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T Koiava, D Gonçalves, J Palmeira, K Arobelidze, M Tediashvili, L Akhvlediani, H Ferreira
Research describing the epidemiology of antibiotic resistant microbes is vital to the proactive development of new antimicrobial agents. In the last years, CTX-M extended-spectrum β-lactamases (ESBLs) have emerged worldwide and have replaced classical TEM and SHV-type ESBLs in many countries. CTX-M-15 is currently the most frequent, with a pandemic distribution, and its rapid spread is facilitated by incorporation of resistance genes in mobile genetic elements. The ESBL is efficacious in Gram-negative bacteria and thus closely associated with nosocomial environments, often colonizing the intestines, particularly in older and dependent patients...
September 2016: Georgian Medical News
Somayeh Beirami, Hadi Rahimzadeh Barzoki, Nader Bahramifar
Preconcentration of trace amounts of diazinon by carbon mesoporous CMK-3 in water and biological samples and measurement by high-performance liquid chromatography were investigated. CMK-3, was prepared using hexagonal SBA-15 as the template. The synthesized materials were characterized by XRD, FT-IR, BET, TEM and Boehm titration method. The preconcentration procedure was optimized using a multivariate optimization approach following a two-stage process. Effect of analytical parameters including the amount of the CMK-3 as an adsorbent, pH, type and volume of eluent, flow rate of eluent and sample were studied by screening project, then the effective parameters were optimized by response surface methodology based on central composite design...
October 21, 2016: Biomedical Chromatography: BMC
Narendra Kumar, Vijay Kumar, Rohit Panwar, Chand Ram
The toxic heavy metal cadmium (Cd) appears as one of the major global threats to human and animal health. Human being and aquatic life are exposed to Cd by breathing, eating, or drinking when industrial effluents released into environment. The study was aimed to identify cadmium-binding Lactobacillus strain to reduce its bioaccessibility in in vitro digestion model. In this context, forty-eight lactobacilli strains isolated and characterized from fermented dairy products and human origin were screened for their Cd biosorption potential using Flame Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy (FAAS)...
October 21, 2016: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
Duthika M Mallawaaratchy, Susannah Hallal, Ben Russell, Linda Ly, Saeideh Ebrahimkhani, Heng Wei, Richard I Christopherson, Michael E Buckland, Kimberley L Kaufman
Extracellular vesicles (EVs) play key roles in glioblastoma (GBM) biology and represent novel sources of biomarkers that are detectable in the peripheral circulation. Despite this notionally non-invasive approach to assess GBM tumours in situ, a comprehensive GBM EV protein signature has not been described. Here, EVs secreted by six GBM cell lines were isolated and analysed by quantitative high-resolution mass spectrometry. Overall, 844 proteins were identified in the GBM EV proteome, of which 145 proteins were common to EVs secreted by all cell lines examined; included in the curated EV compendium (Vesiclepedia_559; http://microvesicles...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Neuro-oncology
Norimitsu Shirai, Frank J Geoly, Walter F Bobrowski, Carlin Okerberg
Drug-induced phospholipidosis is characterized by intracellular accumulation of phospholipids with lamellar bodies in cells exposed to xenobiotics. Demonstration of the lamellar bodies by transmission electron microscopy (TEM) is the hallmark for a definitive diagnosis of phospholipidosis. However, the preparation of tissue samples for TEM and their ultrastructural evaluation are technically challenging and time consuming. Paraphenylenediamine (PPD) is essentially a fat stain, and the staining mechanism is based upon the osmication of unsaturated lipids...
October 21, 2016: Toxicologic Pathology
Huichao Li, Lu Wang, Kai Sheng, Lina Zou, Baoxian Ye
The nanocomposites of titanium dioxide nanoparticles decorated poly(diallyldimethylammonium chloride)-functionalized graphene (TiO2-PDDA-Gr) were successfully synthesized via a facile and green strategy. The prepared nanocomposites were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), UV-visible spectrophotometry (UV-vis), Fourier Transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). By combining the merits of the PDDA-Gr and TiO2 NPs, a highly sensitive electrochemical sensor was erected to detect esculetin based on the TiO2-PDDA-Gr nanocomposites...
December 1, 2016: Talanta
Xuan Zhang, Yi-Chi Zhang, Jia-Wei Zhang
Chloramphenicol (CAP), as a broad-spectrum antibiotic, has been worldwide banned for using in the food producing animals due to its overuse may cause severe threats to public health. It is therefore highly desirable to develop facile, selective and sensitive biosensor for CAP detection and monitoring in drug and foodstuff samples. In this work, three-dimensional reduced graphene oxide (3DRGO) architectures were prepared through a green and template-free approach and used as active electrode materials to develop a highly selective electrochemical sensor for CAP detection...
December 1, 2016: Talanta
Yan Zhang, Jingjing Jiang, Min Li, Pengfei Gao, Ying Zhou, Guomei Zhang, Shaomin Shuang, Chuan Dong
Herein, a novel, high sensitive, and specific colorimetric sensor for cysteine (Cys) based on pectinase protected gold nanoparticles (P@AuNPs) has been demonstrated for the first time. The P@AuNPs were synthesized by "MW-assisted heat method" and were characterized by UV-vis, TEM, FT-IR and zeta potential techniques. Cys could cause the aggregation of P@AuNPs due to formation of the strong covalent Au-S bond and electrostatic binding. As the Cys concentration increased, the color of the solutions gradually changed from wine-red to blue as well as the large absorption band shifted from 523 to 650nm upon P@AuNPs aggregation...
December 1, 2016: Talanta
Ademar Wong, Tiago Almeida Silva, Fernando Campanhã Vicentini, Orlando Fatibello-Filho
New insights into the design of highly sensitive, carbon-based electrochemical sensors are presented in this work by exploring the interesting properties of graphene oxide (GO) and ionic liquids (ILs). An electrochemical sensor based on the carbon paste electrode (CPE) modified with GO and IL was developed for the sensitive detection of ofloxacin using square-wave adsorptive anodic stripping voltammetry (SWAdASV). GO sheets were obtained from the acid treatment of graphene and characterized by scanning and transmission electronic microscopy (SEM and TEM) and selected area electron diffraction (SAED), and the electrochemical behavior of the modified GO-IL/CPE was explored by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy studies...
December 1, 2016: Talanta
Songqing Chen, Xingxiu Qin, Weixi Gu, Xiashi Zhu
Ionic liquids-β-cyclodextrin polymer (ILs-β-CDCP) was attached on Fe3O4 nanoparticles to prepare magnetic solid phase extraction agent (Fe3O4@ILs-β-CDCP). The properties and morphology of Fe3O4@ILs-β-CDCP were characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray diffraction(XRD), size distribution and magnetic analysis. A new method of magnetic solid phase extraction (MSPE) coupled to ICP-OES for the speciation of Mn(II)/Mn(VII) in water samples was established...
December 1, 2016: Talanta
Sachin Kumar, Marie-Dominique Filippi
Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) provides details of the cellular organization and ultrastructure. However, TEM analysis of rare cell populations, especially cells in suspension such as hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs), remains limited due to the requirement of a high cell number during sample preparation. There are a few cytospin or monolayer approaches for TEM analysis from scarce samples, but these approaches fail to get significant quantitative data from the limited number of cells. Here, an alternative and novel approach for sample preparation in TEM studies is described for rare cell populations that enables quantitative analysis...
October 12, 2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
Marcello Marelli, Claudio Evangelisti, Maria Vittoria Diamanti, Vladimiro Dal Santo, Mariapia Pedeferri, Claudia Letizia Bianchi, Luca Schiavi, Alberto Strini
A new protocol to synthesize size-controlled Au nanoparticles (NPs) loaded onto vertically aligned anatase TiO2 nanotubes arrays (TNTAs) prepared by electrochemical anodization is reported. Ligand-free Au NPs (< 10 nm) were deposited onto anatase TNTAs supports, finely tuning the Au loading by controlling the immersion time of the support into metal vapor synthesis (MVS)-derived Au-acetone solutions. The Au/TNTAs composites were characterized by electron microscopies (SEM, (S)TEM), X-ray diffraction, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and UV-Vis spectroscopy...
October 21, 2016: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Erlin Zhang, Jing Ren, Shengyi Li, Lei Yang, Gaowu Qin
Ti-Cu sintered alloys have shown good antibacterial abilities. However, the sintered method (powder metallurgy) is not convenient to produce devices with a complex structure. In this paper, Ti-Cu alloys with 2.0, 3.0 and 4.0 wt.% Cu were prepared in an arc melting furnace and subjected to different heat treatments: solid solution and ageing, to explore the possibility of preparing an antibacterial Ti-Cu alloy by a casting method and to examine the effect of Cu content. Phase identification was conducted on an XRD diffraction meter, and the microstructure was observed by a metallographic microscope, a scanning electron microscope (SEM) with energy disperse spectroscopy (EDS) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM)...
October 21, 2016: Biomedical Materials
Natarajan Suganthy, Dicson Sheeja Malar, Kasi Pandima Devi
OBJECTIVE: Amyloid hypothesis states that endogenous β-amyloid peptides (Aβ), especially its aggregated oligomers and fibrils are the key pathogenic factors leading to Alzheimer's disease (AD). Therefore, inhibition of Aβ fibrillation rather than blocking its production is considered promising therapeutic intervention. Hence, the present study was carried out to assess the effect of methanolic leaf extract of R. mucronata (MERM) and its bioactive compound catechin on in vitro fibrillation of Aβ (25-35)...
October 21, 2016: Neurological Research
Gurjeet Singh, Shailesh Sharma, Ghanshyam Das Gupta
The present study emphasized on the use of solid dispersion technology to triumph over the drawbacks associated with the highly effective antihypertensive drug telmisartan using different polymers (poloxamer 188 and locust bean gum) and methods (modified solvent evaporation and lyophilization). It is based on the comparison between selected polymers and methods for enhancing solubility through particle size reduction. The results showed different profiles for particle size, solubility, and dissolution of formulated amorphous systems depicting the great influence of polymer/method used...
October 20, 2016: AAPS PharmSciTech
Qiang Wang, Qingjun Guo, Leping Wang, Bing Li
Highly crystalline and idiomorphic CoTiO3 single crystals with a well-defined polyhedral morphology were grown successfully for the first time by a facile flux method. Herein, the effects of the molten salt type and cobalt precursor on the phase composition, crystallization habit and morphology of the CoTiO3 products were also investigated. Importantly, using the flux-grown CoTiO3 crystal as the visible-light sensitizer due to its narrow band gap to couple with graphitic carbon nitride (g-C3N4) by a direct in situ thermal induced polycondensation route, novel CoTiO3/g-C3N4 composite photocatalysts were obtained...
October 21, 2016: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
Taizo Mori, Torsten Hegmann
ABSTRACT: Size, shape, overall composition, and surface functionality largely determine the properties and applications of metal nanoparticles. Aside from well-defined metal clusters, their composition is often estimated assuming a quasi-spherical shape of the nanoparticle core. With decreasing diameter of the assumed circumscribed sphere, particularly in the range of only a few nanometers, the estimated nanoparticle composition increasingly deviates from the real composition, leading to significant discrepancies between anticipated and experimentally observed composition, properties, and characteristics...
2016: Journal of Nanoparticle Research: An Interdisciplinary Forum for Nanoscale Science and Technology
K Gopinath, S Kumaraguru, K Bhakyaraj, S Mohan, K S Venkatesh, M Esakkirajan, P R Kaleeswarran, S A Naiyf, S Kadaikunnan, M Govindarajan, G Benelli, A Arumugam
The green fabrication of metal nanoparticles using botanical extracts is gaining increasing research attention in nanotechnology, since it does not require high energy inputs or the production of highly toxic chemical byproducts. Here, silver (Ag), gold (Au) and their bimetallic (Ag/Au) nanoparticles (NPs) were green synthesized using the Gloriosa superba aqueous leaf extract. Metal NPs were studied by spectroscopic (UV-visible spectroscopy, fluorescence spectroscopy, FT-IR spectroscopy, XRD and EDX) and microscopic (AFM and TEM) analysis...
October 17, 2016: Microbial Pathogenesis
Sebastien Breurec, Coralie Bouchiat, Jean-Marie Sire, Olivier Moquet, Raymond Bercion, Moussa Fafa Cisse, Philippe Glaser, Ousmane Ndiaye, Sidy Ka, Helene Salord, Abdoulaye Seck, Haby Signate Sy, Remy Michel, Benoit Garin
BACKGROUND: Neonatal infection constitutes one of Senegal's most important public health problems, with a mortality rate of 41 deaths per 1,000 live births. METHODS: Between January 2007 and March 2008, 242 neonates with suspected infection were recruited at three neonatal intensive care units in three major tertiary care centers in Dakar, the capital of Senegal. Neonatal infections were confirmed by positive bacterial blood or cerebrospinal fluid culture. The microbiological pattern of neonatal infections and the antibiotic susceptibility of the isolates were characterized...
October 20, 2016: BMC Infectious Diseases
Xu Jiao, Yuvaraja Gutha, Weijiang Zhang
The utilization of CS/PVA/CuO as a novel adsorbent for the removal of Pb(II) from aqueous solution has been examined in a batch adsorption process with several experimental conditions including initial solution pH, dose, contact time, initial metal ion concentration, and temperature. The new and novel material was characterized by structural (XRD), spectral (FTIR), morphological with elemental (SEM with EDS), and size of the nanoparticles (TEM) analyses. The pseudo-first-order, pseudo-second-order and intraparticle diffusion kinetics equations were used to analyze the kinetic data of the adsorption process and the data was fitted well with the pseudo-second-order kinetic model with R(2) values (close to the unity)...
October 13, 2016: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
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