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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088626/characterization-and-source-apportionment-of-pm2-5-based-on-error-estimation-from-epa-pmf-5-0-model-at-a-medium-city-in-china
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Baoshuang Liu, Jianhui Wu, Jiaying Zhang, Lu Wang, Jiamei Yang, Danni Liang, Qili Dai, Xiaohui Bi, Yinchang Feng, Yufen Zhang, Qinxun Zhang
Heze city, a medium-size city in Shandong province, Eastern China. Ambient PM2.5 samples were collected in urban area of Heze from August 2015 to April 2016, and chemical species and sources of PM2.5 were investigated in this paper. The results indicated that the average concentration of PM2.5 was 100.9 μg/m(3) during the sampling period, and the water-soluble ions, carbonaceous species included elemental carbon (EC) and organic carbon (OC), as well as elements contributed 32.7-51.7%, 16.3% and 12.5%, respectively, to PM2...
January 12, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088572/bcs-class-iv-drugs-highly-notorious-candidates-for-formulation-development
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Rohan Ghadi, Neha Dand
BCS class IV drugs (e.g., amphotericin B, furosemide, acetazolamide, ritonavir, paclitaxel) exhibit many characteristics that are problematic for effective oral and per oral delivery. Some of the problems associated include low aqueous solubility, poor permeability, erratic and poor absorption, inter and intra subject variability and significant positive food effect which leads to low and variable bioavailability. Also, most of the class IV drugs are substrate for P-glycoprotein (low permeability) and substrate for CYP3A4 (extensive pre systemic metabolism) which further potentiates the problem of poor therapeutic potential of these drugs...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088541/secretory-pathway-optimization-of-cho-producer-cells-by-co-engineering-of-the-mitosrna-1978-target-genes-cers2-and-tbc1d20
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Lisa A Pieper, Michaela Strotbek, Till Wenger, Martin Gamer, Monilola A Olayioye, Angelika Hausser
Chinese Hamster Ovary (CHO) cells are the most commonly used host for the production of biopharmaceuticals. Although transcription and translation engineering strategies have been employed to generate high-producer cell clones, the secretory pathway still remains a bottleneck in cellular productivity. In this study we show that ectopic expression of a human mitochondrial genome-encoded small RNA (mitosRNA-1978) in an IgG expressing CHO cell line strongly improved specific productivity by functioning in a microRNA-like fashion...
January 11, 2017: Metabolic Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088540/multiplexed-site-specific-genome-engineering-for-overproducing-bioactive-secondary-metabolites-in-actinomycetes
#4
Lei Li, Guosong Zheng, Jun Chen, Mei Ge, Weihong Jiang, Yinhua Lu
Actinomycetes produce a large variety of pharmaceutically active compounds, yet production titers often require to be improved for discovery, development and large-scale manufacturing. Here, we describe a new technique, multiplexed site-specific genome engineering (MSGE) via the 'one integrase-multiple attB sites' concept, for the stable integration of secondary metabolite biosynthetic gene clusters (BGCs). Using MSGE, we achieved five-copy chromosomal integration of the pristinamycin II (PII) BGC in Streptomyces pristinaespiralis, resulting in the highest reported PII titers in flask and batch fermentations (2...
January 11, 2017: Metabolic Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088344/design-control-considerations-for-biologic-device-combination-products
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Dave Anderson, Roger Liu, J Anand Subramony, Jon Cammack
Combination products are therapeutic and diagnostic medical products that combine drugs, devices, and/or biological products with one another. Historically, biologics development involved identifying efficacious doses administered to patients intravenously or perhaps by a syringe. Until fairly recently, there has been limited focus on developing an accompanying medical device, such as a prefilled syringe or auto-injector, to enable easy and more efficient delivery. For the last several years, and looking forward, where there may be little to distinguish biologics medicines with relatively similar efficacy profiles, the biotechnology market is beginning to differentiate products by patient-focused, biologic-device based combination products...
January 11, 2017: Advanced Drug Delivery Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088282/conjugation-site-analysis-of-antibody-drug-conjugates-adcs-by-signature-ion-fingerprinting-and-normalized-area-quantitation-approach-using-nano-liquid-chromatography-coupled-to-high-resolution-mass-spectrometry
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Hua Sang, Gaoyuan Lu, Yazhong Liu, Qiyue Hu, Weifeng Xing, Dongbing Cui, Fang Zhou, Jingwei Zhang, Haiping Hao, Guangji Wang, Hui Ye
Trastuzumab-MCC-DM1 (T-DM1) is an antibody-drug conjugate (ADC) that consists of a monoclonal antibody (mAb) trastuzumab non-cleavably linked to a cytotoxic drug DM1. During production, the DM1 agents were conjugated to the lysine residues of the mAb in a non-specific manner, yielding a heterogeneous mixture of ADC molecules that differ with respect to both the number and the conjugation sites of DM1 per mAb molecule. Since drug conjugation sites of ADC can significantly impact properties such as stability and pharmacokinetic behaviors, a rapid and reliable approach for conjugation site analysis of ADCs is highly demanded...
February 22, 2017: Analytica Chimica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088252/quantification-of-whey-protein-content-in-infant-formulas-by-sds-cge
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Ping Feng, Christophe Fuerer, Adrienne McMahon
Protein separation by SDS-CGE (Sodium Dodecyl Sulfate - Capillary Gel Electrophoresis) followed by UV absorption at 220nm allows quantification of major proteins in raw milk. In processed dairy samples such as skim milk powder and infant formulas, signals from individual proteins are less resolved, but caseins still migrate as one family between two groups of whey proteins. In the first group, α-Lactalbumin and β-Lactoglobulin migrate as two distinct peaks. Lactosylated adducts show delayed migration times and interfere with peak separation, but both native and modified forms, as well as other low molecular weight whey proteins, still elute before the caseins...
November 18, 2016: Journal of AOAC International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087986/barriers-to-access-to-opioid-medicines-for-patients-with-opioid-dependence-a-review-of-legislation-and-regulations-in-eleven-central-and-eastern-european-countries
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Marjolein J M Vranken, Aukje K Mantel-Teeuwisse, Saskia Jünger, Lukas Radbruch, Willem Scholten, John A Lisman, Marija Subataite, Marie-Hélène D B Schutjens
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Barriers linked to drug control systems are considered to contribute to inequitable access to controlled medicines, leaving millions of people in pain and suffering. Most studies focus on access to opioids for the treatment of severe (cancer) pain. This study aims to identify specific access barriers for patients with opioid dependence in legislation and regulations of 11 Central and Eastern European countries. METHODS: This study builds on a previous analysis of legislation and regulations as part of the EU 7th Framework Access To Opioid Medication in Europe (ATOME) project...
January 14, 2017: Addiction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087785/thermolytic-degradation-of-synthetic-cannabinoids-chemical-exposures-and-pharmacological-consequences
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Brian F Thomas, Timothy W Lefever, Ricardo A Cortes, Alexander L Kovach, Anderson O Cox, Purvi R Patel, Gerald T Pollard, Julie A Marusich, Richard A Kevin, Thomas F Gamage, Jenny L Wiley
Synthetic cannabinoids are manufactured clandestinely with little quality control and are distributed as herbal "Spice" for smoking or as bulk compound for mixing with a solvent and inhalation via electronic vaporizers. Intoxication with synthetic cannabinoids has been associated with seizure, excited delirium, coma, kidney damage, and other disorders. The chemical alterations produced by heating these structurally novel compounds for consumption are largely unknown. Here we show that heating synthetic cannabinoids containing tetramethylcyclopropyl-ring substituents produced thermal degradants with pharmacological activity that varied considerably from their parent compounds...
January 13, 2017: Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087127/the-route-from-problem-to-solution-in-multistep-continuous-flow-synthesis-of-pharmaceutical-compounds
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Péter Bana, Róbert Örkényi, Klára Lövei, Ágnes Lakó, György István Túrós, János Éles, Ferenc Faigl, István Greiner
Recent advances in the field of continuous flow chemistry allow the multistep preparation of complex molecules such as APIs (Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients) in a telescoped manner. Numerous examples of laboratory-scale applications are described, which are pointing towards novel manufacturing processes of pharmaceutical compounds, in accordance with recent regulatory, economical and quality guidances. The chemical and technical knowledge gained during these studies is considerable; nevertheless, connecting several individual chemical transformations and the attached analytics and purification holds hidden traps...
December 29, 2016: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087107/establishment-of-the-2nd-korean-national-biological-reference-standard-for-blood-coagulation-factor-viii-c-concentrate
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Naery Lee, Ji Suk Seo, Jae Ok Kim, Sang Ja Ban
Since the 1st Korean national biological reference standard for factor (F)VIII concentrate, established in 2001, has shown declining potency, we conducted this study to replace this standard with a 2nd Korean national biological reference standard for blood coagulation FVIII concentrate. The candidate materials for the 2nd standard were prepared in 8000 vials with 10 IU/ml of target potency, according to the approved manufacturing process of blood coagulation Factor VIII:C Monoclonal Antibody-purified, Freeze-dried Human Blood Coagulation Factor VIII:C...
January 10, 2017: Biologicals: Journal of the International Association of Biological Standardization
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086807/detection-of-critical-cerebral-desaturation-thresholds-by-three-regional-oximeters-during-hypoxia-a-pilot-study-in-healthy-volunteers
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Kerry L Tomlin, Anna-Maria Neitenbach, Ulf Borg
BACKGROUND: Regional oximetry is increasingly used to monitor post-extraction oxygen status of the brain during surgical procedures where hemodynamic fluctuations are expected. Particularly in cardiac surgery, clinicians employ an interventional algorithm to restore baseline regional oxygen saturation (rSO2) when a patient reaches a critical desaturation threshold. Evidence suggests that monitoring cardiac surgery patients and intervening to maintain rSO2 can improve postoperative outcomes; however, evidence generated with one manufacturer's device may not be applicable to others...
January 13, 2017: BMC Anesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081201/complex-network-analysis-for-characterizing-global-value-chains-in-equipment-manufacturing
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Hao Xiao, Tianyang Sun, Bo Meng, Lihong Cheng
The rise of global value chains (GVCs) characterized by the so-called "outsourcing", "fragmentation production", and "trade in tasks" has been considered one of the most important phenomena for the 21st century trade. GVCs also can play a decisive role in trade policy making. However, due to the increasing complexity and sophistication of international production networks, especially in the equipment manufacturing industry, conventional trade statistics and the corresponding trade indicators may give us a distorted picture of trade...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081000/on-the-development-of-a-vipar-nd-radiotherapy-3d-polymer-gel-dosimeter
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Marek Kozicki, Malwina Jaszczak, Piotr Maras, Mariusz Dudek, Marian Cłapa
This work presents an improvement of the VIPAR(nd) ('nd' stands for 'normoxic, double', or VIP) polymer gel dosimeter. The gel composition was altered by increasing the concentration of the monomeric components, N-vinylpyrrolidone (NVP) and N,N'-methylenebisacrylamide (MBA), in co-solvent solutions. The optimal composition (VIPAR(CT), where 'CT' stands for computed tomography, or VIC) comprised: 17% NVP, 8% MBA, 12% t-BuOH, 7.5% gelatine, 0.007% ascorbic acid, 0.0008% CuSO4  ×  5H2O and 0.02% hydroquinone...
January 12, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28080221/molecular-mechanisms-of-antisense-oligonucleotides
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Stanley T Crooke
In 1987, when I became interested in the notion of antisense technology, I returned to my roots in RNA biochemistry and began work to understand how oligonucleotides behave in biological systems. Since 1989, my research has focused primarily on this topic, although I have been involved in most areas of research in antisense technology. I believe that the art of excellent science is to frame large important questions that are perhaps not immediately answerable with existing knowledge and methods, and then conceive a long-term (multiyear) research strategy that begins by answering the most pressing answerable questions on the path to the long-term goals...
January 12, 2017: Nucleic Acid Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079408/an-ecological-approach-to-hearing-health-promotion-in-workplaces
#16
Ravi Reddy, David Welch, Shanthi Ameratunga, Peter Thorne
OBJECTIVE: To develop and assess use, acceptability and feasibility of an ecological hearing conservation programme for workplaces. DESIGN: A school-based public health hearing preservation education programme (Dangerous Decibels®) was adapted for workplaces using the Multi-level Approach to Community Health (MATCH) Model. The programme was delivered in small manufacturing companies and evaluated using a questionnaire before the training and at one week and two-months after training...
January 12, 2017: International Journal of Audiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079360/solution-processed-organic-thin-film-transistor-arrays-with-assistance-of-laser-ablation
#17
Huihuang Yang, Cihai Chen, Guocheng Zhang, Shuqiong Lan, Huipeng Chen, Tailiang Guo
A key step toward commercialization of OTFT is to manufacture large-area OTFT arrays with desired uniform device performance. In this work, solution processed organic thin film transistor (OTFT) arrays were fabricated with assistance of laser ablation. The source-drain electrodes and the whole devices were patterned by precise control of laser intensity and process path. A careful selection of laser processing parameters is key to obtain high performance OTFT arrays. Eventually, the OTFT arrays on silicon wafer and ITO glass exhibited uniform electrical characteristics with the mean mobility of 0...
January 12, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079282/troubling-issues-at-the-frontier-of-animal-tracking-for-conservation-and-management
#18
Steven J Cooke, Vivian M Nguyen, Steven T Kessel, Nigel E Hussey, Nathan Young, Adam T Ford
Developments in electronic tagging and tracking, including biotelemetry and biologging, have provided unprecedented insight into the ecology of wild animals (Cooke et al. 2004) and revealed hidden movement patterns, habitat associations, animal-environment interactions, and mortality rates for even the most cryptic of species (Hussey et al. 2015; Kays et al. 2015). Natural history, ecology (including movement ecology), conservation, and resource management have all benefitted from the application of this technology...
January 12, 2017: Conservation Biology: the Journal of the Society for Conservation Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079278/corporate-corruption-of-science-another-asbestos-example
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REVIEW
David Egilman, Rubén Monárrez
BACKGROUND: Kelsh et al. [2007]: Occup Med (Lond) 57:581-589 published a paper reanalyzing one of the few data sources publicly available on mesothelioma amongst brake workers, the Australian Mesothelioma Surveillance Registry (AMSR). This reanalysis was commissioned by lawyers representing the automobile manufacturing companies and did not align with an independent analysis published by Leigh and Driscoll [2003]: Occup Environ Health 9:206-217. METHODS: We sought to reevaluate the AMSR data ourselves to understand how the company-sponsored research categorized the data...
February 2017: American Journal of Industrial Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079264/electromagnetic-computation-and-modeling-in-mri
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REVIEW
Xin Chen, Michael Steckner
Electromagnetic (EM) computational modeling is used extensively during the development of a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scanner, its installation, and use. MRI, which relies on interactions between nuclear magnetic moments and the applied magnetic fields, uses a range of EM tools to optimize all of the magnetic fields required to produce the image. The main field magnet is designed to exacting specifications but challenges in manufacturing, installation, and use require additional tools to maintain target operational performance...
January 12, 2017: Medical Physics
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