twins-as-participants-in-randomized-controlled-trials-a-review-of-published-literature
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Athula Sumathipala, Lisa Yelland, Debra Green, Tom Shepherd, Kaushalya Jayaweera, Paulo Ferreira, Jeffrey M Craig
Monozygotic (MZ) and dizygotic (DZ) twins participate in research that partitions variance in health, disease, and behavior into genetic and environmental components. However, there are other innovative roles for twins in medical research. One such way is involving MZ and/or DZ twins in co-twin control-designed randomized controlled trials (RCTs). To our knowledge, no reviews have been conducted that summarizes the involvement of twins in RCTs. Therefore, we conducted a systematic literature search using the U...
December 28, 2017: Twin Research and Human Genetics: the Official Journal of the International Society for Twin Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29277552/no-impact-of-surgery-on-cognitive-function-a-longitudinal-study-of-middle-aged-danish-twins
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Unni Dokkedal, Mette Wod, Mikael Thinggaard, Tom Giedsing Hansen, Lars Simon Rasmussen, Jonas Mengel-From, Kaare Christensen
PURPOSE: To examine the association between exposure to surgery and 10-year change in cognitive functioning. METHODS: Among 2351 middle-aged twins, a 10-year change in composite cognitive scores derived from five cognitive tests was compared between 903 (38%) twins exposed to surgery classified as major, minor, knee and hip replacement, and other, and a reference group of 1448 (62%) twins without surgery, using linear regression models adjusted for socioeconomic factors...
December 19, 2017: Annals of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29240646/genetic-and-environmental-contributions-to-sleep-quality-and-low-back-pain-a-population-based-twin-study
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Marina B Pinheiro, Jose J Morosoli, Manuela L Ferreira, Juan J Madrid-Valero, Kathryn Refshauge, Paulo H Ferreira, Juan R Ordoñana
OBJECTIVE: To estimate the extent to which the co-occurrence of poor sleep quality and low back pain is due to the same genetic and/or environmental risk factors or due to a causal association. METHODS: Cross-sectional data on sleep quality (Pittsburgh Sleep Quality index) and low back pain were collected in a population-based sample of adult twins (n=2,134) registered with the Murcia Twin Registry. Bivariate analysis and structural equation modelling were used...
December 13, 2017: Psychosomatic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29239485/comparison-of-umbilical-cord-occlusion-methods-radiofrequency-ablation-versus-laser-photocoagulation
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Mira Abdel-Sattar, Andrew H Chon, Arlyn Llanes, Lisa M Korst, Joseph G Ouzounian, Ramen H Chmait
OBJECTIVE: To compare outcomes between 2 umbilical cord occlusion (UCO) methods: radiofrequency ablation (RFA) versus fetoscopic-guided laser photocoagulation. METHODS: Retrospective study of all monochorionic diamniotic multiple gestations that underwent UCO with RFA (preferred after 2014) or laser (preferred before 2014). In bivariate analysis, patients treated with RFA were compared with laser. Risk factors for intrauterine fetal demise (IUFD) and 30-day survival of the co-twin were identified, and multiple logistic models were fitted to examine whether the UCO method was associated with these outcomes...
December 14, 2017: Prenatal Diagnosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29228364/age-dependent-changes-in-mean-and-variance-of-gene-expression-across-tissues-in-a-twin-cohort
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Ana Viñuela, Andrew A Brown, Alfonso Buil, Pei-Chien Tsai, Matthew N Davies, Jordana T Bell, Emmanouil T Dermitzakis, Timothy D Spector, Kerrin S Small
Changes in mean and variance of gene expression with age have consequences for healthy aging and disease development. Age-dependent changes in phenotypic variance have been associated to a decline in regulatory functions leading to increase in disease risk. Here we investigate age-related mean and variance changes in gene expression measured by RNA-seq of fat, skin, whole blood and derived lymphoblastoid cell lines (LCLs) expression from 855 adult female twins. We see evidence of up to 60% of age effects on transcription levels shared across tissues, and 47% of those on splicing...
December 8, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29227233/examination-of-cross-sectional-associations-of-neighborhood-deprivation-and-alcohol-outlet-density-with-hazardous-drinking-using-a-twin-design
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Isaac C Rhew, Rick Kosterman, Glen E Duncan, Christina Mair
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to examine whether neighborhood socioeconomic deprivation and alcohol outlet density are associated with hazardous drinking using a co-twin design to control for confounding because of genetic and shared environmental factors. METHOD: The study sample included cross-sectional data from 1,996 same-sex adult twin pairs (mean age = 36.6; 65.9% female) from the Washington State Twin Registry. The Singh Index was used to characterize neighborhood social deprivation for participants' census tract of residence...
January 2018: Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29212571/expression-of-homeobox-gene-hlx-and-its-downstream-target-genes-are-altered-in-placentae-from-discordant-twin-pregnancies
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Nicola Yuen, Shaun P Brennecke, Mark P Umstad, Hannah E J Yong, Anthony J Borg, Gayathri Rajaraman, Bill Kalionis, Padma Murthi
A discordant twin gestation, in which one fetus is significantly growth restricted, compared to the other normal twin, is a unique model that can be used to elucidate the mechanism(s) by which the intrauterine environment affects fetal growth. In many model systems, placental transcription factor genes regulate fetal growth. Transcription factors regulate growth through their activation or repression of downstream target genes that mediate important cell functions. The objective of this study was to determine the expression of the placental HLX homeobox gene transcription factor and its downstream target genes in dizygotic twins with growth discordance...
December 7, 2017: Twin Research and Human Genetics: the Official Journal of the International Society for Twin Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29181591/post-zygotic-genomic-changes-in-glutamate-and-dopamine-pathway-genes-may-explain-discordance-of-monozygotic-twins-for-schizophrenia
#18
C A Castellani, M G Melka, J L Gui, A J Gallo, R L O'Reilly, S M Singh
BACKGROUND: Monozygotic twins are valuable in assessing the genetic vs environmental contribution to diseases. In the era of complete genome sequences, they allow identification of mutational mechanisms and specific genes and pathways that offer predisposition to the development of complex diseases including schizophrenia. METHODS: We sequenced the complete genomes of two pairs of monozygotic twins discordant for schizophrenia (MZD), including one representing a family tetrad...
November 28, 2017: Clinical and Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29173210/psychosocial-functioning-among-regular-cannabis-users-with-and-without-cannabis-use-disorder
#19
Katherine T Foster, Brooke J Arterberry, William G Iacono, Matt McGue, Brian M Hicks
BACKGROUND: In the United States, cannabis accessibility has continued to rise as the perception of its harmfulness has decreased. Only about 30% of regular cannabis users develop cannabis use disorder (CUD), but it is unclear if individuals who use cannabis regularly without ever developing CUD experience notable psychosocial impairment across the lifespan. Therefore, psychosocial functioning was compared across regular cannabis users with or without CUD and a non-user control group during adolescence (age 17; early risk) and young adulthood (ages 18-25; peak CUD prevalence)...
November 27, 2017: Psychological Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29163289/network-approach-to-understanding-emotion-dynamics-in-relation-to-childhood-trauma-and-genetic-liability-to-psychopathology-replication-of-a-prospective-experience-sampling-analysis
#20
Laila Hasmi, Marjan Drukker, Sinan Guloksuz, Claudia Menne-Lothmann, Jeroen Decoster, Ruud van Winkel, Dina Collip, Philippe Delespaul, Marc De Hert, Catherine Derom, Evert Thiery, Nele Jacobs, Bart P F Rutten, Marieke Wichers, Jim van Os
Background: The network analysis of intensive time series data collected using the Experience Sampling Method (ESM) may provide vital information in gaining insight into the link between emotion regulation and vulnerability to psychopathology. The aim of this study was to apply the network approach to investigate whether genetic liability (GL) to psychopathology and childhood trauma (CT) are associated with the network structure of the emotions "cheerful," "insecure," "relaxed," "anxious," "irritated," and "down"-collected using the ESM method...
2017: Frontiers in Psychology
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