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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227544/tolerance-of-neural-decoding-errors-for-powered-artificial-legs-a-pilot-study
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Fan Zhang, Ming Liu, He Huang, Fan Zhang, Ming Liu, He Huang, He Huang, Ming Liu, Fan Zhang
Neural-machine interface (NMI) decoding errors challenge the clinical value of neural control of powered artificial legs, because these errors can dangerously disturb the user's walking balance, cause stumbles or falls, and thus threaten the user's confidence and safety in prosthesis use. Although extensive research efforts have been made to minimize the NMI decoding error rate, none of the current approaches can completely eliminate the errors in NMI. This study aimed at improving the robustness of prosthesis control system against neural decoding errors by introducing a fault-tolerant control (FTC) strategy...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227499/promotion-and-guidance-of-neural-network-formation-on-su-8-photoresist-microchannels-adjusted-with-multilayer-films
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Yung-Chiang Liu, I-Chi Lee, Kin-Fong Lei, Yung-Chiang Liu, I-Chi Lee, Kin-Fong Lei, Yung-Chiang Liu, I-Chi Lee, Kin-Fong Lei
Induction of neural stem/progenitor cells (NSPCs) and establishment of neural network are important issues on neural engineering. In this work, a platform was designed to control and evaluate the differentiation of NSPCs, neurite direction, and to promote the neurite outgrowth. Polyelectrolyte multilayer (PEM) films provide surface properties by and have been used to regulate NSPCs differentiation in our previous study. Herein, a culture platform composed of SU-8 microchannel and PEM films was designed to achieve the goal of promoting NSPCs differentiation and to evaluate the effect of PEM films on the guidance of neural network formation...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227432/colony-size-effect-on-neural-differentiation-of-embryonic-stem-cells-microprinted-on-stromal-cells
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Ramila Joshi, James Buchanan, Hossein Tavana, Ramila Joshi, James Buchanan, Hossein Tavana, Ramila Joshi, James Buchanan, Hossein Tavana
Controlling cellular microenvironment to induce neural differentiation of embryonic stem cells (ESCs) remains a major challenge. We address this need by introducing a micro-engineered co-culture system that resembles embryonic development in terms of direct intercellular interactions and induces neural differentiation of ESCs. A polymeric aqueous two-phase system (ATPS)-mediated robotic microprinting technology allows precise localization of mouse ESCs (mESCs) over a layer of supporting stromal cells. mESCs proliferate over a 2-week culture period into a single colony of defined size...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226539/directing-the-spatial-patterning-of-motor-neuron-differentiation-in-engineered-microenvironments
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Christopher J Demers, Greg Cox, Scott D Collins, Rosemary L Smith, Christopher J Demers, Greg Cox, Scott D Collins, Rosemary L Smith, Greg Cox, Christopher J Demers, Scott D Collins, Rosemary L Smith
Embryonic development of the spinal cord proceeds through a carefully orchestrated temporal and spatial sequence of chemical cues to provide precise patterning of adult cell types. Recreating this complex microenvironment in a standard cell culture dish is difficult, if not impossible. In this paper, a microfluidic device is used to recapitulate, in vitro, the graded patterning events which occur during early spinal cord development. The microdevice design is developed using COMSOL modeling, with which the spatiotemporal profiles of multiple, diffusible morphogens are simulated...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221164/positive-and-negative-cues-for-modulating-neurite-dynamics-and-receptor-expression
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Melissa Wrobel, Harini Gayathari Sundararaghavan
Many current peripheral nerve repair strategies focus on delivering positive, growth promoting cues (e.g. extracellular matrix, ECM) while eliminating negative, growth inhibiting cues (e.g. chondroitin sulfate proteoglycans, CSPGs) at the injury site. We hypothesized that recapitulating the positive and negative cues of the peripheral nerve injury microenvironment would improve regeneration. First, we tested the effects of a characteristic CSPG, Chondroitin Sulfate A (CSA) on neurite dynamics of dissociated chick embryo dorsal root ganglion (DRG) neurons using time lapse video microscopy...
February 21, 2017: Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216299/hipsc-derived-retinal-ganglion-cells-grow-dendritic-arbors-and-functional-axons-on-a-tissue-engineered-scaffold
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Kangjun Li, Xiufeng Zhong, Sijing Yang, Ziming Luo, Kang Li, Ying Liu, Song Cai, Huaiyu Gu, Shoutao Lu, Haijun Zhang, Yantao Wei, Jing Zhuang, Yehong Zhuo, Zhigang Fan, Jian Ge
: Numerous therapeutic procedures in modern medical research rely on the use of tissue engineering for the treatment of retinal diseases. However, the cell source and the transplantation method are still a limitation. Previously, we reported on the induction of a self-organizing three-dimensional neural retina from human-induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs). In this study, we disclose the generation of retinal ganglion cells (RGCs) from the neural retina and their seeding on a biodegradable poly (lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA) scaffold to create an engineered RGC-scaffold biomaterial...
February 16, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214579/motor-training-and-the-combination-of-action-observation-and-peripheral-nerve-stimulation-reciprocally-interfere-with-the-plastic-changes-induced-in-primary-motor-cortex-excitability
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Ambra Bisio, Laura Avanzino, Monica Biggio, Piero Ruggeri, Marco Bove
AO-PNS is a stimulation protocol combining action observation (AO) and peripheral nerve stimulation (PNS) to induce plasticity in the primary motor cortex (M1) (increased excitability). Another method to increase M1 excitability is motor training. The combination of two protocols, which individually induce long-term potentiation (LTP)-like plasticity in overlapping neural circuits, results in a transitory occlusion or reverse of this phenomenon. This study aimed to understand the neurophysiological mechanisms underlying AO-PNS by testing whether AO-PNS and motor training induced LTP-like plasticity in, at least partially, overlapping neural networks...
February 15, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213972/promotion-of-cell-growth-and-adhesion-of-a-peptide-hydrogel-scaffold-via-mtor-cadherin-signaling
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Guojun Wei, Liping Wang, Daming Dong, Zhaowei Teng, Zuowei Shi, Kaifu Wang, Gang An, Ying Guan, Bo Han, Meng Yao, Cory J Xian
Understanding neurite outgrowth, orientation, and migration is important for the design of biomaterials that interface with the neural tissue. However, the molecular signaling alternations have not been well elucidated to explain the impact of hydrogels on cell morphology. In our previous studies, a silk fibroin peptide (SF16) hydrogel was found to be an effective matrix for the viability, morphology and proliferation of PC12 rat pheocrhomocytoma cells. We found that PC12 cells in the peptide hydrogel exhibited adhesive morphology compared to those cultured in agarose or collagen...
February 18, 2017: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213069/a-pilot-study-of-cell-mediated-gene-therapy-for-spinal-cord-injury-in-mini-pigs
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Islamov Rustem Robertovich, Sokolov Mikhail Evgenyevich, Bashirov Farid Vagizovich, Fadeev Filip Olegovich, Shmarov Maxim Michaylovich, Naroditskiy Boris Savelyevich, Povysheva Tatyana Vyacheslavovna, Shaymardanova Gulnara Ferdinantovna, Yakupov Radik Albertovich, Chelyshev Yuri Aleksandrovich, Lavrov Igor Aleksandrovich
Currently, in clinical practice there is no efficient way to overcome the sequences of neurodegeneration after spinal cord traumatic injury. Using a new experimental model of spinal cord contusion injury on miniature pigs, we proposed to deliver therapeutic genes encoding vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), glial cell line-derived neurotrophic factor (GDNF) and neural cell adhesion molecule (NCAM) to the damaged area, using umbilical cord blood mononuclear cells (UCBC). In this study, genetically engineered UCBC (2×10(6) cells in 200 ml of saline) were injected intrathecally to mini-pigs 10days after SCI...
February 14, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210234/a-spiking-neuron-model-of-word-associations-for-the-remote-associates-test
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Ivana Kajić, Jan Gosmann, Terrence C Stewart, Thomas Wennekers, Chris Eliasmith
Generating associations is important for cognitive tasks including language acquisition and creative problem solving. It remains an open question how the brain represents and processes associations. The Remote Associates Test (RAT) is a task, originally used in creativity research, that is heavily dependent on generating associations in a search for the solutions to individual RAT problems. In this work we present a model that solves the test. Compared to earlier modeling work on the RAT, our hybrid (i.e., non-developmental) model is implemented in a spiking neural network by means of the Neural Engineering Framework (NEF), demonstrating that it is possible for spiking neurons to be organized to store the employed representations and to manipulate them...
2017: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203679/biomaterials-and-computation-a-strategic-alliance-to-investigate-emergent-responses-of-neural-cells
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Pier Nicola Sergi, Elisabetta Ada Cavalcanti-Adam
Topographical and chemical cues drive migration, outgrowth and regeneration of neurons in different and crucial biological conditions. In the natural extracellular matrix, their influences are so closely coupled that they result in complex cellular responses. As a consequence, engineered biomaterials are widely used to simplify in vitro conditions, disentangling intricate in vivo behaviours, and narrowing the investigation on particular emergent responses. Nevertheless, how topographical and chemical cues affect the emergent response of neural cells is still unclear, thus in silico models are used as additional tools to reproduce and investigate the interactions between cells and engineered biomaterials...
February 16, 2017: Biomaterials Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203635/grounded-understanding-of-abstract-concepts-the-case-of-stem-learning
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REVIEW
Justin C Hayes, David J M Kraemer
Characterizing the neural implementation of abstract conceptual representations has long been a contentious topic in cognitive science. At the heart of the debate is whether the "sensorimotor" machinery of the brain plays a central role in representing concepts, or whether the involvement of these perceptual and motor regions is merely peripheral or epiphenomenal. The domain of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) learning provides an important proving ground for sensorimotor (or grounded) theories of cognition, as concepts in science and engineering courses are often taught through laboratory-based and other hands-on methodologies...
2017: Cogn Res Princ Implic
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198703/implantable-optoelectronic-probes-for-in-vivo-optogenetics
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Ege Iseri, Duygu Kuzum
More than a decade has passed since optics and genetics came together and lead to the emerging technologies of optogenetics. The advent of light-sensitive opsins made it possible to optically trigger the neurons into activation or inhibition by using visible light. The importance of spatiotemporally isolating a segment of a neural network and controlling nervous signaling in a precise manner has driven neuroscience researchers and engineers to invest great efforts in designing high precision in-vivo implantable devices...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Neural Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192527/the-efficacy-of-a-scaffold-free-bio-3d-conduit-developed-from-human-fibroblasts-on-peripheral-nerve-regeneration-in-a-rat-sciatic-nerve-model
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Hirofumi Yurie, Ryosuke Ikeguchi, Tomoki Aoyama, Yukitoshi Kaizawa, Junichi Tajino, Akira Ito, Souichi Ohta, Hiroki Oda, Hisataka Takeuchi, Shizuka Akieda, Manami Tsuji, Koichi Nakayama, Shuichi Matsuda
BACKGROUND: Although autologous nerve grafting is the gold standard treatment of peripheral nerve injuries, several alternative methods have been developed, including nerve conduits that use supportive cells. However, the seeding efficacy and viability of supportive cells injected in nerve grafts remain unclear. Here, we focused on a novel completely biological, tissue-engineered, scaffold-free conduit. METHODS: We developed six scaffold-free conduits from human normal dermal fibroblasts using a Bio 3D Printer...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192080/evo-engineering-and-the-cellular-and-molecular-origins-of-the-vertebrate-spinal-cord
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REVIEW
Ben Steventon, Alfonso Martinez Arias
The formation of the spinal cord during early embryonic development in vertebrate embryos is a continuous process that begins at gastrulation and continues through to the completion of somitogenesis. Despite the conserved usage of patterning mechanisms and gene regulatory networks that act to generate specific spinal cord progenitors, there now exists two seemingly disparate models to account for their action. In the first, a posteriorly localized signalling source transforms previously anterior-specified neural plate into the spinal cord...
February 9, 2017: Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186182/topological-determinants-of-self-sustained-activity-in-a-simple-model-of-excitable-dynamics-on-graphs
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Christoph Fretter, Annick Lesne, Claus C Hilgetag, Marc-Thorsten Hütt
Simple models of excitable dynamics on graphs are an efficient framework for studying the interplay between network topology and dynamics. This topic is of practical relevance to diverse fields, ranging from neuroscience to engineering. Here we analyze how a single excitation propagates through a random network as a function of the excitation threshold, that is, the relative amount of activity in the neighborhood required for the excitation of a node. We observe that two sharp transitions delineate a region of sustained activity...
February 10, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28183673/attenuation-of-the-in-vitro-neurotoxicity-of-316l-ss-by-graphene-oxide-surface-coating
#17
Nishat Tasnim, Alok Kumar, Binata Joddar
A persistent theme in biomaterials research comprises of surface engineering and modification of bare metallic substrates for improved cellular response and biocompatibility. Graphene Oxide (GO), a derivative of graphene, has outstanding chemical and mechanical properties; its large surface to volume ratio, ease of surface modification and processing make GO an attractive coating material. GO-coatings have been extensively studied as biosensors. Further owing to its surface nano-architecture, GO-coated surfaces promote cell adhesion and growth, making it suitable for tissue engineering applications...
April 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28169834/development-of-biomimetic-micro-patterned-device-incorporated-with-neurotrophic-gradient-and-supportive-schwann-cells-for-the-applications-in-neural-tissue-engineering
#18
Chia-Wei Yeh, Li-Wen Wang, Hsi-Chin Wu, Yi-Kong Hsieh, Jane Wang, Ming-Hong Chen, Tzu-Wei Wang
In these years, the artificial nerve guidance conduit has been developed as an alternative way to repair peripheral nerve injury. Unlike autologous nerve graft, the artificial nerve guidance conduit without proper stimulating factors and guidance cues still cannot obtain satisfactory prognosis for clinical patients. In this study, a biodegradable polymer-based implantable device has been developed and characterized. By incorporating three stimulating factors: 1) micro-patterned surface that can directionally guide the axon as physical cue; 2) neurotrophic gradient membrane that can continually attract axon outgrowth from the proximal to distal stump as chemical cue; 3) Schwann cells that can support the growth of neurite and form myelin sheath around axon as biological cue, we expect that this construct can be used as a promising nerve guidance conduit for peripheral nerve regeneration...
February 7, 2017: Biofabrication
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28169354/three-dimensional-aligned-nanofibers-hydrogel-scaffold-for-controlled-non-viral-drug-gene-delivery-to-direct-axon-regeneration-in-spinal-cord-injury-treatment
#19
Lan Huong Nguyen, Mingyong Gao, Junquan Lin, Wutian Wu, Jun Wang, Sing Yian Chew
Spinal cord injuries (SCI) often lead to persistent neurological dysfunction due to failure in axon regeneration. Unfortunately, currently established treatments, such as direct drug administration, do not effectively treat SCI due to rapid drug clearance from our bodies. Here, we introduce a three-dimensional aligned nanofibers-hydrogel scaffold as a bio-functionalized platform to provide sustained non-viral delivery of proteins and nucleic acid therapeutics (small non-coding RNAs), along with synergistic contact guidance for nerve injury treatment...
February 7, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28167406/comparing-humans-and-deep-learning-performance-for-grading-amd-a-study-in-using-universal-deep-features-and-transfer-learning-for-automated-amd-analysis
#20
Philippe Burlina, Katia D Pacheco, Neil Joshi, David E Freund, Neil M Bressler
BACKGROUND: When left untreated, age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of vision loss in people over fifty in the US. Currently it is estimated that about eight million US individuals have the intermediate stage of AMD that is often asymptomatic with regard to visual deficit. These individuals are at high risk for progressing to the advanced stage where the often treatable choroidal neovascular form of AMD can occur. Careful monitoring to detect the onset and prompt treatment of the neovascular form as well as dietary supplementation can reduce the risk of vision loss from AMD, therefore, preferred practice patterns recommend identifying individuals with the intermediate stage in a timely manner...
January 27, 2017: Computers in Biology and Medicine
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