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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327976/minion%C3%A2-nanopore-sequencing-of-environmental-metagenomes-a-synthetic-approach
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Bonnie L Brown, Mick Watson, Samuel S Minot, Maria C Rivera, Rima B Franklin
Background: Environmental metagenomic analysis is typically accomplished by assigning taxonomy and/or function from whole genome sequencing (WGS) or 16S amplicon sequences. Both of these approaches are limited, however, by read length, among other technical and biological factors. A nanopore-based sequencing platform, MinION™, produces reads that are ≥1×10 4 bp in length, potentially providing for more precise assignment, thereby alleviating some of the limitations inherent in determining metagenome composition from short reads...
February 24, 2017: GigaScience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323105/automated-workflows-for-modelling-chemical-fate-kinetics-and-toxicity
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José Vicente Sala Benito, Alicia Paini, Andrea-Nicole Richarz, Thorsten Meinl, Michael R Berthold, Mark T D Cronin, Andrew P Worth
Automation is universal in today's society, from operating equipment such as machinery, in factory processes, to self-parking automobile systems. While these examples show the efficiency and effectiveness of automated mechanical processes, automated procedures that support the chemical risk assessment process are still in their infancy. Future human safety assessments will rely increasingly on the use of automated models, such as physiologically based kinetic (PBK) and dynamic models and the virtual cell based assay (VCBA)...
March 17, 2017: Toxicology in Vitro: An International Journal Published in Association with BIBRA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322268/universal-sensitivity-of-speckle-intensity-correlations-to-wavefront-change-in-light-diffusers
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KyungDuk Kim, Hyeonseung Yu, KyeoReh Lee, YongKeun Park
Here, we present a concept based on the realization that a complex medium can be used as a simple interferometer. Changes in the wavefront of an incident coherent beam can be retrieved by analyzing changes in speckle patterns when the beam passes through a light diffuser. We demonstrate that the spatial intensity correlations of the speckle patterns are independent of the light diffusers, and are solely determined by the phase changes of an incident beam. With numerical simulations using the random matrix theory, and an experimental pressure-driven wavefront-deforming setup using a microfluidic channel, we theoretically and experimentally confirm the universal sensitivity of speckle intensity correlations, which is attributed to the conservation of optical field correlation despite multiple light scattering...
March 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317717/analytical-evaluation-of-current-starch-methods-used-in-the-international-sugar-industry-part-i
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Marsha Cole, Gillian Eggleston, Alexa Triplett
Several analytical starch methods exist in the international sugar industry to mitigate starch-related processing challenges and assess the quality of traded end-products. These methods use iodometric chemistry, mostly potato starch standards, and utilize similar solubilization strategies, but had not been comprehensively compared. In this study, industrial starch methods were compared to the USDA Starch Research method using simulated raw sugars. Type of starch standard, solubilization approach, iodometric reagents, and wavelength detection affected total starch determination in simulated raw sugars...
August 1, 2017: Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314087/capillary-assisted-bipolar-electrochemistry-a-focused-minireview
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Laurent Bouffier, Neso Sojic, Alexander Kuhn
A bipolar electrode is quite unconventional as it behaves simultaneously as an anode and a cathode in contrast to a classic electrochemical setup where the electron-transfer reactions are promoted on two different electrodes. The driving force is the polarization potential established between the solution and the bipolar electrode which allows a wireless electrochemical addressing. In the past decade or so, bipolar electrochemistry (BPE) has encountered a remarkable renewal of interest with extraordinary potentialities ranging from materials science to analytical chemistry...
March 17, 2017: Electrophoresis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303719/pentanuclear-lanthanide-mono-organophosphates-synthesis-structure-and-magnetism
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Sandeep K Gupta, Stuart K Langley, Kamna Sharma, Keith S Murray, Ramaswamy Murugavel
Research on rare-earth phosphates has recently received substantial interest because of their unique physical and chemical properties. In recent years, because of their low solubility, research interest has been built on developing methodologies to prepare nanostructures and grow single crystals of inorganic rare-earth phosphates. The chemistry of rare-earth organophosphates, however, is still at a latent stage. Contrary to the traditional hydrothermal route, we report rare examples of discrete pentanuclear lanthanide(III) organophosphate clusters assembled from a sterically encumbered monoester of phosphoric acid under mild reaction conditions...
March 17, 2017: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302981/studies-on-isotope-ratio-measurement-of-cl-by-inductively-coupled-plasma-triple-quad-mass-spectrometry
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Masaki Ohata, Yanbei Zhu, Naoko Nonose
Fundamental studies on isotope ratio measurement of Cl were carried out using inductively coupled plasma triple-quad mass spectrometry (ICP-MS/MS) and the analytical performance obtained was compared to that obtained by ICP sector field mass spectrometer (ICP-SFMS). Though the polyatomic ion interferences of (16)O(18)O(1)H and (36)Ar(1)H with respect to (35)Cl and (37)Cl, respectively, made a negative effect on the accuracy and the precision for isotope ratio measurements of Cl, the ICP-SFMS could eliminate these interferences by medium mass resolution mode (m/Δm = 4000) and achieved the isotope ratio measurements with 0...
2017: Analytical Sciences: the International Journal of the Japan Society for Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301754/bioanalytical-measurements-enabled-by-surface-enhanced-raman-scattering-sers-probes
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Lauren E Jamieson, Steven M Asiala, Kirsten Gracie, Karen Faulds, Duncan Graham
Since its discovery in 1974, surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) has gained momentum as an important tool in analytical chemistry. SERS is used widely for analysis of biological samples, ranging from in vitro cell culture models, ex vivo tissue and blood samples, and direct in vivo application. New insights have been gained into biochemistry, with an emphasis on biomolecule detection, from small molecules such as glucose and amino acids to larger biomolecules such as DNA, proteins, and lipids. These measurements have increased our understanding of biological systems, and significantly, they have improved diagnostic capabilities...
February 23, 2017: Annual Review of Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301753/identification-and-quantitation-of-circulating-tumor-cells
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Siddarth Rawal, Yu-Ping Yang, Richard Cote, Ashutosh Agarwal
Circulating tumor cells (CTCs) are shed from the primary tumor into the circulatory system and act as seeds that initiate cancer metastasis to distant sites. CTC enumeration has been shown to have a significant prognostic value as a surrogate marker in various cancers. The widespread clinical utility of CTC tests, however, is still limited due to the inherent rarity and heterogeneity of CTCs, which necessitate robust techniques for their efficient enrichment and detection. Significant recent advances have resulted in technologies with the ability to improve yield and purity of CTC enrichment as well as detection sensitivity...
March 6, 2017: Annual Review of Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301752/coded-apertures-in-mass-spectrometry
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Jason J Amsden, Michael E Gehm, Zachary E Russell, Evan X Chen, Shane T Di Dona, Scott D Wolter, Ryan M Danell, Gottfried Kibelka, Charles B Parker, Brian R Stoner, David J Brady, Jeffrey T Glass
The use of coded apertures in mass spectrometry can break the trade-off between throughput and resolution that has historically plagued conventional instruments. Despite their very early stage of development, coded apertures have been shown to increase throughput by more than one order of magnitude, with no loss in resolution in a simple 90-degree magnetic sector. This enhanced throughput can increase the signal level with respect to the underlying noise, thereby significantly improving sensitivity to low concentrations of analyte...
March 6, 2017: Annual Review of Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301751/plasmonic-imaging-of-electrochemical-impedance
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Liang Yuan, Nongjian Tao, Wei Wang
Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) measures the frequency spectrum of an electrochemical interface to resist an alternating current. This method allows label-free and noninvasive studies on interfacial adsorption and molecular interactions and has applications in biosensing and drug screening. Although powerful, traditional EIS lacks spatial resolution or imaging capability, hindering the study of heterogeneous electrochemical processes on electrodes. We have recently developed a plasmonic-based electrochemical impedance technique to image local electrochemical impedance with a submicron spatial resolution and a submillisecond temporal resolution...
March 6, 2017: Annual Review of Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301750/magnetic-resonance-spectroscopy-as-a-tool-for-assessing-macromolecular-structure-and-function-in-living-cells
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Conggangg Li, Jiajing Zhao, Kai Cheng, Yuwei Ge, Qiong Wu, Yansheng Ye, Guohua Xu, Zeting Zhang, Wenwen Zheng, Xu Zhang, Xin Zhou, Gary Pielak, Maili Liu
Investigating the structure, modification, interaction, and function of biomolecules in their native cellular environment leads to physiologically relevant knowledge about their mechanisms, which will benefit drug discovery and design. In recent years, nuclear and electron magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy has emerged as a useful tool for elucidating the structure and function of biomacromolecules, including proteins, nucleic acids, and carbohydrates in living cells at atomic resolution. In this review, we summarize the progress and future of in-cell NMR as it is applied to proteins, nucleic acids, and carbohydrates...
March 9, 2017: Annual Review of Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301749/sizing-up-protein-ligand-complexes-the-rise-of-structural-mass-spectrometry-approaches-in-the-pharmaceutical-sciences
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Joseph D Eschweiler, Richard Kerr, Jessica Rabuck-Gibbons, Brandon T Ruotolo
Capturing the dynamic interplay between proteins and their myriad interaction partners is critically important for advancing our understanding of almost every biochemical process and human disease. The importance of this general area has spawned many measurement methods capable of assaying such protein complexes, and the mass spectrometry-based structural biology methods described in this review form an important part of that analytical arsenal. Here, we survey the basic principles of such measurements, cover recent applications of the technology that have focused on protein-small-molecule complexes, and discuss the bright future awaiting this group of technologies...
March 15, 2017: Annual Review of Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301748/single-molecule-arrays-for-protein-and-nucleic-acid-analysis
#14
Limor Cohen, David R Walt
The last few years have seen breakthroughs that will transform our ability to measure important analytes. Miniaturization of reaction volumes and confinement of analytes of interest into ultrasmall containers have greatly enhanced the sensitivity and throughput of many detection methods. Fabrication of microwell arrays and implementation of bead-based assays have been instrumental in the development of methods for measuring relevant biomolecules, with applications to both diagnostics and fundamental biological studies...
March 15, 2017: Annual Review of Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301747/single-cell-transcriptional-analysis
#15
Angela R Wu, Jianbin Wang, Aaron M Streets, Yanyi Huang
Despite being a relatively recent technological development, single-cell transcriptional analysis through high-throughput sequencing has already been used in hundreds of fruitful studies to make exciting new biological discoveries that would otherwise be challenging or even impossible. Consequently, this has fueled a virtuous cycle of even greater interest in the field and compelled development of further improved technical methodologies and approaches. Thanks to the combined efforts of the research community, including the fields of biochemistry and molecular biology, technology and instrumentation, data science, computational biology, and bioinformatics, the single-cell RNA-sequencing field is advancing at a pace that is both astounding and unprecedented...
March 16, 2017: Annual Review of Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301746/raman-imaging-in-cell-membranes-lipid-rich-organelles-and-lipid-bilayers
#16
Aleem Syed, Emily A Smith
Raman-based optical imaging is a promising analytical tool for noninvasive, label-free chemical imaging of lipid bilayers and cellular membranes. Imaging using spontaneous Raman scattering suffers from a low intensity that hinders its use in some cellular applications. However, developments in coherent Raman imaging, surface-enhanced Raman imaging, and tip-enhanced Raman imaging have enabled video-rate imaging, excellent detection limits, and nanometer spatial resolution, respectively. After a brief introduction to these commonly used Raman imaging techniques for cell membrane studies, this review discusses selected applications of these modalities for chemical imaging of membrane proteins and lipids...
March 15, 2017: Annual Review of Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301745/applications-of-surface-second-harmonic-generation-in-biological-sensing
#17
Renee J Tran, Krystal L Sly, John C Conboy
Surface second harmonic generation (SHG) is a coherent, nonlinear optical technique that is well suited for investigations of biomolecular interactions at interfaces. SHG is surface specific due to the intrinsic symmetry constraints on the nonlinear process, providing a distinct analytical advantage over linear spectroscopic methods, such as fluorescence and UV-Visible absorbance spectroscopies. SHG has the ability to detect low concentrations of analytes, such as proteins, peptides, and small molecules, due to its high sensitivity, and the second harmonic response can be enhanced through the use of target molecules that are resonant with the incident (ω) and/or second harmonic (2ω) frequencies...
March 16, 2017: Annual Review of Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301728/coupling-front-end-separations-ion-mobility-spectrometry-and-mass-spectrometry-for-enhanced-multidimensional-biological-and-environmental-analyses
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Xueyun Zheng, Roza Wojcik, Xing Zhang, Yehia M Ibrahim, Kristin E Burnum-Johnson, Daniel J Orton, Matthew E Monroe, Ronald J Moore, Richard D Smith, Erin S Baker
Ion mobility spectrometry (IMS) is a widely used analytical technique for rapid molecular separations in the gas phase. Though IMS alone is useful, its coupling with mass spectrometry (MS) and front-end separations is extremely beneficial for increasing measurement sensitivity, peak capacity of complex mixtures, and the scope of molecular information available from biological and environmental sample analyses. In fact, multiple disease screening and environmental evaluations have illustrated that the IMS-based multidimensional separations extract information that cannot be acquired with each technique individually...
February 23, 2017: Annual Review of Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300397/electrochemical-techniques-for-intercalation-electrode-materials-in-rechargeable-batteries
#19
Yujie Zhu, Tao Gao, Xiulin Fan, Fudong Han, Chunsheng Wang
Understanding of the thermodynamic and kinetic properties of electrode materials is of great importance to develop new materials for high performance rechargeable batteries. Compared with computational understanding of physical and chemical properties of electrode materials, experimental methods provide direct and convenient evaluation of these properties. Often, the information gained from experimental work can not only offer feedback for the computational methods but also provide useful insights for improving the performance of materials...
March 16, 2017: Accounts of Chemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299694/electrochemical-quartz-crystal-nanobalance-eqcn-based-biosensor-for-sensitive-detection-of-antibiotic-residues-in-milk
#20
Sunil Bhand, Geetesh K Mishra
An electrochemical quartz crystal nanobalance (EQCN), which provides real-time analysis of dynamic surface events, is a valuable tool for analyzing biomolecular interactions. EQCN biosensors are based on mass-sensitive measurements that can detect small mass changes caused by chemical binding to small piezoelectric crystals. Among the various biosensors, the piezoelectric biosensor is considered one of the most sensitive analytical techniques, capable of detecting antigens at picogram levels. EQCN is an effective monitoring technique for regulation of the antibiotics below the maximum residual limit (MRL)...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
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