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Elena Kassianidou, Christoph A Brand, Ulrich S Schwarz, Sanjay Kumar
Actomyosin stress fibers (SFs) play key roles in driving polarized motility and generating traction forces, yet little is known about how tension borne by an individual SF is governed by SF geometry and its connectivity to other cytoskeletal elements. We now address this question by combining single-cell micropatterning with subcellular laser ablation to probe the mechanics of single, geometrically defined SFs. The retraction length of geometrically isolated SFs after cutting depends strongly on SF length, demonstrating that longer SFs dissipate more energy upon incision...
February 17, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Daniel E Backman, Bauer L LeSavage, Shivem B Shah, Joyce Y Wong
In arterial tissue engineering, mimicking native structure and mechanical properties is essential because compliance mismatch can lead to graft failure and further disease. With bottom-up tissue engineering approaches, designing tissue components with proper microscale mechanical properties is crucial to achieve the necessary macroscale properties in the final implant. This study develops a thermoresponsive cell culture platform for growing aligned vascular smooth muscle cell (VSMC) sheets by photografting N-isopropylacrylamide (NIPAAm) onto micropatterned poly(dimethysiloxane) (PDMS)...
February 16, 2017: Macromolecular Bioscience
Liang Yang, Dongdong Qian, Chen Xin, Zhijiang Hu, Shengyun Ji, Dong Wu, Yanlei Hu, Jiawen Li, Wenhao Huang, Jiaru Chu
In this Letter, superposed Bessel beams (SBBs) are realized by alternatively imprinting holograms of opposite-order Bessel beams along the radial direction on a spatial light modulator. The propagation invariance and non-rotation properties of SBBs are theoretically predicted and experimentally demonstrated. The focusing property of SBBs with a high numerical aperture (NA) objective is investigated with the Debye vectorial diffraction theory. Near the focal plane, a circularly distributed multiple foci pattern is achieved...
February 15, 2017: Optics Letters
Shahid M Naseer, Amir Manbachi, Mohamadmahdi Samandari, Philipp Walch, Yuan Gao, Yu Shrike Zhang, Farideh Davoudi, Wesley Wang, Karen Abrinia, Jonathan M Cooper, Ali Khademhosseini, Su Ryon Shin
Acoustic force patterning is an emerging technology that provides a platform to control the spatial location of cells in a rapid, accurate, yet contactless manner. However, very few studies have been reported on the usage of acoustic force patterning for the rapid arrangement of biological objects, such as cells, in a three-dimensional (3D) environment. In this study, we report on a bio-acoustic force patterning technique, which uses surface acoustic waves (SAWs) for the rapid arrangement of cells within an extracellular matrix-based hydrogel such as gelatin methacryloyl (GelMA)...
February 14, 2017: Biofabrication
Lu Huang, Yin Chen, Lu-Tao Weng, Mark Leung, Xiaoxing Xing, Zhiyong Fan, Hongkai Wu
A facile single-cell patterning (ScP) method was developed and integrated with time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry (TOF-SIMS) for the study of drug-induced cellular phenotypic alterations. Micropatterned poly(dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS) stencil film and centrifugation-assisted cell trapping were combined for the preparation of on-surface single-cell microarrays, which exhibited both high site occupancy (>90%) and single-cell resolution (>97%). TOF-SIMS is a surface-sensitive mass spectrometry and is increasingly utilized in biological studies...
December 20, 2016: Analytical Chemistry
Abhishek Kumar, G V Shivashankar
Mechanical coupling between the nucleus and the cytoskeleton is indispensable for direct force transduction from the extra cellular matrix (ECM) to the chromatin. Although this physical coupling has been shown to be crucial for nuclear positioning and its function, the quantification of nuclear-cytoskeleton interaction has been lacking. In this paper, using various quantitative fluorescence spectroscopy techniques, we investigate the nature of this connection. High-resolution 3D imaging shows that nesprin2G forms short linear structures along actin stress fibers (ASFs) in the apical region of the nucleus...
November 11, 2016: Methods and Applications in Fluorescence
Satoshi Watanabe, Rei Kashiwagi, Mutsuyoshi Matsumoto
We discuss an alternate spray-coating technique for the direct fabrication of hydroxyapatite films using metal masks, suction-type spray nozzles and two calcification solutions of calcium hydroxide and phosphoric acid aqueous solutions. Hydroxyapatite films were formed only on the hydrophobic surface of the substrates. Scanning electron microscopy and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy showed that the spray-coated films consisted of hydroxyapatite nanoparticles. The Ca/P ratio was estimated to be about 1...
February 10, 2017: Journal of Oleo Science
Gerhard J Schütz, Julian Weghuber, Peter Lanzerstorfer, Eva Sevcsik
Characterization, especially quantification, of protein interactions in live cells is usually not an easy endeavor. Here, we describe a straightforward method to identify and quantify the interaction of a membrane protein ("bait") and a fluorescently labeled interaction partner ("prey") (membrane-bound or cytosolic) in live cells using Total Internal Reflection Fluorescence microscopy. The bait protein is immobilized within patterns in the plasma membrane (e.g., via an antibody); the bait-prey interaction strength can be quantified by determining the prey bulk fluorescence intensity with respect to the bait patterns...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
Baran Sarac, Supriya Bera, Sascha Balakin, Mihai Stoica, Mariana Calin, Jürgen Eckert
In order to establish a strong cell-material interaction, the surface topography of the implant material plays an important role. This contribution aims to analyze the formation kinetics of nickel and beryllium-free Ti- and Zr-based Bulk Metallic Glasses (BMGs) with potential biomedical applications. The surface patterning of the BMGs is achieved by thermoplastic net-shaping (TPN) into anisotropically etched cavities of silicon chips. The forming kinetics of the BMG alloys is assessed by thermal and mechanical measurements to determine the most suitable processing temperature and time, and load applied...
April 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
Cindy Dirscherl, Raghavendra Palankar, Mihaela Delcea, Tatiana A Kolesnikova, Sebastian Springer
Binding assays with fluorescently labeled ligands and recombinant receptor proteins are commonly performed in 2D arrays. But many cell surface receptors only function in their native membrane environment and/or in a specific conformation, such as they appear on the surface of live cells. Thus, receptors on live cells should be used for ligand binding assays. Here, it is shown that antibodies preprinted on a glass surface can be used to specifically array a peptide receptor of the immune system, i.e., the major histocompatibility complex class I molecule H-2K(b) , into a defined pattern on the surface of live cells...
February 2, 2017: Small
Benedikt Heyart, Astrid Weidt, Emilia I Wisotzki, Mareike Zink, Stefan G Mayr
Hydrogels are crosslinked polymeric gels of great interest in the field of tissue engineering, particularly as biocompatible cell or drug carriers. Reagent-free electron irradiated gelatin is simple to manufacture, inexpensive and biocompatible. Here, the potential to micropattern gelatin hydrogel surfaces during electron irradiation crosslinking was demonstrated as a promising microfabrication technique to produce thermally stable structures on highly relevant length scales for bioapplications. In the present work, grooves of 3...
January 31, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part B, Applied Biomaterials
Zhandong Huang, Meng Su, Qiang Yang, Zheng Li, Shuoran Chen, Yifan Li, Xue Zhou, Fengyu Li, Yanlin Song
The evolution of gas-liquid foams has been an attractive topic for more than half a century. However, it remains a challenge to manipulate the evolution of foams, which restricts the development of porous materials with excellent mechanical, thermal, catalytic, electrical or acoustic properties. Here we report a strategy to manipulate the evolution of two-dimensional (2D) liquid foams with a micropatterned surface. We demonstrate that 2D liquid foams can evolve beyond Ostwald ripening (large bubbles always consuming smaller ones)...
January 30, 2017: Nature Communications
Vincent Fitzpatrick, Laure Fourel, Olivier Destaing, Flora Gilde, Corinne Albigès-Rizo, Catherine Picart, Thomas Boudou
In vivo, bone morphogenetic protein 2 (BMP-2) exists both in solution and bound to the extracellular matrix (ECM). While these two modes of presentation are known to influence cell behavior distinctly, their role in the niche microenvironment and their functional relevance in the genesis of a biological response has sparsely been investigated at a cellular level. Here we used the natural affinity of BMP-2 for fibronectin (FN) to engineer cell-sized micropatterns of BMP-2. This technique allowed the simultaneous control of the spatial presentation of fibronectin-bound BMP-2 and cell spreading...
January 30, 2017: Scientific Reports
Hsiu-Wen Chien, Po-Hsiu Cheng, Shao-Yung Chen, Jiashing Yu, Wei-Bor Tsai
Antifouling modification technology is developed for many biomedical applications such as blood-contact devices and biosensors. In this work, a photo-reactive polymer containing zwitterionic carboxybetaine groups was prepared by copolymerization of two kinds of methacrylic acids with carboxybetaine and azidoaniline. The carboxybetaine moiety is for low fouling and the azidophenyl moiety is for photo-crosslinking. The synthesized copolymers were coated onto polymeric substrates, and then covalently immobilized on the substrates by exposure to UV radiation...
January 26, 2017: Biomaterials Science
Yusheng Shen, Dongshi Guan, Daniela Serien, Shoji Takeuchi, Penger Tong, Levent Yobas, Pingbo Huang
Most organs contain interconnected tubular tissues that are one-cell-thick, polarized epithelial monolayers enclosing a fluid-filled lumen. Such tissue organization plays crucial roles in developmental and normal physiology, and the proper functioning of these tissues depends on their regulation by complex biochemical perturbations and equally important, but poorly understood, mechanical perturbations. In this study, by combining micropatterning techniques and atomic force microscopy, we developed a simple in vitro experimental platform for characterizing the mechanical properties of the MDCK II cyst, the simplest model of lumen-enclosing epithelial monolayers...
January 24, 2017: Biophysical Journal
Athena Buckthought, Ahmad Yoonessi, Curtis L Baker
Motion parallax, the perception of depth resulting from an observer's self-movement, has almost always been studied with random dot textures in simplified orthographic rendering. Here we examine depth from motion parallax in more naturalistic conditions using textures with an overall 1/f spectrum and dynamic perspective rendering. We compared depth perception for orthographic and perspective rendering, using textures composed of two types of elements: random dots and Gabor micropatterns. Relative texture motion (shearing) with square wave corrugation patterns was synchronized to horizontal head movement...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Vision
Sung Ho Cha, Hyun Jong Lee, Won-Gun Koh
BACKGROUND: The topographical cue is major influence on skeletal muscle cell culture because the structure is highly organized and consists of long parallel bundles of multinucleated myotubes that are formed by differentiation and fusion of myoblast satellite cells. In this technical report, we fabricated a multiscale scaffold using electrospinning and poly (ethylene glycol) (PEG) hydrogel micropatterns to monitor the cell behaviors on nano- and micro-alignment combined scaffolds with different combinations of angles...
2017: Biomaterials Research
Mark J Richards, Susan Daniel
The supported lipid bilayer has been portrayed as a useful model of the cell membrane compatible with many biophysical tools and techniques that demonstrate its appeal in learning about the basic features of the plasma membrane. However, some of its potential has yet to be realized, particularly in the area of bilayer patterning and phase/composition heterogeneity. In this work, we generate contiguous bilayer patterns as a model system that captures the general features of membrane domains and lipid rafts. Micropatterned polymer templates of two types are investigated for generating patterned bilayer formation: polymer blotting and polymer lift-off stenciling...
January 26, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
Shuhua Peng, Bat-El Pinchasik, Hao Hao, Helmuth Möhwald, Xuehua Zhang
Constructing controllable liquid patterns with high resolution and accuracy is of great importance in droplet depositions for a range of applications. Simple surface chemical micropatterns have been popularly used to regulate the shape of liquid droplets and the final structure of deposited materials. In this work, we study the morphological evolution of a dissolving femtoliter droplet pinned on multiple microdomains. On the basis of minimization of interfacial energy, the numerical simulations predict various symmetric droplet profiles in equilibrium at different liquid volumes...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
Wei Ma, Chuanbo Huang, Yuan Zhou, Jianwei Li, Qinghua Cui
The microbiota colonized on human body is renowned as "a forgotten organ" due to its big impacts on human health and disease. Recently, microbiome studies have identified a large number of microbes differentially regulated in a variety of conditions, such as disease and diet. However, methods for discovering biological patterns in the differentially regulated microbes are still limited. For this purpose, here, we developed a web-based tool named MicroPattern to discover biological patterns for a list of microbes...
January 10, 2017: Scientific Reports
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