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Mónica Díaz-Bao, Patricia Regal, Rocío Barreiro, Cristina A Fente, Alberto Cepeda
A fast and facile method for the fabrication of magnetic molecularly imprinted stir-bars (MMIP-SB) has been developed, using a combination of imprinting technology and magnetite. Magnetite was prepared in the laboratory from the raw and embedded into molecularly imprinted polymers through a process of bulk polymerization. This novel design was applied to the analysis of aflatoxins, one of the most important groups of mycotoxins in terms of occurrence and toxicity. In the context of food safety, molecularly imprinted polymers are a promising tool to achieve selective and accessible methods of extraction for different residues and contaminants...
October 11, 2016: Journal of Chromatography. A
M V Nair, G M Miskelly
Clandestine laboratories pose a serious health risk to first responders, investigators, decontamination companies, and the public who may be inadvertently exposed to methamphetamine and other chemicals used in its manufacture. Therefore there is an urgent need for reliable methods to detect and measure methamphetamine at such sites. The most common method for determining methamphetamine contamination at former clandestine laboratory sites is selected surface wipe sampling, followed by analysis with gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS)...
October 3, 2016: Forensic Science International
Yugao Guo, He Zhao, Yelin Han, Xia Liu, Shan Guan, Qingyin Zhang, Xihui Bian
A simultaneous spectrophotometric determination method for trace heavy metal ions based on solid-phase extraction coupled with partial least squares approaches was developed. In the proposed method, trace metal ions in aqueous samples were adsorbed by cation exchange fibers and desorbed by acidic solution from the fibers. After the ion preconcentration process, the enriched solution was detected by ultraviolet and visible spectrophotometer (UV-Vis). Then, the concentration of heavy metal ions were quantified by analyzing ultraviolet and visible spectrum with the help of partial least squares (PLS) approaches...
October 6, 2016: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
Giovanni Fusco, Francesca Gallo, Cristina Tortolini, Paolo Bollella, Federica Ietto, Antonella De Mico, Andrea D'Annibale, Riccarda Antiochia, Gabriele Favero, Franco Mazzei
In this work, we developed an impedimetric label-free immunosensor for the detection of 2,4-Dichlorophenoxy Acetic Acid (2,4-D) herbicide either in standard solution and spiked real samples. For this purpose, we prepared by electropolymerization a conductive polymer poly-(aniline-co-3-aminobenzoic acid) (PANABA) then we immobilized anti-2,4-D antibody onto a nanocomposite AuNPs-PANABA-MWCNTs employing the carboxylic moieties as anchor sites. The nanocomposite was synthesized by electrochemical polymerization of aniline and 3-aminobenzoic acid, in the presence of a dispersion of gold nanoparticles, onto a multi-walled carbon nanotubes-based screen printed electrode...
October 5, 2016: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
Peng Li, Pei-Pei Huang, Yun Yang, Chi Liu, Yan Lu, Fang Wang, Wei Sun, Xiang-Qing Kong
Sympathetic activity is enhanced in patients with essential or secondary hypertension, as well as in various hypertensive animal models. Therapeutic targeting of sympathetic activation is considered an effective antihypertensive strategy. We hypothesized that renal sympathetic denervation (RSD) attenuates hypertension and improves vascular remodeling and renal disease in the 2-kidney, 1-clip (2K1C) rat model. Rats underwent 2K1C modeling or sham surgery; then, rats underwent RSD or sham 4 weeks later, thus resulting in four groups (normotensive-sham, normotensive-RSD, 2K1C-sham, and 2K1C-RSD)...
October 14, 2016: Journal of Applied Physiology
Qiang Ren, Lin Ding, Shan-Shan Sun, Hui-Yun Wang, Liang Qu
Lycopus lucidus Turcz has been used as a traditional phytomedicine for menstrual disorder, amenorrhea, menstrual cramps, inflammation, and cardiovascular diseases. However, there is not enough information about identification and quantification for the chemical constituents of L. lucidus Turcz. In this work, a simple, rapid, and sensitive UHPLC - Q-TOF-MS method was developed for characterization and identification of the phytochemical compositions in L. lucidus Turcz in negative ion mode. A total of 37 compounds, including 15 phenolic acids, 12 flavonoids, 3 triterpenoids, and 7 organic acids were tentatively characterized and identified by means of the retention time, accurate mass and characteristic fragment ions...
October 14, 2016: Biomedical Chromatography: BMC
Jin-Jin Lu, Bing-Jie Jia, Lin Yang, Wen Zhang, Xin Dong, Ping Li, Jun Chen
It has been proved that the purine metabolic pathway has been implicated in various biological disorders including gout, diabetes, coronary heart diseases, and neurodegenerative diseases. The analysis of the purine metabolic pathway in organisms reveals important alterations under different physiological and pathological conditions, which contributes to the pathological study, diagnosis, and therapy of related diseases. In the present study, an ultra-high performance liquid chromatography with ultraviolet and tandem mass spectrometry (UHPLC-UV-MS/MS) method was developed for conducting the comprehensive analysis of the metabolite profiles of the purine pathway in rat plasma through a single analysis...
September 28, 2016: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
Yamin Ma, Haiyan Liu, Aile Wei, Junxiao Qin, Shiqi Zhang, Wen Zhang, Ligai Bai
Poly(N-isopropylacrylamide-co-hexanediol diacrylate-co-ethylene dimethacrylate) [poly(NIPAAm-co-HDDA-co-EDMA)] monolithic column was prepared via in situ polymerization reaction. In order to investigate the porous properties of the monoliths prepared, the morphology was characterized by the scanning electron microscopy; the chemical group of the monolithic column was confirmed by a Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy method. The surface area was 39.1 m(2)/g by the nitrogen adsorption-desorption experiment...
October 11, 2016: Journal of Chromatographic Science
Charla L Howard, Chris Wallace, James Abbas, Dobrivoje S Stokic
We developed and evaluated properties of a new measure of variability in stride length and cadence, termed residual standard deviation (RSD). To calculate RSD, stride length and cadence are regressed against velocity to derive the best fit line from which the variability (SD) of the distance between the actual and predicted data points is calculated. We examined construct, concurrent, and discriminative validity of RSD using dual-task paradigm in 14 below-knee prosthesis users and 13 age- and education-matched controls...
September 26, 2016: Gait & Posture
N Rodríguez-González, E Beceiro-González, M J González-Castro, M F Alpendurada
A fast, simple, selective and sensitive method has been developed for the determination of nine triazine herbicides (ametryn, atrazine, cyanazine, prometryn, propazine, simazine, simetryn, terbuthylazine and terbutryn) and eight degradation products (desethyl atrazine, desethyl-desisopropyl atrazine, desethyl 2-hydroxyatrazine, desethyl terbuthylazine, desisopropyl atrazine, desisopropyl 2-hydroxyatrazine, 2-hydroxyatrazine and 2-hidroxyterbuthylazine) in seawater samples. On-line solid-phase extraction coupled with ultra-pressure liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry was employed for simultaneous analysis of all compounds in 11min...
October 6, 2016: Journal of Chromatography. A
Mário Paz, Luísa Correia-Sá, Carla B Vidal, Helena Becker, Elisane Longhinotti, Valentina F Domingues, Cristina Delerue-Matos
The Quick, Easy, Cheap, Effective, Rugged, and Safe (QuEChERS) method was applied to the extraction of 14 organochlorine pesticides (OCPs) residues from commercial fruit pulps available in supermarkets in Fortaleza, Northeastern Brazil. The analyses were carried out by gas chromatography (GC), coupled to an electron-capture detector (ECD), and were confirmed by GC-tandem mass spectrometry (MS). The parameters of the analytical method, such as accuracy, precision, linear range, limits of detection and quantification, were determined for each pesticide...
October 11, 2016: Journal of Environmental Science and Health. Part. B, Pesticides, Food Contaminants, and Agricultural Wastes
Hua-Ying Fu, Sheng-Ren Sun, Jin-Da Wang, Kashif Ahmad, Heng-Bo Wang, Ru-Kai Chen, San-Ji Gao
Ratoon stunting disease (RSD) of sugarcane, one of the most important diseases seriously affecting the productivity of sugarcane crops, was caused by the bacterial agent Leifsonia xyli subsp. xyli (Lxx). A TaqMan probe-based real-time quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR) assay was established in this study for the quantification of Lxx detection in sugarcane stalk juice. A pair of PCR primers (Pat1-QF/Pat1-QR) and a fluorogenic probe (Pat1-QP) targeting the Part1 gene of Lxx were used for the qPCR assay...
2016: BioMed Research International
Elizabeth M Mudge, Paula N Brown
Mitragyna speciosa (kratom) is a tree indigenous to Southeast Asia, and its leaves are used in herbal formulations because they contain indole alkaloids mitragynine and 7-hydroxy (7-OH) mitragynine. An HPLC method was developed, optimized, and validated using single-laboratory validation guidelines to quantify mitragynine in kratom raw materials and finished products. The method optimization evaluated several extraction parameters including solvent type, solvent volume, time, and extraction method. The separation of the mitragynine alkaloids was achieved in 18 min with a fused-core C18 EVO column using gradient separation with ammonium bicarbonate (pH 9...
October 8, 2016: Journal of AOAC International
Chen Liu, Xiao-Min Jiang, Juan Zhang, Bing Li, Jing Li, Du-Jiang Xie, Zuo-Ying Hu
BACKGROUND: Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) is commonly accompanied with the activation of the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system (RAAS). Renal sympathetic denervation (RSD) reduces PAH partly through the inhibition of RAAS. Analogically, we hypothesized that pulmonary artery denervation (PADN) could reverse PAH and PAH-induced right ventricular (RV) dysfunction by downregulating the local RAAS activity. METHODS: Twenty-five beagle dogs were randomized into two groups: control group (intra-atrial injection of N-dimethylacetamide, 3 mg/kg, n = 6) and test group (intra-atrial injection of dehydrogenized-monocrotaline, 3 mg/kg, n = 19)...
October 10, 2016: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
Roohollah Shiralipour, Arash Larki
In this study, a new absorbent based on cellulose nanosponges modified with methyltrioctylammonium chloride (aliquat 336) was prepared and used for pre-concentration, removal and determination of tartrazine dye, using UV-vis spectrophotometry. This adsorbent was fully characterized using various instrumental techniques such as SEM, FTIR and XRD spectra. The pre-concentration and removal procedures were studied in column and batch modes, respectively. The effects of parameters such as pH of the aqueous medium, methyltrioctylammounium chloride dose, adsorbent amount, desorbing conditions and interfering ions on the adsorption of tartrazine were investigated and optimized...
October 7, 2016: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
Nan Lu, Ting Wang, Pan Zhao, Lianjun Zhang, Xiaowen Lun, Xueli Zhang, Xiaohong Hou
In the presented work, metal-organic framework (MOF) material MIL-101(Cr) (MIL, Matérial Institute Lavoisier) was used as a sorbent for vortex assisted dispersive micro-solid-phase extraction (VA-D-μ-SPE) of trace amount of metronidazole (MNZ), ronidazole (RNZ), secnidazole (SNZ), dimetridazole (DMZ), tinidazole (TNZ), and ornidazole (ONZ) in different environmental water samples. Ultra-high-performance liquid chromatography coupled with tandem mass spectrometry (UPLC-MS/MS) was used to quantify the target analytes...
October 8, 2016: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
Afsoon Pajand Birjandi, Barbara Bojko, Zhibin Ning, Daniel Figeys, Janusz Pawliszyn
A new SPME method for untargeted lipidomic study of cell line cultures was proposed for the first time. In this study the feasibility to monitor changes in lipid profile after external stimuli was demonstrated and compared to the conventional Bligh & Dyer method. The human hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) cell line was used as a model. The obtained results provided a list of up-regulated and down-regulated lipids through a comparison between control (non-stimulated) cells versus the group of cells treated with polyunsaturated fatty acid (20:5)...
September 29, 2016: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
Petr Tůma, Martin Jaček, Vladimíra Fejfarová, Jan Polák
An electrophoretic stacking method has been developed for monitoring the therapeutic level of the antibiotic ceftazidime in blood plasma and microdialysates taken from peripheral soft tissues of the lower limbs of patients with diabetic foot syndrome. The biological samples are treated by addition of acetonitrile in an amount of 75% v/v and injected into a capillary in a large volume; after turning on the separation voltage, the residual acetonitrile is forced out of the capillary by the application of hydrodynamic pressure...
October 26, 2016: Analytica Chimica Acta
G P Danezis, C J Anagnostopoulos, K Liapis, M A Koupparis
One of the recent trends in Analytical Chemistry is the development of economic, quick and easy hyphenated methods to be used in a field that includes analytes of different classes and physicochemical properties. In this work a multi-residue method was developed for the simultaneous determination of 28 xenobiotics (polar and hydrophilic) using hydrophilic interaction liquid chromatography technique (HILIC) coupled with triple quadrupole mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) technology. The scope of the method includes plant growth regulators (chlormequat, daminozide, diquat, maleic hydrazide, mepiquat, paraquat), pesticides (cyromazine, the metabolite of the fungicide propineb PTU (propylenethiourea), amitrole), various multiclass antibiotics (tetracyclines, sulfonamides quinolones, kasugamycin and mycotoxins (aflatoxin B1, B2, fumonisin B1 and ochratoxin A)...
October 26, 2016: Analytica Chimica Acta
Luigi Giannetti, Giovanni Ferretti, Valentina Gallo, Francesco Necci, Andrea Giorgi, Francesca Marini, Elisa Gennuso, Bruno Neri
Beta-sympathomimetic compounds are widely used in therapy because of the bronchodilator, smooth muscle-relaxant and tocolytic properties. However, their growth promoting and performance enhancing effects are often subject to illegal use. The present work describes the development of a fast and reliable analytical multiresidue method for the confirmation 20 β-agonist compounds in animal hair. The procedure is based on alkaline digestion, LLE with organic solvents, SPE clean up and liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (UPLC-MS/MS) analysis, and is suitable for the public Official control of β-agonist residues in hair sample...
September 28, 2016: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
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