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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922007/generation-of-internal-solitary-waves-by-frontally-forced-intrusions-in-geophysical-flows
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Daniel Bourgault, Peter S Galbraith, Cédric Chavanne
Internal solitary waves are hump-shaped, large-amplitude waves that are physically analogous to surface waves except that they propagate within the fluid, along density steps that typically characterize the layered vertical structure of lakes, oceans and the atmosphere. As do surface waves, internal solitary waves may overturn and break, and the process is thought to provide a globally significant source of turbulent mixing and energy dissipation. Although commonly observed in geophysical fluids, the origins of internal solitary waves remain unclear...
December 6, 2016: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920123/selective-enhancement-of-insulin-sensitivity-in-the-endothelium-in-vivo-reveals-a-novel-proatherosclerotic-signalling-loop
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Hema Viswambharan, Nadira Y Yuldasheva, Anshuman Sengupta, Helen Imrie, Matthew C Gage, Natalie J Haywood, Andrew M Walker, Anna Skromna, Natalia Makova, Stacey L Galloway, Pooja Shah, Piruthivi Sukumar, Karen E Porter, Peter J Grant, Ajay M Shah, Celio X Santos, Jing Li, David J Beech, Stephen Wheatcroft, Richard M Cubbon, Mark T Kearney
RATIONALE: In the endothelium, insulin stimulates endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS) to generate the anti-atherosclerotic signalling radical NO. Insulin resistant type 2 diabetes is associated with reduced NO availability and accelerated atherosclerosis. The effect of enhancing endothelial insulin sensitivity on NO availability is unclear. OBJECTIVE: To answer this question we generated a mouse with endothelial cell (EC)-specific over-expression of the human insulin receptor (hIRECO) using the Tie2 promoter-enhancer...
December 5, 2016: Circulation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919690/comparative-analysis-of-different-xanthan-samples-by-atomic-force-microscopy
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Julia Teckentrup, Orooba Al-Hammood, Tim Steffens, Hanna Bednarz, Volker Walhorn, Karsten Niehaus, Dario Anselmetti
The polysaccharide xanthan which is produced by the γ-proteobacterium Xanthomonas campestris is used as a food thickening agent and rheologic modifier in numerous food, cosmetics and technical applications. Its great commercial importance stimulated biotechnological approaches to optimize the xanthan production. By targeted genetic modification the metabolism of Xanthomonas can be modified in such a way that the xanthan production efficiency and/or the shear-thickening potency is optimized. Using atomic force microscopy (AFM) the secondary structure of single xanthan polymers produced by the wild type Xanthomonas campestris B100 and several genetically modified variations were analyzed...
December 2, 2016: Journal of Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919522/quantitative-assessment-of-healthy-skin-elasticity-reliability-and-feasibility-of-shear-wave-elastography
#4
Xi Xiang, Feng Yan, Yujia Yang, Yuanjiao Tang, Liyun Wang, Jia Zeng, Li Qiu
The goal of this study was to investigate the reliability and feasibility of shear wave elastography by assessing the elasticity of the healthy skin of 40 volunteers. Young's moduli for bilateral fingers, forearms, anterior chest (sternum), and anterior abdomen were determined with both transverse and longitudinal sectional measurements. Reliability of measurements was evaluated using intra- and inter-class correlation coefficients with two observers. Our results revealed that the elastic modulus values of the skin between symmetric parts of fingers and forearms did not statistically different...
December 2, 2016: Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919485/the-required-coefficient-of-friction-for-evaluating-gait-alterations-in-people-with-multiple-sclerosis-during-gait
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Ilaria Pacifici, Manuela Galli, Ana Francisca Rozin Kleiner, Federica Corona, Giancarlo Coghe, Elisabetta Marongiu, Andrea Loi, Antonio Crisafulli, Eleonora Cocco, Maria Giovanna Marrosu, Massimiliano Pau
BACKGROUND: Required Coefficient of Friction (RCOF) is one of the most critical gait parameters associated to the occurrence of slipping in individuals affected by neurological disorders characterized by balance impairments. This study aims to calculate RCOF in people with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) on the basis of three-dimensional Gait Analysis (GA) data. METHODS: This study enrolls 22 people with MS (pwMS) who were characterized by an Expanded Disability Status Score in the range 1...
November 2016: Multiple Sclerosis and related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919417/multidirectional-wss-disturbances-in-stenotic-turbulent-flows-a-pre-and-post-intervention-study-in-an-aortic-coarctation
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Magnus Andersson, Jonas Lantz, Tino Ebbers, Matts Karlsson
Wall shear stress (WSS) disturbances are commonly expressed at sites of abnormal flow obstructions and may play an essential role in the pathogenesis of various vascular diseases. In laminar flows these disturbances have recently been assessed by the transverse wall shear stress (transWSS), which accounts for the WSS multidirectionality. Site-specific estimations of WSS disturbances in pulsatile transitional and turbulent type of flows are more challenging due to continuous and unpredictable changes in WSS behavior...
November 28, 2016: Journal of Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919215/current-strategies-in-modification-of-plga-based-gene-delivery-system
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Mohammad Ramezani, Mahboubeh Ebrahimian, Maryam Hashemi
The successful gene therapy has been limited by safe and efficient delivery of nucleic acid to the target cells. Poly (d,l-lactide-co-glycolide) (PLGA) nanoparticles (NPs) are able to deliver drugs and gene efficiently. This formulation has several advantages in comparison with other formulations including improvement of solubility, stability, controlling of degradation and release of the entrapped agents. For application of PLGA as gene carrier, there exist many challenges. PLGA nanoparticles could protect the encapsulated DNA from in vivo degradation but the DNA release is slowl and their negative charge acts as a barrier to DNA incorporation and delivery...
December 5, 2016: Current Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918929/long-term-red-meat-preservation-using-chilled-and-frozen-storage-combinations-a-review
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Cassius E O Coombs, Benjamin W B Holman, Michael A Friend, David L Hopkins
This paper reviews current literature relating to the effects of chilled and frozen storage on the quality characteristics of red meat (lamb and beef). These characteristics include tenderness (shear force), juiciness (fluid losses), flavour (lipid oxidation), colour and microbial loading. Research suggests that chilled storage of red meat can improve certain properties, such as shear force and species-specific flavour, to threshold levels before the effects on flavour and colour become deleterious, and key microbial species proliferate to spoilage levels...
December 1, 2016: Meat Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918892/the-effects-of-muscle-weakness-on-degenerative-spondylolisthesis-a-finite-element-study
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Rui Zhu, Wen-Xin Niu, Zhi-Li Zeng, Jian-Hua Tong, Zhi-Wei Zhen, Shuang Zhou, Yan Yu, Li-Ming Cheng
BACKGROUND: Whether muscle weakness is a cause, or result, of degenerative spondylolisthesis is not currently well understood. Little biomechanical evidence is available to offer an explanation for the mechanism behind exercise therapy. Therefore, the aim of this study is to investigate the effects of back muscle weakness on degenerative spondylolisthesis and to tease out the biomechanical mechanism of exercise therapy. METHODS: A nonlinear 3-D finite element model of L3-L5 was constructed...
November 26, 2016: Clinical Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918290/nacre-mimetic-bulk-lamellar-composites-reinforced-with-high-aspect-ratio-glass-flakes
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Selen N Gurbuz Guner, Arcan F Dericioglu
Nacre-mimetic epoxy matrix composites reinforced with readily available micron-sized high aspect ratio C-glass flakes were fabricated by a relatively simple, single-step, scalable, time, cost and man-power effective processing strategy: hot-press assisted slip casting (HASC). HASC enables the fabrication of preferentially oriented two-dimensional inorganic reinforcement-polymer matrix bulk lamellar composites with a micro-scale structure resembling the brick-and-mortar architecture of nacre. By applying the micro-scale design guideline found in nacre and optimizing the relative volume fractions of the reinforcement and the matrix as well as by anchoring the brick-and-mortar architecture, and tailoring the interface between reinforcements and the matrix via silane coupling agents, strong, stiff and tough bio-inspired nacre-mimetic bulk composites were fabricated...
December 5, 2016: Bioinspiration & Biomimetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918043/thermoresponsive-structured-emulsions-based-on-the-fibrillar-self-assembly-of-natural-saponin-glycyrrhizic-acid
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Zhili Wan, Yingen Sun, Lulu Ma, Jian Guo, Jinmei Wang, Shouwei Yin, Xiaoquan Yang
We report the novel use of the naturally occurring saponin, glycyrrhizic acid (GA) as a structuring material to transform liquid oil into a soft-solid structured emulsion system. The GA nanofibrils from the anisotropic self-assembly of GA molecules were first used as stabilizers to fabricate olive oil-in-water emulsions using a facile one-step emulsification at high temperature. Then, the obtained emulsions were further self-organized into the emulsion gel by applying a subsequent cooling to trigger the gel network formation, which is mostly due to the enhanced noncovalent interactions among GA fibrils in the continuous phase as well as at the droplet surface...
December 5, 2016: Food & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917280/antifungal-activity-of-zataria-multiflora-essential-oil-loaded-solid-lipid-nanoparticles-in-vitro-condition
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Mahboobeh Nasseri, Shiva Golmohammadzadeh, Hossein Arouiee, Mahmoud Reza Jaafari, Hossein Neamati
OBJECTIVES: The aim of the present study was to prepare, characterize, and evaluate solid lipid nanoparticles (SLNs) containing Zataria multiflora essential oil (ZEO). MATERIALS AND METHODS: In this study, Z. multiflora essential oil-loaded solid lipid nanoparticles (ZE-SLNs) were prepared to improve its efficiency in controlling some fungal pathogens. SLNs containing Z. multiflora essential oil were prepared by high shear homogenization and ultra sound technique...
November 2016: Iranian Journal of Basic Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917253/a-modular-microfluidic-bioreactor-with-improved-throughput-for-evaluation-of-polarized-renal-epithelial-cells
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Paul Brakeman, Simeng Miao, Jin Cheng, Chao-Zong Lee, Shuvo Roy, William H Fissell, Nicholas Ferrell
Most current microfluidic cell culture systems are integrated single use devices. This can limit throughput and experimental design options, particularly for epithelial cells, which require significant time in culture to obtain a fully differentiated phenotype. In addition, epithelial cells require a porous growth substrate in order to fully polarize their distinct apical and basolateral membranes. We have developed a modular microfluidic system using commercially available porous culture inserts to evaluate polarized epithelial cells under physiologically relevant fluid flow conditions...
November 2016: Biomicrofluidics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917249/perspectives-in-flow-based-microfluidic-gradient-generators-for-characterizing-bacterial-chemotaxis
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Christopher J Wolfram, Gary W Rubloff, Xiaolong Luo
Chemotaxis is a phenomenon which enables cells to sense concentrations of certain chemical species in their microenvironment and move towards chemically favorable regions. Recent advances in microbiology have engineered the chemotactic properties of bacteria to perform novel functions, but traditional methods of characterizing chemotaxis do not fully capture the associated cell motion, making it difficult to infer mechanisms that link the motion to the microbiology which induces it. Microfluidics offers a potential solution in the form of gradient generators...
November 2016: Biomicrofluidics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916535/unique-size-and-shape-dependent-uptake-behaviors-of-non-spherical-nanoparticles-by-endothelial-cells-due-to-a-shearing-flow
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Patrick Jurney, Rachit Agarwal, Vikramjit Singh, David Choi, Krishnendu Roy, S V Sreenivasan, Li Shi
The size and shape of nanoparticle (NP) drug carriers can potentially be manipulated to increase the drug delivery efficacy because of their effects on particle margination and interactions with various cells in vivo. It is found in this work that the presence of a physiologically relevant shearing flow rate results in very different size and shape-dependent uptake behavior of negatively charged, non-spherical polyethylene glycol (PEG) hydrogel NPs by endothelial cells (ECs) cultured in a microchannel compared to uptake of either identical NPs in static culture or spherical particles in a shear flow...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916240/spatial-phenotyping-of-the-endocardial-endothelium-as-a-function-of-intracardiac-hemodynamic-shear-stress
#16
Margaret E McCormick, Elisabetta Manduchi, Walter R T Witschey, Robert C Gorman, Joseph H Gorman, Yi-Zhou Jiang, Christian J Stoeckert, Alex J Barker, Samuel Yoon, Michael Markl, Peter F Davies
Despite substantial evidence for the central role of hemodynamic shear stress in the functional integrity of vascular endothelial cells, hemodynamic and molecular regulation of the endocardial endothelium lining the heart chambers remains understudied. We propose that regional differences in intracardiac hemodynamics influence differential endocardial gene expression leading to phenotypic heterogeneity of this cell layer. Measurement of intracardiac hemodynamics was performed using 4-dimensional flow MRI in healthy humans (n=8) and pigs (n=5)...
November 16, 2016: Journal of Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915402/an-easy-to-use-wound-dressing-gelatin-bioactive-nanoparticle-gel-and-its-preliminary-in-vivo-study
#17
Chen Wang, Feiyan Zhu, Yang Cui, Huihui Ren, Yue Xie, Ailing Li, Lijun Ji, Xiaozhong Qu, Dong Qiu, Zhenzhong Yang
Beyond promoting hard tissue repairing, bioactive glasses (BGs) have also been proved to be beneficial for wound healing. Nano-scale BGs prepared by sol-gel method were found to have a better performance as they have a larger specific surface area. In this work, bioactive nanoparticles (nBPs) with mean diameter of 12 nm (BP-12) instead of conventional BGs were mixed with gelatin to form an easy-to-use hydrogel as a dressing for skin wound. It was found that the composite of BP-12 and gelatin could form a hydrogel (BP-12/Gel) under 25 °C, which showed pronounced thixotropy at a practically accessible shear rate, therefore become easy to be used for wound cover...
January 2017: Journal of Materials Science. Materials in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915016/injectable-supramolecular-hydrogel-formed-from-%C3%AE-cyclodextrin-and-peglated-arginine-functionalized-poly-l-lysine-dendron-for-sustained-mmp-9-shrna-plasmid-delivery
#18
Qianming Lin, Yumeng Yang, Qian Hu, Zhong Guo, Tao Liu, Jiake Xu, Jianping Wu, Thomas Brett Kirk, Dong Ma, Wei Xue
: Hydrogels have attracted much attention in cancer therapy and tissue engineering due to their sustained gene delivery ability. To obtain an injectable and high-efficiency gene delivery hydrogel, methoxypolyethylene glycol (MPEG) was used to conjugate with the arginine-functionalized poly(L-lysine) dendron (PLLD-Arg) by click reaction, and then the synthesized MPEG-PLLD-Arg interacted with α-cyclodextrin (α-CD) to form the supramolecular hydrogel by the host-guest interaction. The gelation dynamics, hydrogel strength and shear viscosity could be modulated by α-CD content in the hydrogel...
November 30, 2016: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914412/acoustic-of-a-perforated-liner-with-grazing-flow-floquet-bloch-periodical-approach-versus-impedance-continuous-approach
#19
Xiwen Dai, Yves Aurégan
The effect of a shear flow on an acoustic liner consisting of a perforated plate backed by cavities is studied. Two different approaches are investigated: First, the duct and the liner are considered as a periodic system while in the second approach the liner is considered as homogeneous and described by an impedance. Those two approaches coincide perfectly without flow for a small hole spacing compared to the acoustic wavelength. This work demonstrates that those two approaches are not wholly consistent when a shear flow is present and reveals some problems in the use of the local impedance with flow...
September 2016: Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914401/examining-the-effects-of-microstructure-on-geoacoustic-parameters-in-fine-grained-sediments
#20
Megan S Ballard, Kevin M Lee
This paper presents a set of controlled laboratory experiments designed to develop a basis for understanding the relationship between microscopic and macroscopic properties of fine-grained sediments. Two samples of kaolinite platelets were selected for this study, and effects of sediment microstructure on geoacoustic properties are deduced from a comparison of the measured properties. To provide additional interpretation of the acoustic measurements, compressional and shear wave properties are compared to predicted values from sediment-acoustic models...
September 2016: Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
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