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Bingyu Li, Xizhe Li, Yanhua Dong, Bing Wang, Dongyang Li, Youmin Shi, Yayan Wu
We report a simple and novel colorimetric sensor array for rapid identification of microorganisms. In this study, four gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) with diverse surface charges were used as sensing elements. The interactions between AuNPs and microorganisms led to obvious color shifts, which could be observed by naked eyes. Fifteen microorganisms had their own response patterns and were differentiated by linear discriminant analysis (LDA) successfully. Moreover, microorganisms mixtures could also be well discerned...
September 21, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
Masato Taki, Tadayuki Oshima, Katsuyuki Tozawa, Yukako Taniguchi, Toshihiko Tomita, Yoshio Ohda, Hirokazu Fukui, Jiro Watari, Hiroto Miwa
The increase in incidence of colonic diverticular bleeding is relative to an age-related rise in the incidence of colonic diverticulosis and use of antithrombotic medication. However, risk factors related to the onset, recurrence, and prophylaxis have not been established. Therefore, we aimed to determine risk factors for the onset and recurrence of colonic diverticular bleeding.An age- and sex-matched case-control study was performed to assess the risk factors for the onset of colonic diverticular bleeding...
September 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
Miraemiliana Murat, Siow-Wee Chang, Arpah Abu, Hwa Jen Yap, Kien-Thai Yong
Plants play a crucial role in foodstuff, medicine, industry, and environmental protection. The skill of recognising plants is very important in some applications, including conservation of endangered species and rehabilitation of lands after mining activities. However, it is a difficult task to identify plant species because it requires specialized knowledge. Developing an automated classification system for plant species is necessary and valuable since it can help specialists as well as the public in identifying plant species easily...
2017: PeerJ
Mahdi Ghasemi-Varnamkhasti, Zahra Safari Amiri, Mojtaba Tohidi, Majid Dowlati, Seyed Saeid Mohtasebi, Adenilton C Silva, David D S Fernandes, Mário C U Araujo
Cumin is a plant of the Apiaceae family (umbelliferae) which has been used since ancient times as a medicinal plant and as a spice. The difference in the percentage of aromatic compounds in cumin obtained from different locations has led to differentiation of some species of cumin from other species. The quality and price of cumin vary according to the specie and may be an incentive for the adulteration of high value samples with low quality cultivars. An electronic nose simulates the human olfactory sense by using an array of sensors to distinguish complex smells...
January 1, 2018: Talanta
Kan Lin, Wei Zheng, Chwee Ming Lim, Zhiwei Huang
We report the utility of a simultaneous fingerprint (FP) (i.e., 800-1800 cm(-1)) and high-wavenumber (HW) (i.e., 2800-3600 cm(-1)) fiber-optic Raman spectroscopy developed for real-time in vivo diagnosis of nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC) at endoscopy. A total of 3731 high-quality in vivo FP/HW Raman spectra (normal=1765; cancer=1966) were acquired in real-time from 204 tissue sites (normal=95; cancer=109) of 95 subjects (normal=57; cancer=38) undergoing endoscopic examination. FP/HW Raman spectra differ significantly between normal and cancerous nasopharyngeal tissues that could be attributed to changes of proteins, lipids, nucleic acids, and the bound water content in NPC...
2017: Theranostics
Laurent Arnaud, Fabrizio Conti, François Chasset, Laura Massaro, Gentian Denas, Francois Chasset, Vittorio Pengo
Whether primary prophylaxis should be prescribed in individuals with antiphospholipid antibodies (aPL) remains controversial due to the lack of relevant evidence-based data. Indeed, it is unclear whether the benefit of LDA outweighs the risk of major bleeding associated LDA in a low-risk population. On the contrary, stratification of aPL-positive subjects according to their aPL profile (combination, isotype and titer), presence of other concomitant risk factors for thrombosis and coexistence of an underling autoimmune disease is essential to decide whether primary prophylactic therapy should be prescribed...
September 11, 2017: Autoimmunity Reviews
Harrison L Bartlett, Michael Goldfarb
OBJECTIVE: This paper describes a gait classification method which utilizes measured motion of the thigh segment provided by an inertial measurement unit (IMU). METHODS: The classification method employs a phase-variable description of gait, and identifies a given activity based on the expected curvature characteristics of that activity over a gait cycle. The classification method was tested in experiments conducted with seven healthy subjects performing three different locomotor activities: level ground walking, stair descent, and stair ascent...
September 8, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Bio-medical Engineering
Ireneus Kagashe, Zhijun Yan, Imran Suheryani
BACKGROUND: Uptake of medicinal drugs (preventive or treatment) is among the approaches used to control disease outbreaks, and therefore, it is of vital importance to be aware of the counts or frequencies of most commonly used drugs and trending topics about these drugs from consumers for successful implementation of control measures. Traditional survey methods would have accomplished this study, but they are too costly in terms of resources needed, and they are subject to social desirability bias for topics discovery...
September 12, 2017: Journal of Medical Internet Research
Viktor Ivady, Adam Gali, Igor A Abrikosov
Hybrid functionals' non-local exchange-correlation potential contains a derivative discontinuity that improves on standard semi-local density functional theory (DFT) band gaps. Moreover, by careful parameterization, hybrid functionals can provide self-interaction reduced description of selected states. On the other hand, the uniform description of all the electronic states of a given system is a known drawback of these functionals that causes varying accuracy in the description of states with different degrees of localization...
September 11, 2017: Journal of Physics. Condensed Matter: An Institute of Physics Journal
David M Golombos, Abimbola Ayangbesan, Padraic O'Malley, Patrick Lewicki, LaMont Barlow, Christopher E Barbieri, Chrystal Chan, Casey DuLong, Galeb Abu-Ali, Curtis Huttenhower, Douglas S Scherr
OBJECTIVE: To elucidate potential biomarkers or mechanistic principles involved with the gut microbiota and its impact on prostate cancer pathogenesis. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A prospective case-control pilot study evaluating the gut microbiome of 20 men with either benign prostatic conditions (n = 8) or intermediate/high risk clinically localized prostate cancer (Gleason ≥4+3 cN0M0) (n = 12) undergoing care at tertiary referral center from 9/1/2015 - 3/1/2016...
September 6, 2017: Urology
Mohamed Zeineldin, James Lowe, Maria de Godoy, Nidia Maradiaga, Chelsey Ramirez, Mohamed Ghanem, Yassein Abd El-Raof, Brian Aldridge
Bovine respiratory disease (BRD) is one of the most serious causes of health and economic problems in the beef production industry, especially in recently weaned, intensely raised and newly transported feedlot cattle. While the importance of upper airway structure and function in the susceptibility of the lower respiratory tract to colonization with potential pathogens is well established, the role of the mucosal microbiota in respirtatory health is less well defined. The objective of this study was to characterize the nasopharyngeal microbiota of feedlot cattle at entry into a commercial feedlot, during initial management processing, and to compare the dynamics of change in these microbial communities between clinically healthy calves and those that develop BRD within the first month after entry...
September 2017: Veterinary Microbiology
Tiago P Almeida, Gavin S Chu, Xin Li, Nawshin Dastagir, Jiun H Tuan, Peter J Stafford, Fernando S Schlindwein, G André Ng
Purpose: Complex fractionated atrial electrograms (CFAE)-guided ablation after pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) has been used for persistent atrial fibrillation (persAF) therapy. This strategy has shown suboptimal outcomes due to, among other factors, undetected changes in the atrial tissue following PVI. In the present work, we investigate CFAE distribution before and after PVI in patients with persAF using a multivariate statistical model. Methods: 207 pairs of atrial electrograms (AEGs) were collected before and after PVI respectively, from corresponding LA regions in 18 persAF patients...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
Gabriel A Leiva-Valenzuela, María Mariotti, Germán Mondragón, Franco Pedreschi
This research tested furan classification models in fried matrices based on the pattern recognition of images. Samples were fried at 150, 160, 170, 180, and 190°C for 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, and 30min. Furan was measured by GC-MS. Corresponding images were acquired and processed to extract 2175 chromatic and textural features. Principal component analysis was used to reduce features to 8-12 principal components. In parallel, sequential forward selection coupled with linear discriminant analysis (LDA) was the best strategy to select only 5-7 features...
January 15, 2018: Food Chemistry
F Curate, C Umbelino, A Perinha, C Nogueira, A M Silva, E Cunha
The assessment of sex is of paramount importance in the establishment of the biological profile of a skeletal individual. Femoral relevance for sex estimation is indisputable, particularly when other exceedingly dimorphic skeletal regions are missing. As such, this study intended to generate population-specific osteometric models for the estimation of sex with the femur and to compare the accuracy of the models obtained through classical and machine-learning classifiers. A set of 15 standard femoral measurements was acquired in a training sample (100 females; 100 males) from the Coimbra Identified Skeletal Collection (University of Coimbra, Portugal) and models for sex classification were produced with logistic regression (LR), linear discriminant analysis (LDA), support vector machines (SVM), and reduce error pruning trees (REPTree)...
August 24, 2017: Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine
Milena Ivanović, Anja Petek, Maša Islamčević Razboršek, Mitja Kolar
Total phenolic (TPC), flavonoid (TFC) and tannin (TTC) contents, total SO2, total acids, pH, and reducing sugars were measured in twenty five Slovenian red wines from three key wine producing regions, Podravje, Posavje and Primorska. The results were chemometrically analysed and the wines were classified according to wine growing region and vine variety. Principal component analysis proved that TPC, TFC and TTC contents were primarily responsible for variation in the wines. Additionally, linear discriminant analysis (LDA) was performed and resulted in the satisfactory classification of samples by both vine variety and region...
September 2017: Acta Chimica Slovenica
Chak Sing Lau, Allan Gibofsky, Nemanja Damjanov, Sadiq Lula, Lisa Marshall, Heather Jones, Paul Emery
Biologic therapies have improved the management of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and the treat-to-target approach has resulted in many patients achieving remission. In the current treatment landscape, clinicians have begun considering dose reduction/tapering for their patients. Rheumatology guidelines in Asia, Europe, and the United States include down-titration of biologics but admit that the level of evidence is moderate. We conducted a systematic literature review to assess the published studies that evaluate down-titration of biologics in RA...
August 29, 2017: Rheumatology International
Qiang Zhang, Jian-Guo Xu
This study aimed to establish a method for distinguishing the geographical origin of common buckwheat from Inner Mongolia, Shanxi and Shaanxi Provinces in China. Three chemical families including mineral elements, vitamins and amino acids of 48 samples from different geographical origins were analyzed by principal component analysis (PCA), cluster analysis (CA) and linear discriminate analysis (LDA) for this purpose. LDA clearly discriminated the geographical origin of common buckwheat samples grown in three regions, and gave a high correct classification rate of 95...
August 29, 2017: Scientific Reports
Karla Danielle Tavares Melo Milanez, Thiago César Araújo Nóbrega, Danielle Silva Nascimento, Roberto Kawakami Harrop Galvão, Márcio José Coelho Pontes
Multivariate models have been widely used in analytical problems involving quantitative and qualitative analyzes. However, there are cases in which a model is not applicable to spectra of samples obtained under new experimental conditions or in an instrument not involved in the modeling step. A solution to this problem is the transfer of multivariate models, usually performed using standardization of the spectral responses or enhancement of the robustness of the model. This present paper proposes two new criteria for selection of robust variables for classification transfer employing the successive projections algorithm (SPA)...
September 1, 2017: Analytica Chimica Acta
Marcello Manfredi, Elisa Robotti, Fabio Quasso, Eleonora Mazzucco, Giorgio Calabrese, Emilio Marengo
The authentication and traceability of hazelnuts is very important for both the consumer and the food industry, to safeguard the protected varieties and the food quality. This study investigates the use of a portable FTIR spectrometer coupled to multivariate statistical analysis for the classification of raw hazelnuts. The method discriminates hazelnuts from different origins/cultivars based on differences of the signal intensities of their IR spectra. The multivariate classification methods, namely principal component analysis (PCA) followed by linear discriminant analysis (LDA) and partial least square discriminant analysis (PLS-DA), with or without variable selection, allowed a very good discrimination among the groups, with PLS-DA coupled to variable selection providing the best results...
August 17, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
H Mandelkow, J A de Zwart, J H Duyn
Studies involving multivariate pattern analysis (MVPA) of BOLD fMRI data generally attribute the success of the information-theoretic approach to BOLD signal contrast on the fine spatial scale of millimeters facilitating the classification or decoding of perceptual stimuli. However, to date MVPA studies that have actually explored fMRI resolutions at less than 2 mm voxel size are rare and limited to small sets of unnatural stimuli (like visual gratings) as well as specific sub-regions of the brain, notably the primary somatosensory cortices...
August 24, 2017: NeuroImage
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