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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28943257/immuno-detection-of-cleaved-snap-25-from-differentiated-mouse-embryonic-stem-cells-provides-a-sensitive-assay-for-determination-of-botulinum-a-toxin-and-antitoxin-potency
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G Yadirgi, P Stickings, S Rajagopal, Y Liu, D Sesardic
Botulinum toxin type A is a causative agent of human botulism. Due to high toxicity and ease of production it is classified by the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention as a category A bioterrorism agent. The same serotype, BoNT/A, is also the most widely used in pharmaceutical preparations for treatment of a diverse range of neuromuscular disorders. Traditionally, animals are used to confirm the presence and activity of toxin and to establish neutralizing capabilities of countermeasures in toxin neutralization tests...
September 21, 2017: Journal of Immunological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28942593/psychoactive-drugs-occurrence-in-aquatic-environment-analytical-methods-and-ecotoxicity-a-review
#2
Deivisson Lopes Cunha, Frederico Goytacazes de Araujo, Marcia Marques
This review focused on seven psychoactive drugs being six benzodiazepines (alprazolam, bromazepam, clonazepam, diazepam, lorazepam, and oxazepam) and one antidepressant (citalopram) widely consumed by modern society and detected in different aqueous matrices (drinking water, surface water, groundwater, seawater, estuary water, influent and effluent of wastewater treatment plants). The review included 219 selected scientific papers from which 1642 data/entries were obtained, each entry corresponding to one target compound in one aqueous matrix...
September 23, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28940009/print-to-detect-a-rapid-and-ultrasensitive-phage-based-dipstick-assay-for-foodborne-pathogens
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Hany Anany, Lubov Brovko, Noha K El Dougdoug, Jennifer Sohar, Heather Fenn, Nada Alasiri, Tarik Jabrane, Patrice Mangin, M Monsur Ali, Balamurali Kannan, Carlos D M Filipe, Mansel W Griffiths
Foodborne pathogens are a burden to the economy and a constant threat to public health. The ability to rapidly detect the presence of foodborne pathogens is a vital component of any strategy towards establishing a safe and secure food supply chain. Bacteriophages (phages) are viruses capable of infecting and replicating within bacteria in a strain-specific manner. The ubiquitous and selective nature of phages makes them ideal for the detection and biocontrol of bacteria. Therefore, the objective of this research was to develop and test a phage-based paper dipstick biosensor for the detection of various foodborne pathogens in food matrices...
September 22, 2017: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938866/the-interpretation-of-hair-analysis-for-drugs-and-drug-metabolites
#4
Eva Cuypers, Robert J Flanagan
INTRODUCTION: Head hair analysis for drugs and drug metabolites has been used widely with the aim of detecting exposure in the weeks or months prior to sample collection. However, inappropriate interpretation of results has likely led to serious miscarriages of justice, especially in child custody cases. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this review is to assess critically what can, and perhaps more importantly, what cannot be claimed as regards the interpretation of hair test results in a given set of circumstances in order to inform future testing...
September 22, 2017: Clinical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28935478/development-and-validation-of-a-cell-based-assay-for-the-detection-of-neutralizing-antibodies-against-recombinant-insulins
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Sanjukta Chatterjee, Laxmikant Vashishta, Vinit S Waichale, Vivek G Nayak, Ramakrishnan Melarkode, Charles M Donnelly, Patrick T Vallano, Narendra Chirmule, Nilanjan Sengupta
Recombinant biopharmaceuticals can induce generation of anti-drug antibodies, which could potentially neutralize therapeutic drug activity. In this report, we describe development and validation of a cell-based assay for detection of neutralizing antibodies (Nab) against insulin and insulin analogues. In order to achieve clinically meaningful sensitivity the method used an early signalling event, insulin induced insulin receptor phosphorylation as the endpoint. Percentage insulin receptor phosphorylation in cell lysates was measured using ECL based ELISA...
September 18, 2017: Journal of Immunological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933757/the-mechanisms-for-within-host-influenza-virus-control-affect-model-based-assessment-and-prediction-of-antiviral-treatment
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Pengxing Cao, James M McCaw
Models of within-host influenza viral dynamics have contributed to an improved understanding of viral dynamics and antiviral effects over the past decade. Existing models can be classified into two broad types based on the mechanism of viral control: models utilising target cell depletion to limit the progress of infection and models which rely on timely activation of innate and adaptive immune responses to control the infection. In this paper, we compare how two exemplar models based on these different mechanisms behave and investigate how the mechanistic difference affects the assessment and prediction of antiviral treatment...
July 26, 2017: Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933076/-strategies-of-elucidation-of-biosynthetic-pathways-of-natural-products
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Li-Qiu Zou, Xue-Jun Kuang, Chao Sun, Shi-Lin Chen
Elucidation of the biosynthetic pathways of natural products is not only the major goal of herb genomics, but also the solid foundation of synthetic biology of natural products. Here, this paper reviewed recent advance in this field and put forward strategies to elucidate the biosynthetic pathway of natural products. Firstly, a proposed biosynthetic pathway should be set up based on well-known knowledge about chemical reactions and information on the identified compounds, as well as studies with isotope tracer...
November 2016: Zhongguo Zhong Yao za Zhi, Zhongguo Zhongyao Zazhi, China Journal of Chinese Materia Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923054/a-novel-method-for-extracting-nucleic-acids-from-dried-blood-spots-for-ultrasensitive-detection-of-low-density%C3%A2-plasmodium-falciparum-and-plasmodium-vivax%C3%A2-infections
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Kayvan Zainabadi, Matthew Adams, Zay Yar Han, Hnin Wai Lwin, Kay Thwe Han, Amed Ouattara, Si Thura, Christopher V Plowe, Myaing M Nyunt
BACKGROUND: Greater Mekong Subregion countries are committed to eliminating Plasmodium falciparum malaria by 2025. Current elimination interventions target infections at parasite densities that can be detected by standard microscopy or rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs). More sensitive detection methods have been developed to detect lower density "asymptomatic" infections that may represent an important transmission reservoir. These ultrasensitive polymerase chain reaction (usPCR) tests have been used to identify target populations for mass drug administration (MDA)...
September 18, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920451/demonstrating-biosimilar-and-originator-antidrug-antibody-binding-comparability-in-antidrug-antibody-assays-a-practical-approach
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Janka Ryding, Michael Stahl, Martin Ullmann
Biosimilar drug development has brought new challenges to bioanalytical ligand-binding assays used to determine drug concentration, antidrug antibodies and neutralizing antibodies. One particular challenge is how to demonstrate that the antidrug antibody assay can adequately detect antibodies against both biosimilar and originator. In this paper, we review the current guidelines and literature for practical recommendations and present a gap analysis. Case examples of antibody binding comparability testing are presented, and the challenges and implications are discussed...
September 18, 2017: Bioanalysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916045/evaluation-of-fluorogenic-substrates-for-ni-co-ldhs-peroxidase-mimic-and-application-for-determination-of-inhibitory-effects-of-antioxidant
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Li Su, Xinai Yu, Yexi Cai, Puhua Kang, Wenjie Qin, Wenpei Dong, Guojiang Mao, Suling Feng
Nanomaterial-based peroxidase-mimetics are an emerging research field that promises to produce alternatives to horseradish peroxidase for a variety of applications. Generally, some peroxidase-mimetics substrates are used in acidic condition (pH ≤ 7). Then, it is necessary to screen some peroxidase-mimetics substrates suitable for basic condition because that some peroxidase-mimetics leached ions in acidic solution. In this paper, using Ni/Co layered double hydroxides (LDHs) as a nano-peroxidase mimic model, we evaluated three fluorogenic substrates suitable for basic condition though experimental conditions, reaction kinetic and glucose detection assay...
September 22, 2017: Analytica Chimica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915385/photoluminescent-lateral-flow-based-on-non-radiative-energy-transfer-for-protein-detection-in-human-serum
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Alejandro Zamora-Gálvez, Eden Morales-Narváez, Javier Romero, Arben Merkoçi
A new paper-based lateral flow immunoassay configuration was engineered and investigated. The assay is intended for the detection of a model protein in human serum, that is, human immunoglobulin G, with the aim to demonstrate a virtually universal protein detection platform. Once the sample is added in the strip, the analyte is selectively captured by antibody-decorated silica beads (Ab-SiO2) onto the conjugate pad and the sample flows by capillarity throughout the strip until reaching the test line, where a sandwich-like immunocomplex takes place due to the presence of antibody-functionalized QDs (Ab-QDs) onto the test line...
September 11, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915239/structural-basis-for-the-high-specificity-of-a-trypanosoma-congolense-immunoassay-targeting-glycosomal-aldolase
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Joar Pinto, Steven Odongo, Felicity Lee, Vaiva Gaspariunaite, Serge Muyldermans, Stefan Magez, Yann G-J Sterckx
BACKGROUND: Animal African trypanosomosis (AAT) is a neglected tropical disease which imposes a heavy burden on the livestock industry in Sub-Saharan Africa. Its causative agents are Trypanosoma parasites, with T. congolense and T. vivax being responsible for the majority of the cases. Recently, we identified a Nanobody (Nb474) that was employed to develop a homologous sandwich ELISA targeting T. congolense fructose-1,6-bisphosphate aldolase (TcoALD). Despite the high sequence identity between trypanosomatid aldolases, the Nb474-based immunoassay is highly specific for T...
September 15, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28902936/corneal-angiogenesis-based-on-different-protocols-of-alkaline-cauterization-in-murine-models
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Flor Diana Yokoay Claros-Chacaltana, Karina Kamachi Kobashigawa, Ivan Ricardo Martinez Padua, Gisele Pereira Valdetaro, Marcela Aldrovani, José Luiz Laus
Purpose: To establish and compare protocols of alkaline cauterization for inducing corneal angiogenesis in murine models. Methods: Twenty-four adult Wistar rats were distributed into four groups (G1, G2, G3, and G4). The right eye cornea from each rat was cauterized using filter paper (3 mm), soaked in a solution of silver and potassium nitrates (3:1). Cauterization times were 10 (G1 and G4), or 20 seconds (G2 and G3). Cauterized corneas were washed with Ringer's lactate solution...
August 2017: Acta Cirúrgica Brasileira
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28901134/diagnosis-of-tuberculosis-using-colorimetric-gold-nanoparticles-on-a-paper-based-analytical-device
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Tsung-Ting Tsai, Chia-Yu Huang, Chung-An Chen, Shu-Wei Shen, Mei-Chia Wang, Chao-Min Cheng, Chien-Fu Chen
We have developed a colorimetric sensing strategy employing gold nanoparticles and a paper-based analytical platform for the diagnosis of tuberculosis (TB). By utilizing the surface plasmon resonance effect, we were able to monitor changes in the color of a gold nanoparticle colloid based on the effects of single-stranded DNA probe molecules hybridizing with targeted double-stranded TB DNA. The hybridization event changes the surface charge density of the nanoparticles, causing them to aggregate to various degrees, which modifies the color of the solution in a manner that can be readily measured to determine the concentration of the targeted DNA analyte...
September 22, 2017: ACS Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28885776/monitoring-of-transferrin-isoforms-in-biological-samples-by-capillary-electrophoresis
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REVIEW
Jitka Caslavska, Wolfgang Thormann
Work dealing with the monitoring of transferrin isoforms in human serum and other body fluids by capillary electrophoresis is reviewed. It comprises capillary zone electrophoresis and capillary isoelectric focusing efforts that led to the exploration and use of assays for the determination of carbohydrate-deficient transferrin as marker for excessive alcohol intake, genetic variants of transferrin, congenital disorders of glycosylation and β-2-transferrin, which is a marker for cerebrospinal fluid leakage...
September 8, 2017: Journal of Separation Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28877583/leaf-lims-a-flexible-laboratory-information-management-system-with-a-synthetic-biology-focus
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Thomas Craig, Richard Holland, Rosalinda D'Amore, James Johnson, Hannah V McCue, Anthony West, Valentin Zulkower, Hille Tekotte, Yizhi Cai, Daniel Swan, Robert P Davey, Christiane Hertz-Fowler, Anthony Hall, Mark Caddick
This paper presents Leaf LIMS, a flexible laboratory information management system (LIMS) designed to address the complexity of synthetic biology workflows. At the project's inception there was a lack of a LIMS designed specifically to address synthetic biology processes, with most LIMS systems focused on either next generation sequencing or biobanks and clinical sample handling. Leaf LIMS implements integrated project, item and laboratory stock tracking, offering complete sample and construct genealogy, materials and lot tracking, and modular assay data capture...
September 6, 2017: ACS Synthetic Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28875696/surface-enhanced-raman-spectroscopy-based-sandwich-immunoassays-for-multiplexed-detection-of-zika-and-dengue-viral-biomarkers
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Maria Sánchez-Purrà, Marc Carré-Camps, Helena de Puig, Irene Bosch, Lee Gehrke, Kimberly Hamad-Schifferli
Zika and dengue are mosquito-borne diseases that present similar nonspecific symptoms but possess dramatically different outcomes. The first line of defense in epidemic outbreaks are rapid point-of-care diagnostics. Because many outbreaks occur in areas that are resource poor, assays that are easy to use, inexpensive, and require no power have become invaluable in patient treatment, quarantining, and surveillance. Paper-based sandwich immunoassays such as lateral flow assays (LFAs) are attractive as point-of-care solutions as they have the potential for wider deployability than lab-based assays such as PCR...
September 6, 2017: ACS Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28865490/mapping-insecticide-resistance-and-characterization-of-resistance-mechanisms-in-anopheles-arabiensis-diptera-culicidae-in-ethiopia
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Eba Alemayehu, Abebe Asale, Kasahun Eba, Kefelegn Getahun, Kora Tushune, Astrid Bryon, Evangelia Morou, John Vontas, Thomas Van Leeuwen, Luc Duchateau, Delenasaw Yewhalaw
BACKGROUND: The emergence and spread of insecticide resistance in the major African malaria vectors Anopheles gambiae (s.s.) and An. arabiensis may compromise the current vector control interventions and threatens the global malaria control and elimination efforts. METHODS: Insecticide resistance was monitored in several study sites in Ethiopia from 2013 to 2015 using papers impregnated with discriminating concentrations of DDT, deltamethrin, bendiocarb, propoxur, malathion, fenitrothion and pirimiphos-methyl, following the WHO insecticide susceptibility test procedure...
September 2, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28864197/electrophoretic-separations-on-paper-past-present-and-future-a-review
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REVIEW
Pavisara Nanthasurasak, Joan Marc Cabot, Hong Heng See, Rosanne M Guijt, Michael C Breadmore
Point-of-collection (POC) devices aim for a fast, on-site detection for medical and environmental purposes. In this area, microfluidic Paper-based Analytical Devices (μPADs) have recently gained popularity because these are potentially cheap and environmentally friendly to produce, and easy to use. From an analytical perspective, paper is well known for its use as a substrate for chromatography, but less known for its use in electrophoretic separations. With the recent interest in μPADs, most applications are based on rather simple assays with relatively few applications incorporating an analytical separation...
September 8, 2017: Analytica Chimica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28863243/one-pot-multicomponent-synthesis-of-glycopolymers-through-a-combination-of-host-guest-interaction-thiol-ene-and-copper-catalyzed-click-reaction-in-water
#20
Xiang Hu, Jinbo Gao, Yan Luo, Ting Wei, Yishi Dong, Gaojian Chen, Hong Chen
There is a common phenomenon that the heterogeneity of natural oligosaccharides contains various sugar units, which can be used to enhance affinity and selectivity toward a specific receptor, so the synthesis of heterogeneous glycopolymers is always an important issue in the glycopolymer field. Herein, this study conducts a one-pot method to prepare polyrotaxane-based heteroglycopolymers anchored with different sugar units and fluorescent moieties via the combination of host-guest interaction, thiol-ene, and copper-catalyzed click chemistry in water...
September 1, 2017: Macromolecular Rapid Communications
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