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Hoon Suk Rho, Alexander Thomas Hanke, Marcel Ottens, Han Gardeniers
A microfluidic device for pH gradient chromatofocusing is presented, which performs creation of a micro-column, pH gradient generation, and fraction collection in a single device. Using a sieve micro-valve, anion exchange particles were packed into a microchannel in order to realize a solid-phase absorption column. To fractionate proteins according to their isoelectric points, elution buffer solutions with a stepwise pH gradient were prepared in 16 parallel mixing reactors and flowed through the micro-column, wherein a protein mixture was previously loaded...
January 18, 2018: Electrophoresis
Ka Tak Wai, Mark Barash, Peter Gunn
The Early Access AmpliSeq™ Mitochondrial Panel amplifies whole mitochondrial genomes for phylogenetic and kinship identifications, using Ion Torrent™ technology. There is currently limited information on its performance with degraded DNA, a common occurrence in forensic samples. This study evaluated the performance of the Panel with DNA samples degraded in vitro, to mimic conditions commonly found in forensic investigations. Purified DNA from five individuals was heat-treated at five time points each (125°C for 0, 30, 60, 120 and 240 minutes; total n = 25)...
January 13, 2018: Electrophoresis
Ákos Szekrényes, SungAe Suhr Park, Eoin Cosgrave, Aled Jones, Ted Haxo, Michael Kimzey, Shiva Pourkaveh, Zoltán Szabó, Zoran Sosic, Peng Feng, Preeti Sejwal, Kelsey Dent, David Michels, Gordon Freckleton, Jun Qian, Catherine Lancaster, Toni Duffy, Melissa Schwartz, Jiann-Kae Luo, Jonathan van Dyck, Pui-King Leung, Marcell Olajos, Ronald Kowle, Kai Gao, Wenbo Wang, Jo Wegstein, Samnang Tep, Apolka Domokos, Csaba Váradi, András Guttman
In the first part of this publication, the results from an international study evaluating the precision (i.e., repeatability and reproducibility) of N-glycosylation analysis using capillary electrophoresis of APTS-labeled N-glycans were presented. The corresponding results from ultra-high performance liquid chromatography (UHPLC) with fluorescence detection are presented here from 12 participating sites. All participants used the same lot of samples, reagents, and columns to perform the assays. Elution time, peak area and peak area percent values were determined for all peaks ≥0...
January 13, 2018: Electrophoresis
Akira Otsuki
This paper aims to summarize the series of investigations on coupling suspension yield stress and DLVO (Derjaguin-Landau-Verwey-Overbeek) forces, i.e. van der Waals and electrical double layer forces. This summary provides a better understanding of the basic phenomena associated, historical development and current status of this useful coupling, and also discusses the applicability and limitations/variations of such coupling applied to different types of concentrated aqueous particle suspensions. Aqueous suspensions discussed are composed of charged inorganic fine particles, including metal oxide colloidal particles, mineral fine particles, and clays...
January 12, 2018: Electrophoresis
Kathrin Arnhard, Florian Pitterl, Barbara Sperner-Unterweger, Dietmar Fuchs, Therese Koal, Herbert Oberacher
Tryptophan (TRP) catabolism via the kynurenine pathway is considered to represent a major link between inflammation and various diseases, including neurodegenerative disorders, depression, schizophrenia, multiple sclerosis, cardiovascular disease, and cancer. The kynurenine pathway and levels of TRP and its metabolites kynurenine (KYN), kynurenic acid (KYNA) and quinolinic acid (QUIN) are well regulated under physiological conditions but may be altered as part of the activated immune response. A simple, sensitive and specific liquid chromatography-time of flight mass spectrometry method was developed for determining levels of the four compounds in human plasma samples...
January 12, 2018: Electrophoresis
Hirak Mazumdar, Tae Hyeon Kim, Jong Min Lee, Jang Ho Ha, Christian D Ahrberg, Bong Geun Chung
Microwell arrays are widely used sensor for the analysis of fluorescent-labelled biomaterials. For rapid detection and automated analysis of microwell arrays, the computational image analysis is required. Support Vector Machines (SVM) can be used for this task. Here, we present a SVM-based approach for the analysis of microwell arrays consisting of three distinct steps: labeling, training for feature selection, and classification into three classes. The three classes are filled, partially filled, and unfilled microwells...
January 11, 2018: Electrophoresis
Li Zhou, Shenmeng Jiang, Xue Zhang, Linlin Fang, Xingjie Guo
In this paper, β-cyclodextrin (β-CD) modified gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) coated open tubular column (OT column) was prepared for capillary electrochromatography. The open tubular column was constructed through self-assembly of gold nanoparticles on 3-mercaptopropyl-trimethoxysilane (MPTMS) prederivatized capillary and subsequent modification of thiols β-cyclodextrin (SH-β-CD). Scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and ultraviolet visible spectroscopy were carried out to characterize the prepared open tubular column and synthesized gold nanoparticles...
January 10, 2018: Electrophoresis
Pranov Ramana, Jan Schejbal, Kristof Houthoofd, Johan Martens, Erwin Adams, Patrick Augustijns, Zdenĕk Glatz, Ann Van Schepdael
In this paper, we demonstrate the effectiveness of a new 3D printed magnet holder that enables capture of magnetic microparticles in commercially available capillary electrophoresis equipment with a liquid or air based coolant system. The design as well as the method to capture magnetic microparticles inside the capillary are discussed. This setup was tested at temperature and pH values suitable for performing enzymatic reactions. To demonstrate its applicability in CE- immobilized microenzyme reactors (IMER) development, human flavin-containing monooxygenase 3 and bovine serum albumin were immobilized on amino functionalized magnetic microparticles using glutaraldehyde...
January 5, 2018: Electrophoresis
Tingjun Ren, Zhongqi Xu
In this study, a capillary zone electrophoresis (CZE) method was first developed to identify three microconstituents of isomeric pentacyclic triterpene acids (PTAs including oleanolic acid (OA), ursolic acid (UA) and betulinic acid (BA)) in Forsythiae Fructus (FF). The baseline separation of PTAs by CZE were eventually achieved in a background electrolyte (BGE) containing 50.0 mmol/L borax and 0.5 mmol/L β-cyclodextrin (β-CD) at pH 9.5 within 13.0 min. Herein, it was not only the compositions of BGE were detail investigated for rapid and good separation, but also the binding ratio and the equilibrium constants (K) for OA, UA and BA with β-CD was estimated by double reciprocal equation to well understand the separation mechanism...
January 5, 2018: Electrophoresis
Heqing Zhao, Haixia Lyu, Wenfei Qin, Zenghong Xie
In this work, an organic-inorganic hybrid boronate affinity monolithic column was prepared via "one-pot" process using 4-vinylphenylboronic acid as organic monomer and divinylbenzene as cross-linker. The effects of reaction temperature, solvents and composition of organic monomers on the column properties (e.g. morphology, permeability, and mechanical stability) were investigated. A series of test compounds including small neutral molecules, aromatic amines, and cis-diol compounds were used to evaluate the retention behaviors of the prepared hybrid monolithic column...
January 3, 2018: Electrophoresis
Giusy Tripodo, Elena Ibáñez, Alejandro Cifuentes, Bienvenida Gilbert-Lopez, Chiara Fanali
Pressurized liquid extraction (PLE) has been used for the first time in this work to extract phenolic compounds from Goji berries according to a multilevel factorial design using response surface methodology. The global yield (% w/dw, weight/dry-weight), total phenolic content (TPC), total flavonoid (TF) and antioxidant activity (determined via ABTS assay, expressed as TEAC value) were used as response variables to study the effects of temperature (50-180°C) and green solvent composition (mixtures of ethanol/water)...
January 3, 2018: Electrophoresis
Magali Jacotet-Navarro, Mickaël Laguerre, Anne-Sylvie Fabiano-Tixier, Mathieu Tenon, Nicolas Feuillère, Antoine Bily, Farid Chemat
Extracts rich in antioxidants, such as rosemary extracts, are currently obtained by extraction of the plant material using hydro-alcoholic mixtures with high ethanol content. As this ratio is generally chosen by default and scarcely optimized, we intended to investigate the impact of the hydro-alcoholic composition on extract characteristics such as extraction yield, composition profile in selected compounds, and antioxidant/reducing activity such as Folin-Ciocalteu, DPPH, and ORAC. A theoretical determination of rosmarinic (RA) and carnosic (CA) acid solubilities in ethanol:water mixtures was also performed using COSMO-RS and was confronted to experiments...
January 2, 2018: Electrophoresis
Biswapriya B Misra
Rapid advances in mass spectrometry (MS) and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR)-based platforms for metabolomics have led to an upsurge of data every single year. Newer high-throughput platforms, hyphenated technologies, miniaturization, and tool kits in data acquisition efforts in metabolomics have led to additional challenges in metabolomics data pre-processing, analysis, interpretation, and integration. Thanks to the informatics, statistics, and computational community, new resources continue to develop for metabolomics researchers...
January 2, 2018: Electrophoresis
Sheng Yan, Yuanqing Zhu, Shi-Yang Tang, Yuxing Li, Qianbin Zhao, Dan Yuan, Guolin Yun, Jun Zhang, Shiwu Zhang, Weihua Li
Proteinuria is an established risk marker for progressive renal function loss and patients would significantly benefit from a point-of-care testing. Although extensive work has been done to develop the microfluidic devices for the detection of urinary protein, they need the complicated operation and bulky peripherals. Here, we present a rapid, maskless 3D prototyping for fabrication of capillary fluidic circuits using laser engraving. The capillary circuits can be fabricated in a short amount of time (<10 min) without the requirements of clean-room facilities and photomasks...
January 2, 2018: Electrophoresis
Karolina Pietrowska, Diana Anna Dmuchowska, Pawel Krasnicki, Aleksandra Bujalska, Paulina Samczuk, Ewa Parfieniuk, Tomasz Kowalczyk, Malgorzata Wojnar, Zofia Mariak, Adam Kretowski, Michal Ciborowski
Cataract is the leading cause of blindness worldwide. Epidemiological studies revealed up to a fivefold increased prevalence of cataracts in diabetic subjects. Metabolomics is nowadays frequently implemented to understand pathophysiological processes responsible for disease occurrence and progression. It has also been used recently to study the metabolic composition of aqueous humor (AH). AH is a transparent fluid which fills the anterior and posterior chambers of the eye. It supplies nutrients and removes metabolic waste from avascular tissues in the eye...
January 2, 2018: Electrophoresis
Víctor González-Ruiz, Yoric Gagnebin, Nicolas Drouin, Santiago Codesido, Serge Rudaz, Julie Schappler
The use of capillary electrophoresis coupled to mass spectrometry (CE-MS) in metabolomics remains an oddity compared to the widely adopted use of liquid chromatography. It is traditionally regarded as lacking the reproducibility to adequately identify metabolites by their migration times. The major reason is the variability of the velocity of the background electrolyte, mainly coming from shifts in the magnitude of the electroosmotic flow and from the suction caused by electrospray interfaces. The use of the effective electrophoretic mobility is one solution to overcome this issue as it is a characteristic feature of each compound...
January 2, 2018: Electrophoresis
Petr Tůma, Petr Heneberg, Šimon Vaculín, Dušan Koval
A sensitive capillary electrophoretic method with on-line sample preconcentration by large volume sample stacking has been developed for determination of the anti-microbial agent pentamidine. The separation is performed in a fused silica capillary coated with covalently bound hydroxypropyl cellulose, with an internal diameter of 50 μm and length of 31.5 cm; the background electrolyte was 100 mM acetic acid/Tris at pH 4.7. The stacking is tested using a model sample of 1 μM pentamidine dissolved in 25% infusion solution and 75% acidified acetonitrile...
January 2, 2018: Electrophoresis
Nuttawut Lewpiriyawong, Guo Lin Xu, Chun Yang
This paper presents the use of DC-biased AC electric field for enhancing cell trapping throughput in an insulator-based dielectrophoretic (iDEP) fluidic device with densely packed silica beads. Cell suspension is carried through the iDEP device by a pressure-driven flow. Under an applied DC-biased AC electric field, DEP trapping force is produced as a result of non-uniform electric field induced by the gap of electrically insulating silica beads packed between two mesh electrodes that allow both fluid and cells to pass through...
December 30, 2017: Electrophoresis
Colin Chung, Ronald Pethig, Stewart Smith, Martin Waterfall
Dielectrophoresis (DEP) has been widely studied for its potential as a biomarker-free method of sorting and characterizing cells based upon their dielectric properties. Most studies have employed voltage signals from ∼1 kHz to no higher than ∼30 MHz. Within this range a transition from negative to positive DEP can be observed at the cross-over frequency fx01 . The value of fx01 is determined by the conductivity of the suspending medium, as well as the size and shape of the cell and the dielectric properties (capacitance, conductivity) of its plasma membrane...
December 23, 2017: Electrophoresis
Nobutake Nakatani, Alexander Mosqueda, Joan Marc Cabot, Estrella Sanz Rodriguez, Kunio Yoshikawa, Brett Paull
A simple and rapid capillary electrophoresis method with capacitively coupled contactless conductivity detection (CE-C4 D) for the simultaneous determination of inorganic and organic anions in liquid product obtained from the hydrothermal treatment of biomass residues is presented. Under the optimal analytical conditions, limits of detection ranged from 1.8 to 9.4 μM for most target solutes and 53 μM for citrate. Relative standard deviations were below 0.5% for migration times and within 0.6-6.5% for peak areas for all solutes...
December 23, 2017: Electrophoresis
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