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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227284/on-the-pleasantness-of-a-haptic-stimulation-how-different-textures-can-be-recognized-through-heart-rate-variability-nonlinear-analysis
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Mimma Nardelli, Alberto Greco, Matteo Bianchi, Enzo Pasquale Scilingo, Gaetano Valenza, Mimma Nardelli, Alberto Greco, Matteo Bianchi, Enzo Pasquale Scilingo, Gaetano Valenza, Gaetano Valenza, Mimma Nardelli, Alberto Greco, Matteo Bianchi
The hedonic attributes of cutaneous elicitation play a crucial role in everyday life, influencing our behavior and psychophysical state. However, the correlation between such a hedonic aspect of touch and the Autonomic Nervous System (ANS)-related physiological response, which is intimately connected to emotions, still needs to be deeply investigated. This study reports on caress-like stimuli conveyed to the forearm of 32 healthy subjects through different fabrics actuated by a haptic device, which can control both the strength (i...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227042/advanced-inside-out-tracking-approach-for-real-time-combination-of-mri-and-us-images-in-the-radio-frequency-shielded-room-using-combination-markers
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Yeshaswini Nagaraj, Christian Benedicks, Philipp Matthies, Michael Friebe, Yeshaswini Nagaraj, Christian Benedicks, Philipp Matthies, Michael Friebe
For the real-time fusion of different modalities, a variety of tracking methods are available including the optical, electromagnetic (EM) and image-based tracking. But as a drawback optical tracking suffers from line of sight issues and EM tracking requires the manual referencing for the fusion procedure and is not usable in Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) environment. To avoid these issues, we propose a real-time setup containing a camera capable of inside-Out tracking using combined circular markers attached to Ultrasound (US) probe and a suitable platform for automatic overlay of MRI and US image using markers...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226818/stochastic-modeling-of-spontaneous-bursting-activity-to-simulate-neural-responses-of-in-vitro-networks-on-multielectrode-arrays
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Gaetano Valenza, Gianluca Vannucci, Enzo Wanke, Enzo Pasquale Scilingo, Gaetano Valenza, Gianluca Vannucci, Enzo Wanke, Enzo Pasquale Scilingo, Gaetano Valenza, Enzo Wanke, Gianluca Vannucci, Enzo Pasquale Scilingo
The study of neuronal bursting activity, observed in cell-culture, is physiologically important because is correlated with synaptic transmission, plasticity, and information processing. However, besides strong ethical issues related to the use of animal models, there are many limitations due to experimental setup and neural signaling acquisition. In this study, we propose a stochastic modeling approach to simulate neural dynamics observed in networks of neocortical neurons from an ex vivo normal mouse. Specifically, we devised a stochastic version of the Izhichevich's model of cortical neurons, and simulated a network of excitatory and inhibitory neurons also accounting for cell signaling delays...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226766/a-neuromorphic-circuit-mimicking-biological-short-term-memory
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Saeid Barzegarjalali, Alice C Parker, Saeid Barzegarjalali, Alice C Parker, Alice C Parker, Saeid Barzegarjalali
Research shows that the way we remember things for a few seconds is a different mechanism from the way we remember things for a longer time. Short-term memory is based on persistently firing neurons, whereas storing information for a longer time is based on strengthening the synapses or even forming new neural connections. Information about location and appearance of an object is segregated and processed by separate neurons. Furthermore neurons can continue firing using different mechanisms. Here, we have designed a biomimetic neuromorphic circuit that mimics short-term memory by firing neurons, using biological mechanisms to remember location and shape of an object...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226539/directing-the-spatial-patterning-of-motor-neuron-differentiation-in-engineered-microenvironments
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Christopher J Demers, Greg Cox, Scott D Collins, Rosemary L Smith, Christopher J Demers, Greg Cox, Scott D Collins, Rosemary L Smith, Greg Cox, Christopher J Demers, Scott D Collins, Rosemary L Smith
Embryonic development of the spinal cord proceeds through a carefully orchestrated temporal and spatial sequence of chemical cues to provide precise patterning of adult cell types. Recreating this complex microenvironment in a standard cell culture dish is difficult, if not impossible. In this paper, a microfluidic device is used to recapitulate, in vitro, the graded patterning events which occur during early spinal cord development. The microdevice design is developed using COMSOL modeling, with which the spatiotemporal profiles of multiple, diffusible morphogens are simulated...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226507/theranostic-microwave-applicator-suitable-for-minimal-invasive-therapy-of-malignant-tissue
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Carolin Reimann, Margarita Puentes, Martin Schusler, Frank Hubner, Babak Bazrafshan, Thomas J Vogl, Rolf Jakoby, Carolin Reimann, Margarita Puentes, Martin Schusler, Frank Hubner, Babak Bazrafshan, Thomas J Vogl, Rolf Jakoby, Rolf Jakoby, Carolin Reimann, Babak Bazrafshan, Thomas J Vogl, Frank Hubner, Margarita Puentes
A microwave applicator is presented that realizes the theranostic approach by providing two operation modes to detect and treat tumor cells, exemplary in the liver. The tool is based on a planar sensor structure with Split Ring Resonators (SRR) as key elements. For the detection, changes in dielectric properties caused by tissue abnormalities are evaluated by analyzing shifts in the resonance frequency of the SRR. For the treatment mode, the input power is amplified to the specific resonance frequency and microwave ablation is performed...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226454/optimization-of-electrospun-fibrous-membranes-for-in-vitro-modeling-of-blood-brain-barrier
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V Pensabene, S W Crowder, D A Balikov, J B Lee, H J Sung, V Pensabene, S W Crowder, D A Balikov, J B Lee, H J Sung, V Pensabene, D A Balikov, S W Crowder, J B Lee, H J Sung
The blood-brain barrier (BBB) plays a critical role in brain homeostasis at the cellular and global level. Mimicking the selective permeability and transport properties of the BBB to specific molecules and cells remains a significant challenge towards the development of a physiologically relevant in vitro BBB model. In this study, we developed electrospun poly (ε-caprolactone) (PCL) and polyethylene glycol (PEG) copolymer membranes that supported different cellular components of the neurovascular unit including human-derived endothelial cells, pericytes and astrocytes...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226239/structural-basis-for-the-hijacking-of-endosomal-sorting-nexin-proteins-by-chlamydia-trachomatis
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Blessy Paul, Hyun Sung Kim, Markus C Kerr, Wilhelmina M Huston, Rohan D Teasdale, Brett M Collins
During infection chlamydial pathogens form an intracellular membrane-bound replicative niche termed the inclusion, which is enriched with bacterial transmembrane proteins called Incs. Incs bind and manipulate host cell proteins to promote inclusion expansion and provide camouflage against innate immune responses. Sorting nexin (SNX) proteins that normally function in endosomal membrane trafficking are a major class of inclusion-associated host proteins, and are recruited by IncE/CT116. Crystal structures of the SNX5 phox-homology (PX) domain in complex with IncE define the precise molecular basis for these interactions...
February 22, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226086/syphilis-mimicking-trigeminal-schwannoma
#9
Gustavo L F Honorio, Samila O Silva, Marcos M Silva, Marco A Lima
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 2017: Arquivos de Neuro-psiquiatria
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225997/intrathoracic-stomach-mimicking-bone-metastasis-from-thyroid-cancer-in-whole-body-iodine-131-scan-diagnosed-by-spect-ct
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Francisco Javier García-Gómez, Pablo Antonio de la Riva-Pérez, Cinta Calvo-Morón, Cristina Buján-Lloret, Teresa Cambil-Molina, Juan Castro-Montaño
The whole-body iodine-131 scintigraphy is an imaging technique in monitoring patients with a history of thyroid cancer. Although the rate of false positives is negligible, it is not nonexistent. We report the case of an intervened and treated patient for thyroid cancer with good clinical and biochemical response. Scintigraphic findings were consistent with unsuspected bone metastasis. Fused SPECT/CT data allowed accurate diagnosis of giant diaphragmatic hernia associated with intrathoracic stomach, a very rare pathology that can lead to false positive results...
February 13, 2017: Archives of Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224971/biofabrication-of-bundles-of-poly-lactic-acid-collagen-blends-mimicking-the-fascicles-of-the-human-achille-tendon
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Alberto Sensini, Chiara Gualandi, Luca Cristofolini, Gianluca Tozzi, Manuela Dicarlo, Gabriella Teti, Monica Mattioli-Belmonte, Maria Letizia Focarete
Electrospinning is a promising technique for the production of scaffolds aimed at the regeneration of soft tissues. The aim of this work was to develop electrospun bundles mimicking the architecture and mechanical properties of the fascicles of the human Achille tendon. Two different blends of poly(L-lactic acid) (PLLA) and collagen (Coll) were tested, PLLA/Coll-75/25 and PLLA/Coll-50/50, and compared with bundles of pure PLLA. First, a complete physico-chemical characterization was performed on non-woven mats made of randomly arranged fibers...
February 22, 2017: Biofabrication
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224117/perc-manipulates-metabolism-and-surface-antigens-in-enteropathogenic-escherichia-coli
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Jay L Mellies, Amy Platenkamp, Jossef Osborn, Lily Ben-Avi
Enteropathogenic Escherichia coli is an important cause of profuse, watery diarrhea in infants living in developing regions of the world. Typical strains of EPEC (tEPEC) possess a virulence plasmid, while related clinical isolates that lack the pEAF plasmid are termed atypical EPEC (aEPEC). tEPEC and aEPEC tend to cause acute vs. more chronic type infections, respectively. The pEAF plasmid encodes an attachment factor as well as a regulatory operon, perABC. PerC, a poorly understood regulator, was previously shown to regulate expression of the type III secretion system through Ler...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223772/erratum-late-onset-complication-of-fillers-paraffinoma-of-the-lower-eyelids-clinically-mimicking-xanthelasma
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Min-Woo Kim, Hyun-Sun Park, Hyun-Sun Yoon, Soyun Cho
[This corrects the article on p. 753 in vol. 28, PMID: 27904276.].
February 2017: Annals of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223425/role-of-stat3-and-foxo1-in-the-divergent-therapeutic-responses-of-non-metastatic-and-metastatic-bladder-cancer-cells-to-mir-145
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Guosong Jiang, Chao Huang, Jingxia Li, Haishan Huang, Honglei Jin, Junlan Zhu, Xue-Ru Wu, Chuanshu Huang
Although miR-145 is the most frequently down-regulated miRNA in bladder cancer (BC), its exact stage-association and downstream effector have not been defined. Here, we found that miR-145 was upregulated in human BC patients with lymph node metastasis and in metastatic T24T cell line. Forced expression of miR-145 promoted anchorage-independent growth of T24T cells accompanied by the down-regulation of forkhead box class O1 (FOXO1). In contrast, in non-metastatic T24 cells, miR-145 overexpression inhibited cell growth with upregulation of FOXO1 and the knockdown of FOXO1 abolished the miR-145-mediated inhibition of cell growth...
February 21, 2017: Molecular Cancer Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223376/bactericidal-and-fungicidal-activity-of-n-chlorotaurine-is-enhanced-in-cystic-fibrosis-sputum-medium
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Martina Gruber, Ivan Moser, Markus Nagl, Michaela Lackner
Lung infections with multiresistant pathogens are a major problem of patients suffering from cystic fibrosis (CF). N-chlorotaurine (NCT), a microbicidal active chlorine compound with no resistance development, is well tolerated upon inhalation. The aim of this study was to investigate NCT on its bactericidal and fungicidal activity in vitro in artificial sputum medium (ASM) mimicking the composition of cystic fibrosis mucus.The medium was inoculated with bacteria (Staphylococcus aureus including some MRSA strains, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Escherichia coli) or spores of fungi (Aspergillus fumigatus, Aspergillus terreus, Candida albicans, Scedosporium apiospermum, Scedosporium boydii, Lomentospora prolificans, Scedosporium aurantiacum, Scedosporium minutisporum, Exophiala dermatitidis, Geotrichum sp...
February 21, 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222222/linear-immunoglobulin-a-dermatosis-mimicking-toxic-epidermal-necrolysis-a-case-report-of-etanercept-treatment
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M Prieto-Barrios, V Velasco-Tamariz, F Tous-Romero, S Burillo-Martinez, C Zarco-Olivo, J L Rodriguez-Peralto, P L Ortiz-Romero
A 65-year-old pluripathological woman attended our hospital with a cutaneous eruption of sudden appearance after vancomycin treatment. She presented targetoid lesions affecting approximately 25-30% of her body surface, large erosions, with mucosal lesions and positive Nikolsky sign. Under the initial clinical suspicion of Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis (TEN), and considering recent literature of its successful use in these cases, she was treated with a single dose of anti-Tumor Necrosis Factor (anti-TNF) agent etanercept...
February 21, 2017: British Journal of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222188/the-thermodynamics-of-pr55gag-rna-interaction-regulate-the-assembly-of-hiv
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Hanumant S Tanwar, Keith K Khoo, Megan Garvey, Lynne Waddington, Andrew Leis, Marcel Hijnen, Tony Velkov, Geoff J Dumsday, William J McKinstry, Johnson Mak
The interactions that occur during HIV Pr55Gag oligomerization and genomic RNA packaging are essential elements that facilitate HIV assembly. However, mechanistic details of these interactions are not clearly defined. Here, we overcome previous limitations in producing large quantities of full-length recombinant Pr55Gag that is required for isothermal titration calorimetry (ITC) studies, and we have revealed the thermodynamic properties of HIV assembly for the first time. Thermodynamic analysis showed that the binding between RNA and HIV Pr55Gag is an energetically favourable reaction (ΔG<0) that is further enhanced by the oligomerization of Pr55Gag...
February 21, 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221800/self-associating-poly-ethylene-oxide-block-poly-%C3%AE%C2%B5-caprolactone-peo-b-pcl-drug-conjugates-for-the-delivery-of-stat3-inhibitor-jsi-124-potential-application-in-cancer-immunotherapy
#18
Shyam M Garg, Mohammad Reza Vakili, Ommoleila Molavi, Afsaneh Lavasanifar
Constitutive activation of signal transducer and activator of transcription 3 (STAT3) in tumor cells and tumor associated dendritic cells (DCs) plays a major role in the progression of cancer. JSI-124 (Cucurbitacin I) is a potent inhibitor of STAT3, however, its poor solubility and non-specificity limits its effectiveness in cancer immunotherapy. In order to achieve a nano-carrier for solubilisation and passive targeting of JSI-124 to tumor cells and tumor associated DCs, the drug was chemically conjugated to pendent COOH groups of self-associating poly(ethylene oxide)-block-poly(-carboxylate-ε-caprolactone) (PEO-b-PCCL)...
February 21, 2017: Molecular Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221776/the-horizon-of-materiobiology-a-perspective-on-material-guided-cell-behaviors-and-tissue-engineering
#19
Yulin Li, Yin Xiao, Changsheng Liu
Although the biological functions of cell and tissue can be regulated by biochemical factors (e.g., growth factors, hormones), the biophysical effects of materials on the regulation of biological activity are receiving more attention. In this Review, we systematically summarize the recent progress on how biomaterials with controllable properties (e.g., compositional/degradable dynamics, mechanical properties, 2D topography, and 3D geometry) can regulate cell behaviors (e.g., cell adhesion, spreading, proliferation, cell alignment, and the differentiation or self-maintenance of stem cells) and tissue/organ functions...
February 21, 2017: Chemical Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221365/glial-glt-1-blockade-in-infralimbic-cortex-as-a-new-strategy-to-evoke-rapid-antidepressant-like-effects-in-rats
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J Gasull-Camós, M Tarrés-Gatius, F Artigas, A Castañé
Ketamine and deep brain stimulation produce rapid antidepressant effects in humans and rodents. An increased AMPA receptor (AMPA-R) signaling in medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC) has been suggested to mediate these responses. However, little research has addressed the direct effects of enhancing glutamate tone or AMPA-R stimulation in mPFC subdivisions. The current study investigates the behavioral and neurochemical consequences of glutamate transporter-1 (GLT-1) blockade or s-AMPA microinfusion in the infralimbic (IL) and prelimbic (PrL) cortex...
February 21, 2017: Translational Psychiatry
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