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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932622/high-throughput-nuclear-delivery-and-rapid-expression-of-dna-via-mechanical-and-electrical-cell-membrane-disruption
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Xiaoyun Ding, Martin Stewart, Armon Sharei, James C Weaver, Robert S Langer, Klavs F Jensen
Nuclear transfection of DNA into mammalian cells is challenging yet critical for many biological and medical studies. Here, by combining cell squeezing and electric-field-driven transport in a device that integrates microfluidic channels with constrictions and microelectrodes, we demonstrate nuclear delivery of plasmid DNA within 1 hour after treatment, the most rapid DNA expression in a high-throughput setting (up to millions of cells per minute per device). Passing cells at high speed through microfluidic constrictions smaller than the cell diameter mechanically disrupts the cell membrane, allowing a subsequent electric field to further disrupt the nuclear envelope and drive DNA molecules into the cytoplasm and nucleus...
2017: Nature biomedical engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931839/multiwell-capillarity-based-microfluidic-device-for-the-study-of-3d-tumour-tissue-2d-endothelium-interactions-and-drug-screening-in-co-culture-models
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María Virumbrales-Muñoz, José María Ayuso, Marta Olave, Rosa Monge, Diego de Miguel, Luis Martínez-Lostao, Séverine Le Gac, Manuel Doblare, Ignacio Ochoa, Luis J Fernandez
The tumour microenvironment is very complex, and essential in tumour development and drug resistance. The endothelium is critical in the tumour microenvironment: it provides nutrients and oxygen to the tumour and is essential for systemic drug delivery. Therefore, we report a simple, user-friendly microfluidic device for co-culture of a 3D breast tumour model and a 2D endothelium model for cross-talk and drug delivery studies. First, we demonstrated the endothelium was functional, whereas the tumour model exhibited in vivo features, e...
September 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931578/lipid-topology-and-electrostatic-interactions-underpin-lytic-activity-of-linear-cationic-antimicrobial-peptides-in-membranes
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David J Paterson, Manlio Tassieri, Julien Reboud, Rab Wilson, Jonathan M Cooper
Linear cationic antimicrobial peptides are a diverse class of molecules that interact with a wide range of cell membranes. Many of these peptides disrupt cell integrity by forming membrane-spanning pores that ultimately lead to their death. Despite these peptides high potency and ability to evade acquired bacterial drug resistance, there is a lack of knowledge on their selectivity and activity mechanisms. Such an understanding would provide an informative framework for rational design and could lead to potential antimicrobial therapeutic targets...
September 20, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930605/microfluidics-technology-for-drug-delivery-a-review
#4
Elena I Mancera-Andrade, Ali Parsaeimehr, Alejandra Arevalo-Gallegos, Guadalupe Ascencio-Favela, Roberto Parra Saldivar
Microfluidics is undoubtedly an influential technology that is currently revolutionizing the chemical and biological studies by replicating laboratory bench-top technology on a miniature chip-scale device. In the area of drug delivery science, microfluidics offers advantages, such as precise dosage, ideal delivery, target-precise delivery, sustainable and controlled release, multiple dosing, and slight side effects. These advantages bring significant assets to the drug delivery systems. Microfluidic technology has been progressively used for fabrication of drug carriers, direct drug delivery systems, high-throughput screening, and formulation and immobilization of drugs...
January 1, 2018: Frontiers in Bioscience (Elite Edition)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930450/continuous-sorting-of-cells-based-on-differential-p-selectin-glycoprotein-ligand-expression-using-molecular-adhesion
#5
Bushra Tasadduq, Brynn Mcfarland, Muhymin Islam, Alexander Alexeev, Ali Fatih Sarioglu, Todd A Sulchek
Cell surface molecular adhesions govern many important physiological processes and are used to identify cells for analysis and purifications. But most effective cell adhesion separation technologies use labels or long-term attachments in their application. While label-free separation microsystems typically separate cells by size, stiffness, and shape, they often do not provide sufficient specificity to cell type that can be obtained from molecular expression. We demonstrate a label-free microfluidic approach capable of high throughput separation of cells based upon surface molecule adhesion...
September 20, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927991/deciphering-cell-intrinsic-properties-a-key-issue-for-robust-organoid-production
#6
REVIEW
Nathalie Picollet-D'hahan, Monika E Dolega, Delphine Freida, Donald K Martin, Xavier Gidrol
We highlight the disposition of various cell types to self-organize into complex organ-like structures without necessarily the support of any stromal cells, provided they are placed into permissive 3D culture conditions. The goal of generating organoids reproducibly and efficiently has been hampered by poor understanding of the exact nature of the intrinsic cell properties at the origin of organoid generation, and of the signaling pathways governing their differentiation. Using microtechnologies like microfluidics to engineer organoids would create opportunities for single-cell genomics and high-throughput functional genomics to exhaustively characterize cell intrinsic properties...
September 16, 2017: Trends in Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924724/development-of-a-high-throughput-magnetic-separation-device-for-malaria-infected-erythrocytes
#7
A Blue Martin, Wei-Tao Wu, Marina V Kameneva, James F Antaki
This study describes a non-dilutive high-gradient magnetic separation (HGMS) device intended to continuously remove malaria-infected red blood cells (iRBCs) from the circulation. A mesoscale prototype device with disposable photo-etched ferromagnetic grid and reusable permanent magnet was designed with a computationally-optimized magnetic force. The prototype device was evaluated in vitro using a non-pathogenic analog for malaria-infected blood, comprised of 24% healthy RBCs, 6% human methemoglobin RBCs (metRBCs), and 70% phosphate buffer solution (PBS)...
September 18, 2017: Annals of Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921387/analysis-of-24-genes-reveals-a-monogenic-cause-in-11-1-of-cases-with-steroid-resistant-nephrotic-syndrome-at-a-single-center
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Weizhen Tan, Svjetlana Lovric, Shazia Ashraf, Jia Rao, David Schapiro, Merlin Airik, Shirlee Shril, Heon Yung Gee, Michelle Baum, Ghaleb Daouk, Michael A Ferguson, Nancy Rodig, Michael J G Somers, Deborah R Stein, Asaf Vivante, Jillian K Warejko, Eugen Widmeier, Friedhelm Hildebrandt
BACKGROUND: Steroid-resistant nephrotic syndrome (SRNS) is the second most frequent cause of end-stage renal disease (ESRD) among patients manifesting at under 25 years of age. We performed mutation analysis using a high-throughput PCR-based microfluidic technology in 24 single-gene causes of SRNS in a cohort of 72 families, who presented with SRNS before the age of 25 years. METHODS: Within an 18-month interval, we obtained DNA samples, pedigree information, and clinical information from 77 consecutive children with SRNS from 72 different families seen at Boston Children's Hospital (BCH)...
September 18, 2017: Pediatric Nephrology: Journal of the International Pediatric Nephrology Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916103/controlled-synchronized-actuation-of-microdroplets-by-gravity-in-a-superhydrophobic-3d-printed-device
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P E Oomen, J P S H Mulder, E Verpoorte, R D Oleschuk
Droplet manipulation over open surfaces allows one to perform assays with a large degree of control and high throughput, making them appealing for applications in drug screening or (bio)analysis. However, the design, manufacturing and operation of these systems comes with high technical requirements. In this study we employ a commercial, low-friction, superhydrophobic coating, Ultra-Ever Dry(®), on a 3D-printed microfluidic device. The device features individual droplet compartments, which allow the manipulation of discrete droplets (10-50 μL) actuated by gravity alone...
October 2, 2017: Analytica Chimica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912565/real-time-image-processing-for-microscopy-based-label-free-imaging-flow-cytometry-in-a-microfluidic-chip
#10
Young Jin Heo, Donghyeon Lee, Junsu Kang, Keondo Lee, Wan Kyun Chung
Imaging flow cytometry (IFC) is an emerging technology that acquires single-cell images at high-throughput for analysis of a cell population. Rich information that comes from high sensitivity and spatial resolution of a single-cell microscopic image is beneficial for single-cell analysis in various biological applications. In this paper, we present a fast image-processing pipeline (R-MOD: Real-time Moving Object Detector) based on deep learning for high-throughput microscopy-based label-free IFC in a microfluidic chip...
September 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28911201/gene-expression-profiling-of-puberty-associated-genes-reveals-abundant-tissue-and-sex-specific-changes-across-postnatal-development
#11
Huayun Hou, Liis Uusküla-Reimand, Maisam Makarem, Christina Corre, Shems Saleh, Ariane Metcalf, Anna Goldenberg, Mark R Palmert, And Michael D Wilson
The timing of human puberty is highly variable, sexually dimorphic, and associated with adverse health outcomes. Over 20 genes carrying rare mutations have been identified in known pubertal disorders, many of which encode critical components of the hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal (HPG) axis. Recent genome-wide association studies (GWAS) have identified more than 100 candidate genes at loci associated with age at menarche or voice breaking in males. We know little about the spatial, temporal or postnatal expression patterns of the majority of these puberty-associated genes...
September 15, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910516/controlling-differentiation-of-stem-cells-for-developing-personalized-organ-on-chip-platforms
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REVIEW
Armin Geraili, Parya Jafari, Mohsen Sheikh Hassani, Behnaz Heidary Araghi, Mohammad Hossein Mohammadi, Amir Mohammad Ghafari, Sara Hasanpour Tamrin, Hassan Pezeshgi Modarres, Ahmad Rezaei Kolahchi, Samad Ahadian, Amir Sanati-Nezhad
Organ-on-chip (OOC) platforms have attracted attentions of pharmaceutical companies as powerful tools for screening of existing drugs and development of new drug candidates. OOCs have primarily used human cell lines or primary cells to develop biomimetic tissue models. However, the ability of human stem cells in unlimited self-renewal and differentiation into multiple lineages has made them attractive for OOCs. The microfluidic technology has enabled precise control of stem cell differentiation using soluble factors, biophysical cues, and electromagnetic signals...
September 14, 2017: Advanced Healthcare Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28903902/single-cell-gene-variation-analysis-method-for-single-gland
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Yan Zhou, Chao-Jie Wang, Chun-Chao Zhu, Jiang-Rong Chen, Ming Cheng, Yu-Liang Deng, Yan Guo
Single-cell analysis of heterogeneity has become the cutting-edge technology for profound understandings of relationships between cell populations. At present, common methods used in single cellular genomic research are mainly microfluidic technologies (Fluidigm) or based on microwells, both requiring a uniform size of cells at the entrance. However, the size of cells in specific tissues can vary from type to type. To address this issue, we need to establish a method to identify genomic features of individual cells of different sizes...
August 20, 2017: Yi Chuan, Hereditas
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28892076/single-cell-deep-phenotyping-of-igg-secreting-cells-for-high-resolution-immune-monitoring
#14
Klaus Eyer, Raphaël C L Doineau, Carlos E Castrillon, Luis Briseño-Roa, Vera Menrath, Guillaume Mottet, Patrick England, Alexei Godina, Elodie Brient-Litzler, Clément Nizak, Allan Jensen, Andrew D Griffiths, Jérôme Bibette, Pierre Bruhns, Jean Baudry
Studies of the dynamics of the antibody-mediated immune response have been hampered by the absence of quantitative, high-throughput systems to analyze individual antibody-secreting cells. Here we describe a simple microfluidic system, DropMap, in which single cells are compartmentalized in tens of thousands of 40-pL droplets and analyzed in two-dimensional droplet arrays using a fluorescence relocation-based immunoassay. Using DropMap, we characterized antibody-secreting cells in mice immunized with tetanus toxoid (TT) over a 7-week protocol, simultaneously analyzing the secretion rate and affinity of IgG from over 0...
September 11, 2017: Nature Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28886685/bacterial-cell-size-multifactorial-and-multifaceted
#15
Corey S Westfall, Petra Anne Levin
How cells establish, maintain, and modulate size has always been an area of great interest and fascination. Until recently, technical limitations curtailed our ability to understand the molecular basis of bacterial cell size control. In the past decade, advances in microfluidics, imaging, and high-throughput single-cell analysis, however, have led to a flurry of work revealing size to be a highly complex trait involving the integration of three core aspects of bacterial physiology: metabolism, growth, and cell cycle progression...
September 8, 2017: Annual Review of Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28884359/development-of-a-shear-stress-free-microfluidic-gradient-generator-capable-of-quantitatively-analyzing-single-cell-morphology
#16
David Barata, Giulia Spennati, Cristina Correia, Nelson Ribeiro, Björn Harink, Clemens van Blitterswijk, Pamela Habibovic, Sabine van Rijt
Microfluidics, the science of engineering fluid streams at the micrometer scale, offers unique tools for creating and controlling gradients of soluble compounds. Gradient generation can be used to recreate complex physiological microenvironments, but is also useful for screening purposes. For example, in a single experiment, adherent cells can be exposed to a range of concentrations of the compound of interest, enabling high-content analysis of cell behaviour and enhancing throughput. In this study, we present the development of a microfluidic screening platform where, by means of diffusion, gradients of soluble compounds can be generated and sustained...
September 7, 2017: Biomedical Microdevices
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28883551/shape-based-separation-of-microalga-euglena-gracilis-using-inertial-microfluidics
#17
Ming Li, Hector Enrique Muñoz, Keisuke Goda, Dino Di Carlo
Euglena gracilis (E. gracilis) has been proposed as one of the most attractive microalgae species for biodiesel and biomass production, which exhibits a number of shapes, such as spherical, spindle-shaped, and elongated. Shape is an important biomarker for E. gracilis, serving as an indicator of biological clock status, photosynthetic and respiratory capacity, cell-cycle phase, and environmental condition. The ability to prepare E. gracilis of uniform shape at high purities has significant implications for various applications in biological research and industrial processes...
September 7, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28880251/studying-electrotaxis-in-microfluidic-devices
#18
REVIEW
Yung-Shin Sun
Collective cell migration is important in various physiological processes such as morphogenesis, cancer metastasis and cell regeneration. Such migration can be induced and guided by different chemical and physical cues. Electrotaxis, referring to the directional migration of adherent cells under stimulus of electric fields, is believed to be highly involved in the wound-healing process. Electrotactic experiments are conventionally conducted in Petri dishes or cover glasses wherein cells are cultured and electric fields are applied...
September 7, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28873212/simulation-analysis-of-rectifying-microfluidic-mixing-with-field-effect-tunable-electrothermal-induced-flow
#19
Weiyu Liu, Yukun Ren, Ye Tao, Bobin Yao, You Li
We report herein field-effect control on in-phase electrothermal streaming from a theoretical point of view, a phenomenon termed "AC electrothermal-flow field effect transistor" (ACET-FFET), in the context of a new technology for handing analytes in microfluidics. Field-effect control through a gate terminal endows ACET-FFET the ability to generate arbitrary symmetry breaking in the transverse vortex flow pattern, which makes it attractive for mixing microfluidic samples. A computational model is developed to study the feasibility of this new microfluidic device design for micromixing...
September 5, 2017: Electrophoresis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28871196/magnetophoretic-sorting-of-microdroplets-with-different-microalgal-cell-densities-for-rapid-isolation-of-fast-growing-strains
#20
Young Joon Sung, Jaoon Young Hwan Kim, Hong Il Choi, Ho Seok Kwak, Sang Jun Sim
Microalgae - unicellular photosynthetic organisms - have received increasing attention for their ability to biologically convert CO2 into valuable products. The commercial use of microalgae requires screening strains to improve the biomass productivity to achieve a high-throughput. Here, we developed a microfluidic method that uses a magnetic field to separate the microdroplets containing different concentrations of microalgal cells. The separation efficiency is maximized using the following parameters that influence the amount of lateral displacement of the microdroplets: magnetic nanoparticle concentration, flow rate of droplets, x- and y-axis location of the magnet, and diameter of the droplets...
September 4, 2017: Scientific Reports
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