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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632144/optimal-pitching-axis-location-of-flapping-wings-for-efficient-hovering-flight
#1
Qi Wang, J Goosen, Fred Van Keulen
Flapping wings can pitch passively about their pitching axes due to their flexibility, inertia, and aerodynamic loads. A shift in the pitching axis location can dynamically alter the aerodynamic loads, which in turn changes the passive pitching motion and the flight efficiency. Therefore, it is of great interest to investigate the optimal pitching axis for flapping wings to maximize the power efficiency during hovering flight. In this study, flapping wings are modeled as rigid plates with non-uniform mass distribution...
June 20, 2017: Bioinspiration & Biomimetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632047/reliability-and-magnitude-of-mechanical-variables-assessed-from-unconstrained-and-constrained-loaded-countermovement-jumps
#2
Amador García-Ramos, Slobodan Jaric, Alejandro Pérez-Castilla, Paulino Padial, Belén Feriche
This study aimed to (1) assess the reliability of the force, velocity, and power output variables measured by a force plate and a linear velocity transducer (LVT) for both the unconstrained and constrained loaded countermovement jump (CMJ), and (2) examine the effect of both the CMJ type and the measurement method on the magnitudes of the same variables. Twenty-three men were tested on the free CMJ and the CMJ constrained by a Smith machine. Maximum values of force, velocity, and power were recorded by a force plate and by a LVT attached to a bar loaded by 17, 30, 45, 60, and 75 kg...
February 24, 2017: Sports Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626566/functional-metal-organic-framework-boosting-lithium-metal-anode-performance-via-chemical-interactions
#3
Wen Liu, Yingying Mi, Zhe Weng, Yiren Zhong, Zishan Wu, Hailiang Wang
Dendrite growth and low coulombic efficiency are two major factors that limit the utilization of Li metal electrodes in future generations of high-energy-density rechargeable batteries. This article reports the first study on metal-organic framework (MOF) materials for boosting the electrochemical performance of Li metal electrodes and demonstrates the power of molecular-structure functionalization for realizing desirable ion transport and Li metal nucleation and growth. We show that dendrite-free dense Li deposition and stable Li plating/stripping cycling with high coulombic efficiency are enabled by modifying a commercial polypropylene separator with a titanium-based MOF (NH2-MIL-125(Ti)) material...
June 1, 2017: Chemical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625992/flow-cytometry-a-powerful-novel-tool-to-assess-viability-of-fungal-conidia-in-metal-working-fluids
#4
D Vanhauteghem, K Demeyere, N Callaert, A Boelaert, G Haesaert, K Audenaert, E Meyer
Fungal contamination of metal working fluids (MWF) is a dual problem in automatized processing plants because resulting fungal biofilms obstruct cutting, drilling and polishing machines. Moreover, some fungal species of MWF comprise pathogens such as Fusarium solani Therefore, the development of an accurate analytical tool to evaluate conidia viability in MWF is important. We developed a flow cytometric method to measure fungal viability in MWF using F. solani as model organism. To validate this method, viable and dead conidia were mixed in several proportions and flow cytometrically analyzed...
June 16, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624711/does-the-powers%C3%A2-strap-influence-the-lower-limb-biomechanics-during-running
#5
Henrike Greuel, Lee Herrington, Anmin Liu, Richard K Jones
Previous research has reported a prevalence of running related injuries in 25.9% to 72% of all runners. A greater hip internal rotation and adduction during the stance phase in running has been associated with many running related injuries, such as patellofemoral pain. Researchers in the USA designed a treatment device 'the Powers™ strap' to facilitate an external rotation of the femur and to thereby control abnormal hip and knee motion during leisure and sport activities. However, to date no literature exists to demonstrate whether the Powers™ strap is able to reduce hip internal rotation during running...
June 3, 2017: Gait & Posture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28613041/genotyping-horse-epithelial-cells-from-fecal-matter-by-isolation-of-polymerase-chain-reaction-products
#6
Pero Dimsoski
AIM: To show that application of the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) method modified for amplification of a low-copy number DNA samples, ie, the isolation of PCR products (IPCRp), would represent improvement in obtaining genotypes from a fecal DNA compared with previously used genotyping methods. METHODS: The DNA from the horse fecal matter was extracted by modified Qiagen DNA Stool Mini Kit protocol. Following the extraction, the DNA genotypes from fecal samples were obtained by the most powerful PCR amplification method, the IPCRp...
June 14, 2017: Croatian Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28603125/estimation-of-yohimbine-base-in-complex-mixtures-by-quantitative-hptlc-application
#7
Maged Saad Adel-Kader, Naif Wahebi Hamadan Alwahebi, Prawez Alam
The indole alkaloid Yohimbine has been used for over two centuries in the treatment of erectly dysfunction. Several formulations containing yohimbine salts, yohimbe bark power or extract are marketed worldwide. Determination of the amount of yohimbine in such formulation is a challenging task due to their complex nature. Extraction followed by acid-base purification resulted in a relatively pure alkaloids containing fractions. The exact amounts of yohimbine free base in different formulations were determined by densitometric HPTLC validated methods using silica gel TLC plates...
January 2017: Pakistan Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28602953/patterning-and-morphogenesis-of-the-intricate-but-stereotyped-oikoplastic-epidermis-of-the-appendicularian-oikopleura-dioica
#8
Kanae Kishi, Momoko Hayashi, Takeshi A Onuma, Hiroki Nishida
Mechanisms for morphogenetic processes that generate complex patterns in a reproducible manner remain elusive. Live imaging provides a powerful tool to record cell behaviors. The appendicularian, Oikopleura dioica, is a planktonic tunicate that has a rapid developmental speed, small number of cells (less than 3500 cells in a juvenile), and a transparent body. The trunk epidermis, called the oikoplastic epithelium (OE), has elaborate cellular arrangements showing a complex pattern to secrete so-called "house" made of extracellular components...
June 8, 2017: Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28599988/pharmacological-evaluation-and-molecular-docking-of-new-di-tert-butylphenol-compound-lqfm-091-a-new-dual-5-lox-cox-inhibitor
#9
Roberta Campos Lino, Daiany Priscila Bueno da Silva, Iziara Ferreira Florentino, Dayane Moreira da Silva, José Luís Rodrigues Martins, Daniel da Costa Batista, Karla Carneiro de Siqueira Leite, Bianca Villavicencio, Géssica A Vasconcelos, Andreia Luiza Pereira Silva, Renato Ivan de Ávila, Hugo Verli, Marize Campos Valadares, Eric de Souza Gil, Boniek G Vaz, Luciano M Lião, Ricardo Menegatti, Elson Alves Costa
Dual 5-LOX/COX inhibitors are potential new dual drugs to treat inflammatory conditions. This research aimed to design, synthesis and to evaluate the anti-inflammatory and antinociceptive effects of the new compound, which is derived from nimesulide and darbufelone lead compounds. The new dual inhibitor 5-LOX/COX has the possible advantage of gastrointestinal safety. A voltammetric experiment was conducted to observe the drug's antioxidative effect. A formalin test, a hot plate test and carrageenan-induced mechanical hyperalgesia were employed to evaluate the analgesic nature of LQFM-091...
June 10, 2017: European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28589334/are-there-differences-in-gait-mechanics-in-patients-with-a-fixed-versus-mobile-bearing-total-ankle-arthroplasty-a-randomized-trial
#10
Robin M Queen, Christopher T Franck, Daniel Schmitt, Samuel B Adams
BACKGROUND: Total ankle arthroplasty (TAA) is an alternative to arthrodesis, but no randomized trial has examined whether a fixed bearing or mobile bearing implant provides improved gait mechanics. QUESTIONS/PURPOSES: We wished to determine if fixed- or mobile-bearing TAA results in a larger improvement in pain scores and gait mechanics from before surgery to 1 year after surgery, and to quantify differences in outcomes using statistical analysis and report the standardized effect sizes for such comparisons...
June 6, 2017: Clinical Orthopaedics and related Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28587065/amorphous-sic-c-zno-based-quasi-lamb-mode-sensor-for-liquid-environments
#11
Cinzia Caliendo, Muhammad Hamidullah, Farouk Laidoudi
The propagation of the quasi-Lamb modes along a-SiC/ZnO thin composite plates was modeled and analysed with the aim to design a sensor able to detect the changes in parameters of a liquid environment, such as added mass and viscosity changes. The modes propagation was modeled by numerically solving the system of coupled electro-mechanical field equations in three media. The mode shape, the power flow, the phase velocity, and the electroacoustic coupling efficiency (K²) of the modes were calculated, specifically addressing the design of enhanced-coupling, microwave frequency sensors for applications in probing the solid/liquid interface...
May 25, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28572662/discovery-of-a-polystyrene-binding-peptide-isolated-from-phage-display-library-and-its-application-in-peptide-immobilization
#12
Xu Qiang, Keyong Sun, Lijun Xing, Yifeng Xu, Hong Wang, Zhengpin Zhou, Juan Zhang, Fang Zhang, Bilgen Caliskan, Min Wang, Zheng Qiu
Phage peptide display is a powerful technique for discovery of various target-specific ligands. However, target-unrelated peptides can often be obtained and cause ambiguous results. Peptide PB-TUP has been isolated repeatedly in our laboratory on different targets and we conducted a research on PB-TUP phage to investigate their binding properties and rate of propagation. ELISA and phage recovery assay demonstrated that PB-TUP phage had a significant superior affinity to polystyrene solid surface compared with control phage clones...
June 1, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28566082/-femoral-hemodialysis-catheter-related-bacteremia-due-to-globicatella-sanguinis-challenges-in-species-identification
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Elif Aktaş, Nafia Canan Gürsoy, Tamer Sakacı, Yener Koç, Aziz Ahmad Hamidi, Emin Bulut, Duygu Erdemir, Barış Otlu
In this case, catheter-related bacteremia due to Globicatella sanguinis in a 43 years old female patient undergoing hemodialysis with the diagnosis of diabetic nephropathy was presented and the methods in the laboratory diagnosis of the rare opportunistic pathogen, Globicatella cins, were nvestigated. A set of peripheral blood cultures and simultaneous catheter culture was obtained from the patient in third of May 2016. Biochemical tests, Phoenix (Becton Dickinson, USA) and MicroScan (Beckman Coulter, USA) automated systems and matrix assisted laser desorption/ionization-time of flight-mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF MS) based Microflex MS (Bruker, Daltonics, Germany) and VITEK MS (database v2...
April 2017: Mikrobiyoloji Bülteni
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28554131/protective-role-of-the-novel-hybrid-3-5-dipalmitoyl-nifedipine-in-a-cardiomyoblast-culture-subjected-to-simulated-ischemia-reperfusion
#14
Eduarda Santa-Helena, Stefanie Teixeira, Micheli Rosa de Castro, Diego da Costa Cabrera, Caroline Da Ros Montes D'Oca, Marcelo G Montes D'Oca, Ana Paula S Votto, Luiz Eduardo Maia Nery, Carla Amorim Neves Gonçalves
This work investigated the acute effects of the calcium channel blocker nifedipine and its new fatty hybrid derived from palmitic acid, 3,5-dipalmitoyl-nifedipine, compared to endocannabinoid anandamide during the process of inducing ischemia and reperfusion in cardiomyoblast H9c2 heart cells. The cardiomyoblasts were treated in 24 or 96-well plates (according to the test being performed) and maintaining the treatment until the end of hypoxia induction. The molecules were tested at concentrations of 10 and 100μM, cells were treated 24h after assembling the experimental plates and immediately before the I/R...
May 26, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28552305/matrix-assisted-laser-desorption-ionization-mass-spectrometric-imaging-for-the-rapid-segmental-analysis-of-methamphetamine-in-a-single-hair-using-umbelliferone-as-a-matrix
#15
Hang Wang, Ying Wang
Segmental hair analysis offers a longer period for retrospective drug detection than blood or urine. Hair is a keratinous fiber and is strongly hydrophobic. The embedding of drugs in hydrophobic hair at low concentrations makes it difficult for extraction and detection with matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization (MALDI) coupled with mass spectrometric imaging (MSI). In this study, a single scalp hair was longitudinally cut with a cryostat section to a length of 4 mm and fixed onto a stainless steel MALDI plate...
July 4, 2017: Analytica Chimica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545561/sources-of-variability-in-the-measurement-of-ascaris-lumbricoides-infection-intensity-by-kato-katz-and-qpcr
#16
Alice V Easton, Rita G Oliveira, Martin Walker, Elise M O'Connell, Sammy M Njenga, Charles S Mwandawiro, Joanne P Webster, Thomas B Nutman, Roy M Anderson
BACKGROUND: Understanding and quantifying the sources and implications of error in the measurement of helminth egg intensity using Kato-Katz (KK) and the newly emerging "gold standard" quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR) technique is necessary for the appropriate design of epidemiological studies, including impact assessments for deworming programs. METHODS: Repeated measurements of Ascaris lumbricoides infection intensity were made from samples collected in western Kenya using the qPCR and KK techniques...
May 25, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530478/validity-of-a-linear-velocity-transducer-for-testing-maximum-vertical-jumps
#17
Alejandro Pérez-Castilla, Belén Feriche, Slobodan Jaric, Paulino Padial, Amador García-Ramos
This study aimed to examine the validity of mechanical variables obtained by a linear velocity transducer from the unconstrained and constrained squat jump (SJ). Twenty-three men were tested on the unconstrained SJ and the SJ constrained by a Smith machine. Maximum values of force, velocity, and power were simultaneously recorded both by a linear velocity transducer attached to a bar of mass of 17, 30, 45, 60 and 75 kg and by a force plate. Linear velocity transducer generally overestimated the outcomes measured as compared to the force plate, particularly in unconstrained SJ...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Applied Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525761/impact-of-bioactive-packaging-systems-based-on-evoh-films-and-essential-oils-in-the-control-of-aflatoxigenic-fungi-and-aflatoxin-production-in-maize
#18
Eva M Mateo, José V Gómez, Irene Domínguez, Jose V Gimeno-Adelantado, Rufino Mateo-Castro, Rafael Gavara, Misericordia Jiménez
Aspergillus flavus and A. parasiticus are the most common fungal species associated with aflatoxin (AF) contamination of cereals, especially maize, and other agricultural commodities. AFB1, the most frequent and toxic metabolite, is a powerful hepatotoxic, teratogenic and mutagenic compound. Effective strategies to control these fungal species and AFs in food and feed are required. Active packaging film containing essential oils (EO) is one of the most innovative food packaging concepts. In this study, ethylene-vinyl alcohol (EVOH) copolymer films incorporating EO from Origanum vulgare (ORE), Cinnamomum zeylanicum (CIN) or their major active constituents, carvacrol (CAR) and cinnamaldehyde (CINHO), respectively, were developed and assayed to control growth of A...
May 11, 2017: International Journal of Food Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28509870/sound-power-estimation-for-beam-and-plate-structures-using-polyvinylidene-fluoride-films-as-sensors
#19
Qibo Mao, Haibing Zhong
The theory for calculation and/or measurement of sound power based on the classical velocity-based radiation mode (V-mode) approach is well established for planar structures. However, the current V-mode theory is limited in scope in that it can only be applied to conventional motion sensors (i.e., accelerometers). In this study, in order to estimate the sound power of vibrating beam and plate structure by using polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) films as sensors, a PVDF-based radiation mode (C-mode) approach concept is introduced to determine the sound power radiation from the output signals of PVDF films of the vibrating structure...
May 16, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28498811/the-generation-and-functional-characterization-of-induced-pluripotent-stem-cells-from-human-intervertebral-disc-nucleus-pulposus-cells
#20
Yanxia Zhu, Yuhong Liang, Hongxia Zhu, Cuihong Lian, Liang Wang, Yiwei Wang, Hongsheng Gu, Guangqian Zhou, Xiaoping Yu
Disc degenerative disease (DDD) is believed to originate in the nucleus pulposus (NP) region therefore, it is important to obtain a greater number of active NP cells for the study and therapy of DDD. Human induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) are a powerful tool for modeling the development of DDD in humans, and have the potential to be applied in regenerative medicine. NP cells were isolated from DDD patients following our improved method, and then the primary NP cells were reprogramed into iPSCs with Sendai virus vectors encoding 4 factors...
April 26, 2017: Oncotarget
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