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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27935265/modelling-mitral-valvular-dynamics-current-trend-and-future-directions
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Hao Gao, Nan Qi, Liuyang Feng, Xingshuang Ma, Mark Danton, Colin Berry, Xiaoyu Luo
Dysfunction of mitral valve causes morbidity and premature mortality and remains a leading medical problem worldwide. Computational modelling aims to understand the biomechanics of human mitral valve and could lead to the development of new treatment, prevention and diagnosis of mitral valve diseases. Compared with the aortic valve, the mitral valve has been much less studied owing to its highly complex structure and strong interaction with the blood flow and the ventricles. However, the interest in mitral valve modelling is growing, and the sophistication level is increasing with the advanced development of computational technology and imaging tools...
December 9, 2016: International Journal for Numerical Methods in Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27934534/partitioning-into-colloidal-structures-of-fasted-state-intestinal-fluid-studied-by-molecular-dynamics-simulations
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Michael Holmboe, Per Larsson, Jamshed Anwar, Christel A S Bergström
We performed molecular dynamics (MD) simulations to obtain insights into the structure and molecular interactions of colloidal structures present in fasted state intestinal fluid. Drug partitioning and interaction were studied with a mixed system of the bile salt taurocholate (TCH) and 1,2-dilinoleoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine (DLiPC). Spontaneous aggregation of TCH and DLiPC from unconstrained MD simulations at the united-atom level using the Berger/Gromos54A7 force fields demonstrated that intermolecular hydrogen bonding between TCH molecules was an important factor in determining the overall TCH and DLiPC configuration...
December 6, 2016: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930930/numerical-simulation-of-interaction-between-organs-and-food-bolus-during-swallowing-and-aspiration
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Takahiro Kikuchi, Yukihiro Michiwaki, Seiichi Koshizuka, Tetsu Kamiya, Yoshio Toyama
The mechanism of swallowing is still not fully understood, because the process of swallowing is a rapid and complex interaction among several involved organs and the food bolus. In this work, with the aim of studying swallowing and aspiration processes noninvasively and systematically, a computer simulation method for analyzing the involved organs and water (considered as the food bolus) is proposed. The shape and motion of the organs involved in swallowing are modeled in the same way as in our previous study, by using the Hamiltonian moving particle simulation (MPS) method and forced displacements on the basis of motion in a healthy volunteer...
November 30, 2016: Computers in Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924312/protein-ligand-interaction-detection-with-a-novel-method-of-transient-induced-molecular-electronic-spectroscopy-times-experimental-and-theoretical-studies
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Tiantian Zhang, Tao Wei, Yuanyuan Han, Heng Ma, Mohammadreza Samieegohar, Ping-Wei Chen, Ian Lian, Yu-Hwa Lo
Protein-ligand interaction detection without disturbances (e.g., surface immobilization, fluorescent labeling, and crystallization) presents a key question in protein chemistry and drug discovery. The emergent technology of transient induced molecular electronic spectroscopy (TIMES), which incorporates a unique design of microfluidic platform and integrated sensing electrodes, is designed to operate in a label-free and immobilization-free manner to provide crucial information for protein-ligand interactions in relevant physiological conditions...
November 23, 2016: ACS Central Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923163/waste-conversion-into-high-value-ceramics-carbothermal-nitridation-synthesis-of-titanium-nitride-nanoparticles-using-automotive-shredder-waste
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Mohannad Mayyas, Farshid Pahlevani, Samane Maroufi, Zhao Liu, Veena Sahajwalla
Environmental concern about automotive shredder residue (ASR) has increased in recent years due to its harmful content of heavy metals. Although several approaches of ASR management have been suggested, these approaches remain commercially unproven. This study presents an alternative approach for ASR management where advanced materials can be generated as a by-product. In this approach, titanium nitride (TiN) has been thermally synthesized by nitriding pressed mixture of automotive shredder residue (ASR) and titanium oxide (TiO2)...
December 3, 2016: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911345/computing-the-influences-of-different-intraocular-pressures-on-the-human-eye-components-using-computational-fluid-structure-interaction-model
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Alireza Karimi, Reza Razaghi, Mahdi Navidbakhsh, Toshihiro Sera, Susumu Kudo
BACKGROUND: Intraocular Pressure (IOP) is defined as the pressure of aqueous in the eye. It has been reported that the normal range of IOP should be within the 10-20 mmHg with an average of 15.50 mmHg among the ophthalmologists. Keratoconus is an anti-inflammatory eye disorder that debilitated cornea unable to reserve the normal structure contrary to the IOP in the eye. Consequently, the cornea would bulge outward and invoke a conical shape following by distorted vision. In addition, it is known that any alterations in the structure and composition of the lens and cornea would exceed a change of the eye ball as well as the mechanical and optical properties of the eye...
November 25, 2016: Technology and Health Care: Official Journal of the European Society for Engineering and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903845/protein-biomarkers-of-mood-disorders
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EDITORIAL
Carmen Rodríguez Cerdeira, Elena Sánchez-Blanco, Beatriz Sánchez-Blanco, Jose Luis González-Cespón
Psychiatric evaluation presents a significant challenge because it conceptually integrates the input from multiple psychopathological approaches. Recent technological advances in the study of protein structure, function, and interactions have provided a breakthrough in the diagnosis and treatment of mood disorders (MD), and have identified novel biomarkers to be used as indicators of normal and disease states or response to drug treatment. The investigation of biomarkers for psychiatric disorders, such as enzymes (catechol-O-methyl transferase and monoamine oxidases) or neurotransmitters (dopamine, serotonin, norepinephrine) and their receptors, particularly their involvement in neuroendocrine activity, brain structure, and function, and response to psychotropic drugs, should facilitate the diagnosis of MD...
November 30, 2016: International Journal of Immunopathology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900575/glycosaminoglycanomics-where-we-are
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Sylvie Ricard-Blum, Frédérique Lisacek
Glycosaminoglycans regulate numerous physiopathological processes such as development, angiogenesis, innate immunity, cancer and neurodegenerative diseases. Cell surface GAGs are involved in cell-cell and cell-matrix interactions, cell adhesion and signaling, and host-pathogen interactions. GAGs contribute to the assembly of the extracellular matrix and heparan sulfate chains are able to sequester growth factors in the ECM. Their biological activities are regulated by their interactions with proteins. The structural heterogeneity of GAGs, mostly due to chemical modifications occurring during and after their synthesis, makes the development of analytical techniques for their profiling in cells, tissues, and biological fluids, and of computational tools for mining GAG-protein interaction data very challenging...
November 30, 2016: Glycoconjugate Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27892582/lubrication-of-chocolate-during-oral-processing
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S A Rodrigues, N Selway, M P Morgenstern, L Motoi, J R Stokes, B J James
The structure of chocolate is drastically transformed during oral processing from a composite solid to an oil/water fluid emulsion. Using two commercial dark chocolates varying in cocoa solids content, this study develops a method to identify the factors that govern lubrication in molten chocolate and saliva's contribution to lubrication following oral processing. In addition to chocolate and its individual components, simulated boluses (molten chocolate and phosphate buffered saline), in vitro boluses (molten chocolate and whole human saliva) and ex vivo boluses (chocolate expectorated after chewing till the point of swallow) were tested...
November 28, 2016: Food & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27885781/cellular-response-of-osteoblasts-to-low-modulus-ti-24nb-4zr-8sn-alloy-mesh-structure
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K C Nune, R D K Misra, S J Li, Y L Hao, R Yang
Titanium alloys (Ti-6Al-4V and Ti-6Al-7Nb) are widely used for implants, which are characterized by high elastic modulus (∼110 GPa) with (α + β) structure and that may induce undesirable stress shielding effect and immune responses associated with the presence of toxic elements. In this regard, we have combined the attributes of a new alloy design and the concept of additive manufacturing to fabricate 3D scaffolds with an interconnected porous structure. The new alloy is a β-type Ti-24Nb-4Zr-8Sn (Ti2448) alloy with significantly reduced modulus...
November 25, 2016: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27879156/enhancing-tablet-disintegration-characteristics-of-a-highly-water-soluble-high-drug-loading-formulation-by-granulation-process
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Preetanshu Pandey, Christopher Levins, Steve Pafiakis, Brian Zacour, Dilbir S Bindra, Jade Trinh, David Buckley, Shruti Gour, Shasad Sharif, Howard Stamato
The objective of this study was to improve the disintegration and dissolution characteristics of a highly water-soluble tablet matrix by altering the manufacturing process. A high disintegration time along with high dependence of the disintegration time on tablet hardness was observed for a high drug loading (70% w/w) API when formulated using a high-shear wet granulation process. Keeping the formulation composition mostly constant, a fluid bed granulation process was explored as an alternate granulation method...
November 23, 2016: Pharmaceutical Development and Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27879127/numerical-simulations-of-a-3d-fluid-structure-interaction-model-for-blood-flow-in-an-atherosclerotic-artery
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Oualid Kafi, Nader El Khatib, Jorge Tiago, Adelia Sequeira
The inflammatory process of atherosclerosis leads to the formation of an atheromatous plaque in the intima of the blood vessel. The plaque rupture may result from the interaction between the blood and the plaque. In each cardiac cycle, blood interacts with the vessel, considered as a compliant nonlinear hyperelastic. A three dimensional idealized fluid-structure interaction (FSI) model is constructed to perform the blood-plaque and blood-vessel wall interaction studies. An absorbing boundary condition (BC) is imposed directly on the outflow in order to cope with the spurious reflexions due to the truncation of the computational domain...
February 1, 2017: Mathematical Biosciences and Engineering: MBE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27878399/altered-architecture-and-cell-populations-affect-bone-marrow-mechanobiology-in-the-osteoporotic-human-femur
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Thomas A Metzger, Ted J Vaughan, Laoise M McNamara, Glen L Niebur
Age-related increases in trabecular bone porosity, as seen in osteoporosis, not only affect the strength and stiffness, but also potentially the mechanobiological response of bone. The mechanical interaction between trabecular bone and bone marrow is one source of mechanobiological signaling, as many cell populations in marrow are mechanosensitive. However, measuring the mechanics of this interaction is difficult, due to the length scales and geometric complexity of trabecular bone. In this study, a multi-scale computational scheme incorporating high-resolution, tissue-level, fluid-structure interaction simulations with discrete cell-level models was applied to characterize the potential effects of trabecular porosity and marrow composition on marrow mechanobiology in human femoral bone...
November 22, 2016: Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27876637/fourth-ventricle-injection-of-ghrelin-decreases-angiotensin-ii-induced-fluid-intake-and-neuronal-activation-in-the-paraventricular-nucleus-of-the-hypothalamus
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Kimberly S Plyler, Derek Daniels
Ghrelin acts in the CNS to decrease fluid intake under a variety of dipsogenic and natriorexigenic conditions. Previous studies on this topic, however, focused on the forebrain as a site of action for this effect of ghrelin. Because the hindbrain contains neural substrates that are capable of mediating the well-established orexigenic effects of ghrelin, the current study tested the hypothesis that ghrelin applied to the hindbrain also would affect fluid intake. To this end, water and saline intakes were stimulated by central injection of angiotensin II (AngII) in rats that also received injections of ghrelin (0...
November 19, 2016: Physiology & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27875872/obtaining-the-solid-liquid-interfacial-free-energy-via-multi-scheme-thermodynamic-integration-ag-ethylene-glycol-interfaces
#15
Xin Qi, Ya Zhou, Kristen A Fichthorn
The solid-liquid interfacial free energy γsl is an important quantity in wetting, nucleation, and crystal growth. Although various methods have been developed to calculate γsl with atomic-scale simulations, such calculations still remain challenging for multi-component interfaces between molecular fluids and solids. We present a multi-scheme thermodynamic integration method that is inspired by the "cleaving-wall" method and aimed at obtaining γsl for such systems using open-source simulation packages. This method advances two aspects of its predecessor methods...
November 21, 2016: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27872277/an-oligotrophic-deep-subsurface-community-dependent-on-syntrophy-is-dominated-by-sulfur-driven-autotrophic-denitrifiers
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Maggie C Y Lau, Thomas L Kieft, Olukayode Kuloyo, Borja Linage-Alvarez, Esta van Heerden, Melody R Lindsay, Cara Magnabosco, Wei Wang, Jessica B Wiggins, Ling Guo, David H Perlman, Saw Kyin, Henry H Shwe, Rachel L Harris, Youmi Oh, Min Joo Yi, Roland Purtschert, Greg F Slater, Shuhei Ono, Siwen Wei, Long Li, Barbara Sherwood Lollar, Tullis C Onstott
Subsurface lithoautotrophic microbial ecosystems (SLiMEs) under oligotrophic conditions are typically supported by H2 Methanogens and sulfate reducers, and the respective energy processes, are thought to be the dominant players and have been the research foci. Recent investigations showed that, in some deep, fluid-filled fractures in the Witwatersrand Basin, South Africa, methanogens contribute <5% of the total DNA and appear to produce sufficient CH4 to support the rest of the diverse community. This paradoxical situation reflects our lack of knowledge about the in situ metabolic diversity and the overall ecological trophic structure of SLiMEs...
December 6, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27866677/pressure-drop-and-arterial-compliance-two-arterial-parameters-in-one-measurement
#17
Oren M Rotman, Uri Zaretsky, Avraham Shitzer, Shmuel Einav
Coronary artery pressure-drop and distensibility (compliance) are two major, seemingly unrelated, parameters in the cardiovascular clinical setting, which are indicative of coronary arteries patency and atherosclerosis severity. While pressure drop is related to flow, and therefore serves as a functional indicator of a stenosis severity, the arterial distensibility is indicative of the arterial stiffness, and hence the arterial wall composition. In the present study, we hypothesized that local pressure drops are dependent on the arterial distensibility, and hence can provide information on both indices...
November 12, 2016: Journal of Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27863396/p2rx4-deficiency-in-mice-alleviates-allergen-induced-airway-inflammation
#18
Andreas Zech, Benjamin Wiesler, Cemil Korcan Ayata, Tilmann Schlaich, Thorsten Dürk, Madelon Hoßfeld, Nicolas Ehrat, Sanja Cicko, Marco Idzko
Compelling evidences point out a crucial role for extracellular nucleotides such as adenosine triphosphate (ATP) during inflammatory conditions. Once released into the extracellular space, ATP modulates migration, maturation and function of various inflammatory cells via activating of purinergic receptors of the P2Y- and P2X- family. P2RX4 is an ATP-guided ion channel expressed on structural cells such as alveolar epithelial and smooth muscle cells as well as inflammatory cells including macrophages, dendritic cells (DCs) and T cells...
November 15, 2016: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27863119/adaptive-unified-continuum-fem-modeling-of-a-3d-fsi-benchmark-problem
#19
Johan Jansson, Niyazi Cem Degirmenci, Johan Hoffman
In this paper we address a 3D fluid-structure interaction (FSI) benchmark problem that represents important characteristics of biomedical modeling. We present a goal-oriented adaptive finite element methodology for incompressible FSI based on a streamline-diffusion type stabilization of the balance equations for mass and momentum for the entire continuum in the domain, which is implemented in the Unicorn/FEniCS software framework. A phase marker function and its corresponding transport equation is introduced to select the constitutive law, where the mesh tracks the discontinous fluid-structure interface...
November 10, 2016: International Journal for Numerical Methods in Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27859871/antheraea-pernyi-silk-sericin-mediating-biomimetic-nucleation-and-growth-of-hydroxylapatite-crystals-promoting-bone-matrix-formation
#20
Zhuang Jiayao, Zhou Guanshan, Zhang Jinchi, Chen Yuyin, Zhu Yongqiang
Bone biomineralization is well-regulated processes mediated by extracellular matrix proteins. The materials that can direct nucleation of hydroxylapatite (HAp) crystals and assembly of well-structured material-minerals complex are the key to mimicking the natural mineralization. This study used sericin from Antheraea pernyi (A.pernyi), non-mulberry silkworm cocoon as template to mediate nucleation of HAp crystals. Here we find out that AS (Antheraea pernyi sericin) can nucleate the formation HAp crystals in simulated body fluid verified by XRD and FTIR observations...
November 18, 2016: Microscopy Research and Technique
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