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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150925/one-pot-synthesis-of-a-multi-template-molecularly-imprinted-polymer-for-the-extraction-of-six-sulfonamide-residues-from-milk-before-hplc-with-diode-array-detection
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Maria Kechagia, Victoria Samanidou, Abuzar Kabir, Kenneth G Furton
A highly selective molecularly imprinted polymer sorbent was synthesized and employed for the simultaneous determination of six sulfonamide antibiotic residues (sulfanilamide, sulfacetamide, sulfadiazine, sulfathiazole, sulfamerazine and sulfamethizole) in milk samples. Multi-analyte imprinted particles were used as sorbent in solid phase extraction. Sulfonamides were separated on a high-performance liquid chromatography column (Merck-Lichrospher RP18e, 5 μm 250 × 4 mm) and further identified and quantified by diode array detection...
November 18, 2017: Journal of Separation Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149880/analytical-performance-of-envisia-a-genomic-classifier-for-usual-interstitial-pneumonia
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Yoonha Choi, Jiayi Lu, Zhanzhi Hu, Daniel G Pankratz, Huimin Jiang, Manqiu Cao, Cristina Marchisano, Jennifer Huiras, Grazyna Fedorowicz, Mei G Wong, Jessica R Anderson, Edward Y Tom, Joshua Babiarz, Urooj Imtiaz, Neil M Barth, P Sean Walsh, Giulia C Kennedy, Jing Huang
BACKGROUND: Clinical guidelines specify that diagnosis of interstitial pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) requires identification of usual interstitial pneumonia (UIP) pattern. While UIP can be identified by high resolution CT of the chest, the results are often inconclusive, making surgical lung biopsy necessary to reach a definitive diagnosis (Raghu et al., Am J Respir Crit Care Med 183(6):788-824, 2011). The Envisia genomic classifier differentiates UIP from non-UIP pathology in transbronchial biopsies (TBB), potentially allowing patients to avoid an invasive procedure (Brown et al...
November 17, 2017: BMC Pulmonary Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149742/stability-of-heavy-metals-in-soil-washing-residue-with-and-without-biochar-addition-under-accelerated-ageing
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Zhengtao Shen, Deyi Hou, Bin Zhao, Wendi Xu, Yong Sik Ok, Nanthi S Bolan, Daniel S Alessi
Soil washing residue (SWR), which typically concentrates the washed toxic metals and is comprised of high contents of clay particles, may pose risks to the surrounding environment. This study aims to simulate accelerated ageing to assess the stability of selected metals (Cd(2+) (132mg/kg), Cu(2+) (248mg/kg) and Pb(2+) (3470mg/kg)) in a SWR (89.68% of clay) with and without biochar treatment. The soil was incubated under constant moisture and wet-dry cycles (accelerated ageing), respectively, and the mobility and fractions of heavy metals in the soils with and without biochar treatment were examined...
November 14, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149720/a-robust-strategy-for-preparation-of-sequential-stimuli-responsive-block-copolymer-prodrugs-via-thiolactone-chemistry-to-overcome-multiple-anticancer-drug-delivery-barriers
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Wendong Ke, Wei Yin, Zengshi Zha, Jean Felix Mukerabigwi, Weijian Chen, Yuheng Wang, Chuanxin He, Zhishen Ge
Block copolymer prodrugs (BCPs) have attracted considerable attentions in clinical translation of nanomedicine owing to their self-assembly into well-defined core-shell nanoparticles for improved pharmacokinetics, stability in blood circulation without drug leakage, and optimized biodistribution. However, a cascade of physiological barriers against specific delivery of drugs into tumor cells limit the final therapeutic efficacy. Herein, we report a robust and facile strategy based on thiolactone chemistry to fabricate well-defined BCPs with sequential tumor pH-promoted cellular internalization and intracellular stimuli-responsive drug release...
November 9, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149702/an-hplc-tandem-mass-spectrometry-for-quantification-of-et-26-hcl-and-its-major-metabolite-in-plasma-and-application-to-a-pharmacokinetic-study-in-rats
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Xu Chen, Wensheng Zhang, Sandy Rios, Miriam B Morkos, Xiaoli Ye, Gen Li, Xuehua Jiang, Zhijun Wang, Ling Wang
ET-26-HCl is a new analog of etomidate, a short-acting anesthetic drug, with less adrenal cortex inhibition. The pharmacokinetics of ET-26-HCl in rats needs to be determined for future clinical trials in human subjects. In order to facilitate the pharmacokinetic study, a liquid chromatography based tandem mass spectrometric (HPLC-MS/MS) method was developed and validated for quantification of ET-26-HCl and its major metabolite, ET-26-acid. These two compounds and gabapentin (internal standard) were extracted using a protein precipitation method with methanol and detected by Multiple Reaction Monitoring of m/z transition of 275...
November 8, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149553/cobalt-sulfide-quantum-dots-embedded-n-s-doped-carbon-nanosheets-with-superior-reversibility-and-rate-capability-for-sodium-ion-batteries
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Qiubo Guo, Yifan Ma, Tingting Chen, Qiuying Xia, Mei Yang, Hui Xia, Yan Yu
Metal sulfides are promising anode materials for sodium-ion batteries due to their large specific capacities. The practical application of metal sulfides in sodium-ion batteries, however, are still limited due to their large volume expansion, poor cycling stability, and sluggish electrode kinetics. In this work, a unique two-dimensional heterostructure of CoSx (CoS and Co9S8) quantum dots embedded N/S-doped carbon nanosheets (CoSx@NSC) is prepared by a facile sol-gel method. The CoSx quantum dots are in-situ formed within ultrafine carbon nanosheets without further sulfidation, thus resulting in ultrafine CoSx particle size and embedded heterostructure...
November 17, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149531/solution-adsorption-formation-of-a-%C3%AF-conjugated-polymer-graphene-composite-for-high-performance-field-effect-transistors
#7
Yun Liu, Wei Hao, Huiying Yao, Shuzhou Li, Yuchen Wu, Jia Zhu, Lei Jiang
Semiconducting polymers with π-conjugated electronic structures have potential application in the large-scale printable fabrication of high-performance electronic and optoelectronic devices. However, owing to their poor environmental stability and high-cost synthesis, polymer semiconductors possess limited device implementation. Here, an approach for constructing a π-conjugated polymer/graphene composite material to circumvent these limitations is provided, and then this material is patterned into 1D arrays...
November 17, 2017: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148701/metal-organic-framework-derived-metal-oxide-embedded-in-nitrogen-doped-graphene-network-for-high-performance-lithium-ion-batteries
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Zhu-Yin Sui, Pei-Ying Zhang, Meng-Ying Xu, Yuwen Liu, Zhi-Xiang Wei, Bao-Hang Han
Metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) are hybrid inorganic-organic materials that can be used as effective precursors to prepare various functional nanomaterials for energy-related applications. Nevertheless, most MOF-derived metal oxides exhibit low electrical conductivity and mechanical strain. These characteristics limit their electrochemical performance and hamper their practical application. Herein, we report a rational strategy for enhancing the lithium storage performance of MOF-derived metal oxide. The hierarchically porous Co3O4@NGN is successfully prepared by embedding ZIF-67-derived Co3O4 particles in a nitrogen-doped graphene network (NGN)...
November 17, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148595/determination-of-cefoperazone-and-sulbactam-in-serum-by-hplc-ms-ms-an-adapted-method-for-therapeutic-drug-monitoring-in-children
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Xiu-Jun Wu, Xin Huang, Hai-Yan Shi, Xing-Kai Chen, Qian Dong, Guo-Xiang Hao, Yan Li, Yi Zheng, Wei Zhao
A rapid, accurate and specific high-performance liquid chromatographic -tandem mass spectrometry method has been validated for the simultaneous determination of cefoperazone and sulbactam in a small volume sample for children. A Shim-pack XR-ODS C18 column with gradient elution of water (0.1% formic acid) and acetonitrile (0.1% formic acid) solution was used for separation at a flow rate of 0.3 mL/min. The calibration curves of two analytes in serum showed excellent linearity over the concentration ranges of 0...
November 17, 2017: Biomedical Chromatography: BMC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148254/connecting-color-with-assembly-in-the-fluorescent-b-phycoerythrin-protein-complex
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Aneika C Leney, Aline Tschanz, Albert J R Heck
Phycoerythrin is the major light-harvesting pigment protein in red algae and is nowadays widely used as a fluorescent probe in biotechnological applications such as flow cytometry and immunofluorescence microscopy. In addition, it has had substantial economic impact due to its potential as a natural food colorant. However, knowledge on the precise molecular composition of phycoerythrin is limited. Here, we use a combination of high resolution native mass spectrometry (MS) and fluorescence spectroscopy to characterize the assembly properties of the B-phycoerythrin protein complex from Porphyridium cruentum...
November 17, 2017: FEBS Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148161/piezoelectric-versus-conventional-implant-site-preparation-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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REVIEW
Momen A Atieh, Nabeel H M Alsabeeha, Andrew Tawse-Smith, Warwick J Duncan
BACKGROUND: The use of a piezoelectric device (PED) for implant site preparation (ISP) has been introduced to overcome the limitations of using conventional drills (CDs). With little and inconsistent information in the literature regarding their efficiency for preparing implant osteotomies, the objective of this systematic review was to compare the use of CDs to PEDs for ISP with regard to implant stability values, marginal bone level changes, operating time, and dental implant failure rate...
November 16, 2017: Clinical Implant Dentistry and related Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147712/a-biocompatible-betaine-functionalized-polycation-for-coacervation
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Mintai P Hwang, Xiaochu Ding, Jin Gao, Abhinav P Acharya, Steven R Little, Yadong Wang
The aqueous nature of complex coacervates provides a biologically-relevant context for various therapeutic applications. In this sense, biological applications demand a corresponding level of biocompatibility from the polyelectrolytes that participate in complex coacervation. Continued development with naturally-occurring polyelectrolytes such as heparin and chitosan underscore such aims. Herein, we design a synthetic polycation, in which betaine is conjugated to a biodegradable polyester backbone. Betaine is a naturally-occurring methylated amino acid that is ubiquitously present in human plasma...
November 17, 2017: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147559/factors-affecting-the-physical-stability-aggregation-of-peptide-therapeutics
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REVIEW
Karolina L Zapadka, Frederik J Becher, A L Gomes Dos Santos, Sophie E Jackson
The number of biological therapeutic agents in the clinic and development pipeline has increased dramatically over the last decade and the number will undoubtedly continue to increase in the coming years. Despite this fact, there are considerable challenges in the development, production and formulation of such biologics particularly with respect to their physical stabilities. There are many cases where self-association to form either amorphous aggregates or highly structured fibrillar species limits their use...
December 6, 2017: Interface Focus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146558/role-of-his-his-interaction-in-ser-474-his-475-tyr-476-sequence-of-chondroitinase-abc-i-in-the-enzyme-activity-and-stability
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Monireh Maleki, Khosro Khajeh, Massoud Amanlou, Abolfazl Golestani
Despite clinical importance of chondroitinase ABC I, its application has been limited due to thermal instability as reported in the literature. There are various approaches to improve thermal stability of enzymes, among them, His-His interactions are believed generally as an effective means. In the present study and for preparing a His-His interaction, various mutations in the sequence of Ser(474)-His(475)-Tyr(476) at catalytic domain of the enzyme were performed using site directed mutagenesis method. The effect of these mutations on activity, stability and structural features of cABC I was assessed...
November 13, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145099/degradation-kinetics-study-of-1-palmitoyl-2-linoleoyl-3-acetyl-rac-glycerol-plag-by-a-validated-stability-indicating-rp-hplc-method
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Kyeong Soo Kim, Eun Su Yang, Dong Shik Kim, Dong Wuk Kim, Chul Soon Yong, Jong Oh Kim, Sung Giu Jin, Han-Gon Choi
The chemical stability of 1-palmitoyl-2-linoleoyl-3-acetyl-rac-glycerol (PLAG), a therapeutic agent for neutropenia, was investigated using a validated stability-indicating reversed phase high-performance liquid chromatographic (RP-HPLC) method. The forced degradation of PLAG was carried out under the stress conditions of hydrolysis (alkaline, acidic and various pH buffers), oxidation, photolysis and heat. A simple, sensitive, specific, robust, precise and accurate RP-HPLC method was developed and validated for evaluating the degradation kinetics of PLAG...
November 13, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145024/direct-analysis-of-ethylene-glycol-in-human-serum-on-the-basis-of-analyte-adduct-formation-and-liquid-chromatography-tandem-mass-spectrometry
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Marek Dziadosz
The aim of this work was to develop a fast, cost-effective and time-saving liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) analytical method for the analysis of ethylene glycol (EG) in human serum. For these purposes, the formation/fragmentation of an EG adduct ion with sodium and sodium acetate was applied in the positive electrospray mode for signal detection. Adduct identification was performed with appropriate infusion experiments based on analyte solutions prepared in different concentrations...
November 12, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144744/partially-oxidized-sns2-atomic-layers-achieving-efficient-visible-light-driven-co2-reduction
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Xingchen Jiao, Xiaodong Li, Xiuyu Jin, Yongfu Sun, Jiaqi Xu, Liang Liang, Huanxin Ju, Junfa Zhu, Yang Pan, Wensheng Yan, Yue Lin, Yi Xie
Unraveling the role of surface oxide on affecting its native metal disulfide' CO2 photoreduction remains a grand challenge. Herein, we initially construct metal disulfide atomic layers and hence deliberately create oxidized domains on their surfaces. As an example, SnS2 atomic layers with different oxidation degrees are successfully synthesized. In situ FTIR spectra disclose the COOH* radical is the main intermediate, while density-functional-theory calculations reveal the COOH* formation is the rate-limiting step...
November 16, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144732/ratiometric-detection-of-intracellular-lysine-and-ph-with-one-pot-synthesized-dual-emissive-carbon-dots
#18
Wei Song, Wenxiu Duan, Yinghua Liu, Zhongju Ye, Yonglei Chen, Hongli Chen, Shengda Qi, Jiang Wu, Dan Liu, Lehui Xiao, Cuiling Ren, Xingguo Chen
Recently, the development of new fluorescent probes for the ratiometric detection of target objects inside living cells has received great attention. Normally, the preparation, modification as well as conjugation procedures of these probes are complicated. On this basis, great efforts have been paid to establish convenient method for the preparation of dual emissive nanosensor. In this work, a functional dual emissive carbon dots (dCDs) was prepared by a one-pot hydrothermal carbonization method. The dCDs exhibits two distinctive fluorescence emission peaks at 440 and 624 nm with the excitation at 380 nm...
November 16, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144552/simultaneous-determination-of-tilianin-and-its-metabolites-in-mice-using-ultra-high-performance-liquid-chromatography-with-tandem-mass-spectrometry-and-its-application-to-a-pharmacokinetic-study
#19
Liping Wang, Qingwei Chen, Lijun Zhu, Xuejun Zeng, Qiang Li, Ming Hu, Xinchun Wang, Zhongqiu Liu
Tilianin is an active flavonoid glycoside found in many medical plants. Data are lacking regarding its pharmacokinetics and disposition in vivo. The objective of this study was to develop a sensitive, reliable, and validated ultra-high-performance liquid chromatography with tandem mass spectrometry (UHPLC-MS/MS) method to simultaneously quantify tilianin and its main metabolites and to determine its pharmacokinetics in wild-type and breast cancer resistance protein knockout (Bcrp1-/-) FVB mice. Chromatographic separation was accomplished on a C18 column by utilizing acetonitrile and 0...
November 16, 2017: Biomedical Chromatography: BMC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144447/bcat1-restricts-%C3%AE-kg-levels-in-aml-stem-cells-leading-to-idhmut-like-dna-hypermethylation
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Simon Raffel, Mattia Falcone, Niclas Kneisel, Jenny Hansson, Wei Wang, Christoph Lutz, Lars Bullinger, Gernot Poschet, Yannic Nonnenmacher, Andrea Barnert, Carsten Bahr, Petra Zeisberger, Adriana Przybylla, Markus Sohn, Martje Tönjes, Ayelet Erez, Lital Adler, Patrizia Jensen, Claudia Scholl, Stefan Fröhling, Sibylle Cocciardi, Patrick Wuchter, Christian Thiede, Anne Flörcken, Jörg Westermann, Gerhard Ehninger, Peter Lichter, Karsten Hiller, Rüdiger Hell, Carl Herrmann, Anthony D Ho, Jeroen Krijgsveld, Bernhard Radlwimmer, Andreas Trumpp
The branched-chain amino acid (BCAA) pathway and high levels of BCAA transaminase 1 (BCAT1) have recently been associated with aggressiveness in several cancer entities. However, the mechanistic role of BCAT1 in this process remains largely uncertain. Here, by performing high-resolution proteomic analysis of human acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) stem-cell and non-stem-cell populations, we find the BCAA pathway enriched and BCAT1 protein and transcripts overexpressed in leukaemia stem cells. We show that BCAT1, which transfers α-amino groups from BCAAs to α-ketoglutarate (αKG), is a critical regulator of intracellular αKG homeostasis...
November 16, 2017: Nature
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