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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732140/fibroblast-growth-factor-2-fgf2-is-present-in-human-spermatozoa-and-is-related-with-sperm-motility-the-use-of-recombinant-fgf2-to-improve-motile-sperm-recovery
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D J Garbarino Azúa, L Saucedo, S Giordana, M L Magri, M G Buffone, F Neuspiller, M H Vazquez-Levin, C I Marín-Briggiler
Fibroblast growth factors (FGFs) and their receptors (FGFRs) regulate several functions of somatic cells. In a previous work, we reported FGFR expression in human spermatozoa and their involvement in motility. This study aimed to evaluate the presence and localization of fibroblast growth factor 2 (FGF2) in human spermatozoa, to determine the relationship of FGF2 levels with conventional semen parameters and to assess the effect of recombinant FGF2 (rFGF2) on sperm recovery in a selection procedure. Western immunoblotting analysis using an antibody against FGF2 revealed an 18-kDa band in sperm protein extracts...
July 21, 2017: Andrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731751/inferences-about-supernova-physics-from-gravitational-wave-measurements-gw151226-spin-misalignment-as-an-indicator-of-strong-black-hole-natal-kicks
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Richard O'Shaughnessy, Davide Gerosa, Daniel Wysocki
The inferred parameters of the binary black hole GW151226 are consistent with nonzero spin for the most massive black hole, misaligned from the binary's orbital angular momentum. If the black holes formed through isolated binary evolution from an initially aligned binary star, this misalignment would then arise from a natal kick imparted to the first-born black hole at its birth during stellar collapse. We use simple kinematic arguments to constrain the characteristic magnitude of this kick, and find that a natal kick v_{k}≳50  km/s must be imparted to the black hole at birth to produce misalignments consistent with GW151226...
July 7, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730946/contribution-of-upper-limb-muscles-to-two-different-gripping-styles-in-elite-indoor-tug-of-war-athletes
#3
Wen-Tzu Tang, Wei-Chih Liao, Hsin-Min Lee
To investigate characteristic upper limb muscle use between two common tug of war (TOW) gripping styles, 20 elite athletes from two high school TOW teams were recruited. Under conditioned attack pulling (with 90% maximal force) on a tug machine, participants used their own habitual gripping style to pull for five 15-s trials. Force and kinematic measurements showed a significantly better force performance and higher centre-of-gravity tilting angle with the gripping style one than with the gripping style two (GS2) (both p < 0...
July 21, 2017: Sports Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730921/kinematic-repeatability-of-a-multi-segment-foot-model-for-dance
#4
Sarah L Carter, Nahoko Sato, Luke S Hopper
The purpose of this study was to determine the intra and inter-assessor repeatability of a modified Rizzoli Foot Model for analysing the foot kinematics of ballet dancers. Six university-level ballet dancers performed the movements; parallel stance, turnout plié, turnout stance, turnout rise and flex-point-flex. The three-dimensional (3D) position of individual reflective markers and marker triads was used to model the movement of the dancers' tibia, entire foot, hindfoot, midfoot, forefoot and hallux. Intra and inter-assessor reliability demonstrated excellent (ICC ≥ 0...
July 21, 2017: Sports Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730917/novice-runners-show-greater-changes-in-kinematics-with-fatigue-compared-with-competitive-runners
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Ellen Maas, Jorien De Bie, Riet Vanfleteren, Wouter Hoogkamer, Benedicte Vanwanseele
Fatigue, developed over the course of a run, may cause changes in running kinematics. Training status may influence the effect of fatigue on running kinematics, since well trained, competitive runners are used to running until exhaustion, whereas novice runners are not. This study aimed to determine changes in running kinematics during an exhaustive run in both novice (NOVICE) and competitive (COMP) long-distance runners. About 15 NOVICE and 15 COMP runners performed a treadmill run, until voluntary exhaustion at 3,200 m time trial pace...
July 21, 2017: Sports Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730871/effects-of-timing-of-signal-indicating-jump-directions-on-knee-biomechanics-in-jump-landing-jump-tasks
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Mitchell L Stephenson, Taylour J Hinshaw, Haley A Wadley, Qin Zhu, Margaret A Wilson, Mark Byra, Boyi Dai
A variety of the available time to react (ATR) has been utilised to study knee biomechanics during reactive jump-landing tasks. The purpose was to quantify knee kinematics and kinetics during a jump-land-jump task of three possible directions as the ATR was reduced. Thirty-four recreational athletes performed 45 trials of a jump-land-jump task, during which the direction of the second jump (lateral, medial or vertical) was indicated before they initiated the first jump, the instant they initiated the first jump, 300 ms before landing, 150 ms before landing or at the instant of landing...
July 21, 2017: Sports Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729785/evaluation-of-dentinal-defects-during-root-canal-preparation-using-thermomechanically-processed-nickel-titanium-files
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Bertan Kesim, Burak Sagsen, Tugrul Aslan
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to compare the incidence of root cracks after root canal instrumentation with thermomechanically processed nickel-titanium (Ni-Ti) files with different instrumentation kinematics. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 150 extracted mandibular premolars with mature apices and straight root canals were divided into five groups and used in this study. In Group 1, 30 teeth were prepared using hand K-files and assigned to control group, Group 2 was instrumented using K3XF Rotary files (SybronEndo, Glendora, CA, USA) with continuous rotary motion...
April 2017: European Journal of Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729605/evaluating-the-effects-of-material-properties-of-artificial-meniscal-implant-in-the-human-knee-joint-using-finite-element-analysis
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Duraisamy Shriram, Gideon Praveen Kumar, Fangsen Cui, Yee Han Dave Lee, Karupppasamy Subburaj
Artificial meniscal implants may replace severely injured meniscus and restore the normal functionality of the knee joint. Implant material stiffness and shape influence the longevity of implantations. This study, using 3D finite element analysis, aimed to evaluate the effects of material stiffness variations of anatomically shaped artificial meniscal implant in the knee joint. Finite element simulations were conducted on five different cases including intact knee, medial meniscectomized knee, and the knee joint with the meniscal implant with three distinct material stiffness...
July 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729058/impacts-of-sensation-perception-and-motor-abilities-of-the-ipsilesional-upper-limb-on-hand-functions-in-unilateral-stroke-quantifications-from-biomechanical-and-functional-perspectives
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Hsiu-Yun Hsu, Chia-Wen Ke, Ta-Shen Kuan, Hsiu-Ching Yang, Ching-Liang Tsai, Li-Chieh Kuo
BACKGROUND: The presence of subtle losses in hand dexterity after stroke impacts the regaining of independence with regard to activities of daily living. Therefore, awareness of ipsilesional upper extremity (UE) function may be of importance when drafting a comprehensive rehabilitation program. However, current hand function tests seem to be unable to identify asymptomatic UE impairments. OBJECTIVES: To assess the motor coordination as well as the sensory-perception of an ipsilesional UE using biomechanical analysis of performance-oriented tasks and conducting a Manual Tactile Test (MTT)...
July 17, 2017: PM & R: the Journal of Injury, Function, and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728865/mass-spring-models-for-the-simulation-of-mitral-valve-function-looking-for-a-trade-off-between-reliability-and-time-efficiency
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O A Pappalardo, F Sturla, F Onorati, G Puppini, M Selmi, G B Luciani, G Faggian, A Redaelli, E Votta
Patient-specific finite element (FE) models can assess the impact of mitral valve (MV) repair on the complex MV anatomy and function. However, FE excessive time requirements hamper their use for surgical planning; mass-spring models (MSMs) represent a more approximate approach but can provide almost real-time simulations. On this basis, we implemented MSMs of three healthy MVs from cardiac magnetic resonance (cMR) imaging to simulate the systolic MV closure, including the in vivo papillary muscles and annular kinematics, and the anisotropic and non-linear mechanical response of MV tissues...
July 17, 2017: Medical Engineering & Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728864/development-of-a-multi-dof-transhumeral-robotic-arm-prosthesis
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D S V Bandara, R A R C Gopura, K T M U Hemapala, Kazuo Kiguchi
An anthropomorphic transhumeral robotic arm prosthesis is proposed in this study. It is capable of generating fifteen degrees-of-freedom, seven active and eight passive. In order to realize wrist motions, a parallel manipulator-based mechanism is proposed. It simulates the human anatomical structure and generates motions in two axes. The hand-of-arm prosthesis consists of under-actuated fingers with intrinsic actuation. The finger mechanism is capable of generating three degrees of freedom, and it exhibits the capability of adjusting the joint angles passively according to the geometry of the grasping object...
July 17, 2017: Medical Engineering & Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728791/the-effects-of-achilles-tendon-compliance-on-triceps-surae-mechanics-and-energetics-in-walking
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Maria Isabel V Orselli, Jason R Franz, Darryl G Thelen
Achilles tendon (AT) compliance can affect the generation and transmission of triceps surae muscle forces, and thus has important biomechanical consequences for walking performance. However, the uniarticular soleus (SOL) and the biarticular (GAS) function differently during walking, with in vivo evidence suggesting that their associated fascicles and tendinous structures exhibit unique kinematics during walking. Given the strong association between muscle fiber length, velocity and force production, we conjectured that SOL and GAS mechanics and energetic behavior would respond differently to altered AT compliance...
June 29, 2017: Journal of Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728130/superficial-plantar-cutaneous-sensation-does-not-trigger-barefoot-running-adaptations
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M A Thompson, K M Hoffman
It has long been proposed that the gait alterations associated with barefoot running are mediated by alterations in sensory feedback, yet there has been no data to support this claim. Thus, the purpose of this study was to examine the role of superficial plantar cutaneous feedback in barefoot and shod running. METHODS: 10 healthy active subjects (6 male, 4 female); mass: 65.2+9.7kg; age: 27+7.1years participated in this study. 10 over-ground running trials were completed in each of the following conditions: barefoot (BF), shod (SHOD), anesthetized barefoot (ANEST BF) and anesthetized shod (ANEST SHOD)...
June 27, 2017: Gait & Posture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728103/freiberg-s-infraction-a-modified-closing-wedge-osteotomy-for-an-undiagnosed-case
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Carlo Biz, Alessandro Zornetta, Ilaria Fantoni, Alberto Crimì, Enrico Bordignon, P Ruggieri
INTRODUCTION: Freiberg's infraction is an osteonecrosis affecting the metatarsal head whose pathogenesis is not fully understood, although stress overloading by multiple microtraumas remains the most widely accepted cause. Operative treatment, by different techniques, is necessary when conservative treatment fails. PRESENTATION OF CASE: A 31-year old woman presented with left foot severe pain, especially at the level of the metatarsophalangeal joint (MTPJ) of the second ray, underestimated upon initial evaluation...
July 10, 2017: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726074/error-performances-of-a-model-based-biplane-fluoroscopic-system-for-tracking-knee-prosthesis-during-treadmill-gait-task
#15
Arnaud Barré, Kamiar Aminian
Roentgen stereophotogrammetry analysis technique allows an accurate measurement of knee joint prosthesis position and orientation using two X-ray images. Although this technique is used generally during static procedure, it is possible to use it with a biplane fluoroscopic system to measure the prosthesis kinematics during functional tasks (e.g., gait, squat, jump) performed in a laboratory environment. However, the performance of the system in terms of errors for the measurements and the model-based matching algorithm are not well known for dynamic tasks such as walking...
July 18, 2017: Medical & Biological Engineering & Computing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725418/development-of-an-automated-method-of-detecting-stereotyped-feeding-events-in-multisensor-data-from-tagged-rorqual-whales
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Ann N Allen, Jeremy A Goldbogen, Ari S Friedlaender, John Calambokidis
The introduction of animal-borne, multisensor tags has opened up many opportunities for ecological research, making previously inaccessible species and behaviors observable. The advancement of tag technology and the increasingly widespread use of bio-logging tags are leading to large volumes of sometimes extremely detailed data. With the increasing quantity and duration of tag deployments, a set of tools needs to be developed to aid in facilitating and standardizing the analysis of movement sensor data. Here, we developed an observation-based decision tree method to detect feeding events in data from multisensor movement tags attached to fin whales (Balaenoptera physalus)...
October 2016: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725270/inter-segmental-motions-of-the-foot-differences-between-younger-and-older-healthy-adult-females
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Dong Yeon Lee, Sang Gyo Seo, Eo Jin Kim, Doo Jae Lee, Kee Jeong Bae, Kyoung Min Lee, In Ho Choi
BACKGROUND: Although accumulative evidence exists that support the applicability of multi-segmental foot models (MFMs) in evaluating foot motion in various pathologic conditions, little is known of the effect of aging on inter-segmental foot motion. The objective of this study was to evaluate differences in inter-segmental motion of the foot between older and younger adult healthy females during gait using a MFM with 15-marker set. METHODS: One hundred symptom-free females, who had no radiographic evidence of osteoarthritis, were evaluated using MFM with 15-marker set...
2017: Journal of Foot and Ankle Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724780/a-reduced-somatosensory-gating-response-in-individuals-with-multiple-sclerosis-is-related-to-walking-impairment
#18
David J Arpin, James E Gehringer, Tony W Wilson, Max J Kurz
When identical stimuli are presented in rapid temporal succession, neural responses to the second stimulation are often weaker than that observed for the first. This phenomenon is termed sensory gating and is believed to be an adaptive feature that helps prevent higher-order cortical centers from being flooded with unnecessary information. Recently, sensory gating in the somatosensory system has been linked to deficits in tactile discrimination. Additionally, studies have linked poor tactile discrimination with impaired walking and balance in individuals with multiple sclerosis (MS)...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724735/dual-function-of-the-pectoral-girdle-for-feeding-and-locomotion-in-white-spotted-bamboo-sharks
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Ariel L Camp, Bradley Scott, Elizabeth L Brainerd, Cheryl D Wilga
Positioned at the intersection of the head, body and forelimb, the pectoral girdle has the potential to function in both feeding and locomotor behaviours-although the latter has been studied far more. In ray-finned fishes, the pectoral girdle attaches directly to the skull and is retracted during suction feeding, enabling the ventral body muscles to power rapid mouth expansion. However, in sharks, the pectoral girdle is displaced caudally and entirely separate from the skull (as in tetrapods), raising the question of whether it is mobile during suction feeding and contributing to suction expansion...
July 26, 2017: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724627/using-step-width-to-compare-locomotor-biomechanics-between-extinct-non-avian-theropod-dinosaurs-and-modern-obligate-bipeds
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P J Bishop, C J Clemente, R E Weems, D F Graham, L P Lamas, J R Hutchinson, J Rubenson, R S Wilson, S A Hocknull, R S Barrett, D G Lloyd
How extinct, non-avian theropod dinosaurs locomoted is a subject of considerable interest, as is the manner in which it evolved on the line leading to birds. Fossil footprints provide the most direct evidence for answering these questions. In this study, step width-the mediolateral (transverse) distance between successive footfalls-was investigated with respect to speed (stride length) in non-avian theropod trackways of Late Triassic age. Comparable kinematic data were also collected for humans and 11 species of ground-dwelling birds...
July 2017: Journal of the Royal Society, Interface
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