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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088842/unbiased-split-variable-selection-for-random-survival-forests-using-maximally-selected-rank-statistics
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Marvin N Wright, Theresa Dankowski, Andreas Ziegler
The most popular approach for analyzing survival data is the Cox regression model. The Cox model may, however, be misspecified, and its proportionality assumption may not always be fulfilled. An alternative approach for survival prediction is random forests for survival outcomes. The standard split criterion for random survival forests is the log-rank test statistic, which favors splitting variables with many possible split points. Conditional inference forests avoid this split variable selection bias. However, linear rank statistics are utilized by default in conditional inference forests to select the optimal splitting variable, which cannot detect non-linear effects in the independent variables...
January 15, 2017: Statistics in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088837/disease-severity-classification-using-quantitative-magnetic-resonance-imaging-data-of-cartilage-in-femoroacetabular-impingement
#2
Lisa L Henn, John Hughes, Eleena Iisakka, Jutta Ellermann, Shabnam Mortazavi, Connor Ziegler, Mikko J Nissi, Patrick Morgan
Femoroacetabular impingement (FAI) is a condition in which subtle deformities of the femoral head and acetabulum (hip socket) result in pathological abutment during hip motion. FAI is a common cause of hip pain and can lead to acetabular cartilage damage and osteoarthritis. For some patients with FAI, surgical intervention is indicated, and it can improve quality of life and potentially delay the onset of osteoarthritis. For other patients, however, surgery is contraindicated because significant cartilage damage has already occurred...
January 15, 2017: Statistics in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088806/effects-of-aloe-sterol-supplementation-on-skin-elasticity-hydration-and-collagen-score-a-12-week-double-blind-randomized-controlled-trial
#3
Miyuki Tanaka, Yuki Yamamoto, Eriko Misawa, Kazumi Nabeshima, Marie Saito, Koji Yamauchi, Fumiaki Abe, Fukumi Furukawa
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Our previous study confirmed that Aloe sterol stimulates collagen and hyaluronic acid production in human dermal fibroblasts. This study aims to investigate whether Aloe sterol intake affects skin conditions. METHODS: We performed a 12-week, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study to evaluate the effects of oral Aloe sterol supplementation on skin elasticity, hydration, and the collagen score in 64 healthy women (age range 30-59 years; average 44...
January 14, 2017: Skin Pharmacology and Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088801/natural-history-of-untreated-hemifacial-spasm-a-study-of-104-consecutive-patients-over-5-years
#4
Jeong-A Lee, Kyung-Hee Kim, Kwan Park
BACKGROUND: The natural history without treatment of a large series of hemifacial spasm (HFS) patients has not been well-documented. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to characterize the natural history and clinical outcome in patients with HFS. METHODS: The initial visits of all 2,155 patients and the diagnosis of HFS took place between 2001 and 2010. In 1,775 of the patients, compressing vessels were identified on magnetic resonance imaging...
January 14, 2017: Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088785/the-igh-locus-3-cis-regulatory-super-enhancer-co-opts-aid-for-allelic-transvection
#5
Sandrine Le Noir, Brice Laffleur, Claire Carrion, Armand Garot, Sandrine Lecardeur, Eric Pinaud, Yves Denizot, Jane Skok, Michel Cogné
Immunoglobulin heavy chain (IgH) alleles have ambivalent relationships: they feature both allelic exclusion, ensuring monoallelic expression of a single immunoglobulin (Ig) allele, and frequent inter-allelic class-switch recombination (CSR) reassembling genes from both alleles. The IgH locus 3' regulatory region (3'RR) includes several transcriptional cis-enhancers promoting activation-induced cytidine deaminase (AID)-dependent somatic hypermutation (SHM) and CSR, and altogether behaves as a strong super-enhancer...
January 10, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088758/c5-substituents-of-uridines-and-2-thiouridines-present-at-the-wobble-position-of-trna-determine-the-formation-of-their-keto-enol-or-zwitterionic-forms-a-factor-important-for-accuracy-of-reading-of-guanosine-at-the-3-end-of-the-mrna-codons
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Elzbieta Sochacka, Elzbieta Lodyga-Chruscinska, Justyna Pawlak, Marek Cypryk, Paulina Bartos, Katarzyna Ebenryter-Olbinska, Grazyna Leszczynska, Barbara Nawrot
Modified nucleosides present in the wobble position of the tRNA anticodons regulate protein translation through tuning the reading of mRNA codons. Among 40 of such nucleosides, there are modified uridines containing either a sulfur atom at the C2 position and/or a substituent at the C5 position of the nucleobase ring. It is already evidenced that tRNAs with 2-thiouridines at the wobble position preferentially read NNA codons, while the reading mode of the NNG codons by R5U/R5S2U-containing anticodons is still elusive...
January 13, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088753/mitochondrial-redox-plays-a-critical-role-in-the-paradoxical-effects-of-napdh-oxidase-derived-ros-on-coronary-endothelium
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Ehtesham Shafique, Anali Torina, Karla Reichert, Bonnie Colantuono, Nasifa Nur, Khawaja Zeeshan, Vani Ravichandran, Yuhong Liu, Jun Feng, Khawaja Zeeshan, Laura E Benjamin, Kaikobad Irani, Elizabeth O Harrington, Frank W Sellke, Md Ruhul Abid
AIMS: There are conflicting reports on the role of reactive oxygen species (ROS) i.e. beneficial vs. harmful, in vascular endothelium. Here, we aim to examine whether duration of exposure to ROS and/or subcellular ROS levels are responsible for the apparently paradoxical effects of oxidants on endothelium. METHODS AND RESULTS: We have recently generated binary (Tet-ON/OFF) conditional transgenic mice (Tet-Nox2:VE-Cad-tTA) that can induce 1.8 ± 0.42-fold increase in NADPH oxidase (NOX)-derived ROS specifically in vascular endothelium upon withdrawal of tetracycline from the drinking water...
January 14, 2017: Cardiovascular Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088732/apelin-13-protects-rat-primary-cortical-glia-neuron-co-culture-against-pentylenetetrazole-induced-toxicity
#8
Taj Pari Kalantaripour, Saeed Esmaeili-Mahani, Vahid Sheibani, Hamid Najafipour, Majid Asadi-Shekaari M
In spite of recent advances in the treatment of epilepsy, up to 35% of people living with the condition do not respond to accessible anti-epileptic drugs (AEDs) and continue to experience regular, devastating and potentially life-threatening seizures. Neuronal death is a significant feature of epilepsy in humans and experimental models. It has been reported that apelin, an endogenous ligand for the angiotensin-1-like receptor (APJ), has anticonvulsive as well as protective effects in some neurodegenerative situations...
January 12, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088724/the-effect-of-urban-growth-on-landscape-scale-restoration-for-a-fire-dependent%C3%A2-songbird
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Bradley A Pickens, Jeffrey F Marcus, John P Carpenter, Scott Anderson, Paul J Taillie, Jaime A Collazo
A landscape-scale perspective on restoration ecology has been advocated, but few studies have informed restoration with landscape metrics or addressed broad-scale threats. Threats such as urban growth may affect restoration effectiveness in a landscape context. Here, we studied longleaf pine savanna in the rapidly urbanizing southeastern United States where a habitat-specialist bird, Bachman's sparrow (Peucaea aestivalis), is closely associated with savanna vegetation structure and frequent fire. Our objectives were to construct a species distribution model for Bachman's sparrow, determine the relationship between fire and urbanization, quantify the urban growth effect (2010-2090), identify potential restoration areas, and determine the interaction between restoration potential and urban growth by 2050...
January 12, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088721/modeling-biosolids-drying-through-a-laminated-hydrophobic-membrane
#10
Solmaz Marzooghi, Chunjian Shi, Steven K Dentel, Paul T Imhoff
The adaptation of the membrane distillation process as a low-cost and sustainable approach to biosolids drying and stabilization is investigated, which may have application in container-based sanitation systems proposed in low-income urban regions. Three-layer laminated, breathable, hydrophobic membranes enclose the biosolids, facilitating drying but preventing transport of contaminants. The membranes used in this process are non-wetting with pore spaces that only allow vapor transport. Water vapor can be expelled due to a moderate vapor pressure gradient...
December 29, 2016: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088719/low-temperature-mbbr-nitrification-microbiome-analysis
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Bradley Young, Robert Delatolla, Kevin Kennedy, Edith Laflamme, Alain Stintzi
This study aims to investigate post carbon removal moving bed biofilm reactor (MBBR) nitrification through the transition from 20 °C to 1 °C and during through long term operation at 1 °C. Four pilot nitrifying MBBR reactors were operated at various ammonia loading rates to elucidate the temperature effects on ammonia removal rates, cell viability and bacterial communities. The transition from 20 °C to 1 °C and during long term operation at 1 °C were modeled using Arrhenius temperature correction coefficients...
January 5, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088716/unveiling-the-transformation-and-bioavailability-of-dissolved-organic-matter-in-contrasting-hydrothermal-vents-using-fluorescence-eem-parafac
#12
Liyang Yang, Wan-E Zhuang, Chen-Tung Arthur Chen, Bing-Jye Wang, Fu-Wen Kuo
The submarine hydrothermal systems are extreme environments where active cycling of dissolved organic matter (DOM) may occur. However, little is known about the optical properties and bioavailability of hydrothermal DOM, which could provide valuable insights into its transformation processes and biogeochemical reactivity. The quantity, quality, and bioavailability of DOM were investigated for four very different hydrothermal vents east of Taiwan, using dissolved organic carbon (DOC), absorption spectroscopy, and fluorescence excitation-emission matrices-parallel factor analysis (EEM-PARAFAC)...
January 3, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088713/the-effects-of-utterance-timing-and-stimulation-of-left-prefrontal-cortex-on-the-production-of-referential-expressions
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Jennifer E Arnold, Nazbanou Nozari
We examined the relationship between the timing of utterance initiation and the choice of referring expressions, e.g., pronouns (it), zeros (…and went down), or descriptive NPs (the pink pentagon). We examined language production in healthy adults, and used anodal transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) to test the involvement of the left prefrontal cortex (PFC) in the timing of utterance production and the selection of reference forms in a discourse context. Twenty-two subjects (11 anodal, 11sham) described fast-paced actions, e...
January 12, 2017: Cognition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088712/a-referential-theory-of-the-repetition-induced-truth-effect
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Christian Unkelbach, Sarah C Rom
People are more likely to judge repeated statements as true compared to new statements, a phenomenon known as the illusory truth effect. The currently dominant explanation is an increase in processing fluency caused by prior presentation. We present a new theory to explain this effect. We assume that people judge truth based on coherent references for statements in memory. Due to prior presentation, repeated statements have more coherently linked references; thus, a repetition-induced truth effect follows. Five experiments test this theory...
January 12, 2017: Cognition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088706/topological-imaging-in-bounded-elastic-media
#15
Emma Lubeigt, Serge Mensah, Sandrine Rakotonarivo, Jean-François Chaix, François Baqué, Gilles Gobillot
Detecting, imaging and sizing defects in a bounded elastic medium is still a difficult task, especially when access is complex. Adjoint methods simplify the task as they take advantage of prior information such as the geometry and material properties. However, they still reveal a number of important limitations. Artifacts observed on the conventional topological energy image result from wave interactions with the boundaries of the inspected medium. The paper describes a method for addressing these artifacts, which involves forward and adjoint fields specified in terms of the boundary conditions...
January 4, 2017: Ultrasonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088704/an-examination-of-the-anxiolytic-effects-of-exercise-for-people-with-anxiety-and-stress-related-disorders-a-meta-analysis
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Brendon Stubbs, Davy Vancampfort, Simon Rosenbaum, Joseph Firth, Theodore Cosco, Nicola Veronese, Giovanni A Salum, Felipe B Schuch
The literature regarding exercise for people with established anxiety disorders is equivocal. To address this issue, we conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis investigating the benefits of exercise compared to usual treatment or control conditions in people with an anxiety and/or stress-related disorders. Major electronic databases were searched from inception until December/2015 and a random effect meta-analysis conducted. Altogether, six randomized control trials (RCTs) including 262 adults (exercise n=132, 34...
January 6, 2017: Psychiatry Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088691/stability-effect-of-cholesterol-poly-acrylic-acid-in-a-stimuli-responsive-polymer-liposome-complex-obtained-from-soybean-lecithin-for-controlled-drug-delivery
#17
M G Simões, P Alves, Manuela Carvalheiro, P N Simões
The development of polymer-liposome complexes (PLCs), in particular for biomedical applications, has grown significantly in the last decades. The importance of these studies comes from the emerging need in finding intelligent controlled release systems, more predictable, effective and selective, for applications in several areas, such as treatment and/or diagnosis of cancer, neurological, dermatological, ophthalmic and orthopedic diseases, gene therapy, cosmetic treatments, and food engineering. This work reports the development and characterization of a pH sensitive system for controlled release based on PLCs...
January 4, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088683/effects-of-protease-activated-receptor-1-inhibition-on-anxiety-and-fear-following-status-epilepticus
#18
Mihail Fedoriuk, Dmytro Isaev, Oleg Krishtal, Gregory L Holmes, Elena Isaeva
Protease-activated receptor 1 (PAR1) is an important contributor to the pathogenesis of a variety of brain disorders associated with a risk of epilepsy development. Using the lithium-pilocarpine model of temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE), we recently showed that inhibition of this receptor during the first ten days after pilocarpine-induced status epilepticus (SE) results in substantial anti-epileptogenic and neuroprotective effects. As PAR1 is expressed in the central nervous system regions of importance for processing emotional reactions, including amygdala and hippocampus, and TLE is frequently associated with a chronic alteration of the functions of these regions, we tested the hypothesis that PAR1 inhibition could modulate emotionally driven behavioral responses of rats experiencing SE...
January 12, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088676/structure-of-o-specific-polysaccharide-of-oligotropha-carboxidovorans-om5-a-wastewater-bacterium
#19
Iwona Komaniecka, Adam Choma, Katarzyna Zamlynska, Anna Sroka-Bartnicka, Pawel Sowinski
Oligotropha carboxidovorans strain OM5 (previously known as Pseudomonas carboxydovorans OM5) is a rod-shaped Gram-negative bacterium isolated from wastewater. This bacterium is able to live in aerobic and, facultatively, in autotrophic conditions. For autotrophic growth, the bacteria can utilize carbon monoxide or hydrogen as a source of energy. The O-specific polysaccharide isolated from O. carboxidovorans OM5 lipopolysaccharide was structurally characterized using chemical analyses, 1D and 2D NMR spectroscopy, and MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry techniques...
January 3, 2017: Carbohydrate Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088672/using-discrete-multi-physics-for-detailed-exploration-of-hydrodynamics-in-an-in-vitro-colon-system
#20
A Alexiadis, K Stamatopoulos, W Wen, H K Batchelor, S Bakalis, M Barigou, M J H Simmons
We developed a mathematical model that describes the motion of viscous fluids in the partially-filled colon caused by the periodic contractions of flexible walls (peristalsis). In-vitro data are used to validate the model. The model is then used to identify two fundamental mechanisms of mass transport: the surfing mode and the pouring mode. The first mechanism is faster, but only involves the surface of the liquid. The second mechanism causes deeper mixing, and appears to be the main transport mechanism. Based on the gained understanding, we propose a series of measures that can improve the reliability of in-vitro models...
January 9, 2017: Computers in Biology and Medicine
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