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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
#1
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/28343279/the-independent-influences-of-heat-strain-and-dehydration-upon-cognition
#2
Anne M J van den Heuvel, Benjamin J Haberley, David J R Hoyle, Nigel A S Taylor, Rodney J Croft
PURPOSE: Many researchers have addressed the potential effects of hyperthermia and dehydration on cognition, often revealing contradictory outcomes. A possible reason for this inconsistency is that experiments may have been inadequately designed for such effects. In this study, the impact of hyperthermia, dehydration and their combination on cognition were evaluated in eight young males, after accounting for a range of experimental limitations. METHODS: Passive heating and thermal clamping at two mean body temperatures (36...
March 25, 2017: European Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343244/a-new-reactive-1-8-naphthalimide-derivative-for-highly-selective-and-sensitive-detection-of-hg-2
#3
Feng Lv, Yufen Chen, Tengxuan Tang, Yuhua Chen, Dongmei Xu
A 1,8-naphthalimide derivative with a reactive aliphatic hydroxyl was designed and synthesized as a fluorescent probe. Its structure was characterized by IR, (1)H NMR, (13)C NMR, LC-MS and HPLC. The probe showed high selectivity and sensitivity to Hg(2+) over other metal ions such as Pb(2+), Na(+), K(+), Cd(2+), Cr(3+), Zn(2+), Cu(2+), Ni(2+), Ca(2+), Fe(3+), Fe(2+), Co(2+), Mn(2+) and Mg(2+) in MeCN/H2O (15/85, v/v). The increase in fluorescence intensity was linearly proportional to the concentration of Hg(2+) in the range of 18-40 μM with a detection limit of 1...
March 25, 2017: Journal of Fluorescence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343188/multimodal-evoked-potentials-in-patients-with-multiple-sclerosis-in-assessment-of-the-course-of-the-disease
#4
Beata Łabuz-Roszak, Magdalena Torbus, Katarzyna Kubicka-Bączyk, Agnieszka Machowska-Majchrzak, Agata Kierber, Katarzyna Borucka, Małgorzata Zellner, Anna Starostak-Tatar, Krystyna Pierzchała
INTRODUCTION: Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic inflammatory, demyelinating disease of the central nervous system with a multifocal damage. THE AIM: The assessment of the MS course by multimodal evoked potentials (EP). MATERIAL AND METHODS: We evaluated 95 patients (63 female, 32 male) with relapsing-remitting MS in the average age of 36.4±10.4. The average disease duration was 4.6±7.4 year. Among them, 48 patients (50.5%) were treated with immunomodulatory drugs...
2017: Wiadomości Lekarskie: Organ Polskiego Towarzystwa Lekarskiego
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343135/monodisperse-ag-pd-core-shell-nanoparticles-assembled-on-reduced-graphene-oxide-as-highly-efficient-catalysts-for-the-transfer-hydrogenation-of-nitroarenes
#5
Önder Metin, Hasan Can, Kıvılcım Şendil, Mehmet Serdar Gültekin
Addressed herein is a facile seed-mediated synthesis of Ag/Pd core/shell nanoparticles (NPs) and their assembly on reduced graphene oxide (rGO) to catalyze the transfer hydrogenation of nitroarenes to anilines using ammonia borane (AB) as a hydrogen donor under ambient conditions. Monodisperse Ag/Pd core/shell NPs with controllable Pd shell-thickness were synthesized by the means of thermal decomposition of palladium(II) bromide over as-prepared Ag NPs in the mixture of oleylamine and oleic acid at 220°C. As-synthesized Ag/Pd core/shell NPs were characterized by TEM, HR-TEM, XRD, XPS, UV-Vis spectroscopy and ICP-MS and then they were assembled on reduced graphene oxide (rGO)...
March 18, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343106/a-structure-based-plasma-protein-pre-fractionation-using-conjoint-immobilized-metal-chelate-affinity-ima-system
#6
Karan Karkra, Kishore K R Tetala, M A Vijayalakshmi
The potential of immobilized metal/chelate affinity (IMA) in a continuous fashion, referred as conjoint approach, to pre-fractionate plasma proteins (in their native state) prior to LC-MS analysis was investigated in this study. Four transition metal-ions (Co (II), Zn (II), Ni (II) and Cu (II)) were individually chelated with IDA (iminodiacetic acid) coated CIM (Convective Interaction Media) disks and placed in a single housing in the following sequential order: IDA-Co (II)→IDA-Zn (II)→IDA-Ni (II)→IDA-Cu (II)...
March 10, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343095/ion-mobility-mass-spectrometry-and-orthogonal-gas-phase-techniques-to-study-amyloid-formation-and-inhibition
#7
REVIEW
Waldemar Hoffmann, Gert von Helden, Kevin Pagel
Amyloidogenic peptide oligomers are responsible for a variety of neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease. Due to their dynamic, polydisperse, and polymorphic nature, these oligomers are very challenging to characterize using traditional condensed-phase methods. In the last decade, ion mobility-mass spectrometry (IM-MS) and related gas-phase techniques have emerged as a powerful alternative to disentangle the structure and assembly characteristics of amyloid forming systems. This review highlights recent advances in which IM-MS was used to characterize amyloid oligomers and their underlying assembly pathway...
March 23, 2017: Current Opinion in Structural Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343091/rapid-detection-and-ruling-out-of-neonatal-sepsis-by-pcr-coupled-with-electrospray-ionization-mass-spectrometry-pcr-esi-ms
#8
Cristina Delcò, Oliver Karam, Riccardo Pfister, Alain Gervaix, Gesuele Renzi, Stéphane Emonet, Jacques Schrenzel, Klara M Posfay-Barbe
BACKGROUND: Sepsis is an important cause of morbidity and mortality in neonates and clinicians are typically required to administer empiric antibiotics while waiting for blood culture results. However, prolonged and inappropriate use of antibiotics is associated with various complications and adverse events. Better tools to rapidly rule out bacterial infections are therefore needed. AIMS: We aimed to assess the negative predictive value of PCR coupled with Electrospray Ionization Mass Spectrometry (PCR/ESI-MS) compared to conventional blood cultures in neonatal sepsis...
March 23, 2017: Early Human Development
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
#9
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/28343077/separation-and-characterization-of-unknown-impurities-and-isomers-in-flomoxef-sodium-by-lc-it-tof-ms-and-study-of-their-negative-ion-fragmentation-regularities
#10
Xu Yu, Fan Wang, Jiani Li, Weiguang Shan, Bingqi Zhu, Jian Wang
Thirteen unknown impurities in flomoxef sodium were separated and characterized by liquid chromatography coupled with high resolution ion trap/time-of-flight mass spectrometry (LC-IT-TOF MS)with positive and negative modes of electrospray ionization method for further improvement of official monographs in pharmacopoeias. The fragmentation patterns of impurities in flomoxef in the negative ion mode were studied in detail, and new negative-ion fragmentation regularities were discovered. Chromatographic separation was performed on a Kromasil C18 column (250mm×4...
March 19, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343060/uv-chlorine-treatment-of-carbamazepine-transformation-products-and-their-formation-kinetics
#11
Yanheng Pan, ShuangShuang Cheng, Xin Yang, Jingyue Ren, Jingyun Fang, Chii Shang, Weihua Song, Lushi Lian, Xinran Zhang
Carbamazepine (CBZ) is one of the pharmaceuticals most frequently detected in the aqueous environment. This study investigated the transformation products when CBZ is degraded by chlorine under ultraviolet (UV) irradiation (the UV/chlorine process). Detailed pathways for the degradation of CBZ were elucidated using ultra-high performance liquid chromatography (UHPLC)-quadrupole time-of-flight mass spectrometry (QTOF-MS). CBZ is readily degraded by hydroxyl radicals (HO) and chlorine radicals (Cl) in the UV/chlorine process, and 24 transformation products were identified...
March 23, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343042/in-situ-determination-of-trace-elements-in-fucus-spp-by-field-portable-xrf
#12
Andrew Turner, Hiu Poon, Alex Taylor, Murray T Brown
Fresh and freeze-dried sample sections of the coastal macroalgae, Fucus serratus and F. vesiculosus, and the brackish water macroalga, F. ceranoides, have been analysed for trace elements by field-portable-X-ray fluorescence (FP-XRF) spectrometry using a Niton XL3t in a low density mode with thickness correction. When analysed fresh in a laboratory accessory stand for a period of 200 seconds, As, Br, Fe and Zn were registered in the apex, mid-frond and lower stipe of all species, with detection limits of a few μg g(-1) (As) or a few tens of μg g(-1) (Br, Fe, Zn); when analysed dry under the same conditions, concentrations returned were systematically higher and Cu and Pb were detected in a number of F...
March 23, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343038/physicochemical-characterization-of-ambient-pm2-5-in-tehran-air-and-its-potential-cytotoxicity-in-human-lung-epithelial-cells-a549
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Anoushiravan MohseniBandpi, Akbar Eslami, Abbas Shahsavani, Fariba Khodagholi, Abdolazim Alinejad
As air pollution is a major problem in Tehran, this study aimed to investigate the physicochemical characterization of the water-soluble and organic contents of ambient PM2.5 in Tehran and determine its in vitro toxicological impact on human lung epithelial cells (A549). A total of 11 sampling stations were selected, including three categories: traffic, urban, and suburban. All sampling was carried out in the spring and summer of 2015. Ion chromatography (IC), inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectroscopy (ICP-AES), and GC-MS were used to analyze ionic compounds, heavy metals, and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), respectively, and an ELISA reader was used for cytotoxicity analysis...
March 23, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342869/microrna-448-promotes-multiple-sclerosis-development-through-induction-of-th17-response-through-targeting-protein-tyrosine-phosphatase-non-receptor-type-2-ptpn2
#14
Rihan Wu, Qinyu He, Haitao Chen, Miao Xu, Ning Zhao, Ying Xiao, Qian-Qian Tu, Wenjun Zhang, Xiaoying Bi
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an immune-mediated demyelinating disease of the central nervous system, and its pathogenesis remains largely unclear. Much attention has been paid to the role of microRNAs (miRs) in regulation of autoimmune disease. Here, we found, for the first time, that miR-448 expression was significantly increased in periphery blood mononuclear cells (PBMC) and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) of patients with MS, and its expression positively correlated with the disease severity. We further demonstrated that CD4(+) T cells, especially the Th17 lineage, were the major source of miR-448 expression...
March 22, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342858/aqueous-extract-from-leaf-of-artocarpus-altilis-provides-cardio-protection-from-isoproterenol-induced-myocardial-damage-in-rats-negative-chronotropic-and-inotropic-effects
#15
Chukwuemeka Nwokocha, Javier Palacios, Mario J Simirgiotis, Jemesha Thomas, Magdalene Nwokocha, Lauriann Young, Rory Thompson, Fredi Cifuentes, Adrian Paredes, Rupika Delgoda
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: The leaves of Artocarpus altilis (Parkinson ex F.A.Zorn, Fosberg) (Moraceae) are used in the management of hypertension; this study assessed the cardio-protective effects of the leaf extract on isoproterenol (ISO) induced myocardial damage in rats. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Twenty (20) adult male Sprague-Dawley rats (175-230g) were divided into 5 groups. Group 1 (Control), 2 (AA) received 50mg/Kg Artocarpus altilis (AA) only; 3 (ISO) received 85mg/Kg ISO only; 4 (ISO+AA/50) and 5 (ISO+AA/100) received 50 and 100mg/Kg AA respectively for 6 days, after induced with ISO twice (85mg/Kg) at a 24-hour period...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342828/-resistance-training-for-muscle-weakness-in-multiple-sclerosis-direct-versus-contralateral-approach-in-individuals-with-ankle-dorsiflexors-disparity-in-strength
#16
Andrea Manca, Maria Paola Cabboi, Daniele Dragone, Francesca Ginatempo, Enzo Ortu, Edoardo Rosario De Natale, Beniamina Mercante, Giovanni Mureddu, Guido Bua, Franca Deriu
OBJECTIVE: To compare effects of contralateral strength training (CST) versus direct strength training (DST) of the more-affected ankle dorsiflexors on muscle performance and clinical-functional outcomes in people with multiple sclerosis (MS) exhibiting inter-limb strength asymmetry. DESIGN: Randomized controlled trial PARTICIPANTS: Individuals with relapsing-remitting MS and mild-to-moderate disability (EDSS≤6) presenting with ankle dorsiflexors' strength disparity...
March 22, 2017: Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342735/inhibition-of-effector-antigen-specific-t-cells-by-intradermal-administration-of-heme-oxygenase-1-inducers
#17
Thomas Simon, Julien Pogu, Séverine Rémy, Frédéric Brau, Sylvie Pogu, Maud Maquigneau, Jean-François Fonteneau, Nicolas Poirier, Bernard Vanhove, Gilles Blancho, Eliane Piaggio, Ignacio Anegon, Philippe Blancou
Developing protocols aimed at inhibiting effector T cells would be key for the treatment of T cell-dependent autoimmune diseases including type 1 autoimmune diabetes (T1D) and multiple sclerosis (MS). While heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1) inducers are clinically approved drugs for non-immune-related diseases, they do have immunosuppressive properties when administered systemically in rodents. Here we show that HO-1 inducers inhibit antigen-specific effector T cells when injected intradermally together with the T cell cognate antigens in mice...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Autoimmunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342617/a-study-of-stigma-among-iranian-family-caregivers-of-patients-with-multiple-sclerosis-a-descriptive-explorative-qualitative-study
#18
Reza Masoudi, Fereydoon Khayeri, Leili Rabiei, Kourosh Zarea
AIM: This study was done to investigate the experiences of family caregivers of people with multiple sclerosis (MS) about stigmatization in Iranian health care context. BACKGROUND: Stigmatization has been observed obviously among patients with MS but few studies have been conducted on stigma among the family caregivers of these patients. METHODS: This qualitative study with thematic analysis was done to explore this issue. Fourteen family caregivers of patients with MS were selected by purposive sampling...
April 2017: Applied Nursing Research: ANR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342611/short-communication-identification-of-corynebacterium-bovis-by-matrix-assisted-laser-desorption-ionization-mass-spectrometry
#19
Helio Langoni, Carolina Polo Camargo da Silva, Marcella Zampoli Troncarelli, Alessandra Tata, Katia Roberta Anacleto Belaz, Marcos Nogueira Eberlin, Samea Fernandes Joaquim, Felipe Freitas Guimarães, Renata Bonini Pardo, Eduardo Nardini Gomes
Corynebacterium bovis is a mastitis-causing microorganism responsible for economic losses related to decrease in milk production. The aim of the study was identify Corynebacterium spp. strains recovered from milk samples of subclinical mastitis by using matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization mass spectrometry (MALDI-MS). Samples were collected during a 10-mo mastitis-monitoring program in a high-production dairy farm. In this study, 80 strains were analyzed; from these 54 (67.5%) were identified at species level as Corynebacterium bovis, 24 (31...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342601/ultra-performance-liquid-chromatography-quadrupole-time-of-flight-mass-spectrometry-ms-e-based-untargeted-milk-metabolomics-in-dairy-cows-with-subclinical-or-clinical-mastitis
#20
Xiaomin Xi, Lai-Yu Kwok, Yuenan Wang, Chen Ma, Zhihui Mi, Heping Zhang
In this study, a novel metabolomics technique based on ultra-performance liquid chromatography-quadrupole-time of flight mass spectrometry in the MS(E) mode was used to investigate the milk metabolomics of healthy, subclinical, and clinical mastitis cows, which were classified based on somatic cell count and presentation of clinical symptoms. Meanwhile, univariate and multivariate statistical analyses were performed to identify the significant differences across the 3 groups. Compared with healthy milk samples, less glucose, d-glycerol-1-phosphate, 4-hydroxyphenyllactate, l-carnitine, sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine, citrate, and hippurate were detected in the clinical mastitic milk samples, whereas less d-glycerol-1-phosphate, benzoic acid, l-carnitine, and cis-aconitate were found in the subclinical mastitic milk samples...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
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