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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932552/microfluidic-analysis-of-oocyte-and-embryo-biomechanical-properties-to-improve-outcomes-in-assisted-reproductive-technologies
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Livia Z Yanez, David B Camarillo
Measurement of oocyte and embryo biomechanical properties has recently emerged as an exciting new approach to obtain a quantitative, objective estimate of developmental potential. However, many traditional methods for probing cell mechanical properties are time consuming, labor intensive and require expensive equipment. Microfluidic technology is currently making its way into many aspects of assisted reproductive technologies (ART), and is particularly well suited to measure embryo biomechanics due to the potential for robust, automated single-cell analysis at a low cost...
December 8, 2016: Molecular Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932412/universal-haplotype-based-noninvasive-prenatal-testing-for-single-gene-diseases
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Winnie W I Hui, Peiyong Jiang, Yu K Tong, Wing-Shan Lee, Yvonne K Y Cheng, Maria I New, Rezan A Kadir, K C Allen Chan, Tak Y Leung, Y M Dennis Lo, Rossa W K Chiu
BACKGROUND: Researchers have developed approaches for the noninvasive prenatal testing of single gene diseases. One approach that allows for the noninvasive assessment of both maternally and paternally inherited mutations involves the analysis of single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in maternal plasma DNA with reference to parental haplotype information. In the past, parental haplotypes were resolved by complex experimental methods or inferential approaches, such as through the analysis of DNA from other affected family members...
December 8, 2016: Clinical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931005/microfluidic-immunosensor-for-rapid-and-highly-sensitive-salivary-cortisol-quantification
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V Pinto, P Sousa, S O Catarino, M Correia-Neves, G Minas
This paper presents a novel poly(dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS) microfluidic immunosensor that integrates a complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor (CMOS) optical detection system for a rapid and highly-sensitive quantification of salivary cortisol. The simple and non-invasive method of saliva sampling provides an interesting alternative to the blood, allowing a fast sampling at short intervals, relevant for many clinical diagnostic applications. The developed approach is based on the covalent immobilization of a coating antibody (Ab), a polyclonal anti-IgG, onto a treated PDMS surface...
November 30, 2016: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930851/surfactant-free-fabrication-of-fullerene-c60-nanotubules-under-shear
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Kasturi Vimalanathan, Rekha Goswami Shrestha, Zhi Zhang, Jin Zou, Tomonobu Nakayama, Colin L Raston
A method for controlling the self-assembly of fullerene C60 molecules into nanotubules in the fcc phase, devoid of entrapped solvent, has been established in a thin film microfluidic device. The micron length C60 nanotubules, with individual hollow diameters of 100 to 400 nm, are formed under continuous flow processing during high shear micromixing of water and a toluene solution of the fullerene, in the absence of surfactant, and without the need for further down-stream processing. TEM revealed pores on the surface of the nanotubes, and the isolated material has a much higher response to small molecule sensing than that for analogous material formed using multistep batch processing...
December 8, 2016: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930750/spatial-chemical-stimulation-control-in-microenvironment-by-microfluidic-probe-integrated-device-for-cell-based-assay
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Masayuki Horayama, Kenta Shinha, Kazuya Kabayama, Teruo Fujii, Hiroshi Kimura
Cell-cell interactions play an important role in the development and function of multicellular organisms. To investigate these interactions in detail, it is necessary to evaluate the behavior of a cell population when the minimum number of cells in the population is stimulated by some chemical factors. We propose a microfluidic device integrated with microfluidic probe (MFP) functionality; this device is capable of imparting a chemical stimulus to cells within a microenvironment, for cell-based assays. The device contains MFP channels at the walls of the cell culture microchannels, and it can control a localized chemical stimulation area at the scale of a single cell to a few cells using MFP fluid control in a microspace...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27929523/single-cell-barcoding-and-sequencing-using-droplet-microfluidics
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Rapolas Zilionis, Juozas Nainys, Adrian Veres, Virginia Savova, David Zemmour, Allon M Klein, Linas Mazutis
Single-cell RNA sequencing has recently emerged as a powerful tool for mapping cellular heterogeneity in diseased and healthy tissues, yet high-throughput methods are needed for capturing the unbiased diversity of cells. Droplet microfluidics is among the most promising candidates for capturing and processing thousands of individual cells for whole-transcriptome or genomic analysis in a massively parallel manner with minimal reagent use. We recently established a method called inDrops, which has the capability to index >15,000 cells in an hour...
January 2017: Nature Protocols
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27928514/a-microchip-for-high-throughput-axon-growth-drug-screening
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Hyun Soo Kim, Sehoon Jeong, Chiwan Koo, Arum Han, Jaewon Park
It has been recently known that not only the presence of inhibitory molecules associated with myelin but also the reduced growth capability of the axons limit mature central nervous system (CNS) axonal regeneration after injury. Conventional axon growth studies are typically conducted using multi-well cell culture plates that are very challenging to investigate localized effects of drugs and limited to low throughput. Unfortunately, there is currently no other in vitro tools that allow investigating localized axonal responses to biomolecules in high-throughput for screening potential drugs that might promote axonal growth...
July 2016: Micromachines
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27928513/suzuki-miyaura-cross-coupling-optimization-enabled-by-automated-feedback
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Brandon J Reizman, Yi-Ming Wang, Stephen L Buchwald, Klavs F Jensen
An automated, droplet-flow microfluidic system explores and optimizes Pd-catalyzed Suzuki-Miyaura cross-coupling reactions. A smart optimal DoE-based algorithm is implemented to increase the turnover number and yield of the catalytic system considering both discrete variables-palladacycle and ligand-and continuous variables-temperature, time, and loading-simultaneously. The use of feedback allows for experiments to be run with catalysts and under conditions more likely to produce an optimum; consequently complex reaction optimizations are completed within 96 experiments...
December 1, 2016: Reaction Chemistry & Engineering
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
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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
#20
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
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