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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738664/bomb-swab-can-trace-explosive-particle-sampling-and-detection-be-improved
#1
Danny Fisher, Raya Zach, Yossef Matana, Paz Elia, Shiran Shustack, Yarden Sharon, Yehuda Zeiri
The marked increase in international terror in recent years requires the development of highly efficient methods to detect trace amounts of explosives at airports, border crossings and check points. The preferred analytical method worldwide is the ion mobility spectrometry (IMS) that is capable of detecting most explosives at the nano-gram level. Sample collection for the IMS analysis is based on swabbing of a passenger's belongings to collect possible explosive residues. The present study examines a wide range of issues related to swab-based particle collection and analysis, in the hope of gaining deeper understanding into this technique that will serve to improve the detection process...
November 1, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738644/biosensor-for-the-characterisation-of-hmao-b-inhibitors-and-the-quantification-of-selegiline
#2
Maximilian Aigner, Patricia Preissegger, Kurt Kalcher, Eda Mehmeti, Peter Macheroux, Dale Edmondson, Astrid Ortner
A novel human monoamine oxidase B (hMAO B) based biosensor for inhibitory measurements was developed. It allows both the characterisation of the type of enzyme inhibition and the sensitive and simple determination of inhibitors like selegiline hydrochloride. The sensor consists of a screen printed carbon working electrode modified with 20% manganese dioxide (MnO2) and the enzyme hMAO B, which was immobilised on the electrode via a dialysis membrane (regenerated cellulose, molecular weight cut-off 14000). Inhibition of hMAO B is evaluated by adding different concentrations of the inhibitor selegiline hydrochloride to the enzyme and applying a defined amount of the hMAO B substrate phenylethylamine (PEA)...
November 1, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738638/mixed-matrix-membranes-incorporated-with-ln-mof-for-selective-and-sensitive-detection-of-nitrofuran-antibiotics-based-on-inner-filter-effect
#3
Feng Zhang, Hua Yao, Yifan Zhao, Xing Li, Gaowei Zhang, Yangyi Yang
The detection of antibiotics is critical and challenging due to the pervasive use of antibiotics had inevitably brought some negative impacts on ecosystem and human health. Herein, we reported an anti-interfere ability enhanced luminescent sensor of lanthanide metal-organic framework (Ln-MOF) filled mixed matrix membranes (MMMs), which combining the processibility of poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) polymer with Ln-MOF of {[Tb2(AIP)2(H2O)10]·(AIP)·4H2O}n (Tb-AIP, where AIP is 5-aminoisophthalate) fillers...
November 1, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738610/a-novel-donor-%C3%AF-acceptor-type-fluorescence-probe-for-sensing-ph-mechanism-and-application-in-vivo
#4
Jianbin Chao, Huijuan Wang, Yongbin Zhang, Caixia Yin, Fangjun Huo, Kailun Song, Zhiqing Li, Ting Zhang, Yaqin Zhao
A novel pH fluorescent probe 1-(pyren-1-yl)-3-(6-methoxypridin-3-yl)-acrylketone, (PMPA), which had a pyrene structure attached to methoxypyridine, was synthesized for monitoring extremely acidic and alkaline pH. The pH titrations indicated that PMPA displayed a remarkable emission enhancement with a pKa of 2.70 and responded linearly to minor pH fluctuations within the extremely acidic range of 1.26-3.97. Interestingly, PMPA also exhibited strong pH-dependent characteristics with pKa 9.32 and linear response to extreme-alkalinity range of 8...
November 1, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738572/sequential-determination-of-nickel-and-cadmium-in-tobacco-molasses-and-refill-solutions-for-e-cigarettes-samples-by-molecular-fluorescence
#5
María Carolina Talio, Magdalena Alesso, Mariano Acosta, Verónica S Wills, Liliana P Fernández
In this work, a new procedure was developed for separation and preconcentration of nickel(II) and cadmium(II) in several and varied tobacco samples. Tobacco samples were selected considering the main products consumed by segments of the population, in particular the age (youth) and lifestyle of the consumer. To guarantee representative samples, a randomized strategy of sampling was used. In the first step, a chemofiltration on nylon membrane is carried out employing eosin (Eo) and carbon nanotubes dispersed in sodium dodecylsulfate (SDS) solution (phosphate buffer pH 7)...
November 1, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738557/multielemental-analysis-of-18-essential-and-toxic-elements-in-amniotic-fluid-samples-by-icp-ms-full-procedure-validation-and-estimation-of-measurement-uncertainty
#6
B Markiewicz, A Sajnóg, W Lorenc, A Hanć, I Komorowicz, J Suliburska, R Kocyłowski, D Barałkiewicz
Amniotic fluid is the substantial factor in the development of an embryo and fetus due to the fact that water and solutes contained in it penetrate the fetal membranes in an hydrostatic and osmotic way as well as being swallowed by the fetus. Elemental composition of amniotic fluid influences the growth and health of the fetus, therefore, an analysis of amniotic fluid is important because the results would indicate abnormal levels of minerals or toxic elements. Inductively coupled plasma mass spectroscopy (ICP-MS) is often used for determination of trace and ultra-trace level elements in a wide range of matrices including biological samples because of its unique analytical capabilities...
November 1, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738514/unraveling-the-impact-of-nanoscale-zero-valent-iron-on-the-nitrogen-removal-performance-and-microbial-community-of-anammox-sludge
#7
Zheng-Zhe Zhang, Jia-Jia Xu, Zhi-Jian Shi, Yu-Hui Bai, Ya-Fei Cheng, Hai-Yan Hu, Ren-Cun Jin
Given the increasing use of nanoscale zero-valent iron (NZVI) particles for environmental remediation and wastewater treatment, their potential impact on anaerobic ammonium oxidation (anammox) bacteria was investigated in this study using anammox sludge. Batch assays showed that NZVI concentrations up to 200mgL(-1) did not affect anammox activity, reactive oxygen species production, and cell membrane integrity. The nitrogen removal efficiency of the continuous-flow reactor fluctuated in the presence of 20 or 50mgL(-1) NZVI, but it could return to normal over time, even at 200mgL(-1) NZVI...
July 11, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738408/cgas-surveillance-of-micronuclei-links-genome-instability-to-innate-immunity
#8
Karen J Mackenzie, Paula Carroll, Carol-Anne Martin, Olga Murina, Adeline Fluteau, Daniel J Simpson, Nelly Olova, Hannah Sutcliffe, Jacqueline K Rainger, Andrea Leitch, Ruby T Osborn, Ann P Wheeler, Marcin Nowotny, Nick Gilbert, Tamir Chandra, Martin A M Reijns, Andrew P Jackson
DNA is strictly compartmentalized within the nucleus to prevent autoimmunity; despite this, cyclic GMP-AMP synthase (cGAS), a cytosolic sensor of double-stranded DNA, is activated in autoinflammatory disorders and by DNA damage. Precisely how cellular DNA gains access to the cytoplasm remains to be determined. Here, we report that cGAS localizes to micronuclei arising from genome instability in a mouse model of monogenic autoinflammation, after exogenous DNA damage and spontaneously in human cancer cells. Such micronuclei occur after mis-segregation of DNA during cell division and consist of chromatin surrounded by its own nuclear membrane...
July 24, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738369/inflammatory-and-innate-immune-markers-of-neuroprogression-in-depressed-and-teenage-suicide-brain
#9
Ghanshyam N Pandey
Several studies suggest that major depressive disorder (MDD) and bipolar disorder (BPD) are neuroprogressive illnesses. Besides clinical features, neurobiological mechanisms have been suggested to contribute to the neuroprogression of mood disorders. Biological factors that have been shown to contribute significantly toward the neuroprogressive course of these disorders are inflammatory markers, such as cytokines. Cytokines have been extensively investigated, primarily in the serum of MDD and BPD patients, and these studies show cytokine abnormalities in both adolescent and adult patients with mood disorders...
2017: Modern Trends in Pharmacopsychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738354/review-of-extracorporeal-membrane-oxygenation-and-dialysis-based-liver-support-devices-for-the-use-of-nephrologists
#10
Tamim Hamdi, Biff F Palmer
Acute kidney injury in the intensive care unit (ICU) is a manifestation of an underlying severe illness that commonly involves other organ systems. Pulmonary, cardiac, and hepatic failures are the most prevalent. This article provides a simplified review of the technical aspects of extracorporeal cardiopulmonary and liver support devices used in the adult ICU patient, as well as a summary of the most relevant and up-to-date clinical evidence that supports their use.
July 22, 2017: American Journal of Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738302/abnormal-pinocytosis-and-valence-variable-behaviors-of-cerium-suggested-a-cellular-mechanism-for-plant-yield-reduction-induced-by-environmental-cerium
#11
Lihong Wang, Jingfang He, Qing Yang, Xiaofen Lv, Jigang Li, David D Y Chen, Xiaolan Ding, Xiaohua Huang, Qing Zhou
The environmental safety of cerium (Ce) applications in many fields has been debated for almost a century because the cellular effects of environmental Ce on living organisms remain largely unclear. Here, using new, interdisciplinary methods, we surprisingly found that after Ce(III) treatment, Ce(III) was first recognized and anchored on the plasma membrane in leaf cells. Moreover, some trivalent Ce(III) was oxidized to tetravalent Ce(IV) in this organelle, which activated pinocytosis. Subsequently, more anchoring sites and stronger valence-variable behavior on the plasma membrane caused stronger pinocytosis to transport Ce(III and IV) into the leaf cells...
July 21, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738282/fouling-behavior-of-silica-nanoparticle-surfactant-mixtures-during-constant-flux-dead-end-ultrafiltration
#12
Krzysztof W Trzaskus, Sooi Li Lee, Wiebe M de Vos, Antoine Kemperman, Kitty Nijmeijer
The increasing use of engineered nanoparticles in customer products results in their accumulation in water sources. In this experimental study, we investigated the role of surfactant type (cationic, anionic and non-ionic) and concentration on fouling development, nanoparticle rejection and fouling irreversibility during dead-end ultrafiltration of model silica nanoparticles. Our work demonstrates that the type of surfactant influences the nanoparticle stability, which in turn is responsible for differences in fouling behavior of the nanoparticles...
July 15, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738245/two-amino-acids-change-in-the-nsp4-of-sars-coronavirus-abolishes-viral-replication
#13
Yusuke Sakai, Kengo Kawachi, Yutaka Terada, Hiroko Omori, Yoshiharu Matsuura, Wataru Kamitani
Infection with coronavirus rearranges the host cell membrane to assemble a replication/transcription complex in which replication of the viral genome and transcription of viral mRNA occur. Although coexistence of nsp3 and nsp4 is known to cause membrane rearrangement, the mechanisms underlying the interaction of these two proteins remain unclear. We demonstrated that binding of nsp4 with nsp3 is essential for membrane rearrangement and identified amino acid residues in nsp4 responsible for the interaction with nsp3...
July 21, 2017: Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738230/fluorinated-tripodal-receptors-for-potentiometric-chloride-detection-in-biological-fluids
#14
Nadezda Pankratova, Maria Cuartero, Laura A Jowett, Ethan N W Howe, Philip A Gale, Eric Bakker, Gastón A Crespo
Fluorinated tripodal compounds were recently reported to be efficient transmembrane transporters for a series of inorganic anions. In particular, this class of receptors has been shown to be suitable for the effective complexation of chloride, nitrate, bicarbonate and sulfate anions via hydrogen bonding. The potentiometric properties of urea and thiourea-based fluorinated tripodal receptors are explored here for the first time, in light of the need for reliable sensors for chloride monitoring in undiluted biological fluids...
July 8, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738206/a-preliminary-study-on-the-effects-of-lanthanum-iii-on-plant-vitronectin-like-protein-and-its-toxicological-basis
#15
Lihong Wang, Jingfang He, Qing Yang, Xiaodong Li, Haiyan Wei, David D Y Chen, Xiaohua Huang
Vitronectin-like protein (VN) is widely found outside plant plasma membranes. The VN molecular surface contains a large number of active groups that combine strongly with rare earth elements (REEs), which means that VN is a preferential binding target for REEs exhibiting their toxic effects, but the toxicological mechanism remains unknown. This study used transmission electron microscopy, circular dichroism, fluorescence spectrometry, ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and calculational chemistry (homology modeling, molecular dynamics simulation and quantum chemical calculation) to preliminarily investigate the effect of lanthanum [La(III)] as an REE, on the structure of VN and its toxicological mechanism...
July 21, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738172/impact-of-polymeric-membrane-breakage-on-drinking-water-quality-and-an-online-detection-method-of-the-breakage
#16
Qilong Wu, Zhenghua Zhang, Guodong Cao, Xihui Zhang
Polymeric membrane has been widely used for the treatment of drinking water in China, and the total treating capacity has reached up to 3.8 million m(3)/d. However, the membrane breakage found in the membrane modules in many water treatment plants resulted in an increase in turbidity and bacterial amount in the membrane permeate. In this study, a membrane module running for 3 years in a full-scale application was examined in terms of the breaking positions and the numbers of the broken fibers. It was found that most of the breaking positions were mainly on the outlet side of the module and that the distance from these points to the outlet was about 1/10-2/10 length of the membrane module...
July 24, 2017: Journal of Environmental Science and Health. Part A, Toxic/hazardous Substances & Environmental Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738075/predicting-preeclampsia-from-a-history-of-preterm-birth
#17
Svein Rasmussen, Cathrine Ebbing, Lorentz M Irgens
OBJECTIVE: To assess whether women with a history of preterm birth, independent on the presence of prelabour rupture of the membranes (PROM) and growth deviation of the newborn, are more likely to develop preeclampsia with preterm or preterm birth in a subsequent pregnancy. METHODS: We conducted a population-based cohort study, based on Medical Birth Registry of Norway between 1967 and 2012, including 742,980 women with singleton pregnancies who were followed up from their 1st to 2nd pregnancy...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738008/randomized-placebo-controlled-study-of-the-effects-of-yunnan-baiyao-on-hemostasis-in-horses
#18
SallyAnne L Ness, Amelia H Frye, Thomas J Divers, Mark Rishniw, Hollis N Erb, Marjory B Brooks
OBJECTIVE To determine effects of oral administration of Yunnan Baiyao on platelet activation, coagulation, and fibrinolysis in healthy horses. ANIMALS 12 healthy adult horses. PROCEDURES In a randomized blinded crossover study that included a 4-week washout period between treatments, horses were orally administered a paste containing Yunnan Baiyao (15 mg/kg) or placebo at 12-hour intervals for 3 days. Blood samples were collected before start of treatment (time 0) and at 24 and 72 hours for a CBC, measurement of fibrinogen concentration, coagulation screening tests, and a panel of assays to assess platelet activation (including ADP- and collagen-induced aggregation and closure times, flow-cytometric variables of platelet-leukocyte aggregates, platelet membrane P-selectin and phosphatidylserine expression, and microparticle release), von Willebrand factor (vWF) concentration, and cofactor activity...
August 2017: American Journal of Veterinary Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737967/integral-membrane-proteins-bottom-up-top-down-and-structural-proteomics
#19
Upendra Karr, Margaret Simonian, Julian P Whitelegge
Integral membrane proteins and lipids constitute the bilayer membranes that surround cells and sub-cellular compartments, and modulate movements of molecules and information between them. Since membrane protein drug targets represent a disproportionately large segment of the proteome, technical developments need timely review. Areas covered and literature search strategy: Publically available resources such as Pubmed were surveyed. Bottom-up proteomics analyses now allow efficient extraction and digestion such that membrane protein coverage is essentially complete, making up around one third of the proteome...
July 24, 2017: Expert Review of Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737919/proton-detected-nmr-spectroscopy-of-nanodisc-embedded-membrane-proteins-mas-solid-state-vs-solution-state-methods
#20
Nils-Alexander Lakomek, Lukas Frey, Stefan Bibow, Anja Böckmann, Roland Riek, Beat H Meier
The structural and dynamical characterization of membrane proteins in a lipid bilayer at physiological pH and temperature and free of crystal constraints is crucial for the elucidation of a structure/dynamics - activity relationship. Towards this aim, we explore here the properties of the outer-membrane protein OmpX embedded in lipid bilayer nanodiscs using proton-detected magic angle spinning (MAS) solid-state NMR at 60 and 110 kHz. [1H,15N]-correlation spectra overlay well with the corresponding solution-state NMR spectra...
July 24, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
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