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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930991/using-an-adapted-microfluidic-olfactory-chip-for-the-imaging-of-neuronal-activity-in-response-to-pheromones-in-male-c-elegans-head-neurons
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Douglas K Reilly, Daniel E Lawler, Dirk R Albrecht, Jagan Srinivasan
The use of calcium indicators has greatly enhanced our understanding of neural dynamics and regulation. The nematode Caenorhabditis elegans, with its completely mapped nervous system and transparent anatomy, presents an ideal model for understanding real-time neural dynamics using calcium indicators. In combination with microfluidic technologies and experimental designs, calcium-imaging studies using these indicators are performed in both free-moving and trapped animals. However, most previous studies utilizing trapping devices, such as the olfactory chip described in Chronis et al...
September 7, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930605/microfluidics-technology-for-drug-delivery-a-review
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Elena I Mancera-Andrade, Ali Parsaeimehr, Alejandra Arevalo-Gallegos, Guadalupe Ascencio-Favela, Roberto Parra Saldivar
Microfluidics is undoubtedly an influential technology that is currently revolutionizing the chemical and biological studies by replicating laboratory bench-top technology on a miniature chip-scale device. In the area of drug delivery science, microfluidics offers advantages, such as precise dosage, ideal delivery, target-precise delivery, sustainable and controlled release, multiple dosing, and slight side effects. These advantages bring significant assets to the drug delivery systems. Microfluidic technology has been progressively used for fabrication of drug carriers, direct drug delivery systems, high-throughput screening, and formulation and immobilization of drugs...
January 1, 2018: Frontiers in Bioscience (Elite Edition)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930474/unveiling-the-self-assembling-behavior-of-5-fluorouracil-and-its-n-n-dimethyl-derivative-a-spectroscopic-and-microscopic-approach
#3
Pavel Banerjee, Devdeep Mukherjee, Tapas Kumar Maiti, Nilmoni Sarkar
At physiological conditions, 5-fluorouracil (5-FU), an anti-cancer drug self-assembles into fibrils by strong hydrogen bonding network while its methylated derivative, 5-fluoro-1,3-dimethyluracil (5-FDMU) do not make fibril due to lack of strong hydrogen bonding motif. In vitro, 5-FU self-assembly is sensitive to physicochemical conditions like the pH and ionic strength of the solution, which tune the strength of the non-covalent driving forces. Here we report a surprising finding that the buffer-which is necessary to control the pH and is typically considered to be inert-also significantly, influences 5-FU self-assembly which indicates an important role of counter-ions in the fibril formation...
September 20, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930450/continuous-sorting-of-cells-based-on-differential-p-selectin-glycoprotein-ligand-expression-using-molecular-adhesion
#4
Bushra Tasadduq, Brynn Mcfarland, Muhymin Islam, Alexander Alexeev, Ali Fatih Sarioglu, Todd A Sulchek
Cell surface molecular adhesions govern many important physiological processes and are used to identify cells for analysis and purifications. But most effective cell adhesion separation technologies use labels or long-term attachments in their application. While label-free separation microsystems typically separate cells by size, stiffness, and shape, they often do not provide sufficient specificity to cell type that can be obtained from molecular expression. We demonstrate a label-free microfluidic approach capable of high throughput separation of cells based upon surface molecule adhesion...
September 20, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930428/ion-transport-in-confined-geometries-below-the-nanoscale-access-resistance-dominates-protein-channel-conductance-in-diluted-solutions
#5
Antonio Alcaraz, M Lidón López, María Queralt-Martín, Vicente M Aguilella
Synthetic nanopores and mesoscopic protein channels have common traits like the importance of electrostatic interactions between the permeating ions and the nanochannel. Ion transport at the nanoscale occurs under confinement conditions so that the usual assumptions made in microfluidics are challenged, among others, by interfacial effects such as access resistance (AR). Here we show that a sound interpretation of electrophysiological measurements in terms of channel ion selective properties requires the consideration of interfacial effects, up to the point that they dominate protein channel conductance in diluted solutions...
September 20, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929755/nanowires-of-geobacter-sulfurreducens-require-redox-cofactors-to-reduce-metals-in-pore-spaces-too-small-for-cell-passage
#6
Kyle Michelson, Robert A Sanford, Albert J Valocchi, Charles J Werth
Members of the Geobacteraceae family are ubiquitous metal reducers that utilize conductive 'nanowires' to reduce Mn(IV) and Fe(III) oxides in anaerobic sediments. However, it is not currently known if and to what extent the Mn(IV) and Fe(III) oxides in soil grains and low permeability sediments that are sequestered in pore spaces too small for cell passage can be reduced by long-range extracellular electron transport via Geobacter nanowires, and what mechanisms control this reduction. We developed a microfluidic reactor that physically separates Geobacter sulfurreducens from the Mn(IV) mineral birnessite by a 1...
September 20, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929611/microfluidic-generation-of-bioinspired-spindle-knotted-graphene-microfibers-for-oil-absorption
#7
Ziqian Wu, Jie Wang, Ze Zhao, Yunru Yu, Luoran Shang, Yuanjin Zhao
Graphene materials have a demonstrated value in water treatment. Efforts to promote these materials are focused on the generation of functional graphene adsorbents for effectively removing contaminants from water. Here, inspired by the conformation of spider silks, we present a novel graphene microfiber material with spindle-knotted microstructures by using a microfluidic emulsification and spinning collaborative technology. The size and spacing of the spindle-knots were highly controllable by adjusting the flow rates of microfluidics during the generation process of the microfibers...
September 20, 2017: Chemphyschem: a European Journal of Chemical Physics and Physical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929304/embryonic-body-culturing-in-an-all-glass-microfluidic-device-with-laser-processed-4%C3%A2-%C3%AE-m-thick-ultra-thin-glass-sheet-filter
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Y Yalikun, N Tanaka, Y Hosokawa, T Iino, Y Tanaka
In this paper, we report the development and demonstration of a method to fabricate an all-glass microfluidic cell culturing device without circulation flow. On-chip microfluidic cell culturing is an indispensable technique for cellular replacement therapies and experimental cell biology. Polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) have become a popular material for fabricating microfluidic cell culture devices because it is a transparent, biocompatible, deformable, easy-to-mold, and gas-permeable. However, PDMS is also a chemically and physically unstable material...
September 19, 2017: Biomedical Microdevices
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929163/acoustic-tweezing-of-particles-using-decaying-opposing-travelling-surface-acoustic-waves-dotsaw
#9
Jia Wei Ng, Citsabehsan Devendran, Adrian Neild
Surface acoustic waves offer a versatile and biocompatible method of manipulating the location of suspended particles or cells within microfluidic systems. The most common approach uses the interference of identical frequency, counter propagating travelling waves to generate a standing surface acoustic wave, in which particles migrate a distance less than half the acoustic wavelength to their nearest pressure node. The result is the formation of a periodic pattern of particles. Subsequent displacement of this pattern, the prerequisite for tweezing, can be achieved by translation of the standing wave, and with it the pressure nodes; this requires changing either the frequency of the pair of waves, or their relative phase...
September 20, 2017: Lab on a Chip
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928386/flow-of-tunable-elastic-microcapsules-through-constrictions
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Débora F do Nascimento, Jorge A Avendaño, Ana Mehl, Maria J B Moura, Marcio S Carvalho, Wynter J Duncanson
We design and fabricate elastically tunable monodisperse microcapsules using microfluidics and cross-linkable polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS). The overall stiffness of the microcapsules is governed by both the thickness and cross-link ratio of the polymer shell. Flowing suspensions of microcapsules through constricted spaces leads to transient blockage of fluid flow, thus altering the flow behavior. The ability to tune microcapsule mechanical properties enables the design of elastic microcapsules that can be tailored for desired flow behavior in a broad range of applications such as oil recovery, reactor feeding, red blood cell flow and chemical targeted delivery...
September 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927991/deciphering-cell-intrinsic-properties-a-key-issue-for-robust-organoid-production
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REVIEW
Nathalie Picollet-D'hahan, Monika E Dolega, Delphine Freida, Donald K Martin, Xavier Gidrol
We highlight the disposition of various cell types to self-organize into complex organ-like structures without necessarily the support of any stromal cells, provided they are placed into permissive 3D culture conditions. The goal of generating organoids reproducibly and efficiently has been hampered by poor understanding of the exact nature of the intrinsic cell properties at the origin of organoid generation, and of the signaling pathways governing their differentiation. Using microtechnologies like microfluidics to engineer organoids would create opportunities for single-cell genomics and high-throughput functional genomics to exhaustively characterize cell intrinsic properties...
September 16, 2017: Trends in Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927942/microfluidic-single-cell-technology-in-immunology-and-antibody-screening
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REVIEW
Yu Fen Samantha Seah, Hongxing Hu, Christoph A Merten
Single-cell technology has a major impact on the field of immunology. It enables the kinetics and logic of immune signaling and immune cell migration to be elucidated, facilitates antibody screening and allows massively parallelized analysis of B- and T-cell repertoires. Impressive progress has been made over the last decade, strongly boosted by microfluidic approaches. In this review, we summarize the most powerful microfluidic systems based on continuous-flow, nanowells, valves and droplets and we analyze their benefits for phenotypic characterization, drug discovery and next generation sequencing experiments...
September 16, 2017: Molecular Aspects of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927830/transport-velocity-of-droplets-on-ratchet-conveyors
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REVIEW
Hal R Holmes, Karl F Böhringer
Anisotropic ratchet conveyors (ARC) are a type of digital microfluidic system. Unlike electrowetting based systems, ARCs transport droplets through a passive, micro-patterned surface and applied orthogonal vibrations. The mechanics of droplet transport on ARC devices has yet to be as well characterized and understood as on electrowetting systems. In this work, we investigate how the design of the ARC substrate affects the droplet response to vibrations and perform the first characterization of transport velocity on ARC devices...
September 14, 2017: Advances in Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926622/a-high-mitochondrial-transport-rate-characterizes-cns-neurons-with-high-axonal-regeneration-capacity
#14
Romain Cartoni, Gulcin Pekkurnaz, Chen Wang, Thomas L Schwarz, Zhigang He
Improving axonal transport in the injured and diseased central nervous system has been proposed as a promising strategy to improve neuronal repair. However, the contribution of each cargo to the repair mechanism is unknown. DRG neurons globally increase axonal transport during regeneration. Because the transport of specific cargos after axonal insult has not been examined systematically in a model of enhanced regenerative capacity, it is unknown whether the transport of all cargos would be modulated equally in injured central nervous system neurons...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924724/development-of-a-high-throughput-magnetic-separation-device-for-malaria-infected-erythrocytes
#15
A Blue Martin, Wei-Tao Wu, Marina V Kameneva, James F Antaki
This study describes a non-dilutive high-gradient magnetic separation (HGMS) device intended to continuously remove malaria-infected red blood cells (iRBCs) from the circulation. A mesoscale prototype device with disposable photo-etched ferromagnetic grid and reusable permanent magnet was designed with a computationally-optimized magnetic force. The prototype device was evaluated in vitro using a non-pathogenic analog for malaria-infected blood, comprised of 24% healthy RBCs, 6% human methemoglobin RBCs (metRBCs), and 70% phosphate buffer solution (PBS)...
September 18, 2017: Annals of Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924455/new-microfluidic-paths-to-test-for-bleeding-or-clotting
#16
Scott L Diamond
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 2017: Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923973/flow-induced-gelation-of-microfiber-suspensions
#17
Antonio Perazzo, Janine K Nunes, Stefano Guido, Howard A Stone
The flow behavior of fiber suspensions has been studied extensively, especially in the limit of dilute concentrations and rigid fibers; at the other extreme, however, where the suspensions are concentrated and the fibers are highly flexible, much less is understood about the flow properties. We use a microfluidic method to produce uniform concentrated suspensions of high aspect ratio, flexible microfibers, and we demonstrate the shear thickening and gelling behavior of such microfiber suspensions, which, to the best of our knowledge, has not been reported previously...
September 18, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923968/soft-tubular-microfluidics-for-2d-and-3d-applications
#18
Wang Xi, Fang Kong, Joo Chuan Yeo, Longteng Yu, Surabhi Sonam, Ming Dao, Xiaobo Gong, Chwee Teck Lim
Microfluidics has been the key component for many applications, including biomedical devices, chemical processors, microactuators, and even wearable devices. This technology relies on soft lithography fabrication which requires cleanroom facilities. Although popular, this method is expensive and labor-intensive. Furthermore, current conventional microfluidic chips precludes reconfiguration, making reiterations in design very time-consuming and costly. To address these intrinsic drawbacks of microfabrication, we present an alternative solution for the rapid prototyping of microfluidic elements such as microtubes, valves, and pumps...
September 18, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923936/isolation-of-exosomes-from-whole-blood-by-integrating-acoustics-and-microfluidics
#19
Mengxi Wu, Yingshi Ouyang, Zeyu Wang, Rui Zhang, Po-Hsun Huang, Chuyi Chen, Hui Li, Peng Li, David Quinn, Ming Dao, Subra Suresh, Yoel Sadovsky, Tony Jun Huang
Exosomes are nanoscale extracellular vesicles that play an important role in many biological processes, including intercellular communications, antigen presentation, and the transport of proteins, RNA, and other molecules. Recently there has been significant interest in exosome-related fundamental research, seeking new exosome-based biomarkers for health monitoring and disease diagnoses. Here, we report a separation method based on acoustofluidics (i.e., the integration of acoustics and microfluidics) to isolate exosomes directly from whole blood in a label-free and contact-free manner...
September 18, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923311/colorimetric-detection-of-d-dimer-in-a-paper-based-immunodetection-device
#20
Sónia Ruivo, Ana M Azevedo, Duarte M F Prazeres
A microfluidic paper-based analytical device (μPADs) immunoassay for detection of the blood native biomarker D-dimer is reported. The μPAD is created by wax printing on a single piece of chromatographic paper and combined with an anti-D-dimer capture antibody and conjugates of anti-D-dimer antibody with 40 nm gold nanoparticles. The presence of D-dimer in buffer/simulated plasma samples is successfully reported for concentrations as low as 15 ng D-dimer/mL. Linearity between signal intensity and D-dimer concentration is observed up to 100 ng/mL...
September 15, 2017: Analytical Biochemistry
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