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Chester Kalinda, Moses Chimbari, Samson Mukaratirwa
Climate change has been predicted to increase the global mean temperature and to alter the ecological interactions among organisms. These changes may play critical roles in influencing the life history traits of the intermediate hosts (IHs). This review focused on studies and disease models that evaluate the potential effect of temperature rise on the ecology of IH snails and the development of parasites within them. The main focus was on IH snails of schistosome parasites that cause schistosomiasis in humans...
January 13, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Elisabetta Cotti, Mariantonietta Arrica, Andrea Di Lenarda, Sara B Serri, Pierpaolo Bassareo, Luigi Padeletti, Giuseppe Mercuro
Background One controversial issue in the relationship between oral care and cardiovascular diseases is how and whether to manage oral infections prior to cardiovascular surgery or other cardiovascular invasive procedures. Design We designed a systematic review to assess the information available on three main questions. Is there an agreement on the need for dental evaluation and treatment before cardiovascular interventions? Are consistent clinical recommendations or protocols available? Is dental treatment prior to cardiovascular interventions effective? Methods A systematic electronic search of MEDLINE, Scopus and Web of Science was performed from the database inceptions up to 31 April 2016...
January 1, 2017: European Journal of Preventive Cardiology
Aseel Awdeh, Hilary Phenix, Mads Kaern, Theodore Perkins
Finding regulatory relationships between genes, including the direction and nature of influence between them, is a fundamental challenge in the field of molecular genetics. One classical approach to this problem is epistasis analysis. Broadly speaking, epistasis analysis infers the regulatory relationships between a pair of genes in a genetic pathway by considering the patterns of change in an observable trait resulting from single and double deletion of genes. While classical epistasis analysis has yielded deep insights on numerous genetic pathways, it is not without limitations...
January 16, 2017: IEEE/ACM Transactions on Computational Biology and Bioinformatics
Alexander von Eye, Wolfgang Wiedermann
Three fundamental types of causal relations are those of necessity, sufficiency, and necessity and sufficiency. These types are defined in contexts of categorical variables or events. Using statement calculus or Boolean algebra, one can determine which patterns of events are in support of a particular form of causal relation. In this article, we approach the analysis of these forms of causality taking the perspective of the analyst of empirical data. It is proposed using Configural Frequency Analysis (CFA) to test hypotheses about type of causal relation...
January 14, 2017: Integrative Psychological & Behavioral Science
Lulu Zhang, Annie M Bluhm, Kuan-Jen Chen, Nicholas E Larkey, Sean M Burrows
DNA nano-assemblies have far-reaching implications for molecular computers. Boolean logic gates made from DNA respond to specific combinations of chemical or molecular inputs. In complex samples an assortment of other chemicals and molecules may interfere with the gate's recognition and response mechanisms. For logic gates to accept an increasing number of inputs, while maintaining selectivity, their design must only respond when specific input combinations are available simultaneously. Here we present proof-of-principle for a fluorescent-based nano-assembly logic gate for three inputs...
January 16, 2017: Nanoscale
John T Lucas, Nick Serrano, Hyun Kim, Xingyu Li, Scott E Snyder, Scott Hwang, Yimei Li, Chia-Ho Hua, Alberto Broniscer, Thomas E Merchant, Barry L Shulkin
We assessed the prognostic utility of (11)C-Methionine positron emission tomography (MET-PET) in pediatric high-grade glioma (HGG). Thirty-one children had 62 MET-PET studies. Segmented tumor volumes from co-registered magnetic resonance studies were assessed for concordance with MET-PET uptake using Boolean operations. The tumor volume at diagnosis and treatment failure was assessed relative to MET-PET avid volume. The prognostic impact of MET-PET-delineated non-contrast enhancing tumor (NCET) was assessed...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Neuro-oncology
Itziar Irurzun-Arana, José Martín Pastor, Iñaki F Trocóniz, José David Gómez-Mantilla
MOTIVATION: Literature on complex diseases is abundant but not always quantitative. Many molecular pathways are qualitatively well described but this information cannot be used in traditional quantitative mathematical models employed in drug development. Tools for analysis of discrete networks are useful to capture the available information in the literature but have not been efficiently integrated by the pharmaceutical industry. We propose an expansion of the usual analysis of discrete networks that facilitates the identification/validation of therapeutic targets...
January 10, 2017: Bioinformatics
Bruno F Sunguya, Linda B Mlunde, Rakesh Ayer, Masamine Jimba
BACKGROUND: Human resource for health crisis has impaired global efforts against malaria in highly endemic countries. To address this, the World Health Organization (WHO) recommended scaling-up of community health workers (CHWs) and related cadres owing to their documented success in malaria and other disease prevention and management. Evidence is inconsistent on the roles and challenges they encounter in malaria interventions. This systematic review aims to summarize evidence on roles and challenges of CHWs and related cadres in integrated community case management for malaria (iCCM)...
January 3, 2017: Malaria Journal
N Mensah-Brown, H Saleh
PURPOSE: To propose a new method to more accurately compute the conformity index (CI) for stereotactic radiosurgery patients with multiple lesions planned with the BrainLab iPlan treatment planning system. METHODS: The dose files of the patients being studied were exported from the BrainLab iPlan system to VelocityAI, an imaging informatics software tool that provides an independent method of assessing the quality of treatment plans. An independent method of calculating CI is necessary as BrainLab incorrectly reports CI for multiple lesions...
June 2016: Medical Physics
D Mohatt, H Malhotra
PURPOSE: Conventional treatment plans for lung radiotherapy are created using either the free breathing (FB) scheme which represents the tumor at an arbitrary breathing phase of the patient's respiratory cycle, or the average computed tomography (ACT) intensity projection over 10-binned phases. Neither method is entirely accurate because of the absence of time dependence of tumor movement. In the present "Hybrid" method, the HU of tumor in 3D space is determined by relative weighting of the HU of the tumor and lung in proportion to the time they spend at that location during the entire breathing cycle...
June 2016: Medical Physics
Clarissa Scholes, Angela H DePace, Álvaro Sánchez
Cells decide when, where, and to what level to express their genes by "computing" information from transcription factors (TFs) binding to regulatory DNA. How is the information contained in multiple TF-binding sites integrated to dictate the rate of transcription? The dominant conceptual and quantitative model is that TFs combinatorially recruit one another and RNA polymerase to the promoter by direct physical interactions. Here, we develop a quantitative framework to explore kinetic control, an alternative model in which combinatorial gene regulation can result from TFs working on different kinetic steps of the transcription cycle...
December 26, 2016: Cell Systems
Sohrab Tour Savadkouhi, Hengameh Bakhtiar, Safoura Emami Ardestani
The aim of this study was to perform a literature review of published in-vitro and ex-vivo studies, which evaluated microbial leakage in endodontics in the past 10 years. A comprehensive electronic literature search was carried out in PubMed database for English articles published from 2005 to 2016 using the keywords "endodontics," "in vitro," "ex vivo," "microbial leakage," "microbial penetration," "saliva," "Enterococcus faecalis," "E. faecalis," "endodontic sealers," "temporary filling material," "apical plug," "mineral trioxide aggregate," and "MTA...
November 2016: Journal of International Society of Preventive & Community Dentistry
Olivia Hatton, Dara Marie Strauss-Albee, Nancy Q Zhao, Mikel D Haggadone, Judith Shanika Pelpola, Sheri M Krams, Olivia M Martinez, Catherine A Blish
Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) is a human γ-herpesvirus that establishes latency and lifelong infection in host B cells while achieving a balance with the host immune response. When the immune system is perturbed through immunosuppression or immunodeficiency, however, these latently infected B cells can give rise to aggressive B cell lymphomas. Natural killer (NK) cells are regarded as critical in the early immune response to viral infection, but their role in controlling expansion of infected B cells is not understood...
2016: Frontiers in Immunology
X Z Zan, W B Liu, M X Hu, L Z Shen
A salient problem in translational genomics is the use of gene regulatory networks to determine therapeutic intervention strategies. Theoretically, in a complete network, the optimal policy performs better than the suboptimal policy. However, this theory may not hold if we intervene in a system based on a control policy derived from imprecise inferred networks, especially in the small-sample scenario. In this paper, we compare the performance of the unconstrained (UC) policy with that of the mean-first-passage-time (MFPT) policy in terms of the quality of the determined control gene and the effectiveness of the policy...
December 19, 2016: Genetics and Molecular Research: GMR
Robert King
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2016: Frontiers in Psychology
Yi Li, Ya-Xiong Zhou, Lei Xu, Ke Lu, Zhuo-Rui Wang, Nian Duan, Lei Jiang, Long Cheng, Ting-Chang Chang, Kuan-Chang Chang, Hua-Jun Sun, Kan-Hao Xue, Xiang-Shui Miao
Nonvolatile stateful logic computing in memristors is a promising paradigm with which to realize the unity of information storage and processing in the same physical location that has shown great feasibility for breaking the von Neumann bottleneck in traditional computing architecture. How to reduce the computational complexity of memristor-based logic functions is a matter of concern. Here, based on a general logic expression, we proposed a method to implement the arbitrary logic of complete 16 Boolean logic in two steps with one memristor in the crossbar architecture...
December 21, 2016: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Desmond Loke, Jonathan M Skelton, Tow-Chong Chong, Stephen R Elliott
One of the requirements for achieving faster CMOS electronics is to mitigate the unacceptably large chip areas required to steer heat away from or, more recently, toward the critical nodes of state-of-the-art devices. Thermal-guiding (TG) structures can efficiently direct heat by "meta-materials" engineering; however, some key aspects of the behavior of these systems are not fully understood. Here, we demonstrate control of the thermal-diffusion properties of TG structures by using nanometer-scale, CMOS-integrable, graphene-on-silica stacked materials through finite-element-methods simulations...
December 21, 2016: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Andrew Adamatzky
Flueric devices are fluidic devices without moving parts. Fluidic devices use fluid as a medium for information transfer and computation. A Belousov-Zhabotinsky (BZ) medium is a thin-layer spatially extended excitable chemical medium which exhibits travelling excitation wave-fronts. The excitation wave-fronts transfer information. Flueric devices compute via jets interaction. BZ devices compute via excitation wave-fronts interaction. In numerical model of BZ medium we show that functions of key flueric devices are implemented in the excitable chemical system: signal generator, and, xor, not and nor Boolean gates, delay elements, diodes and sensors...
2016: PloS One
Kilian Wistuba-Hamprecht, Alexander Martens, Benjamin Weide, Karen Wei Weng Teng, Henning Zelba, Elena Guffart, Jinmiao Chen, Claus Garbe, Evan William Newell, Anis Larbi, Graham Pawelec
The identification of blood-borne biomarkers correlating with melanoma patient survival remains elusive. Novel techniques such as mass cytometry could help to identify melanoma biomarkers, allowing simultaneous detection of up to 100 parameters. However, the evaluation of multiparametric data generated via time-of-flight mass cytometry requires novel analytical techniques because the application of conventional gating strategies currently used in polychromatic flow cytometry is not feasible. In this study, we have employed 38-channel time-of-flight mass cytometry analysis to generate comprehensive immune cell signatures using matrix boolean analysis in a cohort of 28 stage IV melanoma patients and 17 controls...
December 16, 2016: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
Harry Buhrman, Matthias Christandl, Christopher Perry, Jeroen Zuiddam
By how much must the communication complexity of a function increase if we demand that the parties not only correctly compute the function but also return all registers (other than the one containing the answer) to their initial states at the end of the communication protocol? Protocols that achieve this are referred to as clean and the associated cost as the clean communication complexity. Here we present clean protocols for calculating the inner product of two n-bit strings, showing that (in the absence of preshared entanglement) at most n+3 qubits or n+O(sqrt[n]) bits of communication are required...
December 2, 2016: Physical Review Letters
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