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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108981/accuracy-of-sonographically-estimated-fetal-weight-near-delivery-in-pregnancies-complicated-with-diabetes-mellitus
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Amy M Valent, Tondra Newman, Sara Kritzer, Kristin Magner, Carri R Warshak
OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the accuracy of sonographic estimations of fetal weight (FW) and signed percent error between pregnant patients with and without diabetes mellitus (DM). METHODS: We conducted a retrospective cohort study of all singleton nonanomalous live births who delivered after 34 weeks and received a sonographic estimation of FW within 2 weeks of delivery at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center between 2008 and 2011...
January 21, 2017: Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine: Official Journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108977/a-locus-coeruleus-norepinephrine-account-of-individual-differences-in-working-memory-capacity-and-attention-control
#2
Nash Unsworth, Matthew K Robison
Studies examining individual differences in working memory capacity (WMC) have suggested that low WMC individuals have particular deficits in attention control processes compared to high WMC individuals. In the current article we suggest that part of the WMC-attention control relation is due to variation in the functioning of the locus coeruleus-norepinephrine system (LC-NE). Specifically, we suggest that because of dysregulation of LC-NE functioning, the fronto-parietal control network for low WMC individuals is only weakly activated, resulting in greater default-mode network activity (and greater mind-wandering) for low WMC individuals compared to high WMC individuals...
January 20, 2017: Psychonomic Bulletin & Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108812/fackel-interacts-with-gibberellic-acid-signaling-and-vernalization-to-mediate-flowering-in-arabidopsis
#3
Bingyao Huang, Pingping Qian, Na Gao, Jie Shen, Suiwen Hou
Fackel (FK) is involved in the flowering of Arabidopsis mainly via the gibberellin pathway and vernalization pathway. This new function of FK is partially dependent on the FLOWERING LOCUS C ( FLC ). A common transitional process from vegetative stage to reproductive stage exists in higher plants during their life cycle. The initiation of flower bud differentiation, which plays a key role in the reproductive phase, is affected by both external environmental and internal regulatory factors. In this study, we showed that the Arabidopsis weak mutant allele fk-J3158, impaired in the FACKEL (FK) gene, which encodes a C-14 reductase involved in sterol biosynthesis, had a long life cycle and delayed flowering time in different photoperiods...
January 20, 2017: Planta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108586/fluctuating-selection-in-the-moran
#4
Antony M Dean, Clarence Lehman, Xiao Yi
Contrary to classical population genetics theory, experiments demonstrate that fluctuating selection can protect a haploid polymorphism in the absence of frequency dependent effects on fitness. Using forward simulations with the Moran model we confirm our analytical results showing that a fluctuating selection regime, with a mean selection coefficient of zero, promotes polymorphism. We find that increases in heterozygosity over neutral expectations are especially pronounced when fluctuations are rapid, mutation is weak, the population size is large and the variance in selection is big...
January 20, 2017: Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108445/multi-rate-poisson-tree-processes-for-single-locus-species-delimitation-under-maximum-likelihood-and-markov-chain-monte-carlo
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P Kapli, S Lutteropp, J Zhang, K Kobert, P Pavlidis, A Stamatakis, T Flouri
MOTIVATION: In recent years, molecular species delimitation has become a routine approach for quantifying and classifying biodiversity. Barcoding methods are of particular importance in large-scale surveys as they promote fast species discovery and biodiversity estimates. Among those, distance-based methods are the most common choice as they scale well with large datasets; however, they are sensitive to similarity threshold parameters and they ignore evolutionary relationships. The recently introduced "Poisson Tree Processes" (PTP) method is a phylogeny-aware approach that does not rely on such thresholds...
January 19, 2017: Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108418/intragenus-campylomormyrus-and-intergenus-hybrids-in-mormyrid-fish-physiological-and-histological-investigations-of-the-electric-organ-ontogeny
#6
Frank Kirschbaum, Linh Nguyen, Stephanie Baumgartner, Linda Chi, Rene Wolfart, Khouloud Elarbani, Hari Eppenstein, Yevheniia Korniienko, Lilian Guido-Böhm, Victor Mamonekene, Marianne Vater, Ralph Tiedemann
African weakly electric mormyrid fish show a high diversity of their electric organ discharge (EOD) both across and within genera. Thanks to a recently developed technique of artificial reproduction in mormyrid fish, we were able to perform hybridizations between different genera and within one genus (Campylomormyrus). The hybrids of intergenus hybridizations exhibited different degrees of reduced survival related to the phylogenetic distance of the parent species: hybrids of the crosses between C. rhynchophorus and its sister genus Gnathonemus survived and developed normally...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Physiology, Paris
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108417/karyotype-description-of-the-african-weakly-electric-fish-campylomormyrus-compressirostris-in-the-context-of-chromosome-evolution-in-osteoglossiformes
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Julia Canitz, Frank Kirschbaum, Ralph Tiedemann
Karyotyping is a basic method to investigate chromosomal evolution and genomic rearrangements. Sixteen genera within the basal teleost order Osteoglossiformes are currently described cytogenetically. Our study adds information to this chromosomal dataset by determining the karyotype of Campylomormyrus compressirostris, a genus of African weakly electric fish that has not been previously examined. Our results indicate a diploid chromosome number of 2n=48 (4sm + 26m + 18a) with a fundamental number of FN=72. This chromosome number is identical to the number documented for the sister taxon of the genus Campylomormyrus, i...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Physiology, Paris
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108382/new-xanthones-and-cytotoxic-constituents-from-garcinia-mangostana-fruit-hulls-against-human-hepatocellular-breast-and-colorectal-cancer-cell-lines
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Gamal A Mohamed, Ahmed M Al-Abd, Ali M El-Halawany, Hossam M Abdallah, Sabrin R M Ibrahim
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Cancer has proceeded to surpass one of the most chronic illnesses to be the major cause of mortality in both the developing and developed world. Garcinia mangostana L. (mangosteen, family Guttiferae) known as the queen of fruits, is one of the most popular tropical fruits. It is cultivated in Southeast Asian countries: Malaysia, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Burma, Thailand, and Philippines. Traditionally, numerous parts of G. mangostana have been utilized to treat various ailments such as abdominal pain, haemorrhoids, food allergies, arthritis, leucorrhoea, gonorrhea, diarrhea, dysentery, wound infection, suppuration, and chronic ulcer...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108205/modifying-the-phenotypic-frailty-model-in-predicting-risk-of-major-osteoporotic-fracture-in-the-elderly
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Guowei Li, Alexandra Papaioannou, Lehana Thabane, Mitchell A H Levine, George Ioannidis, Andy K O Wong, Arthur Lau, Jonathan D Adachi
INTRODUCTION: The phenotypic frailty (PF) model (including slow walking, low physical activity, exhaustion, weakness, and unintentional weight loss) has been widely used to quantify the degree of frailty and predict risks of adverse health outcomes for the elderly. However, evidence has shown that not all the components included in the PF model contribute equally, and low predictive accuracy of the PF model has been reported in predicting risks of outcomes. We aimed to improve predictive accuracy of the PF model in risk of major osteoporotic fracture (MOF) in the elderly by modifying its weighting of individual components...
January 17, 2017: Journal of the American Medical Directors Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108171/patellar-cut-and-composite-thickness-the-influence-on-postoperative-motion-and-complications-in-total-knee-arthroplasty
#10
William G Hamilton, Deborah J Ammeen, Nancy L Parks, Nitin Goyal, Gerard A Engh, C Anderson Engh
BACKGROUND: Little data exist on the influence of patellar thickness on postoperative motion or complications after total knee arthroplasty (TKA). This study addresses the following questions: Is postoperative motion influenced by change in composite patellar thickness? Is change in patellar thickness associated with more complications? And do more complications occur in the knees with a patellar bone remnant (<12 mm) and a native patellar thickness <18 mm? METHODS: In total, 3655 TKAs were performed by 3 surgeons over a 28-year interval...
December 27, 2016: Journal of Arthroplasty
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107896/cortisol-levels-in-hair-are-altered-in-irritable-bowel-syndrome-a-case-control-study-in-primary-care
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A-K Norlin, S Walter, E Theodorsson, V Tegelstrom, E Grodzinsky, M P Jones, Å Faresjö
OBJECTIVE: Stress is an important component in the pathophysiology of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Long term Hypothalamus Pituitary Adrenal (HPA)-axis activity can be studied by measuring hair cortisol concentrations (HCC). Some previous studies have indicated a dysregulated HPA-axis in IBS patients, but cortisol levels in hair have not yet been studied. We investigated whether HCC and self-reported stress differentiate IBS patients from controls. METHODS: In a cross-sectional study within 10 Swedish Primary Health Care Centers we compared patients in working age with active IBS to patients without GI complaints...
February 2017: Journal of Psychosomatic Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107841/adeno-associated-virus-mediated-mini-agrin-delivery-is-unable-to-rescue-disease-phenotype-in-a-mouse-model-of-limb-girdle-muscular-dystrophy-type-2i
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Charles H Vannoy, Haowen Zhou, Chunping Qiao, Xiao Xiao, Anne G Bang, Qi L Lu
Agrin is a basement membrane-specific proteoglycan that can regulate orientation of cytoskeleton proteins and improve function of dystrophic skeletal muscle. In skeletal muscle, agrin binds with high affinity to laminin(s) and α-dystroglycan (α-DG), an integral part of the dystrophin-glycoprotein complex. Miniaturized forms of agrin (mAgrin) have been shown to ameliorate disease pathology in a laminin-α2 knockout mouse model of muscular dystrophy, acting as a link between α-DG and laminin(s). Here, we test whether mAgrin might also improve pathologies associated with FKRP-related dystroglycanopathies, another form of muscular dystrophy characterized by weak interactions between muscle and basement membranes...
February 2017: American Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107813/prevalence-of-frailty-in-canadians-18-79-years-old-in-the-canadian-health-measures-survey
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Dustin Scott Kehler, Thomas Ferguson, Andrew N Stammers, Clara Bohm, Rakesh C Arora, Todd A Duhamel, Navdeep Tangri
BACKGROUND: There is little certainty as to the prevalence of frailty in Canadians in younger adulthood. This study examines and compares the prevalence of frailty in Canadians 18-79 years old using the Accumulation of Deficits and Fried models of frailty. METHODS: The Canadian Health Measures Study data were used to estimate the prevalence of frailty in adults 18-79 years old. A 23-item Frailty Index using the Accumulation of Deficits Model (cycles 1-3; n = 10,995) was developed; frailty was defined as having the presence of 25% or more indices, including symptoms, chronic conditions, and laboratory variables...
January 21, 2017: BMC Geriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107781/a-rare-hla-genotype-in-two-siblings-with-type-1-diabetes-in-a-japanese-family-clustered-with-type-1-diabetes
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Yujiro Ina, Yumiko Kawabata, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Naotaka Sekiguchi, Hiroshi Ikegami
Multiplex families with type 1 diabetes are important for identification of rare variants that cannot be identified in case-control association studies. Very low incidence of type 1 diabetes in Japanese population, however, makes identification of such families difficult. We identified a Japanese family in which three members developed type 1 diabetes, and studied the genotype of the HLA. All three members with type 1 diabetes had the DRB1*08:02-DQB1*03:02 haplotype, which is specific to the Asian population and strongly susceptible for type 1 diabetes...
January 20, 2017: Journal of Diabetes Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107770/different-parts-different-stories-climate-sensitivity-of-growth-is-stronger-in-root-collars-versus-stems-in-tundra-shrubs
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Pascale Ropars, Sandra Angers-Blondin, Marianne Gagnon, Isla H Myers-Smith, Esther Lévesque, Stéphane Boudreau
Shrub densification has been widely reported across the circumpolar arctic and subarctic biomes in recent years. Long-term analyses based on dendrochronological techniques applied to shrubs have linked this phenomenon to climate change. However, the multi-stemmed structure of shrubs makes them difficult to sample and therefore leads to non-uniform sampling protocols among shrub ecologists, who will favor either root collars or stems to conduct dendrochronological analyses. Through a comparative study of the use of root collars and stems of Betula glandulosa, a common North American shrub species, we evaluated the relative sensitivity of each plant part to climate variables, and assessed if this sensitivity is consistent across three different types of environments in northwestern Québec, Canada (terrace, hilltop and snowbed)...
January 20, 2017: Global Change Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107679/meta-analysis-of-the-relationship-between-impulsivity-and-substance-related-cognitive-biases
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Daniel Leung, Petra K Staiger, Melissa Hayden, Jarrad A G Lum, Kate Hall, Victoria Manning, Antonio Verdejo-Garcia
BACKGROUND: Evidence indicates that substance-related cognitive biases (attentional, memory, and approach bias) contribute to the maintenance and development of substance misuse. Impulsivity has been suggested to influence how cognitive biases contribute to substance misuse, possibly by biasing incentive salience attribution processes. However, the strength and moderators of the relationship between impulsivity and substance-related cognitive biases has yet to be empirically examined...
January 5, 2017: Drug and Alcohol Dependence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107633/binding-and-proton-blockage-by-amantadine-variants-of-the-influenza-m2wt-and-m2s31n-explained
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Christina Tzitzoglaki, Anna K Wright, Kathrin-Maria Freudenberger, Anja Hoffmann, Ian Tietjen, Ioannis Stylianakis, Felix Kolarov, David Fedida, Michaela Schmidtke, Guenter Gauglitz, Timothy A Cross, Antonios Kolocouris
While aminoadamantanes are well-established inhibitors of the influenza A M2 proton channel, the mechanisms by which they are rendered ineffective against M2S31N are unclear. Solid state NMR, isothermal titration calorimetry, electrophysiology, anti-viral assays and molecular dynamics simulations suggest stronger binding interactions for aminoadamantanes to M2WT compared to negligible or weak binding to M2S31N. This is due to reshaping of the M2pore when N31 is present, which in contrast to WT, leads: A) to the loss of the V27 pocket for the adamantyl cage and to a predominant orientation of the ligand's ammonium group toward the N-terminus and, B) to the lack of a helical kink upon ligand binding...
January 20, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107379/experimental-and-in-silico-investigation-of-anti-microbial-activity-of-1-chloro-2-isocyanatoethane-derivatives-of-thiomorpholine-piperazine-and-morpholine
#18
Charles O Nwuche, Oguejiofo T Ujam, Akachukwu Ibezim, Ifeoma B Ujam
The Antibiogram properties of 1-chloro-2-isocyanatoethane derivatives of thiomorpholine (CTC), piperazine (CPC) and morpholine (CMC) were evaluated by the approved agar well diffusion, the minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) and in silico techniques. A total of fourteen microbial cultures consisting of ten bacteria and four yeast strains were used in the biological study while affinity of the compounds for DNA gyrase, a validated antibacterial drug target, was investigated by docking method. Results indicate that both thiomorpholine and piperazine had zero activity against the Gram negative organisms tested...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107073/choroidal-vasculopathy-and-retinal-detachment-in-a-bald-eagle-haliaeetus-leucocephalus-with-lead-toxicosis
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Ramzi Eid, David Sanchez-Migallon Guzman, Krista A Keller, K Tomo Wiggans, Christopher J Murphy, Elise E B LaDouceur, M Kevin Keel, Christopher M Reilly
A subadult male bald eagle ( Haliaeetus leucocephalus ) was presented for severe depression and weakness. Physical examination findings included depressed mentation, dehydration, sternal recumbency, poor body condition, and bilateral, whole-head, horizontal nystagmus. A heavy-metal panel was performed, and blood lead levels were 6.1 ppm. Treatment for lead poisoning was initiated, including subcutaneous fluids and parenteral calcium-disodium ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid, ceftiofur, and meloxicam. Ophthalmic examination findings included absent menace response, absent dazzle reflex, slow and incomplete direct pupillary light reflex, mild anterior uveitis, incipient cataracts, multifocal retinal tears, and retinal separation in both eyes...
December 2016: Journal of Avian Medicine and Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107019/oxidation-reduction-condensation-of-diazaphosphites-for-carbon-heteroatom-bond-formation-based-on-mitsunobu-mechanism
#20
Hai Huang, Jun Yong Kang
An efficient oxidation-reduction condensation reaction of diazaphosphites with various nonacidic pronucleophiles in the presence of DIAD as a weak oxidant has been developed for carbon-heteroatom bond formation. This mild process affords structurally diverse tertiary amines, secondary amines, esters, ethers, and thioethers in moderate to excellent yields. The selective synthesis of secondary amines from primary amines has been achieved. Importantly, a practical application to the synthesis of antiparkinsonian agent piribedil has been demonstrated...
January 20, 2017: Organic Letters
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