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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145579/progesterone-the-maternal-immune-system-and-the-onset-of-parturition-in-the-mouse
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Lydia F Edey, Hector Georgiou, Kieran P O'Dea, Sam Mesiano, Bronwen R Herbert, Kaiyu Lei, Renyi Hua, Danijela Markovic, Simon N Waddington, David MacIntyre, Philip Bennett, Masao Takata, Mark R Johnson
The role of progesterone (P4) in the regulation of the local (uterine) and systemic innate immune system, myometrial expression of connexin 43 (Cx-43) and cyclooxygenase 2 (COX-2) and the onset of parturition was examined in: 1) naïve mice delivering at term; 2) E16 mice treated with RU486 (P4-antagonist) to induce preterm parturition; and 3) in mice treated with P4 to prevent term parturition.In naïve mice, myometrial neutrophil and monocyte numbers peaked at E18 and declined with the onset of parturition...
November 14, 2017: Biology of Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145541/variations-in-adipor1-but-not-adipor2-are-associated-with-hypertriglyceridemia-and-diabetes-in-an-admixed-latin-american-population
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Gustavo Gustavo Mora-García, María S Ruiz-Díaz, Fabian Espitia-Almeida, Doris Gómez-Camargo
BACKGROUND: Adiponectin is a hormone secreted by adipose tissue. It regulates glycolysis and lipolysis and is involved in the pathophysiology of diabetes and related disorders. Its activity is mainly mediated by the transmembrane receptors AdipoR1 and AdipoR2, which are encoded by ADIPOR1 (1q32.1) and ADIPOR2 (12p13.33) genes, respectively. In genetic association studies, single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in or near these genes have been associated with metabolic alterations. However, these relationships are still controversial...
July 2017: Review of Diabetic Studies: RDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145284/effectiveness-of-bariatric-surgical-procedures-a-systematic-review-and-network-meta-analysis-of-randomized-controlled-trials
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Jenny H Kang, Quang A Le
BACKGROUND: Bariatric surgery has proved to be an effective strategy in treating obesity. However, randomized controlled trials (RCTs) of 3 most common bariatric surgery procedures, Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB), sleeve gastrectomy (SG), and laparoscopic adjustable gastric band (LAGB), reported inconsistent results. We performed a systematic review and network meta-analysis to synthesize evidence of effectiveness of the 3 common bariatric procedures from relevant RCTs. METHODS: The present study was a systematic review and network meta-analysis of RCTs...
November 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145176/the-membrane-attack-complex-perforin-superfamily
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Gabriel Moreno-Hagelsieb, Bennett Vitug, Arturo Medrano-Soto, Milton H Saier
The membrane attack complex/perforin (MACPF) superfamily consists of a diverse group of proteins involved in bacterial pathogenesis and sporulation as well as eukaryotic immunity, embryonic development, neural migration and fruiting body formation. The present work shows that the evolutionary relationships between the members of the superfamily, previously suggested by comparison of their tertiary structures, can also be supported by analyses of their primary structures. The superfamily includes the MACPF family (TC 1...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Molecular Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143405/cost-effectiveness-modeling-of-repetitive-transcranial-magnetic-stimulation-compared-to-electroconvulsive-therapy-for-treatment-resistant-depression-in-singapore
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Ying Jiao Zhao, Phern Chern Tor, Ai Leng Khoo, Monica Teng, Boon Peng Lim, Yee Ming Mok
BACKGROUND: Compared to electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), the cost-effectiveness of repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) in the management of treatment-resistant depression (TRD) remains unclear. OBJECTIVE/HYPOTHESIS: This study evaluated the cost-effectiveness of rTMS vs. ECT for TRD from Singapore societal perspective. METHODS: We constructed a Markov model to project the cost and benefit of rTMS compared with ECT over one year in patients with TRD...
November 16, 2017: Neuromodulation: Journal of the International Neuromodulation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142741/statistical-sleep-pattern-modelling-for-sleep-quality-assessment-based-on-sound-events
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Hongle Wu, Takafumi Kato, Masayuki Numao, Ken-Ichi Fukui
A good sleep is important for a healthy life. Recently, several consumer sleep devices have emerged on the market claiming that they can provide personal sleep monitoring; however, many of them require additional hardware or there is a lack of scientific evidence regarding their reliability. In this paper we proposed a novel method to assess the sleep quality through sound events recorded in the bedroom. We used subjective sleep quality as training label, combined several machine learning approaches including kernelized self organizing map, hierarchical clustering and hidden Markov model, obtained the models to indicate the sleep pattern of specific quality level...
December 2017: Health Information Science and Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142210/millisecond-dynamics-of-btk-reveal-kinome-wide-conformational-plasticity-within-the-apo-kinase-domain
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Mohammad M Sultan, Rajiah Aldrin Denny, Ray Unwalla, Frank Lovering, Vijay S Pande
Bruton tyrosine kinase (BTK) is a key enzyme in B-cell development whose improper regulation causes severe immunodeficiency diseases. Design of selective BTK therapeutics would benefit from improved, in-silico structural modeling of the kinase's solution ensemble. However, this remains challenging due to the immense computational cost of sampling events on biological timescales. In this work, we combine multi-millisecond molecular dynamics (MD) simulations with Markov state models (MSMs) to report on the thermodynamics, kinetics, and accessible states of BTK's kinase domain...
November 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141350/-comparison-of-different-methods-in-dealing-with-hiv-viral-load-data-with-diversified-missing-value-mechanism-on-hiv-positive-msm
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Z Jiang, Z Dou, W L Song, J Xu, Z Y Wu
Objective: To compare results of different methods: in organizing HIV viral load (VL) data with missing values mechanism. Methods We used software SPSS 17.0 to simulate complete and missing data with different missing value mechanism from HIV viral loading data collected from MSM in 16 cities in China in 2013. Maximum Likelihood Methods Using the Expectation and Maximization Algorithm (EM), regressive method, mean imputation, delete method, and Markov Chain Monte Carlo (MCMC) were used to supplement missing data respectively...
November 10, 2017: Zhonghua Liu Xing Bing Xue za Zhi, Zhonghua Liuxingbingxue Zazhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140164/second-order-kinetics-of-dtpa-and-plutonium-in-rat-plasma
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Guthrie Miller, Deepesh Poudel, John A Klumpp, Raymond A Guilmette, Dunstana Melo
In 2008, Serandour et al. reported on their in vitro experiment involving rat plasma samples obtained after an intravenous intake of plutonium citrate. Different amounts of DTPA were added to the plasma samples and the percentage of low-molecular-weight plutonium measured. Only when the DTPA dosage was three orders of magnitude greater than the recommended 30 μmol/kg was 100% of the plutonium apparently in the form of chelate. These data were modeled assuming three competing chemical reactions with other molecules that bind with plutonium...
November 15, 2017: Radiation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29139314/cost-utility-analysis-of-life-long-prophylaxis-with-recombinant-factor-viii-fc-vs-recombinant-factor-viii-for-the-management-of-severe-haemophilia-a-in-sweden
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Nathaniel Henry, Jelena Jovanović, Max Schlueter, Persefoni Kritikou, Koo Wilson, Karl-Johan Myrén
AIMS: Prophylaxis with recombinant factor VIII (rFVIII) is the standard of care for severe haemophilia A in Sweden. The need for frequent injections with existing rFVIII products may, however, result in poor adherence to prophylaxis leading to increased bleeding and long-term joint damage. Recombinant FVIIIFc (rFVIIIFc) is an extended half-life fusion protein which can offer prolonged protection and reduced dosing frequency. The objective of this study was to evaluate the cost-utility of prophylaxis with rFVIIIFc in severe haemophilia A from the perspective of the Swedish health system...
November 15, 2017: Journal of Medical Economics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137339/meta-analysis-of-differences-in-constant-murley-scores-for-three-mid-shaft-clavicular-fracture-treatments
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Wei Jiang, Hua Wang, Yu-Sheng Li, Tian-Jian Zhou, Xin-Jia Hu
There is no consensus on the optimal treatment for mid-shaft clavicular fracture. We conducted a meta-analysis to compare the effectiveness of non-operative treatment, plate fixation, and intramedullary pin fixation in terms of the Constant-Murley Score (CMS) for treatment of mid-shaft clavicular fracture. Comprehensive search of the Embase, Cochrane Library and PubMed was conducted to retrieve relevant randomized controlled trials (RCTs). A random-effect network meta-analysis was conducted within a Bayesian framework using Markov Chain Monte Carlo (MCMC) in OpenBUGS 3...
October 10, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29136832/interleaved-incremental-association-markov-blanket-as-a-potential-feature-selection-method-for-improving-accuracy-in-near-infrared-spectroscopic-analysis
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Kyeol Chang, Junghye Lee, Chi-Hyuck Jun, Hoeil Chung
The interleaved Incremental Association Markov Blanket (inter-IAMB) is described herein as a feature selection method for the NIR spectroscopic analysis of several samples (diesel, gasoline, and etchant solutions). Although the Markov blanket (MB) has been proven to be the minimal optimal set of features (variables) that does not change the original target distribution, variables selected by the existing IAMB algorithm could be redundant and/or misleading as the IAMB requires an unnecessarily large amount of learning data to identify the MB...
February 1, 2018: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29136609/a-group-based-image-inpainting-using-patch-refinement-in-mrf-framework
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Mrinmoy Ghorai, Sekhar Mandal, Bhabatosh Chanda
This paper presents a Markov random field (MRF)-based image inpainting algorithm using patch selection from groups of similar patches and optimal patch assignment through joint patch refinement. In patch selection, a novel group formation strategy based on subspace clustering is introduced to search the candidate patches in relevant source region only. This improves patch searching in terms of both quality and time. We also propose an efficient patch refinement scheme using higher order singular value decomposition to capture underlying pattern among the candidate patches...
February 2018: IEEE Transactions on Image Processing: a Publication of the IEEE Signal Processing Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29136034/a-fast-stochastic-framework-for-automatic-mr-brain-images-segmentation
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Marwa Ismail, Ahmed Soliman, Mohammed Ghazal, Andrew E Switala, Georgy Gimel'farb, Gregory N Barnes, Ashraf Khalil, Ayman El-Baz
This paper introduces a new framework for the segmentation of different brain structures (white matter, gray matter, and cerebrospinal fluid) from 3D MR brain images at different life stages. The proposed segmentation framework is based on a shape prior built using a subset of co-aligned training images that is adapted during the segmentation process based on first- and second-order visual appearance characteristics of MR images. These characteristics are described using voxel-wise image intensities and their spatial interaction features...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29135861/in-vitro-and-in-vivo-antimelanoma-effect-of-ethyl-ester-cyclohexyl-analog-of-ethylenediamine-dipropanoic-acid
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Andjelka M Isakovic, Sasa M Petricevic, Slavica M Ristic, Dusan M Popadic, Tamara K Kravic-Stevovic, Nevena S Zogovic, Jelena M Poljarevic, Tatjana V Zivanovic Radnic, Tibor J Sabo, Aleksandra J Isakovic, Ivanka D Markovic, Vladimir S Trajkovic, Sonja T Misirlic-Dencic
Melanoma, an aggressive skin tumor with high metastatic potential, is associated with high mortality and increasing morbidity. Multiple available chemotherapeutic and immunotherapeutic modalities failed to improve survival in advanced disease, and the search for new agents is ongoing. The aim of this study was to investigate antimelanoma effects of O,O-diethyl-(S,S)-ethylenediamine-N,N'di-2-(3-cyclohexyl) propanoate dihydrochloride (EE), a previously synthesized and characterized organic compound. Mouse melanoma B16 cell viability was assessed using acid phosphatase, 3-(4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-2,5-diphenyltetrazolium bromide, sulforhodamine B, and lactate dehydrogenase assays...
November 13, 2017: Melanoma Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29135146/-laparoscopic-heminephrureterectomy-for-duplex-kidney-in-children
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I M Kagantsov, V V Sizonov, V I Dubrov, S G Bon-Darenko, N R Akramov, O S Shmyrov, G I Kuzovleva, N V Markov, D E Sablin, R V Surov, A V Pirogov, A A Logval
INTRODUCTION: Duplication of the upper urinary tract is one of the most common congenital urological anomalies. In patients with critically decreased or lost function of one of the renal segments, heminephrureterectomy is usually the treatment of choice. Until recently, this was an open surgery; in cases of complete removal of the ureter, an additional incision in the iliac region was required. Currently, heminephrureterectomy is increasingly performed laparoscopically. We report the experience in laparoscopic heminephrureterectomy (LHNUE) in 10 clinics in Russia and Belarus...
October 2017: Urologii︠a︡
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29135126/unusual-clinical-features-of-cutaneous-tuberculosis-in-a-patient-with-myelodyplastic-syndrome-late-complication-of-intravesical-instillation-of-bacillus-calmette-gu%C3%A3-rin-vaccine
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Olivera Markovic, Vesna Reljic, Sonja Vesic, Dragomir Marisavljevic
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
September 2017: Journal of B.U.ON.: Official Journal of the Balkan Union of Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29134190/locally-adaptive-magnetic-resonance-intensity-models-for-unsupervised-segmentation-of-multiple-sclerosis-lesions
#18
Alfiia Galimzianova, Žiga Lesjak, Daniel L Rubin, Boštjan Likar, Franjo Pernuš, Žiga Špiclin
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a neurological disease characterized by focal lesions and morphological changes in the brain captured on magnetic resonance (MR) images. However, extraction of the corresponding imaging markers requires accurate segmentation of normal-appearing brain structures (NABS) and the lesions in MR images. On MR images of healthy brains, the NABS can be accurately captured by MR intensity mixture models, which, in combination with regularization techniques, such as in Markov random field (MRF) models, are known to give reliable NABS segmentation...
January 2018: Journal of Medical Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29131849/modelling-the-cost-effectiveness-of-hiv-care-shows-a-clear-benefit-when-transmission-risk-is-considered-in-the-calculations-a-message-for-central-and-eastern-europe
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Justyna D Kowalska, Grzegorz Wójcik, Jakub Rutkowski, Magdalena Ankiersztejn-Bartczak, Ewa Siewaszewicz
BACKGROUND: HIV epidemic remains a major global health issue. Data from cost-effectiveness analyses base on CD4+ count and morbidity in patients with symptomatic and asymptomatic HIV infection. The approach adopted in these analyses includes many other factors, previously not investigated. Additionally, we evaluate the impact of sexual HIV transmission due to delayed cART on the cost-effectiveness of care. METHODS: A lifetime Markov model (1-month cycle) was developed to estimate the cost per quality adjusted life years (QALY) for a 1- and 3-year delay in starting cART (as compared to starting immediately at linkage to care) lifetime costs, clinical outcomes and cost-effectiveness...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29131825/a-model-based-clustering-method-to-detect-infectious-disease-transmission-outbreaks-from-sequence-variation
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Rosemary M McCloskey, Art F Y Poon
Clustering infections by genetic similarity is a popular technique for identifying potential outbreaks of infectious disease, in part because sequences are now routinely collected for clinical management of many infections. A diverse number of nonparametric clustering methods have been developed for this purpose. These methods are generally intuitive, rapid to compute, and readily scale with large data sets. However, we have found that nonparametric clustering methods can be biased towards identifying clusters of diagnosis-where individuals are sampled sooner post-infection-rather than the clusters of rapid transmission that are meant to be potential foci for public health efforts...
November 13, 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
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