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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723132/single-cell-mechanical-characteristics-analyzed-by-multiconstriction-microfluidic-channels
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Xiang Ren, Parham Ghassemi, Hesam Babahosseini, Jeannine S Strobl, Masoud Agah
A microfluidic device composed of variable numbers of multiconstriction channels is reported in this paper to differentiate a human breast cancer cell line, MDA-MB-231, and a nontumorigenic human breast cell line, MCF-10A. Differences between their mechanical properties were assessed by comparing the effect of single or multiple relaxations on their velocity profiles which is a novel measure of their deformation ability. Videos of the cells were recorded via a microscope using a smartphone, and imported to a tracking software to gain the position information on the cells...
February 24, 2017: ACS Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722104/the-double-edge-to-parasite-escape-invasive-host-is-less-infected-but-more-infectable
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Carolyn L Keogh, Osamu Miura, Tomohiro Nishimura, James E Byers
Non-native species that escape their native range parasites may benefit not only from reduced infection pathology, but also from relaxed selection on costly immune defenses, promoting reallocation of resources towards growth or reproduction. However, benefits accruing from a reduction in defense could come at the cost of increased infection susceptibility. We conducted common garden studies of the shore crab Hemigrapsus sanguineus from highly-parasitized native (Japan) populations and largely parasite-free invasive (USA) populations to test for differences in susceptibility to infection by native-range rhizocephalan parasites, and to explore differences in host resource allocation...
July 19, 2017: Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721830/redox-state-in-atrial-fibrillation-pathogenesis-and-relevant-therapeutic-approaches
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Alexios S Antonopoulos, Athina Goliopoulou, Evangelos Oikonomou, Sotiris Tsalamandris, Georgios-Angelos Papamikroulis, George Lazaros, Eleftherios Tsiamis, George Latsios, Stella Brili, Spyridon Papaioannou, Vasiliki Gennimata, Dimitris Tousoulis
Myocardial redox state is a critical determinant of myocardial biology, regulating cardiomyocytes' apoptosis, hypertrophy, ion channels function and cardiac contractility and relaxation. Data from animal models have shown that altered myocardial nitroso-redox balance and NADPH oxidases activity are pivotally involved in the pathogenesis of atrial fibrillation. Similarly experimental animal data have demonstrated that increased reactive oxygen / nitrogen species formation in the atrial tissue is associated with altered electrophysiological properties of atrial myocytes and electrical remodeling...
July 18, 2017: Current Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721578/preventive-chair-massage-with-algometry-to-maintain-psychosomatic-balance-in-white-collar-workers
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Anna Cabak, Mirosław Mikicin, Marek Łyp, Iwona Stanisławska, Ryszard Kaczor, Wiesław Tomaszewski
People working at computers often suffer from overload-related muscle pain, and physical and mental discomfort. The aim of the study was to evaluate the effectiveness of chair massage, conducted in the workplace among white-collar workers, in relieving symptoms of musculoskeletal strain related to prolonged sitting posture. The study was conducted in 124 white-collar workers, 55 women and 69 men, aged 33.7 ± 7.6 years. Subjects were randomly assigned to three groups: chair massage program, relaxing music sessions, and a control group, each of four-week duration...
July 19, 2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721537/controlling-activation-barrier-by-carbon-nanotubes-as-nano-chemical-reactors
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Alia Méjri, Fabien Picaud, Mohammed El Khalifi, Tijani Gharbi, Bahoueddine Tangour
The oxidative addition of primary amine on a monocyclic phospholane was studied in confined conditions. This one-step chemical reaction has been investigated using the DFT technique to elucidate the role of confinement in carbon nanotubes on the reaction. Calculations were carried out by a progressive increase of the nanotube diameters from 10 Å to 15 Å in order to highlight the dependence of the reactivity on the nanotube diameter. First, single point investigations were dedicated to the study of reactants, transition states, and products placed in the different nanotubes while keeping their optimized structure as free compounds...
August 2017: Journal of Molecular Modeling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721161/repeated-positive-acceleration-exposure-exacerbates-endothelial-dysfunction-in-high-fat-diet-induced-hyperlipidemic-rats
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Zhihui Yang, Hua Ge, Chunya Wang, Zhongdong Li, Qingjun Zhang, Jianchang Wang
INTRODUCTION: It remains unclear whether exposure to repeated positive acceleration (+Gz) can exacerbate endothelial dysfunction on the basis of hyperlipidemia. The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of repeated +Gz exposure on endothelial function in high-fat-diet-induced hyperlipidemic rats. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Male Sprague-Dawley rats were randomly divided into control, repeat +Gz exposure, high-fat diet (HFD), and +Gz + HFD groups. The rats in the +Gz group were exposed to +Gz and the rats in the HFD group were fed a diet with 2% cholesterol...
June 2017: Archives of Medical Science: AMS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720898/balance-training-improves-memory-and-spatial-cognition-in-healthy-adults
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Ann-Kathrin Rogge, Brigitte Röder, Astrid Zech, Volker Nagel, Karsten Hollander, Klaus-Michael Braumann, Kirsten Hötting
Physical exercise has been shown to improve cognitive functions. However, it is still unknown which type of exercise affects cognition. In the present study, we tested the hypothesis that a demanding balance training program improves memory and spatial cognition. Forty healthy participants aged 19-65 years were randomly assigned to either a balance or relaxation training intervention. Each group exercised twice a week for a total of 12 weeks. Pre- and posttests assessed balance performance, cardiorespiratory fitness, memory, spatial cognition, and executive functions...
July 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720871/localization-of-damage-in-the-human-leg-muscles-induced-by-downhill-running
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Sumiaki Maeo, Yukino Ando, Hiroaki Kanehisa, Yasuo Kawakami
We investigated localization of damage within the knee extensors (KEs) and plantar flexors (PFs) induced by downhill running (DR) by using transverse relaxation time (T2)-weighted magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Fourteen young adults performed 45-min DR (-15% slope) at their maximal tolerable velocity. At pre- and 24, 48, and 72 h post-exercise, T2-MRI was scanned and T2 values for each muscle composing KEs and PFs at proximal, middle, and distal sites were calculated. Maximal isometric torque and rate of torque development (RTD: 0-30, 0-50, 0-100, 0-200 ms) were also measured...
July 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720815/generation-of-spin-waves-by-a-train-of-fs-laser-pulses-a-novel-approach-for-tuning-magnon-wavelength
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I V Savochkin, M Jäckl, V I Belotelov, I A Akimov, M A Kozhaev, D A Sylgacheva, A I Chernov, A N Shaposhnikov, A R Prokopov, V N Berzhansky, D R Yakovlev, A K Zvezdin, M Bayer
Currently spin waves are considered for computation and data processing as an alternative to charge currents. Generation of spin waves by ultrashort laser pulses provides several important advances with respect to conventional approaches using microwaves. In particular, focused laser spot works as a point source for spin waves and allows for directional control of spin waves and switching between their different types. For further progress in this direction it is important to manipulate with the spectrum of the optically generated spin waves...
July 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720299/cats-with-diabetes-mellitus-have-diastolic-dysfunction-in-the-absence-of-structural-heart-disease
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N J Pereira, J Novo Matos, M Baron Toaldo, U Bartoszuk, N Summerfield, A Riederer, C Reusch, T M Glaus
Diabetes mellitus (DM) can result in cardiovascular dysfunction and heart failure characterized by diastolic dysfunction with or without the presence of systolic dysfunction in people and laboratory animals. The objective of this prospective study was to determine if cats with newly diagnosed DM had myocardial dysfunction and, if present, whether it would progress if appropriate antidiabetic therapy was commenced. Thirty-two diabetic cats were enrolled and received baseline echocardiographic examination; of these, 15 cats were re-examined after 6 months...
July 2017: Veterinary Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720201/exposure-to-buffer-solution-alters-tendon-hydration-and-mechanics
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Babak N Safa, Kyle D Meadows, Spencer E Szczesny, Dawn M Elliott
A buffer solution is often used to maintain tissue hydration during mechanical testing. The most commonly used buffer solution is a physiological concentration of phosphate buffered saline (PBS); however, PBS increases the tissue's water content and decreases its tensile stiffness. In addition, solutes from the buffer can diffuse into the tissue and interact with its structure and mechanics. These bathing solution effects can confound the outcome and interpretation of mechanical tests. Potential bathing solution artifacts, including solute diffusion, and their effect on mechanical properties, are not well understood...
July 6, 2017: Journal of Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720046/strain-as-a-function-of-time-in-extrinsic-wrist-ligaments-tensioned-through-external-fixation
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Joseph P Rectenwald, K Ashley Bentley, Peter M Murray, Subrata Saha
BACKGROUND: The objective of this study is to determine the time-dependent dissipation of extrinsic wrist ligament tension following the application external fixation with axial distraction of the wrist in a cadaveric model. METHODS: Six paired fresh-frozen cadaveric specimens underwent mechanical testing simulating external fixation with 1 arm of each pair osteotomized to simulate a distal radius fracture. The change in tension was then recorded over 24 hours. RESULTS: The rate of stress relaxation decreased with time...
February 1, 2017: Hand: Official Journal of the American Association for Hand Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720029/the-effects-of-the-relaxation-response-on-nurses-level-of-anxiety-depression-well-being-work-related-stress-and-confidence-to-teach-patients
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Catherine Calder Calisi
PURPOSE: The purpose of this pilot study was threefold: to teach nurses the Relaxation Response ( RR), a relaxation technique created by Benson; to measure the effects of the RR on nurses' levels of anxiety, depression, well-being, and work-related stress; and to explore nurses' confidence in teaching their patients the RR. DESIGN: A wait-list, randomized-control quantitative study design was used. METHOD: Nurses in the intervention group were trained on the benefits and the technique of the RR and were then asked to practice the RR over an 8-week period...
July 1, 2017: Journal of Holistic Nursing: Official Journal of the American Holistic Nurses' Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719725/effects-of-eupatilin-on-the-contractility-of-corpus-cavernosal-smooth-muscle-through-nitric-oxide-independent-pathways
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S H Choo, S W Lee, M R Chae, S J Kang, H H Sung, D H Han, J N Chun, J K Park, C Y Kim, H K Kim, I So
Eupatilin (5,7-dihydroxy-3,4,6-trimethoxyflavone) is one of the main compounds present in Artemisia species. Eupatilin has both antioxidative and anti-inflammatory properties and a relaxation effect on vascular contraction regardless of endothelial function. We evaluated the relaxant effects of eupatilin on the corpus cavernosum (CC) of rabbits and the underlying mechanisms of its activity in human corpus cavernosum smooth muscle (CCSM) cells. Isolated rabbit CC strips were mounted in an organ bath system. A conventional whole-cell patch clamp technique was used to measure activation of calcium-sensitive K(+) -channel currents in human CCSM cells...
July 18, 2017: Andrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719551/annulus-fibrosus-repair-using-high-density-collagen-gel-an-in-vivo-ovine-model
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Brenton Pennicooke, Ibrahim Hussain, Connor Berlin, Stephen R Sloan, Brandon Borde, Yu Moriguchi, Gernot Lang, Rodrigo Navarro-Ramirez, Jonathan Cheetham, Lawrence J Bonassar, Roger Härtl
STUDY DESIGN: Ovine in vivo study. OBJECTIVE: To perform lateral approach lumbar surgery in an ovine model to administer an injectable riboflavin (RF) cross-linked high-density collagen (HDC) gel and to assess its ability to mitigate intervertebral disc (IVD) degeneration after induced annulus fibrosus (AF) injury. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Biological-based injectable gels have shown efficacy in restoring biomechanical, radiographic, and histological parameters in IVD-injured animal models...
July 17, 2017: Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719219/microsecond-structural-rheology
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Felix Lehmkühler, Ingo Steinke, Martin A Schroer, Birgit Fischer, Michael Sprung, Gerhard Grübel
The relationship between the local structure of complex liquids and their response to shear is generally not well understood. This concerns in particular the formation of particle strings in flow direction or hydroclusters, both important for the understanding of shear thinning and thickening phenomena. Here, we present results of a microfocus X-ray scattering experiment on spherical silica colloids in a liquid jet at high shear rates. Along and across the jet we observe direction-dependent modifications of the structure factor of the suspension suggesting the formation of differently ordered clusters in stream and compression lines...
July 18, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719202/quadrupolar-nmr-relaxation-from-ab-initio-molecular-dynamics-improved-sampling-and-cluster-models-vs-periodic-calculations
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Adam Philips, Alex Marchenko, Lionel Alexandre Truflandier, Jochen Autschbach
Quadrupolar NMR relaxation rates are computed for (17)O, (2)H nuclei of liquid water, and of (23)Na(+) , and (35)Cl(-) in aqueous solution, via Kohn-Sham (KS) density functional theory ab-initio molecular dynamics (aiMD) and subsequent KS electric field gradient (EFG) calculations along the trajectories. The calculated relaxation rates are within about a factor of two of experimental results, and improved over previous aiMD simulations. The relaxation rates are assessed with regard to the lengths of the simulations as well as configurational sampling...
July 18, 2017: Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718823/surface-chemistry-interactions-of-cationorm-with-films-by-human-meibum-and-tear-film-compounds
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Georgi As Georgiev, Norihiko Yokoi, Yana Nencheva, Nikola Peev, Philippe Daull
Cationorm(®) (CN) cationic nanoemulsion was demonstrated to enhance tear film (TF) stability in vivo possibly via effects on tear film lipid layer (TFLL). Therefore the interactions of CN with human meibum (MGS) and TFLL in vitro and in vivo deserve special study. MGS and CN were spread at the air/water interface of a Langmuir surface balance to ensure a range of MGS/CN oil phase ratios: 20/1, 10/1, 5/1, 3/1, 2/1 and 1/1. The films capability to reorganize during dynamic area changes was evaluated via the surface pressure-area compression isotherms and step/relaxation dilatational rheology studies...
July 18, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718814/physiological-effects-of-touching-wood
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Harumi Ikei, Chorong Song, Yoshifumi Miyazaki
This study aimed to clarify the physiological effects of touching wood with the palm, in comparison with touching other materials on brain activity and autonomic nervous activity. Eighteen female university students (mean age, 21.7  ±  1.6 years) participated in the study. As an indicator of brain activity, oxyhemoglobin (oxy-Hb) concentrations were measured in the left/right prefrontal cortex using near-infrared time-resolved spectroscopy. Heart rate variability (HRV) was used as an indicator of autonomic nervous activity...
July 18, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718273/3d-quantitative-evaluation-of-spine-proprioceptive-perception-motor-control-through-instinctive-self-correction-manoeuvre-in-healthy-young-subjects-posture-an-observational-study
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Moreno D'Amico, Edyta Kinel, Piero Roncoletta
BACKGROUND: Conservative treatment in spine deformities and spine related disorders is mainly based on proper individual proprioceptive and motor control training. For these reasons, conservative treatment involves the stimulation of individual capability of perceiving/reducing deformities, blocks and/or improper spine posture by voluntary control. The literature describes that habitually adopted relaxed postures often exacerbate low back pain. Typically, youths can be referred to therapeutic programs aimed at improving the quality of body posture along with fostering the awareness of the importance of correct posture...
July 18, 2017: European Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
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