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Bovine pericardium is a collagenous tissue commonly used as a natural biomaterial in the fabrication of cardiovascular devices. For tissue engineering purposes, this xenogeneic biomaterial must be decellularized to remove cellular antigens. With this in mind, three decellularization protocols were compared in terms of their effectiveness to extract cellular(More)
The mechanical properties of aortic wall, both healthy and pathological, are needed in order to develop and improve diagnostic and interventional criteria, and for the development of mechanical models to assess arterial integrity. This study focuses on the mechanical behaviour and rupture conditions of the human ascending aorta and its relationship with age(More)
A poultry vaccination program was implemented in Central America beginning in January 1995 to control both H5N2 low (LPAI) and high pathogenicity avian influenza. This study was conducted to identify seed strain composition and the efficacy of 10 commercially available H5 vaccines against challenge with H5N2 LPAI viruses isolated from Latin America in 2003.(More)
Biomechanical and functional properties of tissue engineered vascular grafts must be similar to those observed in native vessels. This supposes a complete mechanical and structural characterization of the blood vessels. To this end, static and dynamic mechanical tests performed in the sheep thoracic and abdominal aorta and the cava vein were contrasted with(More)
−− Arterial viscoelasticity can be described using stress-relaxation experiments. To fit these curves, models with springs and dashpots, based on differential equations, were widely studied. However, uniaxial tests in arteries show particular shapes with an initial steep decay and a slow asymptotic relaxation. Recently, fractional order derivatives were(More)
OBJECTIVES Our main objective was to biologically improve rotator cuff healing in an elderly rat model using mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) in combination with a collagen membrane and compared against other current techniques. METHODS A chronic rotator cuff tear injury model was developed by unilaterally detaching the supraspinatus (SP) tendons of(More)
High per capita milk consumption in Mexico indicated a strong need for documentation of aflatoxin M1 (AFM1) levels in milk. A survey of 580, 2-liter samples (n = 290), was conducted to quantify AFM1 using high-performance liquid chromatography, considering two maximum tolerance levels (0.05 and 0.5 microg/liter). We relate aflatoxin levels in the seven most(More)
This work presents experiments and modelling aimed at characterising the passive mechanical behaviour of the human thoracic descending aorta. To this end, uniaxial tension and pressurisation tests on healthy samples corresponding to newborn, young and adult arteries are performed. Then, the tensile measurements are used to calibrate the material parameters(More)
Disinfection byproducts and microorganisms present in drinking water may have deleterious effects on human health. The authors examined bacterial indicators (enterobacteria and Helicobacter pylori [H. pylori]), physicochemical parameters, and trihalomethane (THM) levels to conduct a water quality evaluation in Mexico City, where little is known about(More)
In recent times, significant effort has been made to understand the mechanical behaviour of the arterial wall and how it is affected by the different vascular pathologies. However, to be able to interpret the results correctly, it is essential that the influence of other factors, such as aging or anisotropy, be understood. Knowledge of mechanical behaviour(More)