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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731905/validation-of-the-prognostic-kidney-donor-risk-index-kdri-scoring-system-of-deceased-donors-for-renal-transplantation-in-the-netherlands
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Hessel Peters-Sengers, Martin B A Heemskerk, Ronald B Geskus, Jesper Kers, Jaap J Homan van der Heide, Stefan P Berger, Frederike J Bemelman
BACKGROUND: The prognostic Kidney Donor Risk Index (KDRI)-developed and internally validated in the US-is a widely-used tool to predict transplant outcome of a deceased donor kidney. The KDRI is currently used for longevity matching between donors and recipients in the US. METHODS: We aimed to externally validate the KDRI as proposed by Rao et al, (2009) containing 10 donor factors (KDRIdonor-only) and 1 with 4 additional transplant factors (KDRIfull), with stratification on recipient age and diabetes...
July 21, 2017: Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731430/neuroimaging-feature-terminology-a-controlled-terminology-for-the-annotation-of-brain-imaging-features
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Anandhi Iyappan, Erfan Younesi, Alberto Redolfi, Henri Vrooman, Shashank Khanna, Giovanni B Frisoni, Martin Hofmann-Apitius
Ontologies and terminologies are used for interoperability of knowledge and data in a standard manner among interdisciplinary research groups. Existing imaging ontologies capture general aspects of the imaging domain as a whole such as methodological concepts or calibrations of imaging instruments. However, none of the existing ontologies covers the diagnostic features measured by imaging technologies in the context of neurodegenerative diseases. Therefore, the Neuro-Imaging Feature Terminology (NIFT) was developed to organize the knowledge domain of measured brain features in association with neurodegenerative diseases by imaging technologies...
July 18, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731382/external-validation-and-clinical-utility-of-a-prediction-model-for-6-month-mortality-in-patients-undergoing-hemodialysis-for-end-stage-kidney-disease
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Brian Forzley, Lee Er, Helen Hl Chiu, Ognjenka Djurdjev, Dan Martinusen, Rachel C Carson, Gaylene Hargrove, Adeera Levin, Mohamud Karim
BACKGROUND: End-stage kidney disease is associated with poor prognosis. Health care professionals must be prepared to address end-of-life issues and identify those at high risk for dying. A 6-month mortality prediction model for patients on dialysis derived in the United States is used but has not been externally validated. AIM: We aimed to assess the external validity and clinical utility in an independent cohort in Canada. DESIGN: We examined the performance of the published 6-month mortality prediction model, using discrimination, calibration, and decision curve analyses...
July 1, 2017: Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731349/improved-metrological-traceability-of-particle-size-values-measured-with-line-start-incremental-centrifugal-liquid-sedimentation
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Vikram Kestens, Victoria A Coleman, Pieter-Jan De Temmerman, Caterina Minelli, Holger Woehlecke, Gert Roebben
Line-start incremental centrifugal liquid sedimentation (disc-CLS) is a powerful method to determine particle size. It is based on Stokes' law and on the measurement of particle sedimentation rate through a liquid with a density gradient. Because several of the input quantities of the Stokes' equation cannot be easily determined for this case of a rotating disc, the usual disc-CLS approach relies on calibrating the sedimentation time scale with commercially available PVC reference particles. To use these calibrant particles for establishing metrological traceability, they must fulfil the same requirements as those imposed on a certified reference material, i...
July 21, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731212/cross-validation-of-commercial-enzyme-linked-immunosorbent-assay-and-radioimmunoassay-for-porcine-c-peptide-concentration-measurements-in-non-human-primate-serum
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Sarah C Gresch, Lucas A Mutch, Jody L Janecek, Rebecca L Hegstad-Davies, Melanie L Graham
BACKGROUND: C-peptide concentration is widely used as a marker of insulin secretion and is especially relevant in evaluating islet graft function following transplantation, because its measurement is not confounded by the presence of exogenous insulin. To address the shortage of human islet donors, the use of porcine islets has been proposed as a possible solution and the stringent pig-to-non-human primate (NHP) model is often the most relevant for pre-clinical evaluation of the potential for diabetes reversal resulting from an islet xenograft...
July 21, 2017: Xenotransplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730980/validation-of-spectrophotometric-methods-for-the-determination-of-total-polyphenol-and-total-flavonoid-content
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Petra Matić, Marija Sabljić, Lidija Jakobek
The aim of this study was to validate spectrophotometric methods for the measurement of total polyphenol (TP;via the Folin–Ciocalteu method) and total flavonoid (TF) content [via the aluminum chloride (AlCl₃) method]. Validation parameters of these methods were determined, including linearity, sensitivity, precision (intra-assay and intermediate), accuracy, LOD, and LOQ. For the validation process, groups of polyphenol standards were used, including phenolic acids (gallic, p-coumaric, caffeic, and chlorogenic acids), flavan-3-ols [(+)-catechin and procyanidins B1 and B2], flavonols (quercetin and quercetin-3-rutinoside), and dihydrochalcones (phloretin and phloretin-2-glucoside)...
July 20, 2017: Journal of AOAC International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730700/relating-switching-rates-between-normal-and-persister-cells-to-substrate-and-antibiotic-concentrations-a-mathematical-modelling-approach-supported-by-experiments
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Gabriel Carvalho, Cyril Guilhen, Damien Balestrino, Christiane Forestier, Jean-Denis Mathias
We developed and compared two mathematical models of variable phenotypic switching rates between normal and persister cells that depend on substrate concentration and antibiotic presence. They could be used to simulate the formation of persisters in environments with concentration gradients such as biofilms. Our models are extensions of a previous model of the dynamics of normal and persistent cell populations developed by Balaban et al. (2004, Science 305: 1622). We calibrated the models' parameters with experimental killing curves obtained after ciprofloxacin treatment of samples regularly harvested from planktonic batch cultures of Klebsiella pneumoniae...
July 21, 2017: Microbial Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730481/label-free-phosphoproteomic-approach-for-kinase-signaling-analysis
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Edmund Wilkes, Pedro R Cutillas
Phosphoproteomics is a powerful platform for the unbiased profiling of kinase-driven signaling pathways. Quantitation of phosphorylation can be performed by means of either labeling or label-free mass spectrometry (MS) methods. Because of their simplicity and universality, label-free methodology is gaining acceptance and popularity in molecular biology research. Analytical workflows for label-free quantification of phosphorylation, however, need to overcome several hurdles for the technique to be accurate and precise...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730312/hydrophilic-interaction-liquid-chromatography-tandem-mass-spectrometry-for-quantitation-of-paralytic-shellfish-toxins-validation-and-application-to-reference-materials
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Krista M Thomas, Daniel G Beach, Kelley L Reeves, Ryan S Gibbs, Elliott S Kerrin, Pearse McCarron, Michael A Quilliam
Paralytic shellfish toxins (PSTs) are potent neurotoxins produced by marine dinoflagellates that are responsible for paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP) in humans. This work highlights our ongoing efforts to develop quantitative methods for PSTs using hydrophilic interaction liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (HILIC-MS/MS). Compared with the commonly used method of liquid chromatography with post-column oxidation and fluorescence detection (LC-ox-FLD), HILIC-MS/MS has the potential of being more robust, sensitive and straightforward to operate, and provides unequivocal confirmation of toxin identity...
July 20, 2017: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730267/phantom-based-standardization-of-ct-angiography-images-for-spot-sign-detection
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Andrea Morotti, Javier M Romero, Michael J Jessel, Andrew M Hernandez, Anastasia Vashkevich, Kristin Schwab, Joseph D Burns, Qaisar A Shah, Thomas A Bergman, M Fareed K Suri, Mustapha Ezzeddine, Jawad F Kirmani, Sachin Agarwal, Angela Hays Shapshak, Steven R Messe, Chitra Venkatasubramanian, Katherine Palmieri, Christopher Lewandowski, Tiffany R Chang, Ira Chang, David Z Rose, Wade Smith, Chung Y Hsu, Chun-Lin Liu, Li-Ming Lien, Chen-Yu Hsiao, Toru Iwama, Mohammad Rauf Afzal, Christy Cassarly, Steven M Greenberg, Renee' Hebert Martin, Adnan I Qureshi, Jonathan Rosand, John M Boone, Joshua N Goldstein
PURPOSE: The CT angiography (CTA) spot sign is a strong predictor of hematoma expansion in intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH). However, CTA parameters vary widely across centers and may negatively impact spot sign accuracy in predicting ICH expansion. We developed a CT iodine calibration phantom that was scanned at different institutions in a large multicenter ICH clinical trial to determine the effect of image standardization on spot sign detection and performance. METHODS: A custom phantom containing known concentrations of iodine was designed and scanned using the stroke CT protocol at each institution...
July 20, 2017: Neuroradiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729949/modeling-the-effect-of-blunt-impact-on-mitochondrial-function-in-cartilage-implications-for-development-of-osteoarthritis
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Georgi I Kapitanov, Bruce P Ayati, James A Martin
OBJECTIVE: Osteoarthritis (OA) is a disease characterized by degeneration of joint cartilage. It is associated with pain and disability and is the result of either age and activity related joint wear or an injury. Non-invasive treatment options are scarce and prevention and early intervention methods are practically non-existent. The modeling effort presented in this article is constructed based on an emerging biological hypothesis-post-impact oxidative stress leads to cartilage cell apoptosis and hence the degeneration observed with the disease...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729688/improved-genome-recovery-and-integrated-cell-size-analyses-of-individual-uncultured-microbial-cells-and-viral-particles
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Ramunas Stepanauskas, Elizabeth A Fergusson, Joseph Brown, Nicole J Poulton, Ben Tupper, Jessica M Labonté, Eric D Becraft, Julia M Brown, Maria G Pachiadaki, Tadas Povilaitis, Brian P Thompson, Corianna J Mascena, Wendy K Bellows, Arvydas Lubys
Microbial single-cell genomics can be used to provide insights into the metabolic potential, interactions, and evolution of uncultured microorganisms. Here we present WGA-X, a method based on multiple displacement amplification of DNA that utilizes a thermostable mutant of the phi29 polymerase. WGA-X enhances genome recovery from individual microbial cells and viral particles while maintaining ease of use and scalability. The greatest improvements are observed when amplifying high G+C content templates, such as those belonging to the predominant bacteria in agricultural soils...
July 20, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729645/nano-antenna-enhanced-two-focus-fluorescence-correlation-spectroscopy
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Lutz Langguth, Agata Szuba, Sander A Mann, Erik C Garnett, Gijsje H Koenderink, A Femius Koenderink
We propose two-focus fluorescence correlation spectroscopy (2fFCS) on basis of plasmonic nanoantennas that provide distinct hot spots that are individually addressable through polarization, yet lie within a single diffraction limited microscope focus. The importance of two-focus FCS is that a calibrated distance between foci provides an intrinsic calibration to derive diffusion constants from measured correlation times. Through electromagnetic modelling we analyze a geometry of perpendicular nanorods, and their inverse, i...
July 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729251/inclusion-of-a-genetic-risk-score-into-a-validated-risk-prediction-model-for-colorectal-cancer-in-japanese-men-improves-performance
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Motoki Iwasaki, Sachiko Tanaka-Mizuno, Aya Kuchiba, Taiki Yamaji, Norie Sawada, Atsushi Goto, Taichi Shimazu, Shizuka Sasazuki, Hansong Wang, Loic Le Marchand, Shoichiro Tsugane
We previously developed and validated a risk prediction model for colorectal cancer in Japanese men using modifiable risk factors. To further improve risk prediction, we evaluated the degree of improvement obtained by adding a genetic risk score (GRS) using genome-wide association study (GWAS)-identified risk variants to our validated model. We examined the association between 36 risk variants identified by GWAS and colorectal cancer risk using a weighted Cox proportional hazard model in a nested case-control study within the Japan Public Health Center-based Prospective Study...
July 20, 2017: Cancer Prevention Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729179/global-regression-model-for-moisture-content-determination-using-near-infrared-spectroscopy
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Matthieu Clavaud, Yves Roggo, Klara Degardin, Pierre-Yves Sacré, Philippe Hubert, Eric Ziemons
Near-infrared (NIR) global quantitative models were evaluated for the moisture content (MC) determination of three different freeze-dried drug products. The quantitative models were based on 3822 spectra measured on two identical spectrometers to include variability. The MC, measured with the reference Karl Fischer (KF) method, were ranged from 0.05% to 4.96%. Linear and non-linear regression models using Partial Least Square (PLS), Decision Tree (DT), Bayesian Ridge Regression (Bayes-RR), K-Nearest Neighbors (KNN), and Support Vector Regression (SVR) algorithms were created and evaluated...
July 17, 2017: European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729018/sustained-reduction-in-vaccine-type-invasive-pneumococcal-disease-despite-waning-effects-of-a-catch-up-campaign-in-kilifi-kenya-a-mathematical-model-based-on-pre-vaccination-data
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John Ojal, Stefan Flasche, Laura L Hammitt, Donald Akech, Moses C Kiti, Tatu Kamau, Ifedayo Adetifa, Markku Nurhonen, J Anthony G Scott, Kari Auranen
BACKGROUND: In 2011, Kenya introduced the 10-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine together with a catch-up campaign for children aged <5years in Kilifi County. In a post-vaccination surveillance study based in Kilifi, there was a substantial decline in invasive pneumococcal disease (IPD). However, given the continued circulation of the vaccine serotypes it is possible that vaccine-serotype disease may re-emerge once the effects of the catch-up campaign wear off. METHODS: We developed a compartmental, age-structured dynamic model of pneumococcal carriage and invasive disease for three serotype groups: the 10-valent vaccine serotypes and two groups of non-vaccine serotypes based on their susceptibility to mutual competition...
July 17, 2017: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728863/a-mechanistic-force-model-for-simulating-haptics-of-hand-held-bone-burring-operations
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Avinash Danda, Mathew A Kuttolamadom, Bruce L Tai
This paper presents a mechanistic model to predict the forces experienced during bone burring with application to haptic feedback for virtual reality surgical simulations. Bone burring is a hand-held operation where the force perceived by the surgeon depends on the cutting tool orientation and motion. The model of this study adapted the concept of specific cutting energy and material removal rate based on machining theory to calculate force distribution on the spherical tool surface in a three-dimensional setting...
July 17, 2017: Medical Engineering & Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728568/transarterial-chemoembolization-combined-with-recombinant-human-adenovirus-type%C3%A2-5-h101-prolongs-overall-survival-of-patients-with-intermediate-to-advanced-hepatocellular-carcinoma-a-prognostic-nomogram-study
#18
Chao-Bin He, Xiang-Ming Lao, Xiao-Jun Lin
BACKGROUND: Patients with intermediate to advanced hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) are most commonly treated with transarterial chemoembolization (TACE). Previous studies showed that TACE combined with recombinant human adenovirus type 5 (H101) may provide a clinical survival benefit. In the present study, we aimed to determine the survival benefit of TACE with or without H101 for patients with intermediate to advanced HCC and to develop an effective nomogram for predicting individual survival outcomes of these patients...
July 20, 2017: Chinese Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728168/lung-cancer-prognostic-index-a-risk-score-to-predict-overall-survival-after-the-diagnosis-of-non-small-cell-lung-cancer
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Marliese Alexander, Rory Wolfe, David Ball, Matthew Conron, Robert G Stirling, Benjamin Solomon, Michael MacManus, Ann Officer, Sameer Karnam, Kate Burbury, Sue M Evans
INTRODUCTION: Non-small-cell lung cancer outcomes are poor but heterogeneous, even within stage groups. To improve prognostic precision we aimed to develop and validate a simple prognostic model using patient and disease variables. METHODS: Prospective registry and study data were analysed using Cox proportional hazards regression to derive a prognostic model (hospital 1, n=695), which was subsequently tested (Harrell's c-statistic for discrimination and Cox-Snell residuals for calibration) in two independent validation cohorts (hospital 2, n=479 and hospital 3, n=284)...
July 20, 2017: British Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728001/modeling-the-effect-of-temperature-control-curtain-on-the-thermal-structure-in-a-deep-stratified-reservoir
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Wei He, Jijian Lian, Ye Yao, Mudan Wu, Chao Ma
Temperature-control curtain (TCC) is an effective facility of selective withdrawal. Previous research has estimated the influence of TCC on the outflow temperature, but its effect on the thermal structure of a reservoir area is unknown, which is crucial to the reservoir ecology. For this purpose, taking the Sanbanxi Reservoir as a case study, a 2-D hydrodynamic and temperature model covering the whole reservoir was built and calibrated to simulate the flow and temperature fields under different TCC scenarios, and the change rules of thermal stability and outflow temperature are obtained...
July 17, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
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