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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28652360/simulating-tactile-signals-from-the-whole-hand-with-millisecond-precision
#1
Hannes P Saal, Benoit P Delhaye, Brandon C Rayhaun, Sliman J Bensmaia
When we grasp and manipulate an object, populations of tactile nerve fibers become activated and convey information about the shape, size, and texture of the object and its motion across the skin. The response properties of tactile fibers have been extensively characterized in single-unit recordings, yielding important insights into how individual fibers encode tactile information. A recurring finding in this extensive body of work is that stimulus information is distributed over many fibers. However, our understanding of population-level representations remains primitive...
June 26, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642680/weight-bearing-over-ground-stepping-in-an-exoskeleton-with-non-invasive-spinal-cord-neuromodulation-after-motor-complete-paraplegia
#2
Parag Gad, Yury Gerasimenko, Sharon Zdunowski, Amanda Turner, Dimitry Sayenko, Daniel C Lu, V Reggie Edgerton
We asked whether coordinated voluntary movement of the lower limbs could be regained in an individual having been completely paralyzed (>4 year) and completely absent of vision (>15 year) using two novel strategies-transcutaneous electrical spinal cord stimulation at selected sites over the spine as well as pharmacological neuromodulation by buspirone. We also asked whether these neuromodulatory strategies could facilitate stepping assisted by an exoskeleton (EKSO, EKSO Bionics, CA) that is designed so that the subject can voluntarily complement the work being performed by the exoskeleton...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620768/carbon-nanotube-reinforced-collagen-hydroxyapatite-scaffolds-improve-bone-tissue-formation-in-vitro-and-in-vivo
#3
Zheng Jing, Yeke Wu, Wen Su, Mi Tian, Wenlu Jiang, Li Cao, Lixing Zhao, Zhihe Zhao
Current bone regeneration strategies faced major challenges in fabricating the bionic scaffolds with nano-structure, constituents and mechanical features of native bone. In this study, we developed a new porous scaffold by adding the multi-walled carbon nanotube (MWCNT) into collagen (Col)/hydroxyapatite (HA) composites. Data showed that 0.5%CNT/Col/HA (0.5%CNT) group was approximately tenfolds stiffer than Col-HA, and it was superior in promoting bone marrow mesenchymal stem proliferation and spreading, mRNA and protein expressions of bone sialoprotein (BSP) and osteocalcin (OCN) than Col-HA group...
June 15, 2017: Annals of Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28613063/-application-and-outlook-of-three-dimensional-printing-in-prosthetic-dentistry
#4
Y C Sun, R Li, Y S Zhou, Y Wang
At present, three-dimensional (3D) printing has been applied in many aspects in the field of prosthodontics, such as dental models, wax patterns, guide plates, dental restoration and customized implants. The common forming principles include light curing, sintering and melting-condensation, the materials include pure wax, resin, metal and ceramics. However, the printing precision and the strength of multi-material integrated forming, remains to be improved. In addition, as a technology by which the internal structure of a material can be customized manufacturing, further advantage of 3D printing used in the manufacture of dental restoration lies in the customization functional bionic micro-structures, but the related research is still in its infancy...
June 9, 2017: Zhonghua Kou Qiang Yi Xue za Zhi, Zhonghua Kouqiang Yixue Zazhi, Chinese Journal of Stomatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612755/learning-to-see-again-biological-constraints-on-cortical-plasticity-and-the-implications-for-sight-restoration-technologies
#5
Michael Beyeler, Ariel Rokem, Geoffrey Boynton, Ione Fine
The "bionic eye" - so long a dream of the future - is finally becoming a reality with retinal prostheses available to patients in both the US and Europe. However, clinical experience with these implants has made it apparent that the vision provided by these devices differs substantially from normal sight. Consequently, the ability to learn to make use of this abnormal retinal input plays a critical role in whether or not some functional vision is successfully regained. The goal of the present review is to summarize the vast basic science literature on developmental and adult cortical plasticity with an emphasis on how this literature might relate to the field of prosthetic vision...
June 14, 2017: Journal of Neural Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611574/intra-and-postoperative-electrocochleography-may-be-predictive-of-final-electrode-position-and-postoperative-hearing-preservation
#6
Brendan P O'Connell, Jourdan T Holder, Robert T Dwyer, René H Gifford, Jack H Noble, Marc L Bennett, Alejandro Rivas, George B Wanna, David S Haynes, Robert F Labadie
Introduction: The objectives of the current study were to (1) determine the relationship between electrocochleography (ECochG), measured from the cochlear implant (CI) electrode array during and after implantation, and postoperative audiometric thresholds, (2) determine the relationship between ECochG amplitude and electrode scalar location determined by computerized tomography (CT); and (3) determine whether changes in cochlear microphonic (CM) amplitude during electrode insertion were associated with postoperative hearing...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28582627/gyrification-inspired-highly-convoluted-graphene-oxide-patterns-for-ultralarge-deforming-actuators
#7
Yinlong Tan, Zengyong Chu, Zhenhua Jiang, Tianjiao Hu, Gongyi Li, Jia Song
Gyrification in the human brain is driven by the compressive stress induced by the tangential expansion of the cortical layer, while similar topographies can also be induced by the tangential shrinkage of the spherical substrate. Herein we introduce a simple three-dimensional (3D) shrinking method to generate the cortex-like patterns using two-dimensional (2D) graphene oxide (GO) as the building blocks. By rotation-dip-coating a GO film on an air-charged latex balloon and then releasing the air slowly, a highly folded hydrophobic GO surface can be induced...
June 9, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28578251/cutting-edge-platforms-in-cardiac-tissue-engineering
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Sharon Fleischer, Ron Feiner, Tal Dvir
As cardiac disease takes a higher toll with each passing year, the need for new therapies to deal with the scarcity in heart donors becomes ever more pressing. Cardiac tissue engineering holds the promise of creating functional replacement tissues to repair heart tissue damage. In an attempt to bridge the gap between the lab and clinical realization, the field has made major strides. In this review, we will discuss state of the art technologies such as layer-by-layer assembly, bioprinting and bionic tissue engineering, all developed to overcome some of the major hurdles faced in the field...
June 1, 2017: Current Opinion in Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541930/progress-in-artificial-vision-through-suprachoroidal-retinal-implants
#9
Lilach Bareket, Alejandro Barriga-Rivera, Marc Patrick Zapf, Nigel H Lovell, Gregg J Suaning
Retinal implants have proven their ability to restore visual sensation to people with degenerative retinopathy, characterized by photoreceptor cell death and the retina's inability to sense light. Retinal bionics operate by electrically stimulating the surviving neurons in the retina, thus triggering the transfer of visual sensory information to the brain. Suprachoroidal implants were first investigated in Australia in the 1950s. In this approach, the neuromodulation hardware is positioned between the sclera and the choroid, thus providing significant surgical and safety benefits for patients, with the potential to maintain residual vision combined with the artificial input from the device...
May 25, 2017: Journal of Neural Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28510430/nanoarchitecturing-of-natural-melanin-nanospheres-by-layer-by-layer-assembly-macroscale-anti-inflammatory-conductive-coatings-with-optoelectronic-tunability
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Taesik Eom, Kyungbae Woo, Whirang Cho, Jae Eun Heo, Daseul Jang, Jae In Shin, David C Martin, Jeong Jae Wie, Bong Sup Shim
Natural melanins are biocompatible conductors with versatile functionalities. Here, we report fabrication of multifunctional poly(vinyl alcohol)/melanin nanocomposites by layer-by-layer (LBL) assembly using melanin nanoparticles (MNPs) directly extracted from sepia officinalis inks. The LBL assembly offers facile manipulation of nanotextures as well as nm-thickness control of the macroscale film by varying solvent qualities. The time-resolved absorption was monitored during the process and quantitatively studied by fractal dimension and lacunarity analysis...
May 30, 2017: Biomacromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28499298/-cochlear-implant-state-of-the-art
#11
Thomas Lenarz
Cochlear implants are the treatment of choice for the auditory rehabilitation of patients with sensory deafness. They restore the missing function of inner hair cells by transforming the acoustic signal into electrical stimuli for activation of auditory nerve fibers. Due to the very fast technology development cochlear implants provide open-set speech understanding in the majority of patients including the use of the telephone. Children can achieve a near to normal speech and language development provided their deafness is detected early after onset and implantation is performed quickly thereafter...
April 2017: Laryngo- Rhino- Otologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28498093/cardiac-tissue-engineering-from-matrix-design-to-the-engineering-of-bionic-hearts
#12
Sharon Fleischer, Ron Feiner, Tal Dvir
The field of cardiac tissue engineering aims at replacing the scar tissue created after a patient has suffered from a myocardial infarction. Various technologies have been developed toward fabricating a functional engineered tissue that closely resembles that of the native heart. While the field continues to grow and techniques for better tissue fabrication continue to emerge, several hurdles still remain to be overcome. In this review we will focus on several key advances and recent technologies developed in the field, including biomimicking the natural extracellular matrix structure and enhancing the transfer of the electrical signal...
April 2017: Regenerative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28474793/3d-printed-stretchable-tactile-sensors
#13
Shuang-Zhuang Guo, Kaiyan Qiu, Fanben Meng, Sung Hyun Park, Michael C McAlpine
The development of methods for the 3D printing of multifunctional devices could impact areas ranging from wearable electronics and energy harvesting devices to smart prosthetics and human-machine interfaces. Recently, the development of stretchable electronic devices has accelerated, concomitant with advances in functional materials and fabrication processes. In particular, novel strategies have been developed to enable the intimate biointegration of wearable electronic devices with human skin in ways that bypass the mechanical and thermal restrictions of traditional microfabrication technologies...
May 5, 2017: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28471009/enhancement-of-digestibility-of-casein-powder-and-raw-rice-particles-in-an-improved-dynamic-rat-stomach-model-through-an-additional-rolling-mechanism
#14
Peng Wu, Zhenkai Liao, Tingyu Luo, Liding Chen, Xiao Dong Chen
Previously, a dynamic in vitro rat stomach system (DIVRS-I) designed based on the principles of morphological bionics was reported. The digestibilities of casein powder and raw rice particles were found to be lower than those in vivo due to perhaps the less efficient compression performance and lower mixing efficiency. In this study, a 2nd version of the rat stomach system (DIVRS-II) with an additional rolling extrusion type motility on the wall of the soft-elastic silicone rat stomach model is introduced. The DIVRS-II was then tested by comparing the digestive behaviors of the casein powder suspensions and raw rice particles with those previously published data obtained from the in vivo test on living rats, the DIVRS-I, and the stirred tank reactor at its optimum stirring speed...
June 2017: Journal of Food Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28459740/engineering-the-future-one-cell-at-a-time-advancements-in-cell-based-techniques-from-novel-three-dimensional-cell-culture-to-a-bionic-kidney
#15
Jennifer J Chung, Maria F Arisi, Samir Zaman, Pavan Atluri
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
May 2017: ASAIO Journal: a Peer-reviewed Journal of the American Society for Artificial Internal Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440043/self-sealed-bionic-long-microchannels-with-thin-wall-and-designable-nanoholes-prepared-by-line-contact-capillary-force-assembly
#16
Zhao-Xin Lao, Yan-Lei Hu, Deng Pan, Ren-Yan Wang, Chen-Chu Zhang, Jin-Cheng Ni, Bing Xu, Jia-Wen Li, Dong Wu, Jia-Ru Chu
Long microchannels with thin walls, small width, and nanoholes or irregular shaped microgaps, which are similar to capillaries or cancerous vessels, are urgently needed to simulate the physiological activities in human body. However, the fabrication of such channels remains challenging. Here, microchannels with designable holes are manufactured by combining laser printing with line-contact capillary-force assembly. Two microwalls are first printed by femtosecond laser direct-writing, and subsequently driven to collapse into a channel by the capillary force that arises in the evaporation of developer...
April 25, 2017: Small
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407961/bionic-multi-tentacled-ionic-liquid-modified-silica-gel-for-adsorption-and-separation-of-polyphenols-from-green-tea-camellia-sinensis-leaves
#17
Wei Zhang, Xueting Feng, Yohannes Alula, Shun Yao
For the first time, a new kind of bionic multi-tentacled ionic liquid-modified silica gel was synthesized and used as selective adsorbent in the preparative separation of tea polyphenols (TP) from green tea leaves. It was found that silica particles with polyvinyl alcohol chains modified by N-methyl imidazole proline salt (PVA·Im(+)·Pro(-)@SiO2) had the excellent performance in selective adsorption as well as fine separation for target compounds. The new adsorbent exhibited high adsorption capacity and good reusability, meanwhile the antioxidant activity of TP could be improved through its efficient enrichment...
September 1, 2017: Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28402102/high-performance-piezoresistive-electronic-skin-with-bionic-hierarchical-microstructure-and-microcracks
#18
Pu Nie, Ranran Wang, Xiaojuan Xu, Yin Cheng, Xiao Wang, Liangjing Shi, Jing Sun
Electronic skin (E-skin), a popular research topic at present, has achieved significant progress in a variety of sophisticated applications. However, the poor sensitivity and stability severely limit the development of its application. Here, we present a facile, cost-effective, and scalable method for manufacturing E-skin devices with bionic hierarchical microstructure and microcracks. Our devices exhibit high sensitivity (10 kPa(-1)) and excellent durability (10 000 cycles). The synergistic enhancement mechanism of the hierarchical microstructure and the microcracks on the conductive layers was discovered...
April 18, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28372192/biomimetic-elisa-detection-of-malachite-green-based-on-molecularly-imprinted-polymer-film
#19
Lu Li, Ai-Hong Peng, Zheng-Zhong Lin, Hui-Ping Zhong, Xiao-Mei Chen, Zhi-Yong Huang
A highly selective and sensitive enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) was developed for the detection of malachite green (MG) using a molecularly imprinted polymer (MIP) film as bionic antibody. The MIP film, based on the self-polymerization of dopamine, was fabricated on the surfaces of a 96-well microplate. It showed specific recognition for MG in aqueous solution. A direct competitive ELISA method was established with the sensitivity reaching 10.31μgL(-1) and the detection limit being 0.3μgL(-1). The cross-reactivity of two structural analogues to MG was less than 10%...
August 15, 2017: Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28282899/testing-a-firefly-inspired-synchronization-algorithm-in-a-complex-wireless-sensor-network
#20
Chuangbo Hao, Ping Song, Cheng Yang, Xiongjun Liu
Data acquisition is the foundation of soft sensor and data fusion. Distributed data acquisition and its synchronization are the important technologies to ensure the accuracy of soft sensors. As a research topic in bionic science, the firefly-inspired algorithm has attracted widespread attention as a new synchronization method. Aiming at reducing the design difficulty of firefly-inspired synchronization algorithms for Wireless Sensor Networks (WSNs) with complex topologies, this paper presents a firefly-inspired synchronization algorithm based on a multiscale discrete phase model that can optimize the performance tradeoff between the network scalability and synchronization capability in a complex wireless sensor network...
March 8, 2017: Sensors
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