Alexey Vertegel

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The incidence of acute and chronic spinal cord injury (SCI) in the United States is more than 10,000 per year, resulting in 720 cases per million persons enduring permanent disability each year. The economic impact of SCI is estimated to be more than 4 billion dollars annually. Preclinical studies, case reports, and small clinical trials suggest that early(More)
Objective. Current generation smartphones' video camera technologies enable photoplethysmographic (PPG) acquisition and heart rate (HR) measurement. The study objective was to develop an Android application and compare HRs derived from a Motorola Droid to electrocardiograph (ECG) and Nonin 9560BT pulse oximeter readings during various movement-free tasks.(More)
Smart phone OEM camera technology enables PPG measurement of HR. HR readings acquired by a Motorola Droid#8482; using a self-developed Android HR application were compared to HR readings acquired by an electrocardiograph (ECG) and Nonin 9560BT pulse oximeter during three 5 min. periods (rest, reading aloud, video game). Subjects were 14, 20--58 year olds.(More)
Use of antimicrobial enzymes covalently attached to nanoparticles is of great interest as an antibiotic-free approach to treat microbial infections. Intrinsic properties of nanoparticles can also be used to add functionality to their conjugates with biomolecules. Here, we show in a model system that nanoparticle charge can be used to enhance delivery and(More)
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Electromechanical coupling is ubiquitous in biological systems, with examples ranging from simple piezoelectricity in calcified and connective tissues to voltage-gated ion channels, energy storage in mitochondria, and electromechanical activity in cardiac myocytes and outer hair cell stereocilia. Piezoresponse force microscopy (PFM) originally emerged as a(More)
Persons with spinal cord injury (SCI) are in need of effective therapeutics. Estrogen (E2), as a steroid hormone, is a highly pleiotropic agent; with anti-inflammatory, anti-apoptotic, and neurotrophic properties, it is ideal for use in treatment of patients with SCI. Safety concerns around the use of high doses of E2 have limited clinical application,(More)
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