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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548921/repeatability-testing-of-a-new-hybrid-iii-6-year-old-atd-lower-extremity
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Laura C Boucher, Yeonsu Ryu, Yun-Seok Kang, John H Bolte
OBJECTIVE: Vehicle safety is improving, thus decreasing the number of life-threatening injuries and increasing the need for research in other areas of the body. The current child anthropomorphic test device (ATD) does not have the capabilities or instrumentation to measure many of the potential interactions between the lower extremity and the vehicle interior. A prototype Hybrid III 6-year-old ATD lower extremity (ATD-LE) was developed and contains a tibia load cell and a more biofidelic ankle...
May 29, 2017: Traffic Injury Prevention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548713/co-culture-systems-based-strategies-for-articular-cartilage-tissue-engineering
#2
REVIEW
Yu Zhang, Shuyun Liu, Weimin Guo, Mingjie Wang, Chunxiang Hao, Shuang Gao, Xueliang Zhang, Li Xu, Mingxue Chen, Li Penghao, Peng Jiang, Shibi Lu, Quanyi Guo
Cartilage engineering facilitates repair and regeneration of damaged cartilage using engineered tissue that restores the functional properties of the impaired joint. The seed cells used most frequently in tissue engineering, are chondrocytes and mesenchymal stem cells. Seed cells activity plays a key role in the regeneration of functional cartilage tissue. However, seed cells undergo undesirable changes after in vitro processing procedures, such as degeneration of cartilage cells and induced hypertrophy of mesenchymal stem cells, which hinder cartilage tissue engineering...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548569/thyroxine-increases-collagen-type-ii-expression-and-accumulation-in-scaffold-free-tissue-engineered-articular-cartilage
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G Adam Whitney, Thomas J Kean, Russell J Fernandes, Stephen D Waldman, M Yat Tse, Stephen C Pang, Joseph M Mansour, James E Dennis
Low collagen accumulation in the extra-cellular matrix is a pressing problem in cartilage tissue engineering, leading to a low collagen-to-glycosaminoglycan (GAG) ratio and poor mechanical properties in neo-cartilage. Soluble factors have been shown to increase collagen content, but may result in a more pronounced increase in GAG content. Thyroid hormones have been reported to stimulate collagen and GAG production, but reported outcomes, including which specific collagen types are affected, are variable throughout the literature...
May 26, 2017: Tissue Engineering. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548289/effects-of-food-borne-nanomaterials-on-gastrointestinal-tissues-and-microbiota
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REVIEW
Hans Bouwmeester, Meike van der Zande, Mark A Jepson
Ingestion of engineered nanomaterials is inevitable due to their addition to food and prevalence in food packaging and domestic products such as toothpaste and sun cream. In the absence of robust dosimetry and particokinetic data, it is currently challenging to accurately assess the potential toxicity of food-borne nanomaterials. Herein, we review current understanding of gastrointestinal uptake mechanisms, consider some data on the potential for toxicity of the most commonly encountered classes of food-borne nanomaterials (including TiO2 , SiO2, ZnO, and Ag nanoparticles), and discuss the potential impact of the luminal environment on nanoparticle properties and toxicity...
May 26, 2017: Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews. Nanomedicine and Nanobiotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548088/direct-observation-of-coherent-energy-transfer-in-nonlinear-micromechanical-oscillators
#5
Changyao Chen, Damián H Zanette, David A Czaplewski, Steven Shaw, Daniel López
Energy dissipation is an unavoidable phenomenon of physical systems that are directly coupled to an external environmental bath. In an oscillatory system, it leads to the decay of the oscillation amplitude. In situations where stable oscillations are required, the energy dissipated by the vibrations is usually compensated by replenishment from external energy sources. Consequently, if the external energy supply is removed, the amplitude of oscillations start to decay immediately, since there is no means to restitute the energy dissipated...
May 26, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546952/time-dependency-of-morphological-remodeling-of-endothelial-cells-in-response-to-substrate-stiffness
#6
Zahra Goli-Malekabadi, Mohammad Tafazzoli-Shadpour, Ali Tamayol, Ehsan Seyedjafari
Introduction: Substrate stiffness regulates cellular behavior as cells experience different stiffness values of tissues in the body. For example, endothelial cells (ECs) covering the inner layer of blood vessels are exposed to different stiffness values due to various pathologic and physiologic conditions. Despite numerous studies, cells by time span sense mechanical properties of the substrate, but the response is not well understood. We hypothesized that time is a major determinant influencing the behavior of cells seeded on substrates of varying stiffness...
2017: BioImpacts: BI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546842/opportunities-and-challenges-for-the-sustainable-production-of-structurally-complex-diterpenoids-in-recombinant-microbial-systems
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REVIEW
Katarina Kemper, Max Hirte, Markus Reinbold, Monika Fuchs, Thomas Brück
With over 50.000 identified compounds terpenes are the largest and most structurally diverse group of natural products. They are ubiquitous in bacteria, plants, animals and fungi, conducting several biological functions such as cell wall components or defense mechanisms. Industrial applications entail among others pharmaceuticals, food additives, vitamins, fragrances, fuels and fuel additives. Central building blocks of all terpenes are the isoprenoid compounds isopentenyl diphosphate and dimethylallyl diphosphate...
2017: Beilstein Journal of Organic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546586/two-dimensional-penta-bp5-sheets-high-stability-strain-tunable-electronic-structure-and-excellent-mechanical-properties
#8
Shijie Liu, Bo Liu, Xuhan Shi, Jiayin Lv, Shifeng Niu, Mingguang Yao, Quanjun Li, Ran Liu, Tian Cui, Bingbing Liu
Two-dimensional (2D) crystals exhibit unique and exceptional properties and show promise for various applications. In this work, we systematically studied the structures of a 2D boronphosphide (BP) monolayer with different stoichiometric ratios (BPx, x = 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7) and observed that each compound had a stable 2D structure with metallic or semiconducting electronic properties. Surprisingly, for the BP5 compounds, we discovered a rare penta-graphene-like 2D structure with a tetragonal lattice...
May 25, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546337/pet-guided-evaluation-and-optimization-of-internalized-antibody-drug-conjugates-targeting-erythropoietin-producing-hepatoma-a2-receptor
#9
Orit Jacobson, Haojun Chen, Gang Niu, Dale O Kiesewetter, Qing Li, Gengcheng Yang, Kimberly Cook, Lan Xu, William Dall'Acqua, Ping Tsui, Li Peng, Xiaoyuan Chen
The erythropoietin producing hepatoma A2 receptor (EphA2) is a tyrosine kinase overexpressed by tumor stroma and cancer cells. High expression level of EphA2 predicts poor prognosis, correlating with disease progression and metastasis. Therefore, EphA2 is a relevant therapeutic target for human cancer. Antibodies, selectively bound to EphA2 receptor, can induce rapid receptor phosphorylation that results in antibody internalization and degradation. This internalization mechanism has been exploited with the development of antibody-drug conjugates (ADC) for cancer chemotherapy...
May 25, 2017: Journal of Nuclear Medicine: Official Publication, Society of Nuclear Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546134/on-the-relationship-between-indentation-hardness-and-modulus-and-the-damage-resistance-of-biological-materials
#10
David Labonte, Anne-Kristin Lenz, Michelle L Oyen
The remarkable mechanical performance of biological materials is based on intricate structure-function relationships. Nanoindentation has become the primary tool for characterising biological materials, as it allows to relate structural changes to variations in mechanical properties on small scales. However, the respective theoretical background and associated interpretation of the parameters measured via indentation derives largely from research on 'traditional' engineering materials such as metals or ceramics...
May 22, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546133/tissue-engineered-trachea-regeneration-using-decellularized-trachea-matrix-treated-with-laser-micropore-technique
#11
Yong Xu, Dan Li, Zongqi Yin, Aijuan He, Miaomiao Lin, Gening Jiang, Xiao Song, Xuefei Hu, Yi Liu, Jinpeng Wang, Xiaoyun Wang, Liang Duan, Guangdong Zhou
Tissue-engineered trachea provides a promising approach for reconstruction of long segmental tracheal defects. However, a lack of ideal biodegradable scaffolds greatly restricts its clinical translation. Decellularized trachea matrix (DTM) is considered a proper scaffold for trachea cartilage regeneration owing to natural tubular structure, cartilage matrix components, and biodegradability. However, cell residual and low porosity of DTM easily result in immunogenicity and incomplete cartilage regeneration. To address these problems, a laser micropore technique (LMT) was applied in the current study to modify trachea sample porosity to facilitate decellular treatment and cell ingrowth...
May 22, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545379/tissue-engineering-in-achilles-tendon-reconstruction-the-role-of-stem-cells-growth-factors-and-scaffolds
#12
D S Pillai, Bal S Dhinsa, Wasim Khan
Achilles tendon injuries are common, and present a challenge in the acute and chronic setting. There is significant morbidity associated with the injury and the numerous management strategies, as well as financial implications to the patient and the health service. To date, repair tissue from all methods of management fail to achieve the same functional and biomechanical properties as the native tendon. The use of tissue engineering technology may reduce morbidity, improve the biomechanical properties of repair tissue and reduce the financial burden...
May 23, 2017: Current Stem Cell Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545003/adaptation-specialization-and-coevolution-within-phytobiomes
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REVIEW
David A Baltrus
Growth patterns of individual plants and evolutionary trajectories of plant communities are intimately linked with and are critically affected by host-associated microbiomes. Research across systems has begun to shed light on how these phytobiomes are established under laboratory and natural conditions, and have cultivated hope that a better understanding of the governing principles for host-microbe interactions can guide attempts to engineer microbiomes to boost agricultural yields. One important, yet relatively understudied, parameter in regards to phytobiome membership is the degree to which specialization and coevolution between plant species and microbes provides structure to these communities...
May 22, 2017: Current Opinion in Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544254/side-chain-effects-on-the-thermoelectric-properties-of-fluorene-based-copolymers
#14
Ansheng Liang, Xiaoyan Zhou, Wenqiao Zhou, Tao Wan, Luhai Wang, Chengjun Pan, Lei Wang
Three conjugated polymers with alkyl chains of different lengths are designed and synthesized, and their structure-property relationship as organic thermoelectric materials is systematically elucidated. All three polymers show similar photophysical properties, thermal properties, and mechanical properties; however, their thermoelectric performance is influenced by the length of their side chains. The length of the alkyl chain significantly influences the electrical conductivity of the conjugated polymers, and polymers with a short alkyl chain exhibit better conductivity than those with a long alkyl chain...
May 24, 2017: Macromolecular Rapid Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543694/genetically-engineered-mouse-models-of-melanoma
#15
REVIEW
Eva Pérez-Guijarro, Chi-Ping Day, Glenn Merlino, M Raza Zaidi
Melanoma is a complex disease that exhibits highly heterogeneous etiological, histopathological, and genetic features, as well as therapeutic responses. Genetically engineered mouse (GEM) models provide powerful tools to unravel the molecular mechanisms critical for melanoma development and drug resistance. Here, we expound briefly the basis of the mouse modeling design, the available technology for genetic engineering, and the aspects influencing the use of GEMs to model melanoma. Furthermore, we describe in detail the currently available GEM models of melanoma...
June 1, 2017: Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543100/syndecan-1-limits-the-progression-of-liver-injury-and-promotes-liver-repair-in-acetaminophen-induced-liver-injury
#16
Eon Jeong Nam, Kazutaka Hayashida, Rafael S Aquino, John R Couchman, Rosemary A Kozar, Jian Liu, Pyong Woo Park
Accidental or intentional misuse of acetaminophen (APAP) is the leading cause of acute liver failure in the Western world. While mechanisms that trigger APAP-induced liver injury are well known, those that halt the progression of APAP liver disease and facilitate liver recovery are less understood. Heparan sulfate proteoglycans (HSPGs) bind to and regulate various tissue injury factors through their heparan sulfate (HS) chains, but the importance of HSPGs in liver injury in vivo remains unknown. Here, we examined the role of syndecan-1, the major cell surface HSPG of hepatocytes, in APAP-induced liver injury...
May 22, 2017: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542924/effects-of-mechanical-loading-on-human-mesenchymal-stem-cells-for-cartilage-tissue-engineering
#17
Jane Ru Choi, Kar Wey Yong, Jean Yu Choi
Today, articular cartilage damage is a major health problem, affecting people of all ages. The existing conventional articular cartilage repair techniques, such as autologous chondrocyte implantation (ACI), microfracture and mosaicplasty, have many shortcomings which negatively affect their clinical outcomes. Therefore, it is essential to develop an alternative and efficient articular repair technique that can address those shortcomings. Cartilage tissue engineering, which aims to create a tissue-engineered cartilage derived from human mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs), shows great promise for improving articular cartilage defect therapy...
May 19, 2017: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542539/a-leishmania-secretion-system-for-the-expression-of-major-ampullate-spidroin-mimics
#18
Todd A Lyda, Elizabeth L Wagner, Andre X Bourg, Congyue Peng, Golnaz Najaf Tomaraei, Delphine Dean, Marian S Kennedy, William R Marcotte
Spider major ampullate silk fibers have been shown to display a unique combination of relatively high fracture strength and toughness compared to other fibers and show potential for tissue engineering scaffolds. While it is not possible to mass produce native spider silks, the potential ability to produce fibers from recombinant spider silk fibers could allow for an increased innovation rate within tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. In this pilot study, we improved upon a prior fabrication route by both changing the expression host and additives to the fiber pulling precursor solution to improve the performance of fibers...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542473/stably-engineered-nanobubbles-and-ultrasound-an-effective-platform-for-enhanced-macromolecular-delivery-to-representative-cells-of-the-retina
#19
Sachin S Thakur, Micheal S Ward, Amirali Popat, Nicole B Flemming, Marie-Odile Parat, Nigel L Barnett, Harendra S Parekh
Herein we showcase the potential of ultrasound-responsive nanobubbles in enhancing macromolecular permeation through layers of the retina, ultimately leading to significant and direct intracellular delivery; this being effectively demonstrated across three relevant and distinct retinal cell lines. Stably engineered nanobubbles of a highly homogenous and echogenic nature were fully characterised using dynamic light scattering, B-scan ultrasound and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The nanobubbles appeared as spherical liposome-like structures under TEM, accompanied by an opaque luminal core and darkened corona around their periphery, with both features indicative of efficient gas entrapment and adsorption, respectively...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542453/extracellular-calcium-promotes-bone-formation-from-bone-marrow-mesenchymal-stem-cells-by-amplifying-the-effects-of-bmp-2-on-smad-signalling
#20
Rubén Aquino-Martínez, Natalia Artigas, Beatriz Gámez, José Luis Rosa, Francesc Ventura
Understanding the molecular events that regulate osteoblast differentiation is essential for the development of effective approaches to bone regeneration. In this study, we analysed the osteoinductive properties of extracellular calcium in bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cell (BM-MSC) differentiation. We cultured BM-MSCs in 3D gelatin scaffolds with Ca2+ and BMP-2 as osteoinductive agents. Early and late osteogenic gene expression and bone regeneration in a calvarial critical-size defect model demonstrate that extracellular Ca2+ enhances the effects of BMP-2 on Osteocalcin, Runx2 and Osterix expression and promotes bone regeneration in vivo...
2017: PloS One
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