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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634611/micro-and-nano-patterned-conductive-graphene-peg-hybrid-scaffolds-for-cardiac-tissue-engineering
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Alec S T Smith, Hyok Yoo, Hyunjung Yi, Eun Hyun Ahn, Justin H Lee, Guozheng Shao, Ekaterina Nagornyak, Michael A Laflamme, Charles E Murry, Deok-Ho Kim
A lack of electrical conductivity and structural organization in currently available biomaterial scaffolds limits their utility for generating physiologically representative models of functional cardiac tissue. Here we report on the development of scalable, graphene-functionalized topographies with anisotropic electrical conductivity for engineering the structural and functional phenotypes of macroscopic cardiac tissue constructs. Guided by anisotropic electroconductive and topographic cues, the tissue constructs displayed structural property enhancement in myofibrils and sarcomeres, and exhibited significant increases in the expression of cell-cell coupling and calcium handling proteins, as well as in action potential duration and peak calcium release...
June 21, 2017: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634148/iodine-and-freeze-drying-enhanced-high-resolution-microct-imaging-for-reconstructing-3d-intraneural-topography-of-human-peripheral-nerve-fascicles
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Liwei Yan, Yongze Guo, Jian Qi, Qingtang Zhu, Liqiang Gu, Canbin Zheng, Tao Lin, Yutong Yu, Zitao Zeng, Sha Yu, Shuang Zhu, Xiang Zhou, Xi Zhang, Yunfei Du, Zhi Yao, Yao Lu, Xiaolin Liu
BACKGROUND: The precise annotation and accurate identification of the topography of fascicles to the end organs are prerequisites for studying human peripheral nerves. NEW METHOD: In this study, we present a feasible imaging method that acquires 3D high-resolution (HR) topography of peripheral nerve fascicles using an iodine and freeze-drying (IFD) micro-computed tomography (microCT) method to greatly increase the contrast of fascicle images. RESULTS: The enhanced microCT imaging method can facilitate the reconstruction of high-contrast HR fascicle images, fascicle segmentation and extraction, feature analysis, and the tracing of fascicle topography to end organs, which define fascicle functions...
June 17, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625065/physical-texturing-for-superhydrophobic-polymeric-surfaces-a-design-perspective
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Jing Yang Quek, Christopher L Magee, Hong Yee Low
Surface wetting on textured surface is classically explained by Cassie-Baxter or Wenzel's theories. However, in recent years, an increasing number of complex surface topographies with super-hydrophobic properties were achieved without prediction or simulation using these theories. One example is biomimetic surfaces. In many instances, theories were used to explain surface properties found in nature but have not led to or predicted the complex topographies. Although new wetting theories continue to emerge, there is not yet a set of design rules to guide the selection of surface topographies to achieve super-hydrophobicity...
June 18, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28598670/quantum-loop-topography-for-machine-learning
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Yi Zhang, Eun-Ah Kim
Despite rapidly growing interest in harnessing machine learning in the study of quantum many-body systems, training neural networks to identify quantum phases is a nontrivial challenge. The key challenge is in efficiently extracting essential information from the many-body Hamiltonian or wave function and turning the information into an image that can be fed into a neural network. When targeting topological phases, this task becomes particularly challenging as topological phases are defined in terms of nonlocal properties...
May 26, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28587445/directing-stem-cell-differentiation-via-electrochemical-reversible-switching-between-nanotubes-and-nanotips-of-polypyrrole-array
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Yan Wei, Xiaoju Mo, Pengchao Zhang, Yingying Li, Jingwen Liao, Yongjun Li, Jinxing Zhang, Chengyun Ning, Shutao Wang, Xuliang Deng, Lei Jiang
Control of stem cell behaviors at solid biointerfaces is critical for stem-cell-based regeneration and generally achieved by engineering chemical composition, topography, and stiffness. However, the influence of dynamic stimuli at the nanoscale from solid biointerfaces on stem cell fate remains unclear. Herein, we show that electrochemical switching of a polypyrrole (Ppy) array between nanotubes and nanotips can alter surface adhesion, which can strongly influence mechanotransduction activation and guide differentiation of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs)...
June 8, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28580129/case-report-orbital-metastasis-as-the-presenting-feature-of-lung-cancer
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Sunil Munakomi, Samrita Chaudhary, Pramod Chaudhary, Jagdish Thingujam, Bijoy Mohan Kumar, Iype Cherian
Orbital metastasis from lung cancer as an initial presenting symptom is a rare entity, which may paradoxically delay the diagnosis and initiation of correct management, due to the confusion of it being primary orbital pathology. Herein we report a case of a 58 year old woman, who presented with painful orbital swelling along with diminution in her vision. The patient was initially thought to have a primary eye lesion; however chest X-ray was suggestive of a lung mass, which was confirmed by chest computed topography followed by ultrasound guided fine needle aspiration cytology...
2017: F1000Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532663/recent-developments-in-drug-eluting-devices-with-tailored-interfacial-properties
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Eva Sanchez-Rexach, Emilio Meaurio, Jose-Ramon Sarasua
Drug eluting devices have greatly evolved during past years to become fundamental products of great marketing importance in the biomedical field. There is currently a large diversity of highly specialized devices for specific applications, making the development of these devices an exciting field of research. The replacement of the former bare metal devices by devices loaded with drugs allowed the sustained and controlled release of drugs, to achieve the desired local therapeutic concentration of drug. The newer devices have been "engineered" with surfaces containing micro- and nanoscale features in a well-controlled manner, that have shown to significantly affect cellular and subcellular function of various biological systems...
May 4, 2017: Advances in Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28509381/topography-guided-control-of-local-migratory-behaviors-and-protein-expression-of-cancer-cells
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Jung-Youn Shin, Hong Nam Kim, Suk Ho Bhang, Jeong-Kee Yoon, Kahp-Yang Suh, Noo Li Jeon, Byung-Soo Kim
In vivo cancer cell migration and invasion are directed by biophysical guidance mechanisms such as pre-existing microtracks and basement membrane extracellular matrices. Here, this paper reports the correlation of the local migratory behavior of cancer cells and the biochemical signal expression using the topography that can guide or inhibit cell behaviors. To this end, the local apparent migration and the protein expression level are investigated with respect to the topographical feature size (flat, nanoline, and microline) and orientation (microline, microconcentric, and microradial) with the collectively migrating (A431) and individually migrating (MDA-MB-231 and U-87-MG) cancer cells...
May 16, 2017: Advanced Healthcare Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28486721/topography-guided-lasik-versus-small-incision-lenticule-extraction-smile-for-myopia-and-myopic-astigmatism-a-randomized-prospective-contralateral-eye-study
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Anastasios John Kanellopoulos
PURPOSE: To compare safety and efficacy of topography-guided LASIK and contralateral eye SMILE for myopia and myopic astigmatism correction. METHODS: This prospective, randomized contralateral eye study included 44 eyes of 22 patients with bilateral myopia or myopic astigmatism. Treated eyes were divided into two groups: 22 eyes were treated with topography-guided LASIK and the fellow eye of each patient was treated with SMILE. The following parameters were evaluated preoperatively and up to 3 months postoperatively: uncorrected distance vision acuity (UDVA), corrected distance vision acuity (CDVA), refractive error, corneal keratometry, contrast sensitivity, and Objective Scatter Index...
May 1, 2017: Journal of Refractive Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28486719/customized-topography-guided-corneal-collagen-cross-linking-for-keratoconus
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Myriam Cassagne, Kévin Pierné, Stéphane D Galiacy, Marie-Pierre Asfaux-Marfaing, Pierre Fournié, François Malecaze
PURPOSE: To compare the efficacy and safety of topography-guided corneal collagen cross-linking (TG-CXL) to conventional corneal CXL (C-CXL) in progressive keratoconus. METHODS: In this prospective, nonrandomized clinical trial, 60 eyes of 60 patients were scheduled to receive either TG-CXL (30 eyes with deepithelialization focused on the cone, riboflavin application for 10 minutes, and 30 mW/cm(2) pulsed ultraviolet-A irradiance pattern according to topography) or C-CXL (30 eyes treated in accordance with the Dresden protocol)...
May 1, 2017: Journal of Refractive Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28481616/the-unique-contributions-of-perceiver-and-target-characteristics-in-person-perception
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Eric Hehman, Clare A M Sutherland, Jessica K Flake, Michael L Slepian
Models of person perception have long asserted that our impressions of others are guided by characteristics of both the target and perceiver. However, research has not yet quantified to what extent perceivers and targets contribute to different impressions. This quantification is theoretically critical, as it addresses how much an impression arises from "our minds" versus "others' faces." Here, we apply cross-classified random effects models to address this fundamental question in social cognition, using approximately 700,000 ratings of faces...
May 8, 2017: Journal of Personality and Social Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28452417/crack-free-soft-wrinkles-enable-switchable-anisotropic-wetting
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Dongjoon Rhee, Won-Kyu Lee, Teri W Odom
Soft skin layers on elastomeric substrates are demonstrated to support mechano-responsive wrinkle patterns that do not exhibit cracking under applied strain. Soft fluoropolymer skin layers on pre-strained poly(dimethylsiloxane) slabs achieved crack-free surface wrinkling at high strain regimes not possible by using conventional stiff skin layers. A side-by-side comparison between the soft and hard skin layers after multiple cycles of stretching and releasing revealed that the soft skin layer enabled dynamic control over wrinkle topography without cracks or delamination...
June 1, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437614/engineering-highly-interconnected-neuronal-networks-on-nanowire-scaffolds
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Vini Gautam, Shagufta Naureen, Naeem Shahid, Qian Gao, Yi Wang, David Nisbet, Chennupati Jagadish, Vincent R Daria
Identifying the specific role of physical guidance cues in the growth of neurons is crucial for understanding the fundamental biology of brain development and for designing scaffolds for tissue engineering. Here, we investigate the structural significance of nanoscale topographies as physical cues for neurite outgrowth and circuit formation by growing neurons on semiconductor nanowires. We monitored neurite growth using optical and scanning electron microscopy and evaluated the spontaneous neuronal network activity using functional calcium imaging...
June 14, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437441/fluorescence-imaging-topography-scanning-system-for-intraoperative-multimodal-imaging
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Tri T Quang, Hye-Yeong Kim, Forrest Sheng Bao, Francis A Papay, W Barry Edwards, Yang Liu
Fluorescence imaging is a powerful technique with diverse applications in intraoperative settings. Visualization of three dimensional (3D) structures and depth assessment of lesions, however, are oftentimes limited in planar fluorescence imaging systems. In this study, a novel Fluorescence Imaging Topography Scanning (FITS) system has been developed, which offers color reflectance imaging, fluorescence imaging and surface topography scanning capabilities. The system is compact and portable, and thus suitable for deployment in the operating room without disturbing the surgical flow...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28393023/mathematical-analysis-of-corneal-remodelling-after-intracorneal-ring-surgery-in-keratoconus
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Elias F Jarade, Elise Slim, Carole Cherfan, Hala El Rami, Toufic Hassan, Elias Chelala
AIM: To represent mathematically the intersection between the ectatic corneal geometry and the plane of intracorneal ring implants (ICRS) in order to determine the corneal response to ICRS surgery in keratoconus (KC). Thereafter, to present the concept and early results of a newly derived topography-guided nomogram for ICRS surgery for the treatment of keratectasia. METHODS: The corneal rings plane intersection was modelled to a conic section. Ring effect was the result of: the ring size, position (steep vs flat), location (distance from the geometric centre of the cornea), and the discrepancy between the ring's curvature and the tunnel's curvature...
2017: International Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28362085/wetting-transition-of-condensed-droplets-on-nanostructured-superhydrophobic-surfaces-coordination-of-surface-properties-and-condensing-conditions
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Rongfu Wen, Zhong Lan, Benli Peng, Wei Xu, Ronggui Yang, Xuehu Ma
Nanostructured superhydrophobic surfaces have been actively explored to promote favorable droplet dynamics for a wide range of technological applications. However, the tendency of condensed droplets to form as pinned states greatly limits their applicability in enhancing condensation heat transfer efficiency. Despite recent progresses, the understanding of physical mechanisms governing the wetting transition of condensed droplets is still lacking. In this work, a nanostructured superhydrophobic surface with tapered nanogaps is fabricated to demonstrate the coordination of surface wetting property, topography, and the condensing condition on the wetting state and dynamic behavior of condensed droplets...
April 6, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345373/infarct-topography-and-functional-outcomes
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Mark R Etherton, Natalia S Rost, Ona Wu
Acute ischemic stroke represents a major cause of long-term adult disability. Accurate prognostication of post-stroke functional outcomes is invaluable in guiding patient care, targeting early rehabilitation efforts, selecting patients for clinical research, and conveying realistic expectations to families. The involvement of specific brain regions by acute ischemia can alter post-stroke recovery potential. Understanding the influences of infarct topography on neurologic outcomes holds significant promise in prognosis of functional recovery...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28285693/high-risk-community-and-primary-care-providers-knowledge-about-and-barriers-to-low-dose-computed-topography-lung-cancer-screening
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Vani N Simmons, Jhanelle E Gray, Matthew B Schabath, Lauren E Wilson, Gwendolyn P Quinn
INTRODUCTION: Until recently, there has not been a valid and reliable screening test for lung cancer. As compared to chest X-ray, low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) lung cancer screening has demonstrated greater sensitivity resulting in lung cancer diagnosis at an earlier stage, thereby reducing lung cancer mortality among high-risk individuals by 20%. In the current study, we sought to examine knowledge and attitudes about LDCT screening for lung cancer among an ethnically and racially diverse sample of high risk (HR) community members and primary care providers (PCP)...
April 2017: Lung Cancer: Journal of the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28269160/a-method-to-project-clinical-outcome-topographies-onto-preoperative-mri-to-guide-direct-dbs-targeting
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Mahesh B Shenai, Barton L Guthrie
The use of intraoperative MR and direct DBS targeting, relies on anatomical rather than functional data. Historical clinical outcome databases that have recorded stimulation location and magnitude of effect, can provide a useful adjunct in DBS targeting strategies. We present a method for generating clinical outcome topographies, and merging regions of effect onto a pre-operative MR, for surgical planning. The clinical outcome topographies are consistent with more intuitive strategies used by neurosurgeons...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227389/a-method-to-project-clinical-outcome-topographies-onto-preoperative-mri-to-guide-direct-dbs-targeting
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Mahesh B Shenai, Barton L Guthrie, Mahesh B Shenai, Barton L Guthrie, Barton L Guthrie, Mahesh B Shenai
The use of intraoperative MR and direct DBS targeting, relies on anatomical rather than functional data. Historical clinical outcome databases that have recorded stimulation location and magnitude of effect, can provide a useful adjunct in DBS targeting strategies. We present a method for generating clinical outcome topographies, and merging regions of effect onto a pre-operative MR, for surgical planning. The clinical outcome topographies are consistent with more intuitive strategies used by neurosurgeons...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
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