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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227890/in-vitro-identification-of-shoulder-joint-and-muscle-dynamics-based-on-motion-capture-and-musculoskeletal-computation
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Akihiko Murai, Yusuke Kawano, Ko Ayusawa, Mitsunori Tada, Noboru Matsumura, Takeo Nagura, Akihiko Murai, Yusuke Kawano, Ko Ayusawa, Mitsunori Tada, Noboru Matsumura, Takeo Nagura
Dynamics properties of shoulder joint and muscle are experimentally identified under different musculoskeletal conditions for a digital human model with accurate dynamics. Passive swing motions of scapula and upper limb bones in cadaveric specimen with and without muscles are measured by an optical motion capture system. External forces that are applied to the scapula bone are simultaneously measured by a force plate. The dynamics identification process consists of 3 steps: 1) identify the inertial parameters of the cadaveric specimen with and without muscles respectively, 2) identify the viscosity of the glenohumeral joint from the specimen without muscles, and 3) identify the viscosity of the shoulder muscles from the specimen with muscles and the identified joint viscosity...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227869/simea-a-framework-for-simulating-neurons-on-multi-electrode-array
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Vafa Andalibi, Timo Aaltonen, Francois Christophe, Tommi Mikkonen, Vafa Andalibi, Timo Aaltonen, Francois Christophe, Tommi Mikkonen, Timo Aaltonen, Vafa Andalibi, Tommi Mikkonen, Francois Christophe
A Multi-Electrode Array (MEA) is a practical device for recording the extracellular activity of in-vitro biological culture. Such culture - for instance neurons - is prone to mistakes leading to irrelevant recordings or no recording at all. Additionally, with the expenses generated by in-vitro culture, minimizing risks is a must. This paper proposes a framework designed and implemented for simulating the spatial positioning of neuronal cultures on a MEA. The framework serves as a sandbox for researchers to simulate the model of their MEA experiments before its eventual in-vitro implementation...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227786/a-tunable-digital-ishihara-plate-for-pre-school-aged-children
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Orazio Gambino, Ester Minafo, Roberto Pirrone, Edoardo Ardizzone, Orazio Gambino, Ester Minafo, Roberto Pirrone, Edoardo Ardizzone, Ester Minafo, Edoardo Ardizzone, Roberto Pirrone, Orazio Gambino
Colors play a fundamental role for children, both in the everyday life and in education. They recognize the surrounding world, and play games making a large use of colors. They learn letters and numbers by means of colors. As a consequence, early diagnosis of color blindness is an crucial to support an individual affected by this visual perception alteration at the initial phase of his/her life. The diagnosis of red-green color deficiencies (protanopia or deuteranopia) is commonly accomplished by means of the Ishihara test, which consists of plates showing dots with different sizes where some of them compose numbers within a gamut of colors while the ones composing the background have different colors...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227437/effects-of-extremely-low-frequency-electromagnetic-fields-on-in-vitro-cellular-cultures-hela-and-cho
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A F Restrepo, V E Tobar, R J Camargo, E Franco, C R Pinedo, O Gutierrez, A F Restrepo, V E Tobar, R J Camargo, E Franco, C R Pinedo, O Gutierrez, C R Pinedo, E Franco, R J Camargo, V E Tobar, O Gutierrez, A F Restrepo
This paper presents the cellular proliferation effects of the exposure to extremely low frequency electromagnetic fields (ELF-EMF) on in-vitro cellular cultures HeLa and CHO. Through the magnetic stimulation system (MSS) the cells were exposed to magnetic fields with sinusoidal waveform at 50 Hz; initially for 40 minutes at intensities of 0.4 mT, 1.4 mT, 2.13 mT, 2.49 mT and 2.53 mT in parallel and perpendicular directions to the culture plates. Subsequently, the repetitive electromagnetic field (rEMF) was applied to 2...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227433/microprinted-tumor-spheroids-enable-anti-cancer-drug-screening
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Pradip S Thakuri, Stephanie L Ham, Hossein Tavana, Pradip S Thakuri, Stephanie L Ham, Hossein Tavana, Stephanie L Ham, Hossein Tavana
Spheroids present a biologically relevant model of avascular tumors and a unique tool for discovery of anti-cancer drugs. Despite being used in research laboratories for several decades, spheroids are not routinely used for drug discovery primarily due to the difficulty of mass-producing uniformly-sized spheroids and intense labor involved in handling, drug treatment, and analyzing them. We overcome this barrier using a novel technology to robotically microprint spheroids in standard 384-well plates. An aqueous drop containing cancer cells is dispensed into a bath of a second, immiscible aqueous phase...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226956/stability-of-the-permanently-bent-plates-used-in-mandibular-reconstructive-surgery
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Si-Myung Park, Deukhee Lee, Jung-Woo Lee, Youngjun Kim, Laehyun Kim, Gunwoo Noh, Si-Myung Park, Deukhee Lee, Jung-Woo Lee, Youngjun Kim, Laehyun Kim, Gunwoo Noh, Youngjun Kim, Si-Myung Park, Jung-Woo Lee, Laehyun Kim, Gunwoo Noh, Deukhee Lee
In mandibular reconstructive surgery, straight surgical plates are predominantly used for osteotomy. In this process, a straight plate is bent to fit to the shape of the patient's defect. This potentially compromises the stability of the plate because of changes in mechanical properties resulting from plastic deformation; however, the effect of plastic deformation on stability has yet been investigated. In this study, we assess the stability of three types of commonly used bent plates for two types of mandible defect cases, using three-dimensional finite element analysis (FEA)...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226586/validation-of-temporal-gait-metrics-from-three-imu-locations-to-the-gold-standard-force-plate
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Matthew R Patterson, William Johnston, Niamh O'Mahony, Sam O'Mahony, Eimear Nolan, Brian Caulfield, Matthew R Patterson, William Johnston, Niamh O'Mahony, Sam O'Mahony, Eimear Nolan, Brian Caulfield, Niamh O'Mahony, Eimear Nolan, Matthew R Patterson, Brian Caulfield, William Johnston, Sam O'Mahony
The purpose of this work is to compare temporal gait parameters from three different IMU locations to the gold standard force platform. 33 subjects (12 F, 21 M) performed twenty gait trials each while wearing inertial measurement units (IMUs) on the trunk, both shanks and both feet. Data was simultaneously collected from a laboratory embedded force plate. Step times were derived from the raw IMU data at the three IMU locations using methods that have been shown to be accurate. Step times from all locations were valid compared to the force plate...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226495/a-pmma-microfluidic-dielectric-sensor-for-blood-coagulation-monitoring-at-the-point-of-care
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Debnath Maji, Michael A Suster, Erdem Kucukal, Umut A Gurkan, Evi X Stavrou, Pedram Mohseni, Debnath Maji, Michael A Suster, Erdem Kucukal, Umut A Gurkan, Evi X Stavrou, Pedram Mohseni, Umut A Gurkan, Pedram Mohseni, Debnath Maji, Erdem Kucukal, Evi X Stavrou, Michael A Suster
This paper describes the design and construct of a fully biocompatible, microfluidic, dielectric sensor targeted at monitoring human whole blood coagulation at the point-of-care (POC). The sensor assembly procedure involves using sputtered electrodes in a microfluidic channel with a physiologically relevant height of 50μm to create a three-dimensional (3D), parallel-plate, capacitive sensing area. The sensor is constructed with biocompatible materials of polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) for the substrate and titanium nitride (TiN) for the sensing and floating electrodes...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226266/parallel-artificial-liquid-membrane-extraction-of-new-psychoactive-substances-in-plasma-and-whole-blood
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Linda Vårdal, Hilde-Merete Askildsen, Astrid Gjelstad, Elisabeth Leere Øiestad, Hilde Marie Erøy Edvardsen, Stig Pedersen-Bjergaard
Parallel artificial liquid membrane extraction (PALME) was combined with ultra-high performance liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (UHPLC-MS) and the potential for screening of new psychoactive substances (NPS) was investigated for the first time. PALME was performed in 96-well format comprising a donor plate, a supported liquid membrane (SLM), and an acceptor plate. Uncharged NPS were extracted from plasma or whole blood, across an organic SLM, and into an aqueous acceptor solution, facilitated by a pH gradient...
February 14, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225951/comparative-microscopic-analysis-of-nail-clippings-from-patients-with-cutaneous-psoriasis-and-psoriatic-arthritis
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Gabriela Poglia Fonseca, Betina Werner, Gabriela Seidel, Henrique Luiz Staub
BACKGROUND: The nail involvement in psoriasis is related to psoriatic arthritis and may represent a predictor of the disease. OBJECTIVES: To analyze, through nail clipping, clinically normal and dystrophic nails of patients with cutaneous psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. METHODS: This is a cross-sectional multicenter study, conducted between August 2011 and March 2012. Patients were divided into four groups: patients with cutaneous psoriasis and onychodystrophy, patients with cutaneous psoriasis and clinically normal nails, patients with psoriatic arthritis and onychodystrophy and patients with psoriatic arthritis and clinically normal nails...
January 2017: Anais Brasileiros de Dermatologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225595/colorimetric-and-electrochemical-bacteria-detection-using-printed-paper-and-transparency-based-analytic-devices
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Jaclyn A Adkins, Katherine Boehle, Colin Friend, Briana Chamberlain, Bledar Bisha, Charles S Henry
The development of transparency-based electrochemical and paper-based colorimetric analytic detection platforms is presented as complimentary methods for food and waterborne bacteria detection from a single assay. Escherichia coli and Enterococcus species, both indicators of fecal contamination, were detected using substrates specific to enzymes produced by each species. β-galactosidase (β-gal) and β-glucosidase (β-gluco) are both produced by E. coli, while β-glucosidase (β-gluco) is produced by Enterococcus spp...
February 22, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225524/the-effects-of-ballistic-and-non-ballistic-bench-press-on-mechanical-variables
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Gavin L Moir, Shawn N Munford, Lindsey L Moroski, Shala E Davis
PURPOSE: To investigate the effects of ballistic and non-ballistic bench press performed with loads equivalent to 30 and 90% 1-repetition maximum (1-RM) on mechanical variables. METHODS: Eleven resistance-trained men (age: 23.0 ± 1.4 years; mass: 98.4 ± 14.4 kg) attended four testing sessions where they performed one of the following sessions: 1) three sets of five non-ballistic repetitions performed with a load equivalent to 30% 1-RM (30N-B), 2) three sets of five ballistic repetitions performed with a load equivalent to 30% 1-RM (30B), 3) three sets of four non-ballistic repetitions with a load equivalent to 90% 1-RM (90N-B), 4) three sets of four ballistic repetitions with a load equivalent to 90% 1-RM (90B)...
February 21, 2017: Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225302/rapid-immunoassay-exploiting-nanoparticles-and-micromagnets-proof-of-concept-using-ovalbumin-model
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Sarah Delshadi, Guillaume Blaire, Paul Kauffmann, Mario Fratzl, Thibaut Devillers, Didier Delabouglise, Marianne Weidenhaupt, Nora M Dempsey, Orphée Cugat, Franz Bruckert, Patrice N Marche
AIM: We present a fast magnetic immunoassay, combining magnetic nanoparticles and micromagnets. High magnetic field gradients from micromagnets are used to develop a new approach to the standard ELISA. Materials & methods/results: A proof-of-concept based on colorimetric quantification of antiovalbumin antibody in buffer is performed and compared with an ELISA. After optimization, the magnetic immunoassay exhibits a limit of detection (40 ng/ml) and a dynamic range (40-2500 ng/ml) similar to that of ELISAs developed using same biochemical tools...
February 22, 2017: Bioanalysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225296/development-and-validation-of-an-lc-ms-ms-method-for-simultaneously-determining-doxapram-and-keto-doxapram-in-human-serum
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Yuki Suzuki, Noboru Kamada, Hitoshi Ohno, Yoshikazu Abe, Takuro Endo, Mamoru Kobayashi
AIM: Doxapram, a respiratory stimulant, is used to treat apnea. A reliable method of determining doxapram in blood is required for monitoring purposes. RESULTS: Doxapram, keto-doxapram (active metabolite) and propranolol (internal standard) were extracted from human serum by protein precipitation and plate filtration. Molecular ions were generated by electrospray ionization in positive ion mode, and the ions were analyzed using a triple-quadrupole mass spectrometer...
February 22, 2017: Bioanalysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224922/multiple-garlic-allium-sativum-l-micrornas-regulate-the-immunity-against-the-basal-rot-fungus-fusarium-oxysporum-f-sp-cepae
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Subodh Kumar Chand, Satyabrata Nanda, Rukmini Mishra, Raj Kumar Joshi
The basal plate rot fungus, Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. cepae (FOC), is the most devastating pathogen posing a serious threat to garlic (Allium sativum L.) production worldwide. MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are key modulators of gene expression related to development and defense responses in eukaryotes. However, the miRNA species associated with garlic immunity against FOC are yet to be explored. In the present study, a small RNA library developed from FOC infected resistant garlic line was sequenced to identify immune responsive miRNAs...
April 2017: Plant Science: An International Journal of Experimental Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224768/comparison-of-the-bruker-biotyper-and-vitek-ms-matrix-assisted-laser-desorption-ionization-time-of-flight-mass-spectrometry-systems-using-a-formic-acid-extraction-method-to-identify-common-and-uncommon-yeast-isolates
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Hyun Seung Lee, Jong Hee Shin, Min Ji Choi, Eun Jeong Won, Seung Jung Kee, Soo Hyun Kim, Myung Geun Shin, Soon Pal Suh
BACKGROUND: Matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF MS) allows rapid and accurate identification of clinical yeast isolates. In-tube formic acid/acetonitrile (FA/ACN) extraction is recommended prior to the analysis with MALDI Biotyper, but the direct on-plate FA extraction is simpler. We compared the Biotyper with the VITEK MS for the identification of various clinically relevant yeast species, focusing on the use of the FA extraction method...
May 2017: Annals of Laboratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224272/biomechanical-evaluation-of-reconstruction-plates-with-locking-nonlocking-and-hybrid-screws-configurations-in-calcaneal-fracture-a-finite-element-model-study
#17
Ching-Hsuan Chen, Chinghua Hung, Yu-Chun Hsu, Chen-Sheng Chen, Chao-Ching Chiang
Calcaneal fractures are the most common fractures of the tarsal bones. The stability of fixation is an important factor for successful reconstruction of calcaneal fractures. The purpose of this study was to analyze the biomechanical influence of plate fixation with different combinations of locking and nonlocking screws during early weight-bearing phase. A three-dimensional FE foot model was established using ANSYS software, which comprised bones, cartilages, plantar fascia, and soft tissue. Calcaneal plate was fixed with whole locking (WLS), whole nonlocking (WNS), and hybrid screw configurations for FE analysis...
February 21, 2017: Medical & Biological Engineering & Computing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223935/morus-alba-leaf-lectin-mll-sensitizes-mcf-7-cells-to-anoikis-by-inhibiting-fibronectin-mediated-integrin-fak-signaling-through-ras-and-activation-of-p-38-mapk
#18
Jayaram Saranya, Ganesan Shilpa, Kozhiparambil G Raghu, Sulochana Priya
Lectins are a unique class of carbohydrate binding proteins/glycoproteins, and many of them possess anticancer properties. They can induce cell cycle arrest and apoptosis, inhibit protein synthesis, telomerase activity and angiogenesis in cancer cells. In the present study, we have demonstrated the effect of Morus alba leaf lectin (MLL) on anoikis induction in MCF-7 cells. Anoikis induction in cancer cells has a significant role in preventing early stage metastasis. MLL treatment in monolayers of MCF-7 cells caused significant detachment of cells in a time and concentration dependent manner...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223858/the-therapeutic-usage-of-botulinum-toxin-botox-in-non-cosmetic-head-and-neck-conditions-an-evidence-based-review
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REVIEW
Kamran Habib Awan
Botulinum toxin (Botox) is an exotoxin produced from Clostridium botulinum. It blocks the release of acetylcholine from the cholinergic nerve end plates resulting in inactivity of the muscles or glands innervated. The efficacy of Botox in facial aesthetics is well established; however, recent literature has highlighted its utilization in multiple non-cosmetic medical and surgical conditions. The present article reviews the current evidence pertaining to Botox use in the non-cosmetic head and neck conditions...
January 2017: Saudi Pharmaceutical Journal: SPJ: the Official Publication of the Saudi Pharmaceutical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223128/a-screening-assay-for-the-identification-of-host-cell-requirements-and-antiviral-targets-for-hepatitis-d-virus-infection
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Bettina Buchmann, Katinka Döhner, Thomas Schirdewahn, Beate Sodeik, Michael P Manns, Heiner Wedemeyer, Sandra Ciesek, Thomas von Hahn
Hepatitis delta virus (HDV) is a minimalistic satellite virus of hepatitis B virus (HBV). HBV/HDV co-infection, i.e. "hepatitis D", is the most severe form of viral hepatitis. No effective therapy for HDV infection is available partly due to the fact that HDV is a highly host-dependent virus devoid of any potentially drugable enzyme encoded in its small genome. In this study we present a semi-automated method to evaluate HDV infection and replication under the influence of different drugs. We utilized a Huh-7/hNTCP cell culture based system in a 96-well plate format, an automated microscope and image acquisition as well as analysis with the CellProfiler software to quantify the impact of these drugs on HDV infection...
February 18, 2017: Antiviral Research
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