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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29134077/investigation-of-the-acid-base-behaviour-of-the-opium-alkaloid-thebaine-in-lc-esi-ms-mobile-phase-by-nmr-spectroscopy
#1
Michelle G Carlin, John R Dean, Jonathan L Bookham, Justin J B Perry
As part of a research programme to establish an analytical method for the simultaneous detection of the five major opium alkaloids in poppy seeds by liquid chromatography-electrospray ionization-mass spectrometry (LC-ESI-MS) it was discovered that the inclusion of thebaine produced two peaks for the same compound. This was in contrast to the effective simultaneous detection, by LC-ESI-MS, of morphine, codeine, papaverine and noscapine. The presence of these two peaks for thebaine was investigated using nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy with deuterated solvents to emulate the mobile phase conditions experienced...
October 2017: Royal Society Open Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29118699/performance-and-usability-of-various-robotic-arm-control-modes-from-human-force-signals
#2
Sébastien Mick, Daniel Cattaert, Florent Paclet, Pierre-Yves Oudeyer, Aymar de Rugy
Elaborating an efficient and usable mapping between input commands and output movements is still a key challenge for the design of robotic arm prostheses. In order to address this issue, we present and compare three different control modes, by assessing them in terms of performance as well as general usability. Using an isometric force transducer as the command device, these modes convert the force input signal into either a position or a velocity vector, whose magnitude is linearly or quadratically related to force input magnitude...
2017: Frontiers in Neurorobotics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29117706/the-role-of-metabolite-sensing-g-protein-coupled-receptors-in-inflammation-and-metabolic-disease
#3
Carlota Recio, Daniel Lucy, Poppy Iveson, Asif J Iqbal, Sophia Valaris, Graham Wynne, Angela J Russell, Robin Choudhury, Chris O'Callaghan, Claudia Monaco, David Robert Greaves
Great attention has been placed on the link between metabolism and immune function giving rise to the term "immunometabolism". It is widely accepted that inflammation and oxidative stress are key processes that underlie metabolic complications during obesity, diabetes and atherosclerosis. Therefore, identifying the mechanisms and mediators that are involved in the regulation of both inflammation and metabolic homeostasis is of high scientific and therapeutic interest. G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) that signal in response to metabolites have emerged as attractive therapeutic targets in inflammatory disease...
November 8, 2017: Antioxidants & Redox Signaling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29113053/hplc-analysis-and-biochemical-characterization-of-lox-from-eschscholtzia-californica-cham
#4
Renáta Kollárová, Ivana Holková, Drahomíra Rauová, Barbora Bálintová, Peter Mikuš, Marek Obložinský
BACKGROUND: Plant lipoxygenases (LOXs, EC 1.13.11.12) are involved in lipid degradation, regulation of growth and development, senescence, and defence reactions. LOX represents the starting enzyme of the octadecanoid pathway. The aim of the work was to purify LOX from California poppy (Eschscholtzia californica Cham.), to determine its biochemical properties and to identify and quantify the products of LOX reaction with unsaturated fatty acids. METHODS: LOX from California poppy seedlings was purified by hydrophobic chromatography (Phenyl-Sepharose CL-4B) and by ion-exchange chromatography (Q-Sepharose)...
November 4, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29100015/an-endosirna-based-repression-mechanism-counteracts-transposon-activation-during-global-dna-demethylation-in-embryonic-stem-cells
#5
Rebecca V Berrens, Simon Andrews, Dominik Spensberger, Fátima Santos, Wendy Dean, Poppy Gould, Jafar Sharif, Nelly Olova, Tamir Chandra, Haruhiko Koseki, Ferdinand von Meyenn, Wolf Reik
Erasure of DNA methylation and repressive chromatin marks in the mammalian germline leads to risk of transcriptional activation of transposable elements (TEs). Here, we used mouse embryonic stem cells (ESCs) to identify an endosiRNA-based mechanism involved in suppression of TE transcription. In ESCs with DNA demethylation induced by acute deletion of Dnmt1, we saw an increase in sense transcription at TEs, resulting in an abundance of sense/antisense transcripts leading to high levels of ARGONAUTE2 (AGO2)-bound small RNAs...
November 2, 2017: Cell Stem Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29080499/visible-and-near-infrared-spectroscopy-coupled-to-random-forest-to-quantify-some-soil-quality-parameters
#6
Felipe Bachion de Santana, André Marcelo de Souza, Ronei Jesus Poppi
This study evaluates the use of visible and near infrared spectroscopy (Vis-NIRS) combined with multivariate regression based on random forest to quantify some quality soil parameters. The parameters analyzed were soil cation exchange capacity (CEC), sum of exchange bases (SB), organic matter (OM), clay and sand present in the soils of several regions of Brazil. Current methods for evaluating these parameters are laborious, timely and require various wet analytical methods that are not adequate for use in precision agriculture, where faster and automatic responses are required...
October 19, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29077729/modulation-of-benzylisoquinoline-alkaloid-biosynthesis-by-heterologous-expression-of-cjwrky1-in-eschscholzia-californica-cells
#7
Yasuyuki Yamada, Tomoe Shimada, Yukiya Motomura, Fumihiko Sato
Transcription factors control many processes in plants and have high potentials to manipulate specialized metabolic pathways. Transcriptional regulation of the biosynthesis of monoterpenoid indole alkaloids (MIAs), nicotine alkaloids, and benzylisoquinoline alkaloids (BIAs) has been characterized using Catharanthus roseus, Nicotiana and Coptis plants. However, metabolic engineering in which specific transcription factors are used in alkaloid biosynthesis is limited. In this study, we characterized the effects of ectopic expression of CjWRKY1, which is a transcriptional activator with many targets in BIA biosynthesis in Coptis japonica (Ranunculaceae) and Eschscholzia californica (California poppy, Papaveraceae)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29055867/pre-surgical-mapping-of-eloquent-cortex-for-paediatric-epilepsy-surgery-candidates-evidence-from-a-review-of-advanced-functional-neuroimaging
#8
REVIEW
Sarah Collinge, Garreth Prendergast, Steven T Mayers, David Marshall, Poppy Siddell, Elizabeth Neilly, Colin D Ferrie, Gayatri Vadlamani, Jeremy Macmullen-Price, Daniel J Warren, Arshad Zaman, Paul Chumas, John Goodden, Matthew C H J Morrall
PURPOSE: A review of all published evidence for mapping eloquent (motor, language and memory) cortex using advanced functional neuroimaging (functional magnetic resonance imaging [fMRI] and magnetoencephalography [MEG]) for paediatric epilepsy surgery candidates has not been conducted previously. Research in this area has predominantly been in adult populations and applicability of these techniques to paediatric populations is less established. METHODS: A review was performed using an advanced systematic search and retrieval of all published papers examining the use of functional neuroimaging for paediatric epilepsy surgery candidates...
November 2017: Seizure: the Journal of the British Epilepsy Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29054742/failing-to-pay-heed-to-health-warnings-in-a-food-associated-environment
#9
Aukje A C Verhoeven, Poppy Watson, Sanne de Wit
People often fail to adhere to food-related health information. Increasing evidence suggests that environmental stimuli interfere with good intentions by triggering choices relatively automatically. Using a Pavlovian-instrumental transfer (PIT) task, we examined whether food-associated stimuli reduce health warnings' effectiveness. We expected that people adhere to health warnings in the absence, but not presence, of food-associated stimuli. In addition, we examined timing effects, i.e., whether health warnings are more effective when they are given prior to associative learning rather than afterwards...
January 1, 2018: Appetite
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29049287/bbsome-function-is-required-for-both-the-morphogenesis-and-maintenance-of-the-photoreceptor-outer-segment
#10
Ying Hsu, Janelle E Garrison, Gunhee Kim, Addison R Schmitz, Charles C Searby, Qihong Zhang, Poppy Datta, Darryl Y Nishimura, Seongjin Seo, Val C Sheffield
Genetic mutations disrupting the structure and function of primary cilia cause various inherited retinal diseases in humans. Bardet-Biedl syndrome (BBS) is a genetically heterogeneous, pleiotropic ciliopathy characterized by retinal degeneration, obesity, postaxial polydactyly, intellectual disability, and genital and renal abnormalities. To gain insight into the mechanisms of retinal degeneration in BBS, we developed a congenital knockout mouse of Bbs8, as well as conditional mouse models in which function of the BBSome (a protein complex that mediates ciliary trafficking) can be temporally inactivated or restored...
October 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29048836/-rapid-screening-the-alkaloids-of-poppy-shell-in-hot-pot-condiment-beef-noodle-soup-and-seasoning-by-direct-analysis-in-real-time-tandem-mass-spectrometry
#11
Baile Zhang, Lihong Gao, Yingshuang Xie, Wei Zhou, Xiaofeng Chen, Chunni Lei, Huan Zhang
A direct analysis in real time tandem mass spectrometry (DART-MS/MS) method was established for quickly screening five illegally added alkaloids of poppy shell from the hot pot condiment, beef noodle soup and seasoning. The samples were extracted and purified by acetonitrile, and then injected under the conditions of ionization temperature of 300℃, grid electrode voltage of 150 V and sampling rate of 0.8 mm/s using DART in the positive ion mode. The determination was conducted by tandem mass spectrometry in positive ESI mode under multiple reaction monitoring (MRM) mode...
July 8, 2017: Se Pu, Chinese Journal of Chromatography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29040166/measurement-of-retinal-vessels-as-a-biomarker-of-cerebrovascular-ageing-in-older-hiv-positive-men-compared-to-controls
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Lewis Haddow, Rosanna Laverick, Irene Leung, Frank Post, Jaime Vera, Richard Gilson, Ian Williams, Marta Boffito, Caroline Sabin, Alan Winston, Tunde Peto
BACKGROUND: To compare retinal vascular measurements, biomarkers of cerebral small vessel disease (SVD), in HIV positive men aged 50 years and above with similarly-aged HIV negative men and younger HIV positive men. METHODS: We recruited white, non-diabetic men to a cross-sectional substudy of a larger cohort including three demographically-matched groups. Optic disc centred 45° colour fundus photographs were used to calculate central retinal arterial and venous calibre and the arterial-venous ratio (AVR)...
October 14, 2017: Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes: JAIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29037712/straightforward-analytical-method-to-determine-opium-alkaloids-in-poppy-seeds-and-bakery-products
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Patricia López, Diana P K H Pereboom-de Fauw, Patrick P J Mulder, Martien Spanjer, Joyce de Stoppelaar, Hans G J Mol, Monique de Nijs
A straightforward method to determine the content of six opium alkaloids (morphine, codeine, thebaine, noscapine, papaverine and narceine) in poppy seeds and bakery products was developed and validated down to a limit of quantification (LOQ) of 0.1mg/kg. The method was based on extraction with acetonitrile/water/formic acid, ten-fold dilution and analysis by LC-MS/MS using a pH 10 carbonate buffer. The method was applied for the analysis of 41 samples collected in 2015 in the Netherlands and Germany. All samples contained morphine ranging from 0...
March 1, 2018: Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29033916/contribution-of-ruminal-fungi-archaea-protozoa-and-bacteria-to-the-methane-suppression-caused-by-oilseed-supplemented-diets
#14
Shaopu Wang, Katrin Giller, Michael Kreuzer, Susanne E Ulbrich, Ueli Braun, Angela Schwarm
Dietary lipids can suppress methane emission from ruminants, but effects are variable. Especially the role of bacteria, archaea, fungi and protozoa in mediating the lipid effects is unclear. In the present in vitro study, archaea, fungi and protozoa were selectively inhibited by specific agents. This was fully or almost fully successful for fungi and protozoa as well as archaeal activity as determined by the methyl-coenzyme M reductase alpha subunit gene. Five different microbial treatments were generated: rumen fluid being intact (I), without archaea (-A), without fungi (-F), without protozoa (-P) and with bacteria only (-AFP)...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29031304/coupling-of-the-ring-oven-based-preconcentration-technique-and-surface-enhanced-raman-spectroscopy-application-for-the-determination-of-purine-bases-in-dna
#15
Javier E L Villa, Celio Pasquini, Ronei J Poppi
In this paper, we present the advantages and limitations of the coupling of a ring-oven-based preconcentration technique and surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS). Three different methods to promote analyte adsorption on gold nanoparticles using crystal violet as a probe molecule were assessed. The results showed significant improvements in sampling process, selectivity, sensitivity, repeatability (less than ± 10%), and detection limits (nanomolar level) using a sample volume as small as 300 μL. Finally, the standard addition method was successfully applied to the quantitative SERS detection of adenine and guanine in calf thymus DNA after ring-oven preconcentration with a calculated value of (G + C)/(A + T) close to the literature value...
October 23, 2017: Analytica Chimica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29028588/formation-of-struvite-urinary-stones-and-approaches-towards-the-inhibition-a-review
#16
REVIEW
Poppy Das, Gaurav Gupta, Vinodhini Velu, Rajendra Awasthi, Kamal Dua, Himaja Malipeddi
BACKGROUND: Struvite is one of the most common urinary/kidney stones, composed of magnesium ammonium phosphate (MgNHPO4·H2O). They are also termed as infection stones as these are associated with urinary tract infections. Numerous studies have been carried out to examine the growth and inhibition of struvite stones. OBJECTIVE: This review summarizes various reports on the factors responsible for inducing struvite stones in the kidney and gives a detailed account of studies on inhibition of growth of struvite crystals...
October 10, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29018555/teaching-provision-for-old-age-psychiatry-in-medical-schools-in-the-uk-and-ireland-a-survey
#17
Sophia Bennett, Poppy Ilderton, John T O'Brien, John-Paul Taylor, Andrew Teodorczuk
Aims and method This work builds on a survey first done in 1999 to understand how old age psychiatry teaching is embedded in undergraduate medical schools in the UK and Ireland and the influence of academic old age psychiatrists on teaching processes. We invited deans of 31 medical schools in the UK and Ireland in 2015 to complete an online survey to reassess the situation 16 years later. Results Response rate was 74%. As found in the original survey, there was variation across medical schools in how old age psychiatry is taught...
October 2017: BJPsych Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29017541/cardiovascular-flukes-trematoda-spirorchiidae-in-caretta-caretta-linnaeus-1758-from-the-mediterranean-sea
#18
Erica Marchiori, Enrico Negrisolo, Rudi Cassini, Luisa Garofalo, Lisa Poppi, Cinzia Tessarin, Federica Marcer
BACKGROUND: The northern Adriatic Sea represents one of the most important neritic foraging grounds for the loggerhead sea turtle Caretta caretta L. in the Mediterranean Sea. Four genera of blood flukes with variable prevalence and pathogenic impact have been reported worldwide in this species. Hapalotrema Looss, 1899 and Amphiorchis Price, 1934 are the only two genera reported in Mediterranean waters; however, updated data describing spirorchiidiasis in the central and eastern Mediterranean and infection prevalence are still lacking...
October 10, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28994558/flexible-co2-laser-fiber-first-look-at-the-learning-curve-required-in-gynecological-laparoscopy-training
#19
Valeria S Vanni, Jessica Ottolina, Giorgio Candotti, Laura M Castellano, Iacopo Tandoi, Francesca DE Stefano, Giorgia Poppi, Stefano Ferrari, Massimo Candiani
BACKGROUND: The advent of flexible CO2 laser fiber to gynecology arena might represent a turning point in the use of laser energy on a large-scale basis in gynecological surgery. However, there might be some concerns regarding the degree of surgical skills required to use the flexible system. The purpose of our study is to evaluate whether flexible CO2 laser fiber is technically accessible. METHODS: Fourteen residents in Obstetrics and Gynecology without surgical experience attending laparoscopic box training with both flexible CO2 laser fiber and traditional line-of-sight CO2 laser using Lumenis AcuPulse Duo CO2 laser (Lumenis, Israel) were prospectively enrolled...
October 9, 2017: Minerva Ginecologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28978760/ach-induced-hyperpolarization-and-decreased-resistance-in-mammalian-type-ii-vestibular-hair-cells
#20
Lauren Ashlee Poppi, Hessam Tabatabaee, Hannah Rose Drury, Phillip Jobling, Robert J Callister, Americo A Migliaccio, Paivi M Jordan, Joseph Christopher Holt, Richard D Rabbitt, Rebecca Lim, Alan Martin Brichta
In the mammalian vestibular periphery, electrical activation of the efferent vestibular system (EVS) has two effects on afferent activity: 1) increases background afferent discharge; and 2) decreases afferent sensitivity to rotational stimuli. While the cellular mechanisms underlying these two contrasting afferent responses remain obscure, we postulated that the reduction in afferent sensitivity was attributed, in part, to the activation of alpha9-containing nAChRs ( 9nAChRs) and small-conductance potassium channels (SK) in vestibular type II hair cells, as demonstrated in the peripheral vestibular system of other vertebrates...
October 4, 2017: Journal of Neurophysiology
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