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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938796/complex-interactions-of-circadian-rhythms-eating-behaviors-and-the-gastrointestinal-microbiota-and-their-potential-impact-on-health
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Jennifer L Kaczmarek, Sharon V Thompson, Hannah D Holscher
Human health is intricately intertwined with the composition and function of the trillions of microorganisms that make up the gastrointestinal (GI) microbiome. The GI microbiome is essentially a microbial organ that provides metabolic, immunologic, and protective functions for the host. Habitual diet, changes in macronutrient composition, and consumption of nondigestible dietary fibers have all been shown to impact the human GI microbiome. Intriguingly, the impact of diet on the microbiome may be related not only to what humans eat but also to the timing of food consumption...
September 1, 2017: Nutrition Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938793/effects-of-protein-or-amino-acid-supplementation-on-the-physical-growth-of-young-children-in-low-income-countries
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Joanne E Arsenault, Kenneth H Brown
Child growth stunting is common in low-income countries, possibly due to insufficient protein intakes. Most previous studies have concluded that children's protein intakes are adequate in relation to estimated requirements, but these studies did not consider issues of protein digestibility and effects of infection on dietary protein utilization. Using an alternative approach to assess the possible role of protein inadequacy in children's growth restriction, the results of 18 intervention trials in which supplementary protein or amino acids were provided to children ages 6-35 months and growth outcomes were reviewed...
September 1, 2017: Nutrition Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938745/a-closer-look-at-expanded-carrier-screening-from-a-pgd-perspective
#3
Carolina Vaz-de-Macedo, Joyce Harper
Conventionally, the search for carrier status was based on ethnicity and/or family history and targeted to a restricted number of genetic conditions and mutations. This is now being replaced by extended panels testing for hundreds of genetic disorders with a broad range of phenotypes, in what is called 'expanded carrier screening'. While the ultimate aim of these panels is to increase the reproductive autonomy of the individuals and couples by providing preconception knowledge that could lead to the broadest range of available options, including PGD, we argue that: (i) Given the number and heterogeneity of the conditions included in panels, it cannot be guaranteed that a couple who tests positive for one of those conditions will be eligible for PGD; patients should be informed of this potential limitation before undertaking screening...
October 1, 2017: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938722/novel-transcriptome-resources-for-three-scleractinian-coral-species-from-the-indo-pacific
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Carly D Kenkel, Line K Bay
Transcriptomic resources for coral species can provide insight into coral evolutionary history and stress-response physiology. Goniopora columna, Galaxea astreata, and Galaxea acrhelia are scleractinian corals of the Indo-Pacific, representing a diversity of morphologies and life-history traits. G. columna and G. astreata are common and cosmopolitan, while G. acrhelia is largely restricted to the coral triangle and Great Barrier Reef. Reference transcriptomes for these species were assembled from replicate colony fragments exposed to elevated (31°C) and ambient (27°C) temperatures...
September 1, 2017: GigaScience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938603/inhibition-of-avian-tumor-virus-replication-by-ccch-type-zinc-finger-antiviral-protein
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Mingjun Zhu, Xiaoqian Ma, Xiyao Cui, Jing Zhou, Chengui Li, Libo Huang, Yingli Shang, Ziqiang Cheng
CCCH type zinc finger antiviral protein (ZAP) is a host restriction factor that inhibits the replication of a variety of viruses in mammals. However, little is known about its antiviral activity on avian tumor virus. Avian leukosis virus subgroup J (ALV-J), an oncogenic retrovirus, induces myelocytomas and various other tumors in meat and egg type chickens. Here, we identified a chicken ZAP (chZAP) that increased at early stage, and subsequently decreased after infection of ALV-J in DF-1 cells, indicating the inducible feature of the endogenous chZAP...
August 29, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938576/computational-prediction-of-human-disease-related-micrornas-by-path-based-random-walk
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Israel Mugunga, Ying Ju, Xiangrong Liu, Xiaoyang Huang
MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are a class of small, endogenous RNAs that are 21-25 nucleotides in length. In animals and plants, miRNAs target specific genes for degradation or translation repression. Discovering disease-related miRNA is fundamental for understanding the pathogenesis of diseases. The association between miRNA and a disease is mainly determined via biological investigation, which is complicated by increased biological information due to big data from different databases. Researchers have utilized different computational methods to harmonize experimental approaches to discover miRNA that articulates restrictively in specific environmental situations...
August 29, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938494/supercritical-fluid-chromatography-in-natural-product-analysis-an-update
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Nora Gibitz Eisath, Sonja Sturm, Hermann Stuppner
The wide chemical diversity of natural products has challenged analysts all over the world and has been a driving force for the development of innovative technologies since decades. In the last years, supercritical fluid chromatography (SFC) has finally emerged from the shadow of liquid chromatography (LC) and gas chromatography (GC) and has become a powerful tool in modern natural product analysis. Whereas in the past the technique had mainly been restricted to a small group of nonpolar compounds, it has largely expanded its suitability in the last years and has demonstrated possibilities without boundaries...
September 22, 2017: Planta Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938493/acute-and-chronic-impact-of-bariatric-surgery-on-plasma-ldl-cholesterol-and-pcsk9-levels-in-patients-with-severe-obesity
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Marjorie Boyer, Marie-Eve Piché, Audrey Auclair, Thomas Grenier-Larouche, Laurent Biertho, Simon Marceau, Frédéric-Simon Hould, Simon Biron, Stéfane Lebel, Odette Lescelleur, François Julien, Julie Martin, André Tchernof, André C Carpentier, Paul Poirier, Benoit J Arsenault
Context: Proprotein convertase subtilisin/kexin type 9 (PCSK9) is a key regulator of low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) concentrations. In patients with severe obesity, biliopancreatic diversion with duodenal switch (BPD-DS) surgery induces substantial weight loss and favourably influence lipoprotein metabolism. The impact of BPD-DS surgery on PCSK9 levels is unknown. Objectives: To determine the acute and chronic impact of BPD-DS surgery on PCSK9 levels and whether the acute impact of BPD-DS could be explained by BPD-DS surgery-associated caloric restriction (CR)...
August 24, 2017: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938472/dopamine-neuron-restricted-leptin-receptor-lepr-signaling-reduces-some-aspects-of-food-reward-but-exacerbates-the-obesity-of-lepr-deficient-male-mice
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Maggie C Evans, Greg M Anderson
The contribution of leptin-induced modulation of dopamine neurons to feeding behavior and energy homeostasis remains unclear. Midbrain dopamine neurons regulate the reward value of food, and direct leptin administration to the midbrain reduces food intake. However, selective deletion of leptin receptors (Lepr) from dopamine neurons has no effect on body weight, food intake or hedonic responses, either suggesting leptin acts indirectly or demonstrating sufficient compensation occurs to mask any direct leptin-dopamine effects...
August 18, 2017: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938470/genetic-disruption-of-21-hydroxylase-in-zebrafish-causes-interrenal-hyperplasia
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Helen Eachus, Andreas Zaucker, James A Oakes, Aliesha Griffin, Meltem Weger, Tülay Güran, Angela Taylor, Abigail Harris, Andy Greenfield, Jonathan L Quanson, Karl-Heinz Storbeck, Vincent T Cunliffe, Ferenc Müller, Nils Krone
Congenital adrenal hyperplasia is a group of common inherited disorders leading to glucocorticoid deficiency. Most cases are caused by 21-hydroxylase deficiency (21OHD). The systemic consequences of imbalanced steroid hormone biosynthesis due to severe 21OHD remains poorly understood. Therefore, we have developed a zebrafish model for 21OHD, which focuses on the impairment of glucocorticoid biosynthesis. A single 21-hydroxylase gene (cyp21a2) is annotated in the zebrafish genome based on sequence homology. Our in silico analysis of the Cyp21a2 protein sequence suggests a sufficient degree of similarity for the usage of zebrafish cyp21a2 to model aspects of human 21OHD in vivo...
September 13, 2017: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938415/rationalizing-thyroid-function-testing-which-tsh-cut-offs-are-optimal-for-testing-free-t4
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Meg Henze, Suzanne J Brown, Narelle C Hadlow, John P Walsh
Context: Thyroid function testing often utilizes TSH measurement first, then reflex testing for free T4 if TSH is outside reference range limits. The utility of different TSH cut-offs for reflex testing is unknown. Objective: To examine different TSH cut-offs for reflex free T4 testing. Design, setting and patients: We analyzed concurrent TSH and free T4 results from 120 403 individuals from a single laboratory in Western Australia (clinical cohort) and 4568 Busselton Health Study participants (community cohort)...
August 30, 2017: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938396/transgenic-expression-of-the-vitamin-d-receptor-restricted-to-the-ileum-cecum-and-colon-of-vitamin-d-receptor-knockout-mice-rescues-vitamin-d-receptor-dependent-rickets
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Puneet Dhawan, Vaishali Veldurthy, Ghassan Yehia, Connie Hsaio, Angela Porta, Ki-In Kim, Nishant Patel, Liesbet Lieben, Lieve Verlinden, Geert Carmeliet, Sylvia Christakos
Although the intestine plays the major role in 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3 (1,25(OH)2D3) action on calcium homeostasis, the mechanisms involved remain incompletely understood. The established model of 1,25(OH)2D3 regulated intestinal calcium absorption postulates a critical role for the duodenum. However it is the distal intestine where 70 -80% of the ingested calcium is absorbed. In order to test directly the role of 1,25(OH)2D3 and the vitamin D receptor (VDR) in the distal intestine, 3 independent knockout (KO) /transgenic (TG) lines expressing VDR exclusively in the ileum, cecum and colon were generated by breeding VDR KO mice with TG mice expressing human (h)VDR under the control of the 9...
September 11, 2017: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938363/reconstruction-of-the-heel-middle-foot-sole-and-plantar-forefoot-with-the-medial-plantar-artery-perforator-mpap-flap-clinical-experience-with-28-cases
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Mario F Scaglioni, Daniel Rittirsch, Pietro Giovanoli
INTRODUCTION: Defects in the weight-bearing region of the foot sole can represent a substantial restriction in quality of life and pose a challenge for reconstructive plastic surgery.The purpose of this article is to report our experience with the use of medial plantar artery perforator (MPAP) flap for reconstruction of defects of the foot sole in 3 different regions: heel, middle foot sole and plantar forefoot. PATIENTS AND METHODS: From January 2003 to May 2016, 28 patients (13 males and 15 females) with an average age of 54 years (range 12 to 84 y...
September 15, 2017: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938270/bariatric-surgery-and-the-risk-of-cancer-in-a-large-multisite-cohort
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Daniel P Schauer, Heather Spencer Feigelson, Corinna Koebnick, Bette Caan, Sheila Weinmann, Anthony C Leonard, J David Powers, Panduranga R Yenumula, David E Arterburn
OBJECTIVE: To determine whether bariatric surgery is associated with a lower risk of cancer. BACKGROUND: Obesity is strongly associated with many types of cancer. Few studies have examined the relationship between bariatric surgery and cancer risk. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective cohort study of patients undergoing bariatric surgery between 2005 and 2012 with follow-up through 2014 using data from a large integrated health insurance and care delivery systems with 5 study sites...
September 21, 2017: Annals of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938157/adsorption-combined-with-superconducting-high-gradient-magnetic-separation-technique-used-for-removal-of-arsenic-and-antimony
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Zenglu Qi, Tista Prasai Joshi, Ruiping Liu, Yiran Li, Huijuan Liu, Jiuhui Qu
Manganese iron oxide (MnFe2O4), an excellent arsenic(As)/antimony(Sb) removal adsorbent, is greatly restricted for the solid-liquid separation. Through the application of superconducting high gradient magnetic separation (HGMS) technique, we herein constructed a facility for the in situ solid-liquid separation of micro-sized MnFe2O4 adsorbent in As/Sb removal process. To the relative low initial concentration 50.0μgL(-1), MnFe2O4 material sorbent can still decrease As or Sb below US EPA's drinking water standard limit...
September 7, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938101/exposure-to-particulate-matter-air-pollution-and-risk-of-multiple-sclerosis-in-two-large-cohorts-of-us-nurses
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N Palacios, K L Munger, K C Fitzgerald, J E Hart, T Chitnis, A Ascherio, F Laden
BACKGROUND: Air pollution is thought to raise the risk of neurological disease by promoting neuroinflammation, oxidative stress, glial activation and cerebrovascular damage. Multiple Sclerosis is a common auto-immune disorder, primarily affecting young women. We conducted, to a large prospective study of particulate matter (PM) exposure and multiple sclerosis (MS) risk in two prospective cohorts of women: the Nurses Health Study (NHS) and the Nurses Health Study II (NHS II). METHODS: Cumulative average exposure to different size fractions of PM up to the onset of MS was estimated using spatio-temporal models...
September 19, 2017: Environment International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938067/a-single-chain-photoswitchable-crispr-cas9-architecture-for-light-inducible-gene-editing-and-transcription
#17
Xin X Zhou, Xinzhi Zou, Hokyung K Chung, Yuchen Gao, Yanxia Liu, Lei S Qi, Michael Z Lin
Optical control of CRISPR-Cas9-derived proteins would be useful for restricting gene editing or transcriptional regulation to desired times and places. Optical control of Cas9 functions has been achieved with photouncageable unnatural amino acids or by using light-induced protein interactions to reconstitute Cas9-mediated functions from two polypeptides. However, these methods have only been applied to one Cas9 species and have not been used for optical control of different perturbations at two genes. Here, we use photodissociable dimeric fluorescent protein domains to engineer single-chain photoswitchable Cas9 (ps-Cas9) proteins in which the DNA-binding cleft is occluded at baseline and opened upon illumination...
September 22, 2017: ACS Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938063/severe-fetal-growth-restriction-at-26-32-weeks-key-messages-from-the-truffle-study
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C M Bilardo, K Hecher, G H A Visser, A T Papageorghiou, N Marlow, B Thilaganathan, A Van Wassenaer-Leemhuis, T Todros, K Marsal, T Frusca, B Arabin, C Brezinka, J B Derks, A Diemert, J J Duvekot, E Ferrazzi, W Ganzevoort, P Martinelli, E Ostermayer, D Schlembach, H Valensise, J Thornton, H Wolf, C Lees
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September 2017: Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938030/wound-healing-complications-following-guided-bone-regeneration-for-ridge-augmentation-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Glendale Lim, Guo-Hao Lin, Alberto Monje, Hsun-Liang Chan, Hom-Lay Wang
PURPOSE: The rate of developing soft tissue complications that accompany guided bone regeneration (GBR) procedures varies widely, from 0% to 45%. The present review was conducted to investigate the rate for resorbable versus nonresorbable membranes and the timing of soft tissue complications. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Electronic and manual literature searches were conducted by two independent reviewers using several databases, including MEDLINE, EMBASE, Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials, and Cochrane Oral Health Group Trials Register, for articles published through July 2015, with no language restriction...
September 22, 2017: International Journal of Oral & Maxillofacial Implants
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938027/effect-of-repeated-screw-joint-closing-and-opening-cycles-and-cyclic-loading-on-abutment-screw-removal-torque-and-screw-thread-morphology-scanning-electron-microscopy-evaluation
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Mahnaz Arshad, Hosseinali Mahgoli, Leila Payaminia
PURPOSE: To evaluate the effect of repeated screw joint closing and opening cycles and cyclic loading on abutment screw removal torque and screw thread morphology using scanning electron microscopy (SEM). MATERIALS AND METHODS: Three groups (n = 10 in each group) of implant-abutment-abutment screw assemblies were created. There were also 10 extra abutment screws as new screws in group 3. The abutment screws were tightened to 12 Ncm with an electronic torque meter; then they were removed and removal torque values were recorded...
September 22, 2017: International Journal of Oral & Maxillofacial Implants
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