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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738617/flexible-immunosensor-for-the-detection-of-salivary-%C3%AE-amylase-in-body-fluids
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Bartolomeo Della Ventura, Nikola Sakač, Riccardo Funari, Raffaele Velotta
The development of a portable testing device for detecting Human Salivary α-Amylase (HSA) is very timely since such an enzyme is a valuable biomarker for diagnosing many diseases and monitoring the human stress. We show that an easy-to-use and robust device like the Quartz-Crystal Microbalance (QCM) can be a suitable platform for HSA sensing with a limit of detection of 1µg/mL (77 U/L). The functionalization of the gold surface is realized by the Photochemical Immobilization Technique (PIT), a powerful and simple method based on an appropriate UV-activation of antibodies...
November 1, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738602/portable-electrochemical-system-using-screen-printed-electrodes-for-monitoring-corrosion-inhibitors
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André L Squissato, Weberson P Silva, Augusto T S Del Claro, Diego P Rocha, Rafael M Dornellas, Eduardo M Richter, Christopher W Foster, Craig E Banks, Rodrigo A A Munoz
This work presents a portable electrochemical system for the continuous monitoring of corrosion inhibitors in a wide range of matrices including ethanol, seawater and mineral oil following simple dilution of the samples. Proof-of-concept is demonstrated for the sensing of 2,5-dimercapto-1,3,5-thiadiazole (DMCT), an important corrosion inhibitor. Disposable screen-printed graphitic electrodes (SPGEs) associated with a portable batch-injection cell are proposed for the amperometric determination of DMCT following sample dilution with electrolyte (95% v/v ethanol + 5% v/v 0...
November 1, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734366/a-label-free-genetic-biosensor-for-diabetes-based-on-aunps-decorated-ito-with-electrochemiluminescent-signaling
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Suyan Zhai, Chen Fang, Jilin Yan, Qun Zhao, Yifeng Tu
The variation of I27L gene closely relates to increasing risk of type 2 diabetes, thus it is greatly significant to develop various methods for its identification or monitoring. We report here a novel label-free electrochemiluminescent (ECL) biosensor for simple and effective determination of I27L gene based on Au nanoparticles functionalized ITO electrode. The ECL technique is employed to monitor the hybridization of DNA strands by measuring the changes of its intensity. Here, the ECL signal was quenched by blocked access of probe (luminol anion) owing to the electrostatic repulsion of negatively charged sensor surface and the space resistance...
August 22, 2017: Analytica Chimica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734362/discrimination-of-bacteria-by-rapid-sensing-their-metabolic-volatiles-using-an-aspiration-type-ion-mobility-spectrometer-a-ims-and-gas-chromatography-mass-spectrometry-gc-ms
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Ileana Andreea Ratiu, Victor Bocos-Bintintan, Adrian Patrut, Victor Hugo Moll, Matthew Turner, C L Paul Thomas
The objective of our study was to investigate whether one may quickly and reliably discriminate different microorganism strains by direct monitoring of the headspace atmosphere above their cultures. Headspace samples above a series of in vitro bacterial cultures were directly interrogated using an aspiration type ion mobility spectrometer (a-IMS), which produced distinct profiles ("fingerprints") of ion currents generated simultaneously by the detectors present inside the ion mobility cell. Data processing and analysis using principal component analysis showed net differences in the responses produced by volatiles emitted by various bacterial strains...
August 22, 2017: Analytica Chimica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733965/molecular-communication-over-gas-stream-channels-using-portable-mass-spectrometry
#5
Stamatios Giannoukos, Alan Marshall, Stephen Taylor, Jeremy Smith
The synthetic generation/coding and transmission of olfactory information over a gas stream or an odor network is a new and unexplored field. Application areas vary from the entertainment or advertisement industry to security and telemedicine. However, current technological limitations frustrate the accurate reproduction of decoded and transmitted olfactory data. This study describes the development, testing, and characterization of a novel odor emitter (OE) that is used to investigate the generation-encoding of gaseous standards with odorous characteristics with a regulatable way, for scent transmission purposes...
July 21, 2017: Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732293/investigation-of-the-wash-off-process-using-an-innovative-portable-rainfall-simulator-allowing-continuous-monitoring-of-flow-and-turbidity-at-the-urban-surface-outlet
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Saja Al Ali, Céline Bonhomme, Philippe Dubois, Ghassan Chebbo
Development of appropriate models, based on an in-depth understanding of the wash-off process, is essential to accurately estimating pollutant loads transported by stormwater, thereby minimizing environmental contamination. To this end, we developed an innovative rainfall simulator, which simulated an intense rainfall (120mm/h) and permitted the acquisition of runoff samples as well as the in situ monitoring of continuous flow and turbidity dynamics. Relationships between deposited sediments and total suspended solids in simulated runoff were thus investigated on two different types of surfaces within the Paris region in terms of loads and particle size distribution...
July 18, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727917/a-3d-printed-portable-optical-sensing-platform-for-smartphones-capable-of-detecting-the-herbicide-2-4-dichlorophenoxyacetic-acid
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Yijia Wang, Mohamed Maarouf Ali Zeinhom, Mingming Yang, Rongrong Sun, Shengfu Wang, Jordan N Smith, Charles Timchalk, Lei Li, Yuehe Lin, Dan Du
Onsite rapid detection of herbicide and herbicide residuals in environmental and biological specimens is important for agriculture, environment, food safety, and health care. Traditional method for herbicide detection requires expensive laboratory equipment and a long turn-round time. In this work, we developed a single-stripe microliter plate smartphone colorimetric device for rapid and low-cost in-field test. This portable smartphone platform is capable of screening 8 samples in a microplate single-stripe...
July 20, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723204/crossed-surface-relief-gratings-as-nanoplasmonic-biosensors
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Srijit Nair, Carlos Escobedo, Ribal Georges Sabat
We present an original, low-cost nanoplasmonic (bio)sensor based on crossed surface relief gratings (CSRGs) generated from orthogonally superimposed surface relief gratings (SRGs) on gold-coated azo-glass substrate. This surface plasmon resonance (SPR)-based sensing approach is unique, since the light transmitted through a CSRG is zero except in the narrow bandwidth where the SPR conversion occurs, enabling quantitative monitoring of only the plasmonic signal from biomolecular interactions in real time. We validated the individual SRG plasmonic signature of CSRGs by observing their respective SPR excitation peaks, and tested them to detect both bulk and near-surface refractive index (RI) changes...
March 24, 2017: ACS Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722583/a-direct-from-blood-reverse-transcriptase-polymerase-chain-reaction-assay-for-monitoring-falciparum-malaria-parasite-transmission-in-elimination-settings
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Brian J Taylor, Kjerstin Lanke, Shanna L Banman, Isabelle Morlais, Merribeth J Morin, Teun Bousema, Sanna R Rijpma, Stephanie K Yanow
We describe a novel one-step reverse transcriptase real-time PCR (direct RT-PCR) for Plasmodium falciparum malaria parasites that amplifies RNA targets directly from blood. We developed the assay to identify gametocyte-specific transcripts in parasites from patient blood samples, as a means of monitoring malaria parasite transmission in field settings. To perform the test, blood is added directly to a master mix in PCR tubes and analyzed by real-time PCR. The limit of detection of the assay on both conventional and portable real-time PCR instruments was 100 parasites/mL for 18S rRNA, and 1,000 parasites/mL for asexual (PFE0065W) and gametocyte (PF14_0367, PFGEXP5) mRNA targets...
May 30, 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722561/the-quality-of-free-antenatal-and-delivery-services-in-northern-sierra-leone
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Manso M Koroma, Samuel S Kamara, Evelyn A Bangura, Mohamed A Kamara, Virgil Lokossou, Namoudou Keita
BACKGROUND: The number of maternal deaths in sub-Saharan Africa continues to be overwhelmingly high. In West Africa, Sierra Leone leads the list, with the highest maternal mortality ratio. In 2010, financial barriers were removed as an incentive for more women to use available antenatal, delivery and postnatal services. Few published studies have examined the quality of free antenatal services and access to emergency obstetric care in Sierra Leone. METHODS: A cross-sectional survey was conducted in 2014 in all 97 peripheral health facilities and three hospitals in Bombali District, Northern Region...
July 12, 2017: Health Research Policy and Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722427/fluorescent-chemosensor-for-selective-detection-of-phosgene-in-solutions-and-in-gas-phase
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Hong-Cheng Xia, Xiang-Hong Xu, Qin-Hua Song
The detection of highly toxic chemicals in a convenient, fast, and reliable manner is essential for coping with serious threats to humankind and public security caused by unexpected terrorist attacks and industrial accidents. In this paper, a highly selective fluorescent probe has been constructed through o-phenylenediamine covalently linking to coumarin (o-Pac), which can respond to phosgene in turn-on fluorescence mode. The response time is less than 0.5 min and the detection limit is as low as 3 nM in solutions...
January 27, 2017: ACS Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717584/pulse-wave-analysis-with-diffusing-wave-spectroscopy
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Markus Belau, Wolfgang Scheffer, Georg Maret
Hypertension is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease and thus at the origin of many deaths by e.g. heart attack or stroke. Hypertension is caused by many factors including an increase in arterial stiffness which leads to changes in pulse wave velocity and wave reflections. Those often result in an increased left ventricular load which may result in heart failure as well as an increased pulsatile pressure in the microcirculation l to damage to blood vessels. In order to specifically treat the different causes of hypertension it is desirable to perform a pulse wave analysis as a complement to measurements of systolic and diastolic pressure by brachial cuff sphygmomanometry...
July 1, 2017: Biomedical Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715792/smartphone-based-cyclic-voltammetry-system-with-graphene-modified-screen-printed-electrodes-for-glucose-detection
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Daizong Ji, Lei Liu, Shuang Li, Chen Chen, Yanli Lu, Jiajia Wu, Qingjun Liu
Smartphone-based electrochemical devices have such advantages as the low price, miniaturization, and obtaining the real-time data. As a popular electrochemical method, cyclic voltammetry (CV) has shown its great practicability for quantitative detection and electrodes modification. In this study, a smartphone-based CV system with a simple method of electrode modification was constructed to perform electrochemical detections. The system was composed of these main portions: modified electrodes, portable electrochemical detector and smartphone...
July 11, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711160/-7-be-and-210-pb-wet-dry-deposition-in-melbourne-australia-and-the-development-of-deployable-units-for-radiological-emergency-monitoring
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Jane Courtier, Sandra Sdraulig, Gillian Hirth
A large stainless-steel collection tray (with a surface area of one square metre) was purpose built and mounted on the roof of the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA) building at Yallambie, Victoria, Australia. Using this system two years' worth of wet/dry deposition samples have been collected and analysed. Smaller portable units were also developed for deployment in an emergency and/or for environmental monitoring. The cosmogenic radionuclide (7)Be and the naturally occurring terrestrial radionuclide (210)Pb have been used to validate the systems...
July 12, 2017: Journal of Environmental Radioactivity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28705994/wearable-brain-imaging-with-multi-modal-physiological-recording
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Gary E Strangman, Vladimir Ivkovic, Quan Zhang
The brain is a central component of cognitive and physical human performance. Measures including functional brain activation, cerebral perfusion, cerebral oxygenation, evoked electrical responses, and resting hemodynamic and electrical activity are all related to, or can predict health status or performance decrements. However, measuring brain physiology typically requires large, stationary machines that are not suitable for mobile or self-monitoring. Moreover, when individuals are ambulatory, systemic physiological fluctuations-e...
July 13, 2017: Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28705074/factors-associated-with-severity-of-sleep-apnoea-syndrome-in-patients-with-chronic-kidney-disease
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Akihito Tanaka, Daijo Inaguma, Eri Ito, Naoki Kamegai, Akiko Kato, Minami Mizutani, Hiroya Shimogushi, Hibiki Shinjo, Yasuhiro Otsuka, Asami Takeda
Background In patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD), prevalence of sleep apnoea syndrome (SAS) is reported to be markedly high. However, the factors associated with severity of SAS in such patients rarely have been reported. Methods This was a cross-sectional study of 100 stable non-dialysis patients with CKD who attended a CKD educational programme from April 2014 to August 2015. Diagnosis of SAS and its severity were assessed using a type-3 portable monitor. Results Eighty-six men and 14 women with a mean age of 71...
July 14, 2017: Acta Cardiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28697442/portable-amperometric-immunosensor-for-histamine-detection-using-prussian-blue-chitosan-gold-nanoparticle-nanocomposite-films
#17
Xiu-Xiu Dong, Jin-Yi Yang, Lin Luo, Yi-Feng Zhang, Chuanbin Mao, Yuan-Ming Sun, Hong-Tao Lei, Yu-Dong Shen, Ross C Beier, Zhen-Lin Xu
Histamine (HA) is a biogenic amine that can accumulate to high concentration levels in food as a result of microbial activity and can cause toxic effects in consumers. In this work, a portable electrochemical immunosensor capable of detecting HA with high sensitivity and selectivity was developed. Prussian blue-chitosan-gold nanoparticle (PB-CS-AuNP) nanocomposite films with excellent biocompatibility were synthesized and characterized by scanning electron microscopy and energy dispersive X-ray analysis. The PB-CS-AuNP were coated onto a screen-printed electrode by one-step electrodeposition and used to conjugate the HA ovalbumin conjugate (HA-Ag)...
July 8, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28685569/point-of-care-assay-of-telomerase-activity-at-single-cell-level-via-gas-pressure-readout
#18
Yanjun Wang, Luzhu Yang, Baoxin Li, Chaoyong James Yang, Yan Jin
Detection of telomerase activity at the single-cell level is one of the central challenges in cancer diagnostics and therapy. Herein, we describe a facile and reliable point-of-care testing (POCT) strategy for detection of telomerase activity via a portable pressure meter. Telomerase primer (TS) was immobilized onto the surface of magnetic beads (MBs), and then was elongated to a long single-stranded DNA by telomerase. The elongated (TTAGGG)n repeat unit hybridized with several short PtNP-functionalized complementary DNA (PtNPs-cDNA), which specifically enriched PtNPs onto the surfaces of magnetic beads (MBs), which were separated using a magnet...
July 7, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28682057/self-assembled-framework-formed-during-lithiation-of-sns2-nanoplates-revealed-by-in-situ-electron-microscopy
#19
Kuibo Yin, Minghao Zhang, Zachary D Hood, Jie Pan, Ying Shirley Meng, Miaofang Chi
Lithium-ion batteries (LIBs) commercially dominate portable energy storage and have been extended to hybrid/electric vehicles by utilizing electrode materials with enhanced energy density. However, the energy density and cycling life of LIBs must extend beyond the current reach of commercial electrodes to meet the performance requirements for transportation applications. Carbon-based anodes, serving as the main negative electrodes in LIBs, have an intrinsic capacity limitation due to the intercalation mechanism...
July 6, 2017: Accounts of Chemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28676880/innovations-and-developments-in-dermatologic-non-invasive-optical-imaging-and-potential-clinical-applications
#20
Eric Tkaczyk
Most dermatologists are aware of the benefits of dermoscopy, and a few are familiar with laser-scanning confocal microscopy. Beyond confocal, there are fully 11 different categories of optical techniques that have been applied to clinical dermatology. This article first provides a comprehensive tabular overview of all these optical diagnostic technologies and then details 4 of the lesser known innovations that are already available or still in development (laser Doppler and speckle imaging, Raman spectroscopy, multiphoton microscopy, photoacoustic tomography), with some potential applications in clinical dermatology (blood flow monitoring, skin cancer diagnosis, composition measurements in atopic dermatitis, skin rejuvenation measurement, and noninvasive sentinel lymph node assessment in melanoma)...
July 5, 2017: Acta Dermato-venereologica
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