Tomokazu Matsue

Tohoku University, Miyagi, Japan

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    ABSTRACT: We report on the effect of molecular structure and substrate material on amorphous carbon nitride (a-CN:H) electrode properties including film adhesion to the substrate and electrochemical properties. Films were prepared by neutral beam enhanced chemical vapor deposition on different substrate materials (p-type Si, Cu, Ti, and Pt) below room temperature. When depositing on Si, doping nitrogen into carbon improved the electrochemical properties despite weak adhesion to the substrate. Nitrogen in a-CN:H formed two different bonding configurations: incorporation into aromatic carbon rings and hydrogen nitride by infrared (IR) spectroscopy. Therefore, delocalization of π bonds by incorporation of nitrogen affected the electrochemical improvement of the a-CN:H electrode. For samples deposited on a different metal substrate, the adhesion to substrate increased as a function of decreasing oxygen concentration on the metal substrate surface; the Pt substrate performed well with no delamination in our evaluation. The electrochemical properties were improved only in the case of deposition on Pt. Moreover, Pt surface modification by hydrogen beam was also effective; consequently, the electrochemical property of the a-CN:H electrode was superior to the graphite electrode with high temperature annealing. The observed increases in IR spectra of aromatic clusters were in line with the electrochemical improvements of a-CN:H.
    Carbon 11/2015; 93. DOI:10.1016/j.carbon.2015.05.074 · 6.20 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Hydrogels with tunable electrical and mechanical properties have a wide range of biological applications in tissue engineering, biosensing, and biorobotics. In this work, palladium-based metallic glass sub-micron wires (PdMGSMWs) were employed to enhance the conductivity and mechanical strength of gelatin methacryloyl (GelMA) gels. The values of electrical resistivity and stiffness of hybrid GelMA-PdMGSMW hydrogels were varied by the concentration of the sub-micron wires in the gels. Compared with pristine GelMA gels, hybrid GelMA-PdMGSMW gels were more efficient in regulating adhesion and spreading of C2C12 myoblasts. Formation, contractility, and metabolic activity of C2C12 myotubes in GelMA hydrogels also increased upon inclusion of the PdMGSMWs and applying electrical stimulation. The latter phenomenon is likely because of the electrical conductivity of hybrid GelMA gels.
    09/2015; DOI:10.1039/c5bm00215j
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    ABSTRACT: In nanotechnological devices, mass transport can be initiated by pressure driven flow, diffusion or by employing molecular motors. As the scale decreases, molecular motors can be helpful as they are not limited by increased viscous resistance. Moreover, molecular motors can move against diffusion gradients and are naturally fitted for nanoscale transportation. Among motor proteins, kinesin has particular potential for lab-on-a-chip applications. It can be used for sorting, concentrating or as a mechanical sensor. When bound to a surface, kinesin motors propel microtubules in random directions, depending on their landing orientation. In order to circumvent this complication, the microtubule motion should be confined or guided. To this end, dielectrophoretically aligned multi-walled-carbon nanotubes (MWCNT) can be employed as nanotracks. In order to control more precisely the spatial repartition of the MWCNTs, a screening method has been implemented and tested. Polygonal patterns have been fabricated with the aim of studying the guiding and the microtubule displacement between MWCNT segments. Microtubules are observed to transfer between MWCNT segments, a prerequisite for the guiding of microtubules in MWCNT circuit-based biodevices. The effect of the MWCNT organization (crenellated or hexagonal) on the MT travel distance has been investigated as well.
    Biomedical Microdevices 08/2015; 17(4):9978. DOI:10.1007/s10544-015-9978-1 · 2.88 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: In the present study, we monitored the alkaline phosphatase (ALP) activity of embryoid bodies (EBs) of mouse embryonic stem (ES) cells using a large-scale integration (LSI)-based amperometric device with 400 sensors and a pitch of 250 μm. In addition, a simulation analysis was performed to reveal the positional relationship between the EBs and the sensor electrodes toward more precise measurements. The study shows that simulation analysis can be applied for precise electrochemical imaging of three-dimensionally cultured cells by normalization of the current signals.
    Analytical Sciences 07/2015; 31(7):715-9. DOI:10.2116/analsci.31.715 · 1.39 Impact Factor
  • Yuanshu Zhou · Ikuma Fujisawa · Kosuke Ino · Tomokazu Matsue · Hitoshi Shiku
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    ABSTRACT: Flk-1 (VEGF receptor 2) is a well-defined mesodermal progenitor marker and the Flk-1-positive (Flk-1(+)) cells derived from embryonic stem cells (ESCs) have been known to generate hemangioblasts and cardiovascular progenitor cells, which are formed in the early and late stages of differentiation, respectively. In this study, we separated Flk-1(+) and Flk-1(-) cells from spontaneously differentiating embryoid bodies (EBs) of mouse ESCs. We found cell aggregates derived from late stage Flk-1(+) cells had a relatively small size and low oxygen consumption rate (OCR) compared with those derived from Flk-1(-) cells. Furthermore, using single-cell comprehensive gene expression analysis, we found that both Flk-1(+) and Flk-1(-) cells could be categorized into subgroups with either low or high glucose metabolic activity. We observed that metabolic suppression occurs in cells expressing an intermediate level of both Nanog and Pou5f1. Taken together, our data suggested the temporary metabolic suppression is an intrinsic feature of mesodermal differentiation.
    Molecular BioSystems 07/2015; 11(9). DOI:10.1039/C5MB00340G · 3.21 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: In the present study, we used a large-scale integration (LSI)-based amperometric sensor array system, designated Bio-LSI, to image dopamine release from three-dimensional (3D)-cultured PC12 cells (PC12 spheroids). The Bio-LSI device consists of 400 sensor electrodes with a pitch of 250 um for rapid electrochemical imaging of large areas. PC12 spheroids were stimulated with K+ to release dopamine. Post-stimulation dopamine release from the PC12 spheroids was electrochemically imaged using the Bio-LSI device. The Bio-LSI clearly showed the effects of the dopaminergic drugs L-3,4-dihydroxyphenylalanine (L-DOPA) and reserpine on K+-stimulated dopamine release from PC12 spheroids. Our results demonstrate that dopamine release from PC12 spheroids can be monitored using the device, suggesting that the Bio-LSI is a promising tool for use in evaluating 3D-cultured dopaminergic cells and the effects of dopaminergic drugs. To the best of our knowledge, this report is the first to describe electrochemical imaging of dopamine release by PC12 spheroids using LSI-based amperometric sensors.
    Analytical Chemistry 05/2015; 87(12). DOI:10.1021/acs.analchem.5b01307 · 5.64 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: We fabricated a platinum-based double barrel probe for scanning electrochemical microscopy-scanning ion conductance microscopy (SECM-SICM) by electrodepositing platinum onto the carbon nanoelectrode of the double barrel probe. The deposition conditions were optimized to attain highly-sensitive electrochemical measurements and imaging. Simultaneous SECM-SICM imaging of electrochemical features and noncontact topography by using the optimized probe afforded high-resolution images of epidermal growth factor receptors (EGFR) on the membrane surface of A431 cells.
    Analytical Chemistry 02/2015; DOI:10.1021/acs.analchem.5b00027 · 5.64 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Scanning ion conductance microscopy (SICM) was applied to evaluate an unlabeled secretory protein in living cells. The target protein, von Willebrand factor (vWF), was released from human endothelial cells by adding phorbol-12-myristate-13-acetate (PMA). We confirmed that SICM could be used to clearly visualize the complex network of vWF and to detect strings with widths as low as 60 nm without any artifact. By acquiring the sequential SICM images of living cells, the protrusion and strings formation were observed. We also detected the opening and closing motions of a small pore (∼500 nm), which is difficult to visualize with fluorescence methods. The results clearly demonstrate that SICM is a powerful tool to examine the changes in living cells during exocytosis.
    Analytical Chemistry 02/2015; 87(5). DOI:10.1021/ac5046388 · 5.64 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Feedback mode-based electrochemical imaging of conductivity and topography for large substrate surfaces is presented using a large-scale integration (LSI)-based amperometric chip device with 400 sensors at a pitch of 250 μm. The LSI-based chip device has enabled rapid electrochemical imaging of large substrate surfaces, compared to scanning electrochemical microscope (SECM). Substrates modified with conductive and insulating materials were placed onto the device to acquire electrochemical signals from the substrate surface using positive and negative feedback signals. The conductivity and topography of the substrate were successfully imaged, indicating that the feedback mode-based electrochemical imaging with such a device is useful to characterize large-area substrate surfaces.
    Journal of Electroanalytical Chemistry 01/2015; 741. DOI:10.1016/j.jelechem.2015.01.020 · 2.87 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: We proposed a facile, low cost, and green approach to produce stable aqueous graphene dispersions from graphite through sonication in aqueous bovine serum albumin (BSA) solution for biomedical applications. The production of high quality graphene was confirmed using microscopy images, Raman spectroscopy, UV-vis spectroscopy, and XPS. In addition, ab initio calculations revealed molecular interactions between graphene and BSA. The processability of aqueous graphene dispersions was demonstrated by fabricating conductive and mechanically robust hydrogel-graphene materials.
    Nanoscale 01/2015; 7(15):-. DOI:10.1039/C4NR07569B · 7.39 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Abstract Gradient biomaterials have been developed and employed as an important tool in tissue engineering and biology research since the discovery that tissues and organs are non-homogeneous, exhibiting natural functional gradients in their structure or composition. Gradient biomaterials consist of relatively gradual continuous transitions in either compositional or mechanical properties. They have been used to study cellular responses such as cell adhesion, migration, proliferation, and differentiation, and may also be useful tools in drug discovery and development. Gradients made of hydrogels and nanofibers are widely used scaffolds in tissue engineering, which have aroused great interest owing to their tunable properties and analogy to the microenvironment of native tissues. In this chapter, we classify gradient biomaterials into two main cohorts, physical and chemical/biological gradients, and describe their features and applications, particularly as tooth or bone tissue scaffolds.
    01/2015: pages 175-186; Academic Press., ISBN: 9780123971579
  • Hiroki IDA · Yasufumi TAKAHASHI · Hitoshi SHIKU · Tomokazu MATSUE
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    ABSTRACT: Live cell imaging is important to understand the cell function such as membrane dynamics. Scanning probe microscopy (SPM) is used for evaluation of cell surface topography with nano-scale, but in most cases the measurement induced cell damage when probe contact with the cell surface. Scanning Ion Conductance Microscopy (SICM) uses ion current as a feedback signal for nanopipette probe-sample distance control. SICM allows non-contact live cell imaging and high-resolution characterization of dynamic changes of cell surface. Furthermore, SICM can combine with other analytical tool as distance control technique.
    Hyomen Kagaku 01/2015; 36(6):313-318. DOI:10.1380/jsssj.36.313
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    ABSTRACT: We have developed a large-scale integrated (LSI) complementary metal-oxide semiconductor (CMOS)- based amperometric sensor array system called “Bio-LSI” as a platform for electrochemical bio-imaging and multi-point biosensing with 400 measurement points. In this study, we newly developed a Bio-LSI chip with a light-shield structure and a mode-selectable function with the aim of extending the application range of Bio-LSI. The light shield created by the top metal layer of the LSI chip significantly reduces the noise generated by the photocurrent, whose value is less than 1% of the previous Bio-LSI without the light shield. The mode-selectable function enables the individual operation of 400 electrodes in off, electrometer, V1, and V2 mode. The off-mode cuts the electrode from the electric circuit. The electrometer-mode reads out the electrode potential. The V1-mode and the V2-mode set the selected sensor electrode at two different independent voltages and read out the current. We demonstrated the usefulness of the Q4 mode-selectable function. First, we displayed a dot picture based on the redox reactions of 2.0 mM ferrocenemethanol at 400 electrodes by applying two different independent voltages using the V1 and V2 modes. Second, we carried out simultaneous O2 and H2O2 detection using the V1 and V2 modes. Third, we used the off and V1 modes for the modification of the osmium-polyvinylpyridine gel polymer containing horseradish peroxidase (Os-HRP) at the selected electrodes, which act as sensors for H2O2. These results confirm that the advanced version of Bio-LSI is a promising tool that can be applied to a wide range of analytical fields.
    Lab on a Chip 11/2014; 15(3). · 6.12 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Intercalation and deintercalation of lithium ions at electrode surfaces are central to the operation of lithium-ion batteries. Yet, on the most important composite cathode surfaces, this is a rather complex process involving spatially heterogeneous reactions that have proved difficult to resolve with existing techniques. Here we report a scanning electrochemical cell microscope based approach to define a mobile electrochemical cell that is used to quantitatively visualize electrochemical phenomena at the battery cathode material LiFePO4, with resolution of ~100 nm. The technique measures electrode topography and different electrochemical properties simultaneously, and the information can be combined with complementary microscopic techniques to reveal new perspectives on structure and activity. These electrodes exhibit highly spatially heterogeneous electrochemistry at the nanoscale, both within secondary particles and at individual primary nanoparticles, which is highly dependent on the local structure and composition.
    Nature Communications 11/2014; 5:5450. DOI:10.1038/ncomms6450 · 11.47 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Engineered muscle tissues demonstrate properties far from native muscle tissue. Therefore, fabrication of muscle tissues with enhanced functionalities is required to enable their use in various applications. To improve the formation of mature muscle tissues with higher functionalities, we co-cultured C2C12 myoblasts and PC12 neural cells. While alignment of the myoblasts was obtained by culturing the cells in micropatterned methacrylated gelatin (GelMA) hydrogels, we studied the effects of the neural cells (PC12) on the formation and maturation of muscle tissues. Myoblasts cultured in the presence of neural cells showed improved differentiation, with enhanced myotube formation. Myotube alignment, length and coverage area were increased. In addition, the mRNA expression of muscle differentiation markers (Myf-5, myogenin, Mefc2, MLP), muscle maturation markers (MHC-IId/x, MHC-IIa, MHC-IIb, MHC-pn, α-actinin, sarcomeric actinin) and the neuromuscular markers (AChE, AChR-ε) were also upregulated. All these observations were amplified after further muscle tissue maturation under electrical stimulation. Our data suggest a synergistic effect on the C2C12 differentiation induced by PC12 cells, which could be useful for creating improved muscle tissue. Copyright © 2014 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
    Journal of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine 11/2014; DOI:10.1002/term.1956 · 5.20 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: In this study, various amounts of oxygen were added to Ti-10Cr (mass%) alloys. It is expected that a large changeable Young's modulus, caused by a deformation-induced ω-phase transformation, can be achieved in Ti-10Cr-O alloys by the appropriate oxygen addition. This "changeable Young's modulus" property can satisfy the otherwise conflicting requirements for use in spinal implant rods: high and low moduli are preferred by surgeons and patients, respectively. The influence of oxygen on the microstructures and mechanical properties of the alloys was examined, as well as the bending springback and cytocompatibility of the optimized alloy. Among the Ti-10Cr-O alloys, Ti-10Cr-0.2O (mass%) alloy shows the largest changeable Young's modulus following cold rolling for a constant reduction ratio. This is the result of two competing factors: increased apparent β-lattice stability and decreased amounts of athermal ω phase, both of which are caused by oxygen addition. The most favorable balance of these factors for the deformation-induced ω-phase transformation occurred at an oxygen concentration of 0.2mass%. Ti-10Cr-0.2O alloy not only exhibits high tensile strength and acceptable elongation, but also possesses a good combination of high bending strength, acceptable bending springback and great cytocompatibility. Therefore, Ti-10Cr-0.2O alloy is a potential material for use in spinal fixture devices. Copyright © 2014 Acta Materialia Inc. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
    Acta biomaterialia 10/2014; DOI:10.1016/j.actbio.2014.10.014 · 6.03 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Stem cells are a key element in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. However, they require a suitable microenvironment to grow and regenerate. Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) have attracted much attention as promising materials for stem cell research due to their extraordinary properties, such as their extracellular matrix-like structure, high mechanical strength, optical properties, and high electrical conductivity. Of particular interest is the use of CNTs as biomimetic substrates to control the differentiation of stem cells. CNTs have also been combined with commonly used scaffolds to fabricate functional scaffolds to direct stem cell fate. CNTs can also be used for stem cell labeling due to their high optical absorbance in the near-infrared regime. In this paper, we review and discuss the applications of CNTs in stem cell research along with CNT toxicity issues.
    Journal of Biomedical Nanotechnology 10/2014; 10(10):2539-2561. DOI:10.1166/jbn.2014.1899 · 5.34 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Unlabelled: We evaluated the intracellular Nad(p)h: quinone oxidoreductase (NQO) activity of single HeLa cells by using the menadione-ferrocyanide double-mediator system combined with scanning electrochemical microscopy (SECM). The double-mediator system was used to amplify the current response from the intracellular NQO activity and to reduce menadione-induced cell damage. The electron shuttle between the electrode and menadione was mediated by the ferrocyanide/ferricyanide redox couple. Generation of ferrocyanide was observed immediately after the addition of a lower concentration (10 μM) of menadione. The ferrocyanide generation rate was constant for 120 min. At a higher menadione concentration (100 μM), the ferrocyanide generation rate decreased within 30 min because of the cytotoxic effect of menadione. We also investigated the relationship between intracellular reactive oxygen species or glutathione levels and exposure to different menadione concentrations to determine the optimal condition for SECM with minimal invasiveness. The present study clearly demonstrates that SECM is useful for the analysis of intracellular enzymatic activities in single cells with a double-mediator system.
    Analytica Chimica Acta 09/2014; 842. DOI:10.1016/j.aca.2014.06.047 · 4.51 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: We have developed a novel method for detection of endotoxin with extra-high sensitivity by using substitutional stripping voltammetry (SSV). In this method, a p-aminophenol (pAP) conjugated peptide (Boc-Leu-Gly-Arg-pAP; LGR-pAP) was used as a substrate for a protease, which is activated at the last step of the endotoxin-induced Limulus amebocyte lysate (LAL) cascade reaction. Extra-highly sensitive detection of pAP liberated by the endotoxin-induced LAL reaction was successfully realized with SSV, based on the accumulation of an amperometric signal owing to exchange of the oxidation current of pAP generated at an electrode in a reaction cell with silver deposition on another electrode in a deposition cell. This reaction is driven by the difference in the redox potential between pAP/quinoneimine and silver/silver ion. The amount of the deposited silver is quantified by anodic stripping voltammetry (ASV). This SSV-based endotoxin assay was performed with a chip device comprising two cells, each of which was connected via a liquid junction made of Vycor® glass. The reaction cell and the deposition cell contained a standard endotoxin sample with LAL regents containing LGR-pAP and AgNO3 solution, respectively. After the cells were electrically connected for 60 min, ASV was conducted in the deposition cell to quantify the total electrical charge derived by the oxidation of free pAP in the reaction cell. The ASV signal increased with the increase of the endotoxin concentration in the sample solution in the range of 0.5-1000 EU L(-1).
    The Analyst 08/2014; 139:5001-5006. DOI:10.1039/c4an00510d · 4.11 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Electrically conductive reinforced hydrogels offer a wide range of applications as three-dimensional scaffolds in tissue engineering. We report electrical and mechanical characterization of methacrylated gelatin (GelMA) hydrogel, containing palladium-based metallic glass nanofibers (MGNF). Also we show that the fibers are biocompatible and C2C12 myoblasts in particular, planted into the hybrid hydrogel, tend to attach to and elongate along the fibers. The MGNFs in this work were created by gas atomization. Ravel of fibers were embedded in the GelMA prepolymer in two different concentrations (0.5 and 1.0 mg/ml), and then the ensemble was cured under UV light, forming the hybrid hydrogel. The conductivity of the hybrid hydrogel was proportional to the fiber concentration.

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  • 1979–2015
    • Tohoku University
      • • Graduate School of Environmental Studies
      • • Department of Bioengineering and Robotics
      • • Department of Biomolecular Engineering
      • • Graduate School of Engineering
      • • Department of Applied Chemistry
      • • Department of Chemical Engineering
      Miyagi, Japan
  • 2011
    • National Institute for Environmental Studies
      Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan
  • 2009
    • University of Hyogo
      • Graduate School of Material Science
      Kōbe, Hyōgo, Japan
  • 1987
    • University of Delaware
      • Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
      Ньюарк, Delaware, United States
  • 1984–1985
    • University of Wisconsin–Madison
      Madison, Wisconsin, United States