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  1. Genetic variants of ApoE and ApoER2 differentially modulate endothelial function.

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    Ulrich, Victoria; Konaniah, Eddy S; Herz, Joachim; Gerard, Robert D; Jung, Eunjeong; Yuhanna, Ivan S; Ahmed, Mohamed; Hui, David Y; Mineo, Chieko; Shaul, Philip W

    2014-09-16

    It is poorly understood why there is greater cardiovascular disease risk associated with the apolipoprotein E4 (apoE) allele vs. apoE3, and also greater risk with the LRP8/apolipoprotein E receptor 2 (ApoER2) variant ApoER2-R952Q. Little is known about the function of the apoE-ApoER2 tandem outside of the central nervous system. We now report that in endothelial cells apoE3 binding to ApoER2 stimulates endothelial NO synthase (eNOS) and endothelial cell migration, and it also attenuates monocyte-endothelial cell adhesion. However, apoE4 does not stimulate eNOS or endothelial cell migration or dampen cell adhesion, and alternatively it selectively antagonizes apoE3/ApoER2 actions. The contrasting endothelial actions of apoE4 vs. apoE3 require the N-terminal to C-terminal interaction in apoE4 that distinguishes it structurally from apoE3. Reconstitution experiments further reveal that ApoER2-R952Q is a loss-of-function variant of the receptor in endothelium. Carotid artery reendothelialization is decreased in ApoER2(-/-) mice, and whereas adenoviral-driven apoE3 expression in wild-type mice has no effect, apoE4 impairs reendothelialization. Moreover, in a model of neointima formation invoked by carotid artery endothelial denudation, ApoER2(-/-) mice display exaggerated neointima development. Thus, the apoE3/ApoER2 tandem promotes endothelial NO production, endothelial repair, and endothelial anti-inflammatory properties, and it prevents neointima formation. In contrast, apoE4 and ApoER2-R952Q display dominant-negative action and loss of function, respectively. Thus, genetic variants of apoE and ApoER2 impact cardiovascular health by differentially modulating endothelial function.

  2. APOE Genotyping, Cardiovascular Disease

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    ... high level of triglycerides in the blood, and atherosclerosis that develops at an early age. APOE genotyping ... and is associated with an increased risk of atherosclerosis . People with these genotypes could be predisposed to ...

  3. ApoE and Quality of Life in Nonagenarians

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    Parsaik, Ajay K; Lapid, Maria I.; Rummans, Teresa A.; Cha, Ruth H.; Boeve, Bradley F.; Pankratz, Vernon (Shane) S.; Tangalos, Eric G.; Petersen, Ronald C.

    2012-01-01

    Objectives ApoE ε4 is associated with adverse health conditions that negatively impact the quality of life (QOL). The relationship between ApoE ε4 and QOL has not been explored in the oldest old. Our study aimed to examine ApoE in the oldest old, and explore its association with QOL. Design Cross-sectional cohort study. Setting A medium sized community in Olmsted County, Minnesota, USA. Participants 90–99 year old individuals living independently or in long term care environments. Measurements We collected demographic information and measured cognitive function (Short Test of Mental Status [STMS], Mini-Mental State Examination [MMSE], Mattis Dementia Rating Scale [DRS]), QOL (Linear Analogue Self Assessment [LASA]) and ApoE distribution. Subjects were classified as cognitively normal, mild cognitive impairment (MCI), dementia (DEM), or dementia with stroke and/or parkinsonism (DEMSP). Regression model was used to assess the predictors of QOL. Results 121 subjects (45 cognitively normal, 13 MCI, 34 DEM, 29 DEMSP) aged 90–99,106 (87.6 %) females, were included. Frequency of ApoE ε3 allele was highest [194 (80.2%): ε2/3 18, ε3/3 77, ε3/4 22] followed by ApoE ε4 [25 (10.3%): ε2/4 3, ε3/4 22] and ApoE ε2 [23 (9.5%; ε2/2 1, ε2/3 18, ε2/4 3]. None of the subjects carried ApoE ε4/4 genotype. QOL was similar between ApoE ε4 carrier and non-carriers. Physical well-being, emotional well-being, intellectual well-being, social connectedness and coping ability were positively associated with QOL, whereas male gender, DEMSP, pain frequency and pain severity were negatively associated. Conclusions The most common ApoE in the oldest old was ε3/3 genotype and ε3 allele. No association was found between ApoE ε4 and QOL. However, those with high physical, emotional and intellectual well being, social connectedness and coping ability had the highest overall QOL. PMID:22863665

  4. Neuroprotective Sirtuin ratio reversed by ApoE4.

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    Theendakara, Veena; Patent, Alexander; Peters Libeu, Clare A; Philpot, Brittany; Flores, Sonia; Descamps, Olivier; Poksay, Karen S; Zhang, Qiang; Cailing, Gabriellee; Hart, Matthew; John, Varghese; Rao, Rammohan V; Bredesen, Dale E

    2013-11-05

    The canonical pathogenesis of Alzheimer's disease links the expression of apolipoprotein E ε4 allele (ApoE) to amyloid precursor protein (APP) processing and Aβ peptide accumulation by a set of mechanisms that is incompletely defined. The development of a simple system that focuses not on a single variable but on multiple factors and pathways would be valuable both for dissecting the underlying mechanisms and for identifying candidate therapeutics. Here we show that, although both ApoE3 and ApoE4 associate with APP with nanomolar affinities, only ApoE4 significantly (i) reduces the ratio of soluble amyloid precursor protein alpha (sAPPα) to Aβ; (ii) reduces Sirtuin T1 (SirT1) expression, resulting in markedly differing ratios of neuroprotective SirT1 to neurotoxic SirT2; (iii) triggers Tau phosphorylation and APP phosphorylation; and (iv) induces programmed cell death. We describe a subset of drug candidates that interferes with the APP-ApoE interaction and returns the parameters noted above to normal. Our data support the hypothesis that neuronal connectivity, as reflected in the ratios of critical mediators such as sAPPα:Aβ, SirT1:SirT2, APP:phosphorylated (p)-APP, and Tau:p-Tau, is programmatically altered by ApoE4 and offer a simple system for the identification of program mediators and therapeutic candidates.

  5. Extracellular Proteolysis of Apolipoprotein E (apoE) by Secreted Serine Neuronal Protease

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    Tamboli, Irfan Y.; Heo, Dongeun; Rebeck, G. William

    2014-01-01

    Under normal conditions, brain apolipoprotein E (apoE) is secreted and lipidated by astrocytes, then taken up by neurons via receptor mediated endocytosis. Free apoE is either degraded in intraneuronal lysosomal compartments or released. Here we identified a novel way by which apoE undergoes proteolysis in the extracellular space via a secreted neuronal protease. We show that apoE is cleaved in neuronal conditioned media by a secreted serine protease. This apoE cleavage was inhibited by PMSF and α1-antichymotrypsin, but not neuroserpin-1 or inhibitors of thrombin and cathepsin G, supporting its identity as a chymotrypsin like protease. In addition, apoE incubation with purified chymotrypsin produced a similar pattern of apoE fragments. Analysis of apoE fragments by mass spectrometry showed cleavages occuring at the C-terminal side of apoE tryptophan residues, further supporting our identification of cleavage by chymotrypsin like protease. Hippocampal neurons were more efficient in mediating this apoE cleavage than cortical neurons. Proteolysis of apoE4 generated higher levels of low molecular weight fragments compared to apoE3. Primary glial cultures released an inhibitor of this proteolytic activity. Together, these studies reveal novel mechanism by which apoE can be regulated and therefore could be useful in designing apoE directed AD therapeutic approaches. PMID:24675880

  6. ApoE and Aβ in Alzheimer’s disease: accidental encounters or partners?

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    Kanekiyo, Takahisa; Xu, Huaxi; Bu, Guojun

    2014-01-01

    Among the three human apolipoprotein E (apoE) isoforms, apoE4 increases the risk of Alzheimer’s disease (AD). While transporting cholesterol is a primary function, apoE also regulates amyloid-β (Aβ) metabolism, aggregation and deposition. Although earlier work suggests that different affinities of apoE isoforms to Aβ might account for their effects on Aβ clearance, recent studies indicate that apoE also competes with Aβ for cellular uptake through apoE receptors. Thus, several factors likely determine the variable effects apoE has on Aβ. In this review, we examine biochemical, structural, and functional studies and propose testable models that address the complex mechanisms underlying apoE-Aβ interaction and how apoE4 may increase AD risk and also serve as a target pathway for therapy. PMID:24559670

  7. An Anti-apoE4 Specific Monoclonal Antibody Counteracts the Pathological Effects of apoE4 In Vivo.

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    Luz, Ishai; Liraz, Ori; Michaelson, Daniel M

    2016-06-02

    ApolipoproteinE4 (apoE4) is the most prevalent genetic risk factor for Alzheimer's disease (AD) and as such is a promising therapeutic target. This study examined the extent to which the pathological effects of apoE4 can be counteracted in vivo utilizing an immunological approach in which anti-apoE4 antibodies are applied peripherally by i.p. injections into apoE4-targeted replacement mice. Prerequisites for the successful pursuit of this objective are the availability of antibodies that specifically bind brain apoE4 and not apoE3, and demonstrating that direct application of these antibodies into the brain can counteract the effects of apoE4. Accordingly, it was shown that the antiapoE4 monoclonal antibody (mAb) 9D11 binds specifically to brain apoE4 and not apoE3. Direct i.c.v. application of mAb 9D11 prevented the apoE4-driven accumulation of Aβ in hippocampal neurons following activation of the amyloid cascade by inhibiting the Aβ-degrading enzyme neprilysin. These findings provide a proof-of-concept that anti-apoE4 mAb 9D11, when introduced into the brain, can counteract the apoE4 effects in vivo. Subsequent experiments, utilizing repeated i.p. injections of mAb 9D11, resulted in the formation of apoE/IgG complexes specifically in apoE4 mice. This was associated with reversal of the cognitive impairments of apoE4 in the Morris water maze and the novel object recognition test as well as with reversal of key apoE4-driven pathologies including the hyperphosphorylated tau and the reduced levels of the apoER2 receptor. These results indicate that anti-apoE4 immunotherapy counteracts the cognitive and brain pathological effects of apoE4, and suggest that such an approach could also benefit human apoE4 carriers.

  8. Deleuze's Children

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    Hickey-Moody, Anna Catherine

    2013-01-01

    Children, the image of the child, and the gendered figures of the girl and the boy are thematics that run through the work of Deleuze and feature prominently in his joint writing with Guattari. However, there are many different children in Deleuze's writings. Various child figures do distinct things in Deleuze's work. In this article, I…

  9. Effects of simulated heat waves on ApoE-/- mice.

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    Wang, Chunling; Zhang, Shuyu; Tian, Ying; Wang, Baojian; Shen, Shuanghe

    2014-01-28

    The effects of simulated heat waves on body weight, body temperature, and biomarkers of cardiac function in ApoE-/- mice were investigated. Heat waves were simulated in a meteorological environment simulation chamber according to data from a heat wave that occurred in July 2001 in Nanjing, China. Eighteen ApoE-/- mice were divided into control group, heat wave group, and heat wave BH4 group. Mice in the heat wave and BH4 groups were exposed to simulated heat waves in the simulation chamber. Mice in BH4 group were treated with gastric lavage with BH4 2 h prior to heat wave exposure. Results showed that the heat waves did not significantly affect body weight or ET-1 levels. However, mice in the heat wave group had significantly higher rectal temperature and NO level and lower SOD activity compared with mice in the control group (p < 0.01), indicating that heat wave had negative effects on cardiac function in ApoE-/- mice. Gastric lavage with BH4 prior to heat wave exposure significantly reduced heat wave-induced increases in rectal temperature and decreases in SOD activity. Additionally, pretreatment with BH4 further increased NO level in plasma. Collectively, these beneficial effects demonstrate that BH4 may potentially mitigate the risk of coronary heart disease in mice under heat wave exposure. These results may be useful when studying the effects of heat waves on humans.

  10. Postprandial apoE Isoform and Conformational Changes Associated with VLDL Lipolysis Products Modulate Monocyte Inflammation

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    den Hartigh, Laura J.; Altman, Robin; Hutchinson, Romobia; Petrlova, Jitka; Budamagunta, Madhu S.; Tetali, Sarada D.; Lagerstedt, Jens O.; Voss, John C.; Rutledge, John C.

    2012-01-01

    Objective Postprandial hyperlipemia, characterized by increased circulating very low-density lipoproteins (VLDL) and circulating lipopolysaccharide (LPS), has been proposed as a mechanism of vascular injury. Our goal was to examine the interactions between postprandial lipoproteins, LPS, and apoE3 and apoE4 on monocyte activation. Methods and Results We showed that apoE3 complexed to phospholipid vesicles attenuates LPS-induced THP-1 monocyte cytokine expression, while apoE4 increases expression. ELISA revealed that apoE3 binds to LPS with higher affinity than apoE4. Electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopy of site-directed spin labels placed on specific amino acids of apoE3 showed that LPS interferes with conformational changes normally associated with lipid binding. Specifically, compared to apoE4, apoE bearing the E3-like R112→Ser mutation displays increased self association when exposed to LPS, consistent with a stronger apoE3-LPS interaction. Additionally, lipolysis of fasting VLDL from normal human donors attenuated LPS-induced TNFα secretion from monocytes to a greater extent than postprandial VLDL, an effect partially reversed by blocking apoE. This effect was reproduced using fasting VLDL lipolysis products from e3/e3 donors, but not from e4/e4 subjects, suggesting that apoE3 on fasting VLDL prevents LPS-induced inflammation more readily than apoE4. Conclusion Postprandial apoE isoform and conformational changes associated with VLDL dramatically modulate vascular inflammation. PMID:23209766

  11. ApoA-I mimetics.

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    Stoekenbroek, R M; Stroes, E S; Hovingh, G K

    2015-01-01

    A wealth of evidence indicates that plasma levels of high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C) are inversely related to the risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD). Consequently, HDL-C has been considered a target for therapy in order to reduce the residual CVD burden that remains significant, even after application of current state-of-the-art medical interventions. In recent years, however, a number of clinical trials of therapeutic strategies that increase HDL-C levels failed to show the anticipated beneficial effect on CVD outcomes. As a result, attention has begun to shift toward strategies to improve HDL functionality, rather than levels of HDL-C per se. ApoA-I, the major protein component of HDL, is considered to play an important role in many of the antiatherogenic functions of HDL, most notably reverse cholesterol transport (RCT), and several therapies have been developed to mimic apoA-I function, including administration of apoA-I, mutated variants of apoA-I, and apoA-I mimetic peptides. Based on the potential anti-inflammatory effects, apoA-I mimetics hold promise not only as anti-atherosclerotic therapy but also in other therapeutic areas.

  12. Macrophage-Specific ApoE Gene Repair Reduces Diet-Induced Hyperlipidemia and Atherosclerosis in Hypomorphic Apoe Mice

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    Gaudreault, Nathalie; Kumar, Nikit; Olivas, Victor R.; Eberlé, Delphine; Rapp, Joseph H.; Raffai, Robert L.

    2012-01-01

    Background Apolipoprotein (apo) E is best known for its ability to lower plasma cholesterol and protect against atherosclerosis. Although the liver is the major source of plasma apoE, extra-hepatic sources of apoE, including from macrophages, account for up to 10% of plasma apoE levels. This study examined the contribution of macrophage-derived apoE expression levels in diet-induced hyperlipidemia and atherosclerosis. Methodology/Principal Findings Hypomorphic apoE (Apoeh/h) mice expressing wildtype mouse apoE at ∼2–5% of physiological levels in all tissues were derived by gene targeting in embryonic stem cells. Cre-mediated gene repair of the Apoeh/h allele in Apoeh/hLysM-Cre mice raised apoE expression levels by 26 fold in freshly isolated peritoneal macrophages, restoring it to 37% of levels seen in wildtype mice. Chow-fed Apoeh/hLysM-Cre and Apoeh/h mice displayed similar plasma apoE and cholesterol levels (55.53±2.90 mg/dl versus 62.70±2.77 mg/dl, n = 12). When fed a high-cholesterol diet (HCD) for 16 weeks, Apoeh/hLysM-Cre mice displayed a 3-fold increase in plasma apoE and a concomitant 32% decrease in plasma cholesterol when compared to Apoeh/h mice (602.20±22.30 mg/dl versus 888.80±24.99 mg/dl, n = 7). On HCD, Apoeh/hLysM-Cre mice showed increased apoE immunoreactivity in lesional macrophages and liver-associated Kupffer cells but not hepatocytes. In addition, Apoeh/hLysM-Cre mice developed 35% less atherosclerotic lesions in the aortic root than Apoeh/h mice (167×103±16×103 µm2 versus 259×103±56×103 µm2, n = 7). This difference in atherosclerosis lesions size was proportional to the observed reduction in plasma cholesterol. Conclusions/Significance Macrophage-derived apoE raises plasma apoE levels in response to diet-induced hyperlipidemia and by such reduces atherosclerosis proportionally to the extent to which it lowers plasma cholesterol levels. PMID:22606237

  13. The Effect of a High-Fat Diet on Brain Plasticity, Inflammation and Cognition in Female ApoE4-Knockin and ApoE-Knockout Mice

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    Janssen, Carola I. F.; Jansen, Diane; Mutsaers, Martina P. C.; Dederen, Pieter J. W. C.; Geenen, Bram; Mulder, Monique T.; Kiliaan, Amanda J.

    2016-01-01

    Apolipoprotein E4 (ApoE4), one of three common isoforms of ApoE, is a major risk factor for late-onset Alzheimer disease (AD). ApoE-deficient mice, as well as mice expressing human ApoE4, display impaired learning and memory functions and signs of neurodegeneration. Moreover, ApoE protects against high-fat (HF) diet induced neurodegeneration by its role in the maintenance of the integrity of the blood-brain barrier. The influence of a HF diet on the progression of AD-like cognitive and neuropathological changes was assessed in wild-type (WT), human ApoE4 and ApoE-knockout (ApoE-/-) mice to evaluate the modulatory role of ApoE in this process. From 12 months of age, female WT, ApoE4, and ApoE-/- mice were fed either a standard or a HF diet (19% butter, 0.5% cholate, 1.25% cholesterol) throughout life. At 15 months of age mice performed the Morris water maze, evaluating spatial learning and memory. ApoE-/- showed increased spatial learning compared to WT mice (p = 0.009). HF diet improved spatial learning in WT mice (p = 0.045), but did not affect ApoE4 and ApoE-/- mice. Immunohistochemical analyses of the hippocampus demonstrated increased neuroinflammation (CD68) in the cornu ammonis 1 (CA1) region in ApoE4 (p = 0.001) and in ApoE-/- (p = 0.032) mice on standard diet. HF diet tended to increase CD68 in the CA1 in WT mice (p = 0.052), while it decreased in ApoE4 (p = 0.009), but ApoE-/- remained unaffected. A trend towards increased neurogenesis (DCX) was found in both ApoE4 (p = 0.052) and ApoE-/- mice (p = 0.068). In conclusion, these data suggest that HF intake induces different effects in WT mice compared to ApoE4 and ApoE-/- with respect to markers for cognition and neurodegeneration. We propose that HF intake inhibits the compensatory mechanisms of neuroinflammation and neurogenesis in aged female ApoE4 and ApoE-/- mice. PMID:27171180

  14. ApoE4-specific Misfolded Intermediate Identified by Molecular Dynamics Simulations

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    Williams II, Benfeard; Convertino, Marino; Das, Jhuma; Dokholyan, Nikolay V.

    2015-01-01

    The increased risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is associated with the APOE gene, which encodes for three variants of Apolipoprotein E, namely E2, E3, E4, differing only by two amino acids at positions 112 and 158. ApoE4 is known to be the strongest risk factor for AD onset, while ApoE3 and ApoE2 are considered to be the AD-neutral and AD-protective isoforms, respectively. It has been hypothesized that the ApoE isoforms may contribute to the development of AD by modifying the homeostasis of ApoE physiological partners and AD-related proteins in an isoform-specific fashion. Here we find that, despite the high sequence similarity among the three ApoE variants, only ApoE4 exhibits a misfolded intermediate state characterized by isoform-specific domain-domain interactions in molecular dynamics simulations. The existence of an ApoE4-specific intermediate state can contribute to the onset of AD by altering multiple cellular pathways involved in ApoE-dependent lipid transport efficiency or in AD-related protein aggregation and clearance. We present what we believe to be the first structural model of an ApoE4 misfolded intermediate state, which may serve to elucidate the molecular mechanism underlying the role of ApoE4 in AD pathogenesis. The knowledge of the structure for the ApoE4 folding intermediate provides a new platform for the rational design of alternative therapeutic strategies to fight AD. PMID:26506597

  15. Differential Effects of apoE4 and Activation of ABCA1 on Brain and Plasma Lipoproteins

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    Harats, Dror; Shaish, Aviv; Levkovitz, Hana; Bielicki, John K.; Johansson, Jan O.; Michaelson, Daniel M.

    2016-01-01

    Apolipoprotein E4 (apoE4), the leading genetic risk factor for Alzheimer's disease (AD), is less lipidated compared to the most common and AD-benign allele, apoE3. We have recently shown that i.p. injections of the ATP-binding cassette A1 (ABCA1) agonist peptide CS-6253 to apoE mice reverse the hypolipidation of apoE4 and the associated brain pathology and behavioral deficits. While in the brain apoE is the main cholesterol transporter, in the periphery apoE and apoA-I both serve as the major cholesterol transporters. We presently investigated the extent to which apoE genotype and CS-6253 treatment to apoE3 and apoE4-targeted replacement mice affects the plasma levels and lipid particle distribution of apoE, and those of plasma and brain apoA-I and apoJ. This revealed that plasma levels of apoE4 were lower and eluted faster following FPLC than plasma apoE3. Treatment with CS-6253 increased the levels of plasma apoE4 and rendered the elution profile of apoE4 similar to that of apoE3. Similarly, the levels of plasma apoA-I were lower in the apoE4 mice compared to apoE3 mice, and this effect was partially reversed by CS-6253. Conversely, the levels of apoA-I in the brain which were higher in the apoE4 mice, were unaffected by CS-6253. The plasma levels of apoJ were higher in apoE4 mice than apoE3 mice and this effect was abolished by CS-6253. Similar but less pronounced effects were obtained in the brain. In conclusion, these results suggest that apoE4 affects the levels of apoA-I and apoJ and that the anti-apoE4 beneficial effects of CS-6253 may be related to both central and peripheral mechanisms. PMID:27824936

  16. ApoE and the role of very low density lipoproteins in adipose tissue inflammation

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    Our goal was too identify the role of triglyceride-rich lipoproteins and apoE, a major apolipoprotein in triglyceride-rich lipoproteins, in adipose tissue inflammation with high-fat diet induced obesity. Male apoE-/- and C57BL/6J wild-type mice fed high fat diets for 12 weeks were assessed for metab...

  17. Attributional Gender Bias: Teachers&apos; Ability and Effort Explanations for Students&apos; Math Performance

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    Espinoza, Penelope; Arêas da Luz Fontes, Ana B.; Arms-Chavez, Clarissa J.

    2014-01-01

    Research is presented on the attributional gender bias: the tendency to generate different attributions (explanations) for female versus male students&apos; performance in math. Whereas boys&apos; successes in math are attributed to ability, girls&apos; successes are attributed to effort; conversely, boys&apos; failures in math are attributed to a…

  18. Childrens&apos; Conceptions of Nature

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    Payne, Phillip

    2014-01-01

    This paper describes a study of sixth grade children&apos;s conceptions of nature and the environment. In so doing, it asks that environmental educators pay more attention to children&apos;s preconceived notions of environment and nature. Should this occur the theory-practice gap in environmental education may be diminished. Learners&apos; concept…

  19. Jack Michael&apos;s Motivation

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    Miguel, Caio F.

    2013-01-01

    Among many of Jack Michael&apos;s contributions to the field of behavior analysis is his behavioral account of motivation. This paper focuses on the concept of "motivating operation" (MO) by outlining its development from Skinner&apos;s (1938) notion of "drive." Conceptually, Michael&apos;s term helped us change our focus on…

  20. Redox reactions of apo mammalian ferritin.

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    Watt, R K; Frankel, R B; Watt, G D

    1992-10-13

    Apo horse spleen ferritin undergoes a 6.3 +/- 0.5 electron redox reaction at -310 mV at pH 6.0-8.5 and 25 degrees C to form reduced apoferritin (apoMFred). Reconstituted ferritin containing up to 50 ferric ions undergoes reduction at the same potential, taking up one electron per ferric ion and six additional electrons by the protein. We propose that apo mammalian ferritin (apoMF) contains six redox centers that can be fully oxidized forming oxidized apoferritin (apoMFox) or fully reduced forming apoMFred. ApoMFred can be prepared conveniently by dithionite or methyl viologen reduction. ApoMFred is slowly oxidized by molecular oxygen but more rapidly by Fe(CN)6(3-) to apoMFox. Fe(III)-cytochrome c readily oxidizes apoMFred to apoMFox with a stoichiometry of 6 Fe(III)-cytochrome c per apoMFred, demonstrating a rapid interprotein electron-transfer reaction. Both redox states of apoMF react with added Fe3+ and Fe2+. Addition of eight Fe2+ to apoMFox under anaerobic conditions produced apoMFred and Fe3+, as evidenced by the presence of a strong g = 4.3 EPR signal. Subsequent addition of bipyridyl produced at least six Fe(bipyd)3(2+) per MF, establishing the reversibility of this internal electron-transfer process between the redox centers of apoMF and bound iron. Incubation of apoMFred with the Fe(3+)-ATP complex under anaerobic conditions resulted in the formation and binding of two Fe2+ and four Fe3+ by the protein. The various redox states formed by the binding of Fe2+ and Fe3+ to apoMFox and apoMFred are proposed and discussed. The yellow color of apoMF appears to be an integral characteristic of the apoMF and is possibly associated with its redox activity.

  1. Modulation of autoimmune arthritis severity in mice by apolipoprotein E (ApoE) and cholesterol.

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    Alvarez, P; Genre, F; Iglesias, M; Augustin, J J; Tamayo, E; Escolà-Gil, J C; Lavín, B; Blanco-Vaca, F; Merino, R; Merino, J

    2016-12-01

    Apolipoprotein E (ApoE) deficiency promoted an exacerbation of autoimmune arthritis in mice by inducing proinflammatory immune responses. In this study we analysed the contribution of hypercholesterolaemia and/or the absence of ApoE anti-inflammatory properties, unrelated to its function in the control of cholesterol metabolism, towards the acceleration of arthritis in these mutant animals. The induction and severity of collagen type II-induced arthritis (CIA) were compared for B10.RIII wild-type (WT), B10.RIII.ApoE(+/-) , B10.RIII.ApoE(-/-) and B10.RIII.low-density lipoprotein receptor (LDLR(-/-) ) mice with different concentrations of circulating ApoE and cholesterol. A 50-70% reduction in serum levels of ApoE was observed in heterozygous B10.RIII.ApoE(+/-) mice in comparison to B10.RIII.WT, although both strains of mice exhibited similar circulating lipid profiles. This ApoE reduction was associated with an increased CIA severity that remained lower than in homozygous B10.RIII.ApoE(-/-) mice. An important rise in circulating ApoE concentration was observed in hypercholesterolaemic B10.RIII.LDLR(-/-) mice fed with a normal chow diet, and both parameters increased further with an atherogenic hypercholesterolaemic diet. However, the severity of CIA in B10.RIII.LDLR(-/-) mice was similar to that of B10.RIII.WT controls. In conclusion, by comparing the evolution of CIA between several strains of mutant mice with different levels of serum ApoE and cholesterol, our results demonstrate that both hypercholesterolaemia and ApoE regulate the intensity of in-vivo systemic autoimmune responses.

  2. Phospholipid dysregulation contributes to ApoE4-associated cognitive deficits in Alzheimer’s disease pathogenesis

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    Zhu, Li; Zhong, Minghao; Elder, Gregory A.; Sano, Mary; Holtzman, David M.; Gandy, Sam; Cardozo, Christopher; Haroutunian, Vahram; Robakis, Nikolaos K.; Cai, Dongming

    2015-01-01

    The apolipoprotein E4 (ApoE4) allele is the strongest genetic risk factor for developing sporadic Alzheimer’s disease (AD). However, the mechanisms underlying the pathogenic nature of ApoE4 are not well understood. In this study, we have found that ApoE proteins are critical determinants of brain phospholipid homeostasis and that the ApoE4 isoform is dysfunctional in this process. We have found that the levels of phosphoinositol biphosphate (PIP2) are reduced in postmortem human brain tissues of ApoE4 carriers, in the brains of ApoE4 knock-in (KI) mice, and in primary neurons expressing ApoE4 alleles compared with those levels in ApoE3 counterparts. These changes are secondary to increased expression of a PIP2-degrading enzyme, the phosphoinositol phosphatase synaptojanin 1 (synj1), in ApoE4 carriers. Genetic reduction of synj1 in ApoE4 KI mouse models restores PIP2 levels and, more important, rescues AD-related cognitive deficits in these mice. Further studies indicate that ApoE4 behaves similar to ApoE null conditions, which fails to degrade synj1 mRNA efficiently, unlike ApoE3 does. These data suggest a loss of function of ApoE4 genotype. Together, our data uncover a previously unidentified mechanism that links ApoE4-induced phospholipid changes to the pathogenic nature of ApoE4 in AD. PMID:26372964

  3. Interaction of ApoE3 and ApoE4 isoforms with an ITM2b/BRI2 mutation linked to the Alzheimer disease-like Danish dementia: Effects on learning and memory.

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    Biundo, Fabrizio; Ishiwari, Keita; Del Prete, Dolores; D'Adamio, Luciano

    2015-12-01

    Mutations in Amyloid β Precursor Protein (APP) and in genes that regulate APP processing--such as PSEN1/2 and ITM2b/BRI2--cause familial dementia, such Familial Alzheimer disease (FAD), Familial Danish (FDD) and British (FBD) dementias. The ApoE gene is the major genetic risk factor for sporadic AD. Three major variants of ApoE exist in humans (ApoE2, ApoE3, and ApoE4), with the ApoE4 allele being strongly associated with AD. ITM2b/BRI2 is also a candidate regulatory node genes predicted to mediate the common patterns of gene expression shared by healthy ApoE4 carriers and late-onset AD patients not carrying ApoE4. This evidence provides a direct link between ITM2b/BRI2 and ApoE4. To test whether ApoE4 and pathogenic ITM2b/BRI2 interact to modulate learning and memory, we crossed a mouse carrying the ITM2b/BRI2 mutations that causes FDD knocked-in the endogenous mouse Itm2b/Bri2 gene (FDDKI mice) with human ApoE3 and ApoE4 targeted replacement mice. The resultant ApoE3, FDDKI/ApoE3, ApoE4, FDDKI/ApoE4 male mice were assessed longitudinally for learning and memory at 4, 6, 12, and 16-17 months of age. The results showed that ApoE4-carrying mice displayed spatial working/short-term memory deficits relative to ApoE3-carrying mice starting in early middle age, while long-term spatial memory of ApoE4 mice was not adversely affected even at 16-17 months, and that the FDD mutation impaired working/short-term spatial memory in ApoE3-carrying mice and produced impaired long-term spatial memory in ApoE4-carrying mice in middle age. The present results suggest that the FDD mutation may differentially affect learning and memory in ApoE4 carriers and non-carriers.

  4. Hormonal modulators of glial ABCA1 and apoE levels[S

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    Fan, Jianjia; Shimizu, Yoko; Chan, Jeniffer; Wilkinson, Anna; Ito, Ayaka; Tontonoz, Peter; Dullaghan, Edie; Galea, Liisa A. M.; Pfeifer, Tom; Wellington, Cheryl L.

    2013-01-01

    Apolipoprotein E (apoE) is the major lipid carrier in the central nervous system. As apoE plays a major role in the pathogenesis of Alzheimer disease (AD) and also mediates repair pathways after several forms of acute brain injury, modulating the expression, secretion, or function of apoE may provide potential therapeutic approaches for several neurological disorders. Here we show that progesterone and a synthetic progestin, lynestrenol, significantly induce apoE secretion from human CCF-STTG1 astrocytoma cells, whereas estrogens and the progesterone metabolite allopregnanolone have negligible effects. Intriguingly, lynestrenol also increases expression of the cholesterol transporter ABCA1 in CCF-STTG1 astrocytoma cells, primary murine glia, and immortalized murine astrocytes that express human apoE3. The progesterone receptor inhibitor RU486 attenuates the effect of progestins on apoE expression in CCF-STTG1 astrocytoma cells but has no effect on ABCA1 expression in all glial cell models tested, suggesting that the progesterone receptor (PR) may participate in apoE but does not affect ABCA1 regulation.These results suggest that selective reproductive steroid hormones have the potential to influence glial lipid homeostasis through liver X receptor-dependent and progesterone receptor-dependent pathways. PMID:23999864

  5. Impact of a multi-nutrient diet on cognition, brain metabolism, hemodynamics, and plasticity in apoE4 carrier and apoE knockout mice.

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    Jansen, Diane; Zerbi, Valerio; Janssen, Carola I F; van Rooij, Daan; Zinnhardt, Bastian; Dederen, Pieter J; Wright, Alan J; Broersen, Laus M; Lütjohann, Dieter; Heerschap, Arend; Kiliaan, Amanda J

    2014-09-01

    Lipid metabolism and genetic background together strongly influence the development of both cardiovascular and neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer's disease (AD). A non-pharmacological way to prevent the genotype-induced occurrence of these pathologies is given by dietary behavior. In the present study, we tested the effects of long-term consumption of a specific multi-nutrient diet in two models for atherosclerosis and vascular risk factors in AD: the apolipoprotein ε4 (apoE4) and the apoE knockout (apoE ko) mice. This specific multi-nutrient diet was developed to support neuronal membrane synthesis and was expected to contribute to the maintenance of vascular health. At 12 months of age, both genotypes showed behavioral changes compared to control mice and we found increased neurogenesis in apoE ko mice. The specific multi-nutrient diet decreased anxiety-related behavior in the open field, influenced sterol composition in serum and brain tissue, and increased the concentration of omega-3 fatty acids in the brain. Furthermore, we found that wild-type and apoE ko mice fed with this multi-nutrient diet showed locally increased cerebral blood volume and decreased hippocampal glutamate levels. Taken together, these data suggest that a specific dietary intervention has beneficial effects on early pathological consequences of hypercholesterolemia and vascular risk factors for AD.

  6. ApoE production in human monocytes and its regulation by inflammatory cytokines.

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    Braesch-Andersen, Sten; Paulie, Staffan; Smedman, Christian; Mia, Sohel; Kumagai-Braesch, Makiko

    2013-01-01

    The apoE production by tissue macrophages is crucial for the prevention of atherosclerosis and the aim of this study was to further elucidate how this apolipoprotein is regulated by cytokines present during inflammation. Here we studied apoE production in peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC) and analysis was made with a newly developed apoE ELISpot assay. In PBMC, apoE secretion was restricted to monocytes with classical (CD14(++)CD16(-)) and intermediate (CD14(+)CD16(+)) monocytes being the main producers. As earlier described for macrophages, production was strongly upregulated by TGF-β and downregulated by bacterial lipopolysaccharide (LPS) and the inflammatory cytokines IFN-γ, TNF-α and IL-1β. We could here show that a similar down-regulatory effect was also observed with the type I interferon, IFN-α, while IL-6, often regarded as one of the more prominent inflammatory cytokines, did not affect TGF-β-induced apoE production. The TNF-α inhibitor Enbrel could partly block the down-regulatory effect of IFN-γ, IFN-α and IL-1β, indicating that inhibition of apoE by these cytokines may be dependent on or synergize with TNF-α. Other cytokines tested, IL-2, IL-4, IL-12, IL-13, IL-17A and IL-23, had no inhibitory effect on apoE production. In contrast to the effect on monocytes, apoE production by primary hepatocytes and the hepatoma cell line HepG2 was more or less unaffected by treatment with cytokines or LPS.

  7. Why Was Kelvin&apos;s Estimate of the Earth&apos;s Age Wrong?

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    Lovatt, Ian; Syed, M. Qasim

    2014-01-01

    This is a companion to our previous paper in which we give a published example, based primarily on Perry&apos;s work, of a graph of ln "y" versus "t" when "y" is an exponential function of "t". This work led us to the idea that Lord Kelvin&apos;s (William Thomson&apos;s) estimate of the Earth&apos;s age was…

  8. On the Relations between Parents&apos; Ideals and Children&apos;s Autonomy

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    de Ruyter, Doret J.; Schinkel, Anders

    2013-01-01

    In this article Doret J. de Ruyter and Anders Schinkel argue that parents&apos; ideals can enhance children&apos;s autonomy, but that they may also have a detrimental effect on the development of children&apos;s autonomy. After describing the concept of "ideals" and elucidating a systems theoretical conception of autonomy, de Ruyter and…

  9. Calculus Students&apos; and Instructors&apos; Conceptualizations of Slope: A Comparison across Academic Levels

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    Nagle, Courtney; Moore-Russo, Deborah; Viglietti, Janine; Martin, Kristi

    2013-01-01

    This study considers tertiary calculus students&apos; and instructors&apos; conceptualizations of slope. Qualitative techniques were employed to classify responses to 5 items using conceptualizations of slope identified across various research settings. Students&apos; responses suggest that they rely on procedurally based conceptualizations of…

  10. The Impact of Adolescents&apos; Dyslexia on Parents&apos; and Their Own Educational Expectations

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    Rimkute, Laura; Torppa, Minna; Eklund, Kenneth; Nurmi, Jari-Erik; Lyytinen, Heikki

    2014-01-01

    The present study examined the role that adolescents&apos; dyslexia plays in their educational expectations, as well as their parents&apos; expectations concerning their offspring&apos;s future education. To investigate this, 170 adolescents were asked to report their educational expectations on two occasions while they were still attending…

  11. Critical Pedagogy&apos;s Problem with Changing Teachers&apos; Dispositions towards Critical Teaching

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    Neumann, Jacob W.

    2013-01-01

    Increasing teachers&apos; dispositions towards critical teaching is a fundamental goal for critical pedagogy. Because critical educational change cannot occur without teachers&apos; "buy-in," developing teachers&apos; inclination to implement critical teaching into their classrooms is a prerequisite for any successful critical pedagogy…

  12. The association between serum ApoE genetic polymorphism and serum lipid level in hemodialysis patients.

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    Zhang, Yong; Zhang, Linlin; Cao, Bo

    2015-02-01

    Growing evidence indicates that apolipoprotein E (ApoE) is one of the most important candidate genes for influencing the development of hemodialysis (HD). This study aims to detect the potential association between serum ApoE genetic polymorphism and serum lipid level in HD. A total of 485 subjects were enrolled in this case-control study. The created restriction site polymerase chain reaction and DNA sequencing methods were used to investigate ApoE c.109G>A genetic polymorphism. Our data suggested that there were significant differences in the distribution of allelic and genotypic frequencies between HD patients and healthy controls. The levels of total cholesterol, triglyceride, high-density lipoprotein cholesterol, low-density lipoprotein cholesterol, ApoA-I, ApoB, ApoE, and lipoprotein (a) for genotype AA were different from genotype GG in HD patients and healthy controls. Our findings support that the ApoE c.109G>A genetic polymorphism might influence the development of HD and could be a risk factor for assessing HD.

  13. Teaching Laura Kipnis&apos;s "Love&apos;s Labors" in "Ways of Reading"

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    Fike, Matthew A.

    2013-01-01

    This essay describes a method of teaching a very challenging anthology piece: Laura Kipnis&apos;s "Love&apos;s Labors" (chapter 1 of her 2003 "Against Love: A Polemic"). The method, although designed for a critical thinking course, should also provide resources for those who teach Kipnis&apos;s work in writing courses. Using…

  14. James Baldwin&apos;s "Everybody&apos;s Protest Novel": Educating Our Responses to Racism

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    Frank, Jeff

    2014-01-01

    The aim of this article is to establish--and explore--James Baldwin&apos;s significance for educational theory. Through a close reading of "Everybody&apos;s Protest Novel", I show that Baldwin&apos;s thinking is an important (if unrecognized) precursor to the work of Stanley Cavell and Cora Diamond, and is relevant to a number of…

  15. Individual Differences in Children&apos;s and Parents&apos; Generic Language

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    Gelman, Susan A.; Ware, Elizabeth A.; Kleinberg, Felicia; Manczak, Erika M.; Stilwell, Sarah M.

    2014-01-01

    Generics ("&apos;Dogs&apos; bark") convey important information about categories and facilitate children&apos;s learning. Two studies with parents and their 2- or 4-year-old children (N = 104 dyads) examined whether individual differences in generic language use are as follows: (a) stable over time, contexts, and domains, and (b) linked…

  16. Gene-Environment Interaction of ApoE Genotype and Combat Exposure on PTSD

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    Lyons, Michael J.; Genderson, Margo; Grant, Michael D.; Logue, Mark; Zink, Tyler; McKenzie, Ruth; Franz, Carol E.; Panizzon, Matthew; Lohr, James B.; Jerskey, Beth; Kremen, William S.

    2015-01-01

    Factors determining who develops PTSD following trauma are not well understood. The €4 allele of the apolipoprotein E (apoE) gene is associated with dementia and unfavorable outcome following brain insult. PTSD is also associated with dementia. Given evidence that psychological trauma adversely affects the brain, we hypothesized that the apoE genotype moderates effects of psychological trauma on PTSD pathogenesis. To investigate the moderation of the relationship between PTSD symptoms and combat exposure, we used 172 participants with combat trauma sustained during the Vietnam War. PTSD symptoms were the dependent variable and number of combat experiences, apoE genotype, and the combat experiences × apoE genotype interaction were predictors. We also examined the outcome of a diagnosis of PTSD (n = 39) versus no PTSD diagnosis (n = 131). The combat × apoE genotype interaction was significant for both PTSD symptoms (P = .014) and PTSD diagnosis (P = .009). ApoE genotype moderates the relationship between combat exposure and PTSD symptoms. Although the pathophysiology of PTSD is not well understood, the €4 allele is related to reduced resilience of the brain to insult. Our results are consistent with the €4 allele influencing the effects of psychological trauma on the brain, thereby affecting the risk of PTSD. PMID:24132908

  17. Apolipoprotein E (ApoE) polymorphism is related to differences in potential fertility in women: a case of antagonistic pleiotropy?

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    Jasienska, Grazyna; Ellison, Peter T; Galbarczyk, Andrzej; Jasienski, Michal; Kalemba-Drozdz, Malgorzata; Kapiszewska, Maria; Nenko, Ilona; Thune, Inger; Ziomkiewicz, Anna

    2015-03-22

    The alleles that are detrimental to health, especially in older age, are thought to persist in populations because they also confer some benefits for individuals (through antagonistic pleiotropy). The ApoE4 allele at the ApoE locus, encoding apolipoprotein E (ApoE), significantly increases risk of poor health, and yet it is present in many populations at relatively high frequencies. Why has it not been replaced by natural selection with the health-beneficial ApoE3 allele? ApoE is a major supplier of cholesterol precursor for the production of ovarian oestrogen and progesterone, thus ApoE has been suggested as the potential candidate gene that may cause variation in reproductive performance. Our results support this hypothesis showing that in 117 regularly menstruating women those with genotypes with at least one ApoE4 allele had significantly higher levels of mean luteal progesterone (144.21 pmol l(-1)) than women with genotypes without ApoE4 (120.49 pmol l(-1)), which indicates higher potential fertility. The hormonal profiles were based on daily data for entire menstrual cycles. We suggest that the finding of higher progesterone in women with ApoE4 allele could provide first strong evidence for an evolutionary mechanism of maintaining the ancestral and health-worsening ApoE4 allele in human populations.

  18. Teaching the Writer&apos;s Craft

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    Kittle, Penny

    2014-01-01

    "Writing is a core skill for living, not just for school," writes high school English teacher Penny Kittle. Although it&apos;s important to teach students the conventions of grammar, punctuation, and sentence structure, teachers don&apos;t need to approach this task "like scolds, red pens in hand, stamping out sin, and punishing…

  19. Testing Bernoulli&apos;s Law

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    Ivanov, Dragia; Nikolov, Stefan; Petrova, Hristina

    2014-01-01

    In this paper we present three different methods for testing Bernoulli&apos;s law that are different from the standard "tube with varying cross-section." They are all applicable to high-school level physics education, with varying levels of theoretical and experimental complexity, depending on students&apos; skills, and may even be…

  20. Exploring Students&apos; Patterns of Reasoning

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    Matloob Haghanikar, Mojgan

    2012-01-01

    As part of a collaborative study of the science preparation of elementary school teachers, we investigated the quality of students&apos; reasoning and explored the relationship between sophistication of reasoning and the degree to which the courses were considered inquiry oriented. To probe students&apos; reasoning, we developed open-ended written…

  1. Influence of metformin on mitochondrial subproteome in the brain of apoE knockout mice.

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    Suski, Maciej; Olszanecki, Rafał; Chmura, Łukasz; Stachowicz, Aneta; Madej, Józef; Okoń, Krzysztof; Adamek, Dariusz; Korbut, Ryszard

    2016-02-05

    Neurodegenerative diseases are the set of progressive, age-related brain disorders, characterized by an excessive accumulation of mutant proteins in the certain regions of the brain. Such changes, collectively identified as causal factors of neurodegeneration, all impact mitochondria, imminently leading to their dysfunction. These observations predestine mitochondria as an attractive drug target for counteracting degenerative brain damage. The aim of this study was to use a differential proteomic approach to comprehensively assess the changes in mitochondrial protein expression in the brain of apoE-knockout mice (apoE(-/-)) and to investigate the influence of prolonged treatment with metformin - an indirect activator of AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) on the brain mitoproteome in apoE(-/-) mice. The quantitative assessment of the brain mitoproteome in apoE(-/-) revealed the changes in 10 proteins expression as compared to healthy C57BL/6J mice and 25 proteins expression in metformin-treated apoE(-/-) mice. Identified proteins mainly included apoptosis regulators, metabolic enzymes and structural proteins. In summary, our study provided proteomic characteristics suggesting the decrease of antioxidant defense and structural disturbances in the brain mitochondria of apoE(-/-) mice as compared to healthy controls. In this setting, the use of metformin changed the expression of several proteins primarily involved in metabolic processes, the regulation of apoptosis and the structural maintenance of mitochondria, what could potentially restore their native functionalities.

  2. The Influence of Teachers&apos; Conceptions on Their Students&apos; Learning: Children&apos;s Understanding of Sheet Music

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    López-Íñiguez, Guadalupe; Pozo, Juan Ignacio

    2014-01-01

    Background: Despite increasing interest in teachers&apos; and students&apos; conceptions of learning and teaching, and how they influence their practice, there are few studies testing the influence of teachers&apos; conceptions on their students&apos; learning. Aims: This study tests how teaching conception (TC; with a distinction between…

  3. Gene-Environment Interplay in the Link of Friends&apos; and Nonfriends&apos; Behaviors with Children&apos;s Social Reticence in a Competitive Situation

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    Guimond, Fanny-Alexandra; Brendgen, Mara; Vitaro, Frank; Forget-Dubois, Nadine; Dionne, Ginette; Tremblay, Richard E.; Boivin, Michel

    2014-01-01

    This study used a genetically informed design to assess the effects of friends&apos; and nonfriends&apos; reticent and dominant behaviors on children&apos;s observed social reticence in a competitive situation. Potential gene-environment correlations (rGE) and gene-environment interactions (GxE) in the link between (a) friends&apos; and…

  4. Lack of association of apoE ε4 allele with insulin resistance.

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    Ragogna, Francesca; Lattuada, Guido; Ruotolo, Giacomo; Luzi, Livio; Perseghin, Gianluca

    2012-02-01

    ApoE is a polymorphic protein involved in the metabolism of plasma lipoproteins; the ε4 allele was shown to be associated with coronary and aortic atherosclerosis in age-dependent fashion mediated by unknown mechanisms. This study was undertaken to assess whether the apoE isoforms in humans were associated with normal glucose tolerance and with metabolic and inflammatory risk factors of CVD. ApoE genotype was assessed in 365 individuals. Of those, 309 were studied in the postabsorptive conditions and 142 of them also underwent a 3h-OGTT; 56 additional subjects were studied by means of the insulin clamp in combination with [6,6-2H2] glucose infusion. ApoE genotype frequencies were similar to those previously reported and were not influenced by age and BMI. Fasting plasma glucose, insulin, FFA, the lipid profile, surrogate markers (HOMA-IR, OGTT-derived index) as well as the clamp-derived parameters or insulin sensitivity and insulin secretion were not different by apoE genotypes. Serum adipokines concentrations (leptin, adiponectin, resistin) and markers of inflammation (serum fasting hsCRP and MCP1/CCL2) were also not different by apoE genotypes. In the subgroup of young ε4 carriers which underwent the clamp procedure, a higher fasting endogenous glucose production was detected. ApoE genotype was not associated with insulin resistance or altered insulin secretion, and no abnormalities in the typical circulating endocrine, metabolic, and inflammatory features of the insulin resistance syndrome were detected.

  5. Effect of chronic ethanol on hepatic apolipoprotein (Apo)E glycosylation

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    Ghosh, P.; Okoh, C.; Chirtel, S.J.; Liu, Q.H.; Lakshman, M.R. George Washington Univ., Washington, DC )

    1991-03-15

    The authors have previously shown that chronic ethanol feeding significantly inhibits the secretion of ApoE in rats. Since many carbohydrate precursors are essential for the synthesis of mature ApoE before it is secreted, the authors have investigated the effects of chronic ethanol on the incorporation of these precursors into ApoE. Male Wistar rats were divided into groups and were pair-fed with Control and Ethanol liquid diets for a period of 8 weeks. At the end, hepatocytes were isolated from each group and {approximately}400 mg cells were incubated in 8 ml final volume of Krebs bicarbonate buffer, pH 7.4 for 30 min. at 37C with the following labeled precursors individually: (2-{sup 3}H)mannose, (6-{sup 3}H)N-acetyl mannosamine, (4,5-{sup 3}H)galactose, (5,6-{sup 3}H)fucose, and (4,5-{sup 3}H)leucine. The incorporation of each precursor into immunoprecipitable ApoE was measured in cell homogenate, microsome and the Golgi fractions. The results showed that chronic ethanol treatment did not significantly inhibit the incorporation of leucine, fucose and galactose into ApoE at any of the subcellular levels. In contrast, chronic ethanol inhibited the incorporation of: (a) mannose into ApoE by 38% both at whole cell and at microsomal level and (b) N-acetyl mannosamine by 26% at the whole cell level and at the Golgi level. Based on these results, it is concluded that chronic ethanol feeding impairs the mannosylation and sialylation of ApoE in rat liver probably by altering the structure and functions of hepatic microsome and Golgi.

  6. Aβ immunotherapy for Alzheimer's disease: effects on apoE and cerebral vasculopathy.

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    Sakai, Kenji; Boche, Delphine; Carare, Roxana; Johnston, David; Holmes, Clive; Love, Seth; Nicoll, James A R

    2014-12-01

    Aβ immunotherapy for Alzheimer's disease (AD) results in the removal of Aβ plaques and increased cerebral amyloid angiopathy (CAA). In current clinical trials, amyloid-related imaging abnormalities (ARIAs), putatively due to exacerbation of CAA, are concerning side effects. We aimed to assess the role of the Aβ transporter apolipoprotein E (apoE) in the exacerbation of CAA and development of CAA-associated vasculopathy after Aβ immunotherapy. 12 Aβ42-immunized AD (iAD; AN1792, Elan Pharmaceuticals) cases were compared with 28 unimmunized AD (cAD) cases. Immunohistochemistry was quantified for Aβ42, apoE, apoE E4 and smooth muscle actin, and CAA-associated vasculopathy was analyzed. Aβ immunotherapy was associated with redistribution of apoE from cortical plaques to cerebral vessel walls, mirroring the altered distribution of Aβ42. Concentric vessel wall splitting was increased threefold in leptomeningeal vessels after immunotherapy (cAD 6.3 vs iAD 20.6 %, P < 0.001), but smooth muscle cell abnormalities did not differ. The findings suggest that apoE is involved in the removal of plaques and transport of Aβ to the cerebral vasculature induced by Aβ immunotherapy. Immunotherapy was not associated with CAA-related vascular smooth muscle damage, but was accompanied by increased splitting of the vessel wall, perhaps reflecting enhanced deposition and subsequent removal of Aβ. ARIA occurring in some current trials of Aβ immunotherapy may reflect an extreme form of these vascular changes.

  7. Tau haplotypes and ApoE4 do not act in synergy on Alzheimer's disease.

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    Almos, Péter Z; Horváth, Szatmár; Czibula, Agnes; Raskó, István; Domján, Nóra; Juhász, Anna; Janka, Zoltán; Kálmán, János

    2011-04-30

    There are conflicting results regarding the role of tau (MAPT) haplotypes in neurodegenerative disorders. Recent reports suggest that ethnicity factors and gene-gene interactions may influence the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease (AD). The present study investigates possible synergism between MAPT haplotype and ApoE state in Hungarian Caucasian AD cases (n=91) and control (n=83) population. The difference in MAPT H1 allele frequency did not reach significant level in AD (78%), and control individuals (73.5%), however ApoE4 carriers were significantly overrepresented in AD (34.1% vs. 20%) compared to the control population. Though a specific combination of ApoE4 and H1 alleles were found to be associated to AD (14.5% vs. 30.8%), synergistic genetic interaction could not be inferred. Our findings support the notion that while ApoE4 might be involved in AD pathology the MAPT H1 allele neither associates nor interacts through an epistasis with ApoE4 in the development of the disease.

  8. [ApoE polymorphisms and dopaminergic replacement therapy in Parkinson's disease].

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    Cervantes-Arriaga, Amin; Rodríguez-Violante, Mayela; González-Latapí, Paulina; Dávila-Ortiz de Montellano, David José; Yescas, Petra; Alonso-Vilatela, Elisa

    2014-01-01

    INTRODUCCIÓN: se ha propuesto que la expresión de los polimorfismos de la apolipoproteína E (apoE) es un factor predisponente para el desarrollo temprano de psicosis en los pacientes con enfermedad de Parkinson. La relación entre el genotipo de la apoE y el desarrollo de complicaciones motoras es controvertida. El objetivo de esta investigación fue determinar la relación entre los polimorfismos de la apoE y su frecuencia alélica y el desarrollo de complicaciones secundarias al reemplazo dopaminérgico. MÉTODOS: se evaluaron 231 pacientes con diagnóstico de enfermedad de Parkinson. La presencia de complicaciones fue determinada por un neurólogo y se realizó la genotipificación de los polimorfismos de la apoE. Se utilizó la chi cuadrada para determinar la relación entre la presencia o ausencia de las complicaciones estudiadas y el genotipo de la apoE.

  9. The apo riboswitch as a molecular hydra.

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    Wedekind, Joseph E

    2010-07-14

    Riboswitches "sense" metabolites but knowledge is sparse for structures without bound ligand. Stoddard et al. (2010) determined an apo riboswitch structure "closed" to metabolite binding. Further SAXS, biochemical, and computational analyses support ensemble behavior with interconverting open and closed conformations.

  10. ApoE2 Exaggerates PTSD-Related Behavioral, Cognitive, and Neuroendocrine Alterations

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    Johnson, Lance A; Zuloaga, Damian G; Bidiman, Erin; Marzulla, Tessa; Weber, Sydney; Wahbeh, Helane; Raber, Jacob

    2015-01-01

    Apolipoprotein E (apoE) is an essential component of lipoprotein particles in both the brain and periphery, and exists in three isoforms in the human population: E2, E3, and E4. ApoE has numerous, well-established roles in neurobiology. Most notably, E4 is associated with earlier onset and increased risk of Alzheimer's disease (AD). Although possession of E2 is protective in the context of AD, E2 appears to confer an increased incidence and severity of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). However, the biological processes underlying this link remain unclear. In this study, we began to elucidate these associations by examining the effects of apoE on PTSD severity in combat veterans, and on PTSD-like behavior in mice with human apoE. In a group of 92 veterans with PTSD, we observed significantly higher Clinician-Administered PTSD Scale and PTSD Checklist scores in E2+ individuals, as well as alterations in salivary cortisol levels. Furthermore, we measured behavioral and biological outcomes in mice expressing human apoE after a single stressful event as well as following a period of chronic variable stress, a model of combat-related trauma. Mice with E2 showed impairments in fear extinction, and behavioral, cognitive, and neuroendocrine alterations following trauma. To the best of our knowledge, these data constitute the first translational demonstration of PTSD severity in men and PTSD-like symptoms in mice with E2, and point to apoE as a novel biomarker of susceptibility, and potential therapeutic target, for PTSD. PMID:25857685

  11. Neurometabolic Roles of ApoE and Ldl-R in Mouse Brain

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    Lee, Jieun; Choi, Joseph; Wong, G. William; Wolfgang, Michael J.

    2015-01-01

    Polymorphisms in ApoE are highly correlated with the progression of neurodegenerative disease, in particular Alzheimer’s disease. Little is known, however, about the role of ApoE or cholesterol metabolism on brain neurochemistry in general. To better understand the role of lipoprotein and cholesterol metabolism in the brain, we profiled 6-week and 12-week old Apoe KO and Ldlr KO mouse models via unbiased metabolomics to determine which metabolites were affected at an early age to identify those that may play a role in triggering pathology later in life. Steady-state metabolomics revealed only subtle differences among Apoe KO, Ldlr KO and WT mouse brains. Ldlr KO mice exhibited alterations in metabolites involved in neurotransmitter, amino acid and cholesterol metabolism. In contrast, Apoe KO mice only showed subtle changes in amino acid and neurotransmitter metabolism. These subtle changes in a broad range of metabolites indicate that ApoE and Ldl-R alone may not play a significant role in these mouse models at an early age, but instead require the cumulative effect from different pathways that lead to dysfunction at a much later stage of life. PMID:26686234

  12. Infants&apos; Discrimination of Female Singing Voices

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    Costa-Giomi, Eugenia; Davila, Yvonne

    2014-01-01

    There&apos;s extensive research on infant&apos;s discrimination of speaking voices but few studies have focused on infant&apos;s discrimination of singing voices. Most investigations on infants&apos; perception of timbre in music have been based on instrumental sounds. We completed an experiment with 7-and 13-month-olds (n = 16 and n = 17…

  13. ApoE genotype, past adult lead exposure, and neurobehavioral function.

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    Stewart, Walter F; Schwartz, Brian S; Simon, David; Kelsey, Karl; Todd, Andrew C

    2002-05-01

    Our objective in this study was to determine if the known relation between tibia bone lead levels and neurobehavioral test scores are influenced by the apolipoprotein E (ApoE) genotype. We collected data on 20 neurobehavioral tests in 529 former organolead workers who had an average of 16 years since last occupational exposure to lead. We used linear regression to model the relations between each of 20 neurobehavioral test scores and tibia lead, a binary variable for ApoE genotype (i.e., at least one Epsilon4 allele vs. none), and an interaction term between tibia lead and the binary term for ApoE genotype. At the time of testing, former lead workers were an average of 57.6 years of age; 82% were younger than 65 years. In regression analysis, we observed one statistically significant and one borderline significant coefficient for ApoE genotype alone. Coefficients for the ApoE and tibia lead interaction term were negative in 19 of the 20 regression models. This indicates that the slope for the relation between tibia lead and each neurobehavioral test was more negative for individuals with at least one Epsilon4 allele than for those who did not have an Epsilon4 allele. Four of 19 negative coefficients for the interaction term were statistically significant (digit symbol, Purdue pegboard assembly, Purdue pegboard-dominant hand, complex reaction time); another three of the remaining 16 coefficients (symbol digit, trail-making A, Stroop) were borderline significant (i.e., p < 0.10). This study suggests that individuals may vary in susceptibility to the long-term effects of lead on the central nervous system (CNS). In particular, the persistent CNS effect of lead may be more toxic in individuals who have at least one ApoE-Epsilon4 allele.

  14. Family history and apoE genotype interaction in Alzheimer`s disease (AD)

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    Jarvik, G.P.; Kukull, W.A.; Goddards, K.

    1994-09-01

    The apoE {epsilon}4 allele is associated with increased risk and decreased age of onset of AD. The {epsilon}4 allele may have opposing effects. We determined that family history of a parent or sib with memory problems (famhx+) modified the effect of apoE genotype in a population-based, case (n=165, 72 famhx+)-control (n=233, 73 famhx+) sample. Logistic regression analyses detected a significant apoE genotype (E) by family history (F) by age (A) interaction (ExFxA, p=0.003) and ExF interaction (p=0.0001) in the prediction of AD. ExFxA remained significant when only {epsilon}4+ genotypes were included (p<0.01). ExFxSex (p=0.04) and ExF (p<0.0001) were significant when only {epsilon}4- genotypes were included. Similary, multiple regression detected significant ExF interaction in the prediction of age of AD onset for {epsilon}4+ genotypes (p=0.04) or {epsilon}4- genotypes (p=0.04). Sex did not interact in the prediction of age of onset. Famhx+ increased risk of AD differentially and reduced age of onset except in {epsilon}2+ genotypes. Family history modifies the apoE genotype influence on risk and onset age of AD, suggesting that non-apoE genetic effects interact with apoE in AD. It is most predictive of risk in those with the {epsilon}2{epsilon}3 genotype. Variation in risk and onset among both {epsilon}4+ and {epsilon}4- genotypes demonstrate that {epsilon}2 and {epsilon}3 mediate {epsilon}4 allele effects in AD.

  15. The Problem of Character Education and Kohlberg&apos;s Moral Education: Critique from Dewey&apos;s Moral Deliberation

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    Liu, Xiangdong

    2014-01-01

    In this article, the author examines Dewey&apos;s moral deliberation. Liu argues that Dewey&apos;s work will enrich both character education and Kohlberg&apos;s moral education. Liu focuses on character education and on Kohlberg&apos;s moral education because these are the two dominant approaches. Character education seeks to cultivate good…

  16. Applications of Dweck&apos;s Model of Implicit Theories to Teachers&apos; Self-Efficacy and Emotional Experiences

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    Williams, Alexis Ymon

    2012-01-01

    The current study explored Dweck&apos;s (1999; Dweck & Leggett, 1988) model of implicit theories in the context of teaching in order to establish its usefulness for describing teachers&apos; beliefs about students&apos; ability and social behavior. Further it sought to explain the connections between teachers&apos; implicit beliefs and their…

  17. Determinants of ApoB, ApoA1, and the ApoB/ApoA1 ratio in healthy schoolgirls, prospectively studied from mean ages 10 to 19 years: the Cincinnati National Growth and Health Study.

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    Morrison, John A; Glueck, Charles J; Daniels, Stephen R; Horn, Paul S; Wang, Ping

    2012-10-01

    The objectives were to prospectively assess determinants of apolipoproteins B (ApoB), A1 (ApoA1), and the ApoB/ApoA1 ratio in 797 healthy black and white schoolgirls from mean ages 10 to 19. There was prospective 9-year follow-up, with measures of ApoB at mean ages 10, 12, 14, 16 and 19, ApoA1 at mean ages 12, 14, 16, and 19, and assessment of annual reports of delayed menstrual cyclicity (≥42 days) from ages 14 to 19. Studies of 402 black and 395 white healthy schoolgirls were done in public and private schools, in urban and suburban Cincinnati. Black girls had lower ApoB, higher ApoA1, and lower ApoB/ApoA1. SHBG at age 14 in white and black girls was inversely correlated with the ApoB/ApoA1. At age 19, ≥3 annual reports of menstrual delay ≥42 days and metabolic syndrome were associated with higher ApoB and a higher ApoB/ApoA1 ratio. From ages 14 to 19, BMI and TG were independently positively associated with ApoB. Menstrual cyclicity ≥42 days, metabolic syndrome, BMI, and TG were independently positively associated with ApoB/ApoA1 ratios, while black race was negatively associated. The atherogenic ApoB/ApoA1 ratio from ages 14 to 19 is lower in black girls, and positively associated with hyperandrogenism, menstrual cyclicity ≥42 days, BMI, TG, and the metabolic syndrome, facilitating an adolescent approach to primary prevention of cardiovascular disease.

  18. Let&apos;s Burn Them All: A Librarian&apos;s View

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    Werner, Roye

    2014-01-01

    In this rejoinder to "Let&apos;s Burn Them All," a librarian supports the author&apos;s case for eliminating textbooks in the teaching of management and organizational behavior. A move away from textbooks would free libraries from worrying about whether and to what extent to provide expensive textbook access to students, a long-standing…

  19. Extension&apos;s Role in Developing a Farmers&apos; Market

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    Civittolo, David

    2012-01-01

    Interest in access to local food is increasing. Communities of all types and sizes have volunteers interested in creating farmers&apos; markets. Extension can play an important role in the development of farmers&apos; markets because it is ideally suited to organize and coordinate these volunteer energies. By helping community volunteers focus…

  20. Oxidative Stress Impairs Learning and Memory in apoE Knockout Mice

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    Evola, Marianne; Hall, Allyson; Wall, Trevor; Young, Alice; Grammas, Paula

    2010-01-01

    Cardiovascular risk factors, such as oxidative stress and elevated lipids, are linked to the development of cognitive impairment. A mediator common to both stressors is the apolipoprotein E (apoE). The objectives of this study are to determine the effects of apoE deficiency and diet-induced systemic oxidative stress in mice on vascular expression of inflammatory proteins and on cognitive function. Mice are placed on a diet enriched in homocysteine for fifteen weeks and then assessed for spatial learning using an eight-arm radial maze and for inflammatory protein expression by immunohistochemistry. Our results show that diet-induced oxidative stress does not affect cognitive function in normal mice. In contrast, apoE−/− mice on the homocysteine diet show significantly impaired (p < 0. 001) maze performance. ApoE−/− mice also have high cholesterol levels. There is no expression of inflammatory proteins IL-6 and IL-8 in the vasculature of control mice on normal or homocysteine diet and little in apoE−/− mice on normal diet. In contrast, apoE−/− mice on homocysteine diet show pronounced vascular reactivity to IL-6 and IL-8 antibodies. These data show that systemic oxidative stress correlates with expression of inflammatory proteins in the cerebral vasculature and impaired cognitive function. These results are consistent with the hypothesis that an oxidative-inflammatory cycle in the cerebral vasculature could have deleterious consequences for cognition. PMID:20457176

  1. Mapping of ApoE4 related white matter damage using diffusion MRI

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    Tsao, Sinchai; Gajawelli, Niharika; Hwang, Darryl H.; Kriger, Stephen; Law, Meng; Chui, Helena; Weiner, Michael; Lepore, Natasha

    2014-04-01

    ApoliopoproteinE Ɛ4 (ApoE-Ɛ4) polymorphism is the most well known genetic risk factor for developing Alzheimers Disease. The exact mechanism through which ApoE 4 increases AD risk is not fully known, but may be related to decreased clearance and increased oligomerization of Aβ. By making measurements of white matter integrity via diffusion MR and correlating the metrics in a voxel-based statistical analysis with ApoE-Ɛ4 genotype (whilst controlling for vascular risk factor, gender, cognitive status and age) we are able to identify changes in white matter associated with carrying an ApoE Ɛ4 allele. We found potentially significant regions (Puncorrected < 0:05) near the hippocampus and the posterior cingulum that were independent of voxels that correlated with age or clinical dementia rating (CDR) status suggesting that ApoE may affect cognitive decline via a pathway in dependent of normal aging and acute insults that can be measured by CDR and Framingham Coronary Risk Score (FCRS).

  2. Relations among Teachers&apos; Emotion Socialization Beliefs and Practices and Preschoolers&apos; Emotional Competence

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    Morris, Carol A. S.; Denham, Susanne A.; Bassett, Hideko H.; Curby, Timothy W.

    2013-01-01

    Research Findings: Utilizing a 3-part model of emotion socialization that included modeling, contingent responding, and teaching, this study examined the associations between 44 teachers&apos; self-reported and observed emotion socialization practices and 326 preschoolers&apos; emotion knowledge and observed emotional behavior. Multilevel analyses…

  3. Examining the Relationship between Teachers&apos; Instructional Practices and Students&apos; Mathematics Achievement

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    Firmender, Janine M.; Gavin, M. Katherine; McCoach, D. Betsy

    2014-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to determine whether relationships existed between teachers&apos; implementation of two specific discourse-related instructional practices and students&apos; mathematics achievement in geometry and measurement as part of a research study on the effectiveness of an advanced mathematics curriculum for kindergarten and…

  4. ApoE Genotype and Alzheimer's Disease in Adults with Down Syndrome: Meta-Analysis.

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    Prashner, V. P.; Chowdhury, T. A.; Rowe, B. R.; Bain, S. C.

    1997-01-01

    ApoE gene polymorphism was examined in 100 adults with Down syndrome with and without dementia (Alzheimer's disease) and 346 control subjects. Additionally, a meta analysis of studies (total N=480 subjects) was performed. Results indicated a similar incidence of the gene across groups but subjects with the allele tended to an earlier onset of…

  5. Parallels in Preschoolers&apos; and Adults&apos; Judgments about Ownership Rights and Bodily Rights

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    Van de Vondervoort, Julia W.; Friedman, Ori

    2015-01-01

    Understanding ownership rights is necessary for socially appropriate behavior. We provide evidence that preschoolers&apos; and adults&apos; judgments of ownership rights are related to their judgments of bodily rights. Four-year-olds (n = 70) and adults (n = 89) evaluated the acceptability of harmless actions targeting owned property and body…

  6. ApoE and S-100 expression and its significance in the brain tissue of rats with focal contusion.

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    Wang, Z L; Chai, R F; Yang, W S; Liu, Y; Qin, H; Wu, H; Zhu, X F; Wang, Y X; Dangmurenjiafu, G

    2015-12-29

    This study explored the effect of focal cerebral contusion on the expression of ApoE and S-100, and its significance in determining the time of brain injury. Based on a rat model of cerebral contusion, immunohistochemistry was used to analyze the expressions of S-100 and ApoE at different time points after injury. Thirty minutes following cerebral contusion, ApoE protein expression was significantly increased in cortex neurons (P < 0.01), and S-100 protein expression was significantly (P < 0.001) elevated 2 h after cerebral contusion. Over time, the number of ApoE and S-100 positively expressing cells gradually increased. Three days after injury, ApoE was widely distributed throughout the tissue and the number of ApoE-positive cells and staining intensity reached a peak. ApoE expression decreased after this time point. Five days after cerebral contusion, the number of S-100-positive cells reached a peak level of expression higher than that in the control group. Our data demonstrate that the expression of ApoE and S-100 correlated with the progression of focal cerebral contusion. This suggests that both proteins may serve as effective biomarkers of focal cerebral contusions.

  7. A Dietary Treatment Improves Cerebral Blood Flow and Brain Connectivity in Aging apoE4 Mice

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    Wiesmann, Maximilian; Zerbi, Valerio; Jansen, Diane; Haast, Roy; Lütjohann, Dieter; Broersen, Laus M.; Heerschap, Arend

    2016-01-01

    APOE ε4 (apoE4) polymorphism is the main genetic determinant of sporadic Alzheimer's disease (AD). A dietary approach (Fortasyn) including docosahexaenoic acid, eicosapentaenoic acid, uridine, choline, phospholipids, folic acid, vitamins B12, B6, C, and E, and selenium has been proposed for dietary management of AD. We hypothesize that the diet could inhibit AD-like pathologies in apoE4 mice, specifically cerebrovascular and connectivity impairment. Moreover, we evaluated the diet effect on cerebral blood flow (CBF), functional connectivity (FC), gray/white matter integrity, and postsynaptic density in aging apoE4 mice. At 10–12 months, apoE4 mice did not display prominent pathological differences compared to wild-type (WT) mice. However, 16–18-month-old apoE4 mice revealed reduced CBF and accelerated synaptic loss. The diet increased cortical CBF and amount of synapses and improved white matter integrity and FC in both aging apoE4 and WT mice. We demonstrated that protective mechanisms on vascular and synapse health are enhanced by Fortasyn, independent of apoE genotype. We further showed the efficacy of a multimodal translational approach, including advanced MR neuroimaging, to study dietary intervention on brain structure and function in aging. PMID:27034849

  8. Hepatic caveolin-1 is enhanced in Cyp27a1/ApoE double knockout mice.

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    Zurkinden, Line; Mansour, Yosef T; Rohrbach, Beatrice; Vogt, Bruno; Mistry, Hiten D; Escher, Geneviève

    2016-10-01

    Sterol 27-hydroxylase (CYP27A1) is involved in bile acid synthesis and cholesterol homoeostasis. Cyp27a1((-/-))/Apolipoprotein E((-/-)) double knockout mice (DKO) fed a western diet failed to develop atherosclerosis. Caveolin-1 (CAV-1), the main component of caveolae, is associated with lipid homoeostasis and has regulatory roles in vascular diseases. We hypothesized that liver CAV-1 would contribute to the athero-protective mechanism in DKO mice. Cyp27a1((+/+))/ApoE((-/-)) (ApoE KO), Cyp27a1((+/-))/ApoE((-/-)) (het), and DKO mice were fed a western diet for 2 months. Atherosclerotic plaque and CAV-1 protein were quantified in aortas. Hepatic Cav-1 mRNA was assessed using qPCR, CAV-1 protein by immunohistochemistry and western blotting. Total hepatic and plasma cholesterol was measured using chemiluminescence. Cholesterol efflux was performed in RAW264.7 cells, using mice plasma as acceptor. CAV-1 protein expression in aortas was increased in endothelial cells of DKO mice and negatively correlated with plaque surface (P < 0.05). In the liver, both CAV-1 protein and mRNA expression doubled in DKO, compared to ApoE KO and het mice (P < 0.001 for both) and was negatively correlated with total hepatic cholesterol (P < 0.05). Plasma from DKO, ApoE KO and het mice had the same efflux capacity. In the absence of CYP27A1, CAV-1 overexpression might have an additional athero-protective role by partly overcoming the defect in CYP27A1-mediated cholesterol efflux.

  9. Dominant expression of type III hyperlipoproteinemia. Pathophysiological insights derived from the structural and kinetic characteristics of ApoE-1 (Lys146-->Glu).

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    Mann, W A; Lohse, P; Gregg, R E; Ronan, R; Hoeg, J M; Zech, L A; Brewer, H B

    1995-01-01

    Type III hyperlipoproteinemia is characterized by delayed chylomicron and VLDL remnant catabolism and is associated with homozygosity for the apoE-2 allele. We have identified a kindred in which heterozygosity for an apoE mutant, apoE-1 (Lys146-->Glu), is dominantly associated with the expression of type III hyperlipoproteinemia. DNA sequence analysis of the mutant apoE gene revealed a single-point mutation that resulted in the substitution of glutamic acid (GAG) for lysine (AAG) at residue 146 in the proposed receptor-binding domain of apoE. The pathophysiological effect of this mutation was investigated in vivo by kinetic studies in the patient and six normal subjects, and in vitro by binding studies of apoE-1 (Lys146-->Glu) to LDL receptors on human fibroblasts and to heparin. The kinetic studies revealed that apoE-1 (Lys146-->Glu) was catabolized significantly slower than apoE-3 in normals (P < 0.005). In the proband, the plasma residence times of both apoEs were substantially longer and the production rate of total apoE was about two times higher than in the control subjects. ApoE-1 (Lys146-->Glu) was defective in interacting with LDL receptors, and its ability to displace LDL in an in vitro assay was reduced to 7.7% compared with apoE-3. The affinity of apoE-1 (Lys146-->Glu) to heparin was also markedly reduced compared with both apoE-2 (Arg158-->Cys) and apoE-3. These abnormal in vitro binding characteristics and the altered in vivo metabolism of apoE-1 (Lys146-->Glu) are proposed to result in the functional dominance of this mutation in the affected kindred. Images PMID:7635945

  10. Fathers&apos; and Mothers&apos; Home Literacy Involvement and Children&apos;s Cognitive and Social Emotional Development: Implications for Family Literacy Programs

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    Baker, Claire E.

    2013-01-01

    The relations between fathers&apos; and mothers&apos; home literacy involvement at 24 months and children&apos;s cognitive and social emotional development in preschool were examined using a large sample of African American and Caucasian families ("N" = 5190) from the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study-Birth Cohort (ECLS-B). Hierarchical…

  11. Living with Letters: An Exploration of Parents&apos;/Caregivers&apos; Perceptions of Shared Learning Activities, Socially Constructed Meaning, and Preschoolers&apos; Literacy Development

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    Janaszak, Jaclyn

    2013-01-01

    The researcher&apos;s purpose in this descriptive case study, drawn from a suburban school population of pre-kindergarten children and their parents/caregivers was: (a) to explore parents&apos;/caregivers&apos; perceptions of the concept of emergent literacy and how their children develop the ability to read and write; (b) to document the ways in…

  12. Longitudinal Links between Fathers&apos; and Mothers&apos; Harsh Verbal Discipline and Adolescents&apos; Conduct Problems and Depressive Symptoms

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    Wang, Ming-Te; Kenny, Sarah

    2014-01-01

    This study used cross-lagged modeling to examine reciprocal relations between maternal and paternal harsh verbal discipline and adolescents&apos; conduct problems and depressive symptoms. Data were from a sample of 976 two-parent families and their children (51% males; 54% European American, 40% African American). Mothers&apos; and fathers&apos;…

  13. Nrf2-dependent gene expression is affected by the proatherogenic apoE4 genotype-studies in targeted gene replacement mice.

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    Graeser, Anne-Christin; Boesch-Saadatmandi, Christine; Lippmann, Jana; Wagner, Anika E; Huebbe, Patricia; Storm, Niels; Höppner, Wolfgang; Wiswedel, Ingrid; Gardemann, Andreas; Minihane, Anne M; Döring, Frank; Rimbach, Gerald

    2011-10-01

    An apoE4 genotype is an important risk factor for cardiovascular and other chronic diseases. The higher cardiovascular disease risk of apoE4 carriers as compared to the apoE3 genotype has been mainly attributed to the differences in blood lipids between the two genotype subgroups. Recently, a potential protective role of the transcription factor Nrf2 in cardiovascular disease prevention has been suggested. In this study, we show that Nrf2-dependent gene expression is affected by the apoE genotype. ApoE4 vs. apoE3 mice exhibited lower hepatic Nrf2 nuclear protein levels. Furthermore, mRNA and protein levels of Nrf2 target genes including glutathione-S-transferase, heme oxygenase-1 and NAD(P)H dehydrogenase, quinone 1 were significantly lower in apoE4 as compared to apoE3 mice. Lower hepatic mRNA levels of phase II enzymes, as observed in apoE4 vs. apoE3 mice, were accompanied by higher mRNA levels of phase I enzymes including Cyp26a1 and Cyp3a16. Furthermore, miRNA-144, miRNA-125b, and miRNA-29a involved in Nrf2 signaling, inflammation, and regulation of phase I enzyme gene expression were affected by the apoE genotype. We provide first evidence that Nrf2 is differentially regulated in response to the apoE genotype.

  14. APOE gene polymorphisms and diabetic peripheral neuropathy.

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    Monastiriotis, Christodoulos; Papanas, Nikolaos; Veletza, Stavroula; Maltezos, Efstratios

    2012-09-08

    Genetic factors may influence the natural course of diabetic peripheral neuropathy and explain some of its variability. The aim of this review was to examine the association between apolipoprotein E (apoE) gene polymorphisms and diabetic peripheral neuropathy. Four relevant studies were identified. The two earlier works provided evidence that the ɛ4 allele is a risk factor for this complication, while the two more recent studies were negative. Important differences in the methodology used and in the populations included are obvious, rendering difficult the comparison between studies. In conclusion, the association between APOE gene polymorphisms and diabetic peripheral neuropathy is still unclear. Available evidence is rather limited and results have so far been contradictory. Future studies should employ more robust methodology, adjusting for potential confounders and for the prevalence of neuropathy in the general population with diabetes.

  15. Cathepsin K Deficiency Prevents the Aggravated Vascular Remodeling Response to Flow Cessation in ApoE-/- Mice

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    Lutgens, Suzanne P. M.; Wijnands, Erwin; Johnson, Jason; Schurgers, Leon J.; Liu, Cong-Lin; Daemen, Mat J. A. P.; Cleutjens, Kitty B. J. M.; Shi, Guo-Ping; Biessen, Erik A. L.; Heeneman, Sylvia

    2016-01-01

    Cathepsin K (catK) is a potent lysosomal cysteine protease involved in extracellular matrix (ECM) degradation and inflammatory remodeling responses. Here we have investigated the contribution of catK deficiency on carotid arterial remodeling in response to flow cessation in apoE-/- and wild type (wt) background. Ligation-induced hyperplasia is considerably aggravated in apoE-/- versus wt mice. CatK protein expression was significantly increased in neointimal lesions of apoE-/- compared with wt mice, suggesting a role for catK in intimal hyperplasia under hyperlipidemic conditions. Surprisingly, CatK deficiency completely blunted the augmented hyperplastic response to flow cessation in apoE-/-, whereas vascular remodeling in wt mice was unaffected. As catK deficiency did neither alter lesion collagen content and elastic laminae fragmentation in vivo, we focused on effects of catK on (systemic) inflammatory responses. CatK deficiency significantly reduced circulating CD3 T-cell numbers, but increased the regulatory T cell subset in apoE-/- but not wt mice. Moreover, catK deficiency changed CD11b+Ly6G-Ly6C high monocyte distribution in apoE-/- but not wt mice and tended to favour macrophage M2a polarization. In conclusion, catK deficiency almost completely blunted the increased vascular remodeling response of apoE-/- mice to flow cessation, possibly by correcting hyperlipidemia-associated pro-inflammatory effects on the peripheral immune response. PMID:27636705

  16. "It&apos;s All Shiny and There&apos;s No Pollution": "Barbapapa&apos;s Ark," Environmental Influences

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    Lowe, Virginia

    2013-01-01

    The environmental picture book "Barbapapa&apos;s Ark" was published in 1974. I was keeping a parent-observer record of my two children at the time. The book had a strong influence on them from ages three to six, moving them to query pollution and hunting, in book and environment, and as adults, becoming committed activists for the…

  17. Hyperglycemia and advanced glycosylation end products suppress adipocyte apoE expression: implications for adipocyte triglyceride metabolism.

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    Espiritu, Doris Joy; Huang, Zhi Hua; Zhao, Yong; Mazzone, Theodore

    2010-10-01

    Endogenous adipocyte apolipoprotein E (apoE) plays an important role in adipocyte lipoprotein metabolism and lipid flux. A potential role for hyperglycemia in regulating adipocyte apoE expression and triglyceride metabolism was examined. Exposure of adipocytes to high glucose or advanced glycosylation end product-BSA significantly suppressed apoE mRNA and protein levels. This suppression was significantly attenuated by antioxidants or inhibitors of the NF-κB transcription pathway. Hyperglycemia in vivo led to adipose tissue oxidant stress and significant reduction in adipose tissue and adipocyte apoE mRNA level. Incubation with antioxidant in organ culture completely reversed this suppression. Hyperglycemia also reduced adipocyte triglyceride synthesis, and this could be completely reversed by adenoviral-mediated increases in apoE. To more specifically evaluate an in vivo role for adipocyte apoE expression on organismal triglyceride distribution in vivo, WT or apoE knockout (EKO) adipose tissue was transplanted in EKO recipient mice. After 12 wk, WT adipocytes transplanted in EKO mice accumulated more triglyceride compared with transplanted EKO adipocytes. In addition, EKO recipients of WT adipose tissue had reduced hepatic triglyceride content compared with EKO recipients transplanted with EKO adipose tissue. Our results demonstrate that hyperglycemia and advanced glycosylation end products suppress the expression of adipocyte apoE in vitro and in vivo and thereby reduce adipocyte triglyceride synthesis. In vivo results using adipose tissue transplantation suggest that reduction of adipocyte apoE, and subsequent reduction of adipocyte triglyceride accumulation, could influence lipid accumulation in nonadipose tissue.

  18. Lung inflammation and genotoxicity following pulmonary exposure to nanoparticles in ApoE-/- mice

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    Jacobsen, Nicklas Raun; Møller, Peter; Jensen, Keld Alstrup; Vogel, Ulla; Ladefoged, Ole; Loft, Steffen; Wallin, Håkan

    2009-01-01

    Background The toxic and inflammatory potential of 5 different types of nanoparticles were studied in a sensitive model for pulmonary effects in apolipoprotein E knockout mice (ApoE-/-). We studied the effects instillation or inhalation Printex 90 of carbon black (CB) and compared CB instillation in ApoE-/- and C57 mice. Three and 24 h after pulmonary exposure, inflammation was assessed by mRNA levels of cytokines in lung tissue, cell composition, genotoxicity, protein and lactate dehydrogenase activity in broncho-alveolar lavage (BAL) fluid. Results Firstly, we found that intratracheal instillation of CB caused far more pulmonary toxicity in ApoE-/- mice than in C57 mice. Secondly, we showed that instillation of CB was more toxic than inhalation of a presumed similar dose with respect to inflammation in the lungs of ApoE-/- mice. Thirdly, we compared effects of instillation in ApoE-/- mice of three carbonaceous particles; CB, fullerenes C60 (C60) and single walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNT) as well as gold particles and quantum dots (QDs). Characterization of the instillation media revealed that all particles were delivered as agglomerates and aggregates. Significant increases in Il-6, Mip-2 and Mcp-1 mRNA were detected in lung tissue, 3 h and 24 h following instillation of SWCNT, CB and QDs. DNA damage in BAL cells, the fraction of neutrophils in BAL cells and protein in BAL fluid increased statistically significantly. Gold and C60 particles caused much weaker inflammatory responses. Conclusion Our data suggest that ApoE-/- model is sensitive for evaluating particle induced inflammation. Overall QDs had greatest effects followed by CB and SWCNT with C60 and gold being least inflammatory and DNA-damaging. However the gold was used at a much lower mass dose than the other particles. The strong effects of QDs were likely due to Cd release. The surface area of the instilled dose correlated well the inflammatory response for low toxicity particles. PMID:19138394

  19. Effect of plasma lipids and APOE genotype on cognitive decline.

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    Yasuno, Fumihiko; Asada, Takashi

    2013-03-01

    A central tenet of brain aging is that "what is good for the heart is good for the brain." We examined the combined effect of plasma lipids and APOE genotype on cognitive function in elderly individuals. Plasma concentrations of high-density lipoprotein (HDL), low-density lipoprotein, triglyceride, total cholesterol, and apolipoprotein E (apoE) were evaluated in 622 community-dwelling individuals aged 65 years and older. We investigated the associations between plasma lipids and cognitive function in APOE4 carrier (E4+) and APOE4 noncarrier (E4-) groups using 3-year longitudinal data. At baseline and 3 years later, cognitive scores were correlated with plasma apoE levels in both E4- and E4+, and HDL level in E4-. Our findings suggest that an interaction between apoE and HDL is facilitated by APOE4, and is possibly linked with an enhancement of neuroplasticity and with resultant protective effects on cognitive function in later life. Preservation of higher plasma apoE and HDL from early life is proposed as a possible strategy for maintaining cognitive function in later life, especially for APOE4-positive individuals.

  20. My Brother&apos;s Keeper

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    Obama, Barack

    2014-01-01

    In a White House address, the president announced an initiative to reclaim young boys and men of color. The "My Brother&apos;s Keeper" initiative partners with businesses, foundations, and nonprofits to address disparities in education, justice, and employment. President Obama was introduced by Christian, one of a group of students from…

  1. Dewey or Don&apos;t We?

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    Pendergrass, Devona J.

    2013-01-01

    "Dewey or don&apos;t we?" is the question that hundreds, if not thousands, of school librarians across the country are currently asking themselves. Do they throw out what is old but trusted for new organizational systems, or do they continue using the Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC) system and make changes and adjustments to the…

  2. Exploring Teachers&apos; Practices of Responding

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    Milewski, Amanda

    2012-01-01

    In the two decades since the introduction of the Professional Standards for Teaching Mathematics (NCTM, 1991) describing effective mathematics instruction, researchers have found U.S. teachers still lack the ability to foster productive mathematical discourse. Three instructional practices are key to teachers&apos; ability to support rich…

  3. Students&apos; Ratings of Teacher Practices

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    Stevens, T.; Harris, G.; Liu, X.; Aguirre-Munoz, Z.

    2013-01-01

    In this paper, we explore a novel approach for assessing the impact of a professional development programme on classroom practice of in-service middle school mathematics teachers. The particular focus of this study is the assessment of the impact on teachers&apos; employment of strategies used in the classroom to foster the mathematical habits of…

  4. Gutenberg&apos;s Effects on Universities

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    Moodie, Gavin

    2014-01-01

    This article considers the effects on universities of Gutenberg&apos;s invention of printing. It considers four major effects: the gradual displacement of Latin as the language of scholarship with vernacular languages, the expansion and eventual opening of libraries, major changes to curriculum, and major changes to pedagogy including lectures.…

  5. Text Complexity: Primary Teachers&apos; Views

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    Fitzgerald, Jill; Hiebert, Elfrieda H.; Bowen, Kimberly; Relyea-Kim, E. Jackie; Kung, Melody; Elmore, Jeff

    2015-01-01

    The research question was, "What text characteristics do primary teachers think are most important for early grades text complexity?" Teachers from across the United States accomplished a two-part task. First, to stimulate teachers&apos; thinking about important text characteristics, primary teachers completed an online paired-text…

  6. What&apos;s in a Symbol?

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    Leadstone, Stuart

    2013-01-01

    This "Science Note" explores the new adaptation of Newton&apos;s Second Law of Motion, "F = ma." In older physics and applied mathematics textbooks this expression appears as "P = mf." The author examines why "f" is now favored over "a" and why practitioners write "P = mf" rather than…

  7. "Math for America" Isn&apos;t

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    Wolfmeyer, Mark

    2014-01-01

    Aspects of the Math for America organization&apos;s actions, aims and affiliations are analyzed for their effects on urban schools and society at large. These aspects are argued as evidence to consider MfA as an agent working against democratic practice and in favor of furthering profit and its resultant inequitable resource distribution. The…

  8. Inquiry on Teachers&apos; Emotion

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    Schutz, Paul A.

    2014-01-01

    Teaching, like other caring professions, is emotional. These emotions tend to emerge as teachers&apos; goals, standards, and beliefs transact with other classroom stakeholders during everyday school activities. As such, for teachers, the classroom context involves both the extreme happiness and joy from a lesson that goes as planned to the intense…

  9. Students&apos; Perceptions of Plagiarism

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    Fish, Reva; Hura, Gerri

    2013-01-01

    While plagiarism by college students is a serious problem that must be addressed, students generally overestimate the frequency of plagiarism at their schools and blame students they do not know for the majority of incidents. This study looked at students&apos; estimations of the frequency of plagiarism at a large urban college and explored how…

  10. America&apos;s Descent into Madness

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    Giroux, Henry A.

    2014-01-01

    This article describes America&apos;s descent into madness under the regime of neoliberalism that has emerged in the United States since the late 1970s. In part, this is due to the emergence of a public pedagogy produced by the corporate-owned media that now saturates Americans with a market-driven value system that undermines those formative…

  11. Quirks of Stirling&apos;s Approximation

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    Macrae, Roderick M.; Allgeier, Benjamin M.

    2013-01-01

    Stirling&apos;s approximation to ln "n"! is typically introduced to physical chemistry students as a step in the derivation of the statistical expression for the entropy. However, naive application of this approximation leads to incorrect conclusions. In this article, the problem is first illustrated using a familiar "toy…

  12. Students&apos; Images of Mathematics

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    Martin, Lee; Gourley-Delaney, Pamela

    2014-01-01

    Students&apos; judgments about "what counts" as mathematics in and out of school have important consequences for problem solving and transfer, yet our understanding of the source and nature of these judgments remains incomplete. Thirty-five sixth grade students participated in a study focused on what activities students judge as…

  13. Decoding of lipoprotein – receptor interactions; Properties of ligand binding modules governing interactions with ApoE

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    Guttman, Miklos; Prieto, J. Helena; Croy, Johnny E.; Komives, Elizabeth A.

    2010-01-01

    Clusters of complement-type ligand binding repeats in the LDL receptor family are thought to mediate the interactions between these receptors and their various ligands. Apolipoprotein E, a key ligand for cholesterol homeostasis, has been shown to interact with LDLR, LRP and VLDLR, through these clusters. LDLR and VLDLR each contain a single ligand-binding repeat cluster, whereas LRP contains three large clusters of ligand binding repeats, each with ligand binding functions. We show that within sLRP3, the three-repeat subcluster CR16-18 recapitulated ligand binding to the isolated receptor binding portion of ApoE (residues 130-149). Binding experiments with LA3-5 of LDLR and CR16-18 showed that a conserved W25/D30 pair appears critical for high affinity binding to ApoE(130-149). The triple repeat LA3-5 showed the expected interaction with ApoE(1-191)•DMPC, but surprisingly CR16-18 did not interact with this form of ApoE. To understand these differences in ApoE binding affinity, we introduced mutations of conserved residues from LA5 into CR18, and produced a CR16-18 variant capable of binding ApoE(1-191)•DMPC. This change cannot fully be accounted for by the interaction with the proposed ApoE receptor binding region, therefore we speculate that LA5 is recognizing a distinct epitope on ApoE that may only exists in the lipid bound form. The combination of avidity effects with this distinct recognition process likely governs the ApoE-LDL receptor interaction. PMID:20030366

  14. Effects of ApoE4 and maternal history of dementia on hippocampal atrophy

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    Andrawis, John P.; Hwang, Kristy S.; Green, Amity E.; Kotlerman, Jenny; Elashoff, David; Morra, Jonathan H.; Cummings, Jeffrey L.; Toga, Arthur W.; Thompson, Paul M.; Apostolova, Liana G.

    2010-01-01

    We applied an automated hippocampal segmentation technique based on adaptive boosting (AdaBoost) to the 1.5T MRI baseline and 1-year follow-up data of 243 subjects with mild cognitive impairment (MCI), 96 with Alzheimer's disease (AD) and 145 normal controls (NC) scanned as part of the Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging Initiative (ADNI). MCI subjects with positive maternal history of dementia had smaller hippocampal volumes at baseline and at follow-up, and greater 12-month atrophy rates than subjects with negative maternal history. 3D maps and volumetric multiple regression analyses demonstrated a significant effect of positive maternal history of dementia on hippocampal atrophy in MCI and AD after controlling for age, ApoE4 genotype and paternal history of dementia, resp. ApoE4 showed an independent effect on hippocampal atrophy in MCI and AD and in the pooled sample. PMID:20833446

  15. Leucine supplementation via drinking water reduces atherosclerotic lesions in apoE null mice

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    Zhao, Yang; Dai, Xiao-yan; Zhou, Zhou; Zhao, Ge-xin; Wang, Xian; Xu, Ming-jiang

    2016-01-01

    Aim: Recent evidence suggests that the essential amino acid leucine may be involved in systemic cholesterol metabolism. In this study, we investigated the effects of leucine supplementation on the development of atherosclerosis in apoE null mice. Methods: ApoE null mice were fed with chow supplemented with leucine (1.5% w/v) in drinking water for 8 week. Aortic atherosclerotic lesions were examined using Oil Red O staining. Plasma lipoprotein-cholesterol levels were measured with fast protein liquid chromatography. Hepatic gene expression was detected using real-time PCR and Western blot analyses. Results: Leucine supplementation resulted in 57.6% reduction of aortic atherosclerotic lesion area in apoE null mice, accompanied by 41.2% decrease of serum LDL-C levels and 40.2% increase of serum HDL-C levels. The body weight, food intake and blood glucose level were not affected by leucine supplementation. Furthermore, leucine supplementation increased the expression of Abcg5 and Abcg8 (that were involved in hepatic cholesterol efflux) by 1.28- and 0.86-fold, respectively, and significantly increased their protein levels. Leucine supplementation also increased the expression of Srebf1, Scd1 and Pgc1b (that were involved in hepatic triglyceride metabolism) by 3.73-, 1.35- and 1.71-fold, respectively. Consequently, leucine supplementation resulted in 51.77% reduction of liver cholesterol content and 2.2-fold increase of liver triglyceride content. Additionally, leucine supplementation did not affect the serum levels of IL-6, IFN-γ, TNF-α, IL-10 and IL-12, but markedly decreased the serum level of MCP-1. Conclusion: Leucine supplementation effectively attenuates atherosclerosis in apoE null mice by improving the plasma lipid profile and reducing systemic inflammation. PMID:26687933

  16. Caspase-3 Deletion Promotes Necrosis in Atherosclerotic Plaques of ApoE Knockout Mice

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    Schrijvers, Dorien M.; Hermans, Marthe; Van Hoof, Viviane O.; De Meyer, Guido R. Y.

    2016-01-01

    Apoptosis of macrophages and vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs) in advanced atherosclerotic plaques contributes to plaque progression and instability. Caspase-3, a key executioner protease in the apoptotic pathway, has been identified in human and mouse atherosclerotic plaques but its role in atherogenesis is not fully explored. We therefore investigated the impact of caspase-3 deletion on atherosclerosis by crossbreeding caspase-3 knockout (Casp3−/−) mice with apolipoprotein E knockout (ApoE−/−) mice. Bone marrow-derived macrophages and VSMCs isolated from Casp3−/−ApoE−/− mice were resistant to apoptosis but showed increased susceptibility to necrosis. However, caspase-3 deficiency did not sensitize cells to undergo RIP1-dependent necroptosis. To study the effect on atherosclerotic plaque development, Casp3+/+ApoE−/− and Casp3−/−ApoE−/− mice were fed a western-type diet for 16 weeks. Though total plasma cholesterol, triglycerides, and LDL cholesterol levels were not altered, both the plaque size and percentage necrosis were significantly increased in the aortic root of Casp3−/−ApoE−/− mice as compared to Casp3+/+ApoE−/− mice. Macrophage content was significantly decreased in plaques of Casp3−/−ApoE−/− mice as compared to controls, while collagen content and VSMC content were not changed. To conclude, deletion of caspase-3 promotes plaque growth and plaque necrosis in ApoE−/− mice, indicating that this antiapoptotic strategy is unfavorable to improve atherosclerotic plaque stability. PMID:27847551

  17. Hyperlipidemia-Associated Renal Damage Decreases Klotho Expression in Kidneys from ApoE Knockout Mice

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    Sastre, Cristina; Rubio-Navarro, Alfonso; Buendía, Irene; Gómez-Guerrero, Carmen; Blanco, Julia; Mas, Sebastian; Egido, Jesús; Blanco-Colio, Luis Miguel; Ortiz, Alberto; Moreno, Juan Antonio

    2013-01-01

    Background Klotho is a renal protein with anti-aging properties that is downregulated in conditions related to kidney injury. Hyperlipidemia accelerates the progression of renal damage, but the mechanisms of the deleterious effects of hyperlipidemia remain unclear. Methods We evaluated whether hyperlipidemia modulates Klotho expression in kidneys from C57BL/6 and hyperlipidemic apolipoprotein E knockout (ApoE KO) mice fed with a normal chow diet (ND) or a Western-type high cholesterol-fat diet (HC) for 5 to 10 weeks, respectively. Results In ApoE KO mice, the HC diet increased serum and renal cholesterol levels, kidney injury severity, kidney macrophage infiltration and inflammatory chemokine expression. A significant reduction in Klotho mRNA and protein expression was observed in kidneys from hypercholesteromic ApoE KO mice fed a HC diet as compared with controls, both at 5 and 10 weeks. In order to study the mechanism involved in Klotho down-regulation, murine tubular epithelial cells were treated with ox-LDL. Oxidized-LDL were effectively uptaken by tubular cells and decreased both Klotho mRNA and protein expression in a time- and dose-dependent manner in these cells. Finally, NF-κB and ERK inhibitors prevented ox-LDL-induced Klotho downregulation. Conclusion Our results suggest that hyperlipidemia-associated kidney injury decreases renal expression of Klotho. Therefore, Klotho could be a key element explaining the relationship between hyperlipidemia and aging with renal disease. PMID:24386260

  18. Revitalizing Ernst Mach&apos;s Popular Scientific Lectures

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    Euler, Manfred

    2007-01-01

    Compared to Ernst Mach&apos;s influence on the conceptual development of physics, his efforts to popularize science and his reflections on science literacy are known to a much lesser degree. The approach and the impact of Mach&apos;s popular scientific lectures are discussed in view of today&apos;s problems of understanding science. The key issues…

  19. Mencius&apos; Educational Philosophy and Its Contemporary Relevance

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    Huang, Chun-chieh

    2014-01-01

    This article argues that Mencius&apos; education is "holistic education" that aims at igniting the "silent revolution" from within one&apos;s inner mind-heart to be unfolded in society, state, and the world. Mencius&apos; educational philosophy is based on his theory of human nature and his theory of self-cultivation. Mencius…

  20. The Not-so-Random Drunkard&apos;s Walk

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    Ehrhardt, George

    2013-01-01

    This dataset contains the results of a quasi-experiment, testing Karl Pearson&apos;s "drunkard&apos;s walk" analogy for an abstract random walk. Inspired by the alternate hypothesis that drunkards stumble to the side of their dominant hand, it includes data on intoxicated test subjects walking a 10&apos; line. Variables include: the…

  1. Using Computational Simulations to Confront Students&apos; Mental Models

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    Rodrigues, R.; Carvalho, P. Simeão

    2014-01-01

    In this paper we show an example of how to use a computational simulation to obtain visual feedback for students&apos; mental models, and compare their predictions with the simulated system&apos;s behaviour. Additionally, we use the computational simulation to incrementally modify the students&apos; mental models in order to accommodate new data,…

  2. Asperger&apos;s in the Holmes Family

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    Altschuler, Eric L.

    2013-01-01

    I show that Mycroft Holmes (Sherlock Holmes&apos; brother) is a formally described case of Asperger&apos;s syndrome a half century before Asperger&apos;s description of the syndrome. Further, given the genetic similarity and links between the brothers stated by Sherlock, this also cinches the same diagnosis for Sherlock.

  3. Towards a Sociocultural Understanding of Children&apos;s Voice

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    Maybin, Janet

    2013-01-01

    While "voice" is frequently invoked in discussions of pupils&apos; agency and empowerment, less attention has been paid to the dialogic dynamics of children&apos;s voices and the sociocultural features shaping their emergence. Drawing on linguistic ethnographic research involving recent recordings of 10- and 11-year-old children&apos;s…

  4. Interrogating Meanings of Work in Children&apos;s Literature

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    Wieland, Stacey M. B.; Bauer, Janell C.

    2015-01-01

    In this article, Wieland and Bauer discuss a teaching activity that helps students understand how meanings of work (MOW) are socially constructed through commonplace texts: children&apos;s books. The activity helps students consider how children&apos;s books shape future workers&apos; understandings of what work is, what kinds of work are most…

  5. Delayed olfactory nerve regeneration in ApoE-deficient mice.

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    Nathan, Britto P; Nisar, Rafia; Short, Jody; Randall, Shari; Grissom, Elin; Griffin, Gwen; Switzer, Paul V; Struble, Robert G

    2005-04-11

    Apolipoprotein E (apoE), a lipid transporting protein, is extensively expressed in the primary olfactory pathway, but its function is unknown. We previously reported increased apoE levels in the olfactory bulb (OB) following olfactory epithelium (OE) lesion in mice, and hypothesized that apoE may play a vital role in olfactory nerve (ON) regeneration. To directly test this hypothesis, we examined the rate of ON regeneration following OE lesion in apoE deficient/knockout (KO) and wild-type (WT) mice. OE was lesioned in 2- to 3-month-old mice by intranasal irrigation with Triton X-100 (TX). OB were collected at 0, 3, 7, 21, 42, and 56 days post-lesion. OB recovery was measured by both immunoblotting and immunohistochemical analysis of growth cone associated protein (GAP) 43 and olfactory marker protein (OMP). The results revealed that (1) OMP recovery in the OB was significantly slower in apoE KO compared to WT mice; (2) recovery of glomerular area was similarly slower; and (3) GAP43 increases and return to prelesion levels in the OB were slower in KO mice. Together, these results show that olfactory nerve regeneration is significantly slower in KO mice as compared to WT mice, suggesting apoE facilitates olfactory nerve regeneration.

  6. ApoE4 expression accelerates hippocampus-dependent cognitive deficits by enhancing Aβ impairment of insulin signaling in an Alzheimer’s disease mouse model

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    Chan, Elizabeth S.; Shetty, Mahesh Shivarama; Sajikumar, Sreedharan; Chen, Christopher; Soong, Tuck Wah; Wong, Boon-Seng

    2016-01-01

    The apolipoprotein E4 (ApoE4) is the strongest genetic risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease (AD). The AD brain was shown to be insulin resistant at end stage, but the interplay between insulin signaling, ApoE4 and Aβ across time, and their involvement in memory decline is unclear. To investigate insulin response in the ageing mouse hippocampus, we crossed the human ApoE-targeted replacement mice with the mutant human amyloid precursor protein (APP) mice (ApoExAPP). While hippocampal Aβ levels were comparable between ApoE3xAPP and ApoE4xAPP mice at 26 weeks, insulin response was impaired in the ApoE4xAPP hippocampus. Insulin treatment was only able to stimulate insulin signaling and increased AMPA-GluR1 phosphorylation in forskolin pre-treated hippocampal slices from ApoE3xAPP mice. In ApoE4xAPP mice, insulin dysfunction was also associated with poorer spatial memory performance. Using dissociated hippocampal neuron in vitro, we showed that insulin response in ApoE3 and ApoE4 neurons increased AMPA receptor-mediated miniature excitatory postsynaptic current (mEPSC) amplitudes and GluR1-subunit insertion. Pre-treatment of ApoE3 neurons with Aβ42 did not affect insulin-mediated GluR1 subunit insertion. However, impaired insulin sensitivity observed only in the presence of ApoE4 and Aβ42, attenuated GluR1-subunit insertion. Taken together, our results suggest that ApoE4 enhances Aβ inhibition of insulin-stimulated AMPA receptor function, which accelerates memory impairment in ApoE4xAPP mice. PMID:27189808

  7. Effects of Simulated Heat Waves with Strong Sudden Cooling Weather on ApoE Knockout Mice.

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    Zhang, Shuyu; Kuang, Zhengzhong; Zhang, Xiakun

    2015-05-26

    This study analyzes the mechanism of influence of heat waves with strong sudden cooling on cardiovascular diseases (CVD) in ApoE-/- mice. The process of heat waves with strong sudden cooling was simulated with a TEM1880 meteorological-environment simulation chamber according to the data obtained at 5 a.m. of 19 June 2006 to 11 p.m. of 22 June 2006. Forty-eight ApoE-/- mice were divided into six blocks based on their weight. Two mice from each block were randomly assigned to control, heat wave, temperature drop, and rewarming temperature groups. The experimental groups were transferred into the climate simulator chamber for exposure to the simulated heat wave process with strong sudden temperature drop. After 55, 59, and 75 h of exposure, the experimental groups were successively removed from the chamber to monitor physiological indicators. Blood samples were collected by decollation, and the hearts were harvested in all groups. The levels of heat stress factors (HSP60, SOD, TNF, sICAM-1, HIF-1α), cold stress factors (NE, EPI), vasoconstrictor factors (ANGII, ET-1, NO), and four items of blood lipid (TC, TG, HDL-C, and LDL-C) were measured in each ApoE-/- mouse. Results showed that the heat waves increased the levels of heat stress factors except SOD decreased, and decreased the levels of vasoconstrictor factors and blood lipid factors except TC increased. The strong sudden temperature drop in the heat wave process increased the levels of cold stress factors, vasoconstrictor factors and four blood lipid items (except the level of HDL-C which decreased) and decreased the levels of heat stress factors (except the level of SOD which increased). The analysis showed that heat waves could enhance atherosclerosis of ApoE-/- mice. The strong sudden temperature drop during the heat wave process increased the plasma concentrations of NE and ANGII, which indicates SNS activation, and resulted in increased blood pressure. NE and ANGII are vasoconstrictors involved in systemic

  8. Is ApoE ε4 Associated with Cognitive Functioning in African Americans Diagnosed with Alzheimer Disease? An Exploratory Study

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    Mount, David L.; Ashley, Angela V.; Lah, James J.; Levey, Allan I.; Goldstein, Felicia C.

    2015-01-01

    Objective The effect of the apolipoprotein ε4 allele (ApoE ε4) on cognitive performance in patients with probable Alzheimer disease (AD) has been studied in primarily Caucasian samples. The aim of this exploratory study was to examine whether the presence of ApoE ε4 is associated with cognitive performance in African American AD patients. Methods A cross-sectional, retrospective design was used to address the study objective. Data were extracted from the records of 65 African American patients who participated in the National Institutes of Health-National Institute on Aging (NIH-NIA) Emory University Alzheimer Disease Center Registry. Inclusion criteria were a clinical diagnosis of probable AD, cognitive testing using the Mattis Dementia Rating Scale and the Consortium to Establish a Registry for Alzheimer Disease (CERAD) neuropsychological battery, and ApoE genotyping. Results Seventy percent of the patients were ApoE ε4 positive. Multiple regression analyses indicated that ApoE ε4 was significantly associated with poorer design copying (CERAD Constructional Praxis subtest), but other significant relationships were not observed between positive ε4 status and cognitive performance. Conclusions These preliminary findings suggest that the ApoE ε4 allele is not strongly associated with a particular pattern of cognitive functioning in African Americans once they are diagnosed with AD. However, these findings require replication in a large prospectively recruited and population-based sample of African American AD patients before firm conclusions can be reached. PMID:19668025

  9. The Impact of Teachers&apos; Characteristics and Self-Reported Practices on Students&apos; Algebra Achievement

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    Cope, Liza M.

    2013-01-01

    This study examined the impact of teachers&apos; characteristics and self-reported practices on students&apos; Algebra achievement while controlling for students&apos; characteristics. This study is based on the secondary analysis of data collected from a nationally representative sample of 9 th grade students and their mathematics teachers during…

  10. The Role of a Model&apos;s Age for Young Children&apos;s Imitation: A Research Review

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    Zmyj, Norbert; Seehagen, Sabine

    2013-01-01

    The influence of a model&apos;s age on young children&apos;s behaviour has been a subject of considerable debate among developmental theorists. Despite the recent surge of interest, controversy remains about the nature of peer influence in early life. This article reviews studies that investigated the influence of a model&apos;s age on young…

  11. Using Video Analysis to Support Prospective K-8 Teachers&apos; Noticing of Students&apos; Multiple Mathematical Knowledge Bases

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    Roth McDuffie, Amy; Foote, Mary Q.; Bolson, Catherine; Turner, Erin E.; Aguirre, Julia M.; Bartell, Tonya Gau; Drake, Corey; Land, Tonia

    2014-01-01

    As part of a larger research project aimed at transforming preK-8 mathematics teacher preparation, the purpose of this study was to examine the extent to which prospective teachers notice children&apos;s competencies related to children&apos;s mathematical thinking, and children&apos;s community, cultural, and linguistic funds of knowledge or what…

  12. Teacher Characteristics Associated with Mathematics Teachers&apos; Beliefs and Awareness of Their Students&apos; Mathematical Dispositions

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    Clark, Lawrence M.; DePiper, Jill Neumayer; Frank, Toya Jones; Nishio, Masako; Campbell, Patricia F.; Smith, Toni M.; Griffin, Matthew J.; Rust, Amber H.; Conant, Darcy L.; Choi, Youyoung

    2014-01-01

    This study investigates relationships between teacher characteristics and teachers&apos; beliefs about mathematics teaching and learning and the extent to which teachers claim awareness of their students&apos; mathematical dispositions. Regression analyses revealed statistically significant relationships between teachers&apos; beliefs and…

  13. Parents&apos; Emotion-Related Beliefs, Behaviours, and Skills Predict Children&apos;s Recognition of Emotion

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    Castro, Vanessa L.; Halberstadt, Amy G.; Lozada, Fantasy T.; Craig, Ashley B.

    2015-01-01

    Children who are able to recognize others&apos; emotions are successful in a variety of socioemotional domains, yet we know little about how school-aged children&apos;s abilities develop, particularly in the family context. We hypothesized that children develop emotion recognition skill as a function of parents&apos; own emotion-related beliefs,…

  14. "Yes, Master&apos;s": A Graduate Degree&apos;s Moment in the Age of Higher Education Innovation

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    Gallagher, Sean

    2014-01-01

    Over the past decade, enrollment in professional master&apos;s degree programs has grown substantially, and this category has outpaced the overall recent flattening of college enrollment. Today, 5 million more U.S. adults hold a master&apos;s degree compared with a decade ago, and in some circles the master&apos;s is being referred to as "the…

  15. Hexim1 heterozygosity stabilizes atherosclerotic plaque and decreased steatosis in ApoE null mice fed atherogenic diet.

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    Dhar-Mascareno, Manya; Rozenberg, Inna; Iqbal, Jahangir; Hussain, M Mahmood; Beckles, Daniel; Mascareno, Eduardo

    2017-02-01

    Hexim-1 is an inhibitor of RNA polymerase II transcription elongation. Decreased Hexim-1 expression in animal models of chronic diseases such as left ventricular hypertrophy, obesity and cancer triggered significant changes in adaptation and remodeling. The main aim of this study was to evaluate the role of Hexim1 in lipid metabolism focused in the progression of atherosclerosis and steatosis. We used the C57BL6 apolipoprotein E (ApoE null) crossed bred to C57BL6Hexim1 heterozygous mice to obtain ApoE null - Hexim1 heterozygous mice (ApoE-HT). Both ApoE null backgrounds were fed high fat diet for twelve weeks. Then, we evaluated lipid metabolism, atherosclerotic plaque formation and liver steatosis. In order to understand changes in the transcriptome of both backgrounds during the progression of steatosis, we performed Affymetrix mouse 430 2.0 microarray. After 12 weeks of HFD, ApoE null and ApoE-HT showed similar increase of cholesterol and triglycerides in plasma. Plaque composition was altered in ApoE-HT. Additionally, liver triglycerides and steatosis were decreased in ApoE-HT mice. Affymetrix analysis revealed that decreased steatosis might be due to impaired inducible SOCS3 expression in ApoE-HT mice. In conclusion, decreased Hexim-1 expression does not alter cholesterol metabolism in ApoE null background after HFD. However, it promotes stable atherosclerotic plaque and decreased steatosis by promoting the anti-inflammatory TGFβ pathway and blocking the expression of the inducible and pro-inflammatory expression of SOCS3 respectively.

  16. A Nontoxic Barlow&apos;s Wheel

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    Daffron, John A.; Greenslade, Thomas B., Jr.

    2015-01-01

    Barlow&apos;s wheel has been a favorite demonstration since its invention by Peter Barlow (1776-1862) in 1822. In the form shown in Fig. 1, it represents the first electric motor. The interaction between the electric current passing from the axle of the wheel to the rim and the magnetic field produced by the U-magnet produces a torque that turns…

  17. High-Fat Diet Changes Hippocampal Apolipoprotein E (ApoE) in a Genotype- and Carbohydrate-Dependent Manner in Mice

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    Lane-Donovan, Courtney; Herz, Joachim

    2016-01-01

    Alzheimer’s disease is a currently incurable neurodegenerative disease affecting millions of individuals worldwide. Risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease include genetic risk factors, such as possession of ε4 allele of apolipoprotein E (ApoE4) over the risk-neutral ApoE3 allele, and lifestyle risk factors, such as diet and exercise. The intersection of these two sources of disease risk is not well understood. We investigated the impact of diet on ApoE levels by feeding wildtype, ApoE3, and ApoE4 targeted replacement (TR) mice with chow, high-fat, or ketogenic (high-fat, very-low-carbohydrate) diets. We found that high-fat diet affected both plasma and hippocampal levels of ApoE in an isoform-dependent manner, with high-fat diet causing a surprising reduction of hippocampal ApoE levels in ApoE3 TR mice. Conversely, the ketogenic diet had no effect on hippocampal ApoE. Our findings suggest that the use of dietary interventions to slow the progression AD should take ApoE genotype into consideration. PMID:26828652

  18. High-Fat Diet Changes Hippocampal Apolipoprotein E (ApoE) in a Genotype- and Carbohydrate-Dependent Manner in Mice.

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    Lane-Donovan, Courtney; Herz, Joachim

    2016-01-01

    Alzheimer's disease is a currently incurable neurodegenerative disease affecting millions of individuals worldwide. Risk factors for Alzheimer's disease include genetic risk factors, such as possession of ε4 allele of apolipoprotein E (ApoE4) over the risk-neutral ApoE3 allele, and lifestyle risk factors, such as diet and exercise. The intersection of these two sources of disease risk is not well understood. We investigated the impact of diet on ApoE levels by feeding wildtype, ApoE3, and ApoE4 targeted replacement (TR) mice with chow, high-fat, or ketogenic (high-fat, very-low-carbohydrate) diets. We found that high-fat diet affected both plasma and hippocampal levels of ApoE in an isoform-dependent manner, with high-fat diet causing a surprising reduction of hippocampal ApoE levels in ApoE3 TR mice. Conversely, the ketogenic diet had no effect on hippocampal ApoE. Our findings suggest that the use of dietary interventions to slow the progression AD should take ApoE genotype into consideration.

  19. The Effects of Aerobic Exercise on Plasma Adiponectin Level and Adiponectin-related Protein Expression in Myocardial Tissue of ApoE(-/-) Mice.

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    Zhu, Xiao-Juan; Chen, Li-Hui; Li, Jiang-Hua

    2015-12-01

    Numerous reports have confirmed the effect of ApoE knockout in the induction of cardiovascular diseases and the protective effect of adiponectin against the progression of cardiovascular diseases. The aim of this study was to reveal the roles of adiponectin signaling in the progression of cardiovascular diseases induced by ApoE knockout and to analyze the healthy effects of aerobic exercise on ApoE knockout mice (ApoE(-/-) mice) through observing the changes of adiponectin signaling caused by ApoE knockout and aerobic exercise. A twelve-week aerobic exercise program was carried out on the male ApoE(-/-) mice and the C57BL / 6J mice (C57 mice) of the same strain. Results show that the body weights, blood lipid level, plasma adiponectin level and adiponectin-related proteins in myocardial tissue were all significantly changed by ApoE knockout. A twelve-week aerobic exercise program exerted only minimal effects on the body weights, blood lipid levels, and plasma adiponectin levels of ApoE(-/-) mice, but increased the expressions of four adiponectin-related proteins, AdipoR1, PPARα, AMPK and P-AMPK, in the myocardial tissue of the ApoE(-/-) mice. In summary, adiponectin signaling may play an import role in the progression of cardiovascular diseases induced by ApoE knockout, and the beneficial health effects of aerobic exercise on ApoE(-/-) mice may be mainly from the increased adiponectin-related protein expression in myocardial tissue. Key pointsA twelve-week aerobic exercise program exerted only limited effects on the body weights and the plasma adiponectin levels of both the normal mice and the ApoE(-/-) mice but did effectively regulate the blood lipid levels of the normal mice (but not the ApoE(-/-) mice).After 12 weeks of aerobic exercise, expression of the adiponectin-related proteins in the myocardial tissue of the ApoE(-/-) and normal mice was increased, but the increased amplitudes of these proteins in the ApoE(-/-) mice were much larger in the ApoE

  20. Proposed mechanisms for binding of apo[a] kringle type 9 to apo B-100 in human lipoprotein[a].

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    Guevara, J; Spurlino, J; Jan, A Y; Yang, C Y; Tulinsky, A; Prasad, B V; Gaubatz, J W; Morrisett, J D

    1993-01-01

    The protein component of human lipoprotein[a] consists primarily of two apolipoproteins, apo[a] and apo B-100, linked through a cystine disulfide(s). In the amino acid sequence of apo bd, Cys4057 located within a plasminogen kringle 4-like repeat sequence (3991-4068) is believed to form a disulfide bond with a specific cysteine residue in apo B-100. Our fluorescence-labeling experiments and molecular modeling studies have provided evidence for possible interactions between this apo[a] kringle type and apo B-100. The fluorescent probe, fluorescein-5-maleimide, was used in parallel experiments to label free sulfhydryl moieties in lipoprotein[a] and low-density lipoprotein (LDL). In apo B-100 of LDL, Cys3734 was labeled with the probe, but this site was not labeled in autologous lipoprotein[a]. The result strongly implicates Cys3734 of apo B-100 as the residue forming the disulfide linkage with Cys4057 of apo[a]. To explore possible noncovalent interactions between apo B-100 and apo[a], the crystallographic coordinates for plasminogen kringle 4 were used to generate molecular models of the apo[a] kringle-repeat sequence (3991-4068, LPaK9), the only plasminogen kringle 4 type repeat in apo[a] having an extra cysteine residue not involved in an intramolecular disulfide bond. The Cys4057 residue (henceforth designated as Cys67 in the LPaK9 sequence) is believed to form an intermolecular disulfide bond with a cysteine of apo B-100. In computer graphics molecular models of LPaK9, Cys67 is located on the surface of the kringle near the lysine ligand binding site. Selected segments of the LDL apo B-100 sequence that contain free sulfhydryl cysteines were subjected to energy minimization and docking with the ligand binding site and adjacent regions of the LPaK9 model. In the docking experiments, apo B-100 segment 3732-3745 (PSCKLDFREIQIYK) displayed the best fit and the largest number of van der Waals contacts with models of LPaK9. Other apo B-100 peptides with sulfhydryl

  1. MR histology of advanced atherosclerotic lesions of ApoE- knockout mice

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    Naumova, A.; Yarnykh, V.; Ferguson, M.; Rosenfeld, M.; Yuan, C.

    2016-02-01

    The purposes of this study were to examine the feasibility of determining the composition of advanced atherosclerotic plaques in fixed ApoE-knockout mice and to develop a time-efficient microimaging protocol for MR histological imaging on mice. Five formalin-fixed transgenic ApoE-knockout mice were imaged at the 9.4T Bruker BioSpec MR scanner using 3D spoiled gradient-echo sequence with an isotropic field of view of 24 mm3; TR 20.8 ms; TE 2.6 ms; flip angle 20°, resulted voxel size 47 × 63 × 94 pm3. MRI examination has shown that advanced atherosclerotic lesions of aorta, innominate and carotid arteries in ApoE-knockout mice are characterized by high calcification and presence of the large fibrofatty nodules. MRI quantification of atherosclerotic lesion components corresponded to histological assessment of plaque composition with a correlation coefficient of 0.98.

  2. HDL/ApoA-1 infusion and ApoA-1 gene therapy in atherosclerosis

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    Chyu, Kuang-Yuh; Shah, Prediman K.

    2015-01-01

    The HDL hypothesis stating that simply raising HDL cholesterol (HDL-C) may produce cardiovascular benefits has been questioned recently based on several randomized clinical trials using CETP inhibitors or niacin to raise HDL-C levels. However, extensive pre-clinical data support the vascular protective effects of administration of exogenous ApoA-1 containing preβ-HDL like particles. Several small proof-of-concept clinical trials using such HDL/ApoA-1 infusion therapy have shown encouraging results but definitive proof of efficacy must await large scale clinical trials. In addition to HDL infusion therapy an alternative way to exploit beneficial cardiovascular effects of HDL/ApoA-1 is to use gene transfer. Preclinical studies have shown evidence of benefit using this approach; however clinical validation is yet lacking. This review summarizes our current knowledge of the aforementioned strategies. PMID:26388776

  3. Atherosclerosis proceeds independently of thrombin-induced platelet activation in ApoE-/- mice

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    Hamilton, J.R.; Cornelissen, I.; Mountford, J.K.; Coughlin, S.R.

    2009-01-01

    Platelet activation has long been postulated to contribute to the development of atherosclerotic plaques, although the mechanism by which this might occur remains unknown. Thrombin is a potent platelet activator and transfusion of thrombin-activated platelets into mice increases plaque formation, suggesting that thrombin-induced platelet activation might contribute to platelet-dependent atherosclerosis. Platelets from protease-activated receptor 4-deficient (Par4-/-) mice fail to respond to thrombin. To determine whether thrombin-activated platelets play a necessary role in a model of atherogenesis, we compared plaque formation and progression in Par4+/+ and Par4-/- mice in the atherosclerosis-prone apolipoprotein E-deficient (ApoE-/-) background. Littermate Par4+/+ and Par4-/- mice, all ApoE-/-, were placed on a Western diet (21% fat, 0.15% cholesterol) for 5 or 10 weeks. The percent of aortic lumenal surface covered by plaques in Par4+/+ and Par4-/- mice was not different at either time point (2.2 ± 0.3% vs. 2.5 ± 0.2% and 5.1 ± 0.4% vs. 5.6 ± 0.4% after 5 and 10 weeks, respectively). Further, no differences were detected in the cross-sectional area of plaques measured at the aortic root (1.53 ± 0.17 vs. 1.66 ± 0.16 × 105 μm2 and 12.56 ± 1.23 vs. 13.03 ± 0.55 × 105 μm2 after 5 and10 weeks, respectively). These findings indicate that thrombin-mediated platelet activation is not required for the early development of atherosclerotic plaques in the ApoE-/- mouse model and suggest that, if platelet activation is required for plaque formation under these experimental conditions, platelet activators other than thrombin suffice. PMID:19217621

  4. APOE ε4 Genotype Predicts Memory for Everyday Activities

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    Bailey, Heather R.; Sargent, Jesse Q.; Flores, Shaney; Nowotny, Petra; Goate, Alison; Zacks, Jeffrey M.

    2015-01-01

    The apolipoprotein E (ApoE) ε4 allele is associated with neuropathological buildup of amyloid in the brain, and with lower performance on some laboratory measures of memory in some populations. In two studies, we tested whether ApoE genotype affects memory for everyday activities. In Study 1, participants aged 20-79 years old (n = 188) watched movies of actors engaged in daily activities and completed memory tests for the activities in the movies. In Study 2, cognitively healthy and demented older adults (n = 97) watched and remembered similar movies, and also underwent structural MRI scanning. All participants provided saliva samples for genetic analysis. In both samples we found that, in older adults, ApoE ε4 carriers demonstrated worse everyday memory performance than did ε4 non-carriers. In Study 2, ApoE ε4 carriers had smaller MTL volumes, and MTL volume mediated the relationship between ApoE genotype and everyday memory performance. These everyday memory tasks measure genetically-determined cognitive decline that can occur prior to a clinical diagnosis of dementia. Further, these tasks are easily administered and may be a useful clinical tool in identifying ε4 carriers who may be at risk for MTL atrophy and further cognitive decline that is a common characteristic of the earliest stages of Alzheimer's disease. PMID:25754878

  5. How the Group Investigation Model and the Six-Mirror Model Changed Teachers&apos; Roles and Teachers&apos; and Students&apos; Attitudes towards Diversity

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    Damini, Marialuisa

    2014-01-01

    This paper is based on research that demonstrates the positive effects of the cooperative learning model Group Investigation (GI) and the Six-Mirror model on teacher effectiveness in organizing and scaffolding CL activities, and changing students&apos; and teachers&apos; views of diversity. We explain how the connection between the two models…

  6. "I Mean, the Queen&apos;s Fierce and the King&apos;s Not": Gendered Embodiment in Children&apos;s Drawings

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    Wright, Susan

    2014-01-01

    Gender differences in children&apos;s artwork have been the subject of study for over 100 years. The focus of early research was quite narrow, honing in on issues such as children&apos;s gendered subject preferences, or their ability to render spatial relationships or include detail in their artwork. This has led to some stereotypical conclusions…

  7. LDL receptor/lipoprotein recognition: endosomal weakening of ApoB and ApoE binding to the convex face of the LR5 repeat.

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    Martínez-Oliván, Juan; Arias-Moreno, Xabier; Velazquez-Campoy, Adrián; Millet, Oscar; Sancho, Javier

    2014-03-01

    The molecular mechanism of lipoprotein binding by the low-density lipoprotein (LDL) receptor (LDLR) is poorly understood, one reason being that structures of lipoprotein-receptor complexes are not available. LDLR uses calcium-binding repeats (LRs) to interact with apolipoprotein B and apolipoprotein E (ApoB and ApoE). We have used NMR and SPR to characterize the complexes formed by LR5 and three peptides encompassing the putative binding regions of ApoB (site A and site B) and ApoE. The three peptides bind at the hydrophilic convex face of LR5, forming complexes that are weakened at low [Ca(2+) ] and low pH. Thus, endosomal conditions favour dissociation of LDLR/lipoprotein complexes regardless of whether active displacement of bound lipoproteins by the β-propeller in LDLR takes place. The multiple ApoE copies in β very low density lipoproteins (β-VLDLs), and the presence of two competent binding sites (A and B) in LDLs, suggest that LDLR chelates lipoproteins and enhances complex affinity by using more than one LR.

  8. Mothers&apos; Early Depressive Symptoms Predict Children&apos;s Low Social Competence in First Grade: Mediation by Children&apos;s Social Cognition

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    Wang, Yiji; Dix, Theodore

    2015-01-01

    Background: This study examined whether social-cognitive processes in children mediate relations between mothers&apos; depressive symptoms across the first 3 years and children&apos;s first-grade social competence. Three maladaptive cognitions were examined: self-perceived social inadequacy, hostile attribution, and aggressive response generation.…

  9. What&apos;s a Degree Got to Do with It? The Civic Engagement of Associate&apos;s and Bachelor&apos;s Degree Holders

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    Newell, Mallory Angeli

    2014-01-01

    This study explored the civic engagement of adults holding an associate&apos;s degree compared to those holding a bachelor&apos;s degree. Most prior research has focused on individuals who hold 4-year degrees; the present study, however, sought to understand differences between holders of 2-year degrees and 4-year degrees. Descriptive statistics…

  10. The Complexity of Thomas Jefferson. A Response to "&apos;The Diffusion of Light&apos;: Jefferson&apos;s Philosophy of Education"

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    Carpenter, James

    2014-01-01

    This response argues that Jefferson&apos;s educational philosophy must be considered in a proper historical context. Holowchak accurately demonstrates both Jefferson&apos;s obsession with education and the political philosophy on which his educational beliefs are built. However, the effort to apply modern democratic and meritocratic attributes to…

  11. A Quantitative Study of Head Start Children&apos;s Strengths, Families&apos; Perspectives, and Teachers&apos; Ratings in the Transition to Kindergarten

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    Robinson, Chanele D.; Diamond, Karen E.

    2014-01-01

    This study examined the association between preschool children&apos;s social-interpersonal skills and their transition to school in the beginning months of kindergarten. One hundred and thirty-three preschool children participated in this study. During the spring of the pre-kindergarten year, children&apos;s social-interpersonal skills were…

  12. A population study of apoE genotype at the age of 85: relation to dementia, cerebrovascular disease, and mortality

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    Skoog, I.; Hesse, C.; Aevarsson, O.; Landahl, S.; Wahlstrom, J.; Fredman, P.; Blennow, K.

    1998-01-01

    OBJECTIVES—To study the association of apoE genotypes with dementia and cerebrovascular disorders in a population based sample of 85year old people.
METHODS—A representative sample of 85 year old people (303 non-demented, 109 demented) were given a neuropsychiatric and a medical examination and head CT. The apoE isoforms were determined. Dementia was diagnosed according to DSM-III-R.
RESULTS—At the age of 85, carriers of the apoE ε4 allele had an increased odds ratio (OR) for dementia (1.9; p<0.01) and its subtypes Alzheimer's disease (1.9; p<0.05) and vascular dementia (2.0; p<0.05). Among those categorised as having vascular dementia, the apoE ε4 allele was associated with mixed Alzheimer's disease-multi-infarct dementia (OR 6.5; p<0.05), but not with pure multi-infarct dementia (OR 1.5; NS). Only carriers of the apoE ε4 allele who also had ischaemic white matter lesions on CT of the head had an increased OR for dementia (OR 6.1; p=0.00003), and its main subtypes Alzheimer's disease (OR 6.8; p=0.002) and vascular dementia (OR 5.6; p=0.0007), whereas carriers of the apoE ε4 allele without white matter lesions had an OR for dementia of 1.0 (OR for Alzheimer's disease 1.8; NS and for vascular dementia 0.6; NS) and non-carriers of the apoE ε4 allele with white matter lesions had an OR for dementia of 2.2; NS (OR for Alzheimer's disease 2.7; NS and for vascular dementia 1.6; NS). The apoE allele variants were not related to mortality or incidence of dementia between the ages of 85 and 88. The ε2 allele was related to a higher prevalence of stroke or transient ischaemic attack at the age of 85 (OR 2.1; p<0.05) and a higher incidence of multi-infarct dementia during the follow up (OR 2.9; p<0.05).
CONCLUSIONS—Neither the apoE ε4 allele nor white matter lesions are sufficient risk factors by themselves for dementia at very old ages, whereas possession of both these entities increases the risk for Alzheimer's disease and vascular dementia

  13. Chronic exposure to chlorpyrifos triggered body weight increase and memory impairment depending on human apoE polymorphisms in a targeted replacement mouse model.

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    Peris-Sampedro, Fiona; Basaure, Pia; Reverte, Ingrid; Cabré, Maria; Domingo, José L; Colomina, Maria Teresa

    2015-05-15

    Despite restrictions on their use, humans are still constantly exposed to organophosphates (OPs). A huge number of studies have ratified the neurotoxic effects of chlorpyrifos (CPF) and suggested its association with neurodegenerative diseases, but data are still scarce. Human apolipoprotein E (apoE) plays an important role in lipid transport and distribution. In humans, the apoE4 isoform has been linked to an increased risk of Alzheimer's disease (AD). ApoE3 is the most prevalent isoform worldwide, and has been often established as the healthful one. The current study, performed in targeted replacement (TR) adult male mice, aimed to inquire whether genetic variations of the human apoE respond differently to a chronic dietary challenge with CPF. At four/five months of age, mice carrying apoE2, apoE3 or apoE4 were pair-fed a diet supplemented with CPF at 0 or 2mg/kg body weight/day for 13weeks. Cholinergic signs were monitored daily and body weight changes weekly. In the last week of treatment, learning and memory were assessed in a Barnes maze task. Dietary CPF challenge increased body weight only in apoE3 mice. Differences in the acquisition and retention of the Barnes maze were attributed to apoE genetic differences. Our results showed that apoE4 mice performed worse than apoE2 and apoE3 carriers in the acquisition period of the spatial task, and that apoE2 mice had poorer retention than the other two genotypes. On the other hand, CPF increased the search velocity of apoE2 subjects during the acquisition period. Retention was impaired only in CPF-exposed apoE3 mice. These results underline that gene×environment interactions need to be taken into account in epidemiological studies. Given that apoE3, the most common polymorphism in humans, has proved to be the most sensitive to CPF, the potential implications for human health merit serious thought.

  14. Isoform-dependent effects of apoE on doublecortin-positive cells and microtubule-associated protein 2 immunoreactivity following (137)Cs irradiation.

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    Villasana, Laura; Pfankuch, Timothy; Raber, Jacob

    2010-08-01

    Previously we found apoE isoform-dependent effects of (137)Cs irradiation on cognitive function of female mice 3 months following irradiation. Alterations in the number of immature neurons and in the levels of the dendritic marker microtubule-associated protein 2 (MAP-2) might contribute to the cognitive changes following irradiation. Therefore, in the present study we determined if, following (137)Cs irradiation, there are apoE isoform-dependent effects on loss of doublecortin-positive neuroprogenitor cells or MAP-2 immumonoreactivity. In the dentate gyrus, CA1 and CA3 regions of the hippocampus, enthorhinal and sensorimotor cortex, and central and basolateral nuclei of the amygdala of apoE3 female mice, MAP-2 immunoreactivity increased 3 months following (137)Cs irradiation. In addition, at 8 h following irradiation, the number of doublecortin-positive cells was higher in apoE3 than apoE2 or apoE4 mice. Together, these data indicate that brains of apoE3 mice respond differently to (137)Cs irradiation than those of apoE2 or apoE4 mice.

  15. Apolipoprotein E4 domain interaction accelerates diet-induced atherosclerosis in hypomorphic Arg-61 Apoe mice

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    Eberlé, Delphine; Kim, Roy Y.; Luk, Fu Sang; de Mochel, Nabora Soledad Reyes; Gaudreault, Nathalie; Olivas, Victor R.; Kumar, Nikit; Posada, Jessica M.; Birkeland, Andrew C.; Rapp, Joseph H.; Raffai, Robert L.

    2012-01-01

    Objective Apolipoprotein (apo) E4 is an established risk factor for atherosclerosis, but the structural components underlying this association remain unclear. ApoE4 is characterized by two biophysical properties: domain interaction and molten globule state. Substituting Arg-61 for Thr-61 in mouse apoE introduces domain interaction without molten globule state, allowing us to delineate potential pro-atherogenic effects of domain interaction in vivo. Methods and Results We studied atherosclerosis susceptibility of hypomorphic Apoe mice expressing either Thr-61 or Arg-61 apoE (ApoeTh/h or ApoeRh/h mice). On a chow diet, both mouse models were normo-lipidemic with similar levels of plasma apoE and lipoproteins. However, on a high cholesterol diet, ApoeRh/h mice displayed increased levels of total plasma cholesterol and VLDL as well as larger atherosclerotic plaques in the aortic root, arch and descending aorta compared to ApoeTh/h mice. In addition, evidence of cellular dysfunction was identified in peritoneal ApoeRh/h macrophages which released lower amounts of apoE in culture medium and displayed increased expression of MHC class II molecules. Conclusions These data indicate that domain interaction mediates pro-atherogenic effects of apoE4 in part by modulating lipoprotein metabolism and macrophage biology. Pharmaceutical targeting of domain interaction could lead to new treatments for atherosclerosis in apoE4 individuals. PMID:22441102

  16. Participants&apos; Experiences in Hellinger&apos;s Family Constellation Work: A Grounded Theory Study

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    Georgiadou, Sofia

    2012-01-01

    As a recently introduced to the U.S. model of intergenerational systemic therapy from Germany, Bert Hellinger&apos;s Family Constellation Work (FCW) has very limited research support. Hellinger himself has authored a number of publications referencing hundreds of cases, where he implemented his method to approach a broad array of physical,…

  17. Updating Understandings of "Teaching": Taking Account of Learners&apos; and Teachers&apos; Beliefs

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    Maclellan, Effie

    2015-01-01

    The paper reviews recent psycho-educational literature to identify features of teacher thinking which enable learners to acquire meaningful knowledge. The review establishes that one powerful mechanism to improve teaching in higher education turns on exploiting adults&apos; epistemic beliefs: beliefs about the nature and the acquisition of…

  18. A Journey to Find What&apos;s Working in America&apos;s Schools

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    Healy, Michelle

    2013-01-01

    This article provides a description of the birth of The Odyssey Initiative. As teachers, this group of three, all educators, knew that there was outrage about the state of education in America. Griping about our nation&apos;s schools has almost become a pastime, and with very good reason. However, they found the solutions being offered to save our…

  19. Ageing and apoE change DHA homeostasis: relevance to age-related cognitive decline.

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    Hennebelle, Marie; Plourde, Mélanie; Chouinard-Watkins, Raphaël; Castellano, Christian-Alexandre; Barberger-Gateau, Pascale; Cunnane, Stephen C

    2014-02-01

    Epidemiological studies fairly convincingly suggest that higher intakes of fatty fish and n-3 fatty acids are associated with reduced risk of Alzheimer's disease (AD). DHA in plasma is normally positively associated with DHA intake. However, despite being associated with lower fish and DHA intake, unexpectedly, plasma (or brain) DHA is frequently not lower in AD. This review will highlight some metabolic and physiological factors such as ageing and apoE polymorphism that influence DHA homeostasis. Compared with young adults, blood DHA is often slightly but significantly higher in older adults without any age-related cognitive decline. Higher plasma DHA in older adults could be a sign that their fish or DHA intake is higher. However, our supplementation and carbon-13 tracer studies also show that DHA metabolism, e.g. transit through the plasma, apparent retroconversion and β-oxidation, is altered in healthy older compared with healthy young adults. ApoE4 increases the risk of AD, possibly in part because it too changes DHA homeostasis. Therefore, independent of differences in fish intake, changing DHA homeostasis may tend to obscure the relationship between DHA intake and plasma DHA which, in turn, may contribute to making older adults more susceptible to cognitive decline despite older adults having similar or sometimes higher plasma DHA than in younger adults. In conclusion, recent development of new tools such as isotopically labelled DHA to study DHA metabolism in human subjects highlights some promising avenues to evaluate how and why DHA metabolism changes during ageing and AD.

  20. Researching Teachers&apos; and Parents&apos; Perceptions of Dialogue

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    Tveit, Anne Dorthe

    2014-01-01

    While there has been a great deal of research done on parent involvement and the challenges of conducting effective dialogue in parent-teacher meetings, less attention has been paid to how teachers and parents themselves perceive dialogue. The purpose of the present article is to study whether deliberative principles are vital to teachers&apos;…

  1. Principals&apos; Perceptions of Novice School Counselors&apos; Induction: An Afterthought

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    Bickmore, Dana L.; Curry, Jennifer R.

    2013-01-01

    Principals have a clear impact on the transition of teachers into their initial work setting (Allensworth, Ponisciak, Mazzeo, 2009; S. T. Bickmore & D. L. Bickmore, 2010; Scherff, 2008). School administrators&apos; influence on teacher induction is both organizational and relational as they develop structures and practices that support…

  2. But I&apos;m Married: Understanding Relationship Status and College Students&apos; Sexual Behaviors

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    Oswalt, Sara B.; Wyatt, Tammy J.

    2014-01-01

    Sexual health programs on college campuses are often directed toward single individuals with a focus on sexual risk. Using a sample of college students, this study examines how relationship status relates to sexual behaviors and may be a factor for sexual risk. Based on the study&apos;s results, expansion of sexual health programming on college…

  3. Towards the modelling of ageing and atherosclerosis effects in ApoE(-/-) mice aortic tissue.

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    Waffenschmidt, Tobias; Cilla, Myriam; Sáez, Pablo; Pérez, Marta M; Martínez, Miguel A; Menzel, Andreas; Peña, Estefanía

    2016-08-16

    The goal of this work consists in a quantitative analysis and constitutive modelling of ageing processes associated to plaque formation in mice arteries. Reliable information on the characteristic evolution of pressure-stretch curves due to the ageing effects is extracted from previous inflation test experiments. Furthermore, characteristic age-dependent material parameters are identified on the basis of a continuum-mechanics-based parameter optimisation technique. The results indicate that the aorta-stiffness of the healthy control mice remains basically constant irrespective of the diet-time and age. In contrast, significant differences exist within the material response and in consequence within the material parameters between the ApoE(-/-) and the control mice as well as for the different locations over the aorta which is underlined by our experimental observations. With regard to the temporal evolution of the material parameters, we observe that the material parameters for the ApoE(-/-) mice aortas exhibit a saturation-type increase with respect to age.

  4. Understanding Teachers&apos; Perceptions of Student Support Systems in Relation to Teachers&apos; Stress

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    Ball, Annahita; Anderson-Butcher, Dawn

    2014-01-01

    Expanded school mental health (ESMH) programs are critical for addressing children&apos;s social and emotional development in schools. As broad, multisystem approaches, ESMH programs rely on teachers for effective and sustainable primary, secondary, and tertiary school mental health service delivery. In light of the increasing mental health needs…

  5. Students&apos; Perceptions of Teachers: Implications for Classroom Practices for Supporting Students&apos; Success

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    Guess, Pamela; Bowling, Sara

    2014-01-01

    Positive psychology represents a conceptual framework that emphasizes the need to capitalize on individuals&apos; strengths in order to facilitate optimal functioning. As applied to the educational setting, these concepts have primarily been investigated via teaching life skills to students that encourage overall wellness. School-based strategies…

  6. Uncleaved ApoM signal peptide is required for formation of large ApoM/sphingosine 1-phosphate (S1P)-enriched HDL particles.

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    Liu, Mingxia; Allegood, Jeremy; Zhu, Xuewei; Seo, Jeongmin; Gebre, Abraham K; Boudyguina, Elena; Cheng, Dongmei; Chuang, Chia-Chi; Shelness, Gregory S; Spiegel, Sarah; Parks, John S

    2015-03-20

    Apolipoprotein M (apoM), a plasma sphingosine 1-phosphate (S1P) carrier, associates with plasma HDL via its uncleaved signal peptide. Hepatocyte-specific apoM overexpression in mice stimulates formation of both larger nascent HDL in hepatocytes and larger mature apoM/S1P-enriched HDL particles in plasma by enhancing hepatic S1P synthesis and secretion. Mutagenesis of apoM glutamine 22 to alanine (apoM(Q22A)) introduces a functional signal peptidase cleavage site. Expression of apoM(Q22A) in ABCA1-expressing HEK293 cells resulted in the formation of smaller nascent HDL particles compared with wild type apoM (apoM(WT)). When apoM(Q22A) was expressed in vivo, using recombinant adenoviruses, smaller plasma HDL particles and decreased plasma S1P and apoM were observed relative to expression of apoM(WT). Hepatocytes isolated from both apoM(WT)- and apoM(Q22A)-expressing mice displayed an equivalent increase in cellular levels of S1P, relative to LacZ controls; however, relative to apoM(WT), apoM(Q22A) hepatocytes displayed more rapid apoM and S1P secretion but minimal apoM(Q22A) bound to nascent lipoproteins. Pharmacologic inhibition of ceramide synthesis increased cellular sphingosine and S1P but not medium S1P in both apoM(WT) and apoM(Q22A) hepatocytes. We conclude that apoM secretion is rate-limiting for hepatocyte S1P secretion and that its uncleaved signal peptide delays apoM trafficking out of the cell, promoting formation of larger nascent apoM- and S1P-enriched HDL particles that are probably precursors of larger apoM/S1P-enriched plasma HDL.

  7. Rexinoids as Therapeutics for Alzheimer's Disease: Role of APOE.

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    Koster, Kevin P; Smith, Conor; Valencia-Olvera, Ana C; Thatcher, Gregory R J; Tai, Leon M; LaDu, Mary Jo

    2017-01-01

    Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease characterized by amyloid plaques, composed of amyloid-beta peptide (Aβ) and neurofibrillary tangles, composed of aberrantly phosphorylated tau. APOE4 is the greatest genetic risk factor for AD, increasing risk up to 12- fold with a double allele compared to APOE3. In contrast, APOE2 reduces AD risk ~2-fold per allele. Accumulating evidence demonstrates that apolipoprotein E4 (apoE4) plays a multifactorial role in AD pathogenesis, although the exact mechanisms remain unclear. Further data support roles for apoE4 as a toxic gain of function or loss of positive function in AD, a discrepancy that has significant implications for the future of apoE-directed therapeutics. However, recent evidence repurposing retinoid X receptor (RXR) agonists, or rexinoids, for the treatment of AD demonstrates conflicting, though potentially beneficial effects in familial AD-transgenic (FAD-Tg) mouse models. Of particular note is bexarotene (Targretin®), a selective rexinoid previously utilized in cancer treatment emerging as a viable candidate for AD clinical trials. However, the mechanism of action of bexarotene and similar rexinoids remains controversial, particularly in the context of human APOE. In addition, rexinoids demonstrate distinct adverse event profiles in humans that may have greater detrimental effects in an elderly AD population. Therefore, this special issue review discusses the implications for rexinoiddirected therapeutic strategies in AD, the potential mechanistic targets, and future directions for the improvement of rexinoid-based therapies in AD.

  8. PKCβ Promotes Vascular inflammation and Acceleration of Atherosclerosis in Diabetic ApoE Null Mice

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    Kong, Linghua; Shen, Xiaoping; Lin, Lili; Leitges, Michael; Rosario, Rosa; Zou, Yu Shan; Yan, Shi Fang

    2013-01-01

    Objective Diabetic subjects are at high risk for developing atherosclerosis through a variety of mechanisms. As the metabolism of glucose results in production of activators of protein kinase C (PKC)β, it was logical to investigate the role of PKCβ in modulation of atherosclerosis in diabetes. Approach and Results ApoE−/− and PKCβ −/−/ApoE−/− mice were rendered diabetic with streptozotocin. Quantification of atherosclerosis, gene expression profiling or analysis of signaling molecules was performed on aortic sinus or aortas from diabetic mice. Diabetes-accelerated atherosclerosis increased the level of phosphorylated ERK1/2 and JNK mitogen activated protein (MAP) kinases and augmented vascular expression of inflammatory mediators, as well as increased monocyte/macrophage infiltration and CD11c+ cells accumulation in diabetic ApoE−/− mice; processes which were diminished in diabetic PKCβ −/−/ApoE−/− mice. In addition, pharmacological inhibition of PKCβ reduced atherosclerotic lesion size in diabetic ApoE−/− mice. In vitro, the inhibitors of PKCβ and ERK1/2, as well as small interfering RNA (siRNA) to Egr-1 significantly decreased high glucose-induced expression of CD11c (Itgax), chemokine (C-C motif) ligand 2 (CCL2) and interleukin (IL)-1β in U937 macrophages. Conclusions These data link enhanced activation of PKCβ to accelerated diabetic atherosclerosis via a mechanism that includes modulation of gene transcription and signal transduction in the vascular wall; processes that contribute to acceleration of vascular inflammation and atherosclerosis in diabetes. Our results uncover a novel role for PKCβ in modulating CD11c expression and inflammatory response of macrophages in the development of diabetic atherosclerosis. These findings support PKCβ activation as a potential therapeutic target for prevention and treatment of diabetic atherosclerosis. PMID:23766264

  9. Different Functional and Structural Characteristics between ApoA-I and ApoA-4 in Lipid-Free and Reconstituted HDL State: ApoA-4 Showed Less Anti-Atherogenic Activity

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    Yoo, Jeong-Ah; Lee, Eun-Young; Park, Ji Yoon; Lee, Seung-Taek; Ham, Sihyun; Cho, Kyung-Hyun

    2015-01-01

    Apolipoprotein A-I and A-IV are protein constituents of high-density lipoproteins although their functional difference in lipoprotein metabolism is still unclear. To compare anti-atherogenic properties between apoA-I and apoA-4, we characterized both proteins in lipid-free and lipid-bound state. In lipid-free state, apoA4 showed two distinct bands, around 78 and 67 Å on native gel electrophoresis, while apoA-I showed scattered band pattern less than 71 Å. In reconstituted HDL (rHDL) state, apoA-4 showed three major bands around 101 Å and 113 Å, while apoA-I-rHDL showed almost single band around 98 Å size. Lipid-free apoA-I showed 2.9-fold higher phospholipid binding ability than apoA-4. In lipid-free state, BS3-crosslinking revealed that apoA-4 showed less multimerization tendency upto dimer, while apoA-I showed pentamerization. In rHDL state (95:1), apoA-4 was existed as dimer as like as apoA-I. With higher phospholipid content (255:1), five apoA-I and three apoA-4 were required to the bigger rHDL formation. Regardless of particle size, apoA-I-rHDL showed superior LCAT activation ability than apoA-4-rHDL. Uptake of acetylated LDL was inhibited by apoA-I in both lipid-free and lipid-bound state, while apoA-4 inhibited it only lipid-free state. ApoA-4 showed less anti-atherogenic activity with more sensitivity to glycation. In conclusion, apoA-4 showed inferior physiological functions in lipid-bound state, compared with those of apoA-I, to induce more pro-atherosclerotic properties. PMID:25997739

  10. Teachers&apos; Spatial Anxiety Relates to 1st-and 2nd-Graders&apos; Spatial Learning

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    Gunderson, Elizabeth A.; Ramirez, Gerardo; Beilock, Sian L.; Levine, Susan C.

    2013-01-01

    Teachers&apos; anxiety about an academic domain, such as math, can impact students&apos; learning in that domain. We asked whether this relation held in the domain of spatial skill, given the importance of spatial skill for success in math and science and its malleability at a young age. We measured 1st-and 2nd-grade teachers&apos; spatial anxiety…

  11. Cognitive changes preceding clinical symptom onset of mild cognitive impairment and relationship to ApoE genotype

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    Albert, M; Soldan, A; Gottesman, R; McKhann, G; Sacktor, N; Farrington, L; Grega, M; Turner, RS; Lu, Y; Li, S; Wang, M-C; Selnes, O

    2014-01-01

    Background This study had two goals (1) to evaluate changes in neuropsychological performance among cognitively normal individuals that might precede the onset of clinical symptoms, and (2) to examine the impact of Apolipoprotein E (ApoE) genotype on these changes. Methods Longitudinal neuropsychological, clinical assessments and consensus diagnoses were completed prospectively in 268 cognitively normal individuals. The mean duration of follow-up was 9.2 years (+/− 3.3). 208 participants remained normal and 60 developed cognitive decline, consistent with a diagnosis of MCI or dementia. Cox regression analyses were completed, for both baseline scores and rate of change in scores, in relation to time to onset of clinical symptoms. Analyses were completed both with and without ApoE-4 status included. Interactions with ApoE-4 status were also examined. Results Lower baseline test scores, as well as greater rate of change in test scores, were associated with time to onset of clinical symptoms (p<0.001). The mean time from baseline to onset of clinical symptoms was 6.15 (+/− 3.4) years. The presence of an ApoE-4 allele doubled the risk of progression. The rate of change in two of the test scores was significantly different in ApoE-4 carriers vs. non-carriers. Conclusions Cognitive performance declines prior to the onset of clinical symptoms that are a harbinger of a diagnosis of MCI. Cognitive changes in normal individuals who will subsequently decline may be observed at least 6.5 years prior to symptom onset. In addition, the risk of decline is doubled among individuals with an ApoE-4 allele. PMID:25212916

  12. Full-length apolipoprotein E protects against the neurotoxicity of an apoE-related peptide

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    Crutcher, K.A.; Lilley, H.N.; Anthony, S. R.; Zhou, W.; Narayanaswami, V.

    2009-01-01

    Apolipoprotein E was found to protect against the neurotoxic effects of a dimeric peptide derived from the receptor-binding region of this protein (residues 141–149). Both apoE3 and apoE4 conferred protection but the major N-terminal fragment of each isoform did not. Nor was significant protection provided by bovine serum albumin or apoA-I. Full-length apoE3 and apoE4 also inhibited the uptake of a fluorescent-labeled derivative of the peptide, suggesting that the mechanism of inhibition might involve competition for cell surface receptors/proteoglycans that mediate endocytosis and/or signaling pathways. These results might bear on the question of the role of apoE in neuronal degeneration, such as occurs in Alzheimer’s disease where apoE4 confers a significantly greater risk of pathology. PMID:19836363

  13. ApoE deficiency promotes colon inflammation and enhances the inflammatory potential of oxidized-LDL and TNF-α in primary colon epithelial cells

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    El-Bahrawy, Ali H.; Tarhuni, Abdelmetalab; Kim, Hogyoung; Subramaniam, Venkat; Benslimane, Ilyes; Elmajeed, Zakaria Y. Abd; Okpechi, Samuel C.; Ghonim, Mohamed A.; Hemeida, Ramadan A.M.; Abo-yousef, Amira M.; El-Sherbiny, Gamal A.; Abdel-Raheem, Ihab T.; Kim, Jong; Naura, Amarjit S.; Boulares, A. Hamid

    2016-01-01

    Although deficiency in Apolipoprotein E (ApoE) is linked to many diseases, its effect on colon homoeostasis remains unknown. ApoE appears to control inflammation by regulating nuclear factor-κB (NF-κB). The present study was designed to examine whether ApoE deficiency affects factors of colon integrity in vivo and given the likelihood that ApoE deficiency increases oxidized lipids and TNF-α, the present study also examined whether such deficiency enhances the inflammatory potential of oxidized-LDL (oxLDL) and TNF-α in colon epithelial cells (CECs), in vitro. Here we show that ApoE deficiency is associated with chronic inflammation systemically and in colonic tissues as assessed by TNF-α levels. Increased colon TNF-α mRNA coincided with a substantial increase in cyclooxygenase (COX)-2. ApoE deficiency enhanced the potential of oxLDL and TNF-α to induce COX-2 expression as well as several other inflammatory factors in primary CECs. Interestingly, oxLDL enhanced TGF-β expression only in ApoE−/−, but not in wild-type, epithelial cells. ApoE deficiency appears to promote COX-2 expression enhancement through a mechanism that involves persistent NF-κB nuclear localization and PI3 and p38 MAP kinases but independently of Src. In mice, ApoE deficiency promoted a moderate increase in crypt length, which was associated with opposing effects of an increase in cell proliferation and apoptosis at the bottom and top of the crypt respectively. Our results support the notion that ApoE plays a central role in colon homoeostasis and that ApoE deficiency may constitute a risk factor for colon pathologies. PMID:27538678

  14. Reliability of Ratings of Children&apos;s Expressive Reading

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    Moser, Gary P.; Sudweeks, Richard R.; Morrison, Timothy G.; Wilcox, Brad

    2014-01-01

    This study examined ratings of fourth graders&apos; oral reading expression. Randomly assigned participants (n = 36) practiced repeated readings using narrative or informational passages for 7 weeks. After this period raters used the "Multidimensional Fluency Scale" (MFS) on two separate occasions to rate students&apos; expressive…

  15. Investigating Young Children&apos;s Learning of Mass Measurement

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    Cheeseman, Jill; McDonough, Andrea; Ferguson, Sarah

    2014-01-01

    This paper reports results of a design experiment regarding young children&apos;s concepts of mass measurement. The research built on an earlier study in which a framework of "growth points" in early mathematics learning and a related, task-based, one-to-one interview to assess children&apos;s understanding of the measurement of mass…

  16. Children&apos;s Perception of Dialect Variation

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    Wagner, Laura; Clopper, Cynthia G.; Pate, John K.

    2014-01-01

    A speaker&apos;s regional dialect is a rich source of information about that person. Two studies examined five- to six-year-old children&apos;s perception of regional dialect: Can they perceive differences among dialects? Have they made meaningful social connections to specific dialects? Experiment 1 asked children to categorize speakers into…

  17. Negative Integer Understanding: Characterizing First Graders&apos; Mental Models

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    Bofferding, Laura

    2014-01-01

    This article presents results of a research study. Sixty-one first graders&apos; responses to interview questions about negative integer values and order and directed magnitudes were examined to characterize the students&apos; mental models. The models reveal that initially, students overrelied on various combinations of whole-number principles as…

  18. Teachers&apos; Reported Utilization of Reading Disabilities Research

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    Davidson, Katherine

    2013-01-01

    This study was conducted to explore elementary school teachers&apos; uses of reading disabilities research. A modified version of Knott and Wildavsky&apos;s (1980) knowledge utilization framework underpinned the investigation. Teachers completed a questionnaire and participated in focus groups which elicited their reported uses of reading…

  19. Small Talk: Children&apos;s Everyday "Molecule" Ideas

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    Jakab, Cheryl

    2013-01-01

    This paper reports on 6-11-year-old children&apos;s "sayings and doings" (Harré 2002) as they explore molecule artefacts in dialectical-interactive teaching interviews (Fleer, "Cultural Studies of Science Education" 3:781-786, 2008; Hedegaard et al. 2008). This sociocultural study was designed to explore children&apos;s…

  20. Guattari&apos;s Ecosophy and Implications for Pedagogy

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    Greenhalgh-Spencer, Heather

    2014-01-01

    Guattari&apos;s ecosophy has implications for many types of pedagogy practiced in the school. While Guattari never explicitly advocated the educational use of ecosophy, I explore in this article how it can be used as a lens to "read" pedagogy in nuanced ways, highlighting oppressive premises and practices. I first discuss Guattari&apos;s…

  1. Tapping Technology&apos;s Potential to Motivate Readers

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    Conradi, Kristin

    2014-01-01

    Technology isn&apos;t inherently motivational to students, but teachers can employ a variety of strategies that can harness technology to promote student engagement. In so doing, teachers can focus on students&apos; self-concept as well as their attitudes as particularly important levers of motivating students to engage in reading.

  2. Supervisor&apos;s Interactive Model of Organizational Relationships

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    O'Reilly, Frances L.; Matt, John; McCaw, William P.

    2014-01-01

    The Supervisor&apos;s Interactive Model of Organizational Relationships (SIMOR) integrates two models addressed in the leadership literature and then highlights the importance of relationships. The Supervisor&apos;s Interactive Model of Organizational Relationships combines the modified Hersey and Blanchard model of situational leadership, the…

  3. Responding to Students&apos; Learning Preferences in Chemistry

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    Lewthwaite, Brian; Wiebe, Rick

    2014-01-01

    This paper reports on a teacher&apos;s and his students&apos; responsiveness to a new tetrahedral-oriented (Mahaffy in "J Chem Educ" 83(1):49-55, 2006) curriculum requiring more discursive classroom practices in the teaching of chemistry. In this instrumental case study, we identify the intentions of this learner-centered curriculum and…

  4. Professional Learning Communities: Teachers&apos; Perceptions and Student Achievement

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    Peters, Erica

    2013-01-01

    Professional Learning Communities (PLC&apos;s) are designed to help schools improve student achievement; all decisions are based on the needs of students. PLC&apos;s are an effective way to receive professional development (PD), allow for collaboration with fellow teachers, and offer timely intervention to all students. In a district known for PLC…

  5. Children&apos;s Eye Movements in Reading: A Commentary

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    Rayner, Keith; Ardoin, Scott P.; Binder, Katherine S.

    2013-01-01

    are discussed. Specifically, the following topics are addressed: (1) basic methodological issues, (2) prior research findings on children&apos;s reading, (3) research that is missing in the literature regarding children&apos;s eye movements during reading, (4) applied…

  6. Meet AAPT&apos;s New President, Steve Iona

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    Willis, Courtney

    2014-01-01

    I first met Steve Iona 40 years ago at a Denver Area Physics Teachers meeting. Steve had recently completed bachelor&apos;s and master&apos;s degrees in mathematics from the University of Chicago. Being a Colorado native, he was interested in returning to Colorado to teach. Steve had some rather high-powered recommendations, including one from a…

  7. Climate Change in the Preservice Teacher&apos;s Mind

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    Lambert, Julie L.; Bleicher, Robert E.

    2013-01-01

    Given the recent media attention on the public&apos;s shift in opinion toward being more skeptical about climate change, 154 preservice teachers&apos; participated in an intervention in an elementary science methods course. Findings indicated that students developed a deeper level of concern about climate change. Their perceptions on the evidence…

  8. Modern Analogue of Ohm&apos;s Historical Experiment

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    Mayer, V. V.; Varaksina, E. I.

    2014-01-01

    Students receive a more complete conception of scientific cognition methods if they reproduce fundamentally important historical investigations on their own. Ohm&apos;s investigation realized in 1826 is one of these. This paper presents a simple and accessible experimental unit, in which Ohm&apos;s ideas are implemented with the help of modern…

  9. CTE&apos;s Role in Urban Education

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    Hyslop, Alisha; Imperatore, Catherine

    2013-01-01

    Education in the United States is facing a crisis of completion and performance, both at the secondary and postsecondary levels, with high dropout rates and a significant number of students ill-prepared for further education and careers. These problems are even more acute in America&apos;s urban schools. Today&apos;s CTE is on the cutting edge of…

  10. Main Factors of Teachers&apos; Professional Well-Being

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    Yildirim, Kamil

    2014-01-01

    The purpose of the study was to reveal the main factors of teachers&apos; professional well being. Theoretically constructed model was tested on large scale data belong to 72.190 teachers working at lower secondary level. Theoretical model included teachers&apos; individual, professional and organizational characteristics. Professional well-being…

  11. Trends in Exiting Physics Master&apos;s. Focus On

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    Mulvey, Patrick J.; Nicholson, Starr

    2014-01-01

    A physics master&apos;s degree provides the recipient with a variety of career options. Some master&apos;s recipients will continue their education at the graduate level in physics or another field, where others enter the workforce pursuing a wide range of employment opportunities. This "Focus On" provides an in-depth analysis of physics…

  12. Students&apos; Opinions on Facebook Supported Blended Learning Environment

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    Erdem, Mukaddes; Kibar, Pinar Nuhoglu

    2014-01-01

    The first purpose of this study was to determine students&apos; opinions on blended learning and its implementation. The other purpose was to explore the students&apos; opinions on Facebook integration into blended learning environment. The participants of this study were 40 undergraduate students in their fourth semester of the program.…

  13. School Leaders&apos; Guide to Elementary Mathematics

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    Curtis-Bey, Linda

    2013-01-01

    High achievement in mathematics is a critical part of the portfolios of students seeking admission to the best high schools and colleges; it is essential to a school&apos;s success at district, state, and national levels and to America&apos;s future as a global competitor. Elementary school leaders need to provide their students with a balanced,…

  14. Understanding Gauss&apos;s Law Using Spreadsheets

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    Baird, William H.

    2013-01-01

    Some of the results from the electrostatics portion of introductory physics are particularly difficult for students to understand and/or believe. For students who have yet to take vector calculus, Gauss&apos;s law is far from obvious and may seem more difficult than Coulomb&apos;s. When these same students are told that the minimum potential…

  15. Infants&apos; Preferential Attention to Sung and Spoken Stimuli

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    Costa-Giomi, Eugenia; Ilari, Beatriz

    2014-01-01

    Caregivers and early childhood teachers all over the world use singing and speech to elicit and maintain infants&apos; attention. Research comparing infants&apos; preferential attention to music and speech is inconclusive regarding their responses to these two types of auditory stimuli, with one study showing a music bias and another one…

  16. NOAA&apos;s Education Program: Review and Critique

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    Farrington, John W., Ed.; Feder, Michael A., Ed.

    2010-01-01

    There is a national need to educate the public about the ocean, coastal resources, atmosphere and climate. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the agency responsible for understanding and predicting changes in the Earth&apos;s environment and conserving and managing coastal and marine resources to meet the nation&apos;s…

  17. Building Motherhood in the Young Mothers&apos; Group

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    Simonic, Barbara; Poljanec, Andreja

    2014-01-01

    The primary relationship undermines how a newborn will develop. The first three years of a child&apos;s life in particular are fundamental for the development of the child&apos;s brain. This is when the "social brain" develops and grows in response to the spontaneous relationships experienced within the environment and when an…

  18. An Analysis of Information Technology Managers&apos; and Executives&apos; Security Concerns on Willingness to Adopt Cloud Computing Solutions

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    Tanque, Marcus M.

    2012-01-01

    The research conducted in this study inquires about Information Technology (IT) managers&apos; and executives&apos; attitudes, beliefs, and knowledge on Cloud Computing (CC) security. The study evaluated how these factors affect IT managers&apos; and executives&apos; willingness to adopt CC solutions in their organizations. Confidentiality,…

  19. Vascular Wall ACE is not required for Atherogenesis in ApoE-/- mice

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    Weiss, Daiana; Bernstein, Kenneth E.; Fuchs, Sebastian; Adams, Jonathan; Synetos, Andreas; Taylor, W. Robert

    2009-01-01

    Background It has been proposed that elements of the renin angiotensin system expressed in the arterial wall are critical for the development of atherosclerosis. Angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) is highly expressed by the endothelium and is responsible for a critical enzymatic step in the generation of angiotensin II. However, the functional contribution of ACE expression in the vascular wall in atherogenesis is unknown. Therefore, we made use of unique genetic models in which mice without expression of ACE in the vascular wall were crossed with apoE-/- mice in order to determine the contribution of tissue ACE expression to atherosclerotic lesion formation. Methods and Results Mice expressing either a soluble form of ACE (ACE 2/2) or mice with somatic ACE expression restricted to the liver and kidney (ACE 3/3) on an ApoE-/- background were placed on a standard chow or Western diet for 6 months. Atherosclerotic lesion area in the ACE 2/2 mice was significantly lower than that seen in the ACE 3/3 mice. However, these animals also had significantly lower blood pressure and reduced plasma ACE activity which precluded establishing a specific causal relationship between absent tissue ACE activity and decreased atherosclerotic lesion extent. Therefore, we studied the ACE 3/3 mice which are normotensive and lack vascular ACE expression. In the ACE 3/3 animals, atherosclerotic lesion area was no different from wild type controls despite reduced plasma ACE activity. Conclusions We concluded that under these experimental conditions, expression of ACE in the arterial wall is not required for atherosclerotic lesion formation. PMID:19880118

  20. Early changes in vascular reactivity in response to 56Fe irradiation in ApoE-/- mice

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    White, C. Roger; Yu, Tao; Gupta, Kiran; Babitz, Stephen K.; Black, Leland L.; Kabarowski, Janusz H.; Kucik, Dennis F.

    2015-03-01

    Epidemiological studies have established that radiation from a number of terrestrial sources increases the risk of atherosclerosis. The accelerated heavy ions in the galacto-cosmic radiation (GCR) that astronauts will encounter on in space, however, interact very differently with tissues than most types of terrestrial radiation, so the health consequences of exposure on deep-space missions are not clear. We demonstrated earlier that 56Fe, an important component of cosmic radiation, accelerates atherosclerotic plaque development. In the present study, we examined an earlier, pro-atherogenic event that might be predictive of later atherosclerotic disease. Decreased endothelium-dependent vasodilation is a prominent manifestation of vascular dysfunction that is thought to predispose humans to the development of structural vascular changes that precede the development of atherosclerotic plaques. To test the effect of heavy-ion radiation on endothelium-dependent vasodilation, we used the same ApoE-/- mouse model in which we previously demonstrated the pro-atherogenic effect of 56Fe on plaque development. Ten week old male ApoE mice (an age at which there is little atherosclerotic plaque in the descending aorta) were exposed to 2.6 Gy 56Fe. The mice were then fed a normal diet and housed under standard conditions. At 4-5 weeks post-irradiation, aortic rings were isolated and endothelial-dependent relaxation was measured. Relaxation in response to acetylcholine was significantly impaired in irradiated mice compared to age-matched, un-irradiated mice. This decrease in vascular reactivity following 56Fe irradiation occurred eight weeks prior to the development of statistically significant exacerbation of aortic plaque formation and may contribute to the formation of later atherosclerotic lesions.

  1. Using ApoE Genotyping to Promote Healthy Lifestyles in Finland - Psychological Impacts: Randomized Controlled Trial.

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    Hietaranta-Luoma, H-L; Luomala, H T; Puolijoki, H; Hopia, A

    2015-12-01

    Common health recommendations often incite very little public response, as people instead require individualized information. The purpose of this study was to assess the psychological effects of personal genetic information, provided by different apoE genotypes, as a tool to promote lifestyle changes. This study was a one-year intervention study using healthy adults, aged 20-67 years (n = 107). Their experiences of state anxiety, threat and stage of change were measured three times over a 12 months period. These psychological experiences were assessed, during the genetic information gathering, for three groups: a high-risk group (Ɛ4+, n = 16); a low-risk group (Ɛ4-, n = 35); and a control group (n = 56). The psychological effects of personal genetic risk information were shown to be short-term, although the levels of state anxiety and threat experiences in the high-risk group both remained at a slightly higher level than in the baseline. Threat experiences differed almost significantly (alpha = 0.017) between the Ɛ4+ and Ɛ4- groups (p = 0.034). Information on the apoE genotype impacted the experience of cardiovascular threat; this effect was most intense immediately after genetic feedback was received. However, fears of threat and anxiety may not be an obstacle for using gene information to motivate healthy, stable adults towards making lifestyle changes. Further studies should thus focus on how to utilize genetic screening in prevention of lifestyle-related diseases.

  2. Inducible Apoe Gene Repair in Hypomorphic ApoE Mice Deficient in the LDL Receptor Promotes Atheroma Stabilization with a Human-like Lipoprotein Profile

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    Eberlé, Delphine; Luk, Fu Sang; Kim, Roy Y.; Olivas, Victor R.; Kumar, Nikit; Posada, Jessica M.; Li, Kang; Gaudreault, Nathalie; Rapp, Joseph H.; Raffai, Robert L.

    2013-01-01

    Objective To study atherosclerosis regression in mice following plasma lipid reduction to moderately elevated apolipoprotein B (apoB)-lipoprotein levels. Approach and Results Chow-fed hypomorphic Apoe mice deficient in LDL receptor expression (Apoeh/hLdlr−/−Mx1-cre mice) develop hyperlipidemia and atherosclerosis. These mice were studied before and after inducible cre-mediated Apoe gene repair. By 1 week, induced mice displayed a 2-fold reduction in plasma cholesterol and triglyceride levels and a decrease in the non-HDL:HDL-cholesterol ratio from 87%:13% to 60%:40%. This halted atherosclerotic lesion growth and promoted macrophage loss and accumulation of thick collagen fibers for up to 8 weeks. Concomitantly, blood Ly-6Chi monocytes were decreased by 2-fold but lesional macrophage apoptosis was unchanged. The expression of several genes involved in extra-cellular matrix remodeling and cell migration were changed in lesional macrophages 1 week after Apoe gene repair. However, mRNA levels of numerous genes involved in cholesterol efflux and inflammation were not significantly changed at this time point. Conclusions Restoring apoE expression in Apoeh/hLdlr−/−Mx1-cre mice resulted in lesion stabilization in the context of a human-like ratio of non-HDL:HDL-cholesterol. Our data suggest that macrophage loss derived in part from reduced blood Ly-6Chi monocytes levels and genetic reprogramming of lesional macrophages. PMID:23788760

  3. Sex and APOE: A memory advantage in male APOE ε4 carriers in midlife.

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    Zokaei, Nahid; Giehl, Kathrin; Sillence, Annie; Neville, Matt J; Karpe, Fredrik; Nobre, Anna C; Husain, Masud

    2017-03-01

    Short-term memory in middle-aged individuals with different APOE alleles was examined using a recently developed task which is sensitive to medial temporal lobe (MTL) damage. Individuals (age-range: 40-51 years) with ε3/ε3, ε3/ε4 and ε4/ε4 APOE genotypes (N = 60) performed a delayed estimation task with a sensitive continuous measure of report. The paradigm allowed us to measure memory for items and their locations, as well as maintenance of identity-location feature binding in memory. There was a significant gene-dosage dependent effect of the ε4 allele on performance: memory decay or forgetting was slower in ε4 carriers, as measured by localization error and after controlling for misbinding errors. Furthermore ε4 carriers made less misbinding errors. These findings were specific to male carriers only. Thus, male ε4 carriers are at a behavioral advantage in midlife on a sensitive task of short-term memory. The results would be consistent with an antagonistic pleiotropy hypothesis and hightight the interaction of gender on the influence of APOE in cognition.

  4. Do Students&apos; Topic Interest and Tutors&apos; Instructional Style Matter in Problem-Based Learning?

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    Wijnia, Lisette; Loyens, Sofie M. M.; Derous, Eva; Schmidt, Henk G.

    2014-01-01

    Two studies investigated the importance of initial topic interest (i.e., expectation of interest) and tutors&apos; autonomy-supportive or controlling instructional styles for students&apos; motivation and performance in problem-based learning (PBL). In Study 1 (N = 93, a lab experiment), each student participated in a simulated group discussion in…

  5. Let&apos;s Peel the Onion Together: An Application of Schein&apos;s Model of Organizational Culture

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    Yilmaz, Gamze

    2014-01-01

    One of the challenges for undergraduate students is to comprehend abstract and theoretical concepts in communication classes. Given today&apos;s college students&apos; expectations for in-class interaction (Rocca, 2010), it is important that instructors integrate hands-on activities in their lesson plans while teaching theoretical concepts.…

  6. Attending to Others&apos; Posts in Asynchronous Discussions: Learners&apos; Online "Listening" and Its Relationship to Speaking

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    Wise, Alyssa Friend; Hausknecht, Simone Nicole; Zhao, Yuting

    2014-01-01

    Theoretical models of collaborative learning through online discussions presuppose that students generally attend to others&apos; posts. However, a succession of studies over the last decade has shown this assumption to be unwarranted. Instead, research indicates that learners attend to others&apos; posts in diverse and particular ways--an…

  7. Exploring Asperger&apos;s Syndrome, Schlossberg&apos;s Transition Theory and Federally Mandated Transition Planning: Seeking Improvements

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    Spencer, Tracy Lynne Wright Lyons

    2013-01-01

    Federally mandated transition planning has done little to improve the postsecondary outcomes of people with Asperger&apos;s syndrome. Current high school transition planning for students with Asperger&apos;s attempts to address some of these areas through family involvement, community inclusion, and the active participation of the student in…

  8. Investigating the Development of Mathematics Leaders&apos; Capacity to Support Teachers&apos; Learning on a Large Scale

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    Jackson, Kara; Cobb, Paul; Wilson, Jonee; Webster, Megan; Dunlap, Charlotte; Appelgate, Mollie

    2015-01-01

    A key aspect of supporting teachers&apos; learning on a large scale concerns mathematics leaders&apos; practices in designing for and leading high-quality professional development. We report on a retrospective analysis of an initial design experiment aimed at supporting the learning of three math leaders who were charged with supporting the…

  9. Family Background, Students&apos; Academic Self-Efficacy, and Students&apos; Career and Life Success Expectations

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    Kim, Mihyeon

    2014-01-01

    This study examined the relationship of family background on students&apos; academic self-efficacy and the impact of students&apos; self-efficacy on their career and life success expectations. The study used the national dataset of the Educational Longitudinal Study of 2002 (ELS: 2002), funded by the U.S. Department of Education. Based on a path…

  10. Perceptual Study of School Principals&apos; Working Knowledge of Special Education and Schools&apos; Level of Educational Services

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    Franklin, Christine

    2012-01-01

    The purpose of this quantitative research study was to determine the relationship between the schools principal&apos;s working knowledge of special education laws, diagnosis procedures, and instructional best practices a relates to the level of educational services within a school&apos;s special education department. To examine this relationship,…

  11. Can&apos;t Get No (Dis)satisfaction: The "Statecraft" Simulation&apos;s Effect on Student Decision Making

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    Raymond, Chad

    2014-01-01

    Simulations are often employed as content-teaching tools in political science, but their effect on students&apos; reasoning skills is rarely assessed. This article explores what effect the "Statecraft" simulation might have on undergraduate students&apos; perceptions of their decision making. Decisions are often evaluated on the basis of…

  12. How Much Are Harry Potter&apos;s Glasses Worth? Children&apos;s Monetary Evaluation of Authentic Objects

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    Gelman, Susan A.; Frazier, Brandy N.; Noles, Nicholaus S.; Manczak, Erika M.; Stilwell, Sarah M.

    2015-01-01

    Adults attach special value to objects that link to notable people or events--authentic objects. We examined children&apos;s monetary evaluation of authentic objects, focusing on four kinds: celebrity possessions (e.g., Harry Potter&apos;s glasses), original creations (e.g., the very first teddy bear), personal possessions (e.g., your…

  13. Alzheimer risk genes modulate the relationship between plasma apoE and cortical PiB binding

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    Lazaris, Andreas; Hwang, Kristy S.; Goukasian, Naira; Ramirez, Leslie M.; Eastman, Jennifer; Blanken, Anna E.; Teng, Edmond; Gylys, Karen; Cole, Greg; Saykin, Andrew J.; Shaw, Leslie M.; Trojanowski, John Q.; Jagust, William J.; Weiner, Michael W.

    2015-01-01

    Objective: We investigated the association between apoE protein plasma levels and brain amyloidosis and the effect of the top 10 Alzheimer disease (AD) risk genes on this association. Methods: Our dataset consisted of 18 AD, 52 mild cognitive impairment, and 3 cognitively normal Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging Initiative 1 (ADNI1) participants with available [11C]-Pittsburgh compound B (PiB) and peripheral blood protein data. We used cortical pattern matching to study associations between plasma apoE and cortical PiB binding and the effect of carrier status for the top 10 AD risk genes. Results: Low plasma apoE was significantly associated with high PiB SUVR, except in the sensorimotor and entorhinal cortex. For BIN1 rs744373, the association was observed only in minor allele carriers. For CD2AP rs9349407 and CR1 rs3818361, the association was preserved only in minor allele noncarriers. We did not find evidence for modulation by CLU, PICALM, ABCA7, BIN1, and MS4A6A. Conclusions: Our data show that BIN1 rs744373, CD2AP rs9349407, and CR1 rs3818361 genotypes modulate the association between apoE protein plasma levels and brain amyloidosis, implying a potential epigenetic/downstream interaction. PMID:27066559

  14. The Effect of Teachers&apos; Memory-Relevant Language on Children&apos;s Strategy Use and Knowledge

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    Grammer, Jennie; Coffman, Jennifer L.; Ornstein, Peter

    2013-01-01

    Building on longitudinal findings of linkages between aspects of teachers&apos; language during instruction and children&apos;s use of mnemonic strategies, this investigation was designed to examine experimentally the impact of instruction on memory development. First and second graders ("N" = 54, "M"[subscript age] = 7 years)…

  15. Beyond Judgment Bias: How Students&apos; Ethnicity and Academic Profile Consistency Influence Teachers&apos; Tracking Judgments

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    Glock, Sabine; Krolak-Schwerdt, Sabine; Klapproth, Florian; Böhmer, Matthias

    2013-01-01

    Research on school tracking has provided evidence that students with immigrant backgrounds are overrepresented in the lower school tracks. As teachers are the main decision makers when it comes to tracking, we investigated whether teachers&apos; tracking judgments are biased by the immigrant backgrounds of the students and how teachers&apos;…

  16. Productive Resources in Students&apos; Ideas about Energy: An Alternative Analysis of Watts&apos; Original Interview Transcripts

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    Harrer, Benedikt W.; Flood, Virginia J.; Wittmann, Michael C.

    2013-01-01

    For over 30 years, researchers have investigated students&apos; ideas about energy with the intent of reforming instructional practice. In this pursuit, Watts contributed an influential study with his 1983 paper "Some alternative views of energy" ["Phys. Educ." 18, 213 (1983)]. Watts&apos; "alternative frameworks"…

  17. Children&apos;s Understandings of Characters&apos; Beliefs in Persuasive Arguments: Links with Gender and Theory of Mind

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    Kolodziejczyk, Anna M.; Bosacki, Sandra L.

    2015-01-01

    This study investigated the role of gender plays in the relation between children&apos;s theory of mind (ToM) and persuasion. We explored children&apos;s use of the belief information of the characters involved within a persuasive situation. In two studies, children (four- to eight-year-olds) performed a comic strip task that described a…

  18. Effortful Control Moderates Bidirectional Effects between Children&apos;s Externalizing Behavior and Their Mothers&apos; Depressive Symptoms

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    Choe, Daniel E.; Olson, Sheryl L.; Sameroff, Arnold J.

    2014-01-01

    This study examined bidirectional associations between mothers&apos; depressive symptoms and children&apos;s externalizing behavior and whether they were moderated by preschool-age effortful control and gender. Mothers and teachers reported on 224 primarily White, middle-class children at ages 3, 5, and 10. Effortful control was assessed via…

  19. Meek and Mild: American Children&apos;s Bibles&apos; Stories of Jesus as a Boy

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    Dalton, Russell W.

    2014-01-01

    The four canonical gospels provide readers with few details of the life of Jesus as a boy. Many authors of children&apos;s bibles in America, however, have been happy to fill in some of the details. This article suggests that these retellings regularly create or adapt stories of Jesus&apos; childhood to teach children virtues that serve to affirm…

  20. Campus Leadership&apos;s Influence in Implementing a Community College&apos;s Sustainability Goals: A Case Study

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    Larson, Barbara A.

    2012-01-01

    The case study documented one large, multicampus community college&apos;s progress in implementing sustainability goals outlined in the American College and University Presidents&apos; Climate Commitment (ACUPCC). The case study examined the role of branch-campus presidents and the college president in institutionalizing sustainability. Responses…

  1. Feedback Consistencies and Inconsistencies: Eight Mentors&apos; Observations on One Preservice Teacher&apos;s Lesson

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    Hudson, Peter

    2014-01-01

    Mentors play a key role in developing preservice teachers for their chosen careers, and providing feedback appears as a significant relational interaction between the mentor and mentee that assists in guiding the mentee&apos;s practices. But what are mentors&apos; perspectives on providing feedback to their mentees? In this case study, eight…

  2. CX3CR1 deficiency promotes muscle repair and regeneration by enhancing macrophage ApoE production.

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    Arnold, Ludovic; Perrin, Hélène; de Chanville, Camille Baudesson; Saclier, Marielle; Hermand, Patricia; Poupel, Lucie; Guyon, Elodie; Licata, Fabrice; Carpentier, Wassila; Vilar, José; Mounier, Rémi; Chazaud, Bénédicte; Benhabiles, Nora; Boissonnas, Alexandre; Combadiere, Béhazine; Combadiere, Christophe

    2015-12-03

    Muscle injury triggers inflammation in which infiltrating mononuclear phagocytes are crucial for tissue regeneration. The interaction of the CCL2/CCR2 and CX3CL1/CX3CR1 chemokine axis that guides phagocyte infiltration is incompletely understood. Here, we show that CX3CR1 deficiency promotes muscle repair and rescues Ccl2(-/-) mice from impaired muscle regeneration as a result of altered macrophage function, not infiltration. Transcriptomic analysis of muscle mononuclear phagocytes reveals that Apolipoprotein E (ApoE) is upregulated in mice with efficient regeneration. ApoE treatment enhances phagocytosis by mononuclear phagocytes in vitro, and restores phagocytic activity and muscle regeneration in Ccl2(-/-) mice. Because CX3CR1 deficiency may compensate for defective CCL2-dependant monocyte recruitment by modulating ApoE-dependent macrophage phagocytic activity, targeting CX3CR1 expressed by macrophages might be a powerful therapeutic approach to improve muscle regeneration.

  3. CX3CR1 deficiency promotes muscle repair and regeneration by enhancing macrophage ApoE production

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    Arnold, Ludovic; Perrin, Hélène; de Chanville, Camille Baudesson; Saclier, Marielle; Hermand, Patricia; Poupel, Lucie; Guyon, Elodie; Licata, Fabrice; Carpentier, Wassila; Vilar, José; Mounier, Rémi; Chazaud, Bénédicte; Benhabiles, Nora; Boissonnas, Alexandre; Combadiere, Béhazine; Combadiere, Christophe

    2015-01-01

    Muscle injury triggers inflammation in which infiltrating mononuclear phagocytes are crucial for tissue regeneration. The interaction of the CCL2/CCR2 and CX3CL1/CX3CR1 chemokine axis that guides phagocyte infiltration is incompletely understood. Here, we show that CX3CR1 deficiency promotes muscle repair and rescues Ccl2−/− mice from impaired muscle regeneration as a result of altered macrophage function, not infiltration. Transcriptomic analysis of muscle mononuclear phagocytes reveals that Apolipoprotein E (ApoE) is upregulated in mice with efficient regeneration. ApoE treatment enhances phagocytosis by mononuclear phagocytes in vitro, and restores phagocytic activity and muscle regeneration in Ccl2−/− mice. Because CX3CR1 deficiency may compensate for defective CCL2-dependant monocyte recruitment by modulating ApoE-dependent macrophage phagocytic activity, targeting CX3CR1 expressed by macrophages might be a powerful therapeutic approach to improve muscle regeneration. PMID:26632270

  4. APOE genotype influences functional status among elderly without dementia

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    Albert, S.M.; Jacobs, D.M.; Stern, Y.

    1995-12-18

    The presence of apolipoprotein-{epsilon}4 (APOE-{epsilon}4) significantly increases the risk of Alzheimer`s disease (AD). The association between APOE-{epsilon}4 status and functional abilities was explored further in a multicultural sample of community-dwelling, nondemented elders. The sample was limited to cognitively-intact, community-dwelling elders, who were free of stroke or other neurologic disability. In 218 elders who met research criteria, the presence of APOE-{epsilon}4 was associated with poorer functional status, apart from the effects of neuropsychological performance, gender, age, and education (OR = 2.5, 95% CI: 1.3, 4.9). In 158 subjects without an APOE-{epsilon}4 allele, 50% reported no functional limitation; in the 60 subjects with an {epsilon}4 allele, only 28% reported no functional limitation (P < .01). The relationship was not explained by the distribution of co-morbidities. The association between poorer function and the presence of an APOE-{epsilon}4 allele was evident in each ethnic group. In path analyses, the presence of an APOE-{epsilon}4 allele was associated with decreased functional ability in non-demented elders not simply through an association with poorer cognitive status, but also independently. These results suggest that the APOE-{epsilon}4 genotype is associated with functional deficit in people with normal neuropsychological profiles. 29 refs., 1 fig., 3 tabs.

  5. Blocking the apoE/Aβ interaction ameliorates Aβ-related pathology in APOE ε2 and ε4 targeted replacement Alzheimer model mice.

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    Pankiewicz, Joanna E; Guridi, Maitea; Kim, Jungsu; Asuni, Ayodeji A; Sanchez, Sandrine; Sullivan, Patrick M; Holtzman, David M; Sadowski, Martin J

    2014-06-28

    Accumulation of β-amyloid (Aβ) in the brain is essential to Alzheimer's disease (AD) pathogenesis. Carriers of the apolipoprotein E (APOE) ε4 allele demonstrate greatly increased AD risk and enhanced brain Aβ deposition. In contrast, APOE ε2 allele carries show reduced AD risk, later age of disease onset, and lesser Aβ accumulation. However, it remains elusive whether the apoE2 isoform exerts truly protective effect against Aβ pathology or apoE2 plays deleterious role albeit less pronounced than the apoE4 isoform. Here, we characterized APPSW/PS1dE9/APOE ε2-TR (APP/E2) and APPSW/PS1dE9/APOE ε4-TR (APP/E4) mice, with targeted replacement (TR) of the murine Apoe for human ε2 or ε4 alleles, and used these models to investigate effects of pharmacological inhibition of the apoE/Aβ interaction on Aβ deposition and neuritic degeneration. APP/E2 and APP/E4 mice replicate differential effect of human apoE isoforms on Aβ pathology with APP/E4 mice showing a several-fold greater load of Aβ plaques, insoluble brain Aβ levels, Aβ oligomers, and density of neuritic plaques than APP/E2 mice. Furthermore, APP/E4 mice, but not APP/E2 mice, exhibit memory impairment on object recognition and radial arm maze tests. Between the age of 6 and 10 months APP/E2 and APP/E4 mice received treatment with Aβ12-28P, a non-toxic, synthetic peptide homologous to the apoE binding motif within the Aβ sequence, which competitively blocks the apoE/Aβ interaction. In both lines, the treatment significantly reduced brain Aβ accumulation, co-accumulation of apoE within Aβ plaques, and neuritic degeneration, and prevented memory deficit in APP/E4 mice. These results indicate that both apoE2 and apoE4 isoforms contribute to Aβ deposition and future therapies targeting the apoE/Aβ interaction could produce favorable outcome in APOE ε2 and ε4 allele carriers.

  6. Adopting Frank Warren&apos;s PostSecret Art Project to Illustrate the Role of Secrets in Interpersonal Communication

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    Paxman, Christina G.

    2013-01-01

    The exploration of secrets summons the adage that &apos;&apos;what someone doesn&apos;t know won&apos;t hurt them.&apos;&apos; While this phrase implies that keeping secrets can be advantageous, it also foreshadows another consideration: secrets have the propensity to hurt others (Caughlin, Scott, Miller, & Hefner, 2009). Despite this, the act…

  7. ApoE suppresses atherosclerosis by reducing lipid accumulation in circulating monocytes and the expression of inflammatory molecules on monocytes and vascular endothelium

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    Gaudreault, Nathalie; Kumar, Nikit; Posada, Jessica M.; Stephens, Kyle B.; de Mochel, Nabora Soledad Reyes; Eberle, Delphine; Olivas, Victor R.; Kim, Roy Y.; Harms, Matthew J.; Johnson, Amy; Messina, Louis M.; Rapp, Joseph H.; Raffai, Robert L.

    2012-01-01

    Objective We investigated atheroprotective properties of apoE beyond its ability to lower plasma cholesterol. We hypothesized that apoE reduces atherosclerosis by decreasing lipid accumulation in circulating monocytes and the inflammatory state of monocytes and the vascular endothelium. Methods and Results We developed mice with spontaneous hyperlipidemia with and without plasma apoE: Hypomorphic apoE mice deficient in low-density lipoprotein receptor (Apoeh/hLdlr–/–) were compared to Apoe–/–Ldlr–/– mice. Despite 4-fold more plasma apoE than WT mice, Apoeh/hLdlr–/– mice displayed similar plasma cholesterol as Apoe–/–Ldlr–/– mice but developed 4-fold less atherosclerotic lesions by 5 months of age. The aortic arch of Apoeh/hLdlr–/– mice showed decreased endothelial expression of ICAM-1, PECAM-1, and JAM-A. In addition, Apoeh/hLdlr–/– mice had less circulating leukocytes and pro-inflammatory Ly6Chigh monocytes. These monocytes had decreased neutral lipid content and reduced surface expression of ICAM-1, VLA-4, and L-Selectin. Apoeh/hLdlr–/– mice displayed increased levels of apoA1-rich HDL that were potent in promoting cellular cholesterol efflux. Conclusions Our findings suggest that apoE reduces atherosclerosis in the setting of hyperlipidemia by increasing plasma apoA1-HDL that likely contribute to reduce intracellular lipid accumulation and thereby the activation of circulating leukocytes and the vascular endothelium. PMID:22053073

  8. ApoE variant p.V236E is associated with markedly reduced risk of Alzheimer’s disease

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    2014-01-01

    Recent genome-wide association studies (GWAS) of late-onset Alzheimer’s disease (LOAD) have identified single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) which show significant association at the well-known APOE locus and at nineteen additional loci. Among the functional, disease-associated variants at these loci, missense variants are particularly important because they can be readily investigated in model systems to search for novel therapeutic targets. It is now possible to perform a low-cost search for these “actionable” variants by genotyping the missense variants at known LOAD loci already cataloged on the Exome Variant Server (EVS). In this proof-of-principle study designed to explore the efficacy of this approach, we analyzed three rare EVS variants in APOE, p.L28P, p.R145C and p.V236E, in our case control series of 9114 subjects. p.R145C proved to be too rare to analyze effectively. The minor allele of p.L28P, which was in complete linkage disequilibrium (D’ = 1) with the far more common APOE ϵ4 allele, showed no association with LOAD (P = 0.75) independent of the APOE ϵ4 allele. p.V236E was significantly associated with a marked reduction in risk of LOAD (P = 7.5×10−05; OR = 0.10, 0.03 to 0.45). The minor allele of p.V236E, which was in complete linkage disequilibrium (D’ = 1) with the common APOE ϵ3 allele, identifies a novel LOAD-associated haplotype (APOE ϵ3b) which is associated with decreased risk of LOAD independent of the more abundant APOE ϵ2, ϵ3 and ϵ4 haplotypes. Follow-up studies will be important to confirm the significance of this association and to better define its odds ratio. The ApoE p.V236E substitution is the first disease-associated change located in the lipid-binding, C-terminal domain of the protein. Thus our study (i) identifies a novel APOE missense variant which may profitably be studied to better understand how ApoE function may be modified to reduce risk of LOAD and (ii) indicates that analysis of protein

  9. APOE and Cerebral Amyloid Angiopathy in Community Dwelling Older Persons

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    Yu, Lei; Boyle, Patricia A.; Nag, Sukriti; Leurgans, Sue; Buchman, Aron S.; Wilson, Robert S.; Arvanitakis, Zoe; Farfel, Jose M.; De Jager, Philip L.; Bennett, David A.; Schneider, Julie A.

    2015-01-01

    Both cerebral amyloid angiopathy and Alzheimer’s disease pathology involve abnormal β-amyloid processing. We aim to elucidate the relationship of the apolipoprotein E (APOE) genotypes with amyloid angiopathy in the presence of variable amounts of Alzheimer’s pathology. Data came from 1,062 autopsied subjects from two community-based studies of aging. Common neuropathologies including Alzheimer’s disease and amyloid angiopathy were assessed using uniform methods. APOE was genotyped by sequencing the two polymorphisms in codons 112 and 158 of exon 4. We examined the associations of APOE with amyloid angiopathy using ordinal logistic regression analyses, controlling for demographics and subsequently Alzheimer’s and other common pathologies. Moderate to severe amyloid angiopathy was identified in 35.2% (n=374) of the subjects. 15.3% (n=162) of the subjects were APOE ε2 carriers and 26.1% (n=277) ε4 carriers. Adjusting for demographics, the presence of ε4 allele, but not ε2, was associated with more severe amyloid angiopathy. After further adjustment for Alzheimer’s pathology, both ε2 (odds ratio 1.707, 95% confidence interval 1.236–2.358, p=0.001) and ε4 (odds ratio 2.284, 95% confidence interval 1.730–3.014, p<0.001) were independently associated with amyloid angiopathy. The results were confirmed by path analysis. Further, APOE ε4 carriers, but not ε2 carriers, were more likely to have capillary amyloid angiopathy. Accounting for capillary involvement did not alter the APOE associations with amyloid angiopathy. We conclude that both APOE ε2 and ε4 alleles are associated with more severe cerebral amyloid angiopathy, and the direct effect of ε2 is masked by the allele’s negative association with comorbid Alzheimer’s pathology. APOE ε4, but not ε2, is associated with capillary amyloid angiopathy. PMID:26341746

  10. Let&apos;s Connect: Using Adobe Connect to Foster Group Collaboration in the Online Classroom

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    Kaufmann, Renee; Frisby, Brandi N.

    2013-01-01

    The need for students to become connected in the classroom parallels the need for students to become socially integrated into the college community. Because technological tools are always changing, the opportunity for all students on- and off-campus to &apos;'meet'&apos; face-to-face and build relationships within the classroom are…

  11. Teachers&apos; Organizational Commitment: Examining the Mediating Effects of Distributed Leadership

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    Devos, Geert; Tuytens, Melissa; Hulpia, Hester

    2014-01-01

    This study examines the relation between principals&apos; leadership and teachers&apos; organizational commitment, mediated by distributed leadership. Data were collected from 1,495 teachers in 46 secondary schools. Structural equation modeling indicated that the effect of principals&apos; leadership on teachers&apos; organizational commitment is…

  12. Latina Daughters&apos; Childbearing Attitudes: The Role of Maternal Expectations and Education Communication

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    Mireles-Rios, Rebeca; Romo, Laura F.

    2014-01-01

    Adolescent girls&apos; and their mothers&apos; expectations for their daughters&apos; college attainment, mother-daughter communication about education, and daughters&apos; early childbearing attitudes were examined in 146 U.S.-raised Latina girls (mean age = 14.4 years) and their mostly immigrant mothers. Through structural equation modeling, we…

  13. Thirty Points about Motivation from Skinner&apos;s Book "Verbal Behavior"

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    Sundberg, Mark L.

    2013-01-01

    Skinner discussed the topic of motivation in every chapter of the book "Verbal Behavior" (1957), usually with his preferred terminology of &apos;&apos;deprivation, satiation, and aversive stimulation.&apos;&apos; In the current paper, direct quotations are used to systematically take the reader through 30 separate points made by Skinner…

  14. Acai juice attenuates atherosclerosis in apoe deficient mice through antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activities

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    Objective - Acai fruit pulp has received much attention because of its high antioxidant capacity and potential anti-inflammatory effects. In this study, athero-protective effects of açaí juice were investigated in apolipoprotein E deficient (apoE -/-) mice. Methods and Results - ApoE-/- mice were f...

  15. Jack Mezirow&apos;s Conceptualisation of Adult Transformative Learning: A Review

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    Calleja, Colin

    2014-01-01

    This paper traces the evolution of Jack Mezirow&apos;s transformative learning theory and its conceptualisation. It discusses the three major influences, namely Thomas Khun&apos;s philosophical conception of paradigm, Freire&apos;s conception of conscientisation and consciousness growth, and Habermas&apos; domains of learning and the discussion of…

  16. Baicalin and geniposide attenuate atherosclerosis involving lipids regulation and immunoregulation in ApoE-/- mice.

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    Liao, Pingping; Liu, Lihua; Wang, Bin; Li, Wei; Fang, Xin; Guan, Siming

    2014-10-05

    Baicalin and geniposide, which are respectively isolated from Scutellariae radix and Gardenia jasminoides, have been known to exhibit a number of pharmacological effects, including anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant. Here, we primarily aimed to observe the protective effects of these two Chinese herbs on inhibiting the development of atherosclerosis in apolipoprotein E knockout mice via lipids regulation and immunoregulation. After the ApoE-/- mice with high-cholesterol diet had received 12-weeks׳ oral administration of either baicalin or geniposide (100 mg/kg), atherosclerotic plaque areas in aorta were measured and exhibited a prominent decrease in the treated mice. We then assayed serum lipids levels, serum Treg-cell-associated cytokines (TGF-β1 and IL-10) and the frequency of splenic Treg cells. We found that geniposide notably decreased serum TC and LDL-c. Both baicalin and geniposide treated mice showed much more splenic Treg cells and the correlated cytokines (TGF-β1 and IL-10). Foxp3, as the marker of Treg cell, was detected in atherosclerotic lesions, and we found that Foxp3 expression at both mRNA and protein levels was up-regulated in addition to increased Foxp3 positive Treg cells detected by immunohistochemistry in baicalin or geniposide treated mice. In conclusion, baicalin and geniposide up-regulated the expression of foxp3, promoted the number and function of Treg cells and ameliorated the atherosclerotic lesions progression partly through lipids regulation and immunoregulation.

  17. Improving abnormal hemorheological parameters in ApoE-/- mice by Ilex kudingcha total saponins.

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    Zheng, Jiao; Wang, Xianwei; Li, Haixia; Gu, Yueqing; Tu, Pengfei; Wen, Zongyao

    2009-01-01

    The aim of this study was to test the effects of Ilex kudingcha total saponins on hemorheology of ApoE-/- mice suffering from hypercholesterolemia induced by high-cholesterol diet. The mice were randomly divided into six groups: the control group, the high-cholesterol diet group, 50 mg/kg atorvastatin treatment group, 75, 150 and 300 mg/kg Ilex kudingcha saponins treatment groups, and all the drug treatment groups were fed with a high-cholesterol diet. After administration with saponins (150 mg/kg or more) and atorvastatin (50 mg/kg) for six weeks, the plasma total cholesterol (TC), whole blood viscosity (WBV), plasma viscosity (PV), and erythrocyte aggregation index (EAI) had a remarkable decrease compared with that of the high-cholesterol diet group, but the hematocrit (Hct) and erythrocyte deformation index (DI) had no significant changes. In addition, it is found that the improving effects of saponins on reducing plasma fibrinogen (Fg) levels and prolonging the blood coagulation times including activated partial thromboplastin time (APTT), thrombin time (TT), and prothrombin time (PT). In conclusion, the Ilex kudingcha total saponins may have a significant therapy application of hypercholesterolemia and atherosclerosis by considering its actions on hemorheological characteristics.

  18. Inflammatory Stress Sensitizes the Liver to Atorvastatin-Induced Injury in ApoE-/- Mice

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    Wu, Wei; Zhao, Lei; Yang, Ping; Zhou, Wei; Li, Beibei; Moorhead, John F.; Varghese, Zac; Ruan, Xiong Z.; Chen, Yaxi

    2016-01-01

    Statins, which are revolutionized cholesterol-lowing agents, have been reported to have unfavorable effects on the liver. Inflammatory stress is a susceptibility factor for drug-induced liver injury. This study investigated whether inflammatory stress sensitized the liver to statin-induced toxicity in mice and explored the underlying mechanisms. We used casein injection in ApoE-/- mice to induce inflammatory stress. Half of the mice were orally administered atorvastatin (10mg/kg/d) for 8 weeks. The results showed that casein injection increased the levels of serum pro-inflammatory cytokines (IL-6 and TNFα). Atorvastatin treatment increased serum alanine aminotransferase (ALT) and aspartate aminotransferase (AST) in casein injection mice. Moreover, atorvastatin treatment exacerbated hepatic steatosis, inflammation and fibrosis, as well as increased hepatic reactive oxygen species (ROS) and malondialdehyde in casein injection mice. However, above changes were not observed in atorvastatin treated alone mice. The protein expression of liver nuclear factor erythroid 2-related factor 2 (Nrf2) and the mRNA expressions of Nrf2 target genes were increased, together with the enhancement of activities of hepatic catalase and superoxide dismutase in atorvastatin treated alone mice, but these antioxidant responses were lost in mice treated with atorvastatin under inflammatory stress. This study demonstrates that atorvastatin exacerbates the liver injury under inflammatory stress, which may be associated with the loss of adaptive antioxidant response mediated by Nrf2. PMID:27428373

  19. Is Cass&apos;s Model of Homosexual Identity Formation Relevant to Today&apos;s Society?

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    Kenneady, Donna Ann; Oswalt, Sara B.

    2014-01-01

    Cass&apos;s Homosexual Identity Formation Model (1979) is one of the most well-known and well-referenced models of identity development for gay males and lesbians. This article provides a review of Cass&apos;s six steps of the model, as well as research support for and critiques of the model. As the model was developed more than 30 years ago, the…

  20. Neuronal fiber bundle lengths in healthy adult carriers of the ApoE4 allele: A quantitative tractography DTI study

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    Schofield, Peter R.; Lane, Elizabeth M.; Heaps, Jodi M.; Pierce, Kerrie D.; Cabeen, Ryan; Laidlaw, David H.; Akbudak, Erbil; Conturo, Thomas E.; Correia, Stephen; Paul, Robert H.

    2013-01-01

    The epsilon 4 (e4) isoform of apolipoprotein E (ApoE) is a known genetic risk factor for suboptimal brain health. Morphometry studies of brains with Alzheimer’s disease have reported significant alterations in temporal lobe brain structure of e4 carriers, yet it remains unclear if the presence of an e4 allele is associated with alterations in the microstructure of white matter fiber bundles in healthy populations. The present study used quantitative tractography based on diffusion tensor imaging (qtDTI) to examine the influence of the e4 allele on temporal lobe fiber bundle lengths (FBLs) in 64 healthy older adults with at least one e4 allele (carriers, N=23) versus no e4 allele (non-carriers, N=41). Subtests from the Repeatable Battery for the Assessment of Neuropsychological Status (RBANS) were also analyzed to examine memory performance between groups. Analyses revealed shorter FBLs in the left uncinate fasciculus (UF) (p=.038) of e4 carriers compared to non-carriers. By contrast, neither FBLs specific to the temporal lobe nor memory performances differed significantly between groups. Increased age correlated significantly with shorter FBL in the temporal lobe and UF, and with decreased performance on tests of memory. This is the first study to utilize qtDTI to examine relationships between FBL and ApoE genotype. Results suggest that FBL in the UF is influenced by the presence of an ApoE e4 allele (ApoE4) in healthy older adults. Temporal lobe FBLs, however, are more vulnerable to aging than the presence of an e4 allele. PMID:23475756

  1. Serum Levels of ApoA1 and ApoA2 Are Associated with Cognitive Status in Older Men

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    Ma, Cheng; Li, Jin; Bao, Zhijun; Ruan, Qingwei; Yu, Zhuowei

    2015-01-01

    Background. Advancing age, chronic inflammation, oxidative damage, and disorders of lipid metabolism are positively linked to the late-life cognitive impairment. Serum biomarkers may be associated with the cognitive status in older men. Methods. 440 old male subjects with different cognitive functions were recruited to investigate probable serum markers. Pearson Chi-Squared test, univariate analysis, and multivariate logistic regression analysis were performed to evaluate biomarkers which may be associated with cognitive status. Results. Levels of fundus atherosclerosis (AS) (P < 0.001), age (P < 0.001), serum biomarkers peroxidase (POD) (P = 0.026) and interleukin-6 (IL-6) (P = 0.001), serum levels of high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C) (P < 0.001), apolipoprotein A2 (ApoA2) (P = 0.001), and ApoC2 (P = 0.005) showed significant differences. Compared to group 3, ApoA1 in group 1 (OR = 1.30, 95% CI 1.01–1.67) and group 2 (OR = 1.47, 95% CI 1.11–1.94) were higher, while ApoA2 were lower (group 1: OR = 0.43, 95% CI 0.18–1.02; group 2: OR = 0.21, 95% CI 0.08–0.54) after adjusting for control variables. Conclusion. The results demonstrated that age, AS levels, POD, IL-6, HDL-C, ApoA2, and ApoC2 were significantly related to cognitive status. Moreover, ApoA1 and ApoA2 were independently associated with cognitive impairment and late-life dementia. PMID:26682220

  2. Family Context, Mexican-Origin Adolescent Mothers&apos; Parenting Knowledge, and Children&apos;s Subsequent Developmental Outcomes

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    Jahromi, Laudan B.; Guimond, Amy B.; Umaña-Taylor, Adriana J.; Updegraff, Kimberly A.; Toomey, Russell B.

    2014-01-01

    This study examined parenting knowledge among Mexican-origin adolescent mothers (N = 191; M[subscript age] = 16.26 years), family contextual factors associated with adolescents&apos; parenting knowledge, and toddlers&apos; (M[subscript age] = 2.01 years) subsequent developmental outcomes. Data came from home interviews and direct child…

  3. Education and occupation provide reserve in both ApoE ε4 carrier and noncarrier patients with probable Alzheimer's disease.

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    Garibotto, V; Borroni, B; Sorbi, S; Cappa, S F; Padovani, A; Perani, D

    2012-10-01

    According to the reserve hypothesis, a high educational/occupational attainment can modulate Alzheimer's disease (AD) clinical expression. The impact of the Apolipoprotein E (ApoE) ε4 allele on the reserve mechanism in AD has not been assessed. Aim of this European multicenter study was to evaluate the metabolic correlates of reserve and ApoE genotype in early probable AD. 51 AD subjects, 27 ε4 carriers, and 24 noncarriers, underwent FDG-PET brain imaging. We used the general linear model as implemented in SPM2 to test for the linear correlation of a reserve index, accounting for both educational and occupational level, with brain glucose metabolism, controlling for demographic variables (age and gender) and for cognitive performance. We found an inverse correlation between a reserve index, accounting for educational/occupational level, and metabolism in the posterior cingulate cortex and precuneus in both ε4 carriers and noncarriers, and no significant difference between the groups. We show that education and occupation act as proxies for reserve in ε4 carriers, compensating for an unfavorable genetic background; we also show that the degree of compensation does not differ significantly by ApoE ε4 status.

  4. Frequency Specific Effects of ApoE ε4 Allele on Resting-State Networks in Nondemented Elders

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    Liang, Ying; Li, Zhenzhen; Neuroimaging Initiative, Alzheimer's Disease

    2017-01-01

    We applied resting-state functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to examine the Apolipoprotein E (ApoE) ε4 allele effects on functional connectivity of the default mode network (DMN) and the salience network (SN). Considering the frequency specific effects of functional connectivity, we decomposed the brain network time courses into two bands: 0.01–0.027 Hz and 0.027–0.08 Hz. All scans were acquired by the Alzheimer's Disease Neuroscience Initiative (ADNI). Thirty-two nondemented subjects were divided into two groups based on the presence (n = 16) or absence (n = 16) of the ApoE ε4 allele. We explored the frequency specific effects of ApoE ε4 allele on the default mode network (DMN) and the salience network (SN) functional connectivity. Compared to ε4 noncarriers, the DMN functional connectivity of ε4 carriers was significantly decreased while the SN functional connectivity of ε4 carriers was significantly increased. Many functional connectivities showed significant differences at the lower frequency band of 0.01–0.027 Hz or the higher frequency band of 0.027–0.08 Hz instead of the typical range of 0.01–0.08 Hz. The results indicated a frequency dependent effect of resting-state signals when investigating RSNs functional connectivity.

  5. Phospholipid chlorohydrin induces leukocyte adhesion to ApoE-/- mouse arteries via upregulation of P-selectin.

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    Dever, Gary J; Benson, Robert; Wainwright, Cherry L; Kennedy, Simon; Spickett, Corinne M

    2008-02-01

    HOCl-modified low-density lipoprotein (LDL) has proinflammatory effects, including induction of inflammatory cytokine production, leukocyte adhesion, and ROS generation, but the components responsible for these effects are not completely understood. HOCl and the myeloperoxidase-H(2)O(2)-halide system can modify both protein and lipid moieties of LDL and react with unsaturated phospholipids to form chlorohydrins. We investigated the proinflammatory effects of 1-stearoyl-2-oleoyl-sn-3-glycerophosphocholine (SOPC) chlorohydrin on artery segments and spleen-derived leukocytes from ApoE(-/-) and C57 Bl/6 mice. Treatment of ApoE(-/-) artery segments with SOPC chlorohydrin, but not unmodified SOPC, caused increased leukocyte-arterial adhesion in a time- and concentration-dependent manner. This could be prevented by pretreatment of the artery with P-selectin or ICAM-1-blocking antibodies, but not anti-VCAM-1 antibody, and immunohistochemistry showed that P-selectin expression was upregulated. However, chlorohydrin treatment of leukocytes did not increase expression of adhesion molecules LFA-1 or PSGL-1, but caused increased release of ROS from PMA-stimulated leukocytes by a CD36-dependent mechanism. The SOPC chlorohydrin-induced adhesion and ROS generation could be abrogated by pretreatment of the ApoE(-/-) mice with pravastatin or a nitrated derivative, NCX 6550. These findings suggest that phospholipid chlorohydrins formed in HOCl-treated LDL could contribute to the proinflammatory effects observed for this modified lipoprotein in vitro.

  6. Hypercholesterolemia and ApoE deficiency result in severe infection with Lyme disease and relapsing-fever Borrelia.

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    Toledo, Alvaro; Monzón, Javier D; Coleman, James L; Garcia-Monco, Juan C; Benach, Jorge L

    2015-04-28

    The Lyme disease (Borrelia burgdorferi) and relapsing-fever (Borrelia hispanica) agents have distinct infection courses, but both require cholesterol for growth. They acquire cholesterol from the environment and process it to form cholesterol glycolipids that are incorporated onto their membranes. To determine whether higher levels of serum cholesterol could enhance the organ burdens of B. burgdorferi and the spirochetemia of B. hispanica in laboratory mice, apolipoprotein E (apoE)-deficient and low-density lipoprotein receptor (LDLR)-deficient mice that produce large amounts of serum cholesterol were infected with both spirochetes. Both apoE- and LDLR-deficient mice infected with B. burgdorferi had an increased number of spirochetes in the joints and inflamed ankles compared with the infected wild-type (WT) mice, suggesting that mutations in cholesterol transport that result in high serum cholesterol levels can affect the pathogenicity of B. burgdorferi. In contrast, elevated serum cholesterol did not lead to an increase in the spirochetemia of B. hispanica. In the LDLR-deficient mice, the course of infection was indistinguishable from the WT mice. However, infection of apoE-deficient mice with B. hispanica resulted in a longer spirochetemia and increased mortality. Together, these results argue for the apoE deficiency, and not hypercholesterolemia, as the cause for the increased severity with B. hispanica. Serum hyperlipidemias are common human diseases that could be a risk factor for increased severity in Lyme disease.

  7. The plasma concentration of HDL-associated apoM is influenced by LDL receptor-mediated clearance of apoB-containing particles.

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    Christoffersen, Christina; Benn, Marianne; Christensen, Pernille M; Gordts, Philip L S M; Roebroek, Anton J M; Frikke-Schmidt, Ruth; Tybjaerg-Hansen, Anne; Dahlbäck, Björn; Nielsen, Lars B

    2012-10-01

    ApoM is mainly associated with HDL. Nevertheless, we have consistently observed positive correlations of apoM with plasma LDL cholesterol in humans. Moreover, LDL receptor deficiency is associated with increased plasma apoM in mice. Here, we tested the idea that plasma apoM concentrations are affected by the rate of LDL receptor-mediated clearance of apoB-containing particles. We measured apoM in humans each carrying one of three different LDL receptor mutations (n = 9) or the apoB3500 mutation (n = 12). These carriers had increased plasma apoM (1.34 ± 0.13 µM, P = 0.003, and 1.23 ± 0.10 µM, P = 0.02, respectively) as compared with noncarriers (0.93 ± 0.04 µM). When we injected human apoM-containing HDL into Wt (n = 6) or LDL receptor-deficient mice (n = 6), the removal of HDL-associated human apoM was delayed in the LDL receptor-deficient mice. After 2 h, 54 ± 5% versus 90 ± 8% (P < 0.005) of the initial amounts of human apoM remained in the plasma of Wt and LDL receptor-deficient mice, respectively. Finally, we compared the turnover of radio-iodinated LDL and plasma apoM concentrations in 45 normocholesterolemic humans. There was a negative correlation between plasma apoM and the fractional catabolic rate of LDL (r = -0.38, P = 0.009). These data suggest that the plasma clearance of apoM, despite apoM primarily being associated with HDL, is influenced by LDL receptor-mediated clearance of apoB-containing particles.

  8. The elevation of apoB in hypercholesterolemic patients is primarily attributed to the relative increase of apoB/Lp-PLA2

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    Tellis, Constantinos C.; Moutzouri, Eliza; Elisaf, Moses; Wolfert, Robert L.; Tselepis, Alexandros D.

    2013-01-01

    Lipoprotein-associated phospholipase A2 (Lp-PLA2) is a risk factor of cardiovascular disease. Plasma Lp-PLA2 is mainly associated with apolipoprotein (apo)B-containing lipoproteins, primarily with low density lipoproteins (LDLs). Importantly, only a proportion of circulating lipoproteins contain Lp-PLA2. We determined the plasma levels of Lp-PLA2-bound apoB (apoB/Lp-PLA2) in patients with primary hypercholesterolemia. The effect of simvastatin therapy was also addressed. The plasma apoB/Lp-PLA2 concentration in 50 normolipidemic controls and 53 patients with primary hypercholesterolemia at baseline and at 3 months posttreatment with simvastatin (40 mg/day) was determined by an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. The concentration of the apoB-containing lipoproteins that do not bind Lp-PLA2 [apoB/Lp-PLA2(−)] was calculated by subtracting the apoB/Lp-PLA2 from total apoB. The apoB/Lp-PLA2 levels were 3.6-fold higher, while apoB/Lp-PLA2(−) were 1.3-fold higher in patients compared with controls. After 3 months of simvastatin treatment apoB/Lp-PLA2 and apoB/Lp-PLA2(−) levels were reduced by 52% and 33%, respectively. The elevation in apoB-containing lipoproteins in hypercholesterolemic patients is mainly attributed to the relative increase in the proatherogenic apoB/Lp-PLA2, while simvastatin reduces these particles to a higher extent compared with apoB/Lp-PLA2(−). Considering that Lp-PLA2 is proatherogenic, the predominance of apoB/Lp-PLA2 particles in hypercholesterolemic patients may contribute to their higher atherogenicity and incidence of cardiovascular disease. PMID:24092915

  9. Longitudinal Relations among Parents&apos; Reactions to Children&apos;s Negative Emotions, Effortful Control, and Math Achievement in Early Elementary School

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    Swanson, Jodi; Valiente, Carlos; Lemery-Chalfant, Kathryn; Bradley, Robert H.; Eggum-Wilkens, Natalie D.

    2014-01-01

    Panel mediation models and fixed-effects models were used to explore longitudinal relations among parents&apos; reactions to children&apos;s displays of negative emotions, children&apos;s effortful control (EC), and children&apos;s math achievement (N = 291; M age in fall of kindergarten = 5.66 years, SD = 0.39 year) across kindergarten through…

  10. Ke Ha&apos;a La Puna i Ka Makani: Pele and Hi&apos;iaka Mo&apos;olelo and the Possibilities for Hawaiian Literary Analysis

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    ho'omanawanui, ku'ualoha

    2013-01-01

    In 2003, the University of Hawai&apos;i sponsored a symposium titled "Indigenizing the University." This symposium featured indigenous scholars such as Linda Tuhiwai Smith, Graham Smith, and Taiaiake Alfred, who addressed how indigenous political theory and methods of research were necessary to support indigenous research and how changes…

  11. Response to John Merrifield&apos;s Comment, "Can We Reasonably Assess &apos;Productivity of Market-Based Educational Reforms&apos;?"

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    Egalite, Anna J.

    2013-01-01

    John Merrifield (in this issue) raises three important observations regarding this review of the literature on the competition effects of school vouchers. The first is an acknowledgment of the limited nature of current school choice markets in the United States. Merrifield&apos;s second observation is that the potential responses to competition…

  12. The effect of acetyl-L-carnitine and R-alpha-lipoic acid treatment in ApoE4 mouse as a model of human Alzheimer's disease.

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    Shenk, Justin C; Liu, Jiankang; Fischbach, Kathryn; Xu, Kui; Puchowicz, Michel; Obrenovich, Mark E; Gasimov, Eldar; Alvarez, Ludis Morales; Ames, Bruce N; Lamanna, Joseph C; Aliev, Gjumrakch

    2009-08-15

    We measured age-dependent effects of human ApoE4 on cerebral blood flow (CBF) using ApoE4 transgenic mice compared to age-matched wild-type (WT) mice by use of [(14)C] iodoantipyrene autoradiography. ApoE4 associated factors reduce CBF gradually to create brain hypoperfusion when compared to WT, and the differences in CBF are greatest as animals age from 6-weeks to 12-months. Transmission electron microscopy with colloidal gold immunocytochemistry showed structural damage in young and aged microvessel endothelium of ApoE4 animals extended to the cytoplasm of perivascular cells, perivascular nerve terminals and hippocampal neurons and glial cells. These abnormalities coexist with mitochondrial structural alteration and mitochondrial DNA overproliferation and/or deletion in all brain cellular compartments. Spatial memory and temporal memory tests showed a trend in improving cognitive function in ApoE4 mice fed selective mitochondrial antioxidants acetyl-l-carnitine and R-alpha-lipoic acid. Our findings indicate that ApoE4 genotype-induced mitochondrial changes and associated structural damage may explain age-dependent pathology seen in AD, indicating potential for novel treatment strategies in the near future.

  13. Low plasma ApoE levels are associated with smaller hippocampal size in the Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative (ADNI) cohort

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    Teng, Edmond; Chow, Nicole; Hwang, Kristy S.; Thompson, Paul M.; Gylys, Karen H.; Cole, Gregory M.; Jack, Clifford R.; Shaw, Leslie M.; Trojanowski, John Q.; Soares, Holly D.; Weiner, Michael W.; Apostolova, Liana G.

    2014-01-01

    Apoliproprotein E (APOE) genotype is the strongest known genetic risk factor for sporadic Alzheimer’s disease (AD), but the utility of plasma ApoE levels for assessing the severity of underlying neurodegenerative changes remains uncertain. Here we examined cross-sectional associations between plasma ApoE levels and volumetric magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) indices of the hippocampus from 541 participants [57 with normal cognition (NC), 375 with mild cognitive impairment (MCI), and 109 with mild AD] who were enrolled in the Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative. Across the NC and MCI groups, lower plasma ApoE levels were significantly correlated with smaller hippocampal size, as measured by either hippocampal volume or hippocampal radial distance. These associations were driven primarily by findings from carriers of an APOE ε4 allele, and are consistent with prior reports that lower plasma ApoE levels correlate with greater global cortical Pittsburgh Compound B retention. In this high-risk group, plasma ApoE levels may represent a peripheral marker of underlying AD neuropathology in nondemented elderly individuals. PMID:25547651

  14. Teacher Outreach to Families across the Transition to School: An Examination of Teachers&apos; Practices and Their Unique Contributions to Children&apos;s Early Academic Outcomes

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    Hindman, Annemarie H.; Skibbe, Lori E.; Morrison, Frederick J.

    2013-01-01

    This descriptive study explored teachers&apos; outreach to families in preschool, kindergarten, and first grade, and its relations to children&apos;s early growth in language, literacy, and mathematics. Teachers (n = 62) completed surveys reporting the frequency of outreach practices to families, and children&apos;s (n = 210) early academic skills…

  15. A Womb with a Political View: Barbara Park&apos;s "MA! There&apos;s Nothing to Do Here!" Prenatal Parenting, and the Battle over Personhood

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    Abate, Michelle Ann

    2013-01-01

    This essay makes the case that Barbara Park&apos;s picture book "MA! There&apos;s Nothing to Do Here!: A Word from Your Baby-in-Waiting" (2008) adds another equal-parts absurdist and alarming item to the ever-growing responsibilities of expecting mothers: ensuring that their fetus is entertained. The messages that Park&apos;s narrative…

  16. When Stories Don&apos;t Make Sense: Alternative Ways to Assess Young Children&apos;s Narratives in Social Contexts

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    Kim, MinJeong; Covino, Katharine

    2015-01-01

    Assessing children&apos;s narratives through the lens of intertexual process makes visible children&apos;s funds of knowledge. The authors describe two interrelated alternative assessments that teachers can use to make sense of young children&apos;s narratives in classroom settings. Implications for promoting an intertextually-rich environment…

  17. The Relationship between Student Achievement and the Predictors of Principals&apos; Evaluation of Teachers and Teachers&apos; Self-Evaluation

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    Sroczynski, Tammy L.

    2012-01-01

    A study incorporating components of a standards based model of teaching (Danielson, 2007) was undertaken to examine the relationship between the principal&apos;s evaluation of the teacher&apos;s effectiveness, the teacher&apos;s self-evaluation of effectiveness, and student achievement. Participants were solicited from a large school district and…

  18. Mapping Low-Income African American Parents&apos; Roles in Their Children&apos;s Education in a Changing Political Economy

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    Greene, Stuart

    2013-01-01

    Background: Much discussion and debate has surrounded the role that low-income minority parents can play in their children&apos;s education. Research focusing on parents&apos; roles has stressed parents&apos; sense of self-efficacy, cultural background, socio-economic factors, and the context of school to explain not only what motivates parents to…

  19. Metabolic disturbances and worsening of atherosclerotic lesions in ApoE-/- mice after cola beverages drinking

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    2013-01-01

    Background Atherosclerosis is a major health burden. Metabolic disorders had been associated with large consumption of soft drinks. The rising incidence of atherosclerosis and metabolic alterations warrants the study of long-term soft drink consumption’ effects on metabolism and atherosclerosis in genetic deficiency of apolipoprotein E which typically develops spontaneous atherosclerosis and metabolic alterations. Methods ApoE-/- mice were randomized in 3 groups accordingly with free access to: water (W), regular cola (C) or light cola (L). After 8 weeks, 50% of the animals in each group were euthanized (Treatment: W8, C8, L8). The remaining mice (all groups) drank water for 8 weeks and were euthanized (Washout: W16, C16, L16). Body weight and food and drink consumption were periodically measured. Blood was collected (biochemistry). At autopsy, transverse aortic sinus sections were serially cut and stained (histomorphometry); livers and kidneys were processed (microscopy). MANOVA (identification of variance factors) was followed by ANOVA and LSD tests (within-factor differences between levels). Conventionally a p< 0.05 was considered significant. Results Treatment increased drinking volumes (vs W8: 4 fold C8, p<0.0001; +47% L8, p<0.02). Only C reduced eating amounts (–54%, p<0.05 vs W8). I). Compared with W8: C8 developed hyperglycemia (+43%, p<0.03) and increased non-HDL cholesterol (+54%, p<0.05); L8 showed decreased glycemia (–15%, p<0.05 vs W8) and increased creatinine (2.5 fold, p<0.04), urea (+74, p<0.03) and aspartate-aminotransferase (2.8 fold, p<0.05). Hypercreatininemia was observed in L16 (2.7 fold vs W16, p<0.05). Hypertriglyceridemia (+91%, p<0.008) and hyperuremia (+68%, p<0.03) developed over time of study (age). II). Treatment caused plaque area increase (vs W8: 28% C8, p<0.02 and 50% L8, p<0.01; vs W16: 43% C16, p<0.05 and 68% L16, p<0.02) and stenosis (vs W8: 38% C8, p<0.04 and 57% L8, p<0.01; vs W16: 71% C16, p<0.01 and 46% L16, p<0

  20. Effect of Bortezomib on Angiotensin Ⅱ-induced Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm in ApoE(-/-) Mice.

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    Li, Fangda; Li, Huihua; Tian, Cui; Nie, Hao; Zheng, Yuehong

    2017-02-20

    Objective To investigate the role of proteasome inhibitor bortezomib (BTZ) in inflammatory response in abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) formation induced by angiotensin Ⅱ (Ang Ⅱ). Methods Ang Ⅱ-induced ApoE(-/-) mice AAA models were established. Forty male ApoE(-/-) mice (8-10-week-old) were randomly and equally divided into four groups:Sham group,BTZ group,Ang Ⅱ group,and Ang Ⅱ+BTZ group.HE staining,immunohistochemical staining,and flow cytometry were used to analyze the inflammatory response. Real-time quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR) was used to analyze the mRNA expression of intercellular cell adhesion molecule-1 (ICAM-1). Western blotting was used to analyze the activation of nuclear factor κB signaling (NF-κB). Results The mean maximum suprarenal aortic diameter (Dmax) of Sham group,BTZ group,Ang Ⅱ group,and Ang Ⅱ+BTZ group were (1.00±0.01),(0.99±0.01),(1.50±0.13),and (1.20±0.04)mm,respectively (F=8.959,P=0.000). The Dmax of Ang Ⅱ group was significantly larger than those of Sham group (P=0.000) and Ang Ⅱ+BTZ group (P=0.015). The incidence of AAA in Ang Ⅱ group,Ang Ⅱ+BTZ group,and Sham group were 60%,17%,and 0,respectively. HE staining revealed that the abdominal aortic wall thickening was more severe in Ang Ⅱ group than in Sham group and Ang Ⅱ+BTZ group,similar with the infiltration of inflammatory cells. Immunohistochemical staining demonstrated that the CD3(+)T lymphocyte count was significantly higher in Ang Ⅱ group than in Sham group (107.9±15.9 vs. 0,P=0.000) and Ang Ⅱ+BTZ group (107.9±15.9 vs. 0.8±0.5,P=0.000). Flow cytometry also demonstrated that the proportion of the CD3(+)T lymphocytes of the Ang Ⅱ group [(13.50±0.69)%] was significantly higher than that in the Ang Ⅱ+BTZ group [(10.40±0.78)%] at week 1 (t=3.009,P=0.040),and the proportion of the CD3(+)T lymphocytes of the Ang Ⅱ group [(22.70±0.93)%] was significantly higher than that in the Ang Ⅱ+BTZ group [(15.10±0.97)%] at week 4 (t=5

  1. PM source apportionment for short-term cardiac function changes in ApoE-/- mice.

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    Lippmann, Morton; Hwang, Jiang-Shiang; Maciejczyk, Polina; Chen, Lung-Chi

    2005-11-01

    Daily rates of cardiovascular mortality and morbidity are have been associated with daily variations in fine particulate matter (aerodynamic diameter < or = 2.5 microm, PM2.5), but little is known about the influences of the individual source-related PM2.5 categories or the temporal lags for the effects. We investigated heart rate (HR) and HR variability (HRV) data collected during a 5-month study involving 6 hr/day, 5 day/week exposures of normal (C57) mice and a murine model for atherosclerotic disease (ApoE-/-) in Sterling Forest (Tuxedo, New York, USA). The mice were exposed to concentrated ambient particles (PM2.5 concentrated 10-fold, producing an average of 113 microg/m3). Daily 6-hr PM2.5 air samples were analyzed by X-ray fluorescence, permitting attribution to major PM source categories [secondary sulfate (SS), resuspended soil (RS), residual oil (RO) combustion, and other, largely due to motor vehicle traffic]. We examined associations between these PM2.5 components and both HR and HRV for three different daily time periods: during exposure, the afternoon after exposure, and late at night. For HR there were significant transient associations for RS during exposure, and for SS in the afternoon after exposure. For HRV, there were comparable associations with RO in the afternoon after exposure and for both SS and RS late at night. The biologic bases for these associations and their temporal lags are not known but may be related to the differential solubility of the biologically active PM components at the respiratory epithelia and their access to cells that release mediators that reach the cardiovascular system. Clearly, further research to elucidate the underlying processes is needed.

  2. Apo-Ghrelin Receptor (apo-GHSR1a) Regulates Dopamine Signaling in the Brain

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    Kern, Andras; Grande, Cristina; Smith, Roy G.

    2014-01-01

    The orexigenic peptide hormone ghrelin is synthesized in the stomach and its receptor growth hormone secretagogue receptor (GHSR1a) is expressed mainly in the central nervous system (CNS). In this review, we confine our discussion to the physiological role of GHSR1a in the brain. Paradoxically, despite broad expression of GHSR1a in the CNS, other than trace amounts in the hypothalamus, ghrelin is undetectable in the brain. In our efforts to elucidate the function of the ligand-free ghrelin receptor (apo-GHSR1a), we identified subsets of neurons that co-express GHSR1a and dopamine receptors. In this review, we focus on interactions between apo-GHSR1a and dopamine-2 receptor (DRD2) and formation of GHSR1a:DRD2 heteromers in hypothalamic neurons that regulate appetite, and discuss implications for the treatment of Prader–Willi syndrome (PWS). GHSR1a antagonists of distinct chemical structures, a quinazolinone and a triazole, respectively, enhance and inhibit dopamine signaling through GHSR1a:DRD2 heteromers by an allosteric mechanism. This finding illustrates a potential strategy for designing the next generation of drugs for treating eating disorders as well as psychiatric disorders caused by abnormal dopamine signaling. Treatment with a GHSR1a antagonist that enhances dopamine/DRD2 activity in GHSR1a:DRD2 expressing hypothalamic neurons has the potential to inhibit the uncontrollable hyperphagia associated with PWS. DRD2 antagonists are prescribed for treating schizophrenia, but these block dopamine signaling in all DRD2 expressing neurons and are associated with adverse side effects, including enhanced appetite and excessive weight gain. A GHSR1a antagonist of structural class that allosterically blocks dopamine/DRD2 action in GHSR1a:DRD2 expressing neurons would have no effect on neurons expressing DRD2 alone; therefore, the side effects of DRD2 antagonists would potentially be reduced thereby enhancing patient compliance. PMID:25183960

  3. Arsenic exacerbates atherosclerotic lesion formation and inflammation in ApoE-/- mice

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    Srivastava, Sanjay; Vladykovskaya, Elena N.; Haberzettl, Petra; Sithu, Srinivas D.; D'Souza, Stanley E.; States, J. Christopher

    2009-11-15

    Exposure to arsenic-contaminated water has been shown to be associated with cardiovascular disease, especially atherosclerosis. We examined the effect of arsenic exposure on atherosclerotic lesion formation, lesion composition and nature in ApoE-/- mice. Early post-natal exposure (3-week-old mice exposed to 49 ppm arsenic as NaAsO{sub 2} in drinking water for 7 weeks) increased the atherosclerotic lesion formation by 3- to 5-fold in the aortic valve and the aortic arch, without affecting plasma cholesterol. Exposure to arsenic for 13 weeks (3-week-old mice exposed to 1, 4.9 and 49 ppm arsenic as NaAsO{sub 2} in drinking water) increased the lesion formation and macrophage accumulation in a dose-dependent manner. Temporal studies showed that continuous arsenic exposure significantly exacerbated the lesion formation throughout the aortic tree at 16 and 36 weeks of age. Withdrawal of arsenic for 12 weeks after an initial exposure for 21 weeks (to 3-week-old mice) significantly decreased lesion formation as compared with mice continuously exposed to arsenic. Similarly, adult exposure to 49 ppm arsenic for 24 weeks, starting at 12 weeks of age increased lesion formation by 2- to 3.6-fold in the aortic valve, the aortic arch and the abdominal aorta. Lesions of arsenic-exposed mice displayed a 1.8-fold increase in macrophage accumulation whereas smooth muscle cell and T-lymphocyte contents were not changed. Expression of pro-inflammatory chemokine MCP-1 and cytokine IL-6 and markers of oxidative stress, protein-HNE and protein-MDA adducts were markedly increased in lesions of arsenic-exposed mice. Plasma concentrations of MCP-1, IL-6 and MDA were also significantly elevated in arsenic-exposed mice. These data suggest that arsenic exposure increases oxidative stress, inflammation and atherosclerotic lesion formation.

  4. Effects of Tomato and Soy Germ on Lipid Bioaccumulation and Atherosclerosis in ApoE-/- Mice.

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    Smith, Brendon W; Miller, Rita J; Wilund, Kenneth R; O'Brien, William D; Erdman, John W

    2015-08-01

    Dietary patterns with cardiovascular benefits have been recommended, but the relative contributions of individual foods and food components, alone or in combination, remain undefined. Male ApoE(-/-) mice were fed either a purified AIN-93G control diet, a Western diet (WD), or a WD with 10% tomato powder (TP), 2% soy germ (SG), or the combination, for 4 wk (n = 10 per group). Plasma total cholesterol and triglycerides were measured with enzymatic colorimetric kits, and serum amyloid A (SAA) was measured by ELISA. Liver lipids were extracted with chloroform:methanol, and triglycerides, free and esterified cholesterol measured with enzymatic colorimetric kits. Expression of Cyp27a1, Cyp7a1, Abcg5, and Abcg8 in the liver was determined by quantitative polymerase chain reaction. Sections of the aortic root and aorta were cut and stained with hematoxylin and eosin (H&E) to assess extent of atherosclerotic lesions. WD-fed animals had greater liver and adipose weights, plasma cholesterol and SAA, hepatic lipids, and atherosclerosis than AIN-93G animals. TP and SG did not decrease atherosclerosis as measured by H&E-stained sections of the aortic root, aortic arch, and descending aorta. The TP diets further increased plasma cholesterol, but also led to increased expression of the Abcg5/8 transporters involved in cholesterol efflux. Addition of SG alone to the WD attenuated WD-induced increases in plasma cholesterol, liver lipids, and gonadal adipose weight. The results of this study do not support the use of either TP or SG for reduction of atherosclerosis, but suggest some beneficial effects of SG on lipid metabolism in this model of cardiovascular disease.

  5. A novel BET bromodomain inhibitor, RVX-208, shows reduction of atherosclerosis in hyperlipidemic ApoE deficient mice.

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    Jahagirdar, Ravi; Zhang, Haiyan; Azhar, Salman; Tobin, Jennifer; Attwell, Sarah; Yu, Raymond; Wu, Jin; McLure, Kevin G; Hansen, Henrik C; Wagner, Gregory S; Young, Peter R; Srivastava, Rai Ajit K; Wong, Norman C W; Johansson, Jan

    2014-09-01

    Despite the benefit of statins in reducing cardiovascular risk, a sizable proportion of patients still remain at risk. Since HDL reduces CVD risk through a process that involves formation of pre-beta particles that facilitates the removal of cholesterol from the lipid-laden macrophages in the arteries, inducing pre-beta particles, may reduce the risk of CVD. A novel BET bromodomain antagonist, RVX-208, was reported to raise apoA-I and increase preβ-HDL particles in non-human primates and humans. In the present study, we investigated the effect of RVX-208 on aortic lesion formation in hyperlipidemic apoE(-/-) mice. Oral treatments of apoE(-/-) mice with 150 mg/kg b.i.d RVX-208 for 12 weeks significantly reduced aortic lesion formation, accompanied by 2-fold increases in the levels of circulating HDL-C, and ∼50% decreases in LDL-C, although no significant changes in plasma apoA-I were observed. Circulating adhesion molecules as well as cytokines also showed significant reduction. Haptoglobin, a proinflammatory protein, known to bind with HDL/apoA-I, decreased >2.5-fold in the RVX-208 treated group. With a therapeutic dosing regimen in which mice were fed Western diet for 10 weeks to develop lesions followed by switching to a low fat diet and concurrent treatment with RVX-208 for 14 weeks, RVX-208 similarly reduced lesion formation by 39% in the whole aorta without significant changes in the plasma lipid parameters. RVX-208 significantly reduced the proinflammatory cytokines IP-10, MIP1(®) and MDC. These results show that the antiatherogenic activity of BET inhibitor, RVX-208, occurs via a combination of lipid changes and anti-inflammatory activities.

  6. APOE ε4 genotype predicts memory for everyday activities.

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    Bailey, Heather R; Sargent, Jesse Q; Flores, Shaney; Nowotny, Petra; Goate, Alison; Zacks, Jeffrey M

    2015-01-01

    The apolipoprotein E (ApOE) ε4 allele is associated with neuropathological buildup of amyloid in the brain, and with lower performance on some laboratory measures of memory in some populations. In two studies, we tested whether ApOE genotype affects memory for everyday activities. In Study 1, participants aged 20-79 years old (n = 188) watched movies of actors engaged in daily activities and completed memory tests for the activities in the movies. In Study 2, cognitively healthy and demented older adults (n = 97) watched and remembered similar movies, and also underwent structural MRI scanning. All participants provided saliva samples for genetic analysis. In both samples we found that, in older adults, ApOE ε4 carriers demonstrated worse everyday memory performance than did ε4 noncarriers. In Study 2, ApOE ε4 carriers had smaller medial temporal lobes (MTL) volumes, and MTL volume mediated the relationship between ApOE genotype and everyday memory performance. These everyday memory tasks measure genetically determined cognitive decline that can occur prior to a clinical diagnosis of dementia. Further, these tasks are easily administered and may be a useful clinical tool in identifying ε4 carriers who may be at risk for MTL atrophy and further cognitive decline that is a common characteristic of the earliest stages of Alzheimer's disease.

  7. APOE3, but not APOE4, bone marrow transplantation mitigates behavioral and pathological changes in a mouse model of Alzheimer disease.

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    Yang, Yue; Cudaback, Eiron; Jorstad, Nikolas L; Hemingway, Jake F; Hagan, Catherine E; Melief, Erica J; Li, Xianwu; Yoo, Tom; Khademi, Shawn B; Montine, Kathleen S; Montine, Thomas J; Keene, C Dirk

    2013-09-01

    Apolipoprotein E4 (APOE4) genotype is the strongest genetic risk factor for late-onset Alzheimer disease and confers a proinflammatory, neurotoxic phenotype to microglia. Here, we tested the hypothesis that bone marrow cell APOE genotype modulates pathological progression in experimental Alzheimer disease. We performed bone marrow transplants (BMT) from green fluorescent protein-expressing human APOE3/3 or APOE4/4 donor mice into lethally irradiated 5-month-old APPswe/PS1ΔE9 mice. Eight months later, APOE4/4 BMT-recipient APPswe/PS1ΔE9 mice had significantly impaired spatial working memory and increased detergent-soluble and plaque Aβ compared with APOE3/3 BMT-recipient APPswe/PS1ΔE9 mice. BMT-derived microglia engraftment was significantly reduced in APOE4/4 recipients, who also had correspondingly less cerebral apoE. Gene expression analysis in cerebral cortex of APOE3/3 BMT recipients showed reduced expression of tumor necrosis factor-α and macrophage migration inhibitory factor (both neurotoxic cytokines) and elevated immunomodulatory IL-10 expression in APOE3/3 recipients compared with those that received APOE4/4 bone marrow. This was not due to detectable APOE-specific differences in expression of microglial major histocompatibility complex class II, C-C chemokine receptor (CCR) type 1, CCR2, CX3C chemokine receptor 1 (CX3CR1), or C5a anaphylatoxin chemotactic receptor (C5aR). Together, these findings suggest that BMT-derived APOE3-expressing cells are superior to those that express APOE4 in their ability to mitigate the behavioral and neuropathological changes in experimental Alzheimer disease.

  8. APOE3, but Not APOE4, Bone Marrow Transplantation Mitigates Behavioral and Pathological Changes in a Mouse Model of Alzheimer Disease

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    Yang, Yue; Cudaback, Eiron; Jorstad, Nikolas L.; Hemingway, Jake F.; Hagan, Catherine E.; Melief, Erica J.; Li, Xianwu; Yoo, Tom; Khademi, Shawn B.; Montine, Kathleen S.; Montine, Thomas J.; Keene, C. Dirk

    2014-01-01

    Apolipoprotein E4 (APOE4) genotype is the strongest genetic risk factor for late-onset Alzheimer disease and confers a proinflammatory, neurotoxic phenotype to microglia. Here, we tested the hypothesis that bone marrow cell APOE genotype modulates pathological progression in experimental Alzheimer disease. We performed bone marrow transplants (BMT) from green fluorescent protein–expressing human APOE3/3 or APOE4/4 donor mice into lethally irradiated 5-month-old APPswe/PS1ΔE9 mice. Eight months later, APOE4/4 BMT–recipient APPswe/PS1ΔE9 mice had significantly impaired spatial working memory and increased detergent-soluble and plaque Aβ compared with APOE3/3 BMT–recipient APPswe/PS1ΔE9 mice. BMT-derived microglia engraftment was significantly reduced in APOE4/4 recipients, who also had correspondingly less cerebral apoE. Gene expression analysis in cerebral cortex of APOE3/3 BMT recipients showed reduced expression of tumor necrosis factor-α and macrophage migration inhibitory factor (both neurotoxic cytokines) and elevated immunomodulatory IL-10 expression in APOE3/3 recipients compared with those that received APOE4/4 bone marrow. This was not due to detectable APOE-specific differences in expression of microglial major histocompatibility complex class II, C-C chemokine receptor (CCR) type 1, CCR2, CX3C chemokine receptor 1 (CX3CR1), or C5a anaphylatoxin chemotactic receptor (C5aR). Together, these findings suggest that BMT-derived APOE3-expressing cells are superior to those that express APOE4 in their ability to mitigate the behavioral and neuropathological changes in experimental Alzheimer disease. PMID:23831297

  9. Structure of the Apo Form of Bacillus stearothermophilus Phosphofructokinase

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    Mosser, Rockann; Reddy, Manchi C.M.; Bruning, John B.; Sacchettini, James C.; Reinhart, Gregory D.

    2012-02-08

    The crystal structure of the unliganded form of Bacillus stearothermophilus phosphofructokinase (BsPFK) was determined using molecular replacement to 2.8 {angstrom} resolution (Protein Data Bank entry 3U39). The apo BsPFK structure serves as the basis for the interpretation of any structural changes seen in the binary or ternary complexes. When the apo BsPFK structure is compared with the previously published liganded structures of BsPFK, the structural impact that the binding of the ligands produces is revealed. This comparison shows that the apo form of BsPFK resembles the substrate-bound form of BsPFK, a finding that differs from previous predictions.

  10. Adulthood dietary exposure to a common pesticide leads to an obese-like phenotype and a diabetic profile in apoE3 mice.

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    Peris-Sampedro, Fiona; Cabré, Maria; Basaure, Pia; Reverte, Ingrid; Domingo, José L; Teresa Colomina, Maria

    2015-10-01

    Increasing evidence links the widespread exposure to organophosphate (OP) pesticides to the global epidemics of type 2 diabetes and obesity. Our recent data highlighted gene×environment interactions: mice expressing the human apolipoprotein E3 (apoE3) isoform were more prone to develop obesity than those expressing apoE2 or apoE4 upon dietary challenge with chlorpyrifos (CPF), the most used OP worldwide. Thus, we aimed to further explore the contribution of the APOE3 genotype on the emergence of obesity and related metabolic dysfunctions upon subchronic exposure to CPF. Seven-month-old targeted replacement apoE3 and C57BL/6N male mice were orally exposed to CPF at 0 or 2mg/kg body weight/day for 8 consecutive weeks. We examined body weight status, food and water intake, lipid and glucose homeostasis, metabolic biomarkers concentrations, insulin levels and insulin resistance, and leptin and ghrelin profiles. CPF exposure generally increased food ingestion, glucose and total cholesterol concentrations, and tended to elevate acyl ghrelin levels. Nonetheless, excess weight gain and increased leptin levels were inherent to apoE3 mice. Moreover, the propensity towards a diabetic profile was markedly higher in these animals than in C57BL/6N, as they showed a higher homeostatic model assessment for insulin resistance index and higher insulin levels. Although both genotypes were metabolically affected by CPF, the results of the present investigation revealed that apoE3 mice were the most vulnerable to developing obesity and related disturbances following CPF administration through the diet. Since the APOE3 genotype is the most prevalent worldwide, current findings have particular implications for human health.

  11. 56Fe accelerates development of atherosclerosis in apoE -/-mice

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    Kucik, Dennis; Yu, Tao; Parks, Brian; Yu, Shaohua; Srivastava, Roshni; Gupta, Kiran; Wu, Xing; Khaled, Saman; Chang, Polly; Kabarowski, Janusz

    Exposure to radiation from a variety of sources is associated with increased risk of heart disease and stroke. For example, for women with early breast cancer, the benefit of radiotherapy can be nearly offset by the increased risk of mortality from cardiovascular disease. Head and neck cancer patients who undergo radiation treatment are at significantly elevated risk of stroke, even in a relatively young patient population that would not normally be at risk for atheroscle-rosis. Similarly, atomic bomb survivors had an increased incidence of mortality from coronary artery disease and stroke. Even radiation technologists working before 1950 (when occupational exposure was higher) had increased mortality due to circulatory diseases. Although much is known about the cardiovascular consequences these exposures to X-raus and gamma radiation, the response to the type of radiation likely to be encountered in prolonged space flight has not been determined. A key component of this cosmic radiation is 56Fe, which is particularly damaging to tissues. Using collimated beams, we selectively irradiated aortic arches and carotids (only) of the well-established apoE -/-atherosclerosis mouse model to test directly whether 56Fe exposure is a cardiovascular risk factor. Mice were sacrificed at 13 weeks post-irradiation and dissected, and aortas were divided into areas that had been targeted by the ion beam and those that were not. The area that was covered by plaques was then quantified. Plaque area at 13 weeks post-irradiation was significantly greater in targeted areas of mice that had received 5 Gy of 56Fe as compared to age-and sex-matched un-irradiated controls. In the carotid arteries and aortic roots, significantly greater atherosclerosis was apparent for a 2Gy exposure as well (the lowest dose tested). This demonstrates that even a single exposure to heavy ion radiation is capable of triggering events that culminate in cardiovascular disease, even long after the exposure has

  12. Palm tocotrienols protect ApoE +/- mice from diet-induced atheroma formation.

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    Black, T M; Wang, P; Maeda, N; Coleman, R A

    2000-10-01

    We evaluated the effects of vitamin E and beta-carotene on apolipoprotein (apo)E +/- female mice, which develop atherosclerosis only when fed diets high in triglyceride and cholesterol. Mice were fed a nonpurified control diet (5.3 g/100 g triglyceride, 0.2 g/100 g cholesterol), an atherogenic diet alone (15.8 g/100 g triglyceride, 1.25 g/100 g cholesterol, 0.5 g/100 g Na cholate) or the atherogenic diet supplemented with either 0.5 g/100 g (+)-alpha-tocopherol (mixed isomers); 0.5 g/100 g palm tocopherols (palm-E; 33% alpha-tocopherol, 16.1% alpha-tocotrienol, 2.3% beta-tocotrienol, 32.2% gamma-tocotrienol, 16.1% delta-tocotrienol); 1.5 g/100 g palm-E; or 0.01 g/100 g palm-carotenoids (58% beta-carotene, 33% alpha-carotene, 9% other carotenoids). Compared with mice fed the control diet, plasma cholesterol was fourfold greater in mice fed the atherogenic diet. Mice fed the 1.5 g/100 g palm-E supplement had 60% lower plasma cholesterol than groups fed the other atherogenic diets. Mice fed the atherogenic diet had markedly higher VLDL, intermediate density lipoprotein (IDL) and LDL cholesterol and markedly lower HDL cholesterol than the controls. Lipoprotein patterns in mice supplemented with alpha-tocopherol or palm carotenoids were similar to those of the mice fed the atherogenic diet alone, but the pattern in mice supplemented with 1. 5 g/100 g palm-E was similar to that of mice fed the control diet. In mice fed the atherogenic diet, the hepatic cholesterol plus cholesterol ester concentration was 4.4-fold greater than in mice fed the control diet. Supplementing with 1.5 g/100 g palm-E lowered hepatic cholesterol plus cholesterol ester concentration 66% compared with the atherogenic diet alone. Mice fed the atherogenic diet had large atherosclerotic lesions at the level of the aortic valve. With supplements of 0.5 g/100 g palm-E or 1.5 g/100 g palm-E, the size of the lesions was 92 or 98% smaller, respectively. The 0.5 g/100 g alpha-tocopherol and palm carotenoid

  13. Chlorogenic acid protects against atherosclerosis in ApoE-/- mice and promotes cholesterol efflux from RAW264.7 macrophages.

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    Wu, Chongming; Luan, Hong; Zhang, Xue; Wang, Shuai; Zhang, Xiaopo; Sun, Xiaobo; Guo, Peng

    2014-01-01

    Chlorogenic acid (CGA) is one of the most abundant polyphenols in the human diet and is suggested to be a potential antiatherosclerotic agent due to its proposed hypolipidemic, anti-inflammatory and antioxidative properties. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of CGA on atherosclerosis development in ApoE(-/-) mice and its potential mechanism. ApoE(-/-) mice were fed a cholesterol-rich diet without (control) or with CGA (200 and 400 mg/kg) or atorvastatin (4 mg/kg) for 12 weeks. During the study plasma lipid and inflammatory parameters were determined. Treatment with CGA (400 mg/kg) reduced atherosclerotic lesion area and vascular dilatation in the aortic root, comparable to atorvastatin. CGA (400 mg/kg) also significantly decreased plasma levels of total cholesterol, triglycerides and low-density lipoprotein-cholesterol as well as inflammatory markers. Supplementation with CGA or CGA metabolites-containing serum suppressed oxidized low-density lipoprotein (oxLDL)-induced lipid accumulation and stimulated cholesterol efflux from RAW264.7 cells. CGA significantly increased the mRNA levels of PPARγ, LXRα, ABCA1 and ABCG1 as well as the transcriptional activity of PPARγ. Cholesterol efflux assay showed that three major metabolites, caffeic, ferulic and gallic acids, significantly stimulated cholesterol efflux from RAW264.7 cells. These results suggest that CGA potently reduces atherosclerosis development in ApoE(-/-) mice and promotes cholesterol efflux from RAW264.7 macrophages. Caffeic, ferulic and gallic acids may be the potential active compounds accounting for the in vivo effect of CGA.

  14. Molecular imaging of inflammation in the ApoE -/- mouse model of atherosclerosis with IodoDPA

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    Foss, Catherine A.; Bedja, Djahida; Mease, Ronnie C.; Wang, Haofan; Kass, David A.; Chatterjee, Subroto; Pomper, Martin G.

    2015-05-22

    Background: Atherosclerosis is a common and serious vascular disease predisposing individuals to myocardial infarction and stroke. Intravascular plaques, the pathologic lesions of atherosclerosis, are largely composed of cholesterol-laden luminal macrophage-rich infiltrates within a fibrous cap. The ability to detect those macrophages non-invasively within the aorta, carotid artery and other vessels would allow physicians to determine plaque burden, aiding management of patients with atherosclerosis. Methods and results: We previously developed a low-molecular-weight imaging agent, [{sup 125}I]iodo-DPA-713 (iodoDPA), which selectively targets macrophages. Here we use it to detect both intravascular macrophages and macrophage infiltrates within the myocardium in the ApoE -/- mouse model of atherosclerosis using single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT). SPECT data were confirmed by echocardiography, near-infrared fluorescence imaging and histology. SPECT images showed focal uptake of radiotracer at the aortic root in all ApoE -/- mice, while the age-matched controls were nearly devoid of radiotracer uptake. Focal radiotracer uptake along the descending aorta and within the myocardium was also observed in affected animals. Conclusions: IodoDPA is a promising new imaging agent for atherosclerosis, with specificity for the macrophage component of the lesions involved. - Highlights: • [{sup 125}I]iodoDPA SPECT detects atherosclerotic plaques in ApoE -/- mice with high contrast. • Plaques are detected in ApoE -/- mice regardless of diet with iodoDPA. • iodoDPA has very low uptake in healthy tissue including healthy TSPO + tissues at 24 h.

  15. Descartes&apos; Calculus of Subnormals: What Might Have Been

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    Boudreaux, Gregory Mark; Walls, Jess E.

    2013-01-01

    Rene Descartes&apos; method for finding tangents (equivalently, subnormals) depends on geometric and algebraic properties of a family of circles intersecting a given curve. It can be generalized to establish a calculus of subnormals, an alternative to the calculus of Newton and Leibniz. Here we prove subnormal counterparts of the well-known…

  16. Managing Affect in Learners&apos; Questions in Undergraduate Science

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    Pedrosa-de-Jesus, Helena; Watts, Mike

    2014-01-01

    This article aims to position students&apos; classroom questioning within the literature surrounding affect and its impact on learning. The article consists of two main sections. First, the act of questioning is discussed in order to highlight how affect shapes the process of questioning, and a four-part genesis to question-asking that we call…

  17. Supporting Students&apos; Motivation in College Online Courses

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    Russell, Jae-eun Lee

    2013-01-01

    Students&apos; motivation has been identified as a critical factor for meaningful engagement and positive academic achievement in various educational settings. In particular, self-regulation strategies have been identified as important skills in online learning environments. However, applying self-regulation strategies, such as goal setting,…

  18. Measuring Boltzmann&apos;s Constant with Carbon Dioxide

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    Ivanov, Dragia; Nikolov, Stefan

    2013-01-01

    In this paper we present two experiments to measure Boltzmann&apos;s constant--one of the fundamental constants of modern-day physics, which lies at the base of statistical mechanics and thermodynamics. The experiments use very basic theory, simple equipment and cheap and safe materials yet provide very precise results. They are very easy and…

  19. Does Student Attrition Explain KIPP&apos;s Success?

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    Nichols-Barrer, Ira; Gill, Brian P.; Gleason, Philip; Tuttle, Christina Clark

    2014-01-01

    The Knowledge Is Power Program (KIPP) is a network of charter schools designed to improve the educational opportunities available to low-income families. KIPP schools seek to boost their students&apos; academic achievement and ultimately prepare them to enroll and succeed in college. To achieve these objectives, KIPP schools leverage strong…

  20. Music Educators&apos; Perceived Effectiveness of Inclusion

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    VanWeelden, Kimberly; Whipple, Jennifer

    2014-01-01

    The purpose of this research project was to examine whether music teachers&apos; perceptions of effectiveness of inclusion, curriculum adaptations/modifications, or student achievement had altered from previous research findings 20 years before. A survey based on that used by Gfeller, Darrow, and Hedden was sent to music educators through the…

  1. Parents&apos; Goals for and Perceptions of Alphabet Books

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    Nowak, Sarah N.; Evans, Mary Ann

    2013-01-01

    This study examined parents&apos; goals for reading ABC books with their children and their perceptions of page features. Factor analysis of a questionnaire answered by 225 parents of junior and senior kindergarten students revealed four goals for reading alphabet books. In order of importance as rated by parents the goals were: Learning to Read,…

  2. Formal Training in Collective Bargaining: Superintendents&apos; Perspective

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    Johnson, Celine M.

    2013-01-01

    The purpose of this qualitative study is to investigate superintendents&apos; perspectives of the value of formal training in collective bargaining negotiations. Dependent on their responses, one could propose negotiation skills training as a crucial area of need for superintendents. Social interdependence theory provides the theoretical framework…

  3. Comparing Teaching Approaches about Maxwell&apos;s Displacement Current

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    Karam, Ricardo; Coimbra, Debora; Pietrocola, Maurício

    2014-01-01

    Due to its fundamental role for the consolidation of Maxwell&apos;s equations, the displacement current is one of the most important topics of any introductory course on electromagnetism. Moreover, this episode is widely used by historians and philosophers of science as a case study to investigate several issues (e.g. the theory-experiment…

  4. Elementary Teachers&apos; Perceptions of Administrators and Job Satisfaction

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    Davis, Christen M.

    2012-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to investigate administrative influence on teacher job satisfaction based on the perspectives of teachers using Frederick Herzberg, Bernard Mausner, and Barbara Snyderman&apos;s Two-Factor Theory on job satisfaction as the theoretical framework. This study also explored the administrative actions and behaviors that…

  5. The Geometry of Snell&apos;s Law

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    Metz, James

    2014-01-01

    Light refracts as it travels from one medium to another. The angle of incidence "i" and the angle of refraction "r" are related by Snell&apos;s law, sin"i" ÷ sin"r"="k," where "k" is a constant. The diagram in Fig. 1 shows a geometric representation of the formula for light passing from…

  6. Can Grey Ravens Fly?: Beyond Frayling&apos;s Categories

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    Belcher, Shaun D.

    2014-01-01

    This paper analyses the effect of Christopher Frayling&apos;s categorisation of artistic research "research into art and design, research through art and design and research for art and design" on the debate surrounding the efficacy of studio-based artistic research as being valid within the university. James Elkins describes this as the…

  7. New Counselors&apos; Experiences of Community Health Centers

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    Freadling, Amy H.; Foss-Kelly, Louisa L.

    2014-01-01

    This phenomenological study explored 6 new counselors&apos; experiences working in community mental health centers and their experiences of the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs-accredited training received in preparation for such work. Three themes from the interviews were identified to provide implications…

  8. Bernstein&apos;s "Codes" and the Linguistics of "Deficit"

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    Jones, Peter E.

    2013-01-01

    This paper examines the key linguistic arguments underpinning Basil Bernstein&apos;s theory of "elaborated" and "restricted" "codes". Building on a review of selected highlights from the collective critical response to Bernstein, the paper attempts to clarify the relationship of the theory to "deficit" views…

  9. The Difference Differentiation Makes: Extending Eisner&apos;s Account

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    Blanken-Webb, Jane

    2014-01-01

    In this analysis Jane Blanken-Webb extends Elliot Eisner&apos;s account of how learning in the arts contributes to the creation of mind. Drawing on the psychoanalytic theory of D. W. Winnicott, Blanken-Webb argues that the acts of meaning making to which Eisner attends rely on a prior developmental achievement--namely, the establishment of…

  10. School Psychologists&apos; Continuing Professional Development Preferences and Practices

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    Armistead, Leigh D.; Castillo, Jose M.; Curtis, Michael J.; Chappel, Ashley; Cunningham, Jennifer

    2013-01-01

    This study investigated school psychologists&apos; continuing professional development (CPD) activities, topics, needs, motivations, financial expenditures, and opinions, as well as relationships between select demographic characteristics and certain CPD practices and preferences. A survey was mailed to 1,000 randomly selected Regular Members of…

  11. Introduction: Development&apos;s Story in Time and Place

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    Schiff, Brian

    2014-01-01

    In this introductory chapter, I place Bertram J. Cohler&apos;s ([Cohler, B. J., 1982]) seminal essay "Personal Narrative and Life Course" in the context of the history of narrative psychology and developmental theory. I describe four theses from "Personal Narrative and Life Course," which impacted developmental theory and…

  12. Retail Managers&apos; Situational Leadership Style and Emotional Intelligence

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    Schlott, Jason L.

    2012-01-01

    Researchers of leadership in management have explored why some managers excel in their positions and others fail. Some researchers have suggested that managers who use emotional intelligence while leading have a better opportunity to promote organizational success. Ineffective leadership may contribute to employees&apos; poor performance and lack…

  13. Extension&apos;s Future: Time for Disruptive Innovation

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    Franz, Nancy K.; Cox, Ronald A.

    2012-01-01

    Extension has been considered change averse by some scholars and practitioners, and they claim this inhibits organizational growth and relevance. Pockets of individuals and teams across the nation have worked independently as entrepreneurs to enhance Extension&apos;s relevance by introducing organizational processes and programs that greatly…

  14. An APOS Analysis of Natural Science Students' Understanding of Integration

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    Maharaj, Aneshkumar

    2014-01-01

    This article reports on a study which used the APOS (action-process-object-schema) Theory framework and a classification of errors to investigate university students' understanding of the integration concept and its applications. Research was done at the Westville Campus of the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa. The relevant rules for…

  15. Pre-Service Teachers&apos; Conceptions of Literal Symbols

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    Frost, Jodi L.

    2012-01-01

    There has been continuing pressure to incorporate algebraic thinking into K-12 education. Elementary teachers will be expected to incorporate and successfully execute algebra related lessons. This dissertation study examines pre-service elementary teachers&apos; conceptions and content knowledge regarding literal symbols and their usage. A written…

  16. An Outsider&apos;s Ethnographic Thoughts about Design

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    Agar, Michael

    2014-01-01

    This article gives Michael Agar&apos;s email responses to two questions put by Gavin Melles: "What are your thoughts on the advantages and dangers of developments in applied anthropology for ethnographic and anthropology practice?" and "What are your impressions of the potential and actual use of ethnography in design?" The…

  17. Improving Students&apos; Understanding of Electricity and Magnetism

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    Li, Jing

    2012-01-01

    Electricity and magnetism are important topics in physics. Research shows that students have many common difficulties in understanding concepts related to electricity and magnetism. However, research to improve students&apos; understanding of electricity and magnetism is limited compared to introductory mechanics. This thesis explores issues…

  18. Teaching Comparative Theology from an Institution&apos;s Mission

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    Bidlack, Bede Benjamin; Brecht, Mara; Krokus, Christian S.; Scheid, Daniel P.; Locklin, Reid B.

    2014-01-01

    Although comparative theology is a continuously growing method in the study of religion, it is still relatively new and not widely accepted in either confessional or secular institutions. Scholars may face difficulty when seeking their institutions&apos; acceptance for a comparative theology course. One way of generating interest and approval for…

  19. An Apparent Paradox: Catt&apos;s Anomaly

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    Pieraccini, M.; Selleri, S.

    2013-01-01

    Catt&apos;s anomaly is a sort of "thought experiment" (a "gedankenexperiment") where electrons seem to travel at the speed of light. Although its author argued with conviction for many years, it has a clear and satisfactory solution and it can be considered indubitably just an apparent paradox. Nevertheless, it is curious and…

  20. The Unfortunate Consequences of Bloom&apos;s Taxonomy

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    Case, Roland

    2013-01-01

    The sequenced levels of thinking articulated in Bloom&apos;s original taxonomy (or in the multitude of subsequent variations) is the most widely known list in education. In addition to enduring popularity, it is arguably one of the most destructive theories in education. In this article, the author explains what makes it so damaging and how…

  1. The Devil&apos;s in the Deadlines

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    Harland, Darci

    2013-01-01

    Research projects are worth doing. They raise student interest in science and offer experience in authentic scientific practices. Implementing independent research projects among students requires the teacher to be skilled not only in scientific research but also in project management. Teachers&apos; duties include--but are not limited…

  2. Parents&apos; Talk: Multiple Schemas and Parenting Practice

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    Sarda, Zoltan G.

    2012-01-01

    The impetus for this study is derived from the researcher&apos;s experience as a teacher and parent educator. In such contexts, parents frequently lament about the difficulties they experience in developing and sustaining "best practices" in raising their children, and the intransigent nature of existing habits. Much schematic cognition…

  3. Test Review: Children&apos;s Psychological Processing Scale (CPPS)

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    McGill, Ryan J.

    2013-01-01

    The Children&apos;s Psychological Processing Scale (CPPS), authored by Milton J. Dehn and published by Schoolhouse Educational Services in 2012, is a third-party rating scale that can be administered to teachers who are familiar with children ages 5 to 12. The measure is designed to identify psychological processing deficits in children who are…

  4. The Pentagon&apos;s Military Analyst Program

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    Valeri, Andy

    2014-01-01

    This article provides an investigatory overview of the Pentagon&apos;s military analyst program, what it is, how it was implemented, and how it constitutes a form of propaganda. A technical analysis of the program is applied using the theoretical framework of the propaganda model first developed by Noam Chomsky and Edward S. Herman. Definitions…

  5. Psychology Students&apos; Knowledge and Use of Mnemonics

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    McCabe, Jennifer A.; Osha, Kelsey L.; Roche, Jennifer A.; Susser, Jonathan A.

    2013-01-01

    Mnemonics are strategies that can enhance learning and memory of course material. An online survey examined psychology students&apos; metacognitive awareness and self-reported behaviors regarding mnemonics. Results showed that most participants could define mnemonics, but only a minority could describe the cognitive mechanisms involved.…

  6. The Art of Instituting and Maintaining Learners&apos; Motivation

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    Tran, Thu H.

    2013-01-01

    Whereas teachers&apos; responsibilities with accountability, class sizes and workload increase, their benefits, income and job security seem to decrease. Motivating and keeping classroom teachers motivated to successfully and happily perform their instructional duties can be challenging. One feasible approach to motivating teachers is offering…

  7. Dewey&apos;s Ethical Justification for Public Deliberation Democracy

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    Shook, John

    2013-01-01

    Interpretations of John Dewey&apos;s political theory grasp his respect for public deliberation, but typically overlook his ethical justification for democracy. Dewey gave two primary reasons why democracy is superior to other forms of government. First, a public educated in the tools of social intelligence can be more effective at managing their…

  8. A Stereotype Threat Account of Boys&apos; Academic Underachievement

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    Hartley, Bonny L.; Sutton, Robbie M.

    2013-01-01

    Three studies examined the role of stereotype threat in boys&apos; academic underachievement. Study 1 (children aged 4-10, n = 238) showed that girls from age 4 years and boys from age 7 years believed, and thought adults believed, that boys are academically inferior to girls. Study 2 manipulated stereotype threat, informing children aged…

  9. Experiential Learning and Literacy: Preservice Teachers&apos; Perspectives

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    Pittman, Ramona T.; Dorel, Theresa G.

    2014-01-01

    In this study, we sought to determine preservice teachers&apos; perceptions about participating in an experiential learning literacy program. A total of 86 preservice teachers participated in two hours of training and then tutored elementary students for a total of eight hours. The preservice teachers engaged in 10 hours of experiential learning…

  10. Darwin&apos;s Book: "On the Origin of Species"

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    Hodge, Jonathan

    2013-01-01

    This essay is an interpretation of Charles Darwin&apos;s "Origin of Species". It focuses on the contents of the "Origin" as Darwin intended them to be understood and the background to the work, thus revealing the originality (or otherwise) of the work.

  11. Asperger&apos;s Disorder Will Be Back

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    Tsai, Luke Y.

    2013-01-01

    This review focuses on identifying up-to-date number of publications that compared DSM-IV/ICD-10 Asperger&apos;s disorder (AspD) to Autistic Disorder/High-functioning Autism (AD/HFA). One hundred and twenty-eight publications were identified through an extensive search of major electronic databases and journals. Based on more than 90 clinical…

  12. Respecting and Supporting Students&apos; Affective Learning

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    Roper, Larry

    2014-01-01

    Too often educators pay too little attention to the psychological and emotional impact subject matter has on students. Teaching effectiveness would be greatly enhanced if educators would consider students&apos; affective reactions to material delivered in courses, workshops, and other collegiate learning experiences.

  13. Elementary Students&apos; Investigations in Natural Selection

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    Bartley, Nancy; Concannon, James P.; Brown, Patrick L.

    2014-01-01

    Students love learning about animals: how animals behave, what animals eat, why some animals are more dangerous than others are, and why animals look the way they do. In this 5E lesson, students investigate why some animals look the way they do--specifically, the advantages of camouflage and mimicry. What are an animal&apos;s advantages of being…

  14. Elementary Teachers&apos; Perceptions Regarding Response to Intervention

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    Meester, Joanna Kristen

    2012-01-01

    Response to Intervention (RtI) is a systematic and data-based method for identifying, defining, and resolving students&apos; academic, and/or behavior difficulties. RtI is a targeted intervention that includes a 3 tiered pyramid model created to assist all children in areas of their greatest need. The purpose of this study is to examine first and…

  15. Teachers&apos; Perceptions of Online Professional Development in Literacy

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    Garbe, Amber Yudchitz

    2012-01-01

    This study sought to describe perceptions of teachers regarding the influence of online professional development (oPD) in literacy on their instruction and students&apos; learning. The following features of effective professional development were analyzed: content-focus; collectivity; coherence; duration; and active learning. As well, the study…

  16. Shirley Campbell&apos;s Ideology of Historiographic Legitimation

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    Ramsay, Paulette A.

    2014-01-01

    This article examines a number of poems in which Shirley Campbell challenges the myth of historical objectivity by suggesting that the history of African diasporic peoples and societies has been obliterated in Europe&apos;s agenda to relegate them to positions of subservience and deny even their very existence. The poetic voice declares that…

  17. Stories and Science: Stirring Children&apos;s Imagination

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    Seeley, Claire; Gallagher, Sarah

    2014-01-01

    Stories are a place where magical things happen, where ideas are challenged, where the imagination runs free and questions are asked. They are a safe place, where the reader can walk about with new identities, try new ideas, process life&apos;s ups and downs and make new meanings. This makes stories the perfect place for creative learning. In this…

  18. The Sociology of College Students&apos; Identity Formation

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    Kaufman, Peter

    2014-01-01

    The dominant paradigm in the literature of college student development reflects a cognitive or psychological bias when considering the effect that college has on students. This chapter offers an alternative perspective by recognizing college as a social process and subsequently examines students&apos; identity formation from a sociological…

  19. Collaborative Professional Development: One School&apos;s Story

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    Steeg, Susanna M.; Lambson, Dawn

    2015-01-01

    This article describes how one elementary school&apos;s professional development model helped both new and veteran teachers grow in their knowledge and practice of balanced literacy. Created in partnership between university faculty, school administration, and elementary teachers, this multifaceted whole-school PD effort enabled teachers to learn…

  20. Revisiting Ferguson&apos;s Defining Cases of Diglossia

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    Snow, Don

    2013-01-01

    While the defining cases of diglossia offered in Charles Ferguson&apos;s 1959 article have long been useful as vehicles for introducing this important form of societal multilingualism, they are also problematic in that they differ from each other in a number of significant ways. This article proposes a modified and more precise framework in which…

  1. Achieving an Institution&apos;s Values, Vision, and Mission

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    Calder, William B.

    2014-01-01

    The measures of institutional success are more meaningful through the further realization of the institution&apos;s vision and mission and how the institution is supporting its declared values through various initiatives and behaviours. Institutions and their leaders rely on these statements as foundational pillars by which to launch new programs,…

  2. Exploring Students&apos; Technology Acceptance in College Developmental Mathematics

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    Williams, Handan

    2012-01-01

    Technology has become a large component of teaching and learning in mathematics education. Gaining insight into students&apos; technology acceptance factors is a crucial step in understanding instructional design and implementation of technology-based learning programs. Despite the widespread use of technology in education, few research efforts…

  3. Children&apos;s Literature on the Digital Move

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    Wolf, Shelby A.

    2014-01-01

    Children&apos;s literature is on the digital move, and many of the new technologies are eye popping in terms of their aesthetic qualities. Books that are already beloved are moving into new spaces well beyond the combination of words and illustration, as movement, sound, and interactivity enter the scene. The purpose of this article is to explore…

  4. Young Children&apos;s Interest in Live Animals

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    LoBue, Vanessa; Bloom Pickard, Megan; Sherman, Kathleen; Axford, Chrystal; DeLoache, Judy S.

    2013-01-01

    Animals are important stimuli for humans, and for children in particular. In three experiments, we explored children&apos;s affinity for animals. In Experiment 1, 11- to 40-month-old children were presented with a free-play session in which they were encouraged to interact with several interesting toys and two live animals--a fish and a hamster.…

  5. Sufism in the Novel: "Cat&apos;s Eyes"

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    Miniawi, Nayera

    2013-01-01

    "Cat&apos;s Eyes" is a novel about suffering and endurance, early marriage, spirituality and the sanctuary it provides, and Sufism in particular. It uses certain motifs to depict the psychological suffering of a young girl, caused by her conservative father and unsatisfactory marriage, which persists until she finally reaches a moment of…

  6. Critical Literacy&apos;s Ongoing Importance for Education

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    Janks, Hilary

    2014-01-01

    In explaining the importance of critical literacy, this commentary suggests what teachers need to be able to do--essential "repertoires of practice" (Comber, 2006). These include making connections with students&apos; lives, enabling them to do the necessary research, exploring texts and practices, considering the social effects of texts…

  7. An Educator&apos;s Perspective: Five "E&apos;s" to Success with Common Core Standards

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    Neria, Christy M.

    2014-01-01

    As a result of the implementation--and rigor--of the Common Core State Standards, many educators are looking for a different teaching approach to make content accessible to all students. Successful implementation of these standards for deaf and hard of hearing students can be achieved through what Christy Neria calls the "Five E&apos;s."…

  8. Lymphotoxin beta receptor signaling promotes tertiary lymphoid organogenesis in the aorta adventitia of aged ApoE-/- mice.

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    Gräbner, Rolf; Lötzer, Katharina; Döpping, Sandra; Hildner, Markus; Radke, Dörte; Beer, Michael; Spanbroek, Rainer; Lippert, Beatrix; Reardon, Catherine A; Getz, Godfrey S; Fu, Yang-Xin; Hehlgans, Thomas; Mebius, Reina E; van der Wall, Michael; Kruspe, Dagmar; Englert, Christoph; Lovas, Agnes; Hu, Desheng; Randolph, Gwendalyn J; Weih, Falk; Habenicht, Andreas J R

    2009-01-16

    Atherosclerosis involves a macrophage-rich inflammation in the aortic intima. It is increasingly recognized that this intimal inflammation is paralleled over time by a distinct inflammatory reaction in adjacent adventitia. Though cross talk between the coordinated inflammatory foci in the intima and the adventitia seems implicit, the mechanism(s) underlying their communication is unclear. Here, using detailed imaging analysis, microarray analyses, laser-capture microdissection, adoptive lymphocyte transfers, and functional blocking studies, we undertook to identify this mechanism. We show that in aged apoE(-/-) mice, medial smooth muscle cells (SMCs) beneath intimal plaques in abdominal aortae become activated through lymphotoxin beta receptor (LTbetaR) to express the lymphorganogenic chemokines CXCL13 and CCL21. These signals in turn trigger the development of elaborate bona fide adventitial aortic tertiary lymphoid organs (ATLOs) containing functional conduit meshworks, germinal centers within B cell follicles, clusters of plasma cells, high endothelial venules (HEVs) in T cell areas, and a high proportion of T regulatory cells. Treatment of apoE(-/-) mice with LTbetaR-Ig to interrupt LTbetaR signaling in SMCs strongly reduced HEV abundance, CXCL13, and CCL21 expression, and disrupted the structure and maintenance of ATLOs. Thus, the LTbetaR pathway has a major role in shaping the immunological characteristics and overall integrity of the arterial wall.

  9. From the Horse&apos;s Mouth: Why Scientists&apos; Views Are Crucial to Nature of Science Understanding

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    Hodson, Derek; Wong, Siu Ling

    2014-01-01

    Written in response to criticism of our work by Fouad Abd-El-Khalick, this position paper reaffirms and reinforces our position about the need to broaden and enrich the scope of nature of science (NOS) oriented curricula by exposing students to the voices of practising scientists. While Abd-El-Khalick&apos;s motivation for promoting the so-called…

  10. Fe-Radiation-Induced Alterations in Circulating Leukocyte Populations in the ApoE Mouse Atherosclerosis Model are Temporary

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    Yu, Tao; Yu, Shaohua; Parks, Brian W.; Gupta, Kiran; Wu, Xing; Khaled, Saman; Chang, Polly Y.; Srivastava, Roshni; Kabarowski, Janusz H. S.; Kucik, Dennis F.

    2008-06-01

    Radiation is associated with an increased risk of heart disease and stroke, likely due in part to vascular inflammation. One model used to understand this is the apoE mouse, where gamma irradiation accelerates development of atherosclerosis. Less is known, though, about the effects of high linear energy transfer (LET) radiation, such as 56Fe, likely to be encountered by astronauts in deep space. Radiation, however, also affects leukocyte numbers. For example, whole-body 56Fe irradiation has been shown to decrease circulating B-cells and T-cells, but whether this was due to radiation of the thymus, of the bone marrow, or both was not determined. We irradiated ApoE mice with 56Fe focused to the aorta and carotids to determine how irradiation of the thymus with 56Fe affects circulating lymphocyte number, and ultimately to determine the effect of iron ion irradiation on development of atherosclerosis. We found that only T-cells were affected at 13 weeks post-irradiation, but even these recovered at 40 weeks, suggesting that effects on the immune system are limited and temporary. Analysis of atherosclerosis development is pending sacrifice and histological analysis of irradiated mice.

  11. Parents&apos; Conceptual Involvement in Their Children&apos;s Education: An Assessment-Oriented View

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    Pishghadam, Reza; Sadafian, Shaghayegh Shayesteh

    2013-01-01

    Parents&apos; underlying beliefs concerning pedagogical issues may be an indispensable key to understanding the diverse activities that parents engage in with their children. Assessment, as a multifunctional educational mechanism, has long engaged the minds of not only teachers and students but also their parents. Thus, this study sought to delve…

  12. The New Alliance between Science and Education: Otto Neurath&apos;s Modernity beyond Descartes&apos; "Adamitic" Science

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    Oliverio, Stefano

    2014-01-01

    Starting from a suggestion of Stephen Toulmin and through an interpretation of the criticism to which Neurath, one of the founders of the Vienna Circle, submits Descartes&apos; views on science, the paper attempts to outline a pattern of modernity opposed to the Cartesian one, that has been obtaining over the last four centuries. In particular, it…

  13. Is Children&apos;s Informal Knowledge of Mathematics Important? Rethinking Assessment of Children&apos;s Knowledge of Mathematics

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    Lee, Joohi

    2014-01-01

    Within United States policymaking, there is widespread recognition that universal preschool works towards a societal good, advancing children&apos;s social and academic needs while expanding the economic landscape for a nation. However, in trying to deliver these benefits, all too often educational policies apply a rigid format that overemphasizes…

  14. What&apos;s Going on behind the Screens? Researching Young Students&apos; Learning Pathways Using iPads

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    Falloon, G.

    2014-01-01

    Since their introduction in 2010, much has been said and written about Apple&apos;s iPad (Apple Inc., Cupertino, CA, USA) and its potential to transform when and how students learn. Much of this hype has focused on attributes of the device such as its touch screen interface, light and portable form factor, easy-to-use operating system, and large…

  15. Darwin&apos;s Difficulties and Students&apos; Struggles with Trait Loss: Cognitive-Historical Parallelisms in Evolutionary Explanation

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    Ha, Minsu; Nehm, Ross H.

    2014-01-01

    Although historical changes in scientific ideas sometimes display striking similarities with students&apos; conceptual progressions, some scholars have cautioned that such similarities lack meaningful commonalities. In the history of evolution, while Darwin and his contemporaries often used natural selection to explain evolutionary trait gain or…

  16. Teachers&apos; Educational Gestures and Habits of Practical Action: Edusemiotics as a Framework for Teachers&apos; Education

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    Pesce, Sebastien

    2014-01-01

    When trying to help teachers cope with the critical situations they face in classrooms, public policies are mainly concerned with improving initial teacher training. I claim in this article that the role of lifelong learning should no longer be undermined and that the design of teachers&apos; training should be supported by a thorough examination…

  17. Exploring Communities of Practice: The Study of Teachers&apos; Collective Inquiry of Students&apos; Mathematical Work

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    Paige, Laura Marie

    2012-01-01

    This study examines a group of four teachers engaged in a professional development focused on understanding students&apos; mathematical thinking. Using activity theory as a theoretical framework it sought to determine what pedagogical tools associated with a reform mathematics curriculum (i.e. Cognitively Guided Instruction) teachers appropriated…

  18. The Development of Freshman College Calculus Students&apos; Mathematics Identity and How It Predicts Students&apos; Career Choice

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    Cribbs, Jennifer Dawn

    2012-01-01

    There is a need for research to explore the connections between students&apos; self-perceptions and their goals and future engagement with mathematics. This is particularly the case when considering that student interest declines as they transition through K-12 and gender differences continue to persist in mathematics related careers. Knowing how…

  19. Apple Peel Supplemented Diet Reduces Parameters of Metabolic Syndrome and Atherogenic Progression in ApoE-/- Mice.

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    Gonzalez, Jaime; Donoso, Wendy; Sandoval, Nathalie; Reyes, María; Gonzalez, Priscila; Gajardo, Monica; Morales, Erik; Neira, Amalia; Razmilic, Iván; Yuri, José A; Moore-Carrasco, Rodrigo

    2015-01-01

    Cardiovascular Diseases (CVD) represent about 30% of all causes of death worldwide. The development of CVD is related in many cases with the previous existence of metabolic syndrome (MS). It is known that apple consumption has a cardiovascular protecting effect, containing phenolic compounds with antioxidant effect, which are concentrated in the fruit peel. The objective of this study was to test the effect of apple peel consumption in a murine model of MS and apoE-/- mice. Apple supplemented diets reduced the biochemical parameters (glycaemia, total cholesterol, HDL-cholesterol, LDL-cholesterol, ureic nitrogen, triglycerides, insulin, and asymmetric dimethylarginine (ADMA)) of MS model in CF1 mice significantly. The model apoE-/- mouse was used to evaluate the capacity of the apple peel to revert the progression of the atherogenesis. FD with HAP reverts cholesterol significantly and slows down the progression of the plate diminishing the cholesterol accumulation area. With these results, it can be concluded that the consumption of apple peel reduces several MS parameters and the atherogenic progression in mice.

  20. Prospective Elementary Teachers&apos; Perceptions of Gender Differences in Children&apos;s Attitudes toward Mathematics

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    Schwartz, Catherine S.; Sinicrope, Rose

    2013-01-01

    Prospective elementary teachers hold preconceived ideas about elementary school students&apos; attitudes toward mathematics. We found that there exists a gender bias with prospective teachers expecting girls to have negative attitudes toward mathematics and boys more likely to have positive attitudes toward mathematics. We found that these…

  1. Employees&apos; Willingness to Participate in Work-Related Learning: A Multilevel Analysis of Employees&apos; Learning Intentions

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    Kyndt, Eva; Onghena, Patrick; Smet, Kelly; Dochy, Filip

    2014-01-01

    The current study focuses on employees&apos; learning intentions, or the willingness to undertake formal work-related learning. This cross-sectional survey study included a sample of 1,243 employees that are nested within 21 organisations. The results of the multilevel analysis show that self-directedness in career processes, time management,…

  2. Teachers&apos; Perspectives of Ways to Improve an Elementary School&apos;s Supplemental Reading Program

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    Clayton, JoAnn M.

    2012-01-01

    To improve students&apos; reading abilities, an elementary school staff decided to supplement the regular curriculum with a free Internet reading program. To promote student participation in the supplemental program, the media specialist designed the Gumball Reading Program, which included student requirements and rewards. The requirements…

  3. Training Professionals&apos; Usage and Understanding of Kirkpatrick&apos;s Level 3 and Level 4 Evaluations

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    Kennedy, Perri Estes; Chyung, Seung Youn; Winiecki, Donald J.; Brinkerhoff, Robert O.

    2014-01-01

    Training professionals have long acknowledged the necessity of conducting behavior-based (Level 3) and results-based (Level 4) evaluations, yet organizations do not frequently conduct such evaluations. This research examined training professionals&apos; perceptions of the utility of Level 3 and Level 4 evaluations and the factors that facilitate…

  4. Prospective Elementary Teachers&apos; Analysis of Children&apos;s Science Talk in an Undergraduate Physics Course

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    Harlow, Danielle B.; Swanson, Lauren H.; Otero, Valerie K.

    2014-01-01

    We investigated how prospective teachers used physics content knowledge when analyzing the talk of elementary children during special activities in an undergraduate physics content course designed for prospective teachers. We found that prospective teachers used content knowledge to reflect on their own learning and to identify students&apos;…

  5. Sterol-dependent nuclear import of ORP1S promotes LXR regulated trans-activation of apoE

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    Lee, Sungsoo; Wang, Ping-Yuan; Jeong, Yangsik; Mangelsdorf, David J.; Anderson, Richard G.W.; Michaely, Peter

    2012-10-01

    Oxysterol binding protein related protein 1S (ORP1S) is a member of a family of sterol transport proteins. Here we present evidence that ORP1S translocates from the cytoplasm to the nucleus in response to sterol binding. The sterols that best promote nuclear import of ORP1S also activate the liver X receptor (LXR) transcription factors and we show that ORP1S binds to LXRs, promotes binding of LXRs to LXR response elements (LXREs) and specifically enhances LXR-dependent transcription via the ME.1 and ME.2 enhancer elements of the apoE gene. We propose that ORP1S is a cytoplasmic sterol sensor, which transports sterols to the nucleus and promotes LXR-dependent gene transcription through select enhancer elements. -- Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer ORP1S translocates to the nucleus in response to sterol binding. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The sterols that best promote nuclear import of ORP1S are LXR agonists. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer ORP1S binds to LXRs, enhances binding of LXRs to LXREs and promotes LXR-dependent transcription of apoE.

  6. Mathematics Teachers&apos; Enactment of Cognitively Demanding Tasks: Investigating Links to Teachers&apos; Knowledge and Conceptions

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    Wilhelm, Anne Garrison

    2014-01-01

    This study sought to understand how aspects of middle school mathematics teachers&apos; knowledge and conceptions are related to their enactment of cognitively demanding tasks. I defined the enactment of cognitively demanding tasks to involve task selection and maintenance of the cognitive demand of high-level tasks and examined those two…

  7. Read Long and Prosper: Five Do&apos;s and Don&apos;ts for Preparing Students for College

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    McDaniel, Kathryn N.

    2014-01-01

    Too often, students reach college without the learning, critical thinking, and literacy skills they need to succeed in higher education. Recent educational trends that promote teaching to the test, short reading and writing assignments, group work, and technological resources contribute to students&apos; difficulties transitioning to college-level…

  8. Psychology&apos;s Lost Boy: Will the Real Little Albert Please Stand Up?

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    Griggs, Richard A.

    2015-01-01

    This article is concerned with the recent debate about the identity of psychology&apos;s lost boy-Little Albert, the infant subject in Watson and Rayner&apos;s classic experiment on fear conditioning. For decades, psychologists and psychology students have been intrigued by the mystery of Albert&apos;s fate. Now two evidentiary-based solutions to…

  9. Caring about Strangers: A Lingisian Reading of Kafka&apos;s "Metamorphosis"

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    Hung, Ruyu

    2013-01-01

    This article explores a significant question, implicit in Kafka&apos;s novel "Metamorphosis," explicitly asked by Rorty: "Can I care about a stranger?" Alphonso Lingis&apos;s view is adopted to overcome a mainstream belief that there is a distinction between my community and the stranger&apos;s community, or us community and…

  10. Once Upon a Time: How Jewish Children&apos;s Stories Impact Moral Development

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    Deitcher, Howard

    2013-01-01

    Research studies demonstrate the efficacy of the story-sharing experience on children&apos;s moral development. This article explores how the triadic relationship between a Jewish children&apos;s story, the child, and the parent storyteller can impact the youngster&apos;s moral growth. Using examples from two leading projects in Jewish…

  11. Preschoolers&apos; Recall of Science Content from Educational Videos Presented with and without Songs

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    Schechter, Rachel L.

    2013-01-01

    This experimental investigation evaluated the impact of educational songs on a child&apos;s ability to recall scientific content from an educational television program. Preschoolers&apos; comprehension of the educational content was examined by measuring children&apos;s ability to recall the featured science content (the function of a pulley and…

  12. 2014 Teacher Prep Review: A Review of the Nation&apos;s Teacher Preparation Programs

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    Greenberg, Julie; Walsh, Kate; McKee, Arthur

    2014-01-01

    "Teacher Prep Review 2014" is the second edition of the National Council on Teacher Quality&apos;s (NCTQ&apos;s) annual assessment of the nation&apos;s 2,400 teacher prep programs. The "Review" uncovers early evidence that teacher prep programs are beginning to make changes. It arrives at a time of heightened, unprecedented…

  13. 21 CFR 73.90 - β-Apo-8′-carotenal.

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    2011-04-01

    ... is β-apo-8′-carotenal. (2) Color additive mixtures for food use made with β-apo-8′-carotenal may... mixtures for coloring foods. (b) Specifications. β-Apo-8′-carotenal shall conform to the following specifications: Physical state, solid. 1 percent solution in chloroform, clear. Melting point...

  14. Resident Assistants&apos; Perceptions of Their Behavior in Situations Involving Alcohol

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    Gold, Aaron S.

    2012-01-01

    The purpose of this exploratory, sequential mixed-methods study was to describe resident assistants&apos; (RAs) perceptions of their behaviors when dealing with situations involving alcohol and underage, undergraduate resident-students. Specifically, Ajzen&apos;s (1985) Theory of Planned Behavior (TPB) was used to analyze RAs&apos; reports of…

  15. "The University for the Poor": Portrayals of Class in Translated Children&apos;s Literature

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    Forest, Danielle E.; Garrison, Kasey L.; Kimmel, Sue C.

    2015-01-01

    Background: Scholars of children&apos;s literature have been investigating portrayals of females and racial groups for several decades, yet few have examined depictions of social class. Research on social class depictions in children&apos;s literature is needed in order to identify books that affirm children&apos;s class identities and offer…

  16. Evaluations versus Expectations: Children&apos;s Divergent Beliefs about Resource Distribution

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    DeJesus, Jasmine M.; Rhodes, Marjorie; Kinzler, Katherine D.

    2014-01-01

    Past research reveals a tension between children&apos;s preferences for egalitarianism and ingroup favoritism when distributing resources to others. Here we investigate how children&apos;s evaluations and expectations of others&apos; behaviors compare. Four- to 10-year-old children viewed events where individuals from two different groups…

  17. Parental Involvement at the High School Level: Parents&apos; Perspectives

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    Hall, Nancy

    2012-01-01

    This study of parental involvement in high school focused on parents&apos; descriptions of their experiences of involvement. The study is best described as a qualitative study. Guided by a phenomenological approach, the researcher attempted to describe parents&apos; experiences of involvement in their child&apos;s high school and elicit themes…

  18. Contributions to a Marxist Critical Pedagogy: Revisiting Marx&apos;s Humanism

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    Malott, Curry

    2014-01-01

    In this essay Malott makes a case for a Marxist-informed critical pedagogy situating Marx&apos;s approach to Hegelian dialectics at the center. After reviewing Marx&apos;s critique of Hegel in his 1844 manuscripts, Malott outlines Marx&apos;s shifting conception of the falling rate of profit reflecting his developing understanding of what the…

  19. Using Hip-Hop Music and Music Videos to Teach Aristotle&apos;s Three Proofs

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    Sciullo, Nick J.

    2014-01-01

    Aristotle&apos;s three proofs remain central to students&apos; understanding of argumentation and persuasion. They are fundamental for those just beginning rhetorical study, as well as being of interest to experienced scholars. Investing time in learning the proofs supports students&apos; future practice and study of rhetoric. Unfortunately, the…

  20. The Relationship between Teachers&apos; Attitudes toward Technology and Technology Use

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    DeCuir, Alvin F., Jr.

    2012-01-01

    Researchers have recognized that technology use is critical to students&apos; engagement and the resulting increase in higher order thinking skills. However, educators are not using available technology to engage students&apos; higher order thinking. Both the purpose of this study and the research question was to determine if teachers&apos;…

  1. Exploring Novice Teachers&apos; Cognitive Processes Using Digital Video Technology: A Qualitative Case Study

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    Sun-Ongerth, Yuelu

    2012-01-01

    This dissertation describes a qualitative case study that investigated novice teachers&apos; video-aided reflection on their own teaching. To date, most studies that have investigated novice teachers&apos; video-aided reflective practice have focused on examining novice teachers&apos; levels of reflective writing rather than the cognitive…

  2. Locating Dewey&apos;s "Lost Individual" through 21st-Century Education

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    Mason, Lance E.

    2013-01-01

    The author argues that Dewey&apos;s conception of the lost individual and his proposed solutions for reconstruction can help both schooling and society address problems of depoliticization and individualization. He first examines Dewey&apos;s notion of formation of the self, forged through transactions with one&apos;s physical and social…

  3. Geography&apos;s Crosscutting Themes: Golden Anniversary Reflections on "The Four Traditions of Geography"

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    Murphy, Alexander B.

    2014-01-01

    William Pattison&apos;s seminal 1964 article outlining geography&apos;s four core traditions provided an informative overview of distinct strands of research and teaching in geography. His article enhanced appreciation of the discipline&apos;s intellectual diversity, but it did not address why the identified traditions should be grouped together…

  4. Planck&apos;s Constant as a Natural Unit of Measurement

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    Quincey, Paul

    2013-01-01

    The proposed revision of SI units would embed Planck&apos;s constant into the definition of the kilogram, as a fixed constant of nature. Traditionally, Planck&apos;s constant is not readily interpreted as the size of something physical, and it is generally only encountered by students in the mathematics of quantum physics. Richard Feynman&apos;s…

  5. Spanish Teachers&apos; Sense of Humor and Student Performance on the National Spanish Exams

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    Swanson, Peter B.

    2013-01-01

    Research suggests that second/foreign language teachers&apos; sense of humor is directly related to many outcomes for teachers and their students. This research investigates the relationship between the perceived sense of humor of in-service Spanish teachers&apos; (n?=?102) and their students&apos; (n?=?5,419) score on the National Spanish Exams…

  6. Axel Honneth&apos;s Idea of a Drawn-Out Process of Education

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    Hanhela, Teemu

    2014-01-01

    This article examines Axel Honneth&apos;s interpretation of Hegel&apos;s "ethical life" as a conception of a "drawn-out" process of education. Honneth&apos;s formulations of ethical life, namely "personal relationships", "market economy" and "the democratic will-formation", are an interesting…

  7. When Rubrics Collide: One Undergraduate Writing Tutor&apos;s Experience Negotiating Faculty and Institutional Assessments

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    Martin, Kelli

    2013-01-01

    This article recounts one undergraduate writing tutor&apos;s experience helping a fellow peer navigate an institutional assessment rubric that seemed to contrast the assessment criteria provided by the student&apos;s instructor. This article presents a reflection on that experience, framed by Hutchings, Huber, and Ciccone&apos;s (2011) work on…

  8. Children&apos;s Attitudes towards Peers with Disabilities: Associations with Personal and Parental Factors

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    Hong, Soo-Young; Kwon, Kyong-Ah; Jeon, Hyun-Joo

    2014-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to investigate the following: (i) associations among children&apos;s prior contact with people with disabilities and the three dimensions of children&apos;s attitudes towards people with disabilities: children&apos;s understanding of and their feelings about people with disabilities and their behavioural intentions to…

  9. Tribonacci-Like Sequences and Generalized Pascal&apos;s Pyramids

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    Anatriello, Giuseppina; Vincenzi, Giovanni

    2014-01-01

    A well-known result of Feinberg and Shannon states that the tribonacci sequence can be detected by the so-called "Pascal&apos;s pyramid." Here we will show that any tribonacci-like sequence can be obtained by the diagonals of the "Feinberg&apos;s triangle" associated to a suitable "generalized Pascal&apos;s pyramid."…

  10. A Left-Hand Rule for Faraday&apos;s Law

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    Salu, Yehuda

    2014-01-01

    A left-hand rule for Faraday&apos;s law is presented here. This rule provides a simple and quick way of finding directional relationships between variables of Faraday&apos;s law without using Lenz&apos;s rule.

  11. Second Career Adults&apos; Views of an Accelerated Teacher Education Program

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    Williams, Julie

    2012-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to evaluate students&apos; feelings of preparedness after completing an accelerated teacher education program designed for second career adults. Through a case study design, the researcher explored how a program&apos;s design impacted students&apos; feelings of preparedness to enter the field, their views of the…

  12. Experience and Distribution of Attention: Pet Exposure and Infants&apos; Scanning of Animal Images

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    Hurley, Karinna B.; Oakes, Lisa M.

    2015-01-01

    Although infants&apos; cognitions about the world must be influenced by experience, little research has directly assessed the relation between everyday experience and infants&apos; visual cognition in the laboratory. Eye-tracking procedures were used to measure 4-month-old infants&apos; eye movements as they visually investigated a series of…

  13. Factors Influencing Prospective Teachers&apos; Recommendations to Students: Horizons, Hexagons, and Heed

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    Mamolo, Ami; Pali, Rebeka

    2014-01-01

    This article examines pre-service secondary school teachers&apos; responses to a learning situation that presented a student&apos;s struggle with determining the area of an irregular hexagon. Responses were analyzed in terms of participants&apos; evoked concept images as related to their knowledge at the mathematical horizon, with attention paid…

  14. Disparities in Debt: Parents&apos; Socioeconomic Resources and Young Adult Student Loan Debt

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    Houle, Jason N.

    2014-01-01

    In an era of rising college costs and stagnant grant-based student aid, many young adults rely on their parents&apos; resources and student loans to pay for their postsecondary education. In this study I ask how parents&apos; income and education are linked to young adults&apos; student loan debt. I develop and test two perspectives regarding the…

  15. Coping with Flying Sandwiches: Where&apos;s the Educational Theory?

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    Pariser, David

    2014-01-01

    Frank McCourt&apos;s "Teacher Man" illustrates, among many things, one teacher&apos;s perception of the gap between educational theory and practice. A premise of this article is that McCourt&apos;s narrative of his 30 years as a high school English teacher is the record of a gifted reflective practitioner and, as such, has practical and…

  16. Teacher Attunement: Supporting Students&apos; Peer Experiences in the Early Elementary Classroom

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    Hoffman, Abigail S.

    2012-01-01

    This multi-method, longitudinal study examines the role of teacher attunement (teacher accuracy in identifying the peer group memberships of individual students) in children&apos;s peer experiences in early elementary classrooms (1st-3rd grades). Social cognitive mapping (SCM) procedures assessed and compared students&apos; and teachers&apos;…

  17. Factors Promoting Vocational Students&apos; Learning at Work: Study on Student Experiences

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    Virtanen, Anne; Tynjälä, Päivi; Eteläpelto, Anneli

    2014-01-01

    In order to promote effective pedagogical practices for students&apos; work-based learning, we need to understand better how students&apos; learning at work can be supported. This paper examines the factors explaining students&apos; workplace learning (WPL) outcomes, addressing three aspects: (1) student-related individual factors, (2) social and…

  18. Reduction in lipoprotein-associated apoC-III levels following volanesorsen therapy: phase 2 randomized trial results.

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    Yang, Xiaohong; Lee, Sang-Rok; Choi, Yun-Seok; Alexander, Veronica J; Digenio, Andres; Yang, Qingqing; Miller, Yury I; Witztum, Joseph L; Tsimikas, Sotirios

    2016-04-01

    Elevated apoC-III levels predict increased cardiovascular risk when present on LDL and HDL particles. We developed novel high-throughput chemiluminescent ELISAs that capture apoB, lipoprotein (a) [Lp(a)], and apoA-I in plasma and then detect apoC-III on these individual lipoproteins as apoCIII-apoB, apoCIII-Lp(a), and apoCIII-apoAI complexes, respectively. We assessed the effects on these complexes of placebo or 100-300 mg volanesorsen, a generation 2.0+ antisense drug that targets apoC3 mRNA in patients with hypertriglyceridemia, including familial chylomicronemia syndrome (n = 3), volanesorsen monotherapy (n = 51), and as add-on to fibrate (n = 26), treated for 85 days and followed for 176 days. Compared with placebo, volanesorsen was associated with an 82.3 ± 11.7%, 81.3 ± 15.7%, and 80.8 ± 13.6% reduction in apoCIII-apoB, apoCIII-Lp(a), and apoCIII-apoA-I, respectively (300 mg dose;P< 0.001 for all), at day 92. Strong correlations in all assay measures were noted with total plasma apoC-III, chylomicron-apoC-III, and VLDL-apoC-III. In conclusion, novel high-throughput ELISAs were developed to detect lipoprotein-associated apoC-III, including for the first time on Lp(a). Volanesorsen uniformly lowers apoC-III on apoB-100, Lp(a), and apoA-I lipoproteins, and may be a potent agent to reduce triglycerides and cardiovascular risk mediated by apoC-III.

  19. The interaction between sleep-disordered breathing and ApoE genotype on cerebrospinal fluid biomarkers for Alzheimer's disease in cognitively normal elderly

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    Osorio, Ricardo S.; Ayappa, Indu; Mantua, Janna; Gumb, Tyler; Varga, Andrew; Mooney, Anne M.; Burschtin, Omar E.; Taxin, Zachary; During, Emmanuel; Spector, Nicole; Biagioni, Milton; Pirraglia, Elizabeth; Lau, Hiuyan; Zetterberg, Henrik; Blennow, Kaj; Lu, Shou-En; Mosconi, Lisa; Glodzik, Lidia; Rapoport, David M.; de Leon, Mony J.

    2014-01-01

    Background Previous studies have suggested a link between Sleep Disordered Breathing (SDB) and dementia risk. In the present study, we analyzed the relationship between SDB severity, cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) Alzheimer's disease (AD) biomarkers, and the ApoE alleles. Methods 95 cognitively normal elderly participants were analyzed for SDB severity, CSF measures of phosphorylated-tau (P-Tau), total-tau (T-Tau), and amyloid beta 42 (Aβ42), as well as ApoE allele status. Findings In ApoE3+ subjects, significant differences were found between sleep groups for P-Tau (F[df2]=4.3, p=0.017), and T-Tau (F[df2]=3.3, p=0.043). Additionally, among ApoE3+ subjects, the apnea/hypopnea with 4% O2-desaturation index (AHI4%) was positively correlated with P-Tau (r=0.30, p=0.023), T-Tau (r=0.31, p=0.021), and Aβ42 (r=0.31, p=0.021). In ApoE2+ subjects, AHI4% was correlated with lower levels of CSF Aβ42 (r=−0.71, p=0.004), similarly to ApoE4+ subjects where there was also a trend towards lower CSF Aβ42 levels Interpretation Our observations suggest that there is an association between SDB and CSF AD- biomarkers in cognitively normal elderly. Existing therapies for SDB such as CPAP could delay the onset to mild cognitive impairment or dementia in normal elderly. PMID:24439479

  20. Thyroid hormones and fear learning but not anxiety are affected in adult apoE transgenic mice exposed postnatally to decabromodiphenyl ether (BDE-209).

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    Reverte, Ingrid; Pujol, Andreu; Domingo, José L; Colomina, Maria Teresa

    2014-06-22

    Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) are a family of industrial chemicals used as flame retardants. The fully brominated deca-BDE (BDE-209) is the most used and its potential risk for humans is controversial. The ability of PBDEs to target nervous and endocrine systems suggests multiple enduring effects after perinatal exposure. Cognitive and motor behavior alterations have been reported after developmental exposure to PBDEs, including BDE-209, whereas very little work has been carried out on anxiety and emotional learning. We have previously reported long-term effects of postnatal BDE-209 exposure on spatial memory dependent upon apolipoprotein E (apoE) polymorphism and age. ApoE is involved in lipid transport and its different polymorphisms (ε2, ε3, ε4) confer different vulnerabilities to neurodegeneration, cognitive impairment and anxiety. In the present study we assessed the long term effects of early exposure to BDE-209 on anxiety, fear learning and thyroid hormone levels in mice carrying different apoE polymorphisms (ε2, ε3, ε4). BDE-209 (0, 10 and 30 mg/kg) was orally administered on postnatal day 10 (PND 10). At 4 and 12 months of age mice were tested in an open field (OF) and an elevated zero maze (EZM). Fear conditioning and thyroid hormone levels were evaluated in mice at 5-6 months of age. Postnatal exposure to BDE-209 impaired cued fear learning in apoE2 and apoE3 mice. Levels of thyroid hormones were increased in apoE3 female mice exposed to BDE-209. Our findings indicate long lasting effects of BDE-209 on emotional learning and thyroid hormone levels after a single postnatal exposure.

  1. APOE, MAPT, SNCA, and Cognitive Performance in Parkinson Disease

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    Mata, Ignacio F.; Leverenz, James B.; Weintraub, Daniel; Trojanowski, John Q.; Hurtig, Howard I.; Van Deerlin, Vivianna M.; Ritz, Beate; Rausch, Rebecca; Rhodes, Shannon L; Factor, Stewart A.; Wood-Siverio, Cathy; Quinn, Joseph F.; Chung, Kathryn A.; Peterson, Amie L.; Espay, Alberto J.; Revilla, Fredy J.; Devoto, Johnna; Hu, Shu-Ching; Cholerton, Brenna A.; Wan, Jia Y.; Montine, Thomas J.; Edwards, Karen L.; Zabetian, Cyrus P.

    2014-01-01

    Importance Cognitive impairment (CI) is a common and disabling problem in Parkinson’s disease (PD) that is not well understood and is difficult to treat. Identification of genetic variants that influence the rate of cognitive decline or pattern of early cognitive deficits in PD might provide a clearer understanding of the etiopathogenesis of this important non-motor feature. Objectives To determine if common variation in the APOE, MAPT, and SNCA genes is associated with cognitive performance in patients with PD. Design, Setting and Participants We studied 1,079 PD patients from six academic centers in the U.S. who underwent assessments of memory (Hopkins Verbal Learning Test-Revised [HVLT-R]), attention/executive function (Letter-Number Sequencing and Trail Making Test), language processing (semantic and phonemic verbal fluency), visuospatial skills (Benton Judgment of Line Orientation) and global cognitive function (Montreal Cognitive Assessment [MoCA]). Subjects were genotyped for APOE ε2/ε3/ε4, MAPT H1/H2 haplotypes, and SNCA rs356219. Linear regression was used to test for association between genotype and baseline cognitive performance adjusting for age, sex, years of education, disease duration, and site. We used a Bonferroni correction to adjust for the nine comparisons that were performed for each gene. Main Outcomes and Measures Nine variables derived from seven psychometric tests. Results APOE ε4 was associated with lower performance on HVLT-R total learning (P=6.7×10−6; corrected P [Pc]=6.0×10−5), delayed recall (P=0.001; Pc=0.009), and recognition discrimination index (P=0.004; Pc=0.04), and semantic verbal fluency (P=0.002; Pc=0.018), Letter-Number sequencing (P=1 × 10−5; Pc=9 × 10−5), and Trails B-A (P=0.002; Pc=0.018). In a subset of 645 non-demented patients, APOE ε4 was associated with lower scores on HVLT-R total learning (P=0.005; Pc=0.045) and semantic verbal fluency (P=0.005; Pc=0.045). MAPT and SNCA variants were not

  2. ApoD mediates binding of HDL to LDL and to growing T24 carcinoma.

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    Braesch-Andersen, Sten; Beckman, Lena; Paulie, Staffan; Kumagai-Braesch, Makiko

    2014-01-01

    Apolipoprotein (Apo) D is an important protein produced in many parts of the body. It is necessary for the development and repair of the brain and protection from oxidative stress. The purpose of this study was to investigate the extent to which apoD interacts with lipoproteins in human plasma. By using detergent-free ELISA, we show that immobilized monoclonal antibodies against apoD very efficiently bind to low density lipoprotein (LDL) from plasma; this binding is as equally efficient as binding to an anti-apoB monoclonal antibody. Adding detergent to the plasma inhibited the binding, suggesting that the binding is dependent on the presence of intact lipoprotein particles. Reversing the system by using immobilized anti-apoB revealed that the affinity of apoD for LDL is rather low, suggesting that multiple bindings are needed for a durable connection. Biosensor experiments using purified lipoproteins also showed that purified apoD and high density lipoprotein 3 (HDL3), a lipoprotein fraction rich in apoD, were both able to bind LDL very efficiently, indicating that the HDL3-LDL interaction may be a physiological consequence of the affinity of apoD for LDL. Furthermore, we found that apoD increases the binding of HDL to actively growing T24 bladder carcinoma cells but not to quiescent, contact-inhibited, confluent T24 cells. This result is especially intriguing given that the T24 supernatant only contained detectable levels of apoD after growth inhibition, raising the possibility that alternating the expression of apoD and a putative apoD-receptor could give direction to the flow of lipids. In the current paper, we conclude that apoD mediates binding of HDL to LDL and to growing T24 carcinomas, thereby highlighting the importance of apoD in lipid metabolism.

  3. No Association Between Apoε4 Alleles, HIV Infection, Age, Neuropsychological Outcome or Death

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    Becker, James T.; Martinson, Jeremy J.; Penugonda, Sudhir; Kingsley, Lawrence; Molsberry, Samantha; Wolinsky, Steven; Reynolds, Sandra; Aronow, Aaron; Goodkin, Karl; Levine, Andrew; Martin, Eileen; Miller, Eric N.; Munro, Cynthia A.; Ragin, Ann; Sacktor, Ned

    2014-01-01

    The ε4 allele of the ApoE gene may have important interactions with physical health and cognitive function among individuals with HIV disease. The purpose of this study is to examine the relationships between ε4, HIV disease, age, neuropsychological impairment and death in a large, well-characterized study sample. 2,846 men participating in the Multicenter AIDS Cohort Study had ApoE genotyping and neuropsychological test data available for analysis. We found a significant association between HIV infection and time to death (from any cause), as well as older age, race, and education. But, ApoE status was not significantly associated with time to death. Similarly, we found a significant association between HIV infection and time to incident cognitive impairment, as well as age, education, and HIV serostatus; Apoε4 status was not related to incident cognitive impairment. There were no significant interactions between ApoE, HIV infection, and age on cognitive impairment. These data replicate and strengthen prior findings of the lack of association between ApoE ε4 and cognitive outcomes in HIV disease. We conclude that within the specific constraints of an exclusively male study in which the majority of participants were less than 65 years of age (range: 22-87 years), it appears reasonable to conclude that the ε4 allele is not significantly interacting with HIV serostatus. PMID:25388225

  4. An Alternative Introduction to Maxwell&apos;s Displacement Current

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    Reich, Gary

    2013-01-01

    In introductory texts Ampere&apos;s law is generally introduced in the steady-current form ?B · dl = µ[subscript 0]I, and it is later extended to a more general form involving the so-called displacement current I[subscript d], ?B · dl = µ[subscript 0](I + I[subscript d]) · (1). Here the line integral is to be taken along a closed…

  5. [APOE gene polymorphisms associated with Down syndrome in Colombian populations].

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    Rengifo, Lucero; Gaviria, Duverney; Serrano, Herman

    2012-06-01

    Introduction.Gene APOEε4 allele polymorphisms have been examined in Down syndrome because of the relationship between (a) the E4 isoform and (b) the type of Alzheimer's dementia that appears in individuals with Down syndrome. This isoform is considered a risk factor for Alzheimer's disease development and has been associated with early death in Down syndrome. Objectives. The polymorphisms in the APOE gene were characterized for Down syndrome individuals and their parents, in order to detect associations between the APOE polymorphisms and Down syndrome. Materials and methods. APOE gene polymorphisms were detected by RFLP-PCR and analyzed in 134 young individuals with Down syndrome, 87 mothers and 54 fathers, residents of the departments of Quindío and Risaralda, Colombia. The controls were 525 healthy individuals. Results. The APOEε3 allele and ε3/ε3 genotype were most frequent in all the populations (83-90% and 70-78%). The allelic frequency of APOEε2 was very low and ε2/ε2 (3-7%) was absent in Down syndrome and their parents. The allele APOEε4 was more frequent (11% vs. 9%) in Down syndrome individuals than in the controls. Comparing the allelic and genotypic frequencies between the populations with Down syndrome and their parents with the controls using Pearson c2 test and Fisher's exact test odds ratio, no statistically significant differences were found. Conclusions. No statistically significant association was found between the polymorphisms of the APOE gene and Down syndrome. Sample size or ethnic influences may have affected these results. More studies are necessary with other Colombian populations to determine possible associations in other genes related to Alzheimer's disease.

  6. Benjamin&apos;s Angel of History and the Work of Mourning in Ethical Remembrance: Understanding the Effect of W.G. Sebald&apos;s Novels in the Classroom

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    Joldersma, Clarence W.

    2014-01-01

    The paper develops a conceptual framework for understanding the work of ethical remembrance in the classroom. Using David Hansen&apos;s recent example of using Sebald&apos;s novels in his classroom to do the work or remembrance, the paper argues that the effect of Sebald&apos;s novels is best understood using Walter Benjamin&apos;s figure of the…

  7. Recombinant human serum amyloid A (apoSAAp) binds cholesterol and modulates cholesterol flux.

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    Liang, J S; Sipe, J D

    1995-01-01

    During acute inflammation, the serum amyloid A (apoSAA) proteins apoSAA1 and apoSAA2 are transiently associated with high density lipoproteins (HDL) in concentrations of as much as 1000-fold more than their concentrations during homeostasis; however, their effect on HDL function is unclear. Recombinant apoSAAp, a hybrid of the closely related human apoSAA1 and apoSAA2 isoforms, was found to exhibit a high affinity for cholesterol. The adsorption of apoSAAp to polystyrene microtiter wells at physiological pH, temperature, and salt concentration was inhibited and reversed by cholesterol. ApoSAAp, to a greater extent than apoA-I, albumin, or fetal bovine serum, enhanced diffusion of cholesterol from HDL across a membrane that retained molecules > 3.5 kDa. Cholesterol from 25 nM to 125 microM inhibited binding of [3H]cholesterol to 167 nM apoSAAp. A cholesterol binding assay was developed to determine the dissociation constant for binding of [3H]cholesterol to apoSAAp; Kd = 1.7 +/- 0.3 x 10(-7) M and the maximum binding capacity (Bmax) is 1.1 +/- 0.1 mol/mol. After binding cholesterol, the apparent size of apoSAAp as determined by gel filtration on Sephacryl S-100 was increased from 12 to 23 kDa. ApoSAAp enhanced free [14C]cholesterol uptake from tissue culture medium by HepG2 cells, an effect that was dose dependent and blocked by polyclonal antibodies to human apoSAA1 and apoSAA2. ApoSAAp, unlike apoA-I, was taken up from serum-free medium by HepG2 cells and appeared to be degraded by cell-associated enzymes. Unlike peritoneal exudate cells, human HepG2 hepatoma cells do not secrete an enzyme that degrades apoSAAp. These results suggest that apoSAA can potentially serve as a transient cholesterol-binding protein.

  8. Relations between brain tissue loss, CSF biomarkers and the ApoE genetic profile: A longitudinal MRI study

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    Tosun, Duygu; Schuff, Norbert; Truran-Sacrey, Diana; Shaw, Leslie M.; Trojanowski, John Q.; Aisen, Paul; Peterson, Ronald; Weiner, Michael W.

    2010-01-01

    Previously it was reported that Alzheimer's disease (AD) patients have reduced amyloid (Aβ1-42) and elevated total tau (t-tau) and phosphorylated tau (p-tau181p) in the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), suggesting that these same measures could be used to detect early AD pathology in healthy elderly (CN) and mild cognitive impairment (MCI). In this study, we tested the hypothesis that there would be an association among rates of regional brain atrophy, the CSF biomarkers Aβ1-42, t-tau, and p-tau181p and ApoE ε4 status, and that the pattern of this association would be diagnosis specific. Our findings primarily showed that lower CSF Aβ1-42 and higher tau concentrations were associated with increased rates of regional brain tissue loss and the patterns varied across the clinical groups. Taken together, these findings demonstrate that CSF biomarker concentrations are associated with the characteristic patterns of structural brain changes in CN and MCI that resemble to a large extent the pathology seen in AD. Therefore, the finding of faster progression of brain atrophy in the presence of lower Aβ1-42 levels and higher p-tau levels supports the hypothesis that CSF Aβ1-42 and tau are measures of early AD pathology. Moreover, the relationship among CSF biomarkers, ApoE ε4 status, and brain atrophy rates are regionally varying, supporting the view that the genetic predisposition of the brain to amyloid and tau mediated pathology is regional and disease stage specific. PMID:20570401

  9. The Power of Belief: Spanish Teachers&apos; Sense of Efficacy and Student Performance on the National Spanish Examinations

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    Swanson, Pete

    2014-01-01

    In this study, the researcher investigated Spanish teachers&apos; sense of efficacy as it relates to their students&apos; achievement on the AATSP National Spanish Examinations. Results suggest that there is a link between Spanish teacher efficacy and students&apos; scores on the exams. That is, the higher one&apos;s belief about his or her…

  10. Elementary Teachers&apos; Understanding and Use of Cognition Based Assessment Learning Progression Materials for Multiplication and Division

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    Harrison, Ryan Matthew

    2012-01-01

    Teachers&apos; knowledge of mathematical content and children&apos;s mathematical thinking have been identified as critical elements related to teachers&apos; ability to effectively teach mathematics (Fennema & Franke, 1992; Kazemi & Franke, 2001; Ma, 1999; Peterson, Carpenter, & Fennema, 1989). Literature on teachers&apos; knowledge…

  11. The Evolution of Specialties in the CACREP Standards: CACREP&apos;s Role in Unifying the Profession

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    Bobby, Carol L.

    2013-01-01

    This article explores the evolution of the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs&apos; (CACREP&apos;s) accreditation of program area specialties and how CACREP&apos;s decision to accredit specialties as separate programs has affected the counseling profession&apos;s ability to view itself as a single profession.…

  12. Inhibition of atherosclerotic lesion development in the ApoE-/- mouse by a novel β-oxa polyunsaturated fatty acid.

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    Moheimani, Fatemeh; Moore, Lynette; Ferrante, Judith V; Trout, Neil; Hii, Charles S; Ferrante, Antonio

    2010-10-01

    Recent findings that a novel polyunsaturated fatty acid, β-oxa 23:4n-6, inhibits adhesion molecule expression on vascular endothelial cells and leukocyte adhesion led us to examine its ability to inhibit the development of atherosclerosis in the apoE-deficient (apoE) mouse. The mice were kept on normal chow or a high-fat/high-cholesterol diet for various periods and treated with either vehicle or β-oxa 23:4n-6 by the intraperitoneal route. The hearts and aortae were isolated and lesion development at the aortic root was determined. Morphometric assessment revealed that lesion development was a function of compensatory aortic enlargement, suggesting that measurement of plaque size per se is the appropriate assessment of lesion size. Using this criterion, we found that atherosclerosis development was reduced in response to β-oxa 23:4n-6, plaque size by 74% and aortic cross-sectional area by 62%, under an optimized regime. The number of foam cells per unit tissue area in the lesions of β-oxa 23:4n-6-treated mice was significantly reduced by 37.5%. The blood levels of β-oxa23:4n-6 in these mice exceeded the concentrations previously found to inhibit adhesion molecule expression in cultured endothelial cells. These data show that β-oxa23:4n-6 protects against experimental atherosclerosis, most likely by reducing the number of infiltrating monocytes.

  13. Progressive alterations in microstructural organization and biomechanical response in the ApoE mouse model of aneurysm

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    Haskett, Darren; Azhar, Mohamad; Utzinger, Urs; Vande Geest, Jonathan P.

    2013-01-01

    AAA is a complex disease that leads to a localized dilation of the infrarenal aorta that develops over years. Longitudinal information in humans has been difficult to obtain for this disease, therefore mouse models have become increasingly used to study the development of AAAs. The objective of this study was to determine any changes that occur in the biomechanical response and fiber microstructure in the ApoE−/− AngII mouse model of aneurysm during disease progression. Adult ApoE−/− AngII infused mice along with wild-type controls were taken at 14 and 28 d. Aortas were excised and tested simultaneously for biaxial mechanical response and ECM organization. Data sets were fit to a Fung-type constitutive model to give peak strains and stiffness values. Images from two photon microscopy were quantified in order to assess the preferred fiber alignment and degree of fiber orientation. Biomechanical results found significant differences that were present at 14 d had returned to normal by 28 d along with significant changes in fiber orientation and dispersion indicating remodeling occurring within the aneurysmal wall. This return of some of the normal biomechanical function, in addition the continuing changes that occur in the microstructure suggest a restorative response that occurs in the ApoE−/− AngII infused model after the initial aneurysm formation. PMID:23628871

  14. Motivational Climate, Staff and Members&apos; Behaviors, and Members&apos; Psychological Well-Being at a National Fitness Franchise

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    Brown, Theresa C.; Fry, Mary D.

    2014-01-01

    Purpose: The purpose of this study was to examine the association between members&apos; perceptions of staff&apos;s behaviors, motivational climate, their own behaviors, commitment to future exercise, and life satisfaction in a group-fitness setting. The theory-driven hypothesized mediating role of perceptions of the climate was also tested.…

  15. ApoE and Pulse Pressure Interactively Influence Level and Change in the Aging of Episodic Memory: Protective Effects Among ε2 Carriers

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    McFall, G. Peggy; Wiebe, Sandra A.; Vergote, David; Westaway, David; Jhamandas, Jack; Bäckman, Lars; Dixon, Roger A.

    2014-01-01

    Objective We tested independent and interactive effects of Apolipoprotein E (ApoE) and pulse pressure (PP) concurrently and longitudinally across 9 years (3 waves) of episodic (EM) and semantic memory (SM) data from the Victoria Longitudinal Study. Method We assembled a sample of older adults (n=570, Baseline M age=71, Age range=53–95) and used latent growth modeling to test four research goals. Results First, the best fitting memory model was two single latent variables for EM and SM, each exhibiting configural, metric, and partial scalar invariance. This model was analyzed as a parallel process model. Second, baseline level of PP predicted EM performance at centering age (75) and rate of 9-year EM change. Third, we observed no main effects of ApoE on EM or SM. Fourth, EM was affected by higher PP but differentially less so for carriers of the ApoE ε2 allele than the ε3 or ε4 alleles. Conclusions PP is confirmed as a risk factor for concurrent and changing cognitive health in aging, but the effects operate differently across risk and protective allelic distribution of the ApoE gene. PMID:25436424

  16. "Maybe He&apos;s on the Toy Train": Empathising and Systemising in an Encounter with David Macaulay&apos;s "Black and White"

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    Hardstaff, Sarah

    2014-01-01

    This study explores the responses of Abby, a young person with autism, to David Macaulay&apos;s 1990 picturebook "Black and White." Although both picturebook researchers and autism practitioners focus on the importance of encouraging empathetic responses to fictional characters, I build on Louise Collins&apos; argument that…

  17. Child Development Instructors&apos; and Undergraduates&apos; Perspectives and Experiences in Online Education through Second Culture Acquisition and Cognitive Load Lenses: A Mixed Methods Study

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    Quong, Jennifer

    2012-01-01

    The educational landscape of higher education is shifting to include more online education courses. This shift has produced successes and struggles for instructors and undergraduates. The purpose of this study was to explore child development instructors&apos; and undergraduates&apos; perspectives and experiences in online education through the…

  18. Teachers&apos; Instruction and Students&apos; Vocabulary and Comprehension: An Exploratory Study with English Monolingual and Spanish-English Bilingual Students in Grades 3-5

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    Silverman, Rebecca D.; Proctor, C. Patrick; Harring, Jeffrey R.; Doyle, Brie; Mitchell, Marisa A.; Meyer, Anna G.

    2014-01-01

    The primary aim of this study was to explore the relationship between teachers&apos; instruction and students&apos; vocabulary and comprehension in grades 3-5. The secondary aim of this study was to investigate whether this relationship differed for English monolingual and Spanish-English bilingual students. To meet these aims, we observed and…

  19. Are Physical Education-Related State Policies and Schools&apos; Physical Education Requirement Related to Children&apos;s Physical Activity and Obesity?

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    Kim, Jinsook

    2012-01-01

    Background: This study examines whether the extent of states&apos; physical education (PE) requirement policies and the prevalence of schools requiring PE are associated with children&apos;s physical activity (PA) and obesity. Methods: Two cycles (2002-2003 and 2006-2007) of cross-sectional data with individual- and state-level information were…

  20. Using Children&apos;s Literature and Drama to Explore Children&apos;s Lives in the Context of Global Conflicts

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    Monobe, Gumiko; Son, Eun Hye

    2014-01-01

    This article examines children&apos;s literature that depicts people undergoing political conflict and war in a post-WWII era. These books portray political conflicts, refugees&apos; relocation, and settlement in different countries. Using these books with drama inspired activities can help students gain awareness and empathetic attitudes toward…

  1. Rosuvastatin reduces microglia in the brain of wild type and ApoE knockout mice on a high cholesterol diet; implications for prevention of stroke and AD.

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    Famer, D; Wahlund, L-O; Crisby, M

    2010-11-12

    We have previously shown that a high cholesterol (HC) diet results in increases in microglia load and levels of the pro-inflammatory cytokine interleukin-6 (IL-6) in the brains of wild type (WT) and apolipoprotein E knockout (ApoE-/-) mice. In the present investigation, we analyzed whether treatment with rosuvastatin, an inhibitor of the enzyme 3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl coenzyme A (HMG-CoA) reductase, would prevent the increases in inflammatory microglia and IL-6 levels in the brain and plasma of WT and ApoE-/- mice. We report that a HC diet resulted in an increased microglia load in the brains of WT and ApoE-/- mice, in support of our previous study. Treatment with rosuvastatin significantly decreased the microglia load in the brains of WT and ApoE-/- mice on a HC diet. Rosuvastatin treatment resulted in lowered plasma IL-6 levels in WT mice on a HC diet. However, in the present study the number of IL-6 positive cells in the brain was not significantly affected by a HC diet. A recent clinical study has shown that rosuvastatin reduces risk of ischemic stroke in patients with high plasma levels of the inflammatory marker C-reactive protein by 50%. The results from our study show that rosuvastatin reduces inflammatory cells in the brain. This finding is essential for furthering the prevention and treatment of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's disease (AD) and stroke.

  2. Assessing Does Not Mean Threatening: The Purpose of Assessment as a Key Determinant of Girls&apos; and Boys&apos; Performance in a Science Class

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    Souchal, Carine; Toczek, Marie-Christine; Darnon, Céline; Smeding, Annique; Butera, Fabrizio; Martinot, Delphine

    2014-01-01

    Background: Is it possible to reach performance equality between boys and girls in a science class? Given the stereotypes targeting their groups in scientific domains, diagnostic contexts generally lower girls&apos; performance and non-diagnostic contexts may harm boys&apos; performance. Aim: The present study tested the effectiveness of a…

  3. School Principals&apos; Perceptions of Ethically Just Responses to a Teacher Sexting Vignette: Severity of Administrator Response, Principals&apos; Personality, and Offender Gender and Race

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    Wagner, Kenneth

    2012-01-01

    Site level administrators make decisions during the course of a day that have ethical dimensions that challenge their personal values and ethics. This study examined the extent to which particular factors would affect principals&apos; and vice principals&apos; judgments of the ethicality of sanctions given a teacher who had been sending sexually…

  4. A Bundle of Silences: Examining the Racial Representation of Black Founding Fathers of the United States through Glenn Beck&apos;s "Founders&apos; Fridays"

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    King, LaGarrett J.; Womac, Patrick

    2014-01-01

    This article explores the discourse on Black Founding Fathers through Glenn Beck&apos;s television show, "Founders&apos; Fridays". According to Beck, this 2010 summer television special was an opportunity to present Black American history in a more nuanced and truthful way. The theoretical framework, silencing the past, is used to…

  5. The Cooperative Extension System&apos;s Use of USDA&apos;s Online Food and Physical Activity Tracker-Supertracker

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    Hongu, Nobuko; Martinez, Cathy L.; Billias, Natalia N.; Wyatt, Melissa A.; Turner, Rachel J.; Manore, Melinda M.

    2014-01-01

    Nutrition professionals within the Cooperative Extension system use the USDA&apos;s interactive online tool SuperTracker, which is designed to help individuals track diet and physical activity (PA) to apply healthy eating patterns and improve PA. An investigation of all 50 states&apos; Extension websites and interviews of Extension educators…

  6. APOE AND ALZHEIMER DISEASE: A MAJOR GENE WITH SEMI-DOMINANT INHERITANCE

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    Genin, Emmanuelle; Hannequin, Didier; Wallon, David; Sleegers, Kristel; Hiltunen, Mikko; Combarros, Onofre; Bullido, Maria J; Engelborghs, Sebastiaan; De Deyn, Peter; Berr, Claudine; Pasquier, Florence; Dubois, Bruno; Tognoni, Gloria; Fiévet, Nathalie; Brouwers, Nathalie; Bettens, Karolien; Arosio, Beatrice; Coto, Eliecer; Zompo, Maria Del; Mateo, Ignacio; Epelbaum, Jacques; Frank-Garcia, Ana; Helisalmi, Seppo; Porcellini, Elisa; Pilotto, Alberto; Forti, Paola; Ferri, Raffaele; Scarpini, Elio; Siciliano, Gabriele; Solfrizzi, Vincenzo; Sorbi, Sandro; Spalletta, Gianfranco; Valdivieso, Fernando; Vepsäläinen, Saila; Alvarez, Victoria; Bosco, Paolo; Mancuso, Michelangelo; Panza, Francesco; Nacmias, Benedetta; Bossù, Paola; Hanon, Olivier; Piccardi, Paola; Annoni, Giorgio; Seripa, Davide; Galimberti, Daniela; Licastro, Federico; Soininen, Hilkka; Dartigues, Jean-François; Kamboh, M Ilyas; Van Broeckhoven, Christine; Lambert, Jean Charles; Amouyel, Philippe; Campion, Dominique

    2011-01-01

    Apolipoprotein E (APOE) dependent lifetime risks (LTRs) for Alzheimer Disease (AD) are currently not accurately known and odds ratios (ORs) alone are insufficient to assess these risks. We calculated AD lifetime risk in 7,351 cases and 10,132 controls from Caucasian ancestry using Rochester (USA) incidence data. At the age of 85 the LTR of AD without reference to APOE genotype was 11% in males and 14% in females. At the same age, this risk ranged from 51% for APOE44 male carriers to 60% for APOE44 female carriers, and from 23% for APOE34 male carriers to 30% for APOE34 female carriers, consistent with semi-dominant inheritance of a moderately penetrant gene. Using PAQUID (France) incidence data, estimates were globally similar except that at age 85 the LTRs reached 68% and 35 % for APOE 44 and APOE 34 female carriers, respectively. These risks are more similar to those of major genes in Mendelian diseases, such as BRCA1 in breast cancer, than those of low-risk common alleles identified by recent GWAS in complex diseases. In addition, stratification of our data by age- groups clearly demonstrates that APOE4 is a risk factor not only for late- onset but for early- onset AD as well. Together, these results urge a reappraisal of the impact of APOE in Alzheimer disease. PMID:21556001

  7. ApoC-III inhibits clearance of triglyceride-rich lipoproteins through LDL family receptors

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    Gordts, Philip L.S.M.; Son, Ni-Huiping; Ramms, Bastian; Lew, Irene; Gonzales, Jon C.; Thacker, Bryan E.; Basu, Debapriya; Lee, Richard G.; Mullick, Adam E.; Graham, Mark J.; Goldberg, Ira J.; Crooke, Rosanne M.; Witztum, Joseph L.

    2016-01-01

    Hypertriglyceridemia is an independent risk factor for cardiovascular disease, and plasma triglycerides (TGs) correlate strongly with plasma apolipoprotein C-III (ApoC-III) levels. Antisense oligonucleotides (ASOs) for ApoC-III reduce plasma TGs in primates and mice, but the underlying mechanism of action remains controversial. We determined that a murine-specific ApoC-III–targeting ASO reduces fasting TG levels through a mechanism that is dependent on low-density lipoprotein receptors (LDLRs) and LDLR-related protein 1 (LRP1). ApoC-III ASO treatment lowered plasma TGs in mice lacking lipoprotein lipase (LPL), hepatic heparan sulfate proteoglycan (HSPG) receptors, LDLR, or LRP1 and in animals with combined deletion of the genes encoding HSPG receptors and LDLRs or LRP1. However, the ApoC-III ASO did not lower TG levels in mice lacking both LDLR and LRP1. LDLR and LRP1 were also required for ApoC-III ASO–induced reduction of plasma TGs in mice fed a high-fat diet, in postprandial clearance studies, and when ApoC-III–rich or ApoC-III–depleted lipoproteins were injected into mice. ASO reduction of ApoC-III had no effect on VLDL secretion, heparin-induced TG reduction, or uptake of lipids into heart and skeletal muscle. Our data indicate that ApoC-III inhibits turnover of TG-rich lipoproteins primarily through a hepatic clearance mechanism mediated by the LDLR/LRP1 axis. PMID:27400128

  8. Association of ApoE gene with type 2 diabetic nephropathy in a Chinese population: a meta-analysis of case-control studies.

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    Zhang, Cheng; Li, Shengbing; Zhang, Xianxiang; Liu, Hua; Luo, Yong

    2015-10-01

    Studies based on Chinese populations reported that inconsistent results were found on the association of ApoE gene polymorphisms with type 2 diabetic nephropathy (T2DN). Therefore, we performed this meta-analysis to provide a reliable evaluation of the associations between ApoE gene polymorphisms and T2DN. MEDLINE, EMBASE, Chinese Wanfang database and Chinese VIP database were searched for studies that reported the associations of ApoE gene polymorphisms with type 2 diabetic nephropathy in a Chinese population up to Dec 2013. A meta-analysis was performed to assess heterogeneity and combine results by using software RevMan 4.3.1. Sensitivity analysis and publication bias were conducted. Data from 16 published studies involving 4320 individuals were eligible for inclusion. After heterogeneity test in each analysis, corresponding effect models were applied to quantitatively syntheses data. The ApoE allele e2 and genotype e2/e3 occurred more frequently in T2DN than in T2DNN and NC group. Their ORs and 95%CIs in T2DN were 1.75 (1.27-2.42) and 1.68 (1.20-2.38) when compared with T2DNN, respectively (P<0.05); 2.59 (1.74-3.85) and 2.43 (1.61-3.65) when compared with NC, respectively (P<0.05). The publication bias diagnostics test and sensitivity analysis confirmed the reliability and stability of this meta-analysis. These findings support the significant association between ApoE gene polymorphisms and T2DN. It was revealed that allele e2 and genotype e2/e3 were risk factors for T2DN and allele e3 and genotype e3/e3 played a protective role in T2DN. Further studies will be needed to confirm the conclusion.

  9. APOE ɛ2 is associated with white matter hyperintensity volume in CADASIL

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    Gesierich, Benno; Opherk, Christian; Rosand, Jonathan; Gonik, Mariya; Malik, Rainer; Jouvent, Eric; Hervé, Dominique; Adib-Samii, Poneh; Bevan, Steve; Pianese, Luigi; Silvestri, Serena; Dotti, Maria T; De Stefano, Nicola; van der Grond, Jeroen; Boon, Elles M J; Pescini, Francesca; Rost, Natalia; Pantoni, Leonardo; Lesnik Oberstein, Saskia A; Federico, Antonio; Ragno, Michele; Markus, Hugh S; Tournier-Lasserve, Elisabeth; Chabriat, Hugues; Dichgans, Martin; Duering, Marco

    2016-01-01

    Apolipoprotein E (APOE) increases the risk for Alzheimer’s disease (ɛ4 allele) and cerebral amyloid angiopathy (ɛ2 and ɛ4), but its role in small vessel disease (SVD) is debated. Here we studied the effects of APOE on white matter hyperintensity volume (WMHV) in CADASIL (cerebral autosomal dominant arteriopathy with subcortical infarcts and leukoencephalopathy), a nonamyloidogenic angiopathy and inherited early-onset form of pure SVD. Four hundred and eighty-eight subjects were recruited through a multicenter consortium. Compared with APOE ɛ3/ɛ3, WMHV was increased in APOE ɛ2 (P = 0.02) but not APOE ɛ4. The results remained significant when controlled for genome-wide genetic background variation. Our findings suggest a modifying influence of APOE ɛ2 on WMHV caused by pure SVD. PMID:25920955

  10. APOE ɛ2 is associated with white matter hyperintensity volume in CADASIL.

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    Gesierich, Benno; Opherk, Christian; Rosand, Jonathan; Gonik, Mariya; Malik, Rainer; Jouvent, Eric; Hervé, Dominique; Adib-Samii, Poneh; Bevan, Steve; Pianese, Luigi; Silvestri, Serena; Dotti, Maria T; De Stefano, Nicola; van der Grond, Jeroen; Boon, Elles M J; Pescini, Francesca; Rost, Natalia; Pantoni, Leonardo; Oberstein, Saskia A Lesnik; Federico, Antonio; Ragno, Michele; Markus, Hugh S; Tournier-Lasserve, Elisabeth; Chabriat, Hugues; Dichgans, Martin; Duering, Marco; Ewers, Michael

    2016-01-01

    Apolipoprotein E (APOE) increases the risk for Alzheimer’s disease (ɛ4 allele) and cerebral amyloid angiopathy (ɛ2 and ɛ4), but its role in small vessel disease (SVD) is debated. Here we studied the effects of APOE on white matter hyperintensity volume (WMHV) in CADASIL (cerebral autosomal dominant arteriopathy with subcortical infarcts and leukoencephalopathy), a nonamyloidogenic angiopathy and inherited early-onset form of pure SVD. Four hundred and eighty-eight subjects were recruited through a multicenter consortium. Compared with APOE ɛ3/ɛ3, WMHV was increased in APOE ɛ2 (P = 0.02) but not APOE ɛ4. The results remained significant when controlled for genome-wide genetic background variation. Our findings suggest a modifying influence of APOE ɛ2 on WMHV caused by pure SVD.

  11. The unsolved mystery of apoA-I recycling in adipocyte.

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    Wang, Shuai; Peng, Dao-quan; Yi, Yuhong

    2016-02-24

    As the major storage site for triglycerides and free cholesterol, adipose tissue plays a central role in energy metabolism. ApoA-I is the main constituent of HDL and plays an important role in removal of excess cholesterol from peripheral tissues. Recently, multiple studies have shown beneficial effects of apoA-I on adipose metabolism and function. ApoA-I was reported to improve insulin sensitivity and exert anti-inflammatory, anti-obesity effect in animal studies. Interestingly, Uptake and resecretion of apoA-I by adipocytes has been detected. However, the significance of apoA-I recycling by adipocytes is still not clear. This article reviewed methods used to study cellular recycling of apoA-I and summarized the current knowledge on the mechanisms involved in apoA-I uptake by adipocytes. Since the main function of apoA-I is to mediate reverse cholesterol transport from peripheral tissues, the role of apoA-I internalization and re-secretion by adipocytes in intracellular cholesterol transport under physiological and pathological conditions were discussed. In addition, findings on the correlation between apoA-I recycling and obesity were discussed. Finally, it was proposed that during intracellular transport, apoA-I-protein complex may acquire cargoes other than lipids and deliver regulatory information when they were resecreted into the plasma. Although apoA-I recycling by adipocytes is still an unsolved mystery, it's likely that it is more than a redundant pathway especially under pathological conditions.

  12. Neurodevelopmental effects of decabromodiphenyl ether (BDE-209) in APOE transgenic mice.

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    Reverte, Ingrid; Domingo, José L; Colomina, Maria Teresa

    2014-01-01

    Exposure to low doses of neurotoxic pollutants during early brain development is a public health concern. Perinatal exposure to polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) has been associated with neurodevelopmental effects in infants and long-term behavioral alterations in rodents. Decabromodiphenyl ether (BDE-209) is extensively used in the industry, with its potential risk to humans still under examination. In a previous study, we found that a single postnatal administration of BDE-209 impaired spatial learning in mice at 12 months of age, but a similar alteration was present in young mice carrying a specific genotype of apolipoprotein E (apoE). On the basis of our results, the main goal of the current investigation was to assess whether the same exposure to BDE-209 would affect the neurodevelopment of apoE transgenic mice. We used a functional observational battery (FOB) to evaluate the physical and neuromotor maturation of transgenic mice carrying different apoE polymorphisms (ε2, ε3, and ε4). On postnatal day 10, BDE-209 was administered orally at 0, 10 and 30 mg/kg and neurodevelopmental screening was carried out until postnatal day 36. We observed a subtle delay in eye opening in mice carrying the apoE4 genotype. Exposure to the high dose of BDE-209 retarded the eye opening of apoE2 mice, but no other developmental features were affected. The results indicate few effects of BDE-209 during development, while the vulnerability conferred by the apoE genotype may vary depending on age. Identifying relevant early gene-environment interactions is fundamental for a better understanding of adult health and disease.

  13. Elinor M. Brent-Dyer&apos;s Chalet School Series: Literature as an Historical Source

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    Lidbury, Clare

    2013-01-01

    This article examines whether Elinor M. Brent-Dyer&apos;s Chalet School books--a series of girls&apos; school stories spanning the late 1920s to the early 1970s--can be regarded as historical sources for the study of physical education and dance in girls&apos; boarding schools during this period. An overview of her experience as teacher and…

  14. Role of APOE Isforms in the Pathogenesis of TBI Induced Alzheimer’s Disease

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    2014-10-01

    the inheritance of APOe4 is the only proven genetic risk factor for sporadic Alzheimer disease (AD). Importantly, TBI is a risk factor for the...mice on human APOE genetic background were exceptionally difficult to generate. We are considering changes in the genotype of those particular groups...mediated through ABCA1. 2 Keywords Traumatic brain injury, APOE isoforms, ABCA1, Alzheimer disease, APPmice, amyloid beta, axonal injury, inflamma

  15. A Multi-Cohort Study of ApoE ɛ4 and Amyloid-β Effects on the Hippocampus in Alzheimer’s Disease

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    Khan, Wasim; Giampietro, Vincent; Banaschewski, Tobias; Barker, Gareth J.; Bokde, Arun L.W.; Büchel, Christian; Conrod, Patricia; Flor, Herta; Frouin, Vincent; Garavan, Hugh; Gowland, Penny; Heinz, Anreas; Ittermann, Bernd; Lemaître, Hervé; Nees, Frauke; Paus, Tomas; Pausova, Zdenka; Rietschel, Marcella; Smolka, Michael N.; Ströhle, Andreas; Gallinat, Jeurgen; Vellas, Bruno; Soininen, Hilkka; Kloszewska, Iwona; Tsolaki, Magda; Mecocci, Patrizia; Spenger, Christian; Villemagne, Victor L.; Masters, Colin L.; Muehlboeck, J-Sebastian; Bäckman, Lars; Fratiglioni, Laura; Kalpouzos, Grégoria; Wahlund, Lars-Olof; Schumann, Gunther; Lovestone, Simon; Williams, Steven C.R.; Westman, Eric; Simmons, Andrew

    2017-01-01

    The apolipoprotein E (APOE) gene has been consistently shown to modulate the risk of Alzheimer’s disease (AD). Here, using an AD and normal aging dataset primarily consisting of three AD multi-center studies (n = 1,781), we compared the effect of APOE and amyloid-β (Aβ) on baseline hippocampal volumes in AD patients, mild cognitive impairment (MCI) subjects, and healthy controls. A large sample of healthy adolescents (n = 1,387) was also used to compare hippocampal volumes between APOE groups. Subjects had undergone a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan and APOE genotyping. Hippocampal volumes were processed using FreeSurfer. In the AD and normal aging dataset, hippocampal comparisons were performed in each APOE group and in ɛ4 carriers with positron emission tomography (PET) Aβ who were dichotomized (Aβ+/Aβ–) using previous cut-offs. We found a linear reduction in hippocampal volumes with ɛ4 carriers possessing the smallest volumes, ɛ3 carriers possessing intermediate volumes, and ɛ2 carriers possessing the largest volumes. Moreover, AD and MCI ɛ4 carriers possessed the smallest hippocampal volumes and control ɛ2 carriers possessed the largest hippocampal volumes. Subjects with both APOE ɛ4 and Aβ positivity had the lowest hippocampal volumes when compared to Aβ- ɛ4 carriers, suggesting a synergistic relationship between APOE ɛ4 and Aβ. However, we found no hippocampal volume differences between APOE groups in healthy 14-year-old adolescents. Our findings suggest that the strongest neuroanatomic effect of APOE ɛ4 on the hippocampus is observed in AD and groups most at risk of developing the disease, whereas hippocampi of old and young healthy individuals remain unaffected. PMID:28157104

  16. Iowa Mutant Apolipoprotein A-I (ApoA-IIowa) Fibrils Target Lysosomes

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    Kameyama, Hirokazu; Nakajima, Hiroyuki; Nishitsuji, Kazuchika; Mikawa, Shiho; Uchimura, Kenji; Kobayashi, Norihiro; Okuhira, Keiichiro; Saito, Hiroyuki; Sakashita, Naomi

    2016-01-01

    The single amino acid mutation G26R in human apolipoprotein A-I (apoA-IIowa) is the first mutation that was associated with familial AApoA1 amyloidosis. The N-terminal fragments (amino acid residues 1–83) of apoA-I containing this mutation deposit as amyloid fibrils in patients’ tissues and organs, but the mechanisms of cellular degradation and cytotoxicity have not yet been clarified. In this study, we demonstrated degradation of apoA-IIowa fibrils via the autophagy-lysosomal pathway in human embryonic kidney 293 cells. ApoA-IIowa fibrils induced an increase in lysosomal pH and the cytosolic release of the toxic lysosomal protease cathepsin B. The mitochondrial dysfunction caused by apoA-IIowa fibrils depended on cathepsin B and was ameliorated by increasing the degradation of apoA-IIowa fibrils. Thus, although apoA-IIowa fibril transport to lysosomes and fibril degradation in lysosomes may have occurred, the presence of an excess number of apoA-IIowa fibrils, more than the lysosomes could degrade, may be detrimental to cells. Our results thus provide evidence that the target of apoA-IIowa fibrils is lysosomes, and we thereby gained a novel insight into the mechanism of AApoA1 amyloidosis. PMID:27464946

  17. Subunit dissociation and metal binding by Escherichia coli apo-manganese superoxide dismutase.

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    Whittaker, Mei M; Lerch, Thomas F; Kirillova, Olga; Chapman, Michael S; Whittaker, James W

    2011-01-15

    Metal binding by apo-manganese superoxide dismutase (apo-MnSOD) is essential for functional maturation of the enzyme. Previous studies have demonstrated that metal binding by apo-MnSOD is conformationally gated, requiring protein reorganization for the metal to bind. We have now solved the X-ray crystal structure of apo-MnSOD at 1.9Å resolution. The organization of active site residues is independent of the presence of the metal cofactor, demonstrating that protein itself templates the unusual metal coordination geometry. Electrophoretic analysis of mixtures of apo- and (Mn₂)-MnSOD, dye-conjugated protein, or C-terminal Strep-tag II fusion protein reveals a dynamic subunit exchange process associated with cooperative metal binding by the two subunits of the dimeric protein. In contrast, (S126C) (SS) apo-MnSOD, which contains an inter-subunit covalent disulfide-crosslink, exhibits anti-cooperative metal binding. The protein concentration dependence of metal uptake kinetics implies that protein dissociation is involved in metal binding by the wild type apo-protein, although other processes may also contribute to gating metal uptake. Protein concentration dependent small-zone size exclusion chromatography is consistent with apo-MnSOD dimer dissociation at low protein concentration (K(D)=1×10⁻⁵ M). Studies on metal uptake by apo-MnSOD in Escherichia coli cells show that the protein exhibits similar behavior in vivo and in vitro.

  18. Subunit Dissociation and Metal Binding by Escherichia coli apo-Manganese Superoxide Dismutase

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    Whittaker, Mei M.; Lerch, Thomas F.; Kirillova, Olga; Chapman, Michael S.; Whittaker, James W.

    2010-01-01

    Metal binding by apo-manganese superoxide dismutase (apo-MnSOD) is essential for functional maturation of the enzyme. Previous studies have demonstrated that metal binding by apo-MnSOD is conformationally gated, requiring protein reorganization for the metal to bind. We have now solved the X-ray crystal structure of apo-MnSOD at 1.9 Å resolution. The organization of active site residues is independent of the presence of the metal cofactor, demonstrating that protein itself templates the unusual metal coordination geometry. Electrophoretic analysis of mixtures of apo- and (Mn2)-MnSOD, dye-conjugated protein, or C-terminal Strep-tag II fusion protein reveals a dynamic subunit exchange process associated with cooperative metal binding by the two subunits of the dimeric protein. In contrast, (S126C) (SS) apo-MnSOD, which contains an inter-subunit covalent disulfide crosslink, exhibits anticooperative metal binding. The protein concentration dependence of metal uptake kinetics implies that protein dissociation is involved in metal binding by the wild type apo-protein, although other processes may also contribute to gating metal uptake. Protein concentration dependent small-zone size exclusion chromatography is consistent with apo-MnSOD dimer dissociation at low protein concentration (KD = 1×10−6 M). Studies on metal uptake by apo-MnSOD in Escherichia coli cells show that the protein exhibits similar behavior in vivo and in vitro. PMID:21044611

  19. Exposure to diesel exhaust up-regulates iNOS expression in ApoE knockout mice

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    Bai Ni; Kido, Takashi; Kavanagh, Terrance J.; Kaufman, Joel D.; Rosenfeld, Michael E.; Breemen, Cornelis van; Eeden, Stephan F. van

    2011-09-01

    Traffic related particulate matter air pollution is a risk factor for cardiovascular events; however, the biological mechanisms are unclear. We hypothesize that diesel exhaust (DE) inhalation induces up-regulation of inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS), which is known to contribute to vascular dysfunction, progression of atherosclerosis and ultimately cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. Methods: ApoE knockout mice (30-week) were exposed to DE (at 200 {mu}g/m{sup 3} of particulate matter) or filtered-air (control) for 7 weeks (6 h/day, 5 days/week). iNOS expression in the blood vessels and heart was evaluated by immunohistochemistry and western blotting analysis. To examine iNOS activity, thoracic aortae were mounted in a wire myograph, and vasoconstriction stimulated by phenylephrine (PE) was measured with and without the presence of the specific inhibitor for iNOS (1400 W). NF-{kappa}B (p65) activity was examined by ELISA. The mRNA expression of iNOS and NF-{kappa}B (p65) was determined by real-time PCR. Results: DE exposure significantly enhanced iNOS expression in the thoracic aorta (4-fold) and heart (1.5 fold). DE exposure significantly attenuated PE-stimulated vasoconstriction by {approx} 20%, which was partly reversed by 1400 W. The mRNA expression of iNOS and NF-{kappa}B was significantly augmented after DE exposure. NF-{kappa}B activity was enhanced 2-fold after DE inhalation, and the augmented NF-{kappa}B activity was positively correlated with iNOS expression (R{sup 2} = 0.5998). Conclusions: We show that exposure to DE increases iNOS expression and activity possibly via NF-{kappa}B-mediated pathway. We suspect that DE exposure-caused up-regulation of iNOS contributes to vascular dysfunction and atherogenesis, which could ultimately lead to urban air pollution-associated cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. - Highlights: > Exposed ApoE knockout mice (30-week) to diesel exhaust (DE) for 7 weeks. > Examine iNOS expression and activity in the

  20. LDL-apheresis depletes apoE-HDL and pre-β1-HDL in familial hypercholesterolemia: relevance to atheroprotection

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    Orsoni, Alexina; Saheb, Samir; Levels, Johannes H. M.; Dallinga-Thie, Geesje; Atassi, Marielle; Bittar, Randa; Robillard, Paul; Bruckert, Eric; Kontush, Anatol; Carrié, Alain; Chapman, M. John

    2011-01-01

    Subnormal HDL-cholesterol (HDL-C) and apolipoprotein (apo)AI levels are characteristic of familial hypercholesterolemia (FH), reflecting perturbed intravascular metabolism with compositional anomalies in HDL particles, including apoE enrichment. Does LDL-apheresis, which reduces HDL-cholesterol, apoAI, and apoE by adsorption, induce selective changes in HDL subpopulations, with relevance to atheroprotection? Five HDL subpopulations were fractionated from pre- and post-LDL-apheresis plasmas of normotriglyceridemic FH subjects (n = 11) on regular LDL-apheresis (>2 years). Apheresis lowered both plasma apoE (−62%) and apoAI (−16%) levels, with preferential, genotype-independent reduction in apoE. The mass ratio of HDL2:HDL3 was lowered from ∼1:1 to 0.72:1 by apheresis, reflecting selective removal of HDL2 mass (80% of total HDL adsorbed). Pre-LDL-apheresis, HDL2 subpopulations were markedly enriched in apoE, consistent with ∼1 copy of apoE per 4 HDL particles. Large amounts (50-66%) of apoE-HDL were removed by apheresis, preferentially in the HDL2b subfraction (−50%); minor absolute amounts of apoE-HDL were removed from HDL3 subfractions. Furthermore, pre-β1-HDL particle levels were subnormal following removal (−53%) upon apheresis, suggesting that cellular cholesterol efflux may be defective in the immediate postapheresis period. In LDL-receptor (LDL-R) deficiency, LDL-apheresis may enhance flux through the reverse cholesterol transport pathway and equally attenuate potential biglycan-mediated deposition of apoE-HDL in the arterial matrix. PMID:21957200

  1. Spectral studies on the interaction between HSSC and apoCopC

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    Song, Zhen; Wang, Jinglin; Yang, Binsheng

    2014-01-01

    The interaction between HSSC (SSC = salicylaldehyde semicarbazone anion) and apoCopC has been investigated in detail by means of UV, fluorescence and fluorescence lifetime measurement in 10 mM Hepes buffer, at pH 7.4, 25 °C. The results suggested that HSSC can form a novel supramolecular system with apoCopC, which can form a 1:1 host-guest inclusion supramolecular complex with HSSC, and the forming constant had been calculated to be (8.83 ± 0.32) × 105 M-1. It suggested the strong inclusion ability of apoCopC to the guest molecules. In addition, the stoichiometric ratio of Cu2+ and HSSC was 1:1, which was the same as Cu2+ and apoCopC. However, the binding ability between Cu2+ and HSSC was much weaker than that between Cu2+ and apoCopC. Moreover, the binding ability of HSSC with Cu2+ has an effect on the binding ability between HSSC and apoCopC, and vice versa. The reason attributed to this effect was that the formation of hydrogen bond between Met46 in apoCopC and the phenolic hydroxyl of HSSC participated in the copper coordination. Furthermore, it was also found that HSSC quench the fluorescence of apoCopC by the static quenching process and the number of binding site was calculated. The thermodynamic parameters ΔH°, ΔS° and ΔG° at different temperatures were obtained. The formation of apoCopC-HSSC complex depended on the cooperation of the van der Waals force and hydrogen bond, and the binding average distance between apoCopC and HSSC was determined. What is more, the binding site of HSSC to apoCopC was shown vividly by an automated public domain software package ArgusLab 4.0.1.

  2. A founder haplotype of APOE-Sendai mutation associated with lipoprotein glomerulopathy.

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    Toyota, Kentaro; Hashimoto, Taeko; Ogino, Daisuke; Matsunaga, Akira; Ito, Minoru; Masakane, Ikuto; Degawa, Noriyuki; Sato, Hiroshi; Shirai, Sayuri; Umetsu, Kazuo; Tamiya, Gen; Saito, Takao; Hayasaka, Kiyoshi

    2013-05-01

    Lipoprotein glomerulopathy (LPG) is a hereditary disease characterized by lipoprotein thrombi in the glomerulus, hyperlipoproteinemia, and a marked increase in serum apolipoprotein E (APOE). More than 12 APOE mutations have been identified as causes of LPG, and APOE-Sendai (Arg145Pro) mutation was frequently detected in patients from the eastern part of Japan including Yamagata prefecture. Recently, effective therapy with intensive lipid-lowering agents was established, and epidemiologic data are required for early diagnosis. We determined the haplotype structure of APOE-Sendai in 13 patients from 9 unrelated families with LPG, and found that the haplotype of all APOE-Sendai mutations was identical, suggesting that APOE-Sendai mutation is common in Japanese patients probably through a founder effect. We also studied the gene frequency of APOE-Sendai in 2023 control subjects and 418 patients receiving hemodialysis in Yamagata prefecture using the TaqMan method, but did not identify any subjects carrying the mutation, indicating that it is very rare in the general population even in the eastern part of Japan. In addition to APOE mutation, other genetic and/or epigenetic factors are considered to be involved in the pathogenesis of LPG because of its low penetrance. The patients did not have a common haplotype of the counterpart APOE allele, and some patients had the same haplotype of the counterpart APOE allele as the asymptomatic carriers. These results suggest that the counterpart APOE allele is not likely associated with the onset of LPG. Further study is required to clarify the pathogenesis of LPG.

  3. Tenascin-C Deficiency in Apo E−/− Mouse Increases Eotaxin Levels: Implications for Atherosclerosis

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    Wang, Lai; Shah, Prediman K.; Wang, Wei; Song, Lei; Yang, Mingjie; Sharifi, Behrooz G.

    2013-01-01

    Aim To investigate the potential role of inflammatory cytokines in apo E−/− mouse in response to deletion of Tenascin-C (TNC) gene. Methods and results We used antibody array and ELISA to compare the profile of circulating inflammatory cytokines in apo E−/− mice and apo E−/− TNC−/− double knockout mice. In addition, tissue culture studies were performed to investigate the activity of cells from each mouse genotype in vitro. Cytokine array analysis and subsequent ELISA showed that circulating eotaxin levels were selectively and markedly increased in response to TNC gene deletion in apo E−/− mice. In addition, considerable variation was noted in the circulating level of eotaxin among the control apo E−/− mouse group. Inbreeding of apo E−/− mice with high or low levels of plasma eotaxin showed that the level of eotaxin per se determines the extent of atherosclerosis in this mouse genotype. While endothelial cells from apo E−/− mice had low level of eotaxin expression, cells derived from apo E−/−TNC−/− mice expressed a high level of eotaxin. Transient transfection of eotaxin promoter-reporter constructs revealed that eotaxin expression is regulated at the transcriptional level by TNC. Histochemical analysis of aortic sections revealed the massive accumulation of mast cells in the adventitia of double KO mice lesions whereas no such accumulation was detected in the control group. Plasma from the apo E−/−TNC−/− mice markedly stimulated mast cell migration whereas plasma from the apo E−/− mice had no such effect. Conclusion These observations support the emerging hypothesis that TNC expression controls eotaxin level in apo E−/− mice and that this chemokine plays a key role in the development of atherosclerosis. PMID:23433402

  4. Dietary cladode powder from wild type and domesticated Opuntia species reduces atherogenesis in apoE knock-out mice.

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    Garoby-Salom, Sandra; Guéraud, Françoise; Camaré, Caroline; de la Rosa, Ana-Paulina Barba; Rossignol, Michel; Santos Díaz, María del Socorro; Salvayre, Robert; Negre-Salvayre, Anne

    2016-03-01

    Dietary intake of Opuntia species may prevent the development of cardiovascular diseases. The present study was designed to characterize the biological antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of Opuntia species and to investigate whether Opuntia cladodes prevent the development of atherosclerosis in vivo, in apoE(-)KO mice. The effects of the two Opuntia species, the wild Opuntia streptacantha and the domesticated Opuntia ficus-indica, were tested on the generation of intra- and extracellular reactive oxygen species (ROS) production and kinetics of the LDL oxidation by murine CRL2181 endothelial cells and on the subsequent inflammatory signaling leading to the adhesion of monocytes on the activated endothelium and the formation of foam cells. Opuntia species blocked the extracellular ROS (superoxide anion) generation and LDL oxidation by CRL2181, as well as the intracellular ROS rise and signaling evoked by the oxidized LDL, including the nuclear translocation of the transcription factor NFκB, the expression of ICAM-1 and VCAM-1 adhesion molecules, and the adhesion of monocytes to CRL2181. In vivo, Opuntia significantly reduced the formation of atherosclerotic lesions and the accumulation of 4-hydroxynonenal adducts in the vascular wall of apoE-KO mice, indicating that Opuntia cladodes prevent lipid oxidation in the vascular wall. In conclusion, wild and domesticated Opuntia species exhibit antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and antiatherogenic properties which emphasize their nutritional benefit for preventing cardiovascular diseases.

  5. Molecular Imaging of Inflammation in the ApoE −/− Mouse Model of Atherosclerosis with IodoDPA

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    Foss, Catherine A.; Bedja, Djahida; Mease, Ronnie C.; Wang, Haofan; Kass, David A.; Chatterjee, Subroto; Pomper, Martin G.

    2015-01-01

    Background Atherosclerosis is a common and serious vascular disease predisposing individuals to myocardial infarction and stroke. Intravascular plaques, the pathologic lesions of atherosclerosis, are largely composed of cholesterol-laden luminal macrophage-rich infiltrates within a fibrous cap. The ability to detect those macrophages non-invasively within the aorta, carotid artery and other vessels would allow physicians to determine plaque burden, aiding management of patients with atherosclerosis. Methods and Results We previously developed a low-molecular-weight imaging agent, [125I]iodo-DPA-713 (iodoDPA), which selectively targets macrophages. Here we use it to detect both intravascular macrophages and macrophage infiltrates within the myocardium in the ApoE−/− mouse model of atherosclerosis using single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT). SPECT data were confirmed by echocardiography, near-infrared fluorescence imaging and histology. SPECT images showed focal uptake of radiotracer at the aortic root in all ApoE−/− mice, while the age-matched controls were nearly devoid of radiotracer uptake. Focal radiotracer uptake along the descending aorta and within the myocardium was also observed in affected animals. Conclusions IodoDPA is a promising, new imaging agent for atherosclerosis, with specificity for the macrophage component of the lesions involved. PMID:25858322

  6. A novel CCR2 antagonist inhibits atherogenesis in apoE deficient mice by achieving high receptor occupancy.

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    Bot, Ilze; Ortiz Zacarías, Natalia V; de Witte, Wilhelmus E A; de Vries, Henk; van Santbrink, Peter J; van der Velden, Daniël; Kröner, Mara J; van der Berg, Dirk-Jan; Stamos, Dean; de Lange, Elizabeth C M; Kuiper, Johan; IJzerman, Adriaan P; Heitman, Laura H

    2017-12-01

    CC Chemokine Receptor 2 (CCR2) and its endogenous ligand CCL2 are involved in a number of diseases, including atherosclerosis. Several CCR2 antagonists have been developed as potential therapeutic agents, however their in vivo clinical efficacy was limited. In this report, we aimed to determine whether 15a, an antagonist with a long residence time on the human CCR2, is effective in inhibiting the development of atherosclerosis in a mouse disease model. First, radioligand binding assays were performed to determine affinity and binding kinetics of 15a on murine CCR2. To assess the in vivo efficacy, western-type diet fed apoE(-/-) mice were treated daily with 15a or vehicle as control. Treatment with 15a reduced the amount of circulating CCR2(+) monocytes and the size of the atherosclerotic plaques in both the carotid artery and the aortic root. We then showed that the long pharmacokinetic half-life of 15a combined with the high drug concentrations ensured prolonged CCR2 occupancy. These data render 15a a promising compound for drug development and confirms high receptor occupancy as a key parameter when targeting chemokine receptors.

  7. Liver X receptor agonist treatment significantly affects phenotype and transcriptome of APOE3 and APOE4 Abca1 haplo-deficient mice

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    Fitz, Nicholas F.; Mounier, Anais; Wolfe, Cody M.; Nam, Kyong Nyon; Reeves, Valerie L.; Kamboh, Hafsa; Koldamova, Radosveta

    2017-01-01

    ATP-binding cassette transporter A1 (ABCA1) controls cholesterol and phospholipid efflux to lipid-poor apolipoprotein E (APOE) and is transcriptionally controlled by Liver X receptors (LXRs) and Retinoic X Receptors (RXRs). In APP transgenic mice, lack of Abca1 increased Aβ deposition and cognitive deficits. Abca1 haplo-deficiency in mice expressing human APOE isoforms, increased level of Aβ oligomers and worsened memory deficits, preferentially in APOE4 mice. In contrast upregulation of Abca1 by LXR/RXR agonists significantly ameliorated pathological phenotype of those mice. The goal of this study was to examine the effect of LXR agonist T0901317 (T0) on the phenotype and brain transcriptome of APP/E3 and APP/E4 Abca1 haplo-deficient (APP/E3/Abca1+/- and APP/E4/Abca1+/-) mice. Our data demonstrate that activated LXRs/RXR ameliorated APOE4-driven pathological phenotype and significantly affected brain transcriptome. We show that in mice expressing either APOE isoform, T0 treatment increased mRNA level of genes known to affect brain APOE lipidation such as Abca1 and Abcg1. In both APP/E3/Abca1+/- and APP/E4/Abca1+/- mice, the application of LXR agonist significantly increased ABCA1 protein level accompanied by an increased APOE lipidation, and was associated with restoration of APOE4 cognitive deficits, reduced levels of Aβ oligomers, but unchanged amyloid load. Finally, using Gene set enrichment analysis we show a significant APOE isoform specific response to LXR agonist treatment: Gene Ontology categories “Microtubule Based Process” and “Synapse Organization” were differentially affected in T0-treated APP/E4/Abca1+/- mice. Altogether, the results are suggesting that treatment of APP/E4/Abca1+/- mice with LXR agonist T0 ameliorates APOE4-induced AD-like pathology and therefore targeting the LXR-ABCA1-APOE regulatory axis could be effective as a potential therapeutic approach in AD patients, carriers of APOEε4. PMID:28241068

  8. Adeno-associated virus serotype 8 ApoA-I gene transfer reduces progression of atherosclerosis in ApoE-KO mice: comparison of intramuscular and intravenous administration.

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    Cimmino, Giovanni; Giannarelli, Chiara; Chen, Wei; Alique, Matilde; Santos-Gallego, Carlos G; Fuster, Valentin; Hajjar, Roger J; Walsh, Christopher E; Badimon, Juan J

    2011-03-01

    Apolipoprotein A-I (ApoA-I)/high-density lipoprotein (HDL)-raising treatments are effective antiatherosclerotic strategies. We have compared the antiatherogenic effects of human ApoA-I (hApoA-I) overexpression by intraportal and intramuscular gene transfer in atherosclerotic ApoE-knockout mice. Atherosclerotic lesions were induced by atherogenic diet. After atherosclerosis induction, a group of animals was killed and served as atherosclerosis baseline-control group. The remaining animals were randomized into the following groups: (1) atherosclerosis-progression-control, (2) intraportal/vector administration, and (3) intramuscular/vector administration. Aortas and hearts were processed for atherosclerotic quantification by en face Sudan IV and Oil Red-O, respectively. Liver and muscle specimens were processed for protein/gene expression analysis. A sustained increase in hApoA-I/HDL plasma levels was observed in both transduced groups. hApoA-I overexpression abolished plaque progression versus progression-control group. hApoA-I overexpression significantly reduced lesion macrophage, feature indicative of plaque stabilization. Scavenger receptor class-B type I (SR-BI), but not ATP-binding cassette, sub-family A (ABCA), member 1 (ABCA-1), was significantly upregulated in treated groups versus progression-controls. The results of this study show a similar effect of hApoA-I/HDL overexpression on plaque progression/stabilization by 2 different routes of administration. Our results showing similar effects using either intramuscular administration and intraportal route of administration may have significant clinical implications, given the reduced medical risk to patient and cost of intramuscular injections.

  9. Beneficial effects of quinoline-3-carboxamide (ABR-215757) on atherosclerotic plaque morphology in S100A12 transgenic ApoE null mice

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    Yan, Ling; Bjork, Per; Butuc, Radu; Gawdzik, Joseph; Earley, Judy; Kim, Gene; Hofmann Bowman, Marion A

    2013-01-01

    Objective There is an emerging widespread interest in the role of damage-associated molecular pattern molecules (DAMP) S100A8, S100A9 and S100A12 in cardiovascular and other diseases. In this study we tested the efficacy of ABR-215757, a S100 protein binding immuno-modulatory compound to stabilize atherosclerosis in transgenic ApoE null mice that express the human pro-inflammatory S100A12 protein within the smooth muscle cell (SM22α-S100A12). Methods Twelve-week old S100A12 transgenic/ApoE-/- and WT/ApoE-/- mice were treated with ABR-21575 for 5 weeks and were analyzed 4 month later. Results Surface plasmon resonance analysis demonstrated that S100A12 interacts with ABR-215757 in a zinc dependent manner in vitro. In vivo, ABR-215757 administration reduced features of advanced plaque morphology resulting in smaller necrotic cores, diminished intimal and medial vascular calcification, and reduced amount of infiltrating inflammatory cells. ABR-215757 normalized aortic expression of RAGE protein and normalized experimentally-induced delayed hypersensitivity. The effect of ABR-215757 was more prominent in ApoE-/- mice expressing S100A12 than in ApoE-/- animals lacking expression of human S100A12 protein. Conclusion Our data suggest that S100A12 is important for progression of atherosclerosis and can be targeted by the small molecule ABR-215757. The specific binding of quinoline-3-carboxamides to S100A12 attenuates S100A12-mediated features of accelerated murine atherosclerosis. PMID:23497784

  10. Divergent effects of a CLA-enriched beef diet on metabolic health in ApoE-/- and ob/ob mice.

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    Reynolds, Clare M; Toomey, Sinead; McBride, Rachael; McMonagle, Jolene; Morine, Melissa J; Belton, Orina; Moloney, Aidan P; Roche, Helen M

    2013-02-01

    Conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) is found naturally in meat and dairy products, and represents a potential therapeutic functional nutrient. However, given the discrepancies in isomer composition and concentration, controversy surrounds its proposed antidiabetic, antiobesity effects. This study focused on the effects of CLA-enriched beef (composed predominantly of c9, t11-CLA) in two separate models of metabolic disease: proatherosclerotic ApoE(-/-) mice and diabetic, leptin-deficient ob/ob mice. Animals were fed CLA-enriched beef for 28 days, and markers of the metabolic syndrome and atherosclerosis were assessed. Comprehensive hepatic transcriptomic analysis was completed to understand divergent metabolic effects of CLA. CLA-enriched beef significantly reduced plasma glucose, insulin, nonesterified fatty acid and triacylglycerol and increased adiponectin levels in ob/ob mice. In contrast, plasma lipid profiles and glucose homeostasis deteriorated and promoted atherosclerosis following the CLA-enriched beef diet in ApoE(-/-) mice. Hepatic transcriptomic profiling revealed divergent effects of CLA-enriched beef on insulin signaling and lipogenic pathways, which were adversely affected in ApoE(-/-) mice. This study demonstrated clear divergence in the effects of CLA. CLA-enriched beef improved metabolic flexibility in ob/ob mice, resulting in enhanced insulin sensitivity. However, CLA-enriched diet increased expression of lipogenic genes, resulting in inefficient fatty acid storage which increases lipotoxicity in peripheral organs, and led to profound metabolic dysfunction in ApoE(-/-) mice. While CLA may have potential health effects, in some circumstances, caution must be exercised in presenting this bioactive lipid as a potential functional food for the treatment of metabolic disease.

  11. Binding Characteristics of Sphingosine-1-Phosphate to ApoM hints to Assisted Release Mechanism via the ApoM Calyx-Opening

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    Zhang, Hansi; Pluhackova, Kristyna; Jiang, Zhenyan; Böckmann, Rainer A.

    2016-01-01

    Sphingosine-1-phosphate (S1P) is a lysophospholipid mediator carried by the HDL-associated apoM protein in blood, regulating many physiological processes by activating the G protein-coupled S1P receptor in mammals. Despite the solved crystal structure of the apoM-S1P complex, the mechanism of S1P release from apoM as a part of the S1P pathway is unknown. Here, the dynamics of the wild type apoM-S1P complex as well as of mutants were investigated by means of atomistic molecular dynamics simulations. The potential of mean force for S1P unbinding from apoM reflected a large binding strength of more than 60 kJ/mol. This high unbinding free energy for S1P underlines the observed specificity of the physiological effects of S1P as it suggests that the spontaneous release of S1P from apoM is unlikely. Instead, S1P release and thus the control of this bioactive lipid probably requires the tight interaction with other molecules, e.g. with the S1P receptor. Mutations of specific S1P anchoring residues of apoM decreased the energetic barrier by up to 20 kJ/mol. Moreover, the ligand-free apoM protein is shown to adopt a more open upper hydrophilic binding pocket and to result in complete closure of the lower hydrophobic cavity, suggesting a mechanism for adjusting the gate for ligand access. PMID:27476912

  12. Binding Characteristics of Sphingosine-1-Phosphate to ApoM hints to Assisted Release Mechanism via the ApoM Calyx-Opening

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    Zhang, Hansi; Pluhackova, Kristyna; Jiang, Zhenyan; Böckmann, Rainer A.

    2016-08-01

    Sphingosine-1-phosphate (S1P) is a lysophospholipid mediator carried by the HDL-associated apoM protein in blood, regulating many physiological processes by activating the G protein-coupled S1P receptor in mammals. Despite the solved crystal structure of the apoM-S1P complex, the mechanism of S1P release from apoM as a part of the S1P pathway is unknown. Here, the dynamics of the wild type apoM-S1P complex as well as of mutants were investigated by means of atomistic molecular dynamics simulations. The potential of mean force for S1P unbinding from apoM reflected a large binding strength of more than 60 kJ/mol. This high unbinding free energy for S1P underlines the observed specificity of the physiological effects of S1P as it suggests that the spontaneous release of S1P from apoM is unlikely. Instead, S1P release and thus the control of this bioactive lipid probably requires the tight interaction with other molecules, e.g. with the S1P receptor. Mutations of specific S1P anchoring residues of apoM decreased the energetic barrier by up to 20 kJ/mol. Moreover, the ligand-free apoM protein is shown to adopt a more open upper hydrophilic binding pocket and to result in complete closure of the lower hydrophobic cavity, suggesting a mechanism for adjusting the gate for ligand access.

  13. "They Kicked Him Out": Teachers&apos; Student Stories as Counterstories

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    Downey, C. Aiden

    2015-01-01

    This article focuses on teachers&apos; identity construction in the context of a "failing" inner-city high school. Framing teachers&apos; student stories as narrative resources for solving both the practical and identity problems that confront them in an underresourced, inner-city school, the article argues that these stories can serve…

  14. Pre-Schoolers&apos; Interest and Caring Behaviour around a Humanoid Robot

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    Ioannou, Andri; Andreou, Emily; Christofi, Maria

    2015-01-01

    This exploratory case study involved a humanoid robot, NAO, and four pre-schoolers. NAO was placed in an indoor playground together with other toys and appeared as a peer who played, talked, danced and said stories. Analysis of video recordings focused on children&apos;s behaviour around NAO and how the robot gained children&apos;s attention and…

  15. Graphics in Children&apos;s Informational Texts: A Content Analysis

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    Fingeret, Lauren

    2012-01-01

    This dissertation is comprised of two manuscripts resulting from a single study, which examines a) the types of graphics that appear, and in what frequencies, in children&apos;s informational texts, and b) the defining features of different graphics. Graphics are ubiquitous in children&apos;s informational texts and a lot is known about the impact…

  16. Children&apos;s Spirituality and Music Learning: Exploring Deeper Resonances with Arts Based Research

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    McCarthy, Marie

    2013-01-01

    The purpose of this paper is to examine children&apos;s spirituality from the perspective of music learning, using arts based research as a mode of inquiry. Six interrelated themes are chosen to explore the landscape of music and children&apos;s spirituality and to evaluate the potential of arts based research to inform the intersections…

  17. Narrative Form and Yam Lau&apos;s "Room": The Encounter in Arts Based Research

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    Boulton-Funke, Adrienne

    2014-01-01

    In this paper, I consider "the encounter" (O&apos;Sullivan, 2006) and conceptualizations of subjectivity and identity proposed by post qualitative scholars (Jackson & Mazzei, 2012; Lather & St. Pierre, 2013; Lenz Taguchi, 2012; MacLure, 2013; St. Pierre, 2010) and contemporary art theory (O&apos;Sullivan, 2006; 2012) to attend to…

  18. APOE4 influences β-amyloid burden in primary progressive aphasia and speech apraxia

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    Josephs, Keith A.; Duffy, Joseph R.; Strand, Edythe A.; Machulda, Mary M.; Senjem, Matthew L.; Lowe, Val J.; Jack, Clifford R.; Whitwell, Jennifer L.

    2014-01-01

    Background Apolipoprotein E epsilon 4 (APOE4) is a risk factor for β-amyloid deposition in Alzheimer’s dementia. Its influence on β-amyloid deposition in speech and language disorders, including primary progressive aphasia (PPA), is unclear. Methods One hundred and thirty subjects with PPA or speech apraxia underwent APOE genotyping and Pittsburgh compound B (PiB) PET scanning. The relationship between APOE4 and PiB status, as well as severity and regional distribution of PiB, was assessed. Results Forty-five subjects had an APOE4 allele and 60 subjects were PiB-positive. The odds ratio for a subject with APOE4 being PiB-positive compared to a subject without APOE4 being PiB-positive was 10.2 (4.4–25.5, p<0.0001). APOE4 status did not influence regional PiB distribution or severity. Conclusion APOE4 increases the risk of β-amyloid deposition in PPA and speech apraxia, but does not influence regional β-amyloid distribution or severity. PMID:24985533

  19. Semantic Trouble Sources and Their Repair in Conversations Affected by Parkinson&apos;s Disease

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    Saldert, Charlotta; Ferm, Ulrika; Bloch, Steven

    2014-01-01

    Background: It is known that dysarthria arising from Parkinson&apos;s disease may affect intelligibility in conversational interaction. Research has also shown that Parkinson&apos;s disease may affect cognition and cause word-retrieval difficulties and pragmatic problems in the use of language. However, it is not known whether or how these…

  20. A Cabinet of Mathematical Curiosities at Teachers College: David Eugene Smith&apos;s Collection

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    Murray, Diane R.

    2012-01-01

    This dissertation is a history of David Eugene Smith&apos;s collection of historical books, manuscripts, portraits, and instruments related to mathematics. The study analyzes surviving documents, images, objects, college announcements and catalogs, and secondary sources related to Smith&apos;s collection. David Eugene Smith (1860-1944) travelled…

  1. Pointing to "That": Deixis and Shared Intentionality in Young Children&apos;s Collaborative Group Work

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    Murphy, Carol

    2014-01-01

    In this article I present examples of young children&apos;s interaction in collaborative group work in mathematics and consider how the children shared intentions, that is, how they influenced the thinking of another. By analysing the children&apos;s use of deixis as an aspect of indexicality, I examined how the students pointed out mathematical…

  2. The Principal&apos;s Role in Supporting Professional Learning Communities

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    Duling, Karen S.

    2012-01-01

    Increasing student achievement is at the forefront of the school reform movement. Today&apos;s educators are called upon to raise academic standards to the highest level in history with common core standards that align with international benchmarks. One of the most rapidly-growing improvement efforts in today&apos;s schools is the development of…

  3. The Teacher&apos;s World: Heideggerian Authenticity and Existential Thinking in Initial Teacher Education

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    Oral, Sevket Benhur

    2013-01-01

    In this study, it is argued that Heidegger&apos;s philosophic pedagogy--the realization that we are always already philosophical (ontological) beings--should constitute an integral part of a school-based approach to initial teacher education curriculum. Beginning teachers need to be equipped with an intimate understanding of a teacher&apos;s world…

  4. Understanding Students&apos; Attitudes about Group Work: What Does This Suggest for Instructors of Business?

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    Marks, Melanie Beth; O'Connor, Abigail H.

    2013-01-01

    A survey was administered to college students to gain insight into their attitudes about classroom group work. Students responded that group work is generally a positive experience; however, they do not necessarily prefer it to individual assignments. Students&apos; responses also indicated concerns about instructors&apos; motivations for using…

  5. Right and Righteous: Children&apos;s Incipient Understanding and Evaluation of True and False Statements

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    Lyon, Thomas D.; Quas, Jodi A.; Carrick, Nathalie

    2013-01-01

    Two studies examined young children&apos;s early understanding and evaluation of truth telling and lying and the role that factuality plays in their judgments. Study 1 (one hundred four 2- to 5-year-olds) found that even the youngest children reliably accepted true statements and rejected false statements and that older children&apos;s ability to…

  6. It&apos;s Time to Include Nutrition Education in the Secondary Physical Education Curriculum

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    Bertelsen, Susan L.; Thompson, Ben

    2014-01-01

    Although the primary focus of physical educators is to increase students&apos; physical activity levels and their knowledge about the importance of movement, they also have the opportunity to affect students&apos; overall wellness by teaching nutrition and how healthy eating contributes to overall health and weight management. Nutrition concepts…

  7. What Works: Using Curriculum and Pedagogy to Increase Girls&apos; Interest and Participation in Science

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    Baker, Dale

    2013-01-01

    This article identifies instructional strategies, curricula, and organizational structures in the research literature that have been successful in encouraging girls&apos; participation and achievement in science: science instruction in pre-kindergarten and kindergarten, relevant curricula that address girls&apos; interests and provide…

  8. How Living or Traveling to Foreign Locations Influences Adults&apos; Worldviews and Impacts Personal Identity

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    Yelich Biniecki, Susan M.; Conceição, Simone C. O.

    2014-01-01

    People are living and traveling to places all over the world. An exploration of how this movement influences learners&apos; worldviews has implications for adult development, identity, and learning. The purpose of this paper is to present a phenomenological study conducted in the U.S. that examined how individuals&apos; living or traveling…

  9. Literacy, Poverty and Schooling: What Matters in Young People&apos;s Education?

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    Comber, Barbara

    2014-01-01

    This paper draws upon several decades of literacy research in schools in high-poverty environments to explore what matters in young people&apos;s education. In dialogue with themes from Kevin Marjoribanks&apos; work, such as student aspirations, family environments and teacher expectations, key insights are summarised. Referring to longitudinal…

  10. The Teachers&apos; Choices Cognate Database for K-3 Teachers of Latino English Learners

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    Montelongo, José A.; Hernández, Anita C.

    2013-01-01

    The purpose of the present paper is to introduce the Teachers&apos; Choices Cognate Database. English-Spanish cognates are words that are orthographically and semantically identical or nearly identical in both English and Spanish. To create this free online database, the cognates from every one of the 146 International Reading Association&apos;s…

  11. Professionalizing the Nation&apos;s Cybersecurity Workforce?: Criteria for Decision-Making

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    2013-01-01

    "Professionalizing the Nation&apos;s Cybersecurity Workforce? Criteria for Decision-Making" considers approaches to increasing the professionalization of the nation&apos;s cybersecurity workforce. This report examines workforce requirements for cybersecurity and the segments and job functions in which professionalization is most needed;…

  12. Pre-Service English as a Foreign Language Teachers&apos; Belief Development about Grammar Instruction

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    Çapan, Seyit Ahmet

    2014-01-01

    This study aims to investigate pre-service English as Foreign Language (EFL) teachers&apos; beliefs about grammar instruction in a foreign language (FL) context through their initial teaching practices. Analyses of semi-structured interviews and classroom observations apart from pre-and post-test results of participants&apos; responses to a belief…

  13. Reconstructing Deweyan Growth: The Significance of James Baldwin&apos;s Moral Psychology

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    Frank, Jeff

    2013-01-01

    In this paper I raise and respond to the question: Is John Dewey&apos;s understanding of growth sufficiently responsive to problems associated with race and racism? I begin with a discussion of Dewey&apos;s essay "Racial Prejudice and Friction," and show that Dewey lets a major objection to his response to racism and prejudice stand…

  14. The Effects of Repeated Readings on Third Grade Students&apos; Reading Achievement and Attitudes

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    Scheriff, Tennille Joie Natasha

    2012-01-01

    This study investigated the effects of a reading strategy, repeated readings, on third grade students&apos; reading achievement and attitudes. One hundred sixteen third grade students as members of six classrooms in one elementary school participated in this 10 week study. Using a quasi-experimental pretest posttest design, students&apos; mean…

  15. A Tale of Two Fishes or a Quick Fix for Fick&apos;s Law

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    Robischon, Marcel A.

    2014-01-01

    Gas diffusion, as a basis for complex biological processes such as respiration, is a core principle for understanding fundamental physiology. Students, however, often find these concepts challenging, in particular when expressed formally as in Fick&apos;s law of gas diffusion. This introduction to Fick&apos;s law uses the representations of…

  16. Multiple Paths to Mathematics Practice in Al-Kashi&apos;s "Key to Arithmetic"

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    Taani, Osama

    2014-01-01

    In this paper, I discuss one of the most distinguishing features of Jamshid al-Kashi&apos;s pedagogy from his "Key to Arithmetic", a well-known Arabic mathematics textbook from the fifteenth century. This feature is the multiple paths that he includes to find a desired result. In the first section light is shed on al-Kashi&apos;s life…

  17. Building a Knowledge Base: Understanding Prospective Elementary Teachers&apos; Mathematical Content Knowledge

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    Thanheiser, Eva; Browning, Christine; Edson, Alden J.; Kastberg, Signe; Lo, Jane-Jane

    2013-01-01

    This survey of the literature summarizes and reflects on research findings regarding elementary preservice teachers&apos; (PSTs&apos;) mathematics conceptions and the development thereof. Despite the current focus on teacher education, peer-reviewed journals offer a surprisingly sparse insight in these areas. The limited research that exists…

  18. A Literature Review of the Impact of Extracurricular Activities Participation on Students&apos; Academic Performance

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    Seow, Poh-Sun; Pan, Gary

    2014-01-01

    Extracurricular activities (ECA) have become an important component of students&apos; school life and many schools have invested significant resources on extracurricular activities. The authors suggest three major theoretical frameworks (zero-sum, developmental, and threshold) to explain the impact of ECA participation on students&apos; academic…

  19. Connecting with Families to Improve Students&apos; School Attendance: A Review of the Literature

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    McConnell, Bethany M.; Kubina, Richard M., Jr.

    2014-01-01

    School attendance is a rising issue in public schools. Students regularly absent from school can end up involved in destructive behaviors and dropout of school. Family characteristics are strong determining factors in students&apos; school attendance. This presents the question, "Can family involvement improve public school students&apos;…

  20. The President&apos;s Budget: New Investments, a Vision for Vulnerable Youth

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    Bird, Kisha

    2014-01-01

    President Obama&apos;s Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 budget, released on March 4, reflects the Administration&apos;s commitment to helping low-income individuals and vulnerable families access pathways to economic mobility, healthy development, and high quality of life. The budget proposal adheres to spending levels established in the Bipartisan Budget…

  1. Betty Reardon&apos;s Philosophy of Peace Education and the Centrality of Justice

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    Ragland, David

    2015-01-01

    There is no clear description of an approach to justice that is related to peace education. Betty Reardon&apos;s writing holistically connects peace and justice. While there are various traditions of justice, such as utilitarianism and contractarianism (social contract), the breadth of Reardon&apos;s writing suggests that justice, in terms of its…

  2. Elementary School and Middle School Principals&apos; Theories of Action in Two Rural School Districts

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    Lisy-Macan, Lynn

    2012-01-01

    This dissertation was designed to answer the following question. What are elementary and middle school principals&apos; theories of action in two rural school districts? Sub-questions included the superintendent-principal relationship and its influence on the principal&apos;s theories of action and the extent to which rural context impacts…

  3. A Failed Utopia in Marcela Del Río&apos;s "Proceso a Faubritten"

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    Manickam, Samuel

    2014-01-01

    In Marcela del Río&apos;s science fiction novel "Proceso a Faubritten," utopia comes in the form of eternal life for all of humanity, thanks to Dr. Alexander Faubritten&apos;s "Bomba L." This polyphonic work includes diaries by Faubritten and his Mexican lover, María Corona. In my analysis of these two diaries, I will show how…

  4. Measuring Earth&apos;s Local Magnetic Field Using a Helmholtz Coil

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    Williams, Jonathan E.

    2014-01-01

    In this paper, I present a low-cost interactive experiment for measuring the strength of Earth&apos;s local magnetic field. This activity can be done in most high schools or two-year physics laboratories with limited resources, yet will have a tremendous learning impact. This experiment solidifies the three-dimensional nature of Earth&apos;s…

  5. The Impact of Supplemental Instruction on Low-Achieving Adolescents&apos; Reading Engagement

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    Cantrell, Susan Chambers; Almasi, Janice F.; Rintamaa, Margaret; Carter, Janis C.; Pennington, Jessica; Buckman, D. Matt

    2014-01-01

    The authors examined the impact of a supplemental reading course on 462 sixth-grade students&apos; reading engagement and performance as compared with 389 students in a control group. They further explored students&apos; cognitive strategy use through think aloud processes with a subset of students who participated in the intervention.…

  6. An Examination of Preservice Teachers&apos; Intentions to Pursue Careers in Special Education

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    Zhang, Dake; Wang, Qiu; Losinski, Mickey; Katsiyannis, Antonis

    2014-01-01

    An understanding of one&apos;s intention to pursue a career related to special education is crucial yet there is limited research in this area. This study examined factors that influence teacher candidates&apos; intention to pursue a career in special education by surveying 214 preservice teachers. Data were analyzed using path analysis to capture…

  7. Enhancing Students&apos; Learning Process through Self-Generated Tests

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    Sanchez-Elez, Marcos; Pardines, Inmaculada; Garcia, Pablo; Miñana, Guadalupe; Roman, Sara; Sanchez, Margarita; Risco, Jose Luis

    2014-01-01

    The use of new technologies in higher education has surprisingly emphasized students&apos; tendency to adopt a passive behavior in class. Participation and interaction of students are essential to improve academic results. This paper describes an educational experiment aimed at the promotion of students&apos; autonomous learning by requiring them…

  8. Acute suppression of apo B secretion by insulin occurs independently of MTP.

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    Sparks, Janet D; Chamberlain, Jeffrey M; O'Dell, Colleen; Khatun, Irani; Hussain, M Mahmood; Sparks, Charles E

    2011-03-11

    Secretion of apolipoprotein (apo) B-containing lipoproteins by the liver depends mainly upon apo B availability and microsomal triglyceride transfer protein (MTP) activity and is subject to insulin regulation. Hepatic MTP mRNA expression is negatively regulated by insulin which correlates with inhibition of apo B secretion suggesting that insulin might suppress apo B secretion through an MTP-dependent mechanism. To investigate this possibility, we examined the acute effect of insulin on hepatic MTP expression and activity levels in vivo utilizing apobec-1(-/-) mice. Insulin did not significantly alter hepatic MTP mRNA levels or lipid transfer activity 2h following injection, but suppressed expression of genes important in gluconeogenesis. To study the specific role of MTP, we expressed human MTP (hMTP) in primary rat hepatocytes using adenoviral gene transfer. Increased expression of hMTP resulted in a 47.6±17.9% increase in total apo B secreted. Incubation of hepatocytes with insulin suppressed apo B secretion by 50.1±10.8% in cells over-expressing hMTP and by 53.0±12.4% in control transfected hepatocytes. Results indicate that even under conditions of increased hepatic apo B secretion mediated by MTP, responsiveness of hepatocytes to insulin to suppress apo B secretion is maintained.

  9. Beyond the Glockenspiel: Teaching Race and Gender in Mozart&apos;s "Zauberflöte"

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    Howards, Alyssa

    2014-01-01

    "Die Zauberflöte" is simultaneously one of Mozart&apos;s most accessible and most complex operas. Yet while this duality makes it a potentially valuable cultural artifact for the language classroom, students&apos; unfamiliarity with both its operatic genre and Enlightenment context can pose a challenge to teachers. This article functions…

  10. Deductive Reasoning to Teach Newton&apos;s Law of Motion

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    Lee, Han Su; Park, Jongwon

    2013-01-01

    Finding out about and then understanding the forces acting on a moving object, based on a description of the change in motion of this object, is an important part of the conceptual understanding of Newton&apos;s law of motion. Using Hempel&apos;s deductive-normative model for scientific explanation, we developed a deductive explanation task (DET),…

  11. Contested Science in the Media: Linguistic Traces of News Writers&apos; Framing Activity

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    Dahl, Trine

    2015-01-01

    Science reporting in the media often involves contested issues, such as, for example, biotechnology, climate change, and, more recently, geoengineering. The reporter&apos;s framing of the issue is likely to influence readers&apos; perception of it. The notion of framing is related to how individuals and groups perceive and communicate about the…

  12. Students&apos; Perspectives on Academic Writing in the Digital Age

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    Sinclair, Christine

    2015-01-01

    This study brings together three student comments and three theoretical constructs taken from Bakhtin&apos;s (1981) collection of essays "The Dialogic Imagination", written in the 1930s. Bakhtin&apos;s concepts of the chronotope, interanimation and the monologic provide lenses on a shifting student perspective on authoritative writing in…

  13. Evolving Theories of Student Disengagement: A New Job for Durkheim&apos;s Children?

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    Slee, Roger

    2014-01-01

    This paper uses John Furlong&apos;s analysis of student disaffection written over 20 years ago as a basis for building new analyses in changing contexts for schooling. Specifically, Furlong&apos;s observation of the dominance of psychological based explanations for student disruption and disengagement in education policy making holds--albeit an…

  14. Undergraduate Students&apos; Self-Efficacy and Cognitive Behaviors for Learning in Multidisciplinary Project Teams

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    Chen, Xiaojun

    2012-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to investigate individual students&apos; learning from the perspectives of self-efficacy and cognitive learning expressions in multidisciplinary project teams. Both quantitative and qualitative data were collected to address the major research questions, which are aimed at understanding individual students&apos;…

  15. When Guided Reading Isn&apos;t Working: Strategies for Effective Instruction

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    Wall, Heather

    2014-01-01

    Guided reading is widespread as a small group reading instructional approach, and yet in some cases the original intent of guided reading as a method for encouraging readers&apos; independent strategic thinking has been lost. This article describes one group of teachers&apos; discoveries as they searched for a way to improve their instruction by…

  16. Physics Envy: Psychologists&apos; Perceptions of Psychology and Agreement about Core Concepts

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    Howell, Jennifer L.; Collisson, Brian; King, Kelly M.

    2014-01-01

    This study assessed the nature of psychology and its consensus regarding core content. We hypothesized that psychology possesses little agreement regarding its core content areas and thus may "envy" more canonical sciences, such as physics. Using a global sample, we compared psychologists&apos; and physicists&apos; perceptions regarding…

  17. "It&apos;s All about the Kids": School Culture, Identity, and Figured Worlds

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    Bower, Heather Ann

    2012-01-01

    This study examines aspects of school culture by way of teachers&apos; identities. The research utilizes quantitative and qualitative inquiry in an attempt to capture both a static snapshot of the culture and a thicker description of that snapshot by examining one low-performing, urban elementary school&apos;s implementation of academic optimism…

  18. The Productivity of Students&apos; Schoolwork: An Exercise in Marxist Rigour

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    Baldino, Roberto Ribeiro; Cabral, Tânia Cristina Baptista

    2013-01-01

    In this article we will use central elements in Mature Marx&apos;s theory of productive labour to prove that not only the work of teachers and staff but also the expenditure of students&apos; muscles and nerves is productive labour. This theme has some intersection with the work of housewives that autonomist Marxism asserts to be productive labour…

  19. A Situated Approach to VET Students&apos; Reflection Processes across Boundaries

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    Wegener, Charlotte

    2014-01-01

    The purpose of this paper is to illuminate the intersection between institutional requirements for reflection and students&apos; actual reflection initiatives in the social and health care education programmes. A situated perspective makes it possible to illuminate individuals&apos; commitment, curiosity and uncertainty as bases for understanding…

  20. Promoting Teachers&apos; Generalization of Intervention Use through Goal Setting and Performance Feedback

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    Duncan, Neelima G.; Dufrene, Brad A.; Sterling, Heather E.; Tingstrom, Daniel H.

    2013-01-01

    Consultation is beneficial for increasing teachers&apos; intervention use for target students. However, little is known about teachers&apos; generalized intervention use. This study is a systematic replication of Riley-Tillman and Eckert ("J Educ Psychol Consult" 12:217-241, 2001) and Martens et al. ("Sch Psychol Q" 12:33-41,…

  1. What Do Today&apos;s Teachers Want (and Not Want) from Teacher Leaders?

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    Margolis, Jason; Doring, Anne

    2013-01-01

    This article looks across six years of teacher leadership research to explore what today&apos;s teachers want (and don&apos;t want) from teacher leaders. A secondary analysis was conducted on volumes of teacher leader data, focused on teacher leader-teacher interactions, using a "justice" and "integrity"-oriented framework.…

  2. Follow the Liar: The Effects of Adult Lies on Children&apos;s Honesty

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    Hays, Chelsea; Carver, Leslie J.

    2014-01-01

    Recent research shows that most adults admit they lie to children. We also know that children learn through modeling and imitation. To date there are no published studies that examine whether lying to children has an effect on children&apos;s honesty. We aimed to bridge the gap in this literature by examining the effects of adults&apos; lies on…

  3. Children&apos;s Antisocial and Prosocial Lies to Familiar and Unfamiliar Adults

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    Williams, Shanna Mary; Kirmayer, Miriam; Simon, Tarek; Talwar, Victoria

    2013-01-01

    Although parents frequently instruct children not to lie, children often observe lie-telling within the family environment. To date, no empirical research has examined children&apos;s spontaneous lie-telling to different lie-recipients. The current study examined children&apos;s spontaneous deceptive behaviour to parents and unfamiliar adults. In…

  4. Finitude, Fallibilism and Education towards Non-Dogmatism: Gadamer&apos;s Hermeneutics in Science Education

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    Leiviska, Anniina

    2013-01-01

    The philosophy of science has witnessed continuous controversy since the mid-twentieth century regarding the justification of science&apos;s privileged position, and which has also reverberated in the philosophy of science education. This contribution brings to the discussion the viewpoint of Hans-Georg Gadamer&apos;s philosophical hermeneutics. I…

  5. Knowing "and" Acting in the Clinical Workplace: Trainees&apos; Perspectives on Modelling and Feedback

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    Stegeman, J. H.; Schoten, E. J.; Terpstra, O. T.

    2013-01-01

    In this article we discuss clinical workplace learning using a dual approach: a theoretical one and an empirical one. Drawing on the philosophical work of Aristotle, Polanyi and Schön we posit that the "knowing &apos;and&apos; acting" underpinning day-to-day medical practice is personal and embraces by nature a tacit dimension.…

  6. Better Understanding Students&apos; Self-Authorship via Self-Portraits

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    Welkener, Michele M.; Baxter Magolda, Marcia B.

    2014-01-01

    Student-created self-portraits expand the possibilities for understanding how students&apos; complex identities, relationships, and epistemologies shape their self-authoring potential. An illustrative student self-portrait demonstrates how this method reveals the nuances of development. "I like writing, but I can&apos;t express myself the…

  7. Graduate Medical Education That Meets the Nation&apos;s Health Needs

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    Eden, Jill, Ed.; Berwick, Donald, Ed.; Wilensky, Gail, Ed.

    2014-01-01

    Today&apos;s physician education system produces trained doctors with strong scientific underpinnings in biological and physical sciences as well as supervised practical experience in delivering care. Significant financial public support underlies the graduate-level training of the nation&apos;s physicians. Two federal programs--Medicare and…

  8. STEM Teachers&apos; Planned and Enacted Attempts at Implementing Engineering Design-Based Instruction

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    Capobianco, Brenda M.; Rupp, Madeline

    2014-01-01

    This study investigates grades 5 and 6 science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) teachers&apos; planned and actualized engineering design-based instruction, the instruments used to characterize their efforts, and the implications this work has for teachers&apos; implementations of an integrated approach to STEM education.…

  9. Connecting Research to Teaching: Lenses for Examining Students&apos; Mathematical Thinking

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    Linsenmeier, Katherine A.; Sherin, Miriam; Walkoe, Janet; Mulligan, Martha

    2014-01-01

    The authors present three strategies for making sense of students&apos; mathematical thinking. These lenses make the abstract idea of "making sense of student thinking" more manageable and concrete. We start by taking an initial look at a student&apos;s idea, going deeper, and finally looking across several ideas.

  10. Public Reason and Child Rearing: What&apos;s a Liberal Parent to Do?

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    Arjo, Dennis

    2014-01-01

    The ways in we raise and educate children can appear to be at odds with basic liberal values. Relationships between parents and children are unequal, parents routinely control children&apos;s behaviour in various ways, and they use their authority to shape children&apos;s beliefs and values. Whether and how such practices can be made to accord…

  11. An "Afterthought": Counseling Trainees&apos; Multicultural Competence within the Spiritual/Religious Domain

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    Magaldi-Dopman, Danielle

    2014-01-01

    Although spiritual/religious identity development is included within multicultural training on the theoretical level, significant gaps exist in counseling trainees&apos; practical preparation for spiritual/religious competence. This grounded theory study explores counseling trainees&apos; multicultural counseling competence within the…

  12. Who You Callin&apos; White?! A Critical Counter-Story on Colouring White Identity

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    Matias, Cheryl E.

    2013-01-01

    This action research, which utilizes critical race theory&apos;s counter-storytelling, analyses a process of debunking White students&apos; epistemology of ignorance in a history course at an urban public high school. After piloting a raced curriculum that deliberately re-centers marginalized counter-stories of students of colour, I document its…

  13. Prospective Secondary Mathematics Teachers&apos; Pedagogical Knowledge for Teaching the Estimation of Length Measurements

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    Subramaniam, Karthigeyan

    2014-01-01

    Prospective secondary mathematics teachers&apos; pedagogical knowledge for teaching the estimation of length measurements was investigated by examining their personal benchmarks for measurement estimation. Benchmarks for measurement estimation are the meaningful representations of units that serve to increase one&apos;s understanding of…

  14. The Paradox of ApoA5 Modulation of Triglycerides: Evidences from Clinical and Basic Research

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    Garelnabi, Mahdi; Lor, Kenton; Jin, Jun; Chai, Fei; Santanam, Nalini

    2012-01-01

    Apolipoprotein A5 (ApoA5) is a key regulator of plasma triglycerides (TG), although its plasma concentration is very low compared to other known apoproteins. Over the years, researchers have attempted to elucidate the molecular mechanisms by which ApoA5 regulates plasma TG in vivo. Though still under debate, two theories broadly describe how ApoA5 modulates TG levels: (i) ApoA5 enhances the catabolism of TG-rich lipoproteins and (ii) it inhibits the rate of production of very low-density lipoprotein (VLDL), the major carrier of TGs. This review will summarize the basic and clinical studies that have attempted to describe the importance of ApoA5 in TG metabolism. Population studies conducted in various countries have demonstrated an association between single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in ApoA5 and the increased risk to cardiovascular disease and metabolic syndrome (including diabetes and obesity). ApoA5 is also highly expressed during liver regeneration and is an acute phase protein associated with HDL which was independent of its effects on TG metabolism. Conclusion Despite considerable evidences available from clinical and basic research studies, on the role of ApoA5 in TG metabolism and its indirect link to metabolic diseases, additional investigations are needed to understand the paradoxical role of this important apoprotein shown modulated by diet and from it polymorphism variants. PMID:23000317

  15. Study of Planck&apos;s Law with a Small USB Grating Spectrometer

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    Navratil, Zdenek; Dosoudilova, Lenka; Jurmanova, Jana

    2013-01-01

    In this paper an experiment to study Planck&apos;s radiation law is presented. The spectra of a heated furnace and of a halogen lamp under various conditions were measured with a small USB grating spectrometer and fitted using Planck&apos;s law. The temperature determined from the fit was then compared with the results of comparative temperature…

  16. Noticing Children&apos;s Participation: Insights into Teacher Positionality toward Equitable Mathematics Pedagogy

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    Wager, Anita A.

    2014-01-01

    This article describes how teachers in a professional development course responded to what they noticed about children&apos;s participation in elementary mathematics classrooms and how what they noticed was connected to the teachers&apos; positionality toward equitable mathematics pedagogy. Findings suggest that a lens of participation supported…

  17. Philosophy Goes to High School: An Inquiry into the Philosopher&apos;s Pedagogy

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    Miller, Chad

    2013-01-01

    Prior to Matthew Lipman&apos;s Philosophy for Children program (P4C), philosophy had rarely, if ever, been placed in the American elementary school curriculum. Due to Lipman&apos;s pioneering efforts, children have been given opportunities to engage in philosophy. However, what is missing from this body of literature is an overall theory of…

  18. Preschool Children&apos;s Fundamental Motor Skills: A Review of Significant Determinants

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    Iivonen, S.; Sääkslahti, A. K.

    2014-01-01

    Fundamental motor skills (FMS) affect children&apos;s physical, social, and cognitive development. To plan successful interventions when promoting the development of children&apos;s FMS, the underlying positive determinants for the acquisition of FMS competence during preschool years need to be identified. The purpose of this systematic review was…

  19. The Origins and History of American Children&apos;s Literature

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    Tunnell, Michael O.; Jacobs, James S.

    2013-01-01

    Books meant for young readers did not appear until scholars such as John Locke began to suggest a more modern concept of childhood. Though the eighteenth century saw the establishment and growth of children&apos;s book publishing, it was as late as the nineteenth century when children&apos;s literature truly came of age. This article traces the…

  20. The Impact of College Drug Policy on Students&apos; Drug Usage

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    Sawyer, Holly N.

    2012-01-01

    Illicit drug usage at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) is a topic of limited research. The research questions that guided this study were (a) What is the relationship between college policy on illicit drugs and students&apos; frequency of drug usage after controlling for college location (urban or rural) and students&apos; age,…

  1. Implementation of a Coaching Program for School Principals: Evaluating Coaches&apos; Strategies and the Results

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    Huff, Jason; Preston, Courtney; Goldring, Ellen

    2013-01-01

    We present a multi-phase coaching model that was implemented to help principals improve their instructional leadership practices. We then discuss a rubric based on this coaching model that we used to evaluate coaches&apos; implementation of key model phases and to identify principals&apos; responses to the coaching. After presenting the…

  2. Mother-Toddler Affect Exchanges and Children&apos;s Mastery Behaviours during Preschool Years

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    Wang, Jun; Morgan, George A.; Biringen, Zeynep

    2014-01-01

    This study examined the longitudinal relations of mother-child affect exchanges at 18?months with children&apos;s mastery motivation at 39?months. Observation and questionnaire data were collected from mother-child dyads when children were 18?months; 43 mothers again rated their children&apos;s mastery motivation at 39?months. Results suggested…

  3. The Effects of the Interactive Strategies Approach on At-Risk Kindergartners&apos; Spelling

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    Lee, Sun Hwa; Scanlon, Donna M.

    2015-01-01

    This study focused on examining the effects of early literacy intervention on the emergence and development of at-risk kindergartners&apos; spelling. Spelling data were selected from Scanlon et al.&apos;s (2005) study which demonstrated the efficacy of reading intervention in reducing the incidence of at-risk children who show reading difficulties…

  4. "The Diffusion of Light": Jefferson&apos;s Philosophy of Education

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    Holowchak, M. Andrew

    2013-01-01

    Jefferson&apos;s republicanism--a people-first, mostly bottom-up political vision with a moral underpinning--was critically dependent on general education for the citizenry and higher education for those who would govern. This paper contains an analysis of Jefferson&apos;s general philosophy of education by enumerating some of its most fundamental…

  5. Persuasive Embodied Agents: Using Embodied Agents to Change People&apos;s Behavior, Beliefs, and Assessments

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    Pickard, Matthew David

    2012-01-01

    Embodied Conversational Agents (i.e., avatars; ECAs) are appearing in increasingly many everyday contexts, such as e-commerce, occupational training, and airport security. Also common to a typical person&apos;s daily life is persuasion. Whether being persuaded or persuading, the ability to change another person&apos;s attitude or behavior is a…

  6. Faculty Perceptions Regarding Authentication of Online Students&apos; Identities and Academic Dishonesty

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    McMillan, Stephanie Renee

    2012-01-01

    This study explored undergraduate teaching faculty&apos;s perceptions regarding using biometric-based technologies to reduce academic dishonesty in online classes. The first objective was to develop a baseline of the respondents&apos; concerns toward and experience with using biometrics; attitudes, experience, and mitigation strategies used to…

  7. Exploring Children&apos;s Literature with Authentic Representations of Disability

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    Rieger, Alicja; McGrail, Ewa

    2015-01-01

    Given the power of children&apos;s literature to communicate authentic representations of disability and the potential of humor for nurturing social acceptance, teachers should know how to discuss this literature in the inclusive classroom. The authors analyze authentic children&apos;s literature with elements of humor and provide strategies in…

  8. On Dittmer&apos;s "Popular Culture, Geopolitics, and Identity" as a Classroom Resource

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    Orzeck, Reecia; Craine, James; Dando, Christina; Somdahl-Sands, Katrinka

    2014-01-01

    In this intervention, four geographers, all of whom have used Jason Dittmer&apos;s book, "Popular Culture, Geopolitics, and Identity", in their classes, assess its status as a teaching resource. All have had considerable success using Dittmer&apos;s book, alongside other resources, to cultivate critical thinking and critical knowledge…

  9. Searching for the Seventies: Photographs from the Environmental Protection Agency&apos;s DOCUMERICA Project

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    Bustard, Bruce; Potter, Lee Ann

    2013-01-01

    In 1971, the newly established Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) created DOCUMERICA, a federal government photography project born out of the nation&apos;s environmental crisis. The photographers hired by the EPA took thousands of photographs depicting pollution, waste, and blight, but they were given the freedom to capture the era&apos;s…

  10. Instructional Conversations: A Qualitative Exploration of Differences in Elementary Teachers&apos; Team Discussions

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    Henry, Susan F.

    2012-01-01

    Despite increasing opportunities for teachers&apos; teamwork in schools (MetLife, 2010; Wei, Darling-Hammond, & Adamson, 2010), few studies have examined how teachers&apos; team discussions generate benefits that may support instructional improvement or how and why teams may vary in their capacity to generate such benefits. In this study, I…

  11. Social Workers&apos; Attitudes toward Older Adults: A Review of the Literature

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    Wang, Donna; Chonody, Jill

    2013-01-01

    Ageist attitudes toward older adults have been recognized as barriers to recruiting and training competent social workers. This article provides a systematic review of the literature that focused on social workers&apos; and social work students&apos; attitudes toward older adults and working with older adults. The authors sought empirical studies…

  12. Exploring Ava&apos;s Developing Sense for Tasks That May Occasion Mathematical Creativity

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    Levenson, Esther

    2015-01-01

    This study explores the relationship between participating in a graduate course aimed at enhancing teachers&apos; theoretical and practical knowledge of mathematical creativity and one teacher&apos;s changing perspectives regarding mathematical creativity and tasks that may occasion mathematical creativity. Results indicated that perceptions of…

  13. Framing Prospective Elementary Teachers&apos; Conceptions of Dissolving as a Ladder of Explanations

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    Subramaniam, Karthigeyan; Esprivalo Harrell, Pamela

    2013-01-01

    The paper details an exploratory qualitative study that investigated 61 prospective teachers&apos; conceptual understanding of dissolving salt and sugar in water respectively. The study was set within a 15-week elementary science methods course that included a 5E learning cycle lesson on dissolving, the instructional context. Oversby&apos;s…

  14. Teachers&apos; Reflections on Their Subject Matter Knowledge Structures and Their Influence on Classroom Practice

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    Bartos, Stephen A.; Lederman, Norman G.; Lederman, Judith S.

    2014-01-01

    Research has indicated that experts&apos; subject matter knowledge structures (SMKSs) differ from those of novices in that they contain more cross-linking, interconnections, and overarching thematic elements, characteristics that are in accordance with those espoused in current reform documents. Unfortunately, teachers&apos; SMKSs are not…

  15. Renewing Head Start&apos;s Promise: Invest in What Works for Disadvantaged Preschoolers

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    Mead, Sara

    2014-01-01

    Since Head Start&apos;s last reauthorization in 2007, the Department of Health and Human Services, which oversees Head Start, has implemented significant reforms that are improving the program. In "Renewing Head Start&apos;s Promise: Invest in What Works for Disadvantaged Preschoolers," Sara Mead offers several recommendations to enable…

  16. The Role of Prior Knowledge and Problem Contexts in Students&apos; Explanations of Complex System

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    Barth-Cohen, Lauren April

    2012-01-01

    The purpose of this dissertation is to study students&apos; competencies in generating scientific explanations within the domain of complex systems, an interdisciplinary area in which students tend to have difficulties. While considering students&apos; developing explanations of how complex systems work, I investigate the role of prior knowledge…

  17. Schools and the Stimulus: How America&apos;s Public School Districts Are Using ARRA Funds

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    Ellerson, Noelle M.

    2009-01-01

    "Schools and the Stimulus: How America&apos;s Public School Districts Are Using ARRA Funds" is the third survey in the American Association of School Administrator&apos;s 2009 Summer Surveys series. This survey finds that while school systems around the nation appreciate the opportunity the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding…

  18. Teachers&apos; Perceptions of Principal Leadership Styles and How They Impact Teacher Job Satisfaction

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    Ismail, Mohd Rozi

    2012-01-01

    This study focuses on leadership styles of principals and how perceptions teachers hold of such leadership styles impact their job satisfaction. The research concentrated on how teachers perceived their principal&apos;s leadership style, and the specific principal leadership behaviors that enhance teachers&apos; job satisfaction. The research was…

  19. Pre-Service Teachers&apos; Assessment Literacy and Its Implementation into Practice

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    Ogan-Bekiroglu, Feral; Suzuk, Erol

    2014-01-01

    This research study was conducted to address pre-service physics teachers&apos; assessment literacy and its implementation into practice. The research was both quantitative and qualitative in nature. For the quantitative aspect of the study, the researchers determined the participants&apos; assessment literacy after their enrolment with the…

  20. Strippers, Beer, and Bachelorette Parties: Regulating Teachers&apos; Out-of-School Conduct

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    Eckes, Suzanne E.

    2013-01-01

    Some courts have upheld school districts&apos; decisions to discipline teachers for their behaviors outside of school if there was a connection back to the school. Specifically, many courts have adopted a nexus theory that suggests that a teacher&apos;s off-duty conduct might have a negative impact on his or her teaching effectiveness.…