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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432115/effects-of-exercise-on-vascular-function-structure-and-health-in-humans
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Daniel J Green, Kurt J Smith
Physical activity has profound impacts on the vasculature in humans. Acute exercise induces immediate changes in artery function, whereas repeated episodic bouts of exercise induce chronic functional adaptation and, ultimately, structural arterial remodeling. The nature of these changes in function and structure are dependent on the characteristics of the training load and may be modulated by other factors such as exercise-induced inflammation and oxidative stress. The clinical implications of these physiological adaptations are profound...
April 21, 2017: Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431980/shear-stress-alterations-in-the-celiac-trunk-of-patients-with-a-continuous-flow-left-ventricular-assist-device-as-shown-by-in-silico-and-in-vitro-flow-analyses
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Francesco Scardulla, Salvatore Pasta, Leonardo D'Acquisto, Sergio Sciacca, Valentina Agnese, Christian Vergara, Alfio Quarteroni, Francesco Clemenza, Diego Bellavia, Michele Pilato
BACKGROUND: The use of left ventricular assist devices (LVADs) to treat advanced cardiac heart failure is constantly increasing, although this device leads to high risk for gastrointestinal bleeding. METHODS: Using in-silico flow analysis, we quantified hemodynamic alterations due to continuous-flow LVAD (HeartWare, Inc., Framingham, MA) in the celiac trunk and major branches of the abdominal aorta, and then explored the relationship between wall shear stress (WSS) and celiac trunk orientation...
March 24, 2017: Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431600/assessment-of-on-treatment-platelet-reactivity-and-relationship-with-cerebral-micro-embolic-signals-in-asymptomatic-and-symptomatic-carotid-stenosis
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Justin A Kinsella, W Oliver Tobin, Sean Tierney, Timothy M Feeley, Bridget Egan, Tara Coughlan, D Ronan Collins, Desmond O'Neill, Joseph A Harbison, Colin P Doherty, Prakash Madhavan, Dermot J Moore, Sean M O'Neill, Mary-Paula Colgan, Maher Saqqur, Raymond P Murphy, Niamh Moran, George Hamilton, Dominick J H McCabe
INTRODUCTION: The relationship between on-treatment platelet reactivity and cerebral micro-embolic signals (MES) is unknown, and has not been previously simultaneously assessed in asymptomatic and symptomatic carotid stenosis patients. METHODS: Consecutive eligible patients with ≥50% asymptomatic or recently symptomatic carotid stenosis (≤4weeks following TIA/ischaemic stroke) were recruited to this pilot study. Symptomatic patients were followed up to the 'late' phase (≥3months) following symptom onset or carotid intervention; longitudinal data were analysed from symptomatic patients with data available at both time-points...
May 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431330/gas-forming-liposomes-prepared-using-a-liposomal-magnetoporation-method
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Jae Min Lee, Dong Sup Kwag, Yu Seok Youn, Eun Seong Lee
In this study, we report a gas-forming drug carrier engineered using the liposomal magnetoporation method. The liposomes that were magnetoporated under a magnetic shear stress possessed an opened lipid bilayer hole. A photosensitizing model drug (chlorin e6: Ce6) and 1H-1H-2H-perfluoro-1-hexene (PFH, as a volatile gas-forming agent) were efficiently loaded into the opened holes of the magnetoporated liposomes. PFH in the liposomes is vaporized at 50°C and can initiate liposome destabilization. The experimental results demonstrated that the liposomes were destabilized at 50°C efficiently released Ce6 and enhanced Ce6-mediated phototoxicity against KB tumor cells...
April 12, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430298/an-experimental-numerical-investigation-on-the-effects-of-macroporous-scaffold-geometry-on-cell-culture-parameters
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Hadis Eghbali, Michele M Nava, Gabriella Leonardi, Davod Mohebbi-Kalhori, Roberto Sebastiano, Abdolreza Samimi, Manuela T Raimondi
INTRODUCTION: Perfused bioreactors have been demonstrated to be effective in the delivery of nutrients and in the removal of waste products to and from the interior of cell-populated three-dimensional scaffolds. In this paper, a perfused bioreactor hosting a macroporous scaffold provided with a channel is used to investigate transport phenomena and culture parameters on cell growth. METHODS: MG63 human osteosarcoma cells were seeded on macroporous poly​(ε-caprolactone) scaffolds provided with a channel...
April 13, 2017: International Journal of Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430279/microcontact-printing-with-aminosilanes-creating-biomolecule-micro-and-nanoarrays-for-multiplexed-microfluidic-bioassays
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Shivani Sathish, Sébastien G Ricoult, Kazumi Toda-Peters, Amy Q Shen
Microfluidic systems integrated with protein and DNA micro- and nanoarrays have been the most sought-after technologies to satisfy the growing demand for high-throughput disease diagnostics. As the sensitivity of these systems relies on the bio-functionalities of the patterned recognition biomolecules, the primary concern has been to develop simple technologies that enable biomolecule immobilization within microfluidic devices whilst preserving bio-functionalities. To address this concern, we introduce a two-step patterning approach to create micro- and nanoarrays of biomolecules within microfluidic devices...
April 21, 2017: Analyst
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429593/model-amphiphilic-block-copolymers-with-tailored-molecular-weight-and-composition-in-pdms-based-films-to-limit-soft-biofouling
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Brandon M Wenning, Elisa Martinelli, Sophie Mieszkin, John A Finlay, Daniel A Fischer, James A Callow, Maureen E Callow, Amanda Leonardi, Christopher K Ober, Giancarlo Galli
A set of controlled surface composition films was produced utilizing amphiphilic surface-active block copolymers dispersed in a crosslinked polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) network. These block copolymers contained oligo(ethylene glycol) (PEGMA) and fluoroalkyl (AF6) side chains in selected ratios and molecular weights to control surface chemistry as well as antifouling (AF) and fouling-release (FR) performance. AF and FR properties were assessed by carrying out settlement and removal assays using two algae, the green macroalga Ulva linza (favors attachment to polar surfaces) and the unicellular diatom Navicula incerta (favors attachment to non-polar surfaces)...
April 21, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427634/enhanced-porosity-and-permeability-of-three-dimensional-alginate-scaffolds-via-acoustic-microstreaming-induced-by-low-intensity-pulsed-ultrasound
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Gepu Guo, Yong Ma, Yang Guo, Chunbing Zhang, Xiasheng Guo, Juan Tu, Alfred C H Yu, Junru Wu, Dong Zhang
The shear stress resulting from the microstreaming induced by low-intensity pulsed ultrasound (LIPUS) has been often used to improve the permeability of cell membrane or porous engineering scaffolds. In the present study, three-dimensional (3-D) scaffold culture systems were constituted to simulate the in vivo microenvironment, providing benefits for cell growth. In order to investigate the mechanism underlying the enhanced porosity and permeability of the 3-D alginate scaffolds by using LIPUS with varied acoustic intensities, two quantitative imaging techniques (i...
July 2017: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424860/influence-of-tibial-hybrid-fixation-on-graft-tension-and-stability-in-acl-double-bundle-reconstruction
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B H Drews, A Seitz, J Huth, G Bauer, A Ignatius, L Dürselen
PURPOSE: Initial graft tension in anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction affects stability and tension loss at follow-up. This study investigated the influence of hybrid tibial fixation in 3-tunnel double-bundle ACL reconstruction on initial graft tension and tension change and stability under anterior and combined rotatory loads. METHODS: Eleven fresh-frozen cadaveric knees were reconstructed with an ACL double bundle using a 3-tunnel technique. Grafts were tightened to 80 N in 60° (AM bundle) and 15° (PL bundle) of flexion...
April 19, 2017: Archives of Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424305/numerical-simulation-of-haemodynamics-and-low-density-lipoprotein-transport-in-the-rabbit-aorta-and-their-correlation-with-atherosclerotic-plaque-thickness
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Xiaoyin Li, Xiao Liu, Peng Zhang, Chenglong Feng, Anqiang Sun, Hongyan Kang, Xiaoyan Deng, Yubo Fan
Two mechanisms of shear stress and mass transport have been recognized to play an important role in the development of localized atherosclerosis. However, their relationship and roles in atherogenesis are still obscure. It is necessary to investigate quantitatively the correlation among low-density lipoproteins (LDL) transport, haemodynamic parameters and plaque thickness. We simulated blood flow and LDL transport in rabbit aorta using computational fluid dynamics and evaluated plaque thickness in the aorta of a high-fat-diet rabbit...
April 2017: Journal of the Royal Society, Interface
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420258/lace-up-for-healthy-feet-the-impact-of-shoe-closure-on-plantar-stress-response
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Hadi Rahemi, David G Armstrong, Ana Enriquez, Joshua Owl, Talal K Talal, Bijan Najafi
OBJECTIVE: This study examined the impact of shoe closure on plantar thermal stress response (TSR), which is known to be a surrogate of shear stress and skin perfusion. It is aimed to explore potential impact of shoe closure on increasing risk factors associated with plantar ulcers in people with diabetic peripheral neuropathy (DPN). METHODS: Fifteen eligible subjects were enrolled. The left foot was used as a reference and fitted to a self-adjusted and habitual lace-tightening method by each subject...
April 1, 2017: Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419584/context-dependent-function-of-ros-in-the-vascular-endothelium-the-role-of-the-notch-pathway-and-shear-stress
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Francesco Vieceli Dalla Sega, Giorgio Aquila, Francesca Fortini, Mauro Vaccarezza, Paola Secchiero, Paola Rizzo, Gianluca Campo
Reactive oxygen species (ROS) act as signal molecules in several biological processes whereas excessive, unregulated, ROS production contributes to the development of pathological conditions including endothelial dysfunction and atherosclerosis. The maintenance of a healthy endothelium depends on many factors and on their reciprocal interactions; in this framework, the Notch pathway and shear stress (SS) play two lead roles. Recently, evidence of a crosstalk between ROS, Notch, and SS, is emerging. The aim of this review is to describe the way ROS interact with the Notch pathway and SS protecting from-or promoting-the development of endothelial dysfunction...
April 17, 2017: BioFactors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418430/wat-on-a-chip-a-physiologically-relevant-microfluidic-system-incorporating-white-adipose-tissue
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Peter Loskill, Thiagarajan Sezhian, Kevin M Tharp, Felipe T Lee-Montiel, Shaheen Jeeawoody, Willie Mae Reese, Peter-James H Zushin, Andreas Stahl, Kevin E Healy
Organ-on-a-chip systems possess a promising future as drug screening assays and as testbeds for disease modeling in the context of both single-organ systems and multi-organ-chips. Although it comprises approximately one fourth of the body weight of a healthy human, an organ frequently overlooked in this context is white adipose tissue (WAT). WAT-on-a-chip systems are required to create safety profiles of a large number of drugs due to their interactions with adipose tissue and other organs via paracrine signals, fatty acid release, and drug levels through sequestration...
April 18, 2017: Lab on a Chip
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417457/effects-of-riboflavin-and-ultraviolet-light-treatment-on-platelet-thrombus-formation-and-thrombus-stability-on-collagen
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Chikahiro Terada, Masayuki Shiba, Tadashi Nagai, Masahiro Satake
BACKGROUND: Pathogen reduction technologies (PRTs) are considered for the implementation of safer platelet (PLT) transfusion. PRT treatment involves the addition of a photosensitizer to a blood component followed by ultraviolet (UV) light irradiation. However, the effects of PRT treatment on PLT thrombus formation and thrombus stability have not been satisfactorily clarified. STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS: Leukoreduced PLT concentrates (PCs) were treated with riboflavin and UV light (Mirasol PRT)...
April 17, 2017: Transfusion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416866/rheology-and-microstructure-of-kefiran-and-whey-protein-mixed-gels
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Hosayn Kazazi, Faramarz Khodaiyan, Karamatollah Rezaei, Malihe Pishvaei, Mohammad Amin Mohammadifar, Sohrab Moieni
The effect of kefiran on cold-set gelation of whey protein isolate (WPI) at 25 °C was studied using rheological measurements and environmental scanning electron microscopy (ESEM). The gelation of samples was induced by the addition of glucono-δ-lactone to the dispersions. WPI concentration was maintained at 8% (w/v) and the concentration of kefiran varied from 0 to 0.08% (w/v). According to rheological measurements, the addition of kefiran into WPI dispersions resulted in a significant increase in the gel strength, the yield stress, and the shear stress values at the flowing point...
April 2017: Journal of Food Science and Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416610/evidence-for-shear-mediated-ca-2-entry-through-mechanosensitive-cation-channels-in-human-platelets-and-a-megakaryocytic-cell-line
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Zeki Ilkan, Joy R Wright, Alison H Goodall, Jonathan M Gibbins, Chris I Jones, Martyn P Mahaut-Smith
The role of mechanosensitive (MS) Ca(2+)-permeable ion channels in platelets is unclear, despite the importance of shear stress in platelet function and life-threatening thrombus formation. We therefore sought to investigate the expression and functional relevance of MS channels in human platelets. The effect of shear stress on Ca(2+) entry in human platelets and Meg-01 megakaryocytic cells loaded with Fluo-3 was examined by confocal microscopy. Cells were attached to microscope slides within flow chambers that allowed applications of physiological and pathological shear stress...
April 17, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416416/flow-function-of-pharmaceutical-powders-is-predominantly-governed-by-cohesion-not-by-friction-coefficients
#17
Lap Yin Leung, Chen Mao, Ishan Srivastava, Ping Du, Chia-Yi Yang
The purpose of this study is to demonstrate that the flow function (FFc) of pharmaceutical powders, as measured by rotational shear cell, is predominantly governed by cohesion, but not friction coefficients. Driven by an earlier report showing an inverse correlation between FFc and the cohesion divided by the corresponding pre-consolidation stress [Wang et al. 2016. Powder Tech. 294:105-112], we performed analysis on a large dataset containing 1130 measurements from a ring shear tester, and identified a near-perfect inverse correlation between the FFc and cohesion...
April 14, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415614/connexin40-controls-endothelial-activation-by-dampening-nfkb-activation
#18
Jean-Francois Denis, Ke Ludwig Scheckenbach, Anna Pfenniger, Merlijn J Meens, Rob Krams, Lucile Miquerol, Steven Taffet, Marc Chanson, Mario Delmar, Brenda R Kwak
Connexins are proteins forming gap junction channels for intercellular communication. Connexin40 (Cx40) is highly expressed by endothelial cells (ECs) of healthy arteries but this expression is lost in ECs overlying atherosclerotic plaques. Low/oscillatory shear stress observed in bends and bifurcations of arteries is atherogenic partly through activation of the pro-inflammatory NFκB pathway in ECs. In this study, we investigated the relation between shear stress, Cx40 and NFκB. Shear stress-modifying casts were placed around carotid arteries of mice expressing eGFP under the Cx40 promoter (Cx40+/eGFP)...
March 22, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415393/the-relationship-between-particle-morphology-and-rheological-properties-in-injectable-nano-hydroxyapatite-bone-graft-substitutes
#19
Y Ryabenkova, A Pinnock, P A Quadros, R L Goodchild, G Möbus, A Crawford, P V Hatton, C A Miller
Biomaterials composed of hydroxyapatite (HA) are currently used for the treatment of bone defects resulting from trauma or surgery. However, hydroxyapatite supplied in the form of a paste is considered a very convenient medical device compared to the materials where HA powder and liquid need to be mixed immediately prior to the bone treatment during surgery. In this study we have tested a series of hydroxyapatite (HA) pastes with varying microstructure and different rheological behaviour to evaluate their injectability and biocompatibility...
June 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415378/drag-law-for-an-intruder-in-granular-sediments
#20
Andreea Panaitescu, Xavier Clotet, Arshad Kudrolli
We investigate the drag experienced by a spherical intruder moving through a medium consisting of granular hydrogels immersed in water as a function of its depth, size, and speed. The medium is observed to display a yield stress with a finite force required to move the intruder in the quasistatic regime at low speeds before rapidly increasing at high speeds. In order to understand the relevant time scales that determine drag, we estimate the inertial number I given by the ratio of the time scales required to rearrange grains due to the overburden pressure and imposed shear and the viscous number J given by the ratio of the time scales required to sediment grains in the interstitial fluid and imposed shear...
March 2017: Physical Review. E
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