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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437718/nontargeted-metabolomics-approach-for-the-differentiation-of-cultivation-ages-of-mountain-cultivated-ginseng-leaves-using-uhplc-qtof-ms
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Xiangwei Chang, Juanjuan Zhang, Dekun Li, Dazheng Zhou, Yuling Zhang, Jincheng Wang, Bing Hu, Aichun Ju, Zhengliang Ye
The adulteration or falsification of the cultivation age of mountain cultivated ginseng (MCG) has been a serious problem in the commercial MCG market. To develop an efficient discrimination tool for the cultivation age and to explore potential age-dependent markers, an optimized ultra high-performance liquid chromatography/quadrupole time-of-flight mass spectrometry (UHPLC/QTOF-MS)-based metabolomics approach was applied in the global metabolite profiling of 156 MCG leaf (MGL) samples aged from 6 to 18 years...
April 13, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437060/high-throughput-and-quantitative-measurement-of-microbial-metabolome-by-gas-chromatography-mass-spectrometry-using-automated-alkyl-chloroformate-derivatization
#2
Linjing Zhao, Yan Ni, Mingming Su, Hongsen Li, Fangcong Dong, Wenlian Chen, Runmin Wei, Lulu Zhang, Seu-Ping Guiraud, François-Pierre J Martin, Cynthia Rajani, Guoxiang Xie, Wei Jia
The ability to identify and quantify small molecule metabolites derived from gut microbial-mammalian co-metabolism is essential for the understanding of the distinct metabolic functions of the microbiome. To date, analytical protocols that quantitatively measure a complete panel of microbial metabolites in biological samples have not been established, but urgently needed by the microbiome research community. Here, we report an automated high-throughput quantitative method using a gas chromatography/time-of-flight mass spectrometry (GC/TOFMS) platform to simultaneously measure over one hundred microbial metabolites in human serum, urine, feces and Escherichia coli cell samples within 15 minutes per sample...
April 24, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436915/an-adaptive-multiobjective-particle-swarm-optimization-based-on-multiple-adaptive-methods
#3
Honggui Han, Wei Lu, Junfei Qiao
Multiobjective particle swarm optimization (MOPSO) algorithms have attracted much attention for their promising performance in solving multiobjective optimization problems (MOPs). In this paper, an adaptive MOPSO (AMOPSO) algorithm, based on a hybrid framework of the solution distribution entropy and population spacing (SP) information, is developed to improve the search performance in terms of convergent speed and precision. First, an adaptive global best (gBest) selection mechanism, based on the solution distribution entropy, is introduced to analyze the evolutionary tendency and balance the diversity and convergence of nondominated solutions in the archive...
April 17, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436218/the-ptr3-a-novel-instrument-for-studying-the-lifecycle-of-reactive-organic-carbon-in-the-atmosphere
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Martin Breitenlechner, Lukas Fischer, Markus Hainer, Martin Heinritzi, Joachim Curtius, Armin Hansel
We have developed and characterized the novel PTR3, a Proton Transfer Reaction Time-of-Flight mass spectrometer (PTR-ToF) using a new gas inlet and an innovative reaction chamber design. The reaction chamber consists of a tripole operated with RF voltages generating an electric field only in radial direction. An elevated electrical field is necessary to reduce clustering of primary hydronium (H3O(+)) and product ions with water molecules present in the sample gas. The axial movement of the ions is achieved by the sample gas flow only...
April 24, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436032/application-of-maldi-tof-ms-for-estimating-the-postmortem-interval-in-rat-muscle-samples
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Chengzhi Li, Dong Ma, Kaifei Deng, Yijiu Chen, Ping Huang, Zhenyuan Wang
Estimating the postmortem interval (PMI) is very important in the forensic sciences. Although many approaches have been used for estimating the PMI, accurate PMI calculations are still difficult. In this study, four Sprague Dawley (SD) rats were sacrificed by suffocation, and muscle samples were collected by dissection at various time intervals (0, 48, 96, and 144 h) after death. All samples were probed using matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOFMS) to obtain molecular images and data for principal component analysis (PCA)...
April 23, 2017: Journal of Forensic Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434974/proteomic-approach-to-detect-changes-in-hippocampal-protein-levels-in-an-animal-model-of-type-2-diabetes
#6
Sung Min Nam, Dae Young Yoo, Hyun Jung Kwon, Jong Whi Kim, Hyo Young Jung, Dae Won Kim, Ho Jae Han, Moo-Ho Won, Je Kyung Seong, In Koo Hwang, Yeo Sung Yoon
In our previous study, we demonstrated that type 2 diabetes affects blood-brain barrier integrity and ultrastructural morphology in Zucker diabetic fatty (ZDF) rats at 40 weeks of age. In the present study, we investigated the possible candidates for diabetes-related proteins in the hippocampus of ZDF rats and their control littermates (Zucker lean control, ZLC), by using two-dimensional fluorescence difference gel electrophoresis (2D-DIGE) followed by matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF)...
April 20, 2017: Neurochemistry International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434865/allergens-involved-in-the-cross-reactivity-of-aedes-aegypti-with-other-arthropods
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Jose Fernando Cantillo, Leonardo Puerta, Sylvie Lafosse-Marin, Jose Luis Subiza, Luis Caraballo, Enrique Fernandez-Caldas
BACKGROUND: Cross-reactivity between Aedes aegypti and mites, cockroaches, and shrimp has been previously suggested, but the involved molecular components have not been fully described. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the cross-reactivity between A aegypti and other arthropods. METHODS: Thirty-four serum samples from patients with asthma and/or allergic rhinitis were selected, and specific IgE to A aegypti, Dermatophagoides pteronyssinus, Dermatophagoides farinae, Blomia tropicalis, Periplaneta americana...
April 20, 2017: Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434585/translating-dynamic-defense-patterns-from-rodents-to-people
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REVIEW
D Caroline Blanchard
Specific defensive behaviors of rodents are shaped by features of the eliciting threat stimuli and situation. Threat scenarios confirmed these relationships in people, with results substantially replicated in 4 additional scenario studies. Subsequent human studies involve computer games measuring fear as flight from threat stimuli and anxiety as alternation between two threats. Stabilometric studies have shown reduction in sway (freezing) to inescapable (e.g. with gun pointed at subject) threatening photographs; but enhanced lateral sway (flight attempts) to escapable threats; (gun pointed away from subject)...
May 2017: Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434188/drivers-of-community-assembly-in-tropical-forest-restoration-sites-role-of-local-environment-landscape-and-space
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Lívia D Audino, Stephen J Murphy, Ludimila Zambaldi, Julio Louzada, Liza S Comita
There is increasing recognition that community assembly theory can offer valuable insights for ecological restoration. We studied community assembly processes following tropical forest restoration efforts, using dung beetles (Scarabaeidae) as a focal taxon to investigate taxonomic and functional patterns of biodiversity recovery. We evaluated the relative importance of the local environment (i.e., canopy cover, understory cover, tree basal area, and soil texture), landscape context (i.e., habitat patch proximity and availability and percentage of surrounding area classified as natural forest or Eucalyptus spp...
April 23, 2017: Ecological Applications: a Publication of the Ecological Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433874/systematically-characterize-the-absorbed-effective-substances-of-wutou-decoction-and-their-metabolic-pathways-in-rat-plasma-using-uhplc-q-tof-ms-combined-with-a-target-network-pharmacological-analysis
#10
Tengfei Xu, Shizhe Li, Yufei Sun, Zifeng Pi, Shu Liu, Fengrui Song, Zhiqiang Liu
Wu-tou Decoction (WTD) is a famous traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) formula which is applied to treat arthritis and pain of joints. In this study, a sensitive and rapid method was developed for the separation and identification of the absorbed constituents and metabolites of WTD in the rats plasma by ultra high-performance liquid chromatography coupled with quadrupole time-of-flight mass spectrometry (UHPLC-Q-TOF-MS). A total of 22 absorbed prototype constituents and 49 metabolites were identified or tentatively characterized in dosed plasma...
April 13, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433608/toward-biotechnology-in-space-high-throughput-instruments-for-in-situ-biological-research-beyond-earth
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REVIEW
Fathi Karouia, Kianoosh Peyvan, Andrew Pohorille
Space biotechnology is a nascent field aimed at applying tools of modern biology to advance our goals in space exploration. These advances rely on our ability to exploit in situ high throughput techniques for amplification and sequencing DNA, and measuring levels of RNA transcripts, proteins and metabolites in a cell. These techniques, collectively known as "omics" techniques have already revolutionized terrestrial biology. A number of on-going efforts are aimed at developing instruments to carry out "omics" research in space, in particular on board the International Space Station and small satellites...
April 19, 2017: Biotechnology Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433489/analysis-of-the-oligosaccharides-in-japanese-rice-wine-sake-by-hydrophilic-interaction-liquid-chromatography-time-of-flight-mass-spectrometry
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Masafumi Tokuoka, Chihiro Honda, Akira Totsuka, Hitoshi Shindo, Masaru Hosaka
A traditional Japanese alcoholic beverage, sake, contains several oligosaccharides, which are associated with the taste of sake; however, little is known about the specific molecular species and concentrations of oligosaccharides in sake. Here, we developed an analytical method using hydrophilic interaction liquid chromatography-time-of-flight/mass spectrometry (HILIC-TOF/MS) which successfully detects the oligosaccharides in sake. A series of oligosaccharides with successive degree of polymerization (DP) values up to 18 were identified in sake for the first time, which we have named sake oligosaccharides (SAOs)...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Bioscience and Bioengineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433435/fabric-phase-sorptive-extraction-as-a-reliable-tool-for-rapid-screening-and-detection-of-freshness-markers-in-oranges
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M Aznar, S Úbeda, C Nerin, A Kabir, K G Furton
A simple, fast and sensitive analyte extraction method based on fabric phase sorptive extraction (FPSE) followed by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS) and ultra-performance liquid chromatography-quadrupole time of flight mass spectrometry (UPLC-QTOF-MS) analysis was developed for the analysis of 12 volatile compounds that represent most of the principal chemical families possessing different polarities and volatilities. Five FPSE media coated with different sol-gel sorbent chemistries having different polarities and selectivities were studied: long chain poly(dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS), short chain poly(tetrahydrofuran) (PTHF), Carbowax 20M (CW20M), short chain poly(dimethyl siloxane) (SC PDMS) and polyethylene glycol-polypropylene glycol-polyethylene glycol triblock copolymer (PEG-PPG-PEG)...
April 8, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433025/a-combined-theoretical-and-experimental-study-of-phenol-acetylene-n-n-%C3%A2-7-clusters
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Gurmeet Singh, Apurba Nandi, Shridhar R Gadre, Takashi Chiba, Asuka Fujii
Structures and vibrational spectra of phenol-(acetylene)n (Ph(Ac)n) clusters are studied by a combination of theoretical calculations and infrared (IR) spectroscopy. The molecular electrostatic potential features are utilized for generating trial geometries of the medium-sized Ph(Ac)n (n = 1, 2, 4, 6, and 7) clusters. These initial geometries are subjected to geometry optimization within the second-order Møller-Plesset (MP2) theory, employing correlation consistent aug-cc-pVDZ (aVDZ) basis set. Minimal nature of the reported structures is confirmed by doing vibrational frequency run at MP2/aVDZ level of theory using full calculations for n = 1 and 2 and employing grafting based molecular tailoring approach for the n = 4, 6, and 7...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432819/identification-of-bioactive-compounds-in-shaoyao-gancao-decoction-using-%C3%AE-2-adrenoceptor-affinity-chromatography
#15
Zehua Li, Haiyang Gao, Jiangying Li, Yajun Zhang
Shaoyao-Gancao decoction, a Chinese herbal formula, is composed of Paeoniae Radix alba and Glycyrrhiza Radix et rhizoma. It has been widely used to treat muscle spasms and asthma. However, little is known about the bioactive components of Shaoyao-Gancao decoction. In the present study, the bioactive compounds in water-extract of Shaoyao-Gancao decoction were separated by the immobilized β2 -adrenoceptor affinity column and identified using quadrupole time-of-flight mass spectrometry. The affinity constants of the separated compounds that bound to β2 -adrenoceptor were determined by frontal analysis...
April 22, 2017: Journal of Separation Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432774/comprehensive-two-dimensional-pc-3-prostate-cancer-cell-membrane-chromatography-for-screening-anti-tumor-components-from-radix-sophorae-flavescentis
#16
Qiang Wang, Junnan Xu, Xiang Li, Dawei Zhang, Yong Han, Xu Zhang
Radix Sophorae flavescentis is generally used for the treatments of different stages of prostate cancer in China. It has ideal effects when combined with surgical treatment and chemotherapy. However, its active components are still ambiguous. We devised a comprehensive two-dimensional PC-3 prostate cancer cell membrane chromatography system for screening anti-prostate cancer components in Radix Sophorae flavescentis. Gefitinib and dexamethasone were chosen as positive and negative drugs respectively for validation and optimization the selectivity and suitability of the comprehensive two-dimensional chromatographic system...
April 22, 2017: Journal of Separation Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431954/isolated-intracranial-fibromuscular-dysplasia-of-the-posterior-cerebral-artery
#17
Min-Ju Yeo, Ho-Yeong Jeon, Min-Ju Cha, Hye-Yeon Jang, Sang-Gil Lee, Ji Seon Kim, Sung-Hyun Lee, Sang-Soo Lee, Dong-Ick Shin
Fibromuscular dysplasia (FMD) is a nonatherosclerotic, noninflammatory arterial disease that most commonly affects the renal and internal carotid arteries, but intracranial FMD is very rare. We report a patient with FMD involving the posterior cerebral arteries (PCAs). A 24year old female was presented with a 4day history of right homonymous hemianopsia with throbbing headache in the left temporo-occipital area. The brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) revealed an acute ischemic stroke in the left PCA territory, while the Time of Flight (TOF) magnetic resonance angiogram (MRA) showed segmental luminal irregularities in the left proximal PCA...
April 18, 2017: Journal of Clinical Neuroscience: Official Journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431455/uhplc-q-tof-ms-ms-based-screening-and-characterization-of-metabolites-of-cnidilin-in-human-liver-microsomes
#18
Lin Yuan, Yuqian Zhang, Man Liao, Yanyan Liu, Changchen Wan, Lantong Zhang
Cnidilin is an active natural furocoumarin ingredient originating from well-known traditional Chinese medicine Radix Angelicae dahuricae. In the present study, an efficient approach was developed for the screening and identification of cnidilin metabolites using ultra-high performance liquid chromatography coupled to quadrupole time-of-flight mass spectrometry. In this approach, an on-line data acquisition method multiple mass defect filter (MMDF) combined with dynamic background subtraction was developed to trace all probable metabolites...
April 21, 2017: Biomedical Chromatography: BMC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431114/molecular-characterization-of-cryptococcus-neoformans-isolated-from-the-environment-in-beijing-china
#19
Hongtao Dou, Huizhu Wang, Shaowei Xie, Xinxin Chen, Zhipeng Xu, Yingchun Xu
The molecular type of environmental Cryptococcus neoformans in Beijing was not clear. Our study aims to reveal the molecular characterization of C. neoformans complex from environment in Beijing, China. A total of 435 samples of pigeon droppings from 11 different homes in Beijing were collected from August to November in 2015. Pigeon droppings were inoculated onto caffeic acid cornmeal agar (CACA) to screen C. neoformans complex. Bruker Biotyper matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF MS) was performed for species identification...
April 20, 2017: Medical Mycology: Official Publication of the International Society for Human and Animal Mycology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430544/trust-and-the-compliance-reliance-paradigm-the-effects-of-risk-error-bias-and-reliability-on-trust-and-dependence
#20
Eric T Chancey, James P Bliss, Yusuke Yamani, Holly A H Handley
OBJECTIVE: This study provides a theoretical link between trust and the compliance-reliance paradigm. We propose that for trust mediation to occur, the operator must be presented with a salient choice, and there must be an element of risk for dependence. BACKGROUND: Research suggests that false alarms and misses affect dependence via two independent processes, hypothesized as trust in signals and trust in nonsignals. These two trust types manifest in categorically different behaviors: compliance and reliance...
May 2017: Human Factors
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