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A central question in developmental biology is whether and how mechanical forces serve as cues for cellular behavior and thereby regulate morphogenesis. We found that morphogenesis at the Arabidopsis shoot apex depends on the microtubule cytoskeleton, which in turn is regulated by mechanical stress. A combination of experiments and modeling shows that a(More)
The remodelling process of COPD may affect both airway calibre and the homothety factor, which is a constant parameter describing the reduction of airway lumen (h(d): diameter of child/parent bronchus) that might be critical because its reduction would induce a frank increase in airway resistance. Airway dimensions were obtained from CT scan images of(More)
The asymmetry of the bronchial tree has been reported on numerous occasions, and bronchi in the lung bifurcate most of the time into a major and a minor daughter. Asymmetry is most probably bound to play a role on the hydrodynamic resistance and volume occupation of the bronchial tree. Thus, in this work, we search for an optimal asymmetric airway tree(More)
BACKGROUND The aims of the study were: (1) to compare numerical parameters of specific airway resistance (total, sRaw(tot), effective, sRaw(eff) and at 0.5 L · s(-1), sRaw(0.5)) and indices obtained from the forced oscillation technique (FOT: resistance extrapolated at 0 Hz [Rrs(0 Hz)], mean resistance [Rrs(mean)], and resistance/frequency slope(More)
BACKGROUND The earliest changes associated with airflow obstruction in asthmatic children are a proportionally greater reduction in FEF(50%) than in FEV(1) using spirometry, and an increase in specific airway resistance (sRaw) using body plethysmography. Consequently, we hypothesized that sRaw could be better linked to FEF(50%) than to FEV(1). The first aim(More)
Our objective was to evaluate whether a decrease in the homothety ratio (h: diameter of child/parent bronchus, constant over generations) explains the shift in airway resistance toward periphery in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Using a validated computational model of fluid motion, we determined that reduced values of h (<0.76) were(More)
Airway anatomy could be a risk factor for asthma in susceptible patients with airway hyperresponsiveness. This anatomy can be described by only two parameters, the tracheal cross-sectional area and the homothety ratio, which describes the reduction of calibre at each subsequent generation. Thus, we hypothesized that the tracheal area would be linked to the(More)
BACKGROUND Respiratory diseases in children are a common reason for physician visits. A diagnostic difficulty arises when parents hear wheezing that is no longer present during the medical consultation. Thus, an outpatient objective tool for recognition of wheezing is of clinical value. METHOD We developed a wheezing recognition algorithm from recorded(More)
Our objective was to assess whether obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) patients were characterised by a reduced central CO2 controller gain (CG) and an enhanced plant gain (PG). We matched three groups of women (n=10 per group) enrolled in a previous study (Essalhi et al., J. Asthma. 50: 565-572, 2013): obese women with a respiratory disturbance index(More)
Growth is a complex phenomenon that has intrigued biologists for centuries. The biochemical and mechanical processes leading to cell division and consequently overall growth of organisms have yet to be explained in their full extent. Following what has been observed in other areas of research, we add geometry to this complexity. It is known, for example,(More)
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