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Two-step local functionalization of fluoropolymer Dyneon THV microfluidic materials by scanning electrochemical microscopy combined to click reaction
Kadhirvel P, Combès A, Bordron L, Pichon V
Anal. Bioanal. Chem - 411(8) 1525-1536 - doi: 10.1007/s00216-019-01586-8 - 2019
A molecularly imprinted polymer (MIP) was designed in order to allow the selective solid-phase extraction of carbamazepine (CBZ), an anticonvulsant and mood-stabilizing drug, at ultra-trace level from aqueous environmental samples. A structural analog of CBZ was selected as a dummy template and different synthesis conditions were screened. The selectivity of the resulting imprinted polymers was evaluated by studying the retention of CBZ in a solvent similar to the one used for the synthesis. The presence of imprinted cavities in the polymers was then demonstrated by comparing the elution profiles (obtained by using MIP and a non-imprinted polymer, NIP, as a control) of the template, of CBZ, and of a structural analog of CBZ. Then, the extraction procedure was further optimized for the treatment of aqueous samples on the two most promising MIPs, with special attention being paid to the volume and composition of the percolation and washing solutions. The best MIP provided a highly selective retention in tap water with 81% extraction recovery for CBZ in the elution fraction of the MIP and only 14% for NIP. The repeatability of the extraction procedure was demonstrated for both tap and river waters (RSD below 4% in river water) for the drugs CBZ, oxcarbamazepine, and one metabolite (carbamazepine 10,11-epoxide). A MIP capacity of 1.15 μmol g-1 was determined. Finally, an analytical procedure involving the MIP was developed allowing the detection of CBZ at a concentration level of only a few nanograms per liter in river water. The selectivity provided by the MIP resulted in a 3000-fold increase of the signal-to-noise ratio in LC/MS analysis as compared to the use of conventional sorbent. Graphical abstract.
First profiling in hydrophilic interaction liquid chromatography of intact human chorionic gonadotropin isoforms.
Camperi J, Pichon V, Fournier T, Delaunay N
J Pharm Biomed Anal - 10;174 495-499. - doi: 10.1016/j.jpba.2019.06.014 - 2019
The study of glycoproteins is a rapidly growing field, which is not surprising considering that approximately 70% of human proteins are glycosylated and that numerous biological functions are associated to the glycosylation. In this work, our interest focused on the heterodimeric human Chorionic Gonadotropin (hCG) glycoprotein that is the specific hormone of the human pregnancy, consisting of an α and a β subunit, so-called hCGα and hCGβ, respectively. This protein possesses a very high structural heterogeneity, essentially due to the presence of 8 glycosylation sites, but also other types of post-translational modifications. In this study, for the first time, the potential of hydrophilic interaction liquid chromatography (HILIC) was investigated to separate the intact hCG isoforms. Three different HILIC stationary phases were tested using an hCG-based drug as standard, a recombinant hCG. For each stationary phase, the effect of the initial mobile phase composition based on ACN/H2O mixture, the slope of the gradient, the content and nature of the acidic additive (formic acid and trifluoroacetic acid (TFA)), and the addition of a volatile salt (ammonium formate) on the retention and the resolution were studied. The best HILIC separation was obtained with the amide column and a mobile phase composed of water/ACN containing 0.1% of TFA. The repeatability in terms of retention times and peak areas was then assessed. Finally, the method was applied to the analysis of a second hCG-based drug obtained from urine of pregnant women. Both drugs gave chromatograms with more than 10 peaks. However, they were significantly different, which demonstrated the potential of HILIC method for hCG isoform fingerprinting
Glutamate spillover in C. elegans triggers repetitive behavior through presynaptic activation of MGL-2/mGluR5.
Katz M, Corson F, Keil W,Singhal A, Bae A, Lu Y, Liang Y, Shaham S.
Nat Commun - 10(1) 1882 - doi: 10.1038/s41467-019-09581-4. - 2019
Glutamate is a major excitatory neurotransmitter, and impaired glutamate clearance following synaptic release promotes spillover, inducing extra-synaptic signaling. The effects of glutamate spillover on animal behavior and its neural correlates are poorly understood. We developed a glutamate spillover model in Caenorhabditis elegans by inactivating the conserved glial glutamate transporter GLT-1. GLT-1 loss drives aberrant repetitive locomotory reversal behavior through uncontrolled oscillatory release of glutamate onto AVA, a major interneuron governing reversals. Repetitive glutamate release and reversal behavior require the glutamate receptor MGL-2/mGluR5, expressed in RIM and other interneurons presynaptic to AVA. mgl-2 loss blocks oscillations and repetitive behavior; while RIM activation is sufficient to induce repetitive reversals in glt-1 mutants. Repetitive AVA firing and reversals require EGL-30/Gαq, an mGluR5 effector. Our studies reveal that cyclic autocrine presynaptic activation drives repetitive reversals following glutamate spillover. That mammalian GLT1 and mGluR5 are implicated in pathological motor repetition suggests a common mechanism controlling repetitive behaviors.
Large work extraction and the Landauer limit in a continuous Maxwell demon
Marco Ribezzi Crivellari
Nature Physics - 15(7) 93 - DOI: 10.1038/s41567-019-0481-0 - 2019
The relation between entropy and information dates back to the classical Maxwell demon paradox¹, a thought experiment proposed in 1867 by James Clerk Maxwell to violate the second law of thermodynamics. A variant of the classical Maxwell demon is the Szilard engine, proposed by Leo Szilard in 1929¹. In it, at a given time, the demon observes the compartment occupied by a single molecule in a vessel and extracts work by operating a pulley device. Here, we introduce the continuous Maxwell demon, a device capable of extracting arbitrarily large amounts of work per cycle by repeated measurements of the state of a system, and experimentally test it in single DNA hairpin pulling experiments. In the continuous Maxwell demon, the demon monitors the state of the DNA hairpin (folded or unfolded) by observing it at equally spaced time intervals, but it extracts work only when the molecule changes state. We demonstrate that the average maximum work per cycle that can be extracted by the continuous Maxwell demon is limited by the information content of the stored sequences, in agreement with the second law. Work extraction efficiency is found to be maximal in the large information-content limit where work extraction is fuelled by rare events.
High-throughput single-cell ChIP-seq identifies heterogeneity of chromatin states in breast cancer
Grosselin K1,2,3, Durand A4,5, Marsolier J, Poitou A, Marangoni E, Nemati F, Dahmani A, Lameiras S, Reyal F, Frenoy O, Pousse Y, Reichen M, Woolfe A, Brenan C, Griffiths AD, Vallot C, Gérard A.i
Nat Genet. - 51(6) 1060-1066 - doi: 10.1038/s41588-019-0424-9. - 2019
Modulation of chromatin structure via histone modification is a major epigenetic mechanism and regulator of gene expression. However, the contribution of chromatin features to tumor heterogeneity and evolution remains unknown. Here we describe a high-throughput droplet microfluidics platform to profile chromatin landscapes of thousands of cells at single-cell resolution. Using patient-derived xenograft models of acquired resistance to chemotherapy and targeted therapy in breast cancer, we found that a subset of cells within untreated drug-sensitive tumors share a common chromatin signature with resistant cells, undetectable using bulk approaches. These cells, and cells from the resistant tumors, have lost chromatin marks-H3K27me3, which is associated with stable transcriptional repression-for genes known to promote resistance to treatment. This single-cell chromatin immunoprecipitation followed by sequencing approach paves the way to study the role of chromatin heterogeneity, not just in cancer but in other diseases and healthy systems, notably during cellular differentiation and development.
Experimental evidence of symmetry breaking of transition-path times
J.Gladrow, M. Ribezzi-Crivellari, F. Ritort & U. F. Keyser
Nature Communications - 10 55 - doi.org/10.1038/s41467-018-07873-9 - 2019
While thermal rates of state transitions in classical systems have been studied for almost a century, associated transition-path times have only recently received attention. Uphill and downhill transition paths between states at different free energies should be statistically indistinguishable. Here, we systematically investigate transition-path-time symmetry and report evidence of its breakdown on the molecular- and meso-scale out of equilibrium. In automated Brownian dynamics experiments, we establish first-passage-time symmetries of colloids driven by femtoNewton forces in holographically-created optical landscapes confined within microchannels. Conversely, we show that transitions which couple in a path-dependent manner to fluctuating forces exhibit asymmetry. We reproduce this asymmetry in folding transitions of DNA-hairpins driven out of equilibrium and suggest a topological mechanism of symmetry breakdown. Our results are relevant to measurements that capture a single coordinate in a multidimensional free energy landscape, as encountered in electrophysiology and single-molecule fluorescence experiments.
Recent insights into the genotype–phenotype relationship from massively parallel genetic assays
Harry Kemble Philippe Nghe Olivier Tenaillon
Nature Physics - 9 12 - doi.org/10.1111/eva.12846 - 2019
With the molecular revolution in Biology, a mechanistic understanding of the genotype–phenotype relationship became possible. Recently, advances in DNA synthesis and sequencing have enabled the development of deep mutational scanning assays, capable of scoring comprehensive libraries of genotypes for fitness and a variety of phenotypes in massively parallel fashion. The resulting empirical genotype–fitness maps pave the way to predictive models, potentially accelerating our ability to anticipate the behaviour of pathogen and cancerous cell populations from sequencing data. Besides from cellular fitness, phenotypes of direct application in industry (e.g. enzyme activity) and medicine (e.g. antibody binding) can be quantified and even selected directly by these assays. This review discusses the technological basis of and recent developments in massively parallel genetics, along with the trends it is uncovering in the genotype–phenotype relationship (distribution of mutation effects, epistasis), their possible mechanistic bases and future directions for advancing towards the goal of predictive genetics.
Large scale control and programming of gene expression using CRISPR.
Deyell M, Ameta S, Nghe P
Semin Cell Dev Biol. - S1084-9521(18 30110-1 - doi: 10.1016/j.semcdb.2019.05.013 - 2019
The control of gene expression in cells and organisms allows to unveil gene to function relationships and to reprogram biological responses. Several systems, such as Zinc fingers, TALE (Transcription activator-like effectors), and siRNAs (small-interfering RNAs), have been exploited to achieve this. However, recent advances in Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats and Cas9 (CRISPR-Cas9) have overshadowed them due to high specificity, compatibility with many different organisms, and design flexibility. In this review we summarize state-of-the art for CRISPR-Cas9 technology for large scale gene perturbation studies, including single gene and multiple genes knock-out, knock-down, knock-up libraries, and their associated screening assays. We feature in particular the combination of these methods with single-cell transcriptomics approaches. Finally, we highlight the application of CRISPR-Cas9 systems in building synthetic circuits that can be interfaced with gene networks to control cellular states.
Large scale control and programming of gene expression using CRISPR.
Deyell M, Ameta S, Nghe P
Semin Cell Dev Biol. - S1084-9521(18 30110-1 - doi: 10.1016/j.semcdb.2019.05.013 - 2019
The control of gene expression in cells and organisms allows to unveil gene to function relationships and to reprogram biological responses. Several systems, such as Zinc fingers, TALE (Transcription activator-like effectors), and siRNAs (small-interfering RNAs), have been exploited to achieve this. However, recent advances in Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats and Cas9 (CRISPR-Cas9) have overshadowed them due to high specificity, compatibility with many different organisms, and design flexibility. In this review we summarize state-of-the art for CRISPR-Cas9 technology for large scale gene perturbation studies, including single gene and multiple genes knock-out, knock-down, knock-up libraries, and their associated screening assays. We feature in particular the combination of these methods with single-cell transcriptomics approaches. Finally, we highlight the application of CRISPR-Cas9 systems in building synthetic circuits that can be interfaced with gene networks to control cellular states.
Pairwise frictional profile between particles determines discontinuous shear thickening transition in non‐colloidal suspensions
J. Comtet, G. Chatté, A. Niguès, L. Bocquet, A. Siria, and A. Colin
Nat Commun - 8 15633 - DOI: 10.1038/ncomms15633 - 2019
The process by which sheared suspensions go through a dramatic change in viscosity is known as discontinuous shear thickening. Although well-characterized on the macroscale, the microscopic mechanisms at play in this transition are still poorly understood. Here, by developing new experimental procedures based on quartz-tuning fork atomic force microscopy, we measure the pairwise frictional profile between approaching pairs of polyvinyl chloride and cornstarch particles in solvent. We report a clear transition from a low-friction regime, where pairs of particles support a finite normal load, while interacting purely hydrodynamically, to a high-friction regime characterized by hard repulsive contact between the particles and sliding friction. Critically, we show that the normal stress needed to enter the frictional regime at nanoscale matches the critical stress at which shear thickening occurs for macroscopic suspensions. Our experiments bridge nano and macroscales and provide long needed demonstration of the role of frictional forces in discontinuous shear thickening.

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