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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430559/heart-on-a-chip-an-investigation-of-the-influence-of-static-and-perfusion-conditions-on-cardiac-h9c2-cell-proliferation-morphology-and-alignment
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Anna Kobuszewska, Ewelina Tomecka, Kamil Zukowski, Elzbieta Jastrzebska, Michal Chudy, Artur Dybko, Philippe Renaud, Zbigniew Brzozka
Lab-on-a-chip systems are increasingly used as tools for cultures and investigation of cardiac cells. In this article, we present how the geometry of microsystems and microenvironmental conditions (static and perfusion) influence the proliferation, morphology, and alignment of cardiac cells (rat cardiomyoblasts-H9C2). Additionally, studies of cell growth after incubation with verapamil hydrochloride were performed. For this purpose, poly(dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS)/glass microfluidic systems with three different geometries of microchambers (a circular chamber, a longitudinal channel, and three parallel microchannels separated by two rows of micropillars) were prepared...
April 1, 2017: SLAS Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430279/microcontact-printing-with-aminosilanes-creating-biomolecule-micro-and-nanoarrays-for-multiplexed-microfluidic-bioassays
#2
Shivani Sathish, Sébastien G Ricoult, Kazumi Toda-Peters, Amy Q Shen
Microfluidic systems integrated with protein and DNA micro- and nanoarrays have been the most sought-after technologies to satisfy the growing demand for high-throughput disease diagnostics. As the sensitivity of these systems relies on the bio-functionalities of the patterned recognition biomolecules, the primary concern has been to develop simple technologies that enable biomolecule immobilization within microfluidic devices whilst preserving bio-functionalities. To address this concern, we introduce a two-step patterning approach to create micro- and nanoarrays of biomolecules within microfluidic devices...
April 21, 2017: Analyst
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429415/rod-shaped-neural-units-for-aligned-3d-neural-network-connection
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Midori Kato-Negishi, Hiroaki Onoe, Akane Ito, Shoji Takeuchi
This paper proposes neural tissue units with aligned nerve fibers (called rod-shaped neural units) that connect neural networks with aligned neurons. To make the proposed units, 3D fiber-shaped neural tissues covered with a calcium alginate hydrogel layer are prepared with a microfluidic system and are cut in an accurate and reproducible manner. These units have aligned nerve fibers inside the hydrogel layer and connectable points on both ends. By connecting the units with a poly(dimethylsiloxane) guide, 3D neural tissues can be constructed and maintained for more than two weeks of culture...
April 21, 2017: Advanced Healthcare Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426762/human-microrna-299-3p-decreases-invasive-behavior-of-cancer-cells-by-downregulation-of-oct4-expression-and-causes-apoptosis
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Axel R Göhring, Stefanie Reuter, Joachim H Clement, Xinlai Cheng, Jannick Theobald, Stefan Wölfl, Ralf Mrowka
PURPOSE: Oct4 was reported to be one of the most important pluripotency transcription factors in the biology of stem cells including cancer stem cells, and progressed malignant cells. Here we report the investigation of gene expression control of Oct4 by selected human microRNAs and the physiological effect of Oct4 silencing in invasive cancer cells. METHODS AND RESULTS: High throughput luciferase activity assay revealed the microRNA-299-3p to be the most effective in reducing gene expression of Oct4, which was confirmed by Western blot analysis and Oct4 promoter activity in a target luciferase assay...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426707/rare-cell-isolation-and-recovery-on-open-channel-microfluidic-chip
#5
Taisuke Masuda, Woneui Song, Hayao Nakanishi, Wu Lei, Anas Mohd Noor, Fumihito Arai
The ability to accurately detect and analyze rare cells in a cell population is critical not only for the study of disease progression but also for next flow cytometry systems in clinical application. Here, we report the development of a prototype device, the 'Rare cell sorter', for isolating and recovering single rare cells from whole blood samples. On this device, we utilized an open-channel microfluidic chip for rare cell isolation. And the advantage of open-channel allows us to recover the isolated rare cell directly from the chip...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426555/creating-artificial-lymphoid-tissues-to-study-immunity-and-hematological-malignancies
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Shivem B Shah, Ankur Singh
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The specialized microenvironments of lymphoid tissue affect immune cell function and progression of disease. However, current animal models are low throughput and a large number of human diseases are difficult to model in animals. Animal models are less amenable to manipulation of tissue niche components, signalling pathways, epigenetics, and genome editing than ex vivo models. On the other hand, conventional 2D cultures lack the physiological relevance to study precise microenvironmental interactions...
April 19, 2017: Current Opinion in Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426159/open-microfluidic-gel-electrophoresis-rapid-and-low-cost-separation-and-analysis-of-dna-at-the-nanoliter-scale
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Ludwig Gutzweiler, Tobias Gleichmann, Laurent Tanguy, Peter Koltay, Roland Zengerle, Lutz Riegger
Gel electrophoresis is one of the most applied and standardized tools for separation and analysis of macromolecules and their fragments in academic research and in industry. In this work we present a novel approach for conducting on-demand electrophoretic separations of DNA molecules in open microfluidic (OM) systems on planar polymer substrates. The approach combines advantages of slab gel, capillary- & chip-based methods offering low consumable costs (<0.1 $) circumventing cost intensive microfluidic chip fabrication, short process times (5 minutes per analysis) and high sensitivity (4 ng/μl dsDNA) combined with reasonable resolution (17 bases)...
April 20, 2017: Electrophoresis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426080/c-reactive-protein-and-interleukin-6-microfluidic-immunoassays-with-on-chip-pre-stored-reagents-and-centrifugo-pneumatic-liquid-control
#8
Y Zhao, G Czilwik, V Klein, K Mitsakakis, R Zengerle, N Paust
We present a fully automated centrifugal microfluidic method for particle based protein immunoassays. Stick-pack technology is employed for pre-storage and release of liquid reagents. Quantitative layout of centrifugo-pneumatic particle handling, including timed valving, switching and pumping is assisted by network simulations. The automation is exclusively controlled by the spinning frequency and does not require any additional means. New centrifugal microfluidic process chains are developed in order to sequentially supply wash buffer based on frequency dependent stick-pack opening and pneumatic pumping to perform two washing steps from one stored wash buffer; pre-store and re-suspend functionalized microparticles on a disk; and switch between the path of the waste fluid and the path of the substrate reaction product with 100% efficiency...
April 20, 2017: Lab on a Chip
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426055/droplet-manipulation-on-a-structured-shape-memory-polymer-surface
#9
Jun Kyu Park, Seok Kim
While methods for dynamic tuning of surface wettability to manipulate water droplets have been widely explored for many applications including digital microfluidics, those based on dynamically changeable surface morphology have remained challenging to achieve. In this work, we present a structured shape memory polymer (SMP) surface which shows dynamically tunable surface wettability through changeable surface morphology in order to manipulate water droplets. The structured SMP surface involves a SMP pillar array consisting of nanotextured small and large pillars which can change its morphology between permanent and temporary shapes upon thermomechanical loading...
April 20, 2017: Lab on a Chip
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425667/soft-multifunctional-composites-and-emulsions-with-liquid-metals
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REVIEW
Navid Kazem, Tess Hellebrekers, Carmel Majidi
Binary mixtures of liquid metal (LM) or low-melting-point alloy (LMPA) in an elastomeric or fluidic carrier medium can exhibit unique combinations of electrical, thermal, and mechanical properties. This emerging class of soft multifunctional composites have potential applications in wearable computing, bio-inspired robotics, and shape-programmable architectures. The dispersion phase can range from dilute droplets to connected networks that support electrical conductivity. In contrast to deterministically patterned LM microfluidics, LMPA- and LM-embedded elastomer (LMEE) composites are statistically homogenous and exhibit effective bulk properties...
April 20, 2017: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425543/in-situ-nuclear-magnetic-resonance-microimaging-of-live-biofilms-in-a-microchannel
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R S Renslow, M J Marshall, A E Tucker, W B Chrisler, X-Y Yu
Biofilms are comprised of microbial cells and an extracellular polymeric substance (EPS) matrix that supports interactions between community members and with the local environment. The highly hydrated EPS matrix makes the application of many biofilm visualization techniques difficult. Hence, to better visualize how biofilms interact with their environment, there is a need for imaging techniques to monitor hydrated state biofilm dynamics. We employed an in situ dynamic approach to construct label-free images of biofilms...
April 20, 2017: Analyst
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425472/label-free-single-cell-separation-and-imaging-of-cancer-cells-using-an-integrated-microfluidic-system
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Maria Antfolk, Soo Hyeon Kim, Saori Koizumi, Teruo Fujii, Thomas Laurell
The incidence of cancer is increasing worldwide and metastatic disease, through the spread of circulating tumor cells (CTCs), is responsible for the majority of the cancer deaths. Accurate monitoring of CTC levels in blood provides clinical information supporting therapeutic decision making, and improved methods for CTC enumeration are asked for. Microfluidics has been extensively used for this purpose but most methods require several post-separation processing steps including concentration of the sample before analysis...
April 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424414/integrated-analysis-of-promoter-methylation-and-expression-of-telomere-related-genes-in-breast-cancer
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Jianfu Heng, Fan Zhang, Xinwu Guo, Lili Tang, Limin Peng, Xipeng Luo, Xunxun Xu, Shouman Wang, Lizhong Dai, Jun Wang
Telomeres at the ends of eukaryotic chromosomes play a critical role in tumorgenesis. Using microfluidic PCR and next-generation bisulfite sequencing technology, we investigated the promoter methylation of 29 telomere related genes in paired tumor and normal tissues from 184 breast cancer patients. The expression of significantly differentially methylated genes was quantified using qPCR method.We observed that the average methylation level of the 29 telomere related genes was significant higher in tumor than that in normal tissues (P = 4...
March 9, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423001/pre-hatching-embryo-dependent-and-independent-programming-of-endometrial-function-in-cattle
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Mariana Sponchiado, Nathália Souza Gomes, Patrícia Kubo Fontes, Thiago Martins, Maite Del Collado, Athos de Assumpção Pastore, Guilherme Pugliesi, Marcelo Fábio Gouveia Nogueira, Mario Binelli
The bovine pre-implantation embryo secretes bioactive molecules from early development stages, but effects on endometrial function are reported to start only after elongation. Here, we interrogated spatially defined regions of the endometrium transcriptome for responses to a day 7 embryo in vivo. We hypothesize that exposure to an embryo changes the abundance of specific transcripts in the cranial region of the pregnant uterine horn. Endometrium was collected from the uterotubal junction (UTJ), anterior (IA), medial (IM) and posterior (IP) regions of the uterine horn ipsilateral to the CL 7 days after estrus from sham-inseminated (Con) or artificially inseminated, confirmed pregnant (Preg) cows...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422254/a-dual-enzyme-inorganic-hybrid-nanoflower-incorporated-microfluidic-paper-based-analytic-device-%C3%AE-pad-biosensor-for-sensitive-visualized-detection-of-glucose
#15
Xueli Zhu, Jin Huang, Jinwen Liu, Hang Zhang, Jianhui Jiang, Ruqin Yu
A novel microfluidic paper-based analytic device (μPAD) biosensor is developed for sensitive and visualized detection of glucose. This biosensor is easily fabricated using the wax printing technique, with a hybrid nanocomplex composed of dual enzymes glucose oxidase (GOx) and horseradish peroxidase (HRP) and Cu3(PO4)2 inorganic nanocrystals incorporated in the detection zones. The hybrid nanocomplex is found to exhibit a flower-like structure, which allows co-immobilization of these two enzymes in a biocompatible environment...
April 19, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422194/field-induced-anomalous-spreading-oscillation-ejection-spinning-and-breaking-of-oil-droplets-on-a-strongly-slipping-water-surface
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Sunny Kumar, Bhaskarjyoti Sarma, Ahsok Kumar Dasmahapatra, Amaresh Dalal, Dipankar Narayan Basu, Dipankar Bandyopadhyay
Application of an electric field on an oil droplet floating on the surface of a deionized water bath showed interesting motions such as spreading, oscillation, and ejection. The electric field was generated by connecting a pointed platinum cathode at the top of the oil droplet and a copper anode coated with polymer at the bottom of the water layer. The experimental setup mimicked a conventional electrowetting setup with the exception that the oil was spread on a soft and deformable water isolator. While at relatively lower field intensities we observed spreading of the droplet, at intermediate field intensities the droplet oscillated around the platinum cathode, before ejecting out at a speed as high as ∼5 body lengths per second at even stronger field intensities...
April 19, 2017: Faraday Discussions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421741/uphill-water-transport-on-a-wettability-patterned-surface-experimental-and-theoretical-results
#17
Yuji Hirai, Hiroyuki Mayama, Yasutaka Matsuo, Masatsugu Shimomura
In nature, there exist a number of functional water-controlling surfaces, such as the water-repellent surface of lotus leaves, the superhydrophobic water-adhesive surface of rose petals, the water-harvesting surface of a beetle's back, and the water-transporting surface of the legs of Ligia exotica. These natural surfaces suggest that surface chemistry and hierarchical structures are essential for controlling water behavior. We have reported the preparation of superhydrophobic and anti-reflection silicon nanospike-array structures using self-organized honeycomb-patterned films as 3D dry etching masks...
April 19, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421507/appendix-c-automated-vitrification-of-mammalian-embryos-on-a-digital-microfluidic-device
#18
Jun Liu, Derek G Pyne, Mohamed Abdelgawad, Yu Sun
This chapter introduces a digital microfluidic device that automates sample preparation for mammalian embryo vitrification. Individual microdroplets manipulated on the microfluidic device were used as microvessels to transport a single mouse embryo through a complete vitrification procedure. Advantages of this approach, compared to manual operation and channel-based microfluidic vitrification, include automated operation, cryoprotectant concentration gradient generation, and feasibility of loading and retrieval of embryos...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421400/a-multistage-dialysis-microdevice-for-extraction-of-cryoprotectants
#19
Lili Zou, Shibo Li, Yufeng Kang, Juanjuan Liu, Liqun He, Sijie Sun, Dayong Gao, Bensheng Qiu, Weiping Ding
In this study, we present a multistage-dialysis microdevice (MDM) for extraction of cryoprotectants (CPAs) from a CPA-laden cell suspension. We confirmed the functions of the key designs of the MDM using a fluorescence solution, we assessed the performance of the MDM by using the MDM to unload glycerin from glycerin-loaded swine erythrocytes, and we investigated the effects of the cell suspension flow rate, glycerin concentration, cell density, and membrane pore size on the clearance efficiency of glycerin (CG), the survival rate of cells (SC), and the recovery rate of cells (RC)...
June 2017: Biomedical Microdevices
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420217/microfluidic-ebg-sensor-based-on-phase-shift-method-realized-using-3d-printing-technology
#20
Vasa Radonić, Slobodan Birgermajer, Goran Kitić
In this article, we propose a novel microfluidic microstrip electromagnetic band gap (EBG) sensor realized using cost-effective 3D printing technology. Microstrip sensor allows monitoring of the fluid properties flowing in the microchannel embedded between the microstrip line and ground plane. The sensor's operating principle is based on the phase-shift method, which allows the characterization at a single operating frequency of 6 GHz. The defected electromagnetic band gap (EBG) structure is realized as a pattern in the microstrip ground plane to improve sensor sensitivity...
April 18, 2017: Sensors
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