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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29164755/medical-and-mechanical-unloading-in-advanced-heart-failure-hope-for-cardiac-recovery
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Kasper Rossing, Finn Gustafsson
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November 21, 2017: European Journal of Heart Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158621/loaded-and-unloaded-jump-performance-of-top-level-volleyball-players-from-different-age-categories
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Katia Kitamura, Lucas Adriano Pereira, Ronaldo Kobal, Cesar Cavinato Cal Abad, Ronaldo Finotti, Fábio Yuzo Nakamura, Irineu Loturco
The aim of this study was to investigate the differences in loaded and unloaded jump performances between different age categories of top-level volleyball players from the same club. Forty-three volleyball players were divided into four age groups: under-17, under-19, under-21 and professional. Vertical jumping height for squat jump (SJ), countermovement jump (CMJ) and CMJ with arm swing (CMJa) and mean propulsive velocity (MPV) in the loaded jump squat exercise with 40% of the athlete's body mass were compared among the different age categories, considering body mass as a covariate...
September 2017: Biology of Sport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29157965/polymer-based-nanoparticles-loaded-with-a-tlr7-ligand-to-target-the-lymph-node-for-immunostimulation
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Jérôme Widmer, Cédric Thauvin, Inès Mottas, Van N'guyen, Florence Delie, Eric Allémann, Carole Bourquin
Small-molecule agonists for the Toll-like receptors (TLR) 7 and 8 are effective for the immunotherapy of skin cancer when used as topical agents. Their systemic use has however been largely unsuccessful due to dose-limiting toxicity. We propose a polymer-based nanodelivery system to target resiquimod, a TLR7 ligand, to the lymph node in order to focus the immunostimulatory activity and to prevent a generalized inflammatory response. We demonstrate successful encapsulation of resiquimod in methoxypoly(ethylene glycol)-b-poly(DL-lactic acid) (mPEG-PLA) and mixed poly(DL-lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA)/mPEG-PLA nanoparticles...
November 17, 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154967/bone-marrow-mechanotransduction-in-porcine-explants-alters-kinase-activation-and-enhances-trabecular-bone-formation-in-the-absence-of-osteocyte-signaling
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Kimberly J Curtis, Thomas R Coughlin, Devon E Mason, Joel D Boerckel, Glen L Niebur
Bone is a dynamic tissue that can adapt its architecture in response to mechanical signals under the control of osteocytes, which sense mechanical deformation of the mineralized bone. However, cells in the marrow are also mechanosensitive and may contribute to load-induced bone adaptation, as marrow is subjected to mechanical stress during bone deformation. We investigated the contribution of mechanotransduction in marrow cells to trabecular bone formation by applying low magnitude mechanical stimulation (LMMS) to porcine vertebral trabecular bone explants in an in situ bioreactor...
November 14, 2017: Bone
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154211/quasi-static-and-dynamic-motions-of-the-columellar-footplate-in-ostrich-struthio-camelus-measured-ex%C3%A2-vivo
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Pieter G G Muyshondt, Raf Claes, Peter Aerts, Joris J J Dirckx
The nature of the movement of the columellar footplate (CFP) in birds is still a matter of ongoing debate. Some sources claim that rocking motion is dominant, while others propose a largely piston-like motion. In this study, motions of the CFP are experimentally investigated in the ostrich using a post-mortem approach. For quasi-static loads, micro-CT scans of ostrich heads were made under positive and negative middle-ear pressures of 1 kPa. For dynamic loads, laser Doppler vibrometry was used to measure the velocity on multiple locations of the CFP as a function of excitation frequency from 0...
November 9, 2017: Hearing Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150943/muscle-regeneration-potential-and-satellite-cell-activation-profile-during-recovery-following-hindlimb-immobilization-in-mice
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Maria Guitart, Josep Lloreta, Laura Mañas-Garcia, Esther Barreiro
Reduced muscle activity leads to muscle atrophy and function loss in patients and animal models. Satellite cells (SCs) are postnatal muscle stem cells that play a pivotal role in skeletal muscle regeneration following injury. The regenerative potential, satellite cell numbers, and markers during recovery following immobilization of the hindlimb for seven days were explored. In mice exposed to seven days of hindlimb immobilization, in those exposed to recovery (seven days, splint removal), and in contralateral control muscles, muscle precursor cells were isolated from all hindlimb muscles (fluorescence-activated cell sorting, FACS), and SCs and muscle regeneration were identified using immunofluorescence (gastrocnemius and soleus) and electron microscopy (EM, gastrocnemius)...
November 18, 2017: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150558/branched-pectic-galactan-in-phloem-sieve-element-cell-walls-implications-for-cell-mechanics
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Thomas A Torode, Rachel E O'Neill, Susan E Marcus, Valerie Cornuault, Sara Pose-Albacete, Rebecca P Lauder, Stjepan Kresimir Kracun, Maja Gro Rydahl, Mathias C F Andersen, William George Tycho Willats, Siobhan Ariel Braybrook, Belinda J Townsend, Mads H Clausen, J Paul Knox
A major question in plant biology concerns the specification and functional differentiation of cell types. This is in the context of constraints imposed by networks of cell walls that both adhere cells and contribute to the form and function of developing organs. Here, we report the identification of a glycan epitope that is specific to phloem sieve element cell walls in several systems. A monoclonal antibody, designated LM26, binds to the cell wall of phloem sieve elements in stems of Arabidopsis thaliana, Miscanthus x giganteus and notably sugar beet (Beta vulgaris) roots where phloem identification is an important factor for the study of phloem unloading of sucrose...
November 17, 2017: Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144991/finite-element-simulation-on-posterior-tibial-tendinopathy-load-transfer-alteration-and-implications-to-the-onset-of-pes-planus
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Duo Wai-Chi Wong, Yan Wang, Aaron Kam-Lun Leung, Ming Yang, Ming Zhang
BACKGROUND: Posterior tibial tendinopathy is a challenging foot condition resulting in pes planus, which is difficult to diagnose in the early stage. Prior to the deformity, abnormal internal load transfer and soft tissue attenuation are anticipated. The objective of this study was to investigate the internal load transfer and strain of the ligaments with posterior tibial tendinopathy, and the implications to pes planus and other deformities. METHODS: A three-dimensional finite element model of the foot and ankle was reconstructed from magnetic resonance images of a 28-year-old normal female...
November 3, 2017: Clinical Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143479/encapsulation-of-rifampin-in-a-polymeric-layer-by-layer-structure-for-drug-delivery
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Akbar Esmaeili, Meissam Khodaei
Rifampin (RIF) is a bactericidal antibiotic drug and potent inducer of hepatic and intestinal cytochrome P-450 (CYP-450) enzyme systems. Given by mouth or intravenously, it can cause numerous clinical drug interactions; thus, alternative systems of drug delivery that bypass some or all of its toxic effects are well worth investigating. In this study, a controlled layer-by-layer (LBL) process of encapsulating RIF in biocompatible alginate and chitosan polymers loaded onto Fe3 O4 nanoparticles was developed. Fe3 O4 nanoparticles were synthesized from FeCl3 ·6H2 O using a hydrothermal procedure...
November 16, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142975/sclerostin%C3%A2-a-debutant-on-the-autosomal-dominant-polycystic-kidney-disease-scene
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Magdalena Jankowska, Mathias Haarhaus, Abdul Rashid Qureshi, Bengt Lindholm, Pieter Evenepoel, Peter Stenvinkel
Introduction: Autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD) is a genetic disease originating from a mutation in genes encoding polycystin 1 and 2. Recent evidence suggests that these polycystins mediate mechanosensation not only in the primary cilium of kidney cells but also in bone cells. The Wnt/β-catenin signaling pathway plays a central role in mechanotransduction in osteocytes. Mechanical unloading causes the upregulation of the Wnt inhibitor sclerostin. We tested the hypothesis that ADPKD associates with higher circulating sclerostin levels...
May 2017: KI Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141535/sln-and-nlc-encapsulating-antifungal-agents-skin-drug-delivery-and-their-unexplored-potential-for-treating-onychomycosis
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Tais Gratieri, Anna Paula Krawczyk-Santos, Priscila Bianca Rodrigues da Rocha, Marcilio Cunha-Filho, Guilherme Martins Gelfuso, Ricardo Neves Marreto, Stephania Fleury Taveira
BACKGROUND: Lipid nanoparticles have been extensively studied for drug delivery of antifungal drugs, especially for dermatophytosis treatments. They can accumulate in skin appendages and release drugs in a controlled manner and also increase skin moisture, due to the formation of an occlusive film. Since moisture heavily influences nail and skin permeability, these systems seem to pose great potential for antifungal drug delivery. METHODS: We therefore compare skin and nail physiopathological structure and discuss the potential use of lipid nanoparticles in managing skin and nail mycoses, highlighting their unexplored use in onychomycosis...
November 14, 2017: Current Pharmaceutical Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29139323/jaboticaba-plinia-peruviana-extract-nanoemulsions-development-stability-and-in-vitro-antioxidant-activity
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Letícia Mazzarino, Heloísa da Silva Pitz, Ana Paula Lorenzen Voytena, Adriana Carla Dias Trevisan, Rosa Maria Ribeiro-Do-Valle, Marcelo Maraschin
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this work is to develop and characterize nanoemulsions containing jaboticaba extract (Plinia peruviana) aiming pharmaceutical and cosmetic applications. METHODS: Nanoemulsions were prepared by high-pressure homogenization method using different concentrations of components (oil, surfactant, and extract) and homogenization pressures, in order to optimize the preparation conditions. Both unloaded and extract-loaded nanoemulsions were characterized according their size, polydispersity, zeta potential, pH, morphology, and physical stability...
November 15, 2017: Drug Development and Industrial Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138971/carbon-source-sink-relationship-in-arabidopsis-thaliana-the-role-of-sucrose-transporters
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Mickaël Durand, Dany Mainson, Benoît Porcheron, Laurence Maurousset, Rémi Lemoine, Nathalie Pourtau
The regulation of source-to-sink sucrose transport is associated with AtSUC and AtSWEET sucrose transporters' gene expression changes in plants grown hydroponically under different physiological conditions. Source-to-sink transport of sucrose is one of the major determinants of plant growth. Whole-plant carbohydrates' partitioning requires the specific activity of membrane sugar transporters. In Arabidopsis thaliana plants, two families of transporters are involved in sucrose transport: AtSUCs and AtSWEETs...
November 14, 2017: Planta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138464/bone-regeneration-is-associated-with-the-concentration-of-tumour-necrosis-factor-%C3%AE-induced-by-sericin-released-from-a-silk-mat
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You-Young Jo, HaeYong Kweon, Dae-Won Kim, Kyunghwa Baek, Min-Keun Kim, Seong-Gon Kim, Weon-Sik Chae, Je-Yong Choi, Horatiu Rotaru
To understand the osteogenic effect of the middle layer of the silk cocoon, sericin was examined for its cellular effects associated with tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α) signaling in this study. The fragmented sericin proteins in the silk mat were evaluated for the TNF-α expression level in murine macrophages. The concentration of protein released from silk mats was higher in the outermost and the innermost layers than in the middle layers, and the protein released from the silk mat was identified as sericin...
November 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137624/compression-rate-dependent-nonlinear-mechanics-of-normal-and-impaired-porcine-knee-joints
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Marcel Leonardo Rodriguez, LePing Li
BACKGROUND: The knee joint performs mechanical functions with various loading and unloading processes. Past studies have focused on the kinematics and elastic response of the joint with less understanding of the rate-dependent load response associated with viscoelastic and poromechanical behaviors. METHODS: Forty-five fresh porcine knee joints were used in the present study to determine the loading-rate-dependent force-compression relationship, creep and relaxation of normal, dehydrated and meniscectomized joints...
November 14, 2017: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137478/effects-of-increased-myocardial-tissue-concentration-of-myristic-palmitic-and-palmitoleic-acids-on-the-course-of-cardiac-atrophy-of-the-failing-heart-unloaded-by-heterotopic-transplantation
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M Pokorný, I Mrázová, J Malý, J Pirk, I Netuka, Z Vaňourková, Š DoleŽelová, L Červenková, H Maxová, V Melenovský, J Šochman, J Sadowski, L Červenka
The present experiments were performed to evaluate if increased heart tissue concentration of fatty acids, specifically myristic, palmitic and palmitoleic acids that are believed to promote physiological heart growth, can attenuate the progression of unloading-induced cardiac atrophy in rats with healthy and failing hearts. Heterotopic abdominal heart transplantation (HT(x)) was used as a model for heart unloading. Cardiac atrophy was assessed from the ratio of the native- to-transplanted heart weight (HW)...
November 10, 2017: Physiological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29136124/what-is-the-clinical-significance-of-ventricular-mural-antagonism
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Paul P Lunkenheimer, Peter Niederer, Robert S Stephenson, Klaus Redmann, Randas V Batista, Morten Smerup, Robert H Anderson
Recent morphological studies provide evidence that the ventricular walls are arranged as a 3D meshwork of aggregated cardiomyocyte chains, exhibiting marked local structural variations. In contrary to previous findings, up to two-fifths of the chains are found to have a partially transmural alignment, thus deviating from the prevailing tangential orientation. Upon contraction, they produce, in addition to a tangential force, a radial force component that counteracts ventricular constriction and aids widening of the ventricular cavity...
November 9, 2017: European Journal of Cardio-thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29133864/effects-of-microgravity-on-osteoblast-mitochondria-a-proteomic-and-metabolomics-profile
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Anna Michaletti, Magda Gioia, Umberto Tarantino, Lello Zolla
The response of human primary osteoblasts exposed to simulated microgravity has been investigated and analysis of metabolomic and proteomic profiles demonstrated a prominent dysregulation of mitochondrion homeostasis. Gravitational unloading treatment induced a decrease in mitochondrial proteins, mainly affecting efficiency of the respiratory chain. Metabolomic analysis revealed that microgravity influenced several metabolic pathways; stimulating glycolysis and the pentose phosphate pathways, while the Krebs cycle was interrupted at succinate-fumarate transformation...
November 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29132725/computational-study-of-the-role-of-fluid-content-and-flow-on-the-lumbar-disc-response-in-cyclic-compression-replication-of-in-vitro-and-in-vivo-conditions
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Petra Velísková, Maxim Bashkuev, Aboulfazl Shirazi-Adl, Hendrik Schmidt
The intervertebral disc viscoelastic response is governed primarily by its fluid content and flow. Invivo measurements demonstrate that the disc volume, fluid content, height and nucleus pressure completely recover during resting even after diurnal loading with twice longer duration (16 vs. 8 h). In view of much longer periods required for the recovery of disc height and pressure in vitro, concerns have been raised on the fluid inflow through the endplates that might be hampered by clogged blood vessels post mortem...
November 3, 2017: Journal of Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29130620/electro-optic-probe-for-real-time-assessments-of-rf-electric-field-produced-in-an-mri-scanner-feasibility-tests-at-3-and-4-7-t
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Isabelle Saniour, Gwenaël Gaborit, Anne-Laure Perrier, Laurane Gillette, Guillaume Revillod, Raphaël Sablong, Lionel Duvillaret, Olivier Beuf
During magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) examinations, the average specific absorption rate (SAR) of the whole body is calculated as an index of global energy deposition in biological tissue without taking into account the presence of metallic implants or conductive materials. However, this global SAR calculation is not sufficient to ensure patient safety and a local SAR measurement should be carried out. Several measurement techniques have already been used to evaluate the local SAR, in particular electric field (E-field) probes, but the accuracy of the measurements and the resolutions (spatial and temporal) depend strongly on the measurement method/probe...
November 12, 2017: NMR in Biomedicine
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