Jerome P Ferrance

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It is well recognized that metabolic fluxes are the key variables that must be determined in order to understand metabolic regulation and patterns. However, owing to difficulties in measuring the flux values, evaluation of metabolic fluxes has not been an integral part of the most metabolic studies. Flux values for metabolites of glycolysis, tricarboxylic(More)
The current understanding of insect cell metabolism is very limited. In order to gain some insight into the growth and metabolism of insect cells Spodoptera frugiperda (Sf9), a comprehensive characterization of culture conditions for cells grown in the IPL-41 medium was made by measuring the amino acid composition of the growth medium and the cell extract,(More)
A glass microdevice has been constructed for the on-line integration of solid-phase extraction (SPE) of DNA and polymerase chain reaction (PCR) on a single chip. The chromatography required for SPE in the microfluidic sample preparation device (muSPD) was carried out in a silica bead/sol-gel SPE bed, where the purified DNA was eluted directly into a(More)
We describe a microfluidic genetic analysis system that represents a previously undescribed integrated microfluidic device capable of accepting whole blood as a crude biological sample with the endpoint generation of a genetic profile. Upon loading the sample, the glass microfluidic genetic analysis system device carries out on-chip DNA purification and(More)
There is much interest in developing methods amenable to amplifying nucleic acids by the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) in small volumes in microfabricated devices. The use of infrared-mediated temperature control to accurately thermocycle microliter volumes in microchips fabricated from polyimide is demonstrated. Amplification of a 500-base-pair fragment(More)
A silica-based solid-phase extraction system suitable for incorporation into a microchip platform (nu-total analytical system; nu-TAS) would find utility in a variety of genetic analysis protocols, including DNA sequencing. The extraction procedure utilized is based on adsorption of the DNA onto bare silica. The procedure involves three steps: (i) DNA(More)
A novel DNA solid-phase extraction protocol based on the pH-dependent charge of chitosan was developed specifically for low-volume DNA extraction on microchips. The method uses chitosan-coated beads to extract DNA at pH 5 and release it from the chitosan at pH 9. DNA extraction efficiency as high as 92% could be attained, even from complex samples such as(More)
This report focuses on the development of a method for chemically induced enhancement of cell elution and recovery from cotton swabs. The method exploits the exclusive use of detergents for intact cell removal, and can be utilized in conjunction with, or to circumvent, conventional differential extraction (DE). Samples treated with Sarkosyl (54.4 +/- 1.8%)(More)
This work presents the integration of DNA extraction from complex samples and PCR amplification of STR fragments in a valveless, glass microdevice, using commercially available kits and instrumentation. DNA extraction was performed using a microchannel packed with a silica solid phase and a standard syringe pump as a single pressure source driving the(More)
Highly selective and sensitive assays are required for detection and quantitation of the small masses of DNA typically encountered in clinical and forensic settings. High detection sensitivity is achieved using fluorescent labeling dyes and detection techniques such as spectrofluorometers, microplate readers and cytometers. This work describes the use of a(More)