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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448922/affine-and-non-affine-deformations-quantified-in-cytoskeletal-networks-through-three-dimensional-form-finding-model
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Yifan Wang, Jinghai Gong, Denis Wirtz, Benjamin W Schafer
Actin filaments and cross-linkers are main components of cytoskeletal networks in eukaryotic cells, and they support bending moments and axial forces respectively. A three-dimensional form-finding model is proposed in this work to investigate affine and non-affine deformations in cytoskeletal networks. In recent studies, modeling of cytoskeletal networks turns out to be a key piece in the cell mechanics puzzle. We used form-finding analysis to compute and analyze cytoskeletal models. A three-dimensional model is much more flexible and contains more elements than a two-dimensional model, and non-linear finite element analysis is difficult to converge...
April 20, 2017: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447291/investigation-of-contact-characteristics-and-frictional-properties-of-natural-articular-cartilage-at-two-different-surface-configurations
#2
Shanhua Qian, Liyong Zhang, Zi Feng Ni, Chuanhui Huang, Dekun Zhang
Natural cartilage surfaces were macroscopically curved with multi-porous viscoelastic biologic materials with extremely high water, but whether curved surface configuration could play an important role on the contact and frictional properties of natural cartilages fails to be completely understood up to now. In this current study, cartilage samples came from the 18-24 month-old bovine femora. Contact characteristic and frictional properties at two cartilage configurations were investigated using the UMT-2 testing rig and the five-point sliding average method would be adopted to analyze these tested data...
June 2017: Journal of Materials Science. Materials in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447179/influence-of-inherent-mechanophenotype-on-competitive-cellular-adherence
#3
Manisha K Shah, Iris H Garcia-Pak, Eric M Darling
Understanding the role of mechanophenotype in competitive adherence of cells to other cells versus underlying substrates can inform such processes as tissue development, cancer progression, and wound healing. This study investigated how mechanophenotype, defined by whole-cell, elastic/viscoelastic properties for the perinuclear region, and cellular assembly are intertwined through the mechanosensing process. Atomic force microscopy was used to characterize the temporal elastic/viscoelastic properties of individual and assembled fibroblasts grown on substrates with elastic moduli above, below, or similar to whole-cell mechanophenotypes measured for three, genetically modified cell lines...
April 26, 2017: Annals of Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446928/thromboelastographic-changes-during-laparoscopic-fundoplication
#4
Indre Zostautiene, Kristina Zvinienė, Darius Trepenaitis, Rolandas Gerbutavičius, Antanas Mickevičius, Rima Gerbutavičienė, Mindaugas Kiudelis
INTRODUCTION: Thromboelastography (TEG) is a technique that measures coagulation processes and surveys the properties of a viscoelastic blood clot, from its formation to lysis. AIM: To determine the possible hypercoagulability state and the effect of antithrombotic prophylaxis on thromboelastogram results and development of venous thrombosis during laparoscopic fundoplication. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The study was performed on 106 patients who were randomized into two groups...
2017: Wideochirurgia i Inne Techniki Mało Inwazyjne, Videosurgery and Other Miniinvasive Techniques
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443944/the-role-of-thromboelastometry-in-the-assessment-and-treatment-of-coagulopathy-in-liver-transplant-patients
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Raffael Pereira Cezar Zamper, Thiago Chaves Amorim, Luiz Guilherme Villares da Costa, Flávio Takaoka, Ary Serpa
Perioperative monitoring of coagulation is vital to assess bleeding risks, diagnose deficiencies associated with hemorrhage, and guide hemostatic therapy in major surgical procedures, such as liver transplantation. Routine static tests demand long turnaround time and do not assess platelet function; they are determined on plasma at a standard temperature of 37°C; hence these tests are ill-suited for intraoperative use. In contrast, methods which evaluate the viscoelastic properties of whole blood, such as thromboelastogram and rotational thromboelastometry, provide rapid qualitative coagulation assessment and appropriate guidance for transfusion therapy...
April 20, 2017: Einstein
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443913/the-effect-of-surface-roughness-and-viscoelasticity-on-rubber-adhesion
#6
A Tiwari, L Dorogin, A I Bennett, K D Schulze, W G Sawyer, M Tahir, G Heinrich, B N J Persson
Adhesion between silica glass or acrylic balls and silicone elastomers and various industrial rubbers is investigated. The work of adhesion during pull-off is found to strongly vary depending on the system, which we attribute to the two opposite effects: (1) viscoelastic energy dissipation close to an opening crack tip and (2) surface roughness. Introducing surface roughness on the glass ball is found to increase the work of adhesion for soft elastomers, while for the stiffer elastomers it results in a strong reduction in the work of adhesion...
April 26, 2017: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442692/viscocanalostomy-and-canaloplasty-ab-externo-schlemm-s-canal-surgery
#7
Matthias C Grieshaber
Ab externo Schlemm's canal (SC) surgery (e.g., viscocanalostomy and canaloplasty) is a valuable alternative to glaucoma filtration surgery. It targets the abnormally high resistance to outflow in the trabecular meshwork (TM) and reestablishes the physiologic outflow system. In viscocanalostomy, viscoelastic substance is injected to dilate SC, which in turn leads to microdisruptions of the inner wall. In canaloplasty, the additional intracanalicular stent (suture or Stegmann Canal Expander®) keeps the canal patent and enhances the circumferential flow...
2017: Developments in Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441050/comparison-of-platelet-function-and-viscoelastic-test-results-between-healthy-dogs-and-dogs-with-naturally-occurring-chronic-kidney-disease
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Alicia Dudley, Julie K Byron, Mary Jo Burkhard, Emma Warry, Julien Guillaumin
OBJECTIVE To compare platelet function and viscoelastic test results between healthy dogs and dogs with chronic kidney disease (CKD) to assess whether dogs with CKD have platelet dysfunction and altered blood coagulation. ANIMALS 10 healthy control dogs and 11 dogs with naturally occurring CKD. PROCEDURES Blood and urine were collected once from each dog for a CBC, serum biochemical analysis, urinalysis, and determination of the urine protein-to-creatinine ratio, prothrombin time, activated partial thromboplastin time, plasma fibrinogen concentration, and antithrombin activity...
May 2017: American Journal of Veterinary Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439976/eye-retraction-and-rotation-during-corvis-st-air-puff-intraocular-pressure-measurement-and-its-quantitative-analysis
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Agnieszka Boszczyk, Henryk Kasprzak, Agnieszka Jóźwik
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to analyse the indentation and deformation of the corneal surface, as well as eye retraction, which occur during air puff intraocular pressure (IOP) measurement. METHODS: A group of 10 subjects was examined using a non-contact Corvis ST tonometer, which records image sequences of corneas deformed by an air puff. Obtained images were processed numerically in order to extract information about corneal deformation, indentation and eyeball retraction...
May 2017: Ophthalmic & Physiological Optics: the Journal of the British College of Ophthalmic Opticians (Optometrists)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439902/concentrated-lyophilized-plasma-used-for-reconstitution-of-whole-blood-leads-to-higher-coagulation-factor-activity-but-unchanged-thrombin-potential-compared-with-fresh-frozen-plasma
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Giacomo E Iapichino, Martin Ponschab, Janne Cadamuro, Susanne Süssner, Christian Gabriel, Benjamin Dieplinger, Margot Egger, Christoph J Schlimp, Soheyl Bahrami, Herbert Schöchl
BACKGROUND: During massive hemorrhage, it is recommended to transfuse red blood cells, platelet concentrate, and fresh-frozen plasma in a ratio close to 1:1:1. To avoid the thawing process of fresh frozen plasma, lyophilized plasma (LP) is increasingly used. Evidence is limited on the activity of coagulation factors in reconstituted blood using LP and concentrated LP versions. STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS: Whole blood from ten healthy volunteers was separated into red blood cell, fresh frozen plasma, and platelet concentrate units...
April 25, 2017: Transfusion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433770/preparation-of-low-digestible-and-viscoelastic-tigernut-cyperus-esculentus-starch-by-bacillus-acidopullulyticus-pullulanase
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Xiaolei Li, Jingchao Fu, Yujuan Wang, Fumin Ma, Dan Li
Tigernut starch is an underutilized food resource. In this study, pullulanase (PUL) hydrolysis was used to change its physiochemical properties for different food applications. The content of low digestible fractions, resistant starch and slow digestible starch, in PUL modified tigernut starch significantly increased from 2.03% to 25.08% (P <0.05) using 120U/g starch of PUL in the debranching reaction. The paste or dispersion of PUL modified tigernut starch had a significantly decreased viscoelasticity (P <0...
April 19, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433148/mechanics-and-transport-phenomena-in-agarose-based-hydrogels-studied-by-compression-relaxation-tests
#12
Diego Caccavo, Sara Cascone, Serena Poto, Gaetano Lamberti, Anna Angela Barba
Hydrogels are widespread materials, used in several frontier fields, due to their peculiar behavior: they couple solvent mass transport to system mechanics, exhibiting viscoelastic and poroelastic characteristics. The full understanding of this behavior is crucial to correctly design such complex systems. In this study agarose gels has been investigated through experimental stress-relaxation tests and with the aid of a 3D poroviscoelastic model. At the investigated experimental conditions, the agarose gels samples show a prevalent viscoelastic behavior, revealing limited water transport and an increase of the stiffness as well as of the relaxation time along with the polymer concentration...
July 1, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430445/controlling-the-roughness-of-langmuir-blodgett-monolayers
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Gregory J Silverberg, Arthur A McClelland, Sarah Griesse-Nascimento, Camille Girabawe, Julian P Kadow, Lakshminarayanan Mahadevan, Chad David Vecitis
Controlling the surface roughness of thin films with nanoscale precision is of significant interest for the rational design of surface coatings. Although wrinkling and buckling of Langmuir monolayers under compression has been demonstrated for several years, there is currently no method to precisely control this behavior during compression and thereby modify the surface roughness of deposited films. Here, we combine conventional Langmuir phase analysis with a novel dynamic viscoelasticity measurement to simply and accurately observe the jamming transition of monolayers of silica spheres, graphene oxide, and surfactant...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430320/remnant-extraction-by-using-an-intraocular-lens-injector-with-essential-flow
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Momoko Yamakawa, Mami Kusaka, Shogo Yamada, Masayuki Akimoto
PURPOSE: To describe a new technique for remnant removal in cases of posterior capsular rupture during cataract surgery and Soemmering ring extraction during intraocular lens (IOL) removal. METHODS: An IOL injector, inserted into the anterior chamber, provides a new exit for residual lens fragments. Passive fluid flow, supplied by an anterior chamber maintainer or some ocular viscoelastic device (OVD) injection, delivers the residual fragments into a lumen of the injector in assistance with a second device such as a phaco-chopper and vitreous cutter...
April 5, 2017: European Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429930/enzymatically-debranched-xylans-in-graft-copolymerization
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Kuisma Littunen, Galina Mai-Gisondi, Jukka Seppälä, Emma R Master
Wheat arabinoxylan was treated with two α-arabinofuranosidases exhibiting different mode of action to create three different polymeric substrates. These three substrate preparations were characterized by xylopyranose backbone sugars that are (1) singly substituted by arabinose at C2 or C3, (2) doubly substituted by arabinose at C2 and C3, and (3) largely unsubstituted. All xylan preparations were grafted with glycidyl methacrylate using cerium ammonium nitrate and then evaluated in terms of graft yield and adsorption to cellulose surfaces...
April 21, 2017: Biomacromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426224/quantitative-analysis-of-polymer-brush-formation-kinetics-using-quartz-crystal-microbalance-viscoelasticity-of-polymer-brush
#16
Hirokazu Tanoue, Norifumi L Yamada, Kohzo Ito, Hideaki Yokoyama
Polymer brush formation kinetics was measured by quartz crystal microbalance (QCM). In the QCM measurement anomalous complex frequency shift as a function of graft density was observed: dissipation rate shift ΔΓ first increased, showed a peak and then decreased despite the graft density of the polymer brush was increasing monotonically. We calculated the shear modulus of the brush layer from the measured complex frequency shift and revealed that the peak of ΔΓ described the crossover from a viscous brush layer to elastic brush layer...
April 20, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425576/bone-marrow-adipose-and-lung-tissue-derived-murine-mesenchymal-stromal-cells-release-different-mediators-and-differentially-affect-airway-and-lung-parenchyma-in-experimental-asthma
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Soraia C Abreu, Mariana A Antunes, Debora G Xisto, Fernanda F Cruz, Vivian C Branco, Elga Bandeira, Jamil Zola Kitoko, Almair F de Araújo, Ludmilla Dellatorre-Texeira, Priscilla C Olsen, Daniel J Weiss, Bruno L Diaz, Marcelo M Morales, Patricia R M Rocco
Mesenchymal stromal cells (MSCs) from different sources have differential effects on lung injury. To compare the effects of murine MSCs from bone marrow (BM), adipose tissue (AD), and lung tissue (LUNG) on inflammatory and remodeling processes in experimental allergic asthma, female C57BL/6 mice were sensitized and challenged with ovalbumin (OVA) or saline (C). Twenty-four hours after the last challenge, mice received either saline (50 µl, SAL), BM-MSCs, AD-MSCs, or LUNG-MSCs (10(5) cells per mouse in 50 µl total volume) intratracheally...
April 20, 2017: Stem Cells Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422391/mr-elastography-detection-of-early-viscoelastic-response-of-the-murine-hippocampus-to-amyloid-%C3%AE-accumulation-and-neuronal-cell-loss-due-to-alzheimer-s-disease
#18
Tonia Munder, Anna Pfeffer, Stefanie Schreyer, Jing Guo, Juergen Braun, Ingolf Sack, Barbara Steiner, Charlotte Klein
PURPOSE: To investigate in vivo viscoelastic parameters related to early histopathological changes in the hippocampus and the cortex in early, preclinical Alzheimer's disease (AD) stages. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Magnetic resonance elastography (MRE) was applied to female APP23 mice, an established transgenic mouse model of AD, at three different stages early in disease progression. To investigate the potential therapeutic effects of physical, cognitive, and social stimulation on brain viscoelasticity and histopathological characteristics, MRE was also applied after exposing young APP23 mice to environmentally enriched cage conditions (ENR), for 1, 12, or 24 weeks, which corresponds to adolescent, young-adult, and adult age at the time of analysis...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging: JMRI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418454/an-indirect-indentation-method-for-evaluating-the-linear-viscoelastic-properties-of-the-brain-tissue
#19
Aref Samadi-Dooki, George Z Voyiadjis, Rhett W Stout
Indentation experiments offer a robust, fast, and repeatable testing method for evaluating the mechanical properties of the solid-state materials in a wide stiffness range. With the advantage of requiring a minimal sample preparation and multiple tests on a small piece of specimen, this method has recently become a popular technique for measuring the elastic properties of the biological materials, especially the brain tissue whose ultrasoft nature makes its mechanical characterization very challenging. Nevertheless, some limitations are associated with the indentation of the brain tissue, such as improper surface detection, negative initial contact force due to tip-tissue moisture interaction, and partial contact between the tip and the sample...
June 1, 2017: Journal of Biomechanical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417600/a-bioinspired-mineral-hydrogel-as-a-self-healable-mechanically-adaptable-ionic-skin-for-highly-sensitive-pressure-sensing
#20
Zhouyue Lei, Quankang Wang, Shengtong Sun, Wencheng Zhu, Peiyi Wu
In the past two decades, artificial skin-like materials have received increasing research interests for their broad applications in artificial intelligence, wearable devices, and soft robotics. However, profound challenges remain in terms of imitating human skin because of its unique combination of mechanical and sensory properties. In this work, a bioinspired mineral hydrogel is developed to fabricate a novel type of mechanically adaptable ionic skin sensor. Due to its unique viscoelastic properties, the hydrogel-based capacitive sensor is compliant, self-healable, and can sense subtle pressure changes, such as a gentle finger touch, human motion, or even small water droplets...
April 18, 2017: Advanced Materials
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