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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107271/perioperative-care-of-the-patient-with-the-total-artificial-heart
#1
Jill Yaung, Francisco A Arabia, Michael Nurok
Advanced heart failure continues to be a leading cause of morbidity and mortality despite improvements in pharmacologic therapy. High demand for cardiac transplantation and shortage of donor organs have led to an increase in the utilization of mechanical circulatory support devices. The total artificial heart is an effective biventricular assist device that may be used as a bridge to transplant and that is being studied for destination therapy. This review discusses the history, indications, and perioperative management of the total artificial heart with emphasis on the postoperative concerns...
January 19, 2017: Anesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106291/ocular-effects-of-sulfur-mustard-and-therapeutic-approaches-a-review
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Yunes Panahi, Seyyed Mahdi Rajaee, Amirhossein Sahebkar
Sulfur mustard (SM) is a strong blistering, highly reactive, lipophilic chemical war agent that causes injury in different organs including the skin, eyes and respiratory tract. The Eyes are especially susceptible to the consequences of SM poisoning because of the aqueous and mucosal nature of conjunctiva and cornea. DNA alkylation and depletion of glutathione, are the most important mechanisms of SM action in the eye injuries. Acute clinical symptoms are including decrease in visual acuity, dryness, photophobia, blepharospasm, conjunctivitis and complaints of foreign body sensation and soreness that gradually progress to severe ocular pain...
January 20, 2017: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106139/spatio-temporal-tolerance-of-visuo-tactile-illusions-in-artificial-skin-by-recurrent-neural-network-with-spike-timing-dependent-plasticity
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Alexandre Pitti, Ganna Pugach, Philippe Gaussier, Sotaro Shimada
Perceptual illusions across multiple modalities, such as the rubber-hand illusion, show how dynamic the brain is at adapting its body image and at determining what is part of it (the self) and what is not (others). Several research studies showed that redundancy and contingency among sensory signals are essential for perception of the illusion and that a lag of 200-300 ms is the critical limit of the brain to represent one's own body. In an experimental setup with an artificial skin, we replicate the visuo-tactile illusion within artificial neural networks...
January 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103751/3d-bioprinting-towards-the-era-of-manufacturing-human-organs-as-spare-parts-for-healthcare-and-medicine
#4
Tanveer Ahmad Mir, Makoto Nakamura
3D printing technology has been used in industrial worlds for decades. 3D bioprinting has recently received an increasing attention across the globe among researchers, academicians, students and even the ordinary people. This emerging technique has a great potential to engineer highly organized functional bioconstructs with complex geometries and tailored components for engineering bio-artificial tissues/organs for widespread applications, including transplantation, therapeutic investigation, drug development, bioassay and disease modelling...
January 19, 2017: Tissue Engineering. Part B, Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100827/insights-into-resource-consumption-cross-feeding-system-collapse-stability-and-biodiversity-from-an-artificial-ecosystem
#5
Yu Liu, David Sumpter
Community ecosystems at very different levels of biological organization often have similar properties. Coexistence of multiple species, cross-feeding, biodiversity and fluctuating population dynamics are just a few of the properties that arise in a range of ecological settings. Here we develop a bottom-up model of consumer-resource interactions, in the form of an artificial ecosystem 'number soup', which reflects basic properties of many bacterial and other community ecologies. We demonstrate four key properties of the number soup model: (i) communities self-organize so that all available resources are fully consumed; (ii) reciprocal cross-feeding is a common evolutionary outcome, which evolves in a number of stages, and many transitional species are involved; (iii) the evolved ecosystems are often 'robust yet fragile', with keystone species required to prevent the whole system from collapsing; (iv) non-equilibrium dynamics and chaotic patterns are general properties, readily generating rich biodiversity...
January 2017: Journal of the Royal Society, Interface
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094501/artificial-cells-synthetic-compartments-with-life-like-functionality-and-adaptivity
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Bastiaan C Buddingh', Jan C M van Hest
Cells are highly advanced microreactors that form the basis of all life. Their fascinating complexity has inspired scientists to create analogs from synthetic and natural components using a bottom-up approach. The ultimate goal here is to assemble a fully man-made cell that displays functionality and adaptivity as advanced as that found in nature, which will not only provide insight into the fundamental processes in natural cells but also pave the way for new applications of such artificial cells. In this Account, we highlight our recent work and that of others on the construction of artificial cells...
January 17, 2017: Accounts of Chemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094340/lifetime-prediction-for-organic-coating-under-alternating-hydrostatic-pressure-by-artificial-neural-network
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Wenliang Tian, Fandi Meng, Li Liu, Ying Li, Fuhui Wang
A concept for prediction of organic coatings, based on the alternating hydrostatic pressure (AHP) accelerated tests, has been presented. An AHP accelerated test with different pressure values has been employed to evaluate coating degradation. And a back-propagation artificial neural network (BP-ANN) has been established to predict the service property and the service lifetime of coatings. The pressure value (P), immersion time (t) and service property (impedance modulus |Z|) are utilized as the parameters of the network...
January 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093807/report-on-the-43-rd-congress-of-the-european-society-for-artificial-organs-and-the-3-rd-middle-east-conference-on-biomedical-engineering
#8
Gerardo Catapano
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 2017: Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093350/a-visual-screen-for-diet-regulated-proteins-in-the-drosophila-ovary-using-gfp-protein-trap-lines
#9
Hwei-Jan Hsu, Daniela Drummond-Barbosa
The effect of diet on reproduction is well documented in a large number of organisms; however, much remains to be learned about the molecular mechanisms underlying this connection. The Drosophila ovary has a well described, fast and largely reversible response to diet. Ovarian stem cells and their progeny proliferate and grow faster on a yeast-rich diet than on a yeast-free (poor) diet, and death of early germline cysts, degeneration of early vitellogenic follicles and partial block in ovulation further contribute to the ∼60-fold decrease in egg laying observed on a poor diet...
January 13, 2017: Gene Expression Patterns: GEP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088729/new-insights-into-aox2-transcriptional-regulation-in-chlamydomonas-reinhardtii
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Mariya Ostroukhova, Zhanneta Zalutskaya, Elena Ermilova
A feature of the mitochondrial electron transport chain in plants, some protists and many fungi is the presence of two terminal oxidases, the energy-conserving cytochrome oxidase and another termed alternative oxidase (AOX). AOX branches from the main respiratory chain, directly coupling the oxidation of ubiquinol with reduction of oxygen to water. The AOX genes can be divided into two discrete subfamilies, AOX1 and AOX2. Although AOX has been proposed to play essential roles in stress tolerance of organisms, the role of subfamily AOX2 is largely unknown...
December 13, 2016: European Journal of Protistology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088485/semantic-attributes-are-encoded-in-human-electrocorticographic-signals-during-visual-object-recognition
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Kyle Rupp, Matthew Roos, Griffin Milsap, Carlos Caceres, Christopher Ratto, Mark Chevillet, Nathan E Crone, Michael Wolmetz
Non-invasive neuroimaging studies have shown that semantic category and attribute information are encoded in neural population activity. Electrocorticography (ECoG) offers several advantages over non-invasive approaches, but the degree to which semantic attribute information is encoded in ECoG responses is not known. We recorded ECoG while patients named objects from 12 semantic categories and then trained high-dimensional encoding models to map semantic attributes to spectral-temporal features of the task-related neural responses...
January 11, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087984/challenges-in-detecting-substances-for-equine-anti-doping
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REVIEW
A G Fragkaki, N Kioukia-Fougia, P Kiousi, M Kioussi, M Tsivou
The artificial increase of the physical capability of horses using drugs is well-known in racing and in other equine sports. Both illicit and therapeutic substances are regarded as prohibited substances in competition in most countries. Some countries do make distinctions for a few, specific drugs which are, however, allowed for use in other countries. The primary objective in the case of doping control is the detection of any trace of drug exposure, either parent drug or any of its metabolites, using the most powerful analytical methods which generally are based on chromatographic/mass spectrometric techniques...
January 14, 2017: Drug Testing and Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081141/could-a-neuroscientist-understand-a-microprocessor
#13
Eric Jonas, Konrad Paul Kording
There is a popular belief in neuroscience that we are primarily data limited, and that producing large, multimodal, and complex datasets will, with the help of advanced data analysis algorithms, lead to fundamental insights into the way the brain processes information. These datasets do not yet exist, and if they did we would have no way of evaluating whether or not the algorithmically-generated insights were sufficient or even correct. To address this, here we take a classical microprocessor as a model organism, and use our ability to perform arbitrary experiments on it to see if popular data analysis methods from neuroscience can elucidate the way it processes information...
January 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077925/artificial-cells-from-basic-science-to-applications
#14
Can Xu, Shuo Hu, Xiaoyuan Chen
Artificial cells have attracted much attention as substitutes for natural cells. There are many different forms of artificial cells with many different definitions. They can be integral biological cell imitators with cell-like structures and exhibit some of the key characteristics of living cells. Alternatively, they can be engineered materials that only mimic some of the properties of cells, such as surface characteristics, shapes, morphology, or a few specific functions. These artificial cells can have applications in many fields from medicine to environment, and may be useful in constructing the theory of the origin of life...
November 2016: Materials Today
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077775/dung-odours-signal-sex-age-territorial-and-oestrous-state-in-white-rhinos
#15
Courtney Marneweck, Andreas Jürgens, Adrian M Shrader
Mammals commonly communicate olfactorily via urine. However, the extent to which they communicate via dung, another waste product, is unknown. Behavioural studies suggest that mammals can obtain information from dung odours but are unclear about the information transmitted. Moreover, an understanding of the volatile organic compounds (VOCs) released from dung is limited. To address this, we analysed the odours emitted from the dung of free-ranging white rhinos, and found that 2,3-dimethylundecane signalled an individual's sex, heptanal discriminated age class, nonane defined male territorial status and 2,6-dimethylundecane indicated female oestrous state...
January 11, 2017: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077208/aerobic-denitrification-and-biomineralization-by-a-novel-heterotrophic-bacterium-acinetobacter-sp-h36
#16
Jun Feng Su, Jing Xin Shi, Fang Ma
A novel aerobic denitrification and biomineralization strain H36 was isolated from the Qu Jiang artificial lake. Based on phylogenetic characteristics, the isolated strain was identified as Acinetobacter species. Strain H36 was confirmed to have the ability to perform simultaneous denitrification and biomineralization. Results showed the strain H36 had the capability to completely reduce 96.29% of NO3(-)-N and 78.59% of Ca(2+) over 112h under aerobic condition. Response surface methodology (RSM) analysis demonstrated the highest removal ratio of Ca(2+) was 74...
January 8, 2017: Marine Pollution Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28075572/effect-of-protein-corona-on-silver-nanoparticle-stabilization-and-ion-release-kinetics-in-artificial-seawater
#17
Maja Levak, Petra Burić, Maja Dutour Sikirić, Darija Domazet Jurašin, Nevenka Mikac, Niko Bačić, Roland Drexel, Florian Meier, Željko Jakšić, Daniel Mark Lyons
In parallel with the growing use of nanoparticle-containing products, their release into the environment over the coming years is expected to increase significantly. With many large population centers located in near-coastal areas, and increasing evidence that various nanoparticles may be toxic to a range of organisms, biota in estuarine and coastal waters may be particularly vulnerable. While size effects may be important in cases, silver nanoparticles have been found to be toxic in large part due to their release of silver ions...
January 11, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074955/total-synthesis-and-biological-activity-of-dolastatin-16
#18
Loida O Casalme, Arisa Yamauchi, Akinori Sato, Julie G Petitbois, Yasuyuki Nogata, Erina Yoshimura, Tatsufumi Okino, Taiki Umezawa, Fuyuhiko Matsuda
The total synthesis of dolastatin 16, a macrocyclic depsipeptide first isolated from the sea hare Dolabella auricularia as a potential antineoplastic metabolite by Pettit et al., was achieved in a convergent manner. Dolastatin 16 was reported by Tan to exhibit strong antifouling activity, and thus shows promise for inhibiting the attachment of marine benthic organisms such as Amphibalanus amphitrite to ships and submerged artificial structures. Therefore, dolastatin 16 is a potential compound for a new, environmentally friendly antifouling material to replace banned tributyltin-based antifouling paints...
January 11, 2017: Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074528/respiratory-motion-prediction-and-prospective-correction-for-free-breathing-arterial-spin-labeled-perfusion-mri-of-the-kidneys
#19
Hao Song, Dan Ruan, Wenyang Liu, V Andrew Stenger, Rolf Pohmann, Maria A Fernandez Seara, Tejas Nair, Sungkyu Jung, Jingqin Luo, Yuichi Motai, Jingfei Ma, John D Hazle, H Michael Gach
PURPOSE: Respiratory motion prediction using an artificial neural network (ANN) was integrated with pseudocontinuous arterial spin labeling (pCASL) MRI to allow free-breathing perfusion measurements in the kidney. In this study, we evaluated the performance of the ANN to accurately predict the location of the kidneys during image acquisition. METHODS: A pencil-beam navigator was integrated with a pCASL sequence to measure lung/diaphragm motion during ANN training and the pCASL transit delay...
January 11, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28071885/transparent-superhydrophobic-surface-with-varied-surface-tension-responsiveness-in-wettability-based-on-tunable-porous-silica-structure-for-gauging-liquid-surface-tension
#20
Yan Wang, Yingjie Zhu, Chunyang Zhang, Jun Li, Zisheng Guan
Any solid surface can spontaneously exhibit variational wettability toward liquids with varied surface tension (γ). However, this correspondence has seldom been proposed or used on an artificial superhydrophobic surface, which should be more remarkable and peculiar. Herein, we fabricated robust, transparent superhydrophobic surfaces, utilizing acid-catalyzed/base-catalyzed silica (AC-silica and BC-silica) particles combined with candle soot template for structural construction and CVD process for chemical modifi-cation...
January 10, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
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