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Precision 2.0

Shuiqing Zhou, Changchuan Guo, Feng Shi, Wei Jiang, Lei Wang
In this work, the ultrahigh-performance liquid chromatography quadrupole orbitrap high resolution mass spectrometry (UHPLC-Q-Orbitrap HRMS) was applied to the rapid screening, identification and quantification of the illegal adulterated glucocorticoids in herbal medicines. The mass spectrometer was operated in positive ion mode and Full MS/dd-MS(2) (data-dependent MS(2)) mode, where selected ions were subjected to a dd-MS(2) scan with given fragmentation energy following a Full MS scan. The application of 70 000 FWHM mass resolution and narrow mass windows (5ppm) effectively improve the selectivity of the method, and a single injection was sufficient to perform the simultaneous screening and identification/quantification of 14 glucocorticoids in 15min...
October 11, 2016: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
Jason Shafrin, Taylor T Schwartz, Darius N Lakdawalla, Felicia M Forma
BACKGROUND: Nonadherence to antipsychotic medication among patients with schizophrenia results in poor symptom management and increased health care and other costs. Despite its health impact, medication adherence remains difficult to accurately assess. New technologies offer the possibility of real-time patient monitoring data on adherence, which may in turn improve clinical decision making. However, the economic benefit of accurate patient drug adherence information (PDAI) has yet to be evaluated...
November 2016: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
Wei Qin, Feng Liu, Chen Wan
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: The role of Body Mass Index (BMI) for the prognosis of heart failure (HF) patients remains to be a great interest for a long time. However, the precise effect of dose-response for BMI and mortality risk in HF patients is still unclear. We conducted a dose-response meta-analysis to quantitatively assess the effect of BMI on all-cause mortality in subjects with HF. METHODS: Fourteen prospective cohort studies included 13508 death cases identified among 46794 HF patients...
October 26, 2016: Cardiovascular Therapeutics
S E Abd Elhafez, H A Hamad, A A Zaatout, G F Malash
In the last decades, Egypt has been suffering from the phenomenon of black cloud resulting from burning rice husk and increasing the demand for water leading to the water crisis. An alternative, low-value and surplus agricultural byproduct (rice husk, RH) has an enormous potential for the removal of Cu(II) ions from water. The present study focuses on the chance of the use of rice husk as a bio-adsorbent without any chemical treatment instead of burning it and soiling the environment. The elemental, structural, morphological, surface functional, thermal, and textural characteristics of RH are determined by XRF, XRD, SEM, FT-IR, TGA, and BET surface area, respectively, and contributed to the understanding of the adsorption mechanism of Cu(II) ions in aqueous solution...
October 25, 2016: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
Chris Petucci, Andrew Zelenin, Jeffrey A Culver, Meghan Gabriel, Ken Kirkbride, Terri T Christison, Stephen J Gardell
Organic acids (OAs) serve as metabolites that play pivotal roles in a host of different metabolic and regulatory pathways. The polar nature of many OAs poses a challenge to their measurement using widely-practiced analytical methods. In this study, a targeted metabolomics method was developed using ion chromatography/triple quadrupole mass spectrometry (IC/MS) to quantitate 28 polar OAs with limits of quantitation ranging from 0.25-50 µM. The inter-day assay precisions ranged from 1-19%, with accuracies ranging from 82 to 115%...
October 26, 2016: Analytical Chemistry
Seongseok Yun, Nicole D Vincelette, Utkarsh Acharya, Ivo Abraham
BACKGROUND: Clinical trials raised concern that ibrutinib may increase the risk of atrial fibrillation/flutter (Afib/Aflutter) and major bleeding. However, the association has not been statistically validated, and there is no consensus regarding optimal management of anticoagulation among patients receiving ibrutinib who develop Afib/Aflutter. We performed a systematic review and pooled analysis to precisely assess the risk of Afib/Aflutter and bleeding associated with ibrutinib treatment in patients with hematologic malignancies...
September 19, 2016: Clinical Lymphoma, Myeloma & Leukemia
David J Bond, Ana C Andreazza, John Hughes, Taj Dhanoa, Ivan J Torres, Jan-Marie Kozicky, L Trevor Young, Raymond W Lam, Lakshmi N Yatham
OBJECTIVE: There is a bidirectional relationship between obesity and mood disorders, with each increasing the risk of developing the other. This relationship suggests that they have overlapping pathophysiologic mechanisms. Adipose tissue-derived hormones, or adipokines, regulate appetite and metabolism and have activity in limbic brain regions, making them potential shared etiologic factors between elevated body mass index (BMI) and mood disorders. However, the precise relationships between BMI, mood, and adipokines are unknown...
October 25, 2016: Journal of Clinical Psychiatry
Hui Ren, Nigel P Birch, Vinod Suresh
Robust and reproducible in vitro models are required for investigating the pathways involved in fluid homeostasis in the human alveolar epithelium. We performed functional and phenotypic characterisation of ion transport in the human pulmonary epithelial cell lines NCI-H441 and A549 to determine their similarity to primary human alveolar type II cells. NCI-H441 cells exhibited high expression of junctional proteins ZO-1, and E-cadherin, seal-forming claudin-3, -4, -5 and Na+-K+-ATPase while A549 cells exhibited high expression of pore-forming claudin-2...
2016: PloS One
Hyung Suk Chung, Jeong-Heui Choi, A M Abd El-Aty, Young-Jun Lee, Han Sol Lee, Sangdon Kim, Hee-Jung Jung, Tae-Woo Kang, Ho-Chul Shin, Jae-Han Shim
A simultaneous determination method using solid-phase extraction and liquid chromatography with tandem mass spectrometry was developed to detect and quantify the presence of seven multiclass veterinary antibiotics (13 compounds in total) in surface water samples, which included the effluents of livestock wastewater and sewage treatment plants, as well as the reservoir drainage areas from dense animal farms. The pH of all water samples was adjusted to 2 or 6 before solid-phase extraction using Oasis HLB cartridges...
October 24, 2016: Journal of Separation Science
Liqiang Ren, Di Wu, Yuhua Li, Bin Zheng, Yong Chen, Kai Yang, Hong Liu
This study presents a practical alignment method for X-ray spectral measurement in a rotating gantry based micro-computed tomography (micro-CT) system using three-dimensional (3D) printing technology. In order to facilitate the spectrometer placement inside the gantry, supporting structures including a cover and a stand were dedicatedly designed and printed using a 3D printer. According to the relative position between the spectrometer and the stand, the upright projection of the spectrometer collimator onto the stand was determined and then marked by a tungsten pinhole...
June 2016: Biomedical Physics & Engineering Express
Marlies Decleer, Andreja Rajkovic, Benedikt Sas, Annemieke Madder, Sarah De Saeger
Rapid and accurate UPLC-MS/MS methods for the simultaneous determination of beauvericin and the related enniatins (A, A1, B, B1), together with cereulide were successfully developed and validated in cereal and cereal-based food matrices such as wheat, maize, rice and pasta. Although these emerging foodborne toxins are of different microbial origin, the similar structural, toxicological and food safety features provided rationale for their concurrent detection in relevant food matrices. A Waters Acquity UPLC system coupled to a Waters Quattro Premier XE™ Mass Spectrometer operating in ESI+ mode was employed...
October 4, 2016: Journal of Chromatography. A
Mehrnaz Riazian, Elnaz Khorrami, Elham Alipoor, Sina Moradmand, Mehdi Yaseri, Mohammad Javad Hosseinzadeh-Attar
BACKGROUND: Apelin, the endogenous ligand of orphan receptor APJ (gene symbol APLNR), is an adipokine that was suggested to have a direct correlation with obesity. This peptide might play a role in obesity-related disorders, especially in the cardiovascular system. Currently, few data are available on levels and potential metabolic functions of apelin in different cardiac diseases including atrial fibrillation (AF) and coronary artery disease (CAD), which have common underlying pathophysiological mechanisms...
October 2016: American Journal of the Medical Sciences
Ignacio Pedrosa, Javier Suárez-Álvarez, Eduardo García-Cueto, José Muñiz
: Backgound : Assessing specific personality traits has shown better predictive power of enterprising personality than have broad personality traits. Hitherto, there have been no instruments that evaluate the combination of specific personality traits of enterprising personality in an adaptive format. So, the aim was to develop a Computerized Adaptive Test (CAT) to assess enterprising personality in young people. METHODS: A pool of 161 items was developed and applied to two sets of participants (n 1 = 357 students, M age = 17...
November 2016: Psicothema
Christopher R Friese, Yun Li, Irina Bondarenko, Timothy P Hofer, Kevin C Ward, Ann S Hamilton, Dennis Deapen, Allison W Kurian, Steven J Katz
BACKGROUND: The 21-gene recurrence score (RS) assay stratifies early-stage, estrogen receptor-positive breast cancer by recurrence risk. Few studies have examined the ways in which physicians use the RS to recommend adjuvant systemic chemotherapy or patients' experiences with testing and decision making. METHODS: This study surveyed 3880 women treated for breast cancer in 2013-2014; they were identified from the Los Angeles County and Georgia Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results registries (response rate, 71%)...
October 24, 2016: Cancer
Liwen Hu, Xinyue Yao, Yi Shen
Accumulating epidemiological evidence indicates that the quantitative changes in human mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) copy number could affect the genetic susceptibility of malignancies in a tumor-specific manner, but the results are still elusive. To provide a more precise estimation on the association between mtDNA copy number and risk of diverse malignancies, a meta-analysis was conducted by calculating the pooled odds ratios (OR) and the 95% confidence intervals (95% CI). A total of 36 case-control studies involving 11,847 cases and 15,438 controls were finally included in the meta-analysis...
October 24, 2016: Scientific Reports
Yu-Hsuan Chen, Chia-Yu Chang, Wang-Hsien Ding
A simple and effective method for determining short chain chlorinated paraffins (SCCPs) in indoor dust is presented. The method employed a modified vortex-homogenized matrix solid-phase dispersion (VH-MSPD) prior to its detection by gas chromatography - electron-capture negative-ion mass spectrometry (GC-ECNI-MS) operating in the selected-ion-monitoring (SIM) mode. Under the best extraction conditions, 0.1-g of dust sample was dispersed with 0.1-g of silica gel by using vortex (2min) instead of using a mortar and pestle (3min)...
October 19, 2016: Journal of Chromatography. A
Ebrahim Alipanahpour Dil, Mehrorang Ghaedi, Arash Asfaram, Shaaker Hajati, Fatemeh Mehrabi, Alireza Goudarzi
Copper oxide nanoparticle-loaded activated carbon (CuO-NP-AC) was synthesized and characterized using different techniques such as FE-SEM, XRD and FT-IR. It was successfully applied for the ultrasound-assisted simultaneous removal of Pb(2+) ions and malachite green (MG) dye in binary system from aqueous solution. The effect of important parameters was modeled and optimized by artificial neural network (ANN) and response surface methodology (RSM). Maximum simultaneous removal percentages (>99.0%) were found at 25mgL(-1), 20mgL(-1), 0...
January 2017: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
Arash Asfaram, Mehrorang Ghaedi, Kheibar Dashtian
Ultrasound-assisted dispersive solid phase microextraction followed by UV-vis spectrophotometer (UA-DSPME-UV-vis) was designed for extraction and preconcentration of nicotinamide (vitamin B3) by HKUST-1 metal organic framework (MOF) based molecularly imprinted polymer (MIP). This new material was characterized by FTIR and FE-SEM techniques. The preliminary Plackett-Burman design was used for screening and subsequently the central composite design justifies significant terms and possible construction of mathematical equation which give the individual and cooperative contribution of variables like HKUST-1-MOF-NA-MIP mass, sonication time, temperature, eluent volume, pH and vortex time...
January 2017: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
Zhiyuan Xia, Xiandun Zhai, Beibei Liu, Yaonan Mo
Precise measurement of cadaver decomposition rate is the basis to accurate post-mortem interval (PMI) estimation. There are many approaches explored in recent years, however, it is still unsolved completely. Total volatile basic nitrogen (TVB-N), which is an important index to predict meat freshness and shelf life in food science, could serve as an indicator for measuring PMI associated decomposition rate of cadavers. The aim of this work was to establish a practical method to determine TVB-N in cadaver soft tissues (mainly skeletal muscle) for measuring decomposition rate...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine
Mwlod Ghareeb, Fatemeh Akhlaghi
Tacrolimus is a commonly used immunosuppressive agent in organ transplant recipients. Therapeutic drug monitoring (TDM) of tacrolimus is essential to adjust the dose and achieve optimal immunosuppression level. Routine TDM is practiced using whole blood samples obtained through venipuncture. However, tacrolimus concentration that is present in oral fluid (OF) can theoretically represent the free or pharmacologically active form of tacrolimus. In this study, we report the development and validation of a rapid, sensitive and selective liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) method for quantification of tacrolimus in OF...
October 11, 2016: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
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