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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
Diego G Ghiano, Agustina de la Iglesia, Nina Liu, Peter J Tonge, Héctor R Morbidoni, Guillermo R Labadie
A collection of 1,2,3-triazoles unsaturated fatty acid mimics were efficiently synthesized by click chemistry. The 1,4-disubstituted analogs prepared covered different alkyl chain lengths and triazole positions. The compounds were subsequently tested against Mycobacterium tuberculosis, being most of them active with some of the analogs displaying activity at micromolar concentration. The most potent member of the series has the triazole moiety on the C-2 position with a carbon chain of eight or ten carbon atoms...
September 28, 2016: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
S Binita Chanu, Samya Banerjee, Mithun Roy
Cancer-specific anticancer drugs are still an elusive goal. Using light as the temporal control to generate cytotoxic species from photo-activated prodrug in the presence or absence of molecular oxygen has shown potential application targeted chemotherapy as in photodynamic therapy (PDT). In the present work we explored the chemistry of several photo-active (μ-oxo)diiron(III) complexes of the following formulation [{Fe(μ-O) (L-his)(B)}2](ClO4)2 (1a-1c), [Fe2(μ-O)(H2O)2B4](ClO4)4 (2b, 2c) and [Fe2(μ-O)(μ-O2CMe)B4](ClO4)3 (3b, 3c), L-his = l-histidine, B is 2,2'-bipyridine, 1,10-phenanthroline (phen) and dipyrido[3,2-d:2',3'-f]quinoxaline (dpq) complexes for tumor-specific anticancer activity...
September 28, 2016: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
Ilenia Infusino, Erika Frusciante, Federica Braga, Mauro Panteghini
International Federation of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine (IFCC) has established reference measurement procedures (RMPs) for the most popular enzymes. Manufacturers should assign values to commercial calibrators traceable to these RMPs to achieve equivalent results in clinical samples, independent of reagent kits, instruments, and laboratory where the measurement is carried out. The situation is, however, far from acceptable. Some manufacturers continue to market assays giving results that are not traceable to internationally accepted RMPs...
October 8, 2016: Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine: CCLM
Mario Plebani
According to a patient-centered viewpoint, the meaning of harmonization in the context of laboratory medicine is that the information should be comparable irrespective of the measurement procedure used and where and/or when a measurement is made. Harmonization represents a fundamental aspect of quality in laboratory medicine as its ultimate goal is to improve patient outcomes through the provision of an accurate and actionable laboratory information. Although the initial focus has to a large extent been to harmonize and standardize analytical processes and methods, the scope of harmonization goes beyond to include all other aspects of the total testing process (TTP), such as terminology and units, report formats, reference intervals and decision limits, as well as tests and test profiles request and criteria for interpretation...
February 2016: EJIFCC
Sanath Krishna Muliya, Mudraje Narayana Bhat
AIM: To study the hematology and serum biochemistry parameters of Indian spectacled cobra (Naja naja) and Indian rat snake (Ptyas mucosa) and to evaluate the differences in the same between captive and wild populations. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Animals were categorized into four groups, viz., wild Indian spectacled cobra (n=10), wild Indian rat snakes (n=10), captive Indian spectacled cobra (n=10), and captive Indian rat snake (n=10). The snakes were restrained with restraint tubes, and 2 ml of blood was collected from either heart or ventral coccygeal vein...
August 2016: Veterinary World
Thanavit Jirapanjawat, Blair Ney, Matthew C Taylor, Andrew C Warden, Shahana Afroze, Robyn J Russell, Brendon M Lee, Colin J Jackson, John G Oakeshott, Gunjan Pandey, Chris Greening
: A defining feature of mycobacterial redox metabolism is the use of an unusual deazaflavin cofactor, F420 This cofactor enhances the persistence of environmental and pathogenic mycobacteria, including following antimicrobial treatment, though the molecular basis for this remains to be understood. In this work, we explored our hypothesis that F420 enhances persistence by serving as a cofactor in antimicrobial-detoxifying enzymes. To test this, we performed a series of phenotypic, biochemical, and analytical chemistry studies in relation to the model soil bacterium Mycobacterium smegmatis Mutant strains unable to synthesize or reduce F420 were found to be more susceptible to a wide range of antibiotic and xenobiotic compounds...
September 16, 2016: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
Tom Nilsen, Kathrin Sunde, Lars-Olof Hansson, Aleksandra Mandic Havelka, Anders Larsson
BACKGROUND: Fecal calprotectin assays are widely used to exclude inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) in patients with suspected IBD. A problem with the fecal calprotectin assays is the rather long test-turnaround times. A particle enhanced turbidimetric immunoassays (PETIA) for fecal calprotectin would reduce test-turnaround times and would permit more laboratories to perform the measurements. The aim of this study was to evaluate a new feces calprotectin PETIA. METHOD: Using routine fecal samples the feces calprotectin PETIA was validated on two chemistry analyzers, Mindray BS-380 and Cobas 501...
September 15, 2016: Journal of Clinical Laboratory Analysis
Samuel B Berry, Syrena C Fernandes, Anjali Rajaratnam, Nicholas S DeChiara, Charles R Mace
The quantification of blood cells provides critical information about a patient's health status. Sophisticated analytical equipment, such as hematology analyzers, have been developed to perform these measurements, but limited-resource settings often lack the infrastructure required to purchase, operate, and maintain instrumentation. To address these practical challenges, paper-based microfluidic devices have emerged as a platform to develop diagnostic assays specifically for use at the point-of-care. To date, paper-based microfluidic devices have been used broadly in diagnostic assays that apply immunoassay, clinical chemistry, and electrochemistry techniques...
October 7, 2016: Lab on a Chip
Huiping Ding, Paul W Czoty, Norikazu Kiguchi, Gerta Cami-Kobeci, Devki D Sukhtankar, Michael A Nader, Stephen M Husbands, Mei-Chuan Ko
Despite the critical need, no previous research has substantiated safe opioid analgesics without abuse liability in primates. Recent advances in medicinal chemistry have led to the development of ligands with mixed mu opioid peptide (MOP)/nociceptin-orphanin FQ peptide (NOP) receptor agonist activity to achieve this objective. BU08028 is a novel orvinol analog that displays a similar binding profile to buprenorphine with improved affinity and efficacy at NOP receptors. The aim of this preclinical study was to establish the functional profile of BU08028 in monkeys using clinically used MOP receptor agonists for side-by-side comparisons in various well-honed behavioral and physiological assays...
September 13, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Kanwal Maheshwari, Renato M Silva, Leticia Guajardo-Morales, Gustavo P Garlet, Alexandre R Vieira, Ariadne Letra
INTRODUCTION: Heat shock proteins (HSPs) protect cells under adverse conditions such as infection, inflammation, and disease. The differential expression of HSPs in human periapical granulomas suggests a potential role for these proteins in periapical lesion development, which may contribute to different clinical outcomes. Therefore, we hypothesized that polymorphisms in HSP genes leading to perturbed gene expression and protein function may contribute to an individual's susceptibility to periapical lesion development...
October 2016: Journal of Endodontics
Renata Nascimento, Alphonse Poklis, Carl E Wolf
A new Hydrocodone Enzyme Immunoassay (HEIA; Lin-Zhi International, Inc.) was evaluated for the detection of hydrocodone and its main metabolite, hydromorphone. All specimens were tested with two different cutoff calibrators, 100 and 300 ng/mL, on an ARCHITECT Plus c4000 Clinical Chemistry Analyzer. Controls containing -25% (negative control) and +25% (positive control) of the cutoff calibrators and a drug-free control were analyzed with each batch. All 1,025 urine specimens were previously analyzed by ultra-performance liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry/mass spectrometry (UPLC-MS-MS) for opiates...
October 2016: Journal of Analytical Toxicology
Tae-Hyeong Kim, Vijaya Sunkara, Juhee Park, Chi-Ju Kim, Hyun-Kyung Woo, Yoon-Kyoung Cho
A lab-on-a-disc is a unique microfluidic platform that utilizes centrifugal force to pump liquids. This offers many benefits for point-of-care devices because it eliminates the need for connections to multiple pumps and complex tubing connections. A wide range of applications including clinical chemistry, immunoassay, cell analysis, and nucleic acid tests could be demonstrated on a spinning disc. To enable the performance of assays in a fully integrated and automated manner, the robust actuation of integrated valves is a prerequisite...
October 7, 2016: Lab on a Chip
Che Chunxiao, Jiang Keyu, Ma Yuanyuan, Zeng Sa, Zhou Jianye, Li Zhiqiang, He Xiangyi
OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to evaluate the biological characteristics of a human specifically targeted antimi- crobial peptide C16LL-37 against Streptococcus mutans (S. mutans). METHODS: In this study, an antimicrobial peptide LL-37, a peptide derived from CSP(C16) (S. mutans competence stimulating peptide), and recombinant peptide C16LL-37 were synthesized by Fmoc-chemistry-based strategy. The selectivity and antibacterial activity of C16LL-37 were identified by the colony counting method on microbial culture plates...
June 2016: Hua Xi Kou Qiang Yi Xue za Zhi, Huaxi Kouqiang Yixue Zazhi, West China Journal of Stomatology
Xiangqun Zeng, Ke Qu, Abdul Rehman
Carbohydrate-protein interactions occur through glycoproteins, glycolipids, or polysaccharides displayed on the cell surface with lectins. However, studying these interactions is challenging because of the complexity and heterogeneity of the cell surface, the inherent structural complexity of carbohydrates, and the typically weak affinities of the binding reactions between the lectins and monovalent carbohydrates. The lack of chromophores and fluorophores in carbohydrate structures often drives such investigations toward fluorescence labeling techniques, which usually require tedious and complex synthetic work to conjugate fluorescent tags with additional risk of altering the reaction dynamics...
September 20, 2016: Accounts of Chemical Research
Urs Nydegger, Thomas Lung, Lorenz Risch, Martin Risch, Pedro Medina Escobar, Thomas Bodmer
We work on the assumption that four major specialities or sectors of medical laboratory assays, comprising clinical chemistry, haematology, immunology, and microbiology, embraced by genome sequencing techniques, are routinely in use. Medical laboratory markers for inflammation serve as model: they are allotted to most fields of medical lab assays including genomics. Incessant coding of assays aligns each of them in the long lists of big data. As exemplified with the complement gene family, containing C2, C3, C8A, C8B, CFH, CFI, and ITGB2, heritability patterns/risk factors associated with diseases with genetic glitch of complement components are unfolding...
2016: Mediators of Inflammation
David W Roberts, Anne Marie Api, Aynur O Aptula
The Local Lymph Node Assay (LLNA) is the most common in vivo regulatory toxicology test for skin sensitisation, quantifying potency as the EC3, the concentration of chemical giving a threefold increase in thymidine uptake in the local lymph node. Existing LLNA data can, along with clinical data, provide useful comparator information on the potency of sensitisers. Understanding of the biological variability of data from LLNA studies is important for those developing non-animal based risk assessment approaches for skin allergy...
October 2016: Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology: RTP
Paul Collinson, Angelika Hammerer-Lercher, Janne Suvisaari, Fred S Apple, Rob H Christenson, Kari Pulkki, Marja P van Dieijen-Visser, Christopher J Duff, Hannsjörg Baum, Ana Stavljenic-Rukavina, Kristin M Aakre, Michel R Langlois, Sanja Stankovic, Paivi Laitinen
BACKGROUND: We undertook an assessment of current use of evidence-based guidelines for the use of cardiac biomarkers in Europe (EU) and North America (NA). METHODS: In 2013-2014 a web-based questionnaire was distributed via NA and EU biochemical societies. Questions covered cardiac biomarkers measured, analytical methods used, decision thresholds, and use of decision-making protocols. Results were collated using a central database and analyzed using comparative and descriptive nonparametric statistics...
September 2016: Clinical Chemistry
J R Elder, M Bugarel, H C den Bakker, G H Loneragan, K K Nightingale
Escherichia coli O157:H7 has frequently been associated with foodborne infections and is considered an adulterant in raw non-intact beef in the U.S. Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) belonging to serogroups O26, O45, O103, O111, O121, and O145 (known as the "big six" non-O157) were estimated to cause >70% of foodborne infections attributed to non-O157 serogroups in the U.S., as a result, these six serogroups have also been targeted by regulation in the U.S. The purpose of this study was to develop a rapid and high-throughput molecular method to group STEC isolates into seven clinically important serogroups (i...
October 2016: Journal of Microbiological Methods
Yanhong Zhang, Chunhua Guo, Shuo Li, Kui Luo, Jiani Hu, Zhongwei Gu
N-(2-hydroxypropyl)methacrylamide (HPMA) copolymers have been presented as nanoscale drug/gene delivery systems and imaging probes, and the well-defined HPMA copolymers prepared via reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT) polymerization promote their to clinical trials, as the significant enhanced anticancer efficacy. The biosafety is another issue associated with the carriers. In this study, we prepared the linear and branched HPMA copolymers labeled with Cy5.5 via RAFT polymerization and click chemistry, and their potential biosafety was studied...
June 2016: Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
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