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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330991/limb-flexion-induced-twist-and-associated-intramural-stresses-in-the-human-femoropopliteal-artery
#1
Anastasia Desyatova, William Poulson, Paul Deegan, Carol Lomneth, Andreas Seas, Kaspars Maleckis, Jason MacTaggart, Alexey Kamenskiy
High failure rates of femoropopliteal artery (FPA) interventions are often attributed to severe mechanical deformations that occur with limb movement. Torsion of the FPA likely plays a significant role, but is poorly characterized and the associated intramural stresses are currently unknown. FPA torsion in the walking, sitting and gardening postures was characterized in n = 28 in situ FPAs using intra-arterial markers. Principal mechanical stresses and strains were quantified in the superficial femoral artery (SFA), adductor hiatus segment (AH) and the popliteal artery (PA) using analytical modelling...
March 2017: Journal of the Royal Society, Interface
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330990/on-the-growth-and-form-of-shoots
#2
Raghunath Chelakkot, L Mahadevan
Growing plant stems and shoots exhibit a variety of shapes that embody growth in response to various stimuli. Building on experimental observations, we provide a quantitative biophysical theory for these shapes by accounting for the inherent observed passive and active effects: (i) the active controllable growth response of the shoot in response to its orientation relative to gravity, (ii) proprioception, the shoot's growth response to its own observable current shape, and (iii) the passive elastic deflection of the shoot due to its own weight, which determines the current shape of the shoot...
March 2017: Journal of the Royal Society, Interface
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330989/form-function-relationships-in-dragonfly-mandibles-under-an-evolutionary-perspective
#3
Alexander Blanke, Helmut Schmitz, Alessandra Patera, Hugo Dutel, Michael J Fagan
Functional requirements may constrain phenotypic diversification or foster it. For insect mouthparts, the quantification of the relationship between shape and function in an evolutionary framework remained largely unexplored. Here, the question of a functional influence on phenotypic diversification for dragonfly mandibles is assessed with a large-scale biomechanical analysis covering nearly all anisopteran families, using finite element analysis in combination with geometric morphometrics. A constraining effect of phylogeny could be found for shape, the mandibular mechanical advantage (MA), and certain mechanical joint parameters, while stresses and strains, the majority of joint parameters and size are influenced by shared ancestry...
March 2017: Journal of the Royal Society, Interface
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330988/cell-size-distribution-in-epithelial-tissue-formation-and-homeostasis
#4
Alberto Puliafito, Luca Primo, Antonio Celani
How cell growth and proliferation are orchestrated in living tissues to achieve a given biological function is a central problem in biology. During development, tissue regeneration and homeostasis, cell proliferation must be coordinated by spatial cues in order for cells to attain the correct size and shape. Biological tissues also feature a notable homogeneity of cell size, which, in specific cases, represents a physiological need. Here, we study the temporal evolution of the cell-size distribution by applying the theory of kinetic fragmentation to tissue development and homeostasis...
March 2017: Journal of the Royal Society, Interface
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330987/architecture-and-mechanism-of-the-central-gear-in-an-ancient-molecular-timer
#5
REVIEW
Martin Egli
Molecular clocks are the product of natural selection in organisms from bacteria to human and their appearance early in evolution such as in the prokaryotic cyanobacterium Synechococcus elongatus suggests that these timers served a crucial role in genetic fitness. Thus, a clock allows cyanobacteria relying on photosynthesis and nitrogen fixation to temporally space the two processes and avoid exposure of nitrogenase carrying out fixation to high levels of oxygen produced during photosynthesis. Fascinating properties of molecular clocks are the long time constant, their precision and temperature compensation...
March 2017: Journal of the Royal Society, Interface
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330986/diffusion-or-advection-mass-transfer-and-complex-boundary-layer-landscapes-of-the-brown-alga-fucus-vesiculosus
#6
Mads Lichtenberg, Rasmus Dyrmose Nørregaard, Michael Kühl
The role of hyaline hairs on the thallus of brown algae in the genus Fucus is long debated and several functions have been proposed. We used a novel motorized set-up for two-dimensional and three-dimensional mapping with O2 microsensors to investigate the spatial heterogeneity of the diffusive boundary layer (DBL) and O2 flux around single and multiple tufts of hyaline hairs on the thallus of Fucus vesiculosus. Flow was a major determinant of DBL thickness, where higher flow decreased DBL thickness and increased O2 flux between the algal thallus and the surrounding seawater...
March 2017: Journal of the Royal Society, Interface
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330985/a-mechanically-coupled-reaction-diffusion-model-that-incorporates-intra-tumoural-heterogeneity-to-predict-in-vivo-glioma-growth
#7
David A Hormuth, Jared A Weis, Stephanie L Barnes, Michael I Miga, Erin C Rericha, Vito Quaranta, Thomas E Yankeelov
While gliomas have been extensively modelled with a reaction-diffusion (RD) type equation it is most likely an oversimplification. In this study, three mathematical models of glioma growth are developed and systematically investigated to establish a framework for accurate prediction of changes in tumour volume as well as intra-tumoural heterogeneity. Tumour cell movement was described by coupling movement to tissue stress, leading to a mechanically coupled (MC) RD model. Intra-tumour heterogeneity was described by including a voxel-specific carrying capacity (CC) to the RD model...
March 2017: Journal of the Royal Society, Interface
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330984/theoretically-possible-spatial-accuracy-of-geomagnetic-maps-used-by-migrating-animals
#8
Andrei V Komolkin, Pavel Kupriyanov, Andrei Chudin, Julia Bojarinova, Kirill Kavokin, Nikita Chernetsov
Many migrating animals, belonging to different taxa, annually move across the globe and cover hundreds and thousands of kilometres. Many of them are able to show site fidelity, i.e. to return to relatively small migratory targets, from distant areas located beyond the possible range of direct sensory perception. One widely debated possibility of how they do it is the use of a magnetic map, based on the dependence of parameters of the geomagnetic field (total field intensity and inclination) on geographical coordinates...
March 2017: Journal of the Royal Society, Interface
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298611/frequency-tuning-and-directional-sensitivity-of-tympanal-vibrations-in-the-field-cricket-gryllus-bimaculatus
#9
Martin J Lankheet, Uroš Cerkvenik, Ole N Larsen, Johan L van Leeuwen
Female field crickets use phonotaxis to locate males by their calling song. Male song production and female behavioural sensitivity form a pair of matched frequency filters, which in Gryllus bimaculatus are tuned to a frequency of about 4.7 kHz. Directional sensitivity is supported by an elaborate system of acoustic tracheae, which make the ears function as pressure difference receivers. As a result, phase differences between left and right sound inputs are transformed into vibration amplitude differences. Here we critically tested the hypothesis that acoustic properties of internal transmissions play a major role in tuning directional sensitivity to the calling song frequency, by measuring tympanal vibrations as a function of sound direction and frequency...
March 2017: Journal of the Royal Society, Interface
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298610/high-skilled-labour-mobility-in-europe-before-and-after-the-2004-enlargement
#10
Alexander M Petersen, Michelangelo Puliga
The extent to which international high-skilled mobility channels are forming is a question of great importance in an increasingly global knowledge-based economy. One factor facilitating the growth of high-skilled labour markets is the standardization of certifiable degrees meriting international recognition. Within this context, we analysed an extensive high-skilled mobility database comprising roughly 382 000 individuals from five broad profession groups (Medical, Education, Technical, Science & Engineering and Business & Legal) over the period 1997-2014, using the 13-country expansion of the European Union (EU) to provide insight into labour market integration...
March 2017: Journal of the Royal Society, Interface
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298609/the-impact-of-temperature-changes-on-vector-borne-disease-transmission-culicoides-midges-and-bluetongue-virus
#11
Samuel P C Brand, Matt J Keeling
It is a long recognized fact that climatic variations, especially temperature, affect the life history of biting insects. This is particularly important when considering vector-borne diseases, especially in temperate regions where climatic fluctuations are large. In general, it has been found that most biological processes occur at a faster rate at higher temperatures, although not all processes change in the same manner. This differential response to temperature, often considered as a trade-off between onward transmission and vector life expectancy, leads to the total transmission potential of an infected vector being maximized at intermediate temperatures...
March 2017: Journal of the Royal Society, Interface
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28275124/a-modelling-approach-to-the-dynamics-of-gait-initiation
#12
Manish Anand, Justin Seipel, Shirley Rietdyk
Gait initiation is an integral and complex part of human locomotion. In this paper, we present a novel compliant-leg model-based approach to understanding the key phases of initiation, the nature of the effective forces involved in initiation, and the importance of the anticipatory postural adjustments (APAs). The results demonstrate that in the presence of APAs, we observe a change in the characteristic of forcing required for initiation, and the energetic cost of gait initiation is also reduced by approximately 58%...
March 2017: Journal of the Royal Society, Interface
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28275123/body-monitoring-with-photonic-textiles-a-reflective-heartbeat-sensor-based-on-polymer-optical-fibres
#13
Brit M Quandt, Fabian Braun, Damien Ferrario, René M Rossi, Anke Scheel-Sailer, Martin Wolf, Gian-Luca Bona, Rudolf Hufenus, Lukas J Scherer, Luciano F Boesel
Knowledge of an individual's skin condition is important for pressure ulcer prevention. Detecting early changes in skin through perfusion, oxygen saturation values, and pressure on tissue and subsequent therapeutic intervention could increase patients' quality of life drastically. However, most existing sensing options create additional risk of ulcer development due to further pressure on and chafing of the skin. Here, as a first component, we present a flexible, photonic textile-based sensor for the continuous monitoring of the heartbeat and blood flow...
March 2017: Journal of the Royal Society, Interface
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28275122/a-statistical-model-for-brain-networks-inferred-from-large-scale-electrophysiological-signals
#14
Catalina Obando, Fabrizio De Vico Fallani
Network science has been extensively developed to characterize the structural properties of complex systems, including brain networks inferred from neuroimaging data. As a result of the inference process, networks estimated from experimentally obtained biological data represent one instance of a larger number of realizations with similar intrinsic topology. A modelling approach is therefore needed to support statistical inference on the bottom-up local connectivity mechanisms influencing the formation of the estimated brain networks...
March 2017: Journal of the Royal Society, Interface
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28275121/functional-identification-of-islet-cell-types-by-electrophysiological-fingerprinting
#15
Linford J B Briant, Quan Zhang, Elisa Vergari, Joely A Kellard, Blanca Rodriguez, Frances M Ashcroft, Patrik Rorsman
The α-, β- and δ-cells of the pancreatic islet exhibit different electrophysiological features. We used a large dataset of whole-cell patch-clamp recordings from cells in intact mouse islets (N = 288 recordings) to investigate whether it is possible to reliably identify cell type (α, β or δ) based on their electrophysiological characteristics. We quantified 15 electrophysiological variables in each recorded cell. Individually, none of the variables could reliably distinguish the cell types. We therefore constructed a logistic regression model that included all quantified variables, to determine whether they could together identify cell type...
March 2017: Journal of the Royal Society, Interface
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28250104/in-vivo-imaging-of-coral-tissue-and-skeleton-with-optical-coherence-tomography
#16
Daniel Wangpraseurt, Camilla Wentzel, Steven L Jacques, Michael Wagner, Michael Kühl
Application of optical coherence tomography (OCT) for in vivo imaging of tissue and skeleton structure of intact living corals enabled the non-invasive visualization of coral tissue layers (endoderm versus ectoderm), skeletal cavities and special structures such as mesenterial filaments and mucus release from intact living corals. Coral host chromatophores containing green fluorescent protein-like pigment granules appeared hyper-reflective to near-infrared radiation allowing for excellent optical contrast in OCT and a rapid characterization of chromatophore size, distribution and abundance...
March 2017: Journal of the Royal Society, Interface
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28250103/the-nematocyst-s-sting-is-driven-by-the-tubule-moving-front
#17
Sinwook Park, Gadi Piriatinskiy, Dan Zeevi, Jonathan Ben-David, Gilad Yossifon, Uri Shavit, Tamar Lotan
The nematocyst is the explosive injection system of the phylum Cnidaria, and is one of the fastest delivery systems found in Nature. Exploring its injection mechanism is key for understanding predator-prey interactions and protection against jellyfish stinging. Here we analyse the injection of jellyfish nematocysts and ask how the build-up of the poly-γ-glutamate (pγGlu) osmotic potential inside the nematocyst drives its discharge. To control the osmotic potential, we used a two-channel microfluidic system to direct the elongating nematocyst tubule through oil, where no osmotic potential can develop, while keeping the nematocyst capsule in water at all times...
March 2017: Journal of the Royal Society, Interface
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28250102/sex-pheromone-of-a-coccoid-insect-with-sexual-and-asexual-lineages-fate-of-an-ancestrally-essential-sexual-signal-in-parthenogenetic-females
#18
Jun Tabata, Ryoko T Ichiki, Chie Moromizato, Kenji Mori
Sex pheromones play a central role in intersexual communication for reproduction in many organisms. Particularly in insects, reproductive isolation that leads to speciation is often achieved by shifts of pheromone chemistries. However, the divergence and evolution of pheromones remain largely unknown. This study reveals a unique evolutionary consequence for terpenoid pheromones in coccoid insects. Coccoids, such as mealybugs, show clear sexual dimorphism: males are dwarf and short-lived, whereas females are wingless and almost immobile...
March 2017: Journal of the Royal Society, Interface
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28250101/strength-of-silk-attachment-to-ilex-chinensis-leaves-in-the-tea-bagworm-eumeta-minuscula-lepidoptera-psychidae
#19
Jonas O Wolff, Julia Lovtsova, Elena Gorb, Zhendong Dai, Aihong Ji, Zhihui Zhao, Nan Jiang, Stanislav N Gorb
Silks play an important role in the life of various arthropods. A highly neglected prerequisite to make versatile use of silks is sufficient attachment to substrates. Although there have been some studies on the structure and mechanics of silk anchorages of spiders, for insects only anecdotal reports on attachment-associated spinning behaviour exist. Here, we experimentally studied the silk attachment of the pupae and last instar caterpillars of the tea bagworm Eumeta minuscula (Butler 1881) (Lepidoptera, Psychidae) to the leaves of its host plant Ilex chinensis We found that the bagworms spin attachment discs, which share some structural features with those of spiders, like a plaque consisting of numerous overlaid, looped glue-coated silk fibres and the medially attaching suspension thread...
March 2017: Journal of the Royal Society, Interface
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28250100/global-patterns-of-synchronization-in-human-communications
#20
Alfredo J Morales, Vaibhav Vavilala, Rosa M Benito, Yaneer Bar-Yam
Social media are transforming global communication and coordination and provide unprecedented opportunities for studying socio-technical domains. Here we study global dynamical patterns of communication on Twitter across many scales. Underlying the observed patterns is both the diurnal rotation of the Earth, day and night, and the synchrony required for contingency of actions between individuals. We find that urban areas show a cyclic contraction and expansion that resembles heartbeats linked to social rather than natural cycles...
March 2017: Journal of the Royal Society, Interface
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