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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817233/evaluation-and-quantitative-analysis-of-11-compounds-in-morinda-officinalis-using-ultra-high-performance-liquid-chromatography-and-photodiode-array-detection-coupled-with-chemometrics
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Xiangsheng Zhao, Weijun Kong, Yakui Zhou, Jianhe Wei, Meihua Yang
Morinda officinalis (Rubiaceae) is a traditional Chinese medicine widely used for the treatment of impotence and osteoporosis in clinical therapy. In the present study, a rapid and simple ultra high performance liquid chromatography with photodiode array detection method was developed and validated for the simultaneous determination of 11 bioactive compounds in M. officinalis. This assay method was validated with respect to linearity (R(2)( ) > 0.9991), precision, repeatability, limit of detection, limit of quantification, and accuracy (with observed recovery rates between 94...
August 17, 2017: Journal of Separation Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816727/effect-of-time-on-scleral-lens-settling-and-change-in-corneal-clearance
#2
Heinz Otchere, Lyndon W Jones, Luigina Sorbara
SIGNIFICANCE: With the increase in the use of scleral contact lenses among practitioners, questions regarding lens settling are gradually gaining attention. This is because current studies support the notion that scleral lenses settle back over time. More research is needed to understand the exact cause and the factors that underpin such phenomenon. PURPOSE: The present study aims to assess the effect of time on topographic corneal clearance of three scleral contact lenses of varying sagittal depths...
August 16, 2017: Optometry and Vision Science: Official Publication of the American Academy of Optometry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816047/light-independent-ionic-transport-in-inorganic-perovskite-and-ultra-stable-cs-based-perovskite-solar-cells
#3
Wenke Zhou, Yicheng Zhao, Xu Zhou, Rui Fu, Qi Li, Yao Zhao, Kaihui Liu, Dapeng Yu, Qing Zhao
Due to light-induced effects in CH3NH3-based perovskites, such as ion migration, defects formation and halide segregation, the degradation of CH3NH3-based perovskite solar cells under maximum power point is generally concerned. Here we demonstrated that the effect of light-enhanced ion migration in CH3NH3PbI3 can be eliminated by inorganic Cs substitution, leading to an ultra-stable perovskite solar cell. Quantitatively, the ion migration barrier for CH3NH3PbI3 is 0.62 eV under dark, larger than CsPbI2Br (0...
August 17, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816042/rapid-and-reliable-detection-of-alkaline-phosphatase-by-a-hot-spots-amplification-strategy-based-on-well-controlled-assembly-on-single-nanoparticle
#4
Yi Zeng, Jia-Qiang Ren, Shaokai Wang, Jiaming Mai, Bing Qu, Yan Zhang, Ai-Guo Shen, Jiming Hu
The first appeal of clinical assay is always accurate and rapid. For alkaline phosphatase (ALP) monitoring in medical treatment, a rapid, reliable surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) test kit is designed based on a "hot spots" amplification strategy. Consisting of alkyne-tagged Au nanoparticles (NPs), Ag+, and enzyme substrate, the packaged test kit can achieve one-step clinical assay of ALP in human serum within several minutes, while the operation is simple as it directly inputs the sample into the test kit...
August 17, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816001/plasma-and-cerebrospinal-fluid-tau-and-neurofilament-concentrations-in-rapidly-progressive-neurological-syndromes-a-neuropathology-based-cohort
#5
G G Kovacs, U Andreasson, V Liman, G Regelsberger, M I Lutz, K Danics, E Keller, H Zetterberg, K Blennow
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) tau and neurofilament light chain (NF-L) proteins have proved to be reliable biomarkers for neuronal damage; however, there is a strong need for blood-based tests. METHODS: The present study included 132 autopsy cases with rapidly progressive neurological syndromes, including Alzheimer disease (AD) (21), sporadic (65) and genetic (21) Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD), 25 cases with vascular, neoplastic and inflammatory alterations, and additionally 18 healthy control individuals...
August 16, 2017: European Journal of Neurology: the Official Journal of the European Federation of Neurological Societies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815905/degradable-vanadium-disulfide-nanostructures-with-unique-optical-and-magnetic-functions-for-cancer-theranostics
#6
Yuyan Chen, Liang Cheng, Ziliang Dong, Yu Chao, Huali Lei, He Zhao, Jian Wang, Zhuang Liu
Multifunctional biodegradable inorganic theranostic nano-agents are of great interests to the field of nanomedicine. Herein, VS2 nanosheets upon lipid modification could be converted into ultra-small VS2 nanodots encapsulated inside polyethylene glycol (PEG) modified lipid micelles. Owing to the paramagnetic property, high near-infrared (NIR) absorbance, and chelator-free 99mTc4+ labeling of VS2, such VS2@lipid-PEG nanoparticles could be used for T1-weighted magnetic resonance (MR), photoacoustic (PA),and single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) tri-modal imaging guided photothermal ablation of tumors...
August 16, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814125/recreational-drug-use-at-a-major-music-festival-trend-analysis-of-anonymised-pooled-urine
#7
Lotte Christine Groth Hoegberg, Cecilie Christiansen, Jesper Soe, Rasmus Telving, Mette Findal Andreasen, Dan Staerk, Lona Louring Christrup, Kenneth Thermann Kongstad
OBJECTIVE: The spread of new psychoactive substances (NPS) has expanded rapidly in the last decade. The complexity of the pharmacological effects of NPS challenges the traditional treatment guidelines, and information of the emergence of new arrivals is valuable. Our knowledge on the actual range of recreational drugs used and NPS available in Denmark is limited as identification is possible only when consumers become patients in the healthcare system or through drug seizures. We aimed to detect classical recreational drugs and NPS in the urine of music festival attendees and evaluate if the use of NPS could have been predicted by comparing study data with drug seizure data from the previous year published by European and Danish health authorities...
August 17, 2017: Clinical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813479/metabolomic-profiling-of-amines-in-sepsis-predicts-changes-in-nos-canonical-pathways
#8
Abel Tesfai, Niall MacCallum, Nicholas S Kirkby, Hime Gashaw, Nicola Gray, Elizabeth Want, Gregory J Quinlan, Sharon Mumby, James M Leiper, Mark Paul-Clark, Blerina Ahmetaj-Shala, Jane A Mitchell
RATIONALE: Nitric oxide synthase (NOS) is a biomarker/target in sepsis. NOS activity is driven by amino acids, which cycle to regulate the substrate L-arginine in parallel with cycles which regulate the endogenous inhibitors ADMA and L-NMMA. The relationship between amines and the consequence of plasma changes on iNOS activity in early sepsis is not known. OBJECTIVE: Our objective was to apply a metabolomics approach to determine the influence of sepsis on a full array of amines and what consequence these changes may have on predicted iNOS activity...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813438/heritability-estimation-using-a-regularized-regression-approach-herra-applicable-to-continuous-dichotomous-or-age-at-onset-outcome
#9
Malka Gorfine, Sonja I Berndt, Jenny Chang-Claude, Michael Hoffmeister, Loic Le Marchand, John Potter, Martha L Slattery, Nir Keret, Ulrike Peters, Li Hsu
The popular Genome-wide Complex Trait Analysis (GCTA) software uses the random-effects models for estimating the narrow-sense heritability based on GWAS data of unrelated individuals without knowing and identifying the causal loci. Many methods have since extended this approach to various situations. However, since the proportion of causal loci among the variants is typically very small and GCTA uses all variants to calculate the similarities among individuals, the estimation of heritability may be unstable, resulting in a large variance of the estimates...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812234/temperature-dependence-of-band-gap-in-mose2-grown-by-molecular-beam-epitaxy
#10
Byoung Ki Choi, Minu Kim, Kwang-Hwan Jung, Jwasoon Kim, Kyu-Sang Yu, Young Jun Chang
We report on a temperature-dependent band gap property of epitaxial MoSe2 ultrathin films. We prepare uniform MoSe2 films epitaxially grown on graphenized SiC substrates with controlled thicknesses by molecular beam epitaxy. Spectroscopic ellipsometry measurements upon heating sample in ultra-high vacuum showed temperature-dependent optical spectra between room temperature to 850 °C. We observed a gradual energy shift of optical band gap depending on the measurement temperature for different film thicknesses...
August 15, 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812108/ultra-early-detection-of-microcirculatory-injury-as-predictor-of-developing-delayed-cerebral-ischemia-after-aneurysmal-subarachnoid-hemorrhage
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Philipp Gölitz, Philip Hoelter, Julie Rösch, Karl Roessler, Frauke Knossalla, Arnd Doerfler
PURPOSE: Delayed cerebral ischemia (DCI) still remains a major complication after subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH). The aim of our study was to evaluate whether flow analysis of admission digital subtraction angiography (DSA) using parametric color coding (PCC), a postprocessing algorithm, allows ultra-early identification of SAH patients at risk for developing subsequent symptomatic vasospasm. METHODS: In this study 52 patients who suffered SAH from aneurysm rupture, were retrospectively enrolled...
August 15, 2017: Clinical Neuroradiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811577/dirac-point-induced-ultralow-threshold-laser-and-giant-optoelectronic-quantum-oscillations-in-graphene-based-heterojunctions
#12
Golam Haider, Rini Ravindranath, Tzu-Pei Chen, Prathik Roy, Pradip Kumar Roy, Shu-Yi Cai, Huan-Tsung Chang, Yang-Fang Chen
The occurrence of zero effective mass of electrons at the vicinity of the Dirac point is expected to create new paradigms for scientific research and technological applications, but the related discoveries are rather limited. Here, we demonstrate that a simple architecture composed of graphene quantum dots sandwiched by graphene layers can exhibit several intriguing features, including the Dirac point induced ultralow-threshold laser, giant peak-to-valley ratio (PVR) with ultra-narrow spectra of negative differential resistance and quantum oscillations of current as well as light emission intensity...
August 15, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811505/identification-and-quantification-of-plasma-free-salusin-%C3%AE-an-endogenous-parasympathomimetic-peptide
#13
Kazumi Fujimoto, Akinori Hayashi, Yoshio Kodera, Tatsuya Saito, Takuya Toki, Akifumi Ogawa, Yuji Kamata, Koji Takano, Hideki Katakami, Masayoshi Shichiri
Salusin-β is an endogenous parasympathomimetic proatherosclerotic peptide. Salusin-β was initially predicted from bioinformatic analyses and later immunologically detected in human biofluids. However, elucidation of salusin-β bioactivity has faced enormous challenges because of its unique physicochemical characteristics that cause it to strongly adhere to laboratory apparatus materials. In the strictest sense, the discovery of bioactive peptides is not complete until their exact native sequences have been confirmed in the peripheral circulation...
August 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811302/effects-of-temperature-and-uvr-on-organic-matter-fluxes-and-the-metabolic-activity-of-acropora-muricata
#14
Lucile Courtial, Christine Ferrier-Pagès, Stéphan Jacquet, Riccardo Rodolfo-Metalpa, Stéphanie Reynaud, Cécile Rottier, Fanny Houlbrèque
Coral bleaching events are predicted to occur more frequently in the coming decades with global warming. The susceptibility of corals to bleaching during thermal stress episodes depends on many factors, including the magnitude of thermal stress and irradiance. The interactions among these two factors, and in particular with ultra-violet radiation (UVR), the most harmful component of light, are more complex than assumed, and are not yet well understood. This paper explores the individual and combined effects of temperature and UVR on the metabolism of Acropora muricata, one of the most abundant coral species worldwide...
August 15, 2017: Biology Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811136/determination-of-ghb-and-ghb-%C3%AE-o-glucuronide-in-hair-of-three-narcoleptic-patients-comparison-between-single-and-chronic-ghb-exposure
#15
Lena-Maria Mehling, Xin Wang, Sys-Stybe Johansen, Annika Spottke, Anna Heidbreder, Peter Young, Burkhard Madea, Cornelius Hess
Gamma-hydroxybutyric acid (GHB) can be used as a knock-out drug in drug facilitated crime (DFC). Due to its rapid metabolism and resulting narrow detection window, uncovering GHB use in DFC still constitutes a problem. In this experiment we determined the GHB and GHB-β-O-glucuronide (GHB-Gluc) concentrations in hair samples after single and chronic GHB exposures. Hair samples of three narcoleptic patients therapeutically taking sodium oxybate (GHB-sodium-salt) were collected. Patients 1 (P1) and 2 (P2) took the medication for nine and six years, respectively...
July 31, 2017: Forensic Science International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811102/high-resolution-separations-of-charge-variants-and-disulfide-isomers-of-monoclonal-antibodies-and-antibody-drug-conjugates-using-ultra-high-voltage-capillary-electrophoresis-with-high-electric-field-strength
#16
W Hampton Henley, Yan He, J Scott Mellors, Nicholas G Batz, J Michael Ramsey, James W Jorgenson
Ultra-high voltage capillary electrophoresis with high electric field strength has been applied to the separation of the charge variants, drug conjugates, and disulfide isomers of monoclonal antibodies. Samples composed of many closely related species are difficult to resolve and quantify using traditional analytical instrumentation. High performance instrumentation can often save considerable time and effort otherwise spent on extensive method development. Ideally, the resolution obtained for a given CE buffer system scales with the square root of the applied voltage...
July 29, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811017/improved-methodology-for-analysis-of-multiple-phytohormones-using-sequential-magnetic-solid-phase-extraction-coupled-with-liquid-chromatography-tandem-mass-spectrometry
#17
Xiao-Tong Luo, Bao-Dong Cai, Xi Chen, Yu-Qi Feng
Phytohormones are special small molecules that play important role in plant growth and development at trace levels. Quantification of multiple phytohormones will be great helpful for researches about cross-talks that plant hormones regulate the responses of plants against both biotic and abiotic stresses by means of synergistic or antagonistic interactions. In the current study, we developed a method for profiling of phytohormones in one small sample, including indole-3-acetic acid, abscisic acid, jasmonic acid, gibberellins, cytokinins and brassinosteroids...
August 29, 2017: Analytica Chimica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810773/geometric-phase-effects-in-excited-state-dynamics-through-a-conical-intersection-in-large-molecules-n-dimensional-linear-vibronic-coupling-model-study
#18
Jiaru Li, Loïc Joubert-Doriol, Artur F Izmaylov
We investigate geometric phase (GP) effects in nonadiabatic transitions through a conical intersection (CI) in an N-dimensional linear vibronic coupling (ND-LVC) model. This model allows for the coordinate transformation encompassing all nonadiabatic effects within a two-dimensional (2D) subsystem, while the other N - 2 dimensions form a system of uncoupled harmonic oscillators identical for both electronic states and coupled bi-linearly with the subsystem coordinates. The 2D subsystem governs ultra-fast nonadiabatic dynamics through the CI and provides a convenient model for studying GP effects...
August 14, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810502/brief-report-how-short-is-too-short-an-ultra-brief-measure-of-the-big-five-personality-domains-implicates-agreeableness-as-a-risk-for-all-cause-mortality
#19
Benjamin P Chapman, Ari J Elliot
Controversy exists over the use of brief Big Five scales in health studies. We investigated links between an ultra-brief measure, the Big Five Inventory-10, and mortality in the General Social Survey. The Agreeableness scale was associated with elevated mortality risk (hazard ratio = 1.26, p = .017). This effect was attributable to the reversed-scored item "Tends to find fault with others," so that greater fault-finding predicted lower mortality risk. The Conscientiousness scale approached meta-analytic estimates, which were not precise enough for significance...
August 1, 2017: Journal of Health Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810433/ultra-brief-non-expert-delivered-defusion-and-acceptance-exercises-for-food-cravings-a-partial-replication-study
#20
Lee Hulbert-Williams, Nick J Hulbert-Williams, Wendy Nicholls, Sian Williamson, Jivone Poonia, Kevin D Hochard
Food cravings are a common barrier to losing weight. This article presents a randomised comparison of non-expert group-delivered ultra-brief defusion and acceptance interventions against a distraction control. A total of 63 participants were asked to carry a bag of chocolates for a week while trying to resist the temptation to eat them. A behavioural rebound measure was administered. Each intervention out-performed control in respect of consumption, but not cravings. These techniques may have a place in the clinical management of food cravings...
March 1, 2017: Journal of Health Psychology
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