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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28887016/myotome-adaptability-confers-developmental-robustness-to-somitic-myogenesis-in-response-to-fibre-number-alteration
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Shukolpa D Roy, Victoria C Williams, Tapan G Pipalia, Kuoyu Li, Christina L Hammond, Stefanie Knappe, Robert D Knight, Simon M Hughes
Balancing the number of stem cells and their progeny is crucial for tissue development and repair. Here we examine how cell numbers and overall muscle size are tightly regulated during zebrafish somitic muscle development. Muscle stem/precursor cell (MPCs) expressing Pax7 are initially located in the dermomyotome (DM) external cell layer, adopt a highly stereotypical distribution and thereafter a proportion of MPCs migrate into the myotome. Regional variations in the proliferation and terminal differentiation of MPCs contribute to growth of the myotome...
September 5, 2017: Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814027/challenges-in-using-compliant-ligaments-for-position-estimation-within-robotic-joints
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Felix Russell, Lei Gao, Peter Ellison, Ravi Vaidyanathan
The mechanical advantages of bio-inspired condylar robotic knee joints for use in prosthetics or rehabilitation has been argued extensively in literature. A common limitation of these designs is the difficulty of estimating joint angle and therefore accurately controlling the joint. Furthermore, the potential role of ligament-like structures in robotic knees is not very well established. In this work, we investigate the role of compliant stretch sensing ligaments and their integration into a condylar robotic knee...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28777291/iii-v-on-silicon-photonic-integrated-circuits-for-spectroscopic-sensing-in-the-2-4-%C3%AE-m-wavelength-range
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REVIEW
Ruijun Wang, Anton Vasiliev, Muhammad Muneeb, Aditya Malik, Stephan Sprengel, Gerhard Boehm, Markus-Christian Amann, Ieva Šimonytė, Augustinas Vizbaras, Kristijonas Vizbaras, Roel Baets, Gunther Roelkens
The availability of silicon photonic integrated circuits (ICs) in the 2-4 μm wavelength range enables miniature optical sensors for trace gas and bio-molecule detection. In this paper, we review our recent work on III-V-on-silicon waveguide circuits for spectroscopic sensing in this wavelength range. We first present results on the heterogeneous integration of 2.3 μm wavelength III-V laser sources and photodetectors on silicon photonic ICs for fully integrated optical sensors. Then a compact 2 μm wavelength widely tunable external cavity laser using a silicon photonic IC for the wavelength selective feedback is shown...
August 4, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28755956/a-note-on-stress-driven-anisotropic-diffusion-and-its-role-in-active-deformable-media
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Christian Cherubini, Simonetta Filippi, Alessio Gizzi, Ricardo Ruiz-Baier
We introduce a new model to describe diffusion processes within active deformable media. Our general theoretical framework is based on physical and mathematical considerations, and it suggests to employ diffusion tensors directly influenced by the coupling with mechanical stress. The proposed generalised reaction-diffusion-mechanics model reveals that initially isotropic and homogeneous diffusion tensors turn into inhomogeneous and anisotropic quantities due to the intrinsic structure of the nonlinear coupling...
July 26, 2017: Journal of Theoretical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28664270/curcin-c-a-novel-type-i-ribosome-inactivating-protein-from-the-post-germinating-cotyledons-of-jatropha-curcas
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Yangxue Zhang, Qian Yang, Chenyang Li, Mengmeng Ding, Xueyan Lv, Chengqiu Tao, Hongwu Yu, Fang Chen, Ying Xu
A novel type I ribosome-inactivating protein (RIP), designated as curcin C, was purified from Jatropha curcas, an important feedback source of bio-fuel. Molecular mass and isoelectric point of curcin C were 31.398 kDa and 7.12 as detected by MALTI-TOF assay and capillary electrophoresis assay, respectively. N-terminal sequence and LC-MS/MS analyses confirmed that curcin C is a type I RIP having high homology, but not the exactly the same with curcin, another type 1 RIP isolated from the endosperm of J. curcas...
June 29, 2017: Amino Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28659756/proprioceptive-feedback-through-a-neuromorphic-muscle-spindle-model
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Lorenzo Vannucci, Egidio Falotico, Cecilia Laschi
Connecting biologically inspired neural simulations to physical or simulated embodiments can be useful both in robotics, for the development of a new kind of bio-inspired controllers, and in neuroscience, to test detailed brain models in complete action-perception loops. The aim of this work is to develop a fully spike-based, biologically inspired mechanism for the translation of proprioceptive feedback. The translation is achieved by implementing a computational model of neural activity of type Ia and type II afferent fibers of muscle spindles, the primary source of proprioceptive information, which, in mammals is regulated through fusimotor activation and provides necessary adjustments during voluntary muscle contractions...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28656975/light-controlled-3d-micromotors-powered-by-bacteria
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Gaszton Vizsnyiczai, Giacomo Frangipane, Claudio Maggi, Filippo Saglimbeni, Silvio Bianchi, Roberto Di Leonardo
Self-propelled bacteria can be integrated into synthetic micromachines and act as biological propellers. So far, proposed designs suffer from low reproducibility, large noise levels or lack of tunability. Here we demonstrate that fast, reliable and tunable bio-hybrid micromotors can be obtained by the self-assembly of synthetic structures with genetically engineered biological propellers. The synthetic components consist of 3D interconnected structures having a rotating unit that can capture individual bacteria into an array of microchambers so that cells contribute maximally to the applied torque...
June 28, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648720/an-engineered-home-environment-for-untethered-data-telemetry-from-nonhuman-primates
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Marc P Powell, William R Britz, James S Harper, David A Borton
BACKGROUND: Wireless neural recording technologies now provide untethered access to large populations of neurons in the nonhuman primate brain. Such technologies enable long-term, continuous interrogation of neural circuits and importantly open the door for chronic neurorehabilitation platforms. For example, by providing continuous consistent closed loop feedback from a brain machine interface, the nervous system can leverage plasticity to integrate more effectively into the system than would be possible in short experimental sessions...
June 23, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631623/morphological-self-stabilization-of-locomotion-gaits-illustration-on-a-few-examples-from-bio-inspired-locomotion
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Christine Chevallereau, Frédéric Boyer, Mathieu Porez, Johan Mauny, Yannick Aoustin
To a large extent, robotics locomotion can be viewed as cyclic motions, named gaits. Due to the high complexity of the locomotion dynamics, to find the control laws that ensure an expected gait and its stability with respect to external perturbations, is a challenging issue for feedback control. To address this issue, a promising way is to take inspiration from animals that intensively exploit the interactions of the passive degrees of freedom of their body with their physical surroundings, to outsource the high-level exteroceptive feedback control to low-level proprioceptive ones...
June 20, 2017: Bioinspiration & Biomimetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28606596/mini-review-recombinant-production-of-tailored-bio-pharmaceuticals-in-different-bacillus-strains-and-future-perspectives
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Antonia Lakowitz, Thibault Godard, Rebekka Biedendieck, Rainer Krull
Bio-pharmaceuticals like antibodies, hormones and growth factors represent about one-fifth of commercial pharmaceuticals. Host candidates of growing interest for recombinant production of these proteins are strains of the genus Bacillus, long being established for biotechnological production of homologous and heterologous proteins. Bacillus strains benefit from development of efficient expression systems in the last decades and emerge as major industrial workhorses for recombinant proteins due to easy cultivation, non-pathogenicity and their ability to secrete recombinant proteins directly into extracellular medium allowing cost-effective downstream processing...
June 9, 2017: European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28602075/a-synthetic-recombinase-based-feedback-loop-results-in-robust-expression
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Thomas Folliard, Harrison Steel, Thomas P Prescott, George Wadhams, Lynn J Rothschild, Antonis Papachristodoulou
Accurate control of a biological process is essential for many critical functions in biology, from the cell cycle to proteome regulation. To achieve this, negative feedback is frequently employed to provide a highly robust and reliable output. Feedback is found throughout biology and technology, but due to challenges posed by its implementation, it is yet to be widely adopted in synthetic biology. In this paper we design a synthetic feedback network using a class of recombinase proteins called integrases, which can be re-engineered to flip the orientation of DNA segments in a digital manner...
September 15, 2017: ACS Synthetic Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28588302/spectral-comb-of-highly-chirped-pulses-generated-via-cascaded-fwm-of-two-frequency-shifted-dissipative-solitons
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Evgeniy V Podivilov, Denis S Kharenko, Anastasia E Bednyakova, Mikhail P Fedoruk, Sergey A Babin
Dissipative solitons generated in normal-dispersion mode-locked lasers are stable localized coherent structures with a mostly linear frequency modulation (chirp). The soliton energy in fiber lasers is limited by the Raman effect, but implementation of the intracavity feedback at the Stokes-shifted wavelength enables synchronous generation of a coherent Raman dissipative soliton. Here we demonstrate a new approach for generating chirped pulses at new wavelengths by mixing in a highly-nonlinear fiber of these two frequency-shifted dissipative solitons, as well as cascaded generation of their clones forming in the spectral domain a comb of highly chirped pulses...
June 6, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28586690/the-vulnerability-and-resilience-of-reef-building-corals
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REVIEW
Hollie M Putnam, Katie L Barott, Tracy D Ainsworth, Ruth D Gates
Reef-building corals provide the foundation for the structural and biological diversity of coral-reef ecosystems. These massive biological structures, which can be seen from space, are the culmination of complex interactions between the tiny polyps of the coral animal in concert with its unicellular symbiotic algae and a wide diversity of closely associated microorganisms (bacteria, archaea, fungi, and viruses). While reef-building corals have persisted in various forms for over 200 million years, human-induced conditions threaten their function and persistence...
June 5, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28504931/robust-real-time-musculoskeletal-modeling-driven-by-electromyograms
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Guillaume Durandau, Dario Farina, Massimo Sartori
OBJECTIVE: Current clinical biomechanics involves lengthy data acquisition and time-consuming offline analyses and current biomechanical models cannot be used for real-time control in man-machine interfaces. We developed a method that enables online analysis of neuromusculoskeletal function in vivo in the intact human. METHODS: We used electromyography (EMG)-driven musculoskeletal modeling to simulate all transformations from muscle excitation onset (EMGs) to mechanical moment production around multiple lower-limb degrees of freedom (DOFs)...
May 12, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Bio-medical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28483446/molecular-recognition-of-the-environment-and-mechanisms-of-the-origin-of-species-in-quantum-like-modeling-of-evolution
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REVIEW
Alexey V Melkikh, Andrei Khrennikov
A review of the mechanisms of speciation is performed. The mechanisms of the evolution of species, taking into account the feedback of the state of the environment and mechanisms of the emergence of complexity, are considered. It is shown that these mechanisms, at the molecular level, cannot work steadily in terms of classical mechanics. Quantum mechanisms of changes in the genome, based on the long-range interaction potential between biologically important molecules, are proposed as one of possible explanation...
May 5, 2017: Progress in Biophysics and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28456879/anti-inflammatory-effect-as-a-mechanism-of-effectiveness-underlying-the-clinical-benefits-of-pelotherapy-in-osteoarthritis-patients-regulation-of-the-altered-inflammatory-and-stress-feedback-response
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E Ortega, I Gálvez, M D Hinchado, J Guerrero, L Martín-Cordero, S Torres-Piles
The purpose of the present investigation was to evaluate whether an anti-inflammatory effect together with an improvement of the regulation of the interaction between the inflammatory and stress responses underlies the clinical benefits of pelotherapy in osteoarthritis (OA) patients. This study evaluated the effects of a 10-day cycle of pelotherapy at the spa centre 'El Raposo' (Spain) in a group of 21 OA patients diagnosed with primary knee OA. Clinical assessments included pain intensity using a visual analog scale; pain, stiffness and physical function using the Western Ontario and McMaster Universities Arthritis Index; and health-related quality of life using the EuroQol-5D questionnaire...
April 29, 2017: International Journal of Biometeorology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322172/immune-neuroendocrine-dysregulation-in-patients-with-osteoarthritis-a-revision-and-a-pilot-study
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Isabel Gálvez, Silvia Torres-Piles, María Dolores Hinchado, Alberto Álvarez-Barrientos, Pilar Torralbo-Jiménez, Jorge Guerrero, Leticia Martín-Cordero, Eduardo Ortega
BACKGROUND: Although osteoarthritis has predominantly been considered a non-inflammatory degenerative arthropathy, there is growing evidence that various inflammatory and immunological processes might contribute to the onset, progression, and burden of the disease. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of the present investigation was to study the systemic inflammatory and stress responses and the innate response mediated by neutrophils in OA patients. METHOD: A group of patients diagnosed with primary OA according to the American College of Rheumatology criteria and a control group of age-matched healthy volunteers were enrolled in the study...
March 20, 2017: Endocrine, Metabolic & Immune Disorders Drug Targets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228081/the-neurobiology-and-psychiatric-perspective-of-vaginismus-linking-the-pharmacological-and-psycho-social-interventions
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Zuri Shahidii Kadir, Hatta Sidi, Jaya Kumar, Srijit Das, Marhani Midin, Najwa Baharuddin
Vaginismus is an involuntary muscle contraction of the outer third of vaginal barrel causing sexual penetration almost impossible. It is generally classified under sexual pain disorder (SPD). In Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, 5th edition, it is classified under the new rubric of Genito-Pelvic Pain/Sexual Penetration Disorder. This fear-avoidance condition poses an ongoing significant challenge to the medical and health professionals due to the very demanding needs in health care despite its unpredictable prognosis...
February 22, 2017: Current Drug Targets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208731/in-vivo-imaging-of-local-gene-expression-induced-by-magnetic-hyperthermia
#19
Olivier Sandre, Coralie Genevois, Eneko Garaio, Laurent Adumeau, Stéphane Mornet, Franck Couillaud
The present work aims to demonstrate that colloidal dispersions of magnetic iron oxide nanoparticles stabilized with dextran macromolecules placed in an alternating magnetic field can not only produce heat, but also that these particles could be used in vivo for local and noninvasive deposition of a thermal dose sufficient to trigger thermo-induced gene expression. Iron oxide nanoparticles were first characterized in vitro on a bio-inspired setup, and then they were assayed in vivo using a transgenic mouse strain expressing the luciferase reporter gene under transcriptional control of a thermosensitive promoter...
February 8, 2017: Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195187/sensory-augmentation-integration-of-an-auditory-compass-signal-into-human-perception-of-space
#20
Frank Schumann, J Kevin O'Regan
Bio-mimetic approaches to restoring sensory function show great promise in that they rapidly produce perceptual experience, but have the disadvantage of being invasive. In contrast, sensory substitution approaches are non-invasive, but may lead to cognitive rather than perceptual experience. Here we introduce a new non-invasive approach that leads to fast and truly perceptual experience like bio-mimetic techniques. Instead of building on existing circuits at the neural level as done in bio-mimetics, we piggy-back on sensorimotor contingencies at the stimulus level...
February 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
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