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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925685/in-vitro-characterization-of-synthoplate-%C3%A2-synthetic-platelet-technology-and-its-in-vivo-evaluation-in-severely-thrombocytopenic-mice
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Meenal Shukla, Ujjal D S Sekhon, Venkaiah Betapudi, Wei Li, DaShawn A Hickman, Christa L Pawlowski, Mitchell R Dyer, Matthew D Neal, Keith R McCrae, Anirban Sen Gupta
BACKGROUND: Platelet transfusion applications face severe challenges due to the limited availability and portability, high risk of contamination and short shelf-life of platelets. Therefore there is significant interest in synthetic platelet substitutes that can render hemostasis while avoiding these issues. Platelets promote hemostasis by injury site-selective adhesion and aggregation, and propagation of coagulation reactions on their membrane. Based on these mechanisms, we have developed a synthetic platelet technology (SynthoPlate(™) ) that integrates platelet-mimetic site-selective 'adhesion' and 'aggregation' functionalities via heteromultivalent surface-decoration of lipid vesicles with Von Willebrand Factor-binding, collagen-binding and active platelet integrin GPIIb-IIIa-binding peptides...
December 7, 2016: Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis: JTH
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925458/an-engineered-breast-cancer-model-on-a-chip-to-replicate-ecm-activation-in-vitro-during-tumor-progression
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Filomena Gioiella, Francesco Urciuolo, Giorgia Imparato, Virginia Brancato, Paolo A Netti
In this work, a new model of breast cancer is proposed featuring both epithelial and stromal tissues arranged on a microfluidic chip. The main task of the work is the in vitro replication of the stromal activation during tumor epithelial invasion. The activation of tumor stroma and its morphological/compositional changes play a key role in tumor progression. Despite emerging evidences, to date the activation of tumor stroma in vitro has not been achieved yet. The tumor-on-chip proposed in this work is built in order to replicate the features of its native counterpart: multicellularity (tumor epithelial cell and stromal cell); 3D engineered stroma compartment composed of cell-assembled extracellular matrix (ECM); reliable 3D tumor architecture...
December 2016: Advanced Healthcare Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924973/selection-of-aptamers-based-on-a-protein-microarray-integrated-with-a-microfluidic-chip
#3
Xiaohui Liu, Hui Li, Wenchao Jia, Zhu Chen, Danke Xu
We developed an efficient and fast method based on a protein microarray integrated with a microfluidic chip for the process of SELEX (systematic evolution of ligands by exponential enrichment). Lactoferrin from bovine milk was used as a target protein, while bovine serum albumin (BSA), α-lactalbumin, β-lactoglobulin and casein were used as negative proteins. They were separately dotted and immobilized to prepare the protein microarray and the resulting microarray was further integrated into a microfluidic chip for the SELEX (PMM-SELEX) process...
December 7, 2016: Lab on a Chip
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924579/reconstructing-erk-signaling-in-the-drosophila-embryo-from-fixed-images
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Bomyi Lim, Carmeline J Dsilva, Ioannis G Kevrekidis, Stanislav Y Shvartsman
The early Drosophila embryo provides unique opportunities for quantitative studies of ERK signaling. This system is characterized by simple anatomy, the ease of obtaining large numbers of staged embryos, and the availability of powerful tools for genetic manipulation of the ERK pathway. Here, we describe how these experimental advantages can be combined with recently developed microfluidic devices for high throughput imaging of ERK activation dynamics. We focus on the stage during the third hour of development, when ERK activation is essential for patterning of the future nerve cord...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924312/protein-ligand-interaction-detection-with-a-novel-method-of-transient-induced-molecular-electronic-spectroscopy-times-experimental-and-theoretical-studies
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Tiantian Zhang, Tao Wei, Yuanyuan Han, Heng Ma, Mohammadreza Samieegohar, Ping-Wei Chen, Ian Lian, Yu-Hwa Lo
Protein-ligand interaction detection without disturbances (e.g., surface immobilization, fluorescent labeling, and crystallization) presents a key question in protein chemistry and drug discovery. The emergent technology of transient induced molecular electronic spectroscopy (TIMES), which incorporates a unique design of microfluidic platform and integrated sensing electrodes, is designed to operate in a label-free and immobilization-free manner to provide crucial information for protein-ligand interactions in relevant physiological conditions...
November 23, 2016: ACS Central Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923650/3d-printed-microfluidic-magnetic-preconcentrator-for-the-detection-of-bacterial-pathogen-using-an-atp-luminometer-and-antibody-conjugated-magnetic-nanoparticles
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Chanyong Park, Jinyeop Lee, Yonghee Kim, Jaewon Kim, Jinkee Lee, Sungsu Park
Various types of microfluidic systems have been developed to detect bacterial pathogens. However, most of these require enrichment steps that take at least several hours when detecting bacteria that are present with a low number of cells and, in addition, fabrication requires complicated assembly steps. In this study, we report the development of 3D microfluidic magnetic preconcentrator (3DμFMP) made of plastic via 3D printing without the need for any assembly. 3DμFMP could selectively preconcentrate enterohemorrhagic Escherichia coli O157:H7 in 100mL by a factor of 700 within 1h using antibody-conjugated magnetic nanoparticles (Ab-MNPs)...
December 3, 2016: Journal of Microbiological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922599/direct-single-cell-biomass-estimates-for-marine-bacteria-via-archimedes-principle
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Nathan Cermak, Jamie W Becker, Scott M Knudsen, Sallie W Chisholm, Scott R Manalis, Martin F Polz
Microbes are an essential component of marine food webs and biogeochemical cycles, and therefore precise estimates of their biomass are of significant value. Here, we measured single-cell biomass distributions of isolates from several numerically abundant marine bacterial groups, including Pelagibacter (SAR11), Prochlorococcus and Vibrio using a microfluidic mass sensor known as a suspended microchannel resonator (SMR). We show that the SMR can provide biomass (dry mass) measurements for cells spanning more than two orders of magnitude and that these estimates are consistent with other independent measures...
December 6, 2016: ISME Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921289/slip-driven-electroosmotic-transport-through-porous-media
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Harshad Gaikwad, Pranab Kumar Mondal
We investigate the slip driven transport of a Newtonian fluid through porous media under electrical double layer effect. We employ a semi-analytical framework to obtain the underlying electro-hydrodynamics for different configurations of porous media. We bring out an alteration in flow dynamics, stemming from interplay among the geometrical feature of the models and the interfacial slip as modulated by the electrical forcing. Further, we show the consequent effects of the underlying flow dynamics on the volumetric transport rate through different models...
December 6, 2016: Electrophoresis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921279/biocompatibility-of-fluids-for-multiphase-drops-in-drops-microfluidics
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Aishah Prastowo, Alexander Feuerborn, Peter R Cook, Edmond J Walsh
This paper addresses the biocompatibility of fluids and surfactants in the context of microfluidics and more specifically in a drops-in-drops system for mammalian cell based drug screening. In the drops-in-drops approach, three immiscible fluids are used to manipulate the flow of aqueous microliter-sized drops; it enables merging of drops containing cells with drops containing drugs within a Teflon tube. Preliminary tests showed that a commonly-used fluid and surfactant combination resulted in significant variability in gene expression levels in Jurkat cells after exposure to a drug for four hours...
December 2016: Biomedical Microdevices
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918640/label-free-virus-capture-and-release-by-a-microfluidic-device-integrated-with-porous-silicon-nanowire-forest
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Yiqiu Xia, Yi Tang, Xu Yu, Yuan Wan, Yizhu Chen, Huaguang Lu, Si-Yang Zheng
Viral diseases are perpetual threats to human and animal health. Detection and characterization of viral pathogens require accurate, sensitive, and rapid diagnostic assays. For field and clinical samples, the sample preparation procedures limit the ultimate performance and utility of the overall virus diagnostic protocols. This study presents the development of a microfluidic device embedded with porous silicon nanowire (pSiNW) forest for label-free size-based point-of-care virus capture in a continuous curved flow design...
December 5, 2016: Small
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918565/centimetre-scale-micropore-alignment-in-oriented-polycrystalline-metal-organic-framework-films-via-heteroepitaxial-growth
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Paolo Falcaro, Kenji Okada, Takaaki Hara, Ken Ikigaki, Yasuaki Tokudome, Aaron W Thornton, Anita J Hill, Timothy Williams, Christian Doonan, Masahide Takahashi
The fabrication of oriented, crystalline films of metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) is a critical step toward their application to advanced technologies such as optics, microelectronics, microfluidics and sensing. However, the direct synthesis of MOF films with controlled crystalline orientation remains a significant challenge. Here we report a one-step approach, carried out under mild conditions, that exploits heteroepitaxial growth for the rapid fabrication of oriented polycrystalline MOF films on the centimetre scale...
December 5, 2016: Nature Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918040/broadband-absorption-spectroscopy-for-rapid-ph-measurement-in-small-volumes-using-an-integrated-porous-waveguide
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Ruchi Gupta, Nick J Goddard
Broadband absorption spectroscopy integrated with microfluidics is widely used to measure the pH of samples available in small volumes. Single pass absorption spectroscopy, however, suffers from poor minimum detectable absorption coefficient because the optical path length is determined by the physical dimensions of microchannels. As a result, either large amounts of indicator dyes are added or instrumentally complex techniques are used to determine sample pH. This work addresses these limitations by the integration of metal-clad leaky waveguide (MCLW) with microfluidics to perform broadband absorption spectroscopy...
December 5, 2016: Analyst
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917905/establishment-of-a-gastric-cancer-subline-with-high-metastatic-potential-using-a-novel-microfluidic-system
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Zhe-Zhou Chen, Wan-Ming Li, Yu Zhang, Min Yu, Lian-Feng Shan, De-Zheng Yuan, Fu-Rong Liu, Jin Fang
Metastasis is an important hallmark of malignant tumors. In this study, we developed a microfluidic system to screen highly metastatic sublines via differential resolution of cell invasiveness. The system was composed of a PDMS-glass device connected with a syringe pump and a Petri dish. To facilitate the selection process, a long-term cell invasion driving force based on a chemotactic factor gradient was created using the Petri dish-based liquid supply pattern, and the invasive cells were collected for round-by-round selection via an open region in the chip...
December 5, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917431/a-novel-miniaturized-biofilter-based-on-silicon-micropillars-for-nucleic-acid-extraction
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Salvatore Petralia, Emanuele Luigi Sciuto, Sabrina Conoci
New miniaturised microfluidic biofilter (BF) devices based on silicon micropillars have been developed and tested regarding their ability to extract HBV (Hepatitis B Virus) bacterial DNA from biological sample solutions. The device is composed of a silicon microchannel in which the pillars are distributed at the bottom surface. The extracted DNA solutions were analysed by real time PCR amplification and the biofilter performance was evaluated. The results obtained show that the DNA binding to the biofilters and the elution efficiency strictly depend on the pillars' geometrical dimensions and increase proportionally with the surface/volume ratio...
December 5, 2016: Analyst
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917253/a-modular-microfluidic-bioreactor-with-improved-throughput-for-evaluation-of-polarized-renal-epithelial-cells
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Paul Brakeman, Simeng Miao, Jin Cheng, Chao-Zong Lee, Shuvo Roy, William H Fissell, Nicholas Ferrell
Most current microfluidic cell culture systems are integrated single use devices. This can limit throughput and experimental design options, particularly for epithelial cells, which require significant time in culture to obtain a fully differentiated phenotype. In addition, epithelial cells require a porous growth substrate in order to fully polarize their distinct apical and basolateral membranes. We have developed a modular microfluidic system using commercially available porous culture inserts to evaluate polarized epithelial cells under physiologically relevant fluid flow conditions...
November 2016: Biomicrofluidics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917252/separation-of-superparamagnetic-particles-through-ratcheted-brownian-motion-and-periodically-switching-magnetic-fields
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Fan Liu, Li Jiang, Huei Ming Tan, Ashutosh Yadav, Preetika Biswas, Johan R C van der Maarel, Christian A Nijhuis, Jeroen A van Kan
Brownian ratchet based particle separation systems for application in lab on chip devices have drawn interest and are subject to ongoing theoretical and experimental investigations. We demonstrate a compact microfluidic particle separation chip, which implements an extended on-off Brownian ratchet scheme that actively separates and sorts particles using periodically switching magnetic fields, asymmetric sawtooth channel sidewalls, and Brownian motion. The microfluidic chip was made with Polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) soft lithography of SU-8 molds, which in turn was fabricated using Proton Beam Writing...
November 2016: Biomicrofluidics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917249/perspectives-in-flow-based-microfluidic-gradient-generators-for-characterizing-bacterial-chemotaxis
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Christopher J Wolfram, Gary W Rubloff, Xiaolong Luo
Chemotaxis is a phenomenon which enables cells to sense concentrations of certain chemical species in their microenvironment and move towards chemically favorable regions. Recent advances in microbiology have engineered the chemotactic properties of bacteria to perform novel functions, but traditional methods of characterizing chemotaxis do not fully capture the associated cell motion, making it difficult to infer mechanisms that link the motion to the microbiology which induces it. Microfluidics offers a potential solution in the form of gradient generators...
November 2016: Biomicrofluidics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916849/one-step-fabrication-of-microchannels-with-integrated-three-dimensional-features-by-hot-intrusion-embossing
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Mike Debono, Dan Voicu, Mohammad Pousti, Muhammad Safdar, Robert Young, Eugenia Kumacheva, Jesse Greener
We build on the concept of hot intrusion embossing to develop a one-step fabrication method for thermoplastic microfluidic channels containing integrated three-dimensional features. This was accomplished with simple, rapid-to-fabricate imprint templates containing microcavities that locally control the intrusion of heated thermoplastic based on their cross-sectional geometries. The use of circular, rectangular and triangular cavity geometries was demonstrated for the purposes of forming posts, multi-focal length microlense arrays, walls, steps, tapered features and three-dimensional serpentine microchannels...
November 29, 2016: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916128/a-paper-based-platform-with-a-pencil-drawn-dual-amperometric-detector-for-the-rapid-quantification-of-ortho-diphenols-in-extravirgin-olive-oil
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Nicolò Dossi, Rosanna Toniolo, Flavia Impellizzieri, Franco Tubaro, Gino Bontempelli, Fabio Terzi, Evandro Piccin
A simple, sensitive and fast responding device is described for the discrimination of hydrophilic ortho-diphenols, whose presence in abundant enough amounts is typical for extra virgin olive oils (EVOOs), from hydrophilic mono-phenols instead present in almost all vegetable oils. It consists of a dual electrode detector pencil-drawn at the end of a paper microfluidic channel, defined by hydrophobic barriers, where samples of these antioxidants, extracted from vegetable oils by a 80:20% v/v acetonitrile/water mixture, were applied...
January 15, 2017: Analytica Chimica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914331/fabrication-of-%C3%AE-carotene-nanoemulsion-based-delivery-systems-using-dual-channel-microfluidization-physical-and-chemical-stability
#20
Xiang Luo, Yanyan Zhou, Long Bai, Fuguo Liu, Yihui Deng, David Julian McClements
A considerable research effort is focused on developing effective delivery systems for hydrophobic nutraceuticals. β-carotene, a pro-vitamin A carotenoid, requires encapsulation to improve its water dispersibility and chemical stability in foods. In this study, β-carotene was encapsulated in oil-in-water nanoemulsions fabricated using high-pressure dual-channel microfluidization. Two types of natural emulsifier, quillaja saponins (Q-Naturale) and whey protein isolate (WPI), were capable of producing nanoemulsions (d32=0...
November 16, 2016: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
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