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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107868/effect-of-ppar%C3%AE-agonist-rosiglitazone-on-the-secretion-of-th2-cytokine-in-asthma-mice
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Ji-Hui Yu, Li Long, Zhi-Xiao Luo, Jie-Ru You
OBJECTIVE: To explore the effect of PPARγ agonist (rosiglitazone) on the secretion of Th2 cytokines and the proportion of immune cell subsets in asthma mice. METHODS: Ovalbumin (OVA)-sensitized mice were used to build asthma models. Those mice were divided into the normal control group, model group and rosiglitazone group. Differences of the changes in lung histopathology of mice in the three groups were observed through hematoxylin and eosin (HE) strain, and the numbers of the total cells, eosinophils and neutrophils in BALF of mice in the three groups were compared...
January 2017: Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097524/pubovisceralis-muscle-fiber-architecture-determination-comparison-between-biomechanical-modeling-and-diffusion-tensor-imaging
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Sofia Brandão, Marco Parente, Elisabete Silva, Thuane Da Roza, Teresa Mascarenhas, João Leitão, João Cunha, Renato Natal Jorge, Rita Gouveia Nunes
Biomechanical analysis of pelvic floor dysfunction requires knowledge of certain biomechanical parameters, such as muscle fiber direction, in order to adequately model function. Magnetic resonance (MR) diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) provides an estimate of overall muscle fiber directionality based on the mathematical description of water diffusivity. This work aimed at evaluating the concurrence between pubovisceralis muscle fiber representations obtained from DTI, and the maximum principal stress lines obtained through the finite element method...
January 17, 2017: Annals of Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094764/neuromorphic-meets-neuromechanics-part-ii-the-role-of-fusimotor-drive
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Kian Jalaleddini, Chuanxin Niu, Suraj Chakravarthi Raja, Won Joon Sohn, Gerald Loeb, Terence Sanger, Francisco Valero-Cuevas
OBJECTIVE: We studied the fundamentals of muscle afferentation by building a neuro-mechano-morphic system actuating a cadaveric finger. This system is a faithful implementation of the stretch reflex circuitry. It allowed the systematic exploration of the effects of different fusimotor drives to the muscle spindle on the closed-loop stretch reflex response. APPROACH: As in Part I of this work, sensory neurons conveyed proprioceptive information from muscle spindles (with static and dynamic fusimotor drive) to populations of ��-motor neurons (with recruitment and rate coding properties)...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Neural Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063098/muscular-body-build-and-male-sex-are-independently-associated-with-malignant-hyperthermia-susceptibility
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Brian Butala, Barbara Brandom
PURPOSE: Malignant hyperthermia susceptibility (MHS) is a disorder of the regulation of calcium in skeletal muscle. Muscular individuals have been shown to have a 13.6-fold increased risk of death during malignant hyperthermia (MH) episodes and are more likely to experience a recurrence after initial treatment. Twenty-five percent of severe MH episodes have occurred in elite athletes. This study investigated the association between MHS and muscular body build. METHODS: Data were obtained from existing reports in the North American Malignant Hyperthermia Registry, including the Report of Muscle Biopsy and Contracture Testing (caffeine-halothane contracture test [CHCT]) as well as Adverse Metabolic or Muscular Reaction to Anesthesia (AMRA) reports...
January 6, 2017: Canadian Journal of Anaesthesia, Journal Canadien D'anesthésie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057517/myoelectric-activation-pattern-changes-in-the-involved-limb-of-individuals-with-transtibial-amputation-during-locomotor-state-transitions
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Bryson H Nakamura, Michael E Hahn
OBJECTIVE: To investigate whether lower extremity muscle activation patterns differ in the strides leading to locomotive state transitions in the involved limb of individuals with transtibial amputation. It was hypothesized that all transitions would elicit activation differences between strides as the subjects moved toward the transition event. DESIGN: A single sample, observational study. SETTING: The study was conducted in the hallways, ramps and stairs of a university building...
January 2, 2017: Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057262/cooperation-between-t-box-factors-regulates-the-continuous-segregation-of-germ-layers-during-vertebrate-embryogenesis
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G E Gentsch, R S Monteiro, J C Smith
A wild-type vertebrate embryo first generates its head and then extends its main body axis by successively appending trunk and tail. This rostro-caudal (head-to-tail) development is initiated by a set of morphogenetic movements known as gastrulation that recruits multipotent cells into one of the three morphologically distinct germ layers: ectoderm, endoderm, and mesoderm. These primordial tissues go on to form complementary sets of connective tissues and organs to build the head and at least some of the trunk...
2017: Current Topics in Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28035635/ecg-signal-denoising-via-empirical-wavelet-transform
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Omkar Singh, Ramesh Kumar Sunkaria
This paper presents new methods for baseline wander correction and powerline interference reduction in electrocardiogram (ECG) signals using empirical wavelet transform (EWT). During data acquisition of ECG signal, various noise sources such as powerline interference, baseline wander and muscle artifacts contaminate the information bearing ECG signal. For better analysis and interpretation, the ECG signal must be free of noise. In the present work, a new approach is used to filter baseline wander and power line interference from the ECG signal...
December 29, 2016: Australasian Physical & Engineering Sciences in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28028840/pain-duration-is-associated-with-increased-muscle-sympathetic-nerve-activity-in-patients-with-achilles-tendinopathy
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J L Jewson, E A Lambert, S Docking, M Storr, G W Lambert, J E Gaida
Tendinopathy is a common condition, which has been linked to surrogate measures of sympathetic nervous system (SNS) activity and insulin resistance. This study aimed to compare in vivo measures of the SNS and insulin resistance between individuals with and without Achilles tendinopathy. This case-control study compared Achilles tendinopathy sufferers to healthy controls. SNS activity was quantified using muscle sympathetic nerve activity (MSNA), while metabolic status was assessed via a modified glucose tolerance test and fasting lipid panel...
December 28, 2016: Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28003609/the-development-of-vibration-system-for-applying-magnetic-resonance-elastography-mre-to-the-supraspinatus-muscle
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Daiki Ito, Tomokazu Numano, Kazuyuki Mizuhara, Kouichi Takamoto, Takaaki Onishi, Hisao Nishijo
Palpation is a standard clinical tool to diagnose abnormal stiffness changes in soft tissues. However, it is difficult to palpate the supraspinatus muscle because it locates under the trapezius muscle. The magnetic resonance elastography (MRE) uses harmonic mechanical excitation to quantitatively measure the stiffness (shear modulus) of both the superficial and deep tissues. The purpose of this study was to build a vibration system for applying the MRE to the supraspinatus muscle. In this study, a power amplifier and a pneumatic pressure generator were used to supply vibrations to a vibration pad...
2016: Nihon Hoshasen Gijutsu Gakkai Zasshi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28003125/identification-of-a-novel-starch-synthase-iii-from-the-picoalgae-ostreococcus-tauri
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Julieta Barchiesi, Nicolás Hedin, Alberto A Iglesias, Diego F Gomez-Casati, Miguel A Ballicora, María V Busi
Hydrosoluble glycogen is the major energy storage compound in bacteria, archaea, fungi, and animal cells. In contrast, photosynthetic eukaryotes have evolved to build a highly organized semicrystalline granule of starch. Several enzymes are involved in polysaccharide synthesis, among which glycogen or starch synthase catalyze the elongation of the α-1,4-glucan chain. Ostreococcus tauri, accumulates a single starch granule and contains three starch synthase III (SSIII) isoforms, known as OsttaSSIII-A, OsttaSSIII-B and OsttaSSIII-C...
February 2017: Biochimie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27992345/continuous-estimation-of-human-multi-joint-angles-from-semg-using-a-state-space-model
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Qichuan Ding, Jianda Han, Xingang Zhao
Due to the couplings among joint-relative muscles, it is a challenge to accurately estimate continuous multi-joint movements from multi-channel sEMG signals. Traditional approaches always build a nonlinear regression model, such as artificial neural network, to predict the multi-joint movement variables using sEMG as inputs. However, the redundant sEMGdata are always not distinguished; the prediction errors cannot be evaluated and corrected online as well. In this work, a correlation-based redundancy-segmentation method is proposed to segment the sEMG-vector including redundancy into irredundant and redundant subvectors...
December 14, 2016: IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27942579/nitinol-based-nanotubular-arrays-with-controlled-diameters-upregulate-human-vascular-cell-ecm-production
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Phin P Lee, Tejal A Desai
Current approaches to reducing restenosis do not balance the reduction of vascular smooth muscle cell proliferation with the increase in the healing of the endothelium. Building on our previous work, we present our study on the effects of Nitinol-based nanotubular coatings with different nanotube diameters on the reduction of restenosis. Here, we demonstrate that the nanotubular coatings reduced primary human aortic smooth muscle cell (HASMC) proliferation and increased the migration (by more than 4 times), collagen (by 2-3 times per cell) and elastin (by 5-8 times per cell) production of primary human aortic endothelial cells (HAEC)...
March 14, 2016: ACS Biomaterials Science & Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27940620/how-to-build-a-deep-diver-the-extreme-morphology-of-mesoplodonts
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D Ann Pabst, William A McLellan, Sentiel A Rommel
Mesoplodont beaked whales are extreme divers, diving for over 45 mins and to depths of over 800 m. These dives are of similar depth and duration to those of the giant sperm whale (Physeter macrocephalus) whose body mass can be 50 times larger. Velten et al. (2013) provided anatomical data that demonstrated that on-board oxygen stores were sufficient to aerobically support the extreme dives of mesoplodonts if their diving metabolic rates are low. Because no physiological data yet exist, we utilized an anatomical approach-the body composition technique-to examine the relative metabolic rates of mesoplodonts...
December 2016: Integrative and Comparative Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27940161/moldable-elastomeric-polyester-carbon-nanotube-scaffolds-for-cardiac-tissue-engineering
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Samad Ahadian, Locke Davenport Huyer, Mehdi Estili, Bess Yee, Nathaniel Smith, Zhensong Xu, Yu Sun, Milica Radisic
: Polymer biomaterials are used to construct scaffolds in tissue engineering applications to assist in mechanical support, organization, and maturation of tissues. Given the flexibility, electrical conductance, and contractility of native cardiac tissues, it is desirable that polymeric scaffolds for cardiac tissue regeneration exhibit elasticity and high electrical conductivity. Herein, we developed a facile approach to introduce carbon nanotubes (CNTs) into poly(octamethylene maleate (anhydride) 1,2,4-butanetricarboxylate) (124 polymer), and developed an elastomeric scaffold for cardiac tissue engineering that provides electrical conductivity and structural integrity to 124 polymer...
December 8, 2016: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27939133/progressive-structural-defects-in-canine-centronuclear-myopathy-indicate-a-role-for-hacd1-in-maintaining-skeletal-muscle-membrane-systems
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Gemma L Walmsley, Stéphane Blot, Kerrie Venner, Caroline Sewry, Jocelyn Laporte, Jordan Blondelle, Inès Barthélémy, Marie Maurer, Nicolas Blanchard-Gutton, Fanny Pilot-Storck, Laurent Tiret, Richard J Piercy
Mutations in HACD1/PTPLA cause recessive congenital myopathies in humans and dogs. Hydroxyacyl-coA dehydratases are required for elongation of very long chain fatty acids, and HACD1 has a role in early myogenesis, but the functions of this striated muscle-specific enzyme in more differentiated skeletal muscle remain unknown. Canine HACD1 deficiency is histopathologically classified as a centronuclear myopathy (CNM). We investigated the hypothesis that muscle from HACD1-deficient dogs has membrane abnormalities in common with CNMs with different genetic causes...
December 8, 2016: American Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923320/three-dimensional-coculture-model-to-analyze-the-cross-talk-between-endothelial-and-smooth-muscle-cells
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Minu Karthika Ganesan, Richard Finsterwalder, Heide Leb, Ulrike Resch, Karin Neumüller, Rainer de Martin, Peter Petzelbauer
The response of blood vessels to physiological and pathological stimuli partly depends on the cross talk between endothelial cells (EC) lining the luminal side and smooth muscle cells (SMC) building the inner part of the vascular wall. Thus, the in vitro analysis of the pathophysiology of blood vessels requires coculture systems of EC and SMC. We have developed and validated a modified three-dimensional sandwich coculture (3D SW-CC) of EC and SMC using open μ-Slides with a thin glass bottom allowing direct imaging...
January 2017: Tissue Engineering. Part C, Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919416/a-3d-model-of-the-achilles-tendon-to-determine-the-mechanisms-underlying-nonuniform-tendon-displacements
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Geoffrey G Handsfield, Joshua M Inouye, Laura C Slane, Darryl G Thelen, G Wilson Miller, Silvia S Blemker
The Achilles is the thickest tendon in the body and is the primary elastic energy-storing component during running. The form and function of the human Achilles is complex: twisted structure, intratendinous interactions, and differential motor control from the triceps surae muscles make Achilles behavior difficult to intuit. Recent in vivo imaging of the Achilles has revealed nonuniform displacement patterns that are not fully understood and may result from complex architecture and musculotendon interactions...
January 25, 2017: Journal of Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907186/inter-tissue-gene-co-expression-networks-between-metabolically-healthy-and-unhealthy-obese-individuals
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Lisette J A Kogelman, Jingyuan Fu, Lude Franke, Jan Willem Greve, Marten Hofker, Sander S Rensen, Haja N Kadarmideen
BACKGROUND: Obesity is associated with severe co-morbidities such as type 2 diabetes and nonalcoholic steatohepatitis. However, studies have shown that 10-25 percent of the severely obese individuals are metabolically healthy. To date, the identification of genetic factors underlying the metabolically healthy obese (MHO) state is limited. Systems genetics approaches have led to the identification of genes and pathways in complex diseases. Here, we have used such approaches across tissues to detect genes and pathways involved in obesity-induced disease development...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27892880/mri-cross-sectional-atlas-of-normal-canine-cervical-musculoskeletal-structure
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M Alizadeh, C Zindl, M J Allen, G G Knapik, N Fitzpatrick, W S Marras
Although magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) has been increasingly used as a diagnostic tool for cervical spine injuries in canines, a comprehensive normal MRI anatomy of the canine cervical spine muscles is lacking. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to build a magnetic resonance imaging atlas of the normal cross sectional anatomy of the muscles of the canine cervical spine. MRI scans were performed on a canine cadaver using a combination of T1 and T2-weighted images in the transverse, sagittal and dorsal planes acquired at a slice thickness of 1mm...
December 2016: Research in Veterinary Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27888098/identification-of-novel-peptide-motifs-in-the-serpin-maspin-that-affect-vascular-smooth-muscle-cell-function
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S E Jenkinson, L J Brown, J Ombor, J A Milburn, T Smulders-Srinivasan, S Veuger, D R Edwards, R Bass
Maspin is a non-inhibitory member of the serpin family that affects cell behaviours related to migration and survival. We have previously shown that peptides of the isolated G α-helix (G-helix) domain of maspin show bioactivity. Migration, invasion, adhesion and proliferation of vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMC) are important processes that contribute to the build-up of atherosclerotic plaques. Here we report the use of functional assays of these behaviours to investigate whether other maspin-derived peptides impact directly on VSMC; focusing on potential anti-atherogenic properties...
February 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
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