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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635681/antimicrobial-activity-of-nitric-oxide-releasing-ti-6al-4v-metal-oxide
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Nina A Reger, Wilson S Meng, Ellen S Gawalt
Titanium and titanium alloy materials are commonly used in joint replacements, due to the high strength of the materials. Pathogenic microorganisms can easily adhere to the surface of the metal implant, leading to an increased potential for implant failure. The surface of a titanium-aluminum-vanadium (Ti-6Al-4V) metal oxide implant material was functionalized to deliver an small antibacterial molecule, nitric oxide. S-nitroso-penicillamine, a S-nitrosothiol nitric oxide donor, was covalently immobilized on the metal oxide surface using self-assembled monolayers...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Functional Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633487/high-intensity-interval-training-hiit-improves-physical-performance-and-frailty-in-aged-mice
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Kenneth Ladd Seldeen, Ginger Lasky, Merced Maria Leiker, Manhui Pang, Kirkwood Ely Personius, Bruce Robert Troen
Sarcopenia and frailty are highly prevalent in older individuals, increasing the risk of disability and loss of independence. High intensity interval training (HIIT) may provide a robust intervention for both sarcopenia and frailty by achieving both strength and endurance benefits with lower time commitments than other exercise regimens. To better understand the impacts of HIIT during aging, we compared 24-month-old C57BL/6J sedentary mice with those that were administered 10-minute uphill treadmill HIIT sessions three times per week over 16 weeks...
June 17, 2017: Journals of Gerontology. Series A, Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629064/advanced-bredigite-containing-magnesium-matrix-composites-for-biodegradable-bone-implant-applications
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Sina Naddaf Dezfuli, Zhiguang Huan, Arjan Mol, Sander Leeflang, Jiang Chang, Jie Zhou
The present research was aimed at developing magnesium-matrix composites that could allow effective control over their physiochemical and mechanical responses when in contact with physiological solutions. A biodegradable, bioactive ceramic - bredigite was chosen as the reinforcing phase in the composites, based on the hypothesis that the silicon- and magnesium-containing ceramic could protect magnesium from fast corrosion and at the same time stimulate cell proliferation. Methods to prepare composites with integrated microstructures - a prerequisite to achieve controlled biodegradation were developed...
October 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629055/a-novel-kind-of-polysulfone-material-with-excellent-biocompatibility-modified-by-the-sulfonated-hydroxypropyl-chitosan
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Tian-Ming Liu, Jing-Jie Xu, Yun-Ren Qiu
In order to ameliorate the biocompatibility of polysulfone (PSf), sulfonated hydroxypropyl chitosan (SHPCS) was grafted from PSf membrane material by Schiff-Base reaction. The original and modified membranes were characterized by attenuated total reflectance-Fourier transform infrared spectroscope (ATR-FTIR), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), water contact angle (WCA) measurement, tensile strength test and antibacterial test in vitro, and the results indicated that the PSf modified by SHPCS (PSf-SHPCS) was synthesized successfully, the hydrophilicity of PSf-SHPCS membrane was improved to a great extent, all the membranes possessed good stability in physiological condition and the PSf-SHPCS membrane had good antibacterial property...
October 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620311/physiological-adaptations-to-hypoxic-vs-normoxic-training-during-intermittent-living-high
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Stefan De Smet, Paul van Herpt, Gommaar D'Hulst, Ruud Van Thienen, Marc Van Leemputte, Peter Hespel
In the setting of "living high," it is unclear whether high-intensity interval training (HIIT) should be performed "low" or "high" to stimulate muscular and performance adaptations. Therefore, 10 physically active males participated in a 5-week "live high-train low or high" program (TR), whilst eight subjects were not engaged in any altitude or training intervention (CON). Five days per week (~15.5 h per day), TR was exposed to normobaric hypoxia simulating progressively increasing altitude of ~2,000-3,250 m...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620035/molecular-interactions-shaping-the-tetraspanin-web
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Sjoerd J van Deventer, Vera-Marie E Dunlock, Annemiek B van Spriel
To facilitate the myriad of different (signaling) processes that take place at the plasma membrane, cells depend on a high degree of membrane protein organization. Important mediators of this organization are tetraspanin proteins. Tetraspanins interact laterally among themselves and with partner proteins to control the spatial organization of membrane proteins in large networks called the tetraspanin web. The molecular interactions underlying the formation of the tetraspanin web were hitherto mainly described based on their resistance to different detergents, a classification which does not necessarily correlate with functionality in the living cell...
June 15, 2017: Biochemical Society Transactions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619292/psychophysiological-response-in-parachute-jumps-the-effect-of-experience-and-type-of-jump
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Vicente Javier Clemente-Suárez, José Juan Robles-Pérez, Jesús Fernández-Lucas
We aimed to analyse the effect of experience and type of parachute jump on the psychophysiological responses of jumpers. We analysed blood oxygen saturation, heart rate, blood glucose, lactate and creatinkinase, leg strength, isometric hand strength, cortical arousal, specific fine motor skills, self-confidence and cognition, and somatic and state anxiety, before and after four different parachute jumps: a sport parachute jump, a manual tactical parachute jump, tandem pilots, and tandem passengers. Independently of the parachute jump, the psychophysiological responses of experienced paratroopers were not affected by the jumps, except for an increase in anaerobic metabolism...
June 13, 2017: Physiology & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619011/to-be-active-through-indoor-climbing-an-exploratory-feasibility-study-in-a-group-of-children-with-cerebral-palsy-and-typically-developing-children
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Mark Schram Christensen, Thor Jensen, Camilla B Voigt, Jens Bo Nielsen, Jakob Lorentzen
BACKGROUND: Cerebral Palsy (CP) is the most common cause of motor disabilities in children and young adults and it is also often associated with cognitive and physiological challenges. Climbing requires a multifaceted repertoire of movements, participants at all levels of expertise may be challenged functionally and cognitively, making climbing of great potential interest in (re)habilitation settings. However, until now only few research projects have investigated the feasibility of climbing as a potential activity for heightening physical activity in children with CP and the possible beneficial effects of climbing activities in populations with functional and/or cognitive challenges...
June 15, 2017: BMC Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28617645/the-implications-of-eco-evolutionary-processes-for-the-emergence-of-marine-plankton-community-biogeography
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Boris Sauterey, Ben Ward, Jonathan Rault, Chris Bowler, David Claessen
Models of community assembly have been used to illustrate how the many functionally diverse species that compose plankton food webs can coexist. However, the evolutionary processes leading to the emergence of plankton food webs and their interplay with migratory processes and spatial heterogeneity are yet to be explored. We study the eco-evolutionary dynamics of a modeled plankton community structured in both size and space and physiologically constrained by empirical data. We demonstrate that a complex yet ecologically and evolutionarily stable size-structured food web can emerge from an initial set of two monomorphic phytoplankton and zooplankton populations...
July 2017: American Naturalist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612254/effect-of-urban-design-on-microclimate-and-thermal-comfort-outdoors-in-warm-humid-dar-es-salaam-tanzania
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Moohammed Wasim Yahia, Erik Johansson, Sofia Thorsson, Fredrik Lindberg, Maria Isabel Rasmussen
Due to the complexity of built environment, urban design patterns considerably affect the microclimate and outdoor thermal comfort in a given urban morphology. Variables such as building heights and orientations, spaces between buildings, plot coverage alter solar access, wind speed and direction at street level. To improve microclimate and comfort conditions urban design elements including vegetation and shading devices can be used. In warm-humid Dar es Salaam, the climate consideration in urban design has received little attention although the urban planning authorities try to develop the quality of planning and design...
June 14, 2017: International Journal of Biometeorology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611442/competing-factors-link-to-bone-health-in-polycystic-ovary-syndrome-chronic-low-grade-inflammation-takes-a-toll
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Shirin Kalyan, Millan S Patel, Elaine Kingwell, Hélène C F Côté, Danmei Liu, Jerilynn C Prior
Chronic inflammation predisposes to poor bone health. Women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) experience androgen excess, ovulatory disturbances, insulin resistance, abdominal adiposity and chronic inflammation. Our objective was to investigate the relationships among bone health parameters, chronic subclinical inflammation and anthropometric measures in premenopausal women with and without PCOS. In 61 premenopausal women, 22 women with PCOS and 39 controls, we assessed bone parameters (total hip bone mineral density [BMD] by dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry and radius strength-strain index [SSI] by peripheral quantitative computed tomography), inflammation (C-reactive protein/albumin), oxidative stress (leukocyte telomere length, urinary 8-hydroxydeoxyguanosine); hemoglobin A1c; anthropometric measures (body mass index, waist-to-height ratio, cross-sectional muscle area)...
June 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611002/chondrogenesis-of-human-bone-marrow-mesenchymal-stem-cells-in-3-dimensional-photocrosslinked-hydrogel-constructs-effect-of-cell-seeding-density-and-material-stiffness
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Aaron X Sun, Hang Lin, Madalyn R Fritch, He Shen, Pete G Alexander, Michael DeHart, Rocky S Tuan
Three-dimensional hydrogel constructs incorporated with live stem cells that support chondrogenic differentiation and maintenance offer a promising regenerative route towards addressing the limited self-repair capabilities of articular cartilage. In particular, hydrogel scaffolds that augment chondrogenesis and recapitulate the native physical properties of cartilage, such as compressive strength, can potentially be applied in point-of-care procedures. We report here the synthesis of two new materials, [poly-l-lactic acid/polyethylene glycol/poly-l-lactic acid] (PLLA-PEG 1000) and [poly-d,l-lactic acid/polyethylene glycol/poly-d,l-lactic acid] (PDLLA-PEG 1000), that are biodegradable, biocompatible (>80% viability post fabrication), and possess high, physiologically relevant mechanical strength (∼1500 to 1800kPa)...
June 10, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28608135/can-proportional-ventilation-modes-facilitate-exercise-in-critically-ill-patients-a-physiological-cross-over-study-pressure-support-versus-proportional-ventilation-during-lower-limb-exercise-in-ventilated-critically-ill-patients
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Evangelia Akoumianaki, Nicolas Dousse, Aissam Lyazidi, Jean-Claude Lefebvre, Severine Graf, Ricardo Luiz Cordioli, Nathalie Rey, Jean-Christophe Marie Richard, Laurent Brochard
BACKGROUND: Early exercise of critically ill patients may have beneficial effects on muscle strength, mass and systemic inflammation. During pressure support ventilation (PSV), a mismatch between demand and assist could increase work of breathing and limit exercise. A better exercise tolerance is possible with a proportional mode of ventilation (Proportional Assist Ventilation, PAV+ and Neurally Adjusted Ventilatory Assist, NAVA). We examined whether, in critically ill patients, PSV and proportional ventilation have different effects on respiratory muscles unloading and work efficiency during exercise...
December 2017: Annals of Intensive Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28606534/ternary-polysaccharide-complexes-colloidal-drug-delivery-systems-stabilized-in-physiological-media
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Danjun Wu, Agathe Ensinas, Bernard Verrier, Armelle Cuvillier, Gaël Champier, Stephane Paul, Thierry Delair
Chitosan-hyaluronan (HYA) polyelectrolyte complexes (PECs) were designed to maintain their colloidal stabilities in physiological ionic strength and pH, via a new concept of ternary complexes. This strategy relied on the formation of a binary PEC between chitosan and a strong polyacid, dextran sulphate (DS) or heparin (HEP), and further functionalization with HYA. The major parameter leading to stabilized colloids was a high ratio of the degrees of polymerization of chitosan versus the strong polyacid. The process afforded either positive or negative particles when HYA was used in default or in excess (vs...
September 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28605591/influencing-mechanism-of-ocean-acidification-on-byssus-performance-in-the-pearl-oyster-pinctada-fucata
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Shiguo Li, Chuang Liu, Aibin Zhan, Liping Xie, Rongqing Zhang
The byssus is an important adhesive structure by which bivalves robustly adhere to underwater substrates. It is susceptible to carbon dioxide-driven ocean acidification (OA). Previous investigations have documented significant adverse effects of OA on the performance of byssal threads, but the mechanisms remain largely unknown. In this study, multiple approaches were employed to reveal the underlying mechanisms for the effects of OA on byssus production and mechanical properties in the pearl oyster Pinctada fucata...
June 12, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28604786/tinnitus-alters-resting-state-functional-connectivity-rsfc-in-human-auditory-and-non-auditory-brain-regions-as-measured-by-functional-near-infrared-spectroscopy-fnirs
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Juan San Juan, Xiao-Su Hu, Mohamad Issa, Silvia Bisconti, Ioulia Kovelman, Paul Kileny, Gregory Basura
Tinnitus, or phantom sound perception, leads to increased spontaneous neural firing rates and enhanced synchrony in central auditory circuits in animal models. These putative physiologic correlates of tinnitus to date have not been well translated in the brain of the human tinnitus sufferer. Using functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) we recently showed that tinnitus in humans leads to maintained hemodynamic activity in auditory and adjacent, non-auditory cortices. Here we used fNIRS technology to investigate changes in resting state functional connectivity between human auditory and non-auditory brain regions in normal-hearing, bilateral subjective tinnitus and controls before and after auditory stimulation...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28597103/the-effects-of-strength-training-versus-ski-ergometer-training-on-double-poling-capacity-of-elite-junior-cross-country-skiers
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Tomas Carlsson, Lars Wedholm, Johnny Nilsson, Magnus Carlsson
PURPOSE: To compare the effects of strength training versus ski-ergometer training on double-poling gross efficiency (GE), maximal speed (V max), peak oxygen uptake ([Formula: see text]) for elite male and female junior cross-country skiers. METHODS: Thirty-three elite junior cross-country skiers completed a 6-week training-intervention period with two additional 40-min training sessions per week. The participants were matched in pairs and within each pair randomly assigned to either a strength-training group (STR) or a ski-ergometer-training group (ERG)...
June 8, 2017: European Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28592687/efferent-inhibition-strength-is-a-physiological-correlate-of-hyperacusis-in-children-with-autism-spectrum-disorder
#18
Uzma S Wilson, Kate M Sadler, Kenneth E Hancock, John J Guinan, Jeffery T Lichtenhan
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disability that is poorly understood. ASD can influence communication, social interaction, and behavior. Children with ASD often have sensory hypersensitivities, including auditory hypersensitivity (hyperacusis). In adults with hyperacusis who are otherwise neurotypical, the medial olivocochlear (MOC) efferent reflex is stronger than usual. In children with ASD the MOC reflex has been measured, but without also assessing hyperacusis. We assessed the MOC reflex in children with ASD by measuring the strength of MOC-induced inhibition of transient-evoked otoacoustic emissions (TEOAEs), a non-invasive, physiological measure that reflects cochlear amplification...
June 7, 2017: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28592253/itraq-based-proteome-profile-analysis-of-superior-and-inferior-spikelets-at-early-grain-filling-stage-in-japonica-rice
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Cuicui You, Lin Chen, Haibing He, Liquan Wu, Shaohua Wang, Yanfeng Ding, Chuanxi Ma
BACKGROUND: Large-panicle rice varieties often fail to achieve their yield potential due to poor grain filling of late-flowering inferior spikelets (IS). The physiological and molecular mechanisms of poor IS grain filling, and whether an increase in assimilate supply could regulate protein abundance and consequently improve IS grain filling for japonica rice with large panicles is still partially understood. RESULTS: A field experiment was performed with two spikelet removal treatments at anthesis in the large-panicle japonica rice line W1844, including removal of the top 1/3 of spikelets (T1) and removal of the top 2/3 of spikelets (T2), with no spikelet removal as a control (T0)...
June 7, 2017: BMC Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28589644/endothelial-to-mesenchymal-transformation-is-induced-by-altered-extracellular-matrix-in-aortic-valve-endothelial-cells
#20
Sudip Dahal, Peter Huang, Bruce T Murray, Gretchen J Mahler
Alterations in shear stress, mechanical deformation, extracellular matrix (ECM) composition and exposure to inflammatory conditions are known to cause endothelial to mesenchymal transformation (EndMT). This change in endothelial phenotype has only recently been linked to adult pathologies such as cancer progression, organ fibrosis, and calcific aortic valve disease; and its function in adult physiology, especially in response to tissue mechanics, has not been rigorously investigated. EndMT is a response to mechanical and biochemical signals that results in the remodeling of underlying tissues...
June 7, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part A
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