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Salma Ayoub, Giovanni Ferrari, Robert C Gorman, Joseph H Gorman, Frederick J Schoen, Michael S Sacks
Heart valves control unidirectional blood flow within the heart during the cardiac cycle. They have a remarkable ability to withstand the demanding mechanical environment of the heart, achieving lifetime durability by processes involving the ongoing remodeling of the extracellular matrix. The focus of this review is on heart valve functional physiology, with insights into the link between disease-induced alterations in valve geometry, tissue stress, and the subsequent cell mechanobiological responses and tissue remodeling...
September 15, 2016: Comprehensive Physiology
Solveig Langsrud, Katrin Steinhauer, Sonja Lüthje, Klaus Weber, Peter Goroncy-Bermes, Askild L Holck
Preservatives are added to cosmetics to protect the consumers from infections and prevent product spoilage. The concentration of preservatives should be kept as low as possible and this can be achieved by adding potentiating agents. The aim of the study was to investigate the mechanisms behind potentiation of the bactericidal effect of a commonly used preservative, 2-phenoxyethanol (PE), by the potentiating agent ethylhexylglycerin (EHG). Sub-lethal concentrations of EHG (0.075%) and PE (0.675%) in combination led to rapid killing of E...
2016: PloS One
Michael Pieroni, Clara Lagomarsini, Danilo De Rossi, Federico Carpi
Electrically tunable lenses are conceived as deformable adaptive optical components able to change focus without motor-controlled translations of stiff lenses. In order to achieve large tuning ranges, large deformations are needed. This requires new technologies for the actuation of highly stretchable lenses. This paper presents a configuration to obtain compact tunable lenses entirely made of soft solid matter (elastomers). This was achieved by combining the advantages of dielectric elastomer actuation (DEA) with a design inspired by the accommodation of reptiles and birds...
October 26, 2016: Bioinspiration & Biomimetics
Christina M Mariaselvam, Ryad Tamouza, Rajagopal Krishnamoorthy, Dominique Charron, Durga Prasanna Misra, Vikramraj K Jain, Vir Singh Negi
INTRODUCTION: NKG2D (KLRK1) is a C-type lectin receptor present on NK cells, γδ, CD8(+) and CD4(+) T cells. Upon ligand binding, NKG2D mediates activatory and co-stimulatory signals to NK cells and activated CD4+ T cells, respectively. Polymorphisms in NKG2D predispose to infectious diseases, cancer, transplantation and autoimmune disorders. We studied the influence of this NK receptor polymorphism on predisposition to and modification of the disease phenotype in patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)...
October 26, 2016: Clinical and Experimental Immunology
Kai Lin, Leng Meng, Jeremy D Collins, Varun Chowdhary, Michael Markl, James C Carr
The aim of the present study was to test the hypothesis that heart deformation analysis (HDA) is able to discriminate regional myocardial motion patterns on the left ventricle (LV). Totally 21 healthy volunteers (15 men and 6 women) without documented cardiovascular diseases were recruited. Cine MRI was performed on those subjects at four-chamber, two-chamber, and short-axis views. The variations of segmental myocardial motion indices of the LV, which were measured with the HDA tool, were investigated. Regional displacement, velocity, strain and strain rate were compared between lateral wall and septal wall using t tests...
October 25, 2016: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
Gabor Kiraly, Athene S Simonyi, Melinda Turani, Istvan Juhasz, Gabor Nagy, Gaspar Banfalvi
In early S phase the newly replicated DNA is folded back to increasingly compact structures. The process of chromatin condensation inside the nucleus starts with the formation of a micronucleus observed in five established cell lines (K562, CHO, Indian muntjac, murine preB and SCC). Supercoiling of chromatin generates a polarized end-plate region extruded from the nucleus. The extruded chromatin is turned around itself forming the head portion (micronucleus) visible by fluorescence microscopy until the middle of S phase when chromatin structures are succeeded by distinguishable early forms of chromosomes...
October 25, 2016: Apoptosis: An International Journal on Programmed Cell Death
Tanja Stachon, Krasimir Kolev, Zsuzsa Flaskó, Berthold Seitz, Achim Langenbucher, Nóra Szentmáry
PURPOSE: Keratoconus (KC) is a disease characterized by thinning and deformation of the cornea, but its etiology remains unknown. Seventy percent of the corneal stroma consists of collagen, which is composed of three intertwined polypeptide chains with glycine-hydroxyproline-proline repeats along their sequence. Arginase is a cytoplasmatic enzyme and catalyzes the conversion of arginine to urea and ornithine, which serves as a precursor for the endogenous synthesis of proline and hydroxyproline...
October 25, 2016: Graefe's Archive for Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology
Satoshi Makita, Kenitiro Kaneko, Yasuyuki Ono, Hiroo Uchida
PURPOSE: We aimed to identify the risk factors for thoracic and spinal deformities following lung resection during childhood and to elucidate whether thoracoscopic surgery reduces the risk of complications after lung resection. METHODS: We retrospectively examined the medical records of all pediatric patients who underwent lung resection for congenital lung disease at our institution between 1989 and 2014. RESULTS: Seventy-four patients underwent lung resection during the study period and were followed-up...
October 25, 2016: Surgery Today
B Hohendorff, J Franke, C K Spies, L P Müller, C Ries
OBJECTIVE: Arthrodesis of the proximal interphalangeal joint of fingers in a functional and pain-free position. INDICATIONS: Primary and secondary osteoarthritis, traumatic joint destruction, posttraumatic malposition, instability, joint destruction due to infection, irreparable extensor and/or flexor tendon lesion, recurrent flexion deformity in Dupuytren's disease, arthritis (e. g., rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis), failed resection arthroplasty, failed prosthesis, congenital disorder (e...
October 25, 2016: Operative Orthopädie und Traumatologie
Zena L Knight, Ingrid Ganske, Curtis K Deutsch, John B Mulliken
BACKGROUND: Repair of unilateral cleft lip and nasal deformity in three dimensions requires anticipation of changes in the fourth dimension that can be determined by periodic and objective assessment. METHODS: Fifty patients with unilateral cleft lip with or without cleft palate underwent primary repair from 1999 to 2004 and were followed through 2014. Anthropometry was performed immediately postoperatively and at a first and second follow-up interval, occurring at an average age of 6...
November 2016: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Suavi Aydoğmuş, Tahir Mutlu Duymuş, Tolga Keçeci, Levent Adiyeke, Adnan B Kafadar
: Reports on different types of surgical procedures show that night-time surgeries are often associated with a high number of complications than daytime surgeries. However, there are no data, and hence evidence that relate the outcome of supracondylar humeral fractures in children to the time of the day when the respective surgical procedure is implemented. In this study, we analyze the clinical and radiological outcomes of pediatric supracondylar humeral fractures surgically treated during daytime and night-time hours...
October 25, 2016: Journal of Pediatric Orthopedics. Part B
Vivek S Chawathe, Anil K Gaur, Badrinath D Athani, Shefali Gupta
A 14-year-old boy reported with congenital deformity of the left lower limb, with gross shortening, hip and knee flexion deformities, ankle with equinus deformity, and polydactyly of the left foot. Radiologic examination showed proximal femoral focal deficiency, double fibula, and duplication of the tarsal bones, and a diagnosis of 'proximal femoral focal deficiency associated with fibular duplication and diplopodia with complete agenesis of tibia' was made. Such association of deformities is very rare and poses difficulties in rehabilitation of the case...
October 25, 2016: Journal of Pediatric Orthopedics. Part B
Jun Dang, Fang-Fang Yin, Tao You, Chunhua Dai, Deyu Chen, Jing Wang
PURPOSE: Current approaches using deformable vector field (DVF) for motion-compensated 4D-cone beam CT (CBCT) reconstruction typically utilize an isotropically smoothed DVF between different respiration phases. Such isotropically smoothed DVF does not work well if sliding motion exists between neighboring organs. This study investigated an anisotropic motion modeling scheme by extracting organ boundary local motions (e.g., sliding) and incorporated them into 4D-CBCT reconstruction to optimize the motion modeling and reconstruction methods...
October 2016: Medical Physics
Joubin Nasehi Tehrani, Alistair McEwan, Jing Wang
PURPOSE: The authors have developed and evaluated a method to predict lung surface motion based on spirometry measurements, and chest and abdomen motion at selected locations. METHODS: A patient-specific 3D triangular surface mesh of the lung region was obtained at the end expiratory phase by the threshold-based segmentation method. Lung flow volume changes were recorded with a spirometer for each patient. A total of 192 selected points at a regular spacing of 2 × 2 cm matrix points were used to detect chest wall motion over a total area of 32 × 24 cm covering the chest and abdomen surfaces...
October 2016: Medical Physics
Mikhail A Chetvertkov, Farzan Siddiqui, Jinkoo Kim, Indrin Chetty, Akila Kumarasiri, Chang Liu, J James Gordon
PURPOSE: To develop standard (SPCA) and regularized (RPCA) principal component analysis models of anatomical changes from daily cone beam CTs (CBCTs) of head and neck (H&N) patients and assess their potential use in adaptive radiation therapy, and for extracting quantitative information for treatment response assessment. METHODS: Planning CT images of ten H&N patients were artificially deformed to create "digital phantom" images, which modeled systematic anatomical changes during radiation therapy...
October 2016: Medical Physics
Christopher Kurz, Florian Kamp, Yang-Kyun Park, Christoph Zöllner, Simon Rit, David Hansen, Mark Podesta, Gregory C Sharp, Minglun Li, Michael Reiner, Jan Hofmaier, Sebastian Neppl, Christian Thieke, Reinoud Nijhuis, Ute Ganswindt, Claus Belka, Brian A Winey, Katia Parodi, Guillaume Landry
PURPOSE: This work aims at investigating intensity corrected cone-beam x-ray computed tomography (CBCT) images for accurate dose calculation in adaptive intensity modulated proton therapy (IMPT) for prostate and head and neck (H&N) cancer. A deformable image registration (DIR)-based method and a scatter correction approach using the image data obtained from DIR as prior are characterized and compared on the basis of the same clinical patient cohort for the first time. METHODS: Planning CT (pCT) and daily CBCT data (reconstructed images and measured projections) of four H&N and four prostate cancer patients have been considered in this study...
October 2016: Medical Physics
Seyoun Park, Todd McNutt, William Plishker, Harry Quon, John Wong, Raj Shekhar, Junghoon Lee
PURPOSE: Accurate tracking of anatomical changes and computation of actually delivered dose to the patient are critical for successful adaptive radiation therapy (ART). Additionally, efficient data management and fast processing are practically important for the adoption in clinic as ART involves a large amount of image and treatment data. The purpose of this study was to develop an accurate and efficient Software platform for CUmulative Dose Assessment (scuda) that can be seamlessly integrated into the clinical workflow...
October 2016: Medical Physics
Svenja Ipsen, Ralf Bruder, Rick O'Brien, Paul J Keall, Achim Schweikard, Per R Poulsen
PURPOSE: With the trend in radiotherapy moving toward dose escalation and hypofractionation, the need for highly accurate targeting increases. While MLC tracking is already being successfully used for motion compensation of moving targets in the prostate, current real-time target localization methods rely on repeated x-ray imaging and implanted fiducial markers or electromagnetic transponders rather than direct target visualization. In contrast, ultrasound imaging can yield volumetric data in real-time (3D + time = 4D) without ionizing radiation...
October 2016: Medical Physics
Mohammed Azeezulla Nazrulla, Sailaja Krishnamurty
Silicon clusters with 3-50 atoms undergo isomerization/reversible dynamics or structural deformation at significantly lower temperatures of 350 K-500 K. Through Born Oppenheimer Molecular Dynamical (BOMD) simulations, the current study demonstrates that carbon alloying enhances the thermal stability of a silicon cluster. The study is carried out on a Si6 cluster which has been recently reported to undergo reversible dynamical movements using aberration-corrected transmission electron microscopy. Present BOMD simulations validate the experimentally observed reversible atomic displacements (reversible dynamical movements) at finite temperatures which are seen to persist nearly up to 2000 K...
September 28, 2016: Journal of Chemical Physics
Liangping Wang, Xinjun Zhang, Tieping Sun, Wentin Mao
A kind of fast shutter for protecting the diagnosis devices in Z pinch experiments is introduced in this paper. The shutter is composed of a pulling rod, a magnetic core, and a solenoid. Different from the traditional coils which were used at the voltage of 220 V, the solenoid we used must endure the high voltage of 5-10 kV and the deformation which maybe caused by the 5-10 T intense magnetic field. A creative configuration for the solenoid is developed including the winding guide, insulating sleeve, and stainless-steel sleeve...
September 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
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