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Sample records for plasma study applications

  1. Application of nonlinear methods to the study of ionospheric plasma

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    Chernyshov, A. A.; Mogilevsky, M. M.; Kozelov, B. V.

    2015-01-01

    Most of the processes taking place in the auroral region of Earth's ionosphere are reflected in a variety of dynamic forms of the aurora borealis. In order to study these processes it is necessary to consider temporary and spatial variations of the characteristics of ionospheric plasma. Most traditional methods of classical physics are applicable mainly for stationary or quasi-stationary phenomena, but dynamic regimes, transients, fluctuations, selfsimilar scaling could be considered using the methods of nonlinear dynamics. Special interest is the development of the methods for describing the spatial structure and the temporal dynamics of auroral ionosphere based on the ideas of percolation theory and fractal geometry. The fractal characteristics (the Hausdorff fractal dimension and the index of connectivity) of Hall and Pedersen conductivities are used to the description of fractal patterns in the ionosphere. To obtain the self-consistent estimates of the parameters the Hausdorff fractal dimension and the index of connectivity in the auroral zone, an additional relation describing universal behavior of the fractal geometry of percolation at the critical threshold is applied. Also, it is shown that Tsallis statistics can be used to study auroral ionosphere

  2. Plasma Assisted Combustion: Fundamental Studies and Engine Applications

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    Lefkowitz, Joseph K.

    Successful and efficient ignition in short residence time environments or ultra-lean mixtures is a key technological challenge for the evolution of advanced combustion devices in terms of both performance and efficiency. To meet this challenge, interest in plasma assisted combustion (PAC) has expanded over the past 20 years. However, understanding of the underlying physical processes of ignition by plasma discharge remains elementary. In order to shed light on the key processes involved, two main thrusts of research were undertaken in this dissertation. First, demonstration of the applicability of plasma discharges in engines and engine-like environments was carried out using a microwave discharge and a nanosecond repetitively pulsed discharge in an internal combustion engine and a pulsed detonation engine, respectively. Major conclusions include the extension of lean ignition limits for both engines, significant reduction of ignition time for mixtures with large minimum ignition energy, and the discovery of the inter-pulse coupling effect of nanosecond repetitively pulsed (NRP) discharges at high frequency. In order to understand the kinetic processes that led to these improvements, the second thrust of research directly explored the chemical kinetic processes of plasma discharges with hydrocarbon fuels. For this purpose, a low pressure flow reactor with a NRP dielectric barrier discharge cell was assembled. The discharge cell was fitted with a Herriott type multipass mirror arrangement, which allowed quantitative laser absorption spectroscopy to be performed in situ during the plasma discharge. Experiments on methane and ethylene mixtures with oxygen, argon, and helium revealed the importance of low temperature oxidation pathways in PAC. In particular, oxygen addition reactions were shown to be of primary importance in the oxidation of these small hydrocarbons in the temperature range of 300-600 K. Kinetic modeling tools, including both a coupled plasma and

  3. Study of Pulsed vs. RF Plasma Properties for Surface Processing Applications

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    Tang, Ricky; Hopkins, Matthew; Barnat, Edward; Miller, Paul

    2015-09-01

    The ability to manipulate the plasma parameters (density, E/N) was previously demonstrated using a double-pulsed column discharge. Experiments extending this to large-surface plasmas of interest to the plasma processing community were conducted. Differences between an audio-frequency pulsed plasma and a radio-frequency (rf) discharge, both prevalent in plasma processing applications, were studied. Optical emission spectroscopy shows higher-intensity emission in the UV/visible range for the pulsed plasma comparing to the rf plasma at comparable powers. Data suggest that the electron energy is higher for the pulsed plasma leading to higher ionization, resulting in increased ion density and ion flux. Diode laser absorption measurements of the concentration of the 1S5 metastable and 1S4 resonance states of argon (correlated with the plasma E/N) provide comparisons between the excitation/ionization states of the two plasmas. Preliminary modeling efforts suggest that the low-frequency polarity switch causes a much more abrupt potential variation to support interesting transport phenomena, generating a ``wave'' of higher temperature electrons leading to more ionization, as well as ``sheath capture'' of a higher density bolus of ions that are then accelerated during polarity switch.

  4. Verification Studies for Multi-Fluid Plasma Algorithms with Applications to Fast MHD Physics

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    Becker, Joe; Hakim, Ammar; Loverich, John; Stoltz, Peter

    2011-10-01

    In this paper we present a series of verification studies for finite volume algorithms in Nautilus, a numerical solver for fluid plasmas. Results include a set of typical Euler, Maxwell, MHD and Two-fluid benchmarks. In addition results and algorithms for a set of hyperbolic gauge cleaning schemes that can be applied to the MHD and Two-fluid systems using finite volume type methods will be presented. Finally we move onto applications in field reversed configuration (FRC) plasmas.

  5. Study of electron current extraction from a radio frequency plasma cathode designed as a neutralizer for ion source applications

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    Jahanbakhsh, Sina; Satir, Mert; Celik, Murat

    2016-02-01

    Plasma cathodes are insert free devices that are developed to be employed as electron sources in electric propulsion and ion source applications as practical alternatives to more commonly used hollow cathodes. Inductively coupled plasma cathodes, or Radio Frequency (RF) plasma cathodes, are introduced in recent years. Because of its compact geometry, and simple and efficient plasma generation, RF plasma source is considered to be suitable for plasma cathode applications. In this study, numerous RF plasma cathodes have been designed and manufactured. Experimental measurements have been conducted to study the effects of geometric and operational parameters. Experimental results of this study show that the plasma generation and electron extraction characteristics of the RF plasma cathode device strongly depend on the geometric parameters such as chamber diameter, chamber length, orifice diameter, orifice length, as well as the operational parameters such as RF power and gas mass flow rate.

  6. Study of electron current extraction from a radio frequency plasma cathode designed as a neutralizer for ion source applications.

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    Jahanbakhsh, Sina; Satir, Mert; Celik, Murat

    2016-02-01

    Plasma cathodes are insert free devices that are developed to be employed as electron sources in electric propulsion and ion source applications as practical alternatives to more commonly used hollow cathodes. Inductively coupled plasma cathodes, or Radio Frequency (RF) plasma cathodes, are introduced in recent years. Because of its compact geometry, and simple and efficient plasma generation, RF plasma source is considered to be suitable for plasma cathode applications. In this study, numerous RF plasma cathodes have been designed and manufactured. Experimental measurements have been conducted to study the effects of geometric and operational parameters. Experimental results of this study show that the plasma generation and electron extraction characteristics of the RF plasma cathode device strongly depend on the geometric parameters such as chamber diameter, chamber length, orifice diameter, orifice length, as well as the operational parameters such as RF power and gas mass flow rate. PMID:26932094

  7. Study of DC discharge plasma polymerization kinetics, film properties and applications and initial study of silica powder surface modification by RF plasma polymerization

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    Guo, Sheyu

    1998-09-01

    In this work, two kinds of plasma polymerization for surface modification are discussed. In part-I, DC plasma polymerization is investigated for film properties, film growth mechanism and film application. The monomers heaxamethyldisiloxane (HMDSO) and pyrrole were selected to study the deposition rates change with discharge parameters such as pressure, flow rate, power, discharge current density. Structures and properties of film deposited at extreme conditions (high power/low pressure or low power/high pressure) were studied with FT-IR, SEM, TOF-SIMS, AIM, surface energy measurement and tribology test. This work also investigated DC plasma polymerization kinetics by combining plasma parameters with film deposited rate at different conditions. Both single and double Langmuir probes were used to measure the plasma parameters in pulsed power and continuous discharges. Plasma density and electron temperature are reported. A DC plasma polymerization kinetic model is Proposed based on the experimental data and a best-fit mathematical method. DC plasma polymerization application was the other object of this study. Cold-rolled steel and copper were coated with pyrrole and HMDSO, respectively. Corrosion rate were obtained from electrochemical polarization methods, and tests in humidity chamber directly. Various monomers were used to change the substrate surface energy. Hydrophilic and hydrophobic surface were achieved respectively by different monomers. A water-soluble film was obtained with acrylic acid in mild plasma conditions. In part-II, a initial study of powder surface modification has been done. The aim of this work was to investigate the possibility of changing powder surface properties with plasma-polymerized coatings. RF inductive plasma was used as a source to excite plasma polymerization for powder treatment. Plasma-polymerized pyrrole films were deposited on silica surface. Several techniques such as SEM, EDX, TOF-SIMS, FT-IF, DSC&TGA, and surface energy

  8. Application of electroimmunoassay to the study of plasma protein synthesis in cultured hepatocytes.

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    Grieninger, G; Pindyck, J; Hertzberg, K M; Mosesson, M W

    1979-01-01

    Electroimmunoassay has been applied to the study of plasma protein synthesis and secretion in liver cell cultures. The assay is performed on unconcentrated samples of culture medium containing the secreted plasma proteins and yields results within 2 hours. The characteristics of plasma protein production by the cultured hepatocytes coupled with the sensitivity of this assay permit the study of plasma protein in synthesis and its regulation by hormones and other agents without the routine use of radioisotopes. PMID:518014

  9. Study of Organosilicon Plasma Polymer Used in Composite Layers with Biomedical Application

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    Radeva, E.; Pramatarova, L.; Pecheva, E.; Hikov, T.; Iacob, E.; Vanzetti, L.; Dimitrova, R.; Krasteva, N.; Spassov, T.; Fingarova, D.

    2010-01-01

    In this work we study the ability of plasma polymer (PP) films obtained from hexamethyldisiloxane (HMDS) on silica glass (SG) to induce hydroxyapatite (HA)-based composite layers from a mixture of simulated body fluid (SBF) and clear solution of detonation nanodiamond (DND) by a biomimetic process. The grown composites (PPHMDS/HADND) were studied by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy and Rutherford backscattering (RBS) techniques. FTIR spectra of the PPHMDS indicated diminishing of the polymer characteristic bands when the polymer is immersed in DND clear solution. Furthermore, after sample immersion in the SBF-DND mixture, the FTIR spectra showed the presence of carbonate-containing HA through the characteristic vibration modes of P-O in the phosphate group and C-O in the carbonate group. The formation of HA layers, rich in silica and/or carbon was confirmed by RBS and SEM. The cell viability measured after 7 days on the polymer surface is more then 95% for all samples. The results show that the PPHMDS is promising as a substrate for growing HA/DND layers and that the materials obtained are biocompatible. The variations of plasma polymerization conditions and modification of the composite layers will aid in using such materials for biomedical applications.

  10. Study of Organosilicon Plasma Polymer Used in Composite Layers with Biomedical Application

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    Radeva, E.; Pramatarova, L.; Pecheva, E.; Hikov, T.; Fingarova, D.; Iacob, E.; Vanzetti, L.; Dimitrova, R.; Krasteva, N.; Spassov, T.

    2010-01-21

    In this work we study the ability of plasma polymer (PP) films obtained from hexamethyldisiloxane (HMDS) on silica glass (SG) to induce hydroxyapatite (HA)-based composite layers from a mixture of simulated body fluid (SBF) and clear solution of detonation nanodiamond (DND) by a biomimetic process. The grown composites (PPHMDS/HADND) were studied by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy and Rutherford backscattering (RBS) techniques. FTIR spectra of the PPHMDS indicated diminishing of the polymer characteristic bands when the polymer is immersed in DND clear solution. Furthermore, after sample immersion in the SBF-DND mixture, the FTIR spectra showed the presence of carbonate-containing HA through the characteristic vibration modes of P-O in the phosphate group and C-O in the carbonate group. The formation of HA layers, rich in silica and/or carbon was confirmed by RBS and SEM. The cell viability measured after 7 days on the polymer surface is more then 95% for all samples. The results show that the PPHMDS is promising as a substrate for growing HA/DND layers and that the materials obtained are biocompatible. The variations of plasma polymerization conditions and modification of the composite layers will aid in using such materials for biomedical applications.

  11. Study of detonation nanodiamond - plasma polymerized hexamethildisiloxan composites for medical application

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    Pramatarova, L. D.; Krasteva, N. A.; Radeva, E. I.; Pecheva, E. V.; Dimitrova, R. P.; Hikov, T. A.; Mitev, D. P.; Hristova, K. T.; Altankov, G.

    2010-11-01

    The present study reports on how detonation nanodiamond (DND) - plasma poly(hexamethyldisiloxane) composites (PPHMDS) affect osteoblast cell behavior. It has been established that various modified DND nanoparticles (Ag-DND and Si-DND) can be readily integrated into virtually all polymer matrices. In particular, PPHDMS composites have been developed over the past few years because of the variety of their application as medical devices and implants. By incubation of MG-63 osteoblast-like cells on the surface of DND (Ag-DND and Si-DND) - PPHMDS composite, we tested the hypothesis that DND-based polymer composites can influence the adhesion behavior of MG-63 osteoblast-like cells. Morphological and structural characterization of DND, Ag-DND and Si-DND powders was carried out by XRD, HRTEM and EDS. For the study of the composite layers, deposited on cover glass (CG), FTIR spectroscopy has been performed in order to determine if the DND nanofiller can potentially modify the structural and chemical dynamics of the polymer matrix. The kinetic of static water contact angle of composite surfaces as a function of the as-used nanofiller DND's in polymer matrix was measured The results with MG-63 osteoblast-like cells suggest the potential of using DND-based polymer composites for application in engineering implantable scaffolds and devices.

  12. Biological and Agricultural Studies on Application of Discharge Plasma and Electromagnetic Fields 2.Sterilization by Electrical Discharges and Plasmas

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    Watanabe, Takayuki

    The use of electrical discharges and plasmas for sterilization is reviewed. Plasmas generated by a silent discharge, a pulse discharge, and a radio frequency discharge under atmospheric pressure have been used for sterilization. Furthermore, a microwave plasma, a radio frequency plasma, and a low temperature plasma with hydrogen peroxide under low pressure conditions have been also used for sterilization. Sterilization results from injury caused by the discharge current, and from the reaction of species affected by the discharge. A silent discharge with air or oxygen is most effective for the sterilization. Nitrogen discharge also has a significant effect, however, argon discharge does not have a significant effect.

  13. Studies of air, water, and ethanol vapor atmospheric pressure plasmas for antimicrobial applications.

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    Ferrell, James R; Bogovich, Erinn R; Lee, Nicholas R; Gray, Robert L; Pappas, Daphne D

    2015-01-01

    The generation of air-based plasmas under atmospheric plasma conditions was studied to assess their antimicrobial efficacy against commonly found pathogenic bacteria. The mixture of initial gases supplied to the plasma was found to be critical for the formation of bactericidal actives. The optimal gas ratio for bactericidal effect was determined to be 99% nitrogen and 1% oxygen, which led to a 99.999% reduction of a pathogenic strain of Escherichia coli on stainless steel surfaces. The experimental substrate, soil load on the substrate, flow rate of the gases, and addition of ethanol vapor all were found to affect antimicrobial efficacy of studied plasmas. Optical emission spectroscopy was used to identify the species that were present in the plasma bulk phase for multiple concentrations of nitrogen and oxygen ratios. The collected spectra indicate a unique series of bands present in the ultraviolet region of the electromagnetic spectrum that can be attributed to nitric oxide species known to be highly antimicrobial. This intense spectral profile dramatically changes as the concentration of nitrogen decreases. PMID:25810273

  14. Argon plasma inductively coupled plasma reactive ion etching study for smooth sidewall thin film lithium niobate waveguide application

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    Ulliac, G.; Calero, V.; Ndao, A.; Baida, F. I.; Bernal, M.-P.

    2016-03-01

    Lithium Niobate (LN) exhibits unique physical properties such as remarkable electro-optical coefficients and it is thus an excellent material for a wide range of fields like optic communications, lasers, nonlinear optical applications, electric field optical sensors etc. In order to further enhance the optical device performance and to be competitive with silicon photonics, sub-micrometric thickness lithium niobate films are crucial. A big step has been achieved with the development of LN thin films by using smart cut technology and wafer bonding and these films are nowadays available in the market. However, it is a challenge to obtain the requirements of the high quality thin LN film waveguide. In this letter, we show smooth ridge waveguides fabricated on 700 nm thickness thin film lithium niobate (TFLN). The fabrication has been done by developing and optimizing three steps of the technological process, the mask fabrication, the plasma etching, and a final cleaning wet etching step in order to remove the lithium niobate redeposition on the side walls. We have obtained single mode propagation with light overall losses of only 5 dB/cm.

  15. Application of the floating-potential probe for studies of low frequency oscillations in a plasma

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    Dzhakov, B. Y.

    1973-01-01

    The proper interpretation of the results obtained from measurements of the floating potential of an electrostatic probe may cause difficulties in time varying plasmas. The following limitations of the method are considered: the charge separation in the plasma, the influence of the input capacity of the measuring circuit, and the influence of the layer capacity near the probe. A detailed analysis is carried out in the cases of moving striations and ion acoustic waves. A simple measuring technique is suggested for ion acoustic studies, giving detailed information about ion density oscillations.

  16. Studies of ionospheric plasma and electrodynamics and their application to ionosphere-magnetosphere coupling

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    Heelis, R. A.

    1988-01-01

    The contribution of the Dynamics Explorer (DE) program to the study of small-scale structure in the equatorial ionospheric number density and the bulk motion of the plasma in the equatorial ionosphere is considered. DE results have helped elucidate the role of E region and F region winds in decreasing the magnitude of variations in the east-west plasma drift at night, as a function of magnetic flux tube apex height, with increasing height above the altitude of the peak F region concentration. Other results concern the ionospheric convection pattern at high latitudes during periods of southward IMF, the magnetosphere/solar-wind interaction that may be involved in the production of the convection pattern, and the characteristics of the high-latitude ionospheric plasma motion during periods of northward IMF.

  17. Application of x-ray-laser interferometry to study high-density laser-produced plasmas

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    Wan, A.S.; Da Silva, L.B.; Barbee, T.W. Jr.; Cauble, R.; Celliers, P.; Libby, S.B.; London, R.A.; Moreno, J.C.; Trebes, J.E.; Weber, F.

    1996-02-01

    Collisionally pumped soft-x-ray lasers now operate over a wavelength range extending from 4 to 40 nm. With the recent advances in the development of multilayer mirrors and beam splitters in the soft-x-ray regime, we can utilize the unique properties of x-ray lasers to study large, rapidly evolving laser-driven plasmas with high electron densities. Using a neonlike yttrium x-ray laser, which operates at a wavelength of 15.5 nm, we have performed a series of radiography, moir{acute e} deflectometry, and interferometry experiments to characterize plasmas relevant to inertial confinement fusion. We describe experiments using a soft-x-ray laser interferometer, operated in the Mach{endash}Zehnder configuration, to study CH plasmas. The two-dimensional density profiles obtained from the interferograms allow us to validate and benchmark our numerical models used to study the physics of laser{endash}plasma interactions. {copyright} {ital 1996 Optical Society of America.}

  18. Magnetic-Nozzle Studies for Fusion Propulsion Applications: Gigawatt Plasma Source Operation and Magnetic Nozzle Analysis

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    Gilland, James H.; Mikekkides, Ioannis; Mikellides, Pavlos; Gregorek, Gerald; Marriott, Darin

    2004-01-01

    This project has been a multiyear effort to assess the feasibility of a key process inherent to virtually all fusion propulsion concepts: the expansion of a fusion-grade plasma through a diverging magnetic field. Current fusion energy research touches on this process only indirectly through studies of plasma divertors designed to remove the fusion products from a reactor. This project was aimed at directly addressing propulsion system issues, without the expense of constructing a fusion reactor. Instead, the program designed, constructed, and operated a facility suitable for simulating fusion reactor grade edge plasmas, and to examine their expansion in an expanding magnetic nozzle. The approach was to create and accelerate a dense (up to l0(exp 20)/m) plasma, stagnate it in a converging magnetic field to convert kinetic energy to thermal energy, and examine the subsequent expansion of the hot (100's eV) plasma in a subsequent magnetic nozzle. Throughout the project, there has been a parallel effort between theoretical and numerical design and modelling of the experiment and the experiment itself. In particular, the MACH2 code was used to design and predict the performance of the magnetoplasmadynamic (MPD) plasma accelerator, and to design and predict the design and expected behavior for the magnetic field coils that could be added later. Progress to date includes the theoretical accelerator design and construction, development of the power and vacuum systems to accommodate the powers and mass flow rates of interest to out research, operation of the accelerator and comparison to theoretical predictions, and computational analysis of future magnetic field coils and the expected performance of an integrated source-nozzle experiment.

  19. Desulfurization study of hydrocarbon molecules by plasma process for gasoil applications

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    Mohammedi, M.N.; Leuenberger, J.L.; Amouroux, J.

    1996-12-31

    During these last years, many investigations have been made on sulphur elimination processes from hydrocarbon feedstocks because of environmental regulations which are more and more strict. This is a study on a plasma process dedicated to heavy hydrocarbon hydrotreatment and hazardous substances removing such as sulphur compounds. It is a co-processing of a fluidized spouted bed and an inductively coupled plasma working at atmospheric pressure. A high flow of hydrogen radicals is generated and a rapid quench of the plasma leads to an increase of hydrogen radical life-time and promotes chemical reactions of desulfurization at low temperature (700-900 K). The primary objective of this work is to understand the cleavage of C-S bond under these plasma conditions. To this end, thermodynamic calculations are done and preliminary experiments are carried out with different mixtures where n-hexadecane is chosen as the model molecule in hydrocarbon hydrocracking, and sulphur compounds are added in small amounts (0-1 % S wt). Compounds such as dimethyl sulphide, 2-butanethiol, benzothiophene and thiophene are currently studied. The influence of CH{sub 3}{degrees}, H{degrees}, HS{degrees} and PhS{degrees} (C{sub 6}H{sub 5}S{degrees}) is also considered.

  20. Desulfurization study of hydrocarbon molecules by plasma process for gasoil applications

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    1996-10-01

    During these last years, many investigations have been made on sulfur elimination processes from hydrocarbons feedstocks because of environmental regulations which are more and more strict. This is a study on a plasma process dedicated to heavy hydrocarbon hydrotreatment and hazardous substances removing such as sulphur compounds. It is a co-processing of a fluidized spouted bed and an inductively coupled plasma working at atmospheric pressure. A high flow of hydrogen radicals is generated and a rapid quench of the plasma leads to an increase of hydrogen radical life-time and promotes chemical reactions of desulfurization at low temperature (700-900 K). The primary objective of this work is to understand the cleavage of C-S bond under these plasma conditions. To this end, thermodynamical calculations are done and preliminary experiments are carried out with different mixtures where n-hexadecane is chosen as the model molecule in hydrocarbon hydrocracking, and sulfur compounds are added in small amounts (0-1% s mass). Compounds such as dimethyl sulfide, 2-butanethiol, benzothiophen and thiophen are currently studied. The influence of CH3{degrees}, H{degrees}, HS{degrees} and {Phi} is also considered.

  1. Enantioselective analysis of 4-hydroxycyclophosphamide in human plasma with application to a clinical pharmacokinetic study.

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    de Castro, Francine Attié; Scatena, Gabriel dos Santos; Rocha, Otávio Pelegrino; Marques, Maria Paula; Cass, Quézia Bezerra; Simões, Belinda Pinto; Lanchote, Vera Lucia

    2016-02-01

    Cyclophosphamide (CY) is one of the most common immunosuppressive agents used in autologous hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. CY is a prodrug and is metabolized to active 4-hydroxycyclophosphamide (HCY). Many authors have suggested an association between enantioselectivity in CY metabolism and treatment efficacy and/or complications. This study describes the development and validation of an analytical method of HCY enantiomers in human plasma by high-performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) that can be applied to pharmacokinetic studies, filling this gap in the literature. HCY enantiomers previously derivatized with phenylhydrazine were extracted from 200-μL plasma aliquots spiked with antipyrine as internal standard and a mixture of hexane and dichloromethane (80:20, v/v) was used as the extraction solvent. The derivatized HCY enantiomers were resolved on a Chiracel(®) OD-R column using water:acetonitrile:formic acid (55:45:0.2, v/v) as the mobile phase. No matrix effect was observed and the analysis of HCY enantiomers was linear for plasma concentrations of 5-5000ng of each enantiomer/mL plasma. The coefficients of variation and inaccuracy calculated in precision and accuracy assessments were less than 15%. HCY was stable in human plasma after three successive freeze/thaw cycles, during 3h at room temperature, and in the autosampler at 4°C for 24h after processing, with deviation values less than 15%. The method was applied to evaluate the kinetic disposition of HCY in a patient with multiple sclerosis who was pretreated with intravenous racemic CY for stem cell transplantation. The clinical study showed enantioselectivity in the pharmacokinetics of HCY. PMID:26760223

  2. Monte Carlo application based on GEANT4 toolkit to simulate a laser-plasma electron beam line for radiobiological studies

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    Lamia, D.; Russo, G.; Casarino, C.; Gagliano, L.; Candiano, G. C.; Labate, L.; Baffigi, F.; Fulgentini, L.; Giulietti, A.; Koester, P.; Palla, D.; Gizzi, L. A.; Gilardi, M. C.

    2015-06-01

    We report on the development of a Monte Carlo application, based on the GEANT4 toolkit, for the characterization and optimization of electron beams for clinical applications produced by a laser-driven plasma source. The GEANT4 application is conceived so as to represent in the most general way the physical and geometrical features of a typical laser-driven accelerator. It is designed to provide standard dosimetric figures such as percentage dose depth curves, two-dimensional dose distributions and 3D dose profiles at different positions both inside and outside the interaction chamber. The application was validated by comparing its predictions to experimental measurements carried out on a real laser-driven accelerator. The work is aimed at optimizing the source, by using this novel application, for radiobiological studies and, in perspective, for medical applications.

  3. High-Performance Liquid Chromatographic Determination of Rivastigmine in Human Plasma for Application in Pharmacokinetic Studies

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    Amini, Hossein; Ahmadiani, Abolhassan

    2010-01-01

    A simple and reproducible HPLC method with spectrophotometric detection was developed for determination of rivastigmine in human plasma. Liquid-liquid extraction of rivastigmine and donepezil (as internal standard) from plasma samples was performed with 1-butanol/n-hexane (2:98 v/v) in alkaline condition followed by back-extraction into diluted acetic acid. Chromatography was carried out using a Silica column (250 mm × 4.6 mm, 5 μm) under isocratic elution with acetonitrile-50 mM aqueous sodium dihydrogen phosphate (17: 83 v/v, pH 3.1. Analyses were run at a flow-rate of 1.3 mL/min at of 50°C. The recovery was 90.8% and 95.7% for rivastigmine and the internal standard donepezil, respectively. The precision of the method was 2.6% to 9.1% over the concentration range of 0.5-16 ng/mL for rivastigmine in plasma with a linearity greater than 0.999. The method was specific and sensitive, with a quantification limit of 0.5 ng/mL and a detection limit of 0.2 ng/mL in plasma. The method was used for a bioequivalence study in healthy subjects. PMID:24363716

  4. Study of a cesium plasma as a selective emitter for thermophotovoltaic applications

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    Lowe, R.; Goradia, C.; Goradia, M.; Chubb, Donald L.

    1990-01-01

    This experimental study evaluates the potential of a cesium plasma as an emitter for a thermophotovoltaic (TPV) energy conversion system. A cesium plasma, as a result of the ground-state transitions of its single outer-shell electron, produces large amounts of radiation in the 850-890-nm wavelength region. This would provide excellent coupling to silicon, gallium arsenide, and indium phosphide photovoltaic cells. Measurements of the radiative efficiency, the sum of the power at the 852 and 894 nm wavelengths relative to the total emitted power, were made and correlated to the plasma operating variables. It was determined that, for atomic density in the range (3-6) x 10 exp 21/cu cm and electron temperature in the range 2000-3000 K, radiative efficiencies in excess of 70 percent are attainable. This would indicate that a cesium plasma with its selective emission characteristics and low electron operating temperatures of 2000-3000 K would be an excellent candidate as an emitter in a TPV system.

  5. Aerospace applications of pulsed plasmas

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    Starikovskiy, Andrey

    2012-10-01

    The use of a thermal equilibrium plasma for combustion control dates back more than a hundred years to the advent of internal combustion (IC) engines and spark ignition systems. The same principles are still applied today to achieve high efficiency in various applications. Recently, the potential use of nonequilibrium plasma for ignition and combustion control has garnered increasing interest due to the possibility of plasma-assisted approaches for ignition and flame stabilization. During the past decade, significant progress has been made toward understanding the mechanisms of plasma chemistry interactions, energy redistribution and the nonequilibrium initiation of combustion. In addition, a wide variety of fuels have been examined using various types of discharge plasmas. Plasma application has been shown to provide additional combustion control, which is necessary for ultra-lean flames, high-speed flows, cold low-pressure conditions of high-altitude gas turbine engine (GTE) relight, detonation initiation in pulsed detonation engines (PDE) and distributed ignition control in homogeneous charge-compression ignition (HCCI) engines, among others. The present paper describes the current understanding of the nonequilibrium excitation of combustible mixtures by electrical discharges and plasma-assisted ignition and combustion. Nonequilibrium plasma demonstrates an ability to control ultra-lean, ultra-fast, low-temperature flames and appears to be an extremely promising technology for a wide range of applications, including aviation GTEs, piston engines, ramjets, scramjets and detonation initiation for pulsed detonation engines. To use nonequilibrium plasma for ignition and combustion in real energetic systems, one must understand the mechanisms of plasma-assisted ignition and combustion and be able to numerically simulate the discharge and combustion processes under various conditions.

  6. RP-HPLC analysis of flucloxacillin in human plasma: validation and application to a bioequivalence study.

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    Zhou, Q; Ruan, Z; Yuan, H; Jiang, B; Xu, D

    2007-02-01

    A RP-HPLC method with rapid sample processing was developed for quantitation of flucloxacillin in human plasma using dicloxacillin as the internal standard. The plasma sample (100 microL) was acidified with glacial acetic acid, and deproteinized by precipitation with acetonitrile. The supernatant was directly injected into the HPLC system. Separation was achieved on an Alltima C18 column (250 mmx4.6 mm I.D., 5 microm), with a mixture of 10 mmol x L(-1) KH2PO4-acetonitrile (64.5:35.5, v/v) as mobile phase. The assay was successfully applied to a randomized, two-period cross-over bioequivalence study in 20 healthy Chinese volunteers following a single oral dose of 250 mg flucloxacillin capsules. A non-compartmental method was used for pharmacokinetic analysis. Compared with data in the literature, flucloxacillin was eliminated more slowly in Chinese than in Caucasians. Cmax, AUC(0-t) and AUC(0-infinity) were tested for bioequivalence after log-transformation of data. No significant difference was found. Tmax was analyzed by Wilcoxon's test and no significant difference was obtained (P > 0.05). Based on these statistical inferences, the two formulations were judged to be bioequivalent and, thus, can be prescribed interchangeably. PMID:17341027

  7. Proteomics of boar seminal plasma - current studies and possibility of their application in biotechnology of animal reproduction.

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    Strzeżek, Jerzy; Wysocki, Paweł; Kordan, Władysław; Kuklińska, Magdalena; Mogielnicka, Marzena; Soliwoda, Daniel; Fraser, Leyland

    2005-11-01

    Proteomics is critical to identify the properties and functions of proteins involved in the mechanism regulating the male reproductive tract function. This approach is important in male fertility assessment and clinical diagnosis of the physiological state of individual reproductive organs. Proteomics also provides a tool to understand the interactions of seminal plasma proteins with spermatozoa, which could provide a useful model for studying ligand-cell interaction occurring at the sperm cell surface. This review covers a selection of advances in the realm of functional proteomics of boar seminal plasma proteins and is focused on some fundamental proteomic technologies. Also, this review explores key themes in proteomics and their application in animal reproductive techniques. PMID:16372045

  8. Antimicrobial Applications of Ambient--Air Plasmas

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    Pavlovich, Matthew John

    The emerging field of plasma biotechology studies the applications of the plasma phase of matter to biological systems. "Ambient-condition" plasmas created at or near room temperature and atmospheric pressure are especially promising for biomedical applications because of their convenience, safety to patients, and compatibility with existing medical technology. Plasmas can be created from many different gases; plasma made from air contains a number of reactive oxygen and nitrogen species, or RONS, involved in various biological processes, including immune activity, signaling, and gene expression. Therefore, ambient-condition air plasma is of particular interest for biological applications. To understand and predict the effects of treating biological systems with ambient-air plasma, it is necessary to characterize and measure the chemical species that these plasmas produce. Understanding both gaseous chemistry and the chemistry in plasma-treated aqueous solution is important because many biological systems exist in aqueous media. Existing literature about ambient-air plasma hypothesizes the critical role of reactive oxygen and nitrogen species; a major aim of this dissertation is to better quantify RONS by produced ambient-air plasma and understand how RONS chemistry changes in response to different plasma processing conditions. Measurements imply that both gaseous and aqueous chemistry are highly sensitive to operating conditions. In particular, chemical species in air treated by plasma exist in either a low-power ozone-dominated mode or a high-power nitrogen oxide-dominated mode, with an unstable transition region at intermediate discharge power and treatment time. Ozone (O3) and nitrogen oxides (NO and NO2, or NOx) are mutually exclusive in this system and that the transition region corresponds to the transition from ozone- to nitrogen oxides-mode. Aqueous chemistry agrees well with to air plasma chemistry, and a similar transition in liquid-phase composition

  9. Analysis of nabumetone in human plasma by HPLC. Application to single dose pharmacokinetic studies.

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    Kobylińska, Kamila; Barlińska, Małgorzata; Kobylińska, Maria

    2003-06-01

    A simple and sensitive high performance liquid chromatography method for the determination of nabumetone in human plasma is described. The procedure involves liquid-liquid extraction with ethyl acetate and reversed-phase chromatography with fluorimetric detection (excitation 230 nm, emission 356 nm). The chromatographic conditions and the extraction procedure gave a clean chromatogram for the compound. The limit of quantitation was established as 0.313 ng/ml and the calibration curve was linear up to 20 ng/ml. The within-day and between-day relative standard deviations were less than 10% and the accuracy of the assay was in the range of 99-104%. The suitability of the method is shown for pharmacokinetic studies. PMID:12763542

  10. A chamber experiment for the feasibility study of an artificial plasma reflector for OTH radar applications

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    Kuo, S. P.; Zhang, Y. S.; Ji, Q. H.; Miller, P. E.; Tiong, K. K.

    1989-01-01

    The feasibility of using two intersecting beams for plasma generation in the upper atmosphere as an over-the-horizon radar reflector was investigated. A cube was filled with dry air to a pressure corresponding to the simulated altitude, and two components of a split microwave beam were fed into the cube at right angles. Plasma layers were generated where the two beams intersected. Three critical issues were addressed: (1) reflectivity of the generated plasma layers; (2) propagation of high power microwave pulses; and (3) lifetime of the plasma.

  11. Quantification of taraxasterol in rat plasma by LC/MS/MS: application to a pharmacokinetic study.

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    Zhang, Nan; Pang, Li; Dong, Ning; Xu, Dahai; Xu, Hong

    2015-11-01

    Taraxasterol, a pentacyclic triterpene from Taraxacum officinale, is one of the main active constituents of the herb. This study developed and validated a highly selective and sensitive liquid chromatography/tandem mass spectrometry for the determination of taraxasterol in rat plasma over the range of 9.0-5000 ng/mL. Chromatographic separation was achieved on a C18 (4.6 × 50 mm, 5.0 µm) column with methanol-isopropanol-water-formic acid (80:10:10:0.1, v/v/v/v) as mobile phase with an isocratic elution. The flow rate was 0.7 mL/min. After adding cucurbitacin IIa as an internal standard (IS), liquid-liquid extraction was used for sample preparation using ethyl acetate. The atmospheric pressure chemical ionization source was applied and operated in positive ion mode. Selected reaction monitoring mode was used for the quantification of transition ions m/z 409.4 → 137.1 for taraxasterol and m/z 503.4 → 113.1 for IS. The mean recoveries of taraxasterol in rat plasma ranged from 85.3 to 87.2%. The matrix effects for taraxasterol were between 98.5 and 104.0%. Intra- and inter-day precision were both <11.8%, and the accuracy of the method ranged from -7.0 to 12.9%. The method was successfully applied to a pharmacokinetic study of taraxasterol after oral administration of 7.75, 15.5 and 31.0 mg/kg in rats. PMID:25873241

  12. Application of Gaseous Laser Targets and Optical Diagnostics to Study High Mach Number Unstable Plasma Flows

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    Edwards, J; MacKinnon, A; Robey, H

    2001-04-01

    The information that can be obtained from current laser driven high Mach number (compressible) hydrodynamics experiments using solid targets and foams is limited by the need to use X-ray diagnostics. These do well at providing the shape of gross 2D structures which we model well, but are a long way from being able to reveal detailed information at the smaller spatial scales, or in 3D turbulent flows, where most of the modeling uncertainties exist. Remedying this is, and will continue to be, an ongoing research effort. An alternative approach that is not being considered is to use gaseous targets coupled with optical diagnostics. The lower density of gases compared to solids or foams means we can use much larger targets for a given laser energy. This should significantly improve spatial resolution, and the dynamic range of scales that are resolvable. In addition, it may be possible to adapt powerful techniques, such as LIF, used by the low Mach number (incompressible) fluid/gas community so that they work in the high Mach number plasma regime. This would provide much more detailed information on turbulent flows than could be achieved with current X-ray diagnostics. We propose a small research effort to use established techniques such as optical interferometry (absolute electron density), and Schlieren photography (electron density gradient), to study compressible hydrodynamic instabilities. We also propose to explore whether techniques such as LIF may be adapted to the plasma regime, thus providing detailed information, particularly about turbulent flows, that is not currently obtainable in plasmas using X-ray diagnostics. The setting will be radiating blast waves, which avoids costly target fabrication, while promising a high physics payoff to the astrophysics community just from using the established diagnostics alone. We propose to conduct the work in collaboration with Dr Todd Ditmire at the University of Texas at Austin, principally on the Janus laser, and

  13. Plasma Sterilization Technology for Spacecraft Applications

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    Fraser, S. J.; Olson, R. L.; Leavens, W. M.

    1975-01-01

    The application of plasma gas technology to sterilization and decontamination of spacecraft components is considered. Areas investigated include: effective sterilizing ranges of four separate gases; lethal constituents of a plasma environment; effectiveness of plasma against a diverse group of microorganisms; penetrating efficiency of plasmas for sterilization; and compatibility of spacecraft materials with plasma environments. Results demonstrated that plasma gas, specifically helium plasma, is a highly effective sterilant and is compatible with spacecraft materials.

  14. Novel LC- ESI-MS/MS method for desvenlafaxine estimation human plasma: application to pharmacokinetic study.

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    Kancharla, Pushpa Kumari; Kondru, Venu Gopal Raju; Dannana, Gowri Sankar

    2016-02-01

    A simple, sensitive and specific liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry (LC-ESI-MS/MS) method was developed for the quantification of desvenlafaxine in human plasma using desvenlafaxine d6 as an internal standard (IS). Chromatographic separation was performed using a Thermo-BDS hypersil C8 column (50 × 4.6 mm, 3 µm) with an isocratic mobile phase composed of 5 mM ammonium acetate buffer: methanol (20:80, v/v), at a flow rate of 0.80 mL/min. Desvenlafaxine and desvenlafaxine d6 were detected with proton adducts at m/z 264.2/58.1 and 270.2/ 64.1 in multiple reaction monitoring positive mode, respectively. Liquid-liquid extraction was used to extract the drug and the IS. The method was linear over the concentration range 1.001-400.352 ng/mL with a correlation coefficient of ≥0.9994. This method demonstrated intra and inter-day precision within 0.7-5.5 and 1.9-6.8%, and accuracy within 95.3-107.4 and 93.4-99.5%. Desvenlafaxine was found to be stable throughout the freeze-thaw cycles, bench-top and long-term matrix stability studies. The developed and validated method can be successfully applied for the bioequivalence/pharmacokinetic studies of desvenlafaxine in pharmaceutical dosage forms. PMID:26095112

  15. Study of a non-equilibrium plasma pinch with application for microwave generation

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    Al Agry, Ahmad Farouk

    The Non-Equilibrium Plasma Pinch (NEPP), also known as the Dense Plasma Focus (DPF) is well known as a source of energetic ions, relativistic electrons and neutrons as well as electromagnetic radiation extending from the infrared to X-ray. In this dissertation, the operation of a 15 kJ, Mather type, NEPP machine is studied in detail. A large number of experiments are carried out to tune the machine parameters for best performance using helium and hydrogen as filling gases. The NEPP machine is modified to be able to extract the copious number of electrons generated at the pinch. A hollow anode with small hole at the flat end, and a mock magnetron without biasing magnetic field are built. The electrons generated at the pinch are very difficult to capture, therefore a novel device is built to capture and transport the electrons from the pinch to the magnetron. The novel cup-rod-needle device successfully serves the purpose to capture and transport electrons to monitor the pinch current. Further, the device has the potential to field emit charges from its needle end acting as a pulsed electron source for other devices such as the magnetron. Diagnostics tools are designed, modeled, built, calibrated, and implemented in the machine to measure the pinch dynamics. A novel, UNLV patented electromagnetic dot sensors are successfully calibrated, and implemented in the machine. A new calibration technique is developed and test stands designed and built to measure the dot's ability to track the impetus signal over its dynamic range starting and ending in the noise region. The patented EM-dot sensor shows superior performance over traditional electromagnetic sensors, such as Rogowski coils. On the other hand, the cup-rod structure, when grounded on the rod side, serves as a diagnostic tool to monitor the pinch current by sampling the actual current, a quantity that has been always very challenging to measure without perturbing the pinch. To the best of our knowledge, this method

  16. Study of the adhesion of thin plasma fluorocarbon coatings resisting plastic deformation for stent applications

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    Lewis, F.; Horny, P.; Hale, P.; Turgeon, S.; Tatoulian, M.; Mantovani, D.

    2008-02-01

    Metallic intravascular stents are medical devices (316L stainless steel) used to support the narrowed lumen of atherosclerotic stenosed arteries. Despite the success of bare metal stents, restenosis remains the main complication after 3-6 months of implantation. To reduce the restenosis rate of bare metal stents, stent coating is an interesting alternative. Firstly, it allows the modification of the surface properties, which is in contact with the biological environment. Secondly, the coating could eventually act as a carrier for drug immobilization and release. Moreover, the in vivo stent implantation requires in situ stent expansion. This mandatory step generates local plastic deformation of up to 25% and may cause coating failures such as cracking and delamination. Fluorocarbon films were selected in this study as a potential stent coating, mainly due to their chemical inertness, high hydrophobicity, protein retention capabilities and thromboresistance properties. The aim of this study was to investigate the adhesion properties of fluorocarbon films of three different thicknesses deposited by plasma polymerization in C2F6/H2 on 316L stainless steel substrates. A previously developed small punch test was used to deform the coated samples. According to atomic force microscopy, field emission scanning electron microscopy and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy characterizations, among the coatings with different thicknesses studied, only those with a thickness of 36 nm exhibited the required cohesion and interfacial adhesion to resist the stent expansion without cracking or delaminating. Otherwise, cracks were detected in the coatings having thicknesses equal or superior to 100 nm, indicating a lack of cohesion.

  17. Approximate models for the study of exponential changed quantities: Application on the plasma waves growth rate or damping

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    Xaplanteris, C. L.; Xaplanteris, L. C.; Leousis, D. P.

    2014-03-15

    Many physical phenomena that concern the research these days are basically complicated because of being multi-parametric. Thus, their study and understanding meets with big if not unsolved obstacles. Such complicated and multi-parametric is the plasmatic state as well, where the plasma and the physical quantities that appear along with it have chaotic behavior. Many of those physical quantities change exponentially and at most times they are stabilized by presenting wavy behavior. Mostly in the transitive state rather than the steady state, the exponentially changing quantities (Growth, Damping etc) depend on each other in most cases. Thus, it is difficult to distinguish the cause from the result. The present paper attempts to help this difficult study and understanding by proposing mathematical exponential models that could relate with the study and understanding of the plasmatic wavy instability behavior. Such instabilities are already detected, understood and presented in previous publications of our laboratory. In other words, our new contribution is the study of the already known plasmatic quantities by using mathematical models (modeling and simulation). These methods are both useful and applicable in the chaotic theory. In addition, our ambition is to also conduct a list of models useful for the study of chaotic problems, such as those that appear into the plasma, starting with this paper's examples.

  18. Determination of dihydromyricetin in rat plasma by LC-MS/MS and its application to a pharmacokinetic study.

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    Tong, Qing; Hou, Xiaolong; Fang, Jianguo; Wang, Wenqing; Xiong, Wei; Liu, Xu; Xie, Xuejia; Shi, Chunyang

    2015-10-10

    Ampelopsis grossedentata (Hand.-Mazz.) W.T. Wang has long been used as a traditional Chinese medicinal herb among the indigenous people in the Yangtze River region of China. Dihydromyricetin (DMY) is the most abundant (approximately 30%) and bioactive constituent in A. grossedentata (Hand.-Mazz.) W.T. Wang, and recent studies have demonstrated its various pharmacological activities. In the present study, a first specific, sensitive, rapid and reliable LC-MS/MS method for the determination of DMY in rat plasma was developed and validated. The plasma samples were prepared with protein precipitation method, and chromatographic separation was performed on a Welch Ultimate XB-C18 column (50 × 2.1 mm, 5 μm) using a gradient elution with water and acetonitrile. The mass spectrometry (MS) analysis was conducted in negative ionization mode with multiple reaction monitoring (MRM) transitions at m/z 319.1→192.8 for DMY and m/z 609.0→301.2 for rutin (IS). The plasma concentration profiles and pharmacokinetic parameters were analyzed after oral administration of dextroisomer and racemate DMY at the dose of 100 mg/kg in rats. The method validation was conducted over the calibration range of 10.0-5000 ng/ml with the intra- and inter-day precision and accuracy within 12.0% (RSD) and 5.6% (RE). The recoveries, matrix effect and stability under different conditions were all proved acceptable. The values of Tmax, AUC(0-∞) and Vd were significantly different between the groups of dextroisomer and racemate DMY (P<0.05), and pharmacokinetic results revealed their poor absorptions into blood, probably high tissue distributions and slow elimination processes. The present study will provide helpful information for the further studies and future clinical applications of DMY. PMID:26133104

  19. Determination of pinostilbene in rat plasma by LC-MS/MS: Application to a pharmacokinetic study.

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    Chen, Wan; Yeo, Samuel Chao Ming; Chuang, Xue Fen; Lin, Hai-Shu

    2016-02-20

    Pinostilbene (3-methoxyresveratrol or trans-3,4'-dihydroxy-5-methoxystilbene) is a naturally occurring monomethylether analogue of resveratrol (trans-3,5,4'-trihydroxystilbene) that exhibits various pharmacological activities. To further examine its medicinal potential, a sensitive LC-MS/MS method was developed and validated for the determination of pinostilbene in rat plasma. Heavy Isotope labelled resveratrol was used as an internal standard. The ESI was operated in its negative ion mode while pinostilbene and resveratrol were measured by multiple reaction monitoring (MRM) using precursor-to-product ion transitions of m/z 241→181 and m/z 233→191, respectively. This LC-MS/MS method had excellent selectivity, sensitivity (LLOQ=1ng/ml), accuracy (both intra- and interday analytical recovery within 100±15%) and precision (both intra- and interday RSD < 15%). The matrix effect was insignificant. The pharmacokinetics of pinostilbene was subsequently profiled in Sprague-Dawley rats. Upon intravenous administration (5 or 10mg/kg), pinostilbene displayed rapid clearance (Cl=129±42 or 107±31ml/min/kg) and extremely short mean transit time (MTT=6.24±0.41 or 8.52±1.38min). After oral dosing (50mg/kg), the bioavailability of pinostilbene was limited but highly erratic (F=1.87±2.67%). Pharmacokinetic comparison among pinostilbene, resveratrol and some resveratrol analogues suggested that stilbenes with meta-hydroxyl group(s) may be associated with metabolic instability and subsequently suffer from rapid clearance and low oral bioavailability. The information obtained from this study will facilitate further exploration on pinostilbene as well as other resveratrol analogues. PMID:26771130

  20. Plasma propulsion for space applications

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    Fruchtman, Amnon

    2000-04-01

    The various mechanisms for plasma acceleration employed in electric propulsion of space vehicles will be described. Special attention will be given to the Hall thruster. Electric propulsion utilizes electric and magnetic fields to accelerate a propellant to a much higher velocity than chemical propulsion does, and, as a result, the required propellant mass is reduced. Because of limitations on electric power density, electric thrusters will be low thrust engines compared with chemical rockets. The large jet velocity and small thrust of electric thrusters make them most suitable for space applications such as station keeping of GEO communication satellites, low orbit drag compensation, orbit raising and interplanetary missions. The acceleration in the thruster is either thermal, electrostatic or electromagnetic. The arcjet is an electrothermal device in which the propellant is heated by an electric arc and accelerated while passing through a supersonic nozzle to a relatively low velocity. In the Pulsed Plasma Thruster a solid propellant is accelerated by a magnetic field pressure in a way that is similar in principle to pulsed acceleration of plasmas in other, very different devices, such as the railgun or the plasma opening switch. Magnetoplasmadynamic thrusters also employ magnetic field pressure for the acceleration but with a reasonable efficiency at high power only. In an ion thruster ions are extracted from a plasma through a double grid structure. Ion thrusters provide a high jet velocity but the thrust density is low due to space-charge limitations. The Hall thruster, which in recent years has enjoyed impressive progress, employs a quasi-neutral plasma, and therefore is not subject to a space-charge limit on the current. An applied radial magnetic field impedes the mobility of the electrons so that the applied potential drops across a large region inside the plasma. Methods for separately controlling the profiles of the electric and the magnetic fields will

  1. Application of Laser-Generated Ion Beams for Isochoric Heating to Study Plasma Mix at Interfaces

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    Albright, B. J.; Fernández, J. C.; Bang, W.; Bradley, P. A.; Gautier, D. C.; Hamilton, C. E.; Palaniyappan, S.; Santiago Cordoba, M. A.; Vold, E. L.; Yin, L.; Hegelich, B. M.; Dyer, G.; Roycroft, R.

    2015-11-01

    The evolution and mixing of high-Z/low-Z interfaces in plasma media is of profound importance to high energy density physics and inertial fusion experiments. Recent experiments performed at the LANL Trident laser facility as part of the Plasma Interfacial Mix project have applied novel, laser-generated ion beams created under conditions of relativistic induced transparency to the heating of solid-density, multi-material targets isochorically and uniformly (over a few tens of ps), attaining plasma temperatures of several eV. Measurements have been made of the evolving plasma, including location of the material interface and the time-history of the temperature of the medium. Recent data and associated radiation hydrodynamic modeling from our Trident campaigns will be reported. Complementary kinetic simulations of interface evolution, showing anomalously rapid atomic mixing under conditions relevant to ICF experiments, will also be discussed. Work performed under the auspices of the U.S. DOE by the LANS, LLC, Los Alamos National Laboratory under Contract No. DE-AC52-06NA25396. Funding provided by the Los Alamos National Laboratory Directed Research and Development Program.

  2. Application of tomographic particle image velocimetry to studies of transport in complex (dusty) plasma

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    Williams, Jeremiah D.

    2011-05-15

    Over the past twelve years, two-dimensional and stereoscopic particle image velocimetry (PIV) techniques have been used to obtain detailed measurements of the thermal and transport properties of the microparticle component of dusty plasma systems. This letter reports on an extension of these techniques to obtain a volumetric, three-dimensional velocity vector measurement using tomographic PIV. Initial measurements using the tomographic PIV diagnostic are presented.

  3. An UPLC-MS/MS method for the quantitation of vortioxetine in rat plasma: Application to a pharmacokinetic study.

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    Gu, Er-min; Huang, Chengke; Liang, Bingqing; Yuan, Lingjing; Lan, Tian; Hu, Guoxin; Zhou, Hongyu

    2015-08-01

    In this work, a simple, sensitive and fast ultra performance liquid chromatography with tandem mass spectrometry (UPLC-MS/MS) method was developed and validated for the quantitative determination of vortioxetine in rat plasma. Plasma samples were processed with a protein precipitation. The separation was achieved by an Acquity UPLC BEH C18 column (2.1mm×50mm, 1.7μm) column with a gradient mobile phase consisting of 0.1% formic acid in water and acetonitrile. Detection was carried out using positive-ion electrospray tandem mass spectrometry via multiple reaction monitoring (MRM). The validated method had an excellent linearity in the range of 0.05-20ng/mL (R(2)>0.997) with a lower limit of quantification (0.05ng/mL). The extraction recovery was in the range of 78.3-88.4% for vortioxetine and 80.3% for carbamazepine (internal standard, IS). The intra- and inter-day precision was below 8.5% and accuracy was from -11.2% to 9.5%. No notable matrix effect and astaticism was observed for vortioxetine. The method has been successfully applied to a pharmacokinetic study of vortioxetine in rats for the first time, which provides the basis for the further development and application of vortioxetine. PMID:26094207

  4. The study of FTO surface texturing fabrication using Argon plasma etching technique for DSSC applications

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    Jayanti, Lindha; Kusumandari; Sujitno, Tjipto; Suryana, Risa

    2016-02-01

    This paper is aimed to investigate the fabrication of the fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO) texturing by using Argon (Ar) plasma etching. The pressure and temperature of Ar gas during plasma etching were 1.6 mbar and 240-285oC, respectively. The plasma etching time was varied from 3 and 10 min. We also prepared without etching samples as reference. UV-Vis spectrophotometer showed that the transmittances of etching samples are higher than the without etching samples. The root mean square roughness (Rq) of etching samples are lower than the without etching samples. It is considered that the Ar ions bombardment can modify the FTO surfaces. However, the etching time does not significantly affect the FTO surfaces for 3 min and 10 min. The Rq of the without etching sample, the etching sample for 3 min, and the etching sample for 10 min are 11.697 nm, 9.859 nm, and 9.777 nm, respectively. These results are good agreement with the four point probe measurement that indicated that the sheet resistance (RS) for each the without sample, the etching sample for 3 min, and the etching sample for 10 min are 16.817 Ωsq, 16.067 Ω/sq, and 15.990 Ω/sq. In addition, the optical transmittance of the etching sample for 3 min and the etching sample for 10 min at wavelengths of 350 - 850 nm are almost similar. This is evidence that the etching time below 10 min cannot significantly change the morphology, optical and electrical properties.

  5. Laboratory and Space Plasma Studies

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    Hyman, Ellis

    1996-08-01

    The work performed by Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) on this contract, 'Laboratory and Space Plasma Studies,' Contract Number N00014-93-C-2178, SAIC Project Number 01-0157-03-6984, encompasses a wide range of topics in experimental, computational, and analytical laboratory and space plasma physics. The accomplishments described in this report have been in support of the programs of the Laser Plasma Branch (Code 6730) and other segments of the Plasma Physics Division at the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) and cover the period 27 September 1993 to August 1, 1996. SAIC's efforts have been supported by subcontracts or consulting agreements with Pulse Sciences, Inc., Clark Richardson, and Biskup Consulting Engineers, Pharos Technical Enterprises, Plex Corporation, Cornell University, Stevens Institute of Technology, the University of Connecticut, Plasma Materials and Technologies, Inc., and GaSonics International, Inc. In the following discussions section we will describe each of the topics investigated and the results obtained. Much of the research work has resulted in journal publications and NRL Memorandum Reports in which the investigation is described in detail. These reports are included as Appendices to this Final Report.

  6. Test of prototype ITER vacuum ultraviolet spectrometer and its application to impurity study in KSTAR plasmas.

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    Seon, C R; Hong, J H; Jang, J; Lee, S H; Choe, W; Lee, H H; Cheon, M S; Pak, S; Lee, H G; Biel, W; Barnsley, R

    2014-11-01

    To optimize the design of ITER vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) spectrometer, a prototype VUV spectrometer was developed. The sensitivity calibration curve of the spectrometer was calculated from the mirror reflectivity, the grating efficiency, and the detector efficiency. The calibration curve was consistent with the calibration points derived in the experiment using the calibrated hollow cathode lamp. For the application of the prototype ITER VUV spectrometer, the prototype spectrometer was installed at KSTAR, and various impurity emission lines could be measured. By analyzing about 100 shots, strong positive correlation between the O VI and the C IV emission intensities could be found. PMID:25430310

  7. Practical applications of plasma surface modification

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    Smith, M.D.

    1993-12-01

    Radio frequency activated gas plasma is an environmentally conscious manufacturing process which provides surface treatments for improved product quality. Plasma processing offers significant potential for reducing the use of solvents and other wet processing chemicals now used in surface treatments such as cleaning, activation for bonding, and moisture removal. Plasma treatments are generally accomplished without creating hazardous waste streams to dispose of. Plasma process development and application is ongoing at Allied Signal Inc., Kansas City Division.

  8. Improved RP-HPLC method to determine biapenem in human plasma/urine and its application to a pharmacokinetic study.

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    Zhao, Libo; Liu, Yi; Kou, Zhibin; Bayasi, Aidijie; Cai, Huan; Zhang, Chunyan; Wang, Qian; Li, Yuzhen; Fang, Yi

    2011-01-01

    Existing methods to determine biapenem (CAS 120410-24-4), a carbapenem, either lacked sensitivity/reproducibility or had no internal standard as a control. Here an improved reversed-phase high-performance liquid chromatographic (RP-HPLC) method was established in human plasma and urine. After adding p-aminobenzoic acid as the internal standard to plasma or urine, plasma samples were ultra-filtrated and urine samples were diluted directly. Chromatographic separations were carried out on a 4.6 mm x 150 mm column with acetonitrile-0.1 mol/l sodium acetate (2:98, v:v; pH 4.38 or 4.00) as mobile phase and UV detection at 300 nm. The extraction recovery was 91.51% for biapenem at the concentration level of 5 microg /ml in human plasma. The linear quantification range of the method was 0.1 to approximately 50 microg /ml for plasma and urine, with linear correlation coefficients greater than 0.998. The intra-day and inter-day relative standard deviations (R.S.D.) for biapenem at low, middle and high levels in human samples were less than 12.51% for plasma and less than 7.05% for urine. The RP-HPLC method was successfully applied to pharmacokinetic studies, in which healthy subjects received multiple doses of biapenem (300 mg, i.v., b.i.d., for 5 continuous days). The pharmacokinetic results are presented. PMID:21528646

  9. Fundamental processes of fuel removal by cyclotron frequency range plasmas and integral scenario for fusion application studied with carbon co-deposits

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    Möller, S.; Wauters, T.; Kreter, A.; Petersson, P.; Carrasco, A. G.

    2015-08-01

    Plasma impact removal using radio frequency heated plasmas is a candidate method to control the co-deposit related tritium inventory in fusion devices. Plasma parameters evolve according to the balance of input power to losses (transport, radiation, collisions). Material is sputtered by the ion fluxes with impact energies defined by the plasma sheath. H2, D2 and 18O2 plasmas are produced in the carbon limiter tokamak TEXTOR. Pre-characterised a-C:D layers are exposed to study local removal rates. The D2 plasma exhibits the highest surface release rate of 5.7 ± 0.9 ∗ 1019 D/m2s. Compared to this the rate of the O2 plasma is 3-fold smaller due to its 11-fold lower ion flux density. Re-deposition of removed carbon is observed, indicating that pumping and ionisation are limiting the removal in TEXTOR. Presented models can explain the observations and allow tailoring removal discharges. An integral application scenario using ICWC and thermo-chemical removal is presented, allowing to remove 700 g T from a-C:DT co-deposits in 20 h with fusion compatible wall conditions using technical specifications similar to ITER.

  10. Novel and sensitive UPLC-MS/MS method for quantification of sofosbuvir in human plasma: application to a bioequivalence study.

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    Rezk, Mamdouh R; Basalious, Emad B; Amin, Mohammed E

    2016-09-01

    A novel and sensitive LC-MS/MS method was developed and validated for determination of sofosbuvir (SF) using eplerenone as an internal standard. The Xevo TQD LC-MS/MS was operated under the multiple-reaction monitoring mode using electrospray ionization. Extraction with tert-butyl methyl ether was used in sample preparation. The prepared samples were chromatographed on Acquity UPLC BEH C18 (50 × 2.1 mm, 1.7 μm) column by pumping 0.1% formic acid and acetonitrile in an isocratic mode at a flow rate of 0.35 mL/min. Method validation was performed as per the US Food and Drug Administration guidelines and the standard curves were found to be linear in the range of 0.25-3500 ng/mL for SF. The intra- and inter-day precision and accuracy results were within the acceptable limits. A very short run time of 1 min made it possible to analyze more than 500 human plasma samples per day. A very low quantification limit of SF allowed the applicability of the developed method for determination of SF in a bioequivalence study in human volunteers. Copyright © 2016 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. PMID:26821881

  11. Industrial Applications of Low Temperature Plasmas

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    Bardsley, J N

    2001-03-15

    The use of low temperature plasmas in industry is illustrated by the discussion of four applications, to lighting, displays, semiconductor manufacturing and pollution control. The type of plasma required for each application is described and typical materials are identified. The need to understand radical formation, ionization and metastable excitation within the discharge and the importance of surface reactions are stressed.

  12. Determination of phillyrin in rat plasma by high-performance liquid chromatography and its application to pharmacokinetic studies.

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    Li, Yun-Xia; Jiang, Xue-Hua; Huang, Liang; Lu, Jing; Zhou, Jing

    2006-05-01

    A simple high-performance liquid chromatographic method was developed to study the pharmacokinetics of phillyrin in rat after intravenous administration. Plasma was extracted with ethyl acetate after addition of the internal standard, arctiin. Separation was achieved on a reversed-phase C18 column with UV detection at 228 nm. The calibration curves were linear ranging from 0.052 to 26.670 microg/ml. The intra- and inter-day precisions were no more than 9.83% and 12.31%, respectively. The average recovery of phillyrin was 95.44% from plasma. And the limit of quantification (LOQ) was estimated as 0.026 microg/ml with an intra-day relative standard deviation (R.S.D.)plasma and the assay has been applied successfully to the in vivo kinetic study of phillyrin in rats. PMID:16413739

  13. Simultaneous HPLC analysis of triamcinolone acetonide and budesonide in microdialysate and rat plasma: application to a pharmacokinetic study.

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    Vieira, Manuela de L T; Singh, Rajandra P; Derendorf, Hartmut

    2010-11-01

    A specific and reliable HPLC-PDA method for the quantitative determination of triamcinolone acetonide, budesonide and fluticasone propionate (as internal standards) in small volumes of microdialysate and rat plasma was developed. An efficient solid-phase extraction (SPE) procedure for plasma samples yielded extremely clean extracts with overall recovery of 104.3% and 95.7% for triamcinolone acetonide (TA) and fluticasone propionate, respectively. Plasma extracts obtained after SPE and microdialysis samples were directly injected on a C18 column to separation. The method has been validated with good linearity, sensitivity, specificity and high accuracy (RE -5.28% to 9.14%) and precision (CV 0.50% to 6.62%) on both matrices. In stability studies, TA and budesonide were stable during storage and assay procedures. The method was applied to a pharmacokinetic study in rodents using microdialysis to determine protein unbound TA concentrations in blood and muscle. PMID:20884303

  14. HPLC-FLD methods to quantify chloroaluminum phthalocyanine in nanoparticles, plasma and tissue: application in pharmacokinetic and biodistribution studies.

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    Oliveira, Líliam Teixeira; Garcia, Giani Martins; Kano, Eunice Kazue; Tedesco, Antônio Cláudio; Mosqueira, Vanessa Carla Furtado

    2011-08-25

    Analytical and bioanalytical methods of high-performance liquid chromatography with fluorescence detection (HPLC-FLD) were developed and validated for the determination of chloroaluminum phthalocyanine in different formulations of polymeric nanocapsules, plasma and livers of mice. Plasma and homogenized liver samples were extracted with ethyl acetate, and zinc phthalocyanine was used as internal standard. The results indicated that the methods were linear and selective for all matrices studied. Analysis of accuracy and precision showed adequate values, with variations lower than 10% in biological samples and lower than 2% in analytical samples. The recoveries were as high as 96% and 99% in the plasma and livers, respectively. The quantification limit of the analytical method was 1.12 ng/ml, and the limits of quantification of the bioanalytical method were 15 ng/ml and 75 ng/g for plasma and liver samples, respectively. The bioanalytical method developed was sensitive in the ranges of 15-100 ng/ml in plasma and 75-500 ng/g in liver samples and was applied to studies of biodistribution and pharmacokinetics of AlClPc. PMID:21596512

  15. Studies on counterstreaming plasma expansion

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    Singh, N.; Thiemann, H.; Schunk, R. W.

    1986-01-01

    Recent studies on counterstreaming plasma expansions are summarized. The basic phenomenon of plasma expansion is reviewed, and results from one-dimensional simulations of counterstreaming plasma expansion are discussed. Results from simulations based on an electrostatic particle-in-cell code, in which the dynamics of both the electrons and ions are exactly followed, are discussed. The formation of electrostatic shocks is addressed. Finally, results are presented on the ionospheric plasma expansion along the geomagnetic flux tubes by solving the hydrodynamic equations.

  16. Plasma chemistry and its applications

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    Hozumi, K.

    1980-01-01

    The relationship between discharge phenomena and plasma chemistry, as well as the equipment and mechanisms of plasma chemical reactions are described. Various areas in which plasma chemistry is applied are surveyed, such as: manufacturing of semiconductor integrated circuits; synthetic fibers; high polymer materials for medical uses; optical lenses; and membrane filters (reverse penetration films).

  17. Atmospheric Pressure Plasma Process And Applications

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    Peter C. Kong; Myrtle

    2006-09-01

    This paper provides a general discussion of atmospheric-pressure plasma generation, processes, and applications. There are two distinct categories of atmospheric-pressure plasmas: thermal and nonthermal. Thermal atmospheric-pressure plasmas include those produced in high intensity arcs, plasma torches, or in high intensity, high frequency discharges. Although nonthermal plasmas are at room temperatures, they are extremely effective in producing activated species, e.g., free radicals and excited state atoms. Thus, both thermal and nonthermal atmosphericpressure plasmas are finding applications in a wide variety of industrial processes, e.g. waste destruction, material recovery, extractive metallurgy, powder synthesis, and energy conversion. A brief discussion of recent plasma technology research and development activities at the Idaho National Laboratory is included.

  18. Determination of afloqualone in human plasma using liquid chromatography/tandem mass spectrometry: Application to pharmacokinetic studies in humans.

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    Yun, Hwi-Yeol; Lee, Seo-Pan; Jeong, Hae Hum; Yoon, Young-Ran; Sohn, Soo Jung; Kim, Sang Kyum; Kang, Wonku; Kwon, Kwang-Il

    2007-10-15

    Two methods for determining the central-acting muscle relaxant afloqualone in human plasma were developed and compared using API2000 and API4000 liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry (LC/MS/MS) systems. In the API2000 LC/MS/MS system, afloqualone and the internal standard methaqualone were extracted from plasma using a methyl-tertiary ether. After drying the organic layer, the residue was reconstituted in a mobile phase (0.1% formic acid-acetonitrile:0.1% formic acid buffer, 80:20 v/v) and injected onto a reversed-phase C(18) column. The isocratic mobile phase was eluted at 0.2ml/min. The ion transitions monitored in multiple reaction-monitoring mode were m/z 284-->146 and 251-->117 for afloqualone and methaqualone, respectively. Sample preparation for the API4000LC/MS/MS system involved simple protein precipitation with an organic mixture (methanol:10% ZnSO(4)=8:2). The ion transitions monitored in multiple reaction-monitoring mode were m/z 284-->146 and 251-->131 for afloqualone and methaqualone, respectively. In both assays, the coefficient of variation of the precision was less than 11.8%, the accuracy exceeded 91.5%, the limit of quantification was 0.5ng/ml, and the limit of detection was 0.1ng/ml for afloqualone. Two methods were used to measure the plasma afloqualone concentration in healthy subjects after a single oral 20-mg dose of afloqualone. During subsequent application of the methods, we observed that high-concentration plasma samples (>7ng/ml) prepared using the protein precipitation method resulted in about 20% higher afloqualone concentrations than with plasma samples prepared using the liquid-liquid extraction method. We believe that this phenomenon was related to the cleanness of the sample and its chemical nature. PMID:19073082

  19. The diverse applications of plasma

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    Sharma, Mukul; Dubey, Shivani; Darwhekar, Gajanan; Jain, Sudhir Kumar

    2015-07-01

    Plasma being the fourth state of matter has always been an attraction for Physicists and Chemists. With the advent of time, plasma energy has been recognized in having widening horizons in the field of Biomedical Sciences. Plasma medicine can be subdivided into three main fields; Non-thermal atmospheric-pressure direct plasma for medical therapy; Plasma-assisted modification of bio-relevant surfaces and Plasma-based bio-decontamination and sterilization. The basis of the research is that as it has free carrier molecules, it has the ability to target specific cells and regulate functions like wound healing. Plasma does not harm healthy human cells but can kill bacteria and possibly even cancer cells to help treat various diseases. Nosocomial infection control, prevention and containment of contagious diseases, disinfection of medical devices, surface treatment (heat and UV sensitive surfaces) are research of interest. Recent success in generating plasma at very low temperature ie. Cold plasma makes the therapy painless. It has the ability to activate cellular responses and important mechanisms in the body. They target specific molecules such as prothrombin for blood coagulation, cytokines for killing bacteria, and angiogenesis for tissue regeneration. Plasma has bactericidal, fungicidal and virucidal properties. Plasma technology has flourishing future in diverse fields like Textiles, Nanofabrication, Automotives, Waste management, Microbiology, Food Hygiene, Medical Science like Skin treatments, sterilisation of wounds, Hand disinfection, Dental treatments etc. Food hygiene using plasma can be achieved in disinfection of food containers, food surface disinfection, hygiene in food handling, preparation and packaging. Therefore Plasma is most promising field for budding Scientist for fluorishing research in Biological Sciences.

  20. The diverse applications of plasma

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    Sharma, Mukul Darwhekar, Gajanan; Dubey, Shivani; Jain, Sudhir Kumar

    2015-07-31

    Plasma being the fourth state of matter has always been an attraction for Physicists and Chemists. With the advent of time, plasma energy has been recognized in having widening horizons in the field of Biomedical Sciences. Plasma medicine can be subdivided into three main fields; Non-thermal atmospheric-pressure direct plasma for medical therapy; Plasma-assisted modification of bio-relevant surfaces and Plasma-based bio-decontamination and sterilization. The basis of the research is that as it has free carrier molecules, it has the ability to target specific cells and regulate functions like wound healing. Plasma does not harm healthy human cells but can kill bacteria and possibly even cancer cells to help treat various diseases. Nosocomial infection control, prevention and containment of contagious diseases, disinfection of medical devices, surface treatment (heat and UV sensitive surfaces) are research of interest. Recent success in generating plasma at very low temperature ie. Cold plasma makes the therapy painless. It has the ability to activate cellular responses and important mechanisms in the body. They target specific molecules such as prothrombin for blood coagulation, cytokines for killing bacteria, and angiogenesis for tissue regeneration. Plasma has bactericidal, fungicidal and virucidal properties. Plasma technology has flourishing future in diverse fields like Textiles, Nanofabrication, Automotives, Waste management, Microbiology, Food Hygiene, Medical Science like Skin treatments, sterilisation of wounds, Hand disinfection, Dental treatments etc. Food hygiene using plasma can be achieved in disinfection of food containers, food surface disinfection, hygiene in food handling, preparation and packaging. Therefore Plasma is most promising field for budding Scientist for fluorishing research in Biological Sciences.

  1. A sensitive LC-ESI-MS/MS method for the quantification of avobenzone in rat plasma and skin layers: Application to a topical administration study.

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    Kim, Min Gi; Kim, Tae Hwan; Shin, Beom Soo; Kim, Min Gyu; Seok, Su Hyun; Kim, Kyu-Bong; Lee, Jong Bong; Choi, Hyeon Gwan; Lee, Young Sung; Yoo, Sun Dong

    2015-10-15

    This study describes the development of a sensitive high-performance liquid chromatography-electrospray ionization-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-ESI-MS/MS) method for the quantification of avobenzone in rat plasma and skin layers. Separations were performed on a Zorbax SB C8 column using a binary gradient mobile phase composed of acetonitrile and 0.1% formic acid in water. The assay achieved LLOQ of 0.5ng/ml for plasma, 5ng/ml for stratum corneum, and 10ng/ml for epidermis and dermis. This method was applied to a percutaneous absorption study of avobenzone in rats. At 12h following topical application of emulsion and lotion (applied amount of avobenzone 11.7mg/kg), avobenzone was found primarily in the stratum corneum (16.3-17.8%) followed by epidermis (2.0-3.4%) and dermis (0.11-0.15%). Avobenzone was not quantifiable in the plasma samples collected over a 12h sampling period. Given the excellent plasma assay sensitivity, this study provides evidence that the systemic absorption of avobenzone is insignificant, if any, after topical application. PMID:26409261

  2. Determination of Apremilast in Rat Plasma by UPLC-MS-MS and Its Application to a Pharmacokinetic Study.

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    Chen, Lian-Guo; Wang, Zhe; Wang, Shujun; Li, Tao; Pan, Yongyang; Lai, Xixi

    2016-09-01

    A rapid, sensitive and selective ultra-performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (UPLC-MS-MS) was developed and validated for the determination and pharmacokinetic investigation of apremilast in rat plasma. Sample preparation was accomplished through a simple one-step deproteinization procedure with 0.2 mL of acetonitrile to a 0.1 mL plasma sample. Plasma samples were separated by UPLC on an Acquity UPLC BEH C18 column using a mobile phase consisting of acetonitrile-0.1% formic acid in water with gradient elution. The total run time was 3.0 min, and the elution of apremilast was at 1.27 min. The detection was performed on a triple quadrupole tandem mass spectrometer in the multiple reaction-monitoring mode using the respective transitions m/z 461.3 → 257.1 for apremilast and m/z 237.2 → 194.2 for carbamazepine (internal standard). The calibration curve was linear over the range of 0.1-100 ng/mL with a lower limit of quantitation of 0.1 ng/mL. The mean recovery of apremilast in plasma was in the range of 83.2-87.5%. Both intraday and interday precision were <9.6%. This method was successfully applied in the pharmacokinetic study after oral administration of 6.0 mg/kg apremilast in rats. PMID:27165568

  3. Determination of dexmedetomidine in children's plasma by ultra-performance liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry and application to pharmacokinetic study.

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    Liu, Hua-Cheng; Sun, Wei; Wang, Cheng-Yu; Ying, Wei-Yang; Zheng, Li-Dan; Zeng, Rui-Feng; Wang, Zhe; Ge, Ren-Shan

    2016-06-15

    A rapid, sensitive, and selective ultra-performance liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry (UPLC-MS/MS) was developed and validated for the determination and pharmacokinetic investigation of dexmedetomidine in children's plasma. Sample preparation was accomplished through a simple one-step deproteinization procedure with 0.2mL of acetonitrile to a 0.1mL plasma sample. Plasma samples were separated by UPLC on an Acquity UPLC BEH C18 column using a mobile phase consisting of acetonitrile-0.1% formic acid in water with gradient elution. The total run time was 3.1min and the elution of dexmedetomidine was at 1.24min. The detection was performed on a triple quadrupole tandem mass spectrometer in the multiple reaction-monitoring mode using the respective transitions m/z 201.3→95.1 for dexmedetomidine and m/z 204.2→98.0 for the internal standard, respectively. The calibration curve was linear over the range of 0.05-10ng/mL with a lower limit of quantitation of 0.05ng/mL. Mean recovery rate of dexmedetomidine in plasma was in the range of 86.7-89.1%. Intra-day and inter-day precision were both <11.6%. This method was successfully applied in pharmacokinetic study after commencement of 1.0μg/kg dexmedetomidine infusion in children. PMID:27179189

  4. Feasibility study to evaluate plasma quench process for natural gas conversion applications. [Quarterly report], July 1, 1993--September 30, 1993

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    Thomas, C.P.; Kong, P.C.; Detering, B.A.

    1993-12-31

    The objective of this work was to conduct a feasibility study on a new process, called the plasma quench process, for the conversion of methane to acetylene. FY-1993 efforts were focused on determining the economic viability of this process using bench scale experimental data which was previously generated. This report presents the economic analysis and conclusions of the analysis. Future research directions are briefly described.

  5. Determination of Acyclovir in Human Plasma Samples by HPLC Method with UV Detection: Application to Single-Dose Pharmacokinetic Study

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    Zendelovska, Dragica; Simeska, Suzana; Atanasovska, Emilija; Georgievska, Kalina; Kikerkov, Igor; Labachevski, Nikola; Jakovski, Krume; Balkanov, Trajan

    2015-01-01

    BACKGROUND: The aim of this study is estimation of pharmacokinetic parameters: Cmax, tmax, t1/2, AUC0-t and AUC0-∞ with the two-way analysis of variance, single observation (ANOVA) for two preparations containing acyclovir. OBJECTIVE: In order to evaluate pharmacokinetic study of acyclovir, method for quantitative determination of acyclovir in human plasma should be simple, rapid and reproducible. Therefore, the method is developed, validated and applied for analysis of acyclovir in plasma samples obtained from healthy volunteers. MATERIAL AND METHODS: High performance liquid chromatographic (HPLC) method with UV-detection for the determination of acyclovir in human plasma is presented. This method involves protein precipitation with 20 % (V/V) perchloric acid. The chromatographic separation was accomplished on a reversed phase C8 column with a mobile phase composed of 0.1 % (V/V) triethylamine in water (pH 2.5). No internal standard is required. UV detection was set at 255 nm. The method was successfully applied for the evaluation of pharmacokinetic profiles of acyclovir tablets in 24 healthy volunteers. RESULTS: The validation results shows that proposed method is rugged, precise (RSDs for intra- and inter-day precision ranged from 1.02 to 8.37 %) and accurate (relative errors are less than 6.66 %). The calibration curve was linear in the concentration range of 0.1-2.0 µg/ml and the limit of quantification was 0.1 µg/ml. The Cmax, tmax and AUCs for the two products were not statistically different (p>0.05), suggesting that the plasma profiles generated by Zovirax were comparable to those produced by acyclovir manufactured by Jaka 80 company. CONCLUSION: Good precision, accuracy, simplicity, sensitivity and shorter time of analysis of the method makes it particularly useful for processing of multiple samples in a limited period of time for pharmacokinetic study of acyclovir. PMID:27275193

  6. Clinical applications of plasma based electrosurgical systems

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    Woloszko, Jean; Endler, Ashley; Ryan, Thomas P.; Stalder, Kenneth R.

    2013-02-01

    Over the past 18 years, several electrosurgical systems generating a low temperature plasma in an aqueous conductive solution have been commercialized for various clinical applications and have been used in over 10 million patients to date. The most popular utilizations are in arthroscopic surgery, otorhinolaryngology surgery, spine and neurosurgery, urology and wound care. These devices can be configured to bring saline to the tip and to have concomitant aspiration to remove by-products and excess fluid. By tuning the electrode geometry, waveform and fluid dynamic at the tip of the devices, tissue resection and thermal effects can be adjusted individually. This allows one to design products that can operate as precise tissue dissectors for treatment of articular cartilage or debridement of chronic wounds, as well as global tissue debulking devices providing sufficient concomitant hemostasis for applications like tonsillectomies. Effects of these plasma based electrosurgical devices on cellular biology, healing response and nociceptive receptors has also been studied in various models. This talk will include a review of the clinical applications, with product descriptions, results and introductory review of some of the research on the biological effects of these devices.

  7. Study of plasma modified-PTFE for biological applications: relationship between protein resistant properties, plasma treatment, surface composition and surface roughness

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    Vandencasteele, Nicolas; Nisol, Bernard; Viville, Pascal; Lazzaroni, Roberto; Castner, David G.; Reniers, François

    2013-01-01

    PTFE samples were treated by low-pressure, O2 RF plasmas. The adsorption of BSA was used as a probe for the protein resistant properties. The exposure of PTFE to an O2 plasma leads to an increase in the chamber pressure. OES reveals the presence of CO, CO2 and F in the gas phase, indicating a strong etching of the PTFE surface by the O2 plasma. Furthermore, the high resolution C1s spectrum shows the appearance of CF3, CF and C-CF components in addition to the CF2 component, which is consistent with etching of the PTFE surface. WCA as high as 160° were observed, indicating a superhydrophobic behaviour. AFM Images of surfaces treated at high plasma power showed a increase in roughness. Lower amounts of BSA adsorption were detected on high power, O2 plasma-modified PTFE samples compared to low power, oxygen plasma-modified ones. PMID:24795545

  8. Modeling atmospheric pressure plasmas for biomedical applications

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    Graves, David

    2007-10-01

    The use of cold, atmospheric pressure plasmas for biomedical treatments is an exciting new application in gaseous electronics. Investigations to date include various tissue treatments and surgery, bacterial destruction, and the promotion of wound healing, among others. In this talk, I will present results from modeling the `plasma needle,' an atmospheric pressure plasma configuration that has been explored by several groups around the world. The biomedical efficacy of the plasma needle has been demonstrated but the mechanisms of cell and tissue modification or bacterial destruction are only just being established. One motivation for developing models is to help interpret experiments and evaluate postulated mechanisms. The model reveals important elements of the plasma needle sustaining mechanisms and operating modes. However, the extraordinary complexity of plasma-tissue interactions represents a long-term challenge for this burgeoning field.

  9. Determination of pinocembrin in human plasma by solid-phase extraction and LC/MS/MS: application to pharmacokinetic studies.

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    Yan, Bei; Cao, Guoying; Sun, Taohua; Zhao, Xi; Hu, Xin; Yan, Jiling; Peng, Yueying; Shi, Aixin; Li, Yang; Xue, Wei; Li, Min; Li, Kexin; Liu, Yingfa

    2014-12-01

    A sensitive, fast and specific method for the quantitation of pinocembrin in human plasma based on high-performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC/MS/MS) was developed and validated. Clonazepam was used as the internal standard (IS). After solid-phase extraction of 500 μL plasma, pinocembrin and the IS were separated on a Luna C8 column using the mobile phase composed of acetonitrile-0.3 mm ammonium acetate solution (65:35, v/v) at a flow rate of 0.25 mL/min in isocratic mode. The detection was performed on a triple quadrupole tandem mass spectrometer by multiple reaction monitoring via an electrospray ionization source in negative mode by AB SCIEX Qtrap 5500. The assay was linear from 1 to 400 ng/mL, with within- and between-run accuracy (relative error) from -1.82 to 0.54%, and within- and between-run precision (CV) below 5.25%. The recovery was above 88% for the analyte at 1, 50 and 300 ng/mL. This analytical method was successful for the determination of pinocembrin in human plasma and applied to a pharmacokinetic study of pinocembrin injection in healthy volunteers after intravenous drip administration. PMID:24733513

  10. Determination and validation of hupehenine in rat plasma by UPLC-MS/MS and its application to pharmacokinetic study.

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    Wen, Congcong; Wang, Shuanghu; Huang, Xueli; Liu, Zezheng; Lin, Yingying; Yang, Suping; Ma, Jianshe; Zhou, Yunfang; Wang, Xianqin

    2015-12-01

    In this work, a sensitive and selective ultra-performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (UPLC-MS/MS) method for determination of hupehenine in rat plasma was developed and validated. After addition of imperialine as an internal standard (IS), protein precipitation by acetonitrile-methanol (9:1, v/v) was used to prepare samples. Chromatographic separation was achieved on a UPLC BEH C18 column (2.1 × 100 mm, 1.7 µm) with 0.1% formic acid and acetonitrile as the mobile phase with gradient elution. An electrospray ionization source was applied and operated in positive ion mode; multiple reaction monitoring mode was used for quantification using target fragment ions m/z 416.3 → 98.0 for hupehenine, and m/z 430.3 → 138.2 for IS. Calibration plots were linear throughout the range 2-2000 ng/mL for hupehenine in rat plasma. Mean recoveries of hupehenine in rat plasma ranged from 92.5 to 97.3%. Relative standard deviations of intra-day and inter-day precision were both <6%. The accuracy of the method was between 92.7 and 107.4%. The method was successfully applied to a pharmacokinetic study of hupehenine after either oral or intravenous administration. For the first time, the bioavailability of hupehenine was reported as 13.4%. PMID:26033449

  11. Determination and validation of chikusetsusaponin IVa in rat plasma by UPLC-MS/MS and its application to pharmacokinetic study.

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    Wang, Ying; Liu, Shi-Ping; Guo, Mei-Hua; Wang, Zhuo

    2016-09-01

    A novel, sensitive and rapid ultra-performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometric method for the quantification of chikusetsusaponin IVa (CHS-IVa) in rat plasma was established and validated. Plasma samples were pre-treated by precipitation of protein with acetonitrile and chromatographed on a Waters Symmetry C18 analytical column (4.6 × 50 mm, i.d., 3.5 μm) using a mobile phase consisting of methanol and water containing 0.05% formic acid (55:45, v/v) at a flow rate of 0.4 mL/min. The deprotonated molecular ions [M - H](-) were employed in electrospray negative ionization mode and selected reaction monitoring transitions were performed for detection. The calibration curves exhibited good linearity (r > 0.99) over the range of 0.5-1000 ng/mL for CHS-IVa. The recoveries of CHS-IVa were >92.5% and exhibited no severe matrix effect. This method was successfully applied in the pharmacokinetic study of CHS-IVa in rats. For oral administration, the plasma concentrations of CHS-IVa increased to a peak value at 0.35 ± 0.14 h, followed by a gradual decrease to the lower limit of quantitation in 24 h. For intravenous administration, the plasma concentrations of CHS-IVa decreased quickly (t1/2 , 1.59 ± 0.25 h). The absolute bioavailability of CHS-IVa in rats was 8.63%. Copyright © 2016 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. PMID:26864353

  12. Large area cold plasma applicator for decontamination

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    Konesky, G. A.

    2008-04-01

    Cold plasma applicators have been used in the Medical community for several years for uses ranging from hemostasis ("stop bleeding") to tumor removal. An added benefit of this technology is enhanced wound healing by the destruction of infectious microbial agents without damaging healthy tissue. The beam is typically one millimeter to less than a centimeter in diameter. This technology has been adapted and expanded to large area applicators of potentially a square meter or more. Decontamination applications include both biological and chemical agents, and assisting in the removal of radiological agents, with minimal or no damage to the contaminated substrate material. Linear and planar multiemitter array plasma applicator design and operation is discussed.

  13. Laboratory plasma probe studies

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    Heikkila, W. J.

    1975-01-01

    Diagnostic experiments performed in a collisionless plasma using CO2 as the working gas are described. In particular, simultaneous measurements that have been performed by means of Langmuir- and RF-probes are presented. A resonance occurring above the parallel resonance in the frequency characteristic of a two electrode system is interpreted as being due to the resonant excitation of electroacoustic waves.

  14. Sunitinib LC-MS/MS Assay in Mouse Plasma and Brain Tissue: Application in CNS Distribution Studies.

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    Oberoi, Rajneet K; Mittapalli, Rajendar K; Fisher, James; Elmquist, William F

    2013-12-01

    Sunitinib malate is a multi-targeted tyrosine-kinase inhibitor, currently in clinical trials for glioma. Previously developed methods for preclinical studies in species such as mice have either employed high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) or did not describe a detailed analytical method, which could be employed by other preclinical laboratories. In this paper, we have developed and validated a simple, sensitive high-performance liquid chromatography tandem mass-spectrometric method (LC-MS/MS) for the determination of sunitinib concentration in mouse plasma and brain tissue homogenate using dasatinib-free base as the internal standard. A single step liquid-liquid extraction method was used for both the matrices. Since sunitinib exhibits light-induced E/Z isomerism, all sample preparation was done in light-protected conditions. Separation was performed on a ZORBAX Eclipse XDB C18 column 4.6 × 50 mm, 1.8 μm. The mobile phase consisted of 20 mM ammonium formate (with 0.1 % formic acid): acetonitrile (70:30, v/v) pumped isocratically at a flow rate of 0.25 mL min(-1) with a total run-time of 13 min. The retention times of sunitinib and dasatinib were 7.8 and 5.5 min, respectively. The calibration curve was linear over the range from 1.95 to 500 ng mL(-1) in both plasma and brain tissue homogenate with 1.95 ng mL(-1) as the lower limit of quantification (LLOQ) for both the matrices. Inter- and intra-day accuracy and precision was <15 % for low QC, med QC and high QC and <20 % for LLOQ. The method was applied to a pharmacokinetic study in FVB wild-type mice to determine the plasma and brain concentrations after a single oral sunitinib malate dose of 20 mg kg(-1). PMID:24409000

  15. Plasma Sources for Medical Applications - A Comparison of Spot Like Plasmas and Large Area Plasmas

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    Weltmann, Klaus-Dieter

    2015-09-01

    Plasma applications in life science are currently emerging worldwide. Whereas today's commercially available plasma surgical technologies such as argon plasma coagulation (APC) or ablation are mainly based on lethal plasma effects on living systems, the newly emerging therapeutic applications will be based on selective, at least partially non-lethal, possibly stimulating plasma effects on living cells and tissue. Promising results could be obtained by different research groups worldwide revealing a huge potential for the application of low temperature atmospheric pressure plasma in fields such as tissue engineering, healing of chronic wounds, treatment of skin diseases, tumor treatment based on specific induction of apoptotic processes, inhibition of biofilm formation and direct action on biofilms or treatment of dental diseases. The development of suitable and reliable plasma sources for the different therapies requires an in-depth knowledge of their physics, chemistry and parameters. Therefore much basic research still needs to be conducted to minimize risk and to provide a scientific fundament for new plasma-based medical therapies. It is essential to perform a comprehensive assessment of physical and biological experiments to clarify minimum standards for plasma sources for applications in life science and for comparison of different sources. One result is the DIN-SPEC 91315, which is now open for further improvements. This contribution intends to give an overview on the status of commercial cold plasma sources as well as cold plasma sources still under development for medical use. It will discuss needs, prospects and approaches for the characterization of plasmas from different points of view. Regarding the manageability in everyday medical life, atmospheric pressure plasma jets (APPJ) and dielectric barrier discharges (DBD) are of special interest. A comprehensive risk-benefit assessment including the state of the art of commercial sources for medical use

  16. Simultaneous determination of mangiferin and neomangiferin in rat plasma by UPLC-MS/MS and its application for pharmacokinetic study.

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    Qiu, Xiangjun; Zhao, Jian-Long; Hao, Cong; Yuan, Canli; Tian, Nuan; Xu, Zhi-Sheng; Zou, Ruan-Min

    2016-05-30

    In this study, a sensitive and rapid ultra performance liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry (UPLC-MS/MS) method was developed to determine mangiferin and neomangiferin in rat plasma simultaneously. Chromatographic separation was carried out on an Acquity UPLC BEH C18 column and mass spectrometric analysis was performed using a Xevo TQD triple quadruple mass spectrometer coupled with an electrospray ionization (ESI) source. The MRM transitions of m/z 423.2→303.1 and m/z 585.0→273.1 were used to quantify for mangiferin and neomangiferin, respectively. The linearity of this method was found to be within the concentration range of 5-2000ng/mL for mangiferin, and 2-1000ng/mL for neomangiferin in rat plasma, respectively. Only 3.0min was needed for an analytical run. This assay was used to support a preclinical study to investigate the pharmacokinetics of mangiferin and neomangiferin in rats. PMID:26945635

  17. UPLC-MS-MS Method for the Determination of Vilazodone in Human Plasma: Application to a Pharmacokinetic Study.

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    El-Bagary, Ramzia; Hashem, Hanaa; Fouad, Marwa; Tarek, Sally

    2016-09-01

    A sensitive, rapid and simple liquid chromatographic-electrospray ionization tandem mass spectrometric (LC-ESI-MS-MS) method was developed for the quantitative determination of vilazodone in human plasma and for the study of the pharmacokinetic behavior of vilazodone in healthy Egyptian volunteers. With escitalopram as internal standard (IS), liquid-liquid extraction was used for the purification and preconcentration of analytes from human plasma matrix using diethyl ether. The separation was performed on an Acquity UPLC BEH shield RP C18 column (1.7 µm, 2.1 × 150 mm). Isocratic elution was applied using methanol-0.2% formic acid (90:10, v/v). Detection was performed on a triple-quadrupole tandem mass spectrometer with multiple reaction monitoring mode via an electrospray ionization source at m/z 442.21 → 155.23 for vilazodone and m/z 325.14 → 109.2 for escitalopram. Linear calibration curves were obtained over the range of 1-200 ng/mL with the lower limit of quantification at 1 ng/mL. The intra- and inter-day precision showed relative standard deviation ≤3.3%. The total run time was 1.5 min. This method was successfully applied for clinical pharmacokinetic investigation, and a preliminary metabolic study was also carried out. PMID:27209054

  18. Quantification of roxatidine in human plasma by liquid chromatography electrospray ionization tandem mass spectrometry: application to a bioequivalence study.

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    Ryu, Ju-Hee; Choi, Sang-Jun; Lee, Heon-Woo; Choi, Seung-Ki; Lee, Kyung-Tae

    2008-12-01

    A sensitive and specific method using a one-step liquid-liquid extraction (LLE) with ethyl acetate followed by high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) coupled with positive ion electrospray ionization tandem mass spectrometry (ESI-MS/MS) detection was developed and validated for the determination of roxatidine in human plasma using famotidine as an internal standard (IS). Data acquisition was carried out in multiple reaction monitoring (MRM) mode, by monitoring the transitions m/z 307.3-->107.1 for roxatidine and m/z 338.4-->189.1 for famotidine. Chromatographic separation was performed on a reverse phase Hydrosphere C(18) column at 0.2 mL min(-1) using a mixture of methanol-ammonium formate buffer as mobile phase (20:80, v/v; adjusted to pH 3.9 with formic acid). The achieved lower limit of quantification (LLOQ) was 1.0 ng mL(-1) and the standard calibration curve for roxatidine was linear (r(2)=0.998) over the studied range (1-1000 ng mL(-1)) with acceptable accuracy and precision. Roxatidine was found to be stable in human plasma samples under short-, long-term storage and processing conditions. The developed method was validated and successfully applied to the bioequivalence study of roxatidine administrated as a single oral dose (75 mg as roxatidine acetate hydrochloride) to healthy female Korean volunteers. PMID:18977187

  19. Simultaneous Quantification of Baricitinib and Methotrexate in Rat Plasma by LC-MS/MS: Application to a Pharmacokinetic Study

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    Veeraraghavan, Sridhar; Thappali, Satheeshmanikandan R. S.; Viswanadha, Srikant; Vakkalanka, Swaroop; Rangaswamy, Manivannan

    2016-01-01

    Efficacy assessments using a combination of baricitinib and methotrexate necessitate the development of an analytical method for the determination of both drugs in plasma with precision. A high-performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) method was developed for the simultaneous determination of baricitinib and methotrexate in rat plasma. Extraction of baricitinib, methotrexate, and tolbutamide (internal standard; IS) from 50 µL of rat plasma was carried out by protein precipitation with methanol. Chromatographic separation of the analytes was performed on the YMC pack ODS AM (150 mm × 4.6 mm, 5 µm) column under gradient conditions with methanol: 2.0 mM ammonium acetate buffer as the mobile phases at a flow rate of 1 mL/min. The precursor ion and product ion transition for both analytes and IS were monitored on a triple quadrupole mass spectrometer, operated with selective reaction monitoring in positive ionization mode. The method was validated over a concentration range of 0.5–250.00 ng/mL for baricitinib and methotrexate. Mean extraction recoveries for baricitinib, methotrexate, and IS of 86.8%, 89.4%, and 91.8% were consistent across low, medium, and high QC levels, respectively. Precision and accuracy at low, medium, and high quality control levels were less than 15% across the analytes. Benchtop, wet, freeze-thaw, and long-term stability were evaluated for both of the analytes. The analytical method was applied to support the pharmacokinetic study of simultaneous estimation of baricitinib and methotrexate in Wistar rats. Assay reproducibility was demonstrated by reanalysis of 18 incurred samples PMID:27222609

  20. Simultaneous Quantification of Baricitinib and Methotrexate in Rat Plasma by LC-MS/MS: Application to a Pharmacokinetic Study.

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    Veeraraghavan, Sridhar; Thappali, Satheeshmanikandan R S; Viswanadha, Srikant; Vakkalanka, Swaroop; Rangaswamy, Manivannan

    2016-01-01

    Efficacy assessments using a combination of baricitinib and methotrexate necessitate the development of an analytical method for the determination of both drugs in plasma with precision. A high-performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) method was developed for the simultaneous determination of baricitinib and methotrexate in rat plasma. Extraction of baricitinib, methotrexate, and tolbutamide (internal standard; IS) from 50 µL of rat plasma was carried out by protein precipitation with methanol. Chromatographic separation of the analytes was performed on the YMC pack ODS AM (150 mm × 4.6 mm, 5 µm) column under gradient conditions with methanol: 2.0 mM ammonium acetate buffer as the mobile phases at a flow rate of 1 mL/min. The precursor ion and product ion transition for both analytes and IS were monitored on a triple quadrupole mass spectrometer, operated with selective reaction monitoring in positive ionization mode. The method was validated over a concentration range of 0.5-250.00 ng/mL for baricitinib and methotrexate. Mean extraction recoveries for baricitinib, methotrexate, and IS of 86.8%, 89.4%, and 91.8% were consistent across low, medium, and high QC levels, respectively. Precision and accuracy at low, medium, and high quality control levels were less than 15% across the analytes. Benchtop, wet, freeze-thaw, and long-term stability were evaluated for both of the analytes. The analytical method was applied to support the pharmacokinetic study of simultaneous estimation of baricitinib and methotrexate in Wistar rats. Assay reproducibility was demonstrated by reanalysis of 18 incurred samples. PMID:27222609

  1. Novel applications of plasma actuators

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    Ozturk, Arzu Ceren

    The current study investigates the effectiveness of two different dielectric barrier discharge plasma actuator configurations, a 3-D annular geometry for use in micro thrusters and internal duct aerodynamics and a jet vectoring actuator that acts as a vortex generator and flow control device. The first configuration consists of a closed circumferential arrangement which yields a body force when a voltage difference is applied across the inner and outer electrodes separated by a dielectric. The primary flow is driven by this zero-net mass flux jet at the wall that then entrains fluid in the core of the duct. PIV experiments in both quiescent flow and freestream are conducted on tubes of different diameters while varying parameters such as the modulation frequency, duty cycle and tunnel speed. The values of the induced velocities increase with the forcing frequency and duty cycle although there is a peak value for the forcing frequency after which the velocity and thrust decrease for each thruster. The velocities and thrust increase as the inner diameter of the tubes are increased while the velocity profiles show a great difference with the (l/di) ratio; recirculation occurs after going below a critical value. Experiments in the wind tunnel illustrate that the jet exit characteristics significantly change upon actuation in freestream flow but the effect tends to diminish with increasing inner diameters and tunnel speeds. Using staged arrays of these thrusters result in higher velocities while operating at both in phase and out of phase. The jet vectoring configuration consists of a single embedded electrode separated from two exposed electrodes on either side by the dielectric. The embedded electrode is grounded while the exposed electrodes are driven with a high frequency high voltage input signal. PIV measurements of the actuator in a freestream show that vectoring the jet yields stronger vortices than a linear configuration and increasing the difference between

  2. Application of Dusty Plasmas for Space

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    Bhavasar, Hemang; Ahuja, Smariti

    plasmas, dust particles are actually grown in the discharge from the reactive gases used to form the plasmas. Perhaps the most intriguing aspect of dusty plasmas is that the particles can be directly imaged and their dynamic behavior recorded as digital images. This is accomplished by laser light scattering from the particles. Since the particle mass is relatively high, their dynamical timescales are much longer than that of the ions or electrons. Dusty plasmas has a broad range of applications including interplanetary space dust, comets, planetary rings, dusty surfaces in space, and aerosols in the atmosphere.

  3. Simultaneous determination of amoxicillin and ambroxol in human plasma by LC-MS/MS: validation and application to pharmacokinetic study.

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    Wen, Aidong; Hang, Taijun; Chen, Suning; Wang, Zhirui; Ding, Likun; Tian, Yun; Zhang, Meng; Xu, Xinxin

    2008-11-01

    A rapid, simple and sensitive LC-MS/MS method was developed for simultaneous determination of amoxicillin and ambroxol in human plasma using clenbuterol as internal standard (IS). The plasma samples were subjected to a simple protein precipitation with methanol. Separation was achieved on a Lichrospher C(18) column (150 mm x 4.6mm ID, dp 5 microm) using methanol (containing 0.2% of formic acid) and water (containing 0.2% of formic acid) as a mobile phase by gradient elution at a flow rate of 1.0 mL/min. Detection was performed using electrospray ionization in positive ion multiple reaction monitoring (MRM) mode by monitoring the ion transitions from m/z 365.9-->348.9 (amoxicillin), m/z 378.9-->263.6 (ambroxol) and m/z 277.0-->203.0 (IS). Calibration curves were linear in the concentration range of 5-20,000 ng/mL for amoxicillin, and 1-200 ng/mL for ambroxol, with the intra- and inter-run precisions of <9% and the accuracies of 100+/-7%. The method has been validated and applied to pharmacokinetic studies of compound amoxicillin and ambroxol hydrochloride tablets in healthy Chinese volunteers. PMID:18603398

  4. Determination of rutin in rat plasma by ultra performance liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry and application to pharmacokinetic study.

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    Chen, Mengchun; Zhang, Xiaoqian; Wang, Hao; Lin, Baoli; Wang, Shuanghu; Hu, Guoxin

    2015-04-01

    A sensitive and rapid ultra performance liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry (UPLC-MS-MS) method for the determination of rutin in rat plasma was developed and validated. After addition of tolbutamide as internal standard (IS), protein precipitation by acetonitrile was used as sample preparation. The chromatographic separation was performed on an Acquity UPLC BEH C18 column (2.1 × 50 mm, 1.7 μm particle size), using acetonitrile-0.1% formic acid as the mobile phase with gradient elution, delivered at a flow-rate of 0.4 mL/min. Mass spectrometric analysis was performed using a XEVO TQD mass spectrometer coupled with an electro-spray ionization (ESI) source in the positive ion mode. The MRM transitions of m/z 610.91→302.98 and m/z 271.2→155.1 were used to quantify for rutin and tolbutamide, respectively. This assay method has been fully validated in terms of specificity, linearity, recovery and matrix effect, accuracy, precision and stability. Calibration curves were linear in the concentration ranges of 25-2000 ng/mL for rutin. Only 3 min was needed for an analytical run. This developed method was successfully used for determination of rutin in rat plasma for pharmacokinetic study. PMID:25030991

  5. A quantitative determination of fluorochloridone in rat plasma by UPLC-MS/MS method: application to a pharmacokinetic study.

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    Liu, Shihong; Shi, Jingmin; Fan, Junpei; Sun, Jie; Zhang, Suhui; Hu, Yue; Wei, Li; Wu, Chunhua; Chang, Xiuli; Tang, Liming; Zhou, Zhijun

    2016-08-01

    A precise, high-throughput and sensitive ultra-performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (UPLC-MS/MS) method has been developed for the determination of fluorochloridone (FLC) in rat plasma. The extraction of analytes from plasma samples was carried out by protein precipitation procedure using acetonitrile prior to UPLC-MS/MS analysis. Verapamil was proved as a proper internal standard (IS) among many candidates. The chromatographic separation based on UPLC was well optimized. Multiple reaction monitoring in positive electrospray ionization was used with the optimized MS transitions at: m/z 312.0 → 292.0 for FLC and m/z 456.4 → 165.2 for IS. This method was well validated with good linear response (r(2)  > 0.998) observed over the investigated range of 3-3000 ng/mL and with satisfactory stability. This method was also characterized with adequate intra- and inter-day precision and accuracy (within 12%) in the quality control samples, and with high selectivity and less matrix effect observed. Total running time was only 1.5 min. This method has been successfully applied to a pilot FLC pharmacokinetic study after oral administration. Copyright © 2016 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. PMID:26663256

  6. Quantitative determination of euphol in rat plasma by LC-MS/MS and its application to a pharmacokinetic study.

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    Xie, Xu; Li, Yongning; Gao, Dongna; Zhang, Yu; Ren, Yanbo

    2014-09-01

    Euphol is a potential pharmacologically active ingredient isolated from Euphorbia kansui. A simple, rapid, and sensitive method to determine euphol in rat plasma was developed based on liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) for the first time. The analyte and internal standard (IS), oleanic acid, were extracted from plasma with methanol and chromatographied on a C18 short column eluted with a mobile phase of methanol–water–formic acid (95:5:0.1, v/v/v). Detection was performed by positive ion atmospheric pressure chemical ionization in selective reaction monitoring mode. This method monitored the transitions m/z 409.0 →109.2 and m/z 439.4 → 203.2 for euphol and IS, respectively. The assay was linear over the concentration range 27–9000 ng/mL, with a limit of quantitation of 27 ng/mL. The accuracy was between –7.04 and 4.11%, and the precision was <10.83%. This LC-MS/MS method was successfully applied to investigate the pharmacokinetic study of euphol in rats after intravenous (6 mg/kg) and oral (48 mg/kg) administration. Results showed that the absolute bioavailability of euphol was approximately 46.01%. PMID:25237707

  7. Liquid chromatography mass spectrometry simultaneous determination of vindoline and catharanthine in rat plasma and its application to a pharmacokinetic study.

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    Lin, Chongliang; Cai, Jinzhang; Yang, Xuezhi; Hu, Lufeng; Lin, Guanyang

    2015-01-01

    Vinblastine and vincristine, both of which are bisindole alkaloids derived from vindoline and catharanthine, have been used for cancer chemotherapy; their monomeric precursor molecules are vindoline and catharanthine. A simple and selective liquid chromatography mass spectrometry method for simultaneous determination of vindoline and catharanthine in rat plasma was developed. Chromatographic separation was achieved on a C18 (2.1 × 50 mm, 3.5 µm) column with acetonitrile-0.1% formic acid in water as mobile phase with gradient elution. The flow rate was set at 0.4 mL/min. An electrospray ionization source was applied and operated in positive ion mode; selective ion monitoring mode was used for quantification. Mean recoveries were in the range of 87.3-92.6% for vindoline in rat plasma and 88.5-96.5% for catharanthine. Matrix effects for vindoline and catharanthine were measured to be between 95.3 and 104.7%. Coefficients of variation of intra-day and inter-day precision were both <15%. The accuracy of the method ranged from 93.8 to 108.1%. The method was successfully applied in a pharmacokinetic study of vindoline and catharanthine in rats. The bioavailability of vindoline and catharanthine were 5.4 and 4.7%, respectively. PMID:24828449

  8. Characterization of a compact ECR plasma source and its applications to studies of helium ion damage to tungsten

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    Donovan, D.; Buchenauer, D.; Whaley, J.; Friddle, R.

    2016-02-01

    Exposure of tungsten to low energy (<100 eV) helium plasmas at temperatures between 900-1900 K in both laboratory experiments and tokamaks has been shown to cause severe nanoscale modification of the near surface resulting in the growth of tungsten tendrils. Tendril formation can lead to non-sputtered erosion and dust formation. Here we report on characterization of a compact electron cyclotron resonance (ECR) He plasma source with an ion flux of ˜2.5 × 1019 ions m-2 s-1, average fluence of 3 × 1024 ions m-2, and the surface morphology changes seen on the exposed tungsten surfaces. Exposures of polished tungsten disks at temperatures up to 1270 K have been performed and characterized using scanning electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy (AFM) scans. Bubbles and craters have been seen on the exposed tungsten surface growing to up to 150 nm in diameter. The ECR source has been tested for eventual use on a scanning tunneling microscopy experiment intended to study the early stages of surface morphology change due to He ion exposure.

  9. A simple LC-MS method for determination of cyasterone in rat plasma: application to a pilot pharmacokinetic study.

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    Li, Fuqiang; Li, Guangyu; Zhao, Jinsong; Xiao, Jun; Liu, Zaoxia; Su, Guanfang

    2016-06-01

    A simple, specific, and sensitive liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (LC-MS) method for determination of cyasterone in rat plasma was developed in our laboratory. Cucurbitacin B was used as an internal standard (IS). After protein precipitation with twofold volume of acetonitrile, the analyte and IS were separated on a Luna C18 column (100 × 4.6 mm, i.d., 3.0 µm; Phenomenex) by isocratic elution with acetonitrile-water (80:20, v/v) as the mobile phase at a flow rate of 0.4 mL/min. An electrospray ionization source was applied and operated in the positive ion mode; selected ion monitoring scan mode was used for quantification, and the target ions m/z 543.3 for cyasterone and m/z 581.3 for IS were chosen. Good linearity was observed in the concentration range of 0.40-400 ng/mL for cyasterone in rat plasma. Intra-day and inter-day precision were both <7.4%. This method was proved to be suitable for pharmacokinetic studies after oral (5.0 mg/kg) or intravenous (0.5 mg/kg) administration of cyasterone in rats. Copyright © 2015 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. PMID:26390114

  10. Quantification of complanatoside A in rat plasma using LC-MS/MS and its application to a pharmacokinetic study.

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    Li, Nan; Liu, Yue; Cao, Yuchen; Wei, Zhouxia; Pang, Li; Wang, Jianmeng

    2016-06-01

    Complanatoside A is a flavonol glycoside isolated from Astragalus complanatus, and currently it is used as a quality control index for A. complanatus in the 2010 edition of the Chinese Pharmacopoeia. For the first time, a simple and sensitive LC-MS/MS method was developed for the determination of complanatoside A in rat plasma over the range of 2.3-575 ng/mL. Complanatoside A was extracted from plasma by a protein precipitation procedure, separated by LC and detected by MS/MS in positive electrospray ionization mode. The method was validated for selectivity, carryover, sensitivity, linearity, extraction recovery, matrix effect, accuracy, precision and stability studies. The lower limit of quantification was established at 2.3 ng/mL. Intra- and inter-day precisions (LLOQ, low-QC, med-QC and high-QC) were <7.9%, and accuracies were between 94.0 and 105.1%. Matrix effect was acceptable (97.9-103.0%) and extraction recovery was reproducible (88.5-94.4%). Complanatoside A was stable in the investigated conditions. The method was applied to the pharmacokinetics of complanatoside A in rats. Copyright © 2015 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. PMID:26393341

  11. The role and application of ion beam analysis for studies of plasma-facing components in controlled fusion devices

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    Rubel, Marek; Petersson, Per; Alves, Eduardo; Brezinsek, Sebastijan; Coad, Joseph Paul; Heinola, Kalle; Mayer, Matej; Widdowson, Anna

    2016-03-01

    First wall materials in controlled fusion devices undergo serious modification by several physical and chemical processes arising from plasma-wall interactions. Detailed information is required for the assessment of material lifetime and accumulation of hydrogen isotopes in wall materials. The intention of this work is to give a concise overview of key issues in the characterization of plasma-facing materials and components in tokamaks, especially in JET with an ITER-Like Wall. IBA techniques play a particularly prominent role here because of their isotope selectivity in the low-Z range (1-10), high sensitivity and combination of several methods in a single run. The role of 3He-based NRA, RBS (standard and micro-size beam) and HIERDA in fuel retention and material migration studies is presented. The use of tracer techniques with rare isotopes (e.g. 15N) or marker layers on wall diagnostic components is described. Special instrumentation, development of equipment to enhance research capabilities and issues in handling of contaminated materials are addressed.

  12. Method development and validation of almotriptan in human plasma by HPLC tandem mass spectrometry: application to pharmacokinetic study.

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    Ravikumar, Konda; Chandu, Babu Rao; Challa, Balasekhara Reddy; Chandrasekhar, Kottapalli B

    2012-06-01

    A simple, sensitive and selective method has been developed for quantification of Almotriptan (AL) in human plasma using Almotriptan-d(6) (ALD6) as an internal standard. Almotriptan and Almotriptan-d(6) were detected with proton adducts at m/z 336.1→201.1 and 342.2→207.2 in multiple reaction monitoring (MRM) positive mode, respectively. The method was linear over a concentration range of 0.5-150.0 ng/mL. The limit of detection (LOD) and limit of quantification (LOQ) for Almotriptan were 0.2 pg/mL and 0.5 ng/mL, respectively. Liquid-liquid extraction was used followed by MS/MS (ion spray). The method was shown to be precise with an average within-run and between-run variation of 0.68 to 2.78% and 0.57 to 0.86%, respectively. The average within-run and between-run accuracy of the method throughout its linear range was 98.94 to 102.64% and 99.43 to 101.44%, respectively. The mean recovery of drug and internal standard from human plasma was 92.12 ± 4.32% and 89.62 ± 6.32%. It can be applied for clinical and pharmacokinetic studies. PMID:22896823

  13. Method Development and Validation of Almotriptan in Human Plasma by HPLC Tandem Mass Spectrometry: Application to Pharmacokinetic Study

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    Ravikumar, Konda; Chandu, Babu Rao; Challa, Balasekhara Reddy; Chandrasekhar, Kottapalli B.

    2012-01-01

    A simple, sensitive and selective method has been developed for quantification of Almotriptan (AL) in human plasma using Almotriptan-d6 (ALD6) as an internal standard. Almotriptan and Almotriptan-d6 were detected with proton adducts at m/z 336.1→201.1 and 342.2→207.2 in multiple reaction monitoring (MRM) positive mode, respectively. The method was linear over a concentration range of 0.5–150.0 ng/mL. The limit of detection (LOD) and limit of quantification (LOQ) for Almotriptan were 0.2 pg/mL and 0.5 ng/mL, respectively. Liquid-liquid extraction was used followed by MS/MS (ion spray). The method was shown to be precise with an average within-run and between-run variation of 0.68 to 2.78% and 0.57 to 0.86%, respectively. The average within-run and between-run accuracy of the method throughout its linear range was 98.94 to 102.64% and 99.43 to 101.44%, respectively. The mean recovery of drug and internal standard from human plasma was 92.12 ± 4.32% and 89.62 ± 6.32%. It can be applied for clinical and pharmacokinetic studies. PMID:22896823

  14. Determination of levocetirizine in human plasma by LC-MS-MS: validation and application in a pharmacokinetic study.

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    Wichitnithad, Wisut; Jithavech, Ponsiree; Sanphanya, Kingkan; Vicheantawatchai, Petploy; Rojsitthisak, Pornchai

    2015-01-01

    A fast and simple sample cleanup approach for levocetirizine in human was developed using protein precipitation coupled with LC-MS-MS. Samples were treated with 6% trichloroacetic acid in water prior to LC-MS-MS analysis. Chromatographic separation was performed on a reverse phase column with an isocratic mobile phase of acetonitrile and 10 mM ammonium formate pH 3.5 (80:20, v/v) at a flow rate of 1.0 mL/min. The run time was 3.5 min. Mass parameters were optimized to monitor transitions at m/z [M+H](+) 389.0→201.0 for levocetirizine and m/z [M+H](+) 375.3→201.0 for hydroxyzine as internal standard. The lower limit of quantification and the dynamic range were 1.00 and 1.00-500 ng/mL, respectively. Linearity was good for intraday and interday validations (r(2) ≥ 0.995). The mean recoveries were 59 and 69% for levocetirizine and hydroxyzine, respectively. Matrix effect was acceptable with %CV < 15. Hemolytic effect was negligible. Levocetirizine was stable in human plasma for 27 h at room temperature (25°C), for 16 weeks frozen at -70°C, 4 weeks frozen at -20°C, for 24 h in an autosampler at 15°C and for three freeze/thaw cycles. The validated method was applied in a pharmacokinetic study to determine the concentration of levocetirizine in plasma samples. The study provides a fast and simple bioanalytical method for routine analysis and may be particularly useful for bioequivalence studies. PMID:26084706

  15. Quantitation of eleven active compounds of Aidi injection in rat plasma and its application to comparative pharmacokinetic study.

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    Liu, Ran; Ma, Ran; Yu, Chunyu; Bi, Cathy Wenchuan; Yin, Yidi; Xu, Huarong; Shang, Hongwei; Bi, Kaishun; Li, Qing

    2016-07-15

    Aidi injection has been widely used for the treatment of colorectal cancer. The purpose of this study was to develop a sensitive and reliable method for simultaneous quantitation of 11 main active ingredients in Aidi injection and to compare the pharmacokinetics of these ingredients in normal and colorectal model cancer rats after tail vein injection. After being extracted by isopropanol-ethyl acetate (1:1, v/v), the plasma samples were analyzed with domperidone as internal standard. Then the analytes were separated on a Venusil MP C18 column with 0.15% formic acid and methanol. The detection was performed on HPLC-MS/MS system with turbo ion spray source in the positive ion and multiple reaction-monitoring mode. The assay was shown to be linear over the range of 0.004-4.0μgmL(-1) of syringin B, astragaloside II and isofraxidin; 0.01-10.0μgmL(-1) of calycosin-7-O-β-d-glucoside and astragaloside IV; 0.02-20.0μgmL(-1) of ginsenoside Rg1, Rb1, Rc and Rd; 0.04-40.0μgmL(-1) of syringin E; 0.06-60.0μgmL(-1) of ginsenoside Re. And the validated method has been successfully applied to compare pharmacokinetic profiles of the 11 ingredients in plasma. The pharmacokinetic results showed here were significant differences in pharmacokinetic parameters for eight analytes between two groups after injection, while no significant differences for astragaloside II, astragaloside IV and ginsenoside Rc. The present study has the advantages of short analysis time and easy sample preparation, which could more comprehensively reflect the quality of Aidi injection in single run. The method proposed could be of great use for pharmacokinetics, bioavailability or bioequivalence studies of Aidi injection in biological samples. PMID:26277443

  16. Radio-frequency Plasma Sheath Studies

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    Hicks, Nathaniel

    2015-09-01

    The response of ion-electron plasma as well as two-component plasma to RF fields is studied via PIC simulation. In each case, the light species responds strongly to the RF and the heavy species does not. By varying the external electrode geometry, RF waveform, and driving voltage and frequency, light species of certain charge-to-mass ratios may experience a trapping effect within the RF structure. The space charge of this species creates a potential well for the oppositely-charged, heavy species. Simulation results are presented, as well as plans for experimental investigation of the same effect. Applications to plasma processes in which a plasma boundary is subjected to external RF fields are discussed.

  17. HPLC fluorescence method for the determination of nizatidine in human plasma and its application to pharmacokinetic study.

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    Çakar, Mahmut B; Ulu, Sevgi T

    2014-06-01

    A sensitive high-performance liquid chromatographic (HPLC) method was developed for the determination of nizatidine in human plasma. Nizatidine was derivatized by 4-fluoro-7-nitrobenzofurazan (NBD-F). Chromatographic separation was performed on a Inertsil C18 column (150 mm × 4.6 mm, 5 µm) using isocratic elution by a mobile phase consisting of methanol/water (55:45) at a flow rate of 1.2 mL/min. Amlodipine was used as the internal standard (IS). Fluorescence detector was used operated at 461 nm (excitation) and 517 nm (emission), respectively. The calibration curve was linear over the range of 50-2000 ng/mL. This method was successfully applied to a pharmacokinetic study after oral administration of a dose (150 mg) of nizatidine. PMID:23836529

  18. Reflectometric measurement of plasma imaging and applications

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    Mase, A.; Ito, N.; Oda, M.; Komada, Y.; Nagae, D.; Zhang, D.; Kogi, Y.; Tobimatsu, S.; Maruyama, T.; Shimazu, H.; Sakata, E.; Sakai, F.; Kuwahara, D.; Yoshinaga, T.; Tokuzawa, T.; Nagayama, Y.; Kawahata, K.; Yamaguchi, S.; Tsuji-Iio, S.; Domier, C. W.; Luhmann, N. C., Jr.; Park, H. K.; Yun, G.; Lee, W.; Padhi, S.; Kim, K. W.

    2012-01-01

    Progress in microwave and millimeter-wave technologies has made possible advanced diagnostics for application to various fields, such as, plasma diagnostics, radio astronomy, alien substance detection, airborne and spaceborne imaging radars called as synthetic aperture radars, living body measurements. Transmission, reflection, scattering, and radiation processes of electromagnetic waves are utilized as diagnostic tools. In this report we focus on the reflectometric measurements and applications to biological signals (vital signal detection and breast cancer detection) as well as plasma diagnostics, specifically by use of imaging technique and ultra-wideband radar technique.

  19. Computational comparative study of microwave probes for plasma density measurement

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    Kim, D. W.; You, S. J.; Kim, J. H.; Chang, H. Y.; Oh, W. Y.

    2016-06-01

    A microwave probe is known to be a suitable method to measure plasma density, even in the processing condition and is widely used in various environments of low-temperature processing plasmas. Various types of microwave probes have been researched and developed to measure the precise plasma density. Extensive research has been conducted to investigate each probes characteristic responding to the plasma parameters (plasma density, electron temperature, pressure, sheath width, and so forth) based on both experiments and simulations. However, a comparative study elucidating the relative characteristics of each probe has not been completed yet, despite the wide applications of the probes in processing plasma. We conduct a comparative study among the microwave probes using the numerical method of three-dimensional finite-difference time-domain simulation. In this study, the microwave probes are compared by investigating the precision of plasma density measurement under a comprehensive range of plasma parameters (plasma density, pressure, and sheath width).

  20. Computational studies of nonlinear dispersive plasma systems

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    Qian, Xin

    Plasma systems with dispersive waves are ubiquitous. Dispersive waves have the property that their wave velocity depends on the wave number of the wave. These waves show up in weakly as well as strongly coupled plasmas, and play a significant role in the underlying plasma dynamics. Dispersive waves bring new challenges to the computer simulation of nonlinear phenomena. The goal of this thesis is to discuss two computational studies of plasma phenomena, one drawn from strongly coupled complex or dusty plasmas, and the other from weakly coupled hydrogen plasmas. In the realm of dusty plasmas, we focus on the problem of three-dimensional (3D) Mach cones which we study by means of Molecular Dynamics (MD) simulations, assuming that the dust particles interact via a Yukawa potential. While laboratory and MD simulations have explored thoroughly the properties of Mach cones in 2D, elucidating the important role of dispersive waves in the formation of multiple cones, the simulations presented in this thesis represent the first 3D MD studies of Mach cones in strongly coupled dusty plasmas. These results have qualitative similarities with experimental observations on 3D Mach cones from the PK-3 plus project, which studies complex plasmas under microgravity conditions aboard the International Space station. In the realm of weakly coupled plasmas, we present results on the application of non-oscillatory central schemes to Hall MHD reconnection problems, in which the presence of dispersive whistler waves presents a formidable challenge for numerical algorithms that rely on explicit time-stepping schemes. In particular, we focus on the semi-discrete central formulation of Kurganov and Tadmor (2000), which has the advantage that it allow for larger time steps, and with significantly smaller numerical viscosity, than fully discrete schemes. We implement the Hall MHD equations through the CentPACK software package that implements the Kurganov-Tadmor formulation for a wide range of

  1. Sports medicine applications of platelet rich plasma.

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    Mishra, Allan; Harmon, Kimberly; Woodall, James; Vieira, Amy

    2012-06-01

    Platelet rich plasma (PRP) is a powerful new biologic tool in sports medicine. PRP is a fraction of autologous whole blood containing and increased number of platelets and a wide variety of cytokines such as platelet derived growth factor (PDGF), vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) and transforming growth factor beta-1 (TGF-B1), fibroblast growth factor (FGF), Insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1) among many others. Worldwide interest in this biologic technology has recently risen sharply. Basic science and preclinical data support the use of PRP for a variety of sports related injuries and disorders. The published, peer reviewed, human data on PRP is limited. Although the scientific evaluation of clinical efficacy is in the early stages, elite and recreational athletes already use PRP in the treatment of sports related injuries. Many questions remain to be answered regarding the use of PRP including optimal formulation, including of leukocytes, dosage and rehabilitation protocols. In this review, a classification for platelet rich plasma is proposed and the in-vitro, preclinical and human investigations of PRP applications in sports medicine will be reviewed as well as a discussion of rehabilitation after a PRP procedure. The regulation of PRP by the World Anti-Doping Agency will also be discussed. PRP is a promising technology in sports medicine; however, it will require more vigorous study in order to better understand how to apply it most effectively. PMID:21740373

  2. Simultaneous determination of erlotinib and tamoxifen in rat plasma using UPLC-MS/MS: Application to pharmacokinetic interaction studies.

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    Maher, Hadir M; Alzoman, Nourah Z; Shehata, Shereen M

    2016-08-15

    Tamoxifen (TAM) is a non-steroidal estrogen receptor antagonist that enhances erlotinib (ERL)-induced cytotoxicity in the treatment of NSCLC. ERL and TAM are metabolized by CYP3A4 enzymes. In addition, both drugs have the potential of altering the enzymatic activity through either inhibition (ERL) or induction (TAM). Thus it was expected that pharmacokinetics (PK) drug-drug interactions (DDIs) could be encountered following their co-administration. In this respect, a bioanalytical UPLC-MS/MS method has been developed and validated for the simultaneous determination of ERL and TAM in rat plasma samples, using ondansetron (OND) as an internal standard (IS). Plasma samples were prepared using mixed mode cationic solid phase extraction (SPE) STRATA™ -X-C 33μm cartridges with good extraction recovery of both drugs from rat plasma (Er% from -13.92 to -3.32). The drugs were separated on a Waters BEH™ C18 column with an isocratic elution using a mobile phase composed of a mixture of acetonitrile and water, each with 0.15% formic acid, in the ratio of 80: 20, v/v. Quantitation was carried out using the positive ionization mode with multiple reaction monitoring (MRM) at m/z 394.20>278.04 (ERL), m/z 372.25>72.01 (TAM), and m/z 294.18>170.16 (OND). The method was fully validated as per the FDA guidelines over the concentration range of 0.2-50ng/mL with very low lower limit of quantification (LLOQ) of 0.2ng/mL for both ERL and TAM. The intra- and inter-day assay precision (in terms of relative standard deviation, RSD) and accuracy (in terms of percentage relative error, % Er) were evaluated for both drugs and the calculated values evaluated at four different concentration levels were within the acceptable limits (<15%) for concentrations other than LLOQ and 20% for LLOQ. The method was successfully applied to the study of possible PK-DDI following the oral administration of ERL and TAM in a combination, compared to their single administration. PMID:27336702

  3. Simultaneous quantification of hyperin, reynoutrin and guaijaverin in mice plasma by LC-MS/MS: application to a pharmacokinetic study.

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    Li, Z; Meng, F; Zhang, Y; Sun, L; Yu, L; Zhang, Z; Peng, S; Guo, J

    2016-07-01

    A specific and sensitive LC-MS/MS assay was developed to simultaneously quantify three structurally similar flavonoid glycosides - hyperin, reynoutrin and guaijaverin - in mouse plasma. Biosamples were prepared by solid-phase extraction. Isocratic chromatographic separation was performed on an AichromBond-AQ C18 column (250 × 2.1 mm, 5 μm) with methanol-acetonitrile-water-formic acid (20:25:55:0.1) as the mobile phase. Detection of hyperin, reynoutrin, guaijaverin and internal standard [luteolin-7-O-β-d-apiofuranosyl-(1 → 6)-β-d-glucopyranoside] was achieved by ESI-MS/MS in the negative ion mode using m/z 463 → m/z 300, m/z 433 → m/z 300, m/z 433 → m/z 300 and m/z 579 → m/z 285 transitions, respectively. Linear concentration ranges of calibration curves were 4.0-800.0 ng/mL for hyperin and reynoutrin and 8.0-1600.0 ng/mL for guaijaverin when 100 μL of plasma was analyzed. We used this validated method to study the pharmacokinetics of hyperin, reynoutrin and guaijaverin in mice following oral and intravenous administration. All three quercetin-3-O-glycosides showed poor oral absorption in mice, and the absolute bioavailability of hyperin after oral administration of 100 mg/kg was 1.2%. Pretreatment with verapamil increased the peak concentration and area under the concentration-time curve of hyperin, which were significantly higher than the control values. The half-life of hyperin with verapamil was significantly prolonged compared with that of the control. Copyright © 2016 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. PMID:26588877

  4. Dense Hypervelocity Plasma Jets for Fusion Applications

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    Witherspoon, F. Douglas; Thio, Y. C. Francis

    2005-10-01

    High velocity dense plasma jets are being developed for a variety of fusion applications, including refueling, disruption mitigation, High Energy Density Plasmas, magnetized target/magneto-inertial fusion, injection of angular momentum into centrifugally confined mirrors, and others. The technical goal is to accelerate plasma blobs of density >10^17 cm-3 and total mass >100 micrograms to velocities >200 km/s. The approach utilizes symmetrical injection of very high density plasma into a coaxial EM accelerator having a tailored cross-section that prevents formation of the blow-by instability. AFRL MACH2 modeling identified 2 electrode configurations that produce the desired plasma jet parameters. The injected plasma is generated by up to 64 radially oriented capillary discharges arranged uniformly around the circumference of an angled annular injection section. Initial experimental results are presented in which 8 capillaries are fired in parallel with jitter of ˜100 ns. Current focus is on higher voltage operation to reduce jitter to a few 10's of ns, and development of a suite of optical and spectroscopic plasma diagnostics.

  5. Physics and medical applications of cold atmospheric plasma

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    Keidar, Michael

    2013-09-01

    Recent progress in atmospheric plasmas led to the creation of cold plasmas with ion temperature close to room temperature. Varieties of novel plasma diagnostic techniques were applied in a quest to understand physics of cold plasmas. In particular it was established that the streamer head charge is about 108 electrons, the electrical field in the head vicinity is about 107 V/m, and the electron density of the streamer column is about 1019 m3. We have demonstrated the efficacy of cold plasma in a pre-clinical model of various cancer types (lung, bladder, breast, head, neck, brain and skin). Both in-vitro andin-vivo studies revealed that cold plasmas selectively kill cancer cells. We showed that: (a) cold plasma application selectively eradicates cancer cells in vitro without damaging normal cells. (b) Significantly reduced tumor size in vivo. Cold plasma treatment led to tumor ablation with neighbouring tumors unaffected. These experiments were performed on more than 10 mice with the same outcome. We found that tumors of about 5mm in diameter were ablated after 2 min of single time plasma treatment. The two best known cold plasma effects, plasma-induced apoptosis and the decrease of cell migration velocity can have important implications in cancer treatment by localizing the affected area of the tissue and by decreasing metastasic development. In addition, cold plasma treatment has affected the cell cycle of cancer cells. In particular, cold plasmainduces a 2-fold increase in cells at the G2/M-checkpoint in both papilloma and carcinoma cells at ~24 hours after treatment, while normal epithelial cells (WTK) did not show significant differences. It was shown that reactive oxygen species metabolism and oxidative stress responsive genes are deregulated. We investigated the production of reactive oxygen species (ROS) with cold plasma treatment as a potential mechanism for the tumor ablation observed.

  6. A sensitive LC-MS/MS method for quantifying capsaicin and dihydrocapsaicin in rabbit plasma and tissue: application to a pharmacokinetic study.

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    Wang, Dimin; Meng, Fanhua; Yu, Lin; Sun, Lu; Sun, Lili; Guo, Jifen

    2015-04-01

    Prescription and nonprescription products for topical management of pain, including cream, lotion and patch forms, contain capsaicin (CAP) and dihydrocapsaicin (DHC). There are few in vivo studies on absorption, bioavailability and disposition of CAP and DHC. We established a sensitive and rapid LC-MS/MS assay to determine CAP and DHC levels in rabbit plasma and tissue. Bio-samples prepared by liquid-liquid extraction using n-hexane-dichloromethane-isopropanol (100: 50: 5, v/v/v) mixture were separated by isocratic chromatography with an Extend C18 column. The mobile phase was acetonitrile-water-formic acid (70: 30: 0.1, v/v/v). The method was linear from 0.125 to 50 ng/mL for a 100 μL bio-sample, and the lower quantification limit was 0.125 ng/mL. Total run time to analyze each sample was 3.5 min. We used this validated method to study pharmacokinetics and tissue distribution of CAP gel administered topically to rabbits. A very small amount of CAP and DHC was absorbed into the systemic circulation. The highest plasma concentration was 2.39 ng/mL, and the mean peak plasma concentration value after 12 h of CAP gel application was 1.68 ng/mL. Drug concentration in treated skin was relatively high, with low concentration in other tissues. Thus, topical CAP gel had strong local effects and weaker systemic effects. PMID:25088519

  7. Development of a liquid chromatography with mass spectrometry method for the determination of gelsemine in rat plasma and tissue: Application to a pharmacokinetic and tissue distribution study.

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    Zhang, Shuangshuang; Hu, Shuping; Yang, Xiangxiang; Shen, Jiaqi; Zheng, Xiaoyong; Huang, Kexin; Xiang, Zheng

    2015-03-01

    Gelsemine from Gelsemium elegans Benth is a potential anesthetic and analgesic agent with no physical dependence and opiate addiction. This study was aimed at developing an ultrafast liquid chromatography coupled to tandem mass spectrometry method to quantify gelsemine in rat plasma and tissues. Plasma and tissues were processed with acetonitrile precipitation, and dendrobine was chosen as the internal standard. Sample separation was performed on an ACQUITY HSS T3 column. The mobile phase consisted of acetonitrile and 0.1% formic acid aqueous solution. Multiple reactions monitoring mode was utilized to detect the compounds of interest. The mass spectrometer was operated in the positive ion mode for detection. The MS/MS ion transitions monitored were m/z 323.2→70.5 for gelsemine and 264.2→108.05 for dendrobine, respectively. The calibration curves were linear over the range of 1-500 ng/mL in all biological matrices. The lower limit of quantification for rats plasma and tissues was 1.0 ng/mL. The values for inter- and intraday precision and accuracy were well within the ranges acceptable (< 15%). It was successfully applied to the pharmacokinetic and tissue distribution studies of gelsemine after intravenous doses of 5, 2, and 0.5 mg/kg in rats. These data of gelsemine would be useful for clinical application and further development. PMID:25580713

  8. A sensitive LC-MS/MS method to quantify methylergonovine in human plasma and its application to a pharmacokinetic study.

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    Gao, Yanhui; Sun, Qichao; Liu, Dongming; Ma, Bowen; Zhao, Hengli; Fang, Zengjun; Wang, Haisheng; Lou, Hongxiang

    2016-02-01

    Methylergonovine (ME) is a semisynthetic ergot alkaloid that is used for the treatment and prophylaxis of postpartum hemorrhage. In recent years, methylergonovine has been effective in the control of refractory headaches and is likely to be employed as chemosensitizers for cancer. However, this alkaloid sometimes causes elevated blood pressure. Therefore, a sensitive and accurate method for the quantification of this drug in biological matrices is necessary. In this study, ME was extracted from 500μL plasma samples by a liquid-liquid extraction under alkaline conditions and detected using positive multi-reaction-monitoring mode (+MRM) mass spectrometry. The method was validated according to US FDA guidelines and covered a working range from 0.025 to 10ng/mL with a lower limit of quantification (LLOQ) of 0.025ng/mL. In conclusion, a rapid, sensitive, selective and accurate quantification by an LC-MS/MS method was developed and successfully applied to a clinical pharmacokinetics study in female volunteers after a single intramuscular injection or oral administration of a 0.2mg dose of ME maleate. It is suitable for both preclinical and clinical studies on ME. PMID:26760224

  9. Current new applications of laser plasmas

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    Hauer, A.A.; Forslund, D.W.; McKinstrie, C.J.; Wark, J.S.; Hargis, P.J. Jr.; Hamil, R.A.; Kindel, J.M.

    1988-09-01

    This report describes several new applications of laser-produced plasmas that have arisen in the last few years. Most of the applications have been an outgrowth of the active research in laser/matter interaction inspired by the pursuit of laser fusion. Unusual characteristics of high-intensity laser/matter interaction, such as intense x-ray and particle emission, were noticed early in the field and are now being employed in a significant variety of applications outside the fusion filed. Applications range from biology to materials science to pulsed-power control and particle accelerators. 92 refs., 23 figs., 4 tabs.

  10. Trace quantification of 1-triacontanol in beagle plasma by GC-MS/MS and its application to a pharmacokinetic study.

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    Wang, Chunfeng; Fan, Ali; Zhu, Xiaojie; Lu, Yang; Deng, Shuhua; Gao, Wenchao; Zhang, Wei; Liu, Qi; Chen, Xijing

    2015-05-01

    1-Triacontanol (TA), a member of long chain fatty alcohol, has recently been received great attention owing to its antitumor activity. In this study, an accurate, sensitive and selective gas chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry method was developed and validated for the quantification of TA in beagle plasma using 1-octacosanal as the internal standard (IS) for the first time. With temperature programming, chromatographic separation was carried out on an HP-5MS column, using helium as carrier gas and argon as collision gas, both at a flow rate of 1 mL/min. TA was analyzed using positive ion electrospray ionization in multiple-reaction monitoring mode, with the precursor to product ion transitions of m/z 495.6 → 97.0 and m/z 467.5 → 97.0 for TA and the IS, respectively. The lower limit of quantitation, linearity, intra- and interday precision, accuracy, stability, extraction recovery and matrix effect of TA were within the acceptable limits. The validated method was successfully applied to a pharmacokinetic study of TA in beagles. PMID:25331188

  11. APPLICATION ANALYSIS REPORT: RETECH PLASMA CENTRIFUGAL FURNACE

    EPA Science Inventory

    This document is an evaluation of the performance of the Retech, Inc. Plasma Centrifugal Furnace (PCF) and its applicability as a treatment for soils contaminated with organic and/or inorganic compounds. Both the technical and economic aspectsof the technology were examined. A...

  12. Spectroscopy of Z-pinch plasmas: how atomic and plasma physics merge and unfold new applications

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    Safronova, Alla

    2012-06-01

    Recent advances in theoretical and experimental work on plasma spectroscopy of Z-pinches are presented. We have shown that the University-scale Z-pinch generators are able to produce plasmas within a broad range of temperatures, densities, opacity, and radiative properties depending on the type, geometry, size, and mass of wire array loads and wire material. The full x-ray and EUV diagnostic set for detailed spatial and temporal monitoring of such a plasma together with relativistic atomic and non-LTE kinetic codes create a very useful and productive environment for the study of atomic and plasma spectroscopy features and development of their applications. A variety of examples of K-shell low-Z (such as Mg and Al), L-shell mid-Z (such as Ni, Cu, and Ag), and M- and L-shell high-Z (W) will be considered and their specific features and applications to fusion and astrophysics will be highlighted.

  13. Dust accelerators and their applications in high-temperature plasmas

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    Wang, Zhehui; Ticos, Catakin M

    2010-01-01

    The perennial presence of dust in high-temperature plasma and fusion devices has been firmly established. Dust inventory must be controlled, in particular in the next-generation steady-state fusion machines like ITER, as it can pose significant safety hazards and potentially interfere with fusion energy production. Much effort has been devoted to gening rid of the dust nuisance. We have recognized a number of dust-accelerators applications in magnetic fusion, including in plasma diagnostics, in studying dust-plasma interactions, and more recently in edge localized mode (ELM)'s pacing. With the applications in mind, we will compare various acceleration methods, including electrostatic, gas-drag, and plasma-drag acceleration. We will also describe laboratory experiments and results on dust acceleration.

  14. Dust Accelerators And Their Applications In High-Temperature Plasmas

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    Ticoş, Cǎtǎlin M.; Wang, Zhehui

    2011-06-01

    The perennial presence of dust in high-temperature plasma and fusion devices has been firmly established. Dust inventory must be controlled, in particular in the next-generation steady-state fusion machines like ITER, as it can pose significant safety hazards and potentially interfere with fusion energy production. Although much effort has been devoted to getting rid of the dust nuisance, there are instances where a controlled use of dust can be beneficial. We have recognized a number of dust-accelerators applications in magnetic fusion, including in plasma diagnostics, in studying dust-plasma interactions, and more recently in edge localized mode (ELM)'s pacing. With the applications in mind, we will compare various acceleration methods, including electrostatic, gas-drag, and plasma-drag acceleration. We will also describe laboratory experiments and results on dust acceleration.

  15. Plasmas as Antennas - Theory, Experiment and Applications

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    Borg, Gerard

    1999-11-01

    A variety of antennas are employed in telecommunications and radar systems. Some applications pose special problems. Large structures are easily detected by hostile radar. The performance of multi-element HF-VHF arrays is complicated by mutual coupling between large radiating elements. High speed data communications and radar can be limited by signal decay and ringing. A novel solution is an antenna made of plasma that can be made to disappear on microsecond time scales. Recent experiments at the Australian National University (G.G. Borg et. al. App. Phys. Letts. Vol. 74, 3272-3274 [1999]), have shown that highly efficient (25 - 50radiating elements for the range 3 - 300 MHz can be formed using low power (10 - 50 W average) plasma surface waves launched at one end of a tube containing a suitable gas. Only a single capacitive coupler is needed to launch the waves - there is no electrical connection to the other end of the tube. The regimes of wave propagation correlate with expectations from plasma surface wave theory. Actual communications experiments have shown that these plasma antennas can have surprisingly low noise provided they are excited by the rf surface waves and not by a low frequency or DC ohmic current. Applications to HF-VHF communications and radar are being developed. These include both single ruggedised plasma elements and multi-element arrays.

  16. Enantiospecific determination of arotinolol in rat plasma by LC-MS/MS: application to a stereoselective pharmacokinetic study.

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    Qian, Zheyuan; Xu, Yanhai; Zheng, Leyi; Zhang, Jingbo; Hong, Zhanying; Shen, Xiaohang

    2015-01-01

    A highly sensitive and selective liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) method was developed and fully validated for quantification of arotinolol enantiomers in rat plasma using haloperidol as the internal standard. After solid phase extraction of 50.0 μL rat plasma in 96 well plate, a baseline resolution of arotinolol enantiomers was achieved on a CHIRALPAK AD-H column using the mobile phase of n-hexane and ethanol in 0.02% diethylamine (20:80, v/v) at a flow rate of 0.550 mL/min within 11.0 min. Acquisition of mass spectrometric data was performed on a triple-quadrupole mass spectrometer in multiple-reaction-monitoring (MRM) mode with an ESI source using the transition m/z 372.1 → 316.1 for (±)-arotinolol and m/z 376.1 → 165.1 for haloperidol. The calibration curves of both enantiomers were linear over the range of 1.00-200.0 ng/mL (r(2)>0.992) and the lower limit of quantification was 1.00 ng/mL. Intra- and inter-day precision ranged from 5.6% to 8.9% for R-(-)-arotinolol and 4.6-7.4% for S-(+)-arotinolol. Accuracy varied from 0.0% to 7.0% for R-(-)-arotinolol and 5.0-10.0% for S-(+)-arotinolol. For R-(-)-arotinolol, the recovery ranged from 87.2% to 99.2% and the matrix factor was 1.03-1.09; for S-(+)-arotinolol, the recovery ranged from 88.0% to 92.4% and the matrix factor was 0.84-0.95, both were not concentration dependent. The method was demonstrated with acceptable accuracy, precision and specificity for the determination of arotinolol enantiomers and has been successfully applied to a stereoselective pharmacokinetic study. PMID:25459927

  17. Determination of geniposide in adjuvant arthritis rat plasma by ultra-high performance liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry method and its application to oral bioavailability and plasma protein binding ability studies.

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    Chen, Jian; Wu, Hong; Xu, Guo-Bing; Dai, Miao-Miao; Hu, Shun-Li; Sun, Liang-Liang; Wang, Wei; Wang, Rong; Li, Shu-Pin; Li, Guo-Qiang

    2015-04-10

    A specific, sensitive and high throughput ultra-high performance liquid chromatography-electrospray ionization tandem mass spectrometric method (UHPLC-ESI-MS/MS) was established and validated to assay geniposide (GE), a promising anti-inflammatory drug, in adjuvant arthritis rat plasma: application to pharmacokinetic and oral bioavailability studies and plasma protein binding ability. Plasma samples were processed by de-proteinised with ice-cold methanol and separated on an ACQUITY UPLC™ HSS C18 column (100 mm × 2.1mm i.d., 1.8 μm particle size) at a gradient flow rate of 0.2 mL/min using acetonitrile-0.1% formic acid in water as mobile phase, and the total run time was 9 min. Mass detection was performed in selected reaction monitoring (SRM) mode with negative electro-spray ionization includes the addition of paeoniflorin (Pae) as an internal standard (IS). The mass transition ion-pair was followed as m/z 387.4 → 122.4 for GE and m/z 479.4 → 449.0 for IS. The calibration curves were linear over the concentration range of 2-50,000 ng/mL with lower limit of quantification of 2 ng/mL. The intra-day and inter-day precisions (RSD, %) of the assay were less than 8.4%, and the accuracy was within ± 6.4% in terms of relative error (RE). Extraction recovery, matrix effect and stability were satisfactory in adjuvant arthritis rat plasma. The UHPLC-ESI-MS/MS method was successfully applied to a pharmacokinetic study of GE after oral administration of depurated GE at 33, 66, 132 mg/kg and intravenous injection at 33, 66, 132 mg/kg in adjuvant arthritis (AA) rats. In addition, it was found that GE has rapid absorption and elimination, low absolute bioavailability, high plasma protein binding ability in AA rats after oral administration within the tested dosage range. It suggested that GE showed slow distribution into the intra- and extracellular space, and the binding rate was not proportionally dependent on plasma concentration of GE when the concentration of GE was

  18. Validated LC-MS/MS Assay for the Quantitative Determination of Fimasartan in Human Plasma: Application to Pharmacokinetic Studies.

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    Yoon, Seo Hyun; Oh, Seul; Kim, Hwa Suk; Yi, SoJeong; Yu, Kyung-Sang; Jang, In-Jin; Cho, Joo-Youn

    2015-09-01

    A simple, rapid and sensitive liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) method for the quantification of a newly developed antihypertensive agent fimasartan (BR-A657, Kanarb(®)) in human plasma was developed and validated. Fimasartan and internal standard (IS, BR-A563) were extracted by simple protein precipitation using acetonitrile and separated on a Phenyl-Hexyl column (Luna(®), 5 µm, 50 mm × 2.0 mm, Phenomenex) under the gradient conditions of mobile phase A (distilled water with 0.1% formic acid) and mobile phase B (100% acetonitrile with 0.1% formic acid) at a flow rate of 0.25 mL/min. Detection and quantification were performed by the mass spectrometer using multiple reaction monitoring mode at m/z 500.2 → 221.2 for fimasartan and m/z 524.3 → 204.9 for the IS. The assay was linear over a calibration range of 0.5-500 ng/mL with a lower limit of quantification of 0.5 ng/mL. The coefficient of variation of this assay precision was <14.9% and the accuracy exceeded 91.9%. This method provided the necessary sensitivity, linearity, precision, accuracy and specificity to allow the determination of fimasartan after oral administration to healthy Korean male volunteers in several drug-drug interaction studies conducted at the Clinical Trials Center of Seoul National University Hospital. PMID:25616988

  19. UPLC-MS/MS determination of voriconazole in human plasma and its application to a pharmacokinetic study.

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    Wang, Zhe; Huang, Cheng-ke; Sun, Wei; Xiao, Cui; Wang, Zeng-shou

    2015-02-01

    A sensitive and rapid ultra performance liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry (UPLC-MS/MS) method was developed to determine voriconazole in human plasma. Sample preparation was accomplished through a simple one-step protein precipitation with methanol. Chromatographic separation was carried out on an Acquity UPLC BEH C18 column using an isocratic mobile phase system composed of acetonitrile and water containing 1% formic acid (45:55, v/v) at a flow rate of 0.50 mL/min. Mass spectrometric analysis was performed using a QTrap5500 mass spectrometer coupled with an electrospray ionization source in the positive ion mode. The multiple reaction monitoring transitions of m/z 351.0 → 281.5 and m/z 237.1 → 194.2 were used to quantify voriconazole and carbamazepine (internal standard), respectively. The linearity of this method was found to be within the concentration range of 2.0-1000 ng/mL with a lower limit of quantification of 2.0 ng/mL. Only 1.0 min was needed for an analytical run. This fully validated method was successfully applied to the pharmacokinetic study after oral administration of 200 mg voriconazole to 20 Chinese healthy male volunteers. PMID:24925071

  20. Determination of ulixertinib in mice plasma by LC-MS/MS and its application to a pharmacokinetic study in mice.

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    Kumar, Rajinish; Suresh, P S; Rudresh, G; Zainuddin, Mohd; Dewang, Purushottam; Kethiri, Ragahava Reddy; Rajagopal, Sriram; Mullangi, Ramesh

    2016-06-01

    A sensitive, specific and rapid LC-ESI-MS/MS method has been developed and validated for the quantification of ulixertinib in mice plasma using phenacetin as an internal standard (I.S.) as per regulatory guidelines. Sample preparation was accomplished through a protein precipitation procedure with acetonitrile:methanol mixture. Chromatographic separation was performed on Atlantis dC18 column using a binary gradient using mobile phase A (0.2% formic acid in water) and B (acetonitrile) at a flow rate of 0.60mL/min. Elution of ulixertinib and I.S. occurred at ∼1.07 and 1.20min, respectively. The total chromatographic run time was 2.5min. A linear response function was established in the concentration range of 1.58-2054ng/mL. The intra- and inter-day accuracy and precisions were in the range of 2.11-11.8 and 5.80-11.4%, respectively. This novel method has been applied to a pharmacokinetic study in mice. PMID:27017572

  1. Determination of Sertraline in Human Plasma by UPLC-MS/MS and its Application to a Pharmacokinetic Study.

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    Yue, Xiao-Hong; Wang, Zhen; Tian, Dong-Dong; Zhang, Jian-Wei; Zhu, Kang; Ye, Qiang

    2016-02-01

    A sensitive and rapid ultra-performance liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry (UPLC-MS-MS) method was developed to determine sertraline in human plasma. Sample preparation was accomplished through a simple liquid-liquid extraction with ethyl acetate. Chromatographic separation was carried out on an Acquity UPLC BEH C18 column using a gradient mobile phase system composed of acetonitrile and 1% formic acid in water at a flow rate of 0.40 mL/min. Mass spectrometric analysis was performed using a XEVO TQD mass spectrometer coupled with an electrospray ionization source in the positive ion mode. The multiple reaction monitoring transitions of m/z 306.3 → 275.2 and 326.2 → 291.1 were used to quantify for sertraline and midazolam (internal standard), respectively. The linearity of this method was found to be within the concentration range of 1.0-100.0 ng/mL with a lower limit of quantification of 1.0 ng/mL. Only 2.0 min was needed for an analytical run. This fully validated method was successfully applied to the pharmacokinetic study after an oral administration of 100 mg sertraline to 20 Chinese healthy male volunteers. PMID:26324195

  2. Laboratory and Space Plasma Studies

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    Hyman, Ellis

    1996-08-01

    The work performed by Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), encompasses a wide range of topics in experimental, computational, and analytical laboratory and space plasma physics. The accomplishments described in this report have been in support of the programs of the Laser Plasma Branch (Code 6730) and other segments of the Plasma Physics Division at the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) and cover the period 27 September 1993 to August 1, 1996. SAIC's efforts have been supported by sub-contracts or consulting agreements with Pulse Sciences, Inc., Clark Richardson, and Biskup Consulting Engineers, Pharos Technical Enterprises, Plex Corporation, Cornell University, Stevens Institute of Technology, the University of Connecticut, Plasma Materials and Technologies, Inc., and GaSonics International, Inc. In the following discussions section we will describe each of the topics investigated and the results obtained. Much of the research work has resulted in journal publications and NRL Memorandum Reports in which the investigation is described in detail. These reports are included as Appendices to this Final Report.

  3. Study of the SEE decay processes in application to mechanisms of dissipation of the HF plasma turbulence and diagnostics of the ionospheric plasma parameters

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    Sergeev, Evgeny

    Results of the investigations of the decay process for different stimulated electromagnetic emission (SEE) features at the SURA heating facility (Russia) are presented. The data of the measurements are used to analyze the nonlinear energy transformation through the spectra of the Langmuir and upper hybrid plasma turbulence as well as to determine a relationship between the electron collision frequency and the collisionless decay rate of the plasma waves under different ionospheric conditions. In particular, due to the SEE decay time measurements at the upper hybrid turbulence development stage it is found an increase of the decay rate γ of the emission from the collision values γ = τ -1 = 300 - 400 s-1 to the collisionless values γ = 2000 - 10000 s-1 in a wide frequency band (up to 600 kHz) near the 4th - 7th cyclotron electron gyroharmonics. On the other hand, the SEE decay times didn't found any dependence on the pump power but they slightly increase under change from day to night condition. The results of the daily SEE decay rate monitoring in dependence on the pumping frequency (re- flection altitude) are presented. The work was supported by RFBR grants 07-02-00464 and 06-02-17334.

  4. Weakly Ionized Plasmas in Hypersonics: Fundamental Kinetics and Flight Applications

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    Macheret, Sergey

    2005-05-16

    The paper reviews some of the recent studies of applications of weakly ionized plasmas to supersonic/hypersonic flight. Plasmas can be used simply as means of delivering energy (heating) to the flow, and also for electromagnetic flow control and magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) power generation. Plasma and MHD control can be especially effective in transient off-design flight regimes. In cold air flow, nonequilibrium plasmas must be created, and the ionization power budget determines design, performance envelope, and the very practicality of plasma/MHD devices. The minimum power budget is provided by electron beams and repetitive high-voltage nanosecond pulses, and the paper describes theoretical and computational modeling of plasmas created by the beams and repetitive pulses. The models include coupled equations for non-local and unsteady electron energy distribution function (modeled in forward-back approximation), plasma kinetics, and electric field. Recent experimental studies at Princeton University have successfully demonstrated stable diffuse plasmas sustained by repetitive nanosecond pulses in supersonic air flow, and for the first time have demonstrated the existence of MHD effects in such plasmas. Cold-air hypersonic MHD devices are shown to permit optimization of scramjet inlets at Mach numbers higher than the design value, while operating in self-powered regime. Plasma energy addition upstream of the inlet throat can increase the thrust by capturing more air (Virtual Cowl), or it can reduce the flow Mach number and thus eliminate the need for an isolator duct. In the latter two cases, the power that needs to be supplied to the plasma would be generated by an MHD generator downstream of the combustor, thus forming the 'reverse energy bypass' scheme. MHD power generation on board reentry vehicles is also discussed.

  5. Weakly Ionized Plasmas in Hypersonics: Fundamental Kinetics and Flight Applications

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    Macheret, Sergey

    2005-05-01

    The paper reviews some of the recent studies of applications of weakly ionized plasmas to supersonic/hypersonic flight. Plasmas can be used simply as means of delivering energy (heating) to the flow, and also for electromagnetic flow control and magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) power generation. Plasma and MHD control can be especially effective in transient off-design flight regimes. In cold air flow, nonequilibrium plasmas must be created, and the ionization power budget determines design, performance envelope, and the very practicality of plasma/MHD devices. The minimum power budget is provided by electron beams and repetitive high-voltage nanosecond pulses, and the paper describes theoretical and computational modeling of plasmas created by the beams and repetitive pulses. The models include coupled equations for non-local and unsteady electron energy distribution function (modeled in forward-back approximation), plasma kinetics, and electric field. Recent experimental studies at Princeton University have successfully demonstrated stable diffuse plasmas sustained by repetitive nanosecond pulses in supersonic air flow, and for the first time have demonstrated the existence of MHD effects in such plasmas. Cold-air hypersonic MHD devices are shown to permit optimization of scramjet inlets at Mach numbers higher than the design value, while operating in self-powered regime. Plasma energy addition upstream of the inlet throat can increase the thrust by capturing more air (Virtual Cowl), or it can reduce the flow Mach number and thus eliminate the need for an isolator duct. In the latter two cases, the power that needs to be supplied to the plasma would be generated by an MHD generator downstream of the combustor, thus forming the "reverse energy bypass" scheme. MHD power generation on board reentry vehicles is also discussed.

  6. Studies on the preparation and plasma spherodization of yttrium aluminosilicate glass microspheres for their potential application in liver brachytherapy

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    Sreekumar, K. P.; Saxena, S. K.; Kumar, Yogendra; Thiyagarajan, T. K.; Dash, Ashutosh; Ananthapadmanabhan, P. V.; Venkatesh, Meera

    2010-02-01

    Plasma spheroidization exploits the high temperature and high enthalpy available in the thermal plasma jet to melt irregularly shaped powder particles and quench them to get dense spherical particles. Plasma spheroidization is a versatile process and can be applied to metals, ceramics, alloys and composites to obtain fine spherical powders. Radioactive microspheres incorporated with high energetic beta emitting radioisotopes have been reported to be useful in the palliative treatment of liver cancer. These powders are to be prepared in closer range of near spherical morphology in the size range 20-35 microns. Inactive glass samples were prepared by heating the pre-calculated amount of glass forming ingredients in a recrystallized alumina crucible. The glass was formed by keeping the glass forming ingredients at 1700°C for a period of three hours to form a homogeneous melt. After cooling, the glass was recovered from the crucible by crushing and was subsequently powdered mechanically with the help of mortar and pestle. This powder was used as the feed stock for plasma spheroidization using an indigenously developed 40 kW plasma spray system. Experiments were carried out at various operating parameters. The operating parameters were optimised to get spheroidised particles. The powder was sieved to get the required size range before irradiation.

  7. Formation and emission characteristics of CN molecules in laser induced low pressure He plasma and its applications to N analysis in coal and fossilization study.

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    Lahna, Kurnia; Idroes, Rinaldi; Idris, Nasrullah; Abdulmadjid, Syahrun Nur; Kurniawan, Koo Hendrik; Tjia, May On; Pardede, Marincan; Kagawa, Kiichiro

    2016-03-01

    Presented in this paper are the results of an experimental study on the laser induced plasma emission of a number of CN free samples (urea, sucrose) with 40 mJ pulse energy using He and N₂ ambient gases. It is shown that the CN emission has its exclusive sources in the molecules produced as the result of chemical bonding either between the ablated C and N ions in the He plasma or between the ablated C and dissociated N from the N₂ ambient gas. The emission intensities in both cases are found to have the highest values at the low gas pressure of 2 kPa. The emission in He gas is shown to exhibit the typical characteristics related to a shockwave generated excitation mechanism. The experiments using He ambient gas further demonstrate the feasible laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy application to quantitative and sensitive N analysis of coal and promising application for practical in situ carbon dating of fossils. PMID:26974637

  8. Laser-Induced Underwater Plasma And Its Spectroscopic Applications

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    Lazic, Violeta

    2008-09-23

    Applications of Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS) for analysis of immersed solid and soft materials, and for liquid impurities are described. A method for improving the LIBS signal underwater and for obtaining quantitative analyses in presence of strong shot-to-shot variations of the plasma properties is proposed. Dynamic of the gas bubble formed by the laser pulse is also discussed, together with its importance in Double-Pulse (DP) laser excitation. Results of the studies relative to an application of multi-pulse sequence and its effects on the plasma and gas bubble formation are also presented.

  9. Diagnostics and biomedical applications of radiofrequency plasmas

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    Lazović, Saša

    2012-11-01

    In this paper we present spatial profiles of ion and atomic oxygen concentrations in a large scale cylindrical 13.56 MHz capacitively coupled plasma low pressure reactor suitable for indirect biomedical applications (like treatment of textile to increase antibacterial properties) and direct (treatment of seeds of rare and protected species). Such reactor can easily be used for the sterilization of medical instruments by removing bacteria, spores, prions and fungi as well. We also discuss electrical properties of the system based on the signals obtained by the derivative probes and show the light emission profiles close to the sample platform. In the case of seeds treatment, the desired effect is to plasma etch the outer shell of the seed which will lead to the easier nutrition and therefore increase of the germination. In the case of textile treatment the functionalization is done by bounding atomic oxygen to the surface. It appears that antibacterial properties of the textile are increased by incorporating nanoparticles to the fibres which can successfully be done after the plasma treatment. From these two examples it is obvious that the balance of ion and atomic oxygen concentrations as well as proper choice of ion energy and power delivered to the plasma direct the nature of the plasma treatment.

  10. Furfuryl methacrylate plasma polymers for biomedical applications.

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    Shirazi, Hanieh Safizadeh; Rogers, Nicholas; Michelmore, Andrew; Whittle, Jason D

    2016-01-01

    Furfuryl methacrylate (FMA) is a promising precursor for producing polymers for biomedical and cell therapy applications. Herein, FMA plasma polymer coatings were prepared with different powers, deposition times, and flow rates. The plasma polymer coatings were characterized using atomic force microscopy (AFM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry (ToF-SIMS). The results from AFM and SEM show the early growth of the coatings and the existence of particle aggregates on the surfaces. XPS results indicated no measureable chemical differences between the deposited films produced under different power and flow rate conditions. ToF-SIMS analysis demonstrated differing amounts of C5H5O (81 m/z) and C10H9O2 (161 m/z) species in the coatings which are related to the furan ring structure. Through judicious choice of plasma polymerization parameters, the quantity of the particle aggregates was reduced, and the fabricated plasma polymer coatings were chemically uniform and smooth. Primary human fibroblasts were cultured on FMA plasma polymer surfaces to determine the effect of surface chemical composition and the presence of particle aggregates on cell culture. Particle aggregates were shown to inhibit fibroblast attachment and proliferation. PMID:27609095

  11. Quantification of nimesulide in human plasma by high-performance liquid chromatography/tandem mass spectrometry. Application to bioequivalence studies.

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    Barrientos-Astigarraga, R E; Vannuchi, Y B; Sucupira, M; Moreno, R A; Muscará, M N; De Nucci, G

    2001-12-01

    A method based on liquid chromatography with negative ion electrospray ionization and tandem mass spectrometry is described for the determination of nimesulide in human plasma. Liquid-liquid extraction using a mixture of diethyl ether and dichloromethane was employed and celecoxib was used as an internal standard. The chromatographic run time was 4.5 min and the weighted (1/x) calibration curve was linear in the range 10.0-2000 ng x ml(-1). The limit of quantification was 10 ng x ml(-1), the intra-batch precision was 6.3, 2.1 and 2.1% and the intra-batch accuracy was 3.2, 0.3 and 0.1% for 30, 300 and 1200 ng x ml(-1) respectively. The inter-batch precision was 2.3, 2.8 and 2.7% and the accuracy was 3.3, 0.3 and 0.1% for 30, 300 and 1200 ng x ml(-1) respectively. This method was employed in a bioequivalence study of one nimesulide drop formulation (nimesulide 50 mg x ml(-1) drop, Medley S/A Indústria Farmacêutica, Brazil) against one standard nimesulide drop formulation (Nisulid, 50 mg x ml(-1) drop, Astra Médica, Brazil). Twenty-four healthy volunteers (both sexes) took part in the study and received a single oral dose of nimesulide (100 mg, equivalent to 2 ml of either formulation) in an open, randomized, two-period crossover way, with a 2-week washout interval between periods. The 90% confidence interval (CI) for geometric mean ratios between nimesulide and Nisulid were 93.1-109.6% for C(max), 87.7-99.8% for AUC(last) and 88.1-99.7% for AUC(0-infinity). Since the 90% CI for the above-mentioned parameters were included in the 80-125% interval proposed by the US Food and Drug Administration, the two formulations were considered bioequivalent in terms of both rate and extent of absorption. PMID:11754119

  12. Artificial vesicles as an animal cell model for the study of biological application of non-thermal plasma

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    Ki, S. H.; Park, J. K.; Sung, C.; Lee, C. B.; Uhm, H.; Choi, E. H.; Baik, K. Y.

    2016-03-01

    Artificial cell-like model systems can provide information which is hard to obtain with real biological cells. Giant unilamellar vesicles (GUV) containing intra-membrane DNA or OH radical-binding molecules are used to visualize the cytolytic activity of OH radicals. Changes in the GUV membrane are observed by microscopy or flow cytometry as performed for animal cells after non-thermal plasma treatment. The experimental data shows that OH radicals can be detected inside the membrane, although the biological effects are not as significant as for H2O2. This artificial model system can provide a systemic means to elucidate the complex interactions between biological materials and non-thermal plasma.

  13. Determination of pseudoprotodioscin in rat plasma by UPLC-MS/MS: Assay development and application to pharmacokinetic study.

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    Liao, Min; Chen, Xiao; Chen, Jiefeng; Liu, Mengping; Wang, Junyi; Chen, Zuanguang; Xie, Zhiyong; Yao, Meicun

    2016-07-15

    An original and sensitive ultraperformance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometric (UPLC-MS/MS) method for the determination of pseudoprotodioscin (PPD) in rat plasma was developed and validated. Digitoxin was applied as an internal standard. Plasma samples were processed by acetonitrile-mediated plasma protein precipitation and chromatographed using a step gradient program on a C18 column (2.1×50mm i.d., 1.7μm). The mobile phase was comprised of acetonitrile and 0.1mmolL(-1) aqueous lithium acetate mixed with 0.03% formic acid at the flow rate of 0.2mLmin(-1). Multiple reaction monitoring (MRM) transitions were performed for detection and lithium adduct ions were employed with a significant improvement of the response of the analytes in electrospray positive ionization mode. The concentration range of calibration curve was linear over the range 2-5000ngmL(-1). The intra- and inter-day precisions were all less than 11.5% and accuracies were within the range of 94.1-103.5%, and the analytes exhibited no severe matrix effect. The validated method was successfully applied in the pharmacokinetics of PPD after intragastric (50mgkg(-1)) and intravenous (4mgkg(-1)) administration in rats. PPD showed rapid excretion and with bioavailability of simply about 5.7% in rats. PMID:26012509

  14. LC-MS/MS method development for quantification of busulfan in human plasma and its application in pharmacokinetic study.

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    Nadella, Taraka Ramarao; Suryadevara, Vidyadhara; Lankapalli, Sasidhar Reddyvallam; Mandava, Venkata Basaveswara Rao; Bandarupalli, Deepti

    2016-02-20

    A simple, rapid, specific and precise liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrophotometric (LC-MS/MS) method was developed and validated for quantification of busulfan, in human plasma. busulfan d8 was used as internal standard, added to plasma sample prior to extraction using acetonitrile as a precipitating agent. Chromatographic separation was achieved on phenomenex kinetex C18 column (50mm×2.1mm, 2.6μm) with acteonitrile: 10mM ammonium formate buffer (80:20v/v) as an isocratic mobile phase with a flow rate of 0.5mLmin(-1). Quantitation was performed by transition of 264.1→151.1 (m/z) for busulfan and 272.1→159.1 (m/z) for busulfan d8. The lower limit of quantitation was 0.2ngmL(-1) with a 100μL plasma sample. The concentrations of nine working standards showed linearity between 0.2 and 100ngmL(-1) (r(2)≥0.9986). Chromatographic separation was achieved within 2.0min. The average extraction recoveries of 3quality control concentrations were 92.52% for busulfan and 90.75% for busulfan d8. The coefficient of variation was ≤15% for intra- and inter-batch assays. The developed method was successfully applied for the determination of Busulfan pharmacokinetics after oral administration. PMID:26736033

  15. Electroreflectance and the problem of studying plasma-surface interactions

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    Preppernau, B.L.

    1995-12-31

    A long standing problem in low-temperature plasma discharge physics is to understand in detail the mutual interaction of real exposed surfaces (electrodes) with the reactive plasma environment. In particular, one wishes to discern the influence of these surfaces on the plasma parameters given their contributions from secondary electrons and ions. This paper briefly reviews the known surface interaction processes as well as currently available diagnostics to study the interface between plasmas and surfaces. Next comes a discussion describing the application of plasma-modulated electroreflectance to this research and some potential experimental techniques.

  16. Clinical application of plasma thermograms. Utility, practical approaches and considerations

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    Garbett, Nichola C.; Mekmaysy, Chongkham S.; DeLeeuw, Lynn; Chaires, Jonathan B.

    2014-01-01

    Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) studies of blood plasma are part of an emerging area of the clinical application of DSC to biofluid analysis. DSC analysis of plasma from healthy individuals and patients with various diseases has revealed changes in the thermal profiles of the major plasma proteins associated with the clinical status of the patient. The sensitivity of DSC to the concentration of proteins, their interactions with other proteins or ligands, or their covalent modifications underlies the potential utility of DSC analysis. A growing body of literature has demonstrated the versatility and performance of clinical DSC analysis across a range of biofluids and in a number of disease settings. The principles, practice and challenges of DSC analysis of plasma are described in this article. PMID:25448297

  17. Validated LC-MS/MS assay for the quantitative determination of vardenafil in human plasma and its application to a pharmacokinetic study.

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    Lake, Simon T; Altman, Phillip M; Vaisman, Jack; Addison, Russell S

    2010-08-01

    A sensitive high-performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometric (HPLC-MS/MS) assay has been developed for the quantitative analysis of vardenafil in human plasma. Vardenafil and the internal standard, alprazolam, were extracted from 0.2 mL aliquots of alkalinized plasma by a single solvent extraction into hexane : dichloromethane. Reversed-phase chromatographic separation was affected by gradient elution with mobile phases consisting of 10 mM ammonium formate pH 7.0 (solvent A) and methanol (100%, solvent B), delivered at a flow rate of 0.4 mL/min. The analytes were detected by using an electrospray ion source on a 4000 QTrap triple quadrupole mass spectrometer operating in positive ionization mode. The mass transitions were m/z 489.3 --> 312.2 for vardenafil and m/z 309.2 --> 281.0 for alprazolam. The assay was linear over the concentration range of 0.2-100 ng/mL, with correlation coefficients > or = 0.995. The intra- and inter-day precision was less than 5.4% in terms of relative standard deviation and the accuracy was within 12.7% in terms of relative error. The lower limit of quantitation was set at 0.2 ng/mL. The high sensitivity and acceptable performance of the assay allowed its application to the analysis of plasma samples obtained following the oral administration of vardenafil to healthy male volunteers in a pharmacokinetic study. PMID:20033891

  18. Validated LC-MS/MS assay for the quantitative determination of nalbuphine in human plasma and its application to a pharmacokinetic study.

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    Cai, Li-Jing; Zhang, Jun; Wang, Xiu-Mei; Zhu, R H; Yang, Jian; Zhang, Qi-Zhi; Peng, W X

    2011-12-01

    A solid-phase extraction-liquid chromatographic-tandem mass spectrometry method for the determination of nalbuphine concentrations in human plasma has been developed. Samples (1 mL) were extracted using a Strata™-X solid phase extraction cartridges. Chromatographic separation of nalbuphine and naloxone (internal standard) was achieved on a Phenomenex Kinetex PFP (2.6 μm, 100 A, 100 × 2.1 mm) column using a mobile phase consisting of 0.1% formic acid, 15 mM ammonium acetate in deionized water and acetonitrile (60:40, v/v). The flow rate was 0.3 mL/min and the total run time was 2 min. Detection of the analytes was achieved using positive ion electrospray ionization via multiple reactions monitoring mode. The mass transitions were m/z 358 → 340 for nalbuphine and m/z 328 → 310 for naloxone. The assay was linear over the concentration range 0.50-500.00 ng/mL, with correlation coefficients ≥0.995. The lower limit of quantitation was set at 0.5 ng/mL plasma based on an average signal-to-noise ratio of 44.79. The intra- and inter-day precision was less than 8.07% in terms of relative standard deviation and accuracy ranged from 94.97 to 106.29% at all quality control levels. The method was applied successfully to determine nalbuphine concentrations in human plasma samples obtained from subjects receiving intravenous administration of nalbuphine. The method is rapid, sensitive, selective and directly applicable to human pharmacokinetic studies involving nalbuphine. PMID:21337353

  19. A sensitive LC-MS/MS method for the quantitative determination of biflorin in rat plasma and its application to pharmacokinetic studies.

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    Yang, Seung Jun; Ryu, Jong Hoon; Jang, Dae Sik; Yang, Liang; Han, Hyo-Kyung

    2015-11-10

    A rapid, sensitive and selective liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometric method (LC-MS/MS) was developed for the quantification of biflorin in rat plasma. Using naringin as an internal standard, plasma samples were subjected to a direct protein precipitation process using methanol. Chromatographic separation was achieved on a Gemini C18 column with an isocratic mobile phase consisting of 0.1% formic acid and methanol (50:50, v/v) at a flow rate of 0.5mL/min. Biflorin was analyzed in the multiple reaction monitoring mode with negative electrospray ionization. The precursor/product ion pairs were m/z 353.0/205.0 and m/z 579.0/271.0 for biflorin and the IS, respectively. The calibration curve was linear over the concentration range of 5-2000ng/mL. The intra- and inter-day precision was less than 7.3% and the accuracy ranged from 96.5 to 103.3%. No significant variation was observed in the stability tests. This method was successfully applied to a pharmacokinetic study of biflorin after the intravenous and oral administration of biflorin to rats. The half-life and oral bioavailability of biflorin were determined as 3.4h and 43%, respectively. This is the first report on the quantitative determination of biflorin in rat plasma as well as the pharmacokinetic characterization of biflorin, which should provide a meaningful foundation for further preclinical and clinical applications of biflorin. PMID:26263054

  20. A novel LC-MS/MS method for simultaneous quantification of tenofovir and lamivudine in human plasma and its application to a pharmacokinetic study.

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    Matta, Murali Krishna; Burugula, Laxminarayana; Pilli, Nageswara Rao; Inamadugu, Jaswanth Kumar; J V L N, Seshagiri Rao

    2012-10-01

    A new, rapid, sensitive and specific LC-MS/MS method has been developed and validated for the simultaneous quantification of tenofovir and lamivudine in human plasma using abacavir as an internal standard. An API-4000 LC-MS/MS with electrospray ionization was operated in multiple-reaction monitoring mode for the analysis. The analytes were extracted from plasma by solid-phase extraction technique using an Oasis HLB cartridge. The reconstituted samples were chromatographed on a Chromolith ROD speed C(18) column using a mixture of 0.1% formic acid in water and acetonitrile (90:10 v/v) at a flow-rate of 1 mL/min. The method was validated as per the FDA guidelines. The calibration curves were found to be linear in the range of 5-600 ng/mL for tenofovir and 25- 4000 ng/mL for lamivudine. The intra- and inter-day precision and accuracy results were well within the acceptable limits. A run time of 2.8 min consumed for each sample made it possible to analyze more samples per day. The proposed assay method was found to be applicable to a pharmacokinetic study in human male volunteers. PMID:22222724

  1. Development and validation of sensitive and rapid UPLC-MS/MS method for quantitative determination of daclatasvir in human plasma: Application to a bioequivalence study.

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    Rezk, Mamdouh R; Bendas, Ehab R; Basalious, Emad B; Karim, Iman A

    2016-09-01

    A rapid and sensitive UPLC-MS/MS method was developed and validated for determination of daclatasvir (DAC) in human plasma using sofosbuvir (SOF) as an internal standard (IS). The Xevo TQD LC-MS/MS was operated under the multiple-reaction monitoring mode using electrospray ionization. Precipitation with acetonitrile was used in sample preparation. The prepared samples were chromatographed on Acquity UPLC HSS C18 (50×2.1mm, 1.8μm) column by pumping 10mM ammonium formate (pH 3.5) and acetonitrile in an isocratic mode at a flow rate of 0.30ml/min. Method validation was performed as per the FDA guidelines and the standard curves were found to be linear in the range of 5-4000ng/ml for DAC. The intra-day and inter-day precision and accuracy results were within the acceptable limits. A very short run time of 1.2min made it possible to analyze more than 500 human plasma samples per day. The wider range of quantification of DAC allowed the applicability of the developed method for its determination in a bioequivalence study in human volunteers. PMID:27232152

  2. Liquid Chromatographic Method for Simultaneous Quantitation of Clopidogrel, Aspirin and Atorvastatin in Rat Plasma and Its Application to the Pharmacokinetic Study.

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    Porwal, Pawan K; Akhalaque Ahmad, R A; Chhajed, Santosh S; Chatpalliwar, Vivekanand A

    2015-08-01

    A simple and robust analytical reversed-phase high-performance liquid chromatography method was developed and validated for simultaneous chromatographic elution of three cardiovascular drugs, namely clopidogrel, aspirin (ASP) and atorvastatin. The method was developed in rat plasma and dosage formulation with high-quality chromatographic separation between the drug peaks by using a stainless steel analytical column thermo beta-basic, C18 (25 × 0.46 cm, 5 µm). The system was operated at 25°C using a mobile phase consisting of acetonitrile and phosphate buffer (pH 3.0) in the gradient ratio at a flow rate of 1 mL min(-1) with ultraviolet detection monitored at 232 nm. The parametric statistics, i.e., correlation coefficient of 0.999, was assessed for all the drugs having linearity over the tested concentration range (10-10,000 ng mL(-1)) in rat plasma using an unweighted calibration curve. The accuracy of samples for six replicate measurements at lower limit of quantitation level was within limit. The method was applicable for the quality control of the mentioned drugs in raw material, bulk drug and pharmaceutical formulations as well as in pharmacokinetic studies. PMID:25609600

  3. Development and validation of a gas chromatography-mass spectrometry method for the determination of phenazopyridine in rat plasma: application to the pharmacokinetic study.

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    Chen, Qinhua; Li, Kaijun; Zhang, Zhuo; Li, Peng; Liu, Jia; Li, Qiang

    2007-11-01

    Phenazopyridine hydrochloride is a strong analgesic used in the treatment of urinary tract infections. The aim of the present study was to develop a procedure based on gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS) for the analysis of phenazopyridine in rat plasma. The method was set up and adapted for the analysis of small biological samples taken from rats. Biological samples were extracted by liquid-liquid extraction. The extraction agent was ethyl acetate. The samples were separated by GC on a DB-5MS analytical column and determined by a quadrupole mass spectrometer detector operated under selected ion monitoring mode. Excellent linearity was found between 0.01 and 1.00 microg/ml (r = 0.9991, n = 9) for plasma samples. The limit of detection (LOD) was 0.3 ng/ml. Within-day and between-day precisions expressed as the relative standard deviation (RSD) for the method were 1.83-4.91% and 2.12-4.76%, respectively. The recoveries for all samples were >90%. The main pharmacokinetic parameters obtained were T(max) = (0.35+/-0.01) h, C(max) = (0.396+/-0.079) microg/ml, AUC = (0.373+/-0.065) h microg/ml and CL = (94.2+/-5.9) ml/g/h. The results presented here clearly indicate that this proposed method could be applicable to investigate the pharmacokinetic of phenazopyridine in rats after administration. (c) PMID:17847064

  4. Near Infrared Spectroscopy for Burning Plasma Diagnostic Applications

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    Soukhanovskii, V A

    2008-06-18

    Ultraviolet and visible (UV-VIS, 200-750 nm) atomic spectroscopy of neutral and ion fuel species (H, D, T, Li) and impurities (e.g. He, Be, C, W) is a key element of plasma control and diagnosis on ITER and future magnetically confined burning plasma experiments (BPX). Spectroscopic diagnostic implementation and performance issues that arise in the BPX harsh nuclear environment in the UV-VIS range, e.g., degradation of first mirror reflectivity under charge-exchange atom bombardment (erosion) and impurity deposition, permanent and dynamic loss of window and optical fiber transmission under intense neutron and {gamma}-ray fluxes, are either absent or not as severe in the near-infrared (NIR, 750-2000 nm) range. An initial survey of NIR diagnostic applications has been undertaken on the National Spherical Torus Experiment. It is demonstrated that NIR spectroscopy can address machine protection and plasma control diagnostic tasks, as well as plasma performance evaluation and physics studies. Emission intensity estimates demonstrate that NIR measurements are possible in the BPX plasma operating parameter range. Complications in the NIR range due to parasitic background emissions are expected to occur at very high plasma densities, low impurity densities, and at high plasma facing component temperatures.

  5. Simultaneous determination of roflumilast and its metabolite in human plasma by LC-MS/MS: Application for a pharmacokinetic study.

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    Cui, Xinge; Huang, Jie; Zheng, Xin; Jiang, Ji; Kuang, Yun; Hu, Pei

    2016-09-01

    Roflumilast had shown good efficacy and safety in Caucasian COPD patients after oral administration of 0.5mg. The main active metabolite of it is roflumilast N-oxide. A reliable liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) quantitation method was developed for the simultaneous determination of them in human plasma with rather low limits of quantitation for roflumilast (0.02ng/mL) and roflumilast N-oxide (0.04ng/mL). Human plasma samples were prepared by solid phase extraction (SPE), which ensured high recovery and slight matrix effect for the both analytes. This method showed good linearity, accuracy, precision and stability in the range of 0.02-10ng/mL and 0.04-50ng/mL for roflumilast and roflumilast N-oxide respectively. The developed method was successfully applied for the pharmacokinetic research in Chinese healthy volunteers after oral administration of 0.25mg, 0.375mg and 0.5mg of roflumilast tablet. PMID:27423044

  6. Rapid high-performance liquid chromatographic method for determination of adefovir in plasma using UV detection: application to pharmacokinetic studies.

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    Foroutan, Seyed Mohsen; Zarghi, Afshin; Shafaati, Alireza; Movahed, Hooman; Khoddam, Arash

    2011-01-01

    A rapid, sensitive and reproducible HPLC method was developed and validated for the analysis of adefovir (CAS 106941-25-7) in human plasma. The separation was achieved on a monolithic silica column (Chromolith Performance RP-18e, 100 x 4.6 mm) using acetonitrile-ammonium dihydrogen phosphate buffer (6:94, v/v), pH 5.2, as the mobile phase at a flow rate of 1.5 ml min(-1). The wavelength was set at 260 nm. The assay enables the measurement of adefovir for therapeutic drug monitoring with a minimum quantification limit of 1 ng ml(-1). The method involves a simple protein precipitation procedure. Analytical recovery was complete. The calibration curve was linear over the concentration range 1-40 ng ml(-1). The coefficients of variation for inter-day and intra-day assay were found to be less than 5%. The method was applied to the determination of adefovir in plasma from 12 subjects dosed with adefovir 2 x 10 mg tablets and pharmacokinetic parameters were evaluated. PMID:21950152

  7. Determination of rizatriptan in human plasma by liquid chromatographic-eletrospray tandem mass spectrometry: application to a pharmacokinetic study.

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    Guo, Ji-fen; Zhang, Ai-jun; Zhao, Ling; Sun, Xiao-hong; Zhao, Yi-min; Gao, Hong-zhi; Liu, Ze-yuan; Qiao, Shan-yi

    2006-01-01

    A sensitive liquid chromatographic-tandem mass spectrometry(LC-MS/MS) method was developed for the determination of rizatriptan in human plasma. The analytes were extracted from plasma samples by liquid-liquid extraction, separated on a Zorbax XDB C8 column (150 x 4.6 mm i.d.) and detected by tandem mass spectrometry with an electrospray ionization interface. Zomitriptan was used as the internal standard. The method had a lower limit of quantitation of 50 pg/mL for rizatriptan, which showed more sensitivity and speed of analysis compared with reported methods. The within- and between-day precision was measured to be below 11.71% and accuracy between -5.87 and 0.86% for all quality control samples. This quantitation method was successfully applied to the evaluation of the pharmacokinetic profiles of rizatriptan after single oral administration of 5, 10 and 15 mg rizatriptan tablets to 10 healthy volunteers (five males and five females). PMID:15954161

  8. Systematic study of plasma flow during plasma sheet thinnings

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    Lui, A. T. Y.; Frank, L. A.; Ackerson, K. L.; Meng, C.-I.; Akasofu, S.-I.

    1977-01-01

    On the basis of a study of Imp 6 measurements of plasma flow, it is concluded that there is no clear indication of a predominance of tailward plasma flow beyond about X = -15 R sub E in the midnight sector of the plasma sheet during the expansive phase of a substorm. In fact, it is shown statistically that sunward plasma flow is more frequently observed in the midnight sector within about 30 R sub E from the earth than in any other direction during plasma sheet thinning at the substorm expansion. This result supports the conclusion that there is no definite evidence for the formation of a reconnection neutral line in the near-earth plasma sheet during most substorms.

  9. Microstructure studies of air-plasma-spray-deposited CoNiCrAlY coatings before and after thermal cyclic loading for high-temperature application

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    Kumar, Dipak; Pandey, K. N.; Das, Dipak Kumar

    2016-08-01

    In the present study, bond-coats for thermal barrier coatings were deposited via air plasma spraying (APS) techniques onto Inconel 800 and Hastelloy C-276 alloy substrates. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), and atomic force microscopy (AFM) were used to investigate the phases and microstructure of the as-sprayed, APS-deposited CoNiCrAlY bond-coatings. The aim of this work was to study the suitability of the bond-coat materials for high temperature applications. Confirmation of nanoscale grains of the γ/γ'-phase was obtained by TEM, high-resolution TEM, and AFM. We concluded that these changes result from the plastic deformation of the bond-coat during the deposition, resulting in CoNiCrAlY bond-coatings with excellent thermal cyclic resistance suitable for use in high-temperature applications. Cyclic oxidative stability was observed to also depend on the underlying metallic alloy substrate.

  10. Validation of a simple HPLC-UV method for rifampicin determination in plasma: Application to the study of rifampicin arteriovenous concentration gradient.

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    Goutal, Sébastien; Auvity, Sylvain; Legrand, Tiphaine; Hauquier, Fanny; Cisternino, Salvatore; Chapy, Hélène; Saba, Wadad; Tournier, Nicolas

    2016-05-10

    In clinical practice, rifampicin exposure is estimated from its concentration in venous blood samples. In this study, we hypothesized that differences in rifampicin concentration may exist between arterial and venous plasma. An HPLC-UV method for determining rifampicin concentration in plasma using rifapentine as an internal standard was validated. The method, which requires a simple protein precipitation procedure as sample preparation, was performed to compare venous and arterial plasma kinetics after a single therapeutic dose of rifampicin (8.6 mg/kg i.v, infused over 30 min) in baboons (n=3). The method was linear from 0.1 to 40 μg mL(-1) and all validation parameters fulfilled the international requirements. In baboons, rifampicin concentration in arterial plasma was higher than in venous plasma. Arterial Cmax was 2.1±0.2 fold higher than venous Cmax. The area under the curve (AUC) from 0 to 120 min was ∼80% higher in arterial plasma, indicating a significant arteriovenous concentration gradient in early rifampicin pharmacokinetics. Arterial and venous plasma concentrations obtained 6h after rifampicin injection were not different. An important arteriovenous equilibration delay for rifampicin pharmacokinetics is reported. Determination in venous plasma concentrations may considerably underestimate rifampicin exposure to organs during the distribution phase. PMID:26907700

  11. Plasma discharge characteristics in compact SF6 radio-frequency plasma source for plasma etching application

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    Motomura, Taisei; Takahashi, Kazunori; Kasashima, Yuji; Uesugi, Fumihiko; Ando, Akira

    2015-09-01

    In order to create a compact plasma etching reactor, plasma discharge characteristics in compact SF6 radio-frequency (RF) plasma source which has a chamber diameter of 40 mm have been studied. Convergent magnetic field configuration produced by a solenoid coil and a permanent magnet located behind substrate is employed for efficient plasma transport downstream of plasma source. A discharge characteristics with the changes in relative emission intensity of fluorine atom of FI at 703.7 nm in compact SF6 plasma source are discussed: the dependence of relative emission intensity on the magnetic field strength, the RF input power, and the mass flow rate of the SF6 gas. The relative emission intensity was significantly increased when the RF input power is ~150 W. We present the fundamental etching performance (especially etching rate) of compact plasma source, and then the etching rate of 0.1-1.0 μm/min was obtained under the condition of a RF input power of 50-200 W, a mass flow rate of SF6 of 5.5 sccm and a bias RF power of 20 W. The results of test etching will be shown in presentation.

  12. Inverse mirror plasma experimental device (IMPED) - a magnetized linear plasma device for wave studies

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    Bose, Sayak; Chattopadhyay, P. K.; Ghosh, J.; Sengupta, S.; Saxena, Y. C.; Pal, R.

    2015-04-01

    In a quasineutral plasma, electrons undergo collective oscillations, known as plasma oscillations, when perturbed locally. The oscillations propagate due to finite temperature effects. However, the wave can lose the phase coherence between constituting oscillators in an inhomogeneous plasma (phase mixing) because of the dependence of plasma oscillation frequency on plasma density. The longitudinal electric field associated with the wave may be used to accelerate electrons to high energies by exciting large amplitude wave. However when the maximum amplitude of the wave is reached that plasma can sustain, the wave breaks. The phenomena of wave breaking and phase mixing have applications in plasma heating and particle acceleration. For detailed experimental investigation of these phenomena a new device, inverse mirror plasma experimental device (IMPED), has been designed and fabricated. The detailed considerations taken before designing the device, so that different aspects of these phenomena can be studied in a controlled manner, are described. Specifications of different components of the IMPED machine and their flexibility aspects in upgrading, if necessary, are discussed. Initial results meeting the prerequisite condition of the plasma for such study, such as a quiescent, collisionless and uniform plasma, are presented. The machine produces δnnoise/n <= 1%, Luniform ~ 120 cm at argon filling pressure of ~10-4 mbar and axial magnetic field of B = 1090 G.

  13. Quantitative determination of microbicidal spermicide 'nonoxynol-9' in rabbit plasma and vaginal fluid using LC-ESI-MS/MS: application to pharmacokinetic study.

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    Chhonker, Yashpal S; Chandasana, Hardik; Bala, Veenu; Kumar, Lokesh; Sharma, Vishnu Lal; Gupta, Gopal; Bhatta, Rabi S

    2014-08-15

    Nonoxynol-9 (N-9), a microbicidal spermicide, has been in use as an over-the-counter contraceptive since the 1960s. A detailed account of its pharmacokinetic profile using highly sensitive detection method has not been reported yet. We developed and validated a rapid, selective and sensitive high-performance liquid chromatography coupled with tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) method for N-9 detection in plasma and simulated vaginal fluid. The analytes were quantified using reverse phase Thermo Accucore C18 (150 mm × 4.6mm, 5 μm) column with isocratic elution using acetonitrile: 0.1% formic acid in triple distilled water (90:10, v/v) as mobile phase. The ionization was optimized using ESI (+) and selectivity was achieved by tandem mass spectrometric analysis using MRM transition, m/z 617.4→133.2 for N-9 and m/z 180.1→138.1 for phenacetin. The method was linear over the range 0.195-100 ng/mL. The method was accurate and precise with intra-batch and inter-batch accuracy (% bias) of less than ± 15% and precision (% CV) of <15% for N-9. The mean peak plasma concentration (Cmax) 4.87 ± 0.37 ng/mL was achieved 1.0h after vaginal application with terminal half-life 1.45 ± 0.07 h in rabbits. The validated method was successfully applied for pharmacokinetic study of N-9 in rabbits after vaginal administration. PMID:25016165

  14. Fundamental studies of fusion plasmas. Final report

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    Aamodt, R.E.

    1998-01-30

    Lodestar has carried out a vigorous research program in the areas of rf, edge plasma and divertor physics, with emphasis largely geared towards improving the understanding and performance of ion-cyclotron heating and current drive (ICRF) systems. Additionally, a research program in the field of edge plasma and divertor modeling was initiated. Theoretical work on high power rf sheath formation for multi-strap rf arrays was developed and benchmarked against recent experimental data from the new JET A2 antennas. Sophisticated modeling tools were employed to understand the sheath formation taking into account realistic three-dimensional antenna geometry. A novel physics explanation of an observed anomaly in the low power loading of antennas was applied to qualitatively interpret data on DIII-D in terms of rf sheaths, and potential applications of the idea to develop a near-field sheath diagnostic were explored. Other rf-wave related topics were also investigated. Full wave ICRF modeling studies were carried out in support of ongoing and planned tokamaks experiments, including the investigation of low frequency plasma heating and current drive regimes for IGNITOR. In a cross-disciplinary study involving both MHD and ICRF physics, ponderomotive feedback stabilization by rf was investigated as a potential means of controlling external kink mode disruptions. In another study, the instability of the ion hybrid wave (IHW) in the presence of fusion alpha particles was studied. In the field of edge plasma and divertor modeling studies, Lodestar began the development of a theory of generalized ballooning and sheath instabilities in the scrape off layer (SOL) of divertor tokamaks. A detailed summary of the technical progress in these areas during the contract period is included, as well as where references to published work can be found. A separate listing of publications, meeting abstracts, and other presentations is also given at the end of this final report.

  15. Analysis on electromagnetic characteristics and military application of non-magnetized discharge plasma

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    Liu, Yang; Wang, Jiachun; Miao, Lei; Li, Zhigang

    2015-11-01

    Firstly, the dispersion equation of a plane electromagnetic wave in homogeneous and non-magnetized discharge plasma was established. According to the different frequency of electromagnetic wave and plasma parameters, the characteristics were discussed when the plasma interacted with electromagnetic waves. Then the gas discharge approach was put forward according to characteristics of plasma generated by different methods and their advantages and disadvantages. The possibility of using non-magnetized discharge plasma for the military purpose was analyzed. In the end, the principle and characteristics of the application of the non-magnetized discharge plasma were studied in the fields of stealth and protection against strong electromagnetic pulse.

  16. An Experimental Study of a Pulsed Electromagnetic Plasma Accelerator

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    Thio, Y. C. Francis; Eskridge, Richard; Lee, Mike; Smith, James; Martin, Adam; Markusic, Tom E.; Cassibry, Jason T.; Rodgers, Stephen L. (Technical Monitor)

    2002-01-01

    Experiments are being performed on the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) pulsed electromagnetic plasma accelerator (PEPA-0). Data produced from the experiments provide an opportunity to further understand the plasma dynamics in these thrusters via detailed computational modeling. The detailed and accurate understanding of the plasma dynamics in these devices holds the key towards extending their capabilities in a number of applications, including their applications as high power (greater than 1 MW) thrusters, and their use for producing high-velocity, uniform plasma jets for experimental purposes. For this study, the 2-D MHD modeling code, MACH2, is used to provide detailed interpretation of the experimental data. At the same time, a 0-D physics model of the plasma initial phase is developed to guide our 2-D modeling studies.

  17. Developments and Plasma Studies at the ATOMKI-ECRIS

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    Biri, S.; Valek, A.; Takacs, E.; Radics, B.; Palinkas, J.; Karacsony, J.; Kenez, L.; Kitagawa, A.; Muramatsu, M.

    2005-03-15

    The 14.5 GHz ECR ion source of the ATOMKI is a stand-alone device producing highly charged ion beams for ion-surface experiments and a variety of low charged plasmas and beams for plasma physics studies and for practical applications. In the past two years we performed plasma diagnostics measurements using Langmuir-probes and X-ray camera. Langmuir-probe results allowed estimating the plasma potential close to the resonance zone. The studying of X-ray pictures of Xe-Ar plasmas helps understanding the gas-mixing phenomena. A mixture plasma of fullerene and ferrocene was generated and FeC60 hybrid molecules were detected in the extracted beam.

  18. Cold plasma: overview of plasma technologies and applications

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    Cold plasma is a novel nonthermal food processing technology. It is based on energetic, reactive gases which inactivate contaminating microbes on meats, poultry and fruits and vegetables. The primary modes of action are due to UV light and reactive chemical products of the cold plasma ionization pro...

  19. Determination of manassantin B in rat plasma using a high performance liquid chromatography with fluorescence detection and its quantitative application to pharmacokinetic study.

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    Lee, Jae-Young; Song, Jae-Hyoung; Yoon, In-Soo; Ko, Hyun-Jeong; Kim, Dae-Duk; Cho, Hyun-Jong

    2016-02-01

    A simple, sensitive, rapid, and reproducible analytical method of manassantin B in rat plasma by high performance liquid chromatography with fluorescence detection (HPLC-FL) was developed for its application to pharmacokinetic study in rats. Valsartan (VST) was used as an internal standard (IS) in this quantitative analytical method. Manassantin B and VST were extracted by simple and efficient protein precipitation method. Manassantin B was detected at 282/322nm (excitation/emission) wavelengths using FL detector. The chromatographic separation was obtained with reverse phase C18 column and the mobile phase composed of potassium phosphate buffer containing 0.025% trifluoroacetic acid (pH 2.5; 5mM) and acetonitrile including 0.025% trifluoroacetic acid (20:80, v/v) at 1.0mL/min flow rate. The linearity was established at 25.0-10000ng/mL and the lower limit of detection (LLOD) was 7ng/mL. The intra- and inter-day accuracy and precision values of manassantin B were within±15% of the theroretical values and <9% from the nominal concentrations, respectively. Accuracy and precision values of manassantin B after stability tests were also within the acceptable ranges. Developed assay was also successfully applied to pharmacokinetic study after intravenous administration of manassantin B in rats. PMID:26773890

  20. Spectroscopy Study of Ar + CO2 Plasmas in ASTRAL.

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    Munoz, Jorge; Boivin, Robert; Kamar, Ola; Loch, Stuart; Ballance, Connor

    2006-10-01

    A spectroscopy study of the ASTRAL (Auburn Steady sTate Research fAciLity) helicon plasma source running Ar + CO2 gas mix is presented. ASTRAL produces Ar plasmas: ne = 10^10 to 10^13 cm-3, Te = 2 to 10 eV and Ti = 0.03 to 0.5 eV. A series of 7 large coils produce an axial magnetic field up to 1.3 kGauss. A fractional helix antenna is used to introduce rf power up to 2 kWatt. A spectrometer which features a 0.33 m Criss-Cross monochromator and a CCD camera is used for this study. Very different plasmas are produced following the relative importance of CO2 in the gas mixture. At low CO2 concentration, the plasmas are similar to those obtained with pure Ar with weak CO2, CO2^+, CO and CO^+ bands. The usual blue plasma core associated with intense Ar II transitions is observed with however a significant white glow coming from the outer plasma regions. At higher CO2 concentration, the plasma becomes essentially molecular and can be described as an intense white plasma column. Molecular dissociative processes associated with the production of strong C and O atomic lines are observed under specific plasma conditions. The atomic spectral lines are compared with ADAS modeling results. This study indicates the possible advantages of using a helicon source to control the CO2 plasma chemistry for industrial applications.

  1. A sensitive and specific liquid chromatography/tandem mass spectrometry method for determination of pinaverium bromide in human plasma: application to a pharmacokinetic study in healthy volunteers.

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    Ren, Jin-Min; Zhao, Xi; Wang, Chuan-Ping; Sun, Qian; Yin, Li-Xin; Zhang, Zhi-Qing

    2011-12-01

    A sensitive and specific method using liquid chromatography-electrospray tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) for the determination of pinaverium bromide in human plasma was developed and validated. Pinaverium bromide and an internal standard (paclitaxel) were isolated from plasma samples by precipitating plasma, and determined by LC-MS/MS in multiple-reaction monitoring mode. The main metabolite of pinaverium bromide and endogenous substances in plasma did not show any interference. The calibration curve was linear over the plasma concentration range of 10.0-10000.0 pg/mL with a correlation coefficient of 0.9979. The relative standard derivations intra- and inter-day at 30.0, 300.0 and 8000.0 pg/mL in plasma were less than 15%. The absolute recoveries of pinaverium bromide and the internal standard were 99.7-111.7 and 106.2%, respectively. The lower limit of quantitation was 10 pg/mL. The analytical method was successfully applied to study the pharmacokinetics of pinaverium bromide tablets in healthy Chinese volunteers. PMID:21308709

  2. The study of helicon plasma source

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    Miao Tingting; Shang Yong; Zhao Hongwei; Liu Zhanwen; Sun Liangting; Zhang Xuezhen; Zhao Huanyu

    2010-02-15

    Helicon plasma source is known as efficient generator of uniform and high density plasma. A helicon plasma source was developed for investigation of plasma neutralization and plasma lens in the Institute of Modern Physics in China. In this paper, the characteristics of helicon plasma have been studied by using Langmuir four-probe and a high argon plasma density up to 3.9x10{sup 13} cm{sup -3} have been achieved with the Nagoya type III antenna at the conditions of the magnetic intensity of 200 G, working gas pressure of 2.8x10{sup -3} Pa, and rf power of 1200 W with a frequency of 27.12 MHz. In the experiment, the important phenomena have been found: for a given magnetic induction intensity, the plasma density became greater with the increase in rf power and tended to saturation, and the helicon mode appeared at the rf power between 200 and 400 W.

  3. Application of Plasma Waveguides to High Energy Accelerators

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    Milchberg, Howard M

    2013-03-30

    The eventual success of laser-plasma based acceleration schemes for high-energy particle physics will require the focusing and stable guiding of short intense laser pulses in reproducible plasma channels. For this goal to be realized, many scientific issues need to be addressed. These issues include an understanding of the basic physics of, and an exploration of various schemes for, plasma channel formation. In addition, the coupling of intense laser pulses to these channels and the stable propagation of pulses in the channels require study. Finally, new theoretical and computational tools need to be developed to aid in the design and analysis of experiments and future accelerators. Here we propose a 3-year renewal of our combined theoretical and experimental program on the applications of plasma waveguides to high-energy accelerators. During the past grant period we have made a number of significant advances in the science of laser-plasma based acceleration. We pioneered the development of clustered gases as a new highly efficient medium for plasma channel formation. Our contributions here include theoretical and experimental studies of the physics of cluster ionization, heating, explosion, and channel formation. We have demonstrated for the first time the generation of and guiding in a corrugated plasma waveguide. The fine structure demonstrated in these guides is only possible with cluster jet heating by lasers. The corrugated guide is a slow wave structure operable at arbitrarily high laser intensities, allowing direct laser acceleration, a process we have explored in detail with simulations. The development of these guides opens the possibility of direct laser acceleration, a true miniature analogue of the SLAC RF-based accelerator. Our theoretical studies during this period have also contributed to the further development of the simulation codes, Wake and QuickPIC, which can be used for both laser driven and beam driven plasma based acceleration schemes. We

  4. Biological and Agricultural Studies on Application of Discharge Plasma and Electromagnetic Fields 5. Effects of High Electric Fields on Animals

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    Isaka, Katsuo

    The biological effects of extremely low frequency electric fields on animals are reviewed with emphasis on studies of the nervous system, behavior, endocrinology, and blood chemistry. First, this paper provides a histrical overview of studies on the electric field effects initiated in Russia and the United States mainly regarding electric utility workers in high voltage substations and transmission lines. Then, the possible mechanisms of electric field effects are explained using the functions of surface electric fields and induced currents in biological objects. The real mechanisms have not yet been identified. The thresholds of electric field perception levels for rats, baboons, and humans are introduced and compared. The experimental results concerning the depression of melatonin secretion in rats exposed to electric fields are described.

  5. Characteristics and potential applications of an ORNL microwave ECR multicusp plasma ion source

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    Tsai, C.C.

    1990-01-01

    A new microwave electron cyclotron resonance (ECR) multicusp plasma ion source that has two ECR plasma production regions and uses multicusp plasma confinement has been developed at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. This source has been operated to produce uniform and dense plasma over large areas of 300 to 400 cm{sup 2} and could be scaled up to produce uniform plasma over 700 cm{sup 2} or larger. The plasma source has been operated with continuous argon gas feed and pulsed microwave power. The working gases used were argon, helium, hydrogen, and oxygen. The discharge initiation phenomena and plasma properties have been investigated and studied as functions of the discharge parameters. The discharge characteristics and a hypothetical discharge mechanism for this plasma source are described and discussed. Potential applications, including plasma and ion-beam sources for manufacturing advanced microelectronics, for space electric propulsion, and for fusion research, are discussed. 10 refs., 10 figs.

  6. Applications of plasma sources for nitric oxide medicine

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    Vasilets, Victor; Shekhter, Anatoly; Pekshev, Alexander

    2013-09-01

    Nitric oxide (NO) has important roles in the function of many tissues and organs. Wound healing processes are always accompanying by the increase of nitric oxide concentration in wound tissue. These facts suggest a possible therapeutic use of various NO donors for the acceleration of the wound healing and treatment of other diseases. Our previous studies indicated that gaseous NO flow produced by air-plasma generators acts beneficially on the wound healing. This beneficial effect could be caused by the mechanism involving peroxynitrite as an intermediate. As a result of mobilization of various antioxidant reactions more endogenous NO molecules become available as signaling molecules. to regulate the metabolic processes in wound tissue. In this paper different air plasma sources generated therapeutic concentrations of NO are discussed. The concentration of NO and other therapeutically important gas products are estimated by thermodynamic simulation. Synergy effects of NO with other plasma components are discussed as a factor enhancing therapeutic results. Some new medical application of plasma devices are presented. Advanced Plasma Therapies Inc.

  7. A simple and sensitive HPLC method for analysis of imipramine in human plasma with UV detection and liquid-liquid extraction: Application in bioequivalence studies

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    Rezazadeh, Mahboubeh; Emami, Jaber

    2016-01-01

    High-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) methods employing ultraviolet (UV) detector are not sufficiently sensitive to measure the low plasma concentrations following single oral dose of imipramine. Therefore, in the present study a simple, rapid and yet sensitive HPLC method with UV detection was developed and validated for quantitation of imipramine in human plasma samples. An efficient liquid-liquid extraction (LLE) of imipramine from plasma with the mixture of hexane/isoamyl alcohol (98:2) and back extraction of the drug in acidic medium concomitant with evaporation of organic phase allowed the use of UV detector to conveniently measure plasma levels of this compound as low level as 3 ng/ml. Separation was achieved on a μ-Bondapak C18 HPLC column using sodium hydrogen phosphate solution (0.01 M)/acetonitrile (60/40 v/v) at pH 3.5 ± 0.1 at 1.5 ml/min. Trimipramine was used as the internal standard for analysis of plasma samples. The retention times for imipramine and trimipramine were 4.3 and 5.2 min, respectively. Calibration curve was linear in the range of 3-40 ng/ml using human plasma with the average extraction recovery of 85 ± 5%. Imipramine was found to be stable in plasma samples with no evidence of degradation during three freeze-thaw cycles and three months storage at -70°C. The current validated method was finally applied in bioequivalence studies of two different imipramine products according to a standard two-way crossover design with a two weeks washout period. PMID:27168757

  8. A simple and sensitive HPLC method for analysis of imipramine in human plasma with UV detection and liquid-liquid extraction: Application in bioequivalence studies.

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    Rezazadeh, Mahboubeh; Emami, Jaber

    2016-01-01

    High-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) methods employing ultraviolet (UV) detector are not sufficiently sensitive to measure the low plasma concentrations following single oral dose of imipramine. Therefore, in the present study a simple, rapid and yet sensitive HPLC method with UV detection was developed and validated for quantitation of imipramine in human plasma samples. An efficient liquid-liquid extraction (LLE) of imipramine from plasma with the mixture of hexane/isoamyl alcohol (98:2) and back extraction of the drug in acidic medium concomitant with evaporation of organic phase allowed the use of UV detector to conveniently measure plasma levels of this compound as low level as 3 ng/ml. Separation was achieved on a μ-Bondapak C18 HPLC column using sodium hydrogen phosphate solution (0.01 M)/acetonitrile (60/40 v/v) at pH 3.5 ± 0.1 at 1.5 ml/min. Trimipramine was used as the internal standard for analysis of plasma samples. The retention times for imipramine and trimipramine were 4.3 and 5.2 min, respectively. Calibration curve was linear in the range of 3-40 ng/ml using human plasma with the average extraction recovery of 85 ± 5%. Imipramine was found to be stable in plasma samples with no evidence of degradation during three freeze-thaw cycles and three months storage at -70°C. The current validated method was finally applied in bioequivalence studies of two different imipramine products according to a standard two-way crossover design with a two weeks washout period. PMID:27168757

  9. Pulse-discharge plasmas for plasma-accelerator applications

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    Clayton, C. E.; Joshi, C.; Lopes, N. C.

    2012-12-21

    For particle-beam-driven plasma wakefield accelerators, a long and fully-ionized plasma is desirable. We describe an experiment at UCLA to develop a prototype of such plasma using a pulsed-current discharge. Scaling of the plasma density with glass-tube diameter and with discharge-circuit parameters is currently underway. We have found that 4 Torr of Argon can be fully ionized to a density of about 1.3 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup 17} cm{sup -3} when the current density in the 1 inch diameter, 1.2 meter-long tube is around 2 kA/cm{sup 2}, at least at one point along the discharge. The homogeneity of the plasma density in the longitudinal direction is crucial to prevent slippage of the driven plasma structures with the particles. Equally important are the transverse gradients since any dipole asymmetry in the transverse direction can lead to 'steering' of the particle beam. The longitudinal and transverse gradients may be a function of time into the discharge, the shape of the electrodes, the tube size, and the fractional ionization for a given fill pressure. These issues are currently under investigation.

  10. A comparative study of capacitively coupled HBr/He, HBr/Ar plasmas for etching applications: Numerical investigation by fluid model

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    Gul, Banat; Aman-ur-Rehman

    2015-10-15

    Fluid model has been applied to perform a comparative study of hydrogen bromide (HBr)/He and HBr/Ar capacitively coupled plasma discharges that are being used for anisotropic etching process. This model has been used to identify the most dominant species in HBr based plasmas. Our simulation results show that the neutral species like H and Br, which are the key player in chemical etching, have bell shape distribution, while ions like HBr{sup +}, Br{sup +}, which play a dominant rule in the physical etching, have double humped distribution and show peaks near electrodes. It was found that the dilution of HBr by Ar and/or He results in an increase in electron density and electron temperature, which results in more ionization and dissociation and hence higher densities of neutral and charged species can be achieved. The ratio of positive ion flux to the neutral flux increases with an increase in additive gas fraction. Compare to HBr/He plasma, the HBr/Ar plasma shows a maximum change in the ion density and flux and hence the etching rate can be considered in the ion-assisted and in the ion-flux etch regime in HBr/Ar discharge. The densities of electron and other dominant species in HBr/Ar plasma are higher than those of HBr/He plasma. The densities and fluxes of the active neutrals and positive ions for etching and subsequently chemical etching versus physical sputtering in HBr/Ar and HBr/He plasmas discharge can be controlled by tuning gas mixture ratio and the desire etching can be achieved.

  11. Atmospheric pressure non-thermal plasma: Sources and applications

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    Napartovich, A. P.

    2008-07-01

    Non-thermal plasma at atmospheric pressure is an inherently unstable object. Nature of discharge plasma instabilities and conditions for observation of uniform non-thermal plasma at atmospheric pressure in different environments will be discussed. Various discharge techniques have been developed, which could support uniform non-thermal plasma with parameters varied in a wide range. Time limitation by plasma instabilities can be overcome by shortening pulse length or by restriction of plasma plug residence time with a fast gas flow. Discharge instabilities leading to formation of filaments or sparks are provoked by a positive feedback between the electric field and plasma density, while the counteracting process is plasma and thermal diffusion. With gas pressure growth the size of plasma fluctuation, which could be stabilized by diffusion, diminishes. As a result, to have long lived uniform plasma one should miniaturize discharge. There exist a number of active methods to organize negative feedback between the electric field and plasma density in order to suppress or, at least, delay the instability. Among them are ballast resistors in combination with electrode sectioning, reactive ballast, electronic feedback, and dielectric barrier across the electric current. The last methods are relevant for ac discharges. In the lecture an overview will be given of different discharge techniques scalable in pressure up to one atmosphere. The interest in this topic is dictated by a potential economic benefit from numerous non-thermal plasma technologies. The spectrum of non-thermal plasma applications is continuously broadening. An incomplete list of known applications includes: plasma-assisted chemical vapor deposition, etching, polymerization, gas-phase synthesis, protective coating deposition, toxic and harmful gas decomposition, destruction of warfare agents, electromagnetic wave shielding, polymer surface modifications, gas laser excitation, odor control, plasma assisted

  12. A Survey of Plasmas and Their Applications

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    Eastman, Timothy E.; Grabbe, C. (Editor)

    2006-01-01

    Plasmas are everywhere and relevant to everyone. We bath in a sea of photons, quanta of electromagnetic radiation, whose sources (natural and artificial) are dominantly plasma-based (stars, fluorescent lights, arc lamps.. .). Plasma surface modification and materials processing contribute increasingly to a wide array of modern artifacts; e.g., tiny plasma discharge elements constitute the pixel arrays of plasma televisions and plasma processing provides roughly one-third of the steps to produce semiconductors, essential elements of our networking and computing infrastructure. Finally, plasmas are central to many cutting edge technologies with high potential (compact high-energy particle accelerators; plasma-enhanced waste processors; high tolerance surface preparation and multifuel preprocessors for transportation systems; fusion for energy production).

  13. Theoretical study of nonlinear waves and shock-like phenomena in hot plasmas

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    Fried, B. D.; Banos, A., Jr.; Kennel, C. F.

    1973-01-01

    Summaries are presented of research in basic plasma physics. Nonlinear waves and shock-like phenomena were studied which are pertinent to space physics applications, and include specific problems of magnetospheric and solar wind plasma physics.

  14. The application of platelet-rich plasma in the treatment of deep dermal burns: A randomized, double-blind, intra-patient controlled study.

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    Marck, Roos E; Gardien, Kim L M; Stekelenburg, Carlijn M; Vehmeijer, Marielle; Baas, D; Tuinebreijer, Wim E; Breederveld, Roelf S; Middelkoop, Esther

    2016-07-01

    Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is a fraction of blood with a platelet concentration above baseline. When platelets get activated, growth factors involved in wound healing are released. The application of PRP has shown good results in wound care, however, up to date no substantial research has been performed on the effect of PRP in burn treatment. This randomized double blind intra-patient controlled study investigates the effect of autologous PRP on wound healing in burns that require surgery with a meshed split skin graft (SSG). Fifty-two patients with various areas of deep dermal to full thickness burns, receiving surgery with a SSG were included after informed consent. Comparable study areas A and B (intra-patient) were appointed, randomized and either treated with a SSG and PRP or with a SSG alone. At day 5 to 7 postoperative, the epithelialization and graft take rate were assessed. Three, six, and twelve months postoperative, follow-up measurements were performed in the form of POSAS-questionnaires, DermoSpectroMeter, and Cutometer measurements. There was no statistically significant difference between the mean take rate nor the mean epithelialization rate at day 5-7 between the PRP-treated and control areas. However, PRP-treated wound areas showed more often better or equal epithelialization and take rates at day 5-7 than the standard treated areas. Minor effects were also seen in the reoperated and early operated subgroups. At 3, 6, and 12 months postoperative, POSAS scores from the patients and the observers, Dermaspectro-, and Cutometer measurements did not depict a significant difference between the PRP and standard treated areas. Concluding, the addition of PRP in the treatment of burn wounds did not result in improved graft take and epithelialization, nor could we demonstrate better scar quality. There was, however, a considerable variation in our clinical population. PMID:27169627

  15. Applicability of moire deflection tomography for diagnosing arc plasmas

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    Chen Yunyun; Song Yang; He Anzhi; Li Zhenhua

    2009-01-20

    The argon arc plasma whose central temperature, 1.90x10{sup 4} K, is used as a practical example for an experiment to research the applicability of moire deflection tomography in arc plasma flow-field diagnosis. The experimental result indicates that moire deflection of the measured argon arc plasma is very small, even smaller than that of a common flame with the maximal temperature of nearly 1.80x10{sup 3} K. The refractive-index gradient in moire deflection tomography mainly contributes to the temperature gradient in essence when the probe wavelength and pressure are certain in plasma diagnosis. The applicable temperature ranges of moire deflection tomography in the argon arc plasma diagnosis are given with the probe wavelength 532 nm at 1 atm in certain measuring error requirements. In a word, the applicable temperature range of moire deflection tomography for arc plasma diagnosis is intimately related to the probe wavelength and the practical measuring requirements.

  16. Biomedical Applications of the Cold Atmospheric Plasma: Cell Responses

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    Volotskova, Olga

    Current breakthrough research on cold atmospheric plasma (CAP) demonstrates that CAP has great potential in various areas, including medicine and biology, thus providing a new tool for living tissue treatment. Depending on the configuration the cold plasma sources can be used in the following areas: wound healing, skin diseases, hospital hygiene, sterilization, antifungal treatments, dental care, cosmetics targeted cell/tissue removal, and cancer treatments. This dissertation is focused on the studies of biomedical applications of cold atmospheric plasma jet based on helium flow and resultant cell responses to the cold plasma treatment. The studies were carried out on extra-cellular and intra-cellular levels in vitro. The main practical applications are wound healing and alternative to existing cancer therapy methods, areas of great interest and significant challenges. The CAP jet was built in the Micropropulsion and Nanotechnology Laboratory of Dr. Michael Keidar, as a part of multidisciplinary collaboration with the GW Medical School (Dr. M.A. Stepp) concerned with plasma medicine and bioengineering studies. Normal and cancer cells have two fundamental behavioral properties, proliferation and motility, which can be evaluated through cell migration rates and cell cycle progression. Various microscopic, spectroscopic and flow cytometry techniques were used to characterize cell responses to the cold plasma treatment. It was found that CAP effect on the cells is localized within the area of the treatment (of around ˜ 5mm in diameter). The migration rates of the normal skin cells can be reduced up to ˜ 40%. However, depending on the cell type the required treatment time is different, thus differential treatment of various cells presented in tissue is possible. The CAP effect on the migration was explained through the changes of the cell surface proteins/integrins. It was also found that normal and cancer cells respond differently to the CAP treatment under the same

  17. Applications of quantum cascade lasers in plasma diagnostics: a review

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    Röpcke, J.; Davies, P. B.; Lang, N.; Rousseau, A.; Welzel, S.

    2012-10-01

    Over the past few years mid-infrared absorption spectroscopy based on quantum cascade lasers operating over the region from 3 to 12 µm and called quantum cascade laser absorption spectroscopy or QCLAS has progressed considerably as a powerful diagnostic technique for in situ studies of the fundamental physics and chemistry of molecular plasmas. The increasing interest in processing plasmas containing hydrocarbons, fluorocarbons, nitrogen oxides and organo-silicon compounds has led to further applications of QCLAS because most of these compounds and their decomposition products are infrared active. QCLAS provides a means of determining the absolute concentrations of the ground states of stable and transient molecular species at time resolutions below a microsecond, which is of particular importance for the investigation of reaction kinetics and dynamics. Information about gas temperature and population densities can also be derived from QCLAS measurements. Since plasmas with molecular feed gases are used in many applications such as thin film deposition, semiconductor processing, surface activation and cleaning, and materials and waste treatment, this has stimulated the adaptation of QCLAS techniques to industrial requirements including the development of new diagnostic equipment. The recent availability of external cavity (EC) QCLs offers a further new option for multi-component detection. The aim of this paper is fourfold: (i) to briefly review spectroscopic issues arising from applying pulsed QCLs, (ii) to report on recent achievements in our understanding of molecular phenomena in plasmas and at surfaces, (iii) to describe the current status of industrial process monitoring in the mid-infrared and (iv) to discuss the potential of advanced instrumentation based on EC-QCLs for plasma diagnostics.

  18. Study of Photoemissive Dusty Plasma

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    Gavrikov, A. V.; Fortov, V. E.; Petrov, O. F.; Babichev, V. N.; Filippov, A. V.; Pal', A. F.; Starostin, A. N.

    2008-09-07

    The present work deals with the experimental and theoretical investigation of photoemissive charging of polydisperse dust particles. The characteristic size of dust particles under consideration was 0.1-25 mkm. The experimental part of this work was devoted to the study of positive charging of macroparticles under UV-radiation that acted on dusty formations. Investigations were carried out in argon at normal pressure with particles of different materials. Dust structure was subjected to radiation. The power and frequency spectrum of this radiation was close to corresponding parameters of sun radiation near the top layers of Earth atmosphere. Owing to electron photoemission the macroparticles became positively charged. On the basis of experimental data the estimation of this charge was performed. It was about 500 elementary charges for micron particles. The theoretical part of present work included the numerical simulation of photoemissive dusty plasma decay in a drift-diffusion approximation. The model included equilibrium equation for positively charged macroparticles (in experiment, the percent of these particles was about 90), negatively charged dust particles (about 10%), positive ions (those were born by electron strike of buffered gas atoms) and electrons. Also the model included the Poisson equation for determination of potential distribution in the discharge region. The results of numerical calculations were in a satisfactory correspondence with experimental data both for time dependences of positively and negatively charged macroparticles concentrations and for their velocities.

  19. Platelet-rich plasma: applications in dermatology.

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    Conde Montero, E; Fernández Santos, M E; Suárez Fernández, R

    2015-03-01

    In recent years, the use of platelet-rich plasma has increased notably in a range of diseases and settings. Uses of these products now go beyond skin rejuvenation therapy in patients with facial ageing. Good outcomes for other dermatological indications such as skin ulcers and, more recently, alopecia have been reported in case series and controlled studies. However, these indications are not currently included in the labeling given that stronger scientific evidence is required to support their real benefits. With the increased use of these products, dermatologists need to become familiar with the underlying biological principles and able to critically assess the quality and outcomes of the studies of these products in different skin diseases. PMID:24795093

  20. Plasma traps for beam dynamics studies

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    Okamoto, Hiromi

    2004-05-01

    The collective motion of a space-charge-dominated beam in an accelerator has been investigated by many researchers for many years mainly through numerical simulations and analytic calculations. The recent interest in applying high-power ion beams to diverse purposes has made the understandings of various "space-charge effects" more and more important than ever. It is, however, extremely difficult to carry out the self-consistent theoretical study of such a multi-particle system exposed to complex external driving fields. In fact, we have always been forced to introduce some assumptions or simplifying models to draw approximate conclusions. Efforts have also been devoted to the experimental study of intense beams, but we encounter many practical difficulties again. As we can easily imagine, it is a tough job to observe and measure a particle beam traveling at great speed. Further, in a real accelerator, key experimental parameters, such as beam density, betatron tunes, magnet arrangements, etc., are not well controllable over a wide range. In order to overcome all these difficulties in conventional approaches, we proposed a novel experimental method utilizing a compact plasma trap system (instead of a huge, very expensive accelerator system) [1]. The basic idea is quite simple; namely, a charged-particle beam in an accelerator, if seen from the rest frame, is physically almost equivalent to a single-species plasma in a trap system. It is thus possible to employ a plasma trap for the systematic experimental study of space-charge-dominated beams. In this talk, a typical trap design is given and its applications to some beam-dynamics problems are discussed. [1] H. Okamoto and H. Tanaka, Nucl. Instr. Meth. A 437 (1999) 178; H. Okamoto, Y. Wada and R. Takai, Nucl. Instr. Meth. A 485 (2002) 244.

  1. Potential applications of an electron cyclotron resonance multicusp plasma source

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    Tsai, C.C.; Berry, L.A.; Gorbatkin, S.M.; Haselton, H.H.; Roberto, J.B.; Stirling, W.L.

    1989-01-01

    An electron cyclotron resonance (ECR) multicusp plasmatron has been developed by feeding a multicusp bucket arc chamber with a compact ECR plasma source. This novel source produced large (about 25-cm-diam), uniform (to within {plus minus}10%), dense (>10{sup 11}-cm{sup -3}) plasmas of argon, helium, hydrogen, and oxygen. It has been operated to produce an oxygen plasma for etching 12.7-cm (5-in.) positive photoresist-coated silicon wafers with uniformity within {plus minus}8%. Results and potential applications of this new ECR plasma source for plasma processing of thin films are discussed. 21 refs., 10 figs.

  2. Potential applications of a new microwave ECR (electron cyclotron resonance) multicusp plasma ion source

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    Tsai, C.C.

    1990-01-01

    A new microwave electron cyclotron resonance (ECR) multicusp plasma ion source using two ECR plasma production regions and multicusp plasma confinement has been developed at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. This source has been operated to produce uniform and dense plasmas over large areas of 300 to 400 cm{sup 2}. The plasma source has been operated with continuous argon gas feed and pulsed microwave power. The discharge initiation phenomena and plasma properties have been investigated and studied as functions of discharge parameters. Together with the discharge characteristics observed, a hypothetical discharge mechanism for this plasma source is reported and discussed. Potential applications, including plasma and ion-beam processing for manufacturing advanced microelectronics and for space electric propulsion, are discussed. 7 refs., 6 figs.

  3. Study on the electromagnetic waves propagation characteristics in partially ionized plasma slabs

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    Wang, Zhi-Bin; Li, Bo-Wen; Nie, Qiu-Yue; Wang, Xiao-Gang; Kong, Fan-Rong

    2016-05-01

    Propagation characteristics of electromagnetic (EM) waves in partially ionized plasma slabs are studied in this paper. Such features are significant to applications in plasma antennas, blackout of re-entry flying vehicles, wave energy injection to plasmas, and etc. We in this paper developed a theoretical model of EM wave propagation perpendicular to a plasma slab with a one-dimensional density inhomogeneity along propagation direction to investigate essential characteristics of EM wave propagation in nonuniform plasmas. Particularly, the EM wave propagation in sub-wavelength plasma slabs, where the geometric optics approximation fails, is studied and in comparison with thicker slabs where the geometric optics approximation applies. The influences of both plasma and collisional frequencies, as well as the width of the plasma slab, on the EM wave propagation characteristics are discussed. The results can help the further understanding of propagation behaviours of EM waves in nonuniform plasma, and applications of the interactions between EM waves and plasmas.

  4. Validation of LC/MS electrospray ionisation method for the estimation of ursodiol in human plasma and its application in bioequivalence study.

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    Sundd Singh, Sonu; Shah, Hiten; Gupta, Sapna; Jain, Manish; Sharma, Kuldeep; Patel, Harshvardhan; Shah, Bhavin; Thakkar, Purav; Patel, Nimesh; Shah, Ruchy; Bhushan Lohary, Braj

    2004-12-01

    A novel High Performance Liquid Chromatography-electrospray mass spectrometric method has been developed for the estimation of Ursodiol (Ursodeoxycholic acid)--a bile acid, in human plasma using Ornidazole as internal standard. The methodology involved solid phase extraction of the analyte from human plasma matrix. The chromatographic separation was achieved within seven minutes by an isocratic mobile phase containing 1.0 mM ammonium acetate and Acetonitrile (65:35, v/v), flowing through XTerra MS C18, 100 x 2.1, 3.5 microm analytical column, at a flow rate of 0.2 ml/min. Ion signals were measured in negative mode for Ursodiol and internal standard at m/z 391.3 and 278.1, respectively. A detailed validation of the method was performed as per USFDA guidelines and the standard curves were found to be linear in the range 50.0 ng/ml to 3000.0 ng/ml with the mean correlation coefficient more than 0.99. The absolute recovery was more than 54.90% for Ursodiol and 76.51% for internal standard. Ursodiol was stable for sixty-nine days at -70 degrees C and for eight hours at ambient temperature. After extraction from plasma, the reconstituted samples of Ursodiol were stable in autosampler at 10 degrees C for forty-eight hours. Upon subjecting to three freeze thaw cycles, there was no change in the recovery of the analyte. The integrity of the plasma samples remained unaffected even upon four-fold dilution with drug free human plasma. The method was simple, specific, sensitive, precise, accurate and suitable for bioequivalence and pharmacokinetic studies. It was successfully applied to the pilot bioequivalence study of Ursodiol in male human subjects. PMID:15689031

  5. Determination of the antifungal agent voriconazole in human plasma using a simple column-switching high-performance liquid chromatography and its application to a pharmacokinetic study.

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    Nakagawa, Saori; Suzuki, Riho; Yamazaki, Reiko; Kusuhara, Yoko; Mitsumoto, Shoko; Kobayashi, Hikaru; Shimoeda, Sadahiko; Ohta, Shin; Yamato, Susumu

    2008-03-01

    A simple column-switching high performance liquid chromatographic (HPLC) method that does not require any complicated pretreatment has been developed to determine voriconazole in human plasma samples. An internal standard (IS) and borate buffer (pH 9.0) were added to plasma samples, which were then injected directly into the column-switching HPLC system using MAYI-ODS as a pre-column. The calibration curve for voriconazole showed good linearity in the range of 0.2-10 mug/ml in human plasma. The mean RSD (%) value of intra-day (n=6) and inter-day (n=5) precision were less than 5.4% and 8.2%, respectively. This system could make more than three hundred successive, accurate measurements when a washing step with ammonium acetate solution was added. This method was successfully applied to measure the therapeutic voriconazole level in patients' plasma, and was used in a study of voriconazole pharmacokinetics after oral administration. PMID:18310944

  6. Development and validation of an RP-HPLC method for the quantitation of odanacatib in rat and human plasma and its application to a pharmacokinetic study.

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    Police, Anitha; Gurav, Sandip; Dhiman, Vinay; Zainuddin, Mohd; Bhamidipati, Ravi Kanth; Rajagopal, Sriram; Mullangi, Ramesh

    2015-11-01

    A simple, specific, sensitive and reproducible high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) assay method has been developed and validated for the estimation of odanacatib in rat and human plasma. The bioanalytical procedure involves extraction of odanacatib and itraconazole (internal standard, IS) from a 200 μL plasma aliquot with simple liquid-liquid extraction process. Chromatographic separation was achieved on a Symmetry Shield RP18 using an isocratic mobile phase at a flow rate of 0.7 mL/min. The UV detection wave length was 268 nm. Odanacatib and IS eluted at 5.5 and 8.6 min, respectively with a total run time of 10 min. Method validation was performed as per US Food and Drug Administration guidelines and the results met the acceptance criteria. The calibration curve was linear over a concentration range of 50.9-2037 ng/mL (r(2) = 0.994). The intra- and inter-day precisions were in the range of 2.06-5.11 and 5.84-13.1%, respectively, in rat plasma and 2.38-7.90 and 6.39-10.2%, respectively, in human plasma. The validated HPLC method was successfully applied to a pharmacokinetic study in rats. PMID:25914381

  7. Determination of Cefalothin and Cefazolin in Human Plasma, Urine and Peritoneal Dialysate by UHPLC-MS/MS: application to a pilot pharmacokinetic study in humans.

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    Parker, Suzanne L; Guerra Valero, Yarmarly C; Roberts, Darren M; Lipman, Jeffrey; Roberts, Jason A; Wallis, Steven C

    2016-06-01

    An ultra-high-performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (UHPLC-MS/MS) method for the analysis of cefazolin and cefalothin in human plasma (total and unbound), urine and peritoneal dialysate has been developed and validated. Total plasma concentrations are measured following protein precipitation and are suitable for the concentration range of 1-500 µg/mL. Unbound concentrations are measured from ultra-filtered plasma acquired using Centrifree(®) devices and are suitable for the concentration range of 0.1-500 µg/mL for cefazolin and 1-500 µg/mL for cefalothin. The urine method is suitable for a concentration range of 0.1-20 mg/mL for cefazolin and 0.2-20 mg/mL for cefalothin. Peritoneal dialysate concentrations are measured using direct injection, and are suitable for the concentration range of 0.2-100 µg/mL for both cefazolin and cefalothin. The cefazolin and cefalothin plasma (total and unbound), urine and peritoneal dialysate results are reported for recovery, inter-assay precision and accuracy, and the lower limit of quantification, linearity, stability and matrix effects, with all results meeting acceptance criteria. The method was used successfully in a pilot pharmacokinetic study with patients with peritoneal dialysis-associated peritonitis, receiving either intraperitoneal cefazolin or cefalothin. Copyright © 2015 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. PMID:26394804

  8. Determination of Sodium Tanshinone IIA Sulfonate in human plasma by LC-MS/MS and its application to a clinical pharmacokinetic study.

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    Qin, WeiWei; Wang, Bin; Lu, XiaoPei; Liu, HaiMing; Wang, Li; Qi, WeiLin

    2016-03-20

    An assay based on protein precipitation and liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) has been developed and validated for the quantitative analysis of Sodium Tanshinone IIA Sulfonate (STS) in human plasma. After the addition of dehydroepiandrosterone-D5-3-sulfate sodium salt (DHEAS-D5) as internal standard (IS) and formic acid, plasma samples were prepared by one-step protein precipitation with a mixture of acetonitrile and methanol. Isocratic mobile phase consisted of 0.4 mmol/L ammonium formate buffer (16 ppm formic acid)/acetonitrile (40/60, v/v) on a XSELECT™ HSS T3 column. Detection was performed on a triple-quadrupole mass spectrometer utilizing an electrospray ionization (ESI) interface operating in positive ion and selected reaction monitoring (SRM) mode with the precursor to product ion transitions m/z 373.3→357.1 for STS and m/z 373.0→97.8 for the IS. Calibration curves of STS in human plasma were linear (r=0.9957-0.9998) over the concentration range of 2-1000 ng/mL with acceptable accuracy and precision. The lower limit of quantification in human plasma was 2 ng/mL. The validated LC-MS/MS method has been successfully applied to a pharmacokinetic study of STS in Chinese healthy male volunteers. PMID:26812478

  9. Plasma Science and Applications at the Intel

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    Berry, Lee

    2006-10-01

    The Coalition for Plasma Science (CPS) has established a plasma prize at the annual Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF). The 2006 prize was awarded for a project that investigated the correlation of GPS errors with various measures of near-earth plasma activity. The CPS is a broadly-based group of institutions and individuals whose goal is to increase the understanding of plasmas for non-technical audiences. In addition to the ISEF plasma award, CPS activities include maintaining a website, http://www.plasmacoalition.org; developing educational literature; organizing educational luncheon presentations for Members of Congress and their staffs; and responding to questions about plasmas. In addition, the CPS has begun as effort to examine the plasma content of state education standards with the goal of promoting the adoption of standards with appropriate plasma conten; e.g. are there three or four states of matter. The success of this and other activities depend on the voluntary labor of CPS members and associates. Please send an e-mail to the CPS at CPS@plasmacoalition.org for information if you would like to become involved in spreading the good word about plasmas.

  10. Plasma Tunable LC Resonator for High-Power Electromagnetic Applications

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    Semnani, Abbas; Macheret, Sergey; Peroulis, Dimitrios

    2015-09-01

    High-power tunable filters are in high demand in transmitters found in radars and many communication systems such as satellite and broadcasting stations. Limited power handling renders most semiconductor technologies inherently suboptimal options for these systems. Therefore, mechanically-tunable cavity-based filters are often employed in such cases, resulting in bulky, slow, and heavy systems. In this work, we study the application of plasma as an alternative frequency tuning mechanism for high-power applications even in environmentally and/or mechanically harsh conditions. For a given gas type and pressure, the real and imaginary parts of the dielectric permittivity of a plasma can be varied by changing the electron density, which, depending on the discharge regime, can be implemented by changing the discharge current, voltage, or the magnitude of an auxiliary electric field. In this work, a simple LC resonator tuned to several hundred MHz was fabricated and tested. The tunable capacitor of the resonator was implemented by a commercially available gas discharge tube (GDT), a mm-scale plasma device with gas pressure of 100s of mTorr. Measurement results reveal a continuous tuning range of more than 50% when the applied discharge current is increased from zero to 90 mA.

  11. Development and validation of a highly sensitive LC-MS/MS method for the determination of acacetin in human plasma and its application to a protein binding study.

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    Kim, Sang-Bum; Lee, Taehun; Lee, Hun Seok; Song, Chung Kil; Cho, Hyun-Jong; Kim, Dae-Duk; Maeng, Han-Joo; Yoon, In-Soo

    2016-02-01

    A highly sensitive bioanalytical method for the quantification of acacetin in human plasma was developed and comprehensively validated using liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS). A minimal volume of human plasma sample (20 μL) was prepared by simple deproteinization with 80 μL of acetonitrile. Chromatographic separation was performed using Kinetex C18 column with an isocratic mobile phase consisting of water and acetonitrile (20:80, v/v) containing 0.1 % formic acid at a flow rate of 0.3 mL/min over a total run time of 2.0 min. Mass spectrometric detection was performed using multiple reaction-monitoring modes at the mass/charge transitions m/z 285.22 → 242.17 for acacetin and m/z 277.59 → 175.04 for chlorpropamide (internal standard). The calibration curve was linear over the range of 0.1-500 ng/mL with a lower limit of quantitation of 0.1 ng/mL. The coefficients of variation for both intra- and inter-day validation were less than 11.9 %, and the intra- and inter-day accuracy ranged from 96.8 to 108 %. Mean recovery of acacetin in human plasma was within the range of 91.5-95.6 %. This validated LC-MS/MS method was successfully applied to a human plasma protein binding study that indicated extensive and concentration-independent protein binding of acacetin in human plasma. PMID:26677081

  12. Atmospheric-pressure plasma sources for biomedical applications

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    Park, G. Y.; Park, S. J.; Choi, M. Y.; Koo, I. G.; Byun, J. H.; Hong, J. W.; Sim, J. Y.; Collins, G. J.; Lee, J. K.

    2012-08-01

    Atmospheric-pressure plasmas (APPs) have attracted great interest and have been widely applied in biomedical applications, as due to their non-thermal and reactive properties, they interact with living tissues, cells and bacteria. Various types of plasma sources generated at atmospheric pressure have been developed to achieve better performance in specific applications. This article presents an overview of the general characteristics of APPs and a brief summary of their biomedical applications, and reviews a wide range of these sources developed for biomedical applications. The plasma sources are classified according to their power sources and cover a wide frequency spectrum from dc to microwaves. The configurations and characteristics of plasma sources are outlined and their biomedical applications are presented.

  13. Simultaneous determination of rosuvastatin and fenofibric acid in human plasma by LC-MS/MS with electrospray ionization: assay development, validation and application to a clinical study.

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    Trivedi, Ravi Kumar; Kallem, Raja Reddy; Mullangi, Ramesh; Srinivas, Nuggehally R

    2005-09-15

    values. RST and FFA were stable in the battery of stability studies, viz., bench-top, auto-sampler and freeze/thaw cycles. Stability of RST and FFA was established for 1 month at -80 degrees C. The application of the assay to a clinical study confirmed the utility of the assay. PMID:15970417

  14. Preface to Special Topic: Plasmas for Medical Applications

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    Keidar, Michael; Robert, Eric

    2015-12-01

    Intense research effort over last few decades in low-temperature (or cold) atmospheric plasma application in bioengineering led to the foundation of a new scientific field, plasma medicine. Cold atmospheric plasmas (CAP) produce various chemically reactive species including reactive oxygen species (ROS) and reactive nitrogen species (RNS). It has been found that these reactive species play an important role in the interaction of CAP with prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells triggering various signaling pathways in cells.

  15. Preface to Special Topic: Plasmas for Medical Applications

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    Keidar, Michael; Robert, Eric

    2015-12-15

    Intense research effort over last few decades in low-temperature (or cold) atmospheric plasma application in bioengineering led to the foundation of a new scientific field, plasma medicine. Cold atmospheric plasmas (CAP) produce various chemically reactive species including reactive oxygen species (ROS) and reactive nitrogen species (RNS). It has been found that these reactive species play an important role in the interaction of CAP with prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells triggering various signaling pathways in cells.

  16. Determination of a potential antitumor quassinoid in rat plasma by UPLC-MS/MS and its application in a pharmacokinetic study.

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    Zhang, Qiang; Yuan, Yonghui; Cui, Jianchun; Xiao, Tingting; Deng, Zhipeng; Jiang, Daqing

    2016-05-30

    A sensitive UPLC-MS/MS method was developed and validated for the determination of brusatol in rat plasma. Chromatographic separation was carried out on a C18 column using methanol and 10mM ammonium acetate containing 0.1% (v/v) formic acid (55:45, v/v). The lower limit of quantification (LLOQ) was 1.0ng/mL for brusatol in plasma. The intra- and inter-day precision for the analyte ranged from 3.2% to 9.2% and 1.3% to 7.8%, and the accuracy was between 97.3% and 108.5%. The method was successfully applied in a pharmacokinetic study of brusatol following intravenous injection (0.5, 1.0, and 2.0mg/kg) of brusatol. PMID:26945636

  17. A rapid and simple UPLC-MS-MS method for determination of glipizide in human plasma and its application to bioequivalence study.

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    Qiu, Xiangjun; Zheng, Shuang-li; Wang, Yingfei; Wang, Rong; Ye, Lei

    2015-01-01

    In this study, a simple, rapid and sensitive ultra performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry method is described for the determination of glipizide in human plasma samples using carbamazepine as the internal standard (IS) from bioequivalence assays. Sample preparation was accomplished through protein precipitation with methanol, and chromatographic separation was performed on an Acquity BEH C18 column (2.1 mm × 50 mm, 1.7 μm) with gradient profile at a flow rate of 0.4 mL/min. Mass spectrometric analysis was performed using an QTrap5500 mass spectrometer coupled with an electrospray ionization source in the positive ion mode. The multiple reaction monitoring transitions of m/z 446.1 → 321.0 and m/z 237.1 → 194.2 were used to quantify for glipizide and IS. The linearity of this method was found to be within the concentration range of 10-1,500 ng/mL for glipizide in human plasma. Only 1.0 min was needed for an analytical run. The method was applied to a bioequivalence study of two drug products containing glipizide in human plasma samples. PMID:24771054

  18. LC-MS/MS method for the determination of haemanthamine in rat plasma, bile and urine and its application to a pilot pharmacokinetic study.

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    Hroch, Miloš; Mičuda, Stanislav; Havelek, Radim; Cermanová, Jolana; Cahlíková, Lucie; Hošťálková, Anna; Hulcová, Daniela; Řezáčová, Martina

    2016-07-01

    Evidence gathered in various studies points to the fact that haemanthamine, an isoquinoline alkaloid, has multiple medicinally interesting characteristics, including antitumor, antileukemic, antioxidant, antiviral, anticonvulsant and antimalarial activity. This work presents, for the first time, a universal LC-MS/MS method for analysis of haemanthamine in plasma, bile and urine which has been verified in a pilot pharmacokinetic experiment on rats. Chromatographic separation was performed on a pentafluorophenyl core-shell column in gradient elution mode with a mobile phase consisting of acetonitrile-methanol-ammonium formate buffer. A sample preparation based on liquid-liquid extraction with methyl tert-butyl ether was employed with ambelline used as an internal standard. Quantification was performed using LC-MS-ESI(+) in Selected Reaction Monitoring mode. The method was validated according to the European Medicines Agency guideline in a concentration range of 0.1-10 μmol/L in plasma, bile and urine. The concentration-time profiles of haemanthamine in plasma, bile and urine after a single i.v. bolus of 10 mg/kg have been described for the first time. The presented study addresses the lack of information on haemanthamine pharmacokinetics and also introduces a new universal method of haemanthamine analysis in complex biological matrices. Copyright © 2015 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. PMID:26577707

  19. Validated method to measure yakuchinone A in plasma by LC-MS/MS and its application to a pharmacokinetic study in rats

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    2014-01-01

    Background Yakuchinone A has a plethora of beneficial biological effects. However, the pharmacokinetic (PK) data of yakuchinone A still remain unknown so far. Furthermore, the quantification of yakuchinone A in biological samples has not been reported in the literature. Therefore, in the present study we aimed to develop a new method for the fast, efficient and accurate assessment of yakuchinone A concentration in plasma, as a means for facilitating the PK evaluation of yakuchinone A. Results A liquid chromatography-electrospray ionization-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-ESI-MS/MS) method was developed and validated for the determination of yakuchinone A in rat plasma. Mass spectrometric and chromatographic conditions were optimized. Plasma samples were pretreated by protein precipitation with methanol. LC separation was performed on a Phenomenex Luna C18 column with gradient elution using a mobile phase consisting of methanol–water containing 0.5 mM formic acid (HCOOH) at a flow rate of 0.28 mL/min. ESI-MS spectra were acquired in positive ion multiple reaction monitoring mode (MRM). The precursor-to-product ion pairs used for MRM of yakuchinone A and yakuchinone B were m/z 313.1 → 137.0 and 311.2 → 117.1, respectively. Low concentration of HCOOH reduced the ion suppression caused by matrix components and clearly improved the analytical sensitivity. Yakuchinone A showed good linearity over a wide concentration range (r > 0.99). The accuracy, precision, stability and linearity were found to be within the acceptable criteria. This new method was successfully applied to analyze the rat plasma concentration of parent yakuchinone A after a single oral administration of SuoQuan capsules. Low systemic exposure to parent yakuchinone A was observed. Conclusion The proposed method is sensitive and reliable. It is hoped that this new method will prove useful for the future PK studies. PMID:24422995

  20. Simultaneous determination of nimesulide and its four possible metabolites in human plasma by LC-MS/MS and its application in a study of pharmacokinetics.

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    Sun, Xiao; Xue, Kai-Lu; Jiao, Xin-Yue; Chen, Qian; Xu, Li; Zheng, Heng; Ding, Yu-Feng

    2016-08-01

    In this study, it was the first time that we simultaneously quantified nimesulide and its possible metabolites M1, M2, M3 and M4 by employing liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS). Nimesulide-d5 was used as internal standard (IS) for validation. Analytes and IS were recovered from human plasma by protein precipitation with acetonitrile. Prepared plasma samples were analyzed under the same LC-MS/MS conditions, and chromatographic separation was realized by using an Ultimate C18 column, with run time being 5min for each sample. Our results showed that various analytes within their concentration ranges could be quantified accurately by using the method. Mean intra- and inter-day accuracies ranged from -4.8% to 4.8% (RE), and intra- and inter-assay precision ≤6.2% (RSD). The following parameters were validated: specificity, recovery, matrix effects, dilution integrity, carry-over, sample stability under a variety of storage and handling conditions (room temperature, freezer, freeze-thaw and post-preparative) and stock solution stability. Pharmacokinetics of nimesulide and its metabolites were calculated based on the analysis of samples collected from twelve Chinese healthy volunteers after single oral dose of 100mg nimesulide tablets. By applying the pharmacokinetic determination into human samples, we preliminarily detected a new metabolite of nimesulide (M4*), and the concentration of M4* was relatively higher in plasma. Furthermore, we predicted part of conceivable metabolism pathway in plasma of after oral administration of 100mg nimesulide tablets. This research provided an experimental basis for further studies on metabolic activation and biotransformation of nimesulide, and for more comprehensive conjecture of its metabolic pathways. PMID:27284972

  1. Compact Plasma Accelerator for Micropropulsion Applications

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    Foster, John E.

    2001-01-01

    There is a need for a low power, light-weight (compact), high specific impulse electric propulsion device to satisfy mission requirements for microsatellite (1 to 20 kg) class missions. Satisfying these requirements entails addressing the general problem of generating a sufficiently dense plasma within a relatively small volume and then accelerating it. In the work presented here, the feasibility of utilizing a magnetic cusp to generate a dense plasma over small length scales of order 1 mm is investigated. This approach could potentially mitigate scaling issues associated with conventional ion thruster plasma containment schemes. Plume and discharge characteristics were documented using a Faraday probe and a retarding potential analyzer.

  2. Quantification of carbamazepine and its 10,11-epoxide metabolite in rat plasma by UPLC-UV and application to pharmacokinetic study.

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    Beig, Avital; Dahan, Arik

    2014-07-01

    A rapid, selective and sensitive UPLC-UV method was developed and validated for the quantitative analysis of carbamazepine and its epoxide metabolite in rat plasma. A relatively small volume of plasma sample (200 μL) is required for the described analytical method. The method includes simple protein precipitation, liquid-liquid extraction, evaporation, and reconstitution steps. Samples were separated on a Waters Acquity UPLC BEH C18 column (1.7 µm, 2.1 × 100 mm) with a gradient mobile phase consisted of 60:40 going to 40:60 (v/v) water-acetonitrile at a flow rate of 0.5 mL/min. The total run time was as low as 6 min, representing a significant improvement in comparison to existing methods. Excellent linearity (r(2)  > 0.999) was achieved over a wide concentration range. Close to complete recovery, short analysis time, high stability, accuracy, precision and reproducibility, and low limit of quantitation were demonstrated. Finally, we successfully applied this analytical method to a pre-clinical oral pharmacokinetic study, revealing the plasma profiles of both carbamazepine and carbamazepine-10,11-epoxide following oral administration of carbamazepine to rats. The advantages demonstrated in this work make this analytical method both time- and cost-efficient approach for drug and metabolite monitoring in the pre-clinical/clinical laboratory. PMID:24327551

  3. Quantification of sofosbuvir and ledipasvir in human plasma by UPLC-MS/MS method: Application to fasting and fed bioequivalence studies.

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    Rezk, Mamdouh R; Bendas, Ehab R; Basalious, Emad B; Karim, Iman A

    2016-08-15

    A rapid and sensitive LC-MS/MS method was developed, optimized and validated for quantification of sofosbuvir (SF) and ledipasvir (LD) in human plasma using eplerenone as an internal standard (IS). Analytes and IS were extracted from plasma by simple liquid-liquid extraction technique using methyl tertiary butyl ether. The prepared samples were chromatographed on Acquity UPLC BEH C18 column. Separation was done using a mobile phase formed of 0.1% formic acid and acetonitrile (50:50, v/v) in an isocratic mode at a flow rate of 0.4ml/min. The Xevo TQD LC-MS/MS was operated under the multiple-reaction monitoring mode using electrospray ionization. A full validation of the method was performed according to the FDA guidelines. Linearity was found to be in the range of 0.25-3500ng/ml for SF and 5-2000ng/ml for LD. The intra-day and inter-day precision and accuracy results were within the acceptable limits. A short run time of 2min allows analysis of more than 400 plasma samples per day. The developed method was successfully applied to both fasting and fed bioequivalence studies in healthy human volunteers. PMID:27322631

  4. Determination of Doxorubicin in Stealth Hyalurionic Acid-Based Nanoparticles in Rat Plasma by the Liquid-Liquid Nanoparticles-Breaking Extraction Method: Application to a Pharmacokinetic Study.

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    Han, Xiaopeng; Wei, Wei; Zhong, Lu; Luo, Cong; Wu, Chunnuan; Jiang, Qikun; Sun, Jin

    2016-09-01

    An efficient extraction of doxorubicin (Dox) from homemade stealth hyalurionic acid (HA)-based nanoparticles (NPs) in rat plasma could not be performed by previously published methods. Therefore, we attempted to establish the novel NPs-breaking and UPLC-MS-MS method for evaluating the pharmacokinetic profiles of the homemade stealth HA NPs in rats. The pretreatment method of plasma samples used the liquid-liquid extraction method with isopropyl alcohol as NPs-breaking and protein-precipitating solvents, and the NPs-breaking efficiency of isopropyl alcohol was as high as 97.2%. The analyte and gliclazide (internal standard) were extracted from plasma samples with isopropyl alcohol and were separated on UPLC BEH C18 with a mobile phase consisting of methanol and water (containing 0.1% formic acid). The method demonstrated good linearity at the concentrations ranging from 5 to 5,000 ng/mL. The intra- and interday relative standard deviations were >10%. Finally, the method was successfully applied to a pharmacokinetic study of homemade stealth HA-based NPs in rats following intravenous administration. PMID:27240566

  5. Determination of the novel antiarrhythmic drug sulcardine sulfate in human plasma by liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry and its application in a clinical pharmacokinetic study.

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    Jia, Jingying; Liu, Gangyi; Zhang, Mengqi; Lu, Youli; Lu, Chuan; Liu, Yun; Zheng, Hongcao; Wang, Wei; Gui, Yuzhou; Yu, Chen; Li, Shuijun; Wang, Yiping

    2016-08-01

    Sulcardine sulfate (Sul), a novel antiarrhythmic agent, is currently in phase I and phase II clinical trials. To elucidate its clinical pharmacokinetic characteristics, a rapid and accurate liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) method has been developed and validated for the quantification of Sul in human plasma. Plasma samples were precipitated by acetonitrile and isotope-labeled sulcardine was added as internal standard. The analysis was carried out on a Capcell Pak C18 MG III column (100 × 2.0 mm, 5 μm) with 0.1% formic acid in acetonitrile solution and water (17:83, v/v) as mobile phase. The linear range was 5.0-1000 ng/mL for Sul, with a lower limit of quantification of 5.0 ng/mL. The intra- and inter-batch CVs were within ±11.0% and the accuracies were 4.9-107.3%. Our method, for the first time, allows the rapid (only 3.0 min) and accurate quantification of Sul in human plasma. The method has been successfully applied in the pharmacokinetic study of Sul in a clinical trial following oral administration of Sul to healthy volunteers. Copyright © 2016 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. PMID:26715470

  6. Rapid and simple method for determination of cephradine in human plasma using liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS): application to the bioequivalence study.

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    Choi, Sang-Jun; Ryu, Ju-Hee; Lee, Heon-Woo; Lee, Myung-Jae; Seo, Ji-Hyung; Tak, Seong-Kun; Lee, Kyung-Tae

    2009-12-01

    A rapid and simple procedure was developed for the determination of cephradine in human plasma using liquid chromatography coupled with electrospray ionization-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-ESI-MS/MS). After trichloroacetic acid (TCA) precipitation of proteins from plasma samples, cephradine and cefaclor (the internal standard; IS) were eluted on a CN column. The isocratic mobile phase used consisted of acetonitrile-water-formic acid (25:75:0.1, v/v/v). Cephradine and the IS were both detected in multiple reaction monitoring (MRM) mode at the transitions: m/z 350.0 --> 90.8 for cephradine and m/z 368.1 --> 106.0 for the IS, respectively. The calibration curve was linear over the concentration range from 0.05 to 50 microg/ml, and correlation coefficients were greater than 0.996. The coefficient of variation of assay precision was less than 9.36%, and its accuracy ranged from 87.92% to 111.16%. The chromatographic run time for each plasma sample was less than 3 min. The developed method was successfully applied to a bioequivalence study of cephradine in healthy male volunteers. PMID:19854118

  7. Determination of cefadroxil in rat plasma and urine using LC-MS/MS and its application to pharmacokinetic and urinary excretion studies.

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    Jin, Hyo-Eon; Kim, In-Bong; Kim, Yu Chul; Cho, Kwan Hyung; Maeng, Han-Joo

    2014-02-01

    A simple, rapid, and sensitive liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) was developed and validated for the determination of cefadroxil, a first-generation cephalosporin, in rat plasma and urine. Rat samples were deproteinized with methanol, and then injected into the LC-MS/MS system (electro-spray ionization, positive mode) for quantification. Drugs were separated on a Synergi™ 4 μm Polar-RP 80A column (150 mm × 2.0 mm, 4 μm) with a mixture of 0.1% formic acid and methanol (62:38, v/v) as the mobile phase at 0.2 mL/min. Detection was performed using multiple reaction-monitoring modes at m/z 364.1→208.1 (for cefadroxil) and m/z 368.1→174.2 (for cefaclor, the internal standard). Method was specific and linear over the concentration range of 10-10,000 ng/mL. Validation parameters for cefadroxil, including accuracy, precision, absolute matrix effect, and stability in rat plasma and urine, were acceptable according to the biological method validation guidelines of the FDA (2001) [16]. Cefadroxil levels in plasma up to 1440 min or 480 min and urine up to 96 h were quantifiable following oral and intravenous cefadroxil administrations to rats at a dose of 2mg/kg, each, suggesting that the method is appropriate for routine pharmacokinetic studies including urinary recovery in rats. PMID:24412692

  8. Development of a selective and fast LC-MS/MS for determination of WSJ-537, an xanthine oxidase inhibitor, in rat plasma: Application to a pharmacokinetic study.

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    Lin, Jianyang; Yang, Tian; Zhang, Donghu

    2016-08-15

    Gout is a common metabolic disorder caused by the deposition of monosodium urate crystals within joints. A new kind of xanthine oxidase inhibitor, WSJ-537, was developed as a potential drug. In order to investigate the pharmacokinetic behavior in vivo, a liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) method for determination the concentration of WSJ-537 in rat plasma was developed. After extraction by protein precipitation method with acetonitrile, the chromatographic separation was accomplished on a Venusil ASB C18 column(2.1mm×50mm, 3mm)at a flow rate of 0.3mLmin(-1) with the mobile phase consisting of acetonitrile-ammonium acetate (33:67, v/v). An electrospray ionization (ESI) source was applied and operated in the positive ion mode. The plasma concentration was detected by multiple reactions monitoring (MRM) mode with the target fragment ions m/z 410.2→m/z 368.1 for WSJ-537 and m/z 244.1→m/z 185.0 for the IS. Good linearity was observed in the range of 20-800ngmL(-1) (r=0.9947). The recovery of WSJ-537 in rats plasma was more than 85%. This method was suitable for pharmacokinetic studies after oral administration of 10mg/kg WSJ-537 in rats. PMID:27322629

  9. Simple, sensitive and rapid LC-MS method for the quantitation of indapamide in human plasma--application to pharmacokinetic studies.

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    Chen, Wei-Dong; Liang, Yan; Zhang, Hong; Li, Hao; Xiong, Ye; Wang, Guang-Ji; Xie, Lin

    2006-09-14

    A sensitive and specific method using liquid chromatography with electrospray ionization mass spectrometry (LC-ESI-MS) has been developed and validated for the identification and quantification of indapamide in human plasma. A simple liquid-liquid extraction procedure was followed by injection of the extracts on to a C18 column with gradient elution and detection using a single quadrupole mass spectrometer in selected ion monitoring (SIM) mode. The method was tested using six different plasma batches. Linearity was established for the concentration range 0.5-100.0 ng/ml, with a coefficient of determination (r) of 0.9998 and good back-calculated accuracy and precision. The intra- and inter-day precision (RSD%) was lower than 10%, and accuracy ranged from 85 to 115%. The lower limit of quantification was reproducible at 0.2 ng/ml with 0.2 ml plasma. The proposed method enables the unambiguous identification and quantification of indapamide for pre-clinical and clinical studies. PMID:16843739

  10. Concurrent determination of olanzapine, risperidone and 9-hydroxyrisperidone in human plasma by ultra performance liquid chromatography with diode array detection method: application to pharmacokinetic study.

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    Siva Selva Kumar, M; Ramanathan, M

    2016-02-01

    A simple and sensitive ultra-performance liquid chromatography (UPLC) method has been developed and validated for simultaneous estimation of olanzapine (OLZ), risperidone (RIS) and 9-hydroxyrisperidone (9-OHRIS) in human plasma in vitro. The sample preparation was performed by simple liquid-liquid extraction technique. The analytes were chromatographed on a Waters Acquity H class UPLC system using isocratic mobile phase conditions at a flow rate of 0.3 mL/min and Acquity UPLC BEH shield RP18 column maintained at 40°C. Quantification was performed on a photodiode array detector set at 277 nm and clozapine was used as internal standard (IS). OLZ, RIS, 9-OHRIS and IS retention times were found to be 0.9, 1.4, .1.8 and 3.1 min, respectively, and the total run time was 4 min. The method was validated for selectivity, specificity, recovery, linearity, accuracy, precision and sample stability. The calibration curve was linear over the concentration range 1-100 ng/mL for OLZ, RIS and 9-OHRIS. Intra- and inter-day precisions for OLZ, RIS and 9-OHRIS were found to be good with the coefficient of variation <6.96%, and the accuracy ranging from 97.55 to 105.41%, in human plasma. The validated UPLC method was successfully applied to the pharmacokinetic study of RIS and 9-OHRIS in human plasma. PMID:26129833

  11. Simultaneous determination of four secoiridoid and iridoid glycosides in rat plasma by ultra performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry and its application to a comparative pharmacokinetic study.

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    Wu, Yun; Ai, Yu; Wang, Fenrong; Ma, Wen; Bian, Qiaoxia; Lee, David Y-W; Dai, Ronghua

    2016-02-01

    A simple, reliable and rapid ultra-performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry method was developed and validated for the simultaneous quantification of four secoiridoid (gentiopicroside, swertiamarin, sweroside) and iridoid glycosides (loganic acid), the bio-active ingredients in rat plasma. After liquid-liquid extraction, chromatographic separation was accomplished on a Shim-pack XR-ODS column with a mobile phase consisting of methanol and 0.1% formic acid in water. A triple quadrupole tandem mass spectrometry equipped with an electrospray ionization source was used as detector operating both in positive and negative ionization mode and operated by multiple-reaction monitoring scanning. The lower limits of quantitation were 0.25-30 ng/mL for all the analytes. Both intra-day and inter-day precision and accuracy of analytes were well within acceptance criteria (±15%). The mean extraction recoveries of analytes and internal standard (amygdalin) from rat plasma were all >71.4%. The validated method was successfully applied to a comparative pharmacokinetic study of four analytes in rat plasma between normal and arthritic rats after oral administration of Huo Luo Xiao Ling Dan and Gentiana macrophylla extract, respectively. Results showed significant differences in pharmacokinetic properties of the analytes among the different groups. PMID:26014753

  12. Numerical modeling of arc plasma generator for chemical laser applications

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    Sagar, Vidya; Ravikant, Chhaya; Singhal, Gaurav; Mittal, Alok P.

    2012-05-01

    The results of the numerical modeling of arc discharge phenomenon relevant to hydrogen fluoride/deuterium fluoride (HF/DF) laser applications are given. The overall mechanics of arc discharge phenomena on the basis of numerical modeling employing the commercial code COMSOL is discussed. The equations for a 2D axisymmetric, weakly compressible, laminar flow with heat transfer and the coupled hydrodynamic and electromagnetic equations are solved using the SIMPLE algorithm. The variations in the material properties, temperature, and velocity due to the generated arc are studied. A comparison of the results obtained with those from the studies available in the literature validates the computational data. Since each designed plasma arc tunnel is unique in itself and specific in application, this would enable one to alter arc discharge parameters to optimize a specific laser.

  13. Development, diagnostic and applications of radio-frequency plasma reactor

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    Puac, N.

    2008-07-01

    In many areas of the industry, plasma processing of materials is a vital technology. Nonequilibrium plasmas proved to be able to produce chemically reactive species at a low gas temperature while maintaining highly uniform reaction rates over relatively large areas (Makabe and Petrovic 2006). At the same time nonequilibrium plasmas provide means for good and precise control of the properties of active particles that determine the surface modification. Plasma needle is one of the atmospheric pressure sources that can be used for treatment of the living matter which is highly sensitive when it comes to low pressure or high temperatures (above 40 C). Dependent on plasma conditions, several refined cell responses are induced in mammalian cells (Sladek et al. 2005). It appears that plasma treatment may find many biomedical applications. However, there are few data in the literature about plasma effects on plant cells and tissues. So far, only the effect of low pressure plasmas on seeds was investigated. It was shown that short duration pretreatments by non equilibrium low temperature air plasma were stimulative in light induced germination of Paulownia tomentosa seeds (Puac et al. 2005). As membranes of plants have different properties to those of animals and as they show a wide range of properties we have tried to survey some of the effects of typical plasma which is envisaged to be used in biotechnological applications on plant cells. In this paper we will make a comparison between two configurations of plasma needle that we have used in treatment of biological samples (Puac et al. 2006). Difference between these two configurations is in the additional copper ring that we have placed around glass tube at the tip of the needle. We will show some of the electrical characteristics of the plasma needle (with and without additional copper ring) and, also, plasma emission intensity obtained by using fast ICCD camera.

  14. Determination of secnidazole in human plasma by high-performance liquid chromatography with UV detection and its application to the bioequivalence studies.

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    Li, Xiaoyu; Sun, Jianguo; Wang, Guangji; Zheng, Yuanting; Yan, Bei; Xie, Haitang; Gu, Yi; Ren, Hongchan

    2007-03-01

    A simple, accurate, precise and sensitive HPLC-UV method was developed for the determination of secnidazole in human plasma. Secnidazole and tinidazole (IS) were extracted from 0.2 mL of human plasma by ethyl acetate. Secnidazole was then separated by HPLC on a Diamond C(18) column and quantified by ultraviolet detection at 319 nm. The mobile phase consisted of acetonitrile-aqueous 5 mm sodium acetate (30:70, v/v) containing of 0.1% acetic acid adjusted to pH 4.0, and the flow rate was 1.0 mL/min. The low limit of quantification was 0.1 microg/mL. The method was linear over the concentration range 0.1-25.0 microg/mL (R(2) = 1.000). The recovery of secnidazole from human plasma ranged from 76.5 to 89.1%. Inter- and intra-assay precision ranged from 3.3 to 10.7%. Secnidazole in plasma was stable when stored at ambient temperature for 8 h, at -20 degrees C for 2 weeks and at -20 degrees C for three freeze-thaw cycles. The developed method was successfully applied to the pharmacokinetic and bioequivalence studies between test and reference secnidazole tablets following a single 500 mg oral dosage to 20 healthy volunteers of both genders. Pharmacokinetics parameters T(max), C(max), AUC(0-)t, AUC(0-infinity), T(1/2) were determined of both preparations. The analysis of variance (ANOVA) did not show any significant difference between the two preparations and 90% confidence intervals fell within the acceptable range for bioequivalence. It was concluded that the two secnidazole preparations are bioequivalence and may be used interchangeably. PMID:17221933

  15. Study of metallic powder behavior in very low pressure plasma spraying (VLPPS) — Application to the manufacturing of titanium–aluminum coatings

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    Vautherin, B.; Planche, M.-P.; Montavon, G.; Lapostolle, F.; Quet, A.; Bianchi, L.

    2015-08-28

    In this study, metallic materials made of aluminum and titanium were manufactured implementing very low pressure plasma spraying (VLPPS). Aluminum was selected at first as a demonstrative material due to its rather low vaporization enthalpy (i.e., 381.9 kJ·mol⁻¹). Developments were then carried out with titanium which exhibits a higher vaporization enthalpy (i.e., 563.6 kJ·mol⁻¹). Optical emission spectroscopy (OES) was implemented to analyze the behavior of each solid precursor (metallic powders) when it is injected into the plasma jet under very low pressure (i.e., in the 150 Pa range). Besides, aluminum, titanium and titanium–aluminum coatings were deposited in the same conditions implementing a stick-cathode plasma torch operated at 50 kW, maximum power. Coating phase compositions were identified by X-Ray Diffraction (XRD). Coating elementary compositions were quantified by Glow Discharge Optical Emission Spectroscopy (GDOES) and Energy Dispersive Spectroscopy (EDS) analyses. The coating structures were observed by Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM). The coating void content was determined by Ultra-Small Angle X-ray Scattering (USAXS). The coatings exhibit a two-scale structure corresponding to condensed vapors (smaller scale) and solidified areas (larger scale). Titanium–aluminum sprayed coatings, with various Ti/Al atomic ratios, are constituted of three phases: metastable α-Ti, Al and metastable α₂-Ti₃Al. This latter is formed at elevated temperature in the plasma flow, before being condensed. Its rather small fraction, impeded by the rather small amount of vaporized Ti, does not allow modifying however the coating hardness.

  16. An LC-MS/MS method for simultaneous determination of four flavonoids from Semen Oroxyli in rat plasma and its application to a pharmacokinetic study.

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    Zhang, Jing; Zhang, Sixi; Teng, Shiyong; Zhai, Lijie

    2016-05-01

    Semen Oroxyli, a Traditional Chinese Medicine, has many significant pharmacological activities such as analgesic, apoptotic, anti-inflammatory, anticancer, and immunostimulant activities. A sensitive and selective liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) method was developed and validated for the simultaneous quantitation of four flavonoids (oroxin A, oroxin B, baicalin, and chrysin) of Semen Oroxyli in rat plasma. After the addition of internal standard, plasma samples were pretreated with acetonitrile via a single-step protein precipitation. Chromatographic separation was performed on a Capcell Pak C18 column (100mm×2.0mm, 5μm particles) with isocratic elution using a mobile phase of methanol and 2mM ammonium acetate buffer solution (75:25, v/v) at a flow rate of 0.45mL/min. The analytes were detected without interference in the selection reaction monitoring mode with negative electrospray ionization. The validated method exhibited good linearity over a wide concentration range (r≥0.9958), and the lower limits of quantification were 1.0-5.5ng/mL for all the analytes. The mean extraction recoveries of the analytes from rat plasma exceeded 80.6%. The intra- and inter-day precisions at three QC levels were both less than 11.5%, and the accuracies ranged from -6.2% to 10.3%. The LC-MS/MS method was successfully applied to a pharmacokinetic study of the four flavonoids in rat plasma after oral administration of Semen Oroxyli extract. PMID:27038401

  17. Advances in the medical research and clinical applications on the plasma DNA

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    Chen, Yuanyuan; Wu, Zhanhe

    2014-01-01

    Plasma DNA has had a strong impact and influence on basic medical research and clinical practice since the discovery of low levels of plasma DNA in healthy individuals under different physiological conditions. Although the source of circulating DNA still requires further investigation, a wide range of research has also proven the value of qualitative and quantitative measurements of plasma DNA in many disease conditions. The use of plasma DNA has a biomarker is advantageous due to accessibility, reliability, reproducibility, sensitivity, specific and relatively low cost. Recently, the detection of circulating (plasma) DNA quantitative changes have been using in the studies on the tumor gene mutations and to monitor disease progressing and to predict the disease prognosis. Such technique also has been using other many different fields, particularly in prenatal diagnosis, for which plasma DNA testing is preferable due to non-invasiveness. This article reviews the research progression and clinical applications of plasma DNA in the last several years. PMID:26835332

  18. Helium Atmospheric Pressure Plasma Jet: Diagnostics and Application for Burned Wounds Healing

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    Topala, Ionut; Nastuta, Andrei

    A new field of plasma applications developed in the last years, entitled plasma medicine, has focused the attention of many peoples from plasma ­community on biology and medicine. Subjects that involve plasma physics and technology (e.g. living tissue treatment or wound healing, cancer cell apoptosis, blood coagulation, sterilization and decontamination) are nowadays in study in many laboratories. In this paper we present results on optical and electrical diagnosis of a helium ­atmospheric pressure plasma jet designed for medical use. This type of plasma jet was used for improvement of the wound healing process. We observed a more rapid macroscopic healing of the plasma treated wounds in comparison with the control group.

  19. Environmental impact of plasma application to textiles

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    Radetic, M.; Jovancic, P.; Puac, N.; Petrovic, Z. Lj

    2007-05-01

    Plasma technology is currently implemented in a wide range of industrial processes due to high efficiency, low environmental impact and simplicity. Low-temperature plasma treatment can be an alternative to traditional wet processes in textile preparation and finishing, causing modification of the fibre surface, which is mainly responsible for the material end-use properties i.e. wettability, dyeability, printability, shrinking, pilling etc. Appropriate choice of gas and control of plasma operation conditions provide a variety of effects on textiles (improvement of dyeability, printability and colour fastness, improvement of adhesion properties of coated fabrics, increase in hydrophobicity and water resistance, etc.). However, in spite of extraordinary efficiency, multifunctionality and simplicity, low-temperature plasma treatments still cannot replace all wet finishing processes, though they can be viable pretreatments that offer plenty of environmental and economical benefits.

  20. Coblation technology: plasma-mediated ablation for otolaryngology applications

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    Woloszko, Jean; Gilbride, Charles

    2000-05-01

    Coblation is a unique method of delivering radio frequency energy to soft tissue for applications in Otolaryngology (ENT). Using radio frequency in a bipolar mode with a conductive solution, such as saline, Coblation energizes the ions in the saline to form a small plasma field. The plasma has enough energy to break the tissue's molecular bonds, creating an ablative path. The thermal effect of this process is approximately 45 - 85 degrees Celsius, significantly lower than traditional radio-frequency techniques. Coblation has been used for Otolaryngological applications such as Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP), tonsillectomy, turbinate reduction, palate reduction, base of tongue reduction and various Head and Neck cancer procedures. The decreased thermal effect of Coblation anecdotally has led to less pain and faster recovery for cases where tissue is excised. In cases where Coblation is applied submucosally to reduce tissue volume (inferior turbinate, soft palate), the immediate volume reduction may lead to immediate clinical benefits for the patient. Coblation is currently being tested in various clinical studies to document the benefits for otolaryngological applications.

  1. Microwave imaging diagnostics for plasma fluctuation studies

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    Wang, Jian

    Electron Cyclotron Emission Imaging (ECEI) and Microwave Imaging Reflectometry (MIR) combined systems are being investigated by the UC Davis Plasma Diagnostic Group (PDG), in collaboration with Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) researchers, Drs. E. Mazzucato, H.K. Park and T. Munsat, as well as researchers from the FOM-Instituut voor Plasmafysica Rijnhuizen,the Netherlands. The goal is to develop the plasma diagnostic systems based on the imaging technology developed in the UC Davis PDG group, for the study of plasma micro-turbulence, which is extremely important for the understanding of anomalous transport behavior of magnetically confined plasmas such as in tokamaks. This dissertation work provides the design of the optical systems, the design of the electronics, the testing of the antenna array and the data analysis of TEXTOR ECEI/MIR combined systems.

  2. Quantitative analysis of tenuifolin concentrations in rat plasma and tissue using LC⬜MS/MS: application to pharmacokinetic and tissue distribution study.

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    Ma, Bo; Li, Xiaotian; Li, Jing; Zhang, Qi; Liu, Yinhui; Yang, Xiaojing; Sun, Jingjing; Yao, Di; Liu, Lei; Liu, Xiaoxin; Ying, Hanjie

    2014-01-01

    A sensitive, reliable and accurate reversed-phased liquid chromatography with tandem mass spectrometry (LC⬜MS/MS) in negative ion mode was developed and validated for the quantification of tenuifolin in rat plasma and tissue. A single step protein precipitation by methanol was used to prepare plasma and tissue homogenate samples. Tenuifolin and polydatin (internal standard, IS) were separated by HPLC using a C18 column and an isocratic mobile phase consisted of acetonitrile and water containing 0.05% formic acid (42:58, v/v) running at a flow rate of 0.2 ml/min for 6 min. Detection and quantification were performed using a mass spectrometer by the multiple reaction monitoring (MRM) in negative electrospray ionization mode. The transition monitored were m/z [M↙H](↙) 679.4 ⠙ 455.4 for tenuifolin and m/z [M↙H](↙) 389.0 ⠙ 227.2 for IS, respectively. Calibration curves were recovered over a concentration range of 0.5⬜1000 ng/ml for plasma, heart, liver, lung and kidney, 0.5⬜200 ng/ml for spleen, and 0.5⬜50 ng/ml for brain, respectively. The lower limit of quantification was 0.5 ng/ml for plasma and tissue homogenates. The inter-day precision (R.S.D.) was less than 12.9% and intra-day precision R.S.D. was less than 13.4%, while the inter-day accuracy (R.E.) was ranged from ↙7.20 to 6.87% and intra-day accuracy (R.E.) was ranged from ↙6.20 to 8.04% in plasma and tissue homogenates. This method was successfully applied to the pharmacokinetic and tissue distribution study of pure tenuifolin in rat. The pharmacokinetic study indicated that poor absorption into systemic circulation was observed after rat was administered orally tenuifolin, and the absolute bioavailability was low (0.83 ± 0.28%). The results of tissue distribution showed the higher tenuifolin concentrations were found in liver, kidney and heart, and the small amount of drug was distributed quickly into the brain tissue at 5 min after the intravenous injection of tenuifolin

  3. Plasma Cleaning and Its Applications for Electron Microscopy

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    Isabell, Thomas C.; Fischione, Paul E.; O'Keefe, Catherine; Guruz, Murat U.; Dravid, Vinayak P.

    1999-03-01

    The effectiveness of applying a high-frequency, low-energy, reactive gas plasma for the removal of hydrocarbon contamination from specimens and components for electron microscopy has been investigated with a variety of analytical techniques. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) analysis of specimens that have been plasma cleaned shows an elimination of the carbonaceous contamination from the specimen. With extended cleaning times the removal of existing carbon contamination debris due to previously conducted microanalysis is shown. Following plasma cleaning, specimens may be examined in the electron microscope for several hours without exhibiting evidence of recontamination. The effectiveness of plasma cleaning is not limited to applications for TEM specimens. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) specimens that have been plasma cleaned likewise show an elimination of carbonaceous contamination. Furthermore, other electron microscopy parts and accessories, such as aperture strips, specimen clamping rings, and Wehnelts, among others, can benefit from plasma cleaning.

  4. Dust Particle Growth and Application in Low Temperature Plasmas

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    Boufendi, L.

    2008-09-23

    Dust particle nucleation and growth has been widely studied these last fifteen years in different chemistries and experimental conditions. This phenomenon is correlated with various electrical changes at electrodes, including self-bias voltage and amplitudes of the various harmonics of current and voltage [1]. Some of these changes, such as the appearance of more resistive plasma impedance, are correctly attributed to loss of electrons in the bulk plasma to form negative molecular ions (e.g. SiH{sub 3}{sup -}) and more precisely charged nanoparticles. These changes were studied and correlated to the different phases on the dust particle formation. It is well known now that, in silane argon gas mixture discharges, in the first step of this particle formation we have formation of nanometer sized crystallites. These small entities accumulate and when their number density reaches a critical value, about 10{sup 11} to 10{sup 12} cm{sup -1}, they start to aggregate to form bigger particles. The different phases are well defined and determined thanks to the time evolution of the different electrical parameter changes. The purpose of this contribution is to compare different chemistries to highlight similarities and/or differences in order to establish possible universal dust particle growth mechanisms. The chemistries we studied concern SiH{sub 4}-Ar, CH{sub 4}, CH{sub 4}-N{sub 2} and Sn(CH{sub 3}){sub 4}[2]. We also refer to works performed in other laboratories in different discharge configurations [3]. Different applications have already developed or are foreseen for these nanoparticles. The first application concerns the inclusion of nanosized dust crystallites in an amorphous matrix in order to modify the optoelectronic and mechanical properties [4-5]. At the present time a very active research programs are devoted towards single electron devises where nanometer sized crystallites play a role of quantum dots. These nanoparticles can be produced in low pressure cold

  5. Pulsed plasma thruster contamination studies

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    Rudolph, L. K.; Jones, R. M.

    1979-01-01

    The exhaust plume of the one millipound pulsed plasma thruster has a measurable backflow upstream of the nozzle exit plane which may deposit on and degrade the performance of exposed spacecraft surfaces. High speed photographs and Faraday cup measurements suggest that this backflow is predominantly an electrically neutral, relatively low energy vapor. Articulated collimator quartz crystal microbalance measurements of this backflow were made for a thruster with a radically modified nozzle and a flat plate backflow shield, to determine the backflow sensitivity to nozzle design changes. The results are compared with the original nozzle backflow and show a measurable reduction in the backflow directly upstream of the shield.

  6. Development and validation of an UPLC-MS/MS method for the quantification of ethoxzolamide in plasma and bioequivalent buffers: Applications to absorption, brain distribution, and pharmacokinetic studies

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    Gao, Song; Zhao, Jing; Yin, Taijun; Ma, Yong; Xu, Beibei; Moore, Anthony N.; Dash, Pramod K.; Hu, Ming

    2015-01-01

    The purpose of this study is to develop and validate an UPLC-MS/MS method to quantify ethoxzolamide in plasma (EZ) and apply the method to absorption, brain distribution, as well as pharmacokinetic studies. A C18 column was used with 0.1% of formic acid in acetonitrile and 0.1% of formic acid in water as the mobile phases to resolve EZ. The mass analysis was performed in a triple quadrupole mass spectrometer using multiple reaction monitoring (MRM) with positive scan mode. The results show that the linear range of EZ is 4.88–10,000.00 nM. The intra-day variance is less than 12.43 % and the accuracy is between 88.88–08.00 %. The inter-day variance is less than 12.87 % and accuracy is between 89.27–115.89 %. Protein precipitation was performed using methanol to extract EZ from plasma and brain tissues. Only 40 µL of plasma is needed for analysis due to the high sensitivity of this method, which could be completed in less than three minutes. This method was used to study the pharmacokinetics of EZ in SD rats, and the transport of EZ in Caco-2 and MDCK-MDR1 overexpressing cell culture models. Our data show that EZ is not a substrate for p-glycoprotein (P-gp) and its entry into the brain may not limited by the blood-brain barrier. PMID:25706567

  7. An LC-MS/MS method for determination of 3,6'-disinapoylsucrose in rat plasma and its application to a pharmacokinetic study.

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    Chen, Ying; Liu, Xin-Min; Pan, Rui-Le; Wang, Geng-Nan; Fu, Ying; Chang, Qi

    2009-12-01

    3,6'-Disinapoylsucrose (DSS), a major active component of traditional Chinese medicine Yuan-Zhi (the roots of Polygala tenuifolia), has significant effects for neuroprotection and improving learning memory. In order to explore the pharmacokinetic properties of DSS so as to further understand its in vivo activities, a sensitive LC-MS/MS method was developed for determination of DSS in rat plasma and applied to a pharmacokinetic study in the present study. After treatment by protein precipitation, the plasma sample was separated on a C(18) HPLC column and analyzed by a mass spectrometry under positive electrospray ionization. Multiple-reaction monitoring was employed to measure the ion transition at m/z 777.4 --> 409.2 for DSS and m/z 557.2 --> 309.1 for forsythin as internal standard. The method was linear over the studied concentration range of 0.5-1000.0 ng/mL. The precision and accuracy ranged from 1.4 to 18.4%, and from -3.7 to -9.5%, respectively, for within-day and between-day assay. Extraction recovery was higher than 86.6%. The limits of detection and quantification were 0.3 and 0.5 ng/mL, respectively. The present method was successfully applied to a pharmacokinetic study. DSS was found to have poor oral absorption with only about 0.5% bioavailability. PMID:19517426

  8. Simultaneous determination of five components in rat plasma by UPLC-MS/MS and its application to a comparative pharmacokinetic study in Baihe Zhimu Tang and Zhimu extract.

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    Li, Guolong; Tang, Zhishu; Yang, Jie; Duan, Jinao; Qian, Dawei; Guo, Jianming; Zhu, Zhenhua; Liu, Hongbo

    2015-01-01

    Baihe Zhimu Tang (BZT) is a famous traditional Chinese medicine recipe to treat dry coughing due to yin deficiency and for moisturizing the lungs. Zhimu is an essential ingredient in BZT used to treat inflammation, fever and diabetes. The most important active components in Zhimu are flavonoids such as neomangiferin, mangiferin, and steroid saponins (e.g., timosaponin BII, anemarsaponin BIII, timosaponin AIII). The aim of this study was to compare the pharmacokinetics of mangiferin, neomangiferin, timosaponin BII, anemarsaponin BIII and timosaponin AIII in rat plasma after oral administration of BZT and Zhimu extract (ZME). A sensitive, reliable and robust LC-MS/MS method to simultaneously determine steroid saponins and flavonoids in rat plasma was successfully validated. Significant differences (p < 0.05) were found in the pharmacokinetic parameters of timosaponin BII, anemarsaponin BIII and timosaponin AIII between BZT and ZME. It was surmised that formula compatibility could significantly influence the pharmacokinetics of BZT and our study is the first to study the administration of BZT based on pharmacokinetic studies. PMID:25884551

  9. Plasma process optimization for N-type doping applications

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    Raj, Deven; Persing, Harold; Salimian, Siamak; Lacey, Kerry; Qin Shu; Hu, Jeff Y.; McTeer, Allen

    2012-11-06

    Plasma doping (PLAD) has been adopted across the implant technology space and into high volume production for both conventional DRAM and NAND doping applications. PLAD has established itself as an alternative to traditional ion implantation by beamline implantation. The push for high doping concentration, shallow doping depth, and conformal doping capability expand the need for a PLAD solution to meet such requirements. The unique doping profile and doping characteristics at high dose rates allow for PLAD to deliver a high throughput, differentiated solution to meet the demand of evolving transistor technology. In the PLAD process, ions are accelerated to the wafer as with a negative wafer bias applied to the wafer. Competing mechanisms, such as deposition, sputtering, and etching inherent in plasma doping require unique control and process optimization. In this work, we look at the distinctive process tool control and characterization features which enable an optimized doping process using n-type (PH{sub 3} or AsH{sub 3}) chemistries. The data in this paper will draw the relationship between process optimization through plasma chemistry study to the wafer level result.

  10. Plasma characterization studies for materials processing

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    Pfender, E.; Heberlein, J.

    1995-12-31

    New applications for plasma processing of materials require a more detailed understanding of the fundamental processes occurring in the processing reactors. We have developed reactors offering specific advantages for materials processing, and we are using modeling and diagnostic techniques for the characterization of these reactors. The emphasis is in part set by the interest shown by industry pursuing specific plasma processing applications. In this paper we report on the modeling of radio frequency plasma reactors for use in materials synthesis, and on the characterization of the high rate diamond deposition process using liquid precursors. In the radio frequency plasma torch model, the influence of specific design changes such as the location of the excitation coil on the enthalpy flow distribution is investigated for oxygen and air as plasma gases. The diamond deposition with liquid precursors has identified the efficient mass transport in form of liquid droplets into the boundary layer as responsible for high growth, and the chemical properties of the liquid for the film morphology.

  11. Plasma mass filtering techniques: applications and requirements

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    Gueroult, Renaud; Fisch, Nathaniel J.

    2013-10-01

    Plasma mass filters differ from conventional chemical filtering techniques in that elements are dissociated, and can therefore be processed without regard to chemical form. In addition, plasma filters can be in principle operated at larger velocities compared to their gaseous and/or liquid counterparts, so that larger throughputs are possible. On the other hand, one has to pay the price of ionization, which sets a lower limit for the processing cost. Plasma mass filtering techniques are consequently foreseen as a promising solution for separation processes which are simultaneously chemically challenging and of high added value. Such separation processes can be, for example, found within the context of nuclear waste remediation, or nuclear spent fuel reprocessing. However, although plasma separation techniques appear globally attractive for these distinct needs, the plasma parameters required to fulfill a particular separation process are expected to depend strongly on the process's attributes (volume, composition, mass difference), which may vary significantly. Such operating parameters' variations are shown to be well accommodated by a particular configuration, called the Magnetic Centrifugal Mass Filter. Work supported by US DOE under contract Nos DE-AC02-09CH11466 and DE-FG02-06ER54851.

  12. Hypervelocity Dust Injection for Plasma Diagnostic Applications

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    Ticos, Catalin

    2005-10-01

    Hypervelocity micron-size dust grain injection was proposed for high-temperature magnetized plasma diagnosis. Multiple dust grains are launched simultaneously into high temperature plasmas at several km/s or more. The hypervelocity dust grains are ablated by the electron and ion fluxes. Fast imaging of the resulting luminous plumes attached to each grain is expected to yield local magnetic field vectors. Combination of multiple local magnetic field vectors reproduces 2D or even 3D maps of the internal magnetic field topology. Key features of HDI are: (1) a high spatial resolution, due to a relatively small transverse size of the elongated tail, and (2) a small perturbation level, as the dust grains introduce negligible number of particles compared to the plasma particle inventory. The latter advantage, however, could be seriously compromised if the gas load from the accelerator has an unobstructed access to the diagnosed plasma. Construction of a HDI diagnostic for National Spherical Torus Experiment (NSTX), which includes a coaxial plasma gun for dust grain acceleration, is underway. Hydrogen and deuterium gas discharges inside accelerator are created by a ˜ 1 mF capacitor bank pre-charged up to 10 kV. The diagnostic apparatus also comprises a dust dispenser for pre-loading the accelerator with dust grains, and an imaging system that has a high spatial and temporal resolution.

  13. Radar Studies of Ionospheric Plasma Irregularities

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    Rao, P. B.

    2006-11-01

    High power high resolution VHF radars have proven to be powerful diagnostics to study ionospheric plasma irregularities, a space weather phenomenon of immense importance in view of its impact on space communication and navigation. The VHF radars at Jicamarca, Peru and Trivandrum, India have contributed greatly over the past four decades in arriving at the current understanding of the basic characteristics of the equatorial spread-F (ESF) and equatorial electrojet (EEJ) irregularities and the underlying plasma instability processes. Recent advances, involving high resolution radar observations of equatorial plasma irregularities, include the detection of supersonic plasma bubbles rising to heights beyond 1000 km, 150 km echoes and kilometric scale waves. The new and more recent developments in plasma irregularity studies came from the middle and upper atmosphere (MU) radar at Shigaraki, Japan and the mesosphere stratosphere troposphere (MST) radar at Gadanki, India. The new types of plasma irregularity structures observed by this mid- and low latitude VHF radars cover the well known quasi- periodic (QP) waves, tidal ion layers, kilometric scale waves and structures in the collision dominated lower E region. The paper presents an overview on the recent advances in the radar technique and the above mentioned new developments in observation and theory of the equatorial and low latitude ionospheric plasma irregularities.

  14. Simultaneous quantification of VX and its toxic metabolite in blood and plasma samples and its application for in vivo and in vitro toxicological studies.

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    Reiter, Georg; Mikler, John; Hill, Ira; Weatherby, Kendal; Thiermann, Horst; Worek, Franz

    2011-09-15

    The present study was initiated to develop a sensitive and highly selective method for the simultaneous quantification of the nerve agent VX (O-ethyl S-[2(diisopropylamino)ethyl] methylphosphonothioate) and its toxic metabolite (EA-2192) in blood and plasma samples in vivo and in vitro. For the quantitative detection of VX and EA-2192 the resolution was realized on a HYPERCARB HPLC phase. A specific procedure was developed to isolate both toxic analytes from blood and plasma samples. The limit of detection was 0.1 pg/ml and the absolute recovery of the overall sample preparation procedure was 74% for VX and 69% for EA-2192. After intravenous and percutaneous administration of a supralethal doses of VX in anaesthetised swine both VX and EA-2192 could be quantified over 540 min following exposure. This study is the first to verify the in vivo formation of the toxic metabolite EA-2192 after poisoning with the nerve agent VX. Further toxicokinetic and therapeutic studies are required in order to determine the impact of EA-2192 on the treatment of acute VX poisoning. PMID:21862421

  15. Measurement of sorafenib plasma concentration by high-performance liquid chromatography in patients with advanced hepatocellular carcinoma: is it useful the application in clinical practice? A pilot study.

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    Fucile, Carmen; Marenco, Simona; Bazzica, Marco; Zuccoli, Maria Laura; Lantieri, Francesca; Robbiano, Luigi; Marini, Valeria; Di Gion, Paola; Pieri, Giulia; Stura, Paola; Martelli, Antonietta; Savarino, Vincenzo; Mattioli, Francesca; Picciotto, Antonino

    2015-01-01

    Pharmacokinetics and dose-finding studies on sorafenib were conducted on heterogeneous groups of patients with solid tumors. Portal hypertension, gut motility impairment and altered bile enterohepatic circulation may explain different sorafenib toxicological profile in cirrhotic patients. This study evaluated sorafenib plasma concentration in a homogeneous group of cirrhotic patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Sorafenib concentrations were determined by liquid chromatography in 12 consecutive patients. Data have been evaluated by the generalized estimating equations method (p value statistical level was set at α = 0.05). (1) There were not significant differences between sorafenib concentrations in patients who tolerate the full dose versus patients with reduced dose due to toxicity; (2) the average sorafenib concentrations measured 3 h after the morning dosing were lower than those measured 12 h after the evening dosing (p = 0.005); (3) sorafenib concentrations decrease overtime (p < 10(-4)); (4) it has been found an association between the development of severe adverse reactions and sorafenib concentrations (p < 10(-5)). The relationship between dose and concentration of sorafenib in HCC patients is poor and not clinically predictable, confirming the variability both in the maximum tolerated dose and in plasma concentrations. Several factors may influence the pharmacokinetics in patients with liver disease. This may explain the inter-patient variability of concentrations and the lack of differences in concentration at different dosages. It could be interesting to extend the series of HCC patients to enhance information on the kinetics of the drug; furthermore, to establish a threshold of plasma sorafenib concentrations to predict severe adverse reactions would be clinically useful. PMID:25429830

  16. Highly sensitive LC-MS/MS-ESI method for determination of phenelzine in human plasma and its application to a human pharmacokinetic study.

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    Kallem, Raja Reddy; Jillela, Bhupathi; Ravula, Arun Reddy; Samala, Ramakrishna; Andy, Adinarayana; Ramesh, Mullangi; Rao, Jvln Seshagiri

    2016-06-01

    A selective, sensitive and rapid LC-MS/MS method has been developed and validated for quantification of the phenelzine (PZ) in 200μL of human plasma using hydroxyzine (HZ) as an internal standard (IS) as per regulatory guidelines. The sample preparation involved the derivatization of PZ using pentaflurobenzaldehyde followed by solid phase extraction process to extract PZ and HZ from human plasma. LC-MS/MS was operated under the multiple reaction-monitoring mode (MRM) using the electro spray ionization technique in positive ion mode and the transitions of m/z 305.1→105.1 and m/z 375.3→201.1 were used to measure the derivative of PZ and IS, respectively. The total run time was 3.5min and the elution of PZ and HZ occurred at 2.53, and 1.92min, respectively; this was achieved with a mobile phase consisting of 10mM ammonium acetate: acetonitrile (20:80, v/v) at a flow rate of 1.0mL/min on an Ace C18 column with a split ratio of 70:30. The developed method was validated in human plasma with a lower limit of quantitation 0.51ng/mL. A linear response function was established for the range of concentrations 0.51-25.2ng/mL (r>0.995) for PZ. The intra- and inter-day precision values met the acceptance criteria. PZ was stable in the battery of stability studies viz., stock solution, bench-top, auto-sampler, long-term and freeze/thaw cycles. The developed assay method was applied to an oral bioequivalence study in humans. PMID:27085800

  17. Simultaneous quantification of naproxcinod and its active metabolite naproxen in rat plasma using LC-MS/MS: application to a pharmacokinetic study.

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    Shi, Xiaowei; Shang, Weiding; Wang, Shuang; Xue, Na; Hao, Yanxia; Wang, Yabo; Sun, Mengmeng; Du, Yumin; Cao, Deying; Zhang, Kai; Shi, Qingwen

    2015-01-26

    In this study, a liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry method was developed and validated to simultaneously determine naproxcinod and naproxen concentrations in rat plasma for the first time. Plasma samples were prepared by simple one-step extraction with methanol for protein precipitation using only 50 μL plasma. Separation was performed on a Synergi Fusion-RP C18 column with a run time of 4 min. Naproxcinod, naproxen and internal standard concentrations were detected in the positive ion mode using multiple reaction monitoring (MRM) of the transitions at m/z 348.2→302.2, 231.1→185.1 and 271.2→203.1, respectively. The calibration curves were linear, with all correlation coefficients being ≥0.9952, in the range of 1.00-400 ng/mL for naproxcinod and 20.0-8000 ng/mL for naproxen. Their accuracy was in the range of -8.1% to 8.7%, and the intra- and inter-day variations were ≤4.53%. The mean extraction recovery of all analytes was more than 93.1% efficient. Stability testing showed that naproxcinod and naproxen remained stable during the whole analytical procedure. After validation, the method was successfully applied to a pharmacokinetic study of naproxcinod and naproxen in rats. The AUC0-∞ of naproxen was 74.6 times larger than that of naproxcinod, which indicated that naproxcinod was rapidly metabolized into naproxen in rats. PMID:25550191

  18. Surface studies of plasma processed Nb samples

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    Tyagi, Puneet V; Doleans, Marc; Hannah, Brian S; Afanador, Ralph; Stewart, Stephen; Mammosser, John; Howell, Matthew P; Saunders, Jeffrey W; Degraff, Brian D; Kim, Sang-Ho

    2015-01-01

    Contaminants present at top surface of superconducting radio frequency (SRF) cavities can act as field emitters and restrict the cavity accelerating gradient. A room temperature in-situ plasma processing technology for SRF cavities aiming to clean hydrocarbons from inner surface of cavities has been recently developed at the Spallation Neutron Source (SNS). Surface studies of the plasma processed Nb samples by Secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS) and Scanning Kelvin Probe (SKP) showed that the NeO2 plasma processing is very effective to remove carbonaceous contaminants from top surface and improves the surface work function by 0.5 to 1.0 eV.

  19. Applications of plasma core reactors to terrestrial energy systems

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    Latham, T. S.; Biancardi, F. R.; Rodgers, R. J.

    1974-01-01

    Plasma core reactors offer several new options for future energy needs in addition to space power and propulsion applications. Power extraction from plasma core reactors with gaseous nuclear fuel allows operation at temperatures higher than conventional reactors. Highly efficient thermodynamic cycles and applications employing direct coupling of radiant energy are possible. Conceptual configurations of plasma core reactors for terrestrial applications are described. Closed-cycle gas turbines, MHD systems, photo- and thermo-chemical hydrogen production processes, and laser systems using plasma core reactors as prime energy sources are considered. Cycle efficiencies in the range of 50 to 65 percent are calculated for closed-cycle gas turbine and MHD electrical generators. Reactor advantages include continuous fuel reprocessing which limits inventory of radioactive by-products and thorium-U-233 breeder configurations with about 5-year doubling times.-

  20. A simple LC-ESI-MS/MS method for quantification of bacopaside I in rat plasma and its application to a pharmacokinetic study.

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    Yin, Ruo-Feng; Xiong, Kun; Wen, Si-Min; Song, Zhi-Min; Xu, Feng

    2016-08-01

    Bacopaside I is one of the main pseudojujubogenin glycosides isolated from Bacopa monniera. In the present study, a rapid and robust LC-ESI-MS/MS method was developed and validated to quantify bacopaside I in rat plasma. After plasma samples were deproteinized by methanol, the post-treatment samples were analyzed on a Zorbax Eclipse Plus C18 (2.1×50mm, 1.8μm) column using a mobile phase of acetonitrile and water (65:35, v/v). Detection was performed on a triple-quadrupole tandem mass spectrometer with selected reaction monitoring (SRM) mode via electrospray ionization source. This method covered a linearity range of 10-2000ng/mL with the lower limit of quantification of 10ng/mL. The intra- and inter-day precisions of analysis were less than 10.2%, and the accuracies were between -11.1% and 8.4% at the concentrations of 25, 150 and 1800ng/mL. The total run time was 6.0min. This method was successfully applied to the preclinical pharmacokinetic study of bacopaside I following intravenous or oral administration to rats. PMID:27270262

  1. Quantitative determination of periplocymarin in rat plasma and tissue by LC-MS/MS: application to pharmacokinetic and tissue distribution study.

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    Yan, Kaijing; Wang, Xiangyang; Jia, Yumeng; Chu, Yang; Guan, Xiufeng; Ma, Xiaohui; Li, Wei; Pan, Guixiang; Zhou, Shuiping; Sun, He; Liu, Changxiao

    2016-08-01

    A simple, rapid and sensitive liquid chromatography with tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) method for the determination of periplocymarin in biological samples was developed and successfully applied to the pharmacokinetic and tissue distribution study of periplocymarin after oral administration of periplocin. Biological samples were processed with ethyl acetate by liquid-liquid extraction, and diazepam was used as the internal standard. Periplocymarin was analyzed on a C18 column with isocratic eluted mobile phase composed of methanol and water (containing 0.1% formic acid) at a flow rate of 0.2 mL/min (73:27, v/v). Detection was performed on a triple-quadrupole tandem mass spectrometer using positive-ion mode electrospray ionization in the selected reaction monitoring mode. The MS/MS ion transitions monitored were m/z 535.3→355.1 and 285.1→193.0 for periplocymarin and diazepam, respectively. Good linearity was observed over the concentration ranges. The lower limit of quantification was 0.5 ng/mL in plasma and tested tissues. The intra-and inter-day precisions (relative standard deviation) were <10.2 and 10.5%, respectively, and accuracies (relative error) were between -6.8 and 8.9%. Recoveries in plasma and tissue were >90%. The validated method was successfully applied to the pharmacokinetic and tissue distribution studies of periplocymarin in rats. Copyright © 2016 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. PMID:26663385

  2. Development and validation of a UPLC-MS/MS method for quantitation of droxidopa in human plasma: Application to a pharmacokinetic study.

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    Wang, Haidong; Yang, Guangsheng; Zhou, Jinyu; Pei, Jiang; Zhang, Qiangfeng; Song, Xingfa; Sun, Zengxian

    2016-08-01

    In this study, a simple and sensitive ultra performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (UPLC-MS/MS) method was developed and validated for quantitation of droxidopa in human plasma for the first time. A simple plasma protein precipitation method using methanol containing 3% formic acid was selected, and the separation was achieved by an Acquity UPLC™ BEH Amide column (2.1mm×50mm, 1.7μm) with a gradient elution using acetonitrile, ammonium formate buffer and formic acid as mobile phase. The detection of droxidopa and benserazide (internal standard, IS) was performed using positive-ion electrospray tandem mass spectrometry via multiple reaction monitoring (MRM). The precursor-to-product ion transitions m/z 214.2→m/z 152.0 for droxidopa, and m/z 258.1→m/z 139.1 for IS were used for quantification. A lower limit of quantification of 5.00ng/mL was achieved and the linear curve range was 5.00-4000ng/mL using a weighted (1/x(2)) linear regression model. Intra-assay and inter-assay precision was less than 10.2%, and the accuracy ranged from 0.1% to 2.1%. Stability, recovery and matrix effects were within the acceptance criteria recommended by the regulatory bioanalytical guidelines. The method was successfully applied to a pharmacokinetic study of droxidopa in healthy Chinese volunteers. PMID:27311027

  3. Determination of tulobuterol in rat plasma using a liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry method and its application to a pharmacokinetic study of tulobuterol patch.

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    Han, Xiao; Liu, Ran; Ji, Lifang; Hui, Mei; Li, Qing; Fang, Liang; Bi, Kaishun

    2016-01-01

    A sensitive and accurate liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) method has been developed and validated for determination of tulobuterol in rat plasma for the first time. Plasma samples were extracted by liquid-liquid extraction method with methyl tert-butyl ether and the analyte and clenbuterol (IS) were separated on a Venusil MP C18 column (100mm×2.1mm, 3μm) using 0.1% formic acid-water-methanol as mobile phase, with a runtime of 5min. The analyte was detected in multiple reaction monitoring (MRM) mode with positive electrospray ionization. Transitions of m/z 228.2→154.0 for tulobuterol and m/z 277.1→203.0 for the clenbuterol were monitored. The linear range was 0.5-100ng/ml (r=0.9967) for tulobuterol with the lower limit of quantitation of 0.5ng/ml. The intra-day and inter-day precisions were less than 10.3% for the analyte and the accuracy was less than -8.6%. The RSD of matrix effect and recovery yield were within ±15% of nominal concentrations and tulobuterol was stable during stability studies. The validated method has been successfully applied to a pharmacokinetic study of three doses of tulobuterol patch in rats for the first time. PMID:26638035

  4. LC-MS/MS assay for the determination of lurasidone and its active metabolite, ID-14283 in human plasma and its application to a clinical pharmacokinetic study.

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    Katteboina, Mahitej Yadav; Pilli, Nageswara Rao; Mullangi, Ramesh; Seelam, Raghunadha Reddy; Satla, Shobha Rani

    2016-07-01

    The authors proposed a sensitive, selective and rapid liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometric (LC-MS/MS) assay procedure for the quantification of lurasidone and its active metabolite, i.e. ID-14283 in human plasma simultaneously using corresponding isotope labeled compounds as internal standards as per regulatory guidelines. After liquid-liquid extraction with tert-butyl methyl ether, the analytes were chromatographed on a C18 column using an optimized mobile phase composed of 5 mm ammonium acetate (pH 5.0) and acetonitrile (15:85, v/v) and delivered at a flow rate of 1.00 mL/min. The assay exhibits excellent linearity in the concentration ranges of 0.25-100 and 0.10-14.1 ng/mL for lurasidone and ID-14283, respectively. The precision and accuracy results over five concentration levels in four different batches were well within the acceptance limits. Lurasidone and ID-14283 were found to be stable in battery of stability studies. The method was rapid with the chromatographic run time 2.5 min, which made it possible to analyze 300 samples in a single day. Additionally, this method was successfully used to estimate the in vivo plasma concentrations of lurasidone and ID-14283 obtained from a pharmacokinetic study in south Indian male subjects and the results were authenticated by conducting incurred samples reanalysis. Copyright © 2015 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. PMID:26577488

  5. A LC-MS/MS method for the determination of stachyose in rat plasma and its application to a pharmacokinetic study.

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    Zhou, Yang; Xu, De-Sheng; Liu, Li; Qiu, Fu-Rong; Chen, Jiong-Liang; Xu, Guang-Lin

    2016-05-10

    A sensitive, simple and rapid analytical method based on a liquid chromatography-tandem mass spetrometry (LC-MS/MS) has been established and validated for the determination of stachyose in rat plasma. Plasma samples were prepared by protein precipitation with acetonitrile. Separation of stachyose and nystose (internal standard, IS) was achieved using acetonitrile-water (55:45, v/v) as the mobile phase at a flow rate of 1ml/min for 6min on an Asahipak NH2P-50 4E column with an Asahipak NH2P-50G 4A guard column. Detection and quantification were conducted by LC-MS/MS method in the negative ion mode using multiple reaction monitoring (MRM) transitions at m/z [M-H](-) 665.4→383.1 for stachyose and 665.5→485.0 for IS, respectively. The method was linear over the concentration ranges of 100-30000ng/ml with a lower limit of quantification (LLOQ) of 100ng/ml. The intra- and inter- day precision were all within 8.7% and the accuracy ranged from 97.2-108.4% and 98.3-102.4%, respectively. Stability studies indicated that stachyose was stable under short-term, long-term and three freeze-thaw storage conditions. The method was successfully applied to a pharmacokinetic study involving pulmonary administration of micronized Rehmannia glutinosa oligosaccharides (RGOS) to rats. PMID:26859612

  6. The development and validation of a method for quantifying olanzapine in human plasma by liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry and its application in a pharmacokinetic study.

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    Cavalcanti Bedor, Noely Camila Tavares; Galindo Bedor, Danilo César; Miranda de Sousa, Carlos Eduardo; Nunes Bonifácio, Felipe; da Mota Castelo Branco, Daniel; Bastos Leal, Leila; Pereira de Santana, Davi

    2015-03-01

    1. A rapid method using liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry for the quantification of olanzapine (OLZ) in human plasma was developed and validated. Venlafaxine was used as the internal standard (IS), and the samples were extracted from 400-μL human plasma with methyl tert-butyl ether for liquid-liquid extraction. 2. Chromatography was performed using an ACE C18, 125 × 4.6-mm i.d., 5-μm column. The mobile phase consisted of water with 0.1% formic acid for solvent A and acetonitrile with 0.1% formic acid for solvent B (50 : 50 v/v) in isocratic mode. The flow rate was 1.2 mL/min. The retention times for OLZ and the IS were 0.78 and 1.04 min, respectively. Tandem mass spectrometry operating in positive electrospray ionization mode with multiple reaction monitoring was used to detect OLZ and the IS (m/z: 313.1 > 256.1 and 278.1 > 260.2, respectively). 3. No significant matrix effects were observed on OLZ and the IS retention times, and the mean recovery of OLZ was 90.08%. The assay was linear in the concentration range of 1-20 ng/mL (R(2) = 0.9976). The intra- and inter-day precision were < 11.60% and the accuracy was < 1.66%. 4. This validated method was successfully applied to a pharmacokinetic study in which 10-mg OLZ tablets were administered to healthy volunteers and their plasma OLZ levels were monitored over time. The tests showed that the OLZ test and reference drug (Zyprexa(®)) were bioequivalent, as 90% of the confidence intervals were within the 80-125% interval proposed by regulatory agencies. PMID:25491375

  7. Simultaneous determination of lercanidipine, benazepril and benazeprilat in plasma by LC-MS/MS and its application to a toxicokinetics study.

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    Chen, Keguang; Zhang, Jing; Liu, Sha; Zhang, Dujuan; Teng, Yanni; Wei, Chunmin; Wang, Benjie; Liu, Xiaoyan; Yuan, Guiyan; Zhang, Rui; Zhao, Wenjing; Guo, Ruichen

    2012-06-15

    We aim to develop a rapid, simple, sensitive and specific LC-MS/MS method for the simultaneous quantification of lercanidipine, benazepril and benazeprilat in plasma. It is performed on the Agilent 6410 LC-MS/MS under the multiple-reaction monitoring (MRM) mode with electrospray ionization. Gliclazide was used as the internal standard (IS). Analytes and IS were extracted from plasma by solid-phase extraction. The reconstituted samples were chromatographed on a Diamond C₁₈(150 mm × 4.6 mm, 5 μm) column. The mobile phase was composed of 0.1% acetic acid-acetonitrile (50:50, v/v), with gradient flow rates: 0.6 mL/min (0-4.55 min); 4.55-4.65 min, 1 mL/min; 1 mL/min (4.65-9.5 min); 9.5-9.6 min, 0.6 mL/min; 0.6 mL/min (9.6-10 min). Method validation demonstrated that the method was of satisfactory specificity, sensitivity, precision and accuracy in linear ranges of 1-2000 ng/mL for lercanidipine, 1-2000 ng/mL for benazepril and 1-1600 ng/mL for benazeprilat, respectively. The precision (RSD%) was better than 15, and the lower limit of quantitation was identifiable and reproducible at 1 ng/mL for the three analytes. The plasma samples were stable after being stored for more than 60 days and after two freeze-thaw cycles (-20 to -25 °C). It is demonstrated that this method was successfully applied to samples from a toxicokinetics study of a compound of lercanidipine and benazepril in beagle dogs. PMID:22622066

  8. Simultaneous determination of four furostanol glycosides in rat plasma by UPLC-MS/MS and its application to PK study after oral administration of Dioscorea nipponica extracts.

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    Liao, Min; Dai, Cong; Liu, Mengping; Chen, Jiefeng; Chen, Zuanguang; Xie, Zhiyong; Yao, Meicun

    2016-01-01

    A novel, sensitive and rapid ultra-performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometric (UPLC-MS/MS) method for simultaneous quantification of four furostanol glycosides in rat plasma was established and validated. Ginsenoside Rb1 was used as an internal standard. Plasma samples were pretreated by liquid-liquid extraction with n-butanol and chromatographed on a C18 column (2.1×50 mm i.d., 2.6 μm) using a gradient elution program consisting of acetonitrile and water (containing 0.03% formic acid and 0.1 mM lithium acetate) at a flow rate of 0.4 mL/min. Lithium adduct ions were employed to enhance the response of the analytes in electrospray positive ionization mode and multiple reaction monitoring transitions were performed for detection. All calibration curves exhibited good linearity (r>0.999) over the range of 10-20,000 ng/mL for protodioscin and 2-4000 ng/mL for protogracillin, pseudoprotodioscin and pseudoprotogracillin. The recoveries of the whole analytes were more than 80.3% and exhibited no severe matrix effect. Meanwhile, the intra- and inter-day precisions were all less than 10.7% and accuracies were within the range of -8.1-12.9%. The four saponins showed rapid excretion and relative high plasma concentrations when the validated method was applied to the PK study of Dioscorea nipponica extracts by intragastric administration at low, medium and high dose to rats. Moreover, the T(1/2) and AUC(0-t) of each compound turned out to behave in a dose-dependent pattern by comparing them at different dose levels. PMID:26433169

  9. Validated LC--MS/MS method for determination of YH-8, a novel PKnB inhibitor, in rat plasma and its application to pharmacokinetic study

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    Zhai, Qianqian; Pang, Jing; Li, Guoqing; Li, Congran; Yang, Xinyi; Yu, Liyan; Wang, Yucheng; Li, Jian; You, Xuefu

    2015-01-01

    (E)-Methyl-4-aryl-4-oxabut-2-enoate (YH-8) is a novel PKnB protein kinase inhibitor with good anti-tuberculosis activity. To evaluate its pharmacokinetics in rats, a sensitive and selective high performance liquid chromatography–tandem mass spectrometric (LC--MS/MS) method has been developed and validated for the quantification of YH-8 in rat plasma for the first time. Samples were pre-treated using a liquid--liquid extraction with ethyl acetate and the chromatographic separation was performed on a C18 column by gradient elution with methanol--water as the mobile phase. YH-8 was detected using a tandem mass spectrometer in positive selected reaction monitoring (SRM) mode. Method validation revealed good linearity over the range of 1–500 ng/mL for YH-8 with a lower limit of quantification (LLOQ) of 1 ng/mL. Intra- and inter-day precision of YH-8 assay in rat plasma samples were 2.0%–6.8%, with accuracy of the method being 100.69%–106.18%. Stability test showed that when spiked into rat plasma, YH-8 was stable for 12 h at room temperature, for up to 15 days at −70 °C, and after three freeze-thaw cycles. Extracted samples were found to be stable over 12 h in an auto-sampler. The method was successfully applied to the pharmacokinetic study of YH-8 in rats after oral administration at 100 mg/kg and 200 mg/kg. PMID:26579477

  10. Simultaneous determination of probe drugs, metabolites, inhibitors and inducer in human plasma by liquid chromatography/tandem mass spectrometry and its application to pharmacokinetic study.

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    Hee, Kim H; Yao, Zhangyan; Lee, Lawrence S

    2014-01-01

    Cytochrome P450 3A4 (CYP3A4) and UDP-glucuronosyltransferase 1A1 (UGT1A1) are important enzymes responsible for the metabolism of many xenobiotics. To investigate their induction and inhibition properties, administering probe drugs and monitoring their concentration in plasma under the effects of inducers/inhibitors is the gold standard method. A rapid and sensitive liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry method was developed for simultaneous quantification of midazolam, raltegravir (probe drugs for CYP3A4 and UGT1A1), their major metabolites, 1'-hydroxymidazolam, 1'-hydroxymidazolam glucuronide and raltegravir glucuronide, rifampicin (inducer), ritonavir and ketoconazole (inhibitors). Analytes were extracted from 100μl of plasma using solid-phase extraction followed by chromatographic separation on a reversed-phase C18 column (50mm×2.1mm, particle size 1.8μm). The mass spectrometer was operated under positive ionization mode. Excellent linearity (r(2)≥0.995) was achieved for all. The method was validated and found to be accurate (88-111%), precise (CV%<13) and selective. Matrix effect was acceptable (88-118%) and analytes recovery was reproducible (60-95%). Analytes in plasma were also found to be stable in the autosampler (6°C for 48h) and after two freeze-thaw cycles. We have developed a robust analytical method to simultaneously quantify probes, inducer and inhibitor of important drug metabolism enzymes. The method was successfully applied in a clinical study to investigate the degree of induction and inhibition of CYP3A4 and UGT1A1 among ethnic groups in Singapore. PMID:24211708

  11. Determination of a highly selective mixed-affinity sigma receptor ligand, in rat plasma by ultra performance liquid chromatography mass spectrometry and its application to a pharmacokinetic study

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    Jamalapuram, Seshulatha; Vuppala, Pradeep K.; Mesangeau, Christophe; McCurdy, Christopher R.; Avery, Bonnie A.

    2014-01-01

    A selective, rapid and sensitive ultra performance liquid chromatography mass spectrometry (UPLC/MS) method was developed and validated to quantitate a highly selective mixed-affinity sigma receptor ligand, CM156 (3-(4-(4-cyclohexylpiperazin-1-yl)butyl)benzo[d] thiazole-2(3H)-thione), in rat plasma. CM156 and the internal standard (aripiprazole) were extracted from plasma samples by a single step liquid–liquid extraction using chloroform. The analysis was carried out on an ACQUITY UPLCTM BEH HILIC column (1.7 µm, 2.1 mm × 50 mm) with isocratic elution at flow rate of 0.2 mL/min using 10 mM ammonium formate in 0.1% formic acid and acetonitrile (10:90) as the mobile phase. The detection of the analyte was performed on a mass spectrometer operated in selected ion recording (SIR) mode with positive electrospray ionization (ESI). The validated analytical method resulted in a run time of 4 min and the retention times observed were 2.6 ± 0.1 and 2.1 ± 0.1 min for CM156 and the IS, respectively. The calibration curve exhibited excellent linearity over a concentration range of 5–4000 ng/mL with the lower limit of quantification of 5 ng/mL. The intra- and inter-day precision values were below 15% and accuracy ranged from −6.5% to 5.0%. The mean recovery of CM156 from plasma was 96.8%. The validated method was applied to a pilot intravenous pharmacokinetic study in rats. PMID:22406103

  12. Determination of 25-OH-PPD in rat plasma by high-performance liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry and its application in rat pharmacokinetic studies.

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    Zhang, Xiangrong; Zhang, Dan; Xu, Jinghua; Gu, Jingkai; Zhao, Yuqing

    2007-10-15

    A sensitive and specific liquid chromatography/tandem mass spectrometry (LC/MS/MS) method was developed for the investigation of the pharmacokinetics of 20(R)-dammarane-3beta,12beta,20,25-tetrol (25-OH-PPD) in rat. Ginsenoside Rh(2) was employed as an internal standard. The plasma samples were pretreated by liquid-liquid extraction and analyzed using LC/MS/MS with an electrospray ionization interface. The mobile phase consisted of methanol-acetonitrile-10 mmol/l aqueous ammonium acetate (42.5:42.5:15, v:v:v), which was pumped at 0.4 ml/min. The analytical column (50 mm x 2.1 mm i.d.) was packed with Venusil XBP C8 material (3.5 microm). The standard curve was linear from 10 to 3000 ng/ml. The assay was specific, accurate (accuracy between -1.19 and 2.57% for all quality control samples), precise and reproducible (within- and between-day precisions measured as relative standard deviation were <5% and <7%, respectively). 25-OH-PPD in rat plasma was stable over three freeze-thaw cycles and at ambient temperatures for 6h. The method had a lower limit of quantitation of 10 ng/ml, which offered a satisfactory sensitivity for the determination of (25-OH-PPD) in plasma. This quantitation method was successfully applied to pharmacokinetic studies of 25-OH-PPD after both an oral and an intravenous administration to rats and the absolute bioavailability is 64.8+/-14.3%. PMID:17825630

  13. Experimental studies of plasma wake-field acceleration and focusing

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    Rosenzweig, J.B.; Cole, B.; Ho, C.; Gai, W.; Konecny, R.; Mtingwa, S.; Norem, J.; Rosing, M.; Schoessow, P.; Simpson, J.

    1989-07-18

    More than four years after the initial proposal of the Plasma Wake-field Accelerator (PWFA), it continues to be the object of much investigation, due to the promise of the ultra-high accelerating gradients that can exist in relativistic plasma waves driven in the wake of charged particle beams. These large amplitude plasma wake-fields are of interest in the laboratory, both for the wealth of basic nonlinear plasma wave phenomena which can be studied, as well as for the applications of acceleration of focusing of electrons and positrons in future linear colliders. Plasma wake-field waves are also of importance in nature, due to their possible role in direct cosmic ray acceleration. The purpose of the present work is to review the recent experimental advances made in PWFA research at Argonne National Laboratory, in which many interesting beam and plasma phenomena have been observed. Emphasis is given to discussion of the nonlinear aspects of the PWFA beam-plasma interaction. 29 refs., 13 figs.

  14. Surface Plasma Arc by Radio-Frequency Control Study (SPARCS)

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    Ruzic, David N.

    2013-04-29

    This paper is to summarize the work carried out between April 2012 and April 2013 for development of an experimental device to simulate interactions of o -normal detrimental events in a tokamak and ICRF antenna. The work was mainly focused on development of a pulsed plasma source using theta pinch and coaxial plasma gun. This device, once completed, will have a possible application as a test stand for high voltage breakdown of an ICRF antenna in extreme events in a tokamak such as edge-localized modes or disruption. Currently, DEVeX does not produce plasma with high temperature enough to requirement for an ELM simulator. However, theta pinch is a good way to produce high temperature ions. The unique characteristic of plasma heating by a theta pinch is advantageous for an ELM simulator due to its effective ion heating. The objective of the proposed work, therefore, is to build a test facility using the existing theta pinch facility in addition to a coaxial plasma gun. It is expected to produce a similar pulsed-plasma heat load to the extreme events in tokamaks and to be applied for studying interactions of hot plasma and ICRF antennas.

  15. Plasma Functionalized Nanocarbon Materials and Their Applications

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    Li, Yongfeng

    2015-09-01

    The plasma treatment method is important for modifying carbon nanomaterials since it has the advantage of being nonpolluting. It has the possibility of scaling up to produce large quantities necessary for commercial use. The liquid-related plasma is especially advantageous in avoiding use of toxic stabilizers and reducing agents during the nanoparticle formation process. In this work, both gas phase and liquid phase plasmas are used to modify nanocarbon materials including graphene and carbon nanotubes. The synthesis of metal nanoparticles functionalized nanocarbon materials including carbon nanotubes and graphene has been realized by an environmentally-friendly gas-liquid interfacial method. Furthermore, the new catalysts based on hybrid of nanocarbon materials and metal nanoparticles have been proved to be stable and high catalytic performance in organic molecule transformation reactions. In addition, the modification of few-layer graphene grown by chemical vapour deposition via the nitrogen plasma ion irradiation has been performed, and the modified graphene sheets as counter electrodes in bifacial dye-sensitized solar cells exhibit high performance.

  16. Plasma-etched nanostructures for optical applications (Presentation Recording)

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    Schulz, Ulrike; Rickelt, Friedrich; Munzert, Peter; Kaiser, Norbert

    2015-08-01

    A basic requirement for many optical applications is the reduction of Fresnel-reflections. Besides of interference coatings, nanostructures with sub-wavelength size as known from the eye of the night-flying moth can provide antireflective (AR) properties. The basic principle is to mix a material with air on a sub-wavelength scale to decrease the effective refractive index. To realize AR nanostructures on polymers, the self-organized formation of stochastically arranged antireflective structures using a low-pressure plasma etching process was studied. An advanced procedure involves the use of additional deposition of a thin oxide layer prior etching. A broad range of different structure morphologies exhibiting antireflective properties can be generated on almost all types of polymeric materials. For applications on glass, organic films are used as a transfer medium. Organic layers as thin film materials were evaluated to identify compounds suitable for forming nanostructures by plasma etching. The vapor deposition and etching of organic layers on glass offers a new possibility to achieve antireflective properties in a broad spectral range and for a wide range of light incidence.

  17. Numerical Studies of Impurities in Fusion Plasmas

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    Hulse, R. A.

    1982-09-01

    The coupled partial differential equations used to describe the behavior of impurity ions in magnetically confined controlled fusion plasmas require numerical solution for cases of practical interest. Computer codes developed for impurity modeling at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory are used as examples of the types of codes employed for this purpose. These codes solve for the impurity ionization state densities and associated radiation rates using atomic physics appropriate for these low-density, high-temperature plasmas. The simpler codes solve local equations in zero spatial dimensions while more complex cases require codes which explicitly include transport of the impurity ions simultaneously with the atomic processes of ionization and recombination. Typical applications are discussed and computational results are presented for selected cases of interest.

  18. Stereoselective determination of ginsenosides Rg3 and Rh2 epimers in rat plasma by LC-MS/MS: application to a pharmacokinetic study.

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    Bae, Soo Hyeon; Zheng, Yu Fen; Yoo, Young Hyo; Kim, Jeom Yong; Kim, Sun Ok; Jang, Min Jung; Seo, Jae Hong; Bae, Soo Kyung

    2013-06-01

    We developed and validated an accurate and sensitive LC-MS/MS method for the simultaneous quantitation of ginsenoside Rg3 and Rh2 epimers (R-Rg3, S-Rg3, R-Rh2, and S-Rh2) in rat plasma. Analytes were extracted from 0.1 mL aliquots of rat plasma by liquid-liquid extraction, using 2 mL of ethyl acetate. In this assay, dioscin (500 ng/mL) was used as an internal standard. Chromatographic separation was conducted using an Acclaim RSLC C18 column (150 × 2.1 mm, 2.2 μm) at 40°C, with a gradient mobile phase consisting of 0.1% formic acid in distilled water and in acetonitrile, a flow rate of 0.35 mL/min, and a total run time of 20 min. Detection and quantification were performed using a mass spectrometer in selected reaction-monitoring mode with negative electrospray ionization at m/z 783.4 → 161.1 for R-Rg3 and S-Rg3, m/z 621.3 → 161.1 for R-Rh2 and S-Rh2, and m/z 867.2 → 761.5 for the internal standard. For R-Rg3 and S-Rg3, the lower limit of quantification was 5 ng/mL, with a linear range up to 500 ng/mL; for R-Rh2 and S-Rh2, the lower limit of quantification was 150 ng/mL, with a linear range up to 6000 ng/mL. The coefficient of variation for assay precision was less than 10.5%, with an accuracy of 86.4-112%. No relevant cross-talk or matrix effect was observed. The method was successfully applied to a pharmacokinetic study after oral administration of 400 mg/kg and 2000 mg/kg of BST204, a fermented ginseng extract, to rats. We found that the S epimers exhibited significantly higher plasma concentrations and area under curve values for both Rg3 and Rh2. This is the first report on the separation and simultaneous quantification of R-Rg3, S-Rg3, R-Rh2, and S-Rh2 in rat plasma by LC-MS/MS. The method should be useful in the clinical use of ginseng or its derivatives. PMID:23559579

  19. Vacuum application of thermal barrier plasma coatings

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    Holmes, R. R.; Mckechnie, T. N.

    1988-01-01

    Coatings are presently applied to Space Shuttle Main Engine (SSME) turbine blades for protection against the harsh environment realized in the engine during lift off-to-orbit. High performance nickel, chromium, aluminum, and yttrium (NiCrAlY) alloy coatings, which are applied by atmospheric plasma spraying, crack and spall off because of the severe thermal shock experienced during start-up and shut-down of the engine. Ceramic coatings of yttria stabilized zirconia (ZrO2-Y2O3) were applied initially as a thermal barrier over coating to the NiCrAlY but were removed because of even greater spalling. Utilizing a vacuum plasma spraying process, bond coatings of NiCrAlY were applied in a low pressure atmosphere of argon/helium, producing significantly improved coating-to-blade bonding. The improved coatings showed no spalling after 40 MSFC burner rig thermal shock cycles, cycling between 1700 and -423 F. The current atmospheric plasma NiCrAlY coatings spalled during 25 test cycles. Subsequently, a process was developed for applying a durable thermal barrier coating of ZrO2-Y2O3 to the turbine blades of first stage high-pressure fuel turbopumps utilizing the vacuum plasma process. The improved thermal barrier coating has successfully passed 40 burner rig thermal shock cycles without spalling. Hot firing in an SSME turbine engine is scheduled for the blades. Tooling was installed in preparation for vacuum plasma spray coating other SSME hardware, e.g., the titanium main fuel valve housing (MFVH) and the fuel turbopump nozzle/stator.

  20. TEBPP: Theoretical and Experimental study of Beam-Plasma-Physics

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    Anderson, H. R.; Bernstein, W.; Linson, L. M.; Papadopoulos, K.; Kellogg, P. J.; Szuszczewicz, E. P.; Hallinan, T. J.; Leinbach, H.

    1980-01-01

    The interaction of an electron beam (0 to 10 keV, 0 to 1.5 Amp) with the plasma and neutral atmospheres at 200 to 400 km altitude is studied with emphasis on applications to near Earth and cosmical plasmas. The interaction occurs in four space time regions: (1) near electron gun, beam coming into equilibrium with medium; (2) equilibrium propagation in ionosphere; (3) ahead of beam pulse, temporal and spatial precursors; (4) behind a beam pulse. While region 2 is of the greatest interest, it is essential to study Region 1 because it determines the characteristics of the beam as it enters 2 through 4.

  1. Determination of Tenacissoside A in rat plasma by liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry method and its application to pharmacokinetic study.

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    Zhao, Luhua; Xiang, Bingren; Chen, Jing; Tan, Xiying; Wang, Dawei; Chen, Daofeng

    2009-07-01

    A sensitive and specific liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry method was developed and validated for the first time for the estimation of Tenacissoside A in the rats' plasma, which is the major active constituent in Marsdenia tenacissima. Tenacissoside A was extracted from the rats' plasma by using liquid-liquid extraction (LLE), medroxyprogesterone acetate was used as the internal standard. An Alltech C18 column (250 mm x 4.6mm, 5 microm) was used to provide chromatographic separation by detection with mass spectrometry operating in selected ion monitoring (SIM) mode. The method was validated over the concentration range of 1-250 ng/mL for Tenacissoside A. The precisions within and between-batch (CV%) were both less than 15% and accuracy ranged from 90 to 102%. The lower limit of quantification was 1 ng/mL and extraction recovery was 88.3% on average. The validated method was used to study the pharmacokinetic profile of Tenacissoside A in rat after administration. PMID:19481986

  2. Sensitive and precise HPLC method with back-extraction clean-up step for the determination of sildenafil in rat plasma and its application to a pharmacokinetic study.

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    Strach, Beata; Wyska, Elżbieta; Pociecha, Krzysztof; Krupa, Anna; Jachowicz, Renata

    2015-10-01

    A sensitive HPLC method was developed and validated for the determination of sildenafil concentrations in rat plasma (200 μL) using a liquid-liquid extraction procedure and paroxetine as an internal standard. In order to eliminate interferences and improve the peak shape, a back-extraction into an acidic solution was utilized. Chromatographic separation was achieved on a cyanopropyl bonded-phase column with a mobile phase composed of 50 m m potassium dihydrogen phosphate buffer (pH 4.5) and acetonitrile (75:25, v/v), pumped at the flow rate of 1 mL/min. A UV detector was set at 230 nm. A calibration curve was constructed within a concentration range from 10 to 1500 ng/mL. The limit of detection was 5 ng/mL. The inter- and intra-day precisions of the assay were in the ranges 2.91-7.33 and 2.61-6.18%, respectively, and the accuracies for inter- and intra-day runs were within 0.14-3.92 and 0.44-2.96%, respectively. The recovery of sildenafil was 85.22 ± 4.54%. Tests confirmed the stability of sildenafil in plasma during three freeze-thaw cycles and during long-term storage at -20 and -80°C for up to 2 months. The proposed method was successfully applied to a pharmacokinetic study in rats. PMID:25864807

  3. Simultaneous estimation of E- and Z-isomers of guggulsterone in rabbit plasma using liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry and its application to pharmacokinetic study.

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    Bhatta, R S; Kumar, D; Chhonker, Y S; Jain, G K

    2011-09-01

    A sensitive and selective liquid chromatography/tandem mass spectrometric method was developed for simultaneous determination of E- and Z-guggulsterone isomers (antihyperlipidemic drug) in rabbit plasma. Both the isomers were resolved on a Symmetry-Shield C(18) (5 µm, 4.6 × 150 mm) column, using gradient elution comprising a mobile phase of methanol, 0.5% v/v formic acid and acetonitrile. With dexamethasone as internal standard, plasma samples were extracted by an automated solid-phase extraction method using C(18) cartridges. Detection was performed by electrospray ionization in multiple reaction monitoring (MRM) in positive mode. The calibration curve was linear over the concentration range of 1.56-200 ng/mL (r(2) ≥ 0.998) for both analytes. The intra-day and inter-day accuracy and precision were within -0.96 to 4.12 (%bias) and 2.73 to 8.00 (%RSD) respectively. The analytes were stable after three freeze-thaw cycles. The method was successfully applied to study steriospecific pharmacokinetics of E- and Z-guggulsterone in NZ rabbit. PMID:21268049

  4. A Simple and Sensitive HPLC Method for Fluorescence Quantitation of Doxorubicin in Micro-volume Plasma: Applications to Pharmacokinetic Studies in Rats

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    Daeihamed, Marjan; Haeri, Azadeh; Dadashzadeh, Simin

    2015-01-01

    A validated HPLC method was developed to determine the doxorubicin concentration in a small volume of rat plasma (60 µL) with convenient fluorescence detection. Sample preparation includes a simple one-step liquid-liquid extraction using a minimum amount of organic solvent, with extraction recovery more than 95%. The analysis was accomplished using PerfectSil C18 column maintained at 35 °C and a mobile phase consisted of acetonitrile and water (32:68, v/v; pH=2.6). The flow-rate was kept at 1 mL/min and the column effluent was monitored with a fluorescence detector at an excitation and emission wavelength of 470 and 555 nm, respectively. The detection limit was 5 ng/mL. No analytical interference was observed from endogenous components in the rat plasma. This method was feasibly applied to the pharmacokinetic study of 5 mg/Kg of doxorubicin after the intravenous administration to rats. PMID:26185503

  5. High-throughput LC-MS/MS assay for 6-methoxy-2-naphthylacetic acid, an active metabolite of nabumetone in human plasma and its application to bioequivalence study.

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    Patel, Bhavin N; Sharma, Naveen; Sanyal, Mallika; Prasad, Arpana; Shrivastav, Pranav S

    2008-11-01

    A simple, precise and accurate assay for the determination of 6-methoxy-2-naphthylacetic acid (6-MNA), an active metabolite of nabumetone in human plasma, was developed and validated using liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS). The analyte (6-MNA) and propranolol (internal standard, IS) were extracted from 200 microL aliquot of human plasma via solid-phase extraction employing HLB Oasis cartridges and separated on a Discovery HS C18 (50 x 4.6 mm, 5 microm) column. Detection of analyte and IS was done by tandem mass spectrometry with a turbo ion spray interface operating in positive ion and multiple reaction monitoring acquisition mode. The total chromatographic runtime was 3.0 min with retention time for 6-MNA and IS at 1.97 and 1.26 min, respectively. The method was validated over a dynamic linear range of 0.20-60.00 microg/mL for 6-MNA with mean correlation coefficient r > or = 0.9986. The intra-batch and inter-batch precision (%CV) across five validation runs (lower limit of quantiation, low-, medium- and high-quality controls and upper limit of quantitation) was less than 7.5%. The accuracy determined at these levels was within -5.8 to +0.2% in terms of percentage bias. The method was successfully applied for a bioequivalence study of 750 mg nabumetone tablet formulation in 12 healthy Indian male subjects under fasted condition. PMID:18651608

  6. Simultaneous determination of MHD and DMD in dog plasma by high-performance liquid chromatography with fluorescence detection and its application to pharmacokinetic studies.

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    Li, Xiaoyu; Wang, Guangji; Xie, Haitang; Wang, Rui; Xu, Meijuan; Wang, Wei; Tao, Jining; Sun, Jianguo

    2006-02-01

    A rapid, reproducible high-performance liquid chromatographic (HPLC) method with fluorescence detection for the simultaneous determination of 3(or 8)-(1-methoxyethyl)-8(or 3)-(1-hydroxyethyl)-deuteroporphyrin IX (MHD) and 3,8-di-(1-methoxyethyl)-deuteroporphyrin IX (DMD) in dog plasma was described. Fluorescein was used as an internal standard. A simple extraction step with ethyl acetate was performed before chromatography on a Diamonsil C18 column (5 microm, 4.6 mm x 150 mm). The chromatography used 0.02 mol L(-1) sodium acetate/tetrahydrofuran (66:34 v/v). The analytical curve was linear over the concentration range 0.025-2.5 microg mL(-1). For a 100 microL dog plasma sample, the limit of determination for both MHD and DMD was 0.025 microg mL(-1). The recoveries of MHD and DMD were more than 76% and 89%, respectively. The intra-assay (within-run) and interassay (between-run) coefficients of variation (precisions) for MHD and DMD were less than 15%. This method was found to be suitable for the analysis of biosamples and was successfully applied to pharmacokinetic studies of Deuxemether in dogs. PMID:16465506

  7. Simultaneous determination of ipratropium and salbutamol in rat plasma by LC-MS/MS and its application to a pharmacokinetic study.

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    Wu, Jingwen; Ding, Cungang; Ge, Qinghua; Li, Zhou; Zhou, Zhen; Zhi, Xiaojin

    2011-11-15

    A novel, sensitive and specific LC-MS/MS method with silica-based solid-phase extraction was developed for simultaneous determination of ipratropium (IPR) and salbutamol (SAL) in rat plasma. Chromatographic separation was achieved on a Shiseido Capcell Pak CR column (SCX:C(18)=1:4, 150 mm × 2.0 mm, 5 μm) with a mobile phase consisting of methanol/water (85:15, v/v) containing 20 mmol/L ammonium formate and 0.1% formic acid at a flow rate of 0.3 mL/min. A tandem mass spectrometric detection with an electrospray ionization (ESI) interface was conducted via multiple reaction monitoring (MRM) under positive ionization mode. This method was validated in terms of specificity, linearity, accuracy (within ±115.4%), intra- and inter-day precision (<11.4%) over the concentration range of 8-1612 pg/mL for IPR and 50-10,000 pg/mL for SAL. In addition, stability and matrix effects of IPR and SAL in plasma were evaluated. This method has been successfully applied to the pharmacokinetic study of compound ipratropium bromide aerosol mainly containing ipratropium bromide (IB) and salbutamol sulphate (SS) after inhalation in rats. PMID:21983198

  8. A validated HPLC-MS/MS method for the quantification of caderofloxacin in human plasma and its application to a clinical pharmacokinetic study.

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    Zhang, Xianhua; Zhai, Suodi; Duan, Jingli; Yang, Li

    2016-02-01

    A simple, selective and rapid HPLC-MS/MS method was developed and validated for the determination of caderofloxacin in human plasma. Sparfloxacin was used as the internal standard (IS). After precipitation with methanol and dilution with the mobile phase, the samples were injected into the HPLC-MS/MS system. The chromatographic separation was performed on a Zorbax XDB Eclipse C18 column (150 × 4.6 mm, 5 µm) with a mobile phase of ammonium acetate buffer (20 mm, pH 3.0)-methanol, 45:55 (v/v). The MS/MS analysis was done in positive mode. The multiple reaction monitoring transitions monitored were m/z 412.3 → 297.1 for caderofloxacin and m/z 393.2 → 292.2 for the IS. The calibration curve was linear over the range of 50.0-8000 ng/mL with an aliquot of 100 μL plasma. The precision of the assay was 2.0-9.4 and 6.6-11.5% for the intra- and inter-run variability, respectively. The intra- and inter-run accuracy (relative error) was 4.4-10.0 and -1.2-4.0%. The total run time was 3.5 min. The assay was fully validated in accordance with the US Food and Drug Administration guidance. It was successfully applied to a pharmacokinetic study of caderofloxacin in healthy Chinese volunteers. PMID:26046921

  9. Sensitive and Rapid HPLC Method for Determination of Memantine in Human Plasma Using OPA Derivatization and Fluorescence Detection: Application to Pharmacokinetic Studies

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    Zarghi, Afshin; Shafaati, Alireza; Foroutan, Seyed Mohsen; Khoddam, Arash; Madadian, Babak

    2010-01-01

    A rapid, sensitive and reproducible HPLC method was developed and validated for the analysis of memantine in human plasma after derivatization with o-phthaldialdehyde (OPA) and fluorescence detection. Amantadine was used as internal standard. The derivatized memantine and amantadine were eluted in less than 10 min with no interference from endogenous plasma peaks. The analysis was carried out on a monolithic silica column (Chromolith Performance RP-18e, 100×4.6 mm). The mobile phase was composed of a mixture of acetonitrile and 0.025 M phosphate buffer (50:50, v/v, pH=4.6) with a flow rate of 2.5 mLmin−1. The excitation and emission wavelengths were set at 335 nm and 440 nm respectively. The assay enables the measurement of memantine for therapeutic drug monitoring with a lower quantification limit of 2 ngmL−1. The method involves simple extraction procedure and analytical recovery was 82.8± 0.9%. The calibration curve was linear over the concentration range 2–80 ngmL−1. The coefficients of variation for inter-day and intra-day assay were found to be less than 8%. The method was successfully applied to pharmacokinetic studies in humans. PMID:21179320

  10. A Simple and Rapid UPLC Method for the Determination of Rosavin in Rat Plasma and Its Application to a Pharmacokinetic Study.

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    Chen, Dahui; Sun, Hao; Shen, Jiaqi; Igor, Longo Phemba; Zheng, Xiaoyong; Hu, Shuping; Xiang, Zheng

    2016-08-01

    Rosavin is a bioactive antidepressant component isolated from Rhodiola rosea L. In this work, an ultra-performance liquid chromatography (UPLC) method was established for the determination of rosavin in rat plasma. The chromatographic separation was achieved on a HSS T3 column (100 mm × 2.1 mm, 1.8 μm) with a gradient mobile phase consisting of acetonitrile and water (0.1% formic acid). Plasma samples were processed with one-step protein precipitation. Rutin was chosen as internal standard and the detection wavelength was 249 nm. The pharmacokinetic parameters were analyzed using the drug and statistics software. The results showed that the established method has an excellent linearity in the range of 10-1,000 ng/mL (R(2) = 0.992) with a lower limit of quantification (10 ng/mL). The intra- and interday precision (relative standard deviation) were from 2.0 to 10.6% and the extraction recovery was 92.4-95.1%. The simple and rapid UPLC method was successfully applied to the pharmacokinetic and bioavailability study of rosavin in rats. PMID:27048645

  11. Determination of dexmedetomidine in human plasma using high performance liquid chromatography coupled with tandem mass spectrometric detection: application to a pharmacokinetic study.

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    Li, Wenjing; Zhang, Zunjian; Wu, Lili; Tian, Yuan; Feng, Shudan; Chen, Yun

    2009-12-01

    A rapid, sensitive and selective high performance liquid chromatography-electrospray ionization-tandem mass spectrometry method (HPLC-ESI-MS/MS) was developed and validated for the determination and pharmacokinetic investigation of dexmedetomidine (DMED) in human plasma. Dexmedetomidine and the internal standard (ondansetron) were extracted in a single step with diethyl-ether from 1.0 mL of alkalinized plasma. The mobile phase was a mixture of acetonitrile and 0.5% formic acid solution (30:70, v/v) at a flow rate of 0.2 mL min(-1). The detection was performed on a triple quadrupole tandem mass spectrometer in the selected reaction monitoring (SRM) mode using the respective [M+H]+ ions m/z 201.0-->95.1 for DMED and m/z 294.1-->170.1 for the IS. The assay exhibited a linear dynamic range of 5-5000 pg mL(-1) with the correlation coefficient above 0.9995. The lower limit of quantification (LLOQ) was 5 pg mL(-1) with a relative standard deviation of less than 15%. Acceptable precision and accuracy were obtained for concentrations over the standard curve range. The validated HPLC-MS/MS method has been successfully applied to study the pharmacokinetics of three level doses of DMED in Chinese healthy volunteers. PMID:19577876

  12. Sensitive method for the determination of rocilinostat in small volume mouse plasma by LC-MS/MS and its application to a pharmacokinetic study in mice.

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    Gupta, Manish; Dixit, Abhishek; Devaraj, V C; Zainuddin, Mohd; Bhamidipati, Ravi Kanth; Hallur, Mahanandeesha S; Dewang, Purushottam; Rajagopal, Sridharan; Rajagopal, Sriram; Mullangi, Ramesh

    2016-07-01

    A highly sensitive, specific and rapid LC-ESI-MS/MS method has been developed and validated for the quantification of rocilinostat in small volume mouse plasma (20 μL) using vorinostat as an internal standard (IS) as per regulatory guidelines. Sample preparation was accomplished through a protein precipitation procedure with acetonitrile. Chromatography was achieved on Prodigy ODS-2 column using a binary gradient using mobile phase A (0.2% formic acid in water) and B (acetonitrile) at a flow rate of 0.38 mL/min. The total chromatographic run time was 4.1 min and the elution of rocilinostat and IS occurred at ~3.2 and 2.9 min, respectively. A linear response function was established in the concentration range of 0.28-1193 ng/mL in mouse plasma. The intra- and inter-day accuracy and precisions were in the ranges of 3.12-8.93 and 6.41-11.6%, respectively. This novel method has been applied to a pharmacokinetic study in mice. Copyright © 2016 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. PMID:26633099

  13. A rapid and sensitive LC-MS/MS method for quantification of 3,29-dibenzoyl rarounitriol in rat plasma: application to a pharmacokinetic study.

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    Zhao, Chengliang; Zhang, Nan; Chen, Bin; Song, Youxin; Zhu, Naiqiang; Zhao, Long; Liu, Changjian; Meng, Xiangwei

    2015-08-01

    A rapid, sensitive and high-throughput liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry was established and validated to assay the concentrations of 3,29-dibenzoyl rarounitriol in rat plasma. Plasma samples were processed by liquid-liquid extraction with ethyl acetate and separated on a Hypersil Gold C18 column (50 × 4.6 mm, 3 µm) at an isocratic flow rate of 0.5 mL/min using methanol-10 mm ammonium acetate-formic acid (90:10:0.1, v/v/v) as mobile phase. The total run time was 5 min for each sample. MS/MS detection was accomplished in selected reaction monitoring mode with positive electrospray ionization. The calibration curve was linear over the concentration range of 0.125-50 ng/mL with lower limit of quantification of 0.125 ng/mL. The intra- and inter-day precisions were <10.1% in terms of coefficient of variation, and the accuracy was within ±11.7% in terms of relative error. The developed method was successfully applied to a pharmacokinetic study of 3,29-dibenzoyl rarounitriol following intragastric administration of 3.65 mg/kg to Wistar rats. PMID:25611485

  14. A rapid and sensitive LC-MS/MS method for determination of lercanidipine in human plasma and its application in a bioequivalence study in Chinese healthy volunteers.

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    Li, Xiaobing; Shi, Fuguo; He, Xiaojing; Jian, Lingyan; Ding, Li

    2016-09-01

    A rapid and highly sensitive liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) method has been developed and validated for the determination of lercanidipine (LER) in human plasma. The plasma sample was deproteinized with methanol after addition of diazepam (internal standard, IS) and separated on a 38°C Hedera ODS-2 analytical column with a mobile phase of methanol and 5mM ammonium acetate buffer solution containing 0.1% formic acid at an isocratic flow rate of 400μL/min. The detection was performed on an API 4000 tandem mass spectrometer coupled with electrospray ionization (ESI) source in positive ESI mode. Quantification was conducted by multiple reaction monitoring (MRM) of the transitions of m/z 612.2→280.2 for LER and m/z 285.1→193.1 for IS, respectively. The method exhibited high sensitivity (LLOQ of 0.015ng/mL) and good linearity over the concentration range of 0.015-8.0ng/mL. No matrix effect and carry-over effect were observed. The values on both the occasions (intra- and inter-day) were all within 15% at three concentration levels. This robust method was successfully applied in a bioequivalence study to evaluate the pharmacokinetics of LER in 59 healthy male Chinese volunteers after a single oral administration of 10mg LER. PMID:27232153

  15. High-performance liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry method for quantification of endothelin receptor antagonist drug, ambrisentan, in human plasma and its application in a pharmacokinetic study.

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    Lukram, Ojit Kumar; Sharma, Ramkishor

    2014-08-01

    A simple and sensitive liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry method has been developed for the quantification of ambrisentan (AMB) in human plasma using midazolam (MID) as an internal standard (IS). Chromatographic separation was performed using a Beta Basic-8 (50 × 4.6 mm, 5 µm) column with an isocratic mobile phase. AMB and MID were detected with proton adducts at m/z 379.09 → 303.12 and 326.15 → 291.14 in multiple reaction monitoring-positive mode, respectively. A solid-phase extraction method was used for extraction of the analyte and IS from the plasma samples. The method was shown to be reproducible and reliable with within-run precision <11%, between-run precision <14% and linear concentration range from 10.0 to 2000.2 ng/mL, with a correlation coefficient (r(2) ) of >0.995. The method was successfully applied to a pharmacokinetic study of oral administration of AMB (10 mg) in 24 healthy Indian male human volunteers under fasting conditions. PMID:24616031

  16. Simultaneous determination of metoprolol succinate and amlodipine besylate in human plasma by liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry method and its application in bioequivalence study.

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    Sarkar, Amlan Kanti; Ghosh, Debotri; Das, Ayan; Selvan, P Senthamil; Gowda, K Veeran; Mandal, Uttam; Bose, Anirbandeep; Agarwal, Sangeeta; Bhaumik, Uttam; Pal, Tapan Kumar

    2008-09-15

    A simple, sensitive and specific liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry method was developed and validated for quantification of metoprolol succinate (MPS) and amlodipine besylate (AM) using hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ) as IS in human plasma. Both the drugs were extracted by simple liquid-liquid extraction with chloroform. The chromatographic separation was performed on a reversed-phase peerless basic C18 column with a mobile phase of methanol-water containing 0.5% formic acid (8:2, v/v). The protonated analyte was quantitated in positive ionization by multiple reaction monitoring with a mass spectrometer. The method was validated over the concentration range of 1-100 ng/ml for MPS and 1-15 ng/ml AM in human plasma. The MRM transition of m/z 268.10-103.10, m/z 409.10-334.20 and m/z 296.00-205.10 were used to measure MPS, AM and HCTZ (IS), respectively. This method was successfully applied to the pharmacokinetic study of fixed dose combination (FDC) of MPS and AM formulation product after an oral administration to Indian healthy human volunteers. PMID:18760977

  17. Simultaneous quantification of five steroid saponins from Dioscorea zingiberensis C.H.Wright in rat plasma by HPLC-MS/MS and its application to the pharmacokinetic studies

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    Zhang, Xinxin; Li, Jing; Ito, Yoichiro; Sun, Wenji

    2014-01-01

    A simple, reliable and sensitive high-performance liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry method (HPLC-MS/MS) was established for simultaneous analyses of the following 5 steroid saponins in rat plasma after the single dose administration of total steroid saponins extracted from the rhizome of Dioscorea zingiberensis C.H.Wright for the first time. Protodioscin, huangjiangsu A, zingiberensis new saponin, dioscin, and gracillin were quantified using ginsenoside Rb1 as the internal standard (IS). The plasma samples were pretreated by a single step acetonitrile-mediated protein precipitation. The chromatographic separation was performed on an Inersil ODS-3 C18 column (250 mm × 4.6 mm, 5 μm) with the mobile phase composed of acetonitrile and water containing 0.1% formic acid under a gradient elution mode at 0.2 mL min−1 using a microsplit after the eluent from the HPLC apparatus. The quantification was accomplished on a triple quadrupole tandem mass spectrometer using the multiple reaction monitoring (MRM) in the positive ionization mode. The above five analytes were stable under sample storage and preparation conditions applied in the present study. The linearity, precision, accuracy, and recoveries of the analysis confirmed the requirements for quality-control purposes. After validation, this proposed method was successfully adopted to investigate the pharmacokinetic parameters of these five analytes. PMID:25201262

  18. Simultaneous bioanalysis of rasagiline and its major metabolites in human plasma by LC-MS/MS: Application to a clinical pharmacokinetic study.

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    Wang, Ting; Yang, Leting; Hua, Jing; Xie, Huiru; Jiang, Xuehua; Wang, Ling

    2016-06-01

    Rasagiline is a selective, irreversible inhibitor of monoamine oxidase type-B (MAO-B) and has been used both as a monotherapy and in addition to levodopa in the treatment of Parkinson's disease (PD). Rasagiline is metabolized by the cytochrome P450 (CYP) system, and the following three major metabolites with potential neuroprotective activity have been identified: 1-aminoindan (AI), 3-hydroxy-N-propargyl-1-aminoindan (3-OH-PAI) and 3-hydroxy-1-aminoindan (3-OH-AI). In this study, a novel liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) method was developed for the simultaneous determination of rasagiline and its major metabolites in human plasma. This method was validated in terms of specificity, linearity, precision, accuracy, recovery, matrix effect and stability. The validated method was then applied to a clinical pharmacokinetic study after the oral administration of 1mg rasagiline mesylate tablets to six healthy Chinese volunteers. PMID:27060436

  19. Theoretical Study of a Spherical Plasma Focus

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    Ay, Yasar

    A theoretical model is developed for two concentric electrodes spherical plasma focus device in order to investigate the plasma sheath dynamics, radiative emission, and the ion properties. The work focuses on the model development of the plasma sheath dynamics and its validation, followed by studying of the radiation effects and the beam-ion properties in such unique geometry as a pulsed source for neutrons, soft and hard x-rays, and electron and ion beams. Chapter 1 is an introduction on fusion systems including plasma focus. Chapter 2 is an extensive literature survey on plasma focus modeling and experiments including the various radiations and their mechanism. Chapter 3 details modeling and validation of the plasma sheath dynamics model with comparison between hydrogen, deuterium, tritium and deuterium-tritium mixture for the production of pulsed neutrons. Chapter 4 is a study of the radiative phase, in which neutron yield is investigated, as well as the predicted beam-ion properties. Chapter 5 summarizes and discusses the results. Chapter 6 provides concluding remarks and proposed future works. The phases of the developed model are the rundown phase I, rundown phase II, the reflected phase and a radiative phase. The rundown phase I starts immediately after the completion of the gas breakdown and ends when the current sheath reaches the equator point of the spherical shape. Then immediately followed by rundown phase II to start and it ends when the shock front hits the axis, which is the beginning of the reflected shock phase. Reflected shock front moves towards the incoming current sheath and meets it which is both the end of the reflected shock phase and the beginning of the radiative phase. After the reflected shock front and the current sheath meet, the current sheath continues to move radially inward by compressing the produced plasma column until it reaches the axis. Since the discharge current contains important information about the plasma dynamic

  20. Industrial applications of low-temperature plasma physics

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    Chen, F.F.

    1995-06-01

    The application of plasma physics to the manufacturing and processing of materials may be the new frontier of our discipline. Already partially ionized discharges are used in industry, and the performance of plasmas has a large commercial and technological impact. However, the science of low-temperature plasmas is not as well developed as that of high-temperature, collisionless plasmas. In this paper several major areas of application are described and examples of forefront problems in each are given. The underlying thesis is that gas discharges have evolved beyond a black art, and that intellectually challenging problems with elegant solutions can be found. {copyright} {ital 1995} {ital American} {ital Institute} {ital of} {ital Physics}.

  1. The ultra-performance liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry method for detection and quantification of C4NP in rat plasma and its application to pharmacokinetic studies

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    You, J.; Wang, L.; Yang, F.; Shang, J.

    2016-01-01

    Introduction Combretastatins, which are excellent anticancer agents, are isolated from Combretum. A sensitive ultra-performance liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry method was developed and validated for the pharmacokinetic study of a combretastatin analog (C4NP) in rats. Methods Sample pretreatment was finished by simple protein precipitation in which methanol was added to plasma containing an internal standard (buspirone hydrochloride). Liquid chromatograph separation was accomplished on a reverse-phase Kinetex XB-C18 column [50×4.6 mm; internal diameter: 2.6 μm (Phenomenex, Torrance, CA, U.S.A.)] with a gradient mobile phase of acetonitrile (0.05% formic acid, volume for volume) and water (0.05% formic acid) at a flow rate of 0.3 mL/min. The analytes were analyzed in the positive ion by electrospray ionization and quantified in the selective reaction monitoring mode. The entire procedure was validated following the U.S. Food and Drug Administration guidelines for bioanalytical methods validation. Results Our study investigated, for the first time, the detection and pharmacokinetic characteristics of C4NP in Sprague–Dawley rat plasma. The pharmacokinetic results suggest that C4NP is predominantly restricted to blood or extracellular fluid and is not extensively distributed to most organ tissues. In addition, C4NP can be cleared by renal filtration and active tubular secretion in Sprague–Dawley rats. Toxicokinetics of C4NP in these rats indicate that no saturation of the metabolic or excretion process occurs for C4NP, and metabolic induction and accumulation of toxic injury from multiple dosing are both absent. Conclusions For 100 μL of analyte, recovery plus high accuracy and reproducibility indicate that our new ultra-performance liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry method is a reliable and high-throughput analytical tool for the pharmacokinetic study of C4NP in rats. Those results should be useful for risk assessment. PMID:26966419

  2. Experimental studies of collisional plasma shocks and plasma interpenetration via merging supersonic plasma jets

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    Hsu, S. C.; Moser, A. L.; Merritt, E. C.; Adams, C. S.

    2015-11-01

    Over the past 4 years on the Plasma Liner Experiment (PLX) at LANL, we have studied obliquely and head-on-merging supersonic plasma jets of an argon/impurity or hydrogen/impurity mixture. The jets are formed/launched by pulsed-power-driven railguns. In successive experimental campaigns, we characterized the (a) evolution of plasma parameters of a single plasma jet as it propagated up to ~ 1 m away from the railgun nozzle, (b) density profiles and 2D morphology of the stagnation layer and oblique shocks that formed between obliquely merging jets, and (c) collisionless interpenetration transitioning to collisional stagnation between head-on-merging jets. Key plasma diagnostics included a fast-framing CCD camera, an 8-chord visible interferometer, a survey spectrometer, and a photodiode array. This talk summarizes the primary results mentioned above, and highlights analyses of inferred post-shock temperatures based on observations of density gradients that we attribute to shock-layer thickness. We also briefly describe more recent PLX experiments on Rayleigh-Taylor-instability evolution with magnetic and viscous effects, and potential future collisionless shock experiments enabled by low-impurity, higher-velocity plasma jets formed by contoured-gap coaxial guns. Supported by DOE Fusion Energy Sciences and LANL LDRD.

  3. Radio Frequency Plasma Applications for Space Propulsion

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    Baity, F.W., Jr.; Barber, G.C.; Carter, M.D.; Chang-Diaz, F.R.; Goulding, R.H.; Ilin, A.V.; Jaeger, E.F.; Sparks, D.O.; Squire, J.P.

    1999-09-13

    Recent developments in solid-state radio frequency (RF) power technologies allow for the practical consideration of RF heated plasmas for space propulsion. These technologies permit the use of any electrical power source, de-couple the power and propellant sources, and allow for the effcient use of both the propellant mass and power. Effcient use of the propellant is obtained by expelling the rocket exhaust at the highest possible velocity, which can be orders of magnitude higher than those achieved in chemical rockets. Handling the hot plasma exhaust requires the use of magnetic nozzles, and the basic physics of ion detachment from the magnetic eld is discussed. The plasma can be generated by RF using helicon waves to heat electrons. Further direct heating of the ions helps to reduce the line radiation losses, and the magnetic geometry is tailored to allow ion cyclotron resonance heating. RF eld and ion trajectory calculations are presented to give a reasonably self-consistent picture of the ion acceleration process.

  4. Applications of digital processing for noise removal from plasma diagnostics

    SciTech Connect

    Kane, R.J.; Candy, J.V.; Casper, T.A.

    1985-11-11

    The use of digital signal techniques for removal of noise components present in plasma diagnostic signals is discussed, particularly with reference to diamagnetic loop signals. These signals contain noise due to power supply ripple in addition to plasma characteristics. The application of noise canceling techniques, such as adaptive noise canceling and model-based estimation, will be discussed. The use of computer codes such as SIG is described. 19 refs., 5 figs.

  5. Clinical and Biological Principles of Cold Atmospheric Plasma Application in Skin Cancer.

    PubMed

    Gay-Mimbrera, Jesús; García, Maria Carmen; Isla-Tejera, Beatriz; Rodero-Serrano, Antonio; García-Nieto, Antonio Vélez; Ruano, Juan

    2016-06-01

    Plasma-based electrosurgical devices have long been employed for tissue coagulation, cutting, desiccation, and cauterizing. Despite their clinical benefits, these technologies involve tissue heating and their effects are primarily heat-mediated. Recently, there have been significant developments in cold atmospheric pressure plasma (CAP) science and engineering. New sources of CAP with well-controlled temperatures below 40 °C have been designed, permitting safe plasma application on animal and human bodies. In the last decade, a new innovative field, often referred to as plasma medicine, which combines plasma physics, life science, and clinical medicine has emerged. This field aims to exploit effects of mild plasma by controlling the interactions between plasma components (and other secondary species that can be formed from these components) with specific structural elements and functionalities of living cells. Recent studies showed that CAP can exert beneficial effects when applied selectively in certain pathologies with minimal toxicity to normal tissues. The rapid increase in new investigations and development of various devices for CAP application suggest early adoption of cold plasma as a new tool in the biomedical field. This review explores the latest major achievements in the field, focusing on the biological effects, mechanisms of action, and clinical evidence of CAP applications in areas such as skin disinfection, tissue regeneration, chronic wounds, and cancer treatment. This information may serve as a foundation for the design of future clinical trials to assess the efficacy and safety of CAP as an adjuvant therapy for skin cancer. PMID:27142848

  6. Application of a UPLC-MS/MS method for the analysis of alosetron in human plasma to support a bioequivalence study in healthy males and females.

    PubMed

    Chaudhary, Darshan V; Patel, Daxesh P; Shah, Jaivik V; Shah, Priyanka A; Sanyal, Mallika; Shrivastav, Pranav S

    2015-10-01

    A simple, rapid and sensitive ultra-performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (UPLC-MS/MS) method has been developed and validated for the determination of alosetron (ALO) in human plasma. The assay method involved solid-phase extraction of ALO and ALO 13C-d3 as internal standard (IS) on a LichroSep DVB-HL (30 mg, 1 cm(3) ) cartridge. The chromatography was performed on an Acquity UPLC BEH C18 (50 × 2.1 mm, 1.7 µm) column using acetonitrile and 2.0 mm ammonium formate, pH 3.0 adjusted with 0.1% formic acid (80:20, v/v) as the mobile phase in an isocratic mode. For quantitative analysis, the multiple reaction monitoring transitions studied were m/z 295.1/201.0 for ALO and m/z 299.1/205.1 for IS in the positive ionization mode. The method was validated over a concentration range of 0.01-10.0 ng/mL for ALO. Post-column infusion experiment showed no positive or negative peaks in the elution range of the analyte and IS after injection of extracted blank plasma. The extent of ion-suppression/enhancement, expressed as IS-normalized matrix factor, varied from 0.96 to 1.04. The assay recovery was within 97-103% for ALO and IS. The method was successfully applied to support a bioequivalence study of 1.0 mg alosetron tablets in 28 healthy Indian male and female subjects. PMID:25761551

  7. Simultaneous determination of three triterpenes in rat plasma by LC-MS/MS and its application to a pharmacokinetic study of Rhizoma Alismatis extract.

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    Cheng, Zhihong; Ding, Cungang; Li, Zhou; Song, Dingzhong; Yuan, Jie; Hao, Wusi; Ge, Qinghua

    2016-01-01

    We have developed a sensitive and specific LC-MS/MS method for the simultaneous determination of alisol A (A), alisol A 23-acetate (A23) and alisol A 24-acetate (A24), the major active components in Rhizoma Alismatis extract (RAE), in rat plasma. In brief, plasma samples were extracted by methyl tert-butyl ether and chromatographically separated by using a C18 column. A tandem mass spectrometric detection with an electrospray ionization (ESI) interface was conducted via multiple reaction monitoring (MRM) under positive ionization mode. This method was validated for specificity, linearity, accuracy (within ±15.4%), intra- and inter-day precision (CV<11.4%) over the concentration range of 25-5000ng/mL for A, and 5-1000ng/mL for both A23 and A24. The significantly lower detection limit was determined as 25ng/mL for A, 5ng/mL for A23 and A24. This validated method of ours was then used to study the pharmacokinetics of RAE in rat. The elimination half-lives (t1/2) of A, A23 and A24 was determined as 0.75, 0.83 and 0.82h respectively after intravenous injection, and the oral absolute bioavailability of A, A23 and A24 was 43.1±18.1%, 6.3±1.5% and 7.9±1.2%. This new determination method of us for alisols is proven to very useful to study the pharmacological activities of RAE in future. PMID:26613538

  8. Development of a simple LC-MS/MS method for the determination of febuxostat in human plasma and its application to a bioequivalence study.

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    Shi, Zheng; Liu, Jian; Hu, Xing-Jiang; ShenTu, Jian-Zhong

    2013-06-01

    The purpose of this study was to design a simple, sensitive and rapid liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) method for a febuxostat bioequivalence study in healthy Chinese male volunteers. In this method, febuxostat and etodolac (internal standard) were isolated from plasma samples by protein precipitation with acetonitrile. The supernatant was chromatographed on a Zorbax SB-C18 (150 x 3.0 mm, 3.5-microm particle size, Agilent) column with a SecurityGuard Inertsil Symmetry C18 column (12.5 x 4.6 mm, 5-microm particle size, Waters). The lower limit of quantification for febuxostat in 0.2 mL of human plasma was 13.40 ng x mL(-1), and the linearity was achieved over a concentration range from 13.40 to 21440 ng x mL(-1). Febuxostat tablets from Hengrui Medicine Co., Ltd (test, Jiangsu, China) and from Takeda pharmaceuticals america, Inc. (reference, Deerfield, IL) were evaluated following a single 80 mg oral dose to 18 healthy volunteers. Bioequivalence was determined by calculating 90% confidence intervals (90% CI) for the ratio of C(max), AUC(0-t), and AUC(0-infinity) values for the test and reference products, using logarithmic transformed data. The calculated 90% CIs for the ratio of C(max) (88.7-131.2%), AUC(0-t) (99.2-122.7%) and AUC(0-infinity) (99.5-123.1%) values for the test and reference products were all located within the bioequivalence criteria range (80-125% for AUC, and 70-143% for Ca(mzax)), proposed by State of Food and Drug Administration [SFDA, 2005. China]. It was concluded that the two febuxostat formulations (test and reference) analyzed were bioequivalent in terms of rate and extent of absorption and the method met the principle of quick and easy clinical analysis. PMID:23875244

  9. Application of non-equilibrium plasmas in treatment of wool fibers and seeds

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    Petrović, Zoran

    2003-10-01

    While large effort is under way to achieve stable, large area, non-equilibrium plasma reactors operating at atmospheric pressure we should still consider application of low pressure reactors, which provide well defined, easily controlled reactive plasmas. Therefore, the application of low pressure rf plasmas for the treatment of wool and seed was investigated. The studies were aimed at establishing optimal procedure to achieve better wettability, dyeability and printability of wool. Plasma treatment led to a modification of wool fiber topography and formation of new polar functional groups inducing the increase of wool hydrophylicity. Plasma activation of fiber surface was also used to achieve better binding of biopolymer chitosan to wool in order to increase the content of favorable functional groups and thus improving sorption properties of recycled wool fibers for heavy metal ions and acid dyes. In another study, the increase of germination percentage of seeds induced by plasmas was investigated. We have selected dry (unimbibed) Empress tree seeds (Paulownia tomentosa Steud.). Empress tree seed has been studied extensively and its mechanism of germination is well documented. Germination of these seeds is triggered by light in a limited range of wavelengths. Interaction between activated plasma particles and seed, inside the plasma reactor, leads to changes in its surface topography, modifies the surface layer and increases the active surface area. Consequently, some bioactive nitrogeneous compounds could be bound to the activated surface layer causing the increment of germination percentage.

  10. Simultaneous determination of six flavonoids from Paulownia tomentosa flower extract in rat plasma by LC-MS/MS and its application to a pharmacokinetic study.

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    Dai, Bin; Hu, Zhiqiang; Li, Haiyan; Yan, Chong; Zhang, Liwei

    2015-01-26

    A simple, rapid and sensitive liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) method was developed and validated for simultaneous determination of six components including apigenin, quercetin, apigenin-7-O-β-D-glucoside, quercetin-3-O-β-D-glucoside, 3'-methoxyluteolin-7-O-β-D-glucoside, and tricin-7-O-β-D-glucopyranoside in rat plasma using formononetin as the internal standard (IS). The plasma samples were pretreated by a one-step liquid-liquid extraction with dichloromethane. The chromatographic separation was carried out on a ZORBAX SB-Aq column with a gradient mobile phase consisting of acetonitrile and 2mM aqueous ammonium acetate. All analytes and IS were quantitated through electrospray ionization in negative ion multiple reaction monitoring mode. The mass transitions were as follows: m/z 269.1→117.2 for apigenin, m/z 301.2→151.2 for quercetin, m/z 431.3→311.2 for apigenin-7-O-β-D-glucoside, m/z 463.2→300.2 for quercetin-3-O-β-D-glucoside, m/z 461.3→283.1 for 3'-methoxyluteolin-7-O-β-D-glucoside, m/z 491.3→313.1 for tricin-7-O-β-D-glucopyranoside, and m/z 267.2→252.2 for IS, respectively. All calibration curves exhibited good linearity with correlation coefficient (r)>0.995. The intra-day and inter-day precisions (RSD) at three QC levels were both less than 14.0% and the accuracies ranged from 89.8% to 113.8%. The extraction recoveries of six compounds ranged from 82.3% to 92.5%. The validated method was successfully applied to pharmacokinetic study of the six components in male rat plasma after oral administration of Paulownia tomentosa flower extract. PMID:25531870

  11. Simultaneous Determination of Bosentan, Glimepiride, HYBOS and M1 in Rat Plasma by UPLC-MS-MS and its Application to Pharmacokinetic Study.

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    Chen, Mengchun; Song, Wenjie; Wang, Shuanghu; Chen, Qiulei; Pan, Peipei; Xu, Tao; Hu, Guoxin; Zheng, Zhiqiang

    2016-08-01

    A rapid and sensitive ultra-performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (UPLC-MS-MS) method for the simultaneous determination of bosentan (BOS), glimepiride (GLP), hydroxyl bosentan (HYBOS) and hydroxyl glimepiride (M1) in rat plasma using one-step protein precipitation was developed and validated. After addition of ambrisentan as an internal standard (IS), protein precipitation by acetonitrile was used in sample preparation. Chromatographic separation was achieved on a Waters ACQUITY UPLC BEH C18 column (2.1 mm × 100 mm, 1.7 μm particle size, Waters Corp., Milford, MA, USA) and inline 0.2 μm stainless steel frit filter (Waters Corp.) with acetonitrile-0.1% formic acid as the mobile phase at a flow rate of 0.4 mL/min with gradient elution. The column temperature was maintained at 40°C. Only 4 min was needed for an analytical run. The retention times were ∼3.29 min for BOS, 3.56 min for GLP, 1.42 min for HYBOS, 1.53 min for M1 and 3.22 min for IS. Electrospray ionization source was employed and operated in positive-ion mode; multiple reaction monitoring mode was applied to target fragment ions m/z 552 → 202, m/z 568 → 202, m/z 491 → 352, m/z 507 → 352 and m/z 379 → 347 for BOS, HYBOS, GLP, M1 and IS, respectively. The assay was validated over concentration ranges of 25-5,000 ng/mL (r(2) = 0.9984) for BOS, 1-200 ng/mL (r(2) = 0.9999) for GLP, 0.5-100 ng/mL (r(2) = 0.9999) for HYBOS and 0.1-20 ng/mL (r(2) = 0.9984) for M1. Intra- and interday precision values for replicate quality control samples were within 14.2% for all analytes during the assay validation. Mean quality control accuracy values were within -3.3 to 14.4% of nominal values for all analytes. The mean recoveries of BOS, GLP, HYBOS, M1 and ambrisentan from the plasma exceeded 90.4%. The analytes were stable in rat plasma for at least 2 h at room temperature, 30 days at -40°C and following at least three freeze-thaw cycles (-40°C to room temperature). This method was

  12. Dressed electrostatic solitary excitations in three component pair-plasmas: Application in isothermal pair-plasma with stationary ions

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    Esfandyari-Kalejahi, A.; Akbari-Moghanjoughi, M.; Haddadpour-Khiaban, B.

    2009-10-15

    In this work electrostatic solitary waves in a three component pair-plasma consisting of hot isothermal electrons (or negative fullerene ions), positrons (or positive fullerene ions), and stationary positive ions (say, dust particulates) are studied. Using reductive perturbation method, plasma fluid equations are reduced to a Korteweg-de Vries (KdV) equation. Considering the higher-order nonlinearity, a linear inhomogeneous equation is derived, and the stationary solutions of these coupled equations are achieved by applying the renormalization procedure of Kodama-Taniuti. It is observed that in the linear approximation and applying Fourier analysis, two electrostatic modes, namely, upper or optical and lower or acoustic modes, are present. However, the application of reductive perturbation technique confirms that only acoustic-electrostatic mode can propagate in such plasma as KdV soliton, the amplitude and width of which are studied regarding to plasma parameters {sigma} (positron-to-electron temperature ratio) and {delta} (stationary cold ions-to-electron density ratio). It is also observed that the higher-order nonlinearity leads to deformation of the soliton structure from bell-shaped to W-shaped depending on the variation in values of the plasma parameters {sigma} and {delta}. It is revealed that KdV-type solitary waves cannot propagate in three component pair-plasma when the pair-species temperature is equal.

  13. Investigations of microwave plasmas - Applications in electrothermal thruster systems

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    Haraburda, S.S.; Hawley, M.C.

    1989-01-01

    Experimental studies which have been conducted to develop understanding of plasma processes used for spacecraft propulsion are reviewed. The techniques discussed are calorimetry and volume measurements using the TM 011 and TM 012 modes in the microwave cavity system. The use of plasmas in electrical propulsion and microwave induction is reviewed. Plasma containment, microwave power production, energy distribution, and the pressure and flow dependence of the energy distribution are addressed. The plasma dimensions and their dependence on pressure, flow, and power are considered. 10 refs.

  14. Dust dynamics and diagnostic applications in quasi-neutral plasmas and magnetic fusion

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    Wang, Zhehui; Ticos, Catalin M.; Si, Jiahe; Delzanno, Gian Luca; Lapenta, Gianni; Wurden, Glen

    2007-11-01

    Little is known about dust dynamics in highly ionized quasi-neutral plasmas with ca. 1.0 e+20 per cubic meter density and ion temperature at a few eV and above, including in magnetic fusion. For example, dust motion in fusion, better known as UFO's, has been observed since 1980's but not explained. Solid understanding of dust dynamics is also important to International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) because of concerns about safety and dust contamination of fusion core. Compared with well studied strongly-coupled dusty plasma regime, new physics may arise in the higher density quasi-neutral plasma regime because of at least four orders of magnitude higher density and two orders of magnitude hotter ion temperature. Our recent laboratory experiments showed that plasma-flow drag force dominates over other forces in a quasi-neutral flowing plasma. In contrast, delicate balance among different forces in dusty plasma has led to many unique phenomena, in particular, the formation of dust crystal. Based on our experiments, we argue that 1) dust crystal will not form in the highly ionized plasmas with flows; 2) the UFO's are moving dust dragged by plasma flows; 3) dust can be used to measure plasma flow. Two diagnostic applications using dust for laboratory quasi-neutral plasmas and magnetic fusion will also be presented.

  15. Application of Atmospheric-Pressure Microwave Line Plasma for Low Temperature Process

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    Suzuki, Haruka; Nakano, Suguru; Itoh, Hitoshi; Sekine, Makoto; Hori, Masaru; Toyoda, Hirotaka

    2015-09-01

    Atmospheric pressure (AP) plasmas have been given much attention because of its high cost benefit and a variety of possibilities for industrial applications. In various kinds of plasma production technique, pulsed-microwave discharge plasma using slot antenna is attractive due to its ability of high-density and stable plasma production. In this plasma source, however, size of the plasma has been limited up to a few cm in length due to standing wave inside a waveguide. To solve this, we have proposed a newly-developed AP microwave plasma source that utilizes not standing wave but travelling wave. By using this plasma source, spatially-uniform AP line plasma with 40 cm in length was realized by pure helium discharge in 60 cm slot and with nitrogen gas additive of 1%. Furthermore, gas temperature as low as 400 K was realized in this device. In this study, as an example of low temperature processes, hydrophilic treatment of PET films was performed. Processing speed increased with pulse frequency and a water contact angle of ~20° was easily obtained within 5 s with no thermal damage to the substrate. To evaluate treatment-uniformity of long line length, PET films were treated by 90 cm slot-antenna plasma and uniform treatment performance was confirmed.

  16. Low Temperature Atmospheric Argon Plasma: Diagnostics and Medical Applications

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    Ermolaeva, Svetlana; Petrov, Oleg; Zigangirova, Nailya; Vasiliev, Mikhail; Sysolyatina, Elena; Antipov, Sergei; Alyapyshev, Maxim; Kolkova, Natalia; Mukhachev, Andrei; Naroditsky, Boris; Shimizu, Tetsuji; Grigoriev, Anatoly; Morfill, Gregor; Fortov, Vladimir; Gintsburg, Alexander

    This study was devoted to diagnostic of low temperature plasma produced by microwave generator and investigation of its bactericidal effect against bacteria in biofilms and within eukaryotic cells. The profile of gas temperature near the torch outlet was measured. The spectrum in a wide range of wavelengths was derived by the method of optical emission spec-troscopy. Probe measurements of the floating potential of plasma were car-ried out. The estimation and adaptation of parameters of plasma flow (tem-perature, velocity, ion number density) according to medico-technical requirements were produced. The model of immersed surface-associated biofilms formed by Gram-negative bacteria, Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Burkholderia cenocepacia, and Gram-positive bacteria, Staphylococcus aureus, was used to assess bactericidal effects of plasma treatment. Reduction in the concentration of live bacteria in biofilms treated with plasma for 5 min was demonstrated by measuring Live/Dead fluorescent labeling and using direct plating. The intracellular infection model with the pathogenic bacterium, Chlamydia trachomatis, was used to study the efficacy of microwave argon plasma against intracellular parasites. A 2 min plasma treatment of mouse cells infected with C. trachomatis reduced infectious bacteria by a factor of 2×106. Plasma treatment diminished the number of viable host cells by about 20%. When the samples were covered with MgF2 glass to obstruct active particles and UV alone was applied, the bactericidal effect was re-duced by 5×104 fold compared to the whole plasma.

  17. Computational study of nonlinear plasma waves. [plasma simulation model applied to electrostatic waves in collisionless plasma

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    Matsuda, Y.

    1974-01-01

    A low-noise plasma simulation model is developed and applied to a series of linear and nonlinear problems associated with electrostatic wave propagation in a one-dimensional, collisionless, Maxwellian plasma, in the absence of magnetic field. It is demonstrated that use of the hybrid simulation model allows economical studies to be carried out in both the linear and nonlinear regimes with better quantitative results, for comparable computing time, than can be obtained by conventional particle simulation models, or direct solution of the Vlasov equation. The characteristics of the hybrid simulation model itself are first investigated, and it is shown to be capable of verifying the theoretical linear dispersion relation at wave energy levels as low as .000001 of the plasma thermal energy. Having established the validity of the hybrid simulation model, it is then used to study the nonlinear dynamics of monochromatic wave, sideband instability due to trapped particles, and satellite growth.

  18. Simultaneous determination of nintedanib and its metabolite by UPLC-MS/MS in rat plasma and its application to a pharmacokinetic study.

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    Lin, Dan; Qiao, Li-man; Zhang, Yu-niao; Liu, Yuan; Liu, Xin-she

    2016-01-01

    To establish a rapid and sensitive ultra performance liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry (UPLC-MS/MS) method for the determination of concentration of nintedanib and its metabolite BIBF 1202 in rat plasma. The nintedanib and its metabolite and the internal standard (diazepam) were separated on an Acquity UPLC BEH C18 chromatography column (2.1 mm×50 mm, 1.7 μm) using gradient elution with a mobile phase of acetonitrile and 0.1% formic acid in water at a flow rate of 0.30 mL/min. The detection was performed on a triple quadrupole tandem mass spectrometer by multiple reaction monitoring (MRM) mode to monitor the precursor-to-product ion transitions of m/z540.3→113.1 for nintedanib, m/z526.3→113.0 for BIBF 1202 and m/z285.3→193.1 for diazepam (IS) using a positive electrospray ionization interface. The method was validated for 1.0-200 ng/mL for nintedanib and 0.5-100 ng/mL for BIBF 1202 using 100 μL of plasma sample. Total time for each chromatograph was 3.0 min. The intra- and inter-day precision and accuracy of the quality control samples at low, medium, and high concentration levels exhibited relative standard deviations (RSD) <10.8% and the accuracy values ranged from -11.9% to 10.4%. The method was successfully applied to a pharmacokinetic study of nintedanib and BIBF 1202 in rats after oral administration of nintedanib. PMID:26355771

  19. Development and validation of a UFLC-MS/MS method for the determination of anhydrosafflor yellow B in rat plasma and its application to pharmacokinetic study.

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    Yue, Shijun; Wu, Liang; Qu, Cheng; Tang, Yuping; Jin, Yi; Li, Shujiao; Shen, Juan; Shi, Xuqin; Shan, Chenxiao; Cui, Xiaobing; Zhang, Li; Yang, Haijun; Qian, Li; Qian, Dawei; Duan, Jin-ao

    2015-10-15

    A sensitive ultrafast liquid chromatography coupled with triple quadrupole mass spectrometric (UFLC-MS/MS) method for the quantification of anhydrosafflor yellow B (AHSYB), a major active water-soluble pigment from Carthamus tinctorius, in rat plasma has been developed and validated. Sample preparation was achieved by protein precipitation of plasma with four volumes of methanol. Rutin was used as the internal standard (IS). The analytes were separated using a C18 column with an 8min gradient elution, followed by mass spectrometric detection using negative electrospray ionization (ESI(-)) in multiple reaction monitoring (MRM) mode. The method was linear in the concentration range of 25-10,000ng/mL for AHSYB. Intra-day and inter-day precision variation was less than 6.5%. The relative error of accuracy was within ±9.4%. The mean recovery of AHSYB was higher than 70.9%. The established method was successfully applied to the pharmacokinetic study after intravenous (2.5mg/kg) and oral (30mg/kg) dosing of AHSYB in normal rats. And the pharmacokinetic properties of AHSYB in rats with acute blood stasis and the differences between normal and acute blood stasis syndrome rats were also investigated. The results showed that the compound was poorly absorbed (∼0.3%) and the AUC0-t, AUC0-∞ and F were all significantly lower (P<0.05) in acute blood stasis syndrome rats, suggesting that disease condition may alter the body metabolism by enhancing metabolite enzyme activity. PMID:26409263

  20. Liquid chromatography/tandem mass spectrometry method for the simultaneous determination of vardenafil and its major metabolite, N-desethylvardenafil, in human plasma: application to a pharmacokinetic study.

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    Ku, Hei-Young; Shon, Ji-Hong; Liu, Kwang-Hyeon; Shin, Jae-Gook; Bae, Soo Kyung

    2009-01-01

    A rapid and sensitive LC-MS/MS method for the determination of vardenafil and its major metabolite, N-desethylvardenafil, in human plasma using sildenafil as an internal standard was developed and validated. The analytes were extracted from 0.25-mL aliquots of human plasma by liquid-liquid extraction, using 1 mL of ethyl acetate. Chromatographic separation was carried on a Luna C(18) column (50 mm x 2.0 mm, 3 microm) at 40 degrees C, with an isocratic mobile phase consisting of 10 mM ammonium acetate (pH 5.0) and acetonitrile (10:90, v/v), a flow rate of 0.2 mL/min, and a total run time of 2 min. Detection and quantification were performed using a mass spectrometer in the selected reaction-monitoring mode with positive electrospray ionization at m/z 489.1-->151.2 for vardenafil, m/z 460.9-->151.2 for N-desethylvardenafil, and m/z 475.3-->100.1 for the internal standard (IS), respectively. This assay was linear over a concentration range of 0.5-200 ng/mL with a lower limit of quantification of 0.5 ng/mL for both vardenafil and N-desethylvardenafil. The coefficient of variation for the assay precision was <13.6%, and the accuracy was >93.1%. This method was successfully applied to a pharmacokinetic study after oral administration of vardenafil 20mg tablet in Korean healthy male volunteers. PMID:19042162

  1. A liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometric assay for the antihypertensive agent azelnidipine in human plasma with application to clinical pharmacokinetics studies.

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    Gao, Yanhui; Li, Baoqiu; Zhu, Baomeng; Liu, Dongming; Zhao, Hengli; Fang, Zengjun; Wang, Haisheng; Lou, Hongxiang

    2015-07-01

    A robust and sensitive high-performance liquid chromatographic-tandem mass spectrometric (HPLC-MS/MS) assay for the high-throughput quantification of the antihypertensive drug azelnidipine in human plasma was developed and validated following bioanalytical validation guidelines. Azelnidipine and internal standard (IS), telmisartan, were extracted from human plasma by precipitation protein and separated on a C18 column using acetonitrile-methanol-ammonium formate with 0.1% formic acid as mobile phase. Detection was performed on a turbo-spray ionization source (ESI) and mass spectrometric positive multiple reaction monitoring mode (+MRM) using the respective transitions m/z 583.3 → 167.2 for azelnidipine and m/z 515.3 → 497.2 for IS. The method has a wide analytical measuring range from 0.0125 to 25 ng/mL. For the lowest limit of quantitation, low, medium and high quality controls, intra- and interassay precisions (relative standard deviation) were 3.30-7.01% and 1.78-8.09%, respectively. The drug was sufficiently stable under all relevant analytical conditions. The main metabolite of azelnidipine, M-1 (aromatized form), was monitored semiquantitatively using the typical transition m/z 581.3 → 167.2. Finally, the method was successfully applied to a clinical pharmacokinetic study in human after a single oral administration of azelnidipine 8 mg. The assay meets criteria for the analysis of samples from large research trials. PMID:25472837

  2. Simultaneous analysis of codeine and its active metabolites in human plasma using liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry: application to a pharmacokinetic study after oral administration of codeine.

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    Wu, Xiujun; Zhang, Weiping; Bai, Yin; Guo, Tao; Gu, Jingkai

    2013-05-01

    A rapid and sensitive bioassay based on liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) has been developed and validated for the simultaneous determination of codeine and its active metabolites, including morphine, morphine 3β-glucuronide (M3G) and morphine 6β-glucuronide (M6G), in human plasma. Sample preparation of plasma after the addition of naloxone as internal standard (IS) involved solid-phase extraction (SPE) on C18 cartridges. Reversed-phase chromatography using a gradient elution with methanol and 0.04% formic acid solution (pH 3.5) was used for separation in a run time of 5 min. The analytes were detected in the positive ion mode using multiple reaction monitoring (MRM) of the transitions at m/z 300.4→215.2 for codeine, 286.2→152.0 for morphine, and 462.2→286.2 for M3G and M6G. The method has the following performance characteristics: a reliable response range of 0.05-80 ng/ml for codeine, M3G and M6G and a response range of 0.05-5.0 ng/ml for morphine with correlation coefficients (r) of >0.997 for all analytes. The lower limit of quantitation (LLOQ) for all four analytes was 0.05 ng/ml. The intra- and inter-day precision and accuracy of the quality control samples at low, medium and high concentration levels showed <12% relative standard deviation (RSD) and -6.9 to 8.1% relative error (RE) for all the analytes. The method was successfully applied to a pharmacokinetic study of codeine in healthy Mongolian Chinese volunteers after a 30 mg oral dose. PMID:23507688

  3. Simultaneous determination of fraxin and its metabolite, fraxetin, in rat plasma by liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry and its application in a pharmacokinetic study.

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    Wang, Haidong; Xiao, Bingxin; Hao, Zhiqiang; Sun, Zengxian

    2016-04-01

    For the first time, a rapid and sensitive high-performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) method was developed for the simultaneous determination of fraxin and its metabolite, fraxetin, in rat plasma, using esculin as the internal standard (IS). The plasma samples were precipitated with methanol before separation on an Nova-Pak C18 column (150mm×3.9mm, 3μm) using a mobile phase consisting of 0.1% formic acid and methanol (55:45) at a flow rate of 0.8mL/min. The analytes were detected by multiple reaction monitoring in the negative ion mode with the mass transitions at m/z 368.9→ m/z 191.9 (fraxin), m/z 206.9→ m/z 191.8 (fraxetin) and m/z 339.0→ m/z 176.9 (esculin, IS). The results demonstrated that the calibration curves for both analytes have good linearity (r≥0.995) over a concentration range of 5.00-3000ng/mL. The assay was validated according to the regulatory bioanalytical guidelines and proved acceptable. The intra- and inter-day precisions (R.S.D.%) were within 10.9% for both analytes, whereas the deviation of assay accuracies (R.E.%) ranged from -5.3 to 1.0%. The method was successfully applied to a pharmacokinetic study after a single oral dose of fraxin at 50mg/kg to rats. PMID:26945887

  4. Development and validation of a rapid LC-MS/MS method for simultaneous determination of netupitant and palonosetron in human plasma and its application to a pharmacokinetic study.

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    Xu, Mingzhen; Ni, Yang; Li, Shihong; Du, Juan; Li, Huqun; Zhou, Ying; Li, Weiyong; Chen, Hui

    2016-08-01

    A simple liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) method was firstly developed and validated for simultaneous determination of netupitant and palonosetron in human plasma using ibrutinib as the internal standard (IS). Following liquid-liquid extraction, the compounds were eluted isocratically on a Phenomenex C18 column (50mm×2.0mm, 3μm) with the mobile phase consisting of acetonitrile and 10mM ammonium acetate buffer (pH 9.0) (89:11, v/v) at the flow rate of 0.3mL/min. The monitored ion transitions were m/z 579.5→522.4 for netupitant, m/z 297.3→110.2 for palonosetron and m/z 441.2→138.1 for IS. Chromatographic run time was 2.5min per injection, which made it possible to analyze more than 300 of samples per day. The assay exhibited a linear dynamic range of 5-1000ng/mL for netupitant and 0.02-10ng/mL for palonosetron in plasma. The values for both within- and between-day precision and accuracy were well within the generally accepted criteria for analytical methods (<15%). Selectivity, linearity, lower limit of quantification (LLOQ), accuracy, precision, stability, matrix effect, recovery and carry-over effect were evaluated for all analytes. The method is simple, rapid, and has been applied successfully to a pharmacokinetic study of netupitant and palonosetron in healthy volunteers. PMID:27294531

  5. Simultaneous determination of rupatadine and its metabolite desloratadine in human plasma by a sensitive LC-MS/MS method: application to the pharmacokinetic study in healthy Chinese volunteers.

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    Wen, Jun; Hong, Zhanying; Wu, Yiwen; Wei, Hua; Fan, Guorong; Wu, Yutian

    2009-02-20

    A sensitive liquid chromatography/tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) method was developed for simultaneous determination of rupatadine and its metabolite desloratadine in human plasma. After the addition of diphenhydramine, the internal standard (IS), plasma samples were extracted with a mixture of methyl tert-butyl ether and n-hexane (1:1, v/v). The analysis was performed on a Ultimate AQ-C18 (4.6mm x 100mm, 5microm) column using a mobile phase consisting of a 80/20 mixture of methanol/water containing 0.0005% formic acid pumped at 0.3mlmin(-1). The analytes and the IS were detected in positive ionization mode and monitoring their precursor-->product ion combinations of m/z 416-->309, 311-->259, and 256-->167, respectively, in multiple reaction monitoring mode. The linear ranges of the assay were 0.1-50 and 0.1-20ngml(-1) for rupatadine and desloratadine, respectively. The lower limits of reliable quantification for both rupatadine and desloratadine were 0.1ngml(-1), which offered high sensitivity and selectivity. The within- and between-run precision was less than 7.2%. The accuracy ranged from -9.2% to +6.4% and -7.2% to +7.2% for rupatadine and desloratadine in quality control samples at three levels, respectively. The method has been successfully applied to a pharmacokinetic study of rupatadine and its major metabolite after oral administration of 10, 20 and 40mg rupatadine tablets to healthy Chinese volunteers. PMID:19059745

  6. Method development for quantification of the environmental neurotoxin annonacin in Rat plasma by UPLC-MS/MS and application to a pharmacokinetic study.

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    Bonneau, Natacha; Schmitz-Afonso, Isabelle; Brunelle, Alain; Touboul, David; Champy, Pierre

    2015-11-01

    Annonacin is an environmental neurotoxin identified in the pulp of several fruits of the Annonaceae family (for example in Annona muricata, Asimina triloba), whose consumption was linked with the occurrence of sporadic atypical Parkinsonism with dementia. Pharmacokinetic parameters of this molecule are unknown. A method for its quantification in Rat plasma was developed, using its analogue annonacinone as an internal standard. Extraction from plasma was performed using ethylacetate with a good recovery. Quantification was performed by UPLC-MS/MS in SRM mode, based on the loss of the γ-methyl-γ-lactone (-112amu) from the sodium-cationized species [M+Na](+) of both annonacin and internal standard. The limit of quantification was 0.25ng/mL. Despite strong matrix effects, a good linearity was obtained over two distinct ranges 0.25-10ng/mL and 10-100ng/mL. The intra- and inter-day precisions (RSD) were lower than 10%, while accuracy was within ±10%. This method was applied to a pharmacokinetic study in the Rat. After oral administration of 10mg/kg annonacin, a Cmax of 7.9±1.5ng/mL was reached at Tmax 0.25h; T1/2 was 4.8±0.7h and apparent distribution volume was 387.9±64.6L. The bioavailability of annonacin was estimated to be 3.2±0.3% of the ingested dose. PMID:26444335

  7. Determination of xanthatin by ultra high performance liquid chromatography coupled with triple quadrupole mass spectrometry: application to pharmacokinetic study of xanthatin in rat plasma.

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    Yan, Cuiping; Li, Huan; Wu, Yu; Xie, Donghao; Weng, Zebin; Cai, Baochang; Liu, Xiao; Li, Weidong; Chen, Zhipeng

    2014-02-01

    A sensitive, specific and rapid ultra high performance liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry (UHPLC-MS/MS) method has been established to study pharmacokinetic properties of xanthatin. Xanthatin, a compound which belongs to sesquiterpene lactone group, was determined in rat plasma with psoralen as internal standard. Chromatographic separation was performed on an Agilent Zorbax Eclipse plus C18 column (50 mm × 2.1 mm, 3.5 μm) with gradient elution system at a flow rate of 0.3 mL/min. The mobile phase was composed of methanol and 0.1% formic acid water solution. Analysis was performed under a triple-quadruple tandem mass-spectrometer with an electrospray ionization (ESI) source via the multiple reaction monitoring (MRM) mode to determine xanthatin at [M+H](+)m/z 247.3→m/z 205.2 and that of IS at [M+H](+)m/z 187.1→m/z 143.0 within 5 min. The assay method exhibited good separation of xanthatin from the interference of endogenous substances. The lower limit of quantification (LLOQ) was 1 ng/mL, with a good linearity within the concentration range of 1-5000 ng/mL (r=0.9990). Intra-day and inter-day precision RSD was less than 9.27%; intra-day and inter-day accuracy was 88.48% and 102.25% respectively. The extraction recoveries of xanthatin range from 82.12% to 89.55%, and the extraction RSD was less than 9.01%. The established LC-ESI-MS/MS method is rapid and sensitive, which has been successfully applied to quantify xanthatin in rat plasma for the first time. PMID:24389355

  8. Development and validation of an LC-ESI-MS/MS method for the simultaneous quantification of naproxen and sumatriptan in human plasma: application to a pharmacokinetic study.

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    Brêtas, Juliana Machado; César, Isabela Costa; Brêtas, Camila Machado; Teixeira, Leonardo de Souza; Bellorio, Karini Bruno; Mundim, Iram Moreira; Pianetti, Gerson Antônio

    2016-06-01

    A sensitive and fast liquid chromatography-electrospray ionization tandem mass spectrometry (LC-ESI-MS/MS) method was developed and validated for the simultaneous quantification of naproxen and sumatriptan in human plasma. A simple liquid-liquid extraction procedure, with a mixture of ethyl acetate, methyl tert-butyl ether, and dichloromethane (4:3:3, v/v), was used for the cleanup of plasma. Naratriptan and aceclofenac were employed as internal standards. The analyses were carried out using an ACE C18 column (50 × 4.6 mm i.d.; particle size 5 μm) and a mobile phase consisting of 2 mM aqueous ammonium acetate with 0.025 % formic acid and methanol (38:62, v/v). A triple-quadrupole mass spectrometer equipped with an electrospray source in the positive mode was set up in the selective reaction monitoring mode to detect the ion transitions m/z 231.67 → m/z 185.07, m/z 296.70 → m/z 157.30, m/z 354.80 → m/z 215.00, and m/z 336.80 → m/z 97.94 for naproxen, sumatriptan, aceclofenac, and naratriptan, respectively. The method was validated and proved to be linear, accurate, precise, and selective over the ranges of 2.5-130 μg mL(-1) for naproxen and 1-50 ng mL(-1) for sumatriptan. The validated method was successfully applied to a pharmacokinetic study with simultaneous administration of naproxen sodium and sumatriptan succinate tablet formulations in healthy volunteers. PMID:27020929

  9. Formation of Imploding Plasma Liners for HEDP and MIF Application

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    Witherspoon, F. Douglas; Case, Andrew; Brockington, Samuel; Messer, Sarah; Bomgardner, Richard; Phillips, Mike; Wu, Linchun; Elton, Ray

    2014-11-11

    Plasma jets with high density and velocity have a number of important applications in fusion energy and elsewhere, including plasma refueling, disruption mitigation in tokamaks, magnetized target fusion, injection of momentum into centrifugally confined mirrors, plasma thrusters, and high energy density plasmas (HEDP). In Magneto-Inertial Fusion (MIF), for example, an imploding material liner is used to compress a magnetized plasma to fusion conditions and to confine the resulting burning plasma inertially to obtain the necessary energy gain. The imploding shell may be solid, liquid, gaseous, or a combination of these states. The presence of the magnetic field in the target plasma suppresses thermal transport to the plasma shell, thus lowering the imploding power needed to compress the target to fusion conditions. This allows the required imploding momentum flux to be generated electromagnetically using off-the-shelf pulsed power technology. Practical schemes for standoff delivery of the imploding momentum flux are required and are open topics for research. One approach for accomplishing this, called plasma jet driven magneto-inertial fusion (PJMIF), uses a spherical array of pulsed plasma guns to create a spherically imploding shell of very high velocity, high momentum flux plasma. This approach requires development of plasma jet accelerators capable of achieving velocities of 50-200 km/s with very precise timing and density profiles, and with high total mass and density. Low-Z plasma jets would require the higher velocities, whereas very dense high-Z plasma shells could achieve the goal at velocities of only 50-100 km/s. In this report, we describe our work to develop the pulsed plasma gun technology needed for an experimental scientific exploration of the PJMIF concept, and also for the other applications mentioned earlier. The initial goal of a few hundred of hydrogen at 200 km/s was eventually replaced with accelerating 8000 μg of argon or xenon to 50 km

  10. Development and validation of an LC-MS/MS method for the determination of tofogliflozin in plasma and its application to a pharmacokinetic study in rats.

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    Kobuchi, Shinji; Matsuno, Megumi; Fukuda, Etsuko; Ito, Yukako; Sakaeda, Toshiyuki

    2016-08-01

    Tofogliflozin is a novel selective inhibitor of sodium-dependent glucose co-transporter-2 (SGLT2) and has been developed for the treatment of patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus. In this study, a highly sensitive and specific liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) method for the quantitation of tofogliflozin in rat plasma was developed and validated. The detection was performed using an API 3200 triple-quadrupole mass spectrometer with selected reaction monitoring (SRM) in the positive electrospray ionization mode. The SRM transitions were m/z=387.1 [M+H](+)→267.1 for tofogliflozin and m/z=451.2 [M+H](+)→71.0 for empagliflozin (internal standard: I.S.). Chromatographic separation was performed on a Quicksorb ODS (2.1mm i.d.×150mm, 5μm size) using isocratic elution with acetonitrile/10mM ammonium acetate (50:50, v/v) as the mobile phase at a flow rate of 0.2mL/min and the total run time was 4.0min. The lower limit of quantification (LLOQ) for tofogliflozin was 0.5ng/mL with sufficient specificity, accuracy, and precision. The validated method was successfully applied to the pharmacokinetic studies of tofogliflozin in rats. This assay method could be a valuable tool for future studies including pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic studies of SGLT2 inhibitors. PMID:27304784

  11. Spectroscopic studies of non-thermal plasma jet at atmospheric pressure formed in low-current nonsteady-state plasmatron for biomedical applications

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    Demkin, V. P.; Melnichuk, S. V.; Demkin, O. V.; Kingma, H.; Van de Berg, R.

    2016-04-01

    The optical and electrophysical characteristics of the nonequilibrium low-temperature plasma formed by a low-current nonsteady-state plasmatron are experimentally investigated in the present work. It is demonstrated that experimental data on the optical diagnostics of the plasma jet can provide a basis for the construction of a self-consistent physical and mathematical plasma model and for the creation of plasma sources with controllable electrophysical parameters intended for the generation of the required concentration of active particles. Results of spectroscopic diagnostics of plasma of the low-current nonsteady-state plasmatron confirm that the given source is efficient for the generation of charged particles and short-wavelength radiation—important plasma components for biomedical problems of an increase in the efficiency of treatment of biological tissues by charged particles. Measurement of the spatial distribution of the plasma jet potential by the probe method has demonstrated that a negative space charge is formed in the plasma jet possibly due to the formation of electronegative oxygen ions.

  12. Topics in high voltage pulsed power plasma devices and applications

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    Chen, Hao

    Pulsed power technology is one of the tools that is used by scientists and engineers nowadays to produce gas plasmas. The transient ultra high power is able to provide a huge pulse of energy which is sometimes greater than the ionization energy of the gas, and therefore separates the ions and electrons to form the plasma. Sometimes, the pulsed power components themselves are plasma devices. For example, the gas type switches can "turn on" the circuit by creating the plasma channel between the switch electrodes. Mini Back Lighted Thyratron, or as we call it, mini-BLT, is one of these gas type plasma switches. The development of the reduced size and weight "mini-BLT" is presented in this dissertation. Based on the operation characteristics testing of the mini-BLT, suggestions of optimizing the design of the switch are proposed. All the factors such as the geometry of the hollow electrodes and switch housing, the gas condition, the optical triggering source, etc. are necessary to consider when we design and operate the mini-BLT. By reducing the diameter of the cylindrical gas path between the electrodes in the BLT, a novel high density plasma source is developed, producing the plasma in the "squeezed" capillary. The pulsed power generator, of course, is inevitably used to provide the ionization energy for hydrogen gas sealed in the capillary. Plasma diagnostics are necessarily analyzed and presented in detail to properly complete and understand the capillary plasma. This high density plasma source (1019 cm-3) has the potential applications in the plasma wakefield accelerator. The resonant oscillation behavior of the particles in plasmas allows for dynamically generated accelerating electric fields that have orders of magnitude larger than those available in the conventional RF accelerators. Finally, the solid state switches are introduced as a comparison to the gas type switch. Pulsed power circuit topologies such as the Marx Bank, magnetic pulse compression and diode

  13. Effects of plasma on polyethylene fiber surface for prosthodontic application.

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    Spyrides, Silvana Marques Miranda; Prado, Maíra do; Araujo, Joyce Rodrigues de; Simão, Renata Antoun; Bastian, Fernando Luis

    2015-12-01

    Plasma technology has the potential to improve the adherence of fibers to polymeric matrices, and there are prospects for its application in dentistry to reinforce the dental particulate composite. Objectives This study aimed to investigate the effect of oxygen or argon plasma treatment on polyethylene fibers. Material and Methods Connect, Construct, InFibra, and InFibra treated with oxygen or argon plasma were topographically evaluated by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and chemically by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). For bending analysis, one indirect composite (Signum) was reinforced with polyethylene fiber (Connect, Construct, or InFibra). The InFibra fiber was subjected to three different treatments: (1) single application of silane, (2) oxygen or argon plasma for 1 or 3 min, (3) oxygen or argon plasma and subsequent application of silane. The samples (25x2x2 mm), 6 unreinforced and 60 reinforced with fibers, were subjected to three-point loading tests to obtain their flexural strength and deflection. The results were statistically analyzed with ANOVA and the Bonferroni correction for multiple comparison tests. Results SEM analysis showed that oxygen and argon plasma treatments promote roughness on the polyethylene fiber surface. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) analysis shows that both plasmas were effective in incorporating oxygenated functional groups. Argon or oxygen plasma treatment affected the flexural strength and deflection of a fiber reinforced composite. The application of silane does not promote an increase in the flexural strength of the reinforced composites. Conclusions Oxygen and argon plasma treatments were effective in incorporating oxygenated functional groups and surface roughness. The highest strength values were obtained in the group reinforced with polyethylene fibers treated with oxygen plasma for 3 min. PMID:26814463

  14. Effects of plasma on polyethylene fiber surface for prosthodontic application

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    SPYRIDES, Silvana Marques Miranda; do PRADO, Maíra; de ARAUJO, Joyce Rodrigues; SIMÃO, Renata Antoun; BASTIAN, Fernando Luis

    2015-01-01

    ABSTRACT Plasma technology has the potential to improve the adherence of fibers to polymeric matrices, and there are prospects for its application in dentistry to reinforce the dental particulate composite. Objectives This study aimed to investigate the effect of oxygen or argon plasma treatment on polyethylene fibers. Material and Methods Connect, Construct, InFibra, and InFibra treated with oxygen or argon plasma were topographically evaluated by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and chemically by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). For bending analysis, one indirect composite (Signum) was reinforced with polyethylene fiber (Connect, Construct, or InFibra). The InFibra fiber was subjected to three different treatments: (1) single application of silane, (2) oxygen or argon plasma for 1 or 3 min, (3) oxygen or argon plasma and subsequent application of silane. The samples (25x2x2 mm), 6 unreinforced and 60 reinforced with fibers, were subjected to three-point loading tests to obtain their flexural strength and deflection. The results were statistically analyzed with ANOVA and the Bonferroni correction for multiple comparison tests. Results SEM analysis showed that oxygen and argon plasma treatments promote roughness on the polyethylene fiber surface. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) analysis shows that both plasmas were effective in incorporating oxygenated functional groups. Argon or oxygen plasma treatment affected the flexural strength and deflection of a fiber reinforced composite. The application of silane does not promote an increase in the flexural strength of the reinforced composites. Conclusions Oxygen and argon plasma treatments were effective in incorporating oxygenated functional groups and surface roughness. The highest strength values were obtained in the group reinforced with polyethylene fibers treated with oxygen plasma for 3 min. PMID:26814463

  15. Application of Platelet Rich Plasma in Sports Medicine

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    Ficek, Krzysztof; Kamiński, Tomasz; Wach, Ewa; Cholewiński, Jerzy; Cięszczyk, Paweł

    2011-01-01

    Any new method of treatment is associated with high expectations for its success, particularly if the therapy is based not only on the premise of achieving a symptomatic effect, but also improving functional quality and repairing structurally damaged tissues. Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) application was shown to be a successful catalyst in the healing process for a wide variety of conditions in animal and human models. However, its use has been controversial due to many types of the PRP definition, optimal concentration, and modalities of implementation. In the qualification of patients for PRP treatment, not only should medical indications be considered, but also the role of participation in therapy with a physiotherapist supervising physical parameters and techniques used during recovery time. Further study is required in order to define optimal handling procedures of PRP injection. Long-term follow up will reveal if the promise of this substance can be realized and implemented to maximize its potential as a therapeutic remedy. PMID:23487362

  16. Development of an LC/MS/MS method in order to determine arctigenin in rat plasma: its application to a pharmacokinetic study.

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    Zou, Quanfei; Gu, Yuan; Lu, Rong; Zhang, Tiejun; Zhao, Guang-Rong; Liu, Changxiao; Si, Duanyun

    2013-09-01

    In this study, a simple and sensitive LC/MS/MS method was developed and validated for the determination of arctigenin in rat plasma. The MS detection was performed using multiple reaction monitoring at the transitions of m/z 373.2 → 137.3 for arctigenin and m/z 187.1 → 131.0 for psoralen (internal standard) with a Turbo IonSpray electrospray in positive mode. The calibration curves fitted a good linear relationship over the concentration range of 0.2-500 ng/mL. It was found that arctigenin is not stable enough at both room temperature and -80 °C unless mixed with methanol before storage. The validated LC/MS/MS method was successfully applied for the pharmacokinetic study of arctigenin in rats. After intravenous injection of 0.3 mg/kg arctigenin injection to rats, the maximum concentration, half-life and area under the concentration-time curve were 323 ± 65.2 ng/mL, 0.830 ± 0.166 and 81.0 ± 22.1 h ng/mL, respectively. PMID:23640910

  17. Simultaneous determination of six phenolic constituents of Danshen injection in rat plasma by LC-ESI-MS and its application to a pharmacokinetic study.

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    Zhao, Di; Han, De-en; Li, Ning; Lu, Yang; Li, Ting-ting; Yang, Suo-ye; He, Jia-ke; Chen, Xi-jing

    2011-01-01

    Salvianolic acid A, salvianolic acid B, danshensu, protocatechuic aldehyde, rosmarinic acid and lithospermic acid are the six major active constituents in Danshen injection. In this study, a rapid, sensitive and specific liquid chromatographic-electrospray ionization-mass spectrometry method for the simultaneous quantitative determination of these compounds in rat plasma was developed. After a single step of liquid-liquid extraction with ethyl acetate, they were eluted by a Hypersil C18 column (5 µm, i.d. 4.6 × 200 mm) within 4 min with a mobile phase consisting of acetonitrile and 0.1% formic acid water solution (35:65, v/v). The assay was linear in the concentration range of 0.05-10 µg mL(-1). Absolute recoveries were above 60%. The precisions and accuracies determined within three consecutive days were within acceptable limits. The method was successfully applied to a pharmacokinetic study in rats after an intravenous administration of Danshen injection. PMID:22006631

  18. Comparison of LC-UV and LC-MS methods for simultaneous determination of teriflunomide, dimethyl fumarate and fampridine in human plasma: application to rat pharmacokinetic study.

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    Suneetha, A; Raja, Rajeswari K

    2016-09-01

    This study describes a comparison between LC-UV and LC-MS method for the simultaneous analyses of a few disease-modifying agents of multiple sclerosis. Quantitative determination of fampridine (FAM), teriflunomide (TFM) and dimethyl fumarate (DMF) was performed in human plasma with the recovery values in the range of 85-115%. A reversed-phase high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) with UV as well as MS detection is used. The method utilizes an XBridge C18 silica column and a gradient elution with mobile phase consisting of ammonium formate and acetonitrile at a flow rate of 0.5 mL min(-1) . The method adequately resolves FAM, TFM and DMF within a run time of 15 min. Owing to low molecular weights, the estimation of DMF and FAM is more versatile in UV than MS detection. With LC-UV, the detection limits of FAM, TFM and DMF were 0.1, 0.05, 0.05 μg and the quantification limit for all the analytes was 1 μg. With LC-MS, the detection and quantification limits for all of the analytes were 1 and 5 ng, respectively. The two techniques were completely validated and shown to be reproducible and sensitive. They were applied to a pharmacokinetic study in rats by a single oral dose. Copyright © 2016 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. PMID:26849839

  19. Development, validation of liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry method for simultaneous determination of rosuvastatin and metformin in human plasma and its application to a pharmacokinetic study

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    Kumar, P. Pavan; Murthy, T. E. G. K.; Basaveswara Rao, M. V.

    2015-01-01

    A new, simple and accurate liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) method for simultaneous determination of rosuvastatin (ROS) and metformin (MET) in human plasma was developed. The assay procedure involved simple protein precipitation with acetonitrile. Following precipitation, fraction of supernatant was decanted and evaporated under gentle stream of nitrogen at 40°C. The residue was reconstituted in mobile phase and injected. The chromatographic separation was achieved with Thermo Hypurity C18 column (50 mm × 4.6 mm, 5 μ) using a mobile phase composition containing 0.1% v/v formic acid in water and acetonitrile (30:70, v/v) at a flow rate of 0.4 mL/min. The total run time was 3.5 min. The method showed good linearity in the range 0.5–200 ng/mL for ROS and 2–2000 ng/mL for MET with correlation coefficient (r) >0.9994 for both the analytes. The intra and inter-day precision values for ROS and MET met the acceptance criteria as per regulatory guidelines. The battery of stability studies viz., bench-top, freeze-thaw and long term stability were performed. The developed method was applied to a pharmacokinetic study. PMID:26317076

  20. Simultaneous determination of carisoprodol and aspirin in human plasma using liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry in polarity switch mode: application to a human pharmacokinetic study.

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    Sreenivasulu, Vudagandla; Ramesh, Mullangi; Kumar, Inamadugu Jaswanth; Babu, Ravi Vasu; Pilli, Nageswara Rao; Krishnaiah, Abburi

    2013-02-01

    A simple, sensitive and rapid LC-MS/MS-ESI method has been developed and validated for simultaneous quantification of the carisoprodol and aspirin in human plasma. Carisoprodol was detected in positive ion mode, whereas aspirin was detected in negative ion mode. Carbamazepine and furosemide were used as internal standards (IS) for quantification of carisoprodol and aspirin, respectively. The extraction procedure involves a liquid-liquid extraction method with ter-butyl methyl ether. Chromatographic separation was achieved on a Zorbax XDB-Phenyl (4.6 × 75 mm, 3.5 µm) column using an isocratic mobile phase (5 mm ammonium acetate:methanol, 20:80, v/v) at a flow rate of 0.8 mL/min with a total run time of 2.2 min. A detailed method validation was performed as per the FDA guidelines. The standard curves found to be linear in the range of 25.5-4900 and 15.3-3000 ng/mL for carisoprodol and aspirin, respectively. The results met the acceptance criteria. Carisoprodol and aspirin were found to be stable in various stability studies. The validated method was successfully applied to a pharmacokinetic study following co-administration of carisoprodol (250 mg) and aspirin (75 mg) tablets by oral route to human volunteers. PMID:22674769

  1. Simultaneous Analysis of Quercetin and Naringenin in Rat Plasma by Liquid Chromatography-Tandem Mass Spectrometry: Application to a Pharmacokinetic Study After Oral Administration.

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    Ni, Boran; Cao, Sali; Feng, Lijun; Yin, Xingbin; Wang, Wenping; Zhang, Xin; Ni, Jian

    2016-09-01

    A rapid and specific LC-MS-MS method has been developed for simultaneous analysis of quercetin and naringenin in rat plasma. The method was applied to the pharmacokinetics studies of quercetin and naringenin after oral administration of Pollen Typhae extract. The samples were prepared by the protein precipitation method. The analysis was carried out on an ACQUITY UPLC™ BEH C18 column with gradient elution using mobile phase, which included acetonitrile and water (containing 0.1% formic acid). The flow rate was 0.4 mL/min. All analytes including internal standard (IS) were monitored by selected reaction monitoring with an electrospray ionization source. Linear responses were obtained for quercetin ranging from 0.5 to 100 ng/mL and naringenin ranging from 5 to 1000 ng/mL. The intra- and interday precisions (RSD) were less than 10.78 and 11.20%. The extraction recovery of the analytes was acceptable. Stability studies showed that quercetin and naringenin were stable in the preparation and analytical process. The validated method was successfully used to determine the concentration-time profiles of quercetin and naringenin. PMID:27199443

  2. Numerical Simulations of Plasma Based Flow Control Applications

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    Suzen, Y. B.; Huang, P. G.; Jacob, J. D.; Ashpis, D. E.

    2005-01-01

    A mathematical model was developed to simulate flow control applications using plasma actuators. The effects of the plasma actuators on the external flow are incorporated into Navier Stokes computations as a body force vector. In order to compute this body force vector, the model solves two additional equations: one for the electric field due to the applied AC voltage at the electrodes and the other for the charge density representing the ionized air. The model is calibrated against an experiment having plasma-driven flow in a quiescent environment and is then applied to simulate a low pressure turbine flow with large flow separation. The effects of the plasma actuator on control of flow separation are demonstrated numerically.

  3. Laboratory study of avalanches in magnetized plasmas.

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    Van Compernolle, B; Morales, G J; Maggs, J E; Sydora, R D

    2015-03-01

    It is demonstrated that a novel heating configuration applied to a large and cold magnetized plasma allows the study of avalanche phenomena under controlled conditions. Intermittent collapses of the plasma pressure profile, associated with unstable drift-Alfvén waves, exhibit a two-slope power-law spectrum with exponents near -1 at lower frequencies and in the range of -2 to -4 at higher frequencies. A detailed mapping of the spatiotemporal evolution of a single avalanche event is presented. PMID:25871044

  4. Simultaneous determination of ten compounds in rat plasma by UPLC-MS/MS: Application in the pharmacokinetic study of Ma-Zi-Ren-Wan.

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    Hu, Dong-Dong; Han, Quan-Bin; Zhong, Linda Li-Dan; Li, Yan-Hong; Lin, Cheng-Yuan; Ho, Hing-Man; Zhang, Man; Lin, Shu-Hai; Zhao, Ling; Huang, Tao; Mi, Hong; Tan, Hong-Sheng; Xu, Hong-Xi; Bian, Zhao-Xiang

    2015-09-01

    Ma-Zi-Ren-Wan (MZRW) is a classic Chinese formula which has been used to treat human constipation in China for over 2000 years. In order to make good and rational use of this formula in the future, this paper presents the first attempt to track the pharmacokinetic features of MZRW in rat using rapid and sensitive ultra-performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (UPLC-MS/MS). Ten chemical components of MZRW, namely, rhein, emodin, aloe emodin, hesperidin, naringin, amygdalin, albiflorin, paeoniflorin, magnolol and honokiol, were simultaneously determined in rat plasma after a single oral administration (10g/kg body weight) of MZRW to rats. Geniposide and liquiritin were used as internal standards. The separation was performed on a Waters ACQUITY BEH C18 column (100mm×2.1mm, 1.7μm). The detection was conducted by multiple-reaction monitoring (MRM) in negative ionization mode. Two highest abundant MRM transitions without interference were optimized for each analyte. This method was well validated in terms of linearity, precision, accuracy, recovery, matrix effect and stability. All calibration curves had good linearity (r(2)>0.995) over the concentration range from 3.9 to 125.0ng/mL for emodin, 3.9-500.0ng/mL for amygdalin, 2.0-4000.0ng/mL for naringin and hesperidin, 3.9-2000.0ng/mL for magnolol, 7.8-2000.0ng/mL for rhein and 3.9-4000.0ng/mL for albiflorin, paeoniflorin, aloe emodin and honokiol. The intra-day and inter-day precision (relative standard deviation) was within 15%, the accuracy (relative error) ranged from -13.6% to 15.1%, and the lower limit of quantification in plasma ranged between 2.0ng/mL and 7.8ng/mL. Extraction recovery, matrix effect and stability were satisfactory. The validated method was successfully applied to a pharmacokinetic study of these ten compounds after oral administration of MZRW to rats. The pharmacokinetic parameters of each compound can facilitate clinical studies in the future. PMID:26231677

  5. Variable dual-frequency electrostatic wave launcher for plasma applications.

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    Jorns, Benjamin; Sorenson, Robert; Choueiri, Edgar

    2011-12-01

    A variable tuning system is presented for launching two electrostatic waves concurrently in a magnetized plasma. The purpose of this system is to satisfy the wave launching requirements for plasma applications where maximal power must be coupled into two carefully tuned electrostatic waves while minimizing erosion to the launching antenna. Two parallel LC traps with fixed inductors and variable capacitors are used to provide an impedance match between a two-wave source and a loop antenna placed outside the plasma. Equivalent circuit analysis is then employed to derive an analytical expression for the normalized, average magnetic flux density produced by the antenna in this system as a function of capacitance and frequency. It is found with this metric that the wave launcher can couple to electrostatic modes at two variable frequencies concurrently while attenuating noise from the source signal at undesired frequencies. An example based on an experiment for plasma heating with two electrostatic waves is used to demonstrate a procedure for tailoring the wave launcher to accommodate the frequency range and flux densities of a specific two-wave application. This example is also used to illustrate a method based on averaging over wave frequencies for evaluating the overall efficacy of the system. The wave launcher is shown to be particularly effective for the illustrative example--generating magnetic flux densities in excess of 50% of the ideal case at two variable frequencies concurrently--with a high adaptability to a number of plasma dynamics and heating applications. PMID:22225213

  6. Computational Center for Studies of Plasma Microturbulence

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    William Dorland

    2006-10-11

    The Maryland Computational Center for Studies of Microturbulence (CCSM) was one component of a larger, multi-institutional Plasma Microturbulence Project, funded through what eventually became DOE's Scientific Discovery Through Advanced Computing Program. The primary focus of research in CCSM was to develop, deploy, maintain, and utilize kinetic simulation techniques, especially the gyrokinetic code called GS2.

  7. Chiral analysis of carvedilol and its metabolites hydroxyphenyl carvedilol and O-desmethyl carvedilol in human plasma by liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry: Application to a clinical pharmacokinetic study.

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    Nardotto, Glauco Henrique Balthazar; Coelho, Eduardo Barbosa; Marques, Maria Paula; Lanchote, Vera Lucia

    2016-03-15

    Carvedilol is an antihypertensive drug, which is available in clinical practice as a racemic mixture. (S)-(-)-carvedilol is a β- and α1-adrenergic antagonist, while (R)-(+)-carvedilol only acts as an α1-adrenergic antagonist. Carvedilol is metabolized mainly by glucuronidation and, to a lesser extent, by CYP2D6 to hydroxyphenyl carvedilol (OHC) and by CYP2C9 to O-desmethyl carvedilol (DMC). This study describes the development and validation of a method for the sequential analysis of the enantiomers of carvedilol, OHC and DMC in plasma using a Chirobiotic(®) V chiral-phase column coupled to an LC-MS/MS system. The method was linear in the range of 0.05-100, 0.05-10 and 0.02-10 ng/mL for the carvedilol, OHC and DMC enantiomers, respectively. Application of the method to the investigation of a patient with type 2 diabetes mellitus treated with a single oral dose of 25mg racemic carvedilol showed plasma accumulation of the (R)-(+)-carvedilol, (R)-(+)-DMC and (R)-(+)-OHC enantiomers. These results suggest that plasma accumulation of (R)-(+)-carvedilol cannot be explained by its oxidative metabolism. PMID:26927877

  8. Risk assessment of the application of a plasma jet in dermatology

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    Lademann, Juergen; Richter, Heike; Alborova, Alena; Humme, Daniel; Patzelt, Alexa; Kramer, Axel; Weltmann, Klaus-Dieter; Hartmann, Bernd; Ottomann, Christian; Fluhr, Joachim W.; Hinz, Peter; Hübner, Georg; Lademann, Olaf

    2009-09-01

    Regardless of the fact that several highly efficient antiseptics are commercially available, the antiseptic treatment of chronic wounds remains a problem. In the past, electrical plasma discharges have been frequently used in biometrical science for disinfection and sterilization of material surfaces. Plasma systems usually have a temperature of several hundred degrees. Recently, it was reported that ``cold'' plasma can be applied onto living tissue. In in vitro studies on cell culture, it could be demonstrated that this new plasma possesses excellent antiseptic properties. We perform a risk assessment concerning the in vivo application of a ``cold'' plasma jet on patients and volunteers. Two potential risk factors, UV radiation and temperature, are evaluated. We show that the UV radiation of the plasma in the used system is an order of magnitude lower than the minimal erythema dose, necessary to produce sunburn on the skin in vivo. Additionally, thermal damage of the tissue by the plasma can be excluded. The results of the risk assessment stimulate the in vivo application of the investigated plasma jet in the treatment of chronic wounds.

  9. Electrical studies and plasma characterization of an atmospheric pressure plasma jet operated at low frequency

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    Giuliani, L.; Xaubet, M.; Grondona, D.; Minotti, F.; Kelly, H.

    2013-06-15

    Low-temperature, high-pressure plasma jets have an extensive use in medical and biological applications. Much work has been devoted to study these applications while comparatively fewer studies appear to be directed to the discharge itself. In this work, in order to better understand the kind of electrical discharge and the plasma states existing in those devices, a study of the electrical characteristics of a typical plasma jet, operated at atmospheric pressure, using either air or argon, is reported. It is found that the experimentally determined electrical characteristics are consistent with the model of a thermal arc discharge, with a highly collisional cathode sheet. The only exception is the case of argon at the smallest electrode separation studied, around 1 mm in which case the discharge is better modeled as either a non-thermal arc or a high-pressure glow. Also, variations of the electrical behavior at different gas flow rates are interpreted, consistently with the arc model, in terms of the development of fluid turbulence in the external jet.

  10. Feasibility Study for a Plasma Dynamo Facility to Investigate Fundamental Processes in Plasma Astrophysics. Final report

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    Forest, Cary B.

    2013-09-19

    The scientific equipment purchased on this grant was used on the Plasma Dynamo Prototype Experiment as part of Professor Forest's feasibility study for determining if it would be worthwhile to propose building a larger plasma physics experiment to investigate various fundamental processes in plasma astrophysics. The initial research on the Plasma Dynamo Prototype Experiment was successful so Professor Forest and Professor Ellen Zweibel at UW-Madison submitted an NSF Major Research Instrumentation proposal titled "ARRA MRI: Development of a Plasma Dynamo Facility for Experimental Investigations of Fundamental Processes in Plasma Astrophysics." They received funding for this project and the Plasma Dynamo Facility also known as the "Madison Plasma Dynamo Experiment" was constructed. This experiment achieved its first plasma in the fall of 2012 and U.S. Dept. of Energy Grant No. DE-SC0008709 "Experimental Studies of Plasma Dynamos," now supports the research.

  11. Application of Thomson Scattering System at 1.06 {mu}m for Study of Plasma Density Dynamics at Multimirror Trap GOL-3

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    Polosatkin, S.V.; Burdakov, A.V.; Ivantsivsky, M.V.; Koidan, V.S.; Semionov, A.F.; Rovenskikh, V.V

    2005-01-15

    Thomson scattering system for measurements of radial profile of plasma density (range 0.5-5x10{sup 21} m{sup -3}) with temperature up to 2 keV was developed at the GOL-3 facility. First harmonics ({lambda}=1.06 {mu}m) of Nd glass laser is used. Scattered light from different points of plasma cross-section is imaged to a set of quartz optical fibers and detected by avalanche photodiodes.During the first 10 {mu}s after start of the relativistic electron beam injection the intense light emission from plasma is observed. Single powerful laser pulse is used for providing of good signal-noise ratio in this period. Later the plasma radiation intensity decreases and the less powerful laser oscillator operated in multiple-pulsed regime is used.Description of the diagnostics, methodical aspects of operation, and results of the density dynamics measurements are presented in the paper.

  12. Application of atmospheric pressure plasma in polymer and composite adhesion

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    Yu, Hang

    An atmospheric pressure helium and oxygen plasma was used to investigate surface activation and bonding in polymer composites. This device was operated by passing 1.0-3.0 vol% of oxygen in helium through a pair of parallel plate metal electrodes powered by 13.56 or 27.12 MHz radio frequency power. The gases were partially ionized between the capacitors where plasma was generated. The reactive species in the plasma were carried downstream by the gas flow to treat the substrate surface. The temperature of the plasm gas reaching the surface of the substrate did not exceed 150 °C, which makes it suitable for polymer processing. The reactive species in the plasma downstream includes ~ 1016-1017 cm-3 atomic oxygen, ~ 1015 cm-3 ozone molecule, and ~ 10 16 cm-3 metastable oxygen molecule (O2 1Deltag). The substrates were treated at 2-5 mm distance from the exit of the plasma. Surface properties of the substrates were characterized using water contact angle (WCA), atomic force microscopy (AFM), infrared spectroscopy (IR), and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). Subsequently, the plasma treated samples were bonded adhesively or fabricated into composites. The increase in mechanical strength was correlated to changes in the material composition and structure after plasma treatment. The work presented hereafter establishes atmospheric pressure plasma as an effective method to activate and to clean the surfaces of polymers and composites for bonding. This application can be further expanded to the activation of carbon fibers for better fiber-resin interactions during the fabrication of composites. Treating electronic grade FR-4 and polyimide with the He/O2 plasma for a few seconds changed the substrate surface from hydrophobic to hydrophilic, which allowed complete wetting of the surface by epoxy in underfill applications. Characterization of the surface by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy shows formation of oxygenated functional groups, including hydroxyl, carbonyl, and

  13. Parts application handbook study

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    1978-01-01

    The requirements for a NASA application handbook for standard electronic parts are determined and defined. This study concentrated on identifying in detail the type of information that designers and parts engineers need and expect in a parts application handbook for the effective application of standard parts on NASA projects.

  14. Theoretical and computational studies of plasma opening switches

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    Lindman, Erick L., Jr.; Kindel, Joseph M.

    1989-02-01

    Substantial progress has been made in understanding the operation of plasma opening switches (POS) in support of the Light-Ion Fusion Program at Sandia National Laboratories. Our efforts began with scoping studies using the particle-in-cell (PIC) code, MAGIC, which was written by Bruce Goplen and co-workers at MRC for pulsed-power applications. The version of MAGIC currently at Sandia National Laboratories is supported by Dave Seidel and Tim Pointon. MAGIC continues to play an important role as our studies moved into many different areas. Working closely with Cliff Mendel, we performed initial studies of switches using his fast B sub z concept. Working with Mary Ann Sweeney, Jeff Quintez and Cliff Mendel we performed studies of the effects of plasma density, cylindrical curvature, load impedance, rise time, and emission threshold on switch performance. In addition, we studied B-field penetration, turbulence, anomalous resistivity, and electron heating in plasma opening switches. This work has allowed us to identify the physical mechanisms that are important in the operation of plasma opening switches. Based on our knowledge of the physics we have established scaling relations for comparable switch performance under different experimental conditions. We studied the code requirements for POS simulation and numerical problems in MAGIC and in other PIC codes. And, more recently, we have begun to participate more strongly in the experimental program being carried out on PBFA II. Our conclusions based on these studies are summarized here.

  15. Theoretical and computational studies of plasma opening switches

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    Lindman, E.L. Jr.; Kindel, J.M.

    1989-02-01

    Substantial progress has been made in understanding the operation of plasma opening switches (POS) in support of the Light-Ion Fusion Program at Sandia National Laboratories. Our efforts began with scoping studies using the particle-in-cell (PIC) code, MAGIC, which was written by Bruce Goplen and co-workers at MRC for pulsed-power applications. The version of MAGIC currently at Sandia National Laboratories is supported by Dave Seidel and Tim Pointon. MAGIC continues to play an important role as our studies moved into many different areas. Working closely with Cliff Mendel, we performed initial studies of switches using his fast B/sub z/ concept. Working with Mary Ann Sweeney, Jeff Quintez and Cliff Mendel we performed studies of the effects of plasma density, cylindrical curvature, load impedance, rise time, and emission threshold on switch performance. In addition, we studied B-field penetration, turbulence, anomalous resistivity, and electron heating in plasma opening switches. This work has allowed us to identify the physical mechanisms that are important in the operation of plasma opening switches. Based on our knowledge of the physics we have established scaling relations for comparable switch performance under different experimental conditions. We studied the code requirements for POS simulation and numerical problems in MAGIC and in other PIC codes. And, more recently, we have begun to participate more strongly in the experimental program being carried out on PBFA II. Our conclusions based on these studies are summarized here. 42 refs., 104 figs., 3 tabs.

  16. Quantification of voriconazole in human plasma by high-performance liquid chromatography-electrospray ionization mass spectrometry: application to a bioequivalence study.

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    Cheng, Ying; Zhang, Zun-Jian; Tian, Yuan; Li, Wen-Jing; Wei, Wei

    2011-01-01

    A sensitive and specific liquid chromatography-electrospray ionization mass spectrometry (LC-ESI-MS) method was developed and validated for the identification and quantification of voriconazole (VRC, CAS 137234-62-9) in human plasma. Following liquid-liquid extraction, VRC and loratadine (internal standard, CAS 79794-75-5) were separated using a mobile phase comprised of methanol: water (0.1% formic acid) = 75:25 v/v on a Shimadzu Shim-pack VP-ODS C18 (150 x 2.0 mm ID, 5 microm) column and analyzed by electrospray ionization mass spectrometry. The chromatographic separation was achieved in less than 6 min. The standard curves were linear (r = 0.9994) over the concentration range of 2-2000 ng/mL for VRC and had good accuracy and precision. Both intra- and inter-batch standard deviations were less than 15%. The method was successfully applied to study the comparative bioavailability of VRC tablets test vs. reference in healthy Chinese volunteers through the statistical comparison of pharmacokinetic parameters obtained with the two formulations. PMID:21428249

  17. Simultaneous determination of codeine, ephedrine, guaiphenesin and chlorpheniramine in beagle dog plasma using high performance liquid chromatography coupled with tandem mass spectrometric detection: application to a bioequivalence study.

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    Hu, Ziyan; Zou, Qiaogen; Tian, Jixin; Sun, Lili; Zhang, Zunjian

    2011-12-15

    A rapid and sensitive method based on liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) for the simultaneous determination of codeine, ephedrine, guaiphenesin and chlorpheniramine in beagle dog plasma has been developed and validated. Following liquid-liquid extraction, the analytes were separated on a reversed-phase C(18) column (150 mm × 2.0 mm, 3 μm) using formic acid:10 mM ammonium acetate:methanol (0.2:62:38, v/v/v) as mobile phase at a flow rate of 0.2 mL/min and analyzed by a triple-quadrupole mass spectrometer in the selected reaction monitoring (SRM) mode. The method was linear for all analytes over the following concentration (ng/mL) ranges: codeine 0.08-16; ephedrine 0.8-160; guaiphenesin 80-16,000; chlorpheniramine 0.2-40. Acceptable precision and accuracy were obtained for concentrations over the standard curve range. It is the first time that the validated HPLC-MS/MS method was successfully applied to a bioequivalence study in 6 healthy beagle dogs. PMID:22119507

  18. Rapid High Performance Liquid Chromatographic Method for Determination of Clarithromycin in Human Plasma Using Amperometric Detection: Application in Pharmacokinetic and Bioequivalence Studies

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    Foroutan, Seyed Mohsen; Zarghi, Afshin; Shafaati, Alireza; Madadian, Babak; Abolfathi, Farshid

    2013-01-01

    A rapid, sensitive and reproducible HPLC method using amperometric detector was developed and validated for the analysis of clarithromycin in human plasma. The separation was achieved on a monolithic silica column (MZ- C8 125×4.0 mm) using acetonitrile-methanol-potassium dihydrogen phosphate buffer (40:6:54,v/v), with pH of 7.5, as the mobile phase at a flow rate of 1.5 mL/min. The assay enables the measurement of clarithromycin for therapeutic drug monitoring with a minimum quantification limit of 20 ng/mL. The method involves simple, protein precipitation procedure and analytical recovery was complete. The calibration curve was linear over the concentration range of 0.1-6 μg/mL. The coefficients of variation for inter-day and intra-day assay were found to be less than 6%. This method was used in bioequivalency and pharmacokinetic studies of the test (generic) product 2 × 500 mg clarithromycin tablets, with respect to the reference product. PMID:24250673

  19. Rapid high performance liquid chromatographic method for determination of clarithromycin in human plasma using amperometric detection: application in pharmacokinetic and bioequivalence studies.

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    Foroutan, Seyed Mohsen; Zarghi, Afshin; Shafaati, Alireza; Madadian, Babak; Abolfathi, Farshid

    2013-01-01

    A rapid, sensitive and reproducible HPLC method using amperometric detector was developed and validated for the analysis of clarithromycin in human plasma. The separation was achieved on a monolithic silica column (MZ- C8 125×4.0 mm) using acetonitrile-methanol-potassium dihydrogen phosphate buffer (40:6:54,v/v), with pH of 7.5, as the mobile phase at a flow rate of 1.5 mL/min. The assay enables the measurement of clarithromycin for therapeutic drug monitoring with a minimum quantification limit of 20 ng/mL. The method involves simple, protein precipitation procedure and analytical recovery was complete. The calibration curve was linear over the concentration range of 0.1-6 μg/mL. The coefficients of variation for inter-day and intra-day assay were found to be less than 6%. This method was used in bioequivalency and pharmacokinetic studies of the test (generic) product 2 × 500 mg clarithromycin tablets, with respect to the reference product. PMID:24250673

  20. Simultaneous LC-MS/MS determination of five tripterygium pyridine alkaloids in dog plasma and its application to their pharmacokinetic study after oral administration of tripterygium glycosides tablets.

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    Su, Meng-xiang; Song, Min; Yang, Da-song; Shi, Jin-fang; Di, Bin; Hang, Tai-jun

    2015-05-15

    A sensitive and selective liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometric method was developed and validated for the simultaneous determination of five pyridine alkaloids contained in tripterygium glycosides tablets (triptolide, wilforine, wilforgine, wilfording and wilfortrine) in dog plasma. The analysis was carried out on a Sepax GP-Phenyl column using a mixture of methanol and 10mmol/L ammonium formate buffer solution containing 0.1% formic acid (75:25, v/v) as the mobile phase pumped at a flow-rate of 1.0mL/min. All MS data were obtained in the positive ESI mode with selective multiple reaction monitoring of ion transitions. The method was fully validated to be accurate and precise with a linear range of 0.2-1000ng/mL for triptolide and 0.05-1000ng/mL for the other four pyridine alkaloids. The intra-day and inter-day precisions (relative standard deviation, RSD, %) were within 10.6% and 14.0%, respectively, and the relative error (RE, %) were all less than 13.1%. The method was successfully applied to multi-components pharmacokinetic study of the five pyridine alkaloids in beagle dogs after a single oral administration of 3mg/kg and 30mg/kg tripterygium glycosides tablets, respectively, and a multiple oral administration of 30mg/kg for 6 consecutive days. PMID:25855315

  1. Development and validation of a UPLC-MS/MS method for the determination of cucurbitacin B in rat plasma and application to a pharmacokinetic study.

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    Zhao, Waiou; Xu, Dahai; Yan, Weiwei; Wang, Yushi; Zhang, Nan

    2016-04-01

    Cucurbitacin B (CuB), one of the most abundant forms of cucurbitacins, is a promising natural anticancer drug candidate. Although the anticancer activity of CuB has been well demonstrated, information regarding the pharmacokinetics is limited. A rapid, selective and sensitive UPLC-MS/MS for CuB was developed and validated using hemslecin A (HeA) as internal standard (IS). Plasma samples were pre-treated by liquid-liquid extraction with dichloromethane. Separation was achieved on a reversed-phase C18 column (50 × 4.6 mm, 5 µm) at 35°C using isocratic elution with water-methanol (25:75, v/v) at a flow rate of 0.3 mL/min. The analytes were monitored by a triple quadrupole tandem mass spectrometer with positive electrospray ionization mode. The calibration curve was linear (r > 0.995) in a concentration range of 0.3-100 ng/mL with a limit of quantification of 0.3 ng/mL. Intra- and inter-day accuracy and precision were validated by percentage relative error and relative standard deviation, respectively, which were both lower than the limit of 15%. This assay was successfully applied to a pharmacokinetic study of CuB in Wistar rats. PMID:26207321

  2. Development and Validation of a LC-MS/MS Method for the Simultaneous Estimation of Amlodipine and Valsartan in Human Plasma: Application to a Bioequivalence Study

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    Jangala, Hemanth; Vats, Poonam; Khuroo, Arshad Hussain; Monif, Tausif

    2014-01-01

    Abstract A reliable, simple, and robust liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectro-metric (LC-MS/MS) method has been developed and validated that employs solid-phase extraction for the simultaneous estimation of amlodipine and valsartan in human K3EDTA plasma using amlodipine-d4 and valsartan-d9 as internal standards. Chromatographic separation of amlodipine and valsartan was achieved on the Luna C18 (2)100A (150 × 4.6 mm, 5 μm) column using acetonitrile: 5 mM ammonium formate solution (80:20, v/v) as the mobile phase at a flow rate of 0.8 mL/min in isocratic mode. Quantification was achieved using an electrospray ion interface operating in positive mode, under multiple reaction monitoring (MRM) conditions. The assay was found to be linear over the range of 0.302–20.725 ng/mL for amlodipine and 6.062–18060.792 ng/mL for valsartan. The method has shown good reproducibility, as intra- and interday precisions were within 10% and accuracies were within 8% of nominal values for both analytes. The method was successfully applied for the bioequivalence study of amlodipine and valsartan after oral administration of a fixed dose of the combination. Additionally, as required by the current regulatory bodies, incurred sample reanalysis was performed and found to be acceptable. PMID:25853070

  3. Development and Validation of a LC-MS/MS Method for the Simultaneous Estimation of Amlodipine and Valsartan in Human Plasma: Application to a Bioequivalence Study.

    PubMed

    Jangala, Hemanth; Vats, Poonam; Khuroo, Arshad Hussain; Monif, Tausif

    2014-09-01

    A reliable, simple, and robust liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectro-metric (LC-MS/MS) method has been developed and validated that employs solid-phase extraction for the simultaneous estimation of amlodipine and valsartan in human K3EDTA plasma using amlodipine-d4 and valsartan-d9 as internal standards. Chromatographic separation of amlodipine and valsartan was achieved on the Luna C18 (2)100A (150 × 4.6 mm, 5 μm) column using acetonitrile: 5 mM ammonium formate solution (80:20, v/v) as the mobile phase at a flow rate of 0.8 mL/min in isocratic mode. Quantification was achieved using an electrospray ion interface operating in positive mode, under multiple reaction monitoring (MRM) conditions. The assay was found to be linear over the range of 0.302-20.725 ng/mL for amlodipine and 6.062-18060.792 ng/mL for valsartan. The method has shown good reproducibility, as intra- and interday precisions were within 10% and accuracies were within 8% of nominal values for both analytes. The method was successfully applied for the bioequivalence study of amlodipine and valsartan after oral administration of a fixed dose of the combination. Additionally, as required by the current regulatory bodies, incurred sample reanalysis was performed and found to be acceptable. PMID:25853070

  4. Application of tomographic particle image velocimetry to complex (dusty) plasmas

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    Williams, Jeremiah

    2011-11-29

    Over the past decade, particle image velocimetry (PIV) techniques have been used to obtain detailed measurements of the thermal and transport properties of weakly-coupled dusty plasmas. This paper reports on the application of an extension of these techniques, tomographic PIV (tom-PIV), which provides an instantaneous volumetric measurement of the particle transport.

  5. Vacuum plasma spray applications on liquid fuel rocket engines

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    Mckechnie, T. N.; Zimmerman, F. R.; Bryant, M. A.

    1992-01-01

    The vacuum plasma spray process (VPS) has been developed by NASA and Rocketdyne for a variety of applications on liquid fuel rocket engines, including the Space Shuttle Main Engine. These applications encompass thermal barrier coatings which are thermal shock resistant for turbopump blades and nozzles; bond coatings for cryogenic titanium components; wear resistant coatings and materials; high conductivity copper, NaRloy-Z, combustion chamber liners, and structural nickel base material, Inconel 718, for nozzle and combustion chamber support jackets.

  6. Vacuum plasma spray applications on liquid fuel rocket engines

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    McKechnie, T. N.; Zimmerman, F. R.; Bryant, M. A.

    1992-07-01

    The vacuum plasma spray process (VPS) has been developed by NASA and Rocketdyne for a variety of applications on liquid fuel rocket engines, including the Space Shuttle Main Engine. These applications encompass thermal barrier coatings which are thermal shock resistant for turbopump blades and nozzles; bond coatings for cryogenic titanium components; wear resistant coatings and materials; high conductivity copper, NaRloy-Z, combustion chamber liners, and structural nickel base material, Inconel 718, for nozzle and combustion chamber support jackets.

  7. Determination of 21-hydroxydeflazacort in human plasma by high-performance liquid chromatography/atmospheric pressure chemical ionization tandem mass spectrometry. Application to bioequivalence study.

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    Ifa, D R; Moraes, M E; Moraes, M O; Santagada, V; Caliendo, G; de Nucci, G

    2000-03-01

    A liquid chromatographic atmospheric pressure chemical ionization tandem mass spectrometric method is described for the determination of 21-hydroxydeflazacort in human plasma using dexamethasone 21-acetate as an internal standard. The procedure requires a single diethyl ether extraction. After evaporation of the solvent under a nitrogen flow, the analytes are reconstituted in the mobile phase, chromatographed on a C18 reversed-phase column and analyzed by mass spectrometry via a heated nebulizer interface where they are detected by multiple reaction monitoring. The method has a chromatographic run time of less than 5 min and a linear calibration curve with a range of 1-400 ng ml(-1) (r>0.999). The between-run precision, based on the relative standard deviation for replicate quality controls, was < or =5.5% (10 ng ml(-1)), 1.0% (50 ng ml(-1)) and 2.7% (200 ng ml(-1)). The between-run accuracy was +/-7.1, 3.8 and 4.8% for the above concentrations, respectively. This method was employed in a bioequivalence study of two DFZ tablet formulations (Denacen from Marjan Industria e Comercio, Brazil, as a test formulation, and Calcort from Merrell Lepetit, Brazil, as a reference formulation) in 24 healthy volunteers of both sexes who received a single 30 mg dose of each formulation. The study was conducted using an open, randomized, two-period crossover design with a 7-day washout interval. The 90% confidence interval (CI) of the individual geometric mean ratio for Denacen/Calcort was 89.8-109.5% for area under the curve AUC(0-24 h) and 80.7-98.5% for Cmax. Since both the 90% CI for AUC(0-24 h) and Cmax were included in the 80-125% interval proposed by the US Food and Drug Administration, Denacen was considered bioequivalent to Calcort according to both the rate and extent of absorption. PMID:10767775

  8. Simultaneous Determination of L-tetrahydropalmatine and Cocaine in Human Plasma by Simple UPLC-FLD Method: Application in Clinical Studies

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    Yu, Mingming; Hassan, Hazem E.; Ibrahim, Ahmed; Bauer, Kenneth S.; Kelly, Deanna L.; Wang, Jia Bei

    2014-01-01

    Currently, there are no FDA approved medications for treatment of cocaine addiction underscoring the dire need to develop such a product. There is an accumulating body of evidence that L-tetrahydropalmatine (L-THP), a non-selective dopamine antagonist, can be used for the treatment of cocaine addiction. Indeed, the FDA recently approved its usage in a Phase I study in cocaine abusers and it was indispensable to develop a simple and sensitive method for the simultaneous determination of L-THP and cocaine in human plasma. We developed a UPLC-FLD method for quantitation of these molecules using an ACQUITY BEH C18 column (2.1 × 50mm, 1.7um) and a mobile phase that consisted of 5 mM ammonium phosphate (PH=4.75), methanol, and acetonitrile (v:v:v, 78:16:6). Venlafaxine was used as the internal standard while hexane was used for the liquid-liquid extraction. The flow rate was 0.4ml/min with fluorescence detection using an excitation wavelength of 230nm and emission detection wavelength of 315nm. This method was selective, linear and sensitive with a lower limit of quantification of 2.5 ng/mL for both cocaine and L-THP. The intra-day precision of cocaine and L-THP was <9.50% while the accuracy was <4.29%. The inter-day precision of cocaine and L-THP was <9.14%, and the accuracy was <12.49%. The recovery for cocaine and L-THP ranged from (43.95 - 50.02%) and (54.65 - 58.31%), respectively. In comparison to forty reported cocaine quantitation methods this method is simple, sensitive and cost-effective and can be used for simultaneous quantitation of L-THP and cocaine. This method meets the FDA guidelines and can be used in current and future clinical studies. PMID:24996068

  9. A simple and sensitive UHPLC-MS/MS method for quantification of buddlejasaponin IV in rat plasma and its application to a pharmacokinetic study.

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    Li, Yanhui; Xu, Hui; Chen, Liping; Tan, Lei

    2016-02-20

    Buddlejasaponin IV (BS-IV), a natural triterpene saponin isolated from several herbal plants, has drawn a lot of attention for its anti-inflammatory, antinociceptive, antihyperlipidemia, and antitumor activities. In this study, a simple and sensitive method for determination of BS-IV in rat plasma was developed for the first time, using ultra-high performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (UHPLC-MS/MS). Tenacissoside I was used as an internal standard (IS). Separation was achieved on an Agilent Extend-C18 column with gradient elution using methanol-water as mobile phase at a flow rate of 400μL/min. A triple quadrupole mass spectrometer operating in the positive/negative ion-switching electrospray ionization mode with selection reaction monitoring (SRM) was used to determine BS-IV and IS transitions of 941.4→779.5 and 815.5→755.5, respectively. The lower limit of quantification was 3.00ng/mL with a linear range of 3.0-3000ng/mL. The intra- and inter-day precisions were both ≤10.4% for BS-IV, and the average intra- and inter-day accuracies ranged from -7.2% to 6.7%. The validated assay was successfully applied to a pharmacokinetic study of BS-IV following oral administration of 3, 6, 12mg/kg and an intravenous administration of 0.9mg/kg to rats. PMID:26774034

  10. A highly efficient and sensitive LC-MS/MS method for the determination of afatinib in human plasma: application to a metabolic stability study.

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    Kadi, Adnan A; Abdelhameed, Ali S; Darwish, Hany W; Attwa, Mohamed W; Al-Shakliah, Nasser S

    2016-08-01

    Afatinib (AFT) is a new tyrosine kinase inhibitor approved for the treatment of nonsmall cell lung cancer. In the present study, a simple, specific, rapid and sensitive liquid chromatography tandem mass-spectrometric method for the quantification of AFT in human plasma, was developed and validated. Chromatographic separation of the analytes was accomplished on a reversed-phase Luna(®) -PFP 100 Å column (50 × 2.0 mm; 3.0 μm) maintained at ambient temperature. Isocratic elution was carried out using acetonitrile-water (40:60, v/v) containing 10 mm ammonium formate buffer (pH 4.5) adjusted with formic acid at a flow rate of 0.4 mL min(-1) . The analytes were monitored by electrospray ionization in positive ion multiple reaction monitoring mode. The method yields a linear calibration plot (r(2)  = 0.9997) from a quantification range of 0.5-500 ng mL(-1) with the lower limit of quantification and lower limit of detection of 1.29 and 0.42 ng mL(-1) , respectively. The intra- and inter-day precision and accuracy were estimated and found to be in the ranges of 1.53-4.11% for precision and -2.80-0.38% for accuracy. Finally, quantification of afatinib in a metabolic stability study in rat liver microsomes was achieved through the proposed method. Copyright © 2016 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. PMID:26683307

  11. Sensitive LC-MS/MS-ESI method for simultaneous determination of montelukast and fexofenadine in human plasma: application to a bioequivalence study.

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    Muppavarapu, Rajendraprasad; Guttikar, Swati; Rajappan, Manavalan; Kamarajan, Kannan; Mullangi, Ramesh

    2014-08-01

    A rapid, simple, sensitive and selective LC-MS/MS method was developed and validated for simultaneous quantification of montelukast (MT) and fexofenadine (FF) in human plasma (200 μL) using montelukast-d6 (MT-d6 ) and fexofenadine-d10 (FF-d10 ), respectively as an internal standard (IS) as per the US Food and Drug Administration guidelines. The chromatographic resolution was achieved on a Chromolith RP18e column using an isocratic mobile phase consisting of 20 mm ammonium formate-acetonitrile (20:80, v/v) at flow rate of 1.2 mL/min. The LC-MS/MS was operated under the multiple-reaction monitoring mode using electrospray ionization. The total run time of analysis was 4 min and elution of MT, FF, MT-d6 and FF-d10 occurred at 2.5, 1.2, 2.4 and 1.2 min, respectively. The standard curve found to be linear in the range 2.00-1000 ng/mL with a coefficient of correlation of ≥0.99 for both the drugs. The intra- and inter-day accuracy and precision values for MT and FF met the acceptance as per FDA guidelines. MT and FF were found to be stable in a battery of stability studies viz., bench-top, auto-sampler and repeated freeze-thaw cycles. The validated assay was applied to an oral bioequivalence study in humans. PMID:24424850

  12. Simple and rapid determination of zafirlukast in plasma by ultra-performance liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometric method: application into pharmacokinetic study in rabbits.

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    Iqbal, M; Ezzeldin, E; Al-Rashood, K A; Al-Khamees, K I; Khan, R M A; Raish, M; Anwer, T

    2014-08-01

    Zafirlukast is a selective leukotriene receptor antagonist used for the prophylaxis and chronic treatment of asthma. The aim of the present study was to develop a simple sensitive ultra-performance liquid chromatography tandem mass spectroscopy method for rapid determination of zafirlukast in plasma. After a simple one step protein precipitation by acetonitrile, zafirlukast and montelukast (IS) were separated on Acquity UPLC BEH(TM) C18 column (50 × 2.1 mm, i.d. 1.7 µm, Waters, USA) using a mobile phase of acetonitrile:water containing 10 mM acetic acid (80:20, v/v) at a flow rate of 0.3 mL/min. Zafirlukast and IS were eluted at 0.51 and 1.1 min, respectively with a total run time of only 1.5 min. The mass spectrometric determination was carried out using an electrospray interface operated in the negative mode with multiple reactions monitoring mode. The precursor to product ion transitions of m/z 574.11>462.07 and m/z 584.2>472.1 were used to quantify zafirlukast and IS, respectively. The method was linear in the concentration range of 0.17-600 ng/mL with coefficients of determination greater than 0.996 and lower limit of quantitation of 0.17 ng/mL. Intra-day and inter-day accuracies were 88.3-113.9% and the precisions were ≤ 12.6%. Zafirlukast was found to stable under various storage and sample processing conditions as per guidelines of bio-analytical method validation. The method developed herein is simple and rapid, and was successfully applied for the pharmacokinetic study in rabbits. PMID:24258705

  13. Terbinafine quantification in human plasma by high-performance liquid chromatography coupled to electrospray tandem mass spectrometry: application to a bioequivalence study.

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    de Oliveira, C H; Barrientos-Astigarraga, R E; de Moraes, M O; Bezerra, F A; de Moraes, M E; de Nucci, G

    2001-12-01

    A method based on liquid chromatography with positive ion electrospray ionization and tandem mass spectrometry is described for the determination of terbinafine in human plasma using naftifine as internal standard. The method has a chromatographic run time of 5 minutes and was linear in the range 1.0 to 2000 ng/mL. The limit of quantification was 1.0 ng/mL; the intraday precision was 3.6%, 3.8%, 3.5%, and 4.1%; and the intraday accuracy was -2.7%, 7.7%, 4.8%, and -2.7% for 5.0, 80.0, 250.0, and 1500.0 ng/mL, respectively. The interday precision was 4.9%, 1.7%, 2.4%, and 4.6% and the interday accuracy was 0.3%, 5.8%, 6.5%, and -1.4% for the same concentrations. This method was used in a bioequivalence study of two tablet formulations of terbinafine. Twenty-four healthy volunteers (both sexes) received a single oral dose of terbinafine (250 mg) in an open, randomized, two-period crossover study. The 90% CI of geometric mean ratios between Terbinafina (Medley S/A Indústria Farmacêutica, Campinas, Brazil) and Lamisil (Novartis Biociências S/A, São Paulo, Brazil) were 90.5% to 110.0% for C max, 92.2% to 108.1% for AUC last, and 91.3% to 107.5% for AUC 0-inf. Because the 90% CI for the above-mentioned parameters were included in the 80% to 125% interval proposed by the US FDA, the two formulations were considered bioequivalent in terms of rate and extent of absorption. PMID:11802108

  14. Plasma assisted deposition of metal fluorides for 193nm applications

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    Bischoff, Martin; Sode, Maik; Gaebler, Dieter; Kaiser, Norbert; Tuennermann, Andreas

    2008-10-01

    The ArF lithography technology requires a minimization of optical losses due to scattering and absorption. Consequently it is necessary to optimize the coating process of metal fluorides. The properties of metal fluoride thin films are mainly affected by the deposition methods, their parameters, and the vacuum conditions. Until now the best results were achieved by metal boat evaporation with high substrate temperature and without plasma assistance. In fact, it was demonstrated that the plasma assisted deposition process results in optical thin films with high packing density but the losses due to absorption were extremely high for deep and vacuum ultraviolet applications. This paper will demonstrate that most of the common metal fluorides can be deposited by electron beam evaporation with plasma assistance. In comparison to other deposition methods, the prepared thin films show low absorption in the VUV spectral range, high packing density, and less water content. The densification of the thin films was performed by a Leybold LION plasma source. As working gas, a variable mixture of fluorine and argon gas was chosen. To understand the deposition process and the interaction of the plasma with the deposition material, various characterization methods like plasma emission spectroscopy and ion current measurements were implemented.

  15. Laser production and heating of plasma for MHD application

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    Jalufka, N. W.

    1988-01-01

    Experiments have been made on the production and heating of plasmas by the absorption of laser radiation. These experiments were performed to ascertain the feasibility of using laser-produced or laser-heated plasmas as the input for a magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) generator. Such a system would have a broad application as a laser-to-electricity energy converter for space power transmission. Experiments with a 100-J-pulsed CO2 laser were conducted to investigate the breakdown of argon gas by a high-intensity laser beam, the parameters (electron density and temperature) of the plasma produced, and the formation and propagation of laser-supported detonation (LSD) waves. Experiments were also carried out using a 1-J-pulsed CO2 laser to heat the plasma produced in a shock tube. The shock-tube hydrogen plasma reached electron densities of approximately 10 to the 17th/cu cm and electron temperatures of approximately 1 eV. Absorption of the CO2 laser beam by the plasma was measured, and up to approximately 100 percent absorption was observed. Measurements with a small MHD generator showed that the energy extraction efficiency could be very large with values up to 56 percent being measured.

  16. Gas laser for efficient sustaining a continuous optical discharge plasma in scientific and technological applications

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    Zimakov, V P; Kuznetsov, V A; Kedrov, A Yu; Solov'ev, N G; Shemyakin, A N; Yakimov, M Yu

    2009-09-30

    A stable high-power laser is developed for the study and technical applications of a continuous optical discharge (COD). The laser based on the technology of a combined discharge in a scheme with a fast axial gas flow emits 2.2 kW at 10.6 {mu}m per meter of the active medium in continuous and repetitively pulsed regimes with the electrooptical efficiency 20%. The sustaining of the COD plasma in argon and air is demonstrated at the atmospheric pressure. The emission properties of the COD plasma are studied and its possible applications are discussed. (lasers)

  17. Current and Perspective Applications of Dense Plasma Focus Devices

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    Gribkov, V. A.

    2008-04-07

    Dense Plasma Focus (DPF) devices' applications, which are intended to support the main-stream large-scale nuclear fusion programs (NFP) from one side (both in fundamental problems of Dense Magnetized Plasma physics and in its engineering issues) as well as elaborated for an immediate use in a number of fields from the other one, are described. In the first direction such problems as self-generated magnetic fields, implosion stability of plasma shells having a high aspect ratio, etc. are important for the Inertial Confinement Fusion (ICF) programs (e.g. as NIF), whereas different problems of current disruption phenomenon, plasma turbulence, mechanisms of generation of fast particles and neutrons in magnetized plasmas are of great interest for the large devices of the Magnetic Plasma Confinement--MPC (e.g. as ITER). In a sphere of the engineering problems of NFP it is shown that in particular the radiation material sciences have DPF as a very efficient tool for radiation tests of prospect materials and for improvement of their characteristics. In the field of broad-band current applications some results obtained in the fields of radiation material sciences, radiobiology, nuclear medicine, express Neutron Activation Analysis (including a single-shot interrogation of hidden illegal objects), dynamic non-destructive quality control, X-Ray microlithography and micromachining, and micro-radiography are presented. As the examples of the potential future applications it is proposed to use DPF as a powerful high-flux neutron source to generate very powerful pulses of neutrons in the nanosecond (ns) range of its duration for innovative experiments in nuclear physics, for the goals of radiation treatment of malignant tumors, for neutron tests of materials of the first wall, blankets and NFP device's constructions (with fluences up to 1 dpa per a year term), and ns pulses of fast electrons, neutrons and hard X-Rays for brachytherapy.

  18. Simultaneous determination of ledipasvir, sofosbuvir and its metabolite in rat plasma by UPLC-MS/MS and its application to a pharmacokinetic study.

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    Pan, Chenwei; Chen, Yongping; Chen, Weilai; Zhou, Guangyao; Jin, Lingxiang; Zheng, Yi; Lin, Wei; Pan, Zhenzhen

    2016-01-01

    In this work, a rapid and sensitive ultra performance liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry (UPLC-MS/MS) method for the determination of ledipasvir, sofosbuvir and its metabolite GS-331007 in rat plasma was developed. The analytes and the internal standard (diazepam) were separated on an Acquity UPLC BEH C18 chromatography column (2.1mm×50mm, 1.7μm) using gradient elution with a mobile phase of acetonitrile and 0.1% formic acid in water at a flow rate of 0.4mL/min. The detection was performed on a triple quadrupole tandem mass spectrometer by multiple reaction monitoring (MRM) mode to monitor the precursor-to-product ion transitions of m/z 889.8→130.1 for ledipasvir, m/z 530.3→243.1 for sofosbuvir, m/z 261.5→113.1 for GS-331007 and m/z 285.2→193.1 for diazepam (IS) using a positive electrospray ionization interface. The method was validated over a concentration range of 2-500ng/mL for ledipasvir, 10-2000ng/mL for sofosbuvir and 10-2000ng/mL for GS-331007. Total time for each chromatography was 3.0min. The intra- and inter-day precision and accuracy of the quality control samples at low, medium, and high concentration levels exhibited relative standard deviations (RSD)<10.2% and the accuracy values ranged from -9.8% to 11.2%. The method was successfully applied to a pharmacokinetic study of ledipasvir, sofosbuvir and GS-331007 in rats. PMID:26684720

  19. LC-MS/MS method for the simultaneous determination of PA-824, moxifloxacin and pyrazinamide in rat plasma and its application to pharmacokinetic study.

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    Wang, Libin; Xu, Yue; Liang, Li; Diao, Chunyan; Liu, Xueying; Zhang, Jianchun; Zhang, Shengyong

    2014-08-01

    A simple, sensitive and rapid LC-MS/MS method has been developed and validated for simultaneous determination of PA-824, moxifloxacin, and pyrazinamide in rat plasma using metronidazole as internal standard. Sample preparation involved a simple one-step protein precipitation with methanol, followed by centrifugation and evaporation of the organic solvent. The residue was redissolved in mobile phase and analyzed by LC-MS/MS. An Inertsil(®) ODS3 C18 column (150mm×4.6mm, 5μm), a mobile phase composed of methanol-0.03% TEA (triethylamine) in water (85:15, v/v), and a flow rate of 0.5mL/min were employed, and the total run time was 6.0min. The mass spectrometer was run in positive ion ESI-APCI combined mode using multiple reaction monitoring (MRM) to monitor the mass transitions. The method was validated for accuracy, precision, linearity, range, selectivity, lower limit of quantification (LLOQ), recovery, and matrix effect. All validation parameters met the acceptance criteria according to regulatory guidelines. The LLOQ was 1.0μg/mL for pyrazinamide and 0.1μg/mL for PA-824 and moxifloxacin. The recoveries obtained for PA-824, moxifloxacin and pyrazinamide were ≥85%. Intra-day and inter-day coefficients of variation were less than 10%. The method had been successfully applied to a pharmacokinetic study of fixed dose administration of PA-824, moxifloxacin, pyrazinamide and their combination in SD rat. Significant differences of Tmax, Cmax, AUC(0-t) and CLz/F were observed between the single and combined groups after equal dose of PA-824 and moxifloxacin administration, which revealed the possibility of drug-drug interaction (DDI) between the PaMZ combination. PMID:24798753

  20. Determination of 3-α-hydroxytibolone in human plasma by LC-MS/MS: application for a pharmacokinetic study after administration of a tibolone formulation.

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    de Santana e Silva Cardoso, Fabiana Fernandes; César, Isabela Costa; Mundim, Iram Moreira; de Souza Teixeira, Leonardo; da Silva, Enikson Pontes; Bonfim, Ricardo Rodrigues; Gomes, Sandro Antônio; Ferreira, Denys Pires; Lopes, Aderimar Rogério Batista; Pascoal, Helifas Duarte; de Souza, Weidson Carlo; Pianetti, Gerson Antônio

    2013-11-01

    A new method was developed for the quantitation of 3-α-hydroxy tibolone, in human plasma, after oral administration of a tablet formulation containing tibolone (2.5 mg). 3-α-Hydroxy tibolone was extracted by a liquid-liquid procedure, using cyproterone acetate as internal standard and chlorobutane as extraction solvent. After extraction, samples were submitted to a derivatization step with p-toluenesulfonyl isocyanate. A mobile phase consisting of acetonitrile and water (72:28 v/v) was used and chromatographic separation was achieved using Agilent XDB C18 column (100 × 4.6 mm i.d.; 5 µm particle size), at 40°C. Mass spectrometric detection was performed using atmospheric pressure chemical ionization in negative mode for 3-α-hydroxy tibolone and in positive mode for cyproterone acetate. The fragmentation transitions were m/z 510.2 → m/z 170.1 and m/z 417.0 → m/z 357.1 for 3-α-hydroxy tibolone and cyproterone acetate, respectively. Calibration curves were constructed over the range 100-30,000 pg/mL and the method was shown to be specific, precise and accurate, with a mean recovery rate of 94.2% for 3-α-hydroxy tibolone. No matrix effect or carry-over was detected in the samples. The validated method was applied in a pharmacokinetic study with a tibolone formulation in healthy female volunteers. PMID:23813413

  1. A simple high-performance liquid chromatographic method for the determination of diclofenac in human plasma: application to a comparative bioavailability study.

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    Rigato, H M; Moreno, R A; Orpinelli, E Z; Borges, B C; Sverdloff, C E; Pedrazzoli, J; Borges, N C

    2009-02-01

    A rapid, sensitive and specific method to quantify diclofenac in human plasma using indomethacin as the internal standard (IS) is described. Samples were extracted using protein precipitation protocol and analyzed by high performance liquid chromatography coupled to ultraviolet detection at 276 nm. Chromatography was performed isocratically with a run time of 8.0 min and the retention time observed for diclofenac and IS was 6.0 and 7.0 min, respectively. The calibration curve was linear over the range 50 - 4,000 ng/ml (r2 > 0.9995). The mean recovery of diclofenac ranged from 88.76 to 99.14% and the limit of quantification was 50 ng/ml. Intrabatch precision and accuracy (%CV) of the method ranged from 0.86 to 7.60%, and 99.34 to 103.8%, respectively. Interbatch precision (%CV) and accuracy ranged from 0.26 to 11.4%, and 92.00 to 105.34%, respectively. This HPLC method was used to determine the relative pharmacokinetics of two diclofenac-cholestyramine 140 mg capsule formulations. The study was conducted using an open, randomized and crossover design with a 1-week washout interval. A single 140 mg dose (equivalent to 70 mg of diclofenac) of each formulation was administered to 26 healthy volunteers (13 males and 13 females) and blood samples were obtained over 12-h interval. The geometric mean of diclofenac-cholestyramine/Flotac ratio was 90.53% for AUC0-12 and 100.22% for Cmax. Since the 90% CI for Cmax and AUCs ratios were all inside the 80 - 125% interval, it was concluded that the diclofenac-cholestyramine test formulation is bioequivalent to Flotac regarding both the rate and the extent of absorption. PMID:19203570

  2. Simultaneous quantification of vortioxetine, carvedilol and its active metabolite 4-hydroxyphenyl carvedilol in rat plasma by UPLC-MS/MS: Application to their pharmacokinetic interaction study.

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    Huang, Yi; Zheng, Shuangli; Pan, Yongyang; Li, Tao; Xu, Zhi-Sheng; Shao, Meng-Meng

    2016-09-01

    To establish a rapid and sensitive ultra performance liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry (UPLC-MS/MS) method for the determination of vortioxetine, carvedilol and its metabolite 4-hydroxyphenyl carvedilol in rat plasma. The analytes and the internal standard (diazepam) were separated on an Acquity UPLC BEH C18 chromatography column (2.1mm×50mm, 1.7μm) using gradient elution with a mobile phase of acetonitrile and 0.1% formic acid in water at a flow rate of 0.4mL/min. The detection was performed on a triple quadrupole tandem mass spectrometer by multiple reaction monitoring (MRM) mode to monitor the precursor-to-product ion transitions of m/z 299.2→150.1 for vortioxetine, m/z 407.2→100.3 for carvedilol, m/z 423.2→100.1 for 4-hydroxyphenyl carvedilol and m/z 285.2→193.1 for diazepam (IS) using a positive electrospray ionization interface. The method was validated over a concentration range of 0.5-100ng/mL for vortioxetine, 0.5-1000ng/mL for carvedilol and 0.1-50ng/mL for 4-hydroxyphenyl carvedilol. Total time for each chromatograph was 3.0min. The intra- and inter-day precision and accuracy of the quality control samples at low, medium, and high concentration levels exhibited relative standard deviations (RSD)<11.6% and the accuracy values ranged from -12.2% to 11.3%. The analytical method was successfully applied to a pharmacokinetic interaction study of vortioxetine and carvedilol after oral administration vortioxetine and carvedilol in rats. Results suggested that the co-administration of vortioxetine and carvedilol results in a significant drug interaction in rats. PMID:27262994

  3. Determination of HS270, a new histone deacetylase inhibitor, in rat plasma by LC-MS/MS--application to a preclinical pharmacokinetic study.

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    Zhong, Guo-Ping; Chen, Jiang-Ying; Bi, Hui-Chang; Qin, Xiao-Ling; Dai, Chang-Liang; Liu, Jing; Chen, Xiao; Zeng, Gui-Xiong; Huang, Zhi-Ying; Huang, Min

    2011-11-15

    A rapid and sensitive liquid chromatography/tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) method has been developed and fully validated to determine HS270, a new histone deacetylase (HDAC) inhibitor, in rat plasma using SAHA as the internal standard (IS). After a single step liquid-liquid extraction with acetoacetate, analytes were subjected to LC-MS/MS analysis using positive electro-spray ionization (ESI(+)) under selected reaction monitoring mode (SRM). The chromatographic separation was achieved on a Hypurity C(18) column (50 mm × 2.1 mm, i.d., 5 μm). The MS/MS detection was conducted by monitoring the fragmentation of m/z 392.3→100.1 for HS270, m/z 265.1→232.1 for IS. The method had a chromatographic running time of 2.5 min and linear calibration curves over the concentrations of 0.5-1000 ng/mL. The recovery of the method was 70.8-82.5% and the lower limit of quantification (LLOQ) was 0.5 ng/mL. The intra- and inter-batch precisions were less than 15% for all quality control samples at concentrations of 1.0, 100.0, and 750.0 ng/mL. The validated LC-MS/MS method has successfully applied to a HS270 pharmacokinetic study after oral doses of 25, 50, 100, 200 mg/kg, and i.v. dose of 5 mg/kg to rats. PMID:21983196

  4. LC-MS/MS methods for the determination of edaravone and/or taurine in rat plasma and its application to a pharmacokinetic study.

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    Tang, Dao-quan; Bian, Ting-ting; Zheng, Xiao-xiao; Li, Ying; Wu, Xiao-wen; Li, Yin-jie; Du, Qian; Jiang, Shui-shi

    2014-09-01

    Three liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) methods were respectively developed and validated for the simultaneous or independent determination of taurine and edaravone in rat plasma using 3-methyl-1-p-tolyl-5-pyrazolone and sulfanilic acid as the internal standards (IS). Chromatographic separations were achieved on an Agilent Zorbax SB-Aq (100 × 2.1 mm, 3.5 µm) column. Gradient 0.03% formic acid-methanol, isocratic 0.1% formic acid-methanol (90:10) and 0.02% formic acid-methanol (40:60) were respectively selected as the mobile phase for the simultaneous determination of two analytes, taurine or edaravone alone. The MS acquisition was performed in multiple reaction monitoring mode with a positive and negative electrospray ionization source. The mass transitions monitored were m/z [M + H](+) 175.1 → 133.0 and [M + H](+) 189.2 → 147.0 for edaravone and its IS, m/z [M - H](-) 124.1 → 80.0 and [M - H](-) 172.0 → 80.0 for taurine and its IS, respectively. The validated methods were successfully applied to study the pharmacokinetic interaction of taurine and edaravone in rats after independent intravenous administration and co-administration with a single dose. Our collective results showed that there were no significant alterations on the main pharmacokinetic parameters (area under concentration-time curve, mean residence time, half-life and clearance) of taurine and edaravone, implying that the proposed combination therapy was pharmacologically feasible. PMID:24706508

  5. High-Throughput Chiral LC-MS/MS Method Using Overlapping Injection Mode for the Determination of Pantoprazole Enantiomers in Human Plasma with Application to Pharmacokinetic Study.

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    Li, Shengni; Jiang, Huafang; Wang, Yiya; Liu, Yinli; Shen, Xiaohang; Liang, Wenzhong; Hong, Zhanying

    2016-07-01

    A sensitive and high-throughput chiral liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry method was developed and validated for the quantification of R-pantoprazole and S-pantoprazole in human plasma. Sample extraction was carried out by using ethyl acetate liquid-liquid extraction in 96-well plate format. The separation of pantoprazole enantiomers was performed on a CHIRALCEL OJ-RH column and an overlapping injection mode was used to achieve a run time of 5.0 min/sample. The mobile phase consisted of 1) 10 mM ammonium acetate in methanol: acetonitrile (1:1, v/v) and 2) 20 mM ammonium acetate in water. Isocratic elution was used with flow rate at 500 μL/min. The enantiomers were quantified on a triple-quadrupole mass spectrometer under multiple reaction monitoring (MRM) mode with m/z 382.1/230.0 for pantoprazole and m/z 388.4/230.1 for pantoprazole-d7. Linearity from 20.0 to 5000 ng/mL was established for each enantiomer (r(2)  > 0.99). Extraction recovery ranged from 91.7% to 96.4% for R-pantoprazole and from 92.5% to 96.5% for S-pantoprazole and the IS-normalized matrix factor was 0.98 to 1.07 for R-pantoprazole and S-pantoprazole, respectively. The method was demonstrated with acceptable accuracy, precision, selectivity, and stability and the method was applied to support a pharmacokinetic study of a phase I clinical trial of racemic pantoprazole in healthy Chinese subjects. Chirality 28:569-575, 2016. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. PMID:27349958

  6. Simultaneous determination of amlodipine and bisoprolol in rat plasma by a liquid chromatography/tandem mass spectrometry method and its application in pharmacokinetic study.

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    Chang, Huichao; Li, Jinyin; Li, Ji; Guan, Xiaoduo; Sun, Fanlu; Qian, Zhongzhi; Bi, Kaishun; Fan, Guorong

    2012-12-01

    A sensitive, specific liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) method was established for the quantitative determination of amlodipine and bisoprolol, using clenbuterol as the internal standard (IS). The analytes and IS were isolated from 100μL plasma samples by a simple liquid-liquid extraction (LLE). Reverse-phase high performance liquid chromatography (RP-HPLC) separation was accomplished on a Diamonsil C(18) column (50mm×4.6mm, 5μm) with a mobile phase composed of methanol-water-formic acid (75:25:0.01, v/v/v) at a flow rate of 0.3mL/min. The method had a chromatographic total run time of 3min. Multiple reacting monitoring (MRM) transitions of m/z [M+H](+) 409.1→237.9 (amlodipine), m/z [M+H](+) 326.2→116.0 (bisoprolol) and m/z [M+H](+) 277.0→203.0 (clenbuterol, IS) were used to quantify amlodipine, bisoprolol and IS, respectively. The method was sensitive with a lower limit of quantitation (LLOQ) of 0.2ng/mL for both amlodipine and bisoprolol, and the linear range was 0.2-50ng/mL for both amlodipine and bisoprolol (r(2)>0.9961). All the validation data, such as accuracy, precision and inter-day repeatability, were within the required limits. The method was successfully applied to pharmacokinetic studies of amlodipine and bisoprolol in Sprague-Dawley (SD) rats. PMID:22947502

  7. Rapid and sensitive LC-MS/MS method for determination of megestrol acetate in human plasma: application to a human pharmacokinetic study.

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    Seo, Ji-Hyung; Park, Ji-Sun; Jo, Min-Ho; Park, Mi-Sun; Ryu, Ju-Hee; Cho, Young-Wuk; Shim, Wang-Sup; Noh, Gyu-Jeong; Lee, Kyung-Tae

    2013-04-01

    A rapid, simple and fully validated LC-MS/MS method was developed and validated for the determination of megestrol acetate in human plasma using tolbutamide as an internal standard (IS) after one-step liquid-liquid extraction with methyl-tert-butyl-ether. Detection was performed using electrospray ionization in positive ion multiple reaction monitoring mode by monitoring the transitions m/z 385.5 → 267.1 for megestrol acetate and m/z 271.4 → 155.1 for IS. Chromatographic separation was performed on a YMC Hydrosphere C18 column with an isocratic mobile phase, which consisted of 10 mm ammonium formate buffer (adjusted to pH 5.0 with formic acid)-methanol (60:40, v/v) at a flow rate of 0.4 mL/min. The achieved lower limit of quantitation (LLOQ) was 1 ng/mL (signal-to-noise ratio > 10) and the standard calibration curve for megestrol acetate was linear (r > 0.99) over the studied concentration range (1-2000 ng/mL). The proposed method was fully validated by determining its specificity, linearity, LLOQ, intra- and inter-day precision and accuracy, recovery, matrix effect and stability. The validated LC-MS/MS method was successfully applied for the evaluation of pharmacokinetic parameters of megestrol acetate after oral administration of a single dose 800 mg of megestrol acetate (Megace™) to five healthy Korean male volunteers under fed conditions. PMID:22961730

  8. Simultaneous Determination of Metformin, Metoprolol and its Metabolites in Rat Plasma by LC-MS-MS: Application to Pharmacokinetic Interaction Study.

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    Ma, Yan-rong; Rao, Zhi; Shi, A-xi; Wang, Ya-feng; Huang, Jing; Han, Miao; Wang, Xin-dong; Jin, Yong-wen; Zhang, Guo-qiang; Zhou, Yan; Zhang, Fan; Qin, Hong-yan; Wu, Xin-an

    2016-01-01

    A simple, rapid and sensitive liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS-MS) method was developed and validated for the simultaneous quantitation of metformin (MTF), metoprolol (MET), α-hydroxymetoprolol (HMT) and O-desmethylmetoprolol (DMT) in rat plasma using paracetamol as an internal standard (IS), respectively. The sample preparation involved a protein-precipitation method with methanol after the addition of IS. The separation was performed on an Agilent HC-C18 column (4.6 × 250 mm, 5 µm) at a flow rate of 1.0 mL/min, using methanol-water containing 0.1% formic acid (39:61, v/v) as mobile phase, and total run time was 8.5 min. MS-MS detection was accomplished in multiple reaction monitoring mode with positive electrospray ionization. The monitored transitions were m/z 130.1 → 60.2 for MTF, m/z 268.2 → 116.1 for MET, m/z 284.2 → 116.1 for HMT, m/z 254.2 → 116.1 for DMT and m/z 152.3 → 110.1 for IS. The method was fully validated in terms of selectivity, linearity, accuracy, precision, stability, matrix effect and recovery over a concentration range of 19.53-40,000 ng/mL for MTF, 3.42-7,000 ng/mL for MET, 2.05-4,200 ng/mL for HMT and 1.95-4,000 ng/mL for DMT, respectively. The analytical method was successfully applied to drug interaction study of MTF and MET after oral administration of MTF and MET. Results suggested that the coadministration of MTF and MET results in a significant drug interaction in rat. PMID:26187926

  9. The plasma focus as a tool for plasma-wall-interaction studies

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    Ramos, G.; Martinez, M.; Herrera, J. J. E.; Castillo, F.

    2015-03-01

    The study of the interaction of magnetized plasmas with candidate materials for fusion reactors, as for example tungsten, is a main topic in fusion research. Many studies simulate the plasma wall interaction using ion beams, while only a few use plasma simulators. Plasma foci can produce dense magnetized plasmas of deuterium and helium among other species. We used the plasma focus Fuego-Nuevo II, to expose tungsten samples to deuterium and helium plasmas. The samples were analysed by means of SEM, RBS and NRA, evidencing surface erosion, surface melting and retention of deuterium in a shallow surface layer of 250 nm amounting 6.5·1016 D/cm2. The plasma temperature has been measured at the position of the samples using a triple Langmuir probe and compared to calculations of a snowplow model. The modelling of the electrode to reach desired plasma parameters is discussed.

  10. Computational studies of plasma lipoprotein lipids.

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    Pan, Lurong; Segrest, Jere P

    2016-10-01

    Plasma lipoproteins are macromolecular assemblies of proteins and lipids found in the blood. The lipid components of lipoproteins are amphipathic lipids such as phospholipids (PLs), and unesterified cholesterols (UCs) and hydrophobic lipids such as cholesteryl esters (CEs) and triglycerides (TGs). Since lipoproteins are soft matter supramolecular assemblies easily deformable by thermal fluctuations and they also exist in varying densities and protein/lipid components, a detailed understanding of their structure/function is experimentally difficult. Molecular dynamics (MD) simulation has emerged as a particularly promising way to explore the structure and dynamics of lipoproteins. The purpose of this review is to survey the current status of computational studies of the lipid components of the lipoproteins. Computational studies aim to explore three levels of complexity for the 3-dimensional structural dynamics of lipoproteins at various metabolic stages: (i) lipoprotein particles consist of protein with minimal lipid; (ii) lipoprotein particles consist of PL-rich discoidal bilayer-like lipid particles; (iii) mature circulating lipoprotein particles consist of CE-rich or TG-rich spheroidal lipid-droplet-like particles. Due to energy barriers involved in conversion between these species, other biomolecules also participate in lipoprotein biological assembly. For example: (i) lipid-poor apolipoprotein A-I (apoA-I) interacts with ATP-binding cassette transporter A1 (ABCA1) to produce nascent discoidal high density lipoprotein (dHDL) particles; (ii) lecithin-cholesterol acyltransferase (LCAT) mediates the conversion of UC to CE in dHDL, driving spheroidal HDL (sHDL) formation; (iii) transfer proteins, cholesterol ester transfer protein (CETP) and phospholipid transfer protein (PLTP), transfer both CE and TG and PL, respectively, between lipoprotein particles. Computational studies have the potential to explore different lipoprotein particles at each metabolic stage in

  11. Liquid chromatographic tandem mass spectrometric assay for simultaneous quantification of compound 97/78 and its in vivo metabolite 97/63, a novel trioxane antimalarial, in human plasma and its application to a protein binding study.

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    Kushwaha, Hari Narayan; Gautam, Nagsen; Singh, Shio Kumar

    2011-01-01

    A sensitive, selective and specific LC-MS/ MS assay for simultaneous quantification of compound 97/78 and its active in vivo metabolite 97/63, a novel 1,2,4-trioxane antimalarial, in human plasma has been developed and validated using alpha-arteether as internal standard (IS). Extraction from plasma involves a simple protein precipitation method. The analytes were chromatographed on a Columbus C18 column with guard by isocratic elution with acetonitrile:ammonium acetate buffer (10 mM, pH 4.0) (80:20 v/v) as mobile phase at a flow rate of 0.45 mL min(-1) and analyzed in multiple reaction-monitoring (MRM) positive ion mode. The chromatographic run time was 4.0 min. The weighted (1/x2) calibration curves were linear over a range of 1.56-200 ng mL(-1) with correlation coefficients > 0.998. For both analytes, the limit of detection (LOD) and lower limit of quantification (LLOQ) were 0.5 ng mL(-1) and 1.56 ng mL(-1), respectively. The recovery of 97/78, 97/63 and IS from spiked control samples were > 90% and their matrix suppression obtained were < 8 %. The accuracy (% bias) and precision (%RSD) for both analytes were < 6.78%. Both analytes were stable after three freeze-thaw cycles (% deviation < 12.80), long-term for 30 days in plasma at -60 degrees C (% deviation < 14.38), for 8 h on bench top in plasma at ambient temperature (% deviation < 1.52) and also in the auto-sampler for 12 h (% deviation < 3.9%). The validated method was successfully applied to a protein binding study of compound 97/78 and metabolite 97/63 in human plasma. Furthermore, the validated method will be applicable to pharmacokinetics, bioavailability and metabolism in various clinical phases and in drug interaction studies. PMID:21899212

  12. Highly sensitive HPLC-DAD method for the assay of gefitinib in patient plasma and cerebrospinal fluid: application to a blood-brain barrier penetration study.

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    Fang, Luo; Song, Yu; Weng, Xu; Li, Fanzhu; Xu, Yaping; Lin, Nengming

    2015-12-01

    The quantification of intracranial gefitinib (GEF) exposure is limited owing to the sensitivity of analytical equipment. Although mass spectrometry (MS) is the preferred method because of its high sensitivity, the equipment is not available in many laboratories, especially in developing Asian countries. In this paper, we developed a highly sensitive high performance liquid chromatography-diode array detector (HPLC-DAD) method for the assay of GEF in human cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) and plasma. GEF was extracted from CSF and plasma by solid-phase extraction and liquid-liquid extraction, respectively. The chromatographic separation was performed on a C18 column with gradient elution of 0.1% triethylamine solution and acetonitrile, then finally detected at 344 nm. This method was validated and proved to be highly sensitive with a lower limit of quantitation value of 0.11 ng/mL in CSF and 11 ng/mL in plasma. The blood-brain barrier penetration ratio of GEF ranged from 1.48 to 2.41%. This method provides a reliable MS-independent solution for the quantitation of GEF in patients' CSF and plasma. PMID:26014887

  13. Simultaneous determination of L-tetrahydropalmatine and cocaine in human plasma by simple UPLC-FLD method: application in clinical studies.

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    Yu, Mingming; Hassan, Hazem E; Ibrahim, Ahmed; Bauer, Kenneth S; Kelly, Deanna L; Wang, Jia Bei

    2014-08-15

    Currently, there are no FDA approved medications for treatment of cocaine addiction underscoring the dire need to develop such a product. There is an accumulating body of evidence that l-tetrahydropalmatine (l-THP), a non-selective dopamine antagonist, can be used for the treatment of cocaine addiction. Indeed, the FDA recently approved its usage in a Phase I study in cocaine abusers and it was indispensable to develop a simple and sensitive method for the simultaneous determination of l-THP and cocaine in human plasma. We developed a UPLC-FLD method for quantitation of these molecules using an ACQUITY BEH C18 column (2.1 mm × 50mm, 1.7 μm) and a mobile phase that consisted of 10mM ammonium phosphate (pH=4.75), methanol, and acetonitrile (v:v:v, 78:16:6). Venlafaxine was used as the internal standard while hexane was used for the liquid-liquid extraction. The flow rate was 0.4 mL/min with fluorescence detection using an excitation wavelength of 230 nm and emission detection wavelength of 315 nm. This method was selective, linear and sensitive with a lower limit of quantification of 2.5 ng/mL for both cocaine and l-THP. The intra-day precision of cocaine and l-THP was <9.50% while the accuracy was <4.29%. The inter-day precision of cocaine and l-THP was <9.14%, and the accuracy was <12.49%. The recovery for cocaine and l-THP ranged from 43.95 to 50.02% and 54.65 to 58.31%, respectively. In comparison to forty reported cocaine quantitation methods this method is simple, sensitive and cost-effective and can be used for simultaneous quantitation of l-THP and cocaine. This method meets the FDA guidelines and can be used in current and future clinical studies. PMID:24996068

  14. Low voltage drop plasma switch for inverter and modulator applications

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    Goebel, D. M.; Poeschel, R. L.; Schumacher, R. W.

    1993-08-01

    A low forward voltage drop plasma switch has been developed for high-efficiency inverter and modulator applications. The switch, called the HOLLOTRON, is based on a grid-controlled, thermionic hollow-cathode discharge. A low forward voltage drop (10-20 V) is achieved by operating the hollow-cathode discharge in a static gas pressure of xenon. The dense plasma generated in the Ba-oxide dispenser hollow cathode is spread over a relatively large control grid area by a diverging magnetic field superimposed on the discharge. Interruption of the discharge current at high current densities (≳4 A/cm2) over the grid area is achieved by biasing the control grid sufficiently negative with respect to the plasma. The HOLLOTRON switch has demonstrated voltage stand-off of up to 20 kV, switching times of ≤0.3 μs, and pulse repetition frequencies of 20 kHz at 50% duty.

  15. Fundamental study of impact ionization plasma detector

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    Ohashi, H.; Muranaga, K.; Sasaki, S.; Nogami, K.; Shibata, H.

    Impact ionization plasma detectors are commonly used for cosmic dust research on board spacecraft. There seems to be no scientific background on their shape, area, and applied high voltage; they are determined empirically. To design a dust detector having large aperture and lightweight to collect dust effectively for the future mission, we are to study fundamental physics of dust impact ionization phenomena. To determine parameters of impact ionization, a simple detector is designed; metal target, two grids, with/without sidewall. Distance from target to grid, grid to grid, applied voltages are variable. Each electrode is connected to charge sensitive preamplifiers, signals are observed with a digital oscilloscope. Experiments using micro-particle accelerators are made at HIT, Univ. Tokyo in Japan, and at MPI-K in Germany. Time difference of two grid signals (plasma expansion velocity), and target signal rise time are determined from observed signals. Preliminary study shows, plasma expansion velocity is dependent on applied high voltage, not dependent on dust velocity. There is a clear correlation between dust particle velocity and target signal rise time. Sidewall effect is to be studied in the near future experiment.

  16. Characterization of the axial plasma shock in a table top plasma focus after the pinch and its possible application to testing materials for fusion reactors

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    Soto, Leopoldo Pavez, Cristian; Moreno, José; Inestrosa-Izurieta, María José; Veloso, Felipe; Gutiérrez, Gonzalo; Vergara, Julio; Clausse, Alejandro; Bruzzone, Horacio; Castillo, Fermín; and others

    2014-12-15

    The characterization of plasma bursts produced after the pinch phase in a plasma focus of hundreds of joules, using pulsed optical refractive techniques, is presented. A pulsed Nd-YAG laser at 532 nm and 8 ns FWHM pulse duration was used to obtain Schlieren images at different times of the plasma dynamics. The energy, interaction time with a target, and power flux of the plasma burst were assessed, providing useful information for the application of plasma focus devices for studying the effects of fusion-relevant pulses on material targets. In particular, it was found that damage factors on targets of the order of 10{sup 4} (W/cm{sup 2})s{sup 1/2} can be obtained with a small plasma focus operating at hundred joules.

  17. Simultaneous determination of apatinib and its four major metabolites in human plasma using liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry and its application to a pharmacokinetic study.

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    Ding, Juefang; Chen, Xiaoyan; Dai, Xiaojian; Zhong, Dafang

    2012-05-01

    Apatinib, also known as YN968D1, is a novel antiangiogenic agent that selectively inhibits vascular endothelial growth factor receptor-2. Currently, apatinib is undergoing phase II/III clinical trials in China for the treatment of solid tumors. Apatinib is extensively metabolized in humans, and its major metabolites in circulation include cis-3-hydroxy-apatinib (M1-1), trans-3-hydroxy-apatinib (M1-2), apatinib-25-N-oxide (M1-6), and cis-3-hydroxy-apatinib-O-glucuronide (M9-2). To investigate the pharmacokinetics of apatinib and its four major metabolites in patients with advanced colorectal cancer, a sensitive and selective liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry method was developed and validated for the simultaneous determination of apatinib, M1-1, M1-2, M1-6, and M9-2 in human plasma. After a simple protein precipitation using acetonitrile as the precipitation solvent, all the analytes and the internal standard vatalanib were separated on a Zorbax Eclipse XDB C(18) column (50 mm × 4.6 mm, 1.8 μm, Agilent) using acetonitrile: 5 mmol/L ammonium acetate with 0.1% formic acid as the mobile phase with gradient elution. A chromatographic total run time of 9 min was achieved. Mass spectrometry detection was conducted through electrospray ionization in positive ion multiple reaction monitoring modes. The method was linear over the concentration range of 3.00-2000 ng/mL for each analyte. The lower limit of quantification for each analyte was 3.00 ng/mL. The intra-assay precision for all the analytes was less than 11.3%, the inter-assay precision was less than 13.8%, and the accuracy was between -5.8% and 3.3%. The validated method was successfully applied to a clinical pharmacokinetic study following oral administration of 500 mg apatinib mesylate in patients with advanced colorectal cancer. PMID:22503745

  18. Simultaneous determination of andrographolide, dehydroandrographolide and neoandrographolide in dog plasma by LC-MS/MS and its application to a dog pharmacokinetic study of Andrographis paniculata tablet.

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    Xu, Fang-fang; Fu, Shu-jun; Gu, Sheng-pan; Wang, Zhi-min; Wang, Zhen-zhong; He, Xin; Xiao, Wei

    2015-05-15

    In this study, a sensitive and rapid liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) method was developed and validated to simultaneously determinate andrographolide (AP), dehydroandrographolide (DP), and neoandrographolide (NP) in plasma of beagle dogs after oral administration of Andrographis paniculata tablet (A. paniculata). The analytes and bilobalide (internal standard) were separated on an Agilent ZORBAX XDB-C18 column (50mm×2.1mm, 3.5μm) by using gradient elution consisting of methanol and water at a flow rate of 0.50mL/min in 7min. Multiple reaction monitoring (MRM) mode was performed to quantify data under monitoring precursor-product ion transitions of m/z 348.8→286.9, 330.9→107.9, 479.1→160.8 and 325.0→163.0 for AP, DP, NP and internal standard (IS) at negative ion mode, respectively. This method was developed at linearity ranging from 0.50 to 250ng/mL for AP, 1.00 to 500ng/mL for DP and 0.20 to 100ng/mL for NP. The accuracy of each analyte ranged between 94.8% and 107.1% and the precision was within 14.6%. No significant matrix effect was observed. AP, DP and NP were stable during sample storage, preparation and analytic procedures. Furthermore, this method was successfully applied in the investigation of the pharmacokinetic profile of AP, DP and NP in beagle dogs after oral administration of A. paniculata tablet (49.5mg for AP, 7.0mg for DP, 22.0mg for NP). Biological half-life (t1/2) was 2.08±0.99, 3.13±1.19 and 1.07±0.38h for AP, DP and NP, respectively. The areas under curves (AUC0-t) of AP, DP and NP was 494.50±150.64, 26.01±8.72 and 78.78±18.29ngh/mL, respectively. PMID:25864014

  19. Characterizations of atmospheric pressure low temperature plasma jets and their applications

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    Karakas, Erdinc

    2011-12-01

    Atmospheric pressure low temperature plasma jets (APLTPJs) driven by short pulses have recently received great attention because of their potential in biomedical and environmental applications. This potential is due to their user-friendly features, such as low temperature, low risk of arcing, operation at atmospheric pressure, easy handheld operation, and low concentration of ozone generation. Recent experimental observations indicate that an ionization wave exists and propagates along the plasma jet. The plasma jet created by this ionization wave is not a continuous medium but rather consists of a bullet-like-structure known as "Plasma Bullet". More interestingly, these plasma bullets actually have a donut-shaped makeup. The nature of the plasma bullet is especially interesting because it propagates in the ambient air at supersonic velocities without any externally applied electric field. In this dissertation, experimental insights are reported regarding the physical and chemical characteristics of the APLTPJs. The dynamics of the plasma bullet are investigated by means of a high-speed ICCD camera. A plasma bullet propagation model based on the streamer theory is confirmed with adequate explanations. It is also found that a secondary discharge, ignited by the charge accumulation on the dielectric electrode surfaces at the end of the applied voltage, interrupts the plasma bullet propagation due to an opposing current along the ionization channel. The reason for this interesting phenomenon is explained in detail. The plasma bullet comes to an end when the helium mole fraction along the ionization channel, or applied voltage, or both, are less than some critical values. The presence of an inert gas channel in the surrounding air, such as helium or argon, has a critical role in plasma bullet formation and propagation. For this reason, a fluid dynamics study is employed by a commercially available simulation software, COMSOL, based on finite element method. Spatio

  20. Rapid and sensitive LC-MS/MS method for the determination of auraptene in rat plasma and its application in a pharmacokinetic and bioavailability study in rats.

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    Ye, X D; Ouyang, H; Zhong, L Y; Li, T E; Rao, X Y; Feng, Y L; Yang, W L

    2016-01-01

    A simple, sensitive and specific liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry method was developed and validated for the determination of auraptene, a constituent isolated from Fructus aurantii with potential to combat Alzheimer's disease, in rat plasma. Rat plasma samples were pretreated by protein precipitation with methanol. The analytes were separated by a Waters Sun Fire C18 column (50 mm x 2 mm, 5 μm) and eluted with 1:1000 methanol and formic acid/water (v/v) mobile phase with a flow rate of 0.5 mL/min. Multiple reaction monitoring was used to monitor the transition of the deprotonated auraptene molecule with an m/z of 299.3 [M+H](+), to the product ion with an m/z of 162.9 [M+H](+). Progesterone, with an m/z of 315.2→ 96.9 was used as an internal standard. The limits of detection and of quantification of auraptene in the rat plasma were 1 and 5 ng/mL, respectively. The method was linear in the concentration range of 20- 2000 ng/mL with coefficient correlation of 0.9956. After auraptene (100 mg/kg, p.o.) administration, the maximum plasma concentration and the time taken to reach maximum concentration were 1719.5 ± 384.3 g/mL and 108.0 ± 25.3 min, respectively. The elimination half-life was 108.0 ± 25.3 for auraptene (100 mg/kg, p.o.) and 3.0 ± 0 min for auraptene (2 mg/kg, i.v.). The oral bioavailability was about 8.5%. PMID:27420975

  1. A comprehensive study of different gases in inductively coupled plasma torch operating at one atmosphere

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    Punjabi, Sangeeta B.; Joshi, N. K.; Mangalvedekar, H. A.; Lande, B. K.; Das, A. K.; Kothari, D. C.

    2012-01-15

    A numerical study is done to understand the possible operating regimes of RF-ICP torch (3 MHz, 50 kW) using different gases for plasma formation at atmospheric pressure. A two dimensional numerical simulation of RF-ICP torch using argon, nitrogen, oxygen, and air as plasma gas has been investigated using computational fluid dynamic (CFD) software fluent{sup (c)}. The operating parameters varied here are central gas flow, sheath gas flow, RF-power dissipated in plasma, and plasma gas. The temperature contours, flow field, axial, and radial velocity profiles were investigated under different operating conditions. The plasma resistance, inductance of the torch, and the heat distribution for various plasma gases have also been investigated. The plasma impedance of ICP torch varies with different operating parameters and plays an important role for RF oscillator design and power coupling. These studies will be useful to decide the design criteria for ICP torches required for different material processing applications.

  2. Non-thermal atmospheric pressure HF plasma source: generation of nitric oxide and ozone for bio-medical applications

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    Kühn, S.; Bibinov, N.; Gesche, R.; Awakowicz, P.

    2010-01-01

    A new miniature high-frequency (HF) plasma source intended for bio-medical applications is studied using nitrogen/oxygen mixture at atmospheric pressure. This plasma source can be used as an element of a plasma source array for applications in dermatology and surgery. Nitric oxide and ozone which are produced in this plasma source are well-known agents for proliferation of the cells, inhalation therapy for newborn infants, disinfection of wounds and blood ozonation. Using optical emission spectroscopy, microphotography and numerical simulation, the gas temperature in the active plasma region and plasma parameters (electron density and electron distribution function) are determined for varied nitrogen/oxygen flows. The influence of the gas flows on the plasma conditions is studied. Ozone and nitric oxide concentrations in the effluent of the plasma source are measured using absorption spectroscopy and electro-chemical NO-detector at variable gas flows. Correlations between plasma parameters and concentrations of the particles in the effluent of the plasma source are discussed. By varying the gas flows, the HF plasma source can be optimized for nitric oxide or ozone production. Maximum concentrations of 2750 ppm and 400 ppm of NO and O3, correspondingly, are generated.

  3. A sensitive method for determination of platycodin d in rat plasma using liquid chromatography/tandem mass spectrometry and its application to a pharmacokinetic study.

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    Pei, Lixia; Bao, Yuanwu; Ma, Lei; Wang, Qiqi; Ye, Yiyi; Han, Xianghui; Liu, Sheng; Chen, Xiuping

    2012-02-01

    Platycodin D (PD), a major component isolated from the root of Platycodon grandiflorum, is widely used in traditional Chinese medicine. A sensitive rapid analytical method was established and validated to determine the PD in rat plasma. This method was further applied to assess the pharmacokinetics of PD in rats following administration of a single dose. Liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry (LC/MS/MS) in multiple reaction monitoring mode (MRM) was used in the method, and tubeimoside I was used as the internal standard (IS). A simple protein precipitation based on methanol (MeOH) was employed. The combination of a simple sample cleanup and short chromatographic running time (4 min) increased the throughput of the method substantially. The method was validated over the range of 0.5-1000 ng/mL with a correlation coefficient > 0.99. The lower limit of quantification was 0.5 ng/mL for PD in plasma. Intra- and inter-day accuracies for PD were 90-115 % and 96-108 %, respectively, and the inter-day precision was less than 15 %. After a single oral dose of 10 mg/kg of PD, its mean peak plasma concentration ( CMAX) was 13.7 ± 4.5 ng/mL at 0.5 h. The area under the plasma concentration-time curve ( AUC0-24 H) was 35.4 ± 16.1 h·ng/mL, and the elimination half-life ( T1/2) was 1.48 ± 0.13 h. In case of intravenous administration of PD at a dosage of 0.5 mg/kg, the area under the plasma concentration-time curve ( AUC0-24 H) was 2203 ± 258 h · ng/mL, and the elimination half-life (T½) was 6.57 ± 0.70 h. Based on the results, the oral bioavailability of PD in rats at 10 mg/kg is 0.079 %. PMID:22095263

  4. Energetic particle physics with applications in fusion and space plasmas

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    Cheng, C.Z.

    1997-05-01

    Energetic particle physics is the study of the effects of energetic particles on collective electromagnetic (EM) instabilities and energetic particle transport in plasmas. Anomalously large energetic particle transport is often caused by low frequency MHD instabilities, which are driven by these energetic particles in the presence of a much denser background of thermal particles. The theory of collective energetic particle phenomena studies complex wave-particle interactions in which particle kinetic physics involving small spatial and fast temporal scales can strongly affect the MHD structure and long-time behavior of plasmas. The difficulty of modeling kinetic-MHD multiscale coupling processes stems from the disparate scales which are traditionally analyzed separately: the macroscale MHD phenomena are studied using the fluid MHD framework, while microscale kinetic phenomena are best described by complicated kinetic theories. The authors have developed a kinetic-MHD model that properly incorporates major particle kinetic effects into the MHD fluid description. For tokamak plasmas a nonvariational kinetic-MHD stability code, the NOVA-K code, has been successfully developed and applied to study problems such as the excitation of fishbone and Toroidal Alfven Eigenmodes (TAE) and the sawtooth stabilization by energetic ions in tokamaks. In space plasmas the authors have employed the kinetic-MHD model to study the energetic particle effects on the ballooning-mirror instability which explains the multisatellite observation of the stability and field-aligned structure of compressional Pc 5 waves in the magnetospheric ring current plasma.

  5. Numerical Study on Microwave Scattering by Various Plasma Objects

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    Wang, Guibin; Zhang, Lin; He, Feng; Ouyang, Jiting

    2016-08-01

    The scattering features of microwave (MW) by planar plasma layer, plasma column and plasma-column array under different parameters have been numerically studied by the finite-difference time-domain (FDTD) method. The effects of the plasma frequency and electron collision rate on MW's reflectance, transmittance and absorptance are examined. The results show that for the planar plasma layer, the electron collision plays an important role in MW absorption and the reduction of wave reflection. In the plasma column condition, strong scattering occurs in certain directions. The scattering pattern depends on the plasma frequency, electron collision rate and column radius. A collisional, non-planar shaped plasma object like the plasma-column array can reduce significantly the wave reflection comparing with the planar plasma layer.

  6. Atmospheric-pressure ionization: New approaches and applications for plasmas in contact with liquids

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    Go, D. B.

    2015-10-01

    Historically, gas discharges have been difficult to stabilize at atmospheric pressure, and this has confined them to operation at low pressure under vacuum conditions. However, recent advances in plasma technology have enabled stable high pressure gas discharges up to and even exceeding atmospheric pressure. One significant advantage of operating at atmospheric pressure is that the plasma can be brought into contact with non-conventional substrates, especially soft materials such as plastics, biological tissue, and aqueous solutions. This last example is of prime interest as plasma/liquid interactions have a number of important implications in applications ranging from water purification to plasma medicine. In this paper, recent work studying the impact of electrons in the plasma inducing reactions in aqueous solutions is discussed. These studies include measurements of the bulk solution as the electrons induce long-lived species as well as interfacial measurements directly at the plasma/liquid interface to probe the behaviour of electrons traversing from the plasma into the liquid.

  7. Simultaneous determination of 14-thienyl methylene matrine and matrine in rat plasma by high-performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry and its application in a pharmacokinetic study.

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    Jiang, Minjie; Wang, Lisheng; Jiang, Weizhe; Huang, Shulin

    2015-01-01

    A rapid, sensitive and selective high-performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometric method (HPLC-MS) has been developed and validated for the simultaneous determination of 14-thienyl methylene matrine (TMM) and matrine (MT) in rat plasma in the present study. The analytes were separated on a C18 column (1.9 μm, 2.1 mm × 100 mm) with a security guard C18 column (5 μm, 2.1 mm × 10 mm) and a triple-quadrupole mass spectrometry equipped with an electrospray ionization (ESI) source was applied for detection. With pseudoephedrine hydrochloride as internal standard, sample pretreatment involved in a one-step protein precipitation with isopropanol:ethyl acetate (v/v, 20:80). The method was linear over the concentration ranges of 5-1000 ng/ml for TMM and 10-2000 ng/ml for MT. The intra-day and inter-day relative standard deviations (RSD) were less than 15% and the relative errors (RE) were all within 15%. The proposed method enables unambiguous identification and quantification of TMM and MT in vivo. This was the first report on determination of the TMM and MT in rat plasma after oral administration of TMM. The results provided a meaningful basis for evaluating the clinical applications of the medicine. PMID:25463207

  8. Plasma-polymerized methyl methacrylate via intense and highly energetic atmospheric pressure micro-plasma for bio-medical applications

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    Park, Choon-Sang; Ballato, John; Kim, Sung-O.; Clemson University Team

    2013-09-01

    Poly (methyl methacrylate), PMMA, has been widely used as a biocompatible material in bone cement, dental fillings, and many other bio-related applications. Vacuum plasmas and radio frequency (RF) atmospheric plasmas are the most common methods for depositing plasma-derived thin films and nanoparticles. However, the necessary equipment is difficult to operate and maintain as well as being large and expensive. Here, we report the use of a novel intense and highly energetic atmospheric pressure plasma jet array using direct plasma jet-to-jet coupling effects to deposit high quality plasma-polymerized MMA (PPMMA) for bio-medical applications. The newly proposed atmospheric pressure micro-plasma jet array device can generate the intense plasma mode with a strong plasma emission and high plasma particle energy. PPMMA was successfully deposited on a variety of substrates and characterized by SEM, AFM, and FT-IR. The micro-plasma jet is obtained at a sinusoidal voltage with a peak value of 30 kV and frequency of 35 kHz. Argon gas was employed as the discharge gas for plasma generation and its flow rate was in the range of 2230 sccm, Methyl methacrylate (MMA) monomer was vaporized by means of a glass bubbler which was supplied by argon gas with flow rates in the range of 268 sccm from room temperature to 400°C. The deposited PPMMA thin films were flexible, transparent, thin, and strong on metal substrates.

  9. Determination of mesalazine, a low bioavailability olsalazine metabolite in human plasma by UHPLC-MS/MS: Application to a pharmacokinetic study.

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    Banda, Jagadeesh; Lakshmanan, Ramalingam; Katepalli, Ramesh Babu; Reddy Venati, Uday Kumar; Koppula, Ramesh; Shiva Prasad, V V S

    2016-01-01

    Olsalazine sodium, salicylate derivative (prodrug) is effectively bioconverted to mesalazine (5-aminosalicylic acid; 5-ASA), which has an anti-inflammatory activity in ulcerative colitis. In this article, a novel highly sensitive and selective method was developed and validated to determine mesalazine in human plasma using a derivatization technique to enhance the signal intensity by using ultra- high performance liquid chromatography coupled to tandem mass spectrometry (UHPLC-MS/MS) with an electrospray ionization interface. The sample preparation consisted of a derivatization with propionyl anhydride followed by liquid liquid extraction (LLE) to remove the interference and minimize the matrix effect of human plasma. The multiple reaction monitoring (MRM) mode of the negative ion was performed and the transitions of m/z 208.1→107.0 and m/z 211.1→110.1 were used to measure the derivative of mesalazine and mesalazine-d3. The chromatographic separation was achieved using kinetex XB-C18 (100×4.6mm 2.6μ) analytical column with 0.1% formic acid in water and acetonitrile as mobile phase with a gradient elution. Nominal retention times of mesalazine and IS were 3.08 and 3.07min, respectively. Absolute recovery was found to be between 82-95% for analyte and about 78% for IS. The standard curves was linear (r(2)>0.995) in the concentration range 0.10 to 12.0ng/mL with lower limit of quantification (LLOQ) in human plasma was 0.10ng/mL. The average intra-day/inter-day precision values (%CV) were in the range from 0.6-2.9 % and 1.3-3.8 %, respectively, while the average accuracy value was 103.8-107.2%. This method has been successfully applied to the human pharmacokinetics of olsalazine sodium 250mg capsules following single oral administration. PMID:26606108

  10. Determination of Z-3,5,4'-trimethoxystilbene in rat plasma by a simple HPLC method: application in a pre-clinical pharmacokinetic study.

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    Lin, Hai-Shu; Zhang, Wei; Go, Mei Lin; Choo, Qiu-Yi; Ho, Paul C

    2010-11-01

    A simple HPLC method had been developed and validated to quantify Z-3,5,4'-trimethoxystilbene (Z-TMS), a phyto-stilbene with potent anti-cancer activities in rat plasma. Chromatographic separation was achieved on a reversed phase-HPLC column, which was protected by a guard column through a 13.5-min gradient delivery of a mixture of acetonitrile and water at a flow rate of 1.5 ml/min at 50 degrees C. The UV absorbance at 300 nm was recorded. Z-TMS and E-stilbene (internal standard) eluted at 8.8 and 9.3 min, respectively. The calibration curve was linear within the range of 33-2500 ng/ml (R(2)>0.9995) and 10 ng/ml was the lower limit of detection. The intra- and inter-day precisions were good and the relative standard deviation was all lower than 10%. The analytical recovery of Z-TMS in plasma ranged from 94.6+/-9.1% to 97.0+/-2.1%. This HPLC method was successfully applied to assess the pharmacokinetic profile of Z-TMS in Sprague-Dawley rats using hydroxypropyl-beta-cyclodextrin (HP-beta-CyD) as a dosing vehicle. Although Z-TMS displayed negligible oral bioavailability, it had a fairly long terminal elimination half-life, abundant plasma drug exposure and limited clearance following intravenous administration. As Z-TMS had favorable intravenous pharmacokinetic profile, further investigation on its potential as a cancer chemotherapeutic agent is warranted. PMID:20427141

  11. HPLC method with solid-phase extraction for determination of (R)- and (S)-ketoprofen in plasma without caffeine interference: application to pharmacokinetic studies in rats.

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    López-Muñoz, Francisco Javier; Vara Gama, Nancy; Soria-Arteche, Olivia; Hurtado y de la Peña, Marcela; Domínguez-Ramírez, Adriana Miriam; Medina López, José Raúl

    2014-01-01

    A fast and reproducible high-performance liquid chromatography method has been developed for the determination of (R)- and (S)-ketoprofen. Ketoprofen enantiomers were determined in plasma samples (50 µL), after solid-phase extraction, using diclofenac as internal standard. Analyses were performed on a (S, S)-Whelk-O 1 stainless steel column (5 µm, 250 × 4.6 mm) using hexane-ethanol-acetic acid (93:7:0.5, v/v/v) as the mobile phase and detection at 254 nm. The method was selective for ketoprofen enantiomers in the presence of caffeine and endogenous plasma compounds. Standard curves were linear (R(2) > 0.999) over the concentration range of 0.25-12.50 and 0.25 µg/mL was taken as the limit of quantification. The intra- and interday precision (relative standard deviation) values were <15.0% and the accuracy (relative error) was within ±12.0% at 1.0, 5.0 and 10.0 µg/mL. Enantiomer recoveries yielded 100.0 ± 15%. No significant differences were determined in plasma samples stored at room temperature for 24.0 h, after two freeze-thaw cycles, and between 0 and 4 weeks at -20°C (P > 0.05). The validated method was successfully applied in determination of (S)-ketoprofen in Wistar rats after oral administration of 3.2 mg/kg of (S)-ketoprofen alone or 3.2 mg/kg of (S)-ketoprofen + 17.8 mg/kg of caffeine. PMID:24368338

  12. Quantification of theobromine and caffeine in saliva, plasma and urine via liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry: a single analytical protocol applicable to cocoa intervention studies.

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    Ptolemy, Adam S; Tzioumis, Emma; Thomke, Arjun; Rifai, Sami; Kellogg, Mark

    2010-02-01

    Targeted analyses of clinically relevant metabolites in human biofluids often require extensive sample preparation (e.g., desalting, protein removal and/or preconcentration) prior to quantitation. In this report, a single ultra-centrifugation based sample pretreatment combined with a designed liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) protocol provides selective quantification of 3,7-dimethylxanthine (theobromine) and 1,3,7-trimethylxanthine (caffeine) in human saliva, plasma and urine samples. The optimized chromatography permitted elution of both analytes within 1.3 min of the applied gradient. Positive-mode electrospray ionization and a triple quadruple MS/MS instrument operated in multiple reaction mode were used for detection. (13)C(3) isotopically labeled caffeine was included as an internal standard to improve accuracy and precision. Implementing a 20-fold dilution of the isolated low MW biofluid fraction prior to injection effectively minimized the deleterious contributions of all three matrices to quantitation. The assay was linear over a 160-fold concentration range from 2.5 to 400 micromol L(-1) for both theobromine (average R(2) 0.9968) and caffeine (average R(2) 0.9997) respectively. Analyte peak area variations for 2.5 micromol L(-1) caffeine and theobromine in saliva, plasma and urine ranged from 5 and 10% (intra-day, N=10) to 9 and 13% (inter-day, N=25) respectively. The intra- and inter-day precision of theobromine and caffeine elution times were 3 and <1% for all biofluids and concentrations tested. Recoveries for caffeine and theobromine ranged from 114 to 118% and 99 to 105% at concentration levels of 10 and 300 micromol L(-1). This validated protocol also permitted the relative saliva, plasma and urine distribution of both theobromine and caffeine to be quantified following a cocoa intervention. PMID:20045386

  13. A rapid and highly sensitive UPLC-MS-MS method for the quantification of zolpidem tartrate in human EDTA plasma and its application to pharmacokinetic study.

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    Reddy, Dendhi Chandrapal; Bapuji, Akula Tukaram; Rao, Vepakomma Suryanarayana; Himabindu, Vurimindi; Ravinder, Sreedasyam

    2012-07-01

    A rapid and high sensitive liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS-MS) method was developed and validated for the quantification of zolpidem in human EDTA plasma using ondansetron (IS) as an internal standard. The analyte and IS were extracted from human plasma using ethyl acetate and separated on a C18 column (Inertsil-ODS, 5 µm, 4.6 × 50 mm) interfaced with a triple quadrupole tandem mass spectrometer. The mobile phase, which consisted of a mixture of methanol and 20 mM ammonium formate (pH 5.00 ± 0.05; 75:25 v/v), was injected at a flow rate of 0.40 mL/min. The retention times of zolpidem and IS were approximately 1.76 and 1.22. The LC run time was 3 min. The electrospray ionization source was operated in positive ion mode. Multiple reaction monitoring used the [M + H](+) ions m/z 308.13 → 235.21 for zolpidem and m/z 294.02 → 170.09 for the ondansetron, respectively. Five freeze-thaw cycles was established at -20 and -70°C.The linearity of the response/concentration curve was established in human EDTA plasma over the concentration range 0.10-149.83 ng/mL. The lower detection limit [(signal-to-noise (S/N) > 3] was 0.04 ng/mL and the lower limit of quantification (S/N > 10) was 0.10 ng/mL. This LC-MS-MS method was validated with intra-batch and inter-batch precision of 0.52-8.66.The intra-batch and inter-batch accuracy was 96.66-106.11. Recovery of zolpidem in human plasma was 87.00% and IS recovery was 81.60%. The primary pharmacokinetic parameters were T(max) (h) = (1.25 ± 0.725), C(max) (ng/mL) (127.80 ± 34.081), AUC(0→t), = (665.37 ± 320.982) and AUC(0→∞), 686.03 ± 342.952, respectively. PMID:22689921

  14. Design, implementation, and applications of devices for generation of ultra high frequency miniature plasmas

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    Taghioskoui, Mazdak

    The main objectives of this research are: (1) to develop novel and application-specific sources for generation of ultra-high frequency miniature plasmas that operate in a wide pressure range (˜1 to 760 Torr) with power requirement of less than 10 W, (2) to investigate the active species of such miniature plasma sources using mass spectrometry and optical emission spectroscopy, and (3) to explore novel applications of such miniature plasma sources with an emphasis on their application in chemical analysis for identification of gaseous species and volatile organic compounds. First, a miniature inductively coupled plasma (ICP) sources was developed, operating at a pressure of 1 to 10 Torr and a power requirement of 2--8 W with carbon dioxide, helium and argon as the plasma gas. The plasma impedance was measured using Smith chart. Furthermore, the background emission of the miniature ICP sources was monitored to investigate the species in the carbon dioxide, argon, and helium miniature ICPs. Ethylene, neon, and hydrogen were introduced separately into the miniature carbon dioxide ICP for qualitative identification. Distinguishable peaks were observed at approximately 431, 585, and 656 nm for ethylene, neon, and hydrogen, respectively. Second, a miniature ICP operating under conditions mimicking the Martian atmosphere was investigated. The miniature ICP source was able to generate a stable plasma, operating at a pressure range of 4 to 16 Torr and a power requirement of less than 3.5 W. The quantitative analysis of trace amounts of methane sample was performed by interfacing the miniature ICP with a quadrupole mass spectrometer. The effects of pressure, plasma power, and skimmer voltage were investigated and optimized for obtaining analytical results. Excellent calibration curves were obtained for CH3+ at m/z of 15. A detection limit of 0.15 ppm for CH3 + at 16 Torr was achieved using a quadrupole mass spectrometer. In addition, a magnetic loop antenna was used to

  15. Studies of Ion Beam Charge Neutralization by Ferroelectric Plasma Sources

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    Stepanov, A.; Gilson, E. P.; Grisham, L.; Davidson, R. C.

    2013-10-01

    Space-charge forces limit the possible transverse compression of high perveance ion beams that are used in ion-beam-driven high energy density physics applications; the minimum radius to which a beam can be focused is an increasing function of perveance. The limit can be overcome if a plasma is introduced in the beam path between the focusing element and the target in order to neutralize the space charge of the beam. This concept has been implemented on the Neutralized Drift Compression eXperiment (NDCX) at LBNL using Ferroelectric Plasma Sources (FEPS). In our experiment at PPPL, we propagate a perveance-dominated ion beam through a FEPS to study the effect of the neutralizing plasma on the beam envelope and its evolution in time. A 30-60 keV space-charge-dominated Argon beam is focused with an Einzel lens into a FEPS located at the beam waist. The beam is intercepted downstream from the FEPS by a movable Faraday cup that provides time-resolved 2D current density profiles of the beam spot on target. We report results on: (a) dependence of charge neutralization on FEPS plasma density; (b) effects on beam emittance, and (c) time evolution of the beam envelope after the FEPS pulse. Research supported by the U.S. Department of Energy.

  16. Liquid Chromatography-Tandem Mass Spectrometry Method for Determination of Homocysteine in Rat Plasma: Application to the Study of a Rat Model for Tauopathies.

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    Kovac, Andrej; Svihlova, Katarina; Michalicova, Alena; Novak, Michal

    2015-07-01

    Hyperhomocysteinemia is a common occurrence in many neurodegenerative diseases, including tauopathies. We developed and validated a simple and sensitive liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry method for the analysis of homocysteine (Hcy) in rat plasma. Hcy was analyzed using ultra-performance liquid chromatography on a C8 column with detection by positive ESI tandem mass spectrometry. For optimal retention and separation, we used ion-pair reagent-heptafluorobutyric acid. The method utilizes heavy labeled internal standard and does not require any derivatization or extraction step. The procedure was validated in compliance with the European Medicines Agency guideline. The limit of detection was 0.15 µmol/L and the limit of quantification was 0.5 µmol/L. The method showed excellent linearity with regression coefficients higher than 0.99. The accuracy was in the range of 93-98%. The inter-day precision (n = 5 days), expressed as % relative standard deviation, was in the range 3-8%. Using this method, we analyzed plasma samples from two transgenic lines of the rat model for tauopathies. PMID:25466230

  17. Simple and rapid method determination for metformin in human plasma using high performance liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry: application to pharmacokinetic studies.

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    Marques, Marlice A Sípoli; Soares, Alcenir de Souza; Pinto, Olivia Woyames; Barroso, Pedro Tupinambá Werneck; Pinto, Douglas Pereira; Ferreira-Filho, Milton; Werneck-Barroso, Eduardo

    2007-06-01

    A rapid and simple method for quantitation of metformin (MET) in human plasma by HPLC-MS/MS was developed and validated. The sample preparation consists of plasma deproteinization using acetonitrile. The mobile phase consisted of water-acetonitrile and formic acid (55/45/0.048, v/v/%) and the run time was 3 min. A pursuit C(18) (100 mm x 2.0 mm i.d., 3 microm) column connected to a guard column MS-pursuit (0.20 mm x 0.20 mm i.d., 5 microm) was used. The range of the calibration curve was from 20 to 5000 ng/mL, the limit of quantitation being 20 ng/mL. The detection was performed on a mass spectrometer (ESI+), using metoprolol as internal standard. The calibration curves have r(2) values of 0.995 (CV=0.24%, n=10). The accuracy and precision were between 90.74 and 106.7% and coefficients of variations (CV) of 1.10 and 4.35%, respectively. The method was applied to determine the pharmacokinetic parameters: C(max) (1667.25 ng/mL) and T(max) (3.89 h). PMID:17331818

  18. Determination of Pinaverium Bromide in Human Plasma by a Sensitive and Robust UPLC-MS-MS Method and Application to a Pharmacokinetic Study in Mexican Subjects.

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    Patiño-Rodríguez, Omar; Zapata-Morales, Juan Ramón; Escobedo-Moratilla, Abraham; Díaz de León-Cabrero, Manuel; Torres-Roque, Irma; Pérez-Urizar, José

    2015-09-01

    A high-throughput ultra-performance liquid chromatography coupled to tandem mass spectrometry (LC-ESI-MS-MS) method was developed for the determination of pinaverium bromide in human plasma. Protein precipitation with acetonitrile was used to extract pinaverium and itraconazole (as internal standard) from 500 µL plasma samples. The chromatographic separation was achieved with an Acquity UPLC BEH C18 column (1.7 µm, 2.1 × 100 mm) using a mixture of acetonitrile-5 mM ammonium formate (80:20, v/v) as mobile phase. Isocratic elution at 0.3 mL/min was used. Detection was performed by positive ion electrospray tandem mass spectrometry on a XEVO TQ-S by multiple reaction monitoring mode. The mass transitions monitorized were as follows: m/z 511.2 → 230 for pinaverium bromide, and m/z 705.29 → 392.18 for the itraconazole. The method was validated over a concentration range of 12-12,000 pg/mL. The chromatographic method runtime is 2.5 min and was applied to characterize the pharmacokinetics of pinaverium bromide after the oral administration of 100 mg to healthy Mexican subjects. PMID:25862744

  19. Determination of amlodipine in human plasma using automated online solid-phase extraction HPLC-tandem mass spectrometry: application to a bioequivalence study of Chinese volunteers.

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    Shentu, Jianzhong; Fu, Lizhi; Zhou, Huili; Hu, Xing Jiang; Liu, Jian; Chen, Junchun; Wu, Guolan

    2012-11-01

    An automated method (XLC-MS/MS) that uses online solid-phase extraction coupled with HPLC-tandem mass spectrometry was reported here for the first time to quantify amlodipine in human plasma. Automated pre-purification of plasma was performed using 10 mm × 2 mm HySphere C8 EC-SE online solid-phase extraction cartridges. After being eluted from the cartridge, the analyte and the internal standard were separated by HPLC and detected by tandem mass spectrometry. Mass spectrometric detection was achieved in the multiple reaction monitoring mode using a quadrupole tandem mass spectrometer in the positive electrospray ionization mode. The XLC-MS/MS method was validated and yielded excellent specificity. The calibration curve ranged from 0.10 to 10.22 ng/mL, and both the intra- and inter-day precision and accuracy values were within 8%. This method proved to be less laborious and was faster per analysis (high-throughput) than offline sample preparation methods. This method has been successfully applied in clinical pharmacokinetic and bioequivalence analyses. PMID:22770846

  20. Development and validation of an LC-MS/MS method for the determination of SB-505124 in rat plasma: Application to pharmacokinetic study.

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    Jiang, Jiayu; Zhang, Yuandong; Zhang, Quan; Li, Yanping; Gong, Tao; Zhang, Zhirong; Ding, Rui; Sun, Xun

    2016-01-01

    A sensitive, selective and rapid liquid chromatography-electrospray ionization-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) method has been developed for the quantification of the novel transforming growth factor-β (TGF-β) inhibitor SB-505124 in rat plasma and then validated. Plasma samples were prepared by simple protein precipitation. Separation was performed on a Diamonsil ODS chromatography column using a mobile phase of acetonitrile and 0.1% (v/v) aqueous formic acid. SB-505124 and the internal standard doxorubicin were detected in the positive ion mode using multiple reaction monitoring of the transitions at m/z 336.2→320.1 and 544.2→397.2, respectively. Calibration curve was linear (r>0.9996) over a concentration range of 10-5000 ng/mL with the lower quantification limit of 10 ng/mL. Both intra- and inter-day precision were within 6.5% and trueness were not more than 3.1%. Extraction recovery and matrix effect were within acceptable limits. Stability tests showed that SB-505124 and the IS remained stable throughout the analytical procedure. The validated LC-MS/MS method was then used to analyze the pharmacokinetics of SB-505124 administered to rats intravenously (8 mg/kg) or orally (10 mg/kg). Oral bioavailability of SB-505124 was calculated as 76.4%, indicating the potential of SB-505124 as an orally administered drug. PMID:26363490

  1. Determination of chrysotoxine in rat plasma by liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry and its application to a rat pharmacokinetic study.

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    Fan, Jingjing; Guan, Li; Kou, Zeqi; Feng, Feng; Zhang, Yanbo; Liu, Wenyuan

    2014-09-15

    Chrysotoxine (CTX), a naturally occurring bibenzyl compound isolated from Dendrobium species, has been reported to have neuroprotective effects. To evaluate its pharmacokinetics in rats, a rapid, sensitive and specific high performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometric (HPLC-MS/MS) method has been developed and validated for the quantification of CTX in rat plasma. Samples were pretreated using a simple liquid-liquid extraction with ethyl acetate and the chromatographic separation was performed on a C18 column with acetonitrile-water (90:10, v/v) as the mobile phase. CTX and the internal standard (wogonin) were detected using a tandem mass spectrometer in positive multiple reaction monitoring mode. Method validation revealed excellent linearity over the range 0.5-1000 ng/mL together with satisfactory intra- and inter-day precision, accuracy and recovery. Stability testing showed that CTX spiked into rat plasma was stable for 8 h at room temperature, for up to two weeks at -20 °C, and during three freeze-thaw cycles. Extracted samples were also observed to be stable over 24 h in an auto-sampler. The method was successfully used to investigate the pharmacokinetic profile of CTX after oral (100 mg/kg) and intravenous (25 mg/kg) administration in rats. CTX showed rapid excretion and low bioavailability in rats. PMID:25069096

  2. Electron temperature in transient plasmas from quasi-steady ratio of isoelectronic lines: application to picosecond and subpicosecond plasmas

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    Marjoribanks, R. S.; Budnik, F. W.; Chen, H.; Meyerhofer, D. D.

    1996-02-01

    We have extended the technique of plasma temperature measurement by ratio of isoelectronic lines, recently developed with nanosecond laser plasmas, to the diagnosis of picosecond and subpicosecond plasmas. We have found a major benefit-particularly for short-pulse laser plasmas-that even where level populations are far from steady-state values, the ratio of isoelectronic lines may be nearly steady state, which considerably simplifies interpretation. We describe theoretical and experimental investigations for plasmas created from solid targets by 100-fs-10-ps high-intensity laser pulses and report the experimental application of the technique to lambda =1.05 - mu m laser pulses at 1016 W cm -2 .

  3. Scalable graphene production: perspectives and challenges of plasma applications

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    Levchenko, Igor; Ostrikov, Kostya (Ken); Zheng, Jie; Li, Xingguo; Keidar, Michael; B. K. Teo, Kenneth

    2016-05-01

    Graphene, a newly discovered and extensively investigated material, has many unique and extraordinary properties which promise major technological advances in fields ranging from electronics to mechanical engineering and food production. Unfortunately, complex techniques and high production costs hinder commonplace applications. Scaling of existing graphene production techniques to the industrial level without compromising its properties is a current challenge. This article focuses on the perspectives and challenges of scalability, equipment, and technological perspectives of the plasma-based techniques which offer many unique possibilities for the synthesis of graphene and graphene-containing products. The plasma-based processes are amenable for scaling and could also be useful to enhance the controllability of the conventional chemical vapour deposition method and some other techniques, and to ensure a good quality of the produced graphene. We examine the unique features of the plasma-enhanced graphene production approaches, including the techniques based on inductively-coupled and arc discharges, in the context of their potential scaling to mass production following the generic scaling approaches applicable to the existing processes and systems. This work analyses a large amount of the recent literature on graphene production by various techniques and summarizes the results in a tabular form to provide a simple and convenient comparison of several available techniques. Our analysis reveals a significant potential of scalability for plasma-based technologies, based on the scaling-related process characteristics. Among other processes, a greater yield of 1 g × h-1 m-2 was reached for the arc discharge technology, whereas the other plasma-based techniques show process yields comparable to the neutral-gas based methods. Selected plasma-based techniques show lower energy consumption than in thermal CVD processes, and the ability to produce graphene flakes of various

  4. Scalable graphene production: perspectives and challenges of plasma applications.

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    Levchenko, Igor; Ostrikov, Kostya Ken; Zheng, Jie; Li, Xingguo; Keidar, Michael; B K Teo, Kenneth

    2016-05-19

    Graphene, a newly discovered and extensively investigated material, has many unique and extraordinary properties which promise major technological advances in fields ranging from electronics to mechanical engineering and food production. Unfortunately, complex techniques and high production costs hinder commonplace applications. Scaling of existing graphene production techniques to the industrial level without compromising its properties is a current challenge. This article focuses on the perspectives and challenges of scalability, equipment, and technological perspectives of the plasma-based techniques which offer many unique possibilities for the synthesis of graphene and graphene-containing products. The plasma-based processes are amenable for scaling and could also be useful to enhance the controllability of the conventional chemical vapour deposition method and some other techniques, and to ensure a good quality of the produced graphene. We examine the unique features of the plasma-enhanced graphene production approaches, including the techniques based on inductively-coupled and arc discharges, in the context of their potential scaling to mass production following the generic scaling approaches applicable to the existing processes and systems. This work analyses a large amount of the recent literature on graphene production by various techniques and summarizes the results in a tabular form to provide a simple and convenient comparison of several available techniques. Our analysis reveals a significant potential of scalability for plasma-based technologies, based on the scaling-related process characteristics. Among other processes, a greater yield of 1 g × h(-1) m(-2) was reached for the arc discharge technology, whereas the other plasma-based techniques show process yields comparable to the neutral-gas based methods. Selected plasma-based techniques show lower energy consumption than in thermal CVD processes, and the ability to produce graphene flakes of

  5. Electron microscopy methods for studying plasma membranes.

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    Beckett, Alison J; Prior, Ian A

    2015-01-01

    Electron microscopy allows direct visualization of the underlying organization of cell surface components on a nano-scale. Immuno-gold labelling of isolated plasma membranes generates point patterns that enable mapping of protein and lipid distributions. 2D spatial statistics reveals the extent to which these distributions are clustered or dispersed and allows the extent of co-localization between different cell surface components to be precisely determined. This approach has been successfully applied to the study of signalling network organization and the consequences of physiological changes in modulating cell surface function. PMID:25331134

  6. Studies of Plasma-Sprayed Alumina

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    Ilavsky, Jan

    1994-05-01

    Phase transformations and porosity of the plasma sprayed alumina deposits were examined. The dependence of the phase transformations on deposit chemistry was established. Porosity changes during heat treatment were studied and a model for the porosity is proposed. A novel technique in the field of plasma sprayed deposits--small-angle neutron scattering (SANS)--was successfully applied. Deposits were manufactured using the water-stabilized plasma spray system, PAL160, with an input of 160 kW. Phase transformations of the plasma sprayed alumina deposits were studied using XRD and DTA. The deposits were manufactured from 99.9% alumina, alumina-chromia (1.5% Cr_2O_3), gray alumina (3.7% TiO_2) and alumina -titania (17% TiO_2). The addition of chromia increases the temperature of the alpha phase formation by about 40^circ C and the addition of TiO_2 reduces this temperature by about 150^circ C for gray alumina and by about 175^ circC for alumina-titania. The amount of metastable theta phase was found to depend on the chemistry of the feedstock. Porosities of the deposits, made from alumina and gray alumina, were studied using mercury intrusion porosimetry, weighing method (Archimedean porosimetry), image analysis and SANS. Samples were studied in the as -sprayed condition and after heat treatment for 2 hours at 1300^circC and 1500 ^circC. Porosity depends on the deposit chemistry and on the heat treatment and varies from 5% to about 11%. Different porosity measurement techniques yield different results. Surface areas of 1.5 to 7.5 times 10^4 cm^2 /cm^3 (times 10^6 m^{ -1}) were measured using SANS and depend on heat treatment and on the deposit chemistry. The phase transformations can be associated with an increase in pore surface area and decrease in surface area at 1500 ^circC can be associated with sintering. The effective pore radius, R_{ rm eff}, as measured by SANS is a measure of the pore sizes in the 0.08 to 10 μm size range. The R_{rm eff} depends on deposit

  7. A solar powered handheld plasma source for microbial decontamination applications

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    Ni, Y.; Lynch, M. J.; Modic, M.; Whalley, R. D.; Walsh, J. L.

    2016-09-01

    A fully portable atmospheric pressure air plasma system is reported to be suitable for the microbial decontamination of both surfaces and liquids. The device operates in quiescent air, and includes an integrated battery which is charged from a solar cell and weighs less than 750 g, making it highly amenable for a wide variety of applications beyond the laboratory. Using particle imaging velocimetry to visualise air flows around the device, the geometric configuration of the plasma generating electrodes was enhanced to induce a gas flow on the order of 0.5 m s‑1 directed towards a sample placed downstream, thus improving the transport of plasma generated reactive species to the sample. The microbial decontamination efficiency of the system was assessed using potable water samples inoculated with common waterborne organisms Escherichia coli and Pseudomonas fluorescens. The reduction in the number of microorganisms was found to be in the range of 2–8 log and was strongly dependent on the plasma generation conditions.

  8. Determination of astragaloside III in rat plasma by liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry and its application to a rat pharmacokinetic study.

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    Zhai, Yongsong; Li, Pengyue; Wang, Manyuan; Gong, Muxin; Qiu, Feng

    2016-02-01

    Astragaloside III (AST III), a naturally occurring saponin compound isolated from Radix Astragali, has been demonstrated to have anti-gastric ulcer, immunomodulatory and antitumor effects. To evaluate its pharmacokinetics in rats, a rapid, sensitive and specific high-performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometric (HPLC-MS/MS) method has been developed and validated for the quantification of astragaloside III in rat plasma. Samples were pretreated using a simple protein precipitation with methanol-acetonitrile (50:50, v/v) and the chromatographic separation was performed on a C18 column by a gradient elution using a mobile phase consisting of water containing 0.1% formic acid and acetonitrile containing 0.1% formic acid. Astragaloside III and the internal standard (buspirone) were detected using a tandem mass spectrometer in positive multiple reaction monitoring mode. Method validation revealed excellent linearity over the range of 5.00-5000 ng/mL together with satisfactory intra- and inter-day precision, accuracy and recovery. Stability testing showed that astragaloside III spiked into rat plasma was stable for 24 h at 20°C temperature, for up to 30 days at -80°C, and during three freeze-thaw cycles. The method was successfully used to investigate the pharmacokinetic profile of AST III after oral (10 mg/kg) and intravenous (1.0 mg/kg) administration in rats. The oral absolute bioavailability of AST III was calculated to be 4.15 ± 0.67% with an elimination half-life value of 2.13 ± 0.11 h, suggesting its poor absorption and/or strong metabolism in vivo. PMID:26031660

  9. Quantification of oxyresveratrol analog trans-2,4,3',5'-tetramethoxystilbene in rat plasma by a rapid HPLC method: application in a pre-clinical pharmacokinetic study.

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    Lin, Hai-Shu; Choo, Qiu-Yi; Ho, Paul C

    2010-12-01

    A rapid HPLC method was developed and validated for the quantification of oxyresveratrol analog trans-2,4,3',5'-tetramethoxystilbene (oxyresveratrol tetramethyl ether, OTE) in rat plasma. Chromatographic separation was achieved on an RP-HPLC column, which was protected by a guard column through a 12 min gradient delivery of a mixture of acetonitrile-water at 50°C. The UV absorbance at 325 nm was recorded. The retention time of OTE and trans-stilbene (internal standard) was about 7.7 and 8.4 min, respectively. The calibration curves were linear (R(2) ≥ 0.9986) with a lower limit of quantification of 15 ng/mL. The intra- and inter-day variations, in terms of RSD, were all lower than 9.8% while the intra-day and inter-day bias ranged from -8.3 to +9.2%. The pharmacokinetics of OTE was assessed in rats using 2-hydroxypropyl-β-cyclodextrin as a dosing vehicle. After intravenous administration, OTE possessed a long terminal elimination half-life (t(1/2) (λz) = 481 ± 137 min) and slow clearance (Cl = 29.1 ± 3.7 mL/min/kg). Upon oral administration, OTE was rapidly absorbed. However, it only displayed minimal plasma exposure and its absolute oral bioavailability (F) was as low as 4.5 ± 3.2%. Fortunately, the levels of OTE after single oral administration were sufficient to inhibit human cytochrome P450 1B1. PMID:21077256

  10. Development and validation of a rapid and sensitive LC-ESI-MS/MS method for ondansetron quantification in human plasma and its application in comparative bioavailability study.

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    Moreira, Roberto F; Salvadori, Myriam C; Azevedo, Cristina P; Oliveira-Silva, Diogo; Borges, Diego C; Moreno, Ronílson A; Sverdloff, Carlos E; Borges, Ney C

    2010-11-01

    The validation of a high throughput and specific method using a high-performance liquid chromatography coupled to electrospray (ES+) ionization tandem triple quadrupole mass spectrometric (LC-ESI-MS/MS) method for ondansetron quantification in human plasma is described. Human plasma samples were extracted by liquid-liquid extraction (LLE) using methyl tert-butyl ether and analyzed by LC-ESI-MS/MS. The limit of quantification was 0.2 ng/mL and the method was linear in the range 0.2-60 ng/mL. The intra-assay precisions ranged from 1.6 to 7.7%, while inter-assay precisions ranged from 2.1 to 5.1%. The intra-assay accuracies ranged from 97.5 to 108.2%, and the inter-assay accuracies ranged from 97.3 to 107.0%. The analytical method was applied to evaluate the relative bioavailability of two pharmaceutical formulations containing 8 mg of ondansetron each in 25 healthy volunteers using a randomized, two-period crossover design. The geometric mean and respective 90% confidence interval (CI) of ondansetron test/reference percent ratios were 90.15% (81.74-99.44%) for C(max) and 93.11% (83.01-104.43%) for AUC(₀-t). Based on the 90% confidence interval of the individual ratios (test formulation/reference formulation) for C(max) and AUC(₀-inf), it was concluded that the test formulation is bioequivalent to the reference one with respect to the rate and extent of absorption of ondansetron. PMID:20954214

  11. An LC-MS/MS method for simultaneous determination of trantinterol and its major metabolite in rat plasma and its application to a comparative pharmacokinetic study.

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    Wang, Yanjuan; Qin, Feng; Xiong, Zhili; Fu, Xiaohuan; Ma, Chao

    2015-09-01

    Trantinterol is a novel β2-adrenoceptor agonist, currently undergoing clinical trials for the treatment of asthma. We developed and validated an liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) method for simultaneous determination of trantinterol and its major metabolite, 1-carbonyl trantinterol (SPFFCOOH), in rat plasma. Aliquots (100μL) of heparinized plasma samples were processed by protein precipitation with acetonitrile. Chromatographic separation used an Acquity UPLC BEH C18 column (2.1mm×50mm, 1.7μm) and acetonitrile-0.1% formic acid (20:80, v/v) as mobile phase, at a flow rate of 0.25mL/min. The detection was performed on a triple-quadrupole tandem mass spectrometer with multiple-reaction monitoring (MRM) mode via electrospray ionization (ESI) source. The precursor-to-product ion transitions m/z 310.9→m/z 237.9 for trantinterol, m/z 324.9→m/z 251.9 for SPFFCOOH and m/z 368.0→m/z 294.0 for bambuterol (internal standard, IS) were used for quantification. The calibration curves were obtained in the concentration of 0.25-100ng/mL for both trantinterol and SPFFCOOH. The intra- and inter-day precision (relative standard deviations, RSD) values were below 15% and accuracy (relative error, RE) was from -4.3% to 6.6% at all quality control (QC) levels. The method was successfully applied to compare the pharmacokinetics of trantinterol and SPFFCOOH in male and female Wistar rats after a single oral administration of trantinterol. PMID:26245359

  12. Atmospheric-pressure plasma jet characterization and applications on melanoma cancer treatment (B/16-F10)

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    Mashayekh, Shahriar; Rajaee, Hajar; Hassan, Zuhir M.; Akhlaghi, Morteza; Shokri, Babak

    2015-09-15

    A new approach in medicine is the use of cold plasma for various applications such as sterilization blood coagulation and cancer cell treatment. In this paper, a pin-to-hole plasma jet for biological applications has been designed and manufactured and characterized. The characterization includes power consumption via Lissajous method, thermal behavior of atmospheric-pressure plasma jet by using Infra-red camera as a novel method and using Speicair software to determine vibrational and transitional temperatures, and optical emission spectroscopy to determine the generated species. Treatment of Melanoma cancer cells (B16/F10) was also implemented, and tetrazolium salt dye (MTT assay) and flow cytometry were used to evaluate viability. Effect of ultraviolet photons on cancerous cells was also observed using an MgF{sub 2} crystal with MTT assay. Finally, in-vivo studies on C57 type mice were also done in order to have a better understanding of the effects in real conditions.

  13. Atmospheric-pressure plasma jet characterization and applications on melanoma cancer treatment (B/16-F10)

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    Mashayekh, Shahriar; Rajaee, Hajar; Akhlaghi, Morteza; Shokri, Babak; Hassan, Zuhir M.

    2015-09-01

    A new approach in medicine is the use of cold plasma for various applications such as sterilization blood coagulation and cancer cell treatment. In this paper, a pin-to-hole plasma jet for biological applications has been designed and manufactured and characterized. The characterization includes power consumption via Lissajous method, thermal behavior of atmospheric-pressure plasma jet by using Infra-red camera as a novel method and using Speicair software to determine vibrational and transitional temperatures, and optical emission spectroscopy to determine the generated species. Treatment of Melanoma cancer cells (B16/F10) was also implemented, and tetrazolium salt dye (MTT assay) and flow cytometry were used to evaluate viability. Effect of ultraviolet photons on cancerous cells was also observed using an MgF2 crystal with MTT assay. Finally, in-vivo studies on C57 type mice were also done in order to have a better understanding of the effects in real conditions.

  14. Damage-controlled high power lasers and plasma mirror application

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    Kiriyama, Hiromitsu; Ochi, Yoshihiro; Nishikino, Masaharu; Nagashima, Keisuke; Kawachi, Tetsuya; Itakura, Ryoji; Sugiyama, Akira; Kando, Masaki; Pirozhkov, A. S.; Nishiuchi, Mamiko; Bulanov, Sergei V.; Kondo, Kimonori; Kato, Yoshiaki

    2015-07-01

    Following three different types of high power lasers at Kansai Photon Science Institute are overviewed and controlling the laser damages in these laser systems are described: (1) PW-class Ti:sapphire laser for high field science, (2) zig-zag slab Nd:glass laser for x-ray laser pumping, and (3) high-repetition Yb:YAG thin-slab laser for THz generation. Also reported is the use of plasma mirror for characterization of short-wavelength ultrashort laser pulses. This new method will be useful to study evolution of plasma formation which leads to laser damages.

  15. Cold atmospheric pressure air plasma jet for medical applications

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    Kolb, J. F.; Mohamed, A.-A. H.; Price, R. O.; Swanson, R. J.; Bowman, A.; Chiavarini, R. L.; Stacey, M.; Schoenbach, K. H.

    2008-06-01

    By flowing atmospheric pressure air through a direct current powered microhollow cathode discharge, we were able to generate a 2cm long plasma jet. With increasing flow rate, the flow becomes turbulent and temperatures of the jet are reduced to values close to room temperature. Utilizing the jet, yeast grown on agar can be eradicated with a treatment of only a few seconds. Conversely, animal studies show no skin damage even with exposures ten times longer than needed for pathogen extermination. This cold plasma jet provides an effective mode of treatment for yeast infections of the skin.

  16. [In vivo rheologic studies of plasma substitutes].

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    Dewachter, P; Laxenaire, M C; Donner, M; Kurtz, M; Stoltz, J F

    1992-01-01

    The aim of this study was to compare in 60 ASA1 patients, the rheological effects of a 500 ml plasma substitute infusion at induction of general anaesthesia. The 60 patients were allocated into 6 groups of 10. Each group received either albumin 4%, or dextran 40 3.5%, or dextran 60 6%, or hydroxyethylstarch (HES) 200 6%, or modified fluid gelatin or Ringer lactate. The infusion extended over 30 minutes. In blood samples obtained before infusion, immediately after the end, three and 24 hours after the end of infusion, osmotic pressure, oncotic pressure, proteins and fibrinogen concentration were measured. Following rheological parameters were also assessed: plasma viscosity, blood viscosity at two shear rates (0.5 and 128 s-1), erythrocyte aggregation by primary and final aggregation times as well as total and partial dissociation thresholds. The determinations were carried out at haematocrit corrected to 40%. At intergroup analysis of the different substitutes compared to albumin 4%, with the exception of Ringer lactate, there was no significant modification of osmotic and oncotic pressures or fibrinogen concentrations. Only gelatin and dextran 60 modified the rheological parameters. The intragroup comparison did not demonstrate significant variations of osmotic and oncotic pressures. Fibrinogen concentrations remained unchanged up to the 24th hours, where they increased as a reaction to surgery. Similar changes of rheological parameters occurred for Ringer lactate, albumin 4% and dextran 40: decrease of plasma viscosity (< 10%) and blood viscosity (< 20% at shear rate of 0.5 s-1), increase of primary aggregation time (30-50%) with decrease of total dissociation threshold (10-20%). These changes ended 24 hours after infusion. Dextran 60 and gelatin elicited a modification of blood rheology until the 24th hour after the end of infusion. Such modifications did not occur with HES. It is concluded that when a rheological effect is required albumin 4% or dextran 40 3

  17. Plasma-generated reactive oxygen species for biomedical applications

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    Sousa, J. S.; Hammer, M. U.; Winter, J.; Tresp, H.; Duennbier, M.; Iseni, S.; Martin, V.; Puech, V.; Weltmann, K. D.; Reuter, S.

    2012-10-01

    To get a better insight into the effects of reactive oxygen species (ROS) on cellular components, fundamental studies are essential to determine the nature and concentration of plasma-generated ROS, and the chemistry induced in biological liquids by those ROS. In this context, we have measured the absolute density of the main ROS created in three different atmospheric pressure plasma sources: two geometrically distinct RF-driven microplasma jets (μ-APPJ [1] and kinpen [2]), and an array of microcathode sustained discharges [3]. Optical diagnostics of the plasma volumes and effluent regions have been performed: UV absorption for O3 and IR emission for O2(a^1δ) [4]. High concentrations of both ROS have been obtained (10^14--10^17cm-3). The effect of different parameters, such as gas flows and mixtures and power coupled to the plasmas, has been studied. For plasma biomedicine, the determination of the reactive species present in plasma-treated liquids is of great importance. In this work, we focused on the measurement of the concentration of H2O2 and NOX radicals, generated in physiological solutions like NaCl and PBS.[4pt] [1] N. Knake et al., J. Phys. D: App. Phys. 41, 194006 (2008)[0pt] [2] K.D. Weltmann et al., Pure Appl. Chem. 82, 1223 (2010)[0pt] [3] J.S. Sousa et al., Appl. Phys. Lett. 97, 141502 (2010)[0pt] [4] J.S. Sousa et al., Appl. Phys. Lett. 93, 011502 (2008)

  18. Quantification of pravastatin acid, lactone and isomers in human plasma by UHPLC-MS/MS and its application to a pediatric pharmacokinetic study.

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    van Haandel, Leon; Gibson, Kim T; Leeder, J Steven; Wagner, Jonathan B

    2016-02-15

    An ultra high pressure liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometric (UHPLC-MS/MS) method for the simultaneous quantitation of pravastatin and major metabolites, 3'α-hydroxy-pravastatin, pravalactone and 3'α-hydroxy-pravalactone, in human plasma has been developed and validated. Aliquots of (100μL) plasma in EDTA were diluted in pH 4.5 (0.1M buffer) to stabilize the analytes and subjected to hydrophilic lipophilic balance (HLB) solid phase extraction on 96 well μelution plates. Extracted samples were evaporated to dryness and reconstituted in pH 4.5 buffer. Chromatographic separation was performed on a Cortecs™ C18 column (2.1×100mm, 1.8μm), using gradient elution with a blend of acetonitrile and 10mM methylammonium acetate buffer (pH 4.5) at a flow rate of 0.4mL/min. Mass spectrometric detection was performed using multiple reaction monitoring (MRM) switching between positive/negative electrospay ionization (ESI). Pravastatin, 3'α-hydroxy-pravastatin, and internal standards [(2)H3]-pravastatin, and [(2)H3]-3'α-hydroxy-pravastatin were monitored in negative ESI mode at ion transitions m/z 423.2→321.1 and 426.2→321.1, respectively. Positive ESI mode was used for the detection of pravalactone, 3'α-hydroxy-pravalactone, and internal standards [(2)H3]-pravalactone, and [(2)H3]-3'α-hydroxy-pravalactone at ion transitions m/z 438.2→183.1 and 441.2→269.1 respectively. The method was linear for all analytes in the concentration range 0.5-200nM with intra- and inter-day precisions (as relative standard deviation) of ≤5.2% and accuracy (as relative error) of ≤8.0% at all quality control levels. The method was successfully applied to the investigation of pharmacokinetic properties of pravastatin and its metabolites in children after an oral dose of 20-40mg. PMID:26849185

  19. The expansion of a plasma into a vacuum - Basic phenomena and processes and applications to space plasma physics

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    Wright, K. H., Jr.; Stone, N. H.; Samir, U.

    1983-01-01

    In this review attention is called to basic phenomena and physical processes involved in the expansion of a plasma into a vacuum, or the expansion of a plasma into a more tenuous plasma, in particular the fact that upon the expansion, ions are accelerated and reach energies well above their thermal energy. Also, in the process of the expansion a rarefaction wave propagates into the ambient plasma, an ion front moves into the expansion volume, and discontinuities in plasma parameters occur. The physical processes which cause the above phenomena are discussed, and their possible application is suggested for the case of the distribution of ions and electrons (hence plasma potential and electric fields) in the wake region behind artificial and natural obstacles moving supersonically in a rarefied space plasma. To illustrate this, some in situ results are reexamined. Directions for future work in this area via the utilization of the Space Shuttle and laboratory work are also mentioned.

  20. Collective Thomson scattering for studying plasma instabilities in electric thrusters

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    Tsikata, S.; Honoré, C.; Grésillon, D.

    2013-10-01

    Collective (or coherent) Thomson scattering has recently emerged as an important tool for identifying and characterizing certain instabilities in Hall thrusters. Plasma instabilities in electric thrusters are implicated in diverse phenomena, including reduced efficiency, lifetime and anomalous particle transport. This work discusses the main features of the collective scattering diagnostic PRAXIS, and recent applications of the diagnostic to study the nature of microturbulence at different thruster operating regimes. Early measurements show the presence of a small-scale azimuthal instability may be linked with regimes of unstable thruster operation.

  1. M3D project for simulation studies of plasmas

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    Park, W.; Belova, E.V.; Fu, G.Y.; Strauss, H.R.; Sugiyama, L.E.

    1998-12-31

    The M3D (Multi-level 3D) project carries out simulation studies of plasmas of various regimes using multi-levels of physics, geometry, and mesh schemes in one code package. This paper and papers by Strauss, Sugiyama, and Belova in this workshop describe the project, and present examples of current applications. The currently available physics models of the M3D project are MHD, two-fluids, gyrokinetic hot particle/MHD hybrid, and gyrokinetic particle ion/two-fluid hybrid models. The code can be run with both structured and unstructured meshes.

  2. Experimental study of microwave transmission through a decaying plasma. Final report, January 1986-February 1988

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    Hendricks, K.J.

    1989-05-01

    The physics of pulsed-microwave, or radio-frequency (r-f), transmission through a decaying plasma column, is studied experimentally. A plasma column is formed in argon or nitrogen gases, to represent the neutral-gas breakdown due to an rf pulse. Initially, the electron frequency is greater than the microwave frequency. An r-f pulse capable of plasma reionization is applied across the plasma column at varying times in the plasma's decay phase (the plasma afterglow). Variation of the transmitted rf pulse characteristics, pulse width, and amplitude was studied as a function of the time into the afterglow. The ionization frequency of argon by a microwave pulse is found experimentally to be within 20% of the theoretical value. The comparison of ionization frequency is useful in establishing the applicability of earlier cavity measurements to present-day open-geometry systems used in transmission/propagation experiments.

  3. A validated LC-MS/MS assay for simultaneous quantification of methotrexate and tofacitinib in rat plasma: application to a pharmacokinetic study.

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    Sharma, Kuldeep; Giri, Kalpeshkumar; Dhiman, Vinay; Dixit, Abhishek; Zainuddin, Mohd; Mullangi, Ramesh

    2015-05-01

    A highly sensitive, specific and rapid LC-ESI-MS/MS method has been developed and validated for simultaneous quantification of methotrexate (MTX) and tofacitinib (TFB) in rat plasma (50 μL) using phenacetin as an internal standard (IS), as per the US Food and Drug Administration guidelines. After a solid-phase extraction procedure, the separation of the analytes and IS was performed on a Chromolith RP₁₈e column using an isocratic mobile phase of 5 m m ammonium acetate (pH 5.0) and acetonitrile at a ratio of 25:75 (v/v) using flow-gradient with a total run time of 3.5 min. The detection was performed in multiple reaction monitoring mode, using the transitions of m/z 455.2 → 308.3, m/z 313.2 → 149.2 and m/z 180.3 → 110.2 for MTX, TFB and IS, respectively. The calibration curves were linear over the range of 0.49-91.0 and 0.40-74.4 ng/mL for MTX and TFB, respectively. The intra- and interday accuracy and precision values for MTX and TFB were <15% at low quality control (QC), medium QC and high QC and <20% at lower limit of quantification. The validated assay was applied to derive the pharmacokinetic parameters for MTX and TFB post-dosing of MTX and TFB orally and intravenously to rats. PMID:25298296

  4. Development and Validation of an HPLC Method for Simultaneous Quantification of Clopidogrel Bisulfate, Its Carboxylic Acid Metabolite, and Atorvastatin in Human Plasma: Application to a Pharmacokinetic Study

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    Croitoru, Octavian; Spiridon, Adela-Maria; Belu, Ionela; Turcu-Ştiolică, Adina; Neamţu, Johny

    2015-01-01

    A simple, sensitive, and specific reversed phase liquid chromatographic method was developed and validated for simultaneous quantification of clopidogrel, its carboxylic acid metabolite, and atorvastatin in human serum. Plasma samples were deproteinized with acetonitrile and ibuprofen was chosen as internal standard. Chromatographic separation was performed on an BDS Hypersil C18 column (250 × 4.6 mm; 5 μm) via gradient elution with mobile phase consisting of 10 mM phosphoric acid (sodium) buffer solution (pH = 2.6 adjusted with 85% orthophosphoric acid) : acetonitrile : methanol with flow rate of 1 mL·min−1. Detection was achieved with PDA detector at 220 nm. The method was validated in terms of linearity, sensitivity, precision, accuracy, limit of quantification, and stability tests. Calibration curves of the analytes were found to be linear in the range of 0.008–2 μg·mL−1 for clopidogrel, 0.01–4 μg·mL−1 for its carboxylic acid metabolite, and 0.005–2.5 μg·mL−1 for atorvastatin. The results of accuracy (as recovery) with ibuprofen as internal standard were in the range of 96–98% for clopidogrel, 94–98% for its carboxylic acid metabolite, and 90–99% for atorvastatin, respectively. PMID:26839733

  5. Determination of lansoprazole in human plasma by rapid resolution liquid chromatography-electrospray tandem mass spectrometry: application to a bioequivalence study on Chinese volunteers.

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    Wu, Guo-Lan; Zhou, Hui-Li; Shentu, Jian-Zhong; He, Qiao-Jun; Yang, Bo

    2008-12-15

    A simple, sensitive and rapid LC/MS/MS method was developed for the quantification of lansoprazole in human plasma. After a simple sample preparation procedure by one-step protein precipitation with acetonitrile, lansoprazole and the internal standard bicalutamide were chromatographed on a Zorbax SB-C(18) (3.0 mm x 150 mm, 3.5 microm, Agilent) column with the mobile phase consisted of methanol-water (70:30, v/v, containing 5 mM ammonium formate, pH was adjusted to 7.85 by 1% ammonia solution). Detection was performed on a triple quadrupole tandem mass spectrometry by multiple reaction monitoring (MRM) mode via negative eletrospray ionization source (ESI(-)). The lower limit of quantification was 5.5 ng/mL, and the assay exhibited a linear range of 5.5-2200.0 ng/mL. The validated method was successfully applied to investigate the bioequivalence between two kinds of preparation (test vs. reference product) in twenty-eight healthy male Chinese volunteers. PMID:19019616

  6. Development and Validation of an HPLC Method for Simultaneous Quantification of Clopidogrel Bisulfate, Its Carboxylic Acid Metabolite, and Atorvastatin in Human Plasma: Application to a Pharmacokinetic Study.

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    Croitoru, Octavian; Spiridon, Adela-Maria; Belu, Ionela; Turcu-Ştiolică, Adina; Neamţu, Johny

    2015-01-01

    A simple, sensitive, and specific reversed phase liquid chromatographic method was developed and validated for simultaneous quantification of clopidogrel, its carboxylic acid metabolite, and atorvastatin in human serum. Plasma samples were deproteinized with acetonitrile and ibuprofen was chosen as internal standard. Chromatographic separation was performed on an BDS Hypersil C18 column (250 × 4.6 mm; 5 μm) via gradient elution with mobile phase consisting of 10 mM phosphoric acid (sodium) buffer solution (pH = 2.6 adjusted with 85% orthophosphoric acid) : acetonitrile : methanol with flow rate of 1 mL·min(-1). Detection was achieved with PDA detector at 220 nm. The method was validated in terms of linearity, sensitivity, precision, accuracy, limit of quantification, and stability tests. Calibration curves of the analytes were found to be linear in the range of 0.008-2 μg·mL(-1) for clopidogrel, 0.01-4 μg·mL(-1) for its carboxylic acid metabolite, and 0.005-2.5 μg·mL(-1) for atorvastatin. The results of accuracy (as recovery) with ibuprofen as internal standard were in the range of 96-98% for clopidogrel, 94-98% for its carboxylic acid metabolite, and 90-99% for atorvastatin, respectively. PMID:26839733

  7. Status of Plasma Electron Hose Instability Studies in FACET

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    Adli, Erik; England, Robert Joel; Frederico, Joel; Hogan, Mark; Li, Selina Zhao; Litos, Michael Dennis; Nosochkov, Yuri; An, Weiming; Mori, Warren; /UCLA

    2011-12-13

    In the FACET plasma-wakefield acceleration experiment a dense 23 GeV electron beam will interact with lithium and cesium plasmas, leading to plasma ion-channel formation. The interaction between the electron beam and the plasma sheath-electrons may lead to a fast growing electron hose instability. By using optics dispersion knobs to induce a controlled z-x tilt along the beam entering the plasma, we investigate the transverse behavior of the beam in the plasma as function of the tilt. We seek to quantify limits on the instability in order to further explore potential limitations on future plasma wakefield accelerators due to the electron hose instability. The FACET plasma-wakefield experiment at SLAC will study beam driven plasma wakefield acceleration. A dense 23 GeV electron beam will interact with lithium or cesium plasma, leading to plasma ion-channel formation. The interaction between the electron beam and the plasma sheath-electrons drives the electron hose instability, as first studied by Whittum. While Ref. [2] indicates the possibility of a large instability growth rate for typical beam and plasma parameters, other studies including have shown that several physical effects may mitigate the hosing growth rate substantially. So far there has been no quantitative benchmarking of experimentally observed hosing in previous experiments. At FACET we aim to perform such benchmarking by for example inducing a controlled z-x tilt along the beamentering the plasma, and observing the transverse behavior of the beam in the plasma as function. The long-term objective of these studies is to quantify potential limitations on future plasma wakefield accelerators due to the electron hose instability.

  8. Hybrid Modeling of Plasmas and Applications to Fusion and Space Physics.

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    Kazeminejad, Farzad

    Since the early days of controlled fusion research, plasma physicists have encountered great challenges in obtaining solutions to the highly nonlinear equations which govern the behavior of fusion plasmas; with the growth of other applications of plasma physics (space plasmas, plasma accelerators, ... etc.) these problems have grown in importance. Obtaining reasonable solutions to the nonlinear equations is crucial to our understanding of the behavior of plasmas. With the advent of high speed computers, computer modeling of plasmas has moved into the front row of the tools used in research of their nonlinear plasma dynamics. There are roughly speaking two types of plasma models, particle models and fluid models. Particle models try to emulate nature by following the motion of a large number of charged particles in their self consistent electromagnetic fields. Fluid models on the other hand use macroscopic fluid equations to model the plasma. MHD models are typical of this type. Particle models in general require larger memory for the computer due to the massive amounts of data associated with the particles' kinematical variables. Particle models are generally limited to studying small regions of plasma for relatively short time intervals. Fluid models are better fit to handle large scales and long times; i.e., quite often the complete plasma involved in an experiment. The drawback of the fluid models however is that, they miss the physical phenomenon taking place at the microscale and these phenomenon can influence the properties of fluid; i.e., its resistivity, viscosity, heat transport, etc. One can attempt to put these effects in as phenomenological coefficients, but such approaches are always somewhat ad hoc. Another approach is to start with fluid models and incorporate more physics. Such models are referred to as hybrid models. In this thesis, two such models are discussed. They are then applied to two problems; the first is a simulation of the artificial

  9. Theoretical studies on plasma heating and confinement

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    Sudan, R.N.

    1993-01-01

    Three principal topics are covered in this final report: Stabilization of low frequency modes of an axisymmetric compact torus plasma confinement system, such as, spheromaks and FRC'S, by a population of large orbit axis encircling energetic ions. Employing an extension of the energy principle' which utilizes a Vlasov description for the energetic 'ion component, it has been demonstrated that short wavelength MHD type modes are stabilized while the long wavelength tilt and precessional modes are marginally stable. The deformation of the equilibrium configuration by the energetic ions results in the stabilization of the tilt mode for spheromaks. Formation of Ion Rings and their coalescence with spheromaks. A two dimensional electromagnetic PIC codes has been developed for the study of ion ring formation and its propagation, deformation and slowing down in a cold plasma. It has been shown that a ring moving at a speed less than the Alfven velocity can merge with a stationary spheromak. Anomalous transport from drift waves in a Tokomak. The Direct Interaction Approximation in used to obtain incremental transport coefficients for particles and heat for drift waves in a Tokomak. It is shown that the transport matrix does not obey Onsager's principle.

  10. Automated Plasma Spray (APS) process feasibility study

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    Fetheroff, C. W.; Derkacs, T.; Matay, I. M.

    1981-01-01

    An automated plasma spray (APS) process was developed to apply two layer (NiCrAlY and ZrO2-12Y2O3) thermal barrier coatings to aircraft and stationary gas turbine engine blade airfoils. The APS process hardware consists of four subsystems: a mechanical positioning subsystem incorporating two interlaced six degree of freedom assemblies (one for coating deposition and one for coating thickness monitoring); a noncoherent optical metrology subsystem (for in process gaging of the coating thickness buildup at specified points on the specimen); a microprocessor based adaptive system controller (to achieve the desired overall thickness profile on the specimen); and commerical plasma spray equipment. Over fifty JT9D first stage aircraft turbine blade specimens, ten W501B utility turbine blade specimens and dozens of cylindrical specimens were coated with the APS process in preliminary checkout and evaluation studies. The best of the preliminary turbine blade specimens achieved an overall coating thickness uniformity of 53 micrometers (2.1 mils), much better than is achievable manually. Comparative evaluations of coating thickness uniformity for manually sprayed and APS coated specimens were performed. One of the preliminary turbine blade evaluation specimens was subjected to a torch test and metallographic evaluation. Some cylindrical specimens coated with the APS process survived up to 2000 cycles in subsequent burner rig testing.

  11. A study of single and binary ion plasma expansion into laboratory-generated plasma wakes

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    Wright, Kenneth Herbert, Jr.

    1988-01-01

    Plasma expansion into the wake of a large rectangular plate immersed in a collisionless, supersonic plasma was investigated in laboratory experiments. The experimental conditions address both single ion and binary ion plasma flows for the case of a body whose size is large in comparison with the Debye length, when the potential difference between the body and the plasma is relatively small. A new plasma source was developed to generate equi-velocity, binary ion plasma flows, which allows access to new parameter space that have previously been unavailable for laboratory studies. Specifically, the new parameters are the ionic mass ratio and the ionic component density ratio. In a series of experiments, a krypton-neon plasma is employed where the ambient density ratio of neon to krypton is varied more than an order of magnitude. The expansion in both the single ion and binary ion plasma cases is limited to early times, i.e., a few ion plasma periods, by the combination of plasma density, plasma drift speed, and vacuum chamber size, which prevented detailed comparison with self-similar theory.

  12. Plasma Synthesis of Nanoparticles for Nanocomposite Energy Applications

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    Peter C. Kong; Alex W. Kawczak

    2008-09-01

    The nanocomposite energy applications for plasma reactor produced nanoparticles are reviewed. Nanoparticles are commonly defined as particles less than 100 nm in diameter. Due to this small size, nanoparticles have a high surface-to-volume ratio. This increases the surface energy compared to the bulk material. The high surface-to-volume ratio and size effects (quantum effects) give nanoparticles distinctive chemical, electronic, optical, magnetic and mechanical properties from those of the bulk material. Nanoparticles synthesis can be grouped into 3 broad approaches. The first one is wet phase synthesis (sol-gel processing), the second is mechanical attrition, and the third is gas-phase synthesis (aerosol). The properties of the final product may differ significantly depending on the fabrication route. Currently, there are no economical large-scale production processes for nanoparticles. This hinders the widespread applications of nanomaterials in products. The Idaho National Laboratory (INL) is engaging in research and development of advanced modular hybrid plasma reactors for low cost production of nanoparticles that is predicted to accelerate application research and enable the formation of technology innovation alliances that will result in the commercial production of nanocomposites for alternative energy production devices such as fuel cells, photovoltaics and electrochemical double layer capacitors.

  13. Development and Validation of an LC-MS-MS Method for Determination of Simvastatin and Simvastatin Acid in Human Plasma: Application to a Pharmacokinetic Study.

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    Partani, Pankaj; Verma, Saurabh Manaswita; Monif, Tausif

    2016-09-01

    A liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry method was developed and validated for the simultaneous determination of simvastatin (SV) and simvastatin acid (SVA) in human plasma. To improve assay sensitivity and achieve simultaneous analysis, SVA monitored in (-)ESI (electrospray ionization) mode within the first 4.5 min and SV thereafter in (+)ESI mode. The separation of all compounds was achieved in about 6.2 min using a C18 reverse-phase fused-core(®) column (Ascentis(®) Express C18) and a mobile phase, which was composed of 2.00 ± 0.05 mM ammonium acetate buffer titrated to pH 3.8 with glacial acetic acid-acetonitrile (25:75, v/v), in isocratic mode at a flow rate of 0.500 mL/min. Additionally, a solid-phase extraction step was performed to reduce any ion-suppression and/or enhancement effects. The developed method was linear in the concentration range of 0.100-74.626 ng/mL for SV, and 0.100-48.971 ng/mL for SVA, with correlation coefficient greater than 0.99 for both analytes. The method has shown tremendous reproducibility, with intra- and inter-day precision <7.6%, and intra- and interday accuracy within ±10.9% of nominal values, for the both analytes. The method was successfully applied to characterize the pharmacokinetic profiles of SV and SVA following an oral administration of 40 mg SV tablet to healthy human volunteers. PMID:27226460

  14. EXPERIMENTAL STUDY OF SHOCK WAVE DYNAMICS IN MAGNETIZED PLASMAS

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    Nirmol K. Podder

    2009-03-17

    In this four-year project (including one-year extension), the project director and his research team built a shock-wave-plasma apparatus to study shock wave dynamics in glow discharge plasmas in nitrogen and argon at medium pressure (1–20 Torr), carried out various plasma and shock diagnostics and measurements that lead to increased understanding of the shock wave acceleration phenomena in plasmas. The measurements clearly show that in the steady-state dc glow discharge plasma, at fixed gas pressure the shock wave velocity increases, its amplitude decreases, and the shock wave disperses non-linearly as a function of the plasma current. In the pulsed discharge plasma, at fixed gas pressure the shock wave dispersion width and velocity increase as a function of the delay between the switch-on of the plasma and shock-launch. In the afterglow plasma, at fixed gas pressure the shock wave dispersion width and velocity decrease as a function of the delay between the plasma switch-off and shock-launch. These changes are found to be opposite and reversing towards the room temperature value which is the initial condition for plasma ignition case. The observed shock wave properties in both igniting and afterglow plasmas correlate well with the inferred temperature changes in the two plasmas.

  15. PLASIMO model of micro-plasma jet for biomedical applications

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    Mihailova, Diana; Sobota, Ana; Graef, Wouter; van Dijk, Jan; Hagelaar, Gerjan

    2014-10-01

    Non-equilibrium atmospheric pressure micro-plasma jets are widely studied for use in biotechnology, including treatment of human tissue. The setup under study consists of capillary powered electrode through which helium gas flows and a grounded ring electrode placed a distance of few mm in front of the capillary. The discharge is excited by sinusoidal voltage with amplitude of 2 kV and 30 KHz repetition rate. The plume emanating from the jet, or the plasma bullets, propagates through a Pyrex tube and the gas phase channel of helium into the surrounding air.aim of this work is to get insight into the plasma constituents that can affect directly or indirectly living tissue. This includes radicals (OH, NO, O,), ions and electrons, UV radiation, electrical fields. PLASIMO modelling toolkit is used to simulate the capillary plasma-jet in order to quantify the delivery of fluxes and fields to the treated tissue. Verification is made by comparing results obtained with the PLASIMO and MAGMA codes (developed at LAPLACE, Toulouse) for the same input specifications. Both models are validated by comparison with experimental observations at various operating parameters.

  16. Simulation of magnetohydrodynamics turbulence with application to plasma-assisted supersonic combustion

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    Miki, Kenji

    Plasma assisted combustion (PAC) is a promising alternative to hold or ignite a fuel and air mixture in a supersonic environment. Efficient supersonic combustion is of primary importance for SCRAMJET technology. The advantages of PAC is the addition of large amounts of energy to specific regions of the SCRAMJET flow-field for short periods of time, and as a result accelerate the fuel/air kinetic rates to achieve a self-sustaining condition. Moreover, the promise of enhancement of fuel-air mixing by magnetohydrodynamics (MHD) flow control offers significant improvement of combustion performance. The development of a numerical tool for investigating high-temperature chemistry and plasmadynamic effects of a discharge arc is desired to gain understanding of PAC technology and the potential improvement of the operational efficiency of SCRAMJET engines. The main objective of this research is to develop a comprehensive model with the capability of modeling both high Reynolds number and high magnetic Reynolds number turbulent flow for application to supersonic combustor. The development of this model can be divided into three categories: first, the development of a self-consistent MHD numerical model capable of modeling magnetic turbulence in high magnetic Reynolds number applications. Second, the development of a gas discharge model which models the interaction of externally applied fields in conductive medium. Third, the development of models necessary for studying supersonic combustion applications with plasma-assistance such the extension of chemical kinetics models to extremely high temperature and non-equilibrium phenomenon. Finally, these models are combined and utilized to model plasma assisted combustion in a SCRAMJET. Two types of plasmas are investigated: an equilibrium electrical discharge (arc) and a non-equilibrium plasma jet. It is shown that both plasmas significantly increase the concentration of radicals such as O, OH and H, and both have positive impact

  17. Development of a LC-MS/MS method for simultaneous determination of metoprolol and its metabolites, α-hydroxymetoprolol and O-desmethylmetoprolol, in rat plasma: application to the herb-drug interaction study of metoprolol and breviscapine.

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    Rao, Zhi; Ma, Yan-rong; Qin, Hong-yan; Wang, Ya-feng; Wei, Yu-hui; Zhou, Yan; Zhang, Guo-qiang; Wang, Xing-dong; Wu, Xin-an

    2015-09-01

    A simple, specific and sensitive LC-MS/MS method was developed and validated for the simultaneous determination of metoprolol (MET), α-hydroxymetoprolol (HMT) and O-desmethylmetoprolol (DMT) in rat plasma. The plasma samples were prepared by protein precipitation, then the separation of the analytes was performed on an Agilent HC-C18 column (4.6 × 250 mm, 5 µm) at a flow rate of 1.0 mL/min, and post-column splitting (1:4) was used to give optimal interface flow rates (0.2 mL/min) for MS detection; the total run time was 8.5 min. Mass spectrometric detection was achieved using a triple-quadrupole mass spectrometer equipped with an electrospray source interface in positive ionization mode. The method was fully validated in terms of selectivity, linearity, accuracy, precision, stability, matrix effect and recovery over a concentration range of 3.42-7000 ng/mL for MET, 2.05-4200 ng/mL for HMT and 1.95-4000 ng/mL for DMT. The analytical method was successfully applied to herb-drug interaction study of MET and breviscapine after administration of breviscapine (12.5 mg/kg) and MET (40 mg/kg). The results suggested that breviscapine have negligible effect on pharmacokinetics of MET in rats; the information may be beneficial for the application of breviscapine in combination with MET in clinical therapy. PMID:25753317

  18. Studies on plasma processing of blue dust

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    Samal, S. K.; P, Sindhoora L.; Mishra, S. C.; Mishra, B.

    2015-02-01

    Plasma smelting was carried out using blue dust and petroleum coke mixtures for five different compositions. By altering percentage of reductant and type of plasma forming gas, recovery rate and degree of metallization were calculated in order to examine the extent of reduction of blue dust. The products were characterized by XRD and optical microscopy techniques. The results of these investigations exhibited that highest degree of metallization and recovery rate of about 98% and 86% respectively, were achieved for nitrogen plasma smelted products.

  19. Observation of Hypervelocity Dust in Dense Supersonic Plasma Flows: Physics and Applications

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    Ticoş, C. M.; Wang, Z.; Wurden, G. A.; Shukla, P. K.

    2008-10-01

    Synthetic diamond and graphite dust powders with a wide range of sizes, from a few to several tens of microns in diameter were accelerated to velocities up to 4 km/s in vacuum by plasma jet produced in a coaxial gun. Some of the key features of the plasma flow are high density, of the order of 1022 m-3, low ion and electron temperatures, of only a few eV, and good collimation over a distance of ≈2 m due to confinement by the self-generated magnetic field. The main features of this plasma-drag acceleration technique are presented and discussed. From basic science point of view hypervelocity dust is useful for studying the physics of dust interaction with energetic plasma flows at microscopic level. In physical applications, it has been proposed to use hypervelocity dust for diagnostic or control of magnetically confined fusion plasmas. In engineering, hypervelocity dusty plasmas are extensively employed in industrial processes involved in the processing of surfaces.

  20. Observation of Hypervelocity Dust in Dense Supersonic Plasma Flows: Physics and Applications

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    Ticos, C. M.; Wang, Z.; Wurden, G. A.; Shukla, P. K.

    2008-10-15

    Synthetic diamond and graphite dust powders with a wide range of sizes, from a few to several tens of microns in diameter were accelerated to velocities up to 4 km/s in vacuum by plasma jet produced in a coaxial gun. Some of the key features of the plasma flow are high density, of the order of 10{sup 22} m{sup -3}, low ion and electron temperatures, of only a few eV, and good collimation over a distance of {approx_equal}2 m due to confinement by the self-generated magnetic field. The main features of this plasma-drag acceleration technique are presented and discussed. From basic science point of view hypervelocity dust is useful for studying the physics of dust interaction with energetic plasma flows at microscopic level. In physical applications, it has been proposed to use hypervelocity dust for diagnostic or control of magnetically confined fusion plasmas. In engineering, hypervelocity dusty plasmas are extensively employed in industrial processes involved in the processing of surfaces.

  1. Application of atmospheric plasma sources in growth and differentiation of plant and mammalian stem cells

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    Puac, Nevena

    2014-10-01

    The expansion of the plasma medicine and its demand for in-vivo treatments resulted in fast development of various plasma devices that operate at atmospheric pressure. These sources have to fulfill all demands for application on biological samples. One of the sources that meet all the requirements needed for treatment of biological material is plasma needle. Previously, we have used this device for sterilization of planctonic samples of bacteria, MRSA biofilm, for improved differentiation of human periodontal stem cells into osteogenic line and for treatment of plant meristematic cells. It is well known that plasma generates reactive oxygen species (ROS) and reactive nitrogen species (RNS) that strongly affect metabolism of living cells. One of the open issues is to correlate external plasma products (electrons, ions, RNS, ROS, photons, strong fields etc.) with the immediate internal response which triggers or induces effects in the living cell. For that purpose we have studied the kinetics of enzymes which are typical indicators of the identity of reactive species from the plasma created environment that can trigger signal transduction in the cell and ensue cell activity. In collaboration with Suzana Zivkovicm, Institute for Biological Research ``Sinisa Stankovic,'' University of Belgrade; Nenad Selakovic, Institute of Physics, University of Belgrade; Milica Milutinovic, Jelena Boljevic, Institute for Biological Research ``Sinisa Stankovic,'' University of Belgrade; and Gordana Malovic, Zoran Lj. Petrovic, Institute of Physics, University of Belgrade. Grants III41011, ON171037 and ON173024, MESTD, Serbia.

  2. Multi-electrodes Atmospheric Pressure Plasma Jet Aiming Bio-applications

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    Han, Jeon G.; Sahu, B. B.; Shin, K. S.; Lee, J. S.; Hori, M.

    2015-09-01

    For the recent advancement in the field of plasma medicine, there is growing demand for the atmospheric-pressure plasma (APP) jet sources with desired plasma characteristics. In this study, a stable non-thermal low-voltage APP jet device was designed and developed for optical and electrical characterizations. The jet was operated at very low frequency in the range 10-40 KHz, which enabled the generation of low power (~ 7W) plasma with a plasma column diameter of about 5 mm. The jet has a visible radial diameter of approximately 10 mm. Optical emission spectroscopy was used as a diagnostic tool to investigate the generation of plasmas and radical species. Discharge parameters are also measured to evaluate the different operating conditions. The gas temperature measured at the substrate location varies from 300 to 315 K for different gases where the electrical input power ranged from 1 to 7 W. The highly reactive species like OH, O, N2, N2 + and along with the trace of NO are characterized with respect to the different gas flow rate of Ar/He/O2/N2, applied voltages, duty cycles and frequencies to evaluate the capability of the APP jet for future bio-applications.

  3. Novel 3D Tissue Engineered Bone Model, Biomimetic Nanomaterials, and Cold Atmospheric Plasma Technique for Biomedical Applications

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    Wang, Mian

    This thesis research is consist of four chapters, including biomimetic three-dimensional tissue engineered nanostructured bone model for breast cancer bone metastasis study (Chapter one), cold atmospheric plasma for selectively ablating metastatic breast cancer (Chapter two), design of biomimetic and bioactive cold plasma modified nanostructured scaffolds for enhanced osteogenic differentiation of bone marrow derived mesenchymal stem cells (Chapter three), and enhanced osteoblast and mesenchymal stem cell functions on titanium with hydrothermally treated nanocrystalline hydroxyapatite/magnetically treated carbon nanotubes for orthopedic applications (Chapter four). All the thesis research is focused on nanomaterials and the use of cold plasma technique for various biomedical applications.

  4. Numerical Studies of Electrode Plasma Formation and Expansion in High Power Charged Particle Beam Diodes

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    Rittersdorf, I. M.; Swanekamp, S. B.; Richardson, A. S.; Allen, R. J.; Schumer, J. W.

    2014-10-01

    High-power diodes that generate intense electron beams are useful in many applications, such as producing x-rays for flash radiography and nuclear weapon effects simulations. Desorption and ionization of gases from electrodes can form a plasma during operation. Expansion of this plasma into the gap leads to a short circuit, which limits the radiation production. It is difficult for particle-in-cell codes to model the surface physics or the subsequent expansion of the plasma. NRL is beginning a multi-year research effort to study such plasmas. This paper will summarize the relevant literature on plasma formation in high-power diodes with a goal of developing dynamic models that describe the formation and expansion of these plasmas that are suitable for PIC codes. This work was supported by the NRL Basic and Applied Research Program.

  5. Atmospheric Pressure Plasma-Electrospin Hybrid Process for Protective Applications

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    Vitchuli Gangadharan, Narendiran

    2011-12-01

    Chemical and biological (C-B) warfare agents like sarin, sulfur mustard, anthrax are usually dispersed into atmosphere in the form of micro aerosols. They are considered to be dangerous weapon of mass destruction next to nuclear weapons. The airtight protective clothing materials currently available are able to stop the diffusion of threat agents but not good enough to detoxify them, which endangers the wearers. Extensive research efforts are being made to prepare advanced protective clothing materials that not only prevent the diffusion of C-B agents, but also detoxify them into harmless products thus ensuring the safety and comfort of the wearer. Electrospun nanofiber mats are considered to have effective filtration characteristics to stop the diffusion of submicron level particulates without sacrificing air permeability characteristics and could be used in protective application as barrier material. In addition, functional nanofibers could be potentially developed to detoxify the C-B warfare threats into harmless products. In this research, electrospun nanofibers were deposited on fabric surface to improve barrier efficiency without sacrificing comfort-related properties of the fabrics. Multi-functional nanofibers were fabricated through an electrospinning-electrospraying hybrid process and their ability to detoxify simulants of C-B agents was evaluated. Nanofibers were also deposited onto plasma-pretreated woven fabric substrate through a newly developed plasma-electrospinning hybrid process, to improve the adhesive properties of nanofibers on the fabric surface. The nanofiber adhesion and durability properties were evaluated by peel test, flex and abrasion resistance tests. In this research work, following tasks have been carried out: i) Controlled deposition of nanofiber mat onto woven fabric substrate Electrospun Nylon 6 fiber mats were deposited onto woven 50/50 Nylon/Cotton fabric with the motive of making them into protective material against submicron

  6. Atmospheric Pressure Plasma-Electrospin Hybrid Process for Protective Applications

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    Vitchuli Gangadharan, Narendiran

    2011-12-01

    Chemical and biological (C-B) warfare agents like sarin, sulfur mustard, anthrax are usually dispersed into atmosphere in the form of micro aerosols. They are considered to be dangerous weapon of mass destruction next to nuclear weapons. The airtight protective clothing materials currently available are able to stop the diffusion of threat agents but not good enough to detoxify them, which endangers the wearers. Extensive research efforts are being made to prepare advanced protective clothing materials that not only prevent the diffusion of C-B agents, but also detoxify them into harmless products thus ensuring the safety and comfort of the wearer. Electrospun nanofiber mats are considered to have effective filtration characteristics to stop the diffusion of submicron level particulates without sacrificing air permeability characteristics and could be used in protective application as barrier material. In addition, functional nanofibers could be potentially developed to detoxify the C-B warfare threats into harmless products. In this research, electrospun nanofibers were deposited on fabric surface to improve barrier efficiency without sacrificing comfort-related properties of the fabrics. Multi-functional nanofibers were fabricated through an electrospinning-electrospraying hybrid process and their ability to detoxify simulants of C-B agents was evaluated. Nanofibers were also deposited onto plasma-pretreated woven fabric substrate through a newly developed plasma-electrospinning hybrid process, to improve the adhesive properties of nanofibers on the fabric surface. The nanofiber adhesion and durability properties were evaluated by peel test, flex and abrasion resistance tests. In this research work, following tasks have been carried out: i) Controlled deposition of nanofiber mat onto woven fabric substrate Electrospun Nylon 6 fiber mats were deposited onto woven 50/50 Nylon/Cotton fabric with the motive of making them into protective material against submicron

  7. Study on Glow Discharge Plasma Used in Polyester Surface Modification

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    Liu, Wenzheng; Lei, Xiao; Zhao, Qiang

    2016-01-01

    To achieve an atmospheric pressure glow discharge (APGD) in air and modify the surface of polyester thread using plasma, the electric field distribution and discharge characteristics under different conditions were studied. We found that the region with a strong electric field, which was formed in a tiny gap between two electrodes constituting a line-line contact electrode structure, provided the initial electron for the entire discharge process. Thus, the discharge voltage was reduced. The dielectric barrier of the line-line contact electrodes can inhibit the generation of secondary electrons. Thus, the transient current pulse discharge was reduced significantly, and an APGD in air was achieved. We designed double layer line-line contact electrodes, which can generate the APGD on the surface of a material under treatment directly. A noticeable change in the surface morphology of polyester fiber was visualized with the aid of a scanning electron microscope (SEM). Two electrode structures - the multi-row line-line and double-helix line-line contact electrodes - were designed. A large area of the APGD plasma with flat and curved surfaces can be formed in air using these contact electrodes. This can improve the efficiency of surface treatment and is significant for the application of the APGD plasma in industries.

  8. Center for the Study of Plasma Microturbulence

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    Parker, Scott E.

    2012-03-02

    We have discovered a possible "natural fueling" mechanism in tokamak fusion reactors using large scale gyrokinetic turbulence simulation. In the presence of a heat flux dominated tokamak plasma, cold ions naturally pinch radially inward. If cold DT fuel is introduced near the edge using shallow pellet injection, the cold fuel will pinch inward, at the expense of hot helium ash going radially outward. By adjusting the cold DT fuel concentration, the core DT density profiles can be maintained. We have also shown that cold source ions from edge recycling of cold neutrals are pinched radially inward. This mechanism may be important for fully understanding the edge pedestal buildup after an ELM crash. Work includes benchmarking the gyrokinetic turbulence codes in the electromagnetic regime. This includes cyclone base case parameters with an increasing plasma beta. The code comparisons include GEM, GYRO and GENE. There is good linear agreement between the codes using the Cyclone base case, but including electromagnetics and scanning the plasma beta. All the codes have difficulty achieving nonlinear saturation as the kinetic ballooning limit is approached. GEM does not saturate well when beta gets above about 1/2 of the ideal ballooning limit. We find that the lack of saturation is due to the long wavelength k{sub y} modes being nonlinearly pumped to high levels. If the fundamental k{sub y} mode is zeroed out, higher values of beta nonlinearly saturate well. Additionally, there have been studies to better understand CTEM nonlinear saturation and the importance of zonal flows. We have continued our investigation of trapped electron mode (TEM) turbulence. More recently, we have focused on the nonlinear saturation of TEM turbulence. An important feature of TEM is that in many parameter regimes, the zonal flow is unimportant. We find that when zonal flows are unimportant, zonal density is the dominant saturation mechanism. We developed a simple theory that agrees with the

  9. Design and Construction of Field Reversed Configuration Plasma Chamber for Plasma Material Interaction Studies

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    Smith, DuWayne L.

    A Field Reversed Configuration (FRC) plasma source was designed and constructed to conduct high energy plasma-materials interaction studies. The purpose of these studies is the development of advanced materials for use in plasma based electric propulsion systems and nuclear fusion containment vessels. Outlined within this thesis is the basic concept of FRC plasmoid creation, an overview of the device design and integration of various diagnostics systems for plasma conditions and characterization, discussion on the variety of material defects resulting from the plasma exposure with methods and tools designed for characterization. Using a Michelson interferometer it was determined that the FRC plasma densities are on the order of ~1021 m-3. A novel dynamic pressure probe was created to measure ion velocities averaging 300 km/s. Compensating flux loop arrays were used to measure magnetic field strength and verify the existence of the FRC plasmoid and when used in combination with density measurements it was determined that the average ion temperatures are ~130 eV. X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS) was employed as a means of characterizing the size and shape of the plasma jet in the sample exposure positions. SEM results from preliminary studies reveal significant morphological changes on plasma facing material surfaces, and use of XRD to elucidate fuel gas-ion implantation strain rates correlated to plasma exposure energies.

  10. Fluid Complex Plasmas - Studies at the Particle Level

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    Ivlev, A. V.; Morfill, G. E.; Nosenko, V.; Pompl, R.; Rubin-Zuzic, M.; Thomas, H. M.

    2008-02-21

    Complex plasmas are ideal laboratory systems to investigate kinetics of strongly coupled many-particle ensembles. In contrast to colloidal suspensions, the particle dynamics in complex plasmas is virtually undamped. This makes complex plasmas particularly suited to study kinetics of fluids, by observing fully resolved motion of individual particles. In this paper we focus on three major experimental highlights characterizing kinetics of fluid plasmas--laminar shear flows, onset and development of hydrodynamic instabilities, and heterogeneous nucleation in supercooled fluids. Analysis of elementary processes observed in these experiments provides important insights into fundamental generic processes governing fluid behavior, demonstrating significant interdisciplinary potential of the complex plasma research.

  11. Studies on the effect of finite geometrical asymmetry in dual capacitively coupled radio frequency plasma

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    Bora, B.

    2015-10-01

    In recent years, dual capacitively coupled radio frequency (CCRF) glow discharge plasma has been widely studied in the laboratory because of its simpler design and high efficiency for different material processing applications such as thin-film deposition, plasma etching, sputtering of insulating materials etc. The main objective of studies on dual frequency CCRF plasma has been the independent control of ion energy and ion flux using an electrical asymmetry effect (EAE). Most studies have been reported in electrode configurations that are either geometrically symmetric (both electrodes are equal) or completely asymmetric (one electrode is infinitely bigger than the other). However, it seems that most of the laboratory CCRF plasmas have finite electrode geometry. In addition, plasma series resonance (PSR) and electron bounce resonance (EBR) heating also come into play as a result of geometrical asymmetry as well as EAE. In this study, a dual frequency CCRF plasma has been studied in which the dual frequency CCRF has been coupled to the lumped circuit model of the plasma and the time-independent fluid model of the plasma sheath, in order to study the effect of finite geometrical asymmetry on the generation of dc-self bias and plasma heating. The dc self-bias is found to strongly depend on the ratio of the area between the electrodes. The dc self-bias is found to depend on the phase angle between the two applied voltage waveforms. The EAE and geometrical asymmetry are found to work differently in controlling the dc self-bias. It can be concluded that the phase angle between the two voltage waveforms in dual CCRF plasmas has an important role in determining the dc self-bias and may be used for controlling the plasma properties in the dual frequency CCRF plasma.

  12. Application of electron beam plasma for biopolymers modification

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    Vasilieva, T. M.

    2012-06-01

    The effects of the Electron Beam Plasma treatment on natural polysaccharide chitosan were studied experimentally. Low molecular water-soluble products of chitosan and chitooligosaccharides were obtained by treating the original polymers in the Electron Beam Plasma of oxygen and water vapor. The molecular mass of the products varied from 18 kDa to monomeric fragments. The degradation of the original polymers was due to the action of active oxygen particles (atomic and singlet oxygen) and the particles of the water plasmolysis (hydroxyl radicals, hydrogen peroxides). The 95% yield of low molecular weight chitosans was attained by optimizing the treatment conditions. The studies of the antimicrobial activity of low molecular products showed that they strongly inhibit the multiplication of colon bacillus, aurococcus and yeast-like fungi. The EBP-stimulated degradation of polysaccharides and proteins were found to result from breaking β-1,4 glycosidic bounds and peptide bonds, respectively.

  13. Topical applications of resonance internal conversion in laser produced plasma

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    Karpeshin, F. F.

    2007-04-01

    Physical aspects of resonance effects arising in plasma due to interactions of nuclei with the electrons are considered. Among them are resonance conversion (TEEN) and the reverse process of NEET. These processes are of great importance for pumping the excited nuclear states (isomers) and for accelerating their decay. Experiment is discussed on studying the unique 3.5-eV 229m Th nuclide.

  14. High speed cine film studies of plasma behaviour and plasma surface interactions in tokamaks

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    Goodall, D. H. J.

    1982-12-01

    High speed cine photography is a useful diagnostic aid for studying plasma behaviour and plasma surface interactions. Several workers have filmed discharges in tokamaks including ASDEX, DITE, DIVA, ISX, JFT2, TFR and PLT. These films are discussed and examples given of the observed phenomena which include plasma limiter interactions, diverted discharges, disruptions, magnetic islands and moving glowing objects often known as 'UFOs'. Examples of plasma structures in ASDEX and DITE not previously published are also given. The paper also reports experiments in DITE to determine the origin of UFOs.

  15. Advances in experimental spectroscopy of Z-pinch plasmas and applications

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    Kantsyrev, V. L.; Safronova, A. S.; Safronova, U. I.; Shrestha, I.; Weller, M. E.; Osborne, G. C.; Shlyaptseva, V. V.; Wilcox, P. G.; Stafford, A.

    2012-06-01

    Recent advances in experimental work on plasma spectroscopy of Z-pinches are presented. The results of experiments on the 1.7 MA Z-pinch Zebra generator at UNR with wire arrays of various configurations and X-pinches are overviewed. A full x-ray and EUV diagnostic set for detailed spatial and temporal monitoring of such plasmas together with theoretical support from relativistic atomic structure and non-LTE kinetic codes used in the analysis are discussed. The use of a variety of wire materials in a broad range from Al to W provided an excellent opportunity to observe and study specific atomic and plasma spectroscopy features. In addition, the applications of such features to fusion and astrophysics will be considered.

  16. Plasma cortisol levels in normal volunteers receiving either betamethasone valerate or desoximetasone by topical application.

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    Bromley, P A; Müller, F O; Malan, J; Torres, J; Vanderbeke, O

    1978-08-01

    Desoximetasone (Topisolon; Hoechst), a new topical steroid, and betamethasone 17-valerate were compared with respect to their effects on hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal function as evidenced by plasma cortisol concentrations. Three grams of each test preparation were applied daily for 21 days to intact skin of the ventral aspects of alternate forearms of 15 normal volunteers. Five received betamethasone 17-valerate 0.1%, 5 desoximetasone 0.05%, and 5 desoximetasone 0.25%. Plasma cortisol levels were determined before and after the initial applications on days 1, 3, 10, 17, 22, 24 and 28. These values were compared with the mean control values by analysis of covariance. There was no significant difference in plasma cortisol levels. The value of performing similar studies on larger skin areas and with larger doses is discussed. PMID:362568

  17. Collisionless expansion of pulsed radio frequency plasmas. II. Parameter study

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    Schröder, T.; Grulke, O.; Klinger, T.; Boswell, R. W.; Charles, C.

    2016-01-01

    The plasma parameter dependencies of the dynamics during the expansion of plasma are studied with the use of a versatile particle-in-cell simulation tailored to a plasma expansion experiment [Schröder et al., J. Phys. D: Appl. Phys. 47, 055207 (2014); Schröder et al., Phys. Plasmas 23, 013511 (2016)]. The plasma expansion into a low-density ambient plasma features a propagating ion front that is preceding a density plateau. It has been shown that the front formation is entangled with a wave-breaking mechanism, i.e., an ion collapse [Sack and Schamel, Plasma Phys. Controlled Fusion 27, 717 (1985); Sack and Schamel, Phys. Lett. A 110, 206 (1985)], and the launch of an ion burst [Schröder et al., Phys. Plasmas 23, 013511 (2016)]. The systematic parameter study presented in this paper focuses on the influence on this mechanism its effect on the maximum velocity of the ion front and burst. It is shown that, apart from the well known dependency of the front propagation on the ion sound velocity, it also depends sensitively on the density ratio between main and ambient plasma density. The maximum ion velocity depends further on the initial potential gradient, being mostly influenced by the plasma density ratio in the source and expansion regions. The results of the study are compared with independent numerical studies.

  18. Optical emission study of radio-frequency excited toluene plasma.

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    Lee, Szetsen; Liu, Shiao-Jun; Liang, Rui-Ji

    2008-12-25

    UV-visible emission spectra of radio-frequency (rf) excited toluene plasma were studied. Benzyl radicals as well as toluene monomer and excimer were observed in toluene plasma. It was found that the intensities, peak positions, and linewidths of monomer and excimer emission bands exhibit strong dependence on rf power and plasma processing time. This can be ascribed to photochemical reactions in plasma. Gas-chromatographic analysis of the deposition products from toluene plasma indicated that the main component was bibenzyl. Spectroscopic evidence has shown that the bibenzyl molecule was formed by the coupling reaction between two benzyl radicals in plasma. The spectroscopic characteristics of toluene monomer and excimer are correlated with a kinetic model in plasma. PMID:19049320

  19. Study on plasma parameters and dust charging in an electrostatically plugged multicusp plasma device

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    Kakati, B.; Kausik, S. S.; Saikia, B. K.; Bandyopadhyay, M.

    2011-06-15

    The effect of the electrostatic confinement potential on the charging of dust grains and its relationship with the plasma parameters has been studied in an electrostatically plugged multicusp dusty plasma device. Electrostatic plugging is implemented by biasing the electrically isolated magnetic multicusp channel walls. The experimental results show that voltage applied to the channel walls can be a controlling parameter for dust charging.

  20. The effect of plasma on silicon nitride, oxynitride and other metals for enhanced epoxy adhesion for packaging applications

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    Gaddam, Sneha Sen

    The effects of direct plasma chemistries on carbon removal from silicon nitride (SiNx) and oxynitride (SiOxNy ) surfaces and Cu have been studied by x-photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and ex-situ contact angle measurements. The data indicate that O2,NH3 and He capacitively coupled plasmas are effective at removing adventitious carbon from silicon nitride (SiNx) and Silicon oxynitride (SiO xNy ) surfaces. O2plasma and He plasma treatment results in the formation of silica overlayer. In contrast, the exposure to NH3 plasma results in negligible additional oxidation of the SiN x and SiOxNy surface. Ex-situ contact angle measurements show that SiNx and SiOxNy surfaces when exposed to oxygen plasma are initially more hydrophilic than surfaces exposed to NH 3 plasma and He plasma, indicating that the O2 plasma-induced SiO2 overlayer is highly reactive towards ambient corresponding to increased roughness measured by AFM. At longer ambient exposures (>~10 hours), however surfaces treated by either O2, He or NH3 plasma exhibit similar steady state contact angles, correlated with rapid uptake of adventitious carbon, as determined by XPS. Surface passivation by exposure to molecular hydrogen prior to ambient exposure significantly retards the increase in the contact angle upon the exposure to ambient. The results suggest a practical route to enhancing the time available for effective bonding to surfaces in microelectronics packaging applications.

  1. Development of a simple LC-MS/MS method for determination of rebamipide in human plasma and its application to a bioequivalence study.

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    Liu, Jian; Shen-Tu, Jianzhong; Wu, Lihua; Dou, Jing; Xu, Qiyang; Zhou, Huili; Wu, Guolan; Hu, Xingjiang

    2012-11-01

    The purpose of this study was to design a simple and rapid liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometric (LC-MS/MS) method for a rebamipide bioequivalence study in healthy Chinese male volunteers. In this method, sample pretreatment involved simple protein precipitation with venlafaxine as the internal standard. Analysis was achieved on a ZORBAX SB-C18 column with a concentration range of 6-1200 ng/mL. Rebamipide tablets from Yuanlijian (test, Hangzhou, China) and from Otsuka (reference, Hangzhou, China) were evaluated following a single 300 mg oral dose to 20 healthy volunteers. Bioequivalence was determined by calculating 90% confidence intervals (90% CI) for the ratio of Cmax, AUC(0-t) and AUC(0-infinity) values for the test and reference products, using logarithmic transformed data. The 90% confidence intervals for the ratio of Cmax (83.7-118.4%), AUC(0-t) (91.1-113.4%) and AUC(0-infinity) (90.6-113.2%) values for the test and reference products were within the interval (80.0-125.0% for AUC, and 70-143% for Cmax), proposed by State of Food and Drug Administration [SFDA, 2005. China]. It was concluded that the two rebamipide tablets were bioequivalent in their rate and extent of absorption and the method met the principle of quick and easy clinical analysis. PMID:23210239

  2. Application of low temperature plasmas for restoration/conservation of archaeological objects

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    Krčma, F.; Blahová, L.; Fojtíková, P.; Graham, W. G.; Grossmannová, H.; Hlochová, L.; Horák, J.; Janová, D.; Kelsey, C. P.; Kozáková, Z.; Mazánková, V.; Procházka, M.; Přikryl, R.; Řádková, L.; Sázavská, V.; Vašíček, M.; Veverková, R.; Zmrzlý, M.

    2014-12-01

    The low-temperature low-pressure hydrogen based plasmas were used to study the influence of processes and discharge conditions on corrosion removal. The capacitive coupled RF discharge in the continuous or pulsed regime was used at operating pressure of 100-200 Pa. Plasma treatment was monitored by optical emission spectroscopy. To be able to study influence of various process parameters, the model corroded samples with and without sandy incrustation were prepared. The SEM-EDX analyzes were carried out to verify corrosion removal efficiency. Experimental conditions were optimized for the selected most frequent materials of original metallic archaeological objects (iron, bronze, copper, and brass). Chlorides removal is based on hydrogen ion reactions while oxides are removed mainly by neutral species interactions. A special focus was kept for the samples temperature because it was necessary to avoid any metallographic changes in the material structure. The application of higher power pulsed regime with low duty cycle seems be the best treatment regime. The low pressure hydrogen plasma is not applicable for objects with a very broken structure or for nonmetallic objects due to the non-uniform heat stress. Due to this fact, the new developed plasmas generated in liquids were applied on selected original archaeological glass materials.

  3. The study of a plasma jet injected by an on-board plasma thruster

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    Grebnev, I. A.; Ivanov, G. V.; Khodnenko, V. P.; Morozov, A. I.; Perkov, I. A.; Pertsev, A. A.; Romanovskii, Iu. A.; Rylov, Iu. P.; Shishkin, G. G.; Trifonov, Iu. V.

    The injection of a steady plasma jet into the ionosphere results in interactions which were studied in experiments conducted onboard two Meteor satellites in 1977-1979. The jet parameters at the propulsion system output were as follows: propulsive mass: Xe; Xe (+) ion density at the nozzle section; 3 x 10 to the 11th per cu cm; plasma stream divergence: 20 degrees; jet velocity: 10-12 km/cm; ion energy: 130 eV; electron temperature: 1 + 3 eV. A Bennett-type modified radio-frequency mass-spectrometer and a two-channel electromagnetic wave analyzer were used for the measurements. It was found that (1) the injected plasma jet propagation depends on the jet injection pitch angle; (2) when the plasma jet was injected along the magnetic field, impactless jet spreading took place without considerable interaction with the ionospheric plasma; (3) when the plasma jet was injected across the magnetic field, considerable interaction was observed between the plasma jet/ionospheric plasma and the earth's magnetic field; and (4) electromagnetic fields were generated near the satellite by plasma jet interaction.

  4. Millimeter-Wave Imaging Technology Advancements for Plasma Diagnostics Applications

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    Kong, Xiangyu

    To realize fusion plant, the very first step is to understand the fundamental physics of materials under fusion conditions, i.e. to understand fusion plasmas. Our research group, Plasma Diagnostics Group, focuses on developing advanced tools for physicists to extract as much information as possible from fusion plasmas at millions degrees. The Electron Cyclotron Emission Imaging (ECEI) diagnostics is a very useful tool invented in this group to study fusion plasma electron temperature and it fluctuations. This dissertation presents millimeter wave imaging technology advances recently developed in this group to improve the ECEI system. New technologies made it more powerful to image and visualize magneto-hydrodynamics (MHD) activities and micro-turbulence in fusion plasmas. Topics of particular emphasis start from development of miniaturized elliptical substrate lens array. This novel substrate lens array replaces the previous generation substrate lens, hyper-hemispherical substrate lens, in terms of geometry. From the optical performance perspective, this substitution not only significantly simplifies the optical system with improved optical coupling, but also enhances the RF/LO coupling efficiency. By the benefit of the mini lens focusing properties, a wideband dual-dipole antenna array is carefully designed and developed. The new antenna array is optimized simultaneously for receiving both RF and LO, with sharp radiation patterns, low side-lobe levels, and less crosstalk between adjacent antennas. In addition, a high frequency antenna is also developed, which extends the frequency limit from 145 GHz to 220 GHz. This type of antenna will be used on high field operation tokamaks with toroidal fields in excess of 3 Tesla. Another important technology advance is so-called extended bandwidth double down-conversion electronics. This new electronics extends the instantaneous IF coverage from 2 to 9.2 GHz to 2 to 16.4 GHz. From the plasma point of view, it means that the

  5. Dynamical properties of non-equilibrium atmospheric plasma jets and their applications to plasma processing in liquids

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    Kitano, Katsuhisa; Satoshi, Ikawa; Furusho, Hitoshi; Nagasaki, Yukio; Hamaguchi, Satoshi

    2007-11-01

    Non-equilibrium atmospheric pressure plasma jets are discussed with the emphasis on their physics and applications. Plume-like plasmas, which may be called plasma jets, have been generated in a discharge system consisting of a dielectric/metal tube (through which He gas flows at the atmospheric pressure) and a single electrode attached to the tube, to which low-frequency, high-voltage pulses (˜10kV, ˜10kHz) are applied. With visible light images taken by a high-speed ICCD camera, it has been confirmed that the plasma jet consists of a series of small ``plasma bullets'' that are emitted intermittently from the powered electrode in sync with the positive voltage pulses. The observed ``plasma bullet'' may be interpreted as a fast moving ionization front. The plasma jets are energetic enough to generate highly reactive charge-neutral radicals but their gas temperatures remain low. Therefore the plasma jets are ideal for processing of liquid based materials at low temperatures and some examples of process applications, such as reduction of cations, polymerization of liquid monomers, and sterilization, will be also presented.

  6. A simple quantitative method analysing amikacin, gentamicin, and vancomycin levels in human newborn plasma using ion-pair liquid chromatography/tandem mass spectrometry and its applicability to a clinical study.

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    Bijleveld, Yuma; de Haan, Timo; Toersche, Jan; Jorjani, Sona; van der Lee, Johanna; Groenendaal, Floris; Dijk, Peter; van Heijst, Arno; Gavilanes, Antonio W D; de Jonge, Rogier; Dijkman, Koen P; van Straaten, Henrica; Rijken, Monique; Zonnenberg, Inge; Cools, Filip; Nuytemans, Debbie; Mathôt, Ron

    2014-03-01

    Neuroprotective controlled therapeutic hypothermia is the standard of care for newborns suffering perinatal asphyxia. Antibiotic drugs, such as amikacin, gentamicin, and vancomycin are frequently administered during controlled hypothermia, which possibly alters their pharmacokinetic (PK) and pharmacodynamic (PD) profiles. In order to examine this effect an LC-MS/MS method for the simultaneous quantification of amikacin, the major gentamicin components (gentamicin C, C1a and C2), and vancomycin in plasma was developed. In 25μL plasma proteins were precipitated with trichloroacetic acid (TCA) and detection of the components was achieved using ion-pair reversed phase chromatography coupled with electrospray ionization tandem mass spectrometry. The chromatographic runtime was 7.5min per sample. Calibration standards were prepared over a range of 0.3-50mgL(-1) for amikacin and gentamicin and 1.0-100mgL(-1) for vancomycin. At LLOQ accuracy was between 103 and 120% and imprecision was less than 19%. For concentrations above LLOQ accuracy ranged from 98% to 102% and imprecision was less than 6%. Process efficiency, ionization efficiency, and recovery were acceptable. Samples and stock solutions were stable during the time periods and at the different temperatures examined. The applicability of the method was shown by analysing plasma samples from 3 neonatal patients. The developed method allows accurate and precise simultaneous quantification of amikacin, gentamicin, and vancomycin in a small volume (25μL) of plasma. PMID:24548921

  7. A study on plasma parameters in various mixed Ar/SF6 inductively coupled plasma

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    Oh, Seung-Ju; Lee, Hyo-Chang; Chung, Chin-Wook

    2011-10-01

    SF6 gas or Ar/SF6 mixing gas is widely used in plasma processes. However, there are a little experimental study with various external parameters such as gas pressures and mixing ratios. In this work, a study of the plasma parameters was done in Ar/SF6 inductively coupled plasma (ICP) from a careful measurement of the electron energy distribution function (EEDF). The measured plasma parameters are compared to the theoretical results with simplified global model. At a low gas pressure, as mixing ratio of SF6 gas increased at a fixed ICP power, electron density decreased and electron temperature increased, but they were not changed largely. However, a remarkable increase in the electron temperature was observed with decrease in the electron density at higher gas pressures. These changes in the plasma parameters could be explained by large electron losses due to the electron attachment and the experimental results were in agreement with the theoretical results.

  8. Development and Validation of a High-Performance Liquid Chromatography–Tandem Mass Spectrometry Method for the Simultaneous Determination of Irinotecan and Its Main Metabolites in Human Plasma and Its Application in a Clinical Pharmacokinetic Study

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    Marangon, Elena; Posocco, Bianca; Mazzega, Elisa; Toffoli, Giuseppe

    2015-01-01

    Irinotecan is currently used in several cancer regimens mainly in colorectal cancer (CRC). This drug has a narrow therapeutic range and treatment can lead to side effects, mainly neutropenia and diarrhea, frequently requiring discontinuing or lowering the drug dose. A wide inter-individual variability in irinotecan pharmacokinetic parameters and pharmacodynamics has been reported and associated to patients’ genetic background. In particular, a polymorphism in the UGT1A1 gene (UGT1A1*28) has been linked to an impaired detoxification of SN-38 (irinotecan active metabolite) to SN-38 glucuronide (SN-38G) leading to increased toxicities. Therefore, therapeutic drug monitoring of irinotecan, SN-38 and SN-38G is recommended to personalize therapy. In order to quantify simultaneously irinotecan and its main metabolites in patients’ plasma, we developed and validated a new, sensitive and specific HPLC–MS/MS method applicable to all irinotecan dosages used in clinic. This method required a small plasma volume, addition of camptothecin as internal standard and simple protein precipitation. Chromatographic separation was done on a Gemini C18 column (3 μM, 100 mm x 2.0 mm) using 0.1% acetic acid/bidistilled water and 0.1% acetic acid/acetonitrile as mobile phases. The mass spectrometer worked with electrospray ionization in positive ion mode and selected reaction monitoring. The standard curves were linear (R2 ≥0.9962) over the concentration ranges (10–10000 ng/mL for irinotecan, 1–500 ng/mL for SN-38 and SN-38G and 1–5000 ng/mL for APC) and had good back-calculated accuracy and precision. The intra- and inter-day precision and accuracy, determined on three quality control levels for all the analytes, were always <12.3% and between 89.4% and 113.0%, respectively. Moreover, we evaluated this bioanalytical method by re-analysis of incurred samples as an additional measure of assay reproducibility. This method was successfully applied to a pharmacokinetic study in

  9. Plasma treatments of wool fiber surface for microfluidic applications

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    Jeon, So-Hyoun; Hwang, Ki-Hwan; Lee, Jin Su; Boo, Jin-Hyo; Yun, Sang H.

    2015-09-15

    Highlights: • We used atmospheric plasma for tuning the wettability of wool fibers. • The wicking rates of the wool fibers increased with increasing treatment time. • The increasing of wettability results in removement of fatty acid on the wool surface. - Abstract: Recent progress in health diagnostics has led to the development of simple and inexpensive systems. Thread-based microfluidic devices allow for portable and inexpensive field-based technologies enabling medical diagnostics, environmental monitoring, and food safety analysis. However, controlling the flow rate of wool thread, which is a very important part of thread-based microfluidic devices, is quite difficult. For this reason, we focused on thread-based microfluidics in the study. We developed a method of changing the wettability of hydrophobic thread, including wool thread. Thus, using natural wool thread as a channel, we demonstrate herein that the manipulation of the liquid flow, such as micro selecting and micro mixing, can be achieved by applying plasma treatment to wool thread. In addition to enabling the flow control of the treated wool channels consisting of all natural substances, this procedure will also be beneficial for biological sensing devices. We found that wools treated with various gases have different flow rates. We used an atmospheric plasma with O{sub 2}, N{sub 2} and Ar gases.

  10. Experimental Study on Swirl Flow in an ECR Plasma

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    Terasaka, Kenichiro; Yoshimura, Shinji; Furuta, Kanshi; Yamada, Takuya; Tanaka, Masayoshi

    2015-11-01

    Swirl plasma flow plays an important role to clarify astrophysical phenomena, such as astrophysical jets and solar dynamo, and in the development of plasma propulsion systems. We have studied the effect of plasma rotation on flow structure formation in a cylindrical ECR plasma with the HYPER-II device at Kyushu University, Japan. The HYPER-II device consists of two cylindrical chambers with different diameters: one is the plasma production chamber with 0.3 m in diameter and 0.95 m in axial length, and the other is the diffusion chamber with 0.76 m in diameter and 1.3 m in axial length. An electron cyclotron resonance (ECR) plasma is produced by a 2.45 GHz microwave in the magnetic beach configuration. The azimuthal plasma rotation due to E × B drift is generated by a set of cylindrical electrodes, and the swirl plasma flow with various kinetic helicity is produced in a diverging magnetic field. An axially revers flow structure has been found near the center axis, in which the radial density profile exhibits a density build-up in the flow reversal region. The axial flow structure of rotating plasma shows an interesting behavior compared with non-rotating plasmas. This study was supported by JSPS KAKENHI grant number 15K05365.

  11. Plasma RF Switching Elements for Cell Phone Applications

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    Linardakis, Peter; Borg, Gerard G.; Harris, Jeffrey H.

    2002-10-01

    The functionality of modern multi-band, multi-system cell phones is provided by a large number of RF switches. Future phones will require an even greater number of these switches to implement hardware such as agile antennas. The ever increasing need for higher performance and lower power consumption have brought the RF PIN diode to the edge of its capabilities in these applications. RF micro-electromechanical (MEMS) switches can easily provide the required low insertion loss, low inter-modulation and low power consumption combination, but their reliability limits are not yet satisfactory to industry. In conjunction with Motorola Personal Communications Sector (PCS), PRL is undertaking a project to examine the possibility of using plasma in a completely novel type of RF switch. A basic concept of variable ``plasma capacitors'' constructed from DC commercial fluorescent tubes has been analyzed up to 1.3 GHz. The four different configurations tested show some consistent behavior and a definite impedance change between the on and off states. A simple model reliant on RF sheath theory also shows some agreement.

  12. Microwave plasma treated carbon nanotubes and their electrochemical biosensing application.

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    Wu, Zhaoyang; Xu, Yinyu; Zhang, Xiaolei; Shen, Guoli; Yu, Ruqin

    2007-06-15

    A convenient microwave plasma treatment method with ammonia precursor was proposed to enhance the solubility of carbon nanotubes (CNTs). The SEM, XRD and FTIR spectra clearly demonstrated that the carbon skeleton structure of the resultant ammonia plasma-treated CNTs (ammonia PT-CNTs) was not destroyed and amine groups of different forms were successfully coupled to CNTs in the MWP treatment process. The ammonia PT-CNTs have excellent solubility in water and are insoluble in nonpolar tetrahydrofuran, and the cyclic voltammograms suggest that the enhanced wetting properties clearly favor faster electron transfer kinetics on the ammonia PT-CNT electrodes. By choosing glucose oxidase as a model enzyme, the application of the ammonia PT-CNTs in construction of biosensors was further investigated. Due to the biocompatibility and electron transfer capability of the ammonia PT-CNTs, the resultant GOD biosensor displayed a good sensing performance. The biosensor has a fast response of less than 10s, and the response current linearly increases with the glucose concentration in the range of 1.2x10(-4) to 7.5x10(-3)M with a detection limit of 1.0x10(-5)M. PMID:19071766

  13. Biomedical Applications of Low Temperature Atmospheric Pressure Plasmas to Cancerous Cell Treatment and Tooth Bleaching

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    Lee, Jae Koo; Kim, Myoung Soo; Byun, June Ho; Kim, Kyong Tai; Kim, Gyoo Cheon; Park, Gan Young

    2011-08-01

    Low temperature atmospheric pressure plasmas have attracted great interests and they have been widely applied to biomedical applications to interact with living tissues, cells, and bacteria due to their non-thermal property. This paper reviews the biomedical applications of low temperature atmospheric pressure plasmas to cancerous cell treatment and tooth bleaching. Gold nanoparticles conjugated with cancer-specific antibodies have been introduced to cancerous cells to enhance selective killing of cells, and the mechanism of cell apoptosis induced by plasma has been investigated. Tooth exposed to helium plasma jet with hydrogen peroxide has become brighter and the productions of hydroxyl radicals from hydrogen peroxide have been enhanced by plasma exposure.

  14. Numerical studies of wall-plasma interactions and ionization phenomena in an ablative pulsed plasma thruster

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    Yang, Lei; Zeng, Guangshang; Tang, Haibin; Huang, Yuping; Liu, Xiangyang

    2016-07-01

    Wall-plasma interactions excited by ablation controlled arcs are very critical physical processes in pulsed plasma thrusters (PPTs). Their effects on the ionization processes of ablated vapor into discharge plasma directly determine PPT performances. To reveal the physics governing the ionization phenomena in PPT discharge, a modified model taking into account the pyrolysis effect of heated polytetrafluoroethylene propellant on the wall-plasma interactions was developed. The feasibility of the modified model was analyzed by creating a one-dimensional simulation of a rectangular ablative PPT. The wall-plasma interaction results based on this modified model were found to be more realistic than for the unmodified model; this reflects the dynamic changes of the inflow parameters during discharge in our model. Furthermore, the temporal and spatial variations of the different plasma species in the discharge chamber were numerically studied. The numerical studies showed that polytetrafluoroethylene plasma was mainly composed of monovalent ions; carbon and fluorine ions were concentrated in the upstream and downstream discharge chamber, respectively. The results based on this modified model were in good agreement with the experimental formation times of the various plasma species. A large number of short-lived and highly ionized carbon and fluorine species (divalent and trivalent ions) were created during initial discharge. These highly ionized species reached their peak density earlier than the singly ionized species.

  15. Two-dimensional studies of relativistic electron beam plasma instabilities in an inhomogeneous plasma

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    Shukla, Chandrasekhar; Das, Amita; Patel, Kartik

    2015-11-01

    Relativistic electron beam propagation in plasma is fraught with several micro instabilities like two stream, filamentation, etc., in plasma. This results in severe limitation of the electron transport through a plasma medium. Recently, however, there has been an experimental demonstration of improved transport of Mega Ampere of electron currents (generated by the interaction of intense laser with solid target) in a carbon nanotube structured solid target [G. Chatterjee et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 108, 235005 (2012)]. This then suggests that the inhomogeneous plasma (created by the ionization of carbon nanotube structured target) helps in containing the growth of the beam plasma instabilities. This manuscript addresses this issue with the help of a detailed analytical study and 2-D Particle-In-Cell simulations. The study conclusively demonstrates that the growth rate of the dominant instability in the 2-D geometry decreases when the plasma density is chosen to be inhomogeneous, provided the scale length 1/ks of the inhomogeneous plasma is less than the typical plasma skin depth (c/ω0) scale. At such small scale lengths channelization of currents is also observed in simulation.

  16. Two-dimensional studies of relativistic electron beam plasma instabilities in an inhomogeneous plasma

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    Shukla, Chandrasekhar; Das, Amita; Patel, Kartik

    2015-11-15

    Relativistic electron beam propagation in plasma is fraught with several micro instabilities like two stream, filamentation, etc., in plasma. This results in severe limitation of the electron transport through a plasma medium. Recently, however, there has been an experimental demonstration of improved transport of Mega Ampere of electron currents (generated by the interaction of intense laser with solid target) in a carbon nanotube structured solid target [G. Chatterjee et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 108, 235005 (2012)]. This then suggests that the inhomogeneous plasma (created by the ionization of carbon nanotube structured target) helps in containing the growth of the beam plasma instabilities. This manuscript addresses this issue with the help of a detailed analytical study and 2-D Particle-In-Cell simulations. The study conclusively demonstrates that the growth rate of the dominant instability in the 2-D geometry decreases when the plasma density is chosen to be inhomogeneous, provided the scale length 1/k{sub s} of the inhomogeneous plasma is less than the typical plasma skin depth (c/ω{sub 0}) scale. At such small scale lengths channelization of currents is also observed in simulation.

  17. Stirling engine application study

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    Teagan, W.P.; Cunningham, D.R.

    1983-03-01

    The potential for Stirling engine applications in the 0.5 to 5000 hp output range is assessed. The following are included: a market survey of potential engine applications, classification of applications, conventional engine markets and performance characteristics, status of Sterling engine systems, selection of application classes for Stirling engines, and the possible effects of technology, economic conditions, and regulatory changes. (MHR)

  18. Study on Performance Parameters of the Plasma Source for a Short-Conduction-Time Plasma Opening Switch

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    Luo, Weixi; Zeng, Zhengzhong; Wang, Liangping; Lei, Tianshi; Hu, Yixiang; Huang, Tao; Sun, Tieping

    2012-12-01

    Plasma source performance parameters, including plasma ejection density and velocity, greatly affect the operation of a short-conduction-time plasma opening switch (POS). In this paper, the plasma source used in the POS of Qiangguang I generator is chosen as the study object. At first the POS working process is analyzed. The result shows that the opening performance of the POS can be improved by increasing the plasma ejection velocity and decreasing the plasma density. The influence of the cable plasma gun structure and number on the plasma ejection parameters is experimentally investigated with two charge collectors. Finally a semi-empirical model is proposed to describe the experimental phenomenon.

  19. Robust regression with CUDA and its application to plasma reflectometry

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    Ferreira, Diogo R.; Carvalho, Pedro J.; Fernandes, Horácio

    2015-11-01

    In many applications, especially those involving scientific instrumentation data with a large experimental error, it is often necessary to carry out linear regression in the presence of severe outliers which may adversely affect the results. Robust regression methods do exist, but they are much more computationally intensive, making it difficult to apply them in real-time scenarios. In this work, we resort to graphics processing unit (GPU)-based computing to carry out robust regression in a time-sensitive application. We illustrate the results and the performance gains obtained by parallelizing one of the most common robust regression methods, namely, least median of squares. Although the method has a complexity of O(n3logn), with GPU computing, it is possible to accelerate it to the point that it becomes usable within the required time frame. In our experiments, the input data come from a plasma diagnostic system installed at Joint European Torus, the largest fusion experiment in Europe, but the approach can be easily transferred to other applications.

  20. Robust regression with CUDA and its application to plasma reflectometry.

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    Ferreira, Diogo R; Carvalho, Pedro J; Fernandes, Horácio

    2015-11-01

    In many applications, especially those involving scientific instrumentation data with a large experimental error, it is often necessary to carry out linear regression in the presence of severe outliers which may adversely affect the results. Robust regression methods do exist, but they are much more computationally intensive, making it difficult to apply them in real-time scenarios. In this work, we resort to graphics processing unit (GPU)-based computing to carry out robust regression in a time-sensitive application. We illustrate the results and the performance gains obtained by parallelizing one of the most common robust regression methods, namely, least median of squares. Although the method has a complexity of O(n(3)logn), with GPU computing, it is possible to accelerate it to the point that it becomes usable within the required time frame. In our experiments, the input data come from a plasma diagnostic system installed at Joint European Torus, the largest fusion experiment in Europe, but the approach can be easily transferred to other applications. PMID:26628135

  1. Capillary plasma jet: A low volume plasma source for life science applications

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    Topala, I. E-mail: tmnagat@ipc.shizuoka.ac.jp; Nagatsu, M. E-mail: tmnagat@ipc.shizuoka.ac.jp

    2015-02-02

    In this letter, we present results from multispectroscopic analysis of protein films, after exposure to a peculiar plasma source, i.e., the capillary plasma jet. This plasma source is able to generate very small pulsed plasma volumes, in kilohertz range, with characteristic dimensions smaller than 1 mm. This leads to specific microscale generation and transport of all plasma species. Plasma diagnosis was realized using general electrical and optical methods. Depending on power level and exposure duration, this miniature plasma jet can induce controllable modifications to soft matter targets. Detailed discussions on protein film oxidation and chemical etching are supported by results from absorption, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and microscopy techniques. Further exploitation of principles presented here may consolidate research interests involving plasmas in biotechnologies and plasma medicine, especially in patterning technologies, modified biomolecule arrays, and local chemical functionalization.

  2. Micro-column plasma emission liquid chromatograph. [Patent application

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    Gay, D.D.

    1982-08-12

    In a direct current plasma emission spectrometer for use in combination with a microcolumn liquid chromatograph, an improved plasma source unit is claimed. The plasma source unit includes a quartz capillary tube having an inlet means, outlet off gas means and a pair of spaced electrodes defining a plasma region in the tube. The inlet means is connected to and adapted to receive eluant of the liquid chromatograph along with a stream of plasma-forming gas. There is an opening through the wall of the capillary tube penetrating into the plasma region. A soft glass capillary light pipe is disposed at the opening, is connected to the spectrometer, and is adapted to transmit light passing from the plasma region to the spectrometer. There is also a source of electromotive force connected to the electrodes sufficient to initiate and sustain a plasma in the plasma region of the tube.

  3. The upgraded Large Plasma Device, a machine for studying frontier basic plasma physics

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    Gekelman, W.; Pribyl, P.; Lucky, Z.; Drandell, M.; Leneman, D.; Maggs, J.; Vincena, S.; Van Compernolle, B.; Tripathi, S. K. P.; Morales, G.; Carter, T. A.; Wang, Y.; DeHaas, T.

    2016-02-01

    In 1991 a manuscript describing an instrument for studying magnetized plasmas was published in this journal. The Large Plasma Device (LAPD) was upgraded in 2001 and has become a national user facility for the study of basic plasma physics. The upgrade as well as diagnostics introduced since then has significantly changed the capabilities of the device. All references to the machine still quote the original RSI paper, which at this time is not appropriate. In this work, the properties of the updated LAPD are presented. The strategy of the machine construction, the available diagnostics, the parameters available for experiments, as well as illustrations of several experiments are presented here.

  4. Quantum theory of the dielectric constant of a magnetized plasma and astrophysical applications. I.

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    Canuto, V.; Ventura, J.

    1972-01-01

    A quantum mechanical treatment of an electron plasma in a constant and homogeneous magnetic field is considered, with the aim of (1) defining the range of validity of the magnetoionic theory (2) studying the deviations from this theory, in applications involving high densities, and intense magnetic field. While treating the magnetic field exactly, a perturbation approach in the photon field is used to derive general expressions for the dielectric tensor. Numerical estimates on the range of applicability of the magnetoionic theory are given for the case of the 'one-dimensional' electron gas, where only the lowest Landau level is occupied.

  5. Studies of the ablated plasma from experimental plasma gun disruption simulations

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    Rockett, P.D.; Hunter, J.A.; Bradley, J.T.

    1994-07-01

    Extensive simulations of Tokamak disruptions have provided a picture of material erosion that is limited by the transfer of energy from the incident plasma to the armor solid surface through a dense vapor shield. Radiation spectra were recorded in the VUV and in the visible at the Efremov Laboratories on VIKA using graphite targets. The VUV data were recorded with a Sandia Labs transmission grating spectrograph, covering 1--40 nm. Plasma parameters were evaluated with incident plasma energy densities varying from 1--10 kJ/cm{sup 2}. A second transmission grating spectrograph was taken to 2MK-200 at TRINITI to study the plasma-material interface in magnetic cusp plasma. Target materials included POCO graphite, ATJ graphite, boron nitride, and plasma-sprayed tungsten. Detailed spectra were recorded with a spatial resolution of {approximately}1 mm resolution. Time-resolved data with 40--200 ns resolution was also recorded. The data from both plasma gun facilities demonstrated that the hottest plasma region was sitting several millimeters above the armor tile surface.