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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545731/enzyme-linked-immunoassay-based-on-imprinted-microspheres-for-the-detection-of-sulfamethazine-residue
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Dapeng Peng, Zhaozhou Li, Yulian Wang, Zhenli Liu, Feng Sheng, Zonghui Yuan
This study attempts to develop an enzyme-linked immunoassay (ELISA) using a molecularly imprinted polymer (MIP) as an artificial recognition element. The MIP microspheres were prepared using precipitation polymerization with SM2 as the template molecule, methacrylic acid as the functional monomer and ethylene glycol dimethacrylate as the cross-linker. After the microspheres were coated in microtiter plate wells, the molecular imprinting ELISA (MI-ELISA) method was established based on the direct competition between free SM2 and horseradish peroxidase (HRP)-labelled SM2 in heterogeneous mode...
May 8, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542284/haemocytes-collected-from-experimentally-infected-pacific-oysters-crassostrea-gigas-detection-of-ostreid-herpesvirus-1-dna-rna-and-proteins-in-relation-with-inhibition-of-apoptosis
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Claire Martenot, Ophélie Gervais, Bruno Chollet, Maryline Houssin, Tristan Renault
Recent transcriptomic approaches focused on anti-viral immunity in molluscs lead to the assumption that the innate immune system, such as apoptosis, plays a crucial role against ostreid herpesvirus type 1 (OsHV-1), infecting Pacific cupped oyster, Crassostrea gigas. Apoptosis constitutes a major mechanism of anti-viral response by limiting viral spread and eliminating infected cells. In this way, an OsHV-1 challenge was performed and oysters were monitored at three times post injection to investigate viral infection and host response: 2h (early after viral injection in the adductor muscle), 24h (intermediate time), and 48h (just before first oyster mortality record)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532844/effects-of-d-cloprostenol-on-different-layers-and-regions-of-the-bovine-uterus-during-the-follicular-and-luteal-phases
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M Piccinno, R L Sciorsci, V Masciopinto, M De Rosa, A Rizzo
INTRODUCTION: D-cloprostenol is a synthetic PGF2α, commonly used in bovine reproduction, that increases myometral contractility. However, little is known regarding its contractile behaviour and how it depends on the reproductive state and uterine topography (regions and muscular layers). HYPOTHESIS AND OBJECTIVES: These aspects would affect the action of d-cloprostenol on the uterus. Therefore, we hypothesize a possible use of this drug at the time of artificial insemination, to improve conception rates and, in the post-partum, in order to accelerate uterine involution in dairy cattle...
July 1, 2017: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532013/exercise-enhance-the-ectopic-bone-formation-of-calcium-phosphate-biomaterials-in-muscles-of-mice
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Lijia Cheng, Shuo Yan, Jiang Zhu, Peiling Cai, Ting Wang, Zheng Shi
OBJECTIVE: To investigate whether exercise can enhance ectopic bone formation of calcium phosphate (Ca-P) biomaterials in muscles of mice. METHODS: Firstly, ten transient receptor potential vanilloid subfamily member 1 (TRPV1) knockout mice (group KO) and ten C57BL/6 mice (group WT) were randomly chosen, 10μg Ca-P biomaterials were implanted into the thigh muscle pouch of each mouse which was far away from femur; after that, all animals were kept in open field for free exploration 5min, and the movement time and distance were automatically analyzed...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522844/high-performance-pvc-gel-for-adaptive-micro-lenses-with-variable-focal-length
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Jin Woo Bae, Eun-Jae Shin, Jaeu Jeong, Dong-Soo Choi, Jong Eun Lee, Byeong Uk Nam, Liwei Lin, Sang-Youn Kim
This paper presents a bio-inspired adaptive micro-lens with electrically tunable focus made of non-ionic high-molecular-weight polyvinyl chloride (PVC) gel. The optical device mimics the design of the crystalline lens and ciliary muscle of the human eye. It consists of a plano-convex PVC gel micro-lens on Indium Tin Oxide (ITO) glass, confined with an annular electrode operating as an artificial ciliary muscle. Upon electrical activation, the electroactive adhesive force of the PVC gel is exerted on the annular anode electrode, which reduces the sagittal height of the plano-convex PVC gel lens, resulting in focal length variation of the micro-lens...
May 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522333/development-of-qsars-for-parameterizing-physiology-based-toxicokinetic-models
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Dimosthenis Α Sarigiannis, Krystalia Papadaki, Periklis Kontoroupis, Spyros P Karakitsios
A Quantitative Structure Activity Relationship (QSAR) model was developed in order to predict physicochemical and biochemical properties of industrial chemicals of various groups. This model was based on the solvation equation, originally proposed by Abraham. In this work Abraham's solvation model got parameterized using artificial intelligence techniques such as artificial neural networks (ANNs) for the prediction of partitioning into kidney, heart, adipose, liver, muscle, brain and lung for the estimation of the bodyweight-normalized maximal metabolic velocity (Vmax) and the Michaelis - Menten constant (Km)...
May 15, 2017: Food and Chemical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28518129/cardiac-muscle-cell-based-actuator-and-self-stabilizing-biorobot-part-2
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Neerajha Nagarajan, Merrel T Holley, Christian Danielson, Kidong Park, Pinar Zorlutuna
In recent years, hybrid devices that consist of a living cell or tissue component integrated with a synthetic mechanical backbone have been developed. These devices, called biorobots, are powered solely by the force generated from the contractile activity of the living component and, due to their many inherent advantages, could be an alternative to conventional fully artificial robots. Here, we describe the methods to seed and characterize a biological actuator and a biorobot that was designed, fabricated, and functionalized in the first part of this two-part article...
May 9, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512702/an-intracardiac-soft-robotic-device-for-augmentation-of-blood-ejection-from-the-failing-right-ventricle
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Markus A Horvath, Isaac Wamala, Eric Rytkin, Elizabeth Doyle, Christopher J Payne, Thomas Thalhofer, Ignacio Berra, Anna Solovyeva, Mossab Saeed, Sara Hendren, Ellen T Roche, Pedro J Del Nido, Conor J Walsh, Nikolay V Vasilyev
We introduce an implantable intracardiac soft robotic right ventricular ejection device (RVED) for dynamic approximation of the right ventricular (RV) free wall and the interventricular septum (IVS) in synchrony with the cardiac cycle to augment blood ejection in right heart failure (RHF). The RVED is designed for safe and effective intracardiac operation and consists of an anchoring system deployed across the IVS, an RV free wall anchor, and a pneumatic artificial muscle linear actuator that spans the RV chamber between the two anchors...
May 16, 2017: Annals of Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28503386/mechanical-thrombectomy-for-acute-ischemic-stroke-after-cardiac-surgery
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Ali S Haider, Prabhat Garg, Ian T Watson, Dean Leonard, Umair Khan, Ahmed Haque, Phu Nguyen, Kennith F Layton
Ischemic stroke is a rare yet devastating complication that may occur following cardiothoracic surgery. Fibrinolytic treatment is contraindicated due to elevated risk for hemorrhage. Mechanical thrombectomy entails a catheterized approach wherein the thrombus is physically removed from the vessel without the use of fibrinolytics, minimizing the possibility of intracranial hemorrhage. Here, we present two original cases of mechanical thrombectomy as treatment for patients experiencing emergent large vessel occlusion following cardiothoracic surgery...
April 11, 2017: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28503062/contraction-sensing-with-smart-braid-mckibben-muscles
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Wyatt Felt, Khai Yi Chin, C David Remy
The inherent compliance of soft fluidic actuators makes them attractive for use in wearable devices and soft robotics. Their flexible nature permits them to be used without traditional rotational or prismatic joints. Without these joints, however, measuring the motion of the actuators is challenging. Actuator-level sensors could improve the performance of continuum robots and robots with compliant or multi-degree-of-freedom joints. We make the reinforcing braid of a pneumatic artificial muscle (PAM or McKibben muscle) "smart" by weaving it from conductive, insulated wires...
June 2016: IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28498863/notch-ligands-regulate-the-muscle-stem-like-state-ex-vivo-but-are-not-sufficient-for-retaining-regenerative-capacity
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Hiroshi Sakai, Sumiaki Fukuda, Miki Nakamura, Akiyoshi Uezumi, Yu-Taro Noguchi, Takahiko Sato, Mitsuhiro Morita, Harumoto Yamada, Kunihiro Tsuchida, Shahragim Tajbakhsh, So-Ichiro Fukada
Myogenic stem cells are a promising avenue for the treatment of muscular disorders. Freshly isolated muscle stem cells have a remarkable engraftment ability in vivo, but their cell number is limited. Current conventional culture conditions do not allow muscle stem cells to expand in vitro with their bona fide engraftment efficiency, requiring the improvement of culture procedures for achieving successful cell-therapy for muscle disorders. Here we expanded mouse muscle stem cells and human myoblasts with Notch ligands, DLL1, DLL4, and JAG1 to activate Notch signaling in vitro and to investigate whether these cells could retain their engraftment efficiency...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28490676/excretion-of-zinc-and-copper-increases-in-men-during-3-weeks-of-bed-rest-with-or-without-artificial-gravity
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Hayley N Heacox, Patricia L Gillman, Sara R Zwart, Scott M Smith
Background: Zinc and copper have many physiologic functions and little or no functional storage capability, so persistent losses of either element present health concerns, especially during extended-duration space missions.Objectives: We evaluated the effects of short-term bed rest (BR), a spaceflight analog, on copper and zinc metabolism to better understand the role of these nutrients in human adaptation to (simulated) spaceflight. We also investigated the effect of artificial gravity on copper and zinc homeostasis...
May 10, 2017: Journal of Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28490645/evidence-of-adaptations-of-locomotor-neural-drive-in-response-to-enhanced-intermuscular-connectivity-between-the-triceps-surae-muscles-of-the-rat
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Michel Bernabei, Jaap H van Dieën, Huub Maas
The aims of this study were to investigate changes (i) in the coordination of activation of the triceps surae muscle group and (ii) in muscle belly length of soleus (SO) and lateral gastrocnemius (LG) during locomotion (trotting) in response to increased stiffness of intermuscular connective tissues in the rat. We measured muscle activation and muscle belly lengths, as well as hindlimb kinematics, before and after an artificial enhancement of the connectivity between SO and LG muscles obtained by implanting a tissue-integrating surgical mesh at the muscles' interface...
May 10, 2017: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28489540/nonlinear-frequency-domain-analysis-of-the-transformation-of-cortical-inputs-by-a-motoneuron-pool-muscle-complex
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Renato Watanabe, Andre Kohn
Corticomotor coherence in the beta and/or gamma bands has been described in different motor tasks but the role of descending brain oscillations on force control has been elusive. Large-scale computational models of a motoneuron pool and the muscle it innervates have been used as tools to advance the knowledge of how neural elements may influence force control. Here we present a frequency domain analysis of a NARX model fitted to a large-scale neuromuscular model by means of generalized frequency response functions (GFRF)...
May 4, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28482314/maternal-transfer-of-dioxin-like-compounds-in-artificially-matured-european-eels
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Marko Freese, Roxana Sühring, Lasse Marohn, Jan-Dag Pohlmann, Hendrik Wolschke, Jonathan D Byer, Mehran Alaee, Ralf Ebinghaus, Reinhold Hanel
Several eel species of the genus Anguilla are considered endangered due to a severe decline in recruitment. Up to now, the reasons for this threatening development are not fully understood. The eel's highly specialized biology can lead to explicitly high accumulation of globally distributed organic lipophilic contaminants during its continental life. Because of this and due the particular toxicological sensitivity of early life stages of oviparous organisms towards dioxin-like compounds, it is crucial to improve our understanding concerning toxicokinetics and maternal transfer of organic contaminants in eels...
May 5, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28475928/development-and-characterization-of-mitochondrial-membrane-affinity-chromatography-columns-derived-from-skeletal-muscle-and-platelets-for-the-study-of-mitochondrial-transmembrane-proteins
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Nagendra Surendra Singh, Kaia-Liisa Habicht, Ruin Moaddel, Ruth Shimmo
Mitochondrial membrane fragments from human platelets and monkey skeletal muscles were successfully immobilized onto immobilized artificial membrane chromatographic support for the first time, resulting in mitochondrial membrane affinity chromatography (MMAC) columns. These columns were validated by characterization of translocator protein (TSPO), where multiple concentrations of dipyridamole were run and the binding affinities (Kd) determined. Further, the relative ranking data of TSPO ligands was consistent with previously reported rankings for both, the platelet (MMAC-Platelet) and the skeletal muscle (MMAC-Muscle) column (dipyridamole>PK11195>protoporphyrin IX>rotenone)...
April 13, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28474606/asymmetries-in-wing-inertial-and-aerodynamic-torques-contribute-to-steering-in-flying-insects
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Mark Jankauski, Thomas Daniel, I Shen
Maneuvering in both natural and artificial miniature flying systems is assumed to be dominated by aerodynamic phenomena. To explore this, we develop a flapping wing model integrating aero and inertial dynamics. The model is applied to an elliptical wing similar to the forewing of the Hawkmoth Manduca sexta and realistic kinematics are prescribed. We explore critically the stroke deviation phase, as it relates to firing latency in airborne insect steering muscles which has been correlated to various aerial maneuvers...
May 5, 2017: Bioinspiration & Biomimetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28472991/resolving-the-effect-of-wrist-position-on-myoelectric-pattern-recognition-control
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Adenike A Adewuyi, Levi J Hargrove, Todd A Kuiken
BACKGROUND: The use of pattern recognition-based methods to control myoelectric upper-limb prostheses has been well studied in individuals with high-level amputations but few studies have demonstrated that it is suitable for partial-hand amputees, who often possess a functional wrist. This study's objective was to evaluate strategies that allow partial-hand amputees to control a prosthetic hand while allowing retain wrist function. METHODS: EMG data was recorded from the extrinsic and intrinsic hand muscles of six non-amputees and two partial-hand amputees while they performed 4 hand motions in 13 different wrist positions...
May 4, 2017: Journal of Neuroengineering and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28462799/a-novel-physiological-testing-device-to-study-knee-biomechanics-in-vitro
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Fabian van de Bunt, Kaj S Emanuel, Thomas Wijffels, Peter N Kooren, Idsart Kingma, Theodoor H Smit
BACKGROUND: To properly study knee kinetics, kinematics and the effects of injury and surgical treatment in vitro, the knee should be constrained as little as possible, while imposing physiological loads. A novel dynamic biomechanical knee system (BKS) is presented here. The aim of this study was to test the feasibility and reproducibility of the system and demonstrate its features with an Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) lesion model. METHODS: Six goat knees were used in the current study...
April 25, 2017: Knee
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28462424/evaluation-of-a-surrogate-contact-model-in-multi-body-dynamic-simulations-of-total-knee-replacement
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Marco A Marra, Michael S Andersen, Michael Damsgaard, Bart F J M Koopman, Dennis Janssen, Nico Verdonschot
Knowing the forces in the human body is of great clinical interest and musculoskeletal models are the most commonly used tool to estimate them in vivo. Unfortunately, the process of computing muscle, joint contact and ligament forces simultaneously is computationally highly demanding. The goal of this study was to develop a fast surrogate model of the tibiofemoral (TF) contact in a total knee replacement (TKR) model and apply it to force-dependent kinematic simulations of activities of daily living (ADLs). Multiple domains were populated with sample points from the reference TKR contact model, based on reference simulations and design-of-experiments...
May 2, 2017: Journal of Biomechanical Engineering
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