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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732228/a-facile-method-for-preparation-of-emulsion-using-the-high-gravity-technique
#1
Yan Li, Ran Andy Mei, Zhongqiang Yang
This study demonstrates a new process for preparation of oil-in-water (O/W) emulsion using the high gravity technique. This involves a mixture of oil and water that are passed through a rotating packed bed, under a high shear force, from which oil is emulsified into tiny droplets and subsequently dispersed in water. The process is cycled in order to break the droplets repeatedly and achieve an emulsion with small size and low polydispersity index (PDI). The advantage of the high gravity technique is that the emulsions with a desired size and polydispersity can be rapidly obtained by tuning experimental parameters, such as relative centrifugal force (RCF), cycle times (CT), liquid flow rate (VL) and surfactant concentration (Csurfactant)...
June 13, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732199/catch-shiny-droplets-in-suspension-finding-the-needle-in-a-haystack
#2
Nina V Hein-Fuchs, Renate König
In a recent issue of Cell Chemical Biology, Chaipan et al. (2017) described a high-throughput screening methodology to identify epitopes on HIV-1 particles recognized by broadly neutralizing antibodies. The approach utilizes a droplet-based microfluidics platform combining robust phenotypic single-virus sorting with next-generation sequencing of viral quasispecies.
July 20, 2017: Cell Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732169/design-of-modular-peptide-surfactants-and-their-surface-activity
#3
Hao-Fei Wang, David Wibowo, Zhengzhong Shao, Anton Peter J Middelberg, Chun-Xia Zhao
Designed peptide surfactants offer a number of advanced properties over conventional petrochemical surfactants, including biocompatibility, sustainability, and tailorability of the chemical and physical properties through peptide design. Their biocompatibility and degradability make them attractive for various applications, particularly for food and pharmaceutical applications. In this work, two new peptide surfactants derived from an amphiphilic peptide surfactant (AM1) were designed (AM-S and C8-AM) to better understand links between structure, interfacial activity and emulsification...
July 21, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731356/preparation-of-colloidal-organosilica-spheres-through-spontaneous-emulsification
#4
Casper van der Wel, Rohit K Bhan, Ruben W Verweij, Hans C Frijters, Zhe Gong, Andrew D Hollingsworth, Stefano Sacanna, Daniela J Kraft
Colloidal particles of controlled size are promising building blocks for self-assembly of functional materials. Here, we systematically study a method to synthesize monodisperse, micron-sized spheres from 3-(trimethoxysilyl)propylmethacrylate (TPM) in a bench-top experiment. Their ease of preparation, smoothness, and physical properties provide distinct advantages over other widely employed materials such as silica, polystyrene, and poly(methyl methacrylate). We describe that the spontaneous emulsification of TPM droplets in water is caused by base-catalyzed hydrolysis, self-condensation, and deprotonation of TPM...
July 21, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731104/a-new-droplet-forming-fluidic-junction-for-the-generation-of-highly-compartmentalised-capsules
#5
J Li, D A Barrow
A new oscillatory microfluidic junction is described, which enables the consistent formation of highly uniform and complex double emulsions, and is demonstrated for the encapsulation of four different reagents within the inner droplets (called cores) of the double emulsion droplets. Once the double emulsion droplets had attained a spherical form, the cores assumed specific 3D arrangements, the orchestration of which appeared to depend upon the specific emulsion morphology. Such double emulsion droplets were used as templates to produce highly compartmentalised microcapsules and multisomes...
July 21, 2017: Lab on a Chip
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729713/tunable-uptake-release-mechanism-of-protein-microgel-particles-in-biomimicking-environment
#6
A Pepe, P Podesva, G Simone
Microgels are intra-molecular crosslinked macromolecules that can be used as vehicles to deliver and release drugs at the point-of-need in the patient's body. Here, gelatin microgels were formed from microfluidics droplets, stabilised by aldehydes and frozen into a spheroidal shape. Microgel morphology and response to external stimuli were characterised. It was found that the behaviour of the spheroidal microgels was sensitive to both pH and ionic strength and that the distribution of charges into the microgels affected the behaviour of swelling and uptake...
July 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729661/surface-modification-of-anisotropic-dielectric-elastomer-actuators-with-uni-and-bi-axially-wrinkled-carbon-electrodes-for-wettability-control
#7
Kiwoo Jun, Donggyu Kim, Seunghwa Ryu, Il-Kwon Oh
Interest in soft actuators for next-generation electronic devices, such as wearable electronics, haptic feedback systems, rollable flexible displays, and soft robotics, is rapidly growing. However, for more practical applications in diverse electronic devices, soft actuators require multiple functionalities including anisotropic actuation in three-dimensional space, active tactile feedback, and controllable wettability. Herein, we report anisotropic dielectric elastomer actuators with uni- and bi-axially wrinkled carbon black electrodes that are formed through pre-streching and relaxation processes...
July 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729630/mechanically-durable-liquid-impregnated-honeycomb-surfaces
#8
Philip S Brown, Bharat Bhushan
Liquid repellent surfaces typically work by keeping the fouling liquid in a metastable state, with trapped pockets of air between the substrate and the liquid. An alternative method with greater long-term stability utilizes liquid-impregnated surfaces, where the liquid being repelled slides over an immiscible liquid immobilized on a porous surface. Here, we report a method for creating honeycomb surfaces amenable to liquid-impregnation. Polystyrene dissolved in a water-immiscible, volatile solvent was deposited in a humid environment on a variety of substrates to achieve the necessary porosity...
July 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729336/prenatal-diagnosis-by-droplet-digital-pcr
#9
Margaret V Ragni
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July 20, 2017: Blood
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729136/heparinase-enables-reliable-quantification-of-circulating-tumor-dna-from-heparinized-plasma-samples-by-droplet-digital-pcr
#10
David Sefrioui, Ludivine Beaussire, Florian Clatot, Julien Delacour, Anne Perdrix, Pierre Michel, Frédéric Di Fiore, Nasrin Sarafan-Vasseur
BACKGROUND: Heparin is often used as a blood anticoagulant for tumor marker analysis but results in the inhibition of PCR detection of circulating tumor DNA (ctDNA), which has been deemed a potential "liquid biopsy". We aimed to evaluate the impact of heparinase addition on heparinized plasma samples to allow ctDNA analysis. METHODS: Plasma samples were collected in heparinized (n=194) and EDTA (n=8) tubes from hormone receptor-positive metastatic breast cancer (HR+MBC) (n=144) and pancreatic adenocarcinoma (PA) patients (n=50)...
July 17, 2017: Clinica Chimica Acta; International Journal of Clinical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729070/abc-transporters-in-the-liver-fluke-opisthorchis-felineus
#11
Viatcheslav A Mordvinov, Nikita I Ershov, Darya S Pirozhkova, Yuri V Pakharukov, Maria Y Pakharukova
ATP-binding cassette transporters (ABC transporters) are essential components of normal cellular physiological machinery in all eukaryotic and prokaryotic species, including parasites. Some ABC transporters, e.g., P-glycoproteins, are involved in the efflux of toxins and xenobiotics from the cell. At present, nothing is known about ABC transporter genes in epidemiologically important liver flukes from the Opisthorchiidae family, including European liver fluke Opisthorchis felineus. Opisthorchiasis caused by O...
July 17, 2017: Molecular and Biochemical Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728929/an-evaporation-assisted-dispersive-liquid-liquid-microextraction-technique-as-a-simple-tool-for-high-performance-liquid-chromatography-tandem-mass-spectrometry-determination-of-insecticides-in-wine
#12
Irina Timofeeva, Daria Kanashina, Leonid Moskvin, Andrey Bulatov
A sample pre-treatment technique based on evaporation-assisted dispersive liquid-liquid microextraction (EVA-DLLME), followed by HPLC-MS/MS has been developed for the determination of organophosphate insecticides (malathion, diazinon, phosalone) in wine samples. The procedure includes the addition of mixture of organic solvents (with density higher than water), consisting of the extraction (low density) and volatile (high density) solvents, to aqueous sample followed by heating of the mixture obtained, what promotes the volatile solvent evaporation and moving extraction solvent droplets from down to top of the aqueous sample and, as a consequence, microextraction of target analytes...
July 11, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728033/deposition-pattern-and-tracer-particle-motion-of-evaporating-multi-component-sessile-droplets
#13
Muhammad Amjad, Yang Yang, Ghulam Raza, Hui Gao, Jun Zhang, Leping Zhou, Xiaoze Du, Dongsheng Wen
The understanding of near-wall motion, evaporation behavior and dry pattern of sessile nanofluid droplets is fundamental to a wide range of applications such as painting, spray drying, thin film coating, fuel injection and inkjet printing. However, a deep insight into the heat transfer, fluid flow, near-wall particle velocity and their effects on the resulting dry patterns is still much needed to take the full advantage of these nano-sized particles in the droplet. This work investigates the effect of direct absorptive silicon/silver (Si/Ag) hybrid nanofluids via two experiments...
July 8, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727846/effects-of-high-intensity-interval-versus-mild-intensity-endurance-training-on-metabolic-phenotype-and-corticosterone-response-in-rats-fed-a-high-fat-or-control-diet
#14
Youqing Shen, Guoyuan Huang, Bryan P McCormick, Tao Song, Xiangfeng Xu
The aim of the present study was to compare the effects of high-intensity interval training (HI) to mild-intensity endurance training (ME), combined with a high-fat diet (HFD) or control diet (CD) on metabolic phenotype and corticosterone levels in rats. Fifty-three rats were randomized to 6 groups according to diet and training regimen as follows: CD and sedentary (CS, n = 11), CD and ME (CME, n = 8), CD and HI (CHI, n = 8), HFD and sedentary (HS, n = 10), HFD and ME (HME, n = 8), and HFD and HI (HHI, n = 8)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727438/a-wettability-metric-for-characterization-of-capillary-flow-on-textured-superhydrophilic-surfaces
#15
Taylor P Allred, Justin A Weibel, Suresh V Garimella
Surface wettability is typically characterized by measuring the static contact angle of a sessile droplet placed on the surface. For extremely wetting surfaces on which liquid spontaneously spreads into a thin liquid film, the near-zero static contact angle is not amenable to measurement and does not fully describe the wetting behavior. There are unmet needs in microfluidics, boiling heat transfer enhancement, and anti-fogging applications for a metric to characterize highly wetting (i.e., superhydrophilic) textured surfaces based on their capillary-driven liquid pumping performance, as a supplement to the contact angle for this highly wetting regime...
July 20, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727435/wettability-effect-on-evaporation-dynamics-and-crystalline-patterns-of-sessile-saline-droplets
#16
Xin Zhong, Junheng Ren, Fei Duan
The evaporative dynamics and crystalline patterns from sessile saline droplets on various substrates are experimentally investigated. On the silicon wafer and polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) plate, the saline droplets exhibit unique evaporative dynamics such that the contact angle keeps increasing for a lasting period. Such an enlargement in contact angle is attenuated at a higher salt concentration. Interestingly, the onset of precipitation is almost overlapped with the end of contact angle enlargement when the contact angle reaches its apex...
July 20, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727095/bta-mir-130a-regulates-the-biosynthesis-of-bovine-milk-fat-by-targeting-peroxisome-proliferator-activated-receptor-gamma
#17
W C Yang, W L Guo, L S Zan, Y N Wang, K Q Tang
Milk fat determines the quality of milk and is also a main targeted trait in dairy cow breeding. Recent studies have revealed important regulatory roles of microRNAs (miRNA) in milk fat synthesis in the mammary gland. However, the role of miRNA in bovine mammary epithelial cells (BMEC) remains largely unknown. In this study, we found that the overexpression of miR-130a significantly decreased cellular triacylglycerol (TAG) levels and suppressed lipid droplet formation, whereas the inhibition of miR-130a resulted in greater lipid droplet formation and TAG accumulation in BMEC...
July 2017: Journal of Animal Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726765/oleic-acid-uptake-reveals-the-rescued-enterocyte-phenotype-of-colon-cancer-caco-2-by-ht29-mtx-cells-in-co-culture-mode
#18
Emmanuelle Berger, Merian Nassra, Claude Atgié, Pascale Plaisancié, Alain Géloën
Gastrointestinal epithelium is the unique route for nutrients and for many pharmaceuticals to enter the body. The present study aimed to analyze precisely whether co-culture of two colon cancer cell lines, mucus-producing cells HT29-MTX and enterocyte-like Caco-2 cells, ameliorate differentiation into an in vitro intestinal barrier model and the signaling pathways involved. Differentiated Caco-2 cells gene datasets were compared first to intestinal or cancer phenotypes and second to signaling pathway gene datasets...
July 20, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726728/a-novel-physical-sensing-principle-for-liquid-characterization-using-paper-based-hygro-mechanical-systems-pb-hms
#19
Angel Perez-Cruz, Ion Stiharu, Aurelio Dominguez-Gonzalez
In recent years paper-based microfluidic systems have emerged as versatile tools for developing sensors in different areas. In this work; we report a novel physical sensing principle for the characterization of liquids using a paper-based hygro-mechanical system (PB-HMS). The PB-HMS is formed by the interaction of liquid droplets and paper-based mini-structures such as cantilever beams. The proposed principle takes advantage of the hygroscopic properties of paper to produce hygro-mechanical motion. The dynamic response of the PB-HMS reveals information about the tested liquid that can be applied to characterize certain properties of liquids...
July 20, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725886/dependence-of-homogeneous-crystal-nucleation-in-water-droplets-on-their-radii-and-its-implication-for-modeling-the-formation-of-ice-particles-in-cirrus-clouds
#20
Yuri S Djikaev, Eli Ruckenstein
We propose an approximation for the total ice nucleation rate J = J(T,R) in supercooled water droplets as a function of both droplet radius R and temperature T, taking into account both volume-based and surface-stimulated nucleation modes. Its crucial idea is that even in the surface-stimulated mode crystal nuclei initially emerge (as sub-critical clusters) homogeneously in the sub-surface layer, not "pseudo-heterogeneously" at the surface. This mode is negligible in large droplets, but becomes increasingly important with decreasing droplet size and is dominant in small droplets...
July 20, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
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