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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738626/elimination-of-interference-from-water-in-kbr-disk-ft-ir-spectra-of-solid-biomaterials-by-chemometrics-solved-with-kinetic-modeling
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Sherald H Gordon, Rogers E Harry-O'kuru, Abdellatif A Mohamed
Infrared analysis of proteins and polysaccharides by the well known KBr disk technique is notoriously frustrated and defeated by absorbed water interference in the important amide and hydroxyl regions of spectra. This interference has too often been overlooked or ignored even when the resulting distortion is critical or even fatal, as in quantitative analyses of protein secondary structure, because the water has been impossible to measure or eliminate. Therefore, a new chemometric method was devised that corrects spectra of materials in KBr disks by mathematically eliminating the water interference...
November 1, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738137/public-health-and-economic-consequences-of-vaccine-hesitancy-for-measles-in-the-united-states
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Nathan C Lo, Peter J Hotez
Importance: Routine childhood vaccination is declining in some regions of the United States due to vaccine hesitancy, which risks the resurgence of many infectious diseases with public health and economic consequences. There are ongoing policy debates on the state and national level, including legislation around nonmedical (personal-belief) exemptions for childhood vaccination and possibly a special government commission on vaccine safety, which may affect vaccine coverage. Objective: To estimate the number of measles cases in US children and the associated economic costs under scenarios of different levels of vaccine hesitancy, using the case example of measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccination and measles...
July 24, 2017: JAMA Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737755/biphasic-growth-dynamics-control-cell-division-in-caulobacter-crescentus
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Shiladitya Banerjee, Klevin Lo, Matthew K Daddysman, Alan Selewa, Thomas Kuntz, Aaron R Dinner, Norbert F Scherer
Cell size is specific to each species and impacts cell function. Various phenomenological models for cell size regulation have been proposed, but recent work in bacteria has suggested an 'adder' model, in which a cell increments its size by a constant amount between each division. However, the coupling between cell size, shape and constriction remains poorly understood. Here, we investigate size control and the cell cycle dependence of bacterial growth using multigenerational cell growth and shape data for single Caulobacter crescentus cells...
July 24, 2017: Nature Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736441/nationally-representative-equations-that-include-resistance-and-reactance-for-the-prediction-of-percent-body-fat-in-americans
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J Stevens, K P Truesdale, J Cai, F-S Ou, K R Reynolds, S B Heymsfield
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES: Resistance and reactance collected by bioelectrical impedance (BIA) can be used in equations to estimate percent body fat at relatively low cost and subject burden. To our knowledge no such equations have been developed in a nationally representative sample. SUBJECTS/METHODS: Dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) assessed percent body fat from the 1999-2004 NHANES was the criterion method for development of sex-specific percent body fat equations using up to 6467 males or 4888 females 8 to 49 years of age...
July 24, 2017: International Journal of Obesity: Journal of the International Association for the Study of Obesity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735871/a-mathematical-model-for-cell-infiltration-and-proliferation-in-a-chondral-defect
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L S Kimpton, A Schwab, F Ehlicke, S L Waters, C P Please, J P Whiteley, H M Byrne
We develop a mathematical model to describe the regeneration of a hydrogel inserted into an ex vivo osteochondral explant. Specifically we use partial differential equations to describe the evolution of two populations of cells that migrate from the tissue surrounding the defect, proliferate, and compete for space and resources within the hydrogel. The two cell populations are chondrocytes and cells that infiltrate from the subchondral bone. Model simulations are used to investigate how different seeding strategies and growth factor placement within the hydrogel affect the spatial distribution of both cell types...
July 20, 2017: Mathematical Biosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735447/cost-benefit-analysis-of-two-child-abuse-and-neglect-primary-prevention-programs-for-us-states
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Cora Peterson, Curtis Florence, Robert Thomas, Joanne Klevens
We assessed the US state-level budget and societal impact of implementing two child abuse and neglect (CAN) primary prevention programs. CAN cost estimates and data from two prevention programs (Child-Parent Centers and Nurse-Family Partnership) were combined with current population, cost, and CAN incidence data by US state. A cost-benefit mathematical model for each program by US state compared program costs with the future monetary value of benefits from reduced CAN. The models used a lifetime time horizon from government payer and societal perspectives...
July 22, 2017: Prevention Science: the Official Journal of the Society for Prevention Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735041/self-assembled-polypeptide-nanoparticles-for-intracellular-irinotecan-delivery
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N N Zashikhina, M V Volokitina, V A Korzhikov-Vlakh, I I Tarasenko, A Lavrentieva, T Scheper, E Rhuel, R V Orlova, T B Tennikova, E G Korzhikova-Vlakh
In this research poly(l-lysine)-b-poly(l-leucine) (PLys-b-PLeu) polymersomes were developed. It was shown that the size of nanoparticles depended on pH of self-assembly process and varied from 180 to 650nm. The biodegradation of PLys-b-PLeu nanoparticles was evaluated using in vitro polypeptide hydrolysis in two model enzymatic systems, as well as in human blood plasma. The experiments of the visualization of cellular uptake of rhodamine 6g-loaded and fluorescein-labeled nanoparticles were carried out, which approved the possibility of their penetration into the cells...
July 19, 2017: European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735000/application-of-pharmacometrics-and-quantitative-systems-pharmacology-to-cancer-therapy-the-example-of-luminal-a-breast-cancer
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REVIEW
Brett Fleisher, Kayla Andrews, Ashley A Brown, Sihem Ait-Oudhia
Breast cancer (BC) is the most common cancer in women, and the second most frequent cause of cancer-related deaths in women worldwide. It is a heterogeneous disease composed of multiple subtypes with distinct morphologies and clinical implications. Quantitative systems pharmacology (QSP) is an emerging discipline bridging systems biology with pharmacokinetics (PK) and pharmacodynamics (PD) leveraging the systematic understanding of drugs' efficacy and toxicity. Despite numerous challenges in applying computational methodologies for QSP and mechanism-based PK/PD models to biological, physiological, and pharmacological data, bridging these disciplines has the potential to enhance our understanding of complex disease systems such as BC...
July 19, 2017: Pharmacological Research: the Official Journal of the Italian Pharmacological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734837/neural-reuse-of-action-perception-circuits-for-language-concepts-and-communication
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REVIEW
Friedemann Pulvermüller
Neurocognitive and neurolinguistics theories make explicit statements relating specialized cognitive and linguistic processes to specific brain loci. These linking hypotheses are in need of neurobiological explanation. Recent mathematical models of human language mechanisms constrained by fundamental neuroscience principles and established knowledge about comparative neuroanatomy offer explanations for where, when and how language is processed in the human brain. In these models, network structure and connectivity along with action- and perception-induced correlation of neuronal activity co-determine neurocognitive mechanisms...
July 19, 2017: Progress in Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734246/topological-pattern-for-the-search-of-new-active-drugs-against-methicillin-resistant-staphylococcus-aureus
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Jose I Bueso-Bordils, Maria T Perez-Gracia, Beatriz Suay-Garcia, Maria J Duart, Rafael V Martin Algarra, Luis Lahuerta Zamora, Gerardo M Anton-Fos, Pedro A Aleman Lopez
Molecular topology was used to develop a mathematical model capable of classifying compounds according to antimicrobial activity against methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). Topological indices were used as structural descriptors and their relation to antimicrobial activity was determined by using linear discriminant analysis. This topological model establishes new structure activity relationships which show that the presence of cyclopropyl, chlorine and ramification pairs at a distance of two bonds favor this activity, while the presence of tertiary amines decreases it...
July 8, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733923/cardiovascular-mechanics-in-the-early-stages-of-pulmonary-hypertension-a-computational-study
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Sebastián Acosta, Charles Puelz, Béatrice Rivière, Daniel J Penny, Ken M Brady, Craig G Rusin
We formulate and study a new mathematical model of pulmonary hypertension. Based on principles of fluid and elastic dynamics, we introduce a model that quantifies the stiffening of pulmonary vasculature (arteries and arterioles) to reproduce the hemodynamics of the pulmonary system, including physiologically consistent dependence between compliance and resistance. This pulmonary model is embedded in a closed-loop network of the major vessels in the body, approximated as one-dimensional elastic tubes, and zero-dimensional models for the heart and other organs...
July 21, 2017: Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733187/a-confidence-building-exercise-in-data-and-identifiability-modeling-cancer-chemotherapy-as-a-case-study
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Marisa C Eisenberg, Harsh V Jain
Mathematical modeling has a long history in the field of cancer therapeutics, and there is increasing recognition that it can help uncover the mechanisms that underlie tumor response to treatment. However, making quantitative predictions with such models often requires parameter estimation from data, raising questions of parameter identifiability and estimability. Even in the case of structural (theoretical) identifiability, imperfect data and the resulting practical unidentifiability of model parameters can make it difficult to infer the desired information, and in some cases, to yield biologically correct inferences and predictions...
July 18, 2017: Journal of Theoretical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733120/employing-decomposable-partially-observable-markov-decision-processes-to-control-gene-regulatory-networks
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Utku Erdogdu, Faruk Polat, Reda Alhajj
OBJECTIVE: Formulate the induction and control of gene regulatory networks (GRNs) from gene expression data using Partially Observable Markov Decision Processes (POMDPs). METHODS AND MATERIAL: Different approaches exist to model GRNs; they are mostly simulated as mathematical models that represent relationships between genes. Actually, it has been realized that biological functions at the cellular level are controlled by genes; thus, by controlling the behavior of genes, it is possible to regulate these biological functions...
July 18, 2017: Artificial Intelligence in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732395/microalgae-bacteria-models-evolution-from-microalgae-steady-state-to-integrated-microalgae-bacteria-wastewater-treatment-models-a-comparative-review
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REVIEW
Alessandro Solimeno, Joan García
The search for environmentally neutral alternative fuels had revived the interest for microalgae-bacteria wastewater treatment systems. The potential achieving of bioproducts from microalgae biomass has also greatly contributed. The reactions that occur in these systems are complex, and the degree of scientific knowledge is still scarce compared to that of conventional bacteria wastewater treatments. Mathematical models offer a great opportunity to study the simultaneous effect of the multiple factors affecting microalgae and bacteria, thus allowing for the prediction of final biomass production, and contributing to the system design optimization in terms of operation and control...
July 17, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732336/using-machine-learning-to-identify-air-pollution-exposure-profiles-associated-with-early-cognitive-skills-among-u-s-children
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Jeanette A Stingone, Om P Pandey, Luz Claudio, Gaurav Pandey
Data-driven machine learning methods present an opportunity to simultaneously assess the impact of multiple air pollutants on health outcomes. The goal of this study was to apply a two-stage, data-driven approach to identify associations between air pollutant exposure profiles and children's cognitive skills. Data from 6900 children enrolled in the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, Birth Cohort, a national study of children born in 2001 and followed through kindergarten, were linked to estimated concentrations of 104 ambient air toxics in the 2002 National Air Toxics Assessment using ZIP code of residence at age 9 months...
July 18, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732020/setting-strategy-of-delay-optimization-oriented-smac-contention-window-size
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Yuan Rao, Cheng Deng, Jun Su, Yan Qiao, Jun Zhu, Ru-Chuan Wang
Some frame components, such as SYNC (frame synchronization) and RTS/CTS (Ready to Send/Clear to Send), are not taken into consideration when the traditional setting strategies conduct the optimization of SMAC (Sensor MAC) contention window size. This paper proposes mathematical models that allow the analysis of data packets forwarding delay within one SMAC virtual cluster. Simulation results in OMNeT++ show good agreements with the proposed mathematical models, validating the models' correctness. The curve analyses of the models confirm the existence of delay-optimization-oriented contention window size that is closely related to the number of simultaneously contending nodes...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732006/drivers-for-rift-valley-fever-emergence-in-mayotte-a-bayesian-modelling-approach
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Raphaëlle Métras, Guillaume Fournié, Laure Dommergues, Anton Camacho, Lisa Cavalerie, Philippe Mérot, Matt J Keeling, Catherine Cêtre-Sossah, Eric Cardinale, W John Edmunds
Rift Valley fever (RVF) is a major zoonotic and arboviral hemorrhagic fever. The conditions leading to RVF epidemics are still unclear, and the relative role of climatic and anthropogenic factors may vary between ecosystems. Here, we estimate the most likely scenario that led to RVF emergence on the island of Mayotte, following the 2006-2007 African epidemic. We developed the first mathematical model for RVF that accounts for climate, animal imports and livestock susceptibility, which is fitted to a 12-years dataset...
July 21, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730873/physiological-traits-determining-yield-tolerance-of-wheat-to-foliar-diseases
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Femke van den Berg, Neil Paveley, I J Bingham, Frank van den Bosch
Tolerance is defined as the ability of one cultivar to yield more than another cultivar, under similar disease severity. If both cultivars suffer an equal loss in healthy (green) leaf area duration (HAD) over the grain filling period due to disease presence, then the yield loss per unit HAD loss is smaller for a more tolerant cultivar. Little is understood of what physiological and developmental traits of cultivars determine disease tolerance. In this study we use a mathematical model of wheat to investigate the effect of a wide range of wheat phenotypes on tolerance...
July 21, 2017: Phytopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730791/a-mathematical-optimization-model-for-efficient-assignment-of-inpatients-in-an-oncology-center-in-china
#19
Ming Lv, Bo Kou, Zhi-Li Zhou, Wen-Bo He
This paper addresses a problem for assignment of chemo-receiving inpatients in an oncology care center, which has not been addressed in the literature. Chemotherapy is regarded as one of the most effective treatments for cancer. In recent years, as cancer incidence increased, the number of patients admitted to a cancer treatment center has also been rising. How to balance the workload of medical service resources by planning admission of patients has become an essential problem that must be given consideration by policy- makers...
May 2017: Journal of B.U.ON.: Official Journal of the Balkan Union of Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730724/dynamic-loop-gain-increases-upon-adopting-the-supine-body-position-during-sleep-in-patients-with-obstructive-sleep-apnoea
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Simon A Joosten, Shane A Landry, Scott A Sands, Philip I Terrill, Dwayne Mann, Christopher Andara, Elizabeth Skuza, Anthony Turton, Philip Berger, Garun S Hamilton, Bradley A Edwards
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) is typically worse in the supine versus lateral sleeping position. One potential factor driving this observation is a decrease in lung volume in the supine position which is expected by theory to increase a key OSA pathogenic factor: dynamic ventilatory control instability (i.e. loop gain). We aimed to quantify dynamic loop gain in OSA patients in the lateral and supine positions, and to explore the relationship between change in dynamic loop gain and change in lung volume with position...
July 20, 2017: Respirology: Official Journal of the Asian Pacific Society of Respirology
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