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Matthias Hösl, Harald Böhm, Michaela Seltmann, Chakravarthy Ugandhar Dussa, Leonhard Döderlein
BACKGROUND: Patella-alta is very common in patients with Cerebral Palsy (CP). While several diagnostic x-ray indices have been developed for patella-alta in general, the specific relationship with walking dysfunction in CP is only partly understood. METHODS: 33 participants with bilateral spastic CP between 4 and 20 years (GMFCS I-II without previous surgery) that underwent 3D gait analysis as well as a radiographic exam within 0.8 (SD 1.2) months were retrospectively included...
November 10, 2017: Gait & Posture
Joseph Zeni, Kathleen Madara, Hunter Witmer, Riley Gerhardt, James Rubano
BACKGROUND: Few studies have compared the biomechanical outcomes of different surgical approaches for hip arthroplasty. The purpose of this study was to compare hip, pelvic, and trunk kinematics and kinetics between individuals who underwent a posterior or anterolateral approach. METHODS: Forty-five individuals between 40 and 80 years old underwent motion analysis during overground gait prior to hip arthroplasty and 3 months after surgery. Walking speed, hip flexion angle, hip extension angle, adduction angle and moment, trunk angle, trunk lean, and pelvis drop were compared between approaches...
November 10, 2017: Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology
Zhuoqin Yu, Pengfei Li, Kenneth M Merz
An empirical approach based on the previously developed zinc AMBER force field (ZAFF) is proposed for the determination of the parameters for bonds and angles involving zinc. We call it the extended ZAFF (EZAFF) model because the original ZAFF model was only formulated for 4-coordinated systems, while EZAFF additionally can tackle 5- and 6-coordinated systems. Tests were carried out for 6 metalloproteins and 5 organometallic compounds with different coordination spheres. Results validated the reliability of the current model to handle a variety of zinc containing complexes...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation
Yu Li, Shuangming Chen, Dawei Xi, Yanan Bo, Ran Long, Chengming Wang, Li Song, Yujie Xiong
The electrocatalytic oxygen evolution reaction (OER) is a highly important reaction that requires a relatively high overpotential and determines the rate of water splitting-a process for producing hydrogen. The overall OER performance is often largely limited by uncontrollable interface when active catalysts are loaded on conductive supports, for which polymer binders are widely used, but inevitably block species transportation channels. Here, a scalable fabrication approach to freestanding graphitized carbon nanofiber networks is reported, which provides abundant sites for in situ growing Fe/Ni catalysts with the improved interface...
November 17, 2017: Small
Petra Rovó, Rasmus Linser
Conformational exchange in proteins is a major determinant in protein functionality. In particular, the μs-ms timescale is associated with enzymatic activity and interactions between biological molecules. We show here that a comprehensive data set of R1ρ relaxation dispersion profiles employing multiple effective fields and tilt angles can be easily obtained in perdeuterated, partly back-exchanged proteins at fast magic-angle spinning and further complemented with chemical-exchange saturation transfer NMR experiments...
November 17, 2017: Chemphyschem: a European Journal of Chemical Physics and Physical Chemistry
Fang Jia, Lei Zhou, Wangxi Wu
This study aimed to investigate if the titanium samples with low hydrogen permeation which treated with a novel etching combination: phosphoric acid and sodium fluoride could influence the surface physiochemical properties and early adsorption ability. Titanium samples were treated with three different concentrations of the new formula, as groups A, B and C, and treated with the traditional etching formula, as group T. Zeta potential, contact angle, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and fibronectin (FN)/vitronectin (VN) adsorption of Sprague-Dawley (SD) rat tibial osteotomies in the initial 30min and MG-63 adsorption in the initial 24 h were detected...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Materials Science. Materials in Medicine
Farbod Rohani, Hanz Richter, Antonie J van den Bogert
In this paper, we present the design of an electromechanical above-knee active prosthesis with energy storage and regeneration. The system consists of geared knee and ankle motors, parallel springs for each motor, an ultracapacitor, and controllable four-quadrant power converters. The goal is to maximize the performance of the system by finding optimal controls and design parameters. A model of the system dynamics was developed, and used to solve a combined trajectory and design optimization problem. The objectives of the optimization were to minimize tracking error relative to human joint motions, as well as energy use...
2017: PloS One
Thomas Kantermann, Charmane I Eastman
The timing of the circadian clock, circadian period and chronotype varies among individuals. To date, not much is known about how these parameters vary over time in an individual. We performed an analysis of the following five common circadian clock and chronotype measures: 1) the dim light melatonin onset (DLMO, a measure of circadian phase), 2) phase angle of entrainment (the phase the circadian clock assumes within the 24-h day, measured here as the interval between DLMO and bedtime/dark onset), 3) free-running circadian period (tau) from an ultradian forced desynchrony protocol (tau influences circadian phase and phase angle of entrainment), 4) mid-sleep on work-free days (MSF from the Munich ChronoType Questionnaire; MCTQ) and 5) the score from the Morningness-Eveningness Questionnaire (MEQ)...
November 17, 2017: Chronobiology International
Mohammadmehdi Ataei, Huanchen Chen, Alidad Amirfazli
When a liquid bridge is formed between two nonparallel identical surfaces, it can move along the surfaces. Literature indicates that the direction of bridge movement is governed by the wettability of surfaces. When the surfaces are hydrophilic, the motion of the bridge is always towards the cusp (intersection of the plane of the two bounding surfaces). While, the movement is hitherto thought to be always pointing away from the cusp, when the surfaces are hydrophobic. In this study, through experiments, numerical simulations, and analytical reasoning, we demonstrate that for hydrophobic surfaces, wettability is not the only factor determining the direction of the motion...
November 17, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
Shizhao Liu, Joel Plawsky
A composite film made of a stable, gold nanoparticle (NP) array with well-controlled separation and size atop a TiO2 nanorod film was fabricated via the oblique angle deposition technique (OAD). The fabrication of the nanoparticle array is based on controlled, Rayleigh-instability-induced, solid-state dewetting of as-deposited gold aggregates on the TiO2 nanorods. It was found that the initial spacing between as-deposited gold aggregates along the vapor flux direction should be greater than the TiO2 inter-rod spacing created by 80° OAD in order to control the dewetting and produce NP arrays...
November 17, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
Lo-Yueh Chang, Yen-Chien Kuo, Hung Wei Shiu, Chia-Hsin Wang, Yao-Chang Lee, Yaw-Wen Yang, Shangjr Gwo, Chia-Hao Chen
We observed the growth phase transition of n-alkanethiols (AT), CH3(CH2)n-1SH, n = 4 ~16, directly implanted on a bare Si(111) surface, forming an AT monolayer. These monolayers were characterized with static water-contact angle, high-resolution X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, near-edge X-ray fine-structure spectroscopy and grazing-angle reflection absorption Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy. The integrated spectral results indicated that the implanted n-AT molecules formed a self-oriented and densely packed monolayer through formation of an S-Si bond...
November 17, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
Dwaipayan Mukhopadhyay, Philippe S Nadaud, Matthew D Shannon, Christopher P Jaroniec
We demonstrate rapid quantitative measurements of site-resolved paramagnetic relaxation enhancements (PREs), which are a source of valuable structural restraints corresponding to electron-nucleus distances in the ~10-20 Å regime, in solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectra of proteins containing covalent Cu(2+)-binding tags. Specifically, using protein GB1 K28C-EDTA-Cu(2+) mutant as a model, we show the determination of backbone amide (15)N longitudinal and (1)H transverse PREs within a few hours of experiment time based on proton-detected 2D or 3D correlation spectra recorded with magic-angle spinning frequencies ≥ ~60 kHz for samples containing ~10-50 nanomoles of (2)H,(13)C,(15)N-labeled protein back-exchanged in H2O...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
Anup Kumar Sasmal, Arpan Kumar Nayak, Prashant Kartikeya, Debabrata Pradhan, Tarasankar Pal
Herein, for the first time we applied metal-metal bond energy factor for the evolution of porous Se-Te alloy. Porous Se-Te material has been prepared from their elemental states only through heating-cooling process in silicone oil without using any reagent, surfactant or capping agent. Surprisingly the reaction occurred at much lower temperature (240 °C) than the m.p. (450 °C) of Te0. The nucleation and growth have been clarified by means of varied bond energy for the first time. Difference in bond energy between hetero metal-metal bond (Se-Te) and homo metal-metal (Se-Se) directs nucleation and growth towards the fabrication of porous structure even from their elemental state where low angle grain boundary (LAGB) and high angle grain boundary (HAGB) movements play their governing roles...
November 17, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Samaneh Gholami, Noureddin Nakhostin Ansari, Soofia Naghdi, Azadeh Tabatabaei, Davood Jannat, Maryam Senobari, Mahdi Dadgoo
OBJECTIVE: The modified Tardieu Scale (MTS) is a clinical tool for the measurement of muscle spasticity. The present study aimed to investigate the relationship between the MTS and the slope of the work-velocity curve as a biomechanical measure in assessing knee extensor muscle spasticity in patients with stroke. METHODS: Thirty patients with stroke (22 female, 8 male; mean age 55.4 ± 12.0 years) participated in this study. The knee extensor spasticity was assessed with the MTS...
November 17, 2017: Physiotherapy Research International: the Journal for Researchers and Clinicians in Physical Therapy
Yunjun Cao, Min Yu, Shandong Qi, Tingting Wang, Shiming Huang, Zhengfeng Ren, Shishen Yan, Shujun Hu, Mingchun Xu
The CO2 adsorption and dynamic behaviors on single crystal anatase TiO2(101) surfaces were investigated by UHV-FTIRS and first-principles calculations. The IRRAS results at 90 K show that the ν3(OCO) asymmetric stretching vibration of adsorbed CO2 exhibits band splitting at rather low CO2 coverage in p-polarized IR spectra for the IR beam incident along the [101[combining macron]] direction. Co-adsorbed CO can prevent such band splitting. Ab initio molecular dynamics (AIMD) simulations revealed that the adsorbed CO2 at finite temperature does not keep a stationary adsorption state but keeps a certain swing motion: one end of the linear CO2 molecule binds to surface Ti5c sites and the other end swings within the (010) plane with a tilted angle distribution ranging from 10° to 60° relative to the [101[combining macron]] direction...
November 17, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
Matthew Holbrook, Darin P Clark, Cristian T Badea
Micro-CT is widely used in preclinical studies, generating substantial interest in extending its capabilities in functional imaging applications such as blood perfusion and cardiac function. However, imaging cardiac structure and function in mice is challenging due to their small size and rapid heart rate. To overcome these challenges, we propose and compare improvements on two strategies for cardiac gating in dual-source, preclinical micro-CT: fast prospective gating (PG) and uncorrelated retrospective gating (RG)...
November 17, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
Jonathan R Kusins, O Remus Tutunea-Fatan, Louis M Ferreira
The experimental quantification of the process parameters associated with bone burring represents a desirable outcome both from the perspective of an optimized surgical procedure as well as that of a future implementation into the design of closed-loop controllers used in robot-assisted bone removal operations. Along these lines, the present study presents an experimental investigation of the effects that tool type, rotational speed of the tool, depth of cut, feed rate, cutting track overlap, and tool angle (to a total of 864 total unique combinations) have on bone temperature, tool vibration, and cutting forces associated with superficial bone removal operations...
November 1, 2017: Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. Part H, Journal of Engineering in Medicine
Chenggui Wang, Qingqing Wang, Yiting Lou, Jianxiang Xu, Zhenhua Feng, Yu Chen, Qian Tang, Gang Zheng, Zengjie Zhang, Yaosen Wu, Naifeng Tian, Yifei Zhou, Huazi Xu, Xiaolei Zhang
Spinal cord injury (SCI) is a severe neurological disease; however, few drugs have been proved to treat SCI effectively. Neuroinflammation is the major pathogenesis of SCI secondary injury and considered to be the therapeutic target of SCI. Salidroside (Sal) has been reported to exert anti-inflammatory effects in airway, adipose and myocardial tissue; however, the role of Sal in SCI therapeutics has not been clarified. In this study, we showed that Sal could improve the functional recovery of spinal cord in rats as revealed by increased BBB locomotor rating scale, angle of incline, and decreased cavity of spinal cord injury and apoptosis of neurons in vivo...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
Yuan Fang, Tao Zheng, Lanxiang Liu, Dawei Gao, Qinglei Shi, Yanchao Dong, Dan Du
BACKGROUND: Simple diffusion delivery (SDD) has attained good effects with only tiny amounts of drugs. Fractional anisotropy (FA) and relaxation time T2* that indicate the integrity of fiber tracts and iron concentration within brain tissue were used to evaluate the therapeutic effect of SDD. PURPOSE: To evaluate therapeutic effect of SDD in the Parkinson's disease (PD) rat model with FA and T2* parameters. STUDY TYPE: Prospective case-control animal study...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging: JMRI
Akbar Alipour, Sayim Gokyar, Oktay Algin, Ergin Atalar, Hilmi Volkan Demir
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study is to develop a wireless, flexible, ultra-thin, and passive radiofrequency-based MRI resonant fiducial marker, and to validate its feasibility in a phantom model and several body regions. METHODS: Standard microfabrication processing was used to fabricate the resonant marker. The proposed marker consists of two metal traces in the shape of a square with an edge length of 8 mm, with upper and lower traces connected to each other by a metalized via...
November 16, 2017: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
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