Read by QxMD icon Read


Robert L Furler, Douglas F Nixon, Christine A Brantner, Anastas Popratiloff, Christel H Uittenbogaart
Transforming growth factor β (TGF-β) signaling transduces immunosuppressive biochemical and mechanical signals in the tumor microenvironment. In addition to canonical SMAD transcription factor signaling, TGF-β can promote tumor growth and survival by inhibiting proinflammatory signaling and extracellular matrix (ECM) remodeling. In this article, we review how TGF-β activated kinase 1 (TAK1) activation lies at the intersection of proinflammatory signaling by immune receptors and anti-inflammatory signaling by TGF-β receptors...
June 14, 2018: Cancers
Donghee Lee, Alek Erickson, Taesun You, Andrew T Dudley, Sangjin Ryu
Hyaline cartilage is a specialized type of connective tissue that lines many moveable joints (articular cartilage) and contributes to bone growth (growth plate cartilage). Hyaline cartilage is composed of a single cell type, the chondrocyte, which produces a unique hydrated matrix to resist compressive stress. Although compressive stress has profound effects on transcriptional networks and matrix biosynthesis in chondrocytes, mechanistic relationships between strain, signal transduction, cell metabolism, and matrix production remain superficial...
June 13, 2018: Lab on a Chip
Renan de Barros E Lima Bueno, Ana Paula Dias, Katia J Ponce, Rima Wazen, John B Brunski, Antonio Nanci
When bone implants are loaded, they are inevitably subjected to displacement relative to bone. Such micromotion generates stress/strain states at the interface that can cause beneficial or detrimental sequels. The objective of this study is to better understand the mechanobiology of bone healing at the tissue-implant interface during repeated loading. Machined screw shaped Ti implants were placed in rat tibiae in a hole slightly bigger than the implant diameter. Implants were held stable by a specially-designed bone plate that permits controlled loading...
May 31, 2018: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
Qiong Huang, Xingbin Hu, Wanming He, Yang Zhao, Shihui Hao, Qijing Wu, Shaowei Li, Shuyi Zhang, Min Shi
The tumor microenvironment (TME) is a key factor regulating tumor cell invasion and metastasis. The effects of biochemical factors such as stromal cells, immune cells, and cytokines have been previously investigated. Owing to restrictions by the natural barrier between physical and biochemical disciplines, the role of physical factors in tumorigenesis is unclear. However, with the emergence of interdisciplinary mechanobiology and continuous advancements therein in the past 30 years, studies on the effect of physical properties such as hardness or shear stress on tumorigenesis and tumor progression are constantly renewing our understanding of mechanotransduction mechanisms...
2018: American Journal of Cancer Research
Karin A Jansen, Albert J Licup, Abhinav Sharma, Robbie Rens, Fred C MacKintosh, Gijsje H Koenderink
Collagen forms fibrous networks that reinforce tissues and provide an extracellular matrix for cells. These networks exhibit remarkable strain-stiffening properties that tailor the mechanical functions of tissues and regulate cell behavior. Recent models explain this nonlinear behavior as an intrinsic feature of disordered networks of stiff fibers. Here, we experimentally validate this theoretical framework by measuring the elastic properties of collagen networks over a wide range of self-assembly conditions...
June 5, 2018: Biophysical Journal
Olivier T Guenat, François Berthiaume
In the last decade, the advent of microfabrication and microfluidics and an increased interest in cellular mechanobiology have triggered the development of novel microfluidic-based platforms. They aim to incorporate the mechanical strain environment that acts upon tissues and in-vivo barriers of the human body. This article reviews those platforms, highlighting the different strains applied, and the actuation mechanisms and provides representative applications. A focus is placed on the skin and the lung barriers as examples, with a section that discusses the signaling pathways involved in the epithelium and the connective tissues...
July 2018: Biomicrofluidics
Hiroyasu Ogawa, Haruhiko Akiyama
Articular cartilage is exquisitely sensitive to their mechanical environment, and mechanical loading may be the most important external factor regulating cartilage metabolism. Mechanical loading regulates chondrocyte activity, and pathological excessive loading leads to abnormal mechanotransduction, which in turn induces cartilage degradation. Several studies report that moderate levels of exercise exerts beneficial effects, such as improvements in pain and physical function, and also mitigates joint destruction through the down-regulation of the expression of matrix proteases...
2018: Clinical Calcium
Nicholaus Meyers, Julian Schülke, Anita Ignatius, Lutz Claes
Multiple studies have sought to characterize the mechanical behavior of callus tissue in vivo during distraction osteogenesis. The aims of such studies are to understand the mechanobiology of distraction and elucidate the complex viscoelasticity and evolution of the tissue. The former objective has direct clinical relevance to surgical technique and process control while the latter is necessary for the calibration and validation of the predictive healing models. Such models seek to reduce the researcher's dependence on animal studies and prospectively allow improved surgical planning...
May 24, 2018: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
Nichaluk Leartprapun, Rishyashring R Iyer, Gavrielle R Untracht, Jeffrey A Mulligan, Steven G Adie
Optical tweezers are an invaluable tool for non-contact trapping and micro-manipulation, but their ability to facilitate high-throughput volumetric microrheology of biological samples for mechanobiology research is limited by the precise alignment associated with the excitation and detection of individual bead oscillations. In contrast, radiation pressure from a low-numerical aperture optical beam can apply transversely localized force over an extended depth range. Here we present photonic force optical coherence elastography (PF-OCE), leveraging phase-sensitive interferometric detection to track sub-nanometer oscillations of beads, embedded in viscoelastic hydrogels, induced by modulated radiation pressure...
May 25, 2018: Nature Communications
Tony Chen, Moira M McCarthy, Hongqiang Guo, Russell Warren, Suzanne A Maher
The optimal method to integrate scaffolds with articular cartilage has not yet been identified, in part because of our lack of understanding about the mechanobiological conditions at the interface. Our objective was to quantify the effect of mechanical loading on integration between a scaffold and articular cartilage. We hypothesized that increased number of loading cycles would have a detrimental effect on interface integrity. The following models were developed: (i) an in vitro scaffold-cartilage explant system in which compressive sinusoidal loading cycles were applied for 14 days at 1 Hz, 5 days per week, for either 900, 1800, 3600, or 7200 cycles per day and (ii) an in silico inhomogeneous, biphasic finite element model (bFEM) of the scaffold-cartilage construct that was used to characterize interface micromotion, stress, and fluid flow under the prescribed loading conditions...
September 1, 2018: Journal of Biomechanical Engineering
Craig A Simmons, Hanjoong Jo
Original article has been updated to include names and affiliations of authors.
May 24, 2018: Cardiovascular Engineering and Technology
Behzad Babaei, A J Velasquez-Mao, Kenneth M Pryse, William B McConnaughey, Elliot L Elson, Guy M Genin
Characterizing how a tissue's constituents give rise to its viscoelasticity is important for uncovering how hidden timescales underlie multiscale biomechanics. These constituents are viscoelastic in nature, and their mechanics must typically be assessed from the uniaxial behavior of a tissue. Confounding the challenge is that tissue viscoelasticity is typically associated with nonlinear elastic responses. Here, we experimentally assessed how fibroblasts and extracellular matrix (ECM) within engineered tissue constructs give rise to the nonlinear viscoelastic responses of a tissue...
May 21, 2018: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
Anwesha Sarkar, Yuanchang Zhao, Yongliang Wang, Xuefeng Wang
Integrin-transmitted cellular forces are crucial mechanical signals regulating a vast range of cell functions. Although various methods have been developed to visualize and quantify cellular forces at the cell-matrix interface, a method with high performance and low technical barrier is still in demand. Here we developed force-activatable coating (FAC) which can be simply coated on regular cell culture apparatus's surfaces by physical adsorption, and turn these surfaces to force reporting platforms that enable cellular force mapping directly by fluorescence imaging...
May 22, 2018: Physical Biology
Craig A Simmons, Hanjoong Jo
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
May 14, 2018: Cardiovascular Engineering and Technology
Dewy C van der Valk, Casper F T van der Ven, Mark C Blaser, Joshua M Grolman, Pin-Jou Wu, Owen S Fenton, Lang H Lee, Mark W Tibbitt, Jason L Andresen, Jennifer R Wen, Anna H Ha, Fabrizio Buffolo, Alain van Mil, Carlijn V C Bouten, Simon C Body, David J Mooney, Joost P G Sluijter, Masanori Aikawa, Jesper Hjortnaes, Robert Langer, Elena Aikawa
In calcific aortic valve disease (CAVD), microcalcifications originating from nanoscale calcifying vesicles disrupt the aortic valve (AV) leaflets, which consist of three (biomechanically) distinct layers: the fibrosa, spongiosa, and ventricularis. CAVD has no pharmacotherapy and lacks in vitro models as a result of complex valvular biomechanical features surrounding resident mechanosensitive valvular interstitial cells (VICs). We measured layer-specific mechanical properties of the human AV and engineered a three-dimensional (3D)-bioprinted CAVD model that recapitulates leaflet layer biomechanics for the first time...
May 3, 2018: Nanomaterials
Rabeb Ben Kahla, Abdelwahed Barkaoui, Tarek Merzouki
Bone tissue is a living composite material, providing mechanical and homeostatic functions, and able to constantly adapt its microstructure to changes in long term loading. This adaptation is conducted by a physiological process, known as "bone remodeling". This latter is manifested by interactions between osteoclasts and osteoblasts, and can be influenced by many local factors, via effects on bone cell differentiation and proliferation. In the current work, age and gender effects on damage rate evolution, throughout life, have been investigated using a mechanobiological finite element modeling...
May 4, 2018: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
Muge Anil-Inevi, Sena Yaman, Ahu Arslan Yildiz, Gulistan Mese, Ozden Yalcin-Ozuysal, H Cumhur Tekin, Engin Ozcivici
Magnetic levitation though negative magnetophoresis is a novel technology to simulate weightlessness and has recently found applications in material and biological sciences. Yet little is known about the ability of the magnetic levitation system to facilitate biofabrication of in situ three dimensional (3D) cellular structures. Here, we optimized a magnetic levitation though negative magnetophoresis protocol appropriate for long term levitated cell culture and developed an in situ 3D cellular assembly model with controlled cluster size and cellular pattern under simulated weightlessness...
May 8, 2018: Scientific Reports
Aman S Chahal, Manuel Schweikle, Catherine A Heyward, Hanna Tiainen
Strategies that enable hydrogel substrates to support cell attachment typically incorporate either entire extracellular matrix proteins or synthetic peptide fragments such as the RGD (arginine-glycine-aspartic acid) motif. Previous studies have carefully analysed how material characteristics can affect single cell morphologies. However, the influence of substrate stiffness and ligand presentation on the spatial organisation of human mesenchymal stem cells (hMSCs) have not yet been examined. In this study, we assessed how hMSCs organise themselves on soft (E = 7...
May 3, 2018: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
Behzad Vafaeian, Samer Adeeb, Marwan El-Rich, Dornoosh Zonoobi, Abhilash R Hareendranathan, Jacob L Jaremko
Developmental dysplasia of the hip (DDH) in infants under 6 months of age is typically treated by the Pavlik harness (PH). During successful PH treatment, a subluxed/dislocated hip is spontaneously reduced into the acetabulum, and DDH undergoes self-correction. PH treatment may fail due to avascular necrosis (AVN) of the femoral head. An improved understanding of mechanical factors accounting for the success/failure of PH treatment may arise from investigating articular cartilage contact pressure (CCP) within a hip during treatment...
July 1, 2018: Journal of Biomechanical Engineering
X Q Chen, W Zhang, X Y Li
Recently, researchers have focused on the micro-mechano-environment and the resulting mechanical cues which can regulate the morphology, structure, and function of cells. As a novel mechanotherapy, negative-pressure wound therapy (NPWT) has revolutionized the treatment of acute and chronic wounds. The effects of mechanics in use of NPWT has been noticed by researchers, and sporadic results have been reported, while the mechanisms of mechanosensitivity and mechanotransduction in affecting cell behaviors and promoting wound healing haven't been elucidated yet...
April 20, 2018: Zhonghua Shao Shang za Zhi, Zhonghua Shaoshang Zazhi, Chinese Journal of Burns
Fetch more papers »
Fetching more papers... Fetching...
Read by QxMD. Sign in or create an account to discover new knowledge that matter to you.
Remove bar
Read by QxMD icon Read

Search Tips

Use Boolean operators: AND/OR

diabetic AND foot
diabetes OR diabetic

Exclude a word using the 'minus' sign

Virchow -triad

Use Parentheses

water AND (cup OR glass)

Add an asterisk (*) at end of a word to include word stems

Neuro* will search for Neurology, Neuroscientist, Neurological, and so on

Use quotes to search for an exact phrase

"primary prevention of cancer"
(heart or cardiac or cardio*) AND arrest -"American Heart Association"