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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342838/the-effect-of-the-packaging-system-and-storage-time-on-myofibrillar-protein-degradation-and-oxidation-process-in-relation-to-beef-tenderness
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Małgorzata Moczkowska, Andrzej Półtorak, Magdalena Montowska, Edward Pospiech, Agnieszka Wierzbicka
This study investigated the impact of packaging systems on the degradation and oxidation of beef proteins regarding beef tenderness of longissimus lumborum (LL) and biceps femoris (BF) muscles stored in vacuum skin packaging (VSP), a modified atmosphere with high oxygen concentration (MAP), and combined of these two methods (VSP+MAP). A significant decrease in the Warner-Bratzler shear force (WBSF) in VSP at D14 and D28 for LL was observed compared to BF. A significant effect of packaging system on troponin-T (Tn-T) and desmin degradation was shown (p≤0...
March 18, 2017: Meat Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342323/computer-aided-tumor-diagnosis-using-shear-wave-breast-elastography
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Woo Kyung Moon, Yao-Sian Huang, Yan-Wei Lee, Shao-Chien Chang, Chung-Ming Lo, Min-Chun Yang, Min Sun Bae, Su Hyun Lee, Jung Min Chang, Chiun-Sheng Huang, Yi-Ting Lin, Ruey-Feng Chang
The shear wave elastography (SWE) uses the acoustic radiation force to measure the stiffness of tissues and is less operator dependent in data acquisition compared to strain elastography. However, the reproducibility of the result is still interpreter dependent. The purpose of this study is to develop a computer-aided diagnosis (CAD) method to differentiate benign from malignant breast tumors using SWE images. After applying the level set method to automatically segment the tumor contour and hue-saturation-value color transformation, SWE features including average tissue elasticity, sectional stiffness ratio, and normalized minimum distance for grouped stiffer pixels are calculated...
March 15, 2017: Ultrasonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339836/differences-in-textural-properties-of-cooked-caponized-and-broiler-chicken-breast-meat
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J U-Chupaj, Y Malila, C Gamonpilas, K Kijroongrojana, M Petracci, S Benjakul, W Visessanguan
This study was aimed at evaluating textural properties of cooked chicken breast meats obtained from 3 production systems (conventional raising, feed modification, and caponization) and determining the relationship between instrumental parameters and sensory attributes associated with the texture of capon meat. Texture of cooked breast meats was determined using 3 instrumental methods: Warner-Bratzler Shear (WBS), texture profile analysis (TPA), and uniaxial compression (UC), and sensory analysis by trained panelists...
February 23, 2017: Poultry Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339567/role-of-biomechanical-forces-in-hyperfiltration-mediated-glomerular-injury-in-congenital-anomalies-of-the-kidney-and-urinary-tract
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Tarak Srivastava, Ganesh Thiagarajan, Uri S Alon, Ram Sharma, Ashraf El-Meanawy, Ellen T McCarthy, Virginia J Savin, Mukut Sharma
Congenital anomalies of the kidney and urinary tract (CAKUT) including solitary kidney constitute the main cause of progressive chronic kidney disease (CKD) in children. Children born with CAKUT develop signs of CKD only during adolescence and do not respond to renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system blockers. Early cellular changes underlying CKD progression to end-stage renal disease by early adulthood are not well understood. The mechanism of maladaptive hyperfiltration that occurs from loss of functional nephrons, including solitary kidney, is not clear...
January 17, 2017: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337244/rat-liver-enzyme-release-depends-on-blood-flow-bearing-physical-forces-acting-in-endothelium-glycocalyx-rather-than-on-liver-damage
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Julieta A Díaz-Juárez, Rolando Hernández-Muñoz
We have found selective elevation of serum enzyme activities in rats subjected to partial hepatectomy (PH), apparently controlled by hemodynamic flow-bearing physical forces. Here, we assess the involvement of stretch-sensitive calcium channels and calcium mobilization in isolated livers, after chemical modifications of the endothelial glycocalyx and changing perfusion directionality. Inhibiting in vivo protein synthesis, we found that liver enzyme release is influenced by de novo synthesis of endothelial glycocalyx components, and released enzymes are confined into a liver "pool...
2017: Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335340/recent-advances-in-chiral-nematic-structure-and-iridescent-color-of-cellulose-nanocrystal-films
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Derek G Gray
One unique property of cellulose nanocrystals (CNC) is their property of forming suspensions with chiral nematic order. This order can be preserved in films cast from the suspensions, raising the possibility of applications as photonic materials and templates. However, it has proved difficult to generate uniform, well-ordered chiral nematic materials from CNC. Recently, the importance of kinetic arrest due to gel formation in the later stages of evaporation has been recognized as a key step in film formation...
November 14, 2016: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332587/bioreactor-mechanically-guided-3d-mesenchymal-stem-cell-chondrogenesis-using-a-biocompatible-novel-thermo-reversible-methylcellulose-based-hydrogel
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A Cochis, S Grad, M J Stoddart, S Farè, L Altomare, B Azzimonti, M Alini, L Rimondini
Autologous chondrocyte implantation for cartilage repair represents a challenge because strongly limited by chondrocytes' poor expansion capacity in vitro. Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) can differentiate into chondrocytes, while mechanical loading has been proposed as alternative strategy to induce chondrogenesis excluding the use of exogenous factors. Moreover, MSC supporting material selection is fundamental to allow for an active interaction with cells. Here, we tested a novel thermo-reversible hydrogel composed of 8% w/v methylcellulose (MC) in a 0...
March 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322562/massively-enhanced-electroosmotic-transport-in-nanochannels-grafted-with-end-charged-polyelectrolyte-brushes
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Guang Chen, Siddhartha Das
We establish that nanochannels grafted with pH-responsive, end-charged polyelectrolyte (PE) brushes demonstrate a massive augmentation in the strength of the electroosmotic (EOS) transport in presence of an external electric field. This contradicts the existing understanding that the EOS transport is severely retarded in channels grafted with the PE brushes due to the brush-induced enhanced drag force. Our mathematical model, developed on the basis of the fact that the ion concentration polarization (ICP) effect can be neglected, explains this enhancement of the EOS transport by noting that the end-charged PE brushes demonstrate a unique ability of localizing the electric double layer (or the EDL) or equivalently localizing the maximum charge density of the electrolyte ions at the location of its end, i...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320969/ena-vasp-proteins-regulate-activated-t-cell-trafficking-by-promoting-diapedesis-during-transendothelial-migration
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Miriam L Estin, Scott B Thompson, Brianna Traxinger, Marlie H Fisher, Rachel S Friedman, Jordan Jacobelli
Vasodilator-stimulated phosphoprotein (VASP) and Ena-VASP-like (EVL) are cytoskeletal effector proteins implicated in regulating cell morphology, adhesion, and migration in various cell types. However, the role of these proteins in T-cell motility, adhesion, and in vivo trafficking remains poorly understood. This study identifies a specific role for EVL and VASP in T-cell diapedesis and trafficking. We demonstrate that EVL and VASP are selectively required for activated T-cell trafficking but are not required for normal T-cell development or for naïve T-cell trafficking to lymph nodes and spleen...
March 20, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319734/novel-mechanical-impact-simulator-designed-to-generate-clinically-relevant-anterior-cruciate-ligament-ruptures
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Nathaniel A Bates, Nathan D Schilaty, Christopher V Nagelli, Aaron J Krych, Timothy E Hewett
BACKGROUND: Over 250,000 anterior cruciate ligament ruptures occur each year; therefore, it is important to understand the underlying mechanisms of these injuries. The objective of the current investigation was to develop and analyze an impact test device that consistently produces anterior cruciate ligament failure in a clinically relevant manner. METHOD: A mechanical impact simulator was developed to simulate the ground reaction force impulse generated from landing in a physiologic and clinically relevant manner...
March 10, 2017: Clinical Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317839/polymeric-mechanical-amplifiers-of-immune-cytokine-mediated-apoptosis
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Michael J Mitchell, Jamie Webster, Amanda Chung, Pedro P G Guimarães, Omar F Khan, Robert Langer
Physical forces affect tumour growth, progression and metastasis. Here, we develop polymeric mechanical amplifiers that exploit in vitro and in vivo physical forces to increase immune cytokine-mediated tumour cell apoptosis. Mechanical amplifiers, consisting of biodegradable polymeric particles tethered to the tumour cell surface via polyethylene glycol linkers, increase the apoptotic effect of an immune cytokine on tumour cells under fluid shear exposure by as much as 50% compared with treatment under static conditions...
March 20, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28304094/effects-of-blood-plasma-proteins-addition-on-physico-chemical-properties-of-emulsion-type-pork-sausage-during-cold-storage
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Sung Ho Kim, Sang Keun Jin, Jung Seok Choi
BACKGROUND: Most of the slaughter blood is discarded, resulting in problems related to costs for wastewater disposal and environmental pollution. However, animal blood contains various proteins such as albumin, globulin and globin and can be used as a natural emulsifier, stabilizer and color additives. Thus, this study was carried out to investigate the effect of blood plasma proteins on the physico-chemical properties of emulsion-type pork sausages stored at 4 °C over 5 weeks. RESULTS: The emulsion-type pork sausages with plasma powders had higher pH than the other treatments during weeks 5, and higher shear force than the control (p < 0...
March 17, 2017: Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301333/a-new-micromechanical-approach-for-the-preparation-of-graphene-nanoplatelets-deposited-on-polyethylene
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Ubaldo Coscia, Mariano Palomba, Giuseppina Ambrosone, Gianni Barucca, Marcello Cabibbo, Paolo Mengucci, Riccardo de Asmundis, Gianfranco Carotenuto
An advantageous micromechanical technique to deposit large area graphene nanoplatelet thin films on low density polyethylene substrate is proposed. This method is based on the application of shear stress and friction forces to a graphite platelets/ethanol paste on the surface of a polymeric substrate and it allows to obtain a continuous film of superimposed nanoplatelets mainly made of 13-30 graphene layers. X-ray diffraction, atomic force and transmission electron microscopy measurements support the occurrence of a partial exfoliation of the graphite platelets due to shear stress and friction forces applied during film formation...
March 16, 2017: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28297865/numerical-study-of-nonequilibrium-gas-flow-in-a-microchannel-with-a-ratchet-surface
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Lianhua Zhu, Zhaoli Guo
The nonequilibrium gas flow in a two-dimensional microchannel with a ratchet surface and a moving wall is investigated numerically with a kinetic method [Guo et al., Phys. Rev. E 91, 033313 (2015)]PLEEE81539-375510.1103/PhysRevE.91.033313. The presence of periodic asymmetrical ratchet structures on the bottom wall of the channel and the temperature difference between the walls of the channel result in a thermally induced flow, and hence a tangential propelling force on the wall. Such thermally induced propelling mechanism can be utilized as a model heat engine...
February 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293430/effect-of-mixed-hay-supplementation-during-fattening-on-carcass-traits-and-meat-quality-of-hanwoo-steers
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Dicky Tri Utama, Ji Hye Choi, Chang Woo Lee, Yeon Soo Park, Sung Ki Lee
BACKGROUND: This study was aim to observe the effects of feeding mixed local hay (MH) consisted of 55% orchard grass (Dactylis glomerata L.), 35% tall fescue (Festuca arundinacea) and 10% red clover (Trifolium pratense) to Hanwoo steers on performance, carcass characteristics and meat quality (longissimus thoracis) compared with feeding imported timothy hay (TH) and local rice straw (RS). RESULTS: Although no significant effects were found on animal performance and carcass yield grade, the carcasses of MH group had higher marbling score and quality grade than those of RS and TH group (P < 0...
2017: Journal of Animal Science and Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28291321/nanoengineered-superhydrophobic-surfaces-of-aluminum-with-extremely-low-bacterial-adhesivity
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Ferdi Hizal, Natthakan Rungraeng, Junghoon Lee, Soojin Jun, Henk J Busscher, Henny C Van der Mei, Chang-Hwan Choi
Bacterial adhesion and biofilm formation on surfaces are troublesome in many industrial processes. Here, nanoporous and nanopillared aluminum surfaces were engineered by anodizing and post-etching processes and made hydrophilic (using the inherent oxide layer) or hydrophobic (applying a Teflon coating) with the aim of discouraging bacterial adhesion. Adhesion of Staphylococcus aureus ATCC 12600 (Gram-positive, spherically-shaped) and Escherichia coli K-12 (Gram-negative, rod-shaped) was evaluated to the nanoengineered surfaces under both static and flow conditions (fluid shear rate of 37 1/s)...
March 14, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28290297/continuous-production-of-core-shell-protein-nanoparticles-by-antisolvent-precipitation-using-dual-channel-microfluidization-caseinate-coated-zein-nanoparticles
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Sandra Ebert, Charmaine K W Koo, Jochen Weiss, David Julian McClements
Antisolvent precipitation is commonly used to fabricate protein nanoparticles using a simple batch method that involves injecting a protein-solvent mixture into an antisolvent. In this study, the potential of producing core-shell protein nanoparticles by antisolvent precipitation using a continuous dual-channel microfluidization method was investigated. The solvent phase (zein in ethanol) and antisolvent phase (casein in water) were made to impinge on each other at high velocity, which generates intense shear, turbulent, and cavitation forces that ensure thorough mixing and breakup of the phases...
February 2017: Food Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28287578/modeling-ovarian-cancer-multicellular-spheroid-behavior-in-a-dynamic-3d-peritoneal-microdevice
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Shan-Shan Li, Carman K M Ip, Matthew Y H Tang, Samuel K H Sy, Susan Yung, Tak-Mao Chan, Mengsu Yang, Ho Cheung Shum, Alice S T Wong
Ovarian cancer is characterized by extensive peritoneal metastasis, with tumor spheres commonly found in the malignant ascites. This is associated with poor clinical outcomes and currently lacks effective treatment. Both the three-dimensional (3D) environment and the dynamic mechanical forces are very important factors in this metastatic cascade. However, traditional cell cultures fail to recapitulate this natural tumor microenvironment. Thus, in vivo-like models that can emulate the intraperitoneal environment are of obvious importance...
February 18, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28285729/evaluation-of-post-stroke-spastic-muscle-stiffness-using-shear-wave-ultrasound-elastography
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Chueh-Hung Wu, Yu-Chun Ho, Ming-Yen Hsiao, Wen-Shiang Chen, Tyng-Guey Wang
Current clinical evaluations of post-stroke upper limb spasticity are subjective and qualitative. We proposed a quantitative measurement of post-stroke spastic muscle stiffness by using shear-wave ultrasound elastography and tested its reliability. Acoustic radiation force impulse with shear wave velocity (SWV) detection was used to evaluate stiffness of the biceps brachii muscles at 90° and 0° elbow flexion. In 21 control subjects, SWV did not significantly differ between dominant and non-dominant sides at either flexion angle (0°: p = 0...
March 9, 2017: Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28284920/tensile-and-shear-methods-for-measuring-strength-of-bilayer-tablets
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Shao-Yu Chang, Jian-Xin Li, Changquan Calvin Sun
Both shear and tensile measurement methods have been used to quantify interfacial bonding strength of bilayer tablets. The shear method is more convenient to perform, but reproducible strength data requires careful control of the placement of tablet and contact point for shear force application. Moreover, data obtained from the shear method depend on the orientation of the bilayer tablet. Although more time-consuming to perform, the tensile method yields data that are straightforward to interpret. Thus, the tensile method is preferred in fundamental bilayer tableting research to minimize ambiguity in data interpretation...
March 8, 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
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