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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441741/peptides-peptidomimetics-and-polypeptides-from-marine-sources-a-wealth-of-natural-sources-for-pharmaceutical-applications
#1
Rushikesh Sable, Pravin Parajuli, Seetharama Jois
Nature provides a variety of peptides that are expressed in most living species. Evolutionary pressure and natural selection have created and optimized these peptides to bind to receptors with high affinity. Hence, natural resources provide an abundant chemical space to be explored in peptide-based drug discovery. Marine peptides can be extracted by simple solvent extraction techniques. The advancement of analytical techniques has made it possible to obtain pure peptides from natural resources. Extracted peptides have been evaluated as possible therapeutic agents for a wide range of diseases, including antibacterial, antifungal, antidiabetic and anticancer activity as well as cardiovascular and neurotoxin activity...
April 22, 2017: Marine Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441705/oral-complications-of-the-oromaxillofacial-area-radiotherapy
#2
Hakimeh Ahadian, Soghra Yassaei, Fathollah Bouzarjomehri, Mehrdad Ghaffari Targhi, Khatereh Kheirollahi
Background: The incidence of malignancies is on the rise in different communities, making them the second most important cause of mortality in developed countries. One of the treatment modalities for these malignancies, apart from surgery and chemotherapy, is radiotherapy which might in itself lead to some complications in the area receiving radiation. The present study was undertaken to evaluate the prevalence of oral complications in patients undergoing radiotherapy of the oromaxillofacial area in Shahid Ramazanzadeh Radiotherapy Center in Shahid Sadoughi University of Medical Sciences...
March 1, 2017: Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention: APJCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441689/coeliac-disease-further-evidence-that-biopsy-is-not-always-necessary-for-diagnosis
#3
Geoffrey K T Holmes, Julia M Forsyth, Sarah Knowles, Helen Seddon, Peter G Hill, Andrew S Austin
OBJECTIVES: Growing evidence supports the view that the diagnosis of coeliac disease (CD) can be made by serological tests alone, although this approach is still not widely accepted. We previously showed in retrospective and prospective studies that in adults an IgA-tissue transglutaminase antibody cut-off can be defined above which the positive predictive value for CD is 100%. Following a change in the analytical method for measuring the antibody, our objectives were to re-examine this finding in a larger series of adults to ascertain whether a diagnosis of CD can be reliably made in a proportion of patients without the need for small bowel biopsy and to re-evaluate the diagnostic guidelines used in our centre...
June 2017: European Journal of Gastroenterology & Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441651/serum-creatinine-not-so-simple
#4
Pierre Delanaye, Etienne Cavalier, Hans Pottel
Measuring serum creatinine is cheap and commonly done in daily practice. However, interpretation of serum creatinine results is not always easy. In this review, we will briefly remind the physiological limitations of serum creatinine due notably to its tubular secretion and the influence of muscular mass or protein intake on its concentration. We mainly focus on the analytical limitations of serum creatinine, insisting on important concept such as reference intervals, standardization (and IDMS traceability), analytical interferences, analytical coefficient of variation (CV), biological CV and critical difference...
April 26, 2017: Nephron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441540/supramolecular-interaction-of-methotrexate-with-cucurbit-7-uril-and-analytical-application
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Yin-Xia Chang, Xiang-Mei Zhang, Xue-Chao Duan, Fan Liu, Li-Ming Du
The supramolecular interaction between cucurbit[7]uril (CB[7]) as the host and the anti-cancer drug methotrexate (MTX) as the guest was studied using fluorescence spectroscopy, UV-visible absorption spectroscopy, (1)H NMR, 2D NOESY, and theoretical calculations. The experimental results confirmed the formation of 1:2 inclusion complex with CB[7] and indicated a simple and sensitive competitive method for the fluorescence detection of MTX. It was found that the fluorescence intensities of CB[7]-palmatine, CB[7]-berberine and CB[7]-coptisine were quenched linearly upon the addition of MTX...
April 20, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441463/rapidsnps-a-new-computational-pipeline-for-rapidly-identifying-key-genetic-variants-reveals-previously-unidentified-snps-that-are-significantly-associated-with-individual-platelet-responses
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Bajuna Rashid Salehe, Chris Ian Jones, Giuseppe Di Fatta, Liam James McGuffin
Advances in omics technologies have led to the discovery of genetic markers, or single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs), that are associated with particular diseases or complex traits. Although there have been significant improvements in the approaches used to analyse associations of SNPs with disease, further optimised and rapid techniques are needed to keep up with the rate of SNP discovery, which has exacerbated the 'missing heritability' problem. Here, we have devised a novel, integrated, heuristic-based, hybrid analytical computational pipeline, for rapidly detecting novel or key genetic variants that are associated with diseases or complex traits...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441328/a-gradient-field-pulsed-eddy-current-probe-for-evaluation-of-hidden-material-degradation-in-conductive-structures-based-on-lift-off-invariance
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Yong Li, Haoqing Jing, Ilham Mukriz Zainal Abidin, Bei Yan
Coated conductive structures are widely adopted in such engineering fields as aerospace, nuclear energy, etc. The hostile and corrosive environment leaves in-service coated conductive structures vulnerable to Hidden Material Degradation (HMD) occurring under the protection coating. It is highly demanded that HMD can be non-intrusively assessed using non-destructive evaluation techniques. In light of the advantages of Gradient-field Pulsed Eddy Current technique (GPEC) over other non-destructive evaluation methods in corrosion evaluation, in this paper the GPEC probe for quantitative evaluation of HMD is intensively investigated...
April 25, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441087/using-the-payoff-time-in-decision-analytic-models-a-case-study-for-using-statins-in-primary-prevention
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Alexander Thompson, Bruce Guthrie, Katherine Payne
BACKGROUND: The payoff time represents an estimate of when the benefits of an intervention outweigh the costs. It is particularly useful for benefit-harm decision making for interventions that have deferred benefits but upfront harms. The aim of this study was to expand the application of the payoff time and provide an example of its use within a decision-analytic model. METHODS: Three clinically relevant patient vignettes based on varying levels of estimated 10-year cardiovascular risk (10%, 15%, 20%) were developed...
March 1, 2017: Medical Decision Making: An International Journal of the Society for Medical Decision Making
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441028/application-of-gc-ms-soft-ionization-for-isomeric-biological-compound-analysis
#9
Takeshi Furuhashi, Koji Okuda
Isomers are compounds with the same molecular formula. Many different types of isomers are ubiquitous and play important roles in living organisms. Despite their early discovery, the actual analysis of isomers has been tricky and has confounded researchers. Using mass spectrometry (MS) to distinguish or identify isomers is an emergent topic and challenge for analytical chemists. We review some techniques for analyzing isomers with emphasis on MS, e.g., the roles of ion reaction, hydrogen-deuterium exchange, ion mobility mass spectrometry, ion spectroscopy and energy change in producing isomer-specific fragments...
April 25, 2017: Critical Reviews in Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440984/-findrisc-test-relationship-between-cardiovascular-risk-parameters-and-scales-in-spanish-mediterranean-population
#10
Ángel Arturo López-González, Sheila García-Agudo, Matías Tomás-Salvá, María Teófila Vicente-Herrero, Milagros Queimadelos-Carmona, Irene Campos-González
BACKGROUND: The Finnish Diabetes Risk Score (FINDRISC) questionnaire has been used to assess the risk of type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome. The objetive was to assess the relationship between different scales related to cardiovascular risk and FINDRISC questionnaire. METHODS: Values of different anthropometric and clinical parameters (body mass index, waist circumference, waist to height ratio, blood pressure), analytical parameters (lipid profile, blood glucose) and scales related to cardiovascular risk (atherogenic index, metabolic syndrome, REGICOR, SCORE, heart age and vascular age) were determined on the basis of the value of the FINDRISC questionnaire...
May 2017: Revista Médica del Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440980/-risk-factors-and-clinical-features-of-ectopic-pregnancy
#11
Beatriz Escobar-Padilla, Carlos A Perez-López, Horacio Martínez-Puon
BACKGROUND: Ectopic pregnancy (EP) is the most frequent cause of maternal death in the first trimester of pregnancy. The objective was to establish the clinical features and risk factors associated with EP. METHODS: Observational, retrospective, transversal and analytic case-control study. Two groups were included: the cases group (28 patients) and the control group (56 postpartum patients). Univariate and bivariate descriptive statistical analysis were carried out using the Pearson chi-square test, p < 0...
May 2017: Revista Médica del Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440893/an-hplc-method-for-simultaneous-quantitative-determination-of-seven-secoiridoid-glucosides-separated-from-the-roots-of-ilex-pubescens
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Yang Zhang, Huan Xiong, Jiayi Bi, Guiyun Zhao, Yi Yang, Xue Chen, Yuncong Li, Chongyu Zhang, Guogang Zhang
A simple and specific high-performance liquid chromatographic method has been developed and validated to simultaneously determine seven secoiridoid glucosides for the first time. And three of them were separated from the ethanolic extract of the roots of Ilex pubescens for the first time, namely nuezhenide A, ligusides B and oleonuezhenide. In quantitative analysis, all of the calibration curves showed good linear regression (r > 0.999) within the tested ranges, and the mean recoveries of three different concentrations ranged from 97...
April 25, 2017: Biomedical Chromatography: BMC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440823/quantitative-nmr-of-quadrupolar-nucleus-as-a-novel-analytical-method-hydrolysis-behaviour-analysis-of-aluminum-ion
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Hideshi Maki, Genki Sakata, Minoru Mizuhata
In this study, quantitative nuclear magnetic resonance (qNMR) spectroscopy of quadrupolar nuclei has been established. The complicated hydrolysis behavior of the Al(3+) ion, which causes fish poisoning and inhibits the growth of plants in environmental water, was clarified by (27)Al qNMR spectroscopy. Highly accurate simultaneous multicomponent quantitative analysis of various hydrolyzed forms of the Al ion was achieved in a non-destructive manner. The calibration curve of the external standard aqueous Al(NO3)3 solution showed excellent linearity over a very wide concentration range from 1 × 10(-4) to 1 mol L(-1) (an increase in concentration of 10 000 times), with a simple experimental and analytical procedure...
April 25, 2017: Analyst
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440621/gas-phase-sensing-of-alcohols-by-metal-organic-framework-polymer-composite-materials
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Sumit Sachdeva, Sander J H Koper, Anahid Sabetghadam, Dimitri Soccol, Dirk J Gravesteijn, Freek Kapteijn, Ernst J R Sudhölter, Jorge Gascon, Louis C P M de Smet
Affinity layers play a crucial role in chemical sensors for the selective and sensitive detection of analytes. Here, we report the use of composite affinity layers containing Metal Organic Frameworks (MOFs) in a polymeric matrix for sensing purposes. Nanoparticles of NH2-MIL-53(Al) were dispersed in a Matrimid polymer matrix with different weight ratios (0-100 wt %) and drop-casted on planar capacitive transducer devices. These coated devices were electrically analyzed using impedance spectroscopy and investigated for their sensing properties toward the detection of a series of alcohols and water in the gas phase...
April 25, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440620/water-proton-nmr-a-tool-for-protein-aggregation-characterization
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Marc B Taraban, Roberto A DePaz, Brian Lobo, Yihua Bruce Yu
Formulation stability is a critical attribute of any protein-based biopharmaceutical drug due to a protein's inherent tendency to aggregate. Advanced analytical techniques currently used for characterization of protein aggregates are prone to a number of limitations, and usually require additional manipulations with the sample, such as dilution, separation, labeling and use of special cuvettes. In the present work, we compared conventional techniques for the analysis of protein aggregates with a novel approach that employs the water proton transverse relaxation rate R2(1H2O)...
April 25, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440619/collagen-membranes-with-ribonuclease-inhibitors-for-long-term-stability-of-electrochemical-aptamer-based-sensors-employing-rna
#16
Mirelis Santos-Cancel, Ryan J White
Electrochemical aptamer-based (E-AB) sensors offer advantageous analytical detection abilities on account of their rapid response time (sec to min), specificity to a target, and selectivity to function in complex media. Ribonucleic acid (RNA) aptamers employed in this class of sensor offer favorable binding characteristics resulting from the ability of RNA to form stable tertiary folds aided by long-range intermolecular interactions. As a result, RNA aptamers can fold into more complex three-dimensional structures than their DNA counterparts, and consequently, exhibit better binding ability to target analytes...
April 25, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440597/external-quality-assessment-for-laboratory-testing-of-hla-b-15-02-allele-in-relation-to-carbamazepine-therapy
#17
Guigao Lin, Kuo Zhang, Yanxi Han, Jiehong Xie, Jinming Li
BACKGROUND: Due to the significant risk of developing Stevens-Johnson syndrome (SJS) and toxic epidermal necrolysis (TEN), the use of carbamazepine is not recommended in patients carrying the human leukocyte antigen B (HLA-B) *15:02 allele. In an effort to guarantee reliable community-based HLA-B*15:02 testing throughout China, a HLA-B*15:02 genotyping external quality assessment (EQA) program was set up. METHODS: In 2016, 10 genomic DNA samples with known HLA-B*15:02 allele status were sent to 37 laboratories from 16 provinces with a request for routine HLA-B*15:02 screening...
April 25, 2017: Journal of Clinical Laboratory Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440581/the-toxicity-of-silver-to-soil-organisms-exposed-to-silver-nanoparticles-and-silver-nitrate-in-biosolids-amended-field-soil
#18
Alexander H Jesmer, Jessica R Velicogna, Dina M Schwertfeger, Richard P Scroggins, Juliska I Princz
The use of engineered silver nanoparticles (AgNP) is widespread, with expected release to the terrestrial environment through the application of biosolids onto agricultural lands. The toxicity of AgNP and AgNO3 (as ionic Ag(+) ) to plant (Elymus lanceolatus and Trifolium pratense) and soil invertebrate (Eisenia andrei and Folsomia candida) species was assessed using silver-amended biosolids applied to a natural sandy loam soil. Bioavailable Ag(+) in soil samples was estimated using an ion-exchange technique applied to KNO3 soil extracts while exposure to dispersible AgNP was verified by single particle-ICP-MS and TEM-EDS analysis...
April 25, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440570/mass-spectrometric-characterization-of-the-selective-androgen-receptor-modulator-sarm-yk-11-for-doping-control-purposes
#19
Mario Thevis, Thomas Piper, Josef Dib, Andreas Lagojda, Dirk Kuehne, Lars Packschies, Hans Geyer, Wilhelm Schaenzer
RATIONALE: Selective androgen receptor modulators (SARMs) represent an emerging class of therapeutics targeting inter alia conditions referred to as cachexia and sarcopenia. Due to their anabolic properties, the use of SARMs is prohibited in sports as regulated by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), and doping control laboratories test for these anabolic agents in blood and urine. In order to accomplish and maintain comprehensive test methods, the characterization of new drug candidates is critical for efficient sports drug testing...
April 25, 2017: Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry: RCM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440283/quantitative-diagnosis-of-breast-tumors-by-morphometric-classification-of-microenvironmental-myoepithelial-cells-using-a-machine-learning-approach
#20
Yoichiro Yamamoto, Akira Saito, Ayako Tateishi, Hisashi Shimojo, Hiroyuki Kanno, Shinichi Tsuchiya, Ken-Ichi Ito, Eric Cosatto, Hans Peter Graf, Rodrigo R Moraleda, Roland Eils, Niels Grabe
Machine learning systems have recently received increased attention for their broad applications in several fields. In this study, we show for the first time that histological types of breast tumors can be classified using subtle morphological differences of microenvironmental myoepithelial cell nuclei without any direct information about neoplastic tumor cells. We quantitatively measured 11661 nuclei on the four histological types: normal cases, usual ductal hyperplasia and low/high grade ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS)...
April 25, 2017: Scientific Reports
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