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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142018/terahertz-dictating-the-frequency-of-life-do-macromolecular-vibrational-modes-impose-thermal-limitations-on-terrestrial-life
#1
Kieran Hand, Edwin Yates
Conditions on exoplanets include elevated temperatures and pressures. The response of carbon-based biological macromolecules to such conditions is then relevant to the viability of life. The capacity of proteins and ribozymes to catalyse reactions or bind receptors, and nucleic acids to convey information, depends on them sampling different conformational states. These are determined by macromolecular vibrational states, or phonon modes, accessible using terahertz (THz: 10(12)Hz) absorption spectroscopy. THz spectra of biological macromolecules exhibit broad absorption at approximately 6 THz (equating to approx...
November 2017: Journal of the Royal Society, Interface
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142017/modelling-the-effects-of-phylogeny-and-body-size-on-within-host-pathogen-replication-and-immune-response
#2
Soumya Banerjee, Alan S Perelson, Melanie Moses
Understanding how quickly pathogens replicate and how quickly the immune system responds is important for predicting the epidemic spread of emerging pathogens. Host body size, through its correlation with metabolic rates, is theoretically predicted to impact pathogen replication rates and immune system response rates. Here, we use mathematical models of viral time courses from multiple species of birds infected by a generalist pathogen (West Nile Virus; WNV) to test more thoroughly how disease progression and immune response depend on mass and host phylogeny...
November 2017: Journal of the Royal Society, Interface
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142016/multi-scale-tarsal-adhesion-kinematics-of-freely-walking-dock-beetles
#3
Sophie Marie Gernay, Simon Labousse, Pierre Lambert, Philippe Compère, Tristan Gilet
In this experimental study, living dock beetles are observed during their free upside-down walk on a smooth horizontal substrate. Their weight is balanced by the adhesion of hairy structures present on their tarsomeres. The motions involved in the attachment and detachment of these structures were characterized by simultaneously imaging the beetle from the side at the body scale, and from the top at the scale of a single tarsal chain. The observed multi-scale three-dimensional kinematics of the tarsi is qualitatively described, then quantified by image processing and physically modelled...
November 2017: Journal of the Royal Society, Interface
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142015/aqueous-ball-milling-of-nacre-constituents-facilitates-directional-self-assembly-of-aragonite-nanoparticles-of-the-gastropod-haliotis-glabra
#4
Marie-Louise Lemloh, Andreas Verch, Ingrid M Weiss
A ball-milling approach was developed to investigate the constituents of isolated nacre tablets of the gastropod Haliotis glabra in aqueous suspension without additional chemical additives. The obtained particle mixtures were characterized using X-ray crystallography as well as scanning and transmission electron microscopy. Aragonite nanoparticles retained their crystal structure even after 14 h of ball milling. The long-term stability of the particle mixtures varied as a function of the ball-milling duration...
November 2017: Journal of the Royal Society, Interface
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142014/model-predictions-of-deformation-embolization-and-permeability-of-partially-obstructive-blood-clots-under-variable-shear-flow
#5
Shixin Xu, Zhiliang Xu, Oleg V Kim, Rustem I Litvinov, John W Weisel, Mark Alber
Thromboembolism, one of the leading causes of morbidity and mortality worldwide, is characterized by formation of obstructive intravascular clots (thrombi) and their mechanical breakage (embolization). A novel two-dimensional multi-phase computational model is introduced that describes active interactions between the main components of the clot, including platelets and fibrin, to study the impact of various physiologically relevant blood shear flow conditions on deformation and embolization of a partially obstructive clot with variable permeability...
November 2017: Journal of the Royal Society, Interface
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142013/urbanism-and-the-division-of-labour-in-the-roman-empire
#6
J W Hanson, S G Ortman, J Lobo
One of the hallmarks of human agglomeration is an increase in the division of labour, but the exact nature of this relationship has been debated among anthropologists, sociologists, economists, and historians and archaeologists. Over the last decade, researchers investigating contemporary urban systems have suggested a novel explanation for the links between the numbers of inhabitants in settlements and many of their most important characteristics, which is grounded in a view of settlements as social networks embedded in built environments...
November 2017: Journal of the Royal Society, Interface
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29118116/adaptive-control-of-turbulence-intensity-is-accelerated-by-frugal-flow-sampling
#7
Daniel B Quinn, Yous van Halder, David Lentink
The aerodynamic performance of vehicles and animals, as well as the productivity of turbines and energy harvesters, depends on the turbulence intensity of the incoming flow. Previous studies have pointed at the potential benefits of active closed-loop turbulence control. However, it is unclear what the minimal sensory and algorithmic requirements are for realizing this control. Here we show that very low-bandwidth anemometers record sufficient information for an adaptive control algorithm to converge quickly...
November 2017: Journal of the Royal Society, Interface
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29118115/computational-tools-for-clinical-support-a-multi-scale-compliant-model-for-haemodynamic-simulations-in-an-aortic-dissection-based-on-multi-modal-imaging-data
#8
Mirko Bonfanti, Stavroula Balabani, John P Greenwood, Sapna Puppala, Shervanthi Homer-Vanniasinkam, Vanessa Díaz-Zuccarini
Aortic dissection (AD) is a vascular condition with high morbidity and mortality rates. Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) can provide insight into the progression of AD and aid clinical decisions; however, oversimplified modelling assumptions and high computational cost compromise the accuracy of the information and impede clinical translation. To overcome these limitations, a patient-specific CFD multi-scale approach coupled to Windkessel boundary conditions and accounting for wall compliance was developed and used to study a patient with AD...
November 2017: Journal of the Royal Society, Interface
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29118114/a-chemo-mechano-biological-formulation-for-the-effects-of-biochemical-alterations-on-arterial-mechanics-the-role-of-molecular-transport-and-multiscale-tissue-remodelling
#9
Michele Marino, Giuseppe Pontrelli, Giuseppe Vairo, Peter Wriggers
This paper presents a chemo-mechano-biological framework for arterial physiopathology. The model accounts for the fine remodelling in the multiscale hierarchical arrangement of tissue constituents and for the diffusion of molecular species involved in cell-cell signalling pathways. Effects in terms of alterations in arterial compliance are obtained. A simple instructive example is introduced. Although oversimplified with respect to realistic case studies, the proposed application mimics the biochemical activity of matrix metalloproteinases, transforming growth factors beta and interleukins on tissue remodelling...
November 2017: Journal of the Royal Society, Interface
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29118113/measurement-of-micro-scale-soil-deformation-around-roots-using-four-dimensional-synchrotron-tomography-and-image-correlation
#10
S D Keyes, L Cooper, S Duncan, N Koebernick, D M McKay Fletcher, C P Scotson, A van Veelen, I Sinclair, T Roose
This study applied time lapse (four-dimensional) synchrotron X-ray computed tomography to observe micro-scale interactions between plant roots and soil. Functionally contrasting maize root tips were repeatedly imaged during ingress into soil columns of varying water content and compaction. This yielded sequences of three-dimensional densiometric data, representing time-resolved geometric soil and root configurations at the micronmetre scale. These data were used as inputs for two full-field kinematic quantification methods, which enabled the analysis of three-dimensional soil deformation around elongating roots...
November 2017: Journal of the Royal Society, Interface
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29118112/the-biology-and-mathematical-modelling-of-glioma-invasion-a-review
#11
REVIEW
J C L Alfonso, K Talkenberger, M Seifert, B Klink, A Hawkins-Daarud, K R Swanson, H Hatzikirou, A Deutsch
Adult gliomas are aggressive brain tumours associated with low patient survival rates and limited life expectancy. The most important hallmark of this type of tumour is its invasive behaviour, characterized by a markedly phenotypic plasticity, infiltrative tumour morphologies and the ability of malignant progression from low- to high-grade tumour types. Indeed, the widespread infiltration of healthy brain tissue by glioma cells is largely responsible for poor prognosis and the difficulty of finding curative therapies...
November 2017: Journal of the Royal Society, Interface
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29118111/differential-cell-matrix-mechanoadaptations-and-inflammation-drive-regional-propensities-to-aortic-fibrosis-aneurysm-or-dissection-in-hypertension
#12
M R Bersi, R Khosravi, A J Wujciak, D G Harrison, J D Humphrey
The embryonic lineage of intramural cells, microstructural organization of the extracellular matrix, local luminal and wall geometry, and haemodynamic loads vary along the length of the aorta. Yet, it remains unclear why certain diseases manifest differentially along the aorta. Toward this end, myriad animal models provide insight into diverse disease conditions-including fibrosis, aneurysm and dissection-but inherent differences across models impede general interpretations. We examined region-specific cellular, matrix, and biomechanical changes in a single experimental model of hypertension and atherosclerosis, which commonly coexist...
November 2017: Journal of the Royal Society, Interface
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29093131/exploring-the-role-of-competition-induced-by-non-vaccine-serotypes-for-herd-protection-following-pneumococcal-vaccination
#13
G L Masala, M Lipsitch, C Bottomley, S Flasche
The competitive pressure from non-vaccine serotypes may have helped pneumococcal conjugate vaccines (PCVs) to limit vaccine-type (VT) serotype prevalence. We aimed to investigate if, consequently, the indirect protection of vaccines targeting most pneumococcal serotypes could fall short of the profound effects of current formulations. We compared three previously described pneumococcal models harmonized to simulate 20 serotypes with a combined pre-vaccination prevalence in children younger than 5-years-old of 40%...
November 2017: Journal of the Royal Society, Interface
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29093130/scale-invariance-in-natural-and-artificial-collective-systems-a-review
#14
REVIEW
Yara Khaluf, Eliseo Ferrante, Pieter Simoens, Cristián Huepe
Self-organized collective coordinated behaviour is an impressive phenomenon, observed in a variety of natural and artificial systems, in which coherent global structures or dynamics emerge from local interactions between individual parts. If the degree of collective integration of a system does not depend on size, its level of robustness and adaptivity is typically increased and we refer to it as scale-invariant. In this review, we first identify three main types of self-organized scale-invariant systems: scale-invariant spatial structures, scale-invariant topologies and scale-invariant dynamics...
November 2017: Journal of the Royal Society, Interface
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29093129/dynamics-of-phytoplankton-blooms-in-turbulent-vortex-cells
#15
Christian Lindemann, Andre Visser, Patrizio Mariani
Turbulence and coherent circulation structures, such as submesoscale and mesoscale eddies, convective plumes and Langmuir cells, play a critical role in shaping phytoplankton spatial distribution and population dynamics. We use a framework of advection-reaction-diffusion equations to investigate the effects of turbulent transport on the phytoplankton population growth and its spatial structure in a vertical two-dimensional vortex flow field. In particular, we focus on how turbulent flow velocities and sinking influence phytoplankton growth and biomass aggregation...
November 2017: Journal of the Royal Society, Interface
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29070593/body-lift-drag-and-power-are-relatively-higher-in-large-eared-than-in-small-eared-bat-species
#16
Jonas Håkansson, Lasse Jakobsen, Anders Hedenström, L Christoffer Johansson
Bats navigate the dark using echolocation. Echolocation is enhanced by external ears, but external ears increase the projected frontal area and reduce the streamlining of the animal. External ears are thus expected to compromise flight efficiency, but research suggests that very large ears may mitigate the cost by producing aerodynamic lift. Here we compare quantitative aerodynamic measures of flight efficiency of two bat species, one large-eared (Plecotus auritus) and one small-eared (Glossophaga soricina), flying freely in a wind tunnel...
October 2017: Journal of the Royal Society, Interface
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29070592/enamel-crystallite-strength-and-wear-nanoscale-responses-of-teeth-to-chewing-loads
#17
Jing Xia, Z Ryan Tian, Licheng Hua, Lei Chen, Zhongrong Zhou, Linmao Qian, Peter S Ungar
The nanoscale responses of teeth to chewing loads are poorly understood. This has contributed to debate concerning the aetiology of enamel wear and resistance to fracture. Here we develop a new model for reactions of individual hydroxyapatite nanofibres to varying loads and directions of force. Hydroxyapatite nanofibres, or crystallites, composed of chains of bonded nanospheres, are the fundamental building blocks of enamel. This study indicates that these nanofibres respond to contact pressure in three distinct ways depending on force magnitude and direction: (i) plucking (nanosphere loss when the strength of the bonding protein 'glue' is exceeded), (ii) plastic deformation (compression to gradually bend nanofibres and squeeze the protein layer), and (iii) fragmentation (nanofibres fracture when the strength of H-bonds that bind smaller nanoparticles into nanospheres is exceeded)...
October 2017: Journal of the Royal Society, Interface
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29070591/anchoring-like-octopus-biologically-inspired-soft-artificial-sucker
#18
Sina Sareh, Kaspar Althoefer, Min Li, Yohan Noh, Francesca Tramacere, Pooya Sareh, Barbara Mazzolai, Mirko Kovac
This paper presents a robotic anchoring module, a sensorized mechanism for attachment to the environment that can be integrated into robots to enable or enhance various functions such as robot mobility, remaining on location or its ability to manipulate objects. The body of the anchoring module consists of two portions with a mechanical stiffness transition from hard to soft. The hard portion is capable of containing vacuum pressure used for actuation while the soft portion is highly conformable to create a seal to contact surfaces...
October 2017: Journal of the Royal Society, Interface
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29070590/modelling-the-effects-of-short-and-random-proto-neural-elongations
#19
Oltman O de Wiljes, R A J van Elburg, Fred A Keijzer
To understand how neurons and nervous systems first evolved, we need an account of the origins of neural elongations: why did neural elongations (axons and dendrites) first originate, such that they could become the central component of both neurons and nervous systems? Two contrasting conceptual accounts provide different answers to this question. Braitenberg's vehicles provide the iconic illustration of the dominant input-output (IO) view. Here, the basic role of neural elongations is to connect sensors to effectors, both situated at different positions within the body...
October 2017: Journal of the Royal Society, Interface
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29046338/regulation-of-valve-interstitial-cell-homeostasis-by-mechanical-deformation-implications-for-heart-valve-disease-and-surgical-repair
#20
Salma Ayoub, Chung-Hao Lee, Kathryn H Driesbaugh, Wanda Anselmo, Connor T Hughes, Giovanni Ferrari, Robert C Gorman, Joseph H Gorman, Michael S Sacks
Mechanical stress is one of the major aetiological factors underlying soft-tissue remodelling, especially for the mitral valve (MV). It has been hypothesized that altered MV tissue stress states lead to deviations from cellular homeostasis, resulting in subsequent cellular activation and extracellular matrix (ECM) remodelling. However, a quantitative link between alterations in the organ-level in vivo state and in vitro-based mechanobiology studies has yet to be made. We thus developed an integrated experimental-computational approach to elucidate MV tissue and interstitial cell responses to varying tissue strain levels...
October 2017: Journal of the Royal Society, Interface
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