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Davy Guillarme, Vincent Desfontaine, Sabine Heinisch, Jean-Luc Veuthey
Mass spectrometry (MS) is considered today as one of the most popular detection methods, due to its high selectivity and sensitivity. In particular, this detector has become the gold standard for the analysis of complex mixtures such as biological samples. The first successful SFC-MS hyphenation was reported in the 80's, and since then, several ionization sources, mass analyzers and interfacing technologies have been combined. Due to the specific physicochemical properties and compressibility of the SFC mobile phase, directing the column effluent into the ionization source is more challenging than in LC...
March 7, 2018: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
Syeda Sabrina, Mykola Tasinkevych, Suzanne Ahmed, Allan M Brooks, Monica Olvera de la Cruz, Thomas E Mallouk, Kyle J M Bishop
The propulsion of micro- and nanoparticles using ultrasound is an attractive strategy for the remote manipulation of colloidal matter using biocompatible energy inputs. However, the physical mechanisms underlying acoustic propulsion are poorly understood, and our ability to transduce acoustic energy into different types of particle motions remains limited. Here, we show that the three-dimensional shape of a colloidal particle can be rationally engineered to direct desired particle motions powered by ultrasound...
March 16, 2018: ACS Nano
Tarisai Chiyaka, Phillis Mushati, Bernadette Hensen, Sungai Chabata, James R Hargreaves, Sian Floyd, Isolde J Birdthistle, Frances M Cowan, Joanna R Busza
Young women (aged 15-24) who exchange sex for money or other support are among the highest risk groups for HIV acquisition, particularly in high prevalence settings. To prepare for introduction and evaluation of the DREAMS programme in Zimbabwe, which provides biomedical and social interventions to reduce adolescent girls' and young women's HIV vulnerability, we conducted a rapid needs assessment in 6 towns using a "social mapping" approach. In each site, we talked to adult sex workers and other key informants to identify locations where young women sell sex, followed by direct observation, group discussions and interviews...
2018: PloS One
Jutaek Nam, Sejin Son, Lukasz J Ochyl, Rui Kuai, Anna Schwendeman, James J Moon
Photothermal therapy (PTT) is a promising cancer treatment modality, but PTT generally requires direct access to the source of light irradiation, thus precluding its utility against disseminated, metastatic tumors. Here, we demonstrate that PTT combined with chemotherapy can trigger potent anti-tumor immunity against disseminated tumors. Specifically, we have developed polydopamine-coated spiky gold nanoparticles as a new photothermal agent with extensive photothermal stability and efficiency. Strikingly, a single round of PTT combined with a sub-therapeutic dose of doxorubicin can elicit robust anti-tumor immune responses and eliminate local as well as untreated, distant tumors in >85% of animals bearing CT26 colon carcinoma...
March 14, 2018: Nature Communications
Miriam Eddyani, Ghislain E Sopoh, Gilbert Ayelo, Luc V C Brun, Jean-Jacques Roux, Yves Barogui, Dissou Affolabi, William R Faber, Marleen Boelaert, Annelies Van Rie, Françoise Portaels, Bouke C de Jong
Background: The diagnosis of the neglected tropical skin and soft tissue disease Buruli ulcer (BU) is made on clinical and epidemiological grounds, after which treatment with BU-specific antibiotics is initiated empirically. Given the current decline in BU incidence, clinical expertise in the recognition of BU is likely to wane and laboratory confirmation of BU becomes increasingly important. We therefore aimed to determine the diagnostic accuracy of clinical signs and microbiological tests in patients presenting with lesions clinically compatible with BU...
March 10, 2018: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
Mahmoud Nasrollahzadeh, Mohaddeseh Sajjadi, Fatemeh Ghorbannezhad, S Mohammad Sajadi
A3 coupling is one of the few transition-metal catalyzed carbon-carbon bond forming reactions that have been established as a most direct, efficient and atom-economical synthetic approach to afford propargylamine derivatives using various catalysts. A large number of nanosized heterogeneous catalysts for three-component coupling reactions between an aldehyde, an amine, and a terminal alkyne have been popularly introduced as an A3 coupling in the last decade. The coupling product has found a broad application as a key intermediate for a variety of heterocyclic useful compounds and numerous biologically active molecules such as β-lactams, conformationally restricted peptides, isosteres, herbicides, fungicides, indolizines, pyrroles, quinolines and therapeutic drug molecules...
March 14, 2018: Chemical Record: An Official Publication of the Chemical Society of Japan ... [et Al.]
K Kavvadia, K Seremidi, C Reppa, M Makou, P Lagouvardos
AIM: To clinically validate the fluorescence devices, DIAGNOdent Pen™ and Vista Proof™ for the evaluation of non-cavitated white spot lesions (WSL) in orthodontic patients and using direct visual examination after the brackets removal, as the gold standard. METHODS: The sample consisted of 31 patients, 13-28 years old, under fixed appliance orthodontic treatment. Teeth (N = 619) were evaluated with the brackets on, after cleaning and air drying, by direct, indirect visual examination and using the DIAGNOdent Pen™ device...
March 13, 2018: European Archives of Paediatric Dentistry: Official Journal of the European Academy of Paediatric Dentistry
Luke Kaplan, Athena Ierokomos, Praveen Chowdary, Zev Bryant, Bianxiao Cui
Long-distance axonal transport is critical to the maintenance and function of neurons. Robust transport is ensured by the coordinated activities of multiple molecular motors acting in a team. Conventional live-cell imaging techniques used in axonal transport studies detect this activity by visualizing the translational dynamics of a cargo. However, translational measurements are insensitive to torques induced by motor activities. By using gold nanorods and multichannel polarization microscopy, we simultaneously measure the rotational and translational dynamics for thousands of axonally transported endosomes...
March 2018: Science Advances
Nupoor Narula, Daniella Kadian-Dodov, Jeffrey W Olin
Fibromuscular dyplasia (FMD) is an under-recognized non-atherosclerotic, non-inflammatory arteriopathy that occurs most commonly in middle-aged women, but may affect individuals of all age groups. FMD may result in stenosis, aneurysm, dissection, occlusion, or arterial tortuosity. Recently published data demonstrated a genetic association of FMD with a variant in the phosphatase and actin regulator 1 gene (PHACTR1), substantiating that the pathogenesis of this condition has genetic contribution. The renal and extracranial carotid and vertebral arteries are most often involved, although any arterial bed may be affected...
March 10, 2018: Progress in Cardiovascular Diseases
George W Pratt, Andy Fan, Bissrat Melakeberhan, Catherine M Klapperich
Proper management of an HIV infection requires that a patient be at least 80-95% adherent to a prescribed drug regimen to avoid poor health outcomes and the development of drug-resistant HIV strains. Clinicians generally monitor adherence habits indirectly through patient self-reporting, pill counting, and electronic drug monitoring. While direct measurement of patient samples like urine for monitoring drug levels is possible, it requires specialized equipment and training that is not readily available in resource-limited settings where the need is greatest...
August 9, 2018: Analytica Chimica Acta
Marwa M Azab, Rédha Cherif, Aryanne L Finnie, Maha M Abou El-Alamin, Maha A Sultan, Alastair W Wark
Gold nanorods (NRs) have attracted a great deal of interest for a variety of biomedical and sensing applications. However, developing robust methods for biofunctionalizing NRs has continued to be challenging, especially for NR-DNA conjugates. This is due to the presence of cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB), which plays an essential role in controlling the anisotropic particle growth. In this article, we systematically explore the growth of a polydopamine (PDA) layer on a range of NR surfaces, comparing different polyelectrolyte and alkanethiol coatings as well as direct CTAB displacement...
March 13, 2018: Analyst
Xuming Sun, Lin Huang, Ru Zhang, Wei Xu, Jingyi Huang, Deepanjali D Gurav, Vadanasundari Vedarethinam, Ruoping Chen, Jiatao Lou, Qian Wang, Jingjing Wan, Kun Qian
Current metabolic analysis is far from ideal to engage clinics and needs rationally designed materials and device. Here we developed a novel plasmonic chip for clinical metabolic fingerprinting. We first constructed a series of chips with gold nanoshells on the surface through controlled particle synthesis, dip-coating, and gold sputtering for mass production. We integrated the optimized chip with microarrays for laboratory automation and micro-/nanoscaled experiments, which afforded direct high-performance metabolic fingerprinting by laser desorption/ionization mass spectrometry using 500 nL of various biofluids and exosomes...
February 28, 2018: ACS Central Science
Weiwei Lin, Hongtao Xu, Guman Duan, Jinjin Xie, Yisheng Chen, Baohua Jiao, Haitao Lan
Purpose Tethered cord syndrome (TCS) is the clinical manifestation of an abnormal stretch on the spinal cord, caused by several pathological conditions. Tethered cord release is the gold standard treatment for TCS. However, direct untethering carries potential risks of spinal cord injury, post-operative retethering, and CSF-related complications. Spine-shortening osteotomy (SSO) has recently been performed as an alternative technique to avoid these risks. We aimed to systematically review the literature on indications and outcome of SSO in TCS patients...
March 12, 2018: Neurological Research
Álvaro Martínez, Paolo Scrimin
Gold nanoparticles are known to aggregate in the presence of proper multifunctional compounds. For those larger than 3 nm, the process can be followed with the naked eye because the surface plasmon absorption band of the particles shifts to longer wavelengths and the solution color changes from red to blue. To exploit this property, we have used amino acids and peptides as crosslinking agents in ethanol at low µM concentrations. In the case of amino acids, we report a straightforward protocol for their colorimetric identification...
March 12, 2018: Biopolymers
Javier Iglesias-Sigüenza, Cristina Izquierdo, Elena Díez, Rosario Fernández, José M Lassaletta
The direct dialkylation of triazolo[4,3-b]isoquinolin-3-ylidene structures readily affords dicationic N-heterotricyclic azolium salts. These are suitable starting materials for the synthesis of transition metal complexes containing N-heterotricyclic, cationic ligands characterized by extended charge delocalization. Silver and gold complexes as well as mono- and dicationic rhodium(i) complexes have been prepared and characterized, and the electronic properties of the ligand have been evaluated by using the TEP parameter and by comparison with a non-cationic analogue...
March 12, 2018: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
Prasanna Parvathaneni, Vishwesh Nath, Justin A Blaber, Kurt G Schilling, Allison E Hainline, Ed Mojahed, Adam W Anderson, Bennett A Landman
Neurite Orientation Dispersion and Density Imaging (NODDI) has been gaining prominence for estimating multiple diffusion compartments from MRI data acquired in a clinically feasible time. To establish a pathway for adoption of NODDI in clinical studies, it is important to understand the sensitivity and reproducibility of NODDI metrics on empirical data in the context of acquisition protocol and brain anatomy. Previous studies addressed reproducibility across the 3 T scanners and within session and between subject reproducibility at 1...
March 8, 2018: Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Mehmet Demirci, Suat Saribas, Nigar Ozer, Sezer Toprak, Emel Caglar, Gonenc Ortakoylu, Pelin Yuksel, Gulsel Ayaz, Hrisi Bahar Tokman, Omer Uysal, Harika Oyku Dinc, Tevhide Ziver, Bekir Kocazeybek
BACKGROUND: Several nucleic acid amplification techniques (IS6110, 16S rRNA, and 85B mRNA) were developed for the rapid, direct detection of Mycobacterium tuberculosis. We aimed to assess the diagnostic performance of 85B mRNA-based RT-qPCR by comparing with the real-time PCR COBAS TaqMan MTB Kit while using the BACTEC MGIT 960 method as the gold standard. METHODS: 60 patients with confirmed pulmonary TB and 60 individuals without TB were included as the study and control groups, respectively...
March 8, 2018: Journal of Infection and Public Health
Xin-Jun Du, Yu-Xuan Zang, Hai-Bin Liu, Ping Li, Shuo Wang
Listeria monocytogenes is an important food-borne pathogenic bacterium that causes human disease, resulting in economic losses worldwide. The current detection methods for L. monocytogenes are not well suited for direct field testing because they involve complicated, time-consuming operations. A simple, efficient method is vital for L. monocytogenes detection. In this study, we combined isothermal recombinase polymerase amplification (RPA) with a lateral flow (LF) strip to rapidly and reliably detect L. monocytogenes...
March 10, 2018: Journal of Food Science
D Jun, H S Dhupar, A Mahmoudzadeh, F Duong, J D W Madden, J T Beatty
We address a challenge in the engineering of proteins to redirect electron transfer pathways, using the bacterial photosynthetic reaction centre (RC) pigment-protein complex. Direct electron transfer is shown to occur from the QA quinone of the Rhodobacter sphaeroides RC containing a truncated H protein and bound on the quinone side to a gold electrode. In previous reports of binding to the quinone side of the RC, electron transfer has relied on the use of a soluble mediator between the RC and an electrode, in part because the probability of QB quinone reduction is much greater than that of direct electron transfer through the large cytoplasmic domain of the H subunit, presenting a ~ 25 Å barrier...
March 9, 2018: Photosynthesis Research
Tracy Ssali, Udunna C Anazodo, Jonathan D Thiessen, Frank S Prato, Keith St Lawrence
While positron emission tomography (PET) with15 O-water is the gold standard for imaging cerebral blood flow (CBF), quantification requires measuring the arterial input function (AIF), which is an invasive and noisy procedure. To circumvent this problem, we propose a non-invasive PET/ magnetic resonance (MR) approach that eliminates the need to measure the AIF by using global CBF determined by phase-contrast (PC) magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) as a reference region. Not only is this approach non-invasive, it adds no additional imaging time as PC MRI and15 O-water PET are acquired simultaneously...
March 9, 2018: Journal of Nuclear Medicine: Official Publication, Society of Nuclear Medicine
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