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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651246/development-of-a-perfusion-platform-for-dynamic-cultivation-of-in-vitro-skin-models
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Kay Strüver, Wolfgang Friess, Sarah Hedtrich
Reconstructed skin models are suitable test systems for toxicity testing and for basic investigations on (patho-)physiological aspects of human skin. Reconstructed human skin, however, has clear limitations such as the lack of immune cells and a significantly weaker skin barrier function compared to native human skin. Potential reasons for the latter might be the lack of mechanical forces during skin model cultivation which is performed classically in static well-plate setups. Mechanical forces and shear stress have a major impact on tissue formation and, hence, tissue engineering...
June 27, 2017: Skin Pharmacology and Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651088/genetic-and-epigenetic-alterations-in-normal-and-sensitive-copd-diseased-human-bronchial-epithelial-cells-repeatedly-exposed-to-air-pollution-derived-pm2-5
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B Leclercq, A Platel, S Antherieu, L Y Alleman, E M Hardy, E Perdrix, N Grova, V Riffault, B M Appenzeller, M Happillon, F Nesslany, P Coddeville, J-M Lo-Guidice, G Garçon
Even though clinical, epidemiological and toxicological studies have progressively provided a better knowledge of the underlying mechanisms by which air pollution-derived particulate matter (PM) exerts its harmful health effects, further in vitro studies on relevant cell systems are still needed. Hence, aiming of getting closer to the human in vivo conditions, primary human bronchial epithelial cells derived from normal subjects (NHBE) or sensitive chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)-diseased patients (DHBE) were differentiated at the air-liquid interface...
June 23, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650148/mgzno-zno-two-dimensional-electron-gas-photodetectors-fabricated-by-rf-sputtering
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J D Hwang, C C Yang, C M Chu
MgZnO/ZnO two-dimensional electron gas (2DEG) structures with ZnO annealed at various temperatures (600-900 ºC) and photodetectors (PDs) with and without a 2DEG structure were fabricated using a radio-frequency magnetron sputtering system. It was found that the carrier concentration and mobility increase with the annealing temperature owing to the improved crystalline in ZnO; however, high-temperature (800 ºC or higher) annealing can degrade the crystalline of the ZnO layer. Hall measurements showed that compared with bulk ZnO, the sheet carrier concentration of the 2DEG sample increased from 1...
June 26, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650030/carbon-nanoscroll-silk-crystallite-hybrid-structures-with-controllable-hydration-and-mechanical-properties
#4
Yuan Cheng, Leng-Duei Koh, Fan Wang, Dechang Li, Baohua Ji, Jingjie Yeo, Guijian Guan, Ming-Yong Han, Yong-Wei Zhang
Hybrid structures of nanomaterials (e.g. tubes, scrolls, threads, cages) and biomaterials (e.g. proteins) hold tremendous potential for applications as drug carriers, biosensors, tissue scaffolds, cancer therapeutic agents, etc. However, in many cases, the interacting forces at the nano-bio interfaces and their roles in controlling the structures and dynamics of nano-bio-hybrid systems are very complicated but poorly understood. In this study, we investigate the structure and mechanical behavior of a protein-based hybrid structure, i...
June 26, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649468/microbial-bioenergetics-of-coral-algal-interactions
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Ty N F Roach, Maria L Abieri, Emma E George, Ben Knowles, Douglas S Naliboff, Cameron A Smurthwaite, Linda Wegley Kelly, Andreas F Haas, Forest L Rohwer
Human impacts are causing ecosystem phase shifts from coral- to algal-dominated reef systems on a global scale. As these ecosystems undergo transition, there is an increased incidence of coral-macroalgal interactions. Mounting evidence indicates that the outcome of these interaction events is, in part, governed by microbially mediated dynamics. The allocation of available energy through different trophic levels, including the microbial food web, determines the outcome of these interactions and ultimately shapes the benthic community structure...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649411/the-microbiome-of-glaciers-and-ice-sheets
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Alexandre M Anesio, Stefanie Lutz, Nathan A M Chrismas, Liane G Benning
Glaciers and ice sheets, like other biomes, occupy a significant area of the planet and harbour biological communities with distinct interactions and feedbacks with their physical and chemical environment. In the case of the glacial biome, the biological processes are dominated almost exclusively by microbial communities. Habitats on glaciers and ice sheets with enough liquid water to sustain microbial activity include snow, surface ice, cryoconite holes, englacial systems and the interface between ice and overridden rock/soil...
2017: NPJ Biofilms and Microbiomes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648720/an-engineered-home-environment-for-untethered-data-telemetry-from-nonhuman-primates
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Marc P Powell, William R Britz, James S Harper Iii, David A Borton
BACKGROUND: Wireless neural recording technologies now provide untethered access to large populations of neurons in the nonhuman primate brain. Such technologies enable long-term, continuous interrogation of neural circuits and importantly open the door for chronic neurorehabilitation platforms. For example, by providing continuous consistent closed loop feedback from a brain machine interface, the nervous system can leverage plasticity to integrate more effectively into the system than would be possible in short experimental sessions...
June 22, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648468/the-joint-commission-ever-readiness-understanding-tracer-methodology
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Bettina Siewert
The Joint Commission (TJC) evaluates the consistent provision of appropriate and safe access to health care, treatment, and services. Currently, TJC uses the tracer methodology to assess standards compliance and follows a number of patients through an organization's entire health care delivery process. The tracer methodology uses 3 different types of tracers as follows: individual or patient tracers, program-specific, and system tracers, to identify performance issues in one or more steps of the care process or at interfaces between them...
May 17, 2017: Current Problems in Diagnostic Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648396/25-years-of-serving-the-community-with-ribosomal-rna-gene-reference-databases-and-tools
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Frank Oliver Glöckner, Pelin Yilmaz, Christian Quast, Jan Gerken, Alan Beccati, Andreea Ciuprina, Gerrit Bruns, Pablo Yarza, Jörg Peplies, Ralf Westram, Wolfgang Ludwig
SILVA (lat. forest) is a comprehensive web resource, providing services around up to date, high-quality datasets of aligned ribosomal RNA gene (rDNA) sequences from the Bacteria, Archaea, and Eukaryota domains. SILVA dates back to the year 1991 when Dr. Wolfgang Ludwig from the Technical University Munich started the integrated software workbench ARB (lat. tree) to support high-quality phylogenetic inference and taxonomy based on the SSU and LSU rDNA marker genes. At that time, the ARB project maintained both, the sequence reference datasets and the software package for data analysis...
June 22, 2017: Journal of Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648221/designing-and-implementing-an-electronic-patient-registry-to-improve-warfarin-monitoring-in-the-ambulatory-setting
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Shin-Yu Lee, Roy Cherian, Irene Ly, Claire Horton, Alaya Levi Salley, Urmimala Sarkar
BACKGROUND: Warfarin requires individualized dosing and monitoring in the ambulatory setting for protection against thromboembolic disease. Yet in multiple settings, patients spend upwards of 30% of time outside the therapeutic range, subjecting them to an increased risk of adverse events. At an urban, publicly funded clinic, the electronic health record (EHR) would not support integration with extant warfarin management software, which led to the creation and implementation of an electronic patient registry and a complementary team-based work flow to provide real-time health-system-level data for warfarin patients...
July 2017: Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647398/immune-modulatory-effects-of-syncytiotrophoblast-extracellular-vesicles-in-pregnancy-and-preeclampsia
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Claudia Göhner, Torsten Plösch, Marijke M Faas
Unique immunologic adaptations exist to successfully establish and maintain pregnancy and to avoid an immune attack against the semi allogenic fetus. These adaptations occur both locally at the maternofetal interface and in the peripheral circulation and affect the innate as well as the adaptive immune system. Pregnancy is characterized by a general inflammatory state with activation of monocytes and granulocytes, but also with suppressive lymphocytes (regulatory T cells), and skewing towards T helper 2 immunity...
June 7, 2017: Placenta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647262/development-of-a-hybrid-photo-bioreactor-and-nanoparticle-adsorbent-system-for-the-removal-of-co2-and-selected-organic-and-metal-co-pollutants
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Andrea A Rocha, Christian Wilde, Zhenzhong Hu, Oleg Nepotchatykh, Yevgen Nazarenko, Parisa A Ariya
Fossil fuel combustion and many industrial processes generate gaseous emissions that contain a number of toxic organic pollutants and carbon dioxide (CO2) which contribute to climate change and atmospheric pollution. There is a need for green and sustainable solutions to remove air pollutants, as opposed to conventional techniques which can be expensive, consume additional energy and generate further waste. We developed a novel integrated bioreactor combined with recyclable iron oxide nano/micro-particle adsorption interfaces, to remove CO2, and undesired organic air pollutants using natural particles, while generating oxygen...
July 2017: Journal of Environmental Sciences (China)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646865/development-of-stereo-endoscope-system-with-its-innovative-master-interface-for-continuous-surgical-operation
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Myungjoon Kim, Chiwon Lee, Nhayoung Hong, Yoon Jae Kim, Sungwan Kim
BACKGROUND: Although robotic laparoscopic surgery has various benefits when compared with conventional open surgery and minimally invasive surgery, it also has issues to overcome and one of the issues is the discontinuous surgical flow that occurs whenever control is swapped between the endoscope system and the operating robot arm system. This can lead to problems such as collision between surgical instruments, injury to patients, and increased operation time. To achieve continuous surgical operation, a wireless controllable stereo endoscope system is proposed which enables the simultaneous control of the operating robot arm system and the endoscope system...
June 24, 2017: Biomedical Engineering Online
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645855/training-surgical-residents-with-a-haptic-robotic-central-venous-catheterization-simulator
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David F Pepley, Adam B Gordon, Mary A Yovanoff, Katelin A Mirkin, Scarlett R Miller, David C Han, Jason Z Moore
OJECTIVE: Ultrasound guided central venous catheterization (CVC) is a common surgical procedure with complication rates ranging from 5 to 21 percent. Training is typically performed using manikins that do not simulate anatomical variations such as obesity and abnormal vessel positioning. The goal of this study was to develop and validate the effectiveness of a new virtual reality and force haptic based simulation platform for CVC of the right internal jugular vein. DESIGN: A CVC simulation platform was developed using a haptic robotic arm, 3D position tracker, and computer visualization...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Surgical Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645848/fe-and-experimental-study-on-how-the-cortex-material-properties-of-synthetic-femurs-affect-strain-levels
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Vitor M M Lopes, Maria A Neto, Ana M Amaro, Luis M Roseiro, M F Paulino
The primary aim of this work was to validate the "numerical" cortex material properties (transversely isotropic) of synthetic femurs and to evaluate how the strain level of the cancellous bone can be affected by the FE modeling of the material's behavior. Sensitivity analysis was performed to find out if the parameters of the cortex material affect global strain results more than the Polyurethane (PU) foam used to simulate cancellous bone. Standard 4th generation composite femurs were made with 0.32g/cm(3) solid PU foam to model healthy cancellous bone, while 0...
June 20, 2017: Medical Engineering & Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645603/robotic-transnasal-endoscopic-skull-base-surgery-systematic-review-of-the-literature-and-report-of-a-novel-prototype-for-a-hybrid-system-bear
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Andrea Bolzoni Villaret, Francesco Doglietto, Andrea Carobbio, Alberto Schreiber, Camilla Panni, Enrico Piantoni, Giovanni Guida, Marco Maria Fontanella, Piero Nicolai, Riccardo Cassinis
BACKGROUND: Although robotics has already been applied to several surgical fields, available systems are not designed for endoscopic skull base surgery (ESBS). New-conception prototypes have been recently described for ESBS. AIM OF THE STUDY: To provide a systematic literature review of robotics for ESBS and describe a novel prototype developed at the University of Brescia. MATERIAL AND METHODS: PubMed and Scopus databases were searched using a combination of terms, including Robotics OR Robot and Surgery OR Otolaryngology OR Skull Base OR Holder...
June 20, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644662/novel-metal-insulator-transition-at-the-smtio_-3-srtio_-3-interface
#17
Kaveh Ahadi, Susanne Stemmer
We report on a metal-insulator transition (MIT) that is observed in an electron system at the SmTiO_{3}/SrTiO_{3} interface. This MIT is characterized by an abrupt transition at a critical temperature, below which the resistance changes by more than an order of magnitude. The temperature of the transition systematically depends on the carrier density, which is tuned from ∼1×10^{14} to 3×10^{14}  cm^{-2} by changing the SmTiO_{3} thickness. An analysis of the transport properties shows non-Fermi-liquid behavior and mass enhancement as the carrier density is lowered...
June 9, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644495/non-wetting-drops-at-liquid-interfaces-from-liquid-marbles-to-leidenfrost-drops
#18
Clint Y H Wong, Mokhtar Adda-Bedia, Dominic Vella
We consider the flotation of deformable, non-wetting drops on a liquid interface. We consider the deflection of both the liquid interface and the droplet itself in response to the buoyancy forces, density difference and the various surface tensions within the system. Our results suggest new insight into a range of phenomena in which such drops occur, including Leidenfrost droplets and floating liquid marbles. In particular, we show that the floating state of liquid marbles is very sensitive to the tension of the particle-covered interface and suggest that this sensitivity may make such experiments a useful assay of the properties of these complex interfaces...
June 23, 2017: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644423/probing-the-interaction-of-dielectric-nanoparticles-with-supported-lipid-membrane-coatings-on-nanoplasmonic-arrays
#19
Abdul Rahim Ferhan, Gamaliel Junren Ma, Joshua A Jackman, Tun Naw Sut, Jae Hyeon Park, Nam-Joon Cho
The integration of supported lipid membranes with surface-based nanoplasmonic arrays provides a powerful sensing approach to investigate biointerfacial phenomena at membrane interfaces. While a growing number of lipid vesicles, protein, and nucleic acid systems have been explored with nanoplasmonic sensors, there has been only very limited investigation of the interactions between solution-phase nanomaterials and supported lipid membranes. Herein, we established a surface-based localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) sensing platform for probing the interaction of dielectric nanoparticles with supported lipid bilayer (SLB)-coated, plasmonic nanodisk arrays...
June 23, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644398/a-novel-wearable-forehead-eog-measurement-system-for-human-computer-interfaces
#20
Jeong Heo, Heenam Yoon, Kwang Suk Park
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) patients whose voluntary muscles are paralyzed commonly communicate with the outside world using eye movement. There have been many efforts to support this method of communication by tracking or detecting eye movement. An electrooculogram (EOG), an electro-physiological signal, is generated by eye movements and can be measured with electrodes placed around the eye. In this study, we proposed a new practical electrode position on the forehead to measure EOG signals, and we developed a wearable forehead EOG measurement system for use in Human Computer/Machine interfaces (HCIs/HMIs)...
June 23, 2017: Sensors
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