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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107406/classification-and-segmentation-of-nanoparticle-diffusion-trajectories-in-cellular-micro-environments
#1
Thorsten Wagner, Alexandra Kroll, Chandrashekara R Haramagatti, Hans-Gerd Lipinski, Martin Wiemann
Darkfield and confocal laser scanning microscopy both allow for a simultaneous observation of live cells and single nanoparticles. Accordingly, a characterization of nanoparticle uptake and intracellular mobility appears possible within living cells. Single particle tracking allows to measure the size of a diffusing particle close to a cell. However, within the more complex system of a cell's cytoplasm normal, confined or anomalous diffusion together with directed motion may occur. In this work we present a method to automatically classify and segment single trajectories into their respective motion types...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106220/particle-impact-analysis-of-the-degree-of-cluster-formation-of-rutile-nanoparticles-in-aqueous-solution
#2
Kenichi Shimizu, Stanislav V Sokolov, Neil P Young, Richard G Compton
Cluster formation can profoundly influence the bioavailability and (bio)geochemical activity of nanoparticles in natural aquatic systems. While colloidal properties of nanoparticles are commonly investigated using light-scattering techniques, the requirement to dilute samples can affect the fundamental nature and extent of the cluster size. Hence, an alternative in situ approach that can cover a much higher and wider concentration range of particles is desirable. In this study, particle impact chronoamperometry is employed to probe the degree of cluster formation of Alizarin Red S modified rutile nanoparticles of diameter ca...
January 20, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106191/the-frequency-dependent-response-of-single-aerosol-particles-to-vapour-phase-oscillations-and-its-application-in-measuring-diffusion-coefficients
#3
Thomas C Preston, James F Davies, Kevin R Wilson
A new method for measuring diffusion in the condensed phase of single aerosol particles is proposed and demonstrated. The technique is based on the frequency-dependent response of a binary particle to oscillations in the vapour phase of one of its chemical components. We discuss how this physical situation allows for what would typically be a non-linear boundary value problem to be approximately reduced to a linear boundary value problem. For the case of aqueous aerosol particles, we investigate the accuracy of the closed-form analytical solution to this linear problem through a comparison with the numerical solution of the full problem...
January 20, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095688/effect-of-gold-nanoparticle-size-and-coating-on-labeling-monocytes-for-ct-tracking
#4
Peter Chhour, Johoon Kim, Barbara Benardo, Alfredo Tovar, Shaameen Mian, Harold I Litt, Victor A Ferrari, David P Cormode
With advances in cell therapies, interest in cell tracking techniques to monitor the migration, localization, and viability of these cells continues to grow. X-ray computed tomography (CT) is a cornerstone of medical imaging but has been limited in cell tracking applications due to its low sensitivity toward contrast media. In this study, we investigate the role of size and surface functionality of gold nanoparticles for monocyte uptake to optimize the labeling of these cells for tracking in CT. We synthesized gold nanoparticles (AuNP) that range from 15 to 150 nm in diameter and examined several capping ligands, generating 44 distinct AuNP formulations...
January 18, 2017: Bioconjugate Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094862/software-platform-for-simulation-of-a-prototype-proton-ct-scanner
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Valentina Giacometti, Vladimir A Bashkirov, Pierluigi Piersimoni, Susanna Guatelli, Tia E Plautz, Hartmut F-W Sadrozinski, Robert P Johnson, Andriy Zatserklyaniy, Thomas Tessonnier, Katia Parodi, Anatoly B Rosenfeld, Reinhard W Schulte
PURPOSE: Proton computed tomography (pCT) is a promising imaging technique to substitute or at least complement x-ray CT for more accurate proton therapy treatment planning as it allows calculating directly proton relative stopping power from proton energy loss measurements. A proton CT scanner with a silicon-based particle tracking system and a 5 stage scintillating energy detector has been completed. In parallel a modular software platform was developed to characterize the performance of the proposed pCT...
January 17, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094758/exosomes-isolated-from-serum-of-systemic-sclerosis-patients-display-alterations-in-their-content-of-profibrotic-and-antifibrotic-microrna-and-induce-a-profibrotic-phenotype-in-cultured-normal-dermal-fibroblasts
#6
Peter J Wermuth, Piera-Velazquez Sonsoles, Sergio A Jimenez
OBJECTIVES: Exosomes are lipid bilayer-bound microvesicles containing various macromolecules including numerous microRNA (miRNA). Exosomes mediate intercellular communication by fusing and releasing their macromolecular content into target cells. Here, we analysed the content of profibrotic and antifibrotic miRNAs in exosomes isolated from the serum of systemic sclerosis (SSc) patients and tested their ability to induce a profibrotic phenotype in normal human dermal fibroblasts in vitro...
January 13, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094297/high-throughput-quantitation-of-inorganic-nanoparticle-biodistribution-at-the-single-cell-level-using-mass-cytometry
#7
Yu-Sang Sabrina Yang, Prabhani U Atukorale, Kelly D Moynihan, Ahmet Bekdemir, Kavya Rakhra, Li Tang, Francesco Stellacci, Darrell J Irvine
Inorganic nanoparticles (NPs) are studied as drug carriers, radiosensitizers and imaging agents, and characterizing nanoparticle biodistribution is essential for evaluating their efficacy and safety. Tracking NPs at the single-cell level with current technologies is complicated by the lack of reliable methods to stably label particles over extended durations in vivo. Here we demonstrate that mass cytometry by time-of-flight provides a label-free approach for inorganic nanoparticle quantitation in cells. Furthermore, mass cytometry can enumerate AuNPs with a lower detection limit of ∼10 AuNPs (3 nm core size) in a single cell with tandem multiparameter cellular phenotyping...
January 17, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090122/effect-of-static-vs-dynamic-imaging-on-particle-transport-in-ct-based-numerical-models-of-human-central-airways
#8
Shinjiro Miyawaki, Eric A Hoffman, Ching-Long Lin
Advances in quantitative computed tomography (CT) has provided methods to assess the detailed structure of the pulmonary airways and parenchyma, providing the means of applying computational fluid dynamics-based modeling to better understand subject-specific differences in structure-to-function relationships. Most of the previous numerical studies, seeking to predict patterns of inhaled particle deposition, have considered airway geometry and regional ventilation derived from static images. Because geometric alterations of the airway and parenchyma associated with regional ventilation may greatly affect particle transport, we have sought to investigate the effect of rigid vs...
October 2016: Journal of Aerosol Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088300/cytoplasmic-rna-protein-particles-exhibit-non-gaussian-subdiffusive-behavior
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Thomas J Lampo, Stella Stylianidou, Mikael P Backlund, Paul A Wiggins, Andrew J Spakowitz
The cellular cytoplasm is a complex, heterogeneous environment (both spatially and temporally) that exhibits viscoelastic behavior. To further develop our quantitative insight into cellular transport, we analyze data sets of mRNA molecules fluorescently labeled with MS2-GFP tracked in real time in live Escherichia coli and Saccharomyces cerevisiae cells. As shown previously, these RNA-protein particles exhibit subdiffusive behavior that is viscoelastic in its origin. Examining the ensemble of particle displacements reveals a Laplace distribution at all observed timescales rather than the Gaussian distribution predicted by the central limit theorem...
January 11, 2017: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081290/membrane-microdomains-and-the-cytoskeleton-constrain-athir1-dynamics-and-facilitate-the-formation-of-an-athir1-associated-immune-complex
#10
Xueqin Lv, Yanping Jing, Jianwei Xiao, Yongdeng Zhang, Yingfang Zhu, Russell Julian, Jinxing Lin
Arabidopsis hypersensitive induced reaction (AtHIR) proteins function in plant innate immunity. However, the underlying mechanisms by which AtHIRs participate in plant immunity remain elusive. Here, using VA-TIRFM and FLIM-FRET, we revealed that AtHIR1 is present in membrane microdomains and co-localizes with the membrane microdomain marker REM1.3. Single-particle tracking analysis revealed that membrane microdomains and the cytoskeleton, especially microtubules, restrict the lateral mobility of AtHIR1 at the plasma membrane and facilitate its oligomerization...
January 12, 2017: Plant Journal: for Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079956/an-exonuclease-iii-powered-on-particle-stochastic-dna-walker
#11
Xiangmeng Qu, Dan Zhu, Guangbao Yao, Shao Su, Jie Chao, Huajie Liu, Xiaolei Zuo, Lihua Wang, Jiye Shi, Lianhui Wang, Wei Huang, Hao Pei, Chunhai Fan
DNA-based machines have attracted rapidly growing interest owing to their potential in drug delivery, biocomputing, and diagnostic applications. Herein, we report a type of exonuclease III (Exo III)-powered stochastic DNA walker that can autonomously move on a spherical nucleic acid (SNA)-based 3D track. The motion is propelled by unidirectional Exo III digestion of hybridized DNA tracks in a burnt-bridge mechanism. The operation of this Exo III-propelled DNA walker was monitored in real time and at the single-particle resolution using total internal reflection fluorescence microscopy (TIRF)...
January 12, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077187/lysosome-like-compartments-of-trypanosoma-cruzi-trypomastigotes-may-originate-directly-from-epimastigote-reservosomes
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Juliana C Vidal, Carolina DE L Alcantara, Wanderley DE Souza, Narcisa L Cunha-E-Silva
Trypanosoma cruzi epimastigote reservosomes store nutrients taken up during the intense endocytic activity exhibited by this developmental form. Reservosomes were classified as pre-lysosomal compartments. In contrast, trypomastigote forms are not able to take up nutrients from the medium. Interestingly, trypomastigotes also have acidic organelles with the same proteases contained in epimastigote reservosomes. Nevertheless, the origin and function of these organelles have not been disclosed so far. Given the similarities between the compartments of epimastigotes and trypomastigotes, the present study aimed to investigate the origin of metacyclic trypomastigote protease-containing organelles by tracking fluorospheres or colloidal gold particles previously stored in epimastigotes' reservosomes throughout metacyclogenesis...
January 12, 2017: Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076813/signatures-of-mechanosensitive-gating
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REVIEW
Richard G Morris
The question of how mechanically gated membrane channels open and close is notoriously difficult to address, especially if the protein structure is not available. This perspective highlights the relevance of micropipette-aspirated single-particle tracking-used to obtain a channel's diffusion coefficient, D, as a function of applied membrane tension, σ-as an indirect assay for determining functional behavior in mechanosensitive channels. While ensuring that the protein remains integral to the membrane, such methods can be used to identify not only the gating mechanism of a protein, but also associated physical moduli, such as torsional and dilational rigidity, which correspond to the protein's effective shape change...
January 10, 2017: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074925/atomization-of-high-viscosity-fluids-for-aromatherapy-using-micro-heaters-for-heterogeneous-bubble-nucleation
#14
Junhui Law, Ka Wai Kong, Ho-Yin Chan, Winston Sun, Wen Jung Li, Eric Boa Fung Chau, George Kak Man Chan
The development of a novel lead-free microelectromechanical-system (MEMS)-based atomizer using the principle of thermal bubble actuation is presented. It is a low-cost, lead-free design that is environmentally friendly and harmless to humans. It has been tested to be applicable over a wide range of fluid viscosities, ranging from 1 cP (e.g., water) to 200 cP (e.g., oil-like fluid) at room temperature, a range that is difficult to achieve using ordinary atomizers. The results demonstrate that the average power consumption of the atomizer is approximately 1 W with an atomization rate of 0...
January 11, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073444/modelling-the-hydrodynamic-conditions-associated-with-dinophysis-blooms-in-galicia-nw-spain
#15
Manuel Ruiz-Villarreal, Luz M García-García, Marcos Cobas, Patricio A Díaz, Beatriz Reguera
The northwestern Iberian coast (Galician Rías and shelf) is frequently affected by toxic harmful algal blooms (HABs) (mainly Dinophysis spp.), leading to lengthy harvesting closures in a region where aquaculture has a strong socioeconomic impact. The project ASIMUTH (http://www.asimuth.eu) aimed to develop forecasting capabilities to warn of impending HABs along the European Atlantic coast. Simulations with the ROMS model (hydrodynamical and ecological simulations complemented with Lagrangian particle tracking simulations) of the Galician coastal circulation have been performed in the framework of the ASIMUTH project to characterize and forecast oceanographic conditions before and during HAB periods...
March 2016: Harmful Algae
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073438/individual-based-modelling-of-the-development-and-transport-of-a-karenia-mikimotoi-bloom-on-the-north-west-european-continental-shelf
#16
P A Gillibrand, B Siemering, P I Miller, K Davidson
In 2006, a large and prolonged bloom of the dinoflagellate Karenia mikimotoi occurred in Scottish coastal waters, causing extensive mortalities of benthic organisms including annelids and molluscs and some species of fish (Davidson et al., 2009). A coupled hydrodynamic-algal transport model was developed to track the progression of the bloom around the Scottish coast during June-September 2006 and hence investigate the processes controlling the bloom dynamics. Within this individual-based model, cells were capable of growth, mortality and phototaxis and were transported by physical processes of advection and turbulent diffusion, using current velocities extracted from operational simulations of the MRCS ocean circulation model of the North-west European continental shelf...
March 2016: Harmful Algae
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28071667/photogate-microscopy-to-track-single-molecules-in-crowded-environments
#17
Vladislav Belyy, Sheng-Min Shih, Jigar Bandaria, Yongjian Huang, Rosalie E Lawrence, Roberto Zoncu, Ahmet Yildiz
Tracking single molecules inside cells reveals the dynamics of biological processes, including receptor trafficking, signalling and cargo transport. However, individual molecules often cannot be resolved inside cells due to their high density. Here we develop the PhotoGate technique that controls the number of fluorescent particles in a region of interest by repeatedly photobleaching its boundary. PhotoGate bypasses the requirement of photoactivation to track single particles at surface densities two orders of magnitude greater than the single-molecule detection limit...
January 10, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068671/high-spatial-resolution-mapping-of-catalytic-reactions-on-single-particles
#18
Chung-Yeh Wu, William J Wolf, Yehonatan Levartovsky, Hans A Bechtel, Michael C Martin, F Dean Toste, Elad Gross
The critical role in surface reactions and heterogeneous catalysis of metal atoms with low coordination numbers, such as found at atomic steps and surface defects, is firmly established. But despite the growing availability of tools that enable detailed in situ characterization, so far it has not been possible to document this role directly. Surface properties can be mapped with high spatial resolution, and catalytic conversion can be tracked with a clear chemical signature; however, the combination of the two, which would enable high-spatial-resolution detection of reactions on catalytic surfaces, has rarely been achieved...
January 11, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067508/coherent-brightfield-microscopy-provides-the-spatiotemporal-resolution-to-study-early-stage-viral-infection-in-live-cells
#19
Yi-Fan Huang, Guan-Yu Zhuo, Chun-Yu Chou, Cheng-Hao Lin, Wen Chang, Chia-Lung Hsieh
Viral infection starts with a virus particle landing on a cell surface followed by penetration of the plasma membrane. Due to the difficulty of measuring the rapid motion of small-sized virus particles on the membrane, little is known about how a virus particle reaches an endocytic site after landing at a random location. Here, we use coherent brightfield (COBRI) microscopy to investigate early stage viral infection with ultrahigh spatiotemporal resolution. By detecting intrinsic scattered light via imaging-based interferometry, COBRI microscopy allows us to track the motion of a single vaccinia virus particle with nanometer spatial precision (<3 nm) in 3D and microsecond temporal resolution (up to 100,000 frames per second)...
January 13, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28061848/multi-antigen-avian-influenza-a-h7n9-virus-like-particles-particulate-characterizations-and-immunogenicity-evaluation-in-murine-and-avian-models
#20
Che-Ming Jack Hu, Chu-Yang Chien, Ming-Tsan Liu, Zih-Syun Fang, Sui-Yuan Chang, Rong-Huay Juang, Shih-Chung Chang, Hui-Wen Chen
BACKGROUND: Human infection with avian influenza A virus (H7N9) was first reported in China in March 2013. Since then, hundreds of cases have been confirmed showing severe symptoms with a high mortality rate. The virus was transmitted from avian species to humans and has spread to many neighboring areas, raising serious concerns over its pandemic potential. Towards containing the disease, the goal of this study is to prepare a virus-like particle (VLP) that consists of hemagglutinin (HA), neuraminidase (NA) and matrix protein 1 (M1) derived from the human isolate A/Taiwan/S02076/2013(H7N9) for potential vaccine development...
January 7, 2017: BMC Biotechnology
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