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Journal Cover Annals of Biomedical Engineering
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   ISSN (Print) 1573-9686 - ISSN (Online) 0090-6964
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  • Stiffness of Protease Sensitive and Cell Adhesive PEG Hydrogels Promotes
           Neovascularization In Vivo
    • Authors: Ryan M. Schweller; Zi Jun Wu; Bruce Klitzman; Jennifer L. West
      Pages: 1387 - 1398
      Abstract: Materials that support the assembly of new vasculature are critical for regenerative medicine. Controlling the scaffold’s mechanical properties may help to optimize neovascularization within implanted biomaterials. However, reducing the stiffness of synthetic hydrogels usually requires decreasing polymer densities or increasing chain lengths, both of which accelerate degradation. We synthesized enzymatically-degradable poly(ethylene glycol) hydrogels with compressive moduli from 2 to 18 kPa at constant polymer density, chain length, and proteolytic degradability by inserting an allyloxycarbonyl functionality into the polymer backbone. This group competes with acrylates during photopolymerization to alter the crosslink network structure and reduce the hydrogel’s stiffness. Hydrogels that incorporated (soft) or lacked (stiff) this group were implanted subcutaneously in rats to investigate the role of stiffness on host tissue interactions. Changes in tissue integration were quantified after 4 weeks via the hydrogel area replaced by native tissue (tissue area fraction), yielding 0.136 for softer vs. 0.062 for stiffer hydrogels. Including soluble FGF-2 and PDGF-BB improved these responses to 0.164 and 0.089, respectively. Softer gels exhibited greater vascularization with 8.6 microvessels mm−2 compared to stiffer gels at 2.4 microvessels mm−2. Growth factors improved this to 11.2 and 4.9 microvessels mm−2, respectively. Softer hydrogels tended to display more sustained responses, promoting neovascularization and tissue integration in synthetic scaffolds.
      PubDate: 2017-06-01
      DOI: 10.1007/s10439-017-1822-8
      Issue No: Vol. 45, No. 6 (2017)
       
  • Proximity of Metastatic Cells Enhances Their Mechanobiological
           Invasiveness
    • Authors: Yulia Merkher; Daphne Weihs
      Pages: 1399 - 1406
      Abstract: A critical step in metastases formation is cancer-cell invasion through tissue. During invasion, cells change morphology and apply forces to their surroundings. We have previously shown that single, metastatic breast-cancer cells will mechanically indent a synthetic, impenetrable polyacrylamide gel with physiological-stiffness in attempted invasion; benign breast cells do not indent the gels. In solid tumors, e.g., breast cancers, metastases occur predominantly by collective cell-invasion. Thus, here we evaluate the effects of cell proximity on mechanical invasiveness, specifically through changes in gel indention. Gel indentation is induced by 56, 33 and 2% (in >1000 cells), respectively, of adjacent high metastatic potential (MP), low MP and benign breast cells, being double the amounts observed in single, well-separated cells. Single cells exhibited a distribution of indentation depths below 10 µm, while adjacent cells also showed a second peak of deeper indentations. The second peak included 65% of indenting high MP cells as compared to 15% in the low MP cells, illustrating the difference in their invasiveness. Thus, proximity of the metastatic cells enhances their mechanical ability to invade, demonstrating why collective cancer-cell migration is likely more efficient. This could potentially provide a rapid, quantitative approach to identify metastatic cells, and to determine their metastatic potential.
      PubDate: 2017-06-01
      DOI: 10.1007/s10439-017-1814-8
      Issue No: Vol. 45, No. 6 (2017)
       
  • A Theoretical Study on Inhibition of Melanoma with Controlled and Targeted
           Delivery of siRNA via Skin Using SPACE-EGF
    • Authors: Juanjuan Liu; Weiping Ding; Renquan Ruan; Lili Zou; Ming Chen; Pengfei Wei; Longping Wen
      Pages: 1407 - 1419
      Abstract: Melanoma is a potentially lethal skin cancer with high mortality rate. Recently, the peptide-mediated transdermal delivery of small interference RNA (siRNA) emerges as a promising strategy to treat melanoma by inducing the apoptosis of tumor cells, but the related theoretical model describing the delivery of siRNA under the effect of SPACE-EGF, the growth inhibition of melanoma and the dynamic expanding of the bump on the skin due to the growth of melanoma has not been reported yet. In this article, a theoretical model is developed to describe the percutaneous siRNA delivery mediated by SPACE-EGF to melanoma and the growth inhibition of melanoma. The results present the spatial–temporal distribution of siRNA and the growth of melanoma under the inhibition of siRNA, which shows a good consistency with the experimental results. In addition, this model represents the uplift process of tumors on the skin surface. The model presented here is a useful tool to understand the whole process of the SPACE-EGF-mediated delivery of the siRNA to melanoma through skin, to predict the therapeutic effect, and to optimize the therapeutic strategy, providing valuable references for the treatment of melanoma.
      PubDate: 2017-06-01
      DOI: 10.1007/s10439-017-1825-5
      Issue No: Vol. 45, No. 6 (2017)
       
  • Numerical Modeling of Nitinol Stent Oversizing in Arteries with Clinically
           Relevant Levels of Peripheral Arterial Disease: The Influence of Plaque
           Type on the Outcomes of Endovascular Therapy
    • Authors: Can Gökgöl; Nicolas Diehm; Philippe Büchler
      Pages: 1420 - 1433
      Abstract: Oversizing of the Nitinol stents in the femoro-popliteal arterial tract is commonly performed by clinicians and further encouraged by stent manufacturers. However, in spite of the procedure’s supposed benefits of strong wall apposition and increased luminal gain, its effects on the mechanical behavior of arteries with peripheral arterial disease are not fully clear. In this study, finite element (FE) analyses of endovascular revascularization of an idealized artery with 70% stenosis and three different plaque types have been performed to examine the influence of Nitinol stent oversizing on the arterial stresses and acute lumen gain. The analyses included the simulation of balloon angioplasty to model plaque failure, followed by stent implantation, in which four different oversizing ratios were investigated. Results showed that balloon angioplasty was crucial in determining the stress levels of the artery prior to stent implantation and heavily affected the outcome of endovascular therapy. For all plaque types, Nitinol stent oversizing was found to produce a marginal lumen gain in contrast to a significant increase in arterial stresses. For the arteries with lightly and moderately calcified plaques, oversizing was found to be non-critical; whereas for the arteries with heavily calcified plaques, the procedure should be avoided due to a risk of tissue failure.
      PubDate: 2017-06-01
      DOI: 10.1007/s10439-017-1803-y
      Issue No: Vol. 45, No. 6 (2017)
       
  • Computational Parametric Studies Investigating the Global Hemodynamic
           Effects of Applied Apical Torsion for Cardiac Assist
    • Authors: Elaine Soohoo; Lewis K. Waldman; Dennis R. Trumble
      Pages: 1434 - 1448
      Abstract: Healthy hearts have an inherent twisting motion that is caused by large changes in muscle fiber orientation across the myocardial wall and is believed to help lower wall stress and increase cardiac output. It was demonstrated that applied apical torsion (AAT) of the heart could potentially treat congestive heart failure (CHF) by improving hemodynamic function. We report the results of parametric computational experiments where the effects of using a torsional ventricular assist device (tVAD) to treat CHF were examined using a patient-specific bi-ventricular computational model. We examined the effects on global hemodynamics as the device coverage area (CA) and applied rotation angle (ARA) were varied to determine ideal tVAD design parameters. When compared to a baseline, pretreatment CHF model, increases in ARA resulted in moderate to substantial increases in ejection fraction (EF), peak systolic pressures (PSP) and stroke work (SW) with concomitant decreases in end-systolic volumes (ESV). Increases in device CA resulted in increased hemodynamic function. The simulation representing the most aggressive level of cardiac assist yielded significant increases in left ventricular EF and SW, 49 and 72% respectively. Results with this more realistic computational model reinforce previous studies that have demonstrated the potential of AAT for cardiac assist.
      PubDate: 2017-06-01
      DOI: 10.1007/s10439-017-1812-x
      Issue No: Vol. 45, No. 6 (2017)
       
  • Impact of Fiber Structure on the Material Stability and Rupture Mechanisms
           of Coronary Atherosclerotic Plaques
    • Authors: Graeham R. Douglas; Adam J. Brown; Jonathan H. Gillard; Martin R. Bennett; Michael P. F. Sutcliffe; Zhongzhao Teng
      Pages: 1462 - 1474
      Abstract: The rupture of an atherosclerotic plaque in the coronary circulation remains the main cause of heart attack. As a fiber-oriented structure, the fiber structure, in particular in the fibrous cap (FC), may affect both loading and material strength in the plaque. However, the role of fiber orientation and dispersion in plaque rupture is unclear. Local orientation and dispersion of fibers were calculated for the shoulder regions, mid FC, and regions with intimal thickening (IT) from histological images of 16 human coronary atherosclerotic lesions. Finite element analysis was performed to assess the effect of these properties on mechanical conditions. Fibers in shoulder regions had markedly reduced alignment (Median [interquartile range] 12.9° [6.6, 18.0], p < 0.05) compared with those in mid FC (6.1° [5.5, 9.0]) and IT regions (6.7° [5.1, 8.6]). Fiber dispersion was highest in shoulders (0.150 [0.121, 0.192]), intermediate in IT (0.119 [0.103, 0.144]), and lowest in mid FC regions (0.093 [0.081, 0.105], p < 0.05). When anisotropic properties were considered, stresses were significantly higher for the mid FC (p = 0.030) and IT regions (p = 0.002) and no difference was found for the shoulder or global regions. Shear (sliding) stress between fibers in each region and their proportion of maximum principal stress were: shoulder (25.8 kPa [17.1, 41.2], 12.4%), mid FC (13.9 kPa [5.8, 29.6], 13.8%), and IT (36.5 kPa [25.9, 47.3], 15.5%). Fiber structure within the FC has a marked effect on principal stresses, resulting in considerable shear stress between fibers. Fiber structure including orientation and dispersion may determine mechanical strength and thus rupture of atherosclerotic plaques.
      PubDate: 2017-06-01
      DOI: 10.1007/s10439-017-1827-3
      Issue No: Vol. 45, No. 6 (2017)
       
  • A Novel Apparatus for the Multifaceted Evaluation of Arterial Function
           Through Transmural Pressure Manipulation
    • Authors: Toshiyuki Yaguchi; Yalin Cong; Kenji Shimo; Takahiro Kurokawa; Shukei Sugita; Kazuaki Nagayama; Hiroshi Masuda; Takeo Matsumoto
      Pages: 1487 - 1495
      Abstract: A novel apparatus for the multifaceted evaluation of artery function was developed. It measures endothelial and smooth muscle functions and the pressure–strain elastic modulus (E p). A rigid airtight chamber with an ultrasound probe was attached to the upper arm to manipulate the transmural pressure of the brachial artery. Endothelial function was measured via a standard flow-mediated dilation (FMD) protocol. Smooth muscle function was evaluated via a myogenic contraction of the artery following the application of negative pressure to the chamber and was named pressure-mediated contraction (PMC). E p was obtained by measuring the instantaneous increase in the artery diameter following the negative pressure application. The PMC and FMD values had a significant negative correlation with age, indicating that the age-related decrease in FMD is caused by the decay of endothelial and smooth muscle function. A consideration of PMC may help improve the accuracy of artery function measurement. E p in subjects aged >40 years was found to be significantly higher in the supra-physiological pressure range than in the physiological one (p = 0.02); this did not occur in younger subjects. Artery stiffening may begin in the supra-physiological range, and this stiffness may also be used for the diagnosis of atherosclerosis.
      PubDate: 2017-06-01
      DOI: 10.1007/s10439-017-1810-z
      Issue No: Vol. 45, No. 6 (2017)
       
  • A Dual-Mode Bioreactor System for Tissue Engineered Vascular Models
    • Authors: N. Bono; S. Meghezi; M. Soncini; M. Piola; D. Mantovani; Gianfranco Beniamino Fiore
      Pages: 1496 - 1510
      Abstract: In the past decades, vascular tissue engineering has made great strides towards bringing engineered vascular tissues to the clinics and, in parallel, obtaining in-lab tools for basic research. Herein, we propose the design of a novel dual-mode bioreactor, useful for the fabrication (construct mode) and in vitro stimulation (culture mode) of collagen-based tubular constructs. Collagen-based gels laden with smooth muscle cells (SMCs) were molded directly within the bioreactor culture chamber. Based on a systematic characterization of the bioreactor culture mode, constructs were subjected to 10% cyclic strain at 0.5 Hz for 5 days. The effects of cyclic stimulation on matrix re-arrangement and biomechanical/viscoelastic properties were examined and compared vs. statically cultured constructs. A thorough comparison of cell response in terms of cell localization and expression of contractile phenotypic markers was carried out as well. We found that cyclic stimulation promoted cell-driven collagen matrix bi-axial compaction, enhancing the mechanical strength of strained samples with respect to static controls. Moreover, cyclic strain positively affected SMC behavior: cells maintained their contractile phenotype and spread uniformly throughout the whole wall thickness. Conversely, static culture induced a noticeable polarization of cell distribution to the outer rim of the constructs and a sharp reduction in total cell density. Overall, coupling the use of a novel dual-mode bioreactor with engineered collagen-gel-based tubular constructs demonstrated to be an interesting technology to investigate the modulation of cell and tissue behavior under controlled mechanically conditioned in vitro maturation.
      PubDate: 2017-06-01
      DOI: 10.1007/s10439-017-1813-9
      Issue No: Vol. 45, No. 6 (2017)
       
  • Acoustic Emission Signatures During Failure of Vertebra and Long Bone
    • Authors: Brian D. Goodwin; Frank A. Pintar; Narayan Yoganandan
      Pages: 1520 - 1533
      Abstract: Clinical classification of an injury has traditionally involved medical imaging, patient history, and physical examination. The pathogenesis or process of injury has been viewed as a crucial component to estimating fracture stability and direct treatment. However, injury classification systems generally exclude pathogenesis and injury mechanisms because these components are often difficult to elucidate. Furthermore, the development of bone damage relative to the mechanical response is difficult to quantify, which limits the ability to define injury and develop injury criteria. Past advents of new knowledge about the mechanisms and progression of fracture have refined safety standards and engineering design for limiting injury. Post-hoc methodologies for identifying and classifying injuries for post-mortem human surrogate (PMHS) research are well established. Though bone fractures can be classified post hoc, questions remain. Surface acoustic sensing (SAS) is an effective approach to augment PMHS experimentation. The objective was to develop and validate an acoustic-emission-based method to characterize bone fractures during injurious loading conditions using acoustic emissions (AEs) in two bone types: vertebral body (VB) and long bone (LB). The newly developed method incorporated the Stockwell transform to estimate the relative energy release rate (RERR) from bone fracture using acoustic signal processing. Fractures were characterized through AE burst durations and frequency content. Results indicated that VB fractures from compression are prolonged processes compared to LB fracture, which was staccato in nature. Significant (p < 0.01) differences between burst duration and frequency content were identified between the two bone types.
      PubDate: 2017-06-01
      DOI: 10.1007/s10439-017-1818-4
      Issue No: Vol. 45, No. 6 (2017)
       
  • Erratum to: Anisotropic Permeability of Trabecular Bone and Its
           Relationship to Fabric and Architecture: A Computational Study
    • Authors: T. C. Kreipke; G. L. Niebur
      Pages: 1555 - 1559
      PubDate: 2017-06-01
      DOI: 10.1007/s10439-017-1835-3
      Issue No: Vol. 45, No. 6 (2017)
       
  • Handheld Electrical Impedance Myography Probe for Assessing Carpal Tunnel
           Syndrome
    • Authors: Zhao Li; Lingfen Chen; Yu Zhu; Qingquan Wei; Wenwen Liu; Dong Tian; Yude Yu
      Pages: 1572 - 1580
      Abstract: Electrical impedance myography (EIM) is a novel, noninvasive, and painless technique for quantitatively assessing muscle health as well as disease status and progression. The preparatory work for commercial adhesive electrodes used in previous EIM measurements is tedious, as the electrodes need to be cut, repeatedly applied, and removed. Moreover, the electrode distances need to be measured many times. To overcome these problems, we developed a convenient and practical handheld EIM probe for assessing carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) in the small hand muscles. To reduce the electrode–skin contact impedance (ESCI), the micropillared and microholed stainless steel electrodes (SSEs) contained in the probe were fabricated using a laser processing technique. When covered with saline, these electrodes showed lower ESCIs than a smooth SSE and Ag/AgCl electrode. The probe was shown to have excellent test–retest reproducibility in both healthy subjects and CTS patients, with intraclass correlation coefficients exceeding 0.975. The reactance and phase values of the abductor pollicis brevis (affected muscle) for CTS patients were consistently lower than those for healthy subjects, with a 50-kHz difference of 37.1% (p < 0.001) and 31.0% (p < 0.001), respectively. Further, no significant differences were detected in the case of the abductor digiti minimi (unaffected muscle). These results indicate that EIM has considerable potential for CTS assessment and hence merits further investigation.
      PubDate: 2017-06-01
      DOI: 10.1007/s10439-017-1819-3
      Issue No: Vol. 45, No. 6 (2017)
       
  • The Interaction of Intramuscular Ketorolac (Toradol) and Concussion in a
           Rat Model
    • Authors: Amanda O. Esquivel; Sarah S. Sherman; Cynthia A. Bir; Stephen E. Lemos
      Pages: 1581 - 1588
      Abstract: The purpose of this study was to examine the interaction of a single dose of Toradol and head impact in an in vivo rat model for sport-related concussion using a validated rat concussion model. Thirty-five Sprague–Dawley rats were placed into one of four groups: (1) Control, (2) Impact Only, (3) Toradol Only, (4) Impact and Toradol. Animals in the impact groups were subjected to a single head impact. Animals in the Toradol group received a single intramuscular injection of Toradol prior to impact. We examined magnetic resonance imaging, serum S100-B and cognitive function using a Morris Water Maze. In the control group, latency decreased significantly from day 0 (74.9 s) to 24 h (57.4 s) after anesthesia. There was no statistically significant difference between time zero and 24 h after impact in the Impact only or Impact and Toradol group. Our findings indicate that there were no differences between cognitive ability, MRI findings or S100B in rats that were administered a single dose of Toradol and subjected to a single impact and rats that were subjected to a single impact only. In both impact groups there were transient changes in cognitive ability as measured by the Morris Water Maze.
      PubDate: 2017-06-01
      DOI: 10.1007/s10439-017-1809-5
      Issue No: Vol. 45, No. 6 (2017)
       
  • Carbon Nanotube Reinforced Collagen/Hydroxyapatite Scaffolds Improve Bone
           Tissue Formation In Vitro and In Vivo
    • Authors: Zheng Jing; Yeke Wu; Wen Su; Mi Tian; Wenlu Jiang; Li Cao; Lixing Zhao; Zhihe Zhao
      Abstract: Current bone regeneration strategies faced major challenges in fabricating the bionic scaffolds with nano-structure, constituents and mechanical features of native bone. In this study, we developed a new porous scaffold by adding the multi-walled carbon nanotube (MWCNT) into collagen (Col)/hydroxyapatite (HA) composites. Data showed that 0.5%CNT/Col/HA (0.5%CNT) group was approximately tenfolds stiffer than Col–HA, and it was superior in promoting bone marrow mesenchymal stem proliferation and spreading, mRNA and protein expressions of bone sialoprotein (BSP) and osteocalcin (OCN) than Col–HA group. Moreover, we utilized 0.5%CNT composite to repair the rat calvarial defects (8 mm diameter) in vivo, and observed the new bone formation by 3D reconstruction of micro CT, HE and Masson staining, and BSP, OCN by immunohistochemical analysis. Results showed that newly formed bone in 0.5%CNT group was significantly higher than that in Col–HA group at 12 weeks. These findings highlighted a promising strategy in healing of large area bone defect with MWCNT added into the Col–HA scaffold as they possessed the combined effects of mechanical strength and osteogenicity.
      PubDate: 2017-06-15
      DOI: 10.1007/s10439-017-1866-9
       
  • A Novel Method for Mouse Retinal Temperature Determination Based on ERG
           Photoresponses
    • Authors: Marja Pitkänen; Ossi Kaikkonen; Ari Koskelainen
      Abstract: This study introduces a novel retinal temperature determination method based on the temperature dependent properties of photoresponses recorded by electroretinography (ERG). The kinetics and amplitudes of ERG photoresponses depend on retinal temperature. Additionally, raising retinal temperature increases the probability of long-wavelength photon absorption, which manifests as temperature dependence of photoreceptor sensitivity. In this study we extract a number of features that represent these properties from the a- and b-waves of mouse ex vivo ERG flash responses and construct three multivariable regression models between temperature and the selected features. The performance of these models was evaluated against a separate test dataset and for two of the models, an RMS temperature determination error of less than 0.50 °C could be reached. Our results demonstrate that the method can be successfully used for reliable retinal temperature determination ex vivo. The method, reflecting the temperature of distal retina, can be applied also in the estimation of retinal pigment epithelium temperature.
      PubDate: 2017-06-15
      DOI: 10.1007/s10439-017-1872-y
       
  • Phenotype Transformation of Aortic Valve Interstitial Cells Due to Applied
           Shear Stresses Within a Microfluidic Chip
    • Authors: Xinmei Wang; Joohyung Lee; Mir Ali; Jungkyu Kim; Carla M. R. Lacerda
      Abstract: Despite valvular heart diseases constituting a significant medical problem, the acquisition of information describing their pathophysiology remains difficult. Due to valvular size, role and location within the body, there is a need for in vitro systems that can recapitulate disease onset and progression. This study combines the development of an in vitro model and its application in the mechanical stimulation of valvular cell transformation. Specifically, porcine aortic valvular interstitial cells (PAVIC) were cultured on polydimethylsiloxane microfluidic devices with or without exposure to shear stresses. Mechanobiological responses of valvular interstitial cells were evaluated at shear stresses ranging from 0 to 4.26 dyn/cm2. When flow rates were higher than 0.78 dyn/cm2, cells elongated and aligned with the flow direction. In addition, we found that shear stress enhanced the formation of focal adhesions and up-regulated PAVIC transformation, assessed by increased expression of α-smooth muscle actin and transforming growth factor β. This study reveals a link between the action of shear forces, cell phenotype transformation and focal adhesion formation. This constitutes the first step towards the development of co-cultures (interstitial-endothelial cells) on organ-on-a-chip devices, which will enable studies of the signaling pathways regulating force-induced valvular degeneration in microtissues and potential discovery of valvular degeneration therapies.
      PubDate: 2017-06-15
      DOI: 10.1007/s10439-017-1871-z
       
  • Direct Quantification of Solute Diffusivity in Agarose and Articular
           Cartilage Using Correlation Spectroscopy
    • Authors: Janty S. Shoga; Brian T. Graham; Liyun Wang; Christopher Price
      Abstract: Articular cartilage is an avascular tissue; diffusive transport is critical for its homeostasis. While numerous techniques have been used to quantify diffusivity within porous, hydrated tissues and tissue engineered constructs, these techniques have suffered from issues regarding invasiveness and spatial resolution. In the present study, we implemented and compared two separate correlation spectroscopy techniques, fluorescence correlation spectroscopy (FCS) and raster image correlation spectroscopy (RICS), for the direct, and minimally-invasive quantification of fluorescent solute diffusion in agarose and articular cartilage. Specifically, we quantified the diffusional properties of fluorescein and Alexa Fluor 488-conjugated dextrans (3k and 10k) in aqueous solutions, agarose gels of varying concentration (i.e. 1, 3, 5%), and in different zones of juvenile bovine articular cartilage explants (i.e. superficial, middle, and deep). In agarose, properties of solute diffusion obtained via FCS and RICS were inversely related to molecule size, gel concentration, and applied strain. In cartilage, the diffusional properties of solutes were similarly dependent upon solute size, cartilage zone, and compressive strain; findings that agree with work utilizing other quantification techniques. In conclusion, this study established the utility of FCS and RICS as simple and minimally invasive techniques for quantifying microscale solute diffusivity within agarose constructs and articular cartilage explants.
      PubDate: 2017-06-13
      DOI: 10.1007/s10439-017-1869-6
       
  • Enhancement of Energy Production of the Intervertebral Disc by the
           Implantation of Polyurethane Mass Transfer Devices
    • Authors: Yu-Fu Wang; Howard B. Levene; Weiyong Gu; C. -Y. Charles Huang
      Abstract: Insufficient nutrient supply has been suggested to be one of the etiologies for intervertebral disc (IVD) degeneration. We are investigating nutrient transport into the IVD as a potential treatment strategy for disc degeneration. Most cellular activities in the IVD (e.g., cell proliferation and extracellular matrix production) are mainly driven by adenosine-5′-triphosphate (ATP) which is the main energy currency. The objective of this study was to investigate the effect of increased mass transfer on ATP production in the IVD by the implantation of polyurethane (PU) mass transfer devices. In this study, the porcine functional spine units were used and divided into intact, device and surgical groups. For the device and surgical groups, two puncture holes were created bilaterally at the dorsal side of the annulus fibrosus (AF) region and the PU mass transfer devices were only implanted into the holes in the device group. Surgical groups were observed for the effects of placing the holes through the AF only. After 7 days of culture, the surgical group exhibited a significant reduction in the compressive stiffness and disc height compared to the intact and device groups, whereas no significant differences were found in compressive stiffness, disc height and cell viability between the intact and device groups. ATP, lactate and the proteoglycan contents in the device group were significantly higher than the intact group. These results indicated that the implantation of the PU mass transfer device can promote the nutrient transport and enhance energy production without compromising mechanical and cellular functions in the disc. These results also suggested that compromise to the AF has a negative impact on the IVD and must be addressed when treatment strategies are considered. The results of this study will help guide the development of potential strategies for disc degeneration.
      PubDate: 2017-06-13
      DOI: 10.1007/s10439-017-1867-8
       
  • Obesity and Obesity Shape Markedly Influence Spine Biomechanics: A
           Subject-Specific Risk Assessment Model
    • Authors: Farshid Ghezelbash; Aboulfazl Shirazi-Adl; André Plamondon; Navid Arjmand; Mohamad Parnianpour
      Abstract: Underlying mechanisms of obesity-related back pain remain unexplored. Thus, we aim to determine the effect of obesity and its shapes on the spinal loads and the associated risks of injury. Obesity shapes were initially constructed by principal component analysis based on datasets on 5852 obese individuals. Spinal loads, cycles to vertebral failure and trunk stability margin were estimated in a subject-specific trunk model taking account of personalized musculature, passive ligamentous spine, obesity shapes, segmental weights, spine kinematics and bone mineral density. Three obesity shapes (mean and extreme abdominal circumferences) at three body weights (BWs) of 86, 98 and 109 kg were analyzed. Additional BW (12 kg) increased spinal loads by ~11.8%. Higher waist circumferences at identical BW increased spinal forces to the tune of ~20 kg additional BW and the risk of vertebral fatigue compression fracture by 3–7 times when compared with smaller waist circumferences. Forward flexion, greater BW and load in hands increased the trunk stability margin. Spinal loads markedly increased with BW, especially at greater waist circumferences. The risk of vertebral fatigue fracture also substantially increased at greater waist circumferences though not at smaller ones. Obesity and its shape should be considered in spine biomechanics.
      PubDate: 2017-06-12
      DOI: 10.1007/s10439-017-1868-7
       
  • A Single-Port Robotic Platform for Laparoscopic Surgery with a Large
           Central Channel for Additional Instrument
    • Authors: K. L. Yung; J. L. K. Cheung; S. W. Chung; S. Singh; C. K. Yeung
      Abstract: A new approach to a surgical robotic platform for single incision laparoscopic or natural orifice transluminal endoscopic surgery is presented in this paper This platform allows insertion of up to four instruments including the robotic arms and the camera through a single cannula at the same footprint. After insertion of all instruments, a large central channel of 15 mm diameter is kept clear for the passage of additional laparoscopic instruments, such as passage or retrieval of suture needles, and/or suction irrigators which greatly facilitates the performance of complex surgical procedures. Phantom and animal trials have been performed to evaluate the insertion and retrieval sequences. These important features were made possible by internally-motorized robotic arms with 7 degrees of freedom and with no external mechanical device connections. The whole platform, together with the 3 degrees of freedom from the swivel system that support the cannula, has altogether 10 degrees of freedom to allow the operation of complex surgeries and access to all quadrants of the abdominal cavity. This new single-port robotic platform paves a new development direction for future non-invasive surgery.
      PubDate: 2017-06-05
      DOI: 10.1007/s10439-017-1865-x
       
  • Quantifying Cartilage Biomechanical Properties Using a Linearized
           Frequency-Domain Method
    • Authors: A. Gkousioudi; D. S. Tzeranis; G. P. Kanakaris; M. Saloufas; L. G. Alexopoulos
      Abstract: Articular cartilage function relies on its unique mechanical behavior. Cartilage mechanics have been described by several analytic models, whose parameters are usually estimated by fitting their constitutive equations to stress-relaxation data. This procedure can be long and is prone to experimental and fitting errors. Τhis study describes a novel methodology for estimating the biomechanical properties of cartilage samples based on their linearized frequency response, derived by applying a series of small-amplitude harmonic displacements superimposed to a bias strain. The proposed methodology, denoted as linearized frequency-domain method (LFM), was demonstrated by quantifying the effects of collagenase and hyaluronidase on cartilage, where it provided robust cartilage parameter estimates that overall agreed well with estimates obtained by stress-relaxation analysis. LFM was also applied to unveil the strain-dependent nature of porcine cartilage biomechanical parameters. Results showed that increasing the bias strain from 5% to 15% caused a significant decrease in cartilage permeability but did not have significant effect on the compression modulus and the Poisson’s ratio. Apart from cartilage, LFM can potentially quantify the strain-dependent nature of tissues and biomaterials, thereby enhance tissue-level understanding on organ physiology and pathology, lead to better computational tissue models, and guide tissue engineering research.
      PubDate: 2017-06-01
      DOI: 10.1007/s10439-017-1861-1
       
 
 
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