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Sylvia Neumann, Romain Chassefeyre, George E Campbell, Sandra E Encalada
In axons, proper localization of proteins, vesicles, organelles, and other cargoes is accomplished by the highly regulated coordination of kinesins and dyneins, molecular motors that bind to cargoes and translocate them along microtubule (MT) tracks. Impairment of axonal transport is implicated in the pathogenesis of multiple neurodegenerative disorders including Alzheimer's and Huntington's diseases. To understand how MT-based cargo motility is regulated and to delineate its role in neurodegeneration, it is critical to analyze the detailed dynamics of moving cargoes inside axons...
October 22, 2016: Traffic
Duthika M Mallawaaratchy, Susannah Hallal, Ben Russell, Linda Ly, Saeideh Ebrahimkhani, Heng Wei, Richard I Christopherson, Michael E Buckland, Kimberley L Kaufman
Extracellular vesicles (EVs) play key roles in glioblastoma (GBM) biology and represent novel sources of biomarkers that are detectable in the peripheral circulation. Despite this notionally non-invasive approach to assess GBM tumours in situ, a comprehensive GBM EV protein signature has not been described. Here, EVs secreted by six GBM cell lines were isolated and analysed by quantitative high-resolution mass spectrometry. Overall, 844 proteins were identified in the GBM EV proteome, of which 145 proteins were common to EVs secreted by all cell lines examined; included in the curated EV compendium (Vesiclepedia_559; http://microvesicles...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Neuro-oncology
Stefan Kramel, Greg A Voth, Saskia Tympel, Federico Toschi
We introduce a new particle shape which shows preferential rotation in three dimensional homogeneous isotropic turbulence. We call these particles chiral dipoles because they consist of a rod with two helices of opposite handedness, one at each end. 3D printing is used to fabricate these particles with a length in the inertial range and their rotations are tracked in a turbulent flow between oscillating grids. High aspect ratio chiral dipoles preferentially align with their long axis along the extensional eigenvectors of the strain rate tensor, and the helical ends respond to the extensional strain rate with a mean spinning rate that is nonzero...
October 7, 2016: Physical Review Letters
Katie M Parkins, Amanda M Hamilton, Ashley V Makela, Yuanxin Chen, Paula J Foster, John A Ronald
Cellular MRI involves sensitive visualization of iron-labeled cells in vivo but cannot differentiate between dead and viable cells. Bioluminescence imaging (BLI) measures cellular viability, and thus we explored combining these tools to provide a more holistic view of metastatic cancer cell fate in mice. Human breast carcinoma cells stably expressing Firefly luciferase were loaded with iron particles, injected into the left ventricle, and BLI and MRI were performed on days 0, 8, 21 and 28. The number of brain MR signal voids (i...
October 21, 2016: Scientific Reports
Karen Peynshaert, Stefaan J Soenen, Bella B Manshian, Shareen H Doak, Kevin Braeckmans, Stefaan C De Smedt, Katrien Remaut
: In the last decade the interest in autophagy got an incredible boost and the phenomenon quickly turned into an extensive research field. Interestingly, dysfunction of this cytoplasmic clearance system has been proposed to lie at the root of multiple diseases including cancer. We therefore consider it crucial from a toxicological point of view to investigate if nanomaterials that are developed for biomedical applications interfere with this cellular process. Here, we study the highly promising 'gradient alloyed' quantum dots (QDs) that differ from conventional ones by their gradient core composition which allows for better fluorescent properties...
October 17, 2016: Acta Biomaterialia
Radu Danescu, Razvan Itu, Andra Petrovai
The driving environment is complex and dynamic, and the attention of the driver is continuously challenged, therefore computer based assistance achieved by processing image and sensor data may increase traffic safety. While active sensors and stereovision have the advantage of obtaining 3D data directly, monocular vision is easy to set up, and can benefit from the increasing computational power of smart mobile devices, and from the fact that almost all of them come with an embedded camera. Several driving assistance application are available for mobile devices, but they are mostly targeted for simple scenarios and a limited range of obstacle shapes and poses...
October 17, 2016: Sensors
Christopher Batchelor-McAuley, Christopher A Little, Stanislav V Sokolov, Enno Kätelhön, Giorgia Zampardi, Richard G Compton
The lipid soluble fluorophore Nile Red (9-diethylamino-5-benzo[α]phenoxazinone) is used to fluorescently and electrochemically label an organic-in-water emulsion, where the organic phase is an ionic liquid [P6,6,6,14][FAP]/toluene mixture. The optical detection of the individual droplets is enabled facilitating the in-situ tracking and sizing of the suspended particles (average diameter = 530 nm, interquartile range = 180 nm). Through the use of a combined thin-layer optical/electrochemical cell, the irreversible accumulation of the droplets at an optically opaque carbon fibre electrode (diameter ~ 7...
October 17, 2016: Analytical Chemistry
Assiya Yermukhambetova, Chun Tan, Sohrab R Daemi, Zhumabay Bakenov, Jawwad A Darr, Daniel J L Brett, Paul R Shearing
Lithium sulfur (Li-S) batteries offer higher theoretical specific capacity, lower cost and enhanced safety compared to current Li-ion battery technology. However, the multiple reactions and phase changes in the sulfur conversion cathode result in highly complex phenomena that significantly impact cycling life. For the first time to the authors' knowledge, a multi-scale 3D in-situ tomography approach is used to characterize morphological parameters and track microstructural evolution of the sulfur cathode across multiple charge cycles...
October 17, 2016: Scientific Reports
C E Main, A Yool, N P Holliday, E E Popova, D O B Jones, H A Ruhl
Little is known about the fate of subsurface hydrocarbon plumes from deep-sea oil well blowouts and their effects on processes and communities. As deepwater drilling expands in the Faroe-Shetland Channel (FSC), oil well blowouts are a possibility, and the unusual ocean circulation of this region presents challenges to understanding possible subsurface oil pathways in the event of a spill. Here, an ocean general circulation model was used with a particle tracking algorithm to assess temporal variability of the oil-plume distribution from a deep-sea oil well blowout in the FSC...
October 13, 2016: Marine Pollution Bulletin
Anna Wang, Ryan McGorty, David M Kaz, Vinothan N Manoharan
Previous experiments have shown that spherical colloidal particles relax to equilibrium slowly after they adsorb to a liquid-liquid interface, despite the large interfacial energy gradient driving the adsorption. The slow relaxation has been explained in terms of transient pinning and depinning of the contact line on the surface of the particles. However, the nature of the pinning sites has not been investigated in detail. We use digital holographic microscopy to track a variety of colloidal spheres-inorganic and organic, charge-stabilized and sterically stabilized, aqueous and non-aqueous-as they breach liquid interfaces...
October 13, 2016: Soft Matter
Maria Goiko, John R de Bruyn, Bryan Heit
The plasma membrane is a heterogeneous environment characterized by anomalous diffusion and the presence of microdomains that are molecularly distinct from the bulk membrane. Using single particle tracking of the C-type lectin CD93, we have identified for the first time the transient trapping of transmembrane proteins in cage-like microdomains which restrict protein diffusion. These cages are stabilized by actin-dependent confinement regions, but are separate structures with sizes and lifespans uncorrelated to those of the underlying actin corral...
October 11, 2016: Scientific Reports
Bo Ma, Lianghua Huang, Jianbing Shen, Ling Shao, Ming-Hsuan Yang, Fatih Porikli
Most existing tracking algorithms do not explicitly consider the motion blur contained in video sequences, which degrades their performance in real world applications where motion blur often occurs. In this paper, we propose to solve the motion blur problem in visual tracking in a unified framework. Specifically, a joint blur state estimation and multi-task reverse sparse learning framework is presented, where the closed-form solution of blur kernel and sparse code matrix are obtained simultaneously. The reverse process considers the blurry candidates as dictionary elements, and sparsely represents blurred templates with the candidates...
October 6, 2016: IEEE Transactions on Image Processing: a Publication of the IEEE Signal Processing Society
Franziska Henrich, Daniela Fell, Dorota Truszkowska, Marcel Weirich, Manos Anyfantakis, Thi-Huong Nguyen, Manfred Wagner, Günter K Auernhammer, Hans-Jürgen Butt
In this work we show that the forced dynamic dewetting of surfactant solutions depends sensitively on the surfactant concentration. To measure this effect, a hydrophobic rotating cylinder was horizontally half immersed in aqueous surfactant solutions. Dynamic contact angles were measured optically by extrapolating the contour of the meniscus to the contact line. Anionic (sodium 1-decanesulfonate, S-1DeS), cationic (cetyl trimethylammonium bromide, CTAB) and nonionic surfactants (C4E1, C8E3 and C12E5) with critical micelle concentrations (CMCs) spanning four orders of magnitude were used...
September 20, 2016: Soft Matter
Bingbing Wang, Daniel A Knopf, Swarup China, Bruce W Arey, Tristan H Harder, Mary K Gilles, Alexander Laskin
Heterogeneous ice nucleation is a physical chemistry process of critical relevance to a range of topics in the fundamental and applied sciences and technologies. Heterogeneous ice nucleation remains insufficiently understood, partially due to the lack of experimental methods capable of obtaining in situ microscopic details of ice formation over nucleating substrates or particles. We present microscopic observations of ice nucleation events on kaolinite particles at the nanoscale and demonstrate the capability of direct tracking and micro-spectroscopic characterization of individual ice nucleating particles (INPs) in an authentic atmospheric sample...
September 21, 2016: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
Virginia Brancato, Alessandro Garziano, Filomena Gioiella, Francesco Urciuolo, Giorgia Imparato, Valeria Panzetta, Sabato Fusco, Paolo A Netti
: We fabricated three-dimensional microtissues with the aim to replicate in vitro the composition and the functionalities of the tumor microenvironment. By arranging either normal fibroblasts (NF) or cancer-activated fibroblasts (CAF) in two different three dimensional (3D) configurations, two kinds of micromodules were produced: spheroids and microtissues. Spheroids were obtained by means of the traditional cell aggregation technique resulting in a 3D model characterized by high cell density and low amount of extracellular proteins...
October 6, 2016: Acta Biomaterialia
Aleem Syed, Qiaochu Zhu, Emily A Smith
The effect of ligand on the lateral diffusion of receptor for advanced glycation endproducts (RAGE), a receptor involved in numerous pathological conditions, remains unknown. Single particle tracking experiments that use quantum dots specifically bound to hemagglutinin (HA)-tagged RAGE (HA-RAGE) are reported to elucidate the effect of ligand binding on HA-RAGE diffusion in GM07373 cell membranes. The ligand used in these studies is methylglyoxal modified-bovine serum albumin (MGO-BSA) containing advanced glycation end products modifications...
October 7, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Michelle Y Chan, Quinton M Dowling, Sandra J Sivananthan, Ryan M Kramer
Dynamic light scattering (DLS) and nanoparticle tracking analysis (NTA) are two orthogonal and complementary methods of measuring size of particles in a sample. These technologies use the theory of Brownian motion by analyzing the random changes of light intensity scattered by particles in solution. Both techniques can be used to characterize particle size distribution of proteins and formulations in the nanometer to low micron range.Each method has benefits over the other. DLS is a quick and simple measurement that is ideal for monodisperse particles and can also analyze a distribution of particles over a wide range of sizes...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
Firoozeh Babayekhorasani, Dave E Dunstan, Ramanan Krishnamoorti, Jacinta C Conrad
We identify distinct mechanisms controlling slowing of nanoparticle diffusion through complex media featuring both rigid geometrical confinement and soft mobile crowders. Towards this end, we use confocal microscopy and single particle tracking to probe the diffusion of 400 nm nanoparticles suspended in Newtonian water, in a Newtonian glycerol/water mixture, or in a non-Newtonian polymer solution through a model porous medium, a packed bed of microscale glass beads. The mobility of nanoparticles, as quantified by the long-time diffusion coefficient extracted from the particle mean-squared displacement, slows as the average pore size of the packed bed media decreases for both Newtonian and non-Newtonian solutions...
October 12, 2016: Soft Matter
Thomas R Bartlett, Stanislav V Sokolov, Blake J Plowman, Neil P Young, Richard G Compton
We report the tracking of atom count in individual nanoparticles during photochemical Ostwald ripening. The nano-impact technique, in conjunction with UV-Vis and TEM analysis, is used to follow the photochemical formation of silver nano-prisms from spherical seed particles. A mechanism of photochemical Ostwald ripening is deduced and key growth stages are identified.
September 15, 2016: Nanoscale
Roozbeh Abedini-Nassab, Daniel Y Joh, Faris Albarghouthi, Ashutosh Chilkoti, David M Murdoch, Benjamin B Yellen
The ability to direct and sort individual biological and non-biological particles into spatially addressable locations is fundamentally important to the emerging field of single cell biology. Towards this goal, we demonstrate a new class of magnetophoretic transistors, which can switch single magnetically labeled cells and magnetic beads between different paths in a microfluidic chamber. Compared with prior work on magnetophoretic transistors driven by a two-dimensional in-plane rotating field, the addition of a vertical magnetic field bias provides significant advantages in preventing the formation of particle clumps and in better replicating the operating principles of circuits in general...
October 18, 2016: Lab on a Chip
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