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  1. NEW METHOD TO DETERMINE 'GIARDIA' CYST VIABILITY: CORRELATION OF FLUORESCEIN DIACETATE AND PROPIDIUM IODIDE STAINING WITH ANIMAL INFECTIVITY

    EPA Science Inventory

    The viability of Giardia muris cysts was studied using the fluorogenic dyes, fluorescein diacetate (FDA) and propidium iodide (PI). Using the mouse model for giardiasis, FDA or PI stained cysts were inoculated into neonatal mice. Feces were examined at days 3, 5, 8, and 11 post-i...

  2. Limitations in the Use of Fluorescein Diacetate/Propidium Iodide (FDA/PI) and Cell Permeable Nucleic Acid Stains for Viability Measurements of Isolated Islets of Langerhans.

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    Boyd, Vinc; Cholewa, Olivia Maria; Papas, Klearchos K

    2008-03-01

    BACKGROUND: A review of current literature shows that the combined use of the cell permeable esterase-substrate fluorescein diacetate (FDA) and the cell impermeant nucleic acid stain propidium iodide (PI) to be one of the most common fluorescence-based methods to assess the viability of isolated islets of Langerhans, and it is currently used for islet product release prior to transplantation in humans. However, results from this assay do not correlate with islet viability and function or islet transplantation success in animals or humans (Eckhard et al. 2004; Ricordi et al. 2001). This may be in part attributed to considerable differences as well as discrepancies in the use of these reagents on islets. We critically surveyed the literature and evaluated the impact of a number of variables associated with the use of FDA/PI to determine their reliability in assessing islet cell viability. In addition, we evaluated other fluorescent stains, such as SYTO(R)13, SYTO(R)24 and SYBR(R)14 as possible alternatives to FDA. RESULTS: We found that the stability of stains in storage and stock solutions, the number of islets stained, concentration of stains, staining incubation time, the buffer/media used, and the method of examining islets were significant in the final scoring of viability. For archival file photos, the exposure time and camera/software settings can also impact interpretation of viability. Although our results show that FDA does detect intracellular esterase activity and staining with PI does assess cell membrane integrity, the results obtained from using these stains did not correlate directly with expected islet function and viability per transplantation into diabetic athymic nude mice (Papas et al. 2007). In addition, the use of two nucleic acid stains, such as SYTO(R)13 and PI, for live/dead scoring exhibited staining anomalies which limit their accuracy in assessing islet viability. CONCLUSIONS: From a review of the literature and from our observations on the impact of reagent handling and various staining and imaging parameters used to visually evaluate islets, consistent interpretation of islet cell membrane integrity and viability is dependent upon a number of factors. We discuss the utility and limitations of these reagents in evaluating islet cell membrane integrity and viability. PMID:20814586

  3. High Sensitivity Bacillus thuringiensis Cry1Ac Protein Detections Using Fluorescein Diacetate Nanoparticles.

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    Liu, Cui; Zhou, Zhen; Zou, Linling; Cao, Yuan-Cheng; Liu, Jun'An; Lin, Yongjun

    2016-03-01

    A highly sensitive transgenic protein analysis method was proposed here based on fluorescein diacetate (FDA). First, FDA was prepared by the ball mill to harvest the nano-sized organic particles. Further examines showed that the FDA size can be controlled by the speed of centrifugation which can obtain FDA in well-distributed size. Cy3 antibody immobilization tests showed that the proteins can attach onto the FDA particles while keep bioactivities. FDA and Cry1Ac antibody immunoassay tests showed that when the FDA particle was in 150 nm, the linear range was 0.01 ng/L-30 μg/mL. And it has the lower detection limitation of 0.01 ng/L, which is 100 times more sensitive than the ELISA methods. These results indicate that the FDA related immunoassays are the promising approach in the transgenic analysis. PMID:26642804

  4. Rapid cost-effective analysis of microbial activity in soils using modified fluorescein diacetate method.

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    Schumacher, Thomas E; Eynard, Anna; Chintala, Rajesh

    2015-03-01

    Fluorescein diacetate (FDA) is commonly used to determine the hydrolyzing activity of microbial organisms in the soil. However, the costs of chemical reagents and time required to perform routine analysis of large number of samples by soil testing laboratories are limiting. Moreover, existing methods generate significant volumes of hazardous waste. In this context, this study was designed to determine the minimum amount of terminating chemical reagent needed to evaluate microbial hydrolyzing activity. The results showed that 0.2mL of chloroform was enough to effectively stop the hydrolyzing activity in soil. This proposed terminating chemical reagent (0.2mL chloroform) was also evaluated by comparing with the 10mL of chloroform and 5mL of methanol used in the Adam and Duncan method. PMID:25471725

  5. A rapid method for viability and drug sensitivity of Mycobacterium leprae cultured in macrophages and using fluorescein diacetate.

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    Bhagria, A; Mahadevan, P R

    1987-01-01

    The ability of viable M. leprae to hydrolyze Fluorescein diacetate and retain fluorescein inside the bacteria was used to identify viable M. leprae inside the cultured in vitro macrophages. The subjective microscopic count of the FDA test was demonstrated as useful routine test by confirming the results obtained therein with a quantitative and non subjective measurement of fluorescence in spectrofluorimeter. Using this method loss of viability of M. leprae in presence of dapsone and rifampicin was demonstrated. Such an assay, was well correlated with another in vitro assay, the Fc receptor test and also the in vivo mouse foot test. The drug resistance of clinical isolates of M. leprae demonstrated by mouse foot pad was also correlated with FDA test system. Thus we have reported a reliable, consistent and rapid in vitro test system for determining viability and drug sensitivity of M. leprae. PMID:2440960

  6. Biochar amendment to lead-contaminated soil: Effects on fluorescein diacetate hydrolytic activity and phytotoxicity to rice.

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    Tan, Xiaofei; Liu, Yunguo; Gu, Yanling; Zeng, Guangming; Hu, Xinjiang; Wang, Xin; Hu, Xi; Guo, Yiming; Zeng, Xiaoxia; Sun, Zhichao

    2015-09-01

    The amendment effects of biochar on total microbial activity was measured by fluorescein diacetate (FDA) hydrolytic activity, and phytotoxicity in Pb(II)-contaminated soils was examined by the application of 4 different biochars to soil, with rice as a test plant. The FDA hydrolytic activities of biochar-amended soils were much higher than that of the control. The survival rate of rice in lead-contaminated biochar-amended soils showed significant improvement over the control, especially for bamboo biochar-amended soil (93.3%). In addition, rice grown in lead-contaminated control sediment displayed lower biomass production than that in biochar-amended soil. The immobilization of Pb(II) and the positive effects of biochar amendment on soil microorganisms may account for these effects. The results suggest that biochar may have an excellent ability to mitigate the toxic effects of Pb(II) on soil microorganisms and rice. PMID:25900615

  7. Development of an automated ballast water treatment verification system utilizing fluorescein diacetate hydrolysis as a measure of treatment efficacy.

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    Akram, A C; Noman, S; Moniri-Javid, R; Gizicki, J P; Reed, E A; Singh, S B; Basu, A S; Banno, F; Fujimoto, M; Ram, J L

    2015-03-01

    Methods for verifying ballast water treatments in foreign vessels are needed to protect the Great Lakes from the discharge of live non-native organisms or pathogens. A prototype automated viability test system using fluorescein diacetate (FDA), a membrane permeable fluorogen, to differentiate live from dead bacteria and algae is described. The automated fluorescence intensity detection device (AFIDD) captures cultured algae or organisms in Detroit River water (simulated ballast water) on 0.2?m filters, backwashes them from the filter into a cuvette with buffer and FDA for subsequent fluorescence intensity measurements, and washes the filters with sterile water for serial automated reuse. Preliminary manual versions of these procedures were also tested. Tests of various buffers determined N,N-Bis(2-hydroxyethyl)-2-aminoethanesulfonic acid, N,N-Bis(2-hydroxyethyl)taurine (BES) and 3-(N-morpholino)propanesulfonic acid (MOPS) at pH 7.0 to be the best buffers, causing the least spontaneous FDA breakdown without inhibiting enzymatic activity. Fluorescence in the presence of live organisms increased linearly over time, and the rate of increase was dependent on the sample concentration. Following simulated ballast water treatments with heat or chlorine, the fluorescence produced by Detroit River samples decreased to near control (sterile water) levels. Automated measurements of FDA hydrolysis with a reusable filter backwash system should be applicable to near real-time remote-controlled monitoring of live organisms in ballast water. PMID:25555225

  8. Intraoperative Fluorescein Staining of Cryopreserved Amniotic Membrane Grafts to Improve Visualization During and After Pterygium Surgery: A Novel Technique

    PubMed Central

    Martinez, J. Alberto; Korchak, Michael; Cremers, Sandra L.

    2016-01-01

    Purpose: To describe a new method of enhancing the visualization of amniotic membrane grafts with fluorescein staining during pterygium surgery. Methods: Pterygium excision surgery using intraoperatively stained cryopreserved amniotic membranes was performed on 346 eyes. A sterile 0.6 mg sodium fluorescein strip was placed directly onto the amniotic membrane in the manufacturer's original packaging, and the stained allograft was then transplanted onto the planned site. Staining intensities, at 3, 5, and 10 minutes of dye immersion, were compared. Immediate postoperative pain rating (scale 010), visibility of the fluorescein-stained amniotic membrane graft, and conjunctival autograft and amniotic membrane graft elevation, dehiscence, retraction, or displacement were recorded. The recurrence rate of the study population was compared with that of a previous cohort of 121 patients who underwent pterygium excision with conjunctival autograft without stained amniotic membrane. Results: Direct contact of the fluorescein strip on the amniotic membrane at 3, 5, and 10 minutes showed no differences in subjective staining intensity. Fluorescein-stained amniotic membrane was easily detected on the ocular surface during and 24 hours after pterygium surgery. The average immediate postoperative pain rating was 0.8 1.8. No intraoperative complications or postoperative amniotic membrane graft dehiscence, retraction, or displacement occurred. The recurrence rate using fluorescein-stained amniotic membrane (3 patients, 0.9%, mean follow-up time 31.8 18.6 weeks) did not differ from that of the previous cohort without the stained amniotic membrane (2.5%; ?2(1) = 1.837, P = 0.183). Conclusions: Fluorescein strip staining of the amniotic membrane is a novel and safe intraoperative method to enhance visualization and handling of the graft during and after ocular surgeries. PMID:26751995

  9. Fluorescein Punctate Staining Traced to Superficial Corneal Epithelial Cells by Impression Cytology and Confocal Microscopy

    PubMed Central

    Mokhtarzadeh, Maryam; Casey, Richard

    2011-01-01

    Purpose. The basis of fluorescein-associated superficial punctate staining in dry eyes is controversial. Prior explanations include fluorescein pooling in surface erosive defects, intercellular trapping of fluorescein, and intracellular staining in dead cells. In this study, the hypothesis that punctate erosions are individual cells with enhanced fluorescence was tested. Methods. Ten impression cytology membrane materials were compared, to optimize cellular yield in buccal mucosa and cornea. Clinicocytologic correlation of punctate fluorescent spots was performed in four dry eye patients. Individual punctate spots were localized by fiducial marks in photographs, before and after removal with impression membranes, and were traced in fluorescence microscopy and cytologic staining. Two-way contingency table analysis was used to determine the correlation of punctate spots with cells removed by the membrane. Clinicopathologic correlation of punctate spots was performed in 10 corneas removed in dry eye patients by transplantation for concurrent diseases. Punctate fluorescence was tracked in specimens by fiducial marks and epifluorescence. The distribution of fluorescent spots in specific cell layers of the cornea was determined by confocal microscopy. Results. Cellular yield was greatest with impressions from polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE [Teflon]; BioPore; Millipore, Billerica, MA) membrane compared with its closest rival (P = 0.019). Punctate fluorescent spots, most of which disappeared after impression cytology (71%), correlated with cells on the membranes (P = 0.009). The punctate spots were more frequent in the superficial cell layers of the cornea (80%) compared with the deepest two layers (0%) (P < 0.00049). Conclusions. Punctate epithelial erosions correspond to enhanced fluorescence in epithelial cells predominantly in superficial layers of the cornea and would be more aptly named fluorescent epithelial cells (FLECs). PMID:21212176

  10. Effects of hyperthermia, irradiation, and cytotoxic drugs on fluorescein isothiocyanate staining intensity for flow cytofluorometry

    SciTech Connect

    Dyson, J.E.; McLaughlin, J.B.; Surrey, C.R.; Simmons, D.M.; Daniel, J.

    1987-01-01

    Measurement of fluorescein isothiocyanate (FITC) staining intensity of cultured lymphoblastoid cells following hyperthermia showed large increases without concomitant increases in nuclear protein. Similar measurements of cells following incubation with cytotoxic drugs showed fluorescent intensity increases that exceeded the increases in nuclear protein that were due to the cell cycle blocking action of the drug. The reverse, however, was true for cells following irradiation. In contrast, FITC staining intensity and nuclear protein measurements of cells proceeding through the cell cycle after removal of the cycle blocking agent showed nearly parallel changes, although there were reproducible minor differences, especially following blocking with hydroxyurea. These results suggest that FITC staining intensity is a function not only of nuclear protein content but also of stain access to the reaction sites of the protein constituents of the chromatin. Thus, it is possible that FITC staining may be used as a probe of changes in chromatin structure following experimental manipulation of cells in vitro or treatment of tumors in vivo.

  11. Fluorescent Staining of Tea Pathogenic Fungi in Tea Leaves Using Fluorescein-labeled Lectin

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Yamada, Kengo; Yoshida, Katsuyuki; Sonoda, Ryoichi

    Fluorochrome-labeled lectin, fluorescein conjugated wheat germ agglutinin (F-WGA) was applied to stain tea pathogenic fungi in tea leaf tissue. Infected leaves were fixed and decolorized with a mixture of ethanol and acetic acid, and cleared with 10% KOH for whole mount before staining with F-WGA. Hyphae of Pestalotiopsis longiseta, Pseudocercospora ocellata, Botrytis cinerea and Colletotrichum theae-sinensis fluoresced brightly in whole mount and sectioned samples of infected leaf tissue. In browned tissue, hyphae did not fluoresce frequently in whole mount sample. Autofluorescence of leaf tissue was strong in browned tissue of sections, it was removed by 10% KOH treatment before staining. Penetration hyphae of C. theae-sinensis in cell wall of trichome and hyphae in basal part of trichome did not fluoresced frequently. In whole mount samples of tea leaf infected with Exobasidium vexans and E. reticulatum, hymenia appeared on leaf surface fluoresced, but hyphae in leaf tissue did not fluoresce. In sectioned samples, hyphae fluoresced brightly when sections were treated with 10% KOH before staining.

  12. Assessment of fluorescein-based fluorescent dyes for tracing Neotyphodium endophytes in planta.

    PubMed

    Card, Stuart D; Tapper, Brian A; Lloyd-West, Catherine; Wright, Kathryn M

    2013-01-01

    Fluorescent dyes were assessed for their ability to stain viable hyphae of the fungi Neotyphodium lolii and N. coenophialum, symbiotic endophytes of the Pooideae grasses Lolium perenne and Festuca arundinacea, respectively. The fluorescein-based fluorophores; fluorescein diacetate (FDA), 5(6)-carboxy-fluorescein diacetate (CFDA), 5-chloromethylfluorescein diacetate (CMFDA) and the chitin-binding stain, Calcofluor while M2R, were assessed for staining of endophyte hyphae in vitro from axenic fungal cultures and in planta, including epidermal leaf sheath peels, nodes, ovaries, embryos and meristems. CMFDA produced the greatest intensity of staining of fungal hyphae and gave excellent contrast in planta compared to the plant cells. Compared to the other dyes, CMFDA was also the least affected by photo bleaching and continued to fluoresce up to 2 h after initial excitation. None of the fluorescent dyes stained fungal hyphae in seed. PMID:22802389

  13. Dichloro-dihydro-fluorescein diacetate (DCFH-DA) assay: a quantitative method for oxidative stress assessment of nanoparticle-treated cells.

    PubMed

    Aranda, A; Sequedo, L; Tolosa, L; Quintas, G; Burello, E; Castell, J V; Gombau, L

    2013-03-01

    No consensus exists on how to address possible toxicity of nanomaterials as they interfere with most in vitro screening tests based on colorimetric and fluorimetric probes such as the dichloro-dihydro-fluorescein diacetate (DCFH-DA) assay for detection of oxidative species. In the present research, nanomaterial interaction with DCFH-DA was studied in relation to its nature and/or assay conditions (cell-based and time exposure) by incubating Rhodamine (Rhd)-labeled 25nm and 50nm silica (SiO2), naked and oleic acid coated magnetite, (Fe3O4) and maghemite (Fe2O3) iron oxide, titanium dioxide (TiO2) and poly(ethylene oxide)-poly(lactide/glycolide) acid (PLGA-PEO) nanoparticles (NPs) with metabolically active rat hepatocytes for 4 and 24-h periods. Data indicated that nanoparticle uptake correlated with quenching of dye fluorescence emission. In spite of their masking effect, the oxidative potential of NPs could be detected at a limited threshold concentration when exposed for periods of time longer than those frequently used for this test. However, changes in the experimental conditions did not systematically result in free radical formation for all nanomaterials tested. Overall data indicate that despite the quenching effect of nanoparticles on DCFH-DA assay, it can be considered as a useful tool for quantitative measurement of NPs-induced oxidative stress by minor modifications of standardized protocols. PMID:23357416

  14. Highly sensitive and simple fluorescence staining of proteins in sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide-based gels by using hydrophobic tail-mediated enhancement of fluorescein luminescence.

    PubMed

    Kang, Chulhun; Kim, Hyun Jung; Kang, Donghoon; Jung, Duk Young; Suh, Myungkoo

    2003-10-01

    Fluorescein has an extremely low luminescence intensity in acidic aqueous media. However, when it was bound to proteins, subsequent increase of luminescence intensity took place. Furthermore, when a hydrophobic tail, such as aliphatic hydrocarbons, was introduced to fluorescein, more dramatic increase of luminescence intensity was observed upon binding to proteins. In the present study, by utilizing this luminescence enhancement, three hydrophobic fluorescein dyes (5-dodecanoyl amino fluorescein, 5-hexadecanoyl amino fluorescein, and 5-octadecanoyl amino fluorescein) were examined as noncovalent fluorescent stains of protein bands in sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (SDS-PAGE). Effective incorporation of the dyes to proteins in gels was accomplished either simply by adding dyes at the protein fixation step, or by treating gels with a staining solution after the fixation. The sensitivity of this staining method using the fluorescein derivatives was approximately 1 ng/band for most proteins. For some cases, protein bands containing as low as 0.1 ng were successfully visualized. In addition, the detection sensitivity showed much less protein-to-protein variation than silver staining. This new staining method was also successfully applied to two-dimensional electrophoresis of rat brain proteins. Its overall sensitivity was comparable to that of silver staining. PMID:14595675

  15. Proteomic analysis of carbonylated proteins in two-dimensional gel electrophoresis using avidin-fluorescein affinity staining.

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    Yoo, Byoung-Sam; Regnier, Fred E

    2004-05-01

    A method for detecting carbonylated proteins in two-dimensional electrophoresis (2-DE) was developed using biotinylation and avidin-fluorescein isothiocyanate (FITC) affinity staining. The method was used to examine oxidatively modified proteins associated with oxidative stress. Carbonyl formation in proteins was first examined in a model system by subjecting bovine serum albumin (BSA) and ribonuclease A (RNase A) to metal-catalyzed oxidation (MCO). Carbonyl group formation was found to occur at multiple sites along with a small amount of polypeptide chain cleavage. In vivo studies were conducted in yeast cell cultures using 5 mM hydrogen peroxide to induce oxidative stress. Biotinylation of yeast protein was accomplished during extraction at 4 degrees C in a lysis buffer containing 5 mM biotin-hydrazide. Biotin-hydrazide forms a Schiff base with a carbonyl group on an oxidized protein that is subsequently reduced before electrophoresis. Proteins were separated by either 2-DE or sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (SDS-PAGE). Biotinylated species were detected using avidin-FITC affinity staining. Detection sensitivity with biotinylated proteins was five times higher than achieved by silver staining. The limit of detection with avidin-FITC staining approached 0.64 pmol of protein-associated carbonyls. Twenty carbonylated proteins were identified in the proteome of yeast following oxidative stress with hydrogen peroxide. Matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization-mass spectrometry (MALDI-MS) analysis of tryptic peptides was used to identify peptides extracted from gels. Aconitase, heat shock protein SSA1 and SSC1, pyruvate decarboxylase isozyme 1, pyruvate kinase 1, enolase 1 and 2, phosphoglycerate kinase, fructose-bisphosphate aldorase, and glyceraldehyde-3-phosphate dehydrogenase were among the major targets of oxidative stress. PMID:15174056

  16. Fluorescein eye stain

    MedlinePLUS

    ... surface of the cornea. The tear film contains water, oil, and mucus to protect and lubricate the eye. The health care provider then shines a blue light at your eye. Any problems on the surface ...

  17. A preservable two color staining procedure to detect toxicant impacts on algae (Selenastrum capricornutum) using flow cytometry

    SciTech Connect

    Faber, M.; Smith, L.; Boermans, H.; Stephenson, G.; Thompson, D.G.

    1995-12-31

    Over the last several years, the use of flow cytometry to assess the impacts of toxicants on algae has increased. Previous studies have tested cell viability using chlorophyll autofluorescence or single stain flow cytometric analysis in fresh algal cultures. A rapid, two-color flow cytometric assay to evaluate viability and cytotoxicity of Selenastrum capricomutum in preserved samples is described. The staining procedure involved fluorescein diacetate, a fluorogenic esterase substrate cleaved in viable cells to fluorescein (green 525 nm) and ethidium homodimer-1 dye which passes through plasma membranes of compromised and dead cells staining DNA (red 620 nm). The auto fluorescence of chlorophyll-a (deep red 675 nm) was used to assess cell viability and examined for use as an internal comparison with the staining procedure. For storage, stained cells were fixed in glutaraldehyde, flash frozen in liquid nitrogen and stored frozen ({minus}20C) for assessment at a later date. Weekly analysis of stored samples showed that the fluorescence of fluorescein diacetate and ethidium homodimer-1 stained cells was stable under these conditions for the 2 months used in this study. A prepared culture of Selenastrum capricomutum containing a 50% (v/v) mixture of live and heat killed cells showed 36.1 % stained live, 13.2% as compromised, 12% unlabeled, and 38.7% dead algal cells. This two-color flow cytometric procedure has proven to be a reliable, sensitive assay to determine viability of Selenastrum capricomutum in preserved samples. The sensitivity of this dual-color assay and the ability to store samples for later analysis are significant improvements over current techniques. This method is being tested for detection of chemical induced algal cytotoxicity and for potential adaptations to field studies.

  18. The photography of fluorescein

    SciTech Connect

    Welch, J.D.

    1982-06-01

    The last few years have seen a number of new flaps described and a renewed interest in the use of fluorescein, but there have been few photographs of the fluorescein effect, because special light sources were required with the filters that were employed. The realization that fluorescein can be excited by electromagnetic radiation in the visible range allows a simplified technique in which an ordinary electronic flash unit may serve as the only light source. The photography of fluorescein is not difficult to perform, and since minimal additional equipment is required, all workers who use fluorescein should begin to document their work more accurately and dramatically.

  19. Peptide Targeting of Fluorescein-Based Sensors to Discrete Intracellular Locales

    PubMed Central

    Radford, Robert J.; Chyan, Wen

    2014-01-01

    Fluorescein-based sensors are the most widely applied class of zinc probes but display adventitious localization in live cells. We present here a peptide-based localization strategy that affords precision in targeting of fluorescein-based zinc sensors. By appending the zinc-selective, reaction-based probe Zinpyr-1 diacetate (DA-ZP1) to the N-terminus of two different targeting peptides we achieve programmable localization and avoid unwanted sequestration within acidic vesicles. Furthermore, this approach can be generalized to other fluorescein-based sensors. When appended to a mitochondrial targeting peptide, the esterase-activated profluorophore 2?,7?-dichlorofluorescein diacetate can be used effectively at concentrations four-times lower than previously reported for analogous, non-acetylated derivatives. These results demonstrate on-resin or in-solution esterification of fluorescein to be an effective strategy to facilitate peptide-based targeting in live cells. PMID:25512838

  20. 21 CFR 582.6754 - Sodium diacetate.

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  1. 21 CFR 582.6754 - Sodium diacetate.

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  2. 21 CFR 582.6754 - Sodium diacetate.

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  3. 21 CFR 582.6754 - Sodium diacetate.

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  4. 21 CFR 582.6754 - Sodium diacetate.

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  5. 21 CFR 582.6197 - Calcium diacetate.

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  6. 21 CFR 582.6197 - Calcium diacetate.

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  7. 21 CFR 182.6197 - Calcium diacetate.

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  9. 21 CFR 182.6197 - Calcium diacetate.

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  10. 21 CFR 582.6197 - Calcium diacetate.

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    2013-04-01

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  11. 21 CFR 182.6197 - Calcium diacetate.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-04-01

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  12. 21 CFR 182.6197 - Calcium diacetate.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-04-01

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  13. 21 CFR 182.6197 - Calcium diacetate.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-04-01

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  14. 21 CFR 582.6197 - Calcium diacetate.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-04-01

    ... 21 Food and Drugs 6 2014-04-01 2014-04-01 false Calcium diacetate. 582.6197 Section 582.6197 Food and Drugs FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES (CONTINUED) ANIMAL... Calcium diacetate. (a) Product. Calcium diacetate. (b) Conditions of use. This substance is...

  15. Fluorescein Derivatives in Intravital Fluorescence Imaging

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    Robertson, Thomas A.; Bunel, Florestan; Roberts, Michael S.

    2013-01-01

    Intravital fluorescence microscopy enables the direct imaging of fluorophores in vivo and advanced techniques such as fluorescence lifetime imaging (FLIM) enable the simultaneous detection of multiple fluorophores. Consequently, it is now possible to record distribution and metabolism of a chemical in vivo and to optimise the delivery of fluorophores in vivo. Recent clinical applications with fluorescein and other intravital fluorescent stains have occurred in neurosurgery, dermatology [including photodynamic therapy (PDT)] and endomicroscopy. Potential uses have been identified in periodontal disease, skin graft and cancer surgery. Animal studies have demonstrated that diseased tissue can be specifically stained with fluorophore conjugates. This review focuses on the fluorescein derived fluorophores in common clinical use and provides examples of novel applications from studies in tissue samples. PMID:24709799

  16. Confusion over live/dead stainings for the detection of vital microorganisms in oral biofilms - which stain is suitable?

    PubMed Central

    2014-01-01

    Background There is confusion over the definition of the term “viability state(s)” of microorganisms. “Viability staining” or “vital staining techniques” are used to distinguish live from dead bacteria. These stainings, first established on planctonic bacteria, may have serious shortcomings when applied to multispecies biofilms. Results of staining techniques should be compared with appropriate microbiological data. Discussion Many terms describe “vitality states” of microorganisms, however, several of them are misleading. Authors define “viable” as “capable to grow”. Accordingly, staining methods are substitutes, since no staining can prove viability. The reliability of a commercial “viability” staining assay (Molecular Probes) is discussed based on the corresponding product information sheet: (I) Staining principle; (II) Concentrations of bacteria; (III) Calculation of live/dead proportions in vitro. Results of the “viability” kit are dependent on the stains’ concentration and on their relation to the number of bacteria in the test. Generally this staining system is not suitable for multispecies biofilms, thus incorrect statements have been published by users of this technique. To compare the results of the staining with bacterial parameters appropriate techniques should be selected. The assessment of Colony Forming Units is insufficient, rather the calculation of Plating Efficiency is necessary. Vital fluorescence staining with Fluorescein Diacetate and Ethidium Bromide seems to be the best proven and suitable method in biofilm research. Regarding the mutagenicity of staining components users should be aware that not only Ethidium Bromide might be harmful, but also a variety of other substances of which the toxicity and mutagenicity is not reported. Summary – The nomenclature regarding “viability” and “vitality” should be used carefully. – The manual of the commercial “viability” kit itself points out that the kit is not suitable for natural multispecies biofilm research, as supported by an array of literature. – Results obtained with various stains are influenced by the relationship between bacterial counts and the amount of stain used in the test. Corresponding vitality data are prone to artificial shifting. – As microbiological parameter the Plating Efficiency should be used for comparison. – Ethidium Bromide is mutagenic. Researchers should be aware that alternative staining compounds may also be or even are mutagenic. PMID:24410850

  17. Anterior segment fluorescein cineangiography.

    PubMed

    Kottow, M H; Jednock, N; Sewell, J H

    1978-03-01

    We have developed a technique for performing anterior segment fluorescein cineangiography. Illumination is obtained with a halogen lamp of a standard slide projector that is fitted with a blue excitation filer. Cinematography occurs with a movie camera fitted with an absorption-type barrier filter and mounted to a photo slit lamp through a cineadapter. The technique has been successfully employed with animals, and it is anticipated that the light levels used are tolerable and safe for application with humans. PMID:306767

  18. 21 CFR 184.1754 - Sodium diacetate.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-04-01

    ... 21 Food and Drugs 3 2012-04-01 2012-04-01 false Sodium diacetate. 184.1754 Section 184.1754 Food... Specific Substances Affirmed as GRAS § 184.1754 Sodium diacetate. (a) Sodium diacetate (C4H7O4Na·xH2O, CAS Reg. No. 126-96-5) is a molecular compound of acetic acid, sodium acetate, and water of hydration....

  19. 21 CFR 184.1754 - Sodium diacetate.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-04-01

    ... 21 Food and Drugs 3 2013-04-01 2013-04-01 false Sodium diacetate. 184.1754 Section 184.1754 Food... Specific Substances Affirmed as GRAS § 184.1754 Sodium diacetate. (a) Sodium diacetate (C4H7O4Na·xH2O, CAS Reg. No. 126-96-5) is a molecular compound of acetic acid, sodium acetate, and water of hydration....

  20. 21 CFR 184.1754 - Sodium diacetate.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-04-01

    ... 21 Food and Drugs 3 2014-04-01 2014-04-01 false Sodium diacetate. 184.1754 Section 184.1754 Food... GRAS § 184.1754 Sodium diacetate. (a) Sodium diacetate (C4H7O4Na·xH2O, CAS Reg. No. 126-96-5) is a molecular compound of acetic acid, sodium acetate, and water of hydration. The technical grade is...

  1. 21 CFR 184.1754 - Sodium diacetate.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-04-01

    ... 21 Food and Drugs 3 2010-04-01 2009-04-01 true Sodium diacetate. 184.1754 Section 184.1754 Food... Specific Substances Affirmed as GRAS § 184.1754 Sodium diacetate. (a) Sodium diacetate (C4H7O4Na·xH2O, CAS Reg. No. 126-96-5) is a molecular compound of acetic acid, sodium acetate, and water of hydration....

  2. 21 CFR 184.1754 - Sodium diacetate.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-04-01

    ... 21 Food and Drugs 3 2011-04-01 2011-04-01 false Sodium diacetate. 184.1754 Section 184.1754 Food... Specific Substances Affirmed as GRAS § 184.1754 Sodium diacetate. (a) Sodium diacetate (C4H7O4Na·xH2O, CAS Reg. No. 126-96-5) is a molecular compound of acetic acid, sodium acetate, and water of hydration....

  3. [Fluorescein angiography in diabetic retinopathy].

    PubMed

    Stngu, Crina; Cristescu, Anca; Daraban, Cristina; Serghiescu, Sorina

    2003-01-01

    Fluorescein angiography plays an important role in diagnosis, classification and management of diabetic retinopathy. He paper presents angiographic aspects of some patients from "LASER OPTICS" office. An accurate and early diagnosis, and also the evaluation of laser treatment need fluorescein angiography as a useful method in the follow-up of diabetic patient. PMID:12886675

  4. Gram stain

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    A Gram stain is a test used to identify bacteria. It is one of the most common ways to quickly diagnose ... Urethral discharge Gram stain; Feces Gram stain; Stool Gram stain; Joint fluid Gram stain; Pericardial fluid Gram stain; Gram stain of urethral discharge; ...

  5. Phospha-fluorescein: a red-emissive fluorescein analogue with high photobleaching resistance.

    PubMed

    Fukazawa, Aiko; Suda, Shinji; Taki, Masayasu; Yamaguchi, Eriko; Grzybowski, Marek; Sato, Yoshikatsu; Higashiyama, Tetsuya; Yamaguchi, Shigehiro

    2016-01-01

    Phospha-fluorescein (POF), a phosphine oxide-containing analogue of fluorescein, was synthesized and its photophysical properties were examined. Compared with fluorescein and sila-fluorescein, POF displayed significantly red-shifted absorption and fluorescence as well as superior photobleaching resistance, while retaining the pH-responsive characteristics of fluorescein dyes. PMID:26617335

  6. "Geyser" leakage on fluorescein angiography.

    PubMed

    Levy, Jaime; Fagan, Xavier J; Lifshitz, Tova; Schneck, Marina

    2013-01-01

    An 82-year-old patient with diabetes was followed up due to moderate nonproliferative diabetic retinopathy with macular edema in the right eye. Visual acuity was 6/36. Focal macular laser was conducted (A). Three years later, the patient presented with blurry vision in the right eye. Visual acuity was 3/60. Vitreous hemorrhage was observed (B), and neovascularization of the disc was suspected (C). Fluorescein angiography (D, mid venous phase; E-F, recirculation phase) confirmed neovascularization of the disc and depicted a striking vertical leakage. Panretinal photocoagulation was started. Possible explanations for the "geyser" leakage may be either a partial posterior vitreous detachment allowing the fluorescein to track upwards but not elsewhere or a pocket of syneretic vitreous allowing the fluorescein passage in which to diffuse, much like the passage the blood would have taken. PMID:24548789

  7. Method and compositions for detecting of bloodstains using fluorescin-fluorescein reaction

    DOEpatents

    Di Benedetto, John; Kyle, Kevin; Boan, Terry; Marie, Charlene

    2004-02-17

    A method, compositions and kit are set forth for detecting blood stains. A reactant solution includes fluorescin solubilized (reduced) in acetic acid in ethanol. The solution may be buffered to a pH of approximately 9. After spraying the reactant solution on the suspected area an oxidizer is applied to promote the fluorescin to fluorescein reaction with the blood. The reacted fluorescein is then detected through luminescence for capture by photography.

  8. 77 FR 23269 - Determination That FUNDUSCEIN-25 (fluorescein sodium injection), 25%, and AK-FLUOR (fluorescein...

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    ... HUMAN SERVICES Food and Drug Administration Determination That FUNDUSCEIN-25 (fluorescein sodium injection), 25%, and AK-FLUOR (fluorescein sodium injection), 25%, Were Not Withdrawn From Sale for Reasons... Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has determined that FUNDUSCEIN-25 (fluorescein sodium injection),...

  9. Evaluation of intravenous fluorescein in intradermal allergy testing in psittacines.

    PubMed

    Nett, Claudia S; Hosgood, Giselle; Heatley, J Jill; Foil, Carol S; Tully, Thomas N

    2003-12-01

    This study was designed to improve the clinical feasibility of intradermal skin testing of psittacine birds using intravenous fluorescein stain. Twenty-five healthy, anaesthetized Hispaniolan Amazon parrots (Amazona ventralis) were injected intravenously with 10 mg kg-1 fluorescein-sodium 1% followed by intradermal injections of 0.02 mL phosphate-buffered saline, histamine phosphate (1:100,000 w/v) and codeine phosphate (1:100,000 w/v) at the sternal apteria. Wheal diameters of reaction sites were measured grossly and under illumination with a Wood's lamp after 5 and 10 min. Fluorescence-enhanced injection sites were scored between 0 and 2, with 0 equivalent to normal skin and 2 equivalent to a plucked feather follicle. The presence of a fluorescent halo around intradermal injections was also recorded. Under Wood's light illumination at 10 min, histamine and saline were evaluated as positive and negative controls, respectively, based on a positive test having a halo and a score of 2. Sensitivity and specificity were each 76% for halo, 84 and 42% for score and 64 and 77% for combination of score and halo, respectively. Further, mean histamine reactions were significantly larger than codeine phosphate and saline (8.8 +/- 0.4 mm; 7.2 +/- 0.3 mm; 5.9 +/- 0.6 mm); however, this finding was not consistent in individual birds. Wheal size, halo presence and score were affected by site location independent from the injected compound. Intravenous fluorescein improved the readability of avian skin tests; however, the compounds tested raised inconsistent reactions in wheal size, score or halo presence. The compound-independent site effect raises concern on the validity of avian skin testing and warrants investigation of other techniques such as in vitro allergy testing. Based on our findings, intradermal allergy testing in psittacines with or without fluorescein is unreliable and cannot be recommended for practical clinical use. PMID:14678444

  10. 21 CFR 522.1078 - Gonadorelin diacetate tetrahydrate.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-04-01

    ... 21 Food and Drugs 6 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Gonadorelin diacetate tetrahydrate. 522.1078 Section 522.1078 Food and Drugs FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES (CONTINUED) ANIMAL DRUGS, FEEDS, AND RELATED PRODUCTS IMPLANTATION OR INJECTABLE DOSAGE FORM NEW ANIMAL DRUGS § 522.1078 Gonadorelin...

  11. IRRADIATION (GAMMA) OF FINE EMULSION SAUSAGE THAT CONTAINTED SODIUM DIACETATE

    Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

    Listeria monocytogenes, a psychrotrophic food-borne pathogen, is a frequent post-process contaminant on ready-to-eat meat (RTE) products including frankfurters and bologna. Ionizing radiation can eliminate L. monocytogenes from ready-to-eat meats. Sodium diacetate (SDA) inhibits the growth of L. mo...

  12. Staining proteins in gels.

    PubMed

    Sasse, Joachim; Gallagher, Sean R

    2004-02-01

    This unit describes protocols for detecting protein in a gel by either Coomassie blue, silver or fluorescent staining. Alternate rapid staining procedures are provided for each method and a support protocol describes how to photograph stained gels. Fluorescent staining (e.g., with SYPRO Orange or Red) is described as a popular alternative to traditional staining procedures, mainly because it is more sensitive than Coomassie staining, and often as sensitive as silver staining. Staining of proteins in SDS-polyacrylamide gels is described, and an alternate protocol details variations in the procedure for proteins in nondenaturing gels. A final support protocol describes the photography of fluorescently stained proteins. PMID:18432935

  13. Pleural fluid Gram stain

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    Gram stain of pleural fluid ... mixing it with a violet stain (called a Gram stain). A laboratory specialist uses a microscope to ... diaphragm, chest wall, pleura, and mediastinum. In: Goldman L, Schafer AI, eds. Goldman's Cecil Medicine . 24th ed. ...

  14. Sputum stain for mycobacteria

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    Acid fast bacilli stain; AFB stain; Tuberculosis smear; TB smear ... Abnormal results show that the stain is positive for: Mycobacterium tuberculosis Mycobacterium avium-intracellular Other mycobacteria or acid-fast bacteria

  15. Staining proteins in gels.

    PubMed

    Sasse, Joachim; Gallagher, Sean R

    2009-01-01

    This unit describes protocols for detecting protein in a gel by Coomassie blue, silver, or fluorescent staining. As a general protein stain, Coomassie is easier and more rapid; however, fluorescent and silver staining methods are considerably more sensitive and thus can be used to detect smaller amounts of protein. Fluorescent staining is a popular alternative to traditional staining procedures, mainly because it is more sensitive than Coomassie staining, and often as sensitive as silver staining. Alternate protocols describe rapid Coomassie and silver staining methods, as well as fluorescent stains that are specific for phosphoproteins and glycoproteins. Staining of proteins in SDS-polyacrylamide gels is described; variations for fluorescent staining of proteins in nondenaturing gels are also included. Support protocols describe photography of stained proteins. PMID:19170026

  16. Staining proteins in gels.

    PubMed

    Gallagher, Sean; Chakavarti, Deb

    2008-01-01

    Following separation by electrophoretic methods, proteins in a gel can be detected by several staining methods. This unit describes protocols for detecting proteins by four popular methods. Coomassie blue staining is an easy and rapid method. Silver staining, while more time consuming, is considerably more sensitive and can thus be used to detect smaller amounts of protein. Fluorescent staining is a popular alternative to traditional staining procedures, mainly because it is more sensitive than Coomassie staining, and is often as sensitive as silver staining. Staining of proteins with SYPRO Orange and SYPRO Ruby are also demonstrated here. PMID:19066521

  17. Staining proteins in gels.

    PubMed

    Sasse, Joachim; Gallagher, Sean R

    2003-08-01

    This unit describes protocols for detecting protein in a gel by either Coomassie blue staining or silver staining. The former is easier and more rapid; however, silver staining methods are considerably more sensitive and thus can be used to detect smaller amounts of protein. Alternate rapid staining procedures are provided for each method and a support protocol describes how to photograph stained gels. Fluorescent staining is a popular alternative to traditional staining procedures, mainly because it is more sensitive than Coomassie staining, and often as sensitive as silver staining. Staining of proteins in SDS-polyacrylamide gels is described, and an alternate protocol details variations in the procedure for proteins in nondenaturing gels. A final support protocol describes the photography of fluorescently stained proteins. PMID:18265316

  18. Fluorescein-guided surgery for malignant gliomas: a review.

    PubMed

    Acerbi, Francesco; Cavallo, Claudio; Broggi, Morgan; Cordella, Roberto; Anghileri, Elena; Eoli, Marica; Schiariti, Marco; Broggi, Giovanni; Ferroli, Paolo

    2014-10-01

    Fluorescein is widely used as a fluorescent tracer for many applications. Its capacity to accumulate in cerebral areas where there has been blood-brain barrier damage makes it particularly suitable as a dye for the intraoperative visualization of malignant gliomas (MGs). In this report, we describe the results of a comprehensive review on the use of fluorescein in the surgical treatment of MGs. A comprehensive literature search and review for English-written articles concerning the use of fluorescein in the resection of MGs has been conducted. The search was executed through a PubMed literature search using the following keywords: malignant gliomas, glioblastomas, high-grade gliomas, YELLOW 560, total removal, dedicated filter, neurosurgery, brain tumors, intracranial tumors, and confocal microscopy. The literature search resulted in the retrieval of 412 evidence-based articles. Of these, 17 were found to be strictly related to the resection of MG with the aid of fluorescein. In addition to these 17, we have included 2 articles derived from a personal database of the corresponding author (FA). The analysis of the articles reviewed revealed three major applications of fluorescein during surgery for MGs that was documented: Fluorescein-guided resection of MGs with white-light illumination, fluorescein-guided resection of MGs with a surgical microscope equipped with a dedicated filter for fluorescein, and confocal microscopy for intraoperative histopathological analysis on MGs. The systemic review conducted on the use of fluorescein in MGs explored the applications and the different modalities in which fluorescein has been used. The data we have gathered indicates that fluorescein-guided surgery is a safe, effective, and convenient technique to achieve a high rate of total removal in MGs. Further prospective comparative trials, however, are still necessary to prove the impact of fluorescein-guided surgery on both progression-free survival and overall survival. PMID:24756415

  19. Protein stains and applications.

    PubMed

    Sundaram, Ranjini K; Balasubramaniyan, Natarajan; Sundaram, Pazhani

    2012-01-01

    Staining of proteins separated on gels provides the basis for determination of the critical properties of these biopolymers, such as their molecular weight and/or charge. Detection of proteins on gels and blots require stains. These stains vary in sensitivity, ease of use, color, stability, versatility, and specificity. This review discusses different stains and applications with details on how to use the advantages and disadvantages of each stain. It also compiles some important points to be considered in imaging and evaluation. Commonly used colorimetric and fluorescent dyes for general protein staining, and posttranslational modification-specific detection methods are also discussed. PMID:22585510

  20. Port-Wine Stains

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    ... wine stains much less noticeable and give kids' self-esteem a much-needed boost. Cause Port-wine stains ... A Birthmark: Evan's Story Albinism Body Image and Self-Esteem Stretch Marks Contact Us Print Resources Send to ...

  1. Fluorescent staining of gels.

    PubMed

    Buxbaum, Engelbert

    2012-01-01

    Certain transition metal complexes show intensive fluorescence when bound to proteins. They can be used to stain gels after electrophoresis with a sensitivity approaching that of silver staining, but in a much simpler and more reproducible procedure. Stains can be prepared easily and at a fraction of the cost of commercially available reagents.Hydrophobic dyes can be used to stain gels without fixing; they do not interfere with later blotting or electro-elution. PMID:22585519

  2. Port-wine stain

    MedlinePLUS

    A port-wine stain is a birthmark in which swollen blood vessels create a reddish-purplish discoloration of the skin. ... Port-wine stains occur in about 3 out of 1,000 people. In rare cases, port-wine stains are a sign ...

  3. Simplified method for DNA and protein staining of human hematopoietic cell samples. [Cell flow systems

    SciTech Connect

    Crissman, H.A.; Egmond, J.V.; Holdrinet, R.S.; Pennings, A.; Haanen, C.

    1981-01-01

    A rapid reproducible method yielding high resolution analysis of DNA and protein in human hematopoietic cell samples has been developed by modification of the propidium iodide and fluorescein isothiocyanate procedure. Cell staining involves sequential addition of each reagent (RNase, fluorescein isothiocyanate and propidium iodide) to ethanol-fixed cells and requires no centrifugation steps. Stained cells are analyzed in the reagent solutions. Analysis of bone marrow samples from multiple myeloma patients showed mixed normal and aneuploid populations with a major portion of the aneuploid cells having a significantly higher protein content. This approach permitted differential cell cycle analysis of normal and the aneuploid populations.

  4. Fluorescein-labeled glutathione to study protein S-glutathionylation.

    PubMed

    Landino, Lisa M; Brown, Carolyn M; Edson, Carolyn A; Gilbert, Laura J; Grega-Larson, Nathan; Wirth, Anna Jean; Lane, Kelly C

    2010-07-01

    Numerous studies of S-glutathionylation of cysteine thiols indicate that this protein modification plays a key role in redox regulation of proteins. To facilitate the study of protein S-glutathionylation, we developed a synthesis and purification to produce milligram quantities of fluorescein-labeled glutathione. The amino terminus of the glutathione tripeptide reacted with fluorescein isothiocyanate readily in ammonium bicarbonate. Purification by solid phase extraction on C8 and C18 columns separated excess reactants from desired products. Both oxidized and reduced fluorescein-labeled glutathione reacted with a variety of thiol-containing proteins to yield fluorescent proteins. PMID:20156418

  5. Stain-less staining for computed histopathology

    PubMed Central

    Mayerich, David; Walsh, Michael J.; Kadjacsy-Balla, Andre; Ray, Partha S.; Hewitt, Stephen M.; Bhargava, Rohit

    2015-01-01

    Dyes such as hematoxylin and eosin (H&E) and immunohistochemical stains have been increasingly used to visualize tissue composition in research and clinical practice. We present an alternative approach to obtain the same information using stain-free chemical imaging. Relying on Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopic imaging and computation, stainless computed histopathology can enable a rapid, digital, quantitative and non-perturbing visualization of morphology and multiple molecular epitopes simultaneously in a variety of research and clinical pathology applications. PMID:26029735

  6. Acute Toxicity of Sodium Fluorescein to Ashy Pebblesnails Fluminicola fuscus

    USGS Publications Warehouse

    Stockton, Kelly A.; Moffitt, Christine M.; Blew, David L.; Farmer, C. Neil

    2011-01-01

    Water resource agencies and groundwater scientists use fluorescein dyes to trace ground water flows that supply surface waters that may contain threatened or endangered mollusk species. Since little is known of the toxicity of sodium fluorescein to mollusks, we tested the toxicity of sodium fluorescein to the ashy pebblesnail Fluminicola fuscus. The pebblesnail was selected as a surrogate test species for the threatened Bliss Rapid snail Taylorcocha serpenticola that is endemic to the Snake River and its tributaries in the Hagerman Valley, Idaho. In laboratory tests, we expose replicated groups of snails to a series of concentrations of fluorescein in a static 24 h exposure at 15 degrees C. Following the exposure, we removed snails, rinsed them, and allowed a 48 h recovery in clean water before recording mortality. We estimated 377 mg/L as the median lethal dose. Mortality to snails occurred at concentrations well above those expected in test wells during the monitoring efforts.

  7. Acid-fast stain

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    The acid-fast stain is a laboratory test that determines if a sample of tissue, blood, or other body substance is infected with ... washed with an acid solution and a different stain is applied. Bacteria that hold onto the first ...

  8. Differential staining of bacteria: acid fast stain.

    PubMed

    Reynolds, Jackie; Moyes, Rita B; Breakwell, Donald P

    2009-11-01

    Acid-fastness is an uncommon characteristic shared by the genera Mycobacterium (Section 10A) and Nocardia. Because of this feature, this stain is extremely helpful in identification of these bacteria. Although Gram positive, acid-fast bacteria do not take the crystal violet into the wall well, appearing very light purple rather than the deep purple of normal Gram-positive bacteria. PMID:19885935

  9. Gram stain of tissue biopsy

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    Gram stain of tissue biopsy test involves using crystal violet stain to test a sample of tissue ... a microscope slide. The specimen is stained with crystal violet stain and goes through more processing before ...

  10. Localization of Legionella pneumophila in tissue using FITC-conjugated specific antibody and a background stain

    SciTech Connect

    Lowry, B.S.; Vega, F.G. Jr.; Hedlund, K.W.

    1982-05-01

    Lightly staining formalin-fixed or fresh tissue with Gram's crystal violet obviates interfering nonspecific fluorescence by acting as a metachromatic stain in ultraviolet light. Against the easily recognized background of tissues and cells fluorescein isothiocyanate-tagged Legionella pneumophila antibodies can then identify this bacterium in or on individual cells. This procedure can be run at room temperature in two hours and has the potential for further widespread applicability.

  11. Ionization and tautomerism of methyl fluorescein and related dyes.

    PubMed

    Mchedlov-Petrossyan, Nikolay O; Cheipesh, Tatyana A; Shekhovtsov, Sergey V; Redko, Andrey N; Rybachenko, Vladimir I; Omelchenko, Irina V; Shishkin, Oleg V

    2015-11-01

    The protolytic equilibrium of methyl ether of fluorescein is studied in water, aqueous ethanol, and in other solvents. The constants of the two-step dissociation are determined by spectrophotometry. In water, the fractions of the zwitterionic, quinonoid, and lactonic tautomes are correspondingly 11%, 6%, and 83%, as deduced from the UV-visible spectra. Corresponding study of the ionization of the methyl ether ester of fluorescein, fluorescein ethyl ester, and sulfonefluorescein allows testing the correction of the attribution of the microscopic dissociation constants of methoxy fluorescein. The results of nuclear magnetic resonance and infrared spectroscopy, as well as the X-ray analysis confirm the predomination of the lactonic structure of the molecular species in solid state and in DMSO. Contrary to it, the spectroscopic studies in both hydrogen-donor bond (HDB) and non-HBD solvents confirm that the presence of lactonic monoanion is atypical for the dye under study and, with high probability, also for the mother compound fluorescein. PMID:26037500

  12. Ayanin diacetate-induced cell death is amplified by TRAIL in human leukemia cells.

    PubMed

    Marrero, Mara Teresa; Estvez, Sara; Negrn, Gledy; Quintana, Jos; Lpez, Mariana; Prez, Francisco J; Triana, Jorge; Len, Francisco; Estvez, Francisco

    2012-11-01

    Here we demonstrate that the semi-synthetic flavonoid ayanin diacetate induces cell death selectively in leukemia cells without affecting the proliferation of normal lymphocytes. Incubation of human leukemia cells with ayanin diacetate induced G(2)-M phase cell cycle arrest and apoptosis which was prevented by the non-specific caspase inhibitor z-VAD-fmk and reduced by the overexpression of Bcl-x(L). Ayanin diacetate-induced cell death was found to be associated with: (i) loss of inner mitochondrial membrane potential, (ii) the release of cytochrome c, (iii) the activation of multiple caspases, (iv) cleavage of poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase and (v) the up-regulation of death receptors for TRAIL, DR4 and DR5. Moreover, the combined treatment with ayanin diacetate and TRAIL amplified cell death, compared to single treatments. These results provide a basis for further exploring the potential applications of this combination for the treatment of cancer. PMID:23063980

  13. Port-Wine Stains

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    ... tend to become darker (usually reddish-purple or dark red) as kids grow. Port-wine stains (also ... upsetting for kids, especially if they're large, dark, or on the face. And any birthmark can ...

  14. Candida, fluorescent stain (image)

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    This microscopic film shows a fluorescent stain of Candida. Candida is a yeast (fungus) that causes mild disease, but in immunocompromised individuals it may cause life-threatening illness. (Image ...

  15. Detection of disseminated peritoneal tumors by fluorescein diacrylate in mice

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    Harada, Yoshinori; Furuta, Hirokazu; Murayama, Yasutoshi; Dai, Ping; Fujikawa, Yuta; Urano, Yasuteru; Nagano, Tetsuo; Morishita, Koki; Hasegawa, Akira; Takamatsu, Tetsuro

    2009-02-01

    Tumor invasion to the peritoneum is a poor prognostic factor in cancer patients. Accurate diagnosis of disseminated peritoneal tumors is essential to accurate cancer staging. To date, peritoneal washing cytology during laparotomy has been used for diagnosis of peritoneal dissemination of gastrointestinal cancer, but its sensitivity has not been satisfactory. Thus, a more direct approach is indispensable to detect peritoneal dissemination in vivo. Fluorescein diacrylate (FDAcr) is an esterase-sensitive fluorescent probe derived from fluorescein. In cancer cells, fluorescent fluorescein generated by exogenous application of FDAcr selectively deposits owing to its stronger hydrolytic enzyme activity and its lower leakage rate. We examined whether FDAcr can specifically detect disseminated peritoneal tumors in athymic nude mouse models. Intraperitoneally administered FDAcr revealed disseminated peritoneal microscopic tumors not readily recognized on white-light imaging. These results suggest that FDAcr is a useful probe for detecting disseminated peritoneal tumors.

  16. Effect of 2% fluorescein on Scheimpflug central corneal thickness measurements

    PubMed Central

    Briggs, Stella; Bin Moammar, Marwa

    2016-01-01

    AIM To assess central corneal thickness (CCT) changes measured with Scheimpflug device following instillation of 2% fluorescein in normal subjects. METHODS This was a prospective randomized study of 60 hospital volunteers. After baseline CCT measurements of both eyes of 40 subjects were obtained using Scheimpflug system, a drop of preservative-free 2% fluorescein, was instilled in one eye and in other eye, one drop of normal saline (control). Measurements were repeated after 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 30, 40, 50 and 60min (continuous assessment group). Twenty subjects had baseline CCT taken, then fluorescein was instilled in one eye and measurements were taken at 1min. Ten eyes had saline rinse after 1min and 10 other eyes did not, measurements were repeated at 2min (eye rinse group). RESULTS The mean baseline CCT for continuous assessment group was 546.2 32.1 m (range, 489.0-606.0), control eyes was 546.630.7 m (range, 489.0-602.0). At 1min after fluorescein instillation, CCT significantly increased by 37.034.0 m (P<0.001), then decreased gradually, reaching baseline at 60min. CCT variations were not significant in control group (P>0.05). For eye rinse group, CCT mean differences between baseline and 2min were 18.2 m (95 % CI: -54.7 to 18.3) with rinse and 26.5 m (95% CI: -62.9 to 9.9) without rinse; paired sample tests were not significant (P>0.05). CONCLUSION The presence of fluorescein increased CCT value to a clinically relevant level of 6.8%. Eye rinse did not significantly reduce the effect at 2min post fluorescein timepoint.

  17. Apparatus Would Stain Microscope Slides

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    Breeding, James D.

    1993-01-01

    Proposed apparatus meters specific amounts of fluid out of containers at specific times to stain microscope slides. Intended specifically for semiautomated staining of microbiological and hematological samples in microgravity, leakproof apparatus used in other environments in which technicians have little time to allocate to staining procedures and/or exposure to toxic staining agents or to micro-organisms to be stained hazardous. Apparatus adapted to perform almost any staining procedure and accommodates multiple staining reagents, useful for small or remote clinical laboratories.

  18. Investigating tryptophan quenching of fluorescein fluorescence under protolytic equilibrium.

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    Togashi, Denisio M; Szczupak, Boguslaw; Ryder, Alan G; Calvet, Amandine; O'Loughlin, Muireann

    2009-03-26

    Fluorescein is one of most used fluorescent labels for characterizing biological systems, such as proteins, and is used in fluorescence microscopy. However, if fluorescein is to be used for quantitative measurements involving proteins then one must account for the fact that the fluorescence of fluorescein-labeled protein can be affected by the presence of intrinsic amino acids residues, such as tryptophan (Trp). There is a lack of quantitative information to explain in detail the specific processes that are involved, and this makes it difficult to evaluate quantitatively the photophysics of fluorescein-labeled proteins. To address this, we have explored the fluorescence of fluorescein in buffered solutions, in different acidic and basic conditions, and at varied concentrations of tryptophan derivatives, using steady-state absorption and fluorescence spectroscopy, combined with fluorescence lifetime measurements. Stern-Volmer analyses show the presence of static and dynamic quenching processes between fluorescein and tryptophan derivatives. Nonfluorescent complexes with low association constants (5.0-24.1 M(-1)) are observed at all pH values studied. At low pH values, however, an additional static quenching contribution by a sphere-of-action (SOA) mechanism was found. The possibility of a proton transfer mechanism being involved in the SOA static quenching, at low pH, is discussed based on the presence of the different fluorescein prototropic species. For the dynamic quenching process, the bimolecular rate constants obtained (2.5-5.3 x 10(9) M(-1)s(-1)) were close to the Debye-Smoluchowski diffusion rate constants. In the encounter controlled reaction mechanism, a photoinduced electron transfer process was applied using the reduction potentials and charges of the fluorophore and quencher, in addition to the ionic strength of the environment. The electron transfer rate constants (2.3-6.7 x 10(9) s(-1)) and the electronic coupling values (5.7-25.1 cm(-1)) for fluorescein fluorescence quenching by tryptophan derivatives in the encounter complex were then obtained and analyzed. PMID:19254018

  19. [Clinical and fluorescein angiographic aspects in retinal angiomatosis (von Hippel)].

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    Samoil?, O; C?lug?ru, D; C?lug?ru, M

    2007-01-01

    Retinal angiomas represent a rare condition consisting of hamartomas isolated or associated with a systemic disease (Von Hippel-Lindau Disease). We present a patient with multiple retinal angiomas, with atypical fluorescein angiography possible due to vascular thrombotic phenomena. Visual acuity was slightly diminished because of hemorrhagic complications. Systemic involvement was excluded with imaging studies. PMID:17937036

  20. Multiwalled carbon nanotubes inhibit fluorescein extrusion and reduce plasma membrane potential in in vitro human glioma cells.

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    Xu, Yonghong; Chen, Xiao; Cheng, Yuli; Xing, Yiqiao

    2010-06-01

    In the study on the interactions of carbon nanotubes with living cells, the cell membrane deserves particular attention as it provides the first interface to initiate CNTs-cell interactions. In the present study, the inhibiting effect of multiwalled carbon nanotubes on the extrusion of fluorescein in human glioma cells was demonstrated using two procedures. To provide clues to explanation of this effect, intracellular glutathione content and reactive oxygen species production were determined as fluorescein is a specific substrate of cell membrane multidrug resistance-related protein whose transport activity requires glutathione which can be depleted under oxidative stress. The plasma membrane potential was also probed as the susceptibility of fluorescein efflux to modulation of the plasma membrane potential has been documented. Results showed a remarkable decrease in cellular glutathione level as well as an increase in reactive oxygen species production. Probe staining also indicated decreased plasma membrane potential. The data suggested that multiwalled carbon nanotubes may affect the transport activity of cell membrane multidrug resistance-related protein through reduction of intracellular glutathione content. Hypopolarization of the plasma membrane may also contribute to MWCNTs' effect. Implications of these findings are discussed. PMID:21179943

  1. Stained-Glass Pastels

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    Laird, Shirley

    2009-01-01

    The author has always liked the look of stained-glass windows. Usually the designs are simplified and the shapes are easier for younger students to draw. This technique seemed to be the perfect place for her fifth-graders to try their hand at color mixing. The smaller spaces and simple shapes were just what she needed for this group. Her students…

  2. "Stained Glass" Landscape Windows

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    Vannata, Janine

    2008-01-01

    Both adults and children alike marvel at the grand vivid stained-glass windows created by American artist Louis Comfort Tiffany. Today he is commonly recognized as one of America's most influential designers and artists throughout the last nineteenth and early twentieth century. In the lesson described in this article, students created their own…

  3. Stained-Glass Pastels

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    Laird, Shirley

    2009-01-01

    The author has always liked the look of stained-glass windows. Usually the designs are simplified and the shapes are easier for younger students to draw. This technique seemed to be the perfect place for her fifth-graders to try their hand at color mixing. The smaller spaces and simple shapes were just what she needed for this group. Her students

  4. Shimmering Stained Glass.

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    Simon, Gail Murray

    1998-01-01

    Presents an art lesson for fifth- and sixth-graders where they create a translucent design of colored cellophane on black paper inspired by the stained-glass windows of the Middle Ages and the artwork of Lewis Comfort Tiffany. Enables the students to become crafts people rather than just observers of the past. (CMK)

  5. Joint fluid Gram stain

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    Gram stain of joint fluid ... A sample of joint fluid is needed. The fluid sample is sent to a lab where a small drop is placed in a ... on how to prepare for the removal of joint fluid, see joint fluid aspiration .

  6. "Stained Glass" Landscape Windows

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    Vannata, Janine

    2008-01-01

    Both adults and children alike marvel at the grand vivid stained-glass windows created by American artist Louis Comfort Tiffany. Today he is commonly recognized as one of America's most influential designers and artists throughout the last nineteenth and early twentieth century. In the lesson described in this article, students created their own

  7. Dodecyl and octyl esters of fluorescein as protonophores and uncouplers of oxidative phosphorylation in mitochondria at submicromolar concentrations.

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    Shchepinova, Maria M; Denisov, Stepan S; Kotova, Elena A; Khailova, Ljudmila S; Knorre, Dmitry A; Korshunova, Galina A; Tashlitsky, Vadim N; Severin, Fedor F; Antonenko, Yuri N

    2014-01-01

    In our search for fluorescent uncouplers of oxidative phosphorylation, three esters of fluorescein, n-butyl-, n-octyl-, and n-dodecyl-oxycarbonyl-fluorescein (C4-FL, C8-FL, C12-FL) were synthesized and characterized. With increasing liposomal lipid content, the long-chain alkyl derivatives of fluorescein (C8-FL, C12-FL and commercially available C18-FL), but not C4-FL and unsubstituted fluorescein, exhibited an increase in fluorescence polarization reflecting the dye binding to liposomes. C12-FL induced proton permeability in lipid membranes, while C4-FL was inactive. In contrast to C4-FL and C18-FL, C12-FL and C8-FL increased the respiration rate and decreased the membrane potential of isolated rat liver mitochondria with half-maximal effective concentrations of 700nM and 300nM, respectively. The effect of Cn-FL on the respiration correlated with that on proton permeability of the inner mitochondrial membrane, as measured by induction of mitochondria swelling in the potassium acetate medium. Binding of C8-FL to mitochondria depended on their energization, which was apparently associated with pH gradient generation across the inner mitochondrial membrane in the presence of a respiratory substrate. In wild-type yeast cells, C12-FL localized predominantly in plasma membrane, whereas in AD1-8 mutants lacking MDR pumps, it stained cytoplasmic organelles with some preference for mitochondria. Fluorescent uncouplers can be useful as a tool for determining their localization in a cell or distribution between different tissues in a living animal by fluorescent microscopy. PMID:24076107

  8. Ayanin diacetate-induced cell death is amplified by TRAIL in human leukemia cells

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    Marrero, Maria Teresa; Estevez, Sara; Negrin, Gledy; Quintana, Jose; Leon, Francisco; Estevez, Francisco

    2012-11-09

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Ayanin diacetate as apoptotic inducer in leukemia cells. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Cell death was prevented by caspase inhibitors and by the overexpression of Bcl-x{sub L}. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The intrinsic and the extrinsic pathways are involved in the mechanism of action. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Death receptors are up-regulated and TRAIL enhances apoptotic cell death. -- Abstract: Here we demonstrate that the semi-synthetic flavonoid ayanin diacetate induces cell death selectively in leukemia cells without affecting the proliferation of normal lymphocytes. Incubation of human leukemia cells with ayanin diacetate induced G{sub 2}-M phase cell cycle arrest and apoptosis which was prevented by the non-specific caspase inhibitor z-VAD-fmk and reduced by the overexpression of Bcl-x{sub L}. Ayanin diacetate-induced cell death was found to be associated with: (i) loss of inner mitochondrial membrane potential, (ii) the release of cytochrome c, (iii) the activation of multiple caspases, (iv) cleavage of poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase and (v) the up-regulation of death receptors for TRAIL, DR4 and DR5. Moreover, the combined treatment with ayanin diacetate and TRAIL amplified cell death, compared to single treatments. These results provide a basis for further exploring the potential applications of this combination for the treatment of cancer.

  9. Metal-Sulfate Induced Generation of ROS in Human Brain Cells: Detection Using an Isomeric Mixture of 5- and 6-Carboxy-2?,7?-Dichlorofluorescein Diacetate (Carboxy-DCFDA) as a Cell Permeant Tracer

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    Pogue, Aileen I.; Jones, Brandon M.; Bhattacharjee, Surjyadipta; Percy, Maire E.; Zhao, Yuhai; Lukiw, Walter J.

    2012-01-01

    Evolution of reactive oxygen species (ROS), generated during the patho-physiological stress of nervous tissue, has been implicated in the etiology of several progressive human neurological disorders including Alzheimers disease (AD) and amylotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). In this brief communication we used mixed isomers of 5-(and-6)-carboxy-2?,7?-dichlorofluorescein diacetate (carboxy-DCFDA; C25H14Cl2O9; MW 529.3), a novel fluorescent indicator, to assess ROS generation within human neuronal-glial (HNG) cells in primary co-culture. We introduced pathological stress using the sulfates of 12 environmentally-, industrially- and agriculturally-relevant divalent and trivalent metals including Al, Cd, Cu, Fe, Hg, Ga, Mg, Mn, Ni, Pb, Sn and Zn. In this experimental test system, of all the metal sulfates analyzed, aluminum sulfate showed by far the greatest ability to induce intracellular ROS. These studies indicate the utility of using isomeric mixtures of carboxy-H2DCFDA diacetates as novel and highly sensitive, long-lasting, cell-permeant, fluorescein-based tracers for quantifying ROS generation in intact, metabolizing human brain cells, and in analyzing the potential epigenetic contribution of different metal sulfates to ROS-generation and ROS-mediated neurological dysfunction. PMID:22949820

  10. Low dose fluorescein angiography of the conjunctiva and episclera.

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    Meyer, P A; Watson, P G

    1987-01-01

    By reducing the dose of injected fluorescein its leakage from conjunctival and episcleral capillaries has been minimised. These vessels have been demonstrated with great clarity, and the venous circulation, previously obscured by extravascular fluorescein, has also been revealed. The anatomy of the anterior segment vessels, and the blood flow within them, has been studied in eight normal subjects. The anterior ciliary arteries feed an anterior episcleral arterial circle that has superficial and deep components. This supplies the anterior conjunctival and episcleral circulations, the limbal arcades, and the iris arterioles. Where the superficial arterial circle is deficient, isolated vessels emerge from the deep segments of the circle to supply the episcleral plexus and conjunctival arterioles. Watershed zones between the anterior and posterior territories of the conjunctival and episcleral circulations overlap. They may fluoresce up to 30 seconds after the anterior ciliary arteries. The scope of this technique and the implications of these findings are discussed. Images PMID:3814565

  11. THE USE OF FLUORESCEIN DYE TO STUDY THE MOVEMENT OF WATER INTO WHEAT KERNELS

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    The dispersion of fluorescein dye in water was investigated during the tempering process in wheat kernels. Durum and soft wheat kernels were immersed in fluorescein (free acid crystalline) solution (1%, pH7.54) for 12,24 and 48 hours. The fluorescein pattern showed that the dye solution entered th...

  12. Ionic Liquid-Based Fluorescein Colorimetric pH Nanosensors

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    Das, Susmita; Magut, Paul K. S.; de Rooy, Sergio L.; Hasan, Farhana; Warner, Isiah M.

    2014-01-01

    A novel pH sensitive, colorimetric ionic liquid nanosensor based on phosphonium salts of fluorescein is reported. Herein, fluorescein salts of various stoichiometries were synthesized by use of a trihexyltetradecylphosphonium cation [TTP]+ in combination with dianionic [FL]2? and monoanionic [FL]? fluorescein. Nanomaterials derived from these two compounds yielded contrasting colorimetric responses in neutral and acidic environments. Variations in fluorescence spectra as a function of pH were also observed. Examination of TEM and DLS data revealed significant expansion in the diameter of [TTP]2[FL] nanodroplets in acidic environments of variable pHs. A similar trend was also observed for [TTP][FL] nanoparticles. The pH dependent colorimetric and other optical properties of these nanomaterials are attributed to alterations in molecular orientations and stacking as suggested by measuring the absorption, fluorescence, and zeta potential. Since the pH is an important indicator for many diseases, including cancer, these nanosensors are considered to be potential candidates for biomedical applications. PMID:25264488

  13. Aryliodine (III) Diacetates as Substrates for Pd-Ag Catalyzed Arylation of Alkenes

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    Evdokimov, Nikolai M.; Kornienko, Alexander; Magedov, Igor V.

    2011-01-01

    An unprecedented application of aryliodine (III) diacetates as substrates in Pd-Ag catalyzed arylation of alkenes is described. The mechanistic studies revealed that the binary Pd-Ag catalysis leads to the decomposition of aryliodine (III) diacetates to oxygen and aryl iodides followed by arylation of alkenes forming Heck-type products. Under optimized conditions both electron-rich and electron-deficient alkenes undergo arylation in high yields. Advantageously, the reaction proceeds smoothly in water as a solvent and neither organic ligands nor inert atmosphere are required. PMID:22058576

  14. Length of stain dosimeter

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    Lueck, Dale E. (Inventor)

    1994-01-01

    Payload customers for the Space Shuttle have recently expressed concerns about the possibility of their payloads at an adjacent pad being contaminated by plume effluents from a shuttle at an active pad as they await launch on an inactive pad. As part of a study to satisfy such concerns a ring of inexpensive dosimeters was deployed around the active pad at the inter-pad distance. However, following a launch, dosimeters cannot be read for several hours after the exposure. As a consequence factors such as different substrates, solvent systems, and possible volatilization of HCl from the badges were studied. This observation led to the length of stain (LOS) dosimeters of this invention. Commercial passive LOS dosimeters are sensitive only to the extent of being capable of sensing 2 ppm to 20 ppm if the exposure is 8 hours. To map and quantitate the HCl generated by Shuttle launches, and in the atmosphere within a radius of 1.5 miles from the active pad, a sensitivity of 2 ppm HCl in the atmospheric gases on an exposure of 5 minutes is required. A passive length of stain dosimeter has been developed having a sensitivity rendering it capable of detecting a gas in a concentration as low as 2 ppm on an exposure of five minutes.

  15. Control of Listeria monocytogenes on commercial frankfurters prepared with and without potassium lactate and sodium diacetate and surface treated with lauric arginate....(SLIC) delivery method

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    The viability of Listeria monocytogenes was monitored on commercially-produced frankfurters that were formulated with no, low, or high levels of potassium lactate and sodium diacetate (UltraLac KL6810; low = 0.68% lactate and 0.097% diacetate and high = 1.36% lactate and 0.19% diacetate), and then t...

  16. Flash Pasteurization inactivation of Listeria innocua on frankfurters that contain potassium lactate and sodium diacetate

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    Listeria monocytogenes, a psychrotrophic food-borne pathogen, is a recurring post-process contaminant on ready-to-eat meat (RTE) products including frankfurters. Potassium lactate (PL) and sodium diacetate (SDA) are FDA approved antimicrobials that inhibit the growth of L. monocytogenes when incorp...

  17. Microscopic oxygen imaging based on fluorescein bleaching efficiency measurements.

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    Beutler, Martin; Heisterkamp, Ines M; Piltz, Bastian; Stief, Peter; De Beer, Dirk

    2014-05-01

    Photobleaching of the fluorophore fluorescein in an aqueous solution is dependent on the oxygen concentration. Therefore, the time-dependent bleaching behavior can be used to measure of dissolved oxygen concentrations. The method can be combined with epi-fluorescence microscopy. The molecular states of the fluorophore can be expressed by a three-state energy model. This leads to a set of differential equations which describe the photobleaching behavior of fluorescein. The numerical solution of these equations shows that in a conventional wide-field fluorescence microscope, the fluorescence of fluorescein will fade out faster at low than at high oxygen concentration. Further simulation showed that a simple ratio function of different time-points during a fluorescence decay recorded during photobleaching could be used to describe oxygen concentrations in an aqueous solution. By careful choice of dye concentration and excitation light intensity the sensitivity in the oxygen concentration range of interest can be optimized. In the simulations, the estimation of oxygen concentration by the ratio function was very little affected by the pH value in the range of pH 6.5-8.5. Filming the fluorescence decay by a charge-coupled-device (ccd) camera mounted on a fluorescence microscope allowed a pixelwise estimation of the ratio function in a microscopic image. Use of a microsensor and oxygen-consuming bacteria in a sample chamber enabled the calibration of the system for quantification of absolute oxygen concentrations. The method was demonstrated on nitrifying biofilms growing on snail and mussel shells, showing clear effects of metabolic activity on oxygen concentrations. PMID:24610786

  18. Digitization of stained glass

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    MacDonald, Lindsay W.

    1997-04-01

    Digital photography was applied to the capture of images of the stained glass windows in the historic parish church in Fairford, Gloucestershire, England. Because of their size, the windows had to be photographed in 45 separate sections in order to capture all the detail present in the painting on the glass. The digital images of each section, approximately 3000 by 2300 pixels, were then mosaiced together in order to construct the very high resolution image needed for the complete window. A special backlight panel was constructed for the purpose, and techniques developed for minimizing the effects of reflected light and for calibrating the color of the images. Improvements in the technology for mounting and positioning the camera were identified as the most significant factors currently preventing the widespread adoption of this technology for virtual heritage applications.

  19. Fluorescein Tri-Aldehyde Promotes the Selective Detection of Homocysteine.

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    Barve, Aabha; Lowry, Mark; Escobedo, Jorge O; Thainashmuthu, Josephrajan; Strongin, Robert M

    2016-03-01

    Elevated homocysteine levels are a well-known independent risk factor for cardiovascular disease. To date, relatively few selective fluorescent probes for homocysteine detection have been reported. The lack of sensing reagents and remaining challenges largely derive from issues of sensitivity and/or selectivity. For example, homocysteine is a structural homologue of the more abundant (ca, 20-25 fold) aminothiol cysteine, differing only by an additional methylene group side chain. Fluorescein tri-aldehyde, described herein, has been designed and synthesized as a sensitive and selective fluorophore for the detection of homocysteine in human plasma samples. It responds to analytes selectively via a photoinduced electron transfer (PET) inhibition process that is modulated by predictable analyte-dye product hybridization and ionization states. Mulliken population analysis of fluorescein tri-aldehyde and its reaction products reveals that the characteristic formation of multiple cationic of homocysteine-derived heterocycles leads to enhanced relative negative charge build up on the proximal phenolate oxygen of the fluorophore as a contributing factor to selective emission enhancement. PMID:26780767

  20. Simplified method for DNA and protein staining of human hematopoietic cell samples

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    Crissman, H.A.; Egmond, J.V.; Holdrinet, R.S.; Pennings, A.; Haanen, C.

    1980-01-01

    A rapid reproducible method yielding high resolution analysis of DNA and protein in human hematopoietic cell samples was developed by modification of the propidium iodide (PI) and fluorescein isothiocyanate (FITC) procedure. Cell staining involved sequential addition of each reagent (RNase, FITC, and PI) to ethanol-fixed cells and requires no centrifiguation steps. Stained cells are analyzed in the reagent solutions. Analysis of bone marrow samples from multiple myeloma patients revealed mixed 2C DNA and aneuploid populations with the aneuploid cells having a significantly higher protein content. This approach permitted differential cell cycle kinetic analysis of the 2C DNA and the aneuploid population.

  1. Regionally Discrete Aqueous Humor Outflow Quantification Using Fluorescein Canalograms

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    Roy, Pritha; Schuman, Joel S.; Sigal, Ian A.; Loewen, Nils A.

    2016-01-01

    Purpose To visualize and quantify conventional outflow directly in its anatomic location. Methods We obtained fluorescein canalograms in six porcine whole eyes and six porcine anterior segment cultures. Eyes were perfused with a constant pressure of 15 mmHg using media containing 0.017 mg/ml fluorescein. Flow patterns were visualized using a stereo dissecting microscope equipped for fluorescent imaging. Images were captured every 30 seconds for 20 minutes for time lapse analysis. Anterior chamber cultures were imaged again on day three of culture. Canalograms were first analyzed for filling time per quadrant. We then wrote a program to automatically compute focal flow fits for each macropixel and to detect convergent perilimbal flow patterns with macropixels grouped into 3 equal-radial width rings around the cornea. A generalized additive model was used to determine fluorescence changes of individual macropixels. Results The resulting imaging algorithm deployed 1024 macropixels that were fit to determine maximum intensity and time to fill. These individual fits highlighted the focal flow function. In whole eyes, significantly faster flow was seen in the inferonasal (IN) and superonasal (SN) quadrants compared to the superotemporal (ST) and inferotemporal (IT) ones (p<0.05). In anterior chamber cultures, reduced flow on day 1 increased in all quadrants on day 3 except in IT (p<0.05). Perilimbal ring analysis uncovered convergent perilimbal flow. Conclusions An algorithm was developed that analyzes regional and circumferential outflow patterns. This algorithm found flow patterns that changed over time and differ in whole eyes and anterior segment cultures. PMID:26998833

  2. Adhesion of a Mycobacterium sp. to cellulose diacetate membranes used in reverse osmosis.

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    Ridgway, H F; Rigby, M G; Argo, D G

    1984-01-01

    The kinetics of adhesion of a Mycobacterium sp. to cellulose diacetate reverse-osmosis membranes is described. This Mycobacterium sp. (strain BT2-4) was previously implicated in the initial stages of reverse-osmosis membrane biofouling at a wastewater reclamation facility. Adhesion of BT2-4 cells to the cellulose diacetate membrane surfaces occurred within 1 to 2 h at 30 degrees C and exhibited saturation-type kinetics which conformed closely to the Langmuir adsorption isotherm (Pearson r correlation coefficient = 0.977), a mathematical expression describing the partitioning of substances between a solution and solid-liquid interface. This suggests that the cellulose diacetate membrane surfaces may possess a finite number of available binding sites to which the mycobacteria can adhere. Treatment of the attached mycobacteria with different enzymes suggested that cell surface polypeptides, alpha-1, 4- or alpha-1,6-linked glucan polymers, and carboxyl ester bond-containing substances (possibly peptidoglycolipids) may be involved in mycobacterial adhesion. The possible implication of these findings for reverse-osmosis membrane biofouling are discussed. Images PMID:6696424

  3. Silver stain for electron microscopy

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    Corbett, R. L.

    1972-01-01

    Ammoniacal silver stain used for light microscopy was adapted advantageously for use with very thin biological sections required for electron microscopy. Silver stain can be performed in short time, has more contrast, and is especially useful for low power electron microscopy.

  4. The congo red stain revisited.

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    Elghetany, M T; Saleem, A; Barr, K

    1989-01-01

    The Congo red stain has undergone several modifications since it was first used by Bennhold in 1922 in order to increase the specificity for staining amyloid. Most of the laboratories in the United States use the method of Puchtler which uses alkaline Congo red solution. Some of the variables associated with the procedure were investigated by us. Our results showed the following: (1) amyloid showed green birefringence at all levels between 4 to 12 mu thick sections with better visualization of small deposits with increased thickness. Best results were obtained with 8 mu thick sections; (2) omission of the pretreatment with alkaline alcoholic solution of sodium chloride (NaCl) did not affect the sensitivity of the method; (3) the use of polar mounting media had no effect on amyloid and collagen birefringence; (4) 50 percent saturation of the Congo red staining solution with NaCl caused strong staining of collagen, elastic fibers and eosinophilic granules. In addition, collagen showed green birefringence and dichroism and its differentiation from amyloid became difficult; and (5) using the staining solution fully saturated with NaCl, no positive staining was seen with tissues other than amyloid. Collagen and elastic fibers showed red fluorescence which was of less intensity than amyloid. It is our conclusion that the method of Puchtler for detecting amyloid gives better results if the staining solution is fully saturated with NaCl. The pretreatment step may be deleted without compromising the quality of staining. Improved staining of amyloid enhances the specificity of green birefringence, dichroism, and red fluorescence. PMID:2471435

  5. Sensitivity and specificity of intrathecal fluorescein and white light excitation for detecting intraoperative cerebrospinal fluid leak in endoscopic skull base surgery: a prospective study.

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    Raza, Shaan M; Banu, Matei A; Donaldson, Angela; Patel, Kunal S; Anand, Vijay K; Schwartz, Theodore H

    2016-03-01

    OBJECT The intraoperative detection of CSF leaks during endonasal endoscopic skull base surgery is critical to preventing postoperative CSF leaks. Intrathecal fluorescein (ITF) has been used at varying doses to aid in the detection of intraoperative CSF leaks. However, the sensitivity and specificity of ITF at certain dosages is unknown. METHODS A prospective database of all endoscopic endonasal procedures was reviewed. All patients received 25 mg ITF diluted in 10 ml CSF and were pretreated with dexamethasone and Benadryl. Immediately after surgery, the operating surgeon prospectively noted if there was an intraoperative CSF leak and fluorescein was identified. The sensitivity, specificity, and positive and negative predictive power of ITF for detecting intraoperative CSF leak were calculated. Factors correlating with postoperative CSF leak were determined. RESULTS Of 419 patients, 35.8% of patients did not show a CSF leak. Fluorescein-tinted CSF (true positive) was noted in 59.7% of patients and 0 false positives were encountered. CSF without fluorescein staining (false negative) was noted in 4.5% of patients. The sensitivity and specificity of ITF were 92.9% and 100%, respectively. The negative and positive predictive values were 88.8% and 100%, respectively. Postoperative CSF leaks only occurred in true positives at a rate of 2.8%. CONCLUSIONS ITF is extremely specific and very sensitive for detecting intraoperative CSF leaks. Although false negatives can occur, these patients do not appear to be at risk for postoperative CSF leak. The use of ITF may help surgeons prevent postoperative CSF leaks by intraoperatively detecting and confirming a watertight repair. PMID:26295912

  6. Cholyllysyl fluroscein and related lysyl fluorescein conjugated bile acid analogues.

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    Mills, C. O.; Milkiewicz, P.; Saraswat, V.; Elias, E.

    1997-01-01

    There have been attempts to couple bile acids to fluorescein to permit their visualization during studies of physiology and pathophysiology. Although conjugation has been achieved by many, the product differed in many respects from the parent bile acid congener. We describe lysylfluorescein conjugated bile acid analogues (LFCBAA) synthesized in our laboratory as model divalent "unipolar" molecules. We have determined LFCBAA properties including their water:octanol partition coefficient, HPLC retention time and critical micellar concentration and compared them with their parent bile acid congeners. Cholyl lysylfluorescein (CLF) and lithocholyl lysylfluoroscein (LLF) have properties similar to cholylglycine (CG) and glycolithocholate (GLC), respectively. In human and rat hepatocytes uptake of CLF follows Michaelis-Menten kinetics with K(m) and Vmax similar to CG. Biliary excretion rates of CLF and LLF closely resemble those of CG and GLC in both normal and mutant TR- rats which lack the multiorganic anion transporter (MOAT), strongly supporting the notion that CLF and LLF are substrates for the canalicular bile salt transporter (cBST). The close similarity of hepatocyte uptake and biliary secretion of these LFCBAA and their parent bile acid congeners makes them potentially useful probes for the intracellular visualization of bile salt movement and deposition in various models of bile formation and secretion. PMID:9626765

  7. Macroscopic pKa Calculations for Fluorescein and Its Derivatives.

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    Krl, Marcin; Wrona, Marta; Page, Christopher S; Bates, Paul A

    2006-11-01

    This study describes the calculation of the microscopic dissociation and tautomerization constants of fluorescein and its derivatives, 2',7'-dichlorofluorescein (DCF) and 2',7'-difluorofluorescein (DFF), in an aqueous environment. In vacuo free energies were obtained using complete basis set (CBS) and DFT-based methods, while free energies of solvation were calculated with the CPCM implicit solvation protocol using the UAHF, UAKS, and Pauling radii sets. Our results indicate that the different vacuum protocols give free energy changes upon dissociation within 1 kcal/mol of each other for a given molecule. Therefore, we suggest that the computationally less intensive PBE1PBE/6-311+G(2d,2p)//PBE1PBE/6-31+G(d) model chemistry may reasonably be used in pKa calculations of larger molecules. The calculations also provided a rigorous test of the implicit solvation models. Relative calculations of dissociation constants gave results in good agreement with experiment; absolute values deviated from experimental data by 1-3 pKa units. Consistently better results were obtained with the Pauling radii set. The influence of geometry relaxation on going from vacuum to solvent is negligible for pKa2 and larger for pKa1 but still smaller than the variation due to the radii set. Calculation of tautomerization constants gave more variable results, with none of the solvation methods able to reproduce experimental values consistently, although certain individual constants were correctly calculated. PMID:26627022

  8. Biotransformation of oral contraceptive ethynodiol diacetate with microbial and plant cell cultures

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    2012-01-01

    Background Biotransformation by using microbial and plant cell cultures has been applied effectively for the production of fine chemicals on large scale. Inspired by the wealth of literature available on the biotransformation of steroids, we decided to investigate the biotransformation of ethynodiol diacetate (1) by using plant and microbial cultures. Results The biotransformation of ethynodiol diacetate (1) with Cunninghamella elegans and plant cell suspension cultures of Ocimum basilicum and Azadirachta indica is being reported here for the first time. Biotransformation of 1 with Cunninghamella elegans yielded three new hydroxylated compounds, characterized as 17?-ethynylestr-4-en-3?,17?-diacetoxy-6?-ol (2), 17?-ethynylestr-4-en-3?,17?-diacetoxy-6?-ol (3), and 17?-ethynylestr-4-en-3?,17?-diacetoxy-10?-ol (4) and a known metabolite, 17?-ethynyl-17?-acetoxyestr-4-en-3-one (5). The biotransformation of 1 with Ocimum basilicum included hydrolysis of the ester group, oxidation of alcohol into ketone, and rearrangement of the hydroxyl group. Thus four major known metabolites were characterized as 17?-ethynyl-17?-acetoxyestr-4-en-3-one (5), 17?-ethynyl-17?-hydroxyestr-4-en-3-one (6), 17?-ethynyl-3 ?-hydroxy-17?-acetoxyestr-4-ene (7) and 17?-ethynyl-5?,17?-dihydroxyestr-3-ene (8). Biotransformation of 1 with Azadirachta indica culture yielded compounds 5 and 6. Spectroscopic data of compound 8 is being reported for the first time. Structure of compound 6 was unambiguously deduced through single-crystal x-ray diffraction studies. Conclusion Biotransformation of an oral contraceptive, ethynodiol diacetate (1), by using microbial and plant cell cultures provides an efficient route to the synthesis of a library of new steroids with potential contraceptive properties. These methods can be employed in the production of such compounds with high stereoselectivity. PMID:23021311

  9. Can 1% chlorhexidine diacetate and ethanol stabilize resin-dentin bonds?

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    Manso, Adriana Pigozzo; Grande, Rosa Helena Miranda; Bedran-Russo, Ana Karina; Reis, Alessandra; Loguercio, Alessandro D.; Pashley, David Henry; Carvalho, Ricardo Marins

    2014-01-01

    Objectives To examine the effects of the combined use of chlorhexidine and ethanol on the durability of resin-dentin bonds. Methods Forty-eight flat dentin surfaces were etched (32% phosphoric acid), rinsed (15 s) and kept wet until bonding procedures. Dentin surfaces were blot-dried with absorbent paper and re-wetted with water (Water, control), 1% chlorhexidine diacetate in water (CHD/Water), 100% ethanol (Ethanol), or 1% chlorhexidine diacetate in ethanol (CHD/Ethanol) solutions for 30 s. They were then bonded with All Bond 3 (AB3, Bisco) or Excite (EX, Ivoclar-Vivadent) using a smooth, continuous rubbing application (10 s), followed by 15 s gentle air stream to evaporate solvents. The adhesives were light-cured (20 s) and resin composite build-ups constructed for the microtensile method. Bonded beams were obtained and tested after 24-hours, 6-months and 15-months of water storage at 37C. Storage water was changed every month. Effects of treatment and testing periods were analyzed (ANOVA, Holm-Sidak, p<0.05) for each adhesive. Results There were no interactions between factors for both etch-and-rinse adhesives. AB3 was significantly affected only by storage (p = 0.003). Excite was significantly affected only by treatments (p = 0.048). AB3 treated either with ethanol or CHD/ethanol resulted in reduced bond strengths after 15 months. The use of CHD/ethanol resulted in higher bond strengths values for Excite. Conclusions Combined use of ethanol/1% chlorhexidine diacetate did not stabilize bond strengths after 15 months. PMID:24815823

  10. Protein variations in Listeria monocytogenes exposed to sodium lactate, sodium diacetate, and their combination.

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    Mbandi, Evelyne; Phinney, Brett S; Whitten, Douglas; Shelef, Leora A

    2007-01-01

    Most studies of the effect of adverse conditions on survival of Listeria monocytogenes have focused on stress caused by acid or sodium chloride. However, no information is available on resistance of this pathogen to stress caused by salts of organic acids. Sodium lactate and sodium diacetate are generally recognized as safe substances and are approved as ingredients for use in foods. We evaluated antilisterial properties of each of these salts and the enhanced inhibition effected by their combination in ready-to-eat meat products at pH 6.3. Changes in proteins found in this pathogen were studied in the presence of the salts in a chemically defined medium at the same pH using a proteomic approach. The total numbers of protein spots obtained from two-dimensional electrophoresis were 198, 150, and 131 for sodium diacetate, sodium lactate, and the control, respectively. Sodium diacetate treatment produced the highest number of unmatched proteins (124 versus 53 in lactate), the greatest increase in expression (20 versus 5 in lactate), and the highest number of novel proteins (90 versus 45 in lactate). The number of repressed proteins was highest in the combination treatment (41 versus -30 in the single salt treatment). Six proteins that increased or decreased by > or = 10-fold were further investigated; oxidoreductase and lipoprotein were upregulated, and DNA-binding protein, alpha amylase, and two SecA proteins were downregulated or completely suppressed by the salt treatment. Identification of all protein spots is essential for comparison with proteins induced or suppressed under other stress conditions. PMID:17265861

  11. A tracer test at the Beowawe geothermal field, Nevada, using fluorescein and tinopal CBS

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    Rose, P.E.; Adams, M.C.; Benoit, D.

    1995-12-31

    An interwell tracer test using fluorescein and tinopal CBS was performed at the Beowawe geothermal field in north-central Nevada in order to assess the effects of recent changes to the injection strategy. Fluorescein return curves established injection-production flow patterns and verified that produced water is being reinjected into a region of the reservoir that is in excellent communication with the production wells. An analysis of the tinopal CBS return curves indicated that tinopal CBS was apparently strongly adsorbed onto the reservoir rock. The fluorescein return curves were used to estimate the overall (fractures and matrix) reservoir volume.

  12. Heterogeneous catalyst for the production of ethylidene diacetate from acetic anhydride

    DOEpatents

    Ramprasad, D.; Waller, F.J.

    1998-06-16

    This invention relates to a process for producing ethylidene diacetate by the reaction of acetic anhydride, acetic acid, hydrogen and carbon monoxide at elevated temperatures and pressures in the presence of an alkyl halide and a heterogeneous, bifunctional catalyst that is stable to hydrogenation and comprises an insoluble polymer having pendant quaternized heteroatoms, some of which heteroatoms are ionically bonded to anionic Group VIII metal complexes, the remainder of the heteroatoms being bonded to iodide. In contrast to prior art processes, no accelerator (promoter) is necessary to achieve the catalytic reaction and the products are easily separated from the catalyst by filtration. The catalyst can be recycled without loss in activity.

  13. Heterogeneous catalyst for the production of ethylidene diacetate from acetic anhydride

    DOEpatents

    Ramprasad, Dorai (Allentown, PA); Waller, Francis Joseph (Allentown, PA)

    1998-01-01

    This invention relates to a process for producing ethylidene diacetate by the reaction of acetic anhydride, acetic acid, hydrogen and carbon monoxide at elevated temperatures and pressures in the presence of an alkyl halide and a heterogeneous, bifunctional catalyst that is stable to hydrogenation and comprises an insoluble polymer having pendant quaternized heteroatoms, some of which heteroatoms are ionically bonded to anionic Group VIII metal complexes, the remainder of the heteroatoms being bonded to iodide. In contrast to prior art processes, no accelerator (promoter) is necessary to achieve the catalytic reaction and the products are easily separated from the catalyst by filtration. The catalyst can be recycled without loss in activity.

  14. Hexaaquacobalt(II) 2,2?-[naphthalene-1,8-diylbis(oxy)]diacetate dihydrate

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    Shi, Hui Fang; Wu, Tao; Jiang, Peng Gang; Hao, Zhi; Zhang, Miao Miao

    2013-01-01

    In the title compound, [Co(H2O)6](C14H10O6)2H2O, the 2,2?-[naphthalene-1,8-diylbis(oxy)]diacetate dianion L is not coordinated to the CoII ion. The asymmetric unit contains half of the L dianion, half of a [Co(H2O)6]2+ cation (both molecules being completed by inversion symmetry), and one water molecule. The crystal packing features OH?O hydrogen bonding between the carboxylate groups, the aqua ligands and the hydrate water molecules. PMID:23424401

  15. Development of resistance to chlorhexidine diacetate in Pseudomonas aeruginosa and the effect of a "residual" concentration.

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    Thomas, L; Maillard, J Y; Lambert, R J; Russell, A D

    2000-12-01

    Stable resistance in Pseudomonas aeruginosa NCIMB 10421 was obtained by step-wise exposure to gradually increasing concentrations of chlorhexidine diacetate (CHX). Repeated exposure to a proposed "residual" (sub-MIC) concentration of CHX also created stable resistance. Resistance was also developed by a single exposure to the "residual" concentration of CHX, but this was unstable. Similar experiments with Escherichia coli and CHX or cetylpyridinium chloride resulted in no significant increase in resistance. Antibiotic susceptibility profiles of the CHX-resistant P. aeruginosa cultures showed no cross-resistance, although some of the cultures were resistant to benzalkonium chloride. PMID:11170761

  16. Transscleral diffusion of ethacrynic acid and sodium fluorescein

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    Lin, Cheng-Wen; Wang, Yong; Challa, Pratap; Epstein, David L.

    2007-01-01

    Purpose One of the current limitations in developing novel glaucoma drugs that target the trabecular meshwork (TM) is the induced corneal toxicity from eyedrop formulations. To avoid the corneal toxicity, an alternative approach would be to deliver TM drugs through the sclera. To this end, we quantified ex vivo diffusion coefficient of a potential TM drug, ethacrynic acid (ECA), and investigated mechanisms of ECA transport in the sclera. Methods An Ussing-type diffusion apparatus was built to measure the apparent diffusion coefficient of ECA in fresh porcine sclera at 4 C. To understand mechanisms of ECA transport, we quantified the transscleral transport of a fluorescent tracer, sodium fluorescein (NaF), that has a similar molecular weight but is more hydrophilic compared to ECA. Furthermore, we developed a mathematical model to simulate the transport processes and used it to analyze the experimental data. The model was also used to investigate the dependence of diffusion coefficients on volume fraction of viable cells and the binding of NaF and ECA to scleral tissues. Results The diffusion coefficients of ECA and NaF in the sclera were 48.515.1x10-7 cm2/s (n=9) and 5.231.93x10-7 cm2/s (n=8), respectively. Both diffusion coefficients were insensitive to cell shrinkage caused by ECA during the diffusion experiments and cell damage caused by the storage of tissues ex vivo before the experiments. Binding of ECA to scleral tissues could not be detected. The apparent maximum binding capacity and the apparent equilibrium dissociation constant for NaF were 805 mM and 2.50.5 mM (n=3), respectively. Conclusions These data demonstrated that ECA diffusion was minimally hindered by structures in the sclera, presumably due to the lack of cells and binding sites for ECA in the sclera. PMID:17356511

  17. Objective Area Measurement Technique for Choroidal Neovascularization from Fluorescein Angiography

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    Guthrie, Micah J.; Osswald, Christian R.; Valio, Nicole L.; Mieler, William F.; Kang-Mieler, Jennifer J.

    2014-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to develop a non-biased method of quantitatively measuring choroidal neovascularization (CNV) areas based on late-phase fluorescein angiography (FA) images. Experimental CNV was induced in Long Evans rats by laser disruption of the Bruchs membrane. FA was performed weekly for 5 weeks. Multi-Otsu thresholding (MOT) was used to quantify CNV in late-phase FA images from both experimental rodent CNV and wet age-related macular degeneration patients (wAMD). Images were automatically thresholded into three levels based on the image histogram, with the highest level containing CNV. To determine the techniques ability to quantify CNV areas, rats were given either triamcinolone acetonide or dexamethasone sodium phosphate to treat CNV and compared to untreated rats. The rat CNV lesion areas measured from 5-week histology sections from each treatment group were compared to areas measured from the corresponding FA images. MOT was able to detect statistical decreases in rodent CNV area in the treatment groups versus control from weeks 3 through 5. The ratio of CNV area measured from histology to area measured from FA images was not statistically different between groups. Finally, to determine the usefulness of MOT on pathological morphologies of CNV, MOT was performed on late-phase FA images from patients with classic and diffuse CNV. The technique was able to segment classical CNV in wAMD patients, but performed poorly with diffuse CNV. MOT provides a robust, objective, and quantifiable area measurement of CNV lesion area in both experimentally-induced and pathological CNV. The results indicate that MOT could be a useful research tool in helping evaluate the effects of therapeutics on CNV growth. PMID:24316422

  18. Development of and Clinical Experience with a Simple Device for Performing Intraoperative Fluorescein Fluorescence Cerebral Angiography: Technical Notes

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    ICHIKAWA, Tsuyoshi; SUZUKI, Kyouichi; WATANABE, Yoichi; SATO, Taku; SAKUMA, Jun; SAITO, Kiyoshi

    2016-01-01

    To perform intraoperative fluorescence angiography (FAG) under a microscope without an integrated FAG function with reasonable cost and sufficient quality for evaluation, we made a small and easy to use device for fluorescein FAG (FAG filter). We investigated the practical use of this FAG filter during aneurysm surgery, revascularization surgery, and brain tumor surgery. The FAG filter consists of two types of filters: an excitatory filter and a barrier filter. The excitatory filter excludes all wavelengths except for blue light and the barrier filter passes long waves except for blue light. By adding this FAG filter to a microscope without an integrated FAG function, light from the microscope illuminating the surgical field becomes blue, which is blocked by the barrier filter. We put the FAG filter on the objective lens of the operating microscope correctly and fluorescein sodium was injected intravenously or intra-arterially. Fluorescence (green light) from vessels in the surgical field and the dyed tumor were clearly observed through the microscope and recorded by a memory device. This method was easy and could be performed in a short time (about 10 seconds). Blood flow of small vessels deep in the surgical field could be observed. Blood flow stagnation could be evaluated. However, images from this method were inferior to those obtained by currently commercially available microscopes with an integrated FAG function. In brain tumor surgery, a stained tumor on the brain surface could be observed using this method. FAG could be performed with a microscope without an integrated FAG function easily with only this FAG filter. PMID:26597335

  19. Development of and Clinical Experience with a Simple Device for Performing Intraoperative Fluorescein Fluorescence Cerebral Angiography: Technical Notes.

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    Ichikawa, Tsuyoshi; Suzuki, Kyouichi; Watanabe, Yoichi; Sato, Taku; Sakuma, Jun; Saito, Kiyoshi

    2016-03-15

    To perform intraoperative fluorescence angiography (FAG) under a microscope without an integrated FAG function with reasonable cost and sufficient quality for evaluation, we made a small and easy to use device for fluorescein FAG (FAG filter). We investigated the practical use of this FAG filter during aneurysm surgery, revascularization surgery, and brain tumor surgery. The FAG filter consists of two types of filters: an excitatory filter and a barrier filter. The excitatory filter excludes all wavelengths except for blue light and the barrier filter passes long waves except for blue light. By adding this FAG filter to a microscope without an integrated FAG function, light from the microscope illuminating the surgical field becomes blue, which is blocked by the barrier filter. We put the FAG filter on the objective lens of the operating microscope correctly and fluorescein sodium was injected intravenously or intra-arterially. Fluorescence (green light) from vessels in the surgical field and the dyed tumor were clearly observed through the microscope and recorded by a memory device. This method was easy and could be performed in a short time (about 10 seconds). Blood flow of small vessels deep in the surgical field could be observed. Blood flow stagnation could be evaluated. However, images from this method were inferior to those obtained by currently commercially available microscopes with an integrated FAG function. In brain tumor surgery, a stained tumor on the brain surface could be observed using this method. FAG could be performed with a microscope without an integrated FAG function easily with only this FAG filter. PMID:26597335

  20. Technique and staining optimization leucoconcentration.

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    Pierrez, J; Guerci, A; Guerci, O

    1987-09-01

    In cytometric clinical application, it is important to obtain cell suspensions rapidly with as little cytological alteration as possible. A procedure has been achieved to prepare cell suspensions for flow cytometric analysis. The leucoconcentration technique, first described by Herbeuval for cytologic analysis, has been modified to be applied in cytometry. This technique involves Saponin lysis of red cells of peripheral blood or bone marrow samples that have been previously fixed with picric acid alcohol solution. Cells in suspension are not shifted and tinctorial affinity is not modified. Then cells have been stained with Mithramycin. Each parameter defined by Crissman has been analyzed to define the best staining conditions. The availability of Leucoconcentration with Mithramycin-DNA-staining permits determination of cell cycle with a fine resolution. PMID:2444399

  1. Automated single-slide staining system

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    Mills, S. M.; Wilkins, J. R.

    1974-01-01

    Apparatus developed to Gram-stain single slides automatically is flexible enough to accommodate other types of staining procedures. Method frees operator and eliminates necessity for subjective evaluations as to length of staining or decolorizing time.

  2. INTER-LABORATORY STUDY OF CELLULAR FLUORESCENCE INTENSITY MEASUREMENTS WITH FLUORESCEIN-LABELED MICROBEAD STANDARDS

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    To determine the precision of cellular fluorescence intensity (FI) measurements derived from labeled microbead standards, FI results were compared from 43 different flow cytometers in 34 laboratories. ll laboratories analyzed prepared aliquots of fluoresceinated calf thymocyte nu...

  3. Whole Blood Cell Staining Device

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    Sams, Clarence F.; Clift, Vaughan L.; McDonald, Kelly E.

    2000-01-01

    An apparatus and method for staining particular cell markers is disclosed. The apparatus includes a flexible tube that is reversibly pinched into compartments with one or more clamps. Each compartment of the tube contains a separate reagent and is in selective fluid communication with adjoining compartments.

  4. Tear Film, Contact Lens, and Patient Factors Associated with Corneal Staining

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    Sinnott, Loraine T.

    2011-01-01

    Purpose. The purpose of this study was to examine ocular surface and tear film, contact lens, care solution, medical, and patient-related factors that are associated with corneal staining in contact lens wearers. Methods. In this cross-sectional/nested case–control study, in addition to the assessment of corneal staining with fluorescein, a variety of tear film and ocular surface, contact lens, and patient-related factors were examined. Poisson regression models were used to examine the relation between corneal staining and these factors. Results. Data from 413 patients were eligible for the analyses described. The average age was 30.6 ± 11.1 years, and 277 (67.1%) of the patients were women. Several factors were shown to be related to increased corneal staining in multivariate modeling, including increased daily wearing times (P = 0.0006), lower income (P = 0.0008), lissamine green conjunctival staining (P = 0.002), contact lens deposition (P = 0.007), increased tear meniscus height (P = 0.007), and decreased hydrogel nominal water content (P = 0.02). The wearing of silicone hydrogels (as opposed to hydrogels) was protective against corneal staining (P = 0.0004). Notably, neither contact lens care solutions nor disinfectants were associated with corneal staining. Conclusions. Corneal staining in contact lens wearers continues to be a frequent, but not well understood, outcome. These data suggest that contact lens factors (water content, material, wearing time, and deposition) are more generally associated with corneal staining than are contact lens care solutions or other ocular surface and tear film, demographic, or medical factors. PMID:21087960

  5. Comparative Efficacy of Potassium Levulinate with/without Potassium Diacetate and Potassium Propionate vs Potassium Lactate and Sodium Diacetate for Control of Listeria monocytogenes on commercially prepared uncured t.breast

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    We evaluated the efficacy of potassium levulinate, potassium diacetate, and potassium propionate to inhibit Listeria monocytogenes on commercially-prepared, uncured turkey breast during refrigerated storage. Whole muscle, uncured turkey breast chubs (ca. 5 kg each) were formulated with or without po...

  6. Methods for chromosome-specific staining

    DOEpatents

    Gray, Joe W. (Livermore, CA); Pinkel, Daniel (Walnut Creek, CA)

    1995-01-01

    Methods and compositions for chromosome-specific staining are provided. Compositions comprise heterogenous mixtures of labeled nucleic acid fragments having substantially complementary base sequences to unique sequence regions of the chromosomal DNA for which their associated staining reagent is specific. Methods include methods for making the chromosome-specific staining compositions of the invention, and methods for applying the staining compositions to chromosomes.

  7. Ultraviolet Light (254 nm) Inactivation of Listeria monocytogenes on frankfurters that contain potassium lactate and sodium diacetate

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    Listeria monocytogenes, a psychrotrophic food-borne pathogen, is an occasional post-process contaminant on ready-to-eat meat (RTE) products including frankfurters. Potassium lactate (PL) and sodium diacetate (SDA) are FDA approved antimicrobials that inhibit the growth of L. monocytogenes when incor...

  8. EFFECTS AND INTERACTIONS OF TEMPERATURE, SODIUM LACTATE, SODIUM DIACETATE AND PEDIOCIN ON THE STARVED CELLS OF LISTERIA MONOCYTOGENES

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    The effects and interactions of temperature (55-60 degrees C), sodium lactate (SL; 0.0-4.8%), sodium diacetate (SDA; 0.0-0.4%) and pediocin (0.0-10000 AU) on the starved cells of L. monocytogenes inoculated on the surface of the frankfurters were investigated, and a predictive model was developed. C...

  9. Sodium lactate, sodium diacetate and pediocin: effects and interactions on the thermal inactivation of Listeria monocytogenes on bologna

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    The effects and interactions of temperature (56.3C-60C), sodium lactate (SL; 0-4.8%), sodium diacetate (SD; 0-0.25%) and pediocin (0-10,000 AU) on Listeria monocytogenes inoculated on bologna were studied and a predictive inactivation model was developed. Bologna was manufactured with different SL ...

  10. Salt stains from evaporating droplets

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    Shahidzadeh, Noushine; Schut, Marthe F. L.; Desarnaud, Julie; Prat, Marc; Bonn, Daniel

    2015-01-01

    The study of the behavior of sessile droplets on solid substrates is not only associated with common everyday phenomena, such as the coffee stain effect, limescale deposits on our bathroom walls , but also very important in many applications such as purification of pharmaceuticals, de-icing of airplanes, inkjet printing and coating applications. In many of these processes, a phase change happens within the drop because of solvent evaporation, temperature changes or chemical reactions, which consequently lead to liquid to solid transitions in the droplets. Here we show that crystallization patterns of evaporating of water drops containing dissolved salts are different from the stains reported for evaporating colloidal suspensions. This happens because during the solvent evaporation, the salts crystallize and grow during the drying. Our results show that the patterns of the resulting salt crystal stains are mainly governed by wetting properties of the emerging crystal as well as the pathway of nucleation and growth, and are independent of the evaporation rate and thermal conductivity of the substrates. PMID:26012481

  11. Salt stains from evaporating droplets.

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    Shahidzadeh, Noushine; Schut, Marthe F L; Desarnaud, Julie; Prat, Marc; Bonn, Daniel

    2015-01-01

    The study of the behavior of sessile droplets on solid substrates is not only associated with common everyday phenomena, such as the coffee stain effect, limescale deposits on our bathroom walls , but also very important in many applications such as purification of pharmaceuticals, de-icing of airplanes, inkjet printing and coating applications. In many of these processes, a phase change happens within the drop because of solvent evaporation, temperature changes or chemical reactions, which consequently lead to liquid to solid transitions in the droplets. Here we show that crystallization patterns of evaporating of water drops containing dissolved salts are different from the stains reported for evaporating colloidal suspensions. This happens because during the solvent evaporation, the salts crystallize and grow during the drying. Our results show that the patterns of the resulting salt crystal stains are mainly governed by wetting properties of the emerging crystal as well as the pathway of nucleation and growth, and are independent of the evaporation rate and thermal conductivity of the substrates. PMID:26012481

  12. Process for the production of ethylidene diacetate from dimethyl ether using a heterogeneous catalyst

    DOEpatents

    Ramprasad, D.; Waller, F.J.

    1998-04-28

    This invention relates to a process for producing ethylidene diacetate by the reaction of dimethyl ether, acetic acid, hydrogen and carbon monoxide at elevated temperatures and pressures in the presence of an alkyl halide and a heterogeneous, bifunctional catalyst that is stable to hydrogenation and comprises an insoluble polymer having pendant quaternized heteroatoms, some of which heteroatoms are ionically bonded to anionic Group VIII metal complexes, the remainder of the heteroatoms being bonded to iodide. In contrast to prior art processes, no accelerator (promoter) is necessary to achieve the catalytic reaction and the products are easily separated from the catalyst by filtration. The catalyst can be recycled for 3 consecutive runs without loss in activity.

  13. Process for the production of ethylidene diacetate from dimethyl ether using a heterogeneous catalyst

    DOEpatents

    Ramprasad, Dorai (Allentown, PA); Waller, Francis Joseph (Allentown, PA)

    1998-01-01

    This invention relates to a process for producing ethylidene diacetate by the reaction of dimethyl ether, acetic acid, hydrogen and carbon monoxide at elevated temperatures and pressures in the presence of an alkyl halide and a heterogeneous, bifunctional catalyst that is stable to hydrogenation and comprises an insoluble polymer having pendant quaternized heteroatoms, some of which heteroatoms are ionically bonded to anionic Group VIII metal complexes, the remainder of the heteroatoms being bonded to iodide. In contrast to prior art processes, no accelerator (promoter) is necessary to achieve the catalytic reaction and the products are easily separated from the catalyst by filtration. The catalyst can be recycled for 3 consecutive runs without loss in activity.

  14. Supramolecular architecture of betulin diacetate complexes with arabinogalactan from Larix sibirica.

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    Mikhailenko, Mikhail A; Shakhtshneider, Tatyana P; Eltsov, Ilia V; Kozlov, Alexander S; Kuznetsova, Svetlana A; Karacharov, ?nton ?; Boldyrev, Vladimir V

    2016-03-15

    Supramolecular ensembles of arabinogalactan (AG) and its complexes with betulin diacetate (BDA) were studied in water and dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) using ablation, induced by submillimeter radiation from the free electron laser. Solutions of 1wt% AG resulted in formation of aerosol particles with a maximum size of 60-70nm. In contrast, with DMSO as the solvent, the majority of particles were significantly smaller. Nevertheless, the addition of water shifted the particle size distribution to a larger size, suggesting the cross-linking of AG chains due to hydrogen bonding through water molecules. The ensembles of molecules were larger in solutions of the AG-BDA complex as compared to pure AG aqueous solution, and the distribution was narrow. The role of side chain interactions in the formation of AG-BDA complexes in aqueous solutions was confirmed by NMR. PMID:26794731

  15. [The effect of angiography with disodium fluorescein on the hemorheologic parameters of diabetics].

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    Sargento, L; Zabala, L; Gomes, T; Saldanha, C; Martins-Silva, J; Souza-Ramalho, P

    1996-01-01

    Chorioretinal angiography with fluorescein is an auxiliary method widely used in Ophthalmology which enables us to study the blood/humour and blood/retina/choroid interface. The presence of a strange compound in circulation may interfere with blood flow homeostasis. With the aim of studying fluorescein influence in blood rheology, blood samples were drawn before, immediately after and 30 minutes after fluorescein bolus injection; from 10 patients with diabetes mellitus, with or without retinopathy, blood fluidity (hematocrit, erythrocyte aggregation and whole blood viscosity) and erythrocyte membrane functional properties were determined. After fluorescein injection there was erythrocyte hyperaggregation (37.7%, p = 0.004), was detected, hemoglobin concentration (p = 0.039) and hematocrit (p = 0.013) decrease, and a double time increase of methemoglobin concentration (p < 0.001) the erythrocyte membrane hydrophobic region became more rigid (p = 0.016). All these abnormalities normalized after 30 minutes. In conclusion, fluorescein angiography interferes acutely with the hemorheological parameters of patients with diabetes mellitus, with erythrocyte hyperaggregation which could interfere with the microcirculation of these patients. PMID:9254526

  16. Double-Staining Epifluorescence Technique to Assess Frequency of Dividing Cells and Bacteriovory in Natural Populations of Heterotrophic Microprotozoa

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    Sherr, Evelyn B.; Sherr, Barry F.

    1983-01-01

    We have developed a double-staining procedure for use with epifluorescence microscopy which allows the detection both of dividing cells and of ingested bacteria in food vacuoles of heterotrophic microprotozoa. Microprotozoan cells are stained sequentially with the DNA-specific fluorochrome DAPI (4?,6-diami-dino-2-phenylindole) and the nonspecific protein stain fluorescein isothiocyanate. During microscopic examination, heterotrophic microprotozoan cells are first located with fluorescein isothiocyanate fluorescence and then epifluorescence filter sets are switched to permit inspection under DAPI fluorescence of the cell nuclei and of the contents of food vacuoles. Among in situ populations of estuarine microprotozoa sampled over a tidal cycle, we found from 2.2 to 5.2% of the heterotrophic cells in a recognizable stage of division (nuclei elongated or double). Batch culture growth experiments were also carried out both with natural populations and with two isolated species of estuarine microprotozoa. In these experiments, the frequency of dividing cells ranged from 1.2 to 3.8% and appeared to be negatively correlated with growth rate. Microprotozoan populations sampled in continental shelf waters off Savannah, Ga., had mean frequencies of dividing cells ranging from 2.0 to 5.0%. A large fraction of cells in heterotrophic microprotozoan populations (an average of 27.4 1.0% in estuarine water and of 30.1 4.8% in shelf water) had DAPI-stained inclusions, presumably recently ingested bacteria, in their food vacuoles. Images PMID:16346446

  17. Immunofluorescence Staining — EDRN Public Portal

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    Direct immunofluorescence method is used to detect the deposit of immunoglobulins, complement components, fibrinogen, etc. in tissues. This technique is usually performed on frozen sections. The primary antibody is conjugated to fluorescein binds directly with the antigen and can be detected by the fluorescent tag using a fluorescent microscope.

  18. The intravenous fluorescein test: use in timing of groin flap division.

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    McGrath, M H; Adelberg, D; Finseth, F

    1979-01-01

    Successful division or delay of the arterial groin flap requires an accurate prediction of viability. The fluorescein dye test is an objective test to determine the earliest possible time a pedicle can be divided. It is an easy, quick, and comfortable test that can be repeated many times without injuring or altering the flap. It consists of an intravenous injection of fluorescein while the pedicle is temporarily and reversibly occluded. All areas with adequate revascularization fluoresce under ultraviolet light. In three groin flaps intended for hand resurfacing, interval fluorescence testing was the sole criterion for successful pedicle division. In an experimental neurovascular island skin flap in the rat, the validity of the fluorescein test was confirmed. In the clinical situation and in the experimental model, fluorescence is an accurate indicator of groin flap revascularization and a predictor for the timing of safe and early groin flap division. PMID:365930

  19. Safer staining method for acid fast bacilli.

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    Ellis, R C; Zabrowarny, L A

    1993-06-01

    To develop a method for staining acid fast bacilli which excluded highly toxic phenol from the staining solution. A lipophilic agent, a liquid organic detergent, LOC High Studs, distributed by Amway, was substituted. The acid fast bacilli stained red; nuclei, cytoplasm, and cytoplasmic elements stained blue on a clear background. These results compare very favourably with acid fast bacilli stained by the traditional method. Detergents are efficient lipophilic agents and safer to handle than phenol. The method described here stains acid fast bacilli as efficiently as traditional carbol fuchsin methods. LOC High Suds is considerably cheaper than phenol. PMID:7687254

  20. Safer staining method for acid fast bacilli.

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    Ellis, R C; Zabrowarny, L A

    1993-01-01

    To develop a method for staining acid fast bacilli which excluded highly toxic phenol from the staining solution. A lipophilic agent, a liquid organic detergent, LOC High Studs, distributed by Amway, was substituted. The acid fast bacilli stained red; nuclei, cytoplasm, and cytoplasmic elements stained blue on a clear background. These results compare very favourably with acid fast bacilli stained by the traditional method. Detergents are efficient lipophilic agents and safer to handle than phenol. The method described here stains acid fast bacilli as efficiently as traditional carbol fuchsin methods. LOC High Suds is considerably cheaper than phenol. Images PMID:7687254

  1. The use of fluorescein sodium in the biopsy and gross-total resection of a tectal plate glioma.

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    Ung, Timothy H; Kellner, Christopher; Neira, Justin A; Wang, Shih-Hsiu J; D'Amico, Randy; Faust, Phyllis L; Canoll, Peter; Feldstein, Neil A; Bruce, Jeffrey N

    2015-12-01

    Intravenous administration of fluorescein sodium fluoresces glioma burden tissue and can be visualized using the surgical microscope with a specialized filter. Intraoperative guidance afforded through the use of fluorescein may enhance the fidelity of tissue sampling, and increase the ability to accomplish complete resection of tectal lesions. In this report the authors present the case of a 19-year-old man with a tectal anaplastic pilocytic astrocytoma in which the use of fluorescein sodium and a Zeiss Pentero surgical microscope equipped with a yellow 560 filter enabled safe complete resection. In conjunction with neurosurgical navigation, added intraoperative guidance provided by fluorescein may be beneficial in the resection of brainstem gliomas. PMID:26407010

  2. Fluorogenic Substrate Detection of Viable Intracellular and Extracellular Pathogenic Protozoa

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    Jackson, Peter R.; Pappas, Michael G.; Hansen, Brian D.

    1985-01-01

    Viable Leishmania promastigotes and amastigotes were detected by epifluorescence microscopy with fluorescein diacetate being used to mark living parasites and the nucleic acid-binding compound ethidium bromide to stain dead cells. This procedure is superior to other assays because it is faster and detects viable intracellular as well as extracellular Leishmania. Furthermore, destruction of intracellular pathogens by macrophages is more accurately determined with fluorescein diacetate than with other stains. The procedure may have applications in programs to develop drugs and vaccines against protozoa responsible for human and animal disease.

  3. [Preparation and vitality detection of protoplast in Salvia miltiorrhiza Bunge].

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    Zhu, Nan; Liu, Jun; Zhang, Xinyu; Dong, Juan'e

    2014-10-01

    We prepared protoplasts from Salvia miltiorrhiza Bunge suspension culture cells. Then, the protoplasts' vitality and functions were tested by fluorescein diacetate staining method and Fluo-3/AM flourescent probe. The optimal condition of protoplast isolation was Cellulase R-10 1.5%, Pectinase Y-23 0.3%, Macerozyme R-10 0.5%, 40 r/min 12 h, 600 r/min 5 min, and the protoplasts yield was 1.1x10(6) cells/g FW, the vitality was more than 95% by using fluorescein diacetate staining method. It has been confirmed that calcium fluorescent probe Fluo-3/AM can be successfully loaded into protoplasts. PMID:25726586

  4. The use of lysozyme modified with fluorescein for the detection of Gram-positive bacteria.

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    Arabski, Micha?; Konieczna, Iwona; Tusi?ska, Ewa; W?sik, S?awomir; Relich, Inga; Zaj?c, Krzysztof; Kami?ski, Zbigniew J; Kaca, Wies?aw

    2015-01-01

    Lysozyme (1,4-?-N-acetylmuramidase) is commonly applied in the food, medical, and pharmaceutical industries. In this study, we tested a novel application of fluorescein-modified lysozyme (using carboxyfluorescein with a triazine-based coupling reagent) as a new tool for the detection of Gram-positive soil bacteria. The results, obtained by cultivation methods, fluorescence analysis, and laser interferometry, showed that, after optimization, fluorescein-modified lysozyme could be used to evaluate the prevalence of Gram-positive bacteria essential in bioremediation of soils with low pH, such as those degraded by sulfur. PMID:24916601

  5. A double fluorescence staining protocol to determine the cross-sectional area of myofibers using image analysis

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    Mozdziak, P. E.; Fassel, T. A.; Schultz, E.; Greaser, M. L.; Cassens, R. G.

    1996-01-01

    A double fluorescence staining protocol was developed to facilitate computer based image analysis. Myofibers from experimentally treated (irradiated) and control growing turkey skeletal muscle were labeled with the anti-myosin antibody MF-20 and detected using fluorescein-5-isothiocyanate (FITC). Extracellular material was stained with concanavalin A (ConA)-Texas red. The cross-sectional area of the myofibers was determined by calculating the number of pixels (0.83 mu m(2)) overlying each myofiber after subtracting the ConA-Texas red image from the MF-20-FITC image for each region of interest. As expected, myofibers in the irradiated muscle were smaller (P < 0.05) than those in the non-irradiated muscle. This double fluorescence staining protocol combined with image analysis is accurate and less labor-intensive than classical procedures for determining the cross-sectional area of myofibers.

  6. A Quantitative and Standardized Method for the Evaluation of Choroidal Neovascularization Using MICRON III Fluorescein Angiograms in Rats

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    Wigg, Jonathan P.; Zhang, Hong; Yang, Dong

    2015-01-01

    Introduction In-vivo imaging of choroidal neovascularization (CNV) has been increasingly recognized as a valuable tool in the investigation of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) in both clinical and basic research applications. Arguably the most widely utilised model replicating AMD is laser generated CNV by rupture of Bruch’s membrane in rodents. Heretofore CNV evaluation via in-vivo imaging techniques has been hamstrung by a lack of appropriate rodent fundus camera and a non-standardised analysis method. The aim of this study was to establish a simple, quantifiable method of fluorescein fundus angiogram (FFA) image analysis for CNV lesions. Methods Laser was applied to 32 Brown Norway Rats; FFA images were taken using a rodent specific fundus camera (Micron III, Phoenix Laboratories) over 3 weeks and compared to conventional ex-vivo CNV assessment. FFA images acquired with fluorescein administered by intraperitoneal injection and intravenous injection were compared and shown to greatly influence lesion properties. Utilising commonly used software packages, FFA images were assessed for CNV and chorioretinal burns lesion area by manually outlining the maximum border of each lesion and normalising against the optic nerve head. Net fluorescence above background and derived value of area corrected lesion intensity were calculated. Results CNV lesions of rats treated with anti-VEGF antibody were significantly smaller in normalised lesion area (p<0.001) and fluorescent intensity (p<0.001) than the PBS treated control two weeks post laser. The calculated area corrected lesion intensity was significantly smaller (p<0.001) in anti-VEGF treated animals at 2 and 3 weeks post laser. The results obtained using FFA correlated with, and were confirmed by conventional lesion area measurements from isolectin stained choroidal flatmounts, where lesions of anti-VEGF treated rats were significantly smaller at 2 weeks (p = 0.049) and 3 weeks (p<0.001) post laser. Conclusion The presented method of in-vivo FFA quantification of CNV, including acquisition variable corrections, using the Micron III system and common use software establishes a reliable method for detecting and quantifying CNV enabling longitudinal studies and represents an important alternative to conventional CNV quantification methods. PMID:26024231

  7. Methods for chromosome-specific staining

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    Gray, J.W.; Pinkel, D.

    1995-09-05

    Methods and compositions for chromosome-specific staining are provided. Compositions comprise heterogeneous mixtures of labeled nucleic acid fragments having substantially complementary base sequences to unique sequence regions of the chromosomal DNA for which their associated staining reagent is specific. Methods include ways for making the chromosome-specific staining compositions of the invention, and methods for applying the staining compositions to chromosomes. 3 figs.

  8. Investigation on interaction and sonodynamic damage of fluorescein derivants to bovine serum albumin (BSA) under ultrasonic irradiation

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    Zou, Mingming; Zhang, Lei; Wang, Jun; Wang, Qi; Gao, Jingqun; Fan, Ping

    2013-06-01

    The fluorescein derivants (Fluorescein: (2-(6-Hydroxy-3-oxo-(3H)-xanthen-9-yl) benzoic acid), Fluorescein-DA: (Bis [N,N-bis (carboxymethyl) aminomethyl] fluorescein) and Fluorescein-DAsbnd Fe(III): (Bis [N,N-bis (carboxymethyl) aminomethyl] fluoresceinsbnd Ferrous(III)) with a tricyclic plane structure were used to study the interaction and sonodynamic damage to bovine serum albumin (BSA) under ultrasonic irradiation through fluorospectrometry and UV-vis spectrophotometry. Besides, because of the existence of Fe(III) ion in Fluorescein-DAsbnd Fe(III), under ultrasonic irradiation the sonocatalytic activity in the damage of BSA molecules was also found. Three-dimensional fluorescence spectra and three-dimensional fluorescence contour profile spectra were mentioned to determine the fluorescence quenching and the conformation change of BSA in the absence and presence of these fluorescein derivants. As judged from the experimental results, the fluorescence quenching of BSA in aqueous solution caused by these fluorescein derivants were all attributed to static quenching process. The damage degree and mode were related to some factors such as ultrasonic irradiation time, fluorescein derivant concentration and ionic strength. Finally, several quenchers were used to determine the amount and kind of generated reactive oxygen species (ROS) during sonodynamic and sonocatalytic reaction processes. It suggests that these fluorescein derivants induce protein damage via various ROS, at least, including singlet oxygen (1O2) and hydroxyl radicals (rad OH). Perhaps, this paper may offer some important subjects for broadening the application of these fluorescein derivants in sonodynamic therapy (SDT) and sonocatalytic therapy (SCT) technologies for tumor treatment.

  9. Phenyliodine(III) Diacetate Mediated Oxidative Cyclization of 1-Alkenoyl-1-carbamoyl Cycloalkanes: Access to Spiro-Fused Dihydrofuran-3(2H)-ones.

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    Yuan, Jingwen; Zhang, Qian; Yu, Mangfei; Huang, Peng; Zhang, Rui; Dong, Dewen

    2015-10-16

    Facile and efficient synthesis of spiro-fused dihydrofuran-3(2H)-ones was developed via phenyliodine(III) diacetate (PIDA) mediated oxidative cyclization of 1-alkenoyl-1-carbamoyl cycloalkanes under very mild conditions. PMID:26444337

  10. Spectroscopic properties and amplified spontaneous emission of fluorescein laser dye in ionic liquids as green media

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    AL-Aqmar, Dalal M.; Abdelkader, H. I.; Abou Kana, Maram T. H.

    2015-09-01

    The use of ionic liquids (ILs) as milieu materials for laser dyes is a promising field and quite competitive with volatile organic solvents and solid state-dye laser systems. This paper investigates some photo-physical parameters of fluorescein dye incorporated into ionic liquids; 1-Butyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride (BMIM Cl), 1-Butyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrachloroaluminate (BMIM AlCl4) and 1-Butyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate (BMIM BF4) as promising host matrix in addition to ethanol as reference. These parameters are: absorption and emission cross-sections, fluorescence lifetime and quantum yield, in addition to the transition dipole moment, the attenuation length and oscillator strength were also investigated. Lasing characteristics such as amplified spontaneous emission (ASE), the gain, and the photostability of fluorescein laser dye dissolved in different host materials were assessed. The composition and properties of the matrix of ILs were found that it has great interest in optimizing the laser performance and photostability of the investigated laser dye. Under transverse pumping of fluorescein dye by blue laser diode (450 nm) of (400 mW), the initial ASE for dye dissolved in BMIM AlCl4 and ethanol were decreased to 39% and 36% respectively as time progressed 132 min. Relatively high efficiency and high fluorescence quantum yield (11.8% and 0.82% respectively) were obtained with good photostability in case of fluorescein in BMIM BF4 that was decreased to ?56% of the initial ASE after continuously pumping with 400 mW for 132 min.

  11. Determination of torasemide by fluorescence quenching method with some dihalogenated fluorescein dyes as probes

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    Cui, Zhiping; Liu, Shaopu; Liu, Zhongfang; Li, Yuanfang; Hu, Xiaoli; Tian, Jing

    2013-10-01

    A novel fluorescence quenching method for the determination of torasemide (TOR) with some dihalogenated fluorescein dyes as fluorescence probes was developed. In acidulous medium, TOR could interact with some dihalogenated fluorescein dyes such as dichlorofluorescein (DCF), dibromofluorescein (DBF) and diiodofluorescein (DIF) to form binary complexes, which could lead to fluorescence quenching of above dihalogenated fluorescein dyes. The maximum fluorescence emission wavelengths were located at 532 nm (TOR-DCF), 535 nm (TOR-DBF) and 554 nm (TOR-DIF). The relative fluorescence intensities (ΔF = F0 - F) were proportional to the concentration of TOR in certain ranges. The detection limits were 4.8 ng mL-1 for TOR-DCF system, 9.8 ng mL-1 for TOR-DBF system and 35.1 ng mL-1 for TOR-DIF system. The optimum reaction conditions, influencing factors were studied; and the effect of coexisting substances was investigated owing to the highest sensitivity of TOR-DCF system. In addition, the reaction mechanism, composition and structure of the complex were discussed by quantum chemical calculation and Job's method. The fluorescence quenching of dihalogenated fluorescein dyes by TOR was a static quenching process judging from the effect of temperature and the Stern-Volmer plots. The method was satisfactorily applied to the determination of TOR in tablets and human urine samples.

  12. Immunofluorescent staining of the surfaces of lymphocytes in suspension from patients with dengue hemorrhagic fever.

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    Boonpucknavig, S.; Bhamarapravati, N.; Nimmannitya, S.; Phalavadhtana, A.; Siripont, J.

    1976-01-01

    Immunofluorescent staining of lymphocytes suspensions from 55 of 62 patients with dengue hemorrhagic fever was positive for dengue antigen and human beta1C/a-globulin on the surface, from the second ay before shock or subsidence of fever. The percentages of positive staining of both components gradually increased to a maximum on the day of shock or subsidence of fever. B lymphocytes increased during the course of the disease. Neither dengue antigen nor human beta1C/a-globulin was detected on the surface of the lymphocytes from normal controls or patients with other diseases. By double immunofluorescent staining with different colors of fluorochromes, antidengue antibody with fluorescein isothiocyanate and antihuman gamma -globulin or antihuman beta1C/a-globulin with lissamine rhodamine B on the same lymphocytes revealed dengue antigen appearing only on B lymphocytes. The human beta1C/a-globulin and dengue antigen were located on the surface of the same lymphocytes. The pattern of the staining by both components showed fine and coarse irregular granules over the lymphocyte surface. The fluorescent granules seemed to be on the surface but not in the intracellular vacuoles of the lymphocytes. Images Figure 1 PMID:61729

  13. Silver staining techniques of polyacrylamide gels.

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    Bartsch, Holger; Arndt, Claudia; Koristka, Stefanie; Cartellieri, Marc; Bachmann, Michael

    2012-01-01

    Although the main application for polyacrylamide gels is the separation and subsequent blotting of proteins for immunodetection, there are tasks that need staining of proteins in the polyacrylamide gel. Several different staining techniques exist for protein staining in SDS gels that differ in their sensitivity, their expenditure of time, and other aspects. Still, silver staining is the most sensitive and reliable staining technique. Because this technique was developed in the 1970s, a huge number of variations exist. Therefore, we will provide herein three methods, which are robust and easy to perform. PMID:22585513

  14. A novel biosensor for Escherichia coli O157:H7 based on fluorescein-releasable biolabels.

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    Hu, Rong-Rong; Yin, Zheng-Zhi; Zeng, Yan-Bo; Zhang, Jian; Liu, Hai-Qing; Shao, Yong; Ren, Shi-Bin; Li, Lei

    2016-04-15

    New techniques are required for the rapid and sensitive detection of Escherichia coli O157:H7 (E. coli O157:H7), a pathogenic bacterium responsible for serious and sometimes life-threatening diseases in humans. In this study, we developed a highly sensitive and efficient biosensor for the quantitative detection of E. coli O157:H7 by integrating fluorescein-releasable biolabels with a magnetism-separable probe. Hollow silica nanospheres with a diameter of approximately 350nm were synthesized, enriched with fluorescein, and surface-protected with macromolecule layers of poly (acrylic acid) and poly (dimethyldiallylammonium chloride). These fluorescein-enriched hollow silica nanospheres were characterized using scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. They were further functionalized as immune labels of E. coli O157:H7 for a sandwich-type immune reaction between this bacterium and magnetic nanoparticles (Fe3O4@SiO2). Next, the E. coli O157:H7 cells were captured, magnetically separated, and quantified based on the fluorescence intensity of the fluorescein released from the biolabels of the fluorescein-enriched hollow silica nanospheres. This analytic process can be completed within 75min, and the biosensor showed a linear relationship ranging from 4 to 4.0×10(8)cfu/mL with a detection limit of 3cfu/mL. These results show that the developed fluorescent sensor has excellent specificity, and good reproducibility and stability. This study used real spiked samples for detection, indicating that this technique has a wide range of potential applications and may be readily adapted for detecting other pathogens. PMID:26584080

  15. Quantitative Spatial and Temporal Analysis of Fluorescein Angiography Dynamics in the Eye

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    Hui, Flora; Nguyen, Christine T. O.; Bedggood, Phillip A.; He, Zheng; Fish, Rebecca L.; Gurrell, Rachel; Vingrys, Algis J.; Bui, Bang V.

    2014-01-01

    Purpose We describe a novel approach to analyze fluorescein angiography to investigate fluorescein flow dynamics in the rat posterior retina as well as identify abnormal areas following laser photocoagulation. Methods Experiments were undertaken in adult Long Evans rats. Using a rodent retinal camera, videos were acquired at 30 frames per second for 30 seconds following intravenous introduction of sodium fluorescein in a group of control animals (n?=?14). Videos were image registered and analyzed using principle components analysis across all pixels in the field. This returns fluorescence intensity profiles from which, the half-rise (time to 50% brightness), half-fall (time for 50% decay) back to an offset (plateau level of fluorescence). We applied this analysis to video fluorescein angiography data collected 30 minutes following laser photocoagulation in a separate group of rats (n?=?7). Results Pixel-by-pixel analysis of video angiography clearly delineates differences in the temporal profiles of arteries, veins and capillaries in the posterior retina. We find no difference in half-rise, half-fall or offset amongst the four quadrants (inferior, nasal, superior, temporal). We also found little difference with eccentricity. By expressing the parameters at each pixel as a function of the number of standard deviation from the average of the entire field, we could clearly identify the spatial extent of the laser injury. Conclusions This simple registration and analysis provides a way to monitor the size of vascular injury, to highlight areas of subtle vascular leakage and to quantify vascular dynamics not possible using current fluorescein angiography approaches. This can be applied in both laboratory and clinical settings for in vivo dynamic fluorescent imaging of vasculature. PMID:25365578

  16. On the mechanism of the unexpected facile formation of meso-diacetate products in enzymatic acetylation of alkanediols.

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    Edin, Michaela; Bckvall, Jan-E

    2003-03-21

    The mechanism of the unexpected facile formation of meso-diacetate previously observed in the enzymatic resolution of dl/meso mixtures of 2,4-pentanediol and 2,5-hexanediol with Candida antarctica lipase B has been elucidated. It was found that the formation of meso-diacetate proceeds via different mechanisms for the two diols. Enzyme-catalyzed acylation of AcO-d(3) labeled (R)-monoacetates of meso-2,4-pentanediol and meso-2,5-hexanediol and analysis of the meso-diacetates obtained show that the former reaction proceeds via intramolecular acyl migration while the latter occurs via direct S-acylation of the alcohol. For the (R)-monoacetate of (R,S)-2,4-pentanediol the intramolecular acyl migration was fast and therefore direct S-acylation by the external acyl donor is suppressed. For the hexanediol monoacetate the rate ratio (pseudo E value) between (5R,2R)- and (5R,2S)-5-acetoxy-2-hexanol was experimentally determined to be k(R,R)/k(R,S) = 25, which is about 10-20 times lower than the E value for 2-pentanol and 2-octanol. In a preliminary experiment it was demonstrated that facile acyl migration in the 1,3-diol derivative can be utilized to prepare syn-1,3-diacetoxynonane (>90% syn) in high enantioselectivity (>99% ee) via a chemoenzymatic dynamic kinetic asymmetric transformation of a meso/dl mixture of 1,3-nonanediol. PMID:12636384

  17. Encapsulation of T4 bacteriophage in electrospun poly(ethylene oxide)/cellulose diacetate fibers.

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    Korehei, Reza; Kadla, John F

    2014-01-16

    Phage therapy is a potentially beneficial approach to food preservation and storage. Sustained delivery of bacteriophage can prevent bacterial growth on contaminated food surfaces. Using coaxial electrospinning bacteriophage can be encapsulated in electrospun fibers with high viability. The resulting bio-based electrospun fibers may have potential as a food packaging material. In the present work, T4 bacteriophage (T4 phage) was incorporated into core/shell electrospun fibers made from poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO), cellulose diacetate (CDA), and their blends. Fibers prepared using PEO as the shell polymer showed an immediate burst release of T4 phage upon submersion in buffer. The blending of CDA with PEO significantly decreased the rate of phage release, with no released T4 phage being detected from the solely CDA fibers. Increasing the PEO molecular weight increased the electrospun fiber diameter and viscosity of the releasing medium, which resulted in a relatively slower T4 phage release profile. SEM analyses of the electrospun fiber morphologies were in good agreement with the T4 phage release profiles. Depending on the PEO/CDA ratio, the post-release electrospun fiber morphologies varied from discontinuous fibers to minimally swollen fibers. From these results it is suggested that the T4 phage release mechanism is through solvent activation/polymer dissolution in the case of the PEO fibers and/or by diffusion control from the PEO/CDA blend fibers. PMID:24188849

  18. Degradation of phorbol 12,13-diacetate in aqueous solution by gamma irradiation

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    Kongmany, Santi; Furuta, Masakazu; Matsuura, Hiroto; Okuda, Shuichi; Imamura, Kiyoshi; Maeda, Yasuaki

    2014-12-01

    Phorbol esters (PEs) are highly toxic compounds that cause skin irritation, inflammation, and tumor promotion upon contact with humans or animals. These compounds are naturally present in Jatropha curcas L. To promote the use of J. curcas seed oil in bio-diesel production industries and reduce environmental concerns, it is necessary to find methods of degrading PEs. In this study, the degradation of phorbol 12,13-diacetate (PDA), as a representative PE, in aqueous solution at a concentration of 10 mg/L by 60Co-?-irradiation was investigated. The results demonstrate that PDA was effectively degraded by this treatment and the degradation efficiency increased with the absorbed dose within the range of 0.5-3 kGy. Complete degradation of PDA was achieved at a dose of 3 kGy. In the presence of radical scavengers (i.e., methanol, tert-butanol, 2-propanol), reactive species from water radiolysis were scavenged, and significant inhibition of PDA degradation was observed at absorbed doses less than 1 kGy. In the presence of nitrous oxide, the generation of hydroxyl radicals (rad OH) was promoted during gamma irradiation and PDA degradation was drastically enhanced.

  19. Quantitative studies of immunofluorescent staining

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    Wick, G.; Beutner, E. H.

    1970-01-01

    The antiperinuclear factor (APF) is found in a high percentage of sera from patients with rheumatoid arthritis. It can be demonstrated by direct immunofluorescence using the keratohyaline granules of human buccal mucosa as antigenic substrate. Mixing of some normal goat sera with an APF positive serum from a patient with rheumatoid arthritis resulted in an inhibition of the APF titre of the patient's serum. However, there was no clear cut correlation between the APF-positivity of normal goat sera and their inhibitory effect on the APF-reactivity of a human rheumatoid arthritis patient's serum. In reciprocal screening tests the human rheumatoid arthritis serum blocked only one of the APF-reactive goat sera. The reciprocal blocking activity of this goat serum and the patient's serum could be more exactly evaluated by the use of chessboard titrations in an indirect immunofluorescence blocking test. This test consisted of mixing equal volumes of serial dilutions of a goat serum and the patient's serum and subsequent examination of the mixtures for APF using an anti-human IgG conjugate and an anti-goat immunoglobulin conjugate, respectively. The results point to an antibody nature for the APF in preimmune, normal goat sera and to the value of chessboard titrations of this type in demonstrating the identity, non-identity, partial identity (or very close proximity of antigenic determinants) of the antibodies in different antisera which cannot be distinguished by their immunofluorescent staining patterns. ImagesFIG. 1FIG. 2 PMID:4913803

  20. [Staining of microsporidian spores with diamidine phenylindole].

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    Tokarev, Iu S; Malysh, Iu M; Zakharova, Iu A; Muntianu, N V; Toderash, I K; Frolov, A N

    2012-01-01

    A number of microscopic techniques and dyes are available to diagnose microsporidian infections in invertebrate and vertebrate hosts. Among these, DNA-specific fluorochrome DAPI is widely used to stain DNA in prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells, alone or in combination with other histochemical or fluorescent dyes. Moreover, this dye also binds to membraneous structures and protein complexes. In our studies, DAPI was used to stain spores of microsporidia infecting orthopteran, coleopteran, dipteran and lepidopteran insect hosts. DAPI staining of diplokarya helped to discriminate the Nosema-like microsporidian spores from spore-shaped bodies lacking this characteristic staining. It was found, moreover, that non-DNA staining occurred in many cases and other components of the spores were stained: the exospore, the cytoplasm, the extruded polar filament and the polaroplast. Staining of these structures was feeble as compared to DNA and in most cases did not interfere with nuclear apparatus staining. Feebly stained cytoplasm and exospore clearly indicated unstained zone of endospore, making it easier to diagnose both mono- and diplokaryotic spores. Staining of extruded polar filament allowed to demonstrate viability and to observe some stages of extrusion process of microsporidian spores. PMID:22834351

  1. Rapid, one step staining procedures for analysis of cellular DNA and protein by single and dual laser flow cytometry

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    Crissman, H.A.; Steinkamp, J.A.

    1982-01-01

    Detailed, simplified techniques are described for simultaneous staining and analysis of DNA and protein in a number of mammalian cell types. Cell staining involves the addition of appropriate dye mixtures to unfixed or ethanol-fixed cells and subsequent analysis of cell populations in the staining reagents generally within 10 to 20 minutes. The approach is novel in that no centrifugation steps are involved during the staining procedure, thus, eliminating cell clumping and cell loss and making the procedures appropriate for samples containing limited numbers of cells. For single wavelength analysis, staining of DNA and protein in ethanol-fixed cells was accomplished with a dye solution containing propidium iodide, fluorescein isothimocyanate and RNase. After 20 minutes at room temperature cells were analyzed using the 488 nanometer (nm) laser excitation line. For dual laser analysis the following dye combinations were employed without RNase: mithramycin-rhodamine 640, mithramycin-substituted rhodamine isothiocyanate, Hoechst 33342-rhodamine 640 and Hoechst 33342-rhodamine isothiocyanate. Unfixed cells were also stained with the Hoechst 33342-rhodamine 640 dye combination. Mithramycin was excited at 457.9 nm, Hoechst 33342 at 333-363 nm, and rhodamine dyes at 568 nm. Cell types analyzed included Chinese hamster ovary cells, cultured mouse colon 26 cells, mouse embryo forelimb bud cells, and rat cell obtained by lung lavage.

  2. Orcein-picroindigocarmine--a new multiple stain.

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    Steven, P; Paulsen, F; Tillmann, B

    2000-10-01

    A new "orcein-picroindigocarmine staining", a colour combination of orcein, indigo carmine, and picric acid, was developed for histological applications. The new technique was tested on different human tissues. Colours ranging from red to brown, yellow, green and blue were observed in paraffine sections of tissues stained by this method. Nuclear structures in all tissues were stained dark brown to dark blue. Squamous epithelium was stained light brown with varying shades of blue in upper horny layers, whereas the ciliated epithelium was tinged blue grey. When connective tissue was stained, collagen fibrils appeared strongly blue next to elastic fibres, which took on a rust brown tinge; cellular components were all coloured brown. The matrix of hyaline cartilage was stained in different shades of blue, with the chondrocytes rust brown. Sections of bone components appeared dark blue to dark green. Skeletal muscle cells were coloured yellow and green with blue collagenous septa. The new staining is useful for distinguishing connective tissue components such as elastic fibres and collagen fibrils. It also demonstrates chondrocytes in favourable contrast to the cartilage matrix. The technique produces aesthetic staining colouring that could supplement histological investigations and provide an alternative to other staining materials. PMID:11073070

  3. Silver staining of proteins in polyacrylamide gels.

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    Chevallet, Mireille; Luche, Sylvie; Rabilloud, Thierry

    2006-01-01

    Silver staining is used to detect proteins after electrophoretic separation on polyacrylamide gels. It combines excellent sensitivity (in the low nanogram range) with the use of very simple and cheap equipment and chemicals. It is compatible with downstream processing, such as mass spectrometry analysis after protein digestion. The sequential phases of silver staining are protein fixation, then sensitization, then silver impregnation and finally image development. Several variants of silver staining are described here, which can be completed in a time range from 2 h to 1 d after the end of the electrophoretic separation. Once completed, the stain is stable for several weeks. PMID:17487168

  4. Bodian's Silver Method Stains Neurofilament Polypeptides

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    Gambetti, P.; Autilio-Gambetti, L.; Papasozomenos, S. Ch.

    1981-09-01

    Bodian's silver method was used to stain polypeptides of rat spinal cord or peripheral nerve separated by sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis. The bands corresponding to the three polypeptide subunits of the neurofilaments were intensely impregnated. Two other polypeptides were stained inconsistently and less intensely. The tubulin band was stained weakly or not at all; other polypeptides, including glial fibrillary acidic protein, actin, and vimentin, remained unstained. This novel application of Bodian's method provides indirect proof that neurofilaments are the neuronal subcellular structure stained by the technique.

  5. Control of Listeria monocytogenes by lauric arginate on frankfurters formulated with or without lactate/diacetate.

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    Martin, E M; Griffis, C L; Vaughn, K L S; O'Bryan, C A; Friedly, E C; Marcy, J A; Ricke, S C; Crandall, P G; Lary, R Y

    2009-08-01

    Listeria monocytogenes (Lm) is a food safety concern that can be associated with ready-to-eat (RTE) meat and poultry products because of its persistence in the processing environment. Listeriosis has a fatality rate of 28% in immuno-compromised individuals. RTE meats receive a lethal heat treatment but may become contaminated by Lm after this treatment. Federal regulators and manufacturers of RTE meats are working to find additional ways to control postprocess contamination by Lm in RTE meats. This research was initiated to validate combinations of antimicrobials that would produce an immediate lethality of at least 1 log of Lm on artificially contaminated frankfurters, and also suppress Lm growth to less than 2 logs throughout the extended shelf life at refrigerated temperatures (4 degrees C). Based on our studies, 22-ppm lauric arginate (LAE, ethyl-N-dodecanoyl-L-arginate hydrochloride) gave more than a 1-log reduction of Lm surface inoculated onto frankfurters within 12 h. The combination of either 1.8%/0.13% or 2.1%/0.15% potassium lactate/sodium diacetate (L/D) in combination with 22 ppm LAE caused more than a 2-log reduction at 12 h. Storage studies revealed that complementary interactions of L/D and LAE also met the 2nd requirement. This combination initially reduced Lm by 2 logs and suppressed growth to less than 2 logs even at the end of the 156-d storage life for frankfurters. These results confirmed that the combination of L/D with LAE as a postprocessing-prepackaging application could be useful in complying with the USDA's Alternative 1 that requires validation for the control of Lm on RTE frankfurters. PMID:19723207

  6. Inactivation of Listeria innocua on frankfurters that contain potassium lactate and sodium diacetate by flash pasteurization.

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    Sommers, C H; Geveke, D J; Fan, X

    2008-03-01

    Listeria monocytogenes, a psychrotrophic foodborne pathogen, is a recurring postprocess contaminant on ready-to-eat meat (RTE) products, including frankfurters. Potassium lactate (PL) and sodium diacetate (SDA) are FDA-approved antimicrobials that inhibit the growth of L. monocytogenes when incorporated into the formulation of fine emulsion sausage. Flash (steam) pasteurization (FP) has been shown to reduce levels of L. monocytogenes, and its surrogate L. innocua, on frankfurter surfaces. The ability of FP to inactivate and prevent the growth of the L. monocytogenes surrogate L. innocua in a pilot plant setting was investigated. FP treatment (1.5 s, 121 degrees C) of single layers of frankfurters that were surface-inoculated with either 5, 4, or 3 log CFU/g of L. innocua immediately before FP (1.5 s, 121 degrees C) resulted in log reductions of 1.97 (+/- 0.11), 2.03 (+/- 0.10), or 2.07 (+/- 0.14), respectively. Inoculum level had no effect on the inactivation of L. innocua. Following 8 wk of refrigerated storage (4 degrees C), L. innocua levels decreased by 0.5 log in non-FP-treated frankfurter packs, while the 2 log reduction of L. innocua was maintained for FP-treated frankfurters. FP (1.5 s, 121 degrees C) had no effect on frankfurter color or texture. Because the numbers of L. monocytogenes associated with contaminations of ready-to-eat meats are typically very low, the use of FP in combination with PL and SDA has the potential to reduce the number of frankfurter recalls and foodborne illness outbreaks. PMID:18298739

  7. Analysis of chemical equilibrium of silicon-substituted fluorescein and its application to develop a scaffold for red fluorescent probes.

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    Hirabayashi, Kazuhisa; Hanaoka, Kenjiro; Takayanagi, Toshio; Toki, Yuko; Egawa, Takahiro; Kamiya, Mako; Komatsu, Toru; Ueno, Tasuku; Terai, Takuya; Yoshida, Kengo; Uchiyama, Masanobu; Nagano, Tetsuo; Urano, Yasuteru

    2015-09-01

    Fluorescein is a representative green fluorophore that has been widely used as a scaffold of practically useful green fluorescent probes. Here, we report synthesis and characterization of a silicon-substituted fluorescein, i.e., 2-COOH TokyoMagenta (2-COOH TM), which is a fluorescein analogue in which the O atom at the 10' position of the xanthene moiety of fluorescein is replaced with a Si atom. This fluorescein analogue forms a spirolactone ring via intramolecular nucleophilic attack of the carboxylic group in a pH-dependent manner. Consequently, 2-COOH TM exhibits characteristic large pH-dependent absorption and fluorescence spectral changes: (1) 2-COOH TM is colorless at acidic pH, whereas fluorescein retains observable absorption and fluorescence even at acidic pH, and the absorption maximum is also shifted; (2) the absorption spectral change occurs above pH 7.0 for 2-COOH TM and below pH 7.0 for fluorescein; (3) 2-COOH TM shows a much sharper pH response than fluorescein because of its pKa inversion, i.e., pKa1 > pKa2. These features are also different from those of a compound without the carboxylic group, 2-Me TokyoMagenta (2-Me TM). Analysis of the chemical equilibrium between pH 3.0 and 11.0 disclosed that 2-COOH TM favors the colorless and nonfluorescent lactone form, compared with fluorescein. Substitution of Cl atoms at the 4' and 5' positions of the xanthene moiety of 2-COOH TM to obtain 2-COOH DCTM shifted the equilibrium so that the new derivative exists predominantly in the strongly fluorescent open form at physiological pH (pH 7.4). To demonstrate the practical utility of 2-COOH DCTM as a novel scaffold for red fluorescent probes, we employed it to develop a probe for ?-galactosidase. PMID:26237524

  8. Influence of ionization states of antigen on anti-fluorescein antibodies

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    Fukunishi, Hiroaki

    2012-10-01

    Ratios of anion and di-anion states of fluorescein (FLU(-1) and FLU(-2)) are 21.2% and 78.8%, respectively, in the neutral pH. We investigated the influence of ionization states of antigen on anti-fluorescein antibodies. For this purpose, steered molecular dynamics (SMD) simulations were performed. Potential of mean forces (PMF) based on Jarzynski equality showed that wild-type (4-4-20) more strongly binds to FLU(-1) than FLU(-2), whereas its femtomolar-affinity mutant (4M5.3) more strongly binds to FLU(-2) than FLU(-1). It was speculated that the environment or the process of in vivo antibody production had been different from those of the protein engineering.

  9. Tunneling Spectroscopy Analysis of Hexachloro-Fluorescein Phosphoramidite Fluorescent Dye Attached to Deoxyribonucleic Acid

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    Kawahara, Toshio; Takahashi, Takuya; Tanaka, Hiroyuki; Kawai, Tomoji

    2005-07-01

    Scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) was used to observe hexachloro-fluorescein phosphoramidite (HEX) attached to single-stranded deoxyribonucleic acid (ssDNA) with molecular resolution. Scanning tunneling spectroscopy (STS) was also used to study the electric properties of HEX in single-molecular spectroscopy. In the STM topographic images, the bright HEX molecule and each base subunit of DNA could be clearly observed, just as with fluorescein isothiocyanate (FITC) attached to ssDNA. In contrast to FITC, HEX molecules usually did not show a clear peak in their tunneling spectra. Two types of HEX molecules seemed to have different apparent heights, and only the HEX with the larger height in topographic images showed a peak at +0.6 V. The conformation of the HEX seems to affect the measured spectra. Thus, we obtained another molecule marker in addition to FITC with different spectral features for STM.

  10. Effect of liposomal fluidity on skin permeation of sodium fluorescein entrapped in liposomes

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    Subongkot, Thirapit; Ngawhirunpat, Tanasait

    2015-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of ultradeformable liposome components, Tween 20 and terpenes, on vesicle fluidity. The fluidity was evaluated by electron spin resonance spectroscopy using 5-doxyl stearic acid and 16-doxyl stearic acid as spin labels for phospholipid bilayer fluidity at the C5 atom of the acyl chain near the polar head group (hydrophilic region) and the C16 atom of the acyl chain (lipophilic region), respectively. The electron spin resonance study revealed that Tween 20 increased the fluidity at the C5 atom of the acyl chain, whereas terpenes increased the fluidity at the C16 atom of the acyl chain of the phospholipid bilayer. The increase in liposomal fluidity resulted in the increased skin penetration of sodium fluorescein. Confocal laser scanning microscopy showed that ultradeformable liposomes with terpenes increase the skin penetration of sodium fluorescein by enhancing hair follicle penetration. PMID:26229462

  11. Effect of silver NPs plasmon on optical properties of fluorescein dye

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    Ragab, Alaa EL-din E. A.; Gadallah, A.; Mohamed, Mona B.; Azzouz, I. M.

    2013-11-01

    In this work we studied the effect of silver nanoparticles "AgNPs" on the optical properties of fluoretain-->rescein dye. Fluorescein dye solutions have been mixed with different concentrations of colloidal AgNPs. Absorption and fluorescence enhancement of fluorescein dye molecules was detected in the presence of AgNPs. Fluorescence enhancement of the dye molecules was observed with a maximal enhancement factor of about 3-fold. Enhancement of the rate of radiative transition was also detected. The enhancement mechanisms are attributed to a modification of the local density of electromagnetic modes in the vicinity of AgNPs at energies resonant with surface Plasmon. The ability of fluorophore-metal mixture to actively enhance the dye's luminescence could leads to new opportunities for technological development of light emitting and photonic devices. It also may have applications in the fields of bio-technology and medical diagnostics as new class of fluorescence based sensing.

  12. Detection of the halogenating activity of heme peroxidases in leukocytes by aminophenyl fluorescein.

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    Flemmig, J; Remmler, J; Zschaler, J; Arnhold, J

    2015-06-01

    The formation of hypochlorous and hypobromous acids by heme peroxidases is a key property of certain immune cells. These products are not only involved in defense against pathogenic microorganisms and in regulation of inflammatory processes, but contribute also to tissue damage in certain pathologies. After a short introduction about experimental approaches for the assessment of the halogenating activity in vitro and in cell suspensions, we are focusing on novel applications of fluorescent dye systems to detect the formation of hypochlorous acid (HOCl) in leukocytes. Special attention is directed to properties and applications of the non-fluorescent dye aminophenyl fluorescein that is converted by HOCl, HOBr, and other strong oxidants to fluorescein. This dye allows the detection of the halogenating activity in samples containing free myeloperoxidase and eosinophil peroxidase as well as in intact granulocytes using fluorescence spectroscopy and flow cytometry, respectively. PMID:25536418

  13. Methods to measure the reactivity of peroxynitrite-derived oxidants toward reduced fluoresceins and rhodamines.

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    Wardman, Peter

    2008-01-01

    The commonest probes for "reactive oxygen and nitrogen species" are reduced fluorescein and rhodamine dyes that fluoresce when oxidized. The reduced dyes are reactive toward peroxynitrite, although probably not directly but via free radical oxidants derived from it: hydroxyl, carbonate, and nitrogen dioxide free radicals. The reaction with peroxynitrite can be monitored by rapid mixing and stopped-flow spectrophotometry, but reliable measurement of reactivity of the peroxynitrite-derived radicals requires specialized techniques such as flash photolysis or pulse radiolysis to monitor the fast reactions in real time. A key feature of oxidation by radicals is that the reaction produces an intermediate fluorescein or rhodamine radical, which normally is oxidized further by oxygen to yield the fluorescent, stable product. Susceptibility of the yield of fluorescence to interference by antioxidants can be assessed from kinetic parameters, which reflect reactivity. This chapter outlines methods for estimation of key rate constants involving peroxynitrite-derived oxidants. PMID:18554539

  14. Investigation of Fluorescence Resonance Energy Transfer between Fluorescein and Rhodamine 6G

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    Saha, Jaba; Datta Roy, Arpan; Dey, Dibyendu; Chakraborty, Santanu; Bhattacharjee, D.; Paul, P. K.; Hussain, Syed Arshad

    2015-10-01

    Fluorescence Resonance Energy Transfer between two organic dyes Fluorescein and Rhodamine 6G was investigated in aqueous solution in presence and absence of synthetic clay laponite. Spectroscopic studies suggest that both the dyes were present mainly as monomer in solution. Fluorescence Resonance Energy Transfer occurred from Fluorescein to Rhodamine 6G in solutions. Energy transfer efficiency increases in presence of laponite and the maximum efficiency was 72.00% in aqueous laponite dispersion. Energy transfer efficiency was found to be pH sensitive. It has been demonstrated that with proper calibration it is possible to use the present system under investigation to sense pH over a wide range from 1.5 to 8.0.

  15. Special stains in cytology: a technique using one half of a previously stained slide.

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    Dhurandhar, N R; Zorrilla, O

    1988-01-01

    We describe a technique for performing special stains on one half of a slide previously stained by the Papanicolaou or Diff-Quick method. The technique varies depending on whether incubation is required during the staining procedure. For stains that do not require incubation, the portion of the slide to be preserved is covered with liquid paraffin. For stains that do require incubation, the area to be preserved is coverslipped with mounting medium and dried overnight prior to staining. The technique is easy, rapid, inexpensive, and enhances diagnostic accuracy. PMID:2474423

  16. Fluorescein-N-Methylimidazole Conjugate as Cu(2+) Sensor in Mixed Aqueous Media Through Electron Transfer.

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    Helal, Aasif; Kim, Hong-Seok; Yamani, Zain H; Nasiruzzaman Shaikh, M

    2016-01-01

    A new highly selective, chromogenic, and fluorogenic Cu(2+) chemosensor, fluorescein-N-methylimidazole conjugate 1, and another fluorescein-N-imidazole conjugate 2 were synthesized and investigated by UV-visible and fluorescence spectroscopy. The sensing of Cu(2+) quenches the emission band of 1 at ?max=525nm, with an association constant (K a=1.0 x 10(7) M(-1)) and a stoichiometry of 1:1 in a buffered H2O: MeOH solution (4:1, pH=7.4). The Cu(2+) detection limit for chemosensor 1 is 37nM. The presence of the N-methyl group in 1 increased the Cu(2+) binding selectivity, resulting in a stronger binding constant and a broader pH working range (pH5-10) in comparison to 2. The fluorescence in 1 and 2 is caused by electron transfer phenomenon from the imidazole nitrogen to fluorescein, which is readily inhibited by Cu(2+) binding. PMID:26573285

  17. Interaction of fluorescein derivatives with sulfonylurea binding in insulin-secreting cells.

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    Schwanstecher, M; Bachmann, C; Lser, S; Panten, U

    1995-03-01

    Recently evidence was presented that fluorescein derivatives (e.g. phloxine B) inhibit glibenclamide binding by occupation of a nucleotide-binding site at the ATP-sensitive potassium channel (KATP channel). However, this conclusion was inconsistent with the results of previous studies testing the effects of nucleotides on glibenclamide binding. To elucidate the interaction mode of fluorescein derivatives with sulfonylurea binding, the effect of phloxine B on binding of [3H]glibenclamide to microsomes obtained from a pancreatic beta-cell line (HIT-T15) was examined. Phloxine B inhibited specific binding of glibenclamide half-maximally at 3.2 mumol/l. The slope parameter for the displacement curve was close to one, suggesting a competitive interaction between both drugs. In accordance with this assumption 4 mumol/l phloxine B did not show an effect on the number of high-affinity binding sites but increased the apparent dissociation constant for glibenclamide by 3.1-fold and 30 mumol/l phloxine B did not alter the rate of dissociation of [3H]glibenclamide. Moreover, MgATP (300 mumol/l) significantly reduced the apparent affinity for binding of phloxine B to the sulfonylurea receptor. This finding resembled the action of MgATP on binding of sulfonylureas to their receptor site. It is concluded that fluorescein derivatives inhibit glibenclamide binding due to competition for the same site at the sulfonylurea receptor. PMID:7746835

  18. 2-D Registration and 3-D Shape Inference of the Retinal Fundus from Fluorescein Images

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    Choe, Tae Eun; Medioni, Gerard; Cohen, Isaac; Walsh, Alexander C.; Sadda, SriniVas R.

    2008-01-01

    This study presents methods to 2-D registration of retinal image sequences and 3-D shape inference from fluorescein images. The Y-feature is a robust geometric entity that is largely invariant across modalities as well as across the temporal grey level variations induced by the propagation of the dye in the vessels. We first present a Y-feature extraction method that finds a set of Y-feature candidates using local image gradient information. A gradient-based approach is then used to align an articulated model of the Y-feature to the candidates more accurately while optimizing a cost function. Using mutual information, fitted Y-features are subsequently matched across images, including colors and fluorescein angiographic frames, for registration. To reconstruct the retinal fundus in 3-D, the extracted Y-features are used to estimate the epipolar geometry with a plane-and-parallax approach. The proposed solution provides a robust estimation of the fundamental matrix suitable for plane-like surfaces, such as the retinal fundus. The mutual information criterion is used to accurately estimate the dense disparity map, while the Y-features are used to estimate the bounds of the range space. Our experimental results validate the proposed method on a set of difficult fluorescein image pairs. PMID:18060827

  19. Fluorescein thiocarbamyl amino acids as internal standards for migration time correction in capillary sieving electrophoresis.

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    Pugsley, Haley R; Swearingen, Kristian E; Dovichi, Norman J

    2009-04-10

    A number of algorithms have been developed to correct for migration time drift in capillary electrophoresis. Those algorithms require identification of common components in each run. However, not all components may be present or resolved in separations of complex samples, which can confound attempts for alignment. This paper reports the use of fluorescein thiocarbamyl derivatives of amino acids as internal standards for alignment of 3-(2-furoyl)quinoline-2-carboxaldehyde (FQ)-labeled proteins in capillary sieving electrophoresis. The fluorescein thiocarbamyl derivative of aspartic acid migrates before FQ-labeled proteins and the fluorescein thiocarbamyl derivative of arginine migrates after the FQ-labeled proteins. These compounds were used as internal standards to correct for variations in migration time over a two-week period in the separation of a cellular homogenate. The experimental conditions were deliberately manipulated by varying electric field and sample preparation conditions. Three components of the homogenate were used to evaluate the alignment efficiency. Before alignment, the average relative standard deviation in migration time for these components was 13.3%. After alignment, the average relative standard deviation in migration time for these components was reduced to 0.5%. PMID:19249052

  20. A selectively fluorescein-based colorimetric probe for detecting copper(II) ion

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    Zhang, Li; Zhang, Xianhong

    2014-12-01

    A novel fluorescein derivative 3-bromo-5-methylsalicylaldehyde fluorescein hydrazone (BMSFH) has been synthesized by reacting fluorescein hydrazide with 3-bromo-5-methylsalicylaldehyde and was developed as a new colorimetric probe for detection of Cu2+. In the presence of Cu2+ the BMSFH exhibits a rapid color change from colorless to yellow together with an obvious new band appeared at 502 nm in the UV-vis absorption spectra. However, other common alkali-, alkaline earth-, transition- and rare earth metal ions induced no or minimal spectral changes. This change is attributed to BMSFH via coordination with Cu2+ in a 1:1 stoichiometry and this binding to Cu2+ is reversible, as indicated by the bleaching of the color when the Cu2+ is extracted with EDTA. Experimental results indicate that the BMSFH can provide a rapid, selective and sensitive response to Cu2+ with a linear dynamic range 3.0-330 ?mol/L and can be used as a potential Cu2+ colorimetric probe in aqueous solution.

  1. Mineral Stains at the No Name Prospect

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    USGS scientist Art Bookstrom looks at greenish copper stain and pale pink cobalt bloom on limonite-stained meta-siltite and meta-argillite at the No Name prospect, near Iron Creek, in the southeastern part of the Idaho cobalt belt, in east-central Idaho....

  2. Efficiency of staining hair with indocyanine green

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    Kulyabina, Tatyana V.; Kochubey, Vyacheslav I.

    2005-06-01

    The efficiency of staining hair with indocyanine green (ICG) solution depending on type of hair, natural color, staining time and other parameters was investigated. Bonding ICG with hair material occurs due to interaction between ICG molecules and keratinocyte albumin. The penetration of ICG dye into hair meets with difficulties owing to surface protective layer.

  3. Fluorescein angiography

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    ... bar to keep your head still during the test. The health care provider will take pictures of the inside of ... to stop taking medicines that could affect the test results. Tell your health care provide about any allergies, particularly reactions to iodine. ...

  4. Specificity of Immunofluorescent Staining for Study of Aspergillus flavus in Soil

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    Schmidt, E. L.; Bankole, R. O.

    1965-01-01

    Fluorescein-labeled antiserum prepared with Aspergillus flavus strain CS was tested for specificity by staining fungi grown in soil in the vicinity of buried slides. All 14 strains of A. flavus fluoresced as intensely or nearly as intensely as the antigen control. Among 21 isolates of species of Aspergillus other than A. flavus, 17 reacted with moderate to low fluorescence at intensities readily distinguishable from that of A. flavus. The fluorescence of the remaining four cultures, and particularly A. sydowi, was indistinguishable from that of A. flavus. Fungi other than aspergilli were generally nonreactive. Interfering cross-reactions were encountered for one strain of Spicaria and one strain of Stemphylium; three isolates could not be evaluated because of interfering autofluorescence. An additional 22 isolates were either wholly negative or had a low order of fluorescence. Agglutination tests between each of the fungi and A. flavus CS serum revealed close agreement between agglutination titer and fluorescent-staining reaction. Unknown fungi freshly isolated from soil were checked for reaction to the A. flavus labeled antiserum; only one isolate gave a pronounced staining reaction, and that one proved to be a strain of A. flavus. In a simplified ecological model, the fluorescent-antibody technique was used to follow the development of A. flavus in mixed culture in soil with five other soil fungi. Images Fig. 1 PMID:5325934

  5. DETERMINATION OF ALIPHATIC AMINES IN WATER USING DERIVATIZATION WITH FLUORESCEIN ISOTHIOCYANATE AND CAPILLARY ELECTROPHORESIS/LASER-INDUCED FLUORESCENCE DETECTION.

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    Detection-oriented derivatization of aliphatic amines and amine functional groups in coumpounds of environmental interest was studied using fluorescein isothiocyanate (FITC) with separation/determination by capillary electrophoresis/laser-induced fluorescence. Determinative level...

  6. DETERMINATION OF 'GIARDIA MURIS' CYST VIABILITY BY DIFFERENTIAL INTERFERENCE CONTRAST, PHASE, OR BRIGHTFIELD MICROSCOPY

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    Recent experiments have demonstrated that fluorogenic substrates are taken up by Giardia cysts and that an excellent correlation exists between animal infectivity and vital staining with fluorescein diacetate (FDA) for viable cysts and propidium iodide (PI) for non-viable cysts. ...

  7. Compact, Automated Centrifugal Slide-Staining System

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    Feeback, Daniel L.; Clarke, Mark S. F.

    2004-01-01

    The Directional Acceleration Vector-Driven Displacement of Fluids (DAVD-DOF) system, under development at the time of reporting the information for this article, would be a relatively compact, automated, centrifugally actuated system for staining blood smears and other microbiological samples on glass microscope slides in either a microgravitational or a normal Earth gravitational environment. The DAVD-DOF concept is a successor to the centrifuge-operated slide stainer (COSS) concept, which was reported in Slide-Staining System for Microgravity or Gravity (MSC-22949), NASA Tech Briefs, Vol. 25, No. 1 (January, 2001), page 64. The COSS includes reservoirs and a staining chamber that contains a microscope slide to which a biological sample is affixed. The staining chamber is sequentially filled with and drained of staining and related liquids from the reservoirs by use of a weighted plunger to force liquid from one reservoir to another at a constant level of hypergravity maintained in a standard swing-bucket centrifuge. In the DAVD-DOF system, a staining chamber containing a sample would also be sequentially filled and emptied, but with important differences. Instead of a simple microscope slide, one would use a special microscope slide on which would be fabricated a network of very small reservoirs and narrow channels connected to a staining chamber (see figure). Unlike in the COSS, displacement of liquid would be effected by use of the weight of the liquid itself, rather than the weight of a plunger.

  8. De-staining and re-staining mucins in formalin fixed paraffin sections.

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    Smith, A A; Glickfield, I

    2011-04-01

    Re-staining of formalin fixed paraffin sections sometimes is required and this requires prior de-staining. Some simple and effective protocols for de-staining are described. Mucihematoxylin and mucicarmine can be removed with acid alcohol. Zirconyl hematoxylin can be removed with periodic acid or Sinha's fixative. Alcian blue can be removed with 5% trifluoroacetic acid in dichloromethane. Colloidal iron can be bleached in 1% household bleach in alcohol. PAS can be removed with hydrogen peroxide or ammonium hydroxide. With few exceptions, de-stained sections can be re-stained with mucihematoxylin, PAS or Gabe's trichrome. PMID:20001228

  9. Antimicrobial activity of lactic acid bacteria against Listeria monocytogenes on frankfurters formulated with and without lactate/diacetate.

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    Koo, Ok-Kyung; Eggleton, Mallory; O'Bryan, Corliss A; Crandall, Philip G; Ricke, Steven C

    2012-12-01

    Contamination by Listeria monocytogenes has been a constant public health threat for the ready-to-eat (RTE) meat industry due to the potential for high mortalities from listeriosis. Lactic acid bacteria (LAB) have shown protective action against various pathogenic bacteria. The aim of this study was to evaluate the antilisterial activity of a combination of three LAB strains (Lactiguard) on L. monocytogenes. The combination of the LAB was inhibitory to L. monocytogenes inoculated onto frankfurters not containing lactate/diacetate after 8weeks of refrigerated storage (0.6 log reduction compared to L. monocytogenes only control), and when a cell free extract (CFS) of the LAB was added with LAB even more inhibition was obtained (1.2 log reduction compared with L. monocytogenes only). In frankfurters containing lactate/diacetate the LAB and the LAB plus CFS were more effective in reducing growth of L. monocytogenes after 8 weeks of refrigerated storage (2 and 3.3 log reductions respectively). PMID:22704134

  10. The effect of methionine, thiouracil, dienestrol diacetate and thyroprotein on the development and prevention of fatty liver in pullets.

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    Roberson, R H; Trujillo, T

    1975-05-01

    The effect of two levels each of methionine (0.0 and 0.07 percent), thiouracil (0.0 and 0.05 percent), dienestrol diacetate (0.0 and 0.007 percent), and thyroactive casein (0.0 and 0.0125 percent) on the performancy, organ changes, and liver composition in 640 pullets of two strains was studied in a 24 factorial arrangement of treatments. Egg production, egg characteristics, feed conversion, organ weights, and liver composition were parameters measured. Supplemental methionine increased the phosphorus content of liver fat in strain A, but other parameters in the two strains were mot affected by the increase in dietary methionine. The thiouracil increased weight grains, gram of fat per total liver, percent of liver fat, thyroid weight, and heart weight but decreased the phosphorus content of liver fat. Nine typical cases of fatty liver syndrome with large liver hematomas occurred in the thiouracil treated birds and one case occurred in an untreated pullet. Dienestrol diacetate did not affect egg production, egg characteristics, organ weights, and liver composition in the two strains. Thyroprotein decreased weight gain, abdominal fat, liver weight. liver fat, thyroid weight, and percent red cells, but decreased percent blood sports in eggs and adjusted weights of the kidney and heart in both strains. PMID:1153373

  11. An alternative to India ink stain.

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    Ibembe, Isaac Nicholas; Wiggin, Timothy Roger

    2015-07-01

    Accessing India ink in rural Uganda is difficult and costly. An alternative stain was sought to assist in microbiological diagnoses of cryptococcal infections in immunosuppressed patients with meningitis. Mascara proved to be an excellent and cheap alternative. PMID:25999353

  12. Gram staining apparatus for space station applications.

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    Molina, T C; Brown, H D; Irbe, R M; Pierson, D L

    1990-03-01

    A self-contained, portable Gram staining apparatus (GSA) has been developed for use in the microgravity environment on board the Space Station Freedom. Accuracy and reproducibility of this apparatus compared with the conventional Gram staining method were evaluated by using gram-negative and gram-positive controls and different species of bacteria grown in pure cultures. A subsequent study was designed to assess the performance of the GSA with actual specimens. A set of 60 human and environmental specimens was evaluated with the GSA and the conventional Gram staining procedure. Data obtained from these studies indicated that the GSA will provide the Gram staining capability needed for the microgravity environment of space. PMID:1690529

  13. Gram staining apparatus for space station applications

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    Molina, T. C.; Brown, H. D.; Irbe, R. M.; Pierson, D. L.

    1990-01-01

    A self-contained, portable Gram staining apparatus (GSA) has been developed for use in the microgravity environment on board the Space Station Freedom. Accuracy and reproducibility of this apparatus compared with the conventional Gram staining method were evaluated by using gram-negative and gram-positive controls and different species of bacteria grown in pure cultures. A subsequent study was designed to assess the performance of the GSA with actual specimens. A set of 60 human and environmental specimens was evaluated with the GSA and the conventional Gram staining procedure. Data obtained from these studies indicated that the GSA will provide the Gram staining capability needed for the microgravity environment of space.

  14. Silver staining of 2D electrophoresis gels.

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    Rabilloud, Thierry

    2012-01-01

    Silver staining is used to detect proteins after electrophoretic separation on polyacrylamide gels. It -combines excellent sensitivity (in the low nanogram range) with the use of very simple and cheap equipment and chemicals. For its use in proteomics, two important additional features must be considered, compatibility with mass spectrometry and quantitative response. Both features are discussed in this chapter, and optimized silver staining protocols are proposed. PMID:22665294

  15. The Effect of Fluorescein Angiography on Full-Field Electroretinography Parameters

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    Azarmina, Mohsen; Moradian, Siamak; Azarmina, Hossein

    2012-01-01

    Purpose To investigate the effect of simultaneously performed fluorescein angiography (FA) on full-field electroretinography (ffERG) parameters. Method Scotopic and photopic ffERG were performed immediately and 60 minutes after conventional FA in patients with retinal photoreceptor disorders; a-and b-wave amplitudes were compared between recordings obtained at the two time intervals in each patient. Results Ten eyes of five (3 male and 2 female) patients with mean age of 19.6±3.8 (range, 15-25) years were studied. Intravenous fluorescein administration caused an immediate reduction in ERG waves which was most prominent in rod and maximal combined responses. Mean a-wave amplitude in maximal combined response, rod response and cone response ERGs was 46.0±18.8, 8.0±7.0 and 5.1±2.0 mv immediately after FA which was increased to 79.0±30.0, 21.5± 22.5 and 6.5±2.4 mv 60 minutes afterwards, respectively (P<0.005 for all comparisons). Mean b-wave amplitude in the same order was 91.0±17.5, 47.7±17.2 and 17.3±14.7mv which was increased to 145.0±54.3, 91.8±48.1 and 20.0±17.7 mv respectively, 60 minutes after FA (P<0.005 for all comparisons). Conclusion The amplitude of ERG a- and b-waves under scotopic and photopic conditions increased significantly one hour after FA. These changes may be explained by disappearance of phototoxic and bleaching effects of strong light exposure from the light source of the angiography machine and fluorescein molecule on retinal photoreceptors. PMID:23503687

  16. Indicating pressure and environmental effects by means of the spectral shift with rhodamine B and fluorescein

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    Johann, R. M.

    2015-07-01

    Fluorescence absorption and emission wavelengths can be influenced by environmental conditions, such as pressure, temperature and concentration. Here those effects are explored with an emphasis on determining the potential of rhodamine B and fluorescein as high-pressure indicators. The red shift of the emission peak maxima of rhodamine B and fluorescein are investigated in dependence of pressure up to 200 MPa using as the solvents water, ethanol and poly(dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS) with rhodamine B and water, polystyrene beads and melamine resin beads with fluorescein. Emission spectra recording and peak fitting is done automatically at time intervals of down to a second and with 0.3 nm wavelength resolution. The wavenumber-pressure relation for rhodamine B reveals increasing divergence from linear behavior in the sequence of the solvents water, ethanol and silicone rubber. Graphical correlation of the data diverging only slightly from linearity with a selection of polarity functions is enabled using the concept of `deviation from linearity (DL)' plots. Using the example of rhodamine B dissolved in PDMS elastomer it is shown that there is a temperature induced irreversible molecular reordering, when scanning between 3 and ˜50°C, and a polarity change in the proximity of the embedded dye molecule. Swelling studies are performed with PDMS containing rhodamine B, where the elastomer is first put in water, then in ethanol and again in water. There a complex solvent exchange process is revealed in the elastomer demonstrating the feasibility of fluorescence spectroscopy, when observing variations in wavelength, to indicate and enlighten molecular rearrangements and swelling dynamics in the polymer, and polarity changes and solvent exchange processes in the dye solvation shell.

  17. Classification of Human Retinal Microaneurysms Using Adaptive Optics Scanning Light Ophthalmoscope Fluorescein Angiography

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    Dubow, Michael; Pinhas, Alexander; Shah, Nishit; Cooper, Robert F.; Gan, Alexander; Gentile, Ronald C.; Hendrix, Vernon; Sulai, Yusufu N.; Carroll, Joseph; Chui, Toco Y. P.; Walsh, Joseph B.; Weitz, Rishard; Dubra, Alfredo; Rosen, Richard B.

    2014-01-01

    Purpose. Microaneurysms (MAs) are considered a hallmark of retinal vascular disease, yet what little is known about them is mostly based upon histology, not clinical observation. Here, we use the recently developed adaptive optics scanning light ophthalmoscope (AOSLO) fluorescein angiography (FA) to image human MAs in vivo and to expand on previously described MA morphologic classification schemes. Methods. Patients with vascular retinopathies (diabetic, hypertensive, and branch and central retinal vein occlusion) were imaged with reflectance AOSLO and AOSLO FA. Ninety-three MAs, from 14 eyes, were imaged and classified according to appearance into six morphologic groups: focal bulge, saccular, fusiform, mixed, pedunculated, and irregular. The MA perimeter, area, and feret maximum and minimum were correlated to morphology and retinal pathology. Select MAs were imaged longitudinally in two eyes. Results. Adaptive optics scanning light ophthalmoscope fluorescein angiography imaging revealed microscopic features of MAs not appreciated on conventional images. Saccular MAs were most prevalent (47%). No association was found between the type of retinal pathology and MA morphology (P = 0.44). Pedunculated and irregular MAs were among the largest MAs with average areas of 4188 and 4116 μm2, respectively. Focal hypofluorescent regions were noted in 30% of MAs and were more likely to be associated with larger MAs (3086 vs. 1448 μm2, P = 0.0001). Conclusions. Retinal MAs can be classified in vivo into six different morphologic types, according to the geometry of their two-dimensional (2D) en face view. Adaptive optics scanning light ophthalmoscope fluorescein angiography imaging of MAs offers the possibility of studying microvascular change on a histologic scale, which may help our understanding of disease progression and treatment response. PMID:24425852

  18. Vessel extraction from non-fluorescein fundus images using orientation-aware detector.

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    Yin, Benjun; Li, Huating; Sheng, Bin; Hou, Xuhong; Chen, Yan; Wu, Wen; Li, Ping; Shen, Ruimin; Bao, Yuqian; Jia, Weiping

    2015-12-01

    The automatic extraction of blood vessels in non-fluorescein eye fundus images is a tough task in applications such as diabetic retinopathy screening. However, vessel shapes have complex variations, and accurate modeling of retinal vascular structures is challenging. We have therefore developed a new approach to accurately extract blood vessels in non-fluorescein fundus images using an orientation-aware detector (OAD). The detector was designed according to the intrinsic property of vessels being locally oriented and having linearly elongated structures. We employ the OAD to extract vessel shapes with no assumptions on parametric orientations of vessel shapes. The orientations of vessels can be efficiently modeled by the energy distribution of Fourier transformation. Accordingly, both wide and thin vessels can be extracted with two-scale segmentation in which line operators are applied in large scale and the Gabor filter bank is applied in small scale. A post-processing technique, based on the path opening operation, is applied to eliminate false responses to nonvascular areas, such as retinal structures (optic disc and macula) and pathologies (exudates, hemorrhages,and microaneurysms). This makes the detector robust and structure-aware. By achieving a competitive CAL measurement of 80.82% for the DRIVE database and 68.94% for the STARE, the experimental results demonstrated that the OAD approach outperforms existing segmentation methods. Furthermore, the proposed approach effectively works with non-fluorescein fundus images and proves highly accurate and robust in complicated regions such as the central reflex, close vessels, and crossover points, despite a high level of illumination noise in the original data. PMID:26474120

  19. New Grocott Stain without Using Chromic Acid

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    Shiogama, Kazuya; Kitazawa, Kayo; Mizutani, Yasuyoshi; Onouchi, Takanori; Inada, Ken-ichi; Tsutsumi, Yutaka

    2015-01-01

    We established a new ecological Grocott stain for demonstrating fungi, based upon a 4R principle of refusal, reduction, reuse, and recycle of waste management. Conventional Grocott stain employs environmentally harsh 5% chromic acid for oxidization. Initially, we succeeded in reducing the concentration of chromic acid from 5% to 1% by incubating the solution at 60C and using five-fold diluted chromic acid solution at which point it was reusable. Eventually, we reached the refusal level where 1% periodic acid oxidization was efficient enough, when combined with preheating of sections in the electric jar, microwave oven, or pressure pan. For convenience sake, we recommend pressure pan heating in tap water for 10 min. Stainability of fungi in candidiasis and aspergillosis was comparable with conventional Grocott stain, while Mucor hyphae showed enhanced staining. The modified sequence was further applicable to detecting a variety of mycotic pathogens in paraffin sections. Our environmentally-friendly Grocott stain also has the advantage of avoiding risk of human exposure to hexavalent chromium solution in the histopathology laboratory. The simple stain sequence is can be easily applied worldwide. PMID:25861133

  20. New Grocott Stain without Using Chromic Acid.

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    Shiogama, Kazuya; Kitazawa, Kayo; Mizutani, Yasuyoshi; Onouchi, Takanori; Inada, Ken-Ichi; Tsutsumi, Yutaka

    2015-01-01

    We established a new "ecological" Grocott stain for demonstrating fungi, based upon a 4R principle of refusal, reduction, reuse, and recycle of waste management. Conventional Grocott stain employs environmentally harsh 5% chromic acid for oxidization. Initially, we succeeded in reducing the concentration of chromic acid from 5% to 1% by incubating the solution at 60°C and using five-fold diluted chromic acid solution at which point it was reusable. Eventually, we reached the refusal level where 1% periodic acid oxidization was efficient enough, when combined with preheating of sections in the electric jar, microwave oven, or pressure pan. For convenience sake, we recommend pressure pan heating in tap water for 10 min. Stainability of fungi in candidiasis and aspergillosis was comparable with conventional Grocott stain, while Mucor hyphae showed enhanced staining. The modified sequence was further applicable to detecting a variety of mycotic pathogens in paraffin sections. Our environmentally-friendly Grocott stain also has the advantage of avoiding risk of human exposure to hexavalent chromium solution in the histopathology laboratory. The simple stain sequence is can be easily applied worldwide. PMID:25861133

  1. Cochlear Microdialysis for Quantification of Dexamethasone and Fluorescein Entry into Scala Tympani During Round Window Administration

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    Hahn, Hartmut; Kammerer, Bernd; DiMauro, Andre; Salt, Alec N.; Plontke, Stefan K.

    2006-01-01

    Before new drugs for the treatment of inner ear disorders can be studied in controlled clinical trials, it is important that their pharmacokinetics be established in inner ear fluids. Microdialysis allows drug levels to be measured in perilymph without the volume disturbances and potential cerebrospinal fluid contamination associated with fluid sampling. The aims of this study were to show: (i) that despite low recovery rates from miniature dialysis probes, significant amounts of drug are removed from small fluid compartments, (ii) that dialysis sampling artifacts can be accounted for using computer simulations and (iii) that microdialysis allows quantification of the entry rates through the round window membrane (RWM) into scala tympani (ST). Initial experiments used microdialysis probes in small compartments in vitro containing sodium fluorescein. Stable concentrations were observed in large compartments (1000 μl) but significant concentration declines were observed in smaller compartments (100, 10 and 5.6 μl) comparable to the size of the inner ear. Computer simulations of these experiments closely approximated the experimental data. In in vivo experiments, sodium fluorescein 10 mg/ml and dexamethasone-dihydrogen-phosphate disodium salt 8 mg/ml were simultaneously applied to the RWM of guinea pigs. Perilymph concentration in the basal turn of ST was monitored using microdialysis. The fluorescein concentration reached after 200 min application (585 ± 527 μg/ml) was approximately twice that of dexamethasone phosphate (291 ± 369 μg/ml). Substantial variation in concentrations was found between animals by approximately a factor of 34 for fluorescein and at least 41 for dexamethasone phosphate. This is, to a large extent, thought to be the result of the RWM permeability varying in different animals. It was not caused by substance analysis variations, because two different analytic methods were used and the concentration ratio between the two substances remained nearly constant across the experiments and because differences were apparent for the repeated samples obtained in each animal. Interpretation of the results using computer simulations allowed RWM permeability to be quantified. It also demonstrated, however, that cochlear clearance values could not be reliably obtained with microdialysis because of the significant contribution of dialysis to clearance. The observed interanimal variation, e.g., in RWM permeability, is likely to be clinically relevant to the local application of drugs in patients. PMID:16442251

  2. Fluorescein angiogram findings in a case of cutis marmorata telangiectatica congenita.

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    Soohoo, Jeffrey R; McCourt, Emily A; Lenahan, Deborah S; Oliver, Scott C N

    2013-01-01

    Cutis marmorata telangiectatica congenita is a well-characterized cutaneous vascular disorder with variable and rare ocular involvement. It has been reported in association with glaucoma, bilateral congenital retinal detachments, bilateral tractional retinal detachments secondary to proliferative vitreoretinopathy, and retinoblastoma. This case demonstrates novel findings of bilateral peripheral retinal vascular abnormalities and retinal nonperfusion on fluorescein angiography without retinal detachment that have not previously been described in cutis marmorata telangiectatica congenita. Laser photocoagulation was applied to areas of retinal nonperfusion with stability in the retinal pathology at follow-up examination 3 months later. PMID:23758322

  3. The Luna stain, an improved selective stain for detection of microsporidian spores in histologic sections

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    Peterson, Tracy S.; Spitsbergen, Jan M.; Feist, Stephen W.; Kent, Michael L.

    2014-01-01

    Microsporidia in histologic sections are most often diagnosed by observing spores in host tissues. Spores are easy to identify if they occur in large aggregates or xenomas when sections are stained with hematoxylin and eosin (H&E). However, individual spores are not frequently detected in host tissues with conventional H&E staining, particularly if spores are scattered within the tissues, areas of inflammation or small spores in nuclei (i.e., Nucleospora salmonis). Hence, a variety of selective stains that enhance visualization of spores are recommended. We discovered that the Luna stain, used to highlight eosinophils, red blood cells and chitin in arthropods and other invertebrates, also stains spores of Pseudoloma neurophilia. We compared this stain to the Gram, Fites acid fast, Giemsa, and H&E stains on eight aquatic microsporidian organisms that were readily available in our two laboratories: Loma salmonae, Glugea anomala, Pseudoloma neurophilia, Pleistophora hyphessobryconis, Pleistophora vermiformis, Glugea sp., Steinhausia mytilovum and an unidentified microsporidian from E. sinensis, UK. Based on tinctorial properties and background staining, the Luna stain performed better for detection of 6 of the 8 microsporidia. Gram stain was superior for the two microsporidia from invertebrates, Steinhausia mytilovum and the unidentified microsporidian from E. sinensis. PMID:21848126

  4. Luna stain, an improved selective stain for detection of microsporidian spores in histologic sections.

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    Peterson, Tracy S; Spitsbergen, Jan M; Feist, Stephen W; Kent, Michael L

    2011-06-16

    Microsporidia in histologic sections are most often diagnosed by observing spores in host tissues. Spores are easy to identify if they occur in large aggregates or xenomas when sections are stained with hematoxylin and eosin (H&E). However, individual spores are not frequently detected in host tissues with conventional H&E staining, particularly if spores are scattered within the tissues, areas of inflammation, or small spores in nuclei (i.e. Nucleospora salmonis). Hence, a variety of selective stains that enhance visualization of spores is recommended. We discovered that the Luna stain, used to highlight eosinophils, red blood cells, and chitin in arthropods and other invertebrates, also stains spores of Pseudoloma neurophilia. We compared this stain to the Gram, Fite's acid fast, Giemsa, and H&E stains on 8 aquatic microsporidian organisms that were readily available in our 2 laboratories: Loma salmonae, Glugea anomala, Pseudoloma neurophilia, Pleistophora hyphessobryconis, Pleistophora vermiformis, Glugea sp., Steinhausia mytilovum, and an unidentified microsporidian from UK mitten crabs Eriocheir sinensis. Based on tinctorial properties and background staining, the Luna stain performed better for detection of 6 of the 8 microsporidia. Gram stain was superior for the 2 microsporidia from invertebrates: S. mytilovum and the unidentified microsporidian from E. sinensis. PMID:21848126

  5. Membrane carbohydrate characterization of Acanthamoeba astronyxis, A. castellanii and Naegleria fowleri by fluorescein-conjugated lectins.

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    Bose, K; Ghosh, D K; Bhattacharya, A

    1989-11-01

    A comparative study of membrane carbohydrate characteristics of pathogenic and non-pathogenic trophozoites and cysts of free-living Acanthamoeba castellanii, Naegleria fowleri and A. astronyxis, respectively from sewage sludge in India was carried out by means of fluorescein-conjugated lectin binding using eight lectins. Two lectins, viz. Concanavalin A and Phytohaemagglutinin P, could bind all free-living amoebae at different concentrations. The most notable feature of the study is that peanut agglutinin (PNA) and wheatgerm agglutinin (WGA) can differentiate between the pathogenic A. castellanii and non-pathogenic A. astronyxis strain, respectively. However, Ulex agglutinin I (UEA I) was the only lectin positive to both pathogenic A. castellanii and N. fowleri. During in vitro conversion from trophozoites to cysts, A. castellanii and N. fowleri cysts gained WGA-specific saccharide whereas A. castellanii; A. astronyxis and N. fowleri lost or reduced Dolichos biflorus agglutinin, PNA; WGA and ConA, and UEA I-specific saccharides, respectively. Neuraminidase could not alter the fluorescein-lectin binding to WGA and PNA. These demonstrated that only two lectins can recognize the factors giving Acanthamoeba their pathogenic (PNA-specific) and non-pathogenic (WGA-specific) status. More interestingly, UEA I can only differentiate between pathogenic and non-pathogenic amoebae. It is also suggested that during stage conversion the surface of the organism exhibited replacement of saccharides. PMID:2592141

  6. Wide-Field Fluorescein Angiography in Wet Age-Related Macular Degeneration

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    Beare, Nicholas

    2014-01-01

    Purpose. The aim of our study was to investigate if peripheral retinal ischaemia contributed to the pathogenesis of neovascular AMD (NvAMD), using wide-field fluorescein angiography (WFFA). Methods. This prospective study included 30 consecutive patients with newly diagnosed NvAMD in the index eye. Wide-field colour fundus images and fluorescein angiograms were obtained using P200C optomap FA and analysed using a grid with three concentric circles of 50°, 100°, and 200° centred on the fovea to define zones Z1, Z2, and Z3. Results. Areas of peripheral retinal nonperfusion were seen in 2 (7%) eyes, peripheral vascular leakage in 5 (17%) eyes, and diffuse dye leakage close to the ora in 5 (17%) eyes. A total of one-third of the study eyes showed changes on WFFA in Z2 and Z3. On comparing index eyes to nonindex eyes in these patients, the presence of NvAMD was associated with peripheral FA changes (P = 0.009, Fisher's test). Conclusion. Frank peripheral retinal non-perfusion does not appear to be associated with NvAMD. In some patients with active NvAMD there is degradation of the peripheral blood-retina barrier. Smoking was also found to be associated with the above-mentioned abnormalities. PMID:25379537

  7. Tailoring of optical properties of fluorescein using green synthesized gold nanoparticles.

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    John, Jisha; Thomas, Lincy; George, Nibu A; Kurian, Achamma; George, Sajan D

    2015-06-28

    Dye-nanoparticle mixtures hold great promise in biological as well as photonics applications due to their capability to tailor the emission behavior of dye by tuning the nanoparticles parameters. However, as compared to the well-defined dye-nanoparticle distance, studies lack the understanding of homogenous mixtures of dye and nanoparticles. In this work, we investigate the influence of shape and concentration of gold nanoparticles prepared via green synthesis on the optical properties of fluorescein dye in a dye-nanoparticle mixture. We have investigated the radiative path of deexcitation using steady state fluorescence and the non-radiative path is probed using a laser based dual-beam thermal lens technique. The energy transfer efficiency as well as dye-nanoparticle distance is studied using both techniques. Furthermore, we have explored the influence of nanoparticles parameters on the fluorescence quantum yield of fluorescein using the thermal lens technique. The studies indicate that spherical nanoparticles are efficient quenchers while star shaped nanoparticles can probe larger dye-NP distances. The tailoring of dye properties by tuning nanoparticle parameters can be utilized in diverse areas including bioimaging, solar cells, and sensors. PMID:26017461

  8. Compositions for chromosome-specific staining

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    Gray, J.W.; Pinkel, D.

    1998-05-26

    Methods and compositions for staining based upon nucleic acid sequence that employ nucleic acid probes are provided. The methods produce staining patterns that can be tailored for specific cytogenetic analyses. The probes are appropriate for in situ hybridization and stain both interphase and metaphase chromosomal material with reliable signals. The nucleic acid probes are typically of a complexity greater than 50 kb, the complexity depending upon the cytogenetic application. Methods are provided to disable the hybridization capacity of shared, high copy repetitive sequences and/or remove such sequences to provide for useful contrast. Still further methods are provided to produce chromosome-specific staining reagents which are made specific to the targeted chromosomal material, which can be one or more whole chromosomes, one or more regions on one or more chromosomes, subsets of chromosomes and/or the entire genome. Probes and test kits are provided for use in tumor cytogenetics, in the detection of disease related loci, in analysis of structural abnormalities, such as translocations, and for biological dosimetry. Methods and prenatal test kits are provided to stain targeted chromosomal material of fetal cells, including fetal cells obtained from maternal blood. The invention provides for automated means to detect and analyze chromosomal abnormalities. 17 figs.

  9. Compositions for chromosome-specific staining

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    Gray, Joe W.; Pinkel, Daniel

    1998-01-01

    Methods and compositions for staining based upon nucleic acid sequence that employ nucleic acid probes are provided. Said methods produce staining patterns that can be tailored for specific cytogenetic analyses. Said probes are appropriate for in situ hybridization and stain both interphase and metaphase chromosomal material with reliable signals. The nucleic acid probes are typically of a complexity greater than 50 kb, the complexity depending upon the cytogenetic application. Methods are provided to disable the hybridization capacity of shared, high copy repetitive sequences and/or remove such sequences to provide for useful contrast. Still further methods are provided to produce chromosome-specific staining reagents which are made specific to the targeted chromosomal material, which can be one or more whole chromosomes, one or more regions on one or more chromosomes, subsets of chromosomes and/or the entire genome. Probes and test kits are provided for use in tumor cytogenetics, in the detection of disease related loci, in analysis of structural abnormalities, such as translocations, and for biological dosimetry. Further, methods and prenatal test kits are provided to stain targeted chromosomal material of fetal cells, including fetal cells obtained from maternal blood. Still further, the invention provides for automated means to detect and analyse chromosomal abnormalities.

  10. Immunoperoxidase staining of cervicovaginal smears after radiotherapy.

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    Wachtel, M S; Thaler, H T; Gangi, M D; Hajdu, S I

    1992-01-01

    Cervicovaginal smears from 2 women with postirradiation dysplasia, 4 women with postirradiation squamous cell carcinoma of the cervix, 30 women with irradiation atypia and 5 healthy, nonirradiated women were stained immunohistochemically with six keratin antibodies. For four of the antibodies--CK19 (BA17), EMA, PKK-1 and CAM 5.2--squamous cells showing irradiation atypia, postirradiation dysplasia or postirradiation squamous cell carcinoma were more likely to stain positively than were nonirradiated squamous cells. For three of the antibodies in which multiple squamous cells stained positively, the proportion of squamous cells showing postirradiation dysplasia or postirradiation squamous cell carcinoma staining strongly was equal to or greater than the corresponding overall proportion for squamous cells showing irradiation atypia. This was statistically significant with only one antibody, PKK-1. No statistically significant differences were seen in staining of irradiated and nonirradiated squamous cells by MAK-6 and AE1:AE3. The data show that some keratin antigens are more often expressed in the irradiated groups and that there may be differences in the degree of antigen expression between squamous cells showing postirradiation dysplasia or postirradiation squamous cell carcinoma and squamous cells showing irradiation atypia. PMID:1580112

  11. Effects and interactions of sodium lactate, sodium diacetate, and pediocin on the thermal inactivation of starved cells of Listeria monocytogenes on the surface of bologna

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    The effects and interactions of temperature (56.3-60C) sodium lactate (SL; 0-4.8%), sodium diacetate (SDA; 0-2.5%), and pediocin (0-10,000 AU) on starved Listeria monocytogenes on bologna were investigated. Bologna slices containing SL and SDA in the formulation were dipped in pediocin, surface inoc...

  12. EFFECTS AND INTERACTIONS OF SODIUM LACTATE, SODIUM DIACETATE, AND PEDIOCIN ON THE THERMAL INACTIVATION OF STARVED CELLS OF LISTERIA MONOCYTOGENES ON THE SURFACE OF BOLOGNA

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    The effects and interactions of sodium lactate, sodium diacetate, and pediocin on the thermal inactivation of starved cells of Listeria monocytogenes on the surface of bologna were investigated. The heating temperatures used in the study were 56.3 to 60 degrees C and the antimicrobials were: sodium ...

  13. RADIATION (GAMMA) RESISTANCE AND POST-IRRADIATION GROWTH OF LISTERIA MONOCTYTOGENES SUSPENDED IN BEEF BOLOGNA THAT CONTAINED SODIUM DIACETATE AND POTASSIUM LACTATE

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    Listeria monocytogenes (Lm), a psychrotrophic food-borne pathogen, is a frequent post-process contaminant on ready-to-eat meat (RTE) products including bologna. Ionizing radiation can eliminate Lm from ready-to-eat meats. Sodium diacetate (SDA) and potassium lactate (PL) mixtures inhibit the growt...

  14. Efficacy of a food grade blend of lactate-diacetate-propionate as ingredients to control Listeria monocytogenes on commericially produced frankfurters

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    Introduction: Further research is warranted to evaluate different levels/types of food grade antimicrobials to control Listeria monocytogenes (Lm) on RTE meats. Purpose: Determine viability of Lm on frankfurters formulated with a blend of lactate-diacetate-propionate (0, 0.5, 0.75, or 1.0%) and then...

  15. Modeling the Lag Phase and Growth Rate of Listeria monocytogenes in Ground Ham Containing Sodium Lactate and Sodium Diacetate at Various Storage Temperatures

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    Refrigerated ready-to-eat (RTE) meats contaminated with L. monocytogenes were implicated in several listeriosis outbreaks. Lactate and diacetate have been shown to control L. monocytogenes in RTE meats. The objective of this study was to examine and model the effect of lactate (1.0-4.2%) and diace...

  16. Rapid coomassie blue staining of protein gels.

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    Simpson, Richard J

    2010-04-01

    Coomassie brilliant blue R250 (CBR-250) and silver staining are the most widely used methods for the routine visualization of proteins separated by SDS-PAGE. CBR-250 is an organic dye that complexes with basic amino acids, such as arginine, lysine, and histidine, as well as tyrosine. Conventional CBR-250 staining is capable of detecting as little as 30-100 ng of protein, but sensitivity can be improved by performing the staining and destaining at elevated temperatures. The method described in this protocol, which is a modified version of the conventional Coomassie protocol, speeds up the destaining process for faster results with increased sensitivity and is compatible with mass-spectrometry-based methods for identifying proteins. PMID:20360367

  17. Effects of Hoechst33342 staining on the viability and flow cytometric sex-sorting of frozen-thawed ram sperm.

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    Quan, Guo Bo; Ma, Yuan; Li, Jian; Wu, Guo Quan; Li, Dong Jiang; Ni, Yi Na; Lv, Chun Rong; Zhu, Lan; Hong, Qiong Hua

    2015-02-01

    Cytometric sorting of frozen-thawed sperm can overcome difficulties caused by the unavailability of sorting facilities on farms where semen is collected from male livestock. In order to optimize the cytometric sex-sorting procedure, effects of Hoechst33342 staining on the viability and cytometric sorting efficiency of frozen-thawed ram sperm were evaluated. The frozen-thawed sperm were stained with Hoechst33342 at various dye concentrations (80 μM, 120 μM, 160 μM, 200 μM, 240 μM, or 320 μM) for 45 min to evaluate effects of dye dose. The frozen-thawed sperm were stained with 160 μM Hoechst33342 for various durations (0 min, 15 min, 30 min, 45 min, 60 min, 75 min, or 90 min) to evaluate effects of staining duration. Sperm motility and moving velocity were analyzed using a computer-assisted sperm analysis system (CASAS). Acrosome status, membrane integrity, and distribution of phosphatidylserine (PS) in Hoechst33342-stained sperm were analyzed using flow cytometry after staining with fluorescein isothiocyanate-labeled lectin from pisum sativum (FITC-PSA), Annexin V, or propidium iodide (PI). The fertility of Hoechst33342-stained sperm was analyzed by in vitro fertilization (IVF). A high-speed cell sorter was used to evaluate effects of Hoechst33342 staining on cytometric sex-sorting of frozen-thawed sperm. The motility, moving velocity, membrane integrity, and PS distribution of Hoechst33342-stained sperm were significantly different from that of immediately thawed sperm (P<0.05). However, there is no significant difference existing among the Hoechst33342-stained groups with respect to the above evaluated parameters. Additionally, along with the staining durations, the adverse effects of the staining procedure on sperm showed a steady increase. However, Hoechst33342 staining did not damage acrosome and in vitro fertilizing capability of frozen-thawed ram sperm. Results of cytometric sorting indicated that frozen-thawed sperm can be efficiently sorted into two sperm populations with X and Y chromosome when the Hoechst33342 concentration was 160 μM. Moreover, when the staining duration was equal to or longer than 45 min, the frozen-thawed sperm can be successfully sorted in the presence of 160μM Hoechst33342. In conclusion, Hoechst33342 staining can detrimentally influence viability of frozen-thawed ram sperm except acrosome and in vitro fertilizing capability. Accordingly, the minimum values of Hoechst33342 concentration and staining duration can be set at 160 μM and 45 min respectively. However, the maximum values of Hoechst33342 concentration and staining duration were not determined based on the current study. Further research on how to reduce injuries caused by freezing, thawing, and Hoechst33342 staining on frozen-thawed ram sperm is needed. PMID:25481668

  18. Laser treatment of port-wine stains.

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    Brightman, Lori A; Geronemus, Roy G; Reddy, Kavitha K

    2015-01-01

    Port-wine stains are a type of capillary malformation affecting 0.3% to 0.5% of the population. Port-wine stains present at birth as pink to erythematous patches on the skin and/or mucosa. Without treatment, the patches typically darken with age and may eventually develop nodular thickening or associated pyogenic granuloma. Laser and light treatments provide improvement through selective destruction of vasculature. A variety of vascular-selective lasers may be employed, with the pulsed dye laser being the most common and well studied. Early treatment produces more optimal results. Advances in imaging and laser treatment technologies demonstrate potential to further improve clinical outcomes. PMID:25624768

  19. Laser treatment of port-wine stains

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    Brightman, Lori A; Geronemus, Roy G; Reddy, Kavitha K

    2015-01-01

    Port-wine stains are a type of capillary malformation affecting 0.3% to 0.5% of the population. Port-wine stains present at birth as pink to erythematous patches on the skin and/or mucosa. Without treatment, the patches typically darken with age and may eventually develop nodular thickening or associated pyogenic granuloma. Laser and light treatments provide improvement through selective destruction of vasculature. A variety of vascular-selective lasers may be employed, with the pulsed dye laser being the most common and well studied. Early treatment produces more optimal results. Advances in imaging and laser treatment technologies demonstrate potential to further improve clinical outcomes. PMID:25624768

  20. Detection Of Concrete Deterioration By Staining

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    Guthrie, Jr., George D.; Carey, J. William

    1999-09-21

    A method using concentrated aqueous solutions of sodium cobaltinitrite and a rhodamine dye is described which can be used to identify concrete that contains gels formed by the alkali-silica reaction (ASR), and to identify degraded concrete which results in a porous or semi-permeable paste due to carbonation or leaching. These solutions present little health or environmental risk, are readily applied, and rapidly discriminate between two chemically distinct gels; K-rich, Na--K--Ca--Si gels are identified by yellow staining, and alkali-poor, Ca--Si gels are identified by pink staining.

  1. Automated single-slide staining device

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    Wilkins, J. R.; Mills, S. M. (Inventor)

    1977-01-01

    A simple apparatus and method is disclosed for making individual single Gram stains on bacteria inoculated slides to assist in classifying bacteria in the laboratory as Gram-positive or Gram-negative. The apparatus involves positioning a single inoculated slide in a stationary position and thereafter automatically and sequentially flooding the slide with increments of a primary stain, a mordant, a decolorizer, a counterstain and a wash solution in a sequential manner without the individual lab technician touching the slide and with minimum danger of contamination thereof from other slides.

  2. Silver staining DNA in polyacrylamide gels.

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    Bassam, Brant J; Gresshoff, Peter M

    2007-01-01

    This protocol describes a simple silver staining method used to visualize DNA fragments and other organic molecules with unsurpassed detail following traditional polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (PAGE). Sensitivity rivals radioisotopic methods and DNA in the picogram range can be reliably detected. The described protocol is fast (approximately 1 h) and is implemented using readily available chemicals and materials. To achieve the sensitivity and visual clarity expected, quality reagents and clean handling are important. The updated protocol described here is based on the widely used method of Bassam et al. (1991), but provides improved image contrast and less risk of staining artefacts. PMID:18007600

  3. Ultraviolet light (254 nm) inactivation of Listeria monocytogenes on frankfurters that contain potassium lactate and sodium diacetate.

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    Sommers, C H; Cooke, P H; Fan, X; Sites, J E

    2009-04-01

    Listeria monocytogenes, a psychrotrophic foodborne pathogen, is an occasional postprocess contaminant on ready-to-eat meat (RTE) products including frankfurters. Ultraviolet C light (UVC) is an FDA-approved technology for the decontamination of food surfaces. In this study, the ability of UVC to inactivate L. monocytogenes on frankfurters that contained potassium lactate (PL) and sodium diacetate (SDA), either before or after packaging, was investigated. UVC irradiation of frankfurters that were surface-inoculated with L. monocytogenes resulted in a 1.31, 1.49, and 1.93 log reduction at doses of 1, 2, and 4 J/cm(2), respectively. UVC treatment had no effect on frankfurter color or texture at UVC doses up to 4 J/cm(2). Frankfurter meat treated with UVC doses up to 16 J/cm(2) did not increase mutagenesis in bacterial or human cells, either with or without exogenous metabolic activation. UVC treatment of single-layer frankfurter packs at a dose of 2 J/cm(2) resulted in a 0.97 (+/- 0.14) log reduction of L. monocytogenes. Following 8 wk of refrigerated storage L. monocytogenes levels decreased by only 0.65 log in non-UVC-treated frankfurter packs compared with 2.5 log in the UVC-treated packs. Because the numbers of L. monocytogenes associated with contaminations of ready-to-eat meats are typically very low, the use of UVC in combination with potassium lactate and sodium diacetate has the potential to reduce the number of frankfurter recalls and foodborne illness outbreaks. PMID:19397726

  4. Asbestos identification by dispersion staining microscopy

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    Ganotes, J.T.; Tan, H.T.

    1980-01-01

    Asbestos can be detected and identified by an optical microscope procedure known as dispersion staining. This procedure can be carried out with most phase contrast equipped microscopes. The primary application is for material samples. Distinction between tremolite and anthophyllite asbestos requires examination between crossed polarizers.

  5. The Language of Stained-Glass Windows

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    Brew, Charl Anne

    2010-01-01

    The splendor and beauty of stained glass punctuates any room. In this article, the author describes a cross-curriculum project which incorporated the French classes' research and written study of France in the Middle Ages. For the project the author suggested Sainte-Chapelle which is considered a reliquary and was built by Louis IX to house the…

  6. Protein Stains to Detect Antigen on Membranes.

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    Dsouza, Anil; Scofield, R Hal

    2015-01-01

    Western blotting (protein blotting/electroblotting) is the gold standard in the analysis of complex protein mixtures. Electroblotting drives protein molecules from a polyacrylamide (or less commonly, of an agarose) gel to the surface of a binding membrane, thereby facilitating an increased availability of the sites with affinity for both general and specific protein reagents. The analysis of these complex protein mixtures is achieved by the detection of specific protein bands on a membrane, which in turn is made possible by the visualization of protein bands either by chemical staining or by reaction with an antibody of a conjugated ligand. Chemical methods employ staining with organic dyes, metal chelates, autoradiography, fluorescent dyes, complexing with silver, or prelabeling with fluorophores. All of these methods have differing sensitivities and quantitative determinations vary significantly. This review will describe the various protein staining methods applied to membranes after western blotting. "Detection" precedes and is a prerequisite to obtaining qualitative and quantitative data on the proteins in a sample, as much as to comparing the protein composition of different samples. "Detection" is often synonymous to staining, i.e., the reversible or irreversible binding by the proteins of a colored organic or inorganic chemical. PMID:26139252

  7. Continuous-flow cytomorphological staining and analysis.

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    Tan, Andrew P; Dudani, Jaideep S; Arshi, Armin; Lee, Robert J; Tse, Henry T K; Gossett, Daniel R; Di Carlo, Dino

    2014-02-01

    Cells suspended in bodily fluids are routinely analyzed by cytopathologists as a means of diagnosing malignancies and other diseases. The physical and morphological properties of these suspended cells are evaluated in making diagnostic decisions, which often requires manual concentration, staining, and washing procedures to extract information about intracellular architecture. The need to manually prepare slides for analysis by a cytopathologist is a labor-intensive process, which is ripe for additional automation to reduce costs but also to potentially provide more repeatable and improved accuracy in diagnoses. We have developed a microfluidic system to perform several steps in the preparation of samples for cytopathology that (i) automates colorimetric staining on-chip, and (ii) images cells in flow, as well as provides (iii) additional quantitative analyses of captured images to aid cytopathologists. A flow-through approach provides benefits by allowing staining and imaging to be performed in a continuous, integrated manner, which also overcomes previous challenges with in-suspension colorimetric staining. We envision such a tool may reduce costs and aid cytopathologists in identifying rare or characteristic cells of interest by providing isolated images along with quantitative metrics on single cells from various rotational angles, allowing efficient determination of disease etiology. PMID:24217244

  8. The Language of Stained-Glass Windows

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    Brew, Charl Anne

    2010-01-01

    The splendor and beauty of stained glass punctuates any room. In this article, the author describes a cross-curriculum project which incorporated the French classes' research and written study of France in the Middle Ages. For the project the author suggested Sainte-Chapelle which is considered a reliquary and was built by Louis IX to house the

  9. Automated detection of leakage in fluorescein angiography images with application to malarial retinopathy.

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    Zhao, Yitian; MacCormick, Ian J C; Parry, David G; Leach, Sophie; Beare, Nicholas A V; Harding, Simon P; Zheng, Yalin

    2015-01-01

    The detection and assessment of leakage in retinal fluorescein angiogram images is important for the management of a wide range of retinal diseases. We have developed a framework that can automatically detect three types of leakage (large focal, punctate focal, and vessel segment leakage) and validated it on images from patients with malarial retinopathy. This framework comprises three steps: vessel segmentation, saliency feature generation and leakage detection. We tested the effectiveness of this framework by applying it to images from 20 patients with large focal leak, 10 patients with punctate focal leak, and 5,846 vessel segments from 10 patients with vessel leakage. The sensitivity in detecting large focal, punctate focal and vessel segment leakage are 95%, 82% and 81%, respectively, when compared to manual annotation by expert human observers. Our framework has the potential to become a powerful new tool for studying malarial retinopathy, and other conditions involving retinal leakage. PMID:26030010

  10. Early events in herpes simplex virus type 1 infection: photosensitivity of fluorescein isothiocyanate-treated virions

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    DeLuca, N.; Bzik, D.; Person, S.; Snipes, W.

    1981-02-01

    Herpes simplex virus type 1 is photosensitized by treatment with fluorescein isothiocyanate (FITC). The inactivation of FITC-treated virions upon subsequent exposure to light is inhibited by the presence of sodium azide, suggesting the involvement of singlet oxygen in the process. Sodium dodecyl sulfate/polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis revealed that treatment with FITC plus light induces crosslinks in viral envelope glycoproteins. Treatment of virions with high concentrations of FITC (50 ..mu..g/ml) plus light causes a reduction in the adsorption of the virus to monolayers of human embryonic lung cells. For lower concentrations of FITC (10 ..mu..g/ml) plus light, treated virions adsorb to the host cells, but remain sensitive to light until entry occurs. The loss of light sensitivity coincides with the development of resistance to antibodies. These results are most consistent with a mechanism of entry for herpes simplex virus involving fusion of the viral membrane with the plasma membrane of the host cell.

  11. Automated Detection of Leakage in Fluorescein Angiography Images with Application to Malarial Retinopathy

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    Zhao, Yitian; J. C. MacCormick, Ian; G. Parry, David; Leach, Sophie; A. V. Beare, Nicholas; P. Harding, Simon; Zheng, Yalin

    2015-01-01

    The detection and assessment of leakage in retinal fluorescein angiogram images is important for the management of a wide range of retinal diseases. We have developed a framework that can automatically detect three types of leakage (large focal, punctate focal, and vessel segment leakage) and validated it on images from patients with malarial retinopathy. This framework comprises three steps: vessel segmentation, saliency feature generation and leakage detection. We tested the effectiveness of this framework by applying it to images from 20 patients with large focal leak, 10 patients with punctate focal leak, and 5,846 vessel segments from 10 patients with vessel leakage. The sensitivity in detecting large focal, punctate focal and vessel segment leakage are 95%, 82% and 81%, respectively, when compared to manual annotation by expert human observers. Our framework has the potential to become a powerful new tool for studying malarial retinopathy, and other conditions involving retinal leakage. PMID:26030010

  12. Fully Automatic Segmentation of Fluorescein Leakage in Subjects With Diabetic Macular Edema

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    Rabbani, Hossein; Allingham, Michael J.; Mettu, Priyatham S.; Cousins, Scott W.; Farsiu, Sina

    2015-01-01

    Purpose. To create and validate software to automatically segment leakage area in real-world clinical fluorescein angiography (FA) images of subjects with diabetic macular edema (DME). Methods. Fluorescein angiography images obtained from 24 eyes of 24 subjects with DME were retrospectively analyzed. Both video and still-frame images were obtained using a Heidelberg Spectralis 6-mode HRA/OCT unit. We aligned early and late FA frames in the video by a two-step nonrigid registration method. To remove background artifacts, we subtracted early and late FA frames. Finally, after postprocessing steps, including detection and inpainting of the vessels, a robust active contour method was utilized to obtain leakage area in a 1500-?m-radius circular region centered at the fovea. Images were captured at different fields of view (FOVs) and were often contaminated with outliers, as is the case in real-world clinical imaging. Our algorithm was applied to these images with no manual input. Separately, all images were manually segmented by two retina specialists. The sensitivity, specificity, and accuracy of manual interobserver, manual intraobserver, and automatic methods were calculated. Results. The mean accuracy was 0.86 0.08 for automatic versus manual, 0.83 0.16 for manual interobserver, and 0.90 0.08 for manual intraobserver segmentation methods. Conclusions. Our fully automated algorithm can reproducibly and accurately quantify the area of leakage of clinical-grade FA video and is congruent with expert manual segmentation. The performance was reliable for different DME subtypes. This approach has the potential to reduce time and labor costs and may yield objective and reproducible quantitative measurements of DME imaging biomarkers. PMID:25634978

  13. A method for the staining of intraosseous nerve fibers using Sihler's staining technique.

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    Shiozaki, K; Miida, K; Tanaka, R; Shimoda, S

    2013-08-01

    Understanding nerve fiber distribution in the jaw bone is important when performing invasive surgical treatments. Both microscopic and macroscopic anatomical techniques have been developed to study innervation. Conventional methods of removing and staining these structures, however, often alter structure and lack reproducibility of the resulting specimens. We sought to optimize Sihler's staining technique to stain intraosseous nerves in mandibles. Four cadaver specimens were used. The best staining of intraosseous nerve fibers was achieved by using the Plank-Rychlo solution. When the Styrene monomer was used, the resulting transparency was better than that obtained with glycerin under the same conditions. No significant differences were found between Sihler's staining procedure performed according to the conventional method and the procedure in which the second decalcification step was omitted. Our results demonstrate that applying Sihler's staining technique to bones makes them transparent and allows observation of nerves while preserving the external shape of the bone and maintaining the position of intraosseous nerve fibers. Our findings suggest our Sihler staining method for intraosseous nerve fibers can provide an intermediate resolution between macroscopic and microscopic techniques. PMID:23472877

  14. Histopathological confirmation of similar intramucosal distribution of fluorescein in both intravenous administration and local mucosal application for probe-based confocal laser endomicroscopy of the normal stomach.

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    Nonaka, Kouichi; Ohata, Ken; Ban, Shinichi; Ichihara, Shin; Takasugi, Rumi; Minato, Yohei; Tashima, Tomoaki; Matsuyama, Yasushi; Takita, Maiko; Matsuhashi, Nobuyuki; Neumann, Helmut

    2015-12-16

    Probe-based confocal laser endomicroscopy (pCLE) is capable of acquiring in vivo magnified cross-section images of the gastric mucosa. Intravenous injection of fluorescein sodium is used for confocal imaging. However, it is still under debate if local administration of the dye to the mucosa is also effective for confocal imaging as it is not yet clear if topical application also reveals the intramucosal distribution of fluorescein. The objective of this study was to evaluate the intramucosal distribution of fluorescein sodium after topical application and to compare the distribution to the conventional intravenous injection used for confocal imaging. pCLE of the stomach uninfected with Helicobacter pylori was performed in a healthy male employing intravenous administration and local mucosal application of fluorescein. The mucosa of the lower gastric body was biopsied 1 min and 5 min after intravenous administration or local mucosal application of fluorescein, and the distribution of fluorescein in the biopsy samples was examined histologically. Green fluorescence was already observed in the cytoplasm of fundic glandular cells in the biopsied deep mucosa 1 min after local mucosal application of fluorescein. It was also observed in the foveolar lumen and inter-foveolar lamina propria, although it was noted at only a few sites. In the tissue biopsied 5 min after the local mucosal application of fluorescein, green fluorescence was more frequently noted in the cytoplasm of fundic glandular cells than in that 1 min after the local mucosal application of fluorescein, although obvious green fluorescence was not identified in the foveolar lumen or inter-foveolar lamina propria. The distribution of intravenously administered fluorescein in the cytoplasm of fundic glandular cells was also clearly observed similarly to that after local mucosal application of fluorescein. Green fluorescence in more cells was observed in many cells 5 min after intravenous administration compared with that after 1 min. The presence of fluorescein in the mucosa was observed within a short time after local mucosal application of fluorescein, suggesting that pCLE images similarly to those after intravenous fluorescein administration can be acquired by local mucosal application of fluorescein. PMID:26677449

  15. Histopathological confirmation of similar intramucosal distribution of fluorescein in both intravenous administration and local mucosal application for probe-based confocal laser endomicroscopy of the normal stomach

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    Nonaka, Kouichi; Ohata, Ken; Ban, Shinichi; Ichihara, Shin; Takasugi, Rumi; Minato, Yohei; Tashima, Tomoaki; Matsuyama, Yasushi; Takita, Maiko; Matsuhashi, Nobuyuki; Neumann, Helmut

    2015-01-01

    Probe-based confocal laser endomicroscopy (pCLE) is capable of acquiring in vivo magnified cross-section images of the gastric mucosa. Intravenous injection of fluorescein sodium is used for confocal imaging. However, it is still under debate if local administration of the dye to the mucosa is also effective for confocal imaging as it is not yet clear if topical application also reveals the intramucosal distribution of fluorescein. The objective of this study was to evaluate the intramucosal distribution of fluorescein sodium after topical application and to compare the distribution to the conventional intravenous injection used for confocal imaging. pCLE of the stomach uninfected with Helicobacter pylori was performed in a healthy male employing intravenous administration and local mucosal application of fluorescein. The mucosa of the lower gastric body was biopsied 1 min and 5 min after intravenous administration or local mucosal application of fluorescein, and the distribution of fluorescein in the biopsy samples was examined histologically. Green fluorescence was already observed in the cytoplasm of fundic glandular cells in the biopsied deep mucosa 1 min after local mucosal application of fluorescein. It was also observed in the foveolar lumen and inter-foveolar lamina propria, although it was noted at only a few sites. In the tissue biopsied 5 min after the local mucosal application of fluorescein, green fluorescence was more frequently noted in the cytoplasm of fundic glandular cells than in that 1 min after the local mucosal application of fluorescein, although obvious green fluorescence was not identified in the foveolar lumen or inter-foveolar lamina propria. The distribution of intravenously administered fluorescein in the cytoplasm of fundic glandular cells was also clearly observed similarly to that after local mucosal application of fluorescein. Green fluorescence in more cells was observed in many cells 5 min after intravenous administration compared with that after 1 min. The presence of fluorescein in the mucosa was observed within a short time after local mucosal application of fluorescein, suggesting that pCLE images similarly to those after intravenous fluorescein administration can be acquired by local mucosal application of fluorescein. PMID:26677449

  16. Improved Whole-Blood-Staining Device

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    Sams, Clarence F.; Crucian, Brian; Paul, Bonnie; Melton, Shannon; Guess, Terry

    2012-01-01

    Dramatic improvements have been made in NASA s Whole Blood Staining Device (WBSD) since it was last described in "Whole-Blood-Staining Device," NASA Tech Briefs, Vol. 23, No. 10 (October 1999), page 64. The new system has a longer shelf life, a simpler and more effective operational procedure, improved interface with instrumentation, and shorter processing time. More specifically, the improvements have targeted bag and locking clip materials, sampling ports, and air pocket prevention. The WBSD stains whole blood collected during spaceflight for subsequent flow cytometric analysis. In short, the main device stains white blood cells by use of monoclonal antibodies conjugated to various fluorochromes, followed by lysing and fixing of the cells by use of a commercial reagent that has been diluted according to NASA safety standards. This system is compact, robust, and does not require electric power, precise mixing, or precise incubation times. Figure 1 depicts the present improved version for staining applications, which is a poly(tetrafluoroethylene) bag with a Luer-lock port and plastic locking clips. An InterLink (or equivalent) intravenous- injection port screws into the Luer-lock port. The inflatable/collapsible nature of the bag facilitates loading and helps to minimize the amount of air trapped in the fully loaded bag. Some additional uses have been identified for the device beyond whole blood staining. The WBSD has been configured for functional assays that require culture of live cells by housing sterile culture media, mitogens, and fixatives prior to use [Figure 2(a)]. Simple injection of whole blood allows cell-stimulation culture to be performed in reduced gravity conditions, and product stabilization prior to storage, while protecting astronauts from liquid biohazardous materials. Also, the improved WBSD has reconstituted powdered injectable antibiotics by mixing them with diluent liquids [Figure 2(b)]. Although such mixing can readily be performed on Earth by shaking in glass vials, it cannot readily be performed this way in outer space without entraining air bubbles. The present device can be preloaded with the powder and diluent(s) in separate compartments. The powder and diluent( s) can be mixed, without introducing air bubbles, by removing the clip(s), then shaking. This use of the device could also be advantageous in terrestrial applications because it maintains the isolation of the constituents until the time of use.

  17. A rapid method for staining proteins in acrylamide gels.

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    LeBlanc, G A; Cochrane, B J

    1987-02-15

    A negative staining procedure for the rapid visualization of proteins in acrylamide gels is described. In the absence of proteins, staining of the gel occurs through the reduction of nitroblue tetrazolium by reduced glutathione. No staining occurs in the presence of proteins. The procedure can be completed in 20 min and is at least as sensitive as Coomassie brilliant blue staining. PMID:2437824

  18. 21 CFR 864.1850 - Dye and chemical solution stains.

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    2013-04-01

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  19. 7 CFR 28.441 - Strict Middling Yellow Stained Color.

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    2013-01-01

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  20. 21 CFR 864.1850 - Dye and chemical solution stains.

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    2014-04-01

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  1. 7 CFR 28.441 - Strict Middling Yellow Stained Color.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-01-01

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  2. 7 CFR 28.442 - Middling Yellow Stained Color.

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    2013-01-01

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  3. 21 CFR 864.1850 - Dye and chemical solution stains.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-04-01

    ... 21 Food and Drugs 8 2012-04-01 2012-04-01 false Dye and chemical solution stains. 864.1850 Section... (CONTINUED) MEDICAL DEVICES HEMATOLOGY AND PATHOLOGY DEVICES Biological Stains § 864.1850 Dye and chemical solution stains. (a) Identification. Dye and chemical solution stains for medical purposes are mixtures...

  4. 7 CFR 28.442 - Middling Yellow Stained Color.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-01-01

    ... 7 Agriculture 2 2012-01-01 2012-01-01 false Middling Yellow Stained Color. 28.442 Section 28.442... REGULATIONS COTTON CLASSING, TESTING, AND STANDARDS Standards Yellow Stained Cotton § 28.442 Middling Yellow Stained Color. Middling Yellow Stained Color is American Upland cotton which in color is deeper...

  5. 21 CFR 864.1850 - Dye and chemical solution stains.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-04-01

    ... 21 Food and Drugs 8 2011-04-01 2011-04-01 false Dye and chemical solution stains. 864.1850 Section... (CONTINUED) MEDICAL DEVICES HEMATOLOGY AND PATHOLOGY DEVICES Biological Stains § 864.1850 Dye and chemical solution stains. (a) Identification. Dye and chemical solution stains for medical purposes are mixtures...

  6. 7 CFR 28.442 - Middling Yellow Stained Color.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-01-01

    ... 7 Agriculture 2 2011-01-01 2011-01-01 false Middling Yellow Stained Color. 28.442 Section 28.442... REGULATIONS COTTON CLASSING, TESTING, AND STANDARDS Standards Yellow Stained Cotton § 28.442 Middling Yellow Stained Color. Middling Yellow Stained Color is American Upland cotton which in color is deeper...

  7. 21 CFR 864.1850 - Dye and chemical solution stains.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-04-01

    ... 21 Food and Drugs 8 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Dye and chemical solution stains. 864.1850 Section... (CONTINUED) MEDICAL DEVICES HEMATOLOGY AND PATHOLOGY DEVICES Biological Stains § 864.1850 Dye and chemical solution stains. (a) Identification. Dye and chemical solution stains for medical purposes are mixtures...

  8. 7 CFR 28.442 - Middling Yellow Stained Color.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-01-01

    ... 7 Agriculture 2 2010-01-01 2010-01-01 false Middling Yellow Stained Color. 28.442 Section 28.442... REGULATIONS COTTON CLASSING, TESTING, AND STANDARDS Standards Yellow Stained Cotton § 28.442 Middling Yellow Stained Color. Middling Yellow Stained Color is American Upland cotton which in color is deeper...

  9. 7 CFR 28.442 - Middling Yellow Stained Color.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-01-01

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  10. 7 CFR 28.441 - Strict Middling Yellow Stained Color.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-01-01

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  11. 7 CFR 28.441 - Strict Middling Yellow Stained Color.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-01-01

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  12. 7 CFR 28.441 - Strict Middling Yellow Stained Color.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-01-01

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  13. Methods and compositions for chromosome-specific staining

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    Gray, Joe W.; Pinkel, Daniel

    2003-07-22

    Methods and compositions for chromosome-specific staining are provided. Compositions comprise heterogenous mixtures of labeled nucleic acid fragments having substantially complementary base sequences to unique sequence regions of the chromosomal DNA for which their associated staining reagent is specific. Methods include methods for making the chromosome-specific staining compositions of the invention, and methods for applying the staining compositions to chromosomes.

  14. Lighting up Protons with MorphFl, a Fluorescein-Morpholine Dyad: An Experiment for the Organic Laboratory

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    Miller, Tyson A.; Spangler, Michael; Burdette, Shawn C.

    2011-01-01

    A two-period organic laboratory experiment that includes fluorescence sensing is presented. The pH-sensitive sensor MorphFl is prepared using a Mannich reaction between a fluorescein derivative and the iminium ion of morpholine. During the first laboratory, students prepare MorphFl. The second session begins with characterizing the sensor using

  15. Lighting up Protons with MorphFl, a Fluorescein-Morpholine Dyad: An Experiment for the Organic Laboratory

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    Miller, Tyson A.; Spangler, Michael; Burdette, Shawn C.

    2011-01-01

    A two-period organic laboratory experiment that includes fluorescence sensing is presented. The pH-sensitive sensor MorphFl is prepared using a Mannich reaction between a fluorescein derivative and the iminium ion of morpholine. During the first laboratory, students prepare MorphFl. The second session begins with characterizing the sensor using…

  16. Enhancing absorption of fluorescein and LHRH across hindgut epithelia in a marsupial, the common brushtail possum Trichosurus vulpecula.

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    Wen JY; McLeod BJ; Tucker IG; Davies NM; Ledger R; Butt AG

    2007-09-01

    We have identified differences in transport properties of intestinal epithelia in the marsupial brushtail possum, compared to eutherian mammals. To determine whether differences in its permeability to hydrophilic compounds also occur, the absorption of sodium fluorescein and luteinizing hormone releasing hormone (LHRH) was assessed in vitro and the ability of chemical enhancers and a metabolic inhibitor to promote their absorption investigated. The apparent permeability of colonic and caecal tissues to fluorescein and LHRH and transepithelial resistance (Rt) in the absence or presence of ethylenediamine tetra-acetic acid (EDTA), sodium deoxycholic acid (SDA), dithiothreitol (DTT), polyacrylic acids (PAA), or the inhibitor bacitracin were determined. The effects of SDA and/or DTT on adherent mucus and the release of lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) were also assessed. In the absence of treatment, both tissues had comparable amounts of adherent mucus, Rt and low permeabilities to fluorescein and LHRH. All chemical enhancers increased fluorescein permeability, but SDA at concentrations >0.5 mM also induced LDH release. DTT alone and in combination with SDA reduced the amount of adherent mucus. Bacitracin inhibited LHRH metabolism and increased LHRH permeability. These data indicate that the possum hindgut epithelium represents a significant barrier to the uptake of hydrophilic compounds, similar to that in eutherians.

  17. The spots and stains of plate tectonics

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    Oliver, Jack

    1992-01-01

    This paper describes a synthesis characterized by broad scope, substantial support, and some speculation. The framework for the synthesis is the speculative concept that the process of convergence and collision of large landmasses disrupts the fluid regime of the collision zone and adjoining areas. The disturbed fluids leave a record of their disruption and transport in great spots and stains. Some of these spots and stains persist in the modern geologic record where they are known as mineral deposits, mineral occurrences, oil fields, gas fields, tar sands, diagenesis, authigenesis, metamorphism, dolomitization, fluid inclusions, and paleoremagnetization. Various observed characteristics of these phenomena provide supporting evidence of such diversity and consistency that the concept seems firmly rooted in observation. Nevertheless, many opportunities for further testing remain. If the synthesis is more or less correct, then a major link between plate tectonics, or global-scale geodynamics, and a wide variety of terrestrial geological observations of lesser scale is in hand.

  18. Laser Treatment of Port Wine Stains

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    Majaron, Boris; Nelson, J. Stuart

    Port wine stain (PWS), also called nevus flammeus, is a congenital, cutaneous vascular malformation involving post-capillary venules which produce a light pink to red to dark-red-violet discoloration of human skin [1]. PWS occurs in an estimated 3 children per 1000 live births, affecting males and females and all racial groups equally [2]. There appears to be no hereditary predilection for PWS within families. There are no known risk factors or ways to prevent PWS.

  19. Evaluation of lanthanide salts as alternative stains to uranyl acetate.

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    Hosogi, Naoki; Nishioka, Hideo; Nakakoshi, Masamichi

    2015-12-01

    Uranyl acetate (UAc) has been generally used not only as a superb staining reagent for ultrathin sections of plastic-embedded biological materials, but also as high-contrast negative stains for biological macromolecules such as particles of protein or virus. However, the use and purchase of radioactive UAc have been restricted. In this study, we determine the performance of ytterbium triacetate, lutetium triacetate, samarium triacetate and gadolinium triacetate as new staining reagents for biological electron microscopy. We observed chemically fixed spinach (Spinacia oleracea) leaves stained with these reagents. Ultrathin sections were stained with these reagents. Some of them were counterstained with lead citrate. The transmission electron microscopy contrast of spinach organelles was evaluated in sections exposed to the conventional stain and new stains. We show acetate salts of samarium, gadolinium, ytterbium and lutetium could be excellent substitutes for UAc for thin section staining and for negative staining. In addition, each reagent showed appreciable negative-staining effects. PMID:26374081

  20. Aptamer Stainings for Super-resolution Microscopy.

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    de Castro, Maria Angela Gomes; Rammner, Burkhard; Opazo, Felipe

    2016-01-01

    Fluorescence microscopy is an invaluable tool to visualize molecules in their biological context with ease and flexibility. However, studies using conventional light microscopy have been limited to the resolution that light diffraction allows (i.e., ~200 nm). This limitation has been recently circumvented by several types of advanced fluorescence microscopy techniques, which have achieved resolutions of up to ~10 nm. The resulting enhanced imaging precision has helped to find important cellular details that were not visible using diffraction-limited instruments. However, it has also revealed that conventional stainings using large affinity tags, such as antibodies, are not accurate enough for these imaging techniques. Since aptamers are substantially smaller than antibodies, they could provide a real advantage in super-resolution imaging. Here we compare the live staining of transferrin receptors (TfnR) obtained with different fluorescently labeled affinity probes: aptamers, specific monoclonal antibodies, or the natural receptor ligand transferrin. We observed negligible differences between these staining strategies when imaging is performed with conventional light microscopy (i.e., laser scanning confocal microscopy). However, a clear superiority of the aptamer tag over antibodies became apparent in super-resolved images obtained with stimulated emission depletion (STED) microscopy. PMID:26552828

  1. Coffee Stain Effect with Liquid Droplets

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    Mitra, Sushanta; Das, Siddhartha

    2012-11-01

    We discuss the dynamics of immiscible bidispersed oil droplets that are suspended in an evaporating water sessile drop. Therefore, in contrast to classical coffee stain problem, the depositing ``particles'' are replaced by microscopic oil droplets - hence, we discuss a liquid-droplet coffee stain phenomenon. We show experimentally that unlike colloidal particles in a classical coffee stain problem, liquid oil droplets cannot reach the three phase contact line (TPCL) due to the aversion of the oil droplets to form finite oil-air interface in water medium. Therefore, the oil droplets get positioned at a finite distance from the TPCL. We call this distance the ``enclosure'' distance, which being a function of the droplet size, triggers a spontaneous size-based oil droplet separation. In addition, the ``enclosure'' effect is a function of the surface energies of the oil droplet and the rate of evaporation. We develop a theory to describe this effect, and the results show excellent agreement with the experimental findings. NSERC Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship for S. Das.

  2. A Bifunctional Converter: Fluorescein Quenching scFv/Fluorogen Activating Protein for Photostability and Improved Signal to Noise in Fluorescence Experiments

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    2015-01-01

    Monoclonal antibodies are one of the most useful and ubiquitous affinity reagents used in the biological sciences. Immunostaining of fixed and live cells for microscopy or cytometry measurements frequently employs fluorescently labeled antibodies, in particular fluorescein-labeled antibodies. This dye emits light at a wavelength overlapping with cellular autofluorescence, making it difficult to measure antibody binding to proteins of relatively low copy number or in cells of high green autofluorescence. A number of high affinity fluorescein binding antibodies and antibody domains have been developed that quench the dyes fluorescence. Using a fluorescein-binding recombinant antibody domain genetically fused to a fluorogen activating protein (FAP), we demonstrate a molecular converter capable of binding and quenching fluorescein, while binding and activating a fluorogenic triarylmethane dye. This reagent converts fluorescein conjugates to far-red fluorescent probes, where cellular autofluorescence is low, improving signal-to-background of cell-based antibody binding measurements by ?7-fold. Microscopy experiments show colocalization of both fluorescein and MG fluorescence. This dual affinity fluorescein-quenching-FAP can also be used to convert fluorescein to the red fluorescing MG fluorogen on biological molecules other than antibodies. PMID:25072845

  3. Double staining immunofluorescence procedure for enumeration of cells containing cytoplasmic immunoglobulin in human bone marrow: 40 selected cases.

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    Ayliffe, M J

    1985-01-01

    A double staining immunofluorescence method was developed that allowed the reliable differential counting of cells containing cytoplasmic immunoglobulin in human bone marrow. These cells were stained with a polyspecific antihuman immunoglobulin serum conjugated with rhodamine. In separate preparations subpopulations of cells containing each heavy chain class and light chain type were identified by prior staining with isotype specific fluorescein conjugated antihuman immunoglobulin sera. A standardised counting procedure was adopted to indicate the degree of plasma cell infiltration and to establish the percentage of cells containing each type of immunoglobulin. A series of 122 patients requiring haematological investigation of the bone marrow for various disorders but without evidence of paraproteinaemia was tested to provide results for a nonmyelomatous reference group. These results were compared with those from 40 patients with paraproteins of various classes in their serum. The procedure described here clearly differentiated the two groups. When combined with serum paraprotein assays and conventional haematological cytology of bone marrow these counts provided useful additional information in cases of diagnostic difficulty and in the assessment of individual patients before, during, and after treatment. PMID:3930576

  4. Double staining of coomassie blue-stained polyacrylamide gels by imidazole-sodium dodecyl sulfate-zinc reverse staining: sensitive detection of coomassie blue-undetected proteins.

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    Fernandez-Patron, C; Hardy, E; Sosa, A; Seoane, J; Castellanos, L

    1995-01-01

    The sensitivity, simplicity, and relative rapidity of Coomassie blue staining have made this technique the method of choice for routine detection and quantitative analysis of gel electrophoresis-separated protein bands in many applications. To extend the usefulness of this technique, we have developed a new double-staining method for visualizing SDS-PAGE-separated protein bands that were undetected by Coomassie blue staining of the gel. Coomassie blue-stained gels are washed in distilled water (15 min, two times) and then subjected to imidazole-zinc reverse staining. As a result of the method, a homogeneous white-stained background is generated and two types of protein bands can be observed: (a) typical Coomassie blue-stained bands, which appear superposed on larger transparent bands; and (b) reverse-stained (transparent) bands, which were previously undetected by the Coomassie blue staining. The method is rapid, simple, and reproducible and double-staining gels can be kept in distilled water for months without loss of the protein pattern. The overall sensitivity is high (e.g., 1.6 ng for recombinant streptokinase, 47 kDa) over a wide range of protein molecular weights (10 to 100 kDa) and independent of the degree of Coomassie blue destaining of the gel. Furthermore, a mechanism offering a consistent explanation for the role of imidazole, SDS, and zinc in the reverse staining of gels, particularly after Coomassie blue staining is proposed. PMID:7535985

  5. Whole-mount silver staining of Arabidopsis and maize: a new method for staining secondary wall thickenings in tracheary elements.

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    Kitajima, Sakihito; Hasegawa, Yoko; Sugimura, Yukio

    2004-12-01

    Secondary wall thickenings in tracheary elements were specifically stained by incubation of Arabidopsis and maize in Silver Stain Plus (Bio-Rad) staining solution, after pretreatment with SDS and ethanol solution. Scanning electron microscopic analysis of sections of celery revealed that silver particles were deposited on the secondary wall thickenings, indicating that the staining was due to the deposition of silver through the interaction of the stain with lignin. This method is more sensitive than the acidified phloroglucinol method. PMID:15618638

  6. PREDICTIVE MODEL FOR THE COMBINED EFFECT OF TEMPERATURE, SODIUM LACTATE, AND SODIUM DIACETATE ON THE HEAT RESISTANCE OF LISTERIA MONOCYTOGENES IN BEEF

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    The effects and interactions of heating temperature (60 - 73.9C), sodium lactate (NaL; 0.0 - 4.8%, w/w) and/or sodium diacetate SDA; 0.0 - 0.25%, w/w) on the heat resistance of a five-strain mixture of Listeria monocytogenes in 75% lean ground beef were examined. Thermal death times were determined...

  7. Reproducibility of morphometric measurements of amyloid after various staining methods.

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    Kosma, V M; Collan, Y; Kulju, T; Aalto, M L; Jantunen, E; Karhunen, J; Selkäinaho, K

    1985-12-01

    Four histologic staining methods used for detecting amyloid (Congo red, viewed in both normal and polarized light, Sirius red, Crystal violet and Thioflavine T) were applied to heart muscle autopsy samples from 19 patients who suffered from amyloidosis. The amount of amyloid present was evaluated with morphometry (point counting) by five pathologists, and the interobserver reproducibility and variation of point counting in these staining methods were analyzed. The Sirius red method showed the least variation and was the most suitable stain for demonstrating amyloid with respect to reproducibility. Thioflavine T showed the greatest variation and was the least suitable stain with respect to reproducibility. The range of variation was considerable in all staining methods. The results show that stains differ in their specificity and sensitivity in staining amyloid, observers differ in their interpretation of staining results and certain stains result in more uniform interpretations than do others. PMID:2418854

  8. Mechanism of catalase activity in aqueous solutions of dimanganese(III,IV) ethylenediamine-N,N prime -diacetate

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    Rush, J.D.; Maskos, Z. )

    1990-03-07

    Manganous ions, ligated by ethylenediamine-N,N{prime}-diacetate (edda = L) decompose hydrogen peroxide with a rate law {minus}d(H{sub 2}O{sub 2})/dt = k{sub 17}(Mn(edda))(H{sub 2}O{sub 2}) where k{sub 17} = 5.4 M{sup {minus}1} s{sup {minus}1} at pH 7. The reduction of peroxide to water is initiated by the reaction of Mn{sup II}L with a dinuclear Mn{sup III,IV}L{sub 2}. A subsequent fast reaction between the transient product of this reaction and hydrogen peroxide or tert-butyl hydroperoxide effectively oxidizes Mn(II) to Mn(IV) in a concerted step without formation of the hydroxyl radical. The green mixed-valence complex, which is probably a bis({mu}-oxo)-bridged structure, is stable in neutral aqueous solution and exhibits a 16-line ESR signal in frozen solution. The basis of catalase activity is the autocatalytic formation of this complex when hydrogen peroxide is reduced by manganese(II). The catalase cycle is independent of the formation of oxy radicals. Mononuclear Mn{sup III}edda and Mn{sup II}edda react with superoxide radicals, but the decomposition of peroxide is virtually independent of these reactions. In unbuffered solutions, with a moderate excess of hydrogen peroxide, an oscillation in the concentration of the dinuclear complex is detected. 28 refs., 10 figs., 5 tabs.

  9. Effect of alumina on triethylene glycol diacetate-2-propenoic acid butyl ester composite polymer electrolytes for flexible lithium ion batteries

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    Wang, Qiujun; Song, Wei-Li; Fan, Li-Zhen; Shi, Qiao

    2015-04-01

    Triethylene glycol diacetate-2-propenoic acid butyl ester (TEGDA-BA) based composite polymer electrolytes (CPE) are fabricated by incorporating alumina (Al2O3) nanoparticles (average particle size 10-20 nm) as inorganic filler via in situ polymerization. Effects of Al2O3 concentration on ionic conductivities, Li+ transfer numbers and charge/discharge properties are studied in details. Due to the uniformly dispersed Al2O3 nanoparticles, significant improvements in the mechanical flexibility and bendability are presented in the resulting polymer electrolytes. The CPE with 5 wt% Al2O3 nanoparticles exhibits the highest ionic conductivity up to 6.02 10-3 S cm-1 at 25 C and the highest Li+ transference number (0.675), coupled with the most stable electrochemical window (>4.5 V vs. Li/Li+). With the presence of Al2O3, the growth of interface resistance is retarded, which increases the interface stability. The Li|CPE|Li4Ti5O12 and Li|CPE|LiFePO4 cells demonstrate remarkably stable charge/discharge performance and excellent capacity retention during cycling test. The results suggest that the CPE holds great application potential in flexible lithium ion batteries.

  10. Fetal Outcome in Meconium Stained Deliveries

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    Mundhra, Rajlaxmi; Agarwal, Manika

    2013-01-01

    Objective: To evaluate the foetal outcome in Meconium Stained Amniotic Fluid (MSAF). Material and Methods: This prospective observational study was carried out in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, North Eastern Indira Gandhi Regional Institute of Health And Medical Sciences, Shillong, India, over a period of eighteen months, from January 2010 to June 2011. A total of 355 pregnant women who had completed more than 37 weeks of gestation, with singleton pregnancies and cephalic presentations were included in this study. One hundred and sixty five cases with MSAF, were thus selected and they were compared with 190 randomly selected controls. Results: Among 165 cases, 27.88 % of the cases had regular visits to the Institute at least 3 times previously, 72.12% cases had no previous visit at all. Primigravidas accounted for a majority of cases and approximately 50% cases had gestational ages of more than 40 weeks Pregnancies complicated with pregnancy induced hypertension had statistically significant higher rates of meconium staining among cases (16.97%), as compared to those among controls (7.89%). 21.81% cases had foetal heart rate abnormalities, as were detected by electronic foetal monitoring and presence of foetal bradycardia was statistically higher in cases compared to that in controls. Casearean section rates were nearly double in cases (49.09%). Neonatal outcome was poor in terms of low Apgar score at birth, birth asphyxia, Meconium Aspiration Syndrome (MAS) and increased neonatal admission among cases as compared to that among controls. Conclusion: Meconium stained amniotic fluid is really worrisome from both, obstetricians and paediatricians points of view, as it increases the caesarean rates, causes birth asphyxia, MAS and increases neonatal intensive care unit admissions. PMID:24551662

  11. Bleaching of fluorosis stains using sodium hypochlorite.

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    Penumatsa, Narendra Varma; Sharanesha, Rajashekhara Bhari

    2015-08-01

    Fluorosis staining is commonly considered an esthetic problem because of the psychological impact of unesthetic maxillary anterior teeth. Numerous treatment approaches have been proposed, ranging from bleaching to enamel reduction to restorative techniques. Bleaching of hypomineralized enamel lesions, using 5% sodium hypochlorite, has been useful clinically. The technique described, in this case, appears to have advantages over other methods for improving the appearance of fluorotic lesions. It is simple, low cost, noninvasive, so the enamel keeps its structure, relatively rapid, and safe; it requires no special materials, and it can be used with safety on young permanent teeth. PMID:26538964

  12. Bleaching of fluorosis stains using sodium hypochlorite

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    Penumatsa, Narendra Varma; Sharanesha, Rajashekhara Bhari

    2015-01-01

    Fluorosis staining is commonly considered an esthetic problem because of the psychological impact of unesthetic maxillary anterior teeth. Numerous treatment approaches have been proposed, ranging from bleaching to enamel reduction to restorative techniques. Bleaching of hypomineralized enamel lesions, using 5% sodium hypochlorite, has been useful clinically. The technique described, in this case, appears to have advantages over other methods for improving the appearance of fluorotic lesions. It is simple, low cost, noninvasive, so the enamel keeps its structure, relatively rapid, and safe; it requires no special materials, and it can be used with safety on young permanent teeth. PMID:26538964

  13. [Port wine stains and laser treatments].

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    Laffitte, F; Chavoin, J-P

    2006-01-01

    Port wine stains correspond to cutaneous congenital capillary dysplasias and are undergoing broad clinical appearances as far as size, colour, and anatomical areas are concerned together with several possible associations to other vascular pathology. Laser treatment started by the end of the 70's with, at that time moderate scientific production, followed by a very "explosive" period till mid 90's, leading to a progressive decrease till today. Therefore, everything has been reported several times and, in some occasions with some kind of artlessness and/or without follow-up. Author will try in this paper to report a 25 years experience, with as much objectivity as possible. PMID:17005310

  14. Correlation between Fluorescein Angiographic Findings and Visual Acuity in Behçet Retinal Vasculitis

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    Kim, Min; Kwon, Hee Jung; Choi, Eun Young; Kim, Sung Soo; Koh, Hyoung Jun

    2015-01-01

    Purpose To identify significant fluorescein angiographic (FA) characteristics associated with visual acuity (VA) in Behçet retinal vasculitis. Materials and Methods Retrospective review of 86 eyes of 48 patients (age: 35.6±10.2 years) with Behçet retinal vasculitis were performed. VA and FA findings as well as correlation between them were assessed. Results The mean initial VA of eyes with posterior pole-involved vasculitis (63 eyes; 73.3%) was significantly worse than that of those with peripheral vasculitis (23 eye; 26.7%) (logarithm of the minimum angle of resolution VA: 0.554±0.572 vs. 0.078±0.148; p<0.0001). Subgroup analysis revealed a more severe and diffuse pattern of vascular leakage in posterior pole-involved vasculitis compared to peripheral vasculitis (p<0.0001). Retinal vascular leakage (β=0.345; p<0.0001), optic disc hyperfluorescence (β=0.147; p=0.032), and macular leakage (β=0.107; p=0.047) were significantly associated with worse initial VA. During the follow up (mean: 33.3±17.9 months), the change of leakage showed no significant correlation with change of VA in posterior pole-involved vasculitis (τ=0.199, p=0.092). Conclusion Posterior pole involvement, the degree of retinal vascular leakage, optic disc hyperfluorescence, and macular leakage are significantly associated with VA in Behçet retinal vasculitis. PMID:26069134

  15. Phase conjugation by degenerate four wave mixing in disodium fluorescein solution in methanol

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    Abdeldayem, Hossin; Sekhar, P. Chandra; Venkateswarlu, P.; Geroge, M. C.

    1989-01-01

    Organic dyes are known to show the resonant type of nonlinear optical properties, including phase conjugation. In the present work, disodium fluorescein in methanol is used as an organic nonlinear medium for degenerate four wave mixing at 532 nm to see the intensity dependence of the phase conjugate signal at different concentrations of the solution. It is observed that the maximum reflectivity of the signal occurs in a concentration range of 5 x 10(exp -3)/cu cm to 1.2 x 10(exp -2) g/cu cm. It is also observed that the intensity of the signal drops suddenly to less than half of its maximum outside the concentration range mentioned above. An investigation of the phase conjugate signal intensity by changing the delay time between probe signal and the forward pump is also examined. Briefly discussed is the possibility of population grating in dye liquids as a source of enhancing the third order susceptibility besides the other techniques mentioned in reference. The experiment is done by beam splitting the second harmonic (532 nm) of Nd:YAG laser, Q-switched at 20 pulses/sec (pulse width is approximately 8 and 200 mJ per pulse).

  16. Estimating retinal vascular permeability using the adiabatic approximation to the tissue homogeneity model with fluorescein videoangiography

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    Tichauer, Kenneth M.; Osswald, Christian R.; Dosmar, Emily; Guthrie, Micah J.; Hones, Logan; Sinha, Lagnojita; Xu, Xiaochun; Mieler, William F.; St. Lawrence, Keith; Kang-Mieler, Jennifer J.

    2015-06-01

    Clinical symptoms of diabetic retinopathy are not detectable until damage to the retina reaches an irreversible stage, at least by today's treatment standards. As a result, there is a push to develop new, "sub-clinical" methods of predicting the onset of diabetic retinopathy before the onset of irreversible damage. With diabetic retinopathy being associated with the accumulation of long-term mild damage to the retinal vasculature, retinal blood vessel permeability has been proposed as a key parameter for detecting preclinical stages of retinopathy. In this study, a kinetic modeling approach used to quantify vascular permeability in dynamic contrast-enhanced medical imaging was evaluated in noise simulations and then applied to retinal videoangiography data in a diabetic rat for the first time to determine the potential for this approach to be employed clinically as an early indicator of diabetic retinopathy. Experimental levels of noise were found to introduce errors of less than 15% in estimates of blood flow and extraction fraction (a marker of vascular permeability), and fitting of rat retinal fluorescein angiography data provided stable maps of both parameters.

  17. Automated Detection of Vessel Abnormalities on Fluorescein Angiogram in Malarial Retinopathy.

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    Zhao, Yitian; MacCormick, Ian J C; Parry, David G; Beare, Nicholas A V; Harding, Simon P; Zheng, Yalin

    2015-01-01

    The detection and assessment of intravascular filling defects is important, because they may represent a process central to cerebral malaria pathogenesis: neurovascular sequestration. We have developed and validated a framework that can automatically detect intravascular filling defects in fluorescein angiogram images. It first employs a state-of-the-art segmentation approach to extract the vessels from images and then divide them into individual segments by geometrical analysis. A feature vector based on the intensity and shape of saliency maps is generated to represent the level of abnormality of each vessel segment. An AdaBoost classifier with weighted cost coefficient is trained to classify the vessel segments into normal and abnormal categories. To demonstrate its effectiveness, we apply this framework to 6,358 vessel segments in images from 10 patients with malarial retinopathy. The test sensitivity, specificity, accuracy, and area under curve (AUC) are 74.7%, 73.5%, 74.1% and 74.2% respectively when compared to the reference standard of human expert manual annotations. This performance is comparable to the agreement that we find between human observers of intravascular filling defects. Our method will be a powerful new tool for studying malarial retinopathy. PMID:26053690

  18. Fluorescein gonioangiography of the normal canine eye using a dSLR camera adaptor.

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    Alario, Anthony F; Pirie, Christopher G

    2015-06-01

    The purpose of this study was to describe fluorescein gonioangiography (FGA) of the normal canine eye using a digital single lens reflex (dSLR) camera adaptor. Dogs were anesthetized using intravenous propofol. Imaging was performed using a Lovac Barkan goniolens, dSLR camera, dSLR camera adaptor, camera lens, and accessory flash. Twelve dogs with a mean age of 2.0?+/- 0.8 years were imaged. No characteristic angiographic phases were observed. Leakage from the peri-limbal capillary network was a common finding and occurred 7.7?+/- 2.2 s post injection in 9 (75%) dogs. In 3 (25%) dogs, filling of the circumferential ciliary artery was observed 10.3?+/- 2.8 s post injection. Dye leakage within the iris base and into the aqueous humor was demonstrated in 4 (33%) and 6 dogs (50%) respectively. No adverse events were noted. This study demonstrates FGA findings in normal canine eyes using a cost effective dSLR camera adaptor. PMID:25823859

  19. Dibutyl Maleate and Dibutyl Fumarate Enhance Contact Sensitization to Fluorescein Isothiocyanate in Mice.

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    Matsuoka, Takeshi; Kurohane, Kohta; Suzuki, Wakana; Ogawa, Erina; Kobayashi, Kamiyu; Imai, Yasuyuki

    2016-02-01

    Di-n-butyl phthalate (DBP), a phthalate ester, has been shown to have an adjuvant effect on fluorescein isothiocyanate (FITC)-induced contact hypersensitivity (CHS) mouse models. Di-n-butyl maleate (DBM), widely used as a plasticizer for industrial application, has been reported to cause dermatitis in humans. DBM is a butyl alcohol ester of di-carboxylic acid that represents a part of the DBP structure, while di-n-butyl fumarate (DBF) is a trans isomer of DBM. We examined whether DBM or DBF exhibits an adjuvant effect like DBP does. When BALB/c mice were epicutaneously sensitized with FITC in the presence of DBM or DBF, the FITC-specific CHS response was enhanced, as we have observed for DBP. As to underlying mechanisms, DBM and DBF facilitated the trafficking of FITC-presenting CD11c(+) dendritic cells (DCs) from skin to draining lymph nodes and increased the cytokine production by draining lymph nodes. In conclusion, DBM and DBF may have an effect that aggravates contact dermatitis through a skin sensitization process. PMID:26632200

  20. Acute Retinal Pigment Epitheliitis: Spectral Domain Optical Coherence Tomography, Fluorescein Angiography, and Autofluorescence Findings

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    Aydo?an, Tu?ba; Gney, Esra; Akay, Betl ?lkay Sezgin; Bozkurt, Tahir Kansu; nl, Cihan; Ergin, Ahmet

    2015-01-01

    A 17-year-old presented with central and paracentral scotomas in his right eye for one week. There was no remarkable medical or ocular history. Blood analyses were within normal range. At presentation both eyes' best-corrected visual acuities were 20/20. Slit-lamp examination result was normal. Fundus examination revealed yellow-white hypopigmented areas in the macula. Fluorescein angiography (FA) showed hypofluorescence surrounded by ring of hyperfluorescence. Fundus autofluorescence (FAF) was slightly increased. Spectral domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT) showed disruption of IS/OS junction with expansion of abnormal hyperreflectivity from retinal pigment epithelium to the outer nuclear layer (ONL). One month later fundus examination showed disappearance of the lesions. FA revealed transmission hyperfluorescence. FAF showed increased autofluorescence and pigment clumping. Hyperreflective band in SD-OCT disappeared. Loss of photoreceptor segment layers was observed in some of the macular lesions. The diagnosis of acute retinal pigment epitheliitis can be challenging after disappearance of fundus findings. FA, FAF, and SD-OCT are important tests for diagnosis after resolution of the disease. PMID:25767511

  1. Groundwater dating using radiocarbon in fulvic acid in groundwater containing fluorescein

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    Nakata, Kotaro; Kodama, Hiroki; Hasegawa, Takuma; Hama, Katsuhiro; Iwatsuki, Teruki; Miyajima, Tohru

    2013-05-01

    Natural DO14C is recognized as one of the most useful tracers in the estimation of groundwater age. Fluorescent dye is commonly used as an indicator of drilling fluid contamination during borehole investigation. Fluorescein (FS) is one of the most frequently used fluorescent dyes, yet as it contains little radiocarbon it may affect DO14C age when it is mixed with natural DOC. In this study, fulvic acid (FA) was isolated from groundwater containing FS and DO14C value of isolated FA was measured. Separation methods were proposed by using the difference between sorption and desorption behavior of FA and FS onto synthetic adsorbent resin. DO14C measurement on FA from a mixture of FA and FS is estimated by removing FS from the mixture and correcting for the amount of C derived from FS. Furthermore, DO14C age is compared with the groundwater age estimated by He. The results show that the values of DO14C age for separated FA estimated by the two methods had good agreement with those that corresponded to groundwater age estimated by He. This result indicates that DO14C is a useful indicator of groundwater age even for groundwater contaminated with FS.

  2. Synthesis, biological evaluation, and in vivo imaging of the first camptothecin-fluorescein conjugate.

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    Chevalier, Arnaud; Dubois, Martine; Le Joncour, Vadim; Dautrey, Sbastien; Lecointre, Cline; Romieu, Anthony; Renard, Pierre-Yves; Castel, Hlne; Sabot, Cyrille

    2013-07-17

    The first synthesis and photophysical properties of a fluorecently labeled camptothecin derivative, namely, camptothecin-FI (CPT-FI), an antitumoral agent that targets topoisomerase I, are reported. The preparation of this fluorescent conjugate is based on a highly convergent and flexible approach which enables the rapid chemical modification of the AB ring system of this fragile pentacyclic alkaloid, aimed at introducing an anchoring point to graft the fluorophore. The selection of a fluorescein analogue as the reporter group has enabled us to get the first green-emitting CPT conjugate exhibiting valuable spectral properties and retaining biological properties of native CPT. Indeed, in biological models, i.e., glioma cell lines U87 and/or T98, the kinetics of cell endocytosis, as well as the efficacy of CPT-FI were compared to those of CPT. CPT-FI fluorescence was measured in the cytosolic compartment of T98 glioma cells from 5 min treatment and remained detectable until 48 h. As CPT, CPT-FI drastically inhibited glioma growth and cell cycle but exhibited a reduced affinity as compared to the native CPT. In vivo and ex vivo imaging studies of CPT-FI intratumoraly injected into a model of NIH-3T3 murine tumor xenografts in nude mice, showed accumulation around the injected site area, which is very promising to target tumors and follow biodistribution in vivo. PMID:23750546

  3. Automated Detection of Vessel Abnormalities on Fluorescein Angiogram in Malarial Retinopathy

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    Zhao, Yitian; MacCormick, Ian J. C.; Parry, David G.; Beare, Nicholas A. V.; Harding, Simon P.; Zheng, Yalin

    2015-01-01

    The detection and assessment of intravascular filling defects is important, because they may represent a process central to cerebral malaria pathogenesis: neurovascular sequestration. We have developed and validated a framework that can automatically detect intravascular filling defects in fluorescein angiogram images. It first employs a state-of-the-art segmentation approach to extract the vessels from images and then divide them into individual segments by geometrical analysis. A feature vector based on the intensity and shape of saliency maps is generated to represent the level of abnormality of each vessel segment. An AdaBoost classifier with weighted cost coefficient is trained to classify the vessel segments into normal and abnormal categories. To demonstrate its effectiveness, we apply this framework to 6,358 vessel segments in images from 10 patients with malarial retinopathy. The test sensitivity, specificity, accuracy, and area under curve (AUC) are 74.7%, 73.5%, 74.1% and 74.2% respectively when compared to the reference standard of human expert manual annotations. This performance is comparable to the agreement that we find between human observers of intravascular filling defects. Our method will be a powerful new tool for studying malarial retinopathy. PMID:26053690

  4. Inhibition of tonoplast ATPase from etiolated mung bean seedlings by fluorescein 5'-isothiocyanate.

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    Tzeng, C M; Hsu, L H; Pan, R L

    1992-01-01

    Fluorescein 5'-isothiocyanate (FITC) was used to modify the lysine residue in the active site of tonoplast H(+)-ATPase from etiolated mung-bean (Vigna radiata L.) seedlings. FITC caused marked inactivation of the enzyme activities of both membrane-bound and soluble ATPase and its associated H+ translocation. The SDS/PAGE pattern revealed that the FITC-binding site was in the large (A) subunit of ATPase. Inhibition could be substantially prevented by its physiological substrate ATP, pyrophosphate and nucleotides in the decreasing order: ATP greater than pyrophosphate greater than ADP greater than AMP greater than GTP greater than CTP greater than UTP. The mode of inhibition by FITC was competitive with respect to ATP. Loss of ATPase activity followed pseudo-first-order kinetics with a Ki of 0.33 mM, a minimum inactivation half-time of 110 s, and a first-order rate constant of 0.244 s-1. A double-logarithmic plot of apparent rate constant versus FITC concentration gave a slope of 0.913, indicating that inactivation results from reaction of at least one lysine residue at the catalytic site of the large subunit. Labelling studies indicated that the incorporation of approx. 1 mol of FITC/mol of ATPase is sufficient to inhibit ATPase completely. The enhancement and blue shift of emission maxima of FITC after modification of ATPase indicated that the labelled lysine residue was located in a relatively hydrophobic domain. PMID:1386733

  5. Extending applicability of the oxygen radical absorbance capacity (ORAC-fluorescein) assay.

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    Dvalos, Alberto; Gmez-Cordovs, Carmen; Bartolom, Begoa

    2004-01-14

    The ORAC-fluorescein (ORAC-FL) method recently validated using automatic liquid handling systems has now been adapted to manual handling and using a conventional fluorescence microplate reader. As calculated for Trolox, the precision of the method was <3.0, expressed as percent coefficient of variation. The accuracy of the method was <2.3, expressed as percent variation of the mean. The detection and quantification limits were those corresponding to 0.5- and 1-microM Trolox standard solutions, respectively. The method has been applied to 10 pure compounds (benzoic and cinnamic acids and aldehydes, flavonoids, and butylated hydroxyanisole), to 30 white, rose, and bottled- and oak-aged red wines, and to 7 commercial dietary antioxidant supplements. All samples exhibited a good linear response with concentration. As seen by other methodologies, the chemical structure of a compound determines its antioxidant activity (ORAC-FL value). Of particular interest were the results with oak-aged red wines from different vintages (1989-2002) that confirm influence of vintage, but not origin of the oak, in the antioxidant activity of wines from the same variety. Dietary antioxidant supplements presented a great variability (170-fold difference) in their antioxidant potency. This work proves applicability of the ORAC-FL assay in evaluating the antioxidant activity of diverse food samples. PMID:14709012

  6. Protein carbonylation during natural leaf senescence in winter wheat, as probed by fluorescein-5-thiosemicarbazide.

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    Hav, M; Leitao, L; Bagard, M; Castell, J-F; Repellin, A

    2015-09-01

    Leaf senescence is characterised by a massive degradation of proteins in order to recycle nitrogen to other parts of the plant, such as younger leaves or developing grain/seed. Protein degradation during leaf senescence is a highly regulated process and it is suggested that proteins to be degraded are marked by an oxidative modification (carbonylation) that makes them more susceptible to proteolysis. However, there is as yet no evidence of an increase in protein carbonylation level during natural leaf senescence. The aim of our study was thus to monitor protein carbonylation level during the process of natural senescence in the flag leaf of field-grown winter wheat plants. For this purpose, we adapted a fluorescence-based method using fluorescein-5-thiosemicarbazide (FTC) as a probe for detecting protein carbonyl derivatives. As used for the first time on plant material, this method allowed the detection of both quantitative and qualitative modifications in protein carbonyl levels during the last stages of wheat flag leaf development. The method described herein represents a convenient, sensitive and reproducible alternative to the commonly used 2,4-dinitrophenylhydrazine (DNPH)-based method. In addition, our analysis revealed changes in protein carbonylation level during leaf development that were associated with qualitative changes in protein abundance and carbonylation profiles. In the senescing flag leaf, protein carbonylation increased concomitantly with a stimulation of endoproteolytic activity and a decrease in protein content, which supports the suggested relationship between protein oxidation and proteolysis during natural leaf senescence. PMID:25683278

  7. Fullerol-fluorescein isothiocyanate phosphorescent labeling reagent for the determination of glucose and alkaline phosphatase.

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    Liu, Jia-Ming; Wang, Hong-Xin; Zhang, Li-Hong; Zheng, Zhi-Yong; Lin, Shao-Qin; Lin, Li-Ping; Wang, Xin-Xing; Lin, Chang-Qing; Liu, Jian-Qin; Huang, Qi-Tong

    2010-09-15

    The active -OH group in fullerol (F-ol) could react with the dissociated -COOH group in fluorescein isothiocyanate (FITC) to form F-ol-(FITC)(n), which could emit room temperature phosphorescence (RTP) signal of F-ol and FITC on acetate cellulose membrane (ACM), respectively. Their RTP signals were enhanced by N,N-dimethylaniline (DMA). The labeling reaction between the -NCS group of FITC in DMA-F-ol-(FITC)(n) and the -NH2 group in wheat germ agglutinin (WGA) produced DMA-F-ol-(FITC)(n)-WGA, which could further take affinity adsorption (AA) reaction with bioactive substances (BS), such as glucose and alkaline phosphatase (AP), to produce DMA-F-ol-(FITC)(n)-WGA-BS. Both of these two products could maintain the good RTP characteristics of F-ol and FITC. Based on the facts above, a new phosphorescent labeling reagent, DMA-F-ol-FITC, was developed, and a new affinity adsorption solid substrate room temperature phosphorimetry (AASSRTP) for the determination of BS was established. This method was applied to the determination of BS in human serum and the diagnosis of diseases, with the results agreeing very well with those of enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA). The mechanism of DMA-F-ol-(FITC)(n) labeling of WGA and AASSRTP for the determination of BS is discussed. PMID:20507821

  8. New Parametric Imaging Method with Fluorescein Angiograms for Detecting Areas of Capillary Nonperfusion

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    Kim, Young Jae; Jeong, Chang Bu; Hwang, Jeong-Min; Yang, Hee Kyung; Lee, Seung Hyun

    2014-01-01

    Objectives Fluorescein angiography (FAG) is currently the most useful diagnostic modality for examining retinal circulation, and it is frequently used for the evaluation of patients with diabetic retinopathy, occlusive diseases, such as retinal venous and arterial occlusions, and wet macular degeneration. This paper presents a method for objectively evaluating retinal circulation by quantifying circulation-related parameters. Methods This method allows the semiautomatic preprocessing and registering of FAG images. The arterial input function is estimated from the registered set of FAG images using gamma-variate fitting. Then, the parameters can be computed by deconvolution on the basis of truncated singular value decomposition, and they can finally be presented as parametric color images in a combination of three colors, red, green, and blue. Results After the estimation of arterial input function, the parameters of relative blood flow and mean transit time were computed using deconvolution analysis based on truncated singular value decomposition. Conclusions The parametric color image is helpful to interpret the status of retinal blood circulation and provides quantitative data on retina ischemia without interobserver variability. This system easily provides the status of retinal blood circulation both qualitatively and quantitatively. It also helps to standardize FAG interpretation and may contribute to network-based telemedicine systems in the future. PMID:25152832

  9. Acute retinal pigment epitheliitis: spectral domain optical coherence tomography, fluorescein angiography, and autofluorescence findings.

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    Aydoğan, Tuğba; Güney, Esra; Akçay, Betül İlkay Sezgin; Bozkurt, Tahir Kansu; Ünlü, Cihan; Ergin, Ahmet

    2015-01-01

    A 17-year-old presented with central and paracentral scotomas in his right eye for one week. There was no remarkable medical or ocular history. Blood analyses were within normal range. At presentation both eyes' best-corrected visual acuities were 20/20. Slit-lamp examination result was normal. Fundus examination revealed yellow-white hypopigmented areas in the macula. Fluorescein angiography (FA) showed hypofluorescence surrounded by ring of hyperfluorescence. Fundus autofluorescence (FAF) was slightly increased. Spectral domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT) showed disruption of IS/OS junction with expansion of abnormal hyperreflectivity from retinal pigment epithelium to the outer nuclear layer (ONL). One month later fundus examination showed disappearance of the lesions. FA revealed transmission hyperfluorescence. FAF showed increased autofluorescence and pigment clumping. Hyperreflective band in SD-OCT disappeared. Loss of photoreceptor segment layers was observed in some of the macular lesions. The diagnosis of acute retinal pigment epitheliitis can be challenging after disappearance of fundus findings. FA, FAF, and SD-OCT are important tests for diagnosis after resolution of the disease. PMID:25767511

  10. Volatilization of fluorescein mercuric acetate by marine bacterial from Minamata Bay

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    Nakamura, Kunihiko )

    1989-05-01

    Some bacteria that live in a mercury-polluted environment are resistant to mercury compounds. A majority of these mercury-resistant bacterial have been found to volatilize organic as well as inorganic mercury compounds into elemental mercury vapor by means of their enzymes. One compound, fluorescein mercuric acetate (FMA) has long been in use as a disinfectant in hospitals; yet, there has been little definitive information on bacterial resistance to this compound. Minamata Bay has been heavily polluted by mercury, which has caused methylmercury poisoning in humans, called Minamata disease. Sediments from the Bay still contain high concentrations of mercury. The percentage of mercury-resistant bacteria in the total bacterial count is higher in these sediments than in those of other marine environments. FMA-pollution, however, has not been reported. Research into the mechanism of bacterial resistance to FMA will not only add to our general understanding of the ability of certain bacteria to resist mercury, but will also help in defining the role bacteria play in the mercury cycle of a mercury-polluted environment. The purpose of the present study is to determine the mechanism of resistance to FMA of the FMA-resistant bacteria living in the Bay.

  11. Lateral diffusion and conductance properties of a fluorescein-labelled alamethicin in planar lipid bilayers.

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    Helluin, O; Dugast, J Y; Molle, G; Mackie, A R; Ladha, S; Duclohier, H

    1997-12-01

    In order to follow alamethicin diffusion within membranes under conditions of pore-formation, a fluorescein isothiocyanate (FITC) analogue was synthesized. To test the influence of the fluorescent probe addition on the pore-forming activity of the new analogue, macroscopic and single-channel experiments into planar lipid bilayers were performed. Although the apparent mean number of monomers per conducting aggregate was equivalent, the voltage-dependence of the new analogue was slightly reduced and hysteresses were broader, in agreement with the much longer duration of the open single-channels. Thus, the conducting aggregates seem to be stabilized by the introduction of the probe, presumably through the interaction of the conjugated cycles with the lipid headgroups, while the added steric hindrance may account for the slightly higher conductances of the open substates. Lateral diffusion of the labelled peptide associated with the bilayer was then investigated by the fluorescence recovery after photobleaching technique. Under applied voltage, associated with high conductance, D, the lateral diffusion coefficient, was reduced by 50% when compared to peptide at rest. These results provide new independent experimental evidence for a voltage-driven insertion of the highly mobile surface-associated peptide into the bilayer as a prominent step in pore formation. PMID:9408182

  12. Synthesis, crystal structure and luminescent properties of a new samarium-fluorescein metal-organic framework

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    Thomas, Jesty; Ambili, K. S.

    2015-10-01

    A new metal-organic framework with empirical formula C43H30NO12Sm was solvothermally synthesized using SmCl3, fluorescein and N, N-Dimethyl formamide (DMF) and characterized by single crystal X-ray diffraction, powder X-ray diffraction, infrared spectroscopy, UV-Visible spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy, optical microscopy, photoluminescence spectroscopy, CHN elemental analysis and thermogravimetric analysis. Single crystal X-ray diffraction revealed that the crystal structure belongs to the triclinic system, P-1 space group with a=12.113 (6) , b=12.1734 (7) , c=13.2760(8) , ?=67.930(3)?, ?=87.779(3)?, ?=77.603(3)? and V=1769.71 (17) 3. The photoluminescence spectrum showed emission peaks at 550nm, 600nm and 647nm due to the characteristic transitions 4G5/2 to 6H5/2, 4G5/2 to 6H7/2 and 4G5/2 to 6H9/2 respectively, when excited at 398nm.

  13. Saturable CD14-dependent binding of fluorescein-labeled lipopolysaccharide to human monocytes.

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    Troelstra, A; Antal-Szalmas, P; de Graaf-Miltenburg, L A; Weersink, A J; Verhoef, J; Van Kessel, K P; Van Strijp, J A

    1997-01-01

    We used rough lipopolysaccharide (ReLPS) to construct a fluorescein-labeled LPS (FITC-LPS) with a very high labeling efficiency that bound to isolated human monocytes in a CD14-dependent fashion and that in this respect behaved indistinctively from native LPS. The CD14-dependent binding could be inhibited either by a 1,000-fold excess of unlabeled LPS or by polymyxin B, bactericidal/permeability-increasing protein, cationic protein 18, or soluble CD14. Although this FITC-LPS preparation no longer possessed the ability to prime neutrophils for the production of reactive oxygen species or to stimulate human monocytes to produce tumor necrosis factor, activation of the Limulus amoebocyte lysate cascade was comparable to activation by native LPS. Binding to monocytes was enhanced by human pooled serum (HPS) or LPS-binding protein (LBP) for LPS concentrations up to 100 ng/ml and was completely CD14 dependent. For LPS concentrations exceeding 100 ng/ml, binding was still partially CD14 dependent, but not HPS or LBP dependent. CD14-dependent association of LPS with monocytes was shown to be totally saturable. In conclusion, we found an HPS- or LBP-dependent binding of FITC-LPS to monocytes that was CD14 dependent at up to 100 ng of LPS per ml, and saturation of binding was shown. PMID:9169763

  14. Black stain and dental caries in schoolchildren in Potenza, Italy.

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    Koch, M J; Bove, M; Schroff, J; Perlea, P; Garca-Godoy, F; Staehle, H J

    2001-01-01

    This study examined the correlation between dark pigmented dental plaque (black stain) and caries. Black stain was observed in 67 of 1086 schoolchildren (from 6-12 years old). The mean DMF-T was 0.49 = 1.05 for children with black stain and 0.97 = 1.40 for children with black without black stain (p<0.05). The results suggest an association between black stain and a decreased caries experience at least in the permanent dentition. Further studies are necessary to examine the etiology and whether or not black stain can protect against caries. PMID:11985199

  15. Treatment of port-wine stains: analysis

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    van Gemert, M.J.; Welch, A.J.

    1987-08-01

    Port-wine stains (PWS) are bluish red skin stains that are caused by enlarged, ectatic blood vessels in the dermis. Laser treatment of PWS is analyzed from computation of the spatial distribution of heat production by direct absorption of the laser light and subsequent heat conduction. The absorption and scattering caused by oxyhemoglobin, epidermis, and dermis as a function of wavelength are utilized in this analysis. Ideal treatment is defined as coagulating the ectatic blood vessels without irreversible damage to the epidermis and dermis. The analysis shows that a millisecond pulsed, yellow dye laser at 577 nm (one of the large absorption bands in blood) is the laser of choice to treat PWS, offering as close to the ''ideal treatment'' as possible. The blue-green argon laser, which is currently the most frequently used laser for this purpose, is strongly recommended with irradiation times in milliseconds. Other lasers that are in clinical use, such as the red ruby and near-infrared Nd-YAG lasers, can provide selective treatment only when the epidermis is cooled concurrently. The CO/sub 2/ laser, on the other hand, can coagulate the blood vessels only through heat conduction from the hot epidermis; hence, it has neither the treatment selectivity nor any other physical option to force this selectivity.

  16. Comparison of conventional staining methods and monoclonal antibody-based methods for Cryptosporidium oocyst detection.

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    Arrowood, M J; Sterling, C R

    1989-07-01

    The sensitivity and specificity of seven microscopy-based Cryptosporidium oocyst detection methods were compared after application to unconcentrated fecal smears. The seven methods were as follows: (i) a commercial acid-fast (AF) stain (VOLU-SOL) method, (ii) Truant auramine-rhodamine (AR) stain method, (iii) fluorescein-conjugated C1B3 monoclonal antibody (MAb) direct fluorescence method, (iv) OW3 MAb indirect fluorescence method, (v) biotinylated OW3 indirect fluorescence method, (vi) biotinylated OW3-indirect diaminobenzidine (DAB) method, and (vii) biotinylated OW3-aminoethylcarbazole (AEC) method. A total of 281 randomly collected Formalin-fixed fecal samples (submitted to the Maricopa County Health Department, Phoenix, Ariz.) and 30 known positives (Formalin-fixed and K2Cr2O7-preserved stools from our laboratory) were examined in a blind test; 32 of 311 samples (10.3%) were confirmed positive. Of the confirmed positives, 40.6% were identified by the AF method, 93.8% were identified by the AR method, 93.8% were identified by the C1B3 method, 81.3% were identified by the OW3-DAB method, 71.9% were identified by the OW3-AEC method, 100% were identified by the OW3 indirect fluorescence method, and 100% were identified by the biotinylated OW3 indirect fluorescence method. False-positives were encountered by the AF and AR methods (52.0 and 85.7% specificity, respectively), while no false-positives encountered by the MAb-based methods. Oocysts in infected tissue sections were easily detected by the MAb-based methods. PMID:2475523

  17. Virginia Orange: A Versatile, Red-Shifted Fluorescein Scaffold for Single- and Dual-Input Fluorogenic Probes.

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    Grimm, Jonathan B; Gruber, Todd D; Ortiz, Gloria; Brown, Timothy A; Lavis, Luke D

    2016-02-17

    Fluorogenic molecules are important tools for biological and biochemical research. The majority of fluorogenic compounds have a simple input-output relationship, where a single chemical input yields a fluorescent output. Development of new systems where multiple inputs converge to yield an optical signal could refine and extend fluorogenic compounds by allowing greater spatiotemporal control over the fluorescent signal. Here, we introduce a new red-shifted fluorescein derivative, Virginia Orange, as an exceptional scaffold for single- and dual-input fluorogenic molecules. Unlike fluorescein, installation of a single masking group on Virginia Orange is sufficient to fully suppress fluorescence, allowing preparation of fluorogenic enzyme substrates with rapid, single-hit kinetics. Virginia Orange can also be masked with two independent moieties; both of these masking groups must be removed to induce fluorescence. This allows facile construction of multi-input fluorogenic probes for sophisticated sensing regimes and genetic targeting of latent fluorophores to specific cellular populations. PMID:26636613

  18. Laser therapy in plastic surgery: decolorization in port wine stains

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    Peszynski-Drews, Cezary; Wolf, Leszek

    1996-03-01

    For the first time laserotherapy is described as a method of port wine stain decolorization in plastic surgery. The authors present their 20-year experience in the treatment of port wine stains with the argon laser and dye laser.

  19. Port wine stain on a child's face (image)

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    Port wine stains are always present at birth. In an infant, they are flat, pink, vascular lesions. Common locations include the ... be present anywhere on the body. Port wine stains may appear in association with other syndromes.

  20. Several staining techniques to enhance the visibility of Acanthamoeba cysts.

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    El-Sayed, Nagwa Mostafa; Hikal, Wafaa Mohamed

    2015-03-01

    Acanthamoeba is one of the most common free-living amoebae. It is widespread in the environment and can infect humans causing keratitis. Delayed diagnosis or misdiagnosis leads to extensive corneal inflammation and profound visual loss. Therefore, accurate and rapid diagnosis of Acanthamoeba keratitis is essential for successful treatment and good prognosis. This study was designed to use different staining techniques to facilitate the identification of Acanthamoeba cysts. Acanthamoeba cysts were isolated by cultivation of either corneal scraping specimens or tap water samples onto non-nutrient agar plates seeded with Escherichia coli. Subcultures were done from positive cultures until unique cysts were isolated. Acanthamoeba cysts were stained temporarily using iodine, eosin, methylene blue, and calcofluor white (CFW) stains and as permanent slides after processing for mounting using modified trichrome, Gimenez and Giemsa staining. These stains were compared on the basis of staining quality including clarity of morphological details, differentiation between cytoplasm and nuclei, color and contrast, and also other characteristics of the staining techniques, including ease of handling, time taken for the procedure, and cost effectiveness. The cysts of Acanthamoeba were recognized in the form of double-walled cysts: the outer wall (ectocyst) that was being differentiated from the variably stained surrounding background and the inner wall (endocyst) that was sometimes stellated, polygonal, round, or oval and visualized as separate from the spherical, sometimes irregular, outline of the ectocyst. Regarding the temporary stains, it was found that they were efficient for visualizing the morphological details of Acanthamoeba cysts. In CFW staining, Acanthamoeba cysts appeared as bluish-white or turquoise oval halos although the internal detail was not evident. On the other hand, the results of permanent-stained slides showed the most consistent stain for identification of Acanthamoeba cysts was modified trichrome followed by Gimenez stain and lastly Giemsa stain that gave poor visibility of Acanthamoeba cysts due to the intense staining background and monochrome staining of parasite. In the present study, multi-attribute ranking of the used staining techniques showed the highest rank for iodine stain (92 %) followed by eosin stain (84 %), Gimenez stain (76 %), methylene blue (72 %), CFW (64 %), modified trichrome (56 %), and the least was Giemsa stain (44 %). In conclusion, the staining techniques enhance the overall visibility of Acanthamoeba cysts. PMID:25346196

  1. No intermediate channelling in stepwise hydrolysis of fluorescein di-beta-D-galactoside by beta-galactosidase.

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    Fieldler, F; Hinz, H

    1994-05-15

    For the hydrolysis of the two glycosidic bonds of fluorescein di-beta-D-galactoside (FDG) by beta-galactosidase from Escherichia coli, small [Hofmann, J. & Sernetz, M. (1983) Anal. Biochem. 131, 180-186] to dramatic [Huang, Z. (1991) Biochemistry 30, 8535-8540] deviations from simple stepwise substrate-intermediate-product kinetics have been reported. Intermediate channelling, a preferred hydrolysis of the intermediate fluorescein mono-beta-D-galactoside (FMG) formed from FDG at the active site and thus in a favourable position for further reaction, has been postulated. As there were reasons to doubt the previous findings and conclusions, the hydrolysis experiments have been repeated at initial FDG concentrations of 7-200 microM, following the concentrations of FDG, FMG and fluorescein with a reliable method, quantitative HPLC, to completion of the reaction. The transient appearance of substantial amounts of the intermediate FMG also in experiments with 200 microM FDG already rules out the existence of the most efficient intermediate channelling deduced by Huang (1991) from measurements of the initially developing fluorescence, incorrectly ascribed to fluorescein. Redetermination of the Michaelis constants for FDG and FMG led to much higher values than those reported previously. Fitting the progress curves by means of nonlinear regression combined with numerical integration of the rate equations resulted in good fits of the normal stepwise substrate-intermediate-product mechanism, without any necessity of assuming a more complex course of the reaction. So one of the rare examples of the hydrolysis of two bonds at a single enzyme-substrate encounter has been invalidated. PMID:8200355

  2. Temperature and pH triggered release characteristics of water/fluorescein from 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium ethylsulfate based ionogels.

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    Gallagher, Simon; Kavanagh, Andrew; Florea, Larisa; MacFarlane, Douglas R; Fraser, Kevin J; Diamond, Dermot

    2013-05-21

    A crosslinked poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) ionogel encapsulating an ionic liquid exhibits improved transmittance properties, enhanced water uptake/release, greater thermal actuation behaviour and distinct solvatomorphology over its hydrogel equivalent. It was also found that the rate of release of fluorescein pre-loaded into membranes was considerably enhanced for ionogels compared to equivalent hydrogels, and could be triggered through changes in pH and temperature. PMID:23579593

  3. Retinal vein-to-vein anastomoses in Sturge-Weber syndrome documented by ultra-widefield fluorescein angiography.

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    Quan, Ann V; Moore, Grant H; Tsui, Irena

    2015-06-01

    We report the case of a 6-year-old boy with Sturge-Weber syndrome and unilateral glaucoma in his left eye. He was born with a port wine mark involving his upper left eyelid. On ultra-widefield fluorescein angiography, he was found to have several vein-to-vein anastomoses in his left retina. To our knowledge, this is the first documentation of retinal vein-to-vein anastomoses in Sturge-Weber syndrome. PMID:25944745

  4. Staining Protocols for Human Pancreatic Islets

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    Campbell-Thompson, Martha L.; Heiple, Tiffany; Montgomery, Emily; Zhang, Li; Schneider, Lynda

    2012-01-01

    Estimates of islet area and numbers and endocrine cell composition in the adult human pancreas vary from several hundred thousand to several million and beta mass ranges from 500 to 1500 mg 1-3. With this known heterogeneity, a standard processing and staining procedure was developed so that pancreatic regions were clearly defined and islets characterized using rigorous histopathology and immunolocalization examinations. Standardized procedures for processing human pancreas recovered from organ donors are described in part 1 of this series. The pancreas is processed into 3 main regions (head, body, tail) followed by transverse sections. Transverse sections from the pancreas head are further divided, as indicated based on size, and numbered alphabetically to denote subsections. This standardization allows for a complete cross sectional analysis of the head region including the uncinate region which contains islets composed primarily of pancreatic polypeptide cells to the tail region. The current report comprises part 2 of this series and describes the procedures used for serial sectioning and histopathological characterization of the pancreatic paraffin sections with an emphasis on islet endocrine cells, replication, and T-cell infiltrates. Pathology of pancreatic sections is intended to characterize both exocrine, ductular, and endocrine components. The exocrine compartment is evaluated for the presence of pancreatitis (active or chronic), atrophy, fibrosis, and fat, as well as the duct system, particularly in relationship to the presence of pancreatic intraductal neoplasia4. Islets are evaluated for morphology, size, and density, endocrine cells, inflammation, fibrosis, amyloid, and the presence of replicating or apoptotic cells using H&E and IHC stains. The final component described in part 2 is the provision of the stained slides as digitized whole slide images. The digitized slides are organized by case and pancreas region in an online pathology database creating a virtual biobank. Access to this online collection is currently provided to over 200 clinicians and scientists involved in type 1 diabetes research. The online database provides a means for rapid and complete data sharing and for investigators to select blocks for paraffin or frozen serial sections. PMID:22665223

  5. Flow cytometric analysis of fluorescein-labeled nerve growth factor binding to A875 human melanoma cells.

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    Kasaian, M T; Jacobberger, J W; Neet, K E

    1994-01-01

    The interaction of fluorescein-labeled nerve growth factor (NGF) with human melanoma cells (A875) has been studied in order to assess better methodology for rigorous NGF binding studies. The NGF was modified at a single carboxyl group with iodoacetamidofluorescein after reaction with carbodiimide and cystamine. The modified NGF showed full binding competence in competition with radiolabeled NGF and full biological activity in neurite outgrowth assays compared to native NGF. Binding to unfixed, viable cells was assayed using flow cytometry. This method offers the advantage that unbound ligand need not be separated from that which is cell-associated, thus avoiding perturbation of the binding equilibrium, and accurate, extensive statistical analysis is possible. Binding of fluorescein-NGF was mainly specific and saturable, with analysis by three methods of data treatment indicating a Kd of 0.8 to 3 nM at 4 degrees C. Time-based data acquisition allowed a continuous time course for binding to be generated. Binding reached a steady-state level within 5 min of exposure of the cells to the ligand. Kinetic and steady-state results obtained using fluorescein-NGF agree well with previous data produced by 125I-NGF binding studies. The main limitation of the flow cytometric method in the NGF system is the relative lack of sensitivity compared to the binding of radiolabeled NGF, partially due to unusual quenching of the fluorophore bound to NGF. PMID:8270000

  6. Spectroscopic characterization of the binding mechanism of fluorescein and carboxyfluorescein in human serum albumin

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    Sulaiman, Saba A. J.; Kulathunga, H. Udani; Abou-Zied, Osama K.

    2015-03-01

    Fluorescein (FL) and some of its precursors have proven to be effective fluorescent tracers in pharmaceutical and medical applications owing to their high quantum yield of fluorescence in physiological conditions and their high membrane permeability. In order to protect FL from metabolic effects during the process of its delivery, human serum albumin (HSA) has been used as a carrier because of its compatibility with the human body. In the present work, we used spectroscopic methods to characterize the binding mechanisms of FL and one of its derivatives, 5(6)- carboxyfluorescein (CFL), in the HSA protein. The absorbance change of the two ligands (FL and CFL) was quantified as a function of the HSA concentration and the results indicate a moderate binding strength for the two ligands inside HSA (1.00 +/- 0.12 x 104 M-1). The quenching effect of FL(CFL) on the fluorescence intensity of W214 (the sole tryptophan in HSA) indicates that FL and CFL occupy Site I in the protein which is known to bind several hydrophobic drugs. By performing site-competitive experiments, the location of the ligands is determined to be similar to that of the anticoagulant drug warfarin. At higher ratios of [ligand]/[HSA], we observed an upward curvature in the Stern-Volmer plots which indicates that the ligands occupy more pockets in Site I, close to W214. Our results indicate that both ligands bind in HSA with a moderate strength that should not affect their release when used as fluorescent reporters. The chemical and physical identities of the two ligands are also preserved inside the HSA binding sites.

  7. Anterior segment angiography of the normal canine eye: a comparison between indocyanine green and sodium fluorescein.

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    Pirie, C G; Alario, A

    2014-03-01

    The objective of this study was to assess and compare indocyanine green (IG) and sodium fluorescein (SF) angiographic findings in the normal canine anterior segment using a digital single lens reflex (dSLR) camera adaptor. Images were obtained from 10 brown-eyed Beagles, free of ocular and systemic disease. All animals received butorphanol (0.2 mg/kg IM), maropitant citrate (1.0 mg/kg SC) and diphenhydramine (2.0 mg/kg SC) 20 min prior to propofol (4 mg/kg IV bolus, 0.2 mg/kg/min continuous rate infusion). Standard color imaging was performed prior to the administration of 0.25% IG (1 mg/kg IV). Imaging was performed using a full spectrum dSLR camera, dSLR camera adaptor, camera lens (Canon 60 mm f/2.8 Macro) and an accessory flash. Images were obtained at a rate of 1/s immediately following IG bolus for 30 s, then at 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 min. Ten minutes later, 10% SF (20 mg/kg IV) was administered. Imaging was repeated using the same adaptor system and imaging sequence protocol. Arterial, capillary and venous phases were identified during anterior segment IG angiography (ASIGA) and their time sequences were recorded. ASIGA offered improved visualization of the iris vasculature in heavily pigmented eyes compared to anterior segment SF angiography (ASSFA), since visualization of the vascular pattern during ASSFA was not possible due to pigment masking. Leakage of SF was noted in a total of six eyes. The use of IG and SF was not associated with any observed adverse events. The adaptor described here provides a cost-effective alternative to existing imaging systems. PMID:24447609

  8. Role of alkoxyl radicals on the fluorescein-based ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) assay.

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    Dorta, E; Atala, E; Aspee, A; Speisky, H; Lissi, E; Lopez-Alarcon, C

    2014-10-01

    During the last decades the ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) assay has been widely employed to evaluate the in vitro antioxidant capacity of polyphenol-rich fruits, vegetables and beverages. The method employs fluorescein (FLH) as target molecule and AAPH (2,2'-azo-bis(2-amidinopropane)dihydrochloride) as the source of peroxyl radicals (ROO•). The protection of FLH, afforded by antioxidants (XH), is often characterized by kinetic profiles with clear lag times (LT), which are directly associated with the stoichiometry (n) of the XH-ROO• reaction. However, even for simple phenolic compounds, the LT measured imply large n values (defined as the number of ROO• moles trapped by each antioxidant molecule) which cannot be explained by a simple reaction mechanism. Nonetheless, they can be explained when considering the formation of alkoxyl radicals (RO•) from the recombination of two AAPH-derived ROO•. In the present work, we provide kinetic data showing that, in the zero order kinetic limit of FLH consumption, there is a low reaction rate incompatible with total trapping of ROO•. Thus, the consumption of FLH should be mostly related to its reaction with RO•. In addition, we present data regarding the assumption that in competitive measurements, the LT is due to efficient trapping of the ROO• by the added phenols, leading to high n values (1.7 to 23) for mono and polyphenols. These values are not in agreement with kinetic studies of the antioxidant consumption mediated by the presence of AAPH carried out by HPLC-DAD technique, which imply a competition by RO•. The results suggest that the use of FLH as probe at low concentrations give, for several antioxidants, ORAC values mainly related to their reaction towards RO• radicals instead of primary ROO•radicals. PMID:26461359

  9. Fast and sensitive dye-sensor based on fluorescein/reduced graphene oxide complex.

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    Huang, Sheng Tian; Shi, Yan; Li, Nian Bing; Luo, Hong Qun

    2012-06-01

    We report on a fast, sensitive, label-free, and general dye-sensor platform for synthetic organic dyes detection by competitive adsorption on reduced graphene oxide (rGO) against a fluorescent dye (FD). Fluorescein (Fl) as fluorescence indicator and a cationic dye methylene blue (MB) as model analyte were employed to investigate the analytical feature of this assay platform. An anionic dye sunset yellow FCF (SY) was chosen as a comparison analyte to test the generality of this strategy. Results show that rGO can bind Fl and quench the fluorescence by fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET), while MB can displace Fl quickly from the Fl/rGO complex by competitive adsorption, inducing the fluorescence recovery which provides a quantitative readout for MB. Besides, this design was simply based on the competitive adsorption of rGO between dye and FD, and can be generally applied to other dyes for label-free detection. The fluorescence enhancement efficiency (FEE) is proportional to the dye concentration over the range of 7.60-420.00 ng mL(-1) MB and 7.28-400.25 ng mL(-1) SY, respectively. The linear regression equations were calculated as FEE(MB) = 0.0192c(MB)- 0.3103 for MB and FEE(SY) = 0.0142 c(SY)- 0.0427 for SY, with the detection limits of 1.03 and 1.15 ng mL(-1), respectively. The MB in waste water and SY in an orange-flavored sports drink sample were assayed with satisfactory results. PMID:22543266

  10. Detection of retinal capillary nonperfusion in fundus fluorescein angiogram of diabetic retinopathy

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    Rasta, Seyed Hossein; Nikfarjam, Shima; Javadzadeh, Alireza

    2015-01-01

    Introduction: Retinal capillary nonperfusion (CNP) is one of the retinal vascular diseases in diabetic retinopathy (DR) patients. As there is no comprehensive detection technique to recognize CNP areas, we proposed a different method for computing detection of ischemic retina, non-perfused (NP) regions, in fundus fluorescein angiogram (FFA) images. Methods: Whilst major vessels appear as ridges, non-perfused areas are usually observed as ponds that are surrounded by healthy capillaries in FFA images. A new technique using homomorphic filtering to correct light illumination and detect the ponds surrounded in healthy capillaries on FFA images was designed and applied on DR fundus images. These images were acquired from the diabetic patients who had referred to the Nikookari hospital and were diagnosed for diabetic retinopathy during one year. Our strategy was screening the whole image with a fixed window size, which is small enough to enclose areas with identified topographic characteristics. To discard false nominees, we also performed a thresholding operation on the screen and marked images. To validate its performance we applied our detection algorithm on 41 FFA diabetic retinopathy fundus images in which the CNP areas were manually delineated by three clinical experts. Results: Lesions were found as smooth regions with very high uniformity, low entropy, and small intensity variations in FFA images. The results of automated detection method were compared with manually marked CNP areas so achieved sensitivity of 81%, specificity of 78%, and accuracy of 91%.The result was present as a Receiver operating character (ROC) curve, which has an area under the curve (AUC) of 0.796 with 95% confidence intervals. Conclusion: This technique introduced a new automated detection algorithm to recognize non-perfusion lesions on FFA. This has potential to assist detecting and managing of ischemic retina and may be incorporated into automated grading diabetic retinopathy structures.

  11. Cigarette staining and cleaning of a maxillofacial silicone

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    Yu, R.; Koran, A.; Raptis, C.N.; Craig, R.G.

    1983-07-01

    In this study, a maxillofacial silicone elastomer was stained with cigarette smoke. The stain was then removed by solvent extraction using 1,1,1-trichloroethane. The cigarette smoke produced large color changes in the elastomer as measured from spectrophotometric reflectance curves. The solvent was totally effective in removing the cigarette stain without changing the color of the silicone base.

  12. 7 CFR 3201.87 - Wood and concrete stains.

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    2014-01-01

    ... 7 Agriculture 15 2014-01-01 2014-01-01 false Wood and concrete stains. 3201.87 Section 3201.87... Designated Items § 3201.87 Wood and concrete stains. (a) Definition. Products that are designed to be applied... qualifying biobased wood and concrete stains. By that date, Federal agencies that have the responsibility...

  13. 7 CFR 3201.87 - Wood and concrete stains.

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    2013-01-01

    ... 7 Agriculture 15 2013-01-01 2013-01-01 false Wood and concrete stains. 3201.87 Section 3201.87... Designated Items § 3201.87 Wood and concrete stains. (a) Definition. Products that are designed to be applied... qualifying biobased wood and concrete stains. By that date, Federal agencies that have the responsibility...

  14. Ultrafast tissue staining with chemical tags

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    Kohl, Johannes; Ng, Julian; Cachero, Sebastian; Ciabatti, Ernesto; Dolan, Michael-John; Sutcliffe, Ben; Tozer, Adam; Ruehle, Sabine; Krueger, Daniel; Frechter, Shahar; Branco, Tiago; Tripodi, Marco; Jefferis, Gregory S. X. E.

    2014-01-01

    Genetically encoded fluorescent proteins and immunostaining are widely used to detect cellular and subcellular structures in fixed biological samples. However, for thick or whole-mount tissue, each approach suffers from limitations, including limited spectral flexibility and lower signal or slow speed, poor penetration, and high background labeling, respectively. We have overcome these limitations by using transgenically expressed chemical tags for rapid, even, high-signal and low-background labeling of thick biological tissues. We first construct a platform of widely applicable transgenic Drosophila reporter lines, demonstrating that chemical labeling can accelerate staining of whole-mount fly brains by a factor of 100. Using viral vectors to deliver chemical tags into the mouse brain, we then demonstrate that this labeling strategy works well in mice. Thus this tag-based approach drastically improves the speed and specificity of labeling genetically marked cells in intact and/or thick biological samples. PMID:25157152

  15. Digistain: a digital staining instrument for histopathology.

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    Amrania, Hemmel; Antonacci, Giuseppe; Chan, Che-Hung; Drummond, Laurence; Otto, William R; Wright, Nicholas A; Phillips, Chris

    2012-03-26

    We describe a new mid-infrared (mid-IR) imaging method specifically designed to augment the H + E tissue staining protocol. Images are taken with bespoke IR filters at wavelengths that enable chemical maps to be generated, corresponding to the cytoplasmic (amide) and nuclear (phosphodiester) components of unstained oesophageal tissue sections. A suitably calibrated combination of these generates false colour computer images that reproduce not only the tissue morphology, but also accurate and quantitative distributions of the nuclear-to-cytoplasmic ratio throughout the tissue section. This parameter is a well documented marker of malignancy, and because the images can be taken and interpreted by clinically trained personnel in a few seconds, we believe this new "digistain" approach makes spectroscopic mid-IR imaging techniques available for the first time as a practical, specific and sensitive augmentation to standard clinical cancer diagnosis methods. PMID:22453410

  16. Estrogen staining in breast carcinoma by PAP methods compared to CEA and ferritin staining.

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    Osamu, K; Takashi, M; Yohichi, T; Yasuo, U; Tetsuro, Y; Yoshiro, F; Toshio, T

    1987-01-01

    The aims of this paper are to demonstrate the stainability of estrogen, CEA, and ferritin in breast carcinomas, fibroadenomas, and fibrocystic diseases; to examine whether the findings of endogenous estrogen using the immunohistochemical detection method are related to estrogen receptor (ER) assays; and to determine whether the stainability of estrogen, CEA, and ferritin were related to the prognosis of breast carcinomas. In breast cancer, the stainability of estrogen using the peroxidase-antiperoxidase (PAP) method was positively correlated with the dextran-coated charcoal (DCC) assay for ER. In breast cancers, the percentage of positive staining was 46% for estrogen, 48% for CEA, and 47% for ferritin. With all three stains, significant differences were observed between cancer and benign diseases. Cases that were both positive for estrogen staining and negative for CEA showed a good prognosis after the recurrence of disease. Our data suggest that the immunohistochemical staining of estrogen, CEA, and ferritin might predict the biological behavior of breast carcinomas and be a prognostically useful indicator of breast cancer patients. PMID:2436774

  17. Comparison of three staining methods for detecting microsporidia in fluids.

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    Didier, E S; Orenstein, J M; Aldras, A; Bertucci, D; Rogers, L B; Janney, F A

    1995-12-01

    Calcofluor white 2MR, modified trichrome blue, and indirect immunofluorescent antibody (IFA) staining methods were evaluated and compared for detecting microsporidia in stool. Serial 10-fold dilutions of Encephalitozoon (Septata) intestinalis were prepared in three formalinized stool specimens or in Tris-buffered saline. Ten-microliter aliquots were smeared onto glass slides, fixed with methanol, stained, and read by at least three individuals. The results indicated that the calcofluor stain was the most sensitive method, required approximately 15 min to perform, but did generate some false-positive results due to similarly staining small yeast cells. The modified trichrome blue stain was nearly as sensitive as the calcofluor stain and allowed for easier distinction between microsporidia and yeast cells. This stain, however, required approximately 60 min to perform. The IFA stain with polyclonal murine antiserum against E. intestinalis was the least sensitive of the methods and required approximately 130 min to perform. The lower limit of detection with the calcofluor and modified trichrome stains was a concentration of about 500 organisms in 10 microliters of stool to detect one microsporidian after viewing 50 fields at a final magnification of x1,000. Reliability was also addressed by use of 74 stool, urine, and intestinal fluid specimens, 50 of which were confirmed for the presence of microsporidia by transmission electron microscopy (TEM). All TEM-positive specimens were detected by calcofluor and modified trichrome blue staining. Ten specimens were not detected by the IFA stain. An additional seven TEM-negative specimens were read positive for microsporidia with the calcofluor stain, and of these, five also were read positive with the modified trichrome blue stain. The resulting diagnostic paradigm was to screen specimens with the calcofluor stain and to confirm the results with the modified trichrome stain. IFA, which was less sensitive, may become useful for microsporidian species identification as specific antibodies become available. PMID:8586689

  18. Centrifuge-operated specimen staining method and apparatus

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    Clarke, Mark S. F. (Inventor); Feeback, Daniel L. (Inventor)

    1999-01-01

    A method of staining preselected, mounted specimens of either biological or nonbiological material enclosed within a staining chamber where the liquid staining reagents are applied and removed from the staining chamber using hypergravity as the propelling force. In the preferred embodiment, a spacecraft-operated centrifuge and method of diagnosing biological specimens while in orbit, characterized by hermetically sealing a shell assembly. The assembly contains slide stain apparatus with computer control therefor, the operative effect of which is to overcome microgravity, for example on board an International Space Station.

  19. Automated single-slide staining device. [in clinical bacteriology

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    Wilkins, J. R.; Mills, S. M.

    1975-01-01

    An automatic single-slide Gram staining device is described. A timer-actuated solenoid controls the dispensing of gentian violet, Gram iodine solution, decolorizer, and 1% aqueous safranin in proper sequence and for the time required for optimum staining. The amount of stain or reagent delivered is controlled by means of stopcocks below each solenoid. Used stains and reagents can be flushed automatically or manually. Smears Gram stained automatically are equal in quality to those prepared manually. The time to complete one Gram cycle is 4.80 min.

  20. Protein gel staining methods: an introduction and overview.

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    Steinberg, Thomas H

    2009-01-01

    Laboratory scientists who encounter protein biochemistry in many of its myriad forms must often ask: is my protein pure? The most frequent response: run a denaturing SDS polyacrylamide gel. Running this gel raises another series of considerations regarding detection, quantitation, and characterization and so the next questions invariably center on suitable protein gel staining and detection methods. A total protein profile can be determined with the colorimetric methods embodied in Coomassie Blue and silver staining methods, or increasingly, with fluorescent stains. Protein quantitation can be done following staining, with fluorescence- and instrumentation-based methods offering the greatest sensitivity and linear dynamic range. Protein posttranslational modifications such as phosphorylation and glycosylation can be reliably determined with several fluorescence-based protocols. Staining and detection with two or more different stains can be done in series to establish relative profiles of modified versus total protein or to assess purity at two levels of quantitative sensitivity. The choice of staining method and protocol depends on the required rigor of detection and quantitation combined with available instrumentation and documentation capabilities. Other considerations for staining methods include intended downstream analytical procedures such as mass spectrometry or peptide sequencing, which preclude some methods. Nonfixative staining methods allow western blotting after gel staining. Laboratory custom and budget or intellectual curiosity may be the ultimate determinate of the chosen gel staining protocol. PMID:19892191

  1. Eosin Y staining of proteins in polyacrylamide gels.

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    Lin, F; Fan, W; Wise, G E

    1991-08-01

    A staining method is described in which various proteins in polyacrylamide gels can be stained by using eosin Y. After a brief incubation of a polyacrylamide gel in an acidic solution of 1% eosin Y, various proteins, including human erythrocyte membrane sialoglycoproteins which are not detectable by Coomassie blue R-250 (CB), can be detected with a sensitivity of 10 ng protein. This is far more sensitive than CB staining and is comparable to the sensitivity of silver staining. In a Western blot, the antigenicity of an eosin Y stained protein is retained. In addition, proteins on an immunoblot sheet can be detected by eosin Y staining. The method described is rapid, sensitive, and reproducible with various proteins in polyacrylamide gels and has the added advantage of also staining sialoglycoproteins. PMID:1723249

  2. Three-dimensional structure, binding, and spectroscopic characteristics of the monoclonal antibody 43.1 directed to the carboxyphenyl moiety of fluorescein.

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    Gayda, Susan; Longenecker, Kenton L; Judge, Russell A; Swift, Kerry M; Manoj, Sharmila; Linthicum, D Scott; Tetin, Sergey Y

    2016-04-01

    Unlike other known anti-fluorescein antibodies, the monoclonal antibody 43.1 is directed toward the fluorescein's carboxyl phenyl moiety. It demonstrates a very high affinity (KD ∼ 70 pM) and a fast association rate (kon ∼ 2 × 10(7) M(-1 ) s(-1) ). The three-dimensional structure of the Fab 43.1-fluorescein complex was resolved at 2.4 Å resolution. The antibody binding site is exclusively assembled by the CDR loops. It is comprised of a 14 Å groove-shaped entrance leading to a 9 Å by 7 Å binding pocket. The highly polar binding pocket complementary encloses the fluorescein's carboxyphenyl moiety and tightly fixes it by multiple hydrogen bonds. The fluorescein's xanthene ring is embedded in the more hydrophobic groove and stacked between the side chains of Tyr37L and of Arg99H providing conditions for an excited state electron transfer process. In comparison to fluorescein, the absorption spectrum of the complex in the visible region is shifted to the "red" by 23 nm. The complex demonstrates a very weak fluorescence (Φc  = 0.0018) with two short lifetime components: 0.03 ns (47%) and 0.8 ns (24%), which reflects a 99.8% fluorescein emission quenching effect upon complex formation. The antibody 43.1 binds fluorescein with remarkable affinity, fast association rate, and strongly quenches its emission. Therefore, it may present a practical interest in applications such as molecular sensors and switches. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Biopolymers 105: 234-243, 2016. PMID:26756394

  3. Dissection and staining of Drosophila larval ovaries.

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    Maimon, Iris; Gilboa, Lilach

    2011-01-01

    Many organs depend on stem cells for their development during embryogenesis and for maintenance or repair during adult life. Understanding how stem cells form, and how they interact with their environment is therefore crucial for understanding development, homeostasis and disease. The ovary of the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster has served as an influential model for the interaction of germ line stem cells (GSCs) with their somatic support cells (niche) (1, 2). The known location of the niche and the GSCs, coupled to the ability to genetically manipulate them, has allowed researchers to elucidate a variety of interactions between stem cells and their niches (3-12). Despite the wealth of information about mechanisms controlling GSC maintenance and differentiation, relatively little is known about how GSCs and their somatic niches form during development. About 18 somatic niches, whose cellular components include terminal filament and cap cells (Figure 1), form during the third larval instar (13-17). GSCs originate from primordial germ cells (PGCs). PGCs proliferate at early larval stages, but following the formation of the niche a subgroup of PGCs becomes GSCs (7, 16, 18, 19). Together, the somatic niche cells and the GSCs make a functional unit that produces eggs throughout the lifetime of the organism. Many questions regarding the formation of the GSC unit remain unanswered. Processes such as coordination between precursor cells for niches and stem cell precursors, or the generation of asymmetry within PGCs as they become GSCs, can best be studied in the larva. However, a methodical study of larval ovary development is physically challenging. First, larval ovaries are small. Even at late larval stages they are only 100?m across. In addition, the ovaries are transparent and are embedded in a white fat body. Here we describe a step-by-step protocol for isolating ovaries from late third instar (LL3) Drosophila larvae, followed by staining with fluorescent antibodies. We offer some technical solutions to problems such as locating the ovaries, staining and washing tissues that do not sink, and making sure that antibodies penetrate into the tissue. This protocol can be applied to earlier larval stages and to larval testes as well. PMID:21610675

  4. Fundus fluorescein angiographic findings in patients who underwent ventricular assist device implantation.

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    Ozturk, Taylan; Nalcaci, Serhad; Ozturk, Pelin; Engin, Cagatay; Yagdi, Tahir; Akkin, Cezmi; Ozbaran, Mustafa

    2013-09-01

    Disruption of microcirculation in various tissues as a result of deformed blood rheology due to ventricular assist device (VAD) implantation causes novel arteriovenous malformations. Capillary disturbances and related vascular leakage in the retina and choroidea may also be seen in patients supported by VADs. We aimed to evaluate retinal vasculature deteriorations after VAD implantation. The charts of 17 patients who underwent VAD implantation surgery for the treatment of end-stage heart failure were retrospectively reviewed. Eight cases (47.1%) underwent pulsatile pump implantation (Berlin Heart EXCOR, Berlin Heart Mediprodukt GmbH, Berlin, Germany); however, nine cases (52.9%) had continuous-flow pump using centrifugal design (HeartWare, HeartWare Inc., Miramar, FL, USA). Study participants were selected among the patients who had survived with a VAD for at least 6 months, and results of detailed ophthalmologic examinations including optic coherence tomography (OCT) and fundus fluorescein angiography (FA) were documented. All of the 17 patients were male, with a mean age of 48.5 14.8 years (15-67 years). Detailed ophthalmologic examinations including the evaluation of retinal vascular deteriorations via FA were performed at a mean of 11.8 3.7 months of follow-up (6-18 months). Mean best-corrected visual acuity and intraocular pressure were found as logMAR 0.02 0.08 and 14.6 1.9 mm Hg, respectively in the study population. Dilated fundoscopy revealed severe focal arteriolar narrowing in two patients (11.8%), and arteriovenous crossing changes in four patients (23.5%); however, no pathological alteration was present in macular OCT scans. In patients with continuous-flow blood pumps, mean arm-retina circulation time (ARCT) and arteriovenous transit time (AVTT) were found to be 16.8 3.0 and 12.4 6.2 s, respectively; whereas those with pulsatile-flow blood pumps were found to be 17.4 3.6 and 14.0 2.1 s in patients (P=0.526 and P=0.356, respectively). FA also revealed a tendency for increased frequency of dye leakage from the optic disc in our study population. Except for remarkable delays in both ARCT and AVTT as well as a tendency for increased frequency of dye leakage from the optic disc, ophthalmologic evaluations revealed no other significant pathology or vascular deterioration in the retina that could be attributed to artificial heart systems. PMID:23826834

  5. Copper staining: a five-minute protein stain for sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gels.

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    Lee, C; Levin, A; Branton, D

    1987-11-01

    We present a new method for visualizing proteins electrophoresed in sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gels. After electrophoresis, gels are incubated in CuCl2 to produce a negative image of colorless protein bands against a semiopaque background. Gels are stained completely within 5 min, do not require destaining, and can be stored indefinitely without loss of the image. Because proteins are not permanently fixed within the gel, they can be quantitatively eluted after chelation of Cu with EDTA. The sensitivity of the CuCl2 stain falls between that of Coomassie blue and silver. We anticipate that CuCl2 will be useful in the rapid analysis of proteins by polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis and in the preparation of purified polypeptides by elution from gel slices. PMID:2449094

  6. The Transcriptional Response of Listeria monocytogenes during Adaptation to Growth on Lactate and Diacetate Includes Synergistic Changes That Increase Fermentative Acetoin Production▿†

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    Stasiewicz, Matthew J.; Wiedmann, Martin; Bergholz, Teresa M.

    2011-01-01

    The organic acids lactate and diacetate are commonly used in combination in ready-to-eat foods because they show synergistic ability to inhibit the growth of Listeria monocytogenes. Full-genome microarrays were used to investigate the synergistic transcriptomic responses of two L. monocytogenes strains, H7858 (serotype 4b) and F6854 (serotype 1/2a), to these two organic acids under conditions representing osmotic and cold stress encountered in foods. Strains were exposed to brain heart infusion (BHI) broth at 7°C with 4.65% water-phase (w.p.) NaCl at pH 6.1 with (i) 2% w.p. potassium lactate, (ii) 0.14% w.p. sodium diacetate, (iii) the combination of both at the same levels, or (iv) no organic acids as a control. RNA was extracted 8 h after exposure, during lag phase, to capture gene transcription changes during adaptation to the organic acid stress. Significant differential transcription of 1,041 genes in H7858 and 640 genes in F6854 was observed in at least one pair of the 4 different treatments. The effects of combined treatment with lactate and diacetate included (i) synergistic transcription differences for 474 and 209 genes in H7858 and F6854, respectively, (ii) differential transcription of genes encoding cation transporters and ABC transporters of metals, and (iii) altered metabolism, including induction of a nutrient-limiting stress response, reduction of menaquinone biosynthesis, and a shift from fermentative production of acetate and lactate to energetically less favorable, neutral acetoin. These data suggest that additional treatments that interfere with cellular energy generation processes could more efficiently inhibit the growth of L. monocytogenes. PMID:21666015

  7. Protein staining methods in quantitative cytochemistry.

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    Tas, J; van der Ploeg, M; Mitchell, J P; Cohn, N S

    1980-08-01

    The chemical action and practical application of the Naphthol Yellow S, Alkaline Fast Green, Coomassie Brilliant Blue, Dinitrofluorobenzene and some lesser known protein staining methods have been surveyed with respect to their potentialities for quantitative cytochemical analyses. None of the dyes can be said to bind to any specific protein or group of proteins, but each may be used to analyse the presence of one or more particular amino acid residues. For the cytophotometric measurement of the 'total protein content' of individual cells and cell organelles the covalent binding Dinitrofluorobenzene and the electrostatic binding Naphthol Yellow S can properly be used. Fast Green FCF, applied at alkaline pH, binds electrostatically to the basic amino acid side chains of strongly basic proteins only but not in a quantitative (stoichiometrical) way. Coomassie Brilliant Blue, recently introduced to protein cytochemistry, may be useful for quantitative purposes. The combined Feulgen-Pararosaniline(SO2)/Naphthol Yellow S and Dinitrofluorobenzene/Feulgen-Pararosaniline(SO2) methods enable the simultaneous cytophotometric analysis at two different wavelengths for protein and DNA within the same microscopical preparation. PMID:6157816

  8. Electrostatic control of the coffee stain effect

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    Wray, Alex; Papageorgiou, Demetrios; Sefiane, Khellil; Matar, Omar

    2013-11-01

    The ``coffee stain effect,'' as first explained by Deegan et al. 1997, has received a great deal of attention amongst modellers and experimentalists in recent years, perhaps due in part to its obvious casual familiarity. However, it maintains interest because of its intriguing reliance on an interplay of a trio of effects: contact line pinning, inhomogeneous mass flux, and resulting capillarity-driven flow. What is more, the effect, and especially its suppression or reversal, find applications in fields as diverse as sample recovery, mass spectroscopy and the printing of Organic LEDs. We examine the motion a nanoparticle-laden droplet deposited on a precursor film, incorporating the effects of capillarity, concentration-dependent rheology, together with a heated substrate and resultant mass flux and Marangoni effects. We allow the substrate to act as an electrode and incorporate a second electrode above the droplet. The potential difference together with a disparity in electrical properties between the two regions results in electrical (Maxwell) stresses at the interface. We show via lubrication theory and via direct numerical simulations that the ring effect typically observed may be suppressed or augmented via appropriate use of electric fields. EPSRC DTG

  9. Standard specimens for stain calibration and their application to the Papanicolaou stain.

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    Turner, J N; Collins, D N

    1987-12-01

    Standardized specimens composed of extracts of biologic objects (nucleoprotamine and bovine liver) were developed as tools for the quantitative evaluation of stain performance on biologic substrates. The specimens are mixtures of proteins and nucleic acids and thus mimic the staining characteristics of cytologic smears. The concentration of each mixture and the specimen thickness can be precisely controlled, ensuring the production of a large number of samples with a nearly identical capability for dye binding. The transmitted light spectra of the standardized specimens varied depending on the extract and the preparation conditions. Spectra similar to those reported from the nuclei and cytoplasm of cell types in Papanicolaou-stained cervicovaginal smears were observed. Light transmission was uniform to +/- 5% across each specimen and from specimen to specimen. The specimen thickness was uniform within +/- 2%. Studies with these standardized samples could reveal the much-needed correlations between the chemical and optical characteristics of dyes and dye solutions and the performance of the dyes on biologic substrates. PMID:2449228

  10. Multi-class stain separation using independent component analysis

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    Trahearn, Nicholas; Snead, David; Cree, Ian; Rajpoot, Nasir

    2015-03-01

    Stain separation is the process whereby a full colour histology section image is transformed into a series of single channel images, each corresponding to a given stain's expression. Many algorithms in the field of digital pathology are concerned with the expression of a single stain, thus stain separation is a key preprocessing step in these situations. We present a new versatile method of stain separation. The method uses Independent Component Analysis (ICA) to determine a set of statistically independent vectors, corresponding to the individual stain expressions. In comparison to other popular approaches, such as PCA and NNMF, we found that ICA gives a superior projection of the data with respect to each stain. In addition, we introduce a correction step to improve the initial results provided by the ICA coefficients. Many existing approaches only consider separation of two stains, with primary emphasis on Haematoxylin and Eosin. We show that our method is capable of making a good separation when there are more than two stains present. We also demonstrate our method's ability to achieve good separation on a variety of different stain types.

  11. Identifying different types of chromatin using Giemsa staining.

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    Stockert, Juan C; Blázquez-Castro, Alfonso; Horobin, Richard W

    2014-01-01

    Mixtures of polychrome methylene blue-eosin Y (i.e., Giemsa stain) are widely used in biological staining. They induce a striking purple coloration of chromatin DNA (the Romanowsky-Giemsa effect), which contrasts with the blue-stained RNA-containing cytoplasm and nucleoli. After specific prestaining treatments that induce chromatin disorganization (giving banded or harlequin chromosomes), Giemsa staining produces a differential coloration, with C- and G-bands appearing in purple whereas remaining chromosome regions are blue. Unsubstituted (TT) and bromo-substituted (BT) DNAs also appear purple and blue, respectively. The same occurs in the case of BT and BB chromatids.In addition to discussing the use of Giemsa stain as a suitable method to reveal specific features of chromosome structure, some molecular processes and models are also described to explain Giemsa staining mechanisms of chromatin. PMID:24162977

  12. Visible luminescence from silicon wafers subjected to stain etches

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    Fathauer, R. W.; George, T.; Ksendzov, A.; Vasquez, R. P.

    1992-01-01

    Etching of Si in a variety of solutions is known to cause staining. These stain layers consist of porous material similar to that produced by anodic etching of Si in HF solutions. In this work, photoluminescence peaked in the red from stain-etched Si wafers of different dopant types, concentrations, and orientations produced in solutions of HF:HNO3:H2O was observed. Luminescence is also observed in stain films produced in solutions of NaNO2 in HF, but not in stain films produced in solutions of CrO3 in HF. The luminescence spectra are similar to those reported recently for porous Si films produced by anodic etching in HF solutions. However, stain films are much easier to produce, requiring no special equipment.

  13. Structure-staining relationships in histochemistry and biological staining. Part 3. Some comments on the intentional and artifactual staining of lipids.

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    Horobin, R W

    1981-01-01

    The choice, basis and calculation of certain numerical coefficients for describing chemical structures of such staining reagents as dyes, enzyme substrates and visualising agents as described. The general value of electric charge, conjugated bond number, Hansch pi values, and molecular or ionic weights is emphasised. Hansch pi values as indicators of hydrophobic character, are then used to analyse reagents giving rise to the staining of neutral lipids. Dyestuffs used to stain lipids all have high Hansch pi values (greater than or equal to +1.0), with superior stains, e.g. Sudan Black B and Oil Red O, having values of greater than or equal to +7.0. In keeping with this, conversion of the basic dyes Nile Blue and Brilliant Cresyl Blue, with Hansch pi values of -2.4 and -3.6, into their oxazone derivatives, with Hansch pi values of +4.4, and 3.6, generates lipid staining compounds. Also in keeping with this correlation of lipophilia with Hansch pi values greater than +1.0 is the occurrence of artifactual lipid staining in enzyme histochemistry. Such artifacts can arise for instance when using certain naphthyl substrates which give rise to naphthoic intermediate reaction products, or when tetrazolium salts as used as visualising agents, yielding formazans as final reaction products. The Hansch pi values of the naphthols and formazans generated histochemically typically fall into the lipophilic range. Another artifact of lipid staining is the staining of basophilic entities, such as cell nuclei, by fat stains which carry amino substituents. Calculation of the Hansch pi values for protonated (and hence cationic) derivatives of such dyes yields values typical of basic dyes. PMID:6165042

  14. Synthesis and Purification of a Hammerhead Ribozyme and a Fluorescein-Labeled RNA Substrate. A Biochemistry Laboratory: Part 1

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    Chow, Christine S.; Somne, Smita

    1999-05-01

    The applications of in vitro transcription and chemical synthesis of RNA are discussed. This laboratory describes the in vitro synthesis of a 38-nucleotide hammerhead ribozyme and the synthesis of a 17-nucleotide fluorescein-labeled RNA substrate by using standard phosphoramidite methodologies, two widely used methods in modern RNA research. The synthesis and purification procedures outlined allow students to develop an understanding of RNA handling procedures, synthesis of modified nucleic acids, gel electrophoresis, visualization of RNA by nonradioactive techniques, and quantitation of nucleic acids. The RNAs that are synthesized have applications in biotechnology and medicine; thus the students gain access to current problems in chemical and clinical research.

  15. Asymmetric incorporation of (/sup 14/C)cyanate and of fluorescein isothiocyanate in mamillary body of conditioned rats

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    Burgal, M.; Montes, F.; Grisolia, S.

    1988-05-01

    A marked decrease in overall learning capacity has been observed in rats injected with cyanate. Therefore it was of interest to test whether learning influenced carbamylation of brain proteins. Incorporation of (/sup 14/C)cyanate into proteins of the mamillary body was selectively modified following operant conditioning of the rat, so that trained rats showed an asymmetric image with higher levels of incorporation in the right side than in the left side, as compared to control rats. These results were confirmed using fluorescein isothiocyanate. The asymmetry persisted once the learning had been well established.

  16. The blood-brain barrier penetration and distribution of PEGylated fluorescein-doped magnetic silica nanoparticles in rat brain

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    Ku, Shuting; Yan, Feng; Wang, Ying; Sun, Yilin; Yang, Nan; Ye, Ling

    2010-04-16

    PEGylated PAMAM conjugated fluorescein-doped magnetic silica nanoparticles (PEGylated PFMSNs) have been synthesized for evaluating their ability across the blood-brain barrier (BBB) and distribution in rat brain. The obtained nanoparticles were characterized by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), thermal gravimetry analyses (TGA), zeta potential ({zeta}-potential) titration, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The BBB penetration and distribution of PEGylated PFMSNs and FMSNs in rat brain were investigated not only at the cellular level with Confocal laser scanning microscopy (CLSM), but also at the subcellular level with transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The results provide direct evidents that PEGylated PFMSNs could penetrate the BBB and spread into the brain parenchyma.

  17. Efficient staining of actinomycetoma and eumycetoma grains using henna extract.

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    Batran, S E

    2015-12-01

    The use of natural, nontoxic, convenient and eco-friendly dyes for histopathological diagnosis avoids some of the synthetic dyes' hazards. I used an aqueous extract of henna at a concentration of 20 g/ml and acidified with acetic acid to stain mycetoma grains. Henna stained mycetoma grains orange-red to brown. The engulfed mycetoma grains within inflammatory cells stained well with henna extract compared to hematoxylin and eosin (H & E) and hexamine silver. PMID:26052737

  18. Eosin Y: a reversible stain for detecting electrophoretically resolved protein.

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    Selsted, M E; Becker, H W

    1986-06-01

    A method for the rapid staining of polypeptides in low-pH, urea-containing polyacrylamide gels is described. After 30 s of immersion in an alkaline solution of eosin Y, a variety of proteins stained with intensities similar to those seen with Coomassie R-250. By subjecting eosin-stained bands to electrophoretic elution, the eosin-protein complex was dissociated. This allowed for recovery of milligram quantities of electrophoretically resolved, stain-free protein. High recoveries of total protein as well as enzymatic activity were achieved using hen egg white lysozyme as a model protein. PMID:2425660

  19. Stain defect detection for mobile phone camera modules

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    Hong, Sehee; Lee, Chulhee

    2014-03-01

    In this paper, we present a stain defect detection algorithm based on the difference of window mean brightness. In particular, we use the maximum square value of the difference brightness in divided windows (MAXWDMS). Window shapes generally affect WDMS values and make stain images clearly distinguishable. The proposed method consists of three steps: window design, stain localization using MAXWDMS and setting the WDMS level. The proposed methodology has been successfully used in stain defect detection, achieving good detection rates in both quantitative evaluation and sensibility estimation. Experimental results show improved detection accuracy and a satisfactory processing time.

  20. Extrinsic stain removal with a toothpowder: A randomized controlled trial

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    Khan, Muhammad Khalil; Bokhari, Syed Akhtar Hussain; Haleem, Abdul; Kareem, Abdul; Khan, Ayyaz Ali; Hosein, Tasleem; Khan, Muhammad Usama

    2014-01-01

    Objectives The efficacy of a commercially available toothpowder was compared with toothpaste in removing extrinsic dental stains. Methods In this single-blind, randomized controlled trial, 77 volunteers were included from a residential professional college. All study subjects (control toothpaste users and test toothpowder users) plaque control measures. All study subjects were instructed to rinse with 5 ml 0.12% chlorhexidine mouthwash for 1 minute, twice and one cup of double tea bag solution three times daily for three weeks. Subjects were randomized into test (n=36) and control (n=36) groups. Toothpaste (control) and toothpowder (test) was used for two weeks to see the effects on removing stains on the labial surfaces of 12 anterior teeth. For measuring dental extrinsic stains Lobene Stain Index (SI) was used. Results The amount of stain following the use of toothpaste and toothpowder was more controlled with the experimental toothpowder. For all sites combined, there was evidence that the experimental toothpowder was significantly superior to toothpaste in reducing stain area (p<.001), stain intensity (p<.001) and composite/product (area intensity) (p<.001). Conclusion Stain removing efficacy of toothpowder was significantly higher as compared with toothpaste. A toothpowder may be expected to be of benefit in controlling and removing extrinsic dental staining. PMID:25505862

  1. Silver staining of proteins in 2DE gels.

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    Lelong, Cécile; Chevallet, Mireille; Luche, Sylvie; Rabilloud, Thierry

    2009-01-01

    Silver staining detects proteins after electrophoretic separation on polyacrylamide gels. Its main positive features are its excellent sensitivity (in the low nanogram range) and the use of very simple and cheap equipment and chemicals. The sequential phases of silver staining are protein fixation, then sensitization, then silver impregnation, and finally image development. Several variants of silver staining are described here, which can be completed in a time range from 2 h to 1 day after the end of the electrophoretic separation. Once completed, the stain is stable for several weeks. PMID:19381593

  2. A Fluorescein Tracer Release Experiment in the Hydrothermally Active Crater of Vailulu'u Volcano, Samoa

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    Hart, S. R.; Staudigel, H.; Workman, R.; Koppers, A.; Girard, A.

    2001-12-01

    Vailulu'u (Rockne) volcano marks the active end of the Samoa hotspot chain. The volcano is 4400 meters high, with a summit crater 2000 meters wide by 400 meters deep and summit peaks reaching to within 600 meters of the sea surface. The crater is hydrothermally active, as witnessed by intense particulate concentrations in the water column (values to 1.4 NTU's), a particulate smog ``halo'' surrounding the summit and extending out many kilometers, high Mn concentrations and 3He/4He ratios (values to 3.8 ppb and 8.6 Ra, respectively), and bottom-water temperature anomalies of 0.5oC. Basalts from the crater have been dated in the range 5-50 years, and likely reflect eruptions associated with a 1995 earthquake swarm. On April 3, 2001, we released a 20 kg point-source charge of fluorescein dye 30 meters above the 975m deep crater floor. The dye was dissolved in a 180 liter mixture of propanol and water, adjusted to a density 1.3 per mil heavier than the ambient water at the release depth. Released from a rubberized bag by means of a galvanic link. First detection of the released dye was 39 hours after the deployment; the dye was in a 50 meter thick layer, with a concentration peak at 900 meters (relative to the release depth of 945m). Tracking was carried out by a CTD-based fluorometer operated in tow-yo mode from the U.S.C.G. Icebreaker Polar Sea. The detection limit was 25 picograms/gram, and the maximum detected concentration was 18,000 pg/g (if evenly dispersed in the lower 150 meters of water in the crater, the expected concentration would be approx. 130 pg/g). While the dye pool was only surveyed for 4 days due to ship-transit constraints, significant horizontal and vertical dispersion was apparent. Vertical dispersion velocities were typically 0.05 cm/sec; horizontal velocities were typically higher by a factor of 10. An approximate diapycnal or eddy diffusivity, K, can be calculated from the rate of vertical spreading of the dye layer: K = Z2/2(t-t0), where Z is the layer thickness at 61 percent of the peak concentration. Our data constrain K to be in the range 200-400 cm2/sec. This may be compared with a value of 0.3 cm2/sec measured at 300m in the open ocean and a value of 5-10 cm2/sec measured in the abyssal ocean near rough topography (Ledwell et al. 1998; 2000). Clearly the water in Vailulu'u crater is in active circulation, undoubtedly driven by hydrothermal inputs. Other physical characteristics attest to this as well - gradients in potential density are small below 850 m depth in the crater, with changes ranging from 0-80 parts per billion per meter; commonly the changes in density occur in staircase fashion, and occasionally the gradients are negative. The approximate thermal output of the crater can be estimated as follows. From analysis of water samples, the total Mn budget below 800 meters is 810 kg. With an eddy diffusivity of 300 cm2/sec, the crater will lose about 66 kg of Mn per day. The typical Mn output of a 5 megawatt hot smoker on a ridge is 28 kg/day. Thus it would take several hot smokers, or a thermal output of 10 megawatts, to maintain the observed Mn budget in the crater. We believe this would make John Edmond smile: the serendipitous exploration of an active submarine volcano, in tropical waters, using an icebreaker as a ship-of-opportunity, followed by post-cruise decompression in Tisa's Bare Foot bar, Pago Pago.

  3. Potential lanthanide ion selective reagents. 3. Metal complex formation with 1,7-diaza-4,10-13-trioxacyclopentadecane-N,N'-diacetic acid

    SciTech Connect

    Chang, C.A.; Ochaya, V.O.

    1986-01-29

    Stability constants for the ligand 1,7-diaza-4,10,13-trioxacyclopentadecane-N,N'-diacetic acid (dapda or K21DA) with the lanthanides and several other metal ions have been determined at 25 /sup 0/C in aqueous 0.1 M (CH/sub 3/)/sub 4/NCl medium by a potentiometric method. The results obtained are compared to those obtained for a similar ligand of large cavity size, 1,20-diaza-4,7,13,16-tetraoxacyclooctadecane-N,N'-diacetic acid (dacda or K22DA), which has been previously studied and reported. The stability of dapda is found to reach a peak at Eu(III) with the lanthanide series and is rationalized in terms of the matching of the ligand properties with metal ion characteristics. The transition-metal ions Ni(II), Cu(II), and Zn(II) all form stronger dapda (as compared to dacda) complexes due to a better match of the ligand cavity size and metal ion radius. 18 references, 3 figures, 1 table.

  4. Standard Care vs Corticosteroid for Retinal Vein Occlusion (SCORE) Study System for Evaluation of Stereoscopic Color Fundus Photographs and Fluorescein Angiograms

    PubMed Central

    Blodi, Barbara A.; Domalpally, Amitha; Scott, Ingrid U.; Ip, Michael S.; Oden, Neal L.; Elledge, Julee; Warren, Kelly; Altaweel, Michael M.; Kim, Judy E.; Van Veldhuisen, Paul C.

    2010-01-01

    Objective To describe the procedures and reproducibility for grading stereoscopic color fundus photographs and fluorescein angiograms of participants in the SCORE Study. Methods Standardized stereoscopic fundus photographs and fluorescein angiograms taken at 84 clinical centers were evaluated by graders at a central reading center. Type of retinal vein occlusion (RVO), area of retinal thickening, and area of retinal hemorrhage are evaluated from fundus photographs; area of fluorescein leakage and area of capillary nonperfusion are measured on fluorescein angiography. Temporal reproducibility consisted of annual regrading of a randomly selected dedicated subset of fundus photographs (60 subjects) and fluorescein angiograms (40 subjects) for 3 successive years. Contemporaneous reproducibility involved monthly regrading of a 5% random selection of recently evaluated fundus photographs (n=73). Results The intergrader agreement for RVO type and presence of retinal thickening was greater than 90% in the 3 annual regrades. The intraclass correlation (ICC) for area of retinal thickening in the 3 years ranged from 0.39 to 0.64 and for area of retinal hemorrhage, 0.87 to 0.96. The ICC for area of fluorescein leakage ranged from 0.66 to 0.75 and for capillary nonperfusion, 0.94 to 0.97. The contemporaneous reproducibility results were similar to those of temporal reproducibility for all variables except area of retinal thickening (ICC, 0.84). Conclusions The fundus photography and fluorescein angiography grading procedures for the SCORE Study are reproducible and can be used for multicenter longitudinal studies of RVO. A systematic temporal drift occurred in evaluating area of retinal thickening. PMID:20837797

  5. Comparison of tetrachromic VOF stain to other histochemical staining techniques for characterizing stromal soft and hard tissue components.

    PubMed

    Belaldavar, C; Hallikerimath, S; Angadi, P V; Kale, A D

    2014-11-01

    The components of hard tissues including dentin, enamel, cementum, bone and other calcified deposits, and mature and immature collagen pose problems for identification in routine hematoxylin and eosin (H & E) stained sections. Use of combinations of stains can demonstrate the components of hard tissues and soft tissues distinctly. We assessed the efficacy of the Verde Luz-orange G-acid fuchsin (VOF) stain for differentiating hard and soft connective tissues and compared results with other histochemical staining techniques. Eighty tissue sections comprising developing tooth (30), ossifying fibroma (30) and miscellaneous pathologies (20) expected to contain varying types of calcified tissues were stained with H & E, VOF, and Masson's trichrome (MT). In developing tooth, VOF demonstrated better differentiation of hard tissues, while it was comparable to MT for ossifying fibroma and miscellaneous pathologies. The intensity of staining was greater with VOF than with the other stains studied. VOF stains hard tissue components distinctly and gives good contrast with the surrounding connective tissue. VOF is comparable to MT, but has added advantages including single step staining, rapid and easy procedures, and it distinguishes the maturity of the tissues. PMID:24830362

  6. Comparison of Ultrafast Papanicolaou Stain with the Standard Papanicolaou Stain in Body Fluids and Fine Needle Aspiration Specimens

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    Alwahaibi, Nasar Yousuf; Alsubhi, Mariam Said; Aldairi, Najat; Alshukaili, Amna; Bai, Usha Rani

    2016-01-01

    Introduction: Most cytology laboratories in all Gulf countries including Oman, use the standard papanicolaou (PAP) method to stain various cytological specimens. The aim of this study was to investigate the possible application of ultrafast PAP (UF-PAP) method in cytology laboratory. Materials and Methods: Samples from 46 patients containing 26 body fluids and 20 fine needle aspirations (FNAs) (9 thyroids and 11 breasts) were collected. Two air dried and two wet smears from each sample were prepared and stained by UF-PAP and the standard PAP stains, respectively. Background, nuclear staining, cell morphology, and overall staining were independently reviewed by two cytoscreeners. Results: In all cases of FNA, UF-PAP stain gave a good score for the background, nuclear staining, cell morphology, and overall staining when compared with the standard PAP method. Although the correct diagnosis was made in all cases of body cavity fluids cases except in one case, UF-PAP stain gave a fewer score in the assessment of body cavity fluid samples. Conclusion: The findings of this study support the use of UF-PAP method in cytology laboratory with a high emphasis on FNA samples. PMID:27013808

  7. Solute concentration-dependent contact angle hysteresis and evaporation stains.

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    Li, Yueh-Feng; Sheng, Yu-Jane; Tsao, Heng-Kwong

    2014-07-01

    The presence of nonvolatile solutes in a liquid drop on a solid surface can affect the wetting properties. Depending on the surface-activity of the solutes, the extent of contact angle hysteresis (CAH) can vary with their concentration and the pattern of the evaporation stain is altered accordingly. In this work, four types of concentration-dependent CAH and evaporation stains are identified for a water drop containing polymeric additives on polycarbonate. For polymers without surface-activity such as dextran, advancing and receding contact angles (?a and ?r) are independent of solute concentrations, and a concentrated stain is observed in the vicinity of the drop center after complete evaporation. For polymers with weak surface-activity such as poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG), both ?a and ?r are decreased by solute addition, and the stain pattern varies with increasing PEG concentration, including a concentrated stain and a mountain-like island. For polymers with intermediate surface-activity such as sodium polystyrenesulfonate (NaPSS), ?a descends slightly, but ?r decreases significantly after the addition of a substantial amount of NaPSS, and a ring-like stain pattern is observed. Moreover, the size of the ring stain can be controlled by NaPSS concentration. For polymers with strong surface-activity such as poly(vinylpyrrolidone) (PVP), ?a remains essentially a constant, but ?r is significantly lowered after the addition of a small amount of PVP, and the typical ring-like stain is seen. PMID:24933206

  8. Negative Stains Containing Trehalose: Application to Tubular and Filamentous Structures

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    Harris, J. Robin; Gerber, Max; Gebauer, Wolfgang; Wernicke, Wolfgang; Markl, Jrgen

    1996-02-01

    Several examples are presented that show the successful application of uranyl acetate and ammonium molybdate negative staining in the presence of trehalose for TEM studies of filamentous and tubular structures. The principal benefit to be gained from the inclusion of trehalose stems from the considerably reduced flattening of the large tubular structures and the greater orientational freedom of single molecules due to an increased depth of the negative stain in the presence of trehalose. Trehalose is likely to provide considerable protection to protein molecules and their assemblies during the drying of negatively stained specimens. Some reduction in the excessive density imparted by uranyl acetate around large assemblies is also achieved. Nevertheless, in the presence of 1% (w/v) trehalose, it is desirable to increase the concentration of negative stain to 5% (w/v) for ammonium molybdate and to 4% for uranyl acetate to produce satisfactory image contrast. In general, the ammonium molybdate-trehalose negative stain is more satisfactory than the uranyl acetate-trehalose combination, because of the greater electron beam sensitivity of the uranyl negative stain. Reassembled taxol-stabilized pig brain microtubules, together with collagen fibrils, sperm tails, helical filaments, and reassociated hemocyanin (KLH2), all from the giant keyhole limpet Megathura crenulata, have been studied by negative staining in the presence of trehalose. In all cases satisfactory TEM imaging conditions were readily obtained on the specimens, as long as regions of excessively deep stain were avoided.

  9. OBSERVATION OF SALMONELLA TYPHIMURIUM FIMBRIAE BY NEGATIVE STAIN

    Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

    Washed and unwashed overnight cultures of Salmonella typhimurium were examined for the expression of fimbriae using negative stain. In the course of the evaluation, it was noted that the distribution of bacteria on formvar coated grids was dependent on the negative stain utilized for visualization....

  10. Membrane filtration-fluorescent antibody staining procedure for detecting and quantifying Renibacterium salmoninarum in coelomic fluid of Chinook salmon Oncorhynchus tshawytscha)

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    Elliott, D.G.; Barila, T.Y.

    1988-01-01

    e developed a rapid method for detecting and quantifying the pathogen Renibacterium salmoninarum in coelomic fluid of spring chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha) by concentrating the bacteria on 0.2-μm polycarbonate filters and staining them with specific fluorescein-labeled antibody. Centrifugation of samples and resuspension of the sedimented material in phosphate-buffered saline containing Triton X-100 increased the ease of filtration. Background fluorescence was reduced by counterstaining filters with Eriochrome black T. Postfiltration staining, rinsing, and counterstaining were done in the syringe-mounted filter holders, reducing handling of the filters and possible loss of bacteria. The number of bacteria detected by the filtration – fluorescent antibody technique in a broth culture of R. salmoninarum ranged from 6.7 × 107to7.6 × 107/mL and was slightly higher than that determined by plate count (9.6 × 106/mL). Increasing the sample dilution or decreasing the number of microscope fields examined generally increased the variability of filter counts of R. salmoninarum. Using the filtration – fluorescent antibody technique, we detected the bacterium in the coelomic fluid of 85% of spawning female spring chinook salmon sampled from a hatchery population. Membrane Filtration – Fluorescent Antibody Staining Procedure for Detecting and Quantifying Renibacterium salmoninarum in Coelomic Fluid of Chinook Salmon (oncorhynchus tshawytscha) (PDF Download Available). 

  11. A blue fluorescent labeling technique utilizing micro- and nanoparticles for tracking in LIVE/DEAD® stained pathogenic biofilms of Staphylococcus aureus and Burkholderia cepacia

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    Klinger-Strobel, Mareike; Ernst, Julia; Lautenschläger, Christian; Pletz, Mathias W; Fischer, Dagmar; Makarewicz, Oliwia

    2016-01-01

    Strategies that target and treat biofilms are widely applied to bacterial cultures using popular live/dead staining techniques with mostly red or green fluorescent markers (eg, with SYTO® 9, propidium iodide, fluorescein). Therefore, visualizing drugs or micro- and nanoparticulate delivery systems to analyze their distribution and effects in biofilms requires a third fluorescent dye that does not interfere with the properties of the live/dead markers. The present study establishes and evaluates a model for tracking polymeric particles in fluorescently stained biological material. To this end, poly(d,l-lactide-co-glycolide) (PLGA)-based micro- and nanoparticles were used as well-established model systems, which, because of their favorable safety profiles, are expected to play important future roles with regard to drug delivery via inhalation. PLGA was covalently and stably labeled with 7-amino-4-methyl-3-coumarinylacetic acid (AMCA), after which blue fluorescent poly(ethylene glycol)-block-PLGA (PEG-PLGA) particles were prepared using a mixture of fluorescent AMCA-PLGA and PEG-PLGA. Because chitosan is known to reduce negative surface charge, blue fluorescent PEG-PLGA-particles with chitosan were also prepared. These micro- and nanoparticles were physicochemically characterized and could be clearly distinguished from live/dead stained bacteria in biofilms using confocal laser scanning microscopy. PMID:26917959

  12. In vivo photoacoustic imaging of model of port wine stains.

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    Yuan, Kaihua; Yuan, Yi; Gu, Ying; Gao, Jianhua; Xing, Da

    2012-01-01

    Port wine stains are categorized as a benign capillary vascular malformation, which is hard to cure. In this paper, a photoacoustic microscopy system, which integrated a two-dimensional scanning galvanometer, an objective lens and a focused ultrasound transducer, was designed for noninvasive imaging of blood vessels of port wine stains model in vivo. Cock comb was chosen as the port wine stains model in the experiment. The blood vessels in x-y plane and x-z plane were imaged clearly. Experimental results demonstrate that photoacoustic microscopy can image the blood vessels of port wine stains model in vivo with high contrast and high resolution. It has the potential for clinical applications in detecting the blood vessels in port wine stains skin. PMID:22635179

  13. Mechanism of post develop stain defect and resist surface condition

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    Harumoto, Masahiko; Yamaguchi, Akira; Hisai, Akihiro

    2007-03-01

    In regards to stains appearing on the resist pattern after developing, this study succeeded in the reduction of these stain defects by improving the develop process. Furthermore the mechanism of this stain defect was considered by analyzing components of the defect. Since the stain defects of former generation such as i-line or KrF resist defect are known well, even now this defect is seen on the ArF resist. The appearance of this stain defect was caused by a kind of resist or pattern. Until now this defect has been resolved by improving the resist. In this study however, we tried to resolve the stain defect by the improvement of the developing process. As this improvement was able to greatly reduce this defect with no change to the resist or pattern, it was understood this defect is much influenced by the developing process. Thus it is projected the resist surface condition during the develop process was the important key to decreasing this defect. It should be understood the number of defects was changed by the kind of resist or pattern. First we analyzed the components of the stain defect itself. Next we analyzed the change in resist surface condition by the new develop process. As a result, it was realized this stain defect was from the developer chemical, it was considered that the developer remaining on the resist film caused the stain defect. As the resist surface condition was changed by the improved develop process, resulting in a sharp decrease in the stain defect.

  14. Novel Process for Laser Stain Removal from Archaeological Oil Paintings

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    El-Nadi, Lotfia; El-Feky, Osama; Abdellatif, Galila; Darwish, Sawsan

    2013-03-01

    Some samples of oil paintings (5 × 5 cm) were prepared on wooden panel with four types of fungi commonly encountered on oil paintings were selected for this study. Each of the fungi is associated with different colored stains. Fungus Alternaria tenuis is associated by a dense black stain, Chetomium globosum by a brownish gray stain, Aspergillus flavus by a yellowish stain, and Fusaruim oxysporum by a pinkish stain. Fungi growing on oil paintings affect the surface characteristics by forming a variety of colored patches typically composed of many complex chemical substances that are produced during metabolic processes. These colored stains may be encrusted in spores, present in mycelium or secreted to a substance such as oil paintings surfaces. While the fungal stains can sometimes be extracted with appropriate solvents, there are some stains that resist solvent extraction entirely. Developing new solvent system that might attack the paint structure, and is time consuming and requires a great deal of trial and error. Mechanical stain removal is also problematic in that it often produces abrasion of the surface, markedly deteriorating the artwork, and is extra ordinarily fine and tedious. For these reasons, we decided to examine an alternative physical technique as a new approach to deal with stain removal. Since the stains are due to the existence of fungi, we thought it a good idea to remove them by singlet oxygen. We applied the photo dynamic process through which the fungi stains were covered with organic dye derivatives in solution under controlled illumination in the lab. The samples were then irradiated by low power Laser light from a He-Ne laser, the dye will be photodecomposed and produce singlet oxygen. We report in this work the results obtained as a function of: - The concentration and types of the organic dye in solution, - The presence of certain amounts of liquids added to the solution, - The scanning speed of the laser beam on the sample surface, - The irradiation time. For each case fresh samples were used and photographed before and after the treatment. The results obtained will be speculated and discussed. This procedure was applied to the cleaning of archaeological oil paintings for the first time to our knowledge. The method could well be considered as a new field of combined science and technology applied to laser stain removal and represents a significant addition to the techniques available to art conservation.

  15. O5.05FLUORESCEIN-GUIDED REMOVAL OF HIGH-GRADE GLIOMAS WITH A DEDICATED FILTER ON THE SURGICAL MICROSCOPE: PRELIMINARY RESULTS OF THE FLUOGLIO STUDY

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    Acerbi, F.; Broggi, M.; Cavallo, C.; Anghileri, E.; Eoli, M.; Schiariti, M.; Corte, E. La; Pollo, B.; Boffano, C.; Ferroli, P.

    2014-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Fluorescein is a fluorescent tracer that can be used for many applications. It is able to accumulate in brain areas with blood-brain barrier disruption, and thus it can be considered an ideal dye for intraoperative visualization of high-grade gliomas (HGG). We report the preliminary results of a phase II trail (FLUOGLIO) on a new fluorescein-guided technique to remove HHG with a dedicated filter on the surgical microscope. METHODS: In September 2011 we started a prospective phase II-trial (FLUOGLIO) to evaluated safety and obtain initial indications about efficacy of fluorescein-guided surgery for HGG. Patients with suspected HGG amenable to complete resection of contrast-enhancing area were eligible to participate in this study. This report is based on the analysis of the short- and long-term results in 28 consecutive patients with HGG (age range 45-74 years), enrolled since September 2011. Fluorescein was intravenous (i.v.) injected after intubation (5-10 mg/Kg). Tumor was removed with microsurgical technique and fluorescence visualization by BLU400 or YELLOW560 filters on Pentero microscope (Carl Zeiss, Germany). The study was approved by our Ethical Committee and registered on the European Regulatory Authorities website (EudraCT No. 2011-002527-18). RESULTS: Median pre-operative tumor volume was 33.1 cm3 (2.4-87.8 cm3). We found no adverse reaction to fluorescein administration. Tumor was completely removed in 80% of the patients. Median follow-up was 10 months. 6 months Progression-free Survival (PFS) and median survival were respectively 71.4 % and 11 months. CONCLUSION: Our analysis suggested that fluorescein-guided technique with a dedicated filter on the surgical microscope is safe and allows high-rate of complete resection of contrast-enhanced tumor at the early post-operative MRI.

  16. Silver and Cyanine Staining of Oligonucleotides in Polyacrylamide Gel

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    Li, Wei

    2015-01-01

    To explore why some oligonucleotides in denaturing polyacrylamide gel could not be silver-stained, 134 different oligonucleotides were analyzed using denaturing polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis stained with silver and asymmetric cyanine. As a result, we found that the sensitivity of oligos (dA), (dC), (dG) and (dT) to silver staining could be ranged as (dA) > (dG) > (dC) > (dT) from high to low. It was unexpected that oligo (dT) was hard to be silver-stained. Moreover, the silver staining of an oligonucleotide containing base T could be partially or completely inhibited by base T. The inhibition of silver staining by base T was a competitive inhibition which could be affected by the amounts of the argyrophil nucleobase and base T, the cis-distance between the argyrophil nucleobase and base T, and the gel concentration. The changes of the intensity of an oligonucleotide band caused by the changes of DNA base composition were diverse and interesting. The intensity of some oligonucleotide bands would significantly change when the changes of DNA base composition accumulated to a certain extent (usually ≥ 4 nt). The sensitivity of cyanine staining of ≤ 11-nt long oligonucleotides could be enhanced about 250-fold by fixing the gels with methanol fixing solution. PMID:26650843

  17. Microscopic analysis of MTT stained boar sperm cells

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    van den Berg, B.M.

    2015-01-01

    The ability of sperm cells to develop colored formazan by reduction of MTT was used earlier to develop a spectrophotometric assay to determine the viability of sperm cells for several mammalian species. It was the objective of the present study to visualize microscopically the location of the formazan in boar sperm cells. The MTT staining process of boar sperm cells can be divided into a series of morphological events. Incubation of the sperm cells in the presence of MTT resulted after a few min in a diffuse staining of the midpiece of the sperm cells. Upon further incubation the staining of the midpiece became more intense, and gradually the formation of packed formazan granules became more visible. At the same time, a small formazan stained granule appeared medially on the sperm head, which increased in size during further incubation. After incubation for about 1 h the midpiece granules were intensely stained and more clearly distinct as granules, while aggregation of sperm cells occurred. Around 90% of the sperm cells showed these staining events. At the end of the staining the formazan granules have disappeared from both the sperm cells and medium, whereas formazan crystals appeared as thin crystal threads, that became heavily aggregated in the incubation medium. It was concluded that formazan is taken up by lipid droplets in the cytoplasm. Further, the use of the MTT assay to test for sperm viability should be regarded as a qualitative assay, whereas its practical use at artificial insemination (AI) Stations is limited. PMID:26623368

  18. DNA comet Giemsa staining for conventional bright-field microscopy.

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    Osipov, Andreyan; Arkhangelskaya, Ekaterina; Vinokurov, Alexei; Smetanin?, Nadezhda; Zhavoronkov, Alex; Klokov, Dmitry

    2014-01-01

    This study was undertaken to evaluate the compatibility of Giemsa staining protocol with the comet assay. We showed, for the first time, that DNA comets can be visualized and analyzed using Giemsa staining. We generated DNA damage dose response curves for human peripheral blood lymphocytes exposed to X-ray radiation using the comet assay with either SybrGreen I or Giemsa stain. The dose response curves were fitted by linear regressions (R2>0.977). The SybrGreen I results showed only ~1.2-fold higher slope coefficient (method sensitivity) compared to the Giemsa results. The unexpectedly high sensitivity of Giemsa staining for the comet assay is due to the Romanowsky-Giemsa effect, the stain photo-stability and the higher resolution of bright-field imaging compared to fluorescence imaging. Our results demonstrate that Giemsa staining can effectively be used for measuring DNA damage by the comet assay. The low cost and availability of Giemsa stain makes this method affordable for any low budget research and will facilitate new applications of the comet assay in biology and medicine. PMID:24727376

  19. Staining with methylthioninium chloride for the diagnosis of fungal keratitis

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    LAN, LAN; WANG, FENG-YUN; ZENG, GUANGWEI

    2013-01-01

    The aim of this study was to investigate the potential efficacy of staining with methylthioninium chloride (MC) for the diagnosis of fungal keratitis. A total of 70 cases of fungal keratitis were included in the study from January 2009 to December 2010. The corneal scraping specimens of the patients were collected and stained with MC or a 10% potassium hydroxide (KOH)-based smear prior to microscopic examination. The staining results were confirmed with fungal culture and strain identification, which are recognized as ‘gold standards’ for the diagnosis of fungal keratitis. Among the 70 cases of fungal keratitis, 58 cases were positive and the positive rate was 82.86%. MC staining showed a positive rate of 62.86%, with higher levels of sensitivity (70.69%) and specificity (34.61%) compared with staining with the 10% KOH-based smear. The KOH-based smear showed a positive rate of 44.29% (P<0.05), a level of sensitivity of 44.83% (P<0.05) and a specificity of 17.95% (P<0.05). In addition, the MC staining showed false positive and negative rates of 25.00 and 29.31%, respectively, an accuracy index of 5.30% and positive and negative predictive values of 93.18 and 34.61%, respectively. The results indicate that MC staining is a fast and effective method for the early diagnosis of fungal keratitis. PMID:24223649

  20. Western Blot of Stained Proteins from Dried Polyacrylamide Gels

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    Gruber, Claudia; Stan-Lotter, Helga

    1996-01-01

    Western blotting of proteins is customarily performed following their separation on polyacrylamide gels, either prior to staining (1) or, as recently reported, following staining (2). We describe here Western blotting with stained gels, which had been dried and some of which had been stored for years. This procedure permits immunological analysis of proteins, to which antisera may have become available only later, or where the application of newly developed sensitive detection methods is desired. Once rehydration of the gels is achieved, proteins can be-transferred to blotting membranes by any appropriate protocol. Proteins stained with Coomassie Blue have to be detected with a non-chromogenic method, such as the film-based enhanced chemiluminescence (ECL)2) procedure (3). Silver stained proteins, which transfer in the colorless form, may be visualized by any detection method, although, because of the usually very low amounts of proteins, detection by ECL is preferable. Blotting of stained proteins from rehydrated gels is as rapid and as quantitative as from freshly prepared gels, in contrast to blotting from wet stained gels, which requires extensive washing and results in low transfer efficiency (2). Together with a photographic record of the gel pattern, unambiguous identification of immunoreactive proteins from complex mixtures is possible. Some further applications of this work are discussed.

  1. Use of carboxyfluorescein diacetate succinimidyl ester (CFSE) dye and fluorescent imaging as an in situ method to visualize lymphoid tissues in egg-layer chickens challenged with Salmonella enterica serovar Enteritidis (SE)

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    Carboxyfluorescein diacetate succinimidyl ester (CFSE) vital dye has been used in leukocyte studies involving mice, rats, sheep, heifers, nonhuman primates, teleost fish and avian embryos. Mice and sheep appear to be the only animals that have received intravenous (IV) CFSE administration, and the ...

  2. Novel Fluorometric Method for the Determination of Production Rate and Steady-State Concentration of Photochemically Generated Superoxide Radical in Seawater Using 3',6'-(Diphenylphosphinyl)fluorescein.

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    Anifowose, Adebanjo Jacob; Takeda, Kazuhiko; Sakugawa, Hiroshi

    2015-12-15

    Superoxide radical (O2(-)) is an important reactive oxygen species in seawater. Measurements of its production rates and steady-state concentrations generated by photochemical processes have been a Herculean task over the years. In this study, a probe - 3'6'-(diphenylphosphinyl)fluorescein (PF-1) - was used to trap photochemically generated O2(-) in seawater, thereby yielding fluorescein. The fluorescein produced was measured by an isocratic fluorescence HPLC at excitation/emission wavelengths of 490/513 nm, respectively. The reaction rate constant of PF-1 with O2(-) (kPF-1) was pH-dependent: (3.2-23.5) 10(7) M(-1) s(-1) at pHTOT 7.65-8.50. By applying appropriate equations, both the production rate and the steady-state concentration of O2(-) generated by photochemical reactions in the seawater were quantified. Under the optimized experimental conditions, fluorescein standards (3-50 nM) exhibited linearity in the seawater by HPLC. The photoformation of fluorescein, due to the reaction of PF-1 with the O2(-) photochemically produced in the seawater, was linear within the 20 min irradiation. The detection limit of the fluorescein photoformation rate was 0.03 pM s(-1), defined as 3? of the lowest standard fluorescein concentration per 20 min irradiation. Using this value, the yield of fluorescein, and the fraction of O2(-) that reacted with PF-1 in the seawater, the detection limit of the O2(-) photoformation rate was 1.78 pM s(-1). Superoxide measurements using the proposed method were relatively unaffected by the potential interfering species in seawater. Application of the proposed method to ten (10) seawater samples from the Seto Inland Sea, Japan, resulted in measured O2(-) photoformation rates of 3.1-8.5 nM s(-1), with steady-state concentrations ranging (0.06-0.3) 10(-10) M. The method is simple, requires no technical sample preparation, and can be used to analyze a large number of samples. PMID:26569557

  3. A new technique for Gram staining paraffin-embedded tissue.

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    Engbaek, K; Johansen, K S; Jensen, M E

    1979-02-01

    Five techniques for Gram staining bacteria in paraffin sections were compared on serial sections of pulmonary tissues from eight bacteriological necropsies. Brown and Hopp's method was the most satisfactory for distinguishing Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria. However, this method cannot be recommended as the preparations were frequently overstained, and the Gram-negative bacteria were stained indistinctly. A modification of Brown and Hopps' method was developed which stains larger numbers of Gram-negative bacteria and differentiates well between different cell types and connective tissue, and there is no risk of overstaining. PMID:86548

  4. A new technique for Gram staining paraffin-embedded tissue.

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    Engbaek, K; Johansen, K S; Jensen, M E

    1979-01-01

    Five techniques for Gram staining bacteria in paraffin sections were compared on serial sections of pulmonary tissues from eight bacteriological necropsies. Brown and Hopp's method was the most satisfactory for distinguishing Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria. However, this method cannot be recommended as the preparations were frequently overstained, and the Gram-negative bacteria were stained indistinctly. A modification of Brown and Hopps' method was developed which stains larger numbers of Gram-negative bacteria and differentiates well between different cell types and connective tissue, and there is no risk of overstaining. PMID:86548

  5. Silver staining for elucidation of the synlophe in trichostrongyle nematodes.

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    Khrustalev, A V; Hoberg, E P

    1995-12-01

    Staining techniques are relatively rare in the study of parasitic nematodes. A novel silver-staining method is described for elucidation of the synlophe (a system of longitudinal cuticular ridges), a character of great systematic importance among the trichostrongyloid nematodes. Ridges are stained optically black and appear in great contrast to the body of the nematode. This method augments current use of interference contrast for examination of the synlophe. Detailed studies of the configuration of the synlophe in entire specimens are possible with standard light microscopy for the first time. PMID:8544043

  6. A novel technique for staining bulk grids bearing ultrathin sections.

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    Wu, Jian-Guo; Zhou, He-Zheng; Zhou, Xiao-Xu

    2015-12-01

    This article proposes a technique for staining bulk grids bearing ultrathin sections with a silicone device consisting of a base plate and a depression bar. Specifically, bulk grids were loaded into the holes on the base plate in order, and then the depression bar was inserted into the slot of the plate to fix the inner edges of the grids and thereby form several separated cells to facilitate the subsequent staining and washing procedures. The results showed that the proposed technique can improve handling efficiency, safety and identification of grids during staining courses. PMID:26400001

  7. Ion exchange chromatography of aluminum using 3-carboxy-2-naphthylamine-N,N-diacetic acid as a fluorescent post-column chelating reagent.

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    Miyahara, T; Kitamura, H; Narita, K; Toyo'oka, T

    1999-02-01

    Ion exchange chromatography of aluminum ion using 3-carboxy-2-naphthylamine-N,N-diacetic acid (CNDA) as a fluorescent post-column chelating reagent was studied. The solution containing ammonium chloride and hydrochloric acid was used for the eluent, and acetate buffer solution containing CNDA was used for the post column chelating reagent. The peak of aluminum was separated from that of calcium, magnesium and zinc, and the chromatogram was not affected by copper(II) and iron(III). The calibration curve gave linear plots with a range of 0.0027-0.54 ppm aluminum, the regression coefficient of correlation (r2) was 1.000, and the detection limit (S/N = 3) was 0.3 ppb, indicating that the method could determine aluminum with high sensitivity. It was demonstrated that CNDA is a useful metallofluorescent reagent for aluminum. This method has been successfully applied to the determination of aluminum in some tea drinks. PMID:10191948

  8. Highly sensitive detection of copper ions by densely grafting fluorescein inside polyethyleneimine core-silica shell nanoparticles.

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    Qiao, Yali; Zheng, Xingwang

    2015-11-23

    In this work, polyethyleneimine (PEI) core-silica shell nanoparticles were synthesized and used for densely grafting fluorescent receptor units inside the core of these particles to result in multi-receptor units collectively sensing a target. Herein, copper ion quenching of the fluorescence intensity of a fluorescein isothiocyanate (FITC) system was selected as a model to confirm our proof-of-concept strategy. Our results showed that, compared to free FITC in solution, a 10-fold enhancement of the Stern-Volmer constant value for Cu(2+) quenching of the fluorescence intensity of the grafted state of FITC in PEI core-silica shell nanoparticles was achieved. Furthermore, compared to a previous collective sensing scheme by densely grafting fluorescent receptor units on a silica nanoparticle surface, the proposed scheme, which grafted fluorescent receptor units inside a polymer nano-core, was simple, highly efficient and presented higher sensitivity. PMID:26555568

  9. Blood–brain barrier transport studies, aggregation, and molecular dynamics simulation of multiwalled carbon nanotube functionalized with fluorescein isothiocyanate

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    Shityakov, Sergey; Salvador, Ellaine; Pastorin, Giorgia; Förster, Carola

    2015-01-01

    In this study, the ability of a multiwalled carbon nanotube functionalized with fluorescein isothiocyanate (MWCNT–FITC) was assessed as a prospective central nervous system-targeting drug delivery system to permeate the blood–brain barrier. The results indicated that the MWCNT–FITC conjugate is able to penetrate microvascular cerebral endothelial monolayers; its concentrations in the Transwell® system were fully equilibrated after 48 hours. Cell viability test, together with phase-contrast and fluorescence microscopies, did not detect any signs of MWCNT–FITC toxicity on the cerebral endothelial cells. These microscopic techniques also revealed presumably the intracellular localization of fluorescent MWCNT–FITCs apart from their massive nonfluorescent accumulation on the cellular surface due to nanotube lipophilic properties. In addition, the 1,000 ps molecular dynamics simulation in vacuo discovered the phenomenon of carbon nanotube aggregation driven by van der Waals forces via MWCNT–FITC rapid dissociation as an intermediate phase. PMID:25784800

  10. Evaluation of Common Angling-Induced Sources of Epithelial Damage for Popular Freshwater Sport Fish using Fluorescein

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    Colotelo, Alison HA; Cooke, Steven J.

    2011-05-01

    Angling is a popular recreational activity across the globe and a large proportion of fish captured by anglers are released due to voluntary or mandatory catch-and-release practices. The handling associated with hook removal and return of the fish to their environment can cause physical damage to the epidermal layer of the fish which may affect the condition and survival of released fish. This study investigated possible sources of epithelial damage associated with several different handling methods (i.e. landing net types, interactions with different boat floor surfaces, tournament procedures) commonly used in recreational angling for two popular freshwater sport fish species, largemouth bass (Micropterus salmoides) and northern pike (Esox lucius). Epithelial damage was examined using fluorescein, a non-toxic dye, which has been shown to detect latent epithelial damage. Northern pike exhibited extensive epithelial damage after exposure to several of the induced treatments (i.e., interaction with a carpeted surface, knotted nylon net, and line rolling) but relatively little epithelial damage when exposed to others (i.e., knotless rubber nets, smooth boat surfaces, or lip gripping devices). Largemouth bass did not show significant epithelial damage for any of the treatments, with the exception of fish caught in a semi-professional live release tournament. The detection of latent injuries using fluorescein can be an important management tool as it provides visual examples of potential damage that can be caused by different handling methods. Such visualizations can be used to encourage fish friendly angler behaviour and enhance the survival and welfare of released fish. It can also be used to test new products that are intended to or claim to reduce injury to fish that are to be released. Future research should evaluate the relationship between different levels of epithelial damage and mortality across a range of environmental conditions.

  11. Sodium diacetate and sodium lactate affect microbiology and sensory and objective characteristics of a restructured turkey breast product formulated with a fibrin cold-set binding system.

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    Mohammed Shafit, H; Williams, S K

    2010-03-01

    Research was conducted to manufacture and evaluate a restructured turkey breast product using the Fibrimex cold-set binding system, sodium diacetate (NaD), and sodium lactate (NaL) and to ascertain effects of the treatments on proximate composition, pH, psychrotrophic organisms, water activity, onset of rancidity (TBA), thaw loss, cooking yields, and objective color, and sensory characteristics. Whole turkey breasts were cut into 5-cm-thick strips; treated with either water only (control), 1.5% NaL, 2.0% NaL, 0.1% NaD, 1.5% NaL + 0.1% NaD, or 2.0% NaL + 0.1% NaD; blended with Fibrimex ingredients; stuffed into casings; and stored at -30 degrees C for 0, 1, 2, and 3 mo. After each storage period, frozen chubs were tempered at 4 degrees C, sliced into 1-cm-thick steaks, packaged in retail trays, stored at 0 degrees C to simulate retail storage, and analyzed after 0, 2, 4, 6, 8, and 10 d. Sodium diacetate used alone or in combination with NaL reduced (P < 0.05) growth of psychrotrophic organisms and had no adverse effects on water activity, pH, cooking yield, fat, moisture, protein, objective color, onset of rancidity, and sensory characteristics (juiciness, turkey flavor intensity, and tenderness). Panelists reported slight off-flavor in all steaks treated with NaL. Treating steaks with NaL alone or in combination with NaD resulted in increased (P < 0.05) ash content. Sodium lactate also functioned to minimize thaw loss in the frozen restructured turkey product. PMID:20181879

  12. Improving acid-fast fluorescent staining for the detection of mycobacteria using a new nucleic acid staining approach.

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    Ryan, Gavin J; Shapiro, Howard M; Lenaerts, Anne J

    2014-09-01

    Acid fast staining of sputum smears by microscopy remains the prevalent method for detecting Mycobacterium tuberculosis. The sensitivity of microscopy using acid fast stains requires 10(4) bacilli per ml of sputum. Although fluorescent acid fast stains, such as Auramine-O, show improved sensitivity, almost half of culture-positive TB cases are currently estimated to remain smear-negative. These current diagnosis problems provide impetus for improving staining procedures. We evaluated a novel fluorescent acid-fast staining approach using the nucleic acid-binding dye SYBR(®) Gold on mycobacterial in vitro cultures. The SYBR(®) Gold stain detected 99% of MTB in both actively replicating aerobic and non-replicating hypoxic cultures. Transmission light microscopy with Ziehl-Neelsen fuchsin, and fluorescence microscopy with Auramine-O or Auramine-rhodamine detected only 54%-86% of MTB bacilli. SYBR(®) Gold fluoresces more intensely than Auramine-O, and is highly resistant to fading. The signal to noise ratio is exceptionally high due to a >1000-fold enhanced fluorescence after binding to DNA/RNA, thereby reducing most background fluorescence. Although cost and stability of the dye may perhaps limit its clinical use at this time, these results warrant further research into more nucleic acid dye variants. In the meantime, SYBR(®) Gold staining shows great promise for use in numerous research applications. PMID:25130623

  13. Differential staining of biological structures by ruthenium red.

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    Gutierrez-Gonzalvez, M G; Armas-Portela, R; Stockert, J C

    1987-03-01

    After the application of a ruthenium red (RR) solution to smears of chicken and human blood for 15 min, thrombocyte and leucocyte nuclei showed a blue-grey colour, contrasting with the red-stained erythrocyte nuclei. Extracellular matrix in frozen sections of cartilage showed the blue-grey colour after 1 h of staining. After the application of RR for a prolonged time (24 h), goblet cell mucin, granules of salivary glands and starch granules in Epon-embedded tissues were coloured blue-grey, blue-green and brown-green respectively; although they appeared red after shorter staining times. Microspectrophotometric measurements of differentially stained structures, and correlation with the spectral behaviour of a related ruthenium compound (ruthenium violet), are presented. The formation in situ of this latter compound by interaction of RR with certain substrates and the capacity of RR to distinguish different cellular structures are discussed. PMID:2438415

  14. A cold staining method for acid-fast bacilli

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    Vasanthakumari, R.; Jagannath, K.; Rajasekaran, S.

    1986-01-01

    The Ziehl-Neelsen method is probably the best known and most frequently used procedure for staining tubercle bacilli. The method requires controlled heating for its success. However, in developing countries, such as India, where most laboratories rely mainly on spirit lamps as a source of heat, the Ziehl-Neelsen method often cannot be carried out because rectified spirit is difficult to obtain. The study describes a cold staining technique that uses the same staining solutions as the conventional Ziehl-Neelsen method. For direct smears, the correlation of results of the cold staining procedure with those of the Ziehl-Neelsen method was 97% and for concentrated smears was 99%. The method described is suitable for use in basically equipped laboratories. PMID:2433067

  15. Intravascular staining for discrimination of vascular and tissue leukocytes

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    Anderson, Kristin G; Mayer-Barber, Katrin; Sung, Heungsup; Beura, Lalit; James, Britnie R; Taylor, Justin J; Qunaj, Lindor; Griffith, Thomas S; Vezys, Vaiva; Barber, Daniel L; Masopust, David

    2015-01-01

    Characterization of the cellular participants in tissue immune responses is crucial to understanding infection, cancer, autoimmunity, allergy, graft rejection and other immunological processes. previous reports indicate that leukocytes in lung vasculature fail to be completely removed by perfusion. several studies suggest that intravascular staining may discriminate between tissue-localized and blood-borne cells in the mouse lung. Here we outline a protocol for the validation and use of intravascular staining to define innate and adaptive immune cells in mice. We demonstrate application of this protocol to leukocyte analyses in many tissues and we describe its use in the contexts of lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus and Mycobacterium tuberculosis infections or solid tumors. Intravascular staining and organ isolation usually takes 530 min per mouse, with additional time required for any subsequent leukocyte isolation, staining and analysis. In summary, this simple protocol should help enable interpretable analyses of tissue immune responses. PMID:24385150

  16. Steinway piano and stained glass clerestory window in lounge area, ...

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    Steinway piano and stained glass clerestory window in lounge area, upper deck. Hot water radiators can be seen at base of wall. These run throughout the houseboat. - Houseboat LA DUCHESSE, The Antique Boat Museum, Clayton, Jefferson County, NY

  17. [The morphological features of a 20 mcl blood stain].

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    Pigolkin, Iu I; Leonova, E N; Leonov, S V; Nagornov, M N

    2015-01-01

    The objective of this work was to study blood stains of small volume (20 mcl). It was shown that the fall of a blood droplet from the height of 5 to 200 cm at the angle of 90 degrees on a smooth non-absorbing surface (glass) leaves round stains. Their size increases with increasing height of the fall. The character of the stain edges also depends on the height of the fall. The edges are even when the drops fall from the height of less than 20 cm but become wave-shaped with blunt projections when the height of the fall is increased to 30-90 cm. The fall from the height of 100 to 200 cm gives rise to the stains with the scalloped edges having the rectangular or nearly rectangular protrusions. From one to three additional Plateau drops can be observed near the main one. PMID:26036072

  18. Hydroxyethyl lactamide, a dye solvent useful in vital staining.

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    Risso-Dominguez, C J

    1976-03-01

    In a search for new vital stains to reveal the microanatomy of nudibranch mollusks, the slow or very low solubility of many dyes in sea water posed a serious problem. Preliminary dissolution in tap water proved impractical. Hydroxyethyl lactamide, an odorless liquid and dye solvent was found ideal since it permits immediate attainment of saturated solutions of dyes in sea water. Since hydroxyethyl lactamide passed the severe "eolid nudibranch test" and has been found nonirritating for the very sensitive rhinophorial structures, and furthermore since it has been used by the pharmaceutical industry as a vehicle in antibiotic preparations, it appears to be an ideal universal dye solvent for general use in vital staining. It has been used extensively in unpublished research by the writer on vital staining of nudibranchs. It has a low order of physiological activity and can be regarded an essentially inert when used in vital staining. PMID:59418

  19. INTERIOR VIEW OF ENTRY. SHOWING THE STAINED CONCRETE FLOOR AND ...

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    INTERIOR VIEW OF ENTRY. SHOWING THE STAINED CONCRETE FLOOR AND WINDOW WITH DIAMOND PATTERN MUNTINS. VIEW FACING NORTHWEST. - Hickam Field, Officers' Housing Type F, 602 Beard Avenue, Honolulu, Honolulu County, HI

  20. VIEW OF THREE NORTH FACING STAINED GLASS WINDOWS. THESE WINDOWS ...

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    VIEW OF THREE NORTH FACING STAINED GLASS WINDOWS. THESE WINDOWS ARE LOCATED ADJACENT TO THE ALTAR. - U.S. Naval Base, Pearl Harbor, Chapel, Corner of Oakley & Nimitz Street, Pearl City, Honolulu County, HI

  1. 18. INTERIOR DETAIL VIEW OF STAINED GLASS WINDOW LOCATED AT ...

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    18. INTERIOR DETAIL VIEW OF STAINED GLASS WINDOW LOCATED AT SOUTH SIDE OF ALTAR, NOTE INSCRIPTION DEDICATED IN THE MEMORY OF FATHER DAMIEN - St. Francis Catholic Church, Moloka'i Island, Kalaupapa, Kalawao County, HI

  2. INTERIOR VIEW OF THE LANAI. SHOWING THE ORIGINAL STAINED CONCRETE ...

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    INTERIOR VIEW OF THE LANAI. SHOWING THE ORIGINAL STAINED CONCRETE FLOOR WITH INCISED LINES, AND HINGED DOOR TO GARAGE WITH VERTICAL BOARD PANELING (BACKGROUND). VIEW FACING NORTHWEST. - Hickam Field, Officers' Housing Type J, 701 Beard Street, Honolulu, Honolulu County, HI

  3. VIEW OF THREE NORTH FACING STAINED GLASS WINDOWS. THESE WINDOWS ...

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    VIEW OF THREE NORTH FACING STAINED GLASS WINDOWS. THESE WINDOWS ARE LOCATED JUST BELOW THE CHOIR LOFT. - U.S. Naval Base, Pearl Harbor, Chapel, Corner of Oakley & Nimitz Street, Pearl City, Honolulu County, HI

  4. 18. INTERIOR OF KITCHEN NO. 1 SHOWING STAINED CABINETRY ON ...

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    18. INTERIOR OF KITCHEN NO. 1 SHOWING STAINED CABINETRY ON OPPOSITE WALL FROM PAINTED CABINETS. VIEW TO NORTHEAST. - Bishop Creek Hydroelectric System, Plant 6, Cashbaugh-Kilpatrick House, Bishop Creek, Bishop, Inyo County, CA

  5. VIEW OF THREE SOUTH FACING STAINED GLASS WINDOWS. THESE WINDOWS ...

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    VIEW OF THREE SOUTH FACING STAINED GLASS WINDOWS. THESE WINDOWS ARE LOCATED ADJACENT TO THE ALTER. - U.S. Naval Base, Pearl Harbor, Chapel, Corner of Oakley & Nimitz Street, Pearl City, Honolulu County, HI

  6. 4. September 1969 DETAIL OF STAINED GLASS WINDOWS IN EAST ...

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    4. September 1969 DETAIL OF STAINED GLASS WINDOWS IN EAST WALL, INTERIOR VIEW FROM BALCONY - Mount Zion United Methodist Church, 1334 Twenty-ninth Street Northwest, Washington, District of Columbia, DC

  7. Interior detail view, surviving stained glass panel in an east ...

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    Interior detail view, surviving stained glass panel in an east aisle window. Most of the stained glass has been removed from the building and relocated to other area churches. (Similar to HABS No. PA-6694-25). - Acts of the Apostles Church in Jesus Christ, 1400-28 North Twenty-eighth Street, northwest corner of North Twenty-eighth & Master Streets, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, PA

  8. Freeze-fracture of biological specimens prior to conductive staining.

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    Iida, N

    1984-03-01

    Liver, kidney, spleen and other organs of the rat were fixed with glutaraldehyde, substituted with absolute ethanol or dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO), freeze-fractured in liquid nitrogen, stained by the rapid tannin-osmium thiocarbohydrazide-osmium (TaOTO) method (staining with each agent for 10 min), critical-point-dried with liquid carbon dioxide, and observed with the scanning electron microscope. The absolute ethanol or DMSO freeze-fracture method provided flat fracture surfaces (without regard to cell boundaries) of the samples and allowed a good visualization of their inner structures. The fracture surfaces were suitably stained by the rapid TaOTO method, and could be scanned with no charging. Neither maked damage nor undesired dislocation of tissue elements was noted on the freeze-fractured and TaOTO-stained surfaces. This procedure, freeze-fracture prior to conductive staining, has an advantage of eliminating the bulk charging effects that tend to occur in specimens fractured after staining. When substituted with 75% DMSO aqueous solution, the samples spontaneously fractured without any need for razor blades. Fracture planes in this spontaneous fracture sometimes ran along the cell boundaries and allowed a clear visualization in the SEM of the enfaced surfaces of closely associated cells such as hepatocytes. PMID:6204620

  9. Black Stain and Dental Caries: A Review of the Literature

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    ?y?a, Tomasz; Kawala, Beata; Antoszewska-Smith, Joanna; Kawala, Maciej

    2015-01-01

    Black stain is characterized as a dark line or an incomplete coalescence of dark dots localized on the cervical third of the tooth. Over the last century, the etiology of black stain has been the subject of much debate. Most of the studies concerning this issue were conducted in pediatric population. According to the reviewed articles published between 2001 and 2014, the prevalence of black stain varies from 2.4% to 18% with equal sex distribution. The majority of the authors confirm the correlation between the presence of black stain and lower caries experience. The microflora of this deposit is dominated by Actinomyces spp. and has lower cariogenic potential than nondiscolored dental plaque. Iron/copper and sulfur complexes are thought to be responsible for the dark color. In patients with black stain saliva has higher calcium concentrations and higher buffering capacity. Factors such as dietary habits, socioeconomic status, and iron supplementation may be contributing to the formation of black stain. PMID:25802850

  10. Spreading Depression Increases Immunohistochemical Staining of Glial Fibrillary Acidic Protein

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    Kraig, Richard P.; Dong, Liming; Thisted, Ronald; Jaeger, Christine B.

    2009-01-01

    Reactive astrocytosis is a process by which astrocytes respond to brain injury by showing an increase in glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP) staining that is associated with hypertrophy and/or hyperplasia of these cells. Because spreading depression (SD) is a perturbation uncomplicated by neuronal necrosis and is seen in both in vivo and in vitro neural structures, we sought to determine whether SD was a sufficient stimulus to induce enhanced GFAP staining. SD was elicited in anesthetized rats by application of KCI to parietal cortex for 3 hr; equimolar NaCl was applied to contralateral cortex. SD was confirmed by monitoring DC potentials in frontal neocortices. Animals were allowed to recover for 48 hr, and their brains were processed for semiquantitative and computer-based analyses of GFAP staining intensity. Experimental GFAP staining was referenced to contralateral control levels. Neocortical SD (1337 SDs) was associated with a significant (p < 10?4), 43% increase in GFAP staining intensity, which remained statistically greater than normal for more than 2 weeks. If SD was inhibited by combined hyperoxia and hypercarbia, only a nonsignificant (p > 0.20), 7% increase in GFAP staining was seen. Thus, SD may be a useful physiologic process with which to begin to explore the cellular mechanisms that induce the transformation of normal astrocytes into reactive species. PMID:1906091

  11. Post-staining electroblotting for efficient and reliable peptide blotting.

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    Lee, Der-Yen; Chang, Geen-Dong

    2015-01-01

    Post-staining electroblotting has been previously described to transfer Coomassie blue-stained proteins from polyacrylamide gel onto polyvinylidene difluoride (PVDF) membranes. Actually, stained peptides can also be efficiently and reliably transferred. Because of selective staining procedures for peptides and increased retention of stained peptides on the membrane, even peptides with molecular masses less than 2 kDa such as bacitracin and granuliberin R are transferred with satisfactory results. For comparison, post-staining electroblotting is about 16-fold more sensitive than the conventional electroblotting for visualization of insulin on the membrane. Therefore, the peptide blots become practicable and more accessible to further applications, e.g., blot overlay detection or immunoblotting analysis. In addition, the efficiency of peptide transfer is favorable for N-terminal sequence analysis. With this method, peptide blotting can be normalized for further analysis such as blot overlay assay, immunoblotting, and N-terminal sequencing for identification of peptide in crude or partially purified samples. PMID:26044003

  12. One-tube triple staining method for flow cytometric analysis of DNA ploidy and phenotypic heterogeneity of human solid tumors using single laser excitation.

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    Corver, W E; Bonsing, B A; Abeln, E C; Vlak-Theil, P M; Cornelisse, C J; Fleuren, G J

    1996-12-01

    We have developed a "one-tube" triple staining procedure that allows the identification of intratumor phenotypic subpopulations by FCM. Solid tumors were dissociated by a combined mechanical/ enzymatic method. Ovarian ascites tumor cell aggregates were enzymatically dissociated using trypsin. An antikeratin 8/18 MAb was used to label the epithelial fraction of these tumor samples. A second MAb directed against the leukocyte common antigen (LCA) was applied to identify nonneoplastic DNA-diploid cells. Other MAbs used as a second marker were directed against a tumor-associate surface, a cytoplasmic, or a nuclear antigen. Cells were stained using subclass-specific fluorescein-isothiocyanate (FITC) or R-phycoerythrin (PE)-conjugated antibodies. DNA was stained with propidium iodide (PI). Triply stained samples were measured on a standard bench-top flow cytometer (FACScan). Keratin 8/18-positive cells, LCA-positive cells, and DNA could be simultaneously detected in dissociated breast carcinomas, mixed Müllerian tumors, and ovarian ascites specimen for refining DNA index (DI) calculations and S phase fraction (SPF) determination. Coefficients of variation (CV) of the G0G1 peak of the DNA histograms obtained ranged from 2.55% to 4.64% and from 2.71% to 4.71% for the DNA-diploid and -aneuploid fractions, respectively. In DNA-diploid tumors, antigen expression (HER-2/Neu, proliferating cell nuclear antigen) could be analyzed without interference of fluorescence signals from nonneoplastic cells. Neoplastic tumor subpopulations were clearly identified based on both DNA-ploidy status and heterogeneity of antigen expression. The present method offers new possibilities for multiparameter DNA FCM on clinical samples and enables the identification of intratumor neoplastic subpopulations based on antigen expression and DNA-ploidy status. PMID:8946143

  13. Detection of Acid Fast Bacilli in Saliva using Papanicolaou Stain Induced Fluorescence Method Versus Fluorochrome Staining: An Evaluative Study

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    (Munot), Priya P Lunawat; Mhapuskar, Amit A; Ganvir, S M; Hazarey, Vinay K; Mhapuskar, Madhavi A; Kulkarni, Dinraj

    2015-01-01

    Background: Fifty years after effective chemotherapy, tuberculosis (TB) still remains leading infectious cause of adult mortality. The aim of present study was to evaluate diagnostic utility of papanicolaou (Pap) stain induced fluorescence microscopic examination of salivary smears in the diagnosis of pulmonary TB. Materials and Methods: Cross-sectional study of 100 individuals clinically suspected of suffering from active pulmonary TB. Control group 50 individuals are suffering from any pulmonary disease other than TB such as pneumonia or bronchiogenic carcinoma. Fluorescence microscopic examination of two salivary smears stained by Pap stain and auramine-rhodamine (A-R) stain respectively for each patient. ZiehlNeelsen stained sputum smear examined under the light microscope for each patient. Culture was done in all the patients for microbiological confirmation. McNemar's Chi-square analysis, Kappa test, and Z-test. Results: The sensitivities of the three staining methods using culture as a reference method were 93.02%, 88.37% and 87.20% for Pap, A-R and ZiehlNeelson respectively. Conclusion: Pap-induced fluorescence of salivary smears is a safe, reliable and rapid method, which can prove as a valuable diagnostic tool for diagnosis of TB. PMID:26229384

  14. Comparing modified papanicolaou stain with ayoub-shklar and haematoxylin-eosin stain for demonstration of keratin in paraffin embedded tissue sections

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    Ramulu, Surekha; Kale, Alka D; Hallikerimath, Seema; Kotrashetti, Vijayalaxmi

    2013-01-01

    Aim: The aim of the present study was to stain the known keratin containing tissues by Haematoxylin and eosin stain (H-E), ayoub-shklar (A/S) and modified Papanicolaou (PAP) stain and to compare the efficacy of modified PAP staining procedure with that of A/S stain and H-E staining technique, so as to device a staining procedure which is easy and effective for keratin. Materials and Methods: A Total Number of 60 paraffin embedded tissue sections of known keratin containing tissues including normal keratinized oral mucosa (NKOM), Keratinized Odontogenic Keratocyst (OKC), Verrucous Carcinoma (VC) and Well differentiated Squamous Cell Carcinoma (WDSCC) were taken and 3 sections of 4 microns thickness of each block were cut and stained with above mentioned three stains. Results: Surface keratin was stained distinctly and uniformly in all the three staining techniques in NKOM, OKC, and VC and WDSCC. But results were statistically significant in WDSCC when Amount of keratin pearls and Pattern of staining were compared in all 3 staining procedures and p value was p=0.000 and p=0.001 respectively. Conclusion: Based on the above findings we conclude that the efficacy of modified PAP is comparable with that of H-E stain and A-S stain for surface keratin and thus be used effectively to stain Surface keratin. Whereas to know the exact pattern of cytokeratin expression in SCC a more sensitive tool like immunohistochemical method can be applied. PMID:23798825

  15. The stain prevention efficacy of two tooth whitening dentifrices.

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    Ayad, Farid; De Sciscio, Peter; Stewart, Bernal; De Vizio, William; Petrone, Margaret E; Volpe, Anthony R

    2002-08-01

    An 8-week randomized, double-blind, parallel group clinical study was conducted to assess the extrinsic stain prevention efficacy of three commercially available dentifrices: 1) a dentifrice containing 0.243% sodium fluoride with copolymer, tetrasodium pyrophosphate, and sodium tripolyphosphate in a silica base (Product 1); 2) a dentifrice containing 0.243% sodium fluoride, baking soda and peroxide, tetrasodium pyrophosphate, and sodium tripolyphosphate in a silica base (Product 2); and 3) a dentifrice containing 0.243% sodium fluoride in a silica base (Product 3). After the collection of baseline stain scores by a trained examiner and a subsequent oral prophylaxis, 126 volunteers were randomized to one of the three treatment groups (balanced for composite extrinsic stain scores). Throughout the 8-week treatment period, subjects brushed their teeth twice daily with their assigned dentifrice. At baseline, 4-, and 8-week evaluations, extrinsic dental stain was measured on the facial surfaces of the six maxillary anterior teeth and on the facial and lingual surfaces of the six mandibular anterior teeth using the Lobene Index. A total of 120 subjects completed the study. No adverse events were reported, and subjects who discontinued the study did so for reasons unrelated to the dentifrices. At the 4-week evaluation, composite stain scores were statistically significantly lower (P < .05) for both Product 1 (44.9%) and for Product 2 (34.6%) relative to Product 3. At the 8-week evaluation, composite stain scores were statistically significantly lower (P < .05) for both Product 1 (28.4%) and for Product 2 (29.6%) relative to Product 3. The results of this clinical study demonstrate that both dentifrices, one containing 0.234% sodium fluoride with copolymer, tetrasodium pyrophosphate, and sodium tripolyphosphate in a silica base; and one with 0.243% sodium fluoride with copolymer, tetrasodium pyrophosphate, and sodium tripolyphosphate in a silica base are more effective in preventing natural extrinsic stain formation on teeth as compared with a marketed control dentifrice. PMID:12244740

  16. Reliability of a rapid hematology stain for sputum cytology*

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    Gonalves, Jssica; Pizzichini, Emilio; Pizzichini, Marcia Margaret Menezes; Steidle, Leila John Marques; Rocha, Cristiane Cinara; Ferreira, Samira Cardoso; Zimmermann, Clia Tnia

    2014-01-01

    Objective: To determine the reliability of a rapid hematology stain for the cytological analysis of induced sputum samples. Methods: This was a cross-sectional study comparing the standard technique (May-Grnwald-Giemsa stain) with a rapid hematology stain (Diff-Quik). Of the 50 subjects included in the study, 21 had asthma, 19 had COPD, and 10 were healthy (controls). From the induced sputum samples collected, we prepared four slides: two were stained with May-Grnwald-Giemsa, and two were stained with Diff-Quik. The slides were read independently by two trained researchers blinded to the identification of the slides. The reliability for cell counting using the two techniques was evaluated by determining the intraclass correlation coefficients (ICCs) for intraobserver and interobserver agreement. Agreement in the identification of neutrophilic and eosinophilic sputum between the observers and between the stains was evaluated with kappa statistics. Results: In our comparison of the two staining techniques, the ICCs indicated almost perfect interobserver agreement for neutrophil, eosinophil, and macrophage counts (ICC: 0.98-1.00), as well as substantial agreement for lymphocyte counts (ICC: 0.76-0.83). Intraobserver agreement was almost perfect for neutrophil, eosinophil, and macrophage counts (ICC: 0.96-0.99), whereas it was moderate to substantial for lymphocyte counts (ICC = 0.65 and 0.75 for the two observers, respectively). Interobserver agreement for the identification of eosinophilic and neutrophilic sputum using the two techniques ranged from substantial to almost perfect (kappa range: 0.91-1.00). Conclusions: The use of Diff-Quik can be considered a reliable alternative for the processing of sputum samples. PMID:25029648

  17. Cell type related differences in staining with pentameric thiophene derivatives.

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    Cie?lar-Pobuda, Artur; Bck, Marcus; Magnusson, Karin; Jain, Mayur V; Rafat, Mehrdad; Ghavami, Saeid; Nilsson, K Peter R; ?os, Marek J

    2014-07-01

    Fluorescent compounds capable of staining cells selectively without affecting their viability are gaining importance in biology and medicine. Recently, a new family of optical dyes, denoted luminescent conjugated oligothiophenes (LCOs), has emerged as an interesting class of highly emissive molecules for studying various biological phenomena. Properly functionalized LCOs have been utilized for selective identification of disease-associated protein aggregates and for selective detection of distinct cells. Herein, we present data on differential staining of various cell types, including cancer cells. The differential staining observed with newly developed pentameric LCOs is attributed to distinct side chain functionalities along the thiophene backbone. Employing flow cytometry and fluorescence microscopy we examined a library of LCOs for stainability of a variety of cell lines. Among tested dyes we found promising candidates that showed strong or moderate capability to stain cells to different extent, depending on target cells. Hence, LCOs with diverse imidazole motifs along the thiophene backbone were identified as an interesting class of agents for staining of cancer cells, whereas LCOs with other amino acid side chains along the backbone showed a complete lack of staining for the cells included in the study. Furthermore, for p-HTMI,a LCO functionalized with methylated imidazole moieties, the staining was dependent on the p53 status of the cells, indicating that the molecular target for the dye is a cellular component regulated by p53. We foresee that functionalized LCOs will serve as a new class of optical ligands for fluorescent classification of cells and expand the toolbox of reagents for fluorescent live imaging of different cells. PMID:24500794

  18. Evaluation of forensic examination of extremely aged seminal stains.

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    Nakanishi, Hiroaki; Hara, Masaaki; Takahashi, Shirushi; Takada, Aya; Saito, Kazuyuki

    2014-09-01

    The results of forensic tests, such as semen identification and short tandem repeat (STR) analysis of extremely aged seminal stains from unsolved sex crimes can provide important evidence. In this study we evaluated whether current forensic methods could be applied to seminal stains that were stored at room temperature for 33-56years (n=2, 33years old; n=1, 41years old; n=1, 44years old; n=1, 56years old). The prostatic acid phosphatase (SM-test reagent), microscopic (Baecchi stain method) and semenogelin (RSID Semen Laboratory Kit) tests were performed as discriminative tests for semen. In addition, the mRNA levels of the semen-specific proteins semenogelin 1 (SEMG1) and protamine 2 (PRM2) were investigated. STRs were analyzed using the AmpFlSTR Identifiler PCR Amplification Kit. All samples were positive in the prostatic acid phosphatase and semenogelin tests, and sperm heads were identified in all samples. The staining degree of the aged sperm heads was similar to that of fresh sperm. Although SEMG1 mRNA was not detected in any sample, PRM2 mRNA was detected in three samples. In the STR analysis, all loci were detected in the 33-years-old sample and five loci were detected in the 56-years-old sample. We confirmed that current forensic examinations - including STR analysis - could be applied to extremely aged seminal stains. These results could be useful for forensic practice. PMID:24844186

  19. Silver stain for proteins on a cellulose acetate membrane.

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    Fujita, T; Toda, T; Ohashi, M

    1984-06-01

    A rapid and sensitive silver staining method to detect proteins on a cellulose acetate membrane has been established. This method is achieved by modification of the silver-based color staining for detection of proteins in polyacrylamide gels [D. W. Sammons, L. D. Adams, and E. E. Nishizawa, Electrophoresis 2, 135-141 (1981)] and applied to our new type of two-dimensional electrophoresis for analysis of proteins on a cellulose acetate sheet [T. Toda, T. Fujita, and M. Ohashi, Anal. Biochem. 119, 167-176 (1982)]. Maximal sensitivity of silver stain for proteins on a cellulose acetate membrane can be obtained by an optimal balance between deposition of silver on the protein and on the background. Certain kinds of proteins are colored red, orange, or grayish-blue. The silver stain is 20-80 times more sensitive than Coomassie blue and some spots are visualized reproducibly by silver only. Densitometric evaluation of standard proteins stained with silver and Coomassie blue is also demonstrated. The method takes only 50 min to perform and is sensitive, simple, and reproducible. PMID:6206749

  20. CD3 immunohistochemical staining in diagnosis of lymphocytic colitis.

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    Fiehn, Anne-Marie Kanstrup; Engel, Ulla; Holck, Susanne; Munck, Lars Kristian; Engel, Peter Johan Heiberg

    2016-02-01

    Microscopic colitis (MC) is a common cause of chronic watery diarrhea. Traditionally, MC encompasses the 2 subgroups lymphocytic colitis (LC) and collagenous colitis, but recently, an additional subgroup, MC incomplete, has been introduced. Distinguishing between the subgroups relies exclusively on histopathologic evaluation. In the present study, 4 pathologists evaluated 156 archived biopsies originally diagnosed as LC or LC incomplete (LCi). Each pathologist assigned a diagnosis of LC, LCi, or nonspecific inflammation to all cases at 2 independent assessments. At the first assessment, hematoxylin and eosin (HE) stainings were available. At the second assessment, a supplementary CD3 immunohistochemical staining was also available. The aim was to evaluate whether a supplementary CD3 would increase the diagnostic agreement among pathologists, and whether a CD3 stain would change the diagnosis based on HE staining only. After the complete assessment, the cases were divided into 3 groups, that is, full agreement, partial agreement, and disagreement. The CD3 staining increased the number of cases with full agreement from 60 to 78. One hundred thirty-one cases with agreement or partial diagnostic agreement based on HE + CD3 were compared with the HE diagnoses. In 44 (34%) of 131 cases, CD3 changed the diagnosis. Cases assigned to the LCi category based on HE were often changed by a supplementary CD3. Conclusively, it is recommended to use a CD3 before giving the histopathologic diagnosis of LCi. PMID:26772395

  1. Methods of biological dosimetry employing chromosome-specific staining

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    Gray, Joe W.; Pinkel, Daniel

    2000-01-01

    Methods and compositions for staining based upon nucleic acid sequence that employ nucleic acid probes are provided. Said methods produce staining patterns that can be tailored for specific cytogenetic analyses. Said probes are appropriate for in situ hybridization and stain both interphase and metaphase chromosomal material with reliable signals. The nucleic acid probes are typically of a complexity greater than 50 kb, the complexity depending upon the cytogenetic application. Methods are provided to disable the hybridization capacity of shared, high copy repetitive sequences and/or remove such sequences to provide for useful contrast. Still further methods are provided to produce chromosome-specific staining reagents which are made specific to the targeted chromosomal material, which can be one or more whole chromosomes, one or more regions on one or more chromosomes, subsets of chromosomes and/or the entire genome. Probes and test kits are provided for use in tumor cytogenetics, in the detection of disease related loci, in analysis of structural abnormalities, such as translocations, and for biological dosimetry. Further, methods and prenatal test kits are provided to stain targeted chromosomal material of fetal cells, including fetal cells obtained from maternal blood. Still further, the invention provides for automated means to detect and analyse chromosomal abnormalities.

  2. Methods And Compositions For Chromosome-Specific Staining

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    Gray, Joe W.; Pinkel, Daniel

    2003-08-19

    Methods and compositions for staining based upon nucleic acid sequence that employ nucleic acid probes are provided. Said methods produce staining patterns that can be tailored for specific cytogenetic analyses. Said probes are appropriate for in situ hybridization and stain both interphase and metaphase chromosomal material with reliable signals. The nucleic acid probes are typically of a complexity greater than 50 kb, the complexity depending upon the cytogenetic application. Methods are provided to disable the hybridization capacity of shared, high copy repetitive sequences and/or remove such sequences to provide for useful contrast. Still further methods are provided to produce chromosome-specific staining reagents which are made specific to the targeted chromosomal material, which can be one or more whole chromosomes, one or more regions on one or more chromosomes, subsets of chromosomes and/or the entire genome. Probes and test kits are provided for use in tumor cytogenetics, in the detection of disease related loci, in analysis of structural abnormalities, such as translocations, and for biological dosimetry. Further, methods and prenatal test kits are provided to stain targeted chromosomal material of fetal cells, including fetal cells obtained from maternal blood. Still further, the invention provides for automated means to detect and analyse chromosomal abnormalities.

  3. Histochemical staining of Arabidopsis thaliana secondary cell wall elements.

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    Pradhan Mitra, Prajakta; Loqué, Dominique

    2014-01-01

    Arabidopsis thaliana is a model organism commonly used to understand and manipulate various cellular processes in plants, and it has been used extensively in the study of secondary cell wall formation. Secondary cell wall deposition occurs after the primary cell wall is laid down, a process carried out exclusively by specialized cells such as those forming vessel and fiber tissues. Most secondary cell walls are composed of cellulose (40-50%), hemicellulose (25-30%), and lignin (20-30%). Several mutations affecting secondary cell wall biosynthesis have been isolated, and the corresponding mutants may or may not exhibit obvious biochemical composition changes or visual phenotypes since these mutations could be masked by compensatory responses. Staining procedures have historically been used to show differences on a cellular basis. These methods are exclusively visual means of analysis; nevertheless their role in rapid and critical analysis is of great importance. Congo red and calcofluor white are stains used to detect polysaccharides, whereas Mäule and phloroglucinol are commonly used to determine differences in lignin, and toluidine blue O is used to differentially stain polysaccharides and lignin. The seemingly simple techniques of sectioning, staining, and imaging can be a challenge for beginners. Starting with sample preparation using the A. thaliana model, this study details the protocols of a variety of staining methodologies that can be easily implemented for observation of cell and tissue organization in secondary cell walls of plants. PMID:24894795

  4. Amyloid Histology Stain for Rapid Bacterial Endospore Imaging ?

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    Xia, Bing; Upadhyayula, Srigokul; Nuez, Vicente; Landsman, Pavel; Lam, Samuel; Malik, Harbani; Gupta, Sharad; Sarshar, Mohammad; Hu, Jingqiu; Anvari, Bahman; Jones, Guilford; Vullev, Valentine I.

    2011-01-01

    Bacterial endospores are some of the most resilient forms of life known to us, with their persistent survival capability resulting from a complex and effective structural organization. The outer membrane of endospores is surrounded by the densely packed endospore coat and exosporium, containing amyloid or amyloid-like proteins. In fact, it is the impenetrable composition of the endospore coat and the exosporium that makes staining methodologies for endospore detection complex and challenging. Therefore, a plausible strategy for facile and expedient staining would be to target components of the protective surface layers of the endospores. Instead of targeting endogenous markers encapsulated in the spores, here we demonstrated staining of these dormant life entities that targets the amyloid domains, i.e., the very surface components that make the coats of these species impenetrable. Using an amyloid staining dye, thioflavin T (ThT), we examined this strategy. A short incubation of bacillus endospore suspensions with ThT, under ambient conditions, resulted in (i) an enhancement of the fluorescence of ThT and (ii) the accumulation of ThT in the endospores, affording fluorescence images with excellent contrast ratios. Fluorescence images revealed that ThT tends to accumulate in the surface regions of the endospores. The observed fluorescence enhancement and dye accumulation, coupled with the sensitivity of emission techniques, provide an effective and rapid means of staining endospores without the inconvenience of pre- or posttreatment of samples. PMID:21653779

  5. Amyloid histology stain for rapid bacterial endospore imaging.

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    Xia, Bing; Upadhyayula, Srigokul; Nuez, Vicente; Landsman, Pavel; Lam, Samuel; Malik, Harbani; Gupta, Sharad; Sarshar, Mohammad; Hu, Jingqiu; Anvari, Bahman; Jones, Guilford; Vullev, Valentine I

    2011-08-01

    Bacterial endospores are some of the most resilient forms of life known to us, with their persistent survival capability resulting from a complex and effective structural organization. The outer membrane of endospores is surrounded by the densely packed endospore coat and exosporium, containing amyloid or amyloid-like proteins. In fact, it is the impenetrable composition of the endospore coat and the exosporium that makes staining methodologies for endospore detection complex and challenging. Therefore, a plausible strategy for facile and expedient staining would be to target components of the protective surface layers of the endospores. Instead of targeting endogenous markers encapsulated in the spores, here we demonstrated staining of these dormant life entities that targets the amyloid domains, i.e., the very surface components that make the coats of these species impenetrable. Using an amyloid staining dye, thioflavin T (ThT), we examined this strategy. A short incubation of bacillus endospore suspensions with ThT, under ambient conditions, resulted in (i) an enhancement of the fluorescence of ThT and (ii) the accumulation of ThT in the endospores, affording fluorescence images with excellent contrast ratios. Fluorescence images revealed that ThT tends to accumulate in the surface regions of the endospores. The observed fluorescence enhancement and dye accumulation, coupled with the sensitivity of emission techniques, provide an effective and rapid means of staining endospores without the inconvenience of pre- or posttreatment of samples. PMID:21653779

  6. Fluorescent multiple staining and CASA system to assess boar sperm viability and membranes integrity in short and long-term extenders

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    Lange-Consiglio, A.; Meucci, A.; Cremonesi, F.

    2013-01-01

    The aim of this study was to assess the effect on boar spermatozoa quality of in vitro storage in short and long-term extenders by fluorescent multiple staining (FMS) and computer assisted semen analyzer (CASA). Fresh ejaculates from three healthy, sexually mature boars were diluted with equal volumes of six short-term or three long-term commercial extenders and stored at 19°C for 6 days (short-term) or 12 days (long-term). The integrity of spermatozoa membranes was analyzed by FMS using propidium iodide, 5,5’,6,6’-tetrachloro-1,1’,3,3’ tetraethylbenzimidazolyl-carbocyanine iodide (JC-1) and fluorescein isothiocyanate-conjugated peanut agglutinin (PNA). The results obtained from this staining were compared with spermatozoa motility assessed by CASA. Our study showed that the number of viable spermatozoa with non-reacted acrosomes and intact mitochondria was positively correlated with the rate of motile spermatozoa (r2>0.9) irrespective of the extender used. In all extenders the number of motile spermatozoa significantly decreased as preservation period increased (P<0.05). FMS test is a potent indicator of sperm motility because it analyses mitochondrial integrity independently from observable alterations in motility. The best performing extenders were BTS for short-term storage and TRI-x-Cell for long-term storage. PMID:26623308

  7. Wintergreen oil: a novel method in Wheatley's trichrome staining technique.

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    Salleh, Fatmah Md; Anuar, Tengku Shahrul; Yasin, Azlin Mohd; Moktar, Norhayati

    2012-10-01

    Permanent staining of faecal smears by Wheatley's trichrome technique has been used by many scientists for the detection of parasites in the past and it was found to be highly sensitive. This study was conducted to evaluate the use of Wintergreen oil in comparison with xylene in Wheatley's trichrome staining technique, as the reference technique. In a blind comparison study, 500 collected faecal samples from aboriginal communities were examined. Wintergreen oil was found to be more superior than xylene as a clearing agent in the Wheatley's trichrome staining of polyvinyl alcohol-fixed faecal smears for the identification of intestinal protozoa. Elimination of toxic, carcinogenic, and fire hazards makes Wintergreen oil the preferred choice in routine parasitology examinations. PMID:22986100

  8. Feasibility of digitally stained multimodal confocal mosaics to simulate histopathology

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    Gareau, Daniel S.

    2009-05-01

    Fluorescence confocal mosaicing microscopy of tissue biopsies stained with acridine orange has been shown to accurately identify tumors and with an overall sensitivity of 96.6% and specificity of 89.2%. However, fluorescence shows only nuclear detail similar to hematoxylin in histopathology and does not show collagen or cytoplasm, which may provide necessary negative contrast information similar to eosin used in histopathology. Reflectance mode contrast is sensitive to collagen and cytoplasm without staining. To further improve sensitivity and specificity, digitally stained confocal mosaics combine confocal fluorescence and reflectance images in a multimodal pseudo-color image to mimic the appearance of histopathology with hematoxylin and eosin and facilitate the introduction of confocal microscopy into the clinical realm.

  9. Chromosome-specific staining to detect genetic rearrangements

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    Gray, Joe W.; Pinkel, Daniel; Tkachuk, Douglas; Westbrook, Carol

    2013-04-09

    Methods and compositions for staining based upon nucleic acid sequence that employ nucleic acid probes are provided. Said methods produce staining patterns that can be tailored for specific cytogenetic analyzes. Said probes are appropriate for in situ hybridization and stain both interphase and metaphase chromosomal material with reliable signals. The nucleic acid probes are typically of a complexity greater than 50 kb, the complexity depending upon the cytogenetic application. Methods and reagents are provided for the detection of genetic rearrangements. Probes and test kits are provided for use in detecting genetic rearrangements, particularly for use in tumor cytogenetics, in the detection of disease related loci, specifically cancer, such as chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML) and for biological dosimetry. Methods and reagents are described for cytogenetic research, for the differentiation of cytogenetically similar but genetically different diseases, and for many prognostic and diagnostic applications.

  10. A staining protocol for identifying secondary compounds in Myrtaceae1

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    Retamales, Hernan A.; Scharaschkin, Tanya

    2014-01-01

    Premise of the study: Here we propose a staining protocol using toluidine blue (TBO) and ruthenium red to reliably identify secondary compounds in the leaves of some species of Myrtaceae. Methods and Results: Leaves of 10 species representing 10 different genera of Myrtaceae were processed and stained using five different combinations of ruthenium red and TBO. Optimal staining conditions were determined as 1 min of ruthenium red (0.05% aqueous) and 45 s of TBO (0.1% aqueous). Secondary compounds clearly identified under this treatment include mucilage in the mesophyll, polyphenols in the cuticle, lignin in fibers and xylem, tannins and carboxylated polysaccharides in the epidermis, and pectic substances in the primary cell walls. Conclusions: Potential applications of this protocol include systematic, phytochemical, and ecological investigations in Myrtaceae. It might be applicable to other plant families rich in secondary compounds and could be used as a preliminary screening method for extraction of these elements. PMID:25309840

  11. Toward Digital Staining using Imaging Mass Spectrometry and Random Forests

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    Hanselmann, Michael; Kthe, Ullrich; Kirchner, Marc; Renard, Bernhard Y.; Amstalden, Erika R.; Glunde, Kristine; Heeren, Ron M. A.; Hamprecht, Fred A.

    2009-01-01

    We show on Imaging Mass Spectrometry (IMS) data that the Random Forest classifier can be used for automated tissue classification and that it results in predictions with high sensitivities and positive predictive values, even when inter-sample variability is present in the data. We further demonstrate how Markov Random Fields and vector-valued median filtering can be applied to reduce noise effects to further improve the classification results in a post-hoc smoothing step. Our study gives clear evidence that digital staining by means of IMS constitutes a promising complement to chemical staining techniques. PMID:19469555

  12. Optical Monte Carlo modeling of a true portwine stain anatomy

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    Barton, Jennifer K.; Pfefer, T. Joshua; Welch, Ashley J.; Smithies, Derek J.; Nelson, Jerry; van Gemert, Martin J.

    1998-04-01

    A unique Monte Carlo program capable of accommodating an arbitrarily complex geometry was used to determine the energy deposition in a true port wine stain anatomy. Serial histologic sections taken from a biopsy of a dark red, laser therapy resistant stain were digitized and used to create the program input for simulation at wavelengths of 532 and 585 nm. At both wavelengths, the greatest energy deposition occurred in the superficial blood vessels, and subsequently decreased with depth as the laser beam was attenuated. However, more energy was deposited in the epidermis and superficial blood vessels at 532 nm than at 585 nm.

  13. Modeling of alkane emissions from a wood stain

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    Chang, J.C.S.; Guo, Z.

    1993-01-01

    The article discusses full-scale residential house tests to evaluate the effects of organic emissions from a wood finishing product--wood stain--on indoor air quality (IAQ). The test house concentrations of three alkane species, nonane, decane, and undecane, were measured as a function of time after the application of the wood stain. It was found that the test house concentrations can be simulated by an integrated IAQ model which takes into consideration source, sink, and ventilation effects. The alkane emissions were controlled by an evaporation-like process.

  14. Anisotropic staining of apurinic acid with toluidine blue.

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    Erenpreisa, J; Freivalds, T

    1979-04-12

    Using normal rat liver imprints, studies were carried out on the effects of histone extraction and the formation of aldehyde groups from deoxyribose on anisotropic toluidine blue staining of depurinized DNA after sodium bisulfite treatment. The anisotropic effect of bisulfite was found to be determined by binding of bisulfite ions to the aldehyde groups of apurinic acid which, together with free phosphate groups of DNA ensure coparallel attachment of the dye molecules. It was also shown that at pH 5.0 toluidine blue binds with both the phosphate and aldehyde groups of apurinic acid, to give anisotropic staining. PMID:89109

  15. The role of the Giemsa stain in cytogenetics.

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    Dolan, M

    2011-04-01

    In just half a century since the human diploid chromosome number was correctly identified as 46, there has been a rapid expansion in our understanding of both the genetic foundation of normal human development and the development of various constitutional and acquired abnormalities. The ability to detect numerical and structural chromosomal abnormalities was made possible by the Giemsa stain. Despite the recent advent of powerful molecular-based cytogenetic techniques (e.g., fluorescence in situ hybridization, array-based comparative genomic hybridization), Giemsa-based chromosomal banding and staining techniques retain their crucial role in cytogenetics. PMID:21395494

  16. Predictive model for the combined effect of temperature, sodium lactate, and sodium diacetate on the heat resistance of Listeria monocytogenes in beef.

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    Juneja, Vijay K

    2003-05-01

    The effects of heating temperature (60 to 73.9 degrees C), sodium lactate (NaL; 0.0 to 4.8% [wt/wt]), and/or sodium diacetate (SDA; 0.0 to 0.25% [wt/wt]) and of the interactions of these factors on the heat resistance of a five-strain mixture of Listeria monocytogenes in 75% lean ground beef were examined. Thermal death times for L. monocytogenes in filtered stomacher bags in a circulating water bath were determined. The recovery medium was tryptic soy agar supplemented with 0.6% yeast extract and 1% sodium pyruvate. Decimal reduction times (D-values) were calculated by fitting a survival model to the data with a curve-fitting program. The D-values were analyzed by second-order response surface regression for temperature, NaL level, and SDA level. The D-values observed for beef with no NaL or SDA at 60, 65, 71.1, and 73.9 degrees C were 4.67, 0.72, 0.17, and 0.04 min, respectively. The addition of 4.8% NaL to beef increased heat resistance at all temperatures, with D-values ranging from 14.3 min at 60 degrees C to 0.13 min at 73.9 degrees C. Sodium diacetate interacted with NaL, thereby reducing the protective effect of NaL and rendering L. monocytogenes in beef less resistant to heat. A mathematical model describing the combined effect of temperature, NaL level, and SDA level on the thermal inactivation of L. monocytogenes was developed. This model can predict D-values for any combination of temperature, NaL level, and SDA level that is within the range of those tested. This predictive model will have substantial practical importance to processors of cooked meat, allowing them to vary their thermal treatments of ready-to-eat meat products in a safe manner. PMID:12747689

  17. Fluorescein: A Photo-CIDNP Sensitizer Enabling Hypersensitive NMR Data Collection in Liquids at Low Micromolar Concentration.

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    Okuno, Yusuke; Cavagnero, Silvia

    2016-02-01

    Photochemically induced dynamic nuclear polarization (photo-CIDNP) is a powerful approach for sensitivity enhancement in NMR spectroscopy. In liquids, intermolecular photo-CIDNP depends on the transient bimolecular reaction between photoexcited dye and sample of interest. Hence the extent of polarization is sample-concentration dependent. This study introduces fluorescein (FL) as a photo-CIDNP dye whose performance is exquisitely tailored to data collection at extremely low sample concentrations. The photo-CIDNP resonance intensities of tryptophan in the presence of either FL or FMN (i.e., the routinely employed flavin mononucleotide photosensitizer) in the liquid state show that FL yields superior sensitivity and enables rapid data collection down to an unprecedented 1 ?M concentration. This result was achieved on a conventional spectrometer operating at 14.1 T and equipped with a room-temperature probe (i.e., noncryogenic). Kinetic simulations show that the excellent behavior of FL arises from its long excited-state triplet lifetime and superior photostability relative to conventional photo-CIDNP sensitizers. PMID:26744790

  18. Evaluation of cell viability and T2 relaxivity of fluorescein conjugated SPION-PAMAM third generation nanodendrimers for bioimaging.

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    Khosroshahi, Mohammad E; Rezvani, Hamideh Alanagh; Keshvari, Hamid; Bonakdar, Shahin; Tajabadi, Maryam

    2016-05-01

    This study has investigated the possibility of using fluorescent dendronized magnetic nanoparticles (FDMNPs) for potential applications in drug delivery and imaging. FDMNPs were first synthesized, characterized and then the effect of Polyamidoamine (PAMAM) dendrimer functionalization and fluorescein isothiocyanate (FITC) conjugation on biocompatibility of superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles (SPIONs) was evaluated. The nanostructures' cytotoxicity tests were performed at different concentrations from 10 to 500μg/mL using MCF-7 and L929 cell lines. IC50 in MTT assay were 139.22 and 201.88μg/mL for DMNP incubated L929 and MCF-7 cell lines respectively, whereas the cell viability for FDMNPs did not decrease to 50%. The results showed that FITC conjugation diminishes the toxicity of dendronized magnetic nanoparticles (DMNPs) mainly due to the reduction of surface charge. DMNP appears to be cytotoxic at the concentration levels being used for both cell lines. On the contrary, FDMNPs showed more biocompatibility and cell viability of MCF-7 and L929 cell lines at all concentrations. The fluorescence microscopy of FDMNPs incubated with MCF-7 cells showed a successful localization of cells indicating their ability for applications such as a magnetic fluorescent probe in cell studies and imaging purposes. T2 relaxivity measurements demonstrated the applicability of the synthesized nanostructures as the contrast agents in tissue differential assessment by altering their relaxation times. In our case, the r2 relaxivity of FDMNPs was measured as 103.67mM(-1)S(-1). PMID:26952457

  19. Validation of the reconstituted high-density lipoprotein (rHDL) drug delivery platform using dilauryl fluorescein (DLF).

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    McConathy, Walter J; Paranjape, Sulabha; Mooberry, Linda; Buttreddy, Sabitha; Nair, Maya; Lacko, Andras G

    2011-04-01

    Dilauryl fluorescein (DLF) is a lipid soluble molecule that becomes fluorescent when lauric acid is removed by hydrolysis The purpose of these studies was to evaluate DLF as a potential probe for the function of reconstituted high-density lipoproteins (rHDL) as hydrophobic drug transport vehicles. The DLF containing rHDL nanoparticles were characterized regarding their physical/chemical properties, including molecular diameter, molecular weight, chemical composition, and buoyant density. We investigated the uptake of DLF from rHDL in cells that overexpress the scavenger receptor (SR-B1), known to facilitate the selective cellular uptake of cholesteryl esters from HDL. These studies show that DLF can be incorporated into rHDL and redistributed in the plasma compartment. In addition, these studies demonstrated an enhanced uptake and hydrolysis of DLF from rHDL by cells that overexpress the SR-B1 receptor, suggesting the involvement of a receptor mediated mechanism. The incorporation of DLF into the rHDL nanoparticles appear to protect against hydrolysis in the systemic circulation based on the lower rate of rHDL/DLF hydrolysis compared with the free DLF during incubation with human plasma. DLF may thus be used as a probe to track the movement and metabolism of HDL core constituents, including cancer chemotherapeutic agents. PMID:25788110

  20. The prediction of human skin responses by using the combined in vitro fluorescein leakage/Alamar Blue (resazurin) assay.

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    Clothier, Richard; Starzec, Gemma; Pradel, Lionel; Baxter, Victoria; Jones, Melanie; Cox, Helen; Noble, Linda

    2002-01-01

    A range of cosmetics formulations with human patch-test data were supplied in a coded form, for the examination of the use of a combined in vitro permeability barrier assay and cell viability assay to generate, and then test, a prediction model for assessing potential human skin patch-test results. The target cells employed were of the Madin Darby canine kidney cell line, which establish tight junctions and adherens junctions able to restrict the permeability of sodium fluorescein across the barrier of the confluent cell layer. The prediction model for interpretation of the in vitro assay results included initial effects and the recovery profile over 72 hours. A set of the hand-wash, surfactant-based formulations were tested to generate the prediction model, and then six others were evaluated. The model system was then also evaluated with powder laundry detergents and hand moisturisers: their effects were predicted by the in vitro test system. The model was under-predictive for two of the ten hand-wash products. It was over-predictive for the moisturisers, (two out of six) and eight out of ten laundry powders. However, the in vivo human patch test data were variable, and 19 of the 26 predictions were correct or within 0.5 on the 0-4.0 scale used for the in vivo scores, i.e. within the same variable range reported for the repeat-test hand-wash in vivo data. PMID:12405878

  1. Sieve-element differentiation and fluoresceine translocation in wound-phloem of pea roots after complete severance of the stele.

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    Schulz, A

    1987-03-01

    Experimental interruption of the root stele of Pisum sativum L. induces in the cortex tissue the development of wound-sieve tubes which bridge the wound and reconnect the vascular stumps. Outside the stele, sieve plates arise from primary pit fields. This origin is confirmed by the distribution of future sieve pores over the original parenchyma cell wall and by remnants of the pitfield cavity in developing sieve plates. Differentiation of wound-sieve elements is similar to that of bundle-sieve elements and includes the chromatolytic disintegration of nuclei as well as the development of typical sieve pores arising from pit-field plasmodesmata. The completion of first woundsieve tubes (indicated by a continuous chain of anilin-blue-positive sieve plates by-passing the wound) was observed 55-62 h after wounding. However, effective translocation, visualized with fluoresceine as a phloem-mobile marker, was not found until 10 h (on average) later. It is suggested that this time delay corresponds to the maturing of the last link within a chain of wound-sieve-tube members. Presumably, enucleate sieve elements with widened pores are a prerequisite for effective phloem translocation. PMID:24232957

  2. Fluorescent labeling of cranberry proanthocyanidins with 5-([4,6-dichlorotriazin-2-yl]amino)fluorescein (DTAF).

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    Feliciano, Rodrigo P; Heintz, Joseph A; Krueger, Christian G; Vestling, Martha M; Reed, Jess D

    2015-01-01

    A novel methodology was developed to elucidate proanthocyanidins (PAC) interaction with extra-intestinal pathogenic Escherichia coli (ExPEC). PAC inhibit ExPEC invasion of epithelial cells and, therefore, may prevent transient gut colonization, conferring protection against subsequent extra-intestinal infections, such as urinary tract infections. Until now PAC have not been chemically labeled with fluorophores. In this work, cranberry PAC were labeled with 5-([4,6-dichlorotriazin-2-yl]amino) fluorescein (DTAF), detected by high-performance liquid chromatography with diode-array detection and characterized by matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF-MS). We report single and double fluorescent-labeled PAC with one or two chlorine atoms displaced from DTAF in alkaline pH via nucleophilic substitution. Fluorescent labeling was confirmed by fragmentation experiments using MALDI-TOF/TOF MS. Fluorescent labeled PAC were able to promote ExPEC agglutination when observed with fluorescence microscopy. DTAF tagged PAC may be used to trace the fate of PAC after they agglutinate ExPEC and follow PAC-ExPEC complexes in cell culture assays. PMID:25053065

  3. In Vitro/In Vivo Evaluation of Radiolabeled [(99m)Tc(CO)3](+)-Hydroxyurea and Fluorescein Isothiocyanate-Hydroxyurea.

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    Yilmaz, Baris; Teksoz, Serap; Kilcar, Ayfer Yurt; Ucar, Eser; Ichedef, Cigdem; Medine, Emin Ilker; Ari, Kadir

    2016-02-01

    The aim of current study is to examine hydroxyurea (HU), which is an antineoplastic drug used for the treatment of leukemia, sickle-cell disease, HIV, psoriasis, thrombocythemia, and various neoplastic diseases in two aspects. The active ingredient hydroxyurea was obtained by purification of the capsule form drug, commercially named as HYDREA. Then, [(99m)Tc(CO)3](+)core radiolabeling with HU was performed as first aspect. Quality control studies of (99m)Tc(CO)3-HU complex were performed by thin-layer radiochromatography and high-performance liquid radiochromatography methods. The results demonstrated that the radiolabeling yield was quite high (98.43%??2.29%). Also, (99m)Tc(CO)3-HU complex has good stability during the 24-hour period. Biological behavior of (99m)Tc(CO)3-HU complex is evaluated by biodistribution studies on Wistar Albino rats. Fluorescein isothiocyanate (FITC) labeling of HU was performed as second aspect. Fluorometric evaluation of binding efficacy and fluorescence imaging studies on MCF7 and Hela cell lines were carried out. It was thought that the knowledge achieved in this study would contribute to using (99m)Tc(CO)3-HU complex as an imaging agent, which inhibits the DNA synthesis selectively, by inhibiting ribonucleotide reductase enzyme. It was observed that FITC-HU has noteworthy incorporation on both cell lines. PMID:26844848

  4. Evaluation of a fluorescent lectin-based staining technique for some acidophilic mining bacteria

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    Fife, D.J.; Bruhn, D.F.; Miller, K.S.; Stoner, D.L.

    2000-05-01

    A fluorescence-labeled wheat germ agglutinin staining technique was modified and found to be effective for staining gram-positive, acidophilic mining bacteria. Bacteria identified by others as being gram positive through 16S rRNA sequence analyses, yet clustering near the divergence of that group, stained weakly. Gram-negative bacteria did not stain. Background staining of environmental samples was negligible, and pyrite and soil particles in the samples did not interfere with the staining procedure.

  5. Analysis of Oxiclean: An Interesting Comparison of Percarbonate Stain Removers

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    Bracken, Jeffrey D.; Tietz, David

    2005-01-01

    The study focuses on percarbonate-based stain removers since the percarbonate can be heated to produce additional sodium carbonate. An experiment that provides general chemistry students an opportunity to apply their knowledge of basic stoichiometry to solve a relevant, real-world problem is described.

  6. Image analysis of dye stained patterns in soils

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    Bogner, Christina; Trancn y Widemann, Baltasar; Lange, Holger

    2013-04-01

    Quality of surface water and groundwater is directly affected by flow processes in the unsaturated zone. In general, it is difficult to measure or model water flow. Indeed, parametrization of hydrological models is problematic and often no unique solution exists. To visualise flow patterns in soils directly dye tracer studies can be done. These experiments provide images of stained soil profiles and their evaluation demands knowledge in hydrology as well as in image analysis and statistics. First, these photographs are converted to binary images classifying the pixels in dye stained and non-stained ones. Then, some feature extraction is necessary to discern relevant hydrological information. In our study we propose to use several index functions to extract different (ideally complementary) features. We associate each image row with a feature vector (i.e. a certain number of image function values) and use these features to cluster the image rows to identify similar image areas. Because images of stained profiles might have different reasonable clusterings, we calculate multiple consensus clusterings. An expert can explore these different solutions and base his/her interpretation of predominant flow mechanisms on quantitative (objective) criteria. The complete workflow from reading-in binary images to final clusterings has been implemented in the free R system, a language and environment for statistical computing. The calculation of image indices is part of our own package Indigo, manipulation of binary images, clustering and visualization of results are done using either build-in facilities in R, additional R packages or the LATEX system.

  7. Visible fluorescent detection of proteins in polyacrylamide gels without staining.

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    Ladner, Carol L; Yang, Jing; Turner, Raymond J; Edwards, Robert A

    2004-03-01

    2,2,2-Trichloroethanol (TCE) incorporated into polyacrylamide gels before polymerization provides fluorescent visible detection of proteins in less than 5min of total processing time. The tryptophans in proteins undergo an ultraviolet light-induced reaction with trihalocompounds to produce fluorescence in the visible range so that the protein bands can be visualized on a 300-nm transilluminator. In a previous study trichloroacetic acid or chloroform was used to stain polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (PAGE) gels for protein visualization. This study shows that placing TCE in the gel before electrophoresis can eliminate the staining step. The gel is removed from the electrophoresis apparatus and placed on a transilluminator and then the protein bands develop their fluorescence in less than 5min. In addition to being rapid this visualization method provides detection of 0.2microg of typical globular proteins, which for some proteins is slightly more sensitive than the standard Coomassie brilliant blue (CBB) method. Integral membrane proteins, which do not stain well with CBB, are visualized well with the TCE in-gel method. After TCE in-gel visualization the same gel can then be CBB stained, allowing for complementary detection of proteins. In addition, visualization with TCE in the gel is compatible with two-dimensional PAGE, native PAGE, Western blotting, and autoradiography. PMID:14769330

  8. ANEUPLOIDY TEST DEVELOPMENT: KINETOCHORE STAINING IN MAMMALIAN SYSTEMS

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    The purpose of the project was to determine the feasibility of using human-derived antibodies against the chromosomal kinetochore region coupled with immunofluorescence staining as a method for evaluating the induction of aneuploidy in mammalian cells in vitro and in vivo. The te...

  9. Lipophilic Dye Staining of Cryptococcus neoformans Extracellular Vesicles and Capsule?

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    Nicola, Andr Moraes; Frases, Susana; Casadevall, Arturo

    2009-01-01

    Cryptococcus neoformans is an encapsulated yeast that causes systemic mycosis in immunosuppressed individuals. Recent studies have determined that this fungus produces vesicles that are released to the extracellular environment both in vivo and in vitro. These vesicles contain assorted cargo that includes several molecules associated with virulence and implicated in host-pathogen interactions, such as capsular polysaccharides, laccase, urease, and other proteins. To date, visualization of extracellular vesicles has relied on transmission electron microscopy, a time-consuming technique. In this work we report the use of fluorescent membrane tracers to stain lipophilic structures in cryptococcal culture supernatants and capsules. Two dialkylcarbocyanine probes with different spectral characteristics were used to visualize purified vesicles by fluorescence microscopy and flow cytometry. Dual staining of vesicles with dialkylcarbocyanine and RNA-selective nucleic acid dyes suggested that a fraction of the vesicle population carried RNA. Use of these dyes to stain whole cells, however, was hampered by their possible direct binding to capsular polysaccharide. A fluorescent phospholipid was used as additional membrane tracer to stain whole cells, revealing punctate structures on the edge of the capsule which are consistent with vesicular trafficking. Lipophilic dyes provide new tools for the study of fungal extracellular vesicles and their content. The finding of hydrophobic regions in the capsule of C. neoformans adds to the growing evidence for a structurally complex structure composed of polysaccharide and nonpolysaccharide components. PMID:19465562

  10. ENHANCED DAPI STAINING FOR CRYPTOSPORIDIUM IN WATER SAMPLES

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    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Method 1623 is used to detect and quantify the presence of {ital Cryptosporidium} spp. oocysts in water. The protocol consists of concentrating a sample, staining this concentrate with a fluorescent antibody, and examining the sample mi...

  11. 31. Interior detail view of arched, steelframed, stained glass windows ...

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    31. Interior detail view of arched, steel-framed, stained glass windows at the landing of the south stairs in main lobby, view looking south from second floor lobby - University of Oregon Museum of Art, 1470 Johnson Lane, Eugene, Lane County, OR

  12. MODELING OF ALKANE EMISSIONS FROM A WOOD STAIN

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    The article discusses full-scale residential house tests to evaluate the effects of organic emissions from a wood finishing product--wood stain--on indoor air quality (IAQ). The test house concentrations of three alkane species, nonane, decane, and undecane, were measured as a fu...

  13. 5. Downstream elevation, view to southeast. Dark stains on side ...

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    5. Downstream elevation, view to southeast. Dark stains on side of main girder are from deck drain scuppers, marking deck level within the girders. Compare this view and CA-126-7 to CA-126-19 for indication of severity of siltation of Salt River channel has silted. - Salt River Bridge, Spanning Salt River at Dillon Road, Ferndale, Humboldt County, CA

  14. Analytical and microbiological characterization of paper samples exhibiting foxing stains.

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    Nunes, Margarida; Relvas, Ctia; Figueira, Francisca; Campelo, Joana; Candeias, Antnio; Caldeira, Ana T; Ferreira, Teresa

    2015-02-01

    This work comprises the use of a multi-analytical approach combined with microbiological studies to characterize six paper samples, containing foxing stains, from the 20th century, regarding their cellulose matrix, fillers, and sizing materials, and to evaluate possible paper degradation that might have occurred during the foxing stains. Photography under different illuminations and optical microscopy were used for morphological characterization of the paper samples and foxing stains. Scanning electron microscopy coupled energy dispersive spectroscopy (SEM-EDS) was of particular importance for defining the presence of fiber disorder and disruption on the surface of some of the stains, and localized accumulations of mineral-like particles on the surface of others. SEM-EDS, attenuated total reflection Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (ATR-FT-IR), and energy dispersive X-ray fluorescence (EDXRF) were used for the identification of mineral fillers, whereas sizing agents were analyzed using ATR-FT-IR. EDXRF results showed that no differences, within the standard deviation, were found in iron and copper contents between the foxed and unfoxed areas. Fungi belonging to the genus Penicillium spp. were found in all the paper samples. Unfoxed areas presented lower contamination than the foxed areas. PMID:25787782

  15. Implications of using the fluorescent probes, dihydrorhodamine 123 and 2',7'-dichlorodihydrofluorescein diacetate, for the detection of UVA-induced reactive oxygen species.

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    Boulton, Sarahjayne; Anderson, Alasdair; Swalwell, Helen; Henderson, James R; Manning, Philip; Birch-Machin, Mark A

    2011-02-01

    During investigation of UVA-induced oxidative stress in HaCaT keratinocytes with dihydrorhodamine 123 (DHR123) and 2',7'-dichlorodihydrofluorescein diacetate (DCF-DA), exaggerated baseline values were observed within control samples, suggesting a mechanism of probe oxidation and subsequent change in fluorescence intensity (FI) independent of cellular ROS generation. The effects of diluent, UVA pre-treatment and loading protocols upon the FI of the probes have therefore been investigated. The study confirmed the capacity of Dulbecco's Modified Eagle's Medium (DMEM) to confer fluorescence intensity changes in both probes, most notably DCF-DA. In addition, UVA pre-treatment compromises the effectiveness of DHR123 and DCF-DA to detect ROS generated in a cell-free system. In vitro data shows a greater UVA-induced FI increase in HaCaT cells loaded with probe before rather than after UVA treatment. This study has important implications for future research, the understanding of previous studies and associated confounding effects using DHR123 and DCF-DA as ROS sensitive probes. PMID:20942573

  16. Widespread Microbial Adaptation to l-Glutamate-N,N-diacetate (L-GLDA) Following Its Market Introduction in a Consumer Cleaning Product.

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    Itrich, Nina R; McDonough, Kathleen M; van Ginkel, Cornelis G; Bisinger, Ed C; LePage, Jim N; Schaefer, Edward C; Menzies, Jennifer Z; Casteel, Kenneth D; Federle, Thomas W

    2015-11-17

    l-Glutamate-N,N-diacetate (L-GLDA) was recently introduced in the United States (U.S.) market as a phosphate replacement in automatic dishwashing detergents (ADW). Prior to introduction, L-GLDA exhibited poor biodegradation in OECD 301B Ready Biodegradation Tests inoculated with sludge from U.S. wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs). However, OECD 303A Activated Sludge WWTP Simulation studies showed that with a lag period to allow for growth (40-50 days) and a solids retention time (SRT) that allows establishment of L-GLDA degraders (>15 days), significant biodegradation (>80% dissolved organic carbon removal) would occur. Corresponding to the ADW market launch, a study was undertaken to monitor changes in the ready biodegradability of L-GLDA using activated sludge samples from various U.S. WWTPs. Initially all sludge inocula showed limited biodegradation ability, but as market introduction progressed, both the rate and extent of degradation increased significantly. Within 22 months, L-GLDA was ready biodegradable using inocula from 12 WWTPs. In an OECD 303A study repeated 18 months post launch, significant and sustained carbon removal (>94%) was observed after a 29-day acclimation period. This study systematically documented field adaptation of a new consumer product chemical across a large geographic region and confirmed the ability of laboratory simulation studies to predict field adaptation. PMID:26465169

  17. Thermodynamic and Spectroscopic Studies of Trivalent f-element Complexation with Ethylenediamine-N,N'-di(acetylglycine)-N,N'-diacetic Acid.

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    Heathman, Colt R; Grimes, Travis S; Zalupski, Peter R

    2016-03-21

    The coordination behavior and thermodynamic features of complexation of trivalent lanthanides and americium by ethylenediamine-N,N'-di(acetylglycine)-N,N'-diacetic acid (EDDAG-DA) (bisamide-substituted-EDTA) were investigated by potentiometric and spectroscopic techniques. Acid dissociation constants (Ka) and complexation constants (β) of lanthanides (except Pm) were determined by potentiometric analysis. Absorption spectroscopy was used to determine stability constants for the binding of trivalent americium and neodymium by EDDAG-DA under similar conditions. The potentiometry revealed 5 discernible protonation constants and 3 distinct metal-ligand complexes (identified as ML(-), MHL, and MH2L(+)). Time-resolved fluorescence studies of Eu-(EDDAG-DA) solutions (at varying pH) identified a constant inner-sphere hydration number of 3, suggesting that glycine functionalities contained in the amide pendant arms are not involved in metal complexation and are protonated under more acidic conditions. The thermodynamic studies identified that f-element coordination by EDDAG-DA is similar to that observed for ethylenediamine-N,N,N',N'-tetraacetic acid (EDTA). However, coordination via two amidic oxygens of EDDAG-DA lowers its trivalent f-element complex stability by roughly 3 orders of magnitude relative to EDTA. PMID:26930023

  18. Characterization of 12-molybdophosphoric acid supported on mesoporous silica MCM-41 and its catalytic performance in the synthesis of hydroquinone diacetate

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    Ahmed, Awad I.; Samra, S. E.; El-Hakam, S. A.; Khder, A. S.; El-Shenawy, H. Z.; El-Yazeed, W. S. Abo

    2013-10-01

    12-molybdophosphoric acid (PMA) was supported on mesoporous molecular sieves MCM-41 by impregnation of 12-molybdophosphoric acid followed by calcination. The nanochannels of MCM-41 provide a large surface area for the solid state dispersion of 12-molybdophosphoric acid. The samples have been characterized by N2 adsorption-desorption at -196 C, transmission electron microscopy (TEM), powder X-ray diffraction (PXRD), and FT-IR measurements. The acidity and catalytic activity have been, respectively, examined by nonaqueous titration of n-butylamine in acetonitrile and synthesis of hydroquinone diacetate. The results showed that ordered hexagonal pore structure was observed in the synthesized MCM-41. Also the results indicate that PMA are highly dispersed on mesoporous silica MCM-41 spherical nanoparticles while PMA retains its Keggin structure. On the other hand, with increasing the introduced PMA amount, the specific surface area decreases, and the mesoporous ordering of the samples become poor. Both the surface acidity and the catalytic activity sharply increase with the modification of MCM-41 by PMA but decrease by increasing the calcination temperature. The sample with 55 wt% PMA/MCM-41 calcined at 350 C shows the highest acidity and catalytic activity.

  19. Synthesis and characterization of polycarbonates by melt phase interchange reactions of alkylene and arylene diacetates with alkylene and arylene diphenyl dicarbonates.

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    Sweileh, Bassam A; Al-Hiari, Yusuf M; Kailani, Mohammad H; Mohammad, Hani A

    2010-05-01

    This work presents a new synthetic approach to aromatic and aliphatic polycarbonates by melt polycondensation of bisphenol A diacetates with alkylene- and arylenediphenyl dicarbonates. The diphenyl dicarbonates were prepared from phenyl chloroformate and the corresponding dihydroxy compounds. The process involved a precondensation step under a slow stream of dry argon with the elimination of phenyl acetate, followed by melt polycondensation at high temperature and under vacuum. The potential of this reaction is demonstrated by the successful synthesis of a series of aromatic-aromatic and aromatic-aliphatic polycarbonates having inherent viscosities from 0.19 to 0.43 dL/g. Thus low to intermediate molecular mass polymers were obtained. The (13)C-NMR spectra of the carbon of the carbonate group showed that the formed polycarbonates contain partial random sequence distribution of monomer residues in their chains. The polycarbonates were characterized by inherent viscosity, FTIR, (1)H-NMR and (13)C-NMR spectroscopy. The glass transition temperatures, measured by DSC, of the polycarbonates were in the range 13-108 degrees C. The thermogravimetric curves of showed that these polymers have good thermal stability up to 250 degrees C. The present approach may open the door for novel polycarbonates containing other organic functional groups. PMID:20657506

  20. Energy Transfer between Fluorescein Isothiocyanate and Propidium Iodide A Problem in the Estimation of Tpot with the BromodeoxyuridineDNA Flow Cytometry Technique?

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    Johansson, Maria C.; Baldetorp, Bo; Oredsson, Stina M.

    1999-01-01

    Energy transfer in flow cytometry can occur when two fluorochromes are bound in close proximity (generally within 100 ) and the emission spectrum of one fluorochrome overlaps significantly with the excitation spectrum of the other. The latter criterium is fullfilled for the fluorochromes fluorescein isothiocyanate and propidium iodide and also the former when they, e.g., are used in bromodeoxyuridine DNA flow cytometry methods. In the present growth kinetic study using this method, we show that energy transfer does take place between fluorescein isothiocyanate and propidium iodide which results in a detected increase in DNA content with 23%. Despite the erroneous increase in the obtained DNA content values, this does not seem to have any influence on the calculation of DNA synthesis time and potential doubling time where the DNA content, based on the relative movement principle of the labelled cells, is used. PMID:10746439

  1. Separation of polyethylene glycols and their fluorescein-labeled compounds depending on the hydrophobic interaction by high-performance liquid chromatography.

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    Liu, Min; Xie, Cao; Pan, Hong; Pan, Jun; Lu, Weiyue

    2006-09-29

    The separation and characterization of fluorescein-labeled polyethylene glycols (PEG) is described. Firstly, the polyethylene glycols labeled with fluorescein isothiocyanate (FITC) were synthesized and separated using Sephadextrade mark LH-20 medium by a step gradient. Secondly, a TSK GEL G4000 PW XL column was developed for determining the FITC derivatives of PEG. The retention mechanism is based on the hydrophobic interaction between the FITC derivatives of PEG and the packing material of the TSK GEL G4000PW XL column. The retention time of the PEG compounds increased by adding of salts in the mobile phase and decreased by adding of organic modifier. In addition, various salts in the eluent can also change the chromatographic behavior of these compounds. Finally, the pH of the mobile phase can have an impact on the retention time of the PEG compounds. PMID:16860330

  2. Stain and dye stability over a 30-year period: a comparison of certified dye powders by the Biological Stain Commission.

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    Penney, D P; Frank, M; Fagan, C; Willis, C

    2009-02-01

    The Biological Stain Commission (BSC) Assay Laboratory has received numerous inquiries during the past several years regarding the long-term stability of stain and dye powders, particularly since packaging requirements call for expiration dates on reagents. We have conducted a study to examine the long-term stability of selected dye powders. We used the standard procedures of the BSC for testing biological stains for certification to give an indication of the long-term chemical stability as well as staining performance of the dye powders. An earlier study by Emmel and Stotz examined the stability of various dye powders after a five-year storage period. The present study is a follow-up project covering the same dyes after storage for 30 years. The dye samples chosen for the study are the same samples used in the five-year storage period study and give comparative results for all three time periods. The results of this study affirm the generally held speculation that dye powders are stable for many years and thus have a substantial shelf-life. PMID:19096966

  3. The development of a standardised protocol to measure squamous differentiation in stratified epithelia, by using the fluorescein cadaverine incorporation technique.

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    Gray, Alison C; Malton, Joanne; Clothier, Richard H

    2004-06-01

    Fluorescein cadaverine (FC) incorporation into cornified envelopes during squamous differentiation in stratified epithelia acts as a fluorescent substitute for endogenous transglutaminase substrates that can be visualised and quantified. The FC incorporation technique has been used to evaluate squamous differentiation in keratinocytes cultured in a medium that stimulates differentiation and in response to modulation by chemicals. A Standard Operating Procedure for the measurement of squamous differentiation is required as part of the prevalidation procedure for in vitro assays. In the present study, keratinocytes were isolated from the epidermis of 34 human donors. Cellular metabolic activity (resorufin production), total protein (kenacid blue uptake) and transglutaminase activity (FC incorporation) were measured in 87 and 21 independent runs at 6 and 12 days, respectively. Analysis of the control data showed that the cultures had a mean resorufin production that decreased over 12 days. This was inversely related to FC incorporation, which increased over 12 days. Mean protein concentration was reduced over the 12 days, but not in analyses that used donors for whom both 6-day and 12-day data were available. This information was used to define the normal limits within which the data should fall (mean +/- 1 SD). Data sets falling outside the normal limits performed statistically no differently from the normal responders, in experiments conducted to investigate the effects of chemicals on the modulation of squamous differentiation in keratinocytes. This was demonstrated by using compounds that modify transglutaminase expression and/or activity. All-trans retinoic acid significantly inhibited FC incorporation, but stimulated resorufin production at 1 x 10(-7)M and above. Nicotine significantly up-regulated both FC incorporation and resorufin production at 125 microg/ml. Hence, it was concluded that this robust assay approach, in which keratinocytes from a range of donors respond predictably to the test chemicals employed, did not justify the limitations that would be imposed by setting criteria that eliminated all data lying outside the normal range. PMID:15601237

  4. Fluoresceination of FepA during Colicin B Killing: Effects of Temperature, Toxin and TonB

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    Smallwood, Chuck R.; Marco, Amparo Gala; Xiao, Qiaobin; Trinh, Vy; Newton, Salete M. C.; Klebba, Phillip E.

    2009-01-01

    We studied the reactivity of 35 genetically engineered Cys sulfhydryl groups at different locations in Escherichia coli FepA. Modification of surface loop residues by fluorescein maleimide (FM) was strongly temperature-dependent in vivo, whereas reactivity at other sites was much less affected. Control reactions with bovine serum albumin showed that the temperature dependence of loop residue reactivity was unusually high, indicating that conformational changes in multiple loops (L2, L3, L4, L5, L7, L8, L10) transform the receptor to a more accessible form at 37 °C. At 0 °C colicin B binding impaired or blocked labeling at 8 of 10 surface loop sites, presumably by steric hindrance. Overall, colicin B adsorption decreased the reactivity of more than half of the 35 sites, in both the N - and C- domains of FepA. However, colicin B penetration into the cell at 37 °C did not augment the chemical modification of any residues in FepA. The FM modification patterns were similarly unaffected by the tonB locus. FepA was expressed at lower levels in a tonB host strain, but when we accounted for this decrease its FM-labeling was comparable whether TonB was present or absent. Thus we did not detect TonB-dependent structural changes in FepA, either alone or when it interacted with colicin B at 37 °C. The only changes in chemical modification were reductions from steric hindrance when the bacteriocin bound to the receptor protein. The absence of increases in the reactivity of N-domain residues argues against the idea (Devanathan and Postle, Mol. Microbiol. 65: 441–453, 2007) that the colicin B polypeptide traverses the FepA channel. PMID:19432807

  5. Fundus autofluorescence in central serous chorioretinopathy: association with spectral-domain optical coherence tomography and fluorescein angiography

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    Zhang, Peng; Wang, Hai-Yan; Zhang, Zi-Feng; Sun, Dong-Jie; Zhu, Jin-Ting; Li, Juan; Wang, Yu-Sheng

    2015-01-01

    AIM To evaluate the correlation among changes in fundus autofluorescence (AF) measured using infrared fundus AF (IR-AF) and short-wave length fundus AF (SW-AF) with changes in spectral-domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT) and fluorescein angiography (FA) in central serous chorioretinopathy (CSC). METHODS Two hundred and twenty consecutive patients with CSC were included. In addition to AF, patients were assessed by means of SD-OCT and FA. Abnormalities in images of IR-AF, SW-AF, FA were analyzed and correlated with the corresponding outer retinal alterations in SD-OCT findings. RESULTS Eyes with abnormalities on either IR-AF or SW-AF were found in 256 eyes (58.18%), among them 256 eyes (100%) showed abnormal IR-AF, but SW-AF abnormalities were present only in 213 eyes (83.20%). The hypo-IR-AF corresponded to accumulation of sub-retinal liquid, collapse of retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) or detachment of RPE with or without RPE leakage point in the corresponding area. The hyper-IR-AF corresponded to the area with loss of the ellipsoid portion of the inner segments and sub-sensory retinal deposits or focal melanogenesis under sensory retina. The hypo-SW-AF corresponded to accumulation of sub-retinal liquid or atrophy of RPE. The hyper-SW-AF associated with sub-sensory retinal deposits, detachment of RPE and focal melanogenesis. CONCLUSION IR-AF was more sensitive than SW-AF and FA for identifying pathological abnormalities in CSC. The characteristics of IR-AF in CSC were attributable to the modification of melanin in the RPE. IR-AF should be used as a common diagnostic tool for identifying pathological lesion in CSC. PMID:26558217

  6. Monoclonal antibody-targeted fluorescein-5-isothiocyanate-labeled biomimetic nanoapatites: a promising fluorescent probe for imaging applications.

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    Oltolina, Francesca; Gregoletto, Luca; Colangelo, Donato; Gmez-Morales, Jaime; Delgado-Lpez, Jos Manuel; Prat, Maria

    2015-02-10

    Multifunctional biomimetic nanoparticles (NPs) are acquiring increasing interest as carriers in medicine and basic research since they can efficiently combine labels for subsequent tracking, moieties for specific cell targeting, and bioactive molecules, e.g., drugs. In particular, because of their easy synthesis, low cost, good biocompatibility, high resorbability, easy surface functionalization, and pH-dependent solubility, nanocrystalline apatites are promising candidates as nanocarriers. This work describes the synthesis and characterization of bioinspired apatite nanoparticles to be used as fluorescent nanocarriers targeted against the Met/hepatocyte growth factor receptor, which is considered a tumor associated cell surface marker of many cancers. To this aim the nanoparticles have been labeled with Fluorescein-5-isothiocyanate (FITC) by simple isothermal adsorption, in the absence of organic, possibly toxic, molecules, and then functionalized with a monoclonal antibody (mAb) directed against such a receptor. Direct labeling of the nanoparticles allowed tracking the moieties with spatiotemporal resolution and thus following their interaction with cells, expressing or not the targeted receptor, as well as their fate in vitro. Cytofluorometry and confocal microscopy experiments showed that the functionalized nanocarriers, which emitted a strong fluorescent signal, were rapidly and specifically internalized in cells expressing the receptor. Indeed, we found that, once inside the cells expressing the receptor, mAb-functionalized FITC nanoparticles partially dissociated in their two components, with some mAbs being recycled to the cell surface and the FITC-labeled nanoparticles remaining in the cytosol. This work thus shows that FITC-labeled nanoapatites are very promising probes for targeted cell imaging applications. PMID:25602940

  7. Multiple Function Fluorescein Probe Performs Metal Chelation, Disaggregation, and Modulation of Aggregated A? and A?-Cu Complex.

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    Muthuraj, B; Layek, Sourav; Balaji, S N; Trivedi, Vishal; Iyer, Parameswar Krishnan

    2015-11-18

    An exceptional probe comprising indole-3-carboxaldehyde fluorescein hydrazone (FI) performs multiple tasks, namely, disaggregating amyloid ? (A?) aggregates in different biomarker environments such as cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), A?1-40 fibrils, ?-amyloid lysozyme aggregates (LA), and U87 MG human astrocyte cells. Additionally, the probe FI binds with Cu(2+) ions selectively, disrupts the A? aggregates that vary from few nanometers to micrometers, and prevents their reaggregation, thereby performing disaggregation and modulation of amyloid-? in the presence as well as absence of Cu(2+) ion. The excellent selectivity of probe FI for Cu(2+) was effectively utilized to modulate the assembly of metal-induced A? aggregates by metal chelation with the "turn-on" fluorescence via spirolactam ring opening of FI as well as the metal-free A? fibrils by noncovalent interactions. These results confirm that FI has exceptional ability to perform multifaceted tasks such as metal chelation in intracellular conditions using A? lysozyme aggregates in cellular environments by the disruption of ?-sheet rich A? fibrils into disaggregated forms. Subsequently, it was confirmed that FI had the ability to cross the blood-brain barrier and it also modulated the metal induced A? fibrils in cellular environments by "turn-on" fluorescence, which are the most vital properties of a probe or a therapeutic agent. Furthermore, the morphology changes were examined by atomic force microscopy (AFM), polarizable optical microscopy (POM), fluorescence microscopy, and dynamic light scattering (DLS) studies. These results provide very valuable clues on the A? (CSF A? fibrils, A?1-40 fibrils, ?-amyloid lysozyme aggregates) disaggregation behavior via in vitro studies, which constitute the first insights into intracellular disaggregation of A? by "turn-on" method thereby influencing amyloidogenesis. PMID:26332658

  8. Coaxial electrospinning of (fluorescein isothiocyanate-conjugated bovine serum albumin)-encapsulated poly(epsilon-caprolactone) nanofibers for sustained release.

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    Zhang, Y Z; Wang, X; Feng, Y; Li, J; Lim, C T; Ramakrishna, S

    2006-04-01

    As an aim toward developing biologically mimetic and functional nanofiber-based tissue engineering scaffolds, we demonstrated the encapsulation of a model protein, fluorescein isothiocyanate-conjugated bovine serum albumin (fitcBSA), along with a water-soluble polymer, poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG), within the biodegradable poly(epsilon-caprolactone) (PCL) nanofibers using a coaxial electrospinning technique. By variation of the inner flow rates from 0.2 to 0.6 mL/h with a constant outer flow rate of 1.8 mL/h, fitcBSA loadings of 0.85-2.17 mg/g of nanofibrous membranes were prepared. Variation of flow rates also resulted in increases of fiber sizes from ca. 270 nm to 380 nm. The encapsulation of fitcBSA/PEG within PCL was subsequently characterized by laser confocal scanning microscopy, transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) analysis. In vitro release studies were conducted to evaluate sustained release potential of the core-sheath-structured composite nanofiber PCL-r-fitcBSA/PEG. As a negative control, composite nanofiber PCL/fitcBSA/PEG blend was prepared from a normal electrospinning method. It was found that core-sheath nanofibers PCL-r-fitcBSA/PEG pronouncedly alleviated the initial burst release for higher protein loading and gave better sustainability compared to that of PCL/fitcBSA/PEG nanofibers. The present study would provide a basis for further design and optimization of processing conditions to control the nanostructure of core-sheath composite nanofibers and ultimately achieve desired release kinetics of bioactive proteins (e.g., growth factors) for practical tissue engineering applications. PMID:16602720

  9. Angiolymphoid hyperplasia with eosinophilia developing within a port wine stain.

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    Manton, Robert N; Itinteang, Tinte; de Jong, Sophie; Brasch, Helen D; Tan, Swee T

    2016-01-01

    A 19-year-old male with a port wine stain on the base of his neck presented with a 5-month history of gradual thickening of the involved skin which interfered with clothing and caused repeated bleeding. The lesion was excised and histopathologic examination revealed angiolymphoid hyperplasia with eosinophilia (ALHE) arising from the pre-existing port wine stain-a rare finding with only one previously reported case. Additionally the lesion was associated with elevated serum renin levels which virtually normalized following excision of the lesion. We further demonstrated the expression of angiotensin converting enzyme and angiotensin II receptors 1 and 2 by the lesion and discuss the possible role of the renin-angiotensin system in this condition. PMID:26010041

  10. Cement line staining in undecalcified thin sections of cortical bone

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    Bain, S. D.; Impeduglia, T. M.; Rubin, C. T.

    1990-01-01

    A technique for demonstrating cement lines in thin, undecalcified, transverse sections of cortical bone has been developed. Cortical bone samples are processed and embedded undecalcified in methyl methacrylate plastic. After sectioning at 3-5 microns, cross-sections are transferred to a glass slide and flattened for 10 min. Sections of cortical bone are stained for 20 sec free-floating in a fresh solution of 1% toluidine blue dissolved in 0.1% formic acid. The section is dehydrated in t-butyl alcohol, cleared in xylene, and mounted with Eukitt's medium. Reversal lines appear as thin, scalloped, dark blue lines against a light blue matrix, whereas bone formation arrest lines are thicker with a smooth contour. With this technique cellular detail, osteoid differentiation, and fluorochrome labels are retained. Results demonstrate the applicability of a one-step staining method for cement lines which will facilitate the assessment of bone remodeling activity in thin sections of undecalcified cortical bone.

  11. Selection of Ovine Oocytes by Brilliant Cresyl Blue Staining

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    Wang, Liqin; Lin, Jiapeng; Huang, Juncheng; Wang, Jing; Zhao, Yuncheng; Chen, Tong

    2012-01-01

    Sheep oocytes derived from the ovaries collected from the slaughterhouse are often used for research on in vitro embryo production, animal cloning, transgenesis, embryonic stem cells, and other embryo biotechnology aspects. Improving the in vitro culture efficiency of oocytes can provide more materials for similar studies. Generally, determination of oocyte quality is mostly based on the layers of cumulus cells and cytoplasm or cytoplasm uniformity and colors. This requires considerable experience to better identify oocyte quality because of the intense subjectivity involved (Gordon (2003), Madison et al. (1992) and De Loos et al. (1992)). BCB staining is a function of glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) activity, an enzyme synthesized in developing oocytes, which decreases in activity with maturation. Therefore, unstained oocytes (BCB?) are high in G6PD activity, while the less mature oocytes stains are deep blue (BCB+) due to insuffcient G6PD activity to decolorize the BCB dye. PMID:22675245

  12. Identifying neutrophils in H&E staining histology tissue images.

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    Wang, Jiazhuo; MacKenzie, John D; Ramachandran, Rageshree; Chen, Danny Z

    2014-01-01

    Identifying neutrophils lays a crucial foundation for diagnosing acute inflammation diseases. But, such computerized methods on the commonly used H&E staining histology tissue images are lacking, due to various inherent difficulties of identifying cells in such image modality and the challenge that a considerable portion of neutrophils do not have a "textbook" appearance. In this paper, we propose a new method for identifying neutrophils in H&E staining histology tissue images. We first segment the cells by applying iterative edge labeling, and then identify neutrophils based on the segmentation results by considering the "context" of each candidate cell constructed by a new Voronoi diagram of clusters of other neutrophils. We obtain good performance compared with two baseline algorithms we constructed, on clinical images collected from patients suspected of having inflammatory bowl diseases. PMID:25333103

  13. Identification of calcium oxalate crystals using alizarin red S stain.

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    Proia, A D; Brinn, N T

    1985-02-01

    Calcium oxalate crystals stain with alizarin red S at a pH of 7.0 but not at a pH of 4.2. In contrast, calcium phosphate and calcium carbonate stain at a pH of both 7.0 and 4.2. This difference allows presumptive identification of calcium oxalate deposits. The identity of calcium oxalate can then be confirmed by its insolubility in 2M acetic acid, since both calcium carbonate and calcium phosphate are soluble. We have applied this procedure for several years and have found it to be a rapid, reliable, and technically simple procedure for distinguishing calcium oxalate from other calcium deposits. PMID:2579619

  14. Multicolored Stain-free Histopathology with Coherent Raman Imaging

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    Freudiger, Christian W.; Pfannl, Rolf; Orringer, Daniel A.; Saar, Brian G.; Ji, Minbiao; Zeng, Qing; Ottoboni, Linda; Ying, Wei; Waeber, Christian; Sims, John. R.; De Jager, Philip L.; Sagher, Oren; Philbert, Martin A.; Xu, Xiaoyin; Kesari, Santosh; Xie, X. Sunney; Young, Geoffrey S.

    2013-01-01

    Conventional histopathology with hematoxylin & eosin (H&E) has been the gold standard for histopathological diagnosis of a wide range of diseases. However, it is not performed in vivo and requires thin tissue sections obtained after tissue biopsy, which carries risk, particularly in the central nervous system. Here we describe the development of an alternative, multicolored way to visualize tissue in real time through the use of coherent Raman imaging (CRI), without the use of dyes. CRI relies on intrinsic chemical contrast based on vibrational properties of molecules and intrinsic optical sectioning by nonlinear excitation. We demonstrate that multi-color images originating from CH2 and CH3 vibrations of lipids and protein, as well as two-photon absorption of hemoglobin, can be obtained with subcellular resolution from fresh tissue. These stain-free histopathological images show resolutions similar to those obtained by conventional techniques, but do not require tissue fixation, sectioning or staining of the tissue analyzed. PMID:22906986

  15. Selection of ovine oocytes by brilliant cresyl blue staining.

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    Wang, Liqin; Lin, Jiapeng; Huang, Juncheng; Wang, Jing; Zhao, Yuncheng; Chen, Tong

    2012-01-01

    Sheep oocytes derived from the ovaries collected from the slaughterhouse are often used for research on in vitro embryo production, animal cloning, transgenesis, embryonic stem cells, and other embryo biotechnology aspects. Improving the in vitro culture efficiency of oocytes can provide more materials for similar studies. Generally, determination of oocyte quality is mostly based on the layers of cumulus cells and cytoplasm or cytoplasm uniformity and colors. This requires considerable experience to better identify oocyte quality because of the intense subjectivity involved (Gordon (2003), Madison et al. (1992) and De Loos et al. (1992)). BCB staining is a function of glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) activity, an enzyme synthesized in developing oocytes, which decreases in activity with maturation. Therefore, unstained oocytes (BCB-) are high in G6PD activity, while the less mature oocytes stains are deep blue (BCB+) due to insuffcient G6PD activity to decolorize the BCB dye. PMID:22675245

  16. Development of Cell Staining Technique for X-Ray Microscopy

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    Tseng, P. Y.; Shih, Y. T.; Liu, C. J.; Hsu, T.; Chien, C. C.; Leng, W. H.; Liang, K. S.; Yin, G. C.; Chen, F. R.; Je, J. H.; Margaritondo, G.; Hwu, Y.

    2007-01-01

    We report a technique for detection of sub-cellular organelles and proteins with hard x-ray microscopy. Several metals were used for enhancing contrast for x-ray microscopy. Osmium tetroxide provides an excellent stain for lipid and can delineate cell membrane. Uranyl acetate has high affinity for nucleotide and can stain nucleus. Immunolocalization of specific proteins and sub-cellular organelles was achieved by 3'3 diaminobenzidine (DAB) with nickel enhancement and nanogold-conjugated secondary antibody with silver enhancement. The x-rays emitted from synchrotron source was monochromatized by double crystal monochromator, the photon energy was fixed at 8 keV to optimize the focusing efficiency of the zone plates. The estimated resolution is about 60 nm. When compared with visible light and conventional confocal microscopy, the X-ray microscopy provides a superior resolution to both conventional optical microscopes.

  17. Lectins stain cells differentially in the coral, Montipora capitata

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    Work, Thierry M.; Farah, Yael

    2014-01-01

    A limitation in our understanding of coral disease pathology and cellular pathogenesis is a lack of reagents to characterize coral cells. We evaluated the utility of plant lectins to stain tissues of a dominant coral, Montipora capitata, from Hawaii. Of 22 lectins evaluated, nine of these stained structures in the upper or basal body wall of corals. Specific structures revealed by lectins that were not considered distinct or evident on routine hematoxylin and eosin sections of coral tissues included apical and basal granules in gastrodermis and epidermis, cnidoglandular tract and actinopharynx cell surface membranes, capsules of mature holotrichous isorhizas, and perivitelline and periseminal cells. Plant lectins could prove useful to further our understanding of coral physiology, anatomy, cell biology, and disease pathogenesis.

  18. Development of Cell Staining Technique for X-Ray Microscopy

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    Tseng, P. Y.; Shih, Y. T.; Liu, C. J.; Hsu, T.; Chien, C. C.; Leng, W. H.; Liang, K. S.; Yin, G. C.; Chen, F. R.; Je, J. H.; Margaritondo, G.; Hwu, Y.

    2007-01-19

    We report a technique for detection of sub-cellular organelles and proteins with hard x-ray microscopy. Several metals were used for enhancing contrast for x-ray microscopy. Osmium tetroxide provides an excellent stain for lipid and can delineate cell membrane. Uranyl acetate has high affinity for nucleotide and can stain nucleus. Immunolocalization of specific proteins and sub-cellular organelles was achieved by 3'3 diaminobenzidine (DAB) with nickel enhancement and nanogold-conjugated secondary antibody with silver enhancement. The x-rays emitted from synchrotron source was monochromatized by double crystal monochromator, the photon energy was fixed at 8 keV to optimize the focusing efficiency of the zone plates. The estimated resolution is about 60 nm. When compared with visible light and conventional confocal microscopy, the X-ray microscopy provides a superior resolution to both conventional optical microscopes.

  19. Technique and Feasibility of a Dual Staining Method for Estrogen Receptors and AgNORs

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    Gnther, Lukas; Hufnagl, Peter

    2000-01-01

    A new staining method for dual demonstration of Estrogen receptors (ER) and argyrophilc Nucleolus?Organizer Regions (AgNORs) was developed. To rule out possible reciprocal effects, serial slides of 10 invasive ductale breast cancers were stained with either the single staining method or the simultaneous ER/AgNOR?staining method and investigated comparatively. By measuring the slides with the image analysis system AMBA, reciprocal effects could be excluded. It was proven that dual staining of both markers results in a reproducible and specific staining result. We concluded that it is justified to measure AgNORs in immunohistochemically stained cells. PMID:11205317

  20. Genetic Variants Associated with Port-Wine Stains

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    Wooderchak-Donahue, Whitney; Tan, Oon T.; Margraf, Rebecca; Stevenson, David A.; Grimmer, J. Fredrik; Bayrak-Toydemir, Pinar

    2015-01-01

    Background Port-wine stains (PWS) are capillary malformations, typically located in the dermis of the head and neck, affecting 0.3% of the population. Current theories suggest that port-wine stains are caused by somatic mutations that disrupt vascular development. Objectives Understanding PWS genetic determinants could provide insight into new treatments. Methods Our study used a custom next generation sequencing (NGS) panel and digital polymerase chain reaction to investigate genetic variants in 12 individuals with isolated port-wine stains. Importantly, affected and healthy skin tissue from the same individual were compared. A subtractive correction method was developed to eliminate background noise from NGS data. This allowed the detection of a very low level of mosaicism. Results A novel somatic variant GNAQ, c.547C>G, p.Arg183Gly was found in one case with 4% allele frequency. The previously reported GNAQ c.548G>A, p.Arg183Gln was confirmed in 9 of 12 cases with an allele frequency ranging from 1.73 to 7.42%. Digital polymerase chain reaction confirmed novel variants detected by next generation sequencing. Two novel somatic variants were also found in RASA1, although neither was predicted to be deleterious. Conclusions This is the second largest study on isolated, non-syndromic PWS. Our data suggest that GNAQ is the main genetic determinant in this condition. Moreover, isolated port-wine stains are distinct from capillary malformations seen in RASA1 disorders, which will be helpful in clinical evaluation. PMID:26192947

  1. Method and apparatus for staining immobilized nucleic acids

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    Ramsey, J. Michael; Foote, Robert S.; Jacobson, Stephen C.

    2000-01-01

    A method for staining immobilized nucleic acids includes the steps of affixing DNA probes to a solid substrate, moving target DNA material into proximity with the DNA probes, whereby the target DNA hybridized with specific ones of the DNA probes, and moving a fluorescent dye into proximity with the hybridized target DNA, whereby the fluorescent dye binds to the hybridized DNA to enable subsequent detection of fluorescence.

  2. Coffee Stains from Drops with Receding Contact Lines

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    Freed-Brown, Julian

    2015-03-01

    We present a framework for calculating the surface density profile of a coffee stain deposited by a drying drop with a receding contact line. For standard coffee stains, the fluid pins to the substrate, forces flow towards the exterior of the drop and deposits a thin, concentrated ring of particles. Unlike a pinned drop, a receding drop pushes fluid towards its interior and continuously deposits mass across its substrate as it evaporates. This gives rise to a new class of mountain-like morphologies that are not seen in the standard coffee ring effect but are reminiscent of recent experimental results. For a thin, circular drop with uniform evaporation, we calculate the surface density profile analytically and find that it diverges towards the center of the drop as η ~r - 1 / 2 , where r is the distance from the center. We estimate how this divergence is softened due to solute interactions at the final stage of drying. Our framework can easily be extended numerically or analytically to investigate novel stain morphologies left by drying drops of different shapes and evaporation profiles. This work is part of a thesis project advised by Tom Witten. It was supported in part by the National Science Foundation's MRSEC Program under Award Number DMR 0820054.

  3. Coloring-decoloring behavior of amphiphilic fluoroalkyl end-capped N-(1,1-dimethyl-3-oxobutyl)acrylamide--acryloylmorpholine cooligomer/fluorescein nanocomposites in protic and aprotic solvents.

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    Sawada, Hideo; Izumi, Shunsuke; Sasazawa, Kazuo; Yoshida, Masato

    2012-07-01

    Amphiphilic fluoroalkyl end-capped N-(1,1-dimethyl-3-oxobutyl)acrylamide-acryloylmorpholine cooligomer/fluorescein nanocomposites afforded brilliant yellow-colored solutions in not only protic solvents such as methanol and ethanol but also protic-like solvents such as dichloromethane and 1,2-dichloroethane, respectively. However, the corresponding non-fluorinated cooligomer/fluorescein composites and parent fluorescein gave the colorless solutions under similar conditions. On the other hand, unexpectedly, such brilliant yellow-colored solutions provided by these fluorinated nanocomposites completely disappeared in aprotic solvents such as N,N-dimethylformamide, dimethyl sulfoxide, and tetrahydrofuran. Thus, these fluorinated fluorescein nanocomposites can exhibit a coloring-decoloring behavior through solvatochromic response. PMID:22484165

  4. Fate of pGFP-bearing Escherichia coli O157:H7 in ground beef at 2 and 10 degrees C and effects of lactate, diacetate, and citrate.

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    Ajjarapu, S; Shelef, L A

    1999-12-01

    Although beef has been implicated in the largest outbreaks of Escherichia coli O157:H7 infection in the United States, studies on the fate of this pathogen have been limited. Problems in such studies are associated with detection of the pathogen at levels considerably lower than the levels of the competing microorganisms. In the present study, a green fluorescent protein-expressing E. coli O157:H7 strain was used, and the stable marker allowed us to monitor the behavior of the pathogen in ground beef stored aerobically from freshness to spoilage at 2 and 10 degrees C. In addition, the effects of sodium salts of lactate (SL) (0.9 and 1.8%), diacetate (SDA) (0.1 and 0.2%), and buffered citrate (SC) (1 and 2%) and combinations of SL and SDA were evaluated. SC had negligible antimicrobial activity, and SL delayed microbial growth, while SDA and SL plus SDA were most inhibitory to the total-aerobe population in the meat. At 2 degrees C, the initial numbers of E. coli O157:H7 (3 and 5 log(10) CFU/g) decreased by approximately 1 log(10) CFU/g when spoilage was manifest (>7 log(10) CFU of total aerobes/g), irrespective of the treatment. There was no decline in the numbers of the pathogen during storage at 10 degrees C. Our results showed that the pathogen was resistant to the salts tested and confirmed that refrigerated meat contaminated with the pathogen remains hazardous. PMID:10583994

  5. Detection of reactive oxygen species (ROS) by the oxidant-sensing probe 2',7'-dichlorodihydrofluorescein diacetate in the cyanobacterium Anabaena variabilis PCC 7937

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    Rastogi, Rajesh P.; Laboratory of Photobiology and Molecular Microbiology, Centre of Advanced Study in Botany, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi 221005 ; Singh, Shailendra P.; Haeder, Donat-P.; Sinha, Rajeshwar P.

    2010-07-02

    The generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS) under simulated solar radiation (UV-B: 0.30 Wm{sup -2}, UV-A: 25.70 Wm{sup -2} and PAR: 118.06 Wm{sup -2}) was studied in the cyanobacterium Anabaena variabilis PCC 7937 using the oxidant-sensing fluorescent probe 2',7'-dichlorodihydrofluorescein diacetate (DCFH-DA). DCFH-DA is a nonpolar dye, converted into the polar derivative DCFH by cellular esterases that are nonfluorescent but switched to highly fluorescent DCF when oxidized by intracellular ROS and other peroxides. The images obtained from the fluorescence microscope after 12 h of irradiation showed green fluorescence from cells covered with 295, 320 or 395 nm cut-off filters, indicating the generation of ROS in all treatments. However, the green/red fluorescence ratio obtained from fluorescence microscopic analysis showed the highest generation of ROS after UV-B radiation in comparison to PAR or UV-A radiation. Production of ROS was also measured by a spectrofluorophotometer and results obtained supported the results of fluorescence microscopy. Low levels of ROS were detected at the start (0 h) of the experiment showing that they are generated even during normal metabolism. This study also showed that UV-B radiation causes the fragmentation of the cyanobacterial filaments which could be due to the observed oxidative stress. This is the first report for the detection of intracellular ROS in a cyanobacterium by fluorescence microscopy using DCFH-DA and thereby suggesting the applicability of this method in the study of in vivo generation of ROS.

  6. Potassium lactate combined with sodium diacetate can inhibit growth of Listeria monocytogenes in vacuum-packed cold-smoked salmon and has no adverse sensory effects.

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    Vogel, Birte Fonnesbech; Ng, Yoke Yin; Hyldig, Grethe; Mohr, Mona; Gram, Lone

    2006-09-01

    Growth of Listeria monocytogenes in ready-to-eat fish products such as cold-smoked salmon is an important food safety issue. The objective of this study was to evaluate the antilisterial activity of potassium lactate (PL) in combination with sodium acetate (SA) or sodium diacetate (SDA) in cold-smoked salmon and to determine whether these compounds could be incorporated easily into the formulations and technology currently used by processors. A commercial brine injector was used to inject salmon filets with either saturated saline brine or saturated saline brine supplemented with combinations of PL and SA (PURASAL Opti. Form PA 4) or PL and SDA (PURASAL Opti. Form PD 4). In the brine-injected cold-smoked salmon, 2.1% (water phase) PL and 0.12% (water phase) SDA delayed the growth of L. monocytogenes for up to 42 days of vacuum-packaged storage at 10 degrees C. Storage at 25 degrees C for 6 h resulted in only a 1-log CFU/g increase in L. monocytogenes. Treatments with lower concentrations of PL and SDA or similar concentrations of PL and SA resulted in an extended lag phase and slower growth of L. monocytogenes. It was not possible to incorporate more than 2% (water phase) PL while ensuring a minimum of 3% (water phase) NaCl in the finished product because PL decreased the solubility of NaCl. Sensory analyses revealed that the preservatives did not negatively affect flavor or odor. The combination of PL and SDA is therefore a viable technology for preventing L. monocytogenes growth on cold-smoked salmon. PMID:16995515

  7. En bloc staining with hydroquinone treatment for block face imaging.

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    Togo, Akinobu; Ohta, Keisuke; Higashi, Ryuhei; Nakamura, Kei-Ichiro

    2014-11-01

    IntroductionBecause recent three-dimensional (3D) ultrastructural reconstruction techniques such as serial block face scanning electron microscopy (SBFSEM), obtain their images directly from the flat surface of specimens via material contrast[1], specimens should be strongly stained with heavy metals prior to resin embedding in order to obtain higher material contrast using backscattered electrons (BSEs). To enhance membrane contrast for block face imaging (BFI), we usually stain specimens using the method published by Deerinck[2], and the images obtained show TEM-like contrast.However, recently, our research subjects have required reconstruction of a much larger volume, increasing the total image acquisition time. To reduce the total acquisition time, both high sensitivity detectors and a new specimen preparation method that provides much higher contrast are required. Takahashi et al.[3] have reported that hydroquinone (HQ) treatment during traditional electro-conductive staining increases specimen conductivity and drastically reduces the charge problem for SEM observation. They concluded that HQ treatment might increase the efficiency of secondary electron (SE) generation. Because BFI can be performed using SE as well as BSE, we examined whether addition of HQ treatment to en bloc staining protocols increased the contrast for BFI using SE. Materials & methodsMouse liver tissue was used. Mice were deeply anesthetized by diethyl ether and sodium pentobarbital, and tissues were fixed by transcardial perfusion of 2% paraformaldehyde and 2.5% glutaraldehyde in 0.1 M cacodylate buffer (pH 7.4) through the left ventricle, followed by heparin-containing saline. After perfusion, liver tissues were removed and cut into small cubes approximately 1 mm(3) in the fixative, and were further fixed in the same fixative for 2 h at 4°C. Subsequently, en blocstaining was performed as follows: the specimens were treated using a reduced-OTO staining method (1.5% potassium ferrocyanide-2% OsO4, 1% thiocarbohydrazide, and then 2% OsO4). Subsequently, specimens were treated with 1% HQ solution. Some specimens were exempted from this step and used as controls. Specimens were further stained with 4% uranyl acetate and Walton's lead aspartate solution.After staining, specimens were dehydrated using an ethanol series and embedded in epoxy resin (EPON812, TAAB). Surface of specimens block were cut with a diamond knife, and the newly created flat surfaces of the specimens were coated with evaporated carbon (50 Å) and observed using a SEM (Quanta 3D FEG, FEI).ResultsThe HQ-treated specimens generated a larger amount of SEs than control specimens when subjected to irradiation with the same beam, although BSE numbers were not evidently increased by the treatment. The present results suggest that HQ treatment increases SE generation efficiency, but does not enhance the recruitment of heavy metals into specimens. HQ treatment increased the contrast-to-noise ratio of BFI for images obtained using SEs, and may reduce the total image acquisition time of recently developed 3D reconstruction methods based on SEM. PMID:25359840

  8. Comparative study of the efficacy of Wright-Giemsa stain and Liu's stain in the detection of Auer rods in acute promyelocytic leukemia.

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    Yue, Qing Fang; Xiong, Bei; Chen, Wan Xin; Liu, Xin Yue

    2014-07-01

    In view of the importance of Auer rods in the rapid diagnosis of acute promyelocytic leukemia, we compared the results of Wright-Giemsa stain and Liu's stain (a rapid and simple stain, which is also a kind of modified Romanowsky stain) in the detection of Auer rods. This study was based on 53 cases of acute promyelocytic leukemia. Two staining methods were respectively performed on the bone marrow smears of these cases, and presence of Auer rods as well as nuclear features, cytoplasmic features and the degree of granularity of the cytoplasm were compared in each case. Our results showed that the occurrence of Auer rods as well as faggots in leukemic promyelocytes were significantly higher under Liu's stain than under Wright-Giemsa stain. Significant differences also existed in the occurrence of hypergranular cells and cytoplasmic protrusions between smears stained with Liu's stain and Wright-Giemsa stain. Liu's stain is important for the rapid diagnosis of suspicious APL, especially in recognizing Auer rods. PMID:24958342

  9. QZ1 and QZ2: Rapid, Reversible Quinoline-Derivatized Fluoresceins for Sensing Biological Zn(II)

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    Nolan, Elizabeth M.; Jaworski, Jacek; Okamoto, Ken-Ichi; Hayashi, Yasunori; Sheng, Morgan

    2005-01-01

    QZ1, 2-[2-chloro-6-hydroxy-3-oxo-5-(quinolin-8-ylaminomethyl)-3H-xanthen-9-yl]benzoic acid, and QZ2, 2-[6-hydroxy-3-oxo-4,5-bis-(quinolin-8-ylaminomethyl)-3H-xanthen-9-yl]benzoic acid, two fluorescein-based dyes derivatized with 8-aminoquinoline, have been prepared and their photophysical, thermodynamic, and zinc-binding kinetic properties determined. Because of their low background fluorescence and highly emissive Zn(II) complexes, QZ1 and QZ2 have a large dynamic range, with 42- and 150-fold fluorescence enhancements upon Zn(II) coordination, respectively. These dyes have micromolar Kd values for Zn(II) and are selective for Zn(II) over biologically relevant concentrations of the alkali and alkaline earth metals. The Zn(II) complexes also fluoresce brightly in the presence of excess Mn(II), Fe(II), Co(II), Cd(II), and Hg(II), offering improved specificity for Zn(II) over di(2-picolyl)amine-based Zn(II) sensors. Stopped-flow kinetic investigations indicate that QZ1 and QZ2 bind Zn(II) with kon values of (3-4) × 106 M-1 s-1, compared to (6-8) × 105 M-1 s-1 for select ZP (Zinpyr) dyes, at 4.3 °C. Dissociation of Zn(II) from QZ1 and QZ2 occurs with koff values of 150 and 160 s-1, over 5 orders of magnitude larger than those for ZP probes, achieving reversibility on the biological (millisecond) time scale. Laser scanning confocal and two-photon microscopy studies reveal that QZ2 is cell-permeable and Zn(II)-responsive in vivo. Because of its weaker affinity for Zn(II), QZ2 responds to higher concentrations of intracellular Zn(II) than members of the ZP family, illustrating that binding affinity is an important parameter for Zn(II) detection in vivo. PMID:16316228

  10. A flexible mouse-on-mouse immunohistochemical staining technique adaptable to biotin-free reagents, immunofluorescence, and multiple antibody staining.

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    Goodpaster, Tracy; Randolph-Habecker, Julie

    2014-03-01

    Immunohistochemistry on mouse tissue utilizing mouse monoclonal antibodies presents a challenge. Secondary antibodies directed against the mouse monoclonal primary antibody of interest will also detect endogenous mouse immunoglobulin in the tissue. This can lead to significant spurious staining. Therefore, a "mouse-on-mouse" staining strategy is needed to yield credible data. This paper presents a method that is easy to use and highly flexible to accommodate both an avidin-biotin detection system as well as a biotin-free polymer detection system. The mouse primary antibody is first combined with an Fab fragment of an anti-mouse antibody in a tube and allowed sufficient time to form an antibody complex. Any non-complexed secondary antibody is bound up with mouse serum. The mixture is then applied to the tissue. The flexibility of this method is confirmed with the use of different anti-mouse antibodies followed by a variety of detection reagents. These techniques can be used for immunohistochemistry (IHC), immunofluorescence (IF), as well as staining with multiple primary antibodies. This method has also been adapted to other models, such as using human antibodies on human tissue and using multiple rabbit antibodies in dual immunofluorescence. PMID:24152994

  11. [A duplicate staining method for permanent specimen of Trichinella spiralis encapsulated larvae].

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    Li, Dan; Yang, Ding; Pi, Ben-Wei; Niu, Li-Na; Zhang, Ying; Wang, Guo-Ying

    2012-04-30

    With single staining method, Trichinella spiralis encapsulated larvae specimens were fixed with formaldehyde alcohol acetic acid fixative solution, and stained with alcohol borax-carmine staining solution (4% borax solution 100 ml, carmine 1 g, and 70% alcohol 100 ml). With duplicate staining, the encapsulated larvae specimens were fixed with formaldehyde alcohol acetic acid fixative solution, and double stained with alcohol borax carmine staining solution and fast green staining solution (fast green 0.1 g, 95% alcohol 100 ml). The results showed that with single staining, it was not clear-cut between the cyst and muscle cells although the larva was differentiable, while with duplicate staining, the larva, cyst and muscle cells were distinguished more clearly. PMID:22908823

  12. Restoration of Fluorosis Stained Teeth: A Case Study.

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    Slaska, Barbara; Liebman, Arnold I; Kukleris, Diana

    2015-07-01

    Dental fluorosis manifests by too much ingestion of fluoride resulting in disturbances in enamel mineralization. The result is intrinsic discolorations in the maxillary and mandibular teeth with a poor esthetic appearance. In challenging cases, an esthetic result may be achieved only by a combination of techniques. This case report demonstrates a combination of modalities used to treat a patient presenting with atypical staining as a result of high-level exposure to ingested fluoride present in the drinking water as a child. Conservative treatment consisted of a combination of in-office bleaching to reduce the discoloration and porcelain veneers to create an esthetic result. PMID:26140966

  13. Machine vision system for automated detection of stained pistachio nuts

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    Pearson, Tom C.

    1995-01-01

    A machine vision system was developed to separate stained pistachio nuts, which comprise of about 5% of the California crop, from unstained nuts. The system may be used to reduce labor involved with manual grading or to remove aflatoxin contaminated product from low grade process streams. The system was tested on two different pistachio process streams: the bi- chromatic color sorter reject stream and the small nut shelling stock stream. The system had a minimum overall error rate of 14% for the bi-chromatic sorter reject stream and 15% for the small shelling stock stream.

  14. Visualization of mouse embryo angiogenesis by fluorescence-based staining.

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    Liu, Yang; Antonyak, Marc; Peng, Xu

    2012-01-01

    The establishment of a blood vessel network is fundamental to embryonic development and plays a critical role in many diseases including coronary heart disease and cancer. Vascular endothelial cells are central players in blood vessel formation and line the inside of the entire blood vessel system. PECAM-1 is expressed in all types of endothelial cells and is therefore a useful marker for the detection of blood vessels. In this manuscript, we describe PECAM-1 staining in whole-mount and sectioned tissues in mouse embryos. PMID:22222523

  15. 10. Photocopy of an engraving of a stained glass window ...

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    10. Photocopy of an engraving of a stained glass window design by Johann Friedrich Overbeck (1789-1869) on which two of the chancel windows in the Church of the Holy Cross are thought to have been based. This copy is of a photocopy obtained from the Treasury of Notre Dame de Paris, Paris, France, by the late Mrs. Walter C. White of Stateburg, South Carolina. Mrs. White's photocopy is in the possession of Mrs. Richard K. Anderson of the Borough House at Stateburg. - Church of the Holy Cross, State Route 261, Stateburg, Sumter County, SC

  16. The use of silver nitrate staining and backscattered electron imaging to visualize nematode sensory structures.

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    Vanderburgh, D J; Ackerley, C A; Lynn, D H; Anderson, R C

    1987-12-01

    Parasitic nematodes of the species Cosmocercoides variabilis were stained with silver nitrate and examined with backscattered electron imaging (BEI). Sensory papillae were selectively highlighted in backscatter images. Silver stain deposited on papillae was located on the papillary surface as well as on the underlying dendritic process. Portions of the body cuticle were also stained. Some cuticular staining was attributed to non-specific deposition of silver but, consistent patterns of cuticular staining were noted in the anterior and posterior regions. This observation suggests that some staining of the cuticle was specific. Results of this preliminary work suggest that BEI is a technique useful to the study of nematode form. PMID:2448872

  17. Characterization of the indigenous microorganisms in Exter Formation sandstone rock cores obtained during deep drilling and evaluation of contamination by drill mud using fluorescein.

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    Pellizzari, Linda; Neumann, Dominik; Wrdemann, Hilke

    2013-04-01

    Microorganisms are very effective catalysts and have an important function in mineral and elemental distribution within geological formations. CO2 injection may influence the microbial activities by affecting the composition of the rock-fluid system. Reactions like mineral dissolution and precipitation, related to biological processes may influence aquifer injectivity or permeability of faults. In subsurface reservoirs, a baseline characterization of pristine rock cores is required to monitor changes in the indigenous microbial communities and to study interactions with geotechnical installations. However, drilling procedures and technical fluids, particularly drill mud, are sources of core contamination. To measure the penetration of drill mud into the cores the tracer fluorescein was tested under laboratory as well as under field conditions. The actual penetration depths seem to be related to differences in geology, such as structural heterogeneities or microfractures. The application of fluorescein was successfully applied during a deep drilling campaign at the CO2 storage pilot site in Ketzin, Germany, in August 2011. During inner coring, crowns of 17.5 mm were removed from the outside. Fluorescein analysis showed that after an inner coring 45% (five samples out of eleven) were not influenced by drill mud. The results highlight that the use of tracers is indispensable to ensuring the quality of core samples for microbiological and biogeochemical analysis. Core samples of the Exter Formation (sandstone above the caprock, 400-440 m depth) were retrieved in order to investigate the indigenous microbial community and to investigate the interaction between CO2, fluid formation, rock substrate and microorganisms in long term experiments with geochemical and molecularbiological techniques. The microbial baseline characterization for rock cores of Exter Formation before CO2 exposure revealed a similar bacterial community composition in all samples. First results of sequence analyses indicated the presence of bacteria related to Acinetobacter sp., Comamonadaceae and Sphingobium sp. which can be found in various deep subsurface or soil habitats (e.g. Ochrobactrum sp.).

  18. Antibody Staining in C. Elegans Using "Freeze-Cracking"

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    Duerr, Janet S.

    2013-01-01

    To stain C. elegans with antibodies, the relatively impermeable cuticle must be bypassed by chemical or mechanical methods. "Freeze-cracking" is one method used to physically pull the cuticle from nematodes by compressing nematodes between two adherent slides, freezing them, and pulling the slides apart. Freeze-cracking provides a simple and rapid way to gain access to the tissues without chemical treatment and can be used with a variety of fixatives. However, it leads to the loss of many of the specimens and the required compression mechanically distorts the sample. Practice is required to maximize recovery of samples with good morphology. Freeze-cracking can be optimized for specific fixation conditions, recovery of samples, or low non-specific staining, but not for all parameters at once. For antibodies that require very hard fixation conditions and tolerate the chemical treatments needed to chemically permeabilize the cuticle, treatment of intact nematodes in solution may be preferred. If the antibody requires a lighter fix or if the optimum fixation conditions are unknown, freeze-cracking provides a very useful way to rapidly assay the antibody and can yield specific subcellular and cellular localization information for the antigen of interest. PMID:24145964

  19. Visualizing Peripheral Nerve Regeneration by Whole Mount Staining

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    Dun, Xin-peng; Parkinson, David B.

    2015-01-01

    Peripheral nerve trauma triggers a well characterised sequence of events both proximal and distal to the site of injury. Axons distal to the injury degenerate, Schwann cells convert to a repair supportive phenotype and macrophages enter the nerve to clear myelin and axonal debris. Following these events, axons must regrow through the distal part of the nerve, re-innervate and finally are re-myelinated by Schwann cells. For nerve crush injuries (axonotmesis), in which the integrity of the nerve is maintained, repair may be relatively effective whereas for nerve transection (neurotmesis) repair will likely be very poor as few axons may be able to cross between the two parts of the severed nerve, across the newly generated nerve bridge, to enter the distal stump and regenerate. Analysing axon growth and the cell-cell interactions that occur following both nerve crush and cut injuries has largely been carried out by staining sections of nerve tissue, but this has the obvious disadvantage that it is not possible to follow the paths of regenerating axons in three dimensions within the nerve trunk or nerve bridge. To try and solve this problem, we describe the development and use of a novel whole mount staining protocol that allows the analysis of axonal regeneration, Schwann cell-axon interaction and re-vascularisation of the repairing nerve following nerve cut and crush injuries. PMID:25738874

  20. Coproduction of detergent compatible bacterial enzymes and stain removal evaluation.

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    Niyonzima, Francois N; More, Sunil S

    2015-10-01

    Most of the detergents that are presently produced contain the detergent compatible enzymes to improve and accelerate the washing performance by removing tough stains. The process is environment friendly as the use of enzymes in the detergent formulation reduces the utilization of toxic detergent constituents. The current trend is to use the detergent compatible enzymes that are active at low and ambient temperature in order to save energy and maintain fabric quality. As the detergent compatible bacterial enzymes are used together in the detergent formulation, it is important to co-produce the detergent enzymes in a single fermentation medium as the enzyme stability is assured, and production cost gets reduced enormously. The review reports on the production, purification, characterization and application of detergent compatible amylases, lipases, and proteases are available. However, there is no specific review or minireview on the concomitant production of detergent compatible amylases, lipases, and proteases. In this minireview, the coproduction of detergent compatible enzymes by bacterial species, enzyme stability towards detergents and detergent components, and stain release analysis were discussed. PMID:26011283

  1. Sperm DNA fragmentation is related to sperm morphological staining patterns.

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    Sá, Rosália; Cunha, Mariana; Rocha, Eduardo; Barros, Alberto; Sousa, Mário

    2015-10-01

    In this prospective comparative study, sperm DNA fragmentation (sDNAfrag) was compared at each step of a sequential semen preparation, with semen parameters according to their degree of severity. At each step (fractions) of the sequential procedure, sDNAfrag was determined: fresh (Raw), after gradient centrifugation, washing, and swim-up (SU) for 70 infertile men enrolled in intracytoplasmic sperm injection cycles. sDNAfrag significantly (P = 0.04; P < 0.0001) decreased throughout the steps of semen preparation, with centrifugation and washing not increasing it. A negative correlation to sperm motility was observed in Raw and SU fractions, and a higher sDNAfrag was observed in samples with lower semen quality. Our results confirm that the steps of the sequential procedure do not compromise sperm DNA integrity and progressively decreased sDNAfrag regardless of the sperm abnormality and that semen parameters with lower quality present higher sDNAfrag. Four distinct patterns were observed, of which the entire sperm head staining was the pattern most expressed in all studied fractions. Additionally, the sperm head gene-rich region staining pattern was reduced by the procedure. This suggests that pattern quantification might be a useful adjunct when performing sDNAfrag testing for male infertility. PMID:26278809

  2. The Golgi Stain: invention, diffusion and impact on neurosciences.

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    Pannese, E

    1999-08-01

    The black reaction, invented in 1873 by Camillo Golgi (1843-1926, was the first technique to reveal neurons in their entirety, i.e. with all their processes. This important development passed unnoticed at first and only received wide international attention after a long delay. The Golgi stain was widely employed for almost thirty years and was directly responsible for major advances in our knowledge of the microscopic anatomy of the nervous system, as well as in other fields of study. In the hands of other researchers, the black reaction provided vital evidence that helped to establish the neuron theory. The Golgi stain was almost forgotten in the period between the two World Wars, but the introduction of the electron microscope to neurocytological resarch revived its use around the middle of the twentieth century. Today, the black reaction is still used extensively not only in combination with electron microscopy, but also as an autonomous technique in studies on the evolution, ontogeny, and organization of the nervous system. PMID:11624294

  3. Analysis of surface stains on modern gold coins

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    Corregidor, V.; Alves, L. C.; Cruz, J.

    2013-07-01

    It is a mandatory practice in the European Mint Houses to provide a certificate of guarantee of their products specially when issuing commemorative gold or silver coins. This practise should assure satisfaction and trust both for the mint house and for the demanding numismatic collector. For these reasons the Mint Houses follow a strict quality control in all the production steps in order to ensure a no-defect, fully supervised output. In spite of all the undertaken precautions, different surface stains with diverse origin on gold coins recently minted in Europe were observed. Those were compositionally studied by means of IBA techniques at the end-stage nuclear microprobe installed at IST/ITN. From this study it was possible to identify several possible sources for these stains. The presence of defects at the surface of these commemorative coins address the need of improving the quality control system and the results here presented point out where these improvements should occur, in order to reduce/eliminate them and give the customer a product that with time probably will be revalued.

  4. Color stability of ceramic brackets immersed in potentially staining solutions

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    Guignone, Bruna Coser; Silva, Ludimila Karsbergen; Soares, Rodrigo Villamarim; Akaki, Emilio; Goiato, Marcelo Coelho; Pithon, Matheus Melo; Oliveira, Dauro Douglas

    2015-01-01

    OBJECTIVE: To assess the color stability of five types of ceramic brackets after immersion in potentially staining solutions. METHODS: Ninety brackets were divided into 5 groups (n = 18) according to brackets commercial brands and the solutions in which they were immersed (coffee, red wine, coke and artificial saliva). The brackets assessed were Transcend (3M/Unitek, Monrovia, CA, USA), Radiance (American Orthodontics, Sheboygan, WI, USA), Mystique (GAC International Inc., Bohemia, NY, USA) and Luxi II (Rocky Mountain Orthodontics, Denver, CO, USA). Chromatic changes were analyzed with the aid of a reflectance spectrophotometer and by visual inspection at five specific time intervals. Assessment periods were as received from the manufacturer (T0), 24 hours (T1), 72 hours (T2), as well as 7 days (T3) and 14 days (T4) of immersion in the aforementioned solutions. Results were submitted to statistical analysis with ANOVA and Bonferroni correction, as well as to a multivariate profile analysis for independent and paired samples with significance level set at 5%. RESULTS: The duration of the immersion period influenced color alteration of all tested brackets, even though these changes could not always be visually observed. Different behaviors were observed for each immersion solution; however, brackets immersed in one solution progressed similarly despite minor variations. CONCLUSIONS: Staining became more intense over time and all brackets underwent color alterations when immersed in the aforementioned solutions. PMID:26352842

  5. No Evidence for Interference of Hematoxylin and Eosin (HE) Staining in DNA Testing: Utility of DNA Extraction from HE-Stained Archival Tissue Sections

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    Morikawa, Teppei; Shima, Kaori; Kuchiba, Aya; Yamauchi, Mai; Tanaka, Noriko; Imamura, Yu; Liao, Xiaoyun; Qian, Zhi Rong; Brahmandam, Mohan; Longtine, Janina A.; Lindeman, Neal I.; Fuchs, Charles S.; Ogino, Shuji

    2012-01-01

    Although histochemical staining has been believed to inhibit DNA amplification reaction, no previous study has systematically evaluated the influence of histochemical staining on downstream molecular assays. To evaluate an influence of hematoxylin and eosin (HE) staining on DNA testing, we isolated DNA from 10 unstained, 10 hematoxylin-stained, 10 eosin-stained or 10 HE-stained tissue sections (ie, 4 groups), from each of 5 colon cancers. Among those 4 groups, we did not observe any significant or appreciable difference in DNA fragmentation by agarose gel electrophoresis; in DNA amplification by real-time PCR; in microsatellite PCR fragment analyses; or in PCR-Pyrosequencing. As a proof-of-principle study, we successfully performed microsatellite instability analysis and sequencing of KRAS and BRAF on over 1300 colorectal cancers using DNA extracted from HE stained tissue sections. Our data provide no evidence for interfering effect of HE staining on DNA testing, suggesting that DNA from HE-stained sections can be effectively used for routine DNA testing. PMID:22706867

  6. Sensitive, quantitative, and fast modifications for Coomassie Blue staining of polyacrylamide gels.

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    Westermeier, Reiner

    2006-09-01

    In spite of the high sensitivity of silver staining and the wide dynamic range of various fluorescent detection methods, Coomassie Brilliant Blue staining is still the most widely used protein detection technique for proteins separated by polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis. There are several reasons: Low price, Visible with the eye, Desk top scanners can be employed for image acquisition, Better for quantitative analysis than silver staining, Possible modifications for fast or highly sensitive staining, Mass spectrometry compatible. PMID:17031800

  7. Investigation of influence of different values of pH on mechanisms of binding of human serum albumin with markers of fluorescein family

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    Vlasova, Irina M.; Saletsky, Alexander M.

    2009-11-01

    Objective and background dataThis work is dedicated to investigation of influence of different values of pH on mechanisms of binding of human serum albumin (HSA) with markers of fluorescent family - eosin, erythrosin and fluorescein. For this purpose were detected changes in markers fluorescence, in markers molecular association, in the effective constants of binding of markers to HSA and also in changes in related chemical bonds in HSA-marker association. Such analysis of changes in binding of biomolecules (such as proteins) with different ligands (such as markers) is extremely interesting from the point of view of a biomedicine and pharmaceuticals, so from the point of view of bionanotechnology: for example, at creation of new drugs. MethodsThe investigations of steady-state fluorescence, polarized fluorescence, molecular association of markers of fluorescein family in HSA solutions are presented in this work, also the analysis of changes in related chemical bonds in HSA-marker association by Raman spectroscopy is done, and also the effective constants of binding of markers to HSA are calculated. Results and conclusionAll investigations show the leading role of chemical and electrostatic interactions between markers and HSA. The received data allow one to get information about mechanisms of interaction of markers to HSA, that can be useful at research of structure and properties of binding Centers (drug-binding Centers) of transport blood protein-HSA, what is of great importance in medical investigations of binding of drugs to HSA.

  8. Digital simulation of staining in histopathology multispectral images: enhancement and linear transformation of spectral transmittance

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    Bautista, Pinky A.; Yagi, Yukako

    2012-05-01

    Hematoxylin and eosin (H&E) stain is currently the most popular for routine histopathology staining. Special and/or immuno-histochemical (IHC) staining is often requested to further corroborate the initial diagnosis on H&E stained tissue sections. Digital simulation of staining (or digital staining) can be a very valuable tool to produce the desired stained images from the H&E stained tissue sections instantaneously. We present an approach to digital staining of histopathology multispectral images by combining the effects of spectral enhancement and spectral transformation. Spectral enhancement is accomplished by shifting the N-band original spectrum of the multispectral pixel with the weighted difference between the pixel's original and estimated spectrum; the spectrum is estimated using M < N principal component (PC) vectors. The pixel's enhanced spectrum is transformed to the spectral configuration associated to its reaction to a specific stain by utilizing an N N transformation matrix, which is derived through application of least mean squares method to the enhanced and target spectral transmittance samples of the different tissue components found in the image. Results of our experiments on the digital conversion of an H&E stained multispectral image to its Masson's trichrome stained equivalent show the viability of the method.

  9. 19 CFR 10.52 - Painted, colored or stained glass windows for religious institutions.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-04-01

    ... 19 Customs Duties 1 2013-04-01 2013-04-01 false Painted, colored or stained glass windows for.... General Provisions Works of Art § 10.52 Painted, colored or stained glass windows for religious institutions. When painted, colored, or stained glass windows or parts thereof, are claimed free of duty...

  10. 19 CFR 10.52 - Painted, colored or stained glass windows for religious institutions.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-04-01

    ... 19 Customs Duties 1 2011-04-01 2011-04-01 false Painted, colored or stained glass windows for.... General Provisions Works of Art § 10.52 Painted, colored or stained glass windows for religious institutions. When painted, colored, or stained glass windows or parts thereof, are claimed free of duty...

  11. 19 CFR 10.52 - Painted, colored or stained glass windows for religious institutions.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-04-01

    ... 19 Customs Duties 1 2012-04-01 2012-04-01 false Painted, colored or stained glass windows for.... General Provisions Works of Art § 10.52 Painted, colored or stained glass windows for religious institutions. When painted, colored, or stained glass windows or parts thereof, are claimed free of duty...

  12. A Comparison of Heat versus Methanol Fixation for Gram Staining Bacteria

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    Minnerath, Jeanne M.; Roland, Jenna M.; Rossi, Lucas C.; Weishalla, Steven R.; Wolf, Melissa M.

    2009-01-01

    Gram staining bacteria is a fundamental technique introduced in general biology and microbiology laboratory courses. Two common problems students encounter when Gram staining bacteria are (1) having a difficult time locating bacterial cells on the microscope slide and (2) over-decolorizing bacterial cells during the staining procedure such that…

  13. 19 CFR 10.52 - Painted, colored or stained glass windows for religious institutions.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-04-01

    ... 19 Customs Duties 1 2014-04-01 2014-04-01 false Painted, colored or stained glass windows for.... General Provisions Works of Art § 10.52 Painted, colored or stained glass windows for religious institutions. When painted, colored, or stained glass windows or parts thereof, are claimed free of duty...

  14. 19 CFR 10.52 - Painted, colored or stained glass windows for religious institutions.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-04-01

    ... 19 Customs Duties 1 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Painted, colored or stained glass windows for.... General Provisions Works of Art § 10.52 Painted, colored or stained glass windows for religious institutions. When painted, colored, or stained glass windows or parts thereof, are claimed free of duty...

  15. Apparatus for fixing, staining, and rinsing of tissue cultures for fluorescent-antibody testing.

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    Poole, G M

    1972-08-01

    A staining tray and tray-housing container have been developed to facilitate fluorescent-antibody staining of tissue cultures on cover slips, which allows fixing, staining, and rinsing with a minimum of handling. Breakage and loss of cells were negligible. PMID:16349928

  16. Digital simulation of staining in histopathology multispectral images: enhancement and linear transformation of spectral transmittance.

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    Bautista, Pinky A; Yagi, Yukako

    2012-05-01

    Hematoxylin and eosin (H&E) stain is currently the most popular for routine histopathology staining. Special and/or immuno-histochemical (IHC) staining is often requested to further corroborate the initial diagnosis on H&E stained tissue sections. Digital simulation of staining (or digital staining) can be a very valuable tool to produce the desired stained images from the H&E stained tissue sections instantaneously. We present an approach to digital staining of histopathology multispectral images by combining the effects of spectral enhancement and spectral transformation. Spectral enhancement is accomplished by shifting the N-band original spectrum of the multispectral pixel with the weighted difference between the pixel's original and estimated spectrum; the spectrum is estimated using M < N principal component (PC) vectors. The pixel's enhanced spectrum is transformed to the spectral configuration associated to its reaction to a specific stain by utilizing an N N transformation matrix, which is derived through application of least mean squares method to the enhanced and target spectral transmittance samples of the different tissue components found in the image. Results of our experiments on the digital conversion of an H&E stained multispectral image to its Masson's trichrome stained equivalent show the viability of the method. PMID:22612136

  17. A europium complex that selectively stains nucleoli of cells.

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    Yu, Junhua; Parker, David; Pal, Robert; Poole, Robert A; Cann, Martin J

    2006-02-22

    A europium complex selectively staining the nucleolus of NIH 3T3, HeLa, and HDF cells is reported. This complex possesses not only the advantage of the long lifetime of europium emission (0.3 ms), but also a chromophore that allows excitation at a relatively long wavelength (lambda(max) = 384 nm) and gives rise to an acceptable quantum yield (9%). The complex can be used both in live cell and fixed cell imaging, giving an average intracellular concentration on the order of 0.5 microM. Strong binding to serum albumin has been demonstrated by examination of the analogous gadolinium complex, studying relaxivity changes with increasing protein concentration. The intracellular speciation of the complex has been examined by circularly polarized emission spectroscopy and is consistent with the presence of more than one europium species, possibly protein bound. PMID:16478184

  18. Photonic Crystal Hydrogel Enhanced Plasmonic Staining for Multiplexed Protein Analysis.

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    Mu, Zhongde; Zhao, Xiangwei; Huang, Yin; Lu, Meng; Gu, Zhongze

    2015-12-01

    Plasmonic nanoparticles are commonly used as optical transducers in sensing applications. The optical signals resulting from the interaction of analytes and plamsonic nanoparticles are influenced by surrounding physical structures where the nanoparticles are located. This paper proposes inverse opal photonic crystal hydrogel as 3D structure to improve Raman signals from plasmonic staining. By hybridization of the plasmonic nanoparticles and photonic crystal, surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) analysis of multiplexed protein is realized. It benefits the Raman analysis by providing high-density "hot spots" in 3D and extra enhancement of local electromagnetic field at the band edge of PhC with periodic refractive index distribution. The strong interaction of light and the hybrid 3D nanostructure offers new insights into plasmonic nanoparticle applications and biosensor design. PMID:26436833

  19. Immunocytochemical staining of cholinergic amacrine cells in rabbit retina.

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    Famiglietti, E V; Tumosa, N

    1987-06-16

    Cholinergic neurons of rabbit retina were labelled with an antibody against choline acetyltransferase, the synthesizing enzyme for acetylcholine. Two populations of cells are immunoreactive. Type a cell bodies lie in the inner nuclear layer (INL), their dendrites branching narrowly in sublamina a of the inner plexiform layer (IPL), while type b cell bodies lie in the ganglion cell layer (GCL) with dendrites branching in sublamina b of the IPL. The irregular networks of clustered immunoreactive dendrites are similar, but not identical, in the two sublaminae. Type b cells are more numerous than type a cells in central retina. No axons were stained. It appears that the immunoreactive neurons are normally placed and displaced starburst/cholinergic amacrine cells. PMID:3300857

  20. Facilitating normal physiology in the presence of meconium stained liquor.

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    Hudson, Julika

    2015-06-01

    There is sufficient evidence to support the practice of optimal cord clamping in normal labour and birth. In this paper, the physiology of meconium stained liquor (MSL), meconium aspiration syndrome and the practice of optimal cord clamping in babies born through MSL, is discussed. Guidelines suggest not stimulating babies born through MSL, at birth, to avoid aspiration. However, the obvious stimulation resulting from early clamping and cutting the cord, leaves a baby with no choice but to inhale, but this appears to be overlooked in practice. Midwives in their role as supporters of normal physiology are in a position to question this routine intervention in the absence of any evidence to support it. PMID:26320331