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BACKGROUND Wolbachia are intriguing symbiotic endobacteria with a peculiar host range that includes arthropods and a single nematode family, the Onchocercidae encompassing agents of filariases. This raises the question of the origin of infection in filariae. Wolbachia infect the female germline and the hypodermis. Some evidences lead to the theory that(More)
BACKGROUND We compared here the suitability and efficacy of traditional morphological approach and DNA barcoding to distinguish filarioid nematodes species (Nematoda, Spirurida). A reliable and rapid taxonomic identification of these parasites is the basis for a correct diagnosis of important and widespread parasitic diseases. The performance of DNA(More)
Machine learning techniques have been widely used to detect morphological abnormalities from structural brain magnetic resonance imaging data and to support the diagnosis of neurological diseases such as dementia. In this paper, we propose to use a multiple instance learning (MIL) method in an application for the detection of Alzheimer's disease (AD) and(More)
The identification of anatomical landmarks in medical images is an important task in registration and morphometry. Manual labeling is time consuming and prone to observer errors. We propose a manifold learning procedure, based on Laplacian Eigenmaps, that learns an embedding from patches drawn from multiple brain MR images. The position of the patches in(More)
In this paper, we propose an image registration algorithm named statistically-based FFD registration (SFFD). This registration method is a modification of a well-known free-form deformations (FFD) approach. Our framework dramatically reduces the number of parameters to optimise and only needs to perform a single-resolution optimisation to account for coarse(More)
We propose a framework for feature extraction from learned low-dimensional subspaces that represent inter-subject variability. The manifold subspace is built from data-driven regions of interest (ROI). The regions are learned via sparse regression using the mini-mental state examination (MMSE) score as an independent variable which correlates better with(More)
Different neurodegenerative diseases can cause memory disorders and other cognitive impairments. The early detection and the stratification of patients according to the underlying disease are essential for an efficient approach to this healthcare challenge. This emphasizes the importance of differential diagnostics. Most studies compare patients and(More)
During the past twenty years, a number of molecular analyses have been performed to determine the evolutionary relationships of Onchocercidae, a family of filarial nematodes encompassing several species of medical or veterinary importance. However, opportunities for broad taxonomic sampling have been scarce, and analyses were based mainly on 12S rDNA and(More)