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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645184/early-menarche-and-menstrual-problems-are-associated-with-sleep-disturbance-in-a-large-sample-of-chinese-adolescent-girls
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Xianchen Liu, Hua Chen, Zhen-Zhen Liu, Fang Fan, Cun-Xian Jia
Study Objectives: Little is known about the association between menstruation and sleep disturbance in adolescent girls. This study examined sleep duration, insomnia symptoms, and sleep quality in relation to age at menarche and menstrual problems in a large sample of Chinese adolescent girls. Methods: This report represents the baseline data of an ongoing longitudinal study of the Shandong Adolescent Behavior & Health Cohort (SABHC) in Shandong, China. 5,800 12 to 18-year-old girls (mean age= 15...
June 22, 2017: Sleep
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645176/efficacy-of-histatin5-in-a-murine-model-of-vulvovaginal-candidiasis-caused-by-candida-albicans
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Hong Liao, Shanling Liu, He Wang, Hang Su, Zhenjun Liu
Histatin5 (Hst-5) is a member of the histatin family of antimicrobial peptides secreted by human parotid and submandibular glands. With the natural antibacterial activity, it plays an important role in the first-line barrier of oral cave against pathogens, especially for the fungal intrusion. In this study, we explored the utility of Hst-5 in the treatment of vulvovaginal candidiasis, a common condition of women of the childbearing age. we used a synthesized Hst-5 over five consecutive days as the topical treatment in a murine model of vulvovaginal candidiasis...
June 22, 2017: Pathogens and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645146/analysis-of-in-vitro-evolution-reveals-the-underlying-distribution-of-catalytic-activity-among-random-sequences
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Abe Pressman, Janina E Moretti, Gregory W Campbell, Ulrich F Müller, Irene A Chen
The emergence of catalytic RNA is believed to have been a key event during the origin of life. Understanding how catalytic activity is distributed across random sequences is fundamental to estimating the probability that catalytic sequences would emerge. Here, we analyze the in vitro evolution of triphosphorylating ribozymes and translate their fitnesses into absolute estimates of catalytic activity for hundreds of ribozyme families. The analysis efficiently identified highly active ribozymes and estimated catalytic activity with good accuracy...
June 21, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645142/polyphyly-of-arundinoideae-poaceae-and-evolution-of-the-twisted-geniculate-lemma-awn
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J K Teisher, M R McKain, B A Schaal, E A Kellogg
Background and Aims: Subfamily Arundinoideae represents one of the last unsolved taxonomic mysteries in the grass family (Poaceae) due to the narrow and remote distributions of many of its 19 morphologically and ecologically heterogeneous genera. Resolving the phylogenetic relationships of these genera could have substantial implications for understanding character evolution in the grasses, for example the twisted geniculate awn - a hygroscopic awn that has been shown to be important in seed germination for some grass species...
June 21, 2017: Annals of Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645120/acute-abdomen-secondary-to-ruptured-epithelial-ovarian-cancer-during-pregnancy-the-relevance-of-teamwork
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Carlos Manuel Ortiz-Mendoza, Sandra Adriana Vera-Vázquez, Manuel Gómez-Rodríguez, José Luis López-Gómez, Leticia Bornstein-Quevedo
Acute abdomen secondary to epithelial ovarian cancer rupture during pregnancy is a rare event. Our aim is to present how the work of a coordinated multidisciplinary team in a case of ruptured epithelial ovarian cancer during pregnancy is feasible to obtain the best results possible. A 34-year-old woman during the 37th week of her first gestation presented with an acute abdomen. During laparotomy, a ruptured 16.5-cm left ovarian tumor was detected; the tumor was extirpated and sent to pathologic evaluation. In the meantime, a Kerr cesarean section was performed, and a healthy female neonate was born...
June 23, 2017: Revista Brasileira de Ginecologia e Obstetrícia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645077/increased-blood-bdnf-in-healthy-individuals-with-a-family-history-of-depression
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Ulla Knorr, Mia H Greisen Søndergaard, Pernille Koefoed, Anders Jørgensen, Maria Faurholt-Jepsen, Maj Vinberg, Lars Vedel Kessing
The brain-derive neurotrophic factor (BDNF) may play an important role in the course of depression. We aimed to study the associations between peripheral whole blood BDNF levels in healthy individuals with and without a family history of depression. BDNF levels were significantly increased in healthy individuals with (n = 76), compared with healthy individuals without (n = 39) a family history of depression and persisted after adjustment for age and gender differences. Higher BDNF levels were associated with increasing age and seasonality...
June 17, 2017: Psychiatry Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645073/analysis-of-ldlr-variants-from-homozygous-fh-patients-carrying-multiple-mutations-in-the-ldlr-gene
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Long Jiang, Asier Benito-Vicente, Ling Tang, Aitor Etxebarria, Wei Cui, Kepa B Uribe, Xiao-Dong Pan, Helena Ostolaza, Shi-Wei Yang, Yu-Jie Zhou, Cesar Martin, Lu-Ya Wang
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Familial hypercholesterolemia (FH) is an autosomal dominant disease with widespread global prevalence that partially accounts for the high prevalence of premature coronary heart disease. Although the majority of research on FH has focused on single heterozygous LDLR mutations, there have been limited reports of double LDLR mutations on the same chromosome. The aim of this study was to gain insight into the clinical consequences of the presence of multiple mutations in the LDLR gene...
June 8, 2017: Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645006/study-of-intestinal-anti-inflammatory-activity-of-phoenix-loureiroi-kunth-arecaceae-fruit
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Rajan Murugan, Shanmugam Saravanan, Thangaraj Parimelazhagan
Phoenix loureiroi Kunth belongs to the family Arecaceae, the fruits are widely consumed by Kurumba and Irula tribes of Tamil Nadu (India) and also used to cure intestinal related diseases in folklore medicine. Therefore, in vivo animal studies were evaluated to confirm the prevention of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) with the treatment of this plant fruits. The IBD was studied in Wistar albino rats by indomethacin (s.c.), acetic acid (i.c.) and dextran sulfate sodium (DSS) induced models. The diseases parameters such as macroscopic, microscopic features, serum biomarkers levels, haematological profile, biochemical and antioxidant levels were determined...
June 20, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644986/designing-novel-inhibitors-against-histone-acetyltransferase-hat-%C3%A2-gcn5-of-plasmodium-falciparum
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Amarjeet Kumar, Krishanu Bhowmick, Kunwar Somesh Vikramdeo, Neelima Mondal, Naidu Subbarao, Suman Kumar Dhar
During active proliferation phase of intra-erythrocytic cycle, the genome of P. falciparum is regulated epigenetically and evolutionary conserved parasite-specific histone proteins are extensively acetylated. The reversible process of lysine acetylation, causing transcriptional activation and its deacetylation, causing transcriptional repression is regulated by balanced activities of HATs and HDACs. They are also known to regulate antigenic variations and gametocytic conversion in P. falciparum. These histone modifying enzymes have been identified as potential targets for development of anitmalarials in literature...
June 10, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644966/an-immunosuppressive-function-of-interleukin-35-in-chronic-hepatitis-c-virus-infection
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Siqi Liu, Qian Zhang, Xue Shao, Wenrui Wang, Chuanhui Zhang, Zhenjing Jin
Interleukin (IL)-35, a newly identified member of the IL-12 cytokine family, has been reported to suppress inflammation and induce immunotolerance. However, little is known regarding the role of IL-35 during chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection. Herein, we measured the serum IL-35 concentration of 73 patients with hepatitis C and 22 healthy individuals, as well as further investigated the modulatory function of IL-35 on CD4(+)CD25(+)CD127(dim/-) regulatory T cells (Tregs) and on hepatocytes infected with HCV in cell culture (HCVcc)...
June 20, 2017: International Immunopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644902/sirt6-alters-adult-hippocampal-neurogenesis
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Eitan Okun, Daniel Marton, Daniel Cohen, Kathleen Griffioen, Yariv Kanfi, Tomer Illouz, Ravit Madar, Haim Y Cohen
Sirtuins are pleiotropic NAD+ dependent histone deacetylases involved in metabolism, DNA damage repair, inflammation and stress resistance. SIRT6, a member of the sirtuin family, regulates the process of normal aging and increases the lifespan of male mice over-expressing Sirt6 by 15%. Neurogenesis, the formation of new neurons within the hippocampus of adult mammals, involves several complex stages including stem cell proliferation, differentiation, migration and network integration. During aging, the number of newly generated neurons continuously declines, and this is correlated with a decline in neuronal plasticity and cognitive behavior...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644895/floristic-characteristics-and-affinities-in-lao-pdr-with-a-reference-to-the-biogeography-of-the-indochina-peninsula
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Hua Zhu
The flora of Laos is composed of 5,005 species in 1,373 genera and 188 families of seed plants. Floristic and geographical attributes of the flora were analyzed. Tropical floristic elements at the family and generic levels contributed a majority (62.23% of the families and 82.30% of the genera) of the flora, of which the dominant geographical elements were pantropical distribution (42.02% of families) and tropical Asian distribution (30.08% of genera). This revealed that the flora of Lao PDR is tropical in nature and has a conspicuously tropical Asian affinity...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644881/gestational-diabetes-mellitus-and-risk-of-type-2-diabetes-10-years-after-the-index-pregnancy-in-sri-lankan-women-a-community-based-retrospective-cohort-study
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Himali Herath, Rasika Herath, Rajitha Wickremasinghe
BACKGROUND: Women with a history of gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) have an increased risk of type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) later in life compared to women with no GDM. This study was aimed to determine the risk of developing T2DM 10 years after GDM in Sri Lankan women. METHODS: A retrospective cohort study was conducted in the Colombo district, Sri Lanka. 7205 women who delivered a child in 2005 were identified through Public Health Midwives in the field...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644832/parent-child-discrepancies-in-the-report-of-adolescent-emotional-and-behavioral-problems-in-taiwan
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Ying-Yeh Chen, Suk-Yin Ho, Pei-Chen Lee, Chia-Kai Wu, Susan Shur-Fen Gau
The majority of studies on parent-child discrepancies in the assessment of adolescent emotional and behavioral problems have been conducted in Western countries. It is believed that parent-adolescent agreement would be higher in societies with a strong culture of familism. We examined whether parent-adolescent discrepancies in the rating of adolescent emotional and behavioral problems are related to parental and family factors in Taiwan. Participants included 1,421 child-parent pairs of 7th-grade students from 12 middle schools in Northern Taiwan and their parents...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644828/a-mutant-of-chlamydomonas-without-lhcsr-maintains-high-rates-of-photosynthesis-but-has-reduced-cell-division-rates-in-sinusoidal-light-conditions
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Michael Cantrell, Graham Peers
The LHCSR protein belongs to the light harvesting complex family of pigment-binding proteins found in oxygenic photoautotrophs. Previous studies have shown that this complex is required for the rapid induction and relaxation of excess light energy dissipation in a wide range of eukaryotic algae and moss. The ability of cells to rapidly regulate light harvesting between this dissipation state and one favoring photochemistry is believed to be important for reducing oxidative stress and maintaining high photosynthetic efficiency in a rapidly changing light environment...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644827/what-drives-cooperative-breeding
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Walter D Koenig
Cooperative breeding, in which more than a pair of conspecifics cooperate to raise young at a single nest or brood, is widespread among vertebrates but highly variable in its geographic distribution. Particularly vexing has been identifying the ecological correlates of this phenomenon, which has been suggested to be favored in populations inhabiting both relatively stable, productive environments and in populations living under highly variable and unpredictable conditions. Griesser et al. provide a novel approach to this problem, performing a phylogenetic analysis indicating that family living is an intermediate step between nonsocial and cooperative breeding birds...
June 23, 2017: PLoS Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644791/culture-and-moral-distress-what-s-the-connection-and-why-does-it-matter
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Nancy Berlinger, Annalise Berlinger
Culture is learned behavior shared among members of a group and from generation to generation within that group. In health care work, references to "culture" may also function as code for ethical uncertainty or moral distress concerning patients, families, or populations. This paper analyzes how culture can be a factor in patient-care situations that produce moral distress. It discusses three common, problematic situations in which assumptions about culture may mask more complex problems concerning family dynamics, structural barriers to health care access, or implicit bias...
June 1, 2017: AMA Journal of Ethics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644761/effectiveness-of-satir-informed-family-therapy-on-the-codependency-of-drug-dependents-family-members-in-iran-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Fatemeh Karimi Ahmad-Abadi, Masoomeh Maarefvand, Hakimeh Aghaei, Samaneh Hosseinzadeh, Mahboubeh Abbasi, Jagdish Khubchandani
PURPOSE: Social workers in substance abuse treatment settings are responsible for involving families in treatment program to improve family functioning. The effectiveness of available interventions in treating codependency of family members of drug users in Iran is not well explored. We evaluated the effectiveness of the Satir communication family therapy (CFT) in healing codependency of drug dependents' family members in Tehran, Iran. METHODS: The intervention group participants (n = 27) received a seven-session social work intervention with CFT approach and the control group (n = 26) received treatment as usual...
June 23, 2017: Journal of Evidence-informed Social Work
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644721/small-gtpases-in-plant-biotic-interactions
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Claudio Rivero, Soledad Traubenik, María Eugenia Zanetti, Flavio Antonio Blanco
The superfamily of small monomeric GTPases originated in a common ancestor of eukaryotic multicellular organisms and, since then, it has evolved independently in each lineage to cope with the environmental challenges imposed by their different life styles. Members of the small GTPase family function in the control of vesicle trafficking, cytoskeleton rearrangements and signaling during crucial biological processes, such as cell growth and responses to environmental cues. In this review, we discuss the emerging roles of these small GTPases in the pathogenic and symbiotic interactions established by plants with microorganisms present in their nearest environment, in which membrane trafficking is crucial along the different steps of the interaction, from recognition and signal transduction to nutrient exchange...
June 23, 2017: Small GTPases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644714/genome-mining-in-silico-validation-and-phase-selection-of-a-novel-aldo-keto-reductase-from-candida-glabratea-for-biotransformation
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Souvik Basak, Nanda Gopal Sahoo, Angayar K Pavanasam
Previously, we published cloning, over-expression, characterization and subsequent exploitation of a carbonyl reductase (cr) gene, belonging to general family aldo-keto reductase from Candida glabrata CBS138 to convert keto ester (COBE) to a chiral alcohol (ethyl-4-chloro-3-hydroxybutanoate or CHBE). Exploiting global transcription factor CRP, rDNA and transporter engineering, we have improved batch production of CHBE by trinomial bioengineering. Herein, we present the exploration of cr gene in Candida glabrata CBS138 through genome miningapproach, in silico validation of its activity and selection of its biocatalytic phase...
June 23, 2017: Bioengineered
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