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Jose A Castro-Rodriguez, Sejal Saglani, Carlos E Rodriguez-Martinez, Maria A Oyarzun, Louis Fleming, Andrew Bush
OBJECTIVES: We aimed to perform a systematic review of all studies with direct measurements of both airway inflammation and remodeling in the subgroup of children with repeated wheezing and/or persistent asthma severe enough to warrant bronchoscopy, to address whether airway inflammation precedes remodeling or is a parallel process, and also to assess the impact of remodeling on lung function. METHODS: Four databases were searched up to June 2017. Two independent reviewers screened the literature and extracted relevant data...
February 22, 2018: Pediatric Pulmonology
Xintao Hu, Heng Huang, Bo Peng, Junwei Han, Nian Liu, Jinglei Lv, Lei Guo, Christine Guo, Tianming Liu
Blind source separation (BSS) is commonly used in functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) data analysis. Recently, BSS models based on restricted Boltzmann machine (RBM), one of the building blocks of deep learning models, have been shown to improve brain network identification compared to conventional single matrix factorization models such as independent component analysis (ICA). These models, however, trained RBM on fMRI volumes, and are hence challenged by model complexity and limited training set...
February 18, 2018: Human Brain Mapping
Peter de Boves Harrington
A modified algorithm for training a restricted Boltzmann machine (RBM) has been devised and demonstrated for improving the results for partial least squares (PLS) calibration of wheat and meat by near-infrared (NIR) spectroscopy. In all cases, the PLS calibrations improved by using the abstract features generated from the RBM so long as the nonlinear mapping increased the dimensionality. The evaluations were validated using bootstrapped Latin partitions (BLPs) with 5 bootstraps and 3-Latin partitions which proved useful because of the statistical learning and random initial conditions of the RBM networks...
June 20, 2018: Analytica Chimica Acta
Kathya Cordova-Pozo, Andrea J Hoopes, Freddy Cordova, Bernardo Vega, Zoyla Segura, Arnold Hagens
BACKGROUND: Adolescent sexual and reproductive health (SRH), problems such as unplanned pregnancies are complex and multifactorial, thus requiring multifaceted prevention interventions. Evaluating the impact of such interventions is important to ensure efficiency, effectiveness and accountability for project funders and community members. In this study, we propose Results Based Management (RBM) as a framework for project management, using the Community Embedded Reproductive Health Care for Adolescents (CERCA) as a case study for RBM...
February 8, 2018: Reproductive Health
Yang Zhang, Ping Jiang, Hongyan Zhang, Peng Cheng
Thermal infrared remote sensing has become one of the main technology methods used for urban heat island research. When applying urban land surface temperature inversion of the thermal infrared band, problems with intensity level division arise because the method is subjective. However, this method is one of the few that performs heat island intensity level identification. This paper will build an intensity level identifier for an urban heat island, by using weak supervision and thought-based learning in an improved, restricted Boltzmann machine (RBM) model...
January 23, 2018: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Maria Chiara Ciuffreda, Giuseppe Malpasso, Cindy Chokoza, Deon Bezuidenhout, Kyle P Goetsch, Manuela Mura, Federica Pisano, Neil H Davies, Massimiliano Gnecchi
BACKGROUND: Mesenchymal stromal cells (MSC) repair infarcted hearts mainly through paracrine mechanisms. Low cell engraftment limits the release of soluble paracrine factors (SF) over time and, consequently, MSC efficacy. We tested whether a synthetic extracellular matrix mimic, a hydrogel containing heparin (H-HG), could ameliorate MSC engraftment and binding/release of SF, thus improving MSC therapy efficacy. METHODS AND RESULTS: In vitro, rat bone-marrow MSC (rBM-MSC) were seeded and grown into H-HG...
January 13, 2018: Acta Biomaterialia
Alain Stricker-Krongrad, Catherine Shoemake, Miao Zhong, Jason Liu, Guy Bouchard
Background: Measuring expression profiles of inflammatory biomarkers is important in monitoring the polarization of immune responses; therefore, results should be independent of quantitation methods if they are to be accepted as validated clinical pathology biomarkers. To evaluate effects of differing quantitation methods, the seven major circulating Th1/Th2/Th17 cytokines interleukin 2 (IL-2), interferon γ (IFN-γ), tumor necrosis factor α (TNF-α), IL-4, IL-6, IL-10 and IL-17A were quantified in plasma of lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-treated mice with two different multiplex platforms...
2018: BMC Clinical Pathology
Sérgio Pereira, Raphael Meier, Richard McKinley, Roland Wiest, Victor Alves, Carlos A Silva, Mauricio Reyes
Machine learning systems are achieving better performances at the cost of becoming increasingly complex. However, because of that, they become less interpretable, which may cause some distrust by the end-user of the system. This is especially important as these systems are pervasively being introduced to critical domains, such as the medical field. Representation Learning techniques are general methods for automatic feature computation. Nevertheless, these techniques are regarded as uninterpretable "black boxes"...
December 20, 2017: Medical Image Analysis
Julie J Loiselle, Leslie C Sutherland
RBM10 is an RNA binding motif (RBM) protein expressed in most, if not all, human and animal cells. Interest in RBM10 is rapidly increasing and its clinical importance is highlighted by its identification as the causative agent of TARP syndrome, a developmental condition that significantly impacts affected children. RBM10's cellular functions are beginning to be explored, with initial studies demonstrating a tumour suppressor role. Very recently, however, contradictory results have emerged, suggesting a tumour promoter role for RBM10...
December 23, 2017: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
Kaviyanka Selvasandran, Georges Makhoul, Prashant K Jaiswal, Rishi Jurakhan, Li Li, Khalid Ridwan, Renzo Cecere
BACKGROUND: Poor viability and retention of transplanted bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells (BM-MSC) remains an obstacle in promoting healing after myocardial infarction (MI). This study aimed to understand the migratory, angiogenic, and cardioprotective effects induced by tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-α and hypoxia through rat BM-MSC (rBM-MSC) paracrine secretions, collectively referred to as secretome, after MI. METHODS: Secretome from rBM-MSC cultures treated with various combinations of H9c2 cardiomyoblast-conditioned medium, TNF-α, and hypoxia was initially collected...
December 16, 2017: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
Yu-Mi Kim, Soon-Joung Kwon, Hyun-Joon Jang, Young-Kwon Seo
The objective of this study is to evaluate of rice bran mineral extract (RBM) increases the expression of anagen-related molecules in human dermal papilla (DOCs). Four treatment groups were established to evaluate the efficacy of RBM, including a negative control, positive control (ascorbic acid), RBM and ortho-silicic acid (Si(OH)4) (OSA) group. Three days after the DPCs were administered the various treatments, western blot analysis showed that type I collagen expression was increased 2.5-fold in the OSA group and 4-fold in the RBM group, and ALP expression was increased 1...
2017: Food & Nutrition Research
Yating Shi, Xiuguo Chen, Yinyin Tan, Hao Jiang, Shiyuan Liu
In this work, we combine conventional boundary element method (BEM) with the reduced-basis method (RBM) and propose a reduced-basis boundary element method (RB-BEM) to realize efficient modeling for parameterized electromagnetic scattering problems of dielectric scatterers. The RB-BEM allows for splitting the modeling process into a parameter-independent offline part and parameter-dependent online part, and replacing the high-dimensional original model obtained by conventional BEM with a low-dimensional reduced-basis model to improve computational efficiency of the online part...
December 1, 2017: Journal of the Optical Society of America. A, Optics, Image Science, and Vision
Giorgio Gastaldi, Maria Gabriella Grusovin, Pietro Felice, Carlo Barausse, Daniela Rita Ippolito, Marco Esposito
PURPOSE: To evaluate clinical safety and effectiveness of a novel calcium-incorporated titanium implant (Xpeed, MegaGen Implant Co. Limited, Gyeongbuk, South Korea). MATERIALS AND METHODS: In total, 60 patients were randomised to receive one to six titanium implants in the maxilla with either calcium-incorporated (Xpeed) or control resorbable blasted media (RBM) surfaces, according to a parallel group design at two centres. Implants were submerged and exposed at three different endpoints in equal groups of 20 patients at 12, 10 and 8 weeks, respectively...
2017: European Journal of Oral Implantology
Shan Tang, Chao Zuo, Dong-Liang Huang, Xiao-Ying Cai, Long-Hua Zhang, Chang-Lin Tian, Ji-Shen Zheng, Lei Liu
Chemical synthesis can produce membrane proteins bearing specifically designed modifications (e.g., phosphorylation, isotope labeling) that are difficult to obtain through recombinant protein expression approaches. The resulting homogeneously modified synthetic membrane proteins are valuable tools for many advanced biochemical and biophysical studies. This protocol describes the chemical synthesis of membrane proteins by condensation of transmembrane peptide segments through native chemical ligation. To avoid common problems encountered due to the poor solubility of transmembrane peptides in almost any solvent, we describe an effective procedure for the chemical synthesis of membrane proteins through the removable-backbone modification (RBM) strategy...
December 2017: Nature Protocols
Iza Toczyska, Ewa Zwolińska, Andrzej Chcialowski
Inflammation in the bronchial respiratory tract and lung parenchyma underlies the pathogenesis of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). It consists of effector cell infiltration, changes in reticular basement membrane (RBM) thickness, and the content of inflammatory mediators. The aim of this study was to assess the influence of inhaled corticosteroids (ICS) on the number of inflammatory cells and RBM thickness in bronchial biopsies, and pulmonary function in patients with moderate COPD. Twenty four patients with newly diagnosed COPD were included into the study...
November 28, 2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
Zeus A Antonello, Nancy Hsu, Manoj Bhasin, Giovanni Roti, Mukta Joshi, Paul Van Hummelen, Emily Ye, Agnes S Lo, S Ananth Karumanchi, Christine R Bryke, Carmelo Nucera
Purpose: Papillary thyroid carcinoma (PTC) is the most frequent endocrine tumor. BRAFV600E represents the PTC hallmark and is targeted with selective inhibitors (e.g. vemurafenib). Although there have been promising results in clinical trials using these inhibitors, most patients develop resistance and progress. Tumor clonal diversity is proposed as one mechanism underlying drug resistance. Here we have investigated mechanisms of primary and secondary resistance to vemurafenib in BRAFWT/V600E -positive PTC patient-derived cells with P16-/- (CDKN2A-/- )...
October 17, 2017: Oncotarget
Mudit Chowdhary, Derick Okwan-Duodu, Jeffrey M Switchenko, Robert H Press, Jaymin Jhaveri, Zachary S Buchwald, Jim Zhong, Bhavana V Chapman, Ranjit S Bindra, Joseph N Contessa, Henry S Park, James B Yu, Roy H Decker, Jeffrey J Olson, Nelson M Oyesiku, Ross A Abrams, Hui-Kuo G Shu, Walter J Curran, Ian R Crocker, Kirtesh R Patel
Preclinical evidence suggests angiotensin blockade therapy (ABT) decreases late radiation toxicities. This study aims to investigate the association between ABT and symptomatic radiation necrosis (SRN) following stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS). Resected brain metastases (rBM) and arteriovenous malformation (AVM) patients treated with SRS from 2002 to 2015 were identified. Patients in the ABT cohort were on therapy during SRS and at 1-month follow up. Kaplan Meier method and cumulative incidence model were used to analyze overall survival (OS) and intracranial outcomes...
November 9, 2017: Journal of Neuro-oncology
Jun Shimazaki, Den Seika, Masamichi Saga, Kazumi Fukagawa, Miki Sakata, Miki Iwasaki, Takashi Okano
The purpose of the study was to compare the two mucin secretogogues, diquafosol (DQS) and rebamipide (RBM), for the treatment of dry eye syndrome (DES) in office workers. Dry eye patients using computers for >4 h/day were randomly assigned treatment with either DQS or RBM. Main outcomes measures included changes in tear film break-up time (TBUT) and subjective symptoms assessed by the Dry Eye-Related Quality of Life Score (DEQS). The subjects had scheduled examinations at 0 and 4 weeks, and the examinations at 2 and 8 weeks were optional...
November 9, 2017: Scientific Reports
Dinberu Seyoum, Niko Speybroeck, Luc Duchateau, Patrick Brandt, Angel Rosas-Aguirre
Introduction : A large proportion of the Ethiopian population (approximately 68%) lives in malaria risk areas. Millions of long-lasting insecticide treated nets (LLINs) have been distributed as part of the malaria prevention and control strategy in the country. This study assessed the ownership, access and use of LLNs in the malaria endemic southwest Ethiopia. Methods: A community-based cross-sectional study was conducted in southwest Ethiopia during October-November 2015, including 836 households from sixteen villages around Gilgel-Gibe dam area...
October 27, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Yaguang Jia, Jun Xie, Guanghua Xu, Min Li, Sicong Zhang, Ailing Luo, Xingliang Han
Signal processing is one of the key points in brain computer interface (BCI) application. The common methods in BCI signal classification include canonical correlation analysis (CCA), support vector machine (SVM) and so on. However, because BCI signals are very complex and valid signals often come with confounded background noise, many current classification methods would lose meaningful information embedded in human EEGs. Otherwise, due to the huge inter-subject variability with respect to characteristics and patterns of BCI signals, there often exists large difference of classification accuracy among different subjects...
July 2017: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
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