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  1. Community study suggests segmentation strategies.

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    Gagnard, A

    1989-01-01

    Results of a sample survey commissioned by a voluntary health organization in a major metropolitan area describes why individuals give their time and money to charitable organizations and what approaches are likely to result in such donations. Within demographic subgroups, the variables of age and income proved to be important factors with respect to why people gave and what appeals they prefer. The variables of gender and education were found to be of somewhat less importance. Findings were compared with a national Gallup study conducted in 1987. In an era of increasingly specialized marketing for all organizations, the findings offer voluntary and fund-raising organizations a basis for determining appropriate appeals for demographic segments in a community.

  2. Suggested Format for Acute Toxicity Studies

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    This document suggests the format for final reports on pesticide studies (right column of the tables in the document) and provides instructions for the creation of PDF Version 1.3 electronic submission documents (left column of the tables).

  3. Studies and Suggestions on Prewriting Activities

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    Zheng, Shigao; Dai, Weiping

    2012-01-01

    This paper studies and suggests the need for writing instruction by which students can experience writing as a creative process in exploring and communicating meaning. The prewriting activities generate ideas which can encourage a free flow of thoughts and help students discover both what they want to say and how to say it on paper. Through the…

  4. Physics Courses--Some Suggested Case Studies

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    Swetman, T. P.

    1972-01-01

    To communicate the relevance and excitement of science activity to students, the use of more imaginative, and even openly speculative, case studies in physics courses is suggested. Some useful examples are Magnetic Monopoles, Constants, Black Holes, Antimatter, Zero Mass Particles, Tachyons, and the Bootstrap Hypothesis. (DF)

  5. Physics Courses--Some Suggested Case Studies

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    Swetman, T. P.

    1972-01-01

    To communicate the relevance and excitement of science activity to students, the use of more imaginative, and even openly speculative, case studies in physics courses is suggested. Some useful examples are Magnetic Monopoles, Constants, Black Holes, Antimatter, Zero Mass Particles, Tachyons, and the Bootstrap Hypothesis. (DF)

  6. API-ionspray MS and MS/MS study on the structural characterization of bisbenzylisoquinoline alkaloids.

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    Wu, Wu Nan; Moyer, Michael D

    2004-01-27

    API-ionspray MS and MS/MS techniques have been utilized to elucidate the structures of 20 bisbenzylisoquinoline alkaloids, consisting of 17 diether and three monoether links of two benzyltetrahydroisoquinoline units, which were isolated and identified previously from a variety of Thalictrum sp. (Ranunculaceae family). Apparent protonated molecular ions ([M+H](+)) and very intense doubly-protonated molecular ion ([M+2H](++), 100% of relative abundance) in Q1 Scan MS spectra and prominent as well as diagnostic product ions for the structural information in MS/MS spectra were observed in nanogram quantities for all investigated alkaloids.

  7. Biomarkers of teratogenesis: suggestions from animal studies.

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    Giavini, Erminio; Menegola, Elena

    2012-09-01

    Biomarkers of effect are measurable biochemical, physiological or other alterations within an organism that can be recognized as causing an established or potential impairment of embryo-fetal development. They may be identified studying the mechanisms of action of teratogens. Hyperacetylation of histones, oxidative stress, cholesterol and retinoic acid unbalance are some of the identified mechanisms of action of some known teratogens. Nevertheless, their use is not currently applicable in human pregnancy because of the difficulty of the choice of biological material, the time when the material must be obtained, and the invasivity of methods. Furthermore, before using them in human pregnancy studies, biomarkers should be validated in experimental animals and in epidemiologic studies. On the contrary, some biomarkers could be useful in the screening of developmental toxicity of chemicals and drugs, comparing molecules of the same chemical class or with the similar pharmacologic activity, and using adequate in vitro tests, in order to reduce the use of experimental animals.

  8. Asthma Control Essential in Pregnancy, Study Suggests

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    ... study was published online July 13 in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology . Asthma is one of the most common chronic ... Liu said in a journal news release. SOURCE: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology , news release, July 13, 2017 HealthDay Copyright (c) ...

  9. Composite MRI measures and short-term disability in patients with clinically isolated syndrome suggestive of MS.

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    Bommarito, Giulia; Bellini, Alessandro; Pardini, Matteo; Solaro, Claudio; Roccatagliata, Luca; Laroni, Alice; Capello, Elisabetta; Mancardi, Giovanni Luigi; Uccelli, Antonio; Inglese, Matilde

    2017-04-01

    The use of composite magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) measures has been suggested to better explain disability in patients with multiple sclerosis (MS). However, little is known about the utility of composite scores at the earliest stages of the disease. To investigate whether, in patients with clinically isolated syndrome (CIS), a composite MRI measure, rather than the single metrics, would explain conversion to MS and would better correlate with disability at baseline and at 1 year of follow-up. Corticospinal tract (CST), corpus callosum (CC) and optic radiation (OR) volume, fractional anisotropy (FA), and mean diffusivity (MD) values were measured in 27 CIS patients and 24 healthy controls (HCs). Z-scores of FA, MD, and tract volume measures were calculated in patients, based on the corresponding measures obtained from HCs, and then combined in a composite score for each tract. Correlations between Z-scores at baseline and both the Expanded Disability Status Scale (EDSS) at baseline and at follow-up (FU-EDSS) were investigated. Only CST, CC, and OR composite scores as well as the CST volume were significantly associated with FU-EDSS ( p = 0.005, p = 0.007, p = 0.020, and p = 0.010, respectively). The combination of MRI measures rather than the individual metrics better captured the association between tissue damage in both the CC, OR and CST and short-term follow-up disability.

  10. In Vivo Metabolism Study of Xiamenmycin A in Mouse Plasma by UPLC-QTOF-MS and LC-MS/MS

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    Lei, Feng; Gao, Du; Zhang, Xi; Xu, Jun; Xu, Min-Juan

    2015-01-01

    Xiamenmycin A is an antifibrotic leading compound with a benzopyran skeleton that is isolated from mangrove-derived Streptomyces xiamenensis. As a promising small molecule for fibrotic diseases, less information is known about its metabolic characteristics in vivo. In this study, the time-course of xiamenmycin A in mouse plasma was investigated by relative quantification. After two types of administration of xiamenmycin A at a single dose of 10 mg/kg, the plasma concentrations were measured quantitatively by LC-MS/MS. The dynamic changes in the xiamenmycin A concentration showed rapid absorption and quick elimination in plasma post-administration. Four metabolites (M1–M4) were identified in blood by UPLC-QTOF-MS, and xiamenmycin B (M3) is the principal metabolite in vivo, as verified by comparison of the authentic standard sample. The structures of other metabolites were identified based on the characteristics of their MS and MS/MS data. The newly identified metabolites are useful for understanding the metabolism of xiamenmycin A in vivo, aiming at the development of an anti-fibrotic drug candidate for the therapeutic treatment of excessive fibrotic diseases. PMID:25636156

  11. LC-MS/MS suggests that hole hopping in cytochrome c peroxidase protects its heme from oxidative modification by excess H2O2.

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    Kathiresan, Meena; English, Ann M

    2017-02-01

    We recently reported that cytochrome c peroxidase (Ccp1) functions as a H2O2 sensor protein when H2O2 levels rise in respiring yeast. The availability of its reducing substrate, ferrocytochrome c (Cyc(II)), determines whether Ccp1 acts as a H2O2 sensor or peroxidase. For H2O2 to serve as a signal it must modify its receptor so we employed high-performance LC-MS/MS to investigate in detail the oxidation of Ccp1 by 1, 5 and 10 M eq. of H2O2 in the absence of Cyc(II) to prevent peroxidase activity. We observe strictly heme-mediated oxidation, implicating sequential cycles of binding and reduction of H2O2 at Ccp1's heme. This results in the incorporation of ∼20 oxygen atoms predominantly at methionine and tryptophan residues. Extensive intramolecular dityrosine crosslinking involving neighboring residues was uncovered by LC-MS/MS sequencing of the crosslinked peptides. The proximal heme ligand, H175, is converted to oxo-histidine, which labilizes the heme but irreversible heme oxidation is avoided by hole hopping to the polypeptide until oxidation of the catalytic distal H52 in Ccp1 treated with 10 M eq. of H2O2 shuts down heterolytic cleavage of H2O2 at the heme. Mapping of the 24 oxidized residues in Ccp1 reveals that hole hopping from the heme is directed to three polypeptide zones rich in redox-active residues. This unprecedented analysis unveils the remarkable capacity of a polypeptide to direct hole hopping away from its active site, consistent with heme labilization being a key outcome of Ccp1-mediated H2O2 signaling. LC-MS/MS identification of the oxidized residues also exposes the bias of electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) detection toward transient radicals with low O2 reactivity.

  12. Identification of a Novel PNMA-MS1 Gene in Marsupials Suggests the LTR Retrotransposon-Derived PNMA Genes Evolved Differently in Marsupials and Eutherians

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    Iwasaki, Sawa; Suzuki, Shunsuke; Pelekanos, Matthew; Clark, Helen; Ono, Ryuichi; Shaw, Geoff; Renfree, Marilyn B.; Kaneko-Ishino, Tomoko; Ishino, Fumitoshi

    2013-01-01

    Two major gene families derived from Ty3/Gypsy long terminal repeat (LTR) retrotransposons were recently identified in mammals. The sushi-ichi retrotransposon homologue (SIRH) family comprises 12 genes: 11 in eutherians including Peg10 and Peg11/Rtl1 that have essential roles in the eutherian placenta and 1 that is marsupial specific. Fifteen and 12 genes were reported in the second gene family, para-neoplastic antigen MA (PNMA), in humans and mice, respectively, although their biological functions and evolutionary history remain largely unknown. Here, we identified two novel candidate PNMA genes, PNMA-MS1 and -MS2 in marsupials. Like all eutherian-specific PNMA genes, they exhibit the highest homology to a Gypsy12_DR (DR, Danio rerio) Gag protein. PNMA-MS1 is conserved in both Australian and South American marsupial species, the tammar wallaby and grey short-tailed opossum. However, no PNMA-MS1 orthologue was found in eutherians, monotremes or non-mammalian vertebrates. PNMA-MS1 was expressed in the ovary, mammary gland and brain during development and growth in the tammar, suggesting that PNMA-MS1 may have acquired a marsupial-specific function. However, PNMA-MS2 seems to be a pseudogene. The absence of marsupial orthologues of eutherian PNMA genes suggests that the retrotransposition events of the Gypsy12_DR-related retrotransposons that gave rise to the PNMA family occurred after the divergence of marsupials and eutherians. PMID:23704700

  13. Identification of a novel PNMA-MS1 gene in marsupials suggests the LTR retrotransposon-derived PNMA genes evolved differently in marsupials and eutherians.

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    Iwasaki, Sawa; Suzuki, Shunsuke; Pelekanos, Matthew; Clark, Helen; Ono, Ryuichi; Shaw, Geoff; Renfree, Marilyn B; Kaneko-Ishino, Tomoko; Ishino, Fumitoshi

    2013-10-01

    Two major gene families derived from Ty3/Gypsy long terminal repeat (LTR) retrotransposons were recently identified in mammals. The sushi-ichi retrotransposon homologue (SIRH) family comprises 12 genes: 11 in eutherians including Peg10 and Peg11/Rtl1 that have essential roles in the eutherian placenta and 1 that is marsupial specific. Fifteen and 12 genes were reported in the second gene family, para-neoplastic antigen MA (PNMA), in humans and mice, respectively, although their biological functions and evolutionary history remain largely unknown. Here, we identified two novel candidate PNMA genes, PNMA-MS1 and -MS2 in marsupials. Like all eutherian-specific PNMA genes, they exhibit the highest homology to a Gypsy12_DR (DR, Danio rerio) Gag protein. PNMA-MS1 is conserved in both Australian and South American marsupial species, the tammar wallaby and grey short-tailed opossum. However, no PNMA-MS1 orthologue was found in eutherians, monotremes or non-mammalian vertebrates. PNMA-MS1 was expressed in the ovary, mammary gland and brain during development and growth in the tammar, suggesting that PNMA-MS1 may have acquired a marsupial-specific function. However, PNMA-MS2 seems to be a pseudogene. The absence of marsupial orthologues of eutherian PNMA genes suggests that the retrotransposition events of the Gypsy12_DR-related retrotransposons that gave rise to the PNMA family occurred after the divergence of marsupials and eutherians.

  14. Pediatric MS

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    ... is diagnosed with MS. Learn More Learn More Network of Pediatric MS Centers The National MS Society ... MS Study Group (2004) and established a nationwide network of six Pediatric MS Centers of Excellence (2006) ...

  15. International Pediatric MS Study Group Global Members Symposium report.

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    Wassmer, Evangeline; Chitnis, Tanuja; Pohl, Daniela; Amato, Maria Pia; Banwell, Brenda; Ghezzi, Angelo; Hintzen, Rogier Q; Krupp, Lauren B; Makhani, Naila; Rostásy, Kevin; Tardieu, Marc; Tenembaum, Silvia; Waldman, Amy; Waubant, Emmanuelle; Kornberg, Andrew J

    2016-08-30

    The International Pediatric Multiple Sclerosis Study Group held its inaugural educational program, "The World of Pediatric MS: A Global Update," in September 2014 to discuss advances and challenges in the diagnosis and management of pediatric multiple sclerosis (MS) and other neuroinflammatory CNS disorders. Highlights included a discussion on the revised diagnostic criteria, which enable the differentiation of MS, acute disseminated encephalomyelitis, neuromyelitis optica, and other neuroinflammatory disorders. While these criteria currently identify clinical and MRI features for a particular diagnosis, advances in biomarkers may prove to be useful in the future. An update was also provided on environmental factors associated with pediatric MS risk and possibly outcomes, notably vitamin D deficiency. However, optimal vitamin D intake and its role in altering MS course in children have yet to be established. Regarding MS outcomes, our understanding of the cognitive consequences of early-onset MS has grown. However, further work is needed to define the course of cognitive function and its long-term outcome in diverse patient samples and to develop strategies for effective cognitive rehabilitation specifically tailored to children and adolescents. Finally, treatment strategies were discussed, including a need to consider additional drug treatment options and paradigms (escalation vs induction), although treatment should be tailored to the individual child. Of critical importance, clinical trials of newer MS agents in children are required. Although our understanding of childhood MS has improved, further research is needed to have a positive impact for children and their families.

  16. New approach to study of spilled crude oils using high resolution GC-MS (SIM) and metastable reaction monitoring GC-MS-MS.

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    Munoz, D; Doumenq, P; Guiliano, M; Jacquot, F; Scherrer, P; Mille, G

    1997-12-12

    Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and geochemical biomarkers are good environmental markers to study the origin and evolution of an oil spill. To have access to the greatest number of molecular ratios, no fractionation of oil into aliphatic and aromatic compounds is made. Three analytical MS approaches are tested to analyze markers in this total hydrocarbon fraction: classical quadrupole GC-MS, high resolution GC-MS (HR GC-MS) and metastable reaction monitoring GC-MS-MS (MRM GC-MS-MS). This analytical approach is used to follow the evolution of PAHs in petroleum polluted mangrove soils over 8 years by using molecular ratios between polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and tri- and tetracyclic terpanes.

  17. Eye Problems May Be Tied to Zika, Lab Study Suggests

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    ... 165947.html Eye Problems May Be Tied to Zika, Lab Study Suggests Work with monkeys indicates birth ... 25, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Scientists exploring how the Zika virus passes from pregnant monkeys to their fetuses ...

  18. Expect More Deadly Heat from Climate Change, Study Suggests

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    ... fullstory_164299.html Expect More Deadly Heat From Climate Change, Study Suggests Countries need to make plans and ... Health and Human Services. More Health News on: Climate Change Recent Health News Related MedlinePlus Health Topics Climate ...

  19. Use of an integrated MS--multiplexed MS/MS data acquisition strategy for high-coverage peptide mapping studies.

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    Chakraborty, Asish B; Berger, Scott J; Gebler, John C

    2007-01-01

    Liquid chromatography/mass spectrometry (LC/MS) peptide maps have become a basic tool for characterizing proteins of biological and pharmaceutical interest. The ability to generate reproducible maps with high protein sequence coverage is a central goal of methods development. We have applied a recently developed analytical approach (termed LC/MS(E)) to LC/MS peptide mapping. Using the LC/MS(E) approach, the mass detector alternates between a low-energy scanning mode (MS) for accurate mass peptide precursor identification, and an elevated-energy mode (MS(E)) for generation of accurate mass multiplex peptide fragmentation data. In this paper, we evaluate this analytical approach against a tryptic digest of yeast enolase. From the low-energy data, high peptide map coverage (98% of sequence from peptides >3 amino acids) was reproducibly obtained. The MS signal for essentially equimolar peptides varied over 2 orders of magnitude in intensity, and peptide intensities could be precisely and reproducibly measured. Using the temporal constraint that MS(E) peptide fragment ions exhibit chromatographic profiles that parallel the precursor ions that generated them, we were able to produce accurate mass time-resolved MS/MS information for all enolase peptides with sufficient abundance to produce a detectable fragment ion. Copyright (c) 2007 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  20. High Throughput Analytical Techniques for the Determination and Confirmation of Residues of 653 Multiclass Pesticides and Chemical Pollutants in Tea by GC/MS, GC/MS/MS, and LC/MS/MS: Collaborative Study, First Action 2014.09.

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    Pang, Guo-Fang; Fan, Chun-Lin; Cao, Yan-Zhong; Yan, Fang; Li, Yan; Kang, Jian; Chen, Hui; Chang, Qiao-Ying

    2015-01-01

    Thirty laboratories from fom North and South America, Europe, and Asia participated in this AOAC collaborative study (15 from China; five from Germany; two each from Italy and the United States; and one each from the Republic of Korea, Canada, Spain, Japan, Belgium, and India). Participants represented government regulatory, commercial testing, university, research institute, and private laboratories. The single-laboratory validated (SLV) tea method was evaluated in the collaborative study to determine the recovery and reproducibility of the method under multilaboratory conditions. Since there were no restrictions regarding the type of analytical instrumentation to use for the analyses, laboratories used a combination of equipment that included GC/MS, GC/MS/MS, and LC/MS/MS instruments from 22 different manufacturers, 21 brands of GC and LC columns, 13 different GC temperature programming profiles, 11 LC gradient elution programs, and six different vendor manufactured SPE cartridges. Even though all the analytical performance parameters for all the 653 compounds had been determined in the SLV study, guidance was obtained from an expert review panel of the AOAC Method-Centric Committee on Pesticide Residues to conduct the multilaboratory collaborative study based on 20 selected compounds that can be analyzed by GC/MS and 20 compounds that can be analyzed by LC/MS/MS. Altogether, 560 samples covering the 40 selected pesticides were analyzed in the study. These samples included green tea and oolong tea samples fortified typically at the European Union maximum residue limit for regulatory guidance and compliance, aged tea samples incurred with 20 pesticides, and green tea and oolong tea samples incurred with five pesticides. The analysis of the 560 samples generated a total of 82 459 test results by the 30 participating laboratories. One laboratory failed to meet the proficiency requirements in the precollaborative study. Therefore, its data submitted for the

  1. HPLC-MS/MS method for bioavailability study of bruceines D & E in rat plasma.

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    Man, Farahdina; Choo, Chee-Yan

    2017-09-15

    Bruceines D and E are quassinoids from seeds of Brucea javanica (L.) Merr. exhibiting hypoglycemia effect. The crude drug is used as a traditional medicine by diabetes patients. The aim of this study is to understand the bioavailability and pharmacokinetics of both the bruceines D & E. A rapid and sensitive HPLC-MS/MS method was developed and validated for the quantification of both quassinoids, bruceines D & E in rat plasma. Both the bruceines D & E were separated with the Zorbax SBC-18 column with gradient elution and mobile phase system of acetonitrile and deionized water with 0.1% formic acid at a flow rate of 0.5mL/min. Analytes were detected in multiple reaction monitoring (MRM) mode with electrospray positive ionization. The quassinoids, namely bruceines D & E were detected with transitions of m/z 411.2→393.2 and m/z 395.2→377.2, respectively. Another quassinoid, eurycomanone was used as the internal standard with transition of m/z 409.2→391.2. The method was validated and conformed to the regulatory requirements. The validated method was applied to pharmacokinetic and bioavailability studies in rats. The pharmacokinetic study indicated both bruceine D and E were rapidly absorbed into the circulation system and reached its peak concentration at 0.54±0.34h and 0.66±0.30h, respectively. Bruceine E was eliminated slower than Bruceine D with t1/2 value almost increased two-fold compared to Bruceine D. In conclusion, a rapid, selective and sensitive HPLC-MS/MS method was developed for the simultaneous determination of both the bruceines D and E in rat plasma. Both bruceines D and E displayed poor oral bioavailability. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  2. Resistance Training May Slow MS, Study Says

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    ... twice a week, while the other half (the control group) did no formal exercise. Resistance training -- formerly called ... had less brain shrinkage than those in the control group, according to the study. The results appear in ...

  3. Know Your America: Suggested Study Course in Americanism. Revised Edition.

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    American Legion, Indianapolis, IN. Americanism and Children's Youth Div.

    The purpose of this booklet is to increase understanding of fundamental U.S. documents, the U.S. flag, patriotic institutions, and of San Francisco (California), March 14-16, 1986 of U.S. residents. Unit 2 describes and interprets the code of displaying the U.S. flag and provides a suggested flag education unit of study. Units 3 and 4 offer…

  4. Positive and negative ion mode ESI-MS and MS/MS for studying drug-DNA complexes

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    Rosu, Frédéric; Pirotte, Sophie; Pauw, Edwin De; Gabelica, Valérie

    2006-07-01

    We report systematic investigation of duplex DNA complexes with minor groove binders (Hoechsts 33258 and 33342, netropsin and DAPI) and intercalators (daunomycin, doxorubicin, actinomycin D, ethidium, cryptolepine, neocryptolepine, m-Amsacrine, proflavine, ellipticine and mitoxantrone) by ESI-MS and ESI-MS/MS in the negative ion mode and in the positive ion mode. The apparent solution phase equilibrium binding constants can be determined by measuring relative intensities in the ESI-MS spectrum. While negative ion mode gives reliable results, positive ion mode gives a systematic underestimation of the binding constants and even a complete suppression of the complexes for intercalators lacking functional groups capable of interacting in the grooves. In the second part of the paper we systematically compare MS/MS fragmentation channels and breakdown curves in the positive and the negative modes, and discuss the possible uses and caveats of MS/MS in drug-DNA complexes. In the negative mode, the drugs can be separated in three groups: (1) those that leave the complex with no net charge; (2) those that leave the complex with a negative charge; and (3) those that remain attached on the strands upon dissociation of the duplex due to their positive charge. In the positive ion mode, all complexes fragment via the loss of protonated drug. Information on the stabilization of the complex by drug-DNA noncovalent interactions can be obtained straightforwardly only in the case of neutral drug loss. In all other cases, proton affinity (in the positive ion mode), gas-phase basicity (in the negative ion mode) and coulombic repulsion are the major factors influencing the fragmentation channel and the dissociation kinetics.

  5. Histone Deacetylase Inhibitor MS-275 Exhibits Poor Brain Penetration: Pharmacokinetic Studies of [11C]MS-275 using Positron Emission Tomography

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    Hooker, J.M.; Hooker, J.M.; Kim, S.W.; Alexoff, D.; Xu, Y.; Shea, C.; Reid, A.; Volkow, N.D.; Fowler, J.S.

    2009-10-01

    MS-275 (entinostat) is a histone deacetylase (HDAC) inhibitor currently in clinical trials for the treatment of several types of cancer. Recent reports have noted that MS-275 can cross the blood-brain barrier (BBB) and cause region-specific changes in rodent brain histone acetylation. To characterize the pharmacokinetics and distribution of MS-275 in the brain using positron emission tomography (PET), we labeled the carbamate carbon of MS-275 with carbon-11. Using PET, we determined that [{sup 11}C]MS-275 has low uptake in brain tissue when administered intravenously to nonhuman primates. In rodent studies, we observed that pharmacokinetics and brain accumulation of [{sup 11}C]MS-275 were not changed by the coadministration of large doses of unlabeled MS-275. These results, which both highlight the poor brain penetration of MS-275, clearly suggest its limitation as a therapeutic agent for the central nervous system (CNS). Moreover, our study demonstrates the effectiveness of PET at providing brain pharmacokinetic data for HDAC inhibitors. These data are important not only for the development of new compounds for peripheral cancer treatment (where CNS exclusion is often advantageous) but also for the treatment of neurological disorders (where CNS penetration is critical).

  6. Candidate Gene Studies in Hypodontia Suggest Role for FGF3

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    Vieira, Alexandre R.; D’Souza, Rena N.; Mues, Gabriele; Deeley, Kathleen; Hsin, Hong-Yuan; Küchler, Erika C.; Meira, Raquel; Patir, Asli; Tannure, Patricia N.; Lips, Andrea; Costa, Marcelo C.; Granjeiro, Jose M.; Seymen, Figen; Modesto, Adriana

    2013-01-01

    The majority of tooth agenesis cases are mild (hypodontia) and typically not associated with the gene mutations linked to oligodontia. From this, we hypothesize that most cases of tooth agenesis fit a polygenic mode of inheritance, where several genes with small effects cause a variety of varying phenotypes. In this study, we looked at 18 not typically studied genes in this condition, to ascertain their contribution to hypodontia. Our study subjects consisted of 167 patients with hypodontia and their parents from two cohorts (one from Brazil and one from Turkey). An additional 465 DNA samples (93 cases with hypodontia and 372 controls without family history for tooth agenesis or oral clefts) from Brazil were also available for this study. 93 single nucleotide polymorphisms that maximally represent the linkage disequilibrium structure of the genes for the 18 genes were selected and genotyped using Taqman chemistry. Chi-square was used to test if genotype distributions were in Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium, and 24 markers that were in Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium and had allele frequencies higher than 5% in a panel of 50 CEPH samples were further tested. Association between hypodontia and genetic variants was tested with the transmission disequilibrium test within the program Family-Based Association Test (FBAT) and by using chi-square and Fisher’s exact tests. Alpha at a level of 0.05 was used to report results. Results suggest possible associations between several genes and hypodontia in the three populations. In the Turkish cohort (n=51 parent-affected child trios) the most significant results were as follows: FGF3 rs1893047, p=0.08; GLI3 rs929387, p=0.03; GLI3 haplotype rs929387-rs846266, p=0.002; and PAX9 rs2073242, p=0.03. In the Brazilian cohort (n=116 parent-affected child trios), the results were as follows: DLX1 rs788173, p=0.07; FGF3 rs12574452, p=0.03; GLI2 rs1992901, p=0.03; and PITX2 rs2595110, p=0.01. The second Brazilian cohort also suggested that FGF3

  7. International Pediatric MS Study Group Clinical Trials Summit: meeting report.

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    Chitnis, Tanuja; Tardieu, Marc; Amato, Maria Pia; Banwell, Brenda; Bar-Or, Amit; Ghezzi, Angelo; Kornberg, Andrew; Krupp, Lauren B; Pohl, Daniela; Rostasy, Kevin; Tenembaum, Silvia; Waubant, Emmanuelle; Wassmer, Evangeline

    2013-03-19

    Pediatric studies for new biological agents are mandated by recent legislation, necessitating careful thought to evaluation of emerging multiple sclerosis (MS) therapies in children with MS. Challenges include a small patient population, the lack of prior randomized clinical trials, and ethical concerns. The goal of this meeting was to assess areas of consensus regarding clinical trial design and outcome measures among academic experts involved in pediatric MS care and research. The Steering Committee of the International Pediatric MS Study Group identified key focus areas for discussion. A total of 69 meeting attendees were assembled, including 35 academic experts. Regulatory and pharmaceutical representatives also attended, and provided input, which informed academic expert consensus decisions. The academic experts agreed that clinical trials were necessary in pediatric MS to obtain pharmacokinetic, safety and efficacy data, and regulatory approval allowing for greater medication access. The academic experts agreed that relapse was an appropriate primary outcome measure for phase III pediatric trials. An international standardized cognitive battery was identified. The pros and cons of various trial designs were discussed. Guidelines surrounding MRI studies, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and registries were developed. The academic experts agreed that given the limited subject pool, a stepwise approach to the launch of clinical trials for the most promising medications is necessary in order to ensure study completion. Alternative approaches could result in unethical exposure of patients to trial conditions without gaining knowledge. Consensus points for conduct of clinical trials in the rare disease pediatric MS were identified amongst a panel of academic experts, informed by regulatory and industry stakeholders.

  8. International Pediatric MS Study Group Clinical Trials Summit

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    Tardieu, Marc; Amato, Maria Pia; Banwell, Brenda; Bar-Or, Amit; Ghezzi, Angelo; Kornberg, Andrew; Krupp, Lauren B.; Pohl, Daniela; Rostasy, Kevin; Tenembaum, Silvia; Waubant, Emmanuelle; Wassmer, Evangeline

    2013-01-01

    Objective: Pediatric studies for new biological agents are mandated by recent legislation, necessitating careful thought to evaluation of emerging multiple sclerosis (MS) therapies in children with MS. Challenges include a small patient population, the lack of prior randomized clinical trials, and ethical concerns. The goal of this meeting was to assess areas of consensus regarding clinical trial design and outcome measures among academic experts involved in pediatric MS care and research. Methods: The Steering Committee of the International Pediatric MS Study Group identified key focus areas for discussion. A total of 69 meeting attendees were assembled, including 35 academic experts. Regulatory and pharmaceutical representatives also attended, and provided input, which informed academic expert consensus decisions. Results: The academic experts agreed that clinical trials were necessary in pediatric MS to obtain pharmacokinetic, safety and efficacy data, and regulatory approval allowing for greater medication access. The academic experts agreed that relapse was an appropriate primary outcome measure for phase III pediatric trials. An international standardized cognitive battery was identified. The pros and cons of various trial designs were discussed. Guidelines surrounding MRI studies, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and registries were developed. The academic experts agreed that given the limited subject pool, a stepwise approach to the launch of clinical trials for the most promising medications is necessary in order to ensure study completion. Alternative approaches could result in unethical exposure of patients to trial conditions without gaining knowledge. Conclusion: Consensus points for conduct of clinical trials in the rare disease pediatric MS were identified amongst a panel of academic experts, informed by regulatory and industry stakeholders. PMID:23509048

  9. Research on determinants of breastfeeding duration: suggestions for biocultural studies.

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    Allen, L H; Pelto, G H

    1985-01-01

    The main purpose of this paper is to suggest directions for future intra-cultural research on the factors that affect breastfeeding duration, especially policy-oriented research. A 2nd purpose is to call for a reexamination of the theoretical construct, biocultural determinants, with respect to infant feeding. The study compares determinants in 4 multivariate studies. One was carried out in Connecticut, 1 in a working class community in Scotland, another in England and the 4th in Sweden. Almost no biological factors are strongly associated with breastfeeding duration in any of the population studied. Of the external factors, those relating to social support and advice were the most consistent predictors. Socioeconomic status, income, and work outside the home were not good predictors. Maternal attitudes and experience are of great importance in predicting feeding duration. The general picture that emerged from all the studies is that if a mother wants to breastfeed, she can. Mothers breastfeed longer if they desire to breastfeed; they intend to do it for a longer period of time; they feel comfortable feeding in public; they are informed about breastfeeding; and they are not anxious about the process. There is also fairly strong evidence linking a number of biocultural factors to feeding duration. Whether the linkage is biological or behavioral has significant policy implications: if it is biological, successful intervention would require a change in hospital practices to earlier 1st feeding; if the linkage is behavioral, the problem might be resolved through improved maternal education.

  10. Pharmacokinetics, tissue distribution, and plasma protein binding study of chicoric acid by HPLC-MS/MS.

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    Wang, Yutang; Xie, Guo; Liu, Qian; Duan, Xiang; Liu, Zhigang; Liu, Xuebo

    2016-09-15

    Chicoric acid is a major active constituent of Echinacea purpurea and has a variety of biological functions. In this study, a liquid chromatography coupled with tandem mass spectrometry (HPLC-MS/MS) approach was developed and validated for the determination of chicoric acid in rat plasma and various tissues using ferulic acid as an internal standard (IS). This method was successfully applied to pharmacokinetics, tissue distribution, and plasma protein binding (PPB) study of chicoric acid in Sprague-Dawley (SD) rats dosed with 50mg/kg by gastric gavage. The pharmacokinetic parameters were determined and showed a half-life (t1/2) of 4.53±1.44h, an apparent volume of mean residual time (MRT) of 18.58±4.43h, and an area under the curve (AUC) of 26.14 mghL(-1). The tissue distribution of chicoric acid in rats after gavage administration showed a decreasing tendency in different tissues (liver>lung>kidney>heart>spleen>brain). The PPB rates in rat plasma, human plasma, and bovine serum albumin were 98.3, 96.9, and 96.6%, respectively. These results provide insight for the further pharmacological investigation of chicoric acid.

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

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

    2016-02-01

    A simple, sensitive and specific liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry (LC-ESI-MS/MS) method was developed for the quantification of desvenlafaxine in human plasma using desvenlafaxine d6 as an internal standard (IS). Chromatographic separation was performed using a Thermo-BDS hypersil C8 column (50 × 4.6 mm, 3 µm) with an isocratic mobile phase composed of 5 mM ammonium acetate buffer: methanol (20:80, v/v), at a flow rate of 0.80 mL/min. Desvenlafaxine and desvenlafaxine d6 were detected with proton adducts at m/z 264.2/58.1 and 270.2/ 64.1 in multiple reaction monitoring positive mode, respectively. Liquid-liquid extraction was used to extract the drug and the IS. The method was linear over the concentration range 1.001-400.352 ng/mL with a correlation coefficient of ≥0.9994. This method demonstrated intra and inter-day precision within 0.7-5.5 and 1.9-6.8%, and accuracy within 95.3-107.4 and 93.4-99.5%. Desvenlafaxine was found to be stable throughout the freeze-thaw cycles, bench-top and long-term matrix stability studies. The developed and validated method can be successfully applied for the bioequivalence/pharmacokinetic studies of desvenlafaxine in pharmaceutical dosage forms. Copyright © 2015 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  12. Molecular spectroscopic study for suggested mechanism of chrome tanned leather

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    Nashy, Elshahat H. A.; Osman, Osama; Mahmoud, Abdel Aziz; Ibrahim, Medhat

    2012-03-01

    Collagen represents the structural protein of the extracellular matrix, which gives strength of hides and/or skin under tanning process. Chrome tan is the most important tanning agent all over the world. The methods for production of leather evolved over several centuries as art and engineering with little understanding of the underlying science. The present work is devoted to suggest the most probable mechanistic action of chrome tan on hide proteins. First the affect of Cr upon hide protein is indicated by the studied mechanical properties. Then the spectroscopic characterization of the hide protein as well as chrome tanned leather was carried out with Horizontal Attenuated Total Reflection (HATR) FT-IR. The obtained results indicate how the chromium can attached with the active sites of collagen. Molecular modeling confirms that chromium can react with amino as well as carboxylate groups. Four schemes were obtained to describe the possible interactions of chrome tan with hide proteins.

  13. Determination and pharmacokinetic study of pirfenidone in rat plasma by UPLC-MS/MS.

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    Sun, Wei; Jiang, Zhe-li; Zhou, Lei; Chen, Rui-min; Wang, Zhe; Li, Wan-shu; Jiang, Shuo-min; Hu, Guo-xin; Chen, Rui-jie

    2015-02-15

    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 pirfenidone 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 pirfenidone was at 1.39 min. The detection was performed on a triple quadrupole tandem mass spectrometer in the multiple reaction-monitoring (MRM) mode using the respective transitions m/z 186.2→92.1 for pirfenidone and m/z 237.1→194.2 for carbamazepine (IS), respectively. The calibration curve was linear over the range of 5-2000 ng/mL with a lower limit of quantitation (LLOQ) of 5 ng/mL. Mean recovery of pirfenidone in plasma was in the range of 80.4-84.3%. Intra-day and inter-day precision were both <12.1%. This method was successfully applied in pharmacokinetic study after oral administration of 10.0mg/kg pirfenidone in rats.

  14. Candidate gene studies in hypodontia suggest role for FGF3.

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    Vieira, A R; D'Souza, R N; Mues, G; Deeley, K; Hsin, H-Y; Küchler, E C; Meira, R; Patir, A; Tannure, P N; Lips, A; Costa, M C; Granjeiro, J M; Seymen, F; Modesto, A

    2013-12-01

    The majority of tooth agenesis cases are mild (hypodontia) and typically not associated with the gene mutations linked to oligodontia. From this, we hypothesise that most cases of tooth agenesis fit a polygenic mode of inheritance, where several genes with small effects cause a variety of varying phenotypes. In this study, we looked at 18 not typically studied genes in this condition, to ascertain their contribution to hypodontia. Our study subjects consisted of 167 patients with hypodontia and their parents from two cohorts (one from Brazil and one from Turkey). An additional 465 DNA samples (93 cases with hypodontia and 372 controls without family history for tooth agenesis or oral clefts) from Brazil were also available for this study. Ninety-three single nucleotide polymorphisms that maximally represent the linkage disequilibrium structure of the genes for the 18 genes were selected and genotyped using Taqman chemistry. Chi square was used to test if genotype distributions were in Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium, and 24 markers that were in Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium and had allele frequencies higher than 5 % in a panel of 50 CEPH samples were further tested. Association between hypodontia and genetic variants was tested with the transmission disequilibrium test within the programme Family-Based Association Test (FBAT) and by using Chi square and Fisher's exact tests. Alpha at a level of 0.05 was used to report results. Results suggest possible associations between several genes and hypodontia in the three populations. In the Turkish cohort (n = 51 parent-affected child trios) the most significant results were as follows: FGF3 rs1893047, p = 0.08; GLI3 rs929387, p = 0.03; GLI3 haplotype rs929387-rs846266, p = 0.002; and PAX9 rs2073242, p = 0.03. In the Brazilian cohort (n = 116 parent-affected child trios), the results were as follows: DLX1 rs788173, p = 0.07; FGF3 rs12574452, p = 0.03; GLI2 rs1992901, p = 0.03; and PITX2 rs2595110, p = 0

  15. Mission Specialist (MS) Allen conducts Vestibular Study Experiment on middeck

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    1982-01-01

    Mission Specialist (MS) Allen, wearing headset and with electrodes placed on his face, relaxes on middeck floor while Vestibular Study Experiment hardware records eye movement data as it relates to motion sickness. The electrodes monitor his responses in zero gravity. Allen is wearing the multi-pieced constant wear garment.

  16. MS Allen readies MS Lenoir for Vestibular Study Experiment on middeck

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    1982-01-01

    Mission Specialist (MS) Allen secures MS Lenoir to middeck floor using gaffer's tape. Allen and Lenoir are conducting a biomedical test. Lenoir has electrodes attached to his face for the measuring of his responses to pre-designed activities for evaluation and comparison with responses to the same occurrences in one gravity.

  17. A Program of Italian Studies (Suggestions for the College Student).

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    Ragusa, Olga

    1961-01-01

    This program of Italian studies considers five areas of major importance. The college student is advised on: (1) the study of Italian in the United States, (2) preparation for the study of Italian, (3) studying the language, (4) the study of literature, and (5) related studies and study abroad. The section on language study emphasizes a review of…

  18. A novel study of screening and confirmation of modafinil, adrafinil and their metabolite modafinilic acid under EI-GC-MS and ESI-LC-MS-MS ionization

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    Dubey, S.; Ahi, S.; Reddy, I. M.; Kaur, T.; Beotra, A.; Jain, S.

    2009-01-01

    Objective: Adrafinil and modafinil have received wide publicity and have become controversial in the sporting world when several athletes were discovered allegedly using these drugs as doping agents. By acknowledging the facts, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) banned these drugs in sports since 2004. The present study explores the possibility of differentiating adrafinil and modafinil and their major metabolites under electron impact ionization in gas chromatograph–mass spectrometer (GC-MSD) and electrospray ionization in liquid chromatograph–mass spectrometer (LC-MS/MS) by studying the fragmentation pattern of these drugs. Materials and Methods: Adrafinil, modafinil and their major metabolite, modafinilic acid were analyzed on EI-GC-MSD and ESI-LC-MS/MS using various individual parameters on both the instruments. The analytical technique and equipment used in the analysis were an Agilent 6890N GC with 5973 mass selective detector for the GC-MSD analysis and an Agilent 1100 HPLC with API-3200 Triple quadrupole mass spectrometer for the LC-MS/MS analysis. Validation of both methods was performed using six replicates at different concentrations. Result and Discussion: The results show that adrafinil, modafinil and their major metabolite modafinilic acid could be detected as a single artifact without differentiation under EI-GC-MSD analysis. However, all drugs could be detected and differentiated under ESI-LCMS/MS analysis without any artifaction. The GC-MSD analysis gives a single artifact for both the drugs without differentiation and thus can be used as a marker for screening purposes. Further, the Multiple Reaction Monitoring (MRM) method developed under LC-MS/MS is fit for the purpose for confirmation of suspicious samples in routine sports testing and in forensic and clinical analysis. PMID:20407560

  19. A novel study of screening and confirmation of modafinil, adrafinil and their metabolite modafinilic acid under EI-GC-MS and ESI-LC-MS-MS ionization.

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    Dubey, S; Ahi, S; Reddy, I M; Kaur, T; Beotra, A; Jain, S

    2009-12-01

    Adrafinil and modafinil have received wide publicity and have become controversial in the sporting world when several athletes were discovered allegedly using these drugs as doping agents. By acknowledging the facts, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) banned these drugs in sports since 2004. The present study explores the possibility of differentiating adrafinil and modafinil and their major metabolites under electron impact ionization in gas chromatograph-mass spectrometer (GC-MSD) and electrospray ionization in liquid chromatograph-mass spectrometer (LC-MS/MS) by studying the fragmentation pattern of these drugs. Adrafinil, modafinil and their major metabolite, modafinilic acid were analyzed on EI-GC-MSD and ESI-LC-MS/MS using various individual parameters on both the instruments. The analytical technique and equipment used in the analysis were an Agilent 6890N GC with 5973 mass selective detector for the GC-MSD analysis and an Agilent 1100 HPLC with API-3200 Triple quadrupole mass spectrometer for the LC-MS/MS analysis. Validation of both methods was performed using six replicates at different concentrations. The results show that adrafinil, modafinil and their major metabolite modafinilic acid could be detected as a single artifact without differentiation under EI-GC-MSD analysis. However, all drugs could be detected and differentiated under ESI-LCMS/MS analysis without any artifaction. The GC-MSD analysis gives a single artifact for both the drugs without differentiation and thus can be used as a marker for screening purposes. Further, the Multiple Reaction Monitoring (MRM) method developed under LC-MS/MS is fit for the purpose for confirmation of suspicious samples in routine sports testing and in forensic and clinical analysis.

  20. Animal Rights: Selected Resources and Suggestions for Further Study.

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    Davidoff, Donald J.

    1989-01-01

    Presents an annotated list of selected resources intended to serve as a guide to the growing amount of material on animal rights. Suggestions to aid in additional research include subject headings used to find books, indexes used to locate periodical articles, sources for locating organizations, and a selected list of animal rights organizations.…

  1. Animal Rights: Selected Resources and Suggestions for Further Study.

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    Davidoff, Donald J.

    1989-01-01

    Presents an annotated list of selected resources intended to serve as a guide to the growing amount of material on animal rights. Suggestions to aid in additional research include subject headings used to find books, indexes used to locate periodical articles, sources for locating organizations, and a selected list of animal rights organizations.…

  2. Studies and Suggestions on English Vocabulary Teaching and Learning

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    Zheng, Shigao

    2012-01-01

    To improve vocabulary learning and teaching in ELT settings, two questionnaires are designed and directed to more than 100 students and teachers in one of China's key universities. The findings suggest that an enhanced awareness of cultural difference, metaphorical competence, and learners' autonomy in vocabulary acquisition will effectively…

  3. The "mirror-neuron system" in MS: A 3 tesla fMRI study.

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    Rocca, M A; Tortorella, P; Ceccarelli, A; Falini, A; Tango, D; Scotti, G; Comi, G; Filippi, M

    2008-01-22

    The mirror neuron system (MNS) is an observation-execution matching system activated, in humans, during action observation, motor learning, and imitation of action. We used functional MRI (fMRI) to investigate the properties of the MNS in patients with multiple sclerosis (MS). Using a 3 tesla scanner, we acquired fMRI in 16 right-handed patients with relapsing-remitting MS and 14 controls. Two motor tasks were studied. The first consisted of repetitive flexion-extension of the last four fingers of the right hand (simple task) alternated to epochs of rest; the second (MNS task) consisted of observation of a movie showing the hand of another subject while performing the same task. During the simple task, compared to controls, patients with MS had more significant activations of the contralateral primary sensorimotor cortex and supplementary motor area. During the MNS task, both groups showed the activation of several visual areas, the infraparietal sulcus, and the inferior frontal gyrus (IFG), bilaterally. The IFG and the visual areas were significantly more active in patients than controls. The between-group interaction analysis showed that in patients with MS, part of the regions of the MNS were more active also during the simple task. This study suggests increased activation of the mirror neuron system in patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) with a normal level of function and widespread CNS damage. The potentialities of this system in facilitating clinical recovery in patients with MS and other neurologic conditions should be investigated.

  4. Pharmacokinetic studies and LC-MS/MS method development of ganciclovir and dipeptide monoester prodrugs in Sprague Dawley rats.

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    Gunda, Sriram; Earla, Ravinder; Cholkar, Kishore; Mitra, Ashim K

    2015-09-01

    Ganciclovir (GCV) is utilized as an anti-herpetic agent. Reports from our laboratory have suggested that dipeptide ester prodrugs of GCV exhibit high affinity towards the oligopeptide transporter hPEPT1 and therefore seem to be promising candidates for the treatment of oral herpes virus infections. In this study, we have examined the bio-availability of a dipeptide prodrug of GCV after oral administration in jugular cannulated Sprague-Dawley rats. A new bio-analytical method was developed with Q-TRAP liquid chromatography tandem mass spectroscopy (LC-MS/MS) for simultaneous analysis of GCV, Valine-GCV (VGCV) and Tyrosine-Valine-GCV (YVGCV). Acyclovir (ACV) was used as an internal standard in the analysis. Area under plasma-concentration time curves for total concentration of GCV after oral administration of YVGCV was found to be approximately 200 % more than that of GCV following intestinal absorption. A complete conversion of the dipeptide prodrug (YVGCV) to parent compound, GCV, by hepatic first-pass metabolism was evident due to the absence of intermediate metabolite VGCV and administered prodrug YVGCV. The dipeptide prodrugs of GCV exhibit higher systemic availability of regenerated GCV upon oral administration and thus seem to be promising drug candidate in the treatment of systemic herpes infections.

  5. Pharmacokinetic studies and LC-MS/MS method development of ganciclovir and dipeptide monoester prodrugs in sprague dawley rats

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    Gunda, Sriram; Earla, Ravinder; Cholkar, Kishore; Mitra, Ashim K

    2014-01-01

    Ganciclovir (GCV) is utilized as an anti-herpetic agent. Reports from our laboratory have suggested that dipeptide ester prodrugs of GCV exhibit high affinity towards the oligopeptide transporter hPEPT1 and therefore seem to be promising candidates for the treatment of oral herpes virus infections. In this study, we have examined the bio-availability of a dipeptide prodrug of GCV after oral administration in jugular cannulated Sprague-Dawley rats. A new bio-analytical method was developed with Q-TRAP liquid chromatography tandem mass spectroscopy (LC-MS/MS) for simultaneous analysis of GCV, Valine-GCV (VGCV) and Tyrosine-Valine-GCV (YVGCV). Acyclovir (ACV) was used as an internal standard in the analysis. Area under plasma-concentration (AUC) time curves for total concentration of GCV after oral administration of YVGCV was found to be approximately 200% more than that of GCV following intestinal absorption. A complete conversion of the dipeptide prodrug (YVGCV) to parent compound, GCV, by hepatic first pass metabolism was evident due to the absence of intermediate metabolite VGCV and administered prodrug YVGCV. The dipeptide prodrugs of GCV exhibits higher systemic availability of regenerated GCV upon oral administration and thus seem to be promising drug candidate in the treatment of systemic herpes infections. PMID:24943988

  6. Study Suggests Heartburn Meds-Superbug Infections Link

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    ... a 50 percent increased risk of developing multiple Clostridium difficile infections, researchers found. However, the study did ... Health and Human Services. More Health News on: Clostridium Difficile Infections Medicines Recent Health News Related MedlinePlus ...

  7. Comparative metabolite profiling and chemical study of Ramalina siliquosa complex using LC-ESI-MS/MS approach.

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    Parrot, Delphine; Jan, Saleem; Baert, Nicolas; Guyot, Sylvain; Tomasi, Sophie

    2013-05-01

    A chemical study of the lichen Ramalina siliquosa complex found in Brittany was conducted. Eight chemotypes were considered and their chemical composition was elucidated for the first time by LC-MS analysis. Ten main compounds were identified: conhypoprotocetraric acid (1), salazinic acid (2), peristictic acid (3), cryptostictic acid (4), protocetraric acid (5), stictic acid (6), norstictic acid (7), hypoprotocetraric acid (8), 4-O-demethylbarbatic acid (9), (+)-usnic acid (10) and 22 minor compounds were reported. The MS/MS fragmentation patterns of each compound of R. siliquosa complex were determined and proposed. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  8. First Major Study Suggests Worth of National "Seal"

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    Jacobson, Linda

    2004-01-01

    The first in a series of long-awaited studies indicates that nationally certified teachers are more effective at raising their students' reading and math scores than are teachers who apply for the credential but do not receive it. Although critics have questioned the expenditure of state and district money on National Board for Professional…

  9. Khat Use and Neurobehavioral Functions: Suggestions for Future Studies

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    Hoffman, Richard; al’Absi, Mustafa

    2010-01-01

    Although there is a rich body of research available regarding the effect of acute and chronic khat dosing in animal models, research on the behavioral and cognitive effects of khat in human subjects is not extensive and several of the available studies have been done only in the context of observational and single-case studies. In light of the absence of a substantial literature on the neurobehavioral deficits associated with khat use and to provide a context that could be used to identify themes for future research we review previous research that has focused on other stimulant drugs. This review highlights multiple areas of neurocognitive deficit that have been identified in previous studies of individuals who have been chronic users of stimulants, such as amphetamines and methamphetamines. The review highlights a substantial body of evidence demonstrating a wide range of learning and memory impairments including deficits that persist during abstinence from active drug use. This review does not imply a similar khat effect, but due to some similarities pharmacologically between the active components of khat (cathinone and cathine) and amphetamines, future studies examining these same domains of cognitive functioning in chronic khat users and abstinent khat users appears to be warranted, if possible using some of the same or similar laboratory measures. PMID:20553832

  10. ESI-MS(2) and Anti-inflammatory Studies of Cyclopropanic Triterpenes. UPLC-ESI-MS and MS(2) Search of Related Metabolites from Donella ubanguiensis.

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    Sandjo, Louis P; Nascimento, Marcus V P Dos Santos; da Silva, Layzon A L; Munhoz, Antonio C M; Pollo, Luiz A E; Biavatti, Maique W; Ngadjui, Bonaventure T; Opatz, Till; Fröde, Tania S

    2017-01-01

    Triterpenes are one of the largest secondary metabolites groups spread in the plant kingdom with various skeletons. These metabolites have showed various bioactivities including anti-inflammatory activity. The study aims to explore the mass spectrometry fragmentation of donellanic acids A-C (DA A-C), three compounds identified from Donella ubanguiensis; in addition, the fragmentation behaviour of these metabolites will serve as a fingerprint to search and characterise triterpenes congeners in fruits, bark and wood crude extracts of D. ubanguiensis. This work was prompted by the anti-inflammatory activity on leukocyte migration, exudate concentrations and myeloperoxidase activity obtained for DA A-B. The bioactivity was performed on mouse model of pleurisy induced by carrageenan and the parameters were analysed by veterinarian automated cell counter and colorimetric assays. While the tandem mass analyses of DA A-C were carried out by a direct infusion ESI-QTOF-MS/MS, the extracts were studied by UPLC-ESI-QTOF-MS and UPLC-ESI-QTOF-MS/MS. DA A displayed interesting anti-inflammatory activity by inhibiting leukocyte migration, exudate concentrations and myeloperoxidase activity (p < 0.05) while DA B was weakly active (p > 0.05). Moreover, the diagnostic of the MS(2) behaviour of DA A-C in conjunction with the chromatograms and the obtained MS(2) data of the crude extract led to the characterisation of three cyclopropane triterpenes (T1-T3) and six saponins (T4-T9) from the fruits, the bark, and the wood extracts. Donella species deserve more investigation since metabolites related to the anti-inflammatory compound (DA A) could be identified. Copyright © 2016 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. Copyright © 2016 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  11. Directions in Geoheritage Studies: Suggestions from the Italian Geomorphological Community

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    Panizza, Valeria

    2015-04-01

    More and more attention has been focused on geological and geomorphological heritage in the past years, leading to several researches in the framework of conservation projects, both at administrative and at scientific level, involving national and international research groups whose purposes are the promotion of Earth Sciences knowledge and the conservation of geological heritage. This paper presents an overview of research and conservation projects in Italy, mainly focused on the geomorphological heritage. Members of the AIGEO Working Group on geomorphosites and cultural landscape analyzed the historical development, methodological issues and main results of these research projects in order to identify possible innovation lines to improve the awareness and knowledge on geodiversity and geoheritage by a wide public, including education, tourism and conservation sectors. In Italy numerous projects of research have been realized with the main aim of geomorphosites inventory and the proposal of assessment methodologies, and so to the improvement and to the analysis of risks and impacts related to their fruition. At an international level, many Italian researchers have also been involved in studies carried out in the Working Group "Geomorphological sites" of the International Association of Geomorphologists (IAG). At a national level several research lines are under development, offering different responses to methodological issues within the general topic of geodiversity and geoheritage: Geosites inventories and assessment activities are performed with powerful digital techniques and new reference models: among these, the investigation on the ecologic support role for increasing geomorphosites global value and the elaboration of quantitative assessment methods of the scientific quality of Geomorphosites, carried out specifically for territorial planning. Improvements in field data collection and visual representation of landforms lead to new findings in

  12. [Study on chemical constituents in stems of Nelumbo nucifera by UPLC-ESI/Q-TOF-MS/MS].

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    Shan, Feng; Yuan, Yuan; Kang, Li-ping; Huang, Lu-qi

    2015-08-01

    This paper employed UPLC-Electrospray Ionization /Quadrupole-Time of Flight-Mass /Mass Spectrometry( UPLC-ESI/Q-TOF-MS/MS) to analyze the chemical constituents in the stems of Nelumbo nucifera. The stems of N. nucifera were extracted with 75% methanol, and we applied an Agilent Zorbax SB-Aq column (2.1 mm x 100 mm, 1.8 μm) to UPLC analysis with water methanol-water( containing 0.05% formic acid) in gradient as mobile phase. The eluates were then detected by ESI-Q-TOF-MS/MS. Results indicated that 22 benzylisoquinoline alkaloids were indendified. Among them, one alkaloid may be a new compound and a component was found in the Lotus for the first time. We fully identify the composition of the Lotus stems for the first time, Which could provides theoretical foundation for further study and utilization of the medicinal resources.

  13. LC-MS/MS method for the determination of melamine in rat plasma: toxicokinetic study in Sprague-Dawley rats.

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    Yang, Feng; Mao, Yu; Zhang, Xiaodong; Ma, Zhiqiang; Zhang, Xinrong

    2009-09-01

    Most recently, melamine has raised international concern for its catastrophic health effects stemming from tainted infant formula. So far there is limited information concerning the pharmacokinetics of melamine in mammals. The present report concerns the development and validation of a sensitive HPLC-ESI-MS/MS method for the pharmacokinetic study of melamine in rat. The method employed a simple liquid-liquid extraction process for plasma sample cleanup, and the extraction recoveries of melamine from plasma were consistent at different concentrations. There was a linear relationship between chromatographic area and concentration over the range of 10-5000 ng/mL for melamine in plasma (R = 0.995). In this work, for the first time, melamine was administered intravenously and orally to Sprague-Dawley rats and the pharmacokinetic characteristics of this contaminant were investigated. The mean values of major pharmacokinetic parameters of oral availability, the mean steady-state distribution volume (V(ss)), clearance, and plasma elimination half-life (T(1/2)) of melamine in Sprague-Dawley rats were 72.9 +/- 13.2%, 102.5 +/- 12.5 mL/kg, 20.1 +/- 3.8 mL/h/kg, and 4.9 +/- 0.5 h, respectively. The rats pharmacokinetic study results suggested that melamine was predominantly restricted to blood or extracellular fluid and is not extensively distributed to most organ tissues. Meanwhile, melamine should be primarily eliminated by renal filtration for rats and does not undergo significant metabolism. These data should be useful to regulatory for risk assessment.

  14. LC-MS/MS determination of etravirine in rat plasma and its application in pharmacokinetic studies.

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    Abobo, Cyril V; Wu, Lei; John, Jyothy; Joseph, Mathew K; Bates, Theodore R; Liang, Dong

    2010-11-15

    Etravirine is a non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor (NNRTI) that is active against NNRT-resistant HIV-1. A simple, sensitive, and specific LC-MS/MS method was developed and validated for the analysis of etravirine in rat plasma using itraconazole as the internal standard. The analytes were extracted with ethyl acetate and chromatographed on a reverse-phase XTerra MS C₁₈ column. Elution was achieved with a mobile phase gradient varying the proportion of a 2 mM ammonium acetate aqueous solution containing 0.1% formic acid (solvent A) and a 0.1% formic acid in methanol solution (solvent B) at a flow rate of 300 μL/min. The analytes were monitored by tandem-mass spectrometry with positive electrospray ionization. The precursor/product transitions (m/z) in the positive ion mode were 435.9→163.6 and 706.7→392.6 for etravirine and the internal standard, respectively. Calibration curves were linear over the etravirine rat plasma concentration range of 1-100 ng/mL. The inter- and intra-day accuracy and precision were within ±10%. The assay has been successfully used for pharmacokinetic evaluation of etravirine using the rat as an animal model.

  15. LC-MS/MS determination of etravirine in rat plasma and its application in pharmacokinetic studies

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    Abobo, Cyril; Wu, Lei; John, Jyothy; Joseph, Mathew K.; Bates, Theodore R.; Liang, Dong

    2010-01-01

    Etravirine is a non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor (NNRTI) that is active against NNRT-resistant HIV-1. A simple, sensitive, and specific LC-MS/MS method was developed and validated for the analysis of etravirine in rat plasma using itraconazole as the internal standard. The analytes were extracted with ethyl acetate and chromatographed on a reverse-phase XTerra MS C18 column. Elution was achieved with a mobile phase gradient varying the proportion of a 2 mM ammonium acetate aqueous solution containing 0.1% formic acid (solvent A) and a 0.1% formic acid in methanol solution (solvent B) at a flow rate of 300 μL/min. The analytes were monitored by tandem-mass spectrometry with positive electrospray ionization. The precursor/product transitions (m/z) in the positive ion mode were 435.9→163.6 and 706.7→392.6 for etravirine and the internal standard, respectively. Calibration curves were linear over the etravirine rat plasma concentration range of 1 ng/mL to 100 ng/mL. The inter- and intra-day accuracy and precision were within ±10%. The assay has been successfully used for pharmacokinetic evaluation of etravirine using the rat as an animal model. PMID:20965798

  16. [Validation study of analysis of Malachite green in broiled eels (Kabayaki) by LC-MS/MS].

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    Yamashita, Takeshi; Nishikawa, Kiyofumi; Shinozaki, Fumiyoshi; Banno, Yukinori; Kawakami, Masahiro

    2015-01-01

    An improved method for analysis of Malachite green (MG) and its metabolite, Leucomalachite green (LMG), in broiled eels without using dichloromethane was developed. This method was evaluated by means of recovery tests according to the guideline for validation of analytical methods by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare of Japan. MG and LMG were extracted from spiked samples with acetonitrile and citric acid/disodium hydrogen phosphate buffer solution, and were salted-out with sodium chloride. The acetonitrile layer was dried over anhydrous sodium sulfate and purified on C18 and strongly acidic cation exchange columns. MG and LMG in the purified solution were determined quantitatively using LC-MS/MS by the internal standard method with surrogates, MG and LMG labeled with deuterium (MG-d5, LMG-d6). The recovery rates of MG and LMG were 99.2% and 93.6%, respectively. The relative standard deviations of repeatability were 2.2% for MG and 4.4% for LMG, and the relative standard deviations of within-laboratory reproducibility were 3.5% for MG and 5.1% for LMG.

  17. [Study on determination of caffeic acid, chlorogenic acid in rat plasma and their pharmacokinetics with LC-MS/MS].

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    Dai, Guo-Liang; Ma, Shi-Tang; Liu, Shi-Jia; Cheng, Xiao-Gui; Zang, Yu-Xin; Ju, Wen-Zheng; Tan, Heng-Shan

    2013-11-01

    To establish a LC-MS/MS method to determine caffeic acid, chlorogenic acid in rat plasma and study their pharmacokinetics in rats. Six Sprague-Dawley rats were intravenously injected with 4 mL x kg(-1) of Dengzhanxixin injection, respectively. Their drug plasma concentration was determined by LC-MS/MS, with tinidazole as an internal standard. The pharmacokinetic parameters were calculated by DAS 1.0. The linear concentration ranges of caffeic acid, and chlorogenic acid were 2-128 microg x L(-1) (r = 0.998 1) and 3-384 microg x L(-1) (r = 0.998 7), respectively. The methodological test showed conformance to the requirements. The intraday and inter-day variable coefficients were both less than 10.0%, indicating that both of legitimate precise and accuracy were in conformity with the requirements of biological sample analysis. For caffeic acid, the pharmacokinetic parameter t1/2beta AUC0-t, and CL were (130.91 +/- 38.77) min, (4.89 +/- 0.96) mg x min x L(-1) and (0.12 +/- 0.02) L x min(-1) x kg(-1), respectively. For chlorogenic acid, the pharmacokinetic parameter t1/2beta , AUC0-t, and CL were (49.38 +/- 8.85) min, (9.54 +/- 0.95) mg x min x L(-1) and (0.09 +/- 0.003) L x min(-1) x kg(-1), respectively. The LC-MS/MS analysis method established in this study was proved to be so accurate and sensitive that it can be applied to the pharmacokinetic study of caffeic acid and chlorogenic acid.

  18. Analytical power of LLE-HPLC-PDA-MS/MS in drug metabolism studies: identification of new nabumetone metabolites.

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    Nobilis, Milan; Mikušek, Jiří; Szotáková, Barbora; Jirásko, Robert; Holčapek, Michal; Chamseddin, Chamseddin; Jira, Thomas; Kučera, Radim; Kuneš, Jiří; Pour, Milan

    2013-06-01

    Nabumetone is a non-acidic, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory prodrug. Following oral administration, the prodrug is converted in the liver to 6-methoxy-2-naphthylacetic acid (6-MNA), which was found to be the principal metabolite responsible for the NSAID effect. The pathway of nabumetone transformation to 6-MNA has not been clarified, with no intermediates between nabumetone and 6-MNA having been identified to date. In this study, a new, as yet unreported phase I metabolite was discovered within the evaluation of nabumetone metabolism by human and rat liver microsomal fractions. Extracts from the biomatrices were subjected to chiral LLE-HPLC-PDA and achiral LLE-UHPLC-MS/MS analyses to elucidate the chemical structure of this metabolite. UHPLC-MS/MS experiments detected the presence of a structure corresponding to elemental composition C15H16O3, which was tentatively assigned as a hydroxylated nabumetone. Identical nabumetone and HO-nabumetone UV spectra obtained from the PDA detector ruled out the presence of the hydroxy group in the aromatic moiety of nabumetone. Hence, the most likely structure of the new metabolite was 4-(6-methoxy-2-naphthyl)-3-hydroxybutan-2-one (3-hydroxy nabumetone). To confirm this structure, the standard of this nabumetone metabolite was synthesized, its spectral (UV, CD, NMR, MS/MS) and retention properties on chiral and achiral chromatographic columns were evaluated and compared with those of the authentic nabumetone metabolite. To elucidate the subsequent biotransformation of 3-hydroxy nabumetone, the compound was used as a substrate in incubation with human and rat liver microsomal fraction. A number of 3-hydroxy nabumetone metabolites (products of conjugation with glucuronic acid, O-desmethylation, carbonyl reduction and their combination) were discovered in the extracts from the incubated microsomes using LLE-HPLC-PDA-MS/MS experiments. On the other hand, when 3-hydroxy nabumetone was incubated with isolated rat hepatocytes, 6-MNA was

  19. Screening antioxidants using LC-MS: case study with cocoa.

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    Calderón, Angela I; Wright, Brian J; Hurst, W Jeffrey; van Breemen, Richard B

    2009-07-08

    Oxidative stress enhances pathological processes contributing to cancer, cardiovascular disease, and neurodegenerative diseases, and dietary antioxidants may counteract these deleterious processes. Because rapid methods to evaluate and compare food products for antioxidant benefits are needed, a new assay based on liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (LC-MS) was developed for the identification and quantitative analysis of antioxidants in complex natural product samples such as food extracts. This assay is based on the comparison of electrospray LC-MS profiles of sample extracts before and after treatment with reactive oxygen species such as hydrogen peroxide or 2,2-diphenyl-1-picrylhydrazyl radical (DPPH). Using this assay, methanolic extracts of cocoa powder were analyzed, and procyanidins were found to be the most potent antioxidant species. These species were identified using LC-MS, LC-MS/MS, accurate mass measurement, and comparison with reference standards. Furthermore, LC-MS was used to determine the levels of these species in cocoa samples. Catechin and epicatechin were the most abundant antioxidants followed by their dimers and trimers. The most potent antioxidants in cocoa were trimers and dimers of catechin and epicatechin, such as procyanidin B2, followed by catechin and epicatechin. This new LC-MS assay facilitates the rapid identification and then the determination of the relative antioxidant activities of individual antioxidant species in complex natural product samples and food products such as cocoa.

  20. A rapid LC-MS/MS method for quantitation of eszopiclone in human plasma: application to a human pharmacokinetic study.

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    Hotha, Kishore Kumar; Vijaya Bharathi, D; Jagadeesh, B; Ravindranath, L K; Jaya Veera, K N; Venkateswarulu, V

    2012-02-01

    A highly reproducible, specific and cost-effective LC-MS/MS method was developed for simultaneous estimation of eszopiclone (ESZ) with 50 μL of human plasma using paroxetine as an internal standard (IS). The API-4000 LC-MS/MS was operated under the multiple reaction-monitoring mode using the electrospray ionization technique. A simple liquid-liquid extraction process was used to extract ESZ and IS from human plasma. The total run time was 1.5 min and the elution of ESZ and IS occurred at 0.90 min; this was achieved with a mobile phase consisting of 0.1% formic acid-methanol (15:85, v/v) at a flow rate of 0.50 mL/min on a Discover C(18) (50 × 4.6 mm, 5 µm) column. The developed method was validated in human plasma with a lower limit of quantitation of 0.1 ng/mL for ESZ. A linear response function was established for the range of concentrations 0.10-120 ng/mL (r > 0.998) for ESZ. The intra- and inter-day precision values for ESZ were acceptable as per FDA guidelines. Eszopiclone was stable in the battery of stability studies, viz. bench-top, autosampler and freeze-thaw cycles. The developed assay method was applied to an oral bioequivalence study in humans.

  1. Determination of free and glucuronidated kaempferol in rat plasma by LC-MS/MS: application to pharmacokinetic study.

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    Zhang, Wei-Dong; Wang, Xiao-Juan; Zhou, Si-Yuan; Gu, Yi; Wang, Rong; Zhang, Tao-Li; Gan, Hong-Quan

    2010-08-01

    Flavanoid kaempferol is mainly present as glucuronides and sulfates in rat plasma, and small amounts of the intact aglycone are also detected. In the this study, a rapid, specific and sensitive liquid chromatography-electrospray ionization-tandem mass spectrometry method (HPLC-MS/MS) was developed and validated for determination of kaempferol and its major metabolite glucuronidated kaempferol in rat plasma. A liquid-liquid extraction with acetic ether was involved for the extraction of kaempferol and internal standard. Analytes were separated on a C18 column (150 mm x 2.1 mm, 4.5 microm, Waters Corp.) with isocratic elution at a flow-rate of 0.3 ml min(-1). The mobile phase was consisted of 0.5% formic acid and acetonitrile (50:50, v/v). The Quattro Premier HPLC-MS/MS was operated under the multiple reaction-monitoring mode (MRM) using the electrospray ionization technique. The method was validated according to the FDA guidelines for validation of bioanalytical method. The validated method was successfully applied to the study of the pharmacokinetics in rats after oral administration of kaempferol with different doses.

  2. Degradation studies of cholecalciferol (vitamin D3) using HPLC-DAD, UHPLC-MS/MS and chemical derivatization.

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    Mahmoodani, Fatemeh; Perera, Conrad O; Fedrizzi, Bruno; Abernethy, Grant; Chen, Hong

    2017-03-15

    In any food fortification program, the stability of added micronutrients is an important factor. Cholecalciferol or vitamin D3 is known to isomerise under various conditions, thereby making its analysis challenging. In the current study, the effects of different parameters, such as temperature, iodine, acidic conditions, and oxidation, on the isomerisation of vitamin D3 were studied using HPLC-DAD and UHPLC-MS/MS. Vitamin D3 thermally and reversibly transforms to pre-vitamin D3 type isomers. In the presence of iodine, cis/trans isomerisation of both cholecalciferol and pre-vitamin D3 takes place to form trans-vitamin D3 and tachysterol, respectively. Another isomer, isotachysterol, was formed under acidic conditions. The different rates of reaction of these products with a dienophile through the Diels-Alder reaction confirmed the formation of vitamin D3 isomerisation products. The derivatization enhanced the ionisation efficiency of vitamin D3 and its isomers in UHPLC-MS/MS and improved the separation and fragmentation enabling sensitive detection.

  3. Stability study for 53 antibiotics in solution and in fortified biological matrixes by LC/MS/MS.

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    Gaugain, Murielle; Chotard, Marie-Pierre; Verdon, Eric

    2013-01-01

    This study was performed in order to determine the stability of antibiotics belonging to eight families in solution or biological matrix. Knowledge of the stability of antibiotics has to be demonstrated during method development or validation. The stability of stock standard solutions of 53 antibiotics was assessed after determining the appropriate conditions of dissolution and storage. The stability of the same 53 antibiotics after addition to negative control cow milk or pork muscle tissue stored at -18 and -70 degrees C was also assessed. Our concern was to obtain information concerning the stability of antibiotic residues in fortified biological matrixes in order to make easier the implementation of a routine screening method for antibiotic residues within the framework of the French monitoring program. Antibiotic solutions and fortified samples were analyzed using an LC/MS/MS method previously validated for screening purposes and for which it was checked that all pertinent criteria to obtain interpretable stability results were fulfilled. The design for testing the stability of antibiotics in solutions and matrix samples is described, as well as the rules of decision that were observed. Term periods for the stability study ranged from 1 month to 1 year, depending on the class of compounds. The results presented in this article will be useful and time-saving for many reference and field laboratories because LC/MS/MS methods are more and more commonly used for screening purposes.

  4. 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.

  5. Determination of plasma topiramate concentration using LC-MS/MS for pharmacokinetic and bioequivalence studies in healthy Korean volunteers.

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    Park, Jin-Hee; Park, Yoo-Sin; Lee, Min-Ho; Rhim, Si-Youn; Song, Jae-Chul; Lee, Soo-Jin; Kim, Jung-Mogg; Shaw, Leslie M; Kang, Ju-Seop

    2008-08-01

    A rapid, simple and validated liquid chromatography coupled to tandem mass spectrometric method (LC-MS/MS) for topiramate analysis in human plasma has been applied to pharmacokinetic and bioequivalence studies in 24 healthy male Korean volunteers. The procedure involves a simple liquid extraction of topiramate and prednisone (internal standard) with acetonitrile and separation by HPLC equipped with a Capcell Pak C18 column using acetonitrile-0.1% triethylamine (80:20, v/v) as a mobile phase. Detection was carried out on an API 2000 MS system by multiple reactions monitoring mode. The ionization was optimized using ESI(-) and selectivity was achieved by MS/MS analysis, m/z 338.0 --> 77.5 and m/z 357.1 --> 327.2 for topiramate and prednisone, respectively. The method had a total run time of 2.5 min and showed good linearity over a working range of 20-5000 ng/mL in human plasma with a lower limit of quantification of 20 ng/mL. No metabolic compounds were found to interfere with the analysis. The inter-day and intra-day accuracy were in the ranges of 99.24-116.63 and 93.45-108.68%, respectively, and inter-day and intra-day precisions were below 6.24 and 5.25%, respectively. This method was successfully applied for pharmacokinetic and bioequivalence studies by analysis of blood samples taken up to 96 h after an oral administration of 100 mg of topiramate in 24 healthy Korean volunteers.

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

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

    2015-01-01

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

  7. Competence-Based System Self-Study System for Suggesting Study Materials Links

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    Nitchot, Athitaya; Gilbert, Lester; Wills, Gary B.

    2014-01-01

    The article proposes a self-study system which suggests web links to learners. The suggestions depend upon the learner's chosen competences selected from a competence structure for a particular knowledge domain. Three experiments were conducted, where the first compared the perceived usefulness and value of the links generated by different…

  8. Competence-Based System Self-Study System for Suggesting Study Materials Links

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    Nitchot, Athitaya; Gilbert, Lester; Wills, Gary B.

    2014-01-01

    The article proposes a self-study system which suggests web links to learners. The suggestions depend upon the learner's chosen competences selected from a competence structure for a particular knowledge domain. Three experiments were conducted, where the first compared the perceived usefulness and value of the links generated by different…

  9. A simple and sensitive UHPLC-Q-TOF-MS/MS method for sophoricoside metabolism study in vitro and in vivo.

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    Zhang, Xia; Yin, Jintuo; Liang, Caijuan; Sun, Yupeng; Zhang, Lantong

    2017-09-01

    Sophoricoside (SOPH) is an isoflavone glycoside isolated from Fructus Sophorae, and it has the effects on reproductive system. Currently, a strategy was firstly developed to identify the metabolites of SOPH in vitro and in vivo using ultra high performance liquid chromatography coupled with hybrid triple quadrupole time-of-flight mass spectrometry (UHPLC-Q-TOF-MS/MS). Based on the proposed method, 60 metabolites were structurally characterized in vivo including 22 phase I and 38 phase II metabolites, and 4 metabolites in vitro were detected containing 2 phase I and 2 phase II metabolites. The results indicated that the metabolic pathways mainly included oxidation, reduction, hydrolysis, methylation, sulfate, glucuronide, glutamine and glycine conjugation. These results will provide basic data for future pharmacological and toxicology studies of SOPH and other isoflavone glycoside. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  10. LC–MS/MS assay for quantitation of enalapril and enalaprilat in plasma for bioequivalence study in Indian subjects

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    Halder, Dhiman; Dan, Shubhasis; Pal, Murari Mohun; Biswas, Easha; Chatterjee, Nilendra; Sarkar, Pradipta; Halder, Umesh Chandra; Pal, Tapan Kumar

    2017-01-01

    Background: Enalapril (EPL) is an angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor for the treatment of hypertension and chronic heart failure. Enalaprilat (EPLT) is an active metabolite that contributes to the overall activity of EPL. Aim: To quantitate EPL along with its metabolite EPLT using LC–MS/MS, a bioanalytical method was developed and validated with tolbutamide in human plasma using a protein precipitation technique. Results: The sensitive and selective method has an LLOQ of 1 ng/ml with a linearity range of 1–500 ng/ml for both EPL and EPLT using 300 µl of plasma without any matrix effect. Conclusion: Linearity, specificity, accuracy, precision and stability, as well as its application to the analysis of plasma samples after oral administration of 20 mg of EPL maleate in healthy volunteers demonstrate applicability to bioavailability/bioequivalence studies. PMID:28344828

  11. [QTRAP LC-MS/MS Analytical Study on Nucleosides and Nucleobases of Pseudostellariae Radix Cultivated in Different Idioplasm Resources].

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    Ma, Yang; Hou, Ya; Zou, Li-si; Liu, Xun-hong; Xu, Li; Lan, Cai-wu; Yuan, Ji-duan

    2015-04-01

    To analyze nucleosides and nucleobases of Pseudostellariae Radix cultivated in different idibplasni resources and to compare the differences. QTRAP LC-MS/MS method was applied for the analysis of 13 kinds of nucleosides and nucleobases in Pseudostellariae Radix and the data obtained was analyzed by SPSS 16. 0 software. There were some differences between Pseudostellariae Radix cultivated in different idioplasm resources. The highest amount of nucleosides and nucleobases was ZS2 which came from Zherong in Fujian Province. The total content of nucleosides and nucleobases in the sample from Shibing in Guizhou Province was the lowest. There was little difference between ZS1 (Zherong in Fujian Province) and XC(Xuancheng in Anhui Province). This study provides evidence for the influence of eco-environment on the metabolites of Pseudostellariae Radix.

  12. Mass spectrometry of rhenium complexes: a comparative study by using LDI-MS, MALDI-MS, PESI-MS and ESI-MS.

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    Petroselli, Gabriela; Mandal, Mridul Kanti; Chen, Lee Chuin; Ruiz, Gustavo T; Wolcan, Ezequiel; Hiraoka, Kenzo; Nonami, Hiroshi; Erra-Balsells, Rosa

    2012-03-01

    A group of rhenium (I) complexes including in their structure ligands such as CF(3)SO(3)-, CH(3)CO(2)-, CO, 2,2'-bipyridine, dipyridil[3,2-a:2'3'-c]phenazine, naphthalene-2-carboxylate, anthracene-9-carboxylate, pyrene-1-carboxylate and 1,10-phenanthroline have been studied for the first time by mass spectrometry. The probe electrospray ionization (PESI) is a technique based on electrospray ionization (ESI) that generates electrospray from the tip of a solid metal needle. In this work, mass spectra for organometallic complexes obtained by PESI were compared with those obtained by classical ESI and high flow rate electrospray ionization assisted by corona discharge (HF-ESI-CD), an ideal method to avoid decomposition of the complexes and to induce their oxidation to yield intact molecular cation radicals in gas state [M](+·) and to produce their reduction yielding the gas species [M](-·). It was found that both techniques showed in general the intact molecular ions of the organometallics studied and provided additional structure characteristic diagnostic fragments. As the rhenium complexes studied in the present work showed strong absorption in the UV-visible region, particularly at 355 nm, laser desorption ionization (LDI) mass spectrometry experiments could be conducted. Although intact molecular ions could be detected in a few cases, LDI mass spectra showed diagnostic fragments for characterization of the complexes structure. Furthermore, matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization (MALDI) mass spectra were obtained. Nor-harmane, a compound with basic character, was used as matrix, and the intact molecular ions were detected in two examples, in negative ion mode as the [M](-·) species. Results obtained with 2-[(2E)-3-(4-tert-buthylphenyl)-2-methylprop-2-enylidene] malononitrile (DCTB) as matrix are also described. LDI experiments provided more information about the rhenium complex structures than did the MALDI ones. Copyright © 2012 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  13. Brain Functional Connectivity in MS: An EEG-NIRS Study

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    2015-10-01

    clinical-radiological paradox in MS – the disconnect between extent of CNS damage and degree of impairment or disability – the fMRI literature now appears...PCT/US11/56566 filed Oct. 17, 2011. This intellectual property (IP) is owned by Dartmouth. Other products Nothing to report 7

  14. Dynamic profiles of volatile organic compounds in exhaled breath as determined by a coupled PTR-MS/GC-MS study.

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    King, J; Mochalski, P; Kupferthaler, A; Unterkofler, K; Koc, H; Filipiak, W; Teschl, S; Hinterhuber, H; Amann, A

    2010-09-01

    In this phenomenological study we focus on dynamic measurements of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in exhaled breath under exercise conditions. An experimental setup efficiently combining breath-by-breath analyses using proton transfer reaction mass spectrometry (PTR-MS) with data reflecting the behaviour of major hemodynamic and respiratory parameters is presented. Furthermore, a methodology for complementing continuous VOC profiles obtained by PTR-MS with simultaneous SPME/GC-MS measurements is outlined. These investigations aim at evaluating the impact of breathing patterns, cardiac output or blood pressure on the observed breath concentration and allow for the detection and identification of several VOCs revealing characteristic rest-to-work transitions in response to variations in ventilation or perfusion. Examples of such compounds include isoprene, methyl acetate, butane, DMS and 2-pentanone. In particular, both isoprene and methyl acetate exhibit a drastic rise in concentration shortly after the onset of exercise, usually by a factor of about 3-5 within approximately 1 min of pedalling. These specific VOCs might also be interpreted as potentially sensitive indicators for fluctuations of blood or respiratory flow and can therefore be viewed as candidate compounds for future assessments of hemodynamics, pulmonary function and gas exchange patterns via observed VOC behaviour.

  15. Simultaneous determination and pharmacokinetic study of roxithromycin and ambroxol hydrochloride in human plasma by LC-MS/MS.

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    Hang, Tai-Jun; Zhang, Meng; Song, Min; Shen, Jian-Ping; Zhang, Yin-di

    2007-07-01

    Although roxithromycin and ambroxol HCl were often administered concomitantly for the treatment of respiratory infections, the pharmacokinetic interactions between them have not been reported. We investigated the interactions between these drugs in health male Chinese volunteers by LC-MS/MS in human plasma. The pharmacokinetics were studied in 12 healthy male Chinese volunteers after an overnight fast by a single oral dose, 4-way crossover design with a period of 7-day washout. Each subjects was randomized to receive a single oral dose of 1 compound roxithromycin (150 mg) and ambroxol HCl (30 mg) dispersible tablet (test formulation, treatment A), one 150 mg roxithromycin dispersible tablet together with one 30 mg ambroxol HCl tablet (combined reference formulations, treatment B), one 150 mg roxithromycin dispersible tablet (reference formulation I, treatment C), or one 30 mg ambroxol HCl tablet (reference formulation II, treatment D) with 250 ml of water. Venous blood was collected at pre-dose (0 h) and 0.25, 0.5, 1, 1.5, 2, 2.5, 3, 4, 6, 8, 12, 24, 48, 72 h after dosing. The plasma concentrations of roxithromycin and ambroxol HCl were simultaneously determined by using a validated internal standard LC-MS/MS method. No significant differences were observed for the major pharmacokinetic parameters such as C(max), T(max), t(1/2) and AUC of both roxithromycin and ambroxol HCl between different treatments. The pharmacokinetics of both roxithromycin and ambroxol HCl are not affected by their concomitant oral administration. Therefore, there are no obvious pharmacokinetic interactions between roxithromycin and ambroxol HCl after oral administration. Roxithromycin and ambroxol HCl dispersible tablets were bioequivalent with reference to the roxithromycin dispersible tablets and ambroxol HCl tablets in combination usage.

  16. UHPLC-MS/MS Determination, Pharmacokinetic, and Bioavailability Study of Taxifolin in Rat Plasma after Oral Administration of its Nanodispersion.

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    Yang, Chun-Juan; Wang, Zhi-Bin; Mi, Ying-Ying; Gao, Ming-Jie; Lv, Jin-Nan; Meng, Yong-Hai; Yang, Bing-You; Kuang, Hai-Xue

    2016-04-14

    A rapid and sensitive LC-MS/MS method based on the Triple Quad system has been developed and validated for the determination and pharmacokinetics of taxifolin and its nanodispersion in rat plasma. Taxifolin plasma samples along with butylparaben (internal standard) were pre-treated by liquid-liquid extraction with ethyl acetate, and then separated on a SB-C18 RRHD column (150 mm × 2.1 mm × 1.8 μm) using isocratic elution with a run time of 3.0 min. The mobile phase was acetonitrile-water (90:10, v/v) containing 5 mM ammonium acetate at a flow rate of 0.4 mL/min. Quantification of taxifolin was performed by the electrospray ionization tandem mass spectrometry in the multiple reaction monitoring (MRM) mode with negative atmospheric ionization at m/z 303.0→285.0 for taxifolin and 193.1→92.0 for I.S., respectively. The calibration curve of taxifolin showed good linearity over a concentration range of 5.0-4280 ng/mL with a correlation coefficient of 0.9995. The limit of quantification (LLOQ) was 5.0 ng/mL. Intra-day, inter-day precision and accuracy (percent relative to standard deviation) were all within 8% at three concentration levels. A total recovery of taxifolin and I.S. was beyond 75%. The present LC-MS/MS method was successfully applied to pharmacokinetic studies of taxifolin after intravenous administration of taxifolin, oral administration of its physical mixture and nanodispersion. The absolute bioavailability of taxifolin was calculated as 0.75% for taxifolin nanodispersion and 0.49% for taxifolin, respectively.

  17. Simultaneous UHPLC/DAD/(+/-)HESI-MS/MS analysis of phenolic acids and nepetalactones in methanol extracts of Nepeta species: a possible application in chemotaxonomic studies.

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    Mišić, Danijela; Siler, Branislav; Gašić, Uroš; Avramov, Stevan; Zivković, Suzana; Nestorović Živković, Jasmina; Milutinović, Milica; Tešić, Zivoslav

    2015-01-01

    Nepeta species contain a variety of secondary metabolites, including iridoid monoterpenes - nepetalactones and phenolic acids - that are considered the main bioactive constituents. This work represents the first attempt to comparatively explore variations in these two major groups of secondary metabolites within the genus. To develop an efficient analytical methodology for simultaneous analysis of nepetalactones and phenolic acids in methanol extracts of selected Nepeta species, and to evaluate its potential application in chemotaxonomic studies. A UHPLC combined with linear-trap quadrupole (LTQ) orbitrap MS method was used to characterise chemical diversity and complexity of phenolics among 12 selected Nepeta species. A targeted metabolomic approach using UHPLC coupled to a diode array detector (DAD) and combined with (+/-) heated electrospray ionisation (HESI) MS/MS was developed and validated for quantitative analysis of six hydroxycinnamic acid derivatives and four nepetalactones. Phenolic profiling provided a valuable database of bioactive compounds in the plant group studied, including phenolic acids (hydroxybenzoic and hydroxycinnamic acids) and flavonoids (flavones, flavonols and flavanones). Principal component analysis and cluster analysis suggested the applicability of 10 targeted compounds as chemomarkers for chemotaxonomic studies. Pearson's correlation analysis revealed significant positive correlations between metabolites involved in different biosynthetic pathways (phenylpropanoid or monoterpenoid). The described targeted metabolomic approach proved to be highly beneficial in designing a phytochemical overview of the genus Nepeta, and might have applications in further clarification of phylogenetic relations. Furthermore, it has the potential to be implemented in a routine quality control of plant material and herbal preparations. Copyright © 2014 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  18. Effect of the disclosure of MS diagnosis on anxiety, mood and quality of life of patients: a prospective study.

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    Mattarozzi, K; Vignatelli, L; Baldin, E; Lugaresi, A; Pietrolongo, E; Tola, M R; Motti, L; Neri, W; Calzoni, S; Granella, F; Galeotti, M; Santangelo, M; Malagu', S; Fiorani, L; Guareschi, A; Scandellari, C; D'Alessandro, R

    2012-05-01

    In the light of the new diagnostic criteria for multiple sclerosis (MS) and currently available early treatment, this study aimed to explore whether, and to what extent, disclosure of the diagnosis of MS or clinically isolated syndrome (CIS) affects patients' anxiety, mood and quality of life (QoL). Eligible participants were all patients referred for the first time to the Neurological Unit who had manifested symptoms suggestive of MS for no more than 6 months. All patients were evaluated for (i) QoL (SEIQoL and MS-QoL54), (ii) Anxiety (STAI) and Depression (CMDI) on study inclusion (T0), 30 days after diagnosis disclosure (T30), and after 1 (T1y) and 2 (T2y) years' follow-up. Two hundred and twenty-nine patients were enrolled; 93 of these were unaware of their diagnosis. Patients who already knew their diagnosis (100 with CIS and 22 with MS) were excluded from the main analyses and used to perform control analyses. At the end of the screening, an MS diagnosis was disclosed to 18 of the 93 patients, whereas a CIS diagnosis was disclosed to 62 patients (12 patients received a diagnosis other than MS or CIS). Thirty days after diagnosis disclosure, irrespective of the diagnosis disclosed, both QoL and Anxiety and Depression were significantly rated as better compared to the start of screening, (p(s) < 0.03), and this improvement remained stable over the two annual follow-ups. However, as suggested by a significant 'Time' × 'Diagnosis' interaction with regard to both QoL and Anxiety and Depression (p(s) < 0.02), the effect of the disclosure in the short term differed depending on CIS or MS diagnosis. Specifically, on MSQoL, which is a health-related QoL scale, we found a statically significant improvement, immediately after the diagnosis disclosure, in both the MS and CIS groups (p(s) < 0.01). Differently, on SEIQoL, which is a non health-related QoL measure, and on the anxiety scale, we observed a statistically significant improvement only in the group which

  19. Recent bioanalytical methods for quantification of third-generation cephalosporins using HPLC and LC-MS(/MS) and their applications in pharmacokinetic studies.

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    Jin, Hyo-Eon; Jin, Su-Eon; Maeng, Han-Joo

    2014-11-01

    Third-generation cephalosporins are semi-synthetic antibiotics with enhanced activity against Gram-negative organisms. The cephalosporins in biological samples are mostly determined using high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) and HPLC-mass spectrometry (LC-MS) or tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS). In recent years, numerous bioanalytical methods have been developed to improve the sensitivity and specificity of cephalosporin quantification using the powerful LC-MS/MS systems that are common in research laboratories. This review article presents recently developed bioanalytical methods by HPLC or LC-MS(/MS) for 12 third-generation cephalosporins, including five oral third-generation cephalosporins, and further discusses their application in pharmacokinetic studies of animals and humans. Copyright © 2014 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  20. PyMS: a Python toolkit for processing of gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS) data. Application and comparative study of selected tools.

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    O'Callaghan, Sean; De Souza, David P; Isaac, Andrew; Wang, Qiao; Hodkinson, Luke; Olshansky, Moshe; Erwin, Tim; Appelbe, Bill; Tull, Dedreia L; Roessner, Ute; Bacic, Antony; McConville, Malcolm J; Likić, Vladimir A

    2012-05-30

    Gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS) is a technique frequently used in targeted and non-targeted measurements of metabolites. Most existing software tools for processing of raw instrument GC-MS data tightly integrate data processing methods with graphical user interface facilitating interactive data processing. While interactive processing remains critically important in GC-MS applications, high-throughput studies increasingly dictate the need for command line tools, suitable for scripting of high-throughput, customized processing pipelines. PyMS comprises a library of functions for processing of instrument GC-MS data developed in Python. PyMS currently provides a complete set of GC-MS processing functions, including reading of standard data formats (ANDI- MS/NetCDF and JCAMP-DX), noise smoothing, baseline correction, peak detection, peak deconvolution, peak integration, and peak alignment by dynamic programming. A novel common ion single quantitation algorithm allows automated, accurate quantitation of GC-MS electron impact (EI) fragmentation spectra when a large number of experiments are being analyzed. PyMS implements parallel processing for by-row and by-column data processing tasks based on Message Passing Interface (MPI), allowing processing to scale on multiple CPUs in distributed computing environments. A set of specifically designed experiments was performed in-house and used to comparatively evaluate the performance of PyMS and three widely used software packages for GC-MS data processing (AMDIS, AnalyzerPro, and XCMS). PyMS is a novel software package for the processing of raw GC-MS data, particularly suitable for scripting of customized processing pipelines and for data processing in batch mode. PyMS provides limited graphical capabilities and can be used both for routine data processing and interactive/exploratory data analysis. In real-life GC-MS data processing scenarios PyMS performs as well or better than leading software packages. We

  1. PyMS: a Python toolkit for processing of gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS) data. Application and comparative study of selected tools

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    2012-01-01

    Background Gas chromatography–mass spectrometry (GC-MS) is a technique frequently used in targeted and non-targeted measurements of metabolites. Most existing software tools for processing of raw instrument GC-MS data tightly integrate data processing methods with graphical user interface facilitating interactive data processing. While interactive processing remains critically important in GC-MS applications, high-throughput studies increasingly dictate the need for command line tools, suitable for scripting of high-throughput, customized processing pipelines. Results PyMS comprises a library of functions for processing of instrument GC-MS data developed in Python. PyMS currently provides a complete set of GC-MS processing functions, including reading of standard data formats (ANDI- MS/NetCDF and JCAMP-DX), noise smoothing, baseline correction, peak detection, peak deconvolution, peak integration, and peak alignment by dynamic programming. A novel common ion single quantitation algorithm allows automated, accurate quantitation of GC-MS electron impact (EI) fragmentation spectra when a large number of experiments are being analyzed. PyMS implements parallel processing for by-row and by-column data processing tasks based on Message Passing Interface (MPI), allowing processing to scale on multiple CPUs in distributed computing environments. A set of specifically designed experiments was performed in-house and used to comparatively evaluate the performance of PyMS and three widely used software packages for GC-MS data processing (AMDIS, AnalyzerPro, and XCMS). Conclusions PyMS is a novel software package for the processing of raw GC-MS data, particularly suitable for scripting of customized processing pipelines and for data processing in batch mode. PyMS provides limited graphical capabilities and can be used both for routine data processing and interactive/exploratory data analysis. In real-life GC-MS data processing scenarios PyMS performs as well or better than

  2. High-Throughput Analytical Techniques for the Determination of the Residues of 653 Multiclass Pesticides and Chemical Pollutants in Tea, Part VII: A GC-MS, GC-MS/MS, and LC-MS/MS Study of the Degradation Profiles of Pesticide Residues in Green Tea.

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    Chang, Qiao-Ying; Pang, Guo-Fang; Fan, Chun-Lin; Chen, Hui; Yang, Fang; Li, Jie; Wen, Bi-Fang

    2016-11-01

    GC-MS, GC-tandem MS (MS/MS), and LC-MS/MS were used to mathematically define the degradation profiles of pesticide residues in two field trials. Nineteen pesticides were studied in the first field trial and 11 in the second. The results of the field trials demonstrated that the degradation profiles of pesticide residues in green tea can be described with power functions to successfully estimate the amount of time, following pesticide application, pesticide residues appearing in tea in concentrations at and/or above the maximum residue limit (MRL) decrease to concentrations below the MRL. Stability tests on green tea samples stored at room temperature were conducted to determine whether pesticide-incurred green tea samples prepared according to the method used in the field trials would be suitable for the preparation of reference standards for laboratory-proficiency testing trials. This paper reports the results of a GC-MS, GC-MS/MS, and LC-MS/MS study, as well as the suitability of the samples prepared under these conditions for use as pesticide reference standards in tea analysis.

  3. Determination and pharmacokinetic study of norcantharidin in human serum by HPLC-MS/MS method.

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    Wei, Chun-min; Zhang, Rui; Wang, Ben-jie; Yuan, Gui-yan; Guo, Rui-chen

    2008-01-01

    A sensitive, simple and selective high-performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry method was developed and applied to the determination of norcantharidin concentration in human serum. Norcantharidin (NCTD) and cyclophosphamide (IS) in serum were extracted with acetone, separated on a C18 reversed-phase column, gradiently eluted with a mobile phase of acetonitrile-water containing 2 mm ammonium acetate and 0.1% formic acid (pH 3), ionized by positive ion pneumatically assisted electrospray and detected in the multi-reaction monitoring mode using precursor-->product ions of m/z 169.3-->123.1 for NCTD and 261.2-->140.2 for IS, respectively. The linear range of the calibration curve for NCTD was 2.5-50 ng/mL, with a lowest limit of quantification of 2.5 ng/mL, and the intra/inter-day RSD was less than 10%. The method was suitable for determination of low NCTD concentration in human serum after therapeutic oral doses, and has been successfully used for pharmacokinetic studies in healthy Chinese volunteers.

  4. Rapid LC-MS/MS method for determination of drotaverine in a bioequivalence study.

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    Vancea, Szende; Gáll, Zsolt; Donáth-Nagy, Gabriella; Borka-Balás, Réka

    2014-09-01

    A liquid chromatography coupled with tandem mass spectrometry method for the quantification of the antispasmodic drug drotaverine in human plasma was developed and validated according to the current bioanalytical guidelines. The internal standard used was imipramine. The separation was performed on a Kinetex C18 50×3mm, 2.6μm column under isocratic conditions using a mobile phase of 65:35 (v/v) formic acid 0.2% (v/v) in water and acetonitrile at 40°C with a flow rate of 0.4ml/min. The detection of drotaverine and the internal standard was performed in multiple reaction monitoring (MRM) mode using an ion trap mass spectrometer with electrospray ionization, operating in positive mode. The human plasma samples (0.24ml) were deproteinized with methanol and aliquots of 4μl from supernatants obtained after centrifugation were directly injected into the chromatographic system. The method shows a good linearity (r(2)>0.997), precision (CV<6.3%) and accuracy (bias<5.4%) over the range of 2.24-448ng/ml drotaverine in plasma. The recovery was between 91 and 98%. The limit of quantification was 2.24ng/ml. The analysis required only a 3.0min run. The developed and validated method for the determination of drotaverine in human plasma was successfully applied in a bioequivalence study, for analyzing approximately 1000 subject's samples.

  5. GC-MS/MS and LC-MS/MS studies on unlabelled and deuterium-labelled oleic acid (C18:1) reactions with peroxynitrite (O=N-O-O⁻) in buffer and hemolysate support the pM/nM-range of nitro-oleic acids in human plasma.

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    Trettin, Arne; Böhmer, Anke; Zoerner, Alexander A; Gutzki, Frank-Mathias; Jordan, Jens; Tsikas, Dimitrios

    2014-08-01

    Oleic acid (cis-9,10-octadecenoic acid) is the most abundant monounsaturated fatty acid in human blood. Peroxynitrite (ONOO(-)) is a short-lived species formed from the reaction of nitric oxide (NO) and superoxide (O2(-)). Peroxynitrite is a potent oxidizing and moderate nitrating agent. We investigated reactions of unlabelled and deuterium labelled oleic acid in phosphate buffered saline (PBS) and lysed human erythrocytes with commercially available sodium peroxynitrite (Na(+)ONOO(-)). Non-derivatized reaction products were analyzed by spectrophotometry, HPLC with UV absorbance detection, and LC-MS/MS electrospray ionization in the negative-ion mode. Reaction products were also analyzed by GC-MS/MS in the electron capture negative-ion chemical ionization mode after derivatization first with pentafluorobenzyl (PFB) bromide and then with N,O-bis(trimethylsilyl)trifluoroacetamide. Identified oleic acid reaction products in PBS and hemolysate include cis-9,10-epoxystearic acid and trans-9,10-epoxystearic acid (about 0.1% with respect to oleic acid), threo- and erythro-9,10-dihydroxy-stearic acids. Vinyl nitro-oleic acids, 9-nitro-oleic acid (9-NO2OA) and 10-nitro-oleic acid (10-NO2OA), or other nitro-oleic acids were not found to be formed from the reaction of oleic acid with peroxynitrite in PBS or hemolysate. Our in vitro study suggests that peroxynitrite oxidizes but does not nitrate oleic acid in biological samples. Unlike thiols and tyrosine, oleic acid is not susceptible to peroxynitrite. GC-MS/MS analysis of PFB esters is by far more efficient than LC-MS/MS analysis of non-derivatized oleic acid and its derivates. Our in vitro results support our previous in vivo findings that nitro-oleic acid plasma concentrations of healthy and diseased subjects are in the pM/nM-range.

  6. Characterization of degradation products of idarubicin through LC-UV, MS(n) and LC-MS-TOF studies.

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    Kaushik, Dheeraj; Bansal, Gulshan

    2013-11-01

    Idarubicin was subjected to forced degradation under the ICH recommended conditions of hydrolysis, oxidation, dry heat and photolysis to characterize its possible impurities and/or degradation products. The drug was found unstable to acid hydrolysis at 85°C and to alkaline hydrolysis, and oxidation at room temperature. The hydrolytic and oxidative degradation products were resolved with gradient and isocratic elution, respectively on an Inertsil RP18 (250 mm × 4.6mm; 5 μ) column with HCOONH4 (20mM, pH 3.0) and acetonitrile. The drug degraded to two products (O-I and O-II) in oxidative condition, two products (K-I and K-II) in alkaline hydrolytic, and one product (A-I) in acidic hydrolytic conditions. The purity of each in the LC-UV chromatogram was ascertained through LC-PDA analysis. The products were characterized through +ESI-MS(n) studies on the drug and LC-MS-TOF studies on the degraded drug solutions. Based on the multistage mass fragmentation pattern of idarubicin and accurate mass analysis of the degradation products, the O-I, O-II and A-I were characterized as desacetylidarubicin hydroperoxide, desacetylidarubicin and deglucosaminylidarubicin, respectively. The products K-I and K-II were not characterized due to their low concentrations and/or extremely weak ionization. The mechanisms of degradation of idarubicin to these products were proposed and discussed.

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

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    Kan, X; Zheng, S-L; Zhou, C-Y

    2014-11-01

    A sensitive and rapid ultra performance liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry (UPLC-MS/MS) method was developed to determine phentolamine 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 an isocratic mobile phase system composed of acetonitrile and 1% formic acid in water (33:67, v/v) at a flow rate of 0.45 mL/min. 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 282.1 → 212.0 and m/z 237.1 → 194.2 were used to quantify for phentolamine and carbamazepine (internal standard, IS), respectively. The linearity of this method was found to be within the concentration range of 0.5-100.0 ng/mL with a lower limit of quantification of 0.5 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 60 mg phentolamine to 20 Chinese healthy male volunteers.

  8. 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. © The Author 2015. Published by Oxford University Press. All rights reserved. For Permissions, please email: journals.permissions@oup.com.

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

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

    2008-11-04

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

  10. Determination of bergenin in human plasma after oral administration by HPLC-MS/MS method and its pharmacokinetic study.

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    Wang, Jin; Wang, Ben-Jie; Wei, Chun-Min; Yuan, Gui-Yan; Zhang, Rui; Liu, Hui; Zhang, Xiu-Mei; Guo, Rui-Chen

    2009-02-01

    A highly sensitive, simple and selective high-performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (HPLC-MS/MS) method was developed and applied to the determination of bergenin concentration in human plasma. Bergenin and the internal standard (IS) thiamphenicol in plasma were extracted with ethyl acetate, separated on a C(18 )reversed-phase column, eluted with mobile phase of acetonitrile-water, ionized by negative ion pneumatically assisted electrospray and detected in the multi-reaction monitoring mode using precursor --> product ions of m/z 327.1 --> 192 for bergenin and 354 --> 185.1 for the IS, respectively. The linear range of the calibration curve for bergenin was 0.25-60 ng mL(-1), with the lowest limit of quantification of 0.25 ng mL(-1), and the intra/inter-day relative standard deviation (RSD) was less than 10%. The method is suitable for the determination of low bergenin concentration in human plasma after therapeutic oral doses, and has been first and successfully used for its pharmacokinetic studies in healthy Chinese volunteers.

  11. Highly sensitive LC-MS/MS method for determination of galantamine in rat plasma: application to pharmacokinetic studies in rats.

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    Suresh, P S; Mullangi, Ramesh; Sukumaran, Sathesh Kumar

    2014-12-01

    A rapid and highly sensitive assay method has been developed and validated for the estimation of galantamine (GLM) in rat plasma using liquid chromatography coupled to tandem mass spectrometry with electrospray ionization in the positive-ion mode. The assay procedure involves a simple liquid-liquid extraction of GLM and phenacetin (internal standard, IS) from rat plasma using acetonitrile. Chromatographic separation was achieved with 0.2% formic acid:acetonitrile (50:50, v/v) at a flow rate of 0.60 mL/min on an Atlantis dC18 column with a total run time 2.5 min. The MS/MS ion transitions monitored were 288.10 → 213.10 for GLM and 180.10 → 110.10 for IS. Method validation was performed as per United States Food and Drug Administration guidelines and the results met the acceptance criteria. The lower limit of quantitation achieved was 0.12 ng/mL and linearity was observed from 0.12 to 525 ng/mL. The intra- and inter-day precision were in the ranges of 4.73-11.7 and 5.83-8.64%, respectively. This novel method has been applied to a pharmacokinetic study in rats.

  12. [Chromatographic Fingerprinting Study of Zhenyuan Granules Dry Extract by HPLC-DAD and HPLC-MS/MS].

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    Li, Yuan-yuan; Shan, Jin-feng; Tan, Qing-jie; Wang, Song-lin; Jiang, Jian-lan

    2015-09-01

    To establish a novel, accurate and valid fingerprint method of Zhenyuan granules dry extract by using HPLC-DAD method, to study herbs belonging of fingerprint peaks and to identify some of the chromatographic peaks by HPLC-MS/MS analysis, for providing the basis for scientific evaluation of the quality. The sample solutions were analyzed by an Agilent SB C18 (250 mm x 4.6 mm, 5 µm) column, and gradiently eluted with acetonitrile (containing 0.1% formic acid) and aqueous phase (containing 0.1% formic acid) as the mobile phase. The flow rates were 1.2 mL/min (0~70 min) and 0.8 mL/min (70~150 min); the column temperature was 30 °C; and the detection wavelength was 254 nm. 40 peaks were selected as fingerprint peaks under the optimal chromatographic condition, and the similarity coefficients of 10 batches of Zhenyuan granules dry extract were all greater than 0.98. 27 peaks were tentatively identified with reference to literature data based on their mass spectrometry. The chromatographic fingerprint of Zhenyuan granules is proved to be a reliable method for comprehensive quality control and assessment.

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

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

    2014-12-01

    A sensitive, fast and specific method for the quantitation of pinocembrin in human plasma based on high-performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC/MS/MS) was developed and validated. Clonazepam was used as the internal standard (IS). After solid-phase extraction of 500 μL plasma, pinocembrin and the IS were separated on a Luna C8 column using the mobile phase composed of acetonitrile-0.3 mm ammonium acetate solution (65:35, v/v) at a flow rate of 0.25 mL/min in isocratic mode. The detection was performed on a triple quadrupole tandem mass spectrometer by multiple reaction monitoring via an electrospray ionization source in negative mode by AB SCIEX Qtrap 5500. The assay was linear from 1 to 400 ng/mL, with within- and between-run accuracy (relative error) from -1.82 to 0.54%, and within- and between-run precision (CV) below 5.25%. The recovery was above 88% for the analyte at 1, 50 and 300 ng/mL. This analytical method was successful for the determination of pinocembrin in human plasma and applied to a pharmacokinetic study of pinocembrin injection in healthy volunteers after intravenous drip administration. Copyright © 2014 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  14. Simultaneous determination of doxorubicin and curcumin in rat plasma by LC-MS/MS and its application to pharmacokinetic study.

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    Ma, Wenzhuan; Wang, Jinling; Guo, Qiang; Tu, Pengfei

    2015-01-01

    A specific, sensitive and rapid liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) method has been developed and validated for simultaneous quantification of doxorubicin and curcumin in rat plasma after intravenous administration. The analytes of doxorubicin and curcumin were extracted with methanol precipitation using glibenclamide as internal standard (IS). The chromatographic separation was performed on a C18 column with acetonitrile and 0.1% formic acid water as mobile phase and with gradient elution at a flow rate of 0.2 mL/min. Calibration curves were linear over the ranges of 2-8000 ng/mL for doxorubicin and 5-2000 ng/mL for curcumin (r > 0.99). The lower limit of quantification (LLOQ) was 2 ng/mL for DOX and 5 ng/mL for Cur. Finally, this developed method was successfully applied in the pharmacokinetic study of doxorubicin and curcumin in rats and evaluated the effects of curcumin on the absorption of doxorubicin after intravenous administration. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  15. LC-MS/MS method for determination of megestrol in human plasma and its application in bioequivalence study.

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    Li, Fan; Zou, Xiao-juan; Zheng, Heng; Xiang, Yi

    2013-12-01

    A rapid and highly selective liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometric (LC-MS/MS) method for the determination of megestrol in human plasma was described using medrysone as internal standard (IS). Blood samples were collected from 20 healthy volunteers after oral administration of 160 mg megestrol acetate dispersible tablets. The analytes were extracted by liquid-liquid extraction procedure and separated on a hanbon lichrospher column with the mobile phase of methanol and water containing 0.1% formic acid and 20 mmol/L ammonium acetate (5:1, v/v). Positive ion electrospray ionization with multiple reaction-monitoring mode (MRM) was employed by monitoring the transitions m/z 385.5-325.4 and m/z 387.5-327.4 for megestrol and medrysone, respectively. Under the isocratic separation conditions, the chromatographic run time was approximately 2.54 min for megestrol and 2.59 min for medrysone. The calibration curve range was from 0.5 to 200.0 ng/mL. The inter-batch and intra-batch precision and accuracy were less than 5.2% relative standard deviation (RSD) and 6.4% relative error (RE). The proposed method was successfully applied in the bioequivalence study of megestrol acetate dispersible tablets.

  16. Simple and Robust Analysis of Cefuroxime in Human Plasma by LC-MS/MS: Application to a Bioequivalence Study.

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    Hu, Xingjiang; Huang, Mingzhu; Liu, Jian; Chen, Junchun; Shentu, Jianzhong

    2014-01-01

    A simple, robust LC-MS/MS assay for quantifying cefuroxime in human plasma was developed. Cefuroxime and tazobactam, as internal standard (IS), were extracted from human plasma by methanol to precipitate protein. Separation was achieved on a Zorbax SB-Aq (4.6 × 250 mm, 5  μ m) column under isocratic conditions. The calibration curve was linear in the concentration range of 0.0525-21.0  μ g/mL (r = 0.9998). The accuracy was higher than 90.92%, while the intra- and interday precision were less than 6.26%. The extraction procedure provides recovery ranged from 89.44% to 92.32%, for both analyte and IS. Finally, the method was successfully applied to a bioequivalence study of a single 500 mg dose of cefuroxime axetil in 22 healthy Chinese male subjects under fasting condition. Bioequivalence was determined by calculating 90% Cls for the ratios of C max, AUC0-t , and AUC0-∞ values for the test and reference products, using logarithmic transformed data. The 90% Cls for the ratios of C max (91.4%~104.2%), AUC0-t (97.4%~110.9%), and AUC0-∞ (97.6%~111.1%) values were within the predetermined range. It was concluded that the two formulations (test for capsule, reference for tablet) analyzed were bioequivalent in terms of rate and extent of absorption and the method met the principle of quick and easy clinical analysis.

  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. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  18. Liquid- and gas-phase nitration of bovine serum albumin studied by LC-MS and LC-MS/MS using monolithic columns.

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    Walcher, Wolfgang; Franze, Thomas; Weller, Michael G; Pöschl, Ulrich; Huber, Christian G

    2003-01-01

    Post-translational nitration of proteins was analyzed by capillary reversed-phase high-performance liquid chromatography (RP-HPLC) on-line interfaced to electrospray ionization mass spectrometry (ESI--MS) or tandem mass spectrometry (ESI--MS/MS). Both methods were compared using a tryptic digest of bovine serum albumin (BSA) and yielded sequence coverages of 95% and 33% with RP-HPLC--ESI--MS and RP-HPLC--ESI--MS/MS, respectively. At least 95% of the tyrosines were covered by the former method, whereas the latter method only detected less than 50% of the tyrosine-containing peptides. Upon liquid-phase nitration of BSA in aqueous solution using an excess of tetranitromethane, at least 16 of the 20 tyrosine residues were found to be nitrated. After exposure of solid BSA samples to gaseous nitrogen dioxide and ozone at atmospherically relevant concentration levels, only 3 nitrated peptides were detected. By use of such a model system, RP-HPLC--ESI--MS proved to be a rapid and highly efficient method for the comprehensive and quantitative detection of protein nitration.

  19. Studies on the metabolism of the Delta9-tetrahydrocannabinol precursor Delta9-tetrahydrocannabinolic acid A (Delta9-THCA-A) in rat using LC-MS/MS, LC-QTOF MS and GC-MS techniques.

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    Jung, Julia; Meyer, Markus R; Maurer, Hans H; Neusüss, Christian; Weinmann, Wolfgang; Auwärter, Volker

    2009-10-01

    In Cannabis sativa, Delta9-Tetrahydrocannabinolic acid-A (Delta9-THCA-A) is the non-psychoactive precursor of Delta9-tetrahydrocannabinol (Delta9-THC). In fresh plant material, about 90% of the total Delta9-THC is available as Delta9-THCA-A. When heated (smoked or baked), Delta9-THCA-A is only partially converted to Delta9-THC and therefore, Delta9-THCA-A can be detected in serum and urine of cannabis consumers. The aim of the presented study was to identify the metabolites of Delta9-THCA-A and to examine particularly whether oral intake of Delta9-THCA-A leads to in vivo formation of Delta9-THC in a rat model. After oral application of pure Delta9-THCA-A to rats (15 mg/kg body mass), urine samples were collected and metabolites were isolated and identified by liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (LC-MS), liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) and high resolution LC-MS using time of flight-mass spectrometry (TOF-MS) for accurate mass measurement. For detection of Delta9-THC and its metabolites, urine extracts were analyzed by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS). The identified metabolites show that Delta9-THCA-A undergoes a hydroxylation in position 11 to 11-hydroxy-Delta9-tetrahydrocannabinolic acid-A (11-OH-Delta9-THCA-A), which is further oxidized via the intermediate aldehyde 11-oxo-Delta9-THCA-A to 11-nor-9-carboxy-Delta9-tetrahydrocannabinolic acid-A (Delta9-THCA-A-COOH). Glucuronides of the parent compound and both main metabolites were identified in the rat urine as well. Furthermore, Delta9-THCA-A undergoes hydroxylation in position 8 to 8-alpha- and 8-beta-hydroxy-Delta9-tetrahydrocannabinolic acid-A, respectively, (8alpha-Hydroxy-Delta9-THCA-A and 8beta-Hydroxy-Delta9-THCA-A, respectively) followed by dehydration. Both monohydroxylated metabolites were further oxidized to their bishydroxylated forms. Several glucuronidation conjugates of these metabolites were identified. In vivo conversion of Delta9-THCA-A to Delta9-THC was

  20. Study on formation of acrylamide in asparagine-sugar microwave heating systems using UPLC-MS/MS analytical method.

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    Zhang, Yu; Fang, Haoran; Zhang, Ying

    2008-05-15

    Microwave heating can be regarded as a possible way to produce a considerable amount of acrylamide. The present study investigated the formation of acrylamide in asparagine-glucose, asparagine-fructose and asparagine-sucrose microwave heating systems by the response surface methodology (RSM) and the orthogonal array methodology (OAM). The acrylamide content was rapidly quantified by a validated ultra-performance liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry (UPLC-MS/MS) method. Results of RSM study indicated that in the asparagine-glucose system, the acrylamide content increased in the combined condition of high temperature accompanying with short heating time (>190°C, <20min) or low temperature accompanying with long heating time (<180°C, >30min). In the asparagine-fructose system, the similar conclusion was made in the combined condition of high temperature accompanying with short heating time (>175°C, <20min) or low temperature accompanying with long heating time (<170°C, >25min). In the asparagine-sucrose system, the amount of acrylamide enhanced with the increase of both heating temperature and heating time. The fitted mathematic models were successfully applied to the quantification of acrylamide formation when the heating temperature and heating time fell into the ranges of 120-240°C and 5-35min simultaneously. OAM study showed that acrylamide is readily formed via heating binary precursors 5min at 180°C in the asparagine-glucose and asparagine-fructose systems. However, acrylamide is readily generated when the binary precursors are heated 15min at 180°C in the asparagine-sucrose system. Copyright © 2007 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  1. Determination of chlorpheniramine in human plasma by HPLC-ESI-MS/MS: application to a dexchlorpheniramine comparative bioavailability study.

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    Moreno, Ronilson Agnaldo; Oliveira-Silva, Diogo; Sverdloff, Carlos Eduardo; Borges, Bruno Carter; Rebelo Galvinas, Paulo Alexandre; Astigarraga, Rafael Barrientos; Borges, Ney Carter

    2010-07-01

    In the present study a fast, sensitive and robust validated method to quantify chlorpheniramine in human plasma using brompheniramine as internal standard (IS) is described. The analyte and the IS were extracted from plasma by LLE (diethyl ether-dichloromethane, 80:20, v/v) and analyzed by HPLC-ESI-MS/MS. Chromatographic separation was performed using a gradient of methanol from 35 to 90% with 2.5 mm NH(4)OH on a Gemini Phenomenex C(8) 5 microm column (50 x 4.6 mm i.d.) in 5.0 min/run. The method fitted to a linear calibration curve (0.05-10 ng/mL, R > 0.9991). The precision (%CV) and accuracy ranged, respectively: intra-batch from 1.5 to 6.8% and 99.1 to 106.6%, and inter-batch from 2.4 to 9.0%, and 99.9 to 103.1%. The validated bioanalytical procedure was used to assess the comparative bioavailability in healthy volunteers of two dexchlorpheniramine 2.0 mg tablet formulations (test dexchlorpheniramine, Eurofarma, and reference Celestamine, Schering-Plough). The study was conducted using an open, randomized, two-period crossover design with a 2 week washout interval. Since the 90% confidence interval for C(max) and AUC ratios were all within the 80-125% interval proposed by ANVISA and FDA, it was concluded that test and reference formulations are bioequivalent concerning the rate and the extent of absorption.

  2. Determination of quetiapine in human plasma by LC-MS/MS and its application in a bioequivalence study.

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    Li, Min; Zhang, Shuo; Shi, Aixin; Qi, Wenyuan; Liu, Yao

    2017-08-15

    A selective, sensitive and simple high performance liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometric (HPLC-MS/MS) method for determining quetiapine in human plasma was developed and validated. One-step protein precipitation with acetonitrile was used to pretreat plasma samples. Carbamazepine was used as internal standard. An automated liquid handling workstation with 96-well protein precipitate plate was used to facilitate the process. The chromatographic separation was achieved on a Waters Xbridge C18 column (3.5μm, 2.1mm×50mm). Gradient elution was set with a mobile phase of acetonitrile/water (containing 10mM ammonium acetate and 0.1% formic acid).The flow rate was 0.4mL/min and total analytical run time was 3min. The analysis was conducted using a triple quadrupole tandem mass spectrometer with an electrospray ionization source operating in positive ion mode. The multiple reaction monitoring of transition were m/z 384.2→253.1 for quetiapine and m/z 237.0→194.0 for carbamazepine, respectively. The linear concentration range for the standard curve of quetiapine was 0.5-400ng/mL for a 5μL injection of the pretreated sample (original plasma sample, 50μL). The intra-day and inter-day accuracy and precision were all less than 15%. The method was successfully used in a bioequivalence study comparing two quetiapine extended-release tablets in Chinese volunteers. Copyright © 2017. Published by Elsevier B.V.

  3. Studies on separation and pharmacokinetics of m-nisoldipine enantiomers in beagle dog plasma by LC/MS/MS.

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    Li, Min; Yuan, Lin; Li, Xiuqing; Zhi, Xuran; Sheng, Ning; Zhang, Lantong

    2013-11-01

    A rapid, sensitive and selective liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometric (LC/MS/MS) method was developed and validated for the separation and determination of m-nisoldipine enantiomers in beagle dog plasma. Samples were pretreated by a single-step protein precipitation with acetonitrile. After m-nisoldipine racemic administration to beagle dogs, samples of m-nisoldipine enantiomers in beagle dog plasma were separated and determined on a ULTRON ES-OVM column (150 × 4.6 mm, 5 μm) at 20°C with a mobile phase consisted of methanol-acetonitrile-ammonium acetate (pH 7.0; 2mM) (15:15:70, v/v/v) at a flow rate of 0.8 mL/min. Chromatograms were monitored at 237 nm, and the API 4000 triple quadrupole mass spectrometer was operated in multiple reaction monitoring (MRM) scan mode using ElectroSpray ionization (ESI) source. The good linearity (rs=0.9958 and rr=0.9983) were found in the range 0.25-20 ng/mL. The lower limit of quantification (LLOQ) obtained was 0.25 ng/mL (n=6). All the validation data, such as accuracy, precision, intra-day and inter-day repeatability, were within the required limits. The method was successfully applied to separation and pharmacokinetics of m-nisoldipine enantiomers in beagle dog plasma. The result of statistics analysis shows that there are no significant differences between R-(-)-m-nisoldipine and S-(+)-m-nisoldipine (p>0.05). The study provides necessary evidences for the research and new drug development of m-nisoldipine enantiomers.

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

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

    2016-01-01

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

  5. LC-MS/MS method for the determination of pitolisant: application to rat pharmacokinetic and brain penetration studies.

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    Nirogi, Ramakrishna; Ajjala, Devender Reddy; Kandikere, Vishwottam; Pantangi, Hanumanth Rao; Jonnala, Mahesh Reddy; Bhyrapuneni, Gopinadh; Muddana, Nageswar Rao; Vurimindi, Himabindu

    2013-11-01

    A simple and sensitive LC-MS/MS method was developed and validated for the quantitation of pitolisant, an H3 receptor antagonist/inverse agonist. Acetonitrile protein precipitation technique was used to prepare rat blood and brain tissue homogenate samples by using aripiprazole as internal standard (IS). Chromatographic separation was performed by using Xbridge column (2.1 × 50 mm, 3.5 µm) with a gradient elution program. The mobile phase consists of ammonium formate (10 mm) with 0.2% formic acid and acetonitrile. Multiple reaction monitoring mode was used in positive polarity with a transition of m/z 296.3 → 98.2 for the pitolisant and m/z 448.2 → 285.3 for the IS. The calibration curves were linear in the range of 0.1-100 ng/mL in both the blood and brain homogenate samples. This method was applied to quantify samples obtained from the pharmacokinetic and brain penetration studies in male wistar rats. Mean maximum concentration, area under the curve from zero to infinity and half-life of the pitolisant were found to be 3.4 ± 1.7 ng/mL, 5 ± 4 ng h/mL and 1.9 ± 0.3 h, respectively, after a 3 mg/kg oral dose. The mean calculated concentrations in the brain were found to be 38, 60 and 52 ng/g at 0.5, 1 and 2 h, respectively.

  6. An improved LC-MS/MS method for quantitation of indapamide in whole blood: application for a bioequivalence study.

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    Pinto, Guilherme Araújo; Pastre, Kátia Isabel Fercondini; Bellorio, Karini Bruno; de Souza Teixeira, Leonardo; de Souza, Weidson Carlo; de Abreu, Fernanda Crunivel; de Santana E Silva Cardoso, Fabiana Fernandes; Pianetti, Gerson Antônio; César, Isabela Costa

    2014-09-01

    An improved LC-MS/MS method for the quantitation of indapamide in human whole blood was developed and validated. Indapamide-d3 was used as internal standard (IS) and liquid-liquid extraction was employed for sample preparation. LC separation was performed on Synergi Polar RP-column (50 × 4.6 mm i.d.; 4 µm) and mobile phase composed of methanol and 5 mm aqueous ammonium acetate containing 1 mm formic acid (60:40), at flow rate of 1 mL/min. The run time was 3.0 min and the injection volume was 20 μL. Mass spectrometric detection was performed using electrospray ion source in negative ionization mode, using the transitions m/z 364.0 → m/z 188.9 and m/z 367.0 → m/z 188.9 for indapamide and IS, respectively. Calibration curve was constructed over the range 0.25-50 ng/mL. The method was precise and accurate, and provided recovery rates >80% for indapamide and IS. The method was applied to determine blood concentrations of indapamide in a bioequivalence study with two sustained release tablet formulations. The 90% confidence interval for the geometric mean ratios for maximum concentration was 95.78% and for the area under the concentration-time curve it was 97.91%. The tested indapamide tablets (Eurofarma Laboratórios S.A.) were bioequivalent to Natrilix®, according to the rate and extent of absorption.

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

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

    2015-01-01

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

  8. High-sensitivity analysis of specific peptides in complex samples by selected MS/MS ion monitoring and linear ion trap mass spectrometry: application to biological studies.

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    Jorge, Inmaculada; Casas, Elisabet Miró; Villar, Margarita; Ortega-Pérez, Inmaculada; López-Ferrer, Daniel; Martínez-Ruiz, Antonio; Carrera, Mónica; Marina, Anabel; Martínez, Pablo; Serrano, Horacio; Cañas, Benito; Were, Felipe; Gallardo, José Manuel; Lamas, Santiago; Redondo, Juan Miguel; García-Dorado, David; Vázquez, Jesús

    2007-11-01

    Mass spectrometry (MS) is a technique of paramount importance in Proteomics, and developments in this field have been possible owing to novel MS instrumentation, experimental strategies, and bioinformatics tools. Today it is possible to identify and determine relative expression levels of thousands of proteins in a biological system by MS analysis of peptides produced by proteolytic digestion. In some situations, however, the precise characterization of a particular peptide species in a very complex peptide mixture is needed. While single-fragment ion-based scanning modes such as selected ion reaction monitoring (SIRM) or consecutive reaction monitoring (CRM) may be highly sensitive, they do not produce MS/MS information and their actual specificity must be determined in advance, a prerequisite that is not usually met in a basic research context. In such cases, the MS detector may be programmed to perform continuous MS/MS spectra on the peptide ion of interest in order to obtain structural information. This selected MS/MS ion monitoring (SMIM) mode has a number of advantages that are fully exploited by MS detectors that, like the linear ion trap, are characterized by high scanning speeds. In this work, we show some applications of this technique in the context of biological studies. These results were obtained by selecting an appropriate combination of scans according to the purpose of each one of these research scenarios. They include highly specific identification of proteins present in low amounts, characterization and relative quantification of post-translational modifications such as phosphorylation and S-nitrosylation and species-specific peptide identification. Copyright 2007 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  9. Importance of MS selectivity and chromatographic separation in LC-MS/MS-based methods when investigating pharmaceutical metabolites in water. Dipyrone as a case of study.

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    Ibáñez, M; Gracia-Lor, E; Sancho, J V; Hernández, F

    2012-08-01

    Pharmaceuticals are emerging contaminants of increasing concern because of their presence in the aquatic environment and potential to reach drinking-water sources. After human and/or veterinary consumption, pharmaceuticals can be excreted in unchanged form, as the parent compound, and/or as free or conjugated metabolites. Determination of most pharmaceuticals and metabolites in the environment is commonly made by liquid chromatography (LC) coupled to mass spectrometry (MS). LC coupled to tandem MS is the technique of choice nowadays in this field. The acquisition of two selected reaction monitoring (SRM) transitions together with the retention time is the most widely accepted criterion for a safe quantification and confirmation assay. However, scarce attention is normally paid to the selectivity of the selected transitions as well as to the chromatographic separation. In this work, the importance of full spectrum acquisition high-resolution MS data using a hybrid quadrupole time-of-flight analyser and/or a suitable chromatographic separation (to reduce the possibility of co-eluting interferences) is highlighted when investigating pharmaceutical metabolites that share common fragment ions. For this purpose, the analytical challenge associated to the determination of metabolites of the widely used analgesic dipyrone (also known as metamizol) in urban wastewater is discussed. Examples are given on the possibilities of reporting false positives of dypirone metabolites by LC-MS/MS under SRM mode due to a wrong assignment of identity of the compounds detected.

  10. A lead isotope distribution study in swine tissue using ICP-MS

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    May, T.W.; Wiedmeyer, Ray H.; Brown, L.D.; Casteel, S.W.

    1999-01-01

    In the United States lead is an ubiquitous environmental pollutant that is a serious human health hazard, especially for women of childbearing age, developing fetuses, and young children. Information concerning the uptake and distribution of lead to maternal and fetal tissues during pregnancy is poorly documented. A study was designed using domestic swine and lead isotope enrichment methodology to focus on maternal absorption and distribution of lead into bone and soft tissues, including the fetal compartment, under varying conditions of oral lead exposure and during altered physiological states (pregnant vs unbred). Total lead levels and Pb207/Pb206 ratios in bone (femur and vertebra), blood, and soft tissues (liver, kidney, brain) were determined by ICP-MS. Lead in fetal tissues derived from maternal bone could be differentiated from that derived from exogenous dosing. Unbred swine absorbed much less lead than pregnant females receiving the same dose. The accuracy and precision of ICP-MS at the instrumental level and for the entire method (sample collection, digestion, and analysis) were evaluated for both Pb207/Pb206 ratios and total lead. Several changes were suggested in method design to improve both instrumental and total method precision.

  11. How do Australians living with MS experience oral health and accessing dental care? A focus group study.

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    Pateman, K; Cockburn, N; Campbell, J; Ford, P J

    2016-09-28

    The symptoms of multiple sclerosis (MS) can affect oral care and access to dental services, but there is limited literature describing the oral health and perceived oral healthcare needs of people with MS. This study aimed to explore the oral health experiences, oral health behaviours and barriers to accessing dental care perceived by people living with MS in Australia. Six focus groups were held across two metropolitan areas (Brisbane, Queensland and Melbourne, Victoria) and one regional area (Toowoomba, Queensland). Focus group data were analysed using thematic analysis. Living with MS was a highly individual experience due to the range of symptoms that may be experienced. In addition to having different symptom experiences to others with MS, individual symptoms also differed on a daily basis as the disease relapsed and remitted. The physical expressions of MS directly and indirectly affected the oral health of participants. Additionally, oral health was affected by the side effects of medications and orofacial pain symptoms. Depending on the symptoms experienced by the individual, personal oral hygiene was affected and professional dental appointments were difficult. Participants also experienced structural barriers to accessing professional dental care including difficulty accessing transport to-and-from dental appointments, space limitations in the dental surgery and financial barriers to care. Dental care was perceived to be inflexible and was not tailored to individual experiences of MS, which contributed to perceptions of poor quality and appropriateness of care. It is important for dental professionals to offer tailored and individualized dental care when treating people with MS. Our findings suggest that there needs to be greater interprofessional communication and referral to manage atypical dental pain symptoms. Oral health education for people with MS should include altered strategies to performing daily oral hygiene, the management of xerostomia and

  12. Effect of occupation on risk of developing MS: an insurance cohort study

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    Horwitz, Henrik; Ahlgren, Birgitte; Nærum, Elisabeth

    2013-01-01

    Objective The aim of this study was to estimate the occupational risks in relation to multiple sclerosis (MS). The immediate background for this research was our finding that there had been a high number of critical illness insurance claims by patients diagnosed with MS within the agricultural segment of a Danish pension fund. Design An open insurance cohort. All payouts for the critical illness insurance from 2002 to 2011 were continuously registered. Settings PensionDanmark; one of Denmark's largest pension funds. Participants PensionDanmark insures more than 300 000 members of the Danish Confederation of Trade Unions against critical illness. All members are insured, and all policies are identical. The total exposure is 3.3 million person-years. Primary outcome measures The incidence of MS. Results During the 10-year period, 389 persons were diagnosed with MS. The crude incidence rate for men was 10.2/100 000; the corresponding figure for women was 16.1/100 000. We found signs of an overall effect of occupation on the risk of developing MS, and the high frequency found within the agricultural segment was attributed to dairy operators, who had an incidence of MS 2.0 times higher than the rest of the study's population (95% CI=1.2 to 3.0). Conclusions Our results indicate some occupational risk factors in MS, and this should be investigated further. PMID:23794592

  13. Chemical profiling analysis of Maca using UHPLC-ESI-Orbitrap MS coupled with UHPLC-ESI-QqQ MS and the neuroprotective study on its active ingredients.

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    Zhou, Yanyan; Li, Peng; Brantner, Adelheid; Wang, Hongjie; Shu, Xinbin; Yang, Jian; Si, Nan; Han, Lingyu; Zhao, Haiyu; Bian, Baolin

    2017-03-17

    Lepidium meyenii (Maca), originated from Peru, has been cultivated widely in China as a popular health care food. However, the chemical and effective studies of Maca were less in-depth, which restricted its application seriously. To ensure the quality of Maca, a feasible and accurate strategy was established. One hundred and sixty compounds including 30 reference standards were identified in 6 fractions of methanol extract of Maca by UHPLC-ESI-Orbitrap MS. Among them, 15 representative active compounds were simultaneously determined in 17 samples by UHPLC-ESI-QqQ MS. The results suggested that Maca from Yunnan province was the potential substitute for the one from Peru. Meanwhile, the neuroprotective effects of Maca were investigated. Three fractions and two pure compounds showed strong activities in the 1-methyl-4-phenyl-1, 2, 3, 6-tetrahydropyridine (MPTP)-induced zebrafish model. Among them, 80% methanol elution fraction (Fr5) showed significant neuroprotective activity, followed by 100% part (Fr6). The inhibition of acetylcholinesterase (AChE) and butyrylcholinesterase (BuChE) was a possible mechanism of its neuroprotective effect.

  14. Chemical profiling analysis of Maca using UHPLC-ESI-Orbitrap MS coupled with UHPLC-ESI-QqQ MS and the neuroprotective study on its active ingredients

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    Zhou, Yanyan; Li, Peng; Brantner, Adelheid; Wang, Hongjie; Shu, Xinbin; Yang, Jian; Si, Nan; Han, Lingyu; Zhao, Haiyu; Bian, Baolin

    2017-03-01

    Lepidium meyenii (Maca), originated from Peru, has been cultivated widely in China as a popular health care food. However, the chemical and effective studies of Maca were less in-depth, which restricted its application seriously. To ensure the quality of Maca, a feasible and accurate strategy was established. One hundred and sixty compounds including 30 reference standards were identified in 6 fractions of methanol extract of Maca by UHPLC-ESI-Orbitrap MS. Among them, 15 representative active compounds were simultaneously determined in 17 samples by UHPLC-ESI-QqQ MS. The results suggested that Maca from Yunnan province was the potential substitute for the one from Peru. Meanwhile, the neuroprotective effects of Maca were investigated. Three fractions and two pure compounds showed strong activities in the 1-methyl-4-phenyl-1, 2, 3, 6-tetrahydropyridine (MPTP)-induced zebrafish model. Among them, 80% methanol elution fraction (Fr5) showed significant neuroprotective activity, followed by 100% part (Fr6). The inhibition of acetylcholinesterase (AChE) and butyrylcholinesterase (BuChE) was a possible mechanism of its neuroprotective effect.

  15. Chemical profiling analysis of Maca using UHPLC-ESI-Orbitrap MS coupled with UHPLC-ESI-QqQ MS and the neuroprotective study on its active ingredients

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    Zhou, Yanyan; Li, Peng; Brantner, Adelheid; Wang, Hongjie; Shu, Xinbin; Yang, Jian; Si, Nan; Han, Lingyu; Zhao, Haiyu; Bian, Baolin

    2017-01-01

    Lepidium meyenii (Maca), originated from Peru, has been cultivated widely in China as a popular health care food. However, the chemical and effective studies of Maca were less in-depth, which restricted its application seriously. To ensure the quality of Maca, a feasible and accurate strategy was established. One hundred and sixty compounds including 30 reference standards were identified in 6 fractions of methanol extract of Maca by UHPLC-ESI-Orbitrap MS. Among them, 15 representative active compounds were simultaneously determined in 17 samples by UHPLC-ESI-QqQ MS. The results suggested that Maca from Yunnan province was the potential substitute for the one from Peru. Meanwhile, the neuroprotective effects of Maca were investigated. Three fractions and two pure compounds showed strong activities in the 1-methyl-4-phenyl-1, 2, 3, 6-tetrahydropyridine (MPTP)-induced zebrafish model. Among them, 80% methanol elution fraction (Fr5) showed significant neuroprotective activity, followed by 100% part (Fr6). The inhibition of acetylcholinesterase (AChE) and butyrylcholinesterase (BuChE) was a possible mechanism of its neuroprotective effect. PMID:28304399

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

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

    2016-08-15

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

  17. Do Author-Suggested Reviewers Rate Submissions More Favorably than Editor-Suggested Reviewers? A Study on Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics

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    Bornmann, Lutz; Daniel, Hans-Dieter

    2010-01-01

    Background Ratings in journal peer review can be affected by sources of bias. The bias variable investigated here was the information on whether authors had suggested a possible reviewer for their manuscript, and whether the editor had taken up that suggestion or had chosen a reviewer that had not been suggested by the authors. Studies have shown that author-suggested reviewers rate manuscripts more favorably than editor-suggested reviewers do. Methodology/Principal Findings Reviewers' ratings on three evaluation criteria and the reviewers' final publication recommendations were available for 552 manuscripts (in total 1145 reviews) that were submitted to Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, an interactive open access journal using public peer review (authors' and reviewers' comments are publicly exchanged). Public peer review is supposed to bring a new openness to the reviewing process that will enhance its objectivity. In the statistical analysis the quality of a manuscript was controlled for to prevent favorable reviewers' ratings from being attributable to quality instead of to the bias variable. Conclusions/Significance Our results agree with those from other studies that editor-suggested reviewers rated manuscripts between 30% and 42% less favorably than author-suggested reviewers. Against this backdrop journal editors should consider either doing without the use of author-suggested reviewers or, if they are used, bringing in more than one editor-suggested reviewer for the review process (so that the review by author-suggested reviewers can be put in perspective). PMID:20976226

  18. Do author-suggested reviewers rate submissions more favorably than editor-suggested reviewers? A study on atmospheric chemistry and physics.

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    Bornmann, Lutz; Daniel, Hans-Dieter

    2010-10-14

    Ratings in journal peer review can be affected by sources of bias. The bias variable investigated here was the information on whether authors had suggested a possible reviewer for their manuscript, and whether the editor had taken up that suggestion or had chosen a reviewer that had not been suggested by the authors. Studies have shown that author-suggested reviewers rate manuscripts more favorably than editor-suggested reviewers do. Reviewers' ratings on three evaluation criteria and the reviewers' final publication recommendations were available for 552 manuscripts (in total 1145 reviews) that were submitted to Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, an interactive open access journal using public peer review (authors' and reviewers' comments are publicly exchanged). Public peer review is supposed to bring a new openness to the reviewing process that will enhance its objectivity. In the statistical analysis the quality of a manuscript was controlled for to prevent favorable reviewers' ratings from being attributable to quality instead of to the bias variable. Our results agree with those from other studies that editor-suggested reviewers rated manuscripts between 30% and 42% less favorably than author-suggested reviewers. Against this backdrop journal editors should consider either doing without the use of author-suggested reviewers or, if they are used, bringing in more than one editor-suggested reviewer for the review process (so that the review by author-suggested reviewers can be put in perspective).

  19. Screening of pesticide residues in honeybee wax comb by LC-ESI-MS/MS. A pilot study.

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    Herrera López, Sonia; Lozano, Ana; Sosa, Alexis; Hernando, M Dolores; Fernández-Alba, Amadeo R

    2016-11-01

    A developed multi-residue method using microflow-LC-ESI-QqQ-MS provided a wide-scope analysis for medium-polar and polar pesticide residues (120 compounds including breakdown products). Honeybee wax comb samples were extracted using a generic QuEChERS based procedure. Acceptable recoveries at concentration levels of 5 and 50 μg kg(-1) were within the 70-120% range with an associated precision RSD <20%. The LOQ values were mostly 5 μg kg(-1) for almost all pesticides. Aprox. 31 of 120 LC-amenable pesticides tested (25.8%) were detected in a pilot study of 60 samples. Pesticide residues detected using the proposed method were: the breakdown products of amitraz, DMPF and DMF, an acaricide used for Varroa mite control, with a range of concentration from 5 to 464 μg kg(-1) (sum of DMPF + DMF), organophosphate insecticides from 1 to 464 μg kg(-1), acaricides at concentrations > 9 μg kg(-1); fungicides at concentrations ranging from 1 to 23 μg kg(-1.) The number of positive detections due to herbicides was lower as expected and at a lower level of concentration, from 1 to 5.9 μg kg(-1). Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  20. Chemical redox reactions in ES-MS: Study of electrode reactions

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    Zhou, Feimeng; VAn Berkel, G.J.

    1995-12-31

    The authors previously demonstrated that chemical redox reactions can be used to ionize neutral commpounds for electrospray mass spectrometric (ES-MS) detection. Two different compounds, viz, C{sub 60}F{sub 48} and {beta}-carotene were used to demonstrate the utility of chemical redox reactions with on-line ES-MS for the elucidation of mechanisms of complicated electron transfer reactions and for the kinetic study of electrode reactions in which relatively short-lived intermediates are involved.

  1. A bioequivalency study of two trifluoperazine tablet formulations using RIA and GC-MS.

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    Midha, K K; Hawes, E M; Korchinski, E D; Hubbard, J W; McKay, G; Cooper, J K; Roscoe, R M

    1984-01-01

    Two sensitive analytical procedures, a radioimmunoassay (RIA) and a mass fragmentographic (GC-MS) method, were used to quantitate plasma trifluoperazine concentrations over 24 h in five healthy male volunteers following single 5 mg doses of two trifluoperazine tablet formulations (A and B) in a two-way cross-over design. Bioavailability in terms of area under the plasma concentration versus time curve to 24h or extrapolated to infinity, maximum plasma concentration and time to maximum plasma concentration using either RIA or GC-MS was not statistically significantly different from one formulation to the other. Also, there were no statistically significant differences between GC-MS and RIA values for AUC24(0) and Cmax for each of the two formulations examined. However, the mean AUC24(0) RIA/GC-MS ratios for formulations A and B were 3.1 and 3.4, respectively, while the mean Cmax RIA/GC-MS ratios were 1.7 and 2.1, respectively. These differences in AUC and Cmax are probably mainly due to the relative non-specificity of the RIA antiserum. Thus, where GC-MS is preferred for pharmacokinetic studies, both analytical procedures can be used for comparative single-dose bioequivalence studies of trifluoperazine. However, both the methods should be tested in patients in order to establish the suitability of one procedure over the other for the study of plasma level versus clinical response correlations.

  2. A mixed-effects Statistical Model for Comparative LC-MS Proteomics Studies

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    Daly, Don S.; Anderson, Kevin K.; Panisko, Ellen A.; Purvine, Samuel O.; Fang, Ruihua; Monroe, Matthew E.; Baker, Scott E.

    2008-03-01

    Comparing a protein’s concentrations across two or more treatments is the focus of many proteomics studies. A frequent source of measurements for these comparisons is a mass spectrometry (MS) analysis of a protein’s peptide ions separated by liquid chromatography (LC) following its enzymatic digestion. Alas, LC-MS identification and quantification of equimolar peptides can vary significantly due to their unequal digestion, separation and ionization. This unequal measurability of peptides, the largest source of LC-MS nuisance variation, stymies confident comparison of a protein’s concentration across treatments. Our objective is to introduce a mixed-effects statistical model for comparative LC-MS proteomics studies. We describe LC-MS peptide abundance with a linear model featuring pivotal terms that account for unequal peptide LC-MS measurability. We advance fitting this model to an often incomplete LC-MS dataset with REstricted Maximum Likelihood (REML) estimation, producing estimates of model goodness-offit, treatment effects, standard errors, confidence intervals, and protein relative concentrations. We illustrate the model with an experiment featuring a known dilution series of a filamentous ascomycete fungus Trichoderma reesei protein mixture. For the 781 of 1546 T.reesei proteins with sufficient data coverage, the fitted mixed-effects models capably described the LC-MS measurements. The LC-MS measurability terms effectively accounted for this major source of uncertainty. Ninety percent of the relative concentration estimates were within 1/2 fold of the true relative concentrations. Akin to the common ratio method, this model also produced biased estimates, albeit less biased. Bias decreased significantly, both absolutely and relative to the ratio method, as the number of observed peptides per protein increased. Mixed-effects statistical modeling offers a flexible, well-established methodology for comparative proteomics studies integrating common

  3. Determination and Pharmacokinetic Study of Three Diterpenes in Rat Plasma by UHPLC-ESI-MS/MS after Oral Administration of Rosmarinus officinalis L. Extract.

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    Wang, Liqian; Gan, Chunli; Wang, Zhibin; Liu, Lu; Gao, Mingjie; Li, Qian; Yang, Chunjuan

    2017-06-04

    Rosmarinus officinalis L. is commonly used as a spice and flavoring agent. Diterpenes are the main active compounds of R. officinalis. An Ultra High Performance Liquid Chromatography-Tandem Mass Spectrometry (UHPLC-ESI-MS/MS) method was developed for the determination of carnosol, rosmanol, and carnosic acid isolated from R. officinalis in rat plasma, and applied to a pharmacokinetic study after oral administration of R. officinalis extract. Sample preparation involved a liquid-liquid extraction of the analytes with ethyl acetate. Butylparaben was employed as an internal standard (I.S.). Chromatographic separation was carried out on a C18 column (ACQUITY UPLC(®) HSS T3, 1.8 μm, 2.1 mm × 100 mm) with a gradient system consisting of the mobile phase solution A (0.1% formic acid in water) and solution B (acetonitrile) at the flow rate of 0.3 mL/min. The quantification was obtained using multiple reaction monitoring (MRM) mode with electrospray ionization (ESI). The UHPLC-MS/MS assay was validated for linearity, accuracy, precision, extraction recovery, matrix effect and stability. This study described a simple, sensitive and validated UHPLC-MS/MS method for the simultaneous determination of three diterpene compounds in rat plasma after oral administration of R. officinalis extract, and investigated on their pharmacokinetic studies as well.

  4. [Single-laboratory validation study of simple and simultaneous determination method for pesticide residues in meat by LC-MS/MS].

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    Sasamoto, Takeo; Kobayashi, Maki; Sakai, Naoko; Kamijo, Kyoko; Ootani, Harunori; Hayashi, Masaki; Baba, Itoko; Hanashiro, Chikako; Takano, Ichiro

    2015-01-01

    We performed a single-laboratory validation study of a simple and simultaneous determination method for pesticide residues in meat using LC-MS/MS. Water was added to the sample and the mixture was homogenized. Next, pesticides were extracted with acetonitrile containing 1 vol% formic acid using a homogenizer, and salted out with magnesium sulfate, trisodium citrate and sodium chloride. After centrifugation, the acetonitrile layer was made up to standard volume and analyzed by LC-MS/MS. This method was assessed by performing recovery tests in retail bovine, swine and chicken muscle samples spiked with the 132 pesticides at the levels of 0.01 and 0.04 μg/g. Among them, 125 pesticides satisfied the Japanese method validation guideline criteria in bovine, 120 in swine and 127 in chicken.

  5. Laser ionization/MS study of smog formation

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    Hewitt, A.D.; Lee, C.M.; Quimpo, B.C.

    1995-12-01

    Resonance-enhanced multiphoton ionization/time-of-flight mass spectrometry (REMPI/TOFMS) is a highly sensitive and selective technique which we are using to study atmospheric chemistry kinetics and reaction mechanisms. We are presently focusing our attention on toluene, the most abundant of the aromatic hydrocarbons in the troposphere, in order to understand the oxidation pathways which lead to smog formation. Our most recent results monitoring toluene and products of the OH + toluene reaction will be discussed, as well as our future plans to detect short-lived reaction intermediates, such as the methylhydroxycyclohexadienyl radical, formed by the addition of OH to the aromatic ring of toluene.

  6. Tissue distribution study of salvianolic acid B long-circulating liposomes in mice by UPLC-MS/MS determination.

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    Pi, Jiaxin; Liu, Zhidong; Shu, Lexin; Li, Lin; Wang, Ying; Li, Nan; Li, Jiawei

    2015-01-01

    In targeting delivery system research on salvianolic acid B, it's vital but hard to evaluate the tissue distribution for its low concentrations in tissues. So the simple, rapid, selective and sensitive UPLC-MS/MS method was provided hereby to determine the concentration of salvianolic acid B in mice tissues after intravenous administration of salvianolic acid B injections, conventional liposomes and long-circulating liposomes. The UPLC was conducted by a C(18) column with a gradient mobile phase consisting of acetonitrile and water containing 0.1% formic acid. The tandem mass spectrometry was operated in negative-electrospray ionization selected-reaction-monitoring mode, and the optimized characteristic precursor to product ion transition m/z 717.3→519.1 was selected. The biosamples were homogenized and treated with a protein precipitation, which led to an acceptable matrix effect and extraction recovery. The linear calibration curves were plotted in the given concentration ranges. The intra-day and inter-day precisions were less than 13.9% and the accuracies were in the range of 86.3-109.2%. The tissue distribution results determined by UPLC-MS/MS we developed showed that the conventional and long-circulating liposomes we made had succeeded in prolonging the retention time and increasing the level of salvianolic acid B in certain distribution tissues such as liver, kidney and brain.

  7. A new quantitation method of protodioscin by HPLC–ESI-MS/MS in rat plasma and its application to the pharmacokinetic study

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

    2016-01-01

    A specific high performance liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry (HPLC–MS/MS method) was established for determining the concentration of protodioscin (PG) in rat plasma after intragastric administration of its standard form. Ginsenoside Rb1 was selected as the internal standard (IS). The plasma sample was prepared using one-step deproteinization procedure by adding three parts of acetonitrile to precipitate proteins. The chromatographic separation was accomplished on an Inersil ODS-3 C18 column (250 × 4.6 mm, 5 μm) with a mobile phase composed with acetonitrile and water containing 0.1% formic acid under a gradient elution mode at a flow rate of 1 mL min−1. A 3:1 portion of the eluent after a microsplit was detected on a triple quadrupole tandem mass spectrometer coupled with electrospray ionization (ESI) in positive ion and multiple reaction monitoring (MRM) scanning modes. The mass transitions were selected as 888.1 → 1050.2 for PG and 948.2 → 1110.3 for IS, respectively. After careful validation, the plasma samples were always stable under different storage conditions. These analytical results rendered sensitive, selective, and reliable values by this established method which displayed high accuracy, adequate extracted recoveries, and almost negligible matrix effects. This method was applied to the pharmacokinetic studies on PG level in the rat plasma and its pharmacokinetic effect. The results of our studies suggest that the present method may be a useful tool for further clinical study of PG. PMID:26703445

  8. Validated LC-MS/MS method for quantification of gabapentin in human plasma: application to pharmacokinetic and bioequivalence studies in Korean volunteers.

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    Park, Jin-Hee; Jhee, Ok-Hwa; Park, Song-Hee; Lee, Jung-Sik; Lee, Min-Ho; Shaw, Leslie M; Kim, Kwang-Hyun; Lee, Jong-Ho; Kim, Yong-Seok; Kang, Ju-Seop

    2007-08-01

    A sensitive validated liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometric method (LC-MS/MS) for gabapentin (GB) in human plasma has been developed and applied to pharmacokinetic (PK) and bioequivalence (BE) studies in human. In a randomized crossover design with a 1-week period, each subject received a 300 mg GB capsule. The procedure involves a simple protein precipitation with acetonitrile and separated by LC with a Gemini C(18) column using acetonitrile-10 mm ammonium acetate (20:80, v/v, pH 3.2) as mobile phase. The GB and internal standard [(S)-(+)-alpha-aminocyclohexanepropionic acid hydrate] were analyzed using an LC-API 2000 MS/MS in multiple reaction monitoring mode. The ionization was optimized using ESI(+) and selectivity was achieved using MS/MS analysis, m/z 172.0 --> 154.0 and m/z 172.0 --> 126.0 for GB and IS, respectively. The assay exhibited good linearity over a working range of 20-5000 ng/mL for GB in human plasma with a lower limit of quantitation of 20 ng/mL. No endogenous compounds were found to interfere with the analysis. The accuracy and precision were shown for concentrations over the standard ranges. This method was successfully applied for the PK and BE studies by analysis of blood samples taken up to 36 h after an oral dose of 300 mg of GB in 24 healthy volunteers.

  9. Simultaneous quantification method for comparative pharmacokinetics studies of two major metabolites from geniposide and genipin by online mircrodialysis-UPLC-MS/MS.

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    Zhang, Xueju; Liu, Shu; Pi, Zifeng; Liu, Zhiqiang; Song, Fengrui

    2017-01-15

    Genipin-1-o-glucuronic acid and genipin-monosulfate are two major metabolites from geniposide and genipin. Based on diabetic rat model, we developed a simultaneous quantification method to investigate their comparative pharmacokinetics by online mircrodialysis-ultra performance liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (MD-UPLC-MS/MS) without their standard compounds. Online microdialysis sampling could avoid unexpected contamination or degradation of the analytes during the storage and transfer steps. Combined with good sensitivity, selectivity and selectivity of UPLC-MS/MS, online MD-UPLC-MS/MS method could real-timely monitor metabolites in rat blood for quantitative analysis. Our research found that AUC0→t of genipin-1-o-glucuronic acid and genipin-monosulfate in blood of diabetic group were 17.68 and 7.58 times than those in normal group, respectively, and AUC0→t of genipin-1-o-glucuronic acid was 2.28 times than that of genipin-monosulfate in blood of diabetic group, which revealed the effect of diabetes on the pharmacokinetic properties of the two metabolites. This study not only provides an approach for pharmacokinetic studies for various metabolites from herb medicines, but also can predict druggability of their bioactive metabolites. The insight obtained should facilitate drug development and toxicity research.

  10. Comparative study of MALDI-TOF MS and VITEK 2 in bacteria identification.

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    Guo, Ling; Ye, Liyan; Zhao, Qiang; Ma, Yanning; Yang, Jiyong; Luo, Yanping

    2014-05-01

    Matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization-time of flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF MS) has recently been introduced in diagnostic microbiology laboratories for the identification of bacterial and yeast strains isolated from clinical samples. This study aimed to evaluate the accuracy of MALDI-TOF MS in clinical microbiology diagnosis by comparing it with commonly-used VITEK 2 or gene sequencing. The performances of MALDI-TOF MS and VITEK 2 were compared retrospectively for identifying routine isolates. Discrepancies were analyzed by gene sequencing analysis of the 16S genes. For 1,025 isolates, classified as 55 species of 25 genera, 1,021 (99.60%) isolates were accurately identified at the genus level, and 957 (93.37%) isolates at the species level by using MALDI-TOF MS. A total of 949 (92.59%) isolates were completely matched by both methods. Both methods found 76 unmatched isolates among which one strain had no definite identification by MALDI-TOF MS and VITEK 2 respectively. However, MALDI-TOF MS made no errors at the genus level while VITEK 2 made 6 (0.58%) errors at the genus level. At the species level, the identification error rates for MALDI-TOF MS and VITEK 2 were 5.56% and 6.24%, respectively. With a lower identification error rate, MALDI-TOF MS has better performance than VITEK 2 in identifying bacteria found routinely in the clinical laboratory. It is a quick and cost-effective technique, and has the potential to replace conventional phenotype methods in identifying common bacterial isolates in clinical microbiology laboratories.

  11. Determination of tegaserod by LC-ESI-MS/MS and its application to a pharmacokinetic study in healthy Chinese volunteers.

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    Zou, Jian-Jun; Bian, Xiao-Jie; Ding, Li; Zhu, Yu-Bin; Fan, Hong-Wei; Xiao, Da-Wei

    2008-01-01

    A simple, rapid and sensitive high performance liquid chromatography-electrospray ionization-tandem mass spectrometry (HPLC-ESI-MS/MS) assay for determination of tegaserod in human plasma using diazepam as internal standard (IS) was established. After adjustment to a basic pH with sodium hydroxide, plasma was extracted by ethyl acetate and separated by high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) on a reversed-phase C18 column with a mobile phase of methanol: 5 mM ammonium acetate (75:25, v/v, adjusting the pH to 3.5 with glacial acetic acid). The quantification of target compounds was obtained by using multiple reaction monitoring (MRM) transitions; m/z 302.5, 173.2 and 285.4, 193.2 were measured in positive mode for tegaserod and internal standard (diazepam), respectively. The lower limit of quantification (LLOQ) was 0.05 ng/ml. The calibration curves were linear over the range 0.05-8.0 ng/ml (r=0.9996) for tegaserod. The mean absolute recovery of tegaserod was more than 85.56%. Intra- and inter-day variability values were less than 9.21% and 10.02%, respectively. The samples were stable for 8h under room temperature (25 degrees C, three freeze-thaw cycles in 30 days and for 30 days under -70 degrees C). After administration of a single dose of tegaserod maleate 4 mg, 6 mg and 12 mg, respectively, the area under the plasma concentration versus time curve from time 0 h to 12 h (AUC0-12) were (2.89+/-0.88), (5.32+/-1.21) and (9.38+/-3.42) ng h/ml, respectively; peak plasma concentration (Cmax) were (1.25+/-0.53), (2.21+/-0.52) and (4.34+/-1.66) ng/ml, respectively; apparent volume of distribution (Vd/F) were (6630.5+/-2057.8), (7615.2+/-2242.8) and (7163.7+/-2057.2) l, respectively; clearance rate (CL/F) were (1851.4+/-496.9), (1596.2+/-378.5) and (1894.2+/-459.3) l/h, respectively; time to Cmax (Tmax) were (1.00+/-0.21), (1.05+/-0.28) and (1.04+/-0.16) h, respectively; and elimination half-life (t1/2) were (3.11+/-0.78), (3.93+/-0.92) and (3.47+/-0.53) h

  12. Epigenetics: an important challenge for ICP-MS in metallomics studies.

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    Wrobel, Katarzyna; Wrobel, Kazimierz; Caruso, Joseph A

    2009-01-01

    Trace metal analysis has been long regarded as one of the principle tasks in areas of chemical analysis. At the early stage of instrumental development, total concentration was assessed in a variety of samples, yielding results, among others, for environmental, biological, and clinical samples. With the power of newer analytical techniques, such as inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS), accurate quantitative results can now be obtained at ultra-trace levels not only for metals, but also for metalloids and several non-metals. Even though the importance of trace elements in many biological processes is widely accepted, the elucidation of their biological pathways, understanding specific biological functions, or possible toxicological aspects is still a challenge and a driving force to further develop analytical methodology. Over the past decades, the scientific interest has moved from total element determination to include speciation analysis, which provides quantitative information of one or more individual element species in a sample. More recently, metallomics has been introduced as a more expanded concept, in which the global role of all metal/metalloids in a given system is considered. Owing to the multi-elemental focus of metallomics research, the use of ICP-MS becomes indispensable. Furthermore, considering the biological role of metals/metalloids and the use of elements as internal or external molecular tags, epigenetics should be considered as an important emerging application for metallomics studies and approaches. Among a variety of epigenetic factors, essential nutrients, but also environmental toxins, have been shown to affect DNA methylation, modification of histone proteins, and RNA interference, all of them being implicated in cancer, cardiovascular disease, and several inherited conditions. Recent studies suggest that epigenetics may be a critical pathway by which metals produce health effects. In this Trends article, the basic

  13. A direct LC/MS/MS method for the determination of ciclopirox penetration across human nail plate in in vitro penetration studies.

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    Bu, Wei; Fan, Xiaoqing; Sexton, Holly; Heyman, Irwin

    2010-01-05

    Due to severe chelating effect caused by N-hydroxylpyridone group of ciclopirox, there is no published direct HPLC or LC/MS/MS method for the determination of ciclopirox in any in vitro or in vivo matrix. Instead, the time-consuming pre-column derivatization methods have been adapted for indirect analysis of ciclopirox. After overcoming the chelating problem by using K(2)EDTA coated tubes, a direct, sensitive and high-throughput LC/MS/MS method was successfully developed and validated to determine the amount of ciclopirox that penetrated across the nail plate during in vitro nail penetration studies. The method involved adding a chemical analog, chloridazon as internal standard (IS) in K(2)EDTA coated tubes, mixing IS with ciclopirox in a 96-well plate and then proceeding to LC/MS/MS analysis. The MS/MS was selected to monitor m/z 208.0-->135.8 and 221.8-->77.0 for ciclopirox and IS, respectively, using positive electrospray ionization. The method was validated over a concentration range of 8-256 ng/mL, yielding calibration curves with correlation coefficients greater than 0.9991 with a lower limit of quantitation (LLOQ) of 8 ng/mL. The assay precision and accuracy were evaluated using quality control (QC) samples at three concentration levels. Analyzed concentrations ranged from 101% to 113% of their respective nominal concentration levels with coefficients of variation (CV) below 10.6%. The average recovery of ciclopirox from nail matrix was 101%. The validated method was successfully used to analyze the ciclopirox formulation and in vitro nail penetration samples.

  14. LC-MS/MS Determination and Pharmacokinetic Study of Pedunculoside in Rat Plasma after Oral Administration of Pedunculoside and Ilex rotunda Extract.

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    Zhao, Waiou; Pang, Li; Xu, Dahai; Zhang, Nan

    2015-05-19

    Ilex rotunda is widely used to treat many disorders as a traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) containing 4%-5% pedunculoside (PDC). A rapid, selective, and sensitive liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry method (LC-MS/MS) was developed and validated to determine PDC in rat plasma by using 3β,19α-dihydroxyurs-12-en-28-oic acid 28-β-D-glucopyranosyl ester (DEOG) as an internal standard. The analytes were extracted by protein precipitation and eluted on a C18 chromatography column using a mobile phase of methanol-H2O (70:30, v/v) delivered at a flow rate of 0.6 mL/min. Detection was performed using positive ion electrospray ionization in multiple reaction monitoring modes. The assay was linear over the concentration range of 0.60 ng/mL to 200 ng/mL, with a quantification limit of 0.60 ng/mL. Intra-day and inter-day precisions (%RSD) ranged from 2.12 to 9.51 for PDC, whereas the accuracy was within -7.83%~9.40%. The validated method was successfully applied to the pharmacokinetic study of PDC in rat plasma after oral administration of pure PDC and Ilex rotunda extract (IRE). Pharmacokinetic parameters of PDC in IRE, such as Cmax, AUC0-t, AUC0-∞, t1/2z, and CLz/F, statistically differed from those of the pure monomer (p < 0.01). However, Tmax and MRT showed no significant differences between the two groups. Results suggested that other coexisting components in IRE may decrease the absorption of PDC. Compound-compound interactions between PDC and other herbal extract components can alter the pharmacokinetic behavior of PDC. The study will be helpful in providing references for understanding the action mechanism and clinical application of Ilex rotunda.

  15. Application of ESI/MS, CID/MS and tandem MS/MS to the fragmentation study of eriodictyol 7-O-glucosyl-(1-->2)-glucoside and luteolin 7-O-glucosyl-(1-->2)-glucoside

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    Es-Safi, Nour-Eddine; Kerhoas, Lucien; Einhorn, Jacques; Ducrot, Paul-Henri

    2005-12-01

    A mass spectrometric method based on the combined use of positive and negative electrospray ionization, collision-induced dissociation and tandem mass spectrometry has been applied to the structural characterization of the eriodictyol 7-O-glucosyl-(1-->2)-glucoside and luteolin 7-O-glucosyl-(1-->2)-glucoside. The low-energy product ion mass spectrum of [M + H]+ and [M - H]- ions showed extensive fragmentation of the diglucose moiety, loss of the glycan residue, and fragmentation of the aglycon units that permit characterization of the interglycosidic linkage and the substituents in the A- and B-rings. Both glycosides were shown to yield the 0,2X00,2X1 ion which can be considered as characteristic of the 1-->2 interglycosidic linkage in the glucoglucoside adducts, since it can not be formed in the case of other interglycosidic types. In the case of the eriodictyol diglucoside the 1, 3 fragmentation of the C-ring was observed before those involving the carbohydrates thus allowing the position determination of the diglucoside moiety on the A-ring. In the negative ion mode only the luteolin diglucoside was shown to undergo collision-induced homolytic and heterolytic cleavages of the O-glycosidic bond producing the aglycone radical-anion [Y0-H]-- and Y0- product ions, while this was not observed in the case of eriodictyol glycoside. CID MS/MS analysis of the sodiated molecules gave complementary informations for the structural characterization of the studied compounds. The B2+ fragment which is useful for establishing that the terminal carbohydrate unit is linked to another carbohydrate and not directly to the aglycone was obtained as base peak. This result is of analytical value for the differentiation of O-diglycosyl and di-O-glycosyl flavonoids.

  16. Rapid simultaneous determination of codeine and morphine in plasma using LC-ESI-MS/MS: application to a clinical pharmacokinetic study.

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    Liao, Qiongfeng; Deng, Yating; Xie, Zhiyong; Pan, Biyan; Zhang, Lei

    2009-01-01

    A rapid and sensitive high-performance LC-MS/MS method was developed and validated for the simultaneous quantification of codeine and its metabolite morphine in human plasma using donepezil as an internal standard (IS). Following a single liquid-liquid extraction with ethyl acetate, the analytes were separated using an isocratic mobile phase on a C(18 )column and analyzed by MS/MS in the selected reaction monitoring mode using the respective [M+H](+ )ions, mass-to-charge ratio (m/z) 300/165 for codeine, m/z 286/165 for morphine and m/z 380/91 for IS. The method exhibited a linear dynamic range of 0.2-100/0.5-250 ng/mL for codeine/morphine in human plasma, respectively. The lower LOQs were 0.2 and 0.5 ng/mL for codeine and its metabolite morphine using 0.5 mL of human plasma. Acceptable precision and accuracy were obtained for concentrations over the standard curve range. A run time of 2.0 min for each sample made it possible to analyze more than 300 human plasma samples per day. The validated LC-MS/MS method was applied to a pharmacokinetic study in which healthy Chinese volunteers each received a single oral dose of 30 mg codeine phosphate.

  17. Photodegradation of the fungicide thiram in aqueous solutions. Kinetic studies and identification of the photodegradation products by HPLC-MS/MS.

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    Filipe, O M S; Santos, Sónia A O; Domingues, M Rosário M; Vidal, M M; Silvestre, A J D; Neto, C P; Santos, E B H

    2013-05-01

    In this study, the relevance of photodegradation processes on the persistence of the fungicide thiram in waters was investigated. The photodegradation of thiram in Milli-Q water and in aqueous solutions of humic and fulvic acids, as well as the photodegradation in spiked river water were studied. Both pure thiram and one of its commercial formulations were used to prepare the solutions which were irradiated in a solar light simulator. In general, thiram photodegradation follows pseudo-first order kinetics. The half-life time of thiram 2mgL(-1) in Milli-Q water was 28min. However, the degradation rate of thiram was significantly increased (p=0.02) by the inert components of the thiram commercial formulation as well as by commercial humic acids and by fulvic acids isolated from river water (p<0.004). Thus, the half-life time of thiram decreased to 24min in the presence of the inert formulation components, while, in the presence of both humic and fulvic acids (10mgL(-1)) it decreased to 22min. Furthermore, thiram photodegradation in natural river water showed that there is a significant enhancement of the degradation rate constant of thiram relatively to Milli-Q water, corresponding to a decrease of about 38% in its half-life time. This increase of the degradation rate in river water seems to be higher than that observed in the presence of FA, suggesting that beyond organic matter, other natural river components can increase the thiram photodegradation rate. These results allow us to conclude that photodegradation by solar radiation can be an important degradation pathway of thiram in natural waters. HPLC-MS/MS allowed to identify, for the first time, three products of the photodegradation of thiram in aqueous solution. Three compounds were identified and their structure was corroborated by the MS(n) spectra fragmentation profile. Pathways for the formation of the products from thiram photodegradation are proposed and discussed. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All

  18. Pragmatic Development of Chinese EFL Learners--A Study on FL Suggestions

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    Gu, Tongqing

    2014-01-01

    While the number of studies on the pragmatic development of nonnative English speakers has been increasing, surprisingly little research has been conducted on the development of the ability of foreign language learners to perform the suggestion speech act, with even less taking Chinese EFL learners as the target group. The present study examines…

  19. Analysis of pentacyclic triterpenes by LC-MS. A comparative study between APCI and APPI.

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    Rhourri-Frih, B; Chaimbault, P; Claude, B; Lamy, C; André, P; Lafosse, M

    2009-01-01

    The analytical performances of three atmospheric-pressure sources, electrospray (ESI), atmospheric-pressure chemical ionization (APCI), and atmospheric-pressure photoionization (APPI), were evaluated for the analysis of pentacyclic triterpenes in liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (LC-MS). Among these sources, APPI and APCI are particularly well adapted to sensitive analyses of pentacyclic triterpenes by LC-MS. Detection parameters were optimized for both the sources, and the effects of three dopants (toluene, acetone and anisole) on the detection (sensitivity and ion fingerprints in MS spectra) were studied in detail for APPI-MS.The limits of quantification were measured under selected ion monitoring conditions, in the range of 0.005-0.015 mg l(-1) and 0.002-0.84 mg l(-1) in APPI and APCI, respectively, depending on the studied pentacyclic triterpene. Overall, APPI was found more sensitive than APCI in positive ion mode, whereas APCI shows the greatest sensitivity for acidic triterpenes in negative ion mode.Following this study, the developed LC-MS method was used for the characterization of pentacyclic triterpenes in three plant extracts. High amounts of betulinic acid, betulinic aldehyde and betulinic aldehyde acetate were observed in plane bark. The main component of birch bark is betulin and extracts of okoume resin exhibit high amounts of alpha- and beta-amyrin.

  20. Study on System Utterance of Suggestion to Promote User's Accepatance in Driving Environment

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    Miyazawa, Kouki; Kagetani, Takuya; Shen, Raymond; Kikuchi, Hideaki; Ogawa, Yoshito; Hata, Chihiro; Ohta, Katsumi; Hozumi, Hideaki; Mitamura, Takeshi

    In this study, we aim at clarification of the factor that promotes an user's acceptance of suggestion from an interactive agent in driving environment. Our aim is to figure out how human beings accept the encouragement from interaction objects, and also which kinds of dialogues or action controls are necessary for the design of car navigation system which makes suggestion and requests to drivers. Firstly, we had an experiment for collecting dialogue between humans in driving simulation environment, then we analyzed the drivers' acceptance and evaluation for the navigators. As the results, we found that the presence and reliability of the navigator highly relate to the acceptance of suggestion from the navigator. When navigators were next to drivers, the rate of drivers' suggestion acceptance rose. However, the stress of drivers increased. In addition, based on the linguistic and acoustic analysis of the navigators' utterances, we found out some points of designing system utterance of suggestion to promote user's acceptance. We found that expressing the grounds of suggestions, showing the exact numbers, and the wide pitch ranges, all highly relate to the acceptance of suggestions.

  1. 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

    2016-09-05

    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. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  2. Enzyme-immobilized reactors for rapid and efficient sample preparation in MS-based proteomic studies.

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    Yamaguchi, Hiroshi; Miyazaki, Masaya

    2013-02-01

    Proteolysis is a key step in proteomic studies integrated with MS analysis but the conventional method of in-solution digestion is limited by time-consuming procedures and low sensitivity. Furthermore, obtaining reliable peptide maps and meaningful sequence data using MS analysis requires not only the separation of the digested peptides but also strictly defined proteolysis conditions. Recently, various immobilized-enzyme reactors have been developed for highly efficient proteolysis in MS-based proteomic analysis. This review focuses on the proteolysis step using protease-immobilized reactors and rapid analysis of protein sequences. We describe the preparation of enzyme reactors by several techniques and protein digestion under unusual conditions. Analysis of posttranslational modifications by enzyme reactors prepared using our immobilization method is presented as a model application. Analysis systems using immobilized-enzyme reactors are expected to become useful tools for proteomic studies and diverse applications in biotechnology.

  3. Biological activity and ESI MS study of oxaalkyl and hydroksyoxaalkyl lasalocid esters

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    Pankiewicz, Radosław; Remlein-Starosta, Dorota; Schroeder, Grzegorz; Brzezinski, Bogumił

    2006-02-01

    Eight lasalocid esters (Las1)-(Las8) have been synthesised and their complex formation with Mg 2+ and Ca 2+ cations has been studied by ESI MS and PM5 semiempirical method. The ESI MS spectra of the complexes have shown that Las1-8 forms stable 1:1 complexes with Mg 2+ and Ca 2+ cations. The ESI MS spectra at higher cone voltage values have revealed the m/ z peaks characteristic of the abstraction of one proton from the complex molecule. The calculated structures of Las1-8 with Mg 2+ and Ca 2+ cations are compared with those of the respective 1:1 complexes with monovalent cations. The biological activity of the esters on pathogenic bacteria Ervinia carotovora and fungus Fusariumoxysporum has been studied in vitro and some biological active compounds have been identified. This result can be very important for future applications in agriculture.

  4. A Visit to a Pig "Hatchery" on the Farm. (A Suggested Unit of Study).

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    Ediger, Marlow

    Objectives for students are provided in this unit of study which suggests diverse learning that can take place in conjunction with a class field trip to a farm specializing in the raising of pigs. Following a brief description of specialization in United States livestock production, the unit lists factual information to be learned, e.g.,…

  5. E-Cigarettes May Be Less Toxic Than Tobacco, Study Suggests

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    ... page: https://medlineplus.gov/news/fullstory_163433.html E-Cigarettes May Be Less Toxic Than Tobacco, Study Suggests ... 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Smokers who switch to e-cigarettes can substantially reduce their intake of toxic chemicals ...

  6. Drinking Diet Beverages During Pregnancy Linked to Child Obesity, NIH Study Suggests

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    ... 2017 Drinking diet beverages during pregnancy linked to child obesity, NIH study suggests Children born to women who had gestational diabetes and ... who substituted water for sweetened beverages reduced their children’s obesity risk at age 7 by 17 percent. It ...

  7. Simultaneous determination of three phenylethanoid glycosides from Callicarpae Caulis et Folium in rat plasma by LC-MS/MS and its application to PK study.

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    Sun, Xiuman; Liao, Qiongfeng; Liu, Guanghui; Cai, Hao; Zhang, Lei; Zhu, Chenchen; Xie, Zhiyong

    2013-08-01

    Callicarpae Caulis et Folium (CCF) is a traditional Chinese medicine usually used for hemostasis in clinics. In this study, a novel LC-MS/MS method was developed and validated for the simultaneous quantification of three phenylethanoid glycosides in rat plasma (verbascoside, forsythoside B and poliumoside), which are the major bioactive compounds of CCF; MS was operated in negative mode. This method was linear between 5.2 and 1010 ng/ml for poliumoside, 7.0 and 420 ng/ml for forsythoside B and 2.60 and 260.0 ng/ml for verbascoside. The MS/MS ion transitions monitored were m/z 769.4→160.5, m/z 755.3→593.3, m/z 623.1→160.5 and m/z 179.0→133.6 for poliumoside, forsythoside B, verbascoside and caffeic acid (IS), respectively. Linearity, accuracy, precision and extraction recovery of three analytes were all satisfactory. The method developed was sensitive, specific and rapid. It has been successfully applied in a PK study of three phenylethanoid glycosides after a single oral administration of CCF extract to rats.

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

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

    2013-09-01

    In this study, a simple and sensitive LC/MS/MS method was developed and validated for the determination of arctigenin in rat plasma. The MS detection was performed using multiple reaction monitoring at the transitions of m/z 373.2 → 137.3 for arctigenin and m/z 187.1 → 131.0 for psoralen (internal standard) with a Turbo IonSpray electrospray in positive mode. The calibration curves fitted a good linear relationship over the concentration range of 0.2-500 ng/mL. It was found that arctigenin is not stable enough at both room temperature and -80 °C unless mixed with methanol before storage. The validated LC/MS/MS method was successfully applied for the pharmacokinetic study of arctigenin in rats. After intravenous injection of 0.3 mg/kg arctigenin injection to rats, the maximum concentration, half-life and area under the concentration-time curve were 323 ± 65.2 ng/mL, 0.830 ± 0.166 and 81.0 ± 22.1 h ng/mL, respectively. Copyright © 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  9. Childhood multiple sclerosis (MS): multimodal evoked potentials (EP) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) comparative study.

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    Scaioli, V; Rumi, V; Cimino, C; Angelini, L

    1991-02-01

    We compared the diagnostic sensitivity of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and evoked potential (EP) studies in a series of 19 children affected by clinically definite (16 cases) and laboratory supported (3 cases) multiple sclerosis (MS). MRI revealed abnormal areas consistent with demyelinating plaques in 18 out of 19 cases: multiple lesions in 16 and an isolated lesion in 2 cases. Abnormal areas were more frequently found in supratentorial regions than in other areas of the central nervous system. In all patients, the distribution, form and topography of the lesions were typical of MS and similar to those found in the adult form of the disease. Multimodal EP were abnormal in 16 out of 19 cases. Visual (VEP) and somatosensory evoked potentials (SEP) abnormalities were frequently asymptomatic and VEPs were particularly sensitive in ascertaining childhood MS. MRI was slightly more sensitive than multimodal EP in confirming the clinical diagnosis of childhood MS. However, in suspected or probable MS with normal MRI, VEPs and SEPs may contribute to the definition of clinical diagnosis because of their capacity to demonstrate asymptomatic involvement in central nervous system (CNS) the optic nerve and central somatosensory pathways).

  10. Preliminary study of urine metabolism in type two diabetic patients based on GC-MS

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    Zhang, Ning; Geng, Fang; Hu, Zhong-Hua; Liu, Bin; Wang, Ye-Qiu; Liu, Jun-Cen; Qi, Yong-Hua; Li, Li-Jing

    2016-01-01

    Objective: Comparative study of type 2 diabetes and healthy controls by metabolomics methods to explore the pathogenesis of Type II diabetes. Methods: Gas chromatography - mass spectrometry (GC-MS) with a variety of multivariate statistical analysis methods to the healthy control group 58 cases, 68 cases of Type II diabetes group were analyzed. Chromatographic conditions: DB-5MS column; the carrier gas He; flow rate of 1 mL·min-1, the injection volume 1 uL; split ratio is 100: 1. MS conditions: electron impact (EI) ion source, an auxiliary temperature of 280°C, the ion source 230°C, quadrupole 150°C; mass scan range 30~600 mAu. Results: Established analytical method based on urine metabolomics GC-MS of Type II diabetes, determine the urine succinic acid, L-leucine, L-isoleucine, tyrosine, slanine, acetoace acid, mannose, L-isoleucine, L-threonine, Phenylalanine, fructose, D-glucose, palmi acid, oleic acid and arachidonic acid were significantly were significantly changed. Conclusion: Based on metabolomics of GC-MS detection and analysis metabolites can be found differences between type 2 diabetes and healthy control group, PCA diagram can effectively distinguish Type II diabetes and healthy control group, with load diagrams and PLS-DA VIP value metabolite screening, the resulting differences in metabolic pathways involved metabolites, including amino acid metabolism, lipid metabolism, glucose metabolism and energy metabolism. PMID:27508010

  11. Preliminary study of urine metabolism in type two diabetic patients based on GC-MS.

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    Zhang, Ning; Geng, Fang; Hu, Zhong-Hua; Liu, Bin; Wang, Ye-Qiu; Liu, Jun-Cen; Qi, Yong-Hua; Li, Li-Jing

    2016-01-01

    Comparative study of type 2 diabetes and healthy controls by metabolomics methods to explore the pathogenesis of Type II diabetes. Gas chromatography - mass spectrometry (GC-MS) with a variety of multivariate statistical analysis methods to the healthy control group 58 cases, 68 cases of Type II diabetes group were analyzed. Chromatographic conditions: DB-5MS column; the carrier gas He; flow rate of 1 mL·min(-1), the injection volume 1 uL; split ratio is 100: 1. MS conditions: electron impact (EI) ion source, an auxiliary temperature of 280°C, the ion source 230°C, quadrupole 150°C; mass scan range 30~600 mAu. Established analytical method based on urine metabolomics GC-MS of Type II diabetes, determine the urine succinic acid, L-leucine, L-isoleucine, tyrosine, slanine, acetoace acid, mannose, L-isoleucine, L-threonine, Phenylalanine, fructose, D-glucose, palmi acid, oleic acid and arachidonic acid were significantly were significantly changed. Based on metabolomics of GC-MS detection and analysis metabolites can be found differences between type 2 diabetes and healthy control group, PCA diagram can effectively distinguish Type II diabetes and healthy control group, with load diagrams and PLS-DA VIP value metabolite screening, the resulting differences in metabolic pathways involved metabolites, including amino acid metabolism, lipid metabolism, glucose metabolism and energy metabolism.

  12. Study of flavour compounds from orange juices by HS-SPME and GC-MS

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    Schmutzer, G.; Avram, V.; Covaciu, F.; Feher, I.; Magdas, A.; David, L.; Moldovan, Z.

    2013-11-01

    The flavour of the orange juices, which gives the taste and odour of the product, is an important criterion about the products quality for consumers. A fresh single strength and two commercial orange juices (obtained from concentrate) flavour profile were studied using a selective and sensitive gas chromatography - mass spectrometry (GC-MS) analytical system, after a solvent free, single step preconcentration and extraction technique, the headspace solid phase microextraction (HP-SPME). In the studied orange juices 55 flavour compounds were detected and classified as belonging to the esters, alcohols, ketones, monoterpenes and sesquiterpenes chemical families. The fresh single strength orange juice was characterized by high amount of esters, monoterpenes and sesquiterpenes. Limonene and valencene were the most abundant flavours in this fresh natural orange juice. Alcohols and ketones were found in higher concentration in the commercial orange juices made from concentrate, than in the single strength products. Nevertheless, in commercial juices the most abundant flavour was limonene and α-terpineol. The results highlight clear differences between fresh singles strength orange juice and juice from concentrate. The orange juices reconstructed from concentrate, made in Romania, present low quantity of flavour compounds, suggesting the absence or a low rearomatization process, but extraneous components were not detected.

  13. Depth Profiling (ICP-MS) Study of Trace Metal `Grains' in Solid Asphaltenes

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    Pillay, Avin E.; Bassioni, Ghada; Stephen, Sasi; Kühn, Fritz E.

    2011-08-01

    Knowledge of trace metal `grains' in asphaltenes could play a significant role in enhancing refining and processing of crudes and also in providing useful information on mechanistic and migratory features linked to asphaltenes. These metals originate directly from interaction of oils with source-rock, mineral matter, and formation water and their accumulation in asphaltene matrices could vary from oil well to oil well. Suitable asphaltene samples were subjected to high-performance ICP-MS laser depth profiling (213 nm) to depths of 50 μm at 5 μm intervals. The study was conducted in the absence of standardization and characteristic intensities originating from the metals of interest were measured. Ten metal profiles were investigated (Na, Mg, Al, Mn, Fe, Zn, Sr, Pb, V, and Ni). The experimental results showed non-uniform distribution of trace metals and identified areas where such metals agglomerate. The data suggested that certain chemical and physical conditions within the structure of asphaltenes are favorable for metal `grain' formation at specific points. The exact mechanism for this behavior is not clear at this stage, and has considerable scope for future studies, including mathematical modeling simulations of asphaltenes. We also found that solid asphaltenes could be a useful forerunner of scale formation.

  14. Investigation of basic mobile phases with positive ESI LC-MS for metabonomics studies.

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    Rainville, Paul D; Smith, Norman W; Cowan, David; Nicholson, Jeremy K; Shockcor, Jp; Skilton, St John; Plumb, Robert S

    2012-12-01

    Accurate mass based LC-MS combined with statistical analysis is established as a core analytical technology for metabonomic studies. This is primarily due to the specificity, sensitivity and structural elucidation capabilities of the technology. The vast majority of these studies are performed using acidic-based mobile phases in combination with positive ESI mode LC-MS. Recent studies have investigated the use of highly basic pH mobile phases (>10 pH units) in bioanalytical studies that utilize positive ESI mode LC-MS. This non-traditional combination has been shown to improve analyte retention, chromatographic peak shape, and S/N for a variety of probe pharmaceutical compounds in biofluid samples. The incorporation of basic pH mobile phases resulted in increased retention for analytes that where comparatively weakly retained by a traditional acidic-modified mobile phase. Increased resolution of isomers, which otherwise co-eluted under acidic conditions, was observed. Moreover, the implementation of basic pH mobile phases further allowed for the detection of complementary marker ions. Basic pH mobile phases utilized with positive ESI mode LC-MS have the potential for producing increased information from metabonomic studies and could lead to the detection of analytes that may prove to be valid biomarkers.

  15. Radiofrequency field exposure and cancer: what do the laboratory studies suggest?

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    Repacholi, M H

    1997-01-01

    Significant concern has been raised about possible health effects from exposure to radiofrequency (RF) electromagnetic fields, especially after the rapid introduction of mobile telecommunications systems. Parents are especially concerned with the possibility that children might develop cancer after exposure to the RF emissions from mobile telephone base stations erected in or near schools. These questions have followed scientific reports suggesting that residence near high voltage power lines may to be associated with an increased childhood leukemia risk. Epidemiologic studies have been plagued by poor RF exposure assessment and differences in methodology. There are no high-quality epidemiologic studies that can be used to evaluate health risks from RF exposure. Laboratory studies in this area have been somewhat confusing. Some animal studies suggest that RF fields accelerate the development of sarcoma colonies in the lung, mammary tumors, skin tumors, hepatomas, and sarcomas. A substantial RF-induced increase in lymphoma incidence in transgenic mice exposed for up to 18 months has also been reported. In contrast, other studies have not found carcinogenic effects. These conflicting results indicate the need for more well-conducted studies on laboratory animals, supplemented with high-quality in vitro studies to identify effects that need further research in vivo, and to characterize any acting mechanisms, especially at low RF field levels. This paper provides a review of the laboratory studies and indicates what conclusions about RF-induced cancer can be drawn. PMID:9467083

  16. HPLC-MS/MS method for dexmedetomidine quantification with Design of Experiments approach: application to pediatric pharmacokinetic study.

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    Szerkus, Oliwia; Struck-Lewicka, Wiktoria; Kordalewska, Marta; Bartosińska, Ewa; Bujak, Renata; Borsuk, Agnieszka; Bienert, Agnieszka; Bartkowska-Śniatkowska, Alicja; Warzybok, Justyna; Wiczling, Paweł; Nasal, Antoni; Kaliszan, Roman; Markuszewski, Michał Jan; Siluk, Danuta

    2017-02-01

    The purpose of this work was to develop and validate a rapid and robust LC-MS/MS method for the determination of dexmedetomidine (DEX) in plasma, suitable for analysis of a large number of samples. Systematic approach, Design of Experiments, was applied to optimize ESI source parameters and to evaluate method robustness, therefore, a rapid, stable and cost-effective assay was developed. The method was validated according to US FDA guidelines. LLOQ was determined at 5 pg/ml. The assay was linear over the examined concentration range (5-2500 pg/ml), Results: Experimental design approach was applied for optimization of ESI source parameters and evaluation of method robustness. The method was validated according to the US FDA guidelines. LLOQ was determined at 5 pg/ml. The assay was linear over the examined concentration range (R(2) > 0.98). The accuracies, intra- and interday precisions were less than 15%. The stability data confirmed reliable behavior of DEX under tested conditions. Application of Design of Experiments approach allowed for fast and efficient analytical method development and validation as well as for reduced usage of chemicals necessary for regular method optimization. The proposed technique was applied to determination of DEX pharmacokinetics in pediatric patients undergoing long-term sedation in the intensive care unit.

  17. Study of exhaled breath condensate sample preparation for metabolomics analysis by LC-MS/MS in high resolution mode.

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    Fernández-Peralbo, M A; Calderón Santiago, M; Priego-Capote, F; Luque de Castro, M D

    2015-11-01

    Metabolomic analysis of exhaled breath condensate (EBC) requires an unavoidable sample preparation step because of the low concentration of its components, and potential cleanup for possible interferents. Sample preparation based on protein precipitation (PP), solid-phase extraction (SPE) by hydrophilic and lipophilic sorbents or lyophilization has demonstrated that the analytical sample from the last is largely the best because lyophilization allows reconstitution in a volume as small as required (preconcentration factors up to 80-times with respect to the original sample), thus doubling the number of detected compounds as compared with the other alternatives (47 versus 25). In addition, PP and/or SPE cleanup are unnecessary as no effect from the EBC components removed by these steps appears in the chromatograms. The total 49 EBC compounds tentatively identified and confirmed by MS/MS in this research include amino acids, fatty acids, fatty amides, fatty aldehydes, sphingoid bases, oxoanionic compounds, imidazoles, hydroxy acids and aliphatic acyclic acids. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  18. On the subject of subjects: suggestions for describing subjects in language intervention studies.

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    Wickstrom, S; Goldstein, H; Johnson, L

    1985-08-01

    Recent child language intervention literature was analyzed to determine the content and consistency of subject descriptions. The amount and type of descriptive information varied widely both within and among journals. In view of the potential importance of such descriptions and the apparent lack of standards for acceptability, suggestions were developed and forwarded as a working model for describing language-handicapped children in intervention studies.

  19. Development and validation of LC/MS/MS method for the simultaneous determination of montelukast, gliclazide, and nifedipine and its application to a pharmacokinetic study

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    2014-01-01

    Background Montelukast is a leukotriene receptor antagonist for treatment of asthma, gliclazide is an oral hypoglycemic antidiabetic agent, and nifedipine is a calcium channel blocker used for treatment of angina pectoris and hypertension. These drugs may be prescribed to patients suffering from these chronic diseases. A survey of the literature reveals that there is no reported method for the simultaneous determination of montelukast, gliclazide, and nifedipine in pharmaceutical preparations or biological fluids. Results A simple, sensitive, and rapid method for the simultaneous quantification of montelukast, gliclazide, and nifedipine in human plasma was developed and validated. Montelukast, gliclazide, and nifedipine were resolved using rapid resolution LC/MS/MS Agilent system and SB-C18 (50 × 4.6 mm) 1.8 μm particle size column. The mobile phase consisted of acetonitrile: 0.1% formic acid (84:16). The three drugs were simultaneously extracted from plasma by protein precipitation with acetonitrile using zaferolukast as an internal standard. The method was validated according to FDA guidelines with good reproducibility and linearity of 0.999 and the limits of quantification were 0.11, 0.04, and 0.07 ng/mL for montelukast, gliclazide, and nifedipine, respectively. The accuracies of the three QCs for the three drugs were 99.48% (montelukast), 106.53% (gliclazide), and 108.03% (nifedipine) in human plasma. The validated method was applied to a pharmacokinetic study in human volunteers after oral administration of the three drugs. The applied LC/MS/MS method was shown to be sufficiently sensitive and suitable for pharmacokinetic studies. Conclusion The LC/MS/MS method was validated and successfully applied for the determination of montelukast, gliclazide, and nifedipine concentrations in human plasma. PMID:24618480

  20. Studies suggest alternatives to amalgam as a retrograde filling material for apicectomy.

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    Naito, Toru

    2004-01-01

    Sources were Medline and the Cochrane Library. Studies included were in vivo with human subjects, had experimental and control groups, and gave quantitative results in English, German or French. Success and failure rates were derived from randomised controlled trials (RCT), clinical controlled trials (CCT), cohort studies (CS) and case-controlled studies (CCS). Qualitative synthesis of results was performed. Two RCT, six CCT and 14 CCS were identified. The two RCT suggest that glass ionomer may be more effective than amalgam, conversely one CCT showed amalgam to be more effective. CCTs also suggest that EBA (reinforced zinc oxide eugenol) cement, composite with GLUMA (Bayer AG., Leverkusen, Germany) and gold leaf retrograde filling may be more effective than amalgam. A further CCT suggested that gutta-percha used as a retrograde filing is less effective than when used following an orthograde approach. Based on the outcome of two RCT, glass ionomer appears as effective as amalgam. EBA cement, composite with GLUMA and gold leaf and orthograde gutta-percha may also be as effective as amalgam. Evidence is limited, however, and further research is needed.

  1. A UPLC-MS/MS method for in vivo and in vitro pharmacokinetic studies of psoralenoside, isopsoralenoside, psoralen and isopsoralen from Psoralea corylifolia extract.

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    Wang, Yue-Fei; Liu, Ya-Nan; Xiong, Wen; Yan, Dong-Mei; Zhu, Yan; Gao, Xiu-Mei; Xu, Yan-Tong; Qi, Ai-Di

    2014-01-01

    The dried fruit of Psoralea corylifolia L. has been used to prevent and treat vitiligo, osteoporosis, arthralgia and asthma in Traditional Chinese Medicine for some 1600 years. Psoralen (P), isopsoralen (IP), psoralenoside (PO) and isopsoralenoside (IPO) are the major coumarins and coumarin-related benzofuran glycosides in Psoraleae Fructus, which have been reported to show estrogen-like activity, osteoblastic proliferation accelerating activity, antitumor effects and antibacterial activity. The first aim of this study is to develop a rapid, sensitive and selective ultra performance liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry (UPLC-MS/MS) approach for simultaneous determination of PO, IPO, P and IP in rat plasma and samples collected from in vitro incubation experiments. The second aim is to investigate the pharmacokinetic properties of PO, IPO, P and IP after oral administration of Psoralea corylifolia extract (PCE) to rats. The third aim is to confirm the biotransformation of PO to P or IPO to IP under gastrointestinal conditions. A UPLC-MS/MS method with a C18 column and a mobile phase of methanol-0.1% aqueous formic acid was validated according to the criteria in FDA guidelines about bioanalytical method, which was developed to investigate the pharmacokinetic behavior of PO, IPO, P and IP from PCE and the metabolic pathways of PO to P or IPO to IP. The criteria for establishment of a new UPLC-MS/MS method including selectivity, linearity, accuracy, precision, extraction recovery, matrix effect and stability were validated. This method was successfully applied to the quantitative determination of PO, IPO, P and IP in biological samples collected from both in vitro incubations and in vivo rat experiments. After oral administration of PCE to rat, pharmacokinetic parameters of these four compounds indicated that in vivo biotransformation may occur between PO and P or IPO and IP. Purified benzofuran glycosides fraction (PBGF), containing only PO and IPO, was

  2. Use of Simulation to Study Nurses Acceptance and Non-Acceptance of Clinical Decision Support Suggestions

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    Sousa, Vanessa E. C.; Lopez, Karen Dunn; Febretti, Alessandro; Stifter, Janet; Yao, Yingwei; Johnson, Andrew; Wilkie, Diana J.; Keenan, Gail M.

    2015-01-01

    Our long term goal is to ensure nurse clinical decision support (CDS) works as intended before full deployment in clinical practice. As part of a broader effort, this pilot explores factors influencing acceptance/non-acceptance of 8 CDS suggestions displayed through selecting a blinking red button in an electronic health record (EHR) based nursing plan of care software prototype. A diverse sample of 21 nurses participated in this high fidelity clinical simulation experience and completed a questionnaire to assess reasons for accepting/not accepting the CDS suggestions. Of 168 total suggestions displayed during the experiment (8 for each of the 21 nurses), 123 (73.2%) were accepted and 45 (26.8%) were not accepted. The mode number of acceptances by nurses was 7 of 8 with only 2 of 21 nurses accepting all. The main reason for CDS acceptance was the nurse’s belief that the suggestions were good for the patient (n=100%) with other features being secondarily reinforcing. Reasons for non-acceptance were less clear, with under half of the subjects indicating low confidence in the evidence. This study provides preliminary evidence that high quality simulation and targeted questionnaires about specific CDS selections offers a cost effective means for testing before full deployment in clinical practice. PMID:26361268

  3. Use of Simulation to Study Nurses' Acceptance and Nonacceptance of Clinical Decision Support Suggestions.

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    Sousa, Vanessa E C; Lopez, Karen Dunn; Febretti, Alessandro; Stifter, Janet; Yao, Yingwei; Johnson, Andrew; Wilkie, Diana J; Keenan, Gail M

    2015-10-01

    Our long-term goal was to ensure nurse clinical decision support works as intended before full deployment in clinical practice. As part of a broader effort, this pilot project explored factors influencing acceptance/nonacceptance of eight clinical decision support suggestions displayed in an electronic health record-based nursing plan of care software prototype. A diverse sample of 21 nurses participated in this high-fidelity clinical simulation experience and completed a questionnaire to assess reasons for accepting/not accepting the clinical decision support suggestions. Of 168 total suggestions displayed during the experiment (eight for each of the 21 nurses), 123 (73.2%) were accepted, and 45 (26.8%) were not accepted. The mode number of acceptances by nurses was seven of eight, with only two of 21 nurses accepting all. The main reason for clinical decision support acceptance was the nurse's belief that the suggestions were good for the patient (100%), with other features providing secondary reinforcement. Reasons for nonacceptance were less clear, with fewer than half of the subjects indicating low confidence in the evidence. This study provides preliminary evidence that high-quality simulation and targeted questionnaires about specific clinical decision support selections offer a cost-effective means for testing before full deployment in clinical practice.

  4. Simultaneous determination of leucine, isoleucine and valine in Beagle dog plasma by HPLC-MS/MS and its application to a pharmacokinetic study.

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    Wang, Ting; Xie, Huiru; Chen, Xu; Jiang, Xuehua; Wang, Ling

    2015-10-10

    Leucine (Leu), isoleucine (Ile) and valine (Val) are three branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs), which have been widely used as dietary supplements for professional athletes and patients with liver failure or catabolic diseases. To date, no pharmacokinetic studies of BCAAs in vivo useful for the assessment of clinical effect following daily intake has been reported. Thus in this study, an HPLC-MS/MS method for simultaneous determination of Leu, Ile and Val in Beagle dog plasma using homoarginine as the internal standard was developed and validated in terms of specificity, linearity, precision, accuracy, and stability. This assay method was then applied to a pharmacokinetic study of BCAAs in dogs following oral administration of 0.25 g/kg and 0.50 g/kg BCAAs. The HPLC-MS/MS method was found to be sensitive and reproducible for quantification of BCAAs in dog plasma and successfully applied to the pharmacokinetic study. All these BCAAs were well absorbed with a substantial increase in the plasma concentration after a baseline modification. No statistical significance was identified in different gender group and no drug accumulation was observed following multiple doses.

  5. Gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS) and liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (LC-MS) in toxicological analysis. Studies on the detection of clobenzorex and its metabolites within a systematic toxicological analysis procedure by GC-MS and by immunoassay and studies on the detection of alpha- and beta-amanitin in urine by atmospheric pressure ionization electrospray LC-MS.

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    Maurer, H H; Kraemer, T; Ledvinka, O; Schmitt, C J; Weber, A A

    1997-02-07

    GC-MS is the method of choice for toxicological analysis of toxicants volatile in GC while non-volatile and/or thermally labile toxicants need LC-MS for their determination. Studies are presented on the toxicological detection of the amphetamine-like anorectic clobenzorex in urine by GC-MS after acid hydrolysis, extraction and acetylation and by fluorescence polarization immunoassay (FPIA, TDx (meth)amphetamine II). After ingestion of 60 mg of clobenzorex, the parent compound and/or its metabolites could be detected by GC-MS for up to 84 h or by FPIA for up to 60 h. Since clobenzorex shows no cross-reactivity with the used immunoassay, the N-dealkylated metabolite amphetamine is responsible for the positive TDx results. The intake of clobenzorex instead of amphetamine can be differentiated by GC-MS detection of hydroxyclobenzorex which is detectable for at least as long as amphetamine. In addition, the described GC-MS procedure allows the simultaneous detection of most of the toxicologically relevant drugs. Furthermore, studies are described on the atmospheric pressure ionization electrospray LC-MS detection of alpha- and beta-amanitin, toxic peptides of amanita mushrooms, in urine after solid-phase extraction on RP-18 columns. Using the single ion monitoring mode with the ions m/z 919 and 920 the amanitins could be detected down to 10 ng/ml of urine which allows us to diagnose intoxications with amanita mushrooms.

  6. The effect of women's suggestive clothing on men's behavior and judgment: a field study.

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    Guéguen, Nicolas

    2011-10-01

    Numerous studies have shown that men overestimate the sexual intent of women based on their clothing style; however, this hypothesis has not been assessed empirically in a natural setting. This small field study measured the time it took for men to approach two female confederates sitting in a tavern, one wearing suggestive clothes and one wearing more conservative clothes. The behavior of 108 men was observed over 54 periods on 16 different nights in two different taverns. The time it took for the men to approach after initial eye contact was significantly shorter in the suggestive clothing condition. The men were also asked by male confederates to rate the likelihood of having a date with the women, and having sex on the first date. The men rated their chances to have a date and to have sex significantly higher in the suggestive clothing condition. Results are discussed with respect to men's possible misinterpretation that women's clothing indicates sexual interest, and the risks associated with the misinterpretation.

  7. Asymptomatic subjects differ less from their twin siblings with MS than from healthy controls in cognitive functioning. A Finnish Twin Cohort study.

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    Kuusisto, H; Vahvelainen, T; Hämäläinen, P; Luukkaala, T; Elovaara, I

    2016-06-15

    Cognitive impairment develops in some MS patients at any time during the course of the disease regardless of whether the patients have neurological disability or not. Underlying causes for the MS related cognitive decline are yet poorly understood but both genetic and environmental risk factors have been proposed. To assess whether the cognitive performance differs between subjects with multiple sclerosis (MS) and their asymptomatic co-twins. Nineteen twin pairs discordant for MS recruited from the Finnish Twin Cohort were studied neurologically and with a comprehensive neuropsychological test battery. Control group included twenty age and education matched healthy subjects. Compared with the control subjects, the asymptomatic co-twins of MS patients performed significantly less well in tests of naming, verbal reasoning, visuospatial performance, processing speed, attention, verbal memory and learning. The twins with MS performed significantly less well than their co-twins in the SDMT evaluating processing speed, in visual learning and in word fluency. The lack of significant difference in majority of neuropsychological tests between the MS patients and their co-twins as well as considerable differences between asymptomatic co-twins and healthy controls may suggest that the cognitive performance may be partly developmental and regulated both by genes and shared environmental factors. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  8. Determination of Triphenylmethane Dyes and Their Metabolites in Salmon, Catfish, and Shrimp by LC-MS/MS Using AOAC First Action Method 2012.25: Collaborative Study.

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    Schneider, Marilyn J; Andersen, Wendy C

    2015-01-01

    A collaborative study was conducted to evaluate the AOAC First Action 2012.25 LC-MS/MS analytical method for the determination of residues of three triphenylmethane dyes (malachite green, crystal violet, and brilliant green) and their metabolites (leucomalachite green and leucocrystal violet) in seafood. Fourteen laboratories from the United States, Canada, and the European Union member states participated in the study including national and state regulatory laboratories, university and national research laboratories, and private analytical testing laboratories. A variety of LC-MS/MS instruments were used for the analysis. Each participating laboratory received blinded test samples in duplicate of salmon, catfish, and shrimp consisting of negative control matrix; matrix fortified with residues at 0.42, 0.90, and 1.75 μg/kg; and samples of incurred matrix. The analytical results from each participating laboratory were evaluated for both quantitative residue determination and qualitative identification of targeted analytes. Results from statistical analysis showed that this method provided excellent trueness (generally ≥90% recovery) and precision (RSDr generally ≤10%, HorRat<1). The Study Directors recommend Method 2012.25 for Final Action status.

  9. Intergrated metabonomic study of the effects of Guizhi Fuling capsule intervention on primary dysmenorrheal using RP-UPLC-MS complementary with HILIC-UPLC-MS technique.

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    Lang, Lang; Meng, Zhaorui; Sun, Lan; Xiao, Wei; Zhao, Longshan; Xiong, Zhili

    2017-09-14

    Guizhi Fuling capsule (GFC), developed from the traditional Chinese prescription of Guizhi Fuling Wan, has been commonly used for the treatment of primary dysmenorrheal (PD). However, the intervention effective mechanism in vivo has not been well elucidated. In this study, an integrated plasma metabonomic strategy based on RP-UPLC-MS coupled with HILIC-UPLC-MS technique has been developed to investigate the global therapeutic effects and intervention mechanisms of Guizhi Fuling capsule (GFC) on dysmenorrhea rats induced by oxytocin. The total twenty potential biomarkers were identified and primarily related to sphingolipid metabolism, steroid hormone biosynthesis, glycerophospholipid metabolism, amino acid metabolism, lipid metabolism and energy metabolism. The results showed that the GFC has therapeutic effects on rat with dysmenorrhea via the regulation of multiple metabolic pathways. Some new potential biomarkers associated with primary dysmenorrhea such as phenylalanine, tryptophan, taurine, carnitine, betaine, creatine and creatinine have been discovered in this study for the first time. This study provides a metabonomic platform based on RP-UPLC-MS complementary with HILIC-UPLC-MS technique to investigate both nonpolar and polar compounds, so as to get a more comprehensive metabolite information for yielding insight into the pathophysiology of PD and assessing the efficacy of GFC on PD rats. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.

  10. Development and validation of sensitive LC/MS/MS method for quantitative bioanalysis of levonorgestrel in rat plasma and application to pharmacokinetics study.

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    Ananthula, Suryatheja; Janagam, Dileep R; Jamalapuram, Seshulatha; Johnson, James R; Mandrell, Timothy D; Lowe, Tao L

    2015-10-15

    Rapid, sensitive, selective and accurate LC/MS/MS method was developed for quantitative determination of levonorgestrel (LNG) in rat plasma and further validated for specificity, linearity, accuracy, precision, sensitivity, matrix effect, recovery efficiency and stability. Liquid-liquid extraction procedure using hexane:ethyl acetate mixture at 80:20 v:v ratio was employed to efficiently extract LNG from rat plasma. Reversed phase Luna column C18(2) (50×2.0mm i.d., 3μM) installed on a AB SCIEX Triple Quad™ 4500 LC/MS/MS system was used to perform chromatographic separation. LNG was identified within 2min with high specificity. Linear calibration curve was drawn within 0.5-50ng·mL(-1) concentration range. The developed method was validated for intra-day and inter-day accuracy and precision whose values fell in the acceptable limits. Matrix effect was found to be minimal. Recovery efficiency at three quality control (QC) concentrations 0.5 (low), 5 (medium) and 50 (high) ng·mL(-1) was found to be >90%. Stability of LNG at various stages of experiment including storage, extraction and analysis was evaluated using QC samples, and the results showed that LNG was stable at all the conditions. This validated method was successfully used to study the pharmacokinetics of LNG in rats after SubQ injection, providing its applicability in relevant preclinical studies.

  11. Development and validation of a highly sensitive LC-MS/MS method for quantitation of dexlansoprazole in human plasma: application to a human pharmacokinetic study.

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    Hotha, Kishore Kumar; Vijaya Bharathi, D; Jagadeesh, B; Ravindranath, L K; Jaya Veera, K N; Venkateswarulu, V

    2012-02-01

    A highly sensitive, specific and simple LC-MS/MS method was developed for the simultaneous estimation of dexlansoprazole (DEX) with 50 μL of human plasma using omeprazole as an internal standard (IS). The API-4000 LC-MS/MS was operated under multiple reaction-monitoring mode using electrospray ionization. A simple liquid-liquid extraction process was used to extract DEX and IS from human plasma. The total run time was 2.00 min and the elution of DEX and IS occurred at 1.20 min. This was achieved with a mobile phase consisting of 0.2% ammonia-acetonitrile (20:80, v/v) at a flow rate of 0.50 mL/min on an X-terra RP 18 (50 × 4.6 mm, 5 µm) column. The developed method was validated in human plasma with a lower limit of quantitation of 2 ng/mL for DEX. A linear response function was established for the range of concentrations 2.00-2500.0 ng/mL (r > 0.998) for DEX. The intra- and inter-day precision values for DEX met the acceptance criteria as per FDA guidelines. DEX was stable in the battery of stability studies, viz. bench-top, auto-sampler and freeze-thaw cycles. The developed assay method was applied to an oral bioequivalence study in humans. Copyright © 2011 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  12. Simultaneous determination of seven alkaloids from Rhizoma Corydalis Decumbentis in rabbit aqueous humor by LC-MS/MS: Application to ocular pharmacokinetic studies.

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    Mao, Zhengsheng; Wang, Xin; Liu, Yangdan; Huang, Yuting; Liu, Youping; Di, Xin

    2017-07-01

    This study aims to establish a fast and sensitive LC-MS/MS method for simultaneous determination of seven alkaloids from Rhizoma Corydalis Decumbentis in rabbit aqueous humor. Aqueous humor samples were processed by protein precipitation and then separated on a Thermo Syncronis C18 column (50mm×2.1mm, 5μm) with a mobile phase using acetonitrile-0.05% formic acid (28:72, v/v). Detection of the analytes and the internal standard (coptisine) were performed in positive electrospray ionization with selected reaction monitoring. The method showed good linearity (r>0.9931) for all the seven alkaloids. This fully validated method was applied to the studies of aqueous humor pharmacokinetics of seven alkaloids from Rhizoma Corydalis Decumbentis and the effects of borneol on corneal penetration of these alkaloids into aqueous humor. This is the first work that presents a reliable LC-MS/MS method for simultaneous determination of seven alkaloids in rabbit aqueous humor and its application of ocular pharmacokinetics of seven alkaloids from Rhizoma Corydalis Decumbentis. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  13. Quantitative determination of trigonelline in mouse serum by means of hydrophilic interaction liquid chromatography-MS/MS analysis: Application to a pharmacokinetic study.

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    Szczesny, Damian; Bartosińska, Ewa; Jacyna, Julia; Patejko, Małgorzata; Siluk, Danuta; Kaliszan, Roman

    2017-07-25

    Trigonelline is a pyridine alkaloid found in fenugreek seeds and coffee beans. Most of the previous studies are concerned with the quantification of trigonelline along with other constituents in coffee herbs or beverages. Only a few have focused on its determination in animal or human tissues by applying different modes of HPLC with UV or MS detection. The aim of the study was to develop and validate a fast and simple method for trigonelline determination in serum by the use of hydrophilic interaction liquid chromatography (HILIC) with ESI-MS/MS detection. Separation of trigonelline was achieved on a Kinetex HILIC column operated at 35°C with acetonitrile-ammonium formate (10 mm, pH = 3) buffer mixture (55:45, v/v) as the mobile phase. The developed method was successfully applied to determine trigonelline concentration in mouse serum after intravenous administration of 10 mg/kg. The developed assay is sensitive (limit of detection = 1.5 ng/mL, limit of quantification = 5.0 ng/mL) and linear in a concentration range from 5.0 to 250.0 ng/mL. Sample preparation is limited to deproteinization, centrifugation and filtration. The application of the HILIC mode of chromatography with MS detection and selection of deuterated trigonelline as internal standard allowed a rapid and precise method of trigonelline quantification to be to developed. Copyright © 2017 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  14. Development of a LC-MS/MS method for the determination of CKD-712 in rat plasma: Application to a pharmacokinetic study in rats.

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    Chae, Jung-Woo; Yun, Hwi-Yeol; Eom, Han Young; Jeong, Eun Ju; Koo, Tae-Sung; Kwon, Kwang-Il; Lee, Jong-Hwa

    2017-09-01

    CKD-712 is a potential treatment for sepsis, as it exhibits protective effects against lipopolysaccharide-mediated platelet aggregation, inducible nitric oxide synthase expression, and cecum-ligation puncture-induced septic mortality in mice. In this study, we develop a rapid and sensitive LC-MS/MS method for determining CKD-712 in rat plasma. CKD-712 and papaverine hydrochloride (an internal standard) were analyzed using an LC-MS/MS system consisting of an Agilent HPLC system (HP-1100) equipped with an Atlantis HILIC Silica (2.1×50mm, 3μm) column and a API 4000 (Applied Biosystems/MDS Sciex, USA) in a positive ESI mode. We utilized multiple reaction monitoring (MRM) at m/z transitions of 306.2-164.0 to analyze CKD-712, and 340.3-202.1 m/z for IS, with a mobile phase of acetonitrile (0.025% trifluoroacetic acid):20mM ammonium acetate (94:6, v/v) at a flow rate of 0.25mL/min. The lower limit of quantification (LLOQ) was 5ng/mL, with a linearity ranging from 5 to 1000ng/mL (r>0.999). Validation parameters including specificity, precision, accuracy, matrix effect, recovery, dilution effect and stability results were well within acceptance criteria, and applied successfully on a pharmacokinetic study in rats. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  15. Simultaneous quantification six active compounds in rat plasma by UPLC-MS/MS and its application to a pharmacokinetic study of Pien-Tze-Huang.

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    Xu, Wen; Zhang, Yiping; Zhou, Caijie; Tai, Yanni; Zhang, Xiaoqing; Liu, Jie; Sha, Mei; Huang, Mingqing; Zhu, Yanlin; Peng, Jun; Lu, Jin-Jian

    2017-09-01

    Pien-Tze-Huang (PZH) is a popular traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) formula in China, but its pharmacokinetics has not been investigated yet. To better study the pharmacokinetic behaviors of PZH, an optimal ultra-performance liquid chromatography with triple quadrupole mass spectrometry (UPLC-MS/MS) method was developed for rapid quantification of six compounds (notoginsenoside R1, ginsenosides Re, Rg1, Rb1, Rd, and muscone) in rat plasma after oral administration of PZH. All analytes were extracted by protein precipitation with acetonitrile and separated on a Waters Acquity Cortecs C18 column within 3.9min, and detected by multiple-reaction monitoring in positive ion mode. This proposed method exhibited good linearity (r≥0.9932) with a lower quantification limits of 0.558-1.566ng/mL for all analytes. The intra- and inter-day precisions were within 8.24%, and the accuracy was within -10.05 to 9.87% for each analyte. The extraction recovery for each analyte ranged from 80.02 to 96.12%. This UPLC-MS/MS method was successfully applied to the pharmacokinetic study for PZH in rats. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  16. Sensitive LC-MS/MS-ESI method for simultaneous determination of montelukast and fexofenadine in human plasma: application to a bioequivalence study.

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    Muppavarapu, Rajendraprasad; Guttikar, Swati; Rajappan, Manavalan; Kamarajan, Kannan; Mullangi, Ramesh

    2014-08-01

    A rapid, simple, sensitive and selective LC-MS/MS method was developed and validated for simultaneous quantification of montelukast (MT) and fexofenadine (FF) in human plasma (200 μL) using montelukast-d6 (MT-d6 ) and fexofenadine-d10 (FF-d10 ), respectively as an internal standard (IS) as per the US Food and Drug Administration guidelines. The chromatographic resolution was achieved on a Chromolith RP18e column using an isocratic mobile phase consisting of 20 mm ammonium formate-acetonitrile (20:80, v/v) at flow rate of 1.2 mL/min. The LC-MS/MS was operated under the multiple-reaction monitoring mode using electrospray ionization. The total run time of analysis was 4 min and elution of MT, FF, MT-d6 and FF-d10 occurred at 2.5, 1.2, 2.4 and 1.2 min, respectively. The standard curve found to be linear in the range 2.00-1000 ng/mL with a coefficient of correlation of ≥0.99 for both the drugs. The intra- and inter-day accuracy and precision values for MT and FF met the acceptance as per FDA guidelines. MT and FF were found to be stable in a battery of stability studies viz., bench-top, auto-sampler and repeated freeze-thaw cycles. The validated assay was applied to an oral bioequivalence study in humans.

  17. Photochemical degradation study of polyvinyl acetate paints used in artworks by Py-GC/MS.

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    Wei, Shuya; Pintus, Valentina; Schreiner, Manfred

    2012-09-01

    Photochemical degradation of commercial polyvinyl acetate (PVAc) homopolymer and PVAc paints mixed with burnt umber, cobalt blue, cadmium red dark, nickel azo yellow and titanium white commonly used for artworks were studied by pyrolysis-gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (Py-GC/MS) and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy-attenuated total reflectance (FTIR-ATR). Py-GC/MS with single-shot technique was used for the characterization of the thermal degradation of PVAc at different temperatures, while the double-shot technique of Py-GC/MS was used to reveal the differences in the specimens before and after UV ageing, including the changes of detectable amounts of deacetylation product - acetic acid and plasticizers such as diethyl phthalate (DEP). Furthermore, the relative concentration of the pyrolysis products of the paint samples could be measured and compared in the second step of the double-shot Py-GC/MS, which are highly dependent on the presence of pigments and the ageing status of PVAc paints.

  18. Photochemical degradation study of polyvinyl acetate paints used in artworks by Py–GC/MS

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    Wei, Shuya; Pintus, Valentina; Schreiner, Manfred

    2012-01-01

    Photochemical degradation of commercial polyvinyl acetate (PVAc) homopolymer and PVAc paints mixed with burnt umber, cobalt blue, cadmium red dark, nickel azo yellow and titanium white commonly used for artworks were studied by pyrolysis–gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (Py–GC/MS) and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy-attenuated total reflectance (FTIR-ATR). Py–GC/MS with single-shot technique was used for the characterization of the thermal degradation of PVAc at different temperatures, while the double-shot technique of Py–GC/MS was used to reveal the differences in the specimens before and after UV ageing, including the changes of detectable amounts of deacetylation product – acetic acid and plasticizers such as diethyl phthalate (DEP). Furthermore, the relative concentration of the pyrolysis products of the paint samples could be measured and compared in the second step of the double-shot Py–GC/MS, which are highly dependent on the presence of pigments and the ageing status of PVAc paints. PMID:23024446

  19. The future of liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (LC-MS) in metabolic profiling and metabolomic studies for biomarker discovery

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    Metz, Thomas O.; Zhang, Qibin; Page, Jason S.; Shen, Yufeng; Callister, Stephen J.; Jacobs, Jon M.; Smith, Richard D.

    2008-01-01

    SUMMARY The future utility of liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (LC-MS) in metabolic profiling and metabolomic studies for biomarker discover will be discussed, beginning with a brief description of the evolution of metabolomics and the utilization of the three most popular analytical platforms in such studies: NMR, GC-MS, and LC-MS. Emphasis is placed on recent developments in high-efficiency LC separations, sensitive electrospray ionization approaches, and the benefits to incorporating both in LC-MS-based approaches. The advantages and disadvantages of various quantitative approaches are reviewed, followed by the current LC-MS-based tools available for candidate biomarker characterization and identification. Finally, a brief prediction on the future path of LC-MS-based methods in metabolic profiling and metabolomic studies is given. PMID:19177179

  20. Field study suggests that sex determination in sea lamprey is directly influenced by larval growth rate

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    Johnson, Nicholas; Swink, William D.; Brenden, Travis O.

    2017-01-01

    Sex determination mechanisms in fishes lie along a genetic-environmental continuum and thereby offer opportunities to understand how physiology and environment interact to determine sex. Mechanisms and ecological consequences of sex determination in fishes are primarily garnered from teleosts, with little investigation into basal fishes. We tagged and released larval sea lamprey (Petromyzon marinus) into unproductive lake and productive stream environments. Sex ratios produced from these environments were quantified by recapturing tagged individuals as adults. Sex ratios from unproductive and productive environments were initially similar. However, sex ratios soon diverged, with unproductive environments becoming increasingly male-skewed and productive environments becoming less male-skewed with time. We hypothesize that slower growth in unproductive environments contributed to the sex ratio differences by directly influencing sex determination. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first study suggesting that growth rate in a fish species directly influences sex determination; other studies have suggested that the environmental variables to which sex determination is sensitive (e.g. density, temperature) act as cues for favourable or unfavourable growth conditions. Understanding mechanisms of sex determination in lampreys may provide unique insight into the underlying principles of sex determination in other vertebrates and provide innovative approaches for their management where valued and invasive.

  1. For biliary dilatation, a negative endosonography needs additional image studies in weight loss suggesting malignancy.

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    Chen, Chien-Hua; Yang, Chi-Chieh; Yeh, Yung-Hsiang

    2013-08-01

    Biliary dilatation frequently raises concerns about the possibility of pancreatobiliary diseases. This study assessed the etiologic yield of endosonography (EUS) in this situation. A retrospective review was completed with 163 consecutive patients who had undergone EUS for a dilated common bile duct (CBD) without definite pathology on ultrasonography. Binary logistic regression analysis disclosed that malignancy was positively related to weight loss and was inversely related to abdominal pain; nevertheless, choledocholithiasis was positively related to fever and elevated carbohydrate antigen 19-9 (p < 0.05). The accuracy of EUS was 95.1 % (155/163) for overall cause of biliary dilatation, 100 % (73/73) for no pathological finding, 96.3 % (26/27) for ampullary cancer, 84.6 % (11/13) for pancreatic cancer, 40.0 % (2/5) for CBD cancer, and 92.6 % (25/27) for choledocholithiasis, respectively. The accuracy of EUS decreased in the presence of malignancy (86.7 %, 39/45 vs. 98.3 %, 116/118, p = 0.006). EUS missed three CBD cancers, two pancreatic cancers, and one ampullary cancer; however, the diagnosis was rescued by computed tomography in two pancreatic cancers and one CBD cancer. EUS is accurate in patients with fever suggestive of choledocholithiasis. However, a negative EUS finding should call for additional image studies in patients with weight loss suggestive of malignancy.

  2. An Efficient Approach to Evaluate Reporter Ion Behavior from MALDI-MS/MS Data for Quantification Studies Using Isobaric Tags.

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    Cologna, Stephanie M; Crutchfield, Christopher A; Searle, Brian C; Blank, Paul S; Toth, Cynthia L; Ely, Alexa M; Picache, Jaqueline A; Backlund, Peter S; Wassif, Christopher A; Porter, Forbes D; Yergey, Alfred L

    2015-10-02

    Protein quantification, identification, and abundance determination are important aspects of proteome characterization and are crucial in understanding biological mechanisms and human diseases. Different strategies are available to quantify proteins using mass spectrometric detection, and most are performed at the peptide level and include both targeted and untargeted methodologies. Discovery-based or untargeted approaches oftentimes use covalent tagging strategies (i.e., iTRAQ, TMT), where reporter ion signals collected in the tandem MS experiment are used for quantification. Herein we investigate the behavior of the iTRAQ 8-plex chemistry using MALDI-TOF/TOF instrumentation. The experimental design and data analysis approach described is simple and straightforward, which allows researchers to optimize data collection and proper analysis within a laboratory. iTRAQ reporter ion signals were normalized within each spectrum to remove peptide biases. An advantage of this approach is that missing reporter ion values can be accepted for purposes of protein identification and quantification without the need for ANOVA analysis. We investigate the distribution of reporter ion peak areas in an equimolar system and a mock biological system and provide recommendations for establishing fold-change cutoff values at the peptide level for iTRAQ data sets. These data provide a unique data set available to the community for informatics training and analysis.

  3. Development of a sensitive UPLC-ESI-MS/MS method for quantification of sofosbuvir and its metabolite, GS-331007, in human plasma: Application to a bioequivalence study.

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

    2015-10-10

    A rapid and simple LC-MS/MS method was developed and validated for the simultaneous estimation of sofosbuvir (SF) and its metabolite GS-331007 (GS) using famotidine as an internal standard (IS). The Xevo TQD LC-MS/MS was operated under the multiple-reaction monitoring mode using electrospray ionization. Extraction with ethyl acetate was used in sample preparation. The prepared samples were chromatographed on Acquity UPLC HSS C₁₈ (50 mm × 2.1 mm, 1.8 μm) column by pumping 0.1% formic acid and acetonitrile (50:50, v/v) in an isocratic mode at a flow rate of 0.3 ml/min. Method validation was performed as per the FDA guidelines and the standard curves were found to be linear in the range of 10-2500 ng/ml for both SF and its metabolite. The intra-day and inter-day precision and accuracy results were within the acceptable limits. A very short run time of 1.2 min 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. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

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

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

    2016-09-05

    A rapid and sensitive UPLC-MS/MS method was developed and validated for determination of daclatasvir (DAC) in human plasma using sofosbuvir (SOF) as an internal standard (IS). The Xevo TQD LC-MS/MS was operated under the multiple-reaction monitoring mode using electrospray ionization. Precipitation with acetonitrile was used in sample preparation. The prepared samples were chromatographed on Acquity UPLC HSS C18 (50×2.1mm, 1.8μm) column by pumping 10mM ammonium formate (pH 3.5) and acetonitrile in an isocratic mode at a flow rate of 0.30ml/min. Method validation was performed as per the FDA guidelines and the standard curves were found to be linear in the range of 5-4000ng/ml for DAC. The intra-day and inter-day precision and accuracy results were within the acceptable limits. A very short run time of 1.2min made it possible to analyze more than 500 human plasma samples per day. The wider range of quantification of DAC allowed the applicability of the developed method for its determination in a bioequivalence study in human volunteers. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

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

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

    2016-03-20

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

  6. Validation of a confirmatory method of salbutamol in sheep hair by UPLC-MS/MS and its application to pharmacokinetic study.

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    Decheng, Suo; Wei, Zhang; Yu, Zhang; Genlong, Zhao; Ruigou, Wang; PeiLong, Wang; Xiaoou, Su

    2015-10-10

    A new method for determining salbutamol in hair of sheep by ultra-performance liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry (UPLC-MS/MS) was established. Samples were extracted with 0.1M of HCl solution. The mixture was heated to 60 °C in a water bath and kept at this temperature for 4h. The extracts were purified through SPE method and then dried with nitrogen. Residues were redissolved in mobile phase. The target compound was determined by UPLC-MS/MS with BEH-C18 column. The usefulness and feasibility of different treatment procedures of hair containing salbutamol were evaluated. The range of linearity was 1-100 ng/g. The LOD was 0.3 ng/g, and the LOQ was 1 ng/g. Recoveries were 89-106%, and coefficients of variation were 3.2-13.9%. Pharmacokinetics of salbutamol was studied in healthy sheep after oral administration of 150 μg/kg body weight salbutamol for 21 consecutive days. Salbutamol residues in hair were still detected after 21 days of administration.

  7. HPLC and HPLC/MS/MS Studies on Stress, Accelerated and Intermediate Degradation Tests of Antivirally Active Tricyclic Analog of Acyclovir.

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    Lesniewska, Monika A; Dereziński, Paweł; Klupczyńska, Agnieszka; Kokot, Zenon J; Ostrowski, Tomasz; Zeidler, Joanna; Muszalska, Izabela

    2015-01-01

    The degradation behavior of a tricyclic analog of acyclovir [6-(4-MeOPh)-TACV] was determined in accordance with International Conference on Harmonization guidelines for good clinical practice under different stress conditions (neutral hydrolysis, strong acid/base degradation, oxidative decomposition, photodegradation, and thermal degradation). Accelerated [40±2°C/75%±5% relative humidity (RH)] and intermediate (30±2°C/65%±5% RH) stability tests were also performed. For observation of the degradation of the tested compound the RP-HPLC was used, whereas for the analysis of its degradation products HPLC/MS/MS was used. Degradation of the tested substance allowed its classification as unstable in neutral environment, acidic/alkaline medium, and in the presence of oxidizing agent. The tested compound was also light sensitive and was classified as photolabile both in solution and in the solid phase. However, the observed photodegradation in the solid phase was at a much lower level than in the case of photodegradation in solution. The study showed that both air temperature and RH had no significant effect on the stability of the tested substance during storage for 1 month at 100°C (dry heat) as well as during accelerated and intermediate tests. Based on the HPLC/MS/MS analysis, it can be concluded that acyclovir was formed as a degradation product of 6-(4-MeOPh)-TACV.

  8. Determination of AZD3759 in rat plasma and brain tissue by LC-MS/MS and its application in pharmacokinetic and brain distribution studies.

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    Xiong, Shan; Xue, Mingxing; Mu, Yanling; Deng, Zhipeng; Sun, Peilu; Zhou, Ruican

    2017-06-05

    A simple and sensitive high performance liquid chromatography with tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) method for determination of AZD3759, a novel epidermal growth factor receptor tyrosine kinase inhibitor, in rat plasma and brain homogenate was developed and validated over the range of 1.0-1000ng/mL. Chromatographic separation was carried out on a C18 column with acetonitrile and 0.1% formic acid in water as mobile phase with gradient elution at a flow rate of 0.4mL/min. The lower limits of quantification (LLOQs) were 1.0ng/mL for AZD3759 in both rat plasma and brain homogenate. The intra-day and inter-day precision and accuracy of AZD3759 were well within the acceptable limits of variation. The simple and sensitive LC-MS/MS method was successfully applied to the pharmacokinetic and brain distribution studies following an oral administration of AZD3759 to rats. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  9. LC-DAD/ESI-MS/MS study of phenolic compounds in ash (Fraxinus excelsior L. and F. americana L.) heartwood. Effect of toasting intensity at cooperage.

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    Sanz, Miriam; de Simón, Brígida Fernández; Cadahía, Estrella; Esteruelas, Enrique; Muñoz, Angel M; Hernández, Teresa; Estrella, Isabel; Pinto, Ernani

    2012-07-01

    The phenolic composition of heartwood extracts from Fraxinus excelsior L. and F. americana L., both before and after toasting in cooperage, was studied using LC-DAD/ESI-MS/MS. Low-molecular weight (LMW) phenolic compounds, secoiridoids, phenylethanoid glycosides, dilignols and oligolignols compounds were detected, and 48 were identified, or tentatively characterized, on the basis of their retention time, UV/Vis and MS spectra, and MS fragmentation patterns. Some LMW phenolic compounds like protocatechuic acid and aldehyde, hydroxytyrosol and tyrosol, were unlike to those for oak wood, while ellagic and gallic acid were not found. The toasting of wood resulted in a progressive increase in lignin degradation products with regard to toasting intensity. The levels of some of these compounds in medium-toasted ash woods were much higher than those normally detected in toasted oak, highlighting vanillin levels, thus a more pronounced vanilla character can be expected when using toasted ash wood in the aging wines. Moreover, in seasoned wood, we found a great variety of phenolic compounds which had not been found in oak wood, especially oleuropein, ligstroside and olivil, along with verbascoside and isoverbascoside in F. excelsior, and oleoside in F. americana. Toasting mainly provoked their degradation, thus in medium-toasted wood, only four of them were detected. This resulted in a minor differentiation between toasted ash and oak woods. The absence of tannins in ash wood, which are very important in oak wood, is another peculiar characteristic that should be taken into account when considering its use in cooperage.

  10. Measurement of fexofenadine concentration in micro-sample human plasma by a rapid and sensitive LC-MS/MS employing protein precipitation: application to a clinical pharmacokinetic study.

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    Guo, Daqing; Zou, Jianjun; Zhu, Yubing; Lou, Sheng; Fan, Hongwei; Qin, Qun

    2010-03-01

    A simple, rapid and sensitive liquid chromatography/positive ion electro-spray tandem mass spectrometry method (LC-MS/MS) was developed and validated for the quantification of fexofenadine with 100 microL human plasma employing glipizide as internal standard (IS). Protein precipitation was used in the sample preparation procedure. Chromatographic separation was achieved on a reversed-phase C(18 )column (5 microm, 100 x 2.1 mm) with methanol : buffer (containing 10 mmol/L ammonium acetate and 0.1% formic acid; 70 : 30, v/v) as mobile phase. The total chromatographic runtime was approximately 3.0 min with retention time for fexofenadine and IS at approximately 1.9 and 2.1 min, respectively. Detection of fexofenadine and IS was achieved by LC-MS/MS in positive ion mode using 502.1 --> 466.2 and 446.0 --> 321.1 transitions, respectively. The method was proved to be accurate and precise at linearity range of 1-600 ng/mL with a correlation coefficient (r) of > or =0.9976. The validated method was applied to a pharmacokinetic study in human volunteers following oral administration of 60 or 120 mg fexofenadine formulations, successfully.

  11. 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.

  12. Sphincter of Oddi dysfunction Type III: New studies suggest new approaches are needed.

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    Wilcox, C Mel

    2015-05-21

    Sphincter of Oddi dysfunction (SOD) has been classified into three types based upon the presence or absence of objective findings including liver test abnormalities and bile duct dilatation. Type III is the most controversial and is classified as biliary type pain in the absence of any these objective findings. Many prior studies have shown that the clinical response to endoscopic therapy is higher based upon the presence of these objective criteria. However, there has been variable correlation of the manometry findings to outcome after endoscopic therapy. Nevertheless, manometry and sphincterotomy has been recommended for Type III patients given the overall response rate of 33%, although the reported response rates are highly variable. However, all of the prior data was non-blinded and non-randomized with variable follow-up. The evaluating predictors in SOD study - a prospective randomized blinded sham controlled one year outcome study showed no correlation between manometric findings and outcome after sphincterotomy. Furthermore, patients receiving sham therapy had a statistically significantly better outcome than those undergoing biliary or dual sphincterotomy. This study calls into question the whole concept of SOD Type III and, based upon prior physiologic studies, one can suggest that SOD Type III likely represents a right upper quadrant functional abdominal pain syndrome and should be treated as such.

  13. GC-MS and LC-(high-resolution)-MS(n) studies on the metabolic fate and detectability of camfetamine in rat urine.

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    Welter, Jessica; Kavanagh, Pierce; Maurer, Hans H

    2014-06-01

    Camfetamine (N-methyl-3-phenyl-norbornan-2-amine; CFA) belongs as amphetamine-type stimulant to the so-called new psychoactive substances. CFA is an analogue of fencamfamine, an appetite suppressant developed in the 1960s. The described effects of CFA are slight stimulation and increased vigilance and the side effects are tachycardia, paranoia, and sleeplessness. The aims of the presented work were to study the metabolic fate and the detectability of CFA in urine and to elucidate which cytochrome-P450 (CYP) isoenzymes are involved in the main metabolic steps. For metabolism studies, rat urine samples were isolated by solid-phase extraction without and after enzymatic cleavage of conjugates. The phase I metabolites were separated and identified after/without acetylation by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS) and/or liquid chromatography-high resolution-linear ion trap mass spectrometry (LC-HR-MS(n)), respectively, and the phase II metabolites by LC-HR-MS(n). From the identified metabolites, the following main metabolic pathways were deduced: N-demethylation, aromatic mono or bis-hydroxylation followed by methylation of one hydroxy group, hydroxylation of the norbornane ring, combination of these steps, and glucuronidation and/or sulfation of the hydroxy metabolites. The N-demethylation was catalyzed by CYP2B6, CYP2C19, CYP2D6, and CYP3A4, the aromatic hydroxylation by CYP2C19 and CYP2D6, and the aliphatic hydroxylation was catalyzed by CYP1A2, CYP2B6, CYP2C19, and CYP3A4. Finally, the intake of a common user's dose of CFA could be confirmed in rat urine using the authors' GC-MS and the LC-MS(n) standard urine screening approaches via CFA and several metabolites, with the hydroxy-aryl CFA and the corresponding glucuronide being the most abundant.

  14. Metal stoichiometry of isolated and arsenic substituted metallothionein: PIXE and ESI-MS study.

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    Garla, Roobee; Mohanty, Biraja P; Ganger, Renuka; Sudarshan, M; Bansal, Mohinder P; Garg, Mohan L

    2013-12-01

    The stoichiometric analysis of the metal induced Metallothionein (MT) is pertinent for understanding the metal-MT interactions. Despite innumerable publications on MT, the literature addressing these aspects is limited. To bridge this gap, PIXE and ESI-MS analysis of the commercial rabbit liver MT1 (an isoform of MT), zinc induced isolated rat liver MT1, apo and Arsenic substituted rabbit liver MT1 have been carried out. These techniques in combination provide information about number and the signature of all the metal ions bound to MT. By using ESI-MS in the rabbit MT1, ions of Zn n MT1 (n = 0, 1, 4, 5, 6, 7) whereas, in rat MT1, the Zn1MT1 and Zn5MT1 ions are observed. PIXE analysis shows that some copper along with zinc is also present in the rabbit as well as rat MT1 which could not be assessed with ESI-MS. During As metallation reaction with rabbit MT1, with increase in arsenic concentration, the amount of arsenic bound to MT1 also increases, though not proportionally. The presence of both Zn and Cu in MT1 on Zn supplementation can be related to the role of MT in Zn and Cu homeostasis. Further, the presence of partially metallated MT1 suggests that MT1 may donate fractional amount of metal from it's fully metallated form to other proteins where Zn acts as a cofactor.

  15. Assessment of CE-ICP/MS hyphenation for the study of uranyl/protein interactions.

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    Huynh, Thi-Ngoc Suong; Bourgeois, Damien; Basset, Christian; Vidaud, Claude; Hagège, Agnès

    2015-06-01

    Identification of uranyl transport proteins is key to develop efficient detoxification approaches. Therefore, analytical approaches have to be developed to cope with the complexity of biological media and allow the analysis of metal speciation. CE-ICP/MS was used to combine the less-intrusive character and high separation efficiency of CE with the sensitive detection of ICP/MS. The method was based on the incubation of samples with uranyl prior to the separation. Electrophoretic buffers were compared to select a 10 mM Tris to 15 mM NaCl buffer, which enabled analyses at pH 7.4 and limited dissociation. This method was applied to the analysis of a serum. Two main fractions were observed. By comparison with synthetic mixtures of proteins, the first one was attributed to fetuin and in a lesser extent to HSA, and the second one to uranyl unbound to proteins. The analysis showed that fetuin was likely to be the main target of uranyl. CE-ICP/MS was also used to investigate the behavior of the fetuin-uranyl complex, in the presence of carbonate, an abundant complexing agent of uranyl in blood. This method enabled association constants determination, suggesting the occurrence of both FETUA(UO2(2+)) and FETUA(UO2(2+))(CO3(2-)) complexes, depending on the carbonate concentration. © 2015 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  16. Determination of glibenclamide and puerarin in rat plasma by UPLC-MS/MS: application to their pharmacokinetic interaction study.

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    Li, Ning; Deng, Ying; Wang, Dan; Qiao, Ying; Li, Famei

    2013-01-30

    In the treatment of diabetes mellitus, glibenclamide and puerarin may be co-administered unwittingly or wittingly. An ultra performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry method was developed to determine the concentrations of glibenclamide and puerarin in rat plasma for the study of pharmacokinetic interaction between them. Analytes were extracted using liquid-liquid extraction. The separation was achieved on a Waters BEH C18 column using 5 mmol/L ammonium acetate solution (containing 0.1% formic acid) and methanol as mobile phase with a linear gradient program. Electrospray ionization source was applied and operated in the multiple reaction monitoring positive mode. The proposed method was proved simple, specific and reliable. Glibenclamide, Pueraria lobata extract and glibenclamide in combination with P. lobata extract were orally administered to rats, respectively. Pharmacokinetic parameters were estimated by Microsoft Excel software and analyzed by SPSS 12.0 software. Compared with glibenclamide group, pharmacokinetic parameters of glibenclamide in the co-administration group such as area under the curve and mean residence time were increased while clearance was decreased. Pharmacokinetic parameters of puerarin in the co-administration group such as peak concentration and area under the curve were enlarged while clearance and apparent volume of distribution were reduced compared with P. lobata extract group. These changes could enhance drug efficacy, but could also make drug accumulation to increase adverse effects, so it was suggested that the dosage should be adjusted or the drug concentration in plasma should be monitored if glibenclamide and puerarin were co-administered. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  17. Limitations on Recently Suggested Atom Interferometry Mission Concepts for Gravitational Wave Studies

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    Bender, Peter L.

    2012-03-01

    In late 2011, suggestions were made of two new atom interferometry mission concepts for gravitational wave studies. [A presentation by B. N. Saif on these concepts is available on the NASA Physics of the Cosmos website under ``Workshop on Gravitational Wave Mission Architectural Concepts'' (Dec. 20-21, 2011)]. The concepts were for measurements between atom clouds separated by distances of L=500 m or L=500 km. At GW frequencies of 0.1 to 10 Hz, sinusoidal variations in the separations dX between two parts of the atom wavefunctions would be induced by motion of the nulls in the optical potential, using the Bloch oscillation approach. But some apparent limitations of this approach are as follows: the S/N required for achieving the strain sensitivities shown appears to be much higher than the value given in the example in the presentation; the large sinusoidal variations required in the control laser frequency make it difficult to use high finesse cavity mode-cleaners to reduce the effects of laser wavefront aberration fluctuations; very small fluctuations in the temperature or size of the atom clouds would cause serious additional noise, particularly for the L=500 m case; and for the L=500 mission concept, the 10-20 W suggested laser power does not seem to permit keeping the spontaneous emission rate low. However, the main issue is that the required atom interferometry systems appear to be far more complex than the gravitational reference sensors that they would replace.

  18. 2-methiopropamine, a thiophene analogue of methamphetamine: studies on its metabolism and detectability in the rat and human using GC-MS and LC-(HR)-MS techniques.

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    Welter, Jessica; Meyer, Markus R; Wolf, Ehud Udi; Weinmann, Wolfgang; Kavanagh, Pierce; Maurer, Hans H

    2013-04-01

    2-Methiopropamine [1-(thiophen-2-yl)-2-methylaminopropane, 2-MPA], a thiophene analogue of methamphetamine, is available from online vendors selling "research chemicals." The first samples were seized by the German police in 2011. As it is a recreational stimulant, its inclusion in routine drug screening protocols should be required. The aims of this study were to identify the phase I and II metabolites of 2-MPA in rat and human urine and to identify the human cytochrome-P450 (CYP) isoenzymes involved in its phase I metabolism. In addition, the detectability of 2-MPA in urine samples using the authors' well-established gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS) and liquid chromatography-linear ion trap-mass spectrometry (LC-MS(n)) screening protocols was also evaluated. The metabolites were isolated from rat and human urine samples by solid-phase extraction without or following enzymatic cleavage of conjugates. The phase I metabolites, following acetylation, were separated and identified by GC-MS and/or liquid chromatography-high-resolution linear ion trap mass spectrometry (LC-HR-MS(n)) and the phase II metabolites by LC-HR-MS(n). The following major metabolic pathways were proposed: N-demethylation, hydroxylation at the side chain and at the thiophene ring, and combination of these transformations followed by glucuronidation and/or sulfation. CYP1A2, CYP2C19, CYP2D6, and CYP3A4 were identified as the major phase I metabolizing enzymes. They were also involved in the N-demethylation of the analogue methamphetamine and CYP2C19, CYP2D6, and CYP3A4 in its ring hydroxylation. Following the administration of a typical user's dose, 2-MPA and its metabolites were identified in rat urine using the authors' GC-MS and the LC-MS(n) screening approaches. Ingestion of 2-MPA could also be detected by both protocols in an authentic human urine sample.

  19. A GC-MS metabolic profiling study of plasma samples from mice on low- and high-fat diets.

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    Spagou, Konstantina; Theodoridis, Georgios; Wilson, Ian; Raikos, Nikolaos; Greaves, Peter; Edwards, Richard; Nolan, Barbara; Klapa, Maria I

    2011-05-15

    Metabolic profiling of biofluids, based on the quantitative analysis of the concentration profile of their free low molecular mass metabolites, has been playing increasing role employed as a means to gain understanding of the progression of metabolic disorders, including obesity. Chromatographic methods coupled with mass spectrometry have been established as a strategy for metabolic profiling. Among these, GC-MS, targeting mainly the primary metabolism intermediates, offers high sensitivity, good peak resolution and extensive databases. However, the derivatization step required for many involatile metabolites necessitates specific data validation, normalization and analysis protocols to ensure accurate and reproducible performance. In this study, the GC-MS metabolic profiles of plasma samples from mice maintained on 12- or 15-month long low (10 kcal%) or high (60 kcal%) fat diets were obtained. The profiles of the trimethylsilyl(TMS)-methoxime(MeOx) derivatives of the free polar metabolites were acquired through GC-(ion trap)MS, using [U-(13)C]-glucose as the internal standard. After the application of a recently developed data correction and normalization/filtering protocol for GC-MS metabolomic datasets, the profiles of 48 out of the 77 detected metabolites were used in multivariate statistical analysis. Data mining suggested a decrease in the activity of the energy metabolism with age. In addition, the metabolic profiles indicated the presence of subpopulations with different physiology within the high- and low-fat diet mice, which correlated well with the difference in body weight among the animals and current knowledge about hyperglycemic conditions. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  20. In vitro studies of plasmid-mediated penicillinase from Streptococcus faecalis suggest a staphylococcal origin.

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    Murray, B E; Mederski-Samoraj, B; Foster, S K; Brunton, J L; Harford, P

    1986-01-01

    A strain of Streptococcus faecalis with plasmid-mediated penicillinase production was studied further. Partially purified penicillinase from the S. faecalis strain hydrolyzed penicillin, ampicillin, and ureido-penicillins but not penicillinase-resistant semisynthetic penicillins, cephalosporins, or imipenem; hydrolysis was inhibited by clavulanic acid. Hydrolysis of a given antibiotic correlated with a marked increase in the minimal inhibitory concentration (MIC) of that drug when a high inoculum was used. As with most enterococci, the MICs of cephalosporins and penicillinase-resistant semisynthetic penicillins were too high for clinical usefulness, although these agents did not show an inoculum effect. Based upon hybridization under stringent conditions of plasmid DNA from the S. faecalis strain to cloned penicillinase genes from Staphylococcus aureus, it appears that these resistance determinants are highly homologous and suggests that this enzyme was introduced into streptococci from staphylococci. Images PMID:3080475

  1. ABRF Proteome Informatics Research Group (iPRG) 2015 Study: Detection of Differentially Abundant Proteins in Label-Free Quantitative LC-MS/MS Experiments.

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    Choi, Meena; Eren-Dogu, Zeynep F; Colangelo, Christopher; Cottrell, John; Hoopmann, Michael R; Kapp, Eugene A; Kim, Sangtae; Lam, Henry; Neubert, Thomas A; Palmblad, Magnus; Phinney, Brett S; Weintraub, Susan T; MacLean, Brendan; Vitek, Olga

    2017-02-03

    Detection of differentially abundant proteins in label-free quantitative shotgun liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) experiments requires a series of computational steps that identify and quantify LC-MS features. It also requires statistical analyses that distinguish systematic changes in abundance between conditions from artifacts of biological and technical variation. The 2015 study of the Proteome Informatics Research Group (iPRG) of the Association of Biomolecular Resource Facilities (ABRF) aimed to evaluate the effects of the statistical analysis on the accuracy of the results. The study used LC-tandem mass spectra acquired from a controlled mixture, and made the data available to anonymous volunteer participants. The participants used methods of their choice to detect differentially abundant proteins, estimate the associated fold changes, and characterize the uncertainty of the results. The study found that multiple strategies (including the use of spectral counts versus peak intensities, and various software tools) could lead to accurate results, and that the performance was primarily determined by the analysts' expertise. This manuscript summarizes the outcome of the study, and provides representative examples of good computational and statistical practice. The data set generated as part of this study is publicly available.

  2. Determination and pharmacokinetic study of four xanthones in rat plasma after oral administration of Gentianella acuta extract by UHPLC-ESI-MS/MS.

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    Wang, Zhibin; Wu, Qiong; Yu, Ying; Yang, Chunjuan; Jiang, Hai; Wang, Qiuhong; Yang, Bingyou; Kuang, Haixue

    2015-11-04

    Gentianella acuta (Michx.) Hulten belonging to the family of Gentianaceae is an annual plant mainly distributed in north of China, Mongolia plateau, Siberia and Far East areas of Russia. The whole herb was used as folk medicine to treat hepatitis, jaundice, headache and fever in Mongolia native medicine. Xanthones are the main active compounds of G. acuta and possess a lot of pharmacological and biological activities A selective and sensitive UHPLC-MS/MS method was developed and validated for the determination and pharmacokinetic study of swertianolin, norswertianolin, bellidifolin and demethylbellidifolin (DMB) in rat plasma after oral administration of G. acuta extract. Sample preparation involved a liquid-liquid extraction of the analytes with ethyl acetate. Butylparaben was employed as an internal standard. LC separation was achieved on an Agilent SB-C18 RRHD column (1.8 μm, 150 mm × 2.1 mm) at 30°C with an isocratic mobile phase consisting of acetonitrile-water (0.1% formic acid) (90:10, v/v). The detection was accomplished by multiple-reaction monitoring (MRM) scanning with electrospray ionization (ESI) source operating in the negative ionization mode. The optimized mass transition ion-pairs (m/z) monitored for swertianolin, norswertianolin, bellidifolin, DMB and I.S. were 435.1/272.0, 420.8/258.9, 273.0/258.0, 258.9/214.9 and 193.0/92.0, respectively. The current UHPLC-MS/MS assay was validated for linearity, intra-day and inter-day precisions, accuracy, extraction recovery and stability and was suitable for pharmacokinetic studies of the four xanthones after oral administration of G. acuta extract. The time to reach the maximum plasma concentration (Tmax) was 0.40 ± 0.12 h for swertianolin, 0.27 ± 0.07 h for norswertianolin, 1.00 ± 0.18 h for bellidifolin and 0.94 ± 0.15 h for demethylbellidifolin. The elimination half-time (t1/2) of swertianolin, norswertianolin, bellidifolin and DMB, was 19.7 ± 9.64 h, 11.3 ± 4.51 h, 19.9 ± 8.11 h and 24.9 ± 8

  3. Characterization of a new rat urinary metabolite of piperine by LC/NMR/MS studies.

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    Bajad, Sunil; Coumar, Mohane; Khajuria, Ravi; Suri, Om P; Bedi, Kasturi L

    2003-08-01

    Potential of piperine, an active alkaloid of black and long peppers, to increase the bioavailability of drugs in humans is of great clinical significance owing to its omnipresence in food. In an attempt to further study the reported differences in its metabolism in rats and humans, a new major urinary metabolite was detected in rat urine and plasma using HPLC. The metabolite was partially purified using reverse phase column chromatography on Sephadex((R))-LH 20 and characterized as 5-(3, 4-methylenedioxy phenyl)-2E,4E-pentadienoic acid-N-(3-yl propionic acid)-amide with the help of LC/NMR/positive ESI-MS studies. Complete mass fragmentation pattern could be assigned with MS/MS studies. The metabolite has a unique structure compared to the previously reported metabolites in that it retains methylenedioxy ring and conjugated double bonds while the piperidine ring is modified to form propionic acid group. Mechanism of formation of the metabolite by oxidation and cleavage of piperidine ring is proposed. Kidney appears to be the major excretion route for piperine metabolites in rats as no metabolite could be detected in feces.

  4. Efficient approach for the detection and identification of new androgenic metabolites by applying SRM GC-CI-MS/MS: a methandienone case study.

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    Polet, Michael; Van Gansbeke, Wim; Van Eenoo, Peter; Deventer, Koen

    2016-07-01

    Identification of anabolic androgenic steroids (AAS) is a vital issue in doping control and toxicology, and searching for metabolites with longer detection times remains an important task. Recently, a gas chromatography chemical ionization triple quadrupole mass spectrometry (GC-CI-MS/MS) method was introduced, and CI, in comparison with electron ionization (EI), proved to be capable of increasing the sensitivity significantly. In addition, correlations between AAS structure and fragmentation behavior could be revealed. This enables the search for previously unknown but expected metabolites by selection of their predicted transitions. The combination of both factors allows the setup of an efficient approach to search for new metabolites. The approach uses selected reaction monitoring which is inherently more sensitive than full scan or precursor ion scan. Additionally, structural information obtained from the structure specific CI fragmentation pattern facilitates metabolite identification. The procedure was demonstrated by a methandienone case study. Its metabolites have been studied extensively in the past, and this allowed an adequate evaluation of the efficiency of the approach. Thirty three metabolites were detected, including all relevant previously discovered metabolites. In our study, the previously reported long-term metabolite (18-nor-17β-hydroxymethyl,17α-methyl-androst-1,4,13-trien-3-one) could be detected up to 26 days by using GC-CI-MS/MS. The study proves the validity of the approach to search for metabolites of new synthetic AAS and new long-term metabolites of less studied AAS and illustrates the increase in sensitivity by using CI. Copyright © 2016 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  5. Bioanalytical method for in vitro metabolism study of repaglinide using 96-blade thin-film solid-phase microextraction and LC-MS/MS.

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    Simões, Rodrigo Almeida; Bonato, Pierina Sueli; Mirnaghi, Fatemeh S; Bojko, Barbara; Pawliszyn, Janusz

    2015-01-01

    A high-throughput bioanalytical method using 96-blade thin film microextraction (TFME) and LC-MS/MS for the analysis of repaglinide (RPG) and two of its main metabolites was developed and used for an in vitro metabolism study. The target analytes were extracted from human microsomal medium by a 96-blade-TFME system employing the low-cost prototype 'SPME multi-sampler' using C18 coating. Method validation showed recoveries around 90% for all analytes and was linear over the concentration range of 2-1000 ng ml(-1) for RPG and of 2-500 ng ml(-1) for each RPG metabolite. The method was applied to an in vitro metabolism study of RPG employing human liver microsomes and proved to be very useful for this purpose.

  6. LC/MS/MS determination and pharmacokinetic study of iridoid glycosides monotropein and deacetylasperulosidic acid isomers in rat plasma after oral administration of Morinda officinalis extract.

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    Li, Chunmin; Dong, Jian; Tian, Jingchang; Deng, Zhipeng; Song, Xiujing

    2016-02-01

    Morinda officinalis is a famous traditional Chinese medicine containing iridoid glycoside compounds, such as monotropein and deacetylasperulosidic acid. The aim of the study was to develop a novel and sensitive liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC/MS/MS) method for the simultaneous determination of the two isomeric iridoid glycosides and then evaluate their pharmacokinetic properties in rats. Selected-reaction monitoring mode was employed for quantification of two analytes in rat plasma. The calibration curves were linear over their respective concentration range with correlation coefficient >0.995 for both analytes. Precision for monotropein and deacetylasperulosidic acid ranged from 2.5 to 11.9% relative standard deviation, and the accuracy of two analytes was -2.0-3.7 and -6.4-10.7% relative error, respectively. This method was successfully applied in pharmacokinetic study after oral administration of M. officinalis extract in rats. The results provided a basis for further research on the bioactivity of M. officinalis.

  7. Determination of gemifloxacin in different tissues of rat after oral dosing of gemifloxacin mesylate by LC-MS/MS and its application in drug tissue distribution study.

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    Roy, Bikash; Das, Ayan; Bhaumik, Uttam; Sarkar, Amlan Kanti; Bose, Anirbandeep; Mukharjee, Jayanti; Chakrabarty, Uday Sankar; Das, Anjan Kumar; Pal, Tapan Kumar

    2010-06-05

    A simple, sensitive and specific liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) method was developed and validated to evaluate the accumulation of gemifloxacin in different tissues of Wister albino rat. The analytical method consists of the homogenization of tissues followed by simple liquid-liquid extraction and determination of gemifloxacin by an LC-MS/MS. The analyte was separated on a Peerless basic C(18) column (33 mm x 4.6 mm, 3 microm) with an isocratic mobile phase of methanol-water containing formic acid (1.0%, v/v) (9:1, v/v) at a flow rate of 0.6 ml/min. The MS/MS detection was carried out by monitoring the fragmentation of m/z 390.100-->372.100 for gemifloxacin and m/z 332.100-->314.200 for ciprofloxacin (internal standard; IS) on a triple quadrupole mass spectrometer. The validated method was accurate, precise and rugged with good linearity in all tissue homogenates. The accuracy and precision value obtained from six different sets of quality control samples of all tissues and serum analyzed in separate occasions within 91.833-102.283% and 0.897-5.291%, respectively. The method has been successfully applied to tissue distribution studies of gemifloxacin. The present study demonstrates that the highest tissue concentration of gemifloxacin was obtained in lung (11.891 ng/g), followed by liver (10.110 ng/g), kidney (10.095 ng/g), heart (4.251 ng/g), testis (3.750 ng/g), stomach (3.182 ng/g), adipose tissue (1.116 ng/g) and brain (0.982 ng/ml) in 3h after multiple oral dosing of 200mg gemifloxacin mesylate for 7 days. This method may also be used for gemifloxacin tissue distribution modeling study in rat tissues and antibiotic residue analyses in other animal tissues. Copyright (c) 2010 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  8. Determination and pharmacokinetic study of two triterpenoid saponins in rat plasma after oral administration of the extract of Aralia elata leaves by UHPLC-ESI-MS/MS.

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    Wang, Zhibin; Wu, Qiong; Meng, Yonghai; Sun, Yichun; Wang, Qi; Yang, Chunjuan; Wang, Qiuhong; Yang, Bingyou; Kuang, Haixue

    2015-03-15

    Aralia elata (Miq.) Seems (A. elata) grow in Northeast China and the total saponins of A. elata is used to auxiliary treatment for the acute hepatitis, chronic hepatitis and the transaminase on the high side. Aralia-saponinV and Aralia-saponinVI are the major bioactive saponins in A. elata leaves. A selective and sensitive UHPLC-MS/MS method was developed and validated for the determination and pharmacokinetic study of Aralia-saponinV and Aralia-saponinVI indwelling the extract in rat plasma in this article. The sample pretreatment involved a one-step extraction of 0.2mL plasma with methanol. Shengmaxinside C was used as internal standard (I.S.). The separation was carried out on an Agilent SB-C18 column (1.8μm, 50mm×2.1mm) at 30°C with a mobile phase of acetonitrile-5mM ammonium acetate (90:10, v/v) at a flow rate of 0.2mL/min. The detection was performed on a triple quadrupole tandem mass spectrometer by multiple reaction monitoring (MRM) mode via electrospray ionization (ESI) source operating in the negative ionization mode. The optimized mass transition ion-pairs (m/z) monitored for Aralia-saponinV, Aralia-saponinVI and I.S. were 1103.2/941.2, 1119.2/957.0 and 707.0/647.1, respectively. The current UHPLC-MS/MS assay method was validated for linearity, intra-day and inter-day precisions, accuracy, extraction recovery and stability, and it was suitable for the pharmacokinetic studies of the two saponins after oral administration of extract of A. elata leaves. The lower limits of quantification were 5.70ng/mL for Aralia-saponinV and 6.15ng/mL for Aralia-saponinVI. Intra-day and inter-day precisions were less than 7.4% and the accuracy range was from 1.19% to 8.60%. The mean extraction recoveries of analytes and I.S. from rat plasma were all more than 89.5%. This paper described a simple, sensitive and validated UHPLC-MS/MS method for simultaneous determination of Aralia-saponinV and Aralia-saponinVI in rat plasma after oral administration of the extract of A

  9. Remotely-delivered cognitive remediation in multiple sclerosis (MS): protocol and results from a pilot study

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    Shaw, MT; Haider, L; Melville, P; Krupp, LB

    2015-01-01

    Background Cognitive impairment represents a critical unmet treatment need in multiple sclerosis (MS). Cognitive remediation is promising but traditionally requires multiple clinic visits to access treatment. Computer-based programs provide remote access to intensive and individually-adapted training. Objective Our goal was to develop a protocol for remotely-supervised cognitive remediation that enables individuals with MS to participate from home while maintaining the standards for clinical study. Methods MS participants (n = 20) were randomized to either an active cognitive remediation program (n = 11) or a control condition of ordinary computer games (n = 9). Participants were provided study laptops to complete training for five days per week over 12 weeks, targeting a total of 30 hours. Treatment effects were measured with composite change via scores of a repeated neuropsychological battery. Results Compliance was high with an average of 25.0 hours of program use (80% of the target) and did not differ between conditions (25.7 vs. 24.2 mean hours, p = 0.80). The active vs. control participants significantly improved in both the cognitive measures (mean composite z-score change of 0.46 ± 0.59 improvement vs. −0.14 ± 0.48 decline, p = 0.02) and motor tasks (mean composite z-score change of 0.40 ± 0.71improvement vs. −0.64 ± 0.73 decline, p = 0.005). Conclusions Remotely-supervised cognitive remediation is feasible for clinical study with potential for meaningful benefit in MS. PMID:28607707

  10. Suggestions for Formulating Collaborative Remote Sensing Emergency Plan Based on Case Studies

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    Liu, B.; Wang, F.; Zheng, X.; Qi, M.

    2017-09-01

    With the rapid development of the Remote Sensing (RS) technology, Remote Sensing Services for Emergency Monitoring (RSSEM) are playing a more and more important role in the field of emergency management, where the collaborative RS approaches (including such as Space-Air-Ground platforms) can provide the decision-makers a quick access to the detailed, real-time information about the emergencies. However, there are still some problems in the current mechanism of RSSEM, for example, the inappropriate choices of the collaborative RS approaches, the miscellaneous procedures and so on. It is urgent to formulate a collaborative RS emergency plan for regulating the applications of the RS monitoring approaches in order to be well prepared for the emergency management. In our studies, creating a good collaborative RS emergency plan is the main research objective. This paper is divided into four parts. The Part Ⅰ gives a brief introduction about the research background. The Part Ⅱ investigates four case studies to analyze the applications of the RS technologies under the guidance of the available RS related emergency plans, and then points out the existing problems in the mechanism of the RSSEM. The Part Ⅲ proposes our suggestions for formulating the collaborative RS emergency plan to explore the countermeasures of the problems pointed out in the Part Ⅱ. The last part concludes this paper and discusses the future work of the collaborative RS emergency plan.

  11. Metabolomic study of two rice lines infected by Rhizoctonia solani in negative ion mode by CE/TOF-MS.

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    Suharti, Woro Sri; Nose, Akihiro; Zheng, Shao-Hui

    2016-11-01

    Rhizoctonia solani is a fungal pathogen that causes sheath blight disease in rice plants. In this study, metabolomic analysis using CE/TOF-MS in negative ion mode was used to investigate the resistance response of resistant and susceptible rice lines (32R and 29S, respectively) due to R. solani infection. Two rice lines showed different responses to the infection of R. solani. In 32R, R. solani infection induced significant increases in adenosine diphosphate (ADP), glyceric acid, mucic acid and jasmonic acid. In 29S, inosine monophosphate (IMP) was involved in the plant response to R. solani infection. Phenol compounds showed an increase as a response of the rice lines to R. solani infection. The study suggests that R. solani infection effects in 32R are associated with the induction of plant metabolic processes such as respiration, photorespiration, pectin synthesis, and lignin accumulation. In 29S, the R. solani infection is suggested to correlate with nitrogen metabolism.

  12. Snapshots of lignin oxidation and depolymerization in archaeological wood: an EGA-MS study.

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    Tamburini, Diego; Łucejko, Jeannette Jacqueline; Ribechini, Erika; Colombini, Maria Perla

    2015-10-01

    Evolved gas analysis-mass spectrometry (EGA-MS) was used for the first time to study archaeological wood, in order to investigate its chemical degradation. The archaeological wood was from an oak pile from a stilt house found in the Neolithic 'La Marmotta' village (Lake Bracciano, Rome, Italy). The sampling was performed from the external to the internal part of the pile, following the annual growth rings in groups of five. In addition, sound oak wood and isolated wood components (holocellulose and cellulose) were also analyzed, and the results were used to highlight differences because of degradation. Our study demonstrated that EGA-MS provides information on the thermo-chemistry of archaeological wood along with in-depth compositional data thanks to the use of MS. Our investigations not only highlighted wood degradation in terms of differences between carbohydrates and lignin content, but also showed that lignin oxidation and depolymerization took place in the archaeological wood. Mass spectral data revealed differences among the archaeological samples from the internal to the external part of the pile. An increase in the formation of wood pyrolysis products bearing a carbonyl group at the benzylic position and a decrease in the amount of lignin dimers were observed. These were related to oxidation and depolymerization reactions, respectively.

  13. Interlaboratory study characterizing a yeast performance standard for benchmarking LC-MS platform performance.

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    Paulovich, Amanda G; Billheimer, Dean; Ham, Amy-Joan L; Vega-Montoto, Lorenzo; Rudnick, Paul A; Tabb, David L; Wang, Pei; Blackman, Ronald K; Bunk, David M; Cardasis, Helene L; Clauser, Karl R; Kinsinger, Christopher R; Schilling, Birgit; Tegeler, Tony J; Variyath, Asokan Mulayath; Wang, Mu; Whiteaker, Jeffrey R; Zimmerman, Lisa J; Fenyo, David; Carr, Steven A; Fisher, Susan J; Gibson, Bradford W; Mesri, Mehdi; Neubert, Thomas A; Regnier, Fred E; Rodriguez, Henry; Spiegelman, Cliff; Stein, Stephen E; Tempst, Paul; Liebler, Daniel C

    2010-02-01

    Optimal performance of LC-MS/MS platforms is critical to generating high quality proteomics data. Although individual laboratories have developed quality control samples, there is no widely available performance standard of biological complexity (and associated reference data sets) for benchmarking of platform performance for analysis of complex biological proteomes across different laboratories in the community. Individual preparations of the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae proteome have been used extensively by laboratories in the proteomics community to characterize LC-MS platform performance. The yeast proteome is uniquely attractive as a performance standard because it is the most extensively characterized complex biological proteome and the only one associated with several large scale studies estimating the abundance of all detectable proteins. In this study, we describe a standard operating protocol for large scale production of the yeast performance standard and offer aliquots to the community through the National Institute of Standards and Technology where the yeast proteome is under development as a certified reference material to meet the long term needs of the community. Using a series of metrics that characterize LC-MS performance, we provide a reference data set demonstrating typical performance of commonly used ion trap instrument platforms in expert laboratories; the results provide a basis for laboratories to benchmark their own performance, to improve upon current methods, and to evaluate new technologies. Additionally, we demonstrate how the yeast reference, spiked with human proteins, can be used to benchmark the power of proteomics platforms for detection of differentially expressed proteins at different levels of concentration in a complex matrix, thereby providing a metric to evaluate and minimize pre-analytical and analytical variation in comparative proteomics experiments.

  14. Genome-wide association studies of adolescent idiopathic scoliosis suggest candidate susceptibility genes.

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    Sharma, Swarkar; Gao, Xiaochong; Londono, Douglas; Devroy, Shonn E; Mauldin, Kristen N; Frankel, Jessica T; Brandon, January M; Zhang, Dongping; Li, Quan-Zhen; Dobbs, Matthew B; Gurnett, Christina A; Grant, Struan F A; Hakonarson, Hakon; Dormans, John P; Herring, John A; Gordon, Derek; Wise, Carol A

    2011-04-01

    Adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS) is an unexplained and common spinal deformity seen in otherwise healthy children. Its pathophysiology is poorly understood despite intensive investigation. Although genetic underpinnings are clear, replicated susceptibility loci that could provide insight into etiology have not been forthcoming. To address these issues, we performed genome-wide association studies (GWAS) of ∼327 000 single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in 419 AIS families. We found strongest evidence of association with chromosome 3p26.3 SNPs in the proximity of the CHL1 gene (P < 8 × 10(-8) for rs1400180). We genotyped additional chromosome 3p26.3 SNPs and tested replication in two follow-up case-control cohorts, obtaining strongest results when all three cohorts were combined (rs10510181 odds ratio = 1.49, 95% confidence interval = 1.29-1.73, P = 2.58 × 10(-8)), but these were not confirmed in a separate GWAS. CHL1 is of interest, as it encodes an axon guidance protein related to Robo3. Mutations in the Robo3 protein cause horizontal gaze palsy with progressive scoliosis (HGPPS), a rare disease marked by severe scoliosis. Other top associations in our GWAS were with SNPs in the DSCAM gene encoding an axon guidance protein in the same structural class with Chl1 and Robo3. We additionally found AIS associations with loci in CNTNAP2, supporting a previous study linking this gene with AIS. Cntnap2 is also of functional interest, as it interacts directly with L1 and Robo class proteins and participates in axon pathfinding. Our results suggest the relevance of axon guidance pathways in AIS susceptibility, although these findings require further study, particularly given the apparent genetic heterogeneity in this disease.

  15. Biophysical studies suggest a new structural arrangement of crotoxin and provide insights into its toxic mechanism

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    Fernandes, Carlos A. H.; Pazin, Wallance M.; Dreyer, Thiago R.; Bicev, Renata N.; Cavalcante, Walter L. G.; Fortes-Dias, Consuelo L.; Ito, Amando S.; Oliveira, Cristiano L. P.; Fernandez, Roberto Morato; Fontes, Marcos R. M.

    2017-01-01

    Crotoxin (CTX) is the main neurotoxin found in Crotalus durissus rattlesnake venoms being composed by a nontoxic and non-enzymatic component (CA) and a toxic phospholipase A2 (CB). Previous crystallographic structures of CTX and CB provided relevant insights: (i) CTX structure showed a 1:1 molecular ratio between CA and CB, presenting three tryptophan residues in the CA/CB interface and one exposed to solvent; (ii) CB structure displayed a tetrameric conformation. This study aims to provide further information on the CTX mechanism of action by several biophysical methods. Our data show that isolated CB can in fact form tetramers in solution; however, these tetramers can be dissociated by CA titration. Furthermore, CTX exhibits a strong reduction in fluorescence intensity and lifetime compared with isolated CA and CB, suggesting that all tryptophan residues in CTX may be hidden by the CA/CB interface. By companying spectroscopy fluorescence and SAXS data, we obtained a new structural model for the CTX heterodimer in which all tryptophans are located in the interface, and the N-terminal region of CB is largely exposed to the solvent. Based on this model, we propose a toxic mechanism of action for CTX, involving the interaction of N-terminal region of CB with the target before CA dissociation. PMID:28256632

  16. Biophysical studies suggest a new structural arrangement of crotoxin and provide insights into its toxic mechanism.

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    Fernandes, Carlos A H; Pazin, Wallance M; Dreyer, Thiago R; Bicev, Renata N; Cavalcante, Walter L G; Fortes-Dias, Consuelo L; Ito, Amando S; Oliveira, Cristiano L P; Fernandez, Roberto Morato; Fontes, Marcos R M

    2017-03-03

    Crotoxin (CTX) is the main neurotoxin found in Crotalus durissus rattlesnake venoms being composed by a nontoxic and non-enzymatic component (CA) and a toxic phospholipase A2 (CB). Previous crystallographic structures of CTX and CB provided relevant insights: (i) CTX structure showed a 1:1 molecular ratio between CA and CB, presenting three tryptophan residues in the CA/CB interface and one exposed to solvent; (ii) CB structure displayed a tetrameric conformation. This study aims to provide further information on the CTX mechanism of action by several biophysical methods. Our data show that isolated CB can in fact form tetramers in solution; however, these tetramers can be dissociated by CA titration. Furthermore, CTX exhibits a strong reduction in fluorescence intensity and lifetime compared with isolated CA and CB, suggesting that all tryptophan residues in CTX may be hidden by the CA/CB interface. By companying spectroscopy fluorescence and SAXS data, we obtained a new structural model for the CTX heterodimer in which all tryptophans are located in the interface, and the N-terminal region of CB is largely exposed to the solvent. Based on this model, we propose a toxic mechanism of action for CTX, involving the interaction of N-terminal region of CB with the target before CA dissociation.

  17. Results of animal studies suggest a nonlinear dose-response relationship for benzene effects

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    Parodi, S.; Taningher, M. ); Lutz, W.K. ); Colacci, A.; Mazzullo, M.; Grilli, S. )

    1989-07-01

    Considering the very large industrial usage of benzene, studies in risk assessment aimed at the evaluation of carcinogenic risk at low levels of exposure are important. Animal data can offer indications about what could happen in humans and provide more diverse information than epidemiological data with respect to dose-response consideration. The authors have considered experiments investigating metabolism, short-term genotoxicity tests, DNA adduct formation, and carcinogenicity long-term tests. According to the different experiments, a saturation of benzene metabolism and benzene effects in terms of genotoxicity seems evident above 30 to 100 ppm. Below 30 to 60 ppm the initiating effect of benzene seems to be linear for a large interval of dosages, at least judging from DNA adduct formation. Potential lack of a promoting effect of benzene (below 10 ppm) could generate a sublinear response at nontoxic levels of exposure. This possibility was suggested by epidemiological data in humans and is not confirmed or excluded by their observations with animals.

  18. Pilot studies suggesting new applications of NiTi in dynamic orthoses for the ankle joint.

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    Pittaccio, Simone; Viscuso, Stefano; Beretta, Elena; Turconi, Anna Carla; Strazzer, Sandra

    2010-09-01

    NiTi is a metal alloy with unconventional functional characteristics: Shape memory and pseudoelasticity. Its use in the field of rehabilitation is very innovative. This work presents applications in lower limb orthotics. Three different devices were assembled and tested: An equinus gait dynamic splint, a compliant ankle positioning brace, and a dual-mode haptic/active exerciser for the dorsiflexors. Results are derived from technical and preclinical trials. The gait splint improves several walking parameters even better than a traditional flexible ankle-foot orthoses (AFO). In particular, it supports mid-stance and propulsion biomechanics and affects physiological activation of tibialis anterior during swing much less than posterior leaf AFO. The haptic/active exerciser, able to provide dorsiflexion through a suitable articular range, could be controlled on the basis of minimal surface electromyographic (sEMG) signals, suggesting its use as an aid for early active workouts as soon as patients start to recover voluntary control of tibialis anterior. Further evidence must be sought in future to confirm for the ankle joint the promising results obtained in repositioning applications in prior upper limb studies. The work done so far on the tested prototypes is encouraging: Material characteristics and dimensioning will be optimized so that customized NiTi devices can be prescribed to best meet individual patients' requirements.

  19. An ultra-sensitive LC-MS/MS method to determine midazolam levels in human plasma: development, validation and application to a clinical study.

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    Chen, Mu; Lu, Wenzhe; Lu, Yang; Kang, Lijuan; Zhao, Harry; Lin, Zhongping John; Wang, Weimin; Fraier, Daniela; Ottaviani, Giorgio

    2017-02-01

    Midazolam is a commonly used marker substrate for the in vivo assessment of CYP3A activity. Reliable pharmacokinetic assessment at sub-pharmacological doses of midazolam requires an ultra-sensitive analytical method. A new, ultra-sensitive LC-MS/MS method for the determination of midazolam in human plasma using SPE was developed and fully validated. The lowest limit of quantitation is 0.1 pg/ml with a sample volume of 500 μl. The following parameters were validated: sensitivity, assay accuracy and precision, linearity, selectivity, and stability of midazolam at pertinent analytical and storage conditions. The validated method was utilized successfully for the sample assay during a midazolam microdosing study for the evaluation of CYP3A4 activity of a clinical candidate.

  20. 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 (50 mm × 2.1mm, 1.7 μm) 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 0.2 ng/mL. The validated method was successfully applied into a pharmacokinetic study of orally administered BDP in rats.

  1. Validation Study on a Rapid Method for Simultaneous Determination of Pesticide Residues in Vegetables and Fruits by LC-MS/MS.

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    Sato, Tamaki; Miyamoto, Iori; Uemura, Masako; Nakatani, Tadashi; Kakutani, Naoya; Yamano, Tetsuo

    2016-01-01

    A validation study was carried out on a rapid method for the simultaneous determination of pesticide residues in vegetables and fruits by LC-MS/MS. Preparation of the test solution was performed by a solid-phase extraction technique with QuEChERS (STQ method). Pesticide residues were extracted with acetonitrile using a homogenizer, followed by salting-out and dehydration at the same time. The acetonitrile layer was purified with C18 and PSA mini-columns. The method was assessed for 130 pesticide residues in 14 kinds of vegetables and fruits at the concentration level of 0.01 μg/g according to the method validation guideline of the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare of Japan. As a result 75 to 120 pesticide residues were determined satisfactorily in the tested samples. Thus, this method could be useful for a rapid and simultaneous determination of multi-class pesticide residues in various vegetables and fruits.

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

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

    2016-05-30

    A sensitive UPLC-MS/MS method was developed and validated for the determination of brusatol in rat plasma. Chromatographic separation was carried out on a C18 column using methanol and 10mM ammonium acetate containing 0.1% (v/v) formic acid (55:45, v/v). The lower limit of quantification (LLOQ) was 1.0 ng/mL for brusatol in plasma. The intra- and inter-day precision for the analyte ranged from 3.2% to 9.2% and 1.3% to 7.8%, and the accuracy was between 97.3% and 108.5%. The method was successfully applied in a pharmacokinetic study of brusatol following intravenous injection (0.5, 1.0, and 2.0mg/kg) of brusatol. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  3. Comprehensive Proteomic Study of the Antiproliferative Activity of a Polyphenol-Enriched Rosemary Extract on Colon Cancer Cells Using Nanoliquid Chromatography-Orbitrap MS/MS.

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    Valdés, Alberto; Artemenko, Konstantin A; Bergquist, Jonas; García-Cañas, Virginia; Cifuentes, Alejandro

    2016-06-03

    In this work, a proteomics strategy based on nanoliquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (nano-LC-MS/MS) using an Orbitrap high-resolution mass spectrometer together with stable isotope dimethyl labeling (DML) is applied to quantitatively examine relative changes in the protein fraction of HT-29 human colon cancer cells treated with different concentrations of a polyphenol-enriched rosemary extract over the time. The major objective of this study was to gain insights into the antiproliferative mechanisms induced by rosemary polyphenols. Using this methodology, 1909 and 698 proteins were identified and quantified in cell extracts. The polyphenol-enriched rosemary extract treatment changed the expression of several proteins in a time- and concentration-dependent manner. Most of the altered proteins are implicated in the activation of Nrf2 transcription factor and the unfolded protein response. In conclusion, rosemary polyphenols induced proteomic changes that were related to the attenuation of aggresome formation and activation of autophagy to alleviate cellular stress.

  4. Microbiota studies in the bile duct strongly suggest a role for Helicobacter pylori in extrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma.

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    Avilés-Jiménez, F; Guitron, A; Segura-López, F; Méndez-Tenorio, A; Iwai, S; Hernández-Guerrero, A; Torres, J

    2016-02-01

    Biliary tract cancer or extrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma (ECCA) represents the sixth commonest cause of cancer in the gastrointestinal tract in western countries. We aimed to characterize the microbiota and its predicted associated functions in the biliary tract of ECCA and benign biliary pathology (BBP). Samples were taken from 100 patients with ECCA and 100 patients with BBP by endoscopic cholangio-pancreatography for DNA extraction. Ten patients with ECCA and ten with BBP were selected for microbiota studies using the V4-16S rRNA gene and sequenced in Illumina platform. Microbiota analyses included sample-to-sample distance metrics, ordination/clustering and prediction of functions. Presence of Nesterenkonia sp. and Helicobacter pylori cagA and vacA genes were tested in the 100 ECCA and 100 BBP samples. Phylum Proteobacteria dominated all samples (60.4% average). Ordination multicomponent analyses showed significant microbiota separation between ECCA and BBP (p 0.010). Analyses of 4002 operational taxonomic units with presence variation in at least one category probed a separation of ECCA from BBP. Among these, Nesterenkonia decreased, whereas Methylophilaceae, Fusobacterium, Prevotella, Actinomyces, Novosphingobium and H. pylori increased in ECCA. Predicted associated functions showed increased abundance of H. pylori virulence genes in ECCA. cagA and vacA genes were confirmed by PCR in ECCA and BBP samples. This is the first microbiota report in ECCA and BBP to show significant changes in microbial composition. Bacterial species unusual for human flora were found: Methylophilaceae and Nesterenkonia are reported in hypersaline soils, and Mesorhizobium is a nitrogen-fixing bacterium. Enrichment of virulence genes confirms previous studies suggesting that H. pylori might be associated with ECCA. Copyright © 2015 European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  5. LC, LC-MS/TOF and MS(n) studies for the identification and characterization of degradation products of nelfinavir mesylate.

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    Tiwari, Ravi N; Bonde, Chandrakant G

    2011-06-01

    The objective of the present investigation was to separate, identify and characterize the major degradation products (DPs) of nelfinavir mesylate generated under hydrolytic, oxidative, photolytic and thermal stress conditions as advised in International Conference on Harmonization (ICH) guideline Q1A(R2). The drug was found to degrade under acidic, basic, oxidative and photolytic stress, while it was stable in neutral and thermal stress conditions. A total of three degradation products were formed, which were separated on a C-18 column employing a gradient HPLC method. A complete mass fragmentation pathway of the drug was first established with the help of multi-stage (MS(n)) and MS/TOF accurate mass studies. Then stressed samples were subjected to LC-MS/TOF studies, which provided their fragmentation pattern and accurate masses. The mass spectral data were employed to characterize the DPs and assign structures to them. The total information was also used to establish the degradation pathway of the drug. The degradation products were identified as 3-hydroxy-N-((2R,3R)-3-hydroxy-1-(phenylthio)butan-2-yl)-2-methylbenzamide and (3S,4aS,8aS)-N-tert-butyl-2-((2R,3R)-2-hydroxy-3-(3-hydroxy-2-methylbenzamido)-4-(phenylsulfinyl)butyl)decahydroisoquinoline-3-carboxamide. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  6. A population-based study of familial hemiplegic migraine suggests revised diagnostic criteria.

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    Thomsen, L L; Eriksen, M K; Roemer, S F; Andersen, I; Olesen, J; Russell, M B

    2002-06-01

    suggest more precise diagnostic criteria for FHM and a more clear clinical distinction between FHM and BM. Our results have significant implications for case finding in genetic studies and for clinical migraine differential diagnosis.

  7. UHPLC-ESI-MS/MS determination and pharmacokinetic study of two alkaloid components in rat plasma after oral administration of the extract of Corydalis bungeana Turcz.

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    Yang, Chunjuan; Xiao, Yang; Wang, Zhibin; Wang, Shuhong; Chen, Lijuan; Wu, Lijun; Liu, Gaofeng

    2014-06-01

    Corynoline and acetycorynoline are active compounds of Corydalis bungeana Turcz. with various pharmacological effects such as sedation, anti-leptospira and liver injury protection effects. A specific, simple and sensitive UHPLC-ESI-MS/MS method was developed and validated for the pharmacokinetic study of corynoline and acetycorynoline in rat plasma. Corynoline and acetycorynoline were extracted from plasma samples by liquid-liquid extraction. The analysis was carried out on an Agilent SB-C18 column (1.8 μm, 50 mm×2.1mm) with the mobile phase of acetonitrile-0.1% formic acid (80:20, v/v). The detection was performed on a triple quadrupole tandem mass spectrometer by multiple reaction monitoring (MRM) mode via electrospray ionization (ESI) source in positive mode. The current UHPLC-ESI-MS/MS assay was validated for linearity, intra-day and inter-day precisions, accuracy, extraction recovery and stability. The lower limits of quantification were 0.10 ng/mL for corynoline and 0.353 ng/mL for acetycorynoline. Intra-day and inter-day precision were less than 12.3% and accuracy ranged from 0.18% to 14.9%. The mean extraction recoveries of analytes and internal standard (IS) from rat plasma were all more than 76.2%. This validated method was successfully applied to pharmacokinetic study in rats after oral administration of corynoline, acetycorynoline and the extract of Corydalis bungeana Turcz. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

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

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

    2016-08-01

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

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

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

    2016-06-01

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

  10. MALDI MS sample preparation by using paraffin wax film: systematic study and application for peptide analysis.

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    Wang, Junhua; Chen, Ruibing; Ma, Mingming; Li, Lingjun

    2008-01-15

    Recently developed sample preparation techniques employing hydrophobic sample support have improved the detection sensitivity and mass spectral quality of matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization mass spectrometry (MALDI MS). These methods concentrate the samples on target by minimizing the sample area via the solvent repellent effect of the target surface. In the current study, we employed the use of paraffin wax film (Parafilm M) for improved MALDI MS analysis of low-abundance peptide mixtures, including neuronal tissue releasate and protein tryptic digests. This thin film was found to strongly repel polar solvents including water, methanol, and acetonitrile, which enabled the application of a wide range of sample preparation protocols that involved the use of various organic solvents. A "nanoliter-volume deposition" technique employing a capillary column has been used to produce tiny ( approximately 400 microm) matrix spots of 2,5-dihydroxybenzoic acid on the film. By systematically optimizing the sample volume, solvent composition, and film treatment, the Parafilm M substrate in combination with the nanoliter-volume matrix deposition method allowed dilute sample to be concentrated on the film for MALDI MS analysis. Peptide mixtures with nanomolar concentrations have been detected by MALDI time-of-flight and MALDI Fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance mass spectrometers. Overall, the use of Parafilm M enabled improved sensitivity and spectral quality for the analysis of complex peptide mixtures.

  11. Study on the Mechanism of 2013 Jilin, China, Ms5.0 Earthquake Swarm

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    Zhang, G.; Lei, J., Sr.; Sun, C., Sr.; Wang, J.

    2016-12-01

    There were five Ms≥5.0 earthquakes occurred in Jilin, China, between October 31 and November 23, 2013. In this study, we use the broadband records from regional networks, and perform a full moment tensor inversion of seven earthquakes ranging from Ms4.7 to 5.8 with the gCAP method (Zhu and Ben-Zion, 2013). Our results show that the moderate earthquakes have significant non-double components, especially the isotropic (ISO) components. A bootstrap technique is adopted to establish robustness of the inversion results. Furthermore, considering the effects of station azimuth, velocity model, and crust anisotropy, we observe that the failure process of Jilin Ms5.0 earthquake swarm representing a volume closed feature. To better understand the rupture process of this earthquake swarm, we further determine the regional stress by iterative joint inversion method(Vavryčuk , 2014). The regional stress shows that the direction of maximum principal stress is EW, which is consisted with the subduction direction of the Pacific plate. Considering the tectonic settings and the aftershock distribution around the epicentral area, we propose that the significant ISO component of Jilin Ms5.0 earthquake swarm maybe caused by the tensile fracture which is produced by the high pore fluid pressure. Work on other small Ms≤4.5 earthquakes is in progress.

  12. PTR-MS study of esters in water and water/ethanol solutions

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    Aprea, Eugenio; Biasioli, Franco; Märk, Tilmann D.; Gasperi, Flavia

    2007-04-01

    Esters strongly influence the perceived aroma of alcoholic beverages and their rapid monitoring can play an important role in the quality control of these products. Proton transfer reaction mass spectrometry (PTR-MS) allows the rapid and non invasive monitoring of foodstuff but there is still a lack of information about the proton transfer induced fragmentation and on the effect of high ethanol concentration. PTR-MS fragmentation patterns of 21 esters are reported, most of them for the first time. For linear methyl and ethyl esters the fragmentation dependence on E/N was also evaluated. Acetate esters, with exception of methyl acetate, show as main peaks the characteristic fragment ions at m/z 61 and m/z 43, whereas propanoate esters, but methyl propanoate, exhibit as main peaks the typical signals at m/z 75 and m/z 57. For all the other esters, here reported, the spectra are dominated by the protonated molecular ion. For methyl and ethyl esters we also report, in many cases for the first time, the water-solution/air partition coefficients (Henry's law constant) and the ethanol-solution/air partition coefficients at different ethanol concentrations. The information provided in this work may be useful as a basis for further studies for the identification and quantification of esters in the headspace of alcoholic beverages extending the application field of PTR-MS.

  13. Longitudinal Study of Vision and Retinal Nerve Fiber Layer Thickness in MS

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    Talman, Lauren S.; Bisker, Esther R.; Sackel, David J.; Long, David A.; Galetta, Kristin M.; Ratchford, John N.; Lile, Deacon J.; Farrell, Sheena K.; Loguidice, Michael J.; Remington, Gina; Conger, Amy; Frohman, Teresa C.; Jacobs, Dina A.; Markowitz, Clyde E.; Cutter, Gary R.; Ying, Gui-Shuang; Dai, Yang; Maguire, Maureen G.; Galetta, Steven L.; Frohman, Elliot M.; Calabresi, Peter A.; Balcer, Laura J.

    2010-01-01

    Objective Cross-sectional studies of optical coherence tomography (OCT) show that retinal nerve fiber layer (RNFL) thickness is reduced in multiple sclerosis (MS) and correlates with visual function. We determined how longitudinal changes in RNFL thickness relate to visual loss. We also examined patterns of RNFL thinning over time in MS eyes with and without a prior history of acute optic neuritis (ON). Methods Patients underwent OCT measurement of RNFL thickness at baseline and at 6-month intervals during a mean follow-up of 18 months at three centers. Low-contrast letter acuity (2.5%, 1.25% contrast) and visual acuity (VA) were assessed. Results Among 299 patients (593 eyes) with ≥6 months follow-up, eyes with visual loss showed greater RNFL thinning compared to eyes with stable vision (low-contrast acuity, 2.5%: p<0.001; VA: p=0.005). RNFL thinning increased over time, with average losses of 2.9 μm at 2-3 years and 6.1 μm at 3-4.5 years (p<0.001 vs. 0.5-1-year follow-up interval). These patterns were observed for eyes with or without prior history of ON. Proportions of eyes with RNFL loss greater than test-retest variability (≥6.6 μm) increased from 11% at 0-1 year to 44% at 3-4.5 years (p<0.001). Interpretation Progressive RNFL thinning occurs as a function of time in some patients with MS, even in the absence of ON, and is associated with clinically significant visual loss. These findings are consistent with sub-clinical axonal loss in the anterior visual pathway in MS and support the use of OCT and low-contrast acuity as methods to evaluate the effectiveness of putative neuroprotection protocols. PMID:20517936

  14. Pediatric MS

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    ... video) Watch Video Students with MS and the Academic Setting: A Handbook for School Personnel (.pdf) Download Brochure Managing School-Related Issues: A Guide for Parents with a Child or Teen Living with MS (.pdf) Download Brochure Network of Pediatric MS Centers Learn More Pediatric MS ...

  15. In vivo and in vitro hyperbaric studies in mice suggest novel sites of action for ethanol.

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    Davies, D L; Bolger, M B; Brinton, R D; Finn, D A; Alkana, R L

    1999-02-01

    The present study uses increased atmospheric pressure as an ethanol antagonist to test the hypothesis that allosteric coupling pathways in the GABA(A) receptor complex represent initial sites of action for ethanol. This was accomplished using behavioral and in vitro measures to determine the effects of pressure on ethanol and other GABAergic drugs in C57BL/6 and LS mice. Behaviorally, exposure to 12 times normal atmospheric pressure (ATA) of a helium-oxygen gas mixture (heliox) antagonized loss of righting reflex (LORR) induced by the allosteric modulators ethanol and pentobarbital, but did not antagonize LORR induced by the direct GABA agonist 4,5,6,7-tetrahydroisoxazolo-pyridin-3-ol (THIP). Similarly, exposure to 12 ATA heliox antagonized the anticonvulsant effects verses isoniazid of ethanol, diazepam and pentobarbital. Biochemically, exposure to 12 ATA heliox antagonized potentiation of GABA-activated 36Cl-uptake by ethanol, flunitrazepam and pentobarbital in LS mouse brain preparations, but did not alter GABA-activated 36Cl- uptake per se. In contrast to its antagonist effect versus other allosteric modulators, pressure did not antagonize these behavioral or in vitro effects induced by the neuroactive steroid, 3alpha-hydroxy-5beta-pregnan-20-one (3alpha,5beta-P). These findings add to evidence that pressure directly and selectively antagonizes drug effects mediated through allosteric coupling pathways. The results fit predictions, and thus support the hypothesis that allosteric coupling pathways in GABA(A) receptors represent initial sites of action for ethanol. Collectively, the results suggest that there may be common physicochemical and underlying structural characteristics that define ethanol sensitive regions of receptor proteins and/or their associated membranes that can be identified by pressure within (e.g., GABA(A)) and possibly across (e.g., GABA(A), NMDA, 5HT3) receptors.

  16. Evidence suggests rigid aortic grafts increase systolic blood pressure: results of a preliminary study.

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    O'Brien, T; Morris, L; McGloughlin, T

    2008-01-01

    Abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) is a serious complication of the aorta and is treated using vascular bypass grafts. Two main classes of graft are available to treat AAA; grafts implanted by open surgery and stent-grafts implanted using minimally invasive endovascular techniques. Both classes of graft consist of an aortic section which bifurcates into two iliac sections. It has been hypothesized that implantation of aortic grafts and stent-grafts serve to significantly increase abdominal aortic pressures. In this study, an open-loop computer-controlled pumping system was built to produce physiologically realistic pressure and flow-rates. Models of a compliant abdominal aortic aneurysm, a compliant walled graft and a tapered graft were manufactured using an injection moulding technique and fused deposition modelling was used to create a rigid walled graft. A specific transient flow-rate waveform was then applied at the inlet of each model and the resulting pressure waveforms 30 mm upstream from the bifurcation was recorded. Peak pressure measurements were recorded over the course of the pulse for each model. The compliant aneurysm model was found to have a systolic pressure of 107 mmHg while the complaint graft model was 153 mmHg. The rigid graft model had a peak systolic pressure of 199 mmHg. In the tapered graft, the peak pressure dropped to 142 mmHg. The data suggests that implanting a graft model in place of an aneurysm model in an in vitro flow circuit can increase the pressures recorded upstream from the iliac bifurcation and that tapered grafts may alleviate this problem.

  17. Physiological and Thermal Responses of MS Patients to Head and Vest Cooling: A Case Study

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    Luna, Bernadette; Webbon, Bruce W.; Ku, Yu-Tsuan E.; Lee, Hank C.; Montgomery, Leslie D.; Kliss, Mark (Technical Monitor)

    1997-01-01

    Personal cooling systems are used to alleviate symptoms of multiple sclerosis (MS) and to prevent increased core temperature during daily activities. The objective of this study was to determine the operating characteristics and the physiologic changes produced by short term application of the stationary thermal control system used by most clinical institutions. The Life Enhancement Tech (LET) Mark VII portable cooling system and a lightweight Head-vest active cooling garment were used to cool the head and chest regions of 4 male and 3 female MS patients (30 to 66 yrs. old) in this study. The subjects, seated in an upright position at normal room temperature (approx. 24 C), were tested for 60 min. with the liquid cooling garment (LCG) operated at 50 F. Oral, right and left ear temperatures and cooling system parameters were logged manually every 5 min. Arm, leg, chest and rectal temperatures, heart rate, respiration, and an activity index were recorded continuously on a U.F.I., Inc., Biolog ambulatory monitor. All temperature responses showed extreme variation among subjects. The cold-sensitive subject's rectal temperature increased initially in response to cooling; the heat sensitive subject's rectal temperature decreased. After 40 min. of cooling and during recovery, all subjects'rectal temperatures decreased. Oral temperatures began to decrease after 30 min. of cooling. After 60 min. of cooling, temperature drops ranged from approx. 0.3 - 0.8 C. Oral temperatures continued to decrease during recovery (approx. 0.2 C). The car temperature of the heat sensitive subject was increased after cooling, other subjects exhibited an ear temperature decrease (0.0 - 0.5 C). These data indicate that head and vest cooling may be used to reduce the oral temperatures of MS patients by the approximate amount needed for symptomatic relief as shown by other researchers. The combination of a small subject population and a large subject variance does not permit us to draw statistical

  18. Current biochemical studies of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease and nonalcoholic steatohepatitis suggest a new therapeutic approach.

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    Hookman, Perry; Barkin, Jamie S

    2003-09-01

    . The feeding protocol was repeated with a second group of 18 ob/ob mice. After 4 wk, hepatocytes were obtained by in situ liver perfusion with collagenase and assayed for cellular adenosine triphosphate (ATP) content. In each experiment, hepatocytes isolated from 3 mice from each treatment group were suspended in a medium and pooled for subsequent analysis to evaluate cell viability, determine the number of obtained cells, and to assay cellular ATP content. These experiments were repeated using another 3 mice from each treatment group, so that analysis of hepatocytes took place from six ob/ob mice in each feeding group.Hepatic steatosis was decreased significantly only in the metformin-treated group. The authors found that metformin's beneficial effect on the fatty liver disease of mice was not due to its ability to constrain hyperphagia, nor due to decreased caloric ingestion, because the daily caloric intakes of the metformin-treated mice and the pair-fed control mice were virtually identical. These caloric intakes were consistently approximately 20% less than that of another obese control group that was permitted to consume diet ad libitum. The authors also observed no significant effect of metformin on serum glucose concentration from fed, ob/ob mice. Metformin is known to reduce hyperinsulinemia by about 40% in both of these obese hyperinsulinemic and insulin-resistant rodent strains. In conclusion, Lin et al. documented that metformin improves fatty liver disease and reverses hepatomegaly, steatosis, and aminotransferase abnormalities in mice. In addition, the authors suggest that metformin might inhibit dieting-induced redistribution of lipid from the liver to adipose tissue depots. In summary, this study identifies a potential treatment for fatty liver disease in humans.

  19. Performance of tiloronoxim and tilorone determination in human blood by HPLC-MS/MS: method validation, uncertainty assessment and its application to a pharmacokinetic study.

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

    2010-02-01

    A highly sensitive and selective HPLC-MS/MS method is presented for the quantitative determination of tiloronoxim and its metabolite tilorone in human blood. An aliquot of 200 microl human blood was extracted with a mixture of chloroform/ethyl ether (1/2, v/v), using metoprolol as the internal standard (the IS). Separation was achieved on an Xterra MS C18 column (50 mm x 2.1 mm, 5 microm) with a gradient mobile phase of methanol/water containing 15 mM ammonium bicarbonate (pH 10.5). Detection was performed using positive MRM mode on a TurboIonSpray source. The mass transitions monitored were m/z 426.3-->100.0, m/z 411.3-->100.0 and m/z 268.3-->116.1 for tiloronoxim, tilorone and the IS, respectively. The method was fully validated using total error theory, which is based on beta-expectation tolerance intervals and include trueness and intermediate precision. The method was found to be accurate over a concentration range of 1-100 ng/ml for both compounds. The measurement uncertainty based on beta-expectation tolerance intervals was assessed at each concentration level of the validation standards. This method was successively applied to a pharmacokinetic study of tiloronoxim in healthy volunteers. 2009 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  20. Determination of a novel anticancer AMPK activator hernandezine in rat plasma and tissues with a validated UHPLC-MS/MS method: Application to pharmacokinetics and tissue distribution study.

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    Song, Yang; Wang, Zhibin; Zhang, Baozhen; Zhang, Yujia; Zhang, Weipeng; Yang, Chunjuan; Meng, Fanhao; Feng, Xuesong

    2017-07-15

    Hernandezine, a novel anticancer AMPK activator, is a major active constituent of Thalictrum Ranunculaceae. A simple, specific and sensitive liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) method has been developed and validated for the quantification of hernandezine in rat plasma and tissues after intravenous administration. Sample preparation was carried out through a protein-precipitation extraction with acetonitrile using tetrandrine as internal standard (IS). The chromatographic separation was achieved by using an Agilent ZORBAX Eclipse Plus C18 column with a mobile phase of acetonitrile and water (containing 10mM ammonium acetate) in an isocratic elution way. The mass spectrometry (MS) analysis was conducted in positive ionization mode with multiple reaction monitoring (MRM) transitions at m/z 653.4→411.2 for hernandezine and m/z 623.3→381.3 for tetrandrine (IS). Calibration curves were linear over the ranges of 20.0-4000ng/ml f or both plasma samples and tissue samples (r>0.991). The lower limit of quantification (LLOQ) was 20.0ng/ml. The intra-day and inter-day precision (RSD%) were less than 14.0%, while the accuracy was ranged from 85.2% to 114.9%. Finally, this developed method was successfully applied in the pharmacokinetics and tissue distribution study of hernandezine after intravenous administration. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  1. Development of a rapid and sensitive UPLC-MS/MS assay for the determination of TM-2 in beagle dog plasma and its application to a pharmacokinetic study.

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    Lin, Hongli; Zhao, Yunli; Men, Lei; Yang, Mingjing; Liu, Hui; Shao, Yanjie; Wang, Pei; Tang, Xing; Yu, Zhiguo

    2015-01-01

    A simple and sensitive method based on ultra-high-performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (UPLC-MS/MS) has been developed for the determination of TM-2, which was a novel semi-synthetic taxane derivative in beagle dog plasma. Cabazitaxel was chosen as internal standard. Following extraction by methyl tert-butyl ether, the chromatographic separation was achieved on a Thermo Syncronis C18 column (50 × 2.1 mm, 1.7 µm) by gradient elution within a runtime of 3.5 min. The mobile phase consisted of (A) acetonitrile and (B) 2 mmol/L ammonium acetate in water. The detection was accomplished using positive ion electrospray ionization in multiple reaction monitoring mode. The MS/MS ion transitions were monitored at m/z 812.39 → 551.35 for TM-2 and 836.36 → 555.26 for IS, respectively. The method was linear for TM-2 (r = 0.9924) ranging from 2.5 to 1000 ng/mL. The intra-day and inter-day precisions (relative standard deviation) were within 8.0 and 17.6%, respectively, and the accuracy (relative error) was less than 2.3%. The extraction recovery ranged from 83.1 to 97.1%. The reliable method was successfully applied to a pharmacokinetic study of TM-2 in beagle dogs after intravenous drip with different doses of 0.6, 1.2, and 2.4 mg/kg, respectively.

  2. Simultaneous determination of the bioactive components in rat plasma by UPLC-MS/MS and application in pharmacokinetic studies after oral administration of radix Scutellariae extract.

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    Tao, Jin-Hua; Xu, Jun; Jiang, Shu; Ling, Yong; Wang, Dong-Geng

    2017-09-01

    A highly sensitive and rapid ultraperformance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (UPLC-MS/MS) method has been developed and validated for simultaneous quantification of the four main bioactive compounds, i.e. baicalin, baicalein, wogonoside and wogonin, in rat plasma after oral administration of Radix Scutellariae extract. Clarithromycin was used as an internal standard (IS). Plasma samples were processed by protein precipitation with methanol. The separation was performed on an Acquity BEH C18 column (100 × 2.1 mm, 1.7 μm) at a flow rate of 0.4 mL/min, using 0.1% formic acid-acetonitrile as mobile phase. The MS/MS ion transit ions monitored were 447.5 → 270.1 for baicalin, 270.1 → 168.1 for baicalein, 461.2 → 284.0 for wogonoside, 284.2 → 168.1 for wogonin and 748.5 → 158.1 for IS. Method validation was performed according to US Food and Drug Administration guidelines and the results met the acceptance criteria. The lower limit of quantification (LLOQ) achieved was 1.13 ng/mL for baicalin, 1.23 ng/mL for baicalein, 0.82 ng/mL for wogonoside and 0.36 ng/mL for wogonin. The calibration curves obtained were linear (r > 0.99) over the concentration range ~ 1-1000 ng/mL. The intra- and inter-day precision was <15% and the accuracy was within ±14.7%. After validation, this method was successfully applied to a pharmacokinetic study of Radix Scutellariae extract. Copyright © 2017 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  3. Rapid and sensitive LC-MS/MS method for determination of megestrol acetate in human plasma: application to a human pharmacokinetic study.

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    Seo, Ji-Hyung; Park, Ji-Sun; Jo, Min-Ho; Park, Mi-Sun; Ryu, Ju-Hee; Cho, Young-Wuk; Shim, Wang-Sup; Noh, Gyu-Jeong; Lee, Kyung-Tae

    2013-04-01

    A rapid, simple and fully validated LC-MS/MS method was developed and validated for the determination of megestrol acetate in human plasma using tolbutamide as an internal standard (IS) after one-step liquid-liquid extraction with methyl-tert-butyl-ether. Detection was performed using electrospray ionization in positive ion multiple reaction monitoring mode by monitoring the transitions m/z 385.5 → 267.1 for megestrol acetate and m/z 271.4 → 155.1 for IS. Chromatographic separation was performed on a YMC Hydrosphere C18 column with an isocratic mobile phase, which consisted of 10 mm ammonium formate buffer (adjusted to pH 5.0 with formic acid)-methanol (60:40, v/v) at a flow rate of 0.4 mL/min. The achieved lower limit of quantitation (LLOQ) was 1 ng/mL (signal-to-noise ratio > 10) and the standard calibration curve for megestrol acetate was linear (r > 0.99) over the studied concentration range (1-2000 ng/mL). The proposed method was fully validated by determining its specificity, linearity, LLOQ, intra- and inter-day precision and accuracy, recovery, matrix effect and stability. The validated LC-MS/MS method was successfully applied for the evaluation of pharmacokinetic parameters of megestrol acetate after oral administration of a single dose 800 mg of megestrol acetate (Megace™) to five healthy Korean male volunteers under fed conditions.

  4. Development and validation of a LC-MS/MS method for D-cycloserine determination in human plasma for bioequivalence study.

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    Yaroshenko, Dmitry V; Grigoriev, Alexander V; Sidorova, Alla A

    2014-01-01

    A reliable and high throughput high-performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (HPLC-MS/MS) method was developed and validated for determining levels of the antitubercular drug-D -cycloserine in human plasma. Plasma samples analyte with an internal standard (IS) (niacin) were prepared by solid-phase extraction using Waters Oasis MCX cartridges. The chromatographic separation was performed using the HILIC mode on a YMC-Pack SIL-06 column (150 × 4.6 mm; 3 μm) under isocratic conditions. The run time of analysis was 5 min. The mobile phase consisted of methanol, propanol-2 and 0.075 % trifluoroacetic acid (66.5:28.5:5, v/v/v). Protonated ions formed by turbo ion spray in positive mode were used to detect the analyte and the IS. MS/MS detection was used to monitor the fragmentation of 103-75 m/z for cycloserine and 124 to 80 m/z for niacin (IS) on an API 4000 (AB Sciex) triple quadrupole mass spectrometer. A linear dynamic range of 0.3-30 μg/mL was established for cycloserine using 0.2 mL human plasma and a 1 μL injection volume. The mean relative recovery of cycloserine and niacin were 77.2 and 82.4 %, respectively. The procedure of sample preparation was consistent and reproducible (precision, 0.8-3.4 %; accuracy, 93.8-104.9 %). The method was validated in accordance with requirements of the European Medicines Agency and successfully applied to a bioequivalence study of 250 mg tablet formulations in 23 healthy human subjects.

  5. Development of an LC-MS/MS method for studying migration characteristics of acetaldehyde in polyethylene terephthalate (PET)-packed mineral water.

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    Baumjohann, Nina; Harms, Diedrich

    2015-01-01

    During storage, acetaldehyde migration from polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles can affect the quality of mineral water even in the low µg l(-1) range negatively, as it features a fruity or plastic-like off-flavour. For a sensitive and fast analysis of acetaldehyde in mineral water, a new analysis method of 2,4-dinitrophenylhydrazine (DNPH) derivatisation followed by HPLC-electrospray tandem mass spectrometry (ESI-MS/MS) was developed. Acetaldehyde was directly derivatised in the mineral water sample avoiding extraction and/or pre-concentration steps and then analysed by reversed-phase HPLC-ESI-MS/MS using multiple reaction monitoring mode (MRM). Along with method development, the optimum molar excess of DNPH in contrast to acetaldehyde was studied for the mineral water matrix, because no specific and robust data were yet available for this critical parameter. Best results were obtained by using a calibration via the derivatisation reaction. Without any analyte enrichment or extraction, an LOD of 0.5 µg l(-1) and an LOQ of 1.9 µg l(-1) were achieved. Using the developed method, mineral water samples packed in PET bottles from Germany were analysed and the correlation between the acetaldehyde concentration and other characteristics of the samples was evaluated illustrating the applicability of the method. Besides a relationship between bottle size and CO2 content of the mineral water and acetaldehyde migration, a correlation with acetaldehyde migration and the material composition of the bottle, e.g. recycled PET, was noted. Investigating the light influence on the acetaldehyde migration with a newly developed, reproducible light exposure setup, a significant increase of the acetaldehyde concentration in carbonated mineral water samples was observed.

  6. Degradation of alachlor in natural and sludge-amended soils, studied by gas and liquid chromatography coupled to mass spectrometry (GC-MS and HPLC-MS).

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    Rodríguez-Cruz, Sonia; Lacorte, Silvia

    2005-11-30

    Alachlor [2-chloro-N-(2,6-diethylphenyl)-N-(methoxymethyl)acetamide] is an herbicide used worldwide. The relative rates of disappearance of alachlor, the formation kinetics of alachlor ethane sulfonic acid (ESA), and the formation of other degradation products in two different soils (a soil with natural organic matter and a sludge-amended soil) has been studied. For such a purpose, soil samples were spiked with alachlor at 2.5 mg kg(-1), concentration generally applied in agricultural soils, and were submitted to sunlight, simulating natural field conditions. Extracts were analyzed by GC-MS and HPLC-MS in scan mode. A good correlation was observed between both techniques, and HPLC-MS allowed the determination of two eluting peaks corresponding to the two stereoisomeric forms of alachlor ESA. Degradation of alachlor in the two soils followed first-order kinetics. Half-life in the natural soil was 4.2 +/- 0.1 days, and half-life in the sludge-amended soil was 5.8 +/- 0.8 days. The higher half-life observed in the sludge-amended soil was attributed to the higher sorption of alachlor to this soil compared to the natural soil. The degradation of alachlor in both soils gave rise to the production of alachlor ESA. Its concentration increased during the incubation period, and after 27 days, its concentration was about 0.59 mg kg(-1) in the natural soil and 0.37 mg kg(-1) in the sludge-amended soil. The other two alachlor transformation products were identified using GC-MS, and the abundance of these degradation products increased while alachlor was degraded.

  7. Primary and transitional progressive MS: a clinical and MRI cross-sectional study.

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    Stevenson, V L; Miller, D H; Rovaris, M; Barkhof, F; Brochet, B; Dousset, V; Dousset, V; Filippi, M; Montalban, X; Polman, C H; Rovira, A; de Sa, J; Thompson, A J

    1999-03-10

    Ten percent of patients with MS have a progressive course from onset with no history of relapses or remissions. A smaller subgroup follow a similar progressive course but have a single relapse at some point (transitional progressive [TP] MS). To date these patients have been excluded from receiving licensed treatments for MS and from most therapeutic trials. To document the clinical and MRI characteristics of a large cohort of progressive patients, including 158 with primary progressive (PP) MS and 33 with TPMS. Data from a small reference group of 20 patients with secondary progressive (SP) MS are also presented for reference. Patients were recruited from six European centers. All underwent a clinical assessment including scoring on the Expanded Disability Status Scale (EDSS) and MRI of the brain and spinal cord. The men-to-women ratio was 81:77 (51% men) in the PP group, 14:19 (42% men) in the TP group, and 5:15 (25% men) in the SP group. The mean age at disease onset was significantly higher in the PP group than it was in the other two groups (PP 40.2 years, TP 34.9 years, SP 28.7 years). On MRI the PP group had lower mean brain T2 and T1 hypointensity lesion loads than the SP group (T2 12.02 versus 27.74 cm3, p = 0.001; T1 4.34 versus 7.04 cm3, p = 0.015). The SP and TP cohorts had significantly more T2-weighted lesions in the spinal cord than the PP patients, and the SP cohort had the greatest degree of atrophy. There was a correlation in the PP and TP patients between EDSS score and brain and spinal cord atrophy (r = 0.3, 0.2, p < or = 0.006) but not with brain lesion load. The PP and TP patients who presented with spinal cord pathology had significantly lower brain T2 and T1 lesion loads than those with non-spinal cord presentations (p = 0.002). The monitoring of disease progression in PPMS is difficult, although measures of atrophy correlate with the EDSS and appear most promising. This study increases our understanding of this unique patient group, which

  8. A Study of the Variation in the Salivary Peptide Profiles of Young Healthy Adults Acquired Using MALDI-TOF MS

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    Brand, Henk; Imangaliyev, Sultan; Tsivtsivadze, Evgeni; van der Weijden, Fridus; de Jong, Ad; Paauw, Armand; Crielaard, Wim; Keijser, Bart; Veerman, Enno

    2016-01-01

    A cross-sectional observational study was conducted to evaluate the inter-individual variation in the MALDI-TOF MS peptide profiles of unstimulated whole saliva in a population of 268 systemically healthy adults aged 18–30 yr (150 males and 118 females) with no apparent caries lesions or periodontal disease. Using Spectral Clustering, four subgroups of individuals were identified within the study population. These subgroups were delimited by the pattern of variation in 9 peaks detected in the 2–15 kDa m/z range. An Unsupervised Feature Selection algorithm showed that P-C peptide, a 44 residue-long salivary acidic proline-rich protein, and three of its fragments (Fr. 1–25, Fr. 15–35 and Fr. 15–44) play a central role in delimiting the subgroups. Significant differences were found in the salivary biochemistry of the subgroups with regard to lysozyme and chitinase, two enzymes that are part of the salivary innate defense system (p < 0.001). These results suggest that MALDI-TOF MS salivary peptide profiles may relate information on the underlying state of the oral ecosystem and may provide a useful reference for salivary disease biomarker discovery studies. PMID:27258023

  9. Genome-wide association studies suggest sex-specific loci associated with abdominal and visceral fat

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    Sung, Yun Ju; Pérusse, Louis; Sarzynski, Mark A.; Fornage, Myriam; Sidney, Steve; Sternfeld, Barbara; Rice, Treva; Terry, Gregg; Jacobs, David R.; Katzmarzyk, Peter; Curran, Joanne E; Carr, John Jeffrey; Blangero, John; Ghosh, Sujoy; Després, Jean-Pierre; Rankinen, Tuomo; Rao, D.C.; Bouchard, Claude

    2015-01-01

    Background To identify loci associated with abdominal fat and replicate prior findings, we performed genome-wide association (GWA) studies of abdominal fat traits: subcutaneous adipose tissue (SAT), visceral adipose tissue (VAT), total adipose tissue (TAT) and visceral to subcutaneous adipose tissue ratio (VSR). Subjects and Methods Sex-combined and sex-stratified analyses were performed on each trait with (TRAIT-BMI) or without (TRAIT) adjustment for BMI, and cohort-specific results were combined via a fixed effects meta-analysis. A total of 2,513 subjects of European descent were available for the discovery phase. For replication, 2,171 European Americans and 772 African Americans were available. Results A total of 52 SNPs encompassing 7 loci showed suggestive evidence of association (p < 1.0 × 10−6) with abdominal fat in the sex-combined analyses. The strongest evidence was found on chromosome 7p14.3 between a SNP near BBS9 gene and VAT (rs12374818; p= 1.10 × 10−7), an association that was replicated (p = 0.02). For the BMI-adjusted trait, the strongest evidence of association was found between a SNP near CYCSP30 and VAT-BMI (rs10506943; p= 2.42 × 10−7). Our sex-specific analyses identified one genome-wide significant (p < 5.0 × 10−8) locus for SAT in women with 11 SNPs encompassing the MLLT10, DNAJC1 and EBLN1 genes on chromosome 10p12.31 (p = 3.97 × 10−8 to 1.13 × 10−8). The THNSL2 gene previously associated with VAT in women was also replicated (p= 0.006). The six gene/loci showing the strongest evidence of association with VAT or VAT-BMI were interrogated for their functional links with obesity and inflammation using the Biograph knowledge-mining software. Genes showing the closest functional links with obesity and inflammation were ADCY8 and KCNK9, respectively. Conclusions Our results provide evidence for new loci influencing abdominal visceral (BBS9, ADCY8, KCNK9) and subcutaneous (MLLT10/DNAJC1/EBLN1) fat, and confirmed a locus (THNSL2

  10. Preclinical Studies Suggest Complex Nutraceutical Strategies May Have Potential for Preventing and Managing Sepsis.

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    McCarty, Mark F

    2015-01-01

    An analysis of signaling mechanisms triggered by toll receptor 4 (TLR4) in macrophages, as well as of pertinent cell-culture and rodent studies, suggests that various nutraceuticals may have clinical potential for preventing and treating Gram-negative sepsis. Endotoxin activation of TLR4 results in induction of nitric oxide synthase (iNOS); cyclooxygenase 2 (COX-2); tissue factor (TF); and a range of proinflammatory cytokines, such as tumor necrosis factor α (TNF-α), interleukin-1 β (IL-1β), and interleukin 6 (IL-6), that collaborate to generate the clinical picture of sepsis. Upstream activation of nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide phosphate (NADPH) oxidase contributes importantly to those effects by inducing superoxide production that promotes activation of p38 mitogen-activated protein (MAP) kinase and nuclear factor (NF) κΒ. Bilirubin generated intracellularly by activation of heme oxygenase 1 (HO-1) functions to provide feedback inhibition of NAPDH-oxidase complexes. Exogenous bilirubin, or its precursor, biliverdin, is protective in rodent models of sepsis. One nutraceutical, phycocyanobilin (PhyCB), is a biliverdin derivative that functions as a light-gathering chromophore in cyanobacteria such as spirulina and can be converted intracellularly to a compound structurally homologous to bilirubin that likewise inhibits NADPH-oxidase complexes. In rodent studies, administration of phycocyanin, to which PhyCB is covalently attached, has likewise been shown to be protective in rodent models of sepsis. Other nutraceuticals provide benefits in counteracting the effects of TLR4. Phase 2-inductive nutraceuticals, such as lipoic acid, have the potential to induce HO-1 activity in macrophages, promoting bilirubin production. They may also antagonize the upregulatory impact of reactive oxygen species (ROS) on macrophage signaling by boosting glutathione synthesis. Another nutraceutical, glycine, helps counter the TLR4-triggered calcium influx that occurs through

  11. Views on disclosing mistreatment: A focus group study of differences between people with MS and their caregivers.

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    Shapiro, Johanna; Wiglesworth, Aileen; Morrison, Elizabeth H

    2013-04-01

    Both female and male persons with MS are at increased risk for various forms of physical, sexual, and disability-specific abuse. An ongoing study revealed a subset of respondents in which the caregiver acknowledged mistreatment of the person with MS, but that person either denied or minimized mistreatment In an effort to understand this phenomenon, we conducted 4 focus groups of male caregivers, female caregivers, male persons with MS, and female persons with MS (total n=15). Data were analyzed using qualitative methodology Results included the surprising finding that, despite participants having been identified as recipients or perpetrators of mistreatment, all denied any form of abuse in the focus group setting. We concluded that attitudes toward mistreatment in these discrepant couples varied based on gender. Specifically, male caregivers may disclose abuse as a cry for help, whereas female caregivers may feel such behavior is justified because of the perceived "provocations" of the person with MS. Women with MS appeared reluctant to acknowledge abuse because they feared loss of their primary relationship; while men with MS calculated that putting up with a certain amount of mistreatment was worthwhile More attention should be paid in identifying and understanding this subset of persons with MS and their informal caregivers. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  12. Development of a validated LC-APCI-MS/MS method to study the plasma and tumor distribution of CHO-PTX intravenous lipid emulsion.

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    Xia, Xuejun; Song, Xiaowei; Xu, Jiaming; He, Jiuming; Peng, Jie; Zhang, Xiang; Jin, Dujia; Abliz, Zeper; Liu, Yuling

    2016-01-05

    Conjugation of a cholesterol moiety to active compounds for cancer treatment or diagnosis is an attractive approach for increasing lipophilicity and improving loading into lipid carriers. We developed a highly sensitive and specific liquid chromatography atmospheric-pressure chemical ionization tandem mass spectrometry (LC-APCI-MS/MS) analytical method to investigate the in vivo plasma and tumor distribution characteristic of a cholesterol-paclitaxel conjugate (CHO-PTX) in nude mice with MDA-MB-231 human breast cancer xenografts. The samples were analyzed in positive ion, multiple reaction monitoring mode. The plasma and tumor tissue samples were processed by liquid-liquid extraction with methyl tert-butyl ether (MTBE). Docetaxel was used as the internal standard (IS) for sample processing and analysis. MS/MS detection was carried out by monitoring the transitions of m/z 1266.7→369.4 and 330.3 for CHO-PTX, and m/z 808.7→226.4 and 509.1 for IS. The calibration curves were linear over 100-25,000 ng/mL in mouse plasma and tumor homogenate samples. The limit of quantitation of CHO-PTX was 100 ng/mL in both matrices. The intra-day and inter-day precisions were less than 15%, and the accuracy was between -8.0% and 8.6% for both matrices. The developed method was successfully applied to measure CHO-PTX levels in plasma and tumor tissues in nude mice. The mean tumor concentrations in mice tumor tissues after intravenous administration of CHO-PTX emulsion at a dose equivalent to 20 mg/kg paclitaxel were 2022±630 ng/mL ng/mL, 2516±982 ng/mL, 3056±1438 ng/mL, and 2367±1029 ng/mL at 0.25, 3, 24, and 120 h, respectively. The accumulation of CHO-PTX in the tumor suggests that cholesteryl drug conjugates are a promising approach for medical treatment of various human cancers. Copyright © 2015. Published by Elsevier B.V.

  13. Pharmacokinetic based study on "lagged stimulation" of Curcumae Longae Rhizoma - Piper nigrum couplet in their main active components' metabolism using UPLC-MS-MS.

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    Chen, Zhao; Sun, Dongmei; Bi, Xiaoli; Zeng, Xiaohui; Luo, Wenhui; Cai, Dake; Zeng, Qiaohuang; Xu, Aili

    2017-04-15

    formula especially the couplets, as well as a fast, selective and sensitive UPLC-MS-MS method determining active components in-vivo. Furthermore, the finding of "lagged stimulation" suggested that the use of complex formula should take pharmacokinetics into much more careful consideration. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier GmbH. All rights reserved.

  14. Quantification of Lumefantrine in Human Plasma Using LC-MS/MS and Its Application to a Bioequivalence Study.

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    Pingale, Satish G; Mangaonkar, Kiran V

    2013-01-01

    An analytical method based on protein precipitation has been developed and validated for analysis of lumefantrine in human plasma. Artesunate was used as an internal standard for lumefantrine. Inertsil ODS column provided chromatographic separation of analytes followed by detection with mass spectrometry. The method involves simple isocratic chromatographic condition and mass spectrometric detection in the positive ionization mode using an API-3000 system. The total run time was 2.5 minutes. The proposed method has been validated with linear range of 200-20000 ng/mL for lumefantrine. The intrarun and interrun precision values are within 6.66% and 5.56%, respectively, for lumefantrine at the lower limit of quantification level. The overall recovery for lumefantrine and artesunate was 93.16% and 91.05%, respectively. This validated method was used successfully for analysis of plasma samples from a bioequivalence study.

  15. Analyte stability during the total testing process: studies of vitamins A, D and E by LC-MS/MS.

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    Albahrani, Ali A; Rotarou, Victor; Roche, Peter J; Greaves, Ronda F

    2016-10-01

    There are limited evidence based studies demonstrating the stability of fat-soluble vitamins (FSV) measured in blood. This study aimed to examine the effects of light, temperature and time on vitamins A, D and E throughout the total testing process. Four experiments were conducted. Three investigated the sample matrix, of whole blood, serum and the extracted sample, against the variables of temperature and light; and the fourth experiment investigated the sample during the extraction process against the variable of light. All samples were analysed via our simultaneous FSV method using liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry technology. The allowable clinical percentage change was calculated based on biological variation and desirable method imprecision for each analyte. The total change limit was ±7.3% for 25-OH-vitamin D3, ±11.8% for retinol and ±10.8% for α-tocopherol. Vitamins D and E were stable in the investigated conditions (concentration changes <4%) in the pre-analytical and analytical stages. Vitamin A showed photosensitivity in times >48 h with concentration changes of -6.8% (blood) and -6.5% (serum), both are within the allowable clinical percentage change. By contrast, the extracted retinol sample demonstrated a concentration change of -18.4% after 48 h of light exposure. However, vitamin A in the serum and extracted solution was stable for one month when stored at -20°C. Blood samples for vitamins D and E analyses can be processed in normal laboratory conditions of lighting and temperature. The required conditions for vitamin A analysis are similar when performed within 48 h. For longer-term storage, serum and vitamin A extracts should be stored at -20°C.

  16. THC:CBD Observational Study Data: Evolution of Resistant MS Spasticity and Associated Symptoms.

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    Trojano, Maria

    2016-01-01

    The prospective observational MObility ImproVEment (MOVE) 2 study is collecting real-life clinical outcomes data on patients with treatment-resistant multiple sclerosis (MS) spasticity treated with THC:CBD oromucosal spray in routine clinical practice. The MOVE 2 study has been ongoing in Italy, involving more than 30 MS centres across the country, since 2013. Web-based real-time data collection techniques are combined with traditional patients' diaries to capture a wide spectrum of outcomes associated with this innovative cannabis-based medication. After surpassing the recruitment threshold of 300 patients, an interim analysis was performed to determine whether the data collected to date align with those from MOVE 2-Germany and the largest phase III randomized controlled trial (RCT) of THC:CBD oromucosal spray. In the Italian cohort, THC:CBD oromucosal spray was added mainly to oral baclofen. Similar to MOVE 2-Germany, during 3 months' observation, treatment discontinuations were limited and patients recorded meaningful improvements on the patient-based 0-10 numerical rating scale and physician-rated modified Ashworth scale at mean daily doses that were about one-third lower than those used in the RCT. Also, similar to MOVE 2-Germany, the proportion of patients reporting adverse events was about one-third of the rate recorded in the RCT. While MOVE 2-Italy continues, this interim analysis has enabled us to better define the place in therapy of THC:CBD oromucosal spray within the context of daily management of our patients with MS spasticity. © 2016 S. Karger AG, Basel.

  17. Humane Science Projects: Suggestions for Biology Studies That Are Scientifically Educational and Ethically Non-Controversial.

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    Balcombe, Jonathan P., Comp.

    This paper lists 35 studies in biology which can be tailored to suit the full range of student age groups and are designed to involve most or all of the key elements of the scientific process (study design, data collection and presentation, and experimental manipulation). Examples of some studies are: (1) study the growth of molds on food items…

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

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

    2016-09-01

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

  19. Plasma and Serum Metabolite Association Networks: Comparability within and between Studies Using NMR and MS Profiling.

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    Suarez-Diez, Maria; Adam, Jonathan; Adamski, Jerzy; Chasapi, Styliani A; Luchinat, Claudio; Peters, Annette; Prehn, Cornelia; Santucci, Claudio; Spyridonidis, Alexandros; Spyroulias, Georgios A; Tenori, Leonardo; Wang-Sattler, Rui; Saccenti, Edoardo

    2017-07-07

    Blood is one of the most used biofluids in metabolomics studies, and the serum and plasma fractions are routinely used as a proxy for blood itself. Here we investigated the association networks of an array of 29 metabolites identified and quantified via NMR in the plasma and serum samples of two cohorts of ∼1000 healthy blood donors each. A second study of 377 individuals was used to extract plasma and serum samples from the same individual on which a set of 122 metabolites were detected and quantified using FIA-MS/MS. Four different inference algorithms (ARANCE, CLR, CORR, and PCLRC) were used to obtain consensus networks. The plasma and serum networks obtained from different studies showed different topological properties with the serum network being more connected than the plasma network. On a global level, metabolite association networks from plasma and serum fractions obtained from the same blood sample of healthy people show similar topologies, and at a local level, some differences arise like in the case of amino acids.

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

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

    2016-08-01

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

  1. A population-based study of aerococcal bacteraemia in the MALDI-TOF MS-era.

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    Senneby, E; Göransson, L; Weiber, S; Rasmussen, M

    2016-05-01

    The purpose of this study was to determine the incidence of aerococcal bacteraemia in the MALDI-TOF MS-era, to describe the clinical presentation and to determine the MIC values of aerococci for ten antibiotics. Aerococci in blood cultures were identified through searches in the laboratory database for the years 2012-2014. MALDI-TOF MS, sequencing of the 16S rRNA gene and a PYR test were used for species identification. Patients' medical charts were systematically reviewed. Etests were used to determine MIC values. Seventy-seven patients were identified (Aerococcus urinae n = 49, Aerococcus viridans n = 14, Aerococcus sanguinicola n = 13 and Aerococcus christensenii n = 1) corresponding to incidences of 14 cases per 1,000,000 inhabitants per year (A. urinae) and 3.5 cases per 1,000,000 inhabitants per year (A. sanguinicola and A.viridans). A. urinae was in pure culture in 61 %, A. sanguinicola in 46 % and A. viridans in 36 % of the cases. The A. urinae and A. sanguinicola patients were old and many had urinary tract disorders, and a majority had a suspected urinary tract focus of the bacteraemia. Eighty percent of the A. urinae patients were men. Five A. urinae patients were diagnosed with infective endocarditis. Six patients died within 30 days. Most isolates had low MICs to penicillins and carbapenems. MALDI-TOF MS has led to an increased identification of aerococcal bacteremia. A. urinae remains the most common Aerococcus in blood cultures and in aerococcal IE.

  2. UPLC-MS/MS determination and gender-related pharmacokinetic study of five active ingredients in rat plasma after oral administration of Eucommia cortex extract.

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    Hu, Fangdi; An, Jing; Li, Wen; Zhang, Zijia; Chen, Wenxia; Wang, Changhong; Wang, Zhengtao

    2015-07-01

    linearity over a wide concentration range, the lower limits of quantification and higher accuracy and precision for determination of the 5 analytes. Then the method was applied to study the pharmacokinetics in rats, and the results indicated that there were significant differences in pharmacokinetic parameters of the analytes between the male and female rats, and absorptions of these analytes in male group were all significantly higher than those in female group. This study established an efficient, sensitive and selective UPLC-MS/MS method for simultaneous determination of the five ingredients in rat plasma, and it could be successfully applied to the comparative pharmacokinetic studies in male and female rats after oral administration with EC extract. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

  3. GC-MS determined cotinine in an epidemiological study on smoking status at delivery.

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    Chazeron, Ingrid de; Daval, Sandrine; Ughetto, Sylvie; Richard, Damien; Nicolay, Alain; Lemery, Didier; Llorca, Pierre M; Coudoré, François

    2008-01-01

    The objective of this study was to measure the plasma cotinine levels in pregnant women and their newborns using a gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS) method in an epidemiological-delivered population with a wide range of tobacco intakes. Nearly 1000 pregnant women from regional maternity wards (n=1007) were selected for the study. Each patient kept a tobacco diary and underwent a blood test to assess cotinine levels and at the same time that the newborns' cordonal plasma was taken. These values were then cross-checked. Cotinine was estimated using a selected-ion monitoring mode with a 1.5 ng/ml quantification limit. The cotinine levels in mothers and newborns were highly correlated, whatever the mother's smoking status, with a calculated cut-off for cotinine levels in active smokers of 21.5 ng/ml. Finally, the cotinine determined through this GC-MS method offered a sensitive and accurate measure of tobacco exposition of the pregnant women and their babies.

  4. A novel LC-MS/MS method for mepivacaine determination and pharmacokinetic study in a single-dose two-period crossover in healthy subjects.

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    Duan, Ruo-Wang; Song, Jiong; Li, Yu-Ping; Xing, Chun-Gen

    2016-12-15

    The objective of this work was to develop a simple, selective, and sensitive LC-MS/MS method for the quantitation of the mepivacaine in Chinese biological matrix. The calibration curve of mepivacaine ranged from 0.5 to 2000 ng/mL with the lower limit of quantitation being 0.5 ng/mL. This sensitivity was high enough to describe the profile of blood mepivacaine level versus time. Thereby it was very desirable for the pharmacokinetic study because of its high sensitivity and accuracy. The study used a single-dose two-period crossover design principle. For the pharmacokinetic analysis of plasma, the mean (SD) values obtained were as follows: t1/2, 1.63 (0.43) h; Cmax, 435.3 (67.4) ng/ml; AUC0-t, 1546.9 (339.7) ng/ml·h; AUC0-∞, 1982.3 (421.4) ng/ml·h; Tmax, 0.62 (0.31) h. The validated method has been successfully applied to assess the pharmacokinetic study of mepivacaine after a single administration to Chinese volunteers.

  5. Development and validation of a highly sensitive LC-MS/MS method for the determination of dexamethasone in nude mice plasma and its application to a pharmacokinetic study.

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    Yuan, Yin; Zhou, Xuan; Li, Jian; Ye, Suofu; Ji, Xiwei; Li, Liang; Zhou, Tianyan; Lu, Wei

    2015-04-01

    In the current study, a simple, sensitive and rapid analytical method for the determination of dexamethasone was developed and applied to a pharmacokinetic study in nude mice. Using testosterone as an internal standard, a liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) approach after one-step precipitation with acetonitrile was validated and used to determine the concentrations of dexamethasone in nude mice plasma. The method utilized a simple isocratic reverse phase separation over a Dionex C18 column with a mobile phase composed of acetonitrile-water (40:60, v/v). The analyte was detected by a triple quadrupole tandem mass spectrometer via electrospray and multiple reaction monitoring was employed to select both dexamethasone at m/z 393.0/147.1 and testosterone at m/z 289.5/97.3 in the positive ion mode. The calibration curves were linear (r >0.99) ranging from 2.5 to 500 ng/mL with a lower limit of quantitation of 2.5 ng/mL. The relative standard deviation ranged from 1.69 to 9.22% while the relative error ranged from -1.92 to -8.46%. This method was successfully applied to a preclinical pharmacokinetic study of dexamethasone and its pharmacokinetics was characterized by a two-compartment model with first-order absorption in female nude mice.

  6. Removal of malathion from aqueous solution using De-Acidite FF-IP resin and determination by UPLC-MS/MS: equilibrium, kinetics and thermodynamics studies.

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    Naushad, Mu; Alothman, Z A; Khan, M R

    2013-10-15

    In the present study, De-Acidite FF-IP resin was used to remove a highly toxic and persistent organophosphorus pesticide (malathion) from the aqueous solution. Batch experiments were performed as a function of various experimental parameters such as effect of pH (2-10), contact time (10-120 min), resin dose (0.05-0.5 g), initial malathion concentration (0.5-2.5 µg mL(-1)) and temperature (25-65°C). The concentration of malathion was determined using a sensitive, selective and rapid ultra-performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (UPLC-MS/MS) method. The uptake rate of malathion on De-Acidite FF-IP resin was rapid and equilibrium established within 40 min. Kinetics studies showed better applicability for pseudo-second-order model. The equilibrium data was fitted to Langmuir and Freundlich isotherm models and the isotherm constants were calculated for malathion. The values of thermodynamic parameters (ΔG(0), ΔH(0) and ΔS(0)) were computed from the Van't Hoff plot of lnKC vs. 1/T which showed that the adsorption of malathion was feasible, endothermic and spontaneous. The regeneration studies were carried out which demonstrated a decrease in the recovery of malathion from 95% to 68% after five consecutive cycles. Breakthrough and exhaustive capacities of malathion were found to be 1.25 mg g(-1) and 3.5 mg g(-1), respectively.

  7. A fast, sensitive and simple method for mirtazapine quantification in human plasma by HPLC-ESI-MS/MS. Application to a comparative bioavailability study.

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    Borges, Ney Carter; Barrientos-Astigarraga, Rafael Eliseo; Sverdloff, Carlos Eduardo; Donato, José Luiz; Moreno, Patricia; Felix, Leila; Galvinas, Paulo Alexandre Rebelo; Moreno, Ronilson Agnaldo

    2012-11-01

    In the present study a simple, fast, sensitive and robust method to quantify mirtazapine in human plasma using quetiapine as the internal standard (IS) is described. The analyte and the IS were extracted from human plasma by a simple protein precipitation with methanol and were analyzed by high-performance liquid chromatography coupled to an electrospray tandem triple quadrupole mass spectrometer (HPLC-ESI-MS/MS). Chromatography was performed isocratically on a C(18), 5 µm analytical column and the run time was 1.8 min. The lower limit of quantitation was 0.5 ng/mL and a linear calibration curve over the range 0.5-150 ng/mL was obtained, showing acceptable accuracy and precision. This analytical method was applied in a relative bioavailability study in order to compare a test mirtazapine 30 mg single-dose formulation vs a reference formulation in 31 volunteers of both sexes. The study was conducted in an open randomized two-period crossover design and with a 14 day washout period. Since the 90% confidence interval for C(max) , AUC(last) and AUC(0-inf) were within the 80-125% interval proposed by the Food and Drug Administration and ANVISA (Brazilian Health Surveillance Agency), it was concluded that mirtazapine 30 mg/dose is bioequivalent to the reference formulation, according to both the rate and extent of absorption.

  8. Beyond the initial 140 ms, lexical decision and reading aloud are different tasks: An ERP study with topographic analysis.

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    Mahé, Gwendoline; Zesiger, Pascal; Laganaro, Marina

    2015-11-15

    Most of our knowledge on the time-course of the mechanisms involved in reading derived from electrophysiological studies is based on lexical decision tasks. By contrast, very few ERP studies investigated the processes involved in reading aloud. It has been suggested that the lexical decision task provides a good index of the processes occurring during reading aloud, with only late processing differences related to task response modalities. However, some behavioral studies reported different sensitivity to psycholinguistic factors between the two tasks, suggesting that print processing could differ at earlier processing stages. The aim of the present study was thus to carry out an ERP comparison between lexical decision and reading aloud in order to determine when print processing differs between these two tasks. Twenty native French speakers performed a lexical decision task and a reading aloud task with the same written stimuli. Results revealed different electrophysiological patterns on both waveform amplitudes and global topography between lexical decision and reading aloud from about 140 ms after stimulus presentation for both words and pseudowords, i.e., as early as the N170 component. These results suggest that only very early, low-level visual processes are common to the two tasks which differ in core processes. Taken together, our main finding questions the use of the lexical decision task as an appropriate paradigm to investigate reading processes and warns against generalizing its results to word reading. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  9. Spectral study of suggested Apollo sites. [proposals for financial support and the electronic spectra of pyroxenes

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    Mccord, T. B.

    1973-01-01

    The spectrophotometry (0.3 to 1.1 microns) of visited and proposed Apollo landing sites is presented along with proposals for financial support of the spectral study. The electronic spectra of pyroxenes is investigated along with an interpretation of telescopic spectral reflectivity curves of the moon. Reprints of published articles related to these studies are included.

  10. The Views and Suggestions of Social Studies Teachers about the Implementation of Drama Method

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    Celikkaya, Tekin

    2014-01-01

    Associating knowledge with daily life leads to permanent knowledge, which increases students' success in school. Drama is viewed to be one of the most effective methods that serves a purpose, and many researchers have determined that this method must be included at all levels of education. There are not much studies on social studies teachers'…

  11. A Suggested Guide for Developing the Language Arts - Social Studies Program, Grade 8.

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    This eighth grade Language Arts-Social Studies Curriculum Guide has been compiled to help the teacher develop sequential, relevant, and unified teaching units in language arts and social studies. Materials include (1) an overview of the general objectives, principles, and problems of an interdisciplinary approach, (2) such special aids for the…

  12. Reason for Cautious Optimism? Two Studies Suggesting Reduced Stigma Against Suicide

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    Witte, Tracy K.; Smith, April R.; Joiner, Thomas E.

    2012-01-01

    We present data from two studies that aimed to investigate stigma against suicide. In Study 1, we employed Milgram et al.'s (1965) “lost letter” technique. We predicted that fewer letters addressed to a fictitious organization with the word “suicide” in its name would be returned than letters addressed to fictitious heart disease or diabetes organizations, presumably due to stigma. Contrary to expectation, there were no differences in the percentage of letters returned for each condition, despite power to detect small effects. In Study 2 we compared scores on the Suicide Opinion Questionnaire (SOQ; Domino, Gibson, Poling, & Westlake, 1980) from a study published in 1988 (Domino, MacGregor, & Hannah, 1988) to scores from a study conducted 19 years later. Results demonstrated reduced stigma toward suicide, with the belief that suicide is morally bad exhibiting the largest change. PMID:20455251

  13. A quantitative LC-MS/MS method for determination of thiazolidinedione mitoNEET ligand NL-1 in mouse serum suitable for pharmacokinetic studies.

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    Pedada, Kiran K; Zhou, Xiang; Jogiraju, Harini; Carroll, Richard T; Geldenhuys, Werner J; Lin, Li; Anderson, David J

    2014-01-15

    Thiazolidinedione (TZD) compounds have shown promise as antidiabetic, antibiotics, antifungal and neuroprotective agents. The mitochondrial effect of a novel mitoNEET ligand, NL-1 {5-[(3,5-di-tert-butyl-4-hydroxyphenyl)methyl]-1,3-thiazolidine-2,4-dione}, and other TZD compounds, is a newly proposed mechanism for the neuroprotective action of these TZD compounds. In this work, a sensitive LC-MS/MS assay has been developed and validated for quantification of NL-1 in mouse serum. Sample preparation involved an acetonitrile protein precipitation procedure with addition of an internal standard NL-2 {5-[(4-hydroxy-3,5-dimethyl-phenyl)methyl]thiazolidine-2,4-dione}. LC-MS/MS analysis utilized a Columbus C-18 HPLC column (2mm×50mm, 5μm). Chromatography employed a multiple step gradient program that featured a steep linear gradient (25-95% in 0.5min) of 15μM ammonium acetate (additive for eliminating carry-over) in 2% methanol mixing with increasing proportions of 100% methanol. The HPLC was interfaced to a QTrap 5500 mass spectrometer (AB Sciex) equipped with an electrospray ionization source used in a negative ionization mode. Multiple reaction monitoring (MRM) of m/z 334→263 for NL-1 and m/z 250→179 for NL-2 was done. The method had a linear range of at least 1-100ng/mL in serum. The intra-assay and inter-assay percent coefficient of variation (%CV) were less than 4% and accuracies (%RE) ranged from -2.7% to 2.0%. The analytical procedure gave 96-115% absolute extraction recovery of NL-1. The relative matrix effect was measured and found to be insignificant. The analyte in serum was confirmed to be stable during storage and treatment. The method is suitable for pharmacokinetic (PK) studies of the parent drug NL-1 based on the preliminary serum results from dosed NL-1 mouse studies.

  14. Studying the distribution pattern of selenium in nut proteins with information obtained from SEC-UV-ICP-MS and CE-ICP-MS.

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    Kannamkumarath, Sasi S; Wrobel, Katarzyna; Wuilloud, Rodolfo G

    2005-03-31

    In this work, size exclusion chromatography (SEC) with UV and inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) detection was used to study the association of selenium to proteins present in Brazil nuts (Bertholletia excelsa) under five different extraction conditions. As expected, better solubilization of proteins was observed using 0.05molL(-1) sodium hydroxide and 1% sodium dodecylsulfate (SDS) in Tris/HCl buffer (0.05molL(-1), pH 8) as compared to 0.05molL(-1) HCl, 0.05molL(-1) Tris/HCl or hot water (60 degrees C). Due to non-destructive character of Tris-SDS treatment, this was applied for studying molecular weight (MW) distribution patterns of selenium-containing nut proteins. Three different SEC columns were used for obtaining complete MW distribution of selenium: Superdex 75, Superdex Peptide, and Superdex 200 were tested with 50mmolL(-1) Tris buffer (pH 8), 150mmolL(-1) ammonium bicarbonate buffer (pH 7.8), phosphate (pH 7.5), and CAPS (pH 10.0) mobile phases. Using Superdex 200 column, the elution of at least three MW fractions was observed with UV detection (200-10kDa) and ICP-MS chromatogram showed the co-elution of selenium with the two earlier fractions. The apparent MWs of these selenium-containing fractions were respectively about 107 and 50kDa, as evaluated from the column calibration. For further characterization of individual selenium species, the defatted nuts were hydrolyzed with proteinase K and analyzed by capillary electrophoresis (CE) with ICP-MS detection. The suitability of CE for the separation of selenite, selenate, selenocystine and selenomethionine in the presence of the nut sample matrix is demonstrated. Complete separation of the above mentioned selenium species was obtained within a migration time of 7min. In the analysis of nut extracts with CE-ICP-MS, selenium was found to be present mainly as selenomethionine.

  15. An LC/MS/MS method for stable isotope dilution studies of β-carotene bioavailability, bioconversion, and vitamin A status in humans.

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    Oxley, Anthony; Berry, Philip; Taylor, Gordon A; Cowell, Joseph; Hall, Michael J; Hesketh, John; Lietz, Georg; Boddy, Alan V

    2014-02-01

    Isotope dilution is currently the most accurate technique in humans to determine vitamin A status and bioavailability/bioconversion of provitamin A carotenoids such as β-carotene. However, limits of MS detection, coupled with extensive isolation procedures, have hindered investigations of physiologically-relevant doses of stable isotopes in large intervention trials. Here, a sensitive liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC/MS/MS) analytical method was developed to study the plasma response from coadministered oral doses of 2 mg [(13)C10]β-carotene and 1 mg [(13)C10]retinyl acetate in human subjects over a 2 week period. A reverse phase C18 column and binary mobile phase solvent system separated β-carotene, retinol, retinyl acetate, retinyl linoleate, retinyl palmitate/retinyl oleate, and retinyl stearate within a 7 min run time. Selected reaction monitoring of analytes was performed under atmospheric pressure chemical ionization in positive mode at m/z 537→321 and m/z 269→93 for respective [(12)C]β-carotene and [(12)C] retinoids; m/z 547→330 and m/z 274→98 for [(13)C10]β-carotene and [(13)C5] cleavage products; and m/z 279→100 for metabolites of [(13)C10]retinyl acetate. A single one-phase solvent extraction, with no saponification or purification steps, left retinyl esters intact for determination of intestinally-derived retinol in chylomicrons versus retinol from the liver bound to retinol binding protein. Coadministration of [(13)C10]retinyl acetate with [(13)C10]β-carotene not only acts as a reference dose for inter-individual variations in absorption and chylomicron clearance rates, but also allows for simultaneous determination of an individual's vitamin A status.

  16. An LC/MS/MS method for stable isotope dilution studies of β-carotene bioavailability, bioconversion, and vitamin A status in humans[S

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    Oxley, Anthony; Berry, Philip; Taylor, Gordon A.; Cowell, Joseph; Hall, Michael J.; Hesketh, John; Lietz, Georg; Boddy, Alan V.

    2014-01-01

    Isotope dilution is currently the most accurate technique in humans to determine vitamin A status and bioavailability/bioconversion of provitamin A carotenoids such as β-carotene. However, limits of MS detection, coupled with extensive isolation procedures, have hindered investigations of physiologically-relevant doses of stable isotopes in large intervention trials. Here, a sensitive liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC/MS/MS) analytical method was developed to study the plasma response from coadministered oral doses of 2 mg [13C10]β-carotene and 1 mg [13C10]retinyl acetate in human subjects over a 2 week period. A reverse phase C18 column and binary mobile phase solvent system separated β-carotene, retinol, retinyl acetate, retinyl linoleate, retinyl palmitate/retinyl oleate, and retinyl stearate within a 7 min run time. Selected reaction monitoring of analytes was performed under atmospheric pressure chemical ionization in positive mode at m/z 537→321 and m/z 269→93 for respective [12C]β-carotene and [12C] retinoids; m/z 547→330 and m/z 274→98 for [13C10]β-carotene and [13C5] cleavage products; and m/z 279→100 for metabolites of [13C10]retinyl acetate. A single one-phase solvent extraction, with no saponification or purification steps, left retinyl esters intact for determination of intestinally-derived retinol in chylomicrons versus retinol from the liver bound to retinol binding protein. Coadministration of [13C10]retinyl acetate with [13C10]β-carotene not only acts as a reference dose for inter-individual variations in absorption and chylomicron clearance rates, but also allows for simultaneous determination of an individual's vitamin A status. PMID:24158962

  17. Some limitations on the external validity of psychotherapy efficacy studies and suggestions for future research.

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    Shean, Glenn D

    2012-01-01

    Increased emphasis on identifying empirically supported treatments (ESTs) has enhanced the scientific basis for psychotherapy practice, but uncritical acceptance of ESTs as the basis for credentialing and policy decisions risks stifling innovation and creativity in the field. There are limitations inherent in efficacy studies of psychotherapy that can constrain external validity. This article discusses several limitations on the external validity of efficacy studies, as well as other issues related to evaluating psychotherapy outcome research. These limitations and concerns include: 1) the practice of maximizing homogeneity by selecting participants diagnosed with a single Axis I disorder; 2) the practice of requiring manualized therapies for efficacy research; 3) the assumption that lasting and meaningful changes occur and can be assessed within a relatively short time frame; 4) the assumption that valid assessments of outcome can be conducted in randomized control trials studies without concern for researcher allegiance; and 5) the view that evidence of effectiveness from non-RCT design studies can be ignored. Finally, alternative research approaches for studying psychotherapy that can potentially supplement knowledge gained from efficacy studies and foster continued innovation and creativity in the field are discussed.

  18. Molecular studies suggest that cartilaginous fishes have a terminal position in the piscine tree.

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    Rasmussen, A S; Arnason, U

    1999-03-02

    The Chondrichthyes (cartilaginous fishes) are commonly accepted as being sister group to the other extant Gnathostomata (jawed vertebrates). To clarify gnathostome relationships and to aid in resolving and dating the major piscine divergences, we have sequenced the complete mtDNA of the starry skate and have included it in phylogenetic analysis along with three squalomorph chondrichthyans-the common dogfish, the spiny dogfish, and the star spotted dogfish-and a number of bony fishes and amniotes. The direction of evolution within the gnathostome tree was established by rooting it with the most closely related non-gnathostome outgroup, the sea lamprey, as well as with some more distantly related taxa. The analyses placed the chondrichthyans in a terminal position in the piscine tree. These findings, which also suggest that the origin of the amniote lineage is older than the age of the oldest extant bony fishes (the lungfishes), challenge the evolutionary direction of several morphological characters that have been used in reconstructing gnathostome relationships. Applying as a calibration point the age of the oldest lungfish fossils, 400 million years, the molecular estimate placed the squalomorph/batomorph divergence at approximately 190 million years before present. This dating is consistent with the occurrence of the earliest batomorph (skates and rays) fossils in the paleontological record. The split between gnathostome fishes and the amniote lineage was dated at approximately 420 million years before present.

  19. The stability of the suggested planet in the ν Octantis system: a numerical and statistical study

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    Quarles, Billy; Cuntz, Manfred; Musielak, Zdzislaw

    2012-03-01

    Exoplanets in binary systems have received heightened interest by the scientific community. Especially with the recent detection of a circumbinary planet of Kepler-16b (Doyle et al. 2011)[Science 333, 1602] planets in binary systems have warranted second and even third glances. The system of ν Octantis has been a system of great controversy since the suggested planet in this system (Ramm et al. 2009)[MNRAS 394, 1695] appears to be located beyond its theoretical stability limit. In order to resolve this controversy we seek to determine whether the proposed planet can exist in the context of current stability theory. We have performed detailed simulations by exploiting the uncertainty measurements to determine the short and long-term stability of a prograde starting configuration. However to follow up on the previous results by Eberle & Cuntz (2010)[ApJ 721, L168], we have investigated the hypothesis of a retrograde orbit in more detail by considering a larger set of possible initial conditions to determine the possibility of a retrograde configuration with respect to the motion of the binary system. We will show that a retrograde configuration is preferred by both stability considerations with respect to the maximum Lyapunov exponent and numerical statistical considerations.

  20. Molecular studies suggest that cartilaginous fishes have a terminal position in the piscine tree

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    Rasmussen, Ann-Sofie; Arnason, Ulfur

    1999-01-01

    The Chondrichthyes (cartilaginous fishes) are commonly accepted as being sister group to the other extant Gnathostomata (jawed vertebrates). To clarify gnathostome relationships and to aid in resolving and dating the major piscine divergences, we have sequenced the complete mtDNA of the starry skate and have included it in phylogenetic analysis along with three squalomorph chondrichthyans—the common dogfish, the spiny dogfish, and the star spotted dogfish—and a number of bony fishes and amniotes. The direction of evolution within the gnathostome tree was established by rooting it with the most closely related non-gnathostome outgroup, the sea lamprey, as well as with some more distantly related taxa. The analyses placed the chondrichthyans in a terminal position in the piscine tree. These findings, which also suggest that the origin of the amniote lineage is older than the age of the oldest extant bony fishes (the lungfishes), challenge the evolutionary direction of several morphological characters that have been used in reconstructing gnathostome relationships. Applying as a calibration point the age of the oldest lungfish fossils, 400 million years, the molecular estimate placed the squalomorph/batomorph divergence at ≈190 million years before present. This dating is consistent with the occurrence of the earliest batomorph (skates and rays) fossils in the paleontological record. The split between gnathostome fishes and the amniote lineage was dated at ≈420 million years before present. PMID:10051614

  1. LC-MS/MS determination and urinary excretion study of seven alkaloids in healthy Chinese volunteers after oral administration of Shuanghua Baihe tablets.

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    Cheng, Minlu; Liu, Ruijuan; Wu, Yao; Gu, Pan; Zheng, Lu; Liu, Yujie; Ma, Pengcheng; Ding, Li

    2016-01-25

    An LC-MS/MS method was developed and validated for the simultaneous determination of magnoflorine, berberrubine, jatrorrhizine, coptisine, epiberberine, palmatine and berberine in human urine. The sample preparation procedure involved the four-fold dilution of the urine samples with acetonitrile/water (1:3, v/v). The chromatographic separation was achieved on a Hedera ODS-2 column under gradient elution at a flow rate of 0.4 mL/min with acetonitrile and water containing 0.5% formic acid as the mobile phase. The mass detection was performed in the positive mode. Calibration curves of the seven alkaloids showed good linearity (correlation coefficients>0.9973) over their concentration ranges. To meet the requirements of urinary excretion study for each alkaloid in human, the lower limit of quantification was set at different values from 0.05063 ng/mL to 2.034 ng/mL for the seven alkaloids, respectively. The intra- and inter-batch precision and accuracy were all within ± 15%. No matrix effect was observed for the analytes. The validated method was applied to the excretion study for the seven alkaloids in healthy Chinese volunteers after oral administration of Shuanghua Baihe tablets. The average 72 h cumulative urinary excretion of magnoflorine, berberrubine, jatrorrhizine, coptisine, epiberberine, palmatine and berberine accounted for 1.81%, 0.27%, 0.29%, 0.046%, 0.027%, 0.010% and 0.021% of the respective administered dose.

  2. An LC-MS/MS method for the determination of digitoxigenin in skin samples and its application to skin permeation and metabolic stability studies.

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    Feng, Xinchi; Turley, Joel; Xie, Zijian; Pierre, Sandrine V; Koc, Hasan; Khan, M Omar; Hao, Jinsong

    2017-05-10

    An LC-MS/MS method was developed for the determination of digitoxigenin in mice skin samples. Chromatographic separation was achieved on an Agilent Poroshell 120 EC-C18 column. Mass spectrometric detection was achieved by a triple-quadrupole mass spectrometer equipped with an ESI interface operating in a positive ionization mode. Quantification was performed using selective reaction monitoring of the precursor-product ion transitions of m/z 375.5→339 for digitoxigenin and m/z 391.5→337 for internal standard (IS). The calibration curves were linear over the concentration range of 1.00-500ng/mL. The intra- and inter-batch precision was no more than 10.6% of the coefficient of variation and the accuracy was within ±8.1% of the actual values. This validated method has been successfully applied to skin permeation and skin metabolic stability studies of digitoxigenin in mice. The steady-state flux and lag time of digitoxigenin permeated across the full-thickness mice skin were 1.86±0.45μg/cm(2)/h and 0.46±0.18h, respectively. The metabolism of digitoxigenin in the skin was not detected in our study.

  3. Study on degradation kinetics of 2-(2-hydroxypropanamido) benzoic acid in aqueous solutions and identification of its major degradation product by UHPLC/TOF-MS/MS.

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    Zhang, Qili; Guan, Jiao; Rong, Rong; Zhao, Yunli; Yu, Zhiguo

    2015-08-10

    A RP-HPLC method was developed and validated for the degradation kinetic study of 2-(2-hydroxypropanamido) benzoic acid (HPABA), a promising anti-inflammatory drug, which would provide a basis for further studies on HPABA. The effects of pH, temperature, buffer concentration and ionic strength on the degradation kinetics of HPABA were discussed. Experimental parameters such as degradation rate constants (k), activation energy (Ea), acid and alkali catalytic constants (k(ac), k(al)), shelf life (t1/2) and temperature coefficient (Q10) were calculated. The results indicated that degradation kinetics of HPABA followed zero-order reaction kinetics; degradation rate constants (k) of HPABA at different pH values demonstrated that HPABA was more stable in neutral and near-neutral conditions; the function of temperature on k obeyed the Arrhenius equation (r = 0.9933) and HPABA was more stable at lower temperature; with the increase of ionic strength and buffer concentration, the stability of HPABA was decreased. The major unknown degradation product of HPABA was identified by UHPLC/TOF-MS/MS with positive electrospray ionization. Results demonstrated that the hydrolysis product was the primary degradation product of HPABA and it was deduced as anthranilic acid.

  4. Validated LC-MS/MS method for simultaneous quantification of resveratrol levels in mouse plasma and brain and its application to pharmacokinetic and brain distribution studies.

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    Ramalingam, Prakash; Ko, Young Tag

    2016-02-05

    A rapid, selective, and sensitive liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) method was developed and validated to simultaneously determine resveratrol levels in plasma and brain tissue in mice for supporting pharmacokinetic and brain distribution studies. Analytes were separated using a Sepax BR-C18 analytical column (5μm, 120Å, 1.0×100mm) and eluted using an isocratic elution mobile phase acetonitrile and 0.01% formic acid [60:40, v/v] at a flow rate of 0.1mL/min. Precursor and product ion transitions for analyte resveratrol m/z 226.9>184.8 and curcumin m/z 367.1>148.9 were monitored using triple quadrupole mass spectrometer with multiple reaction monitoring (MRM) in negative ionization mode. The method was validated with respect to accuracy, within- and between-day precision, linearity, limit of quantification, recovery, and matrix effects of analyte. The inter- and intra-day accuracy and precision were within the range of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) acceptance criteria, for both matrices. The method was also successfully applied to pharmacokinetic and brain distribution studies of resveratrol after intravenous administration of free resveratrol and resveratrol-loaded solid lipid nanoparticles to mice. The combined use of serial blood sampling, small sample volume, simple extraction, and capillary depletion method drastically improved resveratrol analysis from biological matrices.

  5. Simultaneous determination of eight bioactive components of Qishen Yiqi Dripping Pills in rat plasma using UFLC-MS/MS and its application to a pharmacokinetic study.

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    Shao, Yaping; Zhang, Wen; Tong, Ling; Huang, Jingyi; Li, Dongxiang; Nie, Wei; Zhu, Yan; Li, Yunfei; Lu, Tao

    2017-02-01

    In this study, a rapid and reliable ultra-fast liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (UFLC-MS/MS) method was developed and validated for the simultaneous determination of eight active ingredients, including astragaloside IV (AIV), ononin (ONO), tanshinol (TSL), protocatechualdehyde (PCA), protocatechuic acid (PA), salvianolic acid D (SAD), rosmarinic acid (RA), and ginsenoside Rg1 (GRg1 ), in rat plasma. The plasma samples were pretreated by protein precipitation with acetonitrile. Chromatographic separation was performed on a Waters Acquity UPLC® BEH C18 column (1.7 µm particles, 2.1 × 100 mm).The mobile phase consisted of 0.1% aqueous formic acid (A)-acetonitrile with 0.1% formic acid (B) at a flow rate of 0.4 mL/min. Quantification was performed on a triple quadruple tandem mass spectrometry with electrospray ionization by multiple reaction monitoring both in the negative and positive ion mode. The lower limit of quantification (LLOQ) of TSL was 2.0 ng/mL and the others were 5.0 ng/mL. The extraction recoveries, matrix effects, intra- and inter-day precision and accuracy of eight tested components were all within acceptable limits. The validated method was successfully applied to the pharmacokinetic study of the eight active constituents after intragastric administration of three doses (1.0, 3.0, 6.0 g/kg body weight) of Qishen Yiqi dripping pills to rats.

  6. A rapid and sensitive UHPLC-MS/MS assay for the determination of trelagliptin in rat plasma and its application to a pharmacokinetic study.

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    Hu, Xiao-Xia; Lan, Tian; Chen, Zhe; Yang, Cheng-Cheng; Tang, Peng-Fei; Yuan, Ling-Jing; Hu, Guo-Xin; Cai, Jian-Ping

    2016-10-15

    This study aims to develop and validate a simple, rapid and sensitive ultra-performance liquid chromatography with tandem mass spectrometry (UHPLC-MS/MS) method for exploring pharmacokinetic characteristics of trelagliptin. Protein precipitation by acetonitrile was used to prepare plasma sample. A RRHD Eclipse Plus C18 (2.1×50mm, 1.8μ) column with gradient mobile phase (containing acetonitrile and 0.1% formic acid) help to achieve the separation of trelagliptin and carbamazepine (IS) with high selectivity. Detection of target fragment ions m/z 358.2→133.9 for trelagliptin, and m/z 237.1→194.0 for IS was performed in positive-ion electrospray ionization mass spectrometry by multiple reaction monitoring. Linear calibration plots were achieved in the range of 5-4000ng/mL for trelagliptin (R(2)=0.999) in rat plasma. The recovery of trelagliptin ranged from 87.8% to 93.7%. The method was showed to be accurate, precise and stable. No obvious matrix effect was found. It has been fully validated and successfully applied to pharmacokinetic study of trelagliptin.

  7. Development and validation of an LC-MS/MS method for the toxicokinetic study of deoxynivalenol and its acetylated derivatives in chicken and pig plasma.

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    Broekaert, N; Devreese, M; De Mil, T; Fraeyman, S; De Baere, S; De Saeger, S; De Backer, P; Croubels, S

    2014-11-15

    This study aims to develop an LC-MS/MS method allowing the determination of 3-acetyl-deoxynivalenol, 15-acetyl-deoxynivalenol, deoxynivalenol and its main in vivo metabolite, deepoxy-deoxynivalenol, in broiler chickens and pigs. These species have a high exposure to these toxins, given their mainly cereal based diet. Several sample cleanup strategies were tested and further optimized by means of fractional factorial designs. A simple and straightforward sample preparation method was developed consisting out of a deproteinisation step with acetonitrile, followed by evaporation of the supernatant and reconstitution in water. The method was single laboratory validated according to European guidelines and found to be applicable for the intended purpose, with a linear response up to 200ngml(-1) and limits of quantification of 0.1-2ngml(-1). As a proof of concept, biological samples from a broiler chicken that received either deoxynivalenol, 3- or 15-acetyl-deoxynivalenol were analyzed. Preliminary results indicate nearly complete hydrolysis of 3-acetyl-deoxynivalenol to deoxynivalenol; and to a lesser extent of 15-acetyl-deoxynivalenol to deoxynivalenol. No deepoxy-deoxynivalenol was detected in any of the plasma samples. The method will be applied to study full toxicokinetic properties of deoxynivalenol, 3-acetyl-deoxynivalenol and 15-acetyl-deoxynivalenol in broiler chickens and pigs.

  8. Development of a multi-matrix LC-MS/MS method for urea quantitation and its application in human respiratory disease studies.

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    Wang, Jianshuang; Gao, Yang; Dorshorst, Drew W; Cai, Fang; Bremer, Meire; Milanowski, Dennis; Staton, Tracy L; Cape, Stephanie S; Dean, Brian; Ding, Xiao

    2017-01-30

    In human respiratory disease studies, liquid samples such as nasal secretion (NS), lung epithelial lining fluid (ELF), or upper airway mucosal lining fluid (MLF) are frequently collected, but their volumes often remain unknown. The lack of volume information makes it hard to estimate the actual concentration of recovered active pharmaceutical ingredient or biomarkers. Urea has been proposed to serve as a sample volume marker because it can freely diffuse through most body compartments and is less affected by disease states. Here, we report an easy and reliable LC-MS/MS method for cross-matrix measurement of urea in serum, plasma, universal transfer medium (UTM), synthetic absorptive matrix elution buffer 1 (SAMe1) and synthetic absorptive matrix elution buffer 2 (SAMe2) which are commonly sampled in human respiratory disease studies. The method uses two stable-isotope-labeled urea isotopologues, [(15)N2]-urea and [(13)C,(15)N2]-urea, as the surrogate analyte and the internal standard, respectively. This approach provides the best measurement consistency across different matrices. The analyte extraction was individually optimized in each matrix. Specifically in UTM, SAMe1 and SAMe2, the unique salting-out assisted liquid-liquid extraction (SALLE) not only dramatically reduces the matrix interferences but also improves the assay recovery. The use of an HILIC column largely increases the analyte retention. The typical run time is 3.6min which allows for high throughput analysis. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  9. LC-ESI-MS/MS method for bioanalytical determination of osteogenic phytoalexin, medicarpin, and its application to preliminary pharmacokinetic studies in rats.

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    Taneja, Isha; Raju, Kanumuri Siva Rama; Challagundla, Muralikrishna; Raghuvanshi, Ashutosh; Goel, Atul; Wahajuddin, Muhammad

    2015-09-15

    Medicarpin is the active phytoalexin found in the stem bark of Butea monosperma having potent osteogenic activity. An LC-ESI-MS/MS was developed and validated for quantification of medicarpin in rat plasma using liquid-liquid extraction technique and diethyl ether as the extraction solvent. Medicarpin was separated on RP18 column (4.6mm×50mm, 5.0μm) using methanol and 10mM ammonium acetate (pH 4.0) in the ratio of 80:20 (v/v) as mobile phase. The method was linear within the concentration range of 1-500ng/mL and its sensitivity was 1ng/mL. The precision value for intra- and inter-day assays and stability assays was within 0.88-14.22% while the accuracy ranged between 87.46-116.0% at all four QC levels. The validated method was successfully applied to study the preclinical pharmacokinetics of medicarpin in rats. Medicarpin showed multiple peak phenomenon upon oral administration. Its oral bioavailability was 17.43%. It was found to be a rapidly absorbed (Tmax=15min), 81.61% protein bound and pH stable compound. The present study provides important information regarding preliminary pharmacokinetics of medicarpin for its further exploration as a potential therapeutic agent.

  10. Study of the degradation of butyltin compounds in surface water samples under different storage conditions using multiple isotope tracers and GC-MS/MS.

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    Rodríguez-Cea, Andrés; Rodríguez-González, Pablo; García Alonso, J Ignacio

    2016-03-01

    The degradation of butyltin compounds in surface water samples under different storage conditions has been studied. A triple spike solution, containing monobutyltin (MBT), dibutyltin (DBT) and tributyltin (TBT) labelled with a different tin isotope, was added to the sample to calculate the extent of the interconversion reactions among butyltin compounds. Real surface water samples (river water) were collected and stored in glass, polypropylene or polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) containers. The presence of light, addition of acetic acid, storage temperature (22, 4 or -18 °C), and the influence of a filtration step were evaluated. Moreover, Milli-Q water with and without the addition of a high concentration of humic acids was prepared in parallel and the results compared to those obtained from the real samples. The water samples were analysed by gas chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (GC-MS/MS) in selected reaction monitoring (SRM) mode at two different storage times (2 weeks and 4 months after its preparation) to carry out both a short- and a long-term stability study. The lowest butyltin degradation was obtained when the samples were stored at -18 °C in the dark. Under these conditions, both TBT and DBT showed negligible dealkylation factors after 2 weeks. After 4 months, DBT dealkylation to MBT increased up to 19 % but TBT degradation was not observed.

  11. Simultaneous determination and pharmacokinetic study of four phenolic acids in rat plasma using UFLC-MS/MS after intravenous administration of salvianolic acid for injection.

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    Xie, Xiuman; Miao, Jingzhuo; Sun, Wanyang; Huang, Jingyi; Li, Dongxiang; Li, Shuming; Tong, Ling; Sun, Guoxiang

    2017-02-05

    A simple, sensitive and selective ultra-fast liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (UFLC-MS/MS) method was established for simultaneous determination and pharmacokinetic study of rosmarinic acid (RA), salvianolic acid D (Sal D), lithospermic acid (LA) and salvianolic acid B (Sal B) in rat plasma after intravenous administration of salvianolic acid for injection (SAFI). Three doses of administration, containing 14, 28 and 56mg/kg, were investigated in this study. Plasma samples were pretreated using protein precipitation (PP) with pre-cooled acetonitrile. Chromatographic separation was achieved on a CORTECS™ UPLC C18 column (1.6μm, 2.1×100mm) with a mobile phase composed of 0.1% formic acid aqueous (V/V) and 0.1% formic acid acetonitrile (V/V). Analytes were detected using electrospray ionization (ESI) source in negative ionization mode and quantified in multiple reaction monitoring (MRM) mode. The validated method is stable and reliable. No significant difference of half lives (t1/2) of four analytes at three doses was observed. Area under the curve (AUC0-∞) and peak concentration (Cmax) of the four analytes demonstrated a linear increase in across the doses with the linear correlation r of each analyte at three doses were greater than 0.95. It indicated that the pharmacokinetic behavior of SAFI is positively related to dose at the range of 14-56mg/kg.

  12. SPE-UPLC-MS/MS method for sensitive and rapid determination of aripiprazole in human plasma to support a bioequivalence study.

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    Patel, Daxesh P; Sharma, Primal; Sanyal, Mallika; Shrivastav, Pranav S

    2013-04-15

    An improved and rugged UPLC-MS/MS method has been developed and validated for sensitive and rapid determination of aripiprazole in human plasma using aripiprazole-d8 as the internal standard (IS). The analyte and IS were extracted from 100 μL of human plasma by solid-phase extraction using Phenomenex Strata-X (30 mg, 1 cc) cartridges. Chromatography was achieved on an Acquity UPLC BEH C18 (50 mm × 2.1 mm, 1.7 μm) analytical column using methanol: 10mM ammonium formate (85:15, v/v) as the mobile phase with isocratic elution. Quantitation was done using multiple reaction monitoring in the positive ionization mode. The linearity of the method was established in the concentration range 0.05-80 ng/mL. The mean extraction recovery was greater than 96% across QC levels, while intra- and inter batch accuracy and precision (% CV) values ranged from 97.4 to 101.9% and from 1.20 to 3.72% respectively. The relative matrix effect in eight different lots of plasma samples, expressed as % CV for the calculated slopes of calibration curves was 1.08%. The stability of aripiprazole was studied under different storage conditions. The validated method was used to support a bioequivalence study of 10mg aripiprazole formulation in 36 healthy Indian subjects.

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

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    Liu, Jian; Shen-Tu, Jianzhong; Wu, Lihua; Dou, Jing; Xu, Qiyang; Zhou, Huili; Wu, Guolan; Hu, Xingjiang

    2012-11-01

    The purpose of this study was to design a simple and rapid liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometric (LC-MS/MS) method for a rebamipide bioequivalence study in healthy Chinese male volunteers. In this method, sample pretreatment involved simple protein precipitation with venlafaxine as the internal standard. Analysis was achieved on a ZORBAX SB-C18 column with a concentration range of 6-1200 ng/mL. Rebamipide tablets from Yuanlijian (test, Hangzhou, China) and from Otsuka (reference, Hangzhou, China) were evaluated following a single 300 mg oral dose to 20 healthy volunteers. Bioequivalence was determined by calculating 90% confidence intervals (90% CI) for the ratio of Cmax, AUC(0-t) and AUC(0-infinity) values for the test and reference products, using logarithmic transformed data. The 90% confidence intervals for the ratio of Cmax (83.7-118.4%), AUC(0-t) (91.1-113.4%) and AUC(0-infinity) (90.6-113.2%) values for the test and reference products were within the interval (80.0-125.0% for AUC, and 70-143% for Cmax), proposed by State of Food and Drug Administration [SFDA, 2005. China]. It was concluded that the two rebamipide tablets were bioequivalent in their rate and extent of absorption and the method met the principle of quick and easy clinical analysis.

  14. Development and Validation of an LC-MS/MS-ESI Method for Comparative Pharmacokinetic Study of Ciprofloxacin in Healthy Male Subjects.

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    Choudhury, Hira; Gorain, Bapi; Paul, Anwesha; Sarkar, Pradipta; Dan, Shubhasis; Chakraborty, Pragnya; Pal, Tapan K

    2017-02-01

    A sensitive, specific and reproducible liquid chromatography coupled to tandem mass spectrometric method was developed and validated for the estimation of ciprofloxacin, an extensively used second-generation quinolone antibiotics, in human plasma. A liquid-liquid extraction of ciprofloxacin and the internal standard, ofloxacin, has been approached from the biological matrix using chloroform. Chromatographic separation was achieved in positive ion modes, isocratically on a 3.5 μm C18 analytical column (75 mm×4.6 mm, i.d.) with 0.2% formic acid solution in water: methanol (10:90, v/v) as mobile phase, at a flow rate of 0.5 mL.min(-1). The MS/MS ion transitions were monitored as 332.0→231.3 for ciprofloxacin and 362.2→261.0 for IS. The method showed good linearity in the range of 0.01-5.00 μg.mL(-1) (r(2) >0.99) with a good precision (3.37-12.60%) and accuracy (87.25-114%). At the same time, ciprofloxacin was found to be stable during stability studies viz. bench-top, auto-sampler, freeze-thaw cycle and long-term. The developed and validated method was successfully applied to measure plasma ciprofloxacin concentrations in a single dose bioequivalence study. © Georg Thieme Verlag KG Stuttgart · New York.

  15. UHPLC-MS/MS determination and pharmacokinetic study of plantamajoside in rat plasma after oral administration of single plantamajoside and Plantago asiatica extract.

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    Bai, Lizhi; Han, Li; Lu, Xiaoguang; Kang, Xin; Fan, Zhiwei; Xing, Rong; Zhou, Dangxia

    2017-05-01

    A sensitive and reliable ultra-high performance liquid chromatography coupled with tandem quadrupole mass spectrometry (UHPLC-MS/MS) method was developed for quantitation of plantamajoside in rat plasma. First, this study compared the pharmacokinetic properties of plantamajoside after oral administration of Plantago asiatica extract and pure plantamajoside in rat plasma with approximately the same dosage of 8.98 mg/kg. Second, chromatographic separation was performed on an Acquity HSS C18 column (50 × 2.1 mm, p.d.1.7 μm) with isocratic elution using methanol-water (80:20, v/v) as mobile phase at a flow rate of 0.25 mL/min. The calibration curves were linear over the range of 0.1-100 ng/mL for plantamajoside. At different time points (0, 0.083, 0.167, 0.25, 0.5, 0.75, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 8 h) after administration, the concentrations of plantamajoside in plasma were measured and the main pharmacokinetic parameters were estimated. The study indicates that the pharmacokinetics of plantamajoside in rat plasma have significant differences between two groups.

  16. Sensitivity of GC-EI/MS, GC-EI/MS/MS, LC-ESI/MS/MS, LC-Ag(+) CIS/MS/MS, and GC-ESI/MS/MS for analysis of anabolic steroids in doping control.

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    Cha, Eunju; Kim, Sohee; Kim, Ho Jun; Lee, Kang Mi; Kim, Ki Hun; Kwon, Oh-Seung; Lee, Jaeick

    2015-01-01

    This study compared the sensitivity of various separation and ionization methods, including gas chromatography with an electron ionization source (GC-EI), liquid chromatography with an electrospray ionization source (LC-ESI), and liquid chromatography with a silver ion coordination ion spray source (LC-Ag(+) CIS), coupled to a mass spectrometer (MS) for steroid analysis. Chromatographic conditions, mass spectrometric transitions, and ion source parameters were optimized. The majority of steroids in GC-EI/MS/MS and LC-Ag(+) CIS/MS/MS analysis showed higher sensitivities than those obtained with other analytical methods. The limits of detection (LODs) of 65 steroids by GC-EI/MS/MS, 68 steroids by LC-Ag(+) CIS/MS/MS, 56 steroids by GC-EI/MS, 54 steroids by LC-ESI/MS/MS, and 27 steroids by GC-ESI/MS/MS were below cut-off value of 2.0 ng/mL. LODs of steroids that formed protonated ions in LC-ESI/MS/MS analysis were all lower than the cut-off value. Several steroids such as unconjugated C3-hydroxyl with C17-hydroxyl structure showed higher sensitivities in GC-EI/MS/MS analysis relative to those obtained using the LC-based methods. The steroids containing 4, 9, 11-triene structures showed relatively poor sensitivities in GC-EI/MS and GC-ESI/MS/MS analysis. The results of this study provide information that may be useful for selecting suitable analytical methods for confirmatory analysis of steroids.

  17. Studies suggest an association between maternal periodontal disease and pre-eclampsia.

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    Vergnes, Jean-Noel

    2008-01-01

    In this systematic review, several types of infections are identified and investigated: urinary tract infection, periodontal disease, Chlamydia pneumoniae infection, HIV infection, malaria and other persistent bacterial and viral infections. Separate analyses were conducted for each of them. This summary review will only focus on the link between pre-eclampsia and periodontitis, which was just a part of the original systematic review. MEDLINE, EMBASE, POPLINE, CINAHL, LILACS (all from inception to June 30, 2007), proceedings of international meetings on pre-eclampsia, bibliography of the retrieved articles, reviews, chapters in standard textbooks on hypertension in pregnancy, and contact with investigators involved in the field were used to identify relevant studies. No language restrictions were imposed. Cohort, case-control or cross-sectional studies with original data that evaluated the association between maternal periodontal disease and pre-eclampsia were included. Cases were defined as women suffering from hypertension plus proteinuria, after 20 weeks' gestation. Data were extracted from each study according to design, geographic location, sample size, gestational age when periodontal disease was diagnosed, definition and severity of pre-eclampsia, confounding factors controlled for, temporality of the association, and report of dose-response gradient. Studies included in the systematic review were also included in the meta-analysis if they reported Odds Ratio (OR) or Relative Risk (RR) estimates with their 95% Confidence Intervals (CIs), or provided the information necessary to calculate them. Results from different reports were combined to produce a pooled OR according to the Mantel-Haenszel method, using both fixed- and random-effects models. Heterogeneity was quantified with I(2) statistics. Studies were also quality assessed. Seven case-control studies and 2 cohort studies evaluated the association between periodontal disease and pre-eclampsia. Six

  18. Study of a Gravity Precursor mode of the Lijiang Earthquake with Ms7.0

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    Shen, C.; Li, H.

    2007-05-01

    In order to analyses the earthquake pregnant process or the precursory behavior before the 1996 Lijiang earthquake with Ms7.0 occurred in this paper, we make the best of the high precision repeat gravity observation data in the experiment field, western Yunnan, combine with the related geological survey and geophysical results and take account of the gross errors caused by data observation and models difference, we first adopt the robust Bayes least squares estimation and multi-fault dislocation models to invert and obtain the time slip distribution of the main active faults in the study region. The results show that the time changes of faults slip during 1990 to 1997 are good reflected the earthquake pregnant process of the 1996 Lijiang earthquake with Ms7.0, the picture of main precursor mode has the characteristic of main shock- after shock type and follow the mode of coupling movement between crust density and crust deformation (in a word, name it as DD mode of coupling movement). Keyword Lijiang earthquake precursor mode repeat gravity time changes of faults slip

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

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

    2013-06-01

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

  20. The flexibility of a generic LC-MS/MS method for the quantitative analysis of therapeutic proteins based on human immunoglobulin G and related constructs in animal studies.

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    Lanshoeft, Christian; Wolf, Thierry; Walles, Markus; Barteau, Samuel; Picard, Franck; Kretz, Olivier; Cianférani, Sarah; Heudi, Olivier

    2016-11-30

    An increasing demand of new analytical methods is associated with the growing number of biotherapeutic programs being prosecuted in the pharmaceutical industry. Whilst immunoassay has been the standard method for decades, a great interest in assays based on liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) is evolving. In this present work, the development of a generic method for the quantitative analysis of therapeutic proteins based on human immunoglobulin G (hIgG) in rat serum is reported. The method is based on four generic peptides GPSVFPLAPSSK (GPS), TTPPVLDSDGSFFLYSK (TTP), VVSVLTVLHQDWLNGK (VVS) and FNWYVDGVEVHNAK (FNW) originating from different parts of the fraction crystallizable (Fc) region of a reference hIgG1 (hIgG1A). A tryptic pellet digestion of rat serum spiked with hIgG1A and a stable isotope labeled protein (hIgG1B) used as internal standard (ISTD) was applied prior LC-MS/MS analysis. The upper limit of quantification was at 1000μg/mL. The lower limit of quantitation was for GPS, TTP and VVS at 1.00μg/mL whereas for FNW at 5.00μg/mL. Accuracy and precision data met acceptance over three days. The presented method was further successfully applied to the quantitative analysis of other hIgG1s (hIgG1C and hIgG1D) and hIgG4-based therapeutic proteins on spiked quality control (QC) samples in monkey and rat serum using calibration standards (Cs) prepared with hIgG1A in rat serum. In order to extend the applicability of our generic approach, a bispecific-bivalent hIgG1 (bb-hIgG1) and two lysine conjugated antibody-drug conjugates (ADC1 and ADC2) were incorporated as well. The observed values on spiked QC samples in monkey serum were satisfactory with GPS for the determination of bb-hIgG1 whereas the FNW and TTP peptides were suitable for the ADCs. Moreover, comparable mean concentration-time profiles were obtained from monkeys previously dosed intravenously with ADC2 measured against Cs samples prepared either with hIgG1A in rat serum

  1. Simultaneous determination of timosaponin B-II and A-III in rat plasma by LC-MS/MS and its application to pharmacokinetic study.

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    Feng, Yi; Chen, Baoting; Lin, Aihua; Liu, Yiming

    2014-08-15

    A rapid, specific and sensitive liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometric (LC-MS/MS) method was developed and validated for the simultaneous determination of timosaponin B-II (TB-II) and A-III (TA-III) in rat plasma. Plasma samples were pretreated via simple protein precipitation with acetonitrile and ginsenoside Rg2 was used as internal standard. Chromatographic separation was carried out on an Agilent XDB-C8 (150 mm × 2.1mm i.d., 5 μm) column by isocratic elution with acetonitrile-2 mmol/L ammonium acetate (55:45, v/v). The detection was performed on a Sciex API 4000(+) triple-quadrupole tandem mass spectrometer with TurboIonSpray ionization (ESI) inlet via the negative ion multiple reaction monitoring (MRM) mode. The results showed that the calibration curve was linear in the concentration range of 3-3,000 ng/mL for TB-II and 0.3-3,000 ng/mL for TA-III, respectively. The intra- and inter-day precisions were less than 13.25%, and the accuracy ranged from 100.88% to 104.07% at three QC levels for both. The pharmacokinetic profiles of TB-II and TA-III in timosaponins (total timosaponin) at three dose levels (TB-II 150, 300, 600 mg/kg and TA-III 0.59, 1.17, 2.34 mg/kg, respectively) and in timosaponins-Huangbai alkaloids mixtures (1:1, 1:3, w/w, TB-II 300 mg/kg and TA-III 1.17 mg/kg) were studied for the first time in rats by this LC-MS/MS method. After single oral administration of timosaponins, mean Cmax and AUC0-t of TB-II and TA-III increased but non-proportional to the oral doses. When timosaponins-Huangbai alkaloids (1:1, 1:3, w/w) mixtures were administered, Cmax and AUC0-t of TB-II in the mixtures were obviously higher than the corresponding values in timosaponins at the same dose level. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  2. LC-MS/MS bioanalysis of loratadine (Claritin) in dried blood spot (DBS) samples collected by subjects in a clinical research study.

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    Li, Wenkui; Doherty, John; Moench, Paul; Flarakos, Jimmy; Tse, Francis L S

    2015-03-01

    A high-performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometric (LC-MS/MS) method has been developed and validated for the quantitative analysis of loratadine, an H1 histamine antagonist, in human dried blood spot (DBS) samples following a single self-administered 10 or 20mg oral dose. The samples were produced by spotting approximately 30μl of whole blood onto PE-226 cards. Two 3-mm discs were cut from the DBS samples and extracted using aqueous methanol containing the internal standard. After transfer and drying of the resulting sample extract, the reconstituted residues were chromatographed using a Waters XSelect C18 column and isocratic elution for MS/MS detection. The possible impact due to hematocrit, volume of blood sample spotted, storage temperature, and humidity, on the accuracy of measured DBS results were investigated. The results showed that only spotted blood volume might have an impact; a small volume (10μl) tended to give a larger negative bias in the measured value than the large volume ones (≥20μl). The current method was fully validated over a dynamic range of 0.200-20.0ng/ml with correlation coefficients (r(2)) for three validation batches equal to or better than 0.990. The intra-day accuracy and precision at the LLOQ were -11.5 to 0.0% bias and 6.4 to 8.9% CV, respectively. For the other QC samples (0.600, 3.00, 10.0 and 15.0ng/ml), the precision ranged from 4.2 to 9.8% CV and from 6.3 to 8.1% CV, respectively, in the intra-day and inter-day evaluations; the accuracy ranged from -1.7 to 10.0% and 2.7 to 5.3% bias, respectively, in the intra-day and inter-day batches. Loratadine is stable in the DBS samples for at least 271 days at ambient temperature in a desiccator, for at least 24h at 60°C and under 80% relative humidity, followed by re-conditioning at ambient temperature in a desiccator. The current methodology has been applied to determine the loratadine levels in DBS samples collected by subjects in a clinical research study to

  3. An Introductory Course in Indian Studies for Small Colleges: A Suggested Annotated Syllabus.

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    Stern, Robert

    The author outlines an introductory undergraduate course in Indian Studies constructed on the configuration of a social science cluster built around a central disciplinary core of political science. The objective of the course is to build an understanding of contemporary India. As a matter of convenience and organization the course is divided into…

  4. SUMMARY OF THE EAU CLAIRE COUNTY YOUTH STUDY AND SOME SUGGESTIONS FOR TEACHERS.

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    THURSTON, JOHN R.; AND OTHERS

    THIS DOCUMENT DESCRIBES A RESEARCH STUDY IN WHICH THE CLASSROOM BEHAVIOR OF EQUAL NUMBERS OF TEACHER-APPROVED AND TEACHER-DISAPPROVED YOUNGSTERS WAS ANALYZED IN RELATION TO FAMILY BACKGROUNDS. THE STUDENTS WERE FURTHER DIVIDED EVENLY INTO RURAL AND URBAN GROUPS AND END OF YEAR THIRD-, SIXTH-, AND NINTH-GRADE STUDENTS. A SECOND LIST WAS GENERATED 2…

  5. A New Social Communication Intervention for Children with Autism: Pilot Randomised Controlled Treatment Study Suggesting Effectiveness

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    Aldred, Catherine; Green, Jonathan; Adams, Catherine

    2004-01-01

    Background: Psychosocial treatments are the mainstay of management of autism in the UK but there is a notable lack of a systematic evidence base for their effectiveness. Randomised controlled trial (RCT) studies in this area have been rare but are essential because of the developmental heterogeneity of the disorder. We aimed to test a new…

  6. THC:CBD spray and MS spasticity symptoms: data from latest studies.

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    Rekand, Tiina

    2014-01-01

    New clinical experience with 9-delta-tetrahydocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) oromucosal spray (Sativex®) involving more than an additional 1,000 patients with MS spasticity (approximately 150 in clinical studies and 900 in post-marketing surveillance studies) have become available in 2013 and are reviewed. A randomized, placebo controlled long-term follow-up clinical trial with THC:CBD spray versus placebo demonstrated that it was not associated with cognitive decline, depression or significant mood changes after 12 months of treatment. Furthermore, in a prospective observational pilot study involving 33 patients (60% female) aged 33-68 years and a mean disease duration of 6.6 years, THC:CBD oromucosal spray did not adversely influence standard driving ability in patients with moderate to severe MS spasticity. Other new long term observational data about the use of THC:CBD oromucosal spray in clinical practice are available from patient registries in the UK, Germany and Spain. Findings to date reinforce the efficacy and safety observed in Phase III clinical trials. It is of interest that in practice average dosages used by patients tended to be lower than those reported in clinical studies (5-6.4 vs. >8 sprays/day), and effectiveness was maintained in the majority of patients. Importantly, no additional safety concerns were identified in the registry studies which included findings from patients who have been treated for prolonged periods (in the German/UK registry 45% of patients had >2 years exposure). Thus, these new data support a positive benefit-risk relationship for THC:CBD oromucosal spray during longer-term use. © 2014 S. Karger AG, Basel.

  7. The rings of Saturn: State of current knowledge and some suggestions for future studies

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    Cuzzi, J. N.

    1978-01-01

    The state of our current knowledge of the properties of the ring system as a whole, and of the particles individually, is assessed. Attention is primarily devoted to recent results and possibilities for exploration of the ring system by a Saturn orbiter. In particular, the infrared and microwave properties of the ring system are discussed. The behavior of the ring brightness is not well understood in the critical transition spectral region from approximately 100 micrometers to approximately 1 cm. Also, the dynamical behavior of the ring system is discussed. Recent theoretical studies show that ongoing dynamical effects continually affect the ring structure in azimuth (possibly producing the A ring brightness asymmetry) and in the vertical direction. Orbital spacecraft-based studies of the rings will offer several unique advantages and impact important cosmogonical questions. Bistatic radar studies and millimeter-wavelength spectrometer/radiometry will give particle sizes and composition limits needed to resolve the question of the density of the rings, and provide important boundary conditions on the state of Saturn's protoplanetary nebula near the time of planetary formation.

  8. Comparative study on microsampling techniques in metabolic fingerprinting studies applying gas chromatography-MS analysis.

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    Cala, Mónica P; Meesters, Roland Jw

    2017-09-01

    Sample collection and preparation are important steps in the metabolomics workflow. Any improvement should be aimed toward making them simpler, faster and more reproducible. This paper describes the evaluation of different types of whole blood microsampling techniques applied in a metabolic fingerprinting study of breast cancer patients. A total of 139, 124 and 128 metabolites were identified in protein precipitation, dried matrix on paper discs and Mitra(®) volumetric absorptive microsampling, respectively in 80% of the sample sets, where the quality control samples had a relative standard deviation of <30%. Ten metabolites in breast cancer samples were detected as being altered significantly (p < 0.05). Our results suggest that whole blood microsampling techniques do not obtain statistically different results in comparison with the metabolomics applied standard reference method of protein precipitation, in terms of the number of detected compounds, the reproducibility and modeling of differences between the groups.

  9. Simultaneous quantification of methylene blue and its major metabolite, azure B, in plasma by LC-MS/MS and its application for a pharmacokinetic study.

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    Kim, Soo-Jin; Ha, Dong-Jin; Koo, Tae-Sung

    2014-04-01

    A simple and sensitive liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) method was developed for the quantification of methylene blue (MB) and its major metabolite, azure B (AZB), in rat plasma. A simple protein precipitation using acetonitrile was followed by injection of the supernatant on to a Zorbax HILIC Plus column (3.5 µm, 2.1 × 100 mm) with isocratic mobile phase consisting of 5 mM ammonium acetate in 10:90 (v/v) water:methanol at a flow rate of 0.3 mL/min and detection in positive ionization mode. The standard curve was linear over the concentration range from 1 to 1000 ng/mL for MB and AZB with coefficient of determination above 0.9930. The lower limit of quantification was 1 ng/mL using 20 μL of rat plasma sample. The intra- and inter-assay precision and accuracy were <12%. The developed analytical method was successfully applied to the pharmacokinetic study of MB and AZB in rats. Copyright © 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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

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

    2016-06-01

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

  11. Studies into the phenolic patterns of different tissues of pineapple (Ananas comosus [L.] Merr.) infructescence by HPLC-DAD-ESI-MS (n) and GC-MS analysis.

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    Steingass, Christof B; Glock, Mona P; Schweiggert, Ralf M; Carle, Reinhold

    2015-08-01

    In a comprehensive study, more than 60 phenolic compounds were detected in methanolic extracts from different tissues of pineapple infructescence by high-performance liquid chromatography with diode array detection and electrospray ionisation multiple-stage mass spectrometry (HPLC-DAD-ESI-MS (n) ) as well as by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS). The analytical workflow combining both methods revealed numerous compounds assigned for the first time as pineapple constituents by their mass fragmentations. Pineapple crown tissue was characterised by depsides of p-coumaric and ferulic acid. In contrast, major phenolic compounds in pineapple pulp extracts were assigned to diverse S-p-coumaryl, S-coniferyl and S-sinapyl derivatives of glutathione, N-L-γ-glutamyl-L-cysteine and L-cysteine, which were also identified in the peel. The latter was additionally characterised by elevated concentrations of p-coumaric, ferulic and caffeic acid depsides and glycerides, respectively. Two peel-specific cyanidin hexosides were found. Elevated concentrations of isomeric N,N'-diferuloylspermidines may be a useful tool for the detection of fraudulent peel usage for pineapple juice production. Mass fragmentation pathways of characteristic pineapple constituents are proposed, and their putative biological functions are discussed.

  12. Analysis and pharmacokinetic study of polyphyllin H in beagle dog plasma after oral administration of Rhizoma Paridis extracts by LC-MS/MS.

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    Yin, Xingbin; Lin, Longfei; Shen, Mingrui; Zhai, Yujing; Cao, Sali; Fu, Jing; Li, Xuechun; Yang, Chunjing; Xia, Zhenwen; Zhao, Yang; Li, Shangxin; Bai, Ying; Xue, Dan; Ni, Jian

    2014-12-01

    A highly sensitive, rapid assay method has been developed and validated for the analysis of polyphyllin H in beagle dog plasma with liquid chromatography coupled to tandem mass spectrometry with electrospray ionization in the positive-ion mode. The assay procedure involves extraction of polyphyllin H and ginsenoside Re (IS) from beagle dog plasma. Chromatographic separation was carried out on an Agilent Zorbax XDB-C18 (100 × 2.1 mm, 1.8μm) column by isocratic elution with acetonitrile and water (50:50, v/v) at a flow rate of 0.25 mL/min with a total run time of 2.5 min. The MS/MS ion transitions monitored were m/z 869.60 → 869.60 for polyphyllin H and m/z 969.60 → 969.60 for IS. [corrected] Linear responses were obtained for polyphyllin H ranging from 1 to 50 ng/mL. The intra-and inter-day precisions (RSDs) <1.77 and 3.39% and the extraction recovery ranged from 91.89 to 93.33% with RSD <2.68%. Stability studies showed that polyphyllin H was stable in the preparation and analytical process. The results indicated that the validated method was successfully used to determine the concentration-time profiles of polyphyllin H.

  13. A rapid and sensitive HPLC-APCI-MS/MS method determination of fluticasone in human plasma: application for a bioequivalency study in nasal spray formulations.

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    Byrro, Ricardo Martins Duarte; César, Isabela Costa; de Santana e Silva Cardoso, Fabiana Fernandes; Mundim, Iram Moreira; Teixeira, Leonardo de Souza; Bonfim, Ricardo Rodrigues; Gomes, Sandro Antônio; Pianetti, Gerson Antônio

    2012-03-05

    A sensitive method for the determination of fluticasone in plasma was developed using high performance liquid chromatography with tandem mass spectrometric detection, whereas beclomethasone was used as internal standard. The analytes were extracted with a simple liquid-liquid extraction from the plasma samples and separated on an ACE C(18) 50 × 4.6 mm i.d.; 5 μm particle size column with a mobile phase consisting of acetonitrile - 0.01% formic acid (48:52, v/v) at a flow rate of 1 ml/min. Detection was achieved by an Applied Biosystems API 5000 mass spectrometer (LC-MS/MS) set at unit resolution in the multiple reaction monitoring mode. Atmospheric pressure chemical ionization (APCI) was used for ion production. The mean recovery for fluticasone propionate was 85%, with a lower limit of quantification set at 2 pg/mL. The validated analytical method was applied to a bioequivalence study of fluticasone propionate administered by nasal spray formulations in human volunteers.

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

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

    2016-07-01

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

  15. Highly Sensitive LC-MS-MS Method for the Determination of Tacrine in Rat Plasma: Application to Pharmacokinetic Studies in Rats.

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    Ponnayyan Sulochana, Suresh; Ravichandiran, Vishnuvardh; Mullangi, Ramesh; Sukumaran, Sathesh Kumar

    2016-03-01

    A rapid and highly sensitive assay method has been developed and validated for the estimation of tacrine in rat plasma using liquid chromatography coupled to tandem mass spectrometry with electrospray ionization in the positive-ion mode. The assay procedure involves a simple liquid-liquid extraction of tacrine and phenacetin (internal standard, IS) from rat plasma using ethyl acetate. Chromatographic separation was achieved with 0.2% formic acid : acetonitrile (30 : 70, v/v) at a flow rate of 0.50 mL/min on an Atlantis dC18 column with a total run time of 3.0 min. The MS-MS ion transitions monitored were 199.10 → 171.20 for tacrine and 180.10 → 110.10 for IS. Method validation was performed as per United States Food and Drug Administration (US FDA) guidelines and the results met the acceptance criteria. The lower limit of quantification achieved was 0.008 ng/mL and linearity was observed from 0.008 to 53.4 ng/mL. The intra- and inter-day precision was in the range of 2.76-12.5 and 5.15-12.8%, respectively. This novel method has been applied to a pharmacokinetic study in rats.

  16. Development and Validation of a LC-MS/MS Method for the Simultaneous Estimation of Amlodipine and Valsartan in Human Plasma: Application to a Bioequivalence Study

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    Jangala, Hemanth; Vats, Poonam; Khuroo, Arshad Hussain; Monif, Tausif

    2014-01-01

    Abstract A reliable, simple, and robust liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectro-metric (LC-MS/MS) method has been developed and validated that employs solid-phase extraction for the simultaneous estimation of amlodipine and valsartan in human K3EDTA plasma using amlodipine-d4 and valsartan-d9 as internal standards. Chromatographic separation of amlodipine and valsartan was achieved on the Luna C18 (2)100A (150 × 4.6 mm, 5 μm) column using acetonitrile: 5 mM ammonium formate solution (80:20, v/v) as the mobile phase at a flow rate of 0.8 mL/min in isocratic mode. Quantification was achieved using an electrospray ion interface operating in positive mode, under multiple reaction monitoring (MRM) conditions. The assay was found to be linear over the range of 0.302–20.725 ng/mL for amlodipine and 6.062–18060.792 ng/mL for valsartan. The method has shown good reproducibility, as intra- and interday precisions were within 10% and accuracies were within 8% of nominal values for both analytes. The method was successfully applied for the bioequivalence study of amlodipine and valsartan after oral administration of a fixed dose of the combination. Additionally, as required by the current regulatory bodies, incurred sample reanalysis was performed and found to be acceptable. PMID:25853070

  17. Development of a LC-MS/MS method for the determination of antrodin B and antrodin C from Antrodia camphorata extract in rat plasma for pharmacokinetic study.

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    Liu, Yongli; Di, Xin; Liu, Xingchao; Shen, Wenjin; Leung, Kelvin Sze-Yin

    2010-11-02

    A selective and sensitive liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) method was developed and validated for the determination of antrodin B and antrodin C in rat plasma. Both target compounds, together with the internal standard (diazepam), were extracted from rat plasma samples by liquid-liquid extraction with ethyl acetate. Chromatographic separation was carried out on an Agilent XDB-C(8) column with an isocratic mobile phase consisting of acetonitrile and water (70:30, V/V) at a flow rate of 0.5 mL/min. The mass spectrometric detection was performed by selected reaction monitoring (SRM) mode via atmospheric pressure chemical ionization (APCI) source operating in positive ionization mode. The assay exhibited a linear dynamic range of 47.6-4760 ng/mL for antrodin B and 56.6-5660 ng/mL for antrodin C. The intra- and inter-day precision was less than 5.3% and the accuracy was less than 2.7% for both analytes. The validated method has been applied to the pharmacokinetic study of antrodin B and antrodin C in rats following oral administration of Antrodia camphorata extract.

  18. Development of an LC-MS/MS method for determination of bicalutamide on dried blood spots: application to pharmacokinetic study in mice.

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    P S, Suresh; Vijay Kumar, S; Kumar, Avinash; Mullangi, Ramesh

    2015-02-01

    A rapid and highly sensitive assay method has been developed and validated for the estimation of bicalutamide (BCL) on mouse dried blood spots (DBS) using liquid chromatography coupled to tandem mass spectrometry with electrospray ionization in the negative-ion mode. The assay procedure involves a simple liquid extraction of BCL and tolbutamide (internal standard, IS) from mouse blood DBS cards using tert-butyl methyl ether. Chromatographic separation was achieved with 5 mm ammonium acetate (pH 6.5)-acetonitrile (35:65, v/v) at a flow rate of 0.60 mL/min on an Atlantis dC18 column with a total run time 3.0 min. The MS/MS ion transitions monitored were 428.80 → 254.70 for BCL and 269.00 → 169.60 for IS. Method validation was performed as per regulatory guidelines. A linear response function was observed from 0.92 to 1911 ng/mL for BCL in mouse blood. The intra- and inter-day precisions were in the ranges of 1.86-12.5 and 3.19-10.8%, respectively. This novel DBS method has been applied to a pharmacokinetic study in mice.

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

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

    2011-11-15

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

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

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

    2010-08-01

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

  1. Development and validation of an LC-ESI-MS/MS approach to determine a highly hydrophobic drug, norcantharidin palmitate, and apply to a preliminary pharmacokinetic study in rats.

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    Liu, Xiaolin; Tao, Xiaoguang; Zheng, Qi; Xu, Hang; Zhang, Yu; Lei, Tian; Yin, Tian; He, Haibing; Tang, Xing

    2017-05-12

    In order to investigate the pharmacokinetics of norcantharidin palmitate (NCTD-PAL) in rats, we developed and validated an LC-ESI-MS/MS method. The NCTD-PAL and internal standard (triamcinoloneacetonide palmitate, TAP) were separated on a Phenomenex Kinetex®XB C18 column, and the mobile phase was composed of tetrahydrofuran (THF)-acetonitrile (20/80, v/v) and an aqueous phase containing 0.2% ammonium hydroxide at a flow rate of 0.3 mL/min. The ESI interface operated in positive mode was used to acquire the mass spectrometric data, and the transition ions were m/z 635.50 → 168.95 and 673.65 → 397.13 for NCTD-PAL and IS, respectively. The method had a linear range of 10-2000 ng/mL with a correlation coefficient of >0.99. The accuracy (RE, %) was within ±10.1%, and the intra- and inter-day precisions (RSD, %) were 10.9 and 13.8%, respectively. The extraction recovery of NCTD-PAL at different concentrations ranged from 89.3 to 102.0%. The validated approach was efficaciously applied to a pharmacokinetic study of NCTD-PAL in rats via intravenous injection. Based on these results obtained, this method is practical and suitable for a wide range of applications. Copyright © 2017 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  2. A validated LC-MS/MS assay for the simultaneous determination of periplocin and its two metabolites, periplocymarin and periplogenin in rat plasma: Application to a pharmacokinetic study.

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    He, Jun; Bo, Fang; Tu, Yaru; Azietaku, John Teye; Dou, Ting; Ouyang, Huizi; Chang, Yanxu; Liu, Hong; Gao, Xiumei

    2015-10-10

    A sensitive and reliable LC-MS/MS method was developed and validated for the simultaneous determination of periplocin and its two metabolites (periplocymarin and periplogenin) in rat plasma using psoralen as the internal standard (IS). After liquid-liquid extraction with ethyl acetate, chromatographic separation was performed on a C18 column with a 13 min gradient elution using 0.1% formic acid and acetonitrile as mobile phase at a flow rate of 0.3 mL/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 limits of quantitation (LLOQs) for periplocin, periplocymarin and periplogenin were 0.5, 1 and 0.1 ng/mL, respectively. The mean recoveries of the analytes and IS were higher than 67.7%. The proposed method was successfully applied to evaluating the pharmacokinetic studies of periplocin and its metabolites (periplocymarin and periplogenin) in rats after a single oral administration of periplocin at 50 mg/kg. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  3. An LC-MS/MS method for determination of novel fungicide pyraoxystrobin in rat plasma and tissues: Toxicokinetics and tissue distribution study.

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    Lin, Li H; Duan, Ming Y; Chen, Guang; You, Xiao H; Liu, Chang L; Guo, Xing J

    2015-05-01

    A simple, specific and reproducible liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) method was developed for the determination of pyraoxystrobin in rat plasma and tissues. Chromatographic separation was achieved on a Zorbax Extend-C18 column (50×2.1mm I. D., 3.5µm), using a gradient mobile phase consisting of acetonitrile and 0.1% aqueous formic acid (v/v) at a flow rate of 0.5mL min(-1). Pyraoxystrobin and picoxystrobin (internal standard) were detected without interference in the selected reaction monitoring (SRM) mode with positive electrospray ionization. Further, the method was validated following FDA guideline. The calibration curves for plasma and tissues were linear over a concentration range of 1.00-200ng mL(-1), with lower limits of quantitation of 1.00ng mL(-1). Mean extraction recoveries in plasma and tissues ranged from 101.4% to 108.2% and from 49.1% to 59.4%, respectively. The intra-day and inter-day precision in plasma and tissues were within 9.9% and 8.9%, and the intra-day and inter-day accuracy ranged from 88.7% to 110.7% and 93.2% to 108.7%, respectively. Finally, the validated method was successfully applied to toxicokinetics and tissue distribution studies after oral administration of pyraoxystrobin to rats. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  4. HPLC-MS/MS method for the simultaneous quantification of desmethylmebeverine acid, mebeverine acid and mebeverine alcohol in human plasma along with its application to a pharmacokinetics study.

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    Moskaleva, Natalia E; Baranov, Pavel A; Mesonzhnik, Natalia V; Appolonova, Svetlana A

    2017-05-10

    A new simple, rapid and sensitive high pressure liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (HPLC-MS/MS) method was developed and validated for simultaneous analysis of mebeverine metabolites as: mebeverine alcohol (MAL), mebeverine acid (MAC) and desmethylmebeverine acid (DMAC) in human plasma. Sample preparation was performed by protein precipitation following the separation of analytes using an Acquity UPLC BEN C8 column 1.7 mm 2.1×50mm (Waters, USA). (2)H5-desmethylmebeverine acid ((2)H5-DMAC) was used as the internal standard (IS). The proposed method was validated with linear ranges of 0.1-10ng/mL; 1-100ng/mL and 5-1000ng/mL for MAL, MAC and DMAC, respectively. Accuracy for all analytes (%RE), given as deviation between nominal and measured concentration and assay variability (CV) ranged from -4.04% to 4.60% and from 0.31% to 6.43% respectively both for within- and between-run. The overall recoveries for all metabolites were above 85%. The proposed method was used successfully for analysis of real samples from a pharmacokinetics study.

  5. Optimization and Comparison of ESI and APCI LC-MS/MS Methods: A Case Study of Irgarol 1051, Diuron, and their Degradation Products in Environmental Samples

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    Maragou, Niki C.; Thomaidis, Nikolaos S.; Koupparis, Michael A.

    2011-10-01

    A systematic and detailed optimization strategy for the development of atmospheric pressure ionization (API) LC-MS/MS methods for the determination of Irgarol 1051, Diuron, and their degradation products (M1, DCPMU, DCPU, and DCA) in water, sediment, and mussel is described. Experimental design was applied for the optimization of the ion sources parameters. Comparison of ESI and APCI was performed in positive- and negative-ion mode, and the effect of the mobile phase on ionization was studied for both techniques. Special attention was drawn to the ionization of DCA, which presents particular difficulty in API techniques. Satisfactory ionization of this small molecule is achieved only with ESI positive-ion mode using acetonitrile in the mobile phase; the instrumental detection limit is 0.11 ng/mL. Signal suppression was qualitatively estimated by using purified and non-purified samples. The sample preparation for sediments and mussels is direct and simple, comprising only solvent extraction. Mean recoveries ranged from 71% to 110%, and the corresponding (%) RSDs ranged between 4.1 and 14%. The method limits of detection ranged between 0.6 and 3.5 ng/g for sediment and mussel and from 1.3 to 1.8 ng/L for sea water. The method was applied to sea water, marine sediment, and mussels, which were obtained from marinas in Attiki, Greece. Ion ratio confirmation was used for the identification of the compounds.

  6. Simultaneous determination of three glucuronide conjugates of scutellarein in rat plasma by LC-MS/MS for pharmacokinetic study of breviscapine.

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    Wang, Xin; Xia, Hongjun; Liu, Youping; Qiu, Feng; Di, Xin

    2014-08-15

    A selective and sensitive LC-MS/MS method was developed and validated for simultaneous determination of three glucuronide conjugates of scutellarein in rat plasma. Plasma samples were pretreated by protein precipitation with acetonitrile. The analytes (scutellarin, scutellarein-6,7-di-O-β-d-glucuronide and scutellarein-6-O-β-d-glucuronide), together with internal standard (IS, baicalin) were separated on a Diamonsil C18 column (150 mm × 4.6 mm, 5 μm) with an isocratic mobile phase consisting of methanol-water-formic acid (55:45:0.2, v/v/v). Mass spectrometric detection was performed by selected reaction monitoring (SRM) mode via electrospray ionization source operating in negative ionization mode. The method was linear for all the analytes over the investigated concentration ranges with correlation coefficients greater than 0.9954. The intra- and inter-day precisions were less than 9.1% and the relative error was between -1.7% and 4.2%. The extraction recoveries of the analytes and IS from rat plasma were over 63%. The validated method has been successfully applied to a pharmacokinetic study of breviscapine in rats after intragastric administration at a dose of 20mg/kg. The pharmacokinetic results would be helpful to better understand the pharmacological actions of breviscapine. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  7. A HPLC-MS/MS method for the simultaneous quantitation of six alkaloids of Rhizoma Corydalis Decumbentis in rat plasma and its application to a pharmacokinetic study.

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    Liao, Chuanrong; Chang, Sheng; Yin, Shiliang; Wang, Zhibin; Meng, Yonghai

    2014-01-01

    A specific and reliable HPLC-MS/MS method was developed and validated for the simultaneous determination of six alkaloids in rat plasma, jatrorrhizine, berberine, tetrahydropalmatine, protopine, bicuculline and palmatine. The analytes were separated on a C18 column (50mm×2.1mm, 1.8μm) and a triple-quadrupole mass spectrometry equipped with an electrospray ionization (ESI) source was used for detection. The plasma sample was prepared by the simple protein precipitation and the recovery for the six analytes was over 80%. The calibration curves were linear over a concentration range of 0.38-1900.0ng/mL for jatrorrhizine, 0.57-2850.0ng/mL for berberine, 0.32-1600.0ng/mL for tetrahydropalmatine, 0.21-1050.0ng/mL for protopine, 0.34-1700.0ng/mL for bicuculline and 0.22-1100ng/mL for palmatine. The intra-day and inter-day precision was less than 15% and the relative error (RE) was all within ±15%. The validated method was successfully applied to a pharmacokinetics study in rats after oral administration of the extracts of Rhizoma Corydalis Decumbentis (a famous Chinese herb). Copyright © 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  8. A validated LC-MS/MS method for quantitative analysis of curcumin in mouse plasma and brain tissue and its application in pharmacokinetic and brain distribution studies.

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    Ramalingam, Prakash; Ko, Young Tag

    2014-10-15

    Curcumin is a well-known multitherapeutic agent widely employed in neurodegenerative disorders and cancer. A selective, fast, and sensitive method employing liquid chromatography coupled with tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) was developed and validated for the simultaneous determination of curcumin in mouse plasma and brain tissue, by using salbutamol as an internal standard. Triple quadrupole mass detection with multiple reaction monitoring (MRM) mode was used to monitor the ion transitions, m/z of 369>285 for curcumin, and m/z of 240>148 for salbutamol. The method was validated for recovery, accuracy, precision, linearity, and applicability. The lower limits of quantification (LLOQ) in both matrices were 2.5ng/mL. The inter-day and intra-day precisions and accuracy values were within the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) acceptance criteria, for both matrixes. The method was successfully applied in pharmacokinetics and brain distribution studies of curcumin after intravenous administration of free curcumin and curcumin-loaded solid lipid nanoparticles to mice. Furthermore, the application of this method along with serial blood sampling in mice has led to significant reduction in animal use and dosage and drastic improvement in speed, throughput, and quality of pharmacokinetic parameters.

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

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

    2016-09-05

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

  10. Development and Validation of a LC-MS/MS Method for the Simultaneous Estimation of Amlodipine and Valsartan in Human Plasma: Application to a Bioequivalence Study.

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    Jangala, Hemanth; Vats, Poonam; Khuroo, Arshad Hussain; Monif, Tausif

    2014-01-01

    A reliable, simple, and robust liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectro-metric (LC-MS/MS) method has been developed and validated that employs solid-phase extraction for the simultaneous estimation of amlodipine and valsartan in human K3EDTA plasma using amlodipine-d4 and valsartan-d9 as internal standards. Chromatographic separation of amlodipine and valsartan was achieved on the Luna C18 (2)100A (150 × 4.6 mm, 5 μm) column using acetonitrile: 5 mM ammonium formate solution (80:20, v/v) as the mobile phase at a flow rate of 0.8 mL/min in isocratic mode. Quantification was achieved using an electrospray ion interface operating in positive mode, under multiple reaction monitoring (MRM) conditions. The assay was found to be linear over the range of 0.302-20.725 ng/mL for amlodipine and 6.062-18060.792 ng/mL for valsartan. The method has shown good reproducibility, as intra- and interday precisions were within 10% and accuracies were within 8% of nominal values for both analytes. The method was successfully applied for the bioequivalence study of amlodipine and valsartan after oral administration of a fixed dose of the combination. Additionally, as required by the current regulatory bodies, incurred sample reanalysis was performed and found to be acceptable.

  11. Development and validation of an improved method for the quantitation of sertraline in human plasma using LC-MS-MS and its application to bioequivalence studies.

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    Zhang, Mengliang; Gao, Feng; Cui, Xiangyong; Zhang, Yunhui; Sun, Yantong; Gu, Jingkai

    2011-02-01

    A rapid and sensitive LC-MS-MS method for the quantitation of sertraline in human plasma was developed and validated. Sertraline and the internal standard, telmisartan, were cleaned up by protein precipitation from 100 μL of plasma sample, and analyzed on a TC-C18 column (5 μm, 150 × 4.6 mm i.d.) using 70% acetonitrile and 30% 10 mM ammonium acetate (0.1% formic acid) as mobile phase. The method was demonstrated to be linear from 0.1 ng/mL to 50 ng/mL with the lower limit of quantitation of 0.1 ng/mL. Intra- and inter-day precision were below 4.40% and 3.55%. Recoveries of sertraline at low, medium, and high levels were 88.0 ± 2.3%, 88.2 ± 1.9%, and 90.0 ± 2.0%, respectively. The method was successfully applied to a bioequivalence study of sertraline after a single oral administration of 50 mg sertraline hydrochloride tablets.

  12. An LC-MS/MS method for simultaneous determination of hosenkoside A and hosenkoside K from Semen Impatientis in rat plasma and its application to a pharmacokinetic study.

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    Yu, Xiaodong; Bi, Binna; Dong, Ning; Zhao, Huanli; Ji, Lixin; Lu, Minghua

    2017-03-01

    A rapid and sensitive liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) method was developed and validated for the simultaneous determination of two baccharane glycosides (hosenkoside A and hosenkoside K) of total saponins of Semen Impatientis in rat plasma using mogroside V as the internal standard (IS). The analytes were separated using a C18 RP Agilent XDB column (1.8 μm, 50 × 2.1 mm i.d.) and detection of the compounds was done using a TSQ Quantum triple quadrupole mass spectrometer coupled with a negative electrospray ionization source under selection reaction monitoring mode. According to the US Food and Drug Administration guidelines, the established method was fully validated and the results were proved within acceptable limits. The lower limits of quantification of both analytes were 5 ng/mL. The validated method was successfully applied to a pharmacokinetic study of orally administered the total saponins of Semen Impatientis in rats. Copyright © 2016 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  13. [Validation study on a multi-residue method for determination of pesticide residues in agricultural products by new automatic pretreatment equipment (FASRAC) and GC-MS/MS].

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    Okuda, Taiki; Koshi, Naohiro; Matsumura, Atsushi; Yamamoto, Reo; Oyanagi, Tatsuya; Matsuda, Takahiro; Hashimoto, Akihiko; Hatakeyama, Osamu; Kobayashi, Kazuhiro; Nagao, Yasuhiro; Yamada, Toshihiro

    2014-01-01

    A validation study was performed on a multiresidue method for determination of pesticide residues in agricultural products according to the method validation guideline of the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare of Japan. FASRAC (Food Automatic Analytical Systems for Residual Agricultural Chemicals) automatically performs extraction of pesticide residues from agricultural products with acetonitrile, filtration, constant volume, mixing with the use of air, mixing acetonitrile with buffer solvent, separation, and dehydration with sodium sulfate. The extract was purified with a GC/NH2 column. For wheat flour and soybeans, a purification step with a C18 column was added before a GC/NH2 column. After removal of the solvent, the extract was resolved in n-hexane/acetone solvent for GC-MS/MS analysis. In the case of manual analysis, pesticide residues were analyzed according to official multiresidue methods and purification steps were the same as in FASRAC. Recovery tests were performed with wheat flour, soybeans, spinach and apples, by addition of 302 pesticides at the concentrations 0.01 mg/kg. The results indicate that automatic extraction using FASRAC is superior to manual analysis in trueness, repeatability and within-run reproducibility. Specially, automatic extraction using FASRAC is superior to manual analysis in trueness because it is optimized in various respects, for example reextraction at salting-out.

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

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

    2008-11-01

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

  15. Development and validation of an HPLC-MS/MS analytical method for quantitative analysis of TCBA-TPQ, a novel anticancer makaluvamine analog, and application in a pharmacokinetic study in rats.

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    Yu, Jun-Xian; Voruganti, Sukesh; Li, Dan-Dan; Qin, Jiang-Jiang; Nag, Subhasree; Xu, Su; Velu, Sadanandan E; Wang, Wei; Zhang, Ruiwen

    2015-07-01

    We have recently designed and synthesized several novel iminoquinone anticancer agents that have entered preclinical development for the treatment of human cancers. Herein we developed and validated a quantitative HPLC-MS/MS analytical method for one of the lead novel anticancer makaluvamine analog, TCBA-TPQ, and conducted a pharmacokinetic study in laboratory rats. Our results indicated that the HPLC-MS/MS method was precise, accurate, and specific. Using this method, we carried out in vitro and in vivo evaluations of the pharmacological properties of TCBA-TPQ and plasma pharmacokinetics in rats. Our results provide a basis for future preclinical and clinical development of this promising anticancer marine analog.

  16. Meeting report: suggestions for studies on future health risks following the Fukushima accident.

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    Inamasu, Tomoko; Schonfeld, Sara J; Abe, Masafumi; Bidstrup, Pernille E; Deltour, Isabelle; Ishida, Takashi; Ishikawa, Tetsuo; Kesminiene, Ausrele; Ohira, Tetsuya; Ohto, Hitoshi; Suzuki, Shinichi; Thierry-Chef, Isabelle; Yabe, Hirooki; Yasumura, Seiji; Schüz, Joachim; Yamashita, Shunichi

    2015-03-19

    In October 2013, the Radiation Medical Science Center of the Fukushima Medical University and the Section of Environment and Radiation of the International Agency for Research on Cancer held a joint workshop in Fukushima, Japan to discuss opportunities and challenges for long-term studies of the health effects following the March 2011 Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant Accident. This report describes four key areas of discussion -- thyroid screening, dosimetry, mental health, and non-radiation risk factors -- and summarizes recommendations resulting from the workshop. Four recommendations given at the workshop were to: 1) build-up a population-based cancer registry for long-term monitoring of the cancer burden in the prefecture; 2) enable future linkage of data from the various independent activities, particularly those related to dose reconstruction and health status ascertainment; 3) establish long-term observational studies with repeated measurements of lifestyle and behavioural factors to disentangle radiation and non-radiation factors; and 4) implement primary prevention strategies targeted for populations affected by natural disasters, including measures to better understand and address health risk concerns in the affected population. The workshop concluded that coordinated data collection between researchers from different institutes and disciplines can both reduce the burden on the population and facilitate efforts to examine the inter-relationships between the many factors at play.

  17. Case studies suggest a better approach to analyzing collapse of inclined boreholes

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    Guo, B.; Hareland, G.; Boonyapaluk, P.

    1995-12-31

    This paper addresses the comparison and selection of failure criteria for in-situ rocks in borehole stability analysis. Five commonly used criteria are compared with field cases for mud weight design. The result of case studies indicates that the Mohr-Coulomb criterion, Inner Drucker-Prager criterion and Middle Drucker-Prager criterion are overly conservative, and that the Outer Drucker-Prager criterion is underestimating for designing wellbore pressure to control borehole collapse. It is concluded that the von Mises criterion is more reliable than other failure criteria and should be used for borehole collapse analysis and mud weight design. Based on triaxial test data, this paper also provides failure diagrams for some reservoir rocks. These diagrams can be used as references for borehole stability analysis when similar rocks are encountered in petroleum drilling.

  18. Eye Movement Training and Suggested Gaze Strategies in Tunnel Vision - A Randomized and Controlled Pilot Study.

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    Ivanov, Iliya V; Mackeben, Manfred; Vollmer, Annika; Martus, Peter; Nguyen, Nhung X; Trauzettel-Klosinski, Susanne

    2016-01-01

    Degenerative retinal diseases, especially retinitis pigmentosa (RP), lead to severe peripheral visual field loss (tunnel vision), which impairs mobility. The lack of peripheral information leads to fewer horizontal eye movements and, thus, diminished scanning in RP patients in a natural environment walking task. This randomized controlled study aimed to improve mobility and the dynamic visual field by applying a compensatory Exploratory Saccadic Training (EST). Oculomotor responses during walking and avoiding obstacles in a controlled environment were studied before and after saccade or reading training in 25 RP patients. Eye movements were recorded using a mobile infrared eye tracker (Tobii glasses) that measured a range of spatial and temporal variables. Patients were randomly assigned to two training conditions: Saccade (experimental) and reading (control) training. All subjects who first performed reading training underwent experimental training later (waiting list control group). To assess the effect of training on subjects, we measured performance in the training task and the following outcome variables related to daily life: Response Time (RT) during exploratory saccade training, Percent Preferred Walking Speed (PPWS), the number of collisions with obstacles, eye position variability, fixation duration, and the total number of fixations including the ones in the subjects' blind area of the visual field. In the saccade training group, RTs on average decreased, while the PPWS significantly increased. The improvement persisted, as tested 6 weeks after the end of the training. On average, the eye movement range of RP patients before and after training was similar to that of healthy observers. In both, the experimental and reading training groups, we found many fixations outside the subjects' seeing visual field before and after training. The average fixation duration was significantly shorter after the training, but only in the experimental training condition

  19. Eye Movement Training and Suggested Gaze Strategies in Tunnel Vision - A Randomized and Controlled Pilot Study

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    Ivanov, Iliya V.; Mackeben, Manfred; Vollmer, Annika; Martus, Peter; Nguyen, Nhung X.; Trauzettel-Klosinski, Susanne

    2016-01-01

    Purpose Degenerative retinal diseases, especially retinitis pigmentosa (RP), lead to severe peripheral visual field loss (tunnel vision), which impairs mobility. The lack of peripheral information leads to fewer horizontal eye movements and, thus, diminished scanning in RP patients in a natural environment walking task. This randomized controlled study aimed to improve mobility and the dynamic visual field by applying a compensatory Exploratory Saccadic Training (EST). Methods Oculomotor responses during walking and avoiding obstacles in a controlled environment were studied before and after saccade or reading training in 25 RP patients. Eye movements were recorded using a mobile infrared eye tracker (Tobii glasses) that measured a range of spatial and temporal variables. Patients were randomly assigned to two training conditions: Saccade (experimental) and reading (control) training. All subjects who first performed reading training underwent experimental training later (waiting list control group). To assess the effect of training on subjects, we measured performance in the training task and the following outcome variables related to daily life: Response Time (RT) during exploratory saccade training, Percent Preferred Walking Speed (PPWS), the number of collisions with obstacles, eye position variability, fixation duration, and the total number of fixations including the ones in the subjects' blind area of the visual field. Results In the saccade training group, RTs on average decreased, while the PPWS significantly increased. The improvement persisted, as tested 6 weeks after the end of the training. On average, the eye movement range of RP patients before and after training was similar to that of healthy observers. In both, the experimental and reading training groups, we found many fixations outside the subjects' seeing visual field before and after training. The average fixation duration was significantly shorter after the training, but only in the

  20. Studies on the Nature of Silicosis: A Suggested Mechanism of Fibrogenesis

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    Holt, P. F.; Went, C. W.

    1960-01-01

    One theory which seeks to explain the production of fibrous tissue in silicosis postulates the interaction of collagen precursors with polysilicic acid. This stage has been questioned because it is doubtful whether polymerized silicic acid is normally formed when quartz dissolves in aqueous media. A mechanism by which silicic acid may be polymerized in vivo has been demonstrated by studying the properties of polyamide monolayers, which behave like collagen monolayers when spread on silicic acid substrates. The silicic acid which is adsorbed beneath the monolayer polymerizes when the polyamide films are subjected to pressure. In fibrogenesis, the polysaccharides which are produced in large amounts may serve to prevent the premature agglomeration of the collagen units. Later, when the concentration of the polysaccharide is largely reduced, the polysaccharide may assist in aligning and cementing the units together to form fibres. The physiological process is probably reversible but, if silicic acid takes the role of the polysaccharide in this second stage, the building up of fibres is likely to be an irreversible process. PMID:14402858

  1. Applying Bayesian statistics to the study of psychological trauma: A suggestion for future research.

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    Yalch, Matthew M

    2016-03-01

    Several contemporary researchers have noted the virtues of Bayesian methods of data analysis. Although debates continue about whether conventional or Bayesian statistics is the "better" approach for researchers in general, there are reasons why Bayesian methods may be well suited to the study of psychological trauma in particular. This article describes how Bayesian statistics offers practical solutions to the problems of data non-normality, small sample size, and missing data common in research on psychological trauma. After a discussion of these problems and the effects they have on trauma research, this article explains the basic philosophical and statistical foundations of Bayesian statistics and how it provides solutions to these problems using an applied example. Results of the literature review and the accompanying example indicates the utility of Bayesian statistics in addressing problems common in trauma research. Bayesian statistics provides a set of methodological tools and a broader philosophical framework that is useful for trauma researchers. Methodological resources are also provided so that interested readers can learn more. (c) 2016 APA, all rights reserved).

  2. Study suggests dentine bonding agents provided better relief from dentine hypersensitivity than a desensitising toothpaste.

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    Lamont, Thomas; Innes, Nicola

    2013-12-01

    Randomised, controlled, single-blind, three-arm parallel-group trial set in general dental practice with a single general dental practitioner operator/assessor. Seventy-five adult patients, with basic periodontal examination scores of 0 in all sextants, good oral hygiene, at least one sensitive tooth (not diagnosed as pulpitis) and willing to comply with the trial regime were entered into the trial and randomised. Seventy-two participants completed the study. The three interventions were; non-desensitising toothpaste (Colgate Cavity Protection Regular, Colgate-Palmolive, USA), desensitising toothpaste (Colgate Sensitive Fresh Stripe, Colgate-Palmolive, USA) and dentine bonding agent (Seal and Protect, Denpsly, USA). The non-desensitising toothpaste and desensitising toothpastes were provided to the subjects for use at home but dentine bonding agent was applied in the surgery. Dentinal hypersensitivity was measured using a participant completed Visual Analogue Scale (VAS) at baseline, two weeks, three months and six months. At baseline and six months a standardised air blast to the buccal cervical root stimulus was used with the VAS. At two weeks and at three months participants self-completed the VAS at home with no stimulus. Although there was a reduction in dentinal hypersensitivity over time for all three groups, dentinal hypersensitivity reduced significantly (p<0.0001) in both desensitising toothpaste and dentine bonding agent groups. The mean VAS scores in the dentine bonding agent group were statistically significantly lower when compared to both non-desensitising toothpaste (p<0.001) and desensitising toothpaste (p<0.001). In addition, mean scores for non-desensitising toothpaste were higher than desensitising toothpaste (p<0.05). Dentine bonding agents provided the greatest improvement in dentinal hypersensitivity at two weeks and six months. This reduction was greater than that achieved with the desensitising and non-desensitising toothpastes tested.

  3. Water on Mars: A status report and suggestions for further study

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    Rummel, John; McKay, Christopher P.

    2016-07-01

    The most recent MEPAG review of Mars Special Regions (Rummel et al., 2014) contained the following statement, "Mars' average atmospheric pressure allows for liquid water when it exceeds that of the triple point of water, and at lower altitudes (e.g., Hellas and Argyre Basins) that is commonly the case. Higher temperatures and/or insolation may allow melting or condensation over limited areas for short time periods." Nonetheless, the US National Academies - European Science Foundation review of the MEPAG report disagreed with a preliminary statement regarding the potential for snow fallen on Mars to melt, and thus stated that, "The review committee asserts that pure liquid water simply cannot exist on Mars because the atmosphere is too dry to allow it. The partial pressure of atmospheric water vapor is typically less than 1 Pa near the surface of Mars, whereas the partial pressure of water vapor at the triple point of water is about 600 Pa." This paper will address the discrepancies between what the MEPAG paper actually asserted, and the validity of the arguments in each report and in the literature for and against liquid water on Mars - whether salty or pure (as the Mars-driven snow). Refs: Committee to Review the MEPAG Report on Mars Special Regions; Space Studies Board; The [US] National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine; European Space Sciences Committee; European Science Foundation. (2015). Review of the MEPAG Report on Mars Special Regions. National Academy Press, Washington, DC. Rummel, J. D., Beaty, D. W., Jones, M. A., Bakermans, C., Barlow, N. G., Boston, P. J., ... & Wray, J. J. (2014). A New Analysis of Mars "Special Regions": Findings of the Second MEPAG Special Regions Science Analysis Group (SR-SAG2). Astrobiology, 14, 887-968.

  4. Bronchopulmonary Carcinoids causing Cushing Syndrome: Results from a Multicentric Study Suggesting a More Aggressive Behavior.

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    Lococo, Filippo; Margaritora, Stefano; Cardillo, Giuseppe; Filosso, Perluigi; Novellis, Pierluigi; Rapicetta, Cristian; Carleo, Francesco; Bora, Giulia; Cesario, Alfredo; Stefani, Alessandro; Rossi, Giulio; Paci, Massimiliano

    2016-03-01

    Cushing syndrome (CS) caused by bronchopulmonary carcinoids (BCs) is a very rare entity. The aim of this study was to revisit the features of a multicenter clinical series to identify significant prognostic factors. From January 2002 to December 2013, the clinical and pathological data of 23 patients (treated in five different institutions) were retrospectively reviewed. Survival analysis was performed to explore the relative weight of potential prognostic factors. Median age and male/female ratio were 48 years and 14/9, respectively. Most (> 80%) of the patients presented with CS-related symptoms at diagnosis. Tumor location was peripheral in 13 patients (57%) and central in 10 (43%). All patients but two (treated with chemotherapy) underwent surgical resection with curative intent. Definitive cyto/histology was indicative of typical carcinoid (TC) in 16 cases (70%) and atypical carcinoid (AC) in 7 cases (30%). A complete remission of CS was obtained in 16 cases (70%). Lymph nodal involvement was detected in 11 cases (48%), with N2 disease occurring in 7 (∼ 30% of all cases). Four patients (22%) experienced a relapse of the disease after radical surgery. Overall 5-year survival (long-term survival, LTS) was 60%, better in TCs when compared with AC (LTS: 66 v s. 48%, p = 0.28). Log-rank analysis identified ECOG performance status, cTNM and cN staging, pTNM and pN staging, persistence of CS and relapses (local p = 0.006; distant p = 0.001) as significant prognostic factors in this cohort of patients. BCs causing CS are characterized by a high rate of lymph-nodal involvement, a suboptimal prognosis (5-year survival = 60%, 66% in TCs) and a remarkable risk of relapse even after radical resection. Advanced stage, lymph-nodal involvement and the persisting of the CS after treatment correlate with a poor prognosis. Georg Thieme Verlag KG Stuttgart · New York.

  5. An intensive drug monitoring study suggesting possible clinical irrelevance of impaired drug disposition in liver disease.

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    Naranjo, C A; Busto, U; Janecek, E; Ruiz, I; Roach, C A; Kaplan, K

    1983-01-01

    1 Liver disease can alter the disposition and clinical effects of drugs. However, even though altered drug disposition occurs, there is no clinical evidence relating it to an increased susceptibility to adverse drug reactions (ADRs). 2 An intensive prospective drug monitoring study of 2,582 hospitalized patients was conducted. The adverse drug reactions probability scale (APS) was used to assess ADRs. Only non-mild, definite or probable ADRs (APS greater than or equal to 5) were included. Severity of liver dysfunction was assessed by a composite clinical and laboratory index (CCLI). 3 The frequency of ADRs was higher in 402 patients with cirrhosis (27.4%) than in 661 with renal dysfunction (22.8%) and in 249 with other parenchymatous liver diseases (13.7%) or in 1,270 patients with neither liver diseases nor renal dysfunction (10.9%) (chi 2 3 = 85.53, P less than 0.001). The frequency of ADRs in cirrhotics was highly correlated with the severity of the liver dysfunction measured by CCLI (r = 0.82, P less than 0.001). 4 Drugs predominantly eliminated by liver metabolism were not among those most commonly inducing ADRs or those causing severe reactions in cirrhotics. Thus, frusemide caused the most common and the most severe ADRs, whereas reactions induced by sedatives were uncommon. Drug-induced hepatic encephalopathy was more common in cirrhotics receiving diuretics (13.3%) than in those receiving sedatives (1.8%) (chi 2 y.c. = 5.29, P less than 0.025). Patients with alcoholic liver disease had more drug-induced hepatic encephalopathy (7.7%) than those with non-alcoholic liver disease (1.2%) (chi 2 y.c. = 11.86, P less than 0.001). 5 These results indicate that susceptibility to ADRs is increased only in severe cirrhosis and that the most common and severe ADRs seem more likely related to enhanced pharmacodynamic action than to impaired drug disposition. PMID:6849781

  6. Validated LC-MS/MS method for the determination of 3-hydroxflavone and its glucuronide in blood and bioequivalent buffers: application to pharmacokinetic, absorption, and metabolism studies.

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    Xu, Beibei; Yang, Guanyi; Ge, Shufan; Yin, Taijun; Hu, Ming; Gao, Song

    2013-11-01

    The purpose of this study is to develop an UPLC-MS/MS method to quantify 3-hydroxyflavone (3-HF) and its metabolite, 3-hydroxyflavone-glucuronide (3-HFG) from biological samples. A Waters BEH C8 column was used with acetonitrile/0.1% formic acid in water as mobile phases. The mass analysis was performed in an API 5500 Qtrap mass spectrometer via multiple reaction monitoring (MRM) with positive scan mood. The one-step protein precipitation by acetonitrile was used to extract the analytes from blood. The results showed that the linear response range was 0.61-2500.00 nM for 3-HF and 0.31-2500.00 nM for 3-HFG. The intra-day variance is less than 16.5% and accuracy is in 77.7-90.6% for 3-HF and variance less than 15.9%, accuracy in 85.1-114.7% for 3-HFG. The inter-day variance is less than 20.2%, accuracy is in 110.6-114.2% for 3-HF and variance less than 15.6%, accuracy in 83.0-89.4% for 3-HFG. The analysis was done within 4.0 min. Only 10 μl of blood is needed due to the high sensitivity of this method. The validated method was successfully used to pharmacokinetic study in A/J mouse, transport study in the Caco-2 cell culture model, and glucuronidation study using mice liver and intestine microsomes. The applications revealed that this method can be used for 3-HF and 3-HFG analysis in blood as well as in bioequivalent buffers such HBSS and KPI.

  7. Simultaneous Determinations of 17 marker compoundsin Xiao-Chai-Hu-Tang by LC-MS/MS: Application to its Pharmacokinetic Studies in Mice

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    Sun, Rongjin; Zeng, Min; Du, Ting; Li, Li; Yang, Guangyi; Hu, Ming; Gao, Song

    2015-01-01

    The purpose of this study is to develop and validate an UPLC-MS/MS method to quantify different marker compounds from Xiao-Chai-Hu-Tang (XCHT, a Chinese traditional herbal) in biological samples and apply the method to pharmacokinetic study. A Waters BEH C18UPLC column was used with acetonitrile/0.1% formic acid mobile phases. The mass analysis was performed in a triple quadrupole mass spectrometer using multiple reaction monitoring (MRM) with positive scan mode. A one-step protein precipitation by methanol was used to extract the analytes from blood. Seventeen commercially available compounds from the different compositing herbals were selected as markers. The results revealed that all of the calibration curves showed good linear regression (r2 > 0.9918). The intra-day and inter-day precisions (RSD) of all of these markers at three different levels were less than 15.0% and the bias of the accuracies ranged from −13.5% to 16.6%. The extraction recoveries of all of these 17 markers were from 70.8% to 113.7% and the matrix effects ranged from 71.8% to 114.8%. The stabilities of these compounds in blood were evaluated by analyzing three replicates of QC samples at three different concentrations following storage at 25°C for 6 h, 4°C for 24 h, and −80°C for 30 days. All the samples displayed 85–15% precision and accuracy after various stability tests. The validated method was successfully applied to pharmacokinetic study in A/J mouse with oral administration of XCHT. All of these markers were detected and the pharmacokinetic parameters of 8 compounds were able to be calculated. This method is sensitive and reproducible that can be used for XCHT’s in vivo study. PMID:26397748

  8. Validated LC-MS/MS method for the determination of 3-Hydroxflavone and its glucuronide in blood and bioequivalent buffers: Application to pharmacokinetic, absorption, and metabolism studies

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    Xu, Beibei; Yang, Guanyi; Ge, Shufan; Yin, Taijun; Hu, Ming; Gao, Song

    2015-01-01

    The purpose of this study is to develop an UPLC-MS/MS method to quantify 3-hydroxy-flavone (3-HF) and its metabolite, 3-hydroxyflavone-glucuronide (3-HFG) from biological samples. A Waters BEH C8 column was used with acetonitrile/0.1 % formic acid in water as mobile phases. The mass analysis was performed in an API 5500 Qtrap mass spectrometer via multiple reaction monitoring (MRM) with positive scan mood. The one-step protein precipitation by acetonitrile was used to extract the analytes from plasma. The results showed that the linear response range was 0.61– 2,500.00 nM for 3-HF and 0.31– 2,500.00 nM for 3-HFG. The intra-day variance is less 16.48 % and accuracy is in 77.70–90.64 % for 3-HF and variance less than 15.86%, accuracy in 85.08–114.70 % for 3-HFG. The inter-day variance is less than 20.23 %, accuracy is in 110.58–114.2 % for 3-HF and variance less than 15.59 %, accuracy in 83.00–89.40% for 3-HFG. The analysis was done within 4.0 min. Only 10 μL of blood is needed due to the high sensitivity of this method. The validated method was successfully used to pharmacokinetic study in A/J mouse, transport study in the Caco-2 cell culture model, and glucuronidation study using mice liver and intestine microsomes. The applications revealed that this method can be used for 3-HF and 3-HFG analysis in blood as well as in bioequivalent buffers such HBSS and KPI. PMID:23973631

  9. Identification of recombinant human EPO variants in greyhound plasma and urine by ELISA, LC-MS/MS and western blotting: a comparative study.

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    Timms, Mark; Steel, Rohan; Vine, John

    2016-02-01

    The recombinant human erythropoietins epoetin alfa (Eprex®), darbepoetin (Aranesp®) and methoxy polyethylene glycol-epoetin beta (Mircera®) were administered to greyhounds for 7, 10 and 14 days respectively. Blood and urine samples were collected and analysed for erythropoietin by ELISA, LC-MS/MS and western blotting. Limits of confirmation in plasma for western blotting and LC-MS/MS methods ranged from a low of 2.5mIU/mL, and closely matched the sensitivity of ELISA screening.

  10. [Study on the chemical compositions of VOCs emitted by cooking oils based on GC-MS].

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    He, Wan-Qing; Nie, Lei; Tian, Gang; Li, Jing; Shao, Xia; Wang, Min-Yan

    2013-12-01

    Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are key precursors of ozone and secondary organic aerosols in air, and the differences in the compositions of VOCs lead to their different contribution to atmospheric reaction. Cooking oil fume is one of the important sources of atmospheric VOCs, and its chemical compositions are distinct under different conditions of oil types, food types, cooking methods and heating temperatures etc. In this study, the production of cooking oil fume was simulated by heating typical pure vegetable oils (peanut oil, sunflower oil, soybean oil, olive oil and blend oil) at different temperatures in beakers to investigate the chemical compositions of VOCs. The emitted VOCs were sampled with a Tenax adsorption tube and analyzed using GC-MS after thermal desorption. According to spectral library search and map analysis, using area normalized semi-quantitative method, preliminary qualitative and quantitative tests were conducted for the specific components of VOCs under different conditions.

  11. Quantitative Determination of ABT-925 in Human Plasma by On-Line SPE and LC-MS/MS: Validation and Sample Analysis in Phase II Studies.

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    Wan, Katty; Rieser, Matthew; El-Shourbagy, Tawakol

    2010-05-04

    A fully automated 96-well On-Line Solid Phase Extraction (SPE) followed by High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC)-Tandem Mass Spectrometric (MS/MS) method for the determination of ABT-925 (2-{3-[4-(2-tert-Butyl-6-trifluoromethyl-pyrimidin-4-yl)-piperazin-1-yl)-propyl-sulfanyl}-3H-pyrimidin-4-one fumarate) in human plasma was developed, validated and utilized in Phase II clinical studies. 50 µL of plasma sample was fortified with internal standard (IS, d8-ABT-925) and extracted on-line with Cohesive Turbo Flow Cyclone P HTLC column. The chromatographic separation was performed on Aquasil C18 (3 μm 50 × 3 mm) HPLC column with a mobile phase consisting of 50/50/0.1 (v/v/v) ACN/H₂O/formic acid. The mass spectrometric measurement was conducted under positive ion mode using multiple reaction monitoring (MRM) of m/z 457.4 → 329.4 for analyte and m/z 465.5 → 337.5 for IS.The peak area ratio (analyte/IS) was used to quantitate ABT-925. A dynamic range of 0.0102 μg/mL to 5.24 μg/mL was established after the validation. The validated method was then used for two Phase II studies. To demonstrate the method reproducibility, approximately 10% of the incurred samples from one study were repeated in singlet. The repeated values were compared to the initial values. All repeated values agreed within ±15% of the mean values.

  12. Quantitative Determination of ABT-925 in Human Plasma by On-Line SPE and LC-MS/MS: Validation and Sample Analysis in Phase II Studies

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    Wan, Katty; Rieser, Matthew; El-Shourbagy, Tawakol

    2010-01-01

    A fully automated 96-well On-Line Solid Phase Extraction (SPE) followed by High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC)-Tandem Mass Spectrometric (MS/MS) method for the determination of ABT-925 (2-{3-[4-(2-tert-Butyl-6-trifluoromethyl-pyrimidin-4-yl)-piperazin-1-yl)-propyl-sulfanyl}-3H-pyrimidin-4-one fumarate) in human plasma was developed, validated and utilized in Phase II clinical studies. 50 µL of plasma sample was fortified with internal standard (IS, d8-ABT-925) and extracted on-line with Cohesive Turbo Flow Cyclone P HTLC column. The chromatographic separation was performed on Aquasil C18 (3 μm 50 × 3 mm) HPLC column with a mobile phase consisting of 50/50/0.1 (v/v/v) ACN/H2O/formic acid. The mass spectrometric measurement was conducted under positive ion mode using multiple reaction monitoring (MRM) of m/z 457.4 → 329.4 for analyte and m/z 465.5 → 337.5 for IS. The peak area ratio (analyte/IS) was used to quantitate ABT-925. A dynamic range of 0.0102 μg/mL to 5.24 μg/mL was established after the validation. The validated method was then used for two Phase II studies. To demonstrate the method reproducibility, approximately 10% of the incurred samples from one study were repeated in singlet. The repeated values were compared to the initial values. All repeated values agreed within ±15% of the mean values. PMID:27721349

  13. Determination of fatty acid ethyl esters in dried blood spots by LC-MS/MS as markers for ethanol intake: application in a drinking study.

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    Luginbühl, Marc; Schröck, Alexandra; König, Stefan; Schürch, Stefan; Weinmann, Wolfgang

    2016-05-01

    The forensic utility of fatty acid ethyl esters (FAEEs) in dried blood spots (DBS) as short-term confirmatory markers for ethanol intake was examined. An LC-MS/MS method for the determination of FAEEs in DBS was developed and validated to investigate FAEE formation and elimination in a drinking study, whereby eight subjects ingested 0.66-0.84 g/kg alcohol to reach blood alcohol concentrations (BAC) of 0.8 g/kg. Blood was taken every 1.5-2 h, BAC was determined, and dried blood spots were prepared, with 50 μL of blood, for the determination of FAEEs. Lower limits of quantitation (LLOQ) were between 15 and 37 ng/mL for the four major FAEEs. Validation data are presented in detail. In the drinking study, ethyl palmitate and ethyl oleate proved to be the two most suitable markers for FAEE determination. Maximum FAEE concentrations were reached in samples taken 2 or 4 h after the start of drinking. The following mean peak concentrations (c̅(max)) were reached: ethyl myristate 14 ± 4 ng/mL, ethyl palmitate 144 ± 35 ng/mL, ethyl oleate 125 ± 55 ng/mL, ethyl stearate 71 ± 21 ng/mL, total FAEEs 344 ± 91 ng/mL. Detectability of FAEEs was found to be on the same time scale as BAC. In liquid blood samples containing ethanol, FAEE concentrations increase post-sampling. This study shows that the use of DBS fixation prevents additional FAEE formation in blood samples containing ethanol. Positive FAEE results obtained by DBS analysis can be used as evidence for the presence of ethanol in the original blood sample.

  14. Assessing fracture risk in people with MS: a service development study comparing three fracture risk scoring systems

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    Dobson, Ruth; Leddy, Sara Geraldine; Gangadharan, Sunay; Giovannoni, Gavin

    2013-01-01

    Objectives Suboptimal bone health is increasingly recognised as an important cause of morbidity. Multiple sclerosis (MS) has been consistently associated with an increased risk of osteoporosis and fracture. Various fracture risk screening tools have been developed, two of which are in routine use and a further one is MS-specific. We set out to compare the results obtained by these in the MS clinic population. Design This was a service development study. The 10-year risk estimates of any fracture and hip fracture generated by each of the algorithms were compared. Setting The MS clinic at the Royal London Hospital. Participants 88 patients with a confirmed diagnosis of MS. Outcome measures Mean 10-year overall fracture risk and hip fracture risk were calculated using each of the three fracture risk calculators. The number of interventions that would be required as a result of using each of these tools was also compared. Results Mean 10-year fracture risk was 4.7%, 2.3% and 7.6% using FRAX, QFracture and the MS-specific calculator, respectively (p<0.0001 for difference). The agreement between risk scoring tools was poor at all levels of fracture risk. Conclusions The agreement between these three fracture risk scoring tools is poor in the MS population. Further work is required to develop and validate an accurate fracture risk scoring system for use in MS. Trial registration This service development study was approved by the Clinical Effectiveness Department at Barts Health NHS Trust (project registration number 156/12). PMID:23482989

  15. Quantitative bioanalysis of antibody-conjugated payload in monkey plasma using a hybrid immuno-capture LC-MS/MS approach: Assay development, validation, and a case study.

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    Liu, Ang; Kozhich, Alexander; Passmore, David; Gu, Huidong; Wong, Richard; Zambito, Frank; Rangan, Vangipuram S; Myler, Heather; Aubry, Anne-Françoise; Arnold, Mark E; Wang, Jian

    2015-10-01

    Antibody drug conjugates (ADCs) are complex molecules composed of two pharmacologically distinct components, the cytotoxic payload and the antibody. The measurement of the payload molecules that are attached to the antibody in vivo is important for the evaluation of the safety and efficacy of ADCs, and can also provide distinct information compared to the antibody-related analytes. However, analyzing the antibody-conjugated payload is challenging and in some cases may not be feasible. The in vivo change in drug antibody ratio (DAR), due to deconjugation, biotransformation or other clearance phenomena, generates unique and additional challenges for ADC analysis in biological samples. Here, we report a novel hybrid approach with immuno-capture of the ADC, payload cleavage by specific enzyme, and LC-MS/MS of the cleaved payload to quantitatively measure the concentration of payload molecules still attached to the antibody via linker in plasma. The ADC reference material used for the calibration curve is not likely to be identical to the ADC measured in study samples due to the change in DAR distribution over the PK time course. The assay clearly demonstrated that there was no bias in the measurement of antibody-conjugated payload for ADC with varying DAR, which thus allowed accurate quantification even when the DAR distribution dynamically changes in vivo. This hybrid assay was fully validated based on a combination of requirements for both chromatographic and ligand binding methods, and was successfully applied to support a GLP safety study in monkeys. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  16. Two complementary liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) methods to study the excretion and metabolic interaction of edaravone and taurine in rats.

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    Tang, Dao-quan; Zheng, Xiao-xiao; Li, Yin-jie; Bian, Ting-ting; Yu, Yan-yan; Du, Qian; Yang, Dong-zhi; Jiang, Shui-shi

    2014-11-01

    In this study, two independent and complementary liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) methods were respectively developed and validated for the determination of edaravone or taurine in rat urine, feces and bile after intravenous administration, using 3-methyl-l-p-tolyl-5-pyrazolone and sulfanilic acid as the internal standards (IS). Edaravone was separated on an Agilent Eclipse Plus C18 column (100×2.1 mm, 3.5 μm) using methanol and water (containing 5 mM ammonium formate and 0.02% formic acid) as mobile phase, while taurine was performed on a Waters Atlantis HILIC Silica column (150×2.1 mm, 3 μm) using acetonitrile and water (containing 5mM ammonium formate and 0.2% formic acid) as mobile phase. The mass analysis was performed in a Triple Quadrupole mass spectrometer via multiple reaction monitoring (MRM) with negative ionization mode. The optimized mass transition ion pairs (m/z) for quantification were 173.1→92.2 and 187.2→106.0 for edaravone and its IS, 124.1→80.0 and 172.0→80.0 for taurine and its IS, respectively. The validated methods have been successfully applied to the excretion and metabolism interaction study of edaravone and taurine in rats after independent intravenous administration and co-administration with a single dose. The results demonstrated that there were no significant alternations on the metabolism and cumulative excretion rate of edaravone and taurine, implying that the proposed combination therapy was pharmacologically viable. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

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

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

    2013-06-01

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

  18. Forced degradation, LC-UV, MS(n) and LC-MS-TOF studies on azilsartan: Identification of a known and three new degradation impurities.

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    Kaushik, Dhiraj; Kaur, Jasmeen; Paul Kaur, Vaneet; Saini, Balraj; Bansal, Yogita; Bansal, Gulshan

    2016-02-20

    In the present study, Azilsartan (AZL) was subjected to ICH recommended forced degradation conditions of hydrolysis, oxidation, dry heat and photolysis. The drug degraded to four degradation products (I-IV) under acidic, alkaline and water hydrolysis and photolysis. All the four degradation products were resolved in a single run on a C-18 column (250mm×4.6mm; 5μ) with isocratic elution using mobile phase composed of ammonium formate (20mM, pH 3.0), methanol and acetonitrile (40:5:40% v/v), at a flow rate of 0.8mlmin(-1) at ambient temperature. The products were characterized through +ESI-MS(n) spectra of AZL and LC-MS-TOF studies as 2-ethoxy-3H-benzo-imidazole-4-carboxylic acid (I), 2-hydroxy-3-[2'-(5-oxo-4,5-dihydro-[1,2,4]oxadiazol-4-ylmethyl]-3H-benzoimidazole-4-carboxylic acid (II, deethylated AZL), 3-[2'-(1H-diazirin-3-yl)-biphenyl]-4-ylmethyl]-2-ethoxy-3H-benzoimidazole-4-carboxylic acid (III), and 3-[4'-(2-ethoxy-benzo-imidazol-1-ylmethyl)-biphenyl-2-yl]-4H-[1,2,4]oxadiazol-5-one (IV, decarboxylated AZL). Product I was found to be a known process related impurity whereas the products II-IV were identified as new degradation impurities. The most probable mechanisms for formation of these degradation products were proposed. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  19. LC-MS/MS based studies on the anti-depressant effect of hypericin in the chronic unpredictable mild stress rat model.

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    Zhai, Xue-jia; Chen, Fen; Chen, Chen; Zhu, Chao-ran; Lu, Yong-ning

    2015-07-01

    St John׳s Wort (Hypericum perforatum, SJW) is a widely used herbal medicine in western countries but also an important Uygur drug in China. Hypericin (HY) is the main components in SJW extracts, which is used to treat fatigue, weakness, and mild depression. The aim of this study was to investigate the anti-depression effects of HY on chronic unpredictable mild stress (CUMS) model rats and identify the possible mechanisms. In this study, the protective effects of HY on CUMS-induced depression in rats were investigated by using a combination of behavioral assessments and urinary metabolites analysis. Urinary metabolites analyses were performed using LC-MS/MS in conjunction with principal components analysis (PCA) after oral administration of either HY or Venlafaxine (VF) for 27 days. During the procedure of experiment, food consumption, body weight, adrenal gland, thymus and spleen indices, behavior scores, sucrose consumption, and stress hormone levels were measured. Changes in the classic behavioral tests and pharmacological biochemical indices reflected that HY alleviated the symptoms of depression in a shorter period than VF, which was used as positive control for antidepression. Metabolites analysis of urine revealed that HY affected excitatory amino acids and monoamine neurotransmitter metabolites. Remarkably, urinary valine was increased remarkably by HY, even much higher than CUMS group. These results provide important mechanistic insights into the protective effects of HY against CUMS-induced depression and metabolic dysfunction. As the most important active ingredient in SJW extracts, HY possesses the better protective effect against CUMS-induced depression symptoms and metabolic disturbances. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

  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.

  1. Flow reactor studies of aromatic hydrocarbon photo-oxidation products using on-line gas/particle separation and MS-MS analysis

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    Bennett, Julie

    Particulate matter in the atmosphere is a major pollutant that contributes to climate change, reduced visibility and negative human health impacts. Secondary particulate matter formed from the photo-oxidation of hydrocarbons significantly contributes to the particulate matter concentration in the atmosphere, particularly in the Northern Hemisphere. However, at this time there is a lack of understanding of the chemical reactions that produce the secondary particulate matter. To further the knowledge in this area, a system was developed to investigate the composition of hydrocarbon photo-oxidation products in the gas and particle phase. The system consists of a gas phase photochemical flow reactor for hydrocarbon oxidation, a Counter Flow Membrane Denuder (CFMD) for online gas/particle separation and an APCI MS-MS (TAGA 6000E) for composition analysis. This system has been used to study the HO initiated oxidation of three aromatic hydrocarbons, toluene, m-xylene and 1,3,5-trimethylbenzene. The products formed during the experiment were a complex mixture of organic species in both the gas and particle phase. A wide variety of species were identified in these experiments including aromatic ring retaining, non-aromatic ring retaining, straight chained and five member ring (furan) products. These products contained both single and multiple functional groups including alcohol, aldehyde, carboxylic acid, ketone, nitro, quinone, furanone and furandione. Identification of these products provides the ground work for the establishment of a set of hydrocarbon markers for use in ambient studies. Markers can be used for source identification of individual hydrocarbons and classes of hydrocarbons and ultimately for use in pollution control strategies.

  2. [Novel Approaches in DNA Methylation Studies - MS-HRM Analysis and Electrochemistry].

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    Bartošík, M; Ondroušková, E

    Cytosine methylation in DNA is an epigenetic mechanism regulating gene expression and plays a vital role in cell differentiation or proliferation. Tumor cells often exhibit aberrant DNA methylation, e.g. hypermethylation of tumor suppressor gene promoters. New methods, capable of determining methylation status of specific DNA sequences, are thus being developed. Among them, MS-HRM (methylation-specific high resolution melting) and electrochemistry offer relatively inexpensive instrumentation, fast assay times and possibility of screening multiple samples/DNA regions simultaneously. MS-HRM is due to its sensitivity and simplicity an interesting alternative to already established techniques, including methylation-specific PCR or bisulfite sequencing. Electrochemistry, when combined with suitable electroactive labels and electrode surfaces, has been applied in several unique strategies for discrimination of cytosines and methylcytosines. Both techniques were successfully tested in analysis of DNA methylation within promoters of important tumor suppressor genes and could thus help in achieving more precise diagnostics and prognostics of cancer. Aberrant methylation of promoters has already been described in hundreds of genes associated with tumorigenesis and could serve as important biomarker if new methods applicable into clinical practice are sufficiently advanced.Key words: DNA methylation - 5-methylcytosine - HRM analysis - melting temperature - DNA duplex - electrochemistry - nucleic acid hybridizationThis work was supported by MEYS - NPS I - LO1413.The authors declare they have no potential conflicts of interest concerning drugs, products, or services used in the study.The Editorial Board declares that the manuscript met the ICMJE recommendation for biomedical papers.Submitted: 6. 5. 2016Accepted: 16. 5. 2016.

  3. Photofading of ballpoint dyes studied on paper by LDI and MALDI MS.

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    Weyermann, Céline; Kirsch, Dieter; Costa-Vera, César; Spengler, Bernhard

    2006-03-01

    The determination of the age of an ink entry from a questioned document is often a major problem and a controversial issue in forensic sciences. Therefore, it is important to understand the aging process of the different components found in ink. The aim of this work is to characterize the degradation processes of methyl violet and ethyl violet, two typical ballpoint dyes by using laser desorption/ionization (LDI) and matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization (MALDI) mass spectrometry (MS), and to evaluate the possible application of the method to forensic examination of documents. The mass spectrometric methods were first tested and were found to be adequate for the purpose of this work. Moreover, it is possible to analyze the dye from a stroke directly from the paper (LDI-MS), so the sample preparation is minimized. The degradation of the dyes methyl violet and ethyl violet in strokes from a ballpoint pen was studied under laboratory conditions influenced by different factors such as light, wavelength of light, heat, and humidity. Then, strokes from the same ballpoint were aged naturally in the dark or under the influence of light over one year and then analyzed. The results show that the degradation of these dyes strongly depends on light fluence. Humidity also increases degradation, which can be explained by the basicity of the paper. The influence of heat on the degradation process was found to be rather weak. It was also observed that the dyes from the ink strokes did not show significant degradation after one year of storage in the dark. In conclusion, the storage conditions of a questioned document and the initial composition of the dyes in the ink have to be known for correct interpretation of the age of an ink entry. Measurements over longer periods of time are necessary to follow the degradation of dyes exempt from light exposure. LDI was found adequate and very useful for the analysis of ballpoint dyes directly from paper without further pretreatment.

  4. Simultaneous analysis of oxybutynin and its active metabolite N-desethyl oxybutynin in human plasma by stable isotope dilution LC-MS/MS to support a bioequivalence study.

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    Sharma, Primal; Patel, Daxesh P; Sanyal, Mallika; Berawala, Hiren; Guttikar, Swati; Shrivastav, Pranav S

    2013-10-01

    An isotope dilution high performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) method has been developed for the simultaneous determination of oxybutynin and its pharmacologically active metabolite N-desethyl oxybutynin in human plasma. Extraction of oxybutynin, its metabolite and their deuterated analogs as internal standards (ISs) from 300 μL human plasma was carried out by liquid-liquid extraction with methyl tert-butyl ether-ethyl acetate solvent mixture. Chromatographic separation of analytes was performed on Cosmosil C18 (150 mm × 4.6 mm, 5 μm) column under isocratic conditions with acetonitrile-1.0mM ammonium acetate (90:10, v/v) as the mobile phase. Six endogenous plasma phospholipids (496.3/184.0, 524.3/184.0, 758.5/184.0, 786.5/184.0, 806.5/184.0 and 810.5/184.0) were monitored to determine the extraction efficiency under different extraction conditions. The precursor→product ion transition for both the analytes and ISs were monitored on a triple quadrupole mass spectrometer, operating in the multiple reaction monitoring and positive ionization mode. The method was validated over a concentration range of 0.050-10.0 ng/mL for oxybutynin and 0.500-100 ng/mL for N-desethyl oxybutynin. The mean extraction recovery for analytes (80.4%) and ISs (76.9%) was consistent across five QC levels. Bench top, wet and dry extract, freeze-thaw and long term stability was evaluated for both the analytes. The method was applied to support a bioequivalence study of 5mg tablet formulation in 74 healthy Indian subjects. Assay reproducibility was demonstrated by reanalysis of 344 incurred samples. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  5. Simultaneous determination of catechin, epicatechin and epicatechin gallate in rat plasma by LC-ESI-MS/MS for pharmacokinetic studies after oral administration of Cynomorium songaricum extract.

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    Zhang, Qiu-Hong; Wang, Wen-Biao; Li, Jin; Chang, Yan-Xu; Wang, Yue-Fei; Zhang, Jishu; Zhang, Bo-Li; Gao, Xiu-Mei

    2012-01-01

    A rapid and valid method was developed for simultaneous determination catechin, epicatechin and epicatechin gallate in rat plasmas using scopoletin (103 ng mL(-1)) as an internal standard (IS). The separation was performed on Eclipse plus C18 column (100 mm × 4.6 mm, 1.8 μm) at a flow rate of 0.3 mL min(-1), and acetonitrile-0.1% formic acid was used as mobile phase. The recoveries of three analytes and IS were more than 78.9%. The lower limits of quantitation (LLOQ) in rat plasma were 2.14, 2.38 and 2.08 ng mL(-1) respectively for catechin, epicatechin and epicatechin gallate. Intra-day and inter-day precisions were within 12%. The accuracies were more than 85%. After single oral administration of 15.25 g kg(-1) Cynomorium songaricum extract, C(max) of catechin, epicatechin and epicatechin gallate in rat plasma were respectively 86.69±38.65, 32.57±15.00 and 36.93±12.62 ng mL(-1) while T(max) values were respectively 0.15±0.09, 0.20±0.10 and 0.20±0.13 h. The results demonstrated that the present LC-MS/MS method was sensitive enough for pharmacokinetic study of catichins following oral administration of C. songaricum extract. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

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

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

    2016-06-01

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

  7. Determination of a novel Aurora-A (AurA) kinase AKI603 by UPLC-MS/MS and its application to a bioavailability study in rat.

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    Zhao, Zhenzhen; Huang, Lingjie; Gou, Xiaoli; Li, Zhangwei; Chen, Jiangying; Wen, Dingsheng; Jiang, Fulin; Lu, Gui; Bi, Huichang; Huang, Min; Zhong, Guoping

    2016-06-05

    A simple, sensitive and accurate ultra performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (UPLC-MS/MS) method for the determination of AKI603 in rat plasma has been firstly developed and validated. After a simple liquid-liquid extraction (LLE) with ethyl acetate, the analytes were separated on C18 column (2.1×100mm, 1.9μm, Thermo) by gradient elution with mobile phase of water (A) (containing 5mM ammonium acetate and 0.1% formic acid) and methanol (B) with a flow rate of 0.3mLmin(-1) and then analyzed by mass spectrometry in the positive multiple reactions monitoring (MRM) mode. The mass transitions monitored were m/z 410.0→352.9, m/z 457.1→367.9 for AKI603 and internal standard (Ly-7z), respectively. The developed method was validated for specificity, linearity and lower limit of quantification, intra- and inter-day precision and accuracy, extraction recovery, matrix effect and stability whose values satisfied the acceptable limits. The calibration curves for AKI603 was linear in concentration ranges of 0.025-5000ngmL(-1). The method has been successfully used to the bioavailability study of AKI603 administered to rats intravenously (2.5mg/kg) or orally (25mg/kg). The oral bioavailability of AKI603 in rats was calculated as 28.7±9.7%. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

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

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

    2015-01-26

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

  9. Pharmacokinetic and excretion study of three secoiridoid glycosides and three flavonoid glycosides in rat by LC-MS/MS after oral administration of the Swertia pseudochinensis extract.

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    Sheng, Ning; Zhi, Xuran; Yuan, Lin; Zhang, Zhiyong; Jia, Peipei; Zhang, Xiaoxu; Zhang, Lantong; Wang, Xinguo

    2014-09-15

    A sensitive, specific and rapid liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) method has been developed and validated for the simultaneous determination of swertiamarin, gentiopicroside, sweroside, mangiferin, isoorientin and isovitexin in rat plasma, bile, urine and feces after oral administration of Swertia pseudochinensis extract using sulfamethalazole (SMZ) as an internal standard (IS). The samples were pretreated and extracted by liquid-liquid extraction as the sample clean-up procedure. The chromatographic separation was performed on a C18 column with a linear gradient elution using a mobile phase consisted of 0.1% formic acid and methanol at a flow rate of 0.8 mL/min. The total run time was 10 min. Determination and quantification of the analytes were achieved by use of a hybrid quadrupole linear ion-trap mass spectrometer. A multiple-reaction monitoring scanning (MRM) method with electrospray ionization (ESI) source was employed with simultaneously monitoring the positive and negative electrospray ion source polarity in a single run. A full validation of the method was performed. The linearity of the analytical response was good, with correlation coefficients greater than 0.9953. The intra-day and inter-day precisions (RSD %) exhibited within 10.4%, and the accuracy (RE %) ranged from -8.7% to 9.5%. A non-compartmental model was employed to calculate the parameters. The values of elimination rate constants (Ke) ranged from 0.0026 to 0.0118 and the elimination half-life (T1/2) ranged from 58.4 to 263.0 min. This is the first report on pharmacokinetic and excretion study of Swertia pseudochinensis extract after oral administration. The results provided a meaningful basis for the clinical application of this herb. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  10. Development and validation of a HPLC-MS/MS method for the determination of venlafaxine enantiomers and application to a pharmacokinetic study in healthy Chinese volunteers.

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    Liu, Wen; Dai, Ying-Chun; Deng, Nang; Liu, Xiang-Rong; Yi Luo

    2011-03-01

    An HPLC-MS/MS method has been developed and validated for the determination of venlafaxine enantiomers in human plasma and applied to a pharmacokinetic study in healthy Chinese volunteers. The method was carried out on a vancomycin chiral column (5 µm, 250 × 4.6 mm) maintained at 25°C. The mobile phase was methanol-water containing 30 mmol/L ammonium acetate, pH 3.3 adjusted with aqueous ammonia (8:92, v/v) at the flow rate 1.0 mL/min. A tandem mass spectrometer with an electrospray interface was operated in the multiple reaction monitoring mode to detect the selected ions pair at m/z 278.0 → 120.8 for venlafaxine enantiomers and m/z 294.8 → 266.7 for estazolanm (internal standard). The method was linear in the concentration range of 0.28-423.0 ng/mL. The lower limit of quantification was 0.28 ng/mL. The intra-and inter-day relative standard deviations were less than 9.7%. The method was successfully applied for the evaluation of pharmacokinetic profiles of venlafaxine enantiomers in 18 healthy volunteers. Validation parameters such as the specificity, linearity, precision, accuracy and stability were evaluated, giving results within the acceptable range. Pharmacokinetic parameters of the venlafaxine enantiomers were measured in the 18 healthy Chinese volunteers who received a single regimen with venlafaxine hydrochloride capsules. The results show that AUC((0-∞)) , C(max) and t(1/2) between S-venlafaxine and R-venlafaxine are significantly different (p < 0.05). Copyright © 2010 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  11. UPLC-MS/MS-ESI assay for simultaneous determination of magnolol and honokiol in rat plasma: application to pharmacokinetic study after administration emulsion of the isomer.

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    Sheng, Yi-Ling; Xu, Jing-Hua; Shi, Cai-Hong; Li, Wei; Xu, Hai-Yan; Li, Ning; Zhao, Yu-Qing; Zhang, Xiang-Rong

    2014-09-29

    Magnolia officinalis is one of the commonly used in traditional Chinese medicine for the treatment of fever, chronic bronchitis and stomach ailments. Magnolol and honokiol are isomers with hydroxylated biphenol compound in the extract of Magnolia officinalis. This study aims to determine the isomers in rat plasma and evaluate their pharmacokinetic pattern after administration emulsion. Sprague Dawley male rats received either an intravenous (i.v.25, mg/kg) or oral (50mg/kg) dose of the emulsion of the isomer. A sensitive and specific ultra-performance liquid chromatography/tandem mass spectrometry (UPLC-MS/MS) method was developed for the investigation of the pharmacokinetics of magnolol and honokiol in rats. Kaempferol was employed as an internal standard. The plasma samples were deproteinized with acetonitrile, the post-treatment samples were analyzed on an Agela C18 column interfaced with a triple quadrupole tandem mass spectrometer in negative electrospray ionization mode. Acetonitrile and 5 mmol/L ammonium acetate buffer solution (65: 35, v/v) was used as the mobile phase at a flow rate of 0.2 mL/min. Following oral administration of emulsion to rats, magnolol attained mean peak plasma concentrations of 426.4 ± 273.8 ng/mL at 1.20 h, whereas honokiol reached peak plasma concentrations of 40.3 ± 30.8 ng/mL at 0.45 h. The absolute bioavailability of magnolol and honokiol is 17.5 ± 9.7% and 5.3 ± 11.7%. By comparison, the AUC0-∞ of magnolol was 5.4 times higher than that of honokiol after intravenous administration, but AUC0-∞ of magnolol was about 18-fold higher than honokiol after oral administration. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

  12. 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.

  13. Simultaneous quantification of lenalidomide, ibrutinib and its active metabolite PCI-45227 in rat plasma by LC-MS/MS: application to a pharmacokinetic study.

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    Veeraraghavan, Sridhar; Viswanadha, Srikant; Thappali, Satheeshmanikandan; Govindarajulu, Babu; Vakkalanka, Swaroopkumar; Rangasamy, Manivannan

    2015-03-25

    Efficacy assessments using a combination of ibrutinib and lenalidomide necessitate the development of an analytical method for determination of both drugs in plasma with precision. A high performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) method was developed for the simultaneous determination of lenalidomide, ibrutinib, and its active metabolite PCI45227 in rat plasma. Extraction of lenalidomide, ibrutinib, PCI45227 and tolbutamide (internal standard; IS) from 50 μl rat plasma was carried out by liquid-liquid extraction with ethyl acetate:dichloromethane (90:10) ratio. Chromatographic separation of analytes was performed on YMC pack ODS AM (150 mm × 4.6 mm, 5 μm) column under gradient conditions with acetonitrile:0.1% formic acid buffer as the mobile phases at a flow rate of 1 ml/min. Precursor ion and product ion transition for analytes and IS were monitored on a triple quadrupole mass spectrometer, operated in the selective reaction monitoring with positive ionization mode. Method was validated over a concentration range of 0.72-183.20 ng/ml for ibrutinib, 0.76-194.33 ng/ml for PCI-45227 and 1.87-479.16 ng/ml for lenalidomide. Mean extraction recovery for ibrutinib, PCI-45227, lenalidomide and IS of 75.2%, 84.5%, 97.3% and 92.3% were consistent across low, medium, and high QC levels. Precision and accuracy at low, medium and high quality control levels were less than 15% across analytes. Bench top, wet, freeze-thaw and long term stability was evaluated for all the analytes. The analytical method was applied to support a pharmacokinetic study of simultaneous estimation of lenalidomide, ibrutinib, and its active metabolite PCI-45227 in Wistar rat. Assay reproducibility was demonstrated by re-analysis of 18 incurred samples.

  14. A UPLC/MS/MS method for determination of protosappanin B in rat plasma and its application of a pharmacokinetic and bioavailability study.

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    Chen, Wei-Ying; Zhou, Xian-Zhen; Wu, Li-Lan; Wu, Yun-Shan; Wang, Shu-Mei; Liu, Bo; Guo, De-An

    2016-12-14

    Caesalpinia sappan L. is a traditional medicinal plant which is used for promoting blood circulation and cerebral apoplexy therapy in China. Previous reports showed that the extracts of Caesalpinia sappan L. could exert vasorelaxant activity and anti-inflammation activity. Protosappanin B is a major constituent of C. sappan L., and showed several important bioactivities. The separation was achieved by an Acquity UPLC BEH Symmetry Shield RP18 column (1.7 μm, 2.1 × 100 mm) column with the gradient mobile phase consisting of 5 mm ammonium acetate aqueous solution and acetonitrile. Detection was carried out by using negative-ion electrospray tandem mass spectrometry via multiple reaction monitoring. Plasma samples were preprocessed by an extraction with ethyl acetate, and apigenin was used as internal standard. The current UPLC-MS/MS assay was validated for linearity, accuracy, intraday and interday precisions, stability, matrix effects and extraction recovery. After oral and intravenous administration, the main pharmacokinetic parameters were as follows: peak concentrations, 83.5 ± 46.2 and 1329.6 ± 343.6 ng/mL; areas under the concentration-time curve, 161.9 ± 69.7 and 264.9 ± 56.3 μg h/L; and half-lives, 3.4 ± 0.9 and 0.3 ± 0.1 h, respectively. The absolute bioavailability in rats of protosappanin B was 12.2%. The method has been successfully applied to a pharmacokinetic and bioavailability study of protosappanin B in rats.

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

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

    2009-02-20

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

  16. Analysis of 21-hydroxy deflazacort in human plasma by UPLC-MS/MS: application to a bioequivalence study in healthy volunteers.

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    Patel, Daxesh P; Sharma, Primal; Patel, Bhargav M; Sanyal, Mallika; Singhal, Puran; Shrivastav, Pranav S

    2013-11-01

    A sensitive and rapid ultra performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometric (UPLC-MS/MS) method has been developed for the determination of 21-hydroxy deflazacort in human plasma using betamethasone as the internal standard (IS). After solid-phase extraction from 100 μL human plasma, the analyte and IS were analyzed on Waters Acquity UPLC BEH C18 (50 mm × 2.1 mm, 1.7 μm) column using acetonitrile-4.0mM ammonium formate, pH 3.5 (90:10, v/v) as the mobile phase. The protonated analyte was quantified by selected reaction monitoring in the positive ionization mode by triple quadrupole mass spectrometer. The calibration plots were linear over the concentration range 0.50-500 ng/mL. Intra-batch and inter-batch precision (% CV) and accuracy (%) for five quality control samples ranged within 1.40-4.82% and 98.0-102.0% respectively. The overall mean extraction recovery of 21-hydroxy deflazacort from plasma ranged from 95.3 to 97.3%. Matrix effect was assessed by post-column analyte infusion and the extraction recovery was >95.0% across four quality control levels for the analyte and IS. Stability was evaluated under different conditions like bench top, autosampler, processed sample (at room temperature and in cooling chamber), freeze-thaw and long term stability. The method was applied to support a bioequivalence study of 30 mg deflazacort tablet formulation in 28 healthy subjects. Assay reproducibility was demonstrated by reanalysis of 115 incurred samples.

  17. Development of an SPE-LC-MS/MS method for simultaneous quantification of bosentan and its active metabolite hydroxybosentan in human plasma to support a bioequivalence study.

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    Parekh, Jignesh M; Shah, Dhaval K; Sanyal, Mallika; Yadav, Manish; Shrivastav, Pranav S

    2012-11-01

    A highly sensitive, selective and rapid bioanalytical method has been developed for the simultaneous determination of bosentan and hydroxybosentan in human plasma by liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS). The analytes and their deuterated analogs were quantitatively extracted from 100 μL human plasma by solid phase extraction. The chromatographic separation of analytes was achieved on a Thermo Hypurity C18 (100 mm × 4.6 mm, 5 μ) analytical column with a resolution factor of 2.4 under isocratic conditions. The method was validated over a dynamic concentration range of 0.4-1600 ng/mL for bosentan and 0.2-250 ng/mL for hydroxybosentan. Ion-suppression effects were investigated by post-column infusion of analytes. The precision (%CV) values for the calculated slopes of calibration curves, which would reflect the relative matrix effect, were less than 1.2% for both the analytes. The intra-batch and inter-batch precision (%CV) across quality control levels was ≤4.0% and the mean relative recovery was >94% for both the analytes. The method was successfully applied to a bioequivalence study of 125 mg tablet formulation (test and reference) in 12 healthy Indian male subjects under fasting condition. The ratios of mean log-transformed values of C(max), AUC(0-t) and AUC(0-inf) and their 90% CIs varied from 91.3 to 104.7%. The percentage change for incurred sample reanalysis (ISR) was within ±13.0%.

  18. A selective and sensitive method based on UPLC-MS/MS for quantification of momordin Ic in rat plasma: application to a pharmacokinetic study.

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    Yan, Huiyu; Song, Yanqing; Zhou, Wei; Zhang, Sixi

    2015-11-10

    A selective and sensitive method was developed and validated based on ultra-performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (UPLC-MS/MS). This method was applied to quantify momordin Ic in rat plasma. Chromatographic separation was performed on a Hypersil GOLD HPLC C18 column (150mm×4.6mm, 5μm) using an isocratic mobile phase of acetonitrile/water (80:20, v/v) at a flow rate of 0.6mL/min. An electrospray ionization source was applied and operated in negative ion mode; selected reaction monitoring (SRM) mode was used for quantification by monitoring the precursor-to-product ion transitions of m/z 763.4→m/z 455.3 for momordin Ic, and m/z 649.4→m/z 487.3 for IS. Calibration curves showed good linearity over the range of 22.0-2200ng/mL for momordin Ic in rat plasma. The developed method was applied to a pharmacokinetic study of momordin Ic in rats after single intravenous doses at 0.52, 1.56, and 4.67mg/kg. The elimination half-life (t1/2) values were 1.22±0.39, 1.14±0.10, and 1.83±0.39h, respectively. The plasma concentration at 2min (C2min) and area under the curve (AUC) for the intravenous doses of momordin Ic were approximately dose proportional.

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

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

    2016-01-05

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

  20. Development of a LC-MS/MS method to analyze 5-methoxy-N,N-dimethyltryptamine and bufotenine, and application to pharmacokinetic study

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    Shen, Hong-Wu; Jiang, Xi-Ling; Yu, Ai-Ming

    2010-01-01

    Introduction 5-Methoxy-N,N-dimethyltryptamine (5-MeO-DMT) is a psychoactive indolealkylamine substance that has been used for recreational purpose and may lead to fatal toxicity. While 5-MeO-DMT is mainly inactivated via deamination, it is O-demethylated to an active metabolite, bufotenine. Quantitation of 5-MeO-DMT and bufotenine is essential to understand the exposure to and the effects of drug and metabolite. This study, therefore, aimed to develop and validate a LC-MS/MS method for simultaneous analysis of 5-MeO-DMT and bufotenine in mouse serum. Methods A simple protein precipitation method coupled with an optimal gradient elution was used for sample preparation and separation. Detection of 5-MeO-DMT and bufotenine was accomplished using multiple reaction monitoring of m/z 219.2→174.2 and 205.2→160.2, respectively, in the positive ion mode. 5-Methyl-N,N-dimethyltrypamine (m/z 203.2→158.3) was used as internal standard for quantification. Accuracy and precision were determined after the analyses of quality control samples. Validated assay was then employed to determine drug and metabolite concentrations in serum samples collected from mice at different time points after intraperitoneal administration of 5-MeO-DMT (2 mg/kg). Results With a total run time of 9 min, 5-MeO-DMT and bufotenine were eluted at 2.8 and 5.6 min, respectively. The assay was linear over the range 0.90–5,890 ng/mL (1.12–7,360 pg on-column) for 5-MeO-DMT and 2.52–5,510 ng/mL (3.14–6,890 pg) for bufotenine. Intra- and inter-day precision and accuracy were within 15% for both analytes. The recovery of each analyte from 20 µL of serum containing 8.08, 72.7 and 655 ng/mL of 5-MeO-DMT and 7.56, 68.1 and 613 ng/mL of bufotenine was more than 75%. Pharmacokinetic analysis revealed that the systemic exposure (area under the curve) to metabolite bufotenine was about 1/14 of that to 5-MeO-DMT. Conclusion This LC-MS/MS method is a sensitive and reliable assay for quantitation of blood 5

  1. Development of a LC-MS/MS method to analyze 5-methoxy-N,N-dimethyltryptamine and bufotenine, and application to pharmacokinetic study.

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    Shen, Hong-Wu; Jiang, Xi-Ling; Yu, Ai-Ming

    2009-04-01

    INTRODUCTION: 5-Methoxy-N,N-dimethyltryptamine (5-MeO-DMT) is a psychoactive indolealkylamine substance that has been used for recreational purpose and may lead to fatal toxicity. While 5-MeO-DMT is mainly inactivated via deamination, it is O-demethylated to an active metabolite, bufotenine. Quantitation of 5-MeO-DMT and bufotenine is essential to understand the exposure to and the effects of drug and metabolite. This study, therefore, aimed to develop and validate a LC-MS/MS method for simultaneous analysis of 5-MeO-DMT and bufotenine in mouse serum. METHODS: A simple protein precipitation method coupled with an optimal gradient elution was used for sample preparation and separation. Detection of 5-MeO-DMT and bufotenine was accomplished using multiple reaction monitoring of m/z 219.2→174.2 and 205.2→160.2, respectively, in the positive ion mode. 5-Methyl-N,N-dimethyltrypamine (m/z 203.2→158.3) was used as internal standard for quantification. Accuracy and precision were determined after the analyses of quality control samples. Validated assay was then employed to determine drug and metabolite concentrations in serum samples collected from mice at different time points after intraperitoneal administration of 5-MeO-DMT (2 mg/kg). RESULTS: With a total run time of 9 min, 5-MeO-DMT and bufotenine were eluted at 2.8 and 5.6 min, respectively. The assay was linear over the range 0.90-5,890 ng/mL (1.12-7,360 pg on-column) for 5-MeO-DMT and 2.52-5,510 ng/mL (3.14-6,890 pg) for bufotenine. Intra- and inter-day precision and accuracy were within 15% for both analytes. The recovery of each analyte from 20 µL of serum containing 8.08, 72.7 and 655 ng/mL of 5-MeO-DMT and 7.56, 68.1 and 613 ng/mL of bufotenine was more than 75%. Pharmacokinetic analysis revealed that the systemic exposure (area under the curve) to metabolite bufotenine was about 1/14 of that to 5-MeO-DMT. CONCLUSION: This LC-MS/MS method is a sensitive and reliable assay for quantitation of blood 5-Me

  2. The use of in vitro technologies coupled with high resolution accurate mass LC-MS for studying drug metabolism in equine drug surveillance.

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    Scarth, James P; Spencer, Holly A; Timbers, Sarah E; Hudson, Simon C; Hillyer, Lynn L

    2010-01-01

    The detection of drug abuse in horseracing often requires knowledge of drug metabolism, especially if urine is the matrix of choice. In this study, equine liver/lung microsomes/S9 tissue fractions were used to study the phase I metabolism of eight drugs of relevance to equine drug surveillance (acepromazine, azaperone, celecoxib, fentanyl, fluphenazine, mepivacaine, methylphenidate and tripelennamine). In vitro samples were analyzed qualitatively alongside samples originating from in vivo administrations using LC-MS on a high resolution accurate mass Thermo Orbitrap Discovery instrument and by LC-MS/MS on an Applied Biosystems Sciex 5500 Q Trap.Using high resolution accurate mass full-scan analysis on the Orbitrap, the in vitro systems were found to generate at least the two most abundant phase I metabolites observed in vitro for all eight drugs studied. In the majority of cases, in vitro experiments were also able to generate the minor in vivo metabolites and sometimes metabolites that were only observed in vitro. More detailed analyses of fentanyl incubates using LC-MS/MS showed that it was possible to generate good quality spectra from the metabolites generated in vitro. These data support the suggestion of using in vitro incubates as metabolite reference material in place of in vivo post-administration samples in accordance with new qualitative identification guidelines in the 2009 International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation-G7 (ILAC-G7) document.In summary, the in vitro and in vivo phase I metabolism results reported herein compare well and demonstrate the potential of in vitro studies to compliment, refine and reduce the existing equine in vivo paradigm.

  3. LC-MS/MS suggests that hole hopping in cytochrome c peroxidase protects its heme from oxidative modification by excess H2O2 † †Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available. See DOI: 10.1039/c6sc03125k Click here for additional data file.

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    Kathiresan, Meena

    2017-01-01

    We recently reported that cytochrome c peroxidase (Ccp1) functions as a H2O2 sensor protein when H2O2 levels rise in respiring yeast. The availability of its reducing substrate, ferrocytochrome c (CycII), determines whether Ccp1 acts as a H2O2 sensor or peroxidase. For H2O2 to serve as a signal it must modify its receptor so we employed high-performance LC-MS/MS to investigate in detail the oxidation of Ccp1 by 1, 5 and 10 M eq. of H2O2 in the absence of CycII to prevent peroxidase activity. We observe strictly heme-mediated oxidation, implicating sequential cycles of binding and reduction of H2O2 at Ccp1's heme. This results in the incorporation of ∼20 oxygen atoms predominantly at methionine and tryptophan residues. Extensive intramolecular dityrosine crosslinking involving neighboring residues was uncovered by LC-MS/MS sequencing of the crosslinked peptides. The proximal heme ligand, H175, is converted to oxo-histidine, which labilizes the heme but irreversible heme oxidation is avoided by hole hopping to the polypeptide until oxidation of the catalytic distal H52 in Ccp1 treated with 10 M eq. of H2O2 shuts down heterolytic cleavage of H2O2 at the heme. Mapping of the 24 oxidized residues in Ccp1 reveals that hole hopping from the heme is directed to three polypeptide zones rich in redox-active residues. This unprecedented analysis unveils the remarkable capacity of a polypeptide to direct hole hopping away from its active site, consistent with heme labilization being a key outcome of Ccp1-mediated H2O2 signaling. LC-MS/MS identification of the oxidized residues also exposes the bias of electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) detection toward transient radicals with low O2 reactivity. PMID:28451256

  4. A universal surrogate peptide to enable LC-MS/MS bioanalysis of a diversity of human monoclonal antibody and human Fc-fusion protein drug candidates in pre-clinical animal studies.

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    Furlong, Michael T; Ouyang, Zheng; Wu, Steven; Tamura, James; Olah, Timothy; Tymiak, Adrienne; Jemal, Mohammed

    2012-08-01

    For the development of human antibody Fc (fraction crystallizable) region-containing therapeutic protein candidates, which can be either monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) or pharmacologically active proteins/peptides fused to the Fc region of human Immunoglobulin G (IgG), reliable quantification of these proteins in animal pharmacokinetic study plasma samples is critical. LC-MS/MS has emerged as a promising assay platform for this purpose. LC-MS/MS assays used for bioanalysis of human antibody Fc region-containing therapeutic protein candidates frequently rely upon quantification of a 'signature' surrogate peptide whose sequence is unique to the protein analyte of interest. One drawback of the signature peptide approach is that a new LC-MS/MS assay must be developed for each new human Fc region-containing therapeutic protein. To address this issue, we propose an alternative 'universal surrogate peptide' approach for the quantification of human antibody Fc region-containing therapeutic protein candidates in plasma samples from all nonclinical species. A single surrogate tryptic peptide was identified in the Fc region of most human antibody Fc-containing therapeutic protein candidates. An LC-MS-MS method based upon this peptide was shown to be capable of supporting bioanalysis of a diversity of human Fc region-containing therapeutic protein candidates in plasma samples of all commonly used animal species.

  5. A Collaborative Study: Determination of Mycotoxins in Corn, Peanut Butter, and Wheat Flour Using Stable Isotope Dilution Assay (SIDA) and Liquid Chromatography-Tandem Mass Spectrometry (LC-MS/MS).

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    Zhang, Kai; Schaab, Matthew R; Southwood, Gavin; Tor, Elizabeth R; Aston, Linda S; Song, Wenlu; Eitzer, Brian; Majumdar, Sanghamitra; Lapainis, Theodore; Mai, Huy; Tran, Kevin; El-Demerdash, Aref; Vega, Victor; Cai, Yanxuan; Wong, Jon W; Krynitsky, Alexandra J; Begley, Timothy H

    2017-01-03

    A collaborative study was conducted to evaluate stable isotope dilution assay (SIDA) and LC-MS/MS for the simultaneous determination of aflatoxins B1, B2, G1, and G2; deoxynivalenol; fumonisins B1, B2, and B3; ochratoxin A; HT-2 toxin; T-2 toxin; and zearalenone in foods. Samples were fortified with 12 (13)C uniformly labeled mycotoxins ((13)C-IS) corresponding to the native mycotoxins and extracted with acetonitrile/water (50:50 v/v), followed by centrifugation, filtration, and LC-MS/MS analysis. In addition to certified reference materials, the six participating laboratories analyzed corn, peanut butter, and wheat flour fortified with the 12 mycotoxins at concentrations ranging from 1.0 to 1000 ng/g. Using their available LC-MS/MS platform, each laboratory developed in-house instrumental conditions for analysis. The majority of recoveries ranged from 80 to 120% with relative standard derivations (RSDs) <20%. Greater than 90% of the average recoveries of the participating laboratories were in the range of 90-110%, with repeatability RSDr (within laboratory) < 10% and reproducibility RSDR (among laboratory) < 15%. All Z scores of the results of certified reference materials were between -2 and 2. Using (13)C-IS eliminated the need for matrix-matched calibration standards for quantitation, simplified sample preparation, and achieved simultaneous identification and quantitation of multiple mycotoxins in a simple LC-MS/MS procedure.

  6. An LC-IMS-MS Platform Providing Increased Dynamic Range for High-Throughput Proteomic Studies

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    Baker, Erin Shammel; Livesay, Eric A.; Orton, Daniel J.; Moore, Ronald J.; Danielson, William F.; Prior, David C.; Ibrahim, Yehia M.; Lamarche, Brian L.; Mayampurath, Anoop M.; Schepmoes, Athena A.; Hopkins, Derek F.; Tang, Keqi; Smith, Richard D.; Belov, Mikhail E.

    2010-02-05

    A high-throughput approach and platform using 15 minute reversed-phase capillary liquid chromatography (RPLC) separations in conjunction with ion mobility spectrometry-mass spectrometry (IMS-MS) measurements was evaluated for the rapid analysis of complex proteomics samples. To test the separation quality of the short LC gradient, a sample was prepared by spiking twenty reference peptides at varying concentrations from 1 ng/mL to 10 µg/mL into a tryptic digest of mouse blood plasma and analyzed with both a LC-Linear Ion Trap Fourier Transform (FT) MS and LC-IMS-TOF MS. The LC-FT MS detected thirteen out of the twenty spiked peptides that had concentrations ≥100 ng/mL. In contrast, the drift time selected mass spectra from the LC-IMS-TOF MS analyses yielded identifications for nineteen of the twenty peptides with all spiking level present. The greater dynamic range of the LC-IMS-TOF MS system could be attributed to two factors. First, the LC-IMS-TOF MS system enabled drift time separation of the low concentration spiked peptides from the high concentration mouse peptide matrix components, reducing signal interference and background, and allowing species to be resolved that would otherwise be obscured by other components. Second, the automatic gain control (AGC) in the linear ion trap of the hybrid FT MS instrument limits the number of ions that are accumulated to reduce space charge effects, but in turn limits the achievable dynamic range compared to the TOF detector.

  7. Cognitive function alone is a poor predictor of health-related quality of life in employed patients with MS: results from a cross-sectional study.

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    Giovannetti, Ambra Mara; Schiavolin, Silvia; Brenna, Greta; Brambilla, Laura; Confalonieri, Paolo; Cortese, Francesca; Covelli, Venusia; Frangiamore, Rita; Leonardi, Matilde; Mantegazza, Renato; Moscatelli, Marco; Ponzio, Michela; Torri Clerici, Valentina; Zaratin, Paola; Raggi, Alberto

    2016-02-01

    Depression, anxiety, disease severity, and cognitive functions impact on the quality of life of people with MS. However, the majority of studies were not based on multivariate models and did not target employed patients. The aim of this study was to investigate predictors of HRQoL in persons with MS in the workforce considering cognitive, psychological, disease severity, and disability-related variables. Cross-sectional study. Hierarchical block regression analyses were conducted to identify predictors of physical and mental components of HRQoL, measured with the MSQOL-54. Candidate predictors included cognitive functioning (a selection of Rao's BRB-NT), sample features (age, education, MS duration), depressive symptoms (BDI-II), anxiety (STAI-Y), disability (WHODAS 2.0), and MS severity (EDSS): those that correlated with PCS and MCS with p < .250 and those that correlated with other predictors with coefficients >.800 were excluded from regression analyses. In total, 181 patients (60.8% females, mean age 39.6, median EDSS 1.5) were included. In both models, cognitive variables had a poor explicative power. The models improved significantly when psychological, as well as, disease severity and disability variables were added. R(2) of complete models was 0.732 for the physical component, 0.697 for the mental one: BDI-II, STAI-State and, some WHODAS 2.0 scales were significant predictors of HRQoL. Monitoring anxiety, depressive symptoms, and level of disability through self-reported questionnaires may provide useful suggestions to improve the HRQoL of persons with MS in the workforce, permitting to address possible problems in the work context and plan corrective actions.

  8. Development of a LC-MS/MS method for simultaneous determination of metoprolol and its metabolites, α-hydroxymetoprolol and O-desmethylmetoprolol, in rat plasma: application to the herb-drug interaction study of metoprolol and breviscapine.

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    Rao, Zhi; Ma, Yan-rong; Qin, Hong-yan; Wang, Ya-feng; Wei, Yu-hui; Zhou, Yan; Zhang, Guo-qiang; Wang, Xing-dong; Wu, Xin-an

    2015-09-01

    A simple, specific and sensitive LC-MS/MS method was developed and validated for the simultaneous determination of metoprolol (MET), α-hydroxymetoprolol (HMT) and O-desmethylmetoprolol (DMT) in rat plasma. The plasma samples were prepared by protein precipitation, then the separation of the analytes was performed on an Agilent HC-C18 column (4.6 × 250 mm, 5 µm) at a flow rate of 1.0 mL/min, and post-column splitting (1:4) was used to give optimal interface flow rates (0.2 mL/min) for MS detection; the total run time was 8.5 min. Mass spectrometric detection was achieved using a triple-quadrupole mass spectrometer equipped with an electrospray source interface in positive ionization mode. The method was fully validated in terms of selectivity, linearity, accuracy, precision, stability, matrix effect and recovery over a concentration range of 3.42-7000 ng/mL for MET, 2.05-4200 ng/mL for HMT and 1.95-4000 ng/mL for DMT. The analytical method was successfully applied to herb-drug interaction study of MET and breviscapine after administration of breviscapine (12.5 mg/kg) and MET (40 mg/kg). The results suggested that breviscapine have negligible effect on pharmacokinetics of MET in rats; the information may be beneficial for the application of breviscapine in combination with MET in clinical therapy.

  9. Mechanism research on cellulose pyrolysis by Py-GC/MS and subsequent density functional theory studies.

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    Wang, Shurong; Guo, Xiujuan; Liang, Tao; Zhou, Yan; Luo, Zhongyang

    2012-01-01

    The mechanism of fast pyrolysis of cellulose has been studied by using an analytical pyrolyzer coupled with a gas chromatography-mass spectrometry set-up (Py-GC/MS). The results showed that the main products comprised pyrans such as levoglucosan and levoglucosenone, furans such as furfural and 5-hydroxymethyl furfural, and linear small molecular chemicals such as acetaldehyde and 1-hydroxy-2-propanone. The compositions of products from fast pyrolysis of cellubiose and glucose were similar to that from cellulose, but with higher furan contents and lower pyran contents. Based on the experimental results, density functional theory (DFT) studies were carried out to deduce the pyrolysis mechanism of cellulose. The results showed the formation of 5-hydroxymethyl furfural from d-glucopyranose unit to be easier than the formation of levoglucosan, in agreement with the experimental results. The deduced mechanism of reaction pathways in cellulose pyrolysis provides insight into the pyrolysis behavior of cellulose and allows modification of previously proposed related mechanisms.

  10. UPLC-ESI-MS/MS study of the effect of green tea extract on the oral bioavailability of erlotinib and lapatinib in rats: Potential risk of pharmacokinetic interaction.

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    Maher, Hadir M; Alzoman, Nourah Z; Shehata, Shereen M; Abahussain, Ashwag O

    2017-04-01

    Green tea (GT) is one of the most consumed beverages worldwide. Tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs) belong to the oral targeted therapy that gained much interest in oncology practice, among which are erlotinib (ERL) and lapatinib (LAP). Since green tea polyphenols (GTP) are known to be inhibitors of receptor tyrosine kinases, GTE could likely potentiate the anticancer effect of TKIs, but with a possibility of pharmacokinetic (PK) interaction with co-administered TKIs. In this study, the effect of GTE on the PK of ERL/LAP in rats was studied. UPLC-ESI-MS/MS method has been developed and validated for the quantification of ERL and LAP in rat plasma, using gefitinib (GEF) as the internal standard. Plasma samples were treated extensively by protein precipitation (PPT) followed by solid phase extraction (SPE) using octadecyl C 18/14% cartridges. Chromatographic analysis was carried out on Acquity UPLC BEH™ C18 column with a mobile phase consisting of water: acetonitrile (20: 80, v/v), each with 0.15% formic acid. Quantification was performed in the positive electrospray ionization (ESI+) mode with multiple reaction monitoring (MRM) of the transitions m/z 394.29→278.19 (ERL), m/z 581.07→365.13 (LAP), and m/z 447.08→128.21 (GEF). The method was fully validated as per the FDA guidelines showing linearity over the range of 0.4-1000 (ERL) and 0.6-1000 (LAP) ng/mL with very low lower limit of quantification (LLOQ) of 0.4 and 0.6ng/mL for ERL and LAP, respectively. The applicability of the method was extended to perform a comparative study of the PK of ERL/LAP following short-term and long-term administration of GTE, compared with their single oral administration. The results revealed that a significant reduction in the oral bioavailability was recorded with both ERL and LAP following the ingestion of GTE particularly for short-term administration. A reduction in Cmax (AUC) by 67.60% (69.50%) and 70.20% (73.96%), was recorded with short-term administration of GTE

  11. Quantitative determination of betamethasone sodium phosphate and betamethasone dipropionate in human plasma by UPLC-MS/MS and a bioequivalence study

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    Chen, Man-Yun; Tang, Yong-Jun; Wang, Yi-Cheng; Wang, Chong-Zhi; Yuan, Chun-Su; Chen, Yao; Tan, Zhi-Rong; Huang, Wei-Hua; Zhou, Hong-Hao

    2016-01-01

    The compound medicine of betamethasone sodium phosphate (BSP) and betamethasone dipropionate (BDP) is widely used for diverse glucocorticoid-sensitive acute and chronic diseases such as asthma, rheumatoid arthritis and systemic lupus erythematosus. It will be useful and beneficial to validate sensitive method for the determination of BSP, BDP and their metabolites for their pharmacokinetic study. Hereby, an ultra-high pressure liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (UPLC-MS/MS) has been validated for the determination of BSP, BDP and their metabolites betamethasone (BOH), betamethasone 17-monodipropionate (B17P) and betamethasone 21-monodipropionate (B21P) in human plasma. Liquid-liquid extraction with ether and n-hexane (v/v, 4:1) was used for sample preparation of BDP, BOH, B17P and B21P with beclomethasone dipropionate as internal standard (IS), while solid phase extraction was adopted for sample preparation of BSP using prednisolone as IS. The chromatographic separation was performed on a Hypurity C18 column (150 mm×2.1 mm, 5 μm) for BOH, BDP, B21P and B17P, and a Luna C18 (2) column (150 mm×2.0 mm, 5 μm) for BSP. Electrospray ionization interfaced with positive multiple reaction monitoring (MRM) scan mode was used for mass spectrometric detection. The standard calibration curves were linear within the range of 2.525 × 10−9−403.9 × 10−9 mol·dm−3 for BSP, 0.125 × 10−9−55.81 × 10−9 mol·dm−3 for BDP, 0.278 × 10−9−74.95 × 10−9 mol·dm−3 for BOH, 0.098 × 10−9−4.688 × 10−9 mol·dm−3 for B17P and 0.226 × 10−9−5.411 × 10−9 mol·dm−3 for B21P, respectively. The validated method was successfully applied to a bioequivalence study in 23 healthy subjects after they were injected with this compound medicine BSP and BDP. PMID:27695531

  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. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B

  13. Quantitative determination of betamethasone sodium phosphate and betamethasone dipropionate in human plasma by UPLC-MS/MS and a bioequivalence study.

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    Chen, Man-Yun; Tang, Yong-Jun; Wang, Yi-Cheng; Wang, Chong-Zhi; Yuan, Chun-Su; Chen, Yao; Tan, Zhi-Rong; Huang, Wei-Hua; Zhou, Hong-Hao

    2016-05-07

    The compound medicine of betamethasone sodium phosphate (BSP) and betamethasone dipropionate (BDP) is widely used for diverse glucocorticoid-sensitive acute and chronic diseases such as asthma, rheumatoid arthritis and systemic lupus erythematosus. It will be useful and beneficial to validate sensitive method for the determination of BSP, BDP and their metabolites for their pharmacokinetic study. Hereby, an ultra-high pressure liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (UPLC-MS/MS) has been validated for the determination of BSP, BDP and their metabolites betamethasone (BOH), betamethasone 17-monodipropionate (B17P) and betamethasone 21-monodipropionate (B21P) in human plasma. Liquid-liquid extraction with ether and n-hexane (v/v, 4:1) was used for sample preparation of BDP, BOH, B17P and B21P with beclomethasone dipropionate as internal standard (IS), while solid phase extraction was adopted for sample preparation of BSP using prednisolone as IS. The chromatographic separation was performed on a Hypurity C18 column (150 mm×2.1 mm, 5 μm) for BOH, BDP, B21P and B17P, and a Luna C18 (2) column (150 mm×2.0 mm, 5 μm) for BSP. Electrospray ionization interfaced with positive multiple reaction monitoring (MRM) scan mode was used for mass spectrometric detection. The standard calibration curves were linear within the range of 2.525 × 10(-9)-403.9 × 10(-9) mol·dm(-3) for BSP, 0.125 × 10(-9)-55.81 × 10(-9) mol·dm(-3) for BDP, 0.278 × 10(-9)-74.95 × 10(-9) mol·dm(-3) for BOH, 0.098 × 10(-9)-4.688 × 10(-9) mol·dm(-3) for B17P and 0.226 × 10(-9)-5.411 × 10(-9) mol·dm(-3) for B21P, respectively. The validated method was successfully applied to a bioequivalence study in 23 healthy subjects after they were injected with this compound medicine BSP and BDP.

  14. A highly sensitive and selective LC-MS/MS method to quantify asunaprevir, an HCV NS3 protease inhibitor, in human plasma in support of pharmacokinetic studies.

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    Kandoussi, Hamza; Jiang, Hao; Zeng, Jianing; Zheng, Naiyu; Kadiyala, Pathanjali; Eley, Timothy; He, Bing; Garimella, Tushar; Demers, Roger; Cojocaru, Laura; Aubry, Anne-Françoise; Arnold, Mark E

    2016-02-05

    Asunaprevir (BMS-650032) is a selective hepatitis C virus (HCV) NS3 protease inhibitor with potent activity against HCV genotypes 1, 4, 5 and 6. It has been developed in conjunction with direct-acting antiviral agents, in interferon- and ribavirin-free regimen, to improve existing therapies for HCV infection. To support the pharmacokinetic analyses in asunaprevir clinical studies, we have developed and validated a highly sensitive and robust LC-MS/MS method to quantify asunaprevir in human EDTA plasma with an LLOQ of 0.05ng/mL, which was a 20-fold sensitivity improvement over a previously reported assay for asunaprevir. A deuterated labeled [D9]-asunaprevir was used as the internal standard (IS). The analyte and the IS were extracted using a semi-automated liquid-liquid extraction (LLE) at pH 7 with methyl-t-butyl ether (MTBE) in a 96-well plate containing 10μL of 10% CHAPS as the surfactant to prevent non-specific binding issue. Chromatographic separation was achieved on a Genesis C8 column (2.1×50mm, 4μm) with a gradient elution using 0.1% formic acid in water as mobile phase A and a mixture of methanol: acetone: formic acid (95:5:0.1; v/v/v) as the mobile phase B. Positive electrospray ionization was performed using multiple reaction monitoring (MRM) with transitions of m/z 748→648 for asunaprevir and m/z 757→649 for [D9]-asunaprevir,and a collision energy of 30 electron Volts (eV). The assay was validated over a standard curve range from 0.05 to 50ng/mL for asunaprevir in human plasma. The intra- and inter assay precisions were within 7.1% CV, and the % deviation was within 5.5% of their nominal concentrations. This assay has been successfully applied to multiple clinical studies with excellent assay ruggedness and reproducibility.

  15. Validation of a HPLC-ESI MS/MS method for the determination of clonidine in human plasma and its application in a bioequivalence study in Chinese healthy volunteers.

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    Zhuang, Jialang; Chen, Jiangying; Wang, Xueding; Pang, Yin; Bi, Huichang; Huang, Lihui; Zeng, Guixiong; Liao, Xiaoxing; Ma, Zhongfu; Chen, Xiao; Zhong, Guoping; Huang, Min; Zhao, Xianglan

    2015-10-01

    A rapid and sensitive liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (HPLC-MS/MS) method to determine clonidine in human plasma was developed and fully validated. Sample preparation was involved an one-step extraction with diethyl ether. Donepezil was employed as the internal standard (IS). Chromatographic separation was performed on a Hypersil BDS C18 column (i.d. 2.1 × 50 mm, particle size 3μm) with a mobile phase of methanol-water (containing 0.1% formic acid; 60:40, v/v) at a flow rate of 200 μL/min. The peaks were detected by mass spectrometry using the electrospray ion source in selected reaction monitoring mode. The extraction recovery was 72.53-85.25%. The method was found to be linear in a concentration range of 0.02-6.00 ng/mL and the lower limit of quantification was 0.02 ng/mL. The within- and between-batch precisions at three concentrations were 4.33-16.47 and 7.24-17.24% with accuracies of -2.47-10.91 and 1.86-10.19%, respectively. This validated method was successfully used for a bioequivalence study of two clonidine transdermal patches on healthy volunteers. The results suggested that the test formulation of clonidine patch met the regulatory criterion for bioequivalence to the reference formulation, but a larger sample size should be needed for the estimation of bioequivalence.

  16. Simultaneous determination of ten flavonoids of crude and wine-processed Radix Scutellariae aqueous extracts in rat plasma by UPLC-ESI-MS/MS and its application to a comparative pharmacokinetic study.

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    Cui, Xiao-Bing; Qian, Xiao-Cui; Huang, Ping; Zhang, Yong-Xin; Li, Jun-Song; Yang, Guang-Ming; Cai, Bao-Chang

    2015-07-01

    Radix Scutellariae (RS) is a herbal medicine with various pharmacological activities to treat inflammation, respiratory and gastrointestinal infections, etc. In this study, a rapid, sensitive and selective UPLC-ESI-MS/MS method was developed for simultaneous determination of 10 flavonoids - scutellarin, scutellarein, chrysin, wogonin, baicalein, apigenin, wogonoside, oroxylin A-7-O-glucuronide, oroxylin A and baicalin - from RS aqueous extracts in rat plasma with propyl paraben as internal standard (IS). Chromatographic separation was achieved on a C18 column using gradient elution with the mobile phase consisting of methanol and water (containing 0.1% formic acid) at a flow rate of 0.2 mL/min. The detection was performed in multiple reaction monitoring mode using electrospray ionization in negative mode. The validated method showed good linearity over a wide concentration range (r >0.9935). The intra- and interday assay variabilities were <9.5% and <12.4% for all analytes, respectively. The extraction recovery ranged from 71.2 to 89.7% for each analyte and IS. This method was successfully applied to pharmacokinetic comparision after oral administration of crude and wine-processed RS aqueous extracts. There were significant differences in some pharmacokinetic parameters of most analytes between crude and wine-processed RS. This suggested that wine-processing exerted effects absorption of most flavonoids. © 2014 The Authors. Biomedical Chromatography published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

  17. HPLC-MS degradation study of E10 Sunset Yellow FCF in a commercial beverage.

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    Gosetti, Fabio; Gianotti, Valentina; Polati, Stefano; Gennaro, Maria Carla

    2005-10-07

    Experimental evidence has shown that a beverage containing Sunset Yellow FCF (labelled as E110 in the European Union), when exposed to natural conditions of summer temperature and sunlight, losses its colour. To possibly identify the degradation pathway and collect information on the potential toxicity of the uncoloured species formed, different degradation conditions, under both oxidising and reducing environments, were simulated in laboratory. Experiments were carried out under the following conditions: (i) thermally induced degradation, (ii) visible photo induced degradation, (iii) UV-photo induced conditions in oxidising environment (addition of hydrogen peroxide, Fenton reaction) and (iv) UV-photo induced conditions in reducing environment (addition of sulphide and ascorbic acid, addition of ascorbic acid in the absence and in the presence of saccharose). Decolourisation process was observed in oxidant conditions when applying the Fenton reaction but the reaction was too quick to be progressively followed. On the other hand, it was also possible to study the degradation reaction observed in reducing conditions in the presence of ascorbic acid. The HPLC-MS results gave evidence for the cleavage of the double bond and the protonation of the azo groups. The loss of colour is therefore not due to a mineralization process but to the formation of a dimeric form of 5-amino-6-hydroxy-2-naphthalene sulfonate and, likely, of p-amino-benzensulfonate.

  18. Pyrolysis GC-MS and NMR studies of humics in contaminated sediments

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    Higashi, R.M.; Fan, T.W.M.; Lane, A.N.

    1994-12-31

    Sediment ``humics`` play a major role in sorption and chemical reactions of organic and metal pollutants, as well as of nutrients, detritus, and other naturally-occurring chemicals. Not surprisingly, the chemical structure of humics is very important in this regard. The problem is, humics are among the most complex and least-understood substances in the world. This is because the primary structure is heterologous, unlike most other macromolecules which are polymeric; thus, researchers could not obtain coherent structures to identify with properties. However, recent advances in NMR spectroscopy and pyrolysis GC-MS have enabled researchers to begin relating primary and higher order structural motifs germane to the chemistry of the refractory humics. The authors have explored various means of sediment extraction for humics analysis by these techniques, including direct analysis of unextracted sediments. Marine sediments from near produced water discharges, salt marshes, and dredge material were surveyed. The study has revealed interpretive pitfalls, depending on the method of humic extraction. These difficulties are expected since the approach is at its infancy, but the overall approach is clearly useful in probing the humic structure profile of marine sediments.

  19. Simultaneous determination of harmine, harmaline and their metabolites harmol and harmalol in beagle dog plasma by UPLC-ESI-MS/MS and its application to a pharmacokinetic study.

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    Zhang, Lei; Teng, Liang; Gong, Can; Liu, Wei; Cheng, Xuemei; Gu, Shenghua; Deng, Zhongping; Wang, Zhengtao; Wang, Changhong

    2013-11-01

    Harmine (HAR) and harmaline (HAL) were metabolized by demethylation to form harmol (HOL) and harmalol (HAM) both in vivo and in vitro. It has been demonstrated tremendous value of HAR, HAL and their metabolites in the therapy of Alzheimer's disease. A rapid, selective and sensitive UPLC-ESI-MS/MS method was firstly developed and validated for the simultaneous determination of HAR, HAL, HOL, and HAM in beagle dog plasma with 9-aminoacridine as the internal standard (IS). After protein precipitation with acetonitrile, the analytes were separated within 4.5 min on an ACQUITY UPLC BEH C18 column with a gradient elution system composed of 0.1% formic acid and acetonitrile at a flow rate of 0.4 ml/min. Detection was performed using multiple reactions monitoring mode under a positive ionization condition. The calibration curves of four analytes showed good linearity (r(2)>0.9959) within the tested concentration ranges. The low limit of quantification for HAR, HAL, HOL, and HAM were all 1.00 ng/ml. The mean accuracy of the analytes was within the range of 94.56-112.23%, the R.S.D. values of intra-day and the inter-day precision were less than 6.26% and 7.51%, respectively. Matrix effects and extraction recoveries of the analytes from the beagle dog plasma were within the range of 94.48-105.77% and 89.07-101.44%, respectively. The validated method was successfully applied to a pharmacokinetic study of HAR, HAL, HOL, and HAM in beagle dogs after intravenous administration of HAR and HAL both of 1.0mg/kg. The main pharmacokinetic parameters of Cmax, Vd, CL, AUC and MRT, except Ke and t1/2 values, showed significant difference between the two parent drug HAR and HAL, respectively (p<0.05-0.001). Because of the different metabolic rate of HAR and HAL in vivo, the two metabolites, HOL and HAM, exhibited unique pharmacokinetic properties.

  20. Development of a LC-MS/MS method for quantification of two pairs of isomeric flavonoid glycosides and other ones in rat plasma: Application to pharmacokinetic studies.

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    Zhang, Sixi; Xie, Yang; Wang, Jing; Geng, Yanmei; Zhou, Yu; Sun, Chengxin; Wang, Guangshu

    2017-03-10

    An liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) method was developed and validated for simultaneous determination of six flavonoid glycosides including isoorientin (1), orientin (2), 2″-O-β-D-xylopyranosyl isoorientin (3), 2″-O-β-D-xylopyranosyl isovitexin (4), 6-C-L-α-arabipyranosyl vitexin (5), and vitexin (6) in rat plasma using isoquercitrin as the internal standard (IS). Plasma samples were prepared by a one-step protein precipitation with acetonitrile. Chromatographic analysis was carried out on a 25-cm C18 column with a gradient mobile phase consisting of acetonitrile and 0.1% aqueous formic acid. Six analytes and IS were detected through electrospray ionization in negative-ion selection reaction monitoring mode. The mass transitions were as follows: m/z 447.2 → 327.0 for 1, m/z 447.2 → 327.0 for 2, m/z 579.3 → 458.9 for 3, m/z 563.0 → 293.1 for 4, m/z 563.0 → 353.0 for 5, m/z 431.1 → 311.1 for 6, and m/z 463.1 → 300.2 for IS, respectively. Calibration curves exhibited good linearity (r(2)  > 0.9908) over a wide concentration range for all compounds. Intra-day and inter-day precision (RSD%) at four different levels were both less than 14.2% and the accuracy (RE%) ranged from -11.9% to 12.0%. The extraction recoveries of the six components ranged from 88.2% to 103.6%. The validated assay was successfully applied to the pharmacokinetic studies of the six components in male rat plasma after intravenous administration of total flavonoids of Scorzonera austriaca Wild.

  1. 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

  2. A UHPLC-MS/MS method for simultaneous determination of twelve constituents from Erigeron breviscapus extract in rat plasma: Application to a pharmacokinetic study.

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    Tian, Yuanyuan; Li, Qingqian; Zhou, Xinpeng; Pang, Qian; Xu, Yuanjin

    2017-03-01

    A rapid, sensitive and specific ultra-high performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (UHPLC-MS/MS) method was developed and validated to simultaneously determine the twelve major bioactive ingredients (neochlorogenic acid, chlorogenic acid, caffeic acid, cynarin, scopoletin, scutellarin, isochlorogenic acid A, apigenin-7-o-glucuronide, isochlorogenic acid C, scutellarein, luteolin, and apigenin) in rat plasma. Gallic acid and wogonoside were used as internal standards (IS1 and IS2). The plasma samples were pretreated and extracted by liquid-liquid extraction and protein precipitation with ethyl acetate-acetonitrile (95:5, v/v). Chromatographic separation was accomplished on Agilent ZORBAX RRHD Eclipse Plus C18 column (2.1mm×50mm, 1.8μm) utilizing 0.1% formic acid aqueous solution and acetonitrile as mobile phase under gradient conditions at a flow rate of 0.3mL·min(-1). Mass spectrometric detection was performed in multiple reaction monitoring (MRM) mode using electrospray ionization (ESI) in positive and negative mode. The whole intra- and inter-day precision (as relative standard deviation) of all analytes were less than 11.03%, and the accuracy (as relative error) were in the range from -10.43% to 9.76% and from -10.14% to 10.33%. The lower limits of quantification (LLOQ) were 20, 3.0, 100, 7.0, 0.30, 2.0, 70, 1.0, 20, 30, 10, and 2.0ngmL(-1) for neochlorogenic acid, chlorogenic acid, caffeic acid, cynarin, scopoletin, scutellarin, isochlorogenic acid A, apigenin-7-o-glucuronide, isochlorogenic acid C, scutellarein, luteolin, and apigenin, respectively. Extraction recovery, matrix effect and stability were found to be the required limits. This method was selective and sensitive for the investigation of the pharmacokinetics of twelve constituents following oral administration to research study about in Erigeron breviscapus of clinical practices for separately analytes on rats. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  3. Simultaneous determination of andrographolide, dehydroandrographolide and neoandrographolide in dog plasma by LC-MS/MS and its application to a dog pharmacokinetic study of Andrographis paniculata tablet.

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    Xu, Fang-fang; Fu, Shu-jun; Gu, Sheng-pan; Wang, Zhi-min; Wang, Zhen-zhong; He, Xin; Xiao, Wei

    2015-05-15

    In this study, a sensitive and rapid liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) method was developed and validated to simultaneously determinate andrographolide (AP), dehydroandrographolide (DP), and neoandrographolide (NP) in plasma of beagle dogs after oral administration of Andrographis paniculata tablet (A. paniculata). The analytes and bilobalide (internal standard) were separated on an Agilent ZORBAX XDB-C18 column (50mm×2.1mm, 3.5μm) by using gradient elution consisting of methanol and water at a flow rate of 0.50mL/min in 7min. Multiple reaction monitoring (MRM) mode was performed to quantify data under monitoring precursor-product ion transitions of m/z 348.8→286.9, 330.9→107.9, 479.1→160.8 and 325.0→163.0 for AP, DP, NP and internal standard (IS) at negative ion mode, respectively. This method was developed at linearity ranging from 0.50 to 250ng/mL for AP, 1.00 to 500ng/mL for DP and 0.20 to 100ng/mL for NP. The accuracy of each analyte ranged between 94.8% and 107.1% and the precision was within 14.6%. No significant matrix effect was observed. AP, DP and NP were stable during sample storage, preparation and analytic procedures. Furthermore, this method was successfully applied in the investigation of the pharmacokinetic profile of AP, DP and NP in beagle dogs after oral administration of A. paniculata tablet (49.5mg for AP, 7.0mg for DP, 22.0mg for NP). Biological half-life (t1/2) was 2.08±0.99, 3.13±1.19 and 1.07±0.38h for AP, DP and NP, respectively. The areas under curves (AUC0-t) of AP, DP and NP was 494.50±150.64, 26.01±8.72 and 78.78±18.29ngh/mL, respectively.

  4. Kinetic Intermediates of Holo- and Apo-Myoglobin Studied Using HDX-TIMS-MS and Molecular Dynamic Simulations

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    Schenk, Emily R.; Almeida, Raybel; Miksovska, Jaroslava; Ridgeway, Mark E.; Park, Melvin A.; Fernandez-Lima, Francisco

    2015-04-01

    In the present work, the kinetic intermediates of holo- and apo-myoglobin were studied by correlating the ion-neutral collision cross section and time resolved H/D back exchange rate simultaneously in a trapped ion mobility spectrometer coupled to a mass spectrometer (HDX-TIMS-MS). The high mobility resolution of the TIMS cell permitted the observation of multiple IMS bands and complementary molecular dynamics simulations resulted in the assignment of candidate structures for each experimental condition studied (e.g., holo [M + 8H]+8-[M + 9H]+9 and apo [M + 9H]+9-[M + 19H]+19). Inspection of the kinetic intermediates suggests that the tertiary structure of apomyoglobin unfolds quickly upon the loss of the Fe protoporphyrin IX that stabilizes the interactions between the A, G, and H helices. In the absence of the porphyrin heme, the apomyoglobin unfolds to Xn kinetic intermediates that vary in the extent of unfolding as a result of the observed charge state.

  5. High-Throughput Microbore UPLC-MS Metabolic Phenotyping of Urine for Large-Scale Epidemiology Studies.

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    Gray, Nicola; Lewis, Matthew R; Plumb, Robert S; Wilson, Ian D; Nicholson, Jeremy K

    2015-06-05

    A new generation of metabolic phenotyping centers are being created to meet the increasing demands of personalized healthcare, and this has resulted in a major requirement for economical, high-throughput metabonomic analysis by liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (LC-MS). Meeting these new demands represents an emerging bioanalytical problem that must be solved if metabolic phenotyping is to be successfully applied to large clinical and epidemiological sample sets. Ultraperformance (UP)LC-MS-based metabolic phenotyping, based on 2.1 mm i.d. LC columns, enables comprehensive metabolic phenotyping but, when employed for the analysis of thousands of samples, results in high solvent usage. The use of UPLC-MS employing 1 mm i.d. columns for metabolic phenotyping rather than the conventional 2.1 mm i.d. methodology shows that the resulting optimized microbore method provided equivalent or superior performance in terms of peak capacity, sensitivity, and robustness. On average, we also observed, when using the microbore scale separation, an increase in response of 2-3 fold over that obtained with the standard 2.1 mm scale method. When applied to the analysis of human urine, the 1 mm scale method showed no decline in performance over the course of 1000 analyses, illustrating that microbore UPLC-MS represents a viable alternative to conventional 2.1 mm i.d. formats for routine large-scale metabolic profiling studies while also resulting in a 75% reduction in solvent usage. The modest increase in sensitivity provided by this methodology also offers the potential to either reduce sample consumption or increase the number of metabolite features detected with confidence due to the increased signal-to-noise ratios obtained. Implementation of this miniaturized UPLC-MS method of metabolic phenotyping results in clear analytical, economic, and environmental benefits for large-scale metabolic profiling studies with similar or improved analytical performance compared to

  6. NLRP3 Inflammasome and MS/EAE

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    Shinohara, Mari L.

    2013-01-01

    Inflammasomes are cytosolic sensors that detect pathogens and danger signals in the innate immune system. The NLRP3 inflammasome is currently the most fully characterized inflammasome and is known to detect a wide array of microbes and endogenous damage-associated molecules. Possible involvement of the NLRP3 inflammasome (or inflammasomes) in the development of multiple sclerosis (MS) was suggested in a number of studies. Recent studies showed that the NLRP3 inflammasome exacerbates experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE), an animal model of MS, although EAE can also develop without the NLRP3 inflammasome. In this paper, we discuss the NLRP3 inflammasome in MS and EAE development. PMID:23365725

  7. Design Study of an Atmospheric Pressure Photoionization Interface for GC-MS

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    Kersten, Hendrik; Kroll, Kai; Haberer, Kirsten; Brockmann, Klaus J.; Benter, Thorsten; Peterson, Amelia; Makarov, Alexander

    2016-04-01

    This contribution reports on the development of an atmospheric pressure photoionization (APPI) source interfacing a gas chromatograph (GC) with a bench-top Orbitrap high resolution mass spectrometer (MS). We present efforts on method development aiming at high temperature stability (325°C), constant low impurity levels upon prolonged source operation, and efficient reaction volume irradiation combined with minimum peak broadening. The performance throughout each iterative development step was carefully assessed. The final GC-APPI-MS setup demonstrated femtogram-on-column sensitivity and chromatographic peaks of Gaussian shape with base peak widths <2 s for even the highest boiling compounds present in different EPA standard mixtures.

  8. Design Study of an Atmospheric Pressure Photoionization Interface for GC-MS.

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    Kersten, Hendrik; Kroll, Kai; Haberer, Kirsten; Brockmann, Klaus J; Benter, Thorsten; Peterson, Amelia; Makarov, Alexander

    2016-04-01

    This contribution reports on the development of an atmospheric pressure photoionization (APPI) source interfacing a gas chromatograph (GC) with a bench-top Orbitrap high resolution mass spectrometer (MS). We present efforts on method development aiming at high temperature stability (325°C), constant low impurity levels upon prolonged source operation, and efficient reaction volume irradiation combined with minimum peak broadening. The performance throughout each iterative development step was carefully assessed. The final GC-APPI-MS setup demonstrated femtogram-on-column sensitivity and chromatographic peaks of Gaussian shape with base peak widths <2 s for even the highest boiling compounds present in different EPA standard mixtures. Graphical Abstract ᅟ.

  9. VALIDATION STUDIES OF THERMAL EXTRACTION-GC/MS APPLIED TO SOURCE EMISSIONS AEROSOLS: 1. SEMIVOLATILE ANALYTE--NONVOLATILE MATRIX INTERACTIONS

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    This work develops a novel validation approach for studying how non-volatile aerosol matrices of considerably different chemical composition potentially affect the thermal extraction (TE)/GC/MS quantification of a wide range of trace semivolatile organic markers. The non-volatil...

  10. MS 1512 cB58: A case study of star formation, metal enrichment and superwinds in Lyman break galaxies

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    Pettini, Max; Rix, Samantha A.; Steidel, Chuck C.; Hunt, Matthew P.; Shapley, Alice E.; Adelberger, Kurt L.

    2002-07-01

    Recent advances in instrumentation and observing techniques have made it possible to begin to study in detail the stellar populations and the interstellar media of galaxies at redshift z = 3, when the universe was still in its ‘teen years’. I illustrate recent progress in this field with the latest observations of the gravitationally lensed galaxy MS 1512- cB58.

  11. An integrated strategy based on UPLC-DAD-QTOF-MS for metabolism and pharmacokinetic studies of herbal medicines: Tibetan "Snow Lotus" herb (Saussurea laniceps), a case study.

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    Yi, Tao; Zhu, Lin; Tang, Yi-Na; Zhang, Jian-Ye; Liang, Zhi-Tao; Xu, Jun; Zhao, Zhong-Zhen; Yu, Zhi-Ling; Bian, Zhao-Xiang; Yang, Zhi-Jun; Chen, Hu-Biao

    2014-05-14

    Saussurea laniceps Hand.-Mazz. (SL) has long been used under the herbal name Tibetan "Snow Lotus" for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, stomachache and dysmenorrhea in Tibetan folk medicine. Since herbal medicine (HM) is a synergistical system with multiple components, both of the metabolism and pharmacokinetic studies of HM are interdependent. This study aimed to develop an integrated strategy based on the UPLC-DAD-QTOF-MS technique for metabolism and pharmacokinetic studies of HM. SL was used here as a test herb to verify the feasibility of the proposed strategy. SL was administered to rats, then, the blood plasma, urine and feces were analyzed to determine the metabolic profiles. Using our strategy, umbelliferone and scopoletin were evaluated to be the key bioactive components. Their pharmacokinetic parameters were measured and biotransformation pathways were elucidated. After oral administration of SL to rats, 17 components in blood, 10 components in urine and 2 components in feces were identified and characterized using our UPLC-DAD-QTOF-MS method. Umbelliferone, scopoletin and their metabolites were found to be the major components involved in the metabolism process. Literature reports also suggest that umbelliferone and scopoletin are responsible for the therapeutic effects of SL, thus these two components were selected as the active markers for pharmacokinetic study. In the test of validity, the established method presented good linearity with R(2)>0.99. The relative standard deviation value was below 13.9% for precision, and recovery studies for accuracy were found to be within the range 91.8-112.5%. The present strategy offers, simultaneously, precision in quantitative analysis (metabolism study) and accuracy in quantitative analysis (pharmacokinetic study) with greater efficiency and less costs, which is therefore reliably used for integrated metabolism and pharmacokinetic studies of HM. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

  12. Application of laser microdissection ICP-MS for high resolution elemental mapping in mouse brain tissue: a comparative study with laser ablation ICP-MS.

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    Sussulini, Alessandra; Becker, J Sabine

    2015-01-01

    Mapping of elements in biological tissue by laser induced mass spectrometry is a fast growing analytical methodology in life sciences. This method provides a multitude of useful information of metal, nonmetal, metalloid and isotopic distribution at major, minor and trace concentration ranges, usually with a lateral resolution of 12-160 µm. Selected applications in medical research require an improved lateral resolution of laser induced mass spectrometric technique at the low micrometre scale and below. The present work demonstrates the applicability of a recently developed analytical methodology - laser microdissection associated to inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (LMD ICP-MS) - to obtain elemental images of different solid biological samples at high lateral resolution. LMD ICP-MS images of mouse brain tissue samples stained with uranium and native are shown, and a direct comparison of LMD and laser ablation (LA) ICP-MS imaging methodologies, in terms of elemental quantification, is performed. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  13. Interaction of giant extracellular Glossoscolex paulistus hemoglobin (HbGp) with ionic surfactants: a MALDI-TOF-MS study.

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    Oliveira, Marilene Silva; Moreira, Leonardo Marmo; Tabak, Marcel

    2008-03-01

    The giant extracellular hemoglobin of Glossoscolex paulistus (HbGp) is constituted by approximately 144 subunits containing heme groups with molecular masses in the range of 16-19kDa forming a monomer (d) and a trimer (abc), and around 36 non-heme structures, named linkers (L). Matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight (MALDI-TOF-MS) analysis was performed recently, to obtain directly information on the molecular masses of the different subunits from HbGp in the oxy-form. This technique demonstrated structural similarity between HbGp and the widely studied hemoglobin of Lumbricus terrestris (HbLt). Indeed, two major isoforms (d(1) and d(2)) of identical proportions with masses of 16,355+/-25 and 16,428+/-24Da, respectively, and two minor isoforms (d(3) and d(4)) with masses around 16.6kDa were detected for monomer d of HbGp. In the present work, the effects of anionic sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) and cationic cethyltrimethylammonium chloride (CTAC) on the oligomeric structure of HbGp have been studied by MALDI-TOF-MS in order to evaluate the interaction between ionic surfactants and HbGp. The data obtained with this technique show an effective interaction of cationic surfactant CTAC with the two isoforms of monomer d, d(1) and d(2), both in the whole protein as well as in the pure isolated monomer. The results show that up to 10 molecules of CTAC are bound to each isoform of the monomer. Differently, the mass spectra obtained for SDS-HbGp system showed that the addition of the anionic surfactant SDS does not originate any mass increment of the monomeric subunits, indicating that SDS-HbGp interaction is, probably, significantly less effective as compared to CTAC-HbGp one. The acid pI of the protein around 5.5 is, probably, responsible for this behavior. The results of this work suggest also some interaction of both surfactants with linker chains as well as with trimers, as judged from observed mass increments. Our data are consistent with a recent

  14. A touch of MS: therapeutic mislabeling.

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    Boissy, Adrienne R; Ford, Paul J

    2012-06-12

    When psychogenic symptomatology is at play, a spectrum of ethical problems and considerations arise when patients want, and at times, insist on being given an inaccurate neurologic diagnosis. We use the example of multiple sclerosis (MS) to highlight the value considerations for clinicians when they face these types of cases. Given the ambiguities involved in its diagnosis and the significant risks of its treatment, MS represents a rich case study. This discussion highlights the potential harms of mislabeling such patients with MS when the neurologist is confident they do not have MS and offers suggestions about how to approach and manage these patients. Despite being expedient and well-intentioned, labeling psychogenic symptoms with a medically inaccurate diagnosis, such as a "touch of MS," constitutes a "therapeutic mislabeling" and sacrifices ethically important values incommensurate with the benefits gained.

  15. Quality of life in multiple sclerosis (MS) and role of fatigue, depression, anxiety, and stress: A bicenter study from north of Iran.

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    Salehpoor, Ghasem; Rezaei, Sajjad; Hosseininezhad, Mozaffar

    2014-11-01

    Although studies have demonstrated significant negative relationships between quality of life (QOL), fatigue, and the most common psychological symptoms (depression, anxiety, stress), the main ambiguity of previous studies on QOL is in the relative importance of these predictors. Also, there is lack of adequate knowledge about the actual contribution of each of them in the prediction of QOL dimensions. Thus, the main objective of this study is to assess the role of fatigue, depression, anxiety, and stress in relation to QOL of multiple sclerosis (MS) patients. One hundred and sixty-two MS patients completed the questionnaire on demographic variables, and then they were evaluated by the Persian versions of Short-Form Health Survey Questionnaire (SF-36), Fatigue Survey Scale (FSS), and Depression, Anxiety, Stress Scale-21 (DASS-21). Data were analyzed by Pearson correlation coefficient and hierarchical regression. Correlation analysis showed a significant relationship between QOL elements in SF-36 (physical component summary and mental component summary) and depression, fatigue, stress, and anxiety (P < 0.01). Hierarchical regression analysis indicated that among the predictor variables in the final step, fatigue, depression, and anxiety were identified as the physical component summary predictor variables. Anxiety was found to be the most powerful predictor variable amongst all (β = -0.46, P < 0.001). Furthermore, results have shown depression as the only significant mental component summary predictor variable (β = -0.39, P < 0.001). This study has highlighted the role of anxiety, fatigue, and depression in physical dimensions and the role of depression in psychological dimensions of the lives of MS patients. In addition, the findings of this study indirectly suggest that psychological interventions for reducing fatigue, depression, and anxiety can lead to improved QOL of MS patients.

  16. Selenium transformation studies during broccoli (Brassica oleracea) growing process by liquid chromatography-inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (LC-ICP-MS).

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    Pedrero, Zoyne; Elvira, Daniel; Cámara, Carmen; Madrid, Yolanda

    2007-07-23

    Selenium uptake and transformation was studied in Se-enriched Broccoli (Brassica olearacea). Plants were grown in hydroponic culture and exposed during 40 days to Na2SeO3 (1 mg L(-1)). After growing, the plants were harvested and their different parts (roots, stems and fruit) were analyzed by ICP-MS or LC-ICP-MS. Se-species were identified and quantified after enzymatic extraction by using both an anion exchange (PRP-X100), and a size exclusion/ion exchange (Shodex Asahipak) chromatographic columns. Selenium translocation and transformation Se species in plants was studied through the Se-speciation in root, stem and fruit. After 40 days of exposure, selenomethionine was the major species found in roots, however, Se-methylselenocysteine was the main species found in the fruit, suggesting Broccoli as a source of this important selenoamino acid in human diet. However, the degree of meal processing influences the stability of Se-aminoacids. Speciation studies in boiled Broccoli and in the extraction water were also carried out. This experiment revealed a noticeable degradation of Se-methylselenocysteine in the boiled Broccoli fruit. Proteins soluble in Tris-HCl were analyzed by two-dimensional chromatography coupled to ICP-MS. The results obtained contribute not only to a deeper understanding of Se accumulation mechanisms by plants but also to further functional food complements preparation and the effect of food processing on species stability.

  17. Practical utilization of spICP-MS to study sucrose density gradient centrifugation for the separation of nanoparticles.

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    Johnson, Monique E; Montoro Bustos, Antonio R; Winchester, Michael R

    2016-11-01

    Single particle inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (spICP-MS) is shown to be a practical technique to study the efficacy of rate-zonal sucrose density gradient centrifugation (SDGC) separations of mixtures of gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) in liquid suspension. spICP-MS enabled measurements of AuNP size distributions and particle number concentrations along the gradient, allowing unambiguous evaluations of the effectiveness of the separation. Importantly, these studies were conducted using AuNP concentrations that are directly relevant to environmental studies (sub ng mL(-1)). At such low concentrations, other techniques [e.g., dynamic light scattering (DLS), transmission and scanning electron microscopies (TEM and SEM), UV-vis spectroscopy, atomic force microscopy (AFM)] do not have adequate sensitivity, highlighting the inherent value of spICP-MS for this and similar applications. In terms of the SDGC separations, a mixture containing three populations of AuNPs, having mean diameters of 30, 80, and 150 nm, was fully separated, while separations of two other mixtures (30, 60, 100 nm; and 20, 50, 100 nm) were less successful. Finally, it is shown that the separation capacity of SDGC can be overwhelmed when particle number concentrations are excessive, an especially relevant finding in view of common methodologies taken in nanotechnology research. Graphical Abstract Characterization of the separation of a gold nanoparticle mixture by sucrose density gradient centrifugation by conventional and single particle ICP-MS analysis.

  18. Photostability of alpha-tocopherol ester derivatives in solutions and liposomes. Spectroscopic and LC-MS studies.

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    Neunert, Grazyna; Szwengiel, Artur; Walejko, Piotr; Witkowski, Stanislaw; Polewski, Krzysztof

    2016-07-01

    α-Tocopherol (Toc) is known to degrade to the tocopheroxyl radicals (Toc) by exposure to UV light irradiation. In the present study, the stability of Toc ester derivatives exposed to UV light was investigated and compared with Toc in organic solution and in phospholipid vesicles. To follow the depletion of Toc and its esters the absorbance and fluorescence methods were applied whereas degradation products were detected using LC-MS method. The irradiation with UVB light of air-equilibrated solutions of di-α-Tocopheryl malonate (DTMO), α-Tocopheryl malonate (TMO) and α-Tocopheryl succinate (TS) strongly modifies their absorption and fluorescence spectra. Upon UVB irradiation, absorption band at 279/285nm becomes less pronounced indicating the photodegradation of esters. During irradiation, the fluorescence maximum of esters at 305nm shifts to 326nm, a maximum characteristic for Toc. Photorecovery of Toc from its esters derivatives was finally confirmed by LC-MS method. Among studied esters, only α-tocopheryl nicotinate (TN) did not undergo depletion and appeared resistant to UVB radiation. Kinetic studies indicated that photoinduced transformation occurs through the first order consecutive reaction chain mechanism. The photodissociation of Toc esters in the liposomes occurred with one order of magnitude slower than in organic solvents. Using MS/MS method it was found that final stable product of irradiation was α-tocopheryl quinone (TQ), an animal and plant metabolite of Toc.

  19. Characterization of stress degradation products of duloxetine hydrochloride employing LC-UV/PDA and LC-MS/TOF studies.

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    Chadha, Renu; Bali, Alka; Bansal, Gulshan

    2016-03-20

    Duloxetine HCl was subjected to forced degradation under conditions of hydrolysis (neutral, acidic and alkaline), oxidation, photolysis and thermal stress, as suggested in the ICH guideline Q1A(R2). The drug showed significant degradation under acidic, alkaline and aqueous hydrolytic as well as photolytic conditions. The drug remained stable under thermal and oxidative stress conditions. In total, seventeen degradation products (I-XVII) were formed under varied conditions, which could be separated by chromatography of respective degraded solutions on C18 (250 mm×4.6 mm; 5 μ, Nulceodur) column using isocratic elution method. Detection wavelength was selected as 290 nm. MS/TOF accurate mass studies were carried out to establish the complete fragmentation pathway of the drug and degradation products, which, in turn, was utilized in characterization of the products. The degradation pathway of the drug leading to generation of fifteen products I-X, XII-XIII, XV-XVII was postulated and this has not been reported so far.

  20. Biosynthesis of castor oil studied by the regiospecific analysis of castor triacylglycerols by ESI-MS

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    HPLC fractions of diricinoleoyl-acyl-glycerols containing one non-ricinoleoyl chain from castor oil were used to identify the regiospecific location of this non-ricinoleoyl chain on the glycerol backbone using electrospray ionization-MS3 of lithium adducts. The regiospecific ions used were from the ...

  1. [Study on supercritical CO2 extraction of xiaoyaosan and its GC-MS fingerprint].

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    Zuo, Ya-Mei; Tian, Jun-Sheng; Guo, Xiao-Qing; Zhou, Yu-Zhi; Gao, Xiao-Xia; Qin, Xue-Mei

    2014-02-01

    To determine the optimum conditions of supercritical CO2 extraction of Xiaoyaosan, and establish its fingerprint by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS), the yield of extract were investigated, an orthogonal test was used to quantify the effects of extraction temperature, pressure, CO2 flow rate and time, and fingerprint analysis of different batches of extracts were by GC-MS. The optimal extraction conditions were determined as follows: extraction pressure 20 MPa, extraction temperature 50 degrees C, CO2 flow rate 25 kg x h(-1), extraction time 3 h, and average yield 2.2%. The GC-MS fingerprint was established and 27 common peaks were found, whose contents add up to 81.89% of the total peak area. Among them, 21 compounds were identified, accounting for 53.20% of the total extract. The extraction process is reasonable and favorable for industrial production. The GC-MS method is accurate, reliable, reproducible, and can be used for quality control of supercritical CO2 extract from Xiaoyaosan.

  2. Study of spontaneous combustion coals by GC and GC-MS.

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    Shu, X; Xu, J; Xu, J; Ge, L; Chen, D

    1996-06-01

    Organic geochemical characteristics of 3 Chinese spontaneous combustion coals have been carried out by means of GC and GC-MS analysis. It has been observed that more compounds with low to medium carbon number, such as terpenoids and others can be found in spontaneous combustion coals than in normal samples.

  3. Open to Suggestion.

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    Journal of Reading, 1987

    1987-01-01

    Offers (1) suggestions for improving college students' study skills; (2) a system for keeping track of parent, teacher, and community contacts; (3) suggestions for motivating students using tic tac toe; (4) suggestions for using etymology to improve word retention; (5) a word search grid; and (6) suggestions for using postcards in remedial reading…

  4. The Translucent Cadaver: A Follow-up Study to Gauge the Efficacy of Implementing Changes Suggested by Students

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    Kotzé, Sanet Henriët; Driescher, Natasha Darné; Mole, Calvin Gerald

    2013-01-01

    In a study conducted in 2011, the use of full body digital X-ray images (Lodox® Statscan®) and drawings were described for surface anatomy education during which suggestions were made by students on how to improve the method. Educational innovations should continuously be adjusted and improved to provide the best possible scenario for student…

  5. The Translucent Cadaver: A Follow-up Study to Gauge the Efficacy of Implementing Changes Suggested by Students

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    Kotzé, Sanet Henriët; Driescher, Natasha Darné; Mole, Calvin Gerald

    2013-01-01

    In a study conducted in 2011, the use of full body digital X-ray images (Lodox® Statscan®) and drawings were described for surface anatomy education during which suggestions were made by students on how to improve the method. Educational innovations should continuously be adjusted and improved to provide the best possible scenario for student…

  6. Government in Emergency. Suggestions for Including Civil Defense Principles in the Social Studies Curriculum, Grades 1-12.

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    Office of Civil Defense (DOD), Washington, DC.

    This handbook contains suggestions for teaching the facts, principles, and behaviors relevant to civil defense in social studies classes, grades 1-12. These classes were chosen as the entry point for civil defense education because the core of the civil defense concept is government in action with other community agencies to save lives and…

  7. Pregnancy Diet High in Refined Grains Could Increase Child Obesity Risk By Age 7, NIH Study Suggests

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    ... Pregnancy diet high in refined grains could increase child obesity risk by age 7, NIH study suggests danishc/ ... refined grains may have a higher risk of obesity by age 7, compared to children born to women with gestational diabetes who ate ...

  8. Comparative study of antioxidant properties and total phenolic content of the extracts of Humulus lupulus L. and quantification of bioactive components by LC-MS/MS and GC-MS.

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    Önder, Ferah Cömert; Ay, Mehmet; Sarker, Satyajit D

    2013-11-06

    In this research, antioxidant activities of various extracts obtained from Humulus lupulus L. were compared by DPPH, ABTS, FRAP, and CUPRAC assays. The amount of total phenolic components determined by the Folin-Ciocalteu reagent was found to be highest for 25% aqueous ethanol (9079 ± 187.83 mg Ferulic acid equivalent/100 g extract) and methanol-1 (directly) (8343 ± 158.39 mg Ferulic acid equivalent/100 g extract) extracts. The n-hexane extract of H. lupulus exhibited the greatest with DPPH (14.95 ± 0.03 μg Trolox equivalent/g sample). The highest phenolic content in the ethanolic extract could be the major contributor to its highest CUPRAC activity (3.15 ± 0.44 mmol Trolox equivalent/g sample). Methanol-2 (n-hexane, acetone, and methanol) and methanol-3 (n-hexane, dichloromethane, ethylacetate, and methanol) extracts, respectively, exhibited the most potent ABTS (7.35 ± 0.03 mM Trolox equivalent) and FRAP (1.56 ± 0.35 mmol Fe(2+)/g sample) activities. Some of the components from the crude extracts were determined by LC-MS/MS and GC-MS analyses. Comparative screening of antioxidant activities of H. lupulus extracts and quantification of some major components by LC-MS/MS, qualitatively analysis of the reported ones which were optimal under negative ion SIM mode and coinjection, are going to be valuable for food and health applications.

  9. A rapid LC-ESI-MS/MS method for the quantitation of choline, an active metabolite of citicoline: Application to in vivo pharmacokinetic and bioequivalence study in Indian healthy male volunteers.

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    Sarkar, Amlan Kanti; Ghosh, Debotri; Haldar, Dhiman; Sarkar, Pradipta; Gupta, Bhaswati; Dastidar, Sujata Ghosh; Pal, Tapan Kumar

    2012-12-01

    A rapid, simple, and sensitive high performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry method (LC-ESI-MS/MS) was developed and validated for the determination and pharmacokinetic investigation of choline (CL), active metabolite of citicoline in human plasma using metformin (MF) as IS. The chromatographic separation was performed on a reversed-phase Phenomenx Gemini C18 column with a mobile phase of methanol:water (containing 10mM ammonium formate) (9:1, v/v). The calibration curves were linear over the range of 0.05-5μg/ml. The validated LC-ESI-MS/MS method was successfully applied for the evaluation of pharmacokinetic parameters and bioequivalence study of test and reference control release (CR) tablet preparation of citicoline 1000mg after a single oral administration to all 12 healthy male volunteers.

  10. Development and validation of an HPLC-MS/MS analytical method for quantitative analysis of TCBA-TPQ, a novel anticancer makaluvamine analog, and application in a pharmacokinetic study in rats

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    Jun-Xian, YU; Voruganti, Sukesh; Dan-Dan, LI; Qin, Jiang-Jiang; Nag, Subhasree; Xu, Su; Velu, Sadanandan E.; Wang, Wei; Zhang, Ruiwen

    2016-01-01

    We have recently designed and synthesized several novel iminoquinone anticancer agents that have entered preclinical development for the treatment of human cancers. Herein we developed and validated a quantitative HPLC-MS/MS analytical method for one of the lead novel anticancer makaluvamine analog, TCBA-TPQ, and conducted a pharmacokinetic study in laboratory rats. Our results indicated that the HPLC-MS/MS method was precise, accurate, and specific. Using this method, we carried out in vitro and in vivo evaluations of the pharmacological properties of TCBA-TPQ and plasma pharmacokinetics in rats. Our results provide a basis for future preclinical and clinical development of this promising anticancer marine analog. PMID:26233847

  11. Study of valproic acid-induced endogenous and exogenous metabolite alterations using LC-MS-based metabolomics.

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    Sun, Jinchun; Schnackenberg, Laura K; Hansen, Deborah K; Beger, Richard D

    2010-02-01

    Valproic acid (VPA; an anticonvulsant drug) therapy is associated with hepatotoxicity as well as renal toxicity. An LC-MS-based metabolomics approach was undertaken in order to detect urinary VPA metabolites and to discover early biomarkers of the adverse effects induced by VPA. CD-1 mice were either subcutaneously injected with 600-mg VPA/kg body weight or vehicle only, and urine samples were collected at 6, 12, 24 and 48 h postinjection. A metabolomics approach combined with principal component analysis was utilized to identify VPA-related metabolites and altered endogenous metabolites in urine. Some VPA metabolites indicated potential liver toxicity caused by VPA administration. Additionally, some altered endogenous metabolites suggested that renal function might be perturbed by VPA dosing. LC-MS-based metabolomics is capable of rapidly profiling VPA drug metabolites and is a powerful tool for the discovery of potential early biomarkers related to perturbations in liver and kidney function.

  12. Separation and fragmentation study of isocoproporphyrin derivatives by UHPLC-ESI-exact mass MS/MS and identification of a new isocoproporphyrin sulfonic acid metabolite.

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    Benton, Christopher M; Lim, Chang Kee; Moniz, Caje; Baxter, Sinéad L; Jones, Donald J L

    2014-01-01

    Isocoproporphyrin and its derivatives are commonly used as biomarkers of porphyria cutanea tarda, heavy metal toxicity and hexachlorobenzene (HCB) intoxication in humans and animals. However, most are isobaric with other porphyrins and reference materials are unavailable commercially. The structural characterisation of these porphyrins is important but very little data is available. We report here the separation and characterisation of isocoproporphyrin, deethylisocoproporphyrin, hydroxyisocoproporphyrin and ketoisocoproporphyrin, isolated in the faeces of rats fed with a diet containing HCB, by ultra high performance liquid chromatography-exact mass tandem mass spectrometry (UHPLC-MS/MS). Furthermore, we report the identification and characterisation of a previously unreported porphyrin metabolite, isocoproporphyrin sulfonic acid isolated in the rat faeces. The measured mass-to-charge ratio (m/z) of the precursor ion was m/z 735.2338, corresponding to a molecular formula of C36H39N4O11S with an error of 0.3 ppm from the calculated m/z 735.2336. The MS/MS data was consistent with an isocoproporphyrin sulfonic acid structure, derived from dehydroisocoproporphyrinogen by sulfonation of the vinyl group. The metabolite was present in a greater abundance than other isocoproporphyrin derivatives and may be a more useful biomarker for HCB intoxication.

  13. Development and validation of an LC-MS/MS method for the determination of SB-505124 in rat plasma: Application to pharmacokinetic study.

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    Jiang, Jiayu; Zhang, Yuandong; Zhang, Quan; Li, Yanping; Gong, Tao; Zhang, Zhirong; Ding, Rui; Sun, Xun

    2016-01-05

    A sensitive, selective and rapid liquid chromatography-electrospray ionization-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) method has been developed for the quantification of the novel transforming growth factor-β (TGF-β) inhibitor SB-505124 in rat plasma and then validated. Plasma samples were prepared by simple protein precipitation. Separation was performed on a Diamonsil ODS chromatography column using a mobile phase of acetonitrile and 0.1% (v/v) aqueous formic acid. SB-505124 and the internal standard doxorubicin were detected in the positive ion mode using multiple reaction monitoring of the transitions at m/z 336.2→320.1 and 544.2→397.2, respectively. Calibration curve was linear (r>0.9996) over a concentration range of 10-5000 ng/mL with the lower quantification limit of 10 ng/mL. Both intra- and inter-day precision were within 6.5% and trueness were not more than 3.1%. Extraction recovery and matrix effect were within acceptable limits. Stability tests showed that SB-505124 and the IS remained stable throughout the analytical procedure. The validated LC-MS/MS method was then used to analyze the pharmacokinetics of SB-505124 administered to rats intravenously (8 mg/kg) or orally (10 mg/kg). Oral bioavailability of SB-505124 was calculated as 76.4%, indicating the potential of SB-505124 as an orally administered drug.

  14. Characterization of Site-Specific N-Glycopeptide Isoforms of α-1-Acid Glycoprotein from an Interlaboratory Study Using LC-MS/MS.

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    Lee, Ju Yeon; Lee, Hyun Kyoung; Park, Gun Wook; Hwang, Heeyoun; Jeong, Hoi Keun; Yun, Ki Na; Ji, Eun Sun; Kim, Kwang Hoe; Kim, Jun Seok; Kim, Jong Won; Yun, Sung Ho; Choi, Chi-Won; Kim, Seung Il; Lim, Jong-Sun; Jeong, Seul-Ki; Paik, Young-Ki; Lee, Soo-Youn; Park, Jisook; Kim, Su Yeon; Choi, Young-Jin; Kim, Yong-In; Seo, Jawon; Cho, Je-Yoel; Oh, Myoung Jin; Seo, Nari; An, Hyun Joo; Kim, Jin Young; Yoo, Jong Shin

    2016-12-02

    Glycoprotein conformations are complex and heterogeneous. Currently, site-specific characterization of glycopeptides is a challenge. We sought to establish an efficient method of N-glycoprotein characterization using mass spectrometry (MS). Using alpha-1-acid glycoprotein (AGP) as a model N-glycoprotein, we identified its tryptic N-glycopeptides and examined the data reproducibility in seven laboratories running different LC-MS/MS platforms. We used three test samples and one blind sample to evaluate instrument performance with entire sample preparation workflow. 165 site-specific N-glycopeptides representative of all N-glycosylation sites were identified from AGP 1 and AGP 2 isoforms. The glycopeptide fragmentations by collision-induced dissociation or higher-energy collisional dissociation (HCD) varied based on the MS analyzer. Orbitrap Elite identified the greatest number of AGP N-glycopeptides, followed by Triple TOF and Q-Exactive Plus. Reproducible generation of oxonium ions, glycan-cleaved glycopeptide fragment ions, and peptide backbone fragment ions was essential for successful identification. Laboratory proficiency affected the number of identified N-glycopeptides. The relative quantities of the 10 major N-glycopeptide isoforms of AGP detected in four laboratories were compared to assess reproducibility. Quantitative analysis showed that the coefficient of variation was <25% for all test samples. Our analytical protocol yielded identification and quantification of site-specific N-glycopeptide isoforms of AGP from control and disease plasma sample.

  15. A validated LC-MS/MS method for rapid determination of brazilin in rat plasma and its application to a pharmacokinetic study.

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    Deng, Zhipeng; Wang, Xin; Zhao, Huanxin; Cui, Shuxiang; Yao, Qingqiang; Bai, Hong

    2013-06-01

    Brazilin is a major homoisoflavonoid component isolated from the dried heartwood of traditional Chinese medicine Caesalpinia sappan L., which is a natural red pigment used for histological staining. Herein a sensitive, specific and rapid analytical LC-MS/MS method was established and validated for brazilin in rat plasma. After a simple step of protein precipitation using acetonitrile, plasma samples were analyzed using an LC-MS/MS system. Brazilin and the IS (protosappanin B) were separated on a Diamonsil C18 analytical column (150 × 4.6 mm, 5 µm) using a mixture of water and 10 mm ammonium acetate in methanol (20:80, v/v) as mobile phase at a flow rate of 0.6 mL/min. The method was sensitive with a lower limit of quantitation of 10.0 ng/mL, with good linearity (r(2) ≥ 0.99) over the linear range 10.0-5000 ng/mL. All the validation data, such as accuracy and precision, matrix effect, extraction recovery and stability tests were within the required limits. The assay method was successfully applied to evaluate the pharmacokinetics parameters of brazilin after an oral dose of 100 mg/kg brazilin in rats.

  16. Simultaneous determination of four volatile compounds in rat plasma after oral administration of Shexiang Baoxin Pill (SBP) by HS-SPDE-GC-MS/MS and its application to pharmacokinetic studies.

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    Chang, Wanlin; Han, Lin; Huang, Huimei; Wen, Bo; Peng, Chengcheng; Lv, Chao; Zhang, Weidong; Liu, Runhui

    2014-07-15

    In this study, a headspace, solid-phase dynamic extraction method coupled to gas chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (HS-SPDE-GC-MS/MS) method was developed for the simultaneous determination of four volatile compounds, namely, isoborneol, borneol, muscone and cinnamaldehyde, in rat plasma after oral administration of Shexiang Baoxin Pill (SBP) using naphthalene as an internal standard (IS). The target compounds were extracted using an SPDE needle device coated with a poly (dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS) phase. The detection was achieved by GC-MS/MS in multiple reaction monitoring (MRM) mode. The optimised mass transition ion pairs (m/z) for quantitation were 95.1/67.1 for isoborneol and borneol, 85.0/67.0 for muscone, 131.0/77.0 for cinnamaldehyde and 128.1/102.1 for the IS. The parameters that affect the extraction ratio, such as the pre-incubation time, extraction temperature, number of extraction cycles, desorption volume and pH, were also optimised. The method was thoroughly validated with respect to specificity, linearity, precision, accuracy, recovery and stability. A sufficiently sensitive HS-SPDE-GC-MS/MS method was first developed in this study to determine the pharmacokinetics of volatile compounds found in rat plasma following oral administration of SBP. The method developed uses a simple procedure for plasma sample preparation and could be a promising tool for the analysis of complex volatile samples, such as traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). Copyright © 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  17. Ecological Epigenetics: Beyond MS-AFLP.

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    Schrey, Aaron W; Alvarez, Mariano; Foust, Christy M; Kilvitis, Holly J; Lee, Jacob D; Liebl, Andrea L; Martin, Lynn B; Richards, Christina L; Robertson, Marta

    2013-08-01

    Ecological Epigenetics studies the relationship between epigenetic variation and ecologically relevant phenotypic variation. As molecular epigenetic mechanisms often control gene expression, even across generations, they may impact many evolutionary processes. Multiple molecular epigenetic mechanisms exist, but methylation of DNA so far has dominated the Ecological Epigenetic literature. There are several molecular techniques used to screen methylation of DNA; here, we focus on the most common technique, methylation-sensitive-AFLP (MS-AFLP), which is used to identify genome-wide methylation patterns. We review studies that used MS-AFLP to address ecological questions, that describe which taxa have been investigated, and that identify general trends in the field. We then discuss, noting the general themes, four studies across taxa that demonstrate characteristics that increase the inferences that can be made from MS-AFLP data; we suggest that future MS-AFLP studies should incorporate these methods and techniques. We then review the short-comings of MS-AFLP and suggest alternative techniques that might address some of these limitations. Finally, we make specific suggestions for future research on MS-AFLP and identify questions that are most compelling and tractable in the short term.

  18. Impact history of the Chelyabinsk meteorite: Electron microprobe and LA-ICP-MS study of sulfides and metals

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    Andronikov, A. V.; Andronikova, I. E.; Hill, D. H.

    2015-12-01

    Electron microprobe and LA-ICP-MS study of sulfides and metals from two fragments of the LL5 Chelyabinsk meteorite were conducted. The fragments are impact breccias, one fragment contains both chondritic and shock vein lithologies, and the other contains shock-darkened chondritic clasts and vesicular impact melts. The chondritic lithology and shock veins display very similar opaque mineral compositions. The mineral compositions in the impact-melt breccias are distinctly different. The brecciated state of the Chelyabinsk meteorite suggests strong involvement of shock-related processes during the evolution of the parent body. Multiple heavy impact events occurred on the parent asteroid and on the Chelyabinsk meteoroid itself over the time period from ca. 4.5 Ga until ca. 1.2 Ma. The shock veins were produced in situ on the parent body. The impact-melt breccias could have formed because of the dramatic impact to the parent LL-chondrite body that could be partly disintegrated. The fragment containing shock-darkened chondritic clasts and vesicular impact melt lithologies preserves a record of melting, volatilization, partial degassing, and quenching of the molten material. The abundance and size (up to 1 mm) of the vesicles suggest that the impact melt must have been buried at some depth after formation. After impact and subsequent melting occurred, the impact-induced pressure on the shallow asteroid interior was released that caused "boiling" of volatiles and generation of S-rich bubbles. Such an impact excavated down to depths of the body generating multiple fragments with complicated histories. These fragments reaccumulated into a gravitational aggregate and formed the parental meteoroid for the Chelyabinsk meteorite.

  19. Development of Chiral LC-MS Methods for small Molecules and Their Applications in the Analysis of Enantiomeric Composition and Pharmacokinetic Studies

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    Desai, Meera Jay

    2004-01-01

    used to simultaneously separate all 19 native amino acids enantiomerically in less than 20 minutes, making it suitable for complex biological analysis. The previously developed amino acid method was then used to enantiomerically separate theanine, a free amino acid found in tea leaves. Native theanine was found to have lower limits of detection and better sensitivity over derivatized theanine samples. The native theanine method was then used to determine the enantiomeric composition of six commercially available L-theanine products. Five out of the six samples were found to be a racemic mixture of both D- and L-theanine. Concern over the efficacy of these theanine products led to our final study evaluating the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of theanine in rats using LC-ESI/MS. Rats were administered D-, L, and QL-theanine both orally and intra-peritoneally. Oral administration data demonstrated that intestinal absorption of L-theanine was greater than that of D-theanine, while i.p. data showed equal plasma uptake of both isomers. This suggested a possible competitive binding effect with respect to gut absorption. Additionally, it was found that regardless of administration method, the presence of the other enantiomer always decreased overall theanine plasma concentration. This indicated that D- and L- theanine exhibit competitive binding with respect to urinary reabsorption as well. The large quantities of D-theanine detected in the urine suggested that D-themine was eliminated with minimal metabolism, while L-theanine was preferentially reabsorbed and metabolized to ethylamine. Clearly, the metabolic fate of racemic theanine and its individual enantiomers was quite different, placing into doubt the utility of the commercial theanine products.

  20. The in vivo and in vitro metabolism and the detectability in urine of 3',4'-methylenedioxy-alpha-pyrrolidinobutyrophenone (MDPBP), a new pyrrolidinophenone-type designer drug, studied by GC-MS and LC-MS(n.).

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    Meyer, Markus R; Mauer, Sandra; Meyer, Golo M J; Dinger, Julia; Klein, Birgit; Westphal, Folker; Maurer, Hans H

    2014-01-01

    3',4'-Methylenedioxy-alpha-pyrrolidinobutyrophenone (MDPBP), a designer drug of the pyrrolidinophenone-type, was first seized in Germany in 2009. It was also identified in 'legal high' samples investigated in the UK. Therefore, the aim of the presented work was to identify its in vivo and in vitro phase I and II metabolites using gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS) and liquid chromatography-ion trap mass spectrometry (LC-MS(n) ). Furthermore, detectability of MDPBP in rat and human urine using standard urine screening approaches (SUSA) by GC-MS and LC-MS(n) was studied. The metabolites were isolated either directly or after enzymatic cleavage of conjugates by solid-phase extraction (C18, HCX). The metabolites were then analyzed and structures proposed after GC-MS (phase I) and LC-MS(n) (phase II). Based on these identified metabolites, the following main metabolic steps could be proposed: demethylenation followed by methylation of one hydroxy group, aromatic and side chain hydroxylation, oxidation of the pyrrolidine ring to the corresponding lactam as well as ring opening to the corresponding carboxylic acid. Furthermore, in rat urine after a typical user's dose as well as in human urine, mainly the metabolites could be detected using the authors' SUSA by GC-MS and LC-MS(n) . Thus, it should be possible to monitor an application of MDPBP assuming similar toxicokinetics in humans. Finally, CYP2C19 and CYP2D6 could be identified as the isoenzymes mainly responsible for demethylenation.

  1. Determination of monoamine and amino acid neurotransmitters and their metabolites in rat brain samples by UFLC-MS/MS for the study of the sedative-hypnotic effects observed during treatment with S. chinensis.

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    Wei, Binbin; Li, Qing; Fan, Ronghua; Su, Dan; Chen, Xiaohui; Jia, Ying; Bi, Kaishun

    2014-01-01

    Schisandra chinensis (Turcz.) Baill. has been used as a sedative and hypnotic agent in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries. The purpose of this study was to reveal the influence of insomnia on the levels of the neurotransmitters: glutamate (Glu), γ-aminobutyric acid (GABA), noradrenaline (NE), dopamine (DA), serotonin (5-HT) and their metabolites (5-HIAA, DOPAC and HVA), and to study the role of S. chinensis in the treatment of insomnia. To achieve this goal, an efficient, sensitive and selective method was developed and validated for the simultaneous determination of these five neurotransmitters and their metabolites in rat brain samples using ultra fast liquid chromatography/tandem mass spectrometry (UFLC-MS/MS). The analysis was performed on a Synergi Fusion-RP 80A ODS column (150mm×2.0mm, 4.0μm) using gradient elution, with the mobile phase consisting of acetonitrile and 0.05% formic acid in water. The method was validated using rat brain homogenate samples and showed a good linearity over a wide concentration range (r(2)>0.99) with a lower limit of quantification (LLOQ) at 4-16ngmL(-1). The intra and inter-day assay variability was less than 15% for all analytes. The results indicated that the condition of insomnia elevated GABA, NE, DA, DOPAC and HVA, and reduced 5-HT, 5-HIAA levels in rat brain. The oral administration of S. chinensis (7.5gkg(-1)day(-1), eight days) influenced insomnia by significantly increasing or reducing the levels of the neurotransmitters parameters mentioned above. These results suggested that S. chinensis could alter the levels of these brain neurotransmitters and their metabolites through its sedative-hypnotic effects.

  2. Can MS lesion stages be distinguished with MRI? A postmortem MRI and histopathology study.

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    Jonkman, Laura E; Soriano, Alexandra Lopez; Amor, Sandra; Barkhof, Frederik; van der Valk, Paul; Vrenken, Hugo; Geurts, Jeroen J G

    2015-01-01

    In multiple sclerosis (MS), a histopathological distinction is made between different stages of white matter (WM) lesions. These lesions are characterized as preactive, active, chronic active or chronic inactive, depending on the degree of microglia activation and degree of demyelination. The different lesions are not distinguishable on conventional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans at standard clinical field strengths, but might be distinguished using more advanced, quantitative MRI methods, such as T1 relaxation time (T1-RT) mapping. To investigate this, postmortem brain material from 20 MS patients was investigated, using both T1-RT MRI at 1.5 T and histopathology. The brain material contained a total of 9 preactive, 18 active, 30 chronic active and 14 chronic inactive lesions, as well as 38 areas of normal appearing WM (NAWM). Our results show that, at 1.5 T, T1-RT qMRI can only distinguish between categories NAWM/preactive, active and chronic WM lesions. Advanced imaging at standard field strengths, such as conventional imaging measures, is therefore insufficient to differentiate the WM lesions in MS, and higher field strengths may be required to achieve better pathological differentiation of these lesions.

  3. Coupling Flash LC with MS for enrichment and isolation of milk oligosaccharides for functional studies

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    Strum, John S.; Aldredge, Danielle; Barile, Daniela; Lebrilla, Carlito B.

    2013-01-01

    Mass spectrometry has been coupled with flash liquid chromatography to yield new capabilities for isolating non-chromophoric material from complicated biological mixtures. A flash LC/MS/MS method enabled fraction collection of milk oligosaccharides from biological mixtures based on composition and structure. The method is compatible with traditional gas-pressure driven flow flash chromatography, widely employed in organic chemistry laboratories. The on-line mass detector enabled real-time optimization of chromatographic parameters to favor separation of oligosaccharides that would otherwise be indistinguishable from co-eluting components with a non-specific detector. Unlike previously described preparative LC/MS techniques, we have employed a dynamic flow connection that permits any flow rate from the flash system to be delivered from 1–200 mL/min without affecting the ionization conditions of the mass spectrometer. A new way of packing large amounts of graphitized carbon allowed the enrichment and separation of milligram quantities of structurally heterogeneous mixtures of human milk oligosaccharides (HMOs) and bovine milk oligosaccharides (BMOs). Abundant saccharide components in milk, such as lactose and lacto-N-tetraose, were separated from the rarer and less abundant oligosaccharides that have greater structural diversity and biological functionality. Neutral and acidic HMOs and BMOs were largely separated and enriched with a dual binary solvent system. PMID:22370281

  4. Direct analysis of an oligomeric hindered amine light stabilizer in polypropylene materials by MALDI-MS using a solid sampling technique to study its photostabilizing action.

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    Taguchi, Yoshihiko; Ishida, Yasuyuki; Ohtani, Hajime; Matsubara, Hideki

    2004-02-01

    A novel method for the direct analysis of small amounts of an oligomeric hindered amine light stabilizer (HALS) occluded in polypropylene (PP) material was developed to study its photostabilizing action on the basis of matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization mass spectrometry (MALDI-MS) using a solid sampling technique while avoiding troublesome solvent extraction. In this sampling protocol, the powdered mixture of PP composite sample containing trace amounts of an oligomeric HALS, Adekastab LA-68LD (MW = 1900), and the matrix reagent (dithranol) was spotted on the sample plate, then ion exchanged water was deposited onto the mixture to make a suspension, and finally, the dried mixture adhered on the plate was subjected to MALDI-MS measurement. On the mass spectrum thus obtained by the solid sampling MALDI, the molecular ions of the HALS desorbed from the PP composite were clearly observed as three major series of the HALS components in the range up to about m/z 7000 with little interference by the PP substrate and the other additives. Moreover, in the MALDI-MS spectra for the UV-exposed sample, the satellite peaks around the major HALS components proved to enhance significantly, reflecting the oxidized HALS species at the tetramethylpiperidine units to cause the photostabilizing action. In addition, hydrolyzed HALS species were also observed for the irradiated sample. These results suggest that not only the oxidation reaction but also the hydrolysis or decomposition of the oligomeric HALS components competitively proceed in the PP composites during UV exposure.

  5. Determination of patulin in apple and derived products by UHPLC-MS/MS. Study of matrix effects with atmospheric pressure ionisation sources.

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    Beltrán, Eduardo; Ibáñez, María; Sancho, Juan Vicente; Hernández, Félix

    2014-01-01

    Sensitive and reliable analytical methodology has been developed for the measurement of patulin in regulated foodstuffs by using ultra-high-performance liquid chromatography coupled to tandem mass spectrometry (UHPLC-MS/MS) with triple quadrupole analyser. Solid samples were extracted with ethyl acetate, while liquid samples were directly injected into the chromatographic system after dilution and filtration without any clean-up step. Chromatographic separation was achieved in less than 4min. Electrospray (ESI) and atmospheric pressure chemical ionisation (APCI) sources were evaluated, in order to assess matrix effects. The use of ESI source caused strong signal suppression in samples; however, matrix effect was negligible using APCI, allowing quantification with calibration standards prepared in solvent. The method was validated in four different apple matrices (juice, fruit, puree and compote) at two concentrations at the low μgkg(-1) level. Average recoveries (n=5) ranged from 71% to 108%, with RSDs lower than 14%. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  6. Study of vortex-assisted MSPD and LC-MS/MS using alternative solid supports for pharmaceutical extraction from marketed fish.

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    Hertzog, Gabriel I; Soares, Karina L; Caldas, Sergiane S; Primel, Ednei G

    2015-06-01

    A procedure based on vortex-assisted matrix solid-phase dispersion (MSPD) for the extraction of 15 pharmaceuticals from fish samples with determination by liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) was validated. Florisil, C18, diatomaceous earth, chitin, and chitosan were evaluated as solid supports. Best results were obtained with 0.5 g of diatomaceous earth, 0.5 g of sodium sulfate, and 5 mL of methanol. Analytical recoveries ranged from 58 to 128 % with relative standard deviation (RSD) lower than 15 %. Limit of quantification (LOQ) values for the 15 compounds ranged from 5 to 1000 ng g(-1). The method under investigation has shown to be a simple and fast extraction tool with minimum instrumentation and low amount of reagent, resulting in method low cost. Besides, alternative materials, such as chitin and chitosan, which were applied to the dispersion step for the first time, were found to be interesting alternatives.

  7. Development and validation of a UHPLC-MS/MS bioanalytical method to quantify in plasma the analgesic candidate PT-31 following a preliminary pharmacokinetic study in rats.

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    Bessegato, T C; Niehues, M; Buqui, G A; Lopes, N P; Pitta, I R; Galdino, S L; Dalla Costa, T

    2016-06-01

    A selective and sensitive UHPLC-MS/MS bioanalytical method to determine PT-31, an analgesic drug candidate, in rat plasma was developed and validated. Analyses were performed using a UHPLC-MS/MS system equipped with an electrospray ionization interface operating in the positive ionization mode using a C18 reversed-phase column with a mobile phase of water:acetonitrile (68:31, v/v) containing 0.1% acetic acid eluting in a gradient mode with a flow rate of 0.3 mL/min. Plasma samples were deproteinized with cold acetonitrile containing 0.01% TFA (1:2, v/v) and 50 μL of the supernatant were injected into the system. PT-31 and phenytoin (internal standard) retention times were roughly 1.0 and 1.5 min, respectively. Linear standard curves were plotted for the 0.01-10 µg/mL concentration range, with a coefficient of determination > 0.99. The method's precision was over 88%. Maximum intra- and inter-day relative standard deviations were 14.6% and 11.6%, respectively. Interfering substances were not detected in the chromatogram, indicating that the method was specific. PT-31 stability was assessed under different temperature and storage settings. The method was used to characterize PT-31 plasma pharmacokinetics following administration of 5 mg/kg i.v. to Wistar rats. Therefore, the method described is sensitive, linear, precise and specific enough to determine PT-31 in preclinical pharmacokinetic investigations. Copyright © 2015 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  8. The translucent cadaver: a follow-up study to gauge the efficacy of implementing changes suggested by students.

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    Kotzé, Sanet Henriët; Driescher, Natasha Darné; Mole, Calvin Gerald

    2013-01-01

    In a study conducted in 2011, the use of full body digital X-ray images (Lodox(®) Statscan(®)) and drawings were described for surface anatomy education during which suggestions were made by students on how to improve the method. Educational innovations should continuously be adjusted and improved to provide the best possible scenario for student learning. This study, therefore, reports on the efficacy of implementing some of these suggestions. Suggestions incorporated into the follow-up study included: (1) The inclusion of eight strategically placed labeled digital X-ray images to the dissection halls, (2) The placement of both labeled and unlabeled digital X-ray images online, (3) The inclusion of informal oral questions on surface anatomy during dissection, (4) The requirement of students to submit individual drawings in addition to group drawings into their portfolios, and (5) Integrating information on how to recognize anatomical structures on X-rays into gross anatomy lectures given prior to dissection. Students were requested to complete an anonymous questionnaire. The results of the drawings, tests and questionnaires were compared to the results from the 2011 cohort. During 2012, an increased usage of the digital X-rays and an increase in practical test marks in three out of the four modules (statistically significant only in the cardiovascular module) were reported. More students from the 2012 cohort believed the images enhanced their experience of learning surface anatomy and that its use should be continued in future. The suggested changes, therefore, had a positive effect on surface anatomy education.

  9. Fragmentation pathways and mechanisms of aromatic compounds in atmospheric pressure studied by GC-DMS and DMS-MS

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    Kendler, Shai; Lambertus, Gordon R.; Dunietz, Barry D.; Coy, Stephen L.; Nazarov, Erkinjon G.; Miller, Raanan A.; Sacks, Richard D.

    2007-06-01

    Differential mobility spectrometry (DMS) is a highly sensitive sensing technology capable of selecting and detecting ions based on the difference between ion mobility at high and low electric field. The combination of a micro-fabricated DMS with gas chromatography (GC) has allowed extensive investigation of the ion chemistry and collisionally induced dissociation (CID) of diaryl molecules on a millisecond timescale at temperatures up to 130 °C. DMS-pre-filtered time-of-flight mass spectrometry (DMS-MS) has been used to verify the chemical composition of the ion species resolved by GC-DMS. This work focuses on the fragmentation of diaryl compounds, including diphenyl methane (DPM) and bibenzyl (BB), using information from the DMS and DMS-MS spectra of a series of aromatic compounds. Density functional theory calculations have been used to investigate the geometry and the energy along the reaction coordinate for the loss of benzene from DPM·H+ and BB·H+ for comparison with GC-DMS and DMS-MS experimental results and with previously reported chemical ionization MS. DPM-H+ is observed to undergo field-induced fragmentation in the DMS to produce C7H7+(Bz+) and unobserved neutral benzene with a low energy barrier. In contrast, BB·H+ fragments to C8H9+ and benzene with a higher energy barrier. Calculated barriers and experimental results are in qualitative agreement. Depletion of the ionized fragments in favor of ion-neutral clusters was also observed at higher concentrations. It is suggested that CID in DMS can further enhance DMS analytical performance.

  10. A sensitive LC-MS/MS method for analysis of pericyazine in presence of 7-hydroxypericyazine and pericyazine sulphoxide in human plasma and its application to a comparative bioequivalence study in Chinese healthy volunteers.

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    Cai, Hua Lin; Deng, Yang; Fang, Ping Fei; Cao, SiSi; Hou, Zhen Yan; Wu, Yan Qin; Chen, Xue Jiao; Yan, Miao; Zhang, BiKui

    2017-02-20

    A robust and highly sensitive liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) method was developed and validated for the determination of pericyazine in human plasma. The plasma sample was alkalized with sodium hydroxide solution and handled by liquid-liquid extraction with ethyl acetate after adding perphenazine as an internal standard (IS). The analytes were separated on an Ultimate™ AQ-C18 analytical column at 40°C, with a gradient elution consisting of A (aqueous phase: 5mM ammonium acetate buffer solution containing 0.1% formic acid) and B (organic phase: acetonitrile) at a flow rate of 0.350mL/min. The detection was conducted on an API 4000 tandem mass spectrometer coupled with electrospray ionization (ESI) source in positive ion mode. The multiple reaction monitoring (MRM) transitions, m/z 366.5>142.4 for pericyazine, m/z 382.5>142.4 for its 7-hydroxy and sulphoxide metabolites and m/z 404.3>171.3 for IS were chosen to achieve high selectivity in the simultaneous analyses. The method exhibited great improvement in sensitivity (LLOQ of 0.021ng/mL) and good linearity over the concentration range of 0.021-9.90ng/mL. The intra- and inter-day precision, accuracy, and stability results were within the acceptable limits and no matrix effect was observed. This method was successfully applied in a bioequivalence study to evaluate the pharmacokinetics in 20 healthy male Chinese volunteers. Additional exploratory analyses of 7-hydroxy and sulphoxide metabolites of pericyazine in the same samples suggest that the unchanged drug is predominant in the plasma and suitable for the bioequivalence comparison after a single oral administration of 10mg pericyazine.

  11. Hypnosis, suggestion, and suggestibility: an integrative model.

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    Lynn, Steven Jay; Laurence, Jean-Roch; Kirsch, Irving

    2015-01-01

    This article elucidates an integrative model of hypnosis that integrates social, cultural, cognitive, and neurophysiological variables at play both in and out of hypnosis and considers their dynamic interaction as determinants of the multifaceted experience of hypnosis. The roles of these variables are examined in the induction and suggestion stages of hypnosis, including how they are related to the experience of involuntariness, one of the hallmarks of hypnosis. It is suggested that studies of the modification of hypnotic suggestibility; cognitive flexibility; response sets and expectancies; the default-mode network; and the search for the neurophysiological correlates of hypnosis, more broadly, in conjunction with research on social psychological variables, hold much promise to further understanding of hypnosis.

  12. A large-scale study of anxiety and depression in people with Multiple Sclerosis: a survey via the web portal of the UK MS Register.

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    Jones, Kerina H; Ford, David V; Jones, Philip A; John, Ann; Middleton, Rodden M; Lockhart-Jones, Hazel; Osborne, Lisa A; Noble, J Gareth

    2012-01-01

    Studies have found that people with Multiple Sclerosis experience relatively high rates of anxiety and depression. Although methodologically robust, many of these studies had access to only modest sample sizes (N<200). The aims of this study were to use responses gained via the web portal of the UK MS Register (N>4000) to: describe the depression and anxiety profiles of people with MS; to determine if anxiety and depression are related to age or disease duration; and to assess whether the levels of anxiety and depression differ between genders and types of MS. From its launch in May 2011 to the end of December 2011, 7786 adults with MS enrolled to take part in the UK MS Register via the web portal. The responses to the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS) were collated with basic demographic and descriptive MS data provided at registration and the resulting dataset was analysed in SPSS (v.16). The mean HADS score among the 4178 respondents was 15.7 (SE 0.117, SD 7.55) with a median of 15.0 (IQR 11). Anxiety and depression rates were notably high, with over half (54.1%) scoring ≥ 8 for anxiety and 46.9% scoring ≥ 8 for depression. Women with relapsing-remitting MS were more anxious than men with this type (p<0.001), and than women with other types of MS (p = 0.017). Within each gender, men and women with secondary progressive MS were more depressed than men or women with other types of MS (p<0.001, p<0.001). This largest known study of its kind has shown that anxiety and depression are highly prevalent in people with MS, indicating that their mental health needs could be better addressed. These findings support service planning and further research to provide the best care for people with MS to help alleviate these debilitating conditions.

  13. Comparative study using MS and XRD of Fe80Al20 alloy produced by mechanical alloying

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    Hadef, F.; Otmani, A.; Grenèche, J. M.

    2013-08-01

    An X-ray diffraction and 57Fe Mössbauer effect study of mechanically alloyed Fe80Al20 is presented. X-ray measurements indicate that the disordered bcc α-Fe(Al) solid solution was formed after 2 h of milling, while the analysis of Mössbauer spectra suggested that total dissolution of aluminium is achieved after 10 h of milling. These differences can be attributed to: (i) rapid nanocrystallization of aluminium and/or (ii) small particles with small amounts of aluminium cannot be detected by the X-ray diffraction technique.

  14. Experimental study of MS2 and ΦX174 interactions with clays

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    Syngouna, V. I.; Chrysikopoulos, C.

    2009-12-01

    The transport and fate of viruses in subsurface formations are mainly governed by virus attachment onto the solid matrix and inactivation. Furthermore, virus attachment onto clay colloids is primarily controlled by electrostatic interactions between surfaces. Bacteriophage MS2 and ΦX174 were used as surrogates for human viruses in order to investigate the interaction between viruses and clay particles. The selected phyllosilicate clays were kaolinite and bentonite. Numerous reactor vessels were filled with 0.5 g of clay and 50 mL of sterile phosphate buffered at pH 7.0. A series of static and dynamic experiments for various bacteriophage concentrations were conducted at two different temperatures. Half of the reactor vessels were placed in a refrigerator at 4°C and the rest in a constant temperature room at 25°C. The dynamic batch experiments were performed with the reactor vessels attached to a small bench-top tube rotator. Appropriate adsorption isotherms were determined. Subsequently, the Derjaguin-Landau-Verwey-Overbeek theory was applied in order to determine the interaction energies between the bacteriophage and clay surfaces. The electric properties of the viral surfaces were also obtained at different pH values and ionic strength levels. The experimental results show that virus adsorption increases linearly with suspended virus concentration. The observed distribution coefficient (Kd) was higher for MS2 than ΦX174. Also, the observed Kd values were higher for the dynamic than static experiments, and increased with temperature. Moreover, the results indicate that the electrostatic interactions between viruses and the clays are significantly influenced by the solution’s ionic strength and pH. At pH 7, bacteriophage-clay energy barriers were higher for MS2 than ΦX174.

  15. LC-MS based screening and targeted profiling methods for complex plant: coffee a case study.

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    da Rosa, Jeane Santos; Freitas-Silva, Otniel; Pacheco, Sidney; de Oliveira Godoy, Ronoel Luiz; de Rezende, Claudia Moraes

    2012-11-01

    In the recent years the way of thinking about human health necessarily passes by human food. Recent discoveries are not only concerned about valuable biomolecules but also contaminants. Thus, the screening of substances in animal and vegetable matrices by analytical techniques is focused on the presence and absence of target substance. In both cases, the majority of these substances are present as traces or in very low levels. Contaminants could be naturally present in the food, inserted on it or even developed on it as a consequence of food processing or cooking. Pesticides, mycotoxins, dioxins, acrylamide, Sudan red, melamine and now 4(5)-methylimidazole can be, at present, be listed as some of the world big problems related to food contaminants and adulterants. With the development of liquid chromatography coupled to mass spectrometry (LC-MS-MS), in the last few decades, analysis of some food contaminants in trace levels trace become less laborious, more accurate and precise. The multiple approach of those techniques make possible to obtain many results in one single run. On the other hand, European Union (2002/657/EC) established regulations for analytical methods regarding mass spectrometry as detection tool, showing the importance of this technique in food quality control. The EU criteria uses identification points (IPs) that could be achieved basically with four product ions (including molecular ion) or reduced with the use of high resolution equipments. This kind of mass spectrometers made the IPs criteria more accessible, as the exact mass information is a differential tool. In view of this the aim of this review is to present the actual scenario for mass spectrometry analysis in a complex vegetable food matrix such as roasted coffee, with emphasis on needs and challenges regarding the LC-MS technique in order to meet and contribute to food safety standards in this complex matrix.

  16. Effect of Antibiotics and Diet on Enterolactone Concentration and Metabolome Studied by Targeted and Nontargeted LC-MS Metabolomics.

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    Bolvig, Anne K; Nørskov, Natalja P; Hedemann, Mette S; Foldager, Leslie; McCarthy-Sinclair, Brendan; Marco, Maria L; Lærke, Helle N; Bach Knudsen, Knud E

    2017-06-02

    High plant lignan intake is associated with a number of health benefits, possibly induced by the lignan metabolite enterolactone (ENL). The gut microbiota plays a crucial role in converting dietary lignans into ENL, and epidemiological studies have shown that use of antibiotics is associated with lower levels of ENL. Here we investigate the link between antibiotic use and lignan metabolism in pigs using LC-MS/MS. The effect of lignan intake and antibiotic use on the gut microbial community and the pig metabolome is studied by 16S rRNA sequencing and nontargeted LC-MS. Treatment with antibiotics resulted in substantially lower concentrations of ENL compared with concentrations detected in untreated animals, whereas the plasma concentrations of plant lignans were unchanged. Both diet and antibiotic treatment affected the clustering of urinary metabolites and significantly altered the proportions of taxa in the gut microbiota. Diet, but not antibiotic treatment, affected the plasma lipid profile, and a lower concentration of LDL cholesterol was observed in the pigs fed a high lignan diet. This study provides solid support for the associations between ENL concentrations and use of antibiotics found in humans and indicates that the lower ENL concentration may be a consequence of the ecological changes in the microbiota.

  17. The role of emotions in time to presentation for symptoms suggestive of cancer: a systematic literature review of quantitative studies.

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    Balasooriya-Smeekens, Chantal; Walter, Fiona M; Scott, Suzanne

    2015-12-01

    Emotions may be important in patients' decisions to seek medical help for symptoms suggestive of cancer. The aim of this systematic literature review was to examine quantitative literature on the influence of emotion on patients' help-seeking for symptoms suggestive of cancer. The objectives were to identify the following: (a) which types of emotions influence help-seeking behaviour, (b) whether these form a barrier or trigger for seeking medical help and (c) how the role of emotions varies between different cancers and populations. We searched four electronic databases and conducted a narrative synthesis. Inclusion criteria were studies that reported primary, quantitative research that examined any emotion specific to symptom appraisal or help-seeking for symptoms suggestive of cancer. Thirty-three papers were included. The studies were heterogeneous in their methods and quality, and very few had emotion as the main focus of the research. Studies reported a limited range of emotions, mainly related to fear and worry. The impact of emotions appears mixed, sometimes acting as a barrier to consultation whilst at other times being a trigger or being unrelated to time to presentation. It is plausible that different emotions play different roles at different times prior to presentation. This systematic review provides some quantitative evidence for the role of emotions in help-seeking behaviour. However, it also highlighted widespread methodological, definition and design issues among the existing literature. The conflicting results around the role of emotions on time to presentation may be due to the lack of definition of each specific emotion. Copyright © 2015 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  18. MS Detectors

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    Koppenaal, David W.; Barinaga, Charles J.; Denton, M Bonner B.; Sperline, Roger P.; Hieftje, Gary M.; Schilling, G. D.; Andrade, Francisco J.; Barnes IV., James H.

    2005-11-01

    Good eyesight is often taken for granted, a situation that everyone appreciates once vision begins to fade with age. New eyeglasses or contact lenses are traditional ways to improve vision, but recent new technology, i.e. LASIK laser eye surgery, provides a new and exciting means for marked vision restoration and improvement. In mass spectrometry, detectors are the 'eyes' of the MS instrument. These 'eyes' have also been taken for granted. New detectors and new technologies are likewise needed to correct, improve, and extend ion detection and hence, our 'chemical vision'. The purpose of this report is to review and assess current MS detector technology and to provide a glimpse towards future detector technologies. It is hoped that the report will also serve to motivate interest, prompt ideas, and inspire new visions for ion detection research.

  19. Degradation kinetics study of cabozantinib by a novel stability-indicating LC method and identification of its major degradation products by LC/TOF-MS and LC-MS/MS.

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    Wu, Chunyong; Xu, Xue; Feng, Chao; Shi, Yuanyuan; Liu, Wenyuan; Zhu, Xiaoyun; Zhang, Junying

    2014-09-01

    The chemical stability of cabozantinib (CBZ) was investigated using a novel stability-indicating LC method. Forced degradation of CBZ was carried out under acidic, basic, thermal, oxidative and photolytic stress conditions. Hydrolysis and oxidation were the primary pathways for this compound and three major unknown degradation products were characterized by LC/TOF-MS and LC-MS/MS. The major oxidative degradation product was isolated by preparative LC and identified by UV, HRMS and NMR techniques to be N-{4-[(N-oxide-6,7-dimethoxyquinolin-4-yl)oxy]phenyl}-N'-(4-fluorophenyl)-cyclopropane-1,1-dicarboxamide. The developed method was validated as per ICH guidelines and then successfully applied to investigate the degradation kinetics of CBZ. Degradation of CBZ followed first-order kinetics under all experimental conditions. A V-shaped pH-rate profile over the pH range 2-10 was observed with maximum stability at pH 6. The effect of temperature on the rate of CBZ degradation was characterized using the Arrhenius equation. The activation energy for hydrolysis was 57.31kJmol(-1) in alkaline solution.

  20. Liquid Chromatography Electrospray Ionization Tandem Mass Spectrometric (LC/ESI-MS/MS) Study for the Identification and Characterization of In Vivo Metabolites of Cisplatin in Rat Kidney Cancer Tissues: Online Hydrogen/Deuterium (H/D) Exchange Study.

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    Bandu, Raju; Ahn, Hyun Soo; Lee, Joon Won; Kim, Yong Woo; Choi, Seon Hee; Kim, Hak Jin; Kim, Kwang Pyo

    2015-01-01

    In vivo rat kidney tissue metabolites of an anticancer drug, cisplatin (cis-diamminedichloroplatinum [II]) (CP) which is used for the treatment of testicular, ovarian, bladder, cervical, esophageal, small cell lung, head and neck cancers, have been identified and characterized by using liquid chromatography positive ion electrospray ionization tandem mass spectrometry (LC/ESI-MS/MS) in combination with on line hydrogen/deuterium exchange (HDX) experiments. To identify in vivo metabolites, kidney tissues were collected after intravenous administration of CP to adult male Sprague-Dawley rats (n = 3 per group). The tissue samples were homogenized and extracted using newly optimized metabolite extraction procedure which involves liquid extraction with phosphate buffer containing ethyl acetate and protein precipitation with mixed solvents of methanol-water-chloroform followed by solid-phase clean-up procedure on Oasis HLB 3cc cartridges and then subjected to LC/ESI-HRMS analysis. A total of thirty one unknown in vivo metabolites have been identified and the structures of metabolites were elucidated using LC-MS/MS experiments combined with accurate mass measurements. Online HDX experiments have been used to further support the structural characterization of metabolites. The results showed that CP undergoes a series of ligand exchange biotransformation reactions with water and other nucleophiles like thio groups of methionine, cysteine, acetylcysteine, glutathione and thioether. This is the first research approach focused on the structure elucidation of biotransformation products of CP in rats, and the identification of metabolites provides essential information for further pharmacological and clinical studies of CP, and may also be useful to develop various effective new anticancer agents.

  1. North Atlantic weather regimes: A synoptic study of phase space. M.S. Thesis

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    Orrhede, Anna Karin

    1990-01-01

    In the phase space of weather, low frequency variability (LFV) of the atmosphere can be captured in a large scale subspace, where a trajectory connects consecutive large scale weather maps, thus revealing flow changes and recurrences. Using this approach, Vautard applied the trajectory speed minimization method (Vautard and Legras) to atmospheric data. From 37 winters of 700 mb geopotential height anomalies over the North Atlantic and the adjacent land masses, four persistent and recurrent weather patterns, interpreted as weather regimes, were discernable: a blocking regime, a zonal regime, a Greenland anticyclone regime, and an Atlantic regime. These regimes are studied further in terms of maintenance and transitions. A regime survey unveils preferences regarding event durations and precursors for the onset or break of an event. The transition frequencies between regimes vary, and together with the transition times, suggest the existence of easier transition routes. These matters are more systematically studied using complete synoptic map sequences from a number of events.

  2. Selenocysteine oxidation in glutathione peroxidase catalysis: an MS-supported quantum mechanics study.

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    Orian, Laura; Mauri, Pierluigi; Roveri, Antonella; Toppo, Stefano; Benazzi, Louise; Bosello-Travain, Valentina; De Palma, Antonella; Maiorino, Matilde; Miotto, Giovanni; Zaccarin, Mattia; Polimeno, Antonino; Flohé, Leopold; Ursini, Fulvio

    2015-10-01

    Glutathione peroxidases (GPxs) are enzymes working with either selenium or sulfur catalysis. They adopted diverse functions ranging from detoxification of H(2)O(2) to redox signaling and differentiation. The relative stability of the selenoenzymes, however, remained enigmatic in view of the postulated involvement of a highly unstable selenenic acid form during catalysis. Nevertheless, density functional theory calculations obtained with a representative active site model verify the mechanistic concept of GPx catalysis and underscore its efficiency. However, they also allow that the selenenic acid, in the absence of the reducing substrate, reacts with a nitrogen in the active site. MS/MS analysis of oxidized rat GPx4 complies with the predicted structure, an 8-membered ring, in which selenium is bound as selenenylamide to the protein backbone. The intermediate can be re-integrated into the canonical GPx cycle by glutathione, whereas, under denaturing conditions, its selenium moiety undergoes β-cleavage with formation of a dehydro-alanine residue. The selenenylamide bypass prevents destruction of the redox center due to over-oxidation of the selenium or its elimination and likely allows fine-tuning of GPx activity or alternate substrate reactions for regulatory purposes. Copyright © 2015. Published by Elsevier Inc.

  3. How to gain insight into the polydispersity of tannins: a combined MS and LC study.

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    Mouls, Laetitia; Hugouvieux, Virginie; Mazauric, Jean-Paul; Sommerer, Nicolas; Mazerolles, Gérard; Fulcrand, Hélène

    2014-12-15

    In the context of the potential health benefits of food polyphenols, the bioavailability of tannins (i.e. proanthocyanidins) is a major issue, which is strongly influenced by the polydispersity and the degree of polymerisation of tannins. The average degree of polymerisation (DP) of tannins is usually determined using depolymerisation methods, which do not provide any information about their polymer distribution. Moreover, it is still a challenge to characterise tannin fractions of high polydispersity and/or containing polymers of high molecular weights, due to the limit of detection of direct mass spectrometry (MS) analysis methods. In the present work, the polydispersity of several tannin fractions is investigated by two complementary methods: a MALDI-MS method and a semi-preparative sub-fractionation. Using a combination of these methods we are able to gain insight into the DP distributions of the fractions consisting of tannins of medium and high DP. Moreover combining analyses can be useful to assess and compare the DP distributions of most tannin fractions.