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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433637/inhibition-of-pro-inflammatory-enzymes-by-medicinal-plants-from-the-argentinean-highlands-puna
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Romina Torres-Carro, María Inés Isla, Samanta Thomas-Valdes, Felipe Jiménez-Aspee, Guillermo Schmeda-Hirschmann, María Rosa Alberto
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Human groups in the Argentinean Andes highlands (Puna) selected native plants as anti-inflammatory agents. The indications of use are mainly to relieve pain, in infusions, ethanolic extracts or plasters. AIM OF THE STUDY: The objective of the study was to assess the effect of hydroalcoholic extracts from native highland plants as anti-inflammatory according to the traditional indications of use. The chemical profile of the three most active species was analyzed by HPLC-ESI-MS to get in insight into the constituents and the effects observed, according to the ethnopharmacological information...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430292/failure-of-the-vascular-hypothesis-of-multiple-sclerosis-in-a-rat-model-of-chronic-cerebrospinal-venous-insufficiency
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Maha M A Zakaria, Shahira Y Mikhael, Azza K Abu Hussein, Rania A Salah El-Din, Hany W Abd El-Malak, Iman H Hewedi, Hany S Nadim
<i>Chronic cerebrospinal venous insufficiency (CCSVI) is a series of stenotic malformations in the cerebrospinal venous outflow routes, which is postulated to cause multiple sclerosis (MS). The hypotheses assumed that CCSVI leads to iron deposition which triggers inflammation and demyelination in MS. Invasive endovascular treatment of CCSVI was initiated based on the previous theory. The present study was designed to validate this hypothesis using a rat model of CCSVI. Bilateral jugular vein ligation (JVL) was performed on female albino rats (n = 15), and sham-operated rats (n = 15) were used as a control group...
2017: Folia Neuropathologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430025/synthesis-of-dopamine-in-e-coli-using-plasmid-based-expression-system-and-its-marked-effect-on-host-growth-profiles
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Arunangshu Das, Anita Verma, Krishna J Mukherjee
L-Dopa and dopamine are important pathway intermediates towards the synthesis of catecholamine like epinephrine and norepinephrine from amino acid L-tyrosine. Dopamine, secreted from dopaminergic nerve cells, serves as an important neurotransmitter. We report the synthesis of dopamine by extending the aromatic amino acid pathway of E.coli DH5α by expression of 4-hydroxyphenylacetate-3-hydrolase (HpaBC) from E.coli and an engineered dopa decarboxylase (DDC) from pig kidney cell. The activity of HpaBC and DDC require 200 µM iron supplementation and 50 µM vitamin B6 respectively as additives to the growth media...
April 21, 2017: Preparative Biochemistry & Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429066/atmospheric-pressure-maldi-for-the-noninvasive-characterization-of-carbonaceous-ink-from-renaissance-documents
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Giuseppe Grasso, Marzia Calcagno, Alessandro Rapisarda, Roberta D'Agata, Giuseppe Spoto
The analytical methods that are usually applied to determine the compositions of inks from ancient manuscripts usually focus on inorganic components, as in the case of iron gall ink. In this work, we describe the use of atmospheric pressure/matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization-mass spectrometry (AP/MALDI-MS) as a spatially resolved analytical technique for the study of the organic carbonaceous components of inks used in handwritten parts of ancient books for the first time. Large polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (L-PAH) were identified in situ in the ink of XVII century handwritten documents...
April 21, 2017: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424000/heavy-metals-and-pahs-in-canned-fish-supplies-on-the-serbian-market
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Nikolina J Novakov, Željko A Mihaljev, Brankica D Kartalović, Bojan J Blagojević, Jelana M Petrović, Miroslav A Ćirković, Dragan R Rogan
The aim of this study was to determine the level of heavy metals and PAHs in 57 samples of canned tuna, 25 samples of canned sardines and 16 samples of canned smoked sprouts, collected from supermarkets in Serbia. Heavy metal levels (lead, cadmium, mercury, arsenic, iron, copper and zinc) were determined using an ICP-MS method. Sixteen analyzed PAHs were determined using a GC-MS method. The trace elements in canned fish were in the range (mg kg(-1)) of 0.01-0.28 for lead, 0.003-0.08 for cadmium, 0.007-0.64 for mercury, 0...
April 20, 2017: Food Additives & Contaminants. Part B, Surveillance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417130/iron-isotopic-composition-of-blood-serum-in-anemia-of-chronic-kidney-disease
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Yulia Anoshkina, Marta Costas-Rodríguez, Marijn Speeckaert, Wim Van Biesen, Joris Delanghe, Frank Vanhaecke
Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a general term for disorders that affect the structure and function of the kidneys. Iron deficiency (ID) and anemia occur in the vast majority of CKD patients, most of whom are elderly. However, establishing the cause of anemia in CKD, and therefore making an informed decision concerning the corresponding therapeutic treatment, is still a challenge. High-precision Fe isotopic analysis of blood serum samples of CKD patients with and without ID/anemia was performed via multi-collector inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry (MC-ICP-MS) for such a purpose...
April 18, 2017: Metallomics: Integrated Biometal Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415449/complementary-approaches-for-the-evaluation-of-biocompatibility-of-90-y-labeled-superparamagnetic-citric-acid-fe-er-3o4-coated-nanoparticles
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Bratislav Antic, Marko Boskovic, Jasmina Nikodinovic-Runic, Yue Ming, Hongguo Zhang, Emil S Bozin, Drina Janković, Vojislav Spasojevic, Sanja Vranjes-Djuric
Magnetic nanoparticles (MNPs) are of immense interest for diagnostic and therapeutic applications in medicine. Design and development of new iron oxide-based MNPs for such applications is of rather limited breadth without reliable and sensitive methods to determine their levels in body tissues. Commonly used methods, such as ICP, are quite problematic, due to the inability to decipher the origin of the detected iron, i.e. whether it originates from the MNPs or endogenous from tissues and bodily fluids. One of the approaches to overcome this problem and to increase reliability of tracing MNPs is to partially substitute iron ions in the MNPs with Er...
June 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413733/experimental-studies-on-the-hydrotreatment-of-kraft-lignin-to-aromatics-and-alkylphenolics-using-economically-viable-fe-based-catalysts
#8
Shilpa Agarwal, Ramesh Kumar Chowdari, Idoia Hita, Hero Jan Heeres
Limonite, a low-cost iron ore, was investigated as a potential hydrotreatment catalyst for kraft lignin without the use of an external solvent (batch reactor, initial H2 pressure of 100 bar, 4 h). The best results were obtained at 450 °C resulting in 34 wt % of liquefied kraft lignin (lignin oil) on lignin intake. The composition of the lignin oil was determined in detail (elemental composition, GC-MS, GC×GC-FID, and GPC). The total GC-detectable monomeric species amounts up to 31 wt % on lignin intake, indicating that 92 wt % of the products in the lignin oil are volatile and thus of low molecular weight...
March 6, 2017: ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411307/ferumoxytol-is-not-retained-in-kidney-allografts-in-patients-undergoing-acute-rejection
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Maryam Aghighi, Laura Pisani, Ashok J Theruvath, Anne M Muehe, Jessica Donig, Ramsha Khan, Samantha J Holdsworth, Neeraja Kambham, Waldo Concepcion, Paul C Grimm, Heike E Daldrup-Link
PURPOSE: To evaluate whether ultrasmall superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticle (USPIO)-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) can detect allograft rejection in pediatric kidney transplant patients. PROCEDURES: The USPIO ferumoxytol has a long blood half-life and is phagocytosed by macrophages. In an IRB-approved single-center prospective clinical trial, 26 pediatric patients and adolescents (age 10-26 years) with acute allograft rejection (n = 5), non-rejecting allografts (n = 13), and normal native kidneys (n = 8) underwent multi-echo T2* fast spoiled gradient-echo (FSPGR) MRI after intravenous injection (p...
April 14, 2017: Molecular Imaging and Biology: MIB: the Official Publication of the Academy of Molecular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408633/heterogeneity-of-cortical-lesion-susceptibility-mapping-in-multiple-sclerosis
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M Castellaro, R Magliozzi, A Palombit, M Pitteri, E Silvestri, V Camera, S Montemezzi, F B Pizzini, A Bertoldo, R Reynolds, S Monaco, M Calabrese
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Quantitative susceptibility mapping has been used to characterize iron and myelin content in the deep gray matter of patients with multiple sclerosis. Our aim was to characterize the susceptibility mapping of cortical lesions in patients with MS and compare it with neuropathologic observations. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The pattern of microglial activation was studied in postmortem brain tissues from 16 patients with secondary-progressive MS and 5 age-matched controls...
April 13, 2017: AJNR. American Journal of Neuroradiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28406012/immunomodulatory-magnetic-microspheres-for-augmenting-tumor-specific-infiltration-of-natural-killer-nk-cells
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Wooram Park, Andrew C Gordon, Soojeong Cho, Xiaoke Huang, Kathleen R Harris, Andrew C Larson, Dong-Hyun Kim
The purpose of this research is to develop magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) visible immunomodulatory microspheres (IMM-MS) for efficient image guided cancer immunotherapy. IMM-MS composed of recombinant interferon gamma (IFN-γ), iron oxide nanocubes (IONC), and biodegradable poly(lactide-co-glycolide) (PLGA) were successfully prepared via a double-emulsion method. The prepared IMM-MS exhibited a sustained IFN-γ release and highly sensitive MR T2 contrast effects. Finally, in an orthotopic liver tumor VX2 rabbit model, successful hepatic intra-arterial (IA) transcatheter delivery of IMM-MS to liver tumors was confirmed with MR images...
April 17, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28402603/an-electrospray-ionization-mass-spectrometry-study-of-azidoacetic-acid-transition-metals-complexes
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Vítor S Pinto, Susana C R Marques, Paula Rodrigues, M Teresa Barros, M Lourdes Costa, G John Langley, M Tereza Fernandez, Benedito J C Cabral, M Filomena Duarte, Narciso Couto
RATIONALE: The complexation behavior of transition metals with organic azides by electrospray ionization (ESI) tandem mass spectrometry (MS/MS) is not completely understood. In this study, fragmentation patterns of complex ions having azidoacetic acid coordinated to Ni/Co/Fe were elucidated. The role of transition metals in the mediation of ligand rearrangements in gas phase is experimentally supported. METHODS: The complexation of some transition metals, nickel, cobalt and iron, by azidoacetic acid was studied by means of ESI and MS/MS...
April 12, 2017: Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry: RCM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28402029/magnetic-solid-phase-extraction-based-on-carbon-nanotubes-for-the-determination-of-polyether-antibiotics-and-s-triazine-drug-residues-in-animal-food-with-lc-ms
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Xiaoxing Liu, Shuyu Xie, Tengteng Ni, Dongmei Chen, Xu Wang, Yuanhu Pan, Yulian Wang, Lingli Huang, Guyue Cheng, Wei Qu, Zhenli Liu, Yanfei Tao, Zonghui Yuan
Carbon nanotubes-magnetic nanoparticles, comprising ferroferric oxide nanoparticles and carbon nanotubes, were prepared through a simple one-step synthesis method and subsequently applied to magnetic solid-phase extraction for the determination of polyether antibiotic and s-triazine drug residues in animal food coupled with liquid chromatography with tandem mass spectrometry. The nanocomposites were characterized by transmission electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, and vibrating sample magnetometry. The components within the nanocomposites endowed the material with high extraction performance and manipulative convenience...
April 12, 2017: Journal of Separation Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28399703/value-of-speckle-tracking-echocardiography-for-detection-of-clinically-silent-left-ventricular-dysfunction-in-patients-with-%C3%AE-thalassemia
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Mozhgan Parsaee, Sedigheh Saedi, Pegah Joghataei, Azita Azarkeivan, Zahra Alizadeh Sani
OBJECTIVE: β-Thalassemia is an inherited hemoglobin disorder resulting in chronic hemolytic anemia requiring chronic transfusion therapy. Cardiac involvement is the main cause of death in patients with thalassemia major. The narrow border is between overt myocardial dysfunction and clinically silent left ventricular (LV) dysfunction in patients with thalassemia. Therefore, we need novel parameters in different imaging techniques to discover cardiac involvement in an early and subtle stage...
April 12, 2017: Hematology (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28399504/source-apportionment-of-pb-containing-particles-in-beijing-during-january-2013
#15
Jing Cai, Jiandong Wang, Yanjun Zhang, Hezhong Tian, Chuanyong Zhu, Deborah S Gross, Min Hu, Jiming Hao, Kebin He, Shuxiao Wang, Mei Zheng
Although leaded gasoline has been banned in some megacities in China since 1997 and nationally since 2000, atmospheric lead (Pb) pollution is still an important issue in China, as its concentration in megacities such as Beijing remains high. To measure the Pb concentration and identify sources of Pb-containing particles in Beijing during January 2013, both an online Single Particle Aerosol Mass Spectrometer (SPAMS) and offline filters analyzed by inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometer (ICP-MS) were used at a monitoring site on the Peking University (PKU) campus...
April 8, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28395774/determination-of-elemental-composition-of-metals-using-ambient-organic-mass-spectrometry
#16
Christopher Shiea, Yeou-Lih Huang, Sy-Chyi Cheng, Yi-Lun Chen, Jentaie Shiea
Conventional inorganic mass spectrometric (MS) analysis of metals can require time-consuming and tedious sample preparation. We thus report the novel and direct characterization of metals in solid samples using an organic MS technique known as electrospray laser desorption ionization mass spectrometry (ELDI/MS). No sample pretreatment was needed, and results were rapidly obtained due to the ambient and laser-based nature of ELDI/MS. Metals from samples were desorbed and ionized by laser irradiation, after which they reacted with EDTA and then post-ionized and detected as metal-EDTA complexes...
May 22, 2017: Analytica Chimica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28391790/iron-mapping-in-multiple-sclerosis
#17
REVIEW
Stefan Ropele, Christian Enzinger, Franz Fazekas
Increased iron deposition in cerebral deep gray matter has been considered a global marker for neurodegeneration in multiple sclerosis (MS); it scales with disease duration and severity. Iron accumulation in white matter and MS lesions might be more directly related to disease activity and has been discussed as a contributor to the inflammatory and neurodegenerative cascade. New insights into iron and MS are expected from MR imaging. We discuss findings from MR iron mapping proposed. Because of the confounding magnetic properties of myelin, iron mapping in white matter remains an unresolved issue...
May 2017: Neuroimaging Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28390022/treatment-of-decabromodiphenyl-ether-bde209-contaminated-soil-by-solubilizer-enhanced-electrokinetics-coupled-with-zvi-prb
#18
Rongbing Fu, Dongdong Wen, Xing Chen, Yingying Gu, Zhen Xu, Wei Zhang
Decabromodiphenyl ether (BDE209) is a typical soil contaminant released from e-waste recycling sites (EWRSs). Electrokinetics (EK) has been considered as an excellent treatment technology with a promising potential to effectively remove organic pollutants in soil. In this study, the treatment of BDE209-polluted soil by EK was explored. All the EK experiments were conducted under a constant voltage gradient (2 V cm(-1)) for 14 days. Deionized water (DI water), hydroxypropyl-β-cyclodextrin (HPCD), sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS), and humic acid (HA) were applied as the processing fluid...
April 7, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28388674/variation-in-the-mineral-element-concentration-of-moringa-oleifera-lam-and-m-stenopetala-bak-f-cuf-role-in-human-nutrition
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Diriba B Kumssa, Edward Jm Joy, Scott D Young, David W Odee, E Louise Ander, Martin R Broadley
BACKGROUND: Moringa oleifera (MO) and M. stenopetala (MS) (family Moringaceae; order Brassicales) are multipurpose tree/shrub species. They thrive under marginal environmental conditions and produce nutritious edible parts. The aim of this study was to determine the mineral composition of different parts of MO and MS growing in their natural environments and their potential role in alleviating human mineral micronutrient deficiencies (MND) in sub-Saharan Africa. METHODS: Edible parts of MO (n = 146) and MS (n = 50), co-occurring cereals/vegetables and soils (n = 95) underneath their canopy were sampled from localities in southern Ethiopia and Kenya...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28387395/the-internal-structure-of-magnetic-nanoparticles-determines-the-magnetic-response
#20
B Pacakova, S Kubickova, G Salas, A R Mantlikova, M Marciello, M P Morales, D Niznansky, J Vejpravova
This work aims to emphasize that the magnetic response of single-domain magnetic nanoparticles (NPs) is driven by the NPs' internal structure, and the NP size dependencies of magnetic properties are overestimated. The relationship between the degree of the NPs' crystallinity and magnetic response is unambiguously demonstrated in eight samples of uniform maghemite/magnetite NPs and corroborated with the results obtained for about 20 samples of spinel ferrite NPs with different degrees of crystallinity. The NP samples were prepared by the thermal decomposition of an organic iron precursor subjected to varying reaction conditions, yielding variations in the NP size, shape and relative crystallinity...
April 20, 2017: Nanoscale
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