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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549370/assessment-of-the-influence-of-key-abiotic-factors-on-the-alternative-microcystin-degradation-pathway-s-mlr-a-detailed-comparison-with-the-mlr-route-mlr
#1
Jesús Morón-López, Lucía Nieto-Reyes, Rehab El-Shehawy
Cyanobacterial proliferation and toxin production in water bodies around the world have led to global concern about the control of these issues. Indigenous bacteria have been shown to degrade the cyanotoxin microcystin (MC) in natural environments. The mlr cluster has been widely used as a marker for microcystin biodegradation; however, recent studies have shown that alternative pathway(s) also contribute to the natural removal of MCs in the ecosystem. The main objective of this study is to provide initial insights concerning how key abiotic factors affect the rate of MC biodegradation via alternative pathway(s) and to provide a detailed comparison with the mlr(+) pathway...
May 22, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549280/protocols-for-the-analytical-characterization-of-therapeutic-monoclonal-antibodies-i-non-denaturing-chromatographic-techniques
#2
Alexandre Goyon, Valentina D'Atri, Balazs Bobaly, Elsa Wagner-Rousset, Alain Beck, Szabolcs Fekete, Davy Guillarme
Size-, charge- and hydrophobicity-related variants of a biopharmaceutical product have to be deeply characterized for batch consistency and for the assessment of immunogenicity and safety effects. Size exclusion chromatography (SEC) and ion exchange chromatography (IEX) are considered as the gold standard for the analysis of high molecular weight species (HMWS) and charge-related variants, respectively. Hydrophobic interaction chromatography (HIC) has drawn renewed attention to monitor the small drug payload distribution in the cysteine-linked antibody-drug conjugates (ADC)...
May 11, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549242/identification-of-related-substances-in-tofacitinib-citrate-by-lc-ms-techniques-for-synthetic-process-optimization
#3
Xiao Wu, Xuefang Zeng, Lei Wang, Taijun Hang, Min Song
A specific LC-MS method was developed for separation, identification and characterization of the process-related substances and degradation products in tofacitinib citrate. The separation was achieved on a LiChrospher C18 column (250mm×4.6mm, 5μm) by linear gradient elution of 0.1% ammonium acetate solution (pH adjusted to 4.0 by formic acid) and acetonitrile at a flow rate of 1.0mL/min. Forced degradation studies were conducted under hydrolytic (acidic, basic), oxidative, photolytic and thermal stress conditions as described in ICH...
May 13, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549000/a-comparison-of-anterior-and-posterior-lumbar-interbody-fusions-complications-readmissions-discharge-dispositions-and-costs
#4
Rabia Qureshi, Varun Puvanesarajah, Amit Jain, Adam L Shimer, Francis H Shen, Hamid Hassanzadeh
STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective Database Review OBJECTIVE.: To understand medical complication rates, readmission rates, costs and discharge dispositions in ALIFs versus TLIF/PLIFs for lumbar degenerative disease. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Indications for anterior (ALIFs) vs posterior lumbar interbody fusions (PLIFs) can vary, though benefits of anterior approach surgery include full access to the anterior column and ability to place fusion devices. METHODS: The PearlDiver Database of Medicare records was utilized for this retrospective database review...
May 25, 2017: Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548996/distal-junctional-failure-following-pediatric-spinal-fusion
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Lorena V Floccari, Alvin W Su, Amy L McIntosh, Karl Rathjen, William J Shaughnessy, A Noelle Larson
BACKGROUND: Adjacent segment pathology is a known complication after spinal fusion, but little has been reported on junctional failure. A series of adolescent patients presented with acute distal junctional failure (DJF). We sought to determine any common features of these patients to develop a prevention strategy. METHODS: A retrospective review was conducted of pediatric patients who developed DJF after instrumented spinal fusion performed at 2 institutions from 1999 to 2013...
May 25, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Orthopedics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548659/metatranscriptomic-analysis-of-prokaryotic-communities-active-in-sulfur-and-arsenic-cycling-in-mono-lake-california-usa
#6
Christian F Edwardson, James T Hollibaugh
This study evaluates the transcriptionally active, dissimilatory sulfur- and arsenic-cycling components of the microbial community in alkaline, hypersaline Mono Lake, CA, USA. We sampled five depths spanning the redox gradient (10, 15, 18, 25 and 31 m) during maximum thermal stratification. We used custom databases to identify transcripts of genes encoding complex iron-sulfur molybdoenzyme (CISM) proteins, with a focus on arsenic (arrA, aioA and arxA) and sulfur cycling (dsrA, aprA and soxB), and assigned them to taxonomic bins...
May 26, 2017: ISME Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548605/changes-to-the-septo-fornical-area-might-play-a-role-in-the-pathogenesis-of-anxiety-in-multiple-sclerosis
#7
Miklos Palotai, Andrea Mike, Michele Cavallari, Erzsebet Strammer, Gergely Orsi, Brian C Healy, Katharina Schregel, Zsolt Illes, Charles Rg Guttmann
BACKGROUND: Reports on the relationships between white matter lesion load (WMLL) and fatigue and anxiety in multiple sclerosis (MS) are inconsistent. OBJECTIVE: To investigate the association of total and tract-specific WMLL with fatigue and anxiety. METHODS: Total and regional T2 WMLL was assessed for 19 tracts in 48 MS patients (30 females). ICBM-DTI-81 Atlas-based parcellation was combined with WMLL segmentation of T2-weighted magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)...
May 1, 2017: Multiple Sclerosis: Clinical and Laboratory Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548374/continuous-synthesis-and-purification-by-coupling-a-multistep-flow-reaction-with-centrifugal-partition-chromatography
#8
Róbert Örkényi, János Éles, Ferenc Faigl, Péter Vincze, Anita Prechl, Zoltán Szakács, János Kóti, István Greiner
Continuous-flow multistep synthesis meets quasi-continuous final-product purification to produce pure products from crude reaction mixtures. In the nucleophilic aromatic substitution of 2,4-difluoronitrobenzene with morpholine followed by a heterogeneous catalytic hydrogenation, the desired monosubstituted product can be continuously separated from the by-products in a purity of over 99 % by coupling a flow reactor sequence to a multiple dual-mode (MDM) centrifugal partition chromatography (CPC) device. It has many advantages as compared to HPLC, such as higher resolution, no need for column replacement or silica to recycle, and it is absolutely free of irreversible adsorption...
May 26, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548305/development-and-validation-of-an-lc-ms-ms-method-to-quantify-lysergic-acid-diethylamide-lsd-iso-lsd-2-oxo-3-hydroxy-lsd-and-nor-lsd-and-identify-novel-metabolites-in-plasma-samples-in-a-controlled-clinical-trial
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Patrick C Dolder, Matthias E Liechti, Katharina M Rentsch
BACKGROUND: Lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) is a widely used recreational drug. The aim of this study was to develop and validate a liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) method for the quantification of LSD, iso-LSD, 2-oxo-3-hydroxy LSD (O-H-LSD), and nor-LSD in plasma samples from 24 healthy subjects after controlled administration of 100 μg LSD in a clinical trial. In addition, metabolites that have been recently described in in vitro studies, including lysergic acid monoethylamide (LAE), lysergic acid ethyl-2-hydroxyethylamide (LEO), 2-oxo-LSD, trioxylated-LSD, and 13/14-hydroxy-LSD, should be identified...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Clinical Laboratory Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548165/on-the-underestimated-impact-of-the-gelation-temperature-on-macro-and-mesoporosity-in-monolithic-silica
#10
Rafael Meinusch, Rüdiger Ellinghaus, Kristof Hormann, Ulrich Tallarek, Bernd M Smarsly
The preparation of monolithic SiO2 with bimodal porosity using a special sol-gel procedure ("Nakanishi process") generally shows a pronounced sensitivity towards several physico-chemical parameters of the initial solution (concentrations, precursors, pH, temperature, etc.). Thus, temporal and spatial variations of these parameters during the sol-gel reactions can affect the final meso- and macropore space with respect to the pore size distributions and homogeneity. In this study we thoroughly examine the sol-gel reaction in terms of the impact of temperature accuracy and homogeneity during the gelation and their effect on meso- and macropore space...
May 26, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548148/diverse-configurations-of-columnar-liquid-crystals-in-cylindrical-nano-and-micropores
#11
Rui-Bin Zhang, Goran Ungar, Xiangbing Zeng, Zhihao Shen
Using 2D X-ray diffraction and AFM we studied the configuration, in cylindrical confinement, of hexagonal columnar phases that anchor homeotropically, i.e. with the columns normal to the pore wall. A wide range of pore diameters, from 20 nm to 100 μm, were explored by employing anodic alumina membranes and glass capillaries. The compounds used were a small discotic, hexakis(hexyloxy)triphenylene (HAT6), a large discotic hexa-peri-hexabenzocoronene (HBC), and a T-shaped bolaamphiphile, forming a honeycomb-type columnar phase...
May 26, 2017: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548052/optimizing-the-stimulus-presentation-paradigm-design-for-the-p300-based-brain-computer-interface-using-performance-prediction
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Boyla Mainsah, Galen Reeves, Leslie Collins, Chandra Throckmorton
<i>Objective:</i> The role of a brain-computer interface (BCI) is to discern a user's intended message by extracting and decoding relevant information from brain signals. Stimulus-driven BCIs, such as the P300 speller, rely on detecting event-related potentials (ERPs) in response to a user attending to relevant or target stimulus events. However, this process is error-prone because the ERPs are embedded in noisy electroencephalography (EEG) data, representing a fundamental problem in communication of the uncertainty in the information that is received during noisy transmission...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Neural Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547862/mri-evaluation-of-regional-and-longitudinal-changes-in-z-spectra-of-injured-spinal-cord-of-monkeys
#13
Feng Wang, Zhongliang Zu, Ruiqi Wu, Tung-Lin Wu, John C Gore, Li Min Chen
PURPOSE: In principle, MR methods that exploit magnetization transfer (MT) may be used to quantify changes in the molecular composition of tissues after injury. The ability to track such changes in injured spinal cord may allow more precise assessment of the state of neural tissues. METHODS: Z-Spectra were obtained from the cervical spinal cord before and after a unilateral dorsal column lesion in monkeys at 9.4T. The amplitudes of chemical exchange saturation transfer (CEST) and nuclear Overhauser enhancement (NOE) effects from multiple proton pools, along with nonspecific semisolid MT effects from immobile macromolecules, were quantified using a five-peak Lorenzian fitting of each Z-spectrum...
May 25, 2017: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546911/graphene-based-polymer-bilayers-with-superior-light-driven-properties-for-remote-construction-of-3d-structures
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Zhenhua Tang, Ziwei Gao, Shuhai Jia, Fei Wang, Yonglin Wang
3D structure assembly in advanced functional materials is important for many areas of technology. Here, a new strategy exploits IR light-driven bilayer polymeric composites for autonomic origami assembly of 3D structures. The bilayer sheet comprises a passive layer of poly(dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS) and an active layer comprising reduced graphene oxides (RGOs), thermally expanding microspheres (TEMs), and PDMS. The corresponding fabrication method is versatile and simple. Owing to the large volume expansion of the TEMs, the two layers exhibit large differences in their coefficients of thermal expansion...
May 2017: Advanced Science (Weinheim, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546872/cervical-osteochondroma-with-neurological-symptoms-literature-review-and-a-case-report
#15
Iraj Lotfinia, Amir Vahedi, Kamkar Aeinfar, Richard S Tubbs, Payman Vahedi
INTRODUCTION: Osteochondromas are common benign tumors of bone and spinal involvement is uncommon. Solitary spinal osteochondromas may produce a wide variety of symptoms depending on their location and relationship to adjacent neural structures. CASE PRESENTATION: Herein, we present a case of solitary osteochondroma arising from the posterior arch of C1, causing left-sided ascending numbness and paresthesia and difficulty walking. The lesion was totally resected through a posterior approach...
2017: Spinal Cord Series and Cases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546238/persistent-fetal-lobulation-of-kidney-mimicking-renal-tumour
#16
Syed Muhammad Nazim, Muhibullah Bangash, Basit Salam
Renal pseudotumour is a term coined to describe conditions of renal anatomic variants that simulate focal renal pathology like a tumour on ultrasonography. These include persistent fetal lobulation, hypertrophy of Bertin columns and dromedary humps. We report a case of a 30-year-old nulliparous woman who was managed in gynaecology clinic for menorrhagia and was subsequently referred to us for management of recurrent urinary tract infections. The clinical examination was normal and on ultrasound scan, she was found to have multiple enlarged heterogeneous solid masses in both kidneys with significantly increased vascularity, suspicious for neoplastic lesions...
May 24, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545929/a-simple-hplc-uv-method-for-quantification-of-enzalutamide-and-its-active-metabolite-n-desmethyl-enzalutamide-in-patients-with-metastatic-castration-resistant-prostate-cancer
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Alicja Puszkiel, Alain Plé, Olivier Huillard, Gaëlle Noé, Constance Thibault, Stéphane Oudard, François Goldwasser, Michel Vidal, Jérome Alexandre, Benoit Blanchet
Enzalutamide is currently approved for the treatment of patients with metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC). To date, a single liquid chromatographic-tandem mass spectroscopy method is available to measure plasma enzalutamide concentrations in mCRPC patients. In this work, an accurate and sensitive HPLC-UV method has been developed for the simultaneous determination of enzalutamide and its active metabolite, N-desmethyl enzalutamide in plasma from mCRPC patients. Before precipitation of proteins with acetonitrile, samples were spiked with nilutamide (internal standard)...
April 5, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545733/simultaneous-on-line-monitoring-of-propofol-and-sevoflurane-in-balanced-anesthesia-by-direct-resistive-heating-gas-chromatography
#18
Hao Dong, Feng Jiang Zhang, Fu Yuan Wang, Ying Ying Wang, Jing Guo, G M Kanhar, Jing Chen, Jun Liu, Chen Zhou, Min Yan, Xing Chen
In balanced anesthesia, sevoflurane and propofol are often used in combination to achieve a better anesthetic effect. However, methods for on-line monitoring of concentrations of the two anesthetics in patients are still rare in clinical. This study proposed a non-invasive method utilizing a fast gas chromatograph combined with a surface acoustic wave sensor (Fast GC-SAW) to simultaneously on-line monitor sevoflurane and propofol in patients' exhaled gas. By using the direct resistive heating capillary column, the single detection time of Fast GC-SAW system was significantly shortened to 90s, as well as the size reduced to (40cm×30cm×20cm)...
May 2, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545730/synthesis-and-characterisation-of-non-bonded-1-7%C3%AE-m-thin-shell-ts1-7-100nm-silica-particles-for-the-rapid-separation-and-analysis-of-uric-acid-and-creatinine-in-human-urine-by-hydrophilic-interaction-chromatography
#19
Victor K Langsi, Benjamin A Ashu-Arrah, Niamh Ward, Jeremy D Glennon
A rapid chromatographic method for the simultaneous determination of uric acid (UA) and creatinine (Cr) in human urine is described, using a non-bonded 1.7μm thin-shell (TS1.7-100nm) silica particle prepared by the seeded-growth approach. The new shell particle was characterised by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), dynamic light scattering (DLS) and BET analysis. TEM reveals 1.5μm solid core and 100nm shell thickness. DLS shows polydispersity index <0.2. Expanded pore size of 88Å and specific surface area of 78m(2)/g were determined by BET...
May 3, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545671/trypanosuppresive-effects-of-ellagic-acid-and-amelioration-of-the-trypanosome-associated-pathological-features-coupled-with-inhibitory-effects-on-trypanosomal-sialidase-in-vitro-and-in-silico
#20
Raphael Aminu, Mohammed Auwal Ibrahim, Md Atiar Rahman, Raju Dash, Ismaila Alhaji Umar
BACKGROUND: The search for novel antitrypanosomal agents had previously led to the isolation of ellagic acid as a bioactive antitrypanosomal compound using in vitro studies. However, it is not known whether this compound will elicit antitrypanosomal activity in in vivo condition which is usually the next step in the drug discovery process. PURPOSE: Herein, we investigated the in vivo activity of ellagic acid against bloodstream form of Trypanosoma congolense and its ameliorative effects on trypanosome-induced anemia and organ damage as well as inhibitory effects on trypanosomal sialidase...
July 1, 2017: Phytomedicine: International Journal of Phytotherapy and Phytopharmacology
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