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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339567/role-of-biomechanical-forces-in-hyperfiltration-mediated-glomerular-injury-in-congenital-anomalies-of-the-kidney-and-urinary-tract
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Tarak Srivastava, Ganesh Thiagarajan, Uri S Alon, Ram Sharma, Ashraf El-Meanawy, Ellen T McCarthy, Virginia J Savin, Mukut Sharma
Congenital anomalies of the kidney and urinary tract (CAKUT) including solitary kidney constitute the main cause of progressive chronic kidney disease (CKD) in children. Children born with CAKUT develop signs of CKD only during adolescence and do not respond to renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system blockers. Early cellular changes underlying CKD progression to end-stage renal disease by early adulthood are not well understood. The mechanism of maladaptive hyperfiltration that occurs from loss of functional nephrons, including solitary kidney, is not clear...
January 17, 2017: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335252/stress-waves-and-characteristics-of-zigzag-and-armchair-silicene-nanoribbons
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Yu-Cheng Fan, Te-Hua Fang, Tao-Hsing Chen
The mechanical properties of silicene nanostructures subject to tensile loading were studied via a molecular dynamics (MD) simulation. The effects of temperature on Young's modulus and the fracture strain of silicene with armchair and zigzag types were examined. The maximum in-plane stress and the corresponding critical strain of the armchair and the zigzag silicene sheets at 300 K were 8.85 and 10.62, and 0.187 and 0.244 N/m, respectively. The in-plane stresses of the silicene sheet in the armchair direction at the temperatures of 300, 400, 500, and 600 K were 8...
June 24, 2016: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335217/modification-of-the-interfacial-interaction-between-carbon-fiber-and-epoxy-with-carbon-hybrid-materials
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Kejing Yu, Menglei Wang, Junqing Wu, Kun Qian, Jie Sun, Xuefeng Lu
The mechanical properties of the hybrid materials and epoxy and carbon fiber (CF) composites were improved significantly as compared to the CF composites made from unmodified epoxy. The reasons could be attributed to the strong interfacial interaction between the CF and the epoxy composites for the existence of carbon nanomaterials. The microstructure and dispersion of carbon nanomaterials were characterized by transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and optical microscopy (OM). The results showed that the dispersion of the hybrid materials in the polymer was superior to other carbon nanomaterials...
May 12, 2016: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331072/direct-measurement-of-microtubule-attachment-strength-to-yeast-centrosomes
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Kimberly K Fong, Krishna K Sarangapani, Erik C Yusko, Michael Riffle, Aida Llauró, Beth Graczyk, Trisha N Davis, Charles L Asbury
Centrosomes, or spindle pole bodies (SPBs) in yeast, are vital mechanical hubs that maintain load-bearing attachments to microtubules during mitotic spindle assembly, spindle positioning, and chromosome segregation. However, the strength of microtubule-centrosome attachments is unknown, and the possibility that mechanical force might regulate centrosome function has scarcely been explored. To uncover how centrosomes sustain and regulate force, we purified SPBs from budding yeast and used laser trapping to manipulate single attached microtubules in vitro Our experiments reveal that SPB-microtubule attachments are extraordinarily strong, rupturing at forces about 4-fold higher than kinetochore attachments under identical loading conditions...
March 22, 2017: Molecular Biology of the Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326611/mechanical-characterization-of-curly-hair-influence-of-the-use-of-nonconventional-hair-straightening-treatments
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M G A Leite, P M B G Maia Campos
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE: Hair straighteners are very popular around the world, although they can cause great damage to the hair. Thus, the characterization of the mechanical properties of curly hair using advanced techniques is very important to clarify how hair straighteners act on hair fibers and to contribute to the development of effective products. On this basis, we chose two nonconventional hair straighteners (formaldehyde and glyoxylic acid) to investigate how hair straightening treatments affect the mechanical properties of curly hair...
March 21, 2017: Skin Research and Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325640/computed-tomography-based-3-dimensional-finite-element-analyses-of-various-types-of-plates-placed-for-a-virtually-reduced-unilateral-condylar-fracture-of-the-mandible-of-a-patient
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Kazuhiro Murakami, Kazuhiko Yamamoto, Tsutomu Sugiura, Satoshi Horita, Yumiko Matsusue, Tadaaki Kirita
PURPOSE: This study was performed to evaluate stresses in various types of plates placed for a virtually reduced unilateral condylar fracture of the mandible using computed tomography-based 3-dimensional finite element (FE) models of a patient to select the optimal plate system. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A computed tomography-based FE model of the mandible of a patient with a unilateral condylar fracture was constructed. The fracture was virtually reduced and fixed with 1 straight titanium plate; 2 straight titanium plates; 2 straight poly-L-lactic acid plates; and 4-hole (box), 5-hole (strut), and 7-hole (lambda) condylar plates...
February 24, 2017: Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322540/a-rapid-recovery-double-crosslinking-hydrogel-with-stable-mechanical-properties-and-high-resilience-triggered-by-visible-light
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Longxiang Zhu, Jianhui Qiu, Eiichi Sakai, Kazushi Ito
The designed tough hydrogels, depending on energy dissipation mechanism, possess excellent biocompatibility, stimuli-responsiveness and outstanding mechanical properties. However, the application of hydrogels are greatly limited in actuators and sensors for the lack of instantaneous recovery and resilience. In this work, we synthesized a double crosslinking polyacrylic acid hydrogel via a simple, one-pot, visible-light-trigger polymerization, where carboxymethyl cellulose as initiator and the first cross-linker, N,N'-methylene bisacrylamide (MBA) as the second cross-linker...
March 21, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318067/dynamic-phosphorescent-probe-for-facile-and-reversible-stress-sensing
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G A Filonenko, J R Khusnutdinova
Dynamic phosphorescent copper complex incorporated into the main chain of polyurethanes produces a facile and reversible response to tensile stress. In contrast to common deformation sensors, the applied stress does not lead to bond scission, or alters the phosphor structure. The suppression of dynamics responsible for the nonradiative relaxation is found to be the major pathway governing stress response. As a result, the response of dynamic phosphor described in this work is stress specific. Compared to initial unloaded state, a nearly twofold increase of photoluminescence intensity occurs in response to a 5-35 MPa stress applied to pristine metalated polymers or their blends with various polyurethanes...
March 20, 2017: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306184/physical-and-biological-properties-of-a-novel-anti-adhesion-material-made-of-thermally-cross-linked-gelatin-film-investigation-of-the-usefulness-as-anti-adhesion-material
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Tsunehito Horii, Hiroyuki Tsujimoto, Hiroe Miyamoto, Koki Yamanaka, Shota Tanaka, Hiroko Torii, Yuki Ozamoto, Hideki Takamori, Eiji Nakamachi, Yoshito Ikada, Akeo Hagiwara
To create more useful, effective and safer anti-adhesion materials, we developed a thermally cross-linked gelatin film. In this study, we examined the physical properties of the film such as the physical strength and the adhesiveness to reveal the handling properties and biological properties, such as the anti-adhesion effect, the influence on cell proliferation, and the cytotoxicity to reveal the anti-adhesion mechanism, especially in comparison with the conventional hyaluronic acid and carboxymethylcellulose film (the conventional film)...
March 17, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part B, Applied Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302412/mechanical-behavior-of-idealized-stingray-skeleton-inspired-tiled-composites-as-a-function-of-geometry-and-material-properties
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A K Jayasankar, R Seidel, J Naumann, L Guiducci, A Hosny, P Fratzl, J C Weaver, J W C Dunlop, M N Dean
Tilings are constructs of repeated shapes covering a surface, common in both manmade and natural structures, but in particular are a defining characteristic of shark and ray skeletons. In these fishes, cartilaginous skeletal elements are wrapped in a surface tessellation, comprised of polygonal mineralized tiles linked by flexible joints, an arrangement believed to provide both stiffness and flexibility. The aim of this research is to use two-dimensional analytical models to evaluate the mechanical performance of stingray skeleton-inspired tessellations, as a function of their material and structural parameters...
February 28, 2017: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301829/ionic-crosslinking-of-imidazolium-functionalized-poly-aryl-ether-ketone-by-sulfonated-poly-ether-ether-ketone-for-anion-exchange-membranes
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Yixin Xu, Niya Ye, Dengji Zhang, Jingshuai Yang, Ronghuan He
Two N3-substituted imidazoles 1,2-dimethylimidazole and 1-butyl-2-methylimidazole were chosen to functionalize poly(aryl ether ketone), respectively. The generated imidazolium cations could electrostatically react with sulfonate ions of the sulfonated poly(ether ether ketone) forming the ionic crosslinking structure of the membranes. The changes in crosslinking degree and the alkyl chain-length on N3 site of the imidazoliums could highly affect the properties of the anion exchange membranes (AEMs). The AEMs functionalized by 1-butyl-2-methylimidazole exhibited superior properties compared to those functionalized by 1,2-dimethylimidazole according to the tolerance tests of the AEMs towards hot alkaline solutions...
July 1, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299515/the-influence-of-slope-on-spartium-junceum-root-system-morphological-anatomical-and-biomechanical-adaptation
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Fabio Lombardi, G S Scippa, B Lasserre, A Montagnoli, R Tognetti, M Marchetti, D Chiatante
Root systems have a pivotal role in plant anchorage and their mechanical interactions with the soil may contribute to soil reinforcement and stabilization of slide-prone slopes. In order to understand the responses of root system to mechanical stress induced by slope, samples of Spartium junceum L., growing in slope and in plane natural conditions, were compared in their morphology, biomechanical properties and anatomical features. Soils sampled in slope and plane revealed similar characteristics, with the exception of organic matter content and penetrometer resistance, both higher in slope...
March 15, 2017: Journal of Plant Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295677/a-novel-design-of-multi-mechanoresponsive-and-mechanically-strong-hydrogels
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Hong Chen, Fengyu Yang, Qiang Chen, Jie Zheng
A newly developed polyacrylamide-co-methyl acrylate/spiropyran (SP) hydrogel crosslinked by SP mechanophore demonstrates multi-stimuli-responsive and mechanically strong properties. The hydrogels not only exhibit thermo-, photo-, and mechano-induced color changes, but also achieve super-strong mechanical properties (tensile stress of 1.45 MPa, tensile strain of ≈600%, and fracture energy of 7300 J m(-2) ). Due to a reversible structural transformation between spiropyran (a ring-close) and merocyanine (a ring-open) states, simple exposure of the hydrogels to white light can reverse color changes and restore mechanical properties...
March 15, 2017: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293194/quantification-of-internal-stress-strain-fields-in-human-tendon-unraveling-the-mechanisms-that-underlie-regional-tendon-adaptations-and-mal-adaptations-to-mechanical-loading-and-the-effectiveness-of-therapeutic-eccentric-exercise
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Constantinos N Maganaris, Panagiotis Chatzistergos, Neil D Reeves, Marco V Narici
By virtue of their anatomical location between muscles and bones, tendons make it possible to transform contractile force to joint rotation and locomotion. However, tendons do not behave as rigid links, but exhibit viscoelastic tensile properties, thereby affecting the length and contractile force in the in-series muscle, but also storing and releasing elastic stain energy as some tendons are stretched and recoiled in a cyclic manner during locomotion. In the late 90s, advancements were made in the application of ultrasound scanning that allowed quantifying the tensile deformability and mechanical properties of human tendons in vivo...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28291847/biomechanical-behavior-of-the-dental-implant-macrodesign
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Camila Lima de Andrade, Marco Aurélio Carvalho, Dimorvan Bordin, Wander José da Silva, Altair Antoninha Del Bel Cury, Bruno Salles Sotto-Maior
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to evaluate the influence of implant macrodesign when using different types of collar and thread designs on stress/strain distributions in a maxillary bone site. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Six groups were obtained from the combination of two collar designs (smooth and microthread) and three thread shapes (square, trapezoidal, and triangular) in external hexagon implants (4 × 10 mm) supporting a single zirconia crown in the maxillary first molar region...
March 2017: International Journal of Oral & Maxillofacial Implants
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28291687/structural-biomechanics-of-the-craniomaxillofacial-skeleton-under-maximal-masticatory-loading-inferences-and-critical-analysis-based-on-a-validated-computational-model
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Amir R Pakdel, Cari M Whyne, Jeffrey A Fialkov
BACKGROUND: The trend towards optimizing stabilization of the craniomaxillofacial skeleton (CMFS) with the minimum amount of fixation required to achieve union, and away from maximizing rigidity, requires a quantitative understanding of craniomaxillofacial biomechanics. This study uses computational modeling to quantify the structural biomechanics of the CMFS under maximal physiologic masticatory loading. METHODS: Using an experimentally validated subject-specific finite element (FE) model of the CMFS, the patterns of stress and strain distribution as a result of physiological masticatory loading were calculated...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery: JPRAS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289955/atomistic-simulation-study-of-tensile-deformation-in-nanocrystalline-and-single-crystal-au
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Cheng-Da Wu, Hsing-Wei Tsai
The effect of notch size (r) on nanocrystalline (NC) and single-crystal (SC) Au at a temperature of 300 K under tension testing is studied using molecular dynamics simulations based on the many-body embedded-atom potential. The effect is investigated in terms of atomic trajectories, common neighbor analysis, and the stress-strain curve. The simulation results show that for the NC samples, stacking faults nucleate at grain boundaries (GBs), propagate inside grains, and eventually are terminated by GBs or transect them...
April 2017: Journal of Molecular Modeling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28282160/fast-dynamics-of-water-droplets-freezing-from-the-outside-in
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Sander Wildeman, Sebastian Sterl, Chao Sun, Detlef Lohse
A drop of water that freezes from the outside in presents an intriguing problem: the expansion of water upon freezing is incompatible with the self-confinement by a rigid ice shell. Using high-speed imaging we show that this conundrum is resolved through an intermittent fracturing of the brittle ice shell and cavitation in the enclosed liquid, culminating in an explosion of the partially frozen droplet. We propose a basic model to elucidate the interplay between a steady buildup of stresses and their fast release...
February 24, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28280556/a-transverse-isotropic-viscoelastic-constitutive-model-for-aortic-valve-tissue
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Afshin Anssari-Benam, Andrea Bucchi, Hazel R C Screen, Sam L Evans
A new anisotropic viscoelastic model is developed for application to the aortic valve (AV). The directional dependency in the mechanical properties of the valve, arising from the predominantly circumferential alignment of collagen fibres, is accounted for in the form of transverse isotropy. The rate dependency of the valve's mechanical behaviour is considered to stem from the viscous (η) dissipative effects of the AV matrix, and is incorporated as an explicit function of the deformation rate ([Formula: see text])...
January 2017: Royal Society Open Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28278042/a-cell-attracting-composite-of-lumbar-fusion-cage
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Busra Gunay, Nesrin Hasirci, Vasif Hasirci
Lumbar fusion cages are devices used in spinal fusion procedures for disorders such as spondylosis and degenerative disc diseases that may occur due to age, trauma or genetic reasons. These devices are most frequently made of metals and polymers. The mechanical properties of such devices should be comparable to the bone to avoid stress shielding. Besides, cages should interact with the cells to prevent extrusion and achieve satisfactory fusion. In this study, poly(methylmethacrylate) (PMMA) and hydroxyapatite (HAp) were compounded to create products with HAp contents up to 40% (w/w), processed by hot melt extrusion and injection molded to produce composites with maximum polymer-mineral interaction...
March 13, 2017: Journal of Biomaterials Science. Polymer Edition
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