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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346887/high-resolution-mass-spectrometry-as-an-alternative-detection-method-to-tandem-mass-spectrometry-for-the-analysis-of-endogenous-steroids-in-serum
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Federico Ponzetto, Julien Boccard, Norbert Baume, Tiia Kuuranne, Serge Rudaz, Martial Saugy, Raul Nicoli
Recently, steroid hormones quantification in blood showed a promising ability to detect testosterone doping and interesting complementarities with the urinary module of the Athlete Biological Passport (ABP). In this work, an ultra-high pressure liquid chromatography-high-resolution mass spectrometry (UHPLC-HRMS) method was developed for the quantification of eleven endogenous steroids in serum. The performance of the full scan and targeted SIM acquisition modes was evaluated and compared to the performance of tandem mass spectrometry (MS/MS)...
March 18, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346886/simultaneous-determination-of-amitraz-chlordimeform-formetanate-and-their-main-metabolites-in-human-urine-by-high-performance-liquid-chromatography-tandem-mass-spectrometry
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Xue Gao, Yanglan Tan, Hao Guo
A rapid, simple and reliable high performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (HPLC-MS/MS) method was developed for simultaneous determination of amitraz, chlordimeform, formetanate and their main metabolites, N-(2,4-dimethylphenyl)-N-methyl-formamidine (DMPF), 2,4-dimethylformamidine (DMF), 2,4-dimethylaniline (DMA), 4-chloro-2-methylaniline and 3-hydroxyacetanilide in human urine. The urine samples were mixed with buffer solutions (pH 8) and subsequently cleaned up by solid supported liquid/liquid extraction (SLE)...
March 11, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346880/human-exposure-to-bisphenol-a-and-liver-health-status-quantification-of-urinary-and-circulating-levels-by-lc-ms-ms
#3
Carla Nicolucci, Sonia Errico, Alessandro Federico, Marcello Dallio, Carmelina Loguercio, Nadia Diano
A selective and highly sensitive analytical methodology for determination of Bisphenol A in human plasma was developed and validated. The method was based on selective liquid/solid extraction, combined with liquid chromatography-electrospray ionization tandem mass spectrometry in the multiple reaction monitoring mode and negative ionization. The linearity of the detector response was verified in human plasma over the concentration range 0.100-200ngmL(-1). The detection limit was 0.03ngmL(-1) and the quantification limit was 0...
March 10, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346853/high-prevalence-of-vitamin-d-deficiency-and-correlation-of-serum-vitamin-d-with-cardiovascular-risk-in-patients-with-metabolic-syndrome
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Mohammad J Alkhatatbeh, Khalid K Abdul-Razzak, Lubna Q Khasawneh, Nesreen A Saadeh
BACKGROUND: Metabolic syndrome (MetS) identifies subjects with increased risk of cardiovascular disease when they have a combination of insulin resistance, obesity, hypertension, hyperglycemia, low high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C), and elevated triglycerides (TGs). Increasing evidence suggests that vitamin D deficiency could be associated with diabetes and MetS. The aim is to assess if 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25-OHD) is correlated with cardiovascular risk components of MetS. METHODS: A cross-sectional study involved 124 diabetic patients with MetS according to International Diabetes Federation definition...
March 27, 2017: Metabolic Syndrome and related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346549/asymmetric-synthesis-of-vinylogous-%C3%AE-amino-acids-and-their-incorporation-into-mixed-backbone-oligomers
#5
Hao Wu, Hongchan An, Shuting Cynthia Mo, Thomas Kodadek
Chiral vinylogous β-amino acids (VBAA) were synthesized using enantioselective Mannich reactions of aldehydes with in situ generated N-carbamoyl imines followed by a Horner-Wadsworth-Emmons reaction. The efficiency with which these units could be incorporated into oligomers with different moieties on the C- and N-terminal sides was established, as was the feasibility of sequencing oligomers containing VBAAs by tandem mass spectrometry. The data show that VBAAs will be useful building blocks for the construction of combinatorial libraries of peptidomimetic compounds...
March 27, 2017: Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346450/structural-modeling-of-protein-rna-complexes-using-crosslinking-of-segmentally-isotope-labeled-rna-and-ms-ms
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Georg Dorn, Alexander Leitner, Julien Boudet, Sébastien Campagne, Christine von Schroetter, Ahmed Moursy, Ruedi Aebersold, Frédéric H-T Allain
Ribonucleoproteins (RNPs) are key regulators of cellular function. We established an efficient approach, crosslinking of segmentally isotope-labeled RNA and tandem mass spectrometry (CLIR-MS/MS), to localize protein-RNA interactions simultaneously at amino acid and nucleotide resolution. The approach was tested on polypyrimidine tract binding protein 1 and U1 small nuclear RNP. Our method provides distance restraints to support integrative atomic-scale structural modeling and to gain mechanistic insights into RNP-regulated processes...
March 27, 2017: Nature Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346390/the-effect-and-mechanism-of-transdermal-penetration-enhancement-of-fu-s-cupping-therapy-new-physical-penetration-technology-for-transdermal-administration-with-traditional-chinese-medicine-tcm-characteristics
#7
Wei-Jie Xie, Yong-Ping Zhang, Jian Xu, Xiao-Bo Sun, Fang-Fang Yang
BACKGROUND: In this paper, a new type of physical penetration technology for transdermal administration with traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) characteristics is presented. Fu's cupping therapy (FCT), was established and studied using in vitro and in vivo experiments and the penetration effect and mechanism of FCT physical penetration technology was preliminarily discussed. METHODS: With 1-(4-chlorobenzoyl)-5-methoxy-2-methylindole-3-ylacetic acid (indomethacin, IM) as a model drug, the establishment of high, medium, and low references was completed for the chemical permeation system via in vitro transdermal tests...
March 27, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346146/social-support-social-strain-sleep-quality-and-actigraphic-sleep-characteristics-evidence-from-a-national-survey-of-us-adults
#8
Joon Chung
OBJECTIVE: To determine the associations between average family and friend social support and strain over 10 years and sleep quality, sleep efficiency, total sleep time, and night-to-night total sleep time variability. PARTICIPANTS: Non-institutionalized English-speaking US adults aged 34-81 who participated in the MacArthur Study on Aging: Midlife in the United States. MEASUREMENTS: Sleep quality was assessed by the Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index and by a 7-day daily diary...
February 2017: Sleep Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346005/plasma-coenzyme-q10-concentration-antioxidant-status-and-serum-n-terminal-pro-brain-natriuretic-peptide-concentration-in-dogs-with-various-cardiovascular-diseases-and-the-effect-of-cardiac-treatment-on-measured-variables
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Alenka Nemec Svete, Barbara Verk, Alenka Seliškar, Katerina Tomsič, Petra Jazbec Križman, Aleksandra Domanjko Petrič
OBJECTIVE To determine the plasma total antioxidant capacity, erythrocyte superoxide dismutase activity, whole blood glutathione peroxidase activity, and plasma coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) concentration in dogs with various stages of cardiovascular diseases and in healthy dogs; assess the influence of cardiac treatment on the levels of antioxidant variables, plasma CoQ10 concentration, and serum N-terminal pro-brain natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) concentration, and determine any correlation between the disease severity (NT-proBNP concentration) and antioxidant variables or CoQ10 concentration...
April 2017: American Journal of Veterinary Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345992/evaluation-of-a-hypervariable-octameric-oligonucleotide-fingerprints-assay-for-identification-of-and-discrimination-between-wild-type-and-vaccine-strains-of-brucella-melitensis
#10
Lijuan Tang, Jun Liu, Yuanzhi Wang, Hui Zhang, Chuangfu Chen
OBJECTIVE To evaluate a hypervariable octameric oligonucleotide fingerprints (HOOF-Prints) assay for identification of and discrimination between wild-type and vaccine strains of Brucella melitensis. SAMPLE Brucella melitensis vaccine strain M5 and wild-type strain M43. PROCEDURES 8 pairs of primers (alterable, octameric nucleotides) were designed on the basis of a biological analysis of 8 flanking sequences in the DNA of B melitensis. The HOOF-Prints technique was used to identify wild-type and vaccine strains of B melitensis...
April 2017: American Journal of Veterinary Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345909/rapid-and-simultaneous-analysis-of-360-pesticides-in-brown-rice-spinach-orange-and-potato-using-microbore-gc-ms-ms
#11
Jonghwa Lee, Leesun Kim, Yongho Shin, Junghak Lee, Jiho Lee, Eunhye Kim, Joon-Kwan Moon, Jeong-Han Kim
A multi-residue method for simultaneous and rapid analysis of 360 pesticides in representative agricultural produce (brown rice, orange, spinach, and potato) was developed using a modified QuEChERS procedure combined with gas chromatography tandem mass spectrometry (GC-MS/MS). Selected reaction monitoring transition parameters (e.g., collision energy, precursor and product ions) in MS/MS were optimized to achieve the best selectivity and sensitivity for a wide range of GC amenable pesticides. A short (20 m) microbore (0...
March 27, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345817/simultaneous-determination-of-multiple-active-components-in-rat-plasma-using-ultra-fast-liquid-chromatography-with-tandem-mass-spectrometry-and-application-to-a-comparative-pharmacokinetic-study-after-oral-administration-of-suan-zao-ren-decoction-and-suan-zao
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Yiyang Du, Bosai He, Qing Li, Jiao He, Di Wang, Kaishun Bi
Suan-Zao-Ren decoction has been used to treat insomnia for many years. In this work, a rapid and sensitive ultra-fast liquid chromatography with tandem mass spectrometry method was first developed and fully validated for the simultaneous quantification of seven main active components, spinosin, mangiferin, neomangiferin, ferulic acid, liquiritin, isoliquiritin and liquiritin apioside in rat plasma. The method was also successfully applied to compare the pharmacokinetics of these active ingredients after oral administration of Suan-Zao-Ren decoction and Suan-Zao-Ren granule...
March 27, 2017: Journal of Separation Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345760/effect-of-temperature-on-lysosomal-enzyme-activity-during-preparation-and-storage-of-dried-blood-spots
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Manjunath Supriya, Tanima De, Rita Christopher
BACKGROUND: The use of dried blood spots (DBS) for the assay of lysosomal enzymes has facilitated the implementation of pilot studies for newborn screening for lysosomal storage disorders in various developed countries. The aim of the study was to determine the influence of ambient temperature during DBS preparation and storage on lysosomal enzyme activity in a developing, tropical country. METHODS: Blood samples from 12 healthy subjects collected on a S&S 903 filter paper were dried and stored at different temperatures for different periods of time...
March 27, 2017: Journal of Clinical Laboratory Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345600/the-structure-of-zika-virus-ns5-reveals-a-conserved-domain-conformation
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Boxiao Wang, Xiao-Feng Tan, Stephanie Thurmond, Zhi-Min Zhang, Asher Lin, Rong Hai, Jikui Song
The recent outbreak of Zika virus (ZIKV) has imposed a serious threat to public health. Here we report the crystal structure of the ZIKV NS5 protein in complex with S-adenosyl-L-homocysteine, in which the tandem methyltransferase (MTase) and RNA-dependent RNA polymerase (RdRp) domains stack into one of the two alternative conformations of flavivirus NS5 proteins. The activity of this NS5 protein is verified through a de novo RdRp assay on a subgenomic ZIKV RNA template. Importantly, our structural analysis leads to the identification of a potential drug-binding site of ZIKV NS5, which might facilitate the development of novel antivirals for ZIKV...
March 27, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344820/the-chordate-ancestor-possessed-a-single-copy-of-the-brachyury-gene-for-notochord-acquisition
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Jun Inoue, Yuuri Yasuoka, Hiroki Takahashi, Noriyuki Satoh
BACKGROUND: The T-box family transcription-factor gene, Brachyury, has two expression domains with discrete functions during animal embryogenesis. The primary domain, associated with the blastopore, is shared by most metazoans, while the secondary domain, involved in the notochord, is specific to chordates. In most animals, Brachyury is present in a single copy, but in cephalochordates, the most basal of the chordates, the gene is present in two copies, suggesting allotment of the two domains to each of the duplicates...
2017: Zoological Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344787/allele-specific-transcriptional-activity-of-the-variable-number-of-tandem-repeats-of-the-inducible-nitric-oxide-synthase-gene-is-associated-with-idiopathic-achalasia
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Giovanni Sarnelli, Michela Grosso, Ilaria Palumbo, Marcella Pesce, Alessandra D'Alessandro, Giovanni Zaninotto, Vito Annese, Raffaella Petruzzelli, Paola Izzo, Rossana Sepulveres, Dario Bruzzese, Giuseppe Esposito, Rosario Cuomo
BACKGROUND: Polymorphisms of genes involved in the regulation of the immune response are risk factors for achalasia, but their contribution to disease pathogenesis is unknown. Nitric oxide is involved both in immune function and inhibitory neurotransmission. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this article is to assess the association and the functional relevance of the CCTTT-inducible nitric oxide synthase (NOS2) gene promoter polymorphism in achalasia. METHODS: Genomic DNA was isolated from 181 achalasia patients and 220 controls...
March 2017: United European Gastroenterology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344646/comparative-insights-into-the-saccharification-potentials-of-a-relatively-unexplored-but-robust-penicillium-funiculosum-glycoside-hydrolase-7-cellobiohydrolase
#17
Funso Emmanuel Ogunmolu, Navya Bhatt Kammachi Jagadeesha, Rakesh Kumar, Pawan Kumar, Dinesh Gupta, Syed Shams Yazdani
BACKGROUND: GH7 cellobiohydrolases (CBH1) are vital for the breakdown of cellulose. We had previously observed the enzyme as the most dominant protein in the active cellulose-hydrolyzing secretome of the hypercellulolytic ascomycete-Penicillium funiculosum (NCIM1228). To understand its contributions to cellulosic biomass saccharification in comparison with GH7 cellobiohydrolase from the industrial workhorse-Trichoderma reesei, we natively purified and functionally characterized the only GH7 cellobiohydrolase identified and present in the genome of the fungus...
2017: Biotechnology for Biofuels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344182/repair-of-frontoethmoidal-encephalocele-in-the-philippines-an-account-of-30-cases-between-2008-2013
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Amanda-Lynn Marshall, Pradeep Setty, Mark Hnatiuk, Daniel R Pieper
BACKGROUND: Frontoethmoidal encephalocele is a congenital abnormality of the anterior skull base involving herniation of cranial contents through a midline skull defect. Patency of the foramen cecum, along with other multifactorial variables, contribute to the development of frontoethmoidal encephaloceles. Due to limited resources, financial constraints, and lack of surgical expertise, repair of frontoethmoidal encephaloceles are limited in developing countries. METHODS: Between 2008-2013 an interdisciplinary team composed of neurosurgeons, craniofacial surgeons, otolaryngologists, plastic surgeons and nursing personnel, conducted surgical mission trips to Davao City in Mindanao, Philippines...
March 23, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344178/systemic-and-cerebral-concentration-of-nimodipine-during-established-and-experimental-vasospasm-treatment
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Walid Albanna, Miriam Weiss, Catharina Conzen, Hans Clusmann, Toni Schneider, Martin Reinsch, Marguerite Müller, Martin Wiesmann, Anke Höllig, Gerrit Alexander Schubert
BACKGROUND: Oral nimodipine is an established prophylactic agent for cerebral vasospasm after subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH). In highly selected cases, intraarterial or intravenous application of nimodipine may be considered; optimum dosage and modality of application, however, remain a matter of debate. Analysis of nimodipine concentration in serum, CSF and cerebral microdialysate in context of currently effective dose and route of application (oral, IA, IV) is the purpose of this investigation...
March 23, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343347/bioanalysis-of-farnesyl-pyrophosphate-in-human-plasma-by-high-performance-liquid-chromatography-coupled-to-triple-quadrupole-tandem-mass-spectrometry-and-hybrid-quadrupole-orbitrap-high-resolution-mass-spectrometry
#20
Hiroshi Sugimoto, Mie Iguchi, Fumihiro Jinno
The isoprenoids farnesyl pyrophosphate (FPP) and geranylgeranyl pyrophosphate (GGPP) are pivotal intermediates for cholesterol homeostasis and cell signaling in the mevalonate pathway. We developed a sensitive and selective high-performance liquid chromatography tandem triple quadrupole mass spectrometry (LC-QQQ-MS) method for FPP in human plasma without the need for a derivatization process. We optimized the sample preparation procedure to extract FPP and (13)C5-FPP (as internal standard) from sample fluids using methanol...
March 25, 2017: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
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