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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645331/circadian-clock-gene-polymorphisms-in-relation-to-sleep-patterns-and-obesity-in-african-americans-findings-from-the-jackson-heart-study
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Pia Riestra, Samson Y Gebreab, Ruihua Xu, Rumana J Khan, Amadou Gaye, Adolfo Correa, Nancy Min, Mario Sims, Sharon K Davis
BACKGROUND: Circadian rhythms regulate key biological processes and the dysregulation of the intrinsic clock mechanism affects sleep patterns and obesity onset. The CLOCK (circadian locomotor output cycles protein kaput) gene encodes a core transcription factor of the molecular circadian clock influencing diverse metabolic pathways, including glucose and lipid homeostasis. The primary objective of this study was to evaluate the associations between CLOCK single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) and body mass index (BMI)...
June 23, 2017: BMC Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640916/severe-hearing-impairment-and-risk-of-depression-a-national-cohort-study
#2
So Young Kim, Hyung-Jong Kim, Eun-Kyu Park, Jiwon Joe, Songyong Sim, Hyo Geun Choi
OBJECTIVE: Hearing impairment is suggested to be associated with depression in the elderly. The present study evaluated the risk of depression after hearing impairment in all age groups matched by age, sex, income, and region of residence. METHODS: The Korean Health Insurance Review and Assessment Service-National Patient Samples were collected for a period from 2002 to 2013. Hearing impairment was defined as a hearing threshold ≥ 60 dB in both ears or as ≥ 80 dB in one ear and ≥ 40 dB in one ear...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638654/three-closely-related-2e-2-e-3-3-1-4-phenyl-ene-bis-1-meth-oxy-phen-yl-prop-2-en-1-ones-supra-molecular-assemblies-in-one-dimension-mediated-by-hydrogen-bonding-and-c-h%C3%A2-%C3%AF-inter-actions
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Aijia Sim, C S Chidan Kumar, Huey Chong Kwong, Li Yee Then, Yip-Foo Win, Ching Kheng Quah, S Naveen, S Chandraju, N K Lokanath, Ismail Warad
In the title compounds, (2E,2'E)-3,3'-(1,4-phenyl-ene)bis-[1-(2-meth-oxy-phen-yl)prop-2-en-1-one], C26H22O4 (I), (2E,2'E)-3,3'-(1,4-phenyl-ene)bis-[1-(3-meth-oxy-phen-yl)prop-2-en-1-one], C26H22O4 (II) and (2E,2'E)-3,3'-(1,4-phenyl-ene)bis-[1-(3,4-di-meth-oxy-phen-yl)prop-2-en-1-one], C28H26O6 (III), the asymmetric unit consists of a half-mol-ecule, completed by crystallographic inversion symmetry. The dihedral angles between the central and terminal benzene rings are 56.98 (8), 7.74 (7) and 7.73 (7)° for (I), (II) and (III), respectively...
June 1, 2017: Acta Crystallographica. Section E, Crystallographic Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636965/hla-f-a-new-kid-licensed-for-peptide-presentation
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Malcolm J W Sim, Peter D Sun
HLA-F, a non-classical MHC molecule, is not known to present peptides. Dulberger et al. (2017) show that HLA-F contains a distinct peptide-binding groove and can present a diverse array of peptides. LIR1, however, recognized HLA-F away from bound peptide, leaving open whether peptide-HLA-F-specific T and NK receptors exist.
June 20, 2017: Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636920/nanog-fluctuations-in-embryonic-stem-cells-highlight-the-problem-of-measurement-in-cell-biology
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Rosanna C G Smith, Patrick S Stumpf, Sonya J Ridden, Aaron Sim, Sarah Filippi, Heather A Harrington, Ben D MacArthur
A number of important pluripotency regulators, including the transcription factor Nanog, are observed to fluctuate stochastically in individual embryonic stem cells. By transiently priming cells for commitment to different lineages, these fluctuations are thought to be important to the maintenance of, and exit from, pluripotency. However, because temporal changes in intracellular protein abundances cannot be measured directly in live cells, fluctuations are typically assessed using genetically engineered reporter cell lines that produce a fluorescent signal as a proxy for protein expression...
June 20, 2017: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636179/discontinuation-and-non-publication-of-neurodegenerative-disease-trials-a-cross-sectional-analysis
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J D Stefaniak, T C H Lam, N E Sim, R Al-Shahi Salman, D P Breen
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Trial discontinuation and non-publication represent major sources of research waste in clinical medicine. No previous studies have investigated non-dissemination bias in clinical trials of neurodegenerative diseases. METHODS: ClinicalTrials.gov was searched for all randomized, interventional, phase II-IV trials that were registered between 1 January 2000 and 31 December 2009 and included adults with Alzheimer's disease, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis or Parkinson's disease...
June 21, 2017: European Journal of Neurology: the Official Journal of the European Federation of Neurological Societies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635096/what-happens-to-your-submission-at-australasian-journal-on-ageing
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Lynne Parkinson, Jane Sims
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
June 2017: Australasian Journal on Ageing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634233/structural-analyses-of-human-thymidylate-synthase-reveal-a-site-that-may-control-conformational-switching-between-active-and-inactive-states
#8
Dan Chen, Anna Jansson, Daniel Sim, Andreas Larsson, Pär Nordlund
Thymidylate synthase (TS) is the sole enzyme responsible for de novo biosynthesis of thymidylate (TMP) and is essential for cell proliferation and survival. Inhibition of human TS (hTS) has been extensively investigated for cancer chemotherapy, but several aspects of its activity and regulation are still uncertain. In this study, we performed comprehensive structural and biophysical studies of hTS using crystallography and thermal shift assay and provided the first detailed structural information on the conformational changes induced by ligand binding to the hTS active site...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633388/sex-obesity-and-blood-pressure-among-african-american-adolescents-the-jackson-heart-kids-pilot-study
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Marino A Bruce, Bettina M Beech, Keith C Norris, Derek M Griffith, Mario Sims, Roland J Thorpe
BACKGROUND: This study examined the degree to which sex, weight status, and the presence of hypertension and obesity in parents/grandparents were associated with systolic (SBP) and diastolic (DBP) blood pressure (BP) among African American youth in a pilot offspring study examining obesity-related cardiovascular disease (CVD) risks among adolescents. RESULTS: Fully adjusted linear regression models of the total sample produced results indicating that obesity was associated with BP (SBP: β = 7...
June 15, 2017: American Journal of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630491/chronic-high-fat-feeding-restricts-islet-mrna-translation-initiation-independently-of-er-stress-via-dna-damage-and-p53-activation
#10
Masayuki Hatanaka, Emily Anderson-Baucum, Alexander Lakhter, Tatsuyoshi Kono, Bernhard Maier, Sarah A Tersey, Yukio Tanizawa, Carmella Evans-Molina, Raghavendra G Mirmira, Emily K Sims
Under conditions of high fat diet (HFD) consumption, glucose dyshomeostasis develops when β-cells are unable to adapt to peripheral insulin demands. Few studies have interrogated the molecular mechanisms of β-cell dysfunction at the level of mRNA translation under such conditions. We sought to address this issue through polyribosome profile analysis of islets from mice fed 16-weeks of 42% HFD. HFD-islet analysis revealed clear trends toward global reductions in mRNA translation with a significant reduction in the polyribosome/monoribosome ratio for Pdx1 mRNA...
June 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629417/use-of-mobile-and-cordless-phones-and-change-in-cognitive-function-a-prospective-cohort-analysis-of-australian-primary-school-children
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Chhavi Raj Bhatt, Geza Benke, Catherine L Smith, Mary Redmayne, Christina Dimitriadis, Anna Dalecki, Skye Macleod, Malcolm R Sim, Rodney J Croft, Rory Wolfe, Jordy Kaufman, Michael J Abramson
BACKGROUND: Some previous studies have suggested an association between children's use of mobile phones (MPs)/cordless phones (CPs) and development of cognitive function. We evaluated possible longitudinal associations between the use of MPs and CPs in a cohort of primary school children and effects on their cognitive function. METHODS: Data on children's socio-demographics, use of MPs and CPs, and cognitive function were collected at baseline (2010-2012) and follow-up (2012-2013)...
June 19, 2017: Environmental Health: a Global Access Science Source
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628920/predictive-effects-of-circulating-mir-221-mir-130a-and-mir-155-for-coronary-heart-disease-a-multi-ethnic-study-in-china
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Qiao-Wei Jia, Zhao-Hong Chen, Xiao-Qing Ding, Jie-Yin Liu, Peng-Cheng Ge, Feng-Hui An, Li-Hua Li, Lian-Sheng Wang, Wen-Zhu Ma, Zhi-Jian Yang, En-Zhi Jia
BACKGROUND: Differences in microRNA (miRNA) profiles between patients with and without coronary heart disease (CHD)have not been fully determined. The purpose of the study was to evaluate in a multi-ethnic population in China the predictive value of miRNAs previously suggested to have a role in CHD. SUBJECT AND METHOD: 932 participants were included, and plasma samples obtained. A quantitative reverse-transcription PCR(RT-qPCR) assay was conducted to confirm the concentration of plasma miRNAs...
June 19, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628832/young-leaves-of-reed-phragmites-communis-suppress-melanogenesis-and-oxidative-stress-in-b16f10-melanoma-cells
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Mi-Ok Sim, Ju Ri Ham, Mi-Kyung Lee
This study investigated the effects young leaves of reed (Phragmites communis) water extract (YLR) on melanogenesis and oxidative stress using B16F10 cells. YLR decreased the intracellular melanin content, protein expression and enzyme activity of tyrosinase in a dose-dependent manner. YLR significantly decreased the gene and protein expression of melanogeneis-related proteins, such as microphthalmia-associated transcription factor (MITF), and tyrosinase-related protein-1 and -2. In addition, YLR up-regulated the melanogenesis inhibitory proteins, extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK) and protein kinase B (AKT), while it dose-dependently down-regulated p38 and cAMP response element-binding protein (CREB)...
June 16, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628103/a-common-haplotype-lowers-pu-1-expression-in-myeloid-cells-and-delays-onset-of-alzheimer-s-disease
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Kuan-Lin Huang, Edoardo Marcora, Anna A Pimenova, Antonio F Di Narzo, Manav Kapoor, Sheng Chih Jin, Oscar Harari, Sarah Bertelsen, Benjamin P Fairfax, Jake Czajkowski, Vincent Chouraki, Benjamin Grenier-Boley, Céline Bellenguez, Yuetiva Deming, Andrew McKenzie, Towfique Raj, Alan E Renton, John Budde, Albert Smith, Annette Fitzpatrick, Joshua C Bis, Anita DeStefano, Hieab H H Adams, M Arfan Ikram, Sven van der Lee, Jorge L Del-Aguila, Maria Victoria Fernandez, Laura Ibañez, Rebecca Sims, Valentina Escott-Price, Richard Mayeux, Jonathan L Haines, Lindsay A Farrer, Margaret A Pericak-Vance, Jean Charles Lambert, Cornelia van Duijn, Lenore Launer, Sudha Seshadri, Julie Williams, Philippe Amouyel, Gerard D Schellenberg, Bin Zhang, Ingrid Borecki, John S K Kauwe, Carlos Cruchaga, Ke Hao, Alison M Goate
A genome-wide survival analysis of 14,406 Alzheimer's disease (AD) cases and 25,849 controls identified eight previously reported AD risk loci and 14 novel loci associated with age at onset. Linkage disequilibrium score regression of 220 cell types implicated the regulation of myeloid gene expression in AD risk. The minor allele of rs1057233 (G), within the previously reported CELF1 AD risk locus, showed association with delayed AD onset and lower expression of SPI1 in monocytes and macrophages. SPI1 encodes PU...
June 19, 2017: Nature Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626417/spironolactone-as-an-adjunctive-treatment-in-neovascular-age-related-macular-degeneration
#15
Kapil G Kapoor, Jennifer Sim
Neovascular age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a potentially sight-threatening condition. The current standard-of-care treatment regimen is serial intravitreal antivascular endothelial growth factor injections. While these typically have great success, they do carry exceptional treatment burden on the patient, cost burden due to their required frequency of use, and the risk of endophthalmitis, which can be devastating. This case report explores an alternative potential option as a treatment adjunct for neovascular AMD (nAMD), and identifies some of the overlap between nAMD and central serous chorioretionpathy...
May 2017: Case Reports in Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626325/the-reliability-and-validity-of-the-korean-version-of-the-upper-limb-functional-index
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Tae-Sung In, Jin-Hwa Jung, Keun-Jo Kim, Cu-Rie Lee, Kyoung-Sim Jung, Hwi-Young Cho
[Purpose] The purpose of this study was to establish the reliability and validity of Upper Limb Functional Index (ULFI), which has been translated into Korean, in treating patients with upper limb complaints. [Subjects and Methods] Fourty-nine subjects with upper limb disorder, 20 males and 29 females, participated in this study. Reliability was determined by using the intra class correlation coefficient and Cronbach's alpha for internal consistency. Validity was examined by correlating ULFI scores with Disability of Arm, Shoulder and Hand (DASH)...
June 2017: Journal of Physical Therapy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624292/the-use-of-non-prescription-medicines-during-lactation-a-qualitative-study-of-community-pharmacists-attitudes-and-perspectives
#17
Tin Fei Sim, H Laetitia Hattingh, Jillian Sherriff, Lisa B G Tee
BACKGROUND: Community pharmacists play a significant role in the provision of non-prescription medicines. There is evidence that women self-medicate and use non-prescription medicines whilst breastfeeding. Studies have demonstrated that breastfeeding women are likely to seek advice from pharmacists, presenting a unique opportunity for pharmacists to provide on-going support of these women especially in relation to the appropriate use of non-prescription medicines. OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to explore community pharmacists' attitudes and perspectives towards the use of non-prescription medicines during breastfeeding...
June 10, 2017: Research in Social & Administrative Pharmacy: RSAP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623701/transition-temperature-of-poly-methyl-methacrylate-determined-by-time-of-flight-secondary-ion-mass-spectrometry-and-contact-angle-measurements
#18
Yi Fu, Yiu-Ting R Lau, Lu-Tao Weng, Kai-Mo Ng, Chi-Ming Chan
The surface chain conformations of poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) at different temperatures were extensively studied by time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry (ToF-SIMS). Similar to our previous experimental studies on polystyrene (PS) and poly(2, 3, 4, 5, 6-pentafluorostyrene) (5FPS), a transition temperature (TT) could be identified through the principal component analysis (PCA) of the ToF-SIMS spectra obtained from the PMMA samples annealed at different temperatures. Interestingly, our results show that the TT depended on molecular weight and was about 50-60˚C below the bulk glass transition temperature (Tg) and therefore could possibly be related to the surface glass transition temperature (Tg(S))...
June 1, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623584/dnase-i-sim-a-simplified-in-nucleus-method-for-dnase-i-hypersensitive-site-sequencing
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Sergei A Filichkin, Molly Megraw
Identifying cis-regulatory elements is critical in understanding the direct and indirect interactions that occur within gene regulatory networks. Current approaches include DNase-seq, a technique that combines sensitivity to the nonspecific endonuclease DNase I with high-throughput sequencing to identify regions of regulatory DNA on a genome-wide scale. Yet, challenges still remain in processing recalcitrant tissues that have low DNA content. Here, we describe DNase I SIM (for Simplified In-nucleus Method), a protocol that simplifies and facilitates generation of DNase-seq libraries from plant tissues for high-resolution mapping of DNase I hypersensitive sites...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623305/enhanced-optical-properties-of-zno-and-ceo2-coated-zno-nanostructures-achieved-via-spherical-nanoshells-growth-on-a-polystyrene-template
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Asmaa Eltayeb, Stephen Daniels, Enda McGlynn
In this paper, ZnO, CeO2 and CeO2-coated ZnO nanostructures were synthesised by simple and efficient low temperature wet chemical methods on Si (100) and quartz substrates. The ZnO films were prepared by a drop coating deposition method. This was then combined with a thin layer of the redox active material CeO2 to form CeO2-coated ZnO films. Spherical ZnO nanoshell structures and CeO2-coated ZnO nanoshells have been prepared using polystyrene (PS) sphere monolayer templates. The structural properties and morphologies of the nanostructures were analysed by x-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM)...
June 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
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