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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645697/clinical-high-resolution-mapping-of-the-proteoglycan-bound-water-fraction-in-articular-cartilage-of-the-human-knee-joint
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Mustapha Bouhrara, David A Reiter, Kyle W Sexton, Christopher M Bergeron, Linda M Zukley, Richard G Spencer
PURPOSE: We applied a recently introduced method to achieve clinically-feasible in-vivo mapping of the proteoglycan water fraction (PgWF) of human knee cartilage with improved spatial resolution and stability as compared to existing methods. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Multicomponent driven equilibrium single-pulse observation of T1 and T2 (mcDESPOT) datasets were acquired from the knees of two healthy young subjects and one older subject with previous knee injury. Each dataset was processed using Bayesian Monte Carlo (BMC) analysis incorporating a two-component tissue model...
June 20, 2017: Magnetic Resonance Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645443/once-or-twice-daily-non-vitamin-k-antagonist-oral-anticoagulants-in-asian-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-a%C3%A2-meta-analysis-of-randomized-controlled-trials
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Kang-Ling Wang, Chun-Chih Chiu, Doreen Su-Yin Tan, Chun-Yi Lin, En-Yu Lai, Shinya Goto, Robert P Giugliano, Chern-En Chiang
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE: Non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants (NOACs) have a half-life of around 12 h. We aimed to clarify if there was any effect modification by dosing (once- or twice-daily) regimens in Asian patients. METHODS: Phase III randomized controlled trials of NOACs compared with warfarin in Asian patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) were identified and extracted from PubMed, CENTRAL, and CINAHL databases through November 2016. Outcomes were pooled by dosing regimens with the Mantel-Haenszel fixed-effects model...
June 20, 2017: Journal of the Formosan Medical Association, Taiwan Yi Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645318/detecting-consistent-patterns-of-directional-adaptation-using-differential-selection-codon-models
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Sahar Parto, Nicolas Lartillot
BACKGROUND: Phylogenetic codon models are often used to characterize the selective regimes acting on protein-coding sequences. Recent methodological developments have led to models explicitly accounting for the interplay between mutation and selection, by modeling the amino acid fitness landscape along the sequence. However, thus far, most of these models have assumed that the fitness landscape is constant over time. Fluctuations of the fitness landscape may often be random or depend on complex and unknown factors...
June 23, 2017: BMC Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645116/the-additive-effects-of-the-tm6sf2-e167k-and-pnpla3-i148m-polymorphisms-on-lipid-metabolism
#4
Lizhen Chen, Shuixian Du, Linlin Lu, Zhonghua Lin, Wenwen Jin, Doudou Hu, Xiangjun Jiang, Yongning Xin, Shiying Xuan
There is a genetic susceptibility for nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). To examine the role of genetic factors in the disease, a Bayesian analysis was performed to model gene relationships in NAFLD pathogenesis. The Bayesian analysis indicated a potential gene interaction between the TM6SF2 and PNPLA3 genes. Next, to explore the underlying mechanism at the cellular level, we evaluated the additive effects between the TM6SF2 E167K and PNPLA3 I148M polymorphisms on lipid metabolism. Hepa 1-6 cells were transfected with a control vector or with overexpression vectors for TM6SF2/PNPLA3-wild type, TM6SF2-mutant type, PNPLA3-mutant type, or TM6SF2/PNPLA3-mutant type...
June 14, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644882/a-spatially-explicit-risk-assessment-approach-cetaceans-and-marine-traffic-in-the-pelagos-sanctuary-mediterranean-sea
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Maria Grazia Pennino, Antonella Arcangeli, Vinícius Prado Fonseca, Ilaria Campana, Graham J Pierce, Andrea Rotta, Jose Maria Bellido
Spatially explicit risk assessment is an essential component of Marine Spatial Planning (MSP), which provides a comprehensive framework for managing multiple uses of the marine environment, minimizing environmental impacts and conflicts among users. In this study, we assessed the risk of the exposure to high intensity vessel traffic areas for the three most abundant cetacean species (Stenella coeruleoalba, Tursiops truncatus and Balaenoptera physalus) in the southern area of the Pelagos Sanctuary, which is the only pelagic Marine Protected Area (MPA) for marine mammals in the Mediterranean Sea...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644851/comorbidities-in-the-diseasome-are-more-apparent-than-real-what-bayesian-filtering-reveals-about-the-comorbidities-of-depression
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Peter Marx, Peter Antal, Bence Bolgar, Gyorgy Bagdy, Bill Deakin, Gabriella Juhasz
Comorbidity patterns have become a major source of information to explore shared mechanisms of pathogenesis between disorders. In hypothesis-free exploration of comorbid conditions, disease-disease networks are usually identified by pairwise methods. However, interpretation of the results is hindered by several confounders. In particular a very large number of pairwise associations can arise indirectly through other comorbidity associations and they increase exponentially with the increasing breadth of the investigated diseases...
June 23, 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644546/-18-f-fluoromisonidazole-uptake-in-advanced-stage-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-a-voxel-by-voxel-pet-kinetics-study
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Daniel R McGowan, Ruth E Macpherson, Sara L Hackett, Dan Liu, Fergus V Gleeson, W Gillies McKenna, Geoff S Higgins, John D Fenwick
PURPOSE: To determine the relative abilities of compartment models to describe time-courses of 18F-fluoromisonidazole (FMISO) uptake in tumor voxels of patients with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) imaged using dynamic positron emission tomography. Also to use fits of the best-performing model to investigate changes in fitted rate-constants with distance from the tumor edge. METHODS: Reversible and irreversible two- and three-tissue compartment models were fitted to 24,662 individual voxel time activity curves (TACs) obtained from tumors in 9 patients, each imaged twice...
June 23, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644419/context-relevant-prediction-model-for-copd-domain-using-bayesian-belief-network
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Hamid Mcheick, Lokman Saleh, Hicham Ajami, Hafedh Mili
In the last three decades, researchers have examined extensively how context-aware systems can assist people, specifically those suffering from incurable diseases, to help them cope with their medical illness. Over the years, a huge number of studies on Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) have been published. However, how to derive relevant attributes and early detection of COPD exacerbations remains a challenge. In this research work, we will use an efficient algorithm to select relevant attributes where there is no proper approach in this domain...
June 23, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643630/molecular-phylogeny-of-42-species-of-culicoides-diptera-ceratopogonidae-from-three-continents
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Denis Augot, Bruno Mathieu, Leila Hadj-Henni, Véronique Barriel, Sonia Zapata Mena, Sylvia Smolis, Darine Slama, Fano José Randrianambinintsoa, Gabriel Trueba, Matthieu Kaltenbach, Nil Rahola, Jérôme Depaquit
The genus Culicoides includes vectors of important animal diseases such as bluetongue and Schmallenberg virus (BTV and SBV). This genus includes 1300 species classified in 32 subgenera and 38 unclassified species. However, the phylogenetic relationships between different subgenera of Culicoides have never been studied. Phylogenetic analyses of 42 species belonging to 12 subgenera and 8 ungrouped species of genus Culicoides from Ecuador, France, Gabon, Madagascar and Tunisia were carried out using two molecular markers (28S rDNA D1 and D2 domains and COI mtDNA)...
2017: Parasite: Journal de la Société Française de Parasitologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643091/sylvatic-plague-vaccine-partially-protects-prairie-dogs-cynomys-spp-in-field-trials
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Tonie E Rocke, Daniel W Tripp, Robin E Russell, Rachel C Abbott, Katherine L D Richgels, Marc R Matchett, Dean E Biggins, Randall Griebel, Greg Schroeder, Shaun M Grassel, David R Pipkin, Jennifer Cordova, Adam Kavalunas, Brian Maxfield, Jesse Boulerice, Michael W Miller
Sylvatic plague, caused by Yersinia pestis, frequently afflicts prairie dogs (Cynomys spp.), causing population declines and local extirpations. We tested the effectiveness of bait-delivered sylvatic plague vaccine (SPV) in prairie dog colonies on 29 paired placebo and treatment plots (1-59 ha in size; average 16.9 ha) in 7 western states from 2013 to 2015. We compared relative abundance (using catch per unit effort (CPUE) as an index) and apparent survival of prairie dogs on 26 of the 29 paired plots, 12 with confirmed or suspected plague (Y...
June 22, 2017: EcoHealth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642595/3d-bayesian-cluster-analysis-of-super-resolution-data-reveals-lat-recruitment-to-the-t-cell-synapse
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Juliette Griffié, Leigh Shlomovich, David J Williamson, Michael Shannon, Jesse Aaron, Satya Khuon, Garth L Burn, Lies Boelen, Ruby Peters, Andrew P Cope, Edward A K Cohen, Patrick Rubin-Delanchy, Dylan M Owen
Single-molecule localisation microscopy (SMLM) allows the localisation of fluorophores with a precision of 10-30 nm, revealing the cell's nanoscale architecture at the molecular level. Recently, SMLM has been extended to 3D, providing a unique insight into cellular machinery. Although cluster analysis techniques have been developed for 2D SMLM data sets, few have been applied to 3D. This lack of quantification tools can be explained by the relative novelty of imaging techniques such as interferometric photo-activated localisation microscopy (iPALM)...
June 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642492/segregation-of-glutamatergic-and-cholinergic-transmission-at-the-mixed-motoneuron-renshaw-cell-synapse
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Boris Lamotte d'Incamps, Gardave S Bhumbra, Joshua D Foster, Marco Beato, Philippe Ascher
In neonatal mice motoneurons excite Renshaw cells by releasing both acetylcholine (ACh) and glutamate. These two neurotransmitters activate two types of nicotinic receptors (nAChRs) (the homomeric α7 receptors and the heteromeric α*ß* receptors) as well as the two types of glutamate receptors (GluRs) (AMPARs and NMDARs). Using paired recordings, we confirm that a single motoneuron can release both transmitters on a single post-synaptic Renshaw cell. We then show that co-transmission is preserved in adult animals...
June 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642469/tracing-the-epidemic-history-of-hiv-1-crf01_ae-clusters-using-near-complete-genome-sequences
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Xingguang Li, Haizhou Liu, Lu Liu, Yi Feng, Marcia L Kalish, Simon Y W Ho, Yiming Shao
Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) has a number of circulating recombinant forms that are the product of recombination between different HIV subtypes. The first circulating recombinant form of HIV-1 to be identified was CRF01_AE, which originated in Central Africa and is now most prevalent in Southeast and East Asia. In this study, we investigated the timescale, evolutionary history, and population genetics of the HIV-1 CRF01_AE strains primarily responsible for the epidemic in Asia. A further aim of our study was to define and standardize the nomenclature and provide well-characterized reference sequences for the phylogenetic transmission clusters of CRF01_AE...
June 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642015/convergent-and-unidirectional-evolution-of-extremely-long-aedeagi-in-the-largest-feather-mite-genus-proctophyllodes-acari-proctophyllodidae-evidence-from-comparative-molecular-and-morphological-phylogenetics
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Pavel B Klimov, Sergey V Mironov, Barry M OConnor
Proctophyllodid feather mites (400+ species) are permanent (full-time) symbionts commonly occurring on passerine birds. Phenotypic evolution of these mites appears to be greatly influenced by characters related to reproduction (>87.5% of a total of 32 taxonomically important discrete characters) and male genitalic characters (21.9%). Because sexual selection could the major evolutionary driver in this system, we test the theoretical expectation that genitalic or sexually dimorphic characters should evolve more rapidly and divergently then other characters...
June 19, 2017: Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641476/direct-medical-costs-of-accidental-falls-for-adults-with-transfemoral-amputations
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Benjamin Mundell, Hilal Maradit Kremers, Sue Visscher, Kurtis Hoppe, Kenton Kaufman
BACKGROUND: Active individuals with transfemoral amputations are provided a microprocessor-controlled knee with the belief that the prosthesis reduces their risk of falling. However, these prostheses are expensive and the cost-effectiveness is unknown with regard to falls in the transfemoral amputation population. The direct medical costs of falls in adults with transfemoral amputations need to be determined in order to assess the incremental costs and benefits of microprocessor-controlled prosthetic knees...
June 1, 2017: Prosthetics and Orthotics International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641252/an-embedded-marked-point-process-framework-for-three-level-object-population-analysis
#16
Csaba Benedek
In this paper we introduce a probabilistic approach for extracting complex hierarchical object structures from digital images used by various vision applications. The proposed framework extends conventional Marked Point Process (MPP) models by (i) admitting object-subobject ensembles in parent-child relationships and (ii) allowing corresponding objects to form coherent object groups, by a Bayesian segmentation of the population. Different from earlier, highly domain specific attempts on MPP generalization, the proposed model is defined at an abstract level, providing clear interfaces for applications in various domains...
June 15, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Image Processing: a Publication of the IEEE Signal Processing Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640908/evaluating-diagnostic-tests-for-bovine-tuberculosis-in-the-southern-part-of-germany-a-latent-class-analysis
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Valerie-Beau Pucken, Gabriela Knubben-Schweizer, Dörte Döpfer, Andreas Groll, Angela Hafner-Marx, Stefan Hörmansdorfer, Carola Sauter-Louis, Reinhard K Straubinger, Pia Zimmermann, Sonja Hartnack
Germany has been officially free of bovine tuberculosis since 1996. However, in the last years there has been an increase of bovine tuberculosis cases, particularly in the southern part of Germany, in the Allgäu region. As a consequence a one-time tuberculosis surveillance program was revisited with different premortal and postmortal tests. The aim of this paper was to estimate diagnostic sensitivities and specificities of the different tests used within this surveillance program. In the absence of a perfect test with 100% sensitivity and 100% specificity, thus in the absence of a gold standard, a Bayesian latent class approach with two different datasets was performed...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639329/estimating-abundance-without-recaptures-of-marked-pallid-sturgeon-in-the-mississippi-river
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Nicholas A Friedenberg, Jan J Hoover, Krista Boysen, K Jack Killgore
Abundance estimates are essential for estimating the viability of populations and the risks posed by alternative management actions. An effort to estimate abundance via a repeated mark-recapture experiment may fail to recapture marked individuals. We present a framework for obtaining lower bounds on abundance in the absence of recaptures for both panmictic and spatially-structured populations. We applied this nil-recapture method to data from a 12-year survey of pallid sturgeon (Scaphirhynchus albus) in the lower and middle Mississippi River; none of the 241 individuals marked were recaptured in the survey...
June 22, 2017: Conservation Biology: the Journal of the Society for Conservation Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638387/predicting-flowering-behavior-and-exploring-its-genetic-determinism-in-an-apple-multi-family-population-based-on-statistical-indices-and-simplified-phenotyping
#19
Jean-Baptiste Durand, Alix Allard, Baptiste Guitton, Eric van de Weg, Marco C A M Bink, Evelyne Costes
Irregular flowering over years is commonly observed in fruit trees. The early prediction of tree behavior is highly desirable in breeding programmes. This study aims at performing such predictions, combining simplified phenotyping and statistics methods. Sequences of vegetative vs. floral annual shoots (AS) were observed along axes in trees belonging to five apple related full-sib families. Sequences were analyzed using Markovian and linear mixed models including year and site effects. Indices of flowering irregularity, periodicity and synchronicity were estimated, at tree and axis scales...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637916/model-based-analysis-of-an-outbreak-of-bubonic-plague-in-cairo-in-1801
#20
Xavier Didelot, Lilith K Whittles, Ian Hall
Bubonic plague has caused three deadly pandemics in human history: from the mid-sixth to mid-eighth century, from the mid-fourteenth to the mid-eighteenth century and from the end of the nineteenth until the mid-twentieth century. Between the second and the third pandemics, plague was causing sporadic outbreaks in only a few countries in the Middle East, including Egypt. Little is known about this historical phase of plague, even though it represents the temporal, geographical and phylogenetic transition between the second and third pandemics...
June 2017: Journal of the Royal Society, Interface
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