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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333117/fiber-optic-sensor-embedment-study-for-multi-parameter-strain-sensing
#1
Monssef Drissi-Habti, Venkadesh Raman, Aghiad Khadour, Safiullah Timorian
The fiber optic sensors (FOSs) are commonly used for large-scale structure monitoring systems for their small size, noise free and low electrical risk characteristics. Embedded fiber optic sensors (FOSs) lead to micro-damage in composite structures. This damage generation threshold is based on the coating material of the FOSs and their diameter. In addition, embedded FOSs are aligned parallel to reinforcement fibers to avoid micro-damage creation. This linear positioning of distributed FOS fails to provide all strain parameters...
March 23, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331075/myosin-activity-drives-actomyosin-bundle-formation-and-organization-in-contractile-cells-of-the-c-elegans-spermatheca
#2
Alison C E Wirshing, Erin J Cram
Stress fibers, contractile actomyosin bundles, are important for cellular force production and adaptation to physical stress and have been well-studied within the context of cell migration. However, less is known about actomyosin bundle formation and organization in vivo and in specialized contractile cells, such as smooth muscle and myoepithelial cells. The Caenorhabditis elegans spermatheca is a bag-like organ of 24 myoepithelial cells that houses the sperm and is the site of fertilization. During ovulation, spermathecal cells are stretched by oocyte entry and then coordinately contract to expel the fertilized embryo into the uterus...
March 22, 2017: Molecular Biology of the Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323403/discovery-of-potent-antiallodynic-agents-for-neuropathic-pain-targeting-p2x3-receptors
#3
Young-Hwan Jung, Yong-Chul Kim, Yeo Ok Kim, Hai Lin, Joong-Heui Cho, Jin-Hee Park, So-Deok Lee, Jinsu Bae, Koon Mook Kang, Yoon Gyoon Kim, Ae Nim Pae, Hyojin Ko, Chul-Seung Park, Myung Ha Yoon
Antagonism of the P2X3 receptor is one of the potential therapeutic strategies for the management of neuropathic pain because P2X3 receptors are predominantly localized on small to medium diameter C- and Aδ-fiber primary afferent neurons, which are related to the pain-sensing system. In this study, 5-hydroxy pyridine derivatives were designed, synthesized, and evaluated for their in vitro biological activities by two-electrode voltage clamp assay at hP2X3 receptors. Among the novel hP2X3 receptor antagonists, intrathecal treatment of compound 29 showed parallel efficacy with pregabalin (calcium channel modulator) and higher efficacy than AF353 (P2X3 receptor antagonist) in the evaluation of its antiallodynic effects in spinal nerve ligation rats...
March 21, 2017: ACS Chemical Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314881/covalent-organic-frameworks-as-a-novel-fiber-coating-for-solid-phase-microextraction-of-volatile-benzene-homologues
#4
Shuaihua Zhang, Qian Yang, Zhi Li, Wenchang Wang, Chun Wang, Zhi Wang
Covalent organic frameworks (COFs) have attracted great research interest due to their fascinating structures and potential applications in various fields. Here, the COF-SCU1 (SCU for Sichuan University) coated solid-phase microextraction (SPME) fibers were fabricated by coating it on prior functionalized stainless steel wires via a simple physical coating method, and applied to extract some volatile benzene homologues from indoor air samples. The main experimental parameters affecting the extraction efficiency were optimized, including extraction temperature, extraction time, and desorption time...
March 18, 2017: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303795/neuregulin-1-functionalization-of-organic-fibers-for-schwann-cell-guidance
#5
Ilaria Tonazzini, Maria Moffa, Dario Pisignano, Marco Cecchini
The repair of peripheral nerve lesions is a clinical problem where the functional recovery is often far from being satisfactory, although peripheral nerves generally retain good potential for regeneration. Here, we develop a novel scaffold approach based on bioactive fibers of poly(ε-caprolactone) where nanotopographical guidance and neuregulin 1 (NRG1) cues are combined. We interface them with rat primary Schwann cells (SCs), the peripheral glial cells that drive initial regeneration of injured nerves, and found that the combination of NRG1 with parallel nano-fibrous topographies is effective in improving SC growth up to 72 h, alignment to fiber topography, and bipolar differentiation, opening original perspectives for nerve repair applications...
April 18, 2017: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288584/adipose-tissue-fibrosis-in-human-cancer-cachexia-the-role-of-tgf%C3%AE-pathway
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Michele Joana Alves, Raquel Galvão Figuerêdo, Flavia Figueiredo Azevedo, Diego Alexandre Cavallaro, Nelson Inácio Pinto Neto, Joanna Darck Carola Lima, Emidio Matos-Neto, Katrin Radloff, Daniela Mendes Riccardi, Rodolfo Gonzalez Camargo, Paulo Sérgio Martins De Alcântara, José Pinhata Otoch, Miguel Luiz Batista Junior, Marília Seelaender
BACKGROUND: Cancer cachexia is a multifactorial syndrome that dramatically decreases survival. Loss of white adipose tissue (WAT) is one of the key characteristics of cachexia. WAT wasting is paralleled by microarchitectural remodeling in cachectic cancer patients. Fibrosis results from uncontrolled ECM synthesis, a process in which, transforming growth factor-beta (TGFβ) plays a pivotal role. So far, the mechanisms involved in adipose tissue (AT) re-arrangement, and the role of TGFβ in inducing AT remodeling in weight-losing cancer patients are poorly understood...
March 14, 2017: BMC Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28287481/cellular-midpalatal-suture-changes-after-rapid-maxillary-expansion-in-growing-subjects-a-case-report
#7
Alberto Caprioglio, Rosamaria Fastuca, Piero Antonio Zecca, Matteo Beretta, Carlo Mangano, Adriano Piattelli, Aldo Macchi, Giovanna Iezzi
The present case report aimed to investigate immediate histologic changes in midpalatal suture in humans following rapid maxillary expansion compared to control. Three patients (mean age 8.3 +/- 0.9 years) were enrolled in the case report and underwent midpalatal suture biopsy. Two patients underwent treatment before biopsy. The third patient did not show transversal maxillary deficiency and was enrolled as a control. Biopsy samples of midpalatal suture at 7 (subject 1) and 30 days (subject 2) after maxillary expansion as well as of one control (subject 3) were collected and processed for histology...
March 11, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28282159/observation-of-interaction-of-spin-and-intrinsic-orbital-angular-momentum-of-light
#8
Dashiell L P Vitullo, Cody C Leary, Patrick Gregg, Roger A Smith, Dileep V Reddy, Siddharth Ramachandran, Michael G Raymer
The interaction of spin and intrinsic orbital angular momentum of light is observed, as evidenced by length-dependent rotations of both spatial patterns and optical polarization in a cylindrically symmetric isotropic optical fiber. Such rotations occur in a straight few-mode fiber when superpositions of two modes with parallel and antiparallel orientation of spin and intrinsic orbital angular momentum (IOAM=2ℏ) are excited, resulting from a degeneracy splitting of the propagation constants of the modes.
February 24, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28281671/visualizing-adsorption-of-cyanophage-p-ssp7-onto-marine-prochlorococcus
#9
Kazuyoshi Murata, Qinfen Zhang, Jesús Gerardo Galaz-Montoya, Caroline Fu, Maureen L Coleman, Marcia S Osburne, Michael F Schmid, Matthew B Sullivan, Sallie W Chisholm, Wah Chiu
Marine cyanobacteria perform roughly a quarter of global carbon fixation, and cyanophages that infect them liberate some of this carbon during infection and cell lysis. Studies of the cyanobacterium Prochlorococcus MED4 and its associated cyanophage P-SSP7 have revealed complex gene expression dynamics once infection has begun, but the initial cyanophage-host interactions remain poorly understood. Here, we used single particle cryo-electron tomography (cryo-ET) to investigate cyanophage-host interactions in this model system, based on 170 cyanophage-to-host adsorption events...
March 10, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28276068/beneficial-effects-of-lipidic-extracts-of-saladette-tomato-pomace-and-serenoa-repens-on-prostate-and-bladder-health-in-obese-male-wistar-rats
#10
Josué V Espinosa-Juárez, Juventino Iii Colado-Velázquez, Patrick Mailloux-Salinas, Jml Medina-Contreras, P Valentín Correa-López, N L Gómez-Viquez, Fabián Meza-Cuenca, Fengyang Huang, Guadalupe Bravo
BACKGROUND: Obesity is associated with an increased risk of a number of serious medical conditions, including urological disorders. This study investigated the effect of lipidic extract of Saladette Tomato Pomace (STP) and Serenoa repens (SR) on prostate and bladder in a rat obese model induced by high-carbohydrates diet. RESULTS: High-sucrose fed rats showed higher weight of prostate, increased contractility, stromal and epithelial hyperplasia in prostate. The treatment with STP and SR improved contractility, diminished hyperplasia and hypertrophy in prostate in obesity model...
March 8, 2017: Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28275280/intracanal-adaptation-of-a-fiber-reinforced-post-system-as-compared-to-a-cast-post-and-core
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Nor Aidaniza Abdul Muttlib, Aimi Najwa Pahrol Azman, Yee Tong Seng, Rabihah Alawi, Zaihan Ariffin
BACKGROUND: The purpose of this study was to compare the adaptation of fiber reinforced composite post system and cast post-and-core. METHODS: 17 extracted human permanent maxillary central incisors were endodontically treated following the standard protocol. 17 fiber reinforced composite post had been fabricated and adapted to the prepared parallel root canals. A light body poly vinyl siloxane (EXAMIX NDS, Japan) impression material was inserted into the root canals followed by the post...
December 2016: Acta Stomatologica Croatica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28269086/estimating-the-progression-of-muscle-fatigue-based-on-dependence-between-motor-units-using-high-density-surface-electromyogram
#12
Adrian Bingham, Sridhar P Arjunan, Dinesh K Kumar
In this study we have tested the hypothesis regarding the increase in synchronization with the onset of muscle fatigue. For this aim, we have investigated the difference in the synchronicity between high density surface electromyogram (sEMG) channels of the rested muscles and when at the limit of endurance. Synchronization was measured by computing and normalizing the mutual information between the sEMG signals recorded from the high-density array electrode locations. Ten volunteers (Age range: 21 and 35 years; Mean age = 26 years; Male = 6, Female = 4) participated in our experiment...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28260802/autophagy-inhibitor-3-methyladenine-alleviates-overload-exercise-induced-cardiac-injury-in-rats
#13
Hua Liu, Hui Lei, Yue Shi, Jin-Ju Wang, Ning Chen, Zhang-Hua Li, Yang-Fang Chen, Qi-Fa Ye, Yi Yang
Overload-exercise (OE) causes myocardial injury through inducing autophagy and apoptosis. In this study we examined whether an autophagy inhibitor 3-methyladenine (3-MA) could alleviate OE-induced cardiac injury. Rats were injected with 3-MA (15 mg/kg, iv) or saline before subjected to various intensities of OE, including no swim (control), 2 h swim (mild-intensity exercise, MIE), 2 h swim with 2.5% body weight overload (moderate OE; MOE), 5% overload (intensive OE; IOE) or 2.5% overload until exhausted (exhaustive OE; EOE)...
March 6, 2017: Acta Pharmacologica Sinica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28248225/age-and-activity-related-differences-in-the-abundance-of-myosin-essential-and-regulatory-light-chains-in-human-muscle
#14
James N Cobley, Zulezwan Ab Malik, James P Morton, Graeme L Close, Ben J Edwards, Jatin G Burniston
Traditional methods for phenotyping skeletal muscle (e.g., immunohistochemistry) are labor-intensive and ill-suited to multixplex analysis, i.e., assays must be performed in a series. Addressing these concerns represents a largely unmet research need but more comprehensive parallel analysis of myofibrillar proteins could advance knowledge regarding age- and activity-dependent changes in human muscle. We report a label-free, semi-automated and time efficient LC-MS proteomic workflow for phenotyping the myofibrillar proteome...
April 8, 2016: Proteomes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28243921/reconstruction-of-ligament-and-tendon-defects-using-cell-technologies
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R K Chailakhyan, A B Shekhter, S V Ivannikov, V I Tel'pukhov, D S Suslin, Yu V Gerasimov, A M Tonenkov, A G Grosheva, P V Panyushkin, I L Moskvina, N N Vorob'eva, V N Bagratashvili
We studied the possibility of restoring the integrity of the Achilles tendon in rabbits using autologous multipotent stromal cells. Collagen or gelatin sponges populated with cells were placed in a resorbable Vicryl mesh tube and this tissue-engineered construct was introduced into a defect of the middle part of the Achilles tendon. In 4 months, histological analysis showed complete regeneration of the tendon with the formation of parallel collagen fibers, spindle-shaped tenocytes, and newly formed vessels.
February 2017: Bulletin of Experimental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28242455/micromechanical-anisotropy-and-heterogeneity-of-the-meniscus-extracellular-matrix
#16
Qing Li, Feini Qu, Biao Han, Chao Wang, Hao Li, Robert L Mauck, Lin Han
To understand how the complex biomechanical functions of the meniscus are endowed by the nanostructure of its extracellular matrix (ECM), we studied the anisotropy and heterogeneity in the micromechanical properties of the meniscus ECM. We used atomic force microscopy (AFM) to quantify the time-dependent mechanical properties of juvenile bovine meniscus at deformation length scales corresponding to the diameters of collagen fibrils. At this scale, anisotropy in the elastic modulus of the circumferential fibers, the major ECM structural unit, can be attributed to differences in fibril deformation modes: uncrimping when normal to the fiber axis, and laterally constrained compression when parallel to the fiber axis...
February 27, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231293/photoacoustic-imaging-features-of-intraocular-tumors-retinoblastoma-and-uveal-melanoma
#17
Guan Xu, Yafang Xue, Zeynep Gürsel Özkurt, Naziha Slimani, Zizhong Hu, Xueding Wang, Kewen Xia, Teng Ma, Qifa Zhou, Hakan Demirci
The purpose of this study is to examine the capability of photoacoustic (PA) imaging (PAI) in assessing the unique molecular and architectural features in ocular tumors. A real-time PA and ultrasonography (US) parallel imaging system based on a research US platform was developed to examine retinoblastoma in mice in vivo and human retinoblastoma and uveal melanoma ex vivo. PA signals were generated by optical illumination at 720, 750, 800, 850, 900 and 950 nm delivered through a fiber optical bundle. The optical absorption spectra of the tumors were derived from the PA images...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227307/estimating-the-progression-of-muscle-fatigue-based-on-dependence-between-motor-units-using-high-density-surface-electromyogram
#18
Adrian Bingham, Sridhar P Arjunan, Dinesh K Kumar, Adrian Bingham, Sridhar P Arjunan, Dinesh K Kumar, Adrian Bingham, Dinesh K Kumar, Sridhar P Arjunan
In this study we have tested the hypothesis regarding the increase in synchronization with the onset of muscle fatigue. For this aim, we have investigated the difference in the synchronicity between high density surface electromyogram (sEMG) channels of the rested muscles and when at the limit of endurance. Synchronization was measured by computing and normalizing the mutual information between the sEMG signals recorded from the high-density array electrode locations. Ten volunteers (Age range: 21 and 35 years; Mean age = 26 years; Male = 6, Female = 4) participated in our experiment...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219683/the-c1q-complement-family-of-synaptic-organizers-not-just-complementary
#19
REVIEW
Michisuke Yuzaki
Molecules that regulate formation, differentiation, and maintenance of synapses are called synaptic organizers. Recently, various 'C1q family' proteins have been shown to be released from neurons, and serve as a new class of synaptic organizers. Cbln1 and C1ql1 proteins regulate the formation and maintenance of parallel fiber-Purkinje cell and climbing fiber-Purkinje cell synapses, respectively, in the cerebellum. Cbln1 also modulates the function of postsynaptic delta2 glutamate receptors to regulate synaptic plasticity...
February 17, 2017: Current Opinion in Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215504/a-case-of-in-vivo-iontophoresis-assisted-corneal-collagen-cross-linking-for-keratoconus-an-immunohistochemical-study
#20
Mirko Manetti, Eleonora Favuzza, Eleonora Sgambati, Rita Mencucci, Mirca Marini
The standard corneal collagen cross-linking (CXL), that includes the removal of corneal epithelium to permit adequate penetration of riboflavin in the stroma, is an established procedure to halting keratoconus progression. However, as epithelial removal may cause postoperative pain and an increased risk of corneal infection, new therapeutic approaches have been proposed. Iontophoresis is a recently developed non-invasive technique which provides the use of electrical current during CXL to enhance transepithelial penetration of riboflavin into the corneal stroma...
February 15, 2017: Acta Histochemica
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