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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819981/highly-efficient-guiding-of-motile-microtubules-on-non-topographical-motor-patterns
#1
Cordula Reuther, Matthäus Mittasch, Sundar Naganathan, Stephan Grill, Stefan Diez
Molecular motors, highly-efficient biological nano-machines, hold the potential to be employed for a wide range of nanotechnological applications. Towards this end, kinesin, dynein or myosin motor proteins are commonly surface-immobilized within engineered environments in order to transport cargo attached to cytoskeletal filaments. Being able to flexibly control the direction of filament motion - in particular on planar, non-topographical surfaces - has, however, remained challenging. Here, we demonstrate the applicability of a UV-laser-based ablation technique to programmably generate highly-localized patterns of functional kinesin-1 motors with different shapes and sizes on PLL-g-PEG-coated polystyrene surfaces...
August 18, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818663/a-lightweight-inexpensive-robotic-system-for-insect-vision
#2
Chelsea Sabo, Robert Chisholm, Adam Petterson, Alex Cope
Designing hardware for miniaturized robotics which mimics the capabilities of flying insects is of interest, because they share similar constraints (i.e. small size, low weight, and low energy consumption). Research in this area aims to enable robots with similarly efficient flight and cognitive abilities. Visual processing is important to flying insects' impressive flight capabilities, but currently, embodiment of insect-like visual systems is limited by the hardware systems available. Suitable hardware is either prohibitively expensive, difficult to reproduce, cannot accurately simulate insect vision characteristics, and/or is too heavy for small robotic platforms...
August 14, 2017: Arthropod Structure & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817534/radius-regeneration-after-open-fracture-and-extrusion-a-case-report
#3
Kristopher B McCall, David Y Chong
A pediatric patient presenting with an open forearm fracture with segmental defect is rare, and the pediatric orthopedic literature to guide treatment is sparse. There are several described methods to treat the defect, including bone grafting and bone transport techniques. In addition, there are reports of fibular regeneration after resection if the periosteum is left intact. We present a case report of complete regeneration of over half of a pediatric radial shaft with an intact periosteum, after traumatic extrusion from an open fracture...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Orthopedics. Part B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817289/how-to-drive-a-flashing-electron-ratchet-to-maximize-current
#4
Ofer Kedem, Bryan Lau, Emily A Weiss
Biological systems utilize a combination of asymmetry, noise, and chemical energy to produce motion in the highly damped environment of the cell with molecular motors, many of which are "ratchets", nonequilibrium devices for producing directed transport using nondirectional perturbations without a net bias. The underlying ratchet principle has been implemented in man-made micro- and nanodevices to transport charged particles by oscillating an electric potential with repeating asymmetric features. In this experimental study, the ratcheting of electrons in an organic semiconductor is optimized by tuning the temporal modulation of the oscillating potential, applied using nanostructured electrodes...
August 21, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814025/learning-from-demonstration-teaching-a-myoelectric-prosthesis-with-an-intact-limb-via-reinforcement-learning
#5
Gautham Vasan, Patrick M Pilarski
Prosthetic arms should restore and extend the capabilities of someone with an amputation. They should move naturally and be able to perform elegant, coordinated movements that approximate those of a biological arm. Despite these objectives, the control of modern-day prostheses is often nonintuitive and taxing. Existing devices and control approaches do not yet give users the ability to effect highly synergistic movements during their daily-life control of a prosthetic device. As a step towards improving the control of prosthetic arms and hands, we introduce an intuitive approach to training a prosthetic control system that helps a user achieve hard-to-engineer control behaviours...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814019/stiffness-control-of-a-nylon-twisted-coiled-actuator-for-use-in-mechatronic-rehabilitation-devices
#6
Brandon P R Edmonds, Ana Luisa Trejos
Mechatronic rehabilitation devices, especially wearables, have been researched extensively and proven to be promising additions to physical therapy, but most designs utilize traditional actuators providing unnatural, robot-like movements. Therefore, many researchers have focused on the development of actuators that mimic biological properties to provide patients with improved results, safety, and comfort. Recently, a twisted-coiled actuator (TCA) made from nylon thread has been found to possess many of these important properties when heated, such as variable stiffness, flexibility, and high power density...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813934/a-hybrid-brain-machine-interface-based-on-eeg-and-emg-activity-for-the-motor-rehabilitation-of-stroke-patients
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Andrea Sarasola-Sanz, Nerea Irastorza-Landa, Eduardo Lopez-Larraz, Carlos Bibian, Florian Helmhold, Doris Broetz, Niels Birbaumer, Ander Ramos-Murguialday
Including supplementary information from the brain or other body parts in the control of brain-machine interfaces (BMIs) has been recently proposed and investigated. Such enriched interfaces are referred to as hybrid BMIs (hBMIs) and have been proven to be more robust and accurate than regular BMIs for assistive and rehabilitative applications. Electromyographic (EMG) activity is one of the most widely utilized biosignals in hBMIs, as it provides a quite direct measurement of the motion intention of the user...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813868/relationship-between-assistive-torque-and-knee-biomechanics-during-exoskeleton-walking-in-individuals-with-crouch-gait
#8
Zachary F Lerner, Diane L Damiano, Thomas C Bulea
Crouch or "flexed knee" gait is a pathological gait pattern affecting many individuals with cerebral palsy. One proposed method to alleviate crouch is to provide robotic assistance to knee extension during walking. The purpose of this study was to evaluate how the magnitude of knee extensor torque affects knee kinematics, kinetics, and muscle activity. Motion capture, ground reaction force and electromyography data were collected while four participants with crouch gait from cerebral palsy walked with assistance from a novel robotic exoskeleton on an instrumented treadmill...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811948/the-dorsoulnar-artery-perforator-adipofascial-flap-in-the-treatment-of-distal-radioulnar-synostosis
#9
Alessia Pagnotta, Giorgio Antonietti, Iakov Molayem
Posttraumatic radioulnar synostosis (RUS) is a rare event following forearm fractures. Consequences are disabling for patients who suffer from functional limitation in forearm pronosupination. Distal RUS are even more rare and more difficult to treat because of high recurrence rates. The patient we describe in this paper came to our attention with a double distal RUS recurrence and a Darrach procedure already performed. We performed a radical excision of RUS and interposition with a vascularized dorsoulnar artery (DUA) adipofascial perforator flap...
2017: Case Reports in Orthopedics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810881/comparison-of-photon-volumetric-modulated-arc-therapy-intensity-modulated-proton-therapy-and-intensity-modulated-carbon-ion-therapy-for-delivery-of-hypo-fractionated-thoracic-radiotherapy
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Alexander Chi, Lien-Chun Lin, Sijin Wen, Haijuan Yan, Wen-Chien Hsi
PURPOSE: The aim of the present study was to compare the dose distribution generated from photon volumetric modulated arc therapy (VMAT), intensity modulated proton therapy (IMPT), and intensity modulated carbon ion therapy (IMCIT) in the delivery of hypo-fractionated thoracic radiotherapy. METHODS AND MATERIALS: Ten selected patients who underwent thoracic particle therapy between 2015 and 2016 were re-planned to receive a relative biological effectiveness (RBE) weighted dose of 60 Gy (i...
August 15, 2017: Radiation Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810753/dynamical-transition-in-molecular-glasses-and-proteins-observed-by-spin-relaxation-of-nitroxide-spin-probes-and-labels
#11
Elena A Golysheva, Georgiy Yu Shevelev, Sergei A Dzuba
In glassy substances and biological media, dynamical transitions are observed in neutron scattering that manifests itself as deviations of the translational mean-squared displacement, 〈x(2)〉, of hydrogen atoms from harmonic dynamics. In biological media, the deviation occurs at two temperature intervals, at ∼100-150 K and at ∼170-230 K, and it is attributed to the motion of methyl groups in the former case and to the transition from harmonic to anharmonic or diffusive motions in the latter case. In this work, electron spin echo (ESE) spectroscopy-a pulsed version of electron paramagnetic resonance-is applied to study the spin relaxation of nitroxide spin probes and labels introduced in molecular glass former o-terphenyl and in protein lysozyme...
August 14, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809537/confined-water-structure-dynamics-and-thermodynamics
#12
Sudip Chakraborty, Hemant Kumar, Chandan Dasgupta, Prabal K Maiti
Understanding the properties of strongly confined water is important for a variety of applications such as fast flow and desalination devices, voltage generation, flow sensing, and nanofluidics. Confined water also plays an important role in many biological processes such as flow through ion channels. Water in the bulk exhibits many unusual properties that arise primarily from the presence of a network of hydrogen bonds. Strong confinement in structures such as carbon nanotubes (CNTs) substantially modifies the structural, thermodynamic, and dynamic (both translational and orientational) properties of water by changing the structure of the hydrogen bond network...
August 15, 2017: Accounts of Chemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808546/characterization-of-measurement-errors-using-structure-from-motion-and-photogrammetry-to-measure-marine-habitat-structural-complexity
#13
Mitch Bryson, Renata Ferrari, Will Figueira, Oscar Pizarro, Josh Madin, Stefan Williams, Maria Byrne
Habitat structural complexity is one of the most important factors in determining the makeup of biological communities. Recent advances in structure-from-motion and photogrammetry have resulted in a proliferation of 3D digital representations of habitats from which structural complexity can be measured. Little attention has been paid to quantifying the measurement errors associated with these techniques, including the variability of results under different surveying and environmental conditions. Such errors have the potential to confound studies that compare habitat complexity over space and time...
August 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805871/asymmetric-motion-of-magnetically-actuated-artificial-cilia
#14
Srinivas Hanasoge, Matthew Ballard, Peter J Hesketh, Alexander Alexeev
Most microorganisms use hair-like cilia with asymmetric beating to perform vital bio-physical processes. In this paper, we demonstrate a novel fabrication method for creating magnetic artificial cilia capable of such a biologically inspired asymmetric beating pattern essential for inducing microfluidic transport at low Reynolds number. The cilia are fabricated using a lithographic process in conjunction with deposition of magnetic nickel-iron permalloy to create flexible filaments that can be manipulated by varying an external magnetic field...
August 14, 2017: Lab on a Chip
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805504/neural-basis-of-altered-earlier-attention-and-higher-order-biological-motion-processing-in-schizophrenia
#15
Yukiko Matsumoto, Hideyuki Takahashi, Jun Miyata, Genichi Sugihara, Toshiya Murai, Hidehiko Takahashi
Schizophrenia patients have impairments of biological motion (BM) perception, which provides critical information about social cognition. Because social cognition is underpinned by attention, the impairments of BM perception in schizophrenia could be partially attributable to altered attention. To elucidate the impairments in attention and social perception in schizophrenia, we investigated the neural basis of impaired BM processing using MRI in respect to attention deficits by eye tracker. Voxel-based morphometry was performed to evaluate the relationship between BM perception and gray matter (GM) volume...
August 14, 2017: Social Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805377/intrinsic-dynamics-of-binding-rail-and-its-allosteric-effect-in-the-class-i-hdacs
#16
Jingwei Zhou, Yue Huang, Chunyan Cheng, Kai Wang, Ruibo Wu
The development of novel isoform/class-selective inhibitor is still of great biological and medical significance to conquer the continuously reported side effects for the histone deacetylases (HDACs) drugs. The first potent HDAC allosteric inhibitor was discovered last year and this allosteric inhibitor design is thought to be a promising strategy to overcome the current challenges in HDAC inhibitor design. However, the detailed allosteric mechanisms and its remote regulation effects on the catalytic/inhibitor activity of HDAC are still unclear...
August 14, 2017: Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802702/novel-method-of-extracting-motion-from-natural-movies
#17
Wataru Suzuki, Noritaka Ichinohe, Toshiki Tani, Taku Hayami, Naohisa Miyakawa, Satoshi Watanabe, Hiroshige Takeichi
BACKGROUND: The visual system in primates can be segregated into motion and shape pathways. Interaction occurs at multiple stages along these pathways. Processing of shape-from-motion and biological motion is considered to be a higher-order integration process involving motion and shape information. However, relatively limited types of stimuli have been used in previous studies on these integration processes. NEW METHOD: We propose a new algorithm to extract object motion information from natural movies and to move random dots in accordance with the information...
August 9, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802172/interaction-of-phenazinium-based-photosensitizers-with-the-n-and-b-isoforms-of-human-serum-albumin-effect-of-methyl-substitution
#18
Swagata Sen, Riya Sett, Bijan K Paul, Nikhil Guchhait
The present work is focused on exploring the interaction of two phenazinium-based biological photosensitizers, phenosafranin (PSF) and safranin-O (SO), with human serum albumin (HSA), with particular emphasis on the physiologically significant NB conformational transition of the protein on the dye:HSA interaction. In addition, the presence of methyl substitution on the planar phenazinium ring in SO paves way for looking into the effect of simple chemical manipulation (that is, methyl substitution on the dye nucleus) on the dye:protein interaction behavior as a function of various (pH-induced) isoforms of HSA...
August 3, 2017: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797162/nanoparticles-of-various-degrees-of-hydrophobicity-interacting-with-lipid-membranes
#19
Chan-Fei Su, Holger Merlitz, Hauke Rabbel, Jens-Uwe Sommer
Using coarse-grained molecular dynamics simulations, we study the passive translocation of nanoparticles with a size of about 1 nm and with tunable degrees of hydrophobicity through lipid bilayer membranes. We observe a window of translocation with a sharp maximum for nanoparticles having a hydrophobicity in between hydrophilic and hydrophobic. Passive translocation can be identified as diffusive motion of individual particles in a free energy landscape. By combining direct sampling with umbrella-sampling techniques we calculate the free energy landscape for nanoparticles covering a wide range of hydrophobicities...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28795734/single-gold-bipyramids-with-sharp-tips-as-sensitive-single-particle-orientation-sensors-in-biological-studies
#20
So Young Lee, Yeji Han, Jong Wook Hong, Ji Won Ha
Plasmonic gold bipyramids (AuBPs) with sharp tips are promising orientation probes in biological studies because of their anisotropic shape, strong electric field enhancement at the tips, and convenient manipulation into other shapes. Herein, we elucidate the optical properties of single AuBPs at their localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) wavelengths using dark-field (DF) microscopy and differential interference contrast (DIC) microscopy and test their use as orientation probes in a dynamic biological environment...
August 10, 2017: Nanoscale
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