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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095403/a-likelihood-approach-for-real-time-calibration-of-stochastic-compartmental-epidemic-models
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Christoph Zimmer, Reza Yaesoubi, Ted Cohen
Stochastic transmission dynamic models are especially useful for studying the early emergence of novel pathogens given the importance of chance events when the number of infectious individuals is small. However, methods for parameter estimation and prediction for these types of stochastic models remain limited. In this manuscript, we describe a calibration and prediction framework for stochastic compartmental transmission models of epidemics. The proposed method, Multiple Shooting for Stochastic systems (MSS), applies a linear noise approximation to describe the size of the fluctuations, and uses each new surveillance observation to update the belief about the true epidemic state...
January 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093717/16-novel-mutations-in-pnpla1-in-patients-with-autosomal-recessive-congenital-ichthyosis-reveal-the-importance-of-an-extended-patatin-domain-in-pnpla1-that-is-essential-for-proper-human-skin-barrier-function
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A D Zimmer, G J Kim, A Hotz, E Bourrat, I Hausser, C Has, V Oji, K Stieler, A Vahlquist, V Kunde, B Weber, F P W Radner, S Leclerc-Mercier, N Schlipf, P Demmer, J Küsel, J Fischer
BACKGROUND: Autosomal recessive congenital ichthyosis (ARCI) is a genetically heterogeneous group of rare Mendelian skin disorders characterized by cornification and differentiation defects of keratinocytes. Mutations in nine genes including PNPLA1 are known to cause non-syndromic forms of ARCI. To date, only ten distinct pathogenic mutations in PNPLA1 have been reported. OBJECTIVES: To identify new causative PNPLA1 mutations, we screened genetically unresolved cases including our ARCI collection comprising more than 700 families...
January 17, 2017: British Journal of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088316/individual-female-differences-in-chemoattractant-production-change-the-scale-of-sea-urchin-gamete-interactions
#3
Yasmeen H Hussain, Martin Sadilek, Shukri Salad, Richard K Zimmer, Jeffrey A Riffell
Sperm selection by females is an important process influencing fertilization and, particularly in broadcast-spawning organisms, often occurs before sperm reach the egg. Waterborne sperm chemoattractants are one mechanism by which eggs selectively influence conspecific sperm behavior, but it remains an open question whether the eggs from different females produce different amounts of sperm chemoattractant, and how that might influence sperm behavior. Here, we quantify the differences in attractant production between females of the sea urchin species Lytechinus pictus and use computational models and microfluidic sperm chemotaxis assays to determine how differences in chemoattractant production between females affects their ability to attract sperm...
January 11, 2017: Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076309/activation-of-the-tryptophan-serotonin-pathway-is-associated-with-severity-and-predicts-outcomes-in-pneumonia-results-of-a-long-term-cohort-study
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Marc A Meier, Manuel Ottiger, Alaadin Vögeli, Christian Steuer, Luca Bernasconi, Robert Thomann, Mirjam Christ-Crain, Christoph Henzen, Claus Hoess, Werner Zimmerli, Andreas Huber, Beat Mueller, Philipp Schuetz
BACKGROUND: As part of the immune defense during infection, an increase in enzyme activity of indoleamine 2,3-dioxygenase (IDO) leads to a breakdown of tryptophan to kynurenine. In previous animal studies, therapeutic antagonism of IDO resulted in reduced sepsis mortality. We investigated the prognostic ability of tryptophan, serotonin, kynurenine and IDO (represented by the ratio of kynurenine/tryptophan) to predict adverse clinical outcomes in patients with community-acquired pneumonia (CAP)...
January 11, 2017: Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine: CCLM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28075197/validation-of-an-established-prognostic-score-after-re-irradiation-of-recurrent-glioma
#5
Kerstin A Kessel, Josefine Hesse, Christoph Straube, Claus Zimmer, Friederike Schmidt-Graf, Jürgen Schlegel, Bernhard Meyer, Stephanie E Combs
BACKGROUND: Re-irradiation (Re-RT) is offered widely in clinical routine, and has been established as a key element in the treatment of recurrent gliomas. At our center, generally re-resection is performed widely by an experienced neurosurgical team. Thus, Re-RT mostly offered to patients with macroscopic residuals or irresectable lesions, is applied later compared to other centers. Therefore, we sought to validate the Combs Prognostic Score developed in 2012 using our independent patient cohort...
January 11, 2017: Acta Oncologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074489/a-novel-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-inhibitor-edasalonexent-cat-1004-in-development-as-a-disease-modifying-treatment-for-patients-with-duchenne-muscular-dystrophy-phase-1-safety-pharmacokinetics-and-pharmacodynamics-in-adult-subjects
#6
Joanne M Donovan, Michael Zimmer, Elliot Offman, Toni Grant, Michael Jirousek
In Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), NF-κB is activated in skeletal muscle from infancy regardless of the underlying dystrophin mutation and drives inflammation and muscle degeneration while inhibiting muscle regeneration. Edasalonexent (CAT-1004) is a bifunctional orally administered small molecule that covalently links 2 compounds known to inhibit NF-κB, salicylic acid and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). Edasalonexent is designed to inhibit activated NF-κB upon intracellular cleavage to these bioactive components...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072898/three-year-results-with-a-ringless-third-generation-porous-plasma-sprayed-acetabular-component-in-primary-total-hip-arthroplasty
#7
Keith R Berend, Joanne B Adams, Michael J Morris, Adolph V Lombardi
INTRODUCTION: We previously reported promising early results in patients undergoing primary total hip arthroplasty (THA) with a third-generation cementless acetabular system that has a porous plasma-sprayed coating on a titanium alloy substrate shell, a ringless barb and groove locking mechanism, and a vitamin E-infused highly crosslinked polyethylene insert. The purpose of this study was to examine the outcomes and need for revision in a subset of patients previously reviewed who now have potential for three-year follow-up...
January 10, 2017: Surgical Technology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28049425/the-variability-of-motor-evoked-potential-latencies-in-neurosurgical-motor-mapping-by-preoperative-navigated-transcranial-magnetic-stimulation
#8
Nico Sollmann, Lucia Bulubas, Noriko Tanigawa, Claus Zimmer, Bernhard Meyer, Sandro M Krieg
BACKGROUND: Recording of motor evoked potentials (MEPs) is used during navigated transcranial magnetic stimulation (nTMS) motor mapping to locate motor function in the human brain. However, factors potentially underlying MEP latency variability in neurosurgical motor mapping are vastly unknown. In the context of this study, one hundred brain tumor patients underwent preoperative nTMS-based motor mapping of the tumor hemisphere between 2010 and 2013. Fourteen predefined predictor variables were recorded, and MEP latencies of abductor pollicis brevis muscle (APB), abductor digiti minimi muscle (ADM), and flexor carpi radialis muscle (FCR) were analyzed using linear mixed-effect multiple regression analysis with the forward step-wise model comparison approach...
January 3, 2017: BMC Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28048962/chemical-ecology-of-wave-swept-shores-the-primacy-of-contact-cues-in-predation-by-whelks
#9
Graham A Ferrier, Cheryl Ann Zimmer, Richard K Zimmer
Wave-swept shores are valuable for developing and testing key ecological principles. A synthesis of research is nonetheless missing a critical component: the chemosensory basis for behavioral interactions that determine population- and community-wide attributes. Chemical signaling environments on wave-swept shores, given their intense, turbulent mixing and complex topographies, would be difficult or impossible to simulate in a laboratory setting. For this reason, appropriately scaled field studies are needed to advance understanding of chemical stimuli and their biotic effects...
December 2016: Biological Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28046033/chronic-pain-how-challenging-are-ddis-in-the-analgesic-treatment-of-inpatients-with-multiple-chronic-conditions
#10
Klarissa Siebenhuener, Emmanuel Eschmann, Alexander Kienast, Dominik Schneider, Christoph E Minder, Reinhard Saller, Lukas Zimmerli, Jürg Blaser, Edouard Battegay, Barbara M Holzer
BACKGROUND: Chronic pain is common in multimorbid patients. However, little is known about the implications of chronic pain and analgesic treatment on multimorbid patients. This study aimed to assess chronic pain therapy with regard to the interaction potential in a sample of inpatients with multiple chronic conditions. METHODS AND FINDINGS: We conducted a retrospective study with all multimorbid inpatients aged ≥18 years admitted to the Department of Internal Medicine of University Hospital Zurich in 2011 (n = 1,039 patients)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28045500/transport-in-a-single-self-doped-nanocrystal
#11
Hongyue Wang, Emmanuel Lhuillier, Qian Yu, Alexandre Zimmers, Benoit Dubertret, Christian Ulysse, Herve Aubin
Addressing the optical properties of a single nanoparticle in the infrared is particularly challenging, thus alternative methods for characterizing the conductance spectrum of nanoparticles in this spectral range need to be developed. Here we describe an efficient method of fabricating single nanoparticle tunnel junctions on a chip circuit. We apply this method to narrow band gap nanoparticles of HgSe, which band structure combine the inverted character of the bulk semimetal with quantum confinement and self-doping...
January 3, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28043163/assessing-adherence-to-multiple-medications-and-in-daily-life%C3%A2-among-patients-with-multimorbidity
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Jennifer Inauen, Walter Bierbauer, Janina Lüscher, Claudia König, Robert Tobias, Andreas Ihle, Lukas Zimmerli, Barbara M Holzer, Edouard Battegay, Klarissa Siebenhüner, Matthias Kliegel, Urte Scholz
OBJECTIVE: Chronic conditions often require multiple medication intake. However, past research has focused on assessing overall adherence or adherence to a single index medication only. This study explored adherence measures for multiple medication intake, and in daily life, among patients with multiple chronic conditions (i.e. multimorbidity). DESIGN: Eighty-four patients with multimorbidity and multiple-medication regimens completed three monthly panel questionnaires...
January 2, 2017: Psychology & Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28040541/cognitive-emotion-regulation-modulates-the-balance-of-competing-influences-on-ventral-striatal-aversive-prediction-error-signals
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Satja Mulej Bratec, Xiyao Xie, Yijun Wang, Leonhard Schilbach, Claus Zimmer, Afra M Wohlschläger, Valentin Riedl, Christian Sorg
Cognitive emotion regulation (CER) is a critical human ability to face aversive emotional stimuli in a flexible way, via recruitment of specific prefrontal brain circuits. Animal research reveals a central role of ventral striatum in emotional behavior, for both aversive conditioning, with striatum signaling aversive prediction errors (aPE), and for integrating competing influences of distinct striatal inputs from regions such as the prefrontal cortex (PFC), amygdala, hippocampus and ventral tegmental area (VTA)...
December 28, 2016: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28038354/brief-report-the-role-of-three-dimensions-of-sexual-well-being-in-adolescents-life-satisfaction
#14
Graciela Espinosa-Hernández, Sara A Vasilenko, Jenna L McPherson, Estefania Gutierrez, Andrea Rodriguez
Guided by theoretical (Brooks-Gunn & Paikoff, 1997) and empirical work (Horne & Zimmer-Gembeck, 2005), this cross-sectional study examined whether sexual well-being (sexual self-acceptance, importance of mutual consent, importance of safe sex) was associated with life satisfaction among Mexican adolescents, and whether these associations were moderated by gender, age, and familism. Mexican adolescents (54% girls, 72% middle schoolers, 30% sexually active) completed surveys. Findings indicated that a greater belief in the importance of safe sex was associated with higher levels of life satisfaction...
December 27, 2016: Journal of Adolescence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28024931/a-randomized-single-blind-crossover-trial-of-recovery-time-in-high-flux-hemodialysis-and-hemodiafiltration
#15
James R Smith, Norica Zimmer, Elizabeth Bell, Bernard G Francq, Alex McConnachie, Robert Mactier
BACKGROUND: The choice between hemodiafiltration (HDF) or high-flux hemodialysis (HD) to treat end-stage kidney disease remains a matter of debate. The duration of recovery time after treatment has been associated with mortality, affects quality of life, and may therefore be important in informing patient choice. We aimed to establish whether recovery time is influenced by treatment with HDF or HD. STUDY DESIGN: Randomized patient-blinded crossover trial. SETTINGS & PARTICIPANTS: 100 patients with end-stage kidney disease were enrolled from 2 satellite dialysis units in Glasgow, United Kingdom...
December 23, 2016: American Journal of Kidney Diseases: the Official Journal of the National Kidney Foundation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28018975/disease-modifying-effects-of-orally-bioavailable-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-inhibitors-in-dystrophin-deficient-muscle
#16
David W Hammers, Margaret M Sleeper, Sean C Forbes, Cora C Coker, Michael R Jirousek, Michael Zimmer, Glenn A Walter, H Lee Sweeney
Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is a devastating muscle disease characterized by progressive muscle deterioration and replacement with an aberrant fatty, fibrous matrix. Chronic upregulation of nuclear factor κB (NF-κB) is implicated as a driver of the dystrophic pathogenesis. Herein, 2 members of a novel class of NF-κB inhibitors, edasalonexent (formerly CAT-1004) and CAT-1041, were evaluated in both mdx mouse and golden retriever muscular dystrophy (GRMD) dog models of DMD. These orally bioavailable compounds consist of a polyunsaturated fatty acid conjugated to salicylic acid and potently suppress the pathogenic NF-κB subunit p65/RelA in vitro...
December 22, 2016: JCI Insight
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28018851/functional-and-structural-connectivity-of-the-amygdala-in-obsessive-compulsive-disorder
#17
Oana Georgiana Rus, Tim Jonas Reess, Gerd Wagner, Claus Zimmer, Michael Zaudig, Kathrin Koch
BACKGROUND: The amygdala is known to be involved in anxiety processing, but its role in the psychopathology of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is still unclear. AIMS: In this MRI study we investigated potential alterations in structural and functional connectivity of the amygdala in 42 adult patients with OCD and 37 healthy subjects. METHOD: Psychophysiological interaction analysis was used to explore amygdala functional connectivity during a negative affective task...
2017: NeuroImage: Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28017413/endangered-academia-preserving-the-pediatric-surgeon-scientist
#18
Troy A Markel, Nakul P Valsangkar, Teresa M Bell, Brandon A Kiel, Teresa A Zimmers, Leonidas G Koniaris
BACKGROUND: Pediatric surgery is one of the most difficult surgical fellowships to obtain. It requires stellar academic credentials and, often, dedicated time pursuing research. It is unknown, however, if pediatric surgeons maintain high academic output as faculty members. We hypothesized that the majority of pediatric surgeons do not pursue robust research activities as faculty, and therefore, over time, their academic productivity decreases. METHODS: Numbers of publications, citations, H-index, and NIH funding rates were determined for 4354 surgical faculty at the top-55 NIH based departments of surgery using websites, Scopus, NIH RePORTER, and Grantome...
December 20, 2016: Journal of Pediatric Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28009734/the-role-of-phd-faculty-in-advancing-research-in-departments-of-surgery
#19
Teresa M Bell, Nakul Valsangkar, Mugdha Joshi, John Mayo, Casi Blanton, Teresa A Zimmers, Laura Torbeck, Leonidas G Koniaris
OBJECTIVE: To determine the academic contribution as measured by number of publications, citations, and National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding from PhD scientists in US departments of surgery. SUMMARY BACKGROUND DATA: The number of PhD faculty working in US medical school clinical departments now exceeds the number working in basic science departments. The academic impact of PhDs in surgery has not been previously evaluated. METHODS: Academic metrics for 3850 faculties at the top 55 NIH-funded university and hospital-based departments of surgery were collected using NIH RePORTER, Scopus, and departmental websites...
January 2017: Annals of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28007547/microphase-separation-in-solid-lipid-dosage-forms-as-the-cause-of-drug-release-instability
#20
Diogo Gomes Lopes, Ioannis Koutsamanis, Karin Becker, Otto Scheibelhofer, Peter Laggner, Detlev Haack, Michael Stehr, Andreas Zimmer, Sharareh Salar-Behzadi
Although lipid excipients are of increasing interest for development of taste-masked and modified release formulations, the drug release instability and the lack of mechanistic understanding in that regard still prevent their larger-scale application. In this work, we investigated the physical stability of a binary (tripalmitin/polysorbate 65) lipid coating formulation with a known stable polymorphism. The coating composition was characterized using DSC to construct the phase diagram of binary system and polarized light microscopy to display the microstructure organization...
December 19, 2016: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
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