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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909561/korean-solar-salts-reduce-obesity-and-alter-its-related-markers-in-diet-induced-obese-mice
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Jaehyun Ju, Jia-Le Song, Eui-Seong Park, Myoung-Sool Do, Kun-Young Park
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES: The aim of this experiments was to show anti-obesity effects of Korean solar salt from different salt fields in diet-induced obese mice. SUBJECTS/METHODS: Diet-induced obesity (DIO) was induced by a high-fat diet (HFD; 45% cal from fat) in C57BL/6J mice for eight weeks. The mice were fed with the designated diets (chow diet for Normal, HFD for Control, 0.47%-salt-mixed HFD for purified salt (PS), Guerande solar salt from France (SS-G), solar salt from Y salt field (SS-Y), solar salts from T salt field (SS-T) and S salt field (SS-S)) for another eight weeks...
December 2016: Nutrition Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907901/serum-amh-levels-in-healthy-women-from-brca1-2-mutated-families-are-they-reduced
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Theodora C van Tilborg, Inge A P Derks-Smeets, Anna M E Bos, Jan C Oosterwijk, Ron J van Golde, Christine E de Die-Smulders, Lizet E van der Kolk, Wendy A G van Zelst-Stams, Maria E Velthuizen, Annemieke Hoek, Marinus J C Eijkemans, Joop S E Laven, Margreet G E M Ausems, Frank J M Broekmans
STUDY QUESTION: Do BRCA1/2 mutation carriers have a compromised ovarian reserve compared to proven non-carriers, based on serum anti-Müllerian hormone (AMH) levels? SUMMARY ANSWER: BRCA1/2 mutation carriers do not show a lower serum AMH level in comparison to proven non-carriers, after adjustment for potential confounders. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: It has been suggested that the BRCA genes play a role in the process of ovarian reserve depletion, although previous studies have shown inconsistent results regarding the association between serum AMH levels and BRCA mutation status...
November 2016: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27885520/the-effect-of-pre-operative-topical-anaesthetic-cream-on-the-ablative-width-and-coagulative-depth-of-ablative-fractional-resurfacing-laser
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Preawphan Punyaratabandhu, Rungsima Wanitphakdeedecha, Penvadee Pattanaprichakul, Panitta Sitthinamsuwan, Weeranut Phothong, Sasima Eimpunth, Visnu Lohsiriwat, Woraphong Manuskiatti
Topical anaesthetic cream (TAC) is commonly used as a pre-treatment of ablative fractional resurfacing (AFR) laser. Most of anaesthetic cream contains distilled water as major component. Therefore, pre-operative TAC may interfere the photothermal reaction in the skin treated with fractional carbon-dioxide (FCO2) laser and fractional erbium-doped yttrium aluminium garnet (FEr:YAG) laser. The objective of the study was to compare the ablative width (AW) and coagulative depth (CD) of AFR laser with and without pre-treatment with TAC...
November 24, 2016: Lasers in Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27821706/longitudinal-follow-up-in-female-childhood-cancer-survivors-no-signs-of-accelerated-ovarian-function-loss
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A L F van der Kooi, M M van den Heuvel-Eibrink, A van Noortwijk, S J C M M Neggers, S M F Pluijm, E van Dulmen-den Broeder, W van Dorp, J S E Laven
STUDY QUESTION: Is the long-term decline of ovarian function, as reflected by a decrease in serum anti-Müllerian hormone (AMH) concentration, accelerated over time in female childhood cancer survivors (CCS) as compared to healthy women of the same age? SUMMARY ANSWER: The median decline of AMH levels in long-term female CCS is not accelerated and similar to that observed in healthy controls. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: Gonadal function is compromised in female CCS treated with chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy...
November 7, 2016: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27813018/potential-impact-of-biologically-derived-hyaluronic-acid-on-quality-of-life-in-patients-with-knee-osteoarthritis-in-the-united-states
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Jeffrey Rosen, Parag Sancheti, Anke Fierlinger, Faizan Niazi, Herman Johal, Asheesh Bedi
INTRODUCTION: Knee osteoarthritis is one of the leading causes of disability in the world. Intra-articular hyaluronic acid (IA-HA) is a treatment modality that provides a minimally invasive treatment option for the management of osteoarthritis-related symptoms. This study examined the current and potential economic impact of using a biologically derived, high molecular weight hyaluronic acid preparation (Euflexxa) on the US population for the management of knee osteoarthritis. METHODS: A model was developed to estimate the total number of patients with symptomatic knee osteoarthritis in the US in 2015, distributed by Kellgren-Lawrence (K-L) grade, and the number of people living with total knee arthroplasty (TKA)...
November 3, 2016: Advances in Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27798042/effectiveness-of-lifestyle-intervention-in-subgroups-of-obese-infertile-women-a-subgroup-analysis-of-a-rct
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A M van Oers, H Groen, M A Q Mutsaerts, J M Burggraaff, W K H Kuchenbecker, D A M Perquin, C A M Koks, R van Golde, E M Kaaijk, J M Schierbeek, G J E Oosterhuis, F J Broekmans, N E A Vogel, J A Land, B W J Mol, A Hoek
STUDY QUESTION: Do age, ovulatory status, severity of obesity and body fat distribution affect the effectiveness of lifestyle intervention in obese infertile women? SUMMARY ANSWER: We did not identify a subgroup in which lifestyle intervention increased the healthy live birth rate however it did increase the natural conception rate in anovulatory obese infertile women. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: Obese women are at increased risk of infertility and are less likely to conceive after infertility treatment...
October 19, 2016: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27742723/genome-wide-association-study-and-qtl-mapping-reveal-genomic-loci-associated-with-fusarium-ear-rot-resistance-in-tropical-maize-germplasm
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Jiafa Chen, Rosemary Shrestha, Junqiang Ding, Hongjian Zheng, Chunhua Mu, Jianyu Wu, George Mahuku
Fusarium ear rot (FER) incited by Fusarium verticillioides is a major disease of maize that reduces grain quality globally. Host resistance is the most suitable strategy for managing the disease. We report the results of genome-wide association study (GWAS) to detect alleles associated with increased resistance to FER in a set of 818 tropical maize inbred lines evaluated in three environments. Association tests performed using 43,424 single-nucleotide polymorphic (SNPs) markers identified 45 SNPs and 15 haplotypes that were significantly associated with FER resistance...
October 14, 2016: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27731306/local-electronic-structure-work-function-and-line-defect-dynamics-of-ultrathin-epitaxial-zno-layers-on-a-ag-1%C3%A2-1%C3%A2-1-surface
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T Kumagai, S Liu, A Shiotari, D Baugh, S Shaikhutdinov, M Wolf
Using combined low-temperature scanning tunneling microscopy and Kelvin probe force microscopy we studied the local electronic structure and work function change of the (0 0 0 1)-oriented epitaxial ZnO layers on a Ag(1 1 1) substrate. Scanning tunneling spectroscopy (STS) revealed that the conduction band minimum monotonically downshifts as the number of the ZnO layers increases up to 4 monolayers (ML). However, it was found by field emission resonance (FER) spectroscopy that the local work function of Ag(1 1 1) slightly decreases for 2 ML thick ZnO but it dramatically changes and drops by about 1...
October 12, 2016: Journal of Physics. Condensed Matter: An Institute of Physics Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27729423/maternal-memi-promotes-female-meiosis-ii-in-response-to-fertilization-in-caenorhabditis-elegans
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Maryam Ataeian, Justus Tegha-Dunghu, Donna G Curtis, Ellen M E Sykes, Ashkan Nozohourmehrabad, Megha Bajaj, Karen Cheung, Martin Srayko
In most animals, female meiosis completes only after fertilization. Sperm entry has been implicated in providing a signal for the initiation of the final meiotic processes, however, a maternal component required for this process has not been previously identified. We report the characterization of a novel family of three highly similar paralogs (memi-1, memi-2, memi-3) that encode oocyte-specific proteins. A hypermorphic mutation memi-1(sb41) results in failure to exit female meiosis II properly, however, loss of all three paralogs results in a "skipped meiosis II" phenotype...
October 11, 2016: Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27716045/iron-homeostasis-in-arabidopsis-thaliana-transcriptomic-analyses-reveal-novel-fit-regulated-genes-iron-deficiency-marker-genes-and-functional-gene-networks
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Hans-Jörg Mai, Stéphanie Pateyron, Petra Bauer
BACKGROUND: FIT (FER-LIKE IRON DEFICIENCY-INDUCED TRANSCRIPTION FACTOR) is the central regulator of iron uptake in Arabidopsis thaliana roots. We performed transcriptome analyses of six day-old seedlings and roots of six week-old plants using wild type, a fit knock-out mutant and a FIT over-expression line grown under iron-sufficient or iron-deficient conditions. We compared genes regulated in a FIT-dependent manner depending on the developmental stage of the plants. We assembled a high likelihood dataset which we used to perform co-expression and functional analysis of the most stably iron deficiency-induced genes...
October 3, 2016: BMC Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27713990/intake-of-cookies-made-with-buriti-oil-mauritia-flexuosa-improves-vitamin-a-status-and-lipid-profiles-in-young-rats
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Jailane de Souza Aquino, Maria Helena de Araújo Vasconcelos, Débora Catarine Nepomuceno de Pontes Pessoa, Juliana Késsia Barbosa Soares, João Paulo de Sousa Prado, Robson de Jesus Mascarenhas, Marciane Magnani, Tânia Lúcia Montenegro Stamford
The oil extracted from Mauritia flexuosa (buriti) is rich in vitamin A, tocopherols and unsaturated fatty acids. This study evaluated the retinol status, blood glucose levels, lipid profiles, food efficiency rates (FERs), food conversion rates (FCRs) and murine anthropometric parameters of Wistar rats fed cookies made with buriti oil (BOC). The content of β-carotene and monounsaturated fatty acids in the cookies was enhanced (p < 0.05) using buriti oil. Rats fed BOC showed an increase (p < 0.05) in serum and hepatic retinol levels compared to rats fed cookies made with soy oil (SOC - control)...
October 12, 2016: Food & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27707840/semen-quality-of-young-adult-icsi-offspring-the-first-results
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F Belva, M Bonduelle, M Roelants, D Michielsen, A Van Steirteghem, G Verheyen, H Tournaye
STUDY QUESTION: What is the semen quality of young adult men who were conceived 18-22 years ago by ICSI for male infertility? SUMMARY ANSWER: In this cohort of 54 young adult ICSI men, median sperm concentration, total sperm count and total motile sperm count were significantly lower than in spontaneously conceived peers. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: The oldest ICSI offspring cohort worldwide has recently reached adulthood. Hence, their reproductive health can now be investigated...
December 2016: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27704083/fiber-enhanced-raman-spectroscopic-analysis-as-a-novel-method-for-diagnosis-and-monitoring-of-diseases-related-to-hyperbilirubinemia-and-hyperbiliverdinemia
#13
Di Yan, Christian Domes, Robert Domes, Timea Frosch, Jürgen Popp, Mathias W Pletz, Torsten Frosch
Fiber enhanced resonance Raman spectroscopy (FERS) is introduced for chemically selective and ultrasensitive analysis of the biomolecules hematin, hemoglobin, biliverdin, and bilirubin. The abilities for analyzing whole intact, oxygenated erythrocytes are proven, demonstrating the potential for the diagnosis of red blood cell related diseases, such as different types of anemia and hemolytic disorders. The optical fiber enables an efficient light-guiding within a miniaturized sample volume of only a few micro-liters and provides a tremendously improved analytical sensitivity (LODs of 0...
October 17, 2016: Analyst
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27689979/palladium-catalyzed-allylation-benzylation-of-h-phosphinate-esters-with-alcohols
#14
Anthony Fers-Lidou, Olivier Berger, Jean-Luc Montchamp
The Pd-catalyzed direct alkylation of H-phosphinic acids and hypophosphorous acid with allylic/benzylic alcohols has been described previously. Here, the extension of this methodology to H-phosphinate esters is presented. The new reaction appears general, although its scope is narrower than with the acids, and its mechanism is likely different. Various alcohols are examined in their reaction with phosphinylidene compounds R¹R²P(O)H.
2016: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27660531/fauna-europaea-orthopteroid-orders
#15
Klaus-Gerhard Heller, Horst Bohn, Fabian Haas, Fer Willemse, Yde de Jong
Fauna Europaea provides a public web-service with an index of scientific names (including important synonyms) of all extant European terrestrial and freshwater animals, their geographical distribution at the level of countries and major islands (west of the Urals and excluding the Caucasus region), and some additional information. The Fauna Europaea project comprises about 230,000 taxonomic names, including 130,000 accepted species and 14,000 accepted subspecies, which is much more than the originally projected number of 100,000 species...
2016: Biodiversity Data Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27635654/a-novel-maximum-entropy-markov-model-for-human-facial-expression-recognition
#16
Muhammad Hameed Siddiqi, Md Golam Rabiul Alam, Choong Seon Hong, Adil Mehmood Khan, Hyunseung Choo
Research in video based FER systems has exploded in the past decade. However, most of the previous methods work well when they are trained and tested on the same dataset. Illumination settings, image resolution, camera angle, and physical characteristics of the people differ from one dataset to another. Considering a single dataset keeps the variance, which results from differences, to a minimum. Having a robust FER system, which can work across several datasets, is thus highly desirable. The aim of this work is to design, implement, and validate such a system using different datasets...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27588473/rsl3-and-erastin-differentially-regulate-redox-signaling-to-promote-smac-mimetic-induced-cell-death
#17
Jasmin Dächert, Hannah Schoeneberger, Katharina Rohde, Simone Fulda
Redox mechanisms play an important role in the control of various signaling pathways. Here, we report that Second mitochondrial activator of caspases (Smac) mimetic-induced cell death is regulated by redox signaling. We show that RSL3, a glutathione (GSH) peroxidase (GPX) 4 inhibitor, or Erastin, an inhibitor of the cystine/glutamate antiporter, cooperate with the Smac mimetic BV6 to induce reactive oxygen species (ROS)-dependent cell death in acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) cells. Addition of the caspase inhibitor N-benzyloxycarbonyl-Val-Ala-Asp-fluoromethylketone (zVAD...
August 29, 2016: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27587689/sword-a-highly-efficient-protein-database-search
#18
Robert Vaser, Dario Pavlović, Mile Šikić
MOTIVATION: Protein database search is one of the fundamental problems in bioinformatics. For decades, it has been explored and solved using different exact and heuristic approaches. However, exponential growth of data in recent years has brought significant challenges in improving already existing algorithms. BLAST has been the most successful tool for protein database search, but is also becoming a bottleneck in many applications. Due to that, many different approaches have been developed to complement or replace it...
September 1, 2016: Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27566404/feronia-interacts-with-abi2-type-phosphatases-to-facilitate-signaling-cross-talk-between-abscisic-acid-and-ralf-peptide-in-arabidopsis
#19
Jia Chen, Feng Yu, Ying Liu, Changqing Du, Xiushan Li, Sirui Zhu, Xianchun Wang, Wenzhi Lan, Pedro L Rodriguez, Xuanming Liu, Dongping Li, Liangbi Chen, Sheng Luan
Receptor-like kinase FERONIA (FER) plays a crucial role in plant response to small molecule hormones [e.g., auxin and abscisic acid (ABA)] and peptide signals [e.g., rapid alkalinization factor (RALF)]. It remains unknown how FER integrates these different signaling events in the control of cell growth and stress responses. Under stress conditions, increased levels of ABA will inhibit cell elongation in the roots. In our previous work, we have shown that FER, through activation of the guanine nucleotide exchange factor 1 (GEF1)/4/10-Rho of Plant 11 (ROP11) pathway, enhances the activity of the phosphatase ABA Insensitive 2 (ABI2), a negative regulator of ABA signaling, thereby inhibiting ABA response...
September 13, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27549760/preparation-of-endometrium-for-frozen-embryo-replacement-cycles-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Hakan Yarali, Mehtap Polat, Sezcan Mumusoglu, Irem Yarali, Gurkan Bozdag
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the best protocol to prepare endometrium for frozen embryo replacement (FER) cycles. METHODS: This study is a systematic review and meta-analysis. Following PubMed and OvidSP search, a total of 1166 studies published after 1990 were identified following removal of duplicates. Following exclusion of studies not matching our inclusion criteria, a total of 33 studies were analyzed. Primary outcome measure was live birth...
October 2016: Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics
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