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Coralie Siebman, Orlin D Velev, Vera I Slaveykova
The capability of alternating current (AC) dielectrophoresis (DEP) for on-chip capture and chaining of the three species representative of freshwater phytoplankton was evaluated. The effects of the AC field intensity, frequency and duration on the chaining efficiency and chain lengths of green alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii, cyanobacterium Synechocystis sp. and diatom Cyclotella meneghiniana were characterized systematically. C. reinhardtii showed an increase of the chaining efficiency from 100 Hz to 500 kHz at all field intensities; C...
January 5, 2017: Biosensors
Georg R Pesch, Fei Du, Michael Baune, Jorg Thöming
Insulator-based dielectrophoresis (iDEP) is a powerful particle analysis technique based on electric field scattering at material boundaries which can be used, for example, for particle filtration or to achieve chromatographic separation. Typical devices consist of microchannels containing an array of posts but large scale application was also successfully tested. Distribution and magnitude of the generated field gradients and thus the possibility to trap particles depends apart from the applied field strength on the material combination between post and surrounding medium and on the boundary shape...
December 26, 2016: Journal of Chromatography. A
Kai Tian, Karl Decker, Aleksei Aksimentiev, Li-Qun Gu
The motion of polarizable particles in a nonuniform electric field (i.e., dielectrophoresis) has been extensively used for concentration, separation, sorting, and transport of biological particles from cancer cells and viruses to biomolecules such as DNAs and proteins. However, current approaches to dielectrophoretic manipulation are not sensitive enough to selectively target individual molecular species. Here, we describe the application of the dielectrophoretic principle for selective detection of DNA and RNA molecules using an engineered biological nanopore...
January 6, 2017: ACS Nano
Anas Alazzam, Bobby Mathew, Falah Alhammadi
We describe the design, microfabrication, and testing of a microfluidic device for separation of cancer cells based on dielectrophoresis. Cancer cells, specifically Green fluorescent protein-labeled MDA-MB-231, are successfully separated from a heterogeneous mixture of the same and normal blood cells. MDA-MB-231 cancer cells are separated with an accuracy that enables precise detection and counting of circulating tumor cells present among normal blood cells. The separation is performed using a set of planar interdigitated transducer electrodes that are deposited on the surface of a glass wafer and slightly protrude into the separation microchannel at one side...
December 30, 2016: Journal of Separation Science
Gabriela B Almeida, Ronei J Poppi, José A Fracassi da Silva
Dielectrophoresis (DEP) is the electrokinetic movement of non-charged particles when they are subjected to a non-uniform electric field. This is a growing area of research, which can be used for trapping, concentrating and separating different particles. Some work has been reported with the intention of trapping metal particles to optimize the surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) effect. In this paper, we use DEP with insulating structures (iDEP) to generate a non-uniform electric field for trapping gold nanoparticles (AuNP)...
December 20, 2016: Analyst
Timothy Lannin, Wey-Wey Su, Conor Gruber, Ian Cardle, Chao Huang, Fredrik Thege, Brian Kirby
We used automated electrorotation to measure the cytoplasmic permittivity, cytoplasmic conductivity, and specific membrane capacitance of pancreatic cancer cells under environmental perturbation to evaluate the effects of serum starvation, epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition, and evolution of chemotherapy resistance which may be associated with the development and dissemination of cancer. First, we compared gemcitabine-resistant BxPC3 subclones with gemcitabine-naive parental cells. Second, we serum-starved BxPC3 and PANC-1 cells and compared them to untreated counterparts...
November 2016: Biomicrofluidics
Paul Vernon Jones, Gabriel L Salmon, Alexandra Ros
Separation of nucleic acids has long served as a central goal of analytical research. Innovations in this field may soon enable the development of rapid, on-site sequencing devices that significantly improve both the availability and accuracy of detailed bioinformatics. However, achieving efficient continuous-flow operation and size-based fractionation of DNA still presents considerable challenges. Current methods have not yet satisfied the need for rapid fractionation of size-heterogeneous nucleic acid samples into specific and narrow size distributions...
December 12, 2016: Analytical Chemistry
Alberto Bonanno, Alessandro Sanginario, Simone L Marasso, Beatrice Miccoli, Katarzyna Bejtka, Simone Benetto, Danilo Demarchi
This paper presents a customizable sensing system based on functionalized nanowires (NWs) assembled onto complementary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS) technology. The Micro-for-Nano (M4N) chip integrates on top of the electronics an array of aluminum microelectrodes covered with gold by means of a customized electroless plating process. The NW assembly process is driven by an array of on-chip dielectrophoresis (DEP) generators, enabling a custom layout of different nanosensors on the same microelectrode array...
November 30, 2016: Sensors
Pan Li, Jin Zhang
The synthesis of SWNTs has achieved great success with the development of synthetic methodologies. From the viewpoint of exploiting the exceptional electrical properties of single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) in advanced applications, one of the most difficult challenges is how to assemble the SWNTs with high degrees of alignment and purity in electronic conducting (mainly semiconducting) behavior into functional nanodevices. Numerous approaches have been developed to reach this goal, which could be divided into two categories...
December 2016: Topics in Current Chemistry (Journal)
Ahmed El-Badawy, Marwa Amer, Reda Abdelbaset, Sameh N Sherif, Marwan Abo-Elela, Yehya H Ghallab, Hamdy Abdelhamid, Yehea Ismail, Nagwa El-Badri
Adipose stem cells (ASCs) have recently emerged as a more viable source for clinical applications, compared to bone-marrow mesenchymal stromal cells (BM-MSCs) because of their abundance and easy access. In this study we evaluated the regenerative potency of ASCs compared to BM-MSCs. Furthermore, we compared the dielectric and electro-kinetic properties of both types of cells using a novel Dielectrophoresis (DEP) microfluidic platform based on a printed circuit board (PCB) technology. Our data show that ASCs were more effective than BM-MSCs in promoting neovascularization in an animal model of hind-limb ischemia...
November 24, 2016: Scientific Reports
Junya Yoshioka, Toru Yoshitomi, Tomoyuki Yasukawa, Keitaro Yoshimoto
In this study, we investigated the effect of positive dielectrophoresis (DEP) on gene expression in mesenchymal stem cells. When applying an alternating current voltage, human bone marrow derived mesenchymal stem cells (UE7T-13) exhibited a positive DEP, and were compressed onto the electrode surface. The constructed device can easily control the DEP force to the cells by changing the frequency. Interestingly, gene expressions of the cell differentiation marker in UE7T-13 cells and the mechanical stimulation-susceptible one were changed by applying a positive DEP...
2016: Analytical Sciences: the International Journal of the Japan Society for Analytical Chemistry
S Sakamoto, K O Okeyo, S Yamazaki, O Kurosawa, H Oana, H Kotera, M Washizu
Although fusion of somatic cells with embryonic stem (ES) cells has been shown to induce reprogramming, single-cell level details of the transitory phenotypic changes that occur during fusion-based reprogramming are still lacking. Our group previously reported on the technique of one-to-one electrofusion via micro-slits in a microfluidic platform. In this study, we focused on developing a novel air-lock patterning technique for creating localized adhesion zones around the micro-slits for cell localization and real-time imaging of post fusion events with a single-cell resolution...
September 2016: Biomicrofluidics
Min-Yu Chiang, Yao-Wen Hsu, Hsin-Yi Hsieh, San-Yuan Chen, Shih-Kang Fan
Formation of multifunctional, heterogeneous, and encoded hydrogel building blocks, or microgels, by crosslinking and assembly of microgels are two essential steps in establishing hierarchical, complicated, and three-dimensional (3D) hydrogel architectures that recapitulate natural and biological structures or originate new materials by design. However, for the variety of the hydrogel materials crosslinked differently and for the varied scales of microgels and architectures, the formation and assembly processes are usually performed separately, which increases the manufacturing complexity of designed hydrogel materials...
October 2016: Science Advances
Gaspar Banfalvi
The widespread interest in cell synchronization is maintained by the studies of control mechanism involved in cell cycle regulation. During the synchronization distinct subpopulations of cells are obtained representing different stages of the cell cycle. These subpopulations are then used to study regulatory mechanisms of the cycle at the level of macromolecular biosynthesis (DNA synthesis, gene expression, protein synthesis), protein phosphorylation, development of new drugs, etc. Although several synchronization methods have been described, it is of general interest that scientists get a compilation and an updated view of these synchronization techniques...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
Richard A Boucher, Jürgen Bauch, Dietmar Wünsche, Gerhard Lackner, Anindya Majumder
X-ray detectors based on metal-oxide semiconductor field effect transistors couple instantaneous measurement with high accuracy. However, they only have a limited measurement lifetime because they undergo permanent degradation due to x-ray beam exposure. A field effect transistor based on carbon nanotubes (CNTs), however, overcomes this drawback of permanent degradation, because it can be reset into its starting state after being exposed to the x-ray beam. In this work the CNTs were deposited using a dielectrophoresis method on SiO2 coated p-type (boron-doped) Si substrates...
October 24, 2016: Nanotechnology
Puneet Manocha, Gitanjali Chandwani, Soumen Das
With current research focus to interconnect the molecular communication environment with external environment, it is imperative to design external devices working on molecular communication schemes to be interfaced with in-vivo molecular network. Recently, efforts have been made to integrate molecular communication with Lab-on-chip (LOC); one of the techniques used in LOC for manipulation and transportation of molecules is Dielctrophoresis (DEP). We propose the use of DEP in molecular communication to maintain in-sequence delivery of molecules...
October 2016: IEEE Transactions on Nanobioscience
Jundi Hou, Tao Luo, Ka Lam Ng, Raymond Liang, Anskar Y H Leung, Dong Sun
One of the greatest challenges in acute myeloid leukemia (AML) treatment is preventing relapse. Leukemia cells can hide in bone marrow niche or vascular niche. Hence, many chemical drugs cannot kill these cells. To characterize migration and adhesion properties of leukemia cells in specific niches, CXCR4/SDF-1α signal pathway has been widely used for investigation. AMD3100 is treated as one of the most common chemical drugs that can inhibit this signal. In the current study, we particularly investigate the effect of AMD3100 on the adhesion property of leukemia cells on stromal cells by using engineering tools, namely, optical tweezers (OT) and dielectrophoresis (DEP), to probe single cell property...
October 19, 2016: IEEE Transactions on Nanobioscience
Kai Zhao, Ran Peng, Dongqing Li
A novel DC-dielectrophoresis (DEP) method employing a pressure-driven flow for the continuous separation of micro/nano-particles is presented in this paper. To generate the DEP force, a small voltage difference is applied to produce a non-uniformity of the electric field across a microchannel via a larger orifice of several hundred microns on one side of the channel wall and a smaller orifice of several hundred nanometers on the opposite channel wall. The particles experience a DEP force when they move with the flow through the vicinity of the small orifice, where the strongest electrical field gradient exists...
December 7, 2016: Nanoscale
Erin A Henslee, Ruth M Torcal Serrano, Fatima H Labeed, Rita I Jabr, Christopher H Fry, Michael P Hughes, Kai F Hoettges
A loss of ability of cells to undergo apoptosis (programmed cell death, whereby the cell ceases to function and destroys itself) is commonly associated with cancer, and many anti-cancer interventions aim to restart the process. Consequently, the accurate quantification of apoptosis is essential in understanding the function and performance of new anti-cancer drugs. Dielectrophoresis has previously been demonstrated to detect apoptosis more rapidly than other methods, and is low-cost, label-free and rapid, but has previously been unable to accurately quantify cells through the apoptotic process because cells in late apoptosis disintegrate, making cell tracking impossible...
October 24, 2016: Analyst
Seim Timung, Joydip Chaudhuri, Manash Pratim Borthakur, Tapas Kumar Mandal, Gautam Biswas, Dipankar Bandyopadhyay
We report a facile and non-invasive way to disintegrate a microdroplet into a string of further miniaturized ones under the influence of an external electrohydrodynamic field inside a microchannel. The deformation and breakup of the droplet was engendered by the Maxwell's stress originating from the accumulation of induced and free charges at the oil-water interface. While at smaller field intensities, e.g. less than 1 MV/m, the droplet deformed into a plug, at relatively higher field intensities, e.g. ∼1...
October 17, 2016: Electrophoresis
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