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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934822/stent-placement-for-benign-esophageal-leaks-perforations-and-fistulae-a-clinical-prediction-rule-for-successful-leakage-control
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Emo E van Halsema, Wouter F W Kappelle, Bas L A M Weusten, Robert Lindeboom, Mark I van Berge Henegouwen, Paul Fockens, Frank P Vleggaar, Manon C W Spaander, Jeanin E van Hooft
Background and study aims Sealing esophageal leaks by stent placement allows healing in 44 % - 94 % of patients. We aimed to develop a prediction rule to predict the chance of successful stent therapy. Patients and methods In this multicenter retrospective cohort study, patients with benign upper gastrointestinal leakage treated with stent placement were included. We used logistic regression analysis including four known clinical predictors of stent therapy outcome. The model performance to predict successful stent therapy was evaluated in an independent validation sample...
September 21, 2017: Endoscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934744/association-of-serum-amyloid-a-with-kidney-outcomes-and-all-cause-mortality-in-american-indians-with-type-2-diabetes
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Pierre-Jean Saulnier, Brad P Dieter, Stephanie K Tanamas, Sterling M McPherson, Kevin M Wheelock, William C Knowler, Helen C Looker, Rick L Meek, Robert G Nelson, Katherine R Tuttle
BACKGROUND: Serum amyloid A (SAA) induces inflammation and apoptosis in kidney cells and is found to be causing the pathologic changes that are associated with diabetic kidney disease (DKD). Higher serum SAA concentrations were previously associated with increased risk of end-stage renal disease (ESRD) and death in persons with type 2 diabetes and advanced DKD. We explored the prognostic value of SAA in American Indians with type 2 diabetes without DKD or with early DKD. METHODS: SAA concentration was measured in serum samples obtained at the start of follow-up...
September 22, 2017: American Journal of Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934727/in-utero-exposure-to-select-phenols-and-phthalates-and-respiratory-health-in-five-year-old-boys-a-prospective-study
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Céline Vernet, Isabelle Pin, Lise Giorgis-Allemand, Claire Philippat, Meriem Benmerad, Joane Quentin, Antonia M Calafat, Xiaoyun Ye, Isabella Annesi-Maesano, Valérie Siroux, Rémy Slama
BACKGROUND: Phenols and phthalates may have immunomodulatory and proinflammatory effects and thereby adversely affect respiratory health. OBJECTIVE: We estimated the associations between gestational exposure to select phthalates and phenols and respiratory health in boys. METHODS: Among 587 pregnant women from the EDEN (Etude des Déterminants pré et post natals du développement et de la santé de l'Enfant) cohort who delivered a boy, 9 phenols and 11 phthalates metabolites were quantified in spot pregnancy urine samples...
September 8, 2017: Environmental Health Perspectives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934726/application-of-adverse-outcome-pathways-to-u-s-epa-s-endocrine-disruptor-screening-program
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REVIEW
Patience Browne, Pamela D Noyes, Warren M Casey, David J Dix
BACKGROUND: The U.S. EPA's Endocrine Disruptor Screening Program (EDSP) screens and tests environmental chemicals for potential effects in estrogen, androgen, and thyroid hormone pathways, and it is one of the only regulatory programs designed around chemical mode of action. OBJECTIVES: This review describes the EDSP's use of adverse outcome pathway (AOP) and toxicity pathway frameworks to organize and integrate diverse biological data for evaluating the endocrine activity of chemicals...
September 1, 2017: Environmental Health Perspectives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934693/enzyme-classification-using-multiclass-support-vector-machine-and-feature-subset-selection
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Debasmita Pradhan, Sudarsan Padhy, Biswajit Sahoo
Proteins are the macromolecules responsible for almost all biological processes in a cell. With the availability of large number of protein sequences from different sequencing projects, the challenge with the scientist is to characterize their functions. As the wet lab methods are time consuming and expensive, many computational methods such as FASTA, PSI-BLAST, DNA microarray clustering, and Nearest Neighborhood classification on protein-protein interaction network have been proposed. Support vector machine is one such method that has been used successfully for several problems such as protein fold recognition, protein structure prediction etc...
August 31, 2017: Computational Biology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934612/measuring-and-modeling-for-the-assessment-of-the-genetic-background-behind-cognitive-processes-in-donkeys
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Francisco Javier Navas, Jordi Jordana, José Manuel León, Ander Arando, Gabriela Pizarro, Amy Katherine McLean, Juan Vicente Delgado
New productive niches can offer new commercial perspectives linked to donkeys' products and human therapeutic or leisure applications. However, no assessment for selection criteria has been carried out yet. First, we assessed the animal inherent features and environmental factors that may potentially influence several cognitive processes in donkeys. Then, we aimed at describing a practical methodology to quantify such cognitive processes, seeking their inclusion in breeding and conservation programmes, through a multifactorial linear model...
September 14, 2017: Research in Veterinary Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934488/de-novo-pathway-based-biomarker-identification
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Nicolas Alcaraz, Markus List, Richa Batra, Fabio Vandin, Henrik J Ditzel, Jan Baumbach
Gene expression profiles have been extensively discussed as an aid to guide the therapy by predicting disease outcome for the patients suffering from complex diseases, such as cancer. However, prediction models built upon single-gene (SG) features show poor stability and performance on independent datasets. Attempts to mitigate these drawbacks have led to the development of network-based approaches that integrate pathway information to produce meta-gene (MG) features. Also, MG approaches have only dealt with the two-class problem of good versus poor outcome prediction...
September 19, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934487/supernalign-a-new-tool-for-flexible-superposition-of-homologous-rna-structures-and-inference-of-accurate-structure-based-sequence-alignments
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Pawel Piatkowski, Jagoda Jablonska, Adriana Zyla, Dorota Niedzialek, Dorota Matelska, Elzbieta Jankowska, Tomasz Walen, Wayne K Dawson, Janusz M Bujnicki
RNA has been found to play an ever-increasing role in a variety of biological processes. The function of most non-coding RNA molecules depends on their structure. Comparing and classifying macromolecular 3D structures is of crucial importance for structure-based function inference and it is used in the characterization of functional motifs and in structure prediction by comparative modeling. However, compared to the numerous methods for protein structure superposition, there are few tools dedicated to the superimposing of RNA 3D structures...
September 19, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934318/identification-of-lag3-high-affinity-aptamers-by-ht-selex-and-conserved-motif-accumulation-cma
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Mario Martínez Soldevilla, Sandra Hervas, Helena Villanueva, Teresa Lozano, Obdulia Rabal, Julen Oyarzabal, Juan José Lasarte, Maurizio Bendandi, Susana Inoges, Ascensión López-Díaz de Cerio, Fernando Pastor
LAG3 receptor belongs to a family of immune-checkpoints expressed in T lymphocytes and other cells of the immune system. It plays an important role as a rheostat of the immune response. Focus on this receptor as a potential therapeutic target in cancer immunotherapy has been underscored after the success of other immune-checkpoint blockade strategies in clinical trials. LAG3 showcases the interest in the field of autoimmunity as several studies show that LAG3-targeting antibodies can also be used for the treatment of autoimmune diseases...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934274/desert-soil-clay-content-estimation-using-reflectance-spectroscopy-preprocessed-by-fractional-derivative
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Jingzhe Wang, Tashpolat Tiyip, Jianli Ding, Dong Zhang, Wei Liu, Fei Wang, Nigara Tashpolat
Effective pretreatment of spectral reflectance is vital to model accuracy in soil parameter estimation. However, the classic integer derivative has some disadvantages, including spectral information loss and the introduction of high-frequency noise. In this paper, the fractional order derivative algorithm was applied to the pretreatment and partial least squares regression (PLSR) was used to assess the clay content of desert soils. Overall, 103 soil samples were collected from the Ebinur Lake basin in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region of China, and used as data sets for calibration and validation...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934237/identification-of-low-overpressure-interval-and-its-implication-to-hydrocarbon-migration-case-study-in-the-yanan-sag-of-the-qiongdongnan-basin-south-china-sea
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Qinghai Xu, Wanzhong Shi, Yuhong Xie, Zhenfeng Wang, Xusheng Li, Chuanxin Tong
The Qiongdongnan Basin is a strongly overpressured basin with the maximum pressure coefficient (the ratio of the actual pore pressure versus hydrostatic pressure at the same depth) over 2.27. However, there exists a widespread low-overpressure interval between the strong overpressure intervals in the Yanan Sag of western basin. The mechanisms of the low-overpressure interval are not well understood. Three main approaches, pore pressure test data and well-log analysis, pressure prediction based on the relationship between the deviation of the velocity and the pressure coefficients, and numerical modeling, were employed to illustrate the distribution and evolution of the low-overpressure interval...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934234/a-novel-feature-ranking-method-for-prediction-of-cancer-stages-using-proteomics-data
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Ehsan Saghapour, Saeed Kermani, Mohammadreza Sehhati
Proteomic analysis of cancers' stages has provided new opportunities for the development of novel, highly sensitive diagnostic tools which helps early detection of cancer. This paper introduces a new feature ranking approach called FRMT. FRMT is based on the Technique for Order of Preference by Similarity to Ideal Solution method (TOPSIS) which select the most discriminative proteins from proteomics data for cancer staging. In this approach, outcomes of 10 feature selection techniques were combined by TOPSIS method, to select the final discriminative proteins from seven different proteomic databases of protein expression profiles...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934227/hemorrhage-enhances-cytokine-complement-component-3-and-caspase-3-and-regulates-micrornas-associated-with-intestinal-damage-after-whole-body-gamma-irradiation-in-combined-injury
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Juliann G Kiang, Joan T Smith, Marsha N Anderson, Thomas B Elliott, Paridhi Gupta, Nagaraja S Balakathiresan, Radha K Maheshwari, Barbara Knollmann-Ritschel
Hemorrhage following whole-body γ-irradiation in a combined injury (CI) model increases mortality compared to whole-body γ-irradiation alone (RI). The decreased survival in CI is accompanied by increased bone marrow injury, decreased hematocrit, and alterations of miRNA in the kidney. In this study, our aim was to examine cytokine homeostasis, susceptibility to systemic bacterial infection, and intestinal injury. More specifically, we evaluated the interleukin-6 (IL-6)-induced stress proteins including C-reactive protein (CRP), complement 3 (C3), Flt-3 ligand, and corticosterone...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934220/prediction-of-thermal-conductivity-of-polyvinylpyrrolidone-pvp-electrospun-nanocomposite-fibers-using-artificial-neural-network-and-prey-predator-algorithm
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Waseem S Khan, Nawaf N Hamadneh, Waqar A Khan
In this study, multilayer perception neural network (MLPNN) was employed to predict thermal conductivity of PVP electrospun nanocomposite fibers with multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) and Nickel Zinc ferrites [(Ni0.6Zn0.4) Fe2O4]. This is the second attempt on the application of MLPNN with prey predator algorithm for the prediction of thermal conductivity of PVP electrospun nanocomposite fibers. The prey predator algorithm was used to train the neural networks to find the best models. The best models have the minimal of sum squared error between the experimental testing data and the corresponding models results...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934214/models-to-predict-relapse-in-psychosis-a-systematic-review
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Sarah Sullivan, Kate Northstone, Caroline Gadd, Julian Walker, Ruta Margelyte, Alison Richards, Penny Whiting
BACKGROUND: There is little evidence on the accuracy of psychosis relapse prediction models. Our objective was to undertake a systematic review of relapse prediction models in psychosis. METHOD: We conducted a literature search including studies that developed and/or validated psychosis relapse prediction models, with or without external model validation. Models had to target people with psychosis and predict relapse. The key databases searched were; Embase, Medline, Medline In-Process Citations & Daily Update, PsychINFO, BIOSIS Citation Index, CINAHL, and Science Citation Index, from inception to September 2016...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934207/evaluation-of-the-pharmacokinetic-pharmacodynamic-relationship-of-praziquantel-in-the-schistosoma-mansoni-mouse-model
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Nada Abla, Jennifer Keiser, Mireille Vargas, Natalie Reimers, Helmut Haas, Thomas Spangenberg
After more than 40 years of use, Praziquantel (PZQ) still remains the drug of choice for the treatment of intestinal and urogenital schistosomiasis. Its anti-parasitic activity resides primarily in the (R)-enantiomer. Hitherto neither the molecular target nor the pharmacokinetic-pharmacodynamic relationship have been fully elucidated. Here we investigated the efficacy and pharmacokinetics of PZQ in the Schistosoma mansoni mouse model to determine the key factors that drive its efficacy. Dose-response studies with racemic PZQ with or without addition of an irreversible pan-cytochrome P450 (CYP) inhibitor, 1-aminobenzotriazole (ABT), were performed...
September 21, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934195/a-scoring-model-for-predicting-prognosis-of-patients-with-severe-fever-with-thrombocytopenia-syndrome
#17
Bei Jia, Xiaomin Yan, Yuxin Chen, Guiyang Wang, Yong Liu, Biyun Xu, Peixin Song, Yang Li, Yali Xiong, Weihua Wu, Yingying Hao, Juan Xia, Zhaoping Zhang, Rui Huang, Chao Wu
Severe fever with thrombocytopenia syndrome (SFTS) is an emerging epidemic infectious disease caused by the SFTS bunyavirus (SFTSV) with an estimated high case-fatality rate of 12.7% to 32.6%. Currently, the disease has been reported in mainland China, Japan, Korea, and the United States. At present, there is no specific antiviral therapy for SFTSV infection. Considering the higher mortality rate and rapid clinical progress of SFTS, supporting the appropriate treatment in time to SFTS patients is critical. Therefore, it is very important for clinicians to predict these SFTS cases who are more likely to have a poor prognosis or even more likely to decease...
September 21, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934189/cystatin-c-as-a-predictor-of-cardiovascular-outcomes-in-a-hypertensive-population
#18
R Garcia-Carretero, L Vigil-Medina, O Barquero-Perez, R Goya-Esteban, I Mora-Jimenez, C Soguero-Ruiz, J Ramos-Lopez
Calculating the estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) using creatinine-based equations may underestimate cardiovascular risk. Cystatin C-based eGFR may be a stronger prognostic biomarker than creatinine-based eGFR when assessing cardiovascular outcomes and mortality. Our aim was to determine whether levels of serum cystatin C, as an estimator of GFR, had a higher predictive value than creatinine-based eGFR for incident cardiovascular disease among hypertensive patients. We retrospectively analyzed the records of 2016 hypertensive patients from the Hypertension Unit at Mostoles University Hospital between 2006 and 2016...
September 21, 2017: Journal of Human Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934160/zy3-02-laser-altimeter-footprint-geolocation-prediction
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Junfeng Xie, Xinming Tang, Fan Mo, Guoyuan Li, Guangbin Zhu, Zhenming Wang, Xingke Fu, Xiaoming Gao, Xianhui Dou
Successfully launched on 30 May 2016, ZY3-02 is the first Chinese surveying and mapping satellite equipped with a lightweight laser altimeter. Calibration is necessary before the laser altimeter becomes operational. Laser footprint location prediction is the first step in calibration that is based on ground infrared detectors, and it is difficult because the sample frequency of the ZY3-02 laser altimeter is 2 Hz, and the distance between two adjacent laser footprints is about 3.5 km. In this paper, we build an on-orbit rigorous geometric prediction model referenced to the rigorous geometric model of optical remote sensing satellites...
September 21, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934128/neuroticism-predicts-subsequent-risk-of-major-depression-for-whites-but-not-blacks
#20
Shervin Assari
Cultural and ethnic differences in psychosocial and medical correlates of negative affect are well documented. This study aimed to compare blacks and whites for the predictive role of baseline neuroticism (N) on subsequent risk of major depressive episodes (MDD) 25 years later. Data came from the Americans' Changing Lives (ACL) Study, 1986-2011. We used data on 1219 individuals (847 whites and 372 blacks) who had data on baseline N in 1986 and future MDD in 2011. The main predictor of interest was baseline N, measured using three items in 1986...
September 21, 2017: Behavioral Sciences
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