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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531833/development-of-an-in-vivo-relevant-drug-product-performance-method-for-an-amorphous-solid-dispersion
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Brian W Pack, Yelizaveta Babayan, Mark A Schrad, Paul A Stroud, David C Sperry, Kevin C White, Aktham Aburub
The purpose of this work was to develop a meaningful in vitro dissolution method for evacetrapib spray-dried dispersion (SDD) tablets that is discriminating for crystalline drug substance (DS) content. Justification of the method conditions included evaluation of dissolution media, rotation speed, surfactant selection and level of surfactant to achieve sink conditions. Discrimination was illustrated by testing SDD tablets spiked with 10%, 20%, and 30% crystalline DS. The results demonstrated a 13%, 22% and 32% drop in the dissolution end point, respectively, as compared to unspiked SDD tablets...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531810/a-novel-scheme-for-the-validation-of-an-automated-classification-method-for-epileptic-spikes-by-comparison-with-multiple-observers
#2
Niraj K Sharma, Carlos Pedreira, Maria Centeno, Umair J Chaudhary, Tim Wehner, Lucas G S França, Tinonkorn Yadee, Teresa Murta, Marco Leite, Sjoerd B Vos, Sebastien Ourselin, Beate Diehl, Louis Lemieux
OBJECTIVE: To validate the application of an automated neuronal spike classification algorithm, Wave_clus (WC), on interictal epileptiform discharges (IED) obtained from human intracranial EEG (icEEG) data. METHOD: Five 10-min segments of icEEG recorded in 5 patients were used. WC and three expert EEG reviewers independently classified one hundred IED events into IED classes or non-IEDs. First, we determined whether WC-human agreement variability falls within inter-reviewer agreement variability by calculating the variation of information for each classifier pair and quantifying the overlap between all WC-reviewer and all reviewer-reviewer pairs...
May 4, 2017: Clinical Neurophysiology: Official Journal of the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531235/rna-seq-analysis-of-gene-expression-for-floral-development-in-crested-wheatgrass-agropyron-cristatum-l
#3
Fangqin Zeng, Bill Biligetu, Bruce Coulman, Michael P Schellenberg, Yong-Bi Fu
Crested wheatgrass [Agropyron cristatum L. (Gaertn.)] is widely used for early spring grazing in western Canada and the development of late maturing cultivars which maintain forage quality for a longer period is desired. However, it is difficult to manipulate the timing of floral transition, as little is known about molecular mechanism of plant maturity in this species. In this study, RNA-Seq and differential gene expression analysis were performed to investigate gene expression for floral initiation and development in crested wheatgrass...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531103/screening-of-a-combinatorial-library-of-organic-polymers-for-the-solid-phase-extraction-of-patulin-from-apple-juice
#4
Cristina Giovannoli, Giulia Spano, Fabio Di Nardo, Laura Anfossi, Claudio Baggiani
Patulin is a water-soluble mycotoxin produced by several species of fungi. Governmental bodies have placed it under scrutiny for its potential negative health effects, and maximum residue limits are fixed in specific food matrices to protect consumers' health. Confirmatory analysis of patulin in complex food matrices can be a difficult task, and sample clean-up treatments are frequently necessary before instrumental analyses. With the aim of simplifying the clean-up step, we prepared a 256-member combinatorial polymeric library based on 16 functional monomers, four cross-linkers and four different porogenic solvents...
May 20, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530580/offgel-electrophoresis-and-tandem-mass-spectrometry-approach-compared-with-dna-based-pcr-method-for-authentication-of-meat-species-from-raw-and-cooked-ground-meat-mixtures-containing-cattle-meat-water-buffalo-meat-and-sheep-meat
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Basappa M Naveena, Deepak S Jagadeesh, A Jagadeesh Babu, T Madhava Rao, Veeranna Kamuni, S Vaithiyanathan, Vinayak V Kulkarni, Srikanth Rapole
The present study compared the accuracy of an OFFGEL electrophoresis and tandem mass spectrometry-based proteomic approach with a DNA-based method for meat species identification from raw and cooked ground meat mixes containing cattle, water buffalo and sheep meat. The proteomic approach involved the separation of myofibrillar proteins using OFFGEL electrophoresis, SDS-PAGE and protein identification by MALDI-TOF MS. Species-specific peptides derived from myosin light chain-1 and 2 were identified for authenticating buffalo meat spiked at a minimum 0...
October 15, 2017: Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530395/rapid-detection-of-prosthetic-joint-infection-based-on-magnetically-assisted-surface-enhanced-raman-spectroscopy-ma-sers
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Ariana Fargasova, Anna Balzerova, Robert Prucek, Miroslava Htoutou Sedláková, Katerina Bogdanova, Jiri Gallo, Milan Kolar, Vaclav Ranc, Radek Zboril
Accurate and rapid diagnosis of prosthetic joint infection (PJI) is vital for rational and effective therapeutic management of this condition. Several diagnostic strategies have been developed for discriminating between infected and non-infected cases. However, none of them can reliably diagnose the whole spectrum of clinical presentations of PJI. Here we report a new method for PJI detection based on magnetically assisted surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy (MA-SERS) using streptavidin-modified magnetic nanoparticles (MNP@Strep) whose surface is functionalized with suitable biotinylated antibodies and then coated with silver nanoparticles by self-assembly...
May 22, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529731/a-bayesian-supervised-dual-dimensionality-reduction-model-for-simultaneous-decoding-of-lfp-and-spike-train-signals
#7
Andrew Holbrook, Alexander Vandenberg-Rodes, Norbert Fortin, Babak Shahbaba
Neuroscientists are increasingly collecting multimodal data during experiments and observational studies. Different data modalities-such as EEG, fMRI, LFP, and spike trains-offer different views of the complex systems contributing to neural phenomena. Here, we focus on joint modeling of LFP and spike train data, and present a novel Bayesian method for neural decoding to infer behavioral and experimental conditions. This model performs supervised dual-dimensionality reduction: it learns low-dimensional representations of two different sources of information that not only explain variation in the input data itself, but also predict extra-neuronal outcomes...
2017: Stat: the ISI's Journal for Rapid Dissemination of Statistics Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529132/efficient-selective-removal-of-human-pluripotent-stem-cells-via-ecto-alkaline-phosphatase-mediated-aggregation-of-synthetic-peptides
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Yi Kuang, Kenji Miki, Callum J C Parr, Karin Hayashi, Ikue Takei, Jie Li, Mio Iwasaki, Masato Nakagawa, Yoshinori Yoshida, Hirohide Saito
The incomplete differentiation of human induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) poses a serious safety risk owing to their potential tumorigenicity, hindering their clinical application. Here, we explored the potential of phospho-D-peptides as novel iPSC-eliminating agents. Alkaline phosphatases overexpressed on iPSCs dephosphorylate phospho-D-peptides into hydrophobic peptides that aggregate and induce cell death. We isolated a peptide candidate, D-3, that selectively and rapidly induced toxicity in iPSCs within 1 hr but had little influence on various non-iPSCs, including primary hepatocytes and iPSC-derived cardiomyocytes...
May 16, 2017: Cell Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528816/vertical-transmission-of-microcystins-to-nile-crocodile-crocodylus-niloticus-eggs
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Alukhethi Singo, Jan G Myburgh, Peter N Laver, Elizabeth A Venter, Gezina C H Ferreira, Gertruida M Rösemann, Christo J Botha
Cyanobacteria or blue green algae are known for their extensive and highly visible blooms in eutrophic, stagnant freshwater bodies. Climate change and global warming have also contributed to a rise in toxic cyanobacterial blooms. One of the most important cyanobacteria is Microcystis aeruginosa, which can synthesize various microcystins that can affect the health of terrestrial and aquatic animals. Commercial Nile crocodile (Crocodylus niloticus) farming in South Africa is based on keeping breeders (adult males and females) in big dams on farms (captive-bred approach)...
May 18, 2017: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528360/a-spiking-neural-network-model-of-the-midbrain-superior-colliculus-that-generates-saccadic-motor-commands
#10
Bahadir Kasap, A John van Opstal
Single-unit recordings suggest that the midbrain superior colliculus (SC) acts as an optimal controller for saccadic gaze shifts. The SC is proposed to be the site within the visuomotor system where the nonlinear spatial-to-temporal transformation is carried out: the population encodes the intended saccade vector by its location in the motor map (spatial), and its trajectory and velocity by the distribution of firing rates (temporal). The neurons' burst profiles vary systematically with their anatomical positions and intended saccade vectors, to account for the nonlinear main-sequence kinematics of saccades...
May 20, 2017: Biological Cybernetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528314/development-of-a-macroporous-ceramic-passive-sampler-for-the-monitoring-of-cytostatic-drugs-in-water
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Helena Franquet-Griell, Victor Pueyo, Jorge Silva, Victor M Orera, Silvia Lacorte
The aim of this study was to develop and calibrate a macroporous ceramic passive sampler (MCPS) for the monitoring of anticancer drugs in wastewater. This system was designed by the Spanish Research Council (CSIC) and consists in a porous ceramic tube to allow a high diffusion of contaminants. The MCPS has been calibrated for 16 cytostatic drugs over time periods up to 9 d in spiked water under controlled laboratory conditions. Optimal uptake was accomplished for 7 compounds, namely ifosfamide, cyclophosphamide, capecitabine, prednisone, megestrol, cyproterone and mycophenolic acid, whereas cytarabine was not adsorbed in the receiving phase and the rest were hydrolyzed over the deployment period...
May 11, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527417/fate-of-the-sunscreen-compound-oxybenzone-in-cyperus-alternifolius-based-hydroponic-culture-uptake-biotransformation-and-phytotoxicity
#12
Feiran Chen, Christian Huber, Peter Schröder
Oxybenzone (OBZ), a common ingredient in sunscreens and personal care products, has been frequently detected in effluents from municipal wastewater treatment plants and also in surface waters. OBZ is an emerging contaminant due to its adverse impacts on marine/aquatic ecosystems. To investigate the removal and degradation capacity of phytotreatment for OBZ, the common wetland plant species Cyperus alternifolius L. was exposed to this compound at 5, 25 and 50 μM for 120 h, respectively. Continuous uptake by roots and accumulation in plant tissues was observed over the exposure time, and depletion of spiked OBZ from the aqueous medium exceeded 73...
May 12, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527390/on-filter-direct-amplification-of-legionella-pneumophila-for-rapid-assessment-of-its-abundance-and-viability
#13
Farag A Samhan, Tiffany M Stedtfeld, Hassan Waseem, Maggie R Williams, Robert D Stedtfeld, Syed A Hashsham
Guidelines and regulations to control Legionella pneumophila in cooling water systems of large buildings are evolving due to the increasing number of outbreaks. Rapid, on-site, simple, and sensitive quantification methods that are also able to assess viability may be extremely useful in monitoring and control. Culture-based methods for measuring L. pneumophila may take 4-10 days and qPCR-based methods are also slow, requiring at least a day from sample to result, albeit mainly due to the need for sample transport to a centralized laboratory...
May 13, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527369/prolonged-epileptiform-eeg-runs-are-associated-with-persistent-seizures-in-juvenile-myoclonic-epilepsy
#14
Vibeke Arntsen, Trond Sand, Marte R Syvertsen, Eylert Brodtkorb
OBJECTIVE: In juvenile myoclonic epilepsy (JME), various EEG characteristics have been suggested as poor prognostic signs, but their significance is unclear. The aim of this study was to assess the influence of EEG variables on seizure and psychosocial outcome after a follow-up exceeding 20 years. METHODS: 396 EEG recordings were available for assessment in 40 patients (42 complete digital, 330 paper segments and 24 written reports only). Mean follow-up was 31 years (range 20-68)...
May 8, 2017: Epilepsy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527313/afm-reconstruction-of-complex-shaped-chiral-plasmonic-nanostructures
#15
A V Kondratov, O Y Rogov, R V Gainutdinov
A significant part of the optical metamaterial phenomena has the plasmonic nature and their investigation requires very accurate knowledge of the fabricated structures shape with a focus on the periodical features. We describe a consistent approach to the shape reconstruction of the plasmonic nanostructures. This includes vertical and tilted spike AFM probes fabrication, AFM imaging and specific post-processing. We studied a complex-shaped chiral metamaterial and conclude that the described post-processing routine extends possibilities of the existing deconvolution algorithms in the case of periodical structures with known rotational symmetry, by providing valuable information about periodical features...
May 11, 2017: Ultramicroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527208/neuronal-expression-of-truncated-tau-efficiently-promotes-neurodegeneration-in-animal-models-pitfalls-of-toxic-oligomer-analysis
#16
Rostislav Skrabana, Branislav Kovacech, Peter Filipcik, Norbert Zilka, Santosh Jadhav, Tomas Smolek, Eva Kontsekova, Michal Novak
Animal models of neurodegeneration induced by neuronal expression of truncated tau protein emerge as an important tool for understanding the pathogenesis of human tauopathies and for therapy development. Here we highlight common features of truncated tau models and make a critical assessment of possible pitfalls in their analysis. Particularly, the amount of soluble tau oligomers, which are suspected to be neurotoxic agents participating on the spreading of pathology inside the brain, may be overestimated due to a post-lysis oxidative tau oligomerization...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526032/multiplex-dnase-free-one-step-reverse-transcription-pcr-for-plasmodium-18s-rrna-and-spliced-gametocyte-specific-mrnas
#17
Amelia E Hanron, Zachary P Billman, Annette M Seilie, Tayla M Olsen, Matthew Fishbaugher, Ming Chang, Thomas Rueckle, Nicole Andenmatten, Bryan Greenhouse, Emmanuel Arinaitwe, John Rek, Smita Das, Gonzalo J Domingo, Kelly Shipman, Stefan H Kappe, James G Kublin, Sean C Murphy
BACKGROUND: Plasmodium gametocytes are sexual stages transmitted to female Anopheles mosquitoes. While Plasmodium parasites can be differentiated microscopically on Giemsa-stained blood smears, molecular methods are increasingly used because of their increased sensitivity. Molecular detection of gametocytes requires methods that discriminate between asexual and sexual stage parasites. Commonly tested gametocyte-specific mRNAs are pfs25 and pfs230 detected by reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR)...
May 19, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525850/highly-sensitive-aptasensor-based-on-fluorescence-resonance-energy-transfer-between-l-cysteine-capped-zns-quantum-dots-and-graphene-oxide-sheets-for-the-determination-of-edifenphos-fungicide
#18
Majid Arvand, Aazam A Mirroshandel
With the advantages of excellent optical properties and biocompatibility, single-strand DNA-functionalized quantum dots have been widely applied in biosensing and bioimaging. A new aptasensor with easy operation, high sensitivity, and high selectivity was developed by immobilizing the aptamer on water soluble l-cysteine capped ZnS quantum dots (QDs). Graphene oxide (GO) sheets are mixed with the aptamer-QDs. Consequently, the aptamer-conjugated QDs bind to the GO sheets to form a GO/aptamer-QDs ensemble. This aptasensor enables the energy transfer based on a fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET) from the QDs to the GO sheets, quenching the fluorescence of QDs...
May 12, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525811/an-online-supervised-learning-method-based-on-gradient-descent-for-spiking-neurons
#19
Yan Xu, Jing Yang, Shuiming Zhong
The purpose of supervised learning with temporal encoding for spiking neurons is to make the neurons emit a specific spike train encoded by precise firing times of spikes. The gradient-descent-based (GDB) learning methods are widely used and verified in the current research. Although the existing GDB multi-spike learning (or spike sequence learning) methods have good performance, they work in an offline manner and still have some limitations. This paper proposes an online GDB spike sequence learning method for spiking neurons that is based on the online adjustment mechanism of real biological neuron synapses...
April 27, 2017: Neural Networks: the Official Journal of the International Neural Network Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525790/quantitative-lc-hrms-determination-of-selected-cardiovascular-drugs-in-dried-blood-spots-as-an-indicator-of-adherence-to-medication
#20
Dennis Bernieh, Graham Lawson, Sangeeta Tanna
Dried blood spot (DBS) sampling was investigated as a means of obtaining micro-volume blood samples for the quantitative analyses of ten commonly UK prescribed cardiovascular drugs as an indicator of medication adherence. An 8mm disc was punched out from each DBS from calibration, quality control and volunteer samples and extracted using methanol containing the internal standard. Each extract was evaporated to dryness, the residue reconstituted in methanol:water (40:60v/v) containing 0.1% formic acid and analysed by LC-HRMS...
May 6, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
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