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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227544/tolerance-of-neural-decoding-errors-for-powered-artificial-legs-a-pilot-study
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Fan Zhang, Ming Liu, He Huang, Fan Zhang, Ming Liu, He Huang, He Huang, Ming Liu, Fan Zhang
Neural-machine interface (NMI) decoding errors challenge the clinical value of neural control of powered artificial legs, because these errors can dangerously disturb the user's walking balance, cause stumbles or falls, and thus threaten the user's confidence and safety in prosthesis use. Although extensive research efforts have been made to minimize the NMI decoding error rate, none of the current approaches can completely eliminate the errors in NMI. This study aimed at improving the robustness of prosthesis control system against neural decoding errors by introducing a fault-tolerant control (FTC) strategy...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227466/engineering-based-assessment-for-a-shape-design-of-a-pediatric-eptfe-pulmonary-conduit-valve
#2
Yusuke Tsuboko, Yasuyuki Shiraishi, Akihiro Yamada, Tomoyuki Yambe, Hidekazu Miura, Seitaro Mura, Masaaki Yamagishi, Yusuke Tsuboko, Yasuyuki Shiraishi, Akihiro Yamada, Tomoyuki Yambe, Hidekazu Miura, Seitaro Mura, Masaaki Yamagishi, Akihiro Yamada, Seitaro Mura, Yasuyuki Shiraishi, Tomoyuki Yambe, Yusuke Tsuboko, Hidekazu Miura, Masaaki Yamagishi
The authors examined the hemodynamic characteristics of expanded polytetrafluoroethylene (ePTFE) pulmonary valved conduits quantitatively by our originally developed pediatric pulmonary mechanical circulatory system, in order to suggest the optimal shape design. The system consisted of pneumatically driven right atrium and ventricle model, a pulmonary valve chamber, and elastic pulmonary compliance model with peripheral vascular resistance units, a venous reservoir. We employed two different types of ePTFE valve and evaluated the relationship between the leaflets motion and hemodynamic characteristics by using a high-speed video camera...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227434/electrospinning-of-gelatin-and-smpu-with-carbon-nanotubes-for-tissue-engineering-scaffolds
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Monica A Mejia, Lina M Hoyos, Jenniffer Zapata, Luz M Restrepo, Maria E Moneada, Monica A Mejia, Lina M Hoyos, Jenniffer Zapata, Luz M Restrepo, Maria E Moneada, Lina M Hoyos, Jenniffer Zapata, Monica A Mejia, Luz M Restrepo
The nanofibres created by electrospinning technique are currently used for a variety of applications in tissue engineering; and Gelatin and Polyurethane Shape-Memory (SMPU) have important results in biomedicine. Similarly, carbon nanotubes combined with other biomaterials change important properties, opening new opportunities for biomedical applications. In this work, we constructed scaffold using electrospinning technique based in bovine-hide gelatin, SMPU and both materials hybrid with carbon nanotube. Morphology and cytotoxicity were evaluated and mechanical properties for two materials were obtained in scaffold building...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226780/modeling-of-coupled-differential-equations-for-cellular-chemical-signaling-pathways-implications-for-assay-protocols-utilized-in-cellular-engineering
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George D O'Clock, George D O'Clock, George D O'Clock
Cellular engineering involves modification and control of cell properties, and requires an understanding of fundamentals and mechanisms of action for cellular derived product development. One of the keys to success in cellular engineering involves the quality and validity of results obtained from cell chemical signaling pathway assays. The accuracy of the assay data cannot be verified or assured if the effect of positive feedback, nonlinearities, and interrelationships between cell chemical signaling pathway elements are not understood, modeled, and simulated...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226218/assessing-cartilage-biomechanical-properties-techniques-for-evaluating-the-functional-performance-of-cartilage-in-health-and-disease
#5
Benjamin A Lakin, Brian D Snyder, Mark W Grinstaff
Osteoarthritis (OA) affects millions of people and results in weakened hyaline cartilage due to overloading. During joint articulation, hyaline cartilage must withstand high loads while maintaining low friction to prevent wear and tissue loss. Thus, cartilage compressive stiffness and the coefficient of friction are important indicators of the tissue's functional performance. These mechanical properties are often measured ex vivo using mechanical testing regimens, but arthroscopic handheld probes (e.g., for indentation testing, ultrasound, and optical coherence tomography) and noninvasive imaging modalities (e...
February 2, 2017: Annual Review of Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225058/superstatistical-model-of-bacterial-dna-architecture
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Mikhail I Bogachev, Oleg A Markelov, Airat R Kayumov, Armin Bunde
Understanding the physical principles that govern the complex DNA structural organization as well as its mechanical and thermodynamical properties is essential for the advancement in both life sciences and genetic engineering. Recently we have discovered that the complex DNA organization is explicitly reflected in the arrangement of nucleotides depicted by the universal power law tailed internucleotide interval distribution that is valid for complete genomes of various prokaryotic and eukaryotic organisms. Here we suggest a superstatistical model that represents a long DNA molecule by a series of consecutive ~150 bp DNA segments with the alternation of the local nucleotide composition between segments exhibiting long-range correlations...
February 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225022/core-shell-nanoparticle-arrays-double-the-strength-of-steel
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J-B Seol, S-H Na, B Gault, J-E Kim, J-C Han, C-G Park, D Raabe
Manipulating structure, defects and composition of a material at the atomic scale for enhancing its physical or mechanical properties is referred to as nanostructuring. Here, by combining advanced microscopy techniques, we unveil how formation of highly regular nano-arrays of nanoparticles doubles the strength of an Fe-based alloy, doped with Ti, Mo, and V, from 500 MPa to 1 GPa, upon prolonged heat treatment. The nanoparticles form at moving heterophase interfaces during cooling from the high-temperature face-centered cubic austenite to the body-centered cubic ferrite phase...
February 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224898/non-covalently-crosslinked-chitosan-nanofibrous-mats-prepared-by-electrospinning-as-substrates-for-soft-tissue-regeneration
#8
Chiara Tonda-Turo, Francesca Ruini, Martina Ramella, Francesca Boccafoschi, Piergiorgio Gentile, Emilia Gioffredi, Giuseppe Falvo D'Urso Labate, Gianluca Ciardelli
Chitosan (CS) membranes obtained by electrospinning are potentially ideal substrates for soft tissue engineering as they combine the excellent biological properties of CS with the extracellular matrix (ECM)-like structure of nanofibrous mats. However, the high amount of acid solvents required to spun CS solutions interferes with the biocompatibility of CS fibres. To overcome this limitation, novel CS based solutions were investigated in this work. Low amount of acidic acid (0.5M) was used and dibasic sodium phosphate (DSP) was introduced as ionic crosslinker to improve nanofibres water stability and to neutralize the acidic pH of electrospun membranes after fibres soaking in biological fluids...
April 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224886/alginate-hydrogels-modified-with-low-molecular-weight-hyaluronate-for-cartilage-regeneration
#9
Honghyun Park, Hyun Ji Lee, Hyoseok An, Kuen Yong Lee
Alginate is a typical biomaterial that forms hydrogels in the presence of calcium ions and has often been utilized in tissue engineering approaches. However, it lacks biofunctionality in the form of interactions with cells and proteins. Hyaluronate, a main component of glycosaminoglycans, provides CD44-specific interactions with chondrocytes but typically requires chemical cross-linking agents to fabricate hydrogels, which may cause unexpected side effects in the body. In this study, we propose the design and fabrication of a hybrid structure of alginate and hyaluronate useful for cartilage regeneration...
April 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224370/a-dual-mode-bioreactor-system-for-tissue-engineered-vascular-models
#10
N Bono, S Meghezi, M Soncini, M Piola, D Mantovani, Gianfranco Beniamino Fiore
In the past decades, vascular tissue engineering has made great strides towards bringing engineered vascular tissues to the clinics and, in parallel, obtaining in-lab tools for basic research. Herein, we propose the design of a novel dual-mode bioreactor, useful for the fabrication (construct mode) and in vitro stimulation (culture mode) of collagen-based tubular constructs. Collagen-based gels laden with smooth muscle cells (SMCs) were molded directly within the bioreactor culture chamber. Based on a systematic characterization of the bioreactor culture mode, constructs were subjected to 10% cyclic strain at 0...
February 21, 2017: Annals of Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223460/mechanism-of-h2s-oxidation-by-the-dissimilatory-perchlorate-reducing-microorganism-azospira-suillum-ps
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Misha G Mehta-Kolte, Dana Loutey, Ouwei Wang, Matthew D Youngblut, Christopher G Hubbard, Kelly M Wetmore, Mark E Conrad, John D Coates
The genetic and biochemical basis of perchlorate-dependent H2S oxidation (PSOX) was investigated in the dissimilatory perchlorate-reducing microorganism (DPRM) Azospira suillum PS (PS). Previously, it was shown that all known DPRMs innately oxidize H2S, producing elemental sulfur (S(o)). Although the process involving PSOX is thermodynamically favorable (ΔG°' = -206 kJ ⋅ mol(-1) H2S), the underlying biochemical and genetic mechanisms are currently unknown. Interestingly, H2S is preferentially utilized over physiological electron donors such as lactate or acetate although no growth benefit is obtained from the metabolism...
February 21, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223282/induction-of-nkg2d-ligands-on-solid-tumors-requires-tumor-specific-cd8-t-cells-and-histone-acetyltransferases
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Jiemiao Hu, Chantale Bernatchez, Liangfang Zhang, Xueqing Xia, Eugenie S Kleinerman, Mien-Chie Hung, Patrick Hwu, Shulin Li
NKG2D-mediated immune surveillance is crucial for inhibiting tumor growth and metastases. Malignant tumor cells often downregulate NKG2D ligands to escape from immune surveillance. High-profile studies have shown that restoring NKG2D ligand expression via genetic engineering inhibits tumor formation and progression. However, no effective in vivo approaches are available to restore these ligands across different types of solid tumors, because the classic stress signal-dependent induction of this ligand in vitro is transient and has rarely been duplicated in solid tumors in vivo We found that co-administration of an immune stimulatory signal (interleukin-12) and chemotherapy (doxorubicin) restored the NKG2D ligand Rae-1 in multiple tumor types, including a human tumor model...
February 21, 2017: Cancer Immunology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223179/biological-aspects-of-axonal-damage-in-glaucoma-a-brief-review
#13
REVIEW
Ernst R Tamm, C Ross Ethier, Claude Burgoyne, C Ross Ethier, Ernst R Tamm, Cheri Stowell, John E Dowling, Crawford Downs, Mark H Ellisman, Steven Fisher, Brad Fortune, Marcus Fruttiger, Tatjana Jakobs, Geoffrey Lewis, Claire H Mitchell, John Morrison, Sansar C Sharma, Ian Sigal, Michael Sofroniew, Lin Wang, Janey Wiggs, Samuel Wu, Richard H Masland
Intraocular pressure (IOP) is a critical risk factor in glaucoma, and the available evidence derived from experimental studies in primates and rodents strongly indicates that the site of IOP-induced axonal damage in glaucoma is at the optic nerve head (ONH). However, the mechanisms that cause IOP-induced damage at the ONH are far from understood. A possible sequence of events could originate with IOP-induced stress in the ONH connective tissue elements (peripapillary sclera, scleral canal and lamina cribrosa) that leads to an increase in biomechanical strain...
February 18, 2017: Experimental Eye Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222796/new-development-in-car-t-cell-therapy
#14
REVIEW
Zhenguang Wang, Zhiqiang Wu, Yang Liu, Weidong Han
Chimeric antigen receptor (CAR)-engineered T cells (CAR-T cells) have yielded unprecedented efficacy in B cell malignancies, most remarkably in anti-CD19 CAR-T cells for B cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (B-ALL) with up to a 90% complete remission rate. However, tumor antigen escape has emerged as a main challenge for the long-term disease control of this promising immunotherapy in B cell malignancies. In addition, this success has encountered significant hurdles in translation to solid tumors, and the safety of the on-target/off-tumor recognition of normal tissues is one of the main reasons...
February 21, 2017: Journal of Hematology & Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222489/characterization-of-a-novel-signal-transducer-element-intrinsic-to-class-iiia-b-adenylate-cyclases-and-guanylate-cyclases
#15
Miriam Ziegler, Jens Bassler, Stephanie Beltz, Anita Schultz, Andrei N Lupas, Joachim E Schultz
Adenylate cyclases (ACs) are signalling proteins that produce the second messenger cAMP. Class III ACs comprises four groups (class IIIa-d); of these, class IIIa and IIIb ACs have been identified in bacteria and eukaryotes. Many class IIIa ACs are anchored to membranes via hexahelical domains. In eukaryotic ACs, membrane anchors are well conserved, suggesting that this region possesses important functional characteristics that are as yet unknown. To address this question, we replaced the hexahelical membrane anchor of the mycobacterial AC Rv1625c by the hexahelical quorum-sensing receptor from Legionella, LqsS...
February 21, 2017: FEBS Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222391/a-clinically-applicable-non-invasive-method-to-quantitatively-assess-the-visco-hyperelastic-properties-of-human-heel-pad-implications-for-assessing-the-risk-of-mechanical-trauma
#16
Sara Behforootan, Panagiotis E Chatzistergos, Nachiappan Chockalingam, Roozbeh Naemi
INTRODUCTION: Pathological conditions such as diabetic foot and plantar heel pain are associated with changes in the mechanical properties of plantar soft tissue. However, the causes and implications of these changes are not yet fully understood. This is mainly because accurate assessment of the mechanical properties of plantar soft tissue in the clinic remains extremely challenging. PURPOSE: To develop a clinically viable non-invasive method of assessing the mechanical properties of the heel pad...
February 9, 2017: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222206/titanium-hydroxyapatite-composites-sintered-at-low-temperature-for-tissue-engineering-in-vitro-cell-support-and-biocompatibility
#17
Romina Comín, Mariana P Cid, Luciano Grinschpun, Carlos Oldani, Nancy A Salvatierra
BACKGROUND: In clinical orthopedics, a critical problem is the bone tissue loss produced by a disease or injury. The use of composites from titanium and hydroxyapatite for biomedical applications has increased due to the resulting advantageous combination of hydroxyapatite bioactivity and favorable mechanical properties of titanium. Powder metallurgy is a simple and lower-cost method that uses powder from titanium and hydroxyapatite to obtain composites having hydroxyapatite phases in a metallic matrix...
February 21, 2017: Journal of Applied Biomaterials & Functional Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222169/decellularized-wharton-s-jelly-from-human-umbilical-cord-as-a-novel-3d-scaffolding-material-for-tissue-engineering-applications
#18
Sushma Jadalannagari, Gabriel Converse, Christopher McFall, Eric Buse, Michael Filla, Maria T Villar, Antonio Artigues, Adam J Mellot, Jinxi Wang, Michael S Detamore, Richard A Hopkins, Omar S Aljitawi
In tissue engineering, an ideal scaffold attracts and supports cells thus providing them with the necessary mechanical support and architecture as they reconstruct new tissue in vitro and in vivo. This manuscript details a novel matrix derived from decellularized Wharton's jelly (WJ) obtained from human umbilical cord for use as a scaffold for tissue engineering application. This decellularized Wharton's jelly matrix (DWJM) contained 0.66 ± 0.12 μg/mg sulfated glycosaminoglycans (GAGs), and was abundant in hyaluronic acid, and completely devoid of cells...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222045/validation-of-scaffold-design-optimization-in-bone-tissue-engineering-finite-element-modeling-versus-designed-experiments
#19
Nicholas Uth, Jens Mueller, Byran Smucker, Azizeh-Mitra Yousefi
This study reports the development of biological/synthetic scaffolds for bone tissue engineering (TE) via 3D bioplotting. These scaffolds were composed of poly(L-lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA), type I collagen, and nano-hydroxyapatite (nHA) in an attempt to mimic the extracellular matrix of bone. The solvent used for processing the scaffolds was 1,1,1,3,3,3-hexafluoro-2-propanol. The produced scaffolds were characterized by scanning electron microscopy, microcomputed tomography, thermogravimetric analysis, and unconfined compression test...
February 21, 2017: Biofabrication
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221776/the-horizon-of-materiobiology-a-perspective-on-material-guided-cell-behaviors-and-tissue-engineering
#20
Yulin Li, Yin Xiao, Changsheng Liu
Although the biological functions of cell and tissue can be regulated by biochemical factors (e.g., growth factors, hormones), the biophysical effects of materials on the regulation of biological activity are receiving more attention. In this Review, we systematically summarize the recent progress on how biomaterials with controllable properties (e.g., compositional/degradable dynamics, mechanical properties, 2D topography, and 3D geometry) can regulate cell behaviors (e.g., cell adhesion, spreading, proliferation, cell alignment, and the differentiation or self-maintenance of stem cells) and tissue/organ functions...
February 21, 2017: Chemical Reviews
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