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Deniz Isin, Ece Eksin, Arzum Erdem
The modification of graphene oxide (GO) onto the surfaces of chemically activated pencil graphite electrodes (PGEs) was performed herein, and then these electrodes were applied for the first time on voltammetric monitoring of miRNAs. The specific recognition of miRNA-34a, which has been related to Alzheimer disease, was explored in the presence of DNA-RNA hybridization by using CA/GO/PGEs in combination with differential pulse voltammetry (DPV) technique. The characterization of CA/GO/PGE was investigated by cyclic voltammetry (CV), electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS), and scanning electron microscopy (SEM)...
June 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
Min-Ju Seo, Deok-Kun Oh
Prostaglandins (PGs) belong to a subclass of eicosanoids and are classified based on the structures of the cyclopentane ring and their number of double bonds in their hydrocarbon structures. PGs are important lipid mediators that are involved in inflammatory response. The biosynthesis of diverse PGs from unsaturated C20 fatty acids containing at least three double bonds such as dihomo-γ-linoleic acid (20:3(Δ8Z,11Z,14Z)), arachidonic acid (20:4(Δ5Z,8Z,11Z,14Z)), and eicosapentaenoic acid (20:5(Δ5Z,8Z,11Z,14Z,17Z)) is enables by various PG synthases, including prostaglandin H synthase (PGHS), 15-hydroxyprostaglandin dehydrogenase (15-HPGD), PGES, PGDS, PGFS, PGIS, and thromboxane A synthase (TXAS)...
April 7, 2017: Progress in Lipid Research
Joon Y Kang, Amin H Rabiei, Leslie Myint, Maromi Nei
PURPOSE: Our objective was to determine the significance of PGES as a possible EEG marker of increased risk for SUDEP and explore factors that influence PGES. METHODS: We identified 17 patients who died due to definite or probable SUDEP and 52 living control patients with drug resistant focal epilepsy who underwent EEG monitoring and least one seizure recorded on EEG. We reviewed 305 seizures on EEG and when available, on video, for presence or absence of PGES, the duration of PGES immediately after seizure end, seizure type, state seizure occurred (sleep vs...
March 27, 2017: Seizure: the Journal of the British Epilepsy Association
Jasmina Rinkovec, Gordana Pehnec, Silva Žužul, Sanda Rončević
This study examined a method for determination of rhodium (Rh), palladium (Pd) and platinum (Pt) in particulate matter using standard solutions, model samples and certified reference materials (NIST 1648a and ERM CZ120). The method was based on microwave digestion followed by inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS). The results showed that the stability of the standard solution mixture of Rh, Pd and Pt was better when chlorides were present in the solution. A membrane filter and one type of quartz filter were the most adequate for analyzing platinum group elements (PGE)...
March 17, 2017: Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology
Francisco Ríos, Alejandro Fernández-Arteaga, Manuela Lechuga, Mercedes Fernández-Serrano
This paper reports on a study that investigated the aquatic toxicity of new non-ionic surfactants derived from renewable raw materials, polyoxyethylene glycerol ester (PGE), and their binary mixtures with anionic and non-ionic surfactants. Toxicity of pure PGEs was determined using representative organisms from different trophic levels: luminescent bacteria (Vibrio fischeri), microalgae (Pseudokirchneriella subcapitata), and freshwater crustaceans (Daphnia magna). Relationships between toxicity and the structural parameters such as unit of ethylene oxide (EO) and hydrophilic-lipophilic balance (HLB) were evaluated...
March 3, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
Iulia Gabriela David, Dana-Elena Popa, Mihaela Buleandra
Due to their electrochemical and economical characteristics, pencil graphite electrodes (PGEs) gained in recent years a large applicability to the analysis of various types of inorganic and organic compounds from very different matrices. The electrode material of this type of working electrodes is constituted by the well-known and easy commercially available graphite pencil leads. Thus, PGEs are cheap and user-friendly and can be employed as disposable electrodes avoiding the time-consuming step of solid electrodes surface cleaning between measurements...
2017: Journal of Analytical Methods in Chemistry
Ece Eksin, Erhan Zor, Arzum Erdem, Haluk Bingol
Recently, the low-cost effective biosensing systems based on advanced nanomaterials have received a key attention for development of novel assays for rapid and sequence-specific nucleic acid detection. The electrochemical biosensor based on reduced graphene oxide (rGO) modified disposable pencil graphite electrodes (PGEs) were developed herein for electrochemical monitoring of DNA, and also for monitoring of biointeraction occurred between anticancer drug, Daunorubicin (DNR), and DNA. First, rGO was synthesized chemically and characterized by using UV-Vis, TGA, FT-IR, Raman Spectroscopy and SEM techniques...
June 15, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
Dilsat Ozkan-Ariksoysal, Yasin Ugur Kayran, Fethiye Ferda Yilmaz, Anton Alexandru Ciucu, Iulia Gabriela David, Vasile David, Mine Hosgor-Limoncu, Mehmet Ozsoz
This paper introduces DNA-wrapped multi-walled carbon nanotube (MWCNT)-modified genosensor for the detection of Escherichia coli (E. coli) from polymerase chain reaction (PCR)-amplified real samples while Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) was used to investigate the selectivity of the biosensor. The capture probe specifically recognizing E. coli DNA and it was firstly interacted with MWCNTs for wrapping of single-stranded DNA (ssDNA) onto the nanomaterial. DNA-wrapped MWCNTs were then immobilised on the surface of disposable pencil graphite electrode (PGE) for the detection of DNA hybridization...
May 1, 2017: Talanta
Mikiei Tanaka, Sean Moran, Jie Wen, Kwame Affram, Tinghua Chen, Aviva J Symes, Yumin Zhang
BACKGROUND: α/β-Hydrolase domain 6 (ABHD6) is one of the major enzymes for endocannabinoid 2-arachidonoylglycerol (2-AG) hydrolysis in microglia cells. Our recent studies have shown that a selective ABHD6 inhibitor WWL70 has anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective effects in animal models of traumatic brain injury and multiple sclerosis. However, the role of ABHD6 in the neuroinflammatory response and the mechanisms by which WWL70 suppresses inflammation has not yet been elucidated in reactive microglia...
January 10, 2017: Journal of Neuroinflammation
A Wojciechowska, J Mlynarczuk, J Kotwica
Pregnancy disorders are often correlated with the presence of organic pollutants in the tissues of living bodies. The aim of this study was to investigate the effects (over 24 and 48 hours) of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) 153, 126, and 77 at doses of 1, 10, and 100 ng/mL on barrier function and secretory activity in cow placentome sections collected during the second trimester of pregnancy. None of the PCBs affected the viability of the sections (P > 0.05). Polychlorinated biphenyl 153 decreased (P < 0...
February 2017: Theriogenology
A Wojciechowska, J Mlynarczuk, J Kotwica
Disorders in the barrier function and secretory activity of the placenta can be caused by xenobiotics (XB) present in the environment and their accumulation in tissues of living organisms. Thus, the aim of this study was to investigate the effect of 1,1,1-trichloro-2,2,-bis-4-chlorophenyl-ethane (DDT) and its metabolite 1,1-dichloro-2,2-bis-4-chlorophenyl-ethene (DDE) (for 24 or 48h) at doses of 1, 10 or 100ng/ml on the function of cow placentome sections in the second trimester of pregnancy. DDT and DDE affected neither (P>0...
January 15, 2017: Toxicology
Afaf El-Ansary, Wail M Hassan, Hanan Qasem, Undurti N Das
BACKGROUND: Autism is a neurodevelopmental disorder that displays significant heterogeneity. Comparison of subgroups within autism, and analyses of selected biomarkers as measure of the variation of the severity of autistic features such as cognitive dysfunction, social interaction impairment, and sensory abnormalities might help in understanding the pathophysiology of autism. METHODS AND PARTICIPANTS: In this study, two sets of biomarkers were selected. The first included 7, while the second included 6 biomarkers...
2016: PloS One
Seda Uzunboy, Sema Demirci Çekiç, Ece Eksin, Arzum Erdem, Reşat Apak
An unbalanced excess of oxygen/nitrogen species (ROS/RNS) can give oxidative hazard to DNA and other biomacromolecules under oxidative stress conditions. While the 'comet' assay for measuring DNA damage is neither specific nor practical, monitoring oxidative changes on individual DNA bases and other oxidation products needs highly specialized equipment and operators. Thus, we developed a modified CUPRAC (cupric ion reducing antioxidant capacity) colorimetric method to determine the average total damage on DNA produced by Fenton oxidation, taking advantage of the fact that the degradation products of DNA but not the original macromolecule is CUPRAC-responsive...
February 1, 2017: Analytical Biochemistry
Ko Chang, Chaur-Dong Chen, Chien-Ming Shih, Tzu-Chi Lee, Ming-Tsang Wu, Deng-Chyang Wu, Yen-Hsu Chen, Chih-Hsing Hung, Meng-Chieh Wu, Chun-Chi Huang, Chien-Hung Lee, Chi-Kung Ho
In Kaohsiung, a metropolitan city in Taiwan at high risk of dengue epidemic, weather factors combined with an accidental petrochemical gas explosion (PGE) may affect mosquito‒human dynamics in 2014. Generalized estimating equations with lagged-time Poisson regression analyses were used to evaluate the effect of meteorological/mosquito parameters and PGE on dengue incidences (2000-2014) in Kaohsiung. Increased minimum temperatures rendered a 2- and 3-month lagging interactive effect on higher dengue risks, and higher rainfall exhibited a 1- and 2-month lagging interplay effect on lower risks (interaction, P ≤ 0...
October 13, 2016: Scientific Reports
Shanmuganathan Venkatesan, I-Ping Liu, Li-Tung Chen, Yi-Chen Hou, Chiao-Wei Li, Yuh-Lang Lee
Polymer gel electrolytes (PGEs) of cobalt redox system are prepared for dye sensitized solar cell (DSSC) applications. Poly(vinylidene fluoride-co-hexafluoropropylene) (PVDF-HFP) is used as a gelator of an acetonitrile (ACN) liquid electrolyte containing tris(2,2'-bipyridine)cobalt(II/III) redox couple. Titanium dioxide (TiO2) and titanium carbide (TiC) nanoparticles are utilized as nanofillers (NFs) of this PGE, and the effects of the two NFs on the conductivity of the PGEs, charge-transfer resistances at the electrode/PGE interface, and the performance of the gel-state DSSCs are studied and compared...
September 21, 2016: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Huey Ting Diong, Reshmi Das, Bahareh Khezri, Bijayen Srivastava, Xianfeng Wang, Pradip K Sikdar, Richard D Webster
This study investigates platinum group elements (PGEs) in the breathable (PM10) and respirable (PM2.5) fractions of air particulates from a heavily polluted Indian metro city. The samples were collected from traffic junctions at the heart of the city and industrial sites in the suburbs during winter and monsoon seasons of 2013-2014. PGE concentrations were determined by inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry (ICP-MS). The PGE concentrations in the samples from traffic junctions are within the range of 2...
2016: SpringerPlus
Dirk-Matthias Altenmüller, Andreas Schulze-Bonhage, Christian E Elger, Rainer Surges
OBJECTIVES: Postictal generalized EEG suppression (PGES) frequently occurs after generalized convulsive seizures (GCS) and may be involved in the pathophysiology of sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP). It is usually determined using conventional scalp EEG which is likely to miss cerebral activity in deeper brain structures. Here, we examined intracranial EEG activity after GCS to unravel the pattern and extent of local brain activity during apparent PGES on scalp EEG (s-PGES)...
September 2016: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
Anna Z Szóstek, Agnieszka Sadowska, Katarzyna K Piotrowska-Tomala, Marta Botelho, Maria João Fradinho, Maria Rosa Rebordão, Graça M Ferreira-Dias, Dariusz J Skarzynski
Coumestrol (Cou) is a plant-derived phytoestrogen that induces various pathologies in the female reproductive tract. Although effects of phytoestrogens on reproductive function in other species are well documented, their influence on progesterone (P4) and prostaglandin (PG) secretion in the mare is unknown. The aim of this study was to determine if Cou directly affects P4 and PG concentrations (in vivo) and endometrial PG secretion (in vitro) in the mare. In Experiment 1, the mares (n=4) were fed for 14 days with a diet containing increasing proportions of alfalfa pellets (250 g to 1 kg/day)...
August 3, 2016: Biology of Reproduction
A Kurzynska, K Chojnowska, M Bogacki, I Bogacka
The present study evaluated the involvement of PPARs in prostaglandin (PG) E2 and F2α production in the corpus luteum (CL) of pigs on days 10-12 and 14-16 of the estrous cycle or pregnancy. The tissue explants were incubated for 6h in the presence of PPARα, PPARβ, PPARγ ligands. The concentration of PGs in the incubation media was determined by radioimmunoassay, while mRNA abundance of PG synthetases (PGES and PGFS) was analyzed by quantitative real-time PCR. It was found that L-165,045 and rosiglitazone stimulated PGES synthesis on days 10-12 of the estrous cycle, whereas all factors that were assessed did not affect PGE2 release...
September 2016: Animal Reproduction Science
Ding-Qiang Chen, Ai-Wu Wu, Ling Yang, Dan-Hong Su, Yong-Ping Lin, Yan-Wei Hu, Lei Zheng, Qian Wang
Klebsiella pneumoniae strain KP01 carrying blaGES-5 was identified from a patient in Guangzhou, China. High-throughput sequencing assigned blaGES-5 to a 28.5-kb nonconjugative plasmid, pGES-GZ. A 13-kb plasmid backbone sequence on pGES-GZ was found to share high sequence identities with plasmids from Gram-negative nonfermenters. A novel class 1 integron carrying a gene cassette array of orf28-orf28-blaGES-5 was identified on pGES-GZ, within which orf28 encoded a hypothetical protein possibly correlated to fosfomycin resistance...
October 2016: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
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