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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645664/muscle-activity-and-masticatory-efficiency-with-bilateral-extension-base-removable-partial-dentures-with-different-cusp-angles
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Mahmoud K Al-Omiri
STATEMENT OF PROBLEM: Whether masticatory efficiency and electromyographic activity are influenced by type of artificial teeth and food is unclear. PURPOSE: The purpose of this clinical study was to evaluate the influence of extension base removable partial dentures (RPDs) with different cusp angles: anatomic (33 degrees), semianatomic (20 degrees), and nonanatomic (0 degrees) teeth on masticatory efficiency and muscle activity during the mastication of test foods with different textures...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644884/ligand-induced-rapid-skeletal-muscle-atrophy-in-hsa-fv2e-perk-transgenic-mice
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Masato Miyake, Masashi Kuroda, Hiroshi Kiyonari, Kenji Takehana, Satoshi Hisanaga, Masatoshi Morimoto, Jun Zhang, Miho Oyadomari, Hiroshi Sakaue, Seiichi Oyadomari
BACKGROUND: Formation of 43S and 48S preinitiation complexes plays an important role in muscle protein synthesis. There is no muscle-wasting mouse model caused by a repressed 43S preinitiation complex assembly. OBJECTIVE: The aim of the present study was to develop a convenient mouse model of skeletal muscle wasting with repressed 43S preinitiation complex assembly. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A ligand-activatable PERK derivative Fv2E-PERK causes the phosphorylation of eukaryotic initiation factor 2α (eIF2α), which inhibits 43S preinitiation complex assembly...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640883/an-artificial-emg-generation-model-based-on-signal-dependent-noise-and-related-application-to-motion-classification
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Akira Furui, Hideaki Hayashi, Go Nakamura, Takaaki Chin, Toshio Tsuji
This paper proposes an artificial electromyogram (EMG) signal generation model based on signal-dependent noise, which has been ignored in existing methods, by introducing the stochastic construction of the EMG signals. In the proposed model, an EMG signal variance value is first generated from a probability distribution with a shape determined by a commanded muscle force and signal-dependent noise. Artificial EMG signals are then generated from the associated Gaussian distribution with a zero mean and the generated variance...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639297/autophagy-activation-not-pgc-1%C3%AE-may-mediate-exercise-induced-improvements-in-glucose-handling-during-diet-induced-obesity
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Megan E Rosa-Caldwell, Jacob L Brown, David E Lee, Thomas A Blackwell, Kyle W Turner, Lemuel A Brown, Richard A Perry, Wesley S Haynie, Tyrone A Washington, Nicholas P Greene
Prevalence of glucose intolerance is at alarming levels. Efforts to promote mitochondrial biogenesis through PGC-1α to mitigate glucose intolerance have been controversial. However, physical activity remains a primary means to alleviate the condition. PURPOSE: To determine combined effects of muscle-specific overexpression of PGC-1α and physical activity on glucose handling during diet-induced obesity. METHODS: Wild-type (WT, ∼20) and PGC-1α muscle transgenic (MCK-PGC-1α, ∼20) mice were given Western diet (WD) at 8 wks age and allowed to consume food ab libitum throughout the study...
June 21, 2017: Experimental Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636322/spirally-structured-conductive-composites-for-highly-stretchable-robust-conductors-and-sensors
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Xiaodong Wu, Yangyang Han, Xinxing Zhang, Canhui Lu
Flexible and stretchable electronics are highly desirable for next generation devices. However, stretchability and conductivity are fundamentally difficult to combine for conventional conductive composites, which restricts their widespread applications especially as stretchable electronics. Here, we innovatively develop a new class of highly stretchable and robust conductive composites via a simple and scalable structural approach. Briefly, carbon nanotubes are spray-coated onto a self-adhesive rubber film, followed by rolling up the film completely to create a spirally layered structure within the composites...
June 21, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633640/biological-mechanisms-discriminating-growth-rate-and-adult-body-weight-phenotypes-in-two-chinese-indigenous-chicken-breeds
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Tengfei Dou, Sumei Zhao, Hua Rong, Dahai Gu, Qihua Li, Ying Huang, Zhiqiang Xu, Xiaohui Chu, Linli Tao, Lixian Liu, Changrong Ge, Marinus F W Te Pas, Junjing Jia
BACKGROUND: Intensive selection has resulted in increased growth rates and muscularity in broiler chickens, in addition to adverse effects, including delayed organ development, sudden death syndrome, and altered metabolic rates. The biological mechanisms underlying selection responses remain largely unknown. Non-artificially-selected indigenous Chinese chicken breeds display a wide variety of phenotypes, including differential growth rate, body weight, and muscularity. The Wuding chicken breed is a fast growing large chicken breed, and the Daweishan mini chicken breed is a slow growing small chicken breed...
June 20, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633597/effect-of-t-2-toxin-injected-shrimp-muscle-extracts-on-mouse-macrophage-cells-raw264-7
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Zhanrui Huang, Yaling Wang, Mei Qiu, Lijun Sun, Jianmeng Liao, Rundong Wang, Xiaodong Sun, Siyuan Bi, Ravi Gooneratne
Following intramuscular injections of 0.1 mL, 3 mg kg(-1 )BW(-1)(1/10 LD50) T-2 toxin (T-2), the tissue concentration of T-2 in shrimp was quantitatively detected using LC-MS/MS. The biological half-time (t1/2) of T-2 in blood was 40.47 ± 0.24 min. The highest number of intramuscular T-2 shrimp could tolerate when given at blood t1/2 intervals was 4. The shrimps which were injected 5 T-2 died. The T-2 toxin highest accumulation was 0.471 ± 0.012 ng g(-1 )BW(-1). The effect of toxic shrimp muscle subjected to different processing conditions (high pressure, trifluoroacetic acid, acid and alkali digestions, artificial digestive juice [to simulate exposure to gastric and intestinal juices]) on mouse macrophage cells (RAW267...
February 10, 2017: Drug and Chemical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627770/electrochemically-powered-energy-conserving-carbon-nanotube-artificial-muscles
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Jae Ah Lee, Na Li, Carter S Haines, Keon Jung Kim, Xavier Lepró, Raquel Ovalle-Robles, Seon Jeong Kim, Ray H Baughman
While artificial muscle yarns and fibers are potentially important for many applications, the combination of large strokes, high gravimetric work capacities, short cycle times, and high efficiencies are not realized for these fibers. This paper demonstrates here electrochemically powered carbon nanotube yarn muscles that provide tensile contraction as high as 16.5%, which is 12.7 times higher than previously obtained. These electrochemical muscles can deliver a contractile energy conversion efficiency of 5...
June 19, 2017: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623008/yucca-schidigera-can-promote-rabbit-growth-fecundity-affect-the-release-of-hormones-in-vivo-and-in-vitro-induce-pathological-changes-in-liver-and-reduce-ovarian-resistance-to-benzene
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Martina Földešiová, Andrej Baláži, Ľubica Chrastinová, Juraj Pivko, Jan Kotwica, Abdel Halim Harrath, Peter Chrenek, Alexander V Sirotkin
This study evaluated the effect of Yucca schidigera (YS) extract on the physiological, reproductive, and endocrine indexes of New Zealand White rabbit does. Six-week-old rabbit does were fed a standard diet (control group) or a diet enriched with 5 or 20g of Y powder extract per 100-kg feed mixture for 350days. The does were artificially inseminated after induction of superovulation. Weight gain; conception and kindling rate; viability of pups and mothers; histopathological state of liver and muscle; plasma levels of progesterone (P4), oxytocin (OT), and prostaglandin F (PGF); and the release of P4, insulin-like growth factor I (IGF-I), OT, and PGF by isolated ovarian fragments and their response to the addition of benzene were analyzed...
June 10, 2017: Animal Reproduction Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28618337/biomechanical-study-of-different-fixation-techniques-for-the-treatment-of-sacroiliac-joint-injuries-using-finite-element-analyses-and-biomechanical-tests
#10
Chian-Her Lee, Ching-Chi Hsu, Po-Yuang Huang
The pelvis is one of the most stressed areas of the human musculoskeletal system due to the transfer of truncal loads to the lower extremities. Sacroiliac joint injury may lead to abnormal joint mechanics and an unstable pelvis. Various fixation techniques have been evaluated and discussed. However, it may be difficult to investigate each technique due to variations in bone quality, bone anatomy, fracture pattern, and fixation location. Additionally, the finite element method is one useful technology that avoids these variations...
June 7, 2017: Computers in Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28616376/genome-editing-and-muscle-stem-cells-as-a-therapeutic-tool-for-muscular-dystrophies
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REVIEW
Veronica Pini, Jennifer E Morgan, Francesco Muntoni, Helen C O'Neill
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Muscular dystrophies are a group of severe degenerative disorders characterized by muscle fiber degeneration and death. Therapies designed to restore muscle homeostasis and to replace dying fibers are being experimented, but none of those in clinical trials are suitable to permanently address individual gene mutation. The purpose of this review is to discuss genome editing tools such as CRISPR/Cas (clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats/CRISPR-associated), which enable direct sequence alteration and could potentially be adopted to correct the genetic defect leading to muscle impairment...
2017: Current Stem Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611573/simultaneous-and-continuous-estimation-of-shoulder-and-elbow-kinematics-from-surface-emg-signals
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Qin Zhang, Runfeng Liu, Wenbin Chen, Caihua Xiong
In this paper, we present a simultaneous and continuous kinematics estimation method for multiple DoFs across shoulder and elbow joint. Although simultaneous and continuous kinematics estimation from surface electromyography (EMG) is a feasible way to achieve natural and intuitive human-machine interaction, few works investigated multi-DoF estimation across the significant joints of upper limb, shoulder and elbow joints. This paper evaluates the feasibility to estimate 4-DoF kinematics at shoulder and elbow during coordinated arm movements...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28594815/preparation-of-biomimetic-hierarchically-helical-fiber-actuators-from-carbon-nanotubes
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Jue Deng, Yifan Xu, Sisi He, Peining Chen, Luke Bao, Yajie Hu, Bingjie Wang, Xuemei Sun, Huisheng Peng
Mechanically responsive materials that are able to sense and respond to external stimuli have important applications in soft robotics and the formation of artificial muscles, such as intelligent electronics, prosthetic limbs, comfort-adjusting textiles and miniature actuators for microfluidics. However, previous artificial muscles based on polymer materials are insufficient in generating large actuations, fast responses, diverse deformation modes and high cycle performances. To this end, carbon nanotubes (CNTs) are proposed as promising candidates to be assembled into artificial muscles, as they are lightweight, robust and have high surface-to-volume ratios...
July 2017: Nature Protocols
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28593763/high-performance-electroactive-polymer-actuators-based-on-ultrathick-ionic-polymer-metal-composites-with-nanodispersed-metal-electrodes
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Hyuck Sik Wang, Jaehyun Cho, Dae Seok Song, Jong Hyun Jang, Jae Young Jho, Jong Hyuk Park
Ionic polymer-metal composites (IPMCs) have been proposed as biomimetic actuators that are operable at low applied voltages. However, the bending strain and generating force of the IPMC actuators have generally exhibited a trade-off relationship, whereas simultaneous enhancement of both the qualities is required for their practical applications. Herein, a significant improvement in both the strain and force of the IPMC actuators is achieved by a facile approach, exploiting thickness-controlled ion-exchange membranes and nanodispersed metal electrodes...
June 21, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28586069/mir%C3%A2-203-inhibits-the-expression-of-collagen%C3%A2-related-genes-and-the-proliferation-of-hepatic-stellate-cells-through-a-smad3%C3%A2-dependent-mechanism
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Danping Hu, Yibing Hu, Wangwang Xu, Huanhuan Yu, Naibin Yang, Shunlan Ni, Rongquan Fu
Activation of hepatic stellate cells (HSCs) is a pivotal event during hepatic fibrogenesis. Activated HSCs are the main source of collagen and other extracellular matrix (ECM) components, and emerging antifibrotic therapies are aimed at preventing ECM synthesis and deposition. MicroRNAs (miRNAs) have been demonstrated to exert regulatory effects on HSC activation and ECM synthesis. In the present study, the HSC‑T6 rat hepatic stellate cell line was transiently transfected with a miRNA (miR)‑203 mimic, which is an artificial miRNA that enhances the function of miR‑203, with a miR‑203 inhibitor or with a scramble miRNA negative control...
June 6, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28574368/development-of-a-wearable-controller-for-gesture-recognition-based-applications-using-polyvinylidene-fluoride
#16
Kyle Van Volkinburg, Gregory Washington
This paper reports on a wearable gesture-based controller fabricated using the sensing capabilities of the flexible thin-film piezoelectric polymer polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) which is shown to repeatedly and accurately discern, in real time, between right and left hand gestures. The PVDF is affixed to a compression sleeve worn on the forearm to create a wearable device that is flexible, adaptable, and highly shape conforming. Forearm muscle movements, which drive hand motions, are detected by the PVDF which outputs its voltage signal to a developed microcontroller-based board and processed by an artificial neural network that was trained to recognize the generated voltage profile of right and left hand gestures...
May 29, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Circuits and Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28561989/light-driven-caterpillar-inspired-miniature-inching-robot
#17
Hao Zeng, Owies M Wani, Piotr Wasylczyk, Arri Priimagi
Liquid crystal elastomers are among the best candidates for artificial muscles, and the materials of choice when constructing microscale robotic systems. Recently, significant efforts are dedicated to designing stimuli-responsive actuators that can reproduce the shape-change of soft bodies of animals by means of proper external energy source. However, transferring material deformation efficiently into autonomous robotic locomotion remains a challenge. This paper reports on a miniature inching robot fabricated from a monolithic liquid crystal elastomer film, which upon visible-light excitation is capable of mimicking caterpillar locomotion on different substrates like a blazed grating and a paper surface...
May 31, 2017: Macromolecular Rapid Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28556533/in-vitro-evaluation-of-gel-encapsulated-adipose-derived-stem-cells-biochemical-cues-for-in-vivo-peripheral-nerve-repair
#18
A C de Luca, C M Fonta, W Raffoul, P G di Summa, S P Lacour
Adipose-derived stem cells (ASC) are becoming one of the most exploited cells in peripheral nerve repair. They are fast-growing and able to protect neurons from apoptosis; they can reduce post-injury latency, and the risk of muscle atrophy. This study evaluates laminin-loaded fibrin gel as an ASC-carrying scaffold for nerve repair. In vitro, ASC retained their proliferative activity, but showed significant increase in proliferation rate when encapsulated in gels with low laminin concentrations (i.e. 1μg/mL)...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28555696/towards-seamlessly-integrated-textile-electronics-methods-to-coat-fabrics-and-fibers-with-conducting-polymers-for-electronic-applications
#19
Linden Allison, Steven Hoxie, Trisha L Andrew
Traditional textile materials can be transformed into functional electronic components upon being dyed or coated with films of intrinsically conducting polymers, such as poly(aniline), poly(pyrrole) and poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene). A variety of textile electronic devices are built from the conductive fibers and fabrics thus obtained, including: physiochemical sensors, thermoelectric fibers/fabrics, heated garments, artificial muscles and textile supercapacitors. In all these cases, electrical performance and device ruggedness is determined by the morphology of the conducting polymer active layer on the fiber or fabric substrate...
May 30, 2017: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28552925/gait-features-analysis-using-artificial-neural-networks-testing-the-footwear-effect
#20
Jikun Wang, Teresa Zielińska
PURPOSE: The aim of this paper is to provide the methods for automatic detection of the difference in gait features depending on a footwear. METHODS: Artificial neural networks were applied in the study. The gait data were recorded during the walk with different footwear for testing and validation of the proposed method. The gait properties were analyzed considering EMG (electromyography) signals and using two types of artificial neural networks: the learning vector quantization (LVQ) classifying network, and the clustering competitive network...
2017: Acta of Bioengineering and Biomechanics
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