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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822323/discriminative-clustering-on-manifold-for-adaptive-transductive-classification
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Zhao Zhang, Lei Jia, Min Zhang, Bing Li, Li Zhang, Fanzhang Li
In this paper, we mainly propose a novel adaptive transductive label propagation approach by joint discriminative clustering on manifolds for representing and classifying high-dimensional data. Our framework seamlessly combines the unsupervised manifold learning, discriminative clustering and adaptive classification into a unified model. Also, our method incorporates the adaptive graph weight construction with label propagation. Specifically, our method is capable of propagating label information using adaptive weights over low-dimensional manifold features, which is different from most existing studies that usually predict the labels and construct the weights in the original Euclidean space...
August 1, 2017: Neural Networks: the Official Journal of the International Neural Network Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822294/does-reconsolidation-occur-in-natural-settings-memory-reconsolidation-and-anxiety-disorders
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REVIEW
Rodrigo S Fernández, María E Pedreira, Mariano M Boccia
In normal settings, our brain is able to update its stored representations in content, strength, and/or expectations by the memory reconsolidation process. Thus, a reactivated memory enters in a transient labile state (destabilization) followed by a re-stabilization phase in order to persist (memory reconsolidation). Cognitive neuroscience and its insight into psychiatric problems attributed a close relationship between memory (formation, maintenance, and utilization) and several mental disorders. In this framework, the reconsolidation process could be not only the mechanism for maintenance of some psychopathologies, but also open a novel therapeutic window...
August 10, 2017: Clinical Psychology Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822292/nanoparticles-assemblies-on-demand-controlled-aggregation-of-ag-0-mediated-by-modified-peptoid-sequences
#3
Hagar Tigger-Zaborov, Galia Maayan
Assemblies of metal nanoparticles (NPs) have been broadly used for the construction of materials with distinct spectroscopic properties towards sensing applications. On the other hand, well-dispersed NPs are exploit for applications in catalysis and medicine. Biopolymers or biomimetic oligomers can serve both as efficient stabilizers of NPs and as useful aggregation mediators that can lead to assemblies with unique properties. Controlling aggregation processes, however, is still challenging and often relies on trial and error rather than on defined thumb rules...
August 12, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822227/inborn-errors-of-metabolism-in-a-cohort-of-pregnancies-with-non-immune-hydrops-fetalis-a-single-center-experience
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Zandrè Bruwer, Nihal Al Riyami, Tamima Al Dughaishi, Fathiya Al Murshedi, Abeer Al Sayegh, Adila Al Kindy, Douja Meftah, Khalsa Al Kharusi, Amel Al Foori, Naeema Al Yarubi, Patrick Scott, Khalid Al-Thihli
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to determine the frequency of non-immune hydrops fetalis (NIHF) among all pregnancies referred for prenatal care at Sultan Qaboos University Hospital (SQUH) during the study period and to evaluate the underlying etiologies of NIH. STUDY DESIGN: All pregnancies referred to SQUH between February 2014 and December 2015 were identified, and all pregnancies meeting the diagnosis of NIHF were included in this study. All cases of NIHF referred to our center during this period underwent standard systematic diagnostic work-up that included biochemical and molecular studies in addition to the standard investigations for hydrops fetalis...
August 19, 2017: Journal of Perinatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822183/-application-of-dosc-combined-with-sbc-in-batches-transfer-of-nir-quantitative-model
#5
Yi-Fei Jia, Ying-Ying Zhang, Bing Xu, An-Dong Wang, Xue-Yan Zhan
Near infrared model established under a certain condition can be applied to the new samples status, environmental conditions or instrument status through the model transfer. Spectral background correction and model update are two types of data process methods of NIR quantitative model transfer, and orthogonal signal regression (OSR) is a method based on spectra background correction, in which virtual standard spectra is used to fit a linear relation between master batches spectra and slave batches spectra, and map the slave batches spectra to the master batch spectra to realize the transfer of near infrared quantitative model...
June 2017: Zhongguo Zhong Yao za Zhi, Zhongguo Zhongyao Zazhi, China Journal of Chinese Materia Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822095/validation-of-a-calibration-method-using-the-cross-calibration-factor-and-system-planar-sensitivity-in-quantitative-single-photon-emission-computed-tomography-imaging
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Norikazu Matsutomo, Saki Matsumoto, Tomoaki Yamamoto, Eisuke Sato
The present study aimed to validate the absolute quantitative accuracy of a calibration method for single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) using cross-calibration factor (CCF)- and system sensitivity-based calibration methods. The CCF obtained with different reconstruction parameters was evaluated using a cylindrical phantom (diameter 20 cm, height 20 cm). SPECT images were acquired with a positron emission tomography/computed tomography (CT) phantom. Subsequently, they were reconstructed by using ordered subset expectation maximization with resolution recovery, scatter, and CT-based attenuation correction...
August 18, 2017: Radiological Physics and Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822026/corneal-thickness-residual-stromal-thickness-and-its-effect-on-opaque-bubble-layer-in-small-incision-lenticule-extraction
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Jiaonan Ma, Yan Wang, Liuyang Li, Jiamei Zhang
PURPOSE: To evaluate the effects of the central corneal thickness (CCT) and residual stromal thickness (RST) on the formation of opaque bubble layer (OBL) during small-incision lenticule extraction (SMILE). METHODS: A total of 345 eyes from Refractive Surgery Center database at Tianjin Eye Hospital that had been subjected to SMILE surgery and followed for 6 months were included in this study and divided into OBL and OBL-free groups. Preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative data for all eyes were evaluated and analyzed using multivariate regression analysis...
August 18, 2017: International Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822005/a-supply-model-for-nurse-workforce-projection-in-malaysia
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Zuraida Abal Abas, Mohamad Raziff Ramli, Mohamad Ishak Desa, Nordin Saleh, Ainul Nadziha Hanafiah, Nuraini Aziz, Zaheera Zainal Abidin, Abdul Samad Shibghatullah, Ahmad Fadzli Nizam Abdul Rahman, Haslinda Musa
The paper aims to provide an insight into the significance of having a simulation model to forecast the supply of registered nurses for health workforce planning policy using System Dynamics. A model is highly in demand to predict the workforce demand for nurses in the future, which it supports for complete development of a needs-based nurse workforce projection using Malaysia as a case study. The supply model consists of three sub-models to forecast the number of registered nurses for the next 15 years: training model, population model and Full Time Equivalent (FTE) model...
August 18, 2017: Health Care Management Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821985/impact-of-processing-methods-on-urinary-biomarkers-analysis-in-neonates
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Michelle C Starr, David J Askenazi, Stuart L Goldstein, James W MacDonald, Theo K Bammler, Zahra Afsharinejad, Patrick D Brophy, Sandra E Juul, Dennis E Mayock, Sangeeta R Hingorani
BACKGROUND: In neonates, the validation of urinary biomarkers to diagnose acute kidney injury is a rapidly evolving field. The neonatal population poses unique challenges when assessing the collection, storage, and processing of urinary samples for biomarker analysis. Given this, establishing optimal and consistent sample processing in this population for meaningful use in ongoing clinical trials is important. METHODS: Urine from a cohort of 19 hospitalized neonatal intensive care unit patients enrolled in the Preterm Erythropoietin Neuroprotection Trial (Clinical Trial NCT01378273) was collected for biomarker analysis by indirect techniques using Fisher-brand cotton balls placed in the diapers...
August 19, 2017: Pediatric Nephrology: Journal of the International Pediatric Nephrology Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821927/control-of-wrist-movement-in-deafferented-man-evidence-for-a-mixed-strategy-of-position-and-amplitude-control
#10
R Chris Miall, P Haggard, J D Cole
There is a continuing debate about control of voluntary movement, with conflicted evidence about the balance between control of movement vectors (amplitude control) that implies knowledge of the starting position for accuracy, and equilibrium point or final position control, that is independent of the starting conditions. We tested wrist flexion and extension movements in a man with a chronic peripheral neuronopathy that deprived him of proprioceptive knowledge of his wrist angles. In a series of experiments, we demonstrate that he could scale the amplitude of his wrist movements in flexion/extension, even without visual feedback, and appeared to adopt a strategy of moving via a central wrist position when asked to reach target angles from unknown start locations...
August 18, 2017: Experimental Brain Research. Experimentelle Hirnforschung. Expérimentation Cérébrale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821842/direct-learning-hidden-excited-state-interaction-patterns-from-ab-initio-dynamics-and-its-implication-as-alternative-molecular-mechanism-models
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Fang Liu, Likai Du, Dongju Zhang, Jun Gao
The excited states of polyatomic systems are rather complex, and often exhibit meta-stable dynamical behaviors. Static analysis of reaction pathway often fails to sufficiently characterize excited state motions due to their highly non-equilibrium nature. Here, we proposed a time series guided clustering algorithm to generate most relevant meta-stable patterns directly from ab initio dynamic trajectories. Based on the knowledge of these meta-stable patterns, we suggested an interpolation scheme with only a concrete and finite set of known patterns to accurately predict the ground and excited state properties of the entire dynamics trajectories, namely, the prediction with ensemble models (PEM)...
August 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821821/the-inhibitory-mechanism-of-hal3-on-the-yeast-ppz1-phosphatase-a-mutagenesis-analysis
#12
Cristina Molero, Carlos Casado, Joaquín Ariño
The Ser/Thr protein phosphatase (PPase) Ppz1 is an enzyme related to the ubiquitous type-1 PPases (PP1c) but found only in fungi. It is regulated by an inhibitory subunit, Hal3, which binds to its catalytic domain. Overexpression of Ppz1 is highly toxic for yeast cells, so its de-regulation has been proposed as a target for novel antifungal therapies. While modulation of PP1c by its many regulatory subunits has been extensively characterized, the manner by which Hal3 controls Ppz1 remains unknown. We have used error-prone PCR mutagenesis to construct a library of Ppz1 variants and developed a functional assay to identify mutations affecting the binding or/and the inhibitory capacity of Hal3...
August 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821635/enzyme-replacement-prevents-neonatal-death-liver-damage-and-osteoporosis-in-murine-homocystinuria
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Tomas Majtan, Helena Hůlková, Insun Park, Jakub Krijt, Viktor Kožich, Erez M Bublil, Jan P Kraus
Classical homocystinuria (HCU) is an inborn error of sulfur amino acid metabolism caused by deficient activity of cystathionine β-synthase (CBS), resulting in an accumulation of homocysteine and a concomitant decrease of cystathionine and cysteine in blood and tissues. In mice, the complete lack of CBS is neonatal lethal. In this study, newborn CBS knockout (KO) mice were treated with recombinant polyethyleneglycolylated human truncated CBS (PEG-CBS). Full survival of the treated KO mice, along with a positive impact on metabolite levels in plasma, liver, brain, and kidneys, was observed...
August 16, 2017: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821474/validation-relaxation-a-quality-assurance-strategy-for-electronic-data-collection
#14
Avi Kenny, Nicholas Gordon, Thomas Griffiths, John D Kraemer, Mark J Siedner
BACKGROUND: The use of mobile devices for data collection in developing world settings is becoming increasingly common and may offer advantages in data collection quality and efficiency relative to paper-based methods. However, mobile data collection systems can hamper many standard quality assurance techniques due to the lack of a hardcopy backup of data. Consequently, mobile health data collection platforms have the potential to generate datasets that appear valid, but are susceptible to unidentified database design flaws, areas of miscomprehension by enumerators, and data recording errors...
August 18, 2017: Journal of Medical Internet Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821183/improvement-of-the-threespine-stickleback-genome-using-a-hi-c-based-proximity-guided-assembly
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Catherine L Peichel, Shawn T Sullivan, Ivan Liachko, Michael A White
Scaffolding genomes into complete chromosome assemblies remains challenging even with the rapidly increasing sequence coverage generated by current next-generation sequence technologies. Even with scaffolding information, many genome assemblies remain incomplete. The genome of the threespine stickleback (Gasterosteus aculeatus), a fish model system in evolutionary genetics and genomics, is not completely assembled despite scaffolding with high-density linkage maps. Here, we first test the ability of a Hi-C based proximity-guided assembly (PGA) to perform a de novo genome assembly from relatively short contigs...
September 1, 2017: Journal of Heredity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820988/integrating-printed-microfluidics-with-silicon-photomultipliers-for-miniaturised-and-highly-sensitive-atp-bioluminescence-detection
#16
M F Santangelo, S Libertino, A P F Turner, D Filippini, W C Mak
Bioluminescence has been widely used for important biosensing applications such as the measurement of adenosine triphosphate (ATP), the energy unit in biological systems and an indicator of vital processes. The current technology for detection is mainly based on large equipment such as readers and imaging systems, which require intensive and time-consuming procedures. A miniaturised bioluminescence sensing system, which would allow sensitive and continuous monitoring of ATP, with an integrated and low-cost disposable microfluidic chamber for handling of biological samples, is highly desirable...
July 27, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820973/an-in-situ-raman-study-on-pristane-at-high-pressure-and-ambient-temperature
#17
Jia Wu, Zhiyong Ni, Shixia Wang, Haifei Zheng
The CH Raman spectroscopic band (2800-3000cm(-1)) of pristane was measured in a diamond anvil cell at 1.1-1532MPa and ambient temperature. Three models are used for the peak-fitting of this CH Raman band, and the linear correlations between pressure and corresponding peak positions are calculated as well. The results demonstrate that 1) the number of peaks that one chooses to fit the spectrum affects the results, which indicates that the application of the spectroscopic barometry with a function group of organic matters suffers significant limitations; and 2) the linear correlation between pressure and fitted peak positions from one-peak model is more superior than that from multiple-peak model, meanwhile the standard error of the latter is much higher than that of the former...
July 19, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820934/supramolecular-sensors-for-opiates-and-their-metabolites
#18
Elena G Shcherbakova, Ben Zhang, Samer Gozem, Tsuyoshi Minami, Peter Y Zavalij, Mariia Pushina, Lyle Isaacs, Pavel Anzenbacher
The present work develops a sensing approach for opiates using acyclic cucurbituril (aCBs) sensors comprising four glycouril units terminated on both ends with naphthalene fluorophore walls. The connectivity between the glycourils and the naphthalene rings largely defines the opening size of the cucurbituril cavity and its diameter. The large hydrophobic binding cavity is flexible and is able to adapt to guests of various size and topology. The recognition event between the aCBs and guests results in modification of the fluorescence of the terminal walls, a fluorescence response that can be used to sense the drugs of abuse morphine, heroin and oxycodone as well as their metabolites...
August 18, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820888/a-new-model-integrating-short-and-long-term-aging-of-copper-added-to-soils
#19
Saiqi Zeng, Jumei Li, Dongpu Wei, Yibing Ma
Aging refers to the processes by which the bioavailability/toxicity, isotopic exchangeability, and extractability of metals added to soils decline overtime. We studied the characteristics of the aging process in copper (Cu) added to soils and the factors that affect this process. Then we developed a semi-mechanistic model to predict the lability of Cu during the aging process with descriptions of the diffusion process using complementary error function. In the previous studies, two semi-mechanistic models to separately predict short-term and long-term aging of Cu added to soils were developed with individual descriptions of the diffusion process...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820862/shiftwork-and-the-retinal-vasculature-diameters-among-police-officers
#20
Luenda E Charles, Ja K Gu, Claudia C Ma, Lisa M Grady, Anna Mnatsakanova, Michael E Andrew, Desta Fekedulegn, John M Violanti, Ronald Klein
OBJECTIVE: To investigate associations of central retinal arteriolar equivalent (CRAE), a measure of retinal arteriolar width, and central retinal venular equivalents (CRVE), a measure of retinal venular width, with shiftwork in 199 police officers (72.9% men). METHODS: Shiftwork (day, afternoon, night) was assessed using electronic payroll records. Four digital retinal images per officer were taken. Mean diameters of the retinal vasculature were compared across shifts using analysis of variance (ANOVA)/analysis of covariance (ANCOVA)...
August 17, 2017: Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
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