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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512701/estimation-of-3d-ground-reaction-force-using-nanocomposite-piezo-responsive-foam-sensors-during-walking
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Parker G Rosquist, Gavin Collins, A Jake Merrell, Noelle J Tuttle, James B Tracy, Evan T Bird, Matthew K Seeley, David T Fullwood, William F Christensen, Anton E Bowden
This paper describes a method for the estimation of the 3D ground reaction force (GRF) during human walking using novel nanocomposite piezo-responsive foam (NCPF) sensors. Nine subjects (5 male, 4 female) walked on a force-instrumented treadmill at 1.34 m/s for 120 s each while wearing a shoe that was instrumented with four NCPF sensors. GRF data, measured via the treadmill, and sensor data, measured via the NCPF inserts, were used in a tenfold cross validation process to calibrate a separate model for each individual...
May 16, 2017: Annals of Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505092/molecular-characterization-and-expression-profiling-of-tomato-grf-transcription-factor-family-genes-in-response-to-abiotic-stresses-and-phytohormones
#2
Khadiza Khatun, Arif Hasan Khan Robin, Jong-In Park, Ujjal Kumar Nath, Chang Kil Kim, Ki-Byung Lim, Ill Sup Nou, Mi-Young Chung
Growth regulating factors (GRFs) are plant-specific transcription factors that are involved in diverse biological and physiological processes, such as growth, development and stress and hormone responses. However, the roles of GRFs in vegetative and reproductive growth, development and stress responses in tomato (Solanum lycopersicum) have not been extensively explored. In this study, we characterized the 13 SlGRF genes. In silico analysis of protein motif organization, intron-exon distribution, and phylogenetic classification confirmed the presence of GRF proteins in tomato...
May 13, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28499159/sensitivity-of-biomechanical-outcomes-to-independent-variations-of-hindfoot-and-forefoot-stiffness-in-foot-prostheses
#3
Peter Gabriel Adamczyk, Michelle Roland, Michael E Hahn
Many studies have reported the effects of different foot prostheses on gait, but most results cannot be generalized because the prostheses' properties are seldom reported. We varied hindfoot and forefoot stiffness in an experimental foot prosthesis, in increments of 15N/mm, and tested the parametric effects of these variations on treadmill walking in unilateral transtibial amputees, at speeds from 0.7 to 1.5m/s. We computed outcomes such as prosthesis energy return, center of mass (COM) mechanics, ground reaction forces, and joint mechanics, and computed their sensitivity to component stiffness...
May 9, 2017: Human Movement Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28499137/a-comparison-of-the-ground-reaction-force-frequency-content-during-rearfoot-and-non-rearfoot-running-patterns
#4
Allison H Gruber, W Brent Edwards, Joseph Hamill, Timothy R Derrick, Katherine A Boyer
Running with a non-rearfoot pattern has been claimed to reduce injury risk because the impact peak in the vertical ground reaction force (GRF) is visually absent in the time-domain compared with a rearfoot pattern. However, running results in a rapid deceleration of the lower extremity segments immediately following initial contact with the ground, regardless of footfall pattern. Therefore, the frequency content of the GRF is expected to contain evidence of this collision. The purpose of the present study was to characterize the waveform components of the GRF generated during the impact phase by habitual rearfoot and habitual non-rearfoot pattern groups using the continuous wavelet transform...
April 28, 2017: Gait & Posture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28490318/integrated-mrna-and-microrna-transcriptome-variations-in-the-multi-tepal-mutant-provide-insights-into-the-floral-patterning-of-the-orchid-cymbidium-goeringii
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Fengxi Yang, Genfa Zhu, Zhen Wang, Hailin Liu, Qingquan Xu, Dan Huang, Chaoyi Zhao
BACKGROUND: Cymbidium goeringii is a very famous traditional orchid plant in China, which is well known for its spectacular and diverse flower morphology. In particular, the multi-tepal mutants have considerable ecological and cultural value. However, the current understanding of the molecular mechanisms of floral patterning and multi-tepal development is limited. In this study, we performed expression profiling of both microRNA (miRNA) and mRNA from wild-type and typical multi-tepal-mutant flowers of C...
May 11, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28487635/vpac-receptor-subtypes-tune-purinergic-neuron-to-glia-communication-in-the-murine-submucosal-plexus
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Candice Fung, Werend Boesmans, Carla Cirillo, Jaime P P Foong, Joel C Bornstein, Pieter Vanden Berghe
The enteric nervous system (ENS) situated within the gastrointestinal tract comprises an intricate network of neurons and glia which together regulate intestinal function. The exact neuro-glial circuitry and the signaling molecules involved are yet to be fully elucidated. Vasoactive intestinal peptide (VIP) is one of the main neurotransmitters in the gut, and is important for regulating intestinal secretion and motility. However, the role of VIP and its VPAC receptors within the enteric circuitry is not well understood...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28486333/the-relationship-between-the-push-off-ground-reaction-force-and-ball-speed-in-high-school-baseball-pitchers
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Sakiko Oyama, Joseph B Myers
Baseball pitching is a sequential movement that requires transfer of momentum from the lower extremity to the throwing arm. Therefore, the ground reaction force (GRF) during push off is suggested to play a roll in production of ball speed. The purpose of this study was to investigate the correlation between GRF characteristics during push off and ball speed in high school baseball pitchers. A total of 52 pitchers performed fast pitches from an indoor pitching mound. A force plate embedded in an indoor mound was used to capture the push off GRF...
May 5, 2017: Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28472092/influence-of-slope-steepness-foot-position-and-turn-phase-on-plantar-pressure-distribution-during-giant-slalom-alpine-ski-racing
#8
Thomas Falda-Buscaiot, Frédérique Hintzy, Patrice Rougier, Patrick Lacouture, Nicolas Coulmy
The purpose of this study was to investigate the evolution of ground reaction force during alpine skiing turns. Specifically, this study investigated how turn phases and slope steepness affected the whole foot normal GRF pattern while performing giant slalom turns in a race-like setting. Moreover, the outside foot was divided into different plantar regions to see whether those parameters affected the plantar pressure distribution. Eleven skiers performed one giant slalom course at race intensity. Runs were recorded synchronously using a video camera in the frontal plane and pressure insoles under both feet's plantar surface...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446918/microrna-and-transcription-factor-key-players-in-plant-regulatory-network
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Abdul F A Samad, Muhammad Sajad, Nazaruddin Nazaruddin, Izzat A Fauzi, Abdul M A Murad, Zamri Zainal, Ismanizan Ismail
Recent achievements in plant microRNA (miRNA), a large class of small and non-coding RNAs, are very exciting. A wide array of techniques involving forward genetic, molecular cloning, bioinformatic analysis, and the latest technology, deep sequencing have greatly advanced miRNA discovery. A tiny miRNA sequence has the ability to target single/multiple mRNA targets. Most of the miRNA targets are transcription factors (TFs) which have paramount importance in regulating the plant growth and development. Various families of TFs, which have regulated a range of regulatory networks, may assist plants to grow under normal and stress environmental conditions...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437700/nanomolar-electrochemical-detection-of-caffeic-acid-in-fortified-wine-samples-based-on-gold-palladium-nanoparticles-decorated-graphene-flakes
#10
Kokulnathan Thangavelu, Nehru Raja, Shen-Ming Chen, Wei-Cheng Liao
Amalgamation of noble metal nanomaterials on graphene flakes potentially paves one way to improve their physicochemical properties. This paper deals with the simultaneous electrochemical deposition of gold and palladium nanoparticles on graphene flakes (Au/PdNPs-GRF) for the sensitive determination of caffeic acid (CA). The physiochemical properties of the prepared Au/PdNPs-GRF was characterized by using numerous analytical techniques such as scanning electron microscopy, electron dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, X-ray powder diffraction, Raman spectroscopy and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy...
April 13, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433387/how-do-rocker-soled-shoes-influence-the-knee-adduction-moment-in-people-with-knee-osteoarthritis-an-analysis-of-biomechanical-mechanisms
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Elizabeth G Madden, Crystal O Kean, Tim V Wrigley, Kim L Bennell, Rana S Hinman
The primary objective was to examine mechanisms behind previously observed changes in the knee adduction moment (KAM) with rocker-soled shoes, in participants sub-grouped according to whether they experienced an immediate decrease, or increase, in peak KAM. In subgroups where frontal plane knee ground reaction force (GRF) lever-arm emerged as a significant predictor, a secondary aim was to examine biomechanical factors that contributed to change in this parameter. Thirty individuals with symptomatic, radiographic knee osteoarthritis (OA) underwent 3D gait analysis in unstable rocker-soled shoes and non-rocker-soled shoes...
April 9, 2017: Journal of Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432883/sagittal-plane-joint-kinetics-during-stair-ascent-in-patients-with-peripheral-arterial-disease-and-intermittent-claudication
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Stephanie L King, Natalie Vanicek, Thomas D O'Brien
Stair negotiation poses a substantial physical demand on the musculoskeletal system and this challenging task can place individuals at risk of falls. Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) can cause intermittent claudication (IC) pain in the calf and results in altered gait mechanics during level walking. However, whether those with PAD-IC adopt alternate strategies to climb stairs is unknown. Twelve participants with PAD-IC (six bilateral and six unilateral) and 10 healthy controls were recruited and instructed to ascend a five-step staircase whilst 3D kinematic data of the lower-limbs were recorded synchronously with kinetic data from force plates embedded into the staircase on steps two and three...
March 28, 2017: Gait & Posture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431719/mitral-valve-necrosis-after-cardiac-surgery-using-gelatin-resorcinol-formaldehyde-glue
#13
Yuki Tanaka, Tadashi Kitamura, Yurie Miyata, Kagami Miyaji
We present a rare case of mitral regurgitation with anterior mitral leaflet perforation associated with gelatin-resorcinol-formaldehyde (GRF) glue. We performed mitral valve replacement for anterior mitral leaflet perforation occurred 7 years after aortic valve replacement and abscess cavity repair using GRF glue. Long-term follow-up is needed for patients who have undergone surgeries using GRF glue or BioGlue (CryoLife, Inc, Kennesaw, GA) because of the possibility of late complications. In particular, when an eccentric mitral regurgitation is observed after aortic root surgery using GRF glue or BioGlue, anterior mitral leaflet perforation should be considered...
May 2017: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421097/development-of-incompletely-fused-carpels-in-maize-ovary-revealed-by-mirna-target-gene-and-phytohormone-analysis
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Hongping Li, Ting Peng, Qun Wang, Yufeng Wu, Jianfeng Chang, Moubiao Zhang, Guiliang Tang, Chaohai Li
Although the molecular basis of carpel fusion in maize ovary development remains largely unknown, increasing evidence suggests a critical role of microRNAs (miRNAs). In this study, a combination of miRNA sequencing, degradome and physiological analyses was used to characterize carpel fusion development in maize ovaries showing incompletely (IFC) and completely fused carpels (CFC). A total of 162 known miRNAs distributed across 33 families were identified, of which 20 were differentially expressed. In addition, 53 miRNA candidates were identified, of which 10 were differentially expressed in the IFC and CFC ovaries...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28400494/uv-b-inhibits-leaf-growth-through-changes-in-growth-regulating-factors-and-gibberellin-levels
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Julieta Fina, Romina Casadevall, Hamada AbdElgawad, Els Prinsen, Marios Nektarios Markakis, Gerrit T S Beemster, Paula Casati
UV-B radiation affects leaf growth in a wide range of species. In this work, we demonstrate that UV-B levels present in solar radiation inhibits maize leaf growth without causing any other visible stress symptoms, including accumulation of DNA damage. We conducted kinematic analyses of cell division and expansion to understand the impact of UV-B radiation on these cellular processes. Our results demonstrate that the decrease in leaf growth in UV-B irradiated leaves is a consequence of a reduction in cell production, and a shortened growth zone (GZ)...
April 11, 2017: Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28399873/influence-of-functional-task-oriented-mental-practice-on-the-gait-of-transtibial-amputees-a-randomized-clinical-trial
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Rodrigo Gontijo Cunha, Paulo José Guimarães Da-Silva, Clarissa Cardoso Dos Santos Couto Paz, Ana Carolina da Silva Ferreira, Carlos Julio Tierra-Criollo
BACKGROUND: Mental practice (MP) through motor imagery is a cognitive training strategy used to improve locomotor skills during rehabilitation programs. Recent works have used MP tasks to investigate the neurophysiology of human gait; however, its effect on functional performance has not been evaluated. In the present study, the influence of gait-oriented MP tasks on the rehabilitation process of gait in transtibial amputees was investigated by assessing the vertical (V), anterior-posterior (AP), and medio-lateral (ML) ground reaction forces (GRFs) and the time duration of the support phase of the prosthetic limb...
April 11, 2017: Journal of Neuroengineering and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28394742/side-to-side-differences-in-lower-extremity-biomechanics-during-multi-directional-jump-landing-in-volleyball-athletes
#17
Komsak Sinsurin, Sarun Srisangboriboon, Roongtiwa Vachalathiti
Side-to-side differences of lower extremities may influence the likelihood of injury. Moreover, adding the complexity of jump-landing direction would help to explain lower extremity control during sport activities. The aim was to determine the effects of limb dominance and jump-landing direction on lower extremity biomechanics. Nineteen female volleyball athletes participated. Both dominant limbs (DLs) and non-dominant limbs (NLs) were examined in single-leg jump-landing tests in four directions, including forward (0°), diagonal (30° and 60°), and lateral (90°) directions...
July 2017: European Journal of Sport Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28385562/shoe-cushioning-reduces-impact-and-muscle-activation-during-landings-from-unexpected-but-not-self-initiated-drops
#18
Weijie Fu, Ying Fang, Yaodong Gu, Lingyan Huang, Li Li, Yu Liu
OBJECTIVES: To date, few rigorous scientific studies have been conducted to understand the impact mechanics and muscle activation characteristics of different landing tasks and the influence of shoe properties. The aim of this study was to examine the effects of shoe cushioning on impact biomechanics and muscular responses during drop landings. DESIGN: A single-blinded and randomized design. METHODS: Twelve male collegiate basketball players performed bipedal landings from self-initiated and unexpected drops (SIDL and UDL) from a 60-cm height wearing highly-cushioned basketball shoes (Bball) and less cushioned control shoes (CC)...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28373059/protective-properties-of-6-gingerol-rich-fraction-from-zingiber-officinale-ginger-on-chlorpyrifos-induced-oxidative-damage-and-inflammation-in-the-brain-ovary-and-uterus-of-rats
#19
Amos O Abolaji, Mercy Ojo, Tosin T Afolabi, Mary D Arowoogun, Darlinton Nwawolor, Ebenezer O Farombi
Chlorpyrifos (CPF) is an organophosphorus pesticide widely used in agricultural applications and household environments. 6-Gingerol-rich fraction from Zingiber officinale (Ginger, 6-GRF) has been reported to possess potent anti-oxidative, anti-inflammatory and anti-apoptotic properties. Here, we investigated the protective properties of 6-GRF on CPF-induced oxidative damage and inflammation in the brain, ovary and uterus of rats. Five groups of rats containing 14 rats/group received corn oil (control), CPF (5 mg/kg), 6-GRF (100 mg/kg), CPF (5 mg/kg) + 6-GRF (50 mg/kg) and CPF (5 mg/kg) + 6-GRF (100 mg/kg) through gavage once per day for 35 days respectively...
May 25, 2017: Chemico-biological Interactions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28371610/short-exogenous-peptides-regulate-expression-of-cle-knox1-and-grf-family-genes-in-nicotiana-tabacum
#20
L I Fedoreyeva, T A Dilovarova, V V Ashapkin, Yu Ts Martirosyan, V Kh Khavinson, P N Kharchenko, B F Vanyushin
Exogenous short biologically active peptides epitalon (Ala-Glu-Asp-Gly), bronchogen (Ala-Glu-Asp-Leu), and vilon (Lys-Glu) at concentrations 10(-7)-10(-9) M significantly influence growth, development, and differentiation of tobacco (Nicotiana tabacum) callus cultures. Epitalon and bronchogen, in particular, both increase growth of calluses and stimulate formation and growth of leaves in plant regenerants. Because the regulatory activity of the short peptides appears at low peptide concentrations, their action to some extent is like that of the activity of phytohormones, and it seems to have signaling character and epigenetic nature...
April 2017: Biochemistry. Biokhimii︠a︡
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