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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334674/relationship-between-jumping-abilities-and-skeletal-muscle-architecture-of-lower-limbs-in-humans-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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J D Ruiz-Cárdenas, J J Rodríguez-Juan, J Ríos-Díaz
The aim of this study was to examine the influence of skeletal muscle architecture (SMA) features measured by 2-D ultrasonography on jumping performance in humans. A systematic review and meta-analysis was conducted, registry number: CRD42016043602. The scientific literature was systematically searched in eight databases, last run on March 14th, 2017. Cross-sectional studies focused on the association between SMA features and vertical jumping performance were selected. A random-effects model was used to analyze the influence of lower-limb SMA and maximal jump height...
January 12, 2018: Human Movement Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334165/3d-printing-of-liquid-crystal-elastomeric-actuators-with-spatially-programed-nematic-order
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Arda Kotikian, Ryan L Truby, John William Boley, Timothy J White, Jennifer A Lewis
Liquid crystal elastomers (LCEs) are soft materials capable of large, reversible shape changes, which may find potential application as artificial muscles, soft robots, and dynamic functional architectures. Here, the design and additive manufacturing of LCE actuators (LCEAs) with spatially programed nematic order that exhibit large, reversible, and repeatable contraction with high specific work capacity are reported. First, a photopolymerizable, solvent-free, main-chain LCE ink is created via aza-Michael addition with the appropriate viscoelastic properties for 3D printing...
January 15, 2018: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332865/fibrillar-architecture-at-three-different-sites-of-the-bovine-superficial-digital-flexor-tendon
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Naoki Takahashi, Takuya Hirose, Jun A Minaguchi, Hiromi Ueda, Prasarn Tangkawattana, Kazushige Takehana
Superficial digital flexor tendon (SDFT) of the bovine hindlimb originates from the caudolateral aspect of the distal femur and finally inserts onto the plantar aspect of the middle phalanges. In the present study, morphology and morphometry of the bovine SDFT at the muscle-tendon junction (MTJ), middle metatarsus (mM) and tendon-bone interface (TBI) were investigated. Cross-sectional morphology at the three regions of SDFT were oval, semioval and ring-formed, respectively. Significant difference in cross-sectional area was found only between MTJ-mM and mM-TBI (P<0...
January 12, 2018: Journal of Veterinary Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330959/non-destructive-determination-of-muscle-architectural-variables-through-the-use-of-dicect
#4
Edwin Dickinson, Heiko Stark, Kornelius Kupczik
The fascicular architecture of skeletal muscle dictates functional parameters such as force production and contractile velocity. Muscle microarchitecture is typically determined by means of manual dissection, a technique that is inherently destructive to specimens. Furthermore, fascicle lengths and pennation angles are commonly assessed at only a limited number of sampling sites per muscle. We present the results of a digital technique to non-destructively assess muscle architectural variables for three jaw-adductor muscles within a specimen of the cercopithecine primate Macaca fascicularis (crab-eating macaque)...
February 2018: Anatomical Record: Advances in Integrative Anatomy and Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330952/jaw-muscle-fiber-architecture-and-leverage-in-the-hard-object-feeding-sooty-mangabey-are-not-structured-to-facilitate-relatively-large-bite-forces-compared-to-other-papionins
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Andrea B Taylor, Claire E Terhune, Maxx Toler, Megan Holmes, Callum F Ross, Christopher J Vinyard
Numerous studies have sought to link craniofacial morphology with behavioral ecology in primates. Extant hard-object feeders have been of particular interest because of their potential to inform our understanding about the diets of early fossil hominins. Sooty mangabeys (Cercocebus atys) are hard-object feeders that frequently generate what have been described as audibly powerful bites at wide jaw gapes to process materially stiff and hard seeds. We address the hypothesis that sooty mangabeys have features of the masticatory apparatus that facilitate this feeding behavior by comparing fiber architecture and leverage of the masseter and temporalis muscles between sooty mangabeys and three papionin primates that do not specialize on hard objects...
February 2018: Anatomical Record: Advances in Integrative Anatomy and Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330950/comparative-anatomy-of-bat-jaw-musculature-via-diffusible-iodine-based-contrast-enhanced-computed-tomography
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Sharlene E Santana
Noctilionoid bats exhibit an extraordinary array of cranial specializations that match diverse diets, including variation in jaw musculature physiological cross-sectional areas (PCSA), lever arms, and relative contribution to bite force. Although previous research in this group has linked variation in skull shape and muscle mechanics to biting performance, there are still important gaps about the anatomical underpinnings of noctilionoid dietary adaptations, including the degree of compartmentalization of the jaw musculature, and whether and how muscle attachment sites have evolved across noctilionoid species that specialize on derived diets...
February 2018: Anatomical Record: Advances in Integrative Anatomy and Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330947/dietary-correlates-of-primate-masticatory-muscle-fiber-architecture
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Adam Hartstone-Rose, Ashley R Deutsch, Carissa L Leischner, Francisco Pastor
Analyses of masticatory muscle architecture-specifically fascicle length (FL; a correlate of muscle stretch and contraction speed) and physiological cross-sectional area (PCSA; a correlate of force)-reveal soft-tissue dietary adaptations. For instance, consumers of large, soft foods are expected to have relatively long FL, while consumers of obdurate foods are expected to have relatively high PCSA. Unfortunately, only a few studies have analyzed these variables across large primate samples-an order of particular interest because it is our own...
February 2018: Anatomical Record: Advances in Integrative Anatomy and Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29327389/multivariate-analysis-of-variations-in-intrinsic-foot-musculature-among-hominoids
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Motoharu Oishi, Naomichi Ogihara, Daisuke Shimizu, Yasuhiro Kikuchi, Hideki Endo, Yumi Une, Satoshi Soeta, Hajime Amasaki, Nobutsune Ichihara
Comparative analysis of the foot muscle architecture among extant great apes is important for understanding the evolution of the human foot and, hence, human habitual bipedal walking. However, to our knowledge, there is no previous report of a quantitative comparison of hominoid intrinsic foot muscle dimensions. In the present study, we quantitatively compared muscle dimensions of the hominoid foot by means of multivariate analysis. The foot muscle mass and physiological cross-sectional area (PCSA) of five chimpanzees, one bonobo, two gorillas, and six orangutans were obtained by our own dissections, and those of humans were taken from published accounts...
January 12, 2018: Journal of Anatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29326058/sleep-architecture-is-altered-in-the-reserpine-induced-fibromyalgia-model-in-ovariectomized-rats
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Alberto Hernandez-Leon, Alonso Fernández-Guasti, Adrián Martínez, Francisco Pellicer, María Eva González-Trujano
Fibromyalgia (FM) is a musculoskeletal chronic pain syndrome with various concomitant symptoms like sleep disorders. FM patients are mainly women and menopause might play an important role in the altered processing of somatosensory information. Adverse effects and moderated efficacy of drugs promote treatment discontinuation by patients. Animal models of FM report pain and depression-like behaviors, but none of them have explored sleep disturbance as possible marker in the preclinic diagnostic. The aim of this study was to investigate alterations of the sleep architecture in the reserpine (RES)-induced FM model in ovarectomized (OVX) rats...
January 8, 2018: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29317051/the-end-stage-failing-human-myocardium-where-changes-in-ultrastructure-of-human-cardiac-muscle-cells-do-not-appear-to-dictate-clinical-outcomes
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Ivan Varga, Paulina Galfiova, Andrea Gazova, Tomas Barczi, Stefan Polak, Lubos Danisovic, Michal Hulman, Jan Kyselovic
Heart failure is the end stage of cardiovascular abnormalities. Studies have primarily focused on the functional changes of cardiomyocytes in the failing heart from different animal models with very little information in the human condition. In addition little is known about the ultrastructural changes that proceed in cardiomyocytes in route to failure. The aim of this study was to examine the ultrastructural changes in the myocardium of human with end-stage heart failure. Left ventricular myocardial tissue samples from 7 patients with end-stage heart failure were examined with transmission and scanning electron microscopy...
January 2018: Medical Hypotheses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29310804/the-cytoskeletal-network-regulates-expression-of-the-profibrotic-genes-pai-1-and-ctgf-in-vascular-smooth-muscle-cells
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Rohan Samarakoon, Paul J Higgins
Vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs) are subject to changing hemodynamic stimuli that alter cytoskeletal dynamics, cellular architecture, and structure-associated signal transduction. Tensional stress, force application, and structural perturbations are sensed by VSMCs and impact the physiological as well as pathophysiological responses of the vasculature. Microtubule-targeting drugs provide useful tools to analyze cytoskeletal-associated signaling pathways and their linkages to pathological outcomes. Architecture-based controls on a subset of profibrotic genes commonly expressed in vascular disease are highlighted by their frequent induction in mechanically manipulated cells and with associated changes in cytoskeletal dynamics...
2018: Advances in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29304114/comparison-of-calf-muscle-architecture-between-asian-children-with-spastic-cerebral-palsy-and-typically-developing-peers
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Ying Chen, Lu He, Kaishou Xu, Jinling Li, Buyun Guan, Hongmei Tang
OBJECTIVE: To compare the muscle thickness, fascicle length, and pennation angle of the gastrocnemius, soleus, and tibialis anterior between Asian children with spastic cerebral palsy (CP) and typically developing (TD) peers. METHODS: This cross-sectional study involved a total of 72 children with hemiplegic CP (n = 24), and diplegic CP (n = 24) and their TD peers (n = 24). Muscle architecture was measured at rest using ultrasound. Clinical measures included gross motor function and a modified Ashworth scale...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29300303/lysophosphatidic-acid-signaling-axis-mediates-ceramide-1-phosphate-induced-proliferation-of-c2c12-myoblasts
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Caterina Bernacchioni, Francesca Cencetti, Alberto Ouro, Marina Bruno, Antonio Gomez-Muñoz, Chiara Donati, Paola Bruni
Sphingolipids are not only crucial for membrane architecture but act as critical regulators of cell functions. The bioactive sphingolipid ceramide 1-phosphate (C1P), generated by the action of ceramide kinase, has been reported to stimulate cell proliferation, cell migration and to regulate inflammatory responses via activation of different signaling pathways. We have previously shown that skeletal muscle is a tissue target for C1P since the phosphosphingolipid plays a positive role in myoblast proliferation implying a role in muscle regeneration...
January 4, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29289349/motor-units-in-vastus-lateralis-and-in-different-vastus-medialis-regions-show-different-firing-properties-during-low-level-isometric-knee-extension-contraction
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Leonardo Mendes Leal de Souza, Hélio Veiga Cabral, Liliam Fernandes de Oliveira, Taian Martins Vieira
Architectural differences along vastus medialis (VM) and between VM and vastus lateralis (VL) are considered functionally important for the patellar tracking, knee joint stability and knee joint extension. Whether these functional differences are associated with a differential activity of motor units between VM and VL is however unknown. In the present study, we, therefore, investigate neuroanatomical differences in the activity of motor units detected proximo-distally from VM and from the VL muscle. Nine healthy volunteers performed low-level isometric knee extension contractions (20% of their maximum voluntary contraction) following a trapezoidal trajectory...
December 28, 2017: Human Movement Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29288803/cardioprotection-after-acute-exposure-to-simulated-high-altitude-in-rats-role-of-nitric-oxide
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Pablo H La Padula, Melisa Etchegoyen, Analia Czerniczyniec, Barbara Piotrkowski, Silvia Lores Arnaiz, Jose Milei, Lidia E Costa
AIM: In previous studies, upregulation of NOS during acclimatization of rats to sustained hypobaric hypoxia was associated to cardioprotection, evaluated as an increased tolerance of myocardium to hypoxia/reoxygenation. The objective of the present work was to investigate the effect of acute hypobaric hypoxia and the role of endogenous NO concerning cardiac tolerance to hypoxia/reoxygenation under β-adrenergic stimulation. METHODS: Rats were submitted to 58.7 kPa in a hypopressure chamber for 48 h whereas their normoxic controls remained at 101...
December 27, 2017: Nitric Oxide: Biology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29276759/in-vivo-multiscale-and-spatially-dependent-biomechanics-reveals-differential-strain-transfer-hierarchy-in-skeletal-muscle
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Soham Ghosh, James G Cimino, Adrienne K Scott, Frederick W Damen, Evan H Phillips, Alexander I Veress, Corey P Neu, Craig J Goergen
Biological tissues have a complex hierarchical architecture that spans organ to subcellular scales and comprises interconnected biophysical and biochemical machinery. Mechanotransduction, gene regulation, gene protection, and structure-function relationships in tissues depend on how force and strain are modulated from macro to micro scales, and vice versa. Traditionally, computational and experimental techniques have been used in common model systems (e.g., embryos) and simple strain measures were applied. But the hierarchical transfer of mechanical parameters like strain in mammalian systems is largely unexplored in vivo...
November 13, 2017: ACS Biomaterials Science & Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29276476/critical-points-and-traveling-wave-in-locomotion-experimental-evidence-and-some-theoretical-considerations
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REVIEW
Philippe Saltiel, Andrea d'Avella, Matthew C Tresch, Kuno Wyler, Emilio Bizzi
The central pattern generator (CPG) architecture for rhythm generation remains partly elusive. We compare cat and frog locomotion results, where the component unrelated to pattern formation appears as a temporal grid, and traveling wave respectively. Frog spinal cord microstimulation with N-methyl-D-Aspartate (NMDA), a CPG activator, produced a limited set of force directions, sometimes tonic, but more often alternating between directions similar to the tonic forces. The tonic forces were topographically organized, and sites evoking rhythms with different force subsets were located close to the constituent tonic force regions...
2017: Frontiers in Neural Circuits
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29258751/intraoperative-and-biomechanical-studies-of-human-vastus-lateralis-and-vastus-medialis-sarcomere-length-operating-range
#18
Jongsang Son, Andy Indresano, Kristin Sheppard, Samuel R Ward, Richard L Lieber
The vast majority of musculoskeletal models are not validated against primary experimental data. Conversely, most human experimental measurements are not explained theoretically using models to provide a mechanistic understanding of experimental results. Here we present a study with both primary human data and primary modeling data. Intraoperative sarcomere length was measured on the human vastus lateralis (VL) and vastus medialis (VM) muscles (n = 8) by laser diffraction. These data were compared to a biomechanical model based on muscle architecture and moment arms obtained independently from cadaveric specimens (n = 9)...
December 7, 2017: Journal of Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29241690/nuclear-positioning-in-skeletal-muscle
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REVIEW
William Roman, Edgar R Gomes
Skeletal muscle cells possess a unique cellular architecture designed to fulfill their contractile function. Muscle cells (also known as myofibers) result from the fusion of hundreds of myoblasts and grow into a fiber of several centimeters in length. Cellular structures gradually become organized during muscle development to raise a mature contractile cell. A hallmark of this singular cell architecture is the position of nuclei at the periphery of the myofiber, below the plasma membrane. Nuclei in myofibers are evenly distributed except in specialized regions like the neuromuscular or myotendinous junctions...
December 11, 2017: Seminars in Cell & Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29241046/increase-in-post-activation-potentiation-in-females-following-a-cycling-warmup
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Carey L Simpson, Marina M Flatman, Brian D H Kim, Nikita M Bouwmeester, Jennifer M Jakobi
Post activation potentiation (PAP) is a phenomenon in which muscular force is acutely enhanced as a result of prior contractile activity. The net augmentation is dependent upon the intensity of the preceding conditioning contraction influencing calcium release and phosphorylation of the regulatory myosin light chain. This phenomenon has been recorded after various types of conditioning contractions, however the interaction of a warmup on PAP remains uncertain and whether this differs between males and females requires consideration...
December 11, 2017: Human Movement Science
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