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Xin Wu, Huijun He, William L Yang, Jiaping Yu, Chunping Yang
A novel bionanomaterial comprising Saccharomyces cerevisiae (S. cerevisiae) and Fe3 O4 nanoparticles encapsulated in a sodium alginate-polyvinyl alcohol (SA-PVA) matrix was synthesized for the efficient removal of atrazine from aqueous solutions. The effects of the operating parameters, nitrogen source, and glucose and Fe3+ contents on atrazine removal were investigated, and the intermediates were detected by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS). In addition, the synthesized Fe3 O4 particles were characterized by XRD, EDX, HR-TEM, FTIR, and hysteresis loops, and the bionanomaterial was characterized by SEM...
June 17, 2018: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
George Yaw Hadzi, David Kofi Essumang, Godwin A Ayoko
Heavy metal contamination of selected rivers in Ghana was studied as part of a bigger project aimed at setting background standard for heavy metals in the Ghanaian environment. Water samples were collected from major mining and eight pristine areas. The samples were acid digested with aqua-regia and analyzed with ICP-MS for As, Cd, Hg, Zn, Cu, Mn, Fe, Cr, Al, V, Co, Ni, and Pb. The average concentrations (mg/L) from the pristine sites ranged from 0.002 ± 0.00(As) to 0.929 ± 0.06 (Fe) and 0.002 ± 0...
June 16, 2018: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
Jérémy Decroix, Solène Kalénine
Several models of action recognition acknowledge the involvement of distinct grip and goal representations in the processing of others' actions. Yet, their functional role and temporal organization are still debated. The present priming study aimed at evaluating the relative timing of grip and goal activation during the processing of photographs of object-directed actions. Action could be correct or incorrect owing to grip and/or goal violations. Twenty-eight (Experiment 1) and 25 (Experiment 2) healthy adults judged the correctness of target actions according to object typical use...
June 16, 2018: Experimental Brain Research. Experimentelle Hirnforschung. Expérimentation Cérébrale
Archana Shubhakar, Poh-Choo Pang, Daryl L Fernandes, Anne Dell, Daniel I R Spencer, Stuart M Haslam
Glycosylation is considered one of the most complex and structurally diverse post-translational modifications of proteins. Glycans play important roles in many biological processes such as protein folding, regulation of protein stability, solubility and serum half-life. One of the ways to study glycosylation is systematic structural characterizations of protein glycosylation utilizing glycomics methodology based around mass spectrometry (MS). The most prevalent bottleneck stages for glycomic analyses is laborious sample preparation steps...
June 16, 2018: Glycoconjugate Journal
Stine Daugaard, Anne Helene Garde, Åse Marie Hansen, Helene Tilma Vistisen, Lars Rejnmark, Henrik Albert Kolstad
Objectives The aim of this study was to examine blood concentrations of 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25OHD) and parathyroid hormone (PTH) among indoor, outdoor, permanent and rotating night workers and the association with hours spent outdoors on and off work days. Methods Blood samples were collected from 425 workers (162 indoor, 112 outdoor, 118 rotating night and 33 permanent night workers) throughout all seasons. Serum concentrations of 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25OHD) and parathyroid hormone (PTH) were analyzed by isotope dilution liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC MS/MS) and an automated immune analyzer, respectively...
June 17, 2018: Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment & Health
Ying Zhang, Qian Xin, Zhen Wu, Chaochao Wang, Yongbin Wang, Qian Wu, Rui Niu
BACKGROUND The present study was performed to explore the presence of informative protein biomarkers of human serum proteome in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). MATERIAL AND METHODS Serum samples were profiled using iTRAQ coupled with two-dimensional liquid chromatography/tandem mass spectrometry (2D-LC-MS/MS) technique, and ELISA was used to validate candidate biomarkers. RESULTS A total of 394 proteins were identified and 97 proteins were associated with IPF. Four biomarker candidates generated from iTRAQ experiments - CRP, fibrinogen-α chain, haptoglobin, and kininogen-1 - were successfully verified using ELISA...
June 17, 2018: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
Shenghui Mei, Xiaoxu Shi, Yaming Du, Yong Cui, Chun Zeng, Xiaohui Ren, Kefu Yu, Zhigang Zhao, Song Lin
The plasma concentrations of methotrexate (MTX) and its major metabolite 7-hydroxy methotrexate (7-OH-MTX) are highly correlated with the toxicities in patients with high-dose MTX therapy. Routine monitoring of MTX and 7-OH-MTX plasma levels is useful for dose adjustment of rescue drugs and toxicity prevention. A UHPLC-MS/MS method for simultaneous determination of plasma MTX and 7-OH-MTX was developed, validated, and applied in 181 plasma samples. The ion transition was m/z 455.2 → 308.2 for MTX and m/z 471...
June 11, 2018: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
Shujuan Sun, Kai Yao, Sijun Zhao, Pimiao Zheng, Sihan Wang, Yuyang Zeng, Demei Liang, Yuebin Ke, Haiyang Jiang
Six aflatoxins (AFs; AF B1 , B2 , G1 , G2 , M1 and M2 ) and six zearalenone (ZEN) analogs (ZEN, zearalanone, α-zeralanol, β-zeralanol, α-zearalenol, and β-zearalenol) were simultaneously extracted from edible and medicinal herbs using a group-specific immunoaffinity column (IAC) and then identified by ultra-high-performance liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry (UPLC-MS/MS). The IAC was prepared by coupling N-hydroxysuccinimide-activated Sepharose 4B Fast Flow gel with two group-specific monoclonal antibodies...
June 7, 2018: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
A Taubert, L M R Silva, Z D Velásquez, C Larrazabal, D Lütjohann, C Hermosilla
Obligate intracellular apicomplexan parasites are considered as deficient in cholesterol biosynthesis and scavenge cholesterol from their host cell in a parasite-specific manner. Compared to fast proliferating apicomplexan species producing low numbers of merozoites per host cell, (e. g. Toxoplasma gondii), the macromeront-forming protozoa Eimeria bovis is in extraordinary need for cholesterol for offspring production (≥ 170,000 merozoites I/macromeront). Interestingly, optimized in vitro E. bovis merozoite I production occurs under low foetal calf serum (FCS, 1...
June 14, 2018: Molecular and Biochemical Parasitology
Ming-Ming Li, Jia Cao, Jia-Chun Yang, Yu-Jie Shen, Xiao-Lei Cai, Yuan-Wen Chen, Chun-Ying Qu, Yi Zhang, Feng Shen, Min Zhou, Lei-Ming Xu
Quantum dots (QDs) conjugated with arginine-glycine-aspartic acid (RGD) peptides (which are integrin antagonists) are novel nanomaterials with the unique optical property of high molar extinction coefficient, and they have potential utility as photosensitizers in photodynamic therapy (PDT). Our group previously demonstrated significant benefits of using PDT with QD-RGD on pancreatic tumor cells. This study aimed to evaluate the biodistribution and toxicity of QD-RGD in mice prior to in vivo application. Mice with pancreatic neoplasms were intratumorally injected with varying doses of QD-RGD, and the biodistribution 0-24 h post injection was compared to that in control mice (intravenously injected with unconjugated QD)...
June 14, 2018: Chemico-biological Interactions
María Banqueri, Marta Méndez, Jorge L Arias
Subjects' early life events will affect them later in life. When these events are stressful, such as child abuse in humans or repeated maternal separation in rodents, subjects can show some behavioral and brain alterations. This study used young adult female Wistar rats that were maternally raised (AFR), maternally separated from post-natal day (PND) 1 to PND10 (MS10), or maternally separated from PND1 to PND21 (MS21), in order to assess the effects of maternal separation (MS) on spatial learning and memory, as well as cognitive flexibility, using the Morris Water Maze (MWM)...
June 14, 2018: Neurobiology of Learning and Memory
G Santaniello, P Ferré, P Rodríguez-Gómez, C Poch, M Moreno Eva, J A Hinojosa
Evidence from prior studies has shown an advantage in recognition memory for emotional compared to neutral words. Whether this advantage is short-lived or rather extends over longer periods, as well as whether the effect depends on words' valence (i.e., positive or negative), remains unknown. In the present ERP/EEG study, we investigated this issue by manipulating the lag distance (LAG-2, LAG-8 and LAG-16) between the presentation of old and new words in an online recognition memory task. LAG differences were observed at behavior, ERPs and in the theta frequency band...
June 14, 2018: Neuropsychologia
Bruna Yhang Da Costa Silva, Helena Alves De Carvalho Sampaio, Nitin Shivappa, James Hébert, Larissa Da Silva Albuquerque, Antônio Augusto Ferreira Carioca, José Artur Costa D'Almeida, Carla Soraya Costa Maia, Maria Luisa Pereira De Melo
BACKGROUND & AIMS: The Dietary Inflammatory Index (DII) consists of a tool that assesses dietary inflammatory potential based on the assignment of an inflammatory score to a variety of nutrients, seasonings and bioactive compounds. Pro-inflammatory diets are associated to weight and abdominal fat excess. High Body Mass Index (BMI) and Waist Circumference (WC) seem to contribute to a worse prognosis in Multiple Sclerosis (MS) patients. Therefore, this study seeks to investigate the relation between anthropometric indexes and body adiposity with the clinical condition and the Dietary Inflammatory Index of MS individuals...
August 2018: Clinical Nutrition ESPEN
Shanette A Go, William J Litchy, Loribeth Q Evertz, Kenton R Kaufman
INTRODUCTION: Intramuscular pressure (IMP) is the fluid pressure generated within skeletal muscle and directly reflects individual muscle tension. The purpose of this study was to assess the development of force, IMP, and electromyography (EMG) in the tibialis anterior (TA) muscle during ramped isometric contractions and evaluate electromechanical delay (EMD). METHODS: Force, EMG, and IMP were simultaneously measured during ramped isometric contractions in eight young, healthy human subjects...
June 8, 2018: Journal of Biomechanics
Anna Sato, Jun-Dal Kim, Hayase Mizukami, Misaki Nakashima, Koichiro Kako, Junji Ishida, Atsuo Itakura, Satoru Takeda, Akiyoshi Fukamizu
INTRODUCTION: In mammals, the placenta is an organ that is required to maintain the development of fetus during pregnancy. Although the proper formation of placenta is in part regulated by the post-translational modifications of proteins, little is known regarding protein arginine methylation during placental development. Here, we characterized developmental expression of protein arginine methyltransferase 1 (PRMT1) in mouse placentas. METHODS: Expression levels of PRMT1 mRNA and protein in placentas were investigated using the real-time quantitative PCR and Western blot, respectively...
May 2018: Placenta
Maria Bindea, Bogdan Rusu, Alexandru Rusu, Monica Trif, Loredana Florina Leopold, Francisc Dulf, Dan Cristian Vodnar
The goal of this research is the investigation of a way to maximize the production of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and β-carotene by optimizing the culture conditions of their sources, microalgae Schizochytrium limacinum and fungus Blakeslea trispora respectively, in a fermentation medium. The influencing factors in the fermentation process for producing DHA and β-carotene have proven to be: the concentration of carbon source (different glycerol crude and pure concentrations) for both of them, and in particular temperature for DHA and pH for β-carotene...
June 16, 2018: Microbial Cell Factories
Marie Martin Fabritius, Alain Broillet, Stefan König, Wolfgang Weinmann
Adsorption of volatiles in gaseous phase to activated charcoal strip (ACS) is one possibility for the extraction and concentration of ignitable liquid residues (ILRs) from fire debris in arson investigations. Besides liquid extraction using carbon dioxide or hexane, automated thermo-desorption can be used to transfer adsorbed residues to direct analysis by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS). We present a fire debris analysis work-flow with headspace adsorption of volatiles onto ACS and subsequent automated thermo-desorption (ATD) GC-MS analysis...
June 4, 2018: Forensic Science International
Yue Song, Tingting Chai, Zhiqiang Yin, Xining Zhang, Wei Zhang, Yongzhong Qian, Jing Qiu
Ibuprofen (IBU), as a commonly used non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) and pharmaceutical and personal care product (PPCP), is frequently prescribed by doctors to relieve pain. It is widely released into environmental water and soil in the form of chiral enantiomers by the urination and defecation of humans or animals and by sewage discharge from wastewater treatment plants. This study focused on the alteration of metabolism in the adult zebrafish (Danio rerio) brain after exposure to R-(-)-/S-(+)-/rac-IBU at 5 μg L-1 for 28 days...
June 9, 2018: Environmental Pollution
Wei Lei, Jianan Ni, Xueting Xia, Min Jiang, Gang Bai
Coronary heart disease is a vital cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide, and calcium channel blockers (CCBs) are important drugs that can be used to treat cardiovascular diseases. Suxiao Jiuxin Pill (SX), a traditional Chinese medicine, is widely used as an emergency drug for coronary heart disease therapy. However, understanding its potential mechanism in intracellular calcium concentration ([Ca2+ ]i ) modulation remains a challenge. To identify the active pharmacological ingredients (APIs) and reveal a novel combination therapy for ameliorating cardiovascular diseases, the ultra-performance liquid chromatography/quadrupole time-of-flight mass spectrometry (UPLC/Q-TOF MS) combined with a dual-luciferase reporter [Ca2+ ]i assay system was applied...
June 8, 2018: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
Hong Zheng, Feng Qiu, Hui Zhao, Jie Chen, Lei Wang, Haiyan Zou
A specific, sensitive and rapid ultra high performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometric (UHPLC-MS/MS) method was developed and validated for simultaneous determination of six major bioactive constituents in Rhizoma Panacis Japonici (RPJ), including oleanolic acid-type chikusetsusaponin V, IV, hemsgiganoside B, damarane-type ginsenoside Rb1, Rg1 and Re in rat plasma, using estazolam as the internal standard (IS). Plasma samples were pretreated with methanol/acetonitrile (1:1, V/V) for protein precipitation...
June 7, 2018: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
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