Alicia L. Carriquiry

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Parametric and nonparametric methods have been developed for purposes of predicting phenotypes. These methods are based on retrospective analyses of empirical data consisting of genotypic and phenotypic scores. Recent reports have indicated that parametric methods are unable to predict phenotypes of traits with known epistatic genetic architectures. Herein,(More)
A mixed-model procedure for analysis of censored data assuming a multivariate normal distribution is described. A Bayesian framework is adopted which allows for estimation of fixed effects and variance components and prediction of random effects when records are left-censored. The procedure can be extended to right- and two-tailed censoring. The model(More)
The large number of available HIV-1 protease structures provides a remarkable sampling of conformations of the different conformational states, which can be viewed as direct structural information about the dynamics of the HIV-1 protease. After structure matching, we apply principal component analysis (PCA) to obtain the important apparent motions for both(More)
The dendritic branching pattern of cultured hippocampal neurons was analyzed to obtain mathematical parameters that fit the time-dependent growth of dendrites under limited extrinsic influence. Cultured neurons were stained with a non-toxic carbocyanine dye (diO) and pyramidal-shaped neurons that were physically separated from one another were analyzed at(More)
Gene expression patterns were profiled during somatic embryogenesis in a regeneration-proficient maize hybrid line, Hi II, in an effort to identify genes that might be used as developmental markers or targets to optimize regeneration steps for recovering maize plants from tissue culture. Gene expression profiles were generated from embryogenic calli induced(More)
A mathematical model (Kliemann, W. 1987. Bull. math. Biol. 49, 135-152.) that predicts the quantitative branching pattern of dendritic tree was evaluated using the apical and basal dendrites of rat hippocampal neurons. The Wald statistic for chi 2-test was developed for the branching pattern of dendritic trees and for the distribution of the maximal order(More)
MOTIVATION Microarrays can simultaneously measure the expression levels of many genes and are widely applied to study complex biological problems at the genetic level. To contain costs, instead of obtaining a microarray on each individual, mRNA from several subjects can be first pooled and then measured with a single array. mRNA pooling is also necessary(More)
OBJECTIVES Studies indicate high sodium and low potassium intake can increase blood pressure suggesting the ratio of sodium-to-potassium may be informative. Yet, limited studies examine the association of the sodium-to-potassium ratio with blood pressure and hypertension. METHODS We analyzed data on 10,563 participants aged ≥20 years in the 2005-2010(More)
Markov chain Monte Carlo (MCMC) methods have been proposed to overcome computational problems in linkage and segregation analyses. This approach involves sampling genotypes at the marker and trait loci. Scalar-Gibbs is easy to implement, and it is widely used in genetics. However, the Markov chain that corresponds to scalar-Gibbs may not be irreducible when(More)