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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923172/development-and-validation-of-a-predictive-model-for-chronic-kidney-disease-progression-in-type-2-diabetes-mellitus-based-on-a-13-year-study-in-singapore
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Serena Low, Su Chi Lim, Xiao Zhang, Shiyi Zhou, Lee Ying Yeoh, Yan Lun Liu, Subramaniam Tavintharan, Chee Fang Sum
AIMS: This study aims to develop and validate a predictive model for Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) progression in Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (T2DM). METHODS: We conducted a prospective study on 1582 patients with T2DM from a Diabetes Centre in regional hospital in 2002-2014. CKD progression was defined as deterioration across eGFR categories with ⩾25% drop from baseline. The dataset was randomly split into development (70%) and validation (30%) datasets. Stepwise multivariable logistic regression was used to identify baseline predictors for model development...
November 22, 2016: Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923068/gene-expression-correlates-with-the-number-of-herpes-viral-genomes-initiating-infection-in-single-cells
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Efrat M Cohen, Oren Kobiler
Viral gene expression varies significantly among genetically identical cells. The sources of these variations are not well understood and have been suggested to involve both deterministic host differences and stochastic viral host interactions. For herpesviruses, only a limited number of incoming viral genomes initiate expression and replication in each infected cell. To elucidate the effect of this limited number of productively infecting genomes on viral gene expression in single cells, we constructed a set of fluorescence-expressing genetically tagged herpes recombinants...
December 6, 2016: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923063/control-of-gene-expression-by-rna-binding-protein-action-on-alternative-translation-initiation-sites
#3
Angela Re, Levi Waldron, Alessandro Quattrone
Transcript levels do not faithfully predict protein levels, due to post-transcriptional regulation of gene expression mediated by RNA binding proteins (RBPs) and non-coding RNAs. We developed a multivariate linear regression model integrating RBP levels and predicted RBP-mRNA regulatory interactions from matched transcript and protein datasets. RBPs significantly improved the accuracy in predicting protein abundance of a portion of the total modeled mRNAs in three panels of tissues and cells and for different methods employed in the detection of mRNA and protein...
December 2016: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923060/the-limitations-of-model-based-experimental-design-and-parameter-estimation-in-sloppy-systems
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Andrew White, Malachi Tolman, Howard D Thames, Hubert Rodney Withers, Kathy A Mason, Mark K Transtrum
We explore the relationship among experimental design, parameter estimation, and systematic error in sloppy models. We show that the approximate nature of mathematical models poses challenges for experimental design in sloppy models. In many models of complex biological processes it is unknown what are the relevant physical mechanisms that must be included to explain system behaviors. As a consequence, models are often overly complex, with many practically unidentifiable parameters. Furthermore, which mechanisms are relevant/irrelevant vary among experiments...
December 2016: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922979/a-comparison-of-thermal-plasma-energy-versus-argon-beam-coagulator-induced-intestinal-injury-after-vaporization-in-a-porcine-model
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Edward J Tanner, Erica Dun, Yukio Sonoda, Alexander B Olawaiye, Dennis S Chi
OBJECTIVES: Complete cytoreduction of ovarian cancer often requires excision or ablation of bowel serosa implants. Both argon beam coagulator (ABC) and thermal plasma energy (TPE) (PlasmaJet; PlasmaSurgical, Roswell, Ga) have been used to ablate bowel serosa implants. Our objective was to identify comparable power settings as well as determine the rate of bowel perforation, depth of thermal injury, and extent of inflammatory response with ABC versus TPE in a porcine model. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Nine pigs underwent vaporization of small bowel and colon serosa according to assigned treatment group (TPE vs ABC) and settings (ABC: 30, 50, and 70 W; TPE: Cut 10U, 20U, and 30U and Coagulation 10U, 20U, and 30U)...
December 3, 2016: International Journal of Gynecological Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922844/prediction-of-acute-postoperative-pain-following-breast-cancer-surgery-using-the-pain-sensitivity-questionnaire-a-cohort-study
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Benno Rehberg, Stanislas Mathivon, Christophe Combescure, Yannick Mercier, Georges L Savoldelli
OBJECTIVES: Previous studies have indicated that preoperative pain sensitivity correlates with postoperative pain intensity, and thus may be used to predict severe postoperative pain. Self-rating of pain sensitivity using the "Pain Sensitivity Questionnaire (PSQ)" may be an adjunct to these measures. METHODS: We tested the predictive ability of the PSQ as well as experimental parameters of pain sensitivity and other known risk factors for acute pain in 198 patients scheduled for breast cancer surgery...
January 2017: Clinical Journal of Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922837/safety-of-overlapping-surgery-at-a-high-volume-referral-center
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Joseph A Hyder, Kristine T Hanson, Curtis B Storlie, Amy Glasgow, Nageswar R Madde, Michael J Brown, Daryl J Kor, Robert R Cima, Elizabeth B Habermann
OBJECTIVE: To compare safety profiles of overlapping and nonoverlapping surgical procedures at a large tertiary-referral center where overlapping surgery is performed. BACKGROUND: Surgical procedures are frequently performed as overlapping, wherein one surgeon is responsible for 2 procedures occurring at the same time, but critical portions are not coincident. The safety of this practice has not been characterized. METHODS: Primary analyses included elective, adult, inpatient surgical procedures from January 2013 to September 2015 available through University HealthSystem Consortium...
December 5, 2016: Annals of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922734/population-pharmacokinetics-of-ceritinib-in-adult-patients-with-tumors-characterized-by-genetic-abnormalities-in-anaplastic-lymphoma-kinase
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Ying Hong, Vanessa Q Passos, Pai-Hsi Huang, Yvonne Y Lau
Ceritinib is a second-generation selective and potent oral anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK) inhibitor approved for ALK-positive advanced non-small cell lung cancer previously treated with crizotinib. Population pharmacokinetic (PK) analysis was performed to describe the PK of ceritinib and was used to evaluate the covariate effects on systemic exposure at its label dose (750 mg orally once daily). Ceritinib concentration-time data from 4 clinical studies were described by a 1-compartment model with delayed first-order absorption and time-dependent elimination...
December 6, 2016: Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922726/bichromophoric-compounds-with-orthogonally-and-parallelly-arranged-chromophores-separated-by-rigid-spacers
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Dirk N H Meineke, Mariano L Bossi, Haisen Ta, Vladimir N Belov, Stefan W Hell
Electronic energy transfer (EET) between chromophores is of fundamental importance for many biological processes and optoelectronic devices. However, common models fall short in fully describing the process, especially in bichromophoric model systems with a donor and acceptor connected by a rigid linker providing perpendicular geometries. Herein, we report a novel strategy to prepare bichromophores containing adamantane or 2-(2-adamantylidene)-adamantane as rigid spacers, providing a fixed distance between chromophores, and their parallel or perpendicular arrangement without chromophore rotation...
December 6, 2016: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922725/resilience-and-traumatic-brain-injury-among-iraq-afghanistan-war-veterans-differential-patterns-of-adjustment-and-quality-of-life
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Timothy R Elliott, Yu-Yu Hsiao, Nathan A Kimbrel, Eric Meyer, Bryann B DeBeer, Suzy Bird Gulliver, Oi-Man Kwok, Sandra B Morissette
OBJECTIVE: We examined the degree to which a resilient personality prototype predicted adjustment among war Veterans with and without a traumatic brain injury (TBI) while covarying the level of combat exposure. METHOD: A total of 127 war Veterans (107 men, 20 women; average age = 37 years) participated. Personality prototypes were derived from the Multidimensional Personality Questionnaire (Patrick, Curtain, & Tellegen, 2002). Measures were administered at baseline, and a subset was administered at 4- and 8-month follow-ups...
December 6, 2016: Journal of Clinical Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922719/markov-mixed-effects-modeling-using-electronic-adherence-monitoring-records-identifies-influential-covariates-to-hiv-preexposure-prophylaxis
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Kumpal Madrasi, Ayyappa Chaturvedula, Jessica E Haberer, Mark Sale, Michael J Fossler, David Bangsberg, Jared M Baeten, Connie Celum, Craig W Hendrix
Adherence is a major factor in the effectiveness of preexposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for HIV prevention. Modeling patterns of adherence helps to identify influential covariates of different types of adherence as well as to enable clinical trial simulation so that appropriate interventions can be developed. We developed a Markov mixed-effects model to understand the covariates influencing adherence patterns to daily oral PrEP. Electronic adherence records (date and time of medication bottle cap opening) from the Partners PrEP ancillary adherence study with a total of 1147 subjects were used...
December 6, 2016: Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922640/brain-network-reorganization-differs-in-response-to-stress-in-rats-genetically-predisposed-to-depression-and-stress-resilient-rats
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N Gass, R Becker, A J Schwarz, W Weber-Fahr, C Clemm von Hohenberg, B Vollmayr, A Sartorius
Treatment-resistant depression (TRD) remains a pressing clinical problem. Optimizing treatment requires better definition of the specificity of the involved brain circuits. The rat strain bred for negative cognitive state (NC) represents a genetic animal model of TRD with high face, construct and predictive validity. Vice versa, the positive cognitive state (PC) strain represents a stress-resilient phenotype. Although NC rats show depressive-like behavior, some symptoms such as anhedonia require an external trigger, i...
December 6, 2016: Translational Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922629/a-collection-of-european-sweet-cherry-phenology-data-for-assessing-climate-change
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Bénédicte Wenden, José Antonio Campoy, Julien Lecourt, Gregorio López Ortega, Michael Blanke, Sanja Radičević, Elisabeth Schüller, Andreas Spornberger, Danilo Christen, Hugo Magein, Daniela Giovannini, Carlos Campillo, Svetoslav Malchev, José Miguel Peris, Mekjell Meland, Rolf Stehr, Gérard Charlot, José Quero-García
Professional and scientific networks built around the production of sweet cherry (Prunus avium L.) led to the collection of phenology data for a wide range of cultivars grown in experimental sites characterized by highly contrasted climatic conditions. We present a dataset of flowering and maturity dates, recorded each year for one tree when available, or the average of several trees for each cultivar, over a period of 37 years (1978-2015). Such a dataset is extremely valuable for characterizing the phenological response to climate change, and the plasticity of the different cultivars' behaviour under different environmental conditions...
December 6, 2016: Scientific Data
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922627/blood-based-and-urinary-prostate-cancer-biomarkers-a-review-and-comparison-of-novel-biomarkers-for-detection-and-treatment-decisions
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REVIEW
R J Hendriks, I M van Oort, J A Schalken
BACKGROUND: The diagnosis of prostate cancer (PCa) is currently based on serum PSA testing and/or abnormal digital rectal examination and histopathologic evaluation of prostate biopsies. The main drawback of PSA testing is the lack of specificity for PCa. To improve early detection of PCa more specific biomarkers are needed. In the past few years, many new promising biomarkers have been identified; however, to date, only a few have reached clinical practice. METHODS: In this review, we discuss new blood-based and urinary biomarker models that are promising for usage in PCa detection, follow-up and treatment decision-making...
December 6, 2016: Prostate Cancer and Prostatic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922601/the-effect-of-extrinsic-mortality-on-genome-size-evolution-in-prokaryotes
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Piotr Bentkowski, Cock van Oosterhout, Ben Ashby, Thomas Mock
Mortality has a significant role in prokaryotic ecology and evolution, yet the impact of variations in extrinsic mortality on prokaryotic genome evolution has received little attention. We used both mathematical and agent-based models to reveal how variations in extrinsic mortality affect prokaryotic genome evolution. Our results suggest that the genome size of bacteria increases with increased mortality. A high extrinsic mortality increases the pool of free resources and shortens life expectancy, which selects for faster reproduction, a phenotype we called 'scramblers'...
December 6, 2016: ISME Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922463/the-dangers-of-estimating-v%C3%AB-o2max-using-linear-nonexercise-prediction-models
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Alan M Nevill, Carlton B Cooke
PURPOSE: To compare the accuracy and goodness-of-fit of two competing models (linear versus allometric) when estimating V˙O2max (ml.kg.min) using non-exercise prediction models. METHODS: The two competing models were fitted to the V˙O2max (ml.kg.min) data taken from two previously published studies. Study 1 (the Allied Dunbar National Fitness Survey, ADNFS), recruited 1732 randomly selected healthy participants, aged 16 years and over, from thirty English parliamentary constituencies...
December 1, 2016: Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922432/mir-21-predicts-poor-prognosis-in-patients-with-osteosarcoma
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Xianfeng Ren, Yuqin Shen, Shuyun Zheng, JianYong Liu, Xin Jiang
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: miR-21 has been demonstrated to play an important role in tumour progression. The aim of the present study was to analyse the correlation between miR-21 expression level and clinicopathologic features, as well as to assess the prognostic significance of miR-21 in osteosarcoma. METHODS: Eighty-four pairs of osteosarcoma and corresponding non-cancerous bone tissues were obtained, and miR-21 expression levels were detected using quantitative real-time PCR (qRT-PCR)...
October 2016: British Journal of Biomedical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922334/ionizing-radiation-impairs-endogenous-regeneration-of-infarcted-heart-an-in-vivo-18-f-fdg-pet-ct-and-99m-tc-tetrofosmin-spect-ct-study-in-mice
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Lan Luo, Kodai Nishi, Yoshishige Urata, Chen Yan, Al Shaimaa Hasan, Shinji Goto, Takashi Kudo, Zhao-Lan Li, Tao-Sheng Li
Epidemiological studies have suggested that ionizing radiation increases cardiovascular disease risk, but the relevant mechanism is poorly understood. We recently demonstrated that adult mice exposed to whole-body irradiation with 3 Gy gamma rays significantly decreases the number and quality of cardiac stem cells. To further determine if radiation impairs myocardial regenerative potency, a myocardial infarction model was established in adult C57BL/6 mice by ligating the left anterior descending artery approximately 6 h after sham- or whole-body gamma irradiation (0 or 3 Gy)...
December 6, 2016: Radiation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922333/environmentally-relevant-chronic-low-dose-tritium-and-gamma-exposures-do-not-increase-somatic-intrachromosomal-recombination-in-pkz1-mouse-spleen
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Laura Bannister, Mandy Serran, Lindsey Bertrand, Dmitry Klokov, Heather Wyatt, Melinda Blimkie, Yann Gueguen, Nicholas Priest, Jean-René Jourdain, Pamela Sykes
The toxicity of tritium is a public health concern given its presence and mobility in the environment. For risk predictions using radiological protection models, it is essential to allocate an appropriate radiation weighting factor (WR). This in turn should be consistent with the observed relative biological effectiveness (RBE) of tritium beta radiation. Although the International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP) currently recommends a WR of 1 for the calculation of committed effective dose for X rays, gamma rays and electrons of all energies, including tritium energies, there are concerns that tritium health risks are underestimated and that current regulatory tritium drinking water standards need revision...
December 6, 2016: Radiation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922270/examining-motor-vehicle-crash-involvement-and-readiness-to-change-on-drinking-and-driving-behaviors-among-injured-emergency-department-patients
#20
Janette Baird, Eunice Yang, Valerie Strezsak, Michael J Mello
OBJECTIVE: To measure the effect of motor vehicle crash (MVC) involvement and readiness to change drinking and driving behaviors on subsequent driving and drinking behaviors among injured emergency department (ED) patients who use alcohol at harmful levels. METHODS: A secondary analyses of a randomized controlled trial of injured ED patients who screened positive for harmful alcohol use, who at recruitment reported driving in the past 12 months and received at least one of the intended intervention sessions (brief behavioral intervention versus attention placebo control [N = 407])...
December 6, 2016: Traffic Injury Prevention
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