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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634733/dynamic-properties-of-human-tympanic-membrane-after-exposure-to-blast-waves
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Warren G Engles, Xuelin Wang, Rong Z Gan
Blast overpressure causes dynamic damage to middle ear components, and tympanic membrane (TM) rupture is the most frequent middle ear injury. However, it is unclear how the blast waves change mechanical properties of the TM and affect sound transmission through the ear. This paper reports the current study on dynamic properties of the TM after exposure to blast waves by using acoustic loading and laser Doppler vibrometry (LDV). The TM specimens were prepared from human temporal bones following exposures to blast overpressure...
June 20, 2017: Annals of Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633877/epithelial-proteome-profiling-suggests-essential-role-of-interferon-inducible-proteins-in-allergic-rhinitis
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Joseph Ndika, Liisa Airaksinen, Hille Suojalehto, Piia Karisola, Nanna Fyhrquist, Anne Puustinen, Harri Alenius
BACKGROUND: Seasonal allergic rhinitis (SAR) as a result of intermittent exposure to seasonal pollen, causes itching, nasal congestion and repeated sneezing, with profound effects on the quality of life, work productivity and school performance. While both the genotype and environmental factors may contribute to the immunological basis of allergic reactions, the molecular underpinnings associated with the pathogenesis of allergic rhinitis are not entirely clear. METHODS: To address these questions, nasal epithelial brushings were collected from 29 SAR and 31 Control individuals during and after the pollen season...
June 17, 2017: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632736/from-the-motor-cortex-to-the-movement-and-back-again
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Wondimu W Teka, Khaldoun C Hamade, William H Barnett, Taegyo Kim, Sergey N Markin, Ilya A Rybak, Yaroslav I Molkov
The motor cortex controls motor behaviors by generating movement-specific signals and transmitting them through spinal cord circuits and motoneurons to the muscles. Precise and well-coordinated muscle activation patterns are necessary for accurate movement execution. Therefore, the activity of cortical neurons should correlate with movement parameters. To investigate the specifics of such correlations among activities of the motor cortex, spinal cord network and muscles, we developed a model for neural control of goal-directed reaching movements that simulates the entire pathway from the motor cortex through spinal cord circuits to the muscles controlling arm movements...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631803/a-gompertz-model-approach-to-microbial-inactivation-kinetics-by-high-pressure-processing-hpp-model-selection-and-experimental-validation
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Vinicio Serment-Moreno, Claudio Fuentes, José Antonio Torres, Jorge Welti-Chanes
A recently proposed Gompertz model (GMPZ) approach describing microbial inactivation kinetics by high-pressure processing (HPP) incorporated the initial microbial load (N0 ) and lower microbial quantification limit (Nlim ), and simplified the dynamic effects of come-up time (CUT). The inactivation of Listeria innocua in milk by HPP treatments at 300, 400, 500, and 600 MPa and pressure holding times (thold ) ≤10 min was determined experimentally to validate this model approach. Models based on exponential, logistic-exponential, and inverse functions were evaluated to describe the effect of pressure on the lag time (λ) and maximum inactivation rate (μmax ), whereas the asymptote difference (A) was fixed as A = log10 (N0 /Nlim )...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Food Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631361/optimal-right-heart-filling-pressure-in-acute-respiratory-distress-syndrome-determined-by-strain-echocardiography
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Romel Garcia-Montilla, Faryal Imam, Mi Miao, Kathryn Stinson, Akram Khan, Stephen Heitner
INTRODUCTION: Right ventricular (RV) systolic dysfunction is common in acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). While preload optimization is crucial in its management, dynamic fluid responsiveness indices lack reliability, and there is no consensus on target central venous pressure (CVP). We analyzed the utility of RV free wall longitudinal strain (RVFWS) in the estimation of optimal RV filling pressure in ARDS. METHODS: A retrospective cross-sectional analysis of clinical data and echocardiograms of patients with ARDS was performed...
June 2017: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630145/activity-dependent-trafficking-of-lysosomes-in-dendrites-and-dendritic-spines
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Marisa S Goo, Laura Sancho, Natalia Slepak, Daniela Boassa, Thomas J Deerinck, Mark H Ellisman, Brenda L Bloodgood, Gentry N Patrick
In neurons, lysosomes, which degrade membrane and cytoplasmic components, are thought to primarily reside in somatic and axonal compartments, but there is little understanding of their distribution and function in dendrites. Here, we used conventional and two-photon imaging and electron microscopy to show that lysosomes traffic bidirectionally in dendrites and are present in dendritic spines. We find that lysosome inhibition alters their mobility and also decreases dendritic spine number. Furthermore, perturbing microtubule and actin cytoskeletal dynamics has an inverse relationship on the distribution and motility of lysosomes in dendrites...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627298/a-prospective-transcranial-doppler-ultrasound-based-evaluation-of-the-acute-and-cumulative-effects-of-sport-related-concussion-on-neurovascular-coupling-response-dynamics
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Alexander D Wright, Jonathan D Smirl, Kelsey Bryk, Paul van Donkelaar
Sport-related concussion has been shown to alter cerebral blood flow (CBF) both acutely and chronically, and may exert cumulative effects across multiple injuries. Such dysfunction may be mediated by trauma-induced deficits to CBF control mechanisms, though our understanding of these effects is limited, including dynamics of neurovascular coupling (NVC) responses (i.e. CBF responses to neurologic demand). 179 junior-level contact sport athletes completed preseason testing - 42 reported never having experienced a concussion (Hx-) while 31 had endured three or more (Hx3+)...
June 18, 2017: Journal of Neurotrauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627037/quantitative-gd-dota-uptake-from-cerebrospinal-fluid-into-rat-brain-using-3d-vfa-spgr-at-9-4t
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Hedok Lee, Kristian Mortensen, Simon Sanggaard, Palle Koch, Hans Brunner, Bjørn Quistorff, Maiken Nedergaard, Helene Benveniste
PURPOSE: We propose a quantitative technique to assess solute uptake into the brain parenchyma based on dynamic contrast-enhanced MRI (DCE-MRI). With this approach, a small molecular weight paramagnetic contrast agent (Gd-DOTA) is infused in the cerebral spinal fluid (CSF) and whole brain gadolinium concentration maps are derived. METHODS: We implemented a 3D variable flip angle spoiled gradient echo (VFA-SPGR) longitudinal relaxation time (T1) technique, the accuracy of which was cross-validated by way of inversion recovery rapid acquisition with relaxation enhancement (IR-RARE) using phantoms...
June 19, 2017: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623917/the-dynamic-changes-of-interferon-lambdas-related-genes-and-proteins-in-jak-stat-pathway-in-both-acute-and-chronic-hiv-1-infected-patients
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Guoxian Zhao, Lifeng Liu, Bin Su, Tong Zhang, Peng Chen, Wei Li, Hao Wu
BACKGROUND: Host immune responses during acute HIV-1 infection can influence the viral setpoint, which is a predictor of disease progression. Interferon (IFN)-lambdas are newly classified type III interferons, which use JAK-STAT pathway. Currently, the dynamics of IFN-lambdas related genes and proteins expression in the signaling pathway have not been well elaborated, especially in acute HIV-1-infected patients. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the dynamic changes of IFN-lambdas related genes and proteins in JAK/STAT pathway in acute HIV-1-infected patients, and analyze their correlation with CD4 T cell counts and HIV-1 viral loads...
June 17, 2017: AIDS Research and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623696/optimizing-purification-process-of-mim-i-bar-domain-by-introducing-atomic-force-microscope-and-dynamics-simulations
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Yue Zhang, Zhichao Lou, Xubo Lin, Qiwei Wang, Meng Cao, Ning Gu
MIM (missing in metastasis) is a member of I-BAR (inverse BAR) domain protein family, which functions as a putative metastasis suppressor. However, methods of gaining high purity MIM-I-BAR protein are barely reported. Here, by optimizing the purification process including changing the conditions of cell lysate and protein elution, we successfully purified MIM protein. The purity of the obtained protein was up to ∼90%. High-resolution atomic force microscope (AFM) provides more visual images, ensuring that we can observe the microenvironment around the target protein, as well as the conformations of the purification products following each purification process...
May 26, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622442/muscular-basis-of-whisker-torsion-in-mice-and-rats
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Sebastian Haidarliu, Knarik Bagdasarian, Namrata Shinde, Ehud Ahissar
Whisking mammals move their whiskers in the rostrocaudal and dorsoventral directions with simultaneous rolling about their long axes (torsion). Whereas muscular control of the first two types of whisker movement was already established, the anatomic muscular substrate of the whisker torsion remains unclear. Specifically, it was not clear whether torsion is induced by asymmetrical operation of known muscles or by other largely unknown muscles. Here we report that mystacial pads of newborn and adult rats and mice contain oblique intrinsic muscles (OMs) that connect diagonally adjacent vibrissa follicles...
June 16, 2017: Anatomical Record: Advances in Integrative Anatomy and Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620313/digestive-physiology-of-octopus-maya-and-o-mimus-temporality-of-digestion-and-assimilation-processes
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Pedro Gallardo, Alberto Olivares, Rosario Martínez-Yáñez, Claudia Caamal-Monsreal, Pedro M Domingues, Maite Mascaró, Ariadna Sánchez, Cristina Pascual, Carlos Rosas
Digestive physiology is one of the bottlenecks of octopus aquaculture. Although, there are successful experimentally formulated feeds, knowledge of the digestive physiology of cephalopods is fragmented, and focused mainly on Octopus vulgaris. Considering that the digestive physiology could vary in tropical and sub-tropical species through temperature modulations of the digestive dynamics and nutritional requirements of different organisms, the present review was focused on the digestive physiology timing of Octopus maya and Octopus mimus, two promising aquaculture species living in tropical (22-30°C) and sub-tropical (15-24°C) ecosystems, respectively...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619655/comparison-of-the-spatial-resolution-of-source-imaging-techniques-in-high-density-eeg-and-meg
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T Hedrich, G Pellegrino, E Kobayashi, J M Lina, C Grova
BACKGROUND: The present study aims at evaluating and comparing electrical and magnetic distributed source imaging methods applied to high-density Electroencephalography (hdEEG) and Magnetoencephalography (MEG) data. We used resolution matrices to characterize spatial resolution properties of Minimum Norm Estimate (MNE), dynamic Statistical Parametric Mapping (dSPM), standardized Low-Resolution Electromagnetic Tomography (sLORETA) and coherent Maximum Entropy on the Mean (cMEM, an entropy-based technique)...
June 12, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28618819/evaluation-of-uncertainty-for-regularized-deconvolution-a-case-study-in-hydrophone-measurements
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S Eichstädt, V Wilkens
An estimation of the measurand in dynamic metrology usually requires a deconvolution based on a dynamic calibration of the measuring system. Since deconvolution is, mathematically speaking, an ill-posed inverse problem, some kind of regularization is required to render the problem stable and obtain usable results. Many approaches to regularized deconvolution exist in the literature, but the corresponding evaluation of measurement uncertainties is, in general, an unsolved issue. In particular, the uncertainty contribution of the regularization itself is a topic of great importance, because it has a significant impact on the estimation result...
June 2017: Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28618591/origin-of-the-inverse-energy-cascade-in-two-dimensional-quantum-turbulence
#15
Audun Skaugen, Luiza Angheluta
We establish a statistical relationship between the inverse energy cascade and the spatial correlations of clustered vortices in two-dimensional quantum turbulence. The Kolmogorov spectrum k^{-5/3} on inertial scales r corresponds to a pair correlation function between the vortices with different signs that decays as a power law with the pair distance given as r^{-4/3}. To test these scaling relations, we propose a forced and dissipative point vortex model that captures the turbulent dynamics of quantized vortices by the emergent clustering of same-sign vortices...
May 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28615631/inverse-problem-for-multi-body-interaction-of-nonlinear-waves
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Alessia Marruzzo, Payal Tyagi, Fabrizio Antenucci, Andrea Pagnani, Luca Leuzzi
The inverse problem is studied in multi-body systems with nonlinear dynamics representing, e.g., phase-locked wave systems, standard multimode and random lasers. Using a general model for four-body interacting complex-valued variables we test two methods based on pseudolikelihood, respectively with regularization and with decimation, to determine the coupling constants from sets of measured configurations. We test statistical inference predictions for increasing number of sampled configurations and for an externally tunable temperature-like parameter mimicing real data noise and helping minimization procedures...
June 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28613265/a-novel-approach-to-measuring-muscle-mechanics-in-vehicle-collision-conditions
#17
Simon Krašna, Srđan Đorđević, Marija Hribernik, Ana Trajkovski
The aim of the study was to evaluate a novel approach to measuring neck muscle load and activity in vehicle collision conditions. A series of sled tests were performed on 10 healthy volunteers at three severity levels to simulate low-severity frontal impacts. Electrical activity-electromyography (EMG)-and muscle mechanical tension was measured bilaterally on the upper trapezius. A novel mechanical contraction (MC) sensor was used to measure the tension on the muscle surface. The neck extensor loads were estimated based on the inverse dynamics approach...
June 14, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28602647/state-marker-properties-of-niacin-skin-sensitivity-in-ultra-high-risk-groups-for-psychosis-an-optical-reflection-spectroscopy-study
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Kerstin Langbein, Ulrike Schmidt, Stephan Schack, Natalie J Biesel, Maria Rudzok, G Paul Amminger, Maximus Berger, Heinrich Sauer, Stefan Smesny
Impaired niacin sensitivity (NS) is one of the most replicated findings in untreated schizophrenia, and reflects a disturbance of prostaglandin-mediated pathways in association with deregulated arachidonic acid metabolism, pro-inflammatory activation, and vasomotor function. In ultra-high risk individuals (UHR) increased NS was reported recently, pointing towards dynamic alterations of the underlying pathomechanisms in the period preceding psychosis. However, these characteristics are still unresolved in the diverse UHR groups...
June 8, 2017: Schizophrenia Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28598900/interleaved-mapping-of-temperature-and-longitudinal-relaxation-rate-to-monitor-drug-delivery-during-magnetic-resonance-guided-high-intensity-focused-ultrasound-induced-hyperthermia
#19
Esther Kneepkens, Edwin Heijman, Jochen Keupp, Steffen Weiss, Klaas Nicolay, Holger Grüll
OBJECTIVES: Magnetic resonance-guided high-intensity focused ultrasound (MR-HIFU) is a method to heat lesions noninvasively to a stable, elevated temperature and a well-suited method to induce local hyperthermia (41°C-43°C) in deep-seated tissues. Magnetic Resonance (MR) imaging provides therapy planning on anatomical images and offers temperature feedback based on near-real-time MR thermometry. Although constant acquisition of MR thermometry data is crucial to ensure prolonged hyperthermia, it limits the freedom to perform measurements of other MR parameters, which are of interest during hyperthermia treatments...
June 8, 2017: Investigative Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28598668/emergence-and-evolution-of-the-k-gap-in-spectra-of-liquid-and-supercritical-states
#20
C Yang, M T Dove, V V Brazhkin, K Trachenko
Fundamental understanding of strongly interacting systems necessarily involves collective modes, but their nature and evolution is not generally understood in dynamically disordered and strongly interacting systems such as liquids and supercritical fluids. We report the results of extensive molecular dynamics simulations and provide direct evidence that liquids develop a gap in a solidlike transverse spectrum in the reciprocal space, with no propagating modes between zero and a threshold value. In addition to the liquid state, this result importantly applies to the supercritical state of matter...
May 26, 2017: Physical Review Letters
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