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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718817/time-to-spread-your-wings-a-review-of-the-avian-ancient-dna-field
#1
REVIEW
Alicia Grealy, Nicolas J Rawlence, Michael Bunce
Ancient DNA (aDNA) has the ability to inform the evolutionary history of both extant and extinct taxa; however, the use of aDNA in the study of avian evolution is lacking in comparison to other vertebrates, despite birds being one of the most species-rich vertebrate classes. Here, we review the field of "avian ancient DNA" by summarising the past three decades of literature on this topic. Most studies over this time have used avian aDNA to reconstruct phylogenetic relationships and clarify taxonomy based on the sequencing of a few mitochondrial loci, but recent studies are moving toward using a comparative genomics approach to address developmental and functional questions...
July 18, 2017: Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715914/leprosy-in-a-lombard-avar-cemetery-in-central-italy-campochiaro-molise-6th-8th-century-ad-ancient-dna-evidence-and-demography
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Mauro Rubini, Paola Zaio, Mark Spigelman, Helen D Donoghue
BACKGROUND: The study of past infectious diseases increases knowledge of the presence, impact and spread of pathogens within ancient populations. AIM: Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) was used to examine bones for the presence of Mycobacterium leprae ancient DNA (aDNA) as, even when leprosy is present, bony changes are not always pathognomonic of the disease. This study also examined the demographic profile of this population and compared it with two other populations to investigate any changes in mortality trends between different infectious diseases and between the pre-antibiotic and antibiotic eras...
July 17, 2017: Annals of Human Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28694205/association-of-variants-in-sh2b1-and-rabep1-with-worsening-of-low-density-lipoprotein-and-glucose-parameters-in-patients-treated-with-psychotropic-drugs
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Aurélie Delacrétaz, Adna Zdralovic, Frederik Vandenberghe, Nuria Saigi-Morgui, Anaïs Glatard, Lina Quteineh, Mehdi Gholam-Rezaee, Wassim Raffoul, Lee Ann Applegate, Paris Jafari, Franziska Gamma, Armin von Gunten, Philippe Conus, Chin B Eap
Genetic factors associated with Body Mass Index (BMI) have been widely studied over the last decade. We examined whether genetic variants previously associated with BMI in the general population are associated with cardiometabolic parameter worsening in the psychiatric population receiving psychotropic drugs, a high-risk group for metabolic disturbances. Classification And Regression Trees (CARTs) were used as a tool capable of describing hierarchical associations, to pinpoint genetic variants best predicting worsening of cardiometabolic parameters (i...
July 7, 2017: Gene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28681914/2-000-year-old-%C3%AE-thalassemia-case-in-sardinia-suggests-malaria-was-endemic-by-the-roman-period
#4
Claudia Viganó, Cordula Haas, Frank J Rühli, Abigail Bouwman
OBJECTIVES: The island of Sardinia has one of the highest incidence rates of β-thalassemia in Europe due to its long history of endemic malaria, which, according to historical records, was introduced around 2,600 years ago by the Punics and only became endemic around the Middle Ages. In particular, the cod39 mutation is responsible for more than 95% of all β-thalassemia cases observed on the island. Debates surround the origin of the mutation. Some argue that its presence in the Western Mediterranean reflects the migration of people away from Sardinia, others that it reflects the colonization of the island by the Punics who might have carried the disease allele...
July 6, 2017: American Journal of Physical Anthropology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28678860/multi-scale-ancient-dna-analyses-confirm-the-western-origin-of-michelsberg-farmers-and-document-probable-practices-of-human-sacrifice
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Alice Beau, Maïté Rivollat, Hélène Réveillas, Marie-Hélène Pemonge, Fanny Mendisco, Yohann Thomas, Philippe Lefranc, Marie-France Deguilloux
In Europe, the Middle Neolithic is characterized by an important diversification of cultures. In northeastern France, the appearance of the Michelsberg culture has been correlated with major cultural changes and interpreted as the result of the settlement of new groups originating from the Paris Basin. This cultural transition has been accompanied by the expansion of particular funerary practices involving inhumations within circular pits and individuals in "non-conventional" positions (deposited in the pits without any particular treatment)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643414/associating-and-dissociating-nanodimer-analysis-for-quantifying-ultra-small-amounts-of-dna
#6
Keunsuk Kim, Jeong-Wook Oh, Young Kwang Lee, Jiwoong Son, Jwa-Min Nam
Amplification- and enzyme-free quantification of DNA at ultra-low concentrations, on the orders of 10-1,000 targets, is highly beneficial, but is extremely challenging. To address this challenge, true detection signals should be reliably discriminated from false or noise signals. Here, we developed the dynamically associating and dissociating nanodimer analysis (ADNA) method that allows for collecting maximum detection signals from true target-binding events while keeping nonspecific signals at minimum level...
June 23, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625158/a-minimally-invasive-method-for-sampling-human-petrous-bones-from-the-cranial-base-for-ancient-dna-analysis
#7
Kendra A Sirak, Daniel M Fernandes, Olivia Cheronet, Mario Novak, Beatriz Gamarra, Tímea Balassa, Zsolt Bernert, Andrea Cséki, János Dani, József Zsolt Gallina, Gábor Kocsis-Buruzs, Ivett Kővári, Orsolya László, Ildikó Pap, Róbert Patay, Zsolt Petkes, Gergely Szenthe, Tamás Szeniczey, Tamás Hajdu, Ron Pinhasi
Ancient DNA (aDNA) research involves invasive and destructive sampling procedures that are often incompatible with anthropological, anatomical, and bioarcheological analyses requiring intact skeletal remains. The osseous labyrinth inside the petrous bone has been shown to yield higher amounts of endogenous DNA than any other skeletal element; however, accessing this labyrinth in cases of a complete or reconstructed skull involves causing major structural damage to the cranial vault or base. Here, we describe a novel cranial base drilling method (CBDM) for accessing the osseous labyrinth from the cranial base that prevents damaging the surrounding cranial features, making it highly complementary to morphological analyses...
June 1, 2017: BioTechniques
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28609785/comprehensive-analysis-of-microorganisms-accompanying-human-archaeological-remains
#8
Anna Philips, Ireneusz Stolarek, Bogna Kuczkowska, Anna Juras, Luiza Handschuh, Janusz Piontek, Piotr Kozlowski, Marek Figlerowicz
Background.: Metagenome analysis has become a common source of information about microbial communities that occupy a wide range of niches, including archaeological specimens. It has been shown that vast majority of DNA extracted from ancient samples come from bacteria (presumably modern contaminants). However, characterization of microbial DNA accompanying human remains has never been done systematically for a wide range of different samples. Findings.: We used metagenomic approaches to perform comparative analyses of microorganism communities present in 161 archaeological human remains...
June 13, 2017: GigaScience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28569387/synthesis-and-in-vitro-antioxidant-activity-study-of-some-new-piperazinyl-flavone-compounds
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Paweł Berczyński, Aleksandra Kładna, Irena Kruk, Elmas Sarı, Hatice Nehir Murat, Oya Bozdağ Dündar, Hassan Y Aboul-Enein
Flavones exhibit a variety of beneficial effects and are well known for their medicinal importance in several diseases, including cardiovascular, neurodegenerative and cancer. The inclusion of the piperazine ring to the flavone backbone is an important strategy in drug discovery but only a few studies have synthesized piperazinyl flavone compounds to test their biological activity. While there is a major focus on the antioxidant properties of drugs in therapy of several diseases of inflammatory origin, we synthesized a series of the novel piperazinyl flavone analogues bearing the phenyl ring with different substituents...
June 1, 2017: Luminescence: the Journal of Biological and Chemical Luminescence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521913/a-6500-year-old-middle-neolithic-child-from-pollera-cave-liguria-italy-with-probable-multifocal-osteoarticular-tuberculosis
#10
Vitale S Sparacello, Charlotte A Roberts, Ammielle Kerudin, Romy Müller
Clear skeletal evidence of prehistoric tuberculosis (TB) is rare, especially in children. We describe and differentially diagnose the pathological changes displayed by a five-year-old child, Pollera 21 (PO21) dated to the Middle Neolithic of Liguria (Italy), or 5740±30 BP (Beta-409341; 6635-6453cal BP, 2σ, OxCal 4.2). PO21 shows a number of osteoarticular lesions, mainly of a lytic nature with very little bone proliferation: the vertebral column, the shoulder and pelvic girdles, and the ribcage are involved...
June 2017: International Journal of Paleopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28502586/novel-zinc-complexes-of-a-non-steroidal-anti-inflammatory-drug-niflumic-acid-structural-characterization-human-dna-and-albumin-binding-properties
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Romana Smolková, Vladimír Zeleňák, Lukáš Smolko, Juraj Kuchár, Miroslava Rabajdová, Michaela Ferenčáková, Mária Mareková
Three novel Zn(II) complexes of NSAID niflumic acid (Hnif) were prepared and studied, namely; [Zn(MeOH)4(nif)2] (1), [Zn(cyclam)(nif)2] (2) and [Zn(nif)2(tmen)] (3), where nif is deprotonated niflumic acid, cyclam is 1,4,8,11-Tetraazacyclotetradecane and tmen is N,N,N',N'-Tetramethylethylenediamine. The complexes have been characterized by infrared spectroscopy, elemental and thermal analysis and single-crystal X-ray structure analysis. All three complexes contain two deprotonated niflumato anions monodentately coordinated via carboxylato groups...
May 5, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28472753/chemical-toxicity-and-radioactivity-of-depleted-uranium-the-evidence-from-in-vivo-and-in-vitro-studies
#12
REVIEW
Adna Asic, Amina Kurtovic-Kozaric, Larisa Besic, Lejla Mehinovic, Azra Hasic, Mirza Kozaric, Mirsada Hukic, Damir Marjanovic
The main aim of this review is to summarize and discuss the current state of knowledge on chemical toxicity and radioactivity of depleted uranium (DU) and their effect on living systems and cell lines. This was done by presenting a summary of previous investigations conducted on different mammalian body systems and cell cultures in terms of potential changes caused by either chemical toxicity or radioactivity of DU. In addition, the authors aimed to point out the limitations of those studies and possible future directions...
July 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28455625/toward-a-consensus-on-snp-and-str-mutation-rates-on-the-human-y-chromosome
#13
REVIEW
O Balanovsky
The mutation rate on the Y-chromosome matters for estimating the time-to-the-most-recent-common-ancestor (TMRCA, i.e. haplogroup age) in population genetics, as well as for forensic, medical, and genealogical studies. Large-scale sequencing efforts have produced several independent estimates of Y-SNP mutation rates. Genealogical, or pedigree, rates tend to be slightly faster than evolutionary rates obtained from ancient DNA or calibrations using dated (pre)historical events. It is, therefore, suggested to report TMRCAs using an envelope defined by the average aDNA-based rate and the average pedigree-based rate...
May 2017: Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454758/n-o-343-pr%C3%A3-diction-du-g%C3%A3-notype-rhd-f%C3%A5-tal-par-test-pr%C3%A3-natal-non-invasif-de-routine-au-canada-l%C3%A2-heure-est-venue
#14
Jo-Ann Johnson, Kim MacDonald, Gwen Clarke, Amanda Skoll
Actuellement, la meilleure façon de prendre en charge les femmes enceintes Rh négatives consiste à prédire la présence ou l'absence de l'antigène D chez le fœtus au moyen d'un test non invasif analysant l'ADN acellulaire (ADNa) dans le plasma maternel, et à administrer une prophylaxie à celles dont l'enfant est RHD positif. Cette approche, prise pour norme dans un nombre croissant de pays, assure aux femmes enceintes Rh négatives des soins optimaux. La présente directive est le fruit d'une réunion de consensus du groupe de travail national sur le facteur Rh du Canada, un groupe interdisciplinaire formé pour examiner la situation nationale actuelle du génotypage RHD fœtal effectué sur l'ADNa...
May 2017: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Canada: JOGC, Journal D'obstétrique et Gynécologie du Canada: JOGC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28452088/myosin-ii-activity-is-required-for-structural-plasticity-at-the-axon-initial-segment
#15
Mark D Evans, Candida Tufo, Adna S Dumitrescu, Matthew S Grubb
In neurons, axons possess a molecularly defined and highly organised proximal region - the axon initial segment (AIS) - that is a key regulator of both electrical excitability and cellular polarity. Despite existing as a large, dense structure with specialised cytoskeletal architecture, the AIS is surprisingly plastic, with sustained alterations in neuronal activity bringing about significant alterations to its position, length or molecular composition. However, although the upstream activity-dependent signalling pathways that lead to such plasticity have begun to be elucidated, the downstream mechanisms that produce structural changes at the AIS are completely unknown...
April 27, 2017: European Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28395819/evaluation-of-the-release-profile-stability-and-antioxidant-activity-of-a-proanthocyanidin-rich-cinnamon-cinnamomum-zeylanicum-extract-co-encapsulated-with-%C3%AE-tocopherol-by-spray-chilling
#16
Fabrício L Tulini, Volnei B Souza, Marcelo Thomazini, Marluci P Silva, Adna P Massarioli, Severino M Alencar, Eliria M J A Pallone, Maria I Genovese, Carmen S Favaro-Trindade
Cinnamon has many health improving compounds such as proanthocyanidins, which also have potential for the prevention of damages caused by diabetes. Similarly, α-tocopherol is a natural antioxidant with important role on protection of fatty acids in membranes and lipoproteins. However, the addition of antioxidants in food may result in interaction with food matrix, low stability and unpleasant taste. In the present study, a proanthocyanidin-rich cinnamon extract (PRCE) (Cinnamomum zeylanicum) was co-encapsulated with α-tocopherol into solid lipid microparticles (SLMs) by spray chilling...
May 2017: Food Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28395154/meta-analysis-of-depleted-uranium-levels-in-the-balkan-region
#17
Larisa Besic, Imer Muhovic, Adna Asic, Amina Kurtovic-Kozaric
In recent years, contradicting data has been published on the connection between the presence of depleted uranium and an increased cancer incidence among military personnel deployed in the Balkans during the 1992-1999 wars. This has led to numerous research articles investigating possible depleted uranium contamination of the afflicted regions of the Balkan Peninsula, namely Bosnia & Herzegovina, Serbia, Kosovo and Montenegro. The aim of this study was to collect data from previously published reports investigating the levels of depleted uranium in the Balkans and to present the data in the form of a meta-analysis...
June 2017: Journal of Environmental Radioactivity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28389681/-adna-research-from-a%C3%A2-historical-perspective
#18
Elsbeth Bösl
aDNA studies are a cooperative field of research with a broad range of applications including evolutionary biology, genetics, anthropology and archaeology. Scientists are using ancient molecules as source material for historical questions. Colleagues from the humanities are observing this with both interest and concern because aDNA research is affecting academic identities and both concepts of history and historiography. aDNA research developed in a way that can be described as a Hype Cycle (Chackie Fenn)...
April 7, 2017: NTM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28384042/comparison-of-suitability-of-the-most-common-ancient-dna-quantification-methods
#19
COMPARATIVE STUDY
Kristýna Brzobohatá, Eva Drozdová, Jiří Smutný, Tomáš Zeman, Radoslav Beňuš
AIMS: Ancient DNA (aDNA) extracted from historical bones is damaged and fragmented into short segments, present in low quantity, and usually copurified with microbial DNA. A wide range of DNA quantification methods are available. The aim of this study was to compare the five most common DNA quantification methods for aDNA. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Quantification methods were tested on DNA extracted from skeletal material originating from an early medieval burial site...
April 2017: Genetic Testing and Molecular Biomarkers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28370025/ancient-plant-dna-in-lake-sediments
#20
REVIEW
Laura Parducci, Keith D Bennett, Gentile Francesco Ficetola, Inger Greve Alsos, Yoshihisa Suyama, Jamie R Wood, Mikkel Winther Pedersen
Contents I. II. III. IV. V. VI. VII. VIII. IX. X. XI. References SUMMARY: Recent advances in sequencing technologies now permit the analyses of plant DNA from fossil samples (ancient plant DNA, plant aDNA), and thus enable the molecular reconstruction of palaeofloras. Hitherto, ancient frozen soils have proved excellent in preserving DNA molecules, and have thus been the most commonly used source of plant aDNA. However, DNA from soil mainly represents taxa growing a few metres from the sampling point. Lakes have larger catchment areas and recent studies have suggested that plant aDNA from lake sediments is a more powerful tool for palaeofloristic reconstruction...
April 3, 2017: New Phytologist
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