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Richard A Manderville, Stacey D Wetmore
The formation of DNA adducts by the attack of intermediates derived from toxic substances at the C8 position of 2-deoxyguanosine (dG) is a common damaging event. Although the majority of studies on C8-dG adducts have focused on lesions containing a C8-N-C tether between the bulky moiety and the nucleobase, the formation of O-linked lesions with a similar tether topology and C-linked adducts involving direct C8-C connectivity have also been uncovered. Several studies have been done to try to better understand the structural impact and mutagenicity of O-linked and C-linked aryl C8-dG adducts, including lesions arising from unsubstituted and chloro substituted phenols, and the food mutagen ochratoxin A (OTA)...
October 21, 2016: Chemical Research in Toxicology
Margaret E Hunter, Robert M Dorazio, John S S Butterfield, Gaia Meigs-Friend, Leo G Nico, Jason A Ferrante
A set of universal guidelines is needed to determine the limit of detection (LOD) in PCR-based analyses of low concentration DNA. In particular, environmental DNA (eDNA) studies require sensitive and reliable methods to detect rare and cryptic species through shed genetic material in environmental samples. Current strategies for assessing detection limits of eDNA are either too stringent or subjective, possibly resulting in biased estimates of species' presence. Here, a conservative LOD analysis grounded in analytical chemistry is proposed to correct for overestimated DNA concentrations predominantly caused by the concentration plateau, a nonlinear relationship between expected and measured DNA concentrations...
October 21, 2016: Molecular Ecology Resources
Yu-Mei Wu, Zhi-Wei Wang, Chang-Ying Hu, Cristina Nerín
Antimicrobial packaging materials (films or coatings) (APMs) have aroused great interest among the scientists or the experts specialized in material science, food science, packaging engineering, biology and chemistry. APMs have been used to package the food such as dairy products, poultry, meat (e.g. beef), salmon muscle, pastry dough, fresh pasta, bakery products, fruits, vegetables and beverages. Some materials have been already commercialized. The ability of APMs to extend the shelf-life of the food depends on the release rate of the antimicrobials (AMs) from the materials to the food...
October 13, 2016: Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition
Xue-Jiao Chang, Chao-Qun Zheng, Yu-Wei Wang, Chuang Meng, Xiao-Lu Xie, Hai-Peng Liu
Gradually increasing atmospheric CO2 partial pressure (pCO2) has caused an imbalance in carbonate chemistry and resulted in decreased seawater pH in marine ecosystems, termed seawater acidification. Anthropogenic seawater acidification is postulated to affect the physiology of many marine calcifying organisms. To understand the possible effects of seawater acidification on the proteomic responses of a marine crustacean brine shrimp (Artemia sinica) three groups of cysts were hatched and further raised in seawater at different pH levels (8...
October 7, 2016: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
Navneet Kaur, Puneet Kumar, Sumit Jamwal, Rahul Deshmukh, Vinod Gauttam
BACKGROUND: Tetrabenazine (TBZ) is the only US Food and Drug Administration-approved drug for the treatment of chorea related to Huntington's disease and other hyperkinetic disorders. TBZ was first synthesized in 1950, and was then used for the treatment of psychosis. But later its potential in treating hyperkinetic disorders was proved by its ability to block vesicular monoamine transporters 2 and deplete monoamine stores. There is still lack of awareness about the therapeutic potential of this drug...
September 2016: Annals of Neurosciences
G P Danezis, C J Anagnostopoulos, K Liapis, M A Koupparis
One of the recent trends in Analytical Chemistry is the development of economic, quick and easy hyphenated methods to be used in a field that includes analytes of different classes and physicochemical properties. In this work a multi-residue method was developed for the simultaneous determination of 28 xenobiotics (polar and hydrophilic) using hydrophilic interaction liquid chromatography technique (HILIC) coupled with triple quadrupole mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) technology. The scope of the method includes plant growth regulators (chlormequat, daminozide, diquat, maleic hydrazide, mepiquat, paraquat), pesticides (cyromazine, the metabolite of the fungicide propineb PTU (propylenethiourea), amitrole), various multiclass antibiotics (tetracyclines, sulfonamides quinolones, kasugamycin and mycotoxins (aflatoxin B1, B2, fumonisin B1 and ochratoxin A)...
October 26, 2016: Analytica Chimica Acta
Martina Blunder, Andreas Orthaber, Rudolf Bauer, Franz Bucar, Olaf Kunert
We present a standardized, straightforward and efficient approach applicable in routine analysis of flavonoids combining sensitive NMR and HPLC experiments. The determination of the relative configuration of sugar moieties usually requires the acquisition of (13)C NMR shift values. We use a combination of HPLC and sensitive NMR experiments (1D-proton, 2D-HSQC) for the unique identification of known flavones, flavanones, flavonols and their glycosides. Owing to their broad range of polarity, we developed HPLC and UHPLC methods (H2O/MeOH/MeCN/HCOOH) which we applied and validated by analyzing 46 common flavones and flavanones and exemplified for four plant extracts...
March 1, 2017: Food Chemistry
Changyong Ma, Jiancun Liao, Pengfei Fan
The Cao Vit gibbon (Nomascus nasutus) has only one population with about 110 individuals living in a degraded karst forest along the China-Vietnam border. Investigation of food choice in relation to chemical nutrition will offer important insights into its conservation. We studied the food choice of two groups of Cao Vit gibbons using instantaneous scan sampling in Bangliang National Nature Reserve, Guangxi, China, over 4 years, and analyzed the chemical components (total nitrogen, TN; water-soluble sugar, WSS; crude fat, CF; neutral detergent fiber, NDF; acid detergent fiber, ADF; acid detergent lignin, ADL; condensed tannin, CT; and ash) of 48 food plant parts and 22 non-food plant parts...
October 5, 2016: Primates; Journal of Primatology
Bojidarka Ivanova, Michael Spiteller
The research draws on experimental and theoretical data about energetics and kinetics of mass spectrometric (MS) reactions of glycyl homopenta- (G5) and glycyl homohexapeptides (G6). It shows the great applicability of the methods of quantum chemistry to predict MS profile of peptides using energetics of collision induced dissociation (CID) fragment species. Mass spectrometry is among irreplaceable methods, providing unambiguous qualitative, quantitative and structural information about analytes, applicable to many scientific areas like environmental chemistry; food chemistry; medicinal chemistry; and more...
October 5, 2016: Biopolymers
Jun-Won Yun, Jae Hun Ahn, Euna Kwon, Seung-Hyun Kim, Hanna Kim, Ja-June Jang, Woo Ho Kim, Ji Hyang Kim, Su-Youne Han, Jin Tac Kim, Jong-Hoon Kim, Wookhwan Kim, Seung-Yup Ku, Byung-Rok Do, Byeong-Cheol Kang
Umbilical cord-derived mesenchymal stem cells (UC-MSCs) therapy might be an alternative to liver transplantation for acute or chronic liver injury. The aim of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of human UC-MSCs on carbon tetrachloride (CCl4)-induced acute liver injury. In addition, its toxicity, tumorigenicity, and biodistribution were determined. Significant hepatoprotective effects of hUC-MSCs with decreased levels of hepatocellular necrosis and lobular neutrophilic infiltration were found. Regarding the safety of hUC-MSCs, no serious hUC-MSCs-related changes (body weight, food/water consumption, clinical symptom, urinalysis, hematology, clinical chemistry, organ weight, and histopathology) were observed in a 13-week subchronic toxicity study...
September 28, 2016: Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology: RTP
Mahkameh Amirbandeh, Asghar Taheri-Kafrani
Immobilization of an enzyme can enhance its catalytic activity, depending on the properties of the enzyme and the matrix. Graphene oxide is a nontoxic material and selective modulator for enzyme activity and is also a thermostable molecule that is important in large-scale nanostructure sheet applications. Herein, we have successfully developed a strategy for preparing a nanocomposite for enzyme immobilization model with high loading capacity. Nanostructures of hybrid graphene oxide-Fe3O4-cyanuric chloride (GO/MNP-CC) have adjustable surface chemistry that is an excellent candidate for covalent immobilization of enzymes...
September 28, 2016: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
Gemma Marcucci, Giuseppe Della Pepa, Maria Luisa Brandi
INTRODUCTION: Hypoparathyroidism is a rare endocrine disorder characterized by hypocalcaemia and hyperphosphatemia, due to absent or inappropriately low parathyroid hormone levels. For management of chronic hypoparathyroidism, current treatment options involve oral calcium and vitamin D. This standard treatment cannot resolve all problematic aspects of the disease, such as abnormal bone remodeling and reduced quality of life, and is associated with long-term complications, including nephrolithiasis, nephrocalcinosis, renal impairment, cataracts and cerebral calcifications...
November 2016: Expert Opinion on Biological Therapy
Marie Portail, Karine Olu, Stanislas F Dubois, Elva Escobar-Briones, Yves Gelinas, Lénaick Menot, Jozée Sarrazin
In the Guaymas Basin, the presence of cold seeps and hydrothermal vents in close proximity, similar sedimentary settings and comparable depths offers a unique opportunity to assess and compare the functioning of these deep-sea chemosynthetic ecosystems. The food webs of five seep and four vent assemblages were studied using stable carbon and nitrogen isotope analyses. Although the two ecosystems shared similar potential basal sources, their food webs differed: seeps relied predominantly on methanotrophy and thiotrophy via the Calvin-Benson-Bassham (CBB) cycle and vents on petroleum-derived organic matter and thiotrophy via the CBB and reductive tricarboxylic acid (rTCA) cycles...
2016: PloS One
Konstantina Tsikrika, M Adília Lemos, Boon-Seang Chu, David H Bremner, Graham Hungerford
The application of ultrasound to a solution can induce cavitional phenomena and generate high localised temperatures and pressures. These are dependent of the frequency used and have enabled ultrasound application in areas such as synthetic, green and food chemistry. High frequency (100kHz to 1MHz) in particular is promising in food chemistry as a means to inactivate enzymes, replacing the need to use periods of high temperature. A plant enzyme, horseradish peroxidase, was studied using time-resolved fluorescence techniques as a means to assess the effect of high frequency (378kHz and 583kHz) ultrasound treatment at equivalent acoustic powers...
September 20, 2016: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
Spencer C Greene, Patrick K Noonan, Carlos Sanabria, W Frank Peacock
BACKGROUND: Oral solution N-acetylcysteine (NAC) is an antidote for acetaminophen overdose, but its unpleasant taste and aroma can impede delivery even after the coadministration of antiemetic medications. Flavored effervescent NAC tablets dissolved in water might be a more palatable formulation than oral solution NAC diluted with soft drink. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the relative bioavailability of these 2 formulations and assess subjective preferences between them...
2016: Current Therapeutic Research, Clinical and Experimental
Chintan Bhavsar, Munira Momin, Sankalp Gharat, Abdelwahab Omri
Chitosan is the second most abundant natural polysaccharide. It belongs a family of polycationic polymers comprised of repetitive units of glucosamine and N-acetylglucosamine. Its biodegradability, nontoxicity, non-immunogenicity and biocompatibility along with properties like mucoadhesion, fungistatic and bacteriogenic have made chitosan an appreciated polymer with numerous applications in the pharmaceutical, comestics and food industry. However, the limited solubility of chitosan at alkaline and neutral pH limits its widespread commercial use...
October 5, 2016: Expert Opinion on Drug Delivery
Omar Ramos-Lopez, Sonia Roman, Erika Martinez-Lopez, Nora A Fierro, Karina Gonzalez-Aldaco, Alexis Jose-Abrego, Arturo Panduro
AIM: To analyze the association of the CD36 polymorphism (rs1761667) with dietary intake and liver fibrosis (LF) in chronic hepatitis C (CHC) patients. METHODS: In this study, 73 patients with CHC were recruited. The CD36 genotype (G > A) was determined by a TaqMan real-time PCR system. Dietary assessment was carried out using a three-day food record to register the daily intake of macronutrients. Serum lipids and liver enzymes were measured by a dry chemistry assay...
September 8, 2016: World Journal of Hepatology
Gerhard K E Scriba
Peptides are an important class of analytes in chemistry, biochemistry, food chemistry, as well as medical and pharmaceutical sciences including biomarker analysis in peptidomics and proteomics. As a high-resolution technique, capillary electrophoresis (CE) is well suited for the analysis of polar compounds such as peptides. In addition, CE is orthogonal to high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) as both techniques are based on different physicochemical separation principles. For the successful development of peptide separations by CE, operational parameters including puffer pH, buffer concentration and buffer type, applied voltage, capillary dimensions, as well as background electrolyte additives such as detergents, ion-pairing reagents, cyclodextrins, (poly)amines, and soluble polymers have to be considered and optimized...
2016: Methods in Molecular Biology
Pawel L Urban
Mass spectrometry (MS) is a mainstream chemical analysis technique in the twenty-first century. It has contributed to numerous discoveries in chemistry, physics and biochemistry. Hundreds of research laboratories scattered all over the world use MS every day to investigate fundamental phenomena on the molecular level. MS is also widely used by industry-especially in drug discovery, quality control and food safety protocols. In some cases, mass spectrometers are indispensable and irreplaceable by any other metrological tools...
October 28, 2016: Philosophical Transactions. Series A, Mathematical, Physical, and Engineering Sciences
Qingmei Zheng, Chunyan Han, Yanmei Zhong, Rushu Wen, Ming Zhong
An 8-week feeding trial was conducted to evaluate the effects of dietary supplementation with green tea waste (GTW) on growth, digestive enzyme and lipid metabolism of juvenile hybrid tilapia, Oreochromis niloticus × O. aureus. The fish (initial mean body weight, 12.63 ± 0.75 g) were fed five experimental diets that included 0 (control), 0.8, 1.6, 3.2 or 6.4 % of GTW in triplicate aquaria, twice daily. Growth performance, plasma metabolites content and liver and intestine digestive enzyme activities were determined...
September 16, 2016: Fish Physiology and Biochemistry
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