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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651373/sex-dependent-differences-in-liver-and-gut-metabolomic-profiles-with-acarbose-and-calorie-restriction-in-c57bl-6-mice
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Victoria K Gibbs, Rachel A Brewer, Nathan D Miyasaki, Amit Patki, Daniel L Smith
Acarbose, an alpha-glucosidase inhibitor used in treating type 2 diabetes, impairs complex carbohydrate digestion and absorption and extends lifespan in mice (without a requisite reduction in food intake). To assess sex-differential effects coincident with calorie restriction versus a non-restricted longevity enhancing intervention, we evaluated the metabolite profiles (by LC/MS) from livers and cecal contents of C57BL/6J mice (n=4/sex/group,) which were maintained for 10 months under one of three diet treatments: ad libitum control diet (CON), ad libitum control diet containing 0...
June 23, 2017: Journals of Gerontology. Series A, Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651342/emissions-of-volatile-odorous-metabolites-by-clostridium-perfringens-in-vitro-study-using-two-broth-cultures
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Nishchal K Sharma, Chuck Keerqin, Shu-Biao Wu, Mingan Choct, Robert A Swick
An in vitro study was carried out to investigate the volatile odorous metabolites produced by necrotic enteritis inducing Clostridium perfringens (Cp) type A field strain (EHE-NE18) cultured in two broth media (thioglycollate broth, brain heart infusion broth) at three levels (0, 103 cfu/mL, 106 cfu/mL) using 2 × 3 factorial arrangement of treatments, with each replicated three times. The culture media with and without Cp was freshly prepared on the day of measurement and the culture headspace concentration of odorants was measured using selected ion-flow tube mass spectrometry (SIFT-MS)...
June 23, 2017: Poultry Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651231/evaluation-of-in-vitro-anticancer-activity-of-1-8-cineole-containing-n-hexane-extract-of-callistemon-citrinus-curtis-skeels-plant-and-its-apoptotic-potential
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Sowndarya Sampath, Vidhya Veeramani, Gopal Shankar Krishnakumar, Udhayakumar Sivalingam, Suguna Lakshmi Madurai, Rose Chellan
Plants are the source of a variety of secondary metabolites, which are often used in the anticancer activity. Discovering new anticancer drug from herbal source is more important in both biological and pharmacological activities. Hence, the objective of this study is to identify the anticancer agent in Callistemon citrinus (Curtis) Skeels (CC) for the treatment of cancer. Very recently we have reported an increased antioxidant activity in the ethanolic and methanolic extracts (EE and ME) of CC but significantly reduced activity (rather increased cytotoxicity), in the n-hexane extract (HE)...
June 23, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651210/associations-between-perfluorinated-alkyl-acids-in-blood-and-ovarian-follicular-fluid-and-ovarian-function-in-women-undergoing-assisted-reproductive-treatment
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Jessica A McCoy, Jacqueline T Bangma, Jessica L Reiner, John A Bowden, John Schnorr, Michael Slowey, Thomas O'Leary, Louis J Guillette, Benjamin B Parrott
Endocrine disrupting contaminants, in combination with other environmental variables, are associated with altered reproductive health. Assisted reproductive technology (ART) procedures offer valuable opportunities to explore the connections between environmental contaminants in the ovarian microenvironment and measures of fertility, including impaired responsiveness to gonadotropins. Here, we investigate an emerging class of environmental contaminants, the perfluorinated alkyl acids (PFAAs), to determine whether ovarian contaminant levels are associated with measures of ovarian responsiveness and fertility outcomes in a South Carolina population of women undergoing ART...
June 23, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651177/particle-size-distribution-psd-of-pulverized-hair-a-quantitative-approach-of-milling-efficiency-and-its-correlation-with-drug-extraction-efficiency
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Aline Garcia da Rosa Chagas, Eliani Spinelli, Sorele Batista Fiaux, Adriana da Silva Barreto, Silvana Vianna Rodrigues
Different types of hair were submitted to different milling procedures and their resulting powders were analyzed by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and laser diffraction (LD). SEM results were qualitative whereas LD results were quantitative and accurately characterized the hair powders through their particle size distribution (PSD). Different types of hair were submitted to an optimized milling conditions and their PSD was quite similar. A good correlation was obtained between PSD results and ketamine concentration in a hair sample analyzed by LC-MS/MS...
June 15, 2017: Forensic Science International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651176/forensic-applications-of-direct-analysis-in-real-time-dart-coupled-to-q-orbitrap-tandem-mass-spectrometry-for-the-in-situ-analysis-of-pigments-from-paint-evidence
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Tai-Hung Chen, Shu-Pao Wu
The accurate examination of paint fragments obtained from an accident, such as those obtained from vehicles involved in a hit-and-run case, is often critical in forensic investigations. However, organic pigments are typically minor components of automotive coatings, which makes discrimination difficult. In this study, direct analysis in real time coupled to Q-orbitrap tandem mass spectrometry (DART-MS) was employed to detect a wide range of common organic pigments in vehicle paints. Twelve common organic pigments used in vehicle paints, such as red, yellow, orange, and purple, were tested, and a database was constructed for future examinations of vehicle paint...
June 9, 2017: Forensic Science International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651175/challenges-in-gc-ms-analysis-case-studies-on-phenibut-and-ethylphenidate
#7
Hui Zhi Shirley Lee, Mei Ching Ong, Jong Lee Wendy Lim, Tiong Whei Angeline Yap
The challenges associated with drug analysis using GC-MS such as thermal degradation, cyclisation or unwanted side reactions causing potential erroneous identification have become evident in view of the high surge in new drugs available in the market. Two case studies illustrated how alternative methods or modifications to existing techniques can help to circumvent the limitations. In the first case study, phenibut which is a GABA analogue, cyclises to 4-phenyl-2-pyrrolidinone under thermal conditions. The identification of phenibut was achieved through derivatisation and identification of its TMS derivative...
June 9, 2017: Forensic Science International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651173/development-validation-and-clinical-application-of-a-method-for-the-simultaneous-quantification-of-lamivudine-emtricitabine-and-tenofovir-in-dried-blood-and-dried-breast-milk-spots-using-lc-ms-ms
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Catriona Waitt, Sujan Diliiy Penchala, Adeniyi Olagunju, Alieu Amara, Laura Else, Mohammed Lamorde, Saye Khoo
OBJECTIVES: To present the validation and clinical application of a LC-MS/MS method for the quantification of lamivudine (3TC), emtricitabine (FTC) and tenofovir (TFV) in dried blood spots (DBS) and dried breast milk spots (DBMS). METHODS: DBS and DBMS were prepared from 50 and 30μL of drug-spiked whole blood and human breast milk, respectively. Following extraction with acetonitrile and water, chromatographic separation utilised a Synergi polar column with a gradient mobile phase program consisting of 0...
June 17, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651172/simultaneous-determination-of-cis-permethrin-and-trans-permethrin-in-rat-plasma-and-brain-tissue-using-gas-chromatography-negative-chemical-ionization-mass-spectrometry
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Shirin Hooshfar, Darren R Gullick, Michael R Linzey, Tanzir Mortuza, Mona Hamdy Abdel Rahman, Clinton A Rogers, James V Bruckner, Catherine A White, Michael G Bartlett
A sensitive method for the simultaneous determination of cis-permethrin (cis-PERM) and trans-permethrin (trans-PERM) in small volumes (100μL) of rat plasma and brain homogenate was developed, using a liquid-liquid extraction for sample preparation and gas chromatography-negative chemical ionization mass spectrometry (GCNCI-MS) for detection. Quantitation of trace levels of the insecticide in small volumes of biological samples is essential to support toxicokinetic studies in small animals. There are currently no validated methods in the literature for determining cis-PERM and trans- PERM in volumes as low as 100μL of rat plasma or brain homogenate...
June 13, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651143/elemental-migration-and-characterization-of-products-during-hydrothermal-liquefaction-of-cornstalk
#10
Zhangbing Zhu, Buchun Si, Jianwen Lu, Jamison Watson, Yuanhui Zhang, Zhidan Liu
Biofuel production from lignocellulosic biomass through hydrothermal liquefaction (HTL) is a promising direction. This study characterized the products and investigated the elemental migration during the HTL of cornstalk at seven different operation temperatures (210-375°C). The biocrude oil yield significantly increased from 7.04% (210°C) to 23.32% (290°C) as the temperature increased, and decreased to 21.07% when further increased to 375°C. A carbon recovery of 11.03-38.69%, and a hydrogen recovery of 7...
June 19, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651095/the-influence-of-performance-on-action-effect-integration-in-sense-of-agency
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Wen Wen, Atsushi Yamashita, Hajime Asama
Sense of agency refers to the subjective feeling of being able to control an outcome through one's own actions or will. Prior studies have shown that both sensory processing (e.g., comparisons between sensory feedbacks and predictions basing on one's motor intentions) and high-level cognitive/constructive processes (e.g., inferences based on one's performance or the consequences of one's actions) contribute to judgments of sense of agency. However, it remains unclear how these two types of processes interact, which is important for clarifying the mechanisms underlying sense of agency...
June 23, 2017: Consciousness and Cognition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650992/galectin-8-as-an-immunosuppressor-in-experimental-autoimmune-encephalomyelitis-and-a-target-of-human-early-prognostic-antibodies-in-multiple-sclerosis
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Evelyn Pardo, Claudia Cárcamo, Reinaldo Uribe-San Martín, Ethel Ciampi, Fabián Segovia-Miranda, Cristobal Curkovic-Peña, Fabián Montecino, Christopher Holmes, Juan Enrique Tichauer, Eric Acuña, Francisco Osorio-Barrios, Marjorie Castro, Priscilla Cortes, Claudia Oyanadel, David M Valenzuela, Rodrigo Pacheco, Rodrigo Naves, Andrea Soza, Alfonso González
Galectin-8 (Gal-8) is a member of a glycan-binding protein family that regulates the immune system, among other functions, and is a target of antibodies in autoimmune disorders. However, its role in multiple sclerosis (MS), an autoimmune inflammatory disease of the central nervous system (CNS), remains unknown. We study the consequences of Gal-8 silencing on lymphocyte subpopulations and the development of experimental autoimmune encephalitis (EAE), to then assess the presence and clinical meaning of anti-Gal-8 antibodies in MS patients...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650901/application-of-quality-by-design-approach-to-bioanalysis-development-of-a-method-for-elvitegravir-quantification-in-human-plasma
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Sara Baldelli, Giorgio Marrubini, Dario Cattaneo, Emilio Clementi, Matteo Cerea
BACKGROUND: The application of Quality by Design (QbD) principles in clinical laboratories can help to develop an analytical method through a systematic approach, providing a significant advance over the traditional heuristic and empirical methodology. In the present work, we applied for the first time the QbD concept in the development of a method for drug quantification in human plasma using elvitegravir as the test molecule. METHODS: The goal of the study was to develop a fast and inexpensive quantification method, with precision and accuracy as requested by the EMA guidelines on bioanalytical method validation...
June 22, 2017: Therapeutic Drug Monitoring
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650900/a-high-throughput-hplc-ms-ms-assay-for-the-detection-quantification-and-simultaneous-structural-confirmation-of-136-drugs-and-metabolites-in-human-urine
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Jacek Klepacki, Baharak Davari, Marion Boulet, Ryan Lizarraga, Uwe Christians
BACKGROUND: Due to its superior sensitivity and specificity, multi-analyte high-performance liquid chromatography coupled with tandem mass spectrometry (HPLC-MS/MS) has become the gold standard in clinical toxicology. Although several qualitative and quantitative LC-MS/MS assays on various mass spectrometry platforms have been described in the literature, the majority of these methods either analyze only a limited number of compounds, and/or require tedious and time-consuming sample preparation...
June 22, 2017: Therapeutic Drug Monitoring
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650807/simultaneous-ultrasound-therapy-and-monitoring-of-microbubble-seeded-acoustic-cavitation-using-a-single-element-transducer
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Sophie V Heymans, Christine F Martindale, Andrej Suler, Antonios N Pouliopoulos, Robert J Dickinson, James J Choi
Ultrasound-driven microbubble activity is used in therapeutic applications such as blood clot dissolution and targeted drug delivery. The safety and performance of these technologies are linked to the type and distribution of microbubble activities produced within the targeted area, but controlling and monitoring these activities in vivo and in real-time has proven to be difficult. As therapeutic pulses are often ms-long, microbubble monitoring currently requires a separate transducer used in a passive reception mode...
June 22, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650801/300-fps-salient-object-detection-via-minimum-directional-contrast
#16
Xiaoming Huang, Yu-Jin Zhang
Global contrast considers the color difference between a target region or pixel and the rest of the image. It is frequently used to measure the saliency of the region or pixel. In previous global contrast-based methods, saliency is usually measured by the sum of contrast from the entire image. We find that the spatial distribution of contrast is one important cue of saliency that is neglected by previous works. Foreground pixel usually has high contrast from all directions, since it is surrounded by the background...
September 2017: IEEE Transactions on Image Processing: a Publication of the IEEE Signal Processing Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650665/understanding-the-oxidative-stability-of-antifouling-polymer-brushes
#17
Yong Du, Jingyao Gao, Tingting Chen, Chao Zhang, Jian Ji, Zhi-Kang Xu
Poly(oligoethylene glycol methacrylate) (POEGMA) and zwitterionic polymer brushes have been widely used for constructing biocompatible or antifouling surfaces, and their oxidative stability is very important to the practical application. Herein, POEGMA, poly(sulfobetaine methacrylate) (PSBMA), poly(2-(methacryloyloxy)ethyl phosphorylcholine) (PMPC), and poly(carboxybetaine methacrylate) (PCBMA) were grafted on quartz crystal microbalance (QCM) chips via surface initiated atom transfer radical polymerization (SI-ATRP)...
June 26, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650653/growth-and-metabolic-responses-of-rice-oryza-sativa-l-cultivated-in-phosphorus-deficient-soil-amended-with-tio2-nanoparticles
#18
Zahra Zahra, Naima Waseem, Rubab Zahra, Hwanhui Lee, Mohsin Ali Badshah, Arshad Mehmood, Hyung-Kyoon Choi, Muhammad Arshad
Plants have natural ability to withstand stress conditions through metabolic adjustments. The present study aimed at investigating effects of Titanium dioxide nanoparticles (TiO2 NPs) application (0, 25, 50, 150, 250, 500 and 750 mg kg-1) in phosphorus deficient soil in terms of growth responses, P contents and metabolic alterations in rice. TiO2 NPs application increased shoot length up to 14.5%. Phosphorus contents in rice roots, shoots, and grains were increased by 2.6-, 2.4-, and 1.3-fold, respectively at 750 mg kg-1 of TiO2 NPs...
June 26, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650601/multiple-sclerosis-in-an-acupuncture-practice
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Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a severe autoimmune demyelinating disease that affects nervous system, has high morbidity and mortality and no effective targeted therapies are available. We present a case of 66-year-old female patient who has been treated by both conventional and Chinese traditional medicine after diagnosis was confirmed in 2008 as MS and antiphospholipid syndrome associated with CNS vasculitis. After diagnosis with clinical image confirmed with CT and MRI scan, where demyelinating zones were present, she started pharmacological therapy without major improvement...
May 26, 2017: Neuro Endocrinology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650492/exploiting-the-biosynthetic-machinery-of-streptomyces-pilosus-to-engineer-a-water-soluble-zirconium-iv-chelator
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Tomas Richardson-Sanchez, William Tieu, Michael P Gotsbacher, Thomas J Telfer, Rachel Codd
The water solubility of a natural product-inspired octadentate hydroxamic acid chelator designed to coordinate Zr(iv)-89 has been improved by using a combined microbiological-chemical approach to engineer four ether oxygen atoms into the main-chain region of a methylene-containing analogue. First, an analogue of the trimeric hydroxamic acid desferrioxamine B (DFOB) that contained three main-chain ether oxygen atoms (DFOB-O3) was generated from cultures of the native DFOB-producer Streptomyces pilosus supplemented with oxybis(ethanamine) (OBEA), which competed against the native 1,5-diaminopentane (DP) substrate during DFOB assembly...
June 26, 2017: Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry
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