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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445823/engineering-metal-hydr-oxide-sorbents-for-removal-of-arsenate-and-similar-weak-acid-oxyanion-contaminants-a-critical-review-with-emphasis-on-factors-governing-sorption-processes
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Kiril D Hristovski, Jasmina Markovski
To create an integrative foundation for engineering of the next generation inexpensive sorbent systems, this critical review addresses the existing knowledge gap in factor/performance relationships between weak-acid oxyanion contaminants and metal (hydr)oxide sorbents. In-depth understanding of fundamental thermodynamics and kinetics mechanisms, material fabrication, and analytical and characterization techniques, is necessary to engineer sorbent that exhibit high capacity, selectivity, stability, durability and mass transport of contaminants under a wide range of operating and water matrix conditions requirements...
April 22, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445765/in-line-monitoring-and-optimization-of-powder-flow-in-a-simulated-continuous-process-using-transmission-near-infrared-spectroscopy
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Md Anik Alam, Zhenqi Shi, James K Drennen, Carl A Anderson
In-line monitoring of continuous powder flow is an integral part of the continuous manufacturing process of solid oral dosage forms in the pharmaceutical industry. Specifically, monitoring downstream from loss-in-weight (LIW) feeders and/or continuous mixers provides important data about the state of the process. Such measurements support control of the process and thereby enhance product quality. Near Infrared Spectroscopy (NIRS) is a potential PAT tool to monitor the homogeneity of a continuous powder flow stream in pharmaceutical manufacturing...
April 23, 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445762/analysis-of-active-transport-by-fluorescence-recovery-after-photobleaching
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Maria-Veronica Ciocanel, Jill A Kreiling, James A Gagnon, Kimberly L Mowry, Björn Sandstede
Fluorescence recovery after photobleaching (FRAP) is a well-established experimental technique to study binding and diffusion of molecules in cells. Although a large number of analytical and numerical models have been developed to extract binding and diffusion rates from FRAP recovery curves, active transport of molecules is typically not included in the existing models that are used to estimate these rates. Here we present a validated numerical method for estimating diffusion, binding/unbinding rates, and active transport velocities using FRAP data that captures intracellular dynamics through partial differential equation models...
April 25, 2017: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445024/an-economic-evaluation-of-the-enhanced-recovery-after-surgery-eras-multisite-implementation-program-for-colorectal-surgery-in-alberta
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Nguyen X. Thanh, Anderson W. Chuck, Tracy Wasylak, Jeannette Lawrence, Peter Faris, Olle Ljungqvist, Gregg Nelson, Leah M. Gramlich
BACKGROUND: In February 2013, Alberta Health Services established an Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) implementation program for adopting the ERAS Society colorectal guidelines into 6 sites (initial phase) that perform more than 75% of all colorectal surgeries in the province. We conducted an economic evaluation of this initiative to not only determine its cost-effectiveness, but also to inform strategy for the spread and scale of ERAS to other surgical protocols and sites. METHODS: We assessed the impact of ERAS on patients’ health services utilization (HSU; length of stay [LOS], readmissions, emergency department visits, general practitioner and specialist visits) within 30 days of discharge by comparing pre- and post-ERAS groups using multilevel negative binomial regressions...
December 1, 2016: Canadian Journal of Surgery. Journal Canadien de Chirurgie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444965/serum-free-light-chain-quantitative-assays-dilemma-of-a-biomarker
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Giovanni Cigliana, Francesca Gulli, Cecilia Napodano, Krizia Pocino, Elena De Santis, Luigi Colacicco, Iole Cordone, Laura Conti, Umberto Basile
BACKGROUND: Serum free light chains detection assays are consistently meeting greater interest for the diagnosis and monitoring of monoclonal gammopathies and plasma cell dyscrasias. Nowadays, there are neither standardized methods nor reference material for the determination of free light chains; for this reason, it is important to compare two different assays used in clinical laboratory. METHODS: We evaluated 300 serum samples from patients with B-cell disorders and compared the analytical performances of both assay...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Clinical Laboratory Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444846/forensic-analysis-of-latent-fingermarks-by-silver-assisted-ldi-imaging-ms-on-non-conductive-surfaces
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Nidia Lauzon, Martin Dufresne, Alexandre Beaudoin, Pierre Chaurand
Silver-assisted laser desorption ionization (AgLDI) imaging mass spectrometry (IMS) has been demonstrated to be a useful technology for fingermark analysis allowing for the detection of several classes of endogenous as well as exogenous compounds. Ideally, in IMS analyses, the fingermarks are deposited under controlled conditions on metallized conductive target slides. However, in forensic investigations, fingermarks are often found on a variety of non-conductive surfaces. A sputtered silver layer renders the target surface conductive, which allows the analyses of insulating surfaces by time-of-flight (TOF) IMS...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Mass Spectrometry: JMS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444808/fast-and-simple-discriminative-analysis-of-anthocyanins-containing-berries-using-lc-ms-spectral-data
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Heejung Yang, Hyun Woo Kim, Yong Soo Kwon, Ho Kyong Kim, Sang Hyun Sung
INTRODUCTION: Anthocyanins are potent antioxidant agents that protect against many degenerative diseases; however, they are unstable because they are vulnerable to external stimuli including temperature, pH and light. This vulnerability hinders the quality control of anthocyanin-containing berries using classical high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) analytical methodologies based on UV or MS chromatograms. OBJECTIVE: To develop an alternative approach for the quality assessment and discrimination of anthocyanin-containing berries, we used MS spectral data acquired in a short analytical time rather than UV or MS chromatograms...
April 25, 2017: Phytochemical Analysis: PCA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444307/left-atrial-volume-predicts-atrial-fibrillation-recurrence-after-radiofrequency-ablation-a-meta-analysis
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Augustine Njoku, Munish Kannabhiran, Rishi Arora, Pratap Reddy, Rakesh Gopinathannair, Dhanunjaya Lakkireddy, Paari Dominic
Aims: Left atrial (LA) diameter is a predictor of atrial fibrillation (AF) recurrence following radiofrequency catheter ablation (RFA). However, LA volume (LAV) is more accurate in assessing LA size. Studies evaluating LAV as a predictor of AF recurrence are contradictory; therefore, we performed a meta-analysis to assess whether LAV is an independent predictor of AF recurrence following RFA. Methods and results: All studies reporting LAV/LAV index (LAVi) as a predictor of AF recurrence following RFA were included...
April 21, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442132/gas-chromatography-with-diode-array-detection-in-series-with-flame-ionisation-detection
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Ronda Gras, Jim Luong, Robert A Shellie
We introduce a gas chromatography detection approach that uses diode array detection operated in series with flame ionisation detection and demonstrate the utility of the detection approach for determination of volatile organic compounds. Diode array detection brings ultraviolet - visible spectroscopy (over a range of 190-640nm) onto the capillary gas chromatography time-scale, where average peak widths of analytes are on the order of 3-5s. The non-destructive nature of the diode array detector affords serially-coupled flame ionisation detection...
April 12, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441741/peptides-peptidomimetics-and-polypeptides-from-marine-sources-a-wealth-of-natural-sources-for-pharmaceutical-applications
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Rushikesh Sable, Pravin Parajuli, Seetharama Jois
Nature provides a variety of peptides that are expressed in most living species. Evolutionary pressure and natural selection have created and optimized these peptides to bind to receptors with high affinity. Hence, natural resources provide an abundant chemical space to be explored in peptide-based drug discovery. Marine peptides can be extracted by simple solvent extraction techniques. The advancement of analytical techniques has made it possible to obtain pure peptides from natural resources. Extracted peptides have been evaluated as possible therapeutic agents for a wide range of diseases, including antibacterial, antifungal, antidiabetic and anticancer activity as well as cardiovascular and neurotoxin activity...
April 22, 2017: Marine Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441463/rapidsnps-a-new-computational-pipeline-for-rapidly-identifying-key-genetic-variants-reveals-previously-unidentified-snps-that-are-significantly-associated-with-individual-platelet-responses
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Bajuna Rashid Salehe, Chris Ian Jones, Giuseppe Di Fatta, Liam James McGuffin
Advances in omics technologies have led to the discovery of genetic markers, or single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs), that are associated with particular diseases or complex traits. Although there have been significant improvements in the approaches used to analyse associations of SNPs with disease, further optimised and rapid techniques are needed to keep up with the rate of SNP discovery, which has exacerbated the 'missing heritability' problem. Here, we have devised a novel, integrated, heuristic-based, hybrid analytical computational pipeline, for rapidly detecting novel or key genetic variants that are associated with diseases or complex traits...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441328/a-gradient-field-pulsed-eddy-current-probe-for-evaluation-of-hidden-material-degradation-in-conductive-structures-based-on-lift-off-invariance
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Yong Li, Haoqing Jing, Ilham Mukriz Zainal Abidin, Bei Yan
Coated conductive structures are widely adopted in such engineering fields as aerospace, nuclear energy, etc. The hostile and corrosive environment leaves in-service coated conductive structures vulnerable to Hidden Material Degradation (HMD) occurring under the protection coating. It is highly demanded that HMD can be non-intrusively assessed using non-destructive evaluation techniques. In light of the advantages of Gradient-field Pulsed Eddy Current technique (GPEC) over other non-destructive evaluation methods in corrosion evaluation, in this paper the GPEC probe for quantitative evaluation of HMD is intensively investigated...
April 25, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441028/application-of-gc-ms-soft-ionization-for-isomeric-biological-compound-analysis
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Takeshi Furuhashi, Koji Okuda
Isomers are compounds with the same molecular formula. Many different types of isomers are ubiquitous and play important roles in living organisms. Despite their early discovery, the actual analysis of isomers has been tricky and has confounded researchers. Using mass spectrometry (MS) to distinguish or identify isomers is an emergent topic and challenge for analytical chemists. We review some techniques for analyzing isomers with emphasis on MS, e.g., the roles of ion reaction, hydrogen-deuterium exchange, ion mobility mass spectrometry, ion spectroscopy and energy change in producing isomer-specific fragments...
April 25, 2017: Critical Reviews in Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440823/quantitative-nmr-of-quadrupolar-nucleus-as-a-novel-analytical-method-hydrolysis-behaviour-analysis-of-aluminum-ion
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Hideshi Maki, Genki Sakata, Minoru Mizuhata
In this study, quantitative nuclear magnetic resonance (qNMR) spectroscopy of quadrupolar nuclei has been established. The complicated hydrolysis behavior of the Al(3+) ion, which causes fish poisoning and inhibits the growth of plants in environmental water, was clarified by (27)Al qNMR spectroscopy. Highly accurate simultaneous multicomponent quantitative analysis of various hydrolyzed forms of the Al ion was achieved in a non-destructive manner. The calibration curve of the external standard aqueous Al(NO3)3 solution showed excellent linearity over a very wide concentration range from 1 × 10(-4) to 1 mol L(-1) (an increase in concentration of 10 000 times), with a simple experimental and analytical procedure...
April 25, 2017: Analyst
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440620/water-proton-nmr-a-tool-for-protein-aggregation-characterization
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Marc B Taraban, Roberto A DePaz, Brian Lobo, Yihua Bruce Yu
Formulation stability is a critical attribute of any protein-based biopharmaceutical drug due to a protein's inherent tendency to aggregate. Advanced analytical techniques currently used for characterization of protein aggregates are prone to a number of limitations, and usually require additional manipulations with the sample, such as dilution, separation, labeling and use of special cuvettes. In the present work, we compared conventional techniques for the analysis of protein aggregates with a novel approach that employs the water proton transverse relaxation rate R2(1H2O)...
April 25, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440581/the-toxicity-of-silver-to-soil-organisms-exposed-to-silver-nanoparticles-and-silver-nitrate-in-biosolids-amended-field-soil
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Alexander H Jesmer, Jessica R Velicogna, Dina M Schwertfeger, Richard P Scroggins, Juliska I Princz
The use of engineered silver nanoparticles (AgNP) is widespread, with expected release to the terrestrial environment through the application of biosolids onto agricultural lands. The toxicity of AgNP and AgNO3 (as ionic Ag(+) ) to plant (Elymus lanceolatus and Trifolium pratense) and soil invertebrate (Eisenia andrei and Folsomia candida) species was assessed using silver-amended biosolids applied to a natural sandy loam soil. Bioavailable Ag(+) in soil samples was estimated using an ion-exchange technique applied to KNO3 soil extracts while exposure to dispersible AgNP was verified by single particle-ICP-MS and TEM-EDS analysis...
April 25, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440225/observation-of-nonanoic-acid-and-aldehydes-in-exhaled-breath-of-patients-with-lung-cancer
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L Callol-Sanchez, M A Munoz-Lucas, O Gomez-Martin, J A Maldonado-Sanz, C Civera-Tejuca, C Gutierrez-Ortega, G Rodriguez-Trigo, J Jareno-Esteban
Lung cancer (LC) is the leading cause of cancer death in men and the second leading cause in women worldwide. The use of low-dose computed tomography in early diagnosis was shown to reduce mortality by 20% with a median follow-up time of 6.5 years. In order to increase profitability and reduce radiation risks and costs, exhaled biomarkers could serve to help establish narrower inclusion criteria. The aim of this study was to identify new, well-founded volatile organic compounds in exhaled breath which distinguish LC patients from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients and healthy subjects...
April 25, 2017: Journal of Breath Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439980/nanophotonic-trapping-precise-manipulation-and-measurement-of-biomolecular-arrays
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REVIEW
James E Baker, Ryan P Badman, Michelle D Wang
Optical trapping is a powerful and widely used laboratory technique in the biological and materials sciences that enables rapid manipulation and measurement at the nanometer scale. However, expanding the analytical throughput of this technique beyond the serial capabilities of established single-trap microscope-based optical tweezers remains a current goal in the field. In recent years, advances in nanotechnology have been leveraged to create innovative optical trapping methods that increase the number of available optical traps and permit parallel manipulation and measurement of arrays of optically trapped targets...
April 24, 2017: Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews. Nanomedicine and Nanobiotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439620/development-of-an-optimal-filter-substrate-for-the-identification-of-small-microplastic-particles-in-food-by-micro-raman-spectroscopy
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Barbara E Oßmann, George Sarau, Sebastian W Schmitt, Heinrich Holtmannspötter, Silke H Christiansen, Wilhelm Dicke
When analysing microplastics in food, due to toxicological reasons it is important to achieve clear identification of particles down to a size of at least 1 μm. One reliable, optical analytical technique allowing this is micro-Raman spectroscopy. After isolation of particles via filtration, analysis is typically performed directly on the filter surface. In order to obtain high qualitative Raman spectra, the material of the membrane filters should not show any interference in terms of background and Raman signals during spectrum acquisition...
April 24, 2017: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438317/a-novel-chromatographic-approach-to-distinguish-gram-positive-from-gram-negative-bacteria-using-exogenous-volatile-organic-compound-metabolites
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Susana Ramírez-Guízar, Hannah Sykes, John D Perry, Edward C Schwalbe, Stephen P Stanforth, Ma Cristina I Perez-Perez, John R Dean
This paper utilized L-alanine aminopeptidase activity as a useful approach to distinguish between Gram-negative and Gram-positive bacteria. This was done using two enzyme substrates, specifically 2-amino-N-phenylpropanamide and 2-amino-N-(4-methylphenyl)propanamide which liberated the volatile compounds aniline and p-toluidine, respectively. Two complementary analytical techniques have been used to identify and quantify the VOCs, specifically static headspace multicapillary column gas chromatography ion mobility spectrometry (SHS-MCC-GC-IMS) and headspace solid phase microextraction gas chromatography mass spectrometry (HS-SPME-GC-MS)...
April 12, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. A
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