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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350826/expression-purification-of-metallothionein-genes-from-freshwater-crab-sinopotamon-yangtsekiense-and-development-of-an-anti-metallothionein-elisa
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Jian Yang, Hui Sun, Hao Zhang, Hui Zhou
Using the phoA-fusion technology, the recombinant metallothionein (MT) from freshwater crab (Sinopotamon yangtsekiense) has been successfully produced in Escherichia coli. MT purified from the bacterial suspension showed one polypeptide with a molecular weight of 7 kDa by tricine-sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (Tricine-SDS-PAGE). Western-blotting confirmed the polypeptides had a specific reactivity with mouse polyclonal MT anti-serum. Based on the purified MT and MT anti-serum, the reaction parameters for an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) were developed...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350433/scalable-fabrication-of-photochemically-reduced-graphene-based-monolithic-micro-supercapacitors-with-superior-energy-and-power-densities
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Sen Wang, Zhong-Shuai Wu, Shuanghao Zheng, Feng Zhou, Chenglin Sun, Hui-Ming Cheng, Xinhe Bao
Micro-supercapacitors (MSCs) hold great promise as highly competitive miniaturized power sources satisfying the increased demand of smart integrated electronics. However, single-step scalable fabrication of MSCs with both high energy and power densities is still challenging. Here we demonstrate the scalable fabrication of graphene-based monolithic MSCs with diverse planar geometries and capable of superior integration by photochemical reduction of graphene oxide/TiO2 nanoparticle hybrid films. The resulting MSCs exhibit high volumetric capacitance of 233...
March 28, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346885/plasma-and-brain-pharmacokinetics-of-ganoderic-acid-a-in-rats-determined-by-a-developed-uflc-ms-ms-method
#3
Fang-Rui Cao, Bing-Xin Xiao, Li-Sha Wang, Xue Tao, Ming-Zhu Yan, Rui-Le Pan, Yong-Hong Liao, Xin-Min Liu, Qi Chang
Ganoderic acid A (GAA), an active triterpenoid of the traditional Chinese herbal medicine Lingzhi, has been reported to exhibit antinociceptive, antioxidative, and anti-cancer activities. The present study aims to establish a sensitive and rapid UPLC-MS/MS method for studying the plasma and brain pharmacokinetics of GAA in rats. The analytes were separated on a C18 column eluted with a gradient mobile phase consisting of acetonitrile and 0.1% aqueous formic acid at 0.3mL/min. The eluate was monitored by a mass detector using an MRM (m/z, 515...
March 11, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346669/evaluation-of-a-point-of-care-electrochemical-meter-to-detect-subclinical-ketosis-and-hypoglycaemia-in-lactating-dairy-cows
#4
A Zakian, M Tehrani-Sharif, M R Mokhber-Dezfouli, M Nouri, P D Constable
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate and validate a hand-held electrochemical meter (Precision Xtra®) as a screening test for subclinical ketosis and hypoglycaemia in lactating dairy cattle. DESIGN: Method comparison study using a convenience sample. PROCEDURE: Blood samples were collected into plain tubes from the coccygeal vessels of 181 Holstein cows at 2-4 weeks of lactation during summer in Iran. Blood β-hydroxybutyrate concentration (BHB) and glucose concentration were immediately measured by the electrochemical meter after applying 20 μL of blood to the reagent strip...
April 2017: Australian Veterinary Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345926/band-gap-opening-induced-by-the-structural-periodicity-in-epitaxial-graphene-buffer-layer
#5
Maya Narayanan Nair, Irene Palacio, Arlensiú Celis, Alberto Zobelli, Alexandre Gloter, Stefan Kubsky, Jean-Philippe Turmaud, Matthew Conrad, Claire Berger, Walter de Heer, Edward Henry Conrad, Amina Taleb-Ibrahimi, Antonio Tejeda
The epitaxial graphene buffer layer on the Si face of hexagonal SiC shows a promising band gap, which precise origin remains to be understood. In this work, we correlate the electronic to the atomic structure of the buffer layer by combining angle resolved photoemission spectroscopy (ARPES), scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and high-resolution scanning transmission electron microscopy (HR-STEM). We show that the band structure in the buffer has an electronic periodicity related to the structural periodicity observed in STM images and published X-ray diffraction...
March 27, 2017: Nano Letters
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
#6
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/28345267/color-duplex-ultrasonography-versus-handheld-doppler-to-plan-anterior-lateral-thigh-flaps
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Bernd Lethaus, Christina Loberg, Anita Kloss-Brandstätter, Alexander K Bartella, Timm Steiner, Ali Modabber, Frank Hölzle, Jan Teichmann
BACKGROUND: The anterior lateral thigh flap (ALT) has become increasingly important in reconstructive surgery in the head and neck region. To cope with the problem of anatomical variability in the supplying blood vessels, preoperative evaluation is desirable. Purpose of the study is to compare the most commonly used Doppler devices Handheld Doppler (HD) and Color Doppler Ultrasonography (CDU) for their clinical reliability. METHODS: Forty five consecutive head and neck cancer patients (mean age 66...
March 27, 2017: Microsurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345117/inwardly-rectifying-k-currents-in-cultured-oligodendrocytes-from-rat-optic-nerve-are-insensitive-to-ph
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Alberto Pérez-Samartín, Edith Garay, Juan Pablo H Moctezuma, Abraham Cisneros-Mejorado, María Victoria Sánchez-Gómez, Guadalupe Martel-Gallegos, Leticia Robles-Martínez, Manuel Canedo-Antelo, Carlos Matute, Rogelio O Arellano
Inwardly rectifying K(+) (Kir) channel expression signals at an advanced stage of maturation during oligodendroglial differentiation. Knocking down their expression halts the generation of myelin and produces severe abnormalities in the central nervous system. Kir4.1 is the main subunit involved in the tetrameric structure of Kir channels in glial cells; however, the precise composition of Kir channels expressed in oligodendrocytes (OLs) remains partially unknown, as participation of other subunits has been proposed...
March 27, 2017: Neurochemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344495/enantioselective-analysis-of-fluoxetine-in-pharmaceutical-formulations-by-capillary-zone-electrophoresis
#9
Melania Cârcu-Dobrin, Monica Budău, Gabriel Hancu, Laszlo Gagyi, Aura Rusu, Hajnal Kelemen
Fluoxetine is an antidepressant, a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) used primarily in the treatment of major depression, panic disorder and obsessive compulsive disorder. Chiral separation of racemic fluoxetine is necessary due to its enantioselective metabolism. In order to develop a suitable method for chiral separation of fluoxetine, cyclodextrin (CD) modified capillary electrophoresis (CE) was employed. A large number of native and derivatized, neutral and ionized CD derivatives were screened to find the optimal chiral selector...
March 2017: Saudi Pharmaceutical Journal: SPJ: the Official Publication of the Saudi Pharmaceutical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344014/fabrication-of-coated-polymer-microneedles-for-transdermal-drug-delivery
#10
Yang Chen, Bo Zhi Chen, Qi Lei Wang, Xuan Jin, Xin Dong Guo
As an alternative to hypodermic needles, coated polymer microneedles (MNs) are able to deliver drugs to subcutaneous tissues after being inserted into the skin. The dip-coating process is a versatile, rapid fabricating method that can form coated MNs in a short time. However, it is still a challenge to fabricate coated MNs with homogeneous and precise drug doses in the dip-coating process. In this study, to fabricate coated polymer microneedles with controlled drug loading, an adjustable apparatus that can be lifted and lowered was designed to immerse a polylactic acid (PLA) MN patch in the coating solutions...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343687/multiple-simultaneous-independent-gradients-for-a-versatile-multidimensional-liquid-chromatography-part-ii-application-2-computer-controlled-ph-gradients-in-the-presence-of-urea-provide-improved-separation-of-proteins-stability-influenced-anion-and-cation-exchange
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Allen G Hirsh, Latchezar I Tsonev
This paper details the use of a method of creating controlled pH gradients (pISep) to improve the separation of protein isoforms on ion exchange (IEX) stationary phases in the presence of various isocratic levels of urea. The pISep technology enables the development of computer controlled pH gradients on both cationic (CEX) and anionic (AEX) IEX stationary phases over the very wide pH range from 2 to 12. In pISep, titration curves generated by proportional mixing of the acidic and basic pISep working buffers alone, or in the presence of non-buffering solutes such as the neutral salt NaCl (0-1M), polar organics such as urea (0-8M) or acetonitrile (0-80 Vol%), can be fitted with high fidelity using high order polynomials which, in turn allows construction of a mathematical manifold %A (% acidic pISep buffer) vs...
March 16, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343388/development-and-validation-of-an-enzymatic-method-to-determine-stevioside-content-from-stevia-rebaudiana
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Somsiri Udompaisarn, Dumrongkiet Arthan, Jamorn Somana
An enzymatic method specific determination of stevioside content was established. Recombinant β-glucosidase BT_3567 (rBT_3567) from Bacteroides thetaiotaomicron HB-13 exhibited selective hydrolysis of stevioside at C-13 β-1, 2-glycosidic bond to yield rubusoside and glucose. Coupling of this enzyme with glucose oxidase and peroxidase allowed for quantification of stevioside content in Stevia samples using a colorimetric-based approach. The series of reactions for stevioside determination can be completed within 1 h at 37 C...
March 26, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343349/modernizing-quality-of-life-assessment-development-of-a-multidimensional-computerized-adaptive-questionnaire-for-patients-with-schizophrenia
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Pierre Michel, Karine Baumstarck, Christophe Lancon, Badih Ghattas, Anderson Loundou, Pascal Auquier, Laurent Boyer
OBJECTIVE: Quality of life (QoL) is still assessed using paper-based and fixed-length questionnaires, which is one reason why QoL measurements have not been routinely implemented in clinical practice. Providing new QoL measures that combine computer technology with modern measurement theory may enhance their clinical use. The aim of this study was to develop a QoL multidimensional computerized adaptive test (MCAT), the SQoL-MCAT, from the fixed-length SQoL questionnaire for patients with schizophrenia...
March 25, 2017: Quality of Life Research
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
#14
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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343307/modular-organization-of-muscle-activity-patterns-in-the-leading-and-trailing-limbs-during-obstacle-clearance-in-healthy-adults
#15
Michael J MacLellan
Human locomotor patterns require precise adjustments to successfully navigate complex environments. Studies suggest that the central nervous system may control such adjustments through supraspinal signals modifying a basic locomotor pattern at the spinal level. To explore this proposed control mechanism in the leading and trailing limbs during obstructed walking, healthy young adults stepped over obstacles measuring 0.1 and 0.2 m in height. Unobstructed walking with no obstacle present was also performed as a baseline...
March 25, 2017: Experimental Brain Research. Experimentelle Hirnforschung. Expérimentation Cérébrale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343143/impact-of-rivaroxaban-on-point-of-care-assays
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Pierre Fontana, Lorenzo Alberio, Anne Angelillo-Scherrer, Lars M Asmis, Wolfgang Korte, Adriana Mendez, Pirmin Schmid, Hans Stricker, Jan-Dirk Studt, Dimitrios A Tsakiris, Walter A Wuillemin, Michael Nagler
BACKGROUND: Point-of-care testing (POCT) is regularly used to assess haemostasis in various clinical settings. The impact of rivaroxaban on those POCT is still elusive. We aimed to study the effects of rivaroxaban on most commonly used POCT assays. METHODS: Blood samples were taken before, 3h, and 24h after administration of 20mg rivaroxaban to 20 healthy volunteers as part of a prospective, multicenter validation study (clinicaltrials.govNCT01710267). Blood samples were analysed with thromboelastometry (ROTEM®), two platelet function assays (INNOVANCE® PFA-200 and Multiplate®), and the CoaguChek® XS...
March 21, 2017: Thrombosis Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343078/development-and-validation-of-liquid-chromatography-tandem-mass-spectrometry-method-quantitative-determination-of-polymyxin-b1-polymyxin-b2-polymyxin-b3-and-isoleucine-polymyxin-b1-in-human-plasma-and-its-application-in-clinical-studies
#17
Kim H Hee, Yee K J Leaw, Jun L Ong, Lawrence S Lee
Polymyxin B (PB) is an antibiotic consisting of a cyclic heptapeptide and a tripeptide side chain used in treatment of infections caused by Gram-negative bacteria. Commercial formulations of PB contain multiple structurally related components with major constituents of PB1, PB2, PB3 and ile-PB1. To understand the pharmacokinetics of these major components, we have developed and validated a LC-MS/MS method to quantify PB1, PB2, PB3 and ile-PB1 in human plasma. PB was extracted from plasma by protein precipitation using trichloroacetic acid followed by chromatographic separation on Zorbax Bonus-RP column (100mm×2...
March 14, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343030/diagnostic-and-therapeutic-role-of-endoscopic-retrograde-pancreatography-in-the-management-of-traumatic-pancreatic-duct-injury-patients-single-center-experience-for-34-years
#18
Seongyup Kim, Jae Woo Kim, Pil Young Jung, Hye Youn Kwon, Hongjin Shim, Ji Young Jang, Keum Seok Bae
BACKGROUND: Traumatic pancreatic injuries are rare and present diagnostic and therapeutic difficulties. We evaluated the usefulness of endoscopic retrograde pancreatography and transpapillary pancreatic stent in the diagnosis and treatment of pancreatic trauma patients. METHODS: We reviewed medical records of 83 pancreas trauma patients who underwent endoscopic retrograde pancreatography for the suspicion of pancreas duct injury between January 1983 and December 2016...
March 22, 2017: International Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342821/correction-of-axial-deformity-during-lengthening-in-fibular-hypoplasia-hexapodal-versus-monorail-external-fixation
#19
Antoine Chalopin, Loïc Geffroy, Sébastien Pesenti, Antoine Hamel, Franck Launay
INTRODUCTION: Childhood fibular hypoplasia is a rare pathology which may or may not involve limb-length discrepancy and axial deformity in one or more dimensions. The objective of the present study was to compare the quality of the axial correction achieved in lengthening procedures by hexapodal versus monorail external fixators. The hypothesis was that the hexapodal fixator provides more precise correction. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A retrospective multicenter study included 52 children with fibular hypoplasia...
March 22, 2017: Orthopaedics & Traumatology, Surgery & Research: OTSR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342648/the-first-clinical-implementation-of-a-real-time-six-degree-of-freedom-target-tracking-system-during-radiation-therapy-based-on-kilovoltage-intrafraction-monitoring-kim
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Doan Trang Nguyen, Ricky O'Brien, Jung-Ha Kim, Chen-Yu Huang, Lee Wilton, Peter Greer, Kimberley Legge, Jeremy T Booth, Per Rugaard Poulsen, Jarad Martin, Paul J Keall
PURPOSE: We present the first clinical implementation of a real-time six-degree of freedom (6DoF) Kilovoltage Intrafraction Monitoring (KIM) system which tracks the cancer target translational and rotational motions during treatment. The method was applied to measure and correct for target motion during stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT) for prostate cancer. METHODS: Patient: A patient with prostate adenocarcinoma undergoing SBRT with 36.25Gy, delivered in 5 fractions was enrolled in the study...
March 22, 2017: Radiotherapy and Oncology: Journal of the European Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology
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