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Annals of Biomedical Engineering

Lauren E Marshall, Roy Koomullil, Andra R Frost, Joel L Berry
A preclinical testing model for cancer therapeutics that replicates in vivo physiology is needed to accurately describe drug delivery and efficacy prior to clinical trials. To develop an in vitro model of breast cancer that mimics in vivo drug/nutrient delivery as well as physiological size and bio-composition, it is essential to describe the mass transport quantitatively. The objective of the present study was to develop in vitro and computational models to measure mass transport from a perfusion system into a 3D extracellular matrix (ECM)...
October 21, 2016: Annals of Biomedical Engineering
Minoo Heidari Kani, Eng-Cheng Chan, Roger C Young, Trent Butler, Roger Smith, Jonathan W Paul
Research insights into uterine function and the mechanisms of labour have been hindered by the lack of suitable animal and cellular models. The use of traditional culturing methods limits the exploration of complex uterine functions, such as cell interactions, connectivity and contractile behaviour, as it fails to mimic the three-dimensional (3D) nature of uterine cell interactions in vivo. Animal models are an option, however, use of these models is constrained by ethical considerations as well as translational limitations to humans...
October 21, 2016: Annals of Biomedical Engineering
Yushu Yin, Georgia Papavasiliou, Olga Y Zaborina, John C Alverdy, Fouad Teymour
The human gastrointestinal tract is the primary site of colonization of multidrug resistant pathogens and the major source of life-threatening complications in critically ill and immunocompromised patients. Eradication measures using antibiotics carry further risk of antibiotic resistance. Furthermore, antibiotic treatment can adversely shift the intestinal microbiome toward domination by resistant pathogens. Therefore, approaches directed to prevent replacement of health promoting microbiota with resistant pathogens should be developed...
October 19, 2016: Annals of Biomedical Engineering
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October 19, 2016: Annals of Biomedical Engineering
Marco Piola, Matthijs Ruiter, Riccardo Vismara, Valeria Mastrullo, Marco Agrifoglio, Marco Zanobini, Maurizio Pesce, Monica Soncini, Gianfranco Beniamino Fiore
After coronary artery bypass grafting, structural modifications of the saphenous vein wall lead to lumen narrowing in response to the altered hemodynamic conditions. Here we present the design of a novel ex vivo culture system conceived for mimicking central coronary artery hemodynamics, and we report the results of biomechanical stimulation experiments using human saphenous vein samples. The novel pulsatile system used an aortic-like pressure for forcing a time-dependent coronary-like resistance to obtain the corresponding coronary-like flow rate...
October 17, 2016: Annals of Biomedical Engineering
Caitlin Martin, Wei Sun
Transcatheter aortic valve (TAV) implantation within a failed bioprosthetic valve is a growing trend for high-risk patients. The non-compliant stent of the previous prosthesis may prevent full expansion of the TAV, which has been shown to distort the leaflet configuration, and has been hypothesized to adversely affect durability. In this study, TAV leaflet fatigue damage under cyclic pressurization in the setting of stent underexpansion by 0 (fully expanded), 1, 2 and 3 mm was simulated using finite element analysis to test this hypothesis...
October 12, 2016: Annals of Biomedical Engineering
Nicole L Zaino, Mark J Hedgeland, Mario J Ciani, Alexander Martin Clark, Laurel Kuxhaus, Arthur J Michalek
Animal joints are valuable proxies for those of humans in biomechanical studies, however commonly used quadruped knees differ greatly from human knees in scale and morphometry. To test the suitability of the cervine stifle joint (deer knee) as a laboratory model, gross morphometry, ACL cross section, and ACL rupture strength were measured and compared to values previously reported for the knees of humans and commonly studied animals. Twelve knee joints from wild white-tailed deer were tested. Several morphometry parameters, including bicondylar width (53...
October 7, 2016: Annals of Biomedical Engineering
Kyle S Martin, Christopher D Kegelman, Kelley M Virgilio, Julianna A Passipieri, George J Christ, Silvia S Blemker, Shayn M Peirce
Numerous studies have pharmacologically modulated the muscle milieu in the hopes of promoting muscle regeneration; however, the timing and duration of these interventions are difficult to determine. This study utilized a combination of in silico and in vivo experiments to investigate how inflammation manipulation improves muscle recovery following injury. First, we measured macrophage populations following laceration injury in the rat tibialis anterior (TA). Then we calibrated an agent-based model (ABM) of muscle injury to mimic the observed inflammation profiles...
October 7, 2016: Annals of Biomedical Engineering
Alexander Leibinger, Antonio E Forte, Zhengchu Tan, Matthew J Oldfield, Frank Beyrau, Daniele Dini, Ferdinando Rodriguez Y Baena
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October 4, 2016: Annals of Biomedical Engineering
Charles H Bloodworth, Eric L Pierce, Thomas F Easley, Andrew Drach, Amir H Khalighi, Milan Toma, Morten O Jensen, Michael S Sacks, Ajit P Yoganathan
Computational modeling of the mitral valve (MV) has potential applications for determining optimal MV repair techniques and risk of recurrent mitral regurgitation. Two key concerns for informing these models are (1) sensitivity of model performance to the accuracy of the input geometry, and, (2) acquisition of comprehensive data sets against which the simulation can be validated across clinically relevant geometries. Addressing the first concern, ex vivo micro-computed tomography (microCT) was used to image MVs at high resolution (~40 micron voxel size)...
October 3, 2016: Annals of Biomedical Engineering
Kenji Kikuchi, Tomofumi Haga, Keiko Numayama-Tsuruta, Hironori Ueno, Takuji Ishikawa
Mucous flow in a tracheal lumen is generated by the beat motion of ciliated cells to provide a clearance function by discharging harmful dust particles and viruses. Due to its physiological importance, the cilia-generated flow and the rheological properties of mucus have been investigated intensively. The effects of viscosity on the cilia-generated flow, however, have not been fully clarified. In this study, we measured bulk background velocity of ciliary flow using a micro particle tracking velocimetry method under various viscosity conditions in mice...
October 3, 2016: Annals of Biomedical Engineering
Daming Sun, Jingbo Zhao, Donghua Liao, Pengmin Chen, Hans Gregersen
A number of factors influence gastrointestinal tissue structure and mechanical properties such as the physical environment and diseases like partial obstruction. Hence multi-axial biomechanical properties are important for understanding the pathophysiology of the obstructed intestine. The aim was to estimate the multi-axial biomechanical properties, in particular with focus on the shear modulus. Partial obstruction of mid-jejunum was created surgically by placement of a polyethylene ring for two weeks in seven male rats...
September 29, 2016: Annals of Biomedical Engineering
Mehmet Kurt, Kaveh Laksari, Calvin Kuo, Gerald A Grant, David B Camarillo
Bicycling is the leading cause of sports-related traumatic brain injury. Most of the current bike helmets are made of expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam and ultimately designed to prevent blunt trauma, e.g., skull fracture. However, these helmets have limited effectiveness in preventing brain injuries. With the availability of high-rate micro-electrical-mechanical systems sensors and high energy density batteries, a new class of helmets, i.e., expandable helmets, can sense an impending collision and expand to protect the head...
September 27, 2016: Annals of Biomedical Engineering
Simon A Bello, Sharad Malavade, Christopher L Passaglia
Animal models of ocular hypertension are important for glaucoma research but come with experimental costs. Available methods of intraocular pressure (IOP) elevation are not always successful, the amplitude and time course of IOP changes are unpredictable and irreversible, and IOP measurement by tonometry is laborious. Here we present a novel system for monitoring and controlling IOP without these limitations. It consists of a cannula implanted in the anterior chamber of the eye, a pressure sensor that continually measures IOP, and a bidirectional pump driven by control circuitry that can infuse or withdraw fluid to hold IOP at user-desired levels...
September 27, 2016: Annals of Biomedical Engineering
Anja Lena Thiebes, Nicola Kelly, Caoimhe A Sweeney, Donnacha J McGrath, Johanna Clauser, Kathrin Kurtenbach, Valentine N Gesche, Weiluan Chen, Robbert Jan Kok, Ulrich Steinseifer, Mark Bruzzi, Barry J O'Brien, Peter E McHugh, Stefan Jockenhoevel, Christian G Cornelissen
Currently, there is no optimal treatment available for end stage tumour patients with airway stenosis. The PulmoStent concept aims on overcoming current hurdles in airway stenting by combining a nitinol stent with a nutrient-permeable membrane, which prevents tumour ingrowth. Respiratory epithelial cells can be seeded onto the cover to restore mucociliary clearance. In this study, a novel hand-braided dog bone stent was developed, covered with a polycarbonate urethane nonwoven and mechanically tested. Design and manufacturing of stent and cover were improved in an iterative process according to predefined requirements for permeability and mechanical properties and finally tested in a proof of concept animal study in sheep for up to 24 weeks...
September 27, 2016: Annals of Biomedical Engineering
Kevin S Nye, Matthew I Converse, Mar Janna Dahl, Kurt H Albertine, Kenneth L Monson
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a devastating problem for people of all ages, but the nature of the response to such injury is often different in children than in adults. Cerebral vessel damage and dysfunction are common following TBI, but age-dependent, large-deformation vessel response has not been characterized. Our objective was to investigate the mechanical properties of cerebral arteries as a function of development. Sheep middle cerebral arteries from four age groups (fetal, newborn, juvenile, and adult) were subjected to biaxial loading around physiological conditions and then to failure in the axial direction...
September 27, 2016: Annals of Biomedical Engineering
Sing Wan Wong, Yifei Yao, Ye Hong, Zhiyao Ma, Stanton H L Kok, Shan Sun, Michael Cho, Kenneth K H Lee, Arthur F T Mak
High oxidative stress can occur during ischemic reperfusion and chronic inflammation. It has been hypothesized that such oxidative challenges could contribute to clinical risks such as deep tissue pressure ulcers. Skeletal muscles can be challenged by inflammation-induced or reperfusion-induced oxidative stress. Oxidative stress reportedly can lower the compressive damage threshold of skeletal muscles cells, causing actin filament depolymerization, and reduce membrane sealing ability. Skeletal muscles thus become easier to be damaged by mechanical loading under prolonged oxidative exposure...
September 20, 2016: Annals of Biomedical Engineering
Katariina A H Myller, Mikael J Turunen, Juuso T J Honkanen, Sami P Väänänen, Jarkko T Iivarinen, Jari Salo, Jukka S Jurvelin, Juha Töyräs
In post-traumatic osteoarthritis, both articular cartilage and subchondral bone undergo characteristic pathological changes. This study investigates potential of delayed cone beam computed tomography arthrography (dCBCTa) to simultaneously detect variations in cartilage and subchondral bone. The knees of patients (n = 17) with suspected joint injuries were imaged using a clinical CBCT scanner at 5 and 45 min after the intra-articular injection of anionic contrast agent (Hexabrix™) with hydroxyapatite phantoms around the knee...
September 19, 2016: Annals of Biomedical Engineering
Mohsen Khadem, Carlos Rossa, Nawaid Usmani, Ron S Sloboda, Mahdi Tavakoli
The performance of needle-based interventions depends on the accuracy of needle tip positioning. Here, a novel needle steering strategy is proposed that enhances accuracy of needle steering. In our approach the surgeon is in charge of needle insertion to ensure the safety of operation, while the needle tip bevel location is robotically controlled to minimize the targeting error. The system has two main components: (1) a real-time predictor for estimating future needle deflection as it is steered inside soft tissue, and (2) an online motion planner that calculates control decisions and steers the needle toward the target by iterative optimization of the needle deflection predictions...
September 19, 2016: Annals of Biomedical Engineering
Cyrus T Manuel, Rani Harb, Alan Badran, David Ho, Brian J F Wong
Nasal tip mechanical stability is important for functional and cosmetic nasal airway surgery. Palpation of the nasal tip provides information on tip strength to the surgeon, though it is a purely subjective assessment. Providing a means to simulate nasal tip deformation with a validated model can offer a more objective approach in understanding the mechanics and nuances of the nasal tip support and eventual nasal mechanics as a whole. Herein we present validation of a finite element (FE) model of the nose using physical measurements recorded using an ABS plastic-silicone nasal phantom...
September 15, 2016: Annals of Biomedical Engineering
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