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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29679859/the-relationship-of-age-activity-and-body-size-on-osteoarthritis-in-weight-bearing-skeletal-regions
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Stephanie E Calce, Helen K Kurki, Darlene A Weston, Lisa Gould
This study examined the simultaneous impact of multiple underlying factors on OA expression in weight-bearing joints of the vertebrae and lower limb of a modern European skeletal sample (Lisbon and Sassari). OA was evaluated using standard ranked categorical scoring; composite OA scores derived through principal component analysis. Body size was calculated from postcranial measurements; torsional strength (J) of the femoral midshaft was calculated from three-dimensional surface models, size standardized and used as a proxy for activity...
April 18, 2018: International Journal of Paleopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29679778/recapitulating-spatiotemporal-tumor-heterogeneity-in-vitro-through-engineered-breast-cancer-microtissues
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Claudia Mazio, Costantino Casale, Giorgia Imparato, Francesco Urciuolo, Paolo Antonio Netti
Tumor and microenvironmental heterogeneity hinders the study of breast cancer biology and the assessment of therapeutic strategies, being associated with high variability and drug resistance. In this context, it is mandatory to develop three-dimensional breast tumor models able to reproduce this heterogeneity and the dynamic interaction occurring between tumor cells and microenvironment. Here we show a new breast cancer microtissue model (T-µTP) uniquely able to present intra-tumor morphological heterogeneity in a dynamic and responsive endogenous matrix...
April 18, 2018: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29679721/effectiveness-evaluation-of-digital-virtual-simulation-application-in-teaching-of-gross-anatomy
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Xiaohua Deng, Guowei Zhou, Bing Xiao, Zirui Zhao, Yicheng He, Chujun Chen
INTRODUCTION: digital virtual simulation (DVS) is increasingly used to supplement the teaching of anatomy. DVS can provide the students with three-dimensional (3D) stereoscopic images and precise structures in anatomy teaching. We investigated the effects of digital virtual simulation (DVS) application in gross anatomy teaching. MATERIALS AND METHODS: fourth-year medical students (n=120), majoring clinical medicine in 2013 grade from Xiangya School of Medicine, Central South University, were assigned into four classes...
April 18, 2018: Annals of Anatomy, Anatomischer Anzeiger: Official Organ of the Anatomische Gesellschaft
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29679634/ex-vivo-mouse-brain-microscopy-at-15t-with-loop-gap-rf-coil
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Ouri Cohen, Jerome L Ackerman
The design of a loop-gap-resonator RF coil optimized for ex vivo mouse brain microscopy at ultra high fields is described and its properties characterized using simulations, phantoms and experimental scans of mouse brains fixed in 10% formalin containing 4 mM Magnevist™. The RF (B1 ) and magnetic field (B0 ) homogeneities are experimentally quantified and compared to electromagnetic simulations of the coil. The coil's performance is also compared to a similarly sized surface coil and found to yield double the sensitivity...
April 18, 2018: Magnetic Resonance Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29679585/personalized-bioactive-nasal-supports-for-postoperative-cleft-rhinoplasty
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Christen J Boyer, Jennifer E Woerner, Christopher Galea, Corbin A Gatlin, Ghali E Ghali, David K Mills, Jeffery A Weisman, Jonathan S Alexander
PURPOSE: After cleft lip and palate surgical procedures, patients often need nostril supports to help the reconstructed nostrils retain their shape during healing. Many postoperative nasal stents use a one-size-fits-all approach, in which a standard rubber tube retainer is trimmed and used to support the healing nares. The purpose of this study was to examine photogrammetry and 3-dimensional (3D) printing as a fabrication tool for postoperative patient-specific nasal supports that can be loaded with bioactive agents for localized delivery...
March 28, 2018: Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29679327/engineering-human-neural-tissue-by-3d-bioprinting
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Qi Gu, Eva Tomaskovic-Crook, Gordon G Wallace, Jeremy M Crook
Bioprinting provides an opportunity to produce three-dimensional (3D) tissues for biomedical research and translational drug discovery, toxicology, and tissue replacement. Here we describe a method for fabricating human neural tissue by 3D printing human neural stem cells with a bioink, and subsequent gelation of the bioink for cell encapsulation, support, and differentiation to functional neurons and supporting neuroglia. The bioink uniquely comprises the polysaccharides alginate, water-soluble carboxymethyl-chitosan, and agarose...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29679326/synthetic-peg-hydrogel-for-engineering-the-environment-of-ovarian-follicles
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Uziel Mendez, Hong Zhou, Ariella Shikanov
The functional unit within the ovary is the ovarian follicle, which is also a morphological unit composed of three basic cell types: the oocyte, granulosa, and theca cells. Similar to human ovarian follicles, mouse follicles can be isolated from their ovarian environment and cultured in vitro to study folliculogenesis, or follicle development for days or weeks. Over the course of the last decade, follicle culture in a three-dimensional (3D) environment exponentially improved the outcomes of in vitro folliculogenesis...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29679322/three-dimensional-hydrogel-based-culture-to-study-the-effects-of-toxicants-on-ovarian-follicles
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Hong Zhou, Ariella Shikanov
Various toxicants, such as drugs and their metabolites, can cause potential ovarian toxicity. As the functional units of the ovary, ovarian follicles are susceptible to this type of damage at all developmental stages. Studying the effects of toxicants on ovarian follicles is an important task. Three-dimensional (3D) hydrogels, such as fibrin alginate interpenetrating networks (FA-IPNs), can support ovarian follicle culture in vitro for extended periods of time and serve as a suitable tool for studying ovotoxicity...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29679320/electrospinning-functionalized-polymers-for-use-as-tissue-engineering-scaffolds
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Lesley W Chow
Electrospinning polymers is a versatile technique to generate fibrous, three-dimensional scaffolds for tissue engineering applications. Modifying polymers with functional groups prior to electrospinning offers the opportunity to control the spatial presentation of functional groups within the scaffold as well as incorporate multiple bioactive cues. This chapter describes methods to modify poly(ε-caprolactone) (PCL) with peptides and electrospin these peptide-PCL conjugates to functionalize a scaffold surface in a single step...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29679276/health-risk-assessment-of-voc-emissions-in-laboratory-rooms-via-a-modeling-approach
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Farzad Davardoost, Davood Kahforoushan
One of the important agents menacing buildings' employees and residents' health is the emission of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into the indoor environment. The present research studied the VOC emission to evaluate indoor air quality (IAQ) through studying in-laboratory processes and tasks. On account of that, three different pollutants (acetone, benzene, and toluene) were chosen as candidate VOCs, and Environmental Engineering Research Center at Sahand University of Technology was selected as a sample laboratory for each VOC...
April 21, 2018: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29679256/biomechanical-features-of-six-design-of-the-delta-external-fixator-for-treating-pilon-fracture-a-finite-element-study
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Muhammad Hanif Ramlee, Mohd Ayub Sulong, Evelyn Garcia-Nieto, Daniel Angure Penaranda, Antonio Ros Felip, Mohammed Rafiq Abdul Kadir
Pilon fractures can be caused by high-energy vertical forces which may result in long-term patient immobilization. Many experts in orthopedic surgery recommend the use of a Delta external fixator for type III Pilon fracture treatment. This device can promote immediate healing of fractured bone, minimizing the rate of complications as well as allowing early mobilization. The characteristics of different types of the Delta frame have not been demonstrated yet. By using the finite element method, this study was conducted to determine the biomechanical characteristics of six different configurations (Model 1 until Model 6)...
April 21, 2018: Medical & Biological Engineering & Computing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29679166/composite-resection-of-the-left-upper-lobe-and-superior-segment-s6-of-the-lower-lobe-for-lung-cancer-with-a-mediastinal-lingular-and-basal-pulmonary-artery
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Tomoyuki Nakano, Shigemi Ishikawa, Yasunori Sohara, Shunsuke Endo
BACKGROUND: Preoperative evaluation and awareness of anatomical variations in the pulmonary vessel is essential for a secure pulmonary resection. We herein present a patient who underwent complex pulmonary resection for lung cancer with a mediastinal lingular and basal pulmonary artery that had been detected by preoperative three-dimensional computed tomography. CASE PRESENTATION: The patient was an asymptomatic 66-year-old woman who had a 39-pack-year smoking habit...
April 20, 2018: Surgical Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29679054/quantitative-diffusion-measurements-using-the-open-source-software-pyfrap
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Alexander Bläßle, Gary Soh, Theresa Braun, David Mörsdorf, Hannes Preiß, Ben M Jordan, Patrick Müller
Fluorescence Recovery After Photobleaching (FRAP) and inverse FRAP (iFRAP) assays can be used to assess the mobility of fluorescent molecules. These assays measure diffusion by monitoring the return of fluorescence in bleached regions (FRAP), or the dissipation of fluorescence from photoconverted regions (iFRAP). However, current FRAP/iFRAP analysis methods suffer from simplified assumptions about sample geometry, bleaching/photoconversion inhomogeneities, and the underlying reaction-diffusion kinetics. To address these shortcomings, we developed the software PyFRAP, which fits numerical simulations of three-dimensional models to FRAP/iFRAP data and accounts for bleaching/photoconversion inhomogeneities...
April 20, 2018: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29679032/comparison-of-an-unsupervised-machine-learning-algorithm-and-surgeon-diagnosis-in-the-clinical-differentiation-of-metopic-craniosynostosis-and-benign-metopic-ridge
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Min-Jeong Cho, Rami R Hallac, Maleeh Effendi, James R Seaward, Alex A Kane
Metopic suture closure can manifest as a benign metopic ridge (BMR), a variant of normal, to "true" metopic craniosynostosis (MCS), which is associated with severe trigonocephaly. Currently, there is no gold standard for how much associated orbitofrontal dysmorphology should trigger surgical intervention. In our study, we used three-dimensional (3D) curvature analysis to separate the phenotypes along the spectrum, and to compare surgeons' thresholds for operation. Three-dimensional curvature analyses on 43 subject patients revealed that the mean curvature of mid-forehead vertical ridge was higher for patients who underwent operation than those who did not undergo operation by 1...
April 20, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29678674/the-role-of-the-micro-pattern-and-nano-topography-of-hydroxyapatite-bioceramics-on-stimulating-osteogenic-differentiation-of-mesenchymal-stem-cells
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Cancan Zhao, Xiaoya Wang, Long Gao, Linguo Jing, Quan Zhou, Jiang Chang
The micro/nano hybrid structure is considered to be a biomaterial characteristic to stimulate osteogenesis by mimicking the three-dimensional structure of the bone matrix. However, the mechanism of the hybrid structure induced osteogenic differentiation of stem cells is still unknown. For elucidating the mechanisms, one of the challenge is to directly fabricate micro/nano hybrid structure on bioceramics because of its brittleness. In this study, hydroxyapatite (HA) bioceramics with the micro/nano hybrid structure were firstly fabricated via a hydrothermal treatment and template method, and the effect of the different surface structures on the expression of integrins, BMP2 signaling pathways and cell-cell communication was investigated...
April 17, 2018: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29678593/characterisation-of-aptamer-bc-007-substance-and-product-using-circular-dichroism-and-nuclear-magnetic-resonance-spectroscopy
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Hardy Weisshoff, Katrin Wenzel, Sarah Schulze-Rothe, Heike Nikolenko, Hanna Davideit, Niels-Peter Becker, Peter Göttel, G Susan Srivatsa, Margitta Dathe, Johannes Müller, Annekathrin Haberland
Possible unwanted folding of biopharmaceuticals during manufacturing and storage has resulted in analysis schemes compared to small molecules that includes bioanalytical characterisation besides chemical characterisation. Whether bioanalytical characterisation is required for nucleotide-based drugs, may be decided on a case-by-case basis. Nucleotide-based pharmaceuticals, if chemically synthesised, occupy an intermediate position between small-molecule drugs and biologics. Here, we tested whether a physicochemical characterisation of a nucleotide-based drug substance, BC 007, was adequate, using circular dichroism (CD) spectroscopy...
April 17, 2018: Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29678449/using-primary-organotypic-mouse-midbrain-cultures-to-examine-developmental-neurotoxicity-of-silver-nanoparticles-across-two-genetic-strains
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Brittany A Weldon, Julie Juyoung Park, Sungwoo Hong, Tomomi Workman, Russell Dills, Ji Hyun Lee, William C Griffith, Terrance J Kavanagh, Elaine M Faustman
Micromass culture systems have been developed as three-dimensional organotypic in vitro alternatives to test developmental toxicity. We have optimized a murine-based embryonic midbrain micromass system in two genetic strains to evaluate neurodevelopmental effects of gold-cored silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) of differing sizes and coatings-20 nm AgCitrate, 110 nm AgCitrate, and 110 nm AgPVP. AgNPs are increasingly used in consumer, commercial, and medical products for their antimicrobial properties and observations of Ag in adult and fetal brain following in vivo exposures to AgNPs have led to concerns about the potential for AgNPs to elicit adverse effects on neurodevelopment and neurological function...
April 17, 2018: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29678192/engineering-in-vitro-stem-cell-based-vascularized-bone-models-for-drug-screening-and-predictive-toxicology
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REVIEW
Alessandro Pirosa, Riccardo Gottardi, Peter G Alexander, Rocky S Tuan
The production of veritable in-vitro models of bone tissue is essential to understand the biology of bone and its surrounding environment, to analyze the pathogenesis of bone diseases (e.g., osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, osteomyelitis, etc.), to develop effective therapeutic drug screening, and to test potential therapeutic strategies. Dysregulated interactions between vasculature and bone cells are often related to the aforementioned pathologies, underscoring the need for a bone model that contains engineered vasculature...
April 20, 2018: Stem Cell Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29678163/comparison-of-normalization-methods-for-the-analysis-of-metagenomic-gene-abundance-data
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Mariana Buongermino Pereira, Mikael Wallroth, Viktor Jonsson, Erik Kristiansson
BACKGROUND: In shotgun metagenomics, microbial communities are studied through direct sequencing of DNA without any prior cultivation. By comparing gene abundances estimated from the generated sequencing reads, functional differences between the communities can be identified. However, gene abundance data is affected by high levels of systematic variability, which can greatly reduce the statistical power and introduce false positives. Normalization, which is the process where systematic variability is identified and removed, is therefore a vital part of the data analysis...
April 20, 2018: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29678154/genomic-regions-responsible-for-seminal-and-crown-root-lengths-identified-by-2d-3d-root-system-image-analysis
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Yusaku Uga, Ithipong Assaranurak, Yuka Kitomi, Brandon G Larson, Eric J Craft, Jon E Shaff, Susan R McCouch, Leon V Kochian
BACKGROUND: Genetic improvement of root system architecture is a promising approach for improved uptake of water and mineral nutrients distributed unevenly in the soil. To identify genomic regions associated with the length of different root types in rice, we quantified root system architecture in a set of 26 chromosome segment substitution lines derived from a cross between lowland indica rice, IR64, and upland tropical japonica rice, Kinandang Patong, (IK-CSSLs), using 2D & 3D root phenotyping platforms...
April 20, 2018: BMC Genomics
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