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Cellular Contractility And Extracellular Matrix Stiffness Regulate Matrix Metalloproteinase Activity In Pancreatic Cancer Cells, Amanda Haage, Ian C. Schneider Aug 2014

Cellular Contractility And Extracellular Matrix Stiffness Regulate Matrix Metalloproteinase Activity In Pancreatic Cancer Cells, Amanda Haage, Ian C. Schneider

Chemical and Biological Engineering Publications

The pathogenesis of cancer is often driven by local invasion and metastasis. Recently, mechanical properties of the tumor microenvironment have been identified as potent regulators of invasion and metastasis, while matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) are classically known as significant enhancers of cancer cell migration and invasion. Here we have been able to sensitively measure MMP activity changes in response to specific extracellular matrix (ECM) environments and cell contractility states. A pancreatic cancer cell line, Panc-1 cells, up-regulate MMP activities between 3- and 10- fold with increased cell contractility. Conversely, they down-regulate MMP activities when contractility is blocked to levels seen with ...


Matrix Metalloproteinase-14 Is A Mechanically Regulated Activator Of Secreted Mmps And Invasion, Amanda Haage, Dong Hyun Nam, Xin Ge, Ian C. Schneider Jul 2014

Matrix Metalloproteinase-14 Is A Mechanically Regulated Activator Of Secreted Mmps And Invasion, Amanda Haage, Dong Hyun Nam, Xin Ge, Ian C. Schneider

Chemical and Biological Engineering Publications

Matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) are extracellular matrix (ECM) degrading enzymes and have complex and specific regulation networks. This includes activation interactions, where one MMP family member activates another. ECM degradation and MMP activation can be initiated by several different stimuli including changes in ECM mechanical properties or intracellular contractility. These mechanical stimuli are known enhancers of metastatic potential. MMP-14 facilitates local ECM degradation and is well known as a major mediator of cell migration, angiogenesis and invasion. Recently, function blocking antibodies have been developed to specifically block MMP-14, providing a useful tool for research as well as therapeutic applications. Here we ...


Characterization Of Sheared Colloidal Aggregation Using Langevin Dynamics Simulation, Sergiy Markutsya, Rodney O. Fox, Shankar Subramaniam Jun 2014

Characterization Of Sheared Colloidal Aggregation Using Langevin Dynamics Simulation, Sergiy Markutsya, Rodney O. Fox, Shankar Subramaniam

Chemical and Biological Engineering Publications

Aggregation of colloidal particles under shear is studied in model systems using a Langevin dynamics model with an improved interparticle interaction potential. In the absence of shear, aggregates that form are characterized by compact structure at small scales and ramified structure at larger scales. This confirms the structural crossover mechanism previously suggested by Sorensen and coworkers, that colloidal aggregation occurs due to monomer addition at small scales and due to cluster-cluster aggregation at large scales. The fractal dimension of nonsheared aggregates is scale-dependent. Smaller aggregates have a higher fractal dimension than larger ones, but the radius of gyration where this ...


Synthesis And Functionalization Of Virus-Mimicking Cationic Block Copolymers With Pathogen-Associated Carbohydrates As Potential Vaccine Adjuvants, J. R. Adams, M. Goswami, N. L.B. Pohl, Surya K. Mallapragada Mar 2014

Synthesis And Functionalization Of Virus-Mimicking Cationic Block Copolymers With Pathogen-Associated Carbohydrates As Potential Vaccine Adjuvants, J. R. Adams, M. Goswami, N. L.B. Pohl, Surya K. Mallapragada

Chemical and Biological Engineering Publications

We report the synthesis of a family of amphiphilic pentablock polymers with different cationic blocks and with controlled architectures as potential vaccine carriers for subunit vaccines. The temperature and pH-dependent micellization and gelation of these pentablock copolymers can provide a depot for sustained protein and gene delivery. The amphiphilic central triblock promotes cellular endocytosis, good gene delivery and has been used effectively as a vaccine adjuvant. The pentablock copolymer outer blocks condense DNA spontaneously as a result of electrostatic interactions for sustained combinational therapy. This family of polymers with different cationic groups was evaluated based on DNA complexation-ability and cytotoxicity ...


The Number Of Lines A Cell Contacts And Cell Contractility Drive The Efficiency Of Contact Guidance, Nicholas R. Romsey, Yue Hou, Laura L. Rodriguez, Ian C. Schneider Mar 2014

The Number Of Lines A Cell Contacts And Cell Contractility Drive The Efficiency Of Contact Guidance, Nicholas R. Romsey, Yue Hou, Laura L. Rodriguez, Ian C. Schneider

Chemical and Biological Engineering Publications

Cell migration is an important biological function that impacts many physiological and pathological processes. Often migration is directed along various densities of aligned fibers of collagen, a process called contact guidance. However, cells adhere to other components in the extracellular matrix, possibly affecting migrational behavior. Additionally, changes in intracellular contractility are well known to affect random migration, but its effect on contact guidance is less known. This study examines differences in directed migration in response to variations in the spacing of collagen, non-specific background adhesion strength and myosin II-mediated contractility. Collagen was microcontact printed onto glass substrates and timelapse live-cell ...


Angle-Tunable Enhanced Infrared Reflection Absorption Spectroscopy Via Grating-Coupled Surface Plasmon Resonance, Joseph W. Petefish, Andrew C. Hillier Jan 2014

Angle-Tunable Enhanced Infrared Reflection Absorption Spectroscopy Via Grating-Coupled Surface Plasmon Resonance, Joseph W. Petefish, Andrew C. Hillier

Chemical and Biological Engineering Publications

Surface enhanced infrared absorption (SEIRA) spectroscopy is an attractive method for increasing the prominence of vibrational modes in infrared spectroscopy. To date, the majority of reports associated with SEIRA utilize localized surface plasmon resonance from metal nanoparticles to enhance electromagnetic fields in the region of analytes. Limited work has been performed using propagating surface plasmons as a method for SEIRA excitation. In this report, we demonstrate angle-tunable enhancement of vibrational stretching modes associated with a thin poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) film that is coupled to a silver-coated diffraction grating. Gratings are fabricated using laser interference lithography to achieve precise surface ...


Development Of A Combined Catalyst And Sorbent For The Water Gas Shift Reaction, Meng Kong, Karl O. Albrecht, Brent H. Shanks, Thomas D. Wheelock Jan 2014

Development Of A Combined Catalyst And Sorbent For The Water Gas Shift Reaction, Meng Kong, Karl O. Albrecht, Brent H. Shanks, Thomas D. Wheelock

Chemical and Biological Engineering Publications

A combined catalyst and sorbent was developed for reacting CO with steam to produce H2 in a single reaction stage at 600 °C by employing the water gas shift (WGS) reaction. The combined material was in the form of spherical pellets where each pellet consisted of a CaO core for absorbing byproduct CO2 surrounded by a porous shell of Al2O 3 which supported a Ni catalyst. The best results were achieved by incorporating 5 wt % limestone in the shell material to suppress coking. By employing the best core-in-shell pellets and supplying a 3:1 mol ratio ...


A Systems Approach To Designing Next Generation Vaccines: Combining α-Galactose Modified Antigens With Nanoparticle Platforms, Yashdeep Phanse, Brenda Rocio Carrillo-Conde, Amanda Ellen Ramer-Tait, Scott Broderick, Chang Sun Kong, Krishna Rajan, Ramon Flick, Robert B. Mandell, Balaji Narasimhan, Michael J. Wannemuehler Jan 2014

A Systems Approach To Designing Next Generation Vaccines: Combining α-Galactose Modified Antigens With Nanoparticle Platforms, Yashdeep Phanse, Brenda Rocio Carrillo-Conde, Amanda Ellen Ramer-Tait, Scott Broderick, Chang Sun Kong, Krishna Rajan, Ramon Flick, Robert B. Mandell, Balaji Narasimhan, Michael J. Wannemuehler

Chemical and Biological Engineering Publications

Innovative vaccine platforms are needed to develop effective countermeasures against emerging and re-emerging diseases. These platforms should direct antigen internalization by antigen presenting cells and promote immunogenic responses. This work describes an innovative systems approach combining two novel platforms, αGalactose (αGal)-modification of antigens and amphiphilic polyanhydride nanoparticles as vaccine delivery vehicles, to rationally design vaccine formulations. Regimens comprising soluble αGal-modified antigen and nanoparticle-encapsulated unmodified antigen induced a high titer, high avidity antibody response with broader epitope recognition of antigenic peptides than other regimen. Proliferation of antigen-specific CD4 + T cells was also enhanced compared to a traditional ...


Collagen Attachment To The Substrate Controls Cell Clustering Through Migration, Yue Hou, Laura L. Rodriguez, Juan Wang, Ian C. Schneider Jan 2014

Collagen Attachment To The Substrate Controls Cell Clustering Through Migration, Yue Hou, Laura L. Rodriguez, Juan Wang, Ian C. Schneider

Chemical and Biological Engineering Publications

Cell clustering and scattering play important roles in cancer progression and tissue engineering. While the extracellular matrix (ECM) is known to control cell clustering, much of the quantitative work has focused on the analysis of clustering between cells with strong cell-cell junctions. Much less is known about how the ECM regulates cells with weak cell-cell contact. Clustering characteristics were quantified in rat adenocarcinoma cells, which form clusters on physically adsorbed collagen substrates, but not on covalently attached collagen substrates. Covalently attaching collagen inhibited desorption of collagen from the surface. While changes in proliferation rate could not explain differences seen in ...


Nucleation Of Iron Oxide Nanoparticles Mediated By Mms6 Protein In Situ, Sanjay Kashyap, Taylor J. Woehl, Xunpei Liu, Surya K. Mallapragada, Tanya Prozorov Jan 2014

Nucleation Of Iron Oxide Nanoparticles Mediated By Mms6 Protein In Situ, Sanjay Kashyap, Taylor J. Woehl, Xunpei Liu, Surya K. Mallapragada, Tanya Prozorov

Chemical and Biological Engineering Publications

Biomineralization proteins are widely used as templating agents in biomimetic synthesis of a variety of organic-inorganic nanostructures. However, the role of the protein in controlling the nucleation and growth of biomimetic particles is not well understood, because the mechanism of the bioinspired reaction is often deduced from ex situ analysis of the resultant nanoscale mineral phase. Here we report the direct visualization of biomimetic iron oxide nanoparticle nucleation mediated by an acidic bacterial recombinant protein, Mms6, during an in situ reaction induced by the controlled addition of sodium hydroxide to solution-phase Mms6 protein micelles incubated with ferric chloride. Using in ...


Multiple-Input Subject-Specific Modeling Of Plasma Glucose Concentration For Feedforward Control, Kaylee Renee Kotz, Ali Cinar, Yong Mei, Amy Roggendorf, Elizabeth Littlejohn, Laurie Quinn, Derrick K. Rollins Sr. Jan 2014

Multiple-Input Subject-Specific Modeling Of Plasma Glucose Concentration For Feedforward Control, Kaylee Renee Kotz, Ali Cinar, Yong Mei, Amy Roggendorf, Elizabeth Littlejohn, Laurie Quinn, Derrick K. Rollins Sr.

Chemical and Biological Engineering Publications

The ability to accurately develop subject-specific, input causation models, for blood glucose concentration (BGC) for large input sets can have a significant impact on tightening control for insulin dependent diabetes. More specifically, for Type 1 diabetics (T1Ds), it can lead to an effective artificial pancreas (i.e., an automatic control system that delivers exogenous insulin) under extreme changes in critical disturbances. These disturbances include food consumption, activity variations, and physiological stress changes. Thus, this paper presents a free-living, outpatient, multiple-input, modeling method for BGC with strong causation attributes that is stable and guards against overfitting to provide an e ffective ...


The Influence Of Alkali And Alkaline Earth Metals And The Role Of Acid Pretreatments In Production Of Sugars From Switchgrass Based On Solvent Liquefaction, Xianglan Bai, Robert C. Brown, Jie Fu, Brent H. Shanks, Matthew Kieffer Jan 2014

The Influence Of Alkali And Alkaline Earth Metals And The Role Of Acid Pretreatments In Production Of Sugars From Switchgrass Based On Solvent Liquefaction, Xianglan Bai, Robert C. Brown, Jie Fu, Brent H. Shanks, Matthew Kieffer

Chemical and Biological Engineering Publications

This study investigated the influence of alkali and alkaline earth metals (AAEM) and the role of acid pretreatments in the production of sugars during solvent liquefaction of lignocellulosic biomass using 1,4-dioxane and water as solvents. The present study found that removal of AAEM by acid washing/water rinsing did not enhance sugar production during solvent liquefaction of pretreated switchgrass nearly to the extent observed for fast pyrolysis nor did it inhibit lignin decomposition, suggesting that AAEM play less of a role in determining product yields in solvent liquefaction. On the other hand, acid infusion greatly enhanced the yields of ...


Cemox-Promoted Ketonization Of Biomass-Derived Carboxylic Acids In The Condensed Phase, Ryan William Snell, Brent H. Shanks Jan 2014

Cemox-Promoted Ketonization Of Biomass-Derived Carboxylic Acids In The Condensed Phase, Ryan William Snell, Brent H. Shanks

Chemical and Biological Engineering Publications

Ketonization of the model bio-oil compound acetic acid was performed in a toluene-solvent condensed phase using five different CeMOx catalysts. The catalysts were characterized using a number of different techniques both before and after reaction testing to gain understanding of how material traits influence their catalytic performance. A number of potentially important catalytic properties were found to be of little importance for the respective reaction. For instance, it was discovered that there was no direct correlation between prereaction surface area with activity for ketonization at high or at low temperatures. Furthermore, better reducibility of the oxide did not appear to ...


Sodium Ion Interactions With Aqueous Glucose: Insights From Quantum Mechanics, Molecular Dynamics, And Experiment, Heather B. Mayes, Jianhui Tian, Michael W. Nolte, Brent H. Shanks, Gregg T. Beckham, S. Gnanakaran, Linda J. Broadbelt Jan 2014

Sodium Ion Interactions With Aqueous Glucose: Insights From Quantum Mechanics, Molecular Dynamics, And Experiment, Heather B. Mayes, Jianhui Tian, Michael W. Nolte, Brent H. Shanks, Gregg T. Beckham, S. Gnanakaran, Linda J. Broadbelt

Chemical and Biological Engineering Publications

In the last several decades, significant efforts have been conducted to understand the fundamental reactivity of glucose derived from plant biomass in various chemical environments for conversion to renewable fuels and chemicals. For reactions of glucose in water, it is known that inorganic salts naturally present in biomass alter the product distribution in various deconstruction processes. However, the molecular-level interactions of alkali metal ions and glucose are unknown. These interactions are of physiological interest as well, for example, as they relate to cation-glucose cotransport. Here, we employ quantum mechanics (QM) to understand the interaction of a prevalent alkali metal, sodium ...