Samantha A. Cronier

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Sphingosine 1-phosphate (S1P) is an endogenous growth factor with potent effects on many different cell types. Most of these effects are produced by activation of one or more of a family of G-protein coupled receptors. The S1P2 receptor can mediate S1P-induced proliferation, differentiation and survival in a wide variety of cells in culture. However,(More)
A high-throughput single copy genetic amplification (SCGA) process is developed that utilizes a microfabricated droplet generator (microDG) to rapidly encapsulate individual DNA molecules or cells together with primer functionalized microbeads in uniform PCR mix droplets. The nanoliter volume droplets uniquely enable quantitative high-yield amplification of(More)
A new affinity-capture-based inline purification, concentration, and injection method is developed for microchip capillary electrophoresis (CE) and used to perform efficient attomole-scale Sanger DNA sequencing separations. The microdevice comprises three axial domains for nanoliter-scale sequencing sample containment, sample plug formation, and(More)
Indirect evidence suggests that endogenous ciliary neurotrophic factor (CNTF) receptor signaling can promote motor neuron (MN) survival in the adult. If so, proper targeting of this signaling may selectively counteract the effects of adult MN diseases. However, direct evidence for CNTF receptor involvement in adult MN survival is lacking, presumably because(More)
Hydrogels produced from self-assembling peptides and peptide derivatives are being investigated as synthetic extracellular matrices for defined cell culture substrates and scaffolds for regenerative medicine. In many cases, however, they are less stiff than the tissues and extracellular matrices they are intended to mimic, and they are prone to cohesive(More)
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