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Visualizing viral assemblies in a nanoscale biosphere

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Abstract

We present a novel microfluidic platform to examine biological assemblies at high-resolution. We have engineered a functionalized chamber that serves as a “nanoscale biosphere” to capture and maintain rotavirus double-layered particles (DLPs) in a liquid environment. The chamber can be inserted into the column of a transmission electron microscope while being completely isolated from the vacuum system. This configuration allowed us to determine the structure of biological complexes at nanometer-resolution within a self-contained vessel. Images of DLPs were used to calculate the first 3D view of macromolecules in solution. We refer to this new fluidic visualization technology as in situ molecular microscopy.

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The article was received on 15 Jun 2012, accepted on 13 Nov 2012 and first published on 19 Nov 2012


Article type: Technical Innovation
DOI: 10.1039/C2LC41008G
Citation: Lab Chip, 2013,13, 216-219
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    Visualizing viral assemblies in a nanoscale biosphere

    B. L. Gilmore, S. P. Showalter, M. J. Dukes, J. R. Tanner, A. C. Demmert, S. M. McDonald and D. F. Kelly, Lab Chip, 2013, 13, 216
    DOI: 10.1039/C2LC41008G

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