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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793169/spontaneous-rise-in-open-rectangular-channels-under-gravity
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Vignesh Thammanna Gurumurthy, Ilia V Roisman, Cameron Tropea, Stephen Garoff
Fluid movement in microfluidic devices, porous media, and textured surfaces involves coupled flows over the faces and corners of the media. Spontaneous wetting of simple grooved surfaces provides a model system to probe these flows. This numerical study investigates the spontaneous rise of a liquid in an array of open rectangular channels under gravity, using the Volume-of-Fluid method with adaptive mesh refinement. The rise is characterized by the meniscus height at the channel center, outer face and the interior and exterior corners...
May 17, 2018: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792803/macroporous-enabled-highly-deformable-layered-hydrogels-with-designed-ph-response
#2
Minggan Li, Dehi Joung, Dae Kun Hwang
Environment responsive hydrogel structures are of great interests in materials research and have a wide range of applications. By using a flow lithography technique, we report a one-step and high throughput fabrication method for the synthesis of highly pH-responsive hydrogels with designed shape transformations. In this method, heterogeneous hydrogels with porous and nonporous layers are synthesized using a single UV exposure in a microfluidic channel. During the UV polymerization the porous layers, which are formed by using polymerization induced phase separation (PIPS), significantly increase the swelling capability and enhance the swelling rate of the hydrogels...
May 24, 2018: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792200/wedge-shaped-microfluidic-chip-for-circulating-tumor-cells-isolation-and-its-clinical-significance-in-gastric-cancer
#3
Chaogang Yang, Nangang Zhang, Shuyi Wang, Dongdong Shi, Chunxiao Zhang, Kan Liu, Bin Xiong
BACKGROUND: Circulating tumor cells (CTCs) have great potential in both basic research and clinical application for the managements of cancer. However, the complicated fabrication processes and expensive materials of the existing CTCs isolation devices, to a large extent, limit their clinical translation and CTCs' clinical value. Therefore, it remains to be urgently needed to develop a new platform for achieving CTCs detection with low-cost, mass-producible but high performance. METHODS: In the present study, we introduced a novel wedge-shaped microfluidic chip (named CTC-ΔChip) fabricated by two pieces of glass through wet etching and thermal bonding technique for CTCs isolation, which achieved CTCs enrichment by different size without cell surface expression markers and CTCs identification with three-color immunocytochemistry method (CK+/CD45-/Nucleus+)...
May 23, 2018: Journal of Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792066/capabilities-of-next-generation-patch-pump-improved-precision-instant-occlusion-detection-and-dual-hormone-therapy
#4
Forrest W Payne, Bradley Ledden, Greg Lamps
Insulin pumps allow patients to attain better blood glucose control with more lifestyle flexibility. Their size and cost, however, limit their usefulness. Current CSII pumps are bulky, intrusive, and expensive. SFC Fluidics is addressing these problems by developing a new type of wearable patch pump based on the patented electro-chemiosmotic (ECO) microfluidic pumping technology. This nonmechanical pumping technology allows accurate and precise delivery of very small amounts of insulin and/or other drugs, including concentrated insulin...
May 1, 2018: Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29790875/visible-light-induced-electropolymerization-of-suspended-hydrogel-bioscaffolds-in-a-microfluidic-chip
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Pan Li, Haibo Yu, Na Liu, Feifei Wang, Gwo-Bin Lee, Yuechao Wang, Lianqing Liu, Wen Jung Li
The development of microengineered hydrogels co-cultured with cells in vitro could advance in vivo bio-systems in both structural complexity and functional hierarchy, which holds great promise for applications in regenerative tissues or organs, drug discovery and screening, and bio-sensors or bio-actuators. Traditional hydrogel microfabrication technologies such as ultraviolet (UV) laser or multiphoton laser stereolithography and three-dimensional (3D) printing systems have advanced the development of 3D hydrogel micro-structures but need either expensive and complex equipment, or harsh material selection with limited photoinitiators...
May 23, 2018: Biomaterials Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29790741/entrapment-of-prostate-cancer-circulating-tumor-cells-with-a-sequential-size-based-microfluidic-chip
#6
Xiang Ren, Brittni Foster, Parham Ghassemi, Jeannine S Strobl, Bethany A Kerr, Masoud Agah
Circulating tumor cells (CTCs) are broadly accepted as an indicator for early cancer diagnosis and disease severity. However, there is currently no reliable method available to capture and enumerate all CTCs as most systems require either an initial CTC isolation or antibody-based capture for CTC enumeration. Many size-based CTC detection and isolation microfluidic platforms were presented in the past few years. Here we describe a new size-based, multiple-row cancer cell entrapment device that captured LNCaP-C4-2 prostate cancer cells with >95% efficiency when in spiked mouse whole blood at ~50 cells/mL...
May 23, 2018: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29790491/advancements-in-microfluidic-technologies-for-isolation-and-early-detection-of-circulating-cancer-related-biomarkers
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REVIEW
Ankit Rana, Yuqian Zhang, Leyla Esfandiari
Early stage detection of cancer is essential for the improved long-term survival of patients. Currently, costly, extensively complex and invasive procedures, such as surgical tissue biopsies, are used for cancer screening. Thus, over the past few decades, advancements in microfluidics and lab-on-a-chip approaches have been made to develop minimally invasive and miniaturized platforms to identify and segregate circulating cancer biomarkers such as exosomes, circulating tumor cells (CTCs) and cell-free DNA (cfDNA) from body fluids...
May 23, 2018: Analyst
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29790331/development-of-an-electrochemical-paper-based-analytical-device-for-trace-detection-of-virus-particles
#8
Robert B Channon, Yuanyuan Yang, Kristen M Feibelman, Brian J Geiss, David S Dandy, Charles S Henry
Viral pathogens are a serious health threat around the world, particularly in resource limited settings, where current sensing approaches are often insufficient and slow, compounding the spread and burden of these pathogens. Here, we describe a la-bel-free, point-of-care approach towards detection of virus particles, based on a microfluidic paper-based analytical device with integrated microwire Au electrodes. The device is initially characterized through capturing of streptavidin modified na-noparticles by biotin-modified microwires...
May 23, 2018: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29790290/tacrolimus-prevents-von-willebrand-factor-secretion-by-allostimulated-human-glomerular-endothelium
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S Béland, O Désy, R V Ung, P Vallin, E Latulippe, J Riopel, S A De Serres
Little is known about the endothelial injury caused directly by circulating donor-specific antibodies during antibody-mediated rejection. Von Willebrand factor (vWF) is a highly thrombotic glycoprotein stored in Weibel-Palade bodies in endothelial cells. It has been shown that its secretion is triggered by allostimulation. Calcineurin-like phosphatases regulate pathways involved in vWF secretion. Therefore, we hypothesized that tacrolimus would prevent alloantibody-induced glomerular lesions in part via inhibition of vWF secretion from endothelial cells...
May 22, 2018: American Journal of Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29789838/elastomeric-microvalve-geometry-affects-haemocompatibility
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Crispin Szydzik, Rose J Brazilek, Khashayar Khoshmanesh, Farzan Akbaridoust, Markus Knoerzer, Peter Thurgood, Ineke Muir, Ivan Marusic, Harshal Nandurkar, Arnan Mitchell, Warwick S Nesbitt
This paper reports on the parameters that determine the haemocompatibility of elastomeric microvalves for blood handling in microfluidic systems. Using a comprehensive investigation of blood function, we describe a hierarchy of haemocompatibility as a function of microvalve geometry and identify a "normally-closed" v-gate pneumatic microvalve design that minimally affects blood plasma fibrinogen and von Willebrand factor composition, minimises effects on erythrocyte structure and function, and limits effects on platelet activation and aggregation, while facilitating rapid switching control for blood sample delivery...
May 23, 2018: Lab on a Chip
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29789419/detection-of-bladder-cancer-via-microfluidic-immunoassay-and-single-cell-dna-copy-number-alteration-analysis-of-captured-urinary-exfoliated-tumor-cells
#11
Anqi Chen, Guanghou Fu, Zhijie Xu, Yukun Sun, Xiaoyi Chen, Kok Suen Cheng, Kuang Hong Neoh, Zhewen Tang, Shifu Chen, Ming Liu, Tanxiao Huang, Yun Dai, Qibo Wang, Jing Jin, Baiye Jin, Ray P S Han
The increasing incidence of bladder cancer (BC) and its high rate of recurrence over a 5-year period necessitate the need for diagnosis and surveillance amelioration. Cystoscopy and urinary cytology are the current tools, and molecular techniques such as BTA stat, NMP22, survivin mRNA, and urovysion FISH have attracted attention, however, they suf-fer from insufficient sensitivity or specificity. We developed a novel microfluidic approach for harvesting intact urinary-exfoliated tumor cells (UETCs), either individually or in clus-ters, in a clean and segregated environment, which is crucial to minimize cross-contamination and misreads...
May 22, 2018: Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29789349/passive-water-collection-with-the-integument-mechanisms-and-their-biomimetic-potential
#12
REVIEW
Philipp Comanns
Several mechanisms of water acquisition have evolved in animals living in arid habitats to cope with limited water supply. They enable access to water sources such as rain, dew, thermally facilitated condensation on the skin, fog, or moisture from a damp substrate. This Review describes how a significant number of animals - in excess of 39 species from 24 genera - have acquired the ability to passively collect water with their integument. This ability results from chemical and structural properties of the integument, which, in each species, facilitate one or more of six basic mechanisms: increased surface wettability, increased spreading area, transport of water over relatively large distances, accumulation and storage of collected water, condensation, and utilization of gravity...
May 22, 2018: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29789067/engineering-aspects-of-protein-interactions-and-self-assembly
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Miriam Linsenmeier, Paolo Arosio
In the new Laboratory for Biochemical Engineering (LBCE) at ETH Zurich researchers combine principles of chemical engineering with microfluidic technology and biophysical methods to investigate the physical determinants of biomolecular self-assembly in living organisms. In this account, we show the impact of this activity on concrete applications in biomedical sciences and biotechnology. We focus in particular on the field of protein aggregation and phase separation, and we highlight examples in the context of diagnosis and treatment of Alzheimer's disease and neurodegenerative disorders, cell compartmentalization as well as manufacturing and delivery of therapeutic proteins...
May 30, 2018: Chimia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786602/microfluidic-system-for-modelling-3d-tumour-invasion-into-surrounding-stroma-and-drug-screening
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Zhichang Du, Shengli Mi, Xiaoman Yi, Yuanyuan Xu, Wei Sun
Tumour invasion into the surrounding stroma is a critical step in metastasis, and it is necessary to clarify the role of microenvironmental factors in tumour invasion. We present a microfluidic system that simulated and controlled multi-factors of the tumour microenvironment for three-dimensional (3D) assessment of tumour invasion into the stroma. The simultaneous, precise and continuous arrangement of two 3D matrices was visualised to observe the migration of cancer cell populations or single cells by transfecting cells with a fluorescent protein...
May 22, 2018: Biofabrication
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786560/microfabrication-of-liver-and-heart-tissues-for-drug-development
#15
REVIEW
Grace E Brown, Salman R Khetani
Drug-induced liver- and cardiotoxicity remain among the leading causes of preclinical and clinical drug attrition, marketplace drug withdrawals and black-box warnings on marketed drugs. Unfortunately, animal testing has proven to be insufficient for accurately predicting drug-induced liver- and cardiotoxicity across many drug classes, likely due to significant differences in tissue functions across species. Thus, the field of in vitro human tissue engineering has gained increasing importance over the last 10 years...
July 5, 2018: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784937/an-oil-free-picodrop-bioassay-platform-for-synthetic-biology
#16
Christian A Siltanen, Russell H Cole, Sean Poust, Lawrence Chao, Jabus Tyerman, Benjamin Kaufmann-Malaga, Jeff Ubersax, Zev J Gartner, Adam R Abate
Droplet microfluidics enables massively-parallel analysis of single cells, biomolecules, and chemicals, making it valuable for high-throughput screens. However, many hydrophobic analytes are soluble in carrier oils, preventing their quantitative analysis with the method. We apply Printed Droplet Microfluidics to construct defined reactions with chemicals and cells incubated under air on an open array. The method interfaces with most bioanalytical tools and retains hydrophobic compounds in compartmentalized reactors, allowing their quantitation...
May 21, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784401/potentiometric-chip-based-multipumping-flow-system-for-the-simultaneous-determination-of-fluoride-chloride-ph-and-redox-potential-in-water-samples
#17
Gabriela Chango, Edwin Palacio, Víctor Cerdà
A simple potentiometric chip-based multipumping flow system (MPFS) has been developed for the simultaneous determination of fluoride, chloride, pH, and redox potential in water samples. The proposed system was developed by using a poly(methyl methacrylate) chip microfluidic-conductor using the advantages of flow techniques with potentiometric detection. For this purpose, an automatic system has been designed and built by optimizing the variables involved in the process, such as: pH, ionic strength, stirring and sample volume...
August 15, 2018: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784365/rapid-detection-of-four-mycotoxins-in-corn-using-a-microfluidics-and-microarray-based-immunoassay-system
#18
Yiqi Chen, Xiangrui Meng, Yunzeng Zhu, Minjie Shen, Ying Lu, Jing Cheng, Youchun Xu
Mycotoxins threaten human health seriously because they usually exist in food, fodder and commodities. In this study, a rapid and sensitive immunoassay system for commonly encountered mycotoxins was established based on microfluidics and protein microarrays. Four mycotoxins (T-2 toxin, aflatoxin B1, ochratoxin A, and zearalenone) can be automatically detected in a custom-made microdevice within 30 min under the assistance of a prototype of the instrument with a fluid control system and an imaging system. Once the microdevices are fabricated, they are small-sized and user-friendly...
August 15, 2018: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784362/programmable-electrochemical-flow-system-for-high-throughput-determination-of-total-antioxidant-capacity
#19
Kornautchaya Veenuttranon, Loc Thai Nguyen
The aim of this work was to develop a programmable flow system for rapid assessment of total antioxidant capacity (TAC). Novel features of the prototype include a single pressure-driven source, versatile manipulation of fluid flows, ability to adapt to different TAC assays, and compatibility with microfluidic design. Antioxidant activity was determined by electrochemical measurement of residual 2,2-diphenyl-2-picrylhydrayl hydrate (DPPH•) free radicals in the solution. The overall performance of the device was validated by the spectrophotometric method...
August 15, 2018: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784356/digital-analysis-with-droplet-based-microfluidic-for-the-ultrasensitive-detection-of-%C3%AE-gal-and-afp
#20
Songbai Tian, Zhen Zhang, Jinyang Chen, Mingyuan Du, Zheng Li, Hai Yang, Xinghu Ji, Zhike He
In this study, we presented a digital analysis with droplet-based microfluidic, which was applied for the detection of β-galactosidase (β-Gal) and AFP. The β-Gal was quantified according to the Poisson Distribution in digital analysis with droplets containing β-Gal and fluorogenic substrate fluorescein di-β-D-galactopyranoside (FDG). In our method, the lowest concentration of β-Gal we could accurately detect was 5 fM. We found that the digital detection could be applied in quantifying protein biomarkers, take AFP for model sample...
August 15, 2018: Talanta
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