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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222260/the-k-channel-a-multi-functional-architecture-for-dynamically-re-configurable-sample-processing-in-droplet-microfluidics
#1
Steven R Doonan, Ryan C Bailey
By rapidly creating libraries of thousands of unique, miniaturized reactors, droplet microfluidics provides a powerful method for automating high-throughput chemical analysis. In order to engineer in-droplet assays, microfluidic devices must add reagents into droplets, remove fluid from droplets, and perform other necessary operations, each typically provided by a unique, specialized geometry. Unfortunately, modifying device performance or changing operations usually requires re-engineering the device among these specialized geometries, a time-consuming and costly process when optimizing in-droplet assays...
February 21, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222140/in-situ-single-cell-detection-via-microfluidic-magnetic-bead-assay
#2
Fan Liu, Pawan Kc, Ge Zhang, Jiang Zhe
We present a single cell detection device based on magnetic bead assay and micro Coulter counters. This device consists of two successive micro Coulter counters, coupled with a high gradient magnetic field generated by an external magnet. The device can identify single cells in terms of the transit time difference of the cell through the two micro Coulter counters. Target cells are conjugated with magnetic beads via specific antibody and antigen binding. A target cell traveling through the two Coulter counters interacts with the magnetic field, and have a longer transit time at the 1st counter than that at the 2nd counter...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222044/endocrine-system-on-chip-for-a-diabetes-treatment-model
#3
Dao Thi Thuy Nguyen, Danny van Noort, In-Kyung Jeong, Sungsu Park
The endocrine system is a collection of glands producing hormones which, among others, regulates metabolism, growth and development. One important group of endocrine diseases is diabetes, which is caused by a deficiency or diminished effectiveness of endogenous insulin. By using a microfluidic perfused 3D cell-culture chip, we developed an 'endocrine system on chip' to potentially be able to screen drugs for the treatment of diabetes by measuring insulin release over time. Insulin-secreting β-cells are located in the pancreas, while L-cells, located in the small intestines, stimulate insulin secretion...
February 21, 2017: Biofabrication
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221713/reconfigurable-microscale-frameworks-from-concatenated-helices-with-controlled-chirality
#4
Seog-Jin Jeon, Ryan C Hayward
The utility of helical structures in driving motion of microorganisms and plants has inspired efforts to develop synthetic stimuli-responsive helical architectures for self-motile and shape-morphing systems. While several approaches to responsive helices based on hydrogels and liquid crystalline polymers have been reported, they have so far been limited to macroscopic (cm scale) dimensions, and have not been applied to concatenated helices with more than two segments. Here, a robust method for microfabrication of helices inspired by Bauhinia seedpods, based on trilayer samples consisting of rigid plastic stripes sandwiching a swellable temperature-responsive hydrogel, is reported and the formation of responsive shape-controlled frameworks from concatenated multiple helices (multihelices) with controlled chirality is demonstrated...
February 21, 2017: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221044/tunable-volumetric-density-and-porous-structure-of-spherical-poly-%C3%A9-caprolactone-microcarriers-as-applied-in-human-mesenchymal-stem-cell-expansion
#5
Jian Li, Alan Tin-Lun Lam, Jessica Pei Wen Toh, Shaul Reuveny, Steve Kah-Weng Oh, William R Birch
Polymeric microspheres may serve as microcarrier matrices, for the expansion of anchorage-dependent stem cells. They require surface properties that both promote initial cell adhesion and the subsequent spreading of cells, which is a prerequisite for successful expansion. When implemented in a three-dimensional culture environment, under agitation, their suspension under low shear rates depends on the microcarriers having a modest negative buoyancy, with a density of 1.02-1.05 g/cm(3). Bioresorbable polycaprolactone (PCL), with a density of 1...
February 21, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220916/magnetic-digital-microfluidics-a-review
#6
REVIEW
Yi Zhang, Nam-Trung Nguyen
A digital microfluidic platform manipulates droplets on an open surface. Magnetic digital microfluidics utilizes magnetic forces for actuation and offers unique advantages compared to other digital microfluidic platforms. First, the magnetic particles used in magnetic digital microfluidics have multiple functions. In addition to serving as actuators, they also provide a functional solid substrate for molecule binding, which enables a wide range of applications in molecular diagnostics and immunodiagnostics...
February 21, 2017: Lab on a Chip
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220651/elisa-type-assays-of-trace-biomarkers-using-microfluidic-methods
#7
REVIEW
Jinhua Dong, Hiroshi Ueda
Recently, great progress has been achieved for analytical technologies for biological substances. Traditionally, detection methods for analytes mainly rely on large instrumental analyses. These methods require costly equipment, skilled operators and long measurement time despite their generally low sensitivity. In contrast, immunoassays are becoming more and more popular for it is powerful, inexpensive, and convenient nature. Immunoassay has a range of applications, because it employs antibody, a protein produced by plasma cells in the acquired immune system to identify and neutralize diverse pathogens and other exogenous substances...
February 20, 2017: Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews. Nanomedicine and Nanobiotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220153/high-throughput-flowing-upstream-sperm-sorting-in-a-retarding-flow-field-for-human-semen-analysis
#8
Jen-Kuei Wu, Peng-Chun Chen, Yu-Nan Lin, Chia-Woei Wang, Li-Chern Pan, Fan-Gang Tseng
In this paper, we propose a microfluidic device capable of generating a retarding flow field for the sorting and separation of human motile sperm in a high-throughput manner. The proposed sorting/separation process begins with a rapid flow field in a straight-flow zone to carry sperm into a sorting zone to maintain the sperm's mobility. The sorting zone consists of a diffuser-type sperm sorter to differentiate sperm with different motilities based on the flowing upstream nature of human sperm in a retarding flow field...
February 21, 2017: Analyst
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219239/toward-ultra-low-interfacial-tension-measurement-through-jetting-dripping-transition
#9
Marie Moiré, Yannick Peysson, Benjamin Herzhaft, Nicolas Pannacci, François Gallaire, Laura Angello, Christine Dalmazzone, Andrea Fani, Annie Colin
In this paper, we present a dynamic microfluidic tensiometer able to perform measurements over more than four decades and which is suitable for high throughput experimentations. Depending on the flow rate of each phase, either droplets or jetting will be obtained. The transition between these two regimes relays on the Rayleigh-Plateau instability. This transition can be theoretically computed thanks to a linear analysis based on the convective and absolute instabilities theory. From this model, the interfacial tension between the two phases can be calculated...
February 20, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218915/one-step-optogenetics-with-multifunctional-flexible-polymer-fibers
#10
Seongjun Park, Yuanyuan Guo, Xiaoting Jia, Han Kyoung Choe, Benjamin Grena, Jeewoo Kang, Jiyeon Park, Chi Lu, Andres Canales, Ritchie Chen, Yeong Shin Yim, Gloria B Choi, Yoel Fink, Polina Anikeeva
Optogenetic interrogation of neural pathways relies on delivery of light-sensitive opsins into tissue and subsequent optical illumination and electrical recording from the regions of interest. Despite the recent development of multifunctional neural probes, integration of these modalities in a single biocompatible platform remains a challenge. We developed a device composed of an optical waveguide, six electrodes and two microfluidic channels produced via fiber drawing. Our probes facilitated injections of viral vectors carrying opsin genes while providing collocated neural recording and optical stimulation...
February 20, 2017: Nature Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218620/endothelial-antigen-assembly-leads-to-thrombotic-complications-in-heparin-induced-thrombocytopenia
#11
Vincent Hayes, Ian Johnston, Gowthami M Arepally, Steven E McKenzie, Douglas B Cines, Lubica Rauova, Mortimer Poncz
Heparin-induced thrombocytopenia (HIT) is a prothrombotic disorder initiated by antibodies against complexes between human platelet factor 4 (hPF4) and heparin. A better understanding of the events that initiate the prothrombotic state may improve approaches to antithrombotic management. Here, we visualized thrombus formation in an in vivo murine model and an endothelialized microfluidic system that simulate the pathogenesis of HIT. hPF4 released from platelets predominantly bound to peri-injury endothelium and formed HIT antigenic complexes that were dissociated by heparin...
February 20, 2017: Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217778/a-critical-insight-into-the-development-pipeline-of-microfluidic-immunoassay-devices-for-the-sensitive-quantitation-of-protein-biomarkers-at-the-point-of-care
#12
REVIEW
Ana I Barbosa, Nuno M Reis
The latest clinical procedures for the timely and cost-effective diagnosis of chronic and acute clinical conditions, such as cardiovascular diseases, cancer, chronic respiratory diseases, diabetes or sepsis (i.e. the biggest causes of death worldwide), involve the quantitation of specific protein biomarkers released into the blood stream or other physiological fluids (e.g. urine or saliva). The clinical thresholds are usually in the femtomolar to picolomar range, and consequently the measurement of these protein biomarkers heavily relies on highly sophisticated, bulky and automated equipment in centralised pathology laboratories...
February 20, 2017: Analyst
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217772/dielectrowetting-manipulation-for-digital-microfluidics-creating-transporting-splitting-and-merging-of-droplets
#13
Hongyao Geng, Jian Feng, Lisa Marie Stabryla, Sung Kwon Cho
Generating, splitting, transporting, and merging droplets are fundamental and critical unit operations for digital (droplet-based) microfluidics. State-of-the-art digital microfluidics performs such operations commonly using electrowetting-on-dielectric (EWOD) in the typical configuration of two parallel channel plates. This paper presents such operations using dielectrowetting (derived from liquid dielectrophoresis), not EWOD, with an array of interdigitated electrodes. The major and unique feature is that the present droplet manipulations are effective for conductive (water with/without surfactant) and non-conductive (propylene carbonate) fluids...
February 20, 2017: Lab on a Chip
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217768/phased-peristaltic-micropumping-for-continuous-sampling-and-hardcoded-droplet-generation
#14
Adrian M Nightingale, Gareth W H Evans, Peixiang Xu, Byung Jae Kim, Sammer-Ul Hassan, Xize Niu
Droplet microfluidics has recently emerged as a new engineering tool for biochemical analysis of small sample volumes. Droplet generation is most commonly achieved by introducing aqueous and oil phases into a T-junction or a flow focusing channel geometry. This method produces droplets that are sensitive to changes in flow conditions and fluid composition. Here, we present an alternative approach using a simple peristaltic micropump to deliver the aqueous and oil phases in antiphase pulses resulting in a robust "chopping"-like method of droplet generation...
February 20, 2017: Lab on a Chip
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217240/microfluidics-cell-sample-preparation-for-analysis-advances-in-efficient-cell-enrichment-and-precise-single-cell-capture
#15
REVIEW
Liang Huang, Shengtai Bian, Yinuo Cheng, Guanya Shi, Peng Liu, Xiongying Ye, Wenhui Wang
Single cell analysis has received increasing attention recently in both academia and clinics, and there is an urgent need for effective upstream cell sample preparation. Two extremely challenging tasks in cell sample preparation-high-efficiency cell enrichment and precise single cell capture-have now entered into an era full of exciting technological advances, which are mostly enabled by microfluidics. In this review, we summarize the category of technologies that provide new solutions and creative insights into the two tasks of cell manipulation, with a focus on the latest development in the recent five years by highlighting the representative works...
January 2017: Biomicrofluidics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216791/molecular-processes-leading-to-necking-in-extensional-flow-of-polymer-solutions-using-microfluidics-and-single-dna-imaging
#16
Shaurya Sachdev, Aswin Muralidharan, Pouyan E Boukany
We study the necking and pinch-off dynamics of liquid droplets that contain a semidilute polymer solution of polyacrylamide close to overlap concentration by combining microfluidics and single DNA observation. Polymeric droplets are stretched by passing them through the stagnation point of a T-shaped microfluidic junction. In contrast with the sudden breakup of Newtonian droplets, a stable neck is formed between the separating ends of the droplet which delays the breakup process. Initially, polymeric filaments experience exponential thinning by forming a stable neck with extensional flow within the filament...
December 27, 2016: Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215701/a-versatile-microfluidic-platform-for-the-study-of-cellular-interactions-between-endothelial-cells-and-neutrophils
#17
Xiaojie Wu, Molly A Newbold, Zhe Gao, Christy L Haynes
BACKGROUND: Endothelial migration is a critical physiological process during vascular angiogenesis, growth and development, as well as in multiple disease conditions, such as cancer and cardiovascular diseases. Neutrophil migration, known as the important characteristic of immune responses, is also recognized as a contributor to diseases involving endothelial migration. Herein, the mutually dependent relationship between neutrophil recruitment and endothelial migration was studied on a microfluidic platform for the first time...
February 12, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215153/engineered-muscle-tissues-for-disease-modeling-and-drug-screening-applications
#18
Mohammad Hossein Mohammadi, Raquel Obregón, Samad Ahadian, Javier Ramón-Azcón, Milica Radisic
Animal models have been the main resources for drug discovery and prediction of drugs' pharmacokinetic responses in the body. However, noticeable drawbacks associated with animal models include high cost, low reproducibility, low physiological similarity to humans, and ethical problems. Engineered tissue models have recently emerged as an alternative or substitute for animal models in drug discovery and testing and disease modeling. In this review, we focus on skeletal muscle and cardiac muscle tissues by first describing their characterization and physiology...
February 15, 2017: Current Pharmaceutical Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214703/polyester-fabric-sheet-layers-functionalized-with-graphene-oxide-for-sensitive-isolation-of-circulating-tumor-cells
#19
Jiyoon Bu, Young Jun Kim, Yoon-Tae Kang, Tae Hee Lee, Jeongsuk Kim, Young-Ho Cho, Sae-Won Han
The metastasis of cancer is strongly associated with the spread of circulating tumor cells (CTCs). Based on the microfluidic devices, which offer rapid recovery of CTCs, a number of studies have demonstrated the potential of CTCs as a diagnostic tool. However, not only the insufficient specificity and sensitivity derived from the rarity and heterogeneity of CTCs, but also the high-cost fabrication processes limit the use of CTC-based medical devices in commercial. Here, we present a low-cost fabric sheet layers for CTC isolation, which are composed of polyester monofilament yarns...
February 12, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214330/automated-microfluidic-sorting-of-mammalian-cells-labeled-with-magnetic-microparticles-for-those-that-efficiently-express-and-secrete-a-protein-of-interest
#20
Xuan Droz, Niamh Harraghy, Etienne Lançon, Valérie Le Fourn, David Calabrese, Thierry Colombet, Pascal Liechti, Amar Rida, Pierre-Alain Girod, Nicolas Mermod
We developed a method for the fast sorting and selection of mammalian cells expressing and secreting a protein at high levels. This procedure relies on cell capture using an automated microfluidic device handling antibody-coupled magnetic microparticles and on a timed release of the cells from the microparticles after capture. Using clinically compatible materials and procedures, we show that this approach is able to discriminate between cells that truly secrete high amounts of a protein from those that just display it at high levels on their surface without properly releasing it...
February 18, 2017: Biotechnology and Bioengineering
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