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January 2017: Electrophoresis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092692/smile-seq-identifies-binding-motifs-of-single-and-dimeric-transcription-factors
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Alina Isakova, Romain Groux, Michael Imbeault, Pernille Rainer, Daniel Alpern, Riccardo Dainese, Giovanna Ambrosini, Didier Trono, Philipp Bucher, Bart Deplancke
Resolving the DNA-binding specificities of transcription factors (TFs) is of critical value for understanding gene regulation. Here, we present a novel, semiautomated protein-DNA interaction characterization technology, selective microfluidics-based ligand enrichment followed by sequencing (SMiLE-seq). SMiLE-seq is neither limited by DNA bait length nor biased toward strong affinity binders; it probes the DNA-binding properties of TFs over a wide affinity range in a fast and cost-effective fashion. We validated SMiLE-seq by analyzing 58 full-length human, mouse, and Drosophila TFs from distinct structural classes...
January 16, 2017: Nature Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092381/miniaturized-devices-for-point-of-care-molecular-detection-of-hiv
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Michael Mauk, Jinzhao Song, Haim H Bau, Robert Gross, Frederic D Bushman, Ronald G Collman, Changchun Liu
The HIV pandemic affects 36.7 million people worldwide, predominantly in resource-poor settings. Nucleic acid-based molecular detection of HIV plays a significant role in antiretroviral treatment monitoring for HIV patients, as well as diagnosis of HIV infection in infants. Currently available molecular diagnostic methods are complex, time-consuming and relatively expensive, thus limiting their use in resource-poor settings. Recent advances in microfluidics technology have made possible low-cost integrated miniaturized devices for molecular detection and quantification of HIV at the point of care...
January 16, 2017: Lab on a Chip
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092380/chromatin-immunoprecipitation-in-microfluidic-droplets-towards-fast-and-cheap-analyses
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Bruno Teste, Jerome Champ, Arturo Londono-Vallejo, Stéphanie Descroix, Laurent Malaquin, Jean-Louis Viovy, Irena Draskovic, Guillaume Mottet
Genetic organization is governed by the interaction of DNA with histone proteins, and differential modifications of these proteins is a fundamental mechanism of gene regulation. Histone modifications are primarily studied through chromatin immunoprecipitation (ChIP) assays, however conventional ChIP procedures are time consuming, laborious and require a large number of cells. Here we report for the first time the development of ChIP in droplets based on a microfluidic platform combining nanoliter droplets, magnetic beads (MB) and magnetic tweezers (MT)...
January 16, 2017: Lab on a Chip
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090668/studies-of-anticancer-drug-cytotoxicity-based-on-long-term-hepg2-spheroid-culture-in-a-microfluidic-system
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Agnieszka Zuchowska, Karina Kwapiszewska, Michal Chudy, Artur Dybko, Zbigniew Brzozka
Cell-on-a-chip systems have become promising devices to study the effectiveness of new anticancer drugs recently. Several microdevices for liver cancer culture and evaluation of the drug cytotoxicity have been reported. However, there are still no proven reports about high-throughput and simple methods for the evaluation of drug cytotoxicity on liver cancer cells. The paper presents the results of the effects of the anticancer drug (5-fluorouracil, 5-FU) on the HepG2 spheroids as a model of liver cancer. The experiments were based on the long-term 3D spheroid culture in the microfluidic system and monitoring of the effect of 5-FU at two selected concentrations (0...
January 16, 2017: Electrophoresis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090238/red-blood-cell-dynamics-in-biomimetic-microfluidic-networks-of-pulmonary-alveolar-capillaries
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Hagit Stauber, Dan Waisman, Netanel Korin, Josué Sznitman
The pulmonary capillary networks (PCNs) embody organ-specific microvasculatures, where blood vessels form dense meshes that maximize the surface area available for gas exchange in the lungs. With characteristic capillary lengths and diameters similar to the size of red blood cells (RBCs), seminal descriptions coined the term "sheet flow" nearly half a century ago to differentiate PCNs from the usual notion of Poiseuille flow in long straight tubes. Here, we revisit in true-scale experiments the original "sheet flow" model and devise for the first time biomimetic microfluidic platforms of organ-specific PCN structures perfused with RBC suspensions at near-physiological hematocrit levels...
January 10, 2017: Biomicrofluidics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090219/integrated-microfluidic-aptasensor-for-mass-spectrometric-detection-of-vasopressin-in-human-plasma-ultrafiltrate
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J Yang, J Zhu, R Pei, J A Oliver, D W Landry, M N Stojanovic, Q Lin
We present a microfluidic aptamer-based biosensor for detection of low-molecular-weight biomarkers in patient samples. Using a microfluidic device that integrates aptamer-based specific analyte extraction, isocratic elution, and detection by matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight (MALDI-TOF) mass spectrometry, we demonstrate rapid, sensitive and label-free detection of arginine vasopressin (AVP) in human plasma ultrafiltrate. AVP molecules in complex matrices are specifically captured by an aptamer that is immobilized on microbeads via affinity binding in a microchamber...
July 14, 2016: Analytical Methods: Advancing Methods and Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089938/3d-printed-rf-probeheads-for-low-cost-high-throughput-nmr
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R Adam Horch, John C Gore
3D printing has been exploited as a means to fabricate complete NMR probeheads containing arrays of miniature RF circuits for high-throughput solution-state NMR spectroscopy and potentially other purposes. 3D-printed NMR circuits of millimeter scale were constructed consisting of RF coils, variable tuning/matching capacitors, and liquid NMR sample cavities. Channels and cavities capable of being addressed using microfluidics are included in the probehead structure, providing a means for hydraulically-controlled RF tuning/matching and liquid NMR sample loading/unloading...
January 12, 2017: Magnetic Resonance Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089783/characterization-of-rat-or-human-hepatocytes-cultured-in-microphysiological-systems-mps-to-identify-hepatotoxicity
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Shih-Yu Chang, Jenna L Voellinger, Kirk P Van Ness, Brian Chapron, Rachel M Shaffer, Thomas Neumann, Collin C White, Terrance J Kavanagh, Edward J Kelly, David L Eaton
The liver is the main site for drug and xenobiotics metabolism, including inactivation or bioactivation. In order to improve the predictability of drug safety and efficacy in clinical development, and to facilitate the evaluation of the potential human health effects from exposure to environmental contaminants, there is a critical need to accurately model human organ systems such as the liver in vitro. We are developing a microphysiological system (MPS) based on a new commercial microfluidic platform (Nortis, Inc...
January 12, 2017: Toxicology in Vitro: An International Journal Published in Association with BIBRA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089275/microfluidic-membrane-suppressor-module-design-and-evaluation-for-capillary-ion-chromatography
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Sam Wouters, Cees Bruggink, Yury Agroskin, Christopher Pohl, Sebastiaan Eeltink
A microfluidic ion-suppression module for use in ion-exchange chromatography has been developed and evaluated. The device consists of an ion-exchange membrane clamped between two polymer chips featuring a 200×100μm (width×depth) eluent channel (l=60mm), and a 300×150μm regenerant channel (60mm), respectively. The suppression efficacy using a Nafion membrane was compared with that of a styrene-sulfonate grafted fluorinated ethylene propylene (FEP) membrane. The latter was found to outperform Nafion in terms of lowest attainable background signal (suppression efficacy) and dynamic suppression range...
December 29, 2016: Journal of Chromatography. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088752/microfluidic-approaches-for-isolation-detection-and-characterization-of-extracellular-vesicles-current-status-and-future-directions
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Shima Gholizadeh, Mohamed Shehata Draz, Maryam Zarghooni, Amir Sanati-Nezhad, Saeid Ghavami, Hadi Shafiee, Mohsen Akbari
Extracellular vesicles (EVs) are cell-derived vesicles present in body fluids that play an essential role in various cellular processes, such as intercellular communication, inflammation, cellular homeostasis, survival, transport, and regeneration. Their isolation and analysis from body fluids have a great clinical potential to provide information on a variety of disease states such as cancer, cardiovascular complications and inflammatory disorders. Despite increasing scientific and clinical interest in this field, there are still no standardized procedures available for the purification, detection, and characterization of EVs...
December 30, 2016: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088316/individual-female-differences-in-chemoattractant-production-change-the-scale-of-sea-urchin-gamete-interactions
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Yasmeen H Hussain, Martin Sadilek, Shukri Salad, Richard K Zimmer, Jeffrey A Riffell
Sperm selection by females is an important process influencing fertilization and, particularly in broadcast-spawning organisms, often occurs before sperm reach the egg. Waterborne sperm chemoattractants are one mechanism by which eggs selectively influence conspecific sperm behavior, but it remains an open question whether the eggs from different females produce different amounts of sperm chemoattractant, and how that might influence sperm behavior. Here, we quantify the differences in attractant production between females of the sea urchin species Lytechinus pictus and use computational models and microfluidic sperm chemotaxis assays to determine how differences in chemoattractant production between females affects their ability to attract sperm...
January 11, 2017: Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088281/flow-injection-microfluidic-device-with-on-line-fluorescent-derivatization-for-the-determination-of-cr-iii-and-cr-vi-in-water-samples-after-solid-phase-extraction
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Guilong Peng, Qiang He, Ying Lu, Jing Huang, Jin-Ming Lin
In this paper, a rapid and simple method using magnetic multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTS), as a solid-phase extraction (SPE) sorbent, was successfully developed for extraction and preconcentration trace amounts of Cr(III) in water samples. The synthesized magnetic-MWCNTs nanocomposite was characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and X-ray diffraction (XRD). A rhodamine derivative (R1) was synthesized and characterized as a highly selective and sensitive fluorescent derivatizing agent for Cr(III)...
February 22, 2017: Analytica Chimica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088276/solid-supports-for-extraction-and-preconcentration-of-proteins-and-peptides-in-microfluidic-devices-a-review
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Szymon Dziomba, Monica Araya-Farias, Claire Smadja, Myriam Taverna, Benjamin Carbonnier, N Thuy Tran
Determination of proteins and peptides is among the main challenges of today's bioanalytical chemistry. The application of microchip technology in this field is an exhaustively developed concept that aims to create integrated and fully automated analytical devices able to quantify or detect one or several proteins from a complex matrix. Selective extraction and preconcentration of targeted proteins and peptides especially from biological fluids is of the highest importance for a successful realization of these microsystems...
February 22, 2017: Analytica Chimica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086931/the-release-and-trans-synaptic-transmission-of-tau-via-exosomes
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Yipeng Wang, Varun Balaji, Senthilvelrajan Kaniyappan, Lars Krüger, Stephan Irsen, Katharina Tepper, RamReddy Chandupatla, Walter Maetzler, Anja Schneider, Eckhard Mandelkow, Eva-Maria Mandelkow
BACKGROUND: Tau pathology in AD spreads in a hierarchical pattern, whereby it first appears in the entorhinal cortex, then spreads to the hippocampus and later to the surrounding areas. Based on this sequential appearance, AD can be classified into six stages ("Braak stages"). The mechanisms and agents underlying the progression of Tau pathology are a matter of debate. Emerging evidence indicates that the propagation of Tau pathology may be due to the transmission of Tau protein, but the underlying pathways and Tau species are not well understood...
January 13, 2017: Molecular Neurodegeneration
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078718/fabric-based-alkaline-direct-formate-microfluidic-fuel-cells
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Kryls Domalaon, Catherine Tang, Alex Mendez, Franky Bernal, Krutarth Purohit, Linda Pham, John Haan, Frank A Gomez
Fabric-based microfluidic fuel cells (MFCs) serve as a novel, cost-efficient alternative to traditional FCs and batteries, since fluids naturally travel across fabric via capillary action, eliminating the need for an external pump and lowering production and operation costs. Building on previous research with Y-shaped paper-based MFCs, fabric-based MFCs mitigate fragility and durability issues caused by long periods of fuel immersion. In the present work we describe a microfluidic fabric-based direct formate fuel cell (DFFC), with 5 M potassium formate and 30% hydrogen peroxide as the anode fuel and cathode oxidant, respectively...
January 12, 2017: Electrophoresis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078410/effects-of-direct-current-electric-fields-on-lung-cancer-cell-electrotaxis-in-a-pmma-based-microfluidic-device
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Yaping Li, Tao Xu, Xiaomei Chen, Shin Lin, Michael Cho, Dong Sun, Mengsu Yang
Tumor metastasis is the primary cause of cancer death. Numerous studies have demonstrated the electrotactic responses of various cancer cell types, and suggested its potential implications in metastasis. In this study, we used a microfluidic device to emulate endogenous direct current electric field (dcEF) environment, and studied the electrotactic migration of non-small cell lung cancer cell lines (H460, HCC827, H1299, and H1975) and the underlying mechanisms. These cell lines exhibited greatly different response in applied dcEFs (2-6 V/cm)...
January 11, 2017: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078334/confinement-induced-alterations-in-the-evaporation-dynamics-of-sessile-droplets
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Lalit Bansal, Suman Chakraborty, Saptarshi Basu
Evaporation of sessile droplets has been a topic of extensive research. However, the effect of confinement on the underlying dynamics has not been well explored. Here, we report the evaporation dynamics of a sessile droplet in a confined fluidic environment. Our findings reveal that an increase in the channel length delays the completion of the evaporation process and leads to unique spatio-temporal evaporation flux and internal flow. The evaporation modes (constant contact angle and constant contact radius) during the droplet lifetime however exhibit global similarity when normalized by appropriate length and timescales...
January 12, 2017: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077562/sensitive-and-inexpensive-digital-dna-analysis-by-microfluidic-enrichment-of-rolling-circle-amplified-single-molecules
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Malte Kühnemund, Iván Hernández-Neuta, Mohd Istiaq Sharif, Matteo Cornaglia, Martin A M Gijs, Mats Nilsson
Single molecule quantification assays provide the ultimate sensitivity and precision for molecular analysis. However, most digital analysis techniques, i.e. droplet PCR, require sophisticated and expensive instrumentation for molecule compartmentalization, amplification and analysis. Rolling circle amplification (RCA) provides a simpler means for digital analysis. Nevertheless, the sensitivity of RCA assays has until now been limited by inefficient detection methods. We have developed a simple microfluidic strategy for enrichment of RCA products into a single field of view of a low magnification fluorescent sensor, enabling ultra-sensitive digital quantification of nucleic acids over a dynamic range from 1...
January 10, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28075551/cucurbit-n-uril-based-microcapsules-self-assembled-within-microfluidic-droplets-a-versatile-approach-for-supramolecular-architectures-and-materials
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Ji Liu, Yang Lan, Ziyi Yu, Cindy S Y Tan, Richard M Parker, Chris Abell, Oren A Scherman
Microencapsulation is a fundamental concept behind a wide range of daily applications ranging from paints, adhesives, and pesticides to targeted drug delivery, transport of vaccines, and self-healing concretes. The beauty of microfluidics to generate microcapsules arises from the capability of fabricating monodisperse and micrometer-scale droplets, which can lead to microcapsules/particles with fine-tuned control over size, shape, and hierarchical structure, as well as high reproducibility, efficient material usage, and high-throughput manipulation...
January 11, 2017: Accounts of Chemical Research
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