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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330244/elucidation-of-impact-of-heavy-metal-pollution-on-soil-bacterial-growth-and-extracellular-polymeric-substances-flexibility
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Muniswamy David, Paidi Murali Krishna, Jeybalan Sangeetha
Metal bioaccessibility is an alarming issue in croplands of mining sites due to overloading of toxic metals. Hence, the present study is aimed to determine the overloading of toxic metal in croplands across the Tawag village, Hutti, Raichur, India. Correspondingly, to identify the soil bacterial growth, physiological oxidative stress enzyme activity and surface macromolecular functional group evolution were analysed in and around the toxic metal contaminated sites through FT-IR and FT-Raman spectrometry. The evaluated results attribute that the study area is heavily polluted with the toxic metals such as arsenic, cadmium, chromium, lead and zinc...
December 2016: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329723/analysis-of-synthetic-phenethylamine-street-drugs-using-direct-sample-analysis-coupled-to-accurate-mass-time-of-flight-mass-spectrometry
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Maura K McGonigal, Joshua A Wilhide, Philip B Smith, Noelle M Elliott, Frank L Dorman
Serious health complications and fatal overdoses have brought phenethylamine, otherwise known as 2C, drug abuse to the public's attention. These compounds are 2C-X series analogs of mescaline. The name "2C" results from the two carbons in the ethyl chain. The substituents on these emerging drugs are constantly changed in order to avoid listing as controlled substances. These synthetic drugs are marketed as having affects similar to LSD and MDMA and are typically consumed sublingually via blotter paper. Twenty-six commercially available standards were analyzed using a direct sample analysis technique coupled to accurate mass time of flight mass spectrometry...
March 8, 2017: Forensic Science International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328035/%C3%AE-elimination-coupled-with-strong-cation-exchange-chromatography-for-phosphopeptide-analysis
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Hansuk Buncherd, Winfried Roseboom, Daranee Chokchaichamnankit, Phannee Sawangareetrakul, Amornrat Phongdara, Chantragan Srisomsap, Luitzen de Jong, Jisnuson Svasti
RATIONALE: Since the last decade, mass spectrometry (MS) has become an essential technique for phosphoprotein analysis. Formidable analytical challenges of MS for phosphoprotein study are both the low abundance of phosphopeptides and the lack of an unambiguous diagnostic fragment ion for identification of phospho residues. These challenges can be met by a charge-based isolation of β-elimination products after tryptic digestion using diagonal strong cation-exchange chromatography. METHODS: β-Elimination combined with diagonal strong cation-exchange chromatography (BE/2SCX) was used for the enrichment of phosphorylated peptides prior to a mass spectrometric analysis by liquid chromatography/ion trap tandem mass spectrometry (MS/MS)...
July 30, 2016: Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry: RCM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327715/recent-advances-in-cataluminescence-based-optical-sensing-systems
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Si Wang, Zhiqin Yuan, Lijuan Zhang, Yanjun Lin, Chao Lu
Cataluminescence (CTL) is a specific chemiluminescence (CL) occurring on the surface of solid catalysts during heterogeneous catalytic oxidation reactions, and it is still a young technique compared to conventional CL. In recent years, CTL-based sensors have been widely used in the detection of various analytes. We have witnessed many developments in CTL-based sensing systems for the enhancement of sensitivity or selectivity. This review provides a thorough introduction to the history and development of CTL-based sensing systems...
March 22, 2017: Analyst
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327707/direct-visualization-of-carbon-nanotube-degradation-in-primary-cells-by-photothermal-imaging
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Julie Russier, Laura Oudjedi, Martin Piponnier, Cyrill Bussy, Maurizio Prato, Kostas Kostarelos, Brahim Lounis, Alberto Bianco, Laurent Cognet
Assessment of biodegradability of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) is a critically important aspect that needs to be solved before their translation into new biomedical tools. CNT biodegradation has been shown both in vitro and in vivo, but we are limited by the number of analytical techniques that can be used to follow the entire process. Photothermal imaging (PhI) is an innovative technique that enables the quantitative detection of nanometer-sized absorptive objects. In this study, we demonstrate that PhI allows the observation of the degradation process of functionalized multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) following their internalization by primary glial cells...
March 22, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325576/raman-spectroscopy-in-quality-control-of-chinese-herbal-medicine
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Dan-Dan Chen, Xiao-Fang Xie, Hui Ao, Ji-Lei Liu, Cheng Peng
BACKGROUND: Chinese herbal medicine (CHM) is of noteworthy international interest due to its potential impact on healthcare and manifests numerous opportunities for new drug development. However, solid scientific evidence is still lacking regarding the safety, efficacy, and quality of CHM-derived medicines. Success in the modernization and globalization of CHM is heavily dependent on the achievements in advanced analytical techniques for in-line checks of CHM quality. Raman spectroscopy has become increasingly valued as an analytical technique in the pharmaceutical sector because it can provide a detailed chemical fingerprint...
March 16, 2017: Journal of the Chinese Medical Association: JCMA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324253/the-relationship-between-mineral-contents-particle-matter-and-bottom-ash-distribution-during-pellet-combustion-molar-balance-and-chemometric-analysis
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Mejdi Jeguirim, Nesrine Kraiem, Marzouk Lajili, Chamseddine Guizani, Antonis Zorpas, Yann Leva, Laure Michelin, Ludovic Josien, Lionel Limousy
This paper aims to identify the correlation between the mineral contents in agropellets and particle matter and bottom ash characteristics during combustion in domestic boilers. Four agrifood residues with higher mineral contents, namely grape marc (GM), tomato waste (TW), exhausted olive mill solid waste (EOMSW) and olive mill wastewater (OMWW), were selected. Then, seven different pellets were produced from pure residues or their mixture and blending with sawdust. The physico-chemical properties of the produced pellets were analysed using different analytical techniques, and a particular attention was paid to their mineral contents...
March 21, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323832/age-related-cognitive-decline-and-associations-with-sex-education-and-apolipoprotein-e-genotype-across-ethnocultural-groups-and-geographic-regions-a-collaborative-cohort-study
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Darren M Lipnicki, John D Crawford, Rajib Dutta, Anbupalam Thalamuthu, Nicole A Kochan, Gavin Andrews, M Fernanda Lima-Costa, Erico Castro-Costa, Carol Brayne, Fiona E Matthews, Blossom C M Stephan, Richard B Lipton, Mindy J Katz, Karen Ritchie, Jacqueline Scali, Marie-Laure Ancelin, Nikolaos Scarmeas, Mary Yannakoulia, Efthimios Dardiotis, Linda C W Lam, Candy H Y Wong, Ada W T Fung, Antonio Guaita, Roberta Vaccaro, Annalisa Davin, Ki Woong Kim, Ji Won Han, Tae Hui Kim, Kaarin J Anstey, Nicolas Cherbuin, Peter Butterworth, Marcia Scazufca, Shuzo Kumagai, Sanmei Chen, Kenji Narazaki, Tze Pin Ng, Qi Gao, Simone Reppermund, Henry Brodaty, Antonio Lobo, Raúl Lopez-Anton, Javier Santabárbara, Perminder S Sachdev
BACKGROUND: The prevalence of dementia varies around the world, potentially contributed to by international differences in rates of age-related cognitive decline. Our primary goal was to investigate how rates of age-related decline in cognitive test performance varied among international cohort studies of cognitive aging. We also determined the extent to which sex, educational attainment, and apolipoprotein E ε4 allele (APOE*4) carrier status were associated with decline. METHODS AND FINDINGS: We harmonized longitudinal data for 14 cohorts from 12 countries (Australia, Brazil, France, Greece, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Singapore, Spain, South Korea, United Kingdom, United States), for a total of 42,170 individuals aged 54-105 y (42% male), including 3...
March 2017: PLoS Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323693/assessment-of-vertebral-curves-using-the-manual-post-it-technique
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Brian P Gladnick, Joseph J Schreiber, Chad R Ishmael, Benjamin T Bjerke-Kroll, Matthew E Cunningham
STUDY DESIGN: A prospective study of a new technique. OBJECTIVE: The aims of this study were to report a manual technique for measuring vertebral curves on digital spine radiographs, and to assess the agreement of this technique with that of digital software for measuring vertebral curves. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Modern picture archiving and communication systems (PACS) typically include software for evaluating radiographic measurements...
April 2017: Clinical Spine Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322639/the-symbolic-functions-of-nurses-cognitive-artifacts-on-a-medical-oncology-unit
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Jacquelyn W Blaz, Alexa K Doig, Kristin G Cloyes, Nancy Staggers
Acute care nurses continue to rely on personally created paper-based tools-their "paper brains"-to support work during a shift, although standardized handoff tools are recommended. This interpretive descriptive study examines the functions these paper brains serve beyond handoff in the medical oncology unit at a cancer specialty hospital. Thirteen medical oncology nurses were each shadowed for a single shift and interviewed afterward using a semistructured technique. Field notes, transcribed interviews, images of nurses' paper brains, and analytic memos were inductively coded, and analysis revealed paper brains are symbols of patient and nurse identity...
December 1, 2016: Western Journal of Nursing Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322387/color-resolution-improvement-of-the-dark-field-microscopy-imaging-of-single-light-scattering-plasmonic-nanoprobes-for-microrna-visual-detection
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Jun Zhou, Peng Fei Gao, Hong Zhi Zhang, Gang Lei, Lin Ling Zheng, Hui Liu, Cheng Zhi Huang
Imaging of light scattering plasmonic nanoparticles (PNPs) with the aid of the dark-field microscopy imaging (iDFM) technique has attracted wide attention owing to its high signal-to-noise ratio, but to improve the color resolution and contrast of dark-field microscopy (DFM) images of single light scattering PNPs in a small spectral variation environment is still a challenge. In this study, a new color analytical method for resolving the resolution and contrast in DFM images has been developed and further applied for colorimetric analysis using the digital image processing technique...
March 21, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322278/early-life-adversity-and-telomere-length-a-meta-analysis
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K K Ridout, M Levandowski, S J Ridout, L Gantz, K Goonan, D Palermo, L H Price, A R Tyrka
Early adversity, in the form of abuse, neglect, socioeconomic status and other adverse experiences, is associated with poor physical and mental health outcomes. To understand the biologic mechanisms underlying these associations, studies have evaluated the relationship between early adversity and telomere length, a marker of cellular senescence. Such results have varied in regard to the size and significance of this relationship. Using meta-analytic techniques, we aimed to clarify the relationship between early adversity and telomere length while exploring factors affecting the association, including adversity type, timing and study design...
March 21, 2017: Molecular Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322019/method-for-improving-accuracy-in-full-evaporation-headspace-analysis
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Wei-Qi Xie, Xin-Sheng Chai
We report a new headspace analytical method in which multiple headspace extraction is incorporated with the full evaporation technique. The pressure uncertainty caused by the solid content change in the samples has a great impact to the measurement accuracy in the conventional full evaporation headspace analysis. The results (using ethanol solution as the model sample) showed that the present technique is effective to minimize such a problem. The proposed full evaporation multiple headspace extraction analysis technique is also automated and practical, and which could greatly broaden the applications of the full-evaporation-based headspace analysis...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Separation Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321640/how-qualitative-methods-can-be-used-to-inform-model-development
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Samantha Husbands, Susan Jowett, Pelham Barton, Joanna Coast
Decision-analytic models play a key role in informing healthcare resource allocation decisions. However, there are ongoing concerns with the credibility of models. Modelling methods guidance can encourage good practice within model development, but its value is dependent on its ability to address the areas that modellers find most challenging. Further, it is important that modelling methods and related guidance are continually updated in light of any new approaches that could potentially enhance model credibility...
March 20, 2017: PharmacoEconomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321502/molecularly-imprinted-polymers-as-selective-adsorbents-for-ambient-plasma-mass-spectrometry
#15
Michał Cegłowski, Marek Smoluch, Edward Reszke, Jerzy Silberring, Grzegorz Schroeder
The application of molecularly imprinted polymers (MIPs) as molecular scavengers for ambient plasma ionization mass spectrometry has been reported for the first time. MIPs were synthesized using methacrylic acid as functional monomer; nicotine, propyphenazone, or methylparaben as templates; ethylene glycol dimethacrylate as a cross-linker; and 2,2'-azobisisobutyronitrile as polymerization initiator. To perform ambient plasma ionization experiments, a setup consisting of the heated crucible, a flowing atmospheric-pressure afterglow (FAPA) plasma ion source, and a quadrupole ion trap mass spectrometer has been used...
March 20, 2017: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321489/microrna-regulation-and-analytical-methods-in-cancer-cell-metabolism
#16
REVIEW
Ling-Fei Zhang, Shuai Jiang, Mo-Fang Liu
The reprogramming of glucose metabolism from oxidative to glycolytic metabolism, known as the Warburg effect, is an anomalous characteristic of cancer cell metabolism. Recent studies have revealed a subset of microRNAs (miRNAs) that play critical roles in regulating the reprogramming of glucose metabolism in cancer cells. These miRNAs regulate cellular glucose metabolism by directly targeting multiple metabolic genes, including those encoding key glycolytic enzymes. In the first part of this review, we summarized the recent knowledge of miRNA regulation in the reprogramming of glucose metabolism in cancer cells and discussed the potential utilization of the key miRNA regulators as metabolic targets for developing new antitumor agents...
March 20, 2017: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences: CMLS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320679/synchronization-of-coupled-reaction-diffusion-neural-networks-with-directed-topology-via-an-adaptive-approach
#17
Hao Zhang, Yin Sheng, Zhigang Zeng
This paper investigates the synchronization issue of coupled reaction-diffusion neural networks with directed topology via an adaptive approach. Due to the complexity of the network structure and the presence of space variables, it is difficult to design proper adaptive strategies on coupling weights to accomplish the synchronous goal. Under the assumptions of two kinds of special network structures, that is, directed spanning path and directed spanning tree, some novel edge-based adaptive laws, which utilized the local information of node dynamics fully are designed on the coupling weights for reaching synchronization...
March 15, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320664/blind-forensics-of-successive-geometric-transformations-in-digital-images-using-spectral-method-theory-and-applications
#18
Jiangqun Ni, Chenglong Chen, Zhaoyi Shen, Yun-Qing Shi
Geometric transformations, such as resizing and rotation, are almost always needed when two or more images are spliced together to create convincing image forgeries. In recent years, researchers have developed many digital forensic techniques to identify these operations. Most previous works in this area focus on the analysis of images that have undergone single geometric transformations, e.g., resizing or rotation. In several recent works, researchers have addressed yet another practical and realistic situation: successive geometric transformations, e...
March 15, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Image Processing: a Publication of the IEEE Signal Processing Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320529/prevalence-of-neuropathic-pain-in-knee-or-hip-osteoarthritis-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#19
REVIEW
Helen P French, Keith M Smart, Frank Doyle
OBJECTIVE: Discordance between radiographic and pain severity in osteoarthritis (OA) has led researchers to investigate other pain mechanisms, including neuropathic pain. Accurate identification of any neuropathic pain in hip or knee OA is important for appropriate management, but neuropathic pain prevalence is unknown. We aimed to obtain an overall prevalence estimate by systematically reviewing and meta-analysing the prevalence of neuropathic pain in people with hip or knee OA. METHOD: Observational studies which measured neuropathic pain in people aged 18 years and older with hip or knee OA were considered for inclusion...
February 20, 2017: Seminars in Arthritis and Rheumatism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320117/use-of-social-media-to-assess-the-effectiveness-of-vagal-nerve-stimulation-in-dravet-syndrome-a-caregiver-s-perspective
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Rushna Ali, Mona Elsayed, Manpreet Kaur, Ellen Air, Naznin Mahmood, Jules Constantinou, Jason Schwalb
BACKGROUND: Dravet syndrome (DS) is a rare genetic epilepsy syndrome which is particularly pharmacoresistant. Vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) is commonly used in the treatment of DS as an adjunct to medical therapy. A meaningful assessment of post-surgical outcomes with VNS is difficult given the rarity of the condition. OBJECTIVE: In a novel approach, we used social media to contact patients with DS to gather data on post-surgical seizure reduction and overall satisfaction with VNS...
April 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
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