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Eduardo Dellacassa, Virginia Ferrari, Andres Coniberti, Edgardo Disegna
Aspergillus spp. and Penicillium spp. are the main producers of ochratoxin A (OTA), a mycotoxin responsible for fatal human diseases. Some Authorities have established a maximum of 2 μg/L of OTA in wine (EC.N°123, 2005). Although the incidence and occurrence of OTA in grapes and wine is highly related to climate conditions as has been extensively documented, there is not conclusive information on the effects of cultivation systems on the presence of OTA. This study focused on determining the effect of the trellis system, planting density and cordon height on plant microclimate and thus on Aspergillus spp...
October 24, 2016: Food Additives & Contaminants. Part A, Chemistry, Analysis, Control, Exposure & Risk Assessment
Emily S Walker, Seung Ryul Na, Daehwan Jung, Stephen D March, Joon-Seok Kim, Tanuj Trivedi, Wei Li, Li Tao, Minjoo L Lee, Kenneth M Liechti, Deji Akinwande, Seth R Bank
We report the first direct dry transfer of a single-crystalline thin film grown by molecular beam epitaxy. A double cantilever beam fracture technique was used to transfer epitaxial bismuth thin films grown on silicon (111) to silicon strips coated with epoxy. The transferred bismuth films retained electrical, optical, and structural properties comparable to the as-grown epitaxial films. Additionally, we isolated the bismuth thin films on freestanding flexible cured-epoxy post-transfer. The adhesion energy at the bismuth/silicon interface was measured to be ∼1 J/m(2), comparable to that of exfoliated and wet transferred graphene...
October 24, 2016: Nano Letters
Korbua Chaisiwamongkhol, Kamonwad Ngamchuea, Christopher Batchelor-McAuley, Richard G Compton
We demonstrate the potential of electrochemical detection for the analysis of the 'strength' of ginger in ginger sample. This facile and fast detection method is aimed at the quality control in food industry. Specifically, we report adsorptive stripping voltammetry (AdsSV) as a technique for detection of gingerol compounds, the pungent components of ginger rhizome. Among the gingerols, 6-gingerol is the most abundant and is chosen as a model to characterise the behaviour of a wider range of related compounds...
October 24, 2016: Analyst
Travis E Wright, K Keely Boyle, Thomas R Duquin, John K Crane
BACKGROUND: Many studies have noted an increase in the number of recognized cases of invasive infections due to Propionibacterium acnes, especially after shoulder replacement surgery. The increase in the number of recognized cases of P. acnes, a nonspore-forming, anaerobic, Gram-positive organism, appears due to both an increase in the number of shoulder operations being performed and more specimens being sent for anaerobic cultures. Nevertheless, the optimal surgical and antibiotic management of P...
2016: Infectious Diseases
Tao Le, Yong Xie, Liqian Zhu, Lei Zhang
To monitor the levels of furazolidone in edible animal tissues, a fluorescent sensor was developed for the determination of 3-amino-2-oxazolidinone (AOZ), the metabolite of furazolidone, featuring an immunochromatographic test strip assay (ITSA) integrated with a quantum dot (QD) label. The optimal QD-based ITSA sensor exhibits good dynamic linear detection for AOZ over the range of 0.1 to 100 μg/L, with a 50% inhibitory concentration (IC50) of 1.06 μg/L. The decision limit and the detection capability were 0...
October 22, 2016: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
Junji Uno, Keisuke Obara, Hiroko Suzuki, Satomi Miyatani, Daisuke Chino, Takashi Yoshio, Yoshio Tanaka
BACKGROUND/AIMS: To investigate the potential inhibitory effects of 18 clinically available antidepressants on acetylcholine (ACh)-induced contractions in guinea pig urinary bladder smooth muscle (UBSM) in order to predict whether they may induce voiding impairment. METHODS: Concentration-response curves for ACh-induced contractions in guinea pig UBSM strips were obtained in the absence or presence of selected antidepressants. When inhibitory effects indicated competitive antagonism, pA2 values against ACh were calculated and compared to plausible antidepressant blood concentrations...
October 22, 2016: Pharmacology
Mona M A Abdel-Mottaleb, Alf Lamprecht
Recently, a selective preferential accumulation of polymeric nanoparticles (in the size range around 100nm) has been observed in the follicular system of dermatitis skin. The present investigation aimed at clearly investigating the effect of irritant contact dermatitis on the barrier permeability for colloidal systems below this size range, namely quantum dots and hydrophilic macromolecules. Irritant dermatitis was induced in mice and the penetrability of quantum dots (5nm) and hydrophilic dextran molecules has been tracked in both healthy and inflamed skin using confocal laser scanning microscopy...
October 19, 2016: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
Takeshi Kinoshita, Masashi Tawa, Tomoaki Suzuki, Yoshinari Aimi, Tohru Asai, Tomio Okamura
OBJECTIVES: The present study was designed to evaluate the association between chronic kidney disease and the endothelial function of internal thoracic artery (ITA) grafts in patients undergoing coronary bypass surgery. An isometric tension study was performed in ITA strips obtained during surgery. Concentration-response curves for acetylcholine (ACh) and sodium nitroprusside were constructed in ITA strips partially precontracted with phenylephrine under the inhibition of cyclooxygenase...
September 23, 2016: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
T Didbaridze, L Saginashvili, L Akhmeteli, B Iremashvili, N Gogokhia
This study provides a contemporary epidemiology of aspirates taken during surgery from the abdominal cavity among patients with bacterial peritonitis to identify the isolates and study their sensitivity to antibiotics. Our bacteriology investigations included isolation of poor cultures, and detection of microbes was conducted using a rapid identification system (API20E, API Staph, API Strep, API Ana, BioMerieux). Rapid tests for detection of oxidase and catalase activity were also used. Susceptibility of microorganisms to antibiotics was defined by the disc-diffusion method using standard discs (EUCAST guidelines 2015) according to Clinical Laboratory Standard Institute (CLSI) protocols (ATB strips: ATB G, ATB Staph, ATBANA, ATBPse, ATBStrep...
September 2016: Georgian Medical News
D Luethy, S D Owens, D Stefanovski, R Nolen-Walston, U Giger
BACKGROUND: Assessment of blood compatibility, typically by tube agglutination (TUBE) and hemolysis crossmatch or, less commonly, by blood typing and alloantibody screening, often is performed before blood transfusion in horses. In contrast, gel column (GEL) and immunochromatographic strip (STRIP) techniques are preferred for compatibility testing in dogs and cats. OBJECTIVE: To determine the accuracy of novel and standard crossmatch and typing methods. ANIMALS: Thirty-eight healthy horses, previously blood typed and alloantibody screened...
October 22, 2016: Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine
Satomi Igawa, Mari Kishibe, Masako Minami-Hori, Masaru Honma, Hisashi Tsujimura, Junko Ishikawa, Tsutomu Fujimura, Masamoto Murakami, Akemi Ishida-Yamamoto
Atopic dermatitis (AD) is a common inflammatory skin disorder. Chronic AD lesions present hyperkeratosis, indicating a disturbed desquamation process. Kallikrein-related peptidase (KLK) 7 is a serine protease involved in the proteolysis of extracellular corneodesmosome (CD) components, including desmocollin1 and corneodesmosin (Cdsn), which leads to desquamation. KLK7 is secreted by lamellar granules, and upregulated in AD lesional skin. However, despite increased KLK7 protein levels, immunostaining and electron microscopy indicated numerous CDs remaining in the uppermost layer of the stratum corneum (SC) from AD lesions...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Investigative Dermatology
V Saunier, A Robinet Perrin, C Costet, D Touboul
PURPOSE: To assess the reproducibility of single-pass cutting for preparation of ultra-thin (≤120μm) donor cornea grafts in Descemet stripping automated endothelial keratoplasty (DSAEK). METHODS: All consecutive patients of DSAEK performed using the MORIA One Use microkeratome (MORIA, Antony, France) in between June 2014 and August 2015. Patient and donor central corneal thickness (CTT), microkeratome head, remaining stromal bed thickness (RSBT), number of cut and graft thickness at 1 month and 6 months postoperatively were recorded in this single-center prospective study...
October 18, 2016: Journal Français D'ophtalmologie
Ademar Wong, Tiago Almeida Silva, Fernando Campanhã Vicentini, Orlando Fatibello-Filho
New insights into the design of highly sensitive, carbon-based electrochemical sensors are presented in this work by exploring the interesting properties of graphene oxide (GO) and ionic liquids (ILs). An electrochemical sensor based on the carbon paste electrode (CPE) modified with GO and IL was developed for the sensitive detection of ofloxacin using square-wave adsorptive anodic stripping voltammetry (SWAdASV). GO sheets were obtained from the acid treatment of graphene and characterized by scanning and transmission electronic microscopy (SEM and TEM) and selected area electron diffraction (SAED), and the electrochemical behavior of the modified GO-IL/CPE was explored by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy studies...
December 1, 2016: Talanta
Heikki Aisala, Jari Sinkkonen, Marika Kalpio, Mari Sandell, Hervé This, Anu Hopia
A direct quantitative proton nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy method was developed for the measurement of saccharides, organic acids and amino acids in potato (Solanum tuberosum L.) tuber filaments, a complex gel-like food matrix. The method requires minimal sample preparation. It is thus a faster alternative compared to liquid sample matrices, as well as an extension to methods analyzing only selected metabolites in the sample. The samples in this study were either raw or steamed potato strips that were either measured as D2O extracts or directly without extraction or derivatization steps (in situ technique)...
December 1, 2016: Talanta
Fanyu Meng, Peng Miao, Bidou Wang, Yuguo Tang, Jian Yin
Glutathione (GSH), a common tripeptide, plays an essential role in a variety of cellular functions. GSH level is reported to be closely related to human health. In this study, we fabricate an ultrasensitive electrochemical biosensor for GSH quantification. DNA probes are firstly modified on the electrode surface and thymine-Hg(2+)-thymine is formed. Since GSH is able to chelate Hg(2+) from the DNA mismatched sites effectively, which leads to DNA structural switching from hairpin to linear strand, rolling circle amplification (RCA) could be initiated with the released linear primer probe...
November 2, 2016: Analytica Chimica Acta
Pavel Damborský, Katarzyna M Koczula, Andrea Gallotta, Jaroslav Katrlík
Lateral flow assays (LFAs) enable the simple and rapid detection and quantification of analytes and is popular for point-of-care (PoC), point-of-use and outdoor testing applications. LFAs typically depend on antibody or nucleic acid based recognition. We present the innovative concept of a LFA using lectins in the role of the biorecognition element. Lectins are a special kind of glycan-binding protein and the lectin-based LFA herein described was developed for the determination of the glycosylation of free prostate specific antigen (PSA)...
October 21, 2016: Analyst
Liang Chen, Cornelis Johannes Kleverlaan, Kunneng Liang, Deqin Yang
STATEMENT OF PROBLEM: Polyvinyl siloxane impression material has been widely used as a lingual matrix for rebuilding missing tooth structure with composite resin. The composite resin is light polymerized in contact with the polyvinyl siloxane impression material. However, polyvinyl siloxane impression material has been shown to interact with other dental materials. PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to assess the effect of polyvinyl siloxane impression materials on the polymerization of composite resins by assessing the Vickers microhardness and degree of conversion of polyvinyl siloxane...
October 17, 2016: Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry
Kari Branham, Hiroko Matsui, Pooja Biswas, Aditya A Guru, Michael Hicks, John J Suk, He Li, David Jakubosky, Tao Long, Amalio Telenti, Naoki Narai, John R Heckenlively, Kelly A Frazar, Paul A Sieving, Radha Ayyagari
While more than 250 genes are known to cause inherited retinal degenerations (IRD), nearly 40-50% of families have the genetic basis for their disease unknown. In this study we sought to identify the underlying cause of inherited retinal degeneration (IRD) in a family by whole genome sequence (WGS) analysis. Clinical characterization including standard ophthalmic examination, fundus photography, visual field testing, electroretinography, and review of medical and family history was performed. WGS was performed on affected and unaffected family members using Illumina HiSeq X10...
October 7, 2016: Physiological Genomics
Daniel S Budnitz, Maribeth C Lovegrove, Mathew R P Sapiano, Justin Mathew, Scott R Kegler, Andrew I Geller, Christian Hampp
Expanding access to office-based medication-assisted treatment with buprenorphine/naloxone for opioid dependence is a key part of the national strategy to address the opioid abuse epidemic (1). However, as buprenorphine/naloxone prescribing increased, emergency department (ED) visits and hospitalizations for unsupervised ingestions by young children began to increase, with buprenorphine/naloxone ingestions becoming the most common cause of hospitalization for medication ingestions by young children during 2010-2011 (2)...
October 21, 2016: MMWR. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
Pieter Uvin, Maarten Albersen, Ine Bollen, Maarten Falter, Emmanuel Weyne, Loes Linsen, Hanna Tinel, Peter Sandner, Trinity J Bivalacqua, Dirk Jmk De Ridder, Frank Van der Aa, Bert Brône, Koenraad Van Renterghem
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the expression of the Rho/Rho associated protein kinase (ROCK) pathway in corpus cavernosum of patients with severe erectile dysfunction (ED) compared to healthy human corpus cavernosum, and to test the functional effects of two Rho Kinase Inhibitors (RKI) on erectile tissue of patients with severe ED, not responding to phosphodiesterase type 5 inhibitors (PDE5-i). PATIENTS AND METHODS: Human corpus cavernosum samples were obtained after consent from individuals undergoing penile prosthesis implantation (n = 7 for organ bath experiments, n = 17 for qPCR)...
October 20, 2016: BJU International
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