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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108942/compartmentalized-culture-of-perivascular-stroma-and-endothelial-cells-in-a-microfluidic-model-of-the-human-endometrium
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Juan S Gnecco, Virginia Pensabene, David J Li, Tianbing Ding, Elliot E Hui, Kaylon L Bruner-Tran, Kevin G Osteen
The endometrium is the inner lining of the uterus. Following specific cyclic hormonal stimulation, endometrial stromal fibroblasts (stroma) and vascular endothelial cells exhibit morphological and biochemical changes to support embryo implantation and regulate vascular function, respectively. Herein, we integrated a resin-based porous membrane in a dual chamber microfluidic device in polydimethylsiloxane that allows long term in vitro co-culture of human endometrial stromal and endothelial cells. This transparent, 2-μm porous membrane separates the two chambers, allows for the diffusion of small molecules and enables high resolution bright field and fluorescent imaging...
January 20, 2017: Annals of Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107931/powder-x-ray-diffraction-detection-on-a-paper-based-platform
#2
Liangfei Ouyang, Qian Liu, Chaoping Xu, Changgui Liu, Heng Liang
We developed paper-based powder X-ray diffraction (PP-XRD) to implement phase identification and/or crystal structure determination on paper-based platforms. These aims are not possible with other paper-based detectors, such as Raman spectroscopy and mass spectrometry. PP-XRD overcomes these limitations. Here we reported the simple and low-cost in situ PP-XRD protocol for phase identifications of inorganic and organic materials. We demonstrated that sample amounts of lead nitrate on paper substrate can be reduced into 1/30 of conventional ones by using the standard glass substrate at the same signal-to-noise ratio (S/N) of the X-ray diffraction (XRD) pattern...
March 1, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107832/a-simple-method-to-produce-2d-and-3d-microfluidic-paper-based-analytical-devices-for-clinical-analysis
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Ricardo A G de Oliveira, Fiamma Camargo, Naira C Pesquero, Ronaldo Censi Faria
This paper describes the fabrication of 2D and 3D microfluidic paper-based analytical devices (μPADs) for monitoring glucose, total protein, and nitrite in blood serum and artificial urine. A new method of cutting and sealing filter paper to construct μPADs was demonstrated. Using an inexpensive home cutter printer soft cellulose-based filter paper was easily and precisely cut to produce pattern hydrophilic microchannels. 2D and 3D μPADs were designed with three detection zones each for the colorimetric detection of the analytes...
March 8, 2017: Analytica Chimica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107472/fractionation-of-magnetic-microspheres-in-a-microfluidic-spiral-interplay-between-magnetic-and-hydrodynamic-forces
#4
S Dutz, M E Hayden, U O Häfeli
Magnetic forces and curvature-induced hydrodynamic drag have both been studied and employed in continuous microfluidic particle separation and enrichment schemes. Here we combine the two. We investigate consequences of applying an outwardly directed magnetic force to a dilute suspension of magnetic microspheres circulating in a spiral microfluidic channel. This force is realized with an array of permanent magnets arranged to produce a magnetic field with octupolar symmetry about the spiral axis. At low flow rates particles cluster around an apparent streamline of the flow near the outer wall of the turn...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106363/a-bio-inspired-smart-peristome-surface-for-temperature-controlled-unidirectional-water-spreading
#5
Pengfei Zhang, Huawei Chen, Li Li, Hongliang Liu, Guang Liu, Liwen Zhang, Deyuan Zhang, Lei Jiang
Unidirectional liquid spreading without energy input has attracted considerable attention due to various potential applications such as bio-fluidics devices and self-lubrication. Introducing a surface wettable gradient or asymmetric nanostructures onto the surface has successfully harnessed the liquid to spread unidirectionally. However, these surfaces are still plagued with problems that restrict their practical applications: fixed spreading state for a fixed surface, and spreading slowly over a short distance...
January 20, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106351/real-time-ph-monitoring-of-industrially-relevant-enzymatic-reactions-in-a-microfluidic-side-entry-reactor-%C3%AE-ser-shows-potential-for-ph-control
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Pia Gruber, Marco P C Marques, Philipp Sulzer, Roland Wohlgemuth, Torsten Mayr, Frank Baganz, Nicolas Szita
Monitoring and control of pH is essential for the control of reaction conditions and reaction progress for any biocatalytic or biotechnological process. Microfluidic enzymatic reactors are increasingly proposed for process development, however typically lack instrumentation, such as pH monitoring. We present a microfluidic side-entry reactor (μSER) and demonstrate for the first time real-time pH monitoring of the progression of an enzymatic reaction in a microfluidic reactor as a first step towards achieving pH control...
January 20, 2017: Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106307/normal-saline-is-associated-with-increased-sickle-red-cell-stiffness-and-prolonged-transit-times-in-a-microfluidic-model-of-the-capillary-system
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Marcus A Carden, Meredith Fay, Yumiko Sakurai, Brynn McFarland, Sydney Blanche, Caleb Diprete, Clinton H Joiner, Todd Sulchek, Wilbur A Lam
Vaso-occlusive crisis (VOC) is a complex process that occurs in patients with sickle cell disease (SCD) and is often associated with pain and urgent hospitalization. A major instigator of VOC is microvascular obstruction by pathologically stiffened sickle red blood cells (RBCs), and thus therapy relies heavily on optimizing intravenous fluid (IVF) hydration to increase RBC deformability. However, no evidence-based guidelines regarding the choice of IVF currently exist. We therefore analyzed alterations in biomechanical properties of sickle RBCs isolated from patients with homozygous SCD (hemoglobin SS) after exposure to different osmolarities of clinical IVF formulations...
January 20, 2017: Microcirculation: the Official Journal of the Microcirculatory Society, Inc
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106219/surface-and-interface-engineering-of-fept-c-nanocatalysts-for-electro-catalytic-methanol-oxidation-enhanced-activity-and-durability
#8
Junmei Wang, Zhenlei Wang, Shuai Li, Rongming Wang, Yujun Song
A methodology by coupling a microfluidic-batch process with in situ carbon-black mixing, successive annealing and de-alloying post-treatment was developed for engineering surface and interface microstructures of FePt/C nanocomposites. Ultra-small angular FePt nanocrystals rich in vertexes/terraces/steps and with Pt contents gradually increasing from the inner to the outer part can be synthesized at certain Fe/Pt atomic ratios (2/1 or 1.1/1), which can directly grow on carbon-black for enhanced nanocrystal-carbon interface interaction by introducing the in situ carbon-black mixing process...
January 20, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106200/bright-conjugated-polymer-nanoparticles-containing-a-biodegradable-shell-produced-at-high-yields-and-with-tuneable-optical-properties-by-a-scalable-microfluidic-device
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T F Abelha, T W Phillips, J H Bannock, A M Nightingale, C A Dreiss, E Kemal, L Urbano, J C deMello, M Green, L A Dailey
This study compares the performance of a microfluidic technique and a conventional bulk method to manufacture conjugated polymer nanoparticles (CPNs) embedded within a biodegradable poly(ethylene glycol) methyl ether-block-poly(lactide-co-glycolide) (PEG5K-PLGA55K) matrix. The influence of PEG5K-PLGA55K and conjugated polymers cyano-substituted poly(p-phenylene vinylene) (CN-PPV) and poly(9,9-dioctylfluorene-2,1,3-benzothiadiazole) (F8BT) on the physicochemical properties of the CPNs was also evaluated. Both techniques enabled CPN production with high end product yields (∼70-95%)...
January 20, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105745/thin-soft-skin-mounted-microfluidic-networks-with-capillary-bursting-valves-for-chrono-sampling-of-sweat
#10
Jungil Choi, Daeshik Kang, Seungyong Han, Sung Bong Kim, John A Rogers
Systems for time sequential capture of microliter volumes of sweat released from targeted regions of the skin offer the potential to enable analysis of temporal variations in electrolyte balance and biomarker concentration throughout a period of interest. Current methods that rely on absorbent pads taped to the skin do not offer the ease of use in sweat capture needed for quantitative tracking; emerging classes of electronic wearable sweat analysis systems do not directly manage sweat-induced fluid flows for sample isolation...
January 20, 2017: Advanced Healthcare Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105472/macroporous-materials-microfluidic-fabrication-functionalization-and-applications
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Bingjie Wang, Pepijn Prinsen, Huizhi Wang, Zhishan Bai, Hualin Wang, Rafael Luque, Jin Xuan
This article provides an up-to-date highly comprehensive overview (594 references) on the state of the art of the synthesis and design of macroporous materials using microfluidics and their applications in different fields.
January 20, 2017: Chemical Society Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103588/quantifying-kinetics-from-time-series-of-single-molecule-fret-efficiency-histograms
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Stephan Benke, Daniel Nettels, Hagen Hofmann, Benjamin Schuler
Single-molecule fluorescence spectroscopy is a powerful approach for probing biomolecular structure and dynamics, including protein folding. For the investigation of nonequilibrium kinetics, F��rster resonance energy transfer (FRET) in combination with confocal multiparameter detection has proven particularly versatile, owing to the large number of observables and the broad range of accessible timescales, especially in combination with rapid microfluidic mixing. However, a comprehensive kinetic analysis of the resulting time series of transfer efficiency histograms and complementary observables can be challenging owing to the complexity of the data...
January 19, 2017: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103450/paper-based-analytical-devices-for-clinical-diagnosis-recent-advances-in-the-fabrication-techniques-and-sensing-mechanisms
#13
Mazhar Sher, Rachel Zhuang, Utkan Demirci, Waseem Asghar
There is a significant interest in developing inexpensive portable biosensing platforms for various applications including disease diagnostics, environmental monitoring, food safety, and water testing at the point-of-care (POC) settings. Current diagnostic assays available in the developed world require sophisticated laboratory infrastructure and expensive reagents. Hence, they are not suitable for resource-constrained settings with limited financial resources, basic health infrastructure, and few trained technicians...
January 19, 2017: Expert Review of Molecular Diagnostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103049/controlling-kink-geometry-in-nanowires-fabricated-by-alternating-metal-assisted-chemical-etching
#14
Yun Chen, Liyi Li, Cheng Zhang, Chia-Chi Tuan, Xin Chen, Jian Gao, Ching-Ping Wong
Kinked silicon (Si) nanowires (NWs) have many special properties that make them attractive for a number of applications, such as microfluidics devices, microelectronic devices, and biosensors. However, fabricating NWs with controlled 3D geometry has been challenging. In this work, a novel method called alternating metal-assisted chemical etching, or alternating MACE, is reported for the fabrication of kinked Si NWs with controlled 3D geometry. By the use of multiple etchants with carefully selected composition, one can control the number of kinks, their locations, and their angles by controlling the number of etchant alternations and the time in each etchant...
January 19, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103025/identification-of-the-first-selective-activin-receptor-like-kinase-1-inhibitor-a-reversible-version-of-l-783277
#15
Hanna Cho, Sandip Sengupta, Sean Sh Jeon, Wooyoung Hur, Hwan Geun Choi, Hong Seog Seo, Byung Joo Lee, Jeong Hun Kim, Minhwan Chung, Noo Li Jeon, Nam Doo Kim, Taebo Sim
We synthesized 1 (San78-130), a reversible version of L-783277, as a selective and potent ALK1 inhibitor. Our study showed that 1 possesses great kinase selectivity against a panel of 342 kinases and more potent activity against ALK1 than L-783277. Among the six ALK isotypes (ALK1-6), ALK1 is most significantly inhibited by compound 1. Compound 1 suppresses the BMP9-induced Smad1/5 pathway by mainly inhibiting ALK1 in C2C12 cells. Our molecular dynamics simulations suggest that H-bonding interaction between the C-4' hydroxyl group of 1 and Arg334 of ALK1 substantially contributes to the ALK1 inhibition...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102869/design-considerations-to-minimize-the-impact-of-drug-absorption-in-polymer-based-organ-on-a-chip-platforms
#16
V S Shirure, S C George
Biocompatible polymers, such as polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS), are the materials of choice for creating organ-on-a-chip microfluidic platforms. Desirable qualities include ease of fabrication, optical clarity, and hydrophobicity, the latter of which facilitates oxygen transport to encased cells. An emerging and important application of organ-on-a-chip technology is drug discovery; however, a potential issue for polymer-based microfluidic devices has been highlighted by recent studies with PDMS, which have demonstrated absorption (and thus loss) of hydrophobic drugs into PDMS under certain experimental conditions...
January 19, 2017: Lab on a Chip
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102868/control-and-automation-of-multilayered-integrated-microfluidic-device-fabrication
#17
Sarit Kipper, Ludmila Frolov, Ortal Guy, Michal Pellach, Yair Glick, Asaf Malichi, Binyamin A Knisbacher, Efrat Barbiro-Michaely, Dorit Avrahami, Yehuda Yavets-Chen, Erez Y Levanon, Doron Gerber
Integrated microfluidics is a sophisticated three-dimensional (multi layer) solution for high complexity serial or parallel processes. Fabrication of integrated microfluidic devices requires soft lithography and the stacking of thin-patterned PDMS layers. Precise layer alignment and bonding is crucial. There are no previously reported standards for alignment of the layers, which is mostly performed using uncontrolled processes with very low alignment success. As a result, integrated microfluidics is mostly used in academia rather than in the many potential industrial applications...
January 19, 2017: Lab on a Chip
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102731/microfluidic-whole-blood-testing-of-platelet-response-to-pharmacological-agents
#18
Ruizhi Li, Tilo Grosser, Scott L Diamond
Platelets present a number of intracellular and transmembrane targets subject to pharmacological modulation, either for cardiovascular disease reduction or as an unintended drug response. Microfluidic devices allow human blood to clot on a defined surface under controlled hemodynamic and pharmacological conditions. The potencies of a number of antiplatelet and anticancer drugs have been tested with respect to platelet deposition on collagen under flow. Inhibitors of cyclooxygenase-1 (COX-1) reduce platelet deposition, either when added ex vivo to blood or ingested orally by patients prior to testing...
January 19, 2017: Platelets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102670/microfluidization-of-graphite-and-formulation-of-graphene-based-conductive-inks
#19
Panagiotis G Karagiannidis, Stephen A Hodge, Lucia Lombardi, Flavia Tomarchio, Nicolas Decorde, Silvia Milana, Ilya Goykhman, Yang Su, Steven V Mesite, Duncan N Johnstone, Rowan K Leary, Paul A Midgley, Nicola M Pugno, Felice Torrisi, Andrea C Ferrari
We report the exfoliation of graphite in aqueous solutions under high shear rate turbulent flow conditions, with a 100\% exfoliation yield. The material is stabilized without centrifugation at concentrations up to 100 g/L using carboxymethylcellulose sodium salt to formulate conductive printable inks. The sheet resistance of blade coated films is below~2Ω/□. This is a simple and scalable production route for conductive inks for large area printing in flexible electronics.
January 19, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102402/brillouin-flow-cytometry-for-label-free-mechanical-phenotyping-of-the-nucleus
#20
Jitao Zhang, Xuefei A Nou, Hanyoup Kim, Giuliano Scarcelli
The mechanical properties of the nucleus are closely related to many cellular functions; thus, measuring nuclear mechanical properties is crucial to our understanding of cell biomechanics and could lead to intrinsic biophysical contrast mechanisms to classify cells. Although many technologies have been developed to characterize cell stiffness, they generally require contact with the cell and thus cannot provide direct information on nuclear mechanical properties. In this work, we developed a flow cytometry technique based on an all-optical measurement to measure nuclear mechanical properties by integrating Brillouin spectroscopy with microfluidics...
January 19, 2017: Lab on a Chip
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