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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29353346/singleplex-quantitative-real-time-pcr-for-the-assessment-of-human-mitochondrial-dna-quantity-and-quality
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Corey Goodwin, Denice Higgins, Shanan S Tobe, Jeremy Austin, Andrew Wotherspoon, Michelle E Gahan, Dennis McNevin
Mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) can provide a means for forensic identity testing when genotyping of nuclear DNA (nuDNA) targets is not possible due to degradation or lack of template. For degraded samples, an indication of the quantity and quality of mtDNA is essential to allow selection of appropriately sized targets for hypervariable region (HVR) analysis, which may conserve sample and resources. Three human-specific mtDNA targets of increasing length (86, 190 and 452 base pairs) were amplified by singleplex quantitative real-time PCR (qPCR), capable of providing an index of mtDNA degradation from fragment length information...
January 20, 2018: Forensic Science, Medicine, and Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29353129/keeping-it-together-and-falling-apart-women-s-dynamic-experience-of-birth
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Priscilla J Hall, Jennifer Whitman Foster, Kathryn M Yount, Bonnie Mowinski Jennings
OBJECTIVE: To explore the complexity of women's birth experiences in the context in which they occur and to describe how these influence women's well-being in labor. DESIGN: Qualitative method with a phenomenological approach, following the analysis principles of van Manen. PARTICIPANTS AND SETTING: Eight women from different ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds in Atlanta, Georgia, United States with a recent, healthy birth were interviewed twice about their experience of the labor journey...
December 14, 2017: Midwifery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352511/draft-genome-and-reference-transcriptomic-resources-for-the-urticating-pine-defoliator-thaumetopoea-pityocampa-lepidoptera-notodontidae
#3
B Gschloessl, F Dorkeld, H Berges, G Beydon, O Bouchez, M Branco, A Bretaudeau, C Burban, E Dubois, P Gauthier, E Lhuillier, J Nichols, S Nidelet, S Rocha, L Sauné, R Streiff, M Gautier, C Kerdelhué
The pine processionary moth Thaumetopoea pityocampa (Lepidoptera: Notodontidae) is the main pine defoliator in the Mediterranean region. Its urticating larvae cause severe human and animal health concerns in the invaded areas. This species shows a high phenotypic variability for various traits, such as phenology, fecundity, and tolerance to extreme temperatures. This study presents the construction and analysis of extensive genomic and transcriptomic resources, which are an obligate prerequisite to understand their underlying genetic architecture...
January 20, 2018: Molecular Ecology Resources
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352449/continuous-exposure-to-microplastics-does-not-cause-physiological-effects-in-the-cultivated-mussel-perna-perna
#4
Marina F M Santana, Fabiana T Moreira, Camilo D S Pereira, Denis M S Abessa, Alexander Turra
The environmental impact of microplastics is a challenging theme, especially under realistic experimental conditions. We investigated physiological responses to 0.1-1.0 μm PVC particles intake by the mussel Perna perna after a relative long-term exposure (90 days) at a less extreme concentration compared with previous studies (0.125 g/L). Microplastic intake was inferred by the presence of PVC in the feces of mussels, and physiological damages were assessed through ingestion rate, assimilation efficiency, growth rate, cellular and molecular biomarkers (lysosomal integrity, lipid peroxidation, and DNA damage), and condition index...
January 19, 2018: Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352165/construction-of-full-length-japanese-reference-panel-of-class-i-hla-genes-with-single-molecule-real-time-sequencing
#5
Takahiro Mimori, Jun Yasuda, Yoko Kuroki, Tomoko F Shibata, Fumiki Katsuoka, Sakae Saito, Naoki Nariai, Akira Ono, Naomi Nakai-Inagaki, Kazuharu Misawa, Keiko Tateno, Yosuke Kawai, Nobuo Fuse, Atsushi Hozawa, Shinichi Kuriyama, Junichi Sugawara, Naoko Minegishi, Kichiya Suzuki, Kengo Kinoshita, Masao Nagasaki, Masayuki Yamamoto
Human leukocyte antigen (HLA) is a gene complex known for its exceptional diversity across populations, importance in organ and blood stem cell transplantation, and associations of specific alleles with various diseases. We constructed a Japanese reference panel of class I HLA genes (ToMMo HLA panel), comprising a distinct set of HLA-A, HLA-B, HLA-C, and HLA-H alleles, by single-molecule, real-time (SMRT) sequencing of 208 individuals included in the 1070 whole-genome Japanese reference panel (1KJPN). For high-quality allele reconstruction, we developed a novel pipeline, Primer-Separation Assembly and Refinement Pipeline (PSARP), in which the SMRT sequencing and additional short-read data were used...
January 19, 2018: Pharmacogenomics Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351810/identify-down-syndrome-transcriptome-associations-using-integrative-analysis-of-microarray-database-and-correlation-interaction-network
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Min Chen, Jiayan Wang, Yingjun Luo, Kailing Huang, Xiaoshun Shi, Yanhui Liu, Jin Li, Zhengfei Lai, Shuya Xue, Haimei Gao, Allen Chen, Dunjin Chen
BACKGROUND: Long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) have previously been emerged as key players in a series of biological processes. Dysregulation of lncRNA is correlated to human diseases including neurological disorders. Here, we developed a multi-step bioinformatics analysis to study the functions of a particular Down syndrome-associated gene DSCR9 including the lncRNAs. The method is named correlation-interaction-network (COIN), based on which a pipeline is implemented. Co-expression gene network analysis and biological network analysis results are presented...
January 19, 2018: Human Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351546/accessing-an-expanded-exposure-science-module-at-the-comparative-toxicogenomics-database
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Cynthia J Grondin, Allan Peter Davis, Thomas C Wiegers, Jolene A Wiegers, Carolyn J Mattingly
The Comparative Toxicogenomics Database (CTD; http://ctdbase.org) is a free resource that provides manually curated information on chemical, gene, phenotype, and disease relationships to advance understanding of the effect of environmental exposures on human health. Four core content areas are independently curated: chemical-gene interactions, chemical-disease and gene-disease associations, chemical-phenotype interactions, and environmental exposure data (e.g., effects of chemical stressors on humans). Since releasing exposure data in 2015, we have vastly increased our coverage of chemicals and disease/phenotype outcomes; greatly expanded access to exposure content; added search capability by stressors, cohorts, population demographics, and measured outcomes; and created user-specified displays of content...
January 18, 2018: Environmental Health Perspectives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349938/improved-regional-disparities-in-neonatal-care-by-government-led-policies-in-korea
#8
In Gyu Song, Seung Han Shin, Han Suk Kim
BACKGROUND: Although the number of high-risk neonates has increased in Korea, hospitals were reluctant to open or maintain neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) due to the low medical cost. Consequently, there were regional disparities in facilities, equipment, and neonatal health outcomes. For these reasons, the Korean government began to invest in neonatal care during the last decade. We identified the status of NICUs in Korea and assessed changes after the government-driven policies...
February 5, 2018: Journal of Korean Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349465/exploring-candidate-biomarkers-for-lung-and-prostate-cancers-using-gene-expression-and-flux-variability-analysis
#9
Yazdan Asgari, Pegah Khosravi, Zahra Zabihinpour, Mahnaz Habibi
Genome-scale metabolic models have provided valuable resources for exploring changes in metabolism under normal and cancer conditions. However, metabolism itself is strongly linked to gene expression, so integration of gene expression data into metabolic models might improve the detection of genes involved in the control of tumor progression. Herein, we considered gene expression data as extra constraints to enhance the predictive powers of metabolic models. We reconstructed genome-scale metabolic models for lung and prostate, under normal and cancer conditions to detect the major genes associated with critical subsystems during tumor development...
January 19, 2018: Integrative Biology: Quantitative Biosciences From Nano to Macro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349217/the-mothers-on-respect-mor-index-measuring-quality-safety-and-human-rights-in-childbirth
#10
Saraswathi Vedam, Kathrin Stoll, Nicholas Rubashkin, Kelsey Martin, Zoe Miller-Vedam, Hermine Hayes-Klein, Ganga Jolicoeur
Background: Abuse of human rights in childbirth are documented in low, middle and high resource countries. A systematic review across 34 countries by the WHO Research Group on the Treatment of Women During Childbirth concluded that there is no consensus at a global level on how disrespectful maternity care is measured. In British Columbia, a community-led participatory action research team developed a survey tool that assesses women's experiences with maternity care, including disrespect and discrimination...
December 2017: SSM—Population Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348633/contrasting-patterns-of-prehistoric-human-diet-and-subsistence-in-northernmost-europe
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Mirva Pääkkönen, Auli Bläuer, Bjørnar Olsen, Richard P Evershed, Henrik Asplund
Current archaeological evidence indicates the transition from hunting-fishing-gathering to agriculture in Northern Europe was a gradual process. This transition was especially complex in the prehistoric North Fennoscandian landscape where the high latitude posed a challenge to both domestic animal breeding and cereal cultivation. The conditions varied, the coastal dwellers had access to rich marine resources and enjoyed a milder climate due to the Gulf Stream, while those living in the inland Boreal forest zone faced longer and colder winters and less diversity in animal and plant resources...
January 18, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346441/a-portable-system-for-processing-donated-whole-blood-into-high-quality-components-without-centrifugation
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Sean C Gifford, Briony C Strachan, Hui Xia, Eszter Vörös, Kian Torabian, Taylor A Tomasino, Gary D Griffin, Benjamin Lichtiger, Fleur M Aung, Sergey S Shevkoplyas
BACKGROUND: The use of centrifugation-based approaches for processing donated blood into components is routine in the industrialized world, as disparate storage conditions require the rapid separation of 'whole blood' into distinct red blood cell (RBC), platelet, and plasma products. However, the logistical complications and potential cellular damage associated with centrifugation/apheresis manufacturing of blood products are well documented. The objective of this study was to evaluate a proof-of-concept system for whole blood processing, which does not employ electromechanical parts, is easily portable, and can be operated immediately after donation with minimal human labor...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346413/genetic-diversity-and-potential-routes-of-transmission-of-mycobacterium-bovis-in-mozambique
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Adelina Machado, Teresa Rito, Solomon Ghebremichael, Nuelma Muhate, Gabriel Maxhuza, Custodia Macuamule, Ivania Moiane, Baltazar Macucule, Angelica Suzana Marranangumbe, Jorge Baptista, Joaquim Manguele, Tuija Koivula, Elizabeth Maria Streicher, Robin Mark Warren, Gunilla Kallenius, Paul van Helden, Margarida Correia-Neves
Bovine tuberculosis is a zoonotic disease with largely unknown impact in Africa, with risk factors such as HIV and direct contact with animals or consumption of Mycobacterium bovis infected animal products. In order to understand and quantify this risk and design intervention strategies, good epidemiological studies are needed. Such studies can include molecular typing of M. bovis isolates. The aim of this study was to apply these tools to provide novel information concerning the distribution of bovine tuberculosis in cattle in Mozambique and thereby provide relevant information to guide policy development and strategies to contain the disease in livestock, and reduce the risk associated with transmission to humans...
January 2018: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346386/histological-subtypes-of-mouse-mammary-tumors-reveal-conserved-relationships-to-human-cancers
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Daniel P Hollern, Matthew R Swiatnicki, Eran R Andrechek
Human breast cancer has been characterized by extensive transcriptional heterogeneity, with dominant patterns reflected in the intrinsic subtypes. Mouse models of breast cancer also have heterogeneous transcriptomes and we noted that specific histological subtypes were associated with particular subsets. We hypothesized that unique sets of genes define each tumor histological type across mouse models of breast cancer. Using mouse models that contained both gene expression data and expert pathologist classification of tumor histology on a sample by sample basis, we predicted and validated gene expression signatures for Papillary, EMT, Microacinar and other histological subtypes...
January 2018: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346070/key-pharmacovigilance-stakeholders-experiences-of-direct-patient-reporting-of-adverse-drug-reactions-and-their-prospects-of-future-development-in-the-european-union
#15
P Inácio, A Cavaco, E Allan, M Airaksinen
OBJECTIVES: In the European Union (EU), legislation allows patients to directly report adverse drug reactions (ADRs) to competent authorities. Five years after its implementation, patient reporting is not equal in all countries. This study aimed to explore key stakeholders' perceptions of patient reporting in four EU countries. STUDY DESIGN: Qualitative study design. METHODS: Twelve representatives from national pharmacovigilance centres and/or authorities as well as national pharmaceutical industry bodies in four EU countries participated in the study...
January 12, 2018: Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345934/zein-nanoparticles-as-eco-friendly-carrier-systems-for-botanical-repellents-aiming-sustainable-agriculture
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Jhones Luiz Oliveira, Estefania Vangelie Ramos Campos, Anderson do Espirito Santo Pereira, Tatiane Pasquoto, Renata Lima, Renato Grillo, Daniel Junior de Andrade, Fabiano Aparecido Dos Santos, Leonardo F Fraceto
Botanical repellents represent one of the main ways of reducing the use of synthetic pesticides and the contamination of soil and hydric resources. However, the poor stability and rapid degradation of these compounds in the environment hinders their effective application in the field. Zein nanoparticles can be used as eco-friendly carrier systems to protect these substances against premature degradation, provide desirable release characteristics, and reduce toxicity in the environment and to humans. In this study, we describe the preparation and characterization of zein nanoparticles loaded with the main constituents of the essential oil of citronella (geraniol and R-citronellal)...
January 18, 2018: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345124/disposable-morpho-menelaus-based-flexible-microfluidic-and-electronic-sensor-for-the-diagnosis-of-neurodegenerative-disease
#17
Zhenzhu He, Abdelrahman Elbaz, Bingbing Gao, Junning Zhang, Enben Su, Zhongze Gu
Rapid early disease prevention or precise diagnosis is almost impossible in low-resource settings. Natural ordered structures in nature have great potential for the development of ultrasensitive biosensors. Here, motivated by the unique structures and extraordinary functionalities of ordered structures in nature, a biosensor based on butterfly wings is presented. In this study, a flexible Morpho menelaus (M. menelaus) based wearable sensor is integrated with a microfluidic system and electronic networks to facilitate the diagnosis of neurodegenerative disease (ND)...
January 18, 2018: Advanced Healthcare Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344698/concentrations-of-cadmium-copper-and-zinc-in-macrobrachium-rosenbergii-giant-freshwater-prawn-from-natural-environment
#18
Farah Akmal Idrus, Masania Mohd Basri, Khairul Adha A Rahim, Nur Syazwani Abd Rahim, Melissa Dennis Chong
This study analyzed the levels of cadmium (Cd), copper (Cu), and zinc (Zn) by the flame atomic absorption spectrophotometer (FAAS), in the muscle tissues, exoskeletons, and gills from freshwater prawn (Macrobrachium rosenbergii) (n = 20) harvested from natural habitat in Kerang River, Malaysia on 25th November 2015. Significant increase of the metals level in muscle tissue and gill (r > 0.70, p < 0.05) were observed with increase in length except for Cu in gills. No relationship was found between metals level in exoskeleton and length...
January 17, 2018: Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344358/the-global-problem-of-childhood-diarrhoeal-diseases-emerging-strategies-in-prevention-and-management
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Margaret Mokomane, Ishmael Kasvosve, Emilia de Melo, Jeffrey M Pernica, David M Goldfarb
Acute diarrhoeal diseases remain a leading cause of global morbidity and mortality particularly among young children in resource-limited countries. Recent large studies utilizing case-control design, prospective sampling and more sensitive and broad diagnostic techniques have shed light on particular pathogens of importance and highlighted the previously under recognized impact of these infections on post-acute illness mortality and growth. Vaccination, particularly against rotavirus, has emerged as a key effective means of preventing significant morbidity and mortality from childhood diarrhoeal disease...
January 2018: Therapeutic Advances in Infectious Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343686/human-brain-patterns-underlying-vigilant-attention-impact-of-sleep-debt-circadian-phase-and-attentional-engagement
#20
M Maire, C F Reichert, V Gabel, A U Viola, C Phillips, C Berthomier, S Borgwardt, C Cajochen, C Schmidt
Sleepiness and cognitive function vary over the 24-h day due to circadian and sleep-wake-dependent mechanisms. However, the underlying cerebral hallmarks associated with these variations remain to be fully established. Using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), we investigated brain responses associated with circadian and homeostatic sleep-wake-driven dynamics of subjective sleepiness throughout day and night. Healthy volunteers regularly performed a psychomotor vigilance task (PVT) in the MR-scanner during a 40-h sleep deprivation (high sleep pressure) and a 40-h multiple nap protocol (low sleep pressure)...
January 17, 2018: Scientific Reports
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