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Myelination and Node of Ranvier Formation in a Human Motoneuron−Schwann Cell Serum-Free Coculture

Motor neurons allow the body to move, speak, and breathe due to the propagation of action potentials between neuron nodes. The space between neurons, known as a node of Ranvier, are protected by a myelin sheath. When these nodes or...

Silane Coupling Agent Modifies the Mechanical Properties of a Chitosan Microfiber

Microfiber materials have been widely used for many applications, in the medical field, such as in sutures. Chitosan fibers, along with chitin fibers, are candidates for similar biofibers due to stronger inherent mechanical properties, however the current synthesis of these...

A Circular Gradient-Width Crossflow Microfluidic Platform for High-Efficiency Blood Plasma Separation

Clinical diagnostic tests use blood plasma for detecting the biomarkers of illnesses such as diabetes, cancer, and many others. Blood plasma makes up about half of the make up of whole blood and the separation of plasma is both labor...

Magnetically-Actuated Microposts Stimulate Axon Growth

New research published in the Biophysical Journal introduces a new method utilizing magnetically-actuated microposts as a scaffold for the stimulation of axon regeneration. These non-toxic, magnetic microposts, synthesized using tridecafluorooctyltrichlorosilane (United Chemical Technologies PART # T2492) as a mold release agent, were...

UCT’s Trichlorosilane Integral in Antibody Success Evaluation in Model Viral Agent, Murine Coronavirus

Identifying antibodies (Abs) that neutralize infectious agents is the first step for developing therapeutics, vaccines, and diagnostic tools for infectious agents. However, current approaches for identifying neutralizing Abs (nAbs) typically rely on dilution-based assays that are costly, inefficient, and only...

UCT Specialty Chemical Cited in Microalgae Study

Microalgae are promising alternatives to petroleum as renewable biofuel sources, however not sufficiently economically competitive yet. In a recent paper published in Lab On A Chip ((2019) 19 4128) authored by Song-I Han et al., UCT’s specialty chemical tridecafluoro-1,1,2,2- tetrahydrooctyl-1-trichlorosilane...

UCT Silane Cited in Droplet-Based Microfluidic Article

The kidneys are considered critical for the long-term control of blood pressure by regulation of body fluid and blood volume. In support of this concept, the kidneys control the systemic activity of the pro-hypertensive renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system by regulating the production...

Clean Screen® DAU Cited in Opiate GC-MS/MS Article

Opiates are one of the most commonly prescribed and abused drugs around the world. Detection and quantification of natural opiates and their keto derivatives in blood and urine samples are commonly a part of routine forensic toxicology testing. In a...

UCT Flagship Sorbent Cited in Khat Analysis Study

Khat (Catha edulis) is a plant containing alkaloid compounds that are structurally related to amphetamine. Khat leaves are chewed continuously and kept in the cheek for several hours. The juice produced from chewing is swallowed while the remaining khat leaf...

DAU Sorbent cited in Equine Toxicology Study

In a recent study published in Drug Testing and Analysis (DOI: 10.1002/dta.2378), authored by Heather K. Knych et al, UCT’s Clean Screen® DAU was employed to extract grapiprant following oral administration to exercised thoroughbred horses. Grapiprant is a newly approved...