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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911121/endocan-is-a-predictor-of-increased-cardiovascular-risk-in-women-with-polycystic-ovary-syndrome
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Merve Bicer, Aslı Guler, Gokcen Unal Kocabas, Cetin Imamoglu, Ali Baloglu, Oktay Bilgir, Arif Yuksel, Giray Bozkaya, Mehmet Calan
PURPOSE: Endocan is a proteoglycan secreted mainly from endothelial cells. It has been implicated that there is a link between endocan and endothelial dysfunction. Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a reproductive and metabolic disease associated with increased risk of cardiovascular events. The aims of this study were to ascertain whether circulating endocan levels are altered in women with PCOS, and whether there is an association between endocan and carotid intima media thickness (cIMT)...
December 2, 2016: Endocrine Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908891/the-paraoxonase-gene-cluster-protects-against-abdominal-aortic-aneurysm-formation
#2
Yun-Fei Yan, Jian-Fei Pei, Ran Zhang, Fang Wang, Peng Gao, Zhu-Qin Zhang, Ting-Ting Wang, Yang Zhang, Zhi-Gang She, Hou-Zao Chen, De-Pei Liu
OBJECTIVE: Abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) is a life-threatening vascular pathology, the pathogenesis of which is closely related to oxidative stress. However, an effective pharmaceutical treatment is lacking because the exact cause of AAA remains unknown. Here, we aimed at delineating the role of the paraoxonases (PONs) gene cluster (PC), which prevents atherosclerosis through the detoxification of oxidized substrates, in AAA formation. APPROACH AND RESULTS: PC transgenic (Tg) mice were crossed to an Apoe(-/-) background, and an angiotensin II-induced AAA mouse model was used to analyze the effect of the PC on AAA formation...
December 1, 2016: Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908308/remarkable-damage-along-with-poor-quality-of-life-in-takayasu-arteritis-cross-sectional-results-of-a-long-term-followed-up-multicentre-cohort
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Ahmet Omma, Burak Erer, Omer Karadag, Neslihan Yilmaz, Fatma Alibaz-Oner, Fatih Yildiz, Melike Kalfa, Gezmis Kimyon, Sedat Kiraz, Haner Direskeneli, Eren Erken, Kenan Aksu, Ahmet Mesut Onat, Ahmet Gül, Lale Ocal, Murat Inanc, Sevil Kamali
OBJECTIVES: We aimed to assess the outcome of a large Takayasu arteritis (TAK) cohort using the vasculitis damage index (VDI) and quality of life (QoL) scale, tools which have been validated for vasculitis. METHODS: Disease activity, damage and QoL were cross-sectionally evaluated in 165 TAK patients from 6 centres. SF-36 were applied to 51 age-matched healthy controls (HC). Persistent activity for ≥6 months was considered as treatment resistance (r-TAK). The correlation between VDI, clinical characteristics and mental (MCS)/physical (PCS) component scores of SF-36 were analysed...
November 10, 2016: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908213/determinants-of-low-bone-mineral-density-in-premenopausal-polycystic-ovary-syndrome-patients
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Cihan Karadağ, Tevfik Yoldemir, Dilek Gogas Yavuz
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to evaluate the bone mineral density (BMD) values and to determine the associations between BMD and insulin sensitivity, hyperandrogenemia, body mass index (BMI), and sex hormones in premenopausal polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) patients. METHODS: A hundred and three women with PCOS and sixty age- and BMI-matched healthy control women were enrolled to this cross-sectional study. Serum androgen and estradiol (E2) levels were measured...
December 2, 2016: Gynecological Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907875/s-substituted-3-5-dinitrophenyl-1-3-4-oxadiazole-2-thiols-and-tetrazole-5-thiols-as-highly-efficient-antitubercular-agents
#5
Galina Karabanovich, Jan Němeček, Lenka Valášková, Alejandro Carazo, Klára Konečná, Jiřina Stolaříková, Alexandr Hrabálek, Oto Pavliš, Petr Pávek, Kateřina Vávrová, Jaroslav Roh, Věra Klimešová
Two new classes of antitubercular agents, namely 5-alkylsulfanyl-1-(3,5-dinitrophenyl)-1H-tetrazoles and 2-alkylsulfanyl-5-(3,5-dinitrophenyl)-1,3,4-oxadiazoles, and their structure-activity relationships are described. These compounds possessed excellent activity against Mycobacterium tuberculosis, including the clinically isolated multidrug (MDR) and extensively drug-resistant (XDR) strains, with no cross resistance with first or second-line anti-TB drugs. The minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) values of the most promising compounds reached 0...
November 21, 2016: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907865/biophysical-characterization-and-antineoplastic-activity-of-new-bis-thiosemicarbazonato-cu-ii-complexes
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Elisa Palma, Filipa Mendes, Goreti Ribeiro Morais, Inês Rodrigues, Isabel Cordeiro Santos, Maria Paula C Campello, Paula Raposinho, Isabel Correia, Sofia Gama, Dulce Belo, Vítor Alves, Antero J Abrunhosa, Isabel Santos, António Paulo
Aiming to explore alternative mechanisms of cellular uptake and cytotoxicity, we have studied a new family of copper(II) complexes (CuL(1)-CuL(4)) with bis(thiosemicarbazone) (BTSC) ligands containing pendant protonable cyclic amines (morpholine and piperidine). Herein, we report on the synthesis and characterization of these new complexes, as well as on their biological performance (cytotoxic activity, cellular uptake, protein and DNA binding), in comparison with the parental Cu(II)ATSM (ATSM=diacetyl-bis(N4-methylthiosemicarbazonate) complex without pendant cyclic amines...
November 23, 2016: Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907154/pheromone-recognition-and-selectivity-by-comr-proteins-among-streptococcus-species
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Erin Shanker, Donald A Morrison, Antoine Talagas, Sylvie Nessler, Michael J Federle, Gerd Prehna
Natural transformation, or competence, is an ability inherent to bacteria for the uptake of extracellular DNA. This process is central to bacterial evolution and allows for the rapid acquirement of new traits, such as antibiotic resistance in pathogenic microorganisms. For the Gram-positive bacteria genus Streptococcus, genes required for competence are under the regulation of quorum sensing (QS) mediated by peptide pheromones. One such system, ComRS, consists of a peptide (ComS) that is processed (XIP), secreted, and later imported into the cytoplasm, where it binds and activates the transcription factor ComR...
December 2016: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907009/moderate-levels-of-pre-treatment-hiv-1-antiretroviral-drug-resistance-detected-in-the-first-south-african-national-survey
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Kim Steegen, Sergio Carmona, Michelle Bronze, Maria A Papathanasopoulos, Gert van Zyl, Dominique Goedhals, William MacLeod, Ian Sanne, Wendy S Stevens
BACKGROUND: In order to assess the level of transmitted and/or pre-treatment antiretroviral drug resistance to HIV-1, the World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that regular surveys are conducted. This study's objective was to assess the frequency of HIV-1 antiretroviral drug resistance in patients initiating antiretroviral treatment (ART) in the public sector throughout South Africa. METHODS: A prospective cross-sectional survey was conducted using probability proportional to size sampling...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902899/endemic-variation-of-h9n2-avian-influenza-virus-in-china
#9
Yu-Fu Liu, Han-Zhang Lai, Lin Li, Yu-Peng Liu, Wen-Yan Zhang, Ren Gao, Wen-Ke Huang, Qin-Fang Luo, Yan Gao, Qiong Luo, Xiao-Yu Xie, Jia-Hua Xu, Rui-Ai Chen
Forty-two H9N2 subtype AIV strains were isolated from vaccinated commercial chickens in China from 2012 to 2015. Their HA genes had nucleotide sequence homology from 86.7% to 99.7%, and similarity to the classic vaccine strain was 88.6%-92.6%. A comparison was carried out with published HA genes (410 H9 strains) and whole genomes (306 strains) isolated in China during 2012-2015. Interestingly, 99.1% (448/452) of Chinese H9N2 AIV belonged to lineage h9.4.2, and 98.5% (445/452) of the viruses belonged to h9.4...
December 2016: Avian Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902793/snp-discovery-and-qtl-mapping-of-sclerotinia-basal-stalk-rot-resistance-in-sunflower-using-genotyping-by-sequencing
#10
Zahirul I Talukder, Gerald J Seiler, Qijian Song, Guojia Ma, Lili Qi
Basal stalk rot (BSR), caused by the ascomycete fungus (Lib.) de Bary, is a serious disease of sunflower ( L.) in the cool and humid production areas of the world. Quantitative trait loci (QTL) for BSR resistance were identified in a sunflower recombinant inbred line (RIL) population derived from the cross HA 441 × RHA 439. A genotyping-by-sequencing (GBS) approach was adapted to discover single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) markers. A genetic linkage map was developed comprised of 1053 SNP markers on 17 linkage groups (LGs) spanning 1401...
November 2016: Plant Genome
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900923/-the-infection-risk-scan-in-clinical-practice-improving-infection-prevention-and-antibiotic-use-through-transparency
#11
I Willemsen, J A J W Kluytmans
OBJECTIVE: The increase in Highly Resistant Micro-Organisms (HRMO) in hospitals and nursing homes requires an intensification of infection prevention measures. This paper describes a new, standardised approach to infection prevention and monitoring of antibiotic use. DESIGN: Cross-sectional, observational study. METHOD: The Infection RIsk Scan (IRIS) measures a number of objectifiable variables in the field of infection prevention, including the dissemination of HRMO, the use of antibiotics and indwelling medical devices, environmental contamination, hand hygiene and personal hygiene of healthcare workers, and various infection control preconditions...
2016: Nederlands Tijdschrift Voor Geneeskunde
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900071/association-between-leukocyte-mitochondrial-dna-copy-number-and-regular-exercise-in-postmenopausal-women
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Yu Kyung Chang, Da Eun Kim, Soo Hyun Cho, Jung-Ha Kim
BACKGROUND: Previous studies suggest that habitual exercise can improve skeletal mitochondrial function; however, to date, the association between exercise and mitochondrial function in peripheral leukocytes has not been reported. The aim of this study was to evaluate the relationship between regular exercise and mitochondrial function by measuring leukocyte mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) copy number in postmenopausal women. METHODS: This cross-sectional study included 144 relatively healthy, non-diabetic, non-smoking, postmenopausal women...
November 2016: Korean Journal of Family Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899483/integrin-linked-kinase-is-necessary-for-the-development-of-diet-induced-hepatic-insulin-resistance
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Ashley S Williams, Elijah Trefts, Louise Lantier, Carrie Grueter, Deanna P Bracy, Freyja D James, Ambra Pozzi, Roy Zent, David H Wasserman
The liver extracellular matrix (ECM) expands with high fat (HF) feeding. This finding led us to address whether receptors for the ECM, integrins, are key to the development of diet-induced hepatic insulin resistance. Integrin-linked kinase (ILK) is a downstream integrin signaling molecule involved in multiple hepatic processes including those related to differentiation, wound healing and metabolism. We tested the hypothesis that deletion of ILK in mice on a HF diet would disrupt the ECM-Integrin signaling axis thereby preventing the transformation into the insulin resistant liver...
November 29, 2016: Diabetes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898868/relationships-among-ensiling-nutritional-fermentative-microbiological-traits-and-contamination-in-corn-silages-addressed-with-partial-least-squares-regression
#14
A Gallo, D Bassi, R Esposito, M Moschini, P S Cocconcelli, F Masoero
The objective of this work was to reduce the predictor dimensionality and to develop a model able to forecast contamination in corn silages. A survey on 33 dairy farms was performed, and samples from core, lateral, and apical parts of the feed-out face of corn silage bunkers were analyzed for chemical, biological (digestible and indigestible NDF), fermentative (pH, ammonia nitrogen, lactic acid, VFA, and ethanol), and microbiological (yeasts and molds) traits. Corn silage samples were analyzed for cell and spore counts by adoption of a molecular DNA-based method...
October 2016: Journal of Animal Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898821/development-of-a-high-density-linkage-map-and-tagging-leaf-spot-resistance-in-pearl-millet-using-genotyping-by-sequencing-markers
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Somashekhar M Punnuri, Jason G Wallace, Joseph E Knoll, Katie E Hyma, Sharon E Mitchell, Edward S Buckler, Rajeev K Varshney, Bharat P Singh
Pearl millet [ (L.) R. Br; also (L.) Morrone] is an important crop throughout the world but better genomic resources for this species are needed to facilitate crop improvement. Genome mapping studies are a prerequisite for tagging agronomically important traits. Genotyping-by-sequencing (GBS) markers can be used to build high-density linkage maps, even in species lacking a reference genome. A recombinant inbred line (RIL) mapping population was developed from a cross between the lines 'Tift 99DB' and 'Tift 454'...
July 2016: Plant Genome
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898820/dissecting-the-genetic-basis-of-resistance-to-soybean-cyst-nematode-combining-linkage-and-association-mapping
#16
Ying-Hui Li, Xue-Hui Shi, Hui-Hui Li, Jochen C Reif, Jia-Jun Wang, Zhang-Xiong Liu, Sang He, Bai-Shuang Yu, Li-Juan Qiu
A set of 585 informative single-nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) loci was used to genotype both a panel of diverse accessions and a set of recombinant inbred lines (RILs) bred from the cross Zhongpin03-5373 (ZP; resistant to SCN) × Zhonghuang13 (ZH; susceptible). The SNP loci are mostly sited within genic sequence in regions of the soybean [ (L.) Merr.] genome thought to harbor genes determining resistance to the soybean cyst nematode (SCN, Ichinohe). The three strongest quantitative trait nucleotides (QTNs) identified by association mapping (AM) involved the genes (a component of the multigene locus ), and (an paralog), as well as some other loci with smaller effects...
July 2016: Plant Genome
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898769/comparing-the-predictive-abilities-of-phenotypic-and-marker-assisted-selection-methods-in-a-biparental-lettuce-population
#17
Steffen Hadasch, Ivan Simko, Ryan J Hayes, Joseph O Ogutu, Hans-Peter Piepho
Breeding for traits with polygenic inheritance is a challenging task that can be done by phenotypic selection, marker-assisted selection (MAS) or genome-wide selection. We comparatively evaluated the predictive abilities of four selection models on a biparental lettuce ( L.) population genotyped with 95 single nucleotide polymorphisms and 205 amplified fragment length polymorphism markers. These models were based on (i) phenotypic selection, (ii) MAS (with quantitative trait locus (QTL)-linked markers), (iii) genomic prediction using all the available molecular markers, and (iv) genomic prediction using molecular markers plus QTL-linked markers as fixed covariates...
March 2016: Plant Genome
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898763/fine-mapping-of-resistance-genes-from-five-brown-stem-rot-resistance-sources-in-soybean
#18
Keith Rincker, Glen L Hartman, Brian W Diers
Brown stem rot (BSR) of soybean [ (L.) Merr.] caused by (Allington & Chamb.) T.C. Harr. & McNew can be controlled effectively with genetic host resistance. Three BSR resistance genes , , and , have been identified and mapped to a large region on chromosome 16. Marker-assisted selection (MAS) will be more efficient and gene cloning will be facilitated with a narrowed genomic interval containing an gene. The objective of this study was to fine map the positions of genes from five sources. Mapping populations were developed by crossing the resistant sources 'Bell', PI 84946-2, PI 437833, PI 437970, L84-5873, and PI 86150 with either the susceptible cultivar Colfax or Century 84...
March 2016: Plant Genome
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898678/leukocyte-telomere-length-in-relation-to-17-biomarkers-of-cardiovascular-disease-risk-a-cross-sectional-study-of-us-adults
#19
David H Rehkopf, Belinda L Needham, Jue Lin, Elizabeth H Blackburn, Ami R Zota, Janet M Wojcicki, Elissa S Epel
BACKGROUND: Leukocyte telomere length (LTL) is a putative biological marker of immune system age, and there are demonstrated associations between LTL and cardiovascular disease. This may be due in part to the relationship of LTL with other biomarkers associated with cardiovascular disease risk. However, the strength of associations between LTL and adiposity, metabolic, proinflammatory, and cardiovascular biomarkers has not been systematically evaluated in a United States nationally representative population...
November 2016: PLoS Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898572/sexually-transmitted-infections-and-associated-risk-factors-among-street-based-and-residence-based-female-sex-workers-in-dhaka-bangladesh
#20
Rasheda Khanam, Masud Reza, Dilruba Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman, M Shah Alam, Salima Sultana, Anadil Alam, Sharful I Khan, Kenneth H Mayer, Tasnim Azim
BACKGROUND: Female sex workers (FSWs) in Bangladesh remain at elevated risk of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) although the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) prevalence among them is low. Recent information on the burden and etiological diagnosis of STIs among them has been lacking. This study examines prevalence and risk behaviors of selected STIs among FSWs in Dhaka in 2014. METHODS: Between August and October 2014, a cross-sectional study was conducted among street-based and residence-based FSWs receiving HIV prevention services at 24 drop in centers in Dhaka...
November 28, 2016: Sexually Transmitted Diseases
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