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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812230/simulation-of-left-ventricular-dynamics-using-a-low-order-mathematical-model
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Michael J Moulton, Brian D Hong, Timothy W Secomb
The eventual goal of this study is to develop methods for estimating dynamic stresses in the left ventricle (LV) that could be used on-line in clinical settings, based on routinely available measurements. Toward this goal, a low-order theoretical model is presented, in which LV shape is represented using a small number of parameters, allowing rapid computational simulations of LV dynamics. The LV is represented as a thick-walled prolate spheroid containing helical muscle fibers with nonlinear passive and time-dependent active contractile properties...
August 15, 2017: Cardiovascular Engineering and Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810594/tissue-engineered-sling-with-adipose-derived-stem-cells-under-static-mechanical-strain
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Ying Wang, Wei Wang, Xilong Wang, Yangyun Wang, Jihong Wang, Qiang Fu, Guowei Shi
The implantation of a suburethral sling is an important treatment for stress urinary incontinence (SUI). However, the slings used current have a number of inherent limitations, such as tissue rejection and infection. The present study investigated the potential of engineering sling tissue in vitro using adipose-derived stem cells (ADSCs). The ADSCs were obtained from Sprague-Dawley rats and were characterized in vitro. The ADSCs were seeded on polyglycolic acid (PGA) fibers that formed a scaffold with a shape mimicking a sling complex...
August 2017: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810551/alterations-in-biomechanical-properties-and-microstructure-of-colon-wall-in-early-stage-experimental-colitis
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Xiaohui Gong, Xiaojuan Xu, Sisi Lin, Yu Cheng, Jianhua Tong, Yongyu Li
The aim of the current study was to investigate the effects of early-stage dextran sodium sulfate (DSS)-induced mouse colitis on the biomechanical properties and microstructure of colon walls. In the present study, colitis was induced in 8-week-old mice by the oral administration of DSS, and then 10 control and 10 experimental colitis samples were harvested. Uniaxial tensile tests were performed to measure the ultimate tensile strength and ultimate stretches of colon tissues. In addition, histological investigations were performed to characterize changes in the microstructure of the colon wall following treatment...
August 2017: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808277/age-and-sex-dependency-of-the-association-between-systemic-antioxidant-potential-and-glaucomatous-damage
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Yoshimi Asano, Noriko Himori, Hiroshi Kunikata, Mai Yamazaki, Yukihiro Shiga, Kazuko Omodaka, Hidetoshi Takahashi, Toru Nakazawa
Systemic oxidative stress is thought to be an important factor in the pathogenesis of glaucoma. In particular, low systemic antioxidative capacity, which normally counters oxidative stress, may contribute to glaucoma. Thus, we investigated the association between biological antioxidant potential (BAP), a biomarker of systemic antioxidative capacity, and glaucoma severity in patients with open-angle glaucoma (OAG). This study included 480 eyes of 240 patients with OAG and 66 healthy control eyes. We measured the BAP serum level with a free radical analyzer and compared it with a weighted estimate of the number of retinal ganglion cells (wrgc), derived from circumpapillary retinal nerve fiber layer thickness and visual field mean deviation...
August 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808218/setting-kinetics-and-mechanical-properties-of-flax-fibre-reinforced-glass-ionomer-restorative-materials
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Ensanya Ali Abou Neel, Anne M Young
Regardless of the excellent properties of glass ionomer cements, their poor mechanical properties limit their applications to non-load bearing areas. This study aimed to investigate the effect of incorporated short, chopped and randomly distributed flax fibers (0, 0.5, 1, 2.5, 5 and 25 wt%) on setting reaction kinetics, and mechanical and morphological properties of glass ionomer cements. Addition of flax fibers did not significantly affect the setting reaction extent. According to their content, flax fibers increased the compressive (from 148 to 250 MPa) and flexure strength (from 20 to 42 MPa)...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805303/controlled-release-of-igf1-enhances-urethral-sphincter-function-and-histological-structure-in-the-treatment-of-female-stress-urinary-incontinence-in-a-rodent-model
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Hao Yan, Liren Zhong, Yaodong Jiang, Jian Yang, Junhong Deng, Shicheng Wei, Emmanuel Opara, Anthony Atala, Xiangming Mao, Margot Damaser, Yuanyuan Zhang
OBJECTIVES: Stress urinary incontinence (SUI) diminishes the quality of life of millions, particularly women who have delivered vaginally, which can injure the urethral sphincter. Despite several well-established treatments for SUI, growth factor therapy might provide an alternative to promote urethral sphincter repair. The goal of this study was to determine the effects of controlled release of IGF1 from alginate-poly-L-ornithine-gelatin microbeads (IGF1-A-PLO-G microbeads) on sphincter tissue regeneration in a rat model of SUI...
August 14, 2017: BJU International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28796156/construction-condition-and-damage-monitoring-of-post-tensioned-psc-girders-using-embedded-sensors
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Kyung-Joon Shin, Seong-Cheol Lee, Yun Yong Kim, Jae-Min Kim, Seunghee Park, Hwanwoo Lee
The potential for monitoring the construction of post-tensioned concrete beams and detecting damage to the beams under loading conditions was investigated through an experimental program. First, embedded sensors were investigated that could measure pre-stress from the fabrication process to a failure condition. Four types of sensors were installed on a steel frame, and the applicability and the accuracy of these sensors were tested while pre-stress was applied to a tendon in the steel frame. As a result, a tri-sensor loading plate and a Fiber Bragg Grating (FBG) sensor were selected as possible candidates...
August 10, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28795878/effects-of-prisma%C3%A2-skin-dermal-regeneration-device-containing-glycosaminoglycans-on-human-keratinocytes-and-fibroblasts
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Raffaella Belvedere, Valentina Bizzarro, Luca Parente, Francesco Petrella, Antonello Petrella
Prisma® Skin is a new pharmaceutical device developed by Mediolanum Farmaceutici S.p.a. It includes alginates, hyaluronic acid and mainly mesoglycan. The latter is a natural glycosaminoglycan preparation containing chondroitin sulfate, dermatan sulfate, heparan sulfate and heparin and it is used in the treatment of vascular disease. Glycosaminoglycans may contribute to the re-epithelialization in the skin wound healing, as components of the extracellular matrix. Here we describe, for the first time, the effects of Prisma® Skin in in vitro cultures of adult epidermal keratinocytes and dermal fibroblasts...
August 10, 2017: Cell Adhesion & Migration
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794172/astrocytes-from-the-brain-microenvironment-alter-migration-and-morphology-of-metastatic-breast-cancer-cells
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Marina A Shumakovich, Caitlin P Mencio, Jonathan S Siglin, Rebecca A Moriarty, Herbert M Geller, Kimberly M Stroka
Tumor cell metastasis to the brain involves cell migration through biochemically and physically complex microenvironments at the blood-brain barrier (BBB). The current understanding of tumor cell migration across the BBB is limited. We hypothesize that an interplay between biochemical cues and physical cues at the BBB affects the mechanisms of brain metastasis. We found that astrocyte conditioned medium (ACM) applied directly to tumor cells increased tumor cell velocity, induced elongation, and promoted actin stress fiber organization...
August 9, 2017: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28793266/the-epithelial-circumferential-actin-belt-regulates-yap-taz-through-nucleocytoplasmic-shuttling-of-merlin
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Kana T Furukawa, Kazunari Yamashita, Natsuki Sakurai, Shigeo Ohno
Circumferential actin belts underlying the adherens junctions of columnar epithelial cell monolayers control intercellular surface tension and cell shape to maintain tissue integrity. Yes-associated protein (YAP) and its paralog TAZ are proliferation-activating transcriptional coactivators that shuttle between the nucleus and cytoplasm. Previous studies suggest the importance of stress fibers in the actin cytoskeleton for regulation of YAP nuclear localization; however, the role of the circumferential actin belt on YAP localization remains unclarified...
August 8, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28793219/stiff-substrates-increase-inflammation-induced-endothelial-monolayer-tension-and-permeability
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Rebecca Lownes Urbano, Christina Furia, Sarah Basehore, Alisa Morss Clyne
Arterial stiffness and inflammation are associated with atherosclerosis, and each have individually been shown to increase endothelial monolayer tension and permeability. The objective of this study was to determine if substrate stiffness enhanced endothelial monolayer tension and permeability in response to inflammatory cytokines. Porcine aortic endothelial cells were cultured at confluence on polyacrylamide gels of varying stiffness and treated with either tumor necrosis factor-α (TNFα) or thrombin. Monolayer tension was measured through vinculin localization at the cell membrane, traction force microscopy, and phosphorylated myosin light chain quantity and actin fiber colocalization...
August 8, 2017: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28792095/the-role-of-c-fibers-in-the-development-of-chronic-psychological-stress-induced-enhanced-bladder-sensations-and-nociceptive-responses-a-multidisciplinary-approach-to-the-study-of-urologic-chronic-pelvic-pain-syndrome-mapp-research-network-study
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Yunliang Gao, Rong Zhang, Huiyi H Chang, Larissa V Rodríguez
AIMS: To evaluate C fiber-mediated changes in bladder sensation and nociception in an animal model of stress induced bladder hyperalgesia and urinary frequency. METHODS: Female Wistar-Kyoto (WKY) rats were exposed to a chronic (10 days) water avoidance stress (WAS) and compared to controls. Rats were evaluated by cystometrogram (CMG) and visceromotor reflex (VMR) to bladder infusion with room temperature (RT) or cold saline. Cold saline activates afferent C-fibers via cold bladder receptors...
August 9, 2017: Neurourology and Urodynamics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28783479/determination-of-dielectric-properties-of-cryoprotective-agent-solutions-with-a-resonant-cavity-for-the-electromagnetic-rewarming-in-cryopreservation
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Jiaji Pan, Zhiquan Shu, Shen Ren, Dayong Gao
In the rewarming process during cryopreservation, preventing ice recrystallization and thermal stress is important, especially for large tissues and organs. Uniform and rapid heating is essential in ameliorating the problem and maintaining the viability of cryopreserved biological samples. Currently, the most promising method is heating by application of electromagnetic (EM) waves, the effectiveness of which is dependent on the dielectric properties (DP) of the cryopreserved materials. In this work, the cavity perturbation method was adopted to measure the DP of cryoprotectant solutions...
August 7, 2017: Biopreservation and Biobanking
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28783324/a-noncanonical-binding-site-in-the-evh1-domain-of-vasp-regulates-its-interactions-with-the-proline-rich-region-of-zyxin
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Lucila Andrea Acevedo, Alexander Ian Greenwood, Linda K Nicholson
Vasodilator-Stimulated Phosphoprotein, VASP, is a processive actin polymerase with roles in the control of cell shape and cell migration. Through interaction with the cytoskeletal adaptor protein Zyxin, VASP can localize to damaged stress fibers where it serves to repair and reinforce these structures. VASP localization is mediated by its N-terminal Ena/VASP Homology domain (EVH1), which binds to the motif (W/F)PxφP (most commonly occurring as FPPPP) found in cytoskeletal proteins such as vinculin, lamellipodin, and Zyxin...
August 7, 2017: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28782074/a-cell-culture-technique-for-human-epiretinal-membranes-to-describe-cell-behavior-and-membrane-contraction-in-vitro
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Christian Wertheimer, Kirsten H Eibl-Lindner, Denise Compera, Alexander Kueres, Armin Wolf, Denitsa Docheva, Siegfried G Priglinger, Claudia Priglinger, Ricarda G Schumann
PURPOSE: To introduce a human cell culture technique for investigating in-vitro behavior of primary epiretinal cells and membrane contraction of fibrocellular tissue surgically removed from eyes with idiopathic macular pucker. METHODS: Human epiretinal membranes were harvested from ten eyes with idiopathic macular pucker during standard vitrectomy. Specimens were fixed on cell culture plastic using small entomological pins to apply horizontal stress to the tissue, and then transferred to standard cell culture conditions...
August 7, 2017: Graefe's Archive for Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28780647/cardiovascular-responses-to-skeletal-muscle-stretching-stretching-the-truth-or-a-new-exercise-paradigm-for-cardiovascular-medicine
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REVIEW
Nicholas T Kruse, Barry W Scheuermann
Stretching is commonly prescribed with the intended purpose of increasing range of motion, enhancing muscular coordination, and preventing prolonged immobilization induced by aging or a sedentary lifestyle. Emerging evidence suggests that acute or long-term stretching exercise may modulate a variety of cardiovascular responses. Specifically, at the onset of stretch, the mechanical deformation of the vascular bed coupled with stimulation of group III muscle afferent fibers initiates a cascade of events resulting in both peripheral vasodilation and a heart rate-driven increase in cardiac output, blood pressure, and muscle blood flow...
August 5, 2017: Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28780254/modeling-the-response-of-exogenously-crosslinked-tissue-to-cyclic-loading-the-effects-of-permanent-set
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Will Zhang, Michael S Sacks
Bioprosthetic heart valves (BHVs), fabricated from exogenously crosslinked collagenous tissues, remain the most popular heart valve replacement design. However, the life span of BHVs remains limited to 10-15 years, in part because the mechanisms that underlie BHV failure remain poorly understood. Experimental evidence indicates that BHVs undergo significant changes in geometry with in vivo operation, which lead to stress concentrations that can have significant impact on structural damage. These changes do not appear to be due to plastic deformation, as the leaflets only deform in the elastic regime...
July 11, 2017: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28777065/possible-role-of-antioxidative-capacity-of-epigallocatechin-3-gallate-treatment-in-morphological-and-neurobehavioral-recovery-after-sciatic-nerve-crush-injury
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Waleed M Renno, Ludmil Benov, Khalid M Khan
OBJECTIVE This study examined the capacity of the major polyphenolic green tea extract (-)-epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) to suppress oxidative stress and stimulate the recovery and prompt the regeneration of sciatic nerve after crush injury. METHODS Adult male Wistar rats were randomly assigned to one of 4 groups: 1) Naïve, 2) Sham (sham injury, surgical control group), 3) Crush (sciatic nerve crush injury treated with saline), and 4) Crush+EGCG (sciatic nerve crush injury treated with intraperitoneally administered EGCG, 50 mg/kg)...
August 4, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery. Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28774442/computational-modeling-for-prediction-of-the-shear-stress-of-three-dimensional-isotropic-and-aligned-fiber-networks
#19
Seungman Park
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Interstitial flow (IF) is a creeping flow through the interstitial space of the extracellular matrix (ECM). IF plays a key role in diverse biological functions, such as tissue homeostasis, cell function and behavior. Currently, most studies that have characterized IF have focused on the permeability of ECM or shear stress distribution on the cells, but less is known about the prediction of shear stress on the individual fibers or fiber networks despite its significance in the alignment of matrix fibers and cells observed in fibrotic or wound tissues...
September 2017: Computer Methods and Programs in Biomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28774343/effect-of-shear-stress-on-ipsc-derived-human-brain-microvascular-endothelial-cells-dhbmecs
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Jackson G DeStefano, Zinnia S Xu, Ashley J Williams, Nahom Yimam, Peter C Searson
BACKGROUND: The endothelial cells that form the lumen of capillaries and microvessels are an important component of the blood-brain barrier. Cell phenotype is regulated by transducing a range of biomechanical and biochemical signals in the local microenvironment. Here we report on the role of shear stress in modulating the morphology, motility, proliferation, apoptosis, and protein and gene expression, of confluent monolayers of human brain microvascular endothelial cells derived from induced pluripotent stem cells...
August 4, 2017: Fluids and Barriers of the CNS
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