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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107227/structural-level-differences-in-the-mother-to-child-hiv-transmission-rate-in-south-africa-a-multilevel-assessment-of-individual-health-facility-and-provincial-level-predictors-of-infant-hiv-transmission
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S Woldesenbet, D J Jackson, C J Lombard, T H Dinh, V Ramokolo, T Doherty, G G Sherman, Y Pillay, A E Goga
OBJECTIVES: In 2010, South Africa reported an early mother to child transmission (MTCT) rate of 3.5% at 4-8 weeks postpartum. Provincial early MTCT rates ranged from 1.4% (95% confidence interval [CI]: 0.1-3.4%) to 5.9% (95% CI: 3.8-8.0%). We sought to determine reasons for these geographic differences in MTCT rates. METHODS: This study employed multilevel modelling using 2010 South African PMTCT evaluation (SAPMTCTE) data from 530 facilities. Interview data and infant blood samples were collected from 3085 mother-infant pairs at 4-8 weeks postpartum...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes: JAIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105894/clinical-prediction-and-the-idea-of-a-population
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David Armstrong
Using an analysis of the British Medical Journal over the past 170 years, this article describes how changes in the idea of a population have informed new technologies of medical prediction. These approaches have largely replaced older ideas of clinical prognosis based on understanding the natural histories of the underlying pathologies. The 19(th)-century idea of a population, which provided a denominator for medical events such as births and deaths, was constrained in its predictive power by its method of enumerating individual bodies...
January 1, 2017: Social Studies of Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103638/music-interventions-for-acquired-brain-injury
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REVIEW
Wendy L Magee, Imogen Clark, Jeanette Tamplin, Joke Bradt
BACKGROUND: Acquired brain injury (ABI) can result in impairments in motor function, language, cognition, and sensory processing, and in emotional disturbances, which can severely reduce a survivor's quality of life. Music interventions have been used in rehabilitation to stimulate brain functions involved in movement, cognition, speech, emotions, and sensory perceptions. An update of the systematic review published in 2010 was needed to gauge the efficacy of music interventions in rehabilitation for people with ABI...
January 20, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103018/copper-oxygen-complexes-revisited-structures-spectroscopy-and-reactivity
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Courtney E Elwell, Nicole L Gagnon, Benjamin D Neisen, Debanjan Dhar, Andrew D Spaeth, Gereon M Yee, William B Tolman
A longstanding research goal has been to understand the nature and role of copper-oxygen intermediates within copper-containing enzymes and abiological catalysts. Synthetic chemistry has played a pivotal role in highlighting the viability of proposed intermediates and expanding the library of known copper-oxygen cores. In addition to the number of new complexes that have been synthesized since the previous reviews on this topic in this journal (Mirica, L. M.; Ottenwaelder, X.; Stack, T. D. P. Chem. Rev. 2004, 104, 1013-1046 and Lewis, E...
January 19, 2017: Chemical Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102853/skin-to-skin-contact-after-birth-and-the-natural-course-of-neurosteroid-levels-in-healthy-term-newborns
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K R McCallie, N W Gaikwad, M E Castillo Cuadrado, M Aleman, J E Madigan, D K Stevenson, V K Bhutani
OBJECTIVE: To determine the postnatal course of neurosteroid levels in relation to gender, mode of delivery and the extent of skin-to-skin (STS) contact during the first days of life in healthy term newborns. STUDY DESIGN: Prospective observational study of 39 neonates in which parents recorded total duration of STS in the first 2 days and nine neurosteroids (dehydroepiandrosterone-sulfate, progesterone, pregnenolone, pregnenolone-sulfate, allopregnanolone, isopregnanolone, epipregnanolone, pregnanolone and pregnanolone-sulfate) were assayed from blood samples at birth and at 1-2 days of age...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Perinatology: Official Journal of the California Perinatal Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102546/ataluren-and-similar-compounds-specific-therapies-for-premature-termination-codon-class-i-mutations-for-cystic-fibrosis
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REVIEW
Aisha A Aslam, Colin Higgins, Ian P Sinha, Kevin W Southern
BACKGROUND: Cystic fibrosis is a common life-shortening genetic disorder in the Caucasian population (less common in other ethnic groups) caused by the mutation of a single gene that codes for the production of the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator protein. This protein coordinates the transport of salt (and bicarbonate) across cell surfaces and the mutation most notably affects the airways. In the lungs of people with cystic fibrosis, defective protein results in a dehydrated surface liquid and compromised mucociliary clearance...
January 19, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102529/recovery-from-chemotherapy-induced-white-matter-changes-in-young-breast-cancer-survivors
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Thibo Billiet, Louise Emsell, Mathieu Vandenbulcke, Ronald Peeters, Daan Christiaens, Alexander Leemans, Wim Van Hecke, Ann Smeets, Frederic Amant, Stefan Sunaert, Sabine Deprez
In a previous longitudinal diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) study, we observed cerebral white matter (WM) alterations (reduced fractional anisotropy (FA)) related to decreased cognitive performance 3-5 months after chemotherapy-treatment (t2) when compared to baseline (t1) (Deprez et al. in Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, 30(3), 274-281. doi:10.1200/JCO.2011.36.8571, 2012). The current study investigates the evolution and the nature of these previously observed microstructural changes...
January 19, 2017: Brain Imaging and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098149/characterising-private-and-shared-signatures-of-positive-selection-in-37-asian-populations
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Xuanyao Liu, Dongsheng Lu, Woei-Yuh Saw, Philip J Shaw, Pongsakorn Wangkumhang, Chumpol Ngamphiw, Suthat Fucharoen, Worachart Lert-Itthiporn, Kwanrutai Chin-Inmanu, Tran Nguyen Bich Chau, Katie Anders, Anuradhani Kasturiratne, H Janaka de Silva, Tomohiro Katsuya, Ryosuke Kimura, Toru Nabika, Takayoshi Ohkubo, Yasuharu Tabara, Fumihiko Takeuchi, Ken Yamamoto, Mitsuhiro Yokota, Dolikun Mamatyusupu, Wenjun Yang, Yeun-Jun Chung, Li Jin, Boon-Peng Hoh, Ananda R Wickremasinghe, RickTwee-Hee Ong, Chiea-Chuen Khor, Sarah J Dunstan, Cameron Simmons, Sissades Tongsima, Prapat Suriyaphol, Norihiro Kato, Shuhua Xu, Yik-Ying Teo
The Asian Diversity Project (ADP) assembled 37 cosmopolitan and ethnic minority populations in Asia that have been densely genotyped across over half a million markers to study patterns of genetic diversity and positive natural selection. We performed population structure analyses of the ADP populations and divided these populations into four major groups based on their genographic information. By applying a highly sensitive algorithm haploPS to locate genomic signatures of positive selection, 140 distinct genomic regions exhibiting evidence of positive selection in at least one population were identified...
January 18, 2017: European Journal of Human Genetics: EJHG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096548/the-synthesis-and-evaluation-of-the-antiproliferative-activity-of-deacidified-gex1a-analogues
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Takamichi Imaizumi, Hiroshi Nakagawa, Ran Hori, Yasuo Watanabe, Shiro Soga, Kyoichiro Iida, Hideyuki Onodera
GEX1A/herboxidiene (1) is a natural product isolated from Streptomyces sp. and has been reported to target the pre-mRNA splicing process. Although 1 was shown to have antitumor activity in vivo, weight loss was observed in mice when 1 was consecutively administered. We assumed that the carboxylic acid moiety was one of the causes of this toxicity. In this study, a series of amide, carbamate and urea analogues of 1 were synthesized and their antiproliferative activity was evaluated in vitro. The synthesis of urea analogues featured Curtius rearrangement following amine treatment with the one-pot procedure from 1...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Antibiotics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096546/ma026-an-anti-hepatitis-c-virus-compound-opens-tight-junctions-of-the-epithelial-cell-membrane
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Yusuke Kanda, Youhei Yamasaki, Satomi Shimura, Shinji Kamisuki, Fumio Sugawara, Yoko Nagumo, Takeo Usui
MA026 is an antiviral natural compound against hepatitis C virus (HCV). It was recently reported that MA026 binds claudin-1 (CLDN1) and inhibits HCV infection. Although CLDN1 is an important component of tight junctions (TJ) in the epithelial cell layer, the effects of MA026 on the TJ barrier function remained to be revealed. Here we report that MA026 irreversibly opens the TJ. MA026 irreversibly increased FD4 permeability and decreased transepithelial electrical resistance (TER) for at least 5 h. Although MA026 increased Ca(2+) influx in layered MDCKII cells, the Ca(2+) influx was less than that of capsaicin, a reversible TJ opener...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Antibiotics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096545/thiazomycin-nocathiacin-and-analogs-show-strong-activity-against-clinical-strains-of-drug-resistant-mycobacterium-tuberculosis
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Sheo B Singh, Libo Xu, Peter T Meinke, Natalia Kurepina, Barry N Kreiswirth, David B Olsen, Katherine Young
Thiazolyl peptides are a class of natural products with potent Gram-positive antibacterial activities. Lack of aqueous solubility precluded this class of compounds from advancing to clinical evaluations. Nocathiacins and thiazomycins are sub-classes of thiazolyl peptides that are endowed with structural features amenable for chemical modifications. Semi-synthetic modifications of nocathiacin led to a series of analogs with improved water solubility, while retaining potency and antibacterial spectrum. We studied the activities of a selection of two natural products (nocathiacin and thiazomycin) as well as seven polar semi-synthetic analogs against twenty clinical strains of Mycobacterium tuberculosis with MDR phenotypes...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Antibiotics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094796/the-evolution-of-no-cost-resistance-at-sub-mic-concentrations-of-streptomycin-in-streptomyces-coelicolor
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Sanne Westhoff, Tim Marijn van Leeuwe, Omar Qachach, Zheren Zhang, Gilles Philippus van Wezel, Daniel Eric Rozen
At the high concentrations used in medicine, antibiotics exert strong selection on bacterial populations for the evolution of resistance. However, these lethal concentrations may not be representative of the concentrations bacteria face in soil, a recognition that has led to questions of the role of antibiotics in soil environments as well as the dynamics of resistance evolution during sublethal challenge. Here we examine the evolution of resistance to sub-minimal inhibitory concentrations (sub-MIC) of streptomycin in the filamentous soil bacterium Streptomyces coelicolor...
January 17, 2017: ISME Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094795/impacts-of-chemical-gradients-on-microbial-community-structure
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Jianwei Chen, Anna Hanke, Halina E Tegetmeyer, Ines Kattelmann, Ritin Sharma, Emmo Hamann, Theresa Hargesheimer, Beate Kraft, Sabine Lenk, Jeanine S Geelhoed, Robert L Hettich, Marc Strous
Succession of redox processes is sometimes assumed to define a basic microbial community structure for ecosystems with oxygen gradients. In this paradigm, aerobic respiration, denitrification, fermentation and sulfate reduction proceed in a thermodynamically determined order, known as the 'redox tower'. Here, we investigated whether redox sorting of microbial processes explains microbial community structure at low-oxygen concentrations. We subjected a diverse microbial community sampled from a coastal marine sediment to 100 days of tidal cycling in a laboratory chemostat...
January 17, 2017: ISME Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093572/longitudinal-changes-in-body-mass-index-of-children-affected-by-the-great-east-japan-earthquake
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W Zheng, H Yokomichi, H Matsubara, M Ishikuro, M Kikuya, T Isojima, S Yokoya, T Tanaka, N Kato, S Chida, A Ono, M Hosoya, S Tanaka, S Kuriyama, S Kure, Z Yamagata
BACKGROUND: The evacuation and disruption in housing caused by the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and following nuclear radiation may have influenced child health in many respects. However, studies regarding longitudinal childhood growth are limited. Therefore, in this study we aimed to explore the influence of the earthquake on longitudinal changes in body mass index in preschool children. METHODS: Participants were children from nursery schools that cooperated with the study in the Iwate, Miyagi, and Fukushima Prefectures...
January 17, 2017: International Journal of Obesity: Journal of the International Association for the Study of Obesity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086971/characteristics-and-use-of-urban-health-indicator-tools-by-municipal-built-environment-policy-and-decision-makers-a-systematic-review-protocol
#15
Helen Pineo, Ketevan Glonti, Harry Rutter, Nicole Zimmermann, Paul Wilkinson, Michael Davies
BACKGROUND: There is wide agreement that there is a lack of attention to health in municipal environmental policy-making, such as urban planning and regeneration. Explanations for this include differing professional norms between health and urban environment professionals, system complexity and limited evidence for causality between attributes of the built environment and health outcomes. Data from urban health indicator (UHI) tools are potentially a valuable form of evidence for local government policy and decision-makers...
January 13, 2017: Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079087/announcement-nature-launches-five-new-journals-for-2017
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January 11, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074887/association-analysis-of-dyslexia-candidate-genes-in-a-dutch-longitudinal-sample
#17
Amaia Carrion-Castillo, Ben Maassen, Barbara Franke, Angelien Heister, Marlies Naber, Aryan van der Leij, Clyde Francks, Simon E Fisher
Dyslexia is a common specific learning disability with a substantive genetic component. Several candidate genes have been proposed to be implicated in dyslexia susceptibility, such as DYX1C1, ROBO1, KIAA0319, and DCDC2. Associations with variants in these genes have also been reported with a variety of psychometric measures tapping into the underlying processes that might be impaired in dyslexic people. In this study, we first conducted a literature review to select single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in dyslexia candidate genes that had been repeatedly implicated across studies...
January 11, 2017: European Journal of Human Genetics: EJHG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074053/identification-of-pyripyropene-a-as-a-promising-insecticidal-compound-in-a-microbial-metabolite-screening
#18
Ryo Horikoshi, Kimihiko Goto, Masaaki Mitomi, Kazuhiko Oyama, Toshiaki Sunazuka, Satoshi Omacr Mura
Approximately 300 microbial natural products in our library were screened for insecticidal activities against three species of agricultural pests, including aphids. Among the several compounds that showed insecticidal activities, pyripyropene A had high aphicidal activity in vivo. Furthermore, in advanced tests, pyripyropene A applications with foliar sprays and soil drenching controlled aphids on cabbage. On the basis of its unique and promising activities, we selected pyripyropene A as the active component of potential insecticides...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Antibiotics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074050/enhanced-dereplication-of-fungal-cultures-via-use-of-mass-defect-filtering
#19
Noemi D Paguigan, Tamam El-Elimat, Diana Kao, Huzefa A Raja, Cedric J Pearce, Nicholas H Oberlies
Effective and rapid dereplication is a hallmark of present-day drug discovery from natural sources. This project strove to both decrease the time and expand the structural diversity associated with dereplication methodologies. A 5 min liquid chromatographic run time employing heated electrospray ionization (HESI) was evaluated to determine whether it could be used as a faster alternative over the 10 min ESI method we reported previously. Results revealed that the 5 min method was as sensitive as the 10 min method and, obviously, was twice as fast...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Antibiotics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072418/microbial-community-dynamics-in-inferno-crater-lake-a-thermally-fluctuating-geothermal-spring
#20
Laura Ward, Michael W Taylor, Jean F Power, Bradley J Scott, Ian R McDonald, Matthew B Stott
Understanding how microbial communities respond and adjust to ecosystem perturbation is often difficult to interpret due to multiple and often simultaneous variations in observed conditions. In this research, we investigated the microbial community dynamics of Inferno Crater Lake, an acidic geothermal spring in New Zealand with a unique thermal cycle that varies between 30 and 80 °C over a period of 40-60 days. Using a combination of next-generation sequencing, geochemical analysis and quantitative PCR we found that the microbial community composition was predominantly chemolithotrophic and strongly associated with the thermal cycle...
January 10, 2017: ISME Journal
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