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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535600/new-approach-to-resolve-the-humidity-problem-in-voc-determination-in-outdoor-air-samples-using-solid-adsorbent-tubes-followed-by-td-gc-ms
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Alba Maceira, Laura Vallecillos, Francesc Borrull, Rosa Maria Marcé
This study describes the humidity effect in the sampling process by adsorbent tubes followed by thermal desorption and gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (TD-GC-MS) for the determination of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in air samples and evaluates possible solutions to this problem. Two multi-sorbent bed tubes, Tenax TA/Carbograph 1TD and Carbotrap B/Carbopack X/Carboxen 569, were tested in order to evaluate their behaviour in the presence of environmental humidity. Humidity problems were demonstrated with carbon-based tubes, while Tenax-based tubes did not display any influence...
May 19, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532824/puppy-survival-and-vigor-associated-with-the-use-of-low-dose-medetomidine-premedication-propofol-induction-and-maintenance-of-anesthesia-using-sevoflurane-gas-inhalation-for-cesarean-section-in-the-bitch
#2
K G M De Cramer, K E Joubert, J O Nöthling
The safety of an anesthetic protocol consisting of medetomidine hydrochloride (7 μg/kg iv) as premedicant, propofol, (1-2 mg/kg iv) as induction agent and sevoflurane, at 2% in oxygen for maintenance of anesthesia was studied in 292 cesarean sections (CSs) and 2232 puppies delivered. Medetomidine effects were reversed using atipamezole hydrochloride at 50 μg/puppy sc immediately following delivery and in the bitch iv immediately following surgery. The protocol's safety for puppies was expressed using survival immediately, 2 h and 7 d after delivery, and Apgar scores (measurement starting 15 min after delivery of the last puppy)...
July 1, 2017: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527920/emerging-bronchoscopic-treatments-for-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease
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Wouter H van Geffen, Huib A M Kerstjens, Dirk-Jan Slebos
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a progressive lung disease characterized by pathophysiological factors including airflow limitation, hyperinflation and reduced gas exchange. Treatment consists of lifestyle changes, lung rehabilitation and pharmacological therapies such as long acting beta-2-agonists (LABA) and long acting muscarinic antagonists (LAMA). More recently bronchoscopic treatments are emerging for COPD. Among them endobronchial valves(EBV) and endobronchial coils (EBC), next to endobronchial stents, sclerosing agents, targeted lung denervation and liquid nitrogen metered cryospray...
May 17, 2017: Pharmacology & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526787/development-of-multi-well-plate-methods-using-pure-cultures-of-methanogens-to-identify-new-inhibitors-for-suppressing-ruminant-methane-emissions
#4
M R Weimar, J Cheung, D Dey, C McSweeney, M Morrison, Y Kobayashi, W B Whitman, V Carbone, L R Schofield, R S Ronimus, G M Cook
Hydrogenotrophic methanogens typically require strictly anaerobic culturing conditions in glass tubes with overpressures of H2 and CO2 that are both time-consuming and costly. To increase the throughput for screening chemical compound libraries, 96-well microtiter plate methods for the growth of a marine (environmental) methanogen Methanococcus maripaludis strain S2 and the rumen methanogen Methanobrevibacter species AbM4 were developed. A number of key parameters (inoculum size, reducing agents for media preparation, duration of assay, inhibitor solvents and culture volume) were optimised to achieve robust and reproducible growth in a high-throughput microtiter plate format...
May 19, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525718/on-the-stability-of-the-parent-anion-of-the-potential-radiosensitizer-8-bromoadenine-formed-by-low-energy-3-ev-electron-attachment
#5
Robin Schürmann, Katrin Tanzer, Iwona Dabkowska, Stephan Paul Denifl, Ilko Bald
8-Bromoadenine (8BrA) is a potential DNA radiosensitizer for cancer radiation therapy due to its efficient interaction with low energy electrons (LEEs). LEEs are a short-living species generated during the radiation damage of DNA by high energy radiation as it is applied in cancer radiation therapy. Electron attachment to 8BrA in the gas phase results in a stable parent anion below 3 eV electron energy in addition to fragmentation products formed by resonant exocyclic bond cleavages. Density functional theory (DFT) calculations of the 8BrA- anion reveal an exotic bond between the bromine and the C8 atom with a bond length of 2...
May 19, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522529/hydrolytically-stable-fluorinated-metal-organic-frameworks-for-energy-efficient-dehydration
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Amandine Cadiau, Youssef Belmabkhout, Karim Adil, Prashant M Bhatt, Renjith S Pillai, Aleksander Shkurenko, Charlotte Martineau-Corcos, Guillaume Maurin, Mohamed Eddaoudi
Natural gas must be dehydrated before it can be transported and used, but conventional drying agents such as activated alumina or inorganic molecular sieves require an energy-intensive desiccant-regeneration step. We report a hydrolytically stable fluorinated metal-organic framework, AlFFIVE-1-Ni (KAUST-8), with a periodic array of open metal coordination sites and fluorine moieties within the contracted square-shaped one-dimensional channel. This material selectively removed water vapor from gas streams containing CO2, N2, CH4, and higher hydrocarbons typical of natural gas, as well as selectively removed both H2O and CO2 in N2-containing streams...
May 19, 2017: Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521170/photocatalytic-removal-of-gaseous-nitrogen-oxides-using-wo3-tio2-particles-under-visible-light-irradiation-effect-of-surface-modification
#7
Joseph Albert Mendoza, Dong Hoon Lee, Joo-Hyon Kang
Photocatalytic nanoparticles have been receiving considerable attention for their potential use in many environmental management applications, including urban air quality control. This paper investigates the performance of surface modified WO3/TiO2 composite particles in removing gaseous nitrogen oxides (NOx) under visible light irradiation. The WO3/TiO2 composite particles were synthesized using a modified wet chemical method with different concentrations of NaOH solution used as a surface modification agent for the host TiO2 particles...
May 13, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28510462/anti-plasmodial-assessment-of-four-different-iranian-propolis-extracts
#8
Houshang Afrouzan, Sedigheh Zakeri, Akram Abouie Mehrizi, Sara Molasalehi, Azar Tahghighi, Mohamad Ali Shokrgozar, Ali Es-Haghi, Navid Dinparast Djadid
BACKGROUND: Eradication of malaria will depend on discovery of new intervention tools such as anti-malarial drugs. Due to the increasing interest in the application of propolis against significant clinical pathogenic agents, the aim of the present investigation was to evaluate the anti-plasmodial effect of Iranian propolis extracts against chloroquine (CQ)-sensitive Plasmodium falciparum 3D7 and Plasmodium berghei (ANKA strain). METHODS: Crude samples of honeybee (Apis mellifera) propolis were collected from four provinces in northern (Kalaleh, Golestan), northeastern (Chenaran, Razavi Khorasan), central (Taleghan, Alborz) and western (Morad Beyg, Hamedan) areas of Iran with different types of flora...
May 2017: Archives of Iranian Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28510420/non-target-analysis-reveals-a-bacterial-metabolite-of-pyrene-implicated-in-the-genotoxicity-of-contaminated-soil-after-bioremediation
#9
Zhenyu Tian, Avram Gold, Jun Nakamura, Zhenfa Zhang, Joaquim Vila, David R Singleton, Leonard Bruce Collins, Michael D Aitken
Bioremediation is an accepted technology for cleanup of soil contaminated with polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), but it can increase the genotoxicity of the soil despite removal of the regulated PAHs. Although polar biotransformation products have been implicated as causative genotoxic agents, no specific product has been identified. We pursued a non-target analytical approach combining effect-directed analysis (EDA) and metabolite profiling to compare extracts of PAH-contaminated soil from a former manufactured-gas plant site before and after treatment in a laboratory-scale aerobic bioreactor...
May 16, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28508428/characterization-and-quantitation-of-pvp-content-in-a-silicone-hydrogel-contact-lens-produced-by-dual-phase-polymerization-processing
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Andrew J Hoteling, William F Nichols, Patricia S Harmon, Shawn M Conlon, Ivan M Nuñez, Joseph Hoff, Orlando M Cabarcos, Robert B Steffen, Daniel J Hook
Polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) has been incorporated over the years into numerous hydrogel contact lenses as both a primary matrix component and an internal wetting agent to increase lens wettability. In this study, complementary analytical techniques were used to characterize the PVP wetting agent component of senofilcon A and samfilcon A contact lenses, both in terms of chemical composition and amount present. Photo-differential scanning calorimetry (photo-DSC), gas chromatography with a flame ionization detector (GC-FID), and high-resolution/accurate mass (HR/AM) liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (LC-MS) techniques confirmed dual phase reaction and curing of the samfilcon A silicone hydrogel material...
May 15, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part B, Applied Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507898/optically-and-acoustically-triggerable-sub-micron-phase-change-contrast-agents-for-enhanced-photoacoustic-and-ultrasound-imaging
#11
Shengtao Lin, Anant Shah, Javier Hernández-Gil, Antonio Stanziola, Bethany I Harriss, Terry O Matsunaga, Nicholas Long, Jeffrey Bamber, Meng-Xing Tang
We demonstrate a versatile phase-change sub-micron contrast agent providing three modes of contrast enhancement: 1) photoacoustic imaging contrast, 2) ultrasound contrast with optical activation, and 3) ultrasound contrast with acoustic activation. This agent, which we name 'Cy-droplet', has the following novel features. It comprises a highly volatile perfluorocarbon for easy versatile activation, and a near-infrared optically absorbing dye chosen to absorb light at a wavelength with good tissue penetration...
June 2017: Photoacoustics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507260/reprogramming-cells-from-gulf-war-veterans-into-neurons-to-study-gulf-war-illness
#12
Liang Qiang, Anand N Rao, Gustavo Mostoslavsky, Marianne F James, Nicole Comfort, Kimberly Sullivan, Peter W Baas
Gulf War illness (GWI), which afflicts at least 25% of veterans who served in the 1990-1991 war in the Persian Gulf, is thought to be caused by deployment exposures to various neurotoxicants, including pesticides, anti-nerve gas pills, and low-level nerve agents including sarin/cyclosarin. GWI is a multisymptom disorder characterized by fatigue, joint pain, cognitive problems, and gastrointestinal complaints. The most prominent symptoms of GWI (memory problems, poor attention/concentration, chronic headaches, mood alterations, and impaired sleep) suggest that the disease primarily affects the CNS...
May 16, 2017: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506664/heliox-delivered-by-high-flow-nasal-cannula-improves-oxygenation-in-infants-with-respiratory-syncytial-virus-acute-bronchiolitis
#13
Wael Seliem, Amira M Sultan
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study is to evaluate the hypothesis that use of heliox would result in improvement of gas exchange when used with high flow nasal cannula in infants with RSV acute bronchiolitis. METHODS: All patients that met the inclusion criteria were randomized to either heliox (70:30) or air-oxygen mixture 30% via high flow nasal cannula at 8L/min for a continuous 24h. Measurements were taken at baseline, after 2h, and at the end of the 24h...
May 12, 2017: Jornal de Pediatria
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506542/coronary-sinus-isoflurane-concentration-in-cardiac-surgery
#14
Ka Ting Ng, R Peter Alston, George Just, Chris McKenzie
OBJECTIVE: Volatile anesthetic agents such as isoflurane may be associated with fewer adverse myocardial events compared with total intravenous anesthesia in cardiac surgery. The authors aimed to determine whether reasonable isoflurane concentrations at tissue level were being achieved to protect the myocardium using this agent. The isoflurane concentration in myocardium has never been measured. The primary aim was to sample coronary sinus (CS) blood and measure its isoflurane concentration...
March 9, 2017: Journal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505492/comprehensive-evaluation-of-scfa-production-in-the-intestinal-bacteria-regulated-by-berberine-using-gas-chromatography-combined-with-polymerase-chain-reaction
#15
Lu-Lu Wang, Hui-Hui Guo, Shuai Huang, Chen-Lin Feng, Yan-Xing Han, Jian-Dong Jiang
Short-chain fatty acids (SCFAs) of intestine microbial have caught accumulating attention for their beneficial effects on human health. Botanic compounds with low bioavailability such as berberine (BBR) and resveratrol might interact with intestinal microbial ecosystem and promote gut bacteria to produce SCFA, which contribute to their biological effects. In the present study, a comprehensive assay system was built to detect SCFAs production in intestinal bacteria, in which stringent anaerobic culture was applied for in vitro bacterial fermentation, followed by direct-injection GC detection (chemical detection) in combination with real time polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR, biological detection)...
July 1, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28504884/d-%C3%AE-tocopheryl-succinate-phosphatidyl-ethanolamine-conjugated-amphiphilic-polymer-based-nanomicellar-system-for-the-efficient-delivery-of-curcumin-and-to-overcome-multiple-drug-resistance-in-cancer
#16
Omkara Swami Muddineti, Preeti Kumari, Balaram Ghosh, Vladimir P Torchilin, Swati Biswas
Nanomedicines have emerged as a promising treatment strategy for cancer. Multiple drug resistance due to overexpression of various drug efflux transporters and upregulation of apoptotic inhibitory pathways in cancer cells are major barriers that limit the success of chemotherapy. Here, we developed a d-α-tocopherol (α-TOS)/lipid-based copolymeric nanomicellar system (VPM) by conjugating phosphatidyl ethanolamine (PE) and α-TOS with poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) via an amino acid linkage. The synthesized polymers were characterized by Fourier transform IR, gas-phase chromatography, and (1)H and (13)C NMR spectroscopy...
May 15, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28502631/a-brain-targeted-ampakine-compound-protects-against-opioid-induced-respiratory-depression
#17
Wei Dai, Dian Xiao, Xiang Gao, Xin-Bo Zhou, Tong-Yu Fang, Zheng Yong, Rui-Bin Su
The use of opioid drugs for pain relief can induce life-threatening respiratory depression. Although naloxone effectively counteracts opioid-induced respiratory depression, it diminishes the efficacy of analgesia. Our studies indicate that ampakines, in particular, a brain-targeted compound XD-8-17C, are able to reverse respiratory depression without affecting analgesia at relatively low doses. Mice and rats were subcutaneously or intravenously injected with the opioid agonist TH-030418 to induce moderate or severe respiratory depression...
May 11, 2017: European Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28502180/metal-nanoparticle-growth-within-clay-polymer-nacre-inspired-materials-for-improved-catalysis-and-plasmonic-detection-in-complex-biofluids
#18
Eric H Hill, Christoph Hanske, Alexander Johnson, Luis Yate, Hans Jelitto, Gerold A Schneider, Luis M Liz-Marzán
Recent studies have shown that layered silicate clays can be used to form a nacre-like bioinspired layered structure with various polymer fillers, leading to composite films with good material strength, gas-barrier properties, and high loading capacity. We go one step further by in situ growing metal nanoparticles in nacre-like layered films based on layered silicate clays, which can be used for applications in plasmonic sensing and catalysis. The degree of anisotropy of the nanoparticles grown in the film can be controlled by adjusting the ratio of clay to polymer or gold to clay and reducing agent concentration, as well as silver overgrowth, which greatly enhances the surface enhanced Raman scattering activity of the composite...
May 13, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28501026/metabolically-speaking-possible-reasons-behind-the-tolerance-of-sugar-belle-mandarin-hybrid-to-huanglongbing
#19
Nabil Killiny, Maria Filomena Valim, Shelley E Jones, Ahmad A Omar, Faraj Hijaz, Fred G Gmitter, Jude W Grosser
Huanglongbing (HLB) is currently considered the most destructive disease of citrus. Since its spread to the Americas, HLB has killed millions of trees and caused a sharp decline in production in many citrus growing regions. With the continuous spread of HLB disease in Florida and worldwide, there is an urgent need for the development of commercial citrus cultivars with a strong tolerance to HLB. Interestingly, field observations showed that some of the recently released mandarin hybrids such as 'Sugar Belle' were tolerant to HLB...
May 4, 2017: Plant Physiology and Biochemistry: PPB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500293/preparation-of-nanowire-like-wse2-graphene-nanocomposite-for-photocatalytic-reduction-of-co2-into-ch3oh-with-the-presence-of-sacrificial-agents
#20
Asghar Ali, Won-Chun Oh
A nanowire-like WSe2-graphene catalyst was prepared via ultra-sonication and was tested in terms of the photocatalytic reduction of CO2 into CH3OH under irradiation with UV/visible light. The prepared nano-composite was further characterized via XRD, SEM, TEM, Raman and XPS. The photocurrent analysis was further tested for its photocatalytic reduction of CO2 using gas chromatography (GCMS-QP2010 SE). To further improve the the photo-catalytic efficiency, a sacrificial agent (Na2S/Na2SO3) was added to the WSe2-graphene nanocomposite and was found to improve the photo-catalytic efficiency, with the methanol yield reaching 5...
May 12, 2017: Scientific Reports
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