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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914182/positive-feelings-during-pregnancy-early-feeding-practices-and-infant-health
#1
Melissa A McManus, Ali A Khalessi, Joyce Lin, Jahanzeb Ashraf, Stephanie M Reich
BACKGROUND: Early parenting practices, like infant feeding, can impact children's physical health. Additionally, negative prenatal maternal affect can influence feeding choices, like breastfeeding, and can have a detrimental effect on children's health. However, little is known about the contribution of positive maternal affect during pregnancy on feeding practices and children's health. METHOD: This study explored whether positive prenatal feelings influenced children's health during the first 18 months, and whether early feeding practices mediated the relationship between these two variables...
December 3, 2016: Pediatrics International: Official Journal of the Japan Pediatric Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913257/prodynorphin-and-kappa-opioid-receptor-mrna-expression-in-the-brain-relates-to-social-status-and-behavior-in-male-european-starlings
#2
Lauren V Riters, Melissa A Cordes, Sharon A Stevenson
Numerous animal species display behavioral changes in response to changes in social status or territory possession. For example, in male European starlings only males that acquire nesting sites display high rates of sexual and agonistic behavior. Past studies show that mu and delta opioid receptors regulate behaviors associated with social ascension or defeat. Opioids also act at kappa receptors, with dynorphin binding with the highest affinity; however, the role of these opioids in social behavior has not been well studied...
November 29, 2016: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912785/transmission-of-viruses-via-our-microbiomes
#3
Melissa Ly, Marcus B Jones, Shira R Abeles, Tasha M Santiago-Rodriguez, Jonathan Gao, Ivan C Chan, Chandrabali Ghose, David T Pride
BACKGROUND: Bacteria inhabiting the human body have important roles in a number of physiological processes and are known to be shared amongst genetically-related individuals. Far less is known about viruses inhabiting the human body, but their ecology suggests they may be shared between close contacts. RESULTS: Here, we report the ecology of viruses in the guts and mouths of a cohort and demonstrate that substantial numbers of gut and oral viruses were shared amongst genetically unrelated, cohabitating individuals...
December 2, 2016: Microbiome
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912773/china-s-health-assistance-to-africa-opportunism-or-altruism
#4
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Shuang Lin, Liangmin Gao, Melissa Reyes, Feng Cheng, Joan Kaufman, Wafaa M El-Sadr
China has made substantial health commitments to Africa in the past several decades. However, while much has been written regarding China-Africa aid overall, relatively little attention has been given to China's health aid. To better understand these investments, we provide an overview of the current framework and characteristics of China's health aid to Africa. China's health assistance has been perceived by some as opportunistic, largely as a demonstration of China's engagement in "soft power" and an attempt to enhance its access to natural resources and political favors by African countries...
December 3, 2016: Globalization and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912164/manganese-ii-chloride-alters-behavioral-and-neurochemical-parameters-in-larvae-and-adult-zebrafish
#5
Stefani Altenhofen, Melissa Talita Wiprich, Laura Roesler Nery, Carlos Eduardo Leite, Monica Ryff Moreira Roca Vianna, Carla Denise Bonan
Manganese (Mn) is an essential metal for organisms, but high levels can cause serious neurological damage. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effects of MnCl2 exposure on cognition and exploratory behavior in adult and larval zebrafish and correlate these findings with brain accumulation of Mn, overall brain tyrosine hydroxylase (TH) levels, dopamine (DA) levels, 3,4-dihydroxyphenylacetic acid (DOPAC) levels and cell death markers in the nervous system. Adults exposed to MnCl2 for 4days (0.5, 1.0 and 1...
November 17, 2016: Aquatic Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911898/bilaterian-giant-ankyrins-have-a-common-evolutionary-origin-and-play-a-conserved-role-in-patterning-the-axon-initial-segment
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Timothy Jegla, Michelle M Nguyen, Chengye Feng, Daniel J Goetschius, Esteban Luna, Damian B van Rossum, Bishoy Kamel, Aditya Pisupati, Elliott S Milner, Melissa M Rolls
In vertebrate neurons, the axon initial segment (AIS) is specialized for action potential initiation. It is organized by a giant 480 Kd variant of ankyrin G (AnkG) that serves as an anchor for ion channels and is required for a plasma membrane diffusion barrier that excludes somatodendritic proteins from the axon. An unusually long exon required to encode this 480Kd variant is thought to have been inserted only recently during vertebrate evolution, so the giant ankyrin-based AIS scaffold has been viewed as a vertebrate adaptation for fast, precise signaling...
December 2016: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911851/inherited-variants-affecting-rna-editing-may-contribute-to-ovarian-cancer-susceptibility-results-from-a-large-scale-collaboration
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Jennifer B Permuth, Brett Reid, Madalene Earp, Y Ann Chen, Alvaro N A Monteiro, Zhihua Chen, Aocs Study Group, Georgia Chenevix-Trench, Peter A Fasching, Matthias W Beckmann, Diether Lambrechts, Adriaan Vanderstichele, Els Van Niewenhuyse, Ignace Vergote, Mary Anne Rossing, Jennifer Anne Doherty, Jenny Chang-Claude, Kirsten Moysich, Kunle Odunsi, Marc T Goodman, Yurii B Shvetsov, Lynne R Wilkens, Pamela J Thompson, Thilo Dörk, Natalia Bogdanova, Ralf Butzow, Heli Nevanlinna, Liisa Pelttari, Arto Leminen, Francesmary Modugno, Robert P Edwards, Roberta B Ness, Joseph Kelley, Florian Heitz, Beth Karlan, Jenny Lester, Susanne K Kjaer, Allan Jensen, Graham Giles, Michelle Hildebrandt, Dong Liang, Karen H Lu, Xifeng Wu, Douglas A Levine, Maria Bisogna, Andrew Berchuck, Daniel W Cramer, Kathryn L Terry, Shelley S Tworoger, Elizabeth M Poole, Elisa V Bandera, Brooke Fridley, Julie Cunningham, Stacey J Winham, Sara H Olson, Irene Orlow, Line Bjorge, Lambertus A Kiemeney, Leon Massuger, Tanja Pejovic, Melissa Moffitt, Nhu Le, Linda S Cook, Angela Brooks-Wilson, Linda E Kelemen, Jacek Gronwald, Jan Lubinski, Nicolas Wentzensen, Louise A Brinton, Jolanta Lissowska, Hanna Yang, Estrid Hogdall, Claus Hogdall, Lene Lundvall, Paul D P Pharoah, Honglin Song, Ian Campbell, Diana Eccles, Iain McNeish, Alice Whittemore, Valerie McGuire, Weiva Sieh, Joseph Rothstein, Catherine M Phelan, Harvey Risch, Steven Narod, John McLaughlin, Hoda Anton-Culver, Argyrios Ziogas, Usha Menon, Simon Gayther, Susan J Ramus, Aleksandra Gentry-Maharaj, Celeste Leigh Pearce, Anna H Wu, Jolanta Kupryjanczyk, Agnieszka Dansonka-Mieszkowska, Joellen M Schildkraut, Jin Q Cheng, Ellen L Goode, Thomas A Sellers
RNA editing in mammals is a form of post-transcriptional modification in which adenosine is converted to inosine by the adenosine deaminases acting on RNA (ADAR) family of enzymes. Based on evidence of altered ADAR expression in epithelial ovarian cancers (EOC), we hypothesized that single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in ADAR genes modify EOC susceptibility, potentially by altering ovarian tissue gene expression. Using directly genotyped and imputed data from 10,891 invasive EOC cases and 21,693 controls, we evaluated the associations of 5,303 SNPs in ADAD1, ADAR, ADAR2, ADAR3, and SND1...
July 12, 2016: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911804/familial-mediterranean-fever-mutations-lift-the-obligatory-requirement-for-microtubules-in-pyrin-inflammasome-activation
#8
Hanne Van Gorp, Pedro H V Saavedra, Nathalia M de Vasconcelos, Nina Van Opdenbosch, Lieselotte Vande Walle, Magdalena Matusiak, Giusi Prencipe, Antonella Insalaco, Filip Van Hauwermeiren, Dieter Demon, Delfien J Bogaert, Melissa Dullaers, Elfride De Baere, Tino Hochepied, Joke Dehoorne, Karim Y Vermaelen, Filomeen Haerynck, Fabrizio De Benedetti, Mohamed Lamkanfi
Familial Mediterranean fever (FMF) is the most common monogenic autoinflammatory disease worldwide. It is caused by mutations in the inflammasome adaptor Pyrin, but how FMF mutations alter signaling in FMF patients is unknown. Herein, we establish Clostridium difficile and its enterotoxin A (TcdA) as Pyrin-activating agents and show that wild-type and FMF Pyrin are differentially controlled by microtubules. Diverse microtubule assembly inhibitors prevented Pyrin-mediated caspase-1 activation and secretion of IL-1β and IL-18 from mouse macrophages and human peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs)...
November 22, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910056/cardiac-gene-delivery-using-recirculating-devices
#9
Melissa J Byrne, David M Kaye
Cardiac gene delivery has become an important issue following the emergence of gene therapy for the possible treatment of heart failure. Despite many advances in the management of heart failure (HF), treatment options for many patients with advanced HF remain limited. At a cellular and molecular level, many of the fundamental alterations that contribute to the pathogenesis of HF are becoming better understood and this has resulted in the discovery of new therapeutic targets in animal models of HF, in particular in the area of gene therapy...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909830/the-inventory-of-callous-unemotional-traits-icu-in-children-reliability-and-heritability
#10
Ashlee A Moore, Dever Carney, Elizabeth Moroney, Laura Machlin, Kenneth E Towbin, Melissa A Brotman, Daniel S Pine, Ellen Leibenluft, Roxann Roberson-Nay, John M Hettema
Callous-unemotional (CU) traits comprise the core symptoms of psychopathy, yet no study has estimated the heritability of CU traits in a community sample of children using an instrument designed solely to assess CU traits. The current study uses data from 339 twin pairs aged 9-14 to examine the reliability and heritability of the parent-report Inventory of Callous-unemotional Traits (ICU) at two assessments approximately 3 weeks apart. Time-specific measurement error was taken into account to obtain a more accurate estimate of the heritability reflecting the latent liability to CU traits...
December 1, 2016: Behavior Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909436/evaluation-of-anti-inflammatory-effects-of-steroids-and-arthritis-related-biotherapies-in-an-in-vitro-coculture-model-with-immune-cells-and-synoviocytes
#11
Mélissa Noack, Ndiémé Ndongo-Thiam, Pierre Miossec
BACKGROUND: During rheumatoid arthritis (RA), steroids and biotherapies are used alone and combined. Efficacy has been established in clinical trials but their differential effects at the cellular level are less documented. The aim was to study these cellular effects using an in vitro model with synoviocytes interacting with peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC) to reproduce the interactions in the RA synovium. METHODS: Activated-PBMC were cocultured with RA synoviocytes during 48 h...
2016: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908915/-the-hypothalamic-glucagon-like-peptide-1-glp-1-receptor-glp-1r-is-sufficient-but-not-necessary-for-the-regulation-of-energy-balance-and-glucose-homeostasis-in-mice
#12
Melissa A Burmeister, Jennifer E Ayala, Hannah Smouse, Adriana Landivar-Rocha, Jacob D Brown, Daniel J Drucker, Doris A Stoffers, Darleen A Sandoval, Randy J Seeley, Julio E Ayala
Pharmacological activation of the hypothalamic glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) receptor (GLP-1R) promotes weight loss and improves glucose tolerance. This demonstrates that the hypothalamic GLP-1R is sufficient but does not show whether it is necessary for the effects of exogenous GLP-1R agonists (GLP-1RA) or endogenous GLP-1 on these parameters. To address this, we crossed mice harboring floxed Glp1r alleles to mice expressing Nkx2.1-Cre to knock down Glp1r expression throughout the hypothalamus (GLP-1RKD(ΔNkx2...
December 1, 2016: Diabetes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908689/pcsk9-genetic-variants-and-risk-of-type-2-diabetes-a-mendelian-randomisation-study
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Amand F Schmidt, Daniel I Swerdlow, Michael V Holmes, Riyaz S Patel, Zammy Fairhurst-Hunter, Donald M Lyall, Fernando Pires Hartwig, Bernardo Lessa Horta, Elina Hyppönen, Christine Power, Max Moldovan, Erik van Iperen, G Kees Hovingh, Ilja Demuth, Kristina Norman, Elisabeth Steinhagen-Thiessen, Juri Demuth, Lars Bertram, Tian Liu, Stefan Coassin, Johann Willeit, Stefan Kiechl, Karin Willeit, Dan Mason, John Wright, Richard Morris, Goya Wanamethee, Peter Whincup, Yoav Ben-Shlomo, Stela McLachlan, Jackie F Price, Mika Kivimaki, Catherine Welch, Adelaida Sanchez-Galvez, Pedro Marques-Vidal, Andrew Nicolaides, Andrie G Panayiotou, N Charlotte Onland-Moret, Yvonne T van der Schouw, Giuseppe Matullo, Giovanni Fiorito, Simonetta Guarrera, Carlotta Sacerdote, Nicholas J Wareham, Claudia Langenberg, Robert Scott, Jian'an Luan, Martin Bobak, Sofia Malyutina, Andrzej Pająk, Ruzena Kubinova, Abdonas Tamosiunas, Hynek Pikhart, Lise Lotte Nystrup Husemoen, Niels Grarup, Oluf Pedersen, Torben Hansen, Allan Linneberg, Kenneth Starup Simonsen, Jackie Cooper, Steve E Humphries, Murray Brilliant, Terrie Kitchner, Hakon Hakonarson, David S Carrell, Catherine A McCarty, H Lester Kirchner, Eric B Larson, David R Crosslin, Mariza de Andrade, Dan M Roden, Joshua C Denny, Cara Carty, Stephen Hancock, John Attia, Elizabeth Holliday, Martin O' Donnell, Salim Yusuf, Michael Chong, Guillaume Pare, Pim van der Harst, M Abdullah Said, Ruben N Eppinga, Niek Verweij, Harold Snieder, Tim Christen, Dennis O Mook-Kanamori, Stefan Gustafsson, Lars Lind, Erik Ingelsson, Raha Pazoki, Oscar Franco, Albert Hofman, Andre Uitterlinden, Abbas Dehghan, Alexander Teumer, Sebastian Baumeister, Marcus Dörr, Markus M Lerch, Uwe Völker, Henry Völzke, Joey Ward, Jill P Pell, Daniel J Smith, Tom Meade, Anke H Maitland-van der Zee, Ekaterina V Baranova, Robin Young, Ian Ford, Archie Campbell, Sandosh Padmanabhan, Michiel L Bots, Diederick E Grobbee, Philippe Froguel, Dorothée Thuillier, Beverley Balkau, Amélie Bonnefond, Bertrand Cariou, Melissa Smart, Yanchun Bao, Meena Kumari, Anubha Mahajan, Paul M Ridker, Daniel I Chasman, Alex P Reiner, Leslie A Lange, Marylyn D Ritchie, Folkert W Asselbergs, Juan-Pablo Casas, Brendan J Keating, David Preiss, Aroon D Hingorani, Naveed Sattar
BACKGROUND: Statin treatment and variants in the gene encoding HMG-CoA reductase are associated with reductions in both the concentration of LDL cholesterol and the risk of coronary heart disease, but also with modest hyperglycaemia, increased bodyweight, and modestly increased risk of type 2 diabetes, which in no way offsets their substantial benefits. We sought to investigate the associations of LDL cholesterol-lowering PCSK9 variants with type 2 diabetes and related biomarkers to gauge the likely effects of PCSK9 inhibitors on diabetes risk...
November 28, 2016: Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908060/individual-differences-in-the-perception-of-regional-nonnative-and-disordered-speech-varieties
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Tessa Bent, Melissa Baese-Berk, Stephanie A Borrie, Megan McKee
Speech perception abilities vary substantially across listeners, particularly in adverse conditions including those stemming from environmental degradation (e.g., noise) or from talker-related challenges (e.g., nonnative or disordered speech). This study examined adult listeners' recognition of words in phrases produced by six talkers representing three speech varieties: a nonnative accent (Spanish-accented English), a regional dialect (Irish English), and a disordered variety (ataxic dysarthria). Semantically anomalous phrases from these talkers were presented in a transcription task and intelligibility scores, percent words correct, were compared across the three speech varieties...
November 2016: Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907905/association-of-high-microvessel-%C3%AE-v%C3%AE-3-and-low-pten-with-poor-outcome-in-stage-3-neuroblastoma-rationale-for-using-first-in-class-dual-pi3k-brd4-inhibitor-sf1126
#15
Anat Erdreich-Epstein, Alok R Singh, Shweta Joshi, Francisco M Vega, Pinzheng Guo, Jingying Xu, Susan Groshen, Wei Ye, Melissa Millard, Mihaela Campan, Guillermo Morales, Joseph R Garlich, Peter W Laird, Robert C Seeger, Hiroyuki Shimada, Donald L Durden
Neuroblastoma (NB) is the most common extracranial solid tumor in children. Our previous studies showed that the angiogenic integrin αvβ3 was increased in high-risk metastatic (stage 4) NB compared with localized neuroblastomas. Herein, we show that integrin αvβ3 was expressed on 68% of microvessels in MYCN-amplified stage 3 neuroblastomas, but only on 34% (means) in MYCN-non-amplified tumors (p < 0.001; n = 54). PTEN, a tumor suppressor involved in αvβ3 signaling, was expressed in neuroblastomas either diffusely, focally or not at all (immunohistochemistry)...
November 16, 2016: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907849/association-between-dehydroepiandrosterone-sulfate-and-attention-in-long-term-survivors-of-childhood-acute-lymphoblastic-leukemia-treated-with-only-chemotherapy
#16
Yin Ting Cheung, Wassim Chemaitilly, Daniel A Mulrooney, Tara M Brinkman, Wei Liu, Pia Banerjee, Deokumar Srivastava, Ching-Hon Pui, Leslie L Robison, Melissa M Hudson, Kevin R Krull
Long-term survivors of childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) are at risk for neurocognitive impairment, as well as compromised hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) function. Dehydroepiandrosterone-sulfate (DHEAS) is an adrenal androgen commonly used as a marker of HPA function. In the general population, a low level of DHEAS has been associated with poorer cognition. At ≥2years post-treatment, we examined the association of DHEAS with attention outcomes in 35 male and 34 female long-term survivors of childhood ALL (mean[standard deviation] age at evaluation 14...
November 16, 2016: Psychoneuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907250/the-transcriptional-co-activator-bob1-is-associated-with-pathologic-b-cell-responses-in-autoimmune-tissue-inflammation
#17
Maria J Levels, Melissa N Van Tok, Tineke Cantaert, Juan D Cañete, Frans G M Kroese, Kristine Germar, Hergen Spits, Dominique L P Baeten, Nataliya G Yeremenko
OBJECTIVE: The molecular mechanisms steering abnormal B cell responses in autoimmune diseases remain poorly understood. In this study we aimed to identify molecular switches controlling pathological B cell responses in rheumatoid arthritis (RA). METHODS: Candidate molecules were identified by gene expression profiling of RA synovitis and validated by qPCR and immunohistochemistry. B cell-specific expression was confirmed by immunofluorescence, immunoblotting and flow cytometry...
December 1, 2016: Arthritis & Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907112/role-of-heterogeneous-macromolecular-crowding-and-geometrical-irregularity-at-central-excitatory-synapses-in-shaping-synaptic-transmission
#18
Rahul Gupta, Melissa Reneaux, Karmeshu
Besides the geometrical tortousity due to the extrasynaptic structures, macromolecular crowding and geometrical irregularities constituting the cleft composition at central excitatory synapses has a major and direct role in retarding the glutamate diffusion within the cleft space. However, the cleft composition may not only coarsely reduce the overall diffusivity of the glutamate but may also lead to substantial spatial variation in the diffusivity across the cleft space. Decrease in the overall diffusivity of the glutamate may have straightforward consequences to the glutamate transients in the cleft...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906603/utility-of-ovarian-reserve-screening-with-anti-m%C3%A3-llerian-hormone-for-reproductive-age-women-deferring-pregnancy
#19
Lisa C Grossman, Lauren Zakarin Safier, Melissa D Kline, Cariann W Chan, Rogerio A Lobo, Mark V Sauer, Nataki C Douglas
BACKGROUND: Ovarian reserve (OR) testing with serum anti-Müllerian hormone (AMH) can provide information about a woman's fertility potential. The aim of this study was to assess interest and knowledge about OR testing and investigate the utility of measuring AMH in women of reproductive age deferring pregnancy. METHODS: Women ages 27-37 years currently delaying childbearing were invited to take a survey regarding attitudes and knowledge about OR testing before and after an AMH measurement with explanation of their results...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Women's Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906308/linear-and-nonlinear-optical-characterization-of-self-assembled-large-area-gold-nanosphere-metasurfaces-with-sub-nanometer-gaps
#20
Jake Fontana, Melissa Maldonado, Nicholas Charipar, Scott A Trammell, Rafaela Nita, Jawad Naciri, Alberto Pique, Banahalli Ratna, Anderson S L Gomes
We created centimeter-scale area metasurfaces consisting of a quasi-hexagonally close packed monolayer of gold nanospheres capped with alkanethiol ligands on glass substrates using a directed self-assembly approach. We experimentally characterized the morphology and the linear and nonlinear optical properties of metasurfaces. We show these metasurfaces, with interparticle gaps of 0.6 nm, are modeled well using a classical (without charge transfer) description. We find a large dispersion of linear refractive index, ranging from values less than vacuum, 0...
November 28, 2016: Optics Express
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