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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437993/integrated-optical-force-sensors-using-focusing-photonic-crystal-arrays
#1
Jingkun Guo, Richard A Norte, S Gröblacher
Mechanical oscillators are at the heart of many sensor applications. Recently several groups have developed oscillators that are probed optically, fabricated from high-stress silicon nitride films. They exhibit outstanding force sensitivities of a few aN/Hz<sup>1/2</sup> and can also be made highly reflective, for efficient detection. The optical read-out usually requires complex experimental setups, including positioning stages and bulky cavities, making them impractical for real applications. In this paper we propose a novel way of building fully integrated all-optical force sensors based on low-loss silicon nitride mechanical resonators with a photonic crystal reflector...
April 17, 2017: Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437806/potential-of-bryophyllum-pinnatum-as-a-detrusor-relaxant-an-in-vitro-exploratory-study
#2
Simon Bachmann, Cornelia Betschart, Julia Gerber, Karin Fürer, Mónica Mennet, Matthias Hamburger, Olivier Potterat, Ursula von Mandach, Ana Paula Simões-Wüst
An earlier prospective, randomised, placebo-controlled clinical trial had suggested that Bryophyllum pinnatum might have potential in the treatment of overactive bladder. Here we investigated the effects of B. pinnatum leaf press juice, fractions enriched in flavonoids and bufadienolides, and a flavonoid aglycon mixture and individual aglycons on detrusor contractility as a major target in overactive bladder treatment. The strength of the detrusor contractions was investigated using porcine muscle strips stimulated with KCl...
April 24, 2017: Planta Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437676/superior-inferior-position-of-patellar-component-affects-patellofemoral-kinematics-and-contact-forces-in-computer-simulation
#3
Shinichiro Nakamura, Yoshihisa Tanaka, Shinichi Kuriyama, Kohei Nishitani, Hiromu Ito, Moritoshi Furu, Shuichi Matsuda
BACKGROUND: Anterior knee pain has been reported as a major postoperative complication after total knee arthroplasty, which may lead to patient dissatisfaction. Rotational alignment and the medial-lateral position correlate with patellar maltracking, which can cause knee pain postoperatively. However, the superior-inferior position of the patellar component has not been investigated. The purpose of the current study was to investigate the effects of the patellar superior-inferior position on patellofemoral kinematics and kinetics...
April 18, 2017: Clinical Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437620/american-association-of-clinical-endocrinologists-and-american-college-of-endocrinology-guidelines-for-management-of-dyslipidemia-and-prevention-of-cardiovascular-disease
#4
Paul S Jellinger, Yehuda Handelsman, Paul D Rosenblit, Zachary T Bloomgarden, Vivian A Fonseca, Alan J Garber, George Grunberger, Chris K Guerin, David S H Bell, Jeffrey I Mechanick, Rachel Pessah-Pollack, Kathleen Wyne, Donald Smith, Eliot A Brinton, Sergio Fazio, Michael Davidson
OBJECTIVE: The development of these guidelines is mandated by the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) Board of Directors and American College of Endocrinology (ACE) Board of Trustees and adheres with published AACE protocols for the standardized production of clinical practice guidelines (CPGs). METHODS: Recommendations are based on diligent reviews of the clinical evidence with transparent incorporation of subjective factors, according to established AACE/ACE guidelines for guidelines protocols...
April 2017: Endocrine Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437617/electrostatic-origin-of-red-solvatochromic-shift-of-dfhbdi-in-rna-spinach
#5
Samik Bose, Suman Chakrabarty, Debashree Ghosh
Interactions with environment tune the spectral properties of biological chromophores, e.g. fluorescent proteins. Understanding of the relative contribution of the various types of non-covalent interactions in the spectral shifts can provide rational design principles towards developing new fluorescent probes. In this work, we investigate the origin of the red-shift in the absorption spectra of difluoro hydroxybenzylidene dimethyl imidazolinone (DFHBDI) chromophore in RNA Spinach as compared to the aqueous solution...
April 24, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437607/the-real-cost-of-speed-the-effect-of-a-time-saving-multiple-time-stepping-algorithm-on-the-accuracy-of-molecular-dynamics-simulations
#6
Sabine Reisser, David Poger, Martin Stroet, Alan Edward Mark
To enhance efficiency in molecular dynamics simulations, forces that vary slowly are often evaluated less often than those that vary rapidly. We show that the multiple-time-step algorithm implemented in recent versions of GROMACS results in significant differences in the collective properties of a system under conditions where the system was previously stable. The implications of changing the simulation algorithm without assessment of potential artifacts on the parameterisation and transferability of effective force fields are discussed...
April 24, 2017: Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437501/pronator-teres-myotendinous-tear
#7
Usama Qayyum, Diego Villacis, Charles M Jobin
Pronator teres muscle strain is a rare sporting injury reported thus far only in cricket and golf players. The injury appears to occur when the sporting club or racket strikes the ground during a forceful swing and causes the elbow to experience an eccentric force during resisted elbow flexion and pronation. On initial presentation, this injury can be mistaken for injury to the medial ulnar collateral ligament, or exacerbation of medial epicondylitis. On examination, bruising and tenderness distal to the elbow over the course of the pronator teres are often present...
March 2017: American Journal of Orthopedics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437485/t-cell-function-is-dispensable-for-intracranial-aneurysm-formation-and-progression
#8
Haruka Miyata, Hirokazu Koseki, Katsumi Takizawa, Hidetoshi Kasuya, Kazuhiko Nozaki, Shuh Narumiya, Tomohiro Aoki
Given the social importance of intracranial aneurysm as a major cause of a lethal subarachnoid hemorrhage, clarification of mechanisms underlying the pathogenesis of this disease is essential for improving poor prognosis once after rupture. Previous histopathological analyses of human aneurysm walls have revealed the presence of T cells in lesions suggesting involvement of this type of cell in the pathogenesis. However, it remains unclear whether T cell actively participates in intracranial aneurysm progression...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437480/variation-of-bacterial-communities-in-water-and-sediments-during-the-decomposition-of-microcystis-biomass
#9
Dayong Zhao, Xinyi Cao, Rui Huang, Jin Zeng, Qinglong L Wu
The bacterial community composition in water and sediment samples during the decomposition of Microcystis biomass were analyzed using the 454 pyrosequencing technique. We found dramatic shifts in the bacterial community composition of water and sediments after the addition of Microcystis biomass. Among all the detected phyla, only Firmicutes was found to be dominant in both water and sediment samples. The genus Clostridium sensu stricto was the absolutely dominant group in Firmicutes and showed drastic variations with incubation time during the decomposition process...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437333/correction-capability-in-the-3-anatomic-planes-of-different-pedicle-screw-designs-in-scoliosis-instrumentation
#10
Xiaoyu Wang, Carl-Eric Aubin, John Coleman, Jeremy Rawlinson
STUDY DESIGN: Computer simulations to compare the correction capabilities of different pedicle screws in adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS) instrumentations. OBJECTIVE: To compare the correction and resulting bone-screw forces associated with different pedicle screws in scoliosis instrumentations. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Pedicle screw fixation is widely used in surgical instrumentation for spinal deformity treatment. Screw design, correction philosophies, and surgical techniques are constantly evolving to achieve better control of the vertebrae and correction of the spinal deformity...
May 2017: Clinical Spine Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437264/magnesium-sulphate-improves-pulmonary-function-after-video-assisted-thoracoscopic-surgery-a-randomised-double-blind-placebo-controlled-study
#11
Hye-Min Sohn, Sang-Hoon Jheon, Sunwoo Nam, Sang-Hwan Do
BACKGROUND: Reduced lung volumes are unavoidable after lung resection surgery. Magnesium sulphate (MgSO4) administration has been reported to reduce the requirement for neuromuscular blocking drugs and postoperative analgesics in surgical patients. OBJECTIVE: To investigate the effect of MgSO4 on pulmonary function after video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS). DESIGN: A randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial. SETTING: A university tertiary care centre...
April 21, 2017: European Journal of Anaesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437225/neck-collar-with-mild-jugular-vein-compression-ameliorates-brain-activation-changes-during-a-working-memory-task-after-a-season-of-high-school-football
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Weihong Yuan, James Leach, Thomas Maloney, Mekibib Altaye, David Smith, Paul Gubanich, Kim Barber-Foss, Staci Thomas, Christopher DiCesare, Adam Kiefer, Gregory D Myer
Emerging evidence indicates that repetitive head impacts, even at a sub-concussive level, may result in exacerbated or prolonged neurologic deficits in athletes. This study aimed to: 1) quantify the effect of repetitive head impacts on the alteration of neuronal activity based on fMRI of working memory after a high school football season; and 2) determine whether a neck collar that applies mild jugular vein compression to reduce brain energy absorption in head impact through slosh mitigation can ameliorate the altered fMRI activation during a working memory task...
February 18, 2017: Journal of Neurotrauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437190/consuming-a-ketogenic-diet-while-receiving-radiation-and-chemotherapy-for-locally-advanced-lung-cancer-and-pancreatic-cancer-the-university-of-iowa-experience-of-two-phase-1-clinical-trials
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Amir Zahra, Melissa A Fath, Emyleigh Opat, Kranti A Mapuskar, Sudershan K Bhatia, Daniel C Ma, Samuel N Rodman Iii, Travis P Snyders, Catherine A Chenard, Julie M Eichenberger-Gilmore, Kellie L Bodeker, Logan Ahmann, Brian J Smith, Sandy A Vollstedt, Heather A Brown, Taher Abu Hejleh, Gerald H Clamon, Daniel J Berg, Luke I Szweda, Douglas R Spitz, John M Buatti, Bryan G Allen
Ketogenic diets are low in carbohydrates and high in fat, which forces cells to rely more heavily upon mitochondrial oxidation of fatty acids for energy. Relative to normal cells, cancer cells are believed to exist under a condition of chronic mitochondrial oxidative stress that is compensated for by increases in glucose metabolism to generate reducing equivalents. In this study we tested the hypothesis that a ketogenic diet concurrent with radiation and chemotherapy would be clinically tolerable in locally advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) and pancreatic cancer and could potentially exploit cancer cell oxidative metabolism to improve therapeutic outcomes...
April 24, 2017: Radiation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437133/the-impact-of-the-centrifuge-characteristics-and-centrifugation-protocols-on-the-cells-growth-factors-and-fibrin-architecture-of-a-leukocyte-and-platelet-rich-fibrin-l-prf-clot-and-membrane
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David M Dohan Ehrenfest, Nelson R Pinto, Andrea Pereda, Paula Jiménez, Marco Del Corso, Byung-Soo Kang, Mauricio Nally, Nicole Lanata, Hom-Lay Wang, Marc Quirynen
L-PRF (leukocyte- and platelet-rich fibrin) is one of the four families of platelet concentrates for surgical use and is widely used in oral and maxillofacial regenerative therapies. The first objective of this article was to evaluate the mechanical vibrations appearing during centrifugation in four models of commercially available table-top centrifuges used to produce L-PRF and the impact of the centrifuge characteristics on the cell and fibrin architecture of a L-PRF clot and membrane. The second objective of this article was to evaluate how changing some parameters of the L-PRF protocol may influence its biological signature, independently from the characteristics of the centrifuge...
April 24, 2017: Platelets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437130/lower-limb-and-trunk-biomechanics-after-fatigue-in-competitive-female-irish-dancers
#15
Catherine Y Wild, Avril Grealish, Diana Hopper
CONTEXT:   Because of the increasing popularity of participation in Irish dance, the incidence of lower limb injuries is high among this competitive population. OBJECTIVE:   To investigate the effects of fatigue on the peak lower limb and trunk angles as well as the peak lower limb joint forces and moments of competitive female Irish dancers during the performance of a dance-specific single-limb landing. DESIGN:   Cross-sectional study...
April 24, 2017: Journal of Athletic Training
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437105/a-virtual-environment-for-studying-the-docking-interactions-of-rigid-biomolecules-with-haptics
#16
Georgios Iakovou, Steven Hayward, Stephen Laycock
Haptic technology facilitates user interaction with the virtual world via the sense of touch. In molecular docking, haptics enables the user to sense the interaction forces during the docking process. Here we describe a haptics-assisted interactive software tool, called Haptimol RD, for the study of docking interactions. By utilising GPU-accelerated proximity querying methods very large systems can now be studied. Methods for force scaling, multipoint collision response and haptic navigation are described that address force stability issues that are particular to the interactive docking of large systems...
April 24, 2017: Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437100/reparameterization-of-solute-solute-interactions-for-amino-acid-sugar-systems-using-isopiestic-osmotic-pressure-molecular-dynamics-simulations
#17
Wesley Kayser Lay, Mark S Miller, Adrian Hamilton Elcock
AMBER/GLYCAM and CHARMM are popular force fields for simulations of amino acids and sugars. Here we report excessively attractive amino acid-sugar interactions in both force fields, and corrections to nonbonded interactions that match experimental osmotic pressures of mixed aqueous solutions of diglycine and sucrose. The modified parameters also improve the ∆Gtrans of diglycine from water to aqueous sucrose and, with AMBERff99SB/GLYCAM06, eliminate a caging effect seen in previous simulations of the protein ubiquitin with glucose...
April 24, 2017: Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437096/importance-of-mm-polarization-in-qm-mm-studies-of-enzymatic-reactions-assessment-of-the-qm-mm-drude-oscillator-model
#18
Abir Ganguly, Eliot Boulanger, Walter Thiel
For accurate quantum mechanics/molecular mechanics (QM/MM) studies of enzymatic reactions, it is desirable to include MM polarization, for example by using the Drude oscillator (DO) model. For a long time, such studies were hampered by the lack of well-tested polarizable force fields for proteins. Following up on a recent preliminary QM/MM-DO assessment (J. Chem. THEORY: Comput. 2014, 10, 1795-1809) we now report a comprehensive investigation of the effects of MM polarization on two enzymatic reactions, namely the Claisen rearrangement in chorismate mutase and the hydroxylation reaction in p-hydroxybenzoate hydrolase, using the QM/CHARMM-DO model and two QM methods (B3LYP, OM2)...
April 24, 2017: Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437087/al-coated-conductive-fibrous-filters-with-low-pressure-drop-for-efficient-electrostatic-capture-of-ultrafine-particulate-pollutants
#19
Dong Yun Choi, Soo-Ho Jung, Dong-Keun Song, Eun Jeong An, Duckshin Park, Tae-Oh Kim, Jae Hee Jung, Hye Moon Lee
Here, we demonstrate a new strategy of air filtration based on an Al-coated conductive fibrous filter for high efficient nanoparticulate removals. The conductive fibrous filter was fabricated by a direct decomposition of Al precursor ink, AlH3{O(C4H9)2}, onto surfaces of a polyester air filter via a cost-effective and scalable solution-dipping process. The prepared conductive filters showed a low sheet resistance (< 1.0 Ω sq(-1)), robust mechanical durability and high oxidative stability. By electrostatic force between the charged fibers and particles, the ultrafine particles of 30 - 400 nm in size were captured with a removal efficiency of ~99...
April 24, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437082/high-efficiency-1-and-2-ribosomal-frameshiftings-revealed-by-force-spectroscopy
#20
Te-Wei Tsai, Haopeng Yang, Heng Yin, Shoujun Xu, Yuhong Wang
Ribosomal frameshifting is a rare but ubiquitous process that is being studied extensively. Meanwhile, frameshifting motifs without any secondary mRNA structures were identified but rarely studied experimentally. We report unambiguous observation of highly efficient "-1" and "-2" frameshiftings on a GA7G slippery mRNA without the downstream secondary structure, using force-induced remnant magnetization spectroscopy combined with unique probing schemes. The result represents the first experimental evidence of multiple frameshifting steps...
April 24, 2017: ACS Chemical Biology
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