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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922975/bioengineered-submucosal-organoids-for-in-vitro-modeling-of-colorectal-cancer
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Mahesh Devarasetty, Aleksander Skardal, Kyle Cowdrick, Frank Marini, Shay Soker
The physical nature of the tumor microenvironment significantly impacts tumor growth, invasion and response to drugs. Most in vitro tumor models are designed to study the effects of extracellular matrix (ECM) stiffness on tumor cells, while not addressing the effects of ECM's specific topography. In this study we bioengineered submucosal organoids, using primary smooth muscle cells (SMCs) embedded in collagen I (Col I) hydrogel, which produce aligned and parallel fiber topography similar to those found in vivo...
September 19, 2017: Tissue Engineering. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28913691/intestinal-mechanomorphological-remodeling-induced-by-long-term-low-fiber-diet-in-rabbits
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Yue Liu, Jingbo Zhao, Donghua Liao, Guixue Wang, Hans Gregersen
Short-term feeding with low-fiber diet remodels the mechanomorphological properties in the rabbit small intestine. The aims were to study the effect of feeding low-fiber diet for 5 months on mechanomorphological properties including the collagen fraction in the rabbit intestines. Fifteen rabbits were divided into an Intervention group (IG, n = 10) fed a low-fiber diet and a Control group (CG, n = 5) fed a normal diet for 5 months. Five months later, four 10-cm-long segments obtained from the duodenum, jejunum, ileum and large intestine were used for histological and mechanical analysis, respectively...
September 14, 2017: Annals of Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28913421/curvature-and-rho-activation-differentially-control-the-alignment-of-cells-and-stress-fibers
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Nathan D Bade, Randall D Kamien, Richard K Assoian, Kathleen J Stebe
In vivo, cells respond to a host of physical cues ranging from substrate stiffness to the organization of micro- and nanoscale fibrous networks. We show that macroscale substrates with radii of curvature from tens to hundreds of micrometers influence cell alignment. In a model system of fibroblasts, isolated cells aligned strongly in the axial direction on cylinders with radii similar to the cell length and more weakly on cylinders of much larger radius. Isolated vascular smooth muscle cells did not align as effectively as fibroblasts...
September 2017: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912780/inflammatory-markers-for-arterial-stiffness-in-cardiovascular-diseases
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Ioana Mozos, Clemens Malainer, Jarosław Horbańczuk, Cristina Gug, Dana Stoian, Constantin Tudor Luca, Atanas G Atanasov
Arterial stiffness predicts an increased risk of cardiovascular events. Inflammation plays a major role in large arteries stiffening, related to atherosclerosis, arteriosclerosis, endothelial dysfunction, smooth muscle cell migration, vascular calcification, increased activity of metalloproteinases, extracellular matrix degradation, oxidative stress, elastolysis, and degradation of collagen. The present paper reviews main mechanisms explaining the crosstalk between inflammation and arterial stiffness and the most common inflammatory markers associated with increased arterial stiffness, considering the most recent clinical and experimental studies...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912650/the-effects-combining-cryocompression-therapy-following-an-acute-bout-of-resistance-exercise-on-performance-and-recovery
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William H DuPont, Brek J Meuris, Vincent H Hardesty, Emily C Barnhart, Landon H Tompkins, Morricia J P Golden, Clayton J Usher, Paul A Spence, Lydia K Caldwell, Emily M Post, Matthew K Beeler, William J Kraemer
Compression and cold therapy used separately have shown to reduce negative effects of tissue damage. The combining compression and cold therapy (cryocompression) as a single recovery modality has yet to be fully examined. To examine the effects of cryocompression on recovery following a bout of heavy resistance exercise, recreationally resistance trained men (n =16) were recruited, matched, and randomly assigned to either a cryocompression group (CRC) or control group (CON). Testing was performed before and then immediately after exercise, 60 minutes, 24 hours, and 48 hours after a heavy resistance exercise workout (barbell back squats for 4 sets of 6 reps at 80% 1RM, 90 sec rest between sets, stiff legged deadlifts for 4 sets of 8 reps at 1...
September 2017: Journal of Sports Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912520/intraoperative-intorsional-traction-test-of-the-inferior-oblique
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A J Connor, S P Kraft
PurposeWe present a novel variation of the traction test of the inferior oblique (IO) muscle. We demonstrate the correlation between the traction test and clinically graded IO overaction and describe the utility of this test to confirm IO weakening.MethodsWe performed a retrospective chart review on all patients who underwent IO surgery and intraoperative intorsion traction tests by a single surgeon over a 10-year period. We compared the traction test results, in 'clock hours' of freedom, before and after IO surgery...
September 15, 2017: Eye
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912461/vimentin-knockout-results-in-increased-expression-of-sub-endothelial-basement-membrane-components-and-carotid-stiffness-in-mice
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Benoit Langlois, Ekaterina Belozertseva, Ara Parlakian, Mustapha Bourhim, Jacqueline Gao-Li, Jocelyne Blanc, Lei Tian, Dario Coletti, Carlos Labat, Zhor Ramdame-Cherif, Pascal Challande, Véronique Regnault, Patrick Lacolley, Li Zhenlin
Intermediate filaments are involved in stress-related cell mechanical properties and in plasticity via the regulation of focal adhesions (FAs) and the actomyosin network. We investigated whether vimentin regulates endothelial cells (ECs) and vascular smooth muscle cells (SMCs) and thereby influences vasomotor tone and arterial stiffness. Vimentin knockout mice (Vim(-/-)) exhibited increased expression of laminin, fibronectin, perlecan, collagen IV and VE-cadherin as well as von Willebrand factor deposition in the subendothelial basement membrane...
September 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28904105/contribution-of-sensory-feedback-to-plantar-flexor-muscle-activation-during-push-off-in-adults-with-cerebral-palsy
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Rasmus Feld Frisk, Peter Jensen, Henrik Kirk, Laurent J Bouyer, Jakob Lorentzen, Jens Bo Nielsen
INTRODUCTION: Exaggerated sensory activity has been assumed to contribute to functional impairment following lesion of the central motor pathway. However, recent studies have suggested that sensory contribution to muscle activity during gait is reduced in stroke patients and children with cerebral palsy (CP). We investigated whether this also occurs in CP adults and whether daily treadmill training is accompanied by alterations in sensory contribution to muscle activity. MATERIALS AND METHODS: 17 CP adults and 12 uninjured individuals participated...
September 13, 2017: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28900767/quantitative-assessment-of-muscular-stiffness-in-children-with-cerebral-palsy-using-acoustic-radiation-force-impulse-arfi-ultrasound-elastography
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Meltem Ceyhan Bilgici, Tumay Bekci, Yasemin Ulus, Hamit Ozyurek, Omer Faruk Aydin, Leman Tomak, Mustafa Bekir Selcuk
PURPOSE: To evaluate the feasibility of quantitative analysis of muscle stiffness in the medial gastrocnemius muscle (GCM) by acoustic radiation force impulse (ARFI) ultrasound elastography in children with spastic cerebral palsy (CP). METHODS: Seventeen children with spastic CP and 25 healthy children participated in the study between the years 2016-2017. The medial GCM in the CP group was assessed using the Modified Ashworth Scale (MAS) by a physiatrist. ARFI was used to measure the shear-wave velocities (SWVs) of the medial GCM...
September 12, 2017: Journal of Medical Ultrasonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28898507/growth-differentiation-factor-15-predicts-advanced-fibrosis-in-biopsy-proven-non-alcoholic-fatty-liver-disease
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Bo Kyung Koo, Sung Hee Um, Dong Soo Seo, Sae Kyung Joo, Jeong Mo Bae, Jeong Hwan Park, Mee Soo Chang, Jung Ho Kim, Jieun Lee, Won-Il Jeong, Won Kim
BACKGROUND & AIMS: We explored whether growth differentiation factor 15 (GDF15) affects the histological severity of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) independent of insulin resistance. METHODS: In a biopsy-proven NAFLD cohort, we measured serum GDF15 levels using enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays. RESULTS: Among 190 subjects (mean age, 53±14 years; men, 52.1%), 72 (men, 65.3%) and 78 (men, 44.9%) were diagnosed with biopsy-proven non-alcoholic fatty liver (NAFL) and non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), respectively...
September 12, 2017: Liver International: Official Journal of the International Association for the Study of the Liver
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28898058/mechanoregulation-of-sm22%C3%AE-transgelin
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Rong Liu, M Moazzem Hossain, Xuequn Chen, Jian-Ping Jin
SM22α, also named transgelin, is an actin filament-associated protein in smooth muscle and fibroblast. Three decades after discovery, the biological function of SM22α remains under investigation. Here we report a novel finding that the expression and degradation of SM22α/transgelin is regulated by mechanical tension. Following a mass spectrometry identification of SM22α degradation in isolated and tension-unloaded mouse aorta, we developed specific monoclonal antibodies to study the regulation of SM22α in human fetal lung myofibroblast line MRC-5 and primary cultures of neonatal mouse skin fibroblast...
September 12, 2017: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28892760/effects-of-inter-synergistic-mechanical-interactions-on-the-mechanical-behaviour-of-activated-spastic-semitendinosus-muscle-of-patients-with-cerebral-palsy
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Cemre S Kaya, Yener Temelli, Filiz Ates, Can A Yucesoy
Previous physiological experiments and finite element modelling indicate that inter-synergistic epimuscular myofascial force transmission (EMFT) between co-activated muscles has a potential to affect healthy muscle's contribution to joint moment and joint range of movement. This is quite relevant for patients with cerebral palsy (CP) since, amplitude of spastic muscle's force and the joint range of force exertion are central to the joint movement limitation. Stiffness of activated spastic muscle is also a determinant for pathological joint movement...
September 3, 2017: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28892082/myofibril-contraction-and-crosslinking-drive-nuclear-movement-to-the-periphery-of-skeletal-muscle
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William Roman, João P Martins, Filomena A Carvalho, Raphael Voituriez, Jasmine V G Abella, Nuno C Santos, Bruno Cadot, Michael Way, Edgar R Gomes
Nuclear movements are important for multiple cellular functions, and are driven by polarized forces generated by motor proteins and the cytoskeleton. During skeletal myofibre formation or regeneration, nuclei move from the centre to the periphery of the myofibre for proper muscle function. Centrally located nuclei are also found in different muscle disorders. Using theoretical and experimental approaches, we demonstrate that nuclear movement to the periphery of myofibres is mediated by centripetal forces around the nucleus...
September 11, 2017: Nature Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28891700/rhabdomyolysis-and-artifactual-increase-in-plasma-bicarbonate-concentration-in-an-amazon-parrot-amazona-species
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Mary K Leissinger, James G Johnson, Thomas N Tully, Stephen D Gaunt
A 7-year-old male Amazon parrot housed outdoors presented with acute collapse, marked lethargy, and open-mouth breathing. The patient had stiffness of the pectoral muscles, and petechiation and ecchymosis noted around the eyes and beneath the mandible. Laboratory data revealed markedly increased aspartate aminotransferase, creatine kinase, and lactate dehydrogenase activity consistent with rhabdomyolysis, as well as markedly increased plasma bicarbonate concentration. Marked clinical improvement and resolution of laboratory abnormalities occurred with fluid therapy, administration of a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medication, and husbandry modifications, including indoor housing and dietary alteration...
September 2017: Journal of Avian Medicine and Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28891439/the-regulation-of-differentiation-of-mesenchymal-stem-cells-into-skeletal-muscle-a-look-at-signalling-molecules-involved-in-myogenesis
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Bethany Hodgson, Reza Mafi, Pouya Mafi, Wasim Khan
Mesenchymal Stem Cells (MSCs) are an attractive option for the development of treatment for musculoskeletal pathologies due to their wide availability, clinical safety and multiple techniques available. Understanding the control of MSC differentiation into skeletal muscle is vital for developing protocols and therapeutic applications that are safe and effective. This paper therefore aims to review the current understanding of factors that regulate the differentiation of MSCs into skeletal muscle. Medline, Embase, Pubmed and Web of Science were searched December 2015 using the terms 'differentia*, skeletal*, skeleton*, myocyt*, myogen* and mesenchym* stem-cell*...
September 6, 2017: Current Stem Cell Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28890837/why-it-is-not-always-anxiety-a-tough-diagnosis-of-stiff-person-syndrome
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Carmen Elena Cervantes, Hsien Lee Lau, Tina Ataian Binazir, Keith O O'Brien, Jonathan S Cross
Anxiety disorder is a commonly used diagnosis that may mask underlying conditions. Stiff person syndrome (SPS) is a rare neuroimmunological disorder characterized by progressive rigidity and painful muscle spasms affecting axial and lower extremity musculature. These episodes can be triggered by sudden movement, noise, or emotional stress, which may present as a psychiatric condition. We report the case of a 30-year-old female who presented with recurrent panic attacks with multiple prior hospital admissions for anxiety, rigidity, and difficulty in walking...
2017: Case Reports in Neurological Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28886617/viscous-effects-in-pelvic-floor-muscles-during-childbirth-a-numerical-study
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M C P Vila Pouca, J P S Ferreira, D A Oliveira, M P L Parente, R M Natal Jorge
During vaginal delivery women sustain stretching of their pelvic floor, risking tissue injury and adverse outcomes. Realistic numerical simulations of childbirth can help in the understanding of the pelvic floor mechanics and on the prevention of related disorders. In previous studies, biomechanical finite element simulations of a vaginal delivery have been performed disregarding the viscous effects present on all biological soft tissues. The inclusion of the viscoelastic behaviour is fundamental, since it allows to investigate rate-dependent responses...
September 8, 2017: International Journal for Numerical Methods in Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28886079/associations-between-lower-limb-muscle-activation-and-knee-flexion-in-post-stroke-individuals-a-study-on-the-stance-to-swing-phases-of-gait
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Wei Wang, Ke Li, Shouwei Yue, Cuiping Yin, Na Wei
Reduced knee flexion is a leading feature of post-stroke gait, but the causes have not been well understood. The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationship between the knee flexion and the lower-limb muscle activation within the stance-to-swing phases of gait cycle in the post-stroke hemiplegic patients. Ten stroke patients and 10 age- and gender-matched healthy subjects participated in the experiment. The lower-limb kinematic signals and the surface electromyography (sEMG) signals of the left and right rectus femoris (RF), biceps femoris (BF) and lateral gastrocnemius (GS) were recorded during walking...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28878227/intermittent-muscle-activity-in-the-feedback-loop-of-postural-control-system-during-natural-quiet-standing
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Hiroko Tanabe, Keisuke Fujii, Motoki Kouzaki
The origin of continual body oscillation during quiet standing is a neural-muscular-skeletal closed feedback loop system that includes insufficient joint stiffness and a time delay. Thus, muscle activity and joint oscillations are nonlinear during quiet standing, making it difficult to demonstrate the muscular-skeletal relationship experimentally. Here we experimentally revealed this relationship using intermittent control theory, in which non-actuation works to stabilize the skeletal system towards equilibrium...
September 6, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28874575/injectable-biomimetic-liquid-crystalline-scaffolds-enhance-muscle-stem-cell-transplantation
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Eduard Sleep, Benjamin D Cosgrove, Mark T McClendon, Adam T Preslar, Charlotte H Chen, M Hussain Sangji, Charles M Rubert Pérez, Russell D Haynes, Thomas J Meade, Helen M Blau, Samuel I Stupp
Muscle stem cells are a potent cell population dedicated to efficacious skeletal muscle regeneration, but their therapeutic utility is currently limited by mode of delivery. We developed a cell delivery strategy based on a supramolecular liquid crystal formed by peptide amphiphiles (PAs) that encapsulates cells and growth factors within a muscle-like unidirectionally ordered environment of nanofibers. The stiffness of the PA scaffolds, dependent on amino acid sequence, was found to determine the macroscopic degree of cell alignment templated by the nanofibers in vitro...
September 5, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
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