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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735491/nanofluidic-allele-specific-digital-pcr-method-for-quantifying-idh1-and-idh2-mutation-burden-in-acute-myeloid-leukemia
#1
Daniel H Wiseman, Tim C P Somervaille
Precise quantitation of allelic burden for a pathogenic mutation has diverse clinical and research applications but can be difficult to achieve with conventional qPCR-based techniques, especially at lower mutant allele frequencies. Digital PCR overcomes many of the limitations of qPCR and can be highly quantitative even for single-nucleotide variants, with distinct advantages over next-generation sequencing approaches. Here we describe a method combining the principles of TaqMan(®)-chemistry SNP genotyping with microfluidic digital PCR to generate a highly sensitive, quantitative allele-specific digital PCR assay for the six most common IDH1 and IDH2 mutations encountered in myeloid malignancy...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735045/multiplexed-capillary-microfluidic-immunoassay-with-smartphone-data-acquisition-for-parallel-mycotoxin-detection
#2
Jessica M D Machado, Ruben R G Soares, Virginia Chu, João P Conde
The field of microfluidics holds great promise for the development of simple and portable lab-on-a-chip systems. The use of capillarity as a means of fluidic manipulation in lab-on-a-chip systems can potentially reduce the complexity of the instrumentation and allow the development of user-friendly devices for point-of-need analyses. In this work, a PDMS microchannel-based, colorimetric, autonomous capillary chip provides a multiplexed and semi-quantitative immunodetection assay. Results are acquired using a standard smartphone camera and analyzed with a simple gray scale quantification procedure...
July 15, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734608/sequence-specific-dna-solid-phase-extraction-in-an-on-chip-monolith-towards-detection-of-antibiotic-resistance-genes
#3
Radim Knob, Daniel B Nelson, Richard A Robison, Adam T Woolley
Antibiotic resistance of bacteria is a growing problem and presents a challenge for prompt treatment in patients with sepsis. Currently used methods rely on culturing or amplification; however, these steps are either time consuming or suffer from interference issues. A microfluidic device was made from black polypropylene, with a monolithic column modified with a capture oligonucleotide for sequence selective solid-phase extraction of a complementary target from a lysate sample. Porous properties of the monolith allow flow and hybridization of a target complementary to the probe immobilized on the column surface...
July 10, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734359/fast-multiplex-analysis-of-antibodies-in-complex-sample-matrix-using-the-microfluidic-evalution%C3%A2-platform
#4
Karen Leirs, Pelin Leblebici, Jeroen Lammertyn, Dragana Spasic
Biosensor development requires comprehensive research for establishing the optimal bioassay conditions that determine the final kinetics, sensitivity and specificity. Different systems have been developed to study bioreceptor-target interactions but they often have drawbacks, such as long hands-on time, low throughput, high sample consumption and high cost. In this work, the potential of the novel microfluidic Evalution™ platform has been evaluated for developing sandwich-based assays in a fast and high-throughput fashion...
August 22, 2017: Analytica Chimica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734353/streptavidin-biotin-peroxidase-nanocomplex-amplified-microfluidics-immunoassays-for-simultaneous-detection-of-inflammatory-biomarkers
#5
Jing Wu, Yiping Chen, Mingzhu Yang, Yu Wang, Cheng Zhang, Mo Yang, Jiashu Sun, Mengxia Xie, Xingyu Jiang
Simultaneous, sensitive and quantitative detection of biomarkers in infectious disease is crucial for guiding antimicrobial treatment and predicting prognosis. This work reported an ultrasensitive and quantitative microfluidic immunoassay combined with the streptavidin-biotin-peroxidase (SA-B-HRP) nanocomplex-signal amplification system (MIS) to detect two inflammatory biomarkers, procalcitonin (PCT, for discriminating bacterial infections from nonbacterial infections) and interleukin-6 (IL-6, for monitoring the kinetics of infectious disease) simultaneously...
August 22, 2017: Analytica Chimica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734352/real-time-observation-of-perturbation-of-a-drosophila-embryo-s-early-cleavage-cycles-with-microfluidics
#6
Zeqing Bai, Hongcun Bao, Yingying Yuan, Xiaohang Yang, Yongmei Xi, Min Wang
It is of great importance to understand biochemical system's behavior toward environmental perturbation during the development of living organisms. Here a microfluidic platform for Drosophila embryo's online development and observation is presented. The system is capable of developing the embryo's anterior and posterior halves controlled at different temperature environments, and it can be easily coupled with a confocal microscope for real-time image acquisition. The microfluidic chip is consisted of a polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) substrate with a thickness of 4...
August 22, 2017: Analytica Chimica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734293/the-stretching-force-on-a-tethered-polymer-in-pressure-driven-flow
#7
Kai Szuttor, Tamal Roy, Steffen Hardt, Christian Holm, Jens Smiatek
We use mesoscopic lattice-Boltzmann/molecular dynamics simulations to study the stretching behavior of a single tethered polymer in micro- and nanochannels. In particular, we are interested in the connection between fluid flow properties and the force on the polymer chain. An analytical expression for the stretching force is proposed, which linearly depends on the number of monomers and the boundary shear rate. In agreement with theory, the numerical findings reveal that the influence of hydrodynamic interactions can be ignored, which is also supported by results of additional Langevin dynamics simulations...
July 21, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732199/catch-shiny-droplets-in-suspension-finding-the-needle-in-a-haystack
#8
Nina V Hein-Fuchs, Renate König
In a recent issue of Cell Chemical Biology, Chaipan et al. (2017) described a high-throughput screening methodology to identify epitopes on HIV-1 particles recognized by broadly neutralizing antibodies. The approach utilizes a droplet-based microfluidics platform combining robust phenotypic single-virus sorting with next-generation sequencing of viral quasispecies.
July 20, 2017: Cell Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731320/fabrication-of-nanostructured-omniphobic-and-superomniphobic-surfaces-with-inexpensive-co2-laser-engraver
#9
Anudeep Pendurthi, Sanli Movafaghi, Wei Wang, Soran Shadman, Azer Yalin, Arun K Kota
Superomniphobic surfaces (i.e. surfaces that are extremely repellent to both high surface tension liquids like water and low surface tension liquid like oils and alcohols) can be fabricated through a combination of surface chemistry that imparts low solid surface energy with a re-entrant surface texture. Recently, surface texturing with lasers has received significant attention because laser texturing is scalable, solvent-free, and can produce a monolithic texture on virtually any material. In this work, we fabricated nanostructured omniphobic and superomniphobic surfaces with a variety of materials using a simple, inexpensive and commercially available CO2 laser engraver...
July 21, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731104/a-new-droplet-forming-fluidic-junction-for-the-generation-of-highly-compartmentalised-capsules
#10
J Li, D A Barrow
A new oscillatory microfluidic junction is described, which enables the consistent formation of highly uniform and complex double emulsions, and is demonstrated for the encapsulation of four different reagents within the inner droplets (called cores) of the double emulsion droplets. Once the double emulsion droplets had attained a spherical form, the cores assumed specific 3D arrangements, the orchestration of which appeared to depend upon the specific emulsion morphology. Such double emulsion droplets were used as templates to produce highly compartmentalised microcapsules and multisomes...
July 21, 2017: Lab on a Chip
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731086/microfluidic-and-nanofluidic-phase-behaviour-characterization-for-industrial-co2-oil-and-gas
#11
REVIEW
Bo Bao, Jason Riordon, Farshid Mostowfi, David Sinton
Microfluidic systems that leverage unique micro-scale phenomena have been developed to provide rapid, accurate and robust analysis, predominantly for biomedical applications. These attributes, in addition to the ability to access high temperatures and pressures, have motivated recent expanded applications in phase measurements relevant to industrial CO2, oil and gas applications. We here present a comprehensive review of this exciting new field, separating microfluidic and nanofluidic approaches. Microfluidics is practical, and provides similar phase properties analysis to established bulk methods with advantages in speed, control and sample size...
July 21, 2017: Lab on a Chip
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729713/tunable-uptake-release-mechanism-of-protein-microgel-particles-in-biomimicking-environment
#12
A Pepe, P Podesva, G Simone
Microgels are intra-molecular crosslinked macromolecules that can be used as vehicles to deliver and release drugs at the point-of-need in the patient's body. Here, gelatin microgels were formed from microfluidics droplets, stabilised by aldehydes and frozen into a spheroidal shape. Microgel morphology and response to external stimuli were characterised. It was found that the behaviour of the spheroidal microgels was sensitive to both pH and ionic strength and that the distribution of charges into the microgels affected the behaviour of swelling and uptake...
July 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728866/deformability-and-size-based-microcapsule-sorting
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Doriane Vesperini, Oriane Chaput, Nadège Munier, Pauline Maire, Florence Edwards-Lévy, Anne-Virginie Salsac, Anne Le Goff
Biomedical applications often require to sort cells according to their physical properties, such as size, density or deformability. In recent years, microfluidics has provided a variety of tools to sort micro-objects. We present here a simple microfluidic device consisting of a channel containing a semi-cylindrical obstacle against which capsules are squeezed by the flow, followed by a diverging chamber where streamlines separate. We demonstrate that this basic system is capable of sorting elastic microcapsules according to their size at low flow strength, and according to the stiffness of their membrane at high flow strength...
July 17, 2017: Medical Engineering & Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728822/a-microfluidic-approach-for-studying-piezo-channels
#14
M M Maneshi, P A Gottlieb, S Z Hua
Microfluidics is an interdisciplinary field intersecting many areas in engineering. Utilizing a combination of physics, chemistry, biology, and biotechnology, along with practical applications for designing devices that use low volumes of fluids to achieve high-throughput screening, is a major goal in microfluidics. Microfluidic approaches allow the study of cells growth and differentiation using a variety of conditions including control of fluid flow that generates shear stress. Recently, Piezo1 channels were shown to respond to fluid shear stress and are crucial for vascular development...
2017: Current Topics in Membranes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728010/advances-in-point-of-care-technologies-for-molecular-diagnostics
#15
REVIEW
Mohammad Zarei
Advances in miniaturization, nanotechnology, and microfluidics, along with developments in cloud-connected point-of-care (POC) diagnostics technologies are pushing the frontiers of POC devices toward low-cost, user-friendly, and enhanced sensitivity molecular-level diagnostics. The combination of various bio-sensing platforms within smartphone-integrated electronic readers provides accurate on-site and on-time diagnostics based on various types of chemical and biological targets. Further, 3D printing technology shows a huge potential toward fabrication and improving the performance of POC devices...
July 11, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728008/pen-on-paper-strategy-for-point-of-care-testing-rapid-prototyping-of-fully-written-microfluidic-biosensor
#16
Zedong Li, Fei Li, Yue Xing, Zhi Liu, Minli You, Yingchun Li, Ting Wen, Zhiguo Qu, Xiao Ling Li, Feng Xu
Paper-based microfluidic biosensors have recently attracted increasing attentions in point-of-care testing (POCT) territories benefiting from their affordable, accessible and eco-friendly features, where technologies for fabricating such biosensors are preferred to be equipment free, easy-to-operate and capable of rapid prototyping. In this work, we developed a pen-on-paper (PoP) strategy based on two custom-made pens, i.e., a wax pen and a conductive-ink pen, to fully write paper-based microfluidic biosensors through directly writing both microfluidic channels and electrodes...
July 1, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727759/use-of-a-microfluidic-platform-to-uncover-basic-features-of-energy-and-environmental-stress-responses-in-individual-cells-of-bacillus-subtilis
#17
Matthew T Cabeen, Jonathan R Russell, Johan Paulsson, Richard Losick
Bacteria use a variety of stress-sensing systems to sense and respond to diverse stressors and to ensure their survival under adverse conditions. The gram-positive bacterium Bacillus subtilis responds to energy stress (ATP depletion) and to environmental stressors using two distinct stress-sensing pathways that converge on the alternative sigma factor σB to provoke a general stress response. Past efforts to study the σB stress response in bulk culture and on agarose pads were unable to visualize the responses of individual cells under tightly controlled conditions for extended periods of time...
July 20, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727559/a-microfluidic-cytometer-for-complete-blood-count-with-a-3-2-megapixel-1-1-%C3%AE-m-pitch-super-resolution-image-sensor-in-65-nm-bsi-cmos
#18
Xu Liu, Xiwei Huang, Yu Jiang, Hang Xu, Jing Guo, Han Wei Hou, Mei Yan, Hao Yu
Based on a 3.2-Megapixel 1.1- μm-pitch super-resolution (SR) CMOS image sensor in a 65-nm backside-illumination process, a lens-free microfluidic cytometer for complete blood count (CBC) is demonstrated in this paper. Backside-illumination improves resolution and contrast at the device level with elimination of surface treatment when integrated with microfluidic channels. A single-frame machine-learning-based SR processing is further realized at system level for resolution correction with minimum hardware resources...
July 18, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Circuits and Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727438/a-wettability-metric-for-characterization-of-capillary-flow-on-textured-superhydrophilic-surfaces
#19
Taylor P Allred, Justin A Weibel, Suresh V Garimella
Surface wettability is typically characterized by measuring the static contact angle of a sessile droplet placed on the surface. For extremely wetting surfaces on which liquid spontaneously spreads into a thin liquid film, the near-zero static contact angle is not amenable to measurement and does not fully describe the wetting behavior. There are unmet needs in microfluidics, boiling heat transfer enhancement, and anti-fogging applications for a metric to characterize highly wetting (i.e., superhydrophilic) textured surfaces based on their capillary-driven liquid pumping performance, as a supplement to the contact angle for this highly wetting regime...
July 20, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726927/custom-3d-printer-and-resin-for-18-%C3%AE-m-%C3%A3-20-%C3%AE-m-microfluidic-flow-channels
#20
Hua Gong, Bryce P Bickham, Adam T Woolley, Gregory P Nordin
While there is great interest in 3D printing for microfluidic device fabrication, to-date the achieved feature sizes have not been in the truly microfluidic regime (<100 μm). In this paper we demonstrate that a custom digital light processor stereolithographic (DLP-SLA) 3D printer and a specifically-designed, low cost, custom resin can readily achieve flow channel cross sections as small as 18 μm × 20 μm. Our 3D printer has a projected image plane resolution of 7.6 μm and uses a 385 nm LED, which dramatically increases the available selection of UV absorbers for resin formulation compared to 3D printers with 405 nm LEDs...
July 20, 2017: Lab on a Chip
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