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Al Nahas, K. (author), Cama, J. (author), Schaich, M. (author), Hammond, K. (author), Deshpande, S.R. (author), Dekker, C. (author), Ryadnov, M. G. (author), Keyser, UF (author)
The spread of bacterial resistance against conventional antibiotics generates a great need for the discovery of novel antimicrobials. Polypeptide antibiotics constitute a promising class of antimicrobial agents that favour attack on bacterial membranes. However, efficient measurement platforms for evaluating their mechanisms of action in a...
journal article 2019
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Schaich, M. (author), Cama, J. (author), Al Nahas, K. (author), Sobota, Diana (author), Sleath, Hannah (author), Jahnke, Kevin (author), Deshpande, S.R. (author), Dekker, C. (author), Keyser, Ulrich F. (author)
The low membrane permeability of candidate drug molecules is a major challenge in drug development, and insufficient permeability is one reason for the failure of antibiotic treatment against bacteria. Quantifying drug transport across specific pathways in living systems is challenging because one typically lacks knowledge of the exact...
journal article 2019
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Fanalista, F. (author), Birnie, A.T.F. (author), Maan, R. (author), Burla, Federica (author), Charles usagé Charles-Carty, K.V. (author), Pawlik, G. (author), Deshpande, S.R. (author), Koenderink, Gijsje H. (author), Dogterom, A.M. (author), Dekker, C. (author)
Bottom-up biology is an expanding research field that aims to understand the mechanisms underlying biological processes via in vitro assembly of their essential components in synthetic cells. As encapsulation and controlled manipulation of these elements is a crucial step in the recreation of such cell-like objects, microfluidics is...
journal article 2019
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Deshpande, S.R. (author), Wunnava Venkata, S.S. (author), Hueting, D.A. (author), Dekker, C. (author)
Recent years have seen a tremendous interest in the bottom-up reconstitution of minimal biomolecular systems, with the ultimate aim of creating an autonomous synthetic cell. One of the universal features of living systems is cell growth, where the cell membrane expands through the incorporation of newly synthesized lipid molecules. Here, the...
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Deshpande, S.R. (author), Brandenburg, Frank (author), Lau, A.W.H.R. (author), Last, M.G.F. (author), Spoelstra, W.K. (author), Reese, L. (author), Wunnava, Sreekar (author), Dogterom, A.M. (author), Dekker, C. (author)
Liquid-liquid phase separation (LLPS), especially coacervation, plays a crucial role in cell biology, as it forms numerous membraneless organelles in cells. Coacervates play an indispensable role in regulating intracellular biochemistry, and their dysfunction is associated with several diseases. Understanding of the LLPS dynamics would...
journal article 2019
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Deshpande, S.R. (author), Spoelstra, W.K. (author), van Doorn, M.C. (author), Kerssemakers, J.W.J. (author), Dekker, C. (author)
Liposomes, self-assembled vesicles with a lipid-bilayer boundary similar to cell membranes, are extensively used in both fundamental and applied sciences. Manipulation of their physical properties, such as growth and division, may significantly expand their use as model systems in cellular and synthetic biology. Several approaches have been...
journal article 2018
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Fanalista, F. (author), Deshpande, S.R. (author), Lau, A.W.H.R. (author), Pawlik, G. (author), Dekker, C. (author)
Recently, both the cellular and synthetic biology communities have expressed a strong interest in coacervates, membrane‐less liquid droplets composed of densely packed multivalent molecules that form as a result of spontaneous phase separation. Here, it is studied how FtsZ, a protein that plays a key role in the bacterial division process,...
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Deshpande, S.R. (author), Birnie, A.T.F. (author), Dekker, C. (author)
Due to their cell membrane-mimicking properties, liposomes have served as a versatile research tool in science, from membrane biophysics and drug delivery systems to bottom-up synthetic cells. We recently reported a novel microfluidic method, Octanol-assisted Liposome Assembly (OLA), to form cell-sized, monodisperse, unilamellar liposomes...
journal article 2017
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Deshpande, S.R. (author), Caspi, Y. (author), Meijering, A.E.C. (author), Dekker, C. (author)
Liposomes are versatile supramolecular assemblies widely used in basic and applied sciences. Here we present a novel microfluidics-based method, octanol-assisted liposome assembly (OLA), to form monodisperse, cell-sized (5–20 μm), unilamellar liposomes with excellent encapsulation efficiency. Akin to bubble blowing, an inner aqueous phase and a...
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