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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817493/dna-methylation-of-the-glucocorticoid-receptor-gene-promoter-in-the-placenta-is-associated-with-blood-pressure-regulation-in-human-pregnancy
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Sulistyo E Dwi Putra, Christoph Reichetzeder, Martin Meixner, Karsten Liere, Torsten Slowinski, Berthold Hocher
BACKGROUND: Blood pressure (BP) regulation during pregnancy is influenced by hormones of placental origin. It was shown that the glucocorticoid system is altered in hypertensive pregnancy disorders such as preeclampsia. Epigenetic mechanism might influence the activity of genes involved in placental hormone/hormone receptor synthesis/action during pregnancy. METHOD: In the current study, we analyzed the association of 5'-C-phosphate-G-3' (CpG) site methylation of different glucocorticoid receptor gene (NR3C1) promoter regions with BP during pregnancy...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815681/meta-analytical-synthesis-of-regression-coefficients-under-different-categorization-scheme-of-continuous-covariates
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Daisuke Yoneoka, Masayuki Henmi
Recently, the number of clinical prediction models sharing the same regression task has increased in the medical literature. However, evidence synthesis methodologies that use the results of these regression models have not been sufficiently studied, particularly in meta-analysis settings where only regression coefficients are available. One of the difficulties lies in the differences between the categorization schemes of continuous covariates across different studies. In general, categorization methods using cutoff values are study specific across available models, even if they focus on the same covariates of interest...
August 16, 2017: Statistics in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815523/endoplasmic-reticulum-plasma-membrane-crosstalk-mediated-by-the-extended-synaptotagmins
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Yasunori Saheki
The endoplasmic reticulum (ER) possesses multiplicity of functions including protein synthesis, membrane lipid biogenesis, and Ca(2+) storage and has broad localization throughout the cell. While the ER and most other membranous organelles are highly interconnected via vesicular traffic that relies on membrane budding and fusion reactions, the ER forms direct contacts with virtually all other membranous organelles, including the plasma membrane (PM), without membrane fusion. Growing evidence suggests that these contacts play major roles in cellular physiology, including the regulation of Ca(2+) homeostasis and signaling and control of cellular lipid homeostasis...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814640/agpat4-lpaat%C3%AE-deficiency-highlights-the-molecular-heterogeneity-of-epididymal-and-perirenal-white-adipose-depots
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Emily B Mardian, Ryan M Bradley, Juan J Aristizabal Henao, Phillip M Marvyn, Katherine A Moes, Eric Bombardier, A Russell Tupling, Ken D Stark, Robin E Duncan
Acylglycerophosphate acyltransferase 4 (AGPAT4)/lysophosphatidic acid acyltransferase delta (LPAATδ) catalyzes the formation of phosphatidic acid (PA), a precursor of triacylglycerol (TAG). We investigated the effect of Agpat4 gene ablation on white adipose tissue (WAT), after finding consistent expression across depots. Epididymal WAT mass was 40% larger in male Agpat4-/- mice than wildtype littermates, but unchanged in perirenal, retroperitoneal, and inguinal WAT and subscapular brown adipose tissue. Metabolic changes were identified in epididymal WAT that were not evident in perirenal WAT, which was analyzed for comparison...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Lipid Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814632/intermittent-apnea-elicits-inactivity-induced-phrenic-motor-facilitation-via-a-retinoic-acid-and-protein-synthesis-dependent-pathway
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Nathan A Baertsch, Tracy L Baker
Respiratory motoneuron pools must provide rhythmic inspiratory drive that is robust and reliable, yet dynamic enough to respond to respiratory challenges. One form of plasticity that is hypothesized to contribute to motor output stability by sensing and responding to inadequate respiratory neural activity is inactivity-induced phrenic motor facilitation (iPMF), an increase in inspiratory output triggered by a reduction in phrenic synaptic inputs. Evidence suggests that mechanisms giving rise to iPMF differ depending on the pattern of reduced respiratory neural activity (i...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814452/medical-ovariectomy-in-menopausal-breast-cancer-patients-with-high-testosterone-levels
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Giorgio Secreto, Paola Muti, Milena Sant, Elisabetta Meneghini, Vittorio Krogh
Five years of adjuvant therapy with anti-estrogens reduce the incidence of disease progression by about 50% in estrogen receptor-positive breast cancer patients, but late relapse can still occur after that anti-estrogens have been discontinued. In these patients, excessive androgen production may account for renewed excessive estrogen formation and increased risk of late relapse. In the 50% of patients who do not benefit with anti-estrogens, the effect of therapy is limited by de novo or acquired resistance to treatment...
August 16, 2017: Endocrine-related Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814375/influencers-of-generic-drug-utilization-a-systematic-review
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REVIEW
Jennifer N Howard, Ilene Harris, Gavriella Frank, Zippora Kiptanui, Jingjing Qian, Richard Hansen
INTRODUCTION: With an increase in prescription drug spending and rising drug costs there is a need to encourage the use of generic prescription drugs. However, maximizing generic drug use is not possible without the public's positive perception and meeting their informational needs about generic drugs. Thus, improving the public's confidence in, and knowledge of generic drugs on the market is critical. The objective of this systematic review is to examine and evaluate the studies focusing on the nature and extent of key factors influencing generic drug use in the United States in order to help guide policy, education and practice interventions...
August 4, 2017: Research in Social & Administrative Pharmacy: RSAP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813437/a-systematic-review-of-the-relationship-between-internet-use-self-harm-and-suicidal-behaviour-in-young-people-the-good-the-bad-and-the-unknown
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Amanda Marchant, Keith Hawton, Ann Stewart, Paul Montgomery, Vinod Singaravelu, Keith Lloyd, Nicola Purdy, Kate Daine, Ann John
BACKGROUND: Research exploring internet use and self-harm is rapidly expanding amidst concerns regarding influences of on-line activities on self-harm and suicide, especially in young people. We aimed to systematically review evidence regarding the potential influence of the internet on self-harm/suicidal behaviour in young people. METHODS: We conducted a systematic review based on an electronic search for articles published between 01/01/2011 and 26/01/2015 across databases including Medline, Cochrane and PsychInfo...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813058/fine-tuning-of-catalytic-and-sorption-properties-of-metal-organic-frameworks-via-in-situ-ligand-exchange
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Peng Wang, Kai Chen, Qing Liu, Huai-Wei Wang, Mohammad Azam, Saud I Al-Resayes, Yi Lu, Wei-Yin Sun
Metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) are gaining considerable attention not only because of their diverse structures but also due to their interesting properties and potential applications. However, fabrication of MOFs with desired structures and properties remains a great challenge. In this study, a strategy based on ligand exchange via single-crystal-to-single-crystal (SCSC) transformation has been undertaken, which can be used to achieve MOFs not available by direct synthesis and also to enrich the family of isoreticular MOFs...
August 16, 2017: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812823/an-assessment-of-national-maternal-and-child-health-policy-makers-knowledge-and-capacity-for-evidence-informed-policy-making-in-nigeria
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Chigozie Jesse Uneke, Issiaka Sombie, Namoudou Keita, Virgil Lokossou, Ermel Johnson, Pierre Ongolo-Zogo
BACKGROUND: There is increasing interest globally in the use of more rigorous processes to ensure that maternal, newborn, and child health (MNCH) care recommendations are informed by the best available research evidence use. The purpose of this study was to engage Nigerian MNCH policy-makers and other stakeholders to consider issues around research to policy and practice interface and to assess their existing knowledge and capacity on the use of research evidence for policy-making and practice...
October 8, 2016: International Journal of Health Policy and Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812487/modern-management-of-perinatal-psychiatric-disorders-second-edition-henshaw-carol-cox-john-barton-joanne-modern-management-of-perinatal-psychiatric-disorders-second-edition-330pp-%C3%A2-35-rcpsych-publications-9781909726772-190972677x-formula-see-text
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This book presents a comprehensive synthesis of the evidence on perinatal mental health disorders. Written by perinatal and child psychiatrists, the book provides information for midwives, nurses and other professionals on the care of women with perinatal mental health disorders.
August 16, 2017: Nursing Standard
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812122/-how-does-knowledge-reach-health-care-practice-implementation-research-and-knowledge-circulation
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REVIEW
Horst Christian Vollmar, Sara Santos, Anneke de Jong, Gabriele Meyer, Stefan Wilm
BACKGROUND: Evidence-based knowledge is among the most important resources in health care. However, relevant knowledge is often not implemented. There are about 100 different concepts for the "knowledge-to-practice gap". OBJECTIVES: We conducted this review to identify relevant concepts that describe and try to overcome this situation: implementation research and knowledge translation or circulation. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We initially conducted a systematic search in the databases CINAHL, Embase, ERIC, Medline, PsycINFO, Scopus, Cochrane Library and Web of Science without time or language restrictions...
August 15, 2017: Bundesgesundheitsblatt, Gesundheitsforschung, Gesundheitsschutz
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811318/the-%C3%AE-cell-assassin-iapp-cytotoxicity
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Daniel Raleigh, Xiaoxue Zhang, Benoit Hastoy, Anne Clark
Islet amyloid polypeptide (IAPP) forms cytotoxic oligomers and amyloid fibrils in islets in Type 2 diabetes (T2DM). The causal factors for amyloid formation are largely unknown. Mechanisms of molecular folding and assembly of human IAPP (hIAPP) into β-sheets, oligomers and fibrils have been assessed by detailed biophysical studies of hIAPP and non-fibrillogenic, rodent IAPP (rIAPP); cytotoxicity is associated with the early phases (oligomers/multimers) of fibrillogenesis. Interaction with synthetic membranes promotes β-sheet assembly possibly via a transient α-helical molecular conformation...
August 15, 2017: Journal of Molecular Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810607/effects-of-low-dose-of-ethanol-on-the-senescence-score-brain-function-and-gene-expression-in-senescence-accelerated-mice-8-samp8
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Akiko Kimoto, Hanae Izu, Churan Fu, Sofya Suidasari, Norihisa Kato
Accumulating epidemiological evidence suggests light to moderate alcohol intake reduces risk of several chronic diseases. However, there is limited information regarding the effects of low alcohol intake in animal studies. This study investigated the effect of low ethanol dosage on senescence-accelerated mouse (SAMP8), an animal model of aging and neurodegenaration. Male SAMP8 mice (11 weeks old) had free access to a commercial stock diet with drinking water containing 0, 1 or 2% (v/v) ethanol for 15 weeks...
August 2017: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810182/selenium-increases-hepatic-dna-methylation-and-modulates-one-carbon-metabolism-in-the-liver-of-mice
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Bodo Speckmann, Sarah Schulz, Franziska Hiller, Deike Hesse, Fabian Schumacher, Burkhard Kleuser, Jürgen Geisel, Rima Obeid, Tilman Grune, Anna P Kipp
The average intake of the essential trace element selenium (Se) is below the recommendation in most European countries, possibly causing sub-optimal expression of selenoproteins. It is still unclear how a suboptimal Se status may affect health. To mimic this situation, mice were fed one of three physiologically relevant amounts of Se. We focused on the liver, the organ most sensitive to changes in the Se supply indicated by hepatic glutathione peroxidase activity. In addition, liver is the main organ for synthesis of methyl groups and glutathione via one-carbon metabolism...
July 9, 2017: Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809470/chelation-controlled-additions-to-chiral-%C3%AE-and-%C3%AE-silyloxy-%C3%AE-halo-and-%C3%AE-vinyl-carbonyl-compounds
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Xinyuan Fan, Patrick J Walsh
The science and art of preventing and managing disease and prolonging life is dependent on advances in medicine, biology, and biochemistry. Many of these advances will involve interactions of small molecules with biological entities. As such, they will rely on the efficient synthesis of active compounds with very high stereochemical purity. Although enantioselective reactions are important in this regard, most stereocenters in complex molecule synthesis are installed in diastereoselective reactions. Perhaps the most well-known diastereoselective C-C bond-forming reaction is the addition of nucleophiles to carbonyl groups with α- or β-stereogenic centers...
August 15, 2017: Accounts of Chemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809413/tumor-targeted-nanoprobes-for-enhanced-multimodal-imaging-and-synergistic-photothermal-therapy-core-shell-and-dumbbell-gd-tailored-gold-nanorods
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Jinchang Yin, Deqi Chen, Shuangshuang Wu, Chaorui Li, Lizhi Liu, Yuanzhi Shao
Multifunctional nanoprobes, due to their unique nanocomposite structures, have prominent advantages that combine multimodal imaging of a tumor with photothermal therapy. However, they remain a challenge for constructing nanostructures via conventional approaches due to the peculiar environmental sensitivity of each component. Here, we report the design and synthesis of Gd-based nanoparticle-tailored gold nanorods with distinctive core-shell and dumbbell nanoarchitectures (NAs) by a specific synthesis technology...
August 15, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808683/in-situ-generation-of-n-unsubstituted-imines-from-alkyl-azides-and-their-applications-for-imine-transfer-via-copper-catalysis
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Lu Hu, Yahu A Liu, Xuebin Liao
Although azides have been widely used in nitrene transfer reactions, in situ generation of N-H imines from azides for downstream transformations has rarely been explored. We report copper-mediated formation of N-unsubstituted aliphatic imines from easily available aliphatic azides using a customized phenanthroline-based ligand (L1*). Through trapping in situ-generated N-H imines, multisubstituted pyridines or indoles were readily synthesized. (13)C-labeled azide was used as part of an isotope labeling study, which suggests that the construction of pyridine derivatives involves a three-component dehydrogenative condensation...
August 2017: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808564/effects-of-parasitic-infection-and-reproduction-on-corticosterone-plasma-levels-in-gal%C3%A3-pagos-land-iguanas-conolophus-marthae-and-c-subcristatus
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Michela Onorati, Giulia Sancesario, Donatella Pastore, Sergio Bernardini, Marilyn Cruz, Jorge E Carrión, Monica Carosi, Leonardo Vignoli, Davide Lauro, Gabriele Gentile
In vertebrates, one main feature of stress response is the release of glucocorticoids (corticosterone in reptiles), steroid hormones whose synthesis is regulated by the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis (HPA). In the Galápagos Islands, populations of land iguanas are differentially impacted by a tick-transmitted apicomplexan hemoparasite of genus Hepatozoon, which could cause diseases and ultimately reduce fitness. Using competitive enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays (ELISA), we examined baseline plasma corticosterone levels of two syntopic and highly parasitized populations of the land iguana species Conolophus marthae and C...
August 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808544/flower-power-floral-and-resource-manipulations-reveal-how-and-why-reproductive-trade-offs-occur-for-lowbush-blueberry-vaccinium-angustifolium
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Alex W Bajcz, Francis A Drummond
Plant reproductive trade-offs are thought to be caused by resource limitations or other constraints, but more empirical support for these hypotheses would be welcome. Additionally, quantitative characterization of these trade-offs, as well as consideration of whether they are linear, could yield additional insights. We expanded our flower removal research on lowbush blueberry (Vaccinium angustifolium) to explore the nature of and causes of its reproductive trade-offs. We used fertilization, defoliation, positionally biased flower removal, and multiple flower removal levels to discern why reproductive trade-offs occur in this taxon and to plot these trade-offs along two continuous axes...
August 2017: Ecology and Evolution
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