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Anas Alshishani, Ahmad Makahleh, Hui Fang Yap, Elbaleeq Adam Gubartallah, Salizawati Muhamad Salhimi, Bahruddin Saad
A new sample preparation method, ion-pair vortex assisted liquid-liquid microextraction (VALLME-BE), for the determination of a highly polar anti-diabetic drug (metformin) in plasma sample was developed. The VALLME-BE was performed by diluting the plasma in borate buffer and extracted to 150µL 1-octanol containing 0.2M di-(2-ethylhexyl)phosphoric acid as intermediate phase. The drug was next back-extracted into 20µL of 0.075M HCl solution. The effects of pH, ion-pair concentration, type of organic solvent, volume of extraction phases, ionic strength, vortexing and centrifugation times on the extraction efficiency were investigated...
December 1, 2016: Talanta
Yong Zhao, Xiao Liu, Xiaochen Wang, Chongyun Sun, Xinrui Wang, Pingping Zhang, Jingfu Qiu, Ruifu Yang, Lei Zhou
Contamination of grains and other crops by aflatoxin B1 (AFB1), a highly toxic aflatoxin produced by Aspergillus flavus and Aspergillus parasiticus, poses a serious threat to human health and is an important food safety issue. In this study, a competitive up-converting phosphor technology-based lateral flow (AFB1-UPT-LF) assay was developed for rapid detection of AFB1. Detection sensitivity of the proposed assay can reach 0.03ngmL(-1) for standard AFB1 solutions, with the coefficients of variation (CV) less than 10% (from 1...
December 1, 2016: Talanta
M Heres, Y Wang, P J Griffin, C Gainaru, A P Sokolov
Phosphoric acid has one of the highest intrinsic proton conductivities of any known liquids, and the mechanism of this exceptional conductivity remains a puzzle. Our detailed experimental studies discovered a strong isotope effect in the conductivity of phosphoric acids caused by (i) a strong isotope shift of the glass transition temperature and (ii) a significant reduction of the energy barrier by zero-point quantum fluctuations. These results suggest that the high conductivity in phosphoric acids is caused by a very efficient proton transfer mechanism, which is strongly assisted by quantum effects...
October 7, 2016: Physical Review Letters
Min Shi, Liang Ma, Li Zhou, Ping Fu
Aristolochic acid nephropathy (AAN) is a progressive kidney disease caused by a Chinese herb containing aristolochic acid. Excessive death of renal tubular epithelial cells (RTECs) characterized the acute phase of AAN. Therapies for acute AAN were limited, such as steroids and angiotensin-receptor blockers (ARBs)/angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors (ACEIs). It was interesting that, in acute AAN, female patients showed relative slower progression to renal failure than males. In a previous study, female hormone 17β-estradiol (E2) was found to attenuate renal ischemia-reperfusion injury...
October 18, 2016: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
Bart Van den Bogaert, Lore Gheeraert, Mumin Enis Leblebici, Koen Binnemans, Tom Van Gerven
The photochemical recovery of europium from non-aqueous media, more specifically alcohols, is studied. The recovery was performed by photochemical reduction of europium(iii) to europium(ii) and subsequent removal as the insoluble EuCl2. Two charge transfer bands are present in the UV-C region, one originating from the alcohol (around 230 nm) and the other from the chloride anion (at 271 nm), which are responsible for the photochemical reduction when the solution is illuminated by a medium-pressure mercury lamp...
October 20, 2016: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
Bruno Tilocca, Maren Witzig, Markus Rodehutscord, Jana Seifert
The chicken gastrointestinal tract (GIT) harbours a complex microbial community, involved in several physiological processes such as host immunomodulation and feed digestion. For the first time, the present study analysed dietary effects on the protein inventory of the microbiome in crop and ceca of broilers. We performed quantitative label-free metaproteomics by using 1-D-gel electrophoresis coupled with LC-MS/MS to identify the structural and functional changes triggered by diets supplied with varying amount of mineral phosphorous (P) and microbial phytase (MP)...
2016: PloS One
Leonardo Pellizza, Clara Smal, Raúl E Ithuralde, Adrián G Turjanski, Daniel O Cicero, Martin Aran
The TPM domain constitutes a family of recently characterized protein domains that are present in most living organisms. Although some progress has been made in understanding the cellular role of TPM-containing proteins, the relationship between structure and function it is not clear yet. We have recently solved the solution and crystal structure of one TPM domain (BA42) from the Antarctic bacterium Bizionia argentinensis. In this work we demonstrate that BA42 has phosphoric-monoester hydrolase activity. The activity of BA42 is strictly dependent on the binding of divalent metals and retains nearly 70% of the maximum at 4° C, a typical characteristic of cold adapted enzymes...
October 18, 2016: FEBS Journal
Kesavan Balakumaran, Mosesbabu Janagili, Nagaraju Rajana, Sureshbabu Papureddy, Jayashree Anireddy
Alpha glucoside inhibitors used to treat type-2 diabetes mellitus (DM) are likely to be safe and effective. These agents are most effective for postprandial hyperglycemia. Miglitol is a type of drug used to treat type-2 DM. A simple, selective, linear, precise and accurate reversed-phase high-performance liquid chromatography (RP-HPLC) method was developed and validated for a related substance of miglitol and its identification, and characterization was done by different mass spectrometry techniques. The gradient method at a flow rate of 1...
October 14, 2016: Scientia Pharmaceutica
Valentina Franco, Roberto Marchiselli, Cinzia Fattore, Elena Tartara, Giovambattista De Sarro, Emilio Russo, Emilio Perucca
BACKGROUND: Perampanel, a new specific non-competitive AMPA receptor antagonist, has been recently approved in the United States and the European Union for the adjunctive treatment of focal seizures and primary generalized tonic-clonic seizures associated with idiopathic generalized epilepsy. A positive relationship between plasma perampanel concentration and improvement in seizure control has been identified in regulatory trials, suggesting that therapeutic drug monitoring (TDM) could be useful in optimizing clinical response in patients with epilepsy treated with perampanel...
October 6, 2016: Therapeutic Drug Monitoring
Jiong Zhao, Honggi Nam, Thuc Hue Ly, Seok Joon Yun, Sera Kim, Suyeon Cho, Heejun Yang, Young Hee Lee
Defects in bulk crystals can be classified into vacancies, interstitials, grain boundaries, stacking faults, dislocations, and so forth. In particular, the vacancy in semiconductors is a primary defect that governs electrical transport. Concentration of vacancies depends mainly on the growth conditions. Individual vacancies instead of aggregated vacancies are usually energetically more favorable at room temperature because of the entropy contribution. This phenomenon is not guaranteed in van der Waals 2D materials due to the reduced dimensionality (reduced entropy)...
October 17, 2016: Small
Claudia Weilbeer, Marcel Sickert, Sergej Naumov, Christoph Schneider
We disclose herein the first enantioselective aza-Diels-Alder reaction of b-alkyl-substituted vinylketene silyl-O,O-acetals and imines furnishing a broad range of optically highly enriched 4-alkyl-substituted 2-piperidones. As catalyst for this one-pot reaction we employed a chiral phosphoric acid which effects a vinylogous Mannich reaction directly followed by ring-closure to the lactam. Subsequent fully diastereoselective transformations including hydrogenation, enolate alkylation, and lactam alkylation/reduction processes converted the cycloadducts into various highly substituted piperidines of great utility for the synthesis of natural products and medicinally active compounds...
October 17, 2016: Chemistry: a European Journal
Yu Yang, Wendy Ballent, Brooke K Mayer
Phosphorus (P) is a critical, nonrenewable nutrient; yet excess discharges can lead to eutrophication and deterioration of water quality. Thus, P removal from water must be coupled with P recovery to achieve sustainable P management. P-specific proteins provide a novel, promising approach to recover P from water. Bacterial phosphate binding proteins (PBP) are able to effectively remove phosphate, achieving extremely low levels in water (i.e., 0.015 mg-P L(-1)). A prerequisite of using PBP for P recovery, however, is not only removal, but also controlled P release, which has not yet been reported...
October 14, 2016: FEMS Microbiology Letters
Timothy A Johnson, Elisa A Rehak, Sushant P Sahu, David A Ladner, Ezra L Cates
Germicidal UVC radiation is a highly effective, chemical-free tool for bacteria inactivation, but its application is limited to reactors and open areas that can accommodate lamps/LEDs and wiring. A relevant example of problematic bacterial colonization within UV-inaccessible confines where chemical techniques have found only limited success is biofouling of feed channels in high-pressure membrane elements for water treatment. Herein we demonstrate a unique method of generating UV internally using embedded radioluminescent (RL) particles excited by an external X-ray source...
October 14, 2016: Environmental Science & Technology
Vania Elisabete Schneider, Roger Vasques Marques, Taison Anderson Bortolin, Gisele Cemin, Geise Macedo Dos Santos
Pig farming is one of the human activities carried out to meet the increasing food demand by the increasing population. South Brazil is the region with most intensive pig farming in the country, exerting pressure on the water and soil environments by the relevant pollutant emissions. Therefore, the main objective of this work was to assess pig farming pollution by monitoring superficial water qualities of the Taquari-Antas Watershed in South Brazil. The study area is about 8062 km(2) (south latitude 292,614, 282,624 and west longitude 520,802, 504,554)...
November 2016: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
Gen Suzuki, Rebeccah F Young, Merced M Leiker, Takayuki Suzuki
A major problem in translating stem cell therapeutics is the difficulty of producing stable, long-term severe left ventricular (LV) dysfunction in a large animal model. For that purpose, extensive infarction was created in sinclair miniswine by injecting microspheres (1.5 × 10(6) microspheres, 45 μm diameter) in LAD. At 2 months after embolization, animals (n = 11) were randomized to receive allogeneic cardiosphere-derived cells derived from atrium (CDCs: 20 × 10(6), n = 5) or saline (untreated, n = 6)...
2016: Stem Cells International
Luca Zuliani, Nicola Frison, Aleksandra Jelic, Francesco Fatone, David Bolzonella, Matteo Ballottari
Microalgae are fast-growing photosynthetic organisms which have the potential to be exploited as an alternative source of liquid fuels to meet growing global energy demand. The cultivation of microalgae, however, still needs to be improved in order to reduce the cost of the biomass produced. Among the major costs encountered for algal cultivation are the costs for nutrients such as CO₂, nitrogen and phosphorous. In this work, therefore, different microalgal strains were cultivated using as nutrient sources three different anaerobic digestates deriving from municipal wastewater, sewage sludge or agro-waste treatment plants...
October 10, 2016: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Agata Lazarowska, Sebastian Mahlik, Marek Grinberg, Guogang Li, Ru-Shi Liu
Spectroscopic properties of a series of (Sr0.98-xBaxEu0.02)Si2O2N2 (0 ≤ x ≤ 0.98) compounds has been studied under high hydrostatic pressure applied in a diamond anvil cell up to 200 kbar. At ambient pressure the crystal structures of (Sr0.98-xBaxEu0.02)Si2O2N2 (0 ≤ x ≤ 0.98) are related to the ratio of strontium to barium and three different phases exists: orthorhombic Pbcn(0.78 ≤ x ≤ 0.98), triclinic P1 (0 < x ≤ 0.65) and triclinic P1 (0.65 < x < 0...
October 13, 2016: Scientific Reports
Xiao-Xue Sun, Hong-Hao Zhang, Guo-Hao Li, Ying-Ying He, Feng Shi
The first catalytic asymmetric cycloaddition using 2-indolylmethanols as 3C building blocks has been established by a chiral phosphoric acid-catalyzed enantioselective and regioselective [3+3] cycloaddition of 2-indolylmethanols with azomethine ylides, which constructed biologically important tetrahydro-γ-carboline frameworks in high yields and excellent enantioselectivities (up to 83 % yield, 99:1 e.r.). This reaction not only represents the first application of 2-indolylmethanols as 3C building blocks in catalytic asymmetric cycloadditions, but also has established an abnormal regioselectivity in indolylmethanol-involved transformations...
October 13, 2016: Chemistry: a European Journal
Yayu Huo, Yang Gao, Jie Mi, Xinrui Wang, Huimin Jiang, Hailong Zhang
Rosa davurica Pall. has been used as a traditional Oroqen medicine to treat dyspepsia, gastroenterologia, menoxenia and other diseases. In this study, the chemical constituents research on the fruit pulp of R. davurica led to the isolation and identification of nine bioactive pentacyclic triterpenoids and five of them were isolated from the plant for the first time. Subsequently a simple and rapid high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) method was established for the simultaneous quantification of the nine triterpenoids...
October 12, 2016: Journal of Chromatographic Science
Mehdi Zolfaghari, Karama Jardak, Patrick Drogui, Satinder Kaur Brar, Gerardo Buelna, Rino Dubé
Combination of high performance membrane bioreactor (MBR) equipped with ultrafiltration and electro-oxidation process (EOP) by boron-doped diamond electrode (BDD) was used to effectively treat highly contaminated old landfill leachate. MBR and EOP were optimized for raw and pretreated landfill leachate. Seasonal changes dramatically affected the both processes' performance, as the landfill leachate was ¾ more concentrated in winter. For MBR, organic load rate of 1.2 gCOD/L/day and sludge retention time of 80 days was considered as the optimum operating condition in which COD, TOC, NH4(+) and phosphorous removal efficiencies reached the average of 63, 35, 98 and 52%, respectively...
October 9, 2016: Journal of Environmental Management
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