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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431330/gas-forming-liposomes-prepared-using-a-liposomal-magnetoporation-method
#1
Jae Min Lee, Dong Sup Kwag, Yu Seok Youn, Eun Seong Lee
In this study, we report a gas-forming drug carrier engineered using the liposomal magnetoporation method. The liposomes that were magnetoporated under a magnetic shear stress possessed an opened lipid bilayer hole. A photosensitizing model drug (chlorin e6: Ce6) and 1H-1H-2H-perfluoro-1-hexene (PFH, as a volatile gas-forming agent) were efficiently loaded into the opened holes of the magnetoporated liposomes. PFH in the liposomes is vaporized at 50°C and can initiate liposome destabilization. The experimental results demonstrated that the liposomes were destabilized at 50°C efficiently released Ce6 and enhanced Ce6-mediated phototoxicity against KB tumor cells...
April 12, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428084/metabolomics-of-fescue-toxicosis-in-grazing-beef-steers
#2
Ryan S Mote, Nicholas S Hill, Karan Uppal, ViLinh T Tran, Dean P Jones, Nikolay M Filipov
Fescue toxicosis (FT) results from consumption of tall fescue (Lolium arundinaceum) infected with an endophyte (Epichloë coenophiala) that produces ergot alkaloids (EA), which are considered key etiological agents of FT. Decreased weight gains, hormonal imbalance, circulating cholesterol disruption, and decreased volatile fatty acid absorption suggest toxic (E+) fescue-induced metabolic perturbations. Employing untargeted high-resolution metabolomics (HRM) to analyze E+ grazing-induced plasma and urine metabolome changes, fescue-naïve Angus steers were placed on E+ or non-toxic (Max-Q) fescue pastures and plasma and urine were sampled before, 1, 2, 14, and 28 days after pasture assignment...
April 18, 2017: Food and Chemical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418289/volatile-organic-compounds-produced-by-a-soil-isolate-bacillus-subtilis-fa26-induce-adverse-ultra-structural-changes-to-the-cells-of-clavibacter-michiganensis-ssp-sepedonicus-the-causal-agent-of-bacterial-ring-rot-of-potato
#3
Faheem Uddin Rajer, Huijun Wu, Yongli Xie, Shanshan Xie, Waseem Raza, Hafiz Abdul Samad Tahir, Xuewen Gao
Rhizobacterial volatile organic compounds (VOCs) play an important role in the suppression of soil-borne phytopathogens. In this study, the VOCs produced by a soil-isolate, Bacillus subtilis FA26, were evaluated in vitro for their antibacterial activity against Clavibacter michiganensis ssp. sepedonicus (Cms), the causal agent of bacterial ring rot of potato. The VOCs emitted by FA26 inhibited the growth of Cms significantly compared with the control. Scanning and transmission electron microscopy analyses revealed distorted colony morphology and a wide range of abnormalities in Cms cells exposed to the VOCs of FA26...
April 18, 2017: Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415607/thymoquinone-exerts-potent-growth-suppressive-activity-on-leukemia-through-dna-hypermethylation-reversal-in-leukemia-cells
#4
Jiuxia Pang, Na Shen, Fei Yan, Na Zhao, Liping Dou, Lai-Chu Wu, Christopher L Seiler, Li Yu, Ke Yang, Veronika Bachanova, Eric Weaver, Natalia Y Tretyakova, Shujun Liu
Thymoquinone (TQ), a bioactive constituent of the volatile oil of Monarda fistulosa and Nigella sativa, possesses cancer-specific growth inhibitory effects, but the underlying molecular mechanisms remain largely elusive. We propose that TQ curbs cancer cell growth through dysfunction of DNA methyltransferase 1 (DNMT1). Molecular docking analysis revealed that TQ might interact with the catalytic pocket of DNMT1 and compete with co-factor SAM/SAH for DNMT1 inhibition. In vitro inhibitory assays showed that TQ decreases DNMT1 methylation activity in a dose-dependent manner with an apparent IC50 of 30 nM...
March 21, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412665/quantitation-of-levodopa-and-carbidopa-in-rat-plasma-by-lc-ms-ms-the-key-role-of-ion-pairing-reversed-phase-chromatography
#5
Jingduan Chi, Yonghua Ling, Rand Jenkins, Fumin Li
A simple and selective bioanalytical method was developed for simultaneous determination of levodopa and carbidopa in rat plasma by LC-MS/MS. Levodopa and carbidopa are small polar molecules, posing challenges in the development of selective and efficient chromatography conditions. Perfluoropentanoic acid (PFPA), a volatile ion-pairing agent, was utilized to enhance chromatographic characteristics of both compounds in the reversed-phase mechanism. The ion-pairing chromatography played an essential role in mitigating matrix effects and achieving adequate separation between interfering background peaks and those of the analytes of interest, especially for levodopa...
April 3, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28403631/identification-and-evaluation-of-antibacterial-agents-present-in-lipophilic-fractions-isolated-from-sub-products-of-phoenix-dactilyfera
#6
Najla Bentrad, Rabéa Gaceb-Terrak, Fatma Rahmania
In this study, the dried powder of seeds and pollen of Phoenix dactylifera was extracted using Soxhlet extractor and biochemical composition of lipophilic extracts was analysed by GCMS. Then, we have tested the antibacterial effect of fatty acids and volatile compounds found in these sub-products. The results revealed that the main fatty acids found in Deglet Nour seeds is are oleic acid (42.06%) followed by capric acid (24.16%), Takerbucht seeds extract contains mostly oleic acid (40.59%) and palmitic acid (20...
April 13, 2017: Natural Product Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28400156/properties-of-chars-from-the-gasification-and-pyrolysis-of-rice-waste-streams-towards-their-valorisation-as-adsorbent-materials
#7
D Dias, N Lapa, M Bernardo, D Godinho, I Fonseca, M Miranda, F Pinto, F Lemos
Rice straw (RS), rice husk (RH) and polyethylene (PE) were blended and submitted to gasification and pyrolysis processes. The chars obtained were submitted to textural, chemical, and ecotoxic characterisations, towards their possible valorisation. Gasification chars were mainly composed of ashes (73.4-89.8wt%), while pyrolysis chars were mainly composed of carbon (53.0-57.6wt%). Silicon (Si) was the major mineral element in all chars followed by alkaline and alkaline-earth metal species (AAEMs). In the pyrolysis chars, titanium (Ti) was also a major element, as the feedstock blends contained high fractions of PE which was the main source of Ti...
April 8, 2017: Waste Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28395591/volatile-anaesthetics-added-to-cardiopulmonary-bypass-are-associated-with-reduced-cardiac-troponin
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Elena Bignami, Marcello Guarnieri, Marina Pieri, Francesco De Simone, Alcira Rodriguez, Luigi Cassarà, Rosalba Lembo, Giovanni Landoni, Alberto Zangrillo
BACKGROUND: Every year, over 1 million cardiac surgical procedures are performed all over the world. Reducing myocardial necrosis could have strong implications in postoperative clinical outcomes. Volatile anaesthetics have cardiac protective properties in the perioperative period of cardiac surgery. However, little data exists on the administration of volatile agents during cardiopulmonary bypass. The aim of this study was to assess if volatile anaesthetics administration during cardiopulmonary bypass reduces cardiac troponin release after cardiac surgery...
March 1, 2017: Perfusion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28394635/prevention-of-fungal-spoilage-in-food-products-using-natural-compounds-a-review
#9
Susana Ribes, Ana Fuentes, Pau Talens, Jose Manuel Barat
The kingdom Fungi is the most important group of microorganism contaminating food commodities, and chemical additives are commonly used in the food industry to prevent fungal spoilage. However, the increasing consumer concern about synthetic additives has led to their substitution by natural compounds in foods. The current review provides an overview of using natural agents isolated from different sources (plants, animals and microorganisms) as promising antifungal compounds, including information about their mechanism of action and their use in foods to preserve and prolong shelf life...
April 10, 2017: Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28391664/effect-of-green-tea-added-tablets-on-volatile-sulfur-containing-compounds-in-the-oral-cavity
#10
Pier Francesco Porciani, Simone Grandini
OBJECTIVES: A controlled, clinical, double-blind, cross-over study was conducted to assess the efficacy of sugar-free tablets containing green tea extract on oral volatile sulfur-containing compounds (VSC) versus placebo tablets for 30 minutes. METHODS: To join the study, subjects had to have at least 24 teeth, no report of oral and systemic diseases, and no removable dentures. All eligible participants had to avoid professional oral hygiene and drugs for two weeks, to not be menstruating, to avoid brushing their teeth and tongue, to not smoke, to not consume alcohol, coffee or tea, nor onion, garlic, or licorice for six hours before the test...
December 2016: Journal of Clinical Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28374734/-the-isolation-of-organic-compounds-from-hydrosulfuric-mineral-waters-with-the-use-of-the-extractive-freezing-out-technique-with-centrifugation
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V N Bekhterev, E A Kabina
The mineral waters, enriched with organic substances find extensive application in balneotherapy. The fast and efficient methods for the identification and quantitative measurement of organic compounds (in the first place, organic acids) in such waters need to be developed for the estimation of their quality and biological activity. AIM: The objective of the present study was to elaborate a gas chromatographic method for the determination of monobasic carbonic acids in sulfide-containing mineral waters by means of extractive freezing-out in combination with the application of the centrifugal forces for the elucidation of the metrological characteristics of the compounds of interest...
2017: Voprosy Kurortologii, Fizioterapii, i Lechebnoĭ Fizicheskoĭ Kultury
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28372725/analysis-of-volatile-compounds-by-open-air-ionization-mass-spectrometry
#12
Anil Kumar Meher, Yu-Chie Chen
This study demonstrates a simple method for rapid and in situ identification of volatile and endogenous compounds in culinary spice samples through mass spectrometry (MS). This method only requires a holder for solid spice sample (2-3 mm) that is placed close to a mass spectrometer inlet, which is applied with a high voltage. Volatile species responsible for the aroma of the spice samples can be readily detected by the mass spectrometer. Sample pretreatment is not required prior to MS analysis, and no solvent was used during MS analysis...
May 8, 2017: Analytica Chimica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28362977/anti-inflammatory-effects-of-essential-oils-from-mangifera-indica
#13
R M Oliveira, T S Dutra, E Simionatto, N Ré, C A L Kassuya, C A L Cardoso
Mangifera indica is widely found in Brazil, and its leaves are used as an anti-inflammatory agent in folk medicine. The aim of this study is to perform composition analysis of essential oils from the M. indica varieties, espada (EOMIL1) and coração de boi (EOMIL2), and confirm their anti-inflammatory properties. Twenty-three volatile compounds were identified via gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS) in two essential oils from the leaves. Paw edema and myeloperoxidase (MPO) activity were evaluated using the carrageenan-induced paw model, while leukocyte migration was analyzed using the pleurisy model...
March 16, 2017: Genetics and Molecular Research: GMR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28362031/comparison-of-anaesthetic-gas-consumption-and-stability-of-anaesthesia-using-automatic-and-manual-control-over-the-course-of-anaesthesia
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Tomasz Skalec, Agnieszka Górecka-Dolny, Stanisław Zieliński, Mirosław Gibek, Łukasz Stróżecki, Andrzej Kübler
BACKGROUND: The automatic control module of end-tidal volatile agents (EtC) was designed to reduce the consumption of anaesthetic gases, increase the stability of general anaesthesia and reduce the need for adjustments in the settings of the anaesthesia machine. The aim of this study was to verify these hypotheses. METHODS: The course of general anaesthesia with the use of the EtC module was analysed for haemodynamic stability, depth of anaesthesia, end-expiratory concentration of anaesthetic, number of ventilator key presses, fentanyl supply, consumption of volatile agents and anaesthesia and operation times...
2017: Anaesthesiology Intensive Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28356026/volatile-inhibitors-of-phosphatidylinositol-3-kinase-pi3k-pathway-anti-cancer-potential-of-aroma-compounds-of-plant-essential-oils
#15
Manobjyoti Bordoloi, Surovi Saikia, Bhaskor Kolita, Rajeev Sarmah
BACKGROUND: Cancer is a grave health problem for the world as global cancer burden rises to 14 million new cases with 8.2 million deaths every year which is expected to rise by 70% in next 2 decades as reported by WHO. These steady rises in death demand for rapid developments in anti-cancer agents. Essential oils, being natural and multi-component complex systems have recently attracted a lot of attention in this search for novel anti-cancer agents. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The pharmaceutical attributes of essential oil components specifically focusing their affinity towards COX, 5-LOX, AKT, MDM2, PDK1 and mTOR which defines the phosphatidylinositol-3-kinase (PI3K) pathway were assessed...
March 27, 2017: Anti-cancer Agents in Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28355415/exposure-to-inhalable-dust-endotoxin-and-total-volatile-organic-carbons-on-dairy-farms-using-manual-and-automated-feeding-systems
#16
Ioannis Basinas, Garvin Cronin, Victoria Hogan, Torben Sigsgaard, James Hayes, Ann Marie Coggins
Introduction: Agricultural workers tend to have high exposures to organic dusts which may induce or exacerbate respiratory disorders. Studies investigating the effect of work tasks and farm characteristics on organic dust exposures among farm workers suggest that handling of animal feed is an important exposure determinant; however, the effect of the animal feeding system has not been explored in any detail. Objectives: To measure the exposure of Irish dairy farmers to inhalable dust, endotoxin, and total volatile organic compounds (TVOCs) during parlour work and to explore whether levels of exposure to these agents depend on the applied feeding system in the farms...
January 1, 2017: Annals of Work Exposures and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345694/metal-organic-frameworks-for-the-removal-of-toxic-industrial-chemicals-and-chemical-warfare-agents
#17
REVIEW
N Scott Bobbitt, Matthew L Mendonca, Ashlee J Howarth, Timur Islamoglu, Joseph T Hupp, Omar K Farha, Randall Q Snurr
Owing to the vast diversity of linkers, nodes, and topologies, metal-organic frameworks can be tailored for specific tasks, such as chemical separations or catalysis. Accordingly, these materials have attracted significant interest for capture and/or detoxification of toxic industrial chemicals and chemical warfare agents. In this paper, we review recent experimental and computational work pertaining to the capture of several industrially-relevant toxic chemicals, including NH3, SO2, NO2, H2S, and some volatile organic compounds, with particular emphasis on the challenging issue of designing materials that selectively adsorb these chemicals in the presence of water...
March 27, 2017: Chemical Society Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340787/determination-of-ammonia-nitrogen-in-solid-and-liquid-high-complex-matrices-using-one-step-gas-diffusion-microextraction-and-fluorimetric-detection
#18
Inês M Valente, Hugo M Oliveira, Carlos D Vaz, Rui M Ramos, António J M Fonseca, Ana R J Cabrita, José A Rodrigues
This paper introduces a new method for a one-step determination of ammonia nitrogen (NH3) in high complex solid and liquid samples from the agricultural and livestock sectors. To this end, we developed a simultaneous extraction and fluorimetric labeling of NH3, using gas diffusion microextraction (GDME), followed by the fluorescence measurement under 96-well microplate format. The GDME ensured a selective diffusion of NH3 through a commercial hydrophobic membrane, and confined the acceptor solution, which included the fluorimetric labeling reagent o-phthalaldehyde (OPA)...
May 15, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334677/centralized-management-of-sewage-sludge-and-agro-industrial-waste-through-co-composting
#19
M C Gutiérrez, A Serrano, J A Siles, A F Chica, M A Martín
In this research study, the co-composting process of a waste mixture containing strawberry extrudate, fish waste, sewage sludge and bulking agent (SEFW, 190:1:22:90 ratio) was carried out in a dynamic-solid respirometer at pilot scale. The aerobic biodegradability of the mixture was previously ensured in a static-liquid respirometer. The advantages and drawbacks of the SEFW co-composting process were subsequently identified through the determination of respirometric activity and the physical-chemical characterization of the waste, as well as the monitoring of odor emissions...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321983/chloroprocaine-for-epidural-anesthesia-in-infants-and-children
#20
REVIEW
Giorgio Veneziano, Joseph D Tobias
Continuous epidural infusions are an effective and safe method of providing anesthesia and postoperative analgesia in infants and children with multiple advantages over systemic medications, including earlier tracheal extubation, decreased perioperative stress response, earlier return of bowel function, and decreased exposure to volatile anesthetic agents with uncertain long-term neurocognitive effects. Despite these benefits, local anesthetic toxicity remains a concern in neonates and infants because of their decreased metabolic capacity for amide local anesthetics...
March 21, 2017: Paediatric Anaesthesia
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