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  1. Adsorption behaviors of neutral and ionizable compounds on hybrid stationary phases in the absence (BEH-C18) and the presence (CSH-C18) of immobile surface charges.

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    Gritti, Fabrice; Guiochon, Georges

    2013-03-22

    The adsorption behaviors of a neutral (caffeine) and a positively charged compound (nortriptylinium) are investigated on two RPLC/hybrid stationary phases, eluted with a low ionic strength buffer (phosphate buffer, W(S)pH 2.63, I=10mM). The first phase, bridge ethylene hybrid (BEH), is neutral at all pHs whereas the second, charged surface hybrid (CSH), contains a protonated ligand at W(W)pH <7. The band profiles of these two compounds eluted by mixture of acetonitrile and water were recorded under overloaded conditions. The adsorption isotherms of the neutral compound on both columns were well accounted for by a heterogeneous Linear-Langmuir (LL) model, which has an adsorption-desorption equilibrium constants about twice larger for caffeine on the CSH than on the BEH, due to charge-dipole interactions. In contrast, at low loadings (0.3 and 1.2μL, C=30g/L), the adsorption isotherm of the charged compound can be accounted for by a homogeneous electrostatically modified Langmuir (EML) or by a heterogeneous bi-EML implicit isotherms onto the CSH and BEH adsorbent, respectively. Electrostatic repulsions definitely account the lesser retention of the ionizable compound on CSH than on BEH. This is explained by the surface potential of CSH-C18 at 20mV and by the subsequent decrease of the equilibrium constant of weak adsorption sites (C18 environment) and removal of the strong adsorption sites (accessible silanols). At the highest sample loadings (5 and 20μL, C=30g/L), the EML and the bi-EML isotherms failed because some adsorbate-adsorbate interactions take place when bulk concentrations exceed 0.2g/L. The experimental data were then successively fitted to an empirical heterogeneous Langmuir-Moreau (LM) explicit isotherm. The best saturation capacities of the empirical heterogeneous LM isotherm is consistent with the manufacturer's estimate of the surface concentration of residual silanols onto the BEH- and CSH-C18 endcapped adsorbent (<0.1μmol/m(2)). PMID:23422897

  2. Separation analysis of macrolide antibiotics with good performance on a positively charged C18HCE column.

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    Wei, Jie; Shen, Aijin; Yan, Jingyu; Jin, Gaowa; Yang, Bingcheng; Guo, Zhimou; Zhang, Feifang; Liang, Xinmiao

    2016-03-01

    The separation of basic macrolide antibiotics suffers from peak tailing and poor efficiency on traditional silica-based reversed-phase liquid chromatography columns. In this work, a C18HCE column with positively charged surface was applied to the separation of macrolides. Compared with an Acquity BEH C18 column, the C18HCE column exhibited superior performance in the aspect of peak shape and separation efficiency. The screening of mobile phase additives including formic acid, acetic acid and ammonium formate indicated that formic acid was preferable for providing symmetrical peak shapes. Moreover, the influence of formic acid content was investigated. Analysis speed and mass spectrometry compatibility were also taken into account when optimizing the separation conditions for liquid chromatography coupled with tandem mass spectrometry. The developed method was successfully utilized for the determination of macrolide residues in a honey sample. Azithromycin was chosen as the internal standard for the quantitation of spiramycin and tilmicosin, while roxithromycin was used for erythromycin, tylosin, clarithromycin, josamycin and acetylisovaleryltylosin. Good correlation coefficients (r(2) > 0.9938) for all macrolides were obtained. The intra-day and inter-day recoveries were 73.7-134.7% and 80.7-119.7% with relative standard deviations of 2.5-8.0% and 3.9-16.1%, respectively. Outstanding sensitivity with limits of quantitation (S/N ≥ 10) of 0.02-1 μg/kg and limits of detection (S/N ≥ 3) of 0.01-0.5 μg/kg were achieved. PMID:26782089

  3. Effects of the surface concentration of fixed charges in C18-bonded stationary phases on the adsorption process and on the preparative chromatography of small ionizable compounds.

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    Gritti, Fabrice; Guiochon, Georges

    2014-11-01

    The effects of the surface concentration of positive charges attached to the surface of research BEH-C18 hybrid particles on the overloaded band profiles and the adsorption isotherms of a neutral (caffeine) and a positively charged (nortryptilinium hydrochloride) compounds were measured and investigated. The inverse method (IM) of chromatography was used to determine the isotherm parameters. Three columns were packed with endcapped BEH-C18 particles doped with three different charge densities on their surfaces (LOW, MEDIUM and HIGH). Two other columns packed with unbonded, non-endcapped, and endcapped BEH-C18 particles served as standard reference materials. Minor disturbance method (MDM) experiments were conducted with acetonitrile/water mixtures in order to assess qualitatively the surface densities of the fixed positive charges. A more quantitative approach based on the solution of the linearized Poisson-Boltzmann equation and the decrease of the experimental Henry constant was also applied. The results show that the surface concentrations of the fixed charges in the LOW, MEDIUM and HIGH columns were 0.029, 0.050, and 0.064μmol/m(2), e.g., close to two orders of magnitude smaller than the surface density of bonded C18 chains (2.1μmol/m(2)). The adsorption isotherm of the ionizable compound nortryptilinium onto the BEH-C18 columns is consistent with a two-sites adsorption model. The density of the high energy sites correlates directly to the total amount of the fixed charges and isolated silanols amidst the C18-bonded chains. The amount of low energy sites reflects the specific surface area of the adsorbent. The binding constants on the high- and low-energy adsorption sites are respectively ten and two times lower on the HIGH column than on the reference endcapped column. The active sites are closer to the adsorbent surface than the weak adsorption sites. Finally, a higher production rate of ionizable compounds can be achieved in preparative chromatography with

  4. Multiple Intracranial Aneurysms Associated with Behçet's Disease

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    Ha, Sangwoo; Kim, Jaeho; Kim, Chong-gue

    2016-01-01

    Behçet's disease is an inflammatory disorder involving multiple organs. Its cause is still unknown, but vasculitis is the major pathologic characteristic. The common vascular lesions associated with Behçet's disease are aneurysm formation, arterial or venous occlusive diseases, and varices. Arterial aneurysms mostly occur in large arteries. Intracranial aneurysms hardly occur with Behçet's disease. We would like to present a 41-year-old female patient with Behçet's disease who showed symptoms of severe headache due to subarachnoid hemorrhage. Brain computed tomography revealed multiple aneurysms. We also present a literature review of intracranial arterial aneurysms associated with Behçet's disease. PMID:27114964

  5. The Anharmonic Force Field of BeH2 Revisited

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    Martin, Jan M. L.; Lee, Timothy J.

    2003-01-01

    The anharmonic force field of BeH2 has been calculated near the basis set and n-particle space limits. The computed antisymmetric stretch frequencies of BeH2 and BeD2 are in excellent agreement with recent high-resolution gas-phase measurements. The agreement between theory and experiment for the other spectroscopic constants is also excellent, except for omega(sub 3) and X(sub 33) for BeH2 and G(sub 22) for BeD2. It is concluded that further experimental work is needed in order to resolve these discrepancies.

  6. Behçet's syndrome in pregnancy

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    Martineau, Marcus; Haskard, Dorian O; Nelson-Piercy, Catherine

    2010-01-01

    Behçet's syndrome (BS), a systemic inflammatory disease characterized by oral and genital ulceration, eye inflammation and arthritis, usually presents in the third and fourth decades of life, but is rare in pregnancy. BS is not usually associated with a detrimental effect on pregnancy outcome. In most women BS is reported to improve in pregnancy, although it may not always follow a similar course in successive pregnancies and it is not possible to predict the course of BS in a particular pregnancy. Many of the drug therapies used to treat BS are safe to use in pregnancy and in the breastfeeding mother. These include corticosteroids, azathioprine, calcineurin inhibitors and probably colchicine. Experience with use of biologics in pregnancy is increasing. Drugs used in the management of BS that should be avoided in women planning a pregnancy include methotrexate, mycophenolate mofetil, thalidomide, cyclophosphamide and chlorambucil.

  7. Behçet's disease physiopathology: a contemporary review.

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    Zeidan, Mohamad J; Saadoun, David; Garrido, Marlene; Klatzmann, David; Six, Adrien; Cacoub, Patrice

    2016-12-01

    Behçet's disease, also known as the Silk Road Disease, is a rare systemic vasculitis disorder of unknown etiology. Recurrent attacks of acute inflammation characterize Behçet's disease. Frequent oral aphthous ulcers, genital ulcers, skin lesions and ocular lesions are the most common manifestations. Inflammation is typically self-limiting in time and relapsing episodes of clinical manifestations represent a hallmark of Behçet's disease. Other less frequent yet severe manifestations that have a major prognostic impact involve the eyes, the central nervous system, the main large vessels and the gastrointestinal tract. Behçet's disease has a heterogeneous onset and is associated with significant morbidity and premature mortality. This study presents a current immunological review of the disease and provides a synopsis of clinical aspects and treatment options. PMID:26868128

  8. Pulmonary artery aneurysms in Behçet's disease.

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    Yilmaz, Sema; Cimen, Kadriye Akar

    2010-08-01

    Behçet's disease is the most common cause of pulmonary artery aneurysms. Pulmonary artery aneurysms are rare, but they are life-threatening because of their high tendency to rupture. However, there is also a chance that the aneurysms may completely resolve with immunosuppressive therapy. A 30-year-old man was admitted with chest pain, painful oral and genital ulcers, skin rash, weakness, and intermittent hemoptysis. He had a history of Behçet's disease for 6 years. The chest radiography showed a round opacity superior part of hilus on right. The helical thoracic computed tomography (CT) angiography demonstrated pulmonary aneurysms associated with Behçet's disease. The patient was successfully treated with colchicine, corticosteroids, and cyclophosphamide. A discussion about pulmonary artery aneurysms associated with Behçet's disease is provided in this case. PMID:19693504

  9. Serum IL-17A in Behçet's disease

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    Cengiz, Fatma Pelin; Erdem, Gul Bahar

    2015-01-01

    Introduction Behçet's disease is a chronic multisystem disease with spontaneous remissions and relapses. Several studies show that autoimmune mechanisms play an important role in the development of Behçet's disease. Activation of T cells and neutrophils is important in the pathogenesis of the disease. Interleukin 17 (IL-17) is a new cytokine that induces several types of cells to secrete proinflammatory cytokines in many inflammatory and autoimmune diseases. Aim This study evaluated the serum levels of IL-17A in active and stable Behçet's disease patients. Material and methods Seventy-six patients who had active clinic findings of Behçet's disease were enrolled in our study. Seventy age- and sex-matched controls were also enrolled. Serum IL-17 levels were studied in peripheral venous blood samples. Results No significant differences were found between active Behçet's disease patients and controls in terms of serum IL-17A (p > 0.05). Conclusions These results suggest that IL-17A serum levels do not play an important role in active Behçet's disease. PMID:26759544

  10. Low Level Laser Therapy to Reduce Recurrent Oral Ulcers in Behçet's Disease

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    Babu, D. B. Gandhi; Chavva, Sunanda; Waghray, Shefali

    2016-01-01

    Behçet's disease (BD) is a chronic, relapsing multisystemic vascular condition. Behçet's disease was described by Hulusi Behçet in 1937. This rare multisystem relapsing-remitting inflammatory disease is poorly understood but is thought to be an autoimmune inflammatory vasculitic process in a genetically predisposed population. Diagnosis of Behçet's disease is based on International Criteria of Behçet's Disease (ICBD). The present paper describes a case report of Behçet's syndrome where aphthous stomatitis was treated with low level laser therapy. PMID:27555969

  11. Low Level Laser Therapy to Reduce Recurrent Oral Ulcers in Behçet's Disease.

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    Babu, D B Gandhi; Chavva, Sunanda; Waghray, Shefali; Allam, Neeharika Satya Jyothi; Kondaiah, Marella

    2016-01-01

    Behçet's disease (BD) is a chronic, relapsing multisystemic vascular condition. Behçet's disease was described by Hulusi Behçet in 1937. This rare multisystem relapsing-remitting inflammatory disease is poorly understood but is thought to be an autoimmune inflammatory vasculitic process in a genetically predisposed population. Diagnosis of Behçet's disease is based on International Criteria of Behçet's Disease (ICBD). The present paper describes a case report of Behçet's syndrome where aphthous stomatitis was treated with low level laser therapy. PMID:27555969

  12. Purification of polar compounds from Radix isatidis using conventional C18 column coupled with polar-copolymerized C18 column.

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    Zeng, Jing; Guo, Zhimou; Xiao, Yuansheng; Wang, Chaoran; Zhang, Xiuli; Liang, Xinmiao

    2010-11-01

    Regarding hydrophilic interaction chromatography and normal phase liquid chromatography, RPLC is another choice used to separate polar compounds with the improvement of polar-modified C18 stationary phase. In this study, a method using conventional C18 column coupled with polar-copolymerized C18 column was successfully developed for the separation and purification of polar compounds from Radix isatidis, which is one of the most commonly used traditional Chinese medicines (TCMs). An XTerra MS C18 column was used to fractionate the extract of R. isatidis and a homemade polar-copolymerized C18 column was utilized for the final purification due to its good separation selectivity and high resolution for polar compounds. The established purification system demonstrated good orthogonality for the polar compounds. As a result, ten compounds were purified and three of them were identified as 3-methyl-5-vinyloxazolidin-2-one (compound A), 5-hydroxymethyl-2-furaldehyde (compound B) and 3-methylfuran-2-carboxylic acid (compound G) based on the MS, IR and extensive NMR data, respectively. It was demonstrated to be a feasible and powerful technique for the purification of polar compounds under RPLC mode and more chemical information of TCMs will be obtained to interpret the efficiency of TCMs. PMID:20886519

  13. SORPTION PROPERTIES OF MODEL COMPOUNDS ON C18 ADSORBENTS

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    The bonded silica adsorbent Bondapak-C18 was evaluated for removing organic matter from secondary sewage effluents and from solutions of pure organic compounds. The adsorbent is hydrophobic and its behavior with water samples may be erratic unless first wet with a solvent. Howeve...

  14. [Neurological manifestations of Behçet's disease].

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    Bousser, M G; Rougemont, D; Youl, B D; Wechsler, B

    1988-01-01

    Characterised classically by the association of buccal and genital ulceration and uveitis with hypopyon, Behçet's disease has many other manifestations, amongst which the neurological ones (often referred to as Neuro-Behçet) are important in view of their frequency and their gravity. Anatomically, it produces a subacute haemorrhagic and necrotising meningo-encephalitis, which most typically effects the hypothalamus and brainstem. Clinically, there is extreme polymorphism, central manifestations being the most frequent: seizures, organic brain syndromes, disorders of consciousness, aphasia, hemiplegia, cranial nerve palsies, pseudobulbar and extrapyramidal syndromes and meningism. The peripheral nerves and muscles are rarely affected. Alongside Neuro-Behçet per se, attention has recently been directed to the various cerebro-vascular manifestations, dominated by venous thrombosis. A review of the principal neurological manifestations is given, with comment on anatomico-pathological aspects, clinical presentation, investigational techniques, diagnostic difficulties, prognosis, and treatment. PMID:3049880

  15. Behçet's disease and the alimentary tract

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    Parkin, J. V.; Wight, D. G. D.

    1975-01-01

    Two patients with perforation of the alimentary tract in Behçet's disease are described. One of these is believed to be the first recorded case of oesophageal perforation in this condition, while the second is one of the few survivors of bowel perforation. The literature, aetiology and treatment are reviewed. ImagesFig. 1Fig. 2Fig. 3 PMID:1197160

  16. The great masquerader: Behçet's disease

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    Nordstrom, Edra; Fischer, Monika

    2014-01-01

    This report describes the case of a 44-year-old Caucasian woman of Northern European descent with a medical history of pyoderma gangrenosum, chronic abdominal pain and erythema nodosum which required intermittent use of high-dose steroids that failed to improve her symptoms. The patient was initially diagnosed with Crohn's disease and most recently with sclerosing mesenteritis. She presented to the hospital with worsening abdominal pain. She was found to have recurrent painful aphthous oral, genital and perianal ulcers and a clinical diagnosis of Behçet's disease was made. Her hospitalisation was complicated by haemoptysis, and bronchoscopy revealed alveolar haemorrhage. Treatment was initiated with three days of pulse intravenous solumedrol 1 g/day and cyclophosphamide at 700 mg/m2. The case had a favourable outcome despite the initial diagnostic challenges. This report emphasises that systemic diseases, including Behçet's disease, can have variable presentations and can be frequently misdiagnosed. PMID:24748137

  17. Colonic perforation in Behçet’s syndrome

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    Dowling, Catherine M; Hill, Arnold DK; Malone, Carmel; Sheehan, John J; Tormey, Shona; Sheahan, Kieran; McDermott, Enda; O’Higgins, Niall J

    2008-01-01

    A 17-year-old gentleman was admitted to our hospital for headache, the differential diagnosis of which included Behçet’s syndrome (BS). He developed an acute abdomen and was found to have air under the diaphragm on erect chest X-ray. Subsequent laparotomy revealed multiple perforations throughout the colon. This report describes an unusual complication of Behcets syndrome occurring at the time of presentation and a review of the current literature of reported cases. PMID:19030217

  18. Recurrent right atrial thrombosis due to Behçet disease.

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    Kuno, Toshiki; Tamura, Yuichi; Ono, Tomohiko; Murata, Mitsushige; Kuwana, Masataka; Satoh, Toru; Fukuda, Keiichi

    2014-10-01

    Behçet disease is a rare condition sometimes associated with chronic cardiac inflammation followed by myocardial dysfunction and vascular inflammation. We report a case of recurrent right atrial thrombus due to Behçet disease despite continued anticoagulation therapy. The thrombus disappeared after the initiation of immunosuppressive therapy. To avoid a progression to thrombus or cardiac dysfunction in this recurrent case, the early identification of cardiac involvement of Behçet disease using echocardiography and/or cardiac magnetic resonance imaging might be important. Combined immunosuppressive therapy with prednisone and cyclophosphamide might be needed to treat recurrent thrombosis due to Behçet disease. PMID:25174856

  19. Behçet's disease associated with amyloidosis in Turkey and in the world.

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    Dilşen, N; Koniçe, M; Aral, O; Erbengi, T; Uysal, V; Koçak, N; Ozdogan, E

    1988-01-01

    The association of amyloidosis with Behçet's disease has infrequently been reported in published works. Twenty four such cases have been observed in the world, of which 12 are from Turkey, including eight of ours. In all our eight cases renal biopsy showed amyloidosis of type AA. Behçet's disease of male preponderance, long duration, complete type, multiple organ involvement, and positive skin pathergy test were the main characteristics of all 24 cases of Behçet's disease with amyloidosis. We conclude that amyloidosis associated with Behçet's disease is a secondary AA amyloidosis occurring as an intrinsic manifestation of Behçet's disease. Images PMID:3281606

  20. Dermographism and atopy in patients with Behçet's disease.

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    Dinç, A; Karaayvaz, M; Caliskaner, A Z; Pay, S; Erdem, H; Turan, M

    2000-01-01

    Dermographism is the appearance of whealing and erythema within minutes in a site where skin has been exposed to pressure or mechanical irritation. In our clinical observations, dermographism seems to be frequent in patients with Behçet's disease. Since the prevalence of allergic responses is reportedly increased in vasculitic syndromes, we aimed to assess dermographism and atopy in a group of Behçet's patients. The study group comprised 30 consecutive patients with Behçet's disease. The study was carried out in two parts: elicited dermographism and atopy tests. In the first part, dermographism was investigated in the study group (Behçet's patients) and 230 healthy controls. In the second part, the study group, 30 healthy controls and 17 patients with allergic bronchial asthma were evaluated for specific and nonspecific atopy. Dermographism was found to be increased in patients with Behçet's disease. Peripheral blood eosinophil count, serum total IgE and nasal eosinophil scores were similar in patients with Behçet's disease and healthy controls. Although blood eosinophil count and serum total IgE levels were higher in allergic bronchial asthma patients than in Behçet's patients, the difference was significant only in the former. Skin prick test was positive in three of the patients with Behçet's disease and in six healthy controls. The difference was statistically insignificant (p > 0.05). None of the Behçet's disease patients had pathergy or a pathergy-like reaction at the site of the skin prick test after 48 h. In conclusion, our results confirm the general impression that dermographism is common in patients suffering from Behçet's disease. PMID:11206938

  1. Gastrointestinal Behçet's disease: a review.

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    Skef, Wasseem; Hamilton, Matthew J; Arayssi, Thurayya

    2015-04-01

    Behçet's disease (BD) is an idiopathic, chronic, relapsing, multi-systemic vasculitis characterized by recurrent oral and genital aphthous ulcers, ocular disease and skin lesions. Prevalence of BD is highest in countries along the ancient silk road from the Mediterranean basin to East Asia. By comparison, the prevalence in North American and Northern European countries is low. Gastrointestinal manifestations of Behçet's disease are of particular importance as they are associated with significant morbidity and mortality. Although ileocecal involvement is most commonly described, BD may involve any segment of the intestinal tract as well as the various organs within the gastrointestinal system. Diagnosis is based on clinical criteria - there are no pathognomonic laboratory tests. Methods for monitoring disease activity on therapy are available but imperfect. Evidence-based treatment strategies are lacking. Different classes of medications have been successfully used for the treatment of intestinal BD which include 5-aminosalicylic acid, corticosteroids, immunomodulators, and anti-tumor necrosis factor alpha monoclonal antibody therapy. Like inflammatory bowel disease, surgery is reserved for those who are resistant to medical therapy. A subset of patients have a poor disease course. Accurate methods to detect these patients and the optimal strategy for their treatment are not known at this time. PMID:25852265

  2. Immunopathogenesis of Ocular Behçet's Disease

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    Park, Un Chul; Kim, Tae Wan; Yu, Hyeong Gon

    2014-01-01

    Behçet's disease (BD) is a chronic recurrent systemic inflammatory disorder of unknown etiology characterized by oral and genital ulcerations, skin lesions, and uveitis. The ocular involvement of BD, or Behçet's uveitis (BU), is characterized by panuveitis or posterior uveitis with occlusive retinal vasculitis and tends to be more recurrent and sight threatening than other endogenous autoimmune uveitides, despite aggressive immunosuppression. Although pathogenesis of BD is unclear, researches have revealed that immunological aberrations may be the cornerstone of BD development. General hypothesis of BD pathogenesis is that inflammatory response is initiated by infectious agents or autoantigens in patients with predisposing genetic factors and perpetuated by both innate and acquired immunity. In addition, a network of immune mediators plays a substantial role in the inflammatory cascade. Recently, we found that the immunopathogenesis of BU is distinct from other autoimmune uveitides regarding intraocular effector cell profiles, maturation markers of dendritic cells, and the cytokine/chemokine environment. In addition, accumulating evidence indicates the involvement of Th17 cells in BD and BU. Recent studies on genetics and biologics therapies in refractory BU also support the immunological association with the pathogenesis of BU. In this review, we provide an overview of novel findings regarding the immunopathogenesis of BU. PMID:25061613

  3. [Cardiovascular involvement in Behçet's disease].

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    Desbois, A-C; Wechsler, B; Cluzel, P; Helft, G; Boutin, D; Piette, J-C; Cacoub, P; Saadoun, D

    2014-02-01

    Vascular involvement is a common complication of Behçet's disease (BD) and affects up to 40% of BD patients. These complications worsen the prognosis of BD. The concept of vasculo-Behçet has been adopted for cases in which vascular complications dominate the clinical features. Vascular manifestations affect particularly young men, during the first years following onset of the disease. Venous complications are the most frequent vascular complications, affecting 14 to 40% of BD patients. Superficial and deep lower limb thrombosis is the most frequent venous complications but one third of venous thrombosis concern large vessels (such as cerebral venous thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, and inferior or superior vena cava, etc.). Budd-Chiari syndrome is the worst prognostic factor increasing mortality by 9 times. Arterial complications (2 to 17% of BD patients) include aneurysms and occlusions/stenosis. Main locations of arterial lesions are aortic (abdominal and thoracic), femoral, pulmonary and iliac arteries. Aneurysms are the most severe arterial complications, particularly pulmonary aneurysms associated with a high risk of massive bleeding. Cardiac complications (up to 6% of BD patients) include pericarditis, endocardial lesions (aortic regurgitation and less often mitral insufficiency), myocardial lesions (myocardial infarction, myocarditis and endomyocardial fibrosis) and intracardiac thrombosis (right ventricle and atrium). Coronary lesions complicated to myocardial infarction are the most severe cardiac complications. Treatment is based on corticosteroids and immunosuppressive drugs. The use of anticoagulation in venous thrombosis is still controversial. PMID:24434015

  4. Immunopathogenesis of ocular Behçet's disease.

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    Park, Un Chul; Kim, Tae Wan; Yu, Hyeong Gon

    2014-01-01

    Behçet's disease (BD) is a chronic recurrent systemic inflammatory disorder of unknown etiology characterized by oral and genital ulcerations, skin lesions, and uveitis. The ocular involvement of BD, or Behçet's uveitis (BU), is characterized by panuveitis or posterior uveitis with occlusive retinal vasculitis and tends to be more recurrent and sight threatening than other endogenous autoimmune uveitides, despite aggressive immunosuppression. Although pathogenesis of BD is unclear, researches have revealed that immunological aberrations may be the cornerstone of BD development. General hypothesis of BD pathogenesis is that inflammatory response is initiated by infectious agents or autoantigens in patients with predisposing genetic factors and perpetuated by both innate and acquired immunity. In addition, a network of immune mediators plays a substantial role in the inflammatory cascade. Recently, we found that the immunopathogenesis of BU is distinct from other autoimmune uveitides regarding intraocular effector cell profiles, maturation markers of dendritic cells, and the cytokine/chemokine environment. In addition, accumulating evidence indicates the involvement of Th17 cells in BD and BU. Recent studies on genetics and biologics therapies in refractory BU also support the immunological association with the pathogenesis of BU. In this review, we provide an overview of novel findings regarding the immunopathogenesis of BU. PMID:25061613

  5. Metallization and superconductivity of BeH2 under high pressure

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    Wang, Ziwei; Yao, Yansun; Zhu, Li; Liu, Hanyu; Iitaka, Toshiaki; Wang, Hui; Ma, Yanming

    2014-03-01

    Pressure-induced metallization and potential superconductivity of BeH2 has been a topic of interest. In the present study, we extensively explored the crystal structures of BeH2 in a wide pressure range of 0-300 GPa using an unbiased structure searching method coupled with first-principles density functional calculations. A series of pressure-induced structural transformations are predicted for BeH2, as Ibam (α phase) → P-3m1 (phase II) → R-3m (phase III) → Cmcm (phase IV). Calculated pressures of phase transition are 25, 140, and 202 GPa, respectively. The phase II is isostructural to the well-known 1T structure of transition metal dichalcogenides, which is composed of covalent bonded BeH2 slabs stacked along the perpendicular direction by van der Waals forces. The phase III is constructed by the same BeH2 slabs, but differs from the phase II in the stacking sequence. The α phase, phase II, and phase III all have insulating electronic states while their band gaps decrease as pressure increases. We predicted that BeH2 reaches a metallic state by a III → IV phase transition, instead of a direct band gap closure in phase III. The phase IV has a three-dimensional extended Be-H network formed by edge-sharing BeH8 polyhedrons with delocalized electrons. Electron-phonon coupling calculations implemented using linear response theory on the metallic BeH2 predict a large electron-phonon coupling parameter of 0.63, leading to an estimation of superconducting transition temperature (Tc) of ˜38 K at 250 GPa.

  6. Behçet's Disease and Intracardiac Thrombosis: A Report of Three Cases.

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    Düzgün, Nurşen; Küçükşahin, Orhan; Atasoy, Kayhan Çetin; Togay Işıkay, Canan; Gerede, Demet Menekşe; Erden, Ayşe; Sahap, Seda Kaynak; Ibiş, Muhammed Arif; Ateş, Aşkın

    2013-01-01

    We present three patients with Behçet's disease associated with intracardiac thrombus and pulmonary vascular involvement. One of these patients had also Budd-Chiari syndrome. All patients were treated with corticosteroid plus monthly intravenous cyclophosphamide as first line treatment and with no recurrences. Immunosuppressive therapy was successful in the treatment of intracardiac thrombus and also in the regression of pulmonary vascular thromboses in these patients. Intracardiac thrombus in Behçet's disease is rarely seen. Behçet's disease should be remembered in the differential diagnosis of the patients with intracardiac mass, especially in patients from the Mediterranean and Middle East populations. PMID:23936717

  7. Behçet's Disease and Intracardiac Thrombosis: A Report of Three Cases

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    Düzgün, Nurşen; Küçükşahin, Orhan; Atasoy, Kayhan Çetin; Togay Işıkay, Canan; Gerede, Demet Menekşe; Erden, Ayşe; Şahap, Seda Kaynak; İbiş, Muhammed Arif; Ateş, Aşkın

    2013-01-01

    We present three patients with Behçet's disease associated with intracardiac thrombus and pulmonary vascular involvement. One of these patients had also Budd-Chiari syndrome. All patients were treated with corticosteroid plus monthly intravenous cyclophosphamide as first line treatment and with no recurrences. Immunosuppressive therapy was successful in the treatment of intracardiac thrombus and also in the regression of pulmonary vascular thromboses in these patients. Intracardiac thrombus in Behçet's disease is rarely seen. Behçet's disease should be remembered in the differential diagnosis of the patients with intracardiac mass, especially in patients from the Mediterranean and Middle East populations. PMID:23936717

  8. Interleukin-1 Inhibition in Behçet's disease.

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    Vitale, Antonio; Rigante, Donato; Lopalco, Giuseppe; Selmi, Carlo; Galeazzi, Mauro; Iannone, Florenzo; Cantarini, Luca

    2016-01-01

    Behçet's disease (BD) is a systemic inflammatory disorder characterized by a protean clinical spectrum and an enigmatic pathogenesis. After being classified as an autoimmune disorder, spondyloarthritis and vasculitis, today BD is considered at the crossroad between autoimmune and auto-inflammatory syndromes. Many pathogenetic, clinical and therapeutic clues support this recent interpretation, enabling novel treatment choices such as interleukin (IL)-1 inhibition. Thus, in the last decade the IL-1 receptor antagonist anakinra and the anti-IL-1β monoclonal antibody canakinumab were increasingly administered in BD patients resistant to standard therapies, leading to interesting results and intriguing new pathogenetic implications. However, further studies are essential to both establish how the innate and acquired immune systems interact in BD patients and identify the best way of administering anti-IL-1 agents with regard to dosage, interval of administration, and organ response. PMID:27228638

  9. [Aortic inflammatory lesions in Behçet's disease].

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    Desbois, A-C; Wechsler, B; Cacoub, P; Saadoun, D

    2016-04-01

    The arterial lesions affect about 10% of patients with Behçet's disease (BD). Aortic inflammatory involvement includes predominantly aortic aneurysmal lesions affecting most often the abdominal aorta. They account for the severity of the disease and are a leading cause of death when they hit the aorta or pulmonary arteries. Within the arterial lesions of BD, aortic involvement is, with femoral lesions, the most common site involved (18-28% of patients with vascular disease). Unlike other large vessels vasculitis (i.e. giant cell arteritis and Takayasu's arteritis) diffuse aortitis is observed in less than 5% of patients with BD. Aortic lesions of BD may be asymptomatic (systematic imaging or occasionally associated with other vascular event) or be revealed by the occurrence of abdominal, thoracic or lumbar pain, or an aortic valve insufficiency. Fever is frequently associated. Increase in acute phase reactants is common in these patients. Histological analysis may show infiltration by lymphocytes, neutrophils and plasma cells in the media and adventitia and a proliferation of the vasa vasorum in the media as well as a fibroblastic proliferation. In the later phase, a fibrous thickening of the media and adventitia is observed as well as a proliferation and thickening of the vasa vasorum. The therapeutic management should always include a medical treatment for the control of inflammation (corticosteroids, immunosuppressive drugs and/or biotherapy) and often an endovascular or surgical treatment if the aneurysm is threatening. The choice between endovascular or surgical treatment is considered case by case, depending on the experience of the team, anatomical conditions and of the clinical presentation. In this review, we provide a detailed and updated review of the literature to describe the aortic inflammatory damage associated with Behçet's disease. PMID:26611428

  10. A rare case of peripheral ulcerative keratitis associated with Behçet's disease.

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    Ji, Yong-Sok; Yoon, Kyung Chul

    2014-08-01

    We report a rare case of peripheral ulcerative keratitis (PUK) associated with Behçet's disease. A 34-year-old female presented with right ocular pain persisting for 8 months. The patient had been treated for previously diagnosed Behçet's disease. The corrected visual acuity was 20/32 in the right eye. Ocular examination revealed mild conjunctival hyperemia and a deep ulcerative lesion with perilesional haziness in the peripheral cornea. Autoimmune screening and corneal culture were negative. One month following treatment with topical and systemic immunosuppressants, the symptom had resolved. Slit-lamp examination showed a healed corneal lesion, and visual acuity improved to 20/20. Despite its rare occurrence, PUK can develop in patients with Behçet's disease. Therefore, patients presenting PUK require examination for Behçet's disease using a systemic evaluation. PMID:24493356

  11. R-matrix calculation of bound and resonant states of BeH

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    Chakrabarti, K.; Tennyson, Jonathan

    2014-12-01

    Bound and resonant states of BeH are studied using the diatomic UK molecular R-matrix codes together with a Slater basis set for the BeH+ target states. Bound and resonant states of BeH are determined from an e-BeH+ collisional calculation. The calculations are repeated for 40 internuclear distances in the range 1.5-6.0 a 0 to yield bound state and resonance curves for BeH. Additionally, we also obtain the resonance widths in the range of the inter-nuclear distances considered. The data obtained may be useful for modeling various e-BeH+ collision-induced processes, particularly dissociative recombination and dissociative excitation.

  12. R-matrix calculation of bound and resonant states of BeH

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    Chakrabarti, K.; Tennyson, Jonathan

    2015-12-01

    Bound and resonant states of BeH are studied using the diatomic UK molecular R-matrix codes together with a Slater basis set for the BeH+ target states. Bound and resonant states of BeH are determined from an e-BeH+ collisional calculation. The calculations are repeated for 40 internuclear distances in the range 1.5-6.0 a 0 to yield bound state and resonance curves for BeH. Additionally, we also obtain the resonance widths in the range of the inter-nuclear distances considered. The data obtained may be useful for modeling various e-BeH+ collision-induced processes, particularly dissociative recombination and dissociative excitation.

  13. 26 CFR 1.501(c)(18)-1 - Certain funded pension trusts.

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    2011-04-01

    ... 26 Internal Revenue 7 2011-04-01 2009-04-01 true Certain funded pension trusts. 1.501(c)(18)-1... pension trusts. (a) In general. Organizations described in section 501(c)(18) are trusts created before June 25, 1959, forming part of a plan for the payment of benefits under a pension plan funded only...

  14. 26 CFR 1.501(c)(18)-1 - Certain funded pension trusts.

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    2010-04-01

    ... 26 Internal Revenue 7 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 true Certain funded pension trusts. 1.501(c)(18)-1... pension trusts. (a) In general. Organizations described in section 501(c)(18) are trusts created before June 25, 1959, forming part of a plan for the payment of benefits under a pension plan funded only...

  15. Use of C18 silica cartridges to purify and characterize pterins

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    Jacobson, K.B.; Ferre, J.

    1986-01-01

    The C18 silica cartridge is shown to be useful to prepare samples for quantitative analysis. The concentration of the compound to be analyzed and the removal of some interfering substances can be accomplished simultaneously. The purpose of this report is to describe the basic principles that govern adsorption of pteridines to C18 silica cartridges. 5 refs., 1 fig., 1 tab.

  16. C18-unsaturated branched-chain fatty acid isomers: characterization and physical properties

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    Iso-oleic acid is a mixture of C18-unsaturated branched-chain fatty acid isomers with a methyl group on various positions of the alkyl chain, which is the product of the skeletal isomerization reaction of oleic acid and is the intermediate used to make isostearic acid (C18-saturated branched-chain f...

  17. Infliximab is a plausible alternative for neurologic complications of Behçet disease

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    Zeydan, Burcu; Uygunoglu, Ugur; Saip, Sabahattin; Demirci, Onat N.; Seyahi, Emire; Ugurlu, Serdal; Hamuryudan, Vedat; Siva, Aksel

    2016-01-01

    Objective: We evaluated the effectiveness of infliximab in patients with neuro-Behçet syndrome for whom other immunosuppressive medications had failed. Methods: Patients whose common immunosuppressive medications fail in recurrent neuro-Behçet syndrome need an alternative. We report our experience with the tumor necrosis factor α blocker infliximab for long-term treatment of neuro-Behçet syndrome. We recruited patients within a multidisciplinary referral practice of Behçet disease and prospectively followed everyone with a neurologic symptom(s). Patients (n = 16) with ≥2 neurologic bouts (excluding purely progressive disease) while on another immunosuppressive treatment were switched to and successfully sustained on infliximab (5 mg/kg in weeks 0, 2, and 6, then once every 8 weeks; minimum follow-up duration ≥12 months). Infliximab was stopped within 2 months after initiation in one patient because of pulmonary and CNS tuberculosis. Results: Patients had stepwise worsening due to relapses in the Expanded Disability Status Scale modified for neuro-Behçet syndrome before switching to infliximab (median score of 5.0, range 2.0–7.0; median neuro-Behçet syndrome duration 29.1 months, range 5.0–180.7). Median duration of preinfliximab immunosuppressive medication use was 20.0 months (range 3.0–180.7). In all 15 patients, during infliximab treatment (median score 4.0, range 2.0–7.0; median duration 39.0 months, range 16.0–104.9 months), neurologic relapses were completely aborted and there was no further disability accumulation. Conclusion: We observed a significant beneficial effect of infliximab in neuro-Behçet syndrome. Classification of evidence: This study provides Class IV evidence that for patients with neuro-Behçet syndrome whose other immunosuppressive medications failed, infliximab prevents further relapses and stabilizes disability. PMID:27458602

  18. [Vasculo-Behçet's disease with superior sagittal sinus thrombosis--case report (author's transl)].

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    Ueda, T; Gondo, M; Kitano, I; Kinoshita, K; Kikuchi, I

    1982-04-01

    The patient is a 30-year-old man who has suffered from recurrent attacks of tonsilitis, oral aphthae and scrotal ulcerations, erythema nodosum and thrombophlebitis. In April, 1980, he gradually developed headache and visual disturbance. On April 14, 1980, he was pointed out remarked bilateral choked disc by an ophthalmologist and then admitted to the Miyazaki Medical College Hospital. On admission to our service, he showed atypical symptoms of Behçet's disease, namely, oral aphthae and scrotal ulcerations, erythema nodosum and bilateral choked disc. Laboratory data demonstrated hyperimmunoglobulinemia, increased clotting factors and decreased fibrinolytic activity. Immunogenetically, HLA BW51 type was demonstrated. The angiograms showed complete obstructions of the superior sagittal sinus and the common trunk of the femoral artery. Histological examination of the skin lesion demonstrated atypical chronic inflammation and thrombophlebitis. A diagnosis of atypical Vasculo-Behçet's disease was made. The response to the steroid therapy was dramatic, though the fibrinolytic drugs, anticoagulants and vasodilators were not effective. Thrombophlebitis is a well recognized complication of Behçet's disease occurring in major vessels, however thrombosis of the dural sinus has rarely reported. This case may be the first one which had superior sagittal sinus thrombosis with Vasculo-Behçet's disease in literature. We discussed the mechanism of the thrombogenesis, the relationship to HLA, the coexistence of Neuro-Behçet's disease and the therapy of Vasculo-Behçet's disease. PMID:7093071

  19. Colon Perforation and Budd-Chiari Syndrome in Behçet’s Disease

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    Baş, Yılmaz; Güney, Güven; Uzbay, Pınar; Zobacı, Ethem; Ardalı, Selin; Özkan, Ayşegül Taylan

    2015-01-01

    Patient: Female, 38 Final Diagnosis: Behçet’s disease Symptoms: Severe abdominal pain • fever Medication: — Clinical Procedure: Parsiyel colectomy Specialty: Surgery Objective: Unusual clinical course Background: Behçet’s disease is a chronic inflammatory disease involving multiple systems, with vasculitis being the most important pathological feature. Multiple colon perforations are thought to be secondary to vasculitis and they occur in patients with ulcers. These may be encountered within the entire colon but most commonly in the ileocecal region. Intestinal perforation and Budd-Chiari syndrome are infrequent in Behçet’s disease, and are associated with high mortality and morbidity. Budd-Chiari syndrome results from occlusion of either hepatic veins or adjacent inferior vena cava, or both. Case Report: We report a patient with Behçet’s disease having multiple perforations in the transverse colon, descending colon, and sigmoid colon. The patient also had Budd-Chiari syndrome due to inferior vena cava thrombosis extending into the right and middle hepatic vein. Our observations are presented with a review of the literature. Conclusions: In Behçet’s disease, treatment of colon perforation necessitates urgent surgery, whereas management of Budd-Chiari syndrome is directed towards the underlying cause. Behçet’s disease, as a chronic multisystemic disease with various forms of vasculitis, is resistant to medical and surgical treatment. Prognosis is worse in Behçet’s disease with colon perforation than that in Budd-Chiari syndrome alone. PMID:25934795

  20. High yield, facile aqueous synthesis and characterization of C18 functionalized iron oxide nanoparticles

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    Nair, Kishore Kumar; Kaur, Ranjeet; Iqbal, Nusrat; Hasan, Abshar; Alam, Samsul; Raza, S. K.

    2015-04-01

    The present study shows the synthesis of magnetite nanoparticles by co-precipitation method in three steps. The steps involve the precipitation of Fe3O4 nanoparticles followed by layer by layer functionalization with silica and tetraethoxy(octadyl)silane (C18). The prepared magnetite nanoparticles were investigated by SEM, TEM, XRD, FTIR and VSM. It was suggested that the intermediate iron oxide nanoparticles were formed by the competing processes of oxidation and crystal growth after decomposition of ferrous and ferric salts. The first step synthesized nanoparticles were of around 16 ± 4 nm, second step silica coating of 18 ± 3 nm and the final step C18 were of 56 ± 6 nm. The tetraethylorthosilicate hydrolyzed to form silicic acid which further polymerizes and thereby forms a layer of silica over magnetite nanoparticles. FTIR peaks at 2854 and 2921 cm-1 confirm the layering of C18 on silica encapsulated nanoparticles which corresponds to ˜CH2 and ˜(CH2)17CH3 carbon chain symmetric extension. The thickness of silica coating and C18 are 1.9 ± 0.3 nm and 38.6 ± 2.5 nm as confirmed from TEM size distribution curve. The saturation magnetism of magnetite, silica coated and C18 nanoparticles are 77.46, 74.53 and 68.76 emu g-1 respectively. Thus, Fe3O4, silica and C18 encapsulated magnetite nanoparticles were superparamagnetic.

  1. Cell-mediated immune functions and immunoregulatory cells in Behçet's syndrome.

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    Victorino, R M; Ryan, P; Hughes, G R; Hodgson, H J

    1982-01-01

    Lymphocyte responsiveness to mitogens (phytohaemagglutinin (PHA), concanavalin A (Con A), and pokeweed mitogen (PWM)), T-cell subsets (T mu and T gamma) and short-lived suppressor cell activity were investigated in the peripheral blood of seven patients with Behçet's syndrome and compared to normal individuals and patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Amongst patients with Behçet's syndrome, responses to mitogens PHA and Con A were normal or slightly reduced; numbers of circulating T gamma cells were unaltered whereas T mu cells were reduced (P less than 0 . 05) compared with normal individuals. This was in contrast to SLE where a marked reduction in responses to PHA and Con A was found with reduced T gamma cell but normal T mu cell numbers. Although the mean suppressor cell activity in the Behçet's group was significantly reduced, all patients had values within the normal range, in contrast with SLE where the reduction was much more marked and most patients had values below the normal range. In conclusion, the pattern of alteration in T mu and T gamma cells in Behçet's syndrome is distinct from that in SLE, and the reduction of short-lived suppressor cell activity is only mild in Behçet's syndrome but marked in SLE. PMID:6211313

  2. Layered structure and re-entrant disproportionation observed in crystalline BeH2 under pressure

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    Pépin, Charles M.; Loubeyre, Paul

    2016-06-01

    The phase diagram of the Be-H system is measured up to 100 GPa. BeH2 is the only stoichiometry observed. Three crystalline phases are identified using synchrotron x-ray diffraction. The I b a m structure, already known at ambient pressure, is stable up to 27 GPa. The P 41212 structure, isotypical to the crystoballite-low SiO2 structure, is stable above 600 K over the same pressure range. The well-known P 3 ¯m 1 layered structure of transition metal dichalcogenides is stable above 80 GPa, making BeH2 a quasi-two-dimensional hydride. Surprisingly, between 27 and 72 GPa, a miscibility gap opens up in the Be-H system and an equilibrium between pure Be and pure H is observed. That is at odds with the current prevailing view of an increase in solubility of H in metals under pressure and contradicts calculations of stable compounds in the Be-H system.

  3. Behçet's disease complicated by pylephlebitis and hepatic abscesses.

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    Gelber, A C; Schachna, L; Mitchell, L; Schwartzman, G; Hartnell, G; Geschwind, J F

    2001-01-01

    A 22 year old man presented with fever, abdominal pain, weight loss and diarrhea. Past medical history revealed recurrent aseptic meningitis, uveitis, and erythema nodosum. Further inquiry unveiled a prominent history of oral aphthous ulcers; all features of Behçet's disease. Imaging revealed mesenteric arteritis and pylephlebitis, septic thrombophlebitis of the portal vein, a previously unrecognized complication of Behçet's disease, with multiple intrahepatic abscesses. Portal venography demonstrated an extensively diseased, expanded, and obstructed portal venous system. Blood cultures and portal vein aspirate yielded polymicrobial flora. Percutaneous intraportal thrombolytic therapy and mechanical thrombectomy were attempted to restore flow to the portal venous system. This distinctly rare manifestation of Behçet's Disease, pylephlebitis, may result from ischemic injury and structural compromise of the bowel mucosa, resulting from underlying vasculitis. PMID:11760402

  4. Association of myasthenia gravis and Behçet's disease: A case report.

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    Kisabay, Aysin; Sari, Ummu Serpil; Boyaci, Recep; Batum, Melike; Yilmaz, Hikmet; Selcuki, Deniz

    2016-01-01

    Myasthenia gravis is a disease of neuromuscular junction due to auto-immune destruction of the acetylcholine receptors. Behçet's disease, on the other hand, is a multisystemic vascular-inflammatory disease. Both conditions are not common in the general population although their association has not been reported in the literature. We wanted to present our patient who developed clinical course of myasthenia gravis following discontinuation of medications due to complications of corticosteroid for Behçet's disease. It was observed that clinical findings of myasthenia gravis recovered following restarting steroid treatment and he did not experience attacks of both conditions. Although Myasthenia gravis and Behçet's disease are distinct entities clinically as well as in terms of pathogenesis, they share common physiopathological features and their treatment is based on their common features. PMID:27375145

  5. Behçet disease in association with Budd-Chiari syndrome and multiple thrombosis - Case report*

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    Bittencourt, Maraya de Jesus Semblano; Dias, Carolina Moraes; Lage, Thaiane Lima; Barros, Renata Silva; Paz, Otávio Augusto Gomes; Vieira, Waldonio de Brito

    2013-01-01

    Behçet's disease is a chronic inflammatory disease of unknown aetiology, characterized by recurrent oral and genital aphthous ulcerations, uveitis, skin lesions and other multisystem affections associated with vasculitis. Different types of vessels, predominantly veins, can be affected in Behçet's disease. The frequency of vascular lesions in Behçet's disease, such as superficial and deep venous thromboses, arterial aneurysms and occlusions, ranges between 7-29%. Budd-Chiari syndrome is a rare and serious complication of Behçet's disease and implies thrombosis of the hepatic veins and/or the intrahepatic or suprahepatic inferior vena cava. We report a case of a 25-year-old man with Behçet's disease that developed Budd-Chiari syndrome. The correlation of dermatological, pathological and imaging studies confirmed the diagnosis. PMID:23793200

  6. [Neurologic manifestations of Behçet's disease].

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    Wechsler, B; Gerber, S; Vidailhet, M; Dormont, D

    1999-11-01

    Neurological involvement in Behçet's disease, the cause of the disease's severe functional sequellae, is reported in 5.3 to 30% of cases. Coagulation disorders have been reported but they cannot explain the different thrombotic manifestations which are probably the consequence of an abnormal response of the vascular endothelial cells. Neurological manifestations include: a) dural sinus thrombosis which can be diagnosed by angio-MRI and whose prognosis is improved with the use of anticoagulants; b) exceptional lesions to arteries supplying the brain; c) aseptic meningitis and meningo-encephalitis; and d) exceptionally, solitary spinal cord involvement and peripheral disease. Neurological involvement can occur early or late after development of skin and mucosal signs and when inaugural make mislead diagnosis. The spinal tap usually gives objective evidence of lymphocyte meningitis. MRI is nonspecific, but the T2 and Flair sequences can evidence hypersignal areas, preferentially in the brain stem, basal nuclei, and subtentorial white matter with no preference for the periventricular regions. Spontaneous aggravation is the rule and the neurological prognosis is severe (dementia, pseudo-bulbar syndrome, loss of independence). Treatment is similar to that used for vasculitis and is aimed initially at reducing the inflammation with corticosteroids and at preventing relapse with the adjunction of an immunosuppressor. Results are better when treatment begins early; restitutio ad integrum has been observed. Duration of treatment is poorly defined: immunosuppressors have been proposed for a minimal duration of 2 years; corticosteroid therapy can be tapered off but interruption would expose to relapse. A maintenance therapy is advisable and, in our opinion, should be proposed indefinitely combining colchicine (1 to 2 mg/d), anti-aggregate doses of aspirin, and low-dose corticosteroids (1/10 mg/kg/d). PMID:10637671

  7. Behçet's ulcerations in the lower extremity: A case report.

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    Clark, Seth N; Hronek, Anna L; Hodge, Nan E; Soloman, Nehad; Vaughn, Teri L

    2015-09-01

    Behçet's Disease is a syndrome characterized by recurrent, painful oral aphthous ulcers, in conjunction with 2 or more systemic manifestations - a common systemic manifestation of the disease being cutaneous lesions, which often present as papules that ulcerate to form ulcerations which exhibit the same pathergy phenomenon as pyoderma gangrenosum and are thus difficult to heal. We present a case of a type 2 diabetic male with previously undiagnosed Behçet's Disease who presented to clinic with an atypical lower extremity wound. Due to the atypical nature of the patient's wound, combined with information from the patient regarding the history of the wound and other illnesses he had, the wound was biopsied and the results from the biopsy combined with clinical suspicion yielded a diagnosis of Behçet's Disease. After understanding the nature of the wound, management of the ulceration was adjusted appropriately so as to properly treat the patient with both local wound care and medical management for the disease. Patient was referred to rheumatology for further workup and long-term management of Behçet's Disease. Correct identification and treatment of the systemic disease, as well as the lower extremity ulcerations, in patients with Behçet's Disease are critical to avoid organ and limb-threatening complications. Had the diagnosis of Behçet's not been made in this case, the patient's wound would have been at increased risk of disease-related complications - ranging from non-healing ulceration leading to amputation to renal failure to loss of eyesight. PMID:25802130

  8. 40 CFR 180.1068 - C12-C18 fatty acid potassium salts; exemption from the requirement of a tolerance.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-07-01

    ... 40 Protection of Environment 25 2013-07-01 2013-07-01 false C12-C18 fatty acid potassium salts... RESIDUES IN FOOD Exemptions From Tolerances § 180.1068 C12-C18 fatty acid potassium salts; exemption from the requirement of a tolerance. C12-C18 fatty acids (saturated and unsaturated) potassium salts...

  9. 40 CFR 180.1068 - C12-C18 fatty acid potassium salts; exemption from the requirement of a tolerance.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-07-01

    ... 40 Protection of Environment 24 2014-07-01 2014-07-01 false C12-C18 fatty acid potassium salts... RESIDUES IN FOOD Exemptions From Tolerances § 180.1068 C12-C18 fatty acid potassium salts; exemption from the requirement of a tolerance. C12-C18 fatty acids (saturated and unsaturated) potassium salts...

  10. 40 CFR 180.1068 - C12-C18 fatty acid potassium salts; exemption from the requirement of a tolerance.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-07-01

    ... 40 Protection of Environment 23 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false C12-C18 fatty acid potassium salts... RESIDUES IN FOOD Exemptions From Tolerances § 180.1068 C12-C18 fatty acid potassium salts; exemption from the requirement of a tolerance. C12-C18 fatty acids (saturated and unsaturated) potassium salts...

  11. 40 CFR 180.1068 - C12-C18 fatty acid potassium salts; exemption from the requirement of a tolerance.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-07-01

    ... 40 Protection of Environment 25 2012-07-01 2012-07-01 false C12-C18 fatty acid potassium salts... RESIDUES IN FOOD Exemptions From Tolerances § 180.1068 C12-C18 fatty acid potassium salts; exemption from the requirement of a tolerance. C12-C18 fatty acids (saturated and unsaturated) potassium salts...

  12. 40 CFR 180.1068 - C12-C18 fatty acid potassium salts; exemption from the requirement of a tolerance.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-07-01

    ... 40 Protection of Environment 24 2011-07-01 2011-07-01 false C12-C18 fatty acid potassium salts... RESIDUES IN FOOD Exemptions From Tolerances § 180.1068 C12-C18 fatty acid potassium salts; exemption from the requirement of a tolerance. C12-C18 fatty acids (saturated and unsaturated) potassium salts...

  13. 40 CFR Appendix 8 to Subpart A of... - Reference C16-C18 Internal Olefin Drilling Fluid Formulation

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  14. 40 CFR Appendix 8 to Subpart A of... - Reference C16-C18 Internal Olefin Drilling Fluid Formulation

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

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    ... 40 Protection of Environment 31 2012-07-01 2012-07-01 false Reference C16-C18 Internal Olefin Drilling Fluid Formulation 8 Appendix 8 to Subpart A of Part 435 Protection of Environment ENVIRONMENTAL...—Reference C16-C18 Internal Olefin Drilling Fluid Formulation The reference C16-C18 internal olefin...

  15. 40 CFR Appendix 8 to Subpart A of... - Reference C16-C18 Internal Olefin Drilling Fluid Formulation

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    2014-07-01

    ... 40 Protection of Environment 30 2014-07-01 2014-07-01 false Reference C16-C18 Internal Olefin Drilling Fluid Formulation 8 Appendix 8 to Subpart A of Part 435 Protection of Environment ENVIRONMENTAL...—Reference C16-C18 Internal Olefin Drilling Fluid Formulation The reference C16-C18 internal olefin...

  16. Isolated optic neuropathy in a case of Behçet's disease.

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    Cetin, Ebru N; Yaylali, Volkan; Yildirim, Cem

    2011-04-01

    A 57-year-old male with a 1-year history of recurrent oral ulceration and papulopustular lesions presented with acute visual loss in his left eye. He had an oedematous disc without any signs of uveitis. Laboratory work-up regarding infectious diseases was negative. The patient was diagnosed with acute optic neuropathy secondary to Behçet's disease. Systemic steroid and colchicine treatments were started but his vision did not improve. Isolated optic neuropathy is rare in Behçet's disease and early treatment with high-dose steroids may not be successful in some cases. PMID:21264492

  17. Chylothorax bilatéral au cours de la maladie de Behçet

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    Zemed, Naaima; Amangar, Nadia; Herrak, Laila; Elftouh, Mustapha

    2015-01-01

    L'atteinte médiastino-pulmonaire de la maladie de Behçet est représentée essentiellement par la thrombose de la veine cave supérieure et l'angéite pulmonaire. L'association de la maladie et du chylothorax est rare, sa prise en charge n'est pas codifiée. Nous rapportant un cas clinique concernant la survenue d'un chylothorax bilatéral secondaire à une thrombose cave supérieure dans un contexte de maladie de Behçet. PMID:26185561

  18. Neuro-Behçet disease presented diplopia with hemiparesis following minor head trauma

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    Choi, Ja Yun; Park, Sun Young; Hwang, In Ok

    2012-01-01

    Behçet disease (BD) is rare in childhood. We report a 9-year-old boy with neuro-Behçet disease who presented diplopia and weakness on the left side after a cerebral concussion. Brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) revealed hyperintensity of the right mesodiencephalic junction on T2-weighted and fluid attenuated inversion recovery images. Prednisolone administration resulted in complete remission and normalization of abnormal MRI finding. Brain MRI is a useful diagnostic tool when the neurological sign is the first symptom of subclinical BD. PMID:23049594

  19. Life threatening chylous pleural and pericardial effusion in a patient with Behçet's syndrome.

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    Cöplü, L; Emrí, S; Selçuk, Z T; Kalyoncu, F; Balkanci, F; Sahín, A A; Bariş, Y I

    1992-01-01

    Chylothorax and chylopericardium secondary to thrombosis of the superior vena cava and the innominate and subclavian veins were diagnosed in a patient with Behçet's syndrome. Immunosuppressive treatment, diet, and underwater seal drainage led to a diminished volume of pleural fluid and pericardial fluid and to a diminished concentration of triglyceride in them; pleurodesis with tetracycline was then performed. Images PMID:1539151

  20. Tonsillectomy to Effectively Treat a Patient with Behçet's Disease.

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    Nanke, Yuki; Kobasigawa, Tsuyoshi; Yoda, Keiko; Yamanaka, Hisashi; Kotake, Shigeru

    2016-01-01

    Behçet's disease (BD) is a polysymptomatic and recurrent systemic vasculitis with a chronic course and unknown cause. We herein report a 27-year-old woman who had suffered from a recurrent fever and tonsillitis for nearly ten years with BD for who tonsillectomy was effective. PMID:26935374

  1. 26 CFR 31.3306(c)(18)-1 - Services of certain nonresident aliens.

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    2012-04-01

    ... 26 Internal Revenue 15 2012-04-01 2012-04-01 false Services of certain nonresident aliens. 31.3306...) § 31.3306(c)(18)-1 Services of certain nonresident aliens. (a) (1) Services performed after 1961 by a nonresident alien individual who is temporarily present in the United States as a nonimmigrant...

  2. 26 CFR 31.3306(c)(18)-1 - Services of certain nonresident aliens.

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    2014-04-01

    ... 26 Internal Revenue 15 2014-04-01 2014-04-01 false Services of certain nonresident aliens. 31.3306...) § 31.3306(c)(18)-1 Services of certain nonresident aliens. (a) (1) Services performed after 1961 by a nonresident alien individual who is temporarily present in the United States as a nonimmigrant...

  3. Chemical and enzymatic preparation of acylglycerols containing C18 furanoid fatty acids.

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    Lie Ken Jie, M S; Syed-Rahmatullah, M S

    1995-01-01

    C18 furanoid triacylglycerol [glycerol tri-(9,12-epoxy-9,11-octadecadienoate)] was prepared by chemical transformation of triricinolein isolated from castor oil. The procedure involved oxidation, epoxidation and cyclization of the epoxy-keto intermediate with sodium azide and ammonium chloride in aqueous ethanol. The furanoid triacylglycerol was also obtained by esterification of C18 furanoid fatty acid with glycerol using Novozyme 435 (Novo Nordisk A.S., Bagsvaerd, Denmark) as biocatalyst. When Lipozyme (Novo Nordisk A.S.) was used, a mixture of the furanoid 1(3)-rac-monoacylglycerol and 1,3-diacylglycerol was obtained. In order to obtain the C18 furanoid 1,2(2,3)-diacylglycerol, selective hydrolysis of the furanoid triacylglycerol was achieved using porcine pancreatic lipase in tris(hydroxymethyl) methylamine buffer. Interesterification of triolein with methyl C18 furanoid ester in the presence of Lipozyme showed maximum incorporation of 34% of furanoid fatty acid. Extension of the interesterification to vegetable oils (olive, peanut, sunflower, corn and palm oil) allowed a maximum of 24% furanoid acid incorporation to be achieved. PMID:7760692

  4. 40 CFR 721.10428 - Fatty acids, C18-unsatd., dimers, reaction products with 1-piperazineethanamine.

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  5. 40 CFR 721.10428 - Fatty acids, C18-unsatd., dimers, reaction products with 1-piperazineethanamine.

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    ..., reaction products with 1-piperazineethanamine. (a) Chemical substance and significant new uses subject to reporting. (1) The chemical substance identified as fatty acids, C18-unsatd., dimers, reaction products with..., reaction products with 1-piperazineethanamine. 721.10428 Section 721.10428 Protection of...

  6. Overloading study of basic compounds with a positively charged C18 column in liquid chromatography.

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    Wang, Chaoran; Guo, Zhimou; Long, Zhen; Zhang, Xiuli; Liang, Xinmiao

    2013-03-15

    While tailing and overloading of basic compounds remain problematic on most RP columns, a new kind of positively charged RP column named XCharge C18 was found to be superior good for the separation of alkaloids in our practical use. In this work, the surface charge property of the XCharge C18 column was evaluated by the retention of NO(3)(-) under different pH values and buffer concentrations. A considerable and pH-dependent positive charge was confirmed on the column. Then overloading behaviors of bases were systematically studied using amitriptyline as a basic probe. Good peak shapes (Tf<1.5) and extra high loadability with a C(0.5) of about 30,000 mg/L were observed on the column, with commonly used 0.1% formic acid as mobile phase additive. However, increasing the ionic strength of buffer with phosphates led to tailing peaks at high sample amount and sharp decline in loadability (C(0.5) of 2000-3000 mg/L), although it brought higher column efficiency at low sample amount. Higher pH also induced worse performance and lower loadability. The overall results demonstrated the importance of an appropriate level of ionic repulsion for the XCharge C18 column to achieve the good performance for bases, which could be explained by the multiple-site adsorption theory as ionic repulsion would shield the solute from occupying high-energy sites deeper in C18 layer. PMID:23411141

  7. Fullerene and corannulene derivatives acting as insulators of Cl(-) and BeH2.

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    Marín-Luna, Marta; Alkorta, Ibon; Elguero, José; Mó, Otilia; Yáñez, Manuel

    2016-02-17

    The capacity of corannulene and its benzo-derivatives CxH10 (x = 20-60) as prototypes of non-planar π-aromatic systems which mimic the end of carbon nanotubes to act as insulators between BeH2 and Cl(-) chemical entities has been explored by means of M06-2x/cc-pVDZ and M06-2x/6-311+G(d) calculations. For the sake of completeness, the set investigated includes also fullerene, C60. All these aromatic derivatives lead to stable binary complexes either with BeH2 or halogen (Cl(-)) anions. For BeH2, however, only the complexes in which the interaction involves the convex face of the aromatic system are stable. No significant changes are observed when the binding energies (BEs) of the BeH2 complexes are compared to those involving planar aromatic compounds, but the ones involving Cl(-) with the concave face of the aromatic moiety can be very large, because its curvature favors many contacts of the anion with the carbon atoms of the π-aromatic system. The formation of these binary complexes changes to a large extent the electrostatic potential on the free face of the aromatic system leading to a mutual reinforcement of both interactions, the beryllium bond and the interaction with Cl(-), when the ternary complexes are formed. As a result, the BEs for the triads are larger than the sum of the BEs of the corresponding binary complexes and the distances between the aromatic subunit and BeH2 or Cl(-) become shorter in the triads than in the binary complexes. A MBIE analysis also indicates that the enhanced stability of ternary complexes arises mainly from the reinforcement of the beryllium bonds as well as from the three-body terms. An exploration of all the minima for BeH2:C60H10:Cl(-) shows that BeH2 binds preferentially to the peripheral aromatic rings than those in the more curved region. PMID:26845429

  8. Large and unexpected enrichment in stratospheric 16O13C18O and its meridional variation

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    Yeung, Laurence Y.; Affek, Hagit P.; Hoag, Katherine J.; Guo, Weifu; Wiegel, Aaron A.; Atlas, Elliot L.; Schauffler, Sue M.; Okumura, Mitchio; Boering, Kristie A.; Eiler, John M.

    2009-01-01

    The stratospheric CO2 oxygen isotope budget is thought to be governed primarily by the O(1D)+CO2 isotope exchange reaction. However, there is increasing evidence that other important physical processes may be occurring that standard isotopic tools have been unable to identify. Measuring the distribution of the exceedingly rare CO2 isotopologue 16O13C18O, in concert with 18O and 17O abundances, provides sensitivities to these additional processes and, thus, is a valuable test of current models. We identify a large and unexpected meridional variation in stratospheric 16O13C18O, observed as proportions in the polar vortex that are higher than in any naturally derived CO2 sample to date. We show, through photochemical experiments, that lower 16O13C18O proportions observed in the midlatitudes are determined primarily by the O(1D)+CO2 isotope exchange reaction, which promotes a stochastic isotopologue distribution. In contrast, higher 16O13C18O proportions in the polar vortex show correlations with long-lived stratospheric tracer and bulk isotope abundances opposite to those observed at midlatitudes and, thus, opposite to those easily explained by O(1D)+CO2. We believe the most plausible explanation for this meridional variation is either an unrecognized isotopic fractionation associated with the mesospheric photochemistry of CO2 or temperature-dependent isotopic exchange on polar stratospheric clouds. Unraveling the ultimate source of stratospheric 16O13C18O enrichments may impose additional isotopic constraints on biosphere–atmosphere carbon exchange, biosphere productivity, and their respective responses to climate change. PMID:19564595

  9. In-vitro biosynthesis of C18 neutral steroids in horse testes.

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    Smith, S J; Cox, J E; Houghton, E; Dumasia, M C; Moss, M S

    1987-01-01

    Deuterium, 14C- and 3H-labelled steroid substrates were incubated with minced testicular tissue from stallions of different ages. After extraction and separation of the neutral and phenolic fractions the metabolites were identified by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry. The presence of the expected C19 neutral and C18 phenolic steroids was confirmed. An isomer of 5(10)-oestrene-3,17-diol was also identified. PMID:2960805

  10. P450 2C18 catalyzes the metabolic bioactivation of phenytoin.

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    Kinobe, Robert T; Parkinson, Oliver T; Mitchell, Deanne J; Gillam, Elizabeth M J

    2005-12-01

    The safe clinical use of phenytoin (PHT) is compromised by a drug hypersensitivity reaction, hypothesized to be due to bioactivation of the drug to a protein-reactive metabolite. Previous studies have shown PHT is metabolized to the primary phenol metabolite, HPPH, then converted to a catechol which then autoxidizes to produce reactive quinone. PHT is known to be metabolized to HPPH by cytochromes P450 (P450s) 2C9 and 2C19 and then to the catechol by P450s 2C9, 2C19, 3A4, 3A5, and 3A7. However, the role of many poorly expressed or extrahepatic P450s in the metabolism and/or bioactivation of PHT is not known. The aim of this study was to assess the ability of other human P450s to catalyze PHT metabolism. P450 2C18 catalyzed the primary hydroxylation of PHT with a kcat (2.46 +/- 0.09 min-1) more than an order of magnitude higher than that of P450 2C9 (0.051 +/- 0.004 min-1) and P450 2C19 (0.054 +/- 0.002 min-1) and Km (45 +/- 5 microM) slightly greater than those of P450 2C9 (12 +/- 4 microM) and P450 2C19 (29 +/- 4 microM). P450 2C18 also efficiently catalyzed the secondary hydroxylation of PHT as well as covalent drug-protein adduct formation from both PHT and HPPH in vitro. While P450 2C18 is expressed poorly in the liver, significant expression has been reported in the skin. Thus, P450 2C18 may be important for the extrahepatic tissue-specific bioactivation of PHT in vivo. PMID:16359177

  11. Les manifestations ophtalmologiques de la maladie de Behçet, à propos de 33 cas

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    Andaloussi, Idriss Benatiya; Alami, Bouchra; Abdellaoui, Meryem; Bhallil, Salima; Bono, Wafae; Tahri, Hicham

    2012-01-01

    Les manifestations ophtalmologiques au cours de la maladie de Behçet sont dominées par les uvéites, les vascularites rétiniennes et les thromboses veineuses rétiniennes. Nous rapportons une étude rétrospective portant sur tous les malades atteints de la maladie de Behçet, hospitalisés au sein du service d'Ophtalmologie de Fès de Janvier 2007 à Décembre 2009. Au total ce sont 33 patients qui sont inclut dans l'étudeLa moyenne d’âge est de 28,4 ans. Le délai moyen de consultation varie entre 1 jour et 3 ans. L'atteinte oculaire est bilatérale chez 26 patients (78,8% des yeux). L'AV est très basse avant le traitement: 28,8% à moins de 1/10. Les manifestations oculaires sont dominées par l'uvéite avec 77,3%, suivie de la vascularite rétinienne 54, 5% et la maculopathie 51, 5%. Le pourcentage des yeux dont l'AV était inférieur à 1/10 est passé à 19,7% après traitement. La fréquence de l'atteinte oculaire au cours de la maladie de Behçet est diversement appréciée selon les auteurs et selon le mode de recrutement des patients: elle va de 29% à 100%. L'atteinte uvéale est la plus fréquente des manifestations ophtalmologiques. Les lésions vasculaires rétiniennes sont dominées par la vascularite rétinienne essentiellement la périphlébite aussi bien au pôle postérieur qu’à la périphérie rétinienne. En l'absence de traitement et de mauvaise observance, le pronostic oculaire de la maladie de Behçet est très mauvais. La cécité s'installe dans 13 à 32%. Les manifestations ophtalmologiques au cours de la maladie de Behçet ont une valeur considérable, tant sur le plan diagnostique que pronostique. Notre étude a permis de décrire les aspects cliniques de l'atteinte oculaire de la maladie de Behçet dans un service d'Ophtalmologie tertiaire au Maroc. PMID:23396991

  12. Structure-analgesic activity relationship studies on the C(18)- and C(19)-diterpenoid alkaloids.

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    Wang, Jian-Li; Shen, Xiang-Li; Chen, Qiao-Hong; Qi, Gong; Wang, Wei; Wang, Feng-Peng

    2009-08-01

    For evaluation of C(18)- and C(19)-diterpenoid alkaloids as analgesics, three C(19)-diterpenoid alkaloids were isolated from the roots of Aconitum hemsleyanum var. circinatum and A. transsecutum; and twenty-five semisynthetic C(18)- or C(19)-diterpenoid alkaloids were prepared from lappaconitine, crassicauline A or yunaconitine. In a mice acetic acid-induced abdominal constriction assay, four crassicauline A analogs and three yunaconitine analogs exhibited good analgesic activities with 77.8-94.1% inhibition range in 0.1-10 mg/kg subcutaneous (s.c.) dose range at the point of 20 min after drug administration. Among them, 8-O-deacetyl-8-O-ethylcrassicauline A (ED(50)=0.0972 mg/kg) and 8-O-ethylyunaconitine (ED(50)=0.0591 mg/kg) were the most potent analgesics relative to the reference drugs lappaconitine (ED(50)=3.50 mg/kg) and crassicauline A (ED(50)=0.0480 mg/kg). Analgesic activity data of these C(18)- and C(19)-diterpenoid alkaloids indicate that a tertiary amine in ring A, an acetoxyl or an ethoxyl group at C-8, an aromatic ester at C-14, and the saturation state of the ring D are important structural features necessary to the analgesic activity of the C(19)-diterpenoid alkaloids. PMID:19652403

  13. Clinical and Pathological Manifestations with Differential Diagnosis in Behçet's Disease

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    Kokturk, Aysin

    2012-01-01

    Behçet's disease is a multisystemic inflammatory disease of unknown etiology which usually occurs as a trait of symptoms: aphthous stomatitis, genital ulcerations, and ocular disease. At the beginning of the disease the diagnosis is uncertain because of various clinical manifestations and a long period up to the full clinical picture manifestation. Since neither the laboratory data nor the histopathological signs are truly pathognomonic in Behçet's disease, the differential diagnosis depends on a careful evaluation of the medical history and meticulous physical examination to detect concomitant systemic manifestations. Sometimes, some laboratory test may help establish the diagnosis. Subspecialty referral to ophthalmology, rheumatology, neurology, and gastroenterology should be considered when indicated. PMID:22191082

  14. Managing Behçet’s disease: An update on current and emerging treatment options

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    van Daele, P LA; Kappen, J H; van Hagen, P M; van Laar, J AM

    2009-01-01

    Behçet’s disease is an autoinflammatory vasculitis of unknown origin characterized by recurrent oral and genital ulcers, uveitis, arthritis and skin lesions. Additionally, involvement of the gastrointestinal tract, central nervous system and large vessels may occur. The disease is prevalent in countries along the ancient Silk Road from Eastern Asia to the Mediterranean Basin. Many treatment modalities are currently available. The choice of treatment depends on organ involvement and severity of disease. Topical treatment with corticosteroids is often sufficient for mucocutaneous involvement, however for more severe disease with vasculitis or neurological involvement a more aggressive approach is warranted. Newer drugs (biologicals) influencing cytokines and thereby T-cell function are promising with an acceptable side effect profile. Unfortunately, reimbursement of the costs of biologicals for rare disease is still a problem in various countries. In this report we discuss the current treatment modalities for Behçet’s disease. PMID:19536320

  15. A Clinical Picture of the Visual Outcome in Adamantiades-Behçet's Disease

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    Figus, Michele; Posarelli, Chiara; Albert, Timothy G.; Talarico, Rosaria; Nardi, Marco

    2015-01-01

    Adamantiades-Behçet's disease is a multisystemic vasculitis with multiorgan involvement. Ocular disorders occur often in this syndrome typically in the form of a relapsing-remitting panuveitis and vasculitis and can lead to blindness as one of its most disabling complications if left untreated. There are known risk factors related with the worst visual prognosis, which require early and intensive treatment in order to obtain a rapid suppression of inflammation and to prevent future relapses. The management strategy to avoid vision loss and blindness currently involves the use of local and systemic drugs including steroids and immunosuppressive and biologic agents. This review aims to demonstrate how the introduction and the use of biologic agents improves the visual outcome of patients with Adamantiades-Behçet's disease. PMID:26558256

  16. [Arterial aneurysm in Behçet's disease. Report of 5 cases].

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    Ben Taarit, C; Turki, S; Ben Maïz, H

    2001-12-01

    Behçet's disease is a systemic vasculitis generally involving the venous system. Arterial manifestations, usually aneurysm or more rarely occlusion, are less common. We analysed 5 cases of Behçet's disease with arterial aneurysm complications. There were 4 men and 1 woman, mean age 34.6 years. Mean delay to arterial complications was 7.8 years after the first sign of the disease. Four patients showed evidence aneurysms of the pulmonary arteries. One patient developed an aneurysm of the aortic and iliac artery. Phlebitis was associated with arterial involvement in 4 patients. Combined corticosteroid and cyclophosphamide therapy enabled regression of pulmonary aneurysms in 2 patients. One patient was operated, outcome was favorable. Histology showed fragmentation of the media associated with vasculitis. Two patients with pulmonary aneurysms died of massive hemoptysis. PMID:11917664

  17. Investigation on conformational order and mobility of diamondbond-C18 and C18-alkyl modified silica gels by Fourier transform infrared and solid-state NMR spectroscopy.

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    Srinivasan, Gokulakrishnan; Kyrlidis, Angelos; McNeff, Clayton; Müller, Klaus

    2005-07-22

    The effect of surface coverage and solid supports on the conformational order of alkyl chains of commercially available carbon clad zirconia based supports and synthesised C18-alkyl modified silica based supports are probed in the dry state for the first time using variable temperature Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) and solid-state 13C NMR spectroscopy. From FT-IR spectroscopy, the conformational order of alkyl chains tethered to the substrates is examined by the analysis of CH2 symmetric and anti-symmetric stretching bands. Through solid-state 13C NMR spectroscopy, the order is inferred from the relative intensity of the main methylene carbon resonance assigned to trans and trans-gauche conformations. It is found that molecules tethered to the graphite layer experience a strongly diamagnetic component of the highly anisotropic magnetic susceptibility of the graphite lattice, which reflects upfield shift in the 13C NMR spectra of commercially available octadecyl-modified carbon clad zirconia based column materials. The present results prove that temperature, surface coverage and solid supports have an influence on the conformational order and mobility of alkyl chains tethered to the carbon clad inorganic metal oxides. PMID:16038202

  18. [Articular manifestations of Behçet's disease. Apropos of 65 cases].

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    Imbert, I; Legros, P; Prigent, D; Bergaoui, N; Sekkat, A; Chaouni-Berbich, A; Roux, H

    1987-02-01

    The authors, in a series of 65 cases of Behçet's disease, notice 53% of rheumatological manifestations which are third in line after aphthosis and ocular disease. In order of decreasing frequency, it concerns arthritis (mono, oligo or poly-arthritis), arthralgias with an almost identical frequency, sacroiliitis, extraarticular involvement. These rheumatological manifestations are readily associated with necrotic pseudo-folliculitis and cutaneous aphthosis. PMID:3563385

  19. What the Cardiologist Should Know About Cardiac Involvement in Behçet Disease.

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    Veilleux, Simon-Pierre; O'Connor, Kim; Couture, Christian; Pagé, Sylvain; Voisine, Pierre; Poirier, Paul; Dubois, Michelle; Sénéchal, Mario

    2015-12-01

    Behçet disease (BD) is a chronic multisystem inflammatory vasculitis affecting mainly young adults and is characterized by a remitting-relapsing course. In North America, the prevalence is 5.2 per 100,000 population. It is believed that cardiac involvement is one of the most severe complications in patients with BD despite its sporadic occurrence, being greatly correlated with mortality. PMID:26215987

  20. Spontaneous aortic pseudoaneurysm rupture into the sigmoid colon in Behçet’s disease patient

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    Lee, Su Lim; Ku, Young Mi; Won, Yoodong

    2015-01-01

    Behçet’s disease (BD) is a multisystem autoimmune disorder characterized by recurrent orogenital ulcers, uveitis, and skin lesions. The vascular manifestations include thrombophlebitis, stenosis, occlusion, and pseudoaneurysm. BD infrequently precipitates aortic pseudoaneurysm rupture into the sigmoid mesocolon and lumen of the adjacent colon. Here we report an extremely rare case of spontaneous abdominal aortic pseudoaneurysm rupture via the sigmoid mesocolon into the lumen of the sigmoid colon in a 37-year-old patient with BD. PMID:26675745

  1. [Peripheral arterial pseudo-aneurysm in Behçet's disease: Report of two cases].

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    Abissegue, Y; Ouldsalek, E; Lyazidi, Y; El Ochi, M R; El Fatemi, B; Chtata, H T; Bensaid, Y; Taberkant, M

    2016-05-01

    Behçet's disease is a systemic vasculitis of unknown etiopathogenesis. Arterial events such as pseudo-aneurysms are rare and may be the mode of occurrence of the disease. These pseudo-aneurysms tend, regardless of size, to progress rapidly to life-threatening rupture. We report two cases of arterial pseudo-aneurysms that ruptured. Treatment consisted of surgical repair in one case and arterial ligation in the other; the postoperative course was uneventful in both cases. PMID:26947054

  2. 40 CFR Appendix 8 to Subpart A of... - Reference C16-C18 Internal Olefin Drilling Fluid Formulation

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    2010-07-01

    ... 40 Protection of Environment 29 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false Reference C16-C18 Internal Olefin Drilling Fluid Formulation 8 Appendix 8 to Subpart A of Part 435 Protection of Environment ENVIRONMENTAL... Internal Olefin Drilling Fluid Formulation The reference C16-C18 internal olefin drilling fluid used...

  3. Neuro-Behçet, pseudotumor cerebri and ocular signs: a rare association

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    Rodrigues, Maria Inês; Loureiro, Cláudia; Geraldo Couceiro, Ana; Reis Ferreira, Cidalina; Monteiro-Grillo, Manuel

    2013-01-01

    Introduction: The central nervous system involvement in Behçet’s disease occurs in 5–30% of cases. The diagnosis of pseudotumor cerebri is even rarer (only 22 cases reported worldwide). Purpose: To emphasize the importance of differential diagnosis in a case of pseudotumor cerebri in the context of ocular inflammation. Methods: V.A.V.R., a 31 year old female, was diagnosed with pan-uveitis on the left eye associated with recurrent bipolar aphthosis. During the etiological investigation, there was an onset of a left hemiparesis and facial palsy. Results: The central nervous system (CNS) neuroradiological investigation revealed a space-occupying lesion within the right hemisphere with intense signal enhancement with gadolinium. It globally reached the nucleo-basal structures and induced deviation of the middle structures (including homolateral ventricle). Cytochemical analysis of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) was negative for atypical cells. The ophthalmological features regressed with the corticosteroid and immunosuppressive therapy instituted. The final diagnosis was of pseudotumor cerebri in the context of Behçet’s disease. Conclusion: In Behçet’s disease, a cerebral space-occupying lesion should lead to a diagnosis of pseudotumor cerebri. The correct diagnosis will determine an appropriate therapy and may prevent an inappropriate neurosurgical approach. The cortico and immunotherapy allowed a substantial regression of the lesion.

  4. Cytomorphometric Characteristics of Buccal Mucosal Cells in Behçet's Disease Patients

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    Aktunc, Erol; Oz, Zehra Safi; Bektas, Sibel; Altinyazar, Cevdet; Koca, Rafet; Bostan, Serdar

    2016-01-01

    Background. The aim of this study was to compare the cytomorphometric characteristics of the buccal cells of Behçet's disease patients with those of healthy controls. Methods. This case-control study compared a group of 30 patients with Behçet's disease with an age- and gender-matched control group of 30 healthy individuals. The buccal mucosal smears were stained using the Papanicolaou technique for cytomorphometric analyses. The nuclear and cytoplasmic areas were evaluated using digital image analysis; the ratio of nuclear to cytoplasmic areas and nuclear roundness are presented. Results. The nuclear and cytoplasmic areas of the BD patients' cells were significantly smaller than those of the healthy controls' cells, while the nucleus-to-cytoplasm ratio and neutrophil infiltration rate did not differ significantly between the groups. However, the nuclear area, cytoplasmic area, nucleus-to-cytoplasm ratio, and nuclear roundness factor were significantly higher in patients without aphthae. The neutrophil infiltration rate did not differ significantly in patients with or without aphthae. Conclusion. Behçet's disease can produce cytomorphometric changes in buccal cells that are detectable by exfoliative cytology and cytomorphometric analysis techniques. PMID:27088074

  5. 13C-18O bonding (Δ47) in deep-sea corals: a calibration study

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    Kimball, J. B.; Tripati, A.; Dunbar, R. B.; Eagle, R.

    2013-12-01

    Deep-sea corals are a potentially valuable archive of temperature in intermediate and deep waters, regions for which a paucity of temperature data exists. These archives could give valuable insight into the natural variability of areas of the ocean that play an active role in large-scale climate dynamics. Due to significant 'vital effects' (i.e., non-equilibrium mineral compositions) in δ18O, however, deep-sea coral have been challenging to develop as a paleotemperature proxy. Clumped-isotope paleothermometry is a new method that may circumvent some of the known complications with δ18O paleotemperature analysis in deep-sea coral. This geothermometer is based on the ordering of heavy 13C-18O ';clumps' in carbonate minerals. Initial calibration studies have shown that the method is independent from the solution chemistry of the precipitating fluids as well as 'vital effects' in deep-sea corals and other types of carbonates. Some kinetic effects have been observed in tropical corals and speleothems. Here we report new data in order to further develop clumped isotopes as a paleothermometer in deep-sea corals as well as to investigate taxon-specific effects. 13C-18O bond ordering was analyzed in live-collected scleractinian (Enallopsammia sp.) and gorgonian (Isididae and Coralliidae) deep-sea corals. We determined mass 47 anomalies in samples (Δ47), which refers to the parts per thousand excess of 13C-18O-16O in CO2 produced on acid digestion of a sample, relative to the amount predicted to be present if isotopes were randomly distributed amongst all CO2 isotopologues. Measured Δ47 values were compared to in situ temperatures and the relationship between Δ47 and temperature was determined for each group to investigate taxon-specific effects.

  6. 4C 18.68 - A QSO with precessing radio jets

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    Gower, A. C.; Hutchings, J. B.

    1982-01-01

    High-resolution VLA radio maps at 20 cm and 6 cm wavelengths of the quasar 4C 18.68 reveal an extended halo of about 20 arcsec containing complex curved structures extending east and west from the central source. The central source has a flat spectrum, while the spectrum generally steepens with distance from the center of the structure. The details of the structure and polarization of the emission suggest relativistic ejection in opposing directions by a precessing or rotating double jet with a period of about 50,000 years, consistent with the presence of two interacting massive bodies in the central source.

  7. The immunogenetics of Behçet's disease: A comprehensive review.

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    Takeuchi, Masaki; Kastner, Daniel L; Remmers, Elaine F

    2015-11-01

    Behçet's disease is a chronic multisystem inflammatory disorder characterized mainly by recurrent oral ulcers, ocular involvement, genital ulcers, and skin lesions, presenting with remissions and exacerbations. It is thought that both environmental and genetic factors contribute to its onset and development. Although the etiology of Behçet's disease remains unclear, recent immunogenetic findings are providing clues to its pathogenesis. In addition to the positive association of HLA-B*51, which was identified more than four decades ago, and which has since been confirmed in multiple populations, recent studies report additional independent associations in the major histocompatibility complex class I region. HLA-B*15, -B*27, -B*57, and -A*26 are independent risk factors for Behçet's disease, while HLA-B*49 and -A*03 are independent class I alleles that are protective for Behçet's disease. Genome-wide association studies have identified associations with genome-wide significance (P < 5 × 10(-8)) in the IL23R-IL12RB2, IL10, STAT4, CCR1-CCR3, KLRC4, ERAP1, TNFAIP3, and FUT2 loci. In addition, targeted next-generation sequencing has revealed the involvement of rare nonsynonymous variants of IL23R, TLR4, NOD2, and MEFV in Behçet's disease pathogenesis. Significant differences in gene function or mRNA expression associated with the risk alleles of the disease susceptibility loci suggest which genes in a disease-associated locus influence disease pathogenesis. These genes encompass both innate and adaptive immunity and confirm the importance of the predominant polarization towards helper T cell (Th) 1 versus Th2 cells, and the involvement of Th17 cells. In addition, epistasis observed between HLA-B*51 and the risk coding haplotype of the endoplasmic reticulum-associated protease, ERAP1, provides a clue that an HLA class I-peptide presentation-based mechanism contributes to this complex disease. PMID:26347074

  8. Two fatty acid elongases possessing C18-Δ6/C18-Δ9/C20-Δ5 or C16-Δ9 elongase activity in Thraustochytrium sp. ATCC 26185.

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    Ohara, Junichiro; Sakaguchi, Keishi; Okita, Yuji; Okino, Nozomu; Ito, Makoto

    2013-08-01

    Thraustochytrids, unicellular eukaryotic marine protists, accumulate polyunsaturated fatty acids. Here, we report the molecular cloning and functional characterization of two fatty acid elongase genes (designated tselo1 and tselo2), which could be involved in the desaturase/elongase (standard) pathway in Thraustochytrium sp. ATCC 26185. TsELO1, the product of tselo1 and classified into a Δ6 elongase group by phylogenetic analysis, showed strong C18-Δ6 elongase activity and relatively weak C18-Δ9 and C20-Δ5 activities when expressed in the budding yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae. TsELO2, classified into a Δ9 elongase subgroup, showed only C16-Δ9 activity. When expressed in Aurantiochytrium limacinum mh0186 using a thraustochytrid-derived promoter and a terminator, TsELO1 exhibited almost the same specificity as expressed in the yeast but TsELO2 showed weak C18-Δ9 activity, in addition to its main C16-Δ9 activity. These results suggest that TsELO1 functions not only as a C18-Δ6 and a C20-Δ5 elongase in the main route but also as a C18-Δ9 elongase in the alternative route of standard pathway, while TsELO2 functions mainly as a C16-Δ9 elongase generating vaccenic acid (C18:1n-7) in thraustochytrids. This is the first report describing a fatty acid elongase harboring C16-Δ9 activity in thraustochytrids. PMID:23547001

  9. Oral infection control to assist infliximab therapy in a Behçet's disease patient with severe eye inflammation in response to dental treatment: a case report

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    Kudo, Chieko; Wakabayashi, Hiroshi; Shimoe, Masayuki; Kobayashi, Hiroya; Ito, Takashi; Ohkawa, Toshinori; Isoshima-Nakamura, Arisa; Mineshiba, Junji; Yoshioka, Norie; Nawachi, Kumiko; Maeda, Hiroshi; Matsuo, Toshihiko; Makino, Hirofumi; Takashiba, Shogo

    2014-01-01

    Key Clinical Message We report a case of Behçet's disease which was aggravated by psychological stress and oral infection. The control of oral infection under medical and dental collaboration is important for providing Behçet's disease patients with the optimal medical care and for facilitating the relief of the primary disease. PMID:25548630

  10. Determination of 5-nitroimidazole residues in milk by capillary electrochromatography with packed C18 silica beds.

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    Hernández-Mesa, Maykel; Lara, Francisco J; Cruces-Blanco, Carmen; García-Campaña, Ana M

    2015-11-01

    This work presents a novel methodology for analysing 5-nitroimidazole residues in milk samples by capillary electrochromatography using lab-made packed columns, produced by carrying out a high pressure packing procedure using acetone as driving solvent and C18 silica uncapped particles (5 µm particle size) as packing material. Column frits resulted from sintering the proper stationary phase by heating the packed material for 20s with a nichrome ribbon (80% Ni-20% Cr, 28 cm × 2 mm × 0.2 mm, electric resistance 1.3 Ω) connected to a 7 V AC power supply. Lab-made C18 silica packed capillaries (40 cm x 50 µm i.d.) were employed for the determination of 5-nitroimidazole drugs. Milk samples were treated by a salting-out assisted liquid-liquid extraction followed by a solid phase extraction with Oasis®HLB cartridges prior to their injection. Samples were hydrodynamically injected into the column for 120 s at 11.5 bar. Afterwards eight 5-nitroimidazole compounds were separated in isocratic mode under an applied voltage of 27 kV and a temperature of 30 °C. The selected mobile phase consisted of a mixture 60:40 acetonitrile:ammonium acetate (2.5 mM, pH=5). Separation was monitored at 320 nm and it was performed in less than 15 min. The method was characterized in terms of linearity (R(2)≥0.993) and precision (repeatability, RSD≤12.2% and reproducibility, RSD≤14.5%), obtaining detection limits lower than 29 µg/L for all compounds under study. PMID:26452860

  11. Assessment of C-18 coated silica particles as surrogate benthic organisms for examining bioaccumulation from bedded sediment

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    Lake, J.; McKinney, R.; Osterman, F.; Lake, C.

    1995-12-31

    To simulate the accumulation of neutral organic contaminants by infaunal benthos the partitioning of PCBs and PAHs between a contaminated estuarine sediment and admixed C-18 coated silica particles was measured. The C-18 coated particles initially were mixed into the sediment, then, at time intervals they were retrieved, separated from the sediment and analyzed. The concentrations of lower chlorinated PCB congeners (< five chlorine atoms per molecule) on the C-18 coated silica particles reached apparent steady state within 300 hrs while congeners with greater numbers of chlorine atoms required much greater time periods ( > one year) to reach apparent steady state. Increasing the concentration of C-18 coated silica particles in the mixtures generally decreased the time required to reach steady state. Non-alkylated PAHs showed significantly less partitioning from sediment to the C-18 particles than PCB congeners (p <.05), although the Log K{sub ow} ranges of the compounds in these comparisons were similar. BSAFs, defined as the lipid normalized contaminant concentration in an exposed organism divided by the organic carbon normalized contaminant concentration of the sediment, were calculated for these exposures using the C-18 of the particles as the lipid. The results from these exposures agreed closely with those measured in studies where living benthic organisms were exposed to contaminated sediment; supporting further development of this approach for measuring bioaccumulation from contaminated sediment.

  12. Beryllium monohydride (BeH): Where we are now, after 86 years of spectroscopy

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    Dattani, Nikesh S.

    2015-05-01

    BeH is one of the most important benchmark systems for ab initio methods and for studying Born-Oppenheimer breakdown. However the best empirical potential and best ab initio potential for the ground electronic state to date give drastically different predictions in the long-range region between where the highest measurements have been made, and the dissociation energy; a region which is about ∼1000 cm-1 for 9BeH, ∼ 3000 cm-1 for 9BeD, and ∼13 000 cm-1 for 9BeT. Improved empirical potentials and Born-Oppenheimer breakdown corrections have now been built in this work for the ground electronic states X (12Σ+) of all three isotopologues. The predicted dissociation energy for 9BeH from the new empirical potential is now in agreement with the current best ab initio prediction in all 5 digits of the former's precision, while the previous best empirical potential was in disagreement by 74 cm-1. The previous best empirical potential predicted the existence of unobserved vibrational levels for all three isotopologues, and the current best ab initio study also predicted the existence of all of these levels, and 7 more in total. With the exception of two, the present empirical potential agrees with the existence of all of the ab initio potentials' extra levels not predicted by the earlier empirical potential. With one exception, all energy spacings between vibrational energy levels for which measurements have been made, are predicted with an agreement of better than 1 cm-1 between the new empirical potential and the current best ab initio potential, but some predictions for unobserved levels are still in great disagreement, and the equilibrium bond lengths are different by orders of magnitude.

  13. Intracardiac thrombus in Behçet's disease: four new cases and a comprehensive literature review.

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    Aksu, Tolga; Tufekcioglu, Omac

    2015-07-01

    Behçet's disease (BD) is a multisystem inflammatory disorder. Intracardiac thrombus formation (ICTF) is an uncommon but important complication of BD. To highlight recent insights into this disease, we aimed to review ICTF and other systemic involvements associated with ICTF in BD. We conducted a comprehensive review of the relevant literature in MEDLINE and EMBASE from 1966 to 2014 to analyze cumulated data about ICTF in BD. We aimed to evaluate 93 cases of BD with ICT (group 1), four of which have been recently identified and have not been discussed in the relevant literature yet, and to compare the frequency of pulmonary, venous and arterial involvements in group 1 and general Behçet population (group 2). The right heart was the most common site of ICTF in group 1. Pulmonary involvement, venous involvement (especially venous thrombosis) and arterial involvement were more frequent in group 1 than in group 2 (56 vs. 0.7 %, 42 vs. 10 % and 38 vs. 0.8 %, respectively, p < 0.0001). The diagnosis of BD should be considered if a patient presents with a mass in the right-sided cardiac chambers, even in the absence of the characteristic clinical manifestations of the illness. This approach is particularly applicable if the patient is a young man from the Mediterranean basin or the Middle East. All Behçet patients with ICTF must be investigated with thoracic computed tomography for pulmonary and arterial involvements and lower extremity venous Doppler ultrasonography for venous thrombosis, regardless of whether they are symptomatic for these systems. PMID:25381640

  14. Fluorescein and indocyanine green angiography findings in Behçet’s disease

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    Atmaca, L S; Sonmez, P A

    2003-01-01

    Aim: To evaluate and compare the fluorescein (FA) and indocyanine green angiographic (ICGA) findings, and to investigate the choroidal involvement in Behçet’s disease. Methods: FA and ICGA were performed on 112 eyes of 62 patients with Behçet’s disease, between November 1993 and July 2002, using Topcon IMAGEnet Digital System. Patients were aged 16–50 years; 48 (77.4%) were male and 14 (22.6%) were female. Results: FA showed dye leakage from retinal vessels in 57 (50.9%) eyes, cystoid macular oedema in 18 eyes (16.1%), optic disc oedema in four eyes (3.6%), disc neovascularisation in three eyes (2.7%), and retinal neovascularisation in two eyes (1.8%). ICGA showed hyperfluorescent lesions in 40 eyes (35.7%), hypofluorescent lesions in 17 eyes (15.2%), hyperfluorescent and hypofluorescent lesions in 12 (10.7%) eyes, ICG leakage from choroidal vessels in 11 eyes (9.8%), irregular filling of choriocapillaris in five eyes (4.5%), and choroidal filling defect in four eyes (3.6%). Hyperfluorescent and hypofluorescent lesions which were seen in 53 out of 69 eyes (76.8%) on ICGA, were not visible on FA. 55 eyes (49.1%) showed hyperfluorescence on the disc on both FA and ICGA, whereas 36 (32.1%) showed hyperfluorescence only on FA. Conclusion: The hyperfluorescence and/or hypofluorescence, irregular filling of the choriocapillaris, choroidal filling defect, and ICG leakage from choroidal vessels seen only on ICGA may suggest choroidal involvement in Behçet’s disease. PMID:14660454

  15. Is mean platelet volume a new activity criteria in Behçet's disease?

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    Uzkeser, Hulya; Haliloglu, Sema; Cayir, Yasemin; Bilen, Nurhan; Karaaslan, Yasar; Kosar, Ali; Carlioglu, Ayse

    2015-10-01

    The aim of this study was to assess mean platelet volume (MPV) and its relationship with disease activity in patients with Behçet's disease. Thirty-six patients with an age of 38.9 ± 11 (mean ± SD) years and 40 controls aged 36.5 ± 12 (mean ± SD) years were enrolled the study. Demographic data, erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR), C-reactive protein (CRP), MPV, clinical findings such as oral aphthae, genital aphthae, erythema nodosum, acne, central nervous system involvement, uveitis, arthritis and arthralgia were all recorded. The MPV value in patients with Behçet's disease was 8.06 ± 1.0 (mean ± SD) and the MPV value of the control participants was 7.45 ± 0.6 (mean ± SD). MPV was statistically higher in patients with Behçet's disease than in the controls (P = 0.003). There were also significant differences between patients and controls according to ESR and CRP values (P < 0.001 and P = 0.001, respectively). MPV was positively correlated with arthralgia (P < 0.001, r = 0.438), arthritis (P = 0.008, r = 0.307), erythema nodosum (P = 0.002, r =  0.354), central nervous system involvement (P = 0.002, r = 0.357), acne (P = 0.008, r = 0.312), genital aphthae (P < 0.001, r = 0.401) and oral aphthae (P = 0.001 r = 0.377). MPV can be easily obtained from the patients. It was a cheap and practical method. In the future, MPV may be used as a new marker to detect the activation of BD. PMID:26196194

  16. Pulmonary Nodules as an Initial Manifestation of Behçet's Disease

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    Malekmohammad, M.; Emamifar, A.

    2014-01-01

    Behçet's disease (BD) is a systemic vasculopathy, characterized by recurrent oral aphthae, genital ulcers, uveitis, and skin lesions. Although vascular involvement, including venous and arteries of any size, is a usual manifestation, cases with pulmonary thrombosis as the initial symptom are not common in the absence of pulmonary artery aneurysm (PAA). This report describes a 36-year-old man with recurrent fever, nonmassive hemoptysis, and persistent cough with lung nodules in CT scan who had undergone open lung biopsy. On the basis of morphological findings, BD was suggested and more precise evaluation confirmed the diagnosis. PMID:25436168

  17. A rare case of Behçet disease with generalised myositis, cardiomyositis and necrotising fasciitis.

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    Ng, Felix; Chiong, Fabian Joon Kiong; Buchanan, Russell; Burrell, Louise M

    2016-01-01

    Behçet disease (BD) is a rare relapsing, multisystem vasculitis characterised by recurrent oral and genital ulcers, and uveitis. As an autoimmune small vessel vasculitis, BD can involve other organs including the skin, joints, nervous system, kidney and the gastrointestinal tract. This report describes a 40-year-old woman who presented with an uncommon feature of BD, namely myositis, and who went on to develop myocarditis and polymicrobial necrotising fasciitis. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first reported case of an immunocompromised-associated infection occurring in BD without concurrent immunosuppressive therapy. PMID:26740268

  18. A Case of Behçet’s Disease with Superior and Inferior Vena Caval Occlusion

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    Yoo, Wan-Hee; Moon, Jin-Seong; Kim, Sung-Il; Kim, Wan-Uk; Min, Jun-Gi; Park, Sung-Hwan; Lee, Sang-Heon; Cho, Chul-Soo; Kim, Ho-Yeon

    1998-01-01

    Behçet’s disease is a chronic multisystemic disorder involving many organs and characterized by recurrent oral and genital ulcers and relapsing iritis. A case of BD with large vein thrombosis involving superior and inferior vena cava is presented. Large vein thrombosis in BD is not commonly developed and most commonly observed in the inferior or superior vena cava. A review of the literature emphasizes the rarity of the combined superior and inferior vena caval occlusion. Existence of extensive large vein occlusion in BD is associated with limited therapy and poor prognosis. PMID:9735671

  19. Similarities and differences between Behçet's disease and Crohn's disease

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    Yazısız, Veli

    2014-01-01

    Behçet’s disease (BD) is a chronic inflammatory condition with multisystem involvement. Approximately 10%-15% of patients present with gastrointestinal involvement. Involved sites and the endoscopic view usually resemble Crohn’s disease (CD). In addition to intestinal involvement, oral mucosa, the eyes, skin, and joints are commonly affected. No pathognomonic laboratory test is available for the diagnosis of either disease. Management approaches are also similar in various aspects. Differentiating BD from CD is highly challenging. In this article, the similarities and differences between BD and CD in terms of epidemiology, etiopathogenesis, clinical and imaging findings, and histopathological and therapeutic approaches are reviewed. PMID:25133025

  20. Cardiac pathology and modern therapeutic approach in Behçet disease.

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    Cocco, Giuseppe; Jerie, Paul

    2014-01-01

    Behçet disease (BD) is an enigmatic inflammatory disorder with multisystemic complications which is endemic in some countries but can be seen in the entire world. Valid diagnostic criteria are available. The pathology is related to a specific perivasculitis with involvement of both arteries and veins of all sizes. Minor arterial and cardiac involvement is frequent in BD but is usually asymptomatic. In exceptional cases cardiac symptoms may be the 1st manifestation of BD. The prevalence of severe cardiac complications (cardio-Behçet) should be < 10%. An impressive therapeutic improvement has been achieved by using appropriate catheterization techniques, coronary and intra-arterial stents, colchicine, drug-response modifying drugs and immunotherapy but, still cardio-Behçet has a poor prognosis. Efforts are undertaken to improve morbidity and prognosis with the use of newer drugs. An important part of the complications in BD are related to the frequent thromboembolic complications and there is high possibility that newer oral anticoagulants will be superior to the classical anticoagulants presently used. Available biologic agents have already been frequently used and seem to have improved the prognosis, but efforts are undertaken to find newer biologic agents with better therapeutic performance and less side-effects. Summarizing as much as possible the effects of the presently used biotherapy in BD, interferon-alpha is effective against many ocular, genital and perhaps vascular manifestations, but its effectiveness is limited by frequent adverse-effects (even if not dangerous for the cardiovascular system). Infliximab is a valid option in the therapy of ocular and cutaneous manifestations but it is less convincing in the therapy of vascular manifestations in vascular- and neuro-Behçet; furthermore, side-effects, including severe cardiovascular complications, are seen in a minority of patients; perhaps worse, infliximab seems to loose efficacy in the long

  1. Effects of dietary supplementation of coriander oil, in canola oil diets, on the metabolism of [1-(14)C] 18:3n-3 and [1-(14)C] 18:2n-6 in rainbow trout hepatocytes.

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    Randall, K M; Drew, M D; Øverland, M; Østbye, T-K; Bjerke, M; Vogt, G; Ruyter, B

    2013-09-01

    The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of petroselinic acid, found in coriander oil, on the ability of rainbow trout hepatocytes to increase the production of eicosapentaenoic acid (20:5n-3; EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (22:6n-3; DHA) from [1-(14)C] α-linolenic acid (18:3n-3; ALA) and to reduce the production of arachidonic acid (20:4n-6; ARA) from [1-(14)C] 18:2n-6. Addition of coriander oil increased the production of 22:6n-3, from [1-(14)C] 18:3n-3, at the 0.5 and 1.0% inclusion levels and reduced the conversion of [1-(14)C] 18:2n-6 to 20:4n-6. β-Oxidation was significantly increased at the 1.5% inclusion level for [1-(14)C] 18:2n-6, however β-oxidation for [1-(14)C] 18:3n-3 only showed an increasing trend. Acetate, a main breakdown product of fatty acids (FA) via peroxisomal β-oxidation, decreased three-fold for [1-(14)C] 18:2n-6 and nearly doubled for [1-(14)C] 18:3n-3 when coriander was added at a 1.5% inclusion level. Acyl coenzyme A oxidase (ACO) enzyme activity showed no significant differences between treatments. Relative gene expression of ∆6 desaturase decreased with addition of coriander oil compared to the control. The addition of petroselinic acid via coriander oil to vegetable oil (VO) based diets containing no fishmeal (FM) or fish oil (FO), significantly increased the production of anti-inflammatory precursor 22:6n-3 (P=0.011) and decreased pro-inflammatory precursor 20:4n-6 (P=0.023) in radiolabelled hepatocytes of rainbow trout. PMID:23867781

  2. A giant pseudoaneurysm of the left anterior descending coronary artery related to Behçet disease.

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    Calafiore, Antonio M; Al Helali, Sumaya; Iaco', Angela L; Sheickh, Azmat A; Kheirallah, Hatim; Di Mauro, Michele

    2015-03-01

    We report the case of a young patient with a recent diagnosis of Behçet disease, in whom the left anterior descending coronary artery was found fully open into a giant pseudoaneurysm, with occlusion of the distal segment. Surgical treatment included opening of the pseudoaneurysm with clot and fibrous tissue removal, proximal left anterior descending coronary artery closure, and distal left anterior descending coronary artery grafting. In patients with Behçet disease, it is advisable to perform computed tomography coronary angiography to rule out the presence of coronary artery disease and the occurrence of a rare but potentially life-threatening complication. PMID:25742859

  3. Deep venous thrombosis and inferior vena cava agenesis causing double crush sciatic neuropathy in Behçet's disease.

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    Kara, Murat; Ozçakar, Levent; Eken, Güneş; Ozen, Gülsen; Kiraz, Sedat

    2008-12-01

    We report here the case of a 18-year-old young man with Behçet's disease who had suffered deep venous thrombosis of the right femoral and popliteal veins. Consequently, right sciatic nerve injury, drop foot and tightness of the achilles tendon also ensued. The clinical scenario was further challenged by demonstration of the agenetic inferior vena cava and epidural vein dilatations compressing the lumbar nerve roots. To the best notice of the authors, this is the first patient encompassing all these complications in the literature concerning Behçet's disease. PMID:18848486

  4. Association of anti-cardiolipin antibodies with vascular thrombosis and neurological manifestation of Behçets disease.

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    al-Dalaan, A N; al-Ballaa, S R; al-Janadi, M A; Bohlega, S; Bahabri, S

    1993-03-01

    We have studied 44 patients with Behçet's Disease (BD) to look for any correlation of arterial and venous thrombosis or central nervous system (CNS) manifestations with anti-cardiolipin antibodies (ACLA). Twenty patients were positive for ACLA by MELISA method. Ten patients had IgG antibody, four had IgM and six had both IgG and IgM. Of these patients, 11 had a history of vascular thrombosis and thrombophlebitis and nine had CNS manifestations. The association of ACLA with vascular thrombosis or CNS manifestation of Behçet's disease was statistically not significant. PMID:8467608

  5. [Neurologic appearence of Behçet disease in 14-year old boy treated with adalimumab with good result].

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    Iwańczak, Barbara; Reich, Adam; Kofla-Dłubacz, Anna; Kazanowska, Bernarda; Ruczka, Małgorzata

    2016-02-01

    Behçet disease is a multiorgan inflammatory vessel disorder of unknown etiology which only occasionally occurs in children. Here, we demonstrate a 14-year-old boy with Behçet disease diagnosed based on recurrent aphthous stomatitis, acneiform facial lesions, subpreputial erosions and extensive thrombosis involving sigmoid sinus, transverse sinus and right internal cervical vein. Treatment with low molecular weight heparins, systemic corticosteroids, and azathioprine only resulted in partial remission of clinical symptoms. Addition of adalimumab led to complete resolution of clinical and biochemical abnormalities and disappearance of thrombosis in central nervous system. PMID:27000816

  6. Successful Treatment and Secondary Prevention of Venous Thrombosis Secondary to Behçet Disease with Rivaroxaban

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    Lambert, Catherine; Hermans, Cedric

    2016-01-01

    We here present the successful initial treatment and secondary prophylaxis of superficial venous thrombosis secondary to Behçet's disease by a novel anticoagulant drug, rivaroxaban (Xarelto®). To our knowledge, this is the first case of using an oral direct inhibitor of FXa in this setting. Our findings are promising; the outcome was favourable without any adverse effect noted. We propose that the patients with Behçet's disease and venous thrombosis might benefit from the advantages of the new anticoagulant drug. PMID:27437154

  7. Acute Monocytic Leukemia Masquerading Behçet's Disease-Like Illness at Onset in an Elderly Female

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    Koba, Shigeru; Sekioka, Toshio; Takeda, Sorou; Miyagawa-Hayashino, Aya; Nishimura, Keisuke

    2016-01-01

    A previously healthy 74-year-old Japanese female was hospitalized with fever and high C-reactive protein. She developed palatal herpangina-like aphthous ulcers, localized intestinal wall thickening, terminal ileum ulcers, and an erythematous acneiform rash; thus Behçet's disease-like illness was suspected. Significant peripheral blood acute monocytosis developed during her hospitalization and acute monocytic leukemia (FAB M5b) with normal karyotype was diagnosed. By immunostaining, the infiltrating cells in the skin and the terminal ileum were identified as monocytic leukemic cells. This case exhibited a unique initial presentation of Behçet's disease-like illness associated with acute monocytic leukemia. PMID:27610252

  8. Acute Monocytic Leukemia Masquerading Behçet's Disease-Like Illness at Onset in an Elderly Female.

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    Koba, Shigeru; Sekioka, Toshio; Takeda, Sorou; Miyagawa-Hayashino, Aya; Nishimura, Keisuke; Imashuku, Shinsaku

    2016-01-01

    A previously healthy 74-year-old Japanese female was hospitalized with fever and high C-reactive protein. She developed palatal herpangina-like aphthous ulcers, localized intestinal wall thickening, terminal ileum ulcers, and an erythematous acneiform rash; thus Behçet's disease-like illness was suspected. Significant peripheral blood acute monocytosis developed during her hospitalization and acute monocytic leukemia (FAB M5b) with normal karyotype was diagnosed. By immunostaining, the infiltrating cells in the skin and the terminal ileum were identified as monocytic leukemic cells. This case exhibited a unique initial presentation of Behçet's disease-like illness associated with acute monocytic leukemia. PMID:27610252

  9. Analytic Empirical Potentials for BeH^+, BeD^+, and BeT^+ Including up to 4TH Order QED in the Long-Range and Predictions for the Halo Nucleonic Molecules 11BeH^+ and 14BeH^+.

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    Li Chun Fong, Lena C. M.; Lach, Grzegorz; Le Roy, Robert J.; Dattani, Nikesh S.

    2015-06-01

    The 13.81(8)s half-life of the halo nucleonic atom 11Be is orders of magnitude longer than those for any other halo nucleonic atom known, and makes Be-based diatomics the most promising candidates for the formation of the first halo nucleonic molecules. However, the 4e^- species LiH and BeH^+ are some of the first molecules for which the highest accuracy ab initio methods are not accessible, so empirical potential energy functions will be important for making predictions and for benchmarking how ab initio calculations break down at this transition from 3e^- to 4e^-. BeH^+ is also very light, and has one of the most extensive data sets involving a tritium isotopologue, making it a very useful benchmark for studying Born-Oppenheimer breakdown. We therefore seek to determine an empirical analytic potential energy function for BeH^+ that has as much precision as possible. To this end, all available spectroscopic data for all stable isotopologues of BeH^+ are analyzed in a standard direct-potential-fit procedure that uses least-squares fits to optimize the parameters defining an analytic potential. The ``Morse/Long-range'' (MLR) model used for the potential energy function incorporates the inverse-power long-range tail required by theory, and the calculation of the leading long-range coefficients C_4, C_6, C_7, and C_8 include non-adiabatic terms, and up to 4th order QED corrections. As a by-product, we have calculated some fundamental properties of 1e^- systems with unprecedented precision, such as the dipole, quadrupole, octupole, non-adiabatic, and mixed higher order polarizabilities of hydrogen, deuterium, and tritium. We provide good first estimates for the transition energies for the halo nucleonic species 11BeH^+ and 14BeH^+.

  10. Influence of Interstellar FUV Radiation on the Abundance Ratio of 13CO to C18O in L 1551

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    Lin, Sheng-Jun; Shimajiri, Yoshito; Hara, Chihomi; Lai, Shih-Ping; Nakamura, Fumitaka; Sugitani, Koji; Kawabe, Ryohei; Kitamura, Yoshimi; Yoshida, Atsushi; Tatei, Hidefumi; Akashi, Toshiya; Tsukagushi, Takashi

    2015-08-01

    To investigate the relationship between the far-ultraviolet (FUV) radiation and the abundance ratios between 13CO and C18O, we observed L 1551 in 12CO (J=1-0), 13CO (J=1-0) and C18O (J=1-0) using the Nobeyama Radio Observatory 45 m telescope with an angular resolution of ~22" (corresponding to 0.017 pc at a distance of 160 pc). L 1551 is chosen because it is relatively isolated in Taurus-Auriga complex, providing an ideal environment for studying the variation of abundance ratio due to the penetration of the FUV photons. L 1551 is a young star-forming region containing at least 6 young protostars between Class I and Class III stages and a quiescent elongated starless core. The distribution of 12CO emission shows the outflows coming from 2 youngest protostars IRS5 and NE. The 13CO and C18O are detected throughout the whole region with enhancement around the outflows and depletion in the outflow cavities. To avoid the influence of outflows, we exclude the outflow regions for X(13CO)/X(C18O) abundance ratio calculation. X(13CO)/X(C18O) is found in the range of 3.2 -- 36.2 with a mean value of 7.6. Comparing to the extinction map derived from Herschel observations, we found that the abundance ratio reaches its maximum at low AV and decreases to typical solar system value of 5.5 within the starless core. The high X(13CO)/X(C18O) value at the low AV value in L 1551 is most likely due to the selective FUV photodissociation of C18O. This is in contrast with Orion-A region where its internal OB stars keep the abundance ratio at a high level greater than ~10.

  11. CMV retinitis after intravitreal triamcinolone acetonide injection in a patient with Behçet's uveitis.

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    Tugal-Tutkun, Ilknur; Araz, Bilge; Cagatay, Atahan

    2010-10-01

    We report the case of a patient with Behçet's uveitis who developed cytomegalovirus (CMV) retinitis after intravitreal triamcinolone acetonide (IVTA) injection. We reviewed the patient's chart for the purpose of this report. An IVTA injection was performed for treatment of severe panuveitis in the left eye of a 30-year-old male patient with Behçet's disease. Systemic treatment included high dose corticosteroid and azathioprine. Fourteen weeks after IVTA, extensive areas of necrotizing retinitis developed in the left eye. Polymerase chain reaction of serum and vitreous samples was positive for CMV DNA. Serum anti-CMV IgG was positive, IgM was negative, anti-HIV antibody was negative, complete blood count was normal, and CD4 count was 1,060 cells/μl. The patient responded well to intravitreal ganciclovir injection performed twice and intravenous ganciclovir treatment administered for five weeks. Local immunosuppression with IVTA may cause CMV retinitis. Awareness of this serious complication is important for correct diagnosis and treatment. PMID:20033756

  12. Unusual Late Onset of Parenchymal Neuro-Behçet Disease

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    2016-01-01

    Neuro-Behçet disease (NBD) is a multisystem inflammatory disorder characterized by oral lesions, genital lesions, uveitis, and neurological deficits. If left untreated, it may lead to worsening neurological function and can be fatal. Here we present a case of a 52-year-old woman who was diagnosed with Behçet disease (BD) as a teenager and had a relatively mild disease course. Decades later after her initial DB diagnosis, she presented to our hospital with a chief complaint of headache. She did not have focal neurological deficits or any active mucosal lesions. Upon further investigation, the patient was found to have multiple inflammatory changes on neuroimaging and abnormal cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), consistent with the diagnosis of NBD. She was treated with intravenous corticosteroid therapy and her symptoms resolved. Although our patient presented with minimal symptoms decades after her initial diagnosis, any neurological complaint warranted a thorough investigation for a proper diagnosis and treatment given the multisystem involvement of BD. PMID:27529041

  13. Periodontal Health Status among Patients with Behçet's Disease

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    Habibagahi, Zahra; Khorshidi, Hooman; Hekmati, Shahrzad

    2016-01-01

    We aimed to evaluate the relationship of individual periodontal parameters with the severity of Behçet's disease (BD) and attempt to find the correlation between chronic periodontitis and BD. In this study, 74 registered subjects attending Behçet's clinic with BD symptoms were recruited. The diagnosis was based on the criteria presented by the international study group for BD (ISG) and the total clinical severity score was determined for each patient. All individuals underwent clinical examination to assess oral and periodontal status and presence of oral ulcers. Periodontal clinical parameters of bleeding on probing (BOP), probing depth (PD), and clinical attachment level (CAL) and also hygiene index (HI) and decayed, missing, and filled (DMF) teeth were noted and analyzed to assess the correlation with severity of BD. There was no significant correlation between DMF and severity of BD. The strong association was found between periodontal parameters (BOP, PD, and CAL) and the severity of BD (P < 0.001). It seems that relation of BD to oral health is higher up in severe forms of BD and periodontal diseases. Clinical association between the diseases might be due to a common underlying etiopathogenesis of periodontitis and BD. PMID:27034903

  14. Atypical manifestations in Brazilian patients with neuro-Behçet's disease.

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    Dutra, Lívia Almeida; Gonçalves, Célio Roberto; Braga-Neto, Pedro; Pedroso, José Luiz; Gabbai, Alberto Alain; Barsottini, Orlando Graziani Povoas; de Souza, Alexandre Wagner Silva

    2012-06-01

    Type and frequency of systemic and neurologic manifestations of Behçet's disease (BD) vary with ethnicity. In Brazil, BD occurs as sporadic cases. We describe clinical and radiological features of 36 Brazilian patients of mixed ethnicity with neuro-Behçet's disease (NBD). Medical records of 178 BD patients were reviewed and 36 (20%) NBD patients were identified. Twenty-one NBD patients (58.3%) were female and 27 (75%) presented with parenchymal manifestations. Brainstem involvement was the most common neurologic syndrome (41.7%). Seizures (27.8%), isolated aseptic meningitis (16.7%), optic neuropathy (ON) (16.7%), cerebral venous thrombosis (CVT) (8.3%), peripheral neuropathy (2.8%), and spinal cord involvement (5.6%) were other neurologic manifestations observed among Brazilian NBD patients. Eighteen (50%) had at least one relapse, and isolated aseptic meningitis was the most common relapsing manifestation. No significant differences concerning the number of relapses between parenchymal and non-parenchymal groups were found. A multivariate model including disease duration, cell count in spinal fluid, cyclosporine use, immunosuppressive use at disease onset, age at NBD onset, and ON did not reveal any significant associations with NBD relapse. There was a low frequency of CVT and an unexpected higher number of isolated aseptic meningitis. Brazilian NBD patients present more parenchymal and atypical manifestations, and relapse more often than NBD patients from other populations. PMID:22169955

  15. Annexin A2 as a target endothelial cell membrane autoantigen in Behçet's disease

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    Chen, Peng; Yan, Hai; Tian, Yaping; Xun, Yiping; Shi, Lili; Bao, Ran; Zhang, Huai; Chen, Guangyu; Yang, Chunhe; Sun, Shutao; Wang, Yajie; Liu, Li; Zhou, Yabin; Zhang, Chunyan; Wang, Xiaoxu; Wen, Yongqiang; Bian, Yongzhong; Du, Hongwu

    2015-01-01

    Cell membrane proteins are believed to play a critical role in the pathogenesis of autoimmune diseases. However, few membrane autoantigens have been linked with Behçet's disease. Here, a cell-chip was performed to identify autoantibody target cells, and the suspected autoantigens were detected using immunoblotting. The amino acid sequences of the detected proteins were determined using LC-MALDI-TOF/TOF. Putative proteins were recombinantly expressed and purified, and a corresponding ELISA was developed and clinically validated using real clinical samples. It was found that a 36-kDa membrane protein - annexin A2 - was detected in approximately one-third of the patients' blood circulation. The immunohistochemistry results showed that annexin A2 was highly expressed in vascular endothelial cells. Moreover, vascular involvement was significantly higher in the anti-annexin A2 antibody-positive group versus the anti-annexin A2 antibody-negative group among all the clinical samples analyzed, indicating that annexin A2 is a novel endothelial cell membrane antigen involved in Behçet's disease. PMID:25641213

  16. Lipophilicity of porphyrins and their retention in IAM, C8-C18 and HILIC chromatographic systems.

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    Essaid, D; Chaminade, P; Maillard, Ph; Kasselouri, A

    2015-10-10

    Porphyrins are a class of photosensitizers used in photodynamic therapy (PDT). Understanding the interaction of porphyrins with membrane cells components is important in order to improve this therapy. Many analytical methods can be used for this aim. High performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) was used for the separation of porphyrins on RP and HILIC stationary phases as well as on a biomimetic membrane IAM phase. Twenty-six tetraphenyl porphyrins (TPP) were successfully separated on an IAM column, a C18 Gravity RP column, a C8 Gravity RP column, a PolarTec RP column and a HILIC column. Stationary phases were chosen as the most appropriate to cover the study of different types of interactions. Elution was performed with a 45 min linear gradient. Obtained gradient retention times were converted to gradient chromatography hydrophobicity index (CHI) and to an apparent retention factor (kapp). The partition coefficients (logP) of the 26 compounds were measured in a 2-octanol/PBS system and estimated in silico. Correlation between kapp values was studied. Moreover, a multivariate analysis was performed to explain columns relationships. Obtained results show that porphyrins are separated mainly according to hydrophobic interactions that are relative to their structure (sugar number and the disposition around the porphyrin macrocycle). PMID:26099259

  17. Internal Conductance to CO2 Diffusion and C18OO Discrimination in C3 Leaves1

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    Gillon, Jim S.; Yakir, Dan

    2000-01-01

    18O discrimination in CO2 stems from the oxygen exchange between 18O-enriched water and CO2 in the chloroplast, a process catalyzed by carbonic anhydrase (CA). A proportion of this 18O-labeled CO2 escapes back to the atmosphere, resulting in an effective discrimination against C18OO during photosynthesis (Δ18O). By constraining the δ18O of chloroplast water (δe) by analysis of transpired water and the extent of CO2-H2O isotopic equilibrium (θeq) by measurements of CA activity (θeq = 0.75–1.0 for tobacco, soybean, and oak), we could apply measured Δ18O in a leaf cuvette attached to a mass spectrometer to derive the CO2 concentration at the physical limit of CA activity, i.e. the chloroplast surface (ccs). From the CO2 drawdown sequence between stomatal cavities from gas exchange (ci), from Δ18O (ccs), and at Rubisco sites from Δ13C (cc), the internal CO2 conductance (gi) was partitioned into cell wall (gw) and chloroplast (gch) components. The results indicated that gch is variable (0.42–1.13 mol m−2 s−1) and proportional to CA activity. We suggest that the influence of CA activity on the CO2 assimilation rate should be important mainly in plants with low internal conductances. PMID:10806237

  18. Theoretical Calibration on the 13C-18O Clumped Isotope Thermometer

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    Tang, M.; Zhang, S. T.; LIU, Q.; Liu, Y.

    2014-12-01

    The kinetic isotope effect (KIE) arisen from phosphoric acid digestion of carbonates has been noticed since the beginning of stable isotope geochemistry. However, the molecular level details of this reaction have not been fully understood yet. Equilibrium 13C-18O clumped isotope distribution in carbonates has been suggested as a new thermometer for surface temperature systems; nevertheless, existing Δ47-T relationships calibrated by several different groups are incompatible, generating substantial confusions and debates about those variations. Here we propose a new molecular-level mechanism with three parallel pathways for the phosphoric acid digestion of carbonates. We show that the KIE of such reaction can be different if the relative contributions of the three parallel pathways are changed. This new mechanism abandons completely a previously proposed molecular mechanism (i.e., Guo et al., 2009) and can explain (at least partly) why the Δ47-T relationships provided by different groups are different. Together with a re-calculated equilibrium clumped isotope fractionation factors of carbonate minerals using a new volume-variable-cluster-model method with higher theoretical-level treatments and higher-order anharmonic corrections, we present a theoretical (equilibrium + KIE) Δ47-T relationship for carbonates. Our theoretical calibration line is with large variations due to considering possible changes of relative contributions of the three parallel pathways and different carbonate mineral used. For minimizing the variation, we suggest using the same amount of sample, the same mineral and the same temperature of phosphoric acid digestion for this experiment.

  19. [A case of Behçet disease developing recurrent ischemic stroke with fever and scrotal ulcers].

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    Koike, Yuka; Sakai, Naoko; Umeda, Yoshitaka; Umeda, Maiko; Oyake, Mutsuo; Fujita, Nobuya

    2015-01-01

    A 30-year-old man, who was diagnosed with Behçet disease at 10 years of age, was hospitalized because of transient right hemiparesis after presenting with high fever and scrotal ulcers. Brain MRI revealed ischemic lesions in the area supplied by the anterior cerebral arteries. Analysis of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) showed pleocytosis and a high interleukin-6 (IL-6) concentration (668 pg/ml). The patient was diagnosed with acute ischemic stroke associated with exacerbation of Behçet disease. After initiation of corticosteroid therapy, his clinical symptoms improved, and the CSF IL-6 concentration decreased. One year later, the patient developed high fever and scrotal ulcers after the onset of transient left upper limb plegia. Brain MRI showed an acute ischemic lesion in the right putamen, and CSF analysis showed an elevated IL-6 concentration (287 pg/ml). Brain CT angiography revealed stenosis of the left anterior cerebral artery and occlusion of the right anterior cerebral artery, which had been well visualized one year previously. Involvement of the intracranial cerebral arteries in Behçet disease is extremely rare. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first case report of a patient with recurrent symptomatic ischemic stroke associated with high fever and scrotal ulcers, which suggests exacerbation of Behçet disease. PMID:26103818

  20. Are Extracted Materials Truly Representative of Original Samples? Impact of C18 Extraction on CDOM Optical and Chemical Properties.

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    Andrew, Andrea A; Del Vecchio, Rossana; Zhang, Yi; Subramaniam, Ajit; Blough, Neil V

    2016-01-01

    Some properties of dissolved organic matter (DOM) and chromophoric dissolved organic matter (CDOM) can be easily measured directly on whole waters, while others require sample concentration and removal of natural salts. To increase CDOM content and eliminate salts, solid phase extraction (SPE) is often employed. Biases following extraction and elution are inevitable, thus raising the question of how truly representative the extracted material is of the original. In this context, we investigated the wavelength dependence of extraction efficiency for C18 cartridges with respect to CDOM optical properties using samples obtained from the Middle Atlantic Bight (MAB) and the Equatorial Atlantic Ocean (EAO). Further, we compared the optical changes of C18 extracts and the corresponding whole water following chemical reduction with sodium borohydride (NaBH4). C18 cartridges preferentially extracted long-wavelength absorbing/emitting material for samples impacted by riverine input. Extraction efficiency overall decreased with offshore distance away from riverine input. Spectral slopes of C18-OM samples were also almost always lower than those of their corresponding CDOM samples supporting the preferential extraction of higher molecular weight absorbing material. The wavelength dependence of the optical properties (absorption, fluorescence emission, and quantum yield) of the original water samples and their corresponding extracted material were very similar. C18 extracts and corresponding water samples further exhibited comparable optical changes following NaBH4 reduction, thus suggesting a similarity in nature (structure) of the optically active extracted material, independent of geographical locale. Altogether, these data suggested a strong similarity between C18 extracts and corresponding whole waters, thus indicating that extracts are representative of the CDOM content of original waters. PMID:26904536

  1. Are extracted materials truly representative of original samples? Impact of C18 extraction on CDOM optical and chemical properties

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    Andrew, Andrea; Del Vecchio, Rossana; Zhang, Yi; Subramaniam, Ajit; Blough, Neil

    2016-02-01

    Some properties of dissolved organic matter (DOM) and chromophoric dissolved organic matter (CDOM) can be easily measured directly on whole waters, while others require sample concentration and removal of natural salts. To increase CDOM content and eliminate salts, solid phase extraction is often employed. Biases following extraction and elution are inevitable, thus raising the question of how truly representative the extracted material is of the original. In this context, we investigated the wavelength dependence of extraction efficiency for C18 cartridges with respect to CDOM optical properties using samples obtained from the Middle Atlantic Bight (MAB) and the Equatorial Atlantic Ocean (EAO). Further, we compared the optical changes of C18 extracts and the corresponding whole water following chemical reduction with sodium borohydride (NaBH4). C18 cartridges preferentially extracted long-wavelength absorbing/emitting material for samples impacted by riverine input. Extraction efficiency overall decreased with offshore distance away from riverine input. Spectral slopes of C18-OM samples were also almost always lower than those of their corresponding CDOM samples supporting the preferential extraction of higher molecular weight absorbing material. The wavelength dependence of the optical properties (absorption, fluorescence emission and quantum yield) of the original water samples and their corresponding extracted material were very similar. C18 extracts and corresponding water samples further exhibited comparable optical changes following NaBH4 reduction, thus suggesting a similarity in nature (structure) of the optically active extracted material, independent of geographical locale. Altogether, these data suggested a strong similarity between C18 extracts and corresponding whole waters, thus indicating that extracts are representative of the CDOM content of original waters.

  2. Are Extracted Materials Truly Representative of Original Samples? Impact of C18 Extraction on CDOM Optical and Chemical Properties

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    Andrew, Andrea A.; Del Vecchio, Rossana; Zhang, Yi; Subramaniam, Ajit; Blough, Neil V.

    2016-01-01

    Some properties of dissolved organic matter (DOM) and chromophoric dissolved organic matter (CDOM) can be easily measured directly on whole waters, while others require sample concentration and removal of natural salts. To increase CDOM content and eliminate salts, solid phase extraction (SPE) is often employed. Biases following extraction and elution are inevitable, thus raising the question of how truly representative the extracted material is of the original. In this context, we investigated the wavelength dependence of extraction efficiency for C18 cartridges with respect to CDOM optical properties using samples obtained from the Middle Atlantic Bight (MAB) and the Equatorial Atlantic Ocean (EAO). Further, we compared the optical changes of C18 extracts and the corresponding whole water following chemical reduction with sodium borohydride (NaBH4). C18 cartridges preferentially extracted long-wavelength absorbing/emitting material for samples impacted by riverine input. Extraction efficiency overall decreased with offshore distance away from riverine input. Spectral slopes of C18-OM samples were also almost always lower than those of their corresponding CDOM samples supporting the preferential extraction of higher molecular weight absorbing material. The wavelength dependence of the optical properties (absorption, fluorescence emission, and quantum yield) of the original water samples and their corresponding extracted material were very similar. C18 extracts and corresponding water samples further exhibited comparable optical changes following NaBH4 reduction, thus suggesting a similarity in nature (structure) of the optically active extracted material, independent of geographical locale. Altogether, these data suggested a strong similarity between C18 extracts and corresponding whole waters, thus indicating that extracts are representative of the CDOM content of original waters. PMID:26904536

  3. Bilateral Neuroretinitis and a Unilateral Superior Hemivein Occlusion with Frosted Branch Angiitis Pattern Presenting Simultaneously in Behçet's Disease

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    Schwartz, Roy; Borok, Sara; Goldstein, Michaella; Kesler, Anat; Regev, Keren; Elkayam, Ori; Habot-Wilner, Zohar

    2016-01-01

    Purpose To report a unique case of Behçet's disease that presented with atypical ocular manifestations. Methods Case report. Results A 23-year-old homosexual male presented with bilateral anterior uveitis, vitritis, neuroretinitis and a unilateral superior hemivein occlusion with frosted branch angiitis pattern. These were accompanied by systemic findings of recurrent oral aphthous ulcers, erythema nodosum, and neurological and gastrointestinal involvement. A positive HLA-B51 examination supported the diagnosis of Behçet's disease. Conclusion Neuroretinitis and frosted branch angiitis may be the clinical manifestations of Behçet's disease and may present simultaneously. PMID:27065852

  4. Separation of [(99m)Tc]pertechnetate and molybdate using polyethylene glycol coated C18 and C30 resins.

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    Andersson, J D; Wilson, J S; Romaniuk, J A; McEwan, A J B; Abrams, D N; McQuarrie, S A; Gagnon, K

    2016-04-01

    Hydrophobic adsorbents such as C18 and C30 were coated with PEG and subsequently used for the separation of Mo/Tc. The most effective resin for adsorbing PEG was the C18-U resin, which demonstrated a coating capacity of 97.6±2.8mg PEG per g of resin. The ability to adsorb pertechnetate was proportional to the amount of PEG coated on the hydrophobic resin. The [(99m)Tc]pertechnetate recovery during the separation of cyclotron produced (99m)Tc from (100)Mo was 91.8±0.3% (n=2). The resultant product met relevant USP monograph specifications. PMID:26829618

  5. Body temperatures of modern and extinct vertebrates from 13C-18O bond abundances in bioapatite

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    Eagle, Robert A.; Schauble, Edwin A.; Tripati, Aradhna K.; Tütken, Thomas; Hulbert, Richard C.; Eiler, John M.

    2010-01-01

    The stable isotope compositions of biologically precipitated apatite in bone, teeth, and scales are widely used to obtain information on the diet, behavior, and physiology of extinct organisms and to reconstruct past climate. Here we report the application of a new type of geochemical measurement to bioapatite, a “clumped-isotope” paleothermometer, based on the thermodynamically driven preference for 13C and 18O to bond with each other within carbonate ions in the bioapatite crystal lattice. This effect is dependent on temperature but, unlike conventional stable isotope paleothermometers, is independent from the isotopic composition of water from which the mineral formed. We show that the abundance of 13C-18O bonds in the carbonate component of tooth bioapatite from modern specimens decreases with increasing body temperature of the animal, following a relationship between isotope “clumping” and temperature that is statistically indistinguishable from inorganic calcite. This result is in agreement with a theoretical model of isotopic ordering in carbonate ion groups in apatite and calcite. This thermometer constrains body temperatures of bioapatite-producing organisms with an accuracy of 1–2 °C. Analyses of fossilized tooth enamel of both Pleistocene and Miocene age yielded temperatures within error of those derived from similar modern taxa. Clumped-isotope analysis of bioapatite represents a new approach in the study of the thermophysiology of extinct species, allowing the first direct measurement of their body temperatures. It will also open new avenues in the study of paleoclimate, as the measurement of clumped isotopes in phosphorites and fossils has the potential to reconstruct environmental temperatures. PMID:20498092

  6. Acyclic hydrocarbon environments ⩾ n-C 18 on the early terrestrial planets

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    Marcano, Vicente; Benitez, Pedro; Palacios-Prü, Ernesto

    2003-03-01

    The possible occurrence on the surface of the early Earth, Mars and Venus of hydrocarbon environments mainly composed by acyclic alkane molecules ⩾ n-C 18 has been revised. These hydrocarbons could be accumulated from the contribution of endogenous Fischer-Tropsh-type reactions and post-impact recombination reactions, as well as from exogenous sources such as comets, meteorites and dust particles. Such heavy alkane environments could offer protection for the synthesis and survival of biomolecules on the early terrestrial planets. Amounts of heavy n-alkanes delivered by large impactors, dust particles or produced by post-impact recombination on Venus would have been higher than those delivered or produced by the same sources on Earth and Mars before 3600 Myr ago. However, the high values of the total frequency of impacts by bolides >14-km in diameter estimated in this time period (viz. 3.9×10 3, Mars; 2.2×10 4, Earth, and 3.8×10 4 Venus) and the high surface temperatures generated by those impactors suggest the existence of very unstable conditions on the early terrestrial planets for the survival and long-term accumulation of acyclic hydrocarbons. Therefore, the most significant accumulation of n-alkanes could have occurred only during the longer intervals (10 5- 10 7 yr) between each impact through the contribution mainly of IDPs, and thereby a high decomposition rate would be expected for the accumulated n-alkanes by successive impacts. Amounts of n-alkanes accumulated from IDPs in these intervals have been estimated between 2.3×10 9 and 2.2×10 10 kg 3600- 3800 Myr ago. These processes are expected to occur on other planetary bodies or satellites belonging to our solar system and probably in analogs of the early solar system.

  7. LED-based Fourier transform spectroscopy of 16O12C18O and 12C18O2 in the 11,260-11,430 cm-1 range

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    Serdyukov, V. I.; Sinitsa, L. N.; Lugovskoi, A. A.; Borkov, Yu. G.; Tashkun, S. A.; Perevalov, V. I.

    2016-07-01

    The absorption spectrum of the 16O12C18O and 12C18O2 carbon dioxide isotopologues has been recorded in the 11,260- 11,430 cm-1 spectral range using Bruker IFS 125 HR Fourier transform spectrometer with resolution 0.05 cm-1 at temperature 297 K and path length 24 m. The 18O enriched sample of carbon dioxide at total pressure 96.5 mbar was used for these purposes. The spectrometer used LED emitter as a light source. This gave possibility to reach the minimal detectable absorption coefficient αmin~1.4×10-7 cm-1 using 23,328 scans. In the recorded spectrum we have assigned the 00051-00001 band for both 16O12C18O and 12C18O2 isotopologues using the predictions performed within the framework of the method of effective operators. The line positions and intensities of the observed bands are found. The comparison of the observed and predicted line positions and intensities is performed confirming good accuracy of the predictions. The spectroscopic parameters for the observed bands are determined.

  8. Behçet's: A Disease or a Syndrome? Answer from an Expression Profiling Study.

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    Oğuz, Ali Kemal; Yılmaz, Seda Taşır; Oygür, Çağdaş Şahap; Çandar, Tuba; Sayın, Irmak; Kılıçoğlu, Sibel Serin; Ergün, İhsan; Ateş, Aşkın; Özdağ, Hilal; Akar, Nejat

    2016-01-01

    Behçet's disease (BD) is a chronic, relapsing, multisystemic inflammatory disorder with unanswered questions regarding its etiology/pathogenesis and classification. Distinct manifestation based subsets, pronounced geographical variations in expression, and discrepant immunological abnormalities raised the question whether Behçet's is "a disease or a syndrome". To answer the preceding question we aimed to display and compare the molecular mechanisms underlying distinct subsets of BD. For this purpose, the expression data of the gene expression profiling and association study on BD by Xavier et al (2013) was retrieved from GEO database and reanalysed by gene expression data analysis/visualization and bioinformatics enrichment tools. There were 15 BD patients (B) and 14 controls (C). Three subsets of BD patients were generated: MB (isolated mucocutaneous manifestations, n = 7), OB (ocular involvement, n = 4), and VB (large vein thrombosis, n = 4). Class comparison analyses yielded the following numbers of differentially expressed genes (DEGs); B vs C: 4, MB vs C: 5, OB vs C: 151, VB vs C: 274, MB vs OB: 215, MB vs VB: 760, OB vs VB: 984. Venn diagram analysis showed that there were no common DEGs in the intersection "MB vs C" ∩ "OB vs C" ∩ "VB vs C". Cluster analyses successfully clustered distinct expressions of BD. During gene ontology term enrichment analyses, categories with relevance to IL-8 production (MB vs C) and immune response to microorganisms (OB vs C) were differentially enriched. Distinct subsets of BD display distinct expression profiles and different disease associated pathways. Based on these clear discrepancies, the designation as "Behçet's syndrome" (BS) should be encouraged and future research should take into consideration the immunogenetic heterogeneity of BS subsets. Four gene groups, namely, negative regulators of inflammation (CD69, CLEC12A, CLEC12B, TNFAIP3), neutrophil granule proteins (LTF, OLFM4, AZU1, MMP8, DEFA4, CAMP), antigen

  9. Behçet's syndrome: a critical digest of the 2014-2015 literature.

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    Hatemi, Gulen; Seyahi, Emire; Fresko, Izzet; Talarico, Rosaria; Hamuryudan, Vedat

    2015-01-01

    Several studies were published last year which focused on the epidemiology, immunopathogenesis, genetics, clinical manifestations and management of Behçet's syndrome. Recent epidemiologic studies support the earlier contention that the frequency of BS increases from North to South in Europe, BS is rare in Sub-Saharan Africa, it follows a more severe course among young men, especially if the disease onset is at a young age and that in European countries, the frequency is higher among immigrants from BS prevalent countries compared to locals living in the same environment. The relationship between HLA-B51 and Behçet's was re-emphasised and a functional role affecting cellular cytotoxicity was proposed. Innate immunity was explored and TLR7 copy number variations and nucleic acid sensors of varying inflammasome pathways were studied. Vascular relapse risk is decreased when BS patients are treated with immunosuppressives with or without anti-coagulation rather than anti-coagulation alone. Although rare in the Far East, the clinical picture of the vascular involvement was quite similar to the previously published reports. Interestingly a female predominance among those with cerebral vein thrombosis was noted. Venous claudication is a frequent and severe symptom among BS patients with lower extremity DVT. Budd-Chiari syndrome associated with BS is usually associated with IVC thrombosis. Silent cases exist and have a better prognosis. The mortality rate among the patients symptomatic for liver disease remains high. Methotrexate seems to be effective in the treatment of chronic progressive neuro-Behçet's disease. Renal involvement is an uncommon disorder in BS. Suicidal thoughts are increased among BS patients with severe organ involvement. Work-related disability in BS is high and under-appreciated. Apremilast, an inhibitor of phosphodiesterase-4, was effective in a phase 2, double blind, placebo-controlled study. Adalimumab seems to be effective in severe uveitis of

  10. Behçet's: A Disease or a Syndrome? Answer from an Expression Profiling Study

    PubMed Central

    Oğuz, Ali Kemal; Yılmaz, Seda Taşır; Oygür, Çağdaş Şahap; Çandar, Tuba; Sayın, Irmak; Kılıçoğlu, Sibel Serin; Ergün, İhsan; Ateş, Aşkın; Özdağ, Hilal; Akar, Nejat

    2016-01-01

    Behçet’s disease (BD) is a chronic, relapsing, multisystemic inflammatory disorder with unanswered questions regarding its etiology/pathogenesis and classification. Distinct manifestation based subsets, pronounced geographical variations in expression, and discrepant immunological abnormalities raised the question whether Behçet’s is “a disease or a syndrome”. To answer the preceding question we aimed to display and compare the molecular mechanisms underlying distinct subsets of BD. For this purpose, the expression data of the gene expression profiling and association study on BD by Xavier et al (2013) was retrieved from GEO database and reanalysed by gene expression data analysis/visualization and bioinformatics enrichment tools. There were 15 BD patients (B) and 14 controls (C). Three subsets of BD patients were generated: MB (isolated mucocutaneous manifestations, n = 7), OB (ocular involvement, n = 4), and VB (large vein thrombosis, n = 4). Class comparison analyses yielded the following numbers of differentially expressed genes (DEGs); B vs C: 4, MB vs C: 5, OB vs C: 151, VB vs C: 274, MB vs OB: 215, MB vs VB: 760, OB vs VB: 984. Venn diagram analysis showed that there were no common DEGs in the intersection “MB vs C” ∩ “OB vs C” ∩ “VB vs C”. Cluster analyses successfully clustered distinct expressions of BD. During gene ontology term enrichment analyses, categories with relevance to IL-8 production (MB vs C) and immune response to microorganisms (OB vs C) were differentially enriched. Distinct subsets of BD display distinct expression profiles and different disease associated pathways. Based on these clear discrepancies, the designation as “Behçet’s syndrome” (BS) should be encouraged and future research should take into consideration the immunogenetic heterogeneity of BS subsets. Four gene groups, namely, negative regulators of inflammation (CD69, CLEC12A, CLEC12B, TNFAIP3), neutrophil granule proteins (LTF, OLFM4, AZU1, MMP8

  11. Preferential formation of 13C- 18O bonds in carbonate minerals, estimated using first-principles lattice dynamics

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    Schauble, Edwin A.; Ghosh, Prosenjit; Eiler, John M.

    2006-05-01

    Equilibrium constants for internal isotopic exchange reactions of the type: Ca12C18O16O2+Ca13C16O3↔Ca13C18O16O2+Ca12C16O3 for individual CO 32- groups in the carbonate minerals calcite (CaCO 3), aragonite (CaCO 3), dolomite (CaMg(CO 3) 2), magnesite (MgCO 3), witherite (BaCO 3), and nahcolite (NaHCO 3) are calculated using first-principles lattice dynamics. Calculations rely on density functional perturbation theory (DFPT) with norm-conserving planewave pseudopotentials to determine the vibrational frequencies of isotopically substituted crystals. Our results predict an ˜0.4‰ excess of 13C18O16O22- groups in all studied carbonate minerals at room-temperature equilibrium, relative to what would be expected in a stochastic mixture of carbonate isotopologues with the same bulk 13C/ 12C, 18O/ 16O, and 17O/ 16O ratios. The amount of excess 13C18O16O22- decreases with increasing temperature of equilibration, from 0.5‰ at 0 °C to <0.1‰ at 300 °C, suggesting that measurements of multiply substituted isotopologues of carbonate could be used to infer temperatures of ancient carbonate mineral precipitation and alteration events, even where the δ 18O of coexisting fluids is uncertain. The predicted temperature sensitivity of the equilibrium constant is ˜0.003‰/°C at 25 °C. Estimated equilibrium constants for the formation of 13C18O16O22- are remarkably uniform for the variety of minerals studied, suggesting that temperature calibrations will also be applicable to carbonate minerals not studied here without greatly compromising accuracy. A related equilibrium constant for the reaction: Ca12C18O16O2+Ca12C17O16O2↔Ca12C18O17O16O+Ca12C16O3 in calcite indicates formation of 0.1‰ excess 12C 18O 17O 16O 2- at 25 °C. In a conventional phosphoric acid reaction of carbonate to form CO 2 for mass-spectrometric analysis, molecules derived from 13C18O16O22- dominate (˜96%) the mass 47 signal, and 12C 18O 17O 16O 2- contributes most of the remainder (3%). This suggests

  12. C-18-coated silica particles as a surrogate for benthic uptake of hydrophobic compounds from bedded sediment

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    Lake, J.L.; Osterman, F.A.; McKinney, R.; Lake, C.A.

    1996-12-01

    To simulate the bioaccumulation of neutral organic contaminants by infaunal benthos, the partitioning of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) between a contaminated estuarine sediment and admixed C-18-coated silica particles was measured. The concentrations of lower chlorinated PCB congeners (less than five chlorine atoms per molecule) on the C-18-coated silica particles reached apparent steady state within 300 h while congeners with greater numbers of chlorine atoms required much greater time periods (greater than 1 year) to reach apparent steady state. Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons showed less partitioning from sediment to the C-18 particles than PCB congeners, although the log K{sub ow} ranges of the compounds in these comparisons were similar. The biota sediment accumulation factors, defined as the lipid-normalized contaminant concentration in an exposed organisms divided by the organic carbon-normalized contaminant concentration of the sediment, were calculated for these exposures using the C-18 of the particles as the lipid. The results from these exposures agreed closely with those measured in studies where living benthic organisms were exposed to contaminated sediment.

  13. Screening of Danofloxacin residue in bovine tissue by terbium-sensitized luminescence on C18 sorbent strips

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    Danofloxacin (DANO) residue in bovine muscle was screened at 200 ng/g by terbium-sensitized luminescence (TSL) directly measured on 10x6 mm C18 sorbent strips. The analyte was first adsorbed on sorbent surface by immersion in defatted homogenates. After reagent application and desiccation, TSL was d...

  14. 40 CFR 721.10429 - Fatty acids, C18-unsatd., dimers, reaction products with 1-piperazineethanamine and tall-oil...

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    2013-07-01

    ..., reaction products with 1-piperazineethanamine and tall-oil fatty acids. 721.10429 Section 721.10429... SIGNIFICANT NEW USES OF CHEMICAL SUBSTANCES Significant New Uses for Specific Chemical Substances § 721.10429 Fatty acids, C18-unsatd., dimers, reaction products with 1-piperazineethanamine and tall-oil fatty...

  15. 40 CFR 721.10429 - Fatty acids, C18-unsatd., dimers, reaction products with 1-piperazineethanamine and tall-oil...

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-07-01

    ..., reaction products with 1-piperazineethanamine and tall-oil fatty acids. 721.10429 Section 721.10429... SIGNIFICANT NEW USES OF CHEMICAL SUBSTANCES Significant New Uses for Specific Chemical Substances § 721.10429 Fatty acids, C18-unsatd., dimers, reaction products with 1-piperazineethanamine and tall-oil fatty...

  16. 40 CFR Appendix 8 to Subpart A of... - Reference C16-C18 Internal Olefin Drilling Fluid Formulation

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    ... Drilling Fluid Formulation 8 Appendix 8 to Subpart A of Part 435 Protection of Environment ENVIRONMENTAL... Internal Olefin Drilling Fluid Formulation The reference C16-C18 internal olefin drilling fluid used to determine the drilling fluid sediment toxicity ratio and compliance with the BAT sediment toxicity...

  17. Efficient Total Chemical Synthesis of (13) C=(18) O Isotopomers of Human Insulin for Isotope-Edited FTIR.

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    Dhayalan, Balamurugan; Fitzpatrick, Ann; Mandal, Kalyaneswar; Whittaker, Jonathan; Weiss, Michael A; Tokmakoff, Andrei; Kent, Stephen B H

    2016-03-01

    Isotope-edited two-dimensional Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (2 D FTIR) can potentially provide a unique probe of protein structure and dynamics. However, general methods for the site-specific incorporation of stable (13) C=(18) O labels into the polypeptide backbone of the protein molecule have not yet been established. Here we describe, as a prototype for the incorporation of specific arrays of isotope labels, the total chemical synthesis-via a key ester insulin intermediate-of 97 % enriched [(1-(13) C=(18) O)Phe(B24) ] human insulin: stable-isotope labeled at a single backbone amide carbonyl. The amino acid sequence as well as the positions of the disulfide bonds and the correctly folded structure were unambiguously confirmed by the X-ray crystal structure of the synthetic protein molecule. In vitro assays of the isotope labeled [(1-(13) C=(18) O)Phe(B24) ] human insulin showed that it had full insulin receptor binding activity. Linear and 2 D IR spectra revealed a distinct red-shifted amide I carbonyl band peak at 1595 cm(-1) resulting from the (1-(13) C=(18) O)Phe(B24) backbone label. This work illustrates the utility of chemical synthesis to enable the application of advanced physical methods for the elucidation of the molecular basis of protein function. PMID:26715336

  18. Paradoxical mucocutaneous flare in a case of Behçet's disease treated with tocilizumab.

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    Cantarini, Luca; Lopalco, Giuseppe; Vitale, Antonio; Coladonato, Laura; Rigante, Donato; Lucherini, Orso Maria; Lapadula, Giovanni; Iannone, Florenzo

    2015-06-01

    We report on a patient with a long-standing history of recurrent oral aphthosis and pseudofolliculitis, diagnosed with Behçet's disease (BD), previously treated with high-dose prednisone, colchicine, cyclosporine, cyclophosphamide and methotrexate, all of which were partially effective. Treatment with the chimeric mouse-human anti-tumour necrosis factor (TNF)-α monoclonal antibody infliximab brought about the resolution of mucocutaneous lesions for a period of 6 years. After an oral and articular BD relapse, the anti-interleukin-6 agent tocilizumab was started in association with high-dose prednisone. Unexpectedly, the patient experienced a paradoxical mucocutaneous flare following tocilizumab administration, which worsened after the second infusion. Tocilizumab was then discontinued, and total recovery was achieved after the patient was started on the fully human anti-TNF-α monoclonal antibody golimumab in association with colchicine and methylprednisolone. PMID:24733249

  19. Neuro-Behçet's disease mimicking a cerebral tumor: a case report.

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    Park, Jeong-Ho; Jung, Myung-Keun; Bang, Cha-Ok; Park, Hyung-Kook; Sung, Ki-Bum; Ahn, Moo-Young; Bae, Won-Kyeong; Chi, Je G.

    2002-01-01

    We report a rare case of neuro-Behcet's disease (NBD) presenting as an inflammatory pseudotumor in the brain. A 52-year-old woman was evaluated for subacute dizziness and headache. Brain magnetic resonance (MR) imaging showed a right cerebellar mass, which disappeared 2 weeks later. After a year, recurrent mucocutaneous manifestations of Beh et's disease were observed. Immunosuppressant and steroid maintenance treatment were started. She experienced two more neurologic attacks and brain MR imaging revealed an enhancing mass in the right temporal lobe. The second attack showed a good response to steroid pulse therapy, but the third attack did not respond to steroid and her neurologic signs suggested an impending transtentorial hernia. The right temporal lobectomy was performed for the purpose of life-saving. The pathologic finding of the mass was a chronic inflammatory vasculitis, compatible with NBD. PMID:12378032

  20. Morbus Behçet – a rare disease in Central Europe

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    Sysa-Jędrzejowska, Anna; Jurowski, Piotr; Jabłkowski, Maciej; Kot, Marek

    2015-01-01

    Behçet's disease (BD) is a multiorgan inflammatory disease of complex and not entirely elucidated etiology, which was originally diagnosed in patients with aphthous stomatitis, genital ulcerations and ocular manifestations. The entity is endemic in countries of Eastern and Central Asia, especially Turkey and Iran, but rarely seen in Central Europe. As there are no specific diagnostic laboratory tests or histopathologic findings which confirm the preliminary diagnosis, the final diagnosis should be based on clinical criteria. Frequently a definitive diagnosis is established within several years or months after the first manifestations appear. The increased number of cases, recently described worldwide also in the Polish population, indicates that the disease could spread out of endemic areas. The aim of this manuscript is to present the clinical picture, diagnosis criteria and therapeutic approaches of this “international disease” which currently is observed not only in emigrants from Asia but also in native Polish citizens. PMID:26788079

  1. Aseptic Endocarditis in Behçet's Disease Presenting as Tricuspid Valve Stenosis

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    Lee, Hyun Sang; Choi, Won Suk; Kim, Kyun Hee; Kang, Jung Kyu; Kim, Na Young; Park, Sun Hee; Park, Youngwhi; Nam, Eon Jeong; Yang, Dong Heon; Cho, Yongkeun; Lee, Jong-Myung; Chae, Shung-Chull

    2011-01-01

    Aseptic endocarditis is an uncommon complication of Behçet's disease (BD). We describe a rare case of a 39-year-old female who had BD with aseptic endocarditis of the tricuspid valve (TV) presenting as tricuspid stenosis. She was diagnosed with BD four years ago. The mucocutaneous lesions were well-controlled with colchicine and short courses of corticosteroids. She remained free of signs and symptoms of BD for one year without any medication. Three months before admission, she gradually developed dyspnea on exertion and peripheral edema. Echocardiography revealed dilated right atrium and markedly thickened TV with severe stenosis. TV replacement was performed. Pathologic examination of the valve showed fibrinoid necrotic material and inflammatory cell infiltration. Blood cultures and cultures of the excised valve were negative for microorganisms. PMID:21860642

  2. Treatment of ocular symptoms of Behçet's disease with interferon α2a: a pilot study

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    Kotter, I.; Eckstein, A.; Stubiger, N.; Zierhut, M.

    1998-01-01

    AIM—To study long term effects of interferon α2a (IFNα2a) on panuveitis in seven patients with Behçet's disease in a prospective, open clinical trial.
METHODS—Seven patients were treated with IFNα2a for a mean of 23.6 months (14-37 months). They received an initial dose of IFNα2a of 6×106 IU/day, followed by 3×106 IU/day after 1 month and 3×106 IU every other day after 3 months. Two patients received low dose prednisolone (between 0.2 and 0.4 mg/kg/body weight) additionally at the beginning of the therapy. Complete cessation of IFNα2a was possible in three patients (observation period 22, 6, and 4 months).
RESULTS—Marked improvement occurred in six patients who had ocular manifestations of Behçet's disease for the first time or with minor damage during their course of chronic relapsing panuveitis. In one patient with advanced ocular Behçet's disease, new relapses were prevented. Retinal infiltrates resolved within 2 weeks; vasculitis, macular oedema, infiltration of the anterior chamber and vitreous resolved within 4 weeks. Mean posterior uveitis score before treatment (nine affected eyes) was 6.6, 4 weeks after IFN it was reduced to 0.4. The mean observation period is 27.6 months, ranging from 14 to 42 months.
CONCLUSION—Treatment of ocular symptoms of Behçet's disease with IFNα2a alone or in combination with low dose steroids led to complete remission of ocular vasculitis in all patients treated in this open, uncontrolled trial. Treatment with IFNα2a may prevent permanent retinal or optic nerve damage due to vascular occlusion. No severe side effects occurred. Controlled randomised studies are warranted in order to prove the efficacy of IFNα2a in ocular Behçet's disease and to compare it with other, established treatments such as azathioprine or cyclosporin A.

 Keywords: Behçet's disease; uveitis; interferon α2a PMID:9713053

  3. [Budd-Chiari syndrome and Behçet's disease. A case treated by mesenterico-atrial prosthesis].

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    Le Treut, Y P; Comiti, Y; Bremondy, A; Magnan, P E; Raoult, D; Botta, D; Bricot, R

    1988-03-01

    A 36 year-old North African man, with Behçet's syndrome complicated by an inferior vena caval thrombosis, developed a chronic Budd-Chiari syndrome associated with bleeding esophageal varices. He was treated by an emergency mesoatrial shunt. Results at 2 years were good. Analysis of this case and the 13 other similar cases with associated Budd-Chiari syndrome and Behçet's syndrome found in the literature showed that hepatic veins thrombosis: a) is often due to inferior vena caval thrombosis or membranous obstruction; b) has a high spontaneous mortality rate by acute liver failure; c) remains a potential indication for porto-systemic shunt, as are other causes of Budd-Chiari syndrome. PMID:3286358

  4. Vibrational spectra and DFT calculations of the vibrational modes of Schiff base C18H17N3O2

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    Antunes, J. A.; Silva, L. E.; Bento, R. R. F.; Teixeira, A. M. R.; Freire, P. T. C.; Faria, J. L. B.; Ramos, R. J.; Silva, C. B.; Lima, J. A.

    2012-04-01

    The Schiff base 4-{[(1E)-(2-Hydroxyphenyl)methylidene]amino}-1,5-dimethyl-2-phenyl-1,2-dihydro-3H-pyrazol-3-one (C18H17N3O2) is a synthetic compound with a variety of scientific and technological applications, such as clinic, analytic and pharmacologic. In this work FT-Raman spectrum and FT-infrared spectrum of C18H17N3O2 were investigated at 300 K. Vibrational wavenumber and wave vector have been predicted using Density Functional Theory (B3LYP) calculations with the 6-31 G(d,p) basis set. The description of the normal modes was performed by means of the potential energy distribution. A comparison with experiment allowed us to assign most of the normal modes of the crystal.

  5. [Preparation of 1 µm non-porous C18 silica gel stationary phase for chiral-pressurized capillary electrochromatography].

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    Lu, Yangfang; Wang, Hui; Wang, Guiming; Wang, Yan; Gu, Xue; Yan, Chao

    2015-03-01

    Non-porous C18 silica gel stationary phase (1 µm) was prepared and applied to chiral separation in pressurized capillary electrochromatography (pCEC) for the enantioseparation of various basic compounds. The non-porous silica particles (1 µm) were synthesized using modified St6ber method. C18 stationary phase (1 µm) was prepared by immobilization of chloro-dimethyl-octadecylsilane. Using carboxymethyl-β-cyclodextrin (CM-β-CD) as the chiral additive, the pCEC conditions including the content of acetonitrile (ACN), concentration of buffer, pH, the concentration of chiral additive and flow rate as well as applied voltage were investigated to obtain the optimal pCEC conditions for the separation of four basic chiral compounds. The column provided an efficiency of up to 190,000 plates/m. Bupropion hydrochloride, clenbuterol hydrochloride, metoprolol tartrate, and esmolol hydrochloride were baseline separated under the conditions of 5 mmol/L ammonium acetate buffer at pH 4. 0 with 20% (v/ v) acetonitrile, and 15 mmol/L CM-β-CD as the chiral additive. The applied voltage was 2 kV and flow rate was 0.03 mL/min with splitting ratio of 300:1. The resolution were 1.55, 2.82, 1. 69, 1. 70 for bupropion hydrochloride, clenbuterol hydrochloride, metoprolol tartrate, esmolol hydrochloride, respectively. The C18 coverage was improved by repeating silylation method. The synthesized 1 µm C18 packings have better mechanical strength and longer service life because of the special, non-porous structure. The column used in pCEC mode showed better separation of the racemates and a higher rate compared with those used in the capillary liquid chromatography (cLC) mode. This study provided an alternative way for the method of pCEC enantioseparation with chiral additives in the mobile phase and demonstrated the feasibility of micron particle stationary phase in chiral separation. PMID:26182460

  6. Physical properties of the OMC-2 and OMC-3 cores from CS and C(18)O observations

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    Castets, A.; Langer, W. D.

    1995-01-01

    We have investigated the properties of the OMC-2 and OMC-3 cores in the Orion giant molecular cloud using high spatial spectral resolution observations of several transitions of the (13)CO, C(18)O, C(S-32) and C(S-34) molecules taken with the SEST telescope. The OMC-2 core consists of one clump (22 solar mass) with a radius of 0.11 pc surrounded by a cluster of 11 discrete infrared sources. The H2 column density and volume density in the center of this clump are 2 x 10(exp 22)/sq cm and 9 x 10(exp 5)/cu cm respectively. From a comparison between physical parameters derived from C(18)O and C(S-32) observations we conclude that the molecular envelope around the core has been completely removed by these sources and that only the very dense gas is left. OMC-3 shows a more complex elongated structure in C(18)O and CS than OMC-2. The C(S-32) and C(S-34) maps show that the denser region can be separated into at least sub-cores of roughly equal sizes (radius approximately equals 0.13 pc), with n(H2) = 6 x 10(exp 5)/cu cm, and a mass of 10 solar mass (from C(S-32)). The very different masses obtained for the central core from C(18)O and C(S-32) (55 and 12 solar mass respectively) indicate that a massive envelope is still present around the very dense sub-cores. We report the first detection of several molecular outflows in OMC-3. The presence of an IRAS source and the first detection of these outflows confirm that star formation is going on in OMC-3. Based on the different physical properties of these regions compared with OMC-1, OMC-2 appears to be in an intermediate evolutionary stage between OMC-1 and OMC-3.

  7. Ab-initio study of structural phase transitions and optoelectronic properties in BeH2 at increasing pressure

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    Nayak, Vikas; Verma, Udai Pratap

    2016-06-01

    The structural stability, electronic and optical properties of BeH2 under high pressure have been studied using the density functional theory (DFT) employing full potential-linearized augmented plane wave (FP-LAPW) method. The exchange correlation functional has been solved using the generalized gradient approximation. The calculations show that BeH2 becomes unstable upon application of pressure. At a pressure of 29.40 GPa the ground state α-BeH2 transforms to hypothetical phase β-BeH2 and further at a pressure of 53.77 GPa (with respect to the ground state α-BeH2) β-BeH2 transforms to γ-BeH2. In α-BeH2 phase it remains as an insulator while in β-BeH2 phase its behavior becomes metallic. But upon further increase in pressure it becomes a semiconductor in γ-BeH2 phase. Hence the possibility of obtaining high-pressure phases with superconducting properties cannot be ruled out. There occurs a huge equilibrium volume collapse at α- to β-phase transition and relatively smaller volume changes at β- to γ-phase transition. Our obtained value of dielectric constant (3.0) for α-BeH2 is in excellent agreement with earlier reported value (3.1). Also BeH2 shows anisotropic behavior in all three studied phases.

  8. Effects of intraleaf variations in carbonic anhydrase activity and gas exchange on leaf C18OO isoflux in Zea mays.

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    Affek, Hagit P; Krisch, Maria J; Yakir, Dan

    2006-01-01

    Variation in the C18OO content of atmospheric CO2 (delta18Oa) can be used to distinguish photosynthesis from soil respiration, which is based on carbonic anhydrase (CA)-catalyzed 18O exchange between CO2 and 18O-enriched leaf water (delta18Ow). Here we tested the hypothesis that mean leaf delta18Ow and assimilation rates can be used to estimate whole-leaf C18OO flux (isoflux), ignoring intraleaf variations in CA activity and gas exchange parameters. We observed variations in CA activity along the leaf (> 30% decline from the leaf center toward the leaf ends), which were only partially correlated to those in delta18Ow (7 to 21 per thousand), delta18O and delta13C of leaf organic matter (25 to 30 per thousand and -12.8 to -13.2 per thousand, respectively), and substomatal CO2 concentrations (intercellular CO2 concentrations, c(i), at the leaf center were approximately 40% of those at the leaf tip). The combined effect of these variations produced a leaf-integrated isoflux that was different from that predicted based on bulk leaf values. However, because of canceling effects among the influencing parameters, isoflux overestimations were only approximately 10%. Conversely, use of measured parameters from a leaf segment could produce large errors in predicting leaf-integrated C18OO fluxes. PMID:16411935

  9. A reversed-phase/hydrophilic interaction mixed-mode C18-Diol stationary phase for multiple applications.

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    Wang, Qing; Ye, Mao; Xu, Li; Shi, Zhi-guo

    2015-08-12

    A mixed-mode chromatographic packing material, C18 and diol groups modified silica (C18-Diol), was prepared with controllable hydrophobicity and hydrophilicity. It demonstrated excellent aqueous compatibility and stability in aqueous mobile phase; compared to the traditional C18 column, improved peak shape of basic analytes was also obtained. Additionally, it exhibited both reversed-phase liquid chromatographic (RPLC) and hydrophilic interaction chromatographic (HILIC) performance; the analyte separation scope was thus enlarged, demonstrated by simultaneous separation of twenty acids, bases and neutrals. More interestingly, a novel on-line two-dimensional liquid chromatography on the single column (2D-LC-1C) was established by modifying the high performance liquid chromatographic instrument only with the addition of an extra six-port two-position valve. The early co-eluted components of the extract of Lonicera japonica on the 1st-dimension (RPLC) were collected for the online re-injection to the 2nd-dimension (HILIC) by conveniently varying the mobile phase components. Six more peaks were obtained. The established system was simple, easy operation and low cost, which had advantages in analyzing complicated samples. PMID:26320974

  10. 40 CFR 180.1284 - Ammonium salts of higher fatty acids (C8-C18 saturated; C8-C12 unsaturated); exemption from the...

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    ... 40 Protection of Environment 24 2011-07-01 2011-07-01 false Ammonium salts of higher fatty acids... Ammonium salts of higher fatty acids (C8-C18 saturated; C8-C12 unsaturated); exemption from the requirement of a tolerance. Ammonium salts of C8-C18 saturated and C8-C12 unsaturated higher fatty acids...

  11. 40 CFR 180.1284 - Ammonium salts of higher fatty acids (C8-C18 saturated; C8-C12 unsaturated); exemption from the...

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    ... 40 Protection of Environment 23 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false Ammonium salts of higher fatty acids... Ammonium salts of higher fatty acids (C8-C18 saturated; C8-C12 unsaturated); exemption from the requirement of a tolerance. Ammonium salts of C8-C18 saturated and C8-C12 unsaturated higher fatty acids...

  12. Right Ventricular Thrombus and Cerebral Artery Aneurysm in a Patient with Behçet's Disease.

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    Sabzi, Feridoun; Mirzaei, Samaneh; Faraji, Reza

    2016-05-01

    We report a 35-year-old woman referred to the Imam Ali Hospital, Kermanshah, Iran, in July 2014 for evaluation of postoperative dyspnoea after neurosurgery performed seven days previously for a ruptured cerebral artery aneurysm. She was known to have Behçet's disease with a history of recurrent oral and genital aphthous ulcers and uveitis. At referral, her symptoms included vertigo, dysarthria, palpitations and chest pain. Transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) revealed a large thrombus in her right ventricle outflow tract and open-heart surgery was performed eight days after the previous surgery to remove the clot. The postoperative period was complicated by transient acute renal failure, which resolved spontaneously. The patient was discharged 13 days after the cardiac surgery on warfarin, prednisolone, azathioprine and cyclophosphamide. Cyclophosphamide and azathioprine were discontinued after three months as the symptoms had completely resolved; however, prednisolone was continued due to recurrent uveitis. A 10-month follow-up TTE scan revealed no thrombus recurrence and treatment with warfarin and prednisolone was continued. PMID:27226921

  13. Behçet's syndrome: a report of 41 patients with emphasis on neurological manifestations

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    Farah, S; Al-Shubaili, A; Montaser, A; Hussein, J; Malaviya, A; Mukhtar, M; Al-Shayeb, A; Khuraibet, A; Khan, R; Trontelj, J

    1998-01-01

    Forty one patients with the clinical diagnosis of Behçet's syndrome from two teaching hospitals in Kuwait were studied. There were 34 male and seven female patients. Age at presentation ranged from 14 to 48 years. Neurological manifestations were present in 24 patients. Eleven patients showed evidence of increased intracranial pressure, and 10 of these had radiologically confirmed dural sinus thrombosis. Five patients presented with a meningoencephalitic or meningomyelitic picture, three with a stroke-like picture, and three with primarily brain stem signs. One patient developed trigeminal neuritis, and five patients exhibited (along with other features) variable degrees of psychological manifestations. All patients with neurological involvement were treated with steroids, and some also had courses of other immunosuppressant drugs and colchicine. The disease took a relatively benign course, except those patients with meningoencephalitic and meningomyelitic presentation, one of whom died from the disease. Those treated early had a better prognosis. The incidence of dural sinus thrombosis in this series of patients is unusually high. In most patients, the course of the disease was more favourable than reported in the literature. This may be attributed to early and aggressive treatment.

 PMID:9527155

  14. Medullary ischemia due to vertebral arteritis associated with Behçet syndrome: a case report.

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    Kaido, Takanobu; Otsuki, Taisuke; Ogawa, Masafumi; Takahashi, Akio; Kaneko, Yuu; Yamamoto, Toshiyuki; Nakata, Yasuhiro

    2012-09-01

    Here we report an extremely rare case of Behçet syndrome (BS) that showed acute onset of Wallenberg syndrome and was treated successfully by corticosteroids. A 51-year-old woman with BS had a sudden onset of Wallenberg syndrome. Three days after the onset, she was transferred to our institute. In the magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) study on admission, T2-weighted and fluid-attenuated inversion recovery images showed a high intensity area in the left paramedian region of the medulla oblongata. Contrast-enhanced T1-weighted images showed enhancement in the vessel wall of the left vertebral artery. We diagnosed her as having Wallenberg syndrome due to the acute vertebral arteritis associated with BS. After initiation of high-dose steroid therapy, her symptoms gradually improved. Two months after admission, she was discharged from our institute with mild hemihypesthesia. We hypothesized that vertebral arteritis due to BS had caused hypoperfusion of the medullary perforators causing Wallenberg syndrome in our patient. PMID:23156855

  15. Biological Treatments in Behçet's Disease: Beyond Anti-TNF Therapy

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    Costa, Luisa; Caso, Paolo; Bascherini, Vittoria; Frediani, Bruno; Cimaz, Rolando; Nieves-Martín, Laura; Atteno, Mariangela; Raffaele, Carmela G. L.; Tarantino, Giusyda; Galeazzi, Mauro; Punzi, Leonardo

    2014-01-01

    Behçet's disease (BD) is universally recognized as a multisystemic inflammatory disease of unknown etiology with chronic course and unpredictable exacerbations: its clinical spectrum varies from pure vasculitic manifestations with thrombotic complications to protean inflammatory involvement of multiple organs and tissues. Treatment has been revolutionized by the progressed knowledge in the pathogenetic mechanisms of BD, involving dysfunction and oversecretion of multiple proinflammatory molecules, chiefly tumor necrosis factor- (TNF-) α, interleukin- (IL-) 1β, and IL-6. However, although biological treatment with anti-TNF-α agents has been largely demonstrated to be effective in BD, not all patients are definite responders, and this beneficial response might drop off over time. Therefore, additional therapies for a subset of refractory patients with BD are inevitably needed. Different agents targeting various cytokines and their receptors or cell surface molecules have been studied: the IL-1 receptor has been targeted by anakinra, the IL-1 by canakinumab and gevokizumab, the IL-6 receptor by tocilizumab, the IL12/23 receptor by ustekinumab, and the B-lymphocyte antigen CD-20 by rituximab. The aim of this review is to summarize all current experiences and the most recent evidence regarding these novel approaches with biological drugs other than TNF-α blockers in BD, providing a valuable addition to the actually available therapeutic armamentarium. PMID:25061259

  16. Gamma Delta (γδ) T Cells and Their Involvement in Behçet's Disease

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    Hasan, Md. Samiul; Bergmeier, Lesley Ann; Petrushkin, Harry; Fortune, Farida

    2015-01-01

    Behçet's disease (BD) is a multisystem inflammatory disorder characterized by orogenital ulcerations, ocular manifestations, arthritis, and vasculitis. The disease follows a relapsing-remitting course and its pathogenesis is unknown. Genetic predisposition and immune-dysregulation involving gamma delta (γδ) T cells are reported to have a role. γδ T cells are atypical T cells, which represent a small proportion of total lymphocytes. They have features of both innate and adaptive immunity and express characteristics of conventional T cells, natural killer cells, and myeloid antigen presenting cells. These unconventional T cells are found in the inflammatory BD lesions and have been suggested to be responsible for inducing and/or maintaining the proinflammatory environment characteristic of the disease. Over the last 20 years there has been much interest in the role of γδ T cells in BD. We review the literature and discuss the roles that γδ T cells may play in BD pathogenesis. PMID:26539557

  17. Mandibular bone mineral density in patients with Behçet’s disease

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    Asutay, Fatih; Atalay, Yusuf; Acar, Ahmet Hüseyin; Asutay, Hilal; Eroğlu, Selma; Burdurlu, Muammer Çağrı

    2015-01-01

    Objectives Behçet’s disease (BD) is a chronic, recurring vasculitis of unknown etiology. Patients with BD may use a lot of medications associated with the clinical symptoms. Drugs that are used in the treatment of BD may cause bone loss. The aims of the current study were to compare the bone mineral density (BMD) values between BD and healthy volunteers and describe the effect of disease duration on mandibular BMD. Materials and methods The study comprised 30 healthy volunteers (15 males and 15 females, mean age 35.50±6.80 years) and 45 patients with BD (24 males and 21 females, mean age 38.93±8.93 years). The BD group was subdivided according to disease duration (0–5, 6–10, and >10 years). The BMD value of the mandibular body was determined by the dual energy X-ray absorptiometry technique. Results The mean mandibular body BMD values were 1.294±0.21 g/cm2 in the control group and 1.216±0.22 g/cm2 in the BD patients, although there was no statistically significant difference. The BMD was observed to decrease with increased disease duration but not to a statistically significant degree. Conclusion The results of this study showed that although the BMD value decreased as the duration of the disease increased, no statistically significant difference was found between the BD patients and the healthy control group. PMID:26508868

  18. Spontaneous H2 loss through the interaction of squaric acid derivatives and BeH2.

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    Montero-Campillo, M Merced; Yáñez, Manuel; Lamsabhi, Al Mokhtar; Mó, Otilia

    2014-04-25

    The most stable complexes between squaric acid and its sulfur- and selenium-containing analogues (C4X4H2 ; X = O, S, Se) with BeY2 (Y = H, F) were studied by means of the Gaussian 04 (G4) composite ab initio theory. Squaric acid derivatives are predicted to be very strong acids in the gas phase; their acidity increases with the size of the chalcogen, with C4Se4H2 being the strongest acid of the series and stronger than sulfuric acid. The relative stability of the C4X4H2⋅BeY2 (X = O, S, Se; Y = H, F) complexes changes with the nature of the chalcogen atom; but more importantly, the formation of the C4X4H2⋅BeF2 complexes results in a substantial acidity enhancement of the squaric moiety owing to the dramatic electron-density redistribution undergone by the system when the beryllium bond is formed. The most significant consequence of this acidity enhancement is that when BeF2 is replaced by BeH2, a spontaneous exergonic loss of H2 is observed regardless of the nature of the chalcogen atom. This is another clear piece of evidence of the important role that closed-shell interactions play in the modulation of physicochemical properties of the Lewis acid and/or the Lewis base. PMID:24665080

  19. Neuro-Behçet’s disease: A report of sixteen patients

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    Shahien, Radi; Bowirrat, Abdalla

    2010-01-01

    Background Neurologic involvement in Behçet’s disease (BD), also known as neuro-Behcet’s disease (NBD), is one of the most devastating manifestations of the disease. The etiology of BD remains obscure and speculative. NBD usually occurs 1–10 years after the first symptom of BD has occurred, and its incidence is 18% (range of 4%–49%). Objective This study was conducted to describe the clinical and prognostic aspects of neurologic involvement in BD among patients attending a multidisciplinary hospital clinic. Methods Eighty patients with BD were diagnosed according to the International Study Group Criteria for BD at our hospital. Sixteen patients (20%, including 11 men and five women) had evidence of and fulfilled the diagnostic criteria for NBD. These patients underwent laboratory and imaging investigations, including human leukocyte antigen-typing, lumbar puncture, electroencephalographic studies, and computed tomography scanning. Results Fourteen of the 16 patients received high-dose steroids, and four of these 14 patients were treated with a combination of steroids and cytotoxic agents. Relief was observed in 14 of 16 patients (87.5%). The remaining two patients were untreated males who suffered severe brainstem lesions, and later died. Conclusion In contrast with previous reports of a poor prognosis with NBD, our study shows that early aggressive intervention with corticosteroids and cytotoxic agents may ameliorate the prognosis in these patients, and can diminish and stabilize the negative effect of neurologic involvement. PMID:20520785

  20. Behçet's Disease, Associated Large Vessel Thrombosis, and Coexistent Thrombophilia: A Distinct Nosological Entity?

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    Stoimenis, Dimitrios; Petridis, Nikolaos; Papaioannou, Nikos

    2013-01-01

    Behçet's disease (BD) represents a multisystemic disorder that combines features of immune-mediated diseases and autoinflammatory disorders. Even though it is recognized that every type or size of vessel can be affected in this disease, there is an inability to describe a coherent model that sufficiently explains the predilection of certain patients with BD for manifesting severe large vessel thrombosis. The inconsistent epidemiologic data and the complex genetic background of BD, along with the controversy of multiple international studies regarding the coexistence of thrombophilia in patients with BD and large vessel thrombosis, make us think that a percentage of these patients may actually suffer from a distinct clinical entity. The stimulus for this concept arose from the clinical observation of three male patients who were admitted to our clinic due to extended vena cava thrombosis. On the occasion of those clinically and laboratory resembling cases, we performed a literature review concerning the epidemiology of BD, associated thrombosis, and coexistent thrombophilic factors, in order to present some evidence, which sustains our hypothesis that certain patients with large vessel thrombosis, who share features of BD and coexistent thrombophilia, should actually be further investigated for the possibility of suffering from a distinct nosological entity. PMID:24151511

  1. Pathogenesis of Behçet's disease: autoinflammatory features and beyond.

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    Gül, Ahmet

    2015-07-01

    Behçet's disease (BD) is an inflammatory disorder of unknown aetiology characterised by recurrent attacks affecting the mucocutaneous tissues, eyes, joints, blood vessels, brain and gastrointestinal tract. It is a multifactorial disease classified as a variable vessel vasculitis, and several environmental triggers may induce inflammatory episodes in genetically susceptible individuals. BD has several autoinflammatory features including recurrent self-limited clinical manifestations overlapping with monogenic autoinflammatory disorders, significant host predisposition and abnormally increased inflammatory response, with a robust innate component. Human leukocyte antigen (HLA)-B*51 is the strongest susceptibility factor described so far affecting the disease risk and typical phenotype. Non-HLA genetic associations such as endoplasmic reticulum aminopeptidase 1 (ERAP1), interleukin 23 receptor (IL23R) and IL10 variations suggest that BD shares susceptibility genes and inflammatory pathways with spondyloarthritis. Although genomewide association studies revealed an increased risk associated with recessively inherited ERAP1 variations in HLA-B*51 positive patients, it is not clear yet whether certain peptide-HLA allele combinations result in an adaptive response by a self-antigen-directed cytotoxic response or an innate response by modulating an NK cell activity or causing an unfolded protein response. Understanding of major histocompatibility complex (MHC) Class I-driven inflammatory response is expected to provide insights for the development of better treatment and remission-induction options in BD as well as in ankylosing spondylitis (AS) and psoriasis. PMID:26068404

  2. The possible role of HSPs on Behçet's disease: a bioinformatic approach.

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    Ghasemi, Younes; Dabbagh, Fatemeh; Rasoul-Amini, Sara; Borhani Haghighi, Afshin; Morowvat, Mohammad Hossein

    2012-11-01

    Current evidence lends increasing support to immunoinflammatory mechanisms as one of the prime pathogenic processes involved in the development and progression of Behçet's disease (BD). It has been observed that most human beings have cellular and humoral reactions against microbial heat shock proteins (HSPs). The observation that eukaryotic and prokaryotic HSPs have high sequence similarity promoted the hypothesis that HSPs might be potential candidates for molecular mimicry and could act as potentially dangerous autoantigens. In this study, using bioinformatics tools, we examined the hypothesis that HSPs (evolutionarily conserved proteins), which are present in pathogenic and commensal organisms and their hosts, provide the stimulus that initiates BD in susceptible individuals. In this regards, the nucleotide and amino acid sequences of the human HSP 60 kDa and bacterial HSP 60 kDa deposited in the NCBI and PDB databases were subjected to analysis using bioinformatics tools, including The CLC Sequence Viewer and MEGA softwares. These data showed that the sequence homology between bacterial and self HSPs (leading to cross-reactivity and molecular mimicry phenomenon) may be associated with the development of the disease; and suggesting that microbial HSPs, which cross-react with host tissues and elicit significant immune responses are possible pathogenetic agents involved in the development and progression of BD. PMID:23036375

  3. Microarray and whole-exome sequencing analysis of familial Behçet’s disease patients

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    Okuzaki, Daisuke; Yoshizaki, Kazuyuki; Tanaka, Toshio; Hirano, Toru; Fukushima, Kohshiro; Washio, Takanori; Nojima, Hiroshi

    2016-01-01

    Behçet’s disease (BD), a chronic systemic inflammatory disorder, is characterized by recurrent oral and genital mucous ulcers, uveitis, and skin lesions. We performed DNA microarray analysis of peripheral blood mononuclear cell (PBMC) mRNA from 41 Japanese BD patients and revealed elevated levels of interleukin (IL) 23 receptor (IL23R) mRNA in many BD patients. DNA sequencing around a SNV (Rs12119179) tightly linked to BD revealed an elevated frequency of the C genotype, consistent with a previous report that IL23R is a susceptibility locus for BD. Notably, four of these BD patients are members of familial BD; a whole-exome sequencing (WES) of these BD patients identified 19 novel single-nucleotide variations (SNVs) specific to these patients. They include heterozygous SNVs in the genes encoding IL-1 receptor-associated kinase 4 (IRAK4), nucleotide-binding oligomerization domain (NOD)-like receptor family pyrin domain-containing 14 (NRP14) and melanoma antigen-encoding gene E2 (MAGEE2); IRAK4 harbors a missense mutation, whereas NRP14 and MAGEE2 harbor nonsense mutations. These SNVs may serve as genetic markers that characterize BD. PMID:26785681

  4. Outcome Measures Used in Clinical Trials for Behçet Syndrome: A Systematic Review

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    Hatemi, Gulen; Merkel, Peter A.; Hamuryudan, Vedat; Boers, Maarten; Direskeneli, Haner; Aydin, Sibel Z.; Yazici, Hasan

    2015-01-01

    Behçet syndrome (BS) is a multisystem vasculitis that is most active during young adulthood, causing serious disability and significant impairment in quality of life. Differences in the disease course, severity, and organ involvement between patients, depending on the age at presentation and sex, makes it impossible to determine a single management strategy. The diversity and variability in the outcome measures used in clinical trials in BS makes it difficult to compare the results or inform physicians about the best management strategy for individual patients. There is a large unmet need to determine or develop validated outcome measures for use in clinical trials in BS that are acceptable to researchers and regulatory agencies. We conducted a systematic review to describe the outcomes and outcome measures that have been used in clinical trials in BS. This review revealed the diversity and variability in the outcomes and outcome measures and the lack of standard definitions for most outcomes and rarity of validated outcome tools for disease assessment in BS. This systematic literature review will identify domains and candidate instruments for use in a Delphi exercise, the next step in the development of a core set of outcome measures that are properly validated and widely accepted by the collaboration of researchers from many different regions of the world and from different specialties, including rheumatology, ophthalmology, dermatology, gastroenterology, and neurology. PMID:24488418

  5. Successful Discontinuation of Infliximab in a Refractory Case of Vasculo-Behçet Disease

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    Miyamura, Tomoya; Suematsu, Eiichi

    2016-01-01

    Reports have shown that antitumor necrosis factor alpha (anti-TNF-α) agents including infliximab (IFX) can dramatically suppress the disease activity of refractory vasculo-Behçet disease (vasculo-BD). However, it is completely unknown whether we can discontinue anti-TNF-α agents under clinical remission. A 31-year-old patient with vasculo-BD was initially treated with a high dose of steroid and intravenous cyclophosphamide therapy. Six months later, however, the disease recurred. IFX was administered and immediately the disease activity was reduced. Fortunately, we could discontinue IFX after 18-month remission and no recurrence has been observed. Based on previous reports and our patient, all patients who could discontinue IFX sustained clinical remission for at least one year, continued taking immunosuppressive agents such as methotrexate and azathioprine, and had vascular involvements only in non-life-threatening major vessels such as leg or arm arteries/veins. This is a report suggesting the possibility of discontinuation of IFX in vasculo-BD. PMID:27034879

  6. Treatment of myelitis in Behçet's disease with rituximab

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    Messina, Maria Josè; Rodegher, Mariaemma; Scotti, Roberta; Martinelli, Vittorio

    2014-01-01

    Behçet's disease (BD) is a chronic inflammatory disorder that involves the parenchymal central nervous system (neuro-BD, NBD) approximately in 5–49% of patients, causing lesions rarely located in the spinal cord (SC). We report the first case of NBD-myelitis treated with intravenous rituximab. A 41-year-old man affected by BD presented with mild paraparesis with a miliary involvement and a ‘net-like’ gadolinium enhancement (Gde) of the SC. After a therapeutic attempt with pulsed cyclophosphamide and intravenous methylprednisolone, the clinical and neuroradiological course worsened. A progressive improvement was observed after rituximab administration associated with low doses of oral prednisone. No disease activity was detected and the patient reported no adverse event. After six rituximab cycles, cervical MRI was normal while thoracic MRI showed a slight T2–weighted hyperintensity of D4–D10 spinal tract without Gde. A combined use of rituximab and oral steroids resulted in a long-term suppression of NBD activity without any safety concern. PMID:24879733

  7. New Evidence-Based Treatment Approach in Behçet's Disease

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    Alpsoy, Erkan

    2012-01-01

    Behçet's disease (BD) is a chronic, relapsing, and debilitating systemic vasculitis of unknown aetiology with the clinical features of mucocutaneous lesions, ocular, vascular, articular, neurologic, gastrointestinal, urogenital, and pulmonary involvement. The disease is much more frequent along the ancient “Silk Route” extending from Eastern Asia to the Mediterranean basin, compared with Western countries. The disease usually starts around the third or fourth decade of life. Male sex and a younger age of onset are associated with more severe disease. Although the treatment has become much more effective in recent years, BD is still associated with severe morbidity and considerable mortality. The main aim of the treatment should be the prevention of irreversible organ damage. Therefore, close monitoring, early, and appropriate treatment is mandatory to reduce morbidity and mortality. The treatment is mainly based on the suppression of inflammatory attacks of the disease using immunomodulatory and immunosuppressive agents. In this paper, current state of knowledge regarding the therapeutic approaches is outlined. To provide a rational framework for selecting the appropriate therapy along the various treatment choices, a stepwise, symptom-based, evidence-based algorithmic approach was developed. PMID:22007346

  8. Identification and characterization of the carboxy-terminal region of Sip-1, a novel autoantigen in Behçet's disease

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    Delunardo, Federica; Conti, Fabrizio; Margutti, Paola; Alessandri, Cristiano; Priori, Roberta; Siracusano, Alessandra; Riganò, Rachele; Profumo, Elisabetta; Valesini, Guido; Sorice, Maurizio; Ortona, Elena

    2006-01-01

    Given the lack of a serological test specific for Behçet's disease, its diagnosis rests upon clinical criteria. The clinical diagnosis is nevertheless difficult because the disease manifestations vary widely, especially at the onset of disease. The aim of this study was to identify molecules specifically recognized by serum autoantibodies in patients with Behçet's disease and to evaluate their diagnostic value. We screened a cDNA library from human microvascular endothelial cells with serum IgG from two patients with Behçet's disease and isolated a reactive clone specific to the carboxy-terminal subunit of Sip1 (Sip1 C-ter). Using ELISA, we measured IgG, IgM and IgA specific to Sip1 C-ter in patients with various autoimmune diseases characterized by the presence of serum anti-endothelial cell antibodies, such as Behçet's disease, systemic lupus erythematosus, systemic sclerosis and various forms of primary vasculitis, as well as in patients with diseases that share clinical features with Behçet's disease, such as inflammatory bowel disease and uveitis. IgM immunoreactivity to Sip1 C-ter was significantly higher in patients with Behçet's disease and in patients with primary vasculitis than in the other groups of patients and healthy subjects tested (P < 10-4 by Mann-Whitney test). ELISA detected IgG specific to Sip1 C-ter in sera from 11/56 (20%) patients with Behçet's disease, IgM in 23/56 (41%) and IgA in 9/54 (17%). No sera from patients with systemic lupus erythematosus, systemic sclerosis, inflammatory bowel disease, uveitis or healthy subjects but 45% of sera from patients with primary vasculitis contained IgM specific to Sip1 C-ter. Serum levels of soluble E-selectin, a marker of endothelial activation and inflammation, correlated with levels of serum IgM anti Sip-1 C-ter in patients with Behçet's disease (r = 0.36, P = 0.023). In conclusion, Sip1 C-ter is a novel autoantigen in Behçet's disease. IgM specific to Sip1 C-ter might be useful in clinical

  9. Protostellar accretion traced with chemistry. Comparing synthetic C18O maps of embedded protostars to real observations

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    Frimann, S.; Jørgensen, J. K.; Padoan, P.; Haugbølle, T.

    2016-02-01

    Context. Understanding how protostars accrete their mass is a central question of star formation. One aspect of this is trying to understand whether the time evolution of accretion rates in deeply embedded objects is best characterised by a smooth decline from early to late stages or by intermittent bursts of high accretion. Aims: We create synthetic observations of deeply embedded protostars in a large numerical simulation of a molecular cloud, which are compared directly to real observations. The goal is to compare episodic accretion events in the simulation to observations and to test the methodology used for analysing the observations. Methods: Simple freeze-out and sublimation chemistry is added to the simulation, and synthetic C18O line cubes are created for a large number of simulated protostars. The spatial extent of C18O is measured for the simulated protostars and compared directly to a sample of 16 deeply embedded protostars observed with the Submillimeter Array. If CO is distributed over a larger area than predicted based on the protostellar luminosity, it may indicate that the luminosity has been higher in the past and that CO is still in the process of refreezing. Results: Approximately 1% of the protostars in the simulation show extended C18O emission, as opposed to approximately 50% in the observations, indicating that the magnitude and frequency of episodic accretion events in the simulation is too low relative to observations. The protostellar accretion rates in the simulation are primarily modulated by infall from the larger scales of the molecular cloud, and do not include any disk physics. The discrepancy between simulation and observations is taken as support for the necessity of disks, even in deeply embedded objects, to produce episodic accretion events of sufficient frequency and amplitude.

  10. Characterization and evaluation of C18 HPLC stationary phases based on ethyl-bridged hybrid organic/inorganic particles.

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    Wyndham, Kevin D; O'Gara, John E; Walter, Thomas H; Glose, Kenneth H; Lawrence, Nicole L; Alden, Bonnie A; Izzo, Gary S; Hudalla, Christopher J; Iraneta, Pamela C

    2003-12-15

    The characterization and evaluation of three novel 5-microm HPLC column packings, prepared using ethyl-bridged hybrid organic/inorganic materials, is described. These highly spherical hybrid particles, which vary in specific surface area (140, 187, and 270 m(2)/g) and average pore diameter (185, 148, and 108 A), were characterized by elemental analysis, SEM, and nitrogen sorption analysis and were chemically modified in a two-step process using octadecyltrichlorosilane and trimethylchlorosilane. The resultant bonded materials had an octadecyl surface concentration of 3.17-3.35 micromol/m(2), which is comparable to the coverage obtained for an identically bonded silica particle (3.44 micromol/m(2)) that had a surface area of 344 m(2)/g. These hybrid materials were shown to have sufficient mechanical strength under conditions normally employed for traditional reversed-phase HPLC applications, using a high-pressure column flow test. The chromatographic properties of the C(18) bonded hybrid phases were compared to a C(18) bonded silica using a variety of neutral and basic analytes under the same mobile-phase conditions. The hybrid phases exhibited similar selectivity to the silica-based column, yet had improved peak tailing factors for the basic analytes. Column retentivity increased with increasing particle surface area. Elevated pH aging studies of these hybrid materials showed dramatic improvement in chemical stability for both bonded and unbonded hybrid materials compared to the C(18) bonded silica phase, as determined by monitoring the loss in column efficiency through 140-h exposure to a pH 10 triethylamine mobile phase at 50 degrees C. PMID:14670036

  11. Simultaneous quantitative determination of thirteen urea pesticides at sub-ppb levels on a Zorbax SB-C18 column.

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    Dommarco, R; Santilio, A; Fornarelli, L; Rubbiani, M

    1998-11-01

    A simple multi-residue method is described for simultaneously determining ten urea and three benzoylurea pesticides residues in drinking water with quantitation limits below the European regulatory limit of 0.1 microgram/l. The residues were extracted from drinking water with dichloromethane and analysed by HPLC on a Zorbax 5 microns SB-C18 column with diode array detection (DAD) at 240 nm. Recoveries were determined by spiking drinking water with 13 pesticides (benzthiazuron, metoxuron, monuron, fluometuron, isoproturon, diuron, linuron, chloroxuron, chlorbromuron, diflubenzuron, neburon, triflumuron and flucycloxuron) at the 0.05-0.50 microgram/l level. PMID:9842721

  12. 12CO, 13CO and C18O observations along the major axes of nearby bright infrared galaxies

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    Tan, Qing-Hua; Gao, Yu; Zhang, Zhi-Yu; Xia, Xiao-Yang

    2011-07-01

    We present simultaneous observations of 12CO, 13CO and C18O J = 1-0 emission in 11 nearby (cz < 1000km s-1) bright infrared galaxies. Both 12CO and 13CO are detected in the centers of all the galaxies, except for 13CO in NGC 3031. We have also detected C18O, CS J = 2-1 and HCO+ J = 1-0 emission in the nuclear regions of M82 and M51. These are the first systematical extragalactic detections of 12CO and its isotopes from the PMO 14m telescope. We have conducted half-beam-spaced mapping of M82 over an area of 4' × 2.5' and major axis mapping of NGC 3627, NGC 3628, NGC 4631 and M51. The radial distributions of 12CO and 13 CO in NGC 3627, NGC 3628 and M51 can be well fitted by an exponential profile. The 12CO/13CO intensity ratio, Script R, decreases monotonically with the galactocentric radius in all mapped sources. The average Script R in the center and disk of the galaxies are 9.9±3.0 and 5.6±1.9, respectively, much lower than the peculiar Script R(~24) found in the center of M82. The intensity ratios of 13CO/C18O, 13CO/HCO+ and 13CO/CS (either our or literature data) show little variation with galactocentric radius, in sharp contrast with the greatly varied Script R. This supports the notion that the observed gradient in Script R could be the result of the variations of the physical conditions across the disks. The H2 column density derived from C18O shows that the Galactic standard conversion factor (X-factor) overestimates the amount of the molecular gas in M82 by a factor of ~2.5. These observations suggest that the X-factor in active star-forming regions (i.e., nuclear regions) should be lower than that in normal star-forming disks and the gradient in Script R can be used to trace the variations of the X-factor.

  13. VizieR Online Data Catalog: C18O/C17O ratios in the Galactic center

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    Zhang, J. S.; Sun, L. L.; Riquelme, D.; Henkel, C.; Lu, D. R.; Zhang, Y.; Wang, J. Z.; Wang, M.; Li, J.

    2015-09-01

    Our mapping observations of the J=1-0 lines of 12CO, 13 and C17O were carried out with the DLH 13.7m telescope of the Purple Mountain Observatory (PMO) at Delingha in 2011 January and 2012 May and November. The C18O and C17O lines were also observed in single-point mode toward Sgr B2 with the IRAM 30m telescope in 2011 September, and toward Sgr C and Sgr D with the Mopra 22m in 2014 June. (2 data files).

  14. Design of C18 Organic Phases with Multiple Embedded Polar Groups for Ultraversatile Applications with Ultrahigh Selectivity.

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    Mallik, Abul K; Qiu, Hongdeng; Oishi, Tomohiro; Kuwahara, Yutaka; Takafuji, Makoto; Ihara, Hirotaka

    2015-07-01

    For the first time, we synthesized multiple embedded polar groups (EPGs) containing linear C18 organic phases. The new materials were characterized by elemental analysis, IR spectroscopy, (1)H NMR, diffuse reflectance infrared Fourier transform (DRIFT), solid-state (13)C cross-polarization magic angle spinning (CP/MAS) NMR, suspended-state (1)H NMR, and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). (29)Si CP/MAS NMR was carried out to investigate the degree of cross-linking of the silane and silane functionality of the modified silica. Solid-state (13)C CP/MAS NMR and suspended-state (1)H NMR spectroscopy indicated a higher alkyl chain order for the phase containing four EPGs than for the phase with three EPGs. To correlate the NMR results with temperature-dependent chromatographic studies, standard reference materials (SRM 869b and SRM 1647e), a column selectivity test mixture for liquid chromatography was employed. A single EPG containing the C18 phase was also prepared in a similar manner to be used as a reference column especially for the separation of basic and polar compounds in reversed-phase liquid chromatography (RPLC) and hydrophilic interaction liquid chromatography (HILIC), respectively. Detailed chromatographic characterization of the new phases was performed in terms of their surface coverage, hydrophobic selectivity, shape selectivity, hydrogen bonding capacity, and ion-exchange capacity at pH 2.7 and 7.6 for RPLC as well as their hydrophilicity, the selectivity for hydrophilic-hydrophobic substituents, the selectivity for the region and configurational differences in hydrophilic substituents, the evaluation of electrostatic interactions, and the evaluation of the acidic-basic nature for HILIC-mode separation. Furthermore, peak shapes for the basic analytes propranolol and amitriptyline were studied as a function of the number of EPGs on the C18 phases in the RPLC. The chromatographic performance of multiple EPGs containing C18 HILIC phases is illustrated

  15. Dense Cores of Dark Clouds. XII. 13CO and C18O in Lupus, Corona Australis, Vela, and Scorpius

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    Vilas-Boas, J. W. S.; Myers, P. C.; Fuller, G. A.

    2000-04-01

    More than 110 dense condensations of the dark clouds in Lupus, Corona Australis, Norma, Vela, and Scorpius were observed in the 13CO and C18O (J=1-0) transitions. The condensations of dark clouds with high star formation activity like the Ophiuchus, Taurus, and Cepheus have average C18O and H2 column densities of 1.8x1015 and 1.1x1022 cm-2. If we take the average size of the condensations to be 0.2 pc, a condensation must have average H2 volumetric densities >=2x104 cm-3 in order to be a good candidate to form stars. The four Lupus filaments have similar radial velocities and velocity dispersions, suggesting that they originated from the same parental cloud. Among these filaments, Lupus 1 is unique in having recent star formation activity, despite the high number of T Tauri stars observed toward the others. Lupus 1 also shows a complex velocity gradient along its main axis. The distribution of radial velocities of the condensations observed toward Scorpius are in good agreement with the hypothesis that they are in a region with expansion velocity smaller than or equal to 18 km s-1. The Corona Australis cloud has velocity gradients ranging from -0.5 km s-1 pc-1 at one extreme to 0.1 km s-1 pc-1 at the other.

  16. Sequential depletion coupled to C18 sequential extraction as a rapid tool for human serum multiple profiling.

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    Fernández-Costa, Carolina; Reboiro-Jato, Miguel; Fdez-Riverola, Florentino; Ruiz-Romero, Cristina; Blanco, Francisco J; Capelo-Martínez, José-Luis

    2014-07-01

    Sequential chemical depletion of serum coupled to C18 sequential extraction of peptides as a rapid tool for human serum multiple profiling is herein presented. The methodology comprises depletion with DTT and then with ACN; the extract thus obtained is then summited to fast protein digestion using ultrasonic energy. The pool of peptides is subsequently concentrated using C18-based Zip-tips and the peptides are sequentially extracted using different concentrations of ACN. Each extract is mass-spectrometry profiled with MALDI. The different spectra thus obtained are then successfully used for classification purposes. A total of 40 people, comprising 20 healthy and 20 non-healthy donors, were successfully classified using this method, with an excellent q-value<0.05. The proposed method is cheap as it entails few chemicals, DTT and ACN, simple in terms of handling, and fast. In addition, the methodology is of broad application as it can be used for any study applied to serum samples or other complex biological fluids. PMID:24840432

  17. Inversion of type of separation system in planar chromatography of peptides, using C18 silica-based adsorbents.

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    Gwarda, Radosław Ł; Aletańska-Kozak, Monika; Matosiuk, Dariusz; Dzido, Tadeusz H

    2016-04-01

    Our previous results show, that C18 silica-based adsorbents used in high-performance thin-layer chromatography (HPTLC), provide complex retention mechanism basing on various polar and nonpolar interactions. Here we present, that in chromatography of peptides, due to mixed-mode properties of these adsorbents, there is a simple way to obtain inversion of separation system type (from reversed-phase, RP, to normal-phase, NP, and vice versa). The results presented provide detailed information how to obtain inversion mentioned and reflect the extent (the type and concentration of organic solvent, the type and concentration of ion-pairing reagent in the mobile phase) of this phenomenon. We show, that the system type inversion results in significant change of selectivity of separation, which may be especially useful in 2D separation of complex samples of basic/amphoteric compounds such as peptides. This results from the fact, that C18 silica-based HPTLC adsorbents, may be used in hydrophilic interaction chromatography (HILIC) or RP chromatography, in dependence on mobile phase composition. PMID:26944834

  18. Fingerprinting of traditional Chinese medicines on the C18-Diol mixed-mode column in online or offline two-dimensional liquid chromatography on the single column modes.

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    Wang, Qing; Tong, Ling; Yao, Lin; Zhang, Peng; Xu, Li

    2016-06-01

    In the present study, a mixed-mode stationary phase, C18-Diol, was applied for fingerprint analysis of traditional Chinese medicines. Hydrophobic, hydrogen bonding and electrostatic interactions were demonstrated to contribute the retention separately or jointly, which endowed the C18-Diol stationary phase with distinct selectivity compared to the bare C18 one. The separation of total alkaloids extracted from Fritillaria hupehensis was compared on the C18-Diol and conventional C18 column with the greater resolving power and better symmetry responses on the former one. Besides, a novel two-dimensional liquid chromatography on the single column (2D-LC-1C) was realized on C18-Diol with the offline mode for the alcohol extract of Fritillaria hupehensis and online mode for Ligusticum chuanxiong Hort. The early co-eluted extracted components with great polarity on the first dimension were reinjected on the same column and well separated on the second dimension. The results exhibited that the two complementary RPLC and HILIC modes on C18-Diol stationary phase enhanced the separation capacity and revealed more abundant chemical information of the sample, which was a powerful tool in analyzing complex herbal medicines. PMID:27031576

  19. Development of de novo major involvement during follow-up in Behçet's syndrome.

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    Talarico, Rosaria; Cantarini, Luca; d'Ascanio, Anna; Figus, Michele; Favati, Benedetta; Baldini, Chiara; Tani, Chiara; Neri, R; Bombardieri, Stefano; Mosca, Marta

    2016-01-01

    The primary aim of the study was to evaluate the incidence of de novo major involvement during follow-up in a cohort of patients with Behçet's syndrome (BS); the secondary aim was to analyse the epidemiological profile and the long-term outcome of those patients who developed new major involvement. Among our cohort of 120 BS patients, we evaluated all subjects who had no major organ involvement during the early years of their disease; specifically, at disease onset, the 52% of the cohort presented a prevalent mucocutaneous involvement. The primary outcomes were represented by the following: Hatemi et al. (Rheum Dis Clin North Am 39(2):245-61, 2013) the incidence of de novo major involvement during the follow-up and Hatemi et al. (Clin Exp Rheumatol 32(4 Suppl 84):S112-22, 2014) the use of immunosuppressive drugs during the follow-up. We have defined the development of de novo major involvement during the follow-up as the occurrence of severe ocular, vascular or CNS involvement after a latency period from the diagnosis of at least 3 years. Among 62 patients characterized by a mild onset of disease, we observed that after at least 3 years from the diagnosis, 21 BS patients (34%) still developed serious morbidities. Specifically, three patients developed ocular involvement, nine patients developed neurological involvement and nine patients presented vascular involvement. Comparing main epidemiological and clinical findings of the two groups, we observed that patients who developed de novo major involvement were more frequently males and younger; furthermore, 95% of these patients were characterized by a young onset of disease (p < 0.001). Being free of major organ complication in the first years of BS is not necessary a sign of a favourable outcome. Globally, the development of de novo major involvement during the coursfce of BS suggests that a tight control is strongly recommended during the course of the disease. PMID:25750177

  20. Criteria for Behçet's disease with reflections on all disease criteria.

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    Yazici, Hasan; Yazici, Yusuf

    2014-01-01

    With no specific histologic, laboratory or imaging features the diagnosis/classification of Behçet's Disease (BD) remains clinical. As such, disease criteria are needed. The International Study Group Criteria set is the most widely used. It has some limitations, especially in telling BD from Crohn's disease. On the other hand the main issue, as it also applies to many of the other criteria sets in rheumatology, is our lack of appreciation of a list of misconceptions--some examples of which are unluckily also found in the 2010 ACR/EULAR RA Criteria set--about diagnostic/classification criteria making and their implementation. 1. The view that classification and diagnostic criteria should be different is ill advised in that the cerebral/arithmetic basis of both are the same. 2. The default promise of diagnostic criteria to come once we formulate a classification criteria set is an extension of the previous misconception. 3.Taking pains to avoid circularity in criteria making is unwarranted since the essence of criteria making is circular. In addition we fail to exploit the utility of the disease criteria in ruling out, rather than ruling in, the diseases we seek. Finally we also fail to appreciate the paramount importance of the Bayesian prior (the pretest) probability in formulating and implementing these disease criteria. To formulate criteria tailored to subspecialties, as well as giving the often forgotten family history more importance in our criteria sets are some ways to improve the prior probability on which our diagnostic/classification decisions will be based. We first have to reconcile with ourselves that probabilities are very important in our practice and research. Moreover that reconciliation must also be shared with the public, which includes our patients. PMID:24461382

  1. Cross-cultural adaptation and validation of Behçet's disease quality of life questionnaire

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    2011-01-01

    Background Currently, there is one Behçet's disease (BD) specific self reporting questionnaire developed and published in the literature, The Leeds BD-quality of life (QoL). We conducted a cross-cultural adaptation and validation of the Arabic version of the Leeds BD-QoL Methods A cross-sectional study was conducted among 41 consecutive patients attending rheumatology clinics at the American University of Beirut Medical Center between June and December 2007. The BD-QoL questionnaire, the Katz Index of Activities of Daily Living (ADL) and the Lawton Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADL) questionnaires were co-administered during the same visit, and severity scores were calculated. Cross-cultural adaptation of BD-QoL was performed using forward and backward translations of the original questionnaire. Internal consistency and test-retest reliability of the final version were determined. Exploratory Factor Analysis (EFA) was used to assess the dimensionality of the scale items. External construct validity was examined by correlating Arabic BD-QoL with the severity score, ADL and IADL. Results The 30 items of the adapted Arabic BD-QoL showed a high internal consistency (KR-20 coefficient 0.89) and test-retest reliability (Spearman's test 0.91). The convergence of all 30 items suggests that the 30-item adapted Arabic BD-QoL scale is unidimensional. BD-QoL did not correlate with any of the patients' demographics. Still, it was positively correlated with patient severity score (r 0.4, p 0.02), and IADL (but not ADL). Conclusions This cross-cultural adaptation has produced an Arabic BD-QoL questionnaire that is now available for use in clinical settings and in research studies, among Arabic speaking patients. PMID:21507231

  2. A 30-year-old female Behçet’s disease patient with recurrent pleural and pericardial effusion and elevated adenosine deaminase levels: case report

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    Choi, Joon Young; Kim, Sung-Hwan; Kwok, Seung-Ki; Jung, Jung Im; Lee, Kyo-Young; Kim, Tae-Jung

    2016-01-01

    Behçet’s disease is a systemic disease which may involve various organs. We describe a case of a patient diagnosed as pleuropericardial involvement of Behçet’s disease. A 30-year-old woman visited our clinic presented with left pleuritic chest pain for s days. She had been diagnosed as Behçet’s disease and admitted to our clinic due to pericardial and pleural effusion repeatedly in past two years. In the previous studies, effusion analysis revealed to be lympho-dominant exudate with high adenosine deaminase level. Acid-fast bacilli (AFB) culture and polymerase chain reaction (PCR) for mycobacterial tuberculosis (M.TB) were negative in the pericardial tissue, and pathologic finding showed mild endothelitis with micro-thrombi formation in the lumen. The patient had been treated with antituberculous medication for a year. In the current admission, chest computed tomography (CT) again showed left pleural effusion without other significant lesion. Pleural fluid analysis was similar with the previous study. Video-assisted thoracoscopic pleural biopsy was performed to obtain the definite diagnosis. Pathology confirmed the diagnosis as pleuropericardial involvement of Behçet’s disease, and we treated the patient with oral steroid in the out-patient department. Pleuropericardial involvement of Behçet’s disease may mimic TB pleurisy or pericarditis due to high adenosine deaminase (ADA) level in effusion analysis. Clinicians should keep in mind that Behçet’s disease may manifest as pleural or pericardial effusion, and pathologic confirmation could be helpful for the definite diagnosis. PMID:27499994

  3. PFAPA syndrome and Behçet's disease: a comparison of two medical entities based on the clinical interviews performed by three different specialists.

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    Cantarini, Luca; Vitale, Antonio; Bersani, Giulia; Nieves, Laura Martin; Cattalini, Marco; Lopalco, Giuseppe; Caso, Francesco; Costa, Luisa; Iannone, Florenzo; Lapadula, Giovanni; Galeazzi, Mauro; Ceribelli, Angela; Brunetta, Enrico; Selmi, Carlo; Rigante, Donato

    2016-02-01

    The pediatric syndrome characterized by periodic fever, aphthous stomatitis, pharyngitis, and cervical adenitis (PFAPA) and adult Behçet's disease share some clinical manifestations and are both polygenic autoinflammatory disorders with interleukin-1β showing to play a pivotal role. However, the diagnosis is mostly clinical and we hypothesize that specific criteria may be addressed differently by different physicians. To determine the diagnostic variability, we compared the answers of 80 patients with a definite diagnosis of Behçet's disease (age 42.1 ± 13.7 years) obtained by separate telephone interviews conducted by a rheumatologist, a pediatrician, and an internist working largely in the field of autoinflammatory disorders. Questions were related to the age of symptom onset, the occurrence of recurrent fevers during childhood, and the association with oral aphthosis, cervical adenitis and/or pharyngitis, previous treatments, possible growth impairment, the time lapse between PFAPA-like symptoms and the onset of Behçet's disease, and the occurrence of Behçet-related manifestation during childhood. The rheumatologist identified 30 % of patients with Behçet's disease fulfilling PFAPA syndrome diagnostic criteria, compared to the pediatrician and the internist identifying 10 and 7.5 %, respectively. Most of the patients suffered from recurrent oral aphthosis in childhood also without fever (50, 39, and 48 % with each interviewer), yet no patient fulfilled the Behçet's disease diagnostic criteria. Our data suggest that physician awareness and expertise are central to the diagnosis of autoinflammatory disorders through an accurate collection of the medical history. PMID:25665824

  4. The JCMT Legacy Survey of the Gould Belt: mapping 13CO and C18O in Orion A

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    Buckle, J. V.; Davis, C. J.; Francesco, J. Di; Graves, S. F.; Nutter, D.; Richer, J. S.; Roberts, J. F.; Ward-Thompson, D.; White, G. J.; Brunt, C.; Butner, H. M.; Cavanagh, B.; Chrysostomou, A.; Curtis, E. I.; Duarte-Cabral, A.; Etxaluze, M.; Fich, M.; Friberg, P.; Friesen, R.; Fuller, G. A.; Greaves, J. S.; Hatchell, J.; Hogerheijde, M. R.; Johnstone, D.; Matthews, B.; Matthews, H.; Rawlings, J. M. C.; Sadavoy, S.; Simpson, R. J.; Tothill, N. F. H.; Tsamis, Y. G.; Viti, S.; Wouterloot, J. G. A.; Yates, J.

    2012-05-01

    The Gould Belt Legacy Survey will map star-forming regions within 500 pc, using Heterodyne Array Receiver Programme (HARP), Submillimetre Common-User Bolometer Array 2 (SCUBA-2) and Polarimeter 2 (POL-2) on the James Clerk Maxwell Telescope (JCMT). This paper describes HARP observations of the J= 3 → 2 transitions of 13CO and C18O towards Orion A. The 15 arcsec resolution observations cover 5 pc of the Orion filament, including OMC 1 (including BN-KL and Orion bar), OMC 2/3 and OMC 4, and allow a comparative study of the molecular gas properties throughout the star-forming cloud. The filament shows a velocity gradient of ˜1 km s-1 pc-1 between OMC 1, 2 and 3, and high-velocity emission is detected in both isotopologues. The Orion Nebula and Bar have the largest masses and linewidths, and dominate the mass and energetics of the high-velocity material. Compact, spatially resolved emission from CH3CN, 13CH3OH, SO, HCOOCH3, CH3CHO and CH3OCHO is detected towards the Orion Hot Core. The cloud is warm, with a median excitation temperature of ˜24 K; the Orion Bar has the highest excitation temperature gas, at >80 K. The C18O excitation temperature correlates well with the dust temperature (to within 40 per cent). The C18O emission is optically thin, and the 13CO emission is marginally optically thick; despite its high mass, OMC 1 shows the lowest opacities. A virial analysis indicates that Orion A is too massive for thermal or turbulent support, but is consistent with a model of a filamentary cloud that is threaded by helical magnetic fields. The variation of physical conditions across the cloud is reflected in the physical characteristics of the dust cores. We find similar core properties between starless and protostellar cores, but variations in core properties with position in the filament. The OMC 1 cores have the highest velocity dispersions and masses, followed by OMC 2/3 and OMC 4. The differing fragmentation of these cores may explain why OMC 1 has formed

  5. State of the art for ab initio vs empirical potentials for HeH+ (2e-), BeH+ (4e-), BeH (5e-), Li2 (6e-) and BH (6e-)

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    Dattani, Nike

    For large internuclear distances, the potential energy between two atoms is known analytically, based on constants that are calculated from atomic ab initio rather than molecular ab initio. This analytic form can be built into models for molecular potentials that are fitted to spectroscopic data. Such empirical potentials constitute the most accurate molecular potentials known. For HeH+, and BeH+, the long-range form of the potential is based only on the polarizabilities for He and H respectively, for which we have included up to 4th order QED corrections. For BeH, the best ab initio potential matches all but one observed vibrational spacing to < 1 cm- accuracy, and for Li2 the discrepancy in the spacings is < 0.08 cm-1 for all vibrational levels. But experimental methods such as photoassociation require the absolute energies, not spacings, and these are still several in several cm-1 disagreement. So empirical potentials are still the only reliable way to predict energies for few-electron systems. We also give predictions for various unobserved ''halo nucleonic molecules'' containing the ''halo'' isotopes: 6,8He, 11Li, 11,14Be and 8 , 17 , 19B.

  6. Linear, planar, and tubular molecular structures constructed by double planar tetracoordinate carbon D2hC2(BeH)4 species via hydrogen-bridged -BeH2Be- bonds.

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    Zhao, Xue-Feng; Li, Haixia; Yuan, Cai-Xia; Li, Yan-Qin; Wu, Yan-Bo; Wang, Zhi-Xiang

    2016-01-15

    This computational study identifies the rhombic D2hC2 (BeH)4 (2a) to be a species featuring double planar tetracoordinate carbons (ptCs). Aromaticity and the peripheral BeBeBeBe bonding around CC core contribute to the stabilization of the ptC structure. Although the ptC structure is not a global minimum, its high kinetic stability and its distinct feature of having a bonded C2 core from having two separated carbon atoms in the global minimum and other low-lying minima could make the ptC structure to be preferred if the carbon source is dominated by C2 species. The electron deficiency of the BeH group allows the ptC species to serve as building blocks to construct large/nanostructures, such as linear chains, planar sheets, and tubes, via intermolecular hydrogen-bridged bonds (HBBs). Formation of one HBB bond releases more than 30.0 kcal/mol of energy, implying the highly exothermic formation processes and the possibility to synthesize these nano-size structures. PMID:26202851

  7. CHIMPS: the 13CO/C18O (J = 3 → 2) Heterodyne Inner Milky Way Plane Survey

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    Rigby, A. J.; Moore, T. J. T.; Plume, R.; Eden, D. J.; Urquhart, J. S.; Thompson, M. A.; Mottram, J. C.; Brunt, C. M.; Butner, H. M.; Dempsey, J. T.; Gibson, S. J.; Hatchell, J.; Jenness, T.; Kuno, N.; Longmore, S. N.; Morgan, L. K.; Polychroni, D.; Thomas, H.; White, G. J.; Zhu, M.

    2016-03-01

    We present the 13CO/C18O (J = 3 → 2) Heterodyne Inner Milky Way Plane Survey (CHIMPS) which has been carried out using the Heterodyne Array Receiver Program on the 15 m James Clerk Maxwell Telescope (JCMT) in Hawaii. The high-resolution spectral survey currently covers |b| ≤ 0.5° and 28° ≲ l ≲ 46°, with an angular resolution of 15 arcsec in 0.5 km s-1 velocity channels. The spectra have a median rms of ˜0.6 K at this resolution, and for optically thin gas at an excitation temperature of 10 K, this sensitivity corresponds to column densities of NH2 ˜ 3 × 1020 cm-2 and NH2 ˜ 4 × 1021 cm-2 for 13CO and C18O, respectively. The molecular gas that CHIMPS traces is at higher column densities and is also more optically thin than in other publicly available CO surveys due to its rarer isotopologues, and thus more representative of the three-dimensional structure of the clouds. The critical density of the J = 3 → 2 transition of CO is ≳104 cm-3 at temperatures of ≤20 K, and so the higher density gas associated with star formation is well traced. These data complement other existing Galactic plane surveys, especially the JCMT Galactic Plane Survey which has similar spatial resolution and column density sensitivity, and the Herschel infrared Galactic Plane Survey. In this paper, we discuss the observations, data reduction and characteristics of the survey, presenting integrated-emission maps for the region covered. Position-velocity diagrams allow comparison with Galactic structure models of the Milky Way, and while we find good agreement with a particular four-arm model, there are some significant deviations.

  8. Ion-Exclusion High-Performance Liquid Chromatography of Aliphatic Organic Acids Using a Surfactant-Modified C18 Column.

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    Fasciano, Jennifer M; Mansour, Fotouh R; Danielson, Neil D

    2016-07-01

    Ion exclusion chromatography (IELC) of short chain aliphatic carboxylic acids is normally done using a cation exchange column under standard HPLC conditions but not in the ultra-HPLC (UHPLC) mode. A novel IELC method for the separation of this class of carboxylic acids by either HPLC or UHPLC utilizing a C18 column dynamically modified with sodium dodecyl sulfate has been developed. The sample capacity is estimated to be near 10 mM for a 20 µL injection or 0.2 µmol using a 150 × 4.6 mm column. The optimum mobile phase determined for three standard mixtures of organic acids is 1.84 mM sulfuric acid at pH 2.43 and a flow rate of 0.6 mL/min. Under optimized conditions, a HPLC separation of four aliphatic carboxylic acids such as tartaric, malonic, lactic and acetic can be achieved in under 4 min and in <2 min in the UHPLC mode at 2.1 mL/min. A variety of fruit juice and soft drink samples are analyzed. Stability of the column as measured by the retention order of maleic and fumaric acid is estimated to be ∼4,000 column volumes using HPLC and 600 by UHPLC. Reproducible chromatograms are achieved over at least a 2-month period. This study shows that the utility of a C18 column can be easily extended when needed to IELC under either standard or UHPLC conditions. PMID:27006111

  9. Comparison of four C18 columns for the liquid chromatographic determination of deoxynivalenol in naturally contaminated wheat.

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    Abdel-Aal, El-Sayed M; Miah, Kaddus; Young, J Christopher; Rabalski, Iwona

    2007-01-01

    Three long and 1 short reversed-phase C18 columns were compared for separation of deoxynivalenol (DON) in extracts of naturally contaminated wheat samples using liquid chromatography with ultraviolet detection and liquid chromatography/mass spectrometry (LC/MS). Among the 3 long columns used, a Symmetry C18 column with an isocratic solvent mixture of water-acetonitrile-methanol (90 + 5 + 5, v/v/v) gave the best separation for DON without interferences from other compounds in the wheat extracts. The Symmetry short (75 mm) column was comparable with the long column (250 mm) in resolving DON but significantly reduced retention time (i.e., 5.8 versus 16.3 min). Increasing the column temperature from 25 to 45 degrees C resulted in a further reduction in retention time. Identity of DON in the wheat extracts and standard solutions was confirmed by LC/MS in the positive ion mode, whereby DON appeared with an (M+1)+ ion at a mass-to-charge ratio of 297 plus fragment ions associated with loss of water and/or a 30 atomic mass unit (amu) CH2O fragment. The Symmetry short column was also capable of separating a mixture of the mycotoxins DON, 15-acetyl-DON, nivalenol, and zearalenone by use of a combination of an isocratic and gradient solvent system. The overall method showed high precision, exhibiting a relative standard deviation of 4.8%, limit of detection of 50 ng/g, and limit of quantitation of 165 ng/g. It was significantly correlated with enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay analysis, indicating its appropriateness for safety and quality assurance of wheat and related grains. PMID:17760337

  10. Cytokines Modulate the “Immune-Metabolism” Interactions during Behçet Disease: Effect on Arginine Metabolism

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    Lahmar-Belguendouz, Karima; Messaoudene, Djamel; Djeraba, Zineb; Otmani, Fifi; Hakem, Djennat; Lahlou-Boukoffa, Ouided S.; Youinou, Pierre; Touil-Boukoffa, Chafia

    2015-01-01

    Aim and Methods. In this study, we evaluated NOS and arginase activities and their regulation during Behçet disease, a systemic chronic inflammatory disorder with uncertain etiology. The peripheral blood mononuclear cells of 36 patients and 15 control samples (PBMC) were cultured in either RPMI 1640, MEM, or DMEM complemented with 10% of FBS and antibiotics. Cultures were performed with or without the control or patients plasma. Subsequent treatment contained anticytokines (IL-6, TGF-β), a mitogenic effector (PHA), or NOS modulators (L-NMMA, BH4). Culture supernatants were harvested after 24 h of incubation. NO and urea measurements were, respectively, performed by modified Griess and Berthelot methods. Results. Higher urea levels were found in patients' plasma compared to the control's (P < 0.05). NOS modulators induced inverted production profiles for NO and urea (P < 0.05). Their results differed depending on the clinical findings (P < 0.05). It was also found that cytokine neutralization induced different response profiles in patients as opposed to control cultures (P < 0.05). Conclusion. Our results suggest that arginases can compete with NOS2 for L-arginine during Behçet disease. Both enzymes are regulated by environmental cytokines and substrate availability. Furthermore, it seems that NOS/arginase balance is dependent on clinical expression. PMID:25692069

  11. Cytokines Modulate the "Immune-Metabolism" Interactions during Behçet Disease: Effect on Arginine Metabolism.

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    Belguendouz, Houda; Lahmar-Belguendouz, Karima; Messaoudene, Djamel; Djeraba, Zineb; Otmani, Fifi; Hakem, Djennat; Lahlou-Boukoffa, Ouided S; Youinou, Pierre; Touil-Boukoffa, Chafia

    2015-01-01

    Aim and Methods. In this study, we evaluated NOS and arginase activities and their regulation during Behçet disease, a systemic chronic inflammatory disorder with uncertain etiology. The peripheral blood mononuclear cells of 36 patients and 15 control samples (PBMC) were cultured in either RPMI 1640, MEM, or DMEM complemented with 10% of FBS and antibiotics. Cultures were performed with or without the control or patients plasma. Subsequent treatment contained anticytokines (IL-6, TGF-β), a mitogenic effector (PHA), or NOS modulators (L-NMMA, BH4). Culture supernatants were harvested after 24 h of incubation. NO and urea measurements were, respectively, performed by modified Griess and Berthelot methods. Results. Higher urea levels were found in patients' plasma compared to the control's (P < 0.05). NOS modulators induced inverted production profiles for NO and urea (P < 0.05). Their results differed depending on the clinical findings (P < 0.05). It was also found that cytokine neutralization induced different response profiles in patients as opposed to control cultures (P < 0.05). Conclusion. Our results suggest that arginases can compete with NOS2 for L-arginine during Behçet disease. Both enzymes are regulated by environmental cytokines and substrate availability. Furthermore, it seems that NOS/arginase balance is dependent on clinical expression. PMID:25692069

  12. Bilateral optic neuritis in a patient with Behçet's disease who respond to therapeutic plasma exchange.

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    Erdoğan, Seyda; Sorgun, Mine Hayriye; Yalçındağ, Nilüfer; Atilla, Huban; Yücesan, Canan

    2015-01-01

    Bilateral optic neuritis has been reported very rarely as a manifestation of neuro-Behçet's disease. We present a 50 year old woman who had 20-year history of Behçet's disease presented with acutely blurred vision associated with orbital pain in both eyes. Visual acuity was 0.4 in the right eye and light perception in the left eye; afferent pupillary defect was detected in the left eye. Bilateral swelling of the optic disk was found. The cerebrospinal fluid sample tests were within normal limits. Brain magnetic resonance imaging, magnetic resonance venography and fundus fluorescein angiography were normal. She was diagnosed with bilateral optic neuritis and treated with intravenous methyl prednisolone for 10 days. As there was no response to the treatment, therapeutic plasma exchange was started and the patient's visual acuities improved moderately. We suggest that when high dose steroid is failed to treat ON in BD, treatment with TPE may be considered. PMID:26586983

  13. Interferon-γ and nitric oxide production during Behçet uveitis: immunomodulatory effect of interleukin-10.

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    Belguendouz, Houda; Messaoudène, Djamel; Lahmar, Karima; Ahmedi, Laid; Medjeber, Osama; Hartani, Dahbia; Lahlou-Boukoffa, Ouidad; Touil-Boukoffa, Chafia

    2011-09-01

    Uveitis is one of the major manifestations of Behçet Disease, a systemic inflammatory vasculitis. Our aim is to investigate in vivo and in vitro production of interferon (IFN)-γ and nitric oxide (NO) during Behçet uveitis (BU). Moreover, we evaluated the implication of IFN-γ and interleukin (IL)-10 in the regulation of NO production in vitro. Cytokines' concentrations were measured by ELISA, and NO levels were assessed by modified Griess's method. Our results showed that patients with active disease had significant elevation of IFN-γ and NO concentrations in both plasma and peripheral blood mononuclear cell culture supernatants compared with controls (P<0.01) or to patients with inactive disease (P<0.05). Further, IFN-γ induced significantly higher production of NO in cell culture supernatants, whereas IL-10 significantly reduced it (P<0.05). In conclusion, the elevated levels of IFN-γ in vivo and in vitro in patients with BU reflect the implication of this cytokine in the disease physiopathology. These results suggest that IFN-γ, through the induction of NO synthase 2 and the production of NO, is implicated in the genesis of the inflammatory process during active BU; whereas IL-10 seems to have protective properties. PMID:21510811

  14. High-dose short-term chlorambucil for intractable sympathetic ophthalmia and Behçet's disease.

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    Tessler, H H; Jennings, T

    1990-01-01

    We treated five patients with intractable sympathetic ophthalmia and six patients with severe Behçet's disease by high-dose, short-term chlorambucil therapy. We used a total dose ranging from 306 mg to 4.2 g and a duration of therapy no longer than 36 weeks and in most cases less than 24 weeks. After termination of therapy all 11 patients had a sustained remission of their eye disease. Unless subretinal neovascularisation was present, all had a final visual acuity of 20/50 or better. Malignancy has not developed in any of our cases, with a follow-up ranging from 6 months to 12 years (mean, 4.5 years). Although 30- and 40-year follow-ups and larger numbers of patients may be necessary fully to realise the risks of chlorambucil, we believe that our high-dose, short-term regimen (Behçet's disease: average duration, 23 weeks; average total dose 2.2 g; sympathetic ophthalmia: average duration, 11 weeks; total average dose, 0.9 g) may be safer than previously reported chlorambucil regimens of one to two years or longer. In addition we fulfilled our aim of discontinuing all concomitant systemic corticosteroids within a relatively short time (usually six to eight weeks). PMID:2378842

  15. Recurrent headaches: a case of neurological Behçet's disease.

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    Ismail, Alaa M; Dubrey, Simon W; Patel, Maneesh C

    2013-10-01

    A 48-year-old black male, of Nigerian heritage, presented with a 24-hour history of frontal headache of gradual onset. The headache characteristic was migranous, being described as throbbing in nature and located to the right frontal area with associated blurring of vision. Although similar to prior frequent headaches, there was now increasing unsteadiness on walking. Diagnosed 10 years earlier with Behçet's disease, the initial presentation was with oral and genital ulceration. Recurrent episodes of headache caused by neurological flare-ups resulted in a stroke at the age of 46 years. This previous stroke was ischaemic in character with involvement of the brainstem, pons, midbrain and right cerebral peduncle with extension into the right internal capsule. Surveillance brain imaging (computed tomographic and magnetic resonance imaging with venography) 10 months earlier showed brainstem disease activity (Figure 1a) with disease quiescence a month later (Figure 1b) following an escalation of immunosuppressant therapy. Regular medications comprised prednisolone 10 mg (however, regular recurrences had resulted in him taking doses of between 20 and 30 mg/day of prednisolone for most of the past 24 months) and azathioprine 150 mg daily, aspirin 75 mg daily, one adcal D3 twice daily with weekly alendronic acid, and omeprazole 20 mg daily. For headache he took topiramate 25 mg daily and for depression mirtazepine 15 mg daily. The patient was also addicted to a high level of cannabis use which he was reluctant to stop as he felt it helped his symptoms. On examination he was apyrexial and cardiovascularly stable. Neurological examination revealed a residual horizontal nystagmus to the right on lateral gaze, mild left hemiparesis with moderate spasticity, in addition to dysarthria and dysphonia from his prior stroke. A new feature was an exacerbation of gait unsteadiness. Blood tests were unremarkable and specifically the erythrocyte sedimentation rate was normal at 2 mm

  16. Fast separation of selected cathinones and phenylethylamines by supercritical fluid chromatography.

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    Pauk, Volodymyr; Žihlová, Veronika; Borovcová, Lucie; Havlíček, Vladimír; Schug, Kevin; Lemr, Karel

    2015-12-01

    The chromatographic behaviour of eleven synthetic cathinones and four phenylethylamines under supercritical/subcritical fluid conditions was investigated. Four stationary phases with sub-2μm particles (Waters Acquity UPC(2) BEH silica, BEH 2-ethylpyridine, CSH Fluoro-Phenyl, and HSS C18SB) were evaluated in terms of isomer resolution, chromatographic peak shape, and analysis time. Methanol, water, formic acid, ammonium hydroxide, ammonium acetate, and ammonium formate were mixed with carbon dioxide to test their influence on analyte retention and peak shapes. Methanol and ammonium cations were essential for successful separations. Efficient separations of four isomeric pairs (R>1), and most of the remaining analytes, were achieved in less than 3.3min on BEH and Fluoro-Phenyl columns with gradient of methanolic ammonium hydroxide in CO2. Drugs were detected by positive electrospray ionization-triple quadrupole mass spectrometry in selected reaction monitoring mode. Added detection specificity and faster separation of isomers on the BEH column using a steep gradient and high flow rate reduced analysis time of the mixture of 15 drugs to 1.6min. PMID:26585202

  17. Comparison of five different C18 HPLC analytical columns for the analysis of ochratoxin A in different matrices.

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    Sultan, Y; Magan, N; Medina, A

    2014-11-15

    The performance of five different C18 chromatography analytical columns with different lengths, particle sizes and porosities were compared for analysis of ochratoxin A (OTA) in fungal cultures and raisin samples. Chromatographic parameters including retention time, limit of detection, limit of quantification, number of theoretical plates and reduced plate height were obtained and compared. This showed that, compared with traditional columns, shorter ones (100 and 75mm×4.6mm) with 2.7μm solid core particles are suitable for analysis of OTA in different matrices and allows a reduction of the total analysis time by approximately 50% without any detrimental effect on performance. This leads to significant reduction in analysis costs by savings in use of organic solvents and increasing the total number of analyses per day. The capability of these columns for analyzing samples, from different matrices, was assessed by analyzing OTA-contaminated samples from cultures of Aspergillus westerdijkiae and Aspergillus niger grown on a defined nutritional media (yeast extract sucrose agar) and from natural and OTA spiked raisins. PMID:25270057

  18. Application of reversed-phase liquid chromatography and prepacked C18 cartridges for the analysis of oxytetracycline and related compounds.

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    Fedeniuk, R W; Ramamurthi, S; McCurdy, A R

    1996-03-01

    The reversed-phase (RP) chromatographic separation of oxytetracycline (OTC) 4-epioxytetracycline (4-epiOTC), alpha-apooxytetracycline (alpha-apoOTC), and beta-apooxytetracycline (beta-apoOTC) has been accomplished on an Inertsil C8 column at ambient temperature. Using the simplex method of solvent optimization, a 0.1 M ammonium acetate buffer (pH 3.0)-acetonitrile-tetrahydrofuran (72.5:12.5:15, v/v/v) mobile phase was found to give excellent separation of the compounds. OTC, 4-epiOTC, alpha-apoOTC and beta-apoOTC were resolved in 35 min with calculated detection limits of 40, 20, 50 and 140 ng/ml, respectively. Solid-phase extraction (using RP C18 cartridges) of OTC and OTC degradation compounds from distilled water and porcine muscle was tested at four concentration levels ranging from 200 to 2000 ng/ml (g); overall mean recovery of OTC from distilled water and porcine tissue was greater than 90% and 70%, respectively. PMID:8704932

  19. Water solubility of selected C9-C18 alkanes using a slow-stir technique: Comparison to structure - property models.

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    Letinski, Daniel J; Parkerton, Thomas F; Redman, Aaron D; Connelly, Martin J; Peterson, Brian

    2016-05-01

    Aqueous solubility is a fundamental physical-chemical substance property that strongly influences the distribution, fate and effects of chemicals upon release into the environment. Experimental water solubility was determined for 18 selected C9-C18 normal, branched and cyclic alkanes. A slow-stir technique was applied to obviate emulsion formation, which historically has resulted in significant overestimation of the aqueous solubility of such hydrophobic liquid compounds. Sensitive GC-MS based methods coupled with contemporary sample extraction techniques were employed to enable reproducible analysis of low parts-per billion aqueous concentrations. Water solubility measurements for most of the compounds investigated, are reported for the first time expanding available data for branched and cyclic alkanes. Measured water solubilities spanned four orders of magnitude ranging from 0.3 μg/L to 250 μg/L. Good agreement was observed for selected alkanes tested in this work and reported in earlier literature demonstrating the robustness of the slow-stir water solubility technique. Comparisons of measured alkane water solubilities were also made with those predicted by commonly used quantitative structure-property relationship models (e.g. SPARC, EPIWIN, ACD/Labs). Correlations are also presented between alkane measured water solubilities and molecular size parameters (e.g. molar volume, solvent accessible molar volume) affirming a mechanistic description of empirical aqueous solubility results and prediction previously reported for a more limited set of alkanes. PMID:26924078

  20. Preparation, characterization and application of a reversed phase liquid chromatography/hydrophilic interaction chromatography mixed-mode C18-DTT stationary phase.

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    Wang, Qing; Long, Yao; Yao, Lin; Xu, Li; Shi, Zhi-Guo; Xu, Lanying

    2016-01-01

    A mixed-mode chromatographic stationary phase, C18-DTT (dithiothreitol) silica (SiO2) was prepared through "thiol-ene" click chemistry. The obtained material was characterized by fourier transform infrared spectroscope, nitrogen adsorption analysis and contact angle analysis. Chromatographic performance of the C18-DTT was systemically evaluated by studying the effect of acetonitrile content, pH, buffer concentration of the mobile phase and column temperature. It was demonstrated that the novel stationary phase possessed reversed phase liquid chromatography (RPLC)/hydrophilic interaction liquid chromatography (HILIC) mixed-mode property. The stop-flow test revealed that C18-DTT exhibited excellent compatibility with 100% aqueous mobile phase. Additionally, the stability and column-to-column reproducibility of the C18-DTT material were satisfactory, with relative standard deviations of retention factor of the tested analytes (verapamil, fenbufen, guanine, tetrandrine and nicotinic acid) in the range of 1.82-3.72% and 0.85-1.93%, respectively. Finally, the application of C18-DTT column was demonstrated in the separation of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, aromatic carboxylic acids, alkaloids, nucleo-analytes and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. It had great resolving power in the analysis of various compounds in HILIC and RPLC chromatographic conditions and was a promising RPLC/HILIC mixed-mode stationary phase. PMID:26695288

  1. Successful treatment with adalimumab in a patient with coexisting Behçet's disease and ankylosing spondylitis.

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    Yildiz, Necmettin; Alkan, Hakan; Ardic, Fusun; Topuz, Oya

    2010-09-01

    The objective is to report a patient with concomitant ankylosing spondylitis (AS) and Behçet's disease (BD) successfully treated with adalimumab. A 44-year-old male diagnosed as AS applied to our outpatient clinic with complaints of morning stiffness, pain and limitation of motion at spine, concurrence of oral and genital ulcerated lesions. He was on sulfasalazine together with different NSAIDs for the past 1 year. According to the criteria of International Study Group, he was diagnosed as BD. The patient was considered as refractory to current treatment and adalimumab treatment was started. During follow-up, not only AS was in remission, but also no new oral and genital ulcerations appeared. There were no complications related to the use of anti-TNFalpha therapy. In our case it was observed that anti-TNFalpha therapy, specifically adalimumab, was effective for symptoms of both AS and BD. PMID:19705123

  2. Mucocutaneous Involvement in Behçet's Disease: How Systemic Treatment Has Changed in the Last Decades and Future Perspectives

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    Rotondo, Cinzia; Lopalco, Giuseppe; Iannone, Florenzo; Vitale, Antonio; Talarico, Rosaria; Galeazzi, Mauro; Lapadula, Giovanni; Cantarini, Luca

    2015-01-01

    Behçet's disease (BD) is a multisystemic disorder of unknown etiology characterized by the “triple symptom complex” consisting of recurrent oral aphthosis, genital ulcers, and chronic relapsing bilateral uveitis. Recurrent mucocutaneous lesions are generally considered the hallmark of the disease, being the most common symptoms presenting at the onset of disease. Although the improvement of knowledge about the pathogenetic mechanism added important changes in the treatment management of BD clinical manifestations, thus avoiding the appearance of serious life-threatening complications which are disease related, the mucocutaneous lesions are still the most nagging clinical manifestations to be treated. In this work we reviewed the current state of knowledge regarding the therapeutic approaches for mucocutaneous lesions of BD mainly based on controlled studies to provide a rational framework for selecting the appropriate therapy for treating these troublesome features of the disease. PMID:26185360

  3. Mucocutaneous Involvement in Behçet's Disease: How Systemic Treatment Has Changed in the Last Decades and Future Perspectives.

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    Rotondo, Cinzia; Lopalco, Giuseppe; Iannone, Florenzo; Vitale, Antonio; Talarico, Rosaria; Galeazzi, Mauro; Lapadula, Giovanni; Cantarini, Luca

    2015-01-01

    Behçet's disease (BD) is a multisystemic disorder of unknown etiology characterized by the "triple symptom complex" consisting of recurrent oral aphthosis, genital ulcers, and chronic relapsing bilateral uveitis. Recurrent mucocutaneous lesions are generally considered the hallmark of the disease, being the most common symptoms presenting at the onset of disease. Although the improvement of knowledge about the pathogenetic mechanism added important changes in the treatment management of BD clinical manifestations, thus avoiding the appearance of serious life-threatening complications which are disease related, the mucocutaneous lesions are still the most nagging clinical manifestations to be treated. In this work we reviewed the current state of knowledge regarding the therapeutic approaches for mucocutaneous lesions of BD mainly based on controlled studies to provide a rational framework for selecting the appropriate therapy for treating these troublesome features of the disease. PMID:26185360

  4. Behçet's pulmonary artery aneurysms treated with infliximab and monitored with the 6-min walk test.

    PubMed

    Kotecha, Jalpa; Kamath, Ajay V; Mukhtyar, Chetan

    2016-04-01

    Pulmonary involvement in Behçet's disease (BD) is uncommon; however, it is potentially fatal due to the risk of massive haemoptysis. We describe the case of a 36-year-old male presenting with a 2-month history of worsening dyspnoea, weight loss, haemoptysis, oral ulceration, erythema nodosum and superficial thrombophlebitis. He was diagnosed with pulmonary vasculitis secondary to BD; however, his symptoms were refractory to initial treatment with cyclophosphamide, azathioprine and prednisolone. We therefore trialled infliximab alongside methotrexate, which led to a remarkable improvement in his condition, enabling eventual discontinuation of prednisolone. Whilst not being one of the treatments currently recommended for managing pulmonary involvement in BD, infliximab has previously been successfully used in cases refractory to conventional therapy. We used the 6-min walk test (distance covered and lowest oxygen saturations) to monitor his progress, which correlated with his symptoms. This may represent a useful adjunct in monitoring the activity of pulmonary vasculitis. PMID:27123312

  5. Behçet's pulmonary artery aneurysms treated with infliximab and monitored with the 6-min walk test

    PubMed Central

    Kotecha, Jalpa; Kamath, Ajay V.; Mukhtyar, Chetan

    2016-01-01

    Pulmonary involvement in Behçet's disease (BD) is uncommon; however, it is potentially fatal due to the risk of massive haemoptysis. We describe the case of a 36-year-old male presenting with a 2-month history of worsening dyspnoea, weight loss, haemoptysis, oral ulceration, erythema nodosum and superficial thrombophlebitis. He was diagnosed with pulmonary vasculitis secondary to BD; however, his symptoms were refractory to initial treatment with cyclophosphamide, azathioprine and prednisolone. We therefore trialled infliximab alongside methotrexate, which led to a remarkable improvement in his condition, enabling eventual discontinuation of prednisolone. Whilst not being one of the treatments currently recommended for managing pulmonary involvement in BD, infliximab has previously been successfully used in cases refractory to conventional therapy. We used the 6-min walk test (distance covered and lowest oxygen saturations) to monitor his progress, which correlated with his symptoms. This may represent a useful adjunct in monitoring the activity of pulmonary vasculitis. PMID:27123312

  6. Preparation of magnetic core mesoporous shell microspheres with C18-modified interior pore-walls for fast extraction and analysis of phthalates in water samples.

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    Li, Zhongbo; Huang, Danni; Fu, Chinfai; Wei, Biwen; Yu, Wenjia; Deng, Chunhui; Zhang, Xiangmin

    2011-09-16

    In this study, core-shell magnetic mesoporous microspheres with C18-functionalized interior pore-walls were synthesized through coating Fe(3)O(4) microspheres with a mesoporous inorganic-organic hybrid layer with a n-octadecyltriethoxysilane (C18TES) and tetraethyl orthosilicate (TEOS) as the silica source and cetyltrimethylammonia bromide (CTAB) as a template. The obtained C18-functionalized Fe(3)O(4)@mSiO(2) microspheres possess numerous C18 groups anchored in the interior pore-walls, large surface area (274.7 m(2)/g, high magnetization (40.8 emu/g) and superparamagnetism, uniform mesopores (4.1 nm), which makes them ideal absorbents for simple, fast, and efficient extraction and enrichment of hydrophobic organic compounds in water samples. Several kinds of phthalates were used as the model hydrophobic organic compounds to systematically evaluate the performance of the C18-functionalized Fe(3)O(4)@mSiO(2) microspheres in extracting hydrophobic molecules by using a gas chromatography-mass spectrometry. Various parameters, including eluting solvent, the amounts of absorbents, extraction time and elution time were optimized. Hydrophobic extraction was performed in the interior pore of magnetic mesoporous microspheres, and the materials had the anti-interference ability to macromolecular proteins, which was also investigated in the work. Under the optimized conditions, C18-functionalized Fe(3)O(4)@mSiO(2) microspheres were successfully used to analyze the real water samples. The results indicated that this novel method was fast, convenient and efficient for the target compounds and could avoid being interfered by macromolecules. PMID:21794868

  7. Investigation of Behçet’s Disease and Recurrent Aphthous Stomatitis Frequency: The Highest Prevalence in Turkey

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    Baş, Yalçın; Seçkin, Havva Yıldız; Kalkan, Göknur; Takcı, Zennure; Önder, Yalçın; Çıtıl, Rıza; Demir, Selim; Şahin, Şafak

    2016-01-01

    Background: The Recurrent Aphthous Stomatitis (RAS) is the most frequently observed painful pathology of the oral mucosa in the society. It appears mostly in idiopathic form; however, it may also be related with systemic diseases like Behçet’s Disease (BD). Aims: Determining the prevalence of RAS and BD in the Northern Anatolian Region, which is one of the important routes on the Antique Silk Road. Study Design: Cross-sectional study. Methods: Overall, 85 separate exemplification groups were formed to reflect the population density, and the demographic data of the region they represent. In the first stage, the individuals, who were selected in random order, were invited to a Family Physician Unit at a certain date and time. The dermatological examinations of the volunteering individuals were performed by only 3 dermatology specialists. In the second stage, those individuals who had symptoms of BD were invited to our hospital, and the Pathergy Test and eye examinations were performed. Results: The annual prevalence of RAS was determined as 10.84%. The annual prevalence was determined to be higher in women than in men (p=0.000). It was observed that the prevalence was at the peak level in the 3rd decade, and then decreased proportionally in the following decades (p=0.000). It was also observed that the aphtha recurrence decreased in the following decades (p=0.048). The Behçet’s prevalence was found to be 0.60%. The prevalence in women was found to be higher than in men (0.86% female, 0.14% male; p=0.022). Conclusion: While the RAS prevalence ratio was at an average value when compared with the other societies; the BD prevalence was found as the highest ratio in the world according to the literature. PMID:27606133

  8. Combination of acid labile detergent and C18 Empore™ disks for improved identification and sequence coverage of in-gel digested proteins.

    PubMed

    Koehn, Henning; Lau, Benjamin; Clerens, Stefan; Plowman, Jeffrey E; Dyer, Jolon M; Ramli, Umi Salamah; Deb-Choudhury, Santanu

    2011-04-01

    A protocol for improved extraction of peptides from in-gel protein digests, using a combination of the acid labile surfactant, sodium deoxycholate (SDC) and C18 Empore™ membranes, is presented. This approach results in better mass spectrum quality, higher numbers of identified peptide peaks and improved identification scores compared to standard tryptic digestion protocols, or protocols using only SDC or only C18 Empore™ disks. The advantages of the new protocol are demonstrated for two different types of samples: Merino wool intermediate filament proteins and Elaeis guineensis (oil palm) mesocarp proteins. PMID:21327873

  9. A Rapid Method for Determination of the Main Conjugated Linoleic Acid Precursors (C18:2 n-6 and C18:3 n-3) in Forage by Capillary Zone Electrophoresis with Ultraviolet Detection Using Gas Chromatography with Flame Ionization Detection as a Comparative Method.

    PubMed

    de Jesus Coelho Castro, Renata; Sobrinho, Fausto Souza; Sundfeld da Gama, Marco Antônio; Takabayashi Sato, Renata; Lavorato Lima, Larissa; Leal de Oliveira, Marcone Augusto

    2015-01-01

    A rapid method has been proposed for determination of the main conjugated linoleic acid precursors such as linoleic (C18:2 n-6) and linolenic (C18:3 n-3) acids in forages by capillary zone electrophoresis (CZE) with direct UV detection at 200 nm. Among the fatty acids found in forages, C18:2 n-6 and C18:3 n-3 have received particular attention due to their roles as precursors for the synthesis of conjugated linoleic acid, a class of health-enhancing compounds that is predominantly found in dairy products. The electrolyte background consisted of 12.0 mmol/L tetraborate buffer (pH 9.2) added to 12.0 mmol/L Brij 35®, 17% acetonitrile, and 33% methanol. Under the optimized conditions, the baseline separation of C18:2 n-6 and C18:3 n-3 was achieved within 4 min. The CZE-UV method was compared to GC with a flame ionization detector, which is the American Oil Chemists' Society (AOCS 996.06) official method for fatty acid analysis. The methods did not show any evidence of significant differences within 95% confidence interval (P>0.05). The CZE-UV method was successfully applied to the analysis of 80 genotypes of Brachiaria ruzizienses clones submitted to a genetic improvement program in agricultural research. PMID:26651572

  10. 40 CFR 721.10297 - Tin, C16-18 and C18-unsatd. fatty acids castor-oil fatty acids complexes.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-07-01

    ... acids castor-oil fatty acids complexes. 721.10297 Section 721.10297 Protection of Environment.... fatty acids castor-oil fatty acids complexes. (a) Chemical substances and significant new uses subject to reporting. (1) The chemical substance identified as tin, C16-18 and C18-unsatd. fatty acids...

  11. 40 CFR 721.10297 - Tin, C16-18 and C18-unsatd. fatty acids castor-oil fatty acids complexes.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-07-01

    ... acids castor-oil fatty acids complexes. 721.10297 Section 721.10297 Protection of Environment.... fatty acids castor-oil fatty acids complexes. (a) Chemical substances and significant new uses subject to reporting. (1) The chemical substance identified as tin, C16-18 and C18-unsatd. fatty acids...

  12. 40 CFR 721.10297 - Tin, C16-18 and C18-unsatd. fatty acids castor-oil fatty acids complexes.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-07-01

    ... acids castor-oil fatty acids complexes. 721.10297 Section 721.10297 Protection of Environment.... fatty acids castor-oil fatty acids complexes. (a) Chemical substances and significant new uses subject to reporting. (1) The chemical substance identified as tin, C16-18 and C18-unsatd. fatty acids...

  13. Thin coatings based on ZnO@C18-usnic acid nanoparticles prepared by MAPLE inhibit the development of Salmonella enterica early biofilm growth

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    Stan, Miruna Silvia; Constanda, Sabrina; Grumezescu, Valentina; Andronescu, Ecaterina; Ene, Ana Maria; Holban, Alina Maria; Vasile, Bogdan Stefan; Mogoantă, Laurenţiu; Bălşeanu, Tudor-Adrian; Mogoşanu, George Dan; Socol, Gabriel; Grumezescu, Alexandru Mihai; Dinischiotu, Anca; Lazar, Veronica; Chifiriuc, Mariana Carmen

    2016-06-01

    The aim of this study was to develop a nanostructured bioactive surface based on zinc oxide, sodium stearate (C18) and usnic acid (UA) exhibiting harmless effects with respect to the human cells, but with a significant antimicrobial effect, limiting the attachment and biofilm formation of food pathogens. ZnO nanoparticles were synthesized by sol-gel method and functionalized with C18 and UA. The coatings were fabricated by matrix assisted pulsed laser evaporation technique (MAPLE) and further characterized by TEM, SEM, SAED, XRD and IRM. The biological characterization of the prepared coatings consisted in cytotoxicity and antimicrobial assays. The cytotoxicity of ZnO@C18 and ZnO@C18-UA films was evaluated with respect to the human skin fibroblasts (CCD 1070SK cell line) by phase contrast microscopy, MTT assay and nitric oxide (NO) release. The covered surfaces exhibited a decreased cell attachment, effect which was more pronounced in the presence of UA as shown by purple formazan staining of adhered cells. The unattached fibroblasts remained viable after 24 h in the culture media as it was revealed by their morphology analysis and NO level which were similar to uncovered slides. The quantitative microbiological assays results have demonstrated that the bioactive coatings have significantly inhibited the adherence and biofilm formation of Salmonella enterica. The obtained results recommend these materials as efficient approaches in developing anti-adherent coatings for various industrial, medical and food processing applications.

  14. 26 CFR 1.381(c)(18)-1 - Depletion on extraction of ores or minerals from the waste or residue of prior mining.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-04-01

    ... 26 Internal Revenue 4 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Depletion on extraction of ores or minerals from... Reorganizations § 1.381(c)(18)-1 Depletion on extraction of ores or minerals from the waste or residue of prior... section 613(c)(3) (relating to extraction of ores or minerals from the ground). Thus, an...

  15. 40 CFR 721.10526 - 2-Propenoic acid, 2-methyl-, 2-hydroxyethyl ester, telomers with C18-26-alkyl acrylate, 1...

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-07-01

    ... 40 Protection of Environment 32 2013-07-01 2013-07-01 false 2-Propenoic acid, 2-methyl-, 2-hydroxyethyl ester, telomers with C18-26-alkyl acrylate, 1-dodecanethiol, N-(hydroxymethyl)-2-methyl-2-propenamide, polyfluorooctyl methacrylate and vinylidene chloride, 2,2'- hydrochloride (1:2)-initiated (generic). 721.10526 Section 721.10526...

  16. 40 CFR 721.10526 - 2-Propenoic acid, 2-methyl-, 2-hydroxyethyl ester, telomers with C18-26-alkyl acrylate, 1...

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-07-01

    ... 40 Protection of Environment 31 2014-07-01 2014-07-01 false 2-Propenoic acid, 2-methyl-, 2-hydroxyethyl ester, telomers with C18-26-alkyl acrylate, 1-dodecanethiol, N-(hydroxymethyl)-2-methyl-2-propenamide, polyfluorooctyl methacrylate and vinylidene chloride, 2,2'- hydrochloride (1:2)-initiated (generic). 721.10526 Section 721.10526...

  17. Nanohybrids of Mg/Al layered double hydroxide and long-chain (C18) unsaturated fatty acid anions: Structure and sorptive properties

    Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

    Long-chain (C18) unsaturated fatty acid anions, elaidate (ELA), oleate (OLE), linoleate (LINO), and linolenate (LINOLEN), were intercalated into Mg/Al (3:1) layered double hydroxide (LDH) and the resultant organo-LDH nanohybrid materials were characterized and subsequently evaluated as sorbents of s...

  18. 26 CFR 1.381(c)(18)-1 - Depletion on extraction of ores or minerals from the waste or residue of prior mining.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-04-01

    ... 26 Internal Revenue 4 2011-04-01 2011-04-01 false Depletion on extraction of ores or minerals from... Reorganizations § 1.381(c)(18)-1 Depletion on extraction of ores or minerals from the waste or residue of prior... section 613(c)(3) (relating to extraction of ores or minerals from the ground). Thus, an...

  19. 26 CFR 1.381(c)(18)-1 - Depletion on extraction of ores or minerals from the waste or residue of prior mining.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-04-01

    ... 26 Internal Revenue 4 2013-04-01 2013-04-01 false Depletion on extraction of ores or minerals from...) Insolvency Reorganizations § 1.381(c)(18)-1 Depletion on extraction of ores or minerals from the waste or... the applicability of section 613(c)(3) (relating to extraction of ores or minerals from the...

  20. 26 CFR 1.381(c)(18)-1 - Depletion on extraction of ores or minerals from the waste or residue of prior mining.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-04-01

    ... 26 Internal Revenue 4 2014-04-01 2014-04-01 false Depletion on extraction of ores or minerals from...) Insolvency Reorganizations § 1.381(c)(18)-1 Depletion on extraction of ores or minerals from the waste or... the applicability of section 613(c)(3) (relating to extraction of ores or minerals from the...

  1. 26 CFR 1.381(c)(18)-1 - Depletion on extraction of ores or minerals from the waste or residue of prior mining.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-04-01

    ... 26 Internal Revenue 4 2012-04-01 2012-04-01 false Depletion on extraction of ores or minerals from...) Insolvency Reorganizations § 1.381(c)(18)-1 Depletion on extraction of ores or minerals from the waste or... the applicability of section 613(c)(3) (relating to extraction of ores or minerals from the...

  2. 40 CFR 721.3025 - Fatty acids C12-18, C18 unsaturated, C12-18 alkyl esters (generic).

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-07-01

    ..., C12-18 alkyl esters (generic). 721.3025 Section 721.3025 Protection of Environment ENVIRONMENTAL... alkyl esters (generic). (a) Chemical substance and significant new uses subject to reporting. (1) The chemical substance identified generically as fatty acids C12-18, C18 unsaturated, C12-18 alkyl esters...

  3. Combined analysis of C-18 unsaturated fatty acids using natural abundance deuterium 2D NMR spectroscopy in chiral oriented solvents.

    PubMed

    Lesot, Philippe; Baillif, Vincent; Billault, Isabelle

    2008-04-15

    The quantitative determination of isotopic (2H/1H)i ratios at natural abundance using the SNIF-NMR protocol is a well-known method for understanding the enzymatic biosynthesis of metabolites. However, this approach is not always successful for analyzing large solutes and, specifically, is inadequate for prochiral molecules such as complete essential unsaturated fatty acids. To overcome these analytical limitations, we use the natural abundance deuterium 2D NMR (NAD 2D NMR) spectroscopy on solutes embedded in polypeptide chiral liquid crystals. This approach, recently explored for measuring (2H/1H)i ratios of small analytes (Lesot, P.; Aroulanda, C.; Billault, I. Anal. Chem. 2004, 76, 2827-2835), is a powerful way to separate the 2H signals of all nonequivalent enantioisotopomers on the basis both of the 2H quadrupolar interactions and of the 2H chemical shift. Two significant advances over our previous work are presented here and allow the complete isotopic analysis of four mono- and polyunsaturated fatty acid methyl esters: methyl oleate (1), methyl linoleate (2), methyl linolenate (3), and methyl vernoleate (4). The first consists of using NMR spectrometers operating at higher magnetic field strength (14.1 T) and equipped with a selective cryoprobe optimized for deuterium nuclei. The second is the development of Q-COSY Fz 2D NMR experiments able to produce phased 2H 2D maps after a double Fourier transformation. This combination of modern hardware and efficient NMR sequences provides a unique tool to analyze the (2H/1H)i ratios of large prochiral molecules (C-18) dissolved in organic solutions of poly(gamma-benzyl-L-glutamate) and requires smaller amounts of solute than previous study on fatty acids. For each compound (1-4), all 2H quadrupolar doublets visible in the 2D spectra have been assigned on the basis of 2H chemical shifts, isotopic data obtained from isotropic quantitative NAD NMR, and by an interspectral comparison of the anisotropic NAD spectra of four

  4. Simultaneous analysis method for GHB, ketamine, norketamine, phenobarbital, thiopental, zolpidem, zopiclone and phenytoin in urine, using C18 poroshell column.

    PubMed

    Anilanmert, Beril; Çavuş, Fatma; Narin, Ibrahim; Cengiz, Salih; Sertler, Şefika; Özdemir, Ali Acar; Açikkol, Münevver

    2016-06-01

    Date-rape drugs have the potential to be used in drug-facilitated sexual assault, organ theft and property theft. Since they are colorless, tasteless and odorless, victims can drink without noticing, when added to the beverages. These drugs must be detected in time, before they are cleared up from the biofluids. A simultaneous extraction and determination method in urine for GHB, ketamine, norketamine, phenobarbital, thiopental, zolpidem, zopiclone and phenytoin (an anticonvulsant and antiepileptic drug) with LC-MS/MS was developed for the first time with analytically acceptable recoveries and validated. A 4 steps liquid-liquid extraction was applied, using only 1.000mL urine. A new age commercial C18 poroshell column with high column efficiency was used for LC-MS/MS analysis with a fast isocratic elution as 5.5min. A new MS transition were introduced for barbital. 222.7>179.8 with the effect of acetonitrile. Recoveries (%) were between 80.98-99.27 for all analytes, except for GHB which was 71.46. LOD and LOQ values were found in the ranges of 0.59-49.50 and 9.20-80.80ngmL(-1) for all the analytes (except for GHB:3.44 and 6.00μgmL(-1)). HorRat values calculated (between 0.25-1.21), revealed that the inter-day and interanalist precisions (RSD%≤14.54%) acceptable. The simultaneous extraction and determination of these 8 analytes in urine is challenging because of the difficulty arising from the different chemical properties of some. Since the procedure can extract drugs from a wide range of polarity and pKa, it increases the window of detection. Group representatives from barbiturates, z-drugs, ketamine, phenytoin and polar acidic drugs (GHB) have been successfully analyzed in this study with low detection limits. The method is important from the point of determining the combined or single use of these drugs in crimes and finding out the reasons of deaths related to these drugs. PMID:27107852

  5. Ultrastructure of lymphocyte-mediated fat-cell lysis in erythema nodosum-like lesions of Behçet's syndrome.

    PubMed

    Honma, T; Bang, D; Saito, T; Nakagawa, S; Ueki, H; Lee, S

    1987-12-01

    In this study, biopsy specimens from 18 patients with Behçet's syndrome were examined by electron microscopy with particular attention to the appearance of the lymphocyte-macrophage infiltrate into the interlobules of subcutaneous fat in erythema nodosum-like lesions. Electron microscopic evaluation revealed vacuolization changes of fat cells with detachment of their cell membrane from the basal lamina that permitted lymphocytes and macrophages to enter into this developed space. We believe that the detachment of fat cells from the basal lamina precedes invasion by lymphocytes which, in turn, attracts macrophages into the space. This eventually leads to fat-cell lysis accompanied by activation of macrophages, which causes further inflammation, completing the picture of panniculitis in the erythema nodosum-like lesions in Behçet's syndrome. PMID:3688905

  6. Bacterial and human cell mutagenicity study of some C18H10 cyclopenta-fused polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons associated with fossil fuels combustion.

    PubMed Central

    Lafleur, A L; Longwell, J P; Marr, J A; Monchamp, P A; Plummer, E F; Thilly, W G; Mulder, P P; Boere, B B; Cornelisse, J; Lugtenburg, J

    1993-01-01

    A number of isomeric C18H10 polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), thought to be primarily cyclopenta-fused PAHs, are produced during the combustion and pyrolysis of fossil fuels. To determine the importance of their contributions to the total mutagenic activity of combustion and pyrolysis samples in which they are found, we characterized reference quantities of four C18H10 CP-PAHs: benzo[ghi]fluoranthene (BF), cyclopenta[cd]pyrene (CPP), cyclopent[hi]acephenanthrylene (CPAP), and cyclopent[hi]aceanthrylene (CPAA). Synthesis of CPAA and CPAP is described. The availability of reference samples of these isomers also proved to be an essential aid in the identification of the C18H10 species often found in combustion and pyrolysis samples. Chemical analysis of selected combustion and pyrolysis samples showed that CPP was generally the most abundant C18H10 isomer, followed by CPAP and BF. CPAA was detected only in pyrolysis products from pure PAHs. We tested the four C18H10 PAHs for mutagenicity in a forward mutation assay using S. typhimurium. CPP, BF, and CPAA were roughly twice as mutagenic as benzo[a]pyrene (BaP), whereas CPAP was only slightly active. These PAHs were also tested for mutagenic activity in human cells. In this assay, CPP and CPAA were strongly mutagenic but less active than BaP, whereas CPAP and BF were inactive at the dose levels tested. Also, the bacterial and human cell mutagenicity of CPAA and CPAP were compared with the mutagenicity of their monocyclopenta-fused analogs, aceanthrylene and acephenanthyrlene. Although the mutagenicities of CPAP and acephenanthrylene are similar, the mutagenic activity of CPAA is an order of magnitude greater than that of aceanthyrlene. PMID:8354201

  7. Magnetic solid-phase extraction and determination of puerarin in rat plasma using C(18)-functionalized magnetic silica nanoparticles by high performance liquid chromatography.

    PubMed

    Wang, Qi; Huang, Lijie; Yu, Panfeng; Wang, Jianchang; Shen, Shun

    2013-01-01

    In the paper, we presented a magnetic solid-phase extraction (MSPE) method based on C(18)-functionalized magnetic silica nanoparticles for the analysis of puerarin in rat plasma. The approach involves two steps including synthesis of magnetic solid-phase sorbents and bioanalysis. The synthesized magnetic silica microspheres modified with chloro(dimethyl)octylsilane (namely Fe(3)O(4)@SiO(2)-C(18)) can provide an efficient way for the extraction of puerarin through C(18) hydrophobic interaction. The puerarin could be easily enriched using milligram-level Fe(3)O(4)@SiO(2)-C(18) sorbents with vibration for 10min. By means of a magnet, puerarin adsorbed with Fe(3)O(4)@SiO(2)-C(18) sorbents was easily isolated from the matrix, and desorbed with CAN. No carryover was observed, and the sorbents could be recycled in our study. The method recoveries were obtained from 85.2% to 92.3%. Limits of quantification and limits of detection of 0.1μgmL(-1) and 0.05μgmL(-1), respectively were achieved. The precision was from 8.1 to 13.7% for intra-day measurement, and from 9.4 to 15.2% for inter-day variation. The accuracy ranged from 94.7 to 106.3% for intra-day measurement, and from 93.3 to 107.8% for inter-day measurement. The MSPE method was applied for analysis of puerarin in rat plasma samples. The results indicated that it was convenient and efficient for the determination of puerarin in biosamples. PMID:23246846

  8. Endovascular Treatment of a Ruptured Pulmonary Artery Aneurysm in a Patient with Behçet's Disease Using the Amplatzer Vascular Plug 4

    PubMed Central

    Carrafiello, Gianpaolo; Nicotera, Paolo; Vaghi, Adriano; Cazzulani, Alberto

    2013-01-01

    A pulmonary artery aneurysm is a common manifestation and the leading cause of mortality in Behçet's disease. We describe a case of spontaneous rupture of a pulmonary artery aneurysm that, due to the inadequacy of medical therapy and the disadvantages of surgery, became the ideal candidate for endovascular management and was successfully performed by using the Amplatzer Vascular Plug 4. PMID:23482415

  9. Angio-Behçet thoracique - régression totale sous traitement immuno-suppresseur (à propos d'un cas)

    PubMed Central

    Berrady, Rhizlane; Khammar, Zineb; Lahlou, Mariam; Boukhrissa, Amal; Bono, Wafaa

    2014-01-01

    La maladie de Behçet est une Vascularite multisystémique d’étiologie obscure. L'angio-Behçet thoracique est en rapport avec le tropisme vasculaire bien connu de la maladie, et les anévrysmes des artères pulmonaires constituent une des complications majeures de cette maladie. Nous rapportons le cas d'un patient qui s'est présenté en consultation pour douleur thoracique avec toux et crachats hémoptoïques. Le diagnostic d'une maladie de Behçet est retenu sur des arguments cliniques et confirmé par un angioscanner thoracique qui a objectivé des dilatations anévrysmales des bronches lobaires et segmentaires des deux artères pulmonaires. Devant l'urgence thérapeutique, un bolus de solumédrol sur trois jours est réalisé relayé par un bolus de cyclophosphamide. Après 12 mois de suivi, le patient rapporte une nette amélioration clinique. L'angio-scanner de contrôle note une disparition totale des anévrysmes des artères pulmonaires. L'atteinte thoracique de l'angio-Behçet est grave et met en jeu le pronostic vital, le traitement médical de ces anévrysmes à base d'immunosuppresseur permet une évolution favorable. PMID:25404976

  10. Behçet Syndrome Manifestations and Activity in the United States versus Turkey — A Cross-sectional Cohort Comparison

    PubMed Central

    Sibley, Cailin; Yazici, Yusuf; Tascilar, Koray; Khan, Nafiz; Bata, Yasmin; Yazici, Hasan; Goldbach-Mansky, Raphaela; Hatemi, Gulen

    2015-01-01

    Objective To compare clinical manifestations and activity of Behçet syndrome (BS) in the United States versus Turkey using validated outcome measures. Methods Consecutive patients with BS from the US National Institutes of Health (NIH), New York University, and the University of Istanbul were evaluated. Disease activity was measured using the Behçet’s Syndrome Activity Scale (BSAS) and the Behçet’s Disease Current Activity Form (BDCAF) with quality of life measured by the Behçet Disease Quality of Life (BDQOL) form. One-way ANOVA, t-tests, and multivariate regression analyses were performed. Results Mean age did not differ between sites; however, more women were seen in the United States versus in Turkey (p < 0.001), and disease duration was longer in the United States (p = 0.02). Organ manifestations were similar for oral and genital ulcers, skin disease, arthralgia, eye disease, and thrombosis. However, more gastrointestinal (p < 0.001) and neurologic disease (p = 0.003) was seen in the United States. BSAS and BDCAF scores were worse in the United States compared to Turkey (p = 0.013 and < 0.001, respectively). Worse mean BDQOL scores were observed at the NIH compared to Istanbul (not significant). Multivariable regression models showed worse scores in ethnically atypical patients for BSAS and BDCAF (p = 0.04 and p = 0.001), American patients for BDCAF (p = 0.01), older age for BDCAF (p = 0.005), and women for BDQOL (p = 0.01). Conclusion Demographic and clinical manifestations of BS differ between sites with higher disease activity in the United States compared to Turkey. Referral patterns, age, sex, ethnicity, and country of origin may be important in these differences. These observations raise the question of whether pathogenic mechanisms differ in Turkish and American patients. PMID:24931953

  11. In vivo and in vitro IL-18 production during uveitis associated with Behçet disease: effect of glucocorticoid therapy.

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    Belguendouz, H; Messaoudene, D; Lahmar-Belguendouz, K; Djeraba, Z; Otmani, F; Terahi, M; Tiar, M; Hartani, D; Lahlou-Boukoffa, O S; Touil-Boukoffa, C

    2015-03-01

    Uveitis represents one of the major diagnostic criteria in Behçet's disease. It is most prevalent in the countries of the Mediterranean area, including Algeria, and along the Silk Road. Clinical features include oral and genital ulcers, ocular and skin lesions, as well as central nervous system, joint, vascular, gastrointestinal, or pulmonary manifestations. Many studies have reported that Th1 immune responses are involved in the physiopathology. We have previously studied the production of IL-12 and IFN-γ, cytokine markers in the Th1 pathway involved in Behçet's disease. In our study, we investigate in vivo and in vitro IL-18 production in Algerian patients with Behçet's disease with ocular manifestations in various stages of the disease. We examined the effect of glucocorticoids on IL-18 production during the active stage of the disease. Our results suggest that IL-18 could be a good biomarker for monitoring disease activity and its regression, demonstrating the effectiveness of treatment on the underlying immunopathologic process. PMID:25630753

  12. Determination of ν2 fundamental band origin for BeH2 and BeD2 from deperturbation analysis of hot bands.

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    Motallebipour, Maryam S; Shayesteh, Alireza

    2016-08-21

    New vibration-rotation hot bands, i.e., 031 → 030 and 041 → 040, have been assigned and rotationally analyzed for the gaseous BeH2 molecule. The 03(1)0 (Πu), 03(1)1 (Πg), 04(2)0 (Δg), and 04(2)1 (Δu) states are locally perturbed by the nearby 001 (Σu (+)), 002 (Σg (+)), 01(1)1 (Πg), and 01(1)2 (Πu) states, respectively [A. Shayesteh et al., J. Chem. Phys. 118, 3622 (2003)]. Appropriate Hamiltonian matrices have been constructed to take the effects of rotational ℓ-type doubling, ℓ-type resonance, and third order Coriolis interactions into account, and used in deperturbation analyses. From nonlinear least squares fits of all the data, relative energies and unperturbed rotational constants have been determined for the 030, 031, 040, and 041 vibrational levels of BeH2. Similar deperturbation fits were performed for the 001 → 000 and 011 → 010 bands of the BeD2 isotopologue, while the 030 and 040 vibrational levels were treated as dark states. From relative vibrational energies of the 030 and 040 levels, the ν2 fundamental band origins were determined to be 711.48 ± 0.05 cm(-1) and 548.21 ± 0.1 cm(-1) for BeH2 and BeD2, respectively. PMID:27544108

  13. The eighth Frederick H. Verhoeff Lecture. presented by saiichi mishima, MD Behçet's disease in Japan: ophthalmologic aspects.

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    Mishima, S; Masuda, K; Izawa, Y; Mochizuki, M; Namba, K

    1979-01-01

    The problems of Behçet's disease in Japan have been reviewed with particular emphasis on the ophthalmologic aspects: the historical background for the Japanese works, diagnostic critieria, epidemiology, some statistics, ocular symptomatology, ocular histopathology, etiology, pathophysiology, and treatment. Behçet's disease is the most frequent entity in endogenous uveitis in Japan. Patients are found throughout the country, and the prevalence rate averages seven to eight per 100,000 population: the rate is higher in the northern than in the southern districts. The diagnosis is made on the basis of a combination of clinical symptoms that are divided into the major and minor criteria symptoms. The major criteria comprise the ocular involvement, aphthous ulcers of the oral mucous membrane, genital ulcers, and skin lesions. These symptoms recur often as attacks and the disease follows a chronic course. The ocular involvement is found in 83% to 95% in males and 67% to 73% in females; the male to female ratio in the number of patients is 1.78. Both into the anterior segment type and the fundus and panophthalmic types. The anterior segment type shows serous iridocyclitis with the classic type of hypopyon appearing in about 12% of the attacks. This type is found in about 20%, more often in females than in males, and the visual prognosis is more favorable than in the fundus and panophthalmic types. In the latter two types, attacks of retinal angitis resulting in intensive retinal edema, yellowish-white exudate, and hemorrhages recur particularly in the macular region, and the visual prognosis is poor. More than 50% of male patients lose visual acuity to less than 0.1 in five years, but this is the case in only 10% of female patients. Consequently, Behçet's disease is the cause of blindness in about 12% of acquired blindness in adults. The ocular histopathology during the attack is characterized by severe angitis with intensive infiltration of neutrophil leucocytes

  14. Oscillator Strengths and Predissociation Rates for W-X Bands and the 4P5P Complex in 13C18O

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    Eidelsberg, Michele; Lemaire, Jean Louis; Federman, Steven; Stark, Glenn; Heays, Alan; Gavilan, Lisseth; Lyons, James R.; Smith, Peter L.; de Oliveira, Nelson; Joyeux, Denis

    2015-06-01

    In our ongoing experiments on the DESIRS beam-line at the SOLEIL Synchrotron, we are acquiring the necessary data on oscillator strengths and predissociation rates for modeling CO photochemistry in astronomical environments. A VUV Fourier Transform Spectrometer with a resolving power of about 350,000 allows us to discern individual lines in electronic transitions. Here we focus on results obtained from absorption spectra of 13C18O, for the W ^1Π - X ^1σ^+ bands with v'=0, 2, {and} 3 and v''=0 and three resolved bands involving transitions to the upper levels 4pπ(2), 5pπ(0), and 5pσ(0) of the 4p(2) and 5p(0) complexes. We compare our results with earlier determinations for this isotopologue of CO, as well as with our SOLEIL measurements on 12C16O, 13C16O, and 12C18O.

  15. Procyanidins (Condensed Tannins) in Green Cell Suspension Cultures of Douglas Fir Compared with Those in Strawberry and Avocado Leaves by Means of C(18)-Reversed-phase Chromatography.

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    Stafford, H A; Lester, H H

    1980-12-01

    The procyanidins (the most common type of proanthocyanidin or condensed tannin) from cell suspension cultures derived from cotyledons of Douglas Fir have been compared with those isolated from leaves of strawberry and avocado. Seventy per cent methanol (v/v) extracts from 100 milligrams fresh weight samples were analyzed by a combination of C(18)-reversed-phase columns with high-performance liquid chromatography, and normal phase paper chromatography. (-)-Epicatechin and its oligomers were generally retarded longer on C(18) columns than the corresponding units made of (+)-catechin when eluted with solvents made up of 5% acetic acid alone or mixed with methanol up to 15% (v/v). Douglas fir preparations contained the most complex set of procyanidins and consisted of oligomers of catechin and epicatechin, whereas strawberry and avocado contained mainly (+)-catechin and (-)-epicatechin derivatives, respectively. PMID:16661581

  16. Influence of carboxylic ion-pairing reagents on retention of peptides in thin-layer chromatography systems with C18 silica-based adsorbents.

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    Gwarda, Radosław Ł; Aletańska-Kozak, Monika; Klimek-Turek, Anna; Ziajko-Jankowska, Agnieszka; Matosiuk, Dariusz; Dzido, Tadeusz H

    2016-04-01

    One of the main problems related to chromatography of peptides concerns adverse interactions of their strong basic groups with free silanol groups of the silica based stationary phase. Influence of type and concentration of ion-pairing regents on peptide retention in reversed-phase high-performance liquid chromatography (RP-HPLC) systems has been discussed before. Here we present influence of these mobile phase additives on retention of some peptide standards in high-performance thin-layer chromatography (HPTLC) systems with C18 silica-based adsorbents. We prove, that due to different characteristic of adsorbents used in both techniques (RP HPLC and HPTLC), influence of ion-pairing reagents on retention of basic and/or amphoteric compounds also may be quite different. C18 silica-based HPTLC adsorbents provide more complex mechanism of retention and should be rather considered as mixed-mode adsorbents. PMID:26944833

  17. Dense cores in dark clouds. 9: Observations of (13)CO and C(18)O in Vela, Chamaeleon, Musca, and the Coalsack

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    Vilas-Boas, J. W. S.; Myers, P. C.; Fuller, G. A.

    1994-09-01

    One hundred one condensations with average optical size less than 7 min and visual extinction greater than 2.5 mag have been selected from European Southern Observatory (ESO) J plates, extinction maps, and catalogs of southern hemisphere dark clouds for observation in the (13)CO and C(18)O J = 1 goes to 0 transitions. These regions are condensations in the dark molecular clouds Musca, Coalsack, Chamaeleon II, Chamaeleon III, and cometary globules in Vela and Gum nebula. A search for IRAS point sorces having colors of young stellar objects shows that these condensations have at most seven associated young stellar objects-far fewer than in Taurus and Ophiuchus. These 101 condensations generally have lower (13)CO and C(18)O line intensity, C(18)O optical depth, and (13)CO line width than do 90 condensations in Taurus, Ophiuchus, and Cepheus. Similarly, 47 of these southern condensations having star-count estimates of visual extinction generally have less extinction than do the 19 condensations in Taurus having extinction estimated by the same method. The C(18)O to (13)CO line-width ratio for the cometary globules in the Vela ragion is greater than for the other clouds, indicating that the (13)CO line width observed toward dark cloud condensations is related to the more extended and less dense intercondensation gas. Radial velocities suggest that the system of Vela globules has velocity dispersion 4.7 km/s, which is at least 2 times greater than the dispersion determined from formalhyde observations. The Musca filament has velocities which are slightly higher-by approximately 0.5 km/s-in the center than at the ends of the filament. Chamaeleon III has a 0.2 km/s velocity gradient and Chamaeleon II has no indication of velocity gradients. The Chamaeleon clouds and the Musca filament appear close to virial equilibrium.

  18. Bioassay guided isolation of a new C18-polyacetylene, (+)-9(Z),17-octadecadiene-12,14-diyne-1,11,16-triol, from Cassonia barteri.

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    Papajewski, S; Guse, J H; Klaiber, I; Roos, G; Süssmuth, R; Vogler, B; Walter, C U; Kraus, W

    1998-06-01

    A novel C18-polyacetylene, (+)-9( Z),17-octadecadiene-12,14-diyne-1,11,16-triol, has been isolated from the ethyl acetate extract of Cassonia barteri (Araliaceae) leaves collected in Cameroon. The structure determination was achieved by NMR, mass, IR, and UV spectroscopy. The new polyenyne shows antibacterial activity against Bacillus subtilis and Pseudomonas fluorescens, antifungal activity against Cladosporium cucumerinum, moiluscicidal activity against Biomphalaria glabrata at low concentrations, and in addition it possesses haemolytic activity. PMID:17253268

  19. MRI in neuro-Behçet's syndrome: comparison of conventional spin-echo and FLAIR pulse sequences.

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    Jäger, H R; Albrecht, T; Curati-Alasonatti, W L; Williams, E J; Haskard, D O

    1999-10-01

    We compared the sensitivity of a fluid-attenuated inversion-recovery (FLAIR) sequence with that of a conventional dual-echo spin-echo (SE) sequence) to brain lesions in 20 patients with Behçet's syndrome. They underwent 25 MRI examinations. The images were independently analysed for the number, type and anatomical location of lesions shown. There were 18 abnormal studies (13 initial and 5 follow-up). The FLAIR sequence detected significantly more lesions than the SE TE 80 (P < 0.05) and SE TE 20 (P < 0.01) sequences. It was particularly useful for demonstrating lesions in the juxtacortical white matter, which accounted for over half the lesions detected on the FLAIR images. Of patients presenting with nonspecific symptoms such as headache, seven had normal and five had abnormal studies. All patients presenting with focal neurological signs had abnormal imaging. We found supratentorial and, in particular, juxtacortical lesions to be more frequent than previously described. PMID:10552026

  20. Recurrent Interstitial Pneumonitis in a Patient with Entero-Behçet's Disease Initially Treated with Mesalazine

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    Miyamura, Tomoya; Wu, Brian; Suematsu, Eiichi

    2016-01-01

    A 65-year-old man with entero-Behçet's disease (BD) being treated with mesalazine was presented to our hospital complaining of dyspnea. Computed tomography (CT) of the chest showed ground-glass opacities and he was initially diagnosed with mesalazine-induced interstitial pneumonitis (IP). Besides the discontinuation of mesalazine, a high dose of oral prednisolone was administered and the patient seemed to recover. However, four months later, dyspnea recurred and repeated CT revealed more extensive pulmonary infiltration despite steroid therapy. After the exclusion of infections, we suspected either a recurrence of mesalazine-induced IP or BD-related IP as a clinical manifestation of BD. The patient was treated with intravenous methylprednisolone and cyclophosphamide, followed by orally administered azathioprine, based on the assumption of underlying vasculitis. Thereafter, his condition improved. BD-related IP is an extremely rare condition with limited reports in the literature. Mesalazine-induced IP is also uncommon but the prognosis is generally good after discontinuation of mesalazine with or without steroid therapy. We discuss an extremely rare case, especially focusing on BD-related IP and mesalazine-induced IP as a potential cause of recurrent IP in a patient with entero-BD. PMID:27429824

  1. HnRNP A1 is Involved in Deep Vein Thrombosis Patients with Behçet's Disease

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    Chen, Peng; Zhang, Chunyan; Liu, Chen; Zhang, Liyun; Yang, Chunhe; Chen, Guangyu; Ma, Dan; Tian, Yaping; Du, Hongwu

    2016-01-01

    Objective The aim of this study was to verify the hypothesis originated from bioinformatics and literature reviews that hnNRP A1 may be a new immune target of Behçet's disease (BD). Methods First, bioinformatics was used to show the correlation between hnRNP A1 and A2/B1 in amino acid sequences and three dimensional structures. Second, hnRNP A1 was expressed, purified, and immunologically confirmed by systematic immunology methods including: Western blotting, immunoprecipitation and Dot-ELISA. Then, ELISA was used to screen the anti-hnRNP A1 autoantibodies in newly confirmed clinical samples and the clinical significance was compared between anti-hnRNP A1 antibody positive and negative groups. Finally, the endothelial cells antigen profile of one anti-hnRNP A1 antibody positive BD patient was detected using immunoprecipitation with liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry (LC–TMS). Results In total 720 subjects enrolled and tested in this study. Our results demonstrated hnRNP A1 as a new immune target of BD. The reactivity of BD serum IgG antibodies against hnRNP A1 was significantly higher than healthy controls (P < 0.0001), and deep vein thrombosis (DVT) showed a significant higher in the anti-hnRNP A1 antibodies positive group (P < 0.05). PMID:27211563

  2. Intima-media thickness and arterial stiffness of carotid artery in Korean patients with Behçet's disease.

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    Rhee, Moo-Yong; Chang, Hyun Kyu; Kim, Seong-Kyu

    2007-06-01

    Behçet's disease (BD) is a systemic vasculitis involving diverse sizes of arteries and veins. We performed this study to evaluate the vascular changes by assessment of the arterial stiffness and intima-media thickness (IMT) of carotid artery in Korean patients with BD. Forty-one patients with BD and age-, and sex-matched 53 healthy subjects were recruited in this study. Carotid arterial stiffness and IMT were assessed by using high-resolution B-mode ultrasonography. Arterial stiffness parameters such as carotid arterial distensibility coefficient, stiffness index, and incremental elastic modulus (E(inc)) were significantly increased in BD patients compared with those in healthy subjects, but not in IMT. Positive relationship was noted between age and IMT, whereas age of onset was significantly associated with arterial stiffness in BD. This finding suggests impaired endothelial function before visible structural changes of arterial wall in BD. Age and age of onset may be an independent risk factor for carotid IMT and arterial stiffness, respectively. Further studies in more large populations are required to confirm our results. PMID:17596642

  3. Sequencing of 16S rRNA reveals a distinct salivary microbiome signature in Behçet's disease.

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    Coit, Patrick; Mumcu, Gonca; Ture-Ozdemir, Filiz; Unal, Ali Ugur; Alpar, Ugur; Bostanci, Nagihan; Ergun, Tulin; Direskeneli, Haner; Sawalha, Amr H

    2016-08-01

    Behçet's disease (BD) is characterized by recurrent oro-genital ulcers, mucocutaneous lesions, and serious organ involvement. We investigated the salivary microbiome in BD using high-throughput sequencing of the 16S rRNA V4 region. Stimulated saliva samples were collected from 31 BD patients and 15 healthy controls, and in 9 BD patients, a second saliva sample was collected following dental and periodontal treatment. Sequence analysis identified a total of 908 operational taxonomic units (OTUs) present across all samples. Patients had a microbial community structure that is significantly less diverse than healthy controls. The most overabundant species in BD was Haemophilus parainfluenzae, while the most depleted included Alloprevotella rava and species in the genus Leptotrichia. Periodontal treatment improved oral health indices in BD but had no short-term effect on bacterial community structure. Neither the BD-associated genetic risk locus within the HLA-B/MICA region nor being on immunosuppressive medications explained the differences between patients and controls. PMID:27283393

  4. Right Ventricular Thrombus and Cerebral Artery Aneurysm in a Patient with Behçet’s Disease

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    Sabzi, Feridoun; Mirzaei, Samaneh; Faraji, Reza

    2016-01-01

    We report a 35-year-old woman referred to the Imam Ali Hospital, Kermanshah, Iran, in July 2014 for evaluation of postoperative dyspnoea after neurosurgery performed seven days previously for a ruptured cerebral artery aneurysm. She was known to have Behçet’s disease with a history of recurrent oral and genital aphthous ulcers and uveitis. At referral, her symptoms included vertigo, dysarthria, palpitations and chest pain. Transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) revealed a large thrombus in her right ventricle outflow tract and open-heart surgery was performed eight days after the previous surgery to remove the clot. The postoperative period was complicated by transient acute renal failure, which resolved spontaneously. The patient was discharged 13 days after the cardiac surgery on warfarin, prednisolone, azathioprine and cyclophosphamide. Cyclophosphamide and azathioprine were discontinued after three months as the symptoms had completely resolved; however, prednisolone was continued due to recurrent uveitis. A 10-month follow-up TTE scan revealed no thrombus recurrence and treatment with warfarin and prednisolone was continued. PMID:27226921

  5. Intestinal Behçet's Disease: A True Inflammatory Bowel Disease or Merely an Intestinal Complication of Systemic Vasculitis?

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    Kim, Duk Hwan

    2016-01-01

    Behçet's disease (BD) is a multi-systemic inflammatory disorder of an unknown etiology and shows a chronic recurrent clinical course. When the disease involves the alimentary tract, it is called intestinal BD because of its clinical importance. Intestinal BD is more frequently reported in East Asian countries than in Western or Middle Eastern countries. While any part of the gastrointestinal tract can be involved, the most common location of intestinal BD is the ileocecal area. A few, large, deep ulcerations with discrete border are characteristic endoscopic findings of intestinal BD. Currently, there is no single gold standard test or pathognomonic finding of intestinal BD. However, recently developed novel diagnostic criteria and a disease activity index have helped in assessing intestinal BD. As intestinal BD shares a lot of characteristics with inflammatory bowel disease, including genetic background, clinical manifestations, and therapeutic strategies, distinguishing between the two diseases in clinical practice is quite difficult. However, biologic agents such as anti-tumor necrosis factor α antibody shows a considerable efficacy similar to inflammatory bowel disease cases. It is important to distinguish and treat those two disease entities separately from the standpoint of precise medicine. Clinicians should require comprehensive knowledge regarding the similarities and differences between intestinal BD and inflammatory bowel disease for making an accurate clinical decision. PMID:26632379

  6. Streptococcal infection in the pathogenesis of Behçet's disease and clinical effects of minocycline on the disease symptoms.

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    Kaneko, F; Oyama, N; Nishibu, A

    1997-12-01

    Although the precise pathoetiology of Behçet's disease (BD) remains obscure, patients with BD have a high incidence of chronic infectious foci, indicating an enhanced susceptibility to chronic tonsillitis, and dental caries. Sometimes, clinical symptoms appear after treatment of these foci in BD patients. It is believed that BD might be related to an allergic reaction to a bacterial infection in view of the many clinical symptoms, especially the presence of aphthous and genital ulcerations. An attempt to obtain cutaneous responses to bacterial antigens has been carried out using various vaccines developed from bacteria isolated from the ulcerative lesions and oral cavities of BD patients. BD patients often show intense hypersensitivity to various strains of streptococci, not only by their cutaneous reactions but also by in vitro testing. In this report, we describe our previous studies on the correlation between streptococcal antigens and the pathogenesis of BD and also discuss the recent reports of other authors. The intense hypersensitivity to streptococcal antigens acquired after streptococcal infection is thought to play an important role in the appearance of symptoms in BD patients since the production of pro-inflammatory cytokines by peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC) was enhanced when stimulated with streptococcal antigen in a culture system. Minocycline, an antibiotic to which certain strains of streptococci are sensitive, reduced the frequency of clinical symptoms in BD patients as well as the production of pro-inflammatory cytokines by BD-PBMC stimulated with streptococcal antigen. PMID:9509915

  7. Manipulation of Rumen Microbial Fermentation by Polyphenol Rich Solvent Fractions from Papaya Leaf to Reduce Green-House Gas Methane and Biohydrogenation of C18 PUFA.

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    Jafari, Saeid; Meng, Goh Yong; Rajion, Mohamed Ali; Jahromi, Mohammad Faseleh; Ebrahimi, Mahdi

    2016-06-01

    Different solvents (hexane, chloroform, ethyl acetate, butanol, and water) were used to identify the effect of papaya leaf (PL) fractions (PLFs) on ruminal biohydrogenation (BH) and ruminal methanogenesis in an in vitro study. PLFs at a concentration of 0 (control, CON) and 15 mg/250 mg dry matter (DM) were mixed with 30 mL of buffered rumen fluid and were incubated for 24 h. Methane (CH4) production (mL/250 mg DM) was the highest (P < 0.05) for CON (7.65) and lowest for the chloroform fraction (5.41) compared to those of other PLFs at 24 h of incubation. Acetate to propionate ratio was the lowest for PLFs compared to that of CON. Supplementation of the diet with PLFs significantly (P < 0.05) decreased the rate of BH of C18:1n-9 (oleic acid; OA), C18:2n-6 (linoleic acid; LA), and C18:3n-3 (α-linolenic acid; LNA) compared to that of CON after 24 h of incubation. Real time PCR indicated that total protozoa and total methanogen population in PLFs decreased (P < 0.05) compared to those of CON. PMID:27192629

  8. UFLC-MS/MS determination and pharmacokinetic studies of six Saikosaponins in rat plasma after oral administration of Bupleurum Dropping Pills.

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    Guan, Xiufeng; Wang, Xiangyang; Yan, Kaijing; Chu, Yang; Li, Shuming; Li, Wei; Yan, Xueying; Ma, Xiaohui; Zhou, Shuiping; Sun, He; Liu, Changxiao

    2016-05-30

    A rapid and sensitive ultra fast liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry method (UFLC-MS/MS) was developed and validated for the simultaneous determination of six Saikosaponins (SSs) (SSa, SSb1, SSb2, SSd, SSc, SSf) of Bupleurum Dropping Pills (BDP) in rat plasma using chloramphenicol as the internal standard (IS). The SSs were separated using an ACQUITY UPLC(®) BEH C18 column (50mm×2.1mm, 1.7μm) and detection of these compounds were done by using a Qtrap 5500 mass spectrometer coupled with negative electrospray ionization (ESI) source under the multiple reaction monitoring (MRM) mode. According to regulatory guidelines, the established method was fully validated and results were showed within acceptable limits. The lower limit of quantifications (LLOQs) of all analytes were 0.2ng/mL. The validated method was successfully applied into a pharmacokinetic study of orally administered BDP in rats. PMID:26970984

  9. The UHPLC-DAD fingerprinting method for analysis of extracellular metabolites of fungi of the genus Geosmithia (Acomycota: Hypocreales).

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    Tylová, Tereza; Kolařík, Miroslav; Olšovská, Jana

    2011-07-01

    A new simple ultra-high-performance liquid chromatography method with diode array detection (UHPLC-DAD) was developed for chemical fingerprinting analysis of extracellular metabolites in fermentation broth of Geosmithia spp. The SPE method employing Oasis MCX strong cation-exchange mixed-mode polymeric sorbent was chosen for extraction of the metabolites. The analyses were performed on an Acquity UPLC BEH C18 column (100 × 2.1 mm i.d.; particle size, 1.7 μm; Waters) using a gradient elution program with an aqueous solution of trifluoroacetic acid and acetonitrile as the mobile phase. The applicability of the method was proved by analysis of 38 strains produced by different species and isolated from different sources (hosts). The results revealed the correlation of obtained UHPLC-DAD fingerprints with taxonomical identity. PMID:21499967

  10. Validation of a method for the determination of chloramphenicol in poultry and swine liver by ultra-performance liquid chromatography coupled with tandem mass spectrometry.

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    Xia, Xi; Li, Xiaowei; Ding, Shuangyang; Shen, Jianzhong

    2010-01-01

    A sensitive and reliable method has been developed and validated for the determination of chloramphenicol in poultry and swine liver using SPE and ultra-performance liquid chromatography (UPLC)/MS/MS. The liver samples were extracted with ethyl acetate, defatted with n-hexane, and further cleaned up using SPE cartridges with polymeric sorbent. An Acquity BEH C18 column was used for gradient UPLC separation, with water and acetonitrile as the mobile phase. The multiple reaction monitoring mode was used for two precursor-product ion transitions for chloramphenicol and one for the internal standard. The method was validated at 0.1, 0.3, and 1.0 microg/kg. Mean recoveries from fortified samples ranged from 95.5 to 106.7% with an RSD of 12.2%. The method LOD was < 0.02 microg/kg. PMID:21140679

  11. [Simultaneous determination of artificial sweeteners in beverage by ultra performance liquid chromatography].

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    Ji, Chao; Sun, Yanyan; Li, Xiuqin; Chu, Xiaogang; Chen, Zhengxing

    2009-01-01

    An ultra performance liquid chromatographic (UPLC) method for the simultaneous separation and determination of four artificial sweeteners (sodium saccharin, aspartame, acesulfame and neotame) in a single injection was developed. The separation was performed on an ACQUITY UPLC BEH C18 column with gradient program and detection at 220 nm. The good linearities between the concentrations of all analytes and peak area responses were achieved over the range from 0.5 to 20.0 mg/L. The average recoveries in samples were 80.5% - 95.2% with the relative standard deviations of 0.50% - 8.7%. The method has been successfully applied to the determination of the four sweeteners in drinks and powdered tabletop sweeteners. PMID:19449553

  12. Explanation of the photocurrent quantum efficiency (Φ) enhancements through the CAN's model equation for the p-CuI sensitized methylviolet-C18 LB films in the photoelectrochemical cells (PECs) and Cu/n-Cu2O/M-C18/p-CuI solid-state photovoltaic cells

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    Fernando, C. A. N.; Liyanaarachchi, U. S.; AARajapaksha, R. D.

    2013-04-01

    Photocurrent enhancements in a dye sensitized photoelectrochemical cell (PEC) with a Cu/p-CuI/M-C18 photoelectrode and a dye sensitized solid state photovoltaic cell (DSSC) with Cu/n-Cu2O/M-C18/p-CuI are studied by controlling the formation of dye aggregates of M-C18 Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) films on the p-CuI layer. LB films of M-C18 are deposited under biasing conditions during the LB deposition process on Cu/p-CuI, Cu/n-Cu2O/p-CuI and conductive glass plates with the three-electrode configuration setup coupling to the LB trough. LB films prepared under positive biasing conditions enhance the photocurrent quantum efficiencies for both PECs and DSSCs controlling and minimizing the formation of dye aggregates. The electrolyte used for LB deposition and photocurrent measurements is (10-2 M) Fe2+ + Fe3+ (10-2 M) and (10-2 M) NaH2PO4-Na2HPO4, pH = 6 buffer solution. Maximum photocurrent quantum efficiencies (Фmax%) obtained are ≈22% for PEC and ≈20% for DSSCs, where the M-C18 LB film deposition applied potentials +0.3 V versus Ag/AgCl. The mechanism of the photocurrent enhancement is discussed through the CAN's model equation, Ф = AD0-BD02, where A = k1k2/F, B = I k12 k2[2k6/F3 + k2k4/k32 X2F2], F = k2 + k5Y + k7 + k1 I [1 + k2/k3 X], presented from our previous study [1]. Experimental evidence for the formation of the aggregates of M-C18 LB films for the negative applied potentials and suppression of the aggregates with positive applied potentials are presented from absorption spectra, AFM pictures and fluorescence measurements of the samples. Conversion efficiency obtained is ≈2.5%, Voc ≈750 mV and Isc ≈ 5.8 mA cm-2 for DSSC fabricated with +0.3 V versus Ag/AgCl applied deposition potential of M-C18 LB films.

  13. Preparation of C18-functionalized Fe3O4@SiO2 core-shell magnetic nanoparticles for extraction and determination of phthalic acid esters in Chinese herb preparations.

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    Guo, Bize; Ji, Shunli; Zhang, Feifang; Yang, Bingcheng; Gu, Jiangping; Liang, Xinmiao

    2014-11-01

    The extraction and determination of phthalic acid esters (PAEs) residue in Chinese herbal preparations (CHP) by C18-functionalized magnetic nanoparticles (C18-FS-MNP) has been firstly performed. It was synthesized through coating Fe3O4 nanoparticles with sodium silicate, followed by freeze-drying technique and then modified with C18 groups. C18-FS-MNPs prepared via freeze-drying technique were superior to those particles prepared via common vacuum drying method in terms of dispersion and extraction recovery. C18-FS-MNPs demonstrated obvious enrichment effect for four model PAEs and 478-627-fold enrichment factors were obtained. The limit of detection was <1.89ng/mL and relative standard deviation was ranging from 3.7 to 5.8%. It was successfully applied for determination of trace PAEs residue in CHP with good recoveries. PMID:25213260

  14. Three Millimeter Molecular Line Observations of Sagittarius B2. II. High-Resolution Studies of C 18O, HNCO, NH 2CHO, and HCOOCH 3

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    Kuan, Yi-Jehng; Snyder, Lewis E.

    1996-10-01

    High-resolution imaging of C18O, HNCO, NR2CHO, and RCOOCH3 in Sgr B2 are presented in this study. The C18O emission comes mainly from the Sgr B2(M) and Sgr B2(N) dense cores and the western gas clump RNO(M). Toward Sgr B2(M), the C18O column density is 2 times higher and the fractional abundance is 80 times higher than toward Sgr B2(N). In HNO(M), the narrow line width implies that the C18O emission arises from the diffuse gas. The complex molecules NR2CHO and HCOOCR3 were detected only toward the Sgr B2(N) core. The HNCO K-1 = 2 emission is detected only in Sgr B2(N) and is attributed to efficient radiative pumping, which indicates the significant presence of far-infrared field and warm dust grains. Only 4% of the HNCO was found in the K-1 = 0 ladders in Sgr B2(N). The nondetection of the K-1 = 2 emission toward Sgr B2(M) is caused by excitation and low abundance. In contrast, the HNCO K-1 = 0 emission comes mainly from the extended gas component: the far northern region and HNCO(SW). For the K-1 = 0 transitions, Trot = ˜7 K. The low Trot and the apparent ubiquity of RNCO suggest that abundant HNCO exists in the Sgr B2 envelope. The HNCO K-1 = 0 emission unveiled two spatially extended velocity components; the velocity gap between them covers the same LSR velocities of the Sgr B2 dense cores. If HNCO is formed via surface reactions, the pervasive detection of HNCO in the outer edges of Sgr B2 cloud core leads to the cloud-cloud collision postulate. A north-south C18O bipolar structure was seen in Sgr B2(M) centered at the compact H II region F. The bipolar structure appears asymmetric and thus favors the outflow interpretation. The sharp outer edges of the C18O line profiles of the two lobes further support the outflow picture. The estimated outflow age is ˜2±1 x 104 yr, and the total mass is ˜1700 Msun. The outflow masses for the blue and red lobes are <360 Msun and <410 Msun, respectively. The mass-loss rate is thus <0.037 Msun yr-1. The detection of

  15. The oral mucosal and salivary microbial community of Behçet's syndrome and recurrent aphthous stomatitis

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    Seoudi, Noha; Bergmeier, Lesley A.; Drobniewski, Francis; Paster, Bruce; Fortune, Farida

    2015-01-01

    Background Behçet's syndrome (BS) is a multisystem immune-related disease of unknown etiology. Recurrent aphthous stomatitis (RAS) is characterized by the presence of idiopathic oral ulceration without extraoral manifestation. The interplay between the oral microbial communities and the immune response could play an important role in the etiology and pathogenesis of both BS and RAS. Objective To investigate the salivary and oral mucosal microbial communities in BS and RAS. Methods Purified microbial DNA isolated from saliva samples (54 BS, 25 healthy controls [HC], and 8 RAS) were examined by the human oral microbe identification microarray. Cultivable salivary and oral mucosal microbial communities from ulcer and non-ulcer sites were identified by matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight analysis. Mycobacterium spp. were detected in saliva and in ulcer and non-ulcer oral mucosal brush biopsies following culture on Lowenstein-Jensen slopes and Mycobacterial Growth Indicator Tubes. Results There was increased colonization with Rothia denticariosa of the non-ulcer sites of BS and RAS patients (p<0.05). Ulcer sites in BS were highly colonized with Streptococcus salivarius compared to those of RAS (p<0.05), and with Streptococcus sanguinis compared to HC (p<0.0001). Oral mucosa of HC were more highly colonized with Neisseria and Veillonella compared to all studied groups (p<0.0001). Conclusions Despite the uncertainty whether the reported differences in the oral mucosal microbial community of BS and RAS are of causative or reactive nature, it is envisaged that restoring the balance of the oral microbial community of the ulcer sites may be used in the future as a new treatment modality for oral ulceration. PMID:26037240

  16. Comparison of the Clinical Manifestations, Brain MRI and Prognosis between NeuroBehçet's Disease and Neuropsychiatric Lupus

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    Cho, Byung-Sik; Kim, Hyun-Sook; Oh, Su-Jin; Ko, Hyeok-Jae; Yoon, Chong-Hyun; Jung, So-Lyung; Min, Do-June

    2007-01-01

    Background Neuropsychiatric systemic lupus erythematosus (NPSLE) shows some similarities to neuroBehçet's disease (NBD) in that both conditions have some analogous clinical features and they are both pathologically associated cerebral vasculopathy. This study compared the clinical manifestations, brain MRI findings and prognosis of NPSLE and NBD patients. Methods Forty three patients with NPSLE (n = 25) or NBD (n = 18), who were monitored at a single center, were enrolled in this study. We retrospectively analyzed the clinical and brain MRI data. The neuropsychiatric manifestations were classified in both groups according to the new American College of Rheumatology nomenclature for NPSLE. Results The diffuse symptoms that included mood disorders, psychosis, confusion, cognitive dysfunctions, generalized seizures and headaches other than migraine or cluster headaches were more commonly observed in the NPSLE patients, while the frequency of focal diseases such as cranial neuropathy tended to be higher in the NBD patients. The brain MRI revealed that the NBD patients had more abnormalities in the brain stem than did the NPSLE patients. Most of the patients improved, at least partially, after being treated with glucocorticoid and/or immune suppressants. However, the disease course differed significantly between the two groups. There were more episodic cases in the NPSLE group of patients, while there were more remittent cases in the NBD group of patients. Conclusion NPSLE had a tendency to cause diffuse neuropsychiatric manifestations, and it has a different predilection of brain lesions compared with NBD. The NBD patients showed a poorer outcome than did the NPSLE patients, suggesting that different therapeutic strategies for the two diseases need to be considered. PMID:17616022

  17. Current Status, Goals, and Research Agenda for Outcome Measures Development in Behçet Syndrome: Report from OMERACT 2014

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    Hatemi, Gulen; Ozguler, Yesim; Direskeneli, Haner; Mahr, Alfred; Gul, Ahmet; Levi, Virna; Aydin, Sibel Z.; Mumcu, Gonca; Sertel-Berk, Ozlem; Stevens, Randall M.; Yazici, Hasan; Merkel, Peter A.

    2016-01-01

    Objective There is an unmet need for reliable, validated, and widely accepted outcomes and outcome measures for use in clinical trials in Behçet syndrome (BS). Our report summarizes initial steps taken by the Outcome Measures in Rheumatology (OMERACT) vasculitis working group toward developing a core set of outcome measures for BS according to the OMERACT methodology, including the OMERACT Filter 2.0, and discussions during the first meeting of the BS working group held during OMERACT 12 (2014). Methods During OMERACT 12, some of the important challenges in developing outcomes for BS were outlined and discussed, and a research agenda was drafted. Results Among topics discussed were the advantages and disadvantages of a composite measure for BS that evaluates several organs/organ systems; bringing patients and physicians together for discussions about how to assess disease activity; use of organ-specific measures developed for other diseases; and the inclusion of generic, disease-specific, or organ-specific measures. The importance of incorporating patients’ perspectives, concerns, and ideas into outcome measure development was emphasized. Conclusion The planned research agenda includes conducting a Delphi exercise among physicians from different specialties that are involved in the care of patients with BS and among patients with BS, with the aim of identifying candidate domains and subdomains to be assessed in randomized clinical trials of BS, and candidate items for a composite measure. The ultimate goal of the group is to develop a validated and widely accepted core set of outcomes and outcome measures for use in clinical trials in BS. PMID:26373563

  18. Molecular Dynamics Simulation Reveals the Selective Binding of Human Leukocyte Antigen Alleles Associated with Behçet's Disease

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    Kongkaew, Sirilak; Yotmanee, Pathumwadee; Rungrotmongkol, Thanyada; Kaiyawet, Nopporn; Meeprasert, Arthitaya; Kaburaki, Toshikatsu; Noguchi, Hiroshi; Takeuchi, Fujio; Kungwan, Nawee; Hannongbua, Supot

    2015-01-01

    Behçet’s disease (BD), a multi-organ inflammatory disorder, is associated with the presence of the human leukocyte antigen (HLA) HLA-B*51 allele in many ethnic groups. The possible antigen involvement of the major histocompatibility complex class I chain related gene A transmembrane (MICA-TM) nonapeptide (AAAAAIFVI) has been reported in BD symptomatic patients. This peptide has also been detected in HLA-A*26:01 positive patients. To investigate the link of BD with these two specific HLA alleles, molecular dynamics (MD) simulations were applied on the MICA-TM nonapeptide binding to the two BD-associated HLA alleles in comparison with the two non-BD-associated HLA alleles (B*35:01 and A*11:01). The MD simulations were applied on the four HLA/MICA-TM peptide complexes in aqueous solution. As a result, stabilization for the incoming MICA-TM was found to be predominantly contributed from van der Waals interactions. The P2/P3 residue close to the N-terminal and the P9 residue at the C-terminal of the MICA-TM nonapeptide served as the anchor for the peptide accommodated at the binding groove of the BD associated HLAs. The MM/PBSA free energy calculation predicted a stronger binding of the HLA/peptide complexes for the BD-associated HLA alleles than for the non-BD-associated ones, with a ranked binding strength of B*51:01 > B*35:01 and A*26:01 > A*11:01. Thus, the HLAs associated with BD pathogenesis expose the binding efficiency with the MICA-TM nonapeptide tighter than the non-associated HLA alleles. In addition, the residues 70, 73, 99, 146, 147 and 159 of the two BD-associated HLAs provided the conserved interaction for the MICA-TM peptide binding. PMID:26331842

  19. Behçet's disease departs the 'Silk Road': a case report and brief review of literature with geographical comparison.

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    Ahmed, Zohair; Rossi, Maria L; Yong, Sherri; Martin, Daniel K; Walayat, Saqib; Cashman, Michael; Tsoraides, Steven; Dhillon, Sonu

    2016-01-01

    Behçet's disease (BD) is a chronic multisystem inflammatory disease most prevalent in Eastern Asia and along the Mediterranean basin, an area referred to as the 'Silk Road'. The diagnosis of BD is largely based on the International Study Group (ISG) criteria, which are more specific than sensitive. ISG criteria do not include intestinal manifestations, a feature more commonly seen in the West. Intestinal BD is one of several findings that are not typically seen along the 'Silk Road'. Herein we report a rare case of intestinal BD and compare Western versus traditional BD. A 25-year-old male with a history of painful oral aphthous ulcers, pericarditis, and diffuse papulopustular rash presented to the emergency department with two terminal ileal perforations. Pathology demonstrated mucosal necrosis with active inflammation and no chronic inflammatory changes. Post-surgical laboratory studies showed an elevated c-reactive protein of 35.57 mg/dL, erythrocyte sedimentation rate of 82 mm/h, and a positive anti-Saccharomyces cerevisiae antibody. Rheumatological workup including ANA, RF, PR3 antibody, MPO antibody, ANCA, SSA and SSB, Smith antibody, SCL-70, and anti-Jo-1 antibodies were all negative. His pericarditis symptoms improved with colchicine and prednisone prior to discharge. Our patient did not meet the current ISG criteria for traditional BD; however, he clearly showed findings typically seen in Western patients with BD, which include intestinal manifestations, cardiac involvement, and lack of pathergy reaction and ocular changes. Our investigation demonstrates that the clinical manifestations common to this disorder vary among geographic and ethnic populations. Commonly used criteria for the diagnosis of BD may not be sensitive for some populations, such as Western BD, potentially leading to underdiagnoses and mismanagement. Recognition and select inclusion of these differences may be one way to assist with diagnosing Western BD in the future. As our knowledge

  20. The seroprevalence and salivary shedding of herpesviruses in Behçet's syndrome and recurrent aphthous stomatitis

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    Seoudi, Noha; Bergmeier, Lesley A.; Hagi-Pavli, Eleni; Bibby, David; Fortune, Farida

    2015-01-01

    Background Behçet's syndrome (BS) is one of the multisystemic diseases that presents with oral ulceration and several other systemic manifestations including genital ulceration, folliculitis, erythema nodosum-like lesions, uveitis, and arthropathy. Ocular manifestation, central nervous system involvement, and gastrointestinal manifestation account for most of the complications of this disease, whereas orogenital ulceration and dermatological involvement affects the quality of life. The cause of the disease is not fully elucidated; however, herpesviruses have long been thought to play a pivotal role in the disease pathogenesis. Objective To investigate the seroprevalence and salivary shedding of herpesviruses in BS. Method The levels of specific immunoglobulin G in six different herpesviruses in serum samples collected from 54 BS, 28 healthy controls (HC), and 7 recurrent aphthous stomatitis (RAS) patients were investigated. Salivary viral load was also quantified for these viruses in matched saliva samples using quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction. Results The BS had lower cytomegalovirus (CMV) IgG level in comparison to HC (p=0.0226) and RAS (p=0.0450). There was statistically significant higher salivary shedding of Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) in BS in comparison to HC (p=0.0052), but not RAS (p=0.3318). Conclusions A high EBV shedding was observed in both BS and RAS and a lower level of CMV IgG was observed in BS only. The reason for the observed lower level of CMV IgG in BS is not clear. However, one explanation might be a defect in the cross-talk between innate and adaptive immune responses which was suggested by a previously described defect in the toll-like receptor 1 and 2 heterodimer formation and function, this being the initial receptor sensing of CMV. PMID:26051327

  1. The IL-8 Gene Polymorphisms in Behçet's Disease Observed in Denizli Province of Turkey.

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    Atalay, Ayfer; Arıkan, Sanem; Ozturk, Onur; Öncü, Mustafa; Tasli, Mehmet Levent; Duygulu, Seniz; Atalay, Erol Omer

    2016-05-01

    Behçet's disease is a multisystemic inflammatory disorder as a triad of symptoms including recurrent oral and genital aphthous ulceration and uveitis with unknown pathogenesis. IL-8, a proinflammatory cytokine, has been found increased in the active stage of BD. DNA samples were obtained from 88 patients with BD and 112 healthy control subjects in Denizli province of Turkey. All genotyping experiments of SNPs in IL-8 gene were performed using polymerase chain reaction-restriction fragment polymorphism. We found that IL-8 -845 T > C and -738 T > A sites are non-polymorphic. There were no differences in the polymorphisms of IL-8 +396 G/T, +781 C/T, and +1633 C/T sites except IL-8 -251 T > A in between patients and healthy controls. Analysis of IL-8 polymorphisms indicates that the distribution of frequencies seems to be associated with -251 T > A and gender, -251 T > A and erythema nodosum, -251 T > A and ocular involvement, +781 C > T and erythema nodosum, +396 G > T and pathergy positivity, and +1633 C > T and papulopustular lesion. We demonstrated that the frequencies of IL-8 haplotypes were significantly different with BD patients than control group. We found that the distribution of IL-8 haplotypes was significantly different with genital ulcers, ocular involvement, positive pathergy test, erythema nodosum, papulopustular lesions, and arthritis with BD patients than healthy control individuals. Our study suggests that IL-8 gene polymorphisms may affect susceptibility to BD and increase the risk of developing disease. In order to confirm and assess the association of IL-8 and other cytokine gene polymorphisms in the pathophysiology of BD, large cohort studies are needed. PMID:27101127

  2. Efficacy and safety profile of anti-interleukin-1 treatment in Behçet's disease: a multicenter retrospective study.

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    Emmi, Giacomo; Talarico, Rosaria; Lopalco, Giuseppe; Cimaz, Rolando; Cantini, Fabrizio; Viapiana, Ombretta; Olivieri, Ignazio; Goldoni, Matteo; Vitale, Antonio; Silvestri, Elena; Prisco, Domenico; Lapadula, Giovanni; Galeazzi, Mauro; Iannone, Florenzo; Cantarini, Luca

    2016-05-01

    Growing data have provided encouraging results on the use of interleukin (IL)-1 inhibitors in Behçet's disease (BD). This study was aimed at reporting the largest experience with anti-IL-1 agents in BD patients. We evaluated 30 BD patients receiving treatment with anti-IL-1 agents. The primary aims of the study were to evaluate the efficacy of anakinra (ANA) and canakinumab (CAN) in a cohort of BD. The secondary aims were to evaluate the overall safety profile of the treatments, explore the timing of response to therapy and any adjustment of dosage and frequency of drugs studied, and investigate predictive factors of response to therapy. The frequency of first line therapy was 90 % with ANA and 10 % with CAN. The overall number of subjects in complete remission after 12 months of therapy with anti-IL-1 drugs was 13: 6 maintained the initial therapy regimen, 1 maintained the same initial anti-IL-1 drug with further therapeutic adjustments, and the remaining 6 shifted from ANA to CAN. Among them, 3 used CAN for at least 12 months without therapeutic adjustments, 1 had therapeutic adjustments, and 3 had an overall history of a 12-month complete remission. Adverse events (AEs) were reported in 15 % patients who received ANA, represented in all cases by local cutaneous reactions, while no AE were observed in patients who received CAN; we did not observe any serious AEs (SAEs) during the follow-up period. Our data have confirmed that the use of anti-IL-1β drugs is efficacious and safe with an overall acceptable retention on treatment. PMID:26156661

  3. 1300 micron continuum and C18O line mapping of giant molecular cloud cores. II. W3, NGC 2264, NGC 6334I, RHO Ophiuchi and S140.

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    Schwartz, P R; Snell, R L; Schloerb, F P

    1989-01-01

    In this paper we present nearly simultaneous 1300 microns continuum and J = 2-1 C18O maps of the cores of five molecular clouds, W3, NGC 2264, NGC 6334I, rho Oph, and S140. The purpose of this experiment was to compare these two column density tracers. We find that dust continuum and C18O emission are equally effective tracers of column density in molecular cloud cores and give a good indication of cloud structure. When the maps are analyzed in terms of the quantity q = Q/[a rho RX(C18O)], we find that q does not vary by much more than an order of magnitude either within objects or from object to object, implying that nominal dust parameters of absorption efficiency, radius, and gas-to-dust ratio and CO abundance are on average correct in a variety of sources. We did detect source-to-source variations in q. This variation could be either in the dust-to-CO number density ratio or in grain parameters. These variations are not well correlated with total source luminosity, average or typical temperature, or total column density. The best example of this variation appears to be rho Oph where q is about a factor of 7 lower than is typically found. Our approach is analogous to the study of the A nu to CO ratio and is probably equivalent to extending this study to large A nu if the same grains are responsible for both optical opacity and far-infrared to millimeter-wave emission. There is no fundamental reason to expect A nu/NCO or q to be constant and, in fact, we have found that it is not constant in even a small source sample. PMID:11538349

  4. Pulmonary aneurysms and intracardiac thrombi due to Behçet's disease in an African-American adolescent with oculocutaneous albinism.

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    Endo, Lois M; Rowe, Steven M; Romp, Robb L; Buckmaster, Mark A; Atkinson, T Prescott

    2007-09-01

    Behçet's disease (BD) is a systemic vasculitis that may involve a variety of organs. We describe a girl with oculocutaneous albinism (OCA) who, on initial evaluation for popliteal artery occlusion, was noted to have multiple cardiac thrombi. She later developed hemoptysis, which was the result of bilateral pulmonary artery aneurysms. Her clinical picture was consistent with BD. She was initially treated with prednisone and cyclophosphamide, followed by maintenance therapy with infliximab. This case describes a unique patient with OCA who developed BD with large pulmonary aneurysms and has remained stable for over 1 year while receiving infliximab. PMID:17047893

  5. Bioinspired Polyelectrolyte-Assembled Graphene-Oxide-Coated C18 Composite Solid-Phase Microextraction Fibers for In Vivo Monitoring of Acidic Pharmaceuticals in Fish.

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    Qiu, Junlang; Chen, Guosheng; Liu, Shuqin; Zhang, Tianlang; Wu, Jiayi; Wang, Fuxin; Xu, Jianqiao; Liu, Yan; Zhu, Fang; Ouyang, Gangfeng

    2016-06-01

    A novel solid-phase microextraction (SPME) fiber was prepared by gluing poly(diallyldimethylammonium chloride) (PDDA) assembled graphene oxide (GO)-coated C18 composite particles (C18@GO@PDDA) onto a quartz fiber with polyaniline (PANI). The fiber surface coating was sequentially modified with bioinspired polynorepinephrine, which provided a smooth biointerface and makes the coating suitable for in vivo sampling. The novel custom-made coating was used to extract acidic pharmaceuticals, and high-performance liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry (HPLC-MS/MS) was employed for analysis. The custom-made coating exhibited a much higher extraction efficiency than the previously used commercial polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) and polyacrylate (PA) coatings. The custom-made coating also possessed satisfactory stability (the relative standard deviations (RSDs) ranged from 1.60% to 10.3% for six sampling-desorption cycles), interfiber reproducibility (the RSDs ranged from 2.61% to 11.5%), and resistance to matrix effects. The custom-made fibers were used to monitor the presence of acid pharmaceuticals in dorsal-epaxial muscle of living fish, and satisfactory sensitivities (limits of detection ranged from 0.13 ng/g to 7.56 ng/g) were achieved. The accuracies were verified by the comparison with liquid extraction. Moreover, the novel fibers were successfully used to monitor the presence of acidic pharmaceuticals in living fish, which demonstrated that the custom-made fibers were feasible for possible long-term in vivo continuous pharmaceutical monitoring. PMID:27189112

  6. Rapid analysis of triazolopyrimidine sulfoanilide herbicides in waters and soils by high-performance liquid chromatography with UV detection using a C18 monolithic column.

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    Rodriguez-Delgado, Miguel Angel; Hernández-Borges, Javier

    2007-01-01

    In this work, the simultaneous analysis of five triazolopyrimidine sulfoanilide herbicides (flumetsulam, florasulam, metosulam, cloransulam-methyl, and diclosulam) by HPLC using UV detection and a C18 monolithic column is proposed. The mobile phase which was composed of ACN, water, and formic acid was pumped at a high flow rate (5 mmL/min) providing an analysis time of all the compounds in less than 2.3 min. The LODs were in the low microg/L range (i.e. between 60 microg/L for flumetsulam and 90 microg/L for florasulam) and the calibration curves showed good linearity (R2 > 0.9949). The method was applied to the analysis of these compounds in spiked mineral and tap waters and soils after an SPE preconcentration procedure using C18 cartridges. Mean recovery values ranged between 35 and 110% for water samples providing LODs of the whole procedure in the low ng/L level, down to 280 ng/L, and between 77 and 92% for soil samples with LODs down to 9.38 microg/kg. This is the first time that this family of pesticides is simultaneously analyzed in both types of samples by HPLC and also using a monolithic column. PMID:17313135

  7. Association of VDR ApaI and TaqI Gene Polymorphisms with the Risk of Scleroderma and Behçet's Disease.

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    Kamal, Asmaa; Gamal, Sherif M; Elgengehy, Fatema T; Alkemary, Alkhateeb K; Siam, Ibrahem

    2016-08-01

    Vitamin D deficiency and vitamin D receptor (VDR) gene polymorphisms have been reported in autoimmune diseases. However, their role in Behçet's disease (BD) and scleroderma remains inconclusive. Our aim was to evaluate vitamin D receptor (ApaI, TaqI) gene polymorphisms in relation to Behçet's disease and scleroderma in Egyptians. The study was conducted on 54 patients with BD, 30 scleroderma patients, and 60 healthy control subjects. VDR (ApaI, TaqI) gene polymorphisms were investigated using polymerase chain reaction-restriction fragment length polymorphism technique. The "a" allele of ApaI (A/a) polymorphism was significantly associated with increased BD risk (OR = 2.09, 95% CI = 1.18-3.71, p = 0.011), while the TaqI "tt" genotype was significantly lower in BD patients as compared to control subjects (OR = 0.35, 95% CI = 0.13-0.9, p = 0.026). Carriage of "aT" VDR haplotype was significantly associated with higher BD risk (OR = 2.28, 95% = 1.14-4.56, p = 0.022). In conclusion, our findings suggest that VDR gene polymorphisms have a significant association with BD in Egyptian patients. PMID:27409400

  8. Behçet’s disease-like syndrome secondary to microbial infection: a case report and review of the literature

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    Zhang, Lingshu; Xu, Yuan; Peng, Yun; Yan, Bing; Liu, Yi

    2015-01-01

    Behçet’s disease (BD)-like syndrome is an extremely rare situation occurred after Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection and virus infection. We reported a 45-year-old woman who visited our hospital complaining of swollen left ankle, painful genital ulcer, redness in the left eye and skin rash on lower limbs. The patient had a history of pleural tuberculosis and had received anti-tuberculous therapy for one year. Her left cervical lymph node sample demonstrated tubercle bacilli DNA fragmentation. The diagnosis of tuberculous lymphadenitis and Behçet’s disease (BD)-like syndrome were made. This patient’s symptoms remitted following treatment with anti-tuberculous therapy. This case indicates that some microbial infection can trigger the onset of BD-like syndrome in genetically susceptible subjects. However, treatment strategy of BD-like syndrome secondary to infection is totally different from primary BD. The aim of this case report is to present our experience of the different clinical signs and treatment of BD-like syndrome to expedite its early diagnosis in future. Combination of clinical, radiological, immunophenotypic, pathological, and genetic data contribute to improving the rate of diagnosis. PMID:26722585

  9. Ulcère de jambe récidivant et surinfecté au cours de la maladie de Behçet

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    Salem, Bouomrani; Ichrak, Kilani; Hanène, Nouma; Safouane, Chebbi; Maher, Béji

    2013-01-01

    Parmi les manifestations cutanées de la maladie de Behçet, les ulcères de jambes sont exceptionnels mais gardent une implication pronostique fonctionnelle importante surtout dans les formes récidivantes et surinfectées. Nous rapportons l'observation d'un patient âgé de 42 ans porteur de maladie de Behçet depuis l’âge de 27 ans qui fût exploré pour ulcères de jambes bilatéraux, récidivants et invalidants nécessitant l'hospitalisation à plusieurs reprises. A chaque fois les récidives de l'ulcère s'associaient à une poussée cutanéo-muqueuse de la maladie avec notion d'arrêt intempestif de traitement. Il a présenté plusieurs épisodes de surinfection nécessitant le recours aux antibiotiques. Le doppler veineux et artériel ne montraient ni signes d'insuffisance veineuse ni d'artériopathie sous-jacentes. Sous antibiothérapie, en plus des soins locaux et la reprise de la colchicine et des corticostéroïdes, l’évolution se faisait vers la cicatrisation complète des ulcérations mais les récidives étaient fréquentes. PMID:23785544

  10. Novel myokine: irisin may be an independent predictor for subclinic atherosclerosis in Behçet's disease

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    Icli, Abdullah; Cure, Erkan; Cumhur Cure, Medine; Uslu, Ali Ugur; Balta, Sevket; Arslan, Sevket; Sakiz, Davut; Kucuk, Adem

    2016-01-01

    Behçet's disease (BD) is a vasculitic and inflammatory disease causing endothelial dysfunction. Irisin is a metabolic hormone related to insulin resistance and endothelial functions. In this study, we investigated the relationship between irisin and carotid intima-media thickness (cIMT), which is a marker of atherosclerosis in patients with BD. 48 patients with BD and 50 healthy individuals were enrolled in the study. Disease severity was evaluated by BD current activity form. Irisin, glucose, insulin, C reactive protein, erythrocyte sedimentation rate and lipid panel were examined in all patients. Homeostasis Model Assessment of Insulin Resistance (HOMA-IR) was used to calculate insulin resistance. A simple and inexpensive cIMT test was used as indicator of atherosclerosis. cIMT was 0.62 (0.45–1.05) mm in the patients, while it was 0.38 (0.25–0.65) mm in the control group (p<0.001). Irisin value was found to be 197.3 (24.8–834.2) ng/mL in the control group, while it was 85.4 (4.7–471.1) ng/mL in the patient group (p=0.007). There was a negative correlation between irisin level and cIMT (r=−0.511, p<0.001) and HOMA-IR (r=−0.371, p=0.009). Decreased irisin levels (OR 0.996, 95% CI 0.992 to 1.000, p=0.041), male gender (OR 7.634, 95% CI 1.415 to 41.191, p=0.018), and HOMA-IR (OR 2.596, 95% CI 1.451 to 4.643, p=0.001) are independent risk factors for cIMT in patients with BD. We detected a very strong relationship between cIMT, which is an indicator of subclinical atherosclerosis, and decreased irisin levels in patients with BD. BD is characterized by chronic inflammation, and low serum irisin levels in BD may be related to atherosclerosis. PMID:26941246

  11. Air-Broadened Line Parameters for the 2←0 Bands of 13C16O and 12C18O at 2.3 μm

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    Devi, V. Malathy; Benner, D. Chris; Smith, M. A. H.; Mantz, A. W.; Sung, K.; Brown, L. R.

    2012-06-01

    Air-broadened line shape parameters were determined for the first time in the 2←0 bands of 13C16O near 4166.8 cm-1 and 12C18O near 4159.0 cm-1. Spectra were recorded at 0.005 cm-1 resolution using a coolable absorption cell in the sample compartment of the Bruker IFS 125HR Fourier transform spectrometer at Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Gas temperatures and pressures ranged from 150 to 298 K and 20 to 700 Torr, respectively. Line parameters were determined by broad-band multispectrum least-squares fitting of the 4000-4360 cm-1 region in 16 spectra simultaneously; each set included 4 isotope-enriched pure sample scans and 12 air+CO samples (13CO or C18O, as appropriate). The air-broadened parameters measured were Lorentz half-width coefficients, their temperature dependence exponents; pressure-induced shift coefficients, their temperature dependences; and off-diagonal relaxation matrix elements. Speed dependence parameters were included to minimize the fit residuals. For both isotopologues the individual line positions and intensities were constrained to their theoretical relationships in order to obtain the rovibrational (G, B, D, and H) and band intensity parameters, including Herman-Wallis coefficients. The results for 13C16O and 12C18O are compared with those for the 12C16O 2←0 band and discussed. K. Sung, A. W. Mantz, M. A. H. Smith, et al., JMS 262 (2010) 122-134. D. C. Benner, C. P. Rinsland, V. Malathy Devi, M. A. H. Smith and D. A. Atkins, JQSRT 53 (1995) 705-721. V. Malathy Devi, D. C. Benner, L. R. Brown, C. E. Miller and R. A. Toth, JMS 242 (2007) 90-117. V. Malathy Devi, D. C. Benner, M. A. H. Smith, et al., JQSRT (2012) in press. Research described in this paper was performed at Connecticut College, the College of William and Mary, NASA Langley Research Center and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, under contracts and cooperative agreements with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

  12. C(18) columns for the simultaneous determination of oxytetracycline and its related substances by reversed-phase high performance liquid chromatography and UV detection.

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    Smyrniotakis, C G; Archontaki, Helen A

    2007-01-17

    Simultaneous determination of oxytetracycline, 4-epioxytetracycline, alpha-apooxytetracycline, tetracycline and beta-apooxytetracycline on C(18) columns has been accomplished using a high performance liquid chromatographic method with UV detection. Separation was achieved on a Hypersil BDS RP-C(18) column (250 mm x 4.6 mm) and on a Waters C(18) Symmetry column (150 mm x 3.9mm), 5 microm particle size each. These columns were equilibrated with mobile phases consisted of methanol-acetonitrile-0.1M phosphate buffer pH 8.0 (12.5:12.5:75, v/v/v) and (15:15:70, v/v/v), respectively. The flow rate was 1.0 ml/min and the total elution time was 15 and 5 min, respectively. Both methods were applied to oxytetracycline raw material, human and veterinary formulations, where the excipients did not interfere. External standard calibration curves were linear for 4-epioxytetracycline, oxytetracycline, alpha-apooxytetracycline, tetracycline and beta-apooxytetracycline in the concentration range of 0.27-200 microM, 0.05-200 microM, 0.03-200 microM, 0.35-200 microM and 0.20-200 microM on column A and 0.08-200 microM, 0.15-200 microM, 0.09-200 microM, 0.25-200 microM and 0.47-200 microM on column B, respectively. Day-to-day relative standard deviation of the determination for every component was less than 3%. Concerning the first column, limits of detection and quantification of the above compounds were in the concentration ranges of 10-106 nM and 30-352 nM, respectively, whereas on the second column these ranges became 27-144 nM and 81-475 nM, respectively. Recovery of the separated compounds was 95-105%. PMID:16989968

  13. C18 thin-layer chromatographic enhancement of the 32P-postlabeling assay for aromatic or bulky carcinogen-DNA adducts: evaluation of adduct recoveries in comparison with nuclease P1 and butanol methods.

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    Reddy, M V

    1993-05-01

    The suitability of C18 reversed-phase thin-layer chromatography (TLC) for enrichment of adducts in the 32P-postlabeling assay was investigated for structurally diverse classes of DNA adducts derived from benzo[a]pyrene, 2-acetylaminofluorene, benzoquinone, safrole, and mitomycin C. The TLC enrichment involved retention of adducts to the C18 phase followed by elution with organic solvent-water. Adduct patterns obtained by the C18 purification were qualitatively similar to those obtained by the nuclease P1 and butanol procedures, the two commonly used enrichment methods. Adduct recoveries by the C18 method varied for different adducts and were significantly lower than those obtained by the other two techniques. PMID:8314936

  14. Beyond the C18 frontier: Androgen and glucocorticoid metabolism in breast cancer tissues: The role of non-typical steroid hormones in breast cancer development and progression.

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    McNamara, Keely May; Sasano, Hironobu

    2015-11-01

    Breast cancer's hormonal dependence is well known and has been so for a long time. However in the last two decades great advances have been made in understanding the local metabolism of steroids within tissue. In the form of aromatase inhibition this is already one of the mainstays of breast cancer therapy. This review aims to summarise briefly what is known in terms of the metabolism of C18 steroids but perhaps more importantly to touch on the new developments regarding the importance of the metabolism of androgens and glucocorticoids in breast tissue. It is our hope that this review should provide the reader with a "birds eye view" of the current state of knowledge regarding localised steroid metabolism in the breast. PMID:26057662

  15. Predicting Effects of Cations (Mg, Ca, Na, and K) on 13C-18O Clumping in Dissolved Inorganic Carbon Species and Implications for Carbonate Geothermometry

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    Hill, P. S.; Tripati, A.; Schauble, E. A.

    2014-12-01

    13C-18O bond abundance in carbonates is becoming more widely used as a geothermometer; this proxy is affected by various environmental factors. Here we report the influence of cations (Mg2+, Ca2+, Na+, and K+) at high concentrations (~2 mol/liter) on the isotopologue composition of the DIC pool. Clumped isotope fractionation in CO32- groups of dissolved species and carbonate minerals is reported using the notation Δ63 corresponding mainly to the enrichment in per mil of Hx13C18O16O2x-2 (plus Hx12C18O17O 16Ox-2, Hx12C17O17O 17Ox-2, and Hx13C17O17O 16Ox-2) above the amount expected for a random distribution of isotopes among all CO32-, HCO3- and H2CO3 isotopologues. The Δ63 of a solution of dissolved inorganic carbon (DIC) depends upon the relative abundances of each DIC species (CO2(aq) or H2CO3, HCO3-, and CO32-) since each DIC species has a distinct equilibrium clumped isotope signature. These abundances depend primarily upon solution pH and secondarily upon temperature and salinity (fresh water vs. sea water vs. brine). Solvated DIC species with additional ions and the composite DIC solutions were modeled as a series of supermolecular clusters, each with a single DIC molecule, an added cation, and 21 to 32 surrounding H2O molecules. As in our previous work (Hill et al., 2014, GCA 125, 610-652), we developed electronic structure models at different levels of theory to ensure the best possible reliability at reasonable computational efficiency. Overall, the models predict that common aqueous cations will slightly increase the 13C-18O clumping signature of both individual DIC species and the total DIC pool at a given pH, salinity, and temperature. Predicted Δ63values are also dependent upon cation concentration. The perturbing effect of Mg2+ > Ca2+ > K+ > Na+. Dissolved cations increase the clumped crossover pH (pH at which the composite Δ63 of the DIC pool equals the Δ63 of calcite at equilibrium). Our models predict that a DIC solution of low to moderate p

  16. Comparison of C18-Carboxypropylbetaine and Glass Bead DNA Extraction Methods for Detection of Mycobacterium bovis in Bovine Milk Samples and Analysis of Samples by PCR

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    Cornejo, Brandon J.; Sahagún-Ruiz, Alfredo; Suárez-Güemes, Francisco; Thornton, Charles G.; Ficht, Thomas A.; Adams, L. Garry

    1998-01-01

    The purpose of this prospective study was to compare two different milk preparation methods to assay for the presence of Mycobacterium bovis by PCR. Detection by a C18-carboxypropylbetaine (CB-18)-based sample processing method was compared to extraction of DNA from milk with glass beads. Samples from 17 skin test-positive cattle were analyzed. Following CB-18 processing and glass bead extraction, the sensitivity of IS6110-based PCR was 94.1 and 58.8%, respectively (P < 0.025). Because CB-18 processing will permit the proficient use of PCR for diagnosis and surveillance of bovine tuberculosis, it will contribute to the more efficient detection and control of tuberculosis. PMID:9687483

  17. - and Air-Broadening of 12C16O, 13C16O and 12C18O at 2.3 μm

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    Devi, V. Malathy; Benner, D. Chris; Smith, Mary Ann H.; Mantz, Arlan W.; Sung, Keeyoon; Brown, Linda R.

    2011-06-01

    High resolution (0.005 Cm-1) absorption spectra of CO and two of its isotopologues (13CO and C18O) were recorded between 3550 and 5250 Cm-1 using the Bruker IFS-125HR Fourier transform spectrometer (FTS) located at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and a specially designed and built coolable 20.38 cm long absorption cell placed within the sample compartment of the FTS. More than 50 spectra of both pure and air-broadened samples of CO, 13CO and C18O were recorded at various temperatures from 150 K to 298 K, with maximum total pressures up to ˜700 Torr. A multispectrum nonlinear least squares spectrum fitting technique was used to determine the spectral line shape parameters including speed dependence, Lorentz halfwidth coefficients, pressure-induced shift coefficients, and off-diagonal relaxation matrix element coefficients for line mixing. These line shape parameters were obtained for both self- and air-broadening, and temperature dependences of these parameters were determined where possible. As previously done in studies of CO_2, rather than retrieving individual line positions and intensities, we constrained them to their theoretical relationships, including Herman-Wallis terms, determining only the band intensities and rovibrational constants. The results are discussed and compared with values reported in the literature. K. Sung, A. W. Mantz, M. A. H. Smith, L. R. Brown, T. J. Crawford, V. Malathy Devi and D. C. Benner, JMS 262 (2010) 122-134. D. C. Benner, C. P. Rinsland, V. Malathy Devi, M. A. H. Smith and D. A. Atkins, JQSRT 53 (1995) 705-721. V. Malathy Devi, D. C. Benner, L. R. Brown, C. E. Miller and R. A. Toth, JMS 242 (2007) 90-117. Research described in this paper was performed at Connecticut College, the College of William and Mary, NASA Langley Research Center and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, under contracts and cooperative agreements with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

  18. Pharmacological Inactivation of Src Family Kinases Inhibits LPS-Induced TNF-α Production in PBMC of Patients with Behçet's Disease

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    Pektanc, Gulsum; Akkurt, Zeynep M.; Bozkurt, Mehtap; Turkcu, Fatih M.; Kalkanli-Tas, Sevgi

    2016-01-01

    Behçet's disease (BD) is a multisystemic chronic inflammatory disease characterized by relapsing oral and genital ulcers, uveitis, and skin lesions. The pathogenesis of BD is still unknown. Aberrant production of some cytokines/chemokines plays an important role in the pathogenesis of various inflammatory diseases. Revealing a key signaling regulatory mechanism involved in proinflammatory cytokines/chemokines production is critical for understanding of the pathogenesis of BD. The aim of this study was to determine the role of Src family kinases (SFKs) in production of some LPS-induced proinflammatory cytokines/chemokines in peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC) of active BD patients. Chemical inhibition of SFKs activity impaired LPS-induced TNF-α production in PBMC of active BD patients, suggesting that modulating SFKs activity may be a potential target for BD treatment. PMID:27445436

  19. 18F-FDG PET/CT Findings in Two Cases With Myelodysplastic Syndrome Accompanied by Behçet's Disease.

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    Ito, Kimiteru; Kubota, Kazuo

    2016-08-01

    Recently, the co-occurrence of myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) and Behçet's disease (BD) has been reported in association with trisomy 8 and HLA 51, with the pathology varying from vasculitis to acute neutrophilic inflammation. We report for the first time about imaging findings of F-fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) positron emission/computed tomography (PET/CT) in 2 cases having MDS accompanied by BD. In these cases, 18 F-FDG PET/CT images clearly revealed high uptake by bone marrow in MDS and by genital aphthous or ileocecal ulcers in BD. F-FDG PET/CT may be the ideal modality for the detection of comorbidity of MDS and BD. PMID:26909715

  20. A validated LC-MS-MS method for simultaneous identification and quantitation of rodenticides in blood.

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    Bidny, Sergei; Gago, Kim; David, Mark; Duong, Thanh; Albertyn, Desdemona; Gunja, Naren

    2015-04-01

    A rapid, highly sensitive and specific analytical method for the extraction, identification and quantification of nine rodenticides from whole blood has been developed and validated. Commercially available rodenticides in Australia include coumatetralyl, warfarin, brodifacoum, bromadiolone, difenacoum, flocoumafen, difethialone, diphacinone and chlorophacinone. A Waters ACQUITY UPLC TQD system operating in multiple reaction monitoring mode was used to conduct the analysis. Two different ionization techniques, ES+ and ES-, were examined to achieve optimal sensitivity and selectivity resulting in detection by MS-MS using electrospray ionization in positive mode for difenacoum and brodifacoum and in negative mode for all other analytes. All analytes were extracted from 200 µL of whole blood with ethylacetate and separated on a Waters ACQUITY UPLC BEH-C18 column using gradient elution. Ammonium acetate (10 mM, pH 7.5) and methanol were used as mobile phases with a total run time of 8 min. Recoveries were between 70 and 105% with limits of detection ranging from 0.5 to 1 ng/mL. The limit of quantitation was 2 ng/mL for all analytes. Calibration curves were linear within the range 2-200 ng/mL for all analytes with the coefficient of determination ≥0.98. The application of the proposed method using liquid-liquid extraction in a series of clinical investigations and forensic toxicological analyses was successful. PMID:25595137

  1. Development of an analytical method to quantify PBDEs, OH-BDEs, HBCDs, 2,4,6-TBP, EH-TBB, and BEH-TEBP in human serum.

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    Butt, Craig M; Miranda, Marie Lynn; Stapleton, Heather M

    2016-04-01

    Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) flame retardants (FRs) were phased-out in the mid-2000s (penta- and octaBDE) and 2013 (decaBDE); however, their hydroxylated metabolites (OH-BDEs) are still commonly detected in human serum. Today, novel FRs such as Firemaster® 550, a mixture that contains two brominated compounds, EH-TBB and BEH-TEBP are used as replacements for PBDEs in some applications, and there is a need to develop a comprehensive analytical method to assess exposure to both legacy PBDEs and novel FRs. This study developed a solid-phase extraction (SPE)-based method to analyze PBDEs, OH-BDEs, 2,4,6-tribromophenol (TBP), hexabromocylcododecane isomers (HBCDs), EH-TBB, and BEH-TEBP in human serum. Briefly, serum proteins were first denatured with formic acid, and then the target analytes were isolated using a SPE column. Finally, the extract was cleaned and fractioned using a silica SPE column. Method performance was assessed by spiking fetal bovine serum with 1-2 ng of the target analytes, and method accuracy was quantified by comparison to a serum Standard Reference Material (SRM). The developed method showed good recovery and accuracy for all target analytes with the exception of the very low and very high molecular weight PBDE congeners. Using this method, 43 serum samples collected from the Healthy Pregnancy, Healthy Baby Study (HPHB) cohort in Durham, NC, USA were analyzed for FRs. A novel finding was the ubiquitous detection of 2,4,6-TBP, at levels greater than the individual PBDE congeners. Furthermore, 2,4,6-TBP was positively correlated with PBDEs, suggesting that they may have a similar source of exposure, or that 2,4,6-TBP may result from metabolism of PBDEs in vivo. PMID:26864867

  2. Triplet repeat polymorphism in the transmembrane region of the MICA gene: A strong association of six GCT repetitions with Behçet disease

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    Mizuki, Nobuhisa; Ota, Masao; Kimura, Minoru; Ohno, Shigeaki; Ando, Hitoshi; Katsuyama, Yoshihiko; Yamazaki, Masaaki; Watanabe, Koji; Goto, Kaori; Nakamura, Satoshi; Bahram, Seiamak; Inoko, Hidetoshi

    1997-01-01

    A member of a novel family of the human major histocompatibility complex (MHC) class I genes termed MIC (MHC class I chain-related genes), MICA, has been recently identified near the HLA-B gene on the short arm of human chromosome 6. The predicted amino acid sequence of the MICA chain suggests that it folds similarly to typical class I chains and may have the capacity to bind peptides or other short ligands. Therefore, MICA is predicted to have a specialized function in antigen presentation or T cell recognition. During nucleotide sequence analyses of the MICA genomic clone, we found a triplet repeat microsatellite polymorphism of (GCT/AGC)n in the transmembrane (TM) region of the MICA gene. In 68 HLA homozygous B cell lines, 5 distinct alleles of this microsatellite sequence were detected. One of them contained an additional one base insertion that created a frameshift mutation resulting in a premature termination codon in the TM region. This particular allele may encode a soluble, secreted form of the MICA molecule. In addition, we have investigated this microsatellite polymorphism in 77 Japanese patients with Behçet disease, which is known to be associated with HLA-B51. The microsatellite allele consisting of 6 repetitions of GCT/AGC was present at significantly higher frequency in the patient group (Pc = 0.00055) than in a control population. Furthermore, the (GCT/AGC)6 allele was present in all B51 positive patients and in an additional 13 B51 negative patients. These results suggest the possibility of a primary association of Behçet disease with MICA rather than HLA-B. PMID:9037047

  3. A paleothermometer based on abundances of 13C-18O bonds in bioapatite: Calibration and reconstruction of the body temperatures of extinct Cenozoic mammals and Mesozoic dinosaurs

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    Eagle, R.; Schauble, E. A.; Tripati, A. K.; Fricke, H. C.; Tuetken, T.; Eiler, J. M.

    2009-12-01

    The stable isotope compositions of biologically precipitated apatite in bone, teeth, and scales are widely used to obtain information on the diet, behavior, and physiology of extinct organisms, and to reconstruct past climate in terrestrial and marine settings. Here we report the application of a new type of geochemical measurement to bioapatite, a ‘clumped isotope’ thermometer based on the thermodynamically driven preference for 13C and 18O to bond with each other within carbonate ions in the crystal lattice of apatite. This effect is dependent on temperature but unlike conventional stable isotope paleotemperature proxies, is independent from the isotopic composition of water from which the mineral formed. We show that the abundance of 13C-18O bonds in the carbonate component of apatite from modern teeth is proportional to the body temperature of the organism, with an accuracy of 1-2oC, and that the empirical calibration is supported by a theoretical model of isotopic ordering. We also report initial paleothermometry results from analyses of Cenozoic fossil mammal teeth and Mesozoic dinosaur teeth. Therefore, clumped isotope analysis of bioapatite represents a new approach in the study of the physiology of extinct species by allowing the first relatively assumption-free measurement of their body temperatures. It will also open new avenues in the study of paleoclimate, as the measurements of clumped isotopes in apatite from fossils, such as conodonts and brachiopods, as well as phosphorites, have the potential to record environmental temperatures.

  4. C18-attached membrane funnel-based spray ionization mass spectrometry for quantification of anti-diabetic drug from human plasma.

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    Li, Wan; Chen, Xiangfeng; Wong, Y-L Elaine; Hung, Y-L Winnie; Wang, Ze; Deng, Liulin; Dominic Chan, T-W

    2016-08-24

    In this work, sorbent-attached membrane funnel-based spray ionization mass spectrometry was explored for quantitative analysis of anti-diabetic drugs spiked in human plasma. C18-attached membrane funnel was fabricated for in situ extraction and clean-up to alleviate matrix suppression effect in the ionization process. Repaglinide was used as a target analyte of anti-diabetic drugs. Under optimal working conditions, good linearity (R(2) > 0.99) was obtained in the concentration range of 1-100 ng mL(-1). The method detection limit of target drugs spiked in the human plasma was around 0.30 ng mL(-1). Through the application of an isotope-labeled internal standard, the signal fluctuation caused by residual background matrices was largely alleviated and the precision of measurement (RSD) was below 15%. The recovery of repaglinide for 5, 25, and 100 ng mL(-1) of spiked human plasma matrixes ranged from 87% to 112%. The developed method was successfully applied to determine repaglinide in plasma volunteers who orally received a dose of drug association. Our results demonstrated that membrane funnel-based spray is a simple and sensitive method for rapid screening analysis of complex biological samples. PMID:27497002

  5. Solid Phase Extraction Using C-18 Sorbents to Treat Organics in Water and Eliminate Spectral Interference in Isotope Ratio Infrared Spectroscopy

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    Chang, E.; Caylor, K. K.; Gerlein-Safdi, C.; Wolf, A.

    2015-12-01

    Although isotope ratio infrared spectroscopy (IRIS) provides an inexpensive, convenient instrumentation for water isotope analysis, analyzing δ2H and δ18O becomes much less accurate if the water contains organic contaminants. Alcohols such as Ethanol and Methanol cause significant changes in the apparent isotope values such that the more these species are present in the water, the more erroneous the IRIS data becomes. Although activated charcoal and pre-combustion methods have typically been used to mitigate this inaccuracy, a new application of Solid Phase Extraction (SPE) using C-18 sorbents shows promising results in eliminating more organics and reducing spectral interferences more than current treatment techniques. SPE's can be prepared in the field and can quickly treat samples upon collection: this study focuses on developing a consistent method for use both in field and lab to allow isotope hydrology measurements to be unhampered by potential organics. To study the adsorption effect of SPE's, we used H-NMR technology to calculate absolute concentrations of Ethanol and Methanol in water pre- and post- treatment. SPE removed up to 90% Ethanol and 60% Methanol in water, and the corresponding measured isotopic values after alcohol removal were much closer to the pure water reference.

  6. Oscillator strengths for transitions to Rydberg levels in 12C 16O, 13C 16O and 13C 18O between 967 and 972 Å

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    Eidelsberg, M.; Lemaire, J. L.; Fillion, J. H.; Rostas, F.; Federman, S. R.; Sheffer, Y.

    2004-09-01

    Absorption oscillator strengths have been determined from high-resolution spectra in the 967-972 Å region of three CO isotopomers for transitions to the Rydberg levels 4pπ(0), 3dπ(1)b and 4pσ(0), as well as to the mixed E(6) level recently characterized by Eidelsberg et al. (\\cite{Eid04}). Synchrotron radiation from the Super-ACO electron storage ring at Orsay (LURE) was used as a light source. Oscillator strengths were extracted from the recorded spectra by least-squares fitting of the experimental profiles with synthetic spectra taking into account the homogeneous and heterogeneous interactions of the four levels. Column densities were derived from fits to the 3pπ(0) absorption band whose oscillator strength is well established. These are the first reported measurements for 13C18O. For 12C16Op, our results are consistent with the larger values obtained in the most recent laboratory and astronomical studies. Based on experiments done at the Super-ACO electron storage ring at Orsay (LURE), France.

  7. Classification of biodiesel and fuel blends using gas chromatography - differential mobility spectrometry with cluster analysis and isolation of C18:3 me by dual ion filtering.

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    Pasupuleti, Dedeepya; Eiceman, Gary A; Pierce, Karisa M

    2016-08-01

    Fatty acid alkyl esters (FAAEs) were determined at 10-100mg/L in biodiesel and blends with petrodiesel without sample pre-treatment using gas chromatography with a tandem differential mobility detector. Selectivity was provided through chromatographic separations and atmospheric pressure chemical ionization reactions in the detector with mobility characterization of gas ions. Limits of detection were ~0.5ng with an average of 2.98% RSD for peak area precision, ≤1.3% RSD for retention time precision, and ≤9.2% RSD for compensation voltage precision. Biodiesel blends were classified using principal component analysis (PCA) and hierarchical cluster analysis (HCA). Unsupervised cluster analysis captured 52.72% of variance in a single PC while supervised analysis captured 71.64% of variance using Fisher ratio feature selection. Test set predictions showed successful clustering according to source or feedstock when regressed onto the training set model. Detection of the regulated substance methyl linolenate (C18:3 me) was achieved in 6-10s with a 1m long capillary column using dual ion filtering in the tandem differential mobility detector. PMID:27216685

  8. Analysis Of The California Molecular Cloud Through CS J(2-1), HCN J(1-0), And C18O J(2-1)molecular Tracers

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    Jasso, Steven; Shirley, Y.; Bieging, J.; Rudolph, A.; Lada, C.; Forbrich, J.; Roman, C.

    2012-01-01

    The California Molecular Cloud (CMC) is a nearby (D 450 pc) complex cloud with a total mass similar to the Orion Molecular Cloud but with only one-tenth the star formation rate. Studies of the CMC therefore provide a unique opportunity to probe the conditions of dense molecular gas in a quiescent star forming environment. We provide CS J(2-1) and HCN J(1-0) spectra taken with the Arizona Radio Observatory 12m telescope at Kitt Peak, as well as C18O J(2-1) spectra from the Heinrich Hertz Submillimeter Telescope on Mt. Graham, AZ, for 37 high opacity cores chosen from a near-infrared extinction map of the CMC. Analysis of the line properties were made through Gaussian fits to the line profiles. We present a statistical comparison of the line properties for sources in the CMC with a sample of 36 cores in Orion A from Tatematsu et al. and a larger sample of 150 intermediate and high-mass cores from Plume et al. We acknowledge the NSF for funding under Award No. AST-0847170, a PAARE Grant for the Calfornia-Arizona Minority Partnership for Astronomy Research and Education (CAMPARE).

  9. C18 bonded silica membrane disk modified with Cyanex 302 for Cr(III) and Cr(VI) speciation and flame atomic absorption spectrometric determination.

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    Karve, Manjusha; Pandey, Durgesh; Athavale, Rohini

    2014-01-01

    A new SPE method for speciation of Cr(III) and Cr(VI) has been developed using a Cyanex 302-impregnated C18 bonded silica membrane disk followed by flame atomic absorption spectrometric determination. The influence of various parameters, such as pH, flow rate, volume of sample solution, amount of Cyanex 302, and eluent type, concentration, and flow rate, on Cr(III) retention, were systematically studied. Cr(III) was quantitatively recovered from the modified sorbent at pH 4.5, while the recovery of Cr(VI) was negligible (0.5 +/- 0.5 microg) throughout the pH range studied for its sorption, thus facilitating their separation and speciation. Most of the elements associated with Cr(III) did not show strong interference during its sorption. The sorption capacity of modified disk for Cr(III) was 117.6 +/- 0.8 microg, and its enrichment factor for Cr(III) was 37. The LOD and LOQ of the method for Cr(III) were 0.88 and 2.93 microg/L, respectively. The efficiency of the disk for Cr(III) recovery remained unchanged up to 24 cycles. A certified reference material (BCR-701) was analyzed to validate the accuracy of method developed for Cr(III). The method was applied to the determination of Cr(III) and Cr(VI) species in tap water and an industrial effluent sample, with RSD < or = 1.0%. PMID:24672880

  10. Solid phase extraction using magnetic core mesoporous shell microspheres with C18-modified interior pore-walls for residue analysis of cephalosporins in milk by LC-MS/MS.

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    Liu, Xiaodan; Yu, Yingjia; Zhao, Meiyan; Zhang, Haiying; Li, Yan; Duan, Gengli

    2014-05-01

    A fast and effective extraction method has been developed for measuring the residue of cephalosporins (cefalexin, cefazolin, cefoperazone) in milk by using magnetic core-mesoporous shell microspheres with C18-functionalized interior pore-walls (C18-Fe3O4@mSiO2) as adsorbent. With no need for any protein precipitation procedure, the cephalosporins were directly adsorbed onto the C18-Fe3O4@mSiO2 microspheres through hydrophobic interaction with C18-groups (Octadecyl functional groups) functionalized in the interior walls of mesopore channels while the abundant proteins in milk sample were excluded out of the channel due to the size exclusion effect. Thereafter, the cephalosporins-absorbed C18-Fe3O4@mSiO2 microspheres were rapidly isolated by placing a magnet, and followed by liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry analysis after eluted by methanol. Various parameters which could affect the extraction performance were optimised. The newly developed extraction method was successfully applied in determination of cephalosporin residues in milk samples, offering a valuable alternative to simplify and speed up the sample preparation step. PMID:24360441

  11. Development of C18-functionalized magnetic silica nanoparticles as sample preparation technique for the determination of ergosterol in cigarettes by microwave-assisted derivatization and gas chromatography/mass spectrometry.

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    Sha, Yunfei; Deng, Chunhui; Liu, Baizhan

    2008-07-11

    Ergosterol is one of the important precursors of tumorigenic polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons. A large amount of ergosterol is present in mildewy cigarettes, which derives from fungal contaminations. In this paper, a novel approach based on C(18)-functionalized magnetic silica nanoparticles (C(18)-f-MS NPs) coupled with microwave-assisted derivatization and gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (GC/MS) was developed for the rapid enrichment and determination of ergosterol in cigarettes. Due to that, microwave-assisted derivatization requires very short time (several minutes), and the extraction and concentration of ergosterol become the key step in the sample preparation process. In this study, the prepared C(18)-f-MS NPs with its unique properties (high surface area and strong magnetism) provided an efficient way for extraction and concentration of ergosterol in the samples. Additionally, the analyte of ergosterol adsorbed with C(18)-f-MS NPs in cigarettes can be simply and rapidly isolated (only about 2s) through placing a strong magnet on the bottom of container. In this work, different parameters such as added amounts of C(18)-f-MS NPs, extraction temperature, and extraction time were optimized to enhance the extraction efficiency. Method validations (linear range, detection limit, precision, and recovery) were also studied. The results obtained by the optimal conditions showed that the proposed method based on C(18)-f-MS NPs was a simple, high efficient, and had a rapid approach for the enrichment of ergosterol in cigarettes and was successfully applied to the analysis of ergosterol in normal and mildewy cigarettes followed by microwave-assisted derivatization and GC/MS. PMID:18533171

  12. Alterations in Oral [1-14C] 18:1n-9 Distribution in Lean Wild-Type and Genetically Obese (ob/ob) Mice

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    Wang, Xinxia; Feng, Jie; Yu, Caihua; Shen, Qingwu W.; Wang, Yizhen

    2015-01-01

    Obesity may result from altered fatty acid (FA) disposal. Altered FA distribution in obese individuals is poorly understood. Lean wild-type C57BL/6J and obese C57BL/6Job/ob mice received an oral dose of [1-14C]18:1n-9 (oleic acid), and the radioactivity in tissues was evaluated at various time points. The 14C concentration decreased rapidly in gastrointestinal tract but gradually increased and peaked at 96 h in adipose tissue, muscle and skin in lean mice. The 14C concentration was constant in adipose tissue and muscle of obese mice from 4h to 168h. 14C-label content in adipose tissue was significantly affected by genotype, whereas muscle 14C-label content was affected by genotype, time and the interaction between genotype and time. There was higher total 14C retention (47.7%) in obese mice than in lean mice (9.0%) at 168 h (P<0.05). The 14C concentrations in the soleus and gastrocnemius muscle were higher in obese mice than in lean mice (P<0.05). Perirenal adipose tissue contained the highest 14C content in lean mice, whereas subcutaneous adipose tissue (SAT) had the highest 14C content and accounted for the largest proportion of total radioactivity among fat depots in obese mice. More lipid radioactivity was recovered as TAG in SAT from obese mice than from lean mice (P<0.05). Gene expression suggested acyl CoA binding protein and fatty acid binding protein are important for FA distribution in adipose tissue and muscle. The FA distribution in major tissues was altered in ob/ob mice, perhaps contributing to obesity. Understanding the disparity in FA disposal between lean and obese mice may reveal novel targets for the treatment and prevention of obesity. PMID:25826747

  13. Determination of arsenic(III) and arsenic(V) by electrothermal atomic absorption spectrometry after complexation and sorption on a C-18 bonded silica column.

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    Pozebon, D; Dressler, V L; Gomes Neto, J A; Curtius, A J

    1998-04-01

    A flow injection procedure for the separation and pre-concentration of inorganic arsenic based on the complexation with ammonium diethyl dithiophosphate (DDTP) and sorption on a C-18 bonded silica gel minicolumn is proposed. During the sample injection by a time-based fashion, the As(3+)-DDTP complex is stripped from the solution and retained in the column. Arsenic(V) and other ions that do not form complexes are discarded. After reduction to the trivalent state by using potassium iodide plus ascorbic acid, total arsenic is determined by electrothermal atomic absorption spectrometry (ETAAS). Arsenic(V) concentration can be calculated by difference. After processing 6 ml sample volume, the As(3+)-DDTP complexes were eluted directly into the autosampler cup (120 mul). Ethanol was used for column rinsing. Influence of pH, reagent concentration, pre-concentration and elution time and column size were investigated. When 30 mul of eluate plus 10 mul of 0.1% (w/v) Pd(NO(3))(2) were dispensed into the graphite tube, analytical curve in the 0.3-3 mug As l(-1) range was obtained (r=0.9991). The accuracy was checked for arsenic determination in a certified water, spiked tap water and synthetic mixtures of arsenite and arsenate. Good recoveries (97-108%) of spiked samples were found. Results are precise (RSD 7.5 and 6% for 0.5 and 2.5 mug l(-1), n=10) and in agreement with the certified value of reference material at 95% confidence level. PMID:18967109

  14. Morphology and kinematics of the gas envelope of protostar L1527 as obtained from ALMA observations of the C18O(2-1) line emission

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    Tuan-Anh, P.; Nhung, P. T.; Hoai, D. T.; Diep, P. N.; Phuong, N. T.; Thao, N. T.; Darriulat, P.

    2016-09-01

    Using ALMA observations of the C18O(2-1) line emission of the gas envelope of protostar L1527, we have reconstructed its morphology and kinematics under the assumption of axisymmetry about the west-east axis. The main original contribution to our understanding of the formation process of L1527 is the presentation of a simple 3D parameterisation based solely on regions that are not dominated by absorption. In the explored range (˜0.7 to 5 arcsec from the star) the model reproduces observations better than earlier attempts. The main results include: a measurement of the rotation velocity that confirms its evolution to Keplerian toward short distances; a measurement of the mean in-fall velocity, 0.43±0.10 km s-1, lower than free fall velocity, with no evidence for the significant r-dependence suggested by an earlier analysis; a measurement of the central mass, 0.23±0.06 M⊙ within a distance of 1.5 arcsec from the star, in agreement with earlier estimates obtained from a different range of distances; evidence for a strong disc plane depression of the in-falling flux resulting in an X shaped flow possibly caused by the freeze-out of CO molecules on dust grains; a measurement of the accretion rate, 3.5±1.0 10-7M⊙ yr-1at a distance of 1 arcsec (140 au) from the star; evidence for a 10° tilt of the symmetry plane of the envelope about the line of sight, cancelling below ˜3 arcsec from the star, but matching infrared observations and being also apparent on the sky map of the mean Doppler velocity.

  15. Discrimination against C18O16O during photosynthesis and the oxygen isotope ratio of respired CO2 in boreal forest ecosystems

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    Flanagan, Lawrence B.; Brooks, J. Renee; Varney, Gregory T.; Ehleringer, James R.

    1997-03-01

    Our objective was to analyze factors that influence changes in the oxygen isotope ratio (δ18O) of atmospheric CO2 within boreal forest ecosystems. We made measurements in the three major forest types (black spruce, jack pine, and aspen) at the southern and northern ends of the boreal forest in central Canada. This research was part of a larger study, the Boreal Ecosystem-Atmosphere Study (BOREAS). In terrestrial ecosystems the δ18O value of atmospheric CO2 is strongly influenced by isotope effects that occur during photosynthesis and respiration. Of primary importance is an equilibrium isotope effect that occurs between oxygen in CO2 and oxygen in soil water and plant chloroplast water. During the equilibrium reaction the oxygen isotope ratio of CO2 becomes enriched in 18O relative to that of water. We measured seasonal changes in the oxygen isotope ratio of (1) water input to the ecosystems (precipitation), (2) water taken up by the major plant species from the soil (plant stem water), and (3) water in plant leaves. We used this information in calculations of isotope discrimination during photosynthesis and soil respiration. Discrimination against C18O16O during photosynthetic gas exchange (ΔA) (influenced by equilibration with chloroplast water) averaged approximately 21‰ at midday and was similar for all forest types. In contrast, CO2 released during plant and soil respiration had an average δ18O value of -14.4‰ but was less depleted in 18O than would be expected for respired CO2 in isotopic equilibrium with soil water. This effect was most pronounced in black spruce sites because of the extensive coverage of moss on the ground surface and the observation that water in the upper moss layers can have an oxygen isotope ratio substantially different from water in deeper soil layers.

  16. Rapid determination of parabens in seafood sauces by high-performance liquid chromatography: A practical comparison of core-shell particles and sub-2 μm fully porous particles.

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    Ye, Jing; Cao, Xiaoji; Cheng, Zhuo; Qin, Ye; Lu, Yanbin

    2015-12-01

    In this work, the chromatographic performance of superficially porous particles (Halo core-shell C18 column, 50 mm × 2.1 mm, 2.7 μm) was compared with that of sub-2 μm fully porous particles (Acquity BEH C18 , 50 mm × 2.1 mm, 1.7 μm). Four parabens, methylparaben, ethylparaben, propylparaben, and butylparaben, were used as representative compounds for calculating the plate heights in a wide flow rate range and analyzed on the basis of the Van Deemter and Knox equations. Theoretical Poppe plots were constructed for each column to compare their kinetic performance. Both phases gave similar minimum plate heights when using nonreduced coordinates. Meanwhile, the flat C-term of the core-shell column provided the possibilities for applying high flow rates without significant loss in efficiency. The low backpressure of core-shell particles allowed this kind of column, especially compatible with conventional high-performance liquid chromatography systems. Based on these factors, a simple high-performance liquid chromatography method was established and validated for the determination of parabens in various seafood sauces using the Halo core-shell C18 column for separation. PMID:26383987

  17. Oligoclonal banding of IgG in CSF, blood-brain barrier function, and MRI findings in patients with sarcoidosis, systemic lupus erythematosus, and Behçet's disease involving the nervous system.

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    McLean, B N; Miller, D; Thompson, E J

    1995-01-01

    A retrospective study of CSF and serum analysis from a total of 43 patients with sarcoidosis, 20 with systemic lupus erythematosus, and 12 with Behçet's disease with neurological involvement found local synthesis of oligoclonal IgG using isoelectric focusing and immunoblotting in 51%, 25%, and 8% respectively at some stage in their disease. Blood-brain barrier breakdown, when assessed with an albumin ratio found 47% of patients with sarcoidosis, 30% of those with systemic lupus erythematosus, and 42% of patients with Behçet's disease exhibiting abnormal barrier function at some time. Serial CSF analysis showed that clinical relapses were associated with worsening barrier function and in some patients the development of local oligoclonal IgG synthesis; conversely steroid treatment led to a statistically significant improvement in barrier function, and in two patients a loss of oligoclonal IgG bands. A higher proportion of patients had MRI abnormalities than oligoclonal IgG or blood-brain barrier breakdown, MRI being abnormal in 16 of 19 patients with sarcoidosis, three of four patients with systemic lupus erythematosus, and seven of nine patients with Behçet's disease, although this may have been due to temporal factors. In the differential diagnosis of chronic neurological disorders, locally synthesised oligoclonal IgG cannot distinguish between diseases, but the loss of bands seen in two patients contrasts with what is seen in multiple sclerosis, and thus may be a useful diagnostic clue. PMID:7745401

  18. FT-IR spectra of 18O-, and 13C-enriched CO2 in the ν3 region: High accuracy frequency calibration and spectroscopic constants for 16O12C18O, 18O12C18O, and 16O13C16O

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    Elliott, Ben M.; Sung, Keeyoon; Miller, Charles E.

    2015-06-01

    In this report, we extend our Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy measurements of CO2 in the ν3 region (2200-2450 cm-1, 65-75 THz) to the 18O-, and 13C-substituted isotopologues, using the JPL Bruker IFS-125HR Fourier Transform Spectrometer (JPL-FTS). High quality (S/N ∼ 2000) spectra were obtained separately for each of the 18O-, and 13C-isotopically enriched samples. The absolute wavenumber accuracies were better than 3 × 10-6 cm-1 (∼100 kHz) for strong, isolated transitions, calibrated against the highest accuracy reported CO and 16O12C16O (626) frequency measurements. The JPL-FTS performance and calibration procedure is shown to be reliable and consistent, achievable through vigorous maintenance of the optical alignment and regular monitoring of its instrumental line shape function. Effective spectroscopic constant fits of the 00011 ← 00001 fundamental bands for 16O12C18O (628), 18O12C18O (828), and 16O13C16O (636) were obtained with RMS residuals of 2.9 × 10-6 cm-1, 2.8 × 10-6 cm-1, and 2.9 × 10-6 cm-1, respectively. The observed bands encompassed 79 lines over the Jmax range of P67/R67, 47 lines over P70/R62, and 60 lines over P70/R70 for 628, 828, and 636, respectively. These results complement our recent work on the 17O-enriched isotopologues (Elliott et al., 2014), providing additional high-quality frequency measurements for atmospheric remote sensing applications.

  19. Development of an achiral supercritical fluid chromatography method with ultraviolet absorbance and mass spectrometric detection for impurity profiling of drug candidates. Part I: Optimization of mobile phase composition.

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    Lemasson, Elise; Bertin, Sophie; Hennig, Philippe; Boiteux, Hélène; Lesellier, Eric; West, Caroline

    2015-08-21

    to provide very comparable overall scores. However, ammonium acetate was selected for slightly better chromatographic quality. In a second step, we investigated the effects of ammonium acetate concentration (between 0 and 25mM in the methanol co-solvent) on retention and peak efficiency. Two types of silica supports were tested by working with ACQUITY UPC(2) HSS C18 SB and BEH columns. 20mM ammonium acetate in methanol with 2% water was finally selected as the best co-solvent composition. PMID:26195034

  20. Glacial- interglacial temperature change based on 13C18O carbonate bond with in fish bone otoliths from Red Sea sediments

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    Ghosh, P.; Eiler, J.; Feeney, R.

    2006-12-01

    Determining the past record of temperature and salinity of ocean surface waters is essential for understanding past changes in climate, such as those which occur across glacial-interglacial transitions. As a useful proxy, the clumped isotope of CO2 in carbonate (13C18O16O or ?47) from inorganic precipitation experiment has been shown to reflect surface temperature with high degree of confidence (Ghosh et al., 2006). The last glacial cycle was characterized by climate fluctuations, but the extent of any associated changes in global sea level (or, equivalently, ice volume) remains elusive. High stands of sea level can be reconstructed from dated fossil and isotopic analyses of foraminifera and terapods, and these data are complemented by a compilation of global sea-level estimates based on deep-sea oxygen isotope ratios. Salinity derived from the records of oxygen isotopes ratios, however, contains uncertainties due to lack of information about the sea surface temperature change. Here we used combination of clumped isotopes technique and oxygen isotope measurement from fish otoliths (Myctophiformes; lanternfishes) extracted from two piston cores (Ku et al., 1969) (CH-154 and CH-153) to understand the temperature evolution and salinity variation of Red Sea water (300-800m) during the last 70 k.y. We analyzed well preserved unaltered otoliths from 7 different stratigraphic horizons from sediment core CH-154. Our preliminary observation suggests ~20 degree Celsius differences in sea water temperatures between glacial and interglacial time. We showed that the region has experienced fluctuation in climatic and tectonic processes during glacial interglacial time and the otoliths developed within the fishes captured the information about temperature change and salinity variation. Our results indicate a drop in temperature and restricted exchange of water with the open ocean during glaciations. The Red Sea environment was also highly saline even during the interglacial event

  1. The Fatty Acid Profile Analysis of Cyperus laxus Used for Phytoremediation of Soils from Aged Oil Spill-Impacted Sites Revealed That This Is a C18:3 Plant Species.

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    Rivera Casado, Noemí Araceli; Montes Horcasitas, María del Carmen; Rodríguez Vázquez, Refugio; Esparza García, Fernando José; Pérez Vargas, Josefina; Ariza Castolo, Armando; Ferrera-Cerrato, Ronald; Gómez Guzmán, Octavio; Calva Calva, Graciano

    2015-01-01

    The effect of recalcitrant hydrocarbons on the fatty acid profile from leaf, basal corm, and roots of Cyperus laxus plants cultivated in greenhouse phytoremediation systems of soils from aged oil spill-impacted sites containing from 16 to 340 g/Kg total hydrocarbons (THC) was assessed to investigate if this is a C18:3 species and if the hydrocarbon removal during the phytoremediation process has a relationship with the fatty acid profile of this plant. The fatty acid profile was specific to each vegetative organ and was strongly affected by the hydrocarbons level in the impacted sites. Leaf extracts of plants from uncontaminated soil produced palmitic acid (C16), octadecanoic acid (C18:0), unsaturated oleic acids (C18:1-C18:3), and unsaturated eichosanoic (C20:2-C20:3) acids with a noticeable absence of the unsaturated hexadecatrienoic acid (C16:3); this finding demonstrates, for the first time, that C. laxus is a C18:3 plant. In plants from the phytoremediation systems, the total fatty acid contents in the leaf and the corm were negatively affected by the hydrocarbons presence; however, the effect was positive in root. Interestingly, under contaminated conditions, unusual fatty acids such as odd numbered carbons (C15, C17, C21, and C23) and uncommon unsaturated chains (C20:3n6 and C20:4) were produced together with a remarkable quantity of C22:2 and C24:0 chains in the corm and the leaf. These results demonstrate that weathered hydrocarbons may drastically affect the lipidic composition of C. laxus at the fatty acid level, suggesting that this species adjusts the cover lipid composition in its vegetative organs, mainly in roots, in response to the weathered hydrocarbon presence and uptake during the phytoremediation process. PMID:26473488

  2. The Fatty Acid Profile Analysis of Cyperus laxus Used for Phytoremediation of Soils from Aged Oil Spill-Impacted Sites Revealed That This Is a C18:3 Plant Species

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    Montes Horcasitas, María del Carmen; Rodríguez Vázquez, Refugio; Esparza García, Fernando José; Pérez Vargas, Josefina; Ariza Castolo, Armando; Ferrera-Cerrato, Ronald; Gómez Guzmán, Octavio

    2015-01-01

    The effect of recalcitrant hydrocarbons on the fatty acid profile from leaf, basal corm, and roots of Cyperus laxus plants cultivated in greenhouse phytoremediation systems of soils from aged oil spill-impacted sites containing from 16 to 340 g/Kg total hydrocarbons (THC) was assessed to investigate if this is a C18:3 species and if the hydrocarbon removal during the phytoremediation process has a relationship with the fatty acid profile of this plant. The fatty acid profile was specific to each vegetative organ and was strongly affected by the hydrocarbons level in the impacted sites. Leaf extracts of plants from uncontaminated soil produced palmitic acid (C16), octadecanoic acid (C18:0), unsaturated oleic acids (C18:1-C18:3), and unsaturated eichosanoic (C20:2-C20:3) acids with a noticeable absence of the unsaturated hexadecatrienoic acid (C16:3); this finding demonstrates, for the first time, that C. laxus is a C18:3 plant. In plants from the phytoremediation systems, the total fatty acid contents in the leaf and the corm were negatively affected by the hydrocarbons presence; however, the effect was positive in root. Interestingly, under contaminated conditions, unusual fatty acids such as odd numbered carbons (C15, C17, C21, and C23) and uncommon unsaturated chains (C20:3n6 and C20:4) were produced together with a remarkable quantity of C22:2 and C24:0 chains in the corm and the leaf. These results demonstrate that weathered hydrocarbons may drastically affect the lipidic composition of C. laxus at the fatty acid level, suggesting that this species adjusts the cover lipid composition in its vegetative organs, mainly in roots, in response to the weathered hydrocarbon presence and uptake during the phytoremediation process. PMID:26473488

  3. Inhibition of SA Node at Supine Position in Right Atrial Thrombus Complicating Behçet’s Disease – From Cardiac Surgical Point of View

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    Hijazi, Emad Mohamed; Ibdah, Rasheed Khaled; Rawashdeh, Sukina Ismael; Saadeh, Abdullah Mahmoud; Al-Balas, Hamzeh Ibrahim

    2016-01-01

    Patient: Female, 27 Final Diagnosis: Right atrial thrombus compressing the sinoatrial node Symptoms: Dyspnea • cough and hemoptysis with supine bradycardia reaching 36/min and dizziness Medication: — Clinical Procedure: Cardiac surgical intervention removing the mechanical cause if conservative management failed can be done safely Specialty: Surgery Objective: Rare disease Background: Behçet’s disease (BD) is a chronic multi-systemic disease of unknown cause. Intra-cardiac thrombus (ICT) complicating BD is extremely rare. In general, cardiac manifestations in BD are associated with poor prognosis. Chest computed tomography (CT) scan and echocardiogram are excellent modalities for diagnosis and patient assessment. Cardiac surgical intervention can be done safely using an on-pump technique when medical management has failed. Case Report: We report on a case of a 27-year-old Jordanian woman diagnosed with BD who presented with dyspnea, cough, and hemoptysis, with supine bradycardia reaching 36 beats/minute and dizziness which disappear on sitting or standing position, and with heart rate reaching 76 beats/minute. Right atrial thrombus was identified using transthoracic echocardiogram and chest CT scan. After medical management failed, cardiac surgical intervention became an option and targeted extraction of the right atrial thrombus compressing the sinoatrial node (SA node). Conclusions: In BD, right atrial thrombus compressing the SA node is rare. If conservative management has failed, cardiac surgical intervention removing the mechanical cause can be done safely, either using on-pump with cross clamp or on-pump with beating heart technique. PMID:27311379

  4. Effectiveness and tuberculosis-related safety profile of interleukin-1 blocking agents in the management of Behçet's disease.

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    Cantarini, Luca; Lopalco, Giuseppe; Caso, Francesco; Costa, Luisa; Iannone, Florenzo; Lapadula, Giovanni; Anelli, Maria Grazia; Franceschini, Rossella; Menicacci, Cristina; Galeazzi, Mauro; Selmi, Carlo; Rigante, Donato

    2015-01-01

    Behçet's disease (BD) is a multi-systemic disorder of unknown etiology characterized by relapsing oral-genital ulcers, uveitis, and involvement of the articular, gastrointestinal, neurologic, and vascular systems. Although the primum movens of this condition remains unknown, a tangled plot combining autoimmune and autoinflammatory pathways has been hypothesized to explain its start and recurrence. In-depth analysis of BD pathogenetic mechanisms, involving dysfunction of multiple proinflammatory molecules, has opened new modalities of treatment: different agents targeting interleukin-1 have been studied in recent years to manage the most difficult and multi-resistant cases of BD. Growing experience with anakinra, canakinumab and gevokizumab is discussed in this review, highlighting the relative efficacy of each drug upon the protean BD clinical manifestations. Safety and tolerability of interleukin-1 antagonists in different doses have been confirmed by numerous observational studies on both large and small cohorts of patients with BD. In particular, the potential for Mycobacterium tuberculosis reactivation and tuberculosis development appears to be significantly lower with interleukin-1 blockers compared to tumor necrosis factor-α inhibitors, thus increasing the beneficial profile of this approach. PMID:25151975

  5. Case of Behçet's disease complicated by oculomotor nerve palsy associated with internal carotid artery-posterior communicating artery aneurysm.

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    Yamaoka, Toshifumi; Murota, Hiroyuki; Katayama, Ichiro

    2015-03-01

    Behçet's disease (BD) is a relapsing systemic inflammatory disorder of unknown etiology involving systemic vasculitis. Vasculitis in BD results from the involvement of arteries, veins and blood vessels of all sizes, which leads to the three major manifestations of this condition: venous occlusion, arterial occlusion and aneurysm formation. Therefore, whole-body vascular involvement should always be considered in BD patients. Here, we describe the first appearance of an internal carotid-posterior communicating artery aneurysm, resulting in complete oculomotor nerve palsy in a BD patient. A 44-year-old Japanese man suffered from recurrent episodes of erythema nodosum that had presented on the lower extremities for the past 2 years. His condition was diagnosed as an incomplete type of BD based on relapsing oral and genital ulcers, skin eruptions, such as erythema nodosum and folliculitis, a positive pathergy test and systemic arthralgia. Ten years after his initial clinical presentation, he had manifestations of right-sided ptosis and cyclic dull pain in his right temporal region. Magnetic resonance imaging and angiography revealed a right internal carotid artery-posterior communicating artery aneurysm. Although oculomotor nerve palsy associated with internal carotid artery-posterior communicating artery aneurysm in a BD patient has not been reported previously, our report highlights the fact that this abnormal manifestation should be considered in those with vasculo-BD. PMID:25573207

  6. Sigmoid sinus thrombosis presenting with posterior alexia in a patient with Behçet's disease and polycythaemia: a case report

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    Thomas, P; Keightley, A; Kamble, R; Gunasekera, N; Johnson, MR

    2008-01-01

    Introduction A 59-year-old Caucasian woman presented with an acute onset of alexia, noticed whilst driving. She described how while she could read car number plates, she had lost the ability to read and understand words on roadside advertisements and car window stickers. Case presentation Neurological examination was unremarkable apart from the inability to read full words or sentences. Imaging of the brain, initially computed tomography, followed by magnetic resonance venography, confirmed a diagnosis of sigmoid sinus thrombosis with associated venous infarction. The patient's past medical history revealed that she had suffered an ischemic stroke and following investigation for this, had undergone a nephrectomy for renal cell carcinoma. This was complicated by postoperative deep venous thrombosis. She had a persistent polycythaemia that was managed with venesection, and recently she had been diagnosed with Behçet's disease. Prior to this presentation, she had recently stopped her prophylactic antiplatelet medication as she was due to undergo a total knee replacement for osteoarthritis. She was managed with weight-adjusted, low molecular weight heparin followed by oral anticoagulation, and made a good recovery from her symptoms. Conclusion This case illustrates a classical neurological syndrome, highlights the importance of cerebral venous and sinus thrombosis as a cause of stroke, and the importance of remaining vigilant to a person's changing risk of venous thrombosis with evolving comorbidity. PMID:18500981

  7. Association of a NOS3 gene polymorphism with Behçet’s disease but not with Vogt-Koyanagi-Harada syndrome in Han Chinese

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    Zhou, Yan; Yu, Hongsong; Hou, Shengping; Fang, Jing; Qin, Jieying; Yuan, Gangxiang; Kijlstra, Aize

    2016-01-01

    Purpose Previous studies have identified that nitric oxide synthase (NOS) genes are associated with several immune-mediated diseases. This study aimed to investigate whether NOS2 and NOS3 gene polymorphisms are associated with Behçet’s disease (BD) and Vogt-Koyanagi-Harada (VKH) syndrome in a Han Chinese population. Methods An association analysis of NOS2/rs4795067, NOS3/rs1799983 and NOS3/rs1800779 was performed in 733 patients with BD, 800 patients with VKH syndrome, and 1,359 controls using PCR restriction fragment length polymorphism (PCR-RFLP) assay. Statistical analysis was performed with the chi-square test followed by the Bonferroni correction. Results The result showed a decreased frequency of the NOS3/rs1799983 GG genotype and an increased frequency of NOS3/rs1799983 GT genotype in the patients with BD (Bonferroni correction test [Pc]=0.02, odds ratio [OR]=0.74; Pc=2.1×10−3, OR=1.57, respectively). No significant association was found between rs1799983 and VKH syndrome. NOS2/ rs4795067 and NOS3/rs1800779 were not associated with either BD or VKH syndrome. Conclusions Our findings suggest that a NOS3/rs1799983polymorphism is associated with susceptibility to BD in Han Chinese. PMID:27114698

  8. Inhibition of SA Node at Supine Position in Right Atrial Thrombus Complicating Behçet's Disease - From Cardiac Surgical Point of View.

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    Hijazi, Emad Mohamed; Ibdah, Rasheed Khaled; Rawashdeh, Sukina Ismael; Saadeh, Abdullah Mahmoud; Al-Balas, Hamzeh Ibrahim

    2016-01-01

    BACKGROUND Behçet's disease (BD) is a chronic multi-systemic disease of unknown cause. Intra-cardiac thrombus (ICT) complicating BD is extremely rare. In general, cardiac manifestations in BD are associated with poor prognosis. Chest computed tomography (CT) scan and echocardiogram are excellent modalities for diagnosis and patient assessment. Cardiac surgical intervention can be done safely using an on-pump technique when medical management has failed. CASE REPORT We report on a case of a 27-year-old Jordanian woman diagnosed with BD who presented with dyspnea, cough, and hemoptysis, with supine bradycardia reaching 36 beats/minute and dizziness which disappear on sitting or standing position, and with heart rate reaching 76 beats/minute. Right atrial thrombus was identified using transthoracic echocardiogram and chest CT scan. After medical management failed, cardiac surgical intervention became an option and targeted extraction of the right atrial thrombus compressing the sinoatrial node (SA node). CONCLUSIONS In BD, right atrial thrombus compressing the SA node is rare. If conservative management has failed, cardiac surgical intervention removing the mechanical cause can be done safely, either using on-pump with cross clamp or on-pump with beating heart technique. PMID:27311379

  9. The Role of T Cell Immunoglobulin Mucin Domains 1 and 4 in a Herpes Simplex Virus-Induced Behçet's Disease Mouse Model

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    Shim, Ju A.

    2013-01-01

    The T cell immunoglobulin mucin (TIM) proteins regulate T cell activation and tolerance. TIM-1 plays an important role in the regulation of immune responses and the development of autoimmune diseases. TIM-4 is a natural ligand of TIM-1, and the interaction of TIM-1 and TIM-4 is involved in the regulation of T helper (Th) cell responses and modulation of the Th1/Th2 cytokine balance. Behçet's disease (BD) is a chronic, multisystemic inflammatory disorder with arthritic, intestinal, mucocutaneous, ocular, vascular, and central nervous system involvement. Tim-1 expression was lower in a herpes simplex virus-induced BD mouse model compared to that in asymptomatic BD normal (BDN) mice. Tim-4 expression was higher in BD mice than that in BDN mice. In this study, we investigated the Tim expression in a BD mouse model with BD-like symptoms. Tim-1 and Tim-4 expression was regulated by an expression vector or siRNA injected into the BD mouse model. The Tim-1 vector injected into BD mice resulted in changes in BD-like symptoms and decreased the severity score. Treatment with Tim-4 siRNA also improved BD-like symptoms and decreased the severity score accompanied by upregulation of regulatory T cells. We showed that regulating Tim-1 or Tim-4 affected BD-like symptoms in mice. PMID:24453431

  10. In vitro evaluation of γδ T cells regulatory function in Behçet's disease patients and healthy controls.

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    Clemente Ximenis, Antonio; Crespí Bestard, Catalina; Cambra Conejero, Ana; Pallarés Ferreres, Lucio; Juan Mas, Antonio; Olea Vallejo, José Luis; Julià Benique, Maria Rosa

    2016-01-01

    CD8-positive γδ T lymphocytes (GDCD8(+)) are specifically increased in peripheral blood of Behçet's disease (BD) patients. GDCD8(+) have shown a T regulatory (Treg) function in autoimmune experimental models, human tumor infiltrates and intestinal intraepithelial lymphocytes from celiac patients. The aim of this study was to evaluate the Treg function of GDCD8(+) and GDCD8(-), freshly isolated from peripheral blood, in comparison to CD4(+)CD25(high) naturally occurring Treg cells (nTreg) in BD and healthy controls (HC). We tested their suppressive activity on CD4(+)CD25(-) T effector cells (Teff) proliferation by a CFSE dilution protocol, after suboptimal activation with anti-CD3, in the absence or presence of IL-2. Furthermore, secreted cytokines and suppressive latency associated peptide (LAP)-TGFβ surface upregulation were determined after GD activation. We found that Vδ1 chains contribution to GDCD8(+) was higher in BD than in HC, but neither GDCD8(+) nor GDCD8(-); (i) suppressed Teff proliferation, (ii) expressed LAP-TGFβ (iii) nor secreted IL-10, in either group. Moreover, GD presented a proinflammatory cytokine profile, mainly producing IFNγ and TNFα, in contrast to nTregs. In conclusion, peripheral GD could contribute more to the dysregulation of TH1 type of cytokines than to exerting a Treg function in BD. PMID:26439770

  11. Procyanidins (Condensed Tannins) in Green Cell Suspension Cultures of Douglas Fir Compared with Those in Strawberry and Avocado Leaves by Means of C18-Reversed-phase Chromatography 1

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    Stafford, Helen A.; Lester, Hope H.

    1980-01-01

    The procyanidins (the most common type of proanthocyanidin or condensed tannin) from cell suspension cultures derived from cotyledons of Douglas Fir have been compared with those isolated from leaves of strawberry and avocado. Seventy per cent methanol (v/v) extracts from 100 milligrams fresh weight samples were analyzed by a combination of C18-reversed-phase columns with high-performance liquid chromatography, and normal phase paper chromatography. (−)-Epicatechin and its oligomers were generally retarded longer on C18 columns than the corresponding units made of (+)-catechin when eluted with solvents made up of 5% acetic acid alone or mixed with methanol up to 15% (v/v). Douglas fir preparations contained the most complex set of procyanidins and consisted of oligomers of catechin and epicatechin, whereas strawberry and avocado contained mainly (+)-catechin and (−)-epicatechin derivatives, respectively. PMID:16661581

  12. Facile removal of high mannose structures prior to extracting complex type N-glycans from de-N-glycosylated peptides retained by C18 solid phase to allow more efficient glycomic mapping

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    Lin, Chi-Hung; Kuo, Chu-Wei; Jarvis, Donald L; Khoo, Kay-Hooi

    2014-01-01

    The relative amount of high mannose structures within an N-glycomic pool differs from one source to another but quite often it predominates over the larger size complex type structures carrying biologically important glyco-epitopes. An efficient method to separate these two classes of N-glycans would significantly aid in detecting the lower abundant components by mass spectrometry. Capitalizing on an initial observation that only high mannose type structures were recovered in the flow through fraction when PNGase F digested peptides were passed through a C18 cartridge in 0.1% formic acid, we demonstrated here that native complex type N-glycans can be retained by C18 cartridge and to be efficiently separated from both the smaller high mannose type structures, as well as de-N-glycosylated peptides by stepwise elution with increasing acetonitrile concentration. The weak retention of the largely hydrophilic N-glycans on C18 resin is dependent not only on size but also increased by the presence of α6-fucosylation. This was shown by comparing the resulting N-glycomic profiles of the washed and low acetonitrile eluted fractions derived from both a human cancer cell line and an insect cell line. PMID:24174266

  13. Novel markers of endothelial dysfunction and inflammation in Behçet's disease patients with ocular involvement: epicardial fat thickness, carotid intima media thickness, serum ADMA level, and neutrophil-to-lymphocyte ratio.

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    Yuksel, Murat; Yildiz, Abdulkadir; Oylumlu, Mustafa; Turkcu, Fatih Mehmet; Bilik, Mehmet Zihni; Ekinci, Aysun; Elbey, Bilal; Tekbas, Ebru; Alan, Sait

    2016-03-01

    The etiology of Behçet's disease (BD) has not been fully elucidated. However, immunological and environmental factors, endothelial dysfunction (ED), and genetic susceptibility have been proposed to play a role. In this study, we aimed to evaluate epicardial fat thickness (EFT) together with serum asymmetric dimethylarginine (ADMA), carotid intima media thickness (CIMT), and neutrophil-to-lymphocyte ratio (NLR) in BD patients with ocular involvement. Thirty-six ocular BD patients (17 active and 19 inactive ocular involvement), and 35 age and sex-matched healthy controls were enrolled to this cross-sectional study. All patients underwent examinations with transthoracic echocardiography and carotid Doppler ultrasound. Serum ADMA levels, CIMT, EFT, and NLR were compared between groups, and their association with disease activity was evaluated. Behçet's disease patients had higher WBC counts, neutrophil counts, NLR, CIMT, EFT values, and serum ADMA levels than do healthy controls. The other biochemical, hematological, and echocardiographic parameters were comparable between the two groups. Behçet's disease duration was positively correlated with EFT and CIMT. Multivariate logistic regression analysis revealed that increased serum ADMA concentration and CIMT are independently associated with BD. Neutrophil counts, NLR, and serum ADMA level were higher, and lymphocyte count was lower in patients with active ocular BD compared to those of inactive ocular BD group. Carotid intima media thickness, serum ADMA level, EFT, and NLR were increased in ocular BD patients compared to healthy subjects. In addition, both serum ADMA level and NLR were associated with disease activity of ocular involvement. Increase in disease duration was associated with increase in CIMT and EFT which suggests that anatomical changes occur in time during the disease course. Increased CIMT, serum ADMA level, EFT, and NLR may provide new clues about the role of ED and inflammation in the

  14. Behçet's disease: A comprehensive review with a focus on epidemiology, etiology and clinical features, and management of mucocutaneous lesions.

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    Alpsoy, Erkan

    2016-06-01

    Behçet's disease (BD) is a chronic, relapsing, inflammatory multisystem disease of unknown etiology. Oral ulcers, genital ulcers, cutaneous lesions, and ocular and articular involvement are the most frequent features of the disease. Mucocutaneous lesions are considered hallmarks of the disease, and often precede other manifestations. Therefore, their recognition may permit earlier diagnosis and treatment with beneficial results for prognosis. BD is particularly prevalent in "Silk Route" populations but has a global distribution. The disease usually starts around the third or fourth decade of life. Sex distribution is roughly equal. The diagnosis is based on clinical criteria, as there is no pathognomonic test. Genetic factors have been investigated extensively, and association with human leukocyte antigen (HLA)-B51 is still known as the strongest genetic susceptibility factor. The T-helper 17 and interleukin (IL)-17 pathways are active, and play an important role, particularly in acute attacks of BD. Neutrophil activity is increased in BD, and the affected organs show a significant neutrophil and lymphocyte infiltration. HLA-B51 association and increased IL-17 response are thought to play a role in neutrophil activation. Treatment is mainly based on the suppression of inflammatory attacks of the disease using immunomodulatory and immunosuppressive agents. Although treatment has become much more effective in recent years with the introduction of newer drugs, BD is still associated with considerable morbidity and increased mortality. Male sex, younger age of onset and increased number of organs involved at the diagnosis are associated with a more severe disease and, therefore, require more aggressive treatment. PMID:27075942

  15. Novel heterozygous C243Y A20/TNFAIP3 gene mutation is responsible for chronic inflammation in autosomal-dominant Behçet's disease

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    Shigemura, Tomonari; Kaneko, Naoe; Kobayashi, Norimoto; Kobayashi, Keiko; Takeuchi, Yusuke; Nakano, Naoko; Masumoto, Junya; Agematsu, Kazunaga

    2016-01-01

    Objective Although Behçet's disease (BD) is a chronic inflammatory disorder of uncertain aetiology, the existence of familial BD with autosomal-dominant traits suggests that a responsibility gene (or genes) exists. We investigated a Japanese family with a history of BD to search for pathogenic mutations underlying the biological mechanisms of BD. Methods 6 patients over 4 generations who had suffered from frequent oral ulcers, genital ulcers and erythaema nodosum-like lesions in the skin were assessed. Whole-exome sequencing was performed on genomic DNA, and cytokine production was determined from stimulated mononuclear cells. Inflammatory cytokine secretion and Nod2-mediated NF-κB activation were analysed using the transfected cells. Results By whole-exome sequencing, we identified a common heterozygous missense mutation in A20/TNFAIP3, a gene known to regulate NF-κB signalling, for which all affected family members carried a heterozygous C243Y mutation in the ovarian tumour domain. Mononuclear cells obtained from the proband and his mother produced large amounts of interleukin 1β, IL-6 and tumour necrosis factor α (TNF-a) on stimulation as compared with those from normal controls. Although inflammatory cytokine secretion was suppressed by wild-type transfected cells, it was suppressed to a much lesser extent by mutated C243Y A20/TNFAIP3-transfected cells. In addition, impaired suppression of Nod2-mediated NF-κB activation by C243Y A20/TNFAIP3 was observed. Conclusions A C243Y mutation in A20/TNFAIP3 was likely responsible for increased production of human inflammatory cytokines by reduced suppression of NF-κB activation, and may have accounted for the autosomal-dominant Mendelian mode of BD transmission in this family. PMID:27175295

  16. Procoagulant microparticles are increased in patients with Behçet's disease but do not define a specific subset of clinical manifestations.

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    Mejía, Juan Carlos; Ortiz, Thaia; Tàssies, Dolors; Solanich, Xavier; Vidaller, Antonio; Cervera, Ricard; Reverter, Joan-Carles; Espinosa, Gerard

    2016-03-01

    Microparticles (MP) are considered a key component in the haemostatic response. Beyond their in vitro procoagulant properties, a number of pieces of evidence points to procoagulant MP as efficient effectors in the haemostatic response and as pathogenic markers of thrombotic disorders and vascular damage. The aim of the present study was to analyze the procoagulant activity of MP and its correlation with clinical manifestations focusing on vascular involvement in patients with Behçet's disease (BD). We analyzed 55 BD patients in inactive phase of the disease (26 men; mean age, 35 ± 15 years) of which 19 had previously suffered from thrombosis (deep venous thrombosis in 17 and ischemic stroke in 2), and 73 healthy controls matched for age and sex. Procoagulant MP were assessed by a functional assay. BD patients showed higher procoagulant MP values than controls (22.89 ± 15.74 nM versus 14.47 ± 7.34 nM; p < 0.0001). Conversely, we did not find differences in the levels of procoagulant MP according to the gender of patients (22.22 ± 16.23 nM for men versus 21.46 ± 16.47 for women; p = 0.846) or to previous and current treatments. Moreover, the plasmatic concentration of MP does not define any clinical phenotype and it was not related to the time of evolution of the disease. Although inactive BD patients had high values of procoagulant MP, they did not differentiate between BD patients with or without thrombosis. PMID:25711877

  17. Epistatic interaction of ERAP1 and HLA-B in Behçet disease: a replication study in the Spanish population.

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    Conde-Jaldón, Marta; Montes-Cano, Marco Antonio; García-Lozano, José Raul; Ortiz-Fernández, Lourdes; Ortego-Centeno, Norberto; González-León, Rocío; Espinosa, Gerard; Graña-Gil, Genaro; Sánchez-Bursón, Juan; González-Gay, Miguel Angel; Barnosi-Marín, Ana Celia; Solans, Roser; Fanlo, Patricia; Carballeira, Mónica Rodríguez; Camps, Teresa; Castañeda, Santos; Martín, Javier; González-Escribano, María Francisca

    2014-01-01

    Behçet's disease (BD) is a multifactorial disorder associated with the HLA region. Recently, the ERAP1 gene has been proposed as a susceptibility locus with a recessive model and with epistatic interaction with HLA-B51. ERAP1 trims peptides in the endoplasmic reticulum to optimize their length for MHC-I binding. Polymorphisms in this gene have been related with the susceptibility to other immune-mediated diseases associated to HLA class I. Our aim was, the replication in the Spanish population of the association described in the Turkish population between ERAP1 (rs17482078) and BD. Additionally, in order to improve the understanding of this association we analyzed four additional SNPs (rs27044, rs10050860, rs30187 and rs2287987) associated with other diseases related to HLA class I and the haplotype blocks in this gene region. According to our results, frequencies of the homozygous genotypes for the minor alleles of all the SNPs were increased among patients and the OR values were higher in the subgroup of patients with the HLA-B risk factors, although differences were not statistically significant. Moreover, the presence of the same mutation in both chromosomes increased the OR values from 4.51 to 10.72 in individuals carrying the HLA-B risk factors. Therefore, although they were not statistically significant, our data were consistent with an association between ERAP1 and BD as well as with an epistatic interaction between ERAP1 and HLA-B in the Spanish population. PMID:25019531

  18. Association between MEFV Mutations M694V and M680I and Behçet’s Disease: A Meta-Analysis

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    Chen, Si; Li, Ping; Sun, Fei; Wen, Xiaoting; Zheng, Wenjie; Zhang, Fengchun; Li, Yongzhe

    2015-01-01

    Objective Several studies have identified an association between Behçet’s disease (BD) and mutations in the Mediterranean fever (MEFV) gene, which was originally linked to the autosomal recessive disease, Familial Mediterranean fever. However, no consensus has been reached. Here, a meta-analysis was conducted on published data to comprehensively evaluate this relationship. Methods Literature searches were performed in Pubmed, Embase, the Web of Science, and HuGE Navigator databases, in order to identify studies pertaining to the association between MEFV mutations and BD. Two investigators independently extracted and evaluated the data from eligible studies. The association between MEFV mutations (M694V, M680I, and E148Q) and BD was estimated overall by the odds ratio (OR) and 95% confidence intervals (95% CI). Further analysis was conducted with STATA 12.0 software (Stata Corp.; College Station, TX). Results Eligible studies (n=8) included genotyping data obtained from 2538 BD patients and 2792 healthy controls. Of the three mutations, M694V (pooled OR: 2.60, 95% CI: 2.02-3.34) and M680I (pooled OR: 1.74, 95% CI: 1.23-2.46) were found to be associated with BD in the overall analysis. The third mutation, E148Q, however, was not found to be linked with BD (pooled OR: 1.26, 95% CI: 0.69-2.31). Subgroup analysis furthermore revealed that M694V and M680I were risk loci for BD specifically in Turkish patients. Conclusions The meta-analysis confirmed that MEFV mutations M694V and M680I were associated with BD. Additional studies from other ethnic populations and functional experiments are necessary to determine the extent to which the MEFV gene underlies the development of BD. PMID:26176758

  19. Targeted resequencing implicates the familial Mediterranean fever gene MEFV and the toll-like receptor 4 gene TLR4 in Behçet disease.

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    Kirino, Yohei; Zhou, Qing; Ishigatsubo, Yoshiaki; Mizuki, Nobuhisa; Tugal-Tutkun, Ilknur; Seyahi, Emire; Özyazgan, Yilmaz; Ugurlu, Serdal; Erer, Burak; Abaci, Neslihan; Ustek, Duran; Meguro, Akira; Ueda, Atsuhisa; Takeno, Mitsuhiro; Inoko, Hidetoshi; Ombrello, Michael J; Satorius, Colleen L; Maskeri, Baishali; Mullikin, James C; Sun, Hong-Wei; Gutierrez-Cruz, Gustavo; Kim, Yoonhee; Wilson, Alexander F; Kastner, Daniel L; Gül, Ahmet; Remmers, Elaine F

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    Genome-wide association studies (GWAS) are a powerful means of identifying genes with disease-associated common variants, but they are not well-suited to detecting genes with disease-associated rare and low-frequency variants. In the current study of Behçet disease (BD), nonsynonymous variants (NSVs) identified by deep exonic resequencing of 10 genes found by GWAS (IL10, IL23R, CCR1, STAT4, KLRK1, KLRC1, KLRC2, KLRC3, KLRC4, and ERAP1) and 11 genes selected for their role in innate immunity (IL1B, IL1R1, IL1RN, NLRP3, MEFV, TNFRSF1A, PSTPIP1, CASP1, PYCARD, NOD2, and TLR4) were evaluated for BD association. A differential distribution of the rare and low-frequency NSVs of a gene in 2,461 BD cases compared with 2,458 controls indicated their collective association with disease. By stringent criteria requiring at least a single burden test with study-wide significance and a corroborating test with at least nominal significance, rare and low-frequency NSVs in one GWAS-identified gene, IL23R (P = 6.9 × 10(-5)), and one gene involved in innate immunity, TLR4 (P = 8.0 × 10(-4)), were associated with BD. In addition, damaging or rare damaging NOD2 variants were nominally significant across all three burden tests applied (P = 0.0063-0.045). Furthermore, carriage of the familial Mediterranean fever gene (MEFV) mutation Met694Val, which is known to cause recessively inherited familial Mediterranean fever, conferred BD risk in the Turkish population (OR, 2.65; P = 1.8 × 10(-12)). The disease-associated NSVs in MEFV and TLR4 implicate innate immune and bacterial sensing mechanisms in BD pathogenesis. PMID:23633568

  20. [Influence of steroid hormones on the production of two inflammatory markers, IL-12 and nitric oxide, in Behçet's disease].

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    Ahmedi, M L; Belguendouz, H; Messaoudene, D; Mesbah-Amroun, H; Terahi, M; Lahlou-Boukoffa, O S; Touil-Boukoffa, C

    2016-04-01

    Uveitis is one of the major diagnostic criteria of Behçet's disease (BD), a chronic systemic inflammatory pathology with an uncertain etiology. Since uveitis is more frequent in male patients, we assessed the level and the effect of sex hormones on inflammatory responses during BD. Peripheral blood was taken from 19 patients with BD and 20 healthy subjects. Estradiol, testosterone and cortisol were measured in plasma by ELISA. Circulating mononuclear cells (PBMC) were obtained on gradient density and cultured with or without the three hormones for 24h at 37 ̊C. IL-12 and nitric oxide (NO) were measured in vivo and ex vivo by ELISA and a modified Griess method, respectively. We confirmed the significantly higher in vivo and in vitro levels of NO and IL-12 in BD in comparison to controls (P<0.05). We also found that circulating cortisol was lower in BD while sex hormones did not show any significant difference between the groups (P>0.05). In vitro, NO was reduced by estradiol and cortisol and increased by testosterone in both sexes. In contrast, while IL-12 production showed the same production profile as NO in women, estradiol and cortisol failed to reduce IL-12 levels in men. Our results may explain in part the differences observed between men and women in disease clinical expression. In fact, male patients seem to have defective IL-12 down-regulation by estradiol and cortisol that increases Th1 immune responses. This may be implicated in the severe expression of BD in men. PMID:27021132

  1. Ex vivo immunomodulatory effect of all-trans-retinoic acid during Behçet's disease: a study in Algerian patients.

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    Djeraba, Zineb; Boumedine, Karim; Arroul-Lammali, Amina; Otmani, Fifi; Belguendouz, Houda; Touil-Boukoffa, Chafia

    2014-02-01

    Uveitis, recurrent oral and genital ulcerations associated with skin lesions are the major symptoms of a chronic multisystemic inflammatory disorder known as Behçet's disease (BD). High prevalence of this dreaded disease has been observed in the Mediterranean basin, including Algeria and along the Silk Road. Although the etiologic agent of this disease remains uncertain, many hypotheses have been advanced in its pathogenesis. Our team has previously reported high levels of nitric oxide (NO) in sera of BD patients, suggesting its deleterious effect during chronic inflammation. In our current study, the aim is to investigate the ex vivo immunomodulatory effect of all-trans-retinoic acid (ATRA) on NO pathway in Algerian BD patients. First, peripheral blood mononuclear cells isolated from active and inactive BD patients and healthy controls were cultured with different concentrations of ATRA. NO production was estimated with the Griess method. To elucidate the underlying mechanisms of ATRA effect on NO production, we analyze inducible nitric oxide synthase expression and nuclear factor-κB (NF-κB) activity by immunofluorescence test. Our results revealed a higher production of NO in active BD compared with the inactive stage and healthy controls. We observed that ATRA inhibits NO production in BD both in active and inactive stages and inhibits NF-κB translocation. In conclusion, we report a relationship between NO production and the disease activity. ATRA down-regulates NO production in BD patients. This immunomodulatory effect seems to be mediated through NF-κB pathway. All these findings suggest that ATRA could be considered as a promising therapy for BD. PMID:24369064

  2. Analysis of receptor tyrosine kinase genetics identifies two novel risk loci in GAS6 and PROS1 in Behçet’s disease

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    Qin, Jieying; Li, Lin; Zhang, Donglei; Yu, Hongsong; Tan, Handan; Zhang, Jun; Deng, Bolin; Kijlstra, Aize; Yang, Peizeng

    2016-01-01

    The TAM kinase (Tyro3, Axl, Mer) and its two ligands (Gas6 and protein S) have been shown to play an important regulatory role in the innate immune response. The present study aimed to investigate whether the tag single-nucleotide polymorphisms (tag SNPs) of these 5 protein-coding genes are associated with Behçet’s disease (BD). A two-stage association study was performed in a total of 907 BD patients and 1780 healthy controls. Altogether 32 polymorphisms were tested, using a Sequenom MassARRAY genotyping method in the first stage and a PCR-restriction fragment length polymorphism (PCR-RFLP) assay in the replication phase. Real-time PCR was performed to test the relative mRNA expression level of GAS6 and PROS1 from different SNP genotyped healthy individuals. The frequency of the C allele and CC genotype of rs9577873 in GAS6 (Pc = 4.92 × 10−5, Pc = 1.91 × 10−5, respectively) and A allele and AA genotype of rs4857037 in PROS1 (Pc = 1.85 × 10−6, Pc = 4.52 × 10−7, respectively) were significantly increased in BD. GAS6 expression in CC carriers of rs9577873 was significantly lower than that in CT/TT individuals (P = 0.001). Decreased expression of GAS6 and increased pro-inflammatory cytokines (IL-6 and IFN-γ: P = 4.23 × 10−4, P = 0.011, respectively) in individuals carrying the CC genotype suggest that the TAM-GAS6/PROS1 signal pathway may be involved in the pathogenesis of BD. PMID:27222359

  3. Analysis of receptor tyrosine kinase genetics identifies two novel risk loci in GAS6 and PROS1 in Behçet's disease.

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    Qin, Jieying; Li, Lin; Zhang, Donglei; Yu, Hongsong; Tan, Handan; Zhang, Jun; Deng, Bolin; Kijlstra, Aize; Yang, Peizeng

    2016-01-01

    The TAM kinase (Tyro3, Axl, Mer) and its two ligands (Gas6 and protein S) have been shown to play an important regulatory role in the innate immune response. The present study aimed to investigate whether the tag single-nucleotide polymorphisms (tag SNPs) of these 5 protein-coding genes are associated with Behçet's disease (BD). A two-stage association study was performed in a total of 907 BD patients and 1780 healthy controls. Altogether 32 polymorphisms were tested, using a Sequenom MassARRAY genotyping method in the first stage and a PCR-restriction fragment length polymorphism (PCR-RFLP) assay in the replication phase. Real-time PCR was performed to test the relative mRNA expression level of GAS6 and PROS1 from different SNP genotyped healthy individuals. The frequency of the C allele and CC genotype of rs9577873 in GAS6 (Pc = 4.92 × 10(-5), Pc = 1.91 × 10(-5), respectively) and A allele and AA genotype of rs4857037 in PROS1 (Pc = 1.85 × 10(-6), Pc = 4.52 × 10(-7), respectively) were significantly increased in BD. GAS6 expression in CC carriers of rs9577873 was significantly lower than that in CT/TT individuals (P = 0.001). Decreased expression of GAS6 and increased pro-inflammatory cytokines (IL-6 and IFN-γ: P = 4.23 × 10(-4), P = 0.011, respectively) in individuals carrying the CC genotype suggest that the TAM-GAS6/PROS1 signal pathway may be involved in the pathogenesis of BD. PMID:27222359

  4. The exaggerated inflammatory response in Behçet's syndrome: identification of dysfunctional post-transcriptional regulation of the IFN-γ/CXCL10 IP-10 pathway.

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    Ambrose, N; Khan, E; Ravindran, R; Lightstone, L; Abraham, S; Botto, M; Johns, M; Haskard, D O

    2015-09-01

    The mechanisms underlying the exaggerated inflammatory response in Behçet's syndrome (BS) remain poorly understood. We investigated the response of CD14(+) blood monocytes to interferon (IFN)-γ, focusing on the chemokine CXCL10. Chemokine synthesis and release were analysed at a protein and mRNA level following stimulation with IFN-γ. Findings in BS patients were compared with 25 healthy controls (HC), 15 rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and 15 systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) disease control patients. BS monocytes produced significantly more CXCL10 protein than HC monocytes from 2 h following IFN-γ stimulation, despite equivalent quantities of mRNA, suggesting more efficient translation. This was significantly more pronounced in BS with high disease activity and in those with ocular and neurological clinical manifestations. The imbalance between CXCL10 protein and mRNA expression was not observed in either RA or SLE patients, and was not seen with other chemokines studied (CXCL9, CXCL11 and CCL2). Furthermore, BS monocytes treated with an alternative stimulant (LPS) did not show abnormal tumour necrosis factor (TNF)-α release. Sucrose density gradients to segregate monocyte CXCL10 mRNA into free RNA or polysome-associated RNA showed equal proportions in BS and HC samples, suggesting that the difference between BS and HC may be due to reduced negative control of CXCL10 translation in BS at a post-initiation level. We conclude that BS monocytes have dysfunctional post-transcriptional regulation of CXCL10 mRNA, resulting in over-expression of CXCL10 protein upon IFN-γ stimulation. As CXCL10 is a chemokine that recruits mononuclear cells, this abnormality may contribute to the exaggerated inflammatory responses that characterizes BS. PMID:25982097

  5. Basic surface-active properties in the homologous series of β-alkyl (C12H25/C18H37) polyethyleneoxy (n = 0-20) propionamides

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    2013-01-01

    Background Heterogeneous β-Alkyl (C12H25/C18H37) polyethyleneoxy (n = 0-20) propionamides [R(EO)nPD] represent new “hybrid” nonionic-ionic colloidal structures in the field of surface-active products (technical products). These “niche” compounds have three structural and compositional characteristics that also define their basic colloidal properties: mixture of R and PEO chain homologues; specific conformations due to the PEO chains; and the presence of side products from the addition of higher alcohols, polyethyleneglycols and traces of water to acrylamide. The proposed major objective of this paper is the basic informative colloidal characterization (functional classification, HLB balance, surface tension, critical micelle concentration) in direct correlation with the structural changes in the homologous series of LM(EO)nPD and CS(EO)nPD. The structures were obtained either indirectly by cyanoethylation followed by partial acid hydrolysis of the corresponding β-propionitriles, or directly by the nucleophilic addition under alkaline catalysis of linear higher alcohols C12H25/C14H29 (7/3) (LM) and C16H33/C18H37 (CS) as such and heterogeneous polyethoxylated (n = 3-20) to acrylamide monomer, through an adapted classic reaction scheme. Results In the series of basic colloidal characteristics investigated the structure-surface activity dependence is confirmed. Their indicative character for R(EO)nPD is based on the assumption that the structures studied are not unitary (heterogeneous) because: a) the hydrophobic chains C12H25/C18H37 have been grouped in two variants, C12H25/C14H29 (LM); C16H33/C18H37 (CS), each with an internal mass ratio of 7/3; b) the hydrophilic polyoxyethylene chains (n = 3-20) have polydisperse character; the meaning and value the oligomerization degree, n, is that of weighted average. In these conditions the surface tension increases proportionally with the oligomerization degree of the polyoxyethylene chain, while the

  6. Ultra performance liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry performance evaluation for analysis of antibiotics in natural waters.

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    Tamtam, Fatima; Mercier, Fabien; Eurin, Joëlle; Chevreuil, Marc; Le Bot, Barbara

    2009-03-01

    An ultra performance liquid chromatography electrospray tandem mass spectrometry (UPLC/MS/MS) method was developed and validated for the determination of 17 antibiotics in natural waters in one single extraction and chromatographic procedure. Gradient separation conditions were optimised for 17 compounds belonging to five different antibiotic groups: quinolones (oxolinic acid, nalidixic acid, pipemidic acid, flumequine), fluoroquinolones (enoxacin, ciprofloxacin, norfloxacin, ofloxacin, enrofloxacin, sarafloxacin, danofloxacin, difloxacin, lomefloxacin), sulphonamides (sulphamethoxazole, sulphamethazine), nitro-imidazole (ornidazole) and diaminopyrimidine (trimethoprim). The separation of all compounds, obtained using a 1.7 microm particle size column (100 mm x 2.1 mm), was achieved within 10 min time. Water samples were adjusted to pH 7 and extracted using Oasis hydrophilic-lipophilic balance (HLB) solid phase extraction cartridges. After elution with methanol and concentration, extracts were injected in a C18 column (Acquity UPLC BEH C18) and detected by tandem mass spectrometry. Average recovery from 100 ng L(-1) fortified samples was higher than 70% for most of the compounds, with relative standard deviations below 20%. Performances of the method (recoveries, detection limit, quantification limit and relative standard deviation) and matrix effects were studied, and results obtained showed that method was suitable for routine analysis of antibiotics in surface water. Samples analysis from Seine River (France) confirmed the interest of antibiotic contamination evaluation in that area. PMID:19148627

  7. Simultaneous quantification of trantinterol and its metabolites in human urine by ultra performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry.

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    Qin, Feng; Wang, Lijuan; Li, Kunjie; Xiong, Zhili; Li, Famei

    2015-08-01

    A rapid, selective and sensitive ultra performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (UPLC-MS/MS) method was developed to simultaneously determine trantinterol and its major metabolites in human urine. Waters Oasis HLB C18 solid phase extraction cartridges were used in the urine sample preparation. The separation was carried out on an ACQUITY UPLC™ BEH C18 column with methanol-0.2% formic acid (30:70, v/v) as the mobile phase at a flow rate of 0.25mL/min. The detection was performed on a triple quadrupole tandem mass spectrometer by multiple reaction monitoring (MRM) mode via electrospray ionization (ESI) source. The linear calibration curves for trantinterol, arylhydroxylamine trantinterol (N-OH-trantinterol), the tert-butyl hydroxylated trantinterol (tert-OH-trantinterol) and the 1-carbonyl trantinterol (trantinterol-COOH) were obtained in the concentration range of 0.414-207, 0.578-385, 0.168-84.0, and 0.954-477ng/mL, respectively. The linear correlation coefficients were greater than 0.990. The intra and inter-day precision (relative standard deviation, RSD) values were less than 12% and the accuracy (relative error, RE) was 6.7-11%. The method herein described was superior to previous methods in sample throughput and sensitivity and successfully applied to the human excretion study. PMID:26093121

  8. Ex vivo effects of flavonoïds extracted from Artemisia herba alba on cytokines and nitric oxide production in Algerian patients with Adamantiades-Behçet's disease

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    2011-01-01

    Background Adamantiades-Behçet's disease (ABD) is a chronic multisystemic inflammation with unknown pathophysiology. This disorder is associated with a dysregulation of the cytokine network that hyperactivates neutrophils and macrophages. In this study, we investigate the modulatory effects of flavonoïd compounds extracted from Algerian medicinal plant Artemisia herba alba on Th1 and Th2 cytokines and nitric oxide production. Methods The modulatory effects of flavonoïds extracted from Artemisia herba alba on cytokines and nitric oxide production by peripheral blood mononuclear cells isolated from Algerian ABD patients and healthy controls were respectively measured by means of ELISA assays and Griess modified method. Results Our results show that flavonoïds significantly reduce the production of interleukin-12, the key effector of T helper 1 (Th1) cells and nitric oxide in a dose-dependent manner in Adamantiades-Behçet's disease. In contrast, the production of IL-4, the key marker of Th2 cells was increased. Conclusion This study suggests that in vitro supplementation with flavonoïds extracted from Artemisia herba alba could have potential immuno-modulatory effects characterised by a down-regulation and up-regulation of Th1 and Th2 cytokines, respectively. Moreover, flavonoïds may prevent nitric oxide induced damages. PMID:22104639

  9. Ice core profiles of saturated fatty acids (C12:0-C30:0) and oleic acid (C18:1) from southern Alaska since 1734 AD: A link to climate change in the Northern Hemisphere

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    Pokhrel, Ambarish; Kawamura, Kimitaka; Seki, Osamu; Matoba, Sumio; Shiraiwa, Takayuki

    2015-01-01

    An ice core drilled at Aurora Peak in southeast Alaska was analyzed for homologous series of straight chain fatty acids (C12:0-C30:0) including unsaturated fatty acid (oleic acid) using gas chromatography (GC/FID) and GC/mass spectrometry (GC/MS). Molecular distributions of fatty acids are characterized by even carbon number predominance with a peak at palmitic acid (C16:0, av. 20.3 ± SD. 29.8 ng/g-ice) followed by oleic acid (C18:1, 19.6 ± 38.6 ng/g-ice) and myristic acid (C14:0, 15.3 ± 21.9 ng/g-ice). The historical trends of short-chain fatty acids, together with correlation analysis with inorganic ions and organic tracers suggest that short-chain fatty acids (except for C12:0 and C15:0) were mainly derived from sea surface micro layers through bubble bursting mechanism and transported over the glacier through the atmosphere. This atmospheric transport process is suggested to be linked with Kamchatka ice core δD record from Northeast Asia and Greenland Temperature Anomaly (GTA). In contrast, long-chain fatty acids (C20:0-C30:0) are originated from terrestrial higher plants, soil organic matter and dusts, which are also linked with GTA. Hence, this study suggests that Alaskan fatty acids are strongly influenced by Pacific Decadal Oscillation/North Pacific Gyre Oscillation and/or extra tropical North Pacific surface climate and Arctic oscillation. We also found that decadal scale variability of C18:1/C18:0 ratios in the Aurora Peak ice core correlate with the Kamchatka ice core δD, which reflects climate oscillations in the North Pacific. This study suggests that photochemical aging of organic aerosols could be controlled by climate periodicity.

  10. Behçet's disease departs the ‘Silk Road’: a case report and brief review of literature with geographical comparison

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    Ahmed, Zohair; Rossi, Maria L.; Yong, Sherri; Martin, Daniel K.; Walayat, Saqib; Cashman, Michael; Tsoraides, Steven; Dhillon, Sonu

    2016-01-01

    Behçet's disease (BD) is a chronic multisystem inflammatory disease most prevalent in Eastern Asia and along the Mediterranean basin, an area referred to as the ‘Silk Road’. The diagnosis of BD is largely based on the International Study Group (ISG) criteria, which are more specific than sensitive. ISG criteria do not include intestinal manifestations, a feature more commonly seen in the West. Intestinal BD is one of several findings that are not typically seen along the ‘Silk Road’. Herein we report a rare case of intestinal BD and compare Western versus traditional BD. A 25-year-old male with a history of painful oral aphthous ulcers, pericarditis, and diffuse papulopustular rash presented to the emergency department with two terminal ileal perforations. Pathology demonstrated mucosal necrosis with active inflammation and no chronic inflammatory changes. Post-surgical laboratory studies showed an elevated c-reactive protein of 35.57 mg/dL, erythrocyte sedimentation rate of 82 mm/h, and a positive anti-Saccharomyces cerevisiae antibody. Rheumatological workup including ANA, RF, PR3 antibody, MPO antibody, ANCA, SSA and SSB, Smith antibody, SCL-70, and anti-Jo-1 antibodies were all negative. His pericarditis symptoms improved with colchicine and prednisone prior to discharge. Our patient did not meet the current ISG criteria for traditional BD; however, he clearly showed findings typically seen in Western patients with BD, which include intestinal manifestations, cardiac involvement, and lack of pathergy reaction and ocular changes. Our investigation demonstrates that the clinical manifestations common to this disorder vary among geographic and ethnic populations. Commonly used criteria for the diagnosis of BD may not be sensitive for some populations, such as Western BD, potentially leading to underdiagnoses and mismanagement. Recognition and select inclusion of these differences may be one way to assist with diagnosing Western BD in the future. As our

  11. Serum Lipid, Lipoprotein and Oxidatively Modified Low Density Lipoprotein Levels in Active or Inactive Patients with Behçet's Disease

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    Cimen, Fuat; Yildirmak, Sembol Turken; Ergen, Andac; Cakmak, Mustafa; Dogan, Serkan; Yenice, Necati; Sezgin, Funda

    2012-01-01

    Aim: To determine serum lipid, lipoproteins and oxidized low density lipoprotein (oxLDL) levels in Behçet's disease (BD) and to evaluate the relationship of these parameters with the clinical activity of the disease. Materials and Methods: Sixty-two patients (25 active, 37 inactive) and —26 healthy controls were included in the study. We measured serum oxLDL levels using the enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay method, and serum total cholesterol (TC), triglyceride (TG) and high density lipoprotein-cholesterol (HDL-C) levels by spectrophotometric method. Results: Serum TG (108±70 mg/dL and 79±40 mg/dL, respectively; P<0.05), LDL-C (124±35 mg/dL and 108±26 mg/dL, respectively; P<0.05) and oxLDL (65±19 U/L and 53±10 U/L, respectively; P<0.01) levels were significantly higher in patients than in controls, but HDL-C levels were significantly lower in patients than in controls (39±11 mg/dL and 50±13 mg/dL, respectively; P<0.05). The levels of oxLDL in patients were found to correlate with those of TC and LDL-C. Neither the lipid parameters nor the oxLDL levels in the patients with active disease (n=25) were different than those in the patients who were in inactive stage (n=37). Serum levels of oxLDL in the patients with active and inactive disease were significantly higher than those in controls (66±19 U/L, 65±19 U/L, and 53±10 U/L, respectively; P<0.05). Conclusions: We conclude that the increase of TG, LDL-C and oxLDL levels and the decrease of HDL-levels may indicate that there is a tendency to atherothrombotic process in patients with BD. Inflammation and immunologic reactions in BD may be caused by a response to elevated oxLDL. TG, LDL-C and oxLDL are not useful markers for the severity of the disease activity. PMID:22615503

  12. The natural course and factors affecting severity of Behçet's disease: a single-center cohort of 368 patients.

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    Ugurlu, Nilay; Bozkurt, Selen; Bacanli, Ali; Akman-Karakas, Ayse; Uzun, Soner; Alpsoy, Erkan

    2015-12-01

    Our goal was to determine, retrospectively, the occurrence of the symptoms of Behçet's disease in chronological order and the course of the disease. Additionally, probable factors affecting the clinical severity were investigated. A total of 368 patients (171 females and 197 males; aged 41.11 ± 10.9 years) were included in this retrospective cohort study. The chronological order of the clinical manifestations was recorded. Patients were also assessed for clinical severity score. Oral ulcer was the most common manifestation (100 %) followed by genital ulcer (89.4 %), papulopustular lesions (75 %) and articular involvement (60.1 %). Oral ulcer was the most common onset manifestation (66.8 %) followed by genital ulcer (4.9 %), erythema nodosum (3.3 %) and ocular involvement (1.4 %). The duration between the onset symptom and the fulfillment of the diagnostic criteria was 4.67 ± 5.9 years. The duration between the time point of fulfillment of diagnostic criteria and the diagnosis (2.5 ± 2.1 years) was longer in patients having only mucocutaneous lesions (2.8 ± 2.2 years) than in patients having serious organ involvements (1.9 ± 1.6 years; p < 0.01). Serious involvements such as neurological involvement and large vessel involvement had their onsets later. Mean clinical severity score was higher in male patients (5.3 ± 2.1 vs 4.8 ± 1.7; p < 0.05). In logistic regression analysis, male gender (p = 0.03) and increased number of symptoms at diagnosis (p < 0.001, R (2) = 0.73) were found to be significant risk factors for severity. Mucocutaneous lesions, especially oral and/or genital ulcers, usually precede possible serious involvements; therefore, careful follow-up is mandatory. Males with increased number of organ involvements at the diagnosis are associated with more severe disease. PMID:26084503

  13. Air-broadened line parameters with temperature dependence for 12C16O, 13C16O, and 12C18O at 2.3 μm

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    Smith, M. H.; Malathy Devi, V.; Benner, D.; Mantz, A. W.; Sung, K.; Brown, L. R.

    2012-12-01

    To improve the spectroscopic database for remote sensing of tropospheric CO, we have recorded more than 50 high resolution (0.005 cm-1) spectra of CO and two of its isotopologues (13CO and C18O) at temperatures between 150 and 298 K using a coolable absorption cell in the sample compartment of the Bruker IFS 125HR Fourier transform spectrometer at Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Air-broadened spectra at total pressures up to 700 Torr were recorded for all three isotopologues, and self-broadened CO spectra were also recorded. Line parameters were determined by broad-band constrained multispectrum least-squares fitting of 16 or more spectra simultaneously. Parameters determined in the fits included Lorentz half-width coefficients, their temperature dependence exponents; pressure-induced line shift coefficients, their temperature dependences; and the off-diagonal relaxation matrix elements that characterize line mixing. Speed dependence parameters were also included to minimize the fit residuals. The individual line positions and intensities were constrained to their theoretical relationships in order to obtain the rovibrational (G, B, D, and H) and band intensity parameters, including Herman-Wallis coefficients, as has been done for CO2 previously. The air-broadening results for the 13C16O and 12C18O 2-0 bands are compared with each other and with those for the corresponding 12C16O band.

  14. Cooperativity and bond breakage in model X-⋯H3P⋯YZ (X = F, Cl; YZ = HF, ClF, LiF, BeH2) complexes

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    McDowell, Sean A. C.

    2016-08-01

    A computational study of hydrogen-, halogen-, lithium- and beryllium-bonded interactions in model H3P⋯YZ (YZ = HF, ClF, LiF, BeH2) complexes involving the Lewis base phosphine (H3P) was undertaken. A subsequent investigation of the interplay between the F-/Cl-⋯Hsbnd P and P⋯YZ interactions in model F-/Cl-⋯H3P⋯YZ complexes revealed strong cooperative effects, leading to bond breakage of the Hsbnd P and/or Clsbnd F bonds in some cases. These results were rationalized using natural bond orbital (NBO) and quantum atoms in molecules (QTAIM) analyses of the electron density, as well as a consideration of the relative electronegativities of the P and Y atoms.

  15. Isolation of Diverse Structural Compartments of Natural Organic Matter from the Kolyma River Watershed in East Siberian Arctic Using DEAE-Cellulose, XAD-8 Resin, C18 and PPL Cartridges

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    Andzhushev, M.; Dubinenkov, I.; Holmes, R. M.; Hatfield, K.; Perminova, I.; Bulygina, E. B.; Konstantinov, A.

    2011-12-01

    Natural Organic Matter (NOM) is an essential part of the global carbon cycle and plays a significant role in transport of organic carbon from terrestrial ecosystems into the World Ocean. The Arctic region is one of the most vulnerable with respect to climate change. The Kolyma River is one of the great Arctic Rivers. The particular feature of the Kolyma River watershed is its location in the continuous permafrost zone. Hence, research on structural composition of NOM in the Kolyma River basin is very important for understanding the carbon flux and NOM transformations on the way from permafrost to the Arctic Ocean under conditions of the changing climate. The purpose of this work was to isolate diverse structural compartments of NOM from permafrost mud streams and freshwater environments of the Kolyma River basin suited for further structural studies using a suite of different sorbents. Another goal was to assess applicability of these sorbents for developing a NOM fluxmeter - passive device for in situ measurement of fluxes. The following sorbents were used in this study: diethylaminoethyl (DEAE) cellulose , XAD-8 resin, Varian Bond Elute PPL and C18-cartridges. The choice of the sorbents was based on the following considerations. DEAE-cellulose is an anion-exchanging resin. It is suited the best for isolation of negatively charged NOM constituents of high and low molecular weight which represent the major part of freshwater NOM. Given positive charge inherent within the sorbent, sorption of negatively charged compartments from natural water occurs under flow through conditions without any prior treatment. This makes the DEAE cellulose very promising for in situ applications (e.g., for fluxmeter). Amberlite XAD-8 is a macroreticular resin which is used as a part of the standard protocol of International Humic Substances Society for isolation of freshwater humic substances (HS). The XAD-8 resin represents a neutral hydrophobic polymer. As a result, for isolation of

  16. Improved Sensitivity of Sputum Smear Microscopy after Processing Specimens with C18-Carboxypropylbetaine To Detect Acid-Fast Bacilli: a Study of United States-Bound Immigrants from Vietnam

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    Laserson, K. F.; Yen, N. T. N.; Thornton, C. G.; Mai, V. T. C.; Jones, W.; An, D. Q.; Phuoc, N. H.; Trinh, N. A.; Nhung, D. T. C.; Lien, T. X.; Lan, N. T. N.; Wells, C.; Binkin, N.; Cetron, M.; Maloney, S. A.

    2005-01-01

    The goal of this study was to evaluate the effect of the specimen-processing method that uses the detergent C18-carboxypropylbetaine (CB-18) on the sensitivity of acid-fast bacillus (AFB) staining. Vietnamese immigrants with abnormal chest radiographs provided up to three sputum specimens, which were examined for acid-fast bacilli by use of direct auramine and Ziehl-Neelsen staining. The remaining sputum was split; half was cultured, and the other half was incubated with CB-18 for 24 h, centrifuged, and examined for AFB by both staining methods. CB-18 processing improved the sensitivity of AFB staining by 20 to 30% (only differences in auramine sensitivity were statistically significant) but reduced specificity by ≈20% (P < 0.05). These findings have direct utility for overseas migrant tuberculosis screening programs, for which maximizing test sensitivity is a major objective. PMID:16000478

  17. Simultaneous quantification of poly-dispersed anionic, amphoteric and nonionic surfactants in simulated wastewater samples using C18 high-performance liquid chromatography-quadrupole ion-trap mass spectrometry

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    Levine, Lanfang H.; Garland, Jay L.; Johnson, Jodie V.

    2005-01-01

    This paper describes the development of a guantitative method for direct and simultaneous determination of three frequently encountered surfactants, amphoteric (cocoamphoacetate, CAA), anionic (sodium laureth sulfate, SLES), and nonionic (alcohol ethoxylate, AE) using a reversed-phase C18 HPLC coupled with an ESI ion-trap mass spectrometer (MS). Chemical composition, ionization characteristics and fragmentation pathways of the surfactants are presented. Positive ESI was effective for all three surfactants in agueous methanol buffered with ammonium acetate. The method enables rapid determinations in small sample volumes containing inorganic salts (up to 3.5 g L(-1)) and multiple classes of surfactants with high specificity by applying surfactant specific tandem mass spectrometric strategies. It has dynamic linear ranges of 2-60, 1.5-40, 0.8-56 mg L(-1) with R2 egual or greater than 0.999, 0.98 and 0.999 (10 microL injection) for CAA, SLES, and AE, respectively.

  18. Pharmacokinetics screening for multi-components absorbed in the rat plasma after oral administration of traditional Chinese medicine Flos Lonicerae Japonicae-Fructus Forsythiae herb couple by sequential negative and positive ionization ultra-high-performance liquid chromatography/tandem triple quadrupole mass spectrometric detection.

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    Zhou, Wei; Tam, Kin Y; Meng, Minxin; Shan, Jinjun; Wang, Shouchuan; Ju, Wenzheng; Cai, Baochang; Di, Liuqing

    2015-01-01

    The current study aims to investigate the pharmacokinetics of multi-components (caffeic acid, quinic acid, genistein, luteolin, quercetin, neochlorogenic acid, chlorogenic acid, cryptochlorogenic acid, arctigenin, genistin, luteoloside, astragalin, hyperoside, isoquercitrin, 3,5-dicaffeoylquinic acid, 3,4-dicaffeoylquinic acid, rutin, loganin, pinoresinol-β-d-glucoside, phillyrin, isoforsythoside, forsythoside A and forsythoside B) following oral administration of Flos Lonicerae Japonicae-Fructus Forsythiae herb couple in rats. A rapid and sensitive UPLC-ESI-MS/MS with sequential positive and negative ionization modes was developed to determine the 23 absorbed ingredients using one sample preparation combined with three chromatographic conditions in rat plasma. After mixing with internal standard (IS) (tinidazole and chloramphenicol), samples were pretreated by liquid-liquid extraction (LLE) with n-butyl alcohol/ethyl acetate (1:1, v/v). The separations for pinoresinol-β-d-glucoside, phillyrin, isoforsythoside, forsythoside A and forsythoside B were performed on an ACQUITY UPLC BEH C18 column (100mm×2.1mm, 1.7μm) with acetonitrile/methanol (4:1, v/v)-water as mobile phase. For analyzing quinic acid, an ACQUITY UPLC HSS T3 column (100mm×2.1mm, 1.8μm) was applied with acetonitrile/methanol (4:1, v/v)-0.01% formic acid as mobile phase after dilution up to 25-fold. The same column was applied to the other components with acetonitrile/methanol (4:1, v/v)-0.4% formic acid as mobile phase. The method validation results demonstrated that the proposed method was sensitive, specific and reliable, which was successfully applied to the pharmacokinetic study of the multi-components after oral administration of Flos Lonicerae Japonicae-Fructus Forsythiae herb couple. PMID:25533397

  19. Evaluation of separation properties of a modified strong cation exchange material named MEX and its application in 2D-MEX × C18 system to separate peptides from scorpion venom.

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    Chen, Bo; Xu, Junyan; Fu, Qing; Dong, Xuefang; Guo, Zhimou; Jin, Yu; Liang, Xinmiao

    2015-07-01

    Peptides from scorpion venom represent one of the most promising drug sources for drug discovery for some specific diseases. Current challenges in their separation include high complexity, high homologies and the huge range of peptides. In this paper, a modified strong cation exchange material, named MEX, was utilised for the two-dimensional separation of peptides from complex scorpion venom. The silica-based MEX column was bonded with two functional groups; benzenesulfonic acid and cyanopropyl. To better understand its separation mechanisms, seven standard peptides with different properties were employed in an evaluation study, the results of which showed that two interactions were involved in the MEX column: electrostatic interactions based on benzenesulfonic acid groups dominated the separation of peptides; weak hydrophobic interactions introduced by cyanopropyl groups increased the column's selectivity for peptides with the same charge. This characteristic allowed the MEX column to overcome some of the drawbacks of traditional strong cation exchange (SCX) columns. Furthermore, the study showed the great effects of the acetonitrile (ACN) content, the sodium perchlorate (NaClO4) concentration and the buffer pH in the mobile phase on the peptides' retention and separation selectivity on the MEX column. Subsequently, the MEX column was combined with a C18 column to establish an off-line 2D-MEX × C18 system to separate peptides from scorpion Buthus martensi Karsch (BmK) venom. Due to complementary separation mechanisms in each dimension, a high orthogonality of 47.62% was achieved. Moreover, a good loading capacity, excellent stability and repeatability were exhibited by the MEX column, which are beneficial for its use in future preparation experiments. Therefore, the MEX column could be an alternative to the traditional SCX columns for the separation of peptides from scorpion venom. PMID:25996445

  20. High-throughput method of dioxin analysis in aqueous samples using consecutive solid phase extraction steps with the new C18 Ultraflow™ pressurized liquid extraction and automated clean-up.

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    Youn, Yeu-Young; Park, Deok Hie; Lee, Yeon Hwa; Lim, Young Hee; Cho, Hye Sung

    2015-01-01

    A high-throughput analytical method has been developed for the determination of seventeen 2,3,7,8-substituted congeners of polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins and dibenzofurans (PCDD/Fs) in aqueous samples. A recently introduced octadecyl (C18) disk for semi-automated solid-phase extraction of PCDD/Fs in water samples with a high level of particulate material has been tested for the analysis of dioxins. A new type of C18 disk specially designed for the analysis of hexane extractable material (HEM), but never previously reported for use in PCDD/Fs analysis. This kind of disk allows a higher filtration flow, and therefore the time of analysis is reduced. The solid-phase extraction technique is used to change samples from liquid to solid, and therefore pressurized liquid extraction (PLE) can be used in the pre-treatment. In order to achieve efficient purification, extracts from the PLE are purified using an automated Power-prep system with disposable silica, alumina, and carbon columns. Quantitative analyses of PCDD/Fs were performed by GC-HRMS using multi-ion detection (MID) mode. The method was successfully applied to the analysis of water samples from the wastewater treatment system of a vinyl chloride monomer plant. The entire procedure is in agreement with EPA1613 recommendations regarding the blank control, MDLs (method detection limits), accuracy, and precision. The high-throughput method not only meets the requirements of international standards, but also shortens the required analysis time from 2 weeks to 3d. PMID:25112208

  1. [Impurity profile study of cefalotin sodium by two-dimensional liquid chromatography-quadrupole time-of-flight mass spectrometry].

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    Qiu, Ya; Qin, Feng; Wen, Hongliang; Zhao, Jingdan; Liu, Hao; Yang, Meicheng

    2015-12-01

    A two-dimensional liquid chromatography-quadrupole time-of-flight mass spectrometry (2D-LC-QTOF MS) method to profile the impurities of cefalotin sodium was developed. A Symmetry C18 column (250 mm x 4.6 mm, 5 μm) was used in the first dimensional chromatography, with gradient elution using pH 2.5 phosphate buffer and acetonitrile as the mobile phases. The column temperature was maintained at 40 degrees C with an ultraviolet detection of 220 nm for analysis. An ACQUITY UPLC BEH C18 column (50 mm x 2.1 mm, 1.7 μm) was used in the second dimensional chromatography, with gradient elution using water containing 0.1% (v/v) formic acid and acetonitrile containing 0.1% (v/v) formic acid as the mobile phases. The column temperature was maintained at 40 degrees C. An HLB C18 column (30 mm x 2.1 mm, 20 μm) was used as the trap column. The data were collected in positive ion mode. The ion source temperature was set at 100 degrees C and the electrospray ionization (ESI) needle voltage was set at 1 000 V. The nebulizer gas temperature was set at 500 degrees C. The molecular formulas of the impurities were determined by their exact masses and isotope distributions. And the structures were determined by the protonated molecular ions and the manufacturing process of cefalotin sodium. Six impurities of cefalotin sodium were characterized and the origination of the impurities was deduced. Three of them were unknown impurities to the best of our knowledge. It was confirmed that the Chinese Pharmacopoeia 2010 has mistaken impurity A of cefalotin sodium. The results indicated that the 2D-LC-QTOF MS method could be used to investigate the impurity profile of cefalotin sodium, and it is simple and sensitive. PMID:27097466

  2. New trend in the LC separation analysis of pharmaceuticals--high performance separation by ultra high-performance liquid chromatography (UHPLC) with core-shell particle C18 columns--.

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    Nishi, Hiroyuki; Nagamatsu, Kumi

    2014-01-01

    This article presents a mini-review of the recent results in the ultra high-performance liquid chromatography (UHPLC) separation of pharmaceuticals by our group. High performance UHPLC separation employing core-shell particle C18 columns was demonstrated. High performance (high theoretical plate number of approximately 20000/10 cm, low theoretical plate height of 5 μm) was obtained without any specific devices in the conventional HPLC apparatus, only through changing detector sampling times and the inner diameter of the connecting tube. High theoretical plate numbers with low column back pressure obtained by the core-shell particle columns enabled fast separation of the analytes. Methanol, which gives high column pressure drops in the reversed-phase mode HPLC compared with acetonitrile, can be used without any trouble. One analysis of the purity testing of diltiazem hydrochloride was performed within 100 s. One analysis in the photostability testing of mecobalamin (vitamin B12 analogue) was successful within 180 s. PMID:24521905

  3. Mix-mode TiO-C18 monolith spin column extraction and GC-MS for the simultaneous assay of organophosphorus compounds and glufosinate, and glyphosate in human serum and urine.

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    Saito, Takeshi; Aoki, Hiromichi; Namera, Akira; Oikawa, Hiroshi; Miyazaki, Shota; Nakamoto, Akihiro; Inokuchi, Sadaki

    2011-01-01

    A rapid, specific, and sensitive method for the simultaneous quantitation of organophosphates (fenitrothion (MEP), malathion, and phenthoate (PAP)), glufosinate (GLUF), and glyphosate (GLYP) in human serum and urine by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS) has been validated. All of the targeted compounds together with the internal standard were extracted from the serum and urine using a mix-mode TiO-C(18) monolithic spin column. The recovery of organophosphates from serum and urine ranged from 12.7 to 49.5%. The recovery of GLUF and GLYP from serum and urine ranged from 1.9 to 7.9%. The intra- and inter-accuracy and precision (expressed as relative standard deviation, %RSD) were within 96.7-107.7% and 4.0-13.8%, respectively. The detection and quantitation limits for serum and urine were 0.1 and 0.1 µg/ml, respectively, for organophosphates, 0.1 and 0.5 µg/ml, respectively for GLUF and GLYP. The method had linear calibration curves ranging from 0.1 to 25.0 µg/ml for organophosphates and 0.5-100.0 µg/ml for GLUF, and GLYP. The validated method was successfully applied to a clinical GLYP poisoning case. PMID:21985924

  4. Rapid determination of eight oxoisoaporphine alkaloids in Rhizoma Menispermi by the optimal homogenate extraction followed by UPLC-MS/MS.

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    Wei, Jinxia; Jiang, Zhen; Cui, Zhi; Guo, Xingjie

    2015-07-01

    The objective of this study was to develop a rapid and reliable homogenate extraction (HGE) and ultra high-performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometric (UPLC-MS/MS) method for simultaneous analysis of eight bioactive oxoisoaporphine alkaloids (including two new alkaloids) in Rhizoma Menispermi. HGE was optimized by response surface methodology (RSM) to obtain the maximum extraction efficiency of eight alkaloids. Separation was achieved on a Waters ACQUITY UPLC® BEH C18 column (50 × 2.1 mm(2), 1.7 μm) using gradient elution with a mobile phase consisting of acetonitrile and 0.2% formic acid in water. Quantification was performed with multiple reaction monitoring (MRM) mode using positive ESI as an interface. This is the first report of the simultaneous analysis of eight oxoisoaporphine alkaloids in Rhizoma Menispermi using a UPLC-MS/MS method; this analysis afforded good linearity, precision, and accuracy. Then, the method was successfully applied to determine the alkaloids in Rhizoma Menispermi from different sources. PMID:25948242

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. Quantitative determination of multi markers in five varieties of Withania somnifera using ultra-high performance liquid chromatography with hybrid triple quadrupole linear ion trap mass spectrometer combined with multivariate analysis: Application to pharmaceutical dosage forms.

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    Chandra, Preeti; Kannujia, Rekha; Saxena, Ankita; Srivastava, Mukesh; Bahadur, Lal; Pal, Mahesh; Singh, Bhim Pratap; Kumar Ojha, Sanjeev; Kumar, Brijesh

    2016-09-10

    An ultra-high performance liquid chromatography electrospray ionization tandem mass spectrometry method has been developed and validated for simultaneous quantification of six major bioactive compounds in five varieties of Withania somnifera in various plant parts (leaf, stem and root). The analysis was accomplished on Waters ACQUITY UPLC BEH C18 column with linear gradient elution of water/formic acid (0.1%) and acetonitrile at a flow rate of 0.3mLmin(-1). The proposed method was validated with acceptable linearity (r(2), 0.9989-0.9998), precision (RSD, 0.16-2.01%), stability (RSD, 1.04-1.62%) and recovery (RSD ≤2.45%), under optimum conditions. The method was also successfully applied for the simultaneous determination of six marker compounds in twenty-six marketed formulations. Hierarchical cluster analysis and principal component analysis were applied to discriminate these twenty-six batches based on characteristics of the bioactive compounds. The results indicated that this method is advance, rapid, sensitive and suitable to reveal the quality of Withania somnifera and also capable of performing quality evaluation of polyherbal formulations having similar markers/raw herbs. PMID:27475405

  8. 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

  9. Simultaneous determination of loganin, morroniside, catalpol and acteoside in normal and chronic kidney disease rat plasma by UPLC-MS for investigating the pharmacokinetics of Rehmannia glutinosa and Cornus officinalis Sieb drug pair extract.

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    Zhao, Min; Tao, Jinhua; Qian, Dawei; Liu, Pei; Shang, Er-xin; Jiang, Shu; Guo, Jianming; Su, Shu-lan; Duan, Jin-ao; Du, Leyue

    2016-01-15

    A sensitive and rapid method for determination of loganin, morroniside, catalpol and acteoside in rat plasma after oral administration of Rehmannia glutinosa Libosch and Cornus officinalis Sieb drug pair based on ultra-high performance liquid chromatography coupled with tandem mass spectrometry (UPLC-MS). Chromatographic separation was achieved using an Acquity UPLC BEH C18 column (100mm×2.1mm, 1.7μm) at a flow rate of 0.4mL/min, using gradient mode containing 0.1% formic acid in water and acetonitrile were used as the mobile phase A and B. Loganin, morroniside, catalpol, acteoside and the internal standard (chloramphenicol) were detected by selected reaction monitoring in the negative ion mode with the mass transition of m/z 451.0→179.0 (morroniside), m/z 435.0→227.0 (loganin), m/z 407.1→199.1 (catalpol), m/z 623.2→161.0 (acteoside) and m/z 320.8→151.9 (chloramphenicol), respectively. All calibration curves showed good linearity (r>0.991). The precision was evaluated by intra-day and inter-day assays and the RSD% were all within 9.58%. The recovery ranged from 67.62 to 80.14%. The method was successfully applied to pharmacokinetic study of the analytes in normal and doxorubicin-induced chronic kidney disease rat plasma. PMID:26720701

  10. A SIMPLE AND-SENSITIVE STABILITY-INDICATING UHPLC-DAD METHOD FOR THE DETERMINATION OF CEFETAMET PIVOXIL HYDROCHLORIDE.

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    Garbacki, Piotr; Cielecka-Piontek, Judyta; Zalewski, Przemysław; Oszczapowicz, Irena; Jelińska, Anna

    2016-01-01

    A fast and sensitive UHPLC-DAD method was developed and subsequently validated for determination of cefetamet pivoxil hydrochloride in the presence of its degradation products. The chromatographic separation was carried out on a Waters Acquity BEH C18, (2.1 x 100 mm, 1.7 µm) column. The mobile phase was composed of 0.1% formic acid and acetonitrile (40 : 60, v/v) at the flow rate 0.7 mL/min. The detection wavelength was 265 nm and the temperature was 30 °C. Cefetamet pivoxil hydrochloride was susceptible to degradation under the influence of sodium hydroxide, hydrochloric acid and in the conditions of increased temperature and relative humidity. However, it was stable after irradiation, in increased temperature in dry air and in the presence of oxidizing agent. The developed UHPLC-DAD method was linear over the concentration range of 10-240 µg/mL (r2 = 0.9999; n = 12). The obtained RSD values were less than 2%, demonstrating that the described procedure is precise. The accuracy was also confirmed (mean recoveries were 97.79-102.08%). Under applied chromatographic conditions LOD and LOQ values were 2.08 mg/mL and 6.29 mg/mL, respectively. The proposed method was successfully applied in determination of cefetamet pivoxil hydrochloride in aqueous solutions as well as in the solid state. PMID:27476279

  11. Simultaneous determination of acetaminophen and dihydrocodeine in human plasma by UPLC-MS/MS: Its pharmacokinetic application.

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    Qiu, Xiangjun; Lou, Dan; Su, Ding; Liu, Zebin; Gao, Pengtao; Zhang, Nan-sheng

    2015-06-15

    An ultra performance liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry (UPLC-MS/MS) method was developed and validated to determine acetaminophen (AAP) and dihydrocodeine (DHC) in human plasma simultaneously. Plasma samples were prepared using protein precipitation with acetonitrile, the two analytes and the internal standard midazolam were separated on an Acquity UPLC BEH C18 column and mass spectrometric analysis was performed using a QTrap5500 mass spectrometer coupled with an electro-spray ionization (ESI) source in the positive ion mode. The MRM transitions of m/z 151.2→110.0 and m/z 302.3→199.2 were used to quantify for AAP and DHC, respectively. The linearity of this method was found to be within the concentration range of 50-10000ng/mL for AAP, and 1-100ng/mL for DHC in human plasma, respectively. The lower limit of quantification (LLOQ) was 50ng/mL and 1ng/mL for AAP and DHC in human plasma, respectively. The relative standard deviations (RSD) of intra and inter precision were less than 10% for both AAP and DHC. The analysis time of per sample was 1.0min. The developed and validated method was successfully applied to a pharmacokinetic study of AAP (500mg) with DHC (20mg) capsule in Chinese healthy volunteers (N=20). PMID:25965875

  12. 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

  13. Ultra high performance liquid chromatography with electrospray ionization tandem mass spectrometry coupled with hierarchical cluster analysis to evaluate Wikstroemia indica (L.) C. A. Mey. from different geographical regions.

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    Wei, Lan; Wang, Xiaobo; Mu, Shanxue; Sun, Lixin; Yu, Zhiguo

    2015-06-01

    A sensitive, rapid and simple ultra high performance liquid chromatography with electrospray ionization tandem mass spectrometry method was developed to determine seven constituents (umbelliferone, apigenin, triumbelletin, daphnoretin, arctigenin, genkwanin and emodin) in Wikstroemia indica (L.) C. A. Mey. The chromatographic analysis was performed on an ACQUITY UPLC® BEH C18 column (2.1 × 50 mm, 1.7 μm) by gradient elution with the mobile phase of 0.05% formic acid aqueous solution (A) and acetonitrile (B). Multiple reaction monitoring mode with positive and negative electrospray ionization interface was carried out to detect the components. This method was validated in terms of specificity, linearity, accuracy, precision and stability. Excellent linear behavior was observed over the certain concentration ranges with the correlation coefficient values higher than 0.999. The intraday and innerday precisions were within 2.0%. The recoveries of seven analytes were 99.4-101.1% with relative standard deviation less than 1.2%. The 18 Wikstroemia indica samples from different origins were classified by hierarchical clustering analysis according to the contents of seven components. The results demonstrated that the developed method could successfully be used to quantify simultaneously of seven components in Wikstroemia indica and could be a helpful tool for the detection and confirmation of the quality of traditional Chinese medicines. PMID:25866087

  14. A fast ultra high pressure liquid chromatographic method for qualification and quantification of pharmaceutical combination preparations containing paracetamol, acetyl salicylic acid and/or antihistaminics.

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    Deconinck, E; Sacré, P Y; Baudewyns, S; Courselle, P; De Beer, J

    2011-09-10

    A fully validated UHPLC method for the identification and quantification of pharmaceutical preparations, containing paracetamol and/or acetyl salicylic acid, combined with anti-histaminics (phenylephrine, pheniramine maleate, diphenhydramine, promethazine) and/or other additives as quinine sulphate, caffeine or codeine phosphate, was developed. The proposed method uses a Waters Acquity BEH C18 column (2 mm × 100 mm, 1.7 μm) with a gradient using an ammonium acetate buffer pH 4.0 as aqueous phase and methanol as organic modifier. The obtained method was fully validated based on its measurement uncertainty (accuracy profile) and robustness tests. Calibration lines for all components were linear within the studied ranges. The relative bias and the relative standard deviations for all components were respectively smaller than 1.5% and 2%, the β-expectation tolerance limits did not exceed the acceptance limits of 10% and the relative expanded uncertainties were smaller than 5% for all of the considered components. A UHPLC method was obtained for the identification and quantification of these kind of pharmaceutical preparations, which will significantly reduce analysis times and workload for the laboratories charged with the quality control of these preparations. PMID:21665401

  15. Preclinical pharmacokinetics, tissue distribution and excretion studies of a potential analgesics - corydaline using an ultra performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry.

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    Wang, Jianfeng; Liang, Lishuang; Zhang, Qiongyu; Li, Xingang; Fu, Zhijian

    2013-12-30

    A rapid resolution ultra performance liquid chromatography (UPLC) coupled with electrospray ionization (ESI) mass spectrometry method was developed and validated for the quantitative analysis of corydaline in rats' plasma and various tissues for pharmacokinetic, tissue distribution and excretion studies of corydaline. The analytes were separated on an Acquity UPLC BEH C18 column (2.1mm×100mm, 1.7μm) and detected with a triple quadrupole mass spectrometer using positive ion ESI in the multiple reaction monitoring (MRM) mode. The MS/MS ion transitions monitored were m/z 370.0→192.0 for corydaline and 354.1→188.0 for IS, respectively. Calibration curves (1/x(2) weighted) offered satisfactory linearity (r(2)>0.9984) within 1-1000ng/mL. The accuracy and precision ranged from -7.4% to 8.5% and 3.4% to 12.8%, respectively. The absolute matrix effect (94.2-119.2%), relative matrix effect (1.7-9.6%) and recoveries (81.4-93.7%) were satisfactory in all the biological matrices examined. The assay was successfully applied to the plasma pharmacokinetics, tissue distribution and excretion studies of corydaline in rats. The pharmacokinetic parameters such as half-life (t1/2), mean residence time (MRT) and maximum concentration (Cmax) were determined. These preclinical data of corydaline would be useful for the clinical reference. PMID:24216274

  16. [Rapid screening and confirming carcinogenic banned azo colorants in textiles by high performance liquid chromatography-linear ion trap/orbitrap high-resolution mass spectrometry].

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    Yun, Huan; Liu, Xin; Wang, Jing; Yan, Hua; Cui, Fengyun; Zhang, Zhaohui

    2013-09-01

    A method of high performance liquid chromatography-linear ion trap/orbitrap highresolution mass spectrometry (HPLC-LTP/Orbitrap MS) was ued to screen and confirm-banned azo colorants in textiles rapidly. The analytes were reduced to carcinogenic aromatic amines with sodium dithionite in citrate buffer solution. The reduced solution was extracted bydiatomite, and loadd onto an Acquity UPLC BEH C18 column (50 mm x 2.1 MM. 1.7 microm) with a gradient elution of methanol and 0.1% (v/v) methane acid aqueous solution, and finally detected by linear ion trap/orbitrap high-resolution mass spectrometry in positive ESI mode. In mass spectrometry method, the MS spectrum of high-resolution and the collision induced dissociation (CID) spectrum of data-dependent scan mode were used for screening analysis and conformation, respectively. The calibration curves showed a good linearity in the range of 0.05 -2.00 mg/b, and the correlation coefficients (r) were higher than 0.99. By detecting spiked samples, the limits of quantification were 0.08 mg/kg for all the residues and the recoveries were in the range of 65.5% - 111.5% with the relative standard deviations (RSDs) between 0.87% and 2.49%. The results indicate that the method is simple, rapid, sensitive and suitable for the qualitative and quantitative analysis of carcinogenic aromatic amines in textiles. PMID:24392621

  17. Separation and characterization of ciprofloxacin, difloxacin, lomefloxacin, norfloxacin, and ofloxacin oxidation products under potassium permanganate treatment in acidic medium by UPLC-MS/MS.

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    Hubicka, Urszula; Zmudzki, Paweł; Zuromska-Witek, Barbara; Zajdel, Paweł; Pawłowski, Maciej; Krzek, Jan

    2013-05-15

    A simple, sensitive and reproducible ultra-performance liquid chromatography method for determination of ciprofloxacin, difloxacin, lomefloxacin, norfloxacin and ofloxacin oxidation stability under permanganate treatment in acidic conditions at pH from 3.0 to 6.0, was developed. Chromatographic separations were carried out using the Acquity UPLC BEH C18 column; (2.1×100 mm, 1.7 μm particle size). The column was maintained at 40°C, and eluted under isocratic conditions using 83% of eluent A and 17% of eluent B over 6.5 min, at a flow rate of 0.3 mL min(-1). Eluent A: water/formic acid (0.1 v/v%); eluent B: acetonitrile/formic acid (0.1 v/v%). An oxidation process followed kinetic of the second order reaction and depended upon solution acidity. Oxidation of fluoroquinolones proceeded at piperazine moiety yielding respective hydroxy and oxo analogs, and remaining the quinolone fragment intact. Structures of products formed were assigned on a basis of UPLC/MS/MS fragmentation pathways. PMID:23618144

  18. [Screening and confirmation of 24 hormones in cosmetics by ultra high performance liquid chromatography-linear ion trap/orbitrap high resolution mass spectrometry].

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    Li, Zhaoyong; Wang, Fengmei; Niu, Zengyuan; Luo, Xin; Zhang, Gang; Chen, Junhui

    2014-05-01

    A method of ultra high performance liquid chromatography-linear ion trap/orbitrap high resolution mass spectrometry (UPLC-LTQ/Orbitrap MS) was established to screen and confirm 24 hormones in cosmetics. Various cosmetic samples were extracted with methanol. The extract was loaded onto a Waters ACQUITY UPLC BEH C18 column (50 mm x 2.1 mm, 1.7 microm) using a gradient elution of acetonitrile/water containing 0.1% (v/v) formic acid for the separation. The accurate mass of quasi-molecular ion was acquired by full scanning of electrostatic field orbitrap. The rapid screening was carried out by the accurate mass of quasi-molecular ion. The confirmation analysis for targeted compounds was performed with the retention time and qualitative fragments obtained by data dependent scan mode. Under the optimal conditions, the 24 hormones were routinely detected with mass accuracy error below 3 x 10(-6) (3 ppm), and good linearities were obtained in their respective linear ranges with correlation coefficients higher than 0.99. The LODs (S/N = 3) of the 24 compounds were < or = 10 microg/kg, which can meet the requirements for the actual screening of cosmetic samples. The developed method was applied to screen the hormones in 50 cosmetic samples. The results demonstrate that the method is a useful tool for the rapid screening and identification of the hormones in cosmetics. PMID:25185307

  19. 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

  20. 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

  1. 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

  2. Determination of Asymmetric and Symmetric Dimethylarginine in Serum from Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease: UPLC-MS/MS versus ELISA

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    Boelaert, Jente; Schepers, Eva; Glorieux, Griet; Eloot, Sunny; Vanholder, Raymond; Lynen, Frédéric

    2016-01-01

    Asymmetric dimethylarginine (ADMA), an endogenous inhibitor of nitric oxide (NO) synthesis, and its structural isomer symmetric dimethylarginine (SDMA) are uremic toxins accumulating in chronic kidney disease (CKD) patients. The objective of this study was to develop and validate a robust UPLC-MS/MS method for the simultaneous determination of ADMA and SDMA in human serum. Chromatographic separation after butyl ester derivatization was achieved on an Acquity UPLC BEH C18 column, followed by tandem mass spectrometric detection. After validation, the applicability of the method was evaluated by the analysis of serum samples from 10 healthy controls and 77 CKD patients on hemodialysis (CKD5HD). Both ADMA (0.84 ± 0.19 µM vs. 0.52 ± 0.07 µM) and SDMA concentrations (2.06 ± 0.82 µM vs. 0.59 ± 0.13 µM) were significantly (p < 0.001) elevated in CKD5HD patients compared to healthy controls. In general, low degrees of protein binding were found for both ADMA and SDMA. In addition, an established commercially available ELISA kit was utilized on the same samples (n = 87) to compare values obtained both with ELISA and UPLC-MS/MS. Regression analysis between these two methods was significant (p < 0.0001) but moderate for both ADMA (R = 0.78) and SDMA (R = 0.72). PMID:27187471

  3. Quantification of Oxidized and Unsaturated Bile Alcohols in Sea Lamprey Tissues by Ultra-High Performance Liquid Chromatography-Tandem Mass Spectrometry.

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    Li, Ke; Scott, Anne M; Chung-Davidson, Yu-Wen; Bussy, Ugo; Patel, Trinkal; Middleton, Zoe E; Li, Weiming

    2016-01-01

    A sensitive and reliable method was developed and validated for the determination of unsaturated bile alcohols in sea lamprey tissues using liquid-liquid extraction and ultra-high performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (UHPLC-MS/MS). The liver, kidney, and intestine samples were extracted with acetonitrile and defatted by n-hexane. Gradient UHPLC separation was performed using an Acquity BEH C18 column with a mobile phase of water and methanol containing 20 mM triethylamine. Multiple reaction monitoring modes of precursor-product ion transitions for each analyte was used. This method displayed good linearity, with correlation coefficients greater than 0.99, and was validated. Precision and accuracy (RSD %) were in the range of 0.31%-5.28%, while mean recoveries were between 84.3%-96.3%. With this technique, sea lamprey tissue samples were analyzed for unsaturated bile alcohol analytes. This method is practical and particularly suitable for widespread putative pheromone residue analysis. PMID:27563866

  4. Simultaneous determination of carbamate insecticides and mycotoxins in cereals by reversed phase liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry using a quick, easy, cheap, effective, rugged and safe extraction procedure.

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    Zhang, Jin-Ming; Wu, Yin-Liang; Lu, Yao-Bin

    2013-02-01

    A simple, sensitive and reliable analytical method was developed for the simultaneous determination of 22 carbamate insecticides and 17 mycotoxins in cereals by ultra high performance liquid chromatography electrospray ionization tandem mass spectrometry (UHPLC-ESI-MS/MS). Carbamates and mycotoxins were extracted from cereal samples using a QuEChERS (Quick, Easy, Cheap, Effective, Rugged and Safe) procedure without any further clean-up step. The extract was diluted with water containing 0.1% formic acid and 5.0mM ammonium acetate, and analyzed by LC-MS/MS on a Waters Acquity BEH C(18) column with water (0.1% formic acid, 0.50mM ammonium acetate)/methanol as mobile phase with gradient elution. Matrix-matched calibration was used for quantification. Blank samples (rice, wheat and corn) were fortified at 5, 10 and 50 μg/kg except for five zearalenonic compounds at 25, 50 and 250 μg/kg, and recoveries were in the range of 70-120%. Relative standard deviations were lower than 20% in all cases. The LOQ values were in the range of 0.20-29.7 μg/kg. The method is suitable for the simultaneous determination of carbamate insecticides and mycotoxins in cereals. The total time required for the analysis of one sample, including sample preparation, was about 35 min. PMID:23314399

  5. Ultra High Performance Liquid Chromatography Method for the Determination of Two Recently FDA Approved TKIs in Human Plasma Using Diode Array Detection

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    Fouad, Marwa; Blankert, Bertrand

    2015-01-01

    Generally, tyrosine kinase inhibitors have narrow therapeutic window and large interpatient variability compared to intrapatient variability. In order to support its therapeutic drug monitoring, two fast and accurate methods were developed for the determination of recently FDA approved anticancer tyrosine kinase inhibitors, afatinib and ibrutinib, in human plasma using ultra high performance liquid chromatography coupled to PDA detection. Diclofenac sodium was used as internal standard. The chromatographic separation was achieved on an Acquity UPLC BEH C18 analytical column using a mobile phase combining ammonium formate buffer and acetonitrile at a constant flow rate of 0.4 mL/min using gradient elution mode. A µSPE (solid phase extraction) procedure, using Oasis MCX µElution plates, was processed and it gave satisfying and reproducible results in terms of extraction yields. Additionally, the methods were successfully validated using the accuracy profiles approach (β = 95% and acceptance limits = ±15%) over the ranges 5–250 ng/mL for afatinib and from 5 to 400 ng/mL for ibrutinib in human plasma. PMID:26101692

  6. Detection and chemical profiling of Ling-Gui-Zhu-Gan decoction by ultra performance liquid chromatography-hybrid linear ion trap-Orbitrap mass spectrometry.

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    Wang, Pei; Wang, Bo; Xu, Jingyao; Sun, Jianbo; Yan, Qin; Ji, Bin; Zhao, Yunli; Yu, Zhiguo

    2015-02-01

    Ling-Gui-Zhu-Gan decoction (LGZGD), a well-known traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) formula, has been extensively used for the treatment of cardiovascular disease in clinic. However, the chemical constituents in LGZGD had not been investigated so far. In this study, an ultra performance liquid chromatography-hybrid electrospray ionization linear ion trap-Orbitrap mass spectrometry (UPLC-LTQ-Oribitrap-MS/MS) method was established for rapid separation and structural identification of the constituents in LGZGD. Separation was performed on an ACQUITY(TM) UPLC BEH C18 column (50 × 2.1 mm, 1.7 μm) by gradient elution mode, using acetonitrile-water containing 0.1% formic acid as mobile phase at the flow rate of 0.2 mL/min. Accurate mass measurement for molecular ions and characteristic fragment ions could represent identification criteria for these compounds. As a result, 95 compounds including triterpene acids, triterpene saponins, flavonoids, coumarins, coumestans, benzofurans, phenylpropanoids and sesquiterpenoid lactones were detected, and 90 of them were tentatively identified. All compounds were further assigned in the individual raw material. In conclusion, the UPLC-LTQ-Orbitrap-MS/MS is a highly efficient technique to separate and identify constituents in complex matrices of TCMs. These results obtained in this research will provide a basis for quality control and further in vivo study of LGZGD. PMID:24920655

  7. Quantitative determination of triterpenoids and formononetin in rhizomes of black cohosh (Actaea racemosa) and dietary supplements by using UPLC-UV/ELS detection and identification by UPLC-MS.

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    Avula, Bharathi; Wang, Yan-Hong; Smillie, Troy J; Khan, Ikhlas A

    2009-03-01

    A UPLC-UV/ELSD method has been developed for analysis of major triterpenoids and formononetin in ACTAEA RACEMOSA L. (family Ranunculaceae) samples. The best results were obtained with an Acquity UPLC BEH C18 (100 mmx2.1 mm, i. d., 1 microm) column system using gradient elution with a mobile phase consisting of water and acetonitrile:methanol (7:3) at a constant flow rate of 0.3 mL/min. Owing to their low UV absorption, the triterpene saponins were detected by evaporative light scattering. Within 5.5 minutes, three main triterpenoid glycosides [cimiracemoside A, 23- EPI-26-deoxyactein, and actein] and an isoflavonoid, formononetin, could be separated, with detection limits of 5, 5, 10, and 0.01 microg/mL, respectively. The method was successfully used to analyze different Actaea racemosa market products as well as to distinguish between two other ACTAEA species. There was a significant variability in the amounts of the selected triterpene glycosides for the products containing black cohosh and rhizomes of black cohosh. The isoflavone formononetin was not detected in the samples analyzed. LC-MS coupled with the electrospray ionization (ESI) interface method is described for the identification of formononetin and triterpenoid glycosides in plant samples and dietary supplements that claim to contain black cohosh and different species of Actaea. PMID:19061153

  8. Determination of Asymmetric and Symmetric Dimethylarginine in Serum from Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease: UPLC-MS/MS versus ELISA.

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    Boelaert, Jente; Schepers, Eva; Glorieux, Griet; Eloot, Sunny; Vanholder, Raymond; Lynen, Frédéric

    2016-01-01

    Asymmetric dimethylarginine (ADMA), an endogenous inhibitor of nitric oxide (NO) synthesis, and its structural isomer symmetric dimethylarginine (SDMA) are uremic toxins accumulating in chronic kidney disease (CKD) patients. The objective of this study was to develop and validate a robust UPLC-MS/MS method for the simultaneous determination of ADMA and SDMA in human serum. Chromatographic separation after butyl ester derivatization was achieved on an Acquity UPLC BEH C18 column, followed by tandem mass spectrometric detection. After validation, the applicability of the method was evaluated by the analysis of serum samples from 10 healthy controls and 77 CKD patients on hemodialysis (CKD5HD). Both ADMA (0.84 ± 0.19 µM vs. 0.52 ± 0.07 µM) and SDMA concentrations (2.06 ± 0.82 µM vs. 0.59 ± 0.13 µM) were significantly (p < 0.001) elevated in CKD5HD patients compared to healthy controls. In general, low degrees of protein binding were found for both ADMA and SDMA. In addition, an established commercially available ELISA kit was utilized on the same samples (n = 87) to compare values obtained both with ELISA and UPLC-MS/MS. Regression analysis between these two methods was significant (p < 0.0001) but moderate for both ADMA (R = 0.78) and SDMA (R = 0.72). PMID:27187471

  9. Simultaneous determination of 21 preservatives in cosmetics by ultra performance liquid chromatography.

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    Wu, T; Wang, C; Wang, X; Ma, Q

    2008-10-01

    An ultra performance liquid chromatography (UPLC) method has been developed for the simultaneous determination of 21 preservatives: 2-methyl-4-isothiazoline-3-ketone, bronopol, 5-chloro-2-methyl-4-isothiazoline-3-ketone, benzyl alcohol, 2-phenoxyethanol, methyl-p-hydroxy benzoate, ethyl-p-hydroxy benzoate, methyl benzoate, 4-hydroxybenzoic acid iso-propyl ester, propyl-p-hydroxy benzoate, 4-chloro-3-methylphenol, ethyl benzoate, 2-phenylphenol, 4-hydroxybenzoic acid iso-butyl ester, butyl-p-hydroxy benzoate, 4-chloro-3,5-dimethylphenol, phenyl benzoate, 2,4-dichloro-3,5-dimethylphenol, 2-benzyl-4-chlorophenol, triclocarban and triclosan in cosmetics. A Waters ACQUITY UPLC BEH C(18) column was used with 0.1% formic acid solution as the mobile phase under the condition of gradient elution. Preservatives were extracted with methanol by ultrasonicator, and then they were analysed by UPLC-PDA detector. All these preservatives were baseline separated in 8.5 min. The pre-treatment method of samples and the chromatographic condition of analysis were critically examined in this study. The recoveries ranged from 90.5 to 97.8%, with RSD values below 3.2%, and all correlation coefficients (r) were no less than 0.9997. Thus, this method could be used for analysing the preservatives in cosmetic products. PMID:18822043

  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. An Ultra-Performance Liquid Chromatography Photodiode Array Detection Tandem Mass Spectrometric Method for Simultaneous Determination of Seven Major Bioactive Constituents in Xiaochaihutang and Its Application to Fourteen Compatibilities Study.

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    Wang, Lijuan; Wu, Chunfu; Zhao, Longshan; Lu, Xiumei; Wang, Fang; Yang, Jingyu; Xiong, Zhili

    2015-10-01

    A rapid and sensitive ultra-performance liquid chromatography photodiode array detection tandem mass spectrometric method (UPLC-PDA-MS-MS) was developed and validated to simultaneously determine seven major bioactive constituents in the formula of traditional Chinese medicines Xiaochaihutang (XCHT). To investigate the discipline of compatibility in XCHT, 14 kinds of compatibilities designed by orthogonal array were also analyzed. The separation was performed on an ACQUITY UPLC™ BEH C18 column (100 × 2.1 mm, 1.7 µm) using gradient elution with a mobile phase of 0.1% formic acid and acetonitrile at a flow rate of 0.2 mL/min. Two detection techniques of PDA detector and MS-MS detector were proposed, respectively. The concentrations of baicalin and wogonoside were high enough for PDA detection while low-concentration bioactive constituents including saikosaponin a, ginsenoside Rg1, liquiritin, baicalein and wogonin were quantified by MS-MS detection. The proposed method was fully validated in terms of sensitivity, linearity, specificity, precision, repeatability and recovery. This is the first report on the simultaneous determination of the major bioactive constituents of XCHT by UPLC-PDA-MS-MS, which could be used to evaluate the quality of XCHT and to investigate the discipline of compatibility in XCHT. PMID:26024854

  12. Simultaneous determination of saponins and a flavonoid from aerial parts of Zygophyllum coccineum L.

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    Amin, Elham; Wang, Yan-Hong; Avula, Bharathi; El-Hawary, Seham S; Fathy, Magda M; Mohammed, Rabab; Khan, Ikhlas A

    2012-01-01

    Triterpenoid saponins are a class of glycosides with a wide range of bioactivities, which make them interesting research candidates. Zygophyllum coccineum is an Egyptian desert plant rich in triterpenoid saponins. Reviewing the relevant literature, no data concerning the HPLC or ultra-performance LC (UPLC) analysis of Zygophyllum content were found. This paper presents two methods, HPLC-UV and UPLC-UV-evaporative light scattering detector (ELSD)/MS, for the simultaneous determination of 10 compounds in the alcohol extract of Z. coccineum. The HPLC method uses a C18 column and water-acetonitrile (both containing 0.1% trifluoroacetic acid) gradient system. The separation was achieved within 32 min. The developed UPLC method simultaneously detects and quantifies the 10 compounds using an Acquity UPLC BEH Shield RP18 column and reagent alcohol-acetonitrile (80/20, v/v) and water (both containing 0.5% formic acid) gradient system within 14 min with UV, ELS, and MS detectors. The methods were used to analyze another species, Z. simplex, and results revealed a great variation between the secondary metabolite pattern of both species. PMID:22816267

  13. Effects of berberine and pomegranate seed oil on plasma phospholipid metabolites associated with risks of type 2 diabetes mellitus by U-HPLC/Q-TOF-MS.

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    Wu, Xia; Li, Yan; Wang, Qiu; Li, Weimin; Feng, Yifan

    2015-12-15

    A rapid and reliable ultra-performance liquid chromatography coupled with electrospray ionization/quadrupole-time-of-flight mass spectrometry (U-HPLC/Q-TOF-MS) has been firstly used to analyze the changes of plasma phospholipids, in type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) mice after administration of berberine and pomegranate seed oil (PSO). The separation of plasma phospholipids was carried out on an Acquity U-HPLC BEH C18 column (2.1mm×50mm, 1.7μm, Waters) by linear gradient elution using a mobile phase consisting of 10mM ammonium formate in water and acetonitrile: isopropanol (1:1, v/v) mixed solution added by 0.25% water and 10mM ammonium formate. The method demonstrated a good precision and reproducibility. Linear regression analysis showed a good linearity. And potential biomarkers were discovered based on their mass spectra and chemometrics methods. The results demonstrated that the proposed U-HPLC/Q-TOF-MS method was successfully applied to analyze the dynamic changes of phospholipids components in plasma of T2DM mice after drug treatment and could provide a useful data base for meriting further study in humans and investigating pharmacological actions of drugs. PMID:26590882

  14. Chemical profiling of Wu-tou decoction by UPLC-Q-TOF-MS.

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    Qi, Yao; Li, Shizhe; Pi, Zifeng; Song, Fengrui; Lin, Na; Liu, Shu; Liu, Zhiqiang

    2014-01-01

    Wu-tou decoction (WTD), a traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) formula, is composed of Aconiti Radix Cocta, Ephedrae Herba, Paeoniae Radix Alba, Astragali Radix and Glycyrrhiza Radix Preparata, and it has been used for more than a thousand years to treat rheumatic arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and pain of joints, while the active constitutions of WTD are unclear. In this research, an ultra performance liquid chromatography coupled with quadrupole time-of-flight mass spectrometry (UPLC-Q-TOF-MS) method in both positive and negative ion mode was established to investigate the major constitutions in WTD. A Waters ACQUITY UPLC BEH C18 column was used to separate the aqueous extract of WTD. Acetonitrile and 0.1% aqueous formic acid (v/v) were used as the mobile phase. 74 components including alkaloids, monoterpene glycosides, triterpene saponins, flavones and flavone glycosides were identified or tentatively characterized in WTD based on the accurate mass within 15 ppm error and tandem MS behavior. All the constitutions were also detected in the corresponding individual herbs. These results will provide a basis for further study in vivo of WTD and the information of potential new drug structure for treating rheumatic arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. PMID:24274266

  15. Development and validation of a UPLC-MS/MS method for quantification of SKLB010, an investigational anti-inflammatory compound, and its application to pharmacokinetic studies in beagle dogs.

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    Ye, Xia; Tang, Minghai; Liu, Juan; Wang, Xianhuo; Ma, Liang; Zheng, Hao; Hu, Jia; Chen, Xiang; Duan, Xingmei; Chen, Lijuan

    2011-09-10

    SKLB010 is currently under development as a potential therapeutic agent for the treatment of acute hepatitis and rheumatoid arthritis. The purpose of this paper was to investigate the pre-clinical pharmacokinetics of SKLB010 in beagle dogs. An ultra performance liquid chromatographic tandem mass spectroscopy (UPLC-MS/MS) method was developed and validated for the quantitative determination of SKLB010 in dog plasma, using rosiglitazone as the internal standard (I.S.). Plasma samples were prepared by a simple solid phase extraction (SPE) method. The analyte and internal standard were separated by an Acquity UPLC BEH C18 (2.1 mm × 50 mm) column with a mobile phase of methanol-water (80/20, v/v) over 2 min. Detection was based on the multiple reaction monitoring with the precursor-to-product ion transitions m/z 234.10→147.92 (SKLB010) and m/z 356.15→150.00 (I.S.). The method was validated according to FDA guidelines on bio-analytical method validation. The selectivity, sensitivity, linearity, accuracy, precision, extraction recovery, ion suppression and stability were within the acceptable ranges. The method described above was successfully applied to reveal the single- and multi-pharmacokinetic profiles of SKLB010 in beagle dogs and should be extendable to pharmacokinetic studies in other species as well. PMID:21680128

  16. [UPLC fingerprint of xanthii fructus from different habitats].

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    Hong, Yan; Han, Yan-Quan; Xia, Lun-Zhu; Gui, Jie; Chen, Xi; Sun, Yan-Hua

    2013-06-01

    This study was establish an UPLC fingerprint of Xanthii Fructus from different habitats, to provide a comprehensive evaluation for its quality control. UPLC-PDA was adopted to analysis of 26 baches of Xanthii Fructus from different habitats. The chromatographic condition was as follow: ACQUITY BEH C18 Column (2.1 mm x 100 mm,1.7 microm) eluted with the mobile phases of acetonitrile and 0.1% phosphoric acid water in gradient mode. The flow rate was 0.25 mL x min(-1) and the detection wavelength was set at 220 nm. The fingerprints of 26 batches Xanthii Fructus were carried out by similarity comparation, cluster and the principal component analysis (PCA). There were nineteen common peaks, nine of which had been identified, and the similarity degrees of the twenty-six batches of the samples were between 0.804 and 0.990. All the samples were classified into six categories, and the PCA value of each fingerprint peak was calculated, and six principal components accounted for over 81. 140% of the total variance were extracted from the original data This method can be used to assess the quality of Xanthii Fructus. PMID:24010293

  17. Force degradation behavior of glucocorticoid deflazacort by UPLC: isolation, identification and characterization of degradant by FTIR, NMR and mass analysis

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    Deshmukh, Rajesh; Sharma, Lata; Tekade, Muktika; Kesharwani, Prashant; Trivedi, Piyush; Tekade, Rakesh K.

    2016-01-01

    Abstract In this investigation, sensitive and reproducible methods are described for quantitative determination of deflazacort in the presence of its degradation product. The method was based on high performance liquid chromatography of the drug from its degradation product on reverse phase using Acquity UPLC BEH C18 columns (1.7 µm, 2.1 mm × 150 mm) using acetonitrile and water (40:60 V/V) at a flow rate of 0.2 mL/minute in UPLC. UV detection was performed at 240.1 nm. Deflazacort was subjected to oxidative, acid, base, hydrolytic, thermal and photolytic degradation. The drug was found to be stable in water and thermal stress, as well as under neutral stress conditions. However, forced-degradation study performed on deflazacort showed that the drug degraded under alkaline, acid and photolytic stress. The degradation products were well resolved from the main peak, which proved the stability-indicating power of the method. The developed method was validated as per ICH guidelines with respect to accuracy, linearity, limit of detection, limit of quantification, accuracy, precision and robustness, selectivity and specificity. Apart from the aforementioned, the results of the present study also emphasize the importance of isolation characterization and identification of degradant. Hence, an attempt was made to identify the degradants in deflazacort. One of the degradation products of deflazacort was isolated and identified by the FTIR, NMR and LC-MS study.

  18. Study on the destructive effect to inherent quality of Fritillaria thunbergii Miq. (Zhebeimu) by sulfur-fumigated process using chromatographic fingerprinting analysis.

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    Duan, Baozhong; Huang, Linfang; Chen, Shilin

    2012-04-15

    The after-harvesting sun-dried processing of Fritillariae thunbergii bulbus (Zhebeimu) was the traditional treatment for commodity. Over recent decades the natural drying process for bulbus of Fritillariae has been replaced by sulfur-fumigation for reducing the drying duration and pest control. We used ultra-performance liquid chromatography coupled with evaporative light scattering detection (UPLC-ELSD) fingerprinting analysis and major alkaloids determination to investigate the potential damaging effect of the sulfur-fumigating process. The experimental conditions were as follows: Chromatography was proceeded on Waters Acquity UPLC BEH C(18) column; the linear gradient elution was conducted with mobile phase prepared from acetonitrile-0.02% triethylamine; the drift tube temperature was set at 40°C with a nitrogen flow-rate of 30psi, and the spray parameter was set 40%. All calibration curves showed good linear regression (R>0.9991) within the tested range. The method was validated for precision, accuracy, limit of detection and quantification. The study also has shown that sulfur-fumigated samples had significant loss of the main active compounds and a more destructive fingerprint profile when compared to the sun-dried samples. PMID:22326548

  19. Determination of nine sensitizing disperse dyes in activated sludge by ultrasound-assisted liquid-liquid extraction-ultra-performance liquid chromatography-electrospray ionization-tandem mass spectrometry.

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    Zhou, Linjun; Shi, Lili; Liu, Jining; Lv, Fenglan; Xu, Yanhua

    2016-01-01

    A method was developed on the basis of ultrasound-assisted liquid-liquid extraction ultra-performance liquid chromatography coupled with electrospray ionization tandem mass spectrometry (ULLE-UPLC-ESI-MS/MS) to determine nine sensitizing disperse dyes in activated sludge. The samples were extracted using ULLE and separated through UPLC on an ACQUITY UPLCTM BEH C18 column with a gradient elution program of acetonitrile and acidified water (containing 2% acetonitrile, 0.2% formic acid, and 0.005 mol/L ammonium; pH 2.7) as the mobile phase. The samples were then identified and quantified through UPLC-ESI-MS/MS in a positive mode and multiple reaction monitoring. Results showed good linearity (10-1000 μg/L, 0.9934-0.9998), detection limit (0.08-2.17 μg/L), and quantification limit (0.27-7.38 μg/L) for the nine sensitizing disperse dyes, with recoveries ranging from 65.0 to 111.3%. The proposed method was applied to detect and determine the concentration of sensitizing disperse dyes in sludge samples obtained from various sewage treatment plants (six dyeing enterprises and one dye manufacturer). Three sensitizing disperse dyes were identified, and the lowest concentration detected was 10 μg/kg. PMID:26521175

  20. 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

  1. Simultaneous determination of sweeteners in beverages by LC-MS/MS.

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    Sakai, Hiroaki; Yamashita, Azusa; Tamura, Masayoshi; Uyama, Atsuo; Mochizuki, Naoki

    2015-01-01

    A new method was established for the simultaneous determination of 10 sweeteners and a degradation product in beverages by using LC-MS/MS. An ACQUITY UPLC BEH C18 (2.1 × 100 mm, 1.7 μm) was used as the LC column and 0.1% each of aqueous formic acid and formic acid in acetonitrile were used as the mobile phase. A simple and rapid determination of sweeteners was possible by diluting with a solvent, and in the case of some samples containing a large amount of foreign matter, after pre-treatment by diluting with solvent and clean-up of the sample using an Oasis HLB cartridge. All the validation results were satisfactory. As the regulations and standards for sweeteners vary from country to country, a field survey of 58 beverages marketed in Japan was performed using the present method. No issues concerning the labelling or food sanitation law were found in the tested samples. PMID:25794347

  2. 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

  3. [Determination of aconitine, hypaconitine and mesaconitine in Shenfu injection].

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    Zhang, Pan-Pan; Zhang, Jun-Zhen; Wang, Zhao-Hong; Lu, Yong-Jiang; Jiang, Ye

    2013-05-01

    To establish a method for the content determination of indexes for measuring aconitic compounds contained in Shenfu injection, in order to provide basis for the evaluation of the curative effect of monkshood in Shenfu injection. The sample were purified and enriched with HF-LPME. ACQUITY UPLC BEH C18 column (2.1 mm x 50 mm, 1.7 microm) was adopted and eluted with a gradient program, with acetonitrile-10 mmol x L(-1) NH4HCO3 (pH 10) as the mobile phases. The flow rate was 0.45 mL x min(-1). The content was determined with ESI and MRM. The results showed that aconitine, hypaconitine and mesaconitine showed a good linear relationship, with r > 0.999, within the range of 0.1-100 ng x L(-1). The recoveries were detected to be 100.1%, 97.4%, 97.5%, with RSD being 1.2%, 1.1%, 1.5%, respectively. This method was used to prove the safety of Shenfu injection, and provide scientific basis for correct evaluation of curative effect of monkshood, as well as a reliable, simple and practical means for quality control of monkshood-containing Chinese materia medica preparations. PMID:23947129

  4. Determination of multicomponent contents in Calculus bovis by ultra-performance liquid chromatography-evaporative light scattering detection and its application for quality control.

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    Kong, Weijun; Jin, Cheng; Xiao, Xiaohe; Zhao, Yanling; Liu, Wei; Li, Zulun; Zhang, Ping

    2010-06-01

    A fast ultra-performance liquid chromatography-evaporative light scattering detection (UPLC-ELSD) method was established for simultaneous quantification of seven components in natural Calculus bovis (C. bovis) and its substitutes or spurious breeds. On a Waters Acquity UPLC BEH C(18) column, seven analytes were efficiently separated using 0.2% aqueous formic acid-acetonitrile as the mobile phase in a gradient program. The evaporator tube temperature of ELSD was set at 100 degrees C with the nebulizing gas flow-rate of 1.9 L/min. The results showed that this established UPLC-ELSD method was validated to be sensitive, precise and accurate with the LODs of seven analytes at 2-11 ng, and the overall intra-day and inter-day variations less than 3.0%. The recovery of the method was in the range of 97.8-101.6%, with RSD less than 3.0%. Further results of PCA on the contents of seven investigated analytes suggested that compounds of cholic acid, deoxycholic acid and chenodeoxycholic acid or cholesterol should be added as chemical markers to UPLC analysis of C. bovis samples for quality control and to discriminate natural C. bovis sample and its substitutes or some spurious breeds, then normalize the use of natural C. bovis and ensure its clinical efficacy. PMID:20155752

  5. Novel rapid liquid chromatography tandem masspectrometry method for vemurafenib and metabolites in human plasma, including metabolite concentrations at steady state.

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    Vikingsson, Svante; Strömqvist, Malin; Svedberg, Anna; Hansson, Johan; Höiom, Veronica; Gréen, Henrik

    2016-08-01

    A novel, rapid and sensitive liquid chromatography tandem-mass spectrometry method for quantification of vemurafenib in human plasma, that also for the first time allows for metabolite semi-quantification, was developed and validated to support clinical trials and therapeutic drug monitoring. Vemurafenib was analysed by precipitation with methanol followed by a 1.9 min isocratic liquid chromatography tandem masspectrometry analysis using an Acquity BEH C18 column with methanol and formic acid using isotope labelled internal standards. Analytes were detected in multireaction monitoring mode on a Xevo TQ. Semi-quantification of vemurafenib metabolites was performed using the same analytical system and sample preparation with gradient elution. The vemurafenib method was successfully validated in the range 0.5-100 μg/mL according to international guidelines. The metabolite method was partially validated owing to the lack of commercially available reference materials. For the first time concentration levels at steady state for melanoma patients treated with vemurafenib is presented. The low abundance of vemurafenib metabolites suggests that they lack clinical significance. Copyright © 2016 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. PMID:26683023

  6. Simultaneous determination of nineteen major active compounds in Qiangshen tablet by UPLC-ESI-MS/MS.

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    Gao, Jinwei; Qiu, Ying; Chen, Jinmei; Mu, Shanxue; Sun, Lixin

    2016-09-01

    An ultra high performance liquid chromatography coupled with triple quadrupole mass spectrometry method has been developed to evaluate the quality of a pharmaceutical herbal preparation, Qiangshen tablet, through a simultaneous determination of 19 major active compounds (stachydrine hydrochloride, betaine, gallic acid, sodium danshensu, morroniside, loganin, protocatechuic aldehyde, gardenoside, sweroside, acteoside, paeoniflorin, ginsenoside Re, rosmarinic acid, salvianolic acid B, ginsenoside Rg1, psoralen, isopsoralen, ginsenoside Rb1, paeonol). Chromatographic separation was achieved on an ACQUITY UPLC(®) BEH C18 column (2.1×100mm, 1.7μm) by gradient elution with the mobile phase of 0.1% formic acid aqueous solution (A) and acetonitrile (B). Multiple reaction monitoring (MRM) mode with positive and negative electrospray ionization interface was operated to detect the 19 compounds. All calibration curves showed excellent linear regressions (r>0.999) within the test range. The precision, repeatability and stability of the 19 compounds were below 2.0% in terms of RSD. The recoveries were 97.5-102.2% with RSD of 1.0-1.9% for Qiangshen tablet samples. The method was successfully used for the analysis of samples of Qiangshen tablet. In conclusion, a rapid, sensitive, precise, accurate and reliable UPLC-ESI-MS/MS method has been developed for the simultaneous detection of 19 active compounds with large difference in level of content in the pharmaceutical samples of Qiangshen tablet, which can be applied for the quality control of Qiangshen tablet. PMID:27416474

  7. [Determination of ten sedative residues in pork and kidney by ultra performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry].

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    Sun, Lei; Zhang, Li; Xu, Qian; Wang, Shuhuai; Wang, Xia

    2010-01-01

    An ultra performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (UPLC-MS/ MS) method was established for the determination of methaqualone, chloropromazine, promethazine, diazepam, nitrazepam, oxazepam, temazepam, midazolam, triazolam and zolpidem residues in pork and kidney. After enzymolysis, the samples were extracted by ethyl acetate and tert-butyl methyl ether, separately. The separation of the ten sedatives was performed on a Waters Acquity UPLC system with a BEH C18 column. The mobile phases were acetonitrile (containing 0.1% formic acid) and water (containing 0.1% formic acid) at a flow rate of 0.3 mL/min. The electrospray was operated in the positive ionization mode and the ten sedatives were identified by multiple reaction monitoring (MRM) mode. The method of matrix-matched standard solution was adopted as the quantitative method. The calibration curves showed good linearity within the concentrations of 2 - 100 microg/L with the correlation coefficients r > 0. 998. The limits of detection of the ten sedatives were 0.5 microg/kg, and the limit of quantification was 1 microg/kg. The recoveries of the ten sedatives were 64.5% - 111.4% at the spiked levels of 2, 5 and 10 microg/kg. The relative standard deviations of intra- and inter-day coefficients of variation were both less than 15%. This method is simple, sensitive and accurate in the determination of sedative residues. PMID:20458918

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. Multiwalled Carbon Nanotubes-Dispersive Solid-Phase Extraction Coupled with UPLC-ESI-MS-MS for Simultaneous Determination of 10 Illegal Adulterants in Antihypertensive Functional Foods.

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    Hu, Jielan; Zeng, Li; He, Ling; You, Fan; Sun, Chengjun

    2016-05-01

    A reliable method for simultaneous determination of 10 illegal adulterants including chlortalidone, hydrochlorothiazide, indapamide, metoprolol, nifedipine, nimodipine, nitrendipine, reserpine, triamterene and valsartan in antihypertensive functional foods by ultra-high-performance liquid chromatography coupled with electrospray ionization-tandem mass spectrometry is presented in this article. The target chemicals were extracted with acetonitrile ultrasonically and cleaned up using multiwalled carbon nanotubes-dispersive solid-phase extraction. The separation was performed on a Waters ACQUITY UPLC BEH C18 Column (2.1 × 100 mm, 1.7 µm) with acetonitrile, 0.1% formic acid and 10 mmol/L ammonium acetate solution as mobile phase at a flow rate of 0.2 mL/min. Multiple reaction monitoring was applied for detection and sildenafil was used as the internal standard. The correlation coefficients of the method were >0.995, with the limits of detection of 0.022-0.30 ng/mL and the limits of quantification of 0.075-0.99 ng/mL. The interday and intraday relative standard deviations were <9.77% and the recoveries were in the range of 85.8-109%. The established method has been applied for the analysis of real samples, and reserpine was detected in a tonic wine sample with a content of 60.1 ± 3.2 mg/L. PMID:26850731

  11. [Simultaneous determination of 24 industrial dyes in grain and meat products by ultra performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry].

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    Feng, Yuechao; Jia, Li; He, Yahui; Wang, Jianfeng; Liu, Yan; Fan, Xiaojing

    2013-10-01

    An ultra performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (UPLC-MS/ MS) analytical method was established for the simultaneous determination of 24 forbidden industrial dyes in grain and meat products. The sample was extracted with methanol and acetonitrile, and cleaned-up by a WAX solid phase extraction column. The solution was separated on an ACQUITY UPLC BEH C18 column eluted with a mixture of 10 mmol/L ammonium acetate-0.2% formic acid aqueous solution and methanol-acetonitrile (7:3, v/v) as the mobile phases, and then analyzed in multiple reaction monitoring (MRM) mode. The correlation coefficients were above 0.99, the average recoveries were 61%-116%, and the relative standard deviations (RSD, n = 6) were lower than 13%. The quantification limits were 0.1-4.0 microg/kg. This method is simple, effective, sensitive, and suitable for the determination and confirmation of the 24 forbidden industrial dyes in grain and meat products. PMID:24432648

  12. Development, optimization and validation of a highly sensitive UPLC-ESI-MS/MS method for simultaneous quantification of amlodipine, benazeprile and benazeprilat in human plasma: application to a bioequivalence study.

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    Rezk, Mamdouh R; Badr, Kamal A

    2014-09-01

    A rapid, simple, sensitive and specific LC-MS/MS method has been developed and validated for the simultaneous estimation of amlodipine (AML), benazepril (BEN) and benazeprilat (BNT) using eplerenone and torsemide as internal standards (IS). The Xevo TQD LC-MS/MS was operated under the multiple-reaction monitoring mode using electrospray ionization. Sample preparation involves both extraction and precipitation techniques. The reconstituted samples were chromatographed on Acquity UPLC BEH C18 (50mm×2.1mm, 1.7μm) column by pumping 0.1% formic acid and acetonitrile in a gradient mode at a flow rate of 0.45ml/min. A detailed validation of the method was performed as per the FDA guidelines and the standard curves were found to be linear in the range of 0.1-5ng/ml for AML; 5-1200ng/ml for both BEN and BNT. The intra-day and inter-day precision and accuracy results were within the acceptable limits. A run time of 2.5min for each sample made it possible to analyze more than 300 human plasma samples per day. The developed assay method was successfully applied to a bioequivalence study in human volunteers. PMID:24863555

  13. Quantitative analysis of tivantinib in rat plasma using ultra performance liquid chromatography with tandem mass spectrometry.

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    Bai, Yan-Li; Yuan, Hong-Chang; Zhang, Dong-Tao; Liu, Yuan; Zhang, Yin

    2016-07-15

    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 tivantinib in rat plasma. Plasma samples were processed with a protein precipitation. The separation was achieved by an Acquity UPLC BEH C18 (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 1.0-100ng/mL (r(2)>0.9967) with a lower limit of quantification (1.0ng/mL). The extraction recovery was in the range of 79.4-84.2% for tivantinib and 80.3% for carbamazepine (internal standard, IS). The intra- and inter-day precision was below 8.9% and accuracy was from -7.2% to 9.5%. No notable matrix effect and astaticism was observed for tivantinib. The method has been successfully applied to a pharmacokinetic study of tivantinib in rats for the first time, which provides the basis for the further development and application of tivantinib. PMID:27179187

  14. 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

  15. [Simultaneous determination of macrolide and lincosamide antibiotics in animal feeds by ultra-performance liquid chromatography-electrospray ionization tandem mass spectrometry].

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    Yan, Lijuan; Zhang, Feng; Fang, Enhua; Guo, Yanni; Zhou, Yu; Lin, Liyi; Chu, Xiaogang

    2010-11-01

    A method for the simultaneous determination of six macrolide antibiotics (oleandomycin, erythromycin, kitasamycin, josamycin, roxithromycin and tylosin) and two lincosamide antibiotics (lincomycin and clindamycin) in animal feeds by ultra-performance liquid chromatography-electrospary ionization tandem mass spectrometry (UPLC-ESI-MS/MS) was developed. The macrolide and lincosamide antibiotics were extracted from the feeds with methanol followed by enrichment and clean-up with an Oasis HLB cartridge. The UPLC separation was performed on a Waters Acquity UPLC BEH C18 column by a gradient elution using 0.1% formic acid and acetonitrile as the mobile phase at a flow rate of 0.3 mL/min. The identification of eight drugs was carried out by positive electrospray ionization in multiple reaction monitoring (MRM) mode, and the quantification analysis was performed by external standard method. The calibration curves showed good linearity in the range of 1-100 microg/L. The average recoveries of the eight drugs from the feeds spiked at 1, 10 and 100 microg/kg levels were between 68.6% and 95.2%, and the relative standard deviations (RSD) were between 4.9% and 11.8%. The limits of quantification (LOQ) of the drugs in the feeds were 1 microg/kg. The method is simple, rapid, sensitive and suitable for the simultaneous determination of macrolide and lincosamide antibiotics in animal feeds. PMID:21381419

  16. RP-UPLC method development and validation for the simultaneous estimation of ibuprofen and famotidine in pharmaceutical dosage form

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    Reddy, Yarram Ramakoti; Kumar, Kakumani Kishore; Reddy, MRP; Mukkanti, K

    2012-01-01

    Aim and Backrgound: A stability-indicating LC method was developed for the simultaneous determination of Ibuprofen and Famotidine in pharmaceutical dosage forms. Materials and Methods: The chromatographic separation was achieved on Acquity UPLC BEH C-18,50 mm × 2.1 mm and 1.7 μm column with gradient elution. The mobile phase A contains a mixture of 50 mM sodium acetate buffer (pH 5.5): methanol (85:15, v/v), and the mobile phase B contains a mixture of 50 mM sodium acetate buffer (pH 5.5): methanol (25:75, v/v). The flow rate was 0.3 mL min-1, and the detection wavelength was 260 nm. Results: The limit of detection for Ibuprofen and Famotidine was 1.6 and 1.2 μg mL-1, respectively. The limit of quantification (LOQ) for Ibuprofen and Famotidine was 5.1 and 4.3 μg mL-1, respectively. Conclusion: This method was validated for accuracy, precision, and linearity. The method was also found to be stability indicating. PMID:23781479

  17. 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

  18. Determination of a selection of synthetic cannabinoids and metabolites in urine by UHPSFC-MS/MS and by UHPLC-MS/MS.

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    Berg, Thomas; Kaur, Lakhwinder; Risnes, Anna; Havig, Stine Marie; Karinen, Ritva

    2016-07-01

    Two different analytical techniques, ultra-high performance supercritical fluid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (UHPSFC-MS/MS) and reversed phase ultra-high performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (UHPLC-MS/MS), were used for the determination of two synthetic cannabinoids and eleven metabolites in urine; AM-2201 N-4-OH-pentyl, AM-2233, JWH-018 N-5-OH-pentyl, JWH-018 N-pentanoic acid, JWH-073 N-4-OH-butyl, JWH-073 N-butanoic acid, JWH-122 N-5-OH-pentyl, MAM-2201, MAM-2201 N-4-OH-pentyl, RCS-4 N-5-OH-pentyl, UR-144 degradant N-pentanoic acid, UR-144 N-4-OH-pentyl, and UR-144 N-pentanoic acid. Sample preparation included a liquid-liquid extraction after deconjugation with ß-glucuronidase. The UHPSFC-MS/MS method used an Acquity UPC(2 TM) BEH column with a mobile phase consisting of CO2 and 0.3% ammonia in methanol, while the UHPLC-MS/MS method used an Acquity UPLC® BEH C18 column with a mobile phase consisting of 5 mM ammonium formate (pH 10.2) and methanol. MS/MS detection was performed with positive electrospray ionization and two multiple reaction monitoring transitions. Deuterated internal standards were used for six of the compounds. Limits of quantification (LOQs) were between 0.04 and 0.4 µg/L. Between-day relative standard deviations at concentrations ≥ LOQ were ≤20%, with biases within ±19%. Recoveries ranged from 40 to 90%. Corrected matrix effects were within 100 ± 10%, except for MAM-2201 with UHPSFC-MS/MS, and for UR-144 N-pentanoic acid and MAM-2201 N-4-OH-pentyl with UHPLC-MS/MS. Elution order obtained by UHPSFC-MS/MS was almost opposite to that obtained by UHPLC-MS/MS, making this instrument setup an interesting combination for screening and confirmation analyses in forensic cases. The UHPLC-MS/MS method has, since August 2014, been successfully used for confirmation of synthetic cannabinoids in urine samples revealing a positive immunoassay screening result. Copyright © 2015

  19. Distinction of synthetic dl-α-tocopherol from natural vitamin E (d-α-tocopherol) by reversed-phase liquid chromatography. Enhanced selectivity of a polymeric C18 stationary phase at low temperature and/or at high pressure.

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    Yui, Yuko; Miyazaki, Shota; Ma, Yan; Ohira, Masayoshi; Fiehn, Oliver; Ikegami, Tohru; McCalley, David V; Tanaka, Nobuo

    2016-06-10

    Separation of diastereomers of dl-α-tocopherol was studied by reversed-phase liquid chromatography using three types of stationary phases, polymeric ODS, polymeric C30, and monomeric ODS. Polymeric ODS stationary phase (Inertsil ODS-P, 3mmID, 20cm) was effective for the separation of the isomers created by the presence of three chiral centers on the alkyl chain of synthetic dl-α-tocopherol. Considerable improvement of the separation of isomers was observed on ODS-P phase at high pressure and at low temperature. Complete separation of four pairs of diastereomers was achieved at 12.0°C, 536bar, while three peaks were observed when the separation was carried out either at 12.0°C at low pressure or at 20°C at 488bar. Higher temperature (30.0°C) with the ODS-P phase resulted in only partial separation of the diastereomers even at high pressure. Only slight resolution was observed for the mixture of diastereomers with the C30 stationary phase (Inertsil C30) at 12.0°C and 441bar, although the stationary phase afforded greater resolution for β- and γ-tocopherol than ODS-P. A monomeric C18 stationary phase did not show any separation at 12.0°C and 463bar. The results suggest that the binding site of the polymeric ODS-P phase is selective for flexible alkyl chains that provided the longest retention for the natural form, (R,R,R) form, and the enantiomer, (S,S,S) form, of dl-α-tocopherol. PMID:27157422

  20. A 1.85-m mm-submm Telescope for Large-Scale Molecular Gas Surveys in 12CO, 13CO, and C18O (J = 2-1)

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    Onishi, Toshikazu; Nishimura, Atsushi; Ota, Yuya; Hashizume, Akio; Kojima, Yoshiharu; Minami, Akihito; Tokuda, Kazuki; Touga, Shiori; Abe, Yasuhiro; Kaiden, Masahiro; Kimura, Kimihiro; Muraoka, Kazuyuki; Maezawa, Hiroyuki; Ogawa, Hideo; Dobashi, Kazuhito; Shimoikura, Tomomi; Yonekura, Yoshinori; Asayama, Shin'ichiro; Handa, Toshihiro; Nakajima, Taku; Noguchi, Takashi; Kuno, Nario

    2013-08-01

    We have developed a new mm-submm telescope with a diameter of 1.85-m installed at the Nobeyama Radio Observatory. The scientific goal is to precisely reveal the physical properties of molecular clouds in the Milky Way Galaxy by obtaining a large-scale distribution of molecular gas, which can also be compared with large-scale observations at various wavelengths. The target frequency is ˜ 230 GHz; simultaneous observations at the molecular rotational lines of J = 2-1 of three carbon monoxide isotopes (12CO, 13CO, C18 O) are achieved with a beam size (HPBW) of 2.7'. In order to accomplish the simultaneous observations, we have developed waveguide-type sideband-separating SIS mixers to obtain spectra separately in the upper and lower side bands. A Fourier digital spectrometer with a 1 GHz bandwidth having 16384 channels is installed, and the bandwidth of the spectrometer is divided into three parts, corresponding to each of the three spectra; the IF system has been designed so as to inject these three lines into the spectrometer. A flexible observation system was created mainly in Python on Linux PCs, enabling effective OTF (On-The-Fly) scans for large-area mapping. The telescope is enclosed in a radome with a membrane covered to prevent any harmful effects of sunlight, strong wind, and precipitation in order to minimize errors in the telescope pointing, and to stabilize the receiver and the IF devices. From 2011 November, we started science operation, resulting in a large-scale survey of the Orion A/B clouds, Cygnus OB7, Galactic Plane, Taurus, and so on. We also updated the receiver system for dual-polarization observations.

  1. Constraints on the factors controlling 13C-18O bond abundances in biologically precipitated carbonates from measurements of marine calcifiers cultured at variable temperature, pH, and salinity

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    Conchas, T. E.; Eagle, R.; Eiler, J. M.; Ries, J. B.; Freitas, P. S.; Hiebenthal, C.; Wanamaker, A. D.; Tripati, A. K.

    2012-12-01

    Marine mollusks and corals are widely used as archives of past climate change; oxygen isotopic composition (δ18O value) of their carbonate minerals is perhaps the most commonly used proxy to reconstruct paleoclimate from these marine calcifiers. However, oxygen isotope paleothermometry of mollusks and corals is complicated by non-equilibrium "vital effects" and variations in seawater pH changes, both of which influence the net fractionation of oxygen isotopes between carbonate and water. Carbonate "clumped isotope" thermometry is an emerging approach that potentially addresses these ambiguities. Here we report measurements of abundance of 13C-18O bonds (described by the measured parameter Δ47) in a variety of marine calcifiers cultured under controlled conditions. Previous studies on biologically precipitated samples such as foraminifera, coccoliths, and corals have shown that Δ47 values are related to calcification temperature with a relationship that is generally similar to inorganic carbonate. However, the influence of effects other than temperature has not been extensively studied and little work has been done to explore the potential for small non-equilibrium effects in cultured specimens that were grown under controlled conditions. In this study, we report δ18O and Δ47 measurements of mollusk specimens that were cultured at several temperatures ranging from 5 to 25°C, as well as different pH and salinity values. We also report data for other marine calcifiers including the temperate coral species Oculina arbuscula and the coralline red algae Neogoniolithon sp., that were cultured at a single temperature but variable pH.

  2. Nanostructured self-assembly materials from neat and aqueous solutions of C18 lipid pro-drug analogues of Capecitabine—a chemotherapy agent. Focus on nanoparticulate cubosomes™ of the oleyl analogue

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    Gong, Xiaojuan; Moghaddam, Minoo J.; Sagnella, Sharon M.; Conn, Charlotte E.; Mulet, Xavier; Danon, Stephen J.; Waddington, Lynne J.; Drummond, Calum J.

    2014-09-24

    A series of prodrug analogues based on the established chemotherapy agent, 5-fluorouracil, have been prepared and characterized. C18 alkyl and alkenyl chains with increasing degree of unsaturation were attached to the N4 position of the 5-fluorocytosine (5-FC) base via a carbamate bond. Physicochemical characterization of the prodrug analogues was carried out using a combination of differential scanning calorimetry, cross-polarized optical microscopy, X-ray diffraction and small-angle X-ray scattering. The presence of a monounsaturated oleyl chain was found to promote lyotropic liquid crystalline phase formation in excess water with a fluid lamellar phase observed at room temperature and one or more bicontinuous cubic phases at 37 °C. The bulk phase was successfully dispersed into liposomes or cubosomes at room and physiological temperature respectively. In vitro toxicity of the nanoparticulate 5-FCOle dispersions was evaluated against several normal and cancer cell types over a 48 h period and exhibited an IC50 of -100 μM against all cell types. The in vivo efficacy of 5-FCOle cubosomes was assessed against the highly aggressive mouse 4T1 breast cancer model and compared to Capecitabine (a water-soluble commercially available 5-FU prodrug) delivered at the same dosages. After 21 days of treatment, the 0.5 mmol 5-FCOle treatment group exhibited a significantly smaller average tumour volume than all other treatment groups including Capecitabine at similar dosage. These results exemplify the potential of self-assembled amphiphile prodrugs for delivery of bioactives in vivo.

  3. Oscillator Strengths and Predissociation Rates for Rydberg Transitions in 12C16O, 13C16O, and 13C18O Involving the E 1Π, B 1Σ+, and W 1Π States

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    Eidelsberg, M.; Sheffer, Y.; Federman, S. R.; Lemaire, J. L.; Fillion, J. H.; Rostas, F.; Ruiz, J.

    2006-08-01

    One of the processes controlling the interstellar CO abundance and the ratio of its isotopologues is photodissociation. Accurate oscillator strengths and predissociation rates for Rydberg transitions are needed for modeling this process. We present results on absorption from the E 1Π-X 1Σ+ (1-0) and B 1Σ+-X 1Σ+ (6-0) bands at 1051 and 1002 Å, respectively, and the vibrational progression W 1Π-X 1Σ+ (v'-0) bands with v'=0-3 at 972, 956, 941, and 925 Å, respectively. The corresponding spectra were acquired at the high resolution (R~30,000) SU5 beam line at the Super ACO Synchrotron in Orsay, France. Spectra were obtained for the 12C16O, 13C 16O, and 13C18O isotopologues. These represent the most complete set of measurements available. Comparison is made with earlier results, both empirical and theoretical. While earlier determinations of oscillator strengths based on absorption from synchrotron radiation tend to be somewhat smaller than ours, the suite of measurements from a variety of techniques agree for the most part, considering the mutual uncertainties. For the bands studied here, their relative weakness, or their significant line widths arising from predissociation, minimizes potential problems from large optical depths at line center in absorption measurements. Predissociating line widths could generally be extracted from the spectra thanks to the profile simulations used in the analysis. In many cases, these simulations allowed us to consider e and f parity levels separately and to determine the dependence of the width on rotational quantum number, J. Our results are consistent with earlier determinations, especially the widths inferred from laser experiments.

  4. Methods of analysis by the U.S. Geological Survey National Water Quality Laboratory; determination of pesticides in water by C-18 solid-phase extraction and capillary-column gas chromatography/mass spectrometry with selected-ion monitoring

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    Zaugg, Steven D.; Sandstrom, Mark W.; Smith, Steven G.; Fehlberg, Kevin M.

    1995-01-01

    A method for the isolation of 41 pesticides and pesticide metabolites in natural-water samples using C-18 solid-phase extraction and determination by capillary-column gas chromatography/mass spectrometry with selected-ion monitoring is described. Water samples are filtered to remove suspended particulate matter and then are pumped through disposable solid-phase extraction columns containing octadecyl-bonded porous silica to extract the pesticides. The columns are dried using carbon dioxide or nitrogen gas, and adsorbed pesticides are removed from the columns by elution with 3.0 milliliters of hexane-isopropanol (3:1). Extracted pesticides are determined by capillary- column gas chromatography/mass spectrometry with selected-ion monitoring of three characteristic ions. The upper concentration limit is 4 micrograms per liter (g/L) for most pesticides, with the exception of widely used corn herbicides--atrazine, alachlor, cyanazine, and metolachlor--which have upper concentration limits of 20 g/L. Single- operator method detection limits in reagent-water samples range from 0.001 to 0.018 g/L. Average short-term single-operator precision in reagent- water samples is 7 percent at the 0.1- and 1.0-g/L levels and 8 percent at the 0.01-g/L level. Mean recoveries in reagent-water samples are 73 percent at the 0.1- and 1.0-g/L levels and 83 percent at the 0.01-g/L level. The estimated holding time for pesticides after extraction on the solid-phase extraction columns was 7 days. An optional on-site extraction procedure allows for samples to be collected and processed at remote sites where it is difficult to ship samples to the laboratory within the recommended pre-extraction holding time.

  5. Un anévrysme sacciforme de l'aorte abdominale révélant une maladie de Behçet: quand faut-il opérer?

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    Ajili, Faida; Tounsi, Haifa; Aouini, Fatma; Bousetta, Najeh; Ben Abdelhafidh, Nadia; Louzir, Bassem; Laabidi, Janet; Othmani, Salah

    2014-01-01

    L'atteinte vasculaire est fréquente au cours de la maladie de Behçet. Elle est essentiellement représentée par les thromboses veineuses alors que l'atteinte artérielle est plus rare. Elle peut être isolée ou multifocale et peut toucher tous les territoires avec prédilection pour l'aorte abdominale, les artères pulmonaires et les artères des membres inférieurs. L'atteinte anévrysmale de l'aorte abdominale est trompeuse se manifestant par une symptomatologie atypique responsable d'un retard diagnostique favorisant la rupture. Dans notre cas, des douleurs abdominales paroxystiques ont incité le patient à consulter rapidement. L'enquête étiologique a conclue à un angio Behcet. Rarement, l'anévrysme de l'aorte abdominale est révélé par une complication telle que la rupture dans le rétro péritoine ou le tube digestif. Les indications chirurgicales des anévrysmes de l'aorte sont discutées ici. Un traitement immunosuppresseur au long cours s'impose en post opératoire pour limiter le risque de récidive. PMID:25852795

  6. [Simultaneous determination of seven sex hormones in fish products using ultra performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry].

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    Zhang, Aizhi; Wang, Quanlin; Shen, Jian; Zhang, Shufen; Chen, Liren

    2010-02-01

    A rapid, specific and highly sensitive method for the determination of seven sex hormones (norgestrel, methyltestosterone, testosterone propionate, medroxyprogesterone acetate, megestrol acetate, chlormadinone acetate, and nandrolone) residues in fish products was developed using ultra performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (UPLC-MS/MS) with electrospray ionization (ESI) in positive mode. The target compounds were extracted with methanol after the enzyme hydrolysis of the fish products. ZnCl2 was added to the extract solution to remove lipids. Then target compounds were purified by an LC-C18 and an LC-NH2 solid phase extraction cartridges. The target compounds were separated on a Waters ACQUITY UPLC BEH-C18 column (100 mm x 2.1 mm, 1.7 microm) and detected qualitatively and quantitatively in multi reaction monitoring (MRM) mode. For the seven sex hormones, the limits of detection (LOD) of the method were from 0.08 to 0.17 microg/kg and the limits of quantification (LOQ) were in the range of 0.24 -0.58 microg/kg. At the spiked levels of 1 and 4 microg/kg, the average recoveries ranged from 76% to 118% with the relative standard deviations between 5.0% and 11.3% for the seven sex hormones using internal standard method; and the average recoveries ranged from 66% to 94% with the relative standard deviations between 4.5% and 10.7% using matrix matched external standard method. The results showed that both methods are able to meet the multi-residue detection of the seven sex hormone residues in fish products. The degreased large yellow croaker and roast fish fillet real samples from a local market were detected by the developed method, and the seven targets were not found. PMID:20556960

  7. Quantification of trantinterol, its two metabolites and their primary conjugated metabolites in human plasma by ultra-high-performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry and its application to a pharmacokinetic study.

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    Qin, Feng; Yin, Bincan; Wang, Lijuan; Li, Kunjie; Li, Famei; Xiong, Zhili

    2016-01-01

    A highly rapid, selective and sensitive ultra-high-performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (UHPLC-MS/MS) method was developed to simultaneously determine trantinterol, its major phase-I metabolites and their primary conjugated metabolites in human plasma. Waters Oasis HLB C18 solid phase extraction cartridges were used in the sample preparation. The separation was carried out on an ACQUITY UPLC™ BEH C18 column with methanol/0.2% formic acid (30:70, v/v) as the mobile phase at a flow rate of 0.25 mL/min. The detection was performed on a triple quadrupole tandem mass spectrometer in selective reaction monitoring (SRM) mode with the use of an electrospray ionization (ESI) source. The linear calibration curves for trantinterol, tert-butyl hydroxylated trantinterol (tert-OH-trantinterol) and 1-carbonyl trantinterol (trantinterol-COOH) were obtained in the concentration ranges of 0.200-250, 0.108-4.00 and 0.0840-5.02 ng/mL, respectively (r(2)≥0.99). The intra- and inter-day precision (relative standard deviation, RSD) values were less than 13%, and the accuracy (relative error, RE) was within ±9.9%, as determined from quality control (QC) samples for the analytes. The concentrations of conjugated forms of trantinterol and tert-OH- trantinterol in plasma were determined using selective enzyme hydrolysis. The method described herein was fully validated and successfully applied for the pharmacokinetic study of trantinterol in healthy volunteers after oral administration. PMID:26448609

  8. [Optimization of processing technology for xanthii fructus by UPLC fingerprint technique and contents of toxicity ingredient].

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    Han, Yan-Quan; Hong, Yan; Xia, Lun-Zhu; Gao, Jia-Rong; Wang, Yong-Zhong; Sun, Yan-Hua; Yi, Jin-Hai

    2014-04-01

    The experiment's aim was to optimize the processing technology of Xanthii Fructus which through comparing the difference of UPLC fingerprint and contents of toxicity ingredient in water extract of 16 batches of processed sample. The determination condition of UPLC chromatographic and contents of toxicity ingredient were as follows. UPLC chromatographic: ACQUITY BEH C18 column (2.1 mm x 100 mm, 1.7 microm) eluted with the mobile phases of acetonitrile and 0.1% phosphoric acidwater in gradient mode, the flow rate was 0.25 mL x min(-1) and the detection wavelength was set at 327 nm. Contents of toxicity ingredient: Agilent TC-C18 column (4.6 mm x 250 mm, 5 microm), mobile phase was methanol-0.01 mol x L(-1) sodium dihydrogen phosphate (35: 65), flow rate was 1.0 mL x min(-1), and detection wavelength was 203 nm. The chromatographic fingerprints 16 batches of samples were analyzed in using the similarity evaluation system of chromatographic, fingerprint of traditional Chinese medicine, SPSS16.0 and SIMCA13.0 software, respectively. The similarity degrees of the 16 batches samples were more than 0.97, all the samples were classified into four categories, and the PCA showed that the peak area of chlorogenic acid, 3,5-dicaffeoylquinic acid and caffeic acid were significantly effect index in fingerprint of processed Xanthii Fructus sample. The outcome of determination showed that the toxicity ingredient contents of all samples reduced significantly after processing. This method can be used in optimizing the processing technology of Xanthii Fructus. PMID:25011263

  9. HLA–B51/B5 and the Risk of Behçet’s Disease: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Case–Control Genetic Association Studies

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    de MENTHON, MATHILDE; LAVALLEY, MICHAEL P.; MALDINI, CARLA; GUILLEVIN, LOÏC; MAHR, ALFRED

    2013-01-01

    Objective To quantify by meta-analysis the genetic effect of the HLA–B5 or HLA–B51 (HLA–B51/B5) allele on the risk of developing Behçet’s disease (BD) and to look for potential effect modifiers. Methods Relevant studies were identified using the PubMed Medline database and manual searches of the literature. Pooled odds ratios (ORs) and 95% confidence intervals (95% CIs) were calculated by using the random-effects model. Subgroup meta-analyses and meta-regression analyses were undertaken to investigate the effects of selected study-level parameters on the pooled OR. Heterogeneity was assessed using the I2 statistic. Pooled results were used to calculate population-attributable risks (PAR) for BD in relationship to HLA–B51/B5. Results A total of 4,800 patients with BD and 16,289 controls from 78 independent studies (published 1975–2007) were selected. The pooled OR of HLA–B51/B5 allele carriers to develop BD compared with noncarriers was 5.78 (95% CI 5.00–6.67), with moderate between-study heterogeneity (I2 = 61%). The subgroup analyses stratifying studies by geographic locations (Eastern Asia, Middle East/North Africa, Southern Europe, Northern/Eastern Europe) yielded consistent OR ranges (5.31–7.20), with I2 ranges of 52–70%. Univariate random-effects meta-regression indicated the percentage of male BD cases (P = 0.008) as a source of heterogeneity. The PAR within the various geographic areas were estimated at 32–52%. Conclusion The strength of the association between BD and HLA–B51/B5, and its consistency across populations of various ethnicities, lends further support to this allele being a primary and causal risk determinant for BD. Variations according to sex support an interaction of this allele with BD characteristics. PMID:19790126

  10. Epigenome-wide scan identifies a treatment-responsive pattern of altered DNA methylation among cytoskeletal remodeling genes in monocytes and CD4+ T cells in Behçet’s disease

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    Hughes, Travis; Ture-Ozdemir, Filiz; Alibaz-Oner, Fatma; Coit, Patrick; Direskeneli, Haner; Sawalha, Amr H

    2014-01-01

    Objective Behçet’s disease (BD) is an inflammatory disease characterized by multi-system involvement including recurrent oral and genital ulcers, cutaneous lesions, and uveitis. The pathogenesis of BD remains poorly understood. We performed a genome-wide DNA methylation study in BD before and after disease remission, and in healthy matched controls. Methods We examined genome-wide DNA methylation in monocytes and CD4+ T cells from a set of 16 untreated male BD patients and age, sex, and ethnicity-matched controls. Additional samples were collected from 12 of the same BD patients after treatment and disease remission. Genome-wide DNA methylation patterns were assessed using the HumanMethylation450 DNA Analysis BeadChip array which includes over 485,000 individual methylation sites across the genome. Results We identified 383 differentially methylated CpG sites between BD patients and controls in monocytes and 125 differentially methylated CpG sites in CD4+ T cells. Bioinformatic analysis revealed a pattern of aberrant DNA methylation among genes that regulate cytoskeletal dynamics suggesting that aberrant DNA methylation of multiple classes of structural and regulatory proteins of the cytoskeleton might contribute to the pathogenesis of BD. Further, DNA methylation changes associated with treatment act to restore methylation differences observed between patients and controls. Indeed, among CpG sites differentially methylated before and after disease remission, there was almost exclusive reversal of the direction of aberrant DNA methylation observed between patients and healthy controls. Conclusions We performed the first epigenome-wide study in BD and provide strong evidence that epigenetic modification of cytoskeletal dynamics underlies the pathogenesis and therapeutic response in BD. PMID:24574333

  11. 8,9-DIHYDROXY-8,9-DIHYDRODIBENZO[A,L]PYRENE IS A POTENT MORPHOLOGICAL CELL-TRANSFORMING AGENT IN C3H10T1/2C18 MOUSE EMBRYO FIBROBLASTS IN THE ABSENCE OF DETECTABLE STABLE COVALENT DNA ADDUCTS

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    The comparative genotoxic effects of racemic trans-8,9dihydroxy-8,9-dihydrodibenzo[a,l]pyrene (trans- DB[a,l]P8,9-diol), the metabolic K-region dihydrodiol of dibenzo[a,l] pyrene (DB[a,l]P) (dibenzo[def,p]chrysene) and DB[a,l]P in transformable mouse embryo C3HIOT1/2C18 (C3HIOT1/...

  12. Simultaneous measurement of cyclosporin A and tacrolimus from dried blood spots by ultra high performance liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry.

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    Hinchliffe, Edward; Adaway, Joanne E; Keevil, Brian G

    2012-02-01

    Cyclosporin A (CsA) and tacrolimus are immunosuppressant drugs principally used in solid organ transplant recipients. Therapeutic drug monitoring (TDM) of both drugs is essential to avoid toxicity related to overdosage, and transplant rejection from underdosage. This necessitates frequent hospital visits to phlebotomy services. Capillary blood sampling onto dried blood spots (DBS) provides numerous advantages to venous whole blood sampling, including the ability for patients to send DBS to the laboratory by post, significantly reducing the number of unnecessary hospital visits. We have developed a novel, simple and rapid method for the extraction and simultaneous UPLC-MS/MS measurement of both CsA and tacrolimus from DBS. The extraction method involved a simple 30 min hot solvent extraction with ultrasonication. Extract (10 μL) was injected onto a Waters Acquity UPLC column filter unit security frit, coupled to a Waters Acquity BEH C18 UPLC column, with methanolic mobile phase gradient elution. Eluant was connected to a Waters Quattro Premier XE tandem mass spectrometer operating in ES+ mode. We detected multiple reaction monitoring (MRM) transitions of m/z 1220>1203 and 1231.9>1215.1 for CsA and d12 CsA respectively which co-eluted at 1.30min, and 821.6>768.5 and 809.6>756.5 for tacrolimus and ascomycin respectively which co-eluted at 1.17 min. Ion suppression was negligible. Mean recovery was 95.5% for CsA and 92.8% for tacrolimus. Limit of detection and limit of quantitation were both 8.5 μg/L for CsA, and 0.5 and 2.3 μg/L respectively for tacrolimus. The assay was linear up to 1500μg/L for CsA (r(2)=0.9999), and up to 50 μg/L for tacrolimus (r(2)=0.9994). Mean intra assay imprecision, inter assay imprecision and bias were all <10% for both CsA and tacrolimus. DBS were stable for at least 14 days at room temperature. Comparison of the DBS UPLC-MS/MS method and the routine venous whole blood LC-MS/MS assay demonstrated good agreement between the two methods

  13. [Simultaneous determination of statins in dietary supplements by ultra-performance liquid chromatography].

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    Fukiwake, Tomohide; Hasegawa, Takashi; Takahashi, Kazunaga; Saijo, Masaaki; Hamana, Masanori

    2014-01-01

    A method for the determination of 12 statins [atorvastatin (ATOR), cerivastatin (CERI), fluvastatin (FLU), lovastatin (LO), lovastatin acid (LOA), mevastatin (ME), mevastatin acid (MEA), pitavastatin (PITA), pravastatin (PRA), rosuvastatin (ROSU), simvastatin (SIM), and simvastatin acid (SIMA)] in dietary supplements by ultra-performance liquid chromatography (UPLC) has been developed. Statins were ultrasonically extracted with 50% (v/v) methanol. Clean-up was performed using an Oasis MAX mini-cartridge column with methanol and methanol containing 0.2% (v/v) phosphoric acid as an eluting solvent. UPLC separation was performed on an ACQUITY UPLC BEH C18 column (2.1 mm i.d. × 150 mm, 1.7 μm) with 0.2% (v/v) phosphoric acid aqueous solution-acetonitrile gradient. The method was validated for dietary supplements spiked with the 12 statins at the quantitation limits and 10 times the quantitation limits, and the recoveries of statins were between 89.2% and 100.9%. Relative standard deviation values of repeatability and intermediate precision were not more than 7%. The analytical method was applied to 24 commercial dietary supplements. LO and LOA were found at maximum concentrations of 4.85 mg/packet and 1.28 mg/capsule, respectively. Other statins were not detected. When a dietary supplement was consumed according to the directions on the package, the daily intake of LO was 6.74 mg. This could be dangerous to consumers because it exceeds one half of the lowest recommended daily dose of LO (10 mg). PMID:24990555

  14. [Simultaneous determination of six perfluorinated organic compounds in feed by using polyamide solid-phase extraction with ultra performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry].

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    Lin, Qin; Fu, Fengfu; Chen, Guonan; Zheng, Xiaoyan; Dai, Ming

    2014-07-01

    A method for the determination of six perfluorinated organic compounds (PFCs) in feed has been developed. It is based on polyamide solid-phase extraction (SPE) together with ultra performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (UPLC-MS/MS). The sample was extracted by acidified acetonitrile. The extraction solution was enriched by a polyamide SPE cartridge under acidic condition, and cleaned-up using methanol, eluted by 5% (v/v) ammonia/methanol solvent and determined by UPLC-MS/MS. The UPLC separation was carried out on an Acquity BEH C18 column (100 mm x 2.1 mm, 1.7 microm). The mobile phases were 5 mmol/L ammonium acetate and acetonitrile with a gradient elution. Under the optimal conditions, the PFCs were analyzed under multiple reaction monitoring (MRM) mode with negative electrospray ionization. The isotope internal standard method was used to determine the six PFCs, and improve the quantitative accuracy. All of the target compounds exhibited good linearity (r > 0.995) over a concentration range of 0.5-25 microg/L. The detection limits of the six PFCs were all smaller than 0.1 microg/kg. The mean recoveries of the six PFCs were in the range of 94.2% to 108.9% with the relative standard deviations (RSDs) of 1.8% - 8.6% (n = 6). The method for the determination of PFCs in feed is low-cost, favorable effect and suitable for the detection of complex matrix samples. PMID:25255564

  15. Evaluation of a rapid method for the simultaneous quantification of ribavirin, sofosbuvir and its metabolite in rat plasma by UPLC-MS/MS.

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    Shi, Xiaojun; Zhu, Dedong; Lou, Jie; Zhu, Bo; Hu, Ai-rong; Gan, Dongmei

    2015-10-01

    A rapid and sensitive ultra performance liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry (UPLC-MS/MS) method for the determination of ribavirin, sofosbuvir and its metabolite GS-331007 in rat plasma was established. The analytes and the internal standard (midazolam) 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 245.1→113.1 for ribavirin, m/z 530.3→243.1 for sofosbuvir, m/z 261.5→113.1 for GS-331007 and m/z 326.2→291.1 for midazolam (IS) using a positive electrospray ionization interface. The method was validated over a concentration range of 5-1000ng/mL for ribavirin, 10-2000ng/mL for sofosbuvir and 10-2000ng/mL for GS-331007. 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) <10.0% and the accuracy values ranged from -10.6% to 11.6%. The method was successfully applied to a pharmacokinetic study of ribavirin, sofosbuvir and GS-331007 in rats. PMID:26363369

  16. 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

  17. 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

  18. Quantitative determination of mithramycin in human plasma by a novel, sensitive ultra-HPLC-MS/MS method for clinical pharmacokinetic application.

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    Roth, Jeffrey; Peer, Cody J; Widemann, Brigitte; Cole, Diane E; Ershler, Rachel; Helman, Lee; Schrump, David; Figg, William D

    2014-11-01

    Mithramycin is a neoplastic antibiotic synthesized by various Streptomyces bacteria. It is under investigation as a chemotherapeutic treatment for a wide variety of cancers. Ongoing and forthcoming clinical trials will require pharmacokinetic analysis of mithramycin in humans, both to see if target concentrations are achieved and to optimize dosing and correlate outcomes (response/toxicity) with pharmacokinetics. Two published methods for mithramycin quantitation exist, but both are immunoassays that lack current bioanalytical standards of selectivity and sensitivity. To provide an upgraded and more widely applicable assay, a UPLC-MS/MS method for quantitation of mithramycin in human plasma was developed. Solid-phase extraction allowed for excellent recoveries (>90%) necessary for high throughput analyses on sensitive instrumentation. However, a ∼55% reduction in analyte signal was observed as a result of plasma matrix effects. Mithramycin and the internal standard chromomycin were separated on a Waters Acquity BEH C18 column (2.1×50 mm, 1.7 μm) and detected using electrospray ionization operated in the negative mode at mass transitions m/z 1083.5→268.9 and 1181.5→269.0, respectively, on an AB Sciex QTrap 5500. The assay range was 0.5-500 ng/mL and proved to be linear (r(2)>0.996), accurate (≤10% deviation), and precise (CV<15%). Mithramycin was stable in plasma at room temperature for 24 h, as well as through three freeze-thaw cycles. This method was subsequently used to quantitate mithramycin plasma concentrations from patients enrolled on two clinical trials at the NCI. PMID:25247492

  19. Determination of rivaroxaban, apixaban and edoxaban in rat plasma by UPLC-MS/MS method.

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    Zhang, Wan-Li; Lou, Dan; Zhang, Dong-Tao; Zhang, Yin; Huang, Huan-Jie

    2016-08-01

    To establish a rapid and sensitive ultra performance liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry (UPLC-MS/MS) method for the determination of rivaroxaban, apixaban and edoxaban in rat plasma. The analytes 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 0.4 mL/min. The detection was performed on a triple quadrupole tandem mass spectrometer by multiple reaction monitoring mode to monitor the precursor-to-product ion transitions of m/z 436.1 → 145.1 for rivaroxaban, m/z 460.0 → 443.1 for apixaban, m/z 548.2 → 366.1 for edoxaban 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 1.0-200 ng/mL for rivaroxaban, 1.0-100 ng/mL for apixaban and 1.0-500 ng/mL for edoxaban. Total time for each chromatograph was 3.5 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 <10.5 % and the accuracy values ranged from -9.9 to 11.3 %. The method was successfully applied to a pharmacokinetic study of rivaroxaban, apixaban and edoxaban in rats. PMID:27116356

  20. 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.

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    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

  1. Quantification of typical antipsychotics in human plasma by ultra-high performance liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry for therapeutic drug monitoring.

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    Gradinaru, Julieta; Vullioud, Astrid; Eap, Chin B; Ansermot, Nicolas

    2014-01-01

    A selective and sensitive method was developed for the simultaneous quantification of seven typical antipsychotic drugs (cis-chlorprothixene, flupentixol, haloperidol, levomepromazine, pipamperone, promazine and zuclopenthixol) in human plasma. Ultra-high performance liquid chromatography (UHPLC) was used for complete separation of the compounds in less than 4.5min on an Acquity UPLC BEH C18 column (2.1mm×50mm; 1.7μm), with a gradient elution of ammonium formate buffer pH 4.0 and acetonitrile at a flow rate of 400μl/min. Detection was performed on a tandem quadrupole mass spectrometer (MS/MS) equipped with an electrospray ionization interface. A simple protein precipitation procedure with acetonitrile was used for sample preparation. Thanks to the use of stable isotope-labeled internal standards for all analytes, internal standard-normalized matrix effects were in the range of 92-108%. The method was fully validated to cover large concentration ranges of 0.2-90ng/ml for haloperidol, 0.5-90ng/ml for flupentixol, 1-450ng/ml for levomepromazine, promazine and zuclopenthixol and 2-900ng/ml for cis-chlorprothixene and pipamperone. Trueness (89.1-114.8%), repeatability (1.8-9.9%), intermediate precision (1.9-16.3%) and accuracy profiles (<30%) were in accordance with the latest international recommendations. The method was successfully used in our laboratory for routine quantification of more than 500 patient plasma samples for therapeutic drug monitoring. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first UHPLC-MS/MS method for the quantification of the studied drugs with a sample preparation based on protein precipitation. PMID:24036032

  2. On-line solid phase extraction-ultra high performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry as a powerful technique for the determination of sulfonamide residues in soils.

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    Tetzner, Natália Fernanda; Maniero, Milena Guedes; Rodrigues-Silva, Caio; Rath, Susanne

    2016-06-24

    Sulfonamides are antimicrobials used widely as veterinary drugs, and their residues have been detected in environmental matrices. An analytical method for determining sulfadiazine, sulfathiazole, sulfamethazine, sulfamethoxazole, sulfadimethoxine and sulfaquinoxaline residues in soils employing a solid phase extraction on-line technique coupled with ultra-high performance liquid chromatography and tandem mass spectrometry (SPE-UHPLC-MS/MS) was developed and validated in this study. SPE and chromatographic separation were performed using an Oasis HLB column and an Acquity UPLC BEH C18 analytical column, respectively, at 40°C. Samples were prepared by extracting sulfonamides from soil using a solid-liquid extraction method with water:acetonitrile, 1:1v/v (recovery of 70.2-99.9%). The following parameters were evaluated to optimize the on-line SPE process: sorbent type (Oasis and C8), sample volume (100-400μL), loading solvent (water and different proportions of water:methanol) and washing volume (0.19-0.66mL). The method produced linear results for all sulfonamides from 0.5 to 12.5ngg(-1) with a linearity greater than 0.99. The precision of the method was less than 15%, and the matrix effect was -27% to -87%. The accuracy was in the range of 77-112% for all sulfonamides. The limit of quantitation in the two soils (clay and sand) was 0.5ngg(-1). The SPE column allowed for the analysis of many (more than 2000) samples without decreasing the efficiency. PMID:27234844

  3. Identification of in vitro metabolites of the novel anti-tumor thiosemicarbazone, DpC, using ultra-high performance liquid chromatography-quadrupole-time-of-flight mass spectrometry.

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    Stariat, Ján; Kovaříková, Petra; Kučera, Radim; Klimeš, Jiří; Kalinowski, Danuta S; Richardson, Des R; Ketola, Raimo A

    2013-02-01

    Di-2-pyridylketone-4-cyclohexyl-4-methyl-3-thiosemicarbazone (DpC) is a promising analogue of the dipyridyl thiosemicarbazone class currently under development as a potential anti-cancer drug. In fact, this class of agents shows markedly greater anti-tumor activity and selectivity than the clinically investigated thiosemicarbazone, Triapine®. However, further development of DpC requires detailed data concerning its metabolism. Therefore, we focused on the identification of principal phase I and II metabolites of DpC in vitro. DpC was incubated with human liver microsomes/S9 fractions and the samples were analyzed using ultra-performance liquid chromatography (UPLC(TM)) with electrospray ionization quadrupole-time-of-flight (Q-TOF) mass spectrometry. An Acquity UPLC BEH C(18) column was implemented with 2 mM ammonium acetate and acetonitrile in gradient mode as the mobile phase. The chemical structures of metabolites were proposed based on the accurate mass measurement of the protonated molecules as well as their main product ions. Ten phase I and two phase II metabolites were detected and structurally described. The metabolism of DpC occurred via oxidation of the thiocarbonyl group, hydroxylation and N-demethylation, as well as the combination of these reactions. Conjugates of DpC and the metabolite, M10, with glucuronic acid were also observed as phase II metabolites. Neither sulfate nor glutathione conjugates were detected. This study provides the first information about the chemical structure of the principal metabolites of DpC, which supports the development of this promising anti-cancer drug and provides vital data for further pharmacokinetic and in vivo metabolism studies. PMID:23180090

  4. Quantitative determination of dopamine in human plasma by a highly sensitive LC-MS/MS assay: Application in preterm neonates.

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    Zhang, Daping; Wu, Lei; Chow, Diana S-L; Tam, Vincent H; Rios, Danielle R

    2016-01-01

    The determination of dopamine facilitates better understanding of the complex brain disorders in the central nervous system and the regulation of endocrine system, cardiovascular functions and renal functions in the periphery. The purpose of this study was to develop a highly sensitive and reliable assay for the quantification of dopamine in human neonate plasma. Dopamine was extracted from human plasma by strong cation exchange (SCX) solid phase extraction (SPE), and subsequently derivatized with propionic anhydride. The derivatized analyte was separated by a Waters Acquity UPLC BEH C18 column using gradient elution at 0.4 ml/min with mobile phases A (0.2% formic acid in water [v/v]) and B (MeOH-ACN [v/v, 30:70]). Analysis was performed under positive electrospray ionization tandem mass spectrometer (ESI-MS/MS) in the multiple reaction monitoring (MRM) mode. The stable and relatively non-polar nature of the derivatized analyte enables reliable quantification of dopamine in the range of 10-1000 pg/ml using 200 μl of plasma sample. The method was validated with intra-day and inter-day precision less than 7%, and the intra-day and inter-day accuracy of 91.9-101.9% and 92.3-102.6%, respectively. The validated assay was applied to quantify dopamine levels in two preterm neonate plasma samples. In conclusion, a sensitive and selective LC-MS/MS method has been developed and validated, and successfully used for the determination of plasma dopamine levels in preterm neonates. PMID:26372947

  5. Determination of tapentadol and tapentadol-O-glucuronide in human serum samples by UPLC-MS/MS.

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    Hillewaert, Vera; Pusecker, Klaus; Sips, Luc; Verhaeghe, Tom; de Vries, Ronald; Langhans, Manfred; Terlinden, Rolf; Timmerman, Philip

    2015-02-15

    Tapentadol is a novel, centrally acting analgesic with 2 mechanisms of action, MOR agonism and noradrenaline (NA) reuptake inhibition in a single molecule. It is the first member of a new therapeutic class, MOR-NRI. A high throughput liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometric (LC-MS/MS) assay was developed and validated for the quantitative analysis of tapentadol and its O-glucuronide metabolite in human serum. Simultaneous quantification was deemed to be challenging because of the large difference in concentrations between tapentadol and its O-glucuronide metabolite in clinical samples. Therefore, a method was established using a common processed sample, but with different injection volumes and chromatographic conditions for each analyte. Tapentadol and tapentadol-O-glucuronide were determined by protein precipitation of 0.100ml of the samples with acetonitrile. The internal standards used are D₆-tapentadol and D₆-tapentadol-O-glucuronide. The validated concentration range was 0.200-200 ng/ml (tapentadol) and 10.0-10,000 ng/ml (tapentadol-O-glucuronide). Chromatographic separation was achieved by gradient elution on a Waters Acquity UPLC BEH C18 (1.7 μm, 2.1 × 50 mm) column, with mobile phase consisting of 0.01 M ammonium formate (adjusted to pH 4 using formic acid) (A) and methanol (B). A separate injection was done for measurement of each analyte, with a different gradient and run time. The analytes were detected by using an electrospray ion source on a triple quadrupole mass spectrometer operating in positive ionization mode. The run time was 1.6 min for tapentadol and 1.5 min for tapentadol-O-glucuronide. The high sensitivity and acceptable performance of the assay allowed its application to the analysis of serum samples in clinical trials. The validated method was used for analysis of tapentadol in over 17,000 samples. PMID:25600054

  6. Development and validation of a sensitive UPLC-MS/MS method for the simultaneous determination of dapoxetine and its two metabolites in human plasma.

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    Zhang, Wei-min; Qiang, Wu; Ying-Fei, Wang; Ming, Sun; Wang, Rong

    2016-02-01

    A sensitive and rapid ultra performance liquid chromatography tandem mass spectroscopy (UPLC-MS/MS) method was developed to determine dapoxetine and its two major metabolites (dapoxetine-N-oxide and desmethyldapoxetine) in human plasma simultaneously. After a simple protein precipitation, the analytes and the combined internal standard (carbamazepine) were separated on an Acquity UPLC BEH C18 column using a mobile phase of acetonitrile and 0.1% formic acid in water with gradient elution. Mass spectrometric analysis was performed using a XEVO TQD triple quadruple mass spectrometer coupled with an electro-spray ionization (ESI) source in the positive ion mode. The MRM transitions are of m/z 306.3→261.2, m/z 322.2→261.2, m/z 292.2→261.2 and m/z 237.1→194.2 for dapoxetine, dapoxetine-N-oxide, desmethyldapoxetine and IS, respectively. The linearity of this method was found to be within the concentration range of 1.0-200ng/mL for dapoxetine; 0.5-100ng/mL for dapoxetine-N-oxide; and 0.1-5.0ng/mL for desmethyldapoxetine in human plasma, respectively. Only 4.0min was needed for an analytical run. Intra-day and inter-day accuracy and precision were within the acceptable limits of ±15% at all of the concentrations. This assay was successfully used to support a clinical pharmacokinetic study following oral administration of dapoxetine tablets in healthy Chinese subjects. PMID:26641706

  7. Development and Validation of an UPLC-MS/MS Assay for Quantitative Analysis of the Ghrelin Receptor Inverse Agonist PF-5190457 in Human or Rat Plasma and Rat Brain

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    Ghareeb, Mwlod; Leggio, Lorenzo; El-Kattan, Ayman; Akhlaghi, Fatemeh

    2015-01-01

    PF-5190457 is a ghrelin receptor inverse agonist that is currently undergoing clinical development for the treatment of alcoholism. Our aim was to develop and validate a simple and sensitive assay for quantitative analysis of PF-5190457 in human or rat plasma and rat brain using liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry. The analyte and stable isotope internal standard were extracted from 50 μL plasma or rat brain homogenate by protein precipitation using 0.1% formic acid in acetonitrile. Chromatography was carried on an Acquity UPLC BEH C18 (2.1 mm X 50 mm) with 1.7 μm particle size and 130Å pore size. Flow rate was 0.5 mL/min and total chromatographic run time was 2.2 minutes. Mobile phase consisted of gradient mixture of water: acetonitrile 95:5% (v/v) containing 0.1% formic acid (Solvent A), and 100% acetonitrile containing 0.1% formic acid (Solvent B). Multiple reaction monitoring was carried out in positive electro-spray ionization mode using m/z 513.35 → 209.30 for PF-5190457 and m/z 518.47 → 214.43 for the internal standard. The recovery ranged from 102-118% with CV less than 6% for all matrices. The calibration curves for all matrices were linear over the studied concentration range (R2 ≥ 0.998, n = 3). Lower limit of quantification was 1 ng/mL in rat or human plasma and 0.75 ng/g in rat brain. Intra- and inter-run mean percent accuracy were between 85–115% and percent imprecision was ≤ 15%. The assays were successfully utilized to measure the concentration of PF-5190457 in pre-clinical and clinical pharmacology studies of the compound. PMID:25943263

  8. A New Rapid and Sensitive Stability-Indicating UPLC Assay Method for Tolterodine Tartrate: Application in Pharmaceuticals, Human Plasma and Urine Samples

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    Yanamandra, Ramesh; Vadla, Chandra Sekhar; Puppala, Umamaheshwar; Patro, Balaram; Murthy, Yellajyosula. L. N.; Ramaiah, Parimi Atchuta

    2012-01-01

    A new rapid, simple, sensitive, selective and accurate reversed-phase stability-indicating Ultra Performance Liquid Chromatography (RP-UPLC) technique was developed for the assay of Tolterodine Tartrate in pharmaceutical dosage form, human plasma and urine samples. The developed UPLC method is superior in technology to conventional HPLC with respect to speed, solvent consumption, resolution and cost of analysis. Chromatographic run time was 6 min in reversed-phase mode and ultraviolet detection was carried out at 220 nm for quantification. Efficient separation was achieved for all the degradants of Tolterodine Tartrate on BEH C18 sub-2-μm Acquity UPLC column using Trifluoroacetic acid and acetonitrile as organic solvent in a linear gradient program. The active pharmaceutical ingredient was extracted from tablet dosage form using a mixture of acetonitrile and water as diluent. The calibration graphs were linear and the method showed excellent recoveries for bulk and tablet dosage form. The test solution was found to be stable for 40 days when stored in the refrigerator between 2 and 8 °C. The developed UPLC method was validated and meets the requirements delineated by the International Conference on Harmonization (ICH) guidelines with respect to linearity, accuracy, precision, specificity and robustness. The intra-day and inter-day variation was found be less than 1%. The method was reproducible and selective for the estimation of Tolterodine Tartrate. Because the method could effectively separate the drug from its degradation products, it can be employed as a stability-indicating one. PMID:22396907

  9. Validated method for the determination of misoprostol acid in whole blood by ultra performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry.

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    Simões, Susana Sadler; Ajenjo, Antonio Castañera; Dias, Mário João

    2012-12-01

    Misoprostol is a pharmaceutical synthetic compound, analog of prostaglandin E1, frequently used as an abortifacient in not medically supervised or self-induced abortions, particularly in countries with restrictive abortion laws representing a serious public health problem. The aim of this study was to develop and validate a sensitive analytical method for the determination of misoprostol acid in whole blood samples. The samples were prepared by SPE and the chromatographic separation was performed by UPLC-MS/MS using ESI- and MRM mode with an Acquity UPLC(®) BEH C18 (50mm×2.1mm i.d., 1.7μm) column using a methanol-ammonium 0.1% solution gradient in a total run time of 7.0min. The method showed to be selective and linear in range 25-2000ng/L. The LOD and LOQ were 10ng/L and 25ng/L, respectively. The recovery ranged from 89 to 97%. No carryover and significant matrix effect were observed. The intra- and inter-assay precisions and the inter-assay accuracy results were 4.0% and 5.4%, 5.5% and 4.1%, and -1.4% and -2.8%, for the concentrations 50 and 500ng/L, respectively. The method developed allows the analysis of misoprostol acid in whole blood samples with adequate sensitivity to the concentration range obtained from therapeutic doses. The method was successfully used in a controlled misoprostol administration study and has been applied in our laboratory in the forensic toxicology field. PMID:22940267

  10. Separation and determination of diversiform phytosterols in food materials using supercritical carbon dioxide extraction and ultraperformance liquid chromatography-atmospheric pressure chemical ionization-mass spectrometry.

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    Lu, Baiyi; Zhang, Ying; Wu, Xiaoqin; Shi, Jiayi

    2007-04-01

    This paper presents at first time that the ultra-performance liquid chromatographic atmospheric pressure chemical ionization mass spectrometer (UPLC-APCI-MS) was used as an efficient method for the identification and quantification of diversiform phytosterols in food materials. The sample preparation consisted of extraction by supercritical carbon dioxide fluid extraction (SCE) and saponification by refluxing with ethanolic KOH, and then the non-saponificable fraction was extracted with petroleum ether. This fraction was subjected to solid phase extraction (SPE) on silica gel cartridge and then the sterols were eluted with hexane-ethyl acetate. Sterols were separated on an Acquity UPLC BEH C18 column (100 mm x 1.0 mm, 1.7 microm particle size) with a gradient of methanol/water (1% acetonitrile) at a flow of 0.1 mL min(-1). The determination was performed in selective ion monitoring mode. The quality parameter of the developed method was established using 6-ketocholestanol as internal standard. Limits of quantification (LOQ) were 0.1754, 0.0341, 0.0500, 0.0205, 0.0225, 0.3674, 0.0241, 0.0272, 0.0076 microg L(-1) and 0.1525 microg mL(-1) for 6-ketocholestanol, desmosterol, ergosterol, cholesterol, lanosterol, cholestanol, campesterol, stigmasterol, beta-sitosterol, and stigmastanol, respectively. The intra- and inter-day determination precision for the 10 phytosterols were less than 5 and 6% in relative standard deviations, and their recoveries were located in the range of 94-107%. The developed approach has been applied successfully for efficient determination of diversiform phytosterols in food materials, including corn, sesame, oat and peanut. PMID:17386793

  11. Application of Ultra-High-Performance Liquid Chromatography Coupled with LTQ-Orbitrap Mass Spectrometry for the Qualitative and Quantitative Analysis of Polygonum multiflorum Thumb. and Its Processed Products.

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    Wang, Teng-Hua; Zhang, Jing; Qiu, Xiao-Hui; Bai, Jun-Qi; Gao, You-Heng; Xu, Wen

    2015-01-01

    In order to quickly and simultaneously obtain the chemical profiles and control the quality of the root of Polygonum multiflorum Thumb. and its processed form, a rapid qualitative and quantitative method, using ultra-high-performance liquid chromatography coupled with electrospray ionization-linear ion trap-Orbitrap hybrid mass spectrometry (UHPLC-LTQ-Orbitrap MS(n)) has been developed. The analysis was performed within 10 min on an AcQuity UPLC™ BEH C18 column with a gradient elution of 0.1% formic acid-acetonitrile at flow rate of 400 μL/min. According to the fragmentation mechanism and high resolution MS(n) data, a diagnostic ion searching strategy was used for rapid and tentative identification of main phenolic components and 23 compounds were simultaneously identified or tentatively characterized. The difference in chemical profiles between P. multiflorum and its processed preparation were observed by comparing the ions abundances of main constituents in the MS spectra and significant changes of eight metabolite biomarkers were detected in the P. multiflorum samples and their preparations. In addition, four of the representative phenols, namely gallic acid, trans-2,3,5,4'-tetra-hydroxystilbene-2-O-β-d-glucopyranoside, emodin and emodin-8-O-β-d-glucopyranoside were quantified by the validated UHPLC-MS/MS method. These phenols are considered to be major bioactive constituents in P. multiflorum, and are generally regarded as the index for quality assessment of this herb. The method was successfully used to quantify 10 batches of P. multiflorum and 10 batches of processed P. multiflorum. The results demonstrated that the method is simple, rapid, and suitable for the discrimination and quality control of this traditional Chinese herb. PMID:26712736

  12. Measurement of ceftazidime concentration in human plasma by ultra-performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry. Application to critically ill patients and patients with osteoarticular infections.

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    Rigo-Bonnin, Raül; Cobo-Sacristán, Sara; Padullés, Ariadna; Ribera, Alba; Arbiol-Roca, Ariadna; Murillo, Óscar; Sabater-Riera, Joan; Alía, Pedro

    2016-03-01

    Ceftazidime is an antibiotic belonging to the third generation of the cephalosporin family. It is indicated in the treatment of serious, simple or mixed bacterial infections, and its administration in continuous or intermittent infusion allows optimization of the concentration of antibiotic to keep it above the minimum inhibitory concentration. We developed and validated a chromatographic method by ultra-performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry to measure ceftazidime concentration in human plasma. Following extraction with acetonitrile and 1,2-dichloroethane, the chromatographic separation was achieved using an Acquity ® UPLC ® BEH(TM) (2.1 × 100 mm i.d., 1.7 µm) reverse-phase C18 column, with a water-acetonitrile linear gradient containing 0.1% formic acid at a 0.4 mL/min flow rate. Ceftazidime and its internal standard (cefotaxime) were detected by electrospray ionization mass spectrometry in positive ion multiple reaction monitoring mode using mass-to-charge transitions of 547.0 → 467.9/396.1 and 456.0 → 395.8/324.1, respectively. The limit of quantification was 0.58 mg/L and linearity was observed in the range 0.58-160 mg/L. Coefficients of variation and absolute relative biases were <9.8 and 8.4%. The mean recovery for ceftazidime was 74.4 ± 8.1%. Evaluation of the matrix effect showed ion enhancement, and no carry-over was observed. The validated method could be applied to daily clinical laboratory practice to measure the concentration of ceftazidime in plasma. PMID:26184353

  13. Development and validation of a method for the analysis of hydroxyzine hydrochloride in extracellular solution used in in vitro preclinical safety studies.

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    Briône, Willy; Brekelmans, Mari; Eijndhoven, Freek van; Schenkel, Eric; Noij, Theo

    2015-11-10

    In the process of drug development, preclinical safety studies are to be performed that require the analysis of the compound at very low concentrations with high demands on the performance of the analytical methods. In the current study, a UPLC-MS/MS method was developed and validated to quantify hydroxyzine hydrochloride in an extracellular solution used in a hERG assay in concentrations ranging from 0.01 to 10μM (4.5ng/ml-4.5μg/ml). Chromatographic separation was achieved isocratically on an Acquity BEH C18 analytical column. The assay was validated at concentrations of 0.11-1.1ng/ml in end solution for hydroxyzine hydrochloride. Linearity was demonstrated over the range of concentrations of 0.06-0.17ng/ml and over the range of concentrations of 0.6-1.7ng/ml in end solution with the coefficient of correlation r>0.99. Accuracy of the achieved concentration, intra-run, and inter-run precision of the method were well within the acceptance criteria (being mean recovery of 80-120% and relative standard deviation ≤10.0%). The limit of quantification in extracellular solution was 0.09ng/ml. Hydroxyzine hydrochloride in extracellular solution proved to be stable when stored in the fridge at 4-8°C for at least 37 days, at room temperature for at least 16 days and at +35°C for at least 16 days. The analytical method was successfully applied in hERG assay. PMID:26163869

  14. 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

  15. Development and validation of a stability-indicating reverse phase ultra performance liquid chromatographic method for the estimation of nebivolol impurities in active pharmaceutical ingredients and pharmaceutical formulation.

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    Thummala, Veera Raghava Raju; Lanka, Mohana Krishna

    2015-10-01

    A sensitive, stability-indicating gradient reverse phase ultra performance liquid chromatographic method has been developed for the quantitative estimation of nebivolol impurities in active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) and pharmaceutical formulation. Efficient chromatographic separation was achieved on an Acquity BEH C18 column (100 mm x 2.1 mm, 1.7 μm) with mobile phase of a gradient mixture. The flow rate of the mobile phase was 0.18 mL/min with column temperature of 30 degrees C and detection wavelength of 281 nm. The relative response factor values of (R*)-2-( benzylamino)-1-((S*)-6-fluorochroman-2-yl) ethanol ((R x S*) NBV-), (R)-1-((R)-6-fluorochroman-2-yl)-2-((S)-2-((S)-6-fluoro-chroman-2-yl)-2-hydroxyethyl-amino) ethanol ((RRSS) NBV-3), 1-(chroman-2-yl)-2-(2-(6-fluorochroman-2-yl)-2-hydroxyethyl amino) ethanol (monodesfluoro impurity), (S)-1-((R)-6-fluorochroman-2-yl)-2-((R)-2 (S*)-6-fluoro-chroman-2-yl)-2-hydroxyethylamino) ethanol hydrochloride ((RSRS) NBV-3) and (R*)-1-((S*)-6-fluorochroman-2-yl)-2-((S*)-2-((S*)-6-fluoro-chroman-2-yl)-2-hydroxyethylamino) ethanol ((R* S* S* S*) NBV-2) were 0.65, 0.91, 0.68, 0.92 and 0.91 respectively. Nebivolol formulation sample was subjected to the stress conditions of acid, base, oxidative, hydrolytic, thermal, humidity and photolytic degradation. Nebivolol was found to degrade significantly under peroxide stress condition. The degradation products were well resolved from nebivolol and its impurities. The peak purity test results confirmed that the nebivolol peak was homogenous and pure in all stress samples and the mass balance was found to be more than 98%, thus proving the stability-indicating power of the method. The developed method was validated according to International Conference on Hormonization (ICH) guidelines with respect to specificity, linearity, limits of detection and quantification, accuracy, precision and robustness. PMID:26930962

  16. Degradation kinetics of the insecticide spinetoram in a rice field ecosystem.

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    Zhao, Li; Chen, Guo; Zhao, Jian; Zhang, Yan; Zhu, Yong; Yang, Ting; Wu, Yin-Liang

    2015-01-01

    The fate of spinetoram was studied in a rice field ecosystem, and an efficient method for the determination of spinetoram (XDE-175-J and XDE-175-L) in soil, rice straw, paddy water, husk and brown rice was developed. Spinetoram residues were extracted from samples with a salting out extraction procedure. The extracts were diluted with 0.10% formic acid in water and analysed with liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) on a Waters Acquity BEH C18 column. The calibration curve was linear in the range 0.125-100 μg L(-1) and r>0.999. The average recovery was 82.9-89.0% from soil, 78.5-92.1% from rice straw, 93.6-100.3% from paddy water, 79.1-87.9% from brown rice and 72.7-82.9% from husk. The relative standard deviation (RSD) was less than 10%. These results are all within the accepted range for pesticide residue determination. The field test results showed that spinetoram degradation in paddy water, soil and rice straw coincided with C=0.0132e(-1.9685t), C=0.0308e(-0.1018t) and C=0.8530e(-0.6223t), respectively. The half-lives of spinetoram in paddy water, soil and rice straw were 0.35, 6.8 and 1.1 d, respectively. The final residue level was lower than the maximum residue limit (MRL) of 0.05 mg kg(-1) for spinetoram in rice with a harvest interval of 7d. A dosage of 450 mL ha(-1) was recommended, which can be considered safe for human beings and animals. The results of this study will contribute to establishing the scientific basis of the dosage of spinetoram for agricultural fields. PMID:25460760

  17. Quantitative Determination of Mithramycin in Human Plasma by a Novel, Sensitive ultra-HPLC-MS/MS Method for Clinical Pharmacokinetic Application

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    Roth, Jeffrey; Peer, Cody J.; Widemann, Brigitte; Cole, Diane E.; Ershler, Rachel; Helman, Lee; Schrump, David; Figg, William D.

    2014-01-01

    Mithramycin is a neoplastic antibiotic synthesized by various Streptomyces bacteria. It is under investigation as a chemotherapeutic treatment for a wide variety of cancers. Ongoing and forthcoming clinical trials will require pharmacokinetic analysis of mithramycin in humans, both to see if target concentrations are achieved and to optimize dosing and correlate outcomes (response/toxicity) with pharmacokinetics. Two published methods for mithramycin quantitation exist, but both are immunoassays that lack current bioanalytical standards of selectivity and sensitivity. To provide an upgraded and more widely applicable assay, a UPLC-MS/MS method for quantitation of mithramycin in human plasma was developed. Solid phase extraction allowed for excellent recoveries (>90%) necessary for high throughput analyses on sensitive instrumentation. However, a ~55% reduction in analyte signal was observed as a result of plasma matrix effects. Mithramycin and the internal standard chromomycin were separated on a Waters Acquity BEH C18 column (2.1x50mm, 1.7um) and detected using electrospray ionization operated in the negative mode at mass transitions m/z 1083.5→268.9 and 1181.5→269.0, respectively, on an AB Sciex QTrap 5500. The assay range was 0.5–500 ng/mL and proved to be linear (r2>0.996), accurate (≤10% deviation), and precise (CV<15%). Mithramycin was stable in plasma at room temperature for 24 hours, as well as through three freeze-thaw cycles. This method was subsequently used to quantitate mithramycin plasma concentrations from patients enrolled on two clinical trials at the NCI. PMID:25247492

  18. 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

  19. Hollow fiber liquid-phase microextraction combined with ultra-high performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry for the simultaneous determination of naloxone, buprenorphine and norbuprenorphine in human plasma.

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    Sun, Wenjun; Qu, Shuping; Du, Zhenxia

    2014-03-01

    A hollow fiber liquid phase microextraction (HF-LPME) combined with ultra-high performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (UHPLC-MS/MS) method was developed for the extraction and determination of naloxone (NLX), buprenorphine (BP) and its major metabolite norbuprenorphine (NBP) in human plasma. The optimum extraction conditions of HF-LPME were: the porous of polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) hollow fiber was full of component solvent (1-octanol/chloroform/toluene, 2/4/4), the pH of donor phase was 8.7, the extraction time was 30min and stirring speed was 1000 revolutions per minute (rpm). The UHPLC-MS/MS method was performed with Waters ACQUITY UPLCTM BEH C18, 50mm×2.1mm, 1.7μm, using methanol-0.2%formic acid as mobile phase with a gradient elution at a flow rate of 0.25mL/min. The target compounds were detected under a tandem quadrupole mass spectrometer in positive electrospray ionization (ESI) mode, then analyzed in multiple reaction monitoring (MRM) mode and the isotope internal standard method was used for quantification. The results showed that linearities were in the range of 0.1-25ng/mL (R>0.996). The limits of detection (LOD) of BP/NBP/NLX were 0.05/0.05/0.025ng/mL and the limits of quantitation (LOQ) of BP/NBP/NLX were 0.1/0.1/0.05ng/mL, respectively. The spiked recoveries were in the range of 92.1-106.0% with relative standard deviation (RSD) values were less than 15%. This method was simple, inexpensive, sensitive and has been successfully used to quantify plasma samples from patients included in a clinical pharmacogenetic study. PMID:24566267

  20. 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

  1. Development and validation of a UPLC-MS/MS method for the determination of 7-hydroxymitragynine, a μ-opioid agonist, in rat plasma and its application to a pharmacokinetic study.

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    Vuppala, Pradeep K; Jamalapuram, Seshulatha; Furr, Edward B; McCurdy, Christopher R; Avery, Bonnie A

    2013-12-01

    A simple, sensitive and specific ultra-performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (UPLC-MS/MS) method was developed and validated to determine the concentrations of 7-hydroxymitragynine in rat plasma. Following a single-step liquid-liquid extraction of plasma samples using chloroform, 7-hydroxymitragynine and the internal standard (tryptoline) were separated on an Acquity UPLC(TM) BEH C18 (1.7 µm, 2.1 × 50 mm) column using an isocratic elution at a flow rate of 0.2 mL/min. The mobile phase consisted of 0.1% acetic acid in water and 0.1% acetic acid in acetonitrile (10:90, v/v). The run time was 2.5 min. The analysis was carried out under the multiple reaction-monitoring mode using positive electrospray ionization. Protonated ions [M + H](+) and their respective product ions were monitored at the following transitions: 415 → 190 for 7-hydroxymitragynine and 173 → 144 for the internal standard. The calibration curve was linear over the range of 10-4000 ng/mL (r(2) = 0.999) with a lower limit of quantification of 10 ng/mL. The extraction recoveries ranged from 62.0 to 67.3% at concentrations of 20, 600 and 3200 ng/mL). Intra- and inter-day assay precisions (relative standard deviation) were <15% and the accuracy was within 96.5-104.0%. This validated method was successfully applied to quantify 7-hydroxymitragynine in rat plasma following intravenous administration. PMID:23893615

  2. Development and validation of an UPLC-MS/MS method for the determination of 7-hydroxymitragynine, a μ-opioid agonist, in rat plasma and its application to a pharmacokinetic study

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    Vuppala, Pradeep K.; Jamalapuram, Seshulatha; Furr, Edward B.; McCurdy, Christopher R.; Avery, Bonnie A.

    2014-01-01

    A simple, sensitive and specific ultra-performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (UPLC-MS/MS) method has been developed and validated to determine the concentrations of 7-hydroxymitragynine in rat plasma. Following a single step liquid-liquid extraction of plasma samples using chloroform, 7-hydroxymitragynine and the internal standard (tryptoline) were separated on an Acquity UPLC™ BEH C18 (1.7 μm, 2.1 mm×50 mm) column using an isocratic elution at a flow rate of 0.2 mL/min. The mobile phase consisted of 0.1% acetic acid in water and 0.1% acetic acid in acetonitrile (10:90, v/v). The run was 2.5 min. The analysis was carried out under the multiple reaction-monitoring mode using positive electrospray ionization. Protonated ions [M+H]+ and their respective product ions were monitored at the following transitions: 415>190 for 7-hydroxymitragynine and 173>144 for the internal standard. The calibration curve was linear over the range of 10 to 4000 ng/mL (r2=0.999) with a lower limit of quantification (LLOQ) of 10 ng/mL. The extraction recoveries ranged from 62.0% to 67.3% at concentrations (20, 600, 3200 ng/mL). Intra- and inter-day assay precisions (relative standard deviation) were less than 15% and the accuracy was within 96.5% to 104.0%. This validated method was successfully applied to quantify 7-hydroxymitragynine in rat plasma following intravenous administration. PMID:23893615

  3. Simultaneous quantification of 22R and 22S epimers of budesonide in human plasma by ultra-high-performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry: application in a stereoselective pharmacokinetic study.

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    Lu, Youming; Sun, Zuoming; Zhang, Yifan; Chen, Xiaoyan; Zhong, Dafang

    2013-03-15

    Budesonide (BUD) is used as a mixture of 22R and 22S epimers for the topical treatment of asthma, rhinitis, and inflammatory bowel disease. To study stereoselectivity in the pharmacokinetics of each epimer, we developed a stereoselective and sensitive ultra-high-performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry method for the quantitative determination of 22R and 22S epimers of BUD in human plasma. The epimers of BUD were extracted from plasma using n-hexane/dichloromethane/isopropanol (2:1:0.1, v/v/v) under alkaline conditions. Baseline separation was obtained within 7min on an Acquity UPLC BEH C18 (50mm×2.1mm, 1.7μm) column using an isocratic mobile phase consisting of acetonitrile/5mM ammonium acetate/acetic acid (29:71:0.142, v/v/v) at a flow rate of 0.7mL/min. Mass spectrometric detection was performed in a multiple reaction monitoring mode using the m/z 489→357 transition for BUD epimers and the m/z 497→357 transition for the internal standard d8-BUD epimers. Calibration curves were linear over the concentration ranges of 5.0-500 and 5.0-3000pg/mL for 22R-BUD and 22S-BUD, respectively. The lower limit of quantification was 5.0pg/mL for both epimers. The method was successfully applied in a pharmacokinetic study of BUD controlled-release capsules in humans. Consistent differences in the pharmacokinetics of the 22R and 22S epimers were observed, the AUC(0-∞) of 22S-BUD was approximately six times higher than that of 22R-BUD, and the 22S-/22R-BUD ratio of total body clearance was 0.17. PMID:23416292

  4. Development and application of a UPLC-MS/MS method for the pharmacokinetic study of 10-hydroxy camptothecin and hydroxyethyl starch conjugate in rats.

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    Li, Guofei; Cai, Cuifang; Ren, Tianyang; Tang, Xing

    2014-01-01

    With the purpose to carry out the pharmacokinetic studies of 10-hydroxy camptothecin (10-HCPT) and hydroxyethyl starch (10-HCPT-HES) conjugate, an ultraperformance liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry (UPLC-MS/MS) method has been developed and validated. The analytes, 10-HCPT and the internal standard, Diphenhydramine hydrochloride were extracted with ethyl acetate-isopropanol (95:5, v/v) and separated on an ACQUITY UPLC™ BEH C18 column using a mobile phase composed of acetonitrile and water (containing 0.1% formic acid) with a linear gradient program. With positive ion electrospray ionization (ESI), the analytes were monitored on a triple quadrupole mass spectrometer in the multiple reaction monitoring (MRM) mode. Linear calibration curves were obtained over the concentration ranges of 0.5-2500ng/mL. The intra- and inter-day precisions were less than 9.8% and 10.8%, respectively. The accuracy was within 12.1%. The mean recoveries of 10-HCPT at three concentrations of 2.5, 100, 2000ng/mL were higher than 87.2%. Commercial 10-HCPT injection and 10-HCPT-HES conjugate were administered intravenously at an equal dose of 10-HCPT at 0.5mg/kg. The biological half-life of conjugate was increased significantly from 10min to 3.15h and the bioavailability was 40 times higher than 10-HCPT injection. Consequently, the proposed UPLC-ESI-MS/MS method was proved to be sensitive, specific and reliable to analyze 10-HCPT in biological samples; 10-HCPT and HES conjugate is a promising strategy for delivery of 10-HCPT with prolonged half time and improved bioavailability. PMID:24140449

  5. Simultaneous Determination of 10 Flavonoids in Crude and Wine-Processed Radix scutellariae by UHPLC.

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    Cui, Xiaobing; Cai, Hao; Li, Huaning; Tao, Yi; Huang, Ping; Qian, Xiaocui; Li, Junsong; Cai, Baochang

    2016-03-01

    Radix scutellariae is a well-known traditional Chinese medicine used for the treatments of inflammation, pyrexia, hepatitis, etc. Flavonoids are its main active compounds. The aim of this study is to develop and validate the ultra high-performance liquid chromatography (UHPLC) method for simultaneous determination of 10 flavonoids (baicalin, wogonoside, baicalein, wogonin, oroxylin A, chrysin, scutellarin, oroxylin A-7-O-glucuronide, apigenin and apigenin-7-glucuronide) in crude and wine-processed R. scutellariae. The quantitative determination was conducted by UHPLC. Optimal separation was achieved by gradient elution with mobile phase consisting of 0.01% aqueous formic acid and methanol on a Waters ACQUITY UHPLC BEH C18 column. Detection wavelength was set at 275 nm. Method validation was accomplished with linearity, precision and recovery tests. All calibration curves showed good linearity (R(2) > 0.9993). The limit of detection and limit of quantification of these compounds were from 0.08 to 0.24 µg/mL and from 0.23 to 0.76 µg/mL, respectively. The average recoveries of these compounds were from 96.95 to 109.51% with relative standard deviation (RSD) values from 2.14 to 3.26% for crude R. scutellariae, while from 94.73 to 108.38% with RSD values from 1.83 to 3.47% for wine-processed R. scutellariae. The developed method can be applied to the intrinsic quality control of crude and wine-processed R. scutellariae. PMID:26400954

  6. A rapid method for the simultaneous determination of L-ascorbic acid and acetylsalicylic acid in aspirin C effervescent tablet by ultra performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry

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    Wabaidur, Saikh Mohammad; Alothman, Zeid Abdullah; Khan, Mohammad Rizwan

    2013-05-01

    In present study, a rapid and sensitive method using ultra performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (UPLC-MS/MS) was developed for the simultaneous determination of L-ascorbic acid and acetylsalicylic acid in aspirin C effervescent tablet. The optimum chromatographic separation was carried out on a reversed phase Waters® Acquity UPLC BEH C18 column (1.7 μm particle size, 100 mm × 2.1 mm ID) with an isocratic elution profile and mobile phase consisting of 0.1% formic acid in water and acetonitrile (75:25, v/v, pH 3.5) at flow rate of 0.5 mL min-1. The influences of mobile phase composition, flow rate and pH on chromatographic resolution were investigated. The total chromatographic analysis time was as short as 2 min with excellent resolution. Detection and quantification of the target compounds were carried out with a triple quadrupole mass spectrometer using negative electrospray ionization (ESI) and multiple reaction monitoring (MRM) modes. The performance of the method was evaluated and very low limits of detection less than 0.09 μg g-1, excellent coefficient correlation (r2 > 0.999) with liner range over a concentration range of 0.1-1.0 μg g-1 for both L-ascorbic acid and acetylsalicylic acid, and good intraday and interday precisions (relative standard deviations (R.S.D.) <3%), were obtained. Comparison of system performance with traditional liquid chromatography-photo diode array detector (HPLC-PDA) was made with respect to analysis time, sensitivity, linearity and precisions. The proposed UPLC-MS/MS method was found to be reproducible and appropriate for quantitative analysis of L-ascorbic acid and acetylsalicylic acid in aspirin C effervescent tablet.

  7. Development and validation of a selective, sensitive and stability indicating UPLC-MS/MS method for rapid, simultaneous determination of six process related impurities in darunavir drug substance.

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    A, Vijaya Bhaskar Reddy; Yusop, Zulkifli; Jaafar, Jafariah; Aris, Azmi B; Majid, Zaiton A; Umar, Khalid; Talib, Juhaizah

    2016-09-01

    In this study a sensitive and selective gradient reverse phase UPLC-MS/MS method was developed for the simultaneous determination of six process related impurities viz., Imp-I, Imp-II, Imp-III, Imp-IV, Imp-V and Imp-VI in darunavir. The chromatographic separation was performed on Acquity UPLC BEH C18 (50 mm×2.1mm, 1.7μm) column using gradient elution of acetonitrile-methanol (80:20, v/v) and 5.0mM ammonium acetate containing 0.01% formic acid at a flow rate of 0.4mL/min. Both negative and positive electrospray ionization (ESI) modes were operated simultaneously using multiple reaction monitoring (MRM) for the quantification of all six impurities in darunavir. The developed method was fully validated following ICH guidelines with respect to specificity, linearity, limit of detection (LOD), limit of quantification (LOQ), accuracy, precision, robustness and sample solution stability. The method was able to quantitate Imp-I, Imp-IV, Imp-V at 0.3ppm and Imp-II, Imp-III, and Imp-VI at 0.2ppm with respect to 5.0mg/mL of darunavir. The calibration curves showed good linearity over the concentration range of LOQ to 250% for all six impurities. The correlation coefficient obtained was >0.9989 in all the cases. The accuracy of the method lies between 89.90% and 104.60% for all six impurities. Finally, the method has been successfully applied for three formulation batches of darunavir to determine the above mentioned impurities, however no impurity was found beyond the LOQ. This method is a good quality control tool for the trace level quantification of six process related impurities in darunavir during its synthesis. PMID:27262107

  8. Forced degradation of nepafenac: Development and validation of stability indicating UHPLC method.

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    Runje, Mislav; Babić, Sandra; Meštrović, Ernest; Nekola, Irena; Dujmić-Vučinić, Željka; Vojčić, Nina

    2016-05-10

    This paper presents stability study of the nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) nepafenac. In order to investigate stability of nepafenac, it was subjected to forced degradation under different stress conditions: acid and base hydrolysis, oxidation, humidity, heat and light. A novel stability indicating reverse phase ultra high performance liquid chromatographic (UHPLC) method coupled to ultraviolet detector has been developed to separate nepafenac and all related compounds (2-aminobenzophenone, Cl-thionepafenac, thionepafenac, Cl-nepafenac, hydroxy-nepafenac, and cyclic-nepafenac). Efficient chromatographic separation was achieved on a Waters Acquity BEH C18 stationary phase with a gradient elution. Quantification was carried out at 235 nm at a flow rate of 0.6 mL/min(-1). The resolution between nepafenac and six potential impurities is found to be greater than 2.0. The developed method was validated with respect to specificity, LOD, LOQ, linearity, precision, accuracy and robustness. The r(2) values for nepafenac and six potential impurities were all greater than 0.999. The developed method is capable to detect impurities of nepafenac at a level of 0.005% with respect to test concentration of 1.0mg/mL. Significant degradation is observed in acid, base and oxidative degradation conditions and degradation products (DPs) were identified using mass spectrometry analysis; two of them were found to be a known process related impurities (hydroxy- and cyclic-nepafenac) whereas four degradation products were identified as new degradation impurities. The forced degradation samples were assayed against a qualified reference standard and the mass balance was found to be close to 99.5%. PMID:26871279

  9. Development and validation of a reversed-phase ultra-performance liquid chromatographic method for the simultaneous determination of six drugs used for combined hypertension therapy.

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    Kaila, Harshad O; Ambasana, Mrunal A; Shah, Anamik K

    2013-01-01

    A simple, rapid, and reliable ultra-performance LC assay method has been developed for the simultaneous estimation of orally administered hypertension drugs (atenolol, hydrochlorothiazide, amlodipine besylate, indapamide, nifedipine, and lercanidipine hydrochloride), any of which may be administered with atenolol in combined hypertension therapy. Chromatography was carried out at 25 degrees C on a 2.1 x 50 mm id, 1.7 microm particle size Acquity BEH C18 column with the isocratic mobile phase 0.01 M, 4.0 pH aqueous phosphate buffer-acetonitrile (50 + 50, v/v) at a flow rate of 0.35 mL/min. All drugs were separated in less than 4 min with good resolution and minimal tailing, without interference by excipients. The method was validated according to International Conference on Harmonization guidelines, and the acceptance criteria for accuracy, precision, linearity, specificity, and system suitability were met in all cases. The column effluent was monitored at 230 nm. The detector response was linear in the range of 1-20 microg/mL of these drugs. LOD obtained was 0.04 microg/mL for atenolol, 0.02 microg/mL for hydrochlorothiazide, 0.03 microg/mL for amlodipine besylate, 0.03 microg/mL for indapamide, 0.02 microg.mL for nifedipine, and 0.01 microg/mL for lercanidipine hydrochloride. The suggested method has the advantage that all the drugs can be quantified alone or in combination with atenolol using a single mobile phase. PMID:23767353

  10. A fast and innovative microextraction technique, μSPEed, followed by ultrahigh performance liquid chromatography for the analysis of phenolic compounds in teas.

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    Porto-Figueira, Priscilla; Figueira, José A; Pereira, Jorge A M; Câmara, José S

    2015-12-11

    The objective of this study was to evaluate the efficiency of a promising solid phase microextraction technique, μSPEed, in the analysis of selected phenolic compounds from teas by ultrahigh performance liquid chromatography with photodiode array detection (μSPEed/UHPLC-PDA). The innovative μSPEed configuration uses 3-μm sorbent particles tightly packed in a disposable needle equipped with a pressure-driven valve to withdraw samples in a single direction. The system was operated by the electronic pipette eVol® and different parameters influencing the extraction efficiency, as the nature of sorbent, pH, loading and elution conditions, and solvents were optimized. The best extracting conditions were obtained by loading twice 100μL of tea samples through the PS/DVB-RP sorbent and eluting with 50μL of acidified MeOH 95%. The following chromatographic separation was carried out in an Acquity C18 BEH capillary column using a gradient of 0.1% FA and acetonitrile. The optimized μSPEed/UHPLC-PDA methodology is selective and specific and was properly validated for 8 phenolic compounds widely reported in different teas. Overall, an excellent analytical performance was obtained in the 0.2-20μg/L linear dynamic range (LDR), with very low limits of detection (LODs) and quantification (LOQs), ranging between 3.5-16.8ng/mL and 10.6-50.6ng/mL, respectively, high recoveries (89.3-103.3%), good precision (RSD<5%) and negligible matrix effect. The methodology was used to assess the target polyphenols concentration in several tea samples. Rutin and quercetin-3-glucoside were the most abundant phenolics in all tea samples analysed and, with exception of naringenin and cinnamic acid, which are present in high amounts in the investigated citric teas, remain phenolic compounds are present in trace levels. PMID:26585207

  11. Ultra-pressure liquid chromatography-electrospray tandem mass spectrometry for multiresidue determination of pesticides in water.

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    Gervais, G; Brosillon, S; Laplanche, A; Helen, C

    2008-08-22

    A multiresidue analysis method has been developed for the determination of pesticides in water by ultra-performance liquid chromatography (UPLC) combined with tandem mass spectrometry (MS/MS). The selected pesticides represent a broad range of polarity and volatility [benzoylcyclohexanedione (mesotrione and sulcotrione); chloroacetamide (acetochlor, alachlor, dimethenamide, and metolachlor); phenoxyacetic acid (2,4-D and MCPA); phenoxypropionic (dichloprop and mecoprop); phenylurea (chlortoluron, diuron, isoproturon, linuron, and metoxuron); sulfonylurea (foramsulfuron, iodosulfuron, and nicolsulfuron); triazine (atrazine, cyanazine, desethylatrazine (DEA), desisopropylatrazine (DIA), simazine, and terbutylazine)]. The analytes were extracted using solid-phase extraction (SPE). The separation was carried out on an acquity UPLC BEH C18 column (1.7 microm, 50 mm x 1 mm ID) using a gradient elution profile and mobile phase consisting of 0.1% formic acid in water and acetonitrile. The pesticides were detected with a tandem mass spectrometer after being ionised positively or negatively (depending on the molecule) using an electrospray ionisation (ESI) source. To achieve the suitable extraction conditions for sample preparation, several parameters affecting the efficiency of SPE such as the nature of the sorbent and the eluent, extractant volume and pH were studied. The best recovery was obtained by the extraction with an Oasis HLB cartridge and 3 mL of a solution of acetonitrile/dichloromethane (1:1, v/v) at pH 2. The average recoveries of the pesticides in different samples ranged from 82 to 109%. The weight least squares (WLS) linear regression was used to calculate the limits of detection and quantification (LOD and LOQ) because the dispersion was heteroskedastic. All the pesticides could be correctly quantified at a concentration level of 50 ng L(-1) and most of them could be detected at a concentration inferior or equal to 8 ng L(-1). Efficiency and robustness of

  12. Simultaneous quantification of atenolol and chlorthalidone in human plasma by ultra-performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry.

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

    2016-02-01

    A simple, sensitive and reproducible ultra-performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry method has been developed for the simultaneous determination of atenolol, a β-adrenergic receptor-blocker and chlorthalidone, a monosulfonamyl diuretic in human plasma, using atenolol-d7 and chlorthalidone-d4 as the internal standards (ISs). Following solid-phase extraction on Phenomenex Strata-X cartridges using 100 μL human plasma sample, the analytes and ISs were separated on an Acquity UPLC BEH C18 (50 mm × 2.1 mm, 1.7 µm) column using a mobile phase consisting of 0.1% formic acid-acetonitrile (25:75, v/v). A tandem mass spectrometer equipped with electrospray ionization was used as a detector in the positive ionization mode for both analytes. The linear concentration range was established as 0.50-500 ng/mL for atenolol and 0.25-150 ng/mL for chlorthalidone. Extraction recoveries were within 95-103% and ion suppression/enhancement, expressed as IS-normalized matrix factors, ranged from 0.95 to 1.06 for both the analytes. Intra-batch and inter-batch precision (CV) and accuracy values were 2.37-5.91 and 96.1-103.2%, respectively. Stability of analytes in plasma was evaluated under different conditions, such as bench-top, freeze-thaw, dry and wet extract and long-term. The developed method was superior to the existing methods for the simultaneous determination of atenolol and chlorthalidone in human plasma with respect to the sensitivity, chromatographic analysis time and plasma volume for processing. Further, it was successfully applied to support a bioequivalence study of 50 mg atenolol + 12.5 mg chlorthalidone in 28 healthy Indian subjects. PMID:26096961

  13. Photodegradation assessment of ciprofloxacin, moxifloxacin, norfloxacin and ofloxacin in the presence of excipients from tablets by UPLC-MS/MS and DSC

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    2013-01-01

    Background Ciprofloxacin (CIP), moxifloxacin (MOX), norfloxacin (NOR) and ofloxacin (OFL), are the antibacterial synthetic drugs, belonging to the fluoroquinolones group. Fluoroquinolones are compounds susceptible to photodegradation process, which may lead to reduction of their antibacterial activity and to induce phototoxicity as a side effect. This paper describes a simple, sensitive UPLC-MS/MS method for the determination of CIP, MOX, NOR and OFL in the presence of photodegradation products. Results Chromatographic separations were carried out using the Acquity UPLC BEH C18 column; (2.1 × 100 mm, 1.7 μm particle size). The column was maintained at 40°C, and the following gradient was used: 0 min, 95% of eluent A and 5% of eluent B; 10 min, 0% of eluent A and 100% of eluent B, at a flow rate of 0.3 mL min-1. Eluent A: 0.1% (v/v) formic acid in water; eluent B: 0.1% (v/v) formic acid in acetonitrile. The method was validated and all the validation parameters were in the ranges acceptable by the guidelines for analytical method validation. The photodegradation of examined fluoroquinolones in solid phase in the presence of excipients followed kinetic of the first order reaction and depended upon the type of analyzed drugs and coexisting substances. Photodegradation process of analyzed drugs was confirmed by differential scanning calorimetry. In addition, the identification of degradation products was carried out by mass spectrometry. Conclusion The developed UPLC-MS/MS method enables the determination of CIP, MOX, NOR and OFL in the presence of photodegradation products and identification of photodegradation products. PMID:23899303

  14. 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

  15. UHPLC-PDA-ESI-TOF/MS metabolic profiling of Arctostaphylos pungens and Arctostaphylos uva-ursi. A comparative study of phenolic compounds from leaf methanolic extracts.

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    Panusa, Alessia; Petrucci, Rita; Marrosu, Giancarlo; Multari, Giuseppina; Gallo, Francesca Romana

    2015-07-01

    The aim of this study was to get a rapid metabolic fingerprinting and to gain insight into the metabolic profiling of Arctostaphylos pungens H. B. K., a plant morphologically similar to Arctostaphylos uva-ursi (L.) Spreng. (bearberry) but with a lower arbutin (Arb) content. According to the European Pharmacopoeia the Arb content in the dried leaf of A. uva-ursi (L.) Spreng. must be at least 7% (wt/wt) but other species, like A. pungens, are unintentionally or fraudulently marketed instead of it. Therefore, methanolic leaf extracts of nine A. uva-ursi and six A. pungens samples labeled and marketed as "bearberry leaf" have been analyzed. A five-minute gradient with a UHPLC-PDA-ESI-TOF/MS on an Acquity BEH C18 (50×2.1 mm i.d.) 1.7 μm analytical column has been used for the purpose. A comprehensive assignment of secondary metabolites has been carried out in a comparative study of the two species. Among twenty-nine standards of natural compounds analyzed, fourteen have been identified, while other fifty-five metabolites have been tentatively assigned. Moreover, differences in both metabolic fingerprinting and profiling have been evidenced by statistical multivariate analysis. Specifically, main variations have been observed in the relative content for Arb, as expected, and for some galloyl derivative like tetra- and pentagalloylglucose more abundant in A. uva-ursi than in A. pungens. Furthermore, differences in flavonols profile, especially in myricetin and quercetin glycosilated derivatives, were observed. Based on principal component analysis myricetrin, together with a galloyl arbutin isomer and a disaccharide are herein proposed as distinctive metabolites for A. pungens. PMID:25702282

  16. TH-C-18C-01: MRI Safety

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    Pooley, R; Bernstein, M; Shu, Y; Gorny, K; Felmlee, J; Panda, A

    2014-06-15

    Clinical diagnostic medical physicists may be responsible for implementing and maintaining a comprehensive MR safety program. Accrediting bodies including the ACR, IAC, Radsite and The Joint Commission each include aspects of MR Safety into their imaging accreditation programs; MIPPA regulations further raise the significance of non-compliance. In addition, The Joint Commission recently announced New and Revised Diagnostic Imaging Standards for accredited health care organizations which include aspects of MR Safety. Hospitals and clinics look to the physicist to understand guidelines, regulations and accreditation requirements related to MR safety. The clinical medical physicist plays a significant role in a clinical practice by understanding the physical basis for the risks and acting as a facilitator to successfully implement a safety program that provides well-planned siting, allows for the safe scanning of certain implanted devices, and helps radiologists manage specific patient exams. The MRI scanning of specific devices will be discussed including cardiac pacemakers and neurostimulators such as deep brain stimulators. Furthermore for sites involved in MR guided interventional procedures, the MR physicist plays an essential role to establish safe practices. Creating a framework for a safe MRI practice includes the review of actual safety incidents or close calls to determine methods for prevention in the future. Learning Objectives: Understand the requirements and recommendations related to MR safety from accrediting bodies and federal regulations. Understand the Medical Physicist's roles to ensure MR Safety. Identify best practices for dealing with implanted devices, including pacemakers and deep brain stimulators. Review aspects of MR safety involved in an MR guided interventional environment. Understand the important MR safety aspects in actual safety incidents or near misses.

  17. The adsorption mechanism of nortryptiline on C18-bonded discovery

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    Gritti, Fabrice; Guiochon, Georges A

    2005-08-01

    The adsorption isotherms of an ionizable compound, nortriptyline, were accurately measured by frontal analysis (FA) on a C{sub 18}-Discovery column, first without buffer (in an aqueous solution of acetonitrile at 15%, v/v of ACN), then with a buffer (in 28%, v/v ACN solution). The buffers were aqueous solutions containing 20 mM of formic acid or a phosphate buffer at pH 2.70. The linear range of the isotherm could not be reached with the non-buffered mobile phase using a dynamic range larger than 40,000 (from 1.2 x 10{sup -3} g/L to 50 g/L). With a 20 mM buffer in the liquid phase, the isotherm is linear for concentrations of nortriptyline inferior to 10{sup -3} g/L (or 3 {micro} mol/L). The adsorption energy distribution (AED) was calculated to determine the heterogeneity of the adsorption process. AED and FA were consistent and lead to a trimodal distribution. A tri-Moreau and a tri-Langmuir isotherm models accounted the best for the adsorption of nortriptyline without and with buffer, respectively. The nature of the buffer affects significantly the middle-energy sites while the properties of the lowest and highest of the three types of energy sites are almost unchanged. The desorption profiles of nortriptyline show some anomalies in relation with the formation of a complex multilayer adsorbed phase of acetonitrile whose excess isotherm was measured by the minor disturbance method. The C{sub 18}-Discovery column has about the same total saturation capacity, around 200 g of nortriptyline per liter of adsorbent (or 116 mg/g), with or without buffer. About 98-99% of the available surface consists in low energy sites. The coexistence of these different types of sites on the surface solves the McCalley's enigma, that the column efficiency begins to drop rapidly when the analyte concentration reaches values that are almost one hundred times lower than those that could be predicted from the isotherm data acquired under the same experimental conditions. Due to the presence of some relatively rare high energy sites, the largest part of the saturation capacity is not practically useful.

  18. STIS MAMA Full-Field Sensitivity Monitor C18

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    Dixon, W.

    2010-09-01

    The purpose of this program is to monitor the sensitivity of the MAMA detectors over the full field. This is achieved by observing the globular cluster NGC6681 once during Cycle 18. The data can be directly compared with similar data obtained in Cycles 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, and 17.

  19. Evaluation of Arterial Stiffness in Patients with Behçet's Disease by Using Noninvasive Radiological Methods such as Intima-Media Thickness of the Carotid, Ankle-Brachial Pressure Index, Coronary Artery Calcium Scoring, and Their Relation to Serum Fetuin-A Levels: A Case-Control Study

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    Solak, Aynur; Genç, Berhan; Akyıldız, Muhittin; Şahin, Neslin; Uyar, İhsan Sami; Saklamaz, Ali

    2015-01-01

    Background Behçet's disease (BD) is a chronic, recurrent inflammatory systemic vasculitis. Evidence for increased atherosclerosis in BD has been observed. The relation between cardiovascular risk factors and increased atherosclerosis in patients with BD is still controversial. Objective We performed this study to evaluate arterial stiffness in patients with BD by using noninvasive radiological methods such as carotid artery intima-media thickness (CIMT), ankle-brachial pressure index (ABPI), coronary artery calcium score (CACaS), and their relation to serum fetuin-A levels, which was recently found to be important in vascular calcification. Methods This prospective study included 26 patients with BD and 25 control subjects. In all patients, the CIMT, ABPI, CACaS, and serum fetuin-A levels were examined. Results The CIMT and CACaS were statistically higher and the ABPI was statistically lower in BD patients than in the control group. All p-values were <0.001. Positive correlations were found between the CACaS and CIMT, and negative correlations were found between the CACaS and ABPI. Although the values of fetuin-A were higher in BD, the difference was not statistically significant (p=0.064). However, the correlations found between fetuin-A levels and CIMT and between fetuin-A levels and CACaS were significant. Conclusion The CIMT, CACaS, and ABPI are all useful in detecting structural and functional vascular damage in BD. PMID:26719639

  20. High-resolution spectroscopy of the {A}^{1}{\\rm{\\Pi }}(v^{\\prime} =0{--}10){--}{X}^{1}{{\\rm{\\Sigma }}}^{+}(v^{\\prime\\prime} =0) bands in 13C18O: term values, ro-vibrational oscillator strengths and Hönl–London corrections

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    Lemaire, J. L.; Eidelsberg, M.; Heays, A. N.; Gavilan, L.; Federman, S. R.; Stark, G.; Lyons, J. R.; de Oliveira, N.; Joyeux, D.

    2016-08-01

    Our knowledge of astronomical environments containing CO depends on accurate molecular data to reproduce and interpret observations. The constant improvement in UV space instrumentation, both in sensitivity and resolution, requires increasingly detailed laboratory data. Following a long-term experimental campaign at the SOLEIL Synchrotron facility, we have acquired complete datasets on the CO isotopologues in the vacuum ultraviolet. Absorption spectra were recorded using the Fourier-transform spectrometer installed on the DESIRS beamline, providing a resolving power R > 106 in the 8–12 eV range. Such resolution allows the analysis of individual line positions and strengths in electronic transitions and the location of perturbations. We continue our previous work on A–X bands of 12C16O and 13C16O, reporting here measurements for the 13C18O isotopologue. Gas column densities in the differentially-pumped system were calibrated using the B {}1{{{Σ }}}+–X {}1{{{Σ }}}+({v}\\prime =0,v\\prime\\prime =0) band. Absorption bands are analyzed by synthesizing line and band profiles and fitting them to measured spectra. New results for A {}1{{\\Pi }}({v}\\prime =0{--}10)–X {}1{{{Σ }}}+(v\\prime\\prime =0) bands include precise line assignments, term values, band-integrated oscillator strengths as well as individual ro-vibrational oscillator strengths and Hönl–London corrections. For ({v}\\prime =1) our results are compared with earlier studies. The interpretation of mixed perturbing bands, complementing an earlier study, is also presented as well as precise line assignments and term values for the B {}1{{{Σ }}}+–X {}1{{{Σ }}}+(0–0) band calibrator, and the nearby B–X (1–0) and C {}1{{{Σ }}}+–X {}1{{{Σ }}}+(0–0) bands.

  1. Simultaneous determination of lovastatin and its metabolite lovastatin acid in rat plasma using UPLC-MS/MS with positive/negative ion-switching electrospray ionization: Application to a pharmacokinetic study of lovastatin nanosuspension.

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    Guo, Mengran; Zhao, Longshan; Li, Mo; Fu, Qiang; Pu, Xiaohui; Liu, Bingyang; He, Zhonggui; Yang, Li

    2016-06-15

    Lovastatin (LOV) is an antihyperlipidemic agent which exhibits low bioavailability due to its poor solubility. Therefore, a nanosuspension (NS) was developed as an efficient strategy to improve its oral bioavailability. To evaluate the pharmacokinetics of LOV-NS, a novel, sensitive, and rapid UPLC-MS/MS method was developed and validated for the simultaneous determination of LOV and its metabolite lovastatin acid (LOVA) in rat plasma. Simvastatin (IS) was chosen as the internal standard, and a liquid-liquid extraction method was used to isolate LOV and LOVA from biological matrices. The analytes were analyzed on an Acquity UPLC BEH C18 column, and a gradient program was applied at a flow rate of 0.2mL/min. Then, a tandem quadrupole mass spectrometer coupled with a positive/negative ion-switching electrospray ionization interface was employed to detect the analytes. Quantitation of the analytes was performed in the multiple reaction monitoring mode to monitor the transitions of m/z 427.1→325.0 for LOV and m/z 441.1→325.0 for IS in the positive ion mode and m/z 421.0→101.0 for LOVA in the negative ion mode, respectively. The method was validated over the concentration range 0.25-500ng/mL (r(2)≥0.99) for both LOV and LOVA. The intra-day and inter-day precision (RSD%) of LOV and LOVA were less than 12.87% and the accuracy (RE%) was less than 5.22%. The average extraction recoveries were 90.1% and 91.9% for LOV and LOVA, and the matrix effects were found to be between 85% and 115%. The stability study showed that both analytes were stable during the experiment. Finally, this method has been successfully applied to a pharmacokinetic study in rats following a single oral dose of 10mg/kg LOV-NS. PMID:27200472

  2. A New Method to Quantify Ifosfamide Blood Levels Using Dried Blood Spots and UPLC-MS/MS in Paediatric Patients with Embryonic Solid Tumours

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    Chávez-Pacheco, Juan L.; Navas, Carlos F.; Demetrio, Joel A.; Alemón-Medina, Radamés; Trujillo, Francisca; Pérez, Martín; Zapata, Martha M.; Cárdenas, Rocío; Salinas, Citlaltepetl; Aquino, Arnoldo; Velázquez-Cruz, Rafael; Castillejos, Manuel-de-Jesús

    2015-01-01

    Ifosfamide blood concentrations are necessary to monitor its therapeutic response, avoiding any adverse effect. We developed and validated an analytical method by UPLC-MS/MS to quantify ifosfamide in dried blood spots (DBS). Blood samples were collected on Whatman 903® filter paper cards. Five 3 mm disks were punched out from each dried blood spot. Acetonitrile and ethyl acetate were used for drug extraction. Chromatographic separation was carried out in an Acquity UPLC equipment with a BEH-C18 column, 2.1 x 100 mm, 1.7 μm (Waters®). The mobile phase consisted in 5 mM ammonium formate and methanol:acetonitrile (40:48:12 v/v/v) at 0.2 mL/min. LC-MS/MS detection was done by ESI+ and multiple reaction mode monitoring, ionic transitions were m/z1+ 260.99 > 91.63 for ifosfamide and 261.00 > 139.90 for cyclophosphamide (internal standard). This method was linear within a 100–10000 ng/mL range and it was accurate, precise and selective. Ifosfamide samples in DBS were stable for up to 52 days at -80°C. The procedure was tested in 14 patients, ages 1 month to 17 years (9 males and 5 females), with embryonic tumours treated with ifosfamide, alone or combined, at a public tertiary referral hospital. Ifosfamide blood levels ranged from 11.1 to 39.7 μmol/L at 12 hours after the last infusion, while 24-hour levels ranged from 0.7–19.7 μmol/L. The median at 12 hours was 19.5 μmol/L (Q25 14.4–Q75 29.0) and 3.8 μmol/L (Q25 1.5–Q75 9.9) at 24 hours, p<0.001. This method is feasible to determine ifosfamide plasma levels in paediatric patients. PMID:26600181

  3. Development and validation of an UPLC-MS/MS assay for quantitative analysis of the ghrelin receptor inverse agonist PF-5190457 in human or rat plasma and rat brain.

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    Ghareeb, Mwlod; Leggio, Lorenzo; El-Kattan, Ayman; Akhlaghi, Fatemeh

    2015-07-01

    PF-5190457 is a ghrelin receptor inverse agonist that is currently undergoing clinical development for the treatment of alcoholism. Our aim was to develop and validate a simple and sensitive assay for quantitative analysis of PF-5190457 in human or rat plasma and rat brain using liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry. The analyte and stable isotope internal standard were extracted from 50 μL plasma or rat brain homogenate by protein precipitation using 0.1% formic acid in acetonitrile. Chromatography was carried out on an Acquity UPLC BEH C18 (2.1 mm × 50 mm) column with 1.7 μm particle size and 130 Å pore size. The flow rate was 0.5 mL/min and total chromatographic run time was 2.2 min. The mobile phase consisted of a gradient mixture of water: acetonitrile 95:5% (v/v) containing 0.1% formic acid (solvent A) and 100% acetonitrile containing 0.1% formic acid (solvent B). Multiple reaction monitoring was carried out in positive electro-spray ionization mode using m/z 513.35 → 209.30 for PF-5190457 and m/z 518.47 → 214.43 for the internal standard. The recovery ranged from 102 to 118% with coefficient of variation (CV) less than 6% for all matrices. The calibration curves for all matrices were linear over the studied concentration range (R(2) ≥ 0.998, n = 3). The lower limit of quantification was 1 ng/mL in rat or human plasma and 0.75 ng/g in rat brain. Intra- and inter-run mean percent accuracies were between 85 and 115% and percent imprecision was ≤15%. The assays were successfully utilized to measure the concentration of PF-5190457 in pre-clinical and clinical pharmacology studies of the compound. PMID:25943263

  4. Rapid and sensitive determination of diacetylpolyamines in human fingernail by ultraperformance liquid chromatography coupled with electrospray ionization tandem mass spectrometry.

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    Min, Jun Zhe; Morota, Yuka; Jiang, Ying-Zi; Li, Gao; Kang, Dongzhou; Yu, Hai-fu; Inoue, Koichi; Todoroki, Kenichiro; Toyo'oka, Toshimasa

    2014-01-01

    A rapid and sensitive ultraperformance liquid chromatography coupled with electrospray ionization tandem mass spectrometry (UPLC-ESI-MS/MS) method has been developed and validated for quantitatively determining diacetylpolyamines in the human fingernail. N(1),N(8)-diacetylspermidine (DiAct-Spd), N(1),N(12)- diacetylspermine (DiAct-Spm) and 1,6-diaminohexane (DAH) the [internal standard (IS)] were extracted from human fingernail samples by MeOH: 5 M HCl solution, followed by 4-(N,N-dimethylaminosulfonyl)-7-fluoro- 2,1,3-benzoxadiazole (DBD-F) derivatization, and then separated on an ACQUITY BEH C18 column with a gradient elution of acetonitrile and water containing 0.1% formic acid. The derivatives of the diacetylpolyamines were fully separated within a short run time (3.0 min). The triple quadrupole mass spectrometric detection was performed in the multiple reactions monitoring (MRM) mode by the UPLC-ESI- MS/MS system in the positive ionization mode. MRM using the fragmentation transitions of m/z 455.20→ 100.07, 737.25 → 100.07 and 567.10 → 479.07 in the positive ESI mode was performed to quantify DiAct-Spd, DiAct-Spm and IS, respectively. The calibration curve is between 0.04 ng mL(-1) for DiAct-Spd and DiAct-Spm. The detection limits (signal to noise ratio of five) were 5-10 pg mL(-1). A good linearity was achieved from the calibration curves (r(2) >0.9999), and the intra-day and inter-day assay precisions were less than 7.06%. Furthermore, the recoveries (%) of the diacetylpolyamines spiked in the human fingernails were 79.18-97.11. The present method proved that the high sensitivity is characterized by the specificity and feasibility of the sample analysis. Consequently, the proposed method was used to analyze human fingernail samples from 15 lung- cancer patients and 22 healthy volunteers. Diacetylpolyamines were detected from the fingernails of the lung- cancer patients for the first time. The concentration of DiAct-Spd in the lung-cancer patient group

  5. UPLC-MS/MS assay of 21-aminosteroid (lazaroid U74389G) for application in pharmacokinetic study.

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    Gadgil, P; Ibrahim, F; Chow, D S-L

    2016-04-15

    Lazaroids are potent inhibitors of lipid peroxidation, both in vitro and in vivo. Additionally, a member of the lazaroid family, U-74389G (LAZ) has been shown to have specific radio-protective and anti-proliferative effects. However, there is no quantitative analytical method developed for measuring the therapeutic levels of LAZ for the aforementioned effects. This article highlights the development and validation of a sensitive UPLC-MS/MS method for the quantification of LAZ, and its subsequent application in pharmacokinetic studies in rats with the lower limit of quantification (LLOQ) of 1.95 ng/mL. LAZ and internal standard diadzein (IS) were separated using ACQUITY UPLC(®) BEH C18 column. Gradient elution was used at a flow rate of 0.45 mL/min with mobile phases consisting of 0.1% formic acid in water and 0.1% formic in acetonitrile. LAZ (m/z 612→260) and IS (m/z 255→199) were detected by electrospray ionization (ESI) using multiple reaction monitoring (MRM) in a positive mode on QTRAP(®) 5500 System. The UPLC-MS/MS method was validated as per the US FDA Guidelines for Bio-analytical Validation. LAZ was extracted from rat plasma (100 μL) using protein precipitation by acetonitrile with mean recovery and matrix factor in range of 47.7-56.1%, and 85.6-89.4%, respectively. The calibration curve for LAZ was linear in the range of 1.95-250 ng/mL. The inter-day and intra-day accuracy and precision values for LLOQ, low, medium, high and very high concentration QC samples were within ±15%. LAZ was tested under different storage conditions, for short-term bench-top stability (1h and 3h at 25°C), long-term stability (1 month at -80°C), freeze-thaw cycle stability (1 cycle and 3 cycles) and stability of processed samples in auto-sampler (24h at 10°C) with stability values within ±15% range of nominal concentrations. The validated UPLC-MS/MS method was further applied to a pharmacokinetic study in rats after a single intravenous dose of LAZ at 5 mg/kg. PMID

  6. Simultaneous determination in hair of multiclass drugs of abuse (including THC) by ultra-high performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry.

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    Di Corcia, D; D'Urso, F; Gerace, E; Salomone, A; Vincenti, M

    2012-06-15

    A simple procedure for the quantitative determination in hair samples of 13 common drugs of abuse or metabolites (morphine, 6-acetylmorphine, codeine, amphetamine, methamphetamine, 3,4-methylenedioxyamphetamine, 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine, 3,4-methylenedioxyethylamphetamine, benzoylecgonine, cocaine, buprenorphine, methadone and Δ(9)-tetrahydrocannabinol) has been developed and fully validated. The analytes were extracted from the matrix by a simple overnight incubation with methanol at 55 °C. An aliquot of the extract was directly injected into an ultra-high performance liquid chromatography system equipped with Waters Acquity UHPLC BEH C18 column (100 mm × 2.1mm, 1.7 μm). The mobile phase eluted with a linear gradient (water/formic acid 5 mM:acetonitrile; v:v) from 98:2 to 0:100 in 4.5 min, followed by isocratic elution at 100% B for 1.0 min. The flow rate was 0.6 mL/min and the total run time was 8.0 min including re-equilibration at the initial conditions. The compounds were revealed by a triple quadrupole mass spectrometer operating in the selected reaction monitoring mode. The absence of matrix interferents, together with excellent repeatability of both retention times and relative abundances of diagnostic transitions, allowed the correct identification of all analytes tested. The method proved linear in the interval from the limit of quantification to 5.0 ng/mg (1.0 ng/mg for Δ⁹-tetrahydrocannabinol) with correlation coefficient values ranging from 0.9970 to 0.9997. Quantitation limits were below the cut-off values recommended by the Society of Hair Testing and ranged from 0.02 to 0.08 ng/mg. Application of the present UHPLC-MS/MS procedure and instrumentation to hair analysis allows high sample-throughput, together with excellent sensitivity and selectivity, in workplace drug-screening controls and forensic investigations. These qualities, combined with minimal sample workup, make the cost of this screening affordable for most private and

  7. 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

  8. Simultaneous determination of 18 D-amino acids in rat plasma by an ultrahigh-performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry method: application to explore the potential relationship between Alzheimer's disease and D-amino acid level alterations.

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    Xing, Yuping; Li, Xiaoyan; Guo, Xingjie; Cui, Yan

    2016-01-01

    D-Amino acids are increasingly being recognized as important signaling molecules, and abnormal levels of D-amino acids have been implicated in the pathogenesis of Alzheimer's disease. To evaluate the potential relationship between Alzheimer's disease and D-amino acids, a simple, sensitive, and reliable UPLC-MS/MS method with pre-column derivatization was developed and validated for simultaneous determination of 18 D-amino acids in rat plasma. The analytes were extracted from plasma samples by a protein precipitation procedure, and then derivatized with (S)-N-(4-nitrophenoxycarbonyl) phenylalanine methoxyethyl ester [(S)-NIFE]. Chromatographic separation was achieved using an ACQUITY UPLC BEH C18 column (2.1 mm × 50 mm, 1.7 μm) with a mobile phase composed of acetonitrile containing 8 mM ammonium hydrogen carbonate at a flow rate of 0.6 mL min(-1). The analytes were detected by electrospray ionization in positive ion multiple reaction monitoring modes. Under the optimum experimental conditions, all the linear regressions were acquired with r > 0.9932. The limits of quantitation of all derivatized D-amino acids were within 0.05-40.0 ng mL(-1) in rat plasma. The intra- and inter-day precisions, expressed as percentage relative standard deviations (%RSD), were within the range of 12.3 and 10.1%, respectively. The recoveries for all the analytes were observed over the range of 82.8-100.5% with RSD values less than 12.5%. Finally, the proposed method was successfully applied to simultaneous determination of the 18 D-amino acids in plasma from Alzheimer's disease rats and age-matched normal controls. Results showed that the concentrations of D-serine, D-aspartate, D-alanine, D-leucine, and D-proline in Alzheimer's disease rat plasma were significantly decreased compared with those in normal controls, while D-phenylalanine levels increased. It was revealed that some of these D-amino acids would be potential diagnostic biomarkers for Alzheimer's disease. PMID

  9. The metal-organic framework MIL-101(Cr) as efficient adsorbent in a vortex-assisted dispersive solid-phase extraction of imatinib mesylate in rat plasma coupled with ultra-performance liquid chromatography/mass spectrometry: Application to a pharmacokinetic study.

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    Qi, Chao; Cai, Qianqian; Zhao, Pan; Jia, Xiuna; Lu, Nan; He, Lu; Hou, Xiaohong

    2016-06-01

    Metal-organic framework MIL-101(Cr) was successfully used as an efficient sorbent in a vortex-assisted dispersive solid-phase extraction (VA-DSPE) and applied for the determination and the pharmacokinetic of imatinib mesylate in rat plasma by UPLC-MS/MS. In the enrichment of imatinib from rat plasma, the analyte was efficiently adsorbed on MIL-101(Cr) and simply recovered by using initial mobile phase (0.1% formic acid-methanol (6:4 v/v)) as elution solvent. Meanwhile, the protein in the plasma samples was excluded from the porous structure of MIL-101(Cr), leading to direct extraction of drug molecule from protein-rich biological samples without any other pretreatment procedure. After being removed, the supernatant was filtered and directly injected into the UPLC-MS/MS for the analysis of the target. The experimental parameters, including nature of MOFs, amount of MIL-101(Cr), pH value of aqueous solution, extraction time, type and volume of elution solvent, were systematically optimized. After VA-DSPE, chromatographic separation was performed on an ACQUITY UPLC(®) BEH C18 column (2.1mm×100mm, 1.7μm) with a 3min gradient elution using 0.1% formic acid and methanol as mobile phase at a flow rate of 0.3mL/min. The detection was accomplished on a tandem mass spectrometer via an electrospray ionization (ESI) source by multiple reaction monitoring (MRM) in the positive ionization mode. The lower limit of quantification of 1ng/mL was achieved and the mean recovery of the analyte was higher than 81.2%. Moreover, computational simulation was primarily applied to predict the adsorption behavior and revealed the molecular interactions and free binding energies between MIL-101(Cr) and imatinib with the molecular modeling method, providing certain explanation of the adsorption mechanism. The originally established pretreatment and detection method has some merits, such as less solvent consumption, easy operation, higher sensitivity and lower matrix effect. And the MIL-101

  10. Buprenorphine and norbuprenorphine quantification in human plasma by simple protein precipitation and ultra-high performance liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry.

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    Lüthi, Guillaume; Blangy, Valeria; Eap, Chin B; Ansermot, Nicolas

    2013-04-15

    A highly sensitive ultra-high performance liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry (UHPLC-MS/MS) method was developed for the quantification of buprenorphine and its major metabolite norbuprenorphine in human plasma. In order to speed up the process and decrease costs, sample preparation was performed by simple protein precipitation with acetonitrile. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first application of this extraction technique for the quantification of buprenorphine in plasma. Matrix effects were strongly reduced and selectivity increased by using an efficient chromatographic separation on a sub-2 μm column (Acquity UPLC BEH C18 1.7 μm, 2.1×50 mm) in 5 min with a gradient of ammonium formate 20 mM pH 3.05 and acetonitrile as mobile phase at a flow rate of 0.4 ml/min. Detection was made using a tandem quadrupole mass spectrometer operating in positive electrospray ionization mode, using multiple reaction monitoring. The procedure was fully validated according to the latest Food and Drug Administration guidelines and the Société Française des Sciences et Techniques Pharmaceutiques. Very good results were obtained by using a stable isotope-labeled internal standard for each analyte, to compensate for the variability due to the extraction and ionization steps. The method was very sensitive with lower limits of quantification of 0.1 ng/ml for buprenorphine and 0.25 ng/ml for norbuprenorphine. The upper limit of quantification was 250 ng/ml for both drugs. Trueness (98.4-113.7%), repeatability (1.9-7.7%), intermediate precision (2.6-7.9%) and internal standard-normalized matrix effects (94-101%) were in accordance with international recommendations. The procedure was successfully used to quantify plasma samples from patients included in a clinical pharmacogenetic study and can be transferred for routine therapeutic drug monitoring in clinical laboratories without further development. PMID:23357637

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. Using an innovative Quality-by-Design approach for development of a stability indicating UHPLC method for ebastine in the API and pharmaceutical formulations.

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    Schmidt, Alexander H; Molnár, Imre

    2013-05-01

    A stability-indicating ultra high performance liquid chromatographic (UHPLC) method has been developed for purity testing of ebastine and its pharmaceutical formulations. Successful chromatographic separation of the API from impurities was achieved on a Waters Acquity UPLC BEH C18, 50 mm × 2.1 mm, 1.7 μm particle size column with gradient elution of 10 mM acetate buffer pH 6.2 and a mixture of acetonitrile/2-propanol (1:1) as the mobile phase. Incorporating Quality by Design (QbD) principles to the method development approach by using the chromatography modeling software DryLab4 allows the visualization of a "Design Space", a region in which changes to method parameters will not significantly affect the results as defined in the ICH guideline Q8 (R2). A verification study demonstrated that the established model for Design Space is accurate with a relative error of prediction of only 0.6%. The method was fully validated for specificity, linearity, accuracy and precision, and robustness in compliance to the ICH guideline Q2 (R1). The method was found to be linear in the concentration range from the quantification limit (LOQ) to 125% of the specification limit for ebastine and each of the impurities with correlation coefficients of not less than 0.999. The recovery rate was between 98.15 and 100.30% for each impurity. The repeatability and intermediate precision (RSD) were less than 3.2% for ebastine and each of the impurities. The robustness of the developed method was studied by varying the six parameters: gradient time, temperature, ternary composition of the eluent, flow rate and start and end concentration of the gradient at 3 levels (+1, 0, -1). The resulting 729 experiments were performed in silico from the previously constructed model for Design Space and showed that the required resolution of 2.0 can be reached in all experiments. To prove the stability-indicating performance of the method, forced degradation (acid and base hydrolysis, oxidation, photolytic

  14. Comparison of concentration pulse and tracer pulse chromatography: experimental determination of eluent uptake by bridged-ethylene hybrid ultra high performance liquid chromatography packings

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    Excess volume isotherms of acetonitrile and methanol sorbed on a C18 BEH UHPLC packing were determined over a range of pressure, temperature, flow rate and eluent composition. The isotherm measurements were carried out by two independent experimental methods, viz., concentration pulse and tracer pul...

  15. Facts about Behçet's Disease of the Eye

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    ... NEI Office of Science Communications, Public Liaison, and Education. Technical questions about this website can be addressed to the NEI Website Manager . Department of Health and Human Services | The National ...

  16. Genetics Home Reference: Behçet disease

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    ... part of a family of genes called the human leukocyte antigen (HLA) complex . The HLA complex helps the immune system distinguish the body's own proteins from proteins made by foreign invaders ( ...

  17. Bushehr Elderly Health (BEH) Programme, phase I (cardiovascular system)

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    Ostovar, Afshin; Nabipour, Iraj; Larijani, Bagher; Heshmat, Ramin; Darabi, Hossein; Vahdat, Katayoun; Ravanipour, Maryam; Mehrdad, Neda; Raeisi, Alireza; Heidari, Gholamreza; Shafiee, Gita; Haeri, Mohammadjavad; Pourbehi, Mohammadreza; Sharifi, Farshad; Noroozi, Azita; Tahmasebi, Rahim; Aghaei Meybodi, Hamidreza; Assadi, Majid; Farrokhi, Shokrollah; Nemati, Reza; Amini, Mohammad Reza; Barekat, Maryam; Amini, Abdullatif; Salimipour, Houman; Dobaradaran, Sina; Moshtaghi, Darab

    2015-01-01

    Purpose The main objective of the Bushehr Elderly Health Programme, in its first phase, is to investigate the prevalence of cardiovascular risk factors and their association with major adverse cardiovascular events. Participants Between March 2013 and October 2014, a total of 3000 men and women aged ≥60 years, residing in Bushehr, Iran, participated in this prospective cohort study (participation rate=90.2%). Findings to date Baseline data on risk factors, including demographic and socioeconomic status, smoking and medical history, were collected through a modified WHO MONICA questionnaire. Vital signs and anthropometric measures, including systolic and diastolic blood pressure, weight, height, and waist and hip circumference, were also measured. 12-lead electrocardiography and echocardiography were conducted on all participants, and total of 10 cc venous blood was taken, and sera was separated and stored at –80°C for possible future use. Preliminary data analyses showed a noticeably higher prevalence of risk factors among older women compared to that in men. Future plans Risk factor assessments will be repeated every 5 years, and the participants will be followed during the study to measure the occurrence of major adverse cardiac events. Moreover, the second phase, which includes investigation of bone health and cognition in the elderly, was started in September 2015. Data are available at the Persian Gulf Biomedical Research Institute, Bushehr University of Medical Sciences, Bushehr, Iran, for any collaboration. PMID:26674503

  18. Reversed phase capillary HPLC using polymer-entrapped C18 particles.

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    Gibson, Graham T T; Marecak, Dale M; Oleschuk, Richard D

    2009-12-01

    Novel capillary columns containing polymer-entrapped octadecylsilyl-modified silica microspheres were evaluated for chromatographic performance. The polymer forms only at the particle surface and in as little as 10 s strongly immobilizes them, obviating the need for a frit. The photoinitiated polymerization is patternable, and various entrapment styles were compared, all of which withstood pressure drops of at least 5000 psi (345 bar). The fritless nature of the columns allows a unique mass production capability whereby long packed columns are entrapped and simply cut afterward. Since the material has previously been shown to be a proficient nanoelectrospray emitter, the columns have enormous potential for use in capillary LC-MS. The evaluation suggests that for the designs that have minimal entrapped regions, the column performance is equivalent to commercial columns containing similar particles. PMID:19937859

  19. High-resolution imaging of QSO 2305 + 187 (= 4C 18.68)

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    Hutchings, J. B.; Crabtree, D.; Neff, S. G.; Gower, A. C.

    1992-01-01

    Optical imaging of QSO 2305 + 187 with resolution ranging from 0.1 to 1.0 arcsec in continuum and line emission is presented. The data are from FOCAM and the HR Cam of the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope, and the Wide Field Camera of the Hubble Space Telescope. These are compared with previously published optical and radio images. The QSO host galaxy has the basic properties of an elliptical, but has significant irregularities, and tidal tails which indicate an ongoing gravitational interaction with a close companion.

  20. C18:1 Methyl Ester Metathesis in [bmim][X] Type Ionic Liquids

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    Thomas, Priya A.; Marvey, Bassie B.

    2009-01-01

    The efficacy of [bmim][X] ionic liquids (ILs) (X = PF6−, BF4− and NTf2−) as reaction media for methyl oleate metathesis was compared with that of conventional organic solvents (PhCl, PhMe, DCM and DCE) using the well-defined first and second generation Grubbs precatalysts, RuCl2(PCy3)(L)(=CHPh) (L = PCy3 or H2IMes). Best catalytic performance, with excellent selectivity (>98%) at moderate reaction temperatures, was achieved in [bmim][X] ILs compared to conventional solvents. The effects of anion, reaction temperature, solvent polarity, solvent viscosity, and ligand-anion interaction on the reaction are also addressed. PMID:20087475

  1. MO-C-18A-01: Advances in Model-Based 3D Image Reconstruction

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    Chen, G; Pan, X; Stayman, J; Samei, E

    2014-06-15

    Recent years have seen the emergence of CT image reconstruction techniques that exploit physical models of the imaging system, photon statistics, and even the patient to achieve improved 3D image quality and/or reduction of radiation dose. With numerous advantages in comparison to conventional 3D filtered backprojection, such techniques bring a variety of challenges as well, including: a demanding computational load associated with sophisticated forward models and iterative optimization methods; nonlinearity and nonstationarity in image quality characteristics; a complex dependency on multiple free parameters; and the need to understand how best to incorporate prior information (including patient-specific prior images) within the reconstruction process. The advantages, however, are even greater – for example: improved image quality; reduced dose; robustness to noise and artifacts; task-specific reconstruction protocols; suitability to novel CT imaging platforms and noncircular orbits; and incorporation of known characteristics of the imager and patient that are conventionally discarded. This symposium features experts in 3D image reconstruction, image quality assessment, and the translation of such methods to emerging clinical applications. Dr. Chen will address novel methods for the incorporation of prior information in 3D and 4D CT reconstruction techniques. Dr. Pan will show recent advances in optimization-based reconstruction that enable potential reduction of dose and sampling requirements. Dr. Stayman will describe a “task-based imaging” approach that leverages models of the imaging system and patient in combination with a specification of the imaging task to optimize both the acquisition and reconstruction process. Dr. Samei will describe the development of methods for image quality assessment in such nonlinear reconstruction techniques and the use of these methods to characterize and optimize image quality and dose in a spectrum of clinical applications. Learning Objectives: Learn the general methodologies associated with model-based 3D image reconstruction. Learn the potential advantages in image quality and dose associated with model-based image reconstruction. Learn the challenges associated with computational load and image quality assessment for such reconstruction methods. Learn how imaging task can be incorporated as a means to drive optimal image acquisition and reconstruction techniques. Learn how model-based reconstruction methods can incorporate prior information to improve image quality, ease sampling requirements, and reduce dose.

  2. SU-C-18C-03: Dual-Energy X-Ray Fluoroscopy Imaging System

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    Virshup, G; Richmond, M; Mostafavi, H; Ganguly, A; Fu, D

    2014-06-01

    Purpose: This work studies the clinical utility of dual energy (DE) subtraction fluoroscopy for fiducial-free tumor tracking in lung radiation therapy (RT). Improvement in tumor visualization and quantification of tumor shift within a breathing cycle were analyzed. Methods: Twenty subjects who were undergoing RT for lung cancer were recruited following institutional review board approval. The subjects had a range of tumor sizes, locations in the lungs, and body sizes. An x-ray imaging system was setup with the following components: (a) x-ray tube (Varian G-242, Varian Medical Systems (VMS), CA) (b) flat panel detector (4030CB, VMS, CA) and (c) x-ray generator (EPS 50RF, EMD, Canada). Firmware and software modifications were made to the generator to allow 10 x-ray pulse pairs with alternating low/high kV, 100 ms apart for ∼4s (one breathing cycle). Images were obtained at 4 angles: 0°, 45°, 90° and 135°. Weighted subtraction of a kV-pair image set was used to create a “bone-free” image of the lungs. The 2D tumor-shift in each subtracted image and the 3D shift during a breathing cycle was calculated using all views. Results: The subjects enrolled had the following statistics: average age 62.3±7.1 years, 5 female/15 male, 11 had tumors on the right and 9 on the left and the average tumor size was ∼31.4±10.8 mm. X-ray imaging conditions for the pulse pairs were: 70/120 kVp, 280/221 mA and 65/8 ms. For views where these parameters were insufficient 80/130 kVp, 280/221 mA and 60/12 ms was used. Tumor visibility improved for 0°, 45°, 90° and 135° in 100%, 55%, 75% and 80% of the cases respectively. Tumor shift during a breathing cycle was: 2.4±1.0 mm AP, 2.7±1.4 mm LR and 7.6±4.8 mm IS. Conclusion: DE subtraction fluoroscopy allowed improved visualization and quantification of movement of tumors in the lungs during a breathing cycle. This study was entirely funded by Varian Medical Systems.

  3. Materials Data on POs6C18ClO18 (SG:2) by Materials Project

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    Kristin Persson

    2014-07-09

    Computed materials data using density functional theory calculations. These calculations determine the electronic structure of bulk materials by solving approximations to the Schrodinger equation. For more information, see https://materialsproject.org/docs/calculations

  4. 26 CFR 31.3306(c)(18)-1 - Services of certain nonresident aliens.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-04-01

    ... study and who seeks to enter the United States temporarily and solely for the purpose of pursuing such a course of study at an established institution of learning or other recognized place of study in the... with the Office of Education of the United States, which institution or place of study shall...

  5. 26 CFR 31.3306(c)(18)-1 - Services of certain nonresident aliens.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-04-01

    ... study and who seeks to enter the United States temporarily and solely for the purpose of pursuing such a course of study at an established institution of learning or other recognized place of study in the... with the Office of Education of the United States, which institution or place of study shall...

  6. 26 CFR 31.3306(c)(18)-1 - Services of certain nonresident aliens.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-04-01

    ... study and who seeks to enter the United States temporarily and solely for the purpose of pursuing such a course of study at an established institution of learning or other recognized place of study in the... with the Office of Education of the United States, which institution or place of study shall...

  7. A Fast and Reliable UPLC-PAD Fingerprint Analysis of Chimonanthus salicifolius Combined with Chemometrics Methods.

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    Liang, Xianrui; Zhao, Cui; Su, Weike

    2016-08-01

    A novel fingerprinting approach was developed by means of ultra-high-performance liquid chromatography with photodiode array detector (UPLC-PAD) for the quality control of Chimonanthus salicifolius (C. salicifolius). All UPLC analyses were carried out on a Waters Acquity BEH Phenyl column (2.1 × 50 mm, 1.7 μm particle size) at 48°C, with a gradient mobile phase composed of 0.1% aqueous phosphoric acid and acetonitrile at a flow rate of 0.2 mL/min. The method validation results demonstrated the developed method possessing desirable precision [<0.88% relative standard deviation (RSD)], reproducibility (<1.87% RSD), stability (<1.42% RSD) and allowing fingerprint analysis in one chromatographic run within 21 min. The quality assessment was achieved by using chemometrics methods including similarity analysis, hierarchical clustering analysis and principal component analysis. The developed method can be used for further quality control of C. salicifolius. PMID:27226461

  8. 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

  9. Quantitative determination of alkaloids from roots of Hydrastis canadensis L. and dietary supplements using ultra-performance liquid chromatography with UV detection.

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    Avula, Bharathi; Wang, Yan-Hong; Khan, Ikhlas A

    2012-01-01

    Ultra-performance liquid chromatography (UPLC) with UV detection was used for the quantification of alkaloids from roots of Hydrastis canadensis L. (goldenseal) and dietary supplements claiming to contain goldenseal. The analysis was performed on a Waters Acquity UPLC system with an Acquity UPLC BEH Shield RP18 column using gradient elution with ammonium formate and acetonitrile containing formic acid. The chromatographic run time was less than 6 min. The detection wavelength used for beta-hydrastine and canadine was 290 nm; for hydrastinine, coptisine, jatrorrhizine, palmatine, and berberine, it was 344 nm. A total of five different extraction solvents, including 100% methanol, 90% methanol, 90% methanol + 1% acetic acid, 90% acetonitrile + 0.1% phosphoric acid, and 100% acetonitrile, were tested for recovery of the major compounds. The samples extracted with the 90% methanol + 1% acetic acid displayed the best recovery (>97%). The analytical method was validated for linearity, repeatability, LOD, and LOQ. The RSDs for intraday and interday experiments were less than 3.5%, and the recovery was 98-103%. UPLC/MS with a quadrupole mass analyzer and electrospray ionization source was used to confirm the identity of seven alkaloids. The analytical method was successfully applied to confirm the identification of seven alkaloids from the roots of H. canadensis, dietary supplements that claimed to contain goldenseal, and possible adulterant species. PMID:23175972

  10. SU-C-18C-04: Evaluation of Effective Dose During Ureteroscopy for Obese and Non-Obese Patients

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    Wang, C; Nguyen, G; Chung, Y; Yoshizumi, T; Cabrera, F; Lipkin, M; Shin, R

    2014-06-01

    Purpose: Ureteroscopy involves fluoroscopy which potentially results in considerable amount of radiation dose to the patient. Purpose of this study was two-fold: (a) to develop the effective dose computational model for obese and non-obese patients undergoing left and right ureteroscopy, and (b) to evaluate the utility of a commercial Monte Carlo software for dose assessment in ureteroscopy. Methods: Organ dose measurements were performed on an adult male anthropomorphic phantom, representing the non-obese patients, with 20 high-sensitivity MOSFET detectors and two 0.18cc ionization chambers placed in selected organs. Fat-equivalent paddings were placed around the abdominal region to simulate for obese patients. Effective dose (ED) was calculated using ICRP 103 tissue weighting factors and normalized to the effective dose rate in miliSivert per second (mSv/s). In addition, a commercial Monte Carlo (MC) dose estimation program was used to estimate ED for the non-obese model, with table attenuation correction applied to simulate clinical procedure. Results: For the equipment and protocols involved in this study, the MOSFETderived ED rates for the obese patient model (‘Left’: 0.0092±0.0004 mSv/s; ‘Right’: 0.0086±0.0004 mSv/s) was found to be more than twice as much as that to the non-obese patient model (‘Left’: 0.0041±0.0003 mSv/s; ‘Right’: 0.0036±0.0007 mSv/s). The MC-derived ED rates for the non-obese patient model (‘Left’: 0.0041 mSv/s; ‘Right’: 0.0036 mSv/s; with statistical uncertainty of 1%) showed a good agreement with the MOSFET method. Conclusion: The significant difference in ED rate between the obese and non-obese patient models shows the limitation of directly applying commercial softwares for obese patients and leading to considerable underestimation of ED. Although commercial softwares offer a convenient means of dose estimation, but the utility may be limited to standard-man geometry as the software does not account for table attenuation, obese patient geometry, and differences between the anthropomorphic phantom and MC mathematical phantom.

  11. SU-C-18A-02: Image-Based Camera Tracking: Towards Registration of Endoscopic Video to CT

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    Ingram, S; Rao, A; Wendt, R; Castillo, R; Court, L; Yang, J; Beadle, B

    2014-06-01

    Purpose: Endoscopic examinations are routinely performed on head and neck and esophageal cancer patients. However, these images are underutilized for radiation therapy because there is currently no way to register them to a CT of the patient. The purpose of this work is to develop a method to track the motion of an endoscope within a structure using images from standard clinical equipment. This method will be incorporated into a broader endoscopy/CT registration framework. Methods: We developed a software algorithm to track the motion of an endoscope within an arbitrary structure. We computed frame-to-frame rotation and translation of the camera by tracking surface points across the video sequence and utilizing two-camera epipolar geometry. The resulting 3D camera path was used to recover the surrounding structure via triangulation methods. We tested this algorithm on a rigid cylindrical phantom with a pattern spray-painted on the inside. We did not constrain the motion of the endoscope while recording, and we did not constrain our measurements using the known structure of the phantom. Results: Our software algorithm can successfully track the general motion of the endoscope as it moves through the phantom. However, our preliminary data do not show a high degree of accuracy in the triangulation of 3D point locations. More rigorous data will be presented at the annual meeting. Conclusion: Image-based camera tracking is a promising method for endoscopy/CT image registration, and it requires only standard clinical equipment. It is one of two major components needed to achieve endoscopy/CT registration, the second of which is tying the camera path to absolute patient geometry. In addition to this second component, future work will focus on validating our camera tracking algorithm in the presence of clinical imaging features such as patient motion, erratic camera motion, and dynamic scene illumination.

  12. TH-C-18A-09: Exam and Patient Parameters Affecting the DNA Damage Response Following CT Studies

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    Elgart, S; Adibi, A; Bostani, M; Ruehm, S; Enzmann, D; McNitt-Gray, M; Iwamoto, K

    2014-06-15

    Purpose: To identify exam and patient parameters affecting the biological response to CT studies using in vivo and ex vivo blood samples. Methods: Blood samples were collected under IRB approval from 16 patients undergoing clinically-indicated CT exams. Blood was procured prior to, immediately after and 30minutes following irradiation. A sample of preexam blood was placed on the patient within the exam region for ex vivo analysis. Whole blood samples were fixed immediately following collection and stained for γH2AX to assess DNA damage response (DDR). Median fluorescence of treated samples was compared to non-irradiated control samples for each patient. Patients were characterized by observed biological kinetic response: (a) fast — phosphorylation increased by 2minutes and fell by 30minutes, (b) slow — phosphorylation continued to increase to 30minutes and (c) none — little change was observed or irradiated samples fell below controls. Total dose values were normalized to exam time for an averaged dose-rate in dose/sec for each exam. Relationships between patient biological responses and patient and exam parameters were investigated. Results: A clearer dose response at 30minutes is observed for young patients (<61yoa; R2>0.5) compared to old patients (>61yoa; R{sup 2}<0.11). Fast responding patients were significantly younger than slow responding patients (p<0.05). Unlike in vivo samples, age did not significantly affect the patient response ex vivo. Additionally, fast responding patients received exams with significantly smaller dose-rate than slow responding patients (p<0.05). Conclusion: Age is a significant factor in the biological response suggesting that DDR may be more rapid in a younger population and slower as the population ages. Lack of an agerelated response ex vivo suggests a systemic response to radiation not present when irradiated outside the body. Dose-rate affects the biological response suggesting that patient response may be related to scan timing and dose delivery within an exam protocol. All authors receive(d) funding from a Master Research Agreement from Siemens Healthcare with UCLA Radiological Sciences.

  13. MO-C-18C-01: Radiation Risks at Level of Few CT Scans: How Real?- Science to Practice

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    Rehani, M; Samei, E; Morgan, W; Goske, M; Shore, R

    2014-06-15

    There are controversies surrounding radiation effects in human population in the range of radiation doses encountered by patients resulting from one to several CT scans. While it is understandable why the effects from low levels of diagnostic radiation are controversial, the situation is complicated by the media which may distort the known facts. There is need to understand the state of science regarding low-level radiation effects and also to understand how to communicate the potential risk with patients, the public and media. This session will seek to come to a consensus in order to speak with one voice to the media and the public. This session will review radiation effects known so far from a variety of exposed groups since the nuclear holocaust, provide clarification where effects are certain and where they are not, at what level extrapolation is the only way and at what level there is weak but agreeable acceptance. We will depict where and why there is agreement among organizations responsible for studying radiation effects, and how to deal with situations where effects are uncertain. Specific focus on radiation effects in children will be provided.Finally, the session will attempt to bridge the communication gap from the science to how to be an effective communicator with patients, parents, and media about ionizing radiation. Learning Objectives: To have a clear understanding about certainties and uncertainties of radiation effects at the level of a few CT scans To understand the results and limitations from 3 major pediatric CT scientific studies on childhood exposures published recently. To understand successful strategies used in risk communication.

  14. TH-C-18A-05: Characteristics and Accuracy of CT Radiation Profile Width Measurements Using Radiochromic Films

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    Li, B; Behrman, R

    2014-06-15

    Purpose: To investigate the impact of several acquisition and image analysis factors on the accuracy of CT beam width measurement using Gafchromic XR-QA2 film and an off the shelf document scanner. Methods: The film was carefully placed at the iso-center and exposed at various x-ray beam energies (80–140 kVp), exposure levels (50–400 mAs), and nominal beam widths (1.25, 5, and 10 mm). Films were scanned on a RICOH MP3501 flat-bed document scanner using reflection mode and various spatial resolutions (100 to 600 dpi) and locations within the scanner bed. Radiation dose profiles were derived by converting the net reflection measurements to dose values (in mGy) through film calibration (which is also described here). The beam widths were characterized by the FWHM and FWTM of the dose profiles and the deviations from the hybrid reference standards were quantified. The impact of x-ray beam energy, exposure intensity, film calibration, and the uniformity and spatial resolution of the document scanner were investigated. Results: The uncertainties in both FWHM and FWTM caused by varying beam energy, exposure level, and scanner uniformity were all within approximately 5%. Increasing scanner spatial resolution increased the uncertainty in both FWHM and FWTM (R2 = 0.35–0.71), with the FWTM affected by more than five times than the FWHM (28% vs. 4.9%). When uncalibrated dose profiles were used, the FWHM and FWTM were over-estimated by as much as 11.6% and 7.6%, respectively. Narrower beam width was more sensitive to the film calibration than the wider one (R2 = 0.68 and 0.85 for the FWHM and FWTM, respectively). Conclusion: Measurement of CT beam width using Gafchromic XR-QA2 films is robust against x-ray energy, exposure level, and scanner uniformity. It can provide adequate accuracy for all practical purposes with appropriate film calibration and scanner spatial resolution (100 dpi or less)

  15. REVERSED-PHASE SEPARATION OF ESTUARINE INTERSTITIAL WATER FRACTIONS AND THE CONSEQUENCES OF C18 RETENTION OF ORGANIC MATTER

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    Data are presented on the application of the reversed-phase separation technique for the determination of dissolved organic compounds in estuarine interstitial water. hirty-seven neutral, nonpolar organic compounds were equilibrated with interstitial water, extracted by emulsion-...

  16. TU-C-18C-01: Medical Physics 1.0 to 2.0: Introduction and Panel Discussion

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    Samei, E; Pfeiffer, D; Frey, G; Krupinski, E; Pizzutiello, R; Carson, P; Mahesh, M; Hangiandreou, N; Jordan, D; Dixon, R

    2014-06-15

    Medical Physics 2.0, a new frontier in clinical imaging physics: Diagnostic imaging has always been a technological highlight of modern medicine. Imaging systems, with their ever-expanding advancement in terms of technology and application, increasingly require skilled expertise to understand the delicacy of their operation, monitor their performance, design their effective use, and ensure their overall quality and safety, scientifically and in quantitative terms. Physicists can play a crucial role in that process. But that role