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RNA-sequencing (RNA-seq) has become an established way for measuring gene expression in model organisms and humans. While methods development for refining the corresponding data processing and analysis pipeline is ongoing, protocols for typical steps have been proposed and are widely used. Several user interfaces have been developed for making such analysis(More)
Physical frailty and sarcopenia are two common and largely overlapping geriatric conditions upstream of the disabling cascade. The lack of a unique operational definition for physical frailty and sarcopenia and the complex underlying pathophysiology make the development of biomarkers for these conditions extremely challenging. Indeed, the current(More)
Artificial neural networks are a family of non-linear computational methods, loosely inspired by the human brain, that have found application in an increasing number of fields of analytical chemistry and specifically of food control. In this review, the main neural network architectures are described and examples of their application to solve food(More)
Hypericum perforatum L. is a medicinal plant commonly used worldwide for the treatment of mild and moderate depression due to its wide range of bioactive compounds. H. perforatum regenerated roots have been proposed as an efficacious in vitro system to biosynthesize pharmaceutically useful secondary metabolites. In the present study, a metabolomic platform,(More)
Fruit and vegetable consumption has been associated with several health benefits; however the mechanisms are largely unknown at the biochemical level. Our research aims to investigate whether plasma metabolome profiling can reflect biological effects after feeding rats with raw apple by using an untargeted UPLC–ESI–TOF–MS based metabolomics approach in both(More)
A computational approach for the identification and investigation of correlations between a chemical structure and a selected biological property is described. It is based on a set of 132 compounds of known chemical structures, which were tested for their binding affinities to the estrogen receptor. Different multivariate modeling methods, i.e., partial(More)
BACKGROUND Chronic, low-grade inflammation and declining physical function are hallmarks of the aging process. However, previous attempts to correlate individual inflammatory biomarkers with physical performance in older people have produced mixed results. Given the complexity of the inflammatory response, the simultaneous analysis of an array of(More)
BACKGROUND The thermal oxidative degradation of aged and non aged cellulose samples of commercial paper was studied using thermogravimetry and derivative thermogravimetry under a forced air flow up to 800°C. RESULTS TG and DTG data were processed using two non-isothermal-based model-fitting methods and one based on linear least squares to calculate Ea(More)
BACKGROUND Serum concentrations of the C-terminal fragment of agrin (CAF), a component of the neuromuscular junction (NMJ), are elevated in older community-dwellers with sarcopenia. Whether CAF may be used as a marker for muscle wasting in the presence of NMJ mechanical damage is presently unknown. The present study was undertaken to verify if serum CAF(More)
BACKGROUND The potential of coupling chemometric data processing techniques to thermal analysis for formulating an "archaeometric" classification of fossil bones was investigated. Moreover, the possibility of integrating the outcomes of this approach with the results of inductively coupled plasma (ICP) emission spectroscopy for an anthropological(More)