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Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology

Mostafa Elsaadany, Karen Chang Yan, Eda Yildirim-Ayan
Successful tissue engineering and regenerative therapy necessitate having extensive knowledge about mechanical milieu in engineered tissues and the resident cells. In this study, we have merged two powerful analysis tools, namely finite element analysis and stochastic analysis, to understand the mechanical strain within the tissue scaffold and residing cells and to predict the cell viability upon applying mechanical strains. A continuum-based multi-length scale finite element model (FEM) was created to simulate the physiologically relevant equiaxial strain exposure on cell-embedded tissue scaffold and to calculate strain transferred to the tissue scaffold (macro-scale) and residing cells (micro-scale) upon various equiaxial strains...
January 16, 2017: Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology
Nahid Elyasi, Kimia Karimi Taheri, Keivan Narooei, Ali Karimi Taheri
In this research, the nonlinear elastic behavior of human extensor apparatus was investigated. To this goal, firstly the best material parameters of hyperelastic strain energy density functions consisting of the Mooney-Rivlin, Ogden, invariants, and general exponential models were derived for the simple tension experimental data. Due to the significance of stress response in other deformation modes of nonlinear models, the calculated parameters were used to study the pure shear and balance biaxial tension behavior of the extensor apparatus...
January 16, 2017: Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology
A Guala, D Leone, A Milan, L Ridolfi
Hypertension is a very common pathology, and its clinical treatment largely relies on different drugs. Some of these drugs exhibit specific protective functions in addition to those resulting from blood pressure reduction. In this work, we study the impact of commonly used anti-hypertensive drugs (RAAS, [Formula: see text] and calcium channel blockers) on myocardial oxygen supply-consumption balance, which plays a crucial role in type 2 myocardial infarction. To this aim, 42 wash-out hypertensive patients were selected, a number of measured data were used to set a validated multi-scale cardiovascular model to subject-specific conditions, and the administration of different drugs was suitably simulated...
January 9, 2017: Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology
Ming Tang, Tong Li, Neha S Gandhi, Kevin Burrage, YuanTong Gu
Collagen is an abundant structural biopolymer in mammal vertebrates, providing structural support as well as mechanical integrity for connective tissues such as bone, ligament, and tendon. The mechanical behaviours of these tissues are determined by the nanomechanics of their structures at different hierarchies and the role of collagen structures in the extracellular matrix. Some studies revealed that there is significant microstructural difference in the longitudinal direction of the collagen fibril, which challenges the conventional rod-like assumption prevalently adopted in the existing studies...
January 7, 2017: Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology
Wenjun Kou, John E Pandolfino, Peter J Kahrilas, Neelesh A Patankar
Based on a fully coupled computational model for esophageal transport, we analyzed the role of the mucosa (including the submucosa) in esophageal bolus transport and how bolus transport is affected by mucosal stiffness. Two groups of studies were conducted using a computational model. In the first group, a base case that represents normal esophageal transport and two hypothetical cases were simulated: (1) esophageal mucosa replaced by muscle and (2) esophagus without mucosa. For the base case, the geometric configuration of the esophageal wall was examined and the mechanical role of mucosa was analyzed...
January 3, 2017: Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology
Benjamin B Wheatley, Gregory M Odegard, Kenton R Kaufman, Tammy L Haut Donahue
The passive properties of skeletal muscle are often overlooked in muscle studies, yet they play a key role in tissue function in vivo. Studies analyzing and modeling muscle passive properties, while not uncommon, have never investigated the role of fluid content within the tissue. Additionally, intramuscular pressure (IMP) has been shown to correlate with muscle force in vivo and could be used to predict muscle force in the clinic. In this study, a novel model of skeletal muscle was developed and validated to predict both muscle stress and IMP under passive conditions for the New Zealand White Rabbit tibialis anterior...
December 31, 2016: Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology
Sonbula Massalha, Daphne Weihs
We show that metastatic breast cancer cells are quantitatively identifiable from benign cells during adherence onto soft, elastic gels. We identify differences in time-dependent morphology and strength of adherence of single breast cells that are likely related to their malignancy and metastatic potential (MP). Specifically, we compare high and low MP breast cancer cells with benign cells as a control on collagen-coated, polyacrylamide gels with Young's modulus in the physiological range of 2.4-10.6 kPa. We observe that the evaluated metastatic breast cancer cells remain rounded, with small contact area, up to 6...
December 22, 2016: Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology
Lorenzo Grassi, Sami P Väänänen, Matti Ristinmaa, Jukka S Jurvelin, Hanna Isaksson
Computed tomography (CT)-based finite element (FE) models may improve the current osteoporosis diagnostics and prediction of fracture risk by providing an estimate for femoral strength. However, the need for a CT scan, as opposed to the conventional use of dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) for osteoporosis diagnostics, is considered a major obstacle. The 3D shape and bone mineral density (BMD) distribution of a femur can be reconstructed using a statistical shape and appearance model (SSAM) and the DXA image of the femur...
December 21, 2016: Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology
Byron D Erath, Matías Zañartu, Sean D Peterson
The mechanics of vocal fold contact during phonation is known to play a crucial role in both normal and pathological speech production, though the underlying physics is not well understood. Herein, a viscoelastic model of the stresses during vocal fold contact is developed. This model assumes the cover to be a poroelastic structure wherein interstitial fluid translocates in response to mechanical squeezing. The maximum interstitial fluid pressure is found to generally increase with decreasing viscous dissipation and/or decreasing tissue elasticity...
December 21, 2016: Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology
Antonio E Forte, Stephen M Gentleman, Daniele Dini
The mechanical characterization of brain tissue is a complex task that scientists have tried to accomplish for over 50 years. The results in the literature often differ by orders of magnitude because of the lack of a standard testing protocol. Different testing conditions (including humidity, temperature, strain rate), the methodology adopted, and the variety of the species analysed are all potential sources of discrepancies in the measurements. In this work, we present a rigorous experimental investigation on the mechanical properties of human brain, covering both grey and white matter...
December 8, 2016: Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology
F A Braeu, A Seitz, R C Aydin, C J Cyron
Constrained mixture models for soft tissue growth and remodeling have attracted increasing attention over the last decade. They can capture the effects of the simultaneous presence of multiple constituents that are continuously deposited and degraded at in general different rates, which is important to understand essential features of living soft tissues that cannot be captured by simple kinematic growth models. Recently the novel concept of homogenized constrained mixture models was introduced. It was shown that these models produce results which are very similar (and in certain limit cases even identical) to the ones of constrained mixture models based on multi-network theory...
December 5, 2016: Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology
Rami Haj-Ali, Eyass Massarwa, Jacob Aboudi, Fabio Galbusera, Uwe Wolfram, Hans-Joachim Wilke
A new three-dimensional (3D) multiscale micromechanical model has been suggested as adept at predicting the overall linear anisotropic mechanical properties of a vertebral trabecular bone (VTB) highly porous microstructure. A nested 3D modeling analysis framework spanning the multiscale nature of the VTB is presented herein. This hierarchical analysis framework employs the following micromechanical methods: the 3D parametric high-fidelity generalized method of cells (HFGMC) as well as the 3D sublaminate model...
December 2, 2016: Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology
H Marouane, A Shirazi-Adl, M Adouni
Musculoskeletal models of the lower extremity make a number of important assumptions when attempting to estimate muscle forces and tibiofemoral compartmental loads in activities such as gait. The knee is commonly idealized as a planar 2D joint in the sagittal plane with no consideration of motions and equilibrium in remaining planes. With muscle forces predicted, the static equilibrium in the frontal plane is then used to estimate compartmental loads neglecting also joint passive resistance and assuming condylar contact centers...
December 2, 2016: Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology
Liang Zhang, Sri Gowtham Thakku, Meghna R Beotra, Mani Baskaran, Tin Aung, James C H Goh, Nicholas G Strouthidis, Michael J A Girard
We aimed to verify a custom virtual fields method (VFM) to estimate the patient-specific biomechanical properties of human optic nerve head (ONH) tissues, given their full-field deformations induced by intraocular pressure (IOP). To verify the accuracy of VFM, we first generated 'artificial' ONH displacements from predetermined (known) ONH tissue biomechanical properties using finite element analysis. Using such deformations, if we are able to match back the known biomechanical properties, it would indicate that our VFM technique is accurate...
December 1, 2016: Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology
Kenneth I Aycock, Robert L Campbell, Keefe B Manning, Brent A Craven
Inferior vena cava (IVC) filters are medical devices designed to provide a mechanical barrier to the passage of emboli from the deep veins of the legs to the heart and lungs. Despite decades of development and clinical use, IVC filters still fail to prevent the passage of all hazardous emboli. The objective of this study is to (1) develop a resolved two-way computational model of embolus transport, (2) provide verification and validation evidence for the model, and (3) demonstrate the ability of the model to predict the embolus-trapping efficiency of an IVC filter...
November 30, 2016: Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology
Sara Salehyar, Qiang Zhu
By using a fully coupled fluid-cell interaction model, we numerically simulate the dynamic process of a red blood cell passing through a slit driven by an incoming flow. The model is achieved by combining a multiscale model of the composite cell membrane with a boundary element fluid dynamics model based on the Stokes flow assumption. Our concentration is on the correlation between the transit time (the time it takes to finish the whole translocation process) and different conditions (flow speed, cell orientation, cell stiffness, cell volume, etc...
November 26, 2016: Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology
Shukei Sugita, Takeo Matsumoto
Elastin and collagen fibers play important roles in the mechanical properties of aortic media. Because knowledge of local fiber structures is required for detailed analysis of blood vessel wall mechanics, we investigated 3D microstructures of elastin and collagen fibers in thoracic aortas and monitored changes during pressurization. Using multiphoton microscopy, autofluorescence images from elastin and second harmonic generation signals from collagen were acquired in media from rabbit thoracic aortas that were stretched biaxially to restore physiological dimensions...
November 22, 2016: Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology
Thomas A Metzger, Ted J Vaughan, Laoise M McNamara, Glen L Niebur
Age-related increases in trabecular bone porosity, as seen in osteoporosis, not only affect the strength and stiffness, but also potentially the mechanobiological response of bone. The mechanical interaction between trabecular bone and bone marrow is one source of mechanobiological signaling, as many cell populations in marrow are mechanosensitive. However, measuring the mechanics of this interaction is difficult, due to the length scales and geometric complexity of trabecular bone. In this study, a multi-scale computational scheme incorporating high-resolution, tissue-level, fluid-structure interaction simulations with discrete cell-level models was applied to characterize the potential effects of trabecular porosity and marrow composition on marrow mechanobiology in human femoral bone...
November 22, 2016: Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology
Xiaogai Li, Håkan Sandler, Svein Kleiven
Despite recent efforts on the development of finite element (FE) head models of infants, a model capable of capturing head responses under various impact scenarios has not been reported. This is hypothesized partially attributed to the use of simplified linear elastic models for soft tissues of suture, scalp and dura. Orthotropic elastic constants are yet to be determined to incorporate the direction-specific material properties of infant cranial bone due to grain fibres radiating from the ossification centres...
November 21, 2016: Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology
Anastasia Desyatova, Jason MacTaggart, William Poulson, Paul Deegan, Carol Lomneth, Anjali Sandip, Alexey Kamenskiy
Open and endovascular treatments for peripheral arterial disease are notorious for high failure rates. Severe mechanical deformations experienced by the femoropopliteal artery (FPA) during limb flexion and interactions between the artery and repair materials play important roles and may contribute to poor clinical outcomes. Computational modeling can help optimize FPA repair, but these simulations heavily depend on the choice of constitutive model describing the arterial behavior. In this study finite element model of the FPA in the standing (straight) and gardening (acutely bent) postures was built using computed tomography data, longitudinal pre-stretch and biaxially determined mechanical properties...
November 21, 2016: Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology
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