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Wen-Ping Huang, Ting Tan, Zhi-Feng Li, Hui OuYang, Xu Xu, Bin Zhou, Yu-Lin Feng
The Chimonanthus nitens Oliv. leaf (CNOL). is a widely used traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) used for treating colds and influenza. In the present study, a comprehensive strategy integrating multiple chromatographic analysis and chemometric methods was firstly proposed for structural characterization and discrimination of CNOL from different geographical origins. It consists of three steps: Firstly, the ultra-high-performance liquid chromatography quadrupole time-of-flight tandem mass spectrometry (UHPLC-QTOF-MS/MS) method was applied for comprehensive profiling of characterization constituents in CNOL by high-resolution diagnostic product ions/neutral loss filtering, and a total of 40 constituents were identified...
February 10, 2018: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
Morteza Karimzadeh, Neda Manouchehri, Dariush Saberi, Khodabakhsh Niknam
All 66 conformers of guanylurea were optimized and frequency calculations were performed at M06-2X/6-311++G(d,p) level of theory. Theses conformers were categorized into five tautomers, and the most stable conformer of each tautomer were found. Geometrical parameters indicated that these tautomers have almost planar structure. Complete stepwise tautomerism were studied through both intramolecular proton transfer routs and internal rotations. Results indicated that the proton transfer routs involving four-membered heterocyclic structures were rate-determining steps...
March 6, 2018: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
Zhulan Gu, Shumin Li, Zhiping Xiong, Hui Xu, Fei Gao, Yukou Du
Bimetallic nanocatalysts with small particle size benefit from markedly enhanced electrocatalytic activity and stability during small molecule oxidation. Herein, we report a facile method to synthesize binary Pt-Ru nanoparticles dispersed on a carbon support at an optimum temperature. Because of its monodispersed nanostructure, synergistic effects were observed between Pt and Ru and the PtRu/C electrocatalysts showed remarkably enhanced electrocatalytic activity towards ethanol oxidation. The peak current density of the Pt1 Ru1 /C electrocatalyst is 3731 mA mg-1 , which is 9...
March 13, 2018: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
Jes M Sanders, Alexandra B Steverson, Anna E Pawlowski, Daniel Schneider, Chad J Achenbach, Donald M Lloyd-Jones, Matthew J Feinstein
BACKGROUND: Human Immunodeficiency Virus-Infected (HIV+) persons have elevated risks for various manifestations of cardiovascular disease (CVD). No studies to our knowledge have compared atrial fibrillation (AF) and atrial flutter (AFL) prevalence and associated characteristics for HIV+ persons and matched uninfected controls. METHODS AND FINDINGS: Persons with diagnoses of HIV receiving care at a large urban academic medical center were frequency-matched 1:2 on age, sex, race, zip code, and clinic location with uninfected persons...
2018: PloS One
Jieun Yoon, Akihiro Kanamori, Keisuke Fujii, Hiroko Isoda, Tomohiro Okura
PURPOSE: Maslinic acid (MA) is a component derived from a natural olive-based extract known to have pharmacological functions that include suppressing inflammation. This study examined how MA, in conjunction with whole-body vibration training (WBVT), can improve knee and muscle function in elderly women with knee osteoarthritis (OA). METHODS: The study was a double-blinded, placebo-controlled, randomized intervention study that enrolled individuals with knee pain...
2018: PloS One
David Perez-Diaz-de-Cerio, Ángela Hernández-Solana, Antonio Valdovinos, Jose Luis Valenzuela
Timing points used in running races and other competition events are generally based on radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology. Athletes' times are calculated via passive RFID tags and reader kits. Specifically, the reader infrastructure needed is complex and requires the deployment of a mat or ramps which hide the receiver antennae under them. Moreover, with the employed tags, it is not possible to transmit additional and dynamic information such as pulse or oximetry monitoring, alarms, etc. In this paper we present a system based on two low complex schemes allowed in Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE): the non-connectable undirected advertisement process and a modified version of scannable undirected advertisement process using the new capabilities present in Bluetooth 5...
March 20, 2018: Sensors
Han-Yu Jiang, Jin-Lin Zhang, Jiang-Wei Yang, Hui-Ling Ma
Creeping bentgrass ( Agrostis stolonifera ) is the preferred green lawn grass, with excellent turf characteristics but poor disease resistance. At present, the mechanisms of disease resistance in creeping bentgrass are poorly understood, especially the ethylene signal transduction pathway under the induced systemic resistance (ISR) response. In this study, butanediol (BDO), as a new type of disease-resistance compound, was applied to creeping bentgrass seedlings to induce the ISR response. Then, we measured ethylene production and related enzyme activities...
March 20, 2018: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
Shih-Liang Hsi, Peter Surman, Raida Al-Kassas
A highly sensitive and rapid stability indicating Ultra Performance Liquid Chromatographic (UPLC) method was developed for the quantification and identification of isotretinoin in bulk. Chromatographic separation was developed using a gradient elution in a reversed-phase system at flow rate of 0.5 ml/min with 12 minutes run time. The mobile phase was a gradient mixture of mobile phase A (contained a 30:70:0.5 mixture solution of methanol/Purified water/Glacial Acetic Acid) and mobile phase B (contained a 70:25:4...
March 20, 2018: Pharmaceutical Development and Technology
Dae Young Lee, Ju-Hyun Kim, Hyun Joo Shim, Hyeon-Uk Jeong, Hye Suk Lee
The objective of this study was to determine the absorption, excretion, and metabolism of a novel, oral antihyperglycemic drug, evogliptin, in male rats and dogs. Plasma, urine, feces, and expired air samples were collected after a single oral dose administration of [14 C]evogliptin, samples were analyzed by measuring overall radioactivity levels using high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC), and radioactivity levels were measured by utilizing LC-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS). The total amounts of radioactivity excreted in urine, feces, and expired air up to 168 h after administration of [14 C]evogliptin tartrate to rats (30 mg evogliptin/kg) and dogs (10 mg evogliptin/kg) were 96...
March 20, 2018: Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health. Part A
Samuel A Pullinger, Juha Oksa, Emma L Brocklehurst, Reece P Iveson, Antonia Newlove, Jatin G Burniston, Dominic A Doran, James M Waterhouse, Ben J Edwards
The present study investigated whether increasing morning rectal temperatures (Trec ) to resting.evening levels, or decreasing evening Trec or muscle (Tm ) temperatures to morning values, would influence repeated sprint (RS) performance in a causal manner. Twelve trained males underwent five sessions [age (mean ± SD) 21.8 ± 2.6 yr, peak oxygen uptake ([Formula: see text] peak) 60.6 ± 4.6 mL kg min-1 , stature 1.78 ± 0.07 m and body mass 76.0 ± 6.3 kg]. These included a control morning (M, 07:30 h) and evening (E, 17:30 h) session (5-min warm-up), and three further sessions consisting of a warm-up morning trial (ME , on a motorised treadmill) until Trec reached evening levels; and two cool-down evening trials (in 16-17°C water) until Trec (EMrec ) or Tm (EMmuscle ) values reached morning temperatures, respectively...
March 20, 2018: Chronobiology International
Weitong Cai, Yuanzheng Yang, Pingjun Tao, Liuzhang Ouyang, Hui Wang
Nanosized metal borides MBx (M = Mg, Ti, Fe, Si) are found to play an important role in enhancing the hydrogen storage performance of LiBH4 in this work. The hydrogen storage behavior and mechanism of these modified systems are investigated through TPD-MS, XRD, FTIR and SEM characterization methods. By introducing these metal borides into LiBH4 through ball milling, the systems display three dehydrogenation stages disclosing their similarity and distinction. The 1st stage starts at 190 °C, the 2nd stage ranges from 280 °C to 400 °C and the 3rd stage ends at 550 °C with a peak at round 440 °C similar to that of pristine LiBH4...
March 20, 2018: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
Candice Bjornson, Parco Chan, Abby Li, Bosco Paes, Krista L Lanctôt, Ian Mitchell
Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) infection in cystic fibrosis (CF) infants is associated with significant morbidities. This study's objective is to evaluate the effectiveness and adverse events related to palivizumab (PVZ) in CF infants. Data on respiratory-related illness (RIH) and RSV hospitalizations (RSVH) were collected retrospectively in CF infants aged < 2 years in Alberta, Canada, from 2000 to 2017. Logistic regression models were used to compare the odds of RSVH or RIH in PVZ infants from the Canadian registry of palivizumab (CARESS) versus untreated (UPVZ) infants from Alberta, after adjusting for potential confounders...
March 19, 2018: European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases
Yeong Ran Jeong, Rae Ung Jeong, Jeong Hyun Son, Joon Cheol Kwon, Saem Jung, Mi A Song, Jin Ah Hwang, Gyun Min Lee
BACKGROUND: For regulatory approval, the comparability of a biosimilar product to an originator product should be ensured through thorough physicochemical and biological characterization. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the biosimilarity between LBDE, the proposed biosimilar darbepoetin alfa, and NESP® , its originator, we performed a comprehensive physicochemical and biological characterization study. METHODS: Primary and higher-order protein structures were analyzed using Lys-C peptide mapping with liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (LC-MS), disulfide bond identification, circular dichroism, and fluorescence spectroscopy...
March 19, 2018: BioDrugs: Clinical Immunotherapeutics, Biopharmaceuticals and Gene Therapy
Jennifer H Walsh, Carolyn Visser, Kathleen Maddison, Chrianna Bharat, David R Hillman, Peter R Eastwood
PURPOSE: To determine the effect of temazepam on assessment of the severity of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) by polysomnography (PSG). METHODS: Analysis of diagnostic laboratory-PSG studies was performed in OSA patients who were administered temazepam (10 mg) to facilitate sleep ("temazepam group", n = 73) and in OSA patients (matched for age, gender, body mass index and study date) in whom temazepam was not administered ("control group", n = 73)...
March 19, 2018: Sleep & Breathing, Schlaf & Atmung
Marc-Olivier Baradez, Daniela Biziato, Enas Hassan, Damian Marshall
Cell therapies offer unquestionable promises for the treatment, and in some cases even the cure, of complex diseases. As we start to see more of these therapies gaining market authorization, attention is turning to the bioprocesses used for their manufacture, in particular the challenge of gaining higher levels of process control to help regulate cell behavior, manage process variability, and deliver product of a consistent quality. Many processes already incorporate the measurement of key markers such as nutrient consumption, metabolite production, and cell concentration, but these are often performed off-line and only at set time points in the process...
2018: Frontiers in Medicine
Xiaokang Li, Yaqing Li, Ying Zhu, Li Fu, Peifang Liu
The aim of the present study was to evaluate the association between enhancement patterns and parameters in contrast-enhanced ultrasonography (CEUS) and microvessel distribution and histological prognostic tumor characteristics of breast cancer. Between September 2011 and April 2013, 109 breast lesions were prospectively analyzed, which were classified into Breast Imaging Reporting and Data System class 4-5 by conventional ultrasound. Before core-needle biopsy, CEUS examination was performed. Different enhancement patterns (homogeneous, peripheral and regional enhancement) were evaluated...
April 2018: Oncology Letters
Wei Jiang, Leilei Yan, Hua Ma, Ya Fan, Jiafu Wang, Mingde Feng, Shaobo Qu
Lightweight structures with multi-functions such as electromagnetic wave absorption and excellent mechanical properties are required in spacecraft. A three-dimensional metamaterial absorber consisting of honeycomb and resistive films was proposed and fabricated through 3D printing and silk-screen printing technology. According to simulation and experiment results, the present three-dimensional metamaterial absorber can realize an absorptivity of more than 90% in a wide band of 3.53-24.00 GHz, and improve absorbing efficiency for transverse magnetic (TM) waves of oblique incidence angle from 0° to 70°...
March 19, 2018: Scientific Reports
Iain G Thomson, Matthew P Wallen, Adrian Hall, Rebekah Ferris, David C Gotley, Andrew P Barbour, Andrew Lee, Janine Thomas, Bernard M Smithers
Neoadjuvant therapy (NAT) for oesophageal cancer may reduce cardiopulmonary function, assessed by cardiopulmonary exercise testing (CPEX). Impaired cardiopulmonary function is associated with mortality following esophagectomy. We sought to assess the impact of NAT on cardiopulmonary function using CPEX and assessing the clinical relevance of any change in particular if changes were associated with post-operative morbidity. This was a prospective, cohort study of 40 patients in whom CPEX was performed before and after NAT...
March 16, 2018: International Journal of Surgery
Mahendra Shukla, Femi M Francis, Jawahar Lal
Conessine, a steroidal alkaloid obtained from the bark and seeds of the plant species of Apocynaceae family, elicits a histamine antagonistic action, selectively for the H3 histaminergic receptors. This alkaloid is used mainly for the treatment of dysentery and helminthic disorders. For the quantification of conessine in serum, a liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry method was developed. Chromatographic separation was achieved on a Zorbax SB-CN column (100 × 4.6 mm, 3.5 µm), and a mobile phase consisting of 90% methanol in aqueous ammonium acetate buffer (pH 3...
January 1, 2018: European Journal of Mass Spectrometry
Sarah Schnitzler, Christian Johannes Hartmann, Stefan Jun Groiss, Lars Wojtecki, Alfons Schnitzler, Jan Vesper, Jan Hirschmann
OBJECTIVE: To assess whether high frequency oscillations (HFOs, >150 Hz), known to occur in basal ganglia nuclei, can be observed in the thalamus. METHODS: We recorded intraoperative local field potentials from the ventral intermediate nucleus (VIM) of the thalamus in patients with Essential Tremor (N = 16), Parkinsonian Tremor (3), Holmes Tremor (2) and Dystonic Tremor (1) during implantation of electrodes for deep brain stimulation. Recordings were performed with up to five micro/macro-electrodes that were simultaneously advanced to the stereotactic target...
February 19, 2018: Clinical Neurophysiology: Official Journal of the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology
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