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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738664/bomb-swab-can-trace-explosive-particle-sampling-and-detection-be-improved
#1
Danny Fisher, Raya Zach, Yossef Matana, Paz Elia, Shiran Shustack, Yarden Sharon, Yehuda Zeiri
The marked increase in international terror in recent years requires the development of highly efficient methods to detect trace amounts of explosives at airports, border crossings and check points. The preferred analytical method worldwide is the ion mobility spectrometry (IMS) that is capable of detecting most explosives at the nano-gram level. Sample collection for the IMS analysis is based on swabbing of a passenger's belongings to collect possible explosive residues. The present study examines a wide range of issues related to swab-based particle collection and analysis, in the hope of gaining deeper understanding into this technique that will serve to improve the detection process...
November 1, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738660/novel-biomimetic-enzyme-for-sensitive-detection-of-superoxide-anions
#2
Fang Peng, Tingting Xu, Fan Wu, Chunxue Ma, Yuhong Liu, Jianying Li, Bo Zhao, Chun Mao
Superoxide anion (O2(•-)), one of the most active reactive oxygen species (ROS) in micro-environment of the human body, is involved in some diseases if there is excess O2(•-) associated with oxidative stress. Accurate detection of its concentration has important medical diagnostic significance. In this work, a new electrochemical sensor was designed and fabricated for sensitive detection based on Mn-superoxide dismutase (MnSOD) that decorated onto the surface of magnetic polymeric nanotubes by surface self-assembly processes...
November 1, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738626/elimination-of-interference-from-water-in-kbr-disk-ft-ir-spectra-of-solid-biomaterials-by-chemometrics-solved-with-kinetic-modeling
#3
Sherald H Gordon, Rogers E Harry-O'kuru, Abdellatif A Mohamed
Infrared analysis of proteins and polysaccharides by the well known KBr disk technique is notoriously frustrated and defeated by absorbed water interference in the important amide and hydroxyl regions of spectra. This interference has too often been overlooked or ignored even when the resulting distortion is critical or even fatal, as in quantitative analyses of protein secondary structure, because the water has been impossible to measure or eliminate. Therefore, a new chemometric method was devised that corrects spectra of materials in KBr disks by mathematically eliminating the water interference...
November 1, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738623/analysis-of-illegal-peptide-drugs-via-hilic-dad-ms
#4
Steven Janvier, Evelien De Sutter, Evelien Wynendaele, Bart De Spiegeleer, Celine Vanhee, Eric Deconinck
Biopharmaceuticals have established themselves as highly efficient medicines, and are still one of the fastest growing parts of the health-product industry. Unfortunately, the introduction of these promising new drugs went hand in hand with the creation of a black market for illegal and counterfeit biotechnology drugs. Particularly popular are the lyophilised peptides with a molecular weight of less than 5kDa. Most of them are meant for subcutaneous injection and are easily accessible via the internet. In recent years, different methods based on reversed phase liquid chromatography have been developed to detect and quantify these peptides...
November 1, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738608/a-fast-bioanalytical-method-based-on-microextraction-by-packed-sorbent-and-uplc-ms-ms-for-determining-new-psychoactive-substances-in-oral-fluid
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A M Ares, P Fernández, M Regenjo, A M Fernández, A M Carro, R A Lorenzo
The emergence in recent years of potentially dangerous new psychoactive substances (NPS) that are not under international control has led to the development of multi-analyte procedures for their unequivocal quantification. A fast ultra-performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry method (UPLC-MS/MS), in combination with a sample pretreatment based on microextraction by packed sorbent (MEPS), was for the first time used in this work for the simultaneous determination of NPS in oral fluid. This matrix is an effective alternative to typical biological samples for drug control in substitution therapy programs, and also for the prevention and reduction of traffic accidents...
November 1, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738371/robotic-obstructive-sleep-apnea-surgery
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Song Tar Toh, Pon Poh Hsu
Since the first report of the use of the da Vinci robotic system (Intuitive Surgical, Sunnyvale, CA, USA) in transoral robotic tongue base reduction for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) was published in 2010, this surgical tool and technique has been used worldwide for the resection of tongue base tissue in the multilevel surgical treatment of OSA. The combined knowledge of the published literature on its use has enlightened sleep surgeons worldwide on this new yet evolving surgical tool. Here we will discuss the use of the da Vinci robotic system in the treatment of OSA, the pertinent surgical anatomy for a safe surgical procedure, the primary and secondary outcomes to expect in the multilevel and primary use of this technology in treating the tongue base, the predictors for success or failure, and the complications associated with this technique...
2017: Advances in Oto-rhino-laryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737933/efficient-application-of-continuous-fractional-component-monte-carlo-in-the-reaction-ensemble
#7
Ali Poursaeidesfahani, Remco Hens, Ahmadreza Rahbari, Mahinder Ramdin, David Dubbeldam, Thijs J H Vlugt
A new formulation of the Reaction Ensemble Monte Carlo technique (RxMC) combined with the Continuous Fractional Component Monte Carlo method is presented. This method is denoted by serial Rx/CFC. The key ingredient is that fractional molecules of either reactants or reaction products are present, and that chemical reactions always involve fractional molecules. Serial Rx/CFC has the following advantages compared to other approaches: (1) one directly obtains chemical potentials of all reactants and reaction products...
July 24, 2017: Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737930/self-collapse-lithography
#8
Chuanzhen Zhao, Xiaobin Xu, Qing Yang, Tianxing Man, Steven Jonas, Jeffrey J Schwartz, Anne M Andrews, Paul S Weiss
We report a facile, high-throughput soft lithography process that utilizes nanoscale channels formed naturally at the edges of microscale relief features on soft, elastomeric stamps. Upon contact with self-assembled monolayer (SAM) functionalized substrates, the roof of the stamp collapses, resulting in the selective removal of SAM molecules via a chemical lift-off process. With this technique, which we call self-collapse lithography (SCL), sub-30-nm patterns were achieved readily using masters with microscale features prepared by conventional photolithography...
July 24, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737922/disentangling-the-complex-vibrational-spectrum-of-the-protonated-water-trimer-h-h2o-3-with-two-color-ir-ir-photodissociation-of-the-bare-ion-and-anharmonic-vscf-vci-theory
#9
Chinh H Duong, Olga Gorlova, Nan Yang, Patrick J Kelleher, Qi Yu, Anne B McCoy, Joel M Bowman, Mark A Johnson
Vibrational spectroscopy of the protonated water trimer provides a stringent constraint on the details of the potential energy surface (PES) and vibrational dynamics governing excess proton motion far from equilibrium. Here we report the linear spectrum of the cold, bare H(+)(H2O)3 ion using a two-color, IR-IR photofragmentation technique and follow the evolution of the bands with increasing temperature. The key low energy features are insensitive to both D2-tagging and internal energy. The D2-tagged D(+)(D2O)3 spectrum is reported for the first time, and the isotope dependence of the band pattern is surprisingly complex...
July 24, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737905/metabolism-of-t-2-toxin-in-farm-animals-and-human-in-vitro-and-in-chickens-in-vivo-using-ultra-high-performance-liquid-chromatography-quadrupole-time-of-flight-hybrid-mass-spectrometry-along-with-online-hydrogen-deuterium-exchange-technique
#10
Shupeng Yang, Marthe De Boevre, Huiyan Zhang, Karl De Ruyck, Feifei Sun, Jinzhen Zhang, Yue Jin, Yanshen Li, Zhanhui Wang, Suxia Zhang, Jinhui Zhou, Yi Li, Sarah De Saeger
After incubated with animals' and human liver microsomes, metabolites of phase I and II were investigated. A comparison was performed by ultrahigh performance liquid chromatography-quadrupole/time-of-flight coupled to mass spectrometry (UHPLC-Q/TOF). Consequently, a total of four phase I metabolites and three glucuronide binding metabolites of T-2 toxin were discovered. Although a significant metabolic difference was observed among six species, HT-2 toxin was the major product in all species. In addition, the in vivo metabolism of T-2 toxin after oral administration was also investigated in chickens, In total, 18 metabolites were detected, of which 13 were novel, to our knowledge, and reported for the first time...
July 24, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737822/liquid-crystal-templating-as-an-approach-to-spatially-and-temporally-organise-soft-matter
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REVIEW
Pim van der Asdonk, Paul H J Kouwer
Chemistry quickly moves from a molecular science to a systems science. This requires spatial and temporal control over the organisation of molecules and molecular assemblies. Whilst Nature almost by default (transiently) organises her components at multiple different length scales, scientists struggle to realise even relatively straightforward patterns. In the past decades, supramolecular chemistry has taught us the rules to precisely engineer molecular assembly at the nanometre scale. At higher length scales, however, we are bound to top-down nanotechnology techniques to realise order...
July 24, 2017: Chemical Society Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737813/the-synthesis-of-cuymnzal1-zox-mixed-oxide-as-a-low-temperature-nh3-scr-catalyst-with-enhanced-catalytic-performance
#12
Qinghua Yan, Sining Chen, Lei Qiu, Yanshan Gao, Dermot O'Hare, Qiang Wang
A new type of low-temperature selective catalytic reduction (SCR) catalyst, CuyMnzAl1-zOx, derived from layered double hydroxides is presented in this contribution. By tuning the Cu/Mn/Al ratio, the optimal catalyst Cu2Mn0.5Al0.5Ox resulted in a NOx conversion of 91.2% at 150 °C, which is much higher than that of all other control catalysts, Cu2AlOx (71.1%), Cu-Mn/γ-Al2O3 (65.23%), and Mn/γ-Al2O3 (59.32%). All samples were characterized in detail using various physico-chemical techniques including XRD, BET, FTIR, TEM, H2-TPR, NH3-TPD, and XPS analyses, and the results revealed that the superior catalytic performance of the Cu2Mn0...
July 24, 2017: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737674/pinhole-zone-plate-lens-for-ultrasound-focusing
#13
Constanza Rubio, José Miguel Fuster, Sergio Castiñeira-Ibáñez, Antonio Uris, Francisco Belmar, Pilar Candelas
The focusing capabilities of a pinhole zone plate lens are presented and compared with those of a conventional Fresnel zone plate lens. The focusing properties are examined both experimentally and numerically. The results confirm that a pinhole zone plate lens can be an alternative to a Fresnel lens. A smooth filtering effect is created in pinhole zone plate lenses, giving rise to a reduction of the side lobes around the principal focus associated with the conventional Fresnel zone plate lens. The manufacturing technique of the pinhole zone plate lens allows the designing and constructing of lenses for different focal lengths quickly and economically and without the need to drill new plates...
July 22, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737601/new-ways-to-detect-pediatric-sickle-cell-retinopathy-a-comprehensive-review
#14
Daniel A Pahl, Nancy S Green, Monica Bhatia, Royce W S Chen
Sickle retinopathy reflects disease-related vascular injury of the eye, which can potentially result in visual loss from vitreous hemorrhage or retinal detachment. Here we review sickle retinopathy among children with sickle cell disease, describe the epidemiology, pediatric risk factors, pathophysiology, ocular findings, and treatment. Newer, more sensitive ophthalmological imaging modalities are available for retinal imaging, including ultra-widefield fluorescein angiography, spectral-domain optical coherence tomography, and optical coherence tomography angiography...
July 21, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Hematology/oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737563/reverse-distal-transverse-palmar-arch-in-distal-digital-replantation
#15
Ching-Yueh Wei, Oscar Orozco, Gustavo Vinagre, Mark Shafarenko
BACKGROUND: Refinements in microsurgery have made distal finger replantation an established technique with high success rates and good functional and aesthetic outcomes. However, it still represents a technically demanding procedure due to the small vessel caliber and frequent lack of vessel length, requiring the use of interpositional venous grafts in some instances. We describe a new technique for anastomosis in fingertip replantation, whereby the need for venous grafts is eliminated...
July 22, 2017: Annals of Plastic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737462/co-delivery-of-hydrophilic-and-hydrophobic-drugs-by-micelles-a-new-approach-using-drug-conjugated-peg-pcl-nanoparticles
#16
H Danafar, K Rostamizadeh, S Davaran, M Hamidi
Co-delivery strategy has been proposed to minimize the amount of each drug and to achieve the synergistic effect for cancer therapies. A conjugate of the antitumor drug, doxorubicin, with diblock methoxy poly (ethylene glycol)-poly caprolactone (mPEG-PCL) copolymer was synthesized by the reaction of mPEG-PCL copolymer with doxorubicin in the presence of p-nitrophenylchloroformate. The conjugated copolymer was characterized in vitro by (1)H NMR, FTIR, DSC and GPC techniques. Then, the doxorubicin conjugated mPEG-PCL(DOX-mPEG-PCL) was self-assembled into micelles in the presence of curcumin in aqueous solution...
July 24, 2017: Drug Development and Industrial Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737431/the-analysis-of-pneumatic-atomization-of-newtonian-and-non-newtonian-fluids-for-different-medical-nebulizers
#17
Marek Ochowiak, Magdalena Matuszak, Sylwia Włodarczak
OBJECTIVE: The paper contains results of the experimental studies on atomization process of inhaled drugs and aqueous solutions of glycerol with aqueous solutions of glycerol-polyacrylamide (Rokrysol WF1) in pneumatic nebulizers. In experiments the different concentration of aqueous solutions of glycerol-polyacrylamide have been tested. In addition, the effect of nebulizer design on atomization process has been determined. The one of the main elements of medical pneumatic nebulizer is nebulizer cup...
July 24, 2017: Drug Development and Industrial Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737161/linbo-sub-3-sub-surfaces-from-a-microscopic-perspective
#18
Simone Sanna, Wolf Gero Schmidt
A large number of oxides has been investigated in the last twenty years as possible new materials for various applications ranging from opto-electronics to heterogeneous catalysis. In this context, ferroelectric oxides are particularly promising. The electric polarization plays a crucial role at many oxide surfaces, and it largely determines their physical and chemical properties. Ferroelectrics offer in addition the possibility to control/switch the electric polarization and hence the surface chemistry, allowing for the realization of domain-engineered nanoscale devices such as molecular detectors or highly efficient catalysts...
July 24, 2017: Journal of Physics. Condensed Matter: An Institute of Physics Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737143/optimal-utilization-of-pediatric-computed-tomography-to-minimize-radiation-exposure-what-the-clinician-must-know-s
#19
Natasha Gupta, Lalendra Upreti
The number of computed tomography (CT) scans being done for children all over the world is on the rise ever since the advent of Multi-Detector CT (MDCT). However, CT is a potential source of harmful ionizing radiation, and children are more susceptible to its adverse effects. It is essential for the pediatrician as well as the radiologist to be aware of some important principles and guidelines, by following which, radiation exposure to the child can be minimized to the bare essential. It is important to have knowledge of the valid and justifiable indications of CT for the child, the correct technique of performing the scan, and the new technological innovations now available on modern scanners that help to minimize radiation dose...
July 15, 2017: Indian Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736977/use-of-microbial-indicators-combined-with-environmental-factors-coupled-to-metrology-tools-for-discrimination-and-classification-of-luzhou-flavored-pit-muds
#20
Q Y Zhang, Y J Yuan, Z M Liao, W X Zhang
AIMS: Pit mud is essential for the quality and yield of Chinese Luzhou-flavored liquor. A reliable and fast method based on the use of microbial indicators combined with environmental factors coupled to metrology tools is needed to discriminate and classify different maturity levels of Luzhou-flavored pit muds. METHODS AND RESULTS: Firmicutes, Bacteroidetes, Actinobacteria, Lactobacillus, Bacillus, Methanosarcina, Methanocorpusculum, Methanoculleus and Clostridium kluyveri were microbial indicators in Luzhou-flavored pit muds...
July 23, 2017: Journal of Applied Microbiology
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