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Visualizing viral assemblies in a nanoscale biosphere

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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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15 Jun 2012
13 Nov 2012
First published
19 Nov 2012

This article is Open Access

Lab Chip, 2013,13, 216-219
Article type
Technical Innovation

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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