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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929388/fiber-reinforced-computational-model-of-the-aortic-root-incorporating-thoracic-aorta-and-coronary-structures
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Hossein Mohammadi, Raymond Cartier, Rosaire Mongrain
Cardiovascular diseases are still the leading causes of death in the developed world. The decline in the mortality associated with circulatory system diseases is accredited to development of new diagnostic and prognostic tools. It is well known that there is an inter relationship between the aortic valve impairment and pathologies of the aorta and coronary vessels. However, due to the limitations of the current tools, the possible link is not fully elucidated. Following our previous model of the aortic root including the coronaries, in this study, we have further developed the global aspect of the model by incorporating the anatomical structure of the thoracic aorta...
September 19, 2017: Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928371/aligning-cellulose-nanofibril-dispersions-for-tougher-fibers
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Pezhman Mohammadi, Matti S Toivonen, Olli Ikkala, Wolfgang Wagermaier, Markus B Linder
Nanocomposite materials made from cellulose show a great potential as future high-performance and sustainable materials. We show how high aspect ratio cellulose nanofibrils can be efficiently aligned in extrusion to fibers, leading to increased modulus of toughness (area under the stress-strain curve), Young's modulus, and yield strength by increasing the extrusion capillary length, decreasing its diameter, and increasing the flow rate. The materials showed significant property combinations, manifesting as high modulus of toughness (~28-31 MJ/m(3)) vs...
September 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926236/biofilms-benefiting-plants-exposed-to-zno-and-cuo-nps-studied-with-a-root-mimetic-hollow-fiber-membrane
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Michelle Bonebrake, Kaitlyn C Anderson, Jonathan Valiente, Astrid Rosa Jacobson, Joan E McLean, Anne J Anderson, David W Britt
Plants exist with a consortium of microbes that influence plant health, including response to biotic and abiotic stress. While nanoparticle (NP) - plant interactions are increasingly studied, the effect of NPs on the plant microbiome is less researched. Here a root-mimetic hollow fiber membrane (HFM) is presented for generating biofilms of plant-associated microbes nurtured by artificial root exudates (AREs) to correlate exudate composition with biofilm formation and response to NPs. Two microbial isolates from field-grown wheat, a bacillus endophyte and a pseudomonad root surface colonizer, were examined on HFMs fed with AREs varying in N and C composition...
September 19, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925962/strengthening-of-existing-bridge-structures-for-shear-and-bending-with-carbon-textile-reinforced-mortar
#4
Martin Herbrand, Viviane Adam, Martin Classen, Dominik Kueres, Josef Hegger
Increasing traffic loads and changes in code provisions lead to deficits in shear and flexural capacity of many existing highway bridges. Therefore, a large number of structures are expected to require refurbishment and strengthening in the future. This projection is based on the current condition of many older road bridges. Different strengthening methods for bridges exist to extend their service life, all having specific advantages and disadvantages. By applying a thin layer of carbon textile-reinforced mortar (CTRM) to bridge deck slabs and the webs of pre-stressed concrete bridges, the fatigue and ultimate strength of these members can be increased significantly...
September 19, 2017: Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924490/the-lauric-acid-activated-signaling-prompts-apoptosis-in-cancer-cells
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Rosamaria Lappano, Anna Sebastiani, Francesca Cirillo, Damiano Cosimo Rigiracciolo, Giulia Raffaella Galli, Rosita Curcio, Roberta Malaguarnera, Antonino Belfiore, Anna Rita Cappello, Marcello Maggiolini
The saturated medium-chain fatty-acid lauric acid (LA) has been associated to certain health-promoting benefits of coconut oil intake, including the improvement of the quality of life in breast cancer patients during chemotherapy. As it concerns the potential to hamper tumor growth, LA was shown to elicit inhibitory effects only in colon cancer cells. Here, we provide novel insights regarding the molecular mechanisms through which LA triggers antiproliferative and pro-apoptotic effects in both breast and endometrial cancer cells...
2017: Cell Death Discovery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923973/flow-induced-gelation-of-microfiber-suspensions
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Antonio Perazzo, Janine K Nunes, Stefano Guido, Howard A Stone
The flow behavior of fiber suspensions has been studied extensively, especially in the limit of dilute concentrations and rigid fibers; at the other extreme, however, where the suspensions are concentrated and the fibers are highly flexible, much less is understood about the flow properties. We use a microfluidic method to produce uniform concentrated suspensions of high aspect ratio, flexible microfibers, and we demonstrate the shear thickening and gelling behavior of such microfiber suspensions, which, to the best of our knowledge, has not been reported previously...
September 18, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923271/biological-effects-of-orthodontic-tooth-movement-into-the-grafted-alveolar-cleft
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Jian Sun, Xiaoyue Zhang, Renmei Li, Zhengxi Chen, Yuanliang Huang, Zhenqi Chen
PURPOSE: Functional stimulus during orthodontic tooth movement into the grafted bone can lead to better alveolar bone grafting outcomes. The aim of this study was to analyze the biological effects of orthodontic tooth movement into the grafted alveolar cleft area with histologic staining, fluorescence staining, and real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR). MATERIALS AND METHODS: An animal model of orthodontic tooth movement into the grafted alveolar cleft area was established in 8-week-old Sprague-Dawley rats...
August 24, 2017: Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921928/inverted-formins-a-sub-family-of-atypical-formins
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REVIEW
Anna Hegsted, Curtis V Yingling, David Pruyne
Formins are a family of regulators of actin and microtubule dynamics that are present in almost all eukaryotes. These proteins are involved in many cellular processes, including cytokinesis, stress fiber formation, and cell polarization. Here we review one sub-family of formins, the inverted formins. Inverted formins as a group break several formin stereotypes, having atypical biochemical properties and domain organization, and they have been linked to kidney disease and neuropathy in humans. In this review, we will explore recent research on members of the inverted formin sub-family in mammals, zebrafish, fruit flies, and worms...
September 16, 2017: Cytoskeleton
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920632/acute-cardiotoxicity-induced-by-doxorubicin-in-right-ventricle-is-associated-with-increase-of-oxidative-stress-and-apoptosis-in-rats
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N Anghel, H Herman, C Balta, M Rosu, M S Stan, D Nita, A Ivan, Z Galajda, A Ardelean, A Dinischiotu, A Hermenean
Doxorubicin (DOX) is one of the most effective chemotherapeutic agents, but its efficiency is seriously limited by the risk of developing cardiomyopathy. The most recognized cardiotoxic effect is left ventricular (LF) dysfunction, but MRI and echocardiography data demonstrated significant right ventricle (RV) function impairment. In order to clarify this aspect, the present study investigated the potential of DOX to induce acute RV cardiotoxicity at the same time as LV impairment. Rats were intraperitoneally (i...
September 18, 2017: Histology and Histopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919511/viscoelastic-properties-of-%C3%AE-keratin-fibers-in-hair
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Yang Yu, Wen Yang, Marc André Meyers
Considerable viscoelasticity and strain-rate sensitivity are a characteristic in α-keratin fibers, which can be considered a biopolymer. The understanding of viscoelasticity is an important part to the knowledge of the overall mechanical properties of these biological materials. Here, horse and human hairs are examined to analyze the sources of this response. The dynamic mechanical response of α-keratin fibers over a range of frequencies and temperatures is analyzed using a dynamic mechanical analyzer. The α-keratin fibers behave more elastically at higher frequencies while they become more viscous at higher temperatures...
September 14, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919351/suspension-state-increases-reattachment-of-breast-cancer-cells-by-up-regulating-lamin-a-c
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Xiaomei Zhang, Yonggang Lv
Extravasation is a rate-limiting step of tumor metastasis, for which adhesion to endothelium of circulating tumor cells (CTCs) is the prerequisite. The suspension state of CTCs undergoing detachment from primary tumor is a persistent biomechanical cue, which potentially regulates the biophysical characteristics and cellular behaviors of tumor cells. In this study, breast tumor cells MDA-MB-231 in suspension culture condition were used to investigate the effect of suspension state on reattachment of CTCs. Our study demonstrated that suspension state significantly increased the adhesion ability of breast tumor cells...
September 14, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917876/preparation-of-chitosan-hydroxyapatite-composite-mono-fiber-using-coagulation-method-and-their-mechanical-properties
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Takuma Okada, Yuta Nobunaga, Toshiisa Konishi, Tomohiko Yoshioka, Satoshi Hayakawa, Maria Ascensão Lopes, Toshiki Miyazaki, Yuki Shirosaki
Autograft has been carried out for anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction surgery. However, it has negative aspect because patients lose their healthy ligaments from other part. We focus on a chitosan-hydroxyapatite (HAp) composite fiber as a scaffold of ligament regeneration. Chitosan- HAp composite fiber was made by using coagulation method. Chitosan-NaH2PO4 solution was coagulated with coagulation bath including calcium ion to get the mono-fiber and then treated with sodium hydroxide solution to form HAp in fiber matrix...
November 1, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917185/ghrelin-and-hypothalamic-npy-agrp-expression-in-mice-are-affected-by-chronic-early-life-stress-exposure-in-a-sex-specific-manner
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K Y Yam, S R Ruigrok, I Ziko, S N De Luca, P J Lucassen, S J Spencer, A Korosi
Early-life stress (ES) is a risk factor for metabolic disorders (e.g. obesity) with a notoriously higher prevalence in women compared to men. However, mechanisms underlying these effects remain elusive. The development of the hypothalamic feeding and metabolic regulatory circuits occurs mostly in the early sensitive postnatal phase in rodents and is tightly regulated by the metabolic hormones leptin and ghrelin. We have previously demonstrated that chronic ES reduces circulating leptin and alters adipose tissue metabolism early and later in life similarly in both sexes...
September 7, 2017: Psychoneuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28914924/additivity-of-the-coefficient-of-thermal-expansion-in-silicate-optical-fibers
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M Cavillon, P D Dragic, J Ballato
A model that predicts the material additivity of the thermal expansion coefficient in the binary silicate glasses most commonly used for present (GeO2-SiO2, P2O5-SiO2, B2O3-SiO2, and Al2O3-SiO2) and emerging (BaO-SiO2) optical fibers is proposed. This model is based on a derivation of the expression for the coefficient of thermal expansion in isotropic solids, and gives direct insight on the parameters that govern its additivity in silicate glasses. Furthermore, a consideration of the local structural environment of the glass system is necessary to fully describe its additivity behavior in the investigated systems...
September 15, 2017: Optics Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28914789/phytochemical-constituents-health-benefits-and-industrial-applications-of-grape-seeds-a-mini-review
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REVIEW
Zheng Feei Ma, Hongxia Zhang
Grapes are one of the most widely grown fruits and have been used for winemaking since the ancient Greek and Roman civilizations. Grape seeds are rich in proanthocyanidins which have been shown to possess potent free radical scavenging activity. Grape seeds are a complex matrix containing 40% fiber, 16% oil, 11% proteins, and 7% complex phenols such as tannins. Grape seeds are rich sources of flavonoids and contain monomers, dimers, trimers, oligomers, and polymers. The monomeric compounds includes (+)-catechins, (-)-epicatechin, and (-)-epicatechin-3-O-gallate...
September 15, 2017: Antioxidants (Basel, Switzerland)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28913691/intestinal-mechanomorphological-remodeling-induced-by-long-term-low-fiber-diet-in-rabbits
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Yue Liu, Jingbo Zhao, Donghua Liao, Guixue Wang, Hans Gregersen
Short-term feeding with low-fiber diet remodels the mechanomorphological properties in the rabbit small intestine. The aims were to study the effect of feeding low-fiber diet for 5 months on mechanomorphological properties including the collagen fraction in the rabbit intestines. Fifteen rabbits were divided into an Intervention group (IG, n = 10) fed a low-fiber diet and a Control group (CG, n = 5) fed a normal diet for 5 months. Five months later, four 10-cm-long segments obtained from the duodenum, jejunum, ileum and large intestine were used for histological and mechanical analysis, respectively...
September 14, 2017: Annals of Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28913421/curvature-and-rho-activation-differentially-control-the-alignment-of-cells-and-stress-fibers
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Nathan D Bade, Randall D Kamien, Richard K Assoian, Kathleen J Stebe
In vivo, cells respond to a host of physical cues ranging from substrate stiffness to the organization of micro- and nanoscale fibrous networks. We show that macroscale substrates with radii of curvature from tens to hundreds of micrometers influence cell alignment. In a model system of fibroblasts, isolated cells aligned strongly in the axial direction on cylinders with radii similar to the cell length and more weakly on cylinders of much larger radius. Isolated vascular smooth muscle cells did not align as effectively as fibroblasts...
September 2017: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28913412/addition-of-wollastonite-fibers-to-calcium-phosphate-cement-increases-cell-viability-and-stimulates-differentiation-of-osteoblast-like-cells
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Juliana Almeida Domingues, Mariana Motisuke, Celso Aparecido Bertran, Moema A Hausen, Eliana Aparecida de Rezende Duek, José Angelo Camilli
Calcium phosphate cement (CPC) that is based on α-tricalcium phosphate (α-TCP) is considered desirable for bone tissue engineering because of its relatively rapid degradation properties. However, such cement is relatively weak, restricting its use to areas of low mechanical stress. Wollastonite fibers (WF) have been used to improve the mechanical strength of biomaterials. However, the biological properties of WF remain poorly understood. Here, we tested the response of osteoblast-like cells to being cultured on CPC reinforced with 5% of WF (CPC-WF)...
2017: TheScientificWorldJournal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28906100/exploration-of-the-electrical-conductivity-of-double-network-silver-nanowires-polyimide-porous-low-density-compressible-sponges
#19
Shaohua Jiang, Steffen Reich, Bianca Uch, Pin Hu, Seema Agarwal, Andreas Greiner
Stress-responsive, highly flexible, and breathable nanocomposite sponges show electric conductivity from 170 -16660 S/m depending on the applied stress. Key for the responsive electric conductivity of the sponges is the change of percolation of the silver nanowires. These sponges made of short electrospun fibers and silver nanowires could be applied without any amplifier for the operation of automobile bulbs and as an efficient Joule heater. The times required for electric heating (current on) and cooling are very short...
September 14, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28904079/ascorbic-acid-promotes-a-tgf%C3%AE-1-induced-myofibroblast-phenotype-switch
#20
Bram Piersma, Olaf Y Wouters, Saskia de Rond, Miriam Boersema, Rutger A F Gjaltema, Ruud A Bank
l-Ascorbic acid (AA), generally known as vitamin C, is a crucial cofactor for a variety of enzymes, including prolyl-3-hydroxylase (P3H), prolyl-4-hydroxylase (P4H), and lysyl hydroxylase (LH)-mediated collagen maturation. Here, we investigated whether AA has additional functions in the regulation of the myofibroblast phenotype, besides its function in collagen biosynthesis. We found that AA positively influences TGFβ1-induced expression of COL1A1, ACTA2, and COL4A1 Moreover, we demonstrated that AA promotes αSMA stress fiber formation as well as the synthesis and deposition of collagens type I and IV Additionally, AA amplified the contractile phenotype of the myofibroblasts, as seen by increased contraction of a 3D collagen lattice...
September 2017: Physiological Reports
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