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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351603/the-unexpected-function-of-a-flavin-dependent-oxidoreductase-fox-from-variovorax-paradoxus-tbea6
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Christina Meinert, Marc Schürmann, Jan-Eike Domeyer, Anja Poehlein, Rolf Daniel, Alexander Steinbüchel
3,3'-Thiodipropionic acid (TDP) is used as an additive in food and cosmetic industry and as precursor substrate for biotechnical polythioester production. Its catabolism was investigated in Variovorax paradoxus TBEA6 previous to this study. It was reported that the insertion of the transposon Tn5::mob into a gene showing high homology to flavin-dependent oxidoreductases (fox) resulted in impaired growth with TDP. Therefore, it was assumed that the initial cleavage of TDP is catalyzed by an FAD-dependent oxidoreductase (Fox, VPARA_05580)...
January 17, 2018: FEMS Microbiology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351580/maternal-nutrient-restriction-impairs-young-adult-offspring-ovarian-signaling-resulting-in-reproductive-dysfunction-and-follicle-loss
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K A Chan, P A Jazwiec, W Gohir, J J Petrik, D M Sloboda
Reproductive abnormalities are included as health complications in offspring exposed to poor prenatal nutrition. We have previously shown in a rodent model, that offspring born to nutrient restriction during pregnancy are born small, enter puberty early, and display characteristics of early ovarian aging as adults. The present study investigated whether key proteins involved in follicle recruitment and growth mediate ovarian follicle loss. Pregnant rats were randomized to: a standard diet throughout pregnancy and lactation (CON), or a calorie-restricted (50% of control) diet (UN) during pregnancy...
January 17, 2018: Biology of Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351579/lack-of-methyl-cpg-binding-protein-2-mecp2-affects-cell-fate-refinement-during-embryonic-cortical-development
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Clementina Cobolli Gigli, Linda Scaramuzza, Marco De Simone, Riccardo L Rossi, Davide Pozzi, Massimiliano Pagani, Nicoletta Landsberger, Francesco Bedogni
During differentiation, neurons progressively restrict their fate repressing the expression of specific genes. Here we describe the involvement in such developmental steps of the methyl-CpG binding protein 2 (MeCP2), an epigenetic factor that participates to chromatin folding and transcriptional regulation. We previously reported that, due to transcriptional impairments, the maturation of Mecp2 null neurons is delayed. To evaluate whether this could stem from altered progenitors proliferation and differentiation, we investigated whether lack of Mecp2 affects these features both in vitro and in vivo...
January 17, 2018: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351577/effects-of-excess-thromboxane-a2-on-placental-development-and-nutrient-transporters-in-a-mus-musculus-model-of-fetal-growth-restriction
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Karen J Gibbins, Katherine N Gibson-Corley, Ashley S Brown, Matthew Wieben, Richard C Law, Camille M Fung
Hypertensive disease of pregnancy (HDP) with placental insufficiency is the most common cause of fetal growth restriction (FGR) in the developed world. Despite the known negative consequences of HDP both to the mother and fetus, little is known about the longitudinal placental changes that occur as HDP progresses in pregnancy. This is because longitudinal sampling of human placentae during each gestation is impossible. Therefore, using a mouse model of thromboxane A2-analog infusion to mimic human HDP in the last trimester, we calculated placental efficiencies based on fetal and placental weights, quantified spongiotrophoblast and labyrinth thicknesses and vascular density within these layers, examined whether hypoxia signaling pathway involving vascular endothelial growth factor A (VEGFA) and its receptors (VEGFR1, VEGFR2) and matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) contributed to vascular change, and examined nutrient transporter abundance including glucose transporters 1 and 3 (GLUT1, GLUT3), neutral amino acid transporters 1, 2, and 4 (SNAT1, SNAT2, and SNAT4), fatty acid transporters 2 and 4 (FATP2, FATP4) and fatty acid translocase (CD36) from embryonic day 15...
January 17, 2018: Biology of Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351561/preconception-use-of-cart-by-hiv-positive-pregnant-women-increases-the-risk-of-infants-being-born-small-for-gestational-age
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Ingrid J M Snijdewind, Colette Smit, Mieke H Godfried, Rachel Bakker, Jeannine F J B Nellen, Vincent W V Jaddoe, Elisabeth van Leeuwen, Peter Reiss, Eric A P Steegers, Marchina E van der Ende
BACKGROUND: The benefits of combination anti-retroviral therapy (cART) in HIV-positive pregnant women (improved maternal health and prevention of mother to child transmission [pMTCT]) currently outweigh the adverse effects due to cART. As the variety of cART increases, however, the question arises as to which type of cART is safest for pregnant women and women of childbearing age. We studied the effect of timing and exposure to different classes of cART on adverse birth outcomes in a large HIV cohort in the Netherlands...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351490/significant-improvement-in-cardiometabolic-health-in-healthy-non-obese-individuals-during-caloric-restriction-induced-weight-loss-and-weight-loss-maintenance
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Jasper Most, L Anne Gilmore, Steven R Smith, Hongmei Han, Eric Ravussin, Leanne M Redman
Caloric restriction (CR) triggers benefits for healthspan including decreased risk of cardiometabolic disease. In an ancillary study to CALERIE 2, a 24-month 25% CR study, we assessed the cardiometabolic effects of CR in 53 non-obese (BMI: 22-28 kg/m2) men (n=17) and women (n=36). According to the energy-balance method (doubly labeled water and changes in body energy stores), the 25% CR intervention (n=34) produced 17{plus minus}1% (mean{plus minus}SE) and 14{plus minus}1% CR after 12 and 24 months (M12, M24), resulting in significant weight loss (M12: -9{plus minus}0...
December 12, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351467/from-ionic-to-cellular-variability-in-human-atrial-myocytes-an-integrative-computational-and-experimental-study
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Anna Muszkiewicz, Xing Liu, Alfonso Bueno-Orovio, Brodie A J Lawson, Kevin Burrage, Barbara Casadei, Blanca Rodriguez
Variability refers to differences in physiological function between individuals, which may translate into different disease susceptibility and treatment efficacy. Experiments in human cardiomyocytes face wide variability and restricted tissue access; under these conditions computational models are a useful complementary tool. We conducted a computational and experimental investigation in cardiomyocytes isolated from samples of the right atrial appendage of patients undergoing cardiac surgery to evaluate the impact of variability in action potentials (APs) and sub-cellular ionic densities on calcium transient dynamics...
December 22, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351431/feasibility-of-phase-contrast-cine-magnetic-resonance-imaging-for-measuring-blood-flow-in-the-sheep-fetus
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An Qi Duan, Jack R T Darby, Jia Yin Soo, Mitchell C Lock, Meng Yuan Zhu, Lucy V Flynn, Sunthara Rajan Perumal, Christopher K Macgowan, Joseph B Selvanayagam, Janna L Morrison, Mike Seed
Phase-contrast cine MRI (PC-MRI) is the gold-standard non-invasive technique for measuring vessel blood flow and has previously been applied in the human fetal circulation. We aimed to assess the feasibility of using PC-MRI to define the distribution of the fetal circulation in sheep. Fetuses were catheterized at 119-120 days gestation (term, 150 days) and underwent MRI at 123 days gestation under isoflurane anesthesia, ventilated at a FiO2 of 1.0. PC-MRI was performed using a fetal arterial blood pressure catheter signal for cardiac triggering...
December 13, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351419/maternal-nutrient-restriction-in-guinea-pigs-as-an-animal-model-for-studying-growth-restricted-offspring-with-post-natal-catch-up-growth
#9
Catherine L Nevin, Evan Formosa, Yohei Maki, Brad Matushewski, Timothy R H Regnault, Bryan S Richardson
We determined the impact of moderate maternal nutrient restriction (MNR) in guinea pigs with fetal growth restriction (FGR) on offspring body and organ weights, hypothesizing that FGR-MNR animals will show catch-up growth, but with organ-specific differences. Guinea pig sows were fed ad libitum (Control) or 70% of the control diet from 4 week`s pre-conception, switching to 90% at mid-pregnancy (MNR). Control newborns >95g (appropriate for gestational age or AGA, N=37) and MNR newborns <85g (FGR, N=37) were monitored until neonatal (~25 days) or adult (~110 days) necropsy...
January 10, 2018: American Journal of Physiology. Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351292/allocation-of-distinct-organ-fates-from-a-precursor-field-requires-a-shift-in-expression-and-function-of-gene-regulatory-networks
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Sneha Palliyil, Jinjin Zhu, Luke R Baker, Sarah D Neuman, Arash Bashirullah, Justin P Kumar
A common occurrence in metazoan development is the rise of multiple tissues/organs from a single uniform precursor field. One example is the anterior forebrain of vertebrates, which produces the eyes, hypothalamus, diencephalon, and telencephalon. Another instance is the Drosophila wing disc, which generates the adult wing blade, the hinge, and the thorax. Gene regulatory networks (GRNs) that are comprised of signaling pathways and batteries of transcription factors parcel the undifferentiated field into discrete territories...
January 19, 2018: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351273/understanding-the-legal-trade-of-cattle-and-camels-and-the-derived-risk-of-rift-valley-fever-introduction-into-and-transmission-within-egypt
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Sebastian Napp, Veronique Chevalier, Núria Busquets, Paolo Calistri, Jordi Casal, Mohamed Attia, Rehab Elbassal, Heba Hosni, Hatem Farrag, Noura Hassan, Rasha Tawfik, Sohair Abd Elkader, Shahin Bayomy
Rift Valley Fever (RVF) is a mosquito-borne zoonosis, which may cause significant losses for the livestock sector and have serious public health implications. Egypt has been repeatedly affected by RVF epidemics, mainly associated to the importation of animals from sub-Saharan countries, where the disease is endemic. The objective of our study was the improvement of the surveillance and control strategies implemented in Egypt. In order to do that, first we evaluated the legal trade of live animals into and within Egypt...
January 19, 2018: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351201/in-vivo-characterisation-of-five-strains-of-bovine-viral-diarrhoea-virus-1-subgenotype-1c
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Rebecca K Ambrose, Jennifer L Gravel, Margaret A Commins, Elizabeth V Fowler, Timothy J Mahony
Bovine viral diarrhoea virus 1 (BVDV-1) is strongly associated with several important diseases of cattle, such as bovine respiratory disease, diarrhoea and haemoragic lesions. To date many subgenotypes have been reported for BVDV-1, currently ranging from subgenotype 1a to subgenotype 1u. While BVDV-1 has a world-wide distribution, the subgenotypes have a more restricted geographical distribution. As an example, BVDV-1 subgenotypes 1a and 1b are frequently detected in North America and Europe, while the subgenotype 1c is rarely detected...
January 19, 2018: Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351193/restricted-social-engagement-among-adults-living-with-chronic-conditions
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Kayla P Meek, Caroline D Bergeron, Samuel D Towne, SangNam Ahn, Marcia G Ory, Matthew Lee Smith
Background: Social engagement is key to health and quality of life. Little is known about social engagement patterns of middle-aged and older adults who live with one or more chronic illnesses. This study investigated social engagement restrictions among middle-aged and older adults with chronic conditions and factors associated with these restrictions. Methods: Cross-sectional representative data from the National Council on Aging Chronic Care Survey were examined for relationships between social engagement restrictions and chronic conditions, health status, support, quality of life implications, self-care barriers, caregiving, and demographics...
January 19, 2018: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351143/nutrition-in-the-icu-new-trends-versus-old-fashioned-standard-enteral-feeding
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Kristine W A C Koekkoek, Arthur R H van Zanten
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The narrative review aims to summarize the relevant studies from the last 2 years and provide contextual information to understand findings. RECENT FINDINGS: Recent ICU studies have provided insight in the pathophysiology and time course of catabolism, anabolic resistance, and metabolic and endocrine derangements interacting with the provision of calories and proteins.Early provision of high protein intake and caloric overfeeding may confer harm...
January 18, 2018: Current Opinion in Anaesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351071/a-frequent-roundworm-baylisascaris-transfuga-in-overpopulated-brown-bears-ursus-arctos-in-slovakia-a-problem-worthy-of-attention
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Gabriela Štrkolcová, Mária Goldová, Viliam Šnábel, Marta Špakulová, Tatiana Orosová, Miloš Halán, Jana Mojžišová
The genus Baylisascaris (order Ascaridida) includes numerous relatively host-specific nematodes, which are common in intestines of wild mammals. Some of them may have impact on veterinary and public health, as their larvae have the potential to cause visceral, ocular, and/or neural larva migrans in a wide range of mammals, birds, and humans. Baylisascaris transfuga is a parasite occurring in a range of bear species throughout the world. We present the current data on B. transfuga occurrence in brown bears from a relatively restricted territory of the Poľana Protected Landscape Area in Central Slovakia, obtained by traditional methods (faecal examination, morphology)...
March 26, 2018: Acta Parasitologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351027/custom-made-palatal-shield-use-in-cleft-palate-and-fistula-repair-a-potential-benefit-for-fast-postoperative-recovery
#16
Anouk Tan, Kees Heijdenrijk, Chantal M Moues
OBJECTIVE: To review our experience with a polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) protective shield used as an adjunct to protect the newly restored palate in wide bilateral cleft and complex fistula closure without diet restrictions. DESIGN: Clinical cohort study. SETTING: Division of Plastic Surgery and Maxillary Surgery. PATIENTS: A selection of 22 cleft palate children undergoing (tertiary) palatal fistula repair (n = 16) or closure of a complex wide primary palatal defect (n = 6)...
February 2018: Cleft Palate-craniofacial Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350732/complete-amplitude-and-phase-control-of-light-using-broadband-holographic-metasurfaces
#17
Gun-Yeal Lee, Gwanho Yoon, Seung-Yeol Lee, Hansik Yun, Jaebum Cho, Kyookeun Lee, Hwi Kim, Junsuk Rho, Byoungho Lee
Reconstruction of light profiles with amplitude and phase information, called holography, is an attractive optical technology with various significant applications such as three-dimensional imaging and optical data storage. Subwavelength spatial control of both amplitude and phase of light is an essential requirement for an ideal hologram. However, traditional holographic devices suffer from their restricted capabilities of incomplete modulation in both amplitude and phase of visible light; this results in sacrifice of optical information and undesirable occurrences of critical noises in holographic images...
January 19, 2018: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350662/high-protein-intake-in-human-maternal-milk-fortification-for-%C3%A2-1250-gr-infants-intrahospital-growth-and-neurodevelopmental-outcome-at-two-years
#18
Augusto Biasini, Fiorella Monti, Maria Chiara Laguardia, Marcello Stella, Lucia Marvulli, Erica Neri
BACKGROUND AND AIM OF THE STUDY: Extrauterine growth restriction and failure to thrive remain a major problem in Extremely Low Birth Weight infants. Nutritional support in preterm babies has the objective to improve the achieve rate of growth similar to those of the fetus in utero at the equivalent gestational age. The aim of the study was to evaluate feeding tolerance, intrahospital growth, neurological outcome and anthropometric data until 24 months of corrected age (mca) from different protein intake assumed by preterm babies <1250 g during their stay in NICU...
January 16, 2018: Acta Bio-medica: Atenei Parmensis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350613/fgf-mediated-mapk-and-pi3k-akt-signals-make-distinct-contributions-to-pluripotency-and-the-establishment-of-neural-crest
#19
Lauren Geary, Carole LaBonne
Early vertebrate embryos possess cells with the potential to generate all embryonic cell types. While this pluripotency is progressively lost as cells become lineage restricted, Neural Crest cells retain broad developmental potential. Here, we provide novel insights into signals essential for both pluripotency and neural crest formation in Xenopus. We show that FGF signaling controls a subset of genes expressed by pluripotent blastula cells, and find a striking switch in the signaling cascades activated by FGF signaling as cells lose pluripotency and commence lineage restriction...
January 19, 2018: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350555/outcomes-of-latarjet-procedure-compared-with-bankart-repair-for-recurrent-traumatic-anterior-shoulder-instability
#20
Kellie C Huxel Bliven, Gail P Parr
Reference/Citation:  An VV, Sivakumar BS, Phan K, Trantalis J. A systematic review and meta-analysis of clinical and patient-reported outcomes following two procedures for recurrent traumatic anterior instability of the shoulder: Latarjet procedure vs. Bankart repair. J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2016;25(5):853-863. CLINICAL QUESTION:   Are clinical and patient-reported outcomes different between the Latarjet and Bankart repair stabilization procedures when performed for recurrent traumatic anterior shoulder instability? DATA SOURCES:   Ovid MEDLINE, PubMed, Cochrane databases, American College of Physicians Journal Club, and Database of Abstracts of Review of Effectiveness were searched up to June 2015...
January 19, 2018: Journal of Athletic Training
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