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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334421/a-survey-of-tooth-morphology-teaching-methods-employed-in-the-united-kingdom-and-ireland
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M Lone, J P McKenna, J F Cryan, E J Downer, A Toulouse
BACKGROUND: Tooth morphology is a central component of the dental curriculum and is applicable to all dental specialities. Traditional teaching methods are being supplemented with innovative strategies to tailor teaching and accommodate the learning styles of the recent generation of students. METHODS: An online survey was compiled and distributed to the staff involved in teaching tooth morphology in the United Kingdom and Ireland to assess the importance of tooth morphology in the dentistry curriculum and the methodologies employed in teaching...
January 15, 2018: European Journal of Dental Education: Official Journal of the Association for Dental Education in Europe
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334362/investigation-of-resistance-switching-in-siox-rram-cells-using-a-3d-multi-scale-kinetic-monte-carlo-simulator
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Toufik Sadi, Adnan Mehonic, Luca Montesi, Mark Buckwell, Anthony Kenyon, Asen Asenov
We employ an advanced three-dimensional (3D) electro-thermal simulator to explore the physics and potential of oxide-based resistive random-access memory (RRAM) cells. The physical simulation model has been developed recently, and couples a kinetic Monte Carlo study of electron and ionic transport to the self-heating phenomenon while accounting carefully for the physics of vacancy generation and recombination, and trapping mechanisms. The simulation framework successfully captures resistance switching, including the electroforming, set and reset processes, by modeling the dynamics of conductive filaments in the 3D space...
January 15, 2018: Journal of Physics. Condensed Matter: An Institute of Physics Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334325/concurrent-validity-and-reliability-of-torso-worn-inertial-measurement-unit-for-jump-power-and-height-estimation
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Timo Rantalainen, Paul B Gastin, Rhys Spangler, Daniel Wundersitz
The purpose of the present study was to evaluate the concurrent validity and test-retest repeatability of torso-worn IMU-derived power and jump height in a counter-movement jump test. Twenty-seven healthy recreationally active males (age, 21.9 [SD 2.0] y, height, 1.76 [0.7] m, mass, 73.7 [10.3] kg) wore an IMU and completed three counter-movement jumps a week apart. A force platform and a 3D motion analysis system were used to concurrently measure the jumps and subsequently derive power and jump height (based on take-off velocity and flight time)...
January 15, 2018: Journal of Sports Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334320/human-dopamine-transporter-the-first-implementation-of-a-combined-in-silico-in-vitro-approach-revealing-the-substrate-and-inhibitor-specificities
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Teodora Djikic, Yasmina Martí, Francesca Spyrakis, Thorsten Lau, Paolo Benedetti, Gavin Davey, Patrick Schloss, Kemal Yelekci
Parkinson's disease (PD) is characterized by the loss of dopamine-generating neurons in the substantia nigra (SN) and corpus striatum (CS). Current treatments alleviate PD symptoms rather than exerting neuroprotective effect on dopaminergic neurons. New drugs targeting the dopaminergic neurons by specific uptake through the human dopamine transporter (hDAT) could represent a viable strategy for establishing selective neuroprotection. Molecules able to increase the bioactive amount of extracellular dopamine (DA), thereby enhancing and compensating a loss of dopaminergic neurotransmission, and to exert neuroprotective response because of their accumulation in the cytoplasm, are required...
January 15, 2018: Journal of Biomolecular Structure & Dynamics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334259/development-of-three-dimensional-brain-arteriovenous-malformation-model-for-patient-communication-and-young-neurosurgeon-education
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Mengqi Dong, Guangzhong Chen, Kun Qin, Xiaowen Ding, Dong Zhou, Chao Peng, Shaojian Zeng, Xianming Deng
PURPOSE: Rapid prototyping technology is used to fabricate three-dimensional (3D) brain arteriovenous malformation (AVM) models and facilitate presurgical patient communication and medical education for young surgeons. METHODS: Two intracranial AVM cases were selected for this study. Using 3D CT angiography or 3D rotational angiography images, the brain AVM models were reconstructed on personal computer and the rapid prototyping process was completed using a 3D printer...
January 15, 2018: British Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334196/microfluidic-tumor-vascular-model-to-study-breast-cancer-cell-invasion-and-intravasation
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Supriya Nagaraju, Danh Truong, Ghassan Mouneimne, Mehdi Nikkhah
Cancer is a major leading cause of disease-related death in the world. The severe impact of cancer can be attributed to poor understanding of the mechanisms involved in earliest steps of the metastatic cascade, specifically invasion into the surrounding stroma and intravasation into the blood capillaries. However, conducting integrated biological studies of invasion and intravasation have been challenging, within in vivo models and traditional in vitro assay, due to difficulties in establishing a precise tumor microenvironment...
January 15, 2018: Advanced Healthcare Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334182/designing-3d-biological-surfaces-via-the-breath-figure-method
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Shuangshuang Chen, Su Gao, Jiange Jing, Qinghua Lu
The fabrication of biointerfaces that mimic cellular physiological environments is critical to understanding cell behaviors in vitro and for the design of tissue engineering. Breath figure is a self-assemble method that uses water droplets condensed from moisture as template and ends up with a highly ordered hexagonal pore array; this approach is used to fabricate various biological substrates. This progress report provides an overview of strategies to achieve topographical modifications and chemical-patterned arrays, such as modulation of the pore size, shape and selective decoration of the honeycomb holes...
January 15, 2018: Advanced Healthcare Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334173/microfluidic-templated-multicompartment-microgels-for-3d-encapsulation-and-pairing-of-single-cells
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Liyuan Zhang, Kaiwen Chen, Haoyue Zhang, Bo Pang, Chang-Hyung Choi, Angelo S Mao, Hongbing Liao, Stefanie Utech, David J Mooney, Huanan Wang, David A Weitz
Controlled encapsulation and pairing of single cells within a confined 3D matrix can enable the replication of the highly ordered cellular structure of human tissues. Microgels with independently controlled compartments that can encapsulate cells within separately confined hydrogel matrices would provide precise control over the route of pairing single cells. Here, a one-step microfluidic method is presented to generate monodisperse multicompartment microgels that can be used as a 3D matrix to pair single cells in a highly biocompatible manner...
January 15, 2018: Small
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334165/3d-printing-of-liquid-crystal-elastomeric-actuators-with-spatially-programed-nematic-order
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Arda Kotikian, Ryan L Truby, John William Boley, Timothy J White, Jennifer A Lewis
Liquid crystal elastomers (LCEs) are soft materials capable of large, reversible shape changes, which may find potential application as artificial muscles, soft robots, and dynamic functional architectures. Here, the design and additive manufacturing of LCE actuators (LCEAs) with spatially programed nematic order that exhibit large, reversible, and repeatable contraction with high specific work capacity are reported. First, a photopolymerizable, solvent-free, main-chain LCE ink is created via aza-Michael addition with the appropriate viscoelastic properties for 3D printing...
January 15, 2018: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334147/uniform-lithium-nucleation-growth-induced-by-lightweight-nitrogen-doped-graphitic-carbon-foams-for-high-performance-lithium-metal-anodes
#10
Lin Liu, Ya-Xia Yin, Jin-Yi Li, Shu-Hua Wang, Yu-Guo Guo, Li-Jun Wan
The lithium metal anode has attracted soaring attention as an ideal battery anode. Unfortunately, nonuniform Li nucleation results in uncontrollable growth of dendritic Li, which incurs serious safety issues and poor electrochemical performance, hindering its practical applications. Herein, this study shows that uniform Li nucleation/growth can be induced by an ultralight 3D current collector consisting of in situ nitrogen-doped graphitic carbon foams (NGCFs) to realize suppressing dendritic Li growth at the nucleating stage...
January 15, 2018: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334127/non-enzymatic-cross-linking-of-collagen-type-ii-fibrils-is-tuned-via-osmolality-switch
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Behdad Pouran, Parisa R Moshtagh, Vahid Arbabi, Jessica Snabel, Reinout Stoop, Jeffrey Ruberti, Jos Malda, Amir A Zadpoor, Harrie Weinans
An important aspect in cartilage ageing is accumulation of advanced glycation end products (AGEs) after exposure to sugars. Advanced glycation results in crosslinks formation between the collagen fibrils in articular cartilage, hampering their flexibility and making cartilage more brittle. In the current study, we investigate whether collagen crosslinking after exposure to sugars depends on the stretching condition of the collagen fibrils. Healthy equine cartilage specimens were exposed to L-threose sugar and placed in hypo-, iso- or hyper-osmolal conditions that expanded or shrank the tissue and changed the 3D conformation of collagen fibrils...
January 15, 2018: Journal of Orthopaedic Research: Official Publication of the Orthopaedic Research Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334106/large-scale-preparation-of-a-3d-patchy-surface-with-dissimilar-dendritic-amphiphiles
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Yanyan Feng, Yujia Wan, Ming Jin, Decheng Wan
We show here the first example of the large-scale surface decoration of a macroscopic and porous monolith with dissimilar micropatches. Branched polyethylenimine (PEI) is alkylated with poly(propylene glycol) (PPG), leading to a reverse-micelle-like dendritic amphiphile of PEI@PPG. Peralkylation and partial quaternization of the residual amino groups of PEI@PPG produces a cationic dendritic amphiphile of PEI-N+@PPG. The two dendritic amphiphiles jointly stabilize a water-in-oil high-internal-phase emulsion to prepare open-cellular monoliths of macroscopic size, with the monolith pore surface dictated by the cationic and neutral dendritic amphiphiles...
January 15, 2018: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334080/effects-of-microarchitecture-and-mechanical-properties-of-3d-microporous-plla-plga-scaffolds-on-fibrochondrocyte-and-l929-fibroblast-behavior
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Gokhan Bahcecioglu, Nesrin Hasırcı, Vasif Hasirci
There are several reports studying cell behavior on surfaces in 2D or in hydrogels in 3D. However, cell behavior in 3D microporous scaffolds has not been investigated extensively. In this study, poly(L-lactic acid)/poly(lactic acid-co-glycolic acid) (PLLA/PLGA)-based microporous scaffolds were used to study the effects of scaffold microarchitecture and mechanical properties on the behavior of two different cell types, human meniscal fibrochondrocytes and L929 mouse fibroblasts. In general, cell attachment, spreading and proliferation rate were mainly regulated by the strut stiffness...
January 15, 2018: Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333946/does-inside-passing-contribute-to-the-high-incidence-of-groin-injuries-in-soccer-a-biomechanical-analysis
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Thomas Dupré, Johannes Funken, Ralf Müller, Kristian R L Mortensen, Filip Gertz Lysdal, Markus Braun, Hartmut Krahl, Wolfgang Potthast
Groin injuries are common in soccer and often cause time-loss from training. While groin injuries have been linked to full effort kicking, the role of inside passing is unclear. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to investigate hip joint kinematics and muscle force, stress and contraction velocity for adductor longus and gracilis during inside passing. 3D kinematics of ten soccer players (23.4 yrs; 77.5 kg; 1.81 m) were captured with a motion capture system inside a Footbonaut. Muscle force and contraction velocity were determined with AnyBody Modelling System...
January 15, 2018: Journal of Sports Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333754/a-guide-to-analysis-and-reconstruction-of-serial-block-face-scanning-electron-microscopy-data
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E Cocks, M Taggart, F C Rind, K White
Serial block face scanning electron microscopy (SBF-SEM) is a relatively new technique that allows the acquisition of serially sectioned, imaged and digitally aligned ultrastructural data. There is a wealth of information that can be obtained from the resulting image stacks but this presents a new challenge for researchers - how to computationally analyse and make best use of the large datasets produced. One approach is to reconstruct structures and features of interest in 3D. However, the software programmes can appear overwhelming, time-consuming and not intuitive for those new to image analysis...
January 15, 2018: Journal of Microscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333748/near-infrared-light-sensitive-polyvinyl-alcohol-hydrogel-photoresist-for-spatiotemporal-control-of-cell-instructive-3d-microenvironments
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Xiao-Hua Qin, Xiaopu Wang, Markus Rottmar, Bradley J Nelson, Katharina Maniura-Weber
Advanced hydrogel systems that allow precise control of cells and their 3D microenvironments are needed in tissue engineering, disease modeling, and drug screening. Multiphoton lithography (MPL) allows true 3D microfabrication of complex objects, but its biological application requires a cell-compatible hydrogel resist that is sufficiently photosensitive, cell-degradable, and permissive to support 3D cell growth. Here, an extremely photosensitive cell-responsive hydrogel composed of peptide-crosslinked polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) is designed to expand the biological applications of MPL...
January 15, 2018: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333689/2d-black-phosphorus-reinforced-3d-printed-scaffolds-a-stepwise-countermeasure-for-osteosarcoma
#17
Bowen Yang, Junhui Yin, Yu Chen, Shanshan Pan, Heliang Yao, Youshui Gao, Jianlin Shi
With the ever-deeper understanding of nano-bio interactions and the development of fabrication methodologies of nanomaterials, various therapeutic platforms based on nanomaterials have been developed for next-generation oncological applications, such as osteosarcoma therapy. In this work, a black phosphorus (BP) reinforced 3D-printed scaffold is designed and prepared to provide a feasible countermeasure for the efficient localized treatment of osteosarcoma. The in situ phosphorus-driven, calcium-extracted biomineralization of the intra-scaffold BP nanosheets enables both photothermal ablation of osteosarcoma and the subsequent material-guided bone regeneration in physiological microenvironment, and in the meantime endows the scaffolds with unique physicochemical properties favoring the whole stepwise therapeutic process...
January 15, 2018: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333685/co-oh-2-nanoparticle-encapsulating-conductive-nanowires-array-room-temperature-electrochemical-preparation-for-high-performance-water-oxidation-electrocatalysis
#18
Dan Wu, Yicheng Wei, Xiang Ren, Xuqiang Ji, Yiwei Liu, Xiaodong Guo, Zhiang Liu, Abdullah M Asiri, Qin Wei, Xuping Sun
It is highly desired but still remains challenging to design and develop a Co-based nanoparticle-encapsulated conductive nanoarray at room temperature for high-performance water oxidation electrocatalysis. Here, it is reported that room-temperature anodization of a Co(TCNQ)2 (TCNQ = tetracyanoquinodimethane) nanowire array on copper foam at alkaline pH leads to in situ electrochemcial oxidation of TCNQ- into water-insoluable TCNQ nanoarray embedding Co(OH)2 nanoparticles. Such Co(OH)2 -TCNQ/CF shows superior catalytic activity for water oxidation and demands only a low overpotential of 276 mV to drive a geometrical current density of 25 mA cm-2 in 1...
January 15, 2018: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333657/gelatin-methacryloyl-hydrogels-in-the-absence-of-a-crosslinker-as-3d-glioblastoma-multiforme-gbm-mimetic-microenvironment
#19
Pelin Erkoc, Fidan Seker, Tugba Bagci-Onder, Seda Kizilel
3D platforms are important for monitoring tumor progression and screening drug candidates to eradicate tumors such as glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), a malignant type of human brain tumor. Here, a new strategy is reported that exploits visible-light-induced crosslinking of gelatin where the reaction is carried out in the absence of an additional crosslinker. Visible light-induced crosslinking promotes the design of cancer microenvironment-mimetic system without compromising the cell viability during the process and absence of crosslinker facilitates the synthesis of the unique construct...
January 15, 2018: Macromolecular Bioscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333630/efficient-supercapacitor-energy-storage-using-conjugated-microporous-polymer-networks-synthesized-from-buchwald-hartwig-coupling
#20
Yaozu Liao, Haige Wang, Meifang Zhu, Arne Thomas
Supercapacitors have received increasing interest as energy storage devices due to their rapid charge-discharge rates, high power densities, and high durability. In this work, novel conjugated microporous polymer (CMP) networks are presented for supercapacitor energy storage, namely 3D polyaminoanthraquinone (PAQ) networks synthesized via Buchwald-Hartwig coupling between 2,6-diaminoanthraquinone and aryl bromides. PAQs exhibit surface areas up to 600 m2 g-1 , good dispersibility in polar solvents, and can be processed to flexible electrodes...
January 15, 2018: Advanced Materials
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