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Bera Rammohan, Karmakar Samit, Das Chinmoy, Saha Arup, Kundu Amit, Sarkar Ratul, Karmakar Sanmoy, Adhikari Dipan, Sen Tuhinadri
BACKGROUND: Traditionally GS is used to treat diabetes mellitus. Drug-herb interaction of GS via cytochrome P450 enzyme system by substrate cocktail method using HLM has not been reported. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the in-vitro modulatory effects of GS extracts (aqueous, methanol, ethyl acetate, chloroform and n-hexane) and deacylgymnemic acid (DGA) on human CYP1A2, 2C8, 2C9, 2D6 and 3A4 activities in HLM. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Probe substrate-based LCMS/MS method was established for all CYPs...
July 2016: Pharmacognosy Magazine
Rajratna P Tayade, Nagaiyan Sekar
Three new Y-shaped styryl dyes were designed and synthesized from thiazole carbaldehyde with different active methylene compounds as acceptor moieties. All the dyes were characterized by IR, (1)HNMR, MS/LCMS/HRMS. Spectroscopic properties and non-linear optical properties styryl derivatives were analyzed and the effect of change in solvent polarity on their absorption and emissive properties has been investigated. The dye with (1-phenylethylidene) propanedinitrile unit shows red shift absorption/emission profile among all the dyes...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Fluorescence
Izabella Surowiec, Lisbeth Ärlestig, Solbritt Rantapää-Dahlqvist, Johan Trygg
OBJECTIVE: The early diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is desirable to install treatment to prevent disease progression and joint destruction. Autoantibodies and immunological markers pre-date the onset of symptoms by years albeit not all patients will present these factors, even at disease onset. Additional biomarkers would be of high value to improve early diagnosis and understanding of the process, leading to disease development. METHODS: Plasma samples donated before the onset of RA were identified in the Biobank of Northern Sweden, a collection within national health survey programs...
2016: PloS One
Avinash S Bansode, Supriya E More, Ejaz Ahmad Siddiqui, Shruti Satpute, Absar Ahmad, Sudha V Bhoraskar, Vikas L Mathe
The paper reports the use of atmospheric non-thermal plasma torch as a catalyst for degradation of various organic pollutants dissolved in water. A flow of He mixed with air was used to produce the dielectric barrier discharge (DBD), at the tip of the torch, using pulsed electric excitation at 12 kV. The torch, operated at a power of 750 mW/mm(2), was seen to completely degrade the aqueous solutions of the pollutants namely methylene blue (MB), methyl orange (MO) and rhodamine-B (RB), at around 10(-4) M concentrations, the concentration of polluants is one order higher than of routinely used heterogeneous photocatalytic reactions, within 10 min of irradiation time at room temperature...
October 13, 2016: Chemosphere
Maria Fusaro, Maurizio Gallieni, Maria Antonietta Rizzo, Andrea Stucchi, Pierre Delanaye, Etienne Cavalier, Rosa M A Moysés, Vanda Jorgetti, Giorgio Iervasi, Sandro Giannini, Fabrizio Fabris, Andrea Aghi, Stefania Sella, Francesco Galli, Valentina Viola, Mario Plebani
Vitamin K (phylloquinone or vitamin K1 and menaquinones or vitamin K2) plays an important role as a cofactor in the synthesis of hepatic blood coagulation proteins, but recently has also aroused an increasing interest for its action in extra-hepatic tissues, in particular in the regulation of bone and vascular metabolism. The accurate measurement of vitamin K status in humans is still a critical issue. Along with indirect assays, such as the undercarboxylated fractions of vitamin K-dependent proteins [prothrombin, osteocalcin (OC), and matrix gla protein], the direct analysis of blood levels of phylloquinone and menaquinones forms might be considered a more informative and direct method for assessing vitamin K status...
October 12, 2016: Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine: CCLM
Eric Yang, Jan Welink, Stephanie Cape, Eric Woolf, Jens Sydor, Christopher James, Dina Goykhman, Mark Arnold, Neil Addock, Ronald Bauer, Michael Buonarati, Eugene Ciccimaro, Raj Dodda, Christopher Evans, Fabio Garofolo, Nicola Hughes, Rafiq Islam, Corey Nehls, Amanda Wilson, Chad Briscoe, Mark Bustard, Laura Coppola, Stephanie Croft, Dieter Drexler, Luca Ferrari, Daniela Fraier, Rand Jenkins, John Kadavil, Lloyd King, Wenkui Li, Gustavo Mendes Lima Santos, Adrien Musuku, Ragu Ramanathan, Yoshiro Saito, Natasha Savoie, Scott Summerfield, Rachel Sun, Nilufer Tampal, Steve Vinter, Jason Wakelin-Smith, Qin Yue
The 2016 10(th) Workshop on Recent Issues in Bioanalysis (10(th) WRIB) took place in Orlando, Florida with participation of close to 700 professionals from pharmaceutical/biopharmaceutical companies, biotechnology companies, contract research organizations, and regulatory agencies worldwide. WRIB was once again a 5-day, weeklong event - A Full Immersion Week of Bioanalysis including Biomarkers and Immunogenicity. As usual, it was specifically designed to facilitate sharing, reviewing, discussing and agreeing on approaches to address the most current issues of interest including both small and large molecule analysis involving LCMS, hybrid LBA/LCMS, and LBA approaches, with the focus on biomarkers and immunogenicity...
October 7, 2016: Bioanalysis
Marko Rožman, Mira Petrović
Quantitative target analysis by liquid chromatography coupled to mass spectrometry (LCMS) is ubiquitous in environmental, metabolomic and toxicological studies. Targeted LCMS methods are capable of the simultaneous determination of literally hundreds of analytes. Although acquiring of instrumental data is very fast, data post-processing i.e. quantification can be time consuming step (and)or dependent to various commercial software packages. In attempt to facilitate this drawback Wolfram Mathematica script for batch quantification of LCMS data was created...
2016: MethodsX
Siddhartha N Borah, Debahuti Goswami, Hridip K Sarma, Swaranjit S Cameotra, Suresh Deka
Antifungal activity of rhamnolipids (RLs) has been widely studied against many plant pathogenic fungi, but not against Fusarium verticillioides, a major pathogen of maize (Zea mays L.). F. verticillioides causes stalk and ear rot of maize or asymptomatically colonizes the plant and ears resulting in moderate to heavy crop loss throughout the world. F. verticillioides produces fumonisin mycotoxins, reported carcinogens, which makes the contaminated ears unsuitable for consumption. In this study, the RL produced using glucose as sole carbon source was characterized by FTIR and LCMS analyses and its antifungal activity against F...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
Komal Kumar Javarappa, Attemode Girijanna Devi Prasad, A J Mahadesh Prasad, Chetana Mane
BACKGROUND: Kingiodendron pinnatum Rox. Hams. is an endangered medicinal plant used in gonorrhoe, catarrhal conditions of genito-urinary and respiratory tracts. The scientific and pharmacological formulation of K. pinnatum has not been established so far though it is being traditionally used by tribes of the region. OBJECTIVE: P hytochemical screening and identification of the bioactive compounds from the ethyl acetate extract of Kingiodendron pinnatum Rox. Hams...
October 2016: Pharmacognosy Research
Yanhua Jia, Chengwen Xiong
The anti-microbial and anti-oxidant effects of xanthones extract from Swertia macrosperma C.B. Clark were investigated using extracts from whole plant and partitioned by petroleum ether, ethyl acetate and n-butanol, respectively. Anti-microbial and anti-oxidant activities were detected among different fractions. High-performance liquid chromatography was performed to separate and purify the elutions. The compounds were elucidated by 1H, 13C NMR and LCMS. The ethyl acetate extract showed maximum inhibitory activity in fungal organisms and Gram-positive bacteria, and had the highest anti-oxidant capacity...
August 10, 2016: Natural Product Research
Jaime R Bastian, Huijun Chen, Hongfei Zhang, Scott Rothenberger, Ralph Tarter, Dennis English, Raman Venkataramanan, Steve N Caritis
BACKGROUND: Buprenorphine is an FDA-approved maintenance therapy for opioid use disorders and is increasingly being used in pregnant women with opioid use disorders as an alternative to methadone. Dosing of buprenorphine in pregnant women is based on the regimen recommended for non-pregnant females and males. Limited data are available defining the pharmacokinetic (PK) properties of sublingual (SL) buprenorphine administered during pregnancy. OBJECTIVE: This study evaluated the impact of physiological changes associated with pregnancy on the PK of sublingual buprenorphine during and after pregnancy...
September 26, 2016: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Nicola Beresford, Alice Baynes, Rakesh Kanda, Matthew R Mills, Karla Arias-Salazar, Terrence J Collins, Susan Jobling
Endocrine Disrupting Compounds pose a substantial risk to the aquatic environment. Ethinylestradiol (EE2) and estrone (E1) have recently been included in a watch list of environmental pollutants under the European Water Framework Directive. Municipal wastewater treatment plants are major contributors to the estrogenic potency of surface waters. Much of the estrogenic potency of wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) effluents can be attributed to the discharge of steroid estrogens including estradiol (E2), EE2 and E1 due to incomplete removal of these substances at the treatment plant...
2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
Nimisha Pulikkal Sukumaran, R Hiranmai Yadav
CONTEXT: D. macrostachyum is an epiphytic orchid abundant in Southern India and is reported for pain relief in folklore. AIMS: The objective of the present study was to determine in vitro free radical scavenging and anti-inflammatory activity of D. macrostachyum and to perform LCMS based metabolic profiling of the plant. SETTINGS AND DESIGN: Sequential stem and leaf extracts were assessed for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activity by in vitro methods...
April 2016: Ancient Science of Life
Debkumar Chakraborty, Gaganjot Gupta, Baljinder Kaur
Metabolic engineering and construction of recombinant Escherichia coli strains carrying feruloyl-CoA synthetase and enoyl-CoA hydratase genes for the bioconversion of ferulic acid to vanillin offers an alternative way to produce vanillin. Isolation and designing of fcs and ech genes was carried out using computer assisted protocol and the designed vanillin biosynthetic gene cassette was cloned in pCCIBAC expression vector for introduction in E. coli top 10. Recombinant strain was implemented for the statistical optimization of process parameters influencing F A to vanillin biotransformation...
December 2016: Protein Expression and Purification
Qianhui Mao, Feng Ji, Wei Wang, Qiquan Wang, Zhenhu Hu, Shoujun Yuan
The reactivity and fate of parabens during chlorination were investigated in this work. Chlorination kinetics of methylparaben (MeP), ethylparaben (EtP), propylparaben (PrP), and butylparaben (BuP) were studied in the pH range of 4.0 to 11.0 at 25 ± 1 °C. Apparent rate constants (k app) of 9.65 × 10(-3) M(-0.614)·s(-1), 1.77 × 10(-2) M(-1.019)·s(-1), 2.98 × 10(-2) M(-0.851)·s(-1), and 1.76 × 10(-2) M(-0.860)·s(-1) for MeP, EtP, PrP, and BuP, respectively, were obtained at pH 7.0. The rate constants depended on the solution pH, temperature, and NH4 (+) concentration...
September 1, 2016: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
Xuhan Liu, Xi Tan, Rong Rao, Yuanyuan Ren, Yinghuan Li, Xiangliang Yang, Wei Liu
The properties of hydrophilic shell in micelles significantly affect the interaction between micelles and cells. Compared with frequently used polyethylene glycol (PEG) as the hydrophilic block, polyphosphoesters (PPEs) are superior in functionality, biocompatibility, and degradability. A series of amphiphilic poly(aminoethyl ethylene phosphate)/poly(l-lactide acid) (PAEEP-PLLA) copolymers were synthesized with hydrophilic PAEEP with different chain lengths. The corresponding self-assembled micelles were used for doxorubicin (Dox) entrapment...
September 14, 2016: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Abhirup Mandal, Dhananjay Pal, Ashim K Mitra
PURPOSE: This study was aimed to develop a novel Histidine-Leucine-Lopinavir (His-Leu-LPV) dipeptide prodrug and evaluate its potential for circumvention of P-gp and MRP2-mediated efflux of lopinavir (LPV) indicated for HIV-1 infection. METHODS: His-Leu-LPV was synthesized following esterification of hydroxyl group of LPV and was identified by (1)H NMR and LCMS/MS techniques. Aqueous solubility, stability and cell cytotoxicity of prodrug was determined. Uptake and permeability studies were carried out using P-gp (MDCK-MDR1) and MRP2 (MDCK-MRP2) transfected cell lines...
October 15, 2016: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
Jing Wu, Mingsha Jie, Xueling Dong, Hongbin Qi, Jin-Ming Lin
RATIONALE: Cell-based drug assay plays an essential role in drug development. By coupling a microfluidic chip with mass spectrometry (MS), we developed a multifunctional platform. Cell co-culture, cell apoptosis assay, fluorescence and MS detection of intracellular drug absorption could be simultaneously conducted on this platform. METHODS: Three micro-channels were fabricated through photolithography technology to conduct the cell co-culture. Cell apoptosis after drug treatment was assayed by fluorescent probes (Hoechst 33342)...
August 2016: Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry: RCM
Meenakshi Wadhwani, Sanjay K Mishra, Dewang Angmo, Thirumurthy Velpandian, Ramanjit Sihota, Ankita Kotnala, Shibal Bhartiya, Tanuj Dada
PURPOSE: Comparative evaluation of pharmaceutical characteristics of three marketed generic vs branded travoprost formulations. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Three generic travoprost formulations and one branded (Travatan without benzalkonium chloride) formulation (10 vials each), obtained from authorized agents from the respective companies and having the same batch number, were used. These formulations were coded and labels were removed. At a standardized room temperature of 25°C, the drop size, pH, relative viscosity, and total drops per vial were determined for Travatan (Alcon, Fort Worth, TX, USA) and all the generic formulations...
May 2016: Journal of Current Glaucoma Practice
A H Miners, C D Llewellyn, V L Cooper, E Youssef, A J Pollard, M Lagarde, C Sabin, E Nixon, M Sachikonye, N Perry, M Fisher
OBJECTIVES: To understand which aspects of general practitioner (GP) and HIV clinic appointments people living with HIV (PLWHIV) most value when seeking advice for new health problems. METHODS: A discrete choice experiment using a convenience sample of people diagnosed with HIV. Participants were recruited from 14 general HIV clinics in the South East of England between December 2014 and April 2015. ORs were calculated using conditional logit (CLOGIT) and latent class models (LCMs)...
August 17, 2016: Sexually Transmitted Infections
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