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  1. Selective and simultaneous determination of trace bisphenol A and tebuconazole in vegetable and juice samples by membrane-based molecularly imprinted solid-phase extraction and HPLC.

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    Wu, Ya-Ting; Zhang, Yan-Hong; Zhang, Meng; Liu, Fei; Wan, Ying-Chun; Huang, Zheng; Ye, Lei; Zhou, Qi; Shi, Yun; Lu, Bin

    2014-12-01

    Nanofibrous molecularly imprinted membranes (nano-MIMs) with multi-analyte selectivity were prepared by encapsulating two types of molecularly imprinted polymer nanoparticles (MIP-NPs) into electrospun polyvinyl alcohol nanofibers. The obtained nano-MIMs maintained high molecular selectivity offered by each of the MIP-NPs. Nano-MIM embedding BPA-imprinted nanoparticles and TBZ-imprinted nanoparticles together showed the highest binding selectivity for acid bisphenol A (BPA) and basic tebuconazole (TBZ). This nano-MIM was used as affinity material of membrane-based molecularly imprinted solid-phase extraction (m-MISPE) to extract trace BPA and TBZ in vegetables and juices simultaneously. The recoveries of BPA and TBZ from different samples were higher than 70.33% with RSDs lower than 9.57%. m-MISPE gave better HPLC separation efficiencies and higher recoveries than conventional SPE based on C18/SCX. Multi-analyte selective m-MISPE combined with HPLC realized selective and simultaneous determination of several trace analytes with opposite charges/polarities in different food samples. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  2. Solid phase transformations

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    Čermák, J

    2008-01-01

    This special-topic book, devoted to ""Solid Phase Transformations"" , covers a broad range of phenomena which are of importance in a number of technological processes. Most commercial alloys undergo thermal treatment after casting, with the aim of imparting desired compositions and/or optimal morphologies to the component phases. In spite of the fact that the topic has lain at the center of physical metallurgy for a long time, there are numerous aspects which are wide open to potential investigative breakthroughs. Materials with new structures also stimulate research in the field, as well as n

  3. Solid phase transformations II

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    Čermák, J

    2009-01-01

    This topical volume includes ten invited papers that cover selected areas of the field of solid phase transformations. The first two contributions represent a burgeoning branch; that of the computer simulation of physical phenomena. The following three articles deal with the thermodynamics of phase transformations as a basic theory for describing the phenomenology of phase changes in matter. The next paper describes the interconnections between structural stability and the electronic structure of phases. Two further articles are devoted to displacive transformations; a field where there are ma

  4. Solid-phase microextraction

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    Nilsson, Torben

    and organophosphate pesticides and triazine herbicides together with their metabolites in aqueous samples. SPME combined with gas chromatography proved to be a precise, accurate and sensitive technique for water analysis. Also SPME combined with high performance liquid chromatography was tested, and a method......The objective of this study has been to develop new analytical methods using the rapid, simple and solvent-free extraction technique solid-phase microextraction (SPME) for the quantitative analysis of organic pollutants at trace level in drinking water and environmental samples. The dynamics...

  5. Solid phase protein chemical synthesis.

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    Raibaut, Laurent; El Mahdi, Ouafâa; Melnyk, Oleg

    2015-01-01

    The chemical synthesis of peptides or small proteins is often an important step in many research projects and has stimulated the development of numerous chemical methodologies. The aim of this review is to give a substantial overview of the solid phase methods developed for the production or purification of polypeptides. The solid phase peptide synthesis (SPPS) technique has facilitated considerably the access to short peptides (peptides have stimulated the development of solid phase covalent or non-covalent capture purification methods. The power of the native chemical ligation (NCL) reaction for protein synthesis in aqueous solution has also been adapted to the solid phase by the combination of novel linker technologies, cysteine protection strategies and thioester or N,S-acyl shift thioester surrogate chemistries. This review details pioneering studies and the most recent publications related to the solid phase chemical synthesis of large peptides and proteins.

  6. Solid-phase peptide synthesis

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    Jensen, Knud Jørgen

    2013-01-01

    This chapter provides an introduction to and overview of peptide chemistry with a focus on solid-phase peptide synthesis. The background, the most common reagents, and some mechanisms are presented. This chapter also points to the different chapters and puts them into perspective.......This chapter provides an introduction to and overview of peptide chemistry with a focus on solid-phase peptide synthesis. The background, the most common reagents, and some mechanisms are presented. This chapter also points to the different chapters and puts them into perspective....

  7. Multiple solid-phase microextraction

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    Koster, EHM; de Jong, GJ

    2000-01-01

    Theoretical aspects of multiple solid-phase microextraction are described and the principle is illustrated with the extraction of lidocaine from aqueous solutions. With multiple extraction under non-equilibrium conditions considerably less time is required in order to obtain an extraction yield that

  8. Solid phase microextraction field kit

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    Nunes, Peter J.; Andresen, Brian D.

    2005-08-16

    A field kit for the collection, isolation and concentration of trace amounts of high explosives (HE), biological weapons (BW) and chemical weapons (CW) residues in air, soil, vegetation, swipe, and liquid samples. The field kit includes a number of Solid Phase Microextraction (SPME) fiber and syringe assemblies in a hermetically sealed transportation container or tubes which includes a sampling port, a number of extra SPME fiber and syringe assemblies, the fiber and syringe assemblies including a protective cap for the fiber, and an extractor for the protective cap, along with other items including spare parts, protective glove, and an instruction manual, all located in an airtight container.

  9. Solid phase syntheses of oligoureas

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    Burgess, K.; Linthicum, D.S.; Russell, D.H.; Shin, H.; Shitangkoon, A.; Totani, R.; Zhang, A.J.; Ibarzo, J. [Texas A& M Univ., College Station, TX (United States)

    1997-02-19

    Isocyanates 7 were formed from monoprotected diamines 3 or 6, which in turn can be easily prepared from commercially available N-BOC- or N-FMOC-protected amino acid derivatives. Isocyanates 7, formed in situ, could be coupled directly to a solid support functionalized with amine groups or to amino acids anchored on resins using CH{sub 2}Cl{sub 2} as solvent and an 11 h coupling time at 25 {degree}C. Such couplings afforded peptidomimetics with an N-phthaloyl group at the N-terminus. The optimal conditions identified for removal of the N-phthaloyl group were to use 60% hydrazine in DMF for 1-3 h. Several sequences of amino acids coupled to ureas (`peptidic ureas`) and of sequential urea units (`oligoureas`) were prepared via solid phase syntheses and isolated by HPLC. Partition coefficients were measured for two of these peptidomimetics, and their water solubilities were found to be similar to the corresponding peptides. A small library of 160 analogues of the YGGFL-amide sequence was prepared via Houghten`s tea bag methodology. This library was tested for binding to the anti-{beta}-endorphin monoclonal antibody. Overall, this paper describes methodology for solid phase syntheses of oligourea derivatives with side chains corresponding to some of the protein amino acids. The chemistry involved is ideal for high-throughput syntheses and screening operations. 51 refs., 3 figs., 2 tabs.

  10. Fmoc Solid-Phase Peptide Synthesis.

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    Hansen, Paul R; Oddo, Alberto

    2015-01-01

    Synthetic peptides are important as drugs and in research. Currently, the method of choice for producing these compounds is solid-phase peptide synthesis. In this nonspecialist review, we describe the scope and limitations of Fmoc solid-phase peptide synthesis. Furthermore, we provide a detailed protocol for Fmoc peptide synthesis.

  11. The C. elegans eggshell

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    Stein, Kathryn K.; Golden, Andy

    2017-01-01

    In all animals, oocytes are surrounded by an extracellular matrix upon fertilization. This matrix serves similar purposes in each animal. It functions to mediate sperm binding, to prevent polyspermy, to control the chemical environment of the embryo, and to provide physical protection to the embryo as it developes. The synthesis of the C. elegans matrix, or eggshell, begins when the oocyte enters the spermatheca and is fertilized by a single sperm. The process of eggshell synthesis is thought to take place during the completion of the maternal meiotic divisions such that the multi-layered eggshell is completed by anaphase II. The synthesis of the eggshell occurs in a hierarchical pattern such that the outermost layers are synthesized first in order to capture and retain the innermost layers as they form. Recent studies have revealed that the lipid-rich permeability barrier is distinct from the outer trilaminar eggshell. These new findings alter our previous understanding of the eggshell. This chapter aims to define each of the eggshell layers and the molecules that are known to play significant roles in their formation. PMID:26715360

  12. Multiplexed Colorimetric Solid-Phase Extraction

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    Gazda, Daniel B.; Fritz, James S.; Porter, Marc D.

    2009-01-01

    Multiplexed colorimetric solid-phase extraction (MC-SPE) is an extension of colorimetric solid-phase extraction (C-SPE) an analytical platform that combines colorimetric reagents, solid phase extraction, and diffuse reflectance spectroscopy to quantify trace analytes in water. In CSPE, analytes are extracted and complexed on the surface of an extraction membrane impregnated with a colorimetric reagent. The analytes are then quantified directly on the membrane surface using a handheld diffuse reflectance spectrophotometer. Importantly, the use of solid-phase extraction membranes as the matrix for impregnation of the colorimetric reagents creates a concentration factor that enables the detection of low concentrations of analytes in small sample volumes. In extending C-SPE to a multiplexed format, a filter holder that incorporates discrete analysis channels and a jig that facilitates the concurrent operation of multiple sample syringes have been designed, enabling the simultaneous determination of multiple analytes. Separate, single analyte membranes, placed in a readout cartridge create unique, analyte-specific addresses at the exit of each channel. Following sample exposure, the diffuse reflectance spectrum of each address is collected serially and the Kubelka-Munk function is used to quantify each water quality parameter via calibration curves. In a demonstration, MC-SPE was used to measure the pH of a sample and quantitate Ag(I) and Ni(II).

  13. Immuno-affinity solid-phase extraction.

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    Stevenson, D

    2000-08-04

    The measurement of trace organics such as drugs and pesticides at low concentration in biological and environmental samples is a challenging analytical task. Despite recent advances in instrumentation most analysts regard sample preparation as the rate-limiting step in the overall analytical method. In recent years there has been a lot of interest in immobilising antibodies onto solid supports such as silica to provide highly selective solid-phase extraction. This paper reviews the use of immuno-affinity for solid-phase extraction. It uses as examples extraction of chlortoluron and isoproturon from water and morphine and clenbuterol in urine and plasma respectively. An extensive list of other examples is given. Optimisation procedures are discussed in detail.

  14. The Evolution of the Eggshell

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    Alina Ghişe

    2010-05-01

    Full Text Available 10 hybrid ISA Brown hens, 50 weeks old, hold single in cages and fed with combined granulated forage, were monitored for a period of 3 weeks to establish the body weight, the egg laying time, the laying interval and the length of clutches for each hen. During this time the eggs were harvested and the eggs weight, eggshells weight, the calcium, phosphorus and magnesium eggshell content were determined. When 53 weeks old, the hens were divided into 4 groups depending on the time elapsed from the last oviposition for each hen and they were slaughtered. The eggs in different stages of development were sampled and the egg weight, the eggshell weight, the calcium, phosphorus and magnesium eggshell content were determined. Depending on the egg stage formation: at 10-12 hours postoviposition the eggshell mean weight was 2.15 g, i.e. 40.49%, the mean calcium content of the eggshells was 0.37 g calcium, representing 18.97% of the calcium content of the whole eggshell. At 22-23 hours after oviposition the eggshell weight was 6.13 g, representing 98.39% of the completely formed eggshell, the calcium content of the eggshells was 2.23 g (mean value, which represents 97.38% of the whole egg mineral shell.

  15. Development of Polyester/Eggshell Particulate Composites

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    S.N. Patrick

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available The development of Polyester/Eggshell particulate composites has been carried out. Uncarbonized and carbonized eggshell particles were used as reinforcement in polyester matrix. 10 to 50 wt% eggshell particles at intervals of 10 wt% were added to polyester as reinforcement. The microstructural analyses of the polyester/eggshell particulate composites were carried out using SEM and EDS. The mechanical properties and density were carried out by standard methods. The results showed that the density and hardness values of the polyester/eggshell particulate composite increased steadily with increasing eggshell addition. The tensile strength increased from 15.182 N/mm2 at 0 wt% eggshell addition to a maximum of 23.4 N/mm2 at 40 wt% eggshell addition for uncarbonized eggshell; while it increased to a maximum of 28.378 N/mm2 at 20 wt% eggshell addition for carbonized eggshell. Compressive strength increased steadily from 90.3 N/mm2 at 0 wt% eggshell additions to a maximum of 103.6 at 50 wt% eggshell addition for uncarbonized eggshell and 116.5N/mm2 at 50 % eggshell addition for carbonized eggshell. Hardness value increased from 91 HRF at 0 % eggshell addition to a maximum of 120.05HRF at 50 wt% eggshell addition for uncarbonized eggshell and 149.45HRF at 50 wt% eggshell for the carbonized eggshell. Flexural strength increased from 76.06 N/mm2 at 0 wt% eggshell addition to a maximum of 97.06 N/mm2 at 40 wt% eggshell addition for uncarbonized eggshell; however, it increased to a maximum of 106.66 N/mm2 at 20 wt% eggshell addition for the carbonized eggshell. The impact energy also increased from 0.1 Joules at 0 wt% eggshell addition to a maximum of 0.35 Joules at 30 wt% eggshell addition for uncarbonized eggshell; it however increased to a maximum of 0.45 Joules at 20 wt% eggshell addition for the carbonized eggshell. Hence the development of polyester/eggshell particulate composites material with good mechanical properties and light weight which is

  16. Solid Phase versus Solution Phase Synthesis of Heterocyclic Macrocycles

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    McAlpine, Shelli R.; Seong Jong Kim

    2013-01-01

    Comparing a solution phase route to a solid phase route in the synthesis of the cytotoxic natural product urukthapelstatin A (Ustat A) confirmed that a solid phase method is superior. The solution phase approach was tedious and involved cyclization of a ridged heterocyclic precursor, while solid phase allowed the rapid generation of a flexible linear peptide. Cyclization of the linear peptide was facile and subsequent generation of three oxazoles located within the structure of Ustat A proved...

  17. Solid Phase versus Solution Phase Synthesis of Heterocyclic Macrocycles

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    Shelli R. McAlpine

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Comparing a solution phase route to a solid phase route in the synthesis of the cytotoxic natural product urukthapelstatin A (Ustat A confirmed that a solid phase method is superior. The solution phase approach was tedious and involved cyclization of a ridged heterocyclic precursor, while solid phase allowed the rapid generation of a flexible linear peptide. Cyclization of the linear peptide was facile and subsequent generation of three oxazoles located within the structure of Ustat A proved relatively straightforward. Given the ease with which the oxazole Ustat A precursor is formed via our solid phase approach, this route is amenable to rapid analog synthesis.

  18. Solid phase versus solution phase synthesis of heterocyclic macrocycles.

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    Kim, Seong Jong; McAlpine, Shelli R

    2013-01-16

    Comparing a solution phase route to a solid phase route in the synthesis of the cytotoxic natural product urukthapelstatin A (Ustat A) confirmed that a solid phase method is superior. The solution phase approach was tedious and involved cyclization of a ridged heterocyclic precursor, while solid phase allowed the rapid generation of a flexible linear peptide. Cyclization of the linear peptide was facile and subsequent generation of three oxazoles located within the structure of Ustat A proved relatively straightforward. Given the ease with which the oxazole Ustat A precursor is formed via our solid phase approach, this route is amenable to rapid analog synthesis.

  19. Role of nanoparticles in analytical solid phase microextraction (SPME)

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    Zielinska, K.; Leeuwen, van H.P.

    2013-01-01

    Solid phase microextraction (SPME) is commonly used to measure the free concentration of fairly hydrophobic substances in aqueous media on the basis of their partitioning between sample solution and a solid phase. Here we study the role of nanoparticles that may sorb the analyte in the sample

  20. Engineering Tough Materials: Biomimetic Eggshell

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    2015-01-30

    eggshell membrane preparation Japanese quails eggs (Clarence farm brand; J Sainsbury PLC, London, U.K.) were demineralized to release the eggshell membranes...Billund, Denmark) where it was rolled at 30° to the horizontal while slowly cooled in a water bath over 4 h to room temperature. Conical tubes were...then rolled for a further 2 days with the lid removed to allow evaporation of water from the sample, at which point the slurry had formed a solid

  1. Automated solid-phase synthesis of oligosaccharides containing sialic acids

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    Chian-Hui Lai

    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available A sialic acid glycosyl phosphate building block was designed and synthesized. This building block was used to prepare α-sialylated oligosaccharides by automated solid-phase synthesis selectively.

  2. Wax Precipitation Modeled with Many Mixed Solid Phases

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    Heidemann, Robert A.; Madsen, Jesper; Stenby, Erling Halfdan

    2005-01-01

    The behavior of the Coutinho UNIQUAC model for solid wax phases has been examined. The model can produce as many mixed solid phases as the number of waxy components. In binary mixtures, the solid rich in the lighter component contains little of the heavier component but the second phase shows...... substantial amounts of the lighter component dissolved in the heavier solid. Calculations have been performed taking into account the recrystallization of the solid alkanes into a second solid form. The Coutinho UNIQUAC model has been used to describe the lower-temperature solid phases. The higher......-temperature mixed solid phase has been assumed to be either an ideal solution or to be described by Coutinho's Wilson activity coefficient model. This procedure accounts for more of the known behavior of mixed n-alkane solids. Comparison is also made with results assuming that all of the solid phases, both high...

  3. Combinatorial Solid-Phase Synthesis of Balanol Analogues

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    Nielsen, John; Lyngsø, Lars Ole

    1996-01-01

    The natural product balanol has served as a template for the design and synthesis of a combinatorial library using solid-phase chemistry. Using a retrosynthetic analysis, the structural analogues have been assembled from three relatively accessible building blocks. The solid-phase chemistry inclu...... including MSNT-mediated esterification of both support-bound alcohols and carboxylic acids has been implemented successfully. Copyright (C) 1996 Elsevier Science Ltd....

  4. Development of new tags for solid-phase peptide synthesis

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    Knecht, Steven

    2008-01-01

    the synthesis of polypeptides. In 1984, he was awarded with the Nobel Prize “for his development of methodology for chemical synthesis on a solid matrix”. Compared to solution-phase methods, solid-phase chemistry offers many advantages in terms of efficiency as well as purification procedures. Particularly for longer peptide sequences, in solution-phase chemistry the isolation of all peptide intermediates is required, whereas in a solid-phase approach simple wash and filter procedures enable ...

  5. Solid-phase synthesis of peptide - metal-complex conjugates

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    Dirscherl, Georg

    2009-01-01

    The synthesis of Fmoc protected SAAC and their use in solid-phase synthesis is reported. Peptide � metal complex conjugates were either obtained by incorporation of the metal coordinated SAAC followed by mild nucleophilic resin-cleavage or by complexation in metal salt solution after cleavage from the resin. The reported solid phase peptide synthesis protocols are suitable for automation and the position and number of the modified amino acid within the peptide chain may vary. This allows the ...

  6. Development of Polyester/Eggshell Particulate Composites

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    S.N. Patrick; V.S. Aigbodion; S.B. Hassan

    2012-01-01

    The development of Polyester/Eggshell particulate composites has been carried out. Uncarbonized and carbonized eggshell particles were used as reinforcement in polyester matrix. 10 to 50 wt% eggshell particles at intervals of 10 wt% were added to polyester as reinforcement. The microstructural analyses of the polyester/eggshell particulate composites were carried out using SEM and EDS. The mechanical properties and density were carried out by standard methods. The results showed that the de...

  7. Automating solid-phase extraction: current aspects and future prospects.

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    Rossi, D T; Zhang, N

    2000-07-14

    This paper reviews current trends and techniques in automated solid-phase extraction. The area has shown a dramatic growth the number of manuscripts published over the last 10 years, including applications in environmental science, food science, clinical chemistry, pharmaceutical bioanalysis, forensics, analytical biochemistry and organic synthesis. This dramatic increase of more that 100% per year can be attributed to the commercial availability of higher throughput 96-well workstations and extraction plates that allow numerous samples to be processed simultaneously. These so-called parallel-processing workstations represent the highest throughput systems currently available. The advantages and limitations of other types of systems, including discrete column systems and on-line solid-phase extraction are also discussed. Discussions of how automated solid-phase extractions can be developed, generic approaches to automated solid-phase extraction, and three noteworthy examples of automated extractions are given. The last part of the review suggests possible near- and long-term directions of automated solid-phase extraction.

  8. Solid phase fermentation of untreated leaf biomass to biogas

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    Chanakya, H.N.; Borgaonkar, S.; Meena, G.; Jagadish, K.S. (Indian Inst. of Science, Bangalore (India))

    1993-01-01

    Solid phase fermentation is a simple alternative to overcome problems in conventional slurry-based biogas digesters such as feedstock addition, floating scum, feed stratification and spent material discharge. The present study demonstrates the potential for a semi-continuous mode of operation. Laboratory scale solid phase digesters were operated with intact, untreated leaf biomass feedstock in a weekly-fed, batch mode without spent material removal for a period of 300 days. High biogas production rates were achieved by a twice daily sprinkling of the biomass bed with recycled liquid phase containing biodegradative bacteria. Results indicate that acidogenesis and methanogenesis occur at different layers of the decomposing bed. This simplifies feeding so that untreated leaf biomass may simply be added on top of the existing biomass bed in the digester without the need for feeding through a conventional liquid trap. Over 92% of the gas production was from the solid phase. (author)

  9. Concept and early development of solid-phase peptide synthesis.

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    Merrifield, B

    1997-01-01

    There are several reasons for the success of the solid-phase approach to peptide synthesis. The first is the ease of the procedure, the acceleration of the overall process, and the ability to achieve good yields of purified products. The second was the unanticipated discovery of many new biologically active peptides and the expanded need for synthetic peptides to help solve problems in virtually all disciplines of biology. In many cases, the solid-phase technique has been the method of choice. This approach, of course, does not replace the classic solution synthesis methods, but rather supplements them. The choice of techniques depends on the objectives of the synthesis. When carefully worked out, the solution methods can give high yields of highly purified products in large quantities. Many superb syntheses of active peptides have been achieved in this way. The solid-phase method has also yielded many large active peptides. It is particularly useful when large numbers of analogs, in relatively small quantities, are required as in structure-function studies on hormones, growth factors, antibiotics, and other biologically active peptides or for determining the antigenic epitopes of proteins. In addition, it has on occasion been scaled up for production of kilogram quantities. One of the unique uses of solid-phase synthesis has been the synthesis of peptide libraries. Most of the work on this new field in which thousands or millions of peptides are prepared simultaneously has been by solid-phase methods. This new technique is proving to be of great practical importance in rapid drug discovery of peptide, peptide mimetic, and nonpeptide compounds. Developments in screening methods now allow the examination of large numbers of compounds, and active products with structures unpredictable from natural product sequences are being found in this way. The properties of the solid-phase system, the changes in the chemistry, and the applications of the technique to biological

  10. Analytical techniques for small molecule solid phase synthesis.

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    Scicinski, Jan J; Congreveb, Miles S; Kay, Corinne; Ley, Steven V

    2002-12-01

    Although resin-based chemistry offers many practical advantages over conventional solution phase for the synthesis of combinatorial libraries, effective monitoring of reactions conducted on the support remains a challenge. A number of techniques have been developed to enable the analysis of solid phase organic synthesis either by monitoring the resin-bound species directly or by the analysis of small quantities of material cleaved from the support. This review outlines some of the principles of the various techniques for the analysis of intermediates and products obtained from solid-phase chemistry.

  11. Solid-Phase Extraction Combined with High Performance Liquid ...

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    Satisfactory precision was obtained both for intra-assay (RSD, 1.8 to 4.4 %) and inter-assay (RSD, 2.0 to 4.7 %). Conclusion: The proposed method is environmentally friendly, inexpensive and convenient, and should be helpful in analyzing estrogens in biological, environmental and food samples. Keywords: Solid-phase ...

  12. Solid-phase oligosaccharide and glycopeptide synthesis using glycosynthases

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    Tolborg, Jakob Fjord; Petersen, Lars; Jensen, Knud Jørgen

    2002-01-01

    and the prospect of automatability. Here, we report the first application of glycosynthases to solid-phase oligosaccharide synthesis by use of the 51 kDa serine and glycine mutants of Agrobacterium sp. beta-glucosidase, Abg E358S and E358G. Acceptors were linked to PEGA resin through a backbone amide linker (BAL...

  13. Solid-phase synthesis of 3-amino-2-pyrazolines

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    Nielsen, John

    1998-01-01

    The development of a solid-phase synthesis of 3-amino-2-pyrazolines is described. Conjugate addition of hydrazines to alpha,beta-unsaturated nitriles followed by cyclization yields 3-amino-2-pyrazolines. Acylation or sulfonation of the free amino-group yields a 24 member library of 3-amino-2...

  14. Solid-phase synthesis of 3-amino-2-pyrazolines

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    Lyngsø, Lars O.; Nielsen, John

    1998-01-01

    The development of a solid-phase synthesis of 3-amino-2-pyrazolines is described. Conjugate addition of hydrazines to α,β-unsaturated nitriles followed by cyclization yields 3-amino-2-pyrazolines. Acylation or sulfonation of the free amino-group yields a 24 member library of 3-amino-2- pyrazolines....

  15. Solid Phase Characterization of Tank 241-C-105 Grab Samples

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    Ely, T. M. [Washington River Protection Solutions LLC, Richland, WA (United States); LaMothe, M. E. [Washington River Protection Solutions LLC, Richland, WA (United States); Lachut, J. S. [Washington River Protection Solutions LLC, Richland, WA (United States)

    2016-01-11

    The solid phase characterization (SPC) of three grab samples from single-shell Tank 241-C-105 (C-105) that were received at the laboratory the week of October 26, 2015, has been completed. The three samples were received and broken down in the 11A hot cells.

  16. Solid-phase synthesis of complex and pharmacologically interesting heterocycles

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    Nielsen, Thomas Eiland

    2009-01-01

    Efficient routes for the creation of heterocycles continue to be one of the primary goals for solid-phase synthesis. Recent advances in this field rely most notably on transition-metal-catalysis and N-acyliminium chemistry to mediate a range of cyclization processes for the generation of compound...

  17. Solid-phase-supported synthesis of morpholinoglycine oligonucleotide mimics

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    Tatyana V. Abramova

    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available An efficient solid-phase-supported peptide synthesis (SPPS of morpholinoglycine oligonucleotide (MorGly mimics has been developed. The proposed strategy includes a novel specially designed labile linker group containing the oxalyl residue and the 2-aminomethylmorpholino nucleoside analogues as first subunits.

  18. Headspace solid-phase microextraction and gas chromatography ...

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    Purpose: To extract and analyze the volatile components of Chrysanthemum morifolium Ramat. 'huaiju' by headspace solid-phase microextraction (HS-SPME) and gas chromatography–mass spectrometry (GC–MS). Methods: Volatile components were extracted by HS-SPME and identified by GC–MS. The relative contents ...

  19. Headspace solid-phase microextraction and gas chromatography ...

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    Purpose: To extract and analyze the volatile components of Chrysanthemum morifolium Ramat. 'huaiju' by headspace solid-phase microextraction (HS-SPME) and gas chromatography–mass spectrometry. (GC–MS). Methods: Volatile components were extracted by HS-SPME and identified by GC–MS. The relative contents ...

  20. Development and Application of Solid Phase Extraction Method for ...

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    Solid phase extraction, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, water samples, Johannesburg, South Africa. 1. Introduction. Polycyclic aromatic ... sewage and industrial effluents as well as for urban and rural run-off. Their solubility in ... human health and to the environment.2 Acute toxicity is gener- ally associated with the lower ...

  1. Investigation of binary solid phases by calorimetry and kinetic modelling

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    Matovic, M.

    2007-01-01

    The traditional methods for the determination of liquid-solid phase diagrams are based on the assumption that the overall equilibrium is established between the phases. However, the result of the crystallization of a liquid mixture will typically be a non-equilibrium or metastable state of the

  2. Study on the Solid Phase Extraction and Spectrophotometric ...

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    thiorhodanine (ABTR) as a new chromogenic reagent for the determination of mercury. Based on the rapid reaction of mercury(II) with ABTR and the solid phase extraction of the coloured chelate with a C18 disk, a highly sensitive, selective and ...

  3. SOLID PHASE EXTRACTION OF TRACE AMOUNTS OF ZINC AND ...

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    ABSTRACT. A novel method using a packed column with perlite as a new sorbent has been developed for preconcentration of trace amounts of zinc and cadmium prior to their determination by flame atomic absorption spectrometry. Several factors that may be affected on the solid phase extraction (SPE) process, such as ...

  4. Evaluation of the emulsifying property of solid phase purified ...

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    This suggests the suitability of the purified oil as a base in the formulation of lotions and creams. Conclusion: The purified oil of G. kola possesses emulsifying property and could find applications in cosmetic and pharmaceutical industries. Keywords: Garcinia cola, seed oil, solid phase purification, emulsifying property ...

  5. Solid-phase microextraction for the analysis of biological samples

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    Theodoridis, G; Koster, EHM; de Jong, GJ

    2000-01-01

    Solid-phase microextraction (SPME) has been introduced for the extraction of organic compounds from environmental samples. This relatively new extraction technique has now also gained a lot of interest in a broad field of analysis including food, biological and pharmaceutical samples. SPME has a

  6. CATION-EXCHANGE SOLID-PHASE AND LIQUID-LIQUID ...

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    B. S. Chandravanshi

    indicating a purer extract. KEY WORDS: Khat alkaloids, Solid phase extraction, Liquid-liquid extraction, HPLC, Genevac. INTRODUCTION. Khat (Catha edulis Vahl. Endl.) is an evergreen shrub or tree belonging to the Celastraceae family. Although the plant originates from Ethiopia, it occurs in Kenya, Malawi, Uganda,.

  7. Determination of 8 Synthetic Food Dyes by Solid Phase Extraction ...

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    Recovery was 94.2 % for Brilliant blue in jelly powder. Conclusion: This method was successfully applied to determine colorants in various (30) water-soluble foods, including fruit flavored drinks, sugar confectionery, sweets, etc. Keywords: Synthetic colors, Food, Fruit flavored drinks, Solid phase extraction, RP-HPLC ...

  8. Solid-Phase Extraction Combined with High Performance Liquid ...

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    be helpful in analyzing estrogens in biological, environmental and food samples. Keywords: Solid-phase extraction, Milk, Estrogens, High ... systems are completely different from the traditional ones. Duo to the result of modern ... Therefore, to ensure the food safety and human health, it is essential to develop rapid, simple,.

  9. Solid Phase Characterization of Solids Recovered from Failed Sluicer Arm

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    Cooke, Gary A. [Hanford Site (HNF), Richland, WA (United States)

    2015-03-09

    The Enclosure to this memo discusses the solid phase characterization of a solid sample that was retrieved from the single-shell Tank 241-C-111 extended reach sluicer #2. This sluicer, removed from riser #3 on September 25, 2014, was found to have approximately 0.4 gallons of solid tank waste adhering to the nozzle area.

  10. Recent Approaches Toward Solid Phase Synthesis of β-Lactams

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    Mandal, Bablee; Ghosh, Pranab; Basu, Basudeb

    Since the discovery of penicillin in 1929, β-lactam antibiotics have been recognized as potentially chemotherapeutic drugs of incomparable effectiveness, conjugating a broad spectrum of activity with very low toxicity. The primary motif azetidin-2-one ring (β-lactam) has been considered as specific pharmacophores and scaffolds. With the advent of combinatorial chemistry and automated parallel synthesis coupled with ample interests from the pharmaceutical industries, recent trends have been driven mostly by adopting solid phase techniques and polymer-supported synthesis of β-lactams. The present survey will present an overview of the developments on the polymer-supported and solid phase techniques for the preparation of β-lactam ring or β-lactam containing antibiotics published over the last decade. Both unsubstituted and substitutions with different functional groups at various positions of β-lactams have been synthesized using solid phase technology. However, Wang resin and application of Staudinger [2+2] cycloaddition reaction have remained hitherto the major choice. It may be expected that other solid phase approaches involving different resins would be developed in the coming years.

  11. N-Acyliminium Intermediates in Solid-Phase Synthesis

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    Quement, Sebastian Thordal le; Petersen, Rico; Meldal, M.

    2010-01-01

    N-Acyliminium ions are powerful intermediates in synthetic organic chemistry. Examples of their use are numerous in solution-phase synthesis, but there are unmerited few reports on these highly reactive electrophiles in solid-phase synthesis. The present review covers the literature to date and i...

  12. Development of headspace solid-phase microextraction method for ...

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    A headspace solid-phase microextraction (HS-SPME) method was developed as a preliminary investigation using univariate approach for the analysis of 14 multiclass pesticide residues in fruits and vegetable samples. The gas chromatography mass spectrometry parameters (desorption temperature and time, column flow ...

  13. Microwave Irradiation of Nanohydroxyapatite from Chicken Eggshells and Duck Eggshells

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    Nor Adzliana Sajahan

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Due to similarity in composition to the mineral component of bones and human hard tissues, hydroxyapatite with chemical formula Ca10(PO46(OH2 has been widely used in medical field. Both chicken and duck eggshells are mainly composed of calcium carbonate. An attempt has been made to fabricate nanohydroxyapatite (nHA by chicken (CES and duck eggshells (DES as calcium carbonate source (CaCO3. CES and DES were reacted with diammonium hydrogen [(NH42HPO4] solution and subjected to microwave heating at 15 mins. Under the effect of microwave irradiation, nHA was produced directly in the solution and involved in crystallographic transformation. Sample characterization was done using by X-ray diffraction (XRD, fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR, and scanning electron microscopy (SEM.

  14. Solid-phase template-directed synthesis of a [2]rotaxane using a solid-phase stopper.

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    Bravo, José A; Orain, David; Bradley, Mark

    2002-02-07

    The first synthesis of a rotaxane by solid phase chemistry has been achieved, using the resin bead as a 'Mega' stopper during the synthesis. One of the advantages of this methodology over traditional solution routes include the ability to use mass action to drive the chemistry, without complicating the purification process.

  15. Fossil avian eggshell preserves ancient DNA

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    Oskam, Charlotte L; Haile, James Seymour; McLay, Emma

    2010-01-01

    isolation and amplification of DNA from fossil eggshell up to 19 ka old. aDNA was successfully characterized from eggshell obtained from New Zealand (extinct moa and ducks), Madagascar (extinct elephant birds) and Australia (emu and owl). Our data demonstrate excellent preservation of the nucleic acids...... approximately 125 times lower bacterial load than bone, making it a highly suitable substrate for high-throughput sequencing approaches. Importantly, the preservation of DNA in Pleistocene eggshell from Australia and Holocene deposits from Madagascar indicates that eggshell is an excellent substrate...

  16. Solid-phase biogas production with garbage or water hyacinth

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    Chanakya, H.N.; Borgaonkar, Sushama; Meena, G.; Jagadish, K.S. (Indian Inst. of Science, Bangalore (India). Centre for the Application of Science and Technology to Rural Areas (ASTRA))

    1993-01-01

    Fermentations of market garbage and water hyacinth in laboratory-scale solid-phase fermenters operated in fed batch mode is reported. Solid-phase fermentation was effected by a daily sprinkling of a weekly-fed biomass bed with an aqueous suspension of biodegradative bacteria to initiate and sustain high levels of biogas production. Gas production rates greater than 0.5 litres/litre per day at specific gas yields of 250-300 litres/kg total solids at residence times between 150 and 250 days were obtained. Major methanogenic activity appeared to occur in the lower parts of the decomposing bed, therefore feeding could be carried out on a once-weekly basis by opening the top of the fermenter and adding the untreated biomass feed, without deleterious effects on the overall gas yields or composition. The compaction of biomass feeds during decomposition permitted the use of high residence times without loss of space economy. (author)

  17. Semi-automated microwave assisted solid-phase peptide synthesis

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    Pedersen, Søren Ljungberg

    Biotage Initiator microwave instrument, which is available in many laboratories, with a modified semi-automated peptide synthesizer from MultiSynTech. A custom-made reaction vessel is placed permanently in the microwave oven, thus the reactor does not have to be moved between steps. Mixing is achieved...... with microwaves for SPPS has gained in popularity as it for many syntheses has provided significant improvement in terms of speed, purity, and yields, maybe especially in the synthesis of long and "difficult" peptides. Thus, precise microwave heating has emerged as one new parameter for SPPS, in addition...... to coupling reagents, resins, solvents etc. We have previously reported on microwave heating to promote a range of solid-phase reactions in SPPS. Here we present a new, flexible semi-automated instrument for the application of precise microwave heating in solid-phase synthesis. It combines a slightly modified...

  18. Combinatorial solid-phase synthesis of hapalosin mimetics

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    Olsen, Jacob A.; Jensen, Knud J.; Nielsen, John

    2000-01-01

    The solid-phase synthesis of a small library of mimetics of the cyclic depsipeptide hapalosin is described. 3-Amino-4-hydroxy-5-nitrobenzoic acid was anchored through the anilino moiety to a backbone amide linker (BAL) handle support. Using chemoselective reactions and without the need for protec...... for protecting group manipulations, the benzoic acid group was first amidated, then the aniline nitrogen was acylated, and finally the nitro group was reduced to an amine and acylated or reductively alkylated, to generate a 12-member library.......The solid-phase synthesis of a small library of mimetics of the cyclic depsipeptide hapalosin is described. 3-Amino-4-hydroxy-5-nitrobenzoic acid was anchored through the anilino moiety to a backbone amide linker (BAL) handle support. Using chemoselective reactions and without the need...

  19. Studies in Solid Phase Peptide Synthesis: A Personal Perspective

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    Mitchell, A R

    2007-06-01

    By the early 1970s it had became apparent that the solid phase synthesis of ribonuclease A could not be generalized. Consequently, virtually every aspect of solid phase peptide synthesis (SPPS) was reexamined and improved during the decade of the 1970s. The sensitive detection and elimination of possible side reactions (amino acid insertion, N{sup {alpha}}-trifluoroacetylation, N{sup {alpha}{var_epsilon}}-alkylation) was examined. The quantitation of coupling efficiency in SPPS as a function of chain length was studied. A new and improved support for SPPS, the 'PAM-resin', was prepared and evaluated. These and many other studies from the Merrifield laboratory and elsewhere increased the general acceptance of SPPS leading to the 1984 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for Bruce Merrifield.

  20. Allantoin as a solid phase adsorbent for removing endotoxins.

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    Vagenende, Vincent; Ching, Tim-Jang; Chua, Rui-Jing; Gagnon, Pete

    2013-10-04

    In this study we present a simple and robust method for removing endotoxins from protein solutions by using crystals of the small-molecule compound 2,5-dioxo-4-imidazolidinyl urea (allantoin) as a solid phase adsorbent. Allantoin crystalline powder is added to a protein solution at supersaturated concentrations, endotoxins bind and undissolved allantoin crystals with bound endotoxins are removed by filtration or centrifugation. This method removes an average of 99.98% endotoxin for 20 test proteins. The average protein recovery is ∼80%. Endotoxin binding is largely independent of pH, conductivity, reducing agent and various organic solvents. This is consistent with a hydrogen-bond based binding mechanism. Allantoin does not affect protein activity and stability, and the use of allantoin as a solid phase adsorbent provides better endotoxin removal than anion exchange, polymixin affinity and biological affinity methods for endotoxin clearance. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  1. All rights reserved Development of Headspace Solid-Phase ...

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    fused silica DB5-MS column (30 m x 0.25 mm x. 0.25 µm i.d). The GC oven temperature program was as follows: 60 0C (2 min), ramped to 180 0C (0 min) at 30 0C/min, then ..... solid-phase microextraction fibers by sol-gel technology for the determination of organophosphorus pesticide multiresidues in food. J. Chromatogr.

  2. Solid-phase synthesis of oxetane modified peptides

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    Beadle, Jonathan D.; Knuhtsen, Astrid; Hoose, Alex; Raubo, Piotr; Jamieson, Andrew G.; Shipman, Michael

    2017-01-01

    Solid-phase peptide synthesis (SPPS) is used to create peptidomimetics in which one of the backbone amide C=O bonds is replaced by a four-membered oxetane ring. The oxetane containing dipeptide building blocks are made in three steps in solution, then integrated into peptide chains by conventional Fmoc SPPS. This methodology is used to make a range of peptides in high purity including backbone modified derivatives of the nonapeptide bradykinin and Met- and Leu-enkephalin.\\ud

  3. Fossil avian eggshell preserves ancient DNA.

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    Oskam, Charlotte L; Haile, James; McLay, Emma; Rigby, Paul; Allentoft, Morten E; Olsen, Maia E; Bengtsson, Camilla; Miller, Gifford H; Schwenninger, Jean-Luc; Jacomb, Chris; Walter, Richard; Baynes, Alexander; Dortch, Joe; Parker-Pearson, Michael; Gilbert, M Thomas P; Holdaway, Richard N; Willerslev, Eske; Bunce, Michael

    2010-07-07

    Owing to exceptional biomolecule preservation, fossil avian eggshell has been used extensively in geochronology and palaeodietary studies. Here, we show, to our knowledge, for the first time that fossil eggshell is a previously unrecognized source of ancient DNA (aDNA). We describe the successful isolation and amplification of DNA from fossil eggshell up to 19 ka old. aDNA was successfully characterized from eggshell obtained from New Zealand (extinct moa and ducks), Madagascar (extinct elephant birds) and Australia (emu and owl). Our data demonstrate excellent preservation of the nucleic acids, evidenced by retrieval of both mitochondrial and nuclear DNA from many of the samples. Using confocal microscopy and quantitative PCR, this study critically evaluates approaches to maximize DNA recovery from powdered eggshell. Our quantitative PCR experiments also demonstrate that moa eggshell has approximately 125 times lower bacterial load than bone, making it a highly suitable substrate for high-throughput sequencing approaches. Importantly, the preservation of DNA in Pleistocene eggshell from Australia and Holocene deposits from Madagascar indicates that eggshell is an excellent substrate for the long-term preservation of DNA in warmer climates. The successful recovery of DNA from this substrate has implications in a number of scientific disciplines; most notably archaeology and palaeontology, where genotypes and/or DNA-based species identifications can add significantly to our understanding of diets, environments, past biodiversity and evolutionary processes.

  4. Correlates of eggshell thickness | Okereke | Global Journal of Pure ...

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    This study discussed the effects of age and genotype of birds and location of farm on eggshell thickness. The ultimate objective of the study is to determine the correlates of eggshell thickness which may be relevant to improve eggshell thickness. Secondary data on eggshell thickness collected from the Agricultural ...

  5. Adsorption of lignosulfonate compounds using powdered eggshell

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    Muhammad Ali Zulfikar

    2012-07-01

    Full Text Available Batch adsorption of lignosulfonates using untreated powdered eggshell under the influences of mixing time, pH,particle size and dose of powdered eggshell was investigated. Adsorption isotherms of lignosulfonates onto powder eggshellwere also studied. Eggshells were collected from the Balubur traditional market in Bandung, Indonesia, washed with distilledwater, air dried, and then ground into powder of different particle sizes. Kinetic studies found that equilibrium time was ashigh as 90 minutes. From experiments carried out at different pH, it was observed that pH plays an important role in theadsorption of lignosulfonate compounds. It was also observed that particles size has no significant effect on the adsorptionof lignosulfonate compounds. The optimum dosage of powdered eggshell was 30 g/100 mL of 500 mg/L lignosulfonatesolution. Adsorption isotherms studied through the use of graphical methods revealed that the adsorption of lignosulfonatesonto powdered eggshell follows the Langmuir model.

  6. New approach of eggshell mechanical properties determinantion

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    Libor Severa

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available The paper describes a new approach for determination of mechanical properties of hen’s eggshell. The suitability and applicability of a Berkovich indentation is discussed. The eggshells were tested in the area surrounding equator line. The deformation modes active during indentation have been examinined from the shape of load-displacement curves. According to measured dependencies, the eggshel shown an viscous-elastic deformation.The values of Young’s modulus E obtained from radial and tangential directions did not vary significantly. This fact shows on isotropic nature of eggshell structure. It was found that values of E do not significantly change neither around the cir­cum­fe­ren­ce of the equator. The values obtained within this research correspond to values reported in literature and obtained on macroscopic samples. Nanoindentation was found to be a precise and powerful tool, suitable for determining local variations of mechanical properties of eggshells.

  7. A comparison of observables for solid-solid phase transitions

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    Smilowitz, Laura B [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Henson, Bryan F [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Romero, Jerry J [Los Alamos National Laboratory

    2009-01-01

    The study of solid-solid phase transformations is hindered by the difficulty of finding a volumetric probe to use as a progress variable. Solids are typically optically opaque and heterogeneous. Over the past several years, second harmonic generation (SHG) has been used as a kinetic probe for a solid-solid phase transition in which the initial and final phases have different symmetries. Bulk generation of SHG is allowed by symmetry only in noncentrosymmetric crystallographic space groups. For the organic energetic nitramine octahydro-1,3 ,5,7 -tetranitro-1,3 ,5,7 -tatrazocine (HMX), the beta phase is centro symmetric (space group P2{sub 1}/c) and the delta phase iS noncentrosymmetric (space group P6{sub 1}22) making SHG an extremely sensitive, essentially zero background probe of the phase change progress. We have used SHG as a tool to follow the progress of the transformation from beta to delta phase during the solid-solid transformation. However, kinetic models of the transformation derived using different observables from several other groups have differed, showing later onset for the phase change and faster progression to completion. In this work, we have intercompared several techniques to understand these differences. The three techniques discussed are second harmonic generation, Raman spectroscopy, and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). The progress of the beta to delta phase transition in HMX observed with each of these different probes will be discussed and advantages and disadvantages of each technique described. This paper compares several different observables for use in measuring the kinetics of solid-solid phase transitions. Relative advantages and disadvantages for each technique are described and a direct comparison of results is made for the beta to delta polymorphic phase transition of the energetic nitramine, octahydro-1,3,5,7-tetranitro-1,3,5,7-tatrazocine.

  8. Sensitive and fast mutation detection by solid phase chemical cleavage

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    Hansen, Lise Lotte; Justesen, Just; Kruse, Torben A

    1996-01-01

    We have developed a solid phase chemical cleavage method (SpCCM) for screening large DNA fragments for mutations. All reactions can be carried out in microtiterwells from the first amplification of the patient (or test) DNA through the search for mutations. The reaction time is significantly...... reduced compared to the conventional chemical cleavage method (CCM), and even by using a uniformly labelled probe, the exact position and nature of the mutation can be revealed. The SpCCM is suitable for automatization using a workstation to carry out the reactions and a fluorescent detection-based DNA...

  9. Solid-phase synthesis of cecropin A and related peptides.

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    Andreu, D; Merrifield, R B; Steiner, H; Boman, H G

    1983-01-01

    Cecropin A, a 37-residue antibacterial peptide amide, was synthesized by the solid-phase method. It was shown to be homogeneous and totally indistinguishable from natural cecropin A by chemical and physical criteria, as well as by its antibacterial activity against several Gram-positive and Gram-negative organisms. The synthetic material was also used to establish unambiguously that the carboxyl-terminal blocking group of natural cecropin A is a primary amide as tentatively proposed earlier. The role of the amino terminus of cecropin A in antibacterial activity was investigated by the synthesis of two analogs. Images PMID:6579533

  10. Distribution of Dechlorinating Bacteria between the Aqueous and Solid Phases

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    Cápiro, N. L.; Hatt, J. K.; Wang, Y.; Loeffler, F. E.; Pennell, K. D.

    2010-12-01

    Microbial monitoring of aquifers relies on nucleic acid biomarker analysis, which is typically performed with biomass recovered from groundwater samples; however, it is unclear what fraction of the target population(s) is associated with groundwater (i.e., planktonic cells) or is attached to solid phases (i.e., biofilms). Understanding how the titer of target organism(s) in groundwater correlates with the true cell titers of the target organism in the aquifer (i.e., planktonic plus attached cells) is critical for a meaningful interpretation of the data, the prediction of bioremediation performance, and the implementation of site management strategies. To evaluate the distribution of active cells between resident solid phase and the aqueous phase, one-dimensional columns were packed under water-saturated conditions with Bio-Dechlor INOCULUM, a PCE-to ethene-dechlorinating bacterial consortium containing both multiple Dehalococcoides (Dhc) strains and Geobacter lovleyi strain SZ (GeoSZ). The columns were packed with two distinct solid matrices: a low organic content sandy Federal Fine Ottawa soil or Appling soil with higher organic matter content. Influent reduced mineral salts medium supplied at a groundwater pore-water velocity of 0.3 m/day contained both 10 mM lactate as electron donor and 0.33 mM PCE as electron acceptor. Routine collection of biomass from column side ports and effluent samples measured the titers of target cells in the aqueous phase and determined when steady state conditions had been reached. A second set of column experiments evaluated delivery and filtration effects by the solid matrix (i.e., Federal Fine Ottawa sand versus Appling soil) under the same conditions except that electron donor or acceptor were omitted (no growth conditions). Quantitative real-time PCR (qPCR) analysis using Dhc and GeoSZ 16S rRNA gene-targeted primer and probe sets determined the planktonic cell counts, and destructive sampling of the columns allowed measurement

  11. Advances in solid-phase extraction disks for environmental chemistry

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    Thurman, E.M.; Snavely, K.

    2000-01-01

    The development of solid-phase extraction (SPE) for environmental chemistry has progressed significantly over the last decade to include a number of new sorbents and new approaches to SPE. One SPE approach in particular, the SPE disk, has greatly reduced or eliminated the use of chlorinated solvents for the analysis of trace organic compounds. This article discusses the use and applicability of various SPE disks, including micro-sized disks, prior to gas chromatography-mass spectrometry for the analysis of trace organic compounds in water. Copyright (C) 2000 Elsevier Science B.V.

  12. Solid phase microextraction fills the gap in tissue sampling protocols.

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    Bojko, Barbara; Gorynski, Krzysztof; Gomez-Rios, German Augusto; Knaak, Jan Matthias; Machuca, Tiago; Spetzler, Vinzent Nikolaus; Cudjoe, Erasmus; Hsin, Michael; Cypel, Marcelo; Selzner, Markus; Liu, Mingyao; Keshavjee, Shaf; Pawliszyn, Janusz

    2013-11-25

    Metabolomics and biomarkers discovery are an integral part of bioanalysis. However, untargeted tissue analysis remains as the bottleneck of such studies due to the invasiveness of sample collection, as well as the laborious and time-consuming sample preparation protocols. In the current study, technology integrating in vivo sampling, sample preparation and global extraction of metabolites--solid phase microextraction was presented and evaluated during liver and lung transplantation in pig model. Sampling approaches, including selection of the probe, transportation, storage conditions and analyte coverage were discussed. The applicability of the method for metabolomics studies was demonstrated during lung transplantation experiments. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  13. Variability in avian eggshell colour: a comparative study of museum eggshells.

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    Cassey, Phillip; Portugal, Steven J; Maurer, Golo; Ewen, John G; Boulton, Rebecca L; Hauber, Mark E; Blackburn, Tim M

    2010-08-09

    The exceptional diversity of coloration found in avian eggshells has long fascinated biologists and inspired a broad range of adaptive hypotheses to explain its evolution. Three main impediments to understanding the variability of eggshell appearance are: (1) the reliable quantification of the variation in eggshell colours; (2) its perception by birds themselves, and (3) its relation to avian phylogeny. Here we use an extensive museum collection to address these problems directly, and to test how diversity in eggshell coloration is distributed among different phylogenetic levels of the class Aves. Spectrophotometric data on eggshell coloration were collected from a taxonomically representative sample of 251 bird species to determine the change in reflectance across different wavelengths and the taxonomic level where the variation resides. As many hypotheses for the evolution of eggshell coloration assume that egg colours provide a communication signal for an avian receiver, we also modelled reflectance spectra of shell coloration for the avian visual system. We found that a majority of species have eggs with similar background colour (long wavelengths) but that striking differences are just as likely to occur between congeners as between members of different families. The region of greatest variability in eggshell colour among closely related species coincided with the medium-wavelength sensitive region around 500 nm. The majority of bird species share similar background eggshell colours, while the greatest variability among species aligns with differences along a red-brown to blue axis that most likely corresponds with variation in the presence and concentration of two tetrapyrrole pigments responsible for eggshell coloration. Additionally, our results confirm previous findings of temporal changes in museum collections, and this will be of particular concern for studies testing intraspecific hypotheses relating temporal patterns to adaptation of eggshell colour

  14. Variability in avian eggshell colour: a comparative study of museum eggshells.

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    Phillip Cassey

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: The exceptional diversity of coloration found in avian eggshells has long fascinated biologists and inspired a broad range of adaptive hypotheses to explain its evolution. Three main impediments to understanding the variability of eggshell appearance are: (1 the reliable quantification of the variation in eggshell colours; (2 its perception by birds themselves, and (3 its relation to avian phylogeny. Here we use an extensive museum collection to address these problems directly, and to test how diversity in eggshell coloration is distributed among different phylogenetic levels of the class Aves. METHODOLOGY AND RESULTS: Spectrophotometric data on eggshell coloration were collected from a taxonomically representative sample of 251 bird species to determine the change in reflectance across different wavelengths and the taxonomic level where the variation resides. As many hypotheses for the evolution of eggshell coloration assume that egg colours provide a communication signal for an avian receiver, we also modelled reflectance spectra of shell coloration for the avian visual system. We found that a majority of species have eggs with similar background colour (long wavelengths but that striking differences are just as likely to occur between congeners as between members of different families. The region of greatest variability in eggshell colour among closely related species coincided with the medium-wavelength sensitive region around 500 nm. CONCLUSIONS: The majority of bird species share similar background eggshell colours, while the greatest variability among species aligns with differences along a red-brown to blue axis that most likely corresponds with variation in the presence and concentration of two tetrapyrrole pigments responsible for eggshell coloration. Additionally, our results confirm previous findings of temporal changes in museum collections, and this will be of particular concern for studies testing intraspecific

  15. Solid-phase sequencing on the gas-phase sequencer.

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    Sarin, V K; Kim, Y; Fox, J L

    1986-05-01

    Automated Edman degradation has been successfully used for determining the primary structure of numerous peptides and proteins. Quantitative solid-phase Edman degradation has great potential use for amino acid sequence analysis of synthetic peptides assembled on resin support by the Merrifield procedure. We report here the combined use of a modified gas-phase sequencer program and our improved reversed-phase HPLC analysis for PTH-amino acids to carry out the sequence analysis on synthesized peptide resins. This approach is far more sensitive than using glass beads on the conventional solid-phase sequencer. The peptide was assembled on copoly (styrene-1% divinylbenzene) resin beads at an initial substitution of 0.54 mmol/g. On a routine basis, 10-15 resin beads are used, and a repetitive yield of 94% is obtained: as few as 4 beads can be successfully sequenced. The HPLC PTH-amino acid analysis is sensitive down to subpicomole quantities. This procedure offers a sensitive and rapid analytical tool for checking the purity of peptides as they are being assembled on solid support.

  16. Solid-phase extraction of perfluoroalkylated compounds from sea water.

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    Villaverde-de-Sáa, Eugenia; Fernández-López, María; Rodil, Rosario; Quintana, José Benito; Racamonde, Inés; Cela, Rafael

    2015-06-01

    This study describes an in-depth investigation of the parameters involved in the solid-phase extraction performance of perfluoroalkylated compounds (seven carboxylates and one sulfonate), particularly with sea water samples. The two most popular sorbents, Oasis WAX and Oasis HLB, were considered and it was observed that the high ionic strength of sea water may impair solid-phase extraction recoveries. In the final protocol, Oasis HLB cartridges were selected, incorporating a 10% methanol clean-up step before elution with methanol, since less matrix effects were obtained. The proposed method allows successful recoveries, higher than 71%, and relative standard deviations lower than 20%. It also provides excellent limits of detection values between 0.01 and 0.21 ng/L. Finally, the method was applied to fresh and sea water samples, where several perfluoroalkylated compounds were found at concentrations ranging between 0.16 and 64 ng/L. In the case of perfluorooctane sulfonate, recently included in the Water Frame Directive, its concentration reached the highest values among the perfluoroalkylated compounds measured (64 ng/L in river samples). © 2015 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  17. Determinants of Eggshell Strength in Endangered Raptors

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    Castilla, Aurora M.; Herrel, Anthony; Van Dongen, Stephan; Furio, Naoki; Negro, Juan J.

    2009-01-01

    We compared eggshell strength in a group of falcon taxa including the peregrine falcon (Falco peregrinus peregrinus), the red shaheen falcon (F. peregrinus babylonicus), the saker falcon (F. cherrug), the gyr falcon (F. rusticolus) and some interspecific and intraspecific hybrids. Our results showed that smaller falcons (o1,000 g) of the peregrine group have eggshells that are significantly softer (x 5 13.3 N) and thinner (x 5 0.26 mm) (n 5 107 eggs) tha...

  18. Synthesis of layered double hydroxides from eggshells

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    Li Songnan [Key Laboratory of Superlight Materials and Surface Technology, Ministry of Education, 150001 (China); Wang Fangyong [College of Engineering and Technology, Northeast Forestry University, 150001 (China); Jing Xiaoyan [Key Laboratory of Superlight Materials and Surface Technology, Ministry of Education, 150001 (China); Wang Jun, E-mail: zhqw1888@sohu.com [Key Laboratory of Superlight Materials and Surface Technology, Ministry of Education, 150001 (China); Saba, Jamil; Liu Qi; Ge Lan; Song Dalei; Zhang Milin [Key Laboratory of Superlight Materials and Surface Technology, Ministry of Education, 150001 (China)

    2012-01-16

    Graphical abstract: This is the XRD pattern and TEM image of 4Ca-Al layered double hydroxide, which is obtained from eggshells. It can be seen that the sample is of layered double hydroxide and shows the plate-like agglomerations with an average size of 20-100 nm. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer We synthesize layered double hydroxides from eggshells. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Eggshells are the mainly material in this method. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The additional alkaline solution is not required. - Abstract: Ca-Al and Ca-Fe layered double hydroxides (LDHs) were successfully synthesized from chicken eggshells by an ultrasonic wave assistant method. The products were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR) techniques. XRD and TEM analyses showed that the 4Ca-Al LDHs were of high purity but other samples were not. The present study provides a simple, efficient and environmental friendly method to obtain LDHs from biowaste eggshells, in which additional alkaline solution is not required for synthesis. Moreover, eggshells provide all the requisite bivalent metal ions, which are needed to form layered double hydroxides.

  19. Not so colourful after all: eggshell pigments constrain avian eggshell colour space.

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    Hanley, Daniel; Grim, Tomáš; Cassey, Phillip; Hauber, Mark E

    2015-05-01

    Birds' eggshells are renowned for their striking colours and varied patterns. Although often considered exceptionally diverse, we report that avian eggshell coloration, sampled here across the full phylogenetic diversity of birds, occupies only 0.08-0.10% of the avian perceivable colour space. The concentrations of the two known tetrapyrrole eggshell pigments (protoporphyrin and biliverdin) are generally poor predictors of colour, both intra- and interspecifically. Here, we show that the constrained diversity of eggshell coloration can be accurately predicted by colour mixing models based on the relative contribution of both pigments and we demonstrate that the models' predictions can be improved by accounting for the reflectance of the eggshell's calcium carbonate matrix. The establishment of these proximate links between pigmentation and colour will enable future tests of hypotheses on the functions of perceived avian eggshell colours that depend on eggshell chemistry. More generally, colour mixing models are not limited to avian eggshell colours but apply to any natural colour. Our approach illustrates how modelling can aid the understanding of constraints on phenotypic diversity. © 2015 The Author(s) Published by the Royal Society. All rights reserved.

  20. OBTENTION OF SOLID PHASES ADSORPTIFS BY SYNTHESIS AND TRANSFORMATION

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    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available The industrial production of metals and metalloids had known a huge development in the last decades. Under the augmentation of world demand on refined products of consumption, things that has been traduced by some sub products, spatially refined iron in high furnaces. The byproducts named scoria, its source is El Hadjar plant, which constitutes an environmental and ecological problem. The work presented is a part of a huge project witch concerns the valorization of natural and artificial sub products, the agro-alimental, local herbs, for medical and cosmeticology uses. The research axe, specialized in preparing adsorbent solid phases is situated in our global project of research in which we are aiming to find a better use for the sub product of the High Furnace, (H.F   in order to giveitother values. The memory of this publication spreads on a bibliographic study; followed by experimental works from witch we obtained good results.

  1. Handles for Fmoc solid-phase synthesis of protected peptides.

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    Góngora-Benítez, Miriam; Tulla-Puche, Judit; Albericio, Fernando

    2013-05-13

    Protected peptide fragments are valuable building blocks for the assembly of large peptide sequences through fragment condensation approaches, whereas protected peptides are typically synthesized for the preparation of amide-bridge cyclic peptides in solution. Efficient synthesis of both protected peptides and protected peptide fragments by solid-phase peptide synthesis methodology requires handles that attach the growing peptides to the polymeric support and can be cleaved under appropriate conditions, while maintaining intact the side-chain protecting groups. Here, we provide an overview of attachment methods described in the literature for the preparation of protected peptides using Fmoc/tBu chemistry, including the most commonly used acid-labile linkers along with the most recent and sophisticated.

  2. Microwave heating in solid-phase peptide synthesis

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    Pedersen, Søren Ljungberg; Shelton, Anne Pernille Tofteng; Malik, Leila

    2012-01-01

    The highly refined organic chemistry in solid-phase synthesis has made it the method of choice not only to assemble peptides but also small proteins - mainly on a laboratory scale but increasingly also on an industrial scale. While conductive heating occasionally has been applied to peptide...... synthesis, precise microwave irradiation to heat the reaction mixture during coupling and N(a)-deprotection has become increasingly popular. It has often provided dramatic reductions in synthesis times, accompanied by an increase in the crude peptide purity. Microwave heating has been proven especially...... relevant for sequences which might form ß-sheet type structures and for sterically difficult couplings. The beneficial effect of microwave heating appears so far to be due to the precise nature of this type of heating, rather than a peptide-specific microwave effect. However, microwave heating...

  3. Headspace solid-phase microextraction of halogenated toluenes in environmental aqueous samples with polypropylene microporous membranes.

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    Carpinteiro, M I; Rodríguez, I; Cela, R; Ramil, M

    2009-04-03

    The optimization of the polypropylene microporous membrane based solid-phase microextraction (MMSPE) of several halogenated (Cl(-) and Br(-)) toluenes was carried out. The influence of several factors such as sampling mode, sample volume, stirring rate, ionic strength, exposure time, etc. on the performance of the microextraction process was thoroughly investigated. Under optimized conditions, analytes were concentrated onto a 2-cm long membrane exposed to the headspace (HS) of the sample vial containing 80mL of water with a 30% of sodium chloride. Equilibrium was achieved after a sampling period of 1h, at room temperature and vigorous magnetic stirring. After analytes desorption, with just 250 microL of n-hexane, they were determined by gas chromatography with micro-electron capture detection (GC-mu-ECD). The developed methodology was characterized and validated also by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS). The proposed approach presented good precision (RSDs of 6-15% and 2-8% under reproducibility and repeatability conditions, respectively) and linear responses (R(2): 0.990-0.999) over more than two order of magnitude concentration ranges for di- to penta-substituted species either with GC-MS or GC-mu-ECD detection. The absolute extraction efficiency was directly related with the lipophilic nature of the studied species and their volatile character, ranging between 27% and 47% for di- to pentahalotoluenes. Despite being an adsorption based methodology, no matrix effects were observed for complex environmental water matrices such as river water or treated wastewater. The proposed approach provided a very simple and low-cost microextraction alternative rendering adequate limits of quantification, in the low/sub ngL(-1) level, for environmental sample analysis of poly-halogenated toluenes.

  4. Ovocalyxin-32, a novel chicken eggshell matrix protein

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    Gautron, Joël; Hincke, Maxwell T.; Mann, Karlheinz; Panhéleux, Marina; Bain, Maureen; McKee, Marc D; Solomon, Sally E.; Nys, Yves

    2001-01-01

    The eggshell is a highly ordered structure resulting from the deposition of calcium carbonate concomitantly with an organic matrix upon the eggshell membranes. Mineralization takes place in an acellular uterine fluid, which contains the ionic and matrix precursors of the eggshell. We have identified a novel 32-kDa protein, ovocalyxin-32, which is expressed at high levels in the uterine and isthmus regions of the oviduct, and concentrated in the eggshell. Sequencing of peptides derived from th...

  5. Immunochemical cross-reactivity between albumin and solid-phase adsorbed histamine

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    Poulsen, L K; Nolte, H; Søndergaard, I

    1990-01-01

    For production of an antibody against histamine, this was coupled to human serum albumin (HSA) and used for immunization of rabbits. To test the antiserum, an immunoradiometric assay was developed comprising solid-phase bound histamine, antisera and radiolabelled protein A. Titration and inhibition...... experiments revealed that histamine adsorbed onto a solid-phase could bind the antiserum. However, neither free histamine nor histamine coupled to unrelated carriers could inhibit the binding of antiserum to the solid-phase histamine. Cross-reactivity was demonstrated between HSA and solid-phase bound...

  6. EFFECTS OF EGGSHELLS ASH (ESA) ON THE SETTING TIME OF ...

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    Admixture properties of eggshells ash (ESA), with a focus on the setting time, were investigated. ... eggshell. Odesina [12], also presented calcium trioxocarbonate (IV), as an important constituent of eggshells and seashells. Similarly, calcium trioxocarbonate (IV), [calcium carbonate, ..... Cement and Concrete Composites.

  7. The eggshell: structure, composition and mineralization.

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    Hincke, Maxwell T; Nys, Yves; Gautron, Joel; Mann, Karlheinz; Rodriguez-Navarro, Alejandro B; McKee, Marc D

    2012-01-01

    The calcareous egg is produced by all birds and most reptiles. Current understanding of eggshell formation and mineralization is mainly based on intensive studies of one species - the domesticated chicken Gallus gallus. The majority of constituents of the chicken eggshell have been identified. In this article we review eggshell microstructure and ultrastructure, and the results of recent genomic, transcriptomic and proteomic analyses of the chicken eggshell matrix to draw attention to areas of current uncertainty such as the potential role of amorphous calcium carbonate and the specific nature of the molecules that initiate (nucleate) mammillary cone formation and terminate palisade layer calcification. Comparative avian genomics and proteomics have only recently become possible with the publication of the Taeniopygia guttata (zebra finch) genome. Further rapid progress is highly anticipated with the soon-to-be-released genomes of turkey (Meleagris gallopavo) and duck (Anas platyrhynchos). These resources will allow rapid advances in comparative studies of the organic constituents of avian eggshell and their functional implications.

  8. Determinants of eggshell strength in endangered raptors.

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    Castilla, Aurora M; Herrel, Anthony; Van Dongen, Stefan; Furio, Naoki; Negro, Juan José

    2009-04-01

    We compared eggshell strength in a group of falcon taxa including the peregrine falcon (Falco peregrinus peregrinus), the red shaheen falcon (F. peregrinus babylonicus), the saker falcon (F. cherrug), the gyr falcon (F. rusticolus) and some interspecific and intraspecific hybrids. Our results showed that smaller falcons (falcons (>1,000 g) of the gyr-saker group (x=20.8 N and 0.39 mm, respectively, n=81 eggs). We found a significant positive correlation between egg hardness and eggshell thickness. Linear mixed models showed that clutches from heavier females consisted of larger and harder eggs with thicker shells and thicker egg membranes. Eggs produced by older females and eggs laid later in the laying sequence were relatively smaller and softer and had relatively thin egg membranes and eggshells. Individual females, irrespective of their age, contributed significantly to the observed variation in egg strength. Egg size and hardness of hybrid eggs were similar to that of the pure species suggesting that hybridization does not affect eggshell hardness or thickness. Our study provides quantitative evidence of several factors, other than levels of contamination, which may affect eggshell thickness and hardness in falcons. (c) 2009 Wiley-Liss, Inc.

  9. Identification and localization of lysozyme as a component of eggshell membranes and eggshell matrix.

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    Hincke, M T; Gautron, J; Panheleux, M; Garcia-Ruiz, J; McKee, M D; Nys, Y

    2000-09-01

    The avian eggshell is a composite biomaterial composed of non-calcifying eggshell membranes and the overlying calcified shell matrix. The calcified shell forms in a uterine fluid where the concentration of different protein species varies between the initial, rapid calcification and terminal phases of eggshell deposition. The role of these avian eggshell matrix proteins during shell formation is poorly understood. The properties of the individual components must be determined in order to gain insight into their function during eggshell mineralization. In this study, we have identified lysozyme as a component of the uterine fluid by microsequencing, and used western blotting, immunofluorescence and colloidal-gold immunocytochemistry to document its localization in the eggshell membranes and the shell matrix. Furthermore, Northern blotting and RT-PCR indicates that there is a gradient to the expression of lysozyme message by different regions of the oviduct, with significant albeit low levels expressed in the isthmus and uterus. Lysozyme protein is abundant in the limiting membrane that circumscribes the egg white and forms the innermost layer of the shell membranes. It is also present in the shell membranes, and in the matrix of the calcified shell. Calcite crystals grown in the presence of purified hen lysozyme exhibited altered crystal morphology. Therefore, in addition to its well-known anti-microbial properties that could add to the protective function of the eggshell during embryonic development, shell matrix lysozyme may also be a structural protein which in soluble form influences calcium carbonate deposition during calcification.

  10. Solid phase fermentation of leaf biomass to biogas

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    Anand, V.; Chanakya, H.N.; Rajan, M.G.C. (ASTRA, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore (India))

    1991-11-01

    This paper describes a simple technique for the fermentation of untreated or partly-treated leafy biomass in a digester of novel design without incurring the normal problems of feeding, floating and scum formation of feed, etc. The solid phase fermentation studied consists of a bed of biomass frequently sprinkled with an aqueous bacterial inoculum and recycling the leachate to conserve moisture and improve the bacterial dispersion in the bed. The decomposition of the leaf biomass and water hyacinth substrates used in this study was rapid, taking 45 and 30 days for the production of 250 and 235l biogas per kg total solids (TS) respectively, for the above mentioned substrates at a daily sprinkled volume of 26 ml cm{sup -2} of bed per day sprinkled at 12 h intervals. Very little volatile fatty acid (VFA) intermediates accumulated in the liquid sprinkled, suggesting acidogenesis to be rate-limiting in this process. From the pattern of VFA and gas produced it is concluded that most of the biogas produced is from the biomass bed, thus making the operation of a separate methanogenic reactor unnecessary. 11 refs., 7 figs., 2 tabs.

  11. Solid-Phase Microextraction and the Human Fecal VOC Metabolome

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    Dixon, Emma; Clubb, Cynthia; Pittman, Sara; Ammann, Larry; Rasheed, Zeehasham; Kazmi, Nazia; Keshavarzian, Ali; Gillevet, Pat; Rangwala, Huzefa; Couch, Robin D.

    2011-01-01

    The diagnostic potential and health implications of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) present in human feces has begun to receive considerable attention. Headspace solid-phase microextraction (SPME) has greatly facilitated the isolation and analysis of VOCs from human feces. Pioneering human fecal VOC metabolomic investigations have utilized a single SPME fiber type for analyte extraction and analysis. However, we hypothesized that the multifarious nature of metabolites present in human feces dictates the use of several diverse SPME fiber coatings for more comprehensive metabolomic coverage. We report here an evaluation of eight different commercially available SPME fibers, in combination with both GC-MS and GC-FID, and identify the 50/30 µm CAR-DVB-PDMS, 85 µm CAR-PDMS, 65 µm DVB-PDMS, 7 µm PDMS, and 60 µm PEG SPME fibers as a minimal set of fibers appropriate for human fecal VOC metabolomics, collectively isolating approximately 90% of the total metabolites obtained when using all eight fibers. We also evaluate the effect of extraction duration on metabolite isolation and illustrate that ex vivo enteric microbial fermentation has no effect on metabolite composition during prolonged extractions if the SPME is performed as described herein. PMID:21494609

  12. Binding of properdin to solid-phase immune complexes

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    Junker, A; Baatrup, G; Svehag, S E

    1998-01-01

    The capacity of serum to support deposition of C3, properdin and factor B was studied by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay using solid-phase immune complexes (IC) for activation of complement. Deposition of C3 and properdin occurred in fairly dilute normal human serum (NHS), but factor B uptake...... was hardly detectable. Alternative pathway-mediated deposition of C3 with slow kinetics was demonstrated in C2-deficient serum and in NHS depleted of C1q, factor D and properdin (C1qDP-depleted serum) after reconstitution with factor D and properdin. Efficient uptake of properdin required a functional...... classical pathway, in the presence of which C3 and properdin were rapidly deposited onto the IC. Judging from findings in C3-deficient serum, factor I-deficient serum, and C1qDPB-depleted serum, the uptake of properdin was strictly C3-dependent, and did not require the presence of factors B and D. Thus, C3b...

  13. Solid-phase microextraction and the human fecal VOC metabolome.

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    Emma Dixon

    Full Text Available The diagnostic potential and health implications of volatile organic compounds (VOCs present in human feces has begun to receive considerable attention. Headspace solid-phase microextraction (SPME has greatly facilitated the isolation and analysis of VOCs from human feces. Pioneering human fecal VOC metabolomic investigations have utilized a single SPME fiber type for analyte extraction and analysis. However, we hypothesized that the multifarious nature of metabolites present in human feces dictates the use of several diverse SPME fiber coatings for more comprehensive metabolomic coverage. We report here an evaluation of eight different commercially available SPME fibers, in combination with both GC-MS and GC-FID, and identify the 50/30 µm CAR-DVB-PDMS, 85 µm CAR-PDMS, 65 µm DVB-PDMS, 7 µm PDMS, and 60 µm PEG SPME fibers as a minimal set of fibers appropriate for human fecal VOC metabolomics, collectively isolating approximately 90% of the total metabolites obtained when using all eight fibers. We also evaluate the effect of extraction duration on metabolite isolation and illustrate that ex vivo enteric microbial fermentation has no effect on metabolite composition during prolonged extractions if the SPME is performed as described herein.

  14. Molecularly imprinted solid phase extraction of fluconazole from pharmaceutical formulations.

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    Manzoor, S; Buffon, R; Rossi, A V

    2015-03-01

    This work encompasses a direct and coherent strategy to synthesise a molecularly imprinted polymer (MIP) capable of extracting fluconazole from its sample. The MIP was successfully prepared from methacrylic acid (functional monomer), ethyleneglycoldimethacrylate (crosslinker) and acetonitrile (porogenic solvent) in the presence of fluconazole as the template molecule through a non-covalent approach. The non-imprinted polymer (NIP) was prepared following the same synthetic scheme, but in the absence of the template. The data obtained from scanning electronic microscopy, infrared spectroscopy, thermogravimetric and nitrogen Brunauer-Emmett-Teller plot helped to elucidate the structural as well as the morphological characteristics of the MIP and NIP. The application of MIP as a sorbent was demonstrated by packing it in solid phase extraction cartridges to extract fluconazole from commercial capsule samples through an offline analytical procedure. The quantification of fluconazole was accomplished through UPLC-MS, which resulted in LOD≤1.63×10(-10) mM. Furthermore, a high percentage recovery of 91±10% (n=9) was obtained. The ability of the MIP for selective recognition of fluconazole was evaluated by comparison with the structural analogues, miconazole, tioconazole and secnidazole, resulting in percentage recoveries of 51, 35 and 32%, respectively. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  15. Automated solid-phase peptide synthesis to obtain therapeutic peptides

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    Veronika Mäde

    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available The great versatility and the inherent high affinities of peptides for their respective targets have led to tremendous progress for therapeutic applications in the last years. In order to increase the drugability of these frequently unstable and rapidly cleared molecules, chemical modifications are of great interest. Automated solid-phase peptide synthesis (SPPS offers a suitable technology to produce chemically engineered peptides. This review concentrates on the application of SPPS by Fmoc/t-Bu protecting-group strategy, which is most commonly used. Critical issues and suggestions for the synthesis are covered. The development of automated methods from conventional to essentially improved microwave-assisted instruments is discussed. In order to improve pharmacokinetic properties of peptides, lipidation and PEGylation are described as covalent conjugation methods, which can be applied by a combination of automated and manual synthesis approaches. The synthesis and application of SPPS is described for neuropeptide Y receptor analogs as an example for bioactive hormones. The applied strategies represent innovative and potent methods for the development of novel peptide drug candidates that can be manufactured with optimized automated synthesis technologies.

  16. Electroenhanced solid-phase microextraction of methamphetamine with commercial fibers.

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    Tan, Tsze Yin; Basheer, Chanbasha; Yan Ang, Melgious Jin; Lee, Hian Kee

    2013-07-05

    Electroenhanced solid-phase microextraction (EE-SPME) method with gas chromatographic mass spectrometric analysis was investigated for the determination of methamphetamine in urine sample with commercial fibers. In this approach, commercial SPME fibers were used in direct immersion mode with an applied potential to extract methamphetamine. EE-SPME was more effective in the extraction compared to conventional SPME (i.e. application of potential). The method was simple to use, and avoided the need for alkalization and derivatization of methamphetamine. Experimental conditions were optimized to achieve better extraction performance. Various conditions including applied potential, sample pH, extraction and desorption time were investigated. Based on the optimized conditions, EE-SPME achieved a higher enrichment factor of 159-fold than conventional SPME. The calibration plot under the best selected parameters was linear in the range of 0.5-15ng/mL (r=0.9948). The feasibility of EE-SPME was demonstrated by applying it to the analysis of human urine samples. The limit of detection of methamphetamine was 0.25ng/mL with a satisfactory relative standard deviation of 6.12% (n=3) in human urine. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  17. New methods and materials for solid phase extraction and high performance liquid chromatography

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    Dumont, Philip John [Iowa State Univ., Ames, IA (United States)

    1996-04-23

    This paper describes methods for solid phase extraction and high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC). The following are described: Effects of Resin Sulfonation on the Retention of Polar Organic Compounds in Solid Phase Extraction; Ion-Chromatographic Separation of Alkali Metals In Non-Aqueous Solvents; Cation-Exchange Chromatography in Non-Aqueous Solvents; and Silicalite As a Stationary Phase For HPLC.

  18. [Applications of solid-phase microextraction technique in natural product analysis].

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    Wei, Ning-yi; Duan, Tian-xuan; Ma, Chang-hua

    2004-03-01

    Solid-phase microextraction is a new technique of analysis. It has many merits and expanse foreground. A Review of the principle, recent development and applications of solid-phase microextraction is given, focusing on natural product analysis, especially on Chinese traditional medicine. Twenty-nine references are cited in the paper.

  19. Competitive solid-phase immunoassay of gastrin in serum using time-resolved fluorometry

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    Johnsen, Anders H; Assaad, Fahed N; Rehfeld, Jens F

    2011-01-01

    A competitive solid-phase assay for the measurement of gastrin in serum using time-resolved fluorescence was developed as an alternative to conventional radioimmunoassay (RIA) technology.......A competitive solid-phase assay for the measurement of gastrin in serum using time-resolved fluorescence was developed as an alternative to conventional radioimmunoassay (RIA) technology....

  20. Comparative solution and solid-phase glycosylations toward a disaccharide library

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    Agoston, K.; Kröger, Lars; Agoston, Agnes

    2009-01-01

    A comparative study on solution-phase and solid-phase oligosaccharide synthesis was performed. A 16-member library containing all regioisomers of Glc-Glc, Glc-Gal, Gal-Glc, and Gal-Gal disaccharides was synthesized both in solution and on solid phase. The various reaction conditions for different...

  1. 40 CFR 227.32 - Liquid, suspended particulate, and solid phases of a material.

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    2010-07-01

    ... MATERIALS Definitions § 227.32 Liquid, suspended particulate, and solid phases of a material. (a) For the... 40 Protection of Environment 24 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false Liquid, suspended particulate, and solid phases of a material. 227.32 Section 227.32 Protection of Environment ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION...

  2. Facile synthesis of aliphatic isothiocyanates and thioureas on solid phase using peptide coupling reagents

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    Boas, Ulrik; Andersen, Heidi Gertz; Christensen, Jørn B.

    2004-01-01

    Peptide coupling reagents can be used as versatile reagents for the formation of aliphatic isothiocyanates and thioureas on solid phase from the corresponding solid-phase anchored aliphatic primary amines. The formation of the thioureas is fast and highly chemoselective, and proceeds via formation...

  3. The cuticle modulates ultraviolet reflectance of avian eggshells.

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    Fecheyr-Lippens, Daphne C; Igic, Branislav; D'Alba, Liliana; Hanley, Daniel; Verdes, Aida; Holford, Mande; Waterhouse, Geoffrey I N; Grim, Tomas; Hauber, Mark E; Shawkey, Matthew D

    2015-05-11

    Avian eggshells are variedly coloured, yet only two pigments, biliverdin and protoporphyrin IX, are known to contribute to the dramatic diversity of their colours. By contrast, the contributions of structural or other chemical components of the eggshell are poorly understood. For example, unpigmented eggshells, which appear white to the human eye, vary in their ultraviolet (UV) reflectance, which may be detectable by birds. We investigated the proximate mechanisms for the variation in UV-reflectance of unpigmented bird eggshells using spectrophotometry, electron microscopy, chemical analyses, and experimental manipulations. We specifically tested how UV-reflectance is affected by the eggshell cuticle, the outermost layer of most avian eggshells. The chemical dissolution of the outer eggshell layers, including the cuticle, increased UV-reflectance for only eggshells that contained a cuticle. Our findings demonstrate that the outer eggshell layers, including the cuticle, absorb UV-light, probably because they contain higher levels of organic components and other chemicals, such as calcium phosphates, compared to the predominantly calcite-based eggshell matrix. These data highlight the need to examine factors other than the known pigments in studies of avian eggshell colour. © 2015. Published by The Company of Biologists Ltd.

  4. The cuticle modulates ultraviolet reflectance of avian eggshells

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    Daphne C. Fecheyr-Lippens

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available Avian eggshells are variedly coloured, yet only two pigments, biliverdin and protoporphyrin IX, are known to contribute to the dramatic diversity of their colours. By contrast, the contributions of structural or other chemical components of the eggshell are poorly understood. For example, unpigmented eggshells, which appear white to the human eye, vary in their ultraviolet (UV reflectance, which may be detectable by birds. We investigated the proximate mechanisms for the variation in UV-reflectance of unpigmented bird eggshells using spectrophotometry, electron microscopy, chemical analyses, and experimental manipulations. We specifically tested how UV-reflectance is affected by the eggshell cuticle, the outermost layer of most avian eggshells. The chemical dissolution of the outer eggshell layers, including the cuticle, increased UV-reflectance for only eggshells that contained a cuticle. Our findings demonstrate that the outer eggshell layers, including the cuticle, absorb UV-light, probably because they contain higher levels of organic components and other chemicals, such as calcium phosphates, compared to the predominantly calcite-based eggshell matrix. These data highlight the need to examine factors other than the known pigments in studies of avian eggshell colour.

  5. Novel materials and methods for solid-phase extraction and liquid chromatography

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    Ambrose, Diana [Iowa State Univ., Ames, IA (United States)

    1997-06-24

    This report contains a general introduction which discusses solid-phase extraction and solid-phase micro-extraction as sample preparation techniques for high-performance liquid chromatography, which is also evaluated in the study. This report also contains the Conclusions section. Four sections have been removed and processed separately: silicalite as a sorbent for solid-phase extraction; a new, high-capacity carboxylic acid functionalized resin for solid-phase extraction; semi-micro solid-phase extraction of organic compounds from aqueous and biological samples; and the high-performance liquid chromatographic determination of drugs and metabolites in human serum and urine using direct injection and a unique molecular sieve.

  6. Development of novel solid-phase protein formulations

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    Montalvo Ortiz, Brenda Liz

    Proteins are the next-generation drugs for the treatment of several diseases. However, the number of protein drugs is still limited due to the physical or chemical instability of proteins during processing, formulation, storage, and delivery. The formulation of proteins at the solid state has advantages over liquid state, such as improved stability during long-term storage and delivery and decreases transportation costs. In this dissertation, we developed new solid-phase protein formulations in which the integrity of the protein was not compromised. The long term goal of this research was to use these protein formulations to improve protein stability in drug delivery devices, such as poly(lactic-co-glycolic) acid (PLGA). The first solid-phase protein formulation developed in this investigation was named "glassification". We proposed glassification as an alternative protein dehydration technique to the common used one, lyophilization, because this last method involves a series of steps which are detrimental to protein structure and stability. The glassification method consisted on protein dehydration by the use of organic solvents. As a result of the glassification process a small (micrometer size range) protein solid bead was obtained. The proteins used to study the glassification process were lysozyme (LYS), alpha-chymotrypsin (CHYMO) and horseradish peroxidase (HRP). These studies revealed that the glassification process itself did not alter protein structure and the activity was preserved. Ethyl acetate was the most effective organic solvent for protein glassification because it led to the highest protein residual activity, no insoluble aggregate formation and is a relatively non-toxic solvent, which allow the incorporation of these protein microparticles in PLGA microspheres. The incorporation of spherical HRP microparticles into PLGA microspheres resulted in superior properties when compared with encapsulated lyophilized HRP powder, such as improved release

  7. A critical evaluation of the utility of eggshells for estimating mercury concentrations in avian eggs

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    Peterson, Sarah; Ackerman, Joshua T.; Eagles-Smith, Collin A.; Hartman, C. Alex; Herzog, Mark P.

    2017-01-01

    Eggshells are a potential tool for non-lethally sampling contaminant concentrations in bird eggs, yet few studies have examined their utility to represent mercury exposure. We assessed mercury concentrations in eggshell components for 23 bird species and determined whether they correlated with total mercury (THg) in egg contents. We designed a multi-experiment analysis to examine how THg is partitioned into eggshell components, specifically hardened eggshells, material adhered to the eggshell, and inner eggshell membranes. THg concentrations in eggshells were much lower than in egg contents, and almost all of the THg within the eggshell was contained within material adhered to eggshells and inner eggshell membranes, and specifically not within calcium-rich hardened eggshells. Despite having very little mercury, THg concentrations in hardened eggshells had the strongest correlation with egg contents among all eggshell components. However, species with the same THg concentrations in eggshells had different THg concentrations in egg contents, indicating that there is no global predictive equation among species for the relationship between eggshell and egg content THg concentrations. Further, for all species, THg concentrations in eggshells decreased with relative embryo age. Although the majority of mercury in eggshells was contained within other eggshell components and not within hardened eggshells, THg in hardened eggshells can be used to estimate THg concentrations in egg contents, if embryo age and species are addressed.

  8. Solid phase epitaxial regrowth of (100)GaAs

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    Almonte, Marlene Isabel [California Univ., Berkeley, CA (United States). Dept. of Materials Science and Mineral Engineering

    1996-02-01

    This thesis showed that low temperature (250°C) SPE of stoichiometrically balanced ion implanted GaAs layers can yield good epitaxial recovery for doses near the amorphization threshold. For 250°C anneals, most of the regrowth occurred in the first 10 min. HRTEM revealed much lower stacking fault density in the co-implanted sample than in the As-only and Ga-only samples with comparable doses. After low temp annealing, the nonstoichiometric samples had a large number of residual defects. For higher dose implants, very high temperatures (700°C) were needed to remove residual defects for all samples. The stoichiometrically balanced layer did not regrow better than the Ga-only and As-only samples. The co-implanted sample exhibited a thinner amorphous layer and a room temperature (RT) annealing effect. The amorphous layer regrew about 5 nm, suggesting that stoichiometrically balanced amorphous layers can regrow even at RT. Mechanisms for solid phase crystallization in (100)GasAs is discussed: nucleation and growth of randomly oriented crystallites and SPE. These two mechanisms compete in compound semiconductors at much lower temperatures than in Si. For the low dose As-only and Ga-only samples with low-temp anneals, both mechanisms are active. For this amorphization threshold dose, crystallites remain in the amorphous layer for all as-implants. 250°C annealing showed recrystallization from the surface and bulk for these samples; for the co-implant, the mechanism is not evident.

  9. Ultrarapid mutation detection by multiplex, solid-phase chemical cleavage

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    Rowley, G.; Saad, S.; Giannelli, F.; Green, P.M. [Guy`s & St. Thomas`s Hospitals, London (United Kingdom)

    1995-12-10

    The chemical cleavage of mismatches in heteroduplexes formed by probe and test DNA detects and locates any sequence change in long DNA segments ({approximately}1.8 kb), and its efficiency has been well tested in the analysis of both average (e.g., coagulation factor IX) and large, complex genes (e.g., coagulation factor VIII and dystrophin). In the latter application RT/PCR products allow the examination of all essential sequences of the gene in a minimum number of reactions. We use two specific chemical reactants (hydroxylamine and osmium tetroxide) and piperidine cleavage of the above procedure to develop a very fast mutation screening method. This is based on: (1) 5{prime} or internal fluorescent labeling to allow concurrent screening of three to four DNA fragments and (2) solid-phase chemistry to use a microliter format and reduce the time required for the procedure, from amplification of sequence to gel loading inclusive, to one person-working-day. We test the two variations of the method, one entailing 5{prime} labeling of probe DNA and the other uniform labeling of both probe and target DNA, by detecting 114 known hemophilia B (coagulation factor IX) mutations and by analyzing 129 new patients. Uniform labeling of both probe and target DNA prior to formation of the heteroduplexes leads to almost twofold redundancy in the ability to detect mutations. Alternatively, the latter procedure may offer very efficient though less than 100% screening for sequence changes with only hydroxylamine. The full method with two chemical reactions (hydroxylamine and osmium tetroxide) should allow one person to screen with virtually 100% accuracy more than 300 kb of sequence in three ABI 373 gels in 1 day. 26 refs., 7 figs., 1 tab.

  10. Crystallization studies on avian eggshell membranes: implications for the molecular factors controlling eggshell formation.

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    Wu, T M; Rodriguez, J P; Fink, D J; Carrino, D A; Blackwell, J; Caplan, A I; Heuer, A H

    1995-02-01

    The avian eggshell is a natural biopolymer and mineral composite. It is a very useful model for biomimetic mineralization, since it is among the fastest forming hard tissues known. Isolated eggshell membranes, which were demineralized in vitro, were used to investigate the in vitro modulation of CaCO3 crystal deposition by organic matrix materials. Crystallization on the demineralized eggshell membrane occurred almost exclusively at the peripheries of residual calcium reserve assemblies, which contain a high concentration of sulfur. Similar structures are observed for eggshell membranes after natural demineralization. The characteristic rhombohedral crystal morphologies of the calcite crystals grown in this in vitro system are much less regular when grown in the presence of organic matrix or partially purified dermatan sulfate proteoglycans obtained from the eggshell. The effect of these macromolecules on the morphology and size of CaCO3 crystals is concentration-dependent. These studies indicate the complexity of the molecular and ionic interactions involved in the initiation and formation of the eggshell, with the focus on the role of the organic matrix.

  11. Properties of casting solutions and ultrafiltration membranes based on fullerene-polyamide nanocomposites

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    N. N. Sudareva

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available Poly(phenylene isophtalamide (PA was modified by fullerene C60 using solid-phase method. Novel ultrafiltration membranes based on nanocomposites containing up to 10 wt% of fullerene and carbon black were prepared. Properties of PA/C60 composites in solutions were studied by light scattering and rheological methods. The relationship between characteristics of casting solutions and properties of nanocomposite membranes was studied. Scanning electron microscopy was used for structural characterization of the membranes. It was found that increase in fullerene content in nanocomposite enhances the membrane rigidity. All nanocomposite membranes were tested in dynamic (ultrafiltration and static sorption experiments using a solution of protein mixture, with the purpose of studying protein sorption. The membranes modified by fullerene demonstrate the best values of flux reduced recovery after contact with protein solution. It was found that addition of fullerene C60 to the polymer improves technological parameters of the obtained composite membranes.

  12. Biological treatment of soils contaminated with hydrophobic organics using slurry and solid phase techniques

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    Cassidy, D.P.; Irvine, R.L. [Univ. of Notre Dame, IN (United States)

    1995-12-31

    Both slurry-phase and solid-phase bioremediation are effective ex situ soil decontamination methods. Slurry is energy intensive relative to solid-phase treatment, but provides homogenization and uniform nutrient distribution. Limited contaminant bioavailability at concentrations above the required cleanup level reduces biodegradation rates and renders solid phase bioremediation more cost effective than complete treatment in a bioslurry reactor. Slurrying followed by solid-phase bioremediation combines the advantages and minimizes the weaknesses of each treatment method when used alone. A biological treatment system consisting of slurrying followed by aeration in solid phase bioreactors was developed and tested in the laboratory using a silty clay load contaminated with diesel fuel. The first set of experiments was designed to determine the impact of the water content and mixing time during slurrying on the ate and extent of contaminant removal in continuously aerated solid phase bioreactors. The second set of experiments compared the volatile and total diesel fuel removal in solid phase bioreactors using periodic and continuous aeration strategies.

  13. Determining the solid phases hosting arsenic in Mekong Delta sediments

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    Wucher, M.; Stuckey, J. W.; McCurdy, S.; Fendorf, S.

    2011-12-01

    The major river systems originating from the Himalaya deposit arsenic bearing sediment into the deltas of South and Southeast Asia. High rates of sediment and organic carbon deposition combined with frequent flooding leads to anaerobic processes that release arsenic into the pore-water. Arsenic concentrations in the groundwater of these sedimentary basins are often above the World Health Organization drinking water standard of 10 μg As L-1. As a result, 150 million people are at risk of chronic arsenic poisoning through water and rice consumption. The composition of the iron bearing phases hosting the arsenic in these deltaic sediments is poorly understood. Here we implemented a suite of selective chemical extractions to help constrain the types of arsenic bearing solid phases, which were complimented with synchrotron-based X-ray absorption spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction analyses to define the arsenic and iron mineralogy of the system. Sediment cores were collected in triplicate from a seasonally-inundated wetland in Cambodia at depths of 10, 50, 100, and 150 centimeters. We hypothesize that (i) arsenic will be predominantly associated with iron oxides, and (ii) the ratio of crystalline to amorphous iron oxides will increase with sediment depth (and age). We performed four selective extractions in parallel to quantify the various pools of arsenic. First, 1 M MgCl2 was used to extract electrostatically-bound arsenic (labile forms) from the sediment. Second, 1 M NaH2PO4 targeted strongly adsorbed arsenic. Third, 1 M HCl was used to liberated arsenic coprecipitated with amorphous Fe/Mn oxides, carbonates, and acid-volatile sulfides. Finally, a dithionite extraction was used to account for arsenic associated with reducible Fe/Mn oxides. Through this work, we identified the composition of the phases hosting arsenic at various depths through the soil profile, improving our understanding of how arsenic persists in the aquifer. In addition, defining the arsenic and

  14. α-Azido Acids in Solid-Phase Peptide Synthesis: Compatibility with Fmoc Chemistry and an Alternative Approach to the Solid Phase Synthesis of Daptomycin Analogs.

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    Lohani, Chuda Raj; Rasera, Benjamin; Scott, Bradley; Palmer, Michael; Taylor, Scott D

    2016-03-18

    α-Azido acids have been used in solid phase peptide synthesis (SPPS) for almost 20 years. Here we report that peptides bearing an N-terminal α-azidoaspartate residue undergo elimination of an azide ion when treated with reagents that are commonly used for removing the Fmoc group during SPPS. We also report an alternative solid-phase route to the synthesis of an analog of daptomycin that uses a reduced number of α-azido amino acids and without elimination of an azide ion.

  15. Amorphous calcium carbonate controls avian eggshell mineralization: A new paradigm for understanding rapid eggshell calcification.

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    Rodríguez-Navarro, Alejandro B; Marie, Pauline; Nys, Yves; Hincke, Maxwell T; Gautron, Joel

    2015-06-01

    Avian eggshell mineralization is the fastest biogenic calcification process known in nature. How this is achieved while producing a highly crystalline material composed of large calcite columnar single crystals remains largely unknown. Here we report that eggshell mineral originates from the accumulation of flat disk-shaped amorphous calcium carbonate (ACC) particles on specific organic sites on the eggshell membrane, which are rich in proteins and sulfated proteoglycans. These structures known as mammillary cores promote the nucleation and stabilization of a amorphous calcium carbonate with calcitic short range order which predetermine the calcite composition of the mature eggshell. The amorphous nature of the precursor phase was confirmed by the diffuse scattering of X-rays and electrons. The nascent calcitic short-range order of this transient mineral phase was revealed by infrared spectroscopy and HRTEM. The ACC mineral deposited around the mammillary core sites progressively transforms directly into calcite crystals without the occurrence of any intermediate phase. Ionic speciation data suggest that the uterine fluid is equilibrated with amorphous calcium carbonate, throughout the duration of eggshell mineralization process, supporting that this mineral phase is constantly forming at the shell mineralization front. On the other hand, the transient amorphous calcium carbonate mineral deposits, as well as the calcite crystals into which they are converted, form by the ordered aggregation of nanoparticles that support the rapid mineralization of the eggshell. The results of this study alter our current understanding of avian eggshell calcification and provide new insights into the genesis and formation of calcium carbonate biominerals in vertebrates. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  16. Nanofibrous membrane-based absorption refrigeration system

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    Isfahani, RN; Sampath, K; Moghaddam, S

    2013-12-01

    This paper presents a study on the efficacy of highly porous nanofibrous membranes for application in membrane-based absorbers and desorbers. Permeability studies showed that membranes with a pore size greater than about one micron have a sufficient permeability for application in the absorber heat exchanger. Membranes with smaller pores were found to be adequate for the desorber heat exchanger. The membranes were implemented in experimental membrane-based absorber and desorber modules and successfully tested. Parametric studies were conducted on both absorber and desorber processes. Studies on the absorption process were focused on the effects of water vapor pressure, cooling water temperature, and the solution velocity on the absorption rate. Desorption studies were conducted on the effects of wall temperature, vapor and solution pressures, and the solution velocity on the desorption rate. Significantly higher absorption and desorption rates than in the falling film absorbers and desorbers were achieved. Published by Elsevier Ltd.

  17. Demonstration and Evaluation of Solid Phase Microextraction for the Assessment of Bioavailability and Contaminant Mobility (User’s Manual)

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    2012-05-01

    GUIDANCE DOCUMENT Demonstration and Evaluation of Solid Phase Microextraction For the Assessment of Bioavailability and Contaminant Mobility...Demonstration and Evaluation of Solid Phase Microextraction for the Assessment of Bioavailability and Contaminant Mobility ER-200624Danny R. Reible...in-situ measurement of sediment pore water concentrations with solid phase microextraction using polydimethyl siloxane as the extractant. The method

  18. Expanding the Applicability of Poly(Ionic Liquids) in Solid Phase Microextraction: Pyrrolidinium Coatings

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    David J. S. Patinha; Liliana C. Tomé; Mehmet Isik; David Mecerreyes; Armando J. D. Silvestre; Isabel M. Marrucho

    2017-01-01

    Crosslinked pyrrolidinium-based poly(ionic liquids) (Pyrr-PILs) were synthesized through a fast, simple, and solventless photopolymerization scheme, and tested as solid phase microextraction (SPME) sorbents...

  19. EVALUATION OF SOLID PHASE MICROEXTRACTION FOR THE ANALYSIS OF HYDROPHILIC COMPOUNDS

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    Two commercially available solid phase microextractions (SPME) fibers, polyacrylate and carboxem/polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS), were evaluated for their ability to extract hydrophilic compounds from drinking water. Conditions, such as desorption time, desorption temperature, sample...

  20. Evaluation of a Solid Phase DNA Binding Matrix for Downstream PCR Analysis

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    Bader, Douglas E; Fisher, Glen R; Stratilo, Chad W

    2005-01-01

    A commercially available solid-phase DNA binding matrix (FTA cards) was evaluated for its ability to capture and release DNA for downstream gene amplification and detection assays using polymerase chain reaction (PCR...

  1. Solid-phase microextraction for bioconcentration studies according to OECD TG 305

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    Düring, Rolf-Alexander; Böhm, Leonard; Schlechtriem, Christian

    2012-01-01

    .... Solid-phase microextraction is especially capable of extracting total water concentrations as well as the freely dissolved fraction of analytes in the water phase, which is available for bioconcentration in fish...

  2. Diffusion-Limited Kinetics of the Solution-Solid Phase Transition of Molecular Substances

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    Dimiter N. Petsev; Kai Chen; Olga Gliko; Peter G. Vekilov

    2003-01-01

    For critical tests of whether diffusion-limited kinetics is an option for the solution-solid phase transition of molecular substances or whether they are determined exclusively by a transition state...

  3. Simplifying Solid-Phase Extraction Method Development: Exploring the Use of Software

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    Jeremy S Bierman; Michael V Campognone

    2009-01-01

      Solid-phase extraction (SPE) is a popular sample preparation technique, valued by analysts working with complex matrices for its ability to specifically select for target compounds, concentrate samples, and perform a solvent switch...

  4. Utilizing ion-pairing hydrophilic interaction chromatography solid phase extraction for efficient glycopeptide enrichment in glycoproteomics

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    Mysling, Simon; Palmisano, Giuseppe; Højrup, Peter

    2010-01-01

    Glycopeptide enrichment is a prerequisite to enable structural characterization of protein glycosylation in glycoproteomics. Here we present an improved method for glycopeptide enrichment based on zwitter-ionic hydrophilic interaction chromatography solid phase extraction (ZIC-HILIC SPE...

  5. Neurotrophic peptide aldehydes: Solid phase synthesis of fellutamide B and a simplified analog

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    Schneekloth, John S.; John L Sanders; Hines, John; Crews, Craig M.

    2006-01-01

    A combination of solid phase and solution phase synthetic methods have been used to complete the total synthesis of the neurotrophic lipopeptide aldehyde fellutamide B (2). The β-hydroxy aliphatic tail was prepared by regioselective reductive opening of a cyclic sulfate, and later coupled to a solid phase resin. The synthetic compound was then examined in cytotoxicity and nerve growth factor (NGF) induction assays. A simplified analog of fellutamide B also showed activity.

  6. Expedient protocol for solid-phase synthesis of secondary and tertiary amines

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    Olsen, Christian A; Witt, Matthias; Jaroszewski, Jerzy W

    2004-01-01

    [reaction: see text] An expedient solid-phase synthetic approach to secondary and tertiary amines was developed. The protocol employs conversion of resin-bound amino alcohols to the corresponding iodides, followed by iodide displacement with primary or secondary amines or with unprotected amino...... alcohols. This two-step procedure, affording products in good to excellent yields, is suitable for solid-phase synthesis of polyamines....

  7. Eggshell waste as catalyst: A review.

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    Laca, Amanda; Laca, Adriana; Díaz, Mario

    2017-07-15

    Agricultural wastes are some of the most emerging problems in food industries because of their disposal cost. However, it is also an opportunity for the bioeconomy society if new uses for these residual materials can be found. Eggshells, considered a hazardous waste by UE regulations, are discarded, amounting hundreds of thousands of tonnes worldwide. This egg processing waste is a valuable source material, which can be used in different fields such as fodder or fertilizer production. Additionally, this residue offers interesting characteristics to be used in other applications, like its employment as an environment-friendly catalyst. In the present review we provide a global view of eggshell waste uses as catalyst in different processes. According to reviewed researching works, a huge variety of added value products can be obtained by using this catalyst which emphasised the interest of further investigations in order to widen the possible uses of this cheap green catalyst. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  8. Eggshell spottiness reflects maternally transferred antibodies in blue tits.

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    Marie-Jeanne Holveck

    Full Text Available Blue-green and brown-spotted eggshells in birds have been proposed as sexual signals of female physiological condition and egg quality, reflecting maternal investment in the egg. Testing this hypothesis requires linking eggshell coloration to egg content, which is lacking for brown protoporphyrin-based pigmentation. As protoporphyrins can induce oxidative stress, and a large amount in eggshells should indicate either high female and egg quality if it reflects the female's high oxidative tolerance, or conversely poor quality if it reflects female physiological stress. Different studies supported either predictions but are difficult to compare given the methodological differences in eggshell-spottiness measurements. Using the blue tit Cyanistes caeruleus as a model species, we aimed at disentangling both predictions in testing if brown-spotted eggshell could reflect the quality of maternal investment in antibodies and carotenoids in the egg, and at improving between-study comparisons in correlating several common measurements of eggshell coloration (spectral and digital measures, spotted surface, pigmentation indices. We found that these color variables were weakly correlated highlighting the need for comparable quantitative measurements between studies and for multivariate regressions incorporating several eggshell-color characteristics. When evaluating the potential signaling function of brown-spotted eggshells, we thus searched for the brown eggshell-color variables that best predicted the maternal transfer of antibodies and carotenoids to egg yolks. We also tested the effects of several parental traits and breeding parameters potentially affecting this transfer. While eggshell coloration did not relate to yolk carotenoids, the eggs with larger and less evenly-distributed spots had higher antibody concentrations, suggesting that both the quantity and distribution of brown pigments reflected the transfer of maternal immune compounds in egg yolks

  9. A general model for membrane-based separation processes

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    Soni, Vipasha; Abildskov, Jens; Jonsson, Gunnar Eigil

    2009-01-01

    . The separation processes covered are: membrane-based gas separation processes, pervaporation and various types of membrane distillation processes. The specific model for each type of membrane-based process is generated from the two general models by applying the specific system descriptions and the corresponding...... behaviour will play an important role. In this paper, modelling of membrane-based processes for separation of gas and liquid mixtures are considered. Two general models, one for membrane-based liquid separation processes (with phase change) and another for membrane-based gas separation are presented...

  10. Eggshells – assisted hydrolysis of banana pulp for biogas production

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    The least biogas yield of 10 mL was obtained in digester. C5 with 9 g of calcined eggshells additive. Key words: Anaerobic digestion, banana pulp hydrolysis biogas, eggshells. INTRODUCTION. The energy and global warming crisis, stimulates the need for development of renewable energy worldwide. (Buasri et al., 2013).

  11. Eggshells – assisted hydrolysis of banana pulp for biogas production

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    In this study, pretreatment of banana pulp using eggshells in both calcined and un-calcined forms to examine the extent of hydrolysis was conducted. Reactor CO containing banana pulp and inoculum but with no eggshells added was used as the control, while reactors C1, C2, C3, C4, and C5 containing banana pulp and ...

  12. The microbial burden load of eggshells from different poultry rearing ...

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    The results obtained from the study revealed that eggshell samples from different poultry rearing systems (battery cage, deep litter and free-range chicken eggs) were contaminated with bacterial and fungal species of public health concern. Microbial species isolated from eggshells were Enterobacter aerogenes, ...

  13. A High-Throughput Process for the Solid-Phase Purification of Synthetic DNA Sequences.

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    Grajkowski, Andrzej; Cieślak, Jacek; Beaucage, Serge L

    2017-06-19

    An efficient process for the purification of synthetic phosphorothioate and native DNA sequences is presented. The process is based on the use of an aminopropylated silica gel support functionalized with aminooxyalkyl functions to enable capture of DNA sequences through an oximation reaction with the keto function of a linker conjugated to the 5'-terminus of DNA sequences. Deoxyribonucleoside phosphoramidites carrying this linker, as a 5'-hydroxyl protecting group, have been synthesized for incorporation into DNA sequences during the last coupling step of a standard solid-phase synthesis protocol executed on a controlled pore glass (CPG) support. Solid-phase capture of the nucleobase- and phosphate-deprotected DNA sequences released from the CPG support is demonstrated to proceed near quantitatively. Shorter than full-length DNA sequences are first washed away from the capture support; the solid-phase purified DNA sequences are then released from this support upon reaction with tetra-n-butylammonium fluoride in dry dimethylsulfoxide (DMSO) and precipitated in tetrahydrofuran (THF). The purity of solid-phase-purified DNA sequences exceeds 98%. The simulated high-throughput and scalability features of the solid-phase purification process are demonstrated without sacrificing purity of the DNA sequences. © 2017 by John Wiley & Sons, Inc. Copyright © 2017 John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

  14. Determination of melamine in aquaculture feed samples based on molecularly imprinted solid-phase extraction.

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    Lian, Ziru; Liang, Zhenlin; Wang, Jiangtao

    2015-10-01

    This research highlights the application of highly efficient molecularly imprinted solid-phase extraction for the preconcentration and analysis of melamine in aquaculture feed samples. Melamine-imprinted polymers were synthesized employing methacrylic acid and ethylene glycol dimethacrylate as functional monomer and cross-linker, respectively. The characteristics of obtained polymers were evaluated by scanning electron microscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and binding experiments. The imprinted polymers showed an excellent adsorption ability for melamine and were applied as special solid-phase extraction sorbents for the selective cleanup of melamine. An off-line molecularly imprinted solid-phase extraction procedure was developed for the separation and enrichment of melamine from aquaculture feed samples prior to high-performance liquid chromatography analysis. Optimum molecularly imprinted solid-phase extraction conditions led to recoveries of the target in spiked feed samples in the range 84.6-96.6% and the relative standard deviation less than 3.38% (n = 3). The aquaculture feed sample was determined, and there was no melamine found. The results showed that the molecularly imprinted solid-phase extraction protocols permitted the sensitive, uncomplicated and inexpensive separation and pre-treatment of melamine in aquaculture feed samples. © 2015 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  15. Microwave assisted solid phase extraction for separation preconcentration sulfamethoxazole in wastewater using tyre based activated carbon as solid phase material prior to spectrophotometric determination

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    Mogolodi Dimpe, K.; Mpupa, Anele; Nomngongo, Philiswa N.

    2018-01-01

    This work was chiefly encouraged by the continuous consumption of antibiotics which eventually pose harmful effects on animals and human beings when present in water systems. In this study, the activated carbon (AC) was used as a solid phase material for the removal of sulfamethoxazole (SMX) in wastewater samples. The microwave assisted solid phase extraction (MASPE) as a sample extraction method was employed to better extract SMX in water samples and finally the analysis of SMX was done by the UV-Vis spectrophotometer. The microwave assisted solid phase extraction method was optimized using a two-level fractional factorial design by evaluating parameters such as pH, mass of adsorbent (MA), extraction time (ET), eluent ratio (ER) and microwave power (MP). Under optimized conditions, the limit of detection (LOD) and limit of quantification (LOQ) were 0.5 μg L- 1 and 1.7 μg L- 1, respectively, and intraday and interday precision expressed in terms of relative standard deviation were > 6%.The maximum adsorption capacity was 138 mg g- 1 for SMX and the adsorbent could be reused eight times. Lastly, the MASPE method was applied for the removal of SMX in wastewater samples collected from a domestic wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) and river water.

  16. Solid-phase assays for the detection of alloantibody against human leukocyte antigens: panacea or Pandora?

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    Roberts, T; Tumer, G; Gebel, H M; Bray, R A

    2014-10-01

    Serological assessments of antibodies directed against human leucocyte antigens (HLA) formed the basis of early histocompatibility testing (Patel & Terasaki, 1969 N Engl J Med, 280, 735). However, over the past decade, significant advances in HLA antibody detection technologies have emerged. The development and implementation of solid-phase assays has led to safer and more efficient allocation of organs by effectively distinguishing HLA from non-HLA antibodies. Although solid-phase assays are not standardized, they are widely accepted as the new 'gold standard'. However, this technology is not without its challenges. This review is intended to provide a better understanding of solid-phase HLA antibody testing and will focus on important caveats associated with this evolving technology. Examples of the limitations of the technology as well as common data misinterpretations will be shown. Both of which could pose potential harm to transplant recipients (Tait et al., Transplantation, 95, 19). © 2014 John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

  17. Solid-phase microextraction for bioconcentration studies according to OECD TG 305

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    Duering, Rolf-Alexander; Boehm, Leonard [Land Use and Nutrition (IFZ) Justus Liebig University Giessen, Institute of Soil Science and Soil Conservation, Research Centre for BioSystems, Giessen (Germany); Schlechtriem, Christian [Fraunhofer Institute for Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology (IME), Schmallenberg (Germany)

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    An important aim of the European Community Regulation on chemicals and their safe use is the identification of (very) persistent, (very) bioaccumulative, and toxic substances. In other regulatory chemical safety assessments (pharmaceuticals, biocides, pesticides), the identification of such (very) persistent, (very) bioaccumulative, and toxic substances is of increasing importance. Solid-phase microextraction is especially capable of extracting total water concentrations as well as the freely dissolved fraction of analytes in the water phase, which is available for bioconcentration in fish. However, although already well established in environmental analyses to determine and quantify analytes mainly in aqueous matrices, solid-phase microextraction is still a rather unusual method in regulatory ecotoxicological research. Here, the potential benefits and drawbacks of solid-phase microextraction are discussed as an analytical routine approach for aquatic bioconcentration studies according to OECD TG 305, with a special focus on the testing of hydrophobic organic compounds characterized by log K{sub OW}> 5. (orig.)

  18. Solid-Phase Synthesis of Amine/Carboxyl Substituted Prolines and Proline Homologues: Scope and Limitations.

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    Zhou, Ziniu; Scott, William L; O'Donnell, Martin J

    2016-03-15

    A solid-phase procedure is used to synthesize racemic peptidomimetics based on the fundamental peptide unit. The peptidomimetics are constructed around proline or proline homologues variably substituted at the amine and carbonyl sites. The procedure expands the diversity of substituted peptidomimetic molecules available to the Distributed Drug Discovery (D3) project. Using a BAL-based solid-phase synthetic sequence the proline or proline homologue subunit is both constructed and incorporated into the peptidomimetic by an α-alkylation, hydrolysis and intramolecular cyclization sequence. Further transformations on solid-phase provide access to a variety of piperazine derivatives representing a class of molecules known to exhibit central nervous system activity. The procedure works well with proline cores, but with larger six- and seven-membered ring homologues the nature of the carboxylic acid acylating the cyclic amine can lead to side reactions and result in poor overall yields.

  19. Characteristics of glycosaminoglycans in chicken eggshells and the influence of disaccharide composition on eggshell properties

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    Liu, Z.; Sun, X.; Cai, C.; He, W.; Zhang, F.; Linhardt, R. J.

    2016-01-01

    Glycosaminoglycans (GAG) are linear, highly negatively charged polysaccharides that may perform an important role in biomineralization. GAG were isolated from chicken eggshell membranes and calcified shells. Disaccharide compositional analysis was performed using liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry. All 4 groups of GAG — hyaluronan (HA), keratan sulfate (KS), chondroitin sulfate (CS), and heparan sulfate (HS) — were detected in shell membranes and in calcified shells. HA was the most plentiful GAG in shell membranes, and CS was the most abundant in calcified shells. The CS present, in both membranes and calcified shells, consisted primarily of 6SCS-C, 4SCS-A, and 0SCS-0 disaccharides. Neither 4S6SCS-E nor 2SCS was detectable in shell components. Small amounts of 2S4SCS-B were detected in membranes and TriSCS, and 2S4SCS-B and 2S6SCS-D were detected in calcified shells. HS in calcified shells contained all disaccharides except for 2S6S. In shell membranes, HS contained primarily NS and 0S as well as small amounts of TriS, NS2S, NS6SHS, and 6S, but neither 2S6S nor 2S was detectable. The disaccharide composition of membrane CS, as well as membrane and calcified shell HS, were very similar in all eggshells. In contrast, the composition of calcified shell CS disaccharides was highly variable. In membranes, both HA and KS content showed a correlation with egg shape index. The 4SCS-A content correlated with eggshell strength, and 0SCS-0 correlated with eggshell strength and calcified shell thickness. HS content and its disaccharide composition showed no apparent correlation to properties of calcified shells. In calcified shells, only HS 6S correlated with egg shape index. This study suggests that GAG content and disaccharide composition of shell membranes might impact the quality of chicken eggshells. PMID:27287383

  20. Extraction of Pb2+ using Silica from Rice Husks Ash (RHA – Chitosan as Solid Phase

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    Hanandayu Widwiastuti

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available The existence of lead (Pb compounds in waters can be caused of waste pollution from industrial activities such as dye and battery industries. Lead has toxic characteristic and is able to causing deseases. The levels of Cr(VI can be decreased by methods such as electroplating, oxidation, reduction, and membrane separation. But this methods require high cost and produce a lot of waste. Furthermore, those methods cannot determine the small concentration of Pb2+. Therefore, solid phase extraction is used because it’s a simple method and can be used to preconcentrate Pb2+ ion. The aim of this study is to create solid phase from nature material as an alternative method to determine Pb2+ in water samples. The solid phase is silica from rice husks ash (RHA that was modified using chitosan. To achieve that aim, the optimization of silica : chitosan composition was done. The influence of Pb2+ concentration and citric acid concentration was studied to obtain optimum recovery of Pb2+. Interaction between Pb2+ ion and solid phase silica – chitosan could be estimated based on the result. The result showed the optimum composition of silica : chitosan is 65% silica : 35% chitosan with Cation Exchange Capacity (CEC 0.00455 mek/g. Mass Adsorbed Pb2+for 1 g silica : chitosan 65% is 9.715 mg/g. Optimum recovery of Pb2+ on solid phase extraction is reached at concentration of Pb2+ 10 ppm and citric acid concentration 0.05 M (88.25 % and 81.18 %. This result showed that solid phase extraction using silica – chitosan can be used as an alternative method to determine Pb2+ in water.

  1. Eggshell and Bacterial Cellulose Composite Membrane as Absorbent Material in Active Packaging

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    S. Ummartyotin; P. Pisitsak; Pechyen, C.

    2016-01-01

    Bacterial cellulose and eggshell composite was successfully developed. Eggshell was mixed with bacterial cellulose suspension and it was casted as a composite film. CaCO3 derived from eggshell was compared with its commercial availability. It can be noted that good dispersion of eggshell particle was prepared. Eggshell particle was irregular in shape with a variation in size. It existed in bacterial cellulose network. Characterization on composite was focused on thermal and mechanical propert...

  2. A solid-phase approach to the phallotoxins: total synthesis of [Ala7]-phalloidin.

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    Anderson, Marc O; Shelat, Anang A; Guy, R Kiplin

    2005-06-10

    Herein we report a solid-phase synthetic approach to [Ala7]-phalloidin (1). Prior syntheses of phallotoxins were carried out using solution-phase routes that required large scale and preclude library production. The route presented here consists of solution-phase preparation of key orthogonally protected amino acid building blocks, followed by a solid-phase peptide synthesis sequence, featuring two resin-bound macro-cyclization reactions. The final product mixture was composed of two atropisomeric compounds, one designated "natural" (1) and the other designated "non-natural" (1'). The structures of these species were modeled using restrained energy minimization with NMR-derived restraints.

  3. A Convergent Solid-Phase Synthesis of Actinomycin Analogues - Towards Implementation of Double-Combinatorial Chemistry

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    Tong, Glenn; Nielsen, John

    1996-01-01

    of peptide-aryl-peptide conjugates modeled upon natural actinomycins. The features of this method include the use of Fmoc solid-phase peptide synthesis, side-chain to side-chain cyclization on the solid phase, a chemoselective cleavage step and segment condensation. The synthetic scheme is consistent...... with the requirements for combinatorial synthesis and furthermore, the final segment condensation allows, for the first time, double-combinatorial chemistry to be performed where two combinatorial libraries can be reacted with each other. Copyright (C) 1996 Elsevier Science Ltd....

  4. Use of the 2-chlorotrityl chloride resin for microwave-assisted solid phase peptide synthesis.

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    Ieronymaki, Matthaia; Androutsou, Maria Eleni; Pantelia, Anna; Friligou, Irene; Crisp, Molly; High, Kirsty; Penkman, Kirsty; Gatos, Dimitrios; Tselios, Theodore

    2015-09-01

    A fast and efficient microwave (MW)-assisted solid-phase peptide synthesis protocol using the 2-chlorotrityl chloride resin and the Fmoc/tBu methodology, has been developed. The established protocol combines the advantages of MW irradiation and the acid labile 2-chlorotrityl chloride resin. The effect of temperature during the MW irradiation, the degree of resin substitution during the coupling of the first amino acids and the rate of racemization for each amino acid were evaluated. The suggested solid phase methodology is applicable for orthogonal peptide synthesis and for the synthesis of cyclic peptides. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  5. Solid-Phase Synthetic Route to Multiple Derivatives of a Fundamental Peptide Unit

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    Martin J. O’Donnell

    2010-07-01

    Full Text Available Amino acids are Nature’s combinatorial building blocks. When substituted on both the amino and carboxyl sides they become the basic scaffold present in all peptides and proteins. We report a solid-phase synthetic route to large combinatorial variations of this fundamental scaffold, extending the variety of substituted biomimetic molecules available to successfully implement the Distributed Drug Discovery (D3 project. In a single solid-phase sequence, compatible with basic amine substituents, three-point variation is performed at the amino acid a-carbon and the amino and carboxyl functionalities.

  6. The effect of eggshell thickness on hatchability of quail eggs.

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    Ergun, Oguz Fatih; Yamak, Umut Sami

    2017-09-01

    The aim of the successful incubation period is to achieve maximum health chicks in each batch. Therefore, all factors affecting incubation have to be investigated in detail. This study investigated the effect of eggshell thickness on hatchability of quail eggs. A total of 1415 eggs were collected from the same flock at the ages of 23 and 41 weeks. Two different incubations were performed at these eggs. Eggshell thicknesses of all eggs were determined with an ultrasonic gauge before incubation. Incubation period was applied as for 18 days. After 15 days of incubation, eggs were transferred to hatching machine. Eggs were classified as thin-, medium-, and thick-shelled according to eggshell thickness values. Eggshell thicknesses were ranged between 0.24 and 0.36 mm, and the differences between the hatching rates of thickness values were not found significant. Hatchability of thin-, medium-, and thick-shelled eggs was found as 69.2%, 69.4%, and 82.4% for Experiment 1. These values were as 87.8%, 89.2%, and 91.9% for Experiment 2, respectively. Similar to eggshell thickness frequencies, the differences between hatching rates of eggshell thickness groups were found insignificant. Results of this study showed that eggshell thickness does not affect hatchability.

  7. Organic matrix composition and ultrastructure of eggshell: a comparative study.

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    Panheleux, M; Bain, M; Fernandez, M S; Morales, I; Gautron, J; Arias, J L; Solomon, S E; Hincke, M; Nys, Y

    1999-05-01

    1. The avian eggshell is a biomineralised composite ceramic consisting of calcium carbonate embedded in an organic matrix. Matrix components are supposed to be involved in the control of mineralisation, crystallographic texture and biomechanical properties of eggshell. 2. The structure and eggshell matrix composition of various domesticated bird species were compared to gain insight into the universality of the eggshell mineralisation process. 3. The SDS-PAGE profiles of soluble eggshell matrix were specific within groups of birds (a: laying hen, breeder hen, quail, pheasant and possibly turkey; b: guinea fowl; c: duck and goose) but some of the protein bands were common to all groups. 4. Analogies between species were confirmed by Western blotting using hen protein antibodies. Ovocleidin-17 (OC-17) and ovalbumin were revealed in all species (except quail for OC-17). Lysozyme was present only in hen eggshell. Another egg white protein: ovotransferrin showed a positive signal in hens, turkey and quail. Osteopontin was observed in laying and breeder hens and quail. 5. Different proteoglycans were localised to discrete regions within the eggshell. Dermatan sulphate was observed within the matrix of the calcified shell of all species except quail which contained chondroitin-6-sulfate. Keratan sulphate was observed in mammillary bodies of breeder and laying hen, quail, pheasant and turkey while chondroitin sulphate was also present in guinea fowl and duck. 6. The general structural organisation of the different avian eggshells was similar but specific differences were observed in the ultrastructure of the mammillary layer. Species of the same taxonomic family could be grouped according to their structural analogies: breeder hen, turkey and pheasant resembled that of the domestic fowl. Guinea fowl was unique. Goose and duck were quite similar with large and confluent mammillary bodies. 7. Some matrix components are therefore common to eggshells of various species but

  8. Preparation Calcium Oxide From Chicken Eggshells

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    Risfidian Mohadi

    2016-08-01

    Full Text Available The preparation of metal oxide CaO from chicken eggshell has been carried out by decomposition at various temperatures 600, 700, 800, 900, and 1000oC. The metal oxide CaO was characterized using XRD. Furthermore, The optimum temperature for preparation of CaO was determined based on the XRD pattern, then the characterization of CaO was extended using FT-IR spectrophotometer and BET analysis. The results show that the optimum temperature for preparation of CaO from chicken eggshell is 900oC with peak of 2Ө at 32.3o, 37.4o, 53.9o, 64.2o and 67.5o, respectively. The FT-IR spectrums show the unique vibration for Ca-O at 393 cm-1. The BET analysis show that CaO has surface area 68 m2/g with pore volume 1.65 cm3/g and pore size 6.6 nm which can be classified as mesoporous.

  9. Fibers coated with molecularly imprinted polymers for solid-phase microextraction

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    Koster, E.H M; Crescenzi, C; den Hoedt, W; Ensing, K; de Jong, G.J.

    2001-01-01

    The simplicity and flexibility of solid-phase microextraction have been combined with the selectivity of molecularly imprinted polymers (MIPs), Silica fibers were coated reproducible with a 75-mum layer of methacrylate polymer either nonimprinted or imprinted with clenbuterol to compare their

  10. Crystalline CoFeB/graphite interfaces for carbon spintronics fabricated by solid phase epitaxy

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    Wong, P.K.J.; van Geijn, Elmer; van Geijn, E.; Zhang, W.; Starikov, A.A.; Tran, T. Lan Ahn; Sanderink, Johannes G.M.; Siekman, Martin Herman; Brocks, Gerardus H.L.A.; Kelly, Paul J.; van der Wiel, Wilfred Gerard; de Jong, Machiel Pieter

    2013-01-01

    Structurally ordered interfaces between ferromagnetic electrodes and graphene or graphite are of great interest for carbon spintronics, since they allow spin-filtering due to k-vector conservation. By solid phase epitaxy of amorphous/nanocrystalline CoFeB at elevated temperatures, the feasibility of

  11. Optimization of in-line fritless solid-phase extraction for capillary electrophoresis-mass spectrometry

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    Tak, Yvonne H.; Toraño, Javier Sastre; Somsen, Govert W.; de Jong, Gerhardus J.

    2012-01-01

    In this study, in-line frit-free solid-phase extraction (SPE) has been studied for the preconcentration of analytes prior to analysis by capillary electrophoresis-mass spectrometry (CE-MS). The mixed-mode sorbent Oasis HLB was selected for the trapping of compounds of different polarity. Using

  12. SOLID PHASE MICROEXTRACTION FOR TRACE LEVEL ANALYSIS OF DISINFECTION BY-PRODUCTS

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    This presentation focuses on the development of a solid-phase microextraction (SPME)-gas chromatography (GC)/ion trap mass spectrometry (MS) method for the analysis of semivolatile disinfection by-products (DBPs) in drinking water in the low ug/L range. These DBPs were selected ...

  13. Dynamic speciation analysis of atrazine in aqueous latex nanoparticle dispersions using solid phase microextraction (SPME)

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    Benhabib, K.; Town, R.M.; Leeuwen, van H.P.

    2009-01-01

    Solid phase microextraction (SPME) is applied in the dynamic speciation analysis of the pesticide atrazine in an aqueous medium containing sorbing latex nanoparticles. It is found that the overall rate of extraction of the analyte is faster than in the absence of nanoparticles and governed by the

  14. Headspace analysis of polar organic compounds in biological matrixes using solid phase microextraction (SPME)

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    Analysis of biological fluids and waste material is difficult and tedious given the sample matrix. A rapid automated method for the determination of volatile fatty acids and phenolic and indole compounds was developed using a multipurpose sampler (MPS) with solid phase microextraction (SPME) and GC-...

  15. Solid-phase synthesis of succinylhydroxamate peptides : Functionalized matrix metalloproteinase inhibitors

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    Leeuwenburgh, M.A.; Geurink, P.P.; Klein, T; Kauffman, H.F; van der Marel, G.A.; Bischoff, Rainer; Overkleeft, H.S.

    2006-01-01

    A novel solid-phase synthesis strategy toward succinylhydroxamate peptides, using an appropriately protected hydroxamate building block, is described. Rapid and efficient access is gained to amine-functionalized peptides, which can be decorated with, for instance, a fluorescent label. In addition,

  16. Determination of phenols in landfill leachate-contaminated groundwaters by solid-phase extraction

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    Ask Reitzel, Lotte; Ledin, Anna

    2002-01-01

    A solid-phase extraction method for phenols in landfill leachates was developed and optimized in order to solve the expected and observed problems associated with an anaerobic matrix containing high concentrations of salts and organic matter. Isolute ENV1 cartridges exhibited the best retention...

  17. Solid Phase Immunoassay Using Immunoreagents Immobilized on Inert Synthetic Resin Surfaces

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    Hummelen, Jan C.; Luider, Theo; Wynberg, Hans

    1988-01-01

    A solid phase immunoassay comprises the steps of (a) immobilizing an immunoreagent on the surface of a carrier comprised of an inert synthetic resin selected from the group consisting of polyimides and polyfluorinated synthetic resins, (b) contacting the immunoreagent with a complementary

  18. Determination of pesticide residues in Khat leaves by solid-phase ...

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    Determination of pesticide residues in Khat leaves by solid-phase extraction and high-performance liquid chromatography. ... Isocratic and gradient analysis was carried out by means of high-performance liquid chromatography using different stationary phases to analyse methidathion, peconazole and dimethoate.

  19. Solid phase microextraction speciation analysis of triclosan in aqueous mediacontaining sorbing nanoparticles

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    Zielinska, K.

    2014-01-01

    Solid phase microextraction (SPME) is applied in the speciation analysis of the hydrophobic compound triclosan in an aqueous medium containing sorbing SiO2 nanoparticles (NPs). It is found that these NPs, as well as their complexes with triclosan, partition between the bulk medium and the solid

  20. The Synthesis of QADMAA and its Application to the Solid Phase ...

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    sensitive and selective analytical techniques that do not use expensive or complicated test equipment. ... Solid phase extraction is an attractive technique because it presents notable advantages.31–36 In this paper ..... 38 G.X. Zhang and D.Q. Zheng, Separation Procedures in Inorganic. Analysis, 1st edn., Shanghia Science ...

  1. Determination of Plant Volatiles Using Solid Phase Microextraction GC-MS

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    Van Bramer, Scott; Goodrich, Katherine R.

    2015-01-01

    This experiment combines analytical techniques of solid phase microextraction and gas chromatography-mass spectrometry with easily relatable and accessible plant volatile chemistry (floral and vegetative scents of local/available plants). The biosynthesis and structure of these chemicals are of interest in the areas of organic chemistry,…

  2. Rapid and convenient semi-automated microwave-assisted solid-phase synthesis of arylopeptoids

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    Rasmussen, Jakob Ewald; Boccia, Marcello Massimo; Nielsen, John

    2014-01-01

    A facile and expedient route to the synthesis of arylopeptoid oligomers (N-alkylated aminomethyl benz-amides) using semi-automated microwave-assisted solid-phase synthesis is presented. The synthesis was optimized for the incorporation of side chains derived from sterically hindered or unreactive...

  3. Solid phase extraction of trace amounts of zinc and cadmium ions ...

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    ... and determination of the zinc and cadmium ions in the water and food samples and satisfactory results were obtained. KEY WORDS: Solid phase extraction, Zinc determination, Cadmium determination, Preconcentration, Perlite. Bull. Chem. Soc. Ethiop. 2016, 30(2), 175-184. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4314/bcse.v30i2.2 ...

  4. A Discovery-Oriented Approach to Solid-Phase Peptide Synthesis

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    Bockman, Matthew R.; Miedema, Christopher J.; Brennan, Brian B.

    2012-01-01

    In this discovery-oriented laboratory experiment, students use solid-phase synthesis techniques to construct a dipeptide containing an unknown amino acid. Following synthesis and cleavage from the polymeric support, electrospray ionization-mass spectrometry is employed to identify the unknown amino acid that was used in the peptide coupling. This…

  5. Solid-phase micro-extraction in bioanalysis, exemplified by lidocaine determination

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    de Jong, GJ; Koster, EHM

    2000-01-01

    Solid-phase micro-extraction (SPME) is a never sample preparation technique that can be used for gaseous, liquid or solid samples in conjunction with GC, HPLC or CE (e.g. [1]). The use of SPME for the analysis of drugs in biofluids is also becoming popular (e.g. [2]). The principle is that a fused

  6. Indirect solid-phase immunosorbent assay for detection of arenavirus antigens and antibodies

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    Ivanov, A.P.; Rezapkin, G.V.; Dzagurova, T.K.; Tkachenko, E.A. (Institute of Poliomyelitis anU Viral Encephalities of the U.S.S.R. Academy of Medical Sciences, Moscow)

    1984-05-01

    Indirect enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) and solid phase radioimmunoassay (SPRIA) using either enti-human or anti-mouse IgG labelled with horseradish peroxidase and /sup 125/I, respectively, were developed for the detection of Junin, Machupo, Tacaribe, Amapari, Tamiami, Lassa and LCM arenaviruses. Both methods allow high sensitivity detection of arenavirus antigens and antibodies.

  7. The Pictet-Spengler reaction in solid-phase combinatorial chemistry

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    Nielsen, Thomas E; Diness, Frederik; Meldal, Morten

    2003-01-01

    The Pictet-Spengler reaction is an important reaction for the generation of tetrahydro-beta-carbolines and tetrahydroisoquinoline ring systems, which exhibit a range of biological and pharmacological properties. This review covers the solid-phase Pictet-Spengler reaction, as employed in solid...

  8. Solid-phase synthesis of an apoptosis-inducing tetrapeptide mimicking the Smac protein

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    Le Quement, Sebastian Thordal; Ishøy, Mette; Petersen, Mette Terp

    2011-01-01

    An approach for the solid-phase synthesis of apoptosis-inducing Smac peptidomimetics is presented. Using a Rink linker strategy, tetrapeptides mimicking the N-4-terminal residue of the Smac protein [(N-Me)AVPF sequence] were synthesized on PEGA resin in excellent purities and yields. Following two...

  9. Determination of lidocaine in plasma by direct solid-phase microextraction combined with gas chromatography

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    Koster, EHM; Wemes, C; Morsink, JB; de Jong, GJ

    2000-01-01

    Direct-immersion solid-phase microextraction (SPME) has been used to extract the local anesthetic lidocaine from human plasma. A simplified model shows the relationship between the total amount of drug in plasma and the amount of drug extracted. The model takes into account that the drug

  10. Recent developments and future trends in solid phase microextraction techniques towards green analytical chemistry.

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    Spietelun, Agata; Marcinkowski, Łukasz; de la Guardia, Miguel; Namieśnik, Jacek

    2013-12-20

    Solid phase microextraction find increasing applications in the sample preparation step before chromatographic determination of analytes in samples with a complex composition. These techniques allow for integrating several operations, such as sample collection, extraction, analyte enrichment above the detection limit of a given measuring instrument and the isolation of analytes from sample matrix. In this work the information about novel methodological and instrumental solutions in relation to different variants of solid phase extraction techniques, solid-phase microextraction (SPME), stir bar sorptive extraction (SBSE) and magnetic solid phase extraction (MSPE) is presented, including practical applications of these techniques and a critical discussion about their advantages and disadvantages. The proposed solutions fulfill the requirements resulting from the concept of sustainable development, and specifically from the implementation of green chemistry principles in analytical laboratories. Therefore, particular attention was paid to the description of possible uses of novel, selective stationary phases in extraction techniques, inter alia, polymeric ionic liquids, carbon nanotubes, and silica- and carbon-based sorbents. The methodological solutions, together with properly matched sampling devices for collecting analytes from samples with varying matrix composition, enable us to reduce the number of errors during the sample preparation prior to chromatographic analysis as well as to limit the negative impact of this analytical step on the natural environment and the health of laboratory employees. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  11. Solid-phase oligosaccharide synthesis with tris(alkoxy)benzyl amine (BAL) safety-catch anchoring

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    Tolborg, Jakob Fjord; Jensen, Knud Jørgen

    2000-01-01

    A tris(alkoxy)benzylamine (BAL) handle strategy was developed for safety-catch anchoring of D-glucosamine derivatives in solid-phase synthesis of oligosaccharides; the linkage between the BAL handle and the amine proved stable to conc. TFA and Lewis acids, but after N-acylation the amide could...

  12. A Long Chain Alcohol as Support in Solid Phase Organic Synthesis

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    Nurlela, Yeni; Minnaard, Adrian J.; Achmad, Sadijah; Wahyuningrum, Deana

    The solid phase synthesis is a method by which organic compound synthesis are performed on a support. With this method, the purification can be carried out easily by simple filtration and washing procedures. Long-chain alcohol (C-100 alcohol) can be used as a support because of its insolubility in

  13. Membrane-based wet electrostatic precipitation.

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    Bayless, David J; Shi, Liming; Kremer, Gregory; Stuart, Ben J; Reynolds, James; Caine, John

    2005-06-01

    Emissions of fine particulate matter, PM2.5, in both primary and secondary form, are difficult to capture in typical dry electrostatic precipitators (ESPs). Wet (or water-based) ESPs are well suited for collection of acid aerosols and fine particulates because of greater corona power and virtually no re-entrainment. However, field disruptions because of spraying (misting) of water, formation of dry spots (channeling), and collector surface corrosion limit the applicability of current wet ESPs in the control of secondary PM2.5. Researchers at Ohio University have patented novel membrane collection surfaces to address these problems. Water-based cleaning in membrane collectors made of corrosion-resistant fibers is facilitated by capillary action between the fibers, maintaining an even distribution of water. This paper presents collection efficiency results of lab-scale and pilot-scale testing at FirstEnergy's Bruce Mansfield Plant for the membrane-based wet ESP. The data indicate that a membrane wet ESP was more effective at collecting fine particulates, acid aerosols, and oxidized mercury than the metal-plate wet ESP, even with approximately 15% less collecting area.

  14. Biological nitrate removal from water and wastewater by solid-phase denitrification process.

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    Wang, Jianlong; Chu, Libing

    2016-11-01

    Nitrate pollution in receiving waters has become a serious issue worldwide. Solid-phase denitrification process is an emerging technology, which has received increasing attention in recent years. It uses biodegradable polymers as both the carbon source and biofilm carrier for denitrifying microorganisms. A vast array of natural and synthetic biopolymers, including woodchips, sawdust, straw, cotton, maize cobs, seaweed, bark, polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA), polycaprolactone (PCL), polybutylene succinate (PBS) and polylactic acid (PLA), have been widely used for denitrification due to their good performance, low cost and large available quantities. This paper presents an overview on the application of solid-phase denitrification in nitrate removal from drinking water, groundwater, aquaculture wastewater, the secondary effluent and wastewater with low C/N ratio. The types of solid carbon source, the influencing factors, the microbial community of biofilm attached on the biodegradable carriers, the potential adverse effect, and the cost of denitrification process are introduced and evaluated. Woodchips and polycaprolactone are the popular and competitive natural plant-like and synthetic biodegradable polymers used for denitrification, respectively. Most of the denitrifiers reported in solid-phase denitrification affiliated to the family Comamonadaceae in the class Betaproteobacteria. The members of genera Diaphorobacter, Acidovorax and Simplicispira were mostly reported. In future study, more attention should be paid to the simultaneous removal of nitrate and toxic organic contaminants such as pesticide and PPCPs by solid-phase denitrification, to the elucidation of the metabolic and regulatory relationship between decomposition of solid carbon source and denitrification, and to the post-treatment of the municipal secondary effluent. Solid-phase denitrification process is a promising technology for the removal of nitrate from water and wastewater. Copyright © 2016

  15. The avian eggshell as a model of biomineralization

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    Arias, J.L.; Fernandez, M.S. (Chile Univ., Santiago (Chile)); Laraia, V.J.; Janicki, J.; Heuer, A.H.; Caplan, A.I. (Case Western Reserve Univ., Cleveland, OH (USA))

    1990-11-01

    The avian eggshell is one of the most rapidly mineralizing biological systems known. By understanding the key components and steps in this process, we hope to provide relevant information for fabrication of ceramic composites. The calcification of the eggshell occurs in three main steps: (1) fabrication of an organic matrix, (2) nucleation of an inorganic phase on the organic matrix, and (3) space-filling growth of the calcite phase. The different layers of an eggshell can be separately isolated and studied. In this preliminary communication, the organization of the shell matrix and membranes and their association with the crystal phase, the immunohistochemical occurrence and distribution of types I and X collagen, and of different proteoglycans are reviewed. Also the preliminary findings of the remineralization of the intact or modified eggshell are presented. These experiments allow us to identify the essential steps in forming a natural composite ceramic. 47 refs., 6 figs.

  16. A lab-on-a-chip device for rapid identification of avian influenza viral RNA by solid-phase PCR

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    Yi, Sun; Dhumpa, Raghuram; Bang, Dang Duong

    2011-01-01

    This paper describes a lab-on-a-chip device for fast AIV screening by integrating DNA microarray-based solid-phase PCR on a microfluidic chip.......This paper describes a lab-on-a-chip device for fast AIV screening by integrating DNA microarray-based solid-phase PCR on a microfluidic chip....

  17. A photolabile linker for the solid-phase synthesis of 4-substituted NH-1,2,3-triazoles

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    Qvortrup, Katrine; Nielsen, Thomas Eiland

    2011-01-01

    A novel photolabile linker for solid-phase synthesis is presented. The linker displays an azido handle for copper-catalyzed azide–alkyne cycloaddition reactions with a variety of alkynes, remains intact under typical solid-phase reaction conditions, and enables a mild photolytic release of 4...

  18. Composite Membranes Based on Polyether Sulfone

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    A. Soroush

    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available The role of polymeric additives such as PVP and PEG is studied with respect to the morphology of PES porous layer as a sublayer of nanofiltration composite membranes based on PES/PA. Results show that by phase inversionprocess of quaternary systems comprised of four components of polymer/solvent/non-solvent/additive and the diffusion of intertwined polymers some changes occur in membrane morphology with changes in their concentration. With addition of PVP, tear-like pores, finger-like and channel-like morphology change to enlarged channel cavities and by adding more PVP, membrane morphology changes further and spongy regions are extended in the membrane. Presence of PEG in casting solution delayed the precipitation time. By adding PEG, the solution viscosity is increased which is followed by decreases in diffusion rates of solvent/non-solvent in coagulation bath.Therefore, membrane morphology shifts to small pores and spongier region. Another effect of increased PEG content would be deformed PA layer formation in PES sublayer which affects membrane performance. However, PVP as an additive does not change membrane salt rejection very much while it leads to higher fluxes. A membrane with 2.5 percent PVP would perform by 40 percent flux increases, while a membrane with 5% PVP shows flux reductions even below the initial value. Contrary to PVP, the PEG content of 20 percent leads to 4 folds flux increases and in a membrane with 50 percent PEG, there is a flux increase by 7 folds and drop in salt rejection occurs by 50 percent and 70 percent, respectively.

  19. Identification of unwanted photoproducts of cosmetic preservatives in personal care products under ultraviolet-light using solid-phase microextraction and micro-matrix solid-phase dispersion.

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    Alvarez-Rivera, Gerardo; Llompart, Maria; Garcia-Jares, Carmen; Lores, Marta

    2015-04-17

    The photochemical transformation of widely used cosmetic preservatives including benzoates, parabens, BHA, BHT and triclosan has been investigated in this work applying an innovative double-approach strategy: identification of transformation products in aqueous photodegradation experiments (UV-light, 254nm), followed by targeted screening analysis of such photoproducts in UV-irradiated cosmetic samples. Solid-phase microextraction (SPME) was applied, using different fiber coatings, in order to widen the range of detectable photoproducts in water, whereas UV-irradiated personal care products (PCPs) containing the target preservatives were extracted by micro-matrix solid-phase dispersion (micro-MSPD). Both SPME and micro-MSPD-based methodologies were successfully optimized and validated. Degradation kinetics of parent species, and photoformation of their transformation by-products were monitored by gas chromatography coupled to mass spectrometry (GC-MS). Thirty nine photoproducts were detected in aqueous photodegradation experiments, being tentatively identified based on their mass spectra. Transformation pathways between structurally related by-products, consistent with their kinetic behavior were postulated. The photoformation of unexpected photoproducts such as 2- and 4-hydroxybenzophenones, and 2,8-dichlorodibenzo-p-dioxin in PCPs are reported in this work for the first time. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  20. On-line solid phase selective separation and preconcentration of Cd(II) by solid-phase extraction using carbon active modified with methyl thymol blue

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    Ensafi, Ali A. [College of Chemistry, Isfahan University of Technology, Isfahan 84156-83111 (Iran, Islamic Republic of)], E-mail: Ensafi@cc.iut.ac.ir; Ghaderi, Ali R. [College of Chemistry, Isfahan University of Technology, Isfahan 84156-83111 (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2007-09-05

    An on-line flow system was used to develop a selective and efficient on-line sorbent extraction preconcentration system for cadmium. The method is based on adsorption of cadmium ions onto the activated carbon modified with methyl thymol blue. Then the adsorbed ions were washed using 0.5 M HNO{sub 3} and the eluent was used to determine the Cd(II) ions using flame atomic absorption spectrometry. The results obtained show that the modified activated carbon has the greatest adsorption capacity of 80 {mu}g of Cd(II) per 1.0 g of the solid phase. The optimal pH value for the quantitative preconcentration was 9.0 and full desorption is achieved by using 0.5 M HNO{sub 3} solution. It is established that the solid phase can be used repeatedly without a considerable adsorption capacity loss. The detection limit was less than 1 ng mL{sup -1} Cd(II), with an enrichment factor of 1000. The calibration graph was linear in the range of 1-2000 ng mL{sup -1} Cd(II). The developed method has been applied to the determination of trace cadmium (II) in water samples and in the following reference materials: sewage sludge (CRM144R), and sea water (CASS.4) with satisfactory results. The accuracy was assessed through recovery experiments.

  1. Analysis of anatoxin-a in biological samples using liquid chromatography with fluorescence detection after solid phase extraction and solid phase microextraction.

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    Rellán, Sandra; Osswald, Joana; Vasconcelos, Vitor; Gago-Martinez, Ana

    2007-07-13

    Anatoxin-a is a naturally occurring, potent neurotoxin produced by some species of cyanobacteria in freshwaters. This toxin, which is a potential health hazard, especially to animals, has been determined in different biological matrices such as several cyanobacterial cultures and water samples and carps and mussels tissue using a sensitive High Performance Liquid Chromatography with Fluorescence detection method. Sonication was the technique selected for the extraction of intracellular anatoxin-a and solid phase extraction using weak cation exchange was used for the concentration and purification of the samples. 4-Fluoro-7-nitro-2,1,3-benzoxadiazole (NBD-F) was used to convert anatoxin into a highly fluorescent derivative. Recovery experiments were performed for each type of matrix used in this work, and adequate values were obtained (71-87%). Limits of detection for anatoxin-a were estimated to be in the ng/L and ng/g level for water and cyanobacterial samples, respectively. The results obtained were also compared with those obtained after using solid phase microextraction, as an alternative for the extraction and purification of the samples. Advantages and disadvantages regarding to the efficiency for impurities removal, simplicity and rapidity and the potential for concentration enhancement of using both methodologies have been also discussed.

  2. Microfocus X-ray scattering investigations of eggshell nanotexture

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    Lammie, D; Bain, M.M.; Wess, T. J.

    2005-01-01

    The avian eggshell is a highly ordered calcitic bioceramic composite, with both inorganic and organic constituents. The interactions between the inorganic and organic components within the structure are poorly understood but are likely to occur at the nanometre level. Thus structural variation at this level may impinge on the overall structural integrity and mechanical performance of the eggshell, and therefore analysis at this level is fundamental in fully understanding this ordered structur...

  3. Eggshell apex abnormalities associated with Mycoplasma synoviae infection in layers

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    Jeon, Eun-Ok; Kim, Jong-Nyeo; Lee, Hae-Rim; Koo, Bon-Sang; Min, Kyeong-Cheol; Han, Moo-Sung; Lee, Seung-Baek; Bae, Yeon-Ji; Mo, Jong-Suk; Cho, Sun-Hyung; Lee, Chang-Hee; Mo, In-Pil

    2014-01-01

    Eggs exhibiting eggshell apex abnormalities (EAA) were evaluated for changes in shell characteristics such as strength, thickness, and ultrastructure. Mycoplasma synoviae (MS) infection was confirmed by serological assay along with isolation of MS from the trachea and oviduct. Changes in eggshell quality were shown to be statistically significant (p < 0.01). We also identified ultrastructural changes in the mammillary knob layer by Scanning Electron Microscopy. While eggs may seem to be struc...

  4. A simple and traceless solid phase method simplifies the assembly of large peptides and the access to challenging proteins.

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    Ollivier, N; Desmet, R; Drobecq, H; Blanpain, A; Boll, E; Leclercq, B; Mougel, A; Vicogne, J; Melnyk, O

    2017-08-01

    Chemical protein synthesis gives access to well-defined native or modified proteins that are useful for studying protein structure and function. The majority of proteins synthesized up to now have been produced using native chemical ligation (NCL) in solution. Although there are significant advantages to assembling large peptides or proteins by solid phase ligation, reports of such approaches are rare. We report a novel solid phase method for protein synthesis which relies on the chemistry of the acetoacetyl group and ketoxime ligation for the attachment of the peptide to the solid support, and on a tandem transoximation/rearrangement process for the detachment of the target protein. Importantly, we show that the combination of solid phase and solution ligation techniques facilitates the production of a challenging and biologically active protein made of 180 amino acids. We show also that the solid phase method enables the purification of complex peptide segments through a chemoselective solid phase capture/release approach.

  5. Eggshell thickness and DDE residue levels in vlulture eggs

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    Kiff, L.F.; Peakall, David B.; Morrison, M.L.; Wilbur, S.R.; Wilbur, Sanford R.; Jackson, Jerome A.

    1983-01-01

    Post-DDT (post-1947) eggshell thickness was examined in samples of Turkey Vulture, Black Vulture, and Crested Caracara eggs from several parts of the United States. Highly significant post-DDT decreases in eggshell thickness indices of at least 10 percent were found in Turkey Vulture eggs from California, Florida, and Texas and in Black Vulture eggs from Texas and Florida. Over one-third of the Black VUlture eggs and about 30 percent of the Turkey Vulture eggs from Texas showed thinning exceeding 20 percent, a level associated with reproductive failure and population decline in other species. A strong negative correlation was found between eggshell thickness indices and DDE residues extracted from eggshell membranes in California and Texas samples of Turkey Vulture eggs and in Texas Black Vulture eggs. Crested Caracara eggs from Texas and Florida showed mean changes in eggshell thickness indices of only -5.6 and -8.2 percent, respectively, although thinning in a few eggs from both states exceeded 20 percent. Most of the post-DDT Old World vulture eggs examined appeared to be of normal thickness, with low DDE residue levels in eggshell membranes; but single eggs of Egyptian Vulture from India, Cinereous Vulture from Spain, and White-headed Vulture from Zambia showed apparent thinning. Further monitoring of vulture populations in tropical regions, where DDT use is still increasing, is recommended.

  6. Fishing the PTM proteome with chemical approaches using functional solid phases.

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    Zhang, Ying; Zhang, Cheng; Jiang, Hucong; Yang, Pengyuan; Lu, Haojie

    2015-11-21

    Post-translational modifications (PTMs) are covalent additions of functional groups to proteins and are known to play essential roles in biological processes. Covalently attached PTMs are usually present at substoichiometric levels, implying that a PTM proteome is often present in only a small fraction of the entire proteome. The low abundance of PTMs creates a tremendous analytical challenge for PTM proteomics. New analytical strategies, especially enrichment approaches, are required to allow the comprehensive determination of PTMs. Solid-phase capture of PTMs through chemical reactions provides the most specific approach for fishing the PTM proteome, and based on these chemical reactions, a variety of novel functional nanomaterials have been developed. This review mainly focuses on the currently available chemical approaches for investigating PTMs, as well as the functional solid phases used for PTM proteome separation.

  7. Solid-phase radioimmunoassay of immunoglobulins G, A and M: applicability in analysis of sucrose gradients

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    Eriksen, E.F.; Danielsen, H. (Aarhus Kommunehospital (Denmark). Medical Department C); Johansen, A.S. (Aarhus Univ. (Denmark). Institute of Medical Biochemistry); Larsson, L.I. (Unit of Histochemistry, University Institute of Pathology, Copenhagen, Denmark)

    1984-01-01

    A simple and sensitive solid-phase radioimmunoassay for the detection of immunoglobulins G, A and M in sucrose gradients is described. The solid-phase consisted of immunoglobulins adsorbed to polystyrene tubes. Using buffers without detergent and /sup 125/I-labeled sheep anti-rabbit IgA as radioligand, the assay was able to detect 0.8 ng per tube in the IgG assay and 1.6 ng per tube in the IgA and IgM assays. Standard curves with antigen dissolved in 10% and 32% sucrose were superimposable and did not deviate from standard curves with antigen dissolved in buffer without sucrose. Using these techniques on ultracentrifugation samples from patients with systemic lupus erythematosus, Schoenlein-Henoch nephritis and IgA glorulonephritis is was possible to detect both immunoglobulin fragments and immunoglobulin aggregates at the same time without prior dialysis of the samples.

  8. A Facile, Choline Chloride/Urea Catalyzed Solid Phase Synthesis of Coumarins via Knoevenagel Condensation

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    Hosanagara N. Harishkumar

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available The influence of choline chloride/urea ionic liquid in solid phase on the Knoevenagel condensation is demonstrated. The active methylene compounds such as meldrum’s acid, diethylmalonate, ethyl cyanoacetate, dimethylmalonate, were efficiently condensed with various salicylaldehydes in presence of choline chloride/urea ionic liquid without using any solvents or additional catalyst. The reaction is remarkably facile because of the air and water stability of the catalyst, and needs no special precautions. The reactions were completed within 1hr with excellent yields (95%. The products formed were sufficiently pure, and can be easily recovered. The use of ionic liquid choline chloride/urea in solid phase offered several significant advantages such as low cost, greater selectivity and easy isolation of products.

  9. Bicyclic homodetic peptide libraries: comparison of synthetic strategies for their solid-phase synthesis.

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    Teixido, Meritxell; Altamura, Maria; Quartara, Laura; Giolitti, Alessandro; Maggi, Carlo Alberto; Giralt, Ernest; Albericio, Fernando

    2003-01-01

    Preliminary studies and synthesis development for the preparation of a bicyclic homodetic peptide library have been carried out using orthogonal protection schemes. The best results have been obtained using two Fmoc/tBu-based strategies, in which the first cycle is carried out in the solid phase through side chain functional groups previously protected with Aloc/Al groups. The second cycle is performed either in the solid phase, which requires side chain anchoring of a trifunctional amino acid and Dmb protection for the C-terminus carboxyl group, or in solution, which requires the use of highly labile resins, such as the 2-chlorotrityl (Barlos) resin. Only when the cycles are formed in a ziplike manner, that is, first the small cycle and then the larger ring, is the desired final product obtained.

  10. Total solid-phase synthesis of the azathiocoraline class of symmetric bicyclic peptides.

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    Bayó-Puxan, Núria; Fernández, Ariadna; Tulla-Puche, Judit; Riego, Estela; Cuevas, Carmen; Alvarez, Mercedes; Albericio, Fernando

    2006-12-04

    Thiocoraline is a potent antitumor agent isolated from the marine organism Micromonospora sp. This symmetric bicyclic depsipeptide binds the minor groove of DNA. Here we report two solid-phase strategies for the syntheses of azathiocoraline and its analogues. The thioester linkage was replaced by an amide bond to improve the compound's pharmacokinetic properties. The first strategy is based on a convergent (4+4) approach, whilst the second is a stepwise synthesis, cyclizations in both approaches occurring on the solid support. These two strategies were designed to overcome problems caused by the presence of consecutive noncommercial N-methyl amino acids, to avoid epimerization during cyclization and/or fragment condensation, and to form the disulfide bridge under solid-phase conditions. The heterocyclic moiety was added in the last step of the synthesis to assist the preparation of libraries of new compounds with potential therapeutic applications.

  11. Aqueous Microwave-Assisted Solid-Phase Synthesis Using Boc-Amino Acid Nanoparticles

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    Yoshinobu Fukumori

    2013-07-01

    Full Text Available We have previously developed water-based microwave (MW-assisted peptide synthesis using Fmoc-amino acid nanopaticles. It is an organic solvent-free, environmentally friendly method for peptide synthesis. Here we describe water-based MW-assisted solid-phase synthesis using Boc-amino acid nanoparticles. The microwave irradiation allowed rapid solid-phase reaction of nanoparticle reactants on the resin in water. We also demonstrated the syntheses of Leu-enkephalin, Tyr-Gly-Gly-Phe-Leu-OH, and difficult sequence model peptide, Val-Ala-Val-Ala-Gly-OH, using our water-based MW-assisted protocol with Boc-amino acid nanoparticles.

  12. Advances in automatic, manual and microwave-assisted solid-phase peptide synthesis.

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    Sabatino, Giuseppina; Papini, Anna M

    2008-11-01

    Solid-phase strategies speed up the production of both short- and long-sequence peptides compared with solution methodologies. Therefore, solid-phase peptide synthesis (SPPS), proposed by Merrifield in the early 1960s, contributed to the 'Peptide Revolution' in the fields of diagnostics, and drug and vaccine development. Since then, peptide chemistry research has aimed to optimize these synthetic procedures, focusing on areas such as amide bond formation (the coupling step), solid supports and automation. Particular attention was devoted to the environmental impact of SPPS: the requirement for large amounts of organic solvents meant high costs for industrial peptide manufacturing that needed to be reduced. SPPS, alone or in hybrid technologies, has become strategic for the production of peptides as active pharmaceutical ingredients on a commercial scale.

  13. Determination of Trichloroethylene in Water by Liquid–Liquid Microextraction Assisted Solid Phase Microextraction

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    Mengliang Zhang; Harrington, Peter de B

    2015-01-01

    A method for the determination of trichloroethylene (TCE) in water using portable gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (GC/MS) was developed. A novel sample preparation method, liquid–liquid microextraction assisted solid phase microextraction (LLME–SPME), is introduced. In this method, 20 µL of hexane was added to 10 mL of TCE contaminated aqueous samples to assist headspace SPME. The extraction efficiency of SPME was significantly improved with the addition of minute amounts of organic solv...

  14. Headspace Solid Phase Micro Extraction Gas Chromatographic Determination of Fenthion in Human Serum

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    Kasiotis, Konstantinos M.; Souki, Helen; Tsakirakis, Angelos N.; Carageorgiou, Haris; Theotokatos, Spiridon A.; Haroutounian, Serkos A.; Machera, Kyriaki

    2008-01-01

    A simple and effective analytical procedure was developed for the determination of fenthion residues in human serum samples. The sample treatment was performed using the headspace solid-phase micro extraction with polyacrylate fiber, which has the advantage to require low amount of serum (1 mL) without tedious pre-treatment. The quantification of fenthion was carried out by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry and the recoveries ranged from 79 to 104% at two spiking levels for 6 replicates. D...

  15. R. Bruce Merrifield and Solid-Phase Peptide Synthesis: A Historical Assessment

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    Mitchell, A R

    2007-12-04

    Bruce Merrifield, trained as a biochemist, had to address three major challenges related to the development and acceptance of solid-phase peptide synthesis (SPPS). The challenges were (1) to reduce the concept of peptide synthesis on a insoluble support to practice, (2) overcome the resistance of synthetic chemists to this novel approach, and (3) establish that a biochemist had the scientific credentials to effect the proposed revolutionary change in chemical synthesis. How these challenges were met is discussed in this article.

  16. Solid-phase synthesis of oligourea peptidomimetics employing the Fmoc protection strategy.

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    Boeijen, A; van Ameijde, J; Liskamp, R M

    2001-12-14

    A solid-phase-Fmoc-based-synthesis strategy is described for oligourea peptidomimetics as well as a convenient general synthesis approach for the preparation of the required building blocks 5a-j and 5k. These are suitable for use in peptide or robot synthesizers, which is illustrated by the synthesis of oligourea peptidomimetics of part of Leu-enkephalin (10) and a neurotensin derivative (17).

  17. Recent developments in automatic solid-phase extraction with renewable surfaces exploiting flow-based approaches

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    Miró, Manuel; Hartwell, Supaporn Kradtap; Jakmunee, Jaroon

    2008-01-01

    Solid-phase extraction (SPE) is the most versatile sample-processing method for removal of interfering species and/or analyte enrichment. Although significant advances have been made over the past two decades in automating the entire analytical protocol involving SPE via flow-injection approaches...... chemical-derivatization reactions, and it pinpoints the most common instrumental detection techniques utilized. We present and discuss in detail relevant environmental and bioanalytical applications reported in the past few years....

  18. Determination of Chemical Warfare Agents in Water Samples by Solid Phase Microextraction and GC-FID

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    Hussain, Fatima

    2007-01-01

    The Norwegian Defence Research Establishment (FFI) is presently developing a mobile laboratory for the identification of chemical warfare agents (CWA) and related compounds. The laboratory will be used in the field, and it is therefore advantageous that the analytical methods give a high priority to low solvent consumption and minimal need for sample preparation. Solid phase microextraction (SPME) meets these requirements, since the technique is based on automatic extraction and concentration...

  19. Standardisation of a two-site PTH immunoradiometric assay using various solid phase formats.

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    Prasad, U V; Mohan, R Krishna; Samuel, G; Harinarayan, C V; Sivaprasad, N; Venkatesh, M

    2012-12-01

    Estimation of parathyroid hormone (PTH) levels is important in the management of metabolic bone disorders. Here we describe a simple, sensitive and specific second generation immunoradiometric assay (IRMA) to detect intact PTH levels using different solid phase matrices. Different methods for immobilization of antibodies have also been evaluated. Experiments were carried out with physical adsorption of antibodies, covalent coupling using 2 per cent glutaraldehyde and N,N`carbonyldiimidazole. In all cases, antibodies raised against C-terminal were used as solid phase agent. Detector antibodies were N terminal antibodies that were radio-iodinated with [125] I followed by gel purification. Several of the antibodies coupled to various solid phase matrices were incubated with PTH standards and the detector antibody as well as the commercially available tracer from DiaSorin kit to identify a suitable match pair. The best pair was polyclonal C-terminal PTH antibody along with the kit tracer from DiaSorin with regards to antibody coated to magnetic cellulose particles. Among the various antibodies and the solid phases evaluated, the best assay was obtained with the matched pair of antibodies (70×G67 and 70×G68) from Fitzgerald immobilized on polystyrene tubes. The polyclonal antibody against C-terminal PTH was chosen as the capture antibody and [125] I labelled polyclonal antibody against N-terminal PTH as the tracer. The sample values obtained in the antibody coated tubes were comparable to those obtained using a commercial kit. The results indicated the feasibility of adopting this system for further development into a PTH IRMA for regular production as there is no indigenous kit available for intact PTH.

  20. Solid-phase microextraction for the enantiomeric analysis of flavors in beverages.

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    Ebeler, S E; Sun, G M; Datta, M; Stremple, P; Vickers, A K

    2001-01-01

    Solid-phase microextraction combined with gas chromatographic/mass spectrometric analysis and separation on a chiral cyclodextrin stationary phase was a rapid, reliable technique for profiling chiral aroma compounds in flavored alcoholic beverages. Several enantiomeric terpenes, esters, alcohols, norisoprenoids, and lactones were identified in berry-, peach-, strawberry-, and citrus-flavored wine and malt beverages (wine coolers). Using this technique, we were able to confirm the addition of synthetic flavoring to several beverages, consistent with label designations.

  1. Solid-phase microextraction for bioconcentration studies according to OECD TG 305

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    Düring, Rolf-Alexander; Böhm, Leonard; Schlechtriem, Christian

    2012-01-01

    An important aim of the European Community Regulation on chemicals and their safe use is the identification of (very) persistent, (very) bioaccumulative, and toxic substances. In other regulatory chemical safety assessments (pharmaceuticals, biocides, pesticides), the identification of such (very) persistent, (very) bioaccumulative, and toxic substances is of increasing importance. Solid-phase microextraction is especially capable of extracting total water concentrations as well as the freely...

  2. Design of indirect solid-phase immunosorbent methods for detecting arenavirus antigens and antibodies

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    Ivanov, A.P.; Rezapkin, G.V.; Dzagurova, T.K.; Tkachenko, E.A.

    1984-05-01

    Specifications have been elaborated for formulating indirect solid-phase enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) and radioimmunoassay (SPRIA) methods that employ anti-human and anti-mice G class immunoglobulin (IgG), conjugated with horseradish peroxidase and /sup 125/I for detecting the arenaviruses Junin, Machupo, Tacaribe, Amalpari, Tamiami, Lassa, and LCM (lymphocytic choriomeningitis). These methods make it possible to identify with a high degree of sensitivity arenavirus antigens and antibodies in various kinds of material.

  3. Recent advances in solid-phase peptide synthesis and preparation of antibodies to synthetic peptides.

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    Plaue, S; Muller, S; Briand, J P; Van Regenmortel, M H

    1990-07-01

    Peptides prepared by the solid-phase peptide synthesis (SPPS) approach are used increasingly in biological research, for instance to elicit anti-peptide antibodies that will recognize the intact, cognate protein. Recent advances in SPPS are reviewed, including the use of new coupling reagents, new methods for evaluating peptide purity and new techniques of automated and multiple peptide synthesis. Methods for enhancing peptide immunogenicity are discussed such as the use of adjuvants and liposomes, and of synthetic branched polypeptides as carriers.

  4. The Role of Biogeochemical Dynamics in the Alteration of Uranium Solid Phases Under Oxic Conditions.

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    Letain, T. E.; Silva, R. J.; Nitsche, H.; Nitsche, H.; Hazen, T. C.; Clark, S. B.; Douglas, M.; Gillaspie, C.; Knopp, R.; Panak, P. J.

    2001-12-01

    Microbial reduction of uranium has been shown to lower groundwater concentrations of uranium in anoxic systems, but such biological alterations must be considered temporary unless long-term anoxia can be guaranteed. Under oxic conditions, the more soluble higher oxidation state of uranium, e.g. the uranyl cation UO2(2+), is thermodynamically favored. For example, in U ore deposits in which uraninite - consisting of reduced U(IV) as UO(2+x) - is the parent material, exposure to oxidizing conditions results in alteration to U(VI) minerals, with the U(VI)-phosphates frequently defining the boundaries of the ore body. U(VI)-phosphates are of interest because of their relatively low solubilities compared to other U(VI) solid phases. Since microorganisms are undoubtedly present in such ore deposits, they likely play a role in the formation of U(VI)-phosphate solid phases. To assist the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) with long-term stewardship issues associated with bioremediation of uranium, the overall goal of this project is to work with model biological systems to define the mechanisms by which microorganisms facilitate the formation of U(VI)-phosphate solid phases. This information can then be used by DOE to design remediation systems that stimulate biological activity to favor the formation of U(VI)-phosphate phases. In this project, we are investigating the role of some individual bacterial strains (Bacillus sphaericus and Shewanella putrefaciens) as well as microbial consortia isolated from the NABIR Field Research Center at Oak Ridge National Laboratory on the alteration of U(VI) solid phases. These strains were selected to reflect a variety of subsurface conditions including aerobic, microaerophilic, and episodically anaerobic. These bacteria or similar species are found throughout subsurface environments. They are believed to influence actinide geochemistry through various mechanisms. These mechanisms are not independent of one another, and together they

  5. Determination of zinc in environmental samples by solid phase spectrophotometry: optimization and validation study

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    Molina, Mar??a Francisca; Nechar, Mounir; Bosque-Sendra, Juan M.

    1998-01-01

    A simple and specific solid-phase spectrophotometric (SPS) determination of zinc in ??g dm-3 level has been developed based on the reaction of Zn(II) with 4-(2-pyridylazo)resorcinol (PAR) in the presence of potassium iodide; the product was then fixed on an anionic exchanger. The absorbance of the gel, packed in a 1 mm cell, is measured directly. PAR and KI concentrations were optimized simultaneously using response surface methodology (RSM) from sequential experimental Doehlert designs. The ...

  6. Lanthanide-Mediated Dephosphorylation Used for Peptide Cleavage during Solid Phase Peptide Synthesis

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    Byunghee Yoo; Pagel, Mark D.

    2013-01-01

    Lanthanide(III) ions can accelerate the hydrolysis of phosphomonoesters and phosphodiesters in neutral aqueous solution. In this paper, lanthanide-mediated dephosphorylation has been applied in aqueous media as an orthogonal cleavage condition that can be employed in conventional solid phase peptide synthesis (SPPS). A phosphorylated polymeric support for SPPS was developed using Boc chemistry. The cleavage of resin-bound phosphates was investigated with the addition of Eu(III), Yb(III), acid...

  7. Effect of Microwave Radiation on Enzymatic and Chemical Peptide Bond Synthesis on Solid Phase

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    Alessandra Basso

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Peptide bond synthesis was performed on PEGA beads under microwave radiations. Classical chemical coupling as well as thermolysin catalyzed synthesis was studied, and the effect of microwave radiations on reaction kinetics, beads' integrity, and enzyme activity was assessed. Results demonstrate that microwave radiations can be profitably exploited to improve reaction kinetics in solid phase peptide synthesis when both chemical and biocatalytic strategies are used.

  8. Solid phase extraction for the speciation and preconcentration of inorganic selenium in water samples: a review.

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    Herrero Latorre, C; Barciela García, J; García Martín, S; Peña Crecente, R M

    2013-12-04

    Selenium is an essential element for the normal cellular function of living organisms. However, selenium is toxic at concentrations of only three to five times higher than the essential concentration. The inorganic forms (mainly selenite and selenate) present in environmental water generally exhibit higher toxicity (up to 40 times) than organic forms. Therefore, the determination of low levels of different inorganic selenium species in water is an analytical challenge. Solid-phase extraction has been used as a separation and/or preconcentration technique prior to the determination of selenium species due to the need for accurate measurements for Se species in water at extremely low levels. The present paper provides a critical review of the published methods for inorganic selenium speciation in water samples using solid phase extraction as a preconcentration procedure. On the basis of more than 75 references, the different speciation strategies used for this task have been highlighted and classified. The solid-phase extraction sorbents and the performance and analytical characteristics of the developed methods for Se speciation are also discussed. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  9. Optimization of solid phase microextraction coatings for liquid chromatography mass spectrometry determination of neurotransmitters.

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    Cudjoe, Erasmus; Pawliszyn, Janusz

    2014-05-09

    A simple solid phase microextraction method coupled to liquid chromatography mass spectrometry is introduced for the analysis of neurotransmitter compounds with a wide range of polarities in biological matrices. A novel "reversed" reverse-phase chromatographic method was developed without pre-column derivatization for the analysis of dopamine, serotonin, gamma aminobutyric acid and glutamate. New solid phase microextraction "in house" coatings using mixed-mode solid phase extraction particles were prepared, and used for the extraction of polar neurotransmitters. The polymer-support base reverse phase mixed-mode sorbents with strong ion exchange properties generally had higher extraction efficiencies compared to similar sorbents with weak ion exchange properties. The linear range was determined to be between 0.01 and 150ng/mL for all the analytes, except for GABA, which was from 0.1 to 100ng/mL. The limit of detection range was from 6 to 10pg/mL for all the neurotransmitters, and the limits of quantitation were in the range of 20-35pg/mL. The results demonstrate the potential of the SPME-LC-MS/MS technique for bioanalysis of small polar endogenous compounds, such as neurotransmitters, from various biological matrices using the mixed-mode sorbents as the extraction phase. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  10. Hypercrosslinked particles for the extraction of sweeteners using dispersive solid-phase extrction from environmental samples.

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    Lakade, Sameer S; Zhou, Qing; Li, Aimin; Borrull, Francesc; Fontanals, Núria; Marcé, Rosa M

    2017-12-26

    This work presents a new extraction material, namely, Q-100, based on hypercrosslinked magnetic particles, which was tested in dispersive solid-phase extraction for a group of sweeteners from environmental samples. The hypercrosslinked Q-100 magnetic particles had the advantage of suitable pore size distribution and high surface area, and showed good retention behavior towards sweeteners. Different dispersive solid-phase extraction parameters such as amount of magnetic particles or extraction time were optimized. Under optimum conditions, Q-100 showed suitable apparent recovery, ranging in the case of river water sample from 21 to 88% for all the sweeteners, except for alitame (12%). The validated method based on dispersive solid-phase extraction using Q-100 followed by liquid chromatography with tandem mass spectrometry provided good linearity and limits of quantification between 0.01 and 0.1 μg L -1 . The method was applied to analyze samples from river water and effluent wastewater, and four sweeteners (acesulfame, saccharin, cyclamate and sucralose) were found in both types of sample. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.

  11. Nanocapsule-based probe for evaluating the orientation of antibodies immobilized on a solid phase.

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    Iijima, Masumi; Yoshimoto, Nobuo; Niimi, Tomoaki; Maturana, Andrés Daniel; Kuroda, Shun'ichi

    2013-06-21

    The orientation of sensing molecules on solid phase biosensors has to be optimized to facilitate efficient binding of analytes. Since conventional observation methods (e.g., electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy, time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry) require exaggerated machines and possess insufficient resolution for single molecule analyses, functional assays based on the reactivity to analytes have thus far been used for this optimization. However, it is not clear whether these assays can judge whether sensing molecules are fixed in an oriented-immobilization manner or not. Here, we describe that bio-nanocapsules of about 30 nm diameter, displaying approximately 120 molecules of a tandem form of the immunoglobulin (Ig) G Fc-binding Z domain (ZZ-BNCs), can discriminate between the Fc regions of IgGs fixed in an oriented-immobilization manner and those fixed randomly, thus facilitating the evaluation of the orientation of IgGs in immunosensors. Furthermore, in sandwich immunoassays, ZZ-BNCs can bind specifically to detection-IgGs fixed in an oriented-immobilization manner by antigen-capture IgG complexes, rather than to capture-IgGs fixed randomly onto a solid phase, allowing the simultaneous use of the same IgG as capture- and detection-IgGs. Thus, we demonstrate that ZZ-BNCs are a unique probe for evaluating the orientation of IgGs on a solid phase.

  12. SOLID PHASE MICROEXTRACTION FOR TRACE ANALYSIS OF BENZENE IN ENVIRONMENTAL MONITORING

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    S. J. Shahtaheri, H. R. Heidari, F. Golbabaei, M. Alimohammadi, A. Rahimi Froshani

    2006-07-01

    Full Text Available Conventional analytical method for organic pollutants in water requires extraction of the pollutants, using hazardous solvent. Solid phase microextraction is a solvent free equilibrium extraction method, in which, proper calibration can allow quantitative determinations of organic pollutants at a very good sensitivity without the use of any organic solvent. Because individual volatile organic carbons are generally exposed environmentally and present in urine only at trace levels, a sensitive and accurate determination technique is essential. So, this study describes the optimization of headspace solid phase microextraction (HS-SPME followed by GC-FID for benzene in spiked urine. Through this investigations, the parameters affecting the extraction and gas chromatographic determination of analytes, including extraction time, temperature, desorption temperature, desorption time, salt addition, sample pH, sample volume and sample agitation were studied. An optimized headspace extraction was carried out at 30°C for 6 min in the presence of 0.2 g/mL of NaCl in the sample solution. Desorption of the analytes was carried out for 60 sec. at 250°C. The optimized procedure was also validated with three different pools of spiked urine samples and showed a good reproducibility over six consecutive days as well as six within-day experiments. The accuracy, linearity, detection limits were also determined. The headspace solid phase microextraction, GC-FID technique provides a relatively simple, convenient, practical procedure, which was here successfully applied to determine benzene in spiked urine.

  13. General inverse solid-phase synthesis method for C-terminally modified peptide mimetics.

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    Sasubilli, Ramakrishna; Gutheil, William G

    2004-01-01

    Peptide mimetics are of considerable interest as bioactive agents and drugs. C-terminally modified peptide mimetics are of particular interest given the synthetic versatility of the carboxyl group and its derivatives. A general approach to C-terminally modified peptide mimetics, based on a urethane attachment strategy and amino acid t-butyl ester-based N-to-C peptide synthesis, is described. This approach is compatible with the reaction conditions generally employed for solution-phase peptide mimetic synthesis. To develop and demonstrate this approach, it was employed for the solid-phase synthesis of peptide trifluoromethyl ketones, peptide boronic acids, and peptide hydroxamic acids. The development of a versatile general approach to C-terminally modified peptides using readily available starting materials provides a basis for the combinatorial and parallel solid-phase synthesis of these peptide mimetic classes for bioactive agent screening and also provides a basis for the further development of solid-phase C-terminal functional group elaboration strategies.

  14. Increased alloimmunisation and transfusion reaction reporting in patients with solid-phase panreactivity.

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    Olofson, Andrea M; Chandler, Rachael M; Marx-Wood, Cynthia R; Babcock, Craig A; Dunbar, Nancy M

    2017-11-01

    Automated solid-phase antibody screening uses red blood cell (RBC) membranes immobilised on polystyrene test wells to detect RBC specific antibodies. Despite its time-saving and labour-saving benefits, this method produces a higher rate of nonspecific reactivity compared with manual screening. Solid-phase panreactivity (SPP) is characterised by panreactivity (ie, all test cells reacting) in solid-phase testing accompanied by a negative autocontrol and a lack of reactivity when the same screening cells are tested in tube. The mechanisms underlying SPP and its clinical significance remain unclear. The goals of this study were to describe the prevalence of SPP at our institution and determine the alloimmunisation and transfusion reaction rates within this population. Data were collected on all patients undergoing type and screen testing over a 6-year period. Study patients undergoing subsequent transfusion were evaluated for reported transfusion reactions and development of new alloantibodies. Of the 76 051 patients studied, 0.7% demonstrated SPP of which 11% developed new alloantibodies. The transfusion reaction reporting rate among patients with SPP was 2%. Our data suggest that patients with SPP have higher rates of reported transfusion reactions and alloantibody development compared with those without SPP. Published by the BMJ Publishing Group Limited. For permission to use (where not already granted under a licence) please go to http://www.bmj.com/company/products-services/rights-and-licensing/.

  15. Preparation of fluorescent DNA probe by solid-phase organic synthesis

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    Full Text Available Fluorescent DNA probe based on fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET was prepared by solid-phase organic synthesis when CdTe quantum dots (QDs were as energy donors and Au nanoparticles (AuNPs were as energy accepters. The poly(divinylbenzene core/poly(4-vinylpyridine shell microspheres, as solid-phase carriers, were prepared by seeds distillation-precipitation polymerization with 2,2′-azobisisobutyronitrile (AIBN as initiator in neat acetonitrile. The CdTe QDs and AuNPs were self-assembled on the surface of core/shell microspheres, and then the linkage of CdTe QDs with oligonucleotides (CdTe-DNA and AuNPs with complementary single-stranded DNA (Au-DNA was on the solid-phase carriers instead of in aqueous solution. The hybridization of complementary double stranded DNA (dsDNA bonded to the QDs and AuNPs (CdTe-dsDNA-Au determined the FRET distance of CdTe QDs and AuNPs. Compared with the fluorescence of CdTe-DNA, the fluorescence of CdTe-dsDNA-Au conjugates (DNA probes decreased extremely, which indicated that the FRET occurred between CdTe QDs and AuNPs. The probe system would have a certain degree recovery of fluorescence when the complementary single stranded DNA was introduced into this system, which showed that the distance between CdTe QDs and AuNPs was increased.

  16. Non-competitive solid-phase radioimmunoassay for human aldolase A

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    Asaka, M.; Alpert, E. (Baylor Univ., Houston, TX (USA). Coll. of Medicine); Nagase, K.; Miyazaki, T. (Hokkaido Univ., Sapporo (Japan). School of Medicine)

    1982-10-13

    A solid-phase, non-competitive radioimmunoassay for aldolase A in human serum has been developed. Human aldolase A was purified from muscle, and specific antisera to the purified aldolase A were obtained from chickens. Specific IgG anti-human aldolase A was purified by affinity chromatography. Disposable polypropylene plates were coated with specific IgG antibody and used for radioimmunoassay with /sup 125/I-specific IgG antibody to aldolase A. The non-specific binding was minimized by saturating the binding sites of the plates with 2% ovalbumin in 0.1% Tween 20. This radioimmunoassay is specific for the aldolase A subunit, with no cross-reactivity with human aldolase B subunit or homopolymeric human aldolase C(C/sub 4/). The serum aldolase A immunoreactivities of 33 normal subjects ranged from 124 to 212 ng/ml with a mean of 178 +- 41 ng/ml (+-2 SD). Ninety-three patients' sera were assayed with both a solid-phase non-competitive radioimmunoassay and a competitive double antibody radioimmunoassay developed in our laboratory and the results showed a high degree of correlation (r=0.912; p<0.001). Rapidity and simplicity of the solid-phase assay makes it superior to other methods for the measurement of serum aldolase isozymes.

  17. Synthesis of mesh-shaped calcia partially stabilized zirconia using eggshell membrane template as filler composite

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    Gema Gempita; Zulia Hasratiningsih; Gantini Subrata; Bambang Sunendar Purwasasmita

    2017-01-01

    ...) by sol-gel method using eggshell membrane template as a composite filler. The eggshell membrane was used to produce a mesh shaped structure, which hopefully can improve the mechanical properties of the composite...

  18. Long-term decline in the thickness of eggshells of thrushes, Turdus spp., in Britain

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    R.E. Green

    1998-01-01

    .... The cause of the declines is unknown, but, for three of the four species, eggshell thinning began before the introduction of the organochlorine pesticide DDT, which caused eggshell thinning in predatory and fish...

  19. Combination of solid phase extraction and in vial solid phase derivatization using a strong anion exchange disk for the determination of nerve agent markers.

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    Subramaniam, Raja; Astot, Crister; Nilsson, Calle; Ostin, Anders

    2009-11-27

    Alkylphosphonic acids (APAs) are degradation products and chemical markers of organophosphorous (OP) nerve agents (chemical warfare agents). Anion exchange disk-based solid phase extraction (SPE) has been combined with in vial solid phase derivatization (SPD) and GC-MS analysis for the determination of APAs in aqueous samples. The optimization of critical method parameters, such as the SPD reaction, was achieved using statistical experimental design and multivariate data analysis. The optimized method achieved quantitative recoveries in the range from 83% to 101% (n=13, RSD from 4% to 10%). The method was sensitive, with LODs in SIM mode of 0.14 ppb, and demonstrated excellent linearity with an average R(2)>or=0.99 over the concentration range of 0.07-1.4 ppm in full scan mode and from 0.14 ppb to 14 ppb in SIM mode. For forensic applications, aqueous samples containing APAs at concentrations exceeding 14 ppb were concentrated and target analytes were successfully identified by spectral library and retention index matching. Method robustness was evaluated using aqueous samples from the official OPCW Proficiency Test (round 19) and all APAs present in the sample were conclusively identified. The SPE disk retained the underivatized APAs in a stable condition for extended periods of time. No significant losses of APAs from the disk were observed over a 36-day period. Overall, the method is well suited to the qualitative and quantitative analysis of degradation markers of OP nerve agents in aqueous matrices with simplicity, a low risk of cross-contamination and trace level sensitivity.

  20. Eggshell thickness variation in red-legged partridge (Alectoris rufa) from Spain

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    Castilla, Aurora M.; de Aragón, Juan Martínez; Herrel, Anthony

    2009-01-01

    Eggshell thickness is commonly used as an indicator of habitat quality and effects of environmental pollution on avian reproduction. We present the first data available on eggshell thickness for Red-legged Partridge (Alectoris rufa) in Spain. We compared eggshell thickness between eggs collected...

  1. INTERNAL AND EXTERNAL QUALITY OF COMMERCIAL LAYING HENS EGGS WITH NORMAL AND VITREOUS EGGSHELL

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    Daniela Reis Vilela

    2016-10-01

    Full Text Available The objective of this study was to evaluate the internal and external quality of eggs classified as eggs with normal eggshell and eggs with vitreous eggshell, produced by hens at three different ages. Forty-five eggs of each eggshell type, normal and vitreous, were sampled at the ages of 30, 50, and 70 weeks. The weight of the egg, in both types of eggshell, increased with the advancing age of the hen. Higher concentration of calcium was found in eggs with normal eggshells comparing to eggs with vitreous eggshells. The eggshell type did not affect phosphorus percentage. The mineral deposition of the eggshell was constant. The skin thickness increased irrespective of the shell along the reproductive life of the chicken and decreased when the bird became older. The percentage of albumen increased, while the percentage of albumen protein and pH decreased throughout the ages. Percentage of egg yolk, humidity, and pH decreased with increase of age of the laying hen, whereas crude protein and lipid increased. Eggs with vitreous eggshell showed eggshell with lower quality compared to those with normal eggshell, without, however, compromising the internal quality of albumen and yolk. Keywords: egg quality; eggshell types; physical analysis.

  2. ESR dosimetry using eggshells and tooth enamel for accidental dosimetry

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    Oka, Toshihide; Yamanaka, Chihiro; Ikeya, Motoji [Department of Earth and Space Science, Faculty of Science, Osaka Univ., Toyonaka, Osaka (Japan)

    1997-07-01

    The CO{sub 2}{sup -} signal of eggshells showed a good dose linearity and was appropriate in the wide dose range from 1 to 10 kGy, while ESR signal of CO{sub 2}{sup -} in sea and fresh water shells were saturated at a dose od below 10 kGy. The minimum detectable dose and G-value of CO{sub 2}{sup -} in eggshells were estimated 0.3 Gy and 0.28, respectively. The lifetime of CO{sub 2}{sup -} in eggshells could not be determined exactly because of overlapping organic signals, however it is still sufficiently long for practical use as ESR dosimeter materials. Various bird`s or reptile`s eggshells would be available as natural retrospective ESR dosimeter materials after nuclear accidents. Eggshells will be useful for the food irradiation dosimetry in the dose range of about a few kGy. Tooth enamel is one of the most useful dosimeter materials in public at a accident because of its high sensitivity. ESR dosimetry will replace TLD in near future if the cost of an ESR reader is further reduced . (author)

  3. Immobilization and characterization of bovine liver catalase on eggshell

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    ÖZLEM ALPTEKİN

    2008-06-01

    Full Text Available Bovine liver catalase immobilized on eggshell particles was characterized and the reusability of the immobilized catalase was investigated in a batch type reactor. For immobilized catalase onto ground eggshell (ICATG, the optimum initial amount of catalase was 85 mg g-1 of eggshells, the optimum pH was 6.0 (75 mM citrate buffer and the temperature was 30 °C. The Vmax and Km values of ICATG were determined as 29.1±1.2 U/mg of protein and 41.9±2.7 mM, respectively. The reusability of ICATG was tested and the remaining activity of ICATG was found to be 73 % of the initial activity after 80 cycles of batch operation. The amount of catalase bound onto the carrier was estimated by using the results of induced coupled plasma measurements. The catalytic efficiencies (kcat/Km of free catalase and ICATG were found to be 1.4´106 and 2.8´103 dm3 s-1 mol-1, respectively. Catalase immobilization onto eggshell is economic and has good reusability. Hence, it can be concluded that eggshell is an efficient carrier for immobilizing catalase.

  4. Changes in brown eggshell color as the hen ages.

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    Odabaşi, A Z; Miles, R D; Balaban, M O; Portier, K M

    2007-02-01

    The color of eggshells from eggs laid by commercial-type Hy-Line brown hens 25 wk of age was studied over a period of 10 mo. Color measurements were made by a color machine vision system and were analyzed using a mixed model to calculate between and within hen variances and to investigate the effect of time on shell color. Hens laid eggs with lighter colored shells as the flock aged, as evidenced by the lightness (L*) values increasing in time. A decrease in pigmentation was associated with a decrease in the amount of redness (a*) in the eggshell. When L* and a* values were corrected for egg weight, the rate of change in the L* and a* values decreased, indicating that size of the egg was a major factor affecting the color of the eggshell. These findings quantified the observations that older hens lay lighter colored eggs due to an increase in egg size associated with no proportionate change in the quantity of pigment deposited over the shell surface. Using a 2-stage sampling analysis and the variances between and within hens, sample sizes required to estimate the color of eggshells within 5% of the true mean were calculated. Accordingly, 11 eggs would need to be collected from each of the 51 hens housed for a study of brown eggshell color using the L*, a*, and b* (yellowness) coordinates.

  5. Energy Harvesting, Electrode Processes and the Partitioning and Speciation of Solid Phase Iron and Sulfur in Marine Sediments

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    Reimers, Clare

    2003-01-01

    .... Sediment, pore water and electrode surface analyses indicated that electricity product ion is coupled to the oxidation of dissolved and solid-phase forms of reduced sulfur supplied from the sediments...

  6. Characteristics of global organic matrix in normal and pimpled chicken eggshells.

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    Liu, Z; Song, L; Zhang, F; He, W; Linhardt, R J

    2017-10-01

    The organic matrix from normal and pimpled calcified chicken eggshells were dissociated into acid-insoluble, water-insoluble, and facultative-soluble (both acid- and water-soluble) components, to understand the influence of shell matrix on eggshell qualities. A linear correlation was shown among these 3 matrix components in normal eggshells but was not observed in pimpled eggshells. In pimpled eggshells, the percentage contents of all 4 groups of matrix (the total matrix, acid-insoluble matrix, water-insoluble matrix, and facultative-soluble matrix) were significantly higher than that in normal eggshells. The amounts of both total matrix and acid-insoluble matrix in individual pimpled calcified shells were high, even though their weight was much lower than a normal eggshell. In both normal and pimpled eggshells, the calcified eggshell weight and shell thickness significantly and positively correlated with the amounts of all 4 groups of matrix in an individual calcified shell. In normal eggshells, the calcified shell thickness and shell breaking strength showed no significant correlations with the percentage contents of all 4 groups of matrix. In normal eggshells, only the shell membrane weight significantly correlated with the constituent ratios of both acid-insoluble matrix and facultative-soluble matrix in the whole matrix. In pimpled eggshells, 3 variables (calcified shell weight, shell thickness, and breaking strength) were significantly correlated with the constituent proportions of both acid-insoluble matrix and facultative-matrix. This study suggests that mechanical properties of normal eggshells may not linearly depend on the organic matrix content in the calcified eggshells and that pimpled eggshells might result by the disequilibrium enrichment of some proteins with negative effects. © 2017 Poultry Science Association Inc.

  7. Solid-phase material connectivity in the soil catenas in the arable landscapes

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    Koshovskii, Timur; Zhidkin, Andrei; Gennadiev, Alexandr

    2017-04-01

    Transport of soil solid-phase material at the arable slopes lead to connectivity between different landscape positions. But there is lack of knowledge about distance and real extent of connectivity of soils within catenas. The aim of this research was - the large-scale estimation of connectivity within arable part of catenas by applying soil solid-phase marker of material movement. The studied catchment is located in the forest-steppe zone (near Plavsk city, Tula region, Russia), and had an area of 0.96 sq.km. Lengths of slopes were 300 - 700 meters; steepness of slopes was from 1 to 7 degrees in arable part and exceeded 18 degrees in the grass part. Nine catenas were studied within the catchment; they had dispersed form near outfall and converge form near valley head. Soil samples were taken along catenas with step 100-25 m from the depths 0-25 and 25-50 cm. The quantitative analysis of the content of spherical magnetic particles (SMPs) was conducted in soil samples. SMPs were used for estimation the soil solid-phase material transport during 100-120 year, as these particles were falling out from the atmosphere on the soil surface since 1860 after burning of coal in steam locomotives. Present-day uneven distribution of SMPs in the catchment is a result of soil erosion and deposition processes. The comparison of SMPs storage in non-eroded sites with slopes allowed estimating the mid-year displacement of solid-phase material mass in each sample point. Multiplying the soil erosion rate by the area of soil erosion gave the idea of the total removal of material from catena's part. In this research studied only arable part of the watershed. The volume of material transported through the plot was calculated for each catena's position. The following results were obtained. The extent and structure of the connectivity differed in the studied catenas within the same catchment area. On the wellhead slopes of southern exposition, the soil solid phase material, eroded from the

  8. The Effect of Eggshell Quality on Hatchability of Pure Chicken Breeds

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    Cyril Hrnčár

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available Hatchability is affected by a variety of factors. Eggshell quality plays very important role among these factors. In thiswork we analysed eggshell quality, hatchability and embryonic mortality of pure chicken breeds New Hampshire,Oravka, Plymouth Rock, Rhode Island Red and Sussex Light. Hatchability was significantly lower (P>0.05 inSussex Light in comparison with New Hampshire. The eggshell quality for Sussex Light was significantly decreased(P>0.05 in eggshell thickness (398.73 vs. 356.07 μm and eggshell percentage compared with New Hampshire(10.36 vs. 8.79 %.

  9. Hierarchical structure and mechanical properties of snake (Naja atra) and turtle (Ocadia sinensis) eggshells.

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    Chang, Yin; Chen, Po-Yu

    2016-02-01

    After hundreds of million years of evolution, natural armors have evolved in various organisms, and has manifested in diverse forms such as eggshells, abalone shells, alligator osteoderms, turtle shells, and fish scales. Eggshells serve as multifunctional shields for successful embryogenesis, such as protection, moisture control and thermal regulation. Unlike calcareous avian eggshells which are brittle and hard, reptilians have leathery eggshells that are tough and flexible. Reptilian eggshells can withstand collision damages when laid in holes and dropped onto each other, and reduce abrasion caused by buried sand. In this study, we investigate structure and mechanical properties of eggshells of Taiwan cobra snake (Naja atra) and Chinese striped-neck turtle (Ocadia sinensis). From Acid Fuchsin Orange G (AFOG) staining and ATR-FTIR examination, we found that both eggshells are mainly composed of keratin. The mechanical properties of demineralized snake and turtle eggshells were evaluated by tensile and fracture tests and show distinctly difference. Turtle eggshells are relatively stiff and rigid, while snake eggshells behave as elastomers, which are highly extensible and reversible. The exceptional deformability (110-230% tensile strain) and toughness of snake eggshells are contributed by the wavy and random arrangement of keratin fibers as well as collagen layers. Multi-scale toughening mechanisms of snake eggshells were observed and elucidated, including crack deflection and twisting, fibers reorientation, sliding and bridging, inter-laminar shear effect, as well as the α-β phase transition of keratin. Inspirations from the structural and mechanical designs of reptilian eggshells may lead to the synthesis of tough, extensible, lightweight composites which could be further applied in the flexible devices, packaging and bio-medical fields. Amniotic eggshells serve as multifunctional shields for successful embryogenesis. The avian eggshells have been extensively

  10. Solid-phase extraction and HPLC assay of nicotine and cotinine in plasma and brain.

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    Dawson, Ralph; Messina, S M; Stokes, C; Salyani, S; Alcalay, N; De Fiebre, N C; De Fiebre, C M

    2002-01-01

    The aim of this study was to develop a simple and reliable assay for nicotine (NIC) and its major metabolite, cotinine (COT), in plasma and brain. A method was developed that uses an extraction method compatible with reverse-phase high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) separation and ultraviolet (UV) detection. Sequential solid-phase extraction on silica columns followed by extraction using octadecyl (C18) columns resulted in mean percent recovery (n = 5) of 51 +/- 5, 64 +/- 10, and 52 +/- 10% for NIC, COT, and phenylimidazole (PI), respectively, in spiked 1-mL serum samples. Recovery (mean +/- SEM) of the internal standard (PI) from spiked samples of nicotine-injected rats averaged 64.1 +/- 1.5% (n = 138) from plasma, and 20.7+/-0.8% (n = 128) from brain. The limits of detection of NIC in plasma samples were approximately 8 ng per mL, and of COT, 13.6 ng per mL. Further optimization of our extraction method, using slower flow rates and solid-phase extraction on silica columns, followed by C18 column extraction, yielded somewhat better recoveries (38 +/-3%) for 1-mL brain homogenates. Interassay precision (coefficient of variation) was determined on the basis of daily calibrations for 2 months and was found to be 7%, 9%, and 9% for NIC, COT, and PI, respectively, whereas intra-assay variability was 3.9% for both NIC and COT. Limited studies were performed on analytical columns for comparison of retention, resolution, asymmetry, and column capacity. We concluded that a simple two-step solid-phase extraction method, coupled with HPLC separation and UV detection, can be used routinely to measure NIC and COT in biological fluids and tissues.

  11. Formation of organic solid phases in hydrocarbon reservoir fluids. Final report

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    Andersen, S.I.; Lindeloff, N.; Stenby, E.H.

    1998-12-31

    The occurrence of solid phases during oil recovery is a potential problem. The present work has mainly been concerned with wax formation due to cooling of oils with a large paraffin content. 8 oils have been included in this project, although only a few of these have till now been subject to all the experimental techniques applied. The oils and wax fractions from these have been characterized using techniques such as GC-MS and Ftir. The goal has in part been to get a detailed description of the oil composition for use in model evaluation and development and in part to get a fundamental understanding of waxy oil properties and behaviour. A high pressure (200 bar) equipment has been developed for automatic detection of wax appearance using a filtration technique and laser light turbidimetry. The latter was found to be far superior to the filtration. The filtration was used to sample the incipient solid phase for characterization. However entrapment of liquid in the filters currently used have hampered this part. A number of model systems and one gas condensate have been investigated. The GC-MS procedure was found only to been able to detect molecules up to n-C45 and the group type analysis was not accurate enough for modelling purposes. Using Ftir it was obvious that incipient phases may contain very complex molecules (asphaltenes) which are not captured by GC-MS especially when fractionation is done using the acetone precipitation at elevated temperature. The latter fractionation procedure has been investigated thoroughly as a tool for understanding wax distribution etc. Within thermodynamic modelling a delta lattice parameter model has been developed which incorporates the non-ideality of the solid phases into the calculation of SLE. The non-ideality is estimated from pure component properties. A new algorithm for phase equilibria involving gas-liquid-solid has been developed. Currently both the model work and the experimental works are continued. (au)

  12. Geochemistry, mineralogy, solid-phase fractionation and oral bioaccessibility of lead in urban soils of Lisbon.

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    Reis, A P; Patinha, C; Wragg, J; Dias, A C; Cave, M; Sousa, A J; Costa, C; Cachada, A; Ferreira da Silva, E; Rocha, F; Duarte, A

    2014-10-01

    An urban survey of Lisbon, the largest city in Portugal, was carried out to investigate its environmental burden, emphasizing metallic elements and their public health impacts. This paper examines the geochemistry of lead (Pb) and its influence on human health data. A total of 51 soil samples were collected from urban recreational areas used by children to play outdoors. The semi-quantitative analysis of Pb was carried out by inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry after an acid digestion. X-ray diffraction was used to characterize the soil mineralogy. The solid-phase distribution of Pb in the urban soils was investigated on a subset of 7 soils, out of a total of 51 samples, using a non-specific sequential extraction method coupled with chemometric analysis. Oral bioaccessibility measurements were obtained using the Unified BARGE Method developed by the Bioaccessibility Research Group of Europe. The objectives of the study are as follows: (1) investigation of Pb solid-phase distribution; (2) interpretation of Pb oral bioaccessibility measurements; (3) integration of metal geochemistry with human health data; and (4) understanding the influence of geochemistry and mineralogy on oral bioaccessibility. The results show that the bioaccessible fraction of Pb is lower when major metal fractions are associated with less soluble soil phases such as Fe oxyhydroxides, and more increased when the metal is in the highly soluble carbonate phase. However, there is some evidence that the proportion of carbonates in the soil environment is also a key control over the oral bioaccessibility of Pb, irrespective of its solid-phase fractionation.

  13. Solid phase synthesis of a functionalized bis-peptide using "safety catch" methodology.

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    Pfeiffer, Conrad T; Schafmeister, Christian E

    2012-05-15

    In 1962, R.B. Merrifield published the first procedure using solid-phase peptide synthesis as a novel route to efficiently synthesize peptides. This technique quickly proved advantageous over its solution-phase predecessor in both time and labor. Improvements concerning the nature of solid support, the protecting groups employed and the coupling methods employed over the last five decades have only increased the usefulness of Merrifield's original system. Today, use of a Boc-based protection and base/nucleophile cleavable resin strategy or Fmoc-based protection and acidic cleavable resin strategy, pioneered by R.C. Sheppard, are most commonly used for the synthesis of peptides(1). Inspired by Merrifield's solid supported strategy, we have developed a Boc/tert-butyl solid-phase synthesis strategy for the assembly of functionalized bis-peptides(2), which is described herein. The use of solid-phase synthesis compared to solution-phase methodology is not only advantageous in both time and labor as described by Merrifield(1), but also allows greater ease in the synthesis of bis-peptide libraries. The synthesis that we demonstrate here incorporates a final cleavage stage that uses a two-step "safety catch" mechanism to release the functionalized bis-peptide from the resin by diketopiperazine formation. Bis-peptides are rigid, spiro-ladder oligomers of bis-amino acids that are able to position functionality in a predictable and designable way, controlled by the type and stereochemistry of the monomeric units and the connectivity between each monomer. Each bis-amino acid is a stereochemically pure, cyclic scaffold that contains two amino acids (a carboxylic acid with an α-amine)(3,4). Our laboratory is currently investigating the potential of functional bis-peptides across a wide variety of fields including catalysis, protein-protein interactions and nanomaterials.

  14. Solid-phase synthesis and biological evaluation of Joro spider toxin-4 from Nephila clavata

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    Barslund, Anne Fuglsang; Poulsen, Mette Homann; Bach, Tinna Brøbech

    2011-01-01

    Polyamine toxins from orb weaver spiders are attractive pharmacological tools particularly for studies of ionotropic glutamate (iGlu) receptors in the brain. These polyamine toxins are biosynthesized in a combinatorial manner, providing a plethora of related, but structurally complex toxins...... to be exploited in biological studies. Here, we have used solid-phase synthetic methodology for the efficient synthesis of Joro spider toxin-4 (JSTX-4) (1) from Nephila clavata, providing sufficient amounts of the toxin for biological evaluation at iGlu receptor subtypes using electrophysiology. Biological...

  15. Alpha-spectrometric analysis of uranium and thorium using solid-phase extraction for sample preparation

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    Weber, R.; Esterlund, R.A.; Patzelt, P

    1999-05-01

    A method is presented here for the preparation of thin uniform samples of naturally occurring uranium and thorium which are highly suitable for {alpha}-spectrometric analysis. The solid-phase extraction procedure simultaneously achieves a complete separation of the analytes from the sample matrix and a high enrichment factor for uranium and thorium, so that the ensuing eluate is ideally suited for either electrodeposition or ICP-MS, without the need for complicated and painstaking sample preparation. In contrast to conventional liquid-liquid phase-extraction methods, no organic waste solutions are produced, and the process can be easily automated.

  16. A method of solid-solid phase equilibrium calculation by molecular dynamics.

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    Karavaev, A V; Dremov, V V

    2016-12-14

    A method for evaluation of solid-solid phase equilibrium curves in molecular dynamics simulation for a given model of interatomic interaction is proposed. The method allows to calculate entropies of crystal phases and provides an accuracy comparable with that of the thermodynamic integration method by Frenkel and Ladd while it is much simpler in realization and less intense computationally. The accuracy of the proposed method was demonstrated in MD calculations of entropies for EAM potential for iron and for MEAM potential for beryllium. The bcc-hcp equilibrium curves for iron calculated for the EAM potential by the thermodynamic integration method and by the proposed one agree quite well.

  17. Solid-Phase Immunoassay of Polystyrene-Encapsulated Semiconductor Coreshells for Cardiac Marker Detection

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    Sanghee Kim

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available A solid-phase immunoassay of polystyrene-encapsulated semiconductor nanoparticles was demonstrated for cardiac troponin I (cTnI detection. CdSe/ZnS coreshells were encapsulated with a carboxyl-functionalized polystyrene nanoparticle to capture the target antibody through a covalent bonding and to eliminate the photoblinking and toxicity of semiconductor luminescent immunosensor. The polystyrene-encapsulated CdSe/ZnS fluorophores on surface-modified glass chip identified cTnI antigens at the level of ~ng/mL. It was an initial demonstration of diagnostic chip for monitoring a cardiovascular disease.

  18. Solid-phase synthesis of polyfunctional polylysine dendrons using aldehyde linkers

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    Svenssen, Daniel K.; Mirsharghi, Sahar; Boas, Ulrik

    2014-01-01

    A straightforward method for the solid-phase synthesis of C-terminally modified polylysine dendrons has been developed by applying bisalkoxybenzaldehyde and trisalkoxybenzaldehyde linkers. The method has been used for the synthesis of polylysine dendrons with a variety of C-terminal ‘tail groups......’ such as alkyl, propargyl, and dansyl to give dendrons in high crude purity. Furthermore, the method was successful for the synthesis of dendrons with multiple N-terminal pentapeptide groups together with C-terminal alkyl and propargyl tail groups. Finally, the method was shown to be well-suited for automated...

  19. Determination of traces of vanadium with 5-bromosalicylhydroxamic acid by solid-phase spectrophotometry

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    Pascual-Reguera, M.I.; Molina-Diaz, A.; Ramos-Martos, N. (Univ. of Granada, Jaen (Spain)); Capitan-Vallvey, L.F. (Univ. of Granada (Spain))

    1991-12-01

    A microdetermination method at {mu}g.1{sup {minus}1} levels for vanadium by solid-phase spectrophotometry has been developed. 5-Bromosalicylhydroxamic acid was used as chromogenic reagent to form a 1:2 violet complex which is easily sorbed and concentrated on a dextran-type anion-exchange resin. The resin-phase absorbances at 560 and 850 nm were measured directly. Vanadium can be determined in the 5-60 {mu}g.1{sup {minus}1} range with a RSD of 4.3%. The method is applied to the determination of vanadium in petroleum crudes and natural water samples.

  20. Solid-Phase Synthesis of Smac Peptidomimetics Incorporating Triazoloprolines and Biarylalanines

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    Le Quement, Sebastian T.; Ishoey, Mette; Petersen, Mette T.

    2011-01-01

    -Me)AVPF sequence, peptides incorporating triazoloprolines and biarylalanines were synthesized by means of Cu(I)-catalyzed azide–alkyne cycloaddition and Pd-catalyzed Suzuki cross-coupling reactions. Solid-phase procedures were optimized to high efficiency, thus accessing all products in excellent crude purities...... and yields (both typically above 90%). The peptides were subjected to biological evaluation in a live/dead cellular assay which revealed that structural decorations on the AVPF sequence indeed are highly important for cytotoxicity toward HeLa cells....

  1. Neutron Scattering Studies of Pre-Transitional Effects in Solid-Solid Phase Transformations

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    Shapiro, S. M.

    1999-06-30

    Neutron scattering studies have played a fundamental role in understanding solid-solid phase transformations, particularly in studying the lattice dynamical behavior associated with precursor effects. A review of the studies performed on solids exhibiting Martensitic transformations is given below. The mode softening and associated elastic diffuse scattering, previously observed in NiAl alloys, will be discussed as well as more recent work on Ni{sub 2}MnGa, a system exhibiting magnetic order as well as a Martensitic transformation. Also, new results on the precursor effects in ordered and disordered FePt alloys will be presented.

  2. Solid-phase cloning for high-throughput assembly of single and multiple DNA parts

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    Lundqvist, Magnus; Edfors, Fredrik; Sivertsson, Åsa

    2015-01-01

    present a robust automated protocol for restriction enzyme based SPC and its performance for the cloning of >60 000 unique human gene fragments into expression vectors. In addition, we report on SPC-based single-strand assembly for applications where exact control of the sequence between fragments......We describe solid-phase cloning (SPC) for high-throughput assembly of expression plasmids. Our method allows PCR products to be put directly into a liquid handler for capture and purification using paramagnetic streptavidin beads and conversion into constructs by subsequent cloning reactions. We...

  3. Synthesis of graphene nanoribbons from amyloid templates by gallium vapor-assisted solid-phase graphitization

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    Murakami, Katsuhisa, E-mail: k.murakami@bk.tsukuba.ac.jp; Dong, Tianchen; Kajiwara, Yuya; Takahashi, Teppei; Fujita, Jun-ichi [Institute of Applied Physics, Graduate School of Pure and Applied Sciences, University of Tsukuba, 1-1-1 Tennodai, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-8573 (Japan); Tsukuba Research Center for Interdisciplinary Materials Science, University of Tsukuba, 1-1-1 Tennodai, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-8573 (Japan); Hiyama, Takaki; Takai, Eisuke; Ohashi, Gai; Shiraki, Kentaro [Institute of Applied Physics, Graduate School of Pure and Applied Sciences, University of Tsukuba, 1-1-1 Tennodai, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-8573 (Japan)

    2014-06-16

    Single- and double-layer graphene nanoribbons (GNRs) with widths of around 10 nm were synthesized directly onto an insulating substrate by solid-phase graphitization using a gallium vapor catalyst and carbon templates made of amyloid fibrils. Subsequent investigation revealed that the crystallinity, conductivity, and carrier mobility were all improved by increasing the temperature of synthesis. The carrier mobility of the GNR synthesized at 1050 °C was 0.83 cm{sup 2}/V s, which is lower than that of mechanically exfoliated graphene. This is considered to be most likely due to electron scattering by the defects and edges of the GNRs.

  4. Dimeric Building Blocks for Solid-Phase Synthesis of α-Peptide-β-Peptoid Chimeras

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    Seigan, Gitte Bonke; Vedel, Line; Matthias, Witt,

    2008-01-01

    of side-chains, for use in solid-phase synthesis (SPS) of libraries of this type of oligomers. The β-peptoid monomers were obtained by microwave-assisted aza-Michael additions to acrylic esters. Subsequent solution-phase peptide coupling with suitably protected α-amino acids afforded dimeric intermediates....... Even sluggish peptide couplings, involving sterically hindered N-alkyl-β-alanines or amino acids with bulky side-chains, gave high yields on multigram-scale when using microwave (MW) irradiation. Protecting group and side-chain manipulations were performed as one-pot solution-phase procedures to afford...

  5. Application of solid phase extraction procedures for rare earth elements determination in environmental samples.

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    Pyrzynska, Krystyna; Kubiak, Anna; Wysocka, Irena

    2016-07-01

    Determination of rare earth elements in environmental samples requires often pre-concentration and separation step due to a low metal content and high concentration of the interfering matrix components. A solid phase extraction technique with different kind of solid sorbents offers a high enrichment factor, rapid phase separation and the possibility of its combination with various detection techniques used either in on-line or off-line mode. The recent developments in this area published over the last five years are presented and discussed in this paper. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  6. Preparation of bioconjugates by solid-phase conjugation to ion exchange matrix-adsorbed carrier proteins

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    Houen, G.; Olsen, D.T.; Hansen, P.R.

    2003-01-01

    protein was conjugated with glutathione, the conjugation ratio determined by acid hydrolysis, and amino acid analysis performed with quantification of carboxymethyl cysteine. Elution of conjugates from the resin by a salt gradient revealed considerable heterogeneity in the degree of derivatization...... of ovalbumin and various peptides were prepared in a similar manner and used for production of peptide antisera by direct immunization with the conjugates bound to the ion exchanger. Advantages of the method are its solid-phase nature, allowing fast and efficient reactions and intermediate washings...

  7. Solid phase synthesis of peptides containing backbone-fluorinated amino acids.

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    Hunter, Luke; Butler, Sharon; Ludbrook, Steven B

    2012-11-28

    Backbone-fluorinated amino acids exhibit unique conformational behaviour, and have potential utility as components of bioactive shape-controlled peptides. However, methods for the elaboration of backbone-fluorinated amino acids have thus far been limited to solution phase peptide coupling reactions. In this paper, protocols are developed that allow the successful manipulation of backbone-fluorinated amino acids using Fmoc-strategy solid phase peptide synthesis. To exemplify this strategy, several fluorinated RGD peptide analogues were synthesised in moderate to good overall yields.

  8. Solid Phase Characterization of Tank 241-AY-102 Annulus Space Particulate

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    Cooke, G. A.

    2013-01-30

    The Special Analytical Studies Group at the 222-S Laboratory (222-S) examined the particulate recovered from a series of samples from the annular space of tank 241-AY-102 (AY-102) using solid phase characterization (SPC) methods. These include scanning electron microscopy (SEM) using the ASPEX®1 scanning electron microscope, X-ray diffraction (XRD) using the Rigaku®2 MiniFlex X-ray diffractometer, and polarized light microscopy (PLM) using the Nikon®3 Eclipse Pol optical microscope. The SEM is equipped with an energy dispersive X-ray spectrometer (EDS) to provide chemical information.

  9. Traits of eggshells and shell membranes of translucent eggs.

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    Wang, De-He; Li, Ya-Jie; Liu, Long; Liu, Jing-Shou; Bao, Man; Yang, Ning; Zhuo-Cheng, Hou; Ning, Zhong-Hua

    2017-02-01

    Translucent eggshells negatively affect the appearance of eggs and decrease their economic value. Translocation and accumulation of water from the contents to the shells of eggs are frequent occurrences. Causes of translucent eggshell formation have been investigated, but the primary reason is uncertain. In previous studies, scientists have found that the thickness of the eggshell membrane was significantly different between translucent and opaque eggs. However, there are some conflicts among studies. We performed 2 experiments with 3 breeding flocks of chickens to target the reasons for egg translucence. In experiment 1, eggs of 1,024 Brown-Egg Dwarf Layers (DWL) were used. Approximately 1,600 eggs were collected over 2 consecutive days. They were stored for 3 days, and then 120 translucent and 120 opaque eggs were selected for measurement of egg quality traits and weight loss over several weeks. In experiment 2, we used DWL and White Leghorn pure line (WLL) for assessment of eggshell ultrastructure and membrane traits. We chose 120 translucent and 120 opaque eggs from 3,500 DWL eggs and 125 translucent and 125 opaque eggs from 5,028 WLL eggs. The results are as follows: (1) translucent eggs had greater eggshell strength and lower ultimate failure stress of shell membrane than opaque eggs in both DWL and WLL groups, (2) translucent eggs had thicker shells and thinner shell membranes than opaque eggs in DWL, (3) no significant differences were found in either gas pore or bubble pore traits between translucent and opaque eggs in either line, and (4) no significant differences were detected in internal egg quality or weight loss between translucent and opaque eggs in either line. In summary, the present study suggests that variations in both eggshells and shell membrane structures are implicated in the formation of translucent eggs. © 2016 Poultry Science Association Inc.

  10. Microfocus X-ray scattering investigations of eggshell nanotexture.

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    Lammie, Donna; Bain, Maureen M; Wess, Tim J

    2005-11-01

    The avian eggshell is a highly ordered calcitic bioceramic composite, with both inorganic and organic constituents. The interactions between the inorganic and organic components within the structure are poorly understood but are likely to occur at the nanometre level. Thus structural variation at this level may impinge on the overall structural integrity and mechanical performance of the eggshell, and therefore analysis at this level is fundamental in fully understanding this ordered structure. In this study, structural changes in the mineral crystallites were investigated by microfocus small-angle X-ray scattering (microSAXS) using synchrotron radiation. Small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) can be used to investigate structures on the nanometre scale such as size, shape, arrangement and internal porosity. A microfocused X-ray beam, 1.5 microm vertically by 7 microm, was used to produce vertical linear scans of the eggshell section. SAXS patterns were taken from the eggshell membrane (inner surface of the eggshell) to the cuticle (outer surface of the eggshell). This allowed textural variations within the eggshell to be mapped. The scattering intensity profile was then used to derive the dimension of scattering objects that define the nanotexture. The nanotexture observed may result from the presence of the organic matrix, which is embedded as intracrystalline particles producing voids within the calcified framework of large (>1 microm) calcite crystals. Porod analysis revealed the average size of a scattering interface to be approximately 4.5 nm with small changes that had a depth-dependent variation. These were largest at the mammillary layer/membrane boundary. The palisade layer displayed a small upward trend in size of scattering object. Parallel scans showed that the textural variations observed within the palisade layer are significant and indicate local subtextures. In addition, many of the patterns exhibit diffuse scattering streaks that could result from

  11. Eggshell apex abnormalities associated with Mycoplasma synoviae infection in layers.

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    Jeon, Eun-Ok; Kim, Jong-Nyeo; Lee, Hae-Rim; Koo, Bon-Sang; Min, Kyeong-Cheol; Han, Moo-Sung; Lee, Seung-Baek; Bae, Yeon-Ji; Mo, Jong-Suk; Cho, Sun-Hyung; Lee, Chang-Hee; Mo, In-Pil

    2014-12-01

    Eggs exhibiting eggshell apex abnormalities (EAA) were evaluated for changes in shell characteristics such as strength, thickness, and ultrastructure. Mycoplasma synoviae (MS) infection was confirmed by serological assay along with isolation of MS from the trachea and oviduct. Changes in eggshell quality were shown to be statistically significant (p < 0.01). We also identified ultrastructural changes in the mammillary knob layer by Scanning Electron Microscopy. While eggs may seem to be structurally sound, ultrastructural evaluation showed that affected eggs do not regain their former quality. In our knowledge, this is the first report describing the occurrence of EAA in Korea.

  12. Solid Phase Extraction Disk Procedure to Determine 239Pu in Soils

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    ZHANG Ji-qiao;ZHAO Ya-ping;DING You-qian;ZHANG Sheng-dong;YANG Jin-ling

    2016-11-01

    Full Text Available 239Pu in many soil samples should be analyzed to survey radioactive pollution level in nuclear facilities and its affinity environment efficiently. In order to input the opt conditions for column experiment, the experiments of the static adsorption coefficient of 239Pu to solid phase extraction disk with different contact time, concentration of HNO3 and different temperature were carried out. The chemical procedure for the rapid separation and determination of 239Pu in soils had been formulated, which using solid phase extraction disk (EmporeTM Anion Exchange-SR as extraction material and liquid scintillation spectrometry counting as measurement. In the procedure, soil sample usage was 10 g, and were leached by 8 mol/L HNO3, the chemical recovery of the procedure was about 78.9%, and the minimum detectable concentration was 3.7 Bq/kg. It took less than 3 hours once and the presence of 137Cs, 90Sr-90Y and natural uranium, 241Am, 99Tc did not interfere with the procedure, owning high DF of them. The procedure can be used extensively in determination of 239Pu in soils.

  13. Zinc oxide crystal whiskers as a novel sorbent for solid-phase extraction of flavonoids.

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    Wang, Licheng; Shangguan, Yangnan; Hou, Xiudan; Jia, Yong; Liu, Shujuan; Sun, Yingxin; Guo, Yong

    2017-08-15

    As a novel solid-phase extraction material, zinc oxide crystal whiskers were used to extract flavonoid compounds and showed good extraction abilities. X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy with energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy and surface area/pore volume characterized the sorbent. The zinc oxide was packed into a solid-phase extraction micro-column and its extraction ability was evaluated by four model flavonoid compounds. The sample loading and elution parameters were optimized and the zinc oxide based analytical method for flavonoids was established. It showed that the method has wide linearities from 1 to 150μg/L and low limits of detection at 0.25μg/L. The relative standard deviations of a single column repeatability and column to column reproducibility were less than 6.8% and 10.6%. Several real samples were analyzed by the established method and satisfactory results were obtained. The interactions between flavonoids and zinc oxide were calculated and proved to be from the Van der Waals' forces between the 4p and 5d orbitals from zinc atom and the neighboring π orbitals from flavonoid phenyl groups. Moreover, the zinc oxide crystal whiskers showed good stability and could be reused more than 50 times under the operation conditions. This work proves that the zinc oxide crystal whiskers are a good candidate for flavonoids enrichment. Copyright © 2017. Published by Elsevier B.V.

  14. Rapid solid-phase extraction and analysis of resveratrol and other polyphenols in red wine.

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    Hashim, Shima N N S; Schwarz, Lachlan J; Boysen, Reinhard I; Yang, Yuanzhong; Danylec, Basil; Hearn, Milton T W

    2013-10-25

    Red wine has long been credited as a good source of health-beneficial antioxidants, including the bioactive polyphenols catechin, quercetin, and (E)-resveratrol. In this paper, we report the application of reusable molecularly imprinted polymers (MIPs) for the selective and robust solid-phase extraction (SPE) and rapid analysis of (E)-resveratrol (LOD=8.87×10(-3) mg/L, LOQ=2.94×10(-2) mg/L), along with a range of other polyphenols from an Australian Pinot noir red wine. Optimization of the molecularly imprinted solid-phase extraction (MISPE) protocol resulted in the significant enrichment of (E)-resveratrol and several structurally related polyphenols. These secondary metabolites were subsequently identified by RP-HPLC and μLC-ESI ion trap MS/MS methods. The developed MISPE protocol employed low volumes of environmentally benign solvents selected according to the Green Chemistry principles, and resulted in the recovery of 99% of the total (E)-resveratrol present. These results further demonstrate the potential of generic protocols for the analysis of target compound with health beneficial properties within the food and nutraceutical industries using tailor-made MIPs. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  15. Solid-phase extraction of plant thionins employing aluminum silicate based extraction columns.

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    Hussain, Shah; Güzel, Yüksel; Pezzei, Cornelia; Rainer, Matthias; Huck, Christian W; Bonn, Günther K

    2014-08-01

    Thionins belong to a family of cysteine-rich, low-molecular-weight (∼5 KDa) biologically active proteins in the plant kingdom. They display a broad cellular toxicity against a wide range of organisms and eukaryotic cell lines. Thionins protect plants against different pathogens, including bacteria and fungi. A highly selective solid-phase extraction method for plant thionins is reported deploying aluminum silicate (3:2 mullite) powder as a sorbent in extraction columns. Mullite was shown to considerably improve selectivity compared to a previously described zirconium silicate embedded poly(styrene-co-divinylbenzene) monolithic polymer. Due to the presence of aluminum(III), mullite offers electrostatic interactions for the selective isolation of cysteine-rich proteins. In comparison to zirconium(IV) silicate, aluminum(III) silicate showed reduced interactions towards proteins which resulted into superior washings of unspecific compounds while still retaining cysteine-rich thionins. In the presented study, European mistletoe, wheat and barley samples were subjected to solid-phase extraction analysis for isolation of viscotoxins, purothionins and hordothionins, respectively. Matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time of flight mass spectroscopy was used for determining the selectivity of the sorbent toward thionins. The selectively retained thionins were quantified by colorimetric detection using the bicinchoninic acid assay. For peptide mass-fingerprint analysis tryptic digests of eluates were examined. © 2014 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  16. Matrix compatible solid phase microextraction coating, a greener approach to sample preparation in vegetable matrices.

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    Naccarato, Attilio; Pawliszyn, Janusz

    2016-09-01

    This work proposes the novel PDMS/DVB/PDMS fiber as a greener strategy for analysis by direct immersion solid phase microextraction (SPME) in vegetables. SPME is an established sample preparation approach that has not yet been adequately explored for food analysis in direct immersion mode due to the limitations of the available commercial coatings. The robustness and endurance of this new coating were investigated by direct immersion extractions in raw blended vegetables without any further sample preparation steps. The PDMS/DVB/PDMS coating exhibited superior features related to the capability of the external PDMS layer to protect the commercial coating, and showed improvements in terms of extraction capability and in the cleanability of the coating surface. In addition to having contributed to the recognition of the superior features of this new fiber concept before commercialization, the outcomes of this work serve to confirm advancements in the matrix compatibility of the PDMS-modified fiber, and open new prospects for the development of greener high-throughput analytical methods in food analysis using solid phase microextraction in the near future. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  17. Solid-Phase Bioconjugation of Heterobifunctional Adaptors for Versatile Assembly of Bispecific Targeting Ligands

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    2015-01-01

    High-throughput generation of bispecific molecules promises to expedite the discovery of new molecular therapeutics and guide engineering of novel multifunctional constructs. However, high synthesis complexity and cost have hampered the discovery of bispecific molecules in drug development and biomedical research. Herein we describe a simple solid-phase bioconjugation procedure for preparation of Protein A(G,L)-PEG-Streptavidin heterobifunctional adaptors (with 1:1:1 stoichiometry), which enable self-assembly of unmodified antibodies and biotinylated molecules into bispecific targeting ligands in a versatile mix-and-use manner. Utility of such adaptors is demonstrated by assembly of anti-CD3 and anti-Her2 antibodies into bispecific CD3xHer2 targeting ligands, which efficiently drive T-cell-mediated lysis of Her2-positive cancer cells. In comparison to bioconjugation in solution, the solid-phase procedure described here offers precise stoichiometry control, ease of purification, and high yield of functional conjugates. Simplicity and versatility should prove this methodology instrumental for preparation of bispecific ligands, as well as for high-throughput screening of bispecific combinations, before proceeding to synthesis of lead candidates via recombinant engineering or chemical cross-linking. PMID:25010411

  18. How enzymes are adsorbed on soil solid phase and factors limiting its activity: A Review

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    Datta, Rahul; Anand, Swati; Moulick, Amitava; Baraniya, Divyashri; Pathan, Shamina Imran; Rejsek, Klement; Vranova, Valerie; Sharma, Meenakshi; Sharma, Daisy; Kelkar, Aditi; Formanek, Pavel

    2017-04-01

    A majority of biochemical reactions are often catalysed by different types of enzymes. Adsorption of the enzyme is an imperative phenomenon, which protects it from physical or chemical degradation resulting in enzyme reserve in soil. This article summarizes some of the key results from previous studies and provides information about how enzymes are adsorbed on the surface of the soil solid phase and how different factors affect enzymatic activity in soil. Many studies have been done separately on the soil enzymatic activity and adsorption of enzymes on solid surfaces. However, only a few studies discuss enzyme adsorption on soil perspective; hence, we attempted to facilitate the process of enzyme adsorption specifically on soil surfaces. This review is remarkably unmatched, as we have thoroughly reviewed the relevant publications related to protein adsorption and enzymatic activity. Also, the article focuses on two important aspects, adsorption of enzymes and factors limiting the activity of adsorbed enzyme, together in one paper. The first part of this review comprehensively lays emphasis on different interactions between enzymes and the soil solid phase and the kinetics of enzyme adsorption. In the second part, we encircle various factors affecting the enzymatic activity of the adsorbed enzyme in soil.

  19. DNA display III. Solid-phase organic synthesis on unprotected DNA.

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    David R Halpin

    2004-07-01

    Full Text Available DNA-directed synthesis represents a powerful new tool for molecular discovery. Its ultimate utility, however, hinges upon the diversity of chemical reactions that can be executed in the presence of unprotected DNA. We present a solid-phase reaction format that makes possible the use of standard organic reaction conditions and common reagents to facilitate chemical transformations on unprotected DNA supports. We demonstrate the feasibility of this strategy by comprehensively adapting solid-phase 9-fluorenylmethyoxycarbonyl-based peptide synthesis to be DNA-compatible, and we describe a set of tools for the adaptation of other chemistries. Efficient peptide coupling to DNA was observed for all 33 amino acids tested, and polypeptides as long as 12 amino acids were synthesized on DNA supports. Beyond the direct implications for synthesis of peptide-DNA conjugates, the methods described offer a general strategy for organic synthesis on unprotected DNA. Their employment can facilitate the generation of chemically diverse DNA-encoded molecular populations amenable to in vitro evolution and genetic manipulation.

  20. Titanium dioxide solid phase for inorganic species adsorption and determination: the case of arsenic.

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    Vera, R; Fontàs, C; Anticó, E

    2017-04-01

    We have evaluated a new titanium dioxide (Adsorbsia As600) for the adsorption of both inorganic As (V) and As (III) species. In order to characterize the sorbent, batch experiments were undertaken to determine the capacities of As (III) and As (V) at pH 7.3, which were found to be 0.21 and 0.14 mmol g-1, respectively. Elution of adsorbed species was only possible using basic solutions, and arsenic desorbed under batch conditions was 50 % when 60 mg of loaded titanium dioxide was treated with 0.5 M NaOH solution. Moreover, its use as a sorbent for solid-phase extraction and preconcentration of arsenic species from well waters has been investigated, without any previous pretreatment of the sample. Solid-phase extraction was implemented by packing several minicolumns with Adsorbsia As600. The method has been validated showing good accuracy and precision. Acceptable recoveries were obtained when spiked waters at 100-200 μg L-1 were measured. The presence of major anions commonly found in waters did not affect arsenic adsoption, and only silicate at 100 mg L-1 level severely competed with arsenic species to bind to the material. Finally, the measured concentrations in water samples containing arsenic from the Pyrinees (Catalonia, Spain) showed good agreement with the ICP-MS results.

  1. Improved detection limits for phthalates by selective solid-phase micro-extraction

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    Zia, Asif I.

    2016-03-30

    Presented research reports on an improved method and enhanced limits of detection for phthalates; a hazardous additive used in the production of plastics by solid-phase micro-extraction (SPME) polymer in comparison to molecularly imprinted solid-phase extraction (MISPE) polymer. The polymers were functionalized on an interdigital capacitive sensor for selective binding of phthalate molecules from a complex mixture of chemicals. Both polymers owned predetermined selectivity by formation of valuable molecular recognition sites for Bis (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP). Polymers were immobilized on planar electrochemical sensor fabricated on a single crystal silicon substrate with 500 nm sputtered gold electrodes fabricated using MEMS fabrication techniques. Impedance spectra were obtained using electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) to determine sample conductance for evaluation of phthalate concentration in the spiked sample solutions with various phthalate concentrations. Experimental results revealed that the ability of SPME polymer to adsorb target molecules on the sensing surface is better than that of MISPE polymer for phthalates in the sensing system. Testing the extracted samples using high performance liquid chromatography with photodiode array detectors validated the results.

  2. Electromagnetic properties of high-carbon ferrochrome powders decarburized in solid phase by microwave heating

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    Li, Wei [College of Materials Science and Engineering, Taiyuan University of Technology, Taiyuan 030024, Shanxi (China); Chen, Jin, E-mail: chenjin2013815@126.com [College of Materials Science and Engineering, Taiyuan University of Technology, Taiyuan 030024, Shanxi (China); Guo, Lina; Hao, Jiujiu; Han, Peide [College of Materials Science and Engineering, Taiyuan University of Technology, Taiyuan 030024, Shanxi (China); Liu, Jinying [The 12th Institute of China Electronics Technology Group Corporation, Beijing 100016 (China)

    2014-11-15

    Highlights: • High-carbon ferrochrome powders present diamagnetism. • We study the effect of temperature and time on electromagnetic properties. • The relative permittivity and permeability exhibit an opposite change trend. • The absorption peak shifts to lower frequency with the increasing temperature. - Abstract: During solid-phase decarburization, the changes of the electromagnetic properties can reflect the variation degree of material components. High-carbon ferrochrome powders (HCFCP) with addition of CaCO{sub 3} were decarburized in solid phase by microwave heating and the electromagnetic properties of the decarburized materials were investigated. With increasing in heating temperature from 1173 to 1473 K, the relative permittivity of the decarburized materials increases initially and then decreases, whereas the relative permeability exhibits an opposite change trend. As holding time ranges from 40 to 60 min at 1273 K, the relative permittivity and dielectric loss factor tend to decrease while the relative permeability and magnetic loss factor tend to increase, corresponding to the maximum mean velocity of decarburization. In microwave fields, electromagnetic properties of the decarburized materials principally vary with carbon content, C-vacancies and crystal structure, and their changes in turn affect the interaction of microwaves with the decarburized materials.

  3. Platform construction and extraction mechanism study of magnetic mixed hemimicelles solid-phase extraction

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    Xiao, Deli; Zhang, Chan; He, Jia; Zeng, Rong; Chen, Rong; He, Hua

    2016-01-01

    Simple, accurate and high-throughput pretreatment method would facilitate large-scale studies of trace analysis in complex samples. Magnetic mixed hemimicelles solid-phase extraction has the power to become a key pretreatment method in biological, environmental and clinical research. However, lacking of experimental predictability and unsharpness of extraction mechanism limit the development of this promising method. Herein, this work tries to establish theoretical-based experimental designs for extraction of trace analytes from complex samples using magnetic mixed hemimicelles solid-phase extraction. We selected three categories and six sub-types of compounds for systematic comparative study of extraction mechanism, and comprehensively illustrated the roles of different force (hydrophobic interaction, π-π stacking interactions, hydrogen-bonding interaction, electrostatic interaction) for the first time. What’s more, the application guidelines for supporting materials, surfactants and sample matrix were also summarized. The extraction mechanism and platform established in the study render its future promising for foreseeable and efficient pretreatment under theoretical based experimental design for trace analytes from environmental, biological and clinical samples. PMID:27924944

  4. Comparison of fluorescence microscopy and solid-phase cytometry methods for counting bacteria in water

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    Lisle, John T.; Hamilton, Martin A.; Willse, Alan R.; McFeters, Gordon A.

    2004-01-01

    Total direct counts of bacterial abundance are central in assessing the biomass and bacteriological quality of water in ecological and industrial applications. Several factors have been identified that contribute to the variability in bacterial abundance counts when using fluorescent microscopy, the most significant of which is retaining an adequate number of cells per filter to ensure an acceptable level of statistical confidence in the resulting data. Previous studies that have assessed the components of total-direct-count methods that contribute to this variance have attempted to maintain a bacterial cell abundance value per filter of approximately 106 cells filter-1. In this study we have established the lower limit for the number of bacterial cells per filter at which the statistical reliability of the abundance estimate is no longer acceptable. Our results indicate that when the numbers of bacterial cells per filter were progressively reduced below 105, the microscopic methods increasingly overestimated the true bacterial abundance (range, 15.0 to 99.3%). The solid-phase cytometer only slightly overestimated the true bacterial abundances and was more consistent over the same range of bacterial abundances per filter (range, 8.9 to 12.5%). The solid-phase cytometer method for conducting total direct counts of bacteria was less biased and performed significantly better than any of the microscope methods. It was also found that microscopic count data from counting 5 fields on three separate filters were statistically equivalent to data from counting 20 fields on a single filter.

  5. Fluorometric determination of Ethofenprox in water by using solid-phase extraction.

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    Nakamura, M; Igarashi, T; Yamada, S; Aizawa, S

    2000-08-01

    Ethofenprox (pesticide) exhibits a relatively strong fluorescence in the UV region. Its fluorescence properties were investigated in aqueous solution, organic solvents, and micellar media. The fluorescence intensity of Ethofenprox was enhanced by a factor of 1.2 to 2.7 in the presence of surfactants and by 1.4 in pure organic solvents without significant shift of the excitation and emission wavelengths. The conditions for solid-phase extraction of Ethofenprox from water samples were examined. Among the solid-phase extraction cartridges studied, a Sep Pak C8 with weak sorption ability was found to be the most useful due to the extremely high hydrophobicity of Ethofenprox. For the complete elution of Ethofenprox from the sorbent, an addition of 40%v/v methanol to the sample water was necessary and effective to eliminate the fluorescent impurities of the matrix. The calibration graph obtained was linear over the range of 0.03 to 2.4 mg L(-1) in 100 mL sample. The method was successfully applied to the determination of Ethofenprox in tap, well, and river waters with recoveries of 93.2-95.7%.

  6. Gold nanoparticles based solid-phase microextraction coatings for determining organochlorine pesticides in aqueous environmental samples.

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    Gutiérrez-Serpa, Adrián; Rocío-Bautista, Priscilla; Pino, Verónica; Jiménez-Moreno, Francisco; Jiménez-Abizanda, Ana I

    2017-05-01

    The use of solid-phase microextraction coatings based on gold nanoparticles was investigated, focusing the attention on the preparation of nanoparticles with nonclassical reduction agents of HAuCl4 such as gallic acid and H2 O2 , rather than the conventional sodium citrate. All nanoparticles were characterized by diode array spectroscopy, whereas novel nanoparticles prepared with gallic acid and H2 O2 were also characterized by microscopic techniques. Solid-phase microextraction coatings were prepared with a layer-by-layer approach. Gallic acid permitted the preparation of stable nanoparticles with milder experimental conditions (1 min, room temperature) and provided the most uniform coatings (thickness ∼3 μm). Seven organochlorine pesticides were determined in different environmental waters using gas chromatography with electron capture detection. Despite the low thickness of the coatings, limits of detection of the entire method down to 0.13 μg/L were obtained. A comparison with the commercial polyacrylate in terms of the partition coefficients of the analytes to the coatings gave logarithm of the partition coefficient values two times higher with gallic acid than polyacrylate (although the commercial fiber is 28 times thicker). Interfiber relative standard deviation values ranged from 8.67 to 21.3%. Optimum fibers also presented an adequate lifetime (>100 extractions). © 2017 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  7. Behaviour of solid phase ethyl cyanide in simulated conditions of Titan

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    Couturier-Tamburelli, I.; Toumi, A.; Piétri, N.; Chiavassa, T.

    2018-01-01

    In order to simulate different altitudes in the atmosphere of Titan, we investigated using infrared spectrometry and mass spectrometry the photochemistry of ethyl cyanide (CH3CH2CN) ices at different temperatures. Heating experiments of the solid phase until complete desorption showed up three phase transitions with a first one appearing to be approximately at the temperature of Titan's surface (94 K), measured by the Huygens probe. Ethyl cyanide, whose presence has been suggested in solid phase in Titan, can be considered as another nitrile for photochemical models of the Titan atmosphere after our first study (Toumi et al., 2016) concerning vinyl cyanide (CH2CHCN). The desorption energy of ethyl cyanide has been calculated to be 36.75 ( ± 0.55) kJ mol-1 using IRTF and mass spectroscopical techniques. High energetic photolysis (λ > 120 nm) have been performed and we identified ethyl isocyanide, vinyl cyanide, cyanoacetylene, ethylene, acetylene, cyanhydric acid and a methylketenimine form as photoproducts from ethyl cyanide. The branching ratios of the primary products were determined at characteristic temperatures of Titan thanks to the value of the νCN stretching band strength of ethyl cyanide that has been calculated to be 4.12 × 10-18 cm molecule-1. We also report here for the first time the values of the photodissociation cross sections of C2H5CN for different temperatures.

  8. Solid phase extraction and spectrophotometric determination of palladium with 2-(2-quinolylazo-5-diethylaminobenzoic acid

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    WEIZU YANG

    2006-07-01

    Full Text Available Asensitive, selective and rapid method for the determination of palladium based on the rapid reaction of palladium(II with 2-(2-quinolylazo-5-diethylaminobenzoic acid (QADEAB and the solid phase extraction of the Pd(II –QADEAB chelate with a reversed phase polymer-based C18 cartridge was developed. In the presence of 0.05 – 0. 5 mol/L of hydrochloric acid solution and cetyl trimethylammonium bromide (CTAB medium, QADEAB reacts with palladium(II to form a violet complex with a mole ratio 1:2 (palladium to QADEAB. The chelate was enriched by solid phase extraction with a reversed phase polymer-based C18 cartridge. An enrichment factor of 200 was obtained by elution of the chelate form the cartridge with the minimal amount of isopentyl alcohol. The molar absorptivity of the chelate in the isopentyl alcohol medium was 1.43 × 105 L mol-1 cm-1 at 628 nm. Beer’s law was obeyed in the range of 0.01 – 1.2 mg/mL. The relative standard deviation for eleven replicate samples at the 0.2 mg/L level was 2.18 %. The attained detection limit amounted to 0.02 mg/L in the original samples. This method was applied to the determination of palladium in environmental samples with good results.

  9. Solid phase-enhanced photothermal lensing with mesoporous polymethacrylate matrices for optical-sensing chemical analysis.

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    Nedosekin, Dmitry A; Saranchina, Nadezhda V; Sukhanov, Aleksey V; Gavrilenko, Nataliya A; Mikheev, Ivan V; Proskurnin, Mikhail A

    2013-07-01

    Procedures for the photothermal lens determination of metals and organic compounds, on the basis of solid-phase mesoporous optical-sensing materials (polymethacrylate [PMA]) matrices with immobilized reagents, were developed. These procedures combine (i) selective and efficient preconcentration of trace substances to be analyzed in specially designed and synthesized transparent mesoporous PMA plates; (ii) sensitive determination with the reliable and traceable photometric reactions previously developed for classical spectrophotometry; and (iii) the sensitivity enhancement of photothermal lens detection in polymers, which provides at least a ten-fold increase in sensitivity compared with solutions due to polymer thermo-optical properties (solid phase-enhanced thermal lensing). It is shown that the overall sensitivity of photothermal lens measurements in PMA matrices is two orders higher than photometric absorbance measurements for the same excitation source power, which is in good agreement with the expected theoretical sensitivity. Changes in the preparation of transparent PMA plates and analytical procedures for photothermal measurements compared with spectrophotometry are discussed. PMA matrices modified with various analytical reagents were applied to trace determination of Hg(II), Fe(II), Ag(I), Cu(II), and ascorbic acid, with subnanomolar to nanomolar limits of detection.

  10. Nucleation of ordered solid phases of proteins via a disordered high-density state: Phenomenological approach

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    Pan, Weichun; Kolomeisky, Anatoly B.; Vekilov, Peter G.

    2005-05-01

    Nucleation of ordered solid phases of proteins triggers numerous phenomena in laboratory, industry, and in healthy and sick organisms. Recent simulations and experiments with protein crystals suggest that the formation of an ordered crystalline nucleus is preceded by a disordered high-density cluster, akin to a droplet of high-density liquid that has been observed with some proteins; this mechanism allowed a qualitative explanation of recorded complex nucleation kinetics curves. Here, we present a simple phenomenological theory that takes into account intermediate high-density metastable states in the nucleation process. Nucleation rate data at varying temperature and protein concentration are reproduced with high fidelity using literature values of the thermodynamic and kinetic parameters of the system. Our calculations show that the growth rate of the near-critical and supercritical ordered clusters within the dense intermediate is a major factor for the overall nucleation rate. This highlights the role of viscosity within the dense intermediate for the formation of the ordered nucleus. The model provides an understanding of the action of additives that delay or accelerate nucleation and presents a framework within which the nucleation of other ordered protein solid phases, e.g., the sickle cell hemoglobin polymers, can be analyzed.

  11. PEGylation of magnetic multi-walled carbon nanotubes for enhanced selectivity of dispersive solid phase extraction.

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    Zeng, Qiong; Liu, Yi-Ming; Jia, Yan-Wei; Wan, Li-Hong; Liao, Xun

    2017-02-01

    Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) possess large potential as extraction absorbents in solid phase extraction. They have been widely applied in biomedicine research, while very rare application in natural product chemistry has been reported. In this work, methoxypolyethylene glycol amine (mPEG-NH2) is covalently coupled to CNTs-magnetic nanoparticles (CNTs-MNP) to prepare a novel magnetic nanocomposite (PEG-CNTs-MNP) for use as dispersive solid-phase extraction (DSPE) absorbent. The average particle size was 86nm, and the saturation magnetization was 52.30emu/g. This nanocomposite exhibits excellent dispersibility in aqueous systems, high selectivity and fast binding kinetics when used for extraction of Z-ligustilide, the characteristic bioactive compound from two popular Asian herbal plants, R. chuanxiong and R. ligusticum. HPLC quantification of Z-ligustilide extracted from the standard sample solution showed a high recovery of 98.9%, and the extraction rate from the extracts of the above two herbs are both around 70.0%. To our knowledge, this is the first report on using PEG-CNTs-MNP as DSPE nanosorbents for selective extraction of natural products. This nano-material has promising application in isolation and enrichment of targeted components from complex matrices. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  12. Selective fiber used for headspace solid-phase microextraction of abused drugs in human urine

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    Sunanta Wangkarn

    2007-09-01

    Full Text Available A sensitive and selective fiber for simultaneous analysis of three drugs of abuse (amphetamine, methamphetamine and ephedrine in urine samples was explored using headspace solid phase microextraction and gas chromatography with flame ionization detection. Several parameters affecting extraction such as extraction time, extraction temperature, pH of solution and salt concentrations were investigated. Among five commercially available fibers, divinylbenzene/carboxen/ polydimethylsiloxane is the most sensitive and selective fiber at pH 10.0, extraction temperature at 80 C for 20 min and desorption temperature at 220 C for 2 min. Under the optimal conditions, the proposed solid phase microextraction method provided good linearity in the ranges 0.1-10 µg/ml for amphetamine and methamphetamine and 0.5-20 µg/ml for ephedrine. The detection limits for amphetamine, methamphetamine and ephedrine were 9, 3 and 30 ng/ml, respectively. The recoveries of three drugs in urine samples were exceeding 85%.

  13. Isolation of genomic DNA using magnetic nanoparticles as a solid-phase support

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    Saiyed, Z M; Ramchand, C N [Kemin Nutritional Technologies (India) Pvt Ltd, Trapezium, Nelson Manickam Road, Chennai 600 029 (India); Telang, S D [Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of Science, M S University of Baroda, Sayajigunj, Vadodara 390 002 (India)], E-mail: cnramchand@yahoo.com, E-mail: ramchand.cn@kemin.com

    2008-05-21

    In recent years, techniques employing magnetizable solid-phase supports (MSPS) have found application in numerous biological fields. This magnetic separation procedure offers several advantages in terms of subjecting the analyte to very little mechanical stress compared to other methods. Secondly, these methods are non-laborious, cheap, and often highly scalable. The current paper details a genomic DNA isolation method optimized in our laboratory using magnetic nanoparticles as a solid-phase support. The quality and yields of the isolated DNA from all the samples using magnetic nanoparticles were higher or equivalent to the traditional DNA extraction procedures. Additionally, the magnetic method takes less than 15 min to extract polymerase chain reaction (PCR) ready genomic DNA as against several hours taken by traditional phenol-chloroform extraction protocols. Moreover, the isolated DNA was found to be compatible in PCR amplification and restriction endonuclease digestion. The developed procedure is quick, inexpensive, robust, and it does not require the use of organic solvents or sophisticated instruments, which makes it more amenable to automation and miniaturization.

  14. Isolation of genomic DNA using magnetic nanoparticles as a solid-phase support

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    Saiyed, Z. M.; Ramchand, C. N.; Telang, S. D.

    2008-05-01

    In recent years, techniques employing magnetizable solid-phase supports (MSPS) have found application in numerous biological fields. This magnetic separation procedure offers several advantages in terms of subjecting the analyte to very little mechanical stress compared to other methods. Secondly, these methods are non-laborious, cheap, and often highly scalable. The current paper details a genomic DNA isolation method optimized in our laboratory using magnetic nanoparticles as a solid-phase support. The quality and yields of the isolated DNA from all the samples using magnetic nanoparticles were higher or equivalent to the traditional DNA extraction procedures. Additionally, the magnetic method takes less than 15 min to extract polymerase chain reaction (PCR) ready genomic DNA as against several hours taken by traditional phenol-chloroform extraction protocols. Moreover, the isolated DNA was found to be compatible in PCR amplification and restriction endonuclease digestion. The developed procedure is quick, inexpensive, robust, and it does not require the use of organic solvents or sophisticated instruments, which makes it more amenable to automation and miniaturization.

  15. Studies on solid phase synthesis,characterization and fluorescent property of the new rare earth complexes

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    Jianwei SHI

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available Rare earth-β-diketone ligand complex luminescent material has stable chemical properties and excellent luminous property. Using europium oxide and (γ-NTA as raw materials, novel rare earth-β-dione complexes are synthesized by solid state coordination chemistry. The synthesis temperature and milling time are discussed for optimization. Experimental results show that the suitable reaction situation is at 50 ℃ and 20 h for solid-phase synthesis. The compositions and structures of the complexes are characterized by means of elemental analysis, UV-Vis and FTIR methods, and the phase stability of the complex is determined by using TG-DTA technique. It is proved that preparation of waterless binary rare earth complexes by the solid phase reaction method results in a higher product yield. The fluorescence spectra show that between Eu (Ⅲ and γ-NTA, there exists efficient energy transfer, and the rare earth complexes synthesis is an excellent red bright light-emitting material with excellent UV excited luminescence properties.

  16. On-cartridge derivatisation using matrix solid phase dispersion for the determination of cyclamate in foods

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    Li, Jianjun, E-mail: bootan12@126.com [Key Laboratory of Synthetic and Natural Functional Molecule Chemistry of Ministry of Education, Northwest University, Xi' an 710069 (China); National Engineering Research Center for Miniaturized Detection Systems, Xi' an 710069 (China); Liu, Yun [College of Food Engineering and Nutritional Science, Shaanxi Normal University, Xi' an 710062 (China); Liu, Qianping [National Engineering Research Center for Miniaturized Detection Systems, Xi' an 710069 (China); Hui, Junfeng [Key Laboratory of Synthetic and Natural Functional Molecule Chemistry of Ministry of Education, Northwest University, Xi' an 710069 (China); Liu, Yangzi [National Engineering Research Center for Miniaturized Detection Systems, Xi' an 710069 (China)

    2017-06-15

    A novel method for determination of sodium cyclamate in foods was developed. In this method, a syringe was loaded with the homogeneous mixture of the sample, KMnO{sub 4} powder and silica dispersant and used as a matrix solid phase dispersion (MSPD) reactor. As the reactor was infiltrated with small amounts of concentrated HCl, cyclamate was converted to 2-chlorocyclohexanone quickly and effectively within 5 min and determined by HPLC on a reversed-phase column using UV detection at a wavelength of 310 nm. Comparing with the traditional derivatisation in solution, the better clean-up was provided using on-cartridge derivatisation of MSPD, and much time, labor, and expense were saved. The results showed good linearity (r{sup 2} = 0.9998) over the concentration range of 1–500 mg/L. The limit of detection (LOD) and limits of quantification (LOQ) of the cyclamate were 0.3 mg/L and 1 mg/L respectively. The recoveries ranged from 91.6% to 101.3% with the relative standard deviations (RSDs) in the range of 2.5%–4.3%. - Highlights: • A novel method was developed for the determination of cyclamate in foods. • On cartridge derivatisation, using matrix solid phase dispersion, was developed. • A new derivatisation reaction for cyclamate conversion to 2-chlorocyclohexanone was developed. • The method was rapid, simple, inexpensive, effective.

  17. Determination of amphetamines in hair by integrating sample disruption, clean-up and solid phase derivatization.

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    Argente-García, A; Moliner-Martínez, Y; Campíns-Falcó, P; Verdú-Andrés, J; Herráez-Hernández, R

    2016-05-20

    The utility of matrix solid phase dispersion (MSPD) for the direct analysis of amphetamines in hair samples has been evaluated, using liquid chromatography (LC) with fluorescence detection and precolumn derivatization. The proposed approach is based on the employment of MSPD for matrix disruption and clean-up, followed by the derivatization of the analytes onto the dispersant-sample blend. The fluorogenic reagent 9-fluorenylmethyl chloroformate (FMOC) has been used for derivatization. Different conditions for MSPD, analyte purification and solid phase derivatization have been tested, using amphetamine (AMP), methamphetamine (MET), ephedrine (EPE) and 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA) as model compounds. The results have been compared with those achieved by using ultrasound-assisted alkaline digestion and by MSPD combined with conventional solution derivatization. On the basis of the results obtained, a methodology is proposed for the analysis of amphetamines in hair which integrates sample disruption, clean-up and derivatization using a C18 phase. Improved sensitivity is achieved with respect to that obtained by the alkaline digestion or by the MSPD followed by solution derivatization methods. The method can be used for the quantification of the tested amphetamines within the 2.0-20.0ng/mg concentration interval, with limits of detection (LODs) of 0.25-0.75ng/mg. The methodology is very simple and rapid (the preparation of the sample takes less than 15min). Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  18. Peptide-Stabilized, Fluorescent Silver Nanoclusters: Solid-Phase Synthesis and Screening.

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    Gregersen, Simon; Vosch, Tom; Jensen, Knud J

    2016-12-19

    Few-atom silver nanoclusters (AgNCs) can exhibit strong fluorescence; however, they require ligands to prevent aggregation into larger nanoparticles. Fluorescent AgNCs in biopolymer scaffolds have so far mainly been synthesized in solution, and peptides have only found limited use compared to DNA. Herein, we demonstrate how solid-phase methods can increase throughput dramatically in peptide ligand screening and in initial evaluation of fluorescence intensity and chemical stability of peptide-stabilized AgNCs (P-AgNCs). 9-Fluorenylmethyloxycarbonyl (Fmoc) solid-phase peptide synthesis on a hydroxymethyl-benzoic acid (HMBA) polyethylene glycol polyacrylamide copolymer (PEGA) resin enabled on-resin screening and evaluation of a peptide library, leading to identification of novel peptide-stabilized, fluorescent AgNCs. Using systematic amino acid substitutions, we synthesized and screened a 144-member library. This allowed us to evaluate the effect of length, charge, and Cys content in peptides used as ligands for AgNC stabilization. The results of this study will enable future spectroscopic studies of these peptide-stabilized AgNCs for bioimaging and other applications. © 2016 Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  19. Fragment-based solid-phase assembly of oligonucleotide conjugates with peptide and polyethylene glycol ligands.

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    Dirin, Mehrdad; Urban, Ernst; Noe, Christian R; Winkler, Johannes

    2016-10-04

    Ligand conjugation to oligonucleotides is an attractive strategy for enhancing the therapeutic potential of antisense and siRNA agents by inferring properties such as improved cellular uptake or better pharmacokinetic properties. Disulfide linkages enable dissociation of ligands and oligonucleotides in reducing environments found in endosomal compartments after cellular uptake. Solution-phase fragment coupling procedures for producing oligonucleotide conjugates are often tedious, produce moderate yields and reaction byproducts are frequently difficult to remove. We have developed an improved method for solid-phase coupling of ligands to oligonucleotides via disulfides directly after solid-phase synthesis. A 2'-thiol introduced using a modified nucleotide building block was orthogonally deprotected on the controlled pore glass solid support with N-butylphosphine. Oligolysine peptides and a short monodisperse ethylene glycol chain were successfully coupled to the deprotected thiol. Cleavage from the resin and full removal of oligonucleotide protection groups were achieved using methanolic ammonia. After standard desalting, and without further purification, homogenous conjugates were obtained as demonstrated by HPLC, gel electrophoresis, and mass spectrometry. The attachment of both amphiphilic and cationic ligands proves the versatility of the conjugation procedure. An antisense oligonucleotide conjugate with hexalysine showed pronounced gene silencing in a cell culture tumor model in the absence of a transfection reagent and the corresponding ethylene glycol conjugate resulted in down regulation of the target gene to nearly 50% after naked application. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.

  20. Introducing Freshmen Students to the Practice of Solid-Phase Synthesis

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    Taralp, Alpay; Hulusi Türkseven, Can; Özgür Çakmak, Atilla; Çengel, Ömer

    2002-01-01

    A one-semester laboratory project on solid-phase peptide chemistry was designed pedagogically to cater to freshman science students. The approach not only permitted multistep syntheses that would be considered impractical in solution, but also gave students insight into fundamental aspects of research at an early stage of development. Young scientists prepared Bz-Asn-Asn-Phe and Bz-Asn-Gln-Phe--peptides envisaged as potential competitive inhibitors of chymotrypsin. The synthesis, defined by an attachment-deprotection cycle, two elongation-deprotection cycles, and a benzoyl-capping protocol, was completed manually on Wang resin using Fmoc chemistry. Students quantified the yield of each condensation and deprotection reaction by measuring levels of dibenzylfulvene chromophore, a stoichiometrically afforded by-product. Benzoylation of the N-terminus was confirmed by employing a cadmium-ninhydrin reagent. The group also ascertained, through use of a chromogenic substrate, that chymotrypsin-catalyzed hydrolysis was impeded slightly when carried out in the presence of target peptides. Supplementary analyses supporting peptide purity and composition were given to students. Grading was based on laboratory participation, project proposals, reports, and a concluding slide-show presentation made to peers and colleagues. While the project was time-consuming overall, students acquired an impression of research work and an appreciation of the utility of solid-phase methods.

  1. Solid-Phase Synthesis of Triostin A Using a Symmetrical Bis(diphenylmethyl) Linker System.

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    Sable, Ganesh A; Lim, Dongyeol

    2015-08-07

    Triostin A is a symmetric bicyclic depsipeptide with very potent antitumoral activity because of its bisintercalation into DNA. In this study, we report a new synthetic strategy that exploits a structural symmetry of triostin A. First, we prepared a novel symmetric linker molecule that is labile under mildly acidic conditions and suitable for a solid-phase synthesis procedure. Two Cys units were attached to a linker-resin conjugate via their free thiol groups, and double deprotection and double coupling reactions were then applied to synthesize linear tetradepsipeptides. Subsequently, the key biscyclization of the tetradepsipeptides was performed on the resin, and the resulting cyclic octapeptide was detached from the linker-resin conjugate to give a peptide with two free thiols. Finally, triostin A was obtained by oxidizing the free thiols in solution to produce a disulfide. The yield was improved through exploration of two different solid-phase synthetic approaches under similar strategy. Mainly, this strategy was developed to enable the ease and rapid preparation of libraries of symmetric bicyclic depsipeptides. It also addresses several synthetic problems with our synthesis, including diketopiperazine (DKP) formation, poor cyclization yields and preparation of noncommercial N-methyl amino acids in good yields.

  2. Membrane-based aberration-corrected tunable micro-lenses

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    Waibel, Philipp; Ermantraut, Eugen; Mader, Daniel; Zappe, Hans; Seifert, Andreas

    2010-05-01

    We present measurements and simulations of membrane-based micro-lens stacks, tunable in focal length in the range of 10mm to 50mm without chromatic aberration. The pressure-actuated, liquid-filled, membrane-based micro-lenses are fabricated by an all-silicone molding approach and consist of three chambers separated by two highly flexible silicone-membranes. Based on the idea of the classical achromatic Fraunhofer doublet, two different liquids with suitable optical properties are used. Pressure-dependent surface topologies are measured by profilometry for determining the correlation between refraction and applied pressure. The profiles are fit to polynomials; the coefficients of the polynomials are pressure-dependent and fit to empirically determined functions which are then used as an input for optical ray-tracing. Using this approach, the focal length is tunable while compensating for chromatic aberration by suitably applied pressures.

  3. Calcined eggshell (CES): An efficient natural catalyst for ...

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    A convenient, eco-friendly and economic method for Knoevenagel condensation of aromatic aldehydes with active methylene compounds using calcined eggshell (CES) as an efficient natural catalyst in aqueous medium has been reported. CES is a new, ecologically safe and inexpensive green catalyst obtained from ...

  4. The Microbial Burden Load of Eggshells from Different Poultry ...

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    PROF HORSFALL

    chicks can also be infected through contact with contaminated eggshells and hatchery equipment. (Cason et al., 1994), with infected chicks then transmitting bacteria such as Salmonella enterica serovar Enteritidis, pathogenic Escherichia coli, and. Listeria monocytogenes to other chicks in the growing flock (Fasenko et al., ...

  5. Vibration properties of the ostrich eggshell at impact

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    Trnka, Jan; Stoklasová, Pavla; Strnková, J.; Nedomová, Š.; Buchar, J.

    2013-01-01

    Roč. 61, č. 6 (2013), s. 1873-1880 ISSN 1211-8516 Institutional support: RVO:61388998 Keywords : eggshell * impact * surface displacement Subject RIV: GM - Food Processing http://acta.mendelu.cz/61/6/1873/same_authors/

  6. Eggshell membranes as a noninvasive sampling for molecular ...

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    Noninvasive sampling is of prime essential on conservation genetics and molecular ecology. It is particularly preferred to use in the genetic identification of individuals and genetic analysis. A simple and efficient sampling is described for molecular studies from eggshell membranes in an endemic population of Chinese ...

  7. Ultrastructure of the hen eggshell and its physiological interpretation

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    Simons, P.C.M.

    1971-01-01


    Financial losses from egg breakage have increased over the years. To seek any relation with shell strength, the structure of eggshell and shell membranes were examined by light microscope, transmission electron microscope and scanning electron microscope. They were taken from eggs laid by

  8. Synthesis of hydroxyapatite from waste egg-shell by Precipitation ...

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    The as-heated powders and processed powders were characterized by photomicrographic analysis, X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS). The influence of temperature on calcined egg-shell powder was investigated. Increasing temperature of the ...

  9. influence of limestone particle size on egg production and eggshell ...

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    age, were randomly allocated to the three treatments (n = 23) for the determination of various egg production ... Keywords: Lohmann-Silver, feed efficiency, egg weight, eggshell thickness, calcification ... regarding the ideal limestone particle size for layers are under continued investigation and ranged generally between ...

  10. The evolution of eggshell cuticle in relation to nesting ecology.

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    D'Alba, Liliana; Maia, Rafael; Hauber, Mark E; Shawkey, Matthew D

    2016-08-17

    Avian eggs are at risk of microbial infection prior to and during incubation. A large number of defence mechanisms have evolved in response to the severe costs imposed by these infections. The eggshell's cuticle is an important component of antimicrobial defence, and its role in preventing contamination by microorganisms in domestic chickens is well known. Nanometer-scale cuticular spheres that reduce microbial attachment and penetration have recently been identified on eggs of several wild avian species. However, whether these spheres have evolved specifically for antimicrobial defence is unknown. Here, we use comparative data on eggshell cuticular structure and nesting ecology to test the hypothesis that birds nesting in habitats with higher risk of infection (e.g. wetter and warmer) are more likely to evolve cuticular nanospheres on their eggshells than those nesting in less risky habitats. We found that nanostructuring, present in 54 of 296 analysed species, is the ancestral condition of avian eggshells and has been retained more often in taxa that nest in humid infection-prone environments, suggesting that they serve critical roles in antimicrobial egg defence. © 2016 The Author(s).

  11. Effects of ultrasonic waves on eggshell strength and hatchability of ...

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    Two trials were conducted to investigate the effects of exposing layer-type breeder eggs before incubation to ultrasonic waves (ULT). Eggs were subjected to ULT of 117 volts at 40 kHz for up to 15 minutes. Eggshell breaking force (EBF), hatchability and chick hatching weight (CHW) of Balady breeder eggs (Trial 1), and egg ...

  12. Development of calcium phosphate based apatite from hen's eggshell

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    Abstract. Stoichiometric hydroxyapatite with Ca/P molar ratio, 1⋅67, was synthesized using hen's eggshell as calcium source and phosphoric acid by precipitation method. Conventional EDTA titration and gravimetric methods were adopted to estimate the amount of calcium and phosphorous, respectively. Fourier-transform.

  13. A 700-year record of mercury in avian eggshells of Guangjin Island, South China Sea

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    Xu Liqiang [Institute of Polar Environment, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, Anhui 230026 (China); USTC-CityU Joint Advanced Research Center, Suzhou, Jiangsu 215123 (China); Liu Xiaodong, E-mail: ycx@ustc.edu.cn [Institute of Polar Environment, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, Anhui 230026 (China); Sun Liguang, E-mail: slg@ustc.edu.cn [Institute of Polar Environment, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, Anhui 230026 (China); Chen Qianqian; Yan Hong; Liu Yi; Luo Yuhan; Huang Jing [Institute of Polar Environment, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, Anhui 230026 (China)

    2011-04-15

    Ancient eggshells over the past 700 years were extracted from an ornithogenic sediment profile on Guangjin Island, South China Sea. Based on SEM and nitrogen isotope analyses, we determined that neither post-depositional processes nor seabirds' dietary changes had a large influence on eggshell Hg levels. The historical change of Hg in these eggshells was reconstructed. Eggshell Hg was a marker for past Hg deposition in marine environment. The eggshell Hg showed three small peaks at around 1300AD, 1600 AD and 1700-1750AD and rapid increase since 1800 AD. Before 1970 AD the Hg deposition in the Xisha area had global distribution characteristics, with increased Hg emissions due to global anthropogenic activities in industrial times. However, after 1970 AD, a further sharp increase up to present day occurred, implying that the Hg production center had gradually shifted from Europe and America to Asia. - Research highlights: > Eggshell Hg is a marker for past mercury deposition in marine environment. > This is a Hg record from ancient sequential eggshell samples. > The 700-year record of eggshell Hg is closely related to human activities. > Eggshell Hg suggests the increase of Hg production in Asia over the past decades. - Our work provides a potential use of ancient sequential eggshells to reconstruct past mercury deposition in marine ecosystems.

  14. Inhibiting sorbent stripping by designing a sorbent-packed porous probe for headspace solid-phase microextraction.

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    Qin, Shuai; Tao, Gu; Yunjie, Huang; Shuangshuang, Xu; Luyan, Li; Hongyan, Xiao

    2015-10-01

    To prevent the stripping of coating sorbents in headspace solid-phase microextraction, a porous extraction probe with packed sorbent was introduced by using a porous stainless steel needle tube and homemade sol-gel sorbents. The traditional stainless-steel needle tube was punched by a laser to obtain two rows of holes, which supply a passageway for analyte vapor during extraction and desorption. The sorbent was prepared by a traditional sol-gel method with both poly(ethylene glycol) and hydroxy-terminated silicone oil as coating ingredients. Eight polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and six benzene series compounds were used as illustrative semi-volatile and volatile organic compounds in sequence to verify the extraction performance of this porous headspace solid-phase microextraction probe. It was found that the analysis method combining a headspace solid-phase microextraction probe and gas chromatography with mass spectrometry yielded determination coefficients of no less than 0.985 and relative standard deviations of 4.3-12.4%. The porous headspace solid-phase microextraction probe showed no decrease of extraction ability after 200 uses. These results demonstrate that the packed extraction probe with porous structure can be used for headspace solid-phase microextraction. This novel design may overcome both the stripping and breakage problems of the conventional coating fiber. © 2015 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  15. Halogen bonding: A new retention mechanism for the solid phase extraction of perfluorinated iodoalkanes

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    Yan Xiaoqing; Shen Qianjin; Zhao Xiaoran; Gao Haiyue; Pang Xue [College of Chemistry, Beijing Normal University, Beijing 100875 (China); Jin Weijun, E-mail: wjjin@bnu.edu.cn [College of Chemistry, Beijing Normal University, Beijing 100875 (China)

    2012-11-13

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Halogen bonding (XB) is firstly utilised in solid phase extraction. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The perfluorinated iodine alkanes can be extracted by C-I Midline-Horizontal-Ellipsis Cl{sup -} halogen bonding. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The C-I Midline-Horizontal-Ellipsis Cl{sup -} halogen bond is well characterised by spectroscopy methods. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The analytes with strong halogen-bonding abilities can be selectively extracted. - Abstract: For the first time, halogen-bonding interaction is utilised in the solid phase extraction of perfluorinated iodoalkane (PFI). Nine PFIs, as model analytes, were tested, and analyses by UV, {sup 19}F NMR and Raman spectroscopies demonstrate that the PFIs are extracted by a strong anion exchange (SAX) sorbent from n-hexane due to the C-I Midline-Horizontal-Ellipsis Cl{sup -} halogen-bonding interactions. The results also show that the adsorptivities of SAX for the diiodoperfluoro-alkanes (diiodo-PFIs) were much stronger than those for the perfluoroalkyl iodides (monoiodo-PFIs). Specifically, the recoveries for 1,6-diiodoperfluorohexane and 1,8-diiodoperfluorooctane were higher than 80% when 100 mL of sample spiked with a 5 ng mL{sup -1} analyte mixture was extracted. Interestingly, SAX had no adsorption for hexafluorobenzene at all, which is known to be unable to form a halogen bond with Cl{sup -}. The analytical performance of the halogen bond-based SPE-GC-MS method for the diiodo-PFIs was also examined in soil samples. The sorbent SAX enabled the selective extraction of four diiodo-PFIs successfully from soil samples. The recoveries of the diiodo-PFIs extracted from 5 g soil sample at the 100 ng g{sup -1} spike level were in the range of 73.2-93.8% except 26.8% for 1,2-diiodoperfluoroethane. The limit of detection varied from 0.02 to 0.04 ng g{sup -1} in soil samples. Overall, this work reveals the great application potential of halogen bonding in the field of solid

  16. Heavy metals and metalloids in egg contents and eggshells of passerine birds from Arizona

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    Mora, Miguel A

    2003-10-01

    High concentrations of Sr in eggshells may be associated with lower hatching success of some passerine birds. - Concentrations of inorganic elements were determined in eggs of passerine birds including the endangered southwestern willow flycatcher (Empidonax traillii extimus) from four regions in Arizona. The main aim of the study was to determine the distribution of metals in egg contents and eggshells, with emphasis on the deposition of Sr in eggshells. Seventy eggs of 11 passerine species were collected at four nesting locations during 2000. Aluminum, Ba, Cr, Cu, Mn, Se, Sr, and Zn, were detected primarily in egg contents of all bird species. Arsenic, Ni, Pb, and V were detected primarily in eggshells. A proportion of most inorganic elements accumulated in the eggshell. Concentrations of Ba, Cu, Mn, Se, Sr, and Zn in egg contents and As, Ba, Cu, and V in eggshells of yellow-breasted chats (Icteria virens) were similar among locations. However, concentrations of Mn, Ni, Sr, and Zn in eggshells were significant different among locations. Except for Cu, Mn, Se, and Zn, concentrations of inorganic elements were 2-35 times greater in eggshells than in eggs. Most concentrations of metals and metalloids in eggs and eggshells of all the bird species were below levels known to affect reproduction or that have other deleterious effects. However, I found somewhat elevated concentrations of Sr in eggshells (highest mean=1505 {mu}g/g dw, n=3) of yellow-breasted chats and willow flycatchers, and in egg contents of yellow warblers (Dendroica petechia) and song sparrows (Melospiza melodia). Whether current observed concentrations of Sr in eggshells are affecting nesting birds in Arizona remains to be determined. Strontium and other metals could be associated with lower hatching success in some areas. This study shows that a proportion of many inorganic elements accumulates in the eggshell and that the potential effects on the proper structure and functioning of the eggshell

  17. Proteomic analysis of chicken eggshell cuticle membrane layer.

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    Mikšík, Ivan; Ergang, Petr; Pácha, Jiri

    2014-11-01

    The eggshell is a barrier that plays an important role in the defense of the egg against microbial and other infections; it protects the developing bird against unfavorable impacts of the environment and is essential for the reproduction of birds. The avian eggshell is a complex structure that is formed during movement along the oviduct by producing a multilayered mineral-organic composite. The extractable proteins of avian eggshells have been studied extensively and many of them identified, however, the insoluble (non-extractable) proteins have been sparsely studied. We studied the EDTA-insoluble proteinaceous film from the cuticle layer of eggshell. This film consists of three main areas: spots (cca 300 μm diameter), blotches (small spots with diameter only tens of μm), and the surroundings (i.e., the area without spots and blotches) where spots contain a visible accumulation of pigment. These areas were cut out of the membrane by laser microdissection, proteins were cleavaged by trypsin, and the peptides were analyzed by nLC/MS (Q-TOF). This study has identified 29 proteins and a further eight were determined by less specific "cleavage" with semitrypsin. The relative abundances of these proteins were determined using the exponentially modified protein abundance index (emPAI) where the most dominant proteins were eggshell-specific ones, such as ovocleidin-17 and ovocleidin-116. Individual areas of the cuticle membrane differ in their relative proportions of 14 proteins, where significant differences between the three quantification criteria (direct, after normalization to ovocledin-17, or to ovocledin-116) were observed in four proteins.

  18. Fabrication and Characterisation of Membrane-Based Gold Electrodes

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    Bakmand, Tanya; Kwasny, Dorota; Dimaki, Maria

    2015-01-01

    This work presents a versatile, membrane based electrochemical sensor with thin film electrodes fabricated through Ebeam evaporation directly on porous materials (membranes). Here, the fabrication of the electrodes is described along with possible methods for integration in fluidic systems and ch...

  19. Separation and Purification of Sulforaphane from Broccoli by Solid Phase Extraction

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    Han, Dandan; Row, Kyung Ho

    2011-01-01

    A simple solid-phase extraction (SPE) method for the determination of sulforaphane in broccoli has been developed. The optimal conditions were found to be use of a silica SPE cartridge, and ethyl acetate and dichloromethane as washing and eluting solvents, respectively, which could eliminate interferences originating from the broccoli matrix. The extracts were sufficiently clean to be directly injected into high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) for further chromatographic analysis. Good linearity was obtained from 0.05 to 200 μg/mL (r = 0.998) for sulforaphane with the relative standard deviations less than 3.6%. The mean recoveries of sulforaphane from broccoli were more than 90.8% and the detection limit (S/N = 3:1) was 0.02 μg/mL. The SPE method provides a higher yield of sulforaphane from crude extracts compared to conventional liquid-liquid extraction. PMID:21673926

  20. [Preparation of a novel polymer monolith using atom transfer radical polymerization method for solid phase extraction].

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    Shen, Ying; Qi, Li; Qiao, Juan; Mao, Lanqun; Chen, Yi

    2013-04-01

    In this study, a novel polymer monolith based solid phase extraction (SPE) material has been prepared by two-step atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) method. Firstly, employing ethylene glycol dimethacrylate (EDMA) as a cross-linker, a polymer monolith filled in a filter head has been in-situ prepared quickly under mild conditions. Then, the activators generated by electron transfer ATRP (ARGET ATRP) was used for the modification of poly(2-(dimethylamino)ethyl-methacrylate) (PDMAEMA) on the monolithic surface. Finally, this synthesized monolith for SPE was successfully applied in the extraction and enrichment of steroids. The results revealed that ATRP can be developed as a facile and effective method with mild reaction conditions for monolith construction and has the potential for preparing monolith in diverse devices.

  1. EVALUATION OF A BUFFERED SOLID PHASE DISPERSION PROCEDURE ADAPTED FOR PESTICIDE ANALYSES IN THE SOIL MATRIX

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    Ana María Domínguez

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    Full Text Available An evaluation of the pesticides extracted from the soil matrix was conducted using a citrate-buffered solid phase dispersion sample preparation method (QuEChERS. The identification and quantitation of pesticide compounds was performed using gas chromatography-mass spectrometry. Because of the occurrence of the matrix effect in 87% of the analyzed pesticides, the quantification was performed using matrix-matched calibration. The method's quantification limits were between 0.01 and 0.5 mg kg-1. Repeatability and intermediate precision, expressed as a relative standard deviation percentage, were less than 20%. The recoveries in general ranged between 62% and 99%, with a relative standard deviation < 20%. All the responses were linear, with a correlation coefficient (r ≥0.99.

  2. Solid-phase synthesis and biological evaluation of a combinatorial library of philanthotoxin analogues

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    Strømgaard, K; Brier, T J; Andersen, K

    2000-01-01

    The modular structure of philanthotoxins was exploited for construction of the first combinatorial library of these compounds using solid-phase parallel synthesis. (S)-Tyrosine and (S)-3-hydroxyphenylalanine were used as amino acid components, spermine, 1,12-dodecanediamine, and 4,9-dioxa-1......,12-dodecanediamine as amine components, and butanoyl, phenylacetyl, and cyclohexylacetyl as N-acyl groups. Following automated preparative HPLC, the resulting 18 compounds were isolated as the S-forms in 40-70% yields. The purity of the products was determined by HPLC with evaporative light scattering detection...... former compounds may bind to nAChR in a similar fashion but differently from that of PhTX-12. The combinatorial library approach described in this work represents a prototype methodology for future exploration of structure-activity relationships of philanthotoxins....

  3. Solid-phase microextraction technology for in vitro and in vivo metabolite analysis

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    Zhang, Qihui; Zhou, Liandi; Chen, Hua; Wang, Chong-Zhi; Xia, Zhining; Yuan, Chun-Su

    2016-01-01

    Analysis of endogenous metabolites in biological samples may lead to the identification of biomarkers in metabolomics studies. To achieve accurate sample analysis, a combined method of continuous quick sampling and extraction is required for online compound detection. Solid-phase microextraction (SPME) integrates sampling, extraction and concentration into a single solvent-free step for chemical analysis. SPME has a number of advantages, including simplicity, high sensitivity and a relatively non-invasive nature. In this article, we reviewed SPME technology in in vitro and in vivo analyses of metabolites after the ingestion of herbal medicines, foods and pharmaceutical agents. The metabolites of microorganisms in dietary supplements and in the gastrointestinal tract will also be examined. As a promising technology in biomedical and pharmaceutical research, SPME and its future applications will depend on advances in analytical technologies and material science. PMID:27695152

  4. Headspace Solid Phase Micro Extraction Gas Chromatographic Determination of Fenthion in Human Serum

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    Kyriaki Machera

    2008-05-01

    Full Text Available A simple and effective analytical procedure was developed for the determination of fenthion residues in human serum samples. The sample treatment was performed using the headspace solid-phase micro extraction with polyacrylate fiber, which has the advantage to require low amount of serum (1 mL without tedious pre-treatment. The quantification of fenthion was carried out by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry and the recoveries ranged from 79 to 104% at two spiking levels for 6 replicates. Detection and quantification limits were calculated as 1.51 and 4.54 ng/mL of serum respectively. Two fenthion metabolites − fenoxon and fenthion–sulfoxide − were also identified.

  5. Lanthanide-Mediated Dephosphorylation Used for Peptide Cleavage during Solid Phase Peptide Synthesis

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    Yoo, Byunghee; Pagel, Mark D.

    2014-01-01

    Lanthanide(III) ions can accelerate the hydrolysis of phosphomonoesters and phosphodiesters in neutral aqueous solution. In this paper, lanthanide-mediated dephosphorylation has been applied in aqueous media as an orthogonal cleavage condition that can be employed in conventional solid phase peptide synthesis (SPPS). A phosphorylated polymeric support for SPPS was developed using Boc chemistry. The cleavage of resin-bound phosphates was investigated with the addition of Eu(III), Yb(III), acid or base, a mixture of solvents or different temperatures. To demonstrate the utility of this approach for SPPS, a peptide sequence was synthesized on a phosphorylated polymeric support and quantitatively cleaved with lanthanide ions in neutral aqueous media. The protecting groups for side chains were retained during peptide cleavage using lanthanide ions. This new methodology provides a mild orthogonal cleavage condition of phosphoester as a linker during SPPS. PMID:23549296

  6. Lanthanide-Mediated Dephosphorylation Used for Peptide Cleavage during Solid Phase Peptide Synthesis

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    Byunghee Yoo

    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available Lanthanide(III ions can accelerate the hydrolysis of phosphomonoesters and phosphodiesters in neutral aqueous solution. In this paper, lanthanide-mediated dephosphorylation has been applied in aqueous media as an orthogonal cleavage condition that can be employed in conventional solid phase peptide synthesis (SPPS. A phosphorylated polymeric support for SPPS was developed using Boc chemistry. The cleavage of resin-bound phosphates was investigated with the addition of Eu(III, Yb(III, acid or base, a mixture of solvents or different temperatures. To demonstrate the utility of this approach for SPPS, a peptide sequence was synthesized on a phosphorylated polymeric support and quantitatively cleaved with lanthanide ions in neutral aqueous media. The protecting groups for side chains were retained during peptide cleavage using lanthanide ions. This new methodology provides a mild orthogonal cleavage condition of phosphoester as a linker during SPPS.

  7. Solid-phase single molecule biosensing using dual-color colocalization of fluorescent quantum dot nanoprobes

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    Liu, Jianbo; Yang, Xiaohai; Wang, Kemin; Wang, Qing; Liu, Wei; Wang, Dong

    2013-10-01

    The development of solid-phase surface-based single molecule imaging technology has attracted significant interest during the past decades. Here we demonstrate a sandwich hybridization method for highly sensitive detection of a single thrombin protein at a solid-phase surface based on the use of dual-color colocalization of fluorescent quantum dot (QD) nanoprobes. Green QD560-modified thrombin binding aptamer I (QD560-TBA I) were deposited on a positive poly(l-lysine) assembled layer, followed by bovine serum albumin blocking. It allowed the thrombin protein to mediate the binding of the easily detectable red QD650-modified thrombin binding aptamer II (QD650-TBA II) to the QD560-TBA I substrate. Thus, the presence of the target thrombin can be determined based on fluorescent colocalization measurements of the nanoassemblies, without target amplification or probe separation. The detection limit of this assay reached 0.8 pM. This fluorescent colocalization assay has enabled single molecule recognition in a separation-free detection format, and can serve as a sensitive biosensing platform that greatly suppresses the nonspecific adsorption false-positive signal. This method can be extended to other areas such as multiplexed immunoassay, single cell analysis, and real time biomolecule interaction studies.The development of solid-phase surface-based single molecule imaging technology has attracted significant interest during the past decades. Here we demonstrate a sandwich hybridization method for highly sensitive detection of a single thrombin protein at a solid-phase surface based on the use of dual-color colocalization of fluorescent quantum dot (QD) nanoprobes. Green QD560-modified thrombin binding aptamer I (QD560-TBA I) were deposited on a positive poly(l-lysine) assembled layer, followed by bovine serum albumin blocking. It allowed the thrombin protein to mediate the binding of the easily detectable red QD650-modified thrombin binding aptamer II (QD650-TBA II) to

  8. Solid-phase microextraction of hop volatiles. Potential use for determination and verification of hop varieties.

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    Kovacevic, M; Kac, M

    2001-05-18

    The composition of hop essential oil is an important tool for evaluation of hop quality. As each hop variety has a typical essential oil pattern (fingerprint), hop oil analyses can be used to distinguish between hop varieties. The headspace solid-phase microextraction (SPME) method as described in this contribution is a simple sample preparation technique and represents an alternative procedure for essential oil fingerprint determination. Different SPME parameters (extraction temperature, extraction time and sample mass) were studied and the results were compared with those obtained by the routine distillation method. It is shown that SPME results can be used for determination and verification of varieties grown in Slovenia by means of principal components analysis.

  9. Multicomutation flow system for manganese speciation by solid phase extraction and flame atomic absorption spectrometry

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    Tobiasz, Anna; Sołtys, Monika; Kurys, Ewa; Domagała, Karolina; Dudek-Adamska, Danuta; Walas, Stanisław

    2017-08-01

    In the paper an application of solid phase extraction technique for speciation analysis of manganese in water samples with the use of flame atomic absorption spectrometry is presented. Two types of sorbents, activated silica gel and Dowex 1 × 4, were used respectively for simultaneously Mn2 + and MnO42 - retention and preconcentration. The whole procedure was realized in multicomutation flow system. Different conditions like: type and concentration of eluent, sample pH and loading time were tested during the study. Under appropriate conditions, it was possible to obtained enrichment factors of 20 and 16 for Mn(II) and Mn(VII), respectively. Precision of the procedure was close to 4% (measured as relative standard deviation), whereas the detection limit (3σ) was 1.4 μg·L- 1 for Mn(II) and 4.8 μg·L- 1 for Mn(VII).

  10. Solid-Phase Iminium Cyclization Reactions for the Synthesis of Natural Product-Like Diketopiperazines

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    Petersen, Rico

    -suited for the synthesis of diastereoisomeric mixtures of 2,5-diketopiperazino[6,1-a]tetrahydroisoquinolines in high purities (74 to 90%), allowing for the separation of the cis-diastereoisomers. The route based on glyoxylic acid was found to be cis-stereoselective (1:2) generating the 2,5-diketopiperazino[6,1-a......The development of methodology for the solid-phase synthesis of fused 2,5-diketopiperazines with an emphasis on structural and stereochemical control, has been accomplished through two different approaches. The first approach was based on a highly trans-stereoselective (82% d.e.) intramolecular N...... formation to close the second ring. In the first approach, four different methods for accessing the glyoxylamide cyclization precursor were developed; oxidative cleavage of a serine, dihydroxylation/oxidative cleavage of an acrylamide, oxidation of a glycolamide and acidic release from a diethoxy acetamide...

  11. Solid-phase synthesis and biological evaluation of Joro spider toxin-4 from Nephila clavata.

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    Barslund, Anne F; Poulsen, Mette H; Bach, Tinna B; Lucas, Simon; Kristensen, Anders S; Strømgaard, Kristian

    2011-03-25

    Polyamine toxins from orb weaver spiders are attractive pharmacological tools particularly for studies of ionotropic glutamate (iGlu) receptors in the brain. These polyamine toxins are biosynthesized in a combinatorial manner, providing a plethora of related, but structurally complex toxins to be exploited in biological studies. Here, we have used solid-phase synthetic methodology for the efficient synthesis of Joro spider toxin-4 (JSTX-4) (1) from Nephila clavata, providing sufficient amounts of the toxin for biological evaluation at iGlu receptor subtypes using electrophysiology. Biological evaluation revealed that JSTX-4 inhibits iGlu receptors only in high μM concentrations, thereby being substantially less potent than structurally related polyamine toxins.

  12. Headspace solid phase microextraction for screening for the presence of resins in Egyptian archaeological samples.

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    Hamm, Sandrine; Bleton, Jean; Tchapla, Alain

    2004-02-01

    The aim of this study was to use headspace solid phase microextraction (SPME) to reveal the presence of resin in archaeological samples, such as mummification balms, from ancient Egypt. Experiments were first performed with fresh resins of known origin. The SPME fibre readily extracted mono- and sesquiterpenes and, to a lesser extent, diterpenes. Using mass spectra and retention indices of constitutive compounds, qualitative analysis of the volatile fraction allowed us to differentiate resins or gum-resins such as myrrh, olibanum, galbanum, labdanum, mastic, and conifer resins. SPME was then successfully applied to archaeological samples from ancient Egypt in which the presence of resins was detected. Volatile components were desorbed and trapped according to the same SPME procedure as was applied to fresh resins, after a sample preparation consisting of a fine grinding.

  13. A novel hybrid metal-organic framework-polymeric monolith for solid-phase microextraction.

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    Lin, Chen-Lan; Lirio, Stephen; Chen, Ya-Ting; Lin, Chia-Her; Huang, Hsi-Ya

    2014-03-17

    This study describes the fabrication of a novel hybrid metal-organic framework- organic polymer (MOF-polymer) for use as a stationary phase in fritless solid-phase microextraction (SPME) for validating analytical methods. The MOF-polymer was prepared by using ethylene dimethacrylate (EDMA), butyl methacrylate (BMA), and an imidazolium-based ionic liquid as porogenic solvent followed by microwave-assisted polymerization with the addition of 25 % MOF. This novel hybrid MOF-polymer was used to extract penicillin (penicillin G, penicillin V, oxacillin, cloxacillin, nafcillin, dicloxacillin) under different conditions. Quantitative analysis of the extracted penicillin samples using the MOF-organic polymer for SPME was conducted by using capillary electrochromatography (CEC) coupled with UV analysis. The penicillin recovery was 63-96.2 % with high reproducibility, sensitivity, and reusability. The extraction time with the proposed fabricated SPME was only 34 min. © 2014 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  14. Optimization of solid phase microextraction analysis for the headspace volatile compounds of parmesan cheese.

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    Lee, Jae-Hwan; Diono, Raymond; Kim, Gur-Yoo; Min, David B

    2003-02-26

    Optimum conditions of solid phase microextraction (SPME) analysis of the headspace volatile compounds of Parmesan cheese in airtightly sealed 100-mL bottles were developed. The coefficient of variation of SPME analysis on the headspace volatile compounds of Parmesan cheese was 2%. The reproducibility of SPME was improved by a combination of sampling at -10 degrees C, controlling the sample temperature, and uniform magnetic stirring of samples during equilibrium and isolation steps. The sensitivity of SPME increased by 125% in total peak areas by a combination of 40 min of sonication and 25% (w/v) sodium phosphate solution, compared with that of samples containing deionized water only (P < 0.05). The addition of salt solution or sonication treatment in samples increased the headspace volatile compounds of cheese quantitatively without producing any new volatile compounds.

  15. Evaluation of reproducibility of solid-phase gastric emptying in healthy subjects.

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    Roland, J; Dobbeleir, A; Vandevivere, J; Ham, H R

    1990-01-01

    Radionuclide gastric emptying studies are performed as a matter of clinical routine. Our aim was to evaluate the inter- and intra-individual variability and the reproducibility of gastric emptying studies in healthy young male volunteers using a single solid-phase, standard meal. The meal consisted of a pancake (500 KJ) tagged with technetium 99m sulphur colloid and no additional liquid. Continuous acquisitions of gastric activity in anterior projection were taken during 90 min, starting from the onset of the meal. Gastric emptying was evaluated three times in a 3-week period. Five different parameters were evaluated. Our results show that there is important inter- and intra-individual variability in normal volunteers. In spite of this variability, no significant difference between the different series of gastric emptying studies was observed.

  16. Spectrometric Determination of Rhodamine B in Chili Powder After Molecularly Imprinted Solid Phase Extraction

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    Liu, Xiuying; Zhang, Xuan; Zhou, Qian; Bai, Bing; Ji, Shujuan [Shenyang Agricultural Univ., Shenyang (China)

    2013-11-15

    This paper reports a method using molecularly imprinted polymers that are grafted onto the surface of carboxyl-modified multi-walled carbon nanotubes as the solid-phase extraction adsorbents to detect Rhodamine B in chili powder samples. The polymers were characterized by FTIR and TGA. Various parameters which probably influence efficiency of extraction were optimized. The analytical parameters such as precision, accuracy and linear working range were also determined in optimal experimental conditions. And the proposed method was applied to analysis of Rhodamine B in chili powder samples. The limits of detection and quantification were 2.57 and 8.56 μg/g, respectively. The recoveries for analytes were higher than 95% and relative standard deviation values were found to be in the range of 0.83-4.15%. This method was successfully applied for the determination of Rhodamine B.

  17. Formation of ultrathin Ni germanides: solid-phase reaction, morphology and texture

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    van Stiphout, K.; Geenen, F. A.; De Schutter, B.; Santos, N. M.; Miranda, S. M. C.; Joly, V.; Detavernier, C.; Pereira, L. M. C.; Temst, K.; Vantomme, A.

    2017-11-01

    The solid-phase reaction of ultrathin (⩽10 nm) Ni films with different Ge substrates (single-crystalline (1 0 0), polycrystalline, and amorphous) was studied. As thickness goes down, thin film texture becomes a dominant factor in both the film’s phase formation and morphological evolution. As a consequence, certain metastable microstructures are epitaxially stabilized on crystalline substrates, such as the ɛ-Ni5Ge3 phase or a strained NiGe crystal structure on the single-crystalline substrates. Similarly, the destabilizing effect of axiotaxial texture on the film’s morphology becomes more pronounced as film thicknesses become smaller. These effects are contrasted by the evolution of germanide films on amorphous substrates, on which neither epitaxy nor axiotaxy can form, i.e. none of the (de)stabilizing effects of texture are observed. The crystallization of such amorphous substrates however, drives the film breakup.

  18. [Determination of organophosphorous pesticide residues in red wine by solid phase microextraction-gas chromatography].

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    Hu, Yuan; Liu, Wenmin; Zhou, Yanming; Guan, Yafeng

    2006-05-01

    A method for the determination of 12 organophosphorus pesticide residues (OPs) in red wine by fiber solid phase microextraction (SPME) coupled with gas chromatography (GC) was developed and validated. The SPME phase was prepared by sol-gel technology of physical incorporation. The extraction conditions were optimized with the results of stirring rate of 1,250 r/min, NaCl mass concentration of 150 g/L, and extraction time of 30 min. With the sample volume of 25 mL, the relative standard deviations (RSD) of peak areas for most of OPs were below 5%, and the detection limits of OPs were in the range of 5 ng/L-0.38 microg/L. It can be seen from the results that this method has the potential to analyze OPs in other beverages and soft drinking materials.

  19. Solid-phase peptide synthesis using nanoparticulate amino acids in water.

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    Hojo, Keiko; Ichikawa, Hideki; Maeda, Mitsuko; Kida, Shinya; Fukumori, Yoshinobu; Kawasaki, Koichi

    2007-07-01

    Solid-phase peptide synthesis has many advantages compared with solution peptide synthesis. However, this procedure requires a large amount of organic solvents. Since safe organic solvent waste disposal is an important environmental problem, a technology based on coupling reaction of suspended nanoparticle reactants in water was studied. Fmoc-amino acids are used widely, but most of them show low solubility in water. We prepared well-dispersible Fmoc-amino acid nanoparticles in water by pulverization using a planetary ball mill in the presence of poly(ethylene glycol). Leu-enkephalin amide was prepared successfully using the nanoparticulate Fmoc-amino acid on a poly(ethylene glycol)-grafted Rink amide resin in water.

  20. Genetic regression as a calibration for solid-phase extraction of dithizone-metal chelates

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    Paradkar, R.P.; Williams, R.R. [Department of Chemistry, Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina 29631-1905, (United States)

    1996-06-01

    The application of genetic regression (GR) to reflectance spectra of a solid-phase colorimetric extraction for the determination of Hg(II) is demonstrated. GR is a technique that combines wavelengths that optimize linear regression using a genetic algorithm. Solid polystyrene (PS) beads with a molecular weight distribution of 125,000{endash}250,000 were impregnated with Hg(II)-dithizonate, filtered, allowed to dry, and packed in quartz cuvettes, and their reflectance spectra were collected. Quantitation with the use of normal calibration methods could not be achieved because of baseline fluctuations which originate in sample packing, presentation to the spectrometer, and particle size. Results indicate that GR can easily compensate for these baseline fluctuations and provide excellent calibrations. {copyright} {ital 1996} {ital Society for Applied Spectroscopy}

  1. Solid-solid phase transformation via internal stress-induced virtual melting: Additional confirmations

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    Levitas, Valery I.; Smilowitz, Laura B.; Henson, Bryan F.; Asay, Blaine W.

    2005-11-01

    Recently, we predicted a mechanism of solid-solid phase transformation (PT) via virtual melting at 121K below the melting temperature. We report additional experimental and theoretical results for PTs among three polymorphs of the energetic material HMX, α, β, and δ that support this mechanism. In particular: (a) the predicted velocity of interface propagation for β →δ PT and overall kinetics of δ →β PT are in agreement with experiment; (b) the energy of internal stresses is sufficient to reduce the melting temperature from 520to400K for δ →β PT; (c) the nanocracking that appears during solidification does not change the PT thermodynamics and kinetics for the first and the second β ↔δ PT cycles; (d) δ →β PT starts at a very small driving force; (e) δ →α and α →δ PTs do not occur above 400K and below 461K, respectively.

  2. Vial position in the determination of chlorophenols in water by solid phase microextraction.

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    Portillo, M; Prohibas, N; Salvadó, V; Simonet, B M

    2006-01-20

    The extraction of chlorophenol from water by headspace solid phase microextraction (HS-SPME) in vials located both vertically and horizontally is compared. The results obtained show that kinetic parameters are clearly affected by how the vial is placed in the analysis of semivolatile compounds. Extraction time for reach the equilibrium was three times lower in the horizontal configuration. An on-line extraction unit coupled to a continuous flow system is used to analyse unmodified ground water samples. In order to increase the high throughput, the analysis time is reduced and the sensitivity increased by making the extraction simultaneously with two fibres. The proposed method is applied to the analysis of spiked river water samples. The precision expressed as relative standard deviation ranges from 3.5 to 4.8%, and the recoveries from 94 to 105%.

  3. Headspace solid-phase microextraction of higher fatty acid ethyl esters in white rum aroma.

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    Pino, J; Martí, M P; Mestres, M; Pérez, J; Busto, O; Guasch, J

    2002-04-19

    Fatty acid ethyl esters are the main components of rum aroma and play an important sensorial impact in these distilled alcoholic beverages. Herein, a method for analysing these volatile compounds is described. It involves a separation and concentration step using headspace solid-phase microextraction and determination by capillary gas chromatography using flame ionisation detection. The influence of different parameters related to the isolation and concentration step, such as ethanol concentration, ionic strength, sample volume, time and temperature of extraction, was studied. The developed method enabled recoveries >91% for the analyzed compounds with limits of detection between 0.007 and 0.027 mg/l, all of them lower than the range of concentrations found in rum samples. The method was successfully applied to the analysis of fatty acid ethyl esters in different commercial white rums.

  4. Headspace Solid-Phase Microextraction Analysis of Volatile Components in Phalaenopsis Nobby’s Pacific Sunset

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    Chih-Hsin Yeh

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available Phalaenopsis is the most important economic crop in the Orchidaceae family. There are currently numerous beautiful and colorful Phalaenopsis flowers, but only a few species of Phalaenopsis have an aroma. This study reports the analysis volatile components present in P. Nobby’s Pacific Sunset by solid-phase microextraction (SPME coupled with gas chromatography (GC and gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (GC-MS. The results show that the optimal extraction conditions were obtained by using a DVB/CAR/PDMS fiber. A total of 31 compounds were identified, with the major compounds being geraniol, linalool and α-farnesene. P. Nobby’s Pacific Sunset had the highest odor concentration from 09:00 to 13:00 on the eighth day of storage. It was also found that in P. Nobby’s Pacific Sunset orchids the dorsal sepals and petals had the highest odor concentrations, whereas the column had the lowest.

  5. Solid-phase extraction method for patulin in apple juice and unfiltered apple juice.

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    Trucksess, M W; Tang, Y

    1999-01-01

    Patulin, a mold metabolite, is commonly found in rotting apples. Some countries regulate patulin at levels ranging from 30 to 50 micrograms/L. Most analytical methods for patulin in apple juice include liquid-liquid partitions. A solid-phase extraction method has been developed for apple juice and unfiltered apple juice in the United States. A portion of the test sample (5 mL) was passed through a macroporous copolymer cartridge and was washed with 1 mL 1% sodium bicarbonate and then with 1 mL 1% acetic acid. Patulin was eluted with 3 mL 2% acetonitrile in anhydrous ethyl ether and was determined by reversed-phase liquid chromatography with UV detection at 276 nm. Recoveries ranged from 93 to 104% in test samples spiked at 20-100 micrograms/L.

  6. Determination of chloroacetic acids in drinking water using suppressed ion chromatography with solid-phase extraction.

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    Yoshikawa, Kenji; Soda, Yuko; Sakuragawa, Akio

    2009-12-01

    Suppressed ion chromatography with a conductivity detector was developed for the determination of trace amounts of underivatized chloroacetic acids (CAAs). When sodium carbonate and methanol were used as a mobile phase, the simultaneous determination of each CAA took approximately 25 min. The linearity, reproducibility and detection limits were determined for the proposed method. For the solid-phase extraction step, the effects of the pH of the sample solution, sample volume and the eluting agent were tested. Under the optimized extracting conditions, the average recoveries for CAAs spiked in tap water were 83-107%, with an optimal preconcentration factor of 20. The reproducibility of recovery rate for CAAs was 1.2-3.8%, based upon 6 repetitions of the recovery experiments.

  7. Separation and Purification of Sulforaphane from Broccoli by Solid Phase Extraction

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    Kyung Ho Row

    2011-03-01

    Full Text Available A simple solid-phase extraction (SPE method for the determination of sulforaphane in broccoli has been developed. The optimal conditions were found to be use of a silica SPE cartridge, and ethyl acetate and dichloromethane as washing and eluting solvents, respectively, which could eliminate interferences originating from the broccoli matrix. The extracts were sufficiently clean to be directly injected into high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC for further chromatographic analysis. Good linearity was obtained from 0.05 to 200 μg/mL (r = 0.998 for sulforaphane with the relative standard deviations less than 3.6%. The mean recoveries of sulforaphane from broccoli were more than 90.8% and the detection limit (S/N = 3:1 was 0.02 μg/mL. The SPE method provides a higher yield of sulforaphane from crude extracts compared to conventional liquid-liquid extraction.

  8. Water soluble polymer protected lipofectamine 2000/DNA complexes for solid-phase transfection.

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    Zhang, Qiao; Cheng, Si-Xue; Zhang, Xian-Zheng; Zhuo, Ren-Xi

    2009-12-08

    A fast degrading cholic acid-functionalized star poly(DL-lactide) has been used to fabricate polymer films to support Lipofectamine 2000/DNA complexes for mediating solid-phase transfection. To improve the gene expression activity, a water-soluble polymer, poly-alpha,beta-[N-(2-hydroxyethyl)-L-aspartamide (PHEA), was added to protect the complexes. The in vitro gene transfection in 293T cells, HeLa cells, and 3T3 cells showed that the gene expressions could be effectively mediated by the deposited Lipofectamine 2000/DNA complexes encapsulated in polymer films. The degradation of the polymer films that occurred during gene transfection did not show any unfavorable effects on the gene expression.

  9. Solid phase extraction and metabolic profiling of exudates from living copepods

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    Selander, Erik; Heuschele, Jan; Nylund, Göran M.

    2016-01-01

    describe the development of a closed loop solid phase extraction setup that allows for extraction of exuded metabolites from live copepods. We captured exudates from male and female Temora longicornis and analyzed the content with high resolution LC-MS. Chemometric methods revealed 87 compounds......Copepods are ubiquitous in aquatic habitats. They exude bioactive compounds that mediate mate finding or induce defensive traits in prey organisms. However, little is known about the chemical nature of the copepod exometabolome that contributes to the chemical landscape in pelagic habitats. Here we...... that constitute a specific chemical pattern either qualitatively or quantitatively indicating copepod presence. The majority of the compounds were present in both female and male exudates, but nine compounds were mainly or exclusively present in female exudates and hence potential pheromone candidates...

  10. Solid-phase route to Fmoc-protected cationic amino acid building blocks

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    Clausen, Jacob Dahlqvist; Linderoth, Lars; Nielsen, Hanne Mørck

    2012-01-01

    a freshly prepared trityl bromide resin, followed by ring opening with an appropriate primary amine, on-resin N(ß)-Boc protection of the resulting secondary amine, exchange of the N(a)-protecting group, cleavage from the resin, and finally oxidation in solution to yield the target ¿-aza substituted building...... was developed. A versatile solid-phase protocol leading to selectively protected amino alcohol intermediates was followed by oxidation to yield the desired di- or polycationic amino acid building blocks in gram-scale amounts. The synthetic sequence comprises loading of (S)-1-(p-nosyl)aziridine-2-methanol onto...... blocks having an Fmoc/Boc protection scheme. This strategy facilitates incorporation of multiple positive charges into the building blocks provided that the corresponding partially protected di- or polyamines are available. An array of compounds covering a wide variety of ¿-aza substituted analogs...

  11. Determination of phenolic compounds in waste water by solid-phase micro extraction

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    Moeder, M. [Centre for Environmental Research Ltd., Dept. of Analytical Chemistry Leipzig (Germany); Schrader, S. [Centre for Environmental Research Ltd., Dept. of Analytical Chemistry Leipzig (Germany); Franck, U. [Centre for Environmental Research Ltd., Department of Exposure Research and Epidemiology, P.O. Box 2, Permoserstrasse 15, D-04318 Leipzig (Germany); Popp, P. [Centre for Environmental Research Ltd., Dept. of Analytical Chemistry Leipzig (Germany)

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    The solid-phase micro extraction technique (SPME) using a polyacrylate coated fibre has been examined with the aim to determine phenolic components in strong contaminated waste water. Considering the high contents and the great variety of accompanying organic material, the feasibility of SPME-GC-MS analysis has been tested. In this connection the influence of matrix components on the SPME results are discussed. EPA-604 phenols and some other phenolic components have been sampled by a polar fibre under standard conditions and in original waste water. The effects of defined concentrations of humic acids and surfactants on the recovery of phenols have been studied. The influence of other organics, e.g. hexachlorocyclohexane isomers, on the recoveries of phenols are discussed. Finally, a comparison between results of a liquid-liquid extraction and SPME describes the performance of SPME regarding the phenol analysis of strong-loaded water. (orig.). With 4 figs., 4 tabs.

  12. Determination of oxadiazon residues by headspace solid-phase microextraction and gas chromatography-mass spectrometry.

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    Navalón, Alberto; Prieto, Avismelsi; Araujo, Lilia; Vílchez, José Luis

    2002-02-08

    A method for the determination of trace amounts of the herbicide oxadiazon was developed using headspace solid-phase microextraction (HS-SPME), gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS) and selected ion monitoring. It was applied to determine oxadiazon in ground water, agricultural soil, must, wine and human urine samples. To determine oxadiazon in liquid samples, a response surface methodology generated with a Doehlert design was applied to optimize the HS-SPME conditions using a 100 microm polydimethylsiloxane fibre. For the analysis of soil samples, they were mixed with water and the SPME fibre suspended in the headspace above the slurry. Ground water, human urine and must show linear concentration range of application of 0.5-50 ng ml(-1)' with detection limits matrix samples. The developed analytical procedure is solvent free, cost effective and fast.

  13. Lanthanide-mediated dephosphorylation used for peptide cleavage during solid phase peptide synthesis.

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    Yoo, Byunghee; Pagel, Mark D

    2013-04-02

    Lanthanide(III) ions can accelerate the hydrolysis of phosphomonoesters and phosphodiesters in neutral aqueous solution. In this paper, lanthanide-mediated dephosphorylation has been applied in aqueous media as an orthogonal cleavage condition that can be employed in conventional solid phase peptide synthesis (SPPS). A phosphorylated polymeric support for SPPS was developed using Boc chemistry. The cleavage of resin-bound phosphates was investigated with the addition of Eu(III), Yb(III), acid or base, a mixture of solvents or different temperatures. To demonstrate the utility of this approach for SPPS, a peptide sequence was synthesized on a phosphorylated polymeric support and quantitatively cleaved with lanthanide ions in neutral aqueous media. The protecting groups for side chains were retained during peptide cleavage using lanthanide ions. This new methodology provides a mild orthogonal cleavage condition of phosphoester as a linker during SPPS.

  14. Critical Regimes of Two-Phase Flows with a Polydisperse Solid Phase

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    Barsky, Eugene

    2010-01-01

    This book brings to light peculiarities of the formation of critical regimes of two-phase flows with a polydisperse solid phase. A definition of entropy is formulated on the basis of statistical analysis of these peculiarities. The physical meaning of entropy and its correlation with other parameters determining two-phase flows are clearly defined. The interrelations and main differences between this entropy and the thermodynamic one are revealed. The main regularities of two-phase flows both in critical and in other regimes are established using the notion of entropy. This parameter serves as a basis for a deeper insight into the physics of the process and for the development of exhaustive techniques of mass exchange estimation in such flows. The book is intended for graduate and postgraduate students of engineering studying two-phase flows, and to scientists and engineers engaged in specific problems of such fields as chemical technology, mineral dressing, modern ceramics, microelectronics, pharmacology, po...

  15. Matrix solid-phase dispersion (MSPD) in chromatographic analysis of essential oils in herbs.

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    Dawidowicz, Andrzej L; Rado, Ewelina

    2010-05-01

    Matrix solid-phase dispersion (MSPD) is a simple and cheap sample preparation procedure allowing for the reduction of organic solvent consumption, exclusion of sample component degradation, improvement of extraction efficiency and selectivity, elimination of additional sample clean-up and pre-concentration step before chromatographic analysis. The paper shows the possibility of MSPD application for qualitative and quantitative analysis of essential oil components in the following herbs: thyme (Thymus vulgaris L.), mint (Mentha piperita), sage (Salvia officinalis L.), chamomile (Chamomilla recutita L.), marjoram (Origanum majorana L.), savory (Satureja hortensis L.), and oregano (Origanum vulgare). The results obtained using MSPD are compared to two other sample preparation methods: steam distillation (SD) and pressurized liquid extraction (PLE). The results presented in the paper prove that the total amount and the composition of the essential oil component obtained by MSPD are equivalent to those gained by one of the most effective extraction technique, PLE. Copyright 2009 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  16. Detection of bacterial protein toxins by solid phase magnetic immunocapture and mass spectrometry.

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    Pocsfalvi, Gabriella; Schlosser, Gitta

    2011-01-01

    Bacterial protein toxins are involved in a number of infectious and foodborne diseases and are considered as potential biological warfare agents as well. Their sensitive multiplex detection in complex environmental, food, and biological samples are an important although challenging task. Solid-phase immunoaffinity capture provides an efficient way to enrich and purify a wide range of proteins from complex mixtures. We have shown that staphylococcal enterotoxins, for example, can be efficiently enriched by means of magnetic immunocapture using antibody functionalized paramagnetic beads. The method was successfully interfaced by the on-beads and off-beads detection using matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry at the protein level and by the off-beads nano-electrospray ionization-MS/MS detection at the enzyme digests level, enabling thus the unambiguous identification of the toxin. The method is applicable to any bacterial toxin to which an antibody is available.

  17. Automated solid-phase subcloning based on beads brought into proximity by magnetic force.

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    Hudson, Elton P; Nikoshkov, Andrej; Uhlen, Mathias; Rockberg, Johan

    2012-01-01

    In the fields of proteomics, metabolic engineering and synthetic biology there is a need for high-throughput and reliable cloning methods to facilitate construction of expression vectors and genetic pathways. Here, we describe a new approach for solid-phase cloning in which both the vector and the gene are immobilized to separate paramagnetic beads and brought into proximity by magnetic force. Ligation events were directly evaluated using fluorescent-based microscopy and flow cytometry. The highest ligation efficiencies were obtained when gene- and vector-coated beads were brought into close contact by application of a magnet during the ligation step. An automated procedure was developed using a laboratory workstation to transfer genes into various expression vectors and more than 95% correct clones were obtained in a number of various applications. The method presented here is suitable for efficient subcloning in an automated manner to rapidly generate a large number of gene constructs in various vectors intended for high throughput applications.

  18. Microtox solid phase test: Effect of diluent used in toxicity test.

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    Volpi Ghirardini, Annamaria; Girardini, Marco; Marchetto, Davide; Pantani, Claudio

    2009-03-01

    Microtox solid phase test is an acute toxicity test for solid matrices based on inhibition of natural bioluminescence of the marine bacterium Vibrio fischeri. Protocols developed to overcome the effects of confounding factors are proposed in the literature that differs by important practical and methodological issues. This work focused on diluents used for sediment resuspension and dilution. Two artificial seawaters, one natural seawater and two phosphate buffer solutions, were compared. The results showed that toxicity data obtained using different diluents were not comparable and that test sensitivity is highest using 0.1M phosphate buffer solution. The effects of medium on test organism were also investigated, in order to verify the capacity of media to maintain bioluminescence. The results underlined the importance of pH and Eh to explain the observed differences in toxicity.

  19. Headspace solid-phase microextraction analysis of volatile components in Narcissus tazetta var. chinensis Roem.

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    Chen, Hsin-Chun; Chi, Hai-Shan; Lin, Li-Yun

    2013-11-06

    The volatile components in single-flowered and double-flowered Chinese narcissus were identified by headspace-solid phase microextraction (HS-SPME) coupled with GC and GC/MS. Changes in aroma during the vase-life (days 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6) of two samples were also studied. A total of 35 compounds were identified, of which all were present in single-flowered and 26 in double-flowered samples. The main aroma components were (E)-β-ocimene, and benzyl acetate. Single-flowered narcissus have a higher percentage of benzyl acetate, while double-flowered narcissus have a higher percentage of 1,8-cineole. In vase-life, the total volatile component content peaked on day 2 for single-flowered and day 3 for the double-flowered narcissus. For both single-flowered and double-flowered narcissus flowers, the total content of volatile components had decreased significantly by day 4.

  20. Sample preparation with solid phase microextraction and exhaustive extraction approaches: Comparison for challenging cases.

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    Boyacı, Ezel; Rodríguez-Lafuente, Ángel; Gorynski, Krzysztof; Mirnaghi, Fatemeh; Souza-Silva, Érica A; Hein, Dietmar; Pawliszyn, Janusz

    2015-05-11

    In chemical analysis, sample preparation is frequently considered the bottleneck of the entire analytical method. The success of the final method strongly depends on understanding the entire process of analysis of a particular type of analyte in a sample, namely: the physicochemical properties of the analytes (solubility, volatility, polarity etc.), the environmental conditions, and the matrix components of the sample. Various sample preparation strategies have been developed based on exhaustive or non-exhaustive extraction of analytes from matrices. Undoubtedly, amongst all sample preparation approaches, liquid extraction, including liquid-liquid (LLE) and solid phase extraction (SPE), are the most well-known, widely used, and commonly accepted methods by many international organizations and accredited laboratories. Both methods are well documented and there are many well defined procedures, which make them, at first sight, the methods of choice. However, many challenging tasks, such as complex matrix applications, on-site and in vivo applications, and determination of matrix-bound and free concentrations of analytes, are not easily attainable with these classical approaches for sample preparation. In the last two decades, the introduction of solid phase microextraction (SPME) has brought significant progress in the sample preparation area by facilitating on-site and in vivo applications, time weighted average (TWA) and instantaneous concentration determinations. Recently introduced matrix compatible coatings for SPME facilitate direct extraction from complex matrices and fill the gap in direct sampling from challenging matrices. Following introduction of SPME, numerous other microextraction approaches evolved to address limitations of the above mentioned techniques. There is not a single method that can be considered as a universal solution for sample preparation. This review aims to show the main advantages and limitations of the above mentioned sample

  1. Development of a Paper Spray Mass Spectrometry Cartridge with Integrated Solid Phase Extraction for Bioanalysis.

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    Zhang, Chengsen; Manicke, Nicholas E

    2015-06-16

    A novel paper spray cartridge with an integrated solid phase extraction (SPE) column is described. The cartridge performs extraction and pre-concentration, as well as sample ionization by paper spray, from complex samples such as plasma. The cartridge allows for selective enrichment of target molecules from larger sample volumes and removal of the matrix, which significantly improved the signal intensity of target compounds in plasma samples by paper spray ionization. Detection limits, quantitative performance, recovery, ionization suppression, and the effects of sample volume were evaluated for five drugs: carbamazepine, atenolol, sulfamethazine, diazepam, and alprazolam. Compared with direct paper spray analysis of dried plasma spots, paper spray analysis using the integrated solid phase extraction improved the detection limits significantly by a factor of 14-70, depending on the drug. The improvement in detection limits was, in large part, due to the capability of analyzing larger sample volumes. In addition, ionization suppression was found to be lower and recovery was higher for paper spray with integrated SPE, as compared to direct paper spray analysis. By spiking an isotopically labeled internal standard into the plasma sample, a linear calibration curve for the drugs was obtained from the limit of detection (LOD) to 1 μg/mL, indicating that this method can be used for quantitative analysis. The paper spray cartridge with integrated SPE could prove valuable for analytes that ionize poorly, in applications where lower detection limits are required, or on portable mass spectrometers. The improved performance comes at the cost of requiring a more complex paper spray cartridge and requiring larger sample volumes than those used in typical direct paper spray ionization.

  2. Observation of a New High-Pressure Solid Phase in Dynamically Compressed Aluminum

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    Polsin, D. N.

    2017-10-01

    Aluminum is ideal for testing theoretical first-principles calculations because of the relative simplicity of its atomic structure. Density functional theory (DFT) calculations predict that Al transforms from an ambient-pressure, face-centered-cubic (fcc) crystal to the hexagonal close-packed (hcp) and body-centered-cubic (bcc) structures as it is compressed. Laser-driven experiments performed at the University of Rochester's Laboratory for Laser Energetics and the National Ignition Facility (NIF) ramp compressed Al samples to pressures up to 540 GPa without melting. Nanosecond in-situ x-ray diffraction was used to directly measure the crystal structure at pressures where the solid-solid phase transformations of Al are predicted to occur. Laser velocimetry provided the pressure in the Al. Our results show clear evidence of the fcc-hcp and hpc-bcc transformations at 216 +/- 9 GPa and 321 +/- 12 GPa, respectively. This is the first experimental in-situ observation of the bcc phase in compressed Al and a confirmation of the fcc-hcp transition previously observed under static compression at 217 GPa. The observations indicate these solid-solid phase transitions occur on the order of tens of nanoseconds time scales. In the fcc-hcp transition we find the original texture of the sample is preserved; however, the hcp-bcc transition diminishes that texture producing a structure that is more polycrystalline. The importance of this dynamic is discussed. The NIF results are the first demonstration of x-ray diffraction measurements at two different pressures in a single laser shot. This material is based upon work supported by the Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration under Award Number DE-NA0001944.

  3. Evaluation of single-walled carbon nanohorns as sorbent in dispersive micro solid-phase extraction

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    Jimenez-Soto, Juan Manuel; Cardenas, Soledad [Department of Analytical Chemistry, Institute of Fine Chemistry and Nanochemistry, Marie Curie Building, Campus de Rabanales, University of Cordoba, 14071 Cordoba (Spain); Valcarcel, Miguel, E-mail: qa1meobj@uco.es [Department of Analytical Chemistry, Institute of Fine Chemistry and Nanochemistry, Marie Curie Building, Campus de Rabanales, University of Cordoba, 14071 Cordoba (Spain)

    2012-02-10

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The potential of single walled carbon nanohorns in dispersive solid phase microextraction has been evaluated. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The method was characterized for the extraction of PAHs from waters. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Single walled carbon nanohorns were better extractant than carbon nanotubes and carbon nanocones. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The limits of detection were adequate for the target analytes in environmental waters. - Abstract: A new dispersive micro solid-phase extraction method which uses single-walled carbon nanohorns (SWNHs) as sorbent is proposed. The procedure combines the excellent sorbent properties of the nanoparticles with the efficiency of the dispersion of the material in the sample matrix. Under these conditions, the interaction with the analytes is maximized. The determination of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons was selected as model analytical problem. Two dispersion strategies were evaluated, being the functionalization via microwave irradiation better than the use of a surfactant. The extraction was accomplished by adding 1 mL of oxidized SWHNs (o-SWNHs) dispersion to 10 mL of water sample. After extraction, the mixture was passed through a disposable Nylon filter were the nanoparticles enriched with the PAHs were retained. The elution was carried out with 100 {mu}L of hexane. The limits of detection achieved were between 30 and 60 ng L{sup -1} with a precision (as repeatability) better than 12.5%. The recoveries obtained for the analytes in three different water samples were acceptable in all instances. The performance of o-SWNHs was favourably compared with that provided by carboxylated single-walled carbon nanotubes and thermally treated carbon nanocones.

  4. Magnetic solid-phase extraction using carbon nanotubes as sorbents: a review.

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    Herrero-Latorre, C; Barciela-García, J; García-Martín, S; Peña-Crecente, R M; Otárola-Jiménez, J

    2015-09-10

    Magnetic solid-phase extraction (M-SPE) is a procedure based on the use of magnetic sorbents for the separation and preconcentration of different organic and inorganic analytes from large sample volumes. The magnetic sorbent is added to the sample solution and the target analyte is adsorbed onto the surface of the magnetic sorbent particles (M-SPs). Analyte-M-SPs are separated from the sample solution by applying an external magnetic field and, after elution with the appropriate solvent, the recovered analyte is analyzed. This approach has several advantages over traditional solid phase extraction as it avoids time-consuming and tedious on-column SPE procedures and it provides a rapid and simple analyte separation that avoids the need for centrifugation or filtration steps. As a consequence, in the past few years a great deal of research has been focused on M-SPE, including the development of new sorbents and novel automation strategies. In recent years, the use of magnetic carbon nanotubes (M-CNTs) as a sorption substrate in M-SPE has become an active area of research. These materials have exceptional mechanical, electrical, optical and magnetic properties and they also have an extremely large surface area and varied possibilities for functionalization. This review covers the synthesis of M-CNTs and the different approaches for the use of these compounds in M-SPE. The performance, general characteristics and applications of M-SPE based on magnetic carbon nanotubes for organic and inorganic analysis have been evaluated on the basis of more than 110 references. Finally, some important challenges with respect the use of magnetic carbon nanotubes in M-SPE are discussed. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  5. Improved resins and novel materials and methods for solid phase extraction and high performance liquid chromatography

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    Freeze, Ronald [Iowa State Univ., Ames, IA (United States)

    1997-10-08

    Solid-phase extraction (SPE) has grown to be one of the most widely used methods for isolation and preconcentration of a vast range of compounds from aqueous solutions. By modifying polymeric SPE resins with chelating functional groups, the selective uptake of metals was accomplished. The resin, along with adsorbed metals, was vaporized in the ICP and detection of the metals was then possible using either mass or emission spectroscopy. Drug analyses in biological fluids have received heightened attention as drug testing is on the increase both in sports and in the work environment. By using a direct-injection technique, biological fluids can be injected directly into the liquid chromatographic system with no pretreatment. A new surfactant, a sulfonated form of Brij-30 (Brij-S) is shown to prevent the uptake of serum proteins on commercial HPLC columns by forming a thin coating on the silica C18 surface. Excellent separations of eight or more drugs with a wide range of retention times were obtained. The separations had sharper peaks and lower retention times than similar separations performed with the surfactant sodium dodecylsulfate (SDS). Quantitative recovery of a number of drugs with limits of detection near 1 ppm with a 5 μl injection volume were obtained. Finally, a method for solid-phase extraction in a syringe is introduced. The system greatly reduced the volume of solvent required to elute adsorbed analytes from the SPE bed while providing a semi-automated setup. SPE in a syringe consists of a very small bed of resin-loaded membrane packed into a GC or HPLC syringe. After extraction, elution was performed with just a few μl of solvent. This small elution volume allowed injection of the eluent directly from the syringe into the chromatographic system, eliminating the handling problems associated with such small volumes.

  6. Synthesis of Orthogonally Protected Muramic Acid Building Blocks for Solid Phase Peptide Synthesis

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    Kristina Vlahoviček-Kahlina

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available Muramic acid is found in many peptide natural products containing oligo(polysaccharide moieties. Taking into consideration that the Fmoc methodology is routinely used for solid-phase peptide synthesis, preparation of orthogonally protected muramic acid building blocks for total solid-phase synthesis of these natural products is of particular practical importance. Herein a simple and efficient synthesis of benzyl 2-amino-4,6-O-benzylidene-3-O-[(R-1-carboxyethyl]-2-deoxy-N-9-fluorenylmethyloxycarbonyl-α-D-glucopyranoside (6 from N-acetylglucosamine (1 is described. Important improvements over previous synthetic approaches to glucopyranosides 2 (benzyl 2-acetamido-2-deoxy-α-D-glucopyranoside and 3 (benzyl 2-acetamido-4,6-O-benzylidene-2-deoxy-α-D-glucopyranoside, key building blocks in preparation of 6, include synthesis simplification and efficient isolation and purification. Optically pure (S-2-chloropropionic acid 7 was prepared and introduced to the positon 3-O of sugar moiety to give compound 4 (benzyl 2-acetamido-4,6-O-benzylidene-3-O-[(R-1-carboxyethyl]-2-deoxy-α-D-glucopyranoside with the (R-configuration of the lactyl side-chain in excellent overall yield and optical purity. Deacetylation of amino group gave compound 5 (benzyl 2-amino-4,6-O-benzylidene-3-O-[(R-1-carboxyethyl]-2-deoxy-α-D-glucopyranoside suitable for incorporation of the Fmoc protecting group to give protected muramic acid derivative 6, a useful building block in peptide synthesis.

  7. Multiple headspace-solid-phase microextraction: An application to quantification of mushroom volatiles

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    Costa, Rosaria; Tedone, Laura; De Grazia, Selenia [Dipartimento Farmaco-chimico, University of Messina, viale Annunziata, 98168 Messina (Italy); Dugo, Paola [Dipartimento Farmaco-chimico, University of Messina, viale Annunziata, 98168 Messina (Italy); Centro Integrato di Ricerca (C.I.R.), Università Campus-Biomedico, Via Álvaro del Portillo, 21, 00128 Roma (Italy); Mondello, Luigi, E-mail: lmondello@unime.it [Dipartimento Farmaco-chimico, University of Messina, viale Annunziata, 98168 Messina (Italy); Centro Integrato di Ricerca (C.I.R.), Università Campus-Biomedico, Via Álvaro del Portillo, 21, 00128 Roma (Italy)

    2013-04-03

    Highlights: ► Multiple headspace extraction-solid phase microextraction (MHS-SPME) has been applied to the analysis of Agaricus bisporus. ► Mushroom flavor is characterized by the presence of compounds with a 8-carbon atoms skeleton. ► Formation of 8-carbon compounds involves a unique fungal biochemical pathway. ► The MHS-SPME allowed to determine quantitatively 5 target analytes of A. bisporus for the first time. -- Abstract: Multiple headspace-solid phase microextraction (MHS-SPME) followed by gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (GC–MS) and flame ionization detection (GC–FID) was applied to the identification and quantification of volatiles released by the mushroom Agaricus bisporus, also known as champignon. MHS-SPME allows to perform quantitative analysis of volatiles from solid matrices, free of matrix interferences. Samples analyzed were fresh mushrooms (chopped and homogenized) and mushroom-containing food dressings. 1-Octen-3-ol, 3-octanol, 3-octanone, 1-octen-3-one and benzaldehyde were common constituents of the samples analyzed. Method performance has been tested through the evaluation of limit of detection (LoD, range 0.033–0.078 ng), limit of quantification (LoQ, range 0.111–0.259 ng) and analyte recovery (92.3–108.5%). The results obtained showed quantitative differences among the samples, which can be attributed to critical factors, such as the degree of cell damage upon sample preparation, that are here discussed. Considerations on the mushrooms biochemistry and on the basic principles of MHS analysis are also presented.

  8. Light yield and energy resolution studies for SoLid phase 1

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    Boursette, Delphine; SoLid Collaboration

    2017-09-01

    The SoLid experiment is searching for sterile neutrinos at a nuclear research reactor. It looks for inverse beta decays (producing a positron and a neutron in delayed coincidence) with a very segmented detector made of thousands of scintillating cubes. SoLid has a very innovative hybrid technology with two different scintillators which have different light emissions: polyvynil-toluene cubes (PVT) to detect the positrons and 6LiF:ZnS sheets on two faces of each PVT cube to detect the neutrons. It allows us to do an efficient pulse shape analysis to identify the signals from neutrons and positrons. The 288 kg detector prototype (SM1) took data in 2015. It demonstrated the detection principle and background rejection efficiency. The construction of SoLid phase I (˜ 1.5 t) has now started. To improve the energy resolution of SoLid phase I, we have tried to increase the light yield studying separately the two scintillators: PVT and ZnS. A test bench has been built to fully characterize and improve the neutron detection with the ZnS using an AmBe source. To study the positron light yield on the PVT, we have built another test bench with a 207Bi source. We have improved the design of the cubes, their wrapping or the type and the configuration of the fibers. We managed to increase the PVT light yield by about 66 % and improve the resolution of the positron energy on the test bench from 21 % to 16 % at 1 MeV.

  9. Solid-phase analytical derivatization for gas-chromatography-mass-spectrometry-based metabolomics.

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    Takeo, Emi; Sasano, Ryoichi; Shimma, Shuichi; Bamba, Takeshi; Fukusaki, Eiichiro

    2017-08-08

    A novel derivatization method for gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (GC/MS)-based metabolomics was developed, based on solid-phase analytical derivatization (SPAD) with methoximation followed by trimethylsilylation. This SPAD method realized derivatization on solid phases combining strong anion exchange with strong cation exchange. To omit a sample condensation process, GC/MS injection was performed using a large-volume injection mode. This mode uses a stomach-shaped insert, and enables a large quantity of sample to be vaporized and introduced into the GC/MS system. In the present study, several parameters were investigated for each SPAD step. The optimal derivatization conditions were determined to be 3-min-methoximation with 5 μL of >5% methoxyamine solution, and 10-min-trimethylsilylation with 25 μL of N-methyl-N-trimethylsilyl-trifluoroacetamide (MSTFA). Derivatized analytes were effectively eluted with 25 μL of n-hexane. The influences of coexisting substances were also investigated. Coexisting saccharides did not significantly affect the derivatization of analytes. Moreover, saccharides were efficiently washed out using 80% (v/v) acetonitrile in water. The influences of coexisting sodium chloride were negated by dilution of the sample solution with water. The developed method enables the derivatization of both anionic and cationic metabolites, and high-throughput sample preparation. The coverage of detectable metabolites for the developed method was similar to that of the conventional method. This is the first report of a SPAD-based human plasma metabolome analysis protocol. Copyright © 2017 The Society for Biotechnology, Japan. Published by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  10. Microwave-assisted cleavage of Alloc and Allyl Ester protecting groups in solid phase peptide synthesis.

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    Wilson, Krista R; Sedberry, Seth; Pescatore, Robyn; Vinton, Daniel; Love, Brian; Ballard, Sarah; Wham, Bradley C; Hutchison, Stacy K; Williamson, Eric J

    2016-10-01

    Orthogonal protection of amino acid side chains in solid phase peptide synthesis allows for selective deprotection of side chains and the formation of cyclic peptides on resin. Cyclizations are useful as they may improve the activity of the peptide or improve the metabolic stability of peptides in vivo. One cyclization method often used is the formation of a lactam bridge between an amine and a carboxylic acid. It is desirable to perform the cyclization on resin as opposed to in solution to avoid unwanted side reactions; therefore, a common strategy is to use -Alloc and -OAllyl protecting groups as they are compatible with Fmoc solid phase peptide synthesis conditions. Alloc and -OAllyl may be removed using Pd(PPh3 )4 and phenylsilane in DMF. This method can be problematic as the reaction is most often performed at room temperature under argon gas. It is not usually done at higher temperatures because of the fear of poisoning the palladium catalyst. As a result, the reaction is long and reagent-intensive. Herein, we report the development of a method in which the -Alloc/-OAllyl groups are removed using a microwave synthesizer under atmospheric conditions. The reaction is much faster, allowing for the removal of the protecting groups before the catalyst is oxidized, as well as being less reagent-intensive. This method of deprotection was tested using a variety of amino acid sequences and side chain protecting groups, and it was found that after two 5-min deprotections at 38°C, all -Alloc and -OAllyl groups were removed with >98% purity. Copyright © 2016 European Peptide Society and John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. Copyright © 2016 European Peptide Society and John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  11. Solid-phase synthesis, cyclization, and site-specific functionalization of aziridine-containing tetrapeptides.

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    Chung, Benjamin K W; White, Christopher J; Yudin, Andrei K

    2017-06-01

    Cyclic tetrapeptides comprise a potent and selective class of molecules with a wide range of biological activities, including the phytotoxic activity of tentoxin and the histone deacetylase (HDAC) inhibitory effects of chlamydocin. The incorporation of a functional aziridine group within cyclic peptides enables their conformational control and allows for late-stage and site-selective functionalization of these molecules, thereby creating the potential for covalent protein labeling. This protocol describes the solid-phase synthesis, cyclization, and site-specific structural modification of aziridine-containing tetrapeptides. The linear precursors are assembled by solid-phase peptide synthesis using Fmoc-protected amino acid building blocks, followed by head-to-tail peptide cyclization. Cyclization is performed using a slow reverse-addition method that prevents the formation of undesired higher-order cyclo-oligomeric side products. Site-specific structural modification of the resulting macrocycles is described using sodium azide or thiophenol as representative examples. It requires ∼4 d to prepare peptide macrocycles from their respective Fmoc-protected amino acid starting materials, an improvement upon the 3 weeks required for conventional solution-phase methods. This protocol also addresses important considerations regarding the handling of these compounds, whose electrophilic aziridine functionalities can otherwise be prone to undesired side reactions. With recent developments in aziridine-containing macrocyclic peptide synthesis and the potential for covalent protein labeling, these scaffolds represent a valuable addition to many screening libraries, and we expect that access to these macrocycles will facilitate efforts in drug discovery and molecular probe development.

  12. Environmentally Friendly Method: Development and Application to Carbon Aerogel as Sorbent for Solid-Phase Extraction.

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    Dong, Sheying; Huang, Guiqi; Su, Meiling; Huang, Tinglin

    2015-10-14

    We developed two simple, fast, and environmentally friendly methods using carbon aerogel (CA) and magnetic CA (mCA) materials as sorbents for micro-solid-phase extraction (μ-SPE) and magnetic solid-phase extraction (MSPE) techniques. The material performances such as adsorption isotherm, adsorption kinetics, and specific surface area were discussed by N2 adsorption-desorption isotherm measurements, ultraviolet and visible (UV-vis) spectrophotometry, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HR-TEM). The experimental results proved that the heterogeneities of CA and mCA were well modeled with the Freundlich isotherm model, and the sorption process well followed the pseudo-second-order rate equation. Moreover, plant growth regulators (PGRs) such as kinetin (6-KT), 6-benzylaminopurine (6-BA), 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2,4-D), and uniconazole (UN) in a reservoir raw water sample were selected as the evaluation of applicability for the proposed μ-SPE and MSPE techniques using high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC). The experimental conditions of two methods such as the amount of sorbent, extraction time, pH, salt concentration, and desorption conditions were studied. Under the optimized conditions, two extraction methods provided high recoveries (89-103%), low the limits of detection (LODs) (0.01-0.2 μg L(-1)), and satisfactory analytical features in terms of precision (relative standard deviation, RSD, 1.7-5.1%, n=3). This work demonstrates the feasibility and the potential of CA and mCA materials as sorbents for μ-SPE and MSPE techniques. Besides, it also could serve as a basis for future development of other functional CAs in pretreatment technology and make them valuable for analysis of pollutants in environmental applications.

  13. Combined liquid and solid-phase extraction improves quantification of brain estrogen content

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    Andrew eChao

    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available Accuracy in quantifying brain-derived steroid hormones (‘neurosteroids’ has become increasingly important for understanding the modulation of neuronal activity, development, and physiology. Relative to other neuroactive compounds and classical neurotransmitters, steroids pose particular challenges with regard to isolation and analysis, owing to their lipid solubility. Consequently, anatomical studies of the distribution of neurosteroids have relied primarily on the expression of neurosteroid synthesis enzymes. To evaluate the distribution of synthesis enzymes vis-à-vis the actual steroids themselves, traditional steroid quantification assays, including radioimmunoassays (RIA, have successfully employed liquid extraction methods (e.g., ether, dichloromethane or methanol to isolate steroids from microdissected brain tissue. Due to their sensitivity, safety and reliability, the use of commercial enzyme immunoassays (EIA for laboratory quantification of steroids in plasma and brain has become increasingly widespread. However, EIAs rely on enzymatic reactions in vitro, making them sensitive to interfering substances in brain tissue and thus producing unreliable results. Here, we evaluate the effectiveness of a protocol for combined, two-stage liquid/solid phase extraction as compared to conventional liquid extraction alone for the isolation of estradiol (E2 from brain tissue. We employ the songbird model system, in which brain steroid production is pronounced and linked to neural mechanisms of learning and plasticity. This study outlines a combined liquid-solid phase extraction protocol that improves the performance of a commercial EIA for the quantification of brain E2 content. We demonstrate the effectiveness of our optimized method for evaluating the region specificity of brain E2 content, compare these results to established anatomy of the estrogen synthesis enzyme and estrogen receptor, and discuss the nature of potential EIA interfering

  14. DNA-Encoded Solid-Phase Synthesis: Encoding Language Design and Complex Oligomer Library Synthesis.

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    MacConnell, Andrew B; McEnaney, Patrick J; Cavett, Valerie J; Paegel, Brian M

    2015-09-14

    The promise of exploiting combinatorial synthesis for small molecule discovery remains unfulfilled due primarily to the "structure elucidation problem": the back-end mass spectrometric analysis that significantly restricts one-bead-one-compound (OBOC) library complexity. The very molecular features that confer binding potency and specificity, such as stereochemistry, regiochemistry, and scaffold rigidity, are conspicuously absent from most libraries because isomerism introduces mass redundancy and diverse scaffolds yield uninterpretable MS fragmentation. Here we present DNA-encoded solid-phase synthesis (DESPS), comprising parallel compound synthesis in organic solvent and aqueous enzymatic ligation of unprotected encoding dsDNA oligonucleotides. Computational encoding language design yielded 148 thermodynamically optimized sequences with Hamming string distance ≥ 3 and total read length bases for facile sequencing. Ligation is efficient (70% yield), specific, and directional over 6 encoding positions. A series of isomers served as a testbed for DESPS's utility in split-and-pool diversification. Single-bead quantitative PCR detected 9 × 10(4) molecules/bead and sequencing allowed for elucidation of each compound's synthetic history. We applied DESPS to the combinatorial synthesis of a 75,645-member OBOC library containing scaffold, stereochemical and regiochemical diversity using mixed-scale resin (160-μm quality control beads and 10-μm screening beads). Tandem DNA sequencing/MALDI-TOF MS analysis of 19 quality control beads showed excellent agreement (ppt) between DNA sequence-predicted mass and the observed mass. DESPS synergistically unites the advantages of solid-phase synthesis and DNA encoding, enabling single-bead structural elucidation of complex compounds and synthesis using reactions normally considered incompatible with unprotected DNA. The widespread availability of inexpensive oligonucleotide synthesis, enzymes, DNA sequencing, and PCR make

  15. Solid-phase Synthesis of Combinatorial 2,4-Disubstituted-1,3,5-Triazine via Amine Nucleophilic Reaction

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    Moon, Sung Won [KIST Gangneung Institute, Gangneung (Korea, Republic of); Ham, Jungyeob [Gangneung-Wonju National University, Gangneung (Korea, Republic of); Chang, Young-Tae [National University of Singapore, Singapore (Singapore); Lee, Jae Wook [University of Science and Technology, Daejon (Korea, Republic of)

    2015-01-15

    In combinatorial chemistry, solid-phase synthesis is a popular approach formass production of small molecules. Compared to solution-phase synthesis, it is easy to prepare and purify a large number of heterocyclic small molecules via solid-phase chemistry; the overall reaction time is decreased as well. 1,3,5-Triazine is a nitrogen-containing heterocyclic aromatic scaffold that was shown to be a druggable scaffold in recent studies. These structures have been reported as anticancer, antimicrobial, and antiretroviral compounds, as CDKs and p38 MAP kinase inhibitors, as estrogen receptor modulators, and as inosine monophosphate dehydrogenase inhibitors. we designed and synthesized disubstituted triazine compounds as an analog of disubstituted pyrimidine compounds. These disubstituted triazine compounds possess a linear structure which may have biological activity similar to that of disubstituted pyrimidine. Here we report the solid-phase synthesis of disubstituted triazine compounds.

  16. Carbon nanotubes as solid-phase extraction sorbents prior to atomic spectrometric determination of metal species: A review

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    Herrero Latorre, C., E-mail: carlos.herrero@usc.es [Universidad de Santiago de Compostela, Dpto. Quimica Analitica, Nutricion y Bromatologia, Facultad de Ciencias, Alfonso X el Sabio s/n, 27002 Lugo (Spain); Alvarez Mendez, J.; Barciela Garcia, J.; Garcia Martin, S.; Pena Crecente, R.M. [Universidad de Santiago de Compostela, Dpto. Quimica Analitica, Nutricion y Bromatologia, Facultad de Ciencias, Alfonso X el Sabio s/n, 27002 Lugo (Spain)

    2012-10-24

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The use of CNTs as sorbent for metal species in solid phase extraction has been described. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Physical and chemical strategies for functionalization of carbon nanotubes have been discussed. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Published analytical methods concerning solid phase extraction and atomic spectrometric determination have been reviewed. - Abstract: New materials have significant impact on the development of new methods and instrumentation for chemical analysis. From the discovery of carbon nanotubes in 1991, single and multi-walled carbon nanotubes - due to their high adsorption and desorption capacities - have been employed as sorption substrates in solid-phase extraction for the preconcentration of metal species from diverse matrices. Looking for successive improvements in sensitivity and selectivity, in the past few years, carbon nanotubes have been utilized as sorbents for solid phase extraction in three different ways: like as-grown, oxidized and functionalized nanotubes. In the present paper, an overview of the recent trends in the use of carbon nanotubes for solid phase extraction of metal species in environmental, biological and food samples is presented. The determination procedures involved the adsorption of metals on the nanotube surface, their quantitative desorption and subsequent measurement by means of atomic spectrometric techniques such as flame atomic absorption spectrometry, electrothermal atomic absorption spectrometry or inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectrometry/mass spectrometry, among others. Synthesis, purification and types of carbon nanotubes, as well as the diverse chemical and physical strategies for their functionalization are described. Based on 140 references, the performance and general properties of the applications of solid phase extraction based on carbon nanotubes for metal species atomic spectrometric determination are discussed.

  17. Eggshell and Bacterial Cellulose Composite Membrane as Absorbent Material in Active Packaging

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    S. Ummartyotin

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Bacterial cellulose and eggshell composite was successfully developed. Eggshell was mixed with bacterial cellulose suspension and it was casted as a composite film. CaCO3 derived from eggshell was compared with its commercial availability. It can be noted that good dispersion of eggshell particle was prepared. Eggshell particle was irregular in shape with a variation in size. It existed in bacterial cellulose network. Characterization on composite was focused on thermal and mechanical properties. It showed that flexibility and thermal stability of composite were enhanced. No significant effect of mechanical properties was therefore observed. The thermal stability of composite was stable up to 300°C. The adsorption experiment on water and vegetable oil capacity was performed. The enhancement on adsorption was due to the existence of eggshell in bacterial cellulose composite. It exhibited the potential to be a good candidate for absorbent material in active packaging.

  18. Novel solid – solid phase change material based on polyethylene glycol and cellulose used for temperature stabilisation

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    Wojda Marta

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Thermal management is one of crucial issues in the development of modern electronic devices. In the recent years interest in phase change materials (PCMs as alternative cooling possibility has increased significantly. Preliminary results concerning the research into possibility of the use of solid-solid phase change materials (S-S PCMs for stabilisation temperature of electronic devices has been presented in the paper. Novel solid-solid phase change material based on polyethylene glycol and cellulose has been synthesized. Attempt to improve its thermal conductivity has been taken. Material has been synthesized for the purpose of stabilisation of temperature of electronic devices.

  19. Recycled Aluminium Cans/Eggshell Composites: Evaluation of Mechanical and Wear Resistance Properties

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    J.O. Agunsoye; Bello, S. A.; I.S. Talabi; A.A. Yekinni; I.A. Raheem; A.D. Oderinde; T.E. Idegbekwu

    2015-01-01

    Aluminium based metal matrix composites have been produced from recycled aluminium cans and 150µm sized eggshell particles using a stir cast process. The mechanical properties of the control and aluminium can/eggshell composites produced have been investigated. The microstructures of the aluminium can/eggshell composites were examined with the aids of Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) after the sample surfaces have been carefully prepared and etched with aqueous solution of 0.5 cm3 nitric ac...

  20. On the identification of the eggshell elastic properties under quasistatic compression

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    Jana Simeonovová

    2004-01-01

    Full Text Available The problem of the identification of the elastic properties of eggshell, i.e. the evaluation of the Young's modulus and Poisson's ratio is solved. The eggshell is considered as a rotational shell. The experiments on the egg compression under quasistatic loading have been conducted. During these experiments a strain on the eggshell surface has been recorded. By the mutual comparison between experimental and theoretical values of strains the influence of the elastic constants has been demonstrated.

  1. Induction of eggshell apex abnormalities by Mycoplasma synoviae: field and experimental studies

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    Feberwee, Anneke; Wit, J.J. de; Landman, Wil J.M.

    2009-01-01

    Abstract A novel eggshell pathology, characterized by an altered shell surface, thinning, increased translucency, and cracks and breaks of the eggshell apex has become increasingly common in layer flocks of various breeds in the Netherlands. Two field studies found an association between the eggshell apex abnormalities (EAA) and infection with Mycoplasma synoviae. M. synoviae was isolated from the oviduct of birds that produced abnormal eggs, but not from birds in control flocks, a...

  2. Determination of clenbuterol in bovine liver by combining matrix solid phase dispersion and molecularly imprinted solid phase extraction followed by liquid chromatography/electrospray ion trap multiple stage mass spectrometry

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    Crescenzi, C; Bayoudh, S; Cormack, P.A G; Klein, T; Ensing, K

    2001-01-01

    Matrix solid-phase dispersion(MSPD) is a new sample pretreatment for solid samples. This technique greatly simplifies sample pretreatment but, nonetheless, the extracts often still require an extra cleanup step that is both laborious and time-consuming. The potential;of combining MSPD with

  3. Recycled Aluminium Cans/Eggshell Composites: Evaluation of Mechanical and Wear Resistance Properties

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    J.O. Agunsoye

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available Aluminium based metal matrix composites have been produced from recycled aluminium cans and 150µm sized eggshell particles using a stir cast process. The mechanical properties of the control and aluminium can/eggshell composites produced have been investigated. The microstructures of the aluminium can/eggshell composites were examined with the aids of Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM after the sample surfaces have been carefully prepared and etched with aqueous solution of 0.5 cm3 nitric acid. Micrographs revealed that there was a homogenous distribution of eggshell particles within the aluminium can matrix. An indication of effective stirring action during the melting process. The wear resistance was also investigated under different applied loads (6 to 14 N on an abrasive surface emery paper of grade 220. The results revealed an increase in Young’s modulus of elasticity and yield stress from 1,206.45 and 50.23 Mpa respectively of the cast aluminium can with 0 % eggshell particle to the maximum of 3,258.87and 73.2 MPa of aluminium can/12 % eggshell composites. The hardness values increased from 66.23 to 75.13 VN. There was a gradual increase in wear rate of the tested samples as the applied load increased. However, the wear resistance of the aluminium can/6 % eggshell and aluminium can/12 % eggshell composites increased significantly. Hence, recycling of aluminium cans and eggshells can be harnessed into development of useful engineering metal matrix composite materials.

  4. Membrane-based seawater desalination: Present and future prospects

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    Amy, Gary L.

    2016-10-20

    Given increasing regional water scarcity and that almost half of the world\\'s population lives within 100 km of an ocean, seawater represents a virtually infinite water resource. However, its exploitation is presently limited by the significant specific energy consumption (kWh/m) required by conventional desalination technologies, further exasperated by high unit costs ($/m) and environmental impacts including GHG emissions (g CO-eq/m), organism impingement/entrainment through intakes, and brine disposal through outfalls. This paper explores the state-of-the-art in present seawater desalination practice, emphasizing membrane-based technologies, while identifying future opportunities in step improvements to conventional technologies and development of emerging, potentially disruptive, technologies through advances in material science, process engineering, and system integration. In this paper, seawater reverse osmosis (RO) serves as the baseline conventional technology. The discussion extends beyond desalting processes into membrane-based salinity gradient energy production processes, which can provide an energy offset to desalination process energy requirements. The future membrane landscape in membrane-based desalination and salinity gradient energy is projected to include ultrahigh permeability RO membranes, renewable-energy driven desalination, and emerging processes including closed-circuit RO, membrane distillation, forward osmosis, pressure retarded osmosis, and reverse electrodialysis according various niche applications and/or hybrids, operating separately or in conjunction with RO.

  5. Effect of limestone particle size on egg production and eggshell ...

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    A study was conducted to determine the influence of different particle size limestone in layer diets on egg production and eggshell quality during the later stages of egg production (>54 weeks of age). Calcitic limestone (360 g Ca/kg), consisting of small (<1.0 mm), medium (1.0 - 2.0 mm) and large (2.0 - 3.8 mm) particles ...

  6. Analyzing freely dissolved concentrations of cationic surfactant utilizing ion-exchange capability of polyacrylate coated solid-phase microextraction fibers

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    Chen, Y.|info:eu-repo/dai/nl/322994179; Droge, S.T.J.|info:eu-repo/dai/nl/304834017; Hermens, J.L.M.|info:eu-repo/dai/nl/069681384

    2012-01-01

    A 7-μm polyacrylate (PA) coated fiber was successfully employed to determine freely dissolved concentrations of cationic surfactants by solid-phase microextraction (SPME) and utilizing the capability of the PA-coating to sorb organic cations via ion-exchange at carboxylic groups. Measured

  7. PARTITION INFRARED METHOD FOR TOTAL GASOLINE RANGE ORGANICS IN WATER BASED ON SOLID PHASE MICROEXTRACTION. (R825343)

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    A new method is described for determining total gasoline-range organics (TGRO) in water that combines solid-phase microextraction (SPME) and infrared (IR) spectroscopy. In this method, the organic compounds are extracted from 250-mL of water into a small square (3....

  8. SCREENING METHOD FOR NITROAROMATIC COMPOUNDS IN WATER BASED ON SOLID-PHASE MICROEXTRACTION AND INFRARED SPECTROSCOPY. (R825343)

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    A new method is described for determining nitroaromatic compounds in water that combines solid-phase microextraction (SPME) and infrared (IR) spectroscopy. In this method, the compounds are extracted from a 250-mL volume of water into a small square (3.2 cm ? 3.2 cm ? 61.2...

  9. On-fiber derivatization for direct immersion solid-phase microextraction Part I : Acylation of amphetamine with pentafluorobenzoyl chloride

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    Koster, EHM; Bruins, CHP; Wemes, C; de Jong, GJ

    On-fiber derivatization has been used for solid-phase microextraction (SPME) with gas chromatography in order to increase the extractability and detectability. Amphetamine, which has been used as a model compound, was derivatized with pentafluorobenzoyl chloride that was loaded on the fiber prior to

  10. Silica-titania xerogel for solid phase spectrophotometric determination of salicylate and its derivatives in biological liquids and pharmaceuticals.

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    Morosanova, Maria A; Morosanova, Elena I

    2015-01-01

    Salicylic acid and its derivatives are widely used drugs with potential toxicity. The main areas of salicylate derivatives determination are biological liquids and pharmaceuticals analysis. Silica-titania xerogel has been used for solid phase spectrophotometric determination of various salicylate derivatives (salicylate, salicylamide, methylsalicylate). The reaction conditions influence on the interaction of salicylate derivatives with silica-titania xerogels has been investigated; the characteristics of titanium(IV)-salicylate derivatives complexes in solid phase have been described. The simple solid phase spectrophotometric procedures are based on the formation of xerogel incorporated titanium(IV) colored complexes with salicylate derivatives. A linear response has been observed in the following concentration ranges 0.1-5, 0.5-10 and 0.05-4.7 mM for salicylate, salicylamide, and methylsalicylate, respectively. The proposed procedures have been applied to the analysis of human urine, synthetic serum, and pharmaceuticals. The simple solid phase spectrophotometric procedures of salicylate derivatives determination based on the new sensor materials have been proposed for biological liquids and pharmaceuticals analysis. Graphical abstractComplexation of titanium (IV), incorporated in silica-titania xerogels (Si-Ti), with salicylate derivatives (L) resulting in yellow-colored xerogels (Si-Ti/Ln) has been proposed for salicylate derivatives determination in biological liquids and pharmaceuticals.

  11. Novel restricted access materials combined to molecularly imprinted polymers for selective solid-phase extraction of organophosphorus pesticides from honey.

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    He, Juan; Song, Lixin; Chen, Si; Li, Yuanyuan; Wei, Hongliang; Zhao, Dongxin; Gu, Keren; Zhang, Shusheng

    2015-11-15

    A novel restricted access materials (RAM) combined to molecularly imprinted polymers (MIPs), using malathion as template molecule and glycidilmethacrylate (GMA) as pro-hydrophilic co-monomer, were prepared for the first time. RAM-MIPs with hydrophilic external layer were characterized by scanning electron microscopy and recognition and selectivity properties were compared with the restricted access materials-non-molecularly imprinted polymers (RAM-NIPs) and unmodified MIPs. RAM-MIPs were used as the adsorbent enclosed in solid phase extraction column and several important extraction parameters were comprehensively optimized to evaluate the extraction performance. Under the optimum extraction conditions, RAM-MIPs exhibited comparable or even higher selectivity with greater extraction capacity toward six kinds of organophosphorus pesticides (including malathion, ethoprophos, phorate, terbufos, dimethoate, and fenamiphos) compared with the MIPs and commercial solid phase extraction columns. The RAM-MIPs solid phase extraction coupled with gas chromatography was successfully applied to simultaneously determine six kinds of organophosphorus pesticides from honey sample. The new established method showed good linearity in the range of 0.01-1.0 μg mL(-1), low limits of detection (0.0005-0.0019 μg mL(-1)), acceptable reproducibility (RSD, 2.26-4.81%, n = 6), and satisfactory relative recoveries (90.9-97.6%). It was demonstrated that RAM-MIPs solid phase extraction with excellent selectivity and restricted access function was a simple, rapid, selective, and effective sample pretreatment method. Copyright © 2015. Published by Elsevier Ltd.

  12. The synthesis of 15N(7)-Hoogsteen face-labeled adenosine phosphoramidite for solid-phase RNA synthesis.

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    Neuner, Sandro; Kreutz, Christoph; Micura, Ronald

    2017-01-01

    We have developed an efficient route for the synthesis of 15N(7)-labeled adenosine as phosphoramidite building block for site- and atom-specific incorporation into RNA by automated solid-phase synthesis. Such labeled RNA is required for the evaluation of selected non-canonical base pair interactions in folded RNA using NMR spectroscopic methods.

  13. Determination of selenoprotein P in human plasma by solid phase extraction and inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry

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    Bendahl, L.; Sidenius, U.; Gammelgaard, Bente

    2000-01-01

    A method based on solid phase extraction was developed for the determination of selenoprotein P as selenium in human plasma. Separation of selenoprotein P from other selenium-containing proteins was accomplished by immobilized metal-ion affinity chromatography. The selenium content was subsequently...

  14. Direct solid-phase microextraction combined with gas and liquid chromatography for the determination of lidocaine in human urine

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    Koster, E.H M; Hofman, N.S K; de Jong, G.J.

    Solid-phase microextraction (SPME) has been combined with gas chromatography (GC) and liquid chromatography (LC) for the determination of lidocaine in human urine. A polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) coated fibre was directly immersed into buffered urine. Extraction conditions such as time, pH, ionic

  15. Use of molecularly imprinted solid-phase extraction for the selective clean-up of clenbuterol from calf urine

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    Berggren, C; Bayoudh, S; Sherrington, D; Ensing, K

    2000-01-01

    A feasibility study was performed in order to study the possibilities in using molecularly imprinted polymers (MIPs) as sorbent material in solid-phase extraction (MISPE) for clean-up of clenbuterol from urine. A binding study of clenbuterol in several solvents was performed on a clenbuterol

  16. Baseline toxicity of a chlorobenzene mixture and total body residues measured and estimated with solid-phase microextraction

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    Leslie, H.A.; Hermens, J.L.; Kraak, M.H.S.

    2004-01-01

    Body residues of compounds with a narcotic mode of action that exceed critical levels result in baseline toxicity in organisms. Previous studies have shown that internal concentrations in organisms also can be estimated by way of passive sampling. In this experiment, solid-phase microextraction

  17. Solid-Phase Organic Chemistry: Synthesis of 2β-(HeterocyclylthiomethylPenam Derivatives on Solid Support

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    Ernesto G. Mata

    2000-03-01

    Full Text Available The synthesis of 2β-(heterocyclylthiomethylpenam derivatives on solid support has been developed. Compounds are obtained in good to high yields (based on loading of the original resin. The key step is the solid-phase double rearrangement of the corresponding penicillin sulfoxide.

  18. Solid-Phase Synthesis of New Trp(Nps-Containing Dipeptide Derivatives as TRPV1 Channel Blockers

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    Rosario González-Muñiz

    2010-07-01

    Full Text Available Trp(Nps-Lys-NH2 derivatives, bearing alkyl or guanidine groups either at the N–terminus or on the Lys side-chain or at both positions were conveniently prepared on solid-phase and evaluated as TRPV1 channel antagonists.

  19. Detection of Giardia lamblia Antigens in Human Fecal Specimens by a Solid-Phase Qualitative Immunochromatographic Assay▿

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    Garcia, Lynne S.; Garcia, John Paul

    2006-01-01

    The SIMPLE-READ Giardia rapid assay (Medical Chemical Corporation) is a solid-phase qualitative immunochromatographic assay that detects Giardia lamblia in aqueous extracts of human fecal specimens. Testing 106 Giardia-positive and 104 Giardia-negative stool specimens yielded a sensitivity of 97.2% and a specificity of 100% for the SIMPLE-READ Giardia rapid assay.

  20. How can we reduce costs of solid-phase multiplex-bead assays used to determine anti-HLA antibodies?

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    Kamburova, E.G.; Wisse, B.W.; Joosten, I.; Allebes, W.A.; Meer, A. van der; Hilbrands, L.B.; Baas, M.C.; Spierings, E.; Hack, C.E.; Reekum, F.E. van; Zuilen, A.D. van; Verhaar, M.; Bots, M.L.; Drop, A.C.; Plaisier, L.; Seelen, M.A.; Sanders, J.S.; Hepkema, B.G.; Lambeck, A.J.A.; Bungener, L.B.; Roozendaal, C.; Tilanus, M.G.; Vanderlocht, J.; Voorter, C.E.M.; Wieten, L.; Duijnhoven, E.M. van; Gelens, M.; Christiaans, M.H.; Ittersum, F.J. van; Nurmohamed, A.; Lardy, N.M.; Swelsen, W.; Pant, K.A. van der; Weerd, N.C. van der; Berge, I.J. Ten; Bemelman, F.J.; Hoitsma, A.; Boog, P.J. van der; Fijter, J.W. de; Betjes, M.G.; Heidt, S.; Roelen, D.L.; Claas, F.H.; Otten, H.G.

    2016-01-01

    Solid-phase multiplex-bead assays are widely used in transplantation to detect anti-human leukocyte antigen (HLA) antibodies. These assays enable high resolution detection of low levels of HLA antibodies. However, multiplex-bead assays are costly and yield variable measurements that limit the

  1. How can we reduce costs of solid-phase multiplex-bead assays used to determine anti-HLA antibodies?

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    Kamburova, E. G.; Wisse, B. W.; Joosten, I.; Allebes, W. A.; van der Meer, A.; Hilbrands, L. B.; Baas, M. C.; Spierings, E.; Hack, C. E.; van Reekum, F. E.; van Zuilen, A. D.; Verhaar, M.; Bots, M. L.; Drop, A. C. A. D.; Plaisier, L.; Seelen, M. A. J.; Sanders, J. S. F.; Hepkema, B. G.; Lambeck, A. J.; Bungener, L. B.; Roozendaal, C.; Tilanus, M. G. J.; Vanderlocht, J.; Voorter, C. E.; Wieten, L.; van Duijnhoven, E. M.; Gelens, M.; Christiaans, M. H. L.; van Ittersum, F. J.; Nurmohamed, A.; Lardy, N. M.; Swelsen, W.; van der Pant, K. A.; van der Weerd, N. C.; ten Berge, I. J. M.; Bemelman, F. J.; Hoitsma, A.; van der Boog, P. J. M.; de Fijter, J. W.; Betjes, M. G. H.; Heidt, S.; Roelen, D. L.; Claas, F. H.; Otten, H. G.

    Solid-phase multiplex-bead assays are widely used in transplantation to detect anti-human leukocyte antigen (HLA) antibodies. These assays enable high resolution detection of low levels of HLA antibodies. However, multiplex-bead assays are costly and yield variable measurements that limit the

  2. Generic solid phase extraction-liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry method for fast determination of drugs in biological fluids

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    Schellen, A.; Ooms, B.; Lagemaat, D. van de; Vreeken, R.; Dongen, W.D. van

    2003-01-01

    A generic method was developed for the fast determination of a wide range of drugs in serum or plasma. The methodology comprises generic solid-phase extraction, on-line coupled to gradient HPLC with tandem mass spectrometric detection (SPE-LC-MS/MS). The individual components of the SPE-LC-MS/MS

  3. New practical algorithm for modelling analyte recovery in bioanalytical reversed phase and mixed-mode solid phase extraction

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    Hendriks, G.; Uges, D. R. A.; Franke, J. P.

    2008-01-01

    Solid phase extraction (SPE) is a widely used method for sample cleanup and sample concentration in bioanalytical sample preparation. A few methods to model the retention behaviour on SPE cartridges have been described previously but they are either not applicable to ionised species or are not

  4. Sorption behavior of charged and neutral polar organic compounds on solid phase extraction materials: which functional group governs sorption?

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    Bäuerlein, P.S.; Mansell, J.E.; ter Laak, T.L.; de Voogt, P.

    2012-01-01

    Numerous polar anthropogenic organic chemicals have been found in the aqueous environment. Solid phase extraction (SPE) has been applied for the isolation of these from aqueous matrices, employing various materials. Nevertheless, little is known about the influence of functional groups on the

  5. Solid phase extraction for removal of matrix effects in lipophilic marine toxin analysis by liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry

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    Gerssen, A.; McElhinney, A. M.; Mulder, P.P.J.; Bire, L.; Hess, P.; de Boer, J.

    2009-01-01

    The potential of solid phase extraction (SPE) clean-up has been assessed to reduce matrix effects (signal suppression or enhancement) in the liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) analysis of lipophilic marine toxins. A large array of ion-exchange, silica-based, and mixed-function

  6. Solid phase extraction for removal of matrix effects in lipophilic marine toxin analysis by liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry

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    Gerssen, A.; McElhinney, M.; Mulder, P.P.J.; Bire, R.; Hess, P.; Boer, de J.

    2009-01-01

    The potential of solid phase extraction (SPE) clean-up has been assessed to reduce matrix effects (signal suppression or enhancement) in the liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC¿MS/MS) analysis of lipophilic marine toxins. A large array of ion-exchange, silica-based, and mixed-function

  7. A metal organic framework-polyaniline nanocomposite as a fiber coating for solid phase microextraction.

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    Bagheri, Habib; Javanmardi, Hasan; Abbasi, Alireza; Banihashemi, Solmaz

    2016-01-29

    A metal organic framework-polyaniline (MOF/PANI) nanocomposite was electrodeposited on a stainless steel wire and used as a solid phase microextraction (SPME) fiber coating. The electropolymerization process was carried out under a constant deposition potential and applied to the corresponding aqueous electrolyte containing aniline and MOF particles. The employment of MOFs with their large and small cages and 3-D structures in synthesizing a nanocomposite was assumed to be efficient constitutes to induce more non-smooth and porous structures, approved by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) images. Three different MOFs were incorporated to synthesize the desired nanocomposites and the preliminary experiments showed that all of them, particularly the one containing MOF2, have higher extraction performances in compared with PANI. The applicability of the new fiber coating was examined by headspace-solid phase microextraction (HS-SPME) of some chlorobenzenes (CBs) from aqueous samples. Influencing parameters on the synthesize and extraction processes including the electrodeposition voltage and its duration time, the weight ratio of PANI and MOF, the ionic strength, desorption temperature and time, and extraction time and temperature were optimized. The developed method was validated by analyzing the spiked distilled water and gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS). Under optimum condition, the relative standard deviation (RSD%) values for a double distilled water spiked with the selected CBs at 20ngL(-1) were 5-8% (n=3) and the detection limits were below 0.2ngL(-1). The linear dynamic range (LDR) of the method was in the concentration range of 0.5-1000ngL(-1) (R(2)>0.9994). The fiber-to-fiber reproducibility was found to be in the range of 4-7%. Eventually, various real-water samples were analyzed by the MOF/PANI-based HS-SPME and GC-MS and the relative recovery values were found to be in the range of 92-98%. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  8. Cheese is a reliable alternative meal for solid-phase gastric emptying study.

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    Drubach, Laura A; Kourmouzi, Vasiliki; Fahey, Frederic H

    2010-05-01

    We evaluated the labeling stability of several alternative meals that could be used to perform solid-phase gastric emptying study. Cooked egg whites labeled with technetium-99m sulfur colloid served as a control. Packaged instant oatmeal and instant mashed potatoes were prepared by adding hot water. Cheddar cheese was melted. Peanut butter was added to bread. The different meals were mixed with technetium-99m sulfur colloid (2.2-3.7 MBq), chopped into small pieces and placed in a glass tube containing gastric juice. Four samples of each meal were analyzed after 1 and 4 h of agitation with a 3-D rotator (two samples per time point). The meal samples were washed with 2 ml of saline and filtered using a blood transfusion filter. The activity in each sample before and after filtering was assayed in a dose calibrator. The percentage of initial radioactivity remaining with the meal of admixture with gastric juice was measured and the average of the two samples was taken. The percentage of activity bound to the solid phase was 98.2+/-1.9, 95.6+/-1.1, 62.1+/-1.7, 41.8+/-0.6, and 74.5+/-3.8% at 1 h and 98.5+/-1.0, 95.8+/-2.6, 77.2+/-6.8, 55.5+/-3.4 and 40.2+/-22.1 at 4 h for egg whites, cheese, oatmeal, mashed potatoes and peanut butter respectively. For egg whites and cheese, there was no significant difference between the values at 1 and 4 h (P>0.8). Cheddar cheese provides an alternative meal for assessing solid gastric emptying in children comparable to egg whites. Oatmeal and mashed potatoes had low and variable labeling stability and are not recommended. In view of the significant proportion of pediatric patients who refuse to eat scrambled eggs or have allergy to eggs, the availability of other meal choices is essential. The versatility of cheddar cheese, which can be added to macaroni or as a topping on pizza, makes it a useful alternative to labeled eggs.

  9. Magnetically assisted matrix solid phase dispersion for extraction of parabens from breast milks.

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    Fotouhi, Mina; Seidi, Shahram; Shanehsaz, Maryam; Naseri, Mohammad Taghi

    2017-06-30

    In the present work, magnetically assisted matrix solid phase dispersion (MA-MSPD) was used as an efficient solid phase extraction method. MA-MSPD followed by a dispersive liquid-liquid microextraction (DLLME) was applied for determination of parabens in breast milks. The analysis were performed using LC-UV and LC-MS/MS. Poly(indole-thiophene) coated magnetic graphene oxide (MGO@PIT) was synthesized, characterized and used as the sorbent. Na2SO4 was used as the drying salt as well as matrix dispersing agent. Exact amounts of MGO@PIT and Na2SO4 were added into 200μL volume of the milk and the mixture was gently blended to obtain a dry powder. The blend was dispersed into ultrapure water and stirred. Because of dissolving of the matrix dispersant in water, only the magnetic sorbent is remained into water which can be easily separated by a magnet. Next, the sorbent was eluted with a suitable solvent to desorb the analyte and the eluent was used as the disperser solvent for the subsequent DLLME. In this approach, the target analytes were directly adsorbed on the surface of the magnetic sorbent without any sample pretreatment. Compared with conventional MSPD, MA-MSPD increases the simplicity of the extraction procedure, decreases the extraction time and eliminates the column packing as well as its related drawbacks. The optimum extraction parameters were obtained as 50mg of MGO@PIT, 550mg of Na2SO4 in 200μL of the milk sample, 1.0mL of methanol as the eluent solvent under fierce vortex for 2.0min and 100μL of 1-octanol as the extraction solvent. Under the optimal conditions, the extraction recoveries greater than 83% were obtained, and LOD and LOQ values were found 25ngmL-1 (about 0.5ngmL-1 by LC-MS/MS) and 50ngmL-1 using LC-UV, respectively. The calibration curves were in the range of 50-4000ngmL-1 with the determination coefficients (R2) higher than 0.998. Relative standard deviations (RSD%) for intra- and inter-day precisions were less than 7.5% and 11

  10. Goose`s eggshell strength at compressive loading

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    Šárka Nedomová

    2014-02-01

    Full Text Available The paper deals with the study of the goose eggs behaviour under compressive loading between two plates using testing device TIRATEST. The influences of the loading orientation as well as the effect of compressive velocity are studied. 226 eggs from Landes geese were chosen for the experiment. Eggs have been loaded between their poles and in the equator plane. Five different compressive velocities (0.0167, 0.167, 0.334, 1.67 and 5 mm.s-1 were used. The increase in rupture force with loading rate was observed for loading in all direction (along main axes. Dependence of the rupture force on loading rate was quantifies and described. The highest rupture force was obtained when the eggs were loaded along their axes of symmetry (X-axis. Compression in the equator plane (along the Z-axis required the least compressive force to break the eggshells. The eggshell strength was described by the rupture force, specific rupture deformation and by the absorbed energy. The rupture force is highly dependent on compression speeds. The dependence of the rupture force on the compression velocity can be described by a power function. The same is valid for the rate dependence of the energy absorbed by the egg up to the fracture. The rate sensitivity of the Goose's eggshells strength is significantly higher than that reported for the hen's eggs

  11. Research on eggshell structure and quality: an historical overview

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    P Hunton

    2005-06-01

    Full Text Available The eggshell is an important structure for two reasons. Firstly it forms an embryonic chamber for the developing chick, providing mechanical protection and a controlled gas exchange medium. Secondly it is a container for the market egg, providing protection of the contents and a unique package for a valuable food. The superficial structure of the shell has been known for over 100 years. The shell consists of 97% calcium carbonate, and this is provided to the hen in the diet. However, the chemical must be broken down in the digestive system and then re-synthesized in the shell gland to form the shell. This results in a turnover of blood Ca of ~ 100 times each 24 hours. Provision of calcium to layers has been researched at length, but the key work, conducted at Cornell University in the 1960's, showed the necessity for sources with large particle size, for example, oyster shells. Subsequent research has defined guidelines that, if correctly followed, will yield reliable and optimum eggshell quality. Breakage or cracking of eggshells in market channels is a serious concern. Cracks result from a combination of shell strength and integrity, and the extent of the "insult" received by the egg during handling. Measurement of shell strength, and assessment of "insults" is important to the poultry industry. Most recent research has identified the ultra-structure of the shell, with resulting opportunities for industrial remedies, and possible new selection criteria, to ensure maximum shell quality throughout the egg industry.

  12. Eggshell-Derived Hydroxyapatite: A New Era in Bone Regeneration.

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    Kattimani, Vivekanand; Lingamaneni, Krishna Prasad; Chakravarthi, Pandi Srinivas; Kumar, T S Sampath; Siddharthan, Arjunan

    2016-01-01

    Defects of maxillofacial skeleton lead to personal (functional and aesthetic), social and behavioral problems; which make the person to isolate from the main stream of society. So, bone regeneration is the need for proper structure, function, and aesthetics following cyst enucleation, trauma, and tumor ablative surgery; which helps for overall health of the individual. The preliminary study is planned to evaluate and compare the efficacy of eggshell-derived hydroxyapatite (EHA) and synthetic hydroxyapatite (SHA) following cystectomy. Microwave-processed calcium deficient EHA and commercially available SHA are used for grafting. Total 20 patients enrolled in this study, consisting 10 in each group between 20 and 45 years of age. All the patients were evaluated for bone regeneration at first, second, third, and sixth month's interval, postsurgically, using radiovisiograph and clinical parameters. The bone formation characteristics vary at second month when compared to SHA. This difference may be because of the kinetics involved in the regeneration pattern. The pattern of bone healing was trabecular after third month, indicating complete bone formation. The study showed constant raise of density and remained same at the end of study period. Both EHA and SHA graft materials are equally efficient in early bone regeneration. Within the limitations of this study the EHA showed promising results. Which indicates the eggshell waste-bio mineral is worthwhile raw material for the production of HA and is a Go Green procedure. Eggshell-derived hydroxyapatite is economic, compared with SHA.

  13. Porous organic polymers with different pore structures for sensitive solid-phase microextraction of environmental organic pollutants.

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    Huang, Zhoubing; Liu, Shuqin; Xu, Jianqiao; Yin, Li; Zheng, Juan; Zhou, Ningbo; Ouyang, Gangfeng

    2017-10-09

    Adsorption capacity is the major sensitivity-limited factor in solid-phase microextraction. Due to its light-weight properties, large specific surface area and high porosity, especially tunable pore structures, the utilization of porous organic polymers as solid-phase microextraction adsorbents has attracting researchers' attentions. However, these works mostly concentrated on the utilization of specific porous organic polymers for preparing high-performance solid-phase microextraction coatings. The relationship between pore structures and adsorption performance of the porous organic polymers still remain unclear. Herein, three porous organic polymers with similar properties but different pore distributions were prepared by condensation polymerization reaction of phloroglucinol and terephthalaldehyde, which were fabricated as solid-phase microextraction coatings subsequently. The adsorption capacity of the porous organic polymers-coated fibers were evaluated by using benzene and its derivatives (i.e.,benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and m-xylene) and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons as the target analytes. The results showed that the different adsorption performance of these porous organic polymers was mainly caused by their different pore volumes instead of their surface areas or pore sizes. Finally, the proposed method by using the mesoporous organic polymer coating was successfully applied to the determination of benzene and its derivatives in environmental water samples. As for analytical performance, high pre-concentration factors (74-2984), satisfactory relative recoveries (94.5 ± 18.5-116.9 ± 12.5%), intraday precision (2.44-5.34%), inter-day precision (4.62-7.02%), low limit of detections (LODs, 0.10-0.29 ng L(-1)) and limit of quantifications (LOQs, 0.33-0.96 ng L(-1)) were achieved under the optimal conditions. This study provides an important idea in the rational design of porous organic polymers for solid-phase microextraction or other

  14. Use of solid-phase adsorbents with the Microtox test for determining the toxicity of hydrophobic chemicals

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    Vaughan, G.T. [CSIRO Division of Coal and Energy Technology, Sydney, New South Wales (Australia). Centre for Advanced Analytical Chemistry

    1995-12-31

    The determination of the toxicity of hydrophobic chemicals and to aquatic organisms can be a problem. Often no toxicity is found at concentrations near the solubility of the chemical in water. Solvents are used to increase the solubility of the chemical but the toxicity of the solvent may interfere with the test. Organic extracts of sediments and soil also suffer from the same solubility problems. The Solid-Phase Microtox Test protocol, which involves the incubation of Photobacterium phosphoreum with sediment particles, followed by removal of the particles by filtration, is used for the direct testing of sediment toxicity. The physical and chemical properties of the sediment, however, affect its apparent toxicity to Microtox, giving variable results between polluted and unpolluted sites. Adsorbents, designed for solid-phase extraction, were used as surrogate sediment particles. Toxicants were adsorbed to these materials and were tested for toxicity using the Solid Phase Microtox Test. The advantage of using the absorbent is that they are have a defined surface chemistry, particle size and pore size. Adsorbents containing a variety of functional groups are widely available and can be used for concentrating toxicants from solution by ion exchange, normal phase or reversed phase chromatographic processes. The toxicity of a range of adsorbents to Microtox was determined using the solid-phase protocols. The most toxic absorbent were Florisil and NH{sub 2}(amino) with EC,, values of 2.1 and 5.7 g/L, respectively. Most absorbent had EC{sub 50} values between 50 and 100 g/L and could be used in small amounts for Microtox Tests. Diol and CN(cyanopropyl) absorbent showed no toxicity at concentrations of 100 g/L, the equivalent of one solid-phase cartridge (300 mg) in 3 mL Microtox diluent.

  15. Egg-in-cube: design and fabrication of a novel artificial eggshell with functionalized surface.

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    Wenjing Huang

    Full Text Available An eggshell is a porous microstructure that regulates the passage of gases to allow respiration. The chick embryo and its circulatory system enclosed by the eggshell has become an important model for biomedical research such as the control of angiogenesis, cancer therapy, and drug delivery test, because the use of embryo is ethically acceptable and it is inexpensive and small. However, chick embryo and extra-embryonic blood vessels cannot be accessed freely and has poor observability because the eggshell is tough and cannot be seen through, which limits its application. In this study, a novel artificial eggshell with functionalized surface is proposed, which allows the total amount of oxygen to pass into the egg for the chick embryo culturing and has high observability and accessibility for embryo manipulation. First, a 40-mm enclosed cubic-shaped eggshell consisting of a membrane structure and a rigid frame structure is designed, and then the threshold of the membrane thickness suitable for the embryo survival is figured out according to the oxygen-permeability of the membrane structure. The designed artificial eggshell was actually fabricated by using polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS and polycarbonate (PC in the current study. Using the fabricated eggshell, chick embryo and extra-embryonic blood vessels can be observed from multiple directions. To test the effectiveness of the design, the cubic eggshells were used to culture chick embryos and survivability was confirmed when PDMS membranes with adequate oxygen permeability were used. Since the surface of the eggshell is transparent, chick embryo tissue development could be observed during the culture period. Additionally, the chick embryo tissues could be accessed and manipulated from outside the cubic eggshell, by using mechanical tools without breakage of the eggshell. The proposed "Egg-in-Cube" with functionalized surface has great potential to serve as a promising platform for biomedical

  16. Eggshell Types and Their Evolutionary Correlation with Life-History Strategies in Squamates.

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    Konstantin Hallmann

    Full Text Available The eggshell is an important physiological structure for the embryo. It enables gas exchange, physical protection and is a calcium reserve. Most squamates (lizards, snakes, worm lizards lay parchment-shelled eggs, whereas only some gekkotan species, a subgroup of lizards, have strongly calcified eggshells. In viviparous (live-bearing squamates the eggshell is reduced or completely missing (hereafter "shell-less". Recent studies showed that life-history strategies of gekkotan species differ between species with parchment- and rigid-shelled eggshells. Here we test if the three different eggshell types found in the squamates are also associated with different life-history strategies. We first investigated the influence of the phylogeny on the trait "eggshell type" and on six life-history traits of 32 squamate species. Phylogenetic principal component analysis (pPCA was then conducted to identify an association between life-history strategies and eggshell types. Finally, we also considered adult weight in the pPCA to examine its potential effect on this association. Eggshell types in squamates show a strong phylogenetic signal at a low taxonomical level. Four out of the six life-history traits showed also a phylogenetic signal (birth size, clutch size, clutches per year and age at female maturity, while two had none (incubation time, maximum longevity. The pPCA suggested an association of life-history strategies and eggshell types, which disappeared when adult weight was included in the analysis. We conclude that the variability seen in eggshell types of squamates is weakly influenced by phylogeny. Eggshell types correlate with different life-history strategies, and mainly reflect differences in adult weights of species.

  17. Condition-dependent strategies of eggshell pigmentation: an experimental study of Japanese quail (Coturnix coturnix japonica).

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    Duval, Camille; Cassey, Phillip; Miksík, Ivan; Reynolds, S James; Spencer, Karen A

    2013-02-15

    A relationship has been suggested between eggshell colour and female body condition based on the opposing antioxidant properties of the two main eggshell pigments: the antioxidant biliverdin (blue-green) and the pro-oxidant protoporphyrin (brown). We hypothesized that experimentally food-restricted females with low antioxidant capacity would deposit more protoporphyrin and less biliverdin in their eggshells, resulting in eggshells of reduced brightness but increased colour intensity. Two eggs were collected at the beginning and two at the end of a 2 week period from each of 24 female Japanese quails that were either food restricted or receiving ad libitum food (i.e. controls) during that time. Reflectance spectra were recorded and analysed using spectral shape descriptors, chromatic and achromatic contrasts were computed accounting for avian visual sensitivities, and eggshell pigments were quantified. We examined both spot and background pigmentation and found no significant effect of food restriction on eggshell reflectance. However, food-restricted females in lower body condition increased the deposition of protoporphyrin and decreased the amount of biliverdin invested in their eggshells. We hypothesize that in species laying brown-spotted eggshells, females modulate eggshell pigment investment in response to their body condition. According to this hypothesis, we predict that females maintain eggshell colour to limit visible changes that could be detected by predators and thereby conceal their eggs, although this work has yet to be conducted. We suggest that further experimental work on egg camouflage under different environmental conditions will elaborate on the process of pigment deposition and the physiological costs to females of laying heavily pigmented eggshells.

  18. Solid phase micro-extraction in a miniature ion trap mass spectrometer.

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    Riter, Leah S; Meurer, Eduardo C; Cotte-Rodriguez, Ismael; Eberlin, Marcos N; Cooks, R Graham

    2003-09-01

    Fiber introduction mass spectrometry (FIMS), a variation of solid-phase microextraction (SPME) and membrane introduction mass spectrometry (MIMS), is employed with a miniature mass spectrometer. The inlet system, constructed of commercially available vacuum parts, allows the direct introduction of the SPME needle vacuum chamber into the mass spectrometer. Thermal desorption of the analyte from the poly(dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS) coated fiber was achieved with a built in nichrome heater, followed by electron ionization of the analytes internal to the cylindrical ion trap (CIT). The system has been tested with several volatile organic compounds (VOC) in air and to analyze the headspace over aqueous solutions, with limits of detection in the low ppb range. The signal rise (10-90%) and fall (90-10%) times for the system ranged from 0.1 to 1 s (rise) and 1.2 to 6 s (fall) using heated desorption. In addition, this method has been applied to quantitation of toluene in benzene, toluene, xylene (BTX) mixtures in water and gasoline. This simple and rapid analysis method, coupled to a portable mass spectrometer, has been shown to provide a robust, simple, rapid, reproducible, accurate and sensitive (low ppb range) fieldable approach to the effective in situ analysis of VOC in various matrices.

  19. A novel silver-coated solid-phase microextraction metal fiber based on electroless plating technique.

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    Feng, Juanjuan; Sun, Min; Li, Jubai; Liu, Xia; Jiang, Shengxiang

    2011-09-09

    A novel silver-coated solid-phase microextraction fiber was prepared based on electroless plating technique. Good extraction performance of the fiber for model compounds including phthalate esters (dibutyl phthalate, dioctyl phthalate, dicyclohexyl phthalate and diallyl phthalate) and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (naphthalene, fluorene, phenanthrene, fluoranthene) in aqueous solution was obtained. Under the optimized conditions (extraction temperature, extraction time, ionic strength and desorption temperature), the proposed SPME-GC method showed wide linear ranges with correlation coefficients (R(2)) ranging from 0.9745 to 0.9984. The limits of detection were at the range of 0.02 to 0.1 μg L(-1). Single fiber repeatability and fiber-to-fiber reproducibility as well as stability to acid, alkali and high temperature were studied and the results were all satisfactory. The method was applied successfully to the aqueous extracts of disposable paper cup and instant noodle barrel. Several kinds of analytes were detected and quantified. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  20. Soxhlet-assisted matrix solid phase dispersion to extract flavonoids from rape (Brassica campestris) bee pollen.

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    Ma, Shuangqin; Tu, Xijuan; Dong, Jiangtao; Long, Peng; Yang, Wenchao; Miao, Xiaoqing; Chen, Wenbin; Wu, Zhenhong

    2015-11-15

    Soxhlet-assisted matrix solid phase dispersion (SA-MSPD) method was developed to extract flavonoids from rape (Brassica campestris) bee pollen. Extraction parameters including the extraction solvent, the extraction time, and the solid support conditions were investigated and optimized. The best extraction yields were obtained using ethanol as the extraction solvent, silica gel as the solid support with 1:2 samples to solid support ratio, and the extraction time of one hour. Comparing with the conventional solvent extraction and Soxhlet method, our results show that SA-MSPD method is a more effective technique with clean-up ability. In the test of six different samples of rape bee pollen, the extracted content of flavonoids was close to 10mg/g. The present work provided a simple and effective method for extracting flavonoids from rape bee pollen, and it could be applied in the studies of other kinds of bee pollen. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  1. Enumerating Microorganism Surrogates for Groundwater Transport Studies Using Solid-Phase Cytometry.

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    Stevenson, Margaret E; Blaschke, A Paul; Schauer, Sonja; Zessner, Matthias; Sommer, Regina; Farnleitner, Andreas H; Kirschner, Alexander K T

    2014-01-01

    Investigations on the pollution of groundwater with pathogenic microorganisms, e.g. tracer studies for groundwater transport, are constrained by their potential health risk. Thus, microspheres are often used in groundwater transport studies as non-hazardous surrogates for pathogenic microorganisms. Even though pathogenic microorganisms occur at low concentrations in groundwater, current detection methods of microspheres (spectrofluorimetry, flow cytometry and epifluorescence microscopy) have rather high detection limits and are unable to detect rare events. Solid-phase cytometry (SPC) offers the unique capability of reliably quantifying extremely low concentrations of fluorescently labelled microorganisms or microspheres in natural waters, including groundwater. Until now, microspheres have been used in combination with SPC only for instrument calibration purposes and not for environmental applications. In this study, we explored the limits of the SPC methodology for its applicability to groundwater transport studies. The SPC approach proved to be a highly sensitive and reliable enumeration system for microorganism surrogates down to a minimum size of 0.5 μm, in up to 500 ml of groundwater, and 0.75 μm, in up to 1 ml of turbid surface water. Hence, SPC is proposed to be a useful method for enumerating microspheres for groundwater transport studies in the laboratory, as well as in the field when non-toxic, natural products are used.

  2. A strategy to enhance the antifouling property of coating for direct immersion solid phase microextraction.

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    Wu, Mian; Zhang, Haibo; Zeng, Baizhao; Zhao, Faqiong

    2015-03-06

    This paper presents a new approach for improving the antifouling property of solid-phase microextraction (SPME) coating. The SPME fiber was fabricated by electrodeposition of polyaniline (PANI) on stainless steel wire, followed by covering with an external layer of Nafion. The Nafion layer was able to block the interfering components in the matrix while the fiber was used for the direct extraction of several parabens. At the same time, the selectivity and stability of the SPME fiber was also improved. The adsorption coefficient and saturation-adsorption amount were determined, which showed that the extraction capability of the resulting fiber was similar to that of the original PANI fiber toward parabens. In addition, the fiber exhibited enhanced robustness in direct contact with complex matrix such as orange juice. After it was used for 110-150 adsorption-desorption cycles, its extraction efficiency decreased by 14-16% compared with the maximum measured value. This was a dramatic improvement when compared with the PANI fiber. Hence, the fiber was suitable for direct immersion SPME. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  3. Collecting peptide release from the brain using porous polymer monolith-based solid phase extraction capillaries

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    Iannacone, Jamie M.; Ren, Shifang; Hatcher, Nathan G.; Sweedler, Jonathan V.

    2010-01-01

    Porous polymer monolithic (PPM) columns are employed to collect and concentrate neuronal release from invertebrate and vertebrate model systems, prior to their characterization with mass spectrometry. The monoliths are fabricated in fused silica capillaries from lauryl methacrylate (LMA) and ethylene glycol dimethacrylate (EDMA). The binding capacities for fluorescein and for fluorescently labeled peptides are on the order of nanomoles per millimeter length of monolith material for a 200 μm inner diameter capillary. To evaluate this strategy for collecting peptides from physiological solutions, angiotensin I and insulin in artificial seawater are loaded onto, and then released from the monoliths after a desalination rinse, resulting in femtomole limits of detection via matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry. Positioned in the extracellular media near Aplysia californica bag cell neurons, upon electrical stimulation, these LMA-EDMA monoliths are also used to collect and concentrate peptide release, with egg laying hormone and acidic peptide detected. In addition, the collection of several known peptides secreted from chemically stimulated mouse brain slices demonstrates their ability to collect releasates from a variety of neuronal tissues. When compared to collection approaches using individual beads placed on brain slices, the PPM capillaries offer greater binding capacity. Moreover, they maintain higher spatial resolution as compared to the larger-volume, solid phase extraction collection strategies. PMID:19485405

  4. Matrix solid phase dispersion method for determination of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in moss.

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    Concha-Graña, Estefanía; Muniategui-Lorenzo, Soledad; De Nicola, Flavia; Aboal, Jesús R; Rey-Asensio, Ana Isabel; Giordano, Simonetta; Reski, Ralf; López-Mahía, Purificación; Prada-Rodríguez, Darío

    2015-08-07

    In this work a matrix solid-phase dispersion extraction method, followed by programmed temperature vaporization-gas chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry determination is proposed for the analysis of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in moss samples. A devitalized, cultivated Sphagnum palustre L. moss clone obtained from the "Mossclone" EU-FP7 Project was used for the optimization and validation of the proposed method. Good trueness (84-116%), precision (intermediate precision lower than 11%) and sensitivity (quantitation limits lower than 1.7ngg(-1)) were obtained. The proposed method was compared with other procedures applied for this complex matrix, achieving a considerable reduction of sample amount, solvent volume and time consumption. The procedure was successfully tested for the analysis of PAHs in exposed moss clone samples for the monitoring of air pollution. Finally, the method was also tested for its suitability in the analysis of PAHs in other moss species as well as a lichen species. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  5. Solid-phase microextraction-based cuticular hydrocarbon profiling for intraspecific delimitation in Acyrthosiphon pisum

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    Chen, Nan; Bai, Yu; Fan, Yong-Liang

    2017-01-01

    Insect cuticular hydrocarbons (CHCs) play critical roles in reducing water loss and chemical communication. Species-specific CHC profiles have been used increasingly as an excellent character for species classification. However, considerably less is known about their potential for population delimitation within species. The aims of this study were to develop a solid-phase microextraction (SPME)-based CHC collection method and to investigate whether CHC profiles could serve as potential chemotaxonomic tools for intraspecific delimitation in Acyrthosiphon pisum. Optimization of fibers for SPME sampling revealed that 7 μm polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) demonstrated the most efficient adsorption of CHCs among five different tested fibers. SPME sampling showed good reproducibility with repeated collections of CHCs from a single aphid. Validation of SPME was performed by comparing CHC profiles with those from conventional hexane extractions. The two methods showed no qualitative differences in CHCs, although SPME appeared to extract relatively fewer short-chained CHCs. While CHC profiles of a given population differed among developmental stages, wing dimorphism types, and host plants, wingless adult aphids showed very low variance in relative proportions of individual CHC components. Reproducibility of CHC profiles was explored further to classify wingless adult morphs of A. pisum from five different geographic regions that showed no variation in mitochondrial COI gene sequences. Our results demonstrate that CHC profiles are useful in intraspecific delimitation in the field of insect chemotaxonomy. PMID:28859151

  6. Volatile profile of yellow passion fruit juice by static headspace and solid phase microextraction techniques

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    Gilberto Costa Braga

    2015-02-01

    Full Text Available The profile of volatile compounds of yellow passion fruit juice was analyzed by solid phase microextraction headspace (HS-SPME and optimized static headspace (S-HS extraction techniques. Time, temperature, NaCl concentration and sample volume headspace equilibrium parameters was adjusted to the S-HS technique. The gaseous phase in the headspace of samples was collected and injected into a gas chromatograph coupled to a mass spectrometer. In the HS-SPME technique was identified 44 volatile compounds from the yellow passion fruit juice, but with S-HS only 30 compounds were identified. Volatile esters were majority in both techniques, being identified ethyl butanoate, ethyl hexanoate, (3z-3-hexenyl acetate, hexyl acetate, hexyl butanoate and hexyl hexanoate. Aldehydes and ketones were not identified in S-HS, but were in HS-SPME. β-Pinene, p-cymene, limonene, (Z-β-ocimene, (E-β-ocimene, γ-terpinene, α-terpinolene and (E -4,8-dimethyl-1, 3,7 - nonatriene terpenes were identified in both techniques. This study showed that the S-HS optimized extraction technique was effective to recovery high concentrations of the major volatile characteristics compounds in the passion fruit, such as ethyl butanoate and ethyl hexanoate, which can be advantageous due to the simplicity of the method.

  7. Solid-phase microextraction may catalize hydrogenation when using hydrogen as carrier in gas chromatography.

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    Fiorini, D; Boarelli, M C

    2016-07-01

    When hydrogen is used as carrier gas, carbon-carbon double bonds may be hydrogenated in the hot gas chromatograph (GC) injector if introduced by solid-phase microextraction (SPME). SPME fibers coated with polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS)/carboxen/divinylbenzene (DVB), PDMS/carboxen, polyacrylate, PDMS/DVB and PDMS on fused silica, stableflex or metal alloy core have been tested with fatty acid methyl esters (FAMEs) from olive oil. Using coatings containing DVB, hydrogenation took place with high conversion rates (82.0-92.9%) independently of the core material. With all fibers having a metal core, hydrogenation was observed to a certain extent (27.4-85.3%). PDMS, PDMS/carboxen and polyacrylate coated fibers with a fused silica or stableflex core resulted in negligible hydrogenation (0.2-2.5%). The occurrence of hydrogenation was confirmed also with other substances containing carbon-carbon double bonds (n-alkenes, alkenoic acids, mono- and polyunsaturated fatty acid methyl and ethyl esters). Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  8. Expanding the Applicability of Poly(Ionic Liquids) in Solid Phase Microextraction: Pyrrolidinium Coatings

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    Patinha, David J. S.; Mecerreyes, David; Marrucho, Isabel M.

    2017-01-01

    Crosslinked pyrrolidinium-based poly(ionic liquids) (Pyrr-PILs) were synthesized through a fast, simple, and solventless photopolymerization scheme, and tested as solid phase microextraction (SPME) sorbents. A series of Pyrr-PILs bearing three different alkyl side chain lengths with two, eight, and fourteen carbons was prepared, characterized, and homogeneously coated on a steel wire by using a very simple procedure. The resulting coatings showed a high thermal stability, with decomposition temperatures above 350 °C, excellent film stability, and lifetime of over 100 injections. The performance of these PIL-based SPME fibers was evaluated using a mixture of eleven organic compounds with different molar volumes and chemical functionalities (alcohols, ketones, and monoterpenes). The Pyrr-PIL fibers were obtained as dense film coatings, with 67 μm thickness, with an overall sorption increase of 90% and 55% as compared to commercial fibers of Polyacrylate (85 μm) (PA85) and Polydimethylsiloxane (7 μm) (PDMS7) coatings, respectively. A urine sample doped with the sample mixture was used to study the matrix effect and establish relative recoveries, which ranged from 60.2% to 104.1%. PMID:28927003

  9. Solid Phase Microextraction and Related Techniques for Drugs in Biological Samples

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    Moein, Mohammad Mahdi; Said, Rana; Bassyouni, Fatma

    2014-01-01

    In drug discovery and development, the quantification of drugs in biological samples is an important task for the determination of the physiological performance of the investigated drugs. After sampling, the next step in the analytical process is sample preparation. Because of the low concentration levels of drug in plasma and the variety of the metabolites, the selected extraction technique should be virtually exhaustive. Recent developments of sample handling techniques are directed, from one side, toward automatization and online coupling of sample preparation units. The primary objective of this review is to present the recent developments in microextraction sample preparation methods for analysis of drugs in biological fluids. Microextraction techniques allow for less consumption of solvent, reagents, and packing materials, and small sample volumes can be used. In this review the use of solid phase microextraction (SPME), microextraction in packed sorbent (MEPS), and stir-bar sorbtive extraction (SBSE) in drug analysis will be discussed. In addition, the use of new sorbents such as monoliths and molecularly imprinted polymers will be presented. PMID:24688797

  10. Evaluation of Antibacterial Enrofloxacin in Eggs by Matrix Solid Phase Dispersion-Flow Injection Chemiluminescence

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    Xiaocui Duan

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available The study based on the chemiluminescence (CL reaction of potassium ferricyanide and luminol in sodium hydroxide medium, enrofloxacin (ENRO could dramatically enhance CL intensities and incorporated with matrix solid-phase dispersion (MSPD technique (Florisil used as dispersant, dichloromethane eluted the target compounds. A simple flow injection chemiluminescence (FL-CL method with MSPD technique for determination of ENRO in eggs was described. Under optimal conditions, the CL intensities were linearly related to ENRO concentration ranging from 4.0×10-8 g.L−1 to 5.0×10-5 g.L−1, with a correlation coefficient of 0.9989 and detection limit of 5.0×10-9 g.L−1. The relative standard deviation was 3.6% at an ENRO concentration of 2.0×10-6 g.L−1. Our testing technique can help ensure food safety, and thus, protect public health.

  11. Diffusion relaxation times of nonequilibrium isolated small bodies and their solid phase ensembles to equilibrium states

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    Tovbin, Yu. K.

    2017-08-01

    The possibility of obtaining analytical estimates in a diffusion approximation of the times needed by nonequilibrium small bodies to relax to their equilibrium states based on knowledge of the mass transfer coefficient is considered. This coefficient is expressed as the product of the self-diffusion coefficient and the thermodynamic factor. A set of equations for the diffusion transport of mixture components is formulated, characteristic scales of the size of microheterogeneous phases are identified, and effective mass transfer coefficients are constructed for them. Allowing for the developed interface of coexisting and immiscible phases along with the porosity of solid phases is discussed. This approach can be applied to the diffusion equalization of concentrations of solid mixture components in many physicochemical systems: the mutual diffusion of components in multicomponent systems (alloys, semiconductors, solid mixtures of inert gases) and the mass transfer of an absorbed mobile component in the voids of a matrix consisting of slow components or a mixed composition of mobile and slow components (e.g., hydrogen in metals, oxygen in oxides, and the transfer of molecules through membranes of different natures, including polymeric).

  12. Multiwalled carbon nanotubes-doped polymeric ionic liquids coating for multiple headspace solid-phase microextraction.

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    Feng, Juanjuan; Sun, Min; Li, Leilei; Wang, Xiaojiao; Duan, Huimin; Luo, Chuannan

    2014-06-01

    Multiple headspace solid-phase microextraction (SPME) has proved high efficiency in analysis of volatile compounds in complex samples. Fibers used in multiple headspace SPME must provide a logarithm relationship between peak areas and extraction times. The aim of this work was to investigate the potential of a carbon nanotube doped-polymeric ionic liquid (PILs) fiber for multiple headspace SPME of 2-naphthol in fruit samples, using gas chromatography (GC) for analysis. Based on theory of multiple headspace SPME, β parameters of fruit and aqueous samples were obtained and used for quantitation. The interference effects of sample matrix on proposed multiple headspace SPME method were investigated and compared with that of headspace SPME by determination of significant differences (P) of peak areas. It showed high independence from matrix effects. The proposed multiple headspace SPME-GC method also exhibited high repeatability (relative standard deviation of 2.56%) and recoveries (81.9-110%) for the analysis of real samples. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  13. Solid-Phase Combinatorial Synthesis and Biological Evaluation of Destruxin E Analogues.

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    Yoshida, Masahito; Ishida, Yoshitaka; Adachi, Kenta; Murase, Hayato; Nakagawa, Hiroshi; Doi, Takayuki

    2015-12-07

    The solid-phase combinatorial synthesis of cyclodepsipeptide destruxin E has been demonstrated. The combinatorial synthesis of cyclization precursors 8 was achieved by using a split and pool method on SynPhase Lanterns. The products were successfully macrolactonized in parallel in the solution phase by using 2-methyl-6-nitrobenzoic anhydride and 4-(dimethylamino)pyridine N-oxide to afford macrolactones 9, and the subsequent formation of an epoxide in the side chain gave 18 member destruxin E analogues 6. Biological evaluation of analogues 6 indicated that the N-MeAla residue was crucial to the induction of morphological changes in osteoclast-like multinuclear cells (OCLs). Based on structure-activity relationships, azido-containing analogues 15 were then designed for use as a molecular probe. The synthesis and biological evaluation of analogues 15 revealed that 15 b, in which the Ile residue was replaced with a Lys(N3 ) residue, induced morphological changes in OCLs at a sufficient concentration, and modification around the Ile residue would be tolerated for attachment of a chemical tag toward the target identification of destruxin E (1). © 2015 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  14. Numerical modeling of solid-phase microextraction: binding matrix effect on equilibrium time.

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    Alam, Md Nazmul; Ricardez-Sandoval, Luis; Pawliszyn, Janusz

    2015-10-06

    Solid-phase microextraction (SPME) is a well-known sampling and sample preparation technique used for a wide variety of analytical applications. As there are various complex processes taking place at the time of extraction that influence the parameters of optimum extraction, a mathematical model and computational simulation describing the SPME process is required for experimentalists to understand and implement the technique without performing multiple costly and time-consuming experiments in the laboratory. In this study, a mechanistic mathematical model for the processes occurring in SPME extraction of analyte(s) from an aqueous sample medium is presented. The proposed mechanistic model was validated with previously reported experimental data from three different sources. Several key factors that affect the extraction kinetics, such as sample agitation, fiber coating thickness, and presence of a binding matrix component, are discussed. More interestingly, for the first time, shorter or longer equilibrium times in the presence of a binding matrix component were explained with the help of an asymptotic analysis. Parameters that contribute to the variation of the equilibrium times are discussed, with the assumption that one binding matrix component is present in a static sample. Numerical simulation results show that the proposed model captures the phenomena occurring in SPME, leading to a clearer understanding of this process. Therefore, the currently presented model can be used to identify optimum experimental parameters without the need to perform a large number of experiments in the laboratory.

  15. Using solid phase micro extraction to determine salting-out (Setschenow) constants for hydrophobic organic chemicals.

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    Jonker, Michiel T O; Muijs, Barry

    2010-06-01

    With increasing ionic strength, the aqueous solubility and activity of organic chemicals are altered. This so-called salting-out effect causes the hydrophobicity of the chemicals to be increased and sorption in the marine environment to be more pronounced than in freshwater systems. The process can be described with empirical salting-out or Setschenow constants, which traditionally are determined by comparing aqueous solubilities in freshwater and saline water. Aqueous solubilities of hydrophobic organic chemicals (HOCs) however are difficult to determine, which might partly explain the limited size of the existing data base on Setschenow constants for these chemicals. In this paper, we propose an alternative approach for determining the constants, which is based on the use of solid phase micro extraction (SPME) fibers. Partitioning of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) to SPME fibers increased about 1.7 times when going from de-ionized water to seawater. From the log-linear relationship between SPME fiber-water partition coefficients and ionic strength, Setschenow constants were derived, which measured on average 0.35 L mol(-1). These values agreed with literature values existing for some of the investigated PAHs and were independent of solute hydrophobicity or molar volume. Based on the present data, SPME seems to be a convenient and suitable alternative technique to determine Setschenow constants for HOCs. Copyright (c) 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  16. Solid phase studies and geochemical modelling of low-cost permeable reactive barriers.

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    Bartzas, Georgios; Komnitsas, Kostas

    2010-11-15

    A continuous column experiment was carried out under dynamic flow conditions in order to study the efficiency of low-cost permeable reactive barriers (PRBs) to remove several inorganic contaminants from acidic solutions. A 50:50 w/w waste iron/sand mixture was used as candidate reactive media in order to activate precipitation and promote sorption and reduction-oxidation mechanisms. Solid phase studies of the exhausted reactive products after column shutdown, using scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) and X-ray diffraction (XRD), confirmed that the principal Fe corrosion products identified in the reactive zone are amorphous iron (hydr)oxides (maghemite/magnetite and goethite), intermediate products (sulfate green rust), and amorphous metal sulfides such as amFeS and/or mackinawite. Geochemical modelling of the metal removal processes, including interactions between reactive media, heavy metal ions and sulfates, and interpretation of the ionic profiles was also carried out by using the speciation/mass transfer computer code PHREEQC-2 and the WATEQ4F database. Mineralogical characterization studies as well as geochemical modelling calculations also indicate that the effect of sulfate and silica sand on the efficiency of the reactive zone should be considered carefully during design and operation of low-cost field PRBs. Copyright © 2010 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  17. Sampling gaseous compounds from essential oils evaporation by solid phase microextraction devices

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    Cheng, Wen-Hsi; Lai, Chin-Hsing

    2014-12-01

    Needle trap samplers (NTS) are packed with 80-100 mesh divinylbenzene (DVB) particles to extract indoor volatile organic compounds (VOCs). This study compared extraction efficiency between an NTS and a commercially available 100 μm polydimethylsiloxane-solid phase microextration (PDMS-SPME) fiber sampler used to sample gaseous products in heated tea tree essential oil in different evaporation modes, which were evaporated respectively by free convection inside a glass evaporation dish at 27 °C, by evaporation diffuser at 60 °C, and by thermal ceramic wicks at 100 °C. The experimental results indicated that the NTS performed better than the SPME fiber samplers and that the NTS primarily adsorbed 5.7 ng ethylbenzene, 5.8 ng m/p-xylenes, 11.1 ng 1,2,3-trimethylbenzene, 12.4 ng 1,2,4-trimethylbenzene and 9.99 ng 1,4-diethylbenzene when thermal ceramic wicks were used to evaporate the tea tree essential oil during a 1-hr evaporation period. The experiment also indicated that the temperature used to heat the essential oils should be as low as possible to minimize irritant VOC by-products. If the evaporation temperature does not exceed 100 °C, the concentrations of main by-products trimethylbenzene and diethylbenzene are much lower than the threshold limit values recommended by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).

  18. Matrix solid-phase dispersion with sand in chromatographic analysis of essential oils in herbs.

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    Dawidowicz, Andrzej L; Wianowska, Dorota; Rado, Ewelina

    2011-01-01

    Matrix solid-phase dispersion (MSPD) is a very simple, cheap and relatively quick sample preparation procedure which involves simultaneous disruption and extraction of various solid and semi-solid samples due to the direct mechanical blending of the sample with a SPE sorbent, mainly C(18). Little is known about MSPD application as a sample preparation method for the analysis of essential oil components in herbs. To evaluate if C(18) sorbent, commonly used in MSPD process, can be substituted with sand in the procedure of essential oil analysis. Essential oil extracts were obtained from mint, sage, chamomile, marjoram, savory and oregano using MSPD with C(18) sorbent or sand, pressurised liquid extraction and steam distillation. Their qualitative and quantitative compositions ware established by GC-MS and GC-FID. The results prove that C(18) sorbent can be substituted with sand in the procedure of essential oil analysis in herbs. The recoveries of essential oil components estimated using MSPD/sand are almost equal to those using pressurised liquid extraction. The results presented in the paper reveal that MSPD with sand is suitable for the isolation of essential oil components from herbs. Its extraction efficiency is equivalent to pressurised liquid extraction, recognised as one of the most efficient extraction methods. The cost of MSPD procedure for essential oil analysis can be significantly diminished by substituting C(18) with sand. Copyright © 2010 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  19. Metal-organic aerogel as a coating for solid-phase microextraction

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    Saraji, Mohammad, E-mail: saraji@cc.iut.ac.ir; Shahvar, Ali

    2017-06-22

    An iron-based metal-organic aerogel was synthesized using metal-organic framework nanoparticles and applied as a fiber coating for solid-phase microextraction (SPME). Chemical, thermal and morphological characteristics of the material were investigated. Headspace SPME followed by gas chromatography-electron capture detection was used for the determination of chlorobenzenes in the environmental samples. The key experimental factors affecting the extraction efficiency of the analytes, such as ionic strength, extraction and desorption temperature, and extraction time were investigated and optimized. The applicability of the coating for the extraction of chlorobenzenes from the environmental samples including river and tap water, sludge, and coastal soil was evaluated. The detection limits were in the range of 0.1–60 ng L{sup −1}. The relative standard deviations were between 2.0 and 5.0%. The extraction recovery of the analytes was in the range of 88–100%. Compared to the commercial PDMS fiber, the present fiber showed better extraction efficiency. - Highlights: • Metal-organic aerogel was synthesized and used as a novel fiber coating for SPME. • The new coating material showed high surface area and good thermal stability. • GC-ECD was used for determination of chlorobenzenes in environmental samples. • The method showed fast extraction and better efficiency than PDMS commercial fiber.

  20. A Longitudinal Study of Decomposition Odour in Soil Using Sorbent Tubes and Solid Phase Microextraction

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    Katelynn A. Perrault

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available Odour profiling of decomposed remains is important for understanding the mechanisms that cadaver dogs and forensically-relevant insects use to locate decomposed remains. The decomposition odour profile is complex and has been documented in outdoor terrestrial environments. The purpose of this study was to perform longitudinal analysis of the volatile organic compound (VOC profile in soils associated with decomposed remains across all stages of decomposition. Two VOC collection techniques (sorbent tubes and solid phase microextraction were used to collect a wider analyte range and to investigate differences in collection techniques. Pig carcasses were placed in an outdoor research facility in Australia to model the decomposition process and VOCs were collected intermittently over two months. VOCs of interest were identified over the duration of the trial, showing distinct trends in compound evolution and disappearance. The collection techniques were complementary, representing different subsets of VOCs from the overall profile. Sorbent tubes collected more decomposition-specific VOCs and these compounds were more effective at characterising the matrix over an extended period. Using both collection techniques improves the likelihood of identifying the complete VOC profile of decomposition odour. Such information is important for the search and recovery of victim remains in various stages of decomposition.

  1. Determination of enantiomers of synthetic pyrethroids in water by solid phase microextraction - enantioselective gas chromatography.

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    Liu, Weiping; Gan, Jay J

    2004-02-25

    Solid phase microextraction (SPME) is an ideal sample preparation technique because of its speed and solvent-free features. Sampling by SPME is selective and only the dissolved concentration is measured, which allows measurement of the bioavailable fraction of a contaminant in aqueous media. One potential application of SPME is for analysis of enantiomers of chiral contaminants in environmental samples. In this study, a method was developed for determining enantiomers of (Z)-cis-bifenthrin and cis-permethrin in water using coupled SPME and enantioselective gas chromatography (GC). Following SPME sampling, enantiomers of (Z)-cis-bifenthrin and cis-permethrin were separated at the baseline on a beta-cyclodextrin-based enantioselective column, and analyte enrichment onto the SPME fiber was not enantioselective. The GC response increased as sampling time was increased from 0 to 240 min, and as sampling temperature was increased from 20 to 40 degrees C. Organic solvents such as methanol, acetone, and acetonitrile enhanced, while soil extracts slightly decreased, the GC response. The integrated SPME-enantioselective GC method was used to analyze surface runoff samples. The analysis showed preferential degradation of the 1S-3S enantiomer over the 1R-3R enantiomer for both (Z)-cis-bifenthrin and cis-permethrin. The concentrations detected by SPME-GC were substantially smaller than those determined following solvent extraction, suggesting that SPME-enantioselective GC analysis selectively measured the dissolved fraction.

  2. Effect of mild mental stress on solid phase gastric emptying in healthy subjects.

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    Roland, J; Dobbeleir, A; Vandevivere, J; Ham, H R

    1990-04-01

    Radionuclide gastric emptying studies are performed in clinical routine but the possible influence of the mental state of the patient is never taken into account. We wanted to evaluate the effect of a mild psychological stress on solid phase gastric emptying in healthy young male volunteers. The standard meal consisted of a pancake (500 kJ) without additional liquid. Simultaneous dynamic acquisitions of gastric activity in anterior and posterior projection were taken during 90 min starting from the onset of the meal. Gastric emptying was evaluated three times in basal conditions and once under mental stress. Stress was induced by means of a dichotomous listening test, lasting for 30 min, starting at the end of the meal. The results of rest and stress studies were compared. Mild mental stress has a significant influence on gastric emptying. The lag phase increased from 11 +/- 3 min to 36 +/- 10 min (mean +/- S.D.) (p less than 0.005) and the gastric emptying rate from 79 +/- 13%/hour to 100 +/- 31%/hour (mean +/- S.D.) (not significant). During a stress period gastric emptying as a whole is delayed but this is mainly due to the prolongation of the lag phase. Our data also suggest that during the stress period gastric emptying is interrupted and reactivated once the stress period has ended.

  3. Carbonized polydopamine as coating for solid-phase microextraction of organochlorine pesticides.

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    Huang, Zhenzhen; Chua, Pey Ee; Lee, Hian Kee

    2015-06-19

    A facile preparation route for coating a stainless steel fiber with carbonaceous material derived from polydopamine is reported in this work. The self-oxidation induced polymerization of dopamine in alkaline solution enables growth of polydopamine on the inert surface of the fiber. The robust adhesion of dopamine to metal oxides ensured sufficient stability of the polymer coating. After carbonization of the polymer coating, the obtained carbon coated fiber was utilized for solid-phase microextraction and exhibited effectiveness in the extraction of organochlorine pesticides (OCPs) from aqueous solution. Extraction time, agitation speed and salt addition were optimized. The possible interference of humic acid on the extraction of these analytes was also investigated. The results showed that most of the analytes could be detected efficiently in the presence of humic acid at a concentration of 20mg/L. Under the optimized conditions, enrichment factors of 102-757 were obtained for the selected OCPs in aqueous solution. The proposed method provided low limits of detection (1.4-15 ng/L), good linearity (correlation coefficients>0.9971) and acceptable precision (relative standard deviations<16.3%). Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  4. In-tube moleculary imprinted polymer solid-phase microextraction for the selective determination of propranolol.

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    Mullett, W M; Martin, P; Pawliszyn, J

    2001-06-01

    A molecularly imprinted polymer (MIP) material was synthesized for use as an in-tube solid-phase microextraction (SPME) adsorbent. The inherent selectivity and chemical and physical robustness of the MIP material was demonstrated as an effective stationary-phase material for in-tube SPME. An automated and on-line MIP SPME extraction method was developed for propranolol determination in biological fluids. This simplified the sample preparation process and the chromatographic separation of several beta-blocker compounds. The method developed for propranolol showed improved selectivity in comparison to alternative in-tube stationary-phase materials, overcoming the limitations of existing SPME coating materials. Preconcentration of the sample by the MIP adsorbent increased the sensitivity, yielding a limit of detection of 0.32 microg/mL by UV detection. Excellent method reproducibility (RSD 500 injections) were observed over a fairly wide linear dynamic range (0.5-100 microg/mL) in serum samples. To our knowledge, this is the first report on the automated application of a MIP material for in-tube SPME. The method was inexpensive, simple to set up, and simplified the choice of SPME adsorbent for in-tube extraction. The approach can potentially be extended to other MIPs for the determination of a wide range of chemically significant analytes.

  5. Antioxidative Properties of Defatted Dabai Pulp and Peel Prepared by Solid Phase Extraction

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    Faridah Abas

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available Solid phase extraction (SPE using Sep-Pak® cartridges is one of the techniques used for fractionation of antioxidant compounds in waste of dabai oil extraction (defatted dabai parts. The aim of this study was to determine the phenolic compounds and antioxidant capacity in crude extracts and several SPE fractions from methanolic extract of defatted dabai pulp and peel. Based on SPE, Sep-Pak® cyanopropyl and C18 cartridges were used to fractionate the antioxidant-rich crude extracts into water and methanolic fractions. Analyzed using LC-MS, flavonoids, anthocyanins, saponin derivatives and other unknown antioxidative compounds were detected in the defatted dabai crude extracts and their SPE fractions. Anthocyanins were the major phenolic compounds identified in the defatted dabai peel and detected in most of the SPE fractions. Methanolic fractions of defatted dabai parts embraced higher total phenolics and antioxidant capacity than water fractions. This finding also revealed the crude extracts of defatted dabai peel have the most significant antioxidant properties compared to the methanolic and water fractions studied. The crude extract of defatted dabai parts remain as the most potent antioxidant as it contains mixture of flavonoids, anthocyanins and other potential antioxidants.

  6. Polarization effects on the electric properties of urea and thiourea molecules in solid phase

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    Santos, O. L.; Fonseca, T. L.; Sabino, J. R.; Georg, H. C.; Castro, M. A.

    2015-12-01

    We present theoretical results for the dipole moment, linear polarizability, and first hyperpolarizability of the urea and thiourea molecules in solid phase. The in-crystal electric properties were determined by applying a supermolecule approach in combination with an iterative electrostatic scheme, in which the surrounding molecules are represented by point charges. It is found for both urea and thiourea molecules that the influence of the polarization effects is mild for the linear polarizability, but it is marked for the dipole moment and first hyperpolarizability. The replacement of oxygen atoms by sulfur atoms increases, in general, the electric responses. Our second-order Møller-Plesset perturbation theory based iterative scheme predicts for the in-crystal dipole moment of urea and thiourea the values of 7.54 and 9.19 D which are, respectively, increased by 61% and 58%, in comparison with the corresponding isolated values. The result for urea is in agreement with the available experimental result of 6.56 D. In addition, we present an estimate of macroscopic quantities considering explicit unit cells of urea and thiourea crystals including environment polarization effects. These supermolecule calculations take into account partially the exchange and dispersion effects. The results illustrate the role played by the electrostatic interactions on the static second-order nonlinear susceptibility of the urea crystal.

  7. Applications of monolithic solid-phase extraction in chromatography-based clinical chemistry assays.

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    Bunch, Dustin R; Wang, Sihe

    2013-04-01

    Complex matrices, for example urine, serum, plasma, and whole blood, which are common in clinical chemistry testing, contain many non-analyte compounds that can interfere with either detection or in-source ionization in chromatography-based assays. To overcome this problem, analytes are extracted by protein precipitation, solid-phase extraction (SPE), and liquid-liquid extraction. With correct chemistry and well controlled material SPE may furnish clean specimens with consistent performance. Traditionally, SPE has been performed with particle-based adsorbents, but monolithic SPE is attracting increasing interest of clinical laboratories. Monoliths, solid pieces of stationary phase, have bimodal structures consisting of macropores, which enable passage of solvent, and mesopores, in which analytes are separated. This structure results in low back-pressure with separation capabilities similar to those of particle-based adsorbents. Monoliths also enable increased sample throughput, reduced solvent use, varied support formats, and/or automation. However, many of these monoliths are not commercially available. In this review, application of monoliths to purification of samples from humans before chromatography-based assays will be critically reviewed.

  8. New immobilisation protocol for the template used in solid-phase synthesis of MIP nanoparticles

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    Chen, Lu; Muhammad, Turghun; Yakup, Burabiye; Piletsky, Sergey A.

    2017-06-01

    As a novel imprinting method, solid-phase synthesis has proven to be a promising approach to prepare polymer nanoparticles with specific recognition sites for a template molecule. In this method, imprinted polymer nanoparticles were synthesized using template immobilized on a solid support. Herein, preparation of immobilized templates on quartz chips through homogeneous route was reported as an efficient alternative strategy to heterogeneous one. The template molecule indole-3-butyric acid (IBA) was reacted with 3-aminopropyltriethoxysilane (APTES) to produce silylated template (IBA-APTES), and it was characterized by IR, 1H NMR and GC-MS. Then, the silylated template molecule was grafted onto the activated surfaces of quartz chip to prepare immobilized template (SiO2@IBA-APTES). The immobilization was confirmed by contact angle, XPS, UV and fluorescence measurement. Immobilization protocol has shown good reproducibility and stability of the immobilized template. MIP nanoparticles were prepared with high selectivity toward the molecule immobilized onto the solid surface. This provides a new approach for the development of molecularly imprinted nanoparticles.

  9. Solid-phase microextraction of volatile compounds from the chopped leaves of three species of Eucalyptus.

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    Zini, Cláudia A; Zanin, Kelen D; Christensen, Eva; Caramão, Elina B; Pawliszyn, Janusz

    2003-04-23

    Headspace solid-phase microextraction (HS-SPME) coupled with gas chromatography and ion-trap mass spectrometry has been used to identify biogenic volatile organic compounds present in the headspace of chopped leaves of Eucalyptus (E.) dunnii, E. citriodora, and E. saligna. A simple HS-SPME method entailing 30 min of extraction at 30 degrees C was developed for this purpose. Thirty compounds were identified in the headspace of 60 juvenile chopped Eucalyptus leaves, and another 30 were tentatively identified. The presence of compounds such as (E)-4,8-dimethyl-1,3,7-nonatriene (DMNT), (E,E)-4,8,12-trimethyl-1,3,7,11-tridecatetraene (TMNT), (E,E)-alpha-farnesene, (E,E,E)-3,7,11,15-tetramethyl-1,3,6,10,14-hexadecapentaene (TMHP), beta-caryophyllene, alpha-humulene, germacrene D, and beta-cubebene in the headspace of the leaves but not in the essential oils from the same Eucalyptus trees and information about the infochemical roles of some of these compounds in other living plant systems suggest they might play a bioactive role in Eucalyptus leaves.

  10. Passive sampling of ambient ozone by solid phase microextraction with on-fiber derivatization.

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    Lee, I-Su; Tsai, Shih-Wei

    2008-03-10

    The solid phase microextraction (SPME) device with the polydimethylsiloxane/divinylbenzene (PDMS/DVB) fiber was used as a passive sampler for ambient ozone. Both O-2,3,4,5,6-(pentafluorobenzyl)hydroxylamine hydrochloride (PFBHA) and 1,2-di-(4-pyridyl)ethylene (DPE) were loaded onto the fiber before sampling. The SPME fiber assembly was then inserted into a PTFE tubing as a passive sampler. Known concentrations of ozone around the ambient ground level were generated by a calibrated ozone generator. Laboratory validations of the SPME passive sampler with the direct-reading ozone monitor were performed side-by-side in an exposure chamber at 25 degrees C. After exposures, pyriden-4-aldehyde was formed due to the reaction between DPE and ozone. Further on-fiber derivatizations between pyriden-4-aldehyde and PFBHA were followed and the derivatives, oximes, were then determined by portable gas chromatography with electron capture detector. The experimental sampling rate of the SPME ozone passive sampler was found to be 1.10 x 10(-4) cm(3) s(-1) with detection limit of 58.8 microg m(-3) h(-1). Field validations with both SPME device and the direct-reading ozone monitor were also performed. The correlations between the results from both methods were found to be consistent with r=0.9837. Compared with other methods, the current designed sampler provides a convenient and sensitive tool for the exposure assessments of ozone.

  11. Oxysterols in cosmetics-Determination by planar solid phase extraction and gas chromatography-mass spectrometry.

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    Schrack, S; Hohl, C; Schwack, W

    2016-11-18

    Sterol oxidation products (SOPs) are linked to several toxicological effects. Therefore, investigation of potential dietary uptake sources particularly food of animal origin has been a key issue for these compounds. For the simultaneous determination of oxysterols from cholesterol, phytosterols, dihydrolanosterol and lanosterol in complex cosmetic matrices, planar solid phase extraction (pSPE) was applied as clean-up tool. SOPs were first separated from more non-polar and polar matrix constituents by normal phase thin-layer chromatography and then focussed into one target zone. Zone extraction was performed with the TLC-MS interface, followed by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry analysis. pSPE showed to be effective for cleaning up cosmetic samples as sample extracts were free of interferences, and gas chromatographic columns did not show any signs of overloading. Recoveries were between 86 and 113% with relative standard deviations of below 10% (n=6). Results of our market survey in 2016 showed that some cosmetics with ingredients of plant origin contained phytosterol oxidation products (POPs) in the low ppm range and therefore in line with levels reported for food. In lanolin containing products, total SOPs levels (cholesterol oxidation products (COPs), lanosterol oxidation products (LOPs), dihydrolanosterol oxidation products (DOPs)) being in the low percent range exceeded reported levels for food by several orders of magnitudes. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  12. Analysis of Pyrazine and Volatile Compounds in Cocoa Beans Using Solid Phase Microextraction

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    Full Text Available Analisis pirazin dan senyawa volatil pada biji kakao dilakukan dengan perangkat mikroekstraksi fase padat (solid phase micro extraction, SPME, untuk mengembangkan metode ekstraksi tanpa pelarut yang efisien. Perangkat SPME dilengkapi fiber stableflex dengan polimer DVB/Carboxen/PDMS yang menjerap senyawa volatil di area headspace. Biji kakao terfermentasi disangrai dan diambil lemaknya untuk ditempatkan dalam botol bertutup septa. Sampel dipanaskan pada suhu 70OC dan serat SPME ditusukkan menembus septa untuk mengekstrak senyawa volatil dari lemak kakao selama 30 menit. Senyawa volatil lemak kakao akan dijerap oleh serat SPME dan dilepaskan kembali untuk analisis kromatografi gas. Penelitian menunjukkan pirazin dan senyawa volatil yang diekstrak oleh serat SPME dapat terdeteksi dengan baik oleh kromatografi gas. Area puncak yang dihasilkan SPME meliputi 2,83–5,35% dari area puncak yang dihasilkan syringe, kendati demikian kemampuan ekstraksi SPME dapat disetarakan dengan syringe. Lima jenis pirazin yang sering terdapat di biji kakao telah diidentifikasi, meliputi metil pirazin (2MP; 2,3 dan 2,5-dimetilpirazin (DMP; dan 2,3,5 trimetilpirazin (TrMP dan tetrametil pirazin (TMP. Senyawa lainnya juga terdeteksi meliputi alkohol, asam karboksilat, aldehida, keton, ester, pirazin, amin dan senyawa volatil lainnya, dan diketahui erat kaitannya dengan aroma khas cokelat. Keberhasilan SPME dalam ekstraksi pirazin dan senyawa volatilsemi volatil yang berperan penting dalam pembentukan aroma cokelat menandakan SPME dapat digunakan lebih lanjut untuk analisis citarasa.

  13. Supported imidazolium ionic liquid phases: a new material for solid-phase extraction.

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    Fontanals, Núria; Ronka, Sylwia; Borrull, Francesc; Trochimczuk, Andrzej W; Marcé, Rosa M

    2009-11-15

    This study reports a material that is based on the concept of ionic liquid analogue: a slightly crosslinked polymer-supported imidazolium trifluoroacetate salt (IL-CF(3)COO(-)) that favorably combines the properties of ionic liquids (ILs) and the advantages of a solid support. The ionic liquid-supported material was evaluated for the first time as a solid-phase extraction (SPE) sorbent for selectively and quantitatively extracting pharmaceuticals from aqueous samples. The novel IL-CF(3)COO(-) was evaluated under reversed-phase (RP), weak anion exchange (WAX), strong anion exchange (SAX) and strong cation exchange (SCX) SPE procedures, and we found that SAX conditions are the most suitable for investigating the behaviour of the IL-CF(3)COO(-) material. Under SAX conditions, the IL-CF(3)COO(-) material was capable of selectively and quantitatively extracting a group of acidic compounds from aqueous samples, while washing basic analytes that were also present in the sample. The SPE method using IL-CF(3)COO(-) material was used to analyse 1000 ml of different aqueous samples (ultrapure, tap and river) with complete recovery of the acidic compounds studied. Moreover, the method provided clean chromatogram and high recoveries when percolating complex real samples, such as 1000 ml of river water and 250 ml of effluent wastewater from a sewage treatment plant spiked at low levels with the analytes studied.

  14. Quantification of VOC emissions from paint spraying on a construction site using solid phase microextraction devices.

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    Cheng, Wen-Hsi; Huang, Hsiao-Lin; Chen, Kang-Shin; Chang, Yu-Jen

    2017-10-15

    The objective of this study was to measure the emission of, and personal exposure to workers, volatile organic compound (VOC) during paint spraying on a construction site. Needle trap samplers (NTSs), which are a green solid phase microextraction sampling technology, were used to obtain air samples at a large music exhibition center. The standard active sampling method using charcoal tubes and a personal air pump, Method 1501, was simultaneously utilized at the sampling sites to assess the workers' VOC exposures. Analysis of the data thus obtained showed that benzene, toluene, ethylenebenzene, and xylenes (BTEXs) were the main emission compounds. Acetone and isobutyl alcohol, which are used as thinning solvents, were detected as minor emission compounds. The emitted concentrations of most compounds were lower than the legal emission limits in Taiwan except that of benzene, for which the 2-ppm time weighted average short-term exposure limit was exceeded. The packed divinylbenzene (DVB) in the NTS was observed under an environmental scanning electron microscope, and many fine aerosols were found to be deposited on the surface of the DVB adsorbents, causing VOC extraction efficiencies after the fifth sampling in the field to decline. Workers on construction sites should be protected from emissions of VOC and fine particulates to preserve their occupational health.

  15. Multiple pesticide analysis in wine by MEKC combined with solid-phase microextraction and sample stacking.

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    Ravelo-Pérez, Lidia M; Hernández-Borges, Javier; Borges-Miquel, Teresa M; Rodríguez-Delgado, Miguel A

    2007-11-01

    In this work, a new method for the determination in white wines of 12 pesticides widely used in vine cultivars (namely, carbendazim, pirimicarb, metalaxyl, pyrimethanil, procymidone, nuarimol, azoxystrobin, tebufenozide, fenarimol, benalaxyl, penconazole, and tetradifon) using solid-phase microextraction (SPME) and MEKC with diode-array detection (DAD) was developed. The MEKC buffer consisted of 100 mM sodium tetraborate and 30 mM SDS at pH 8.5 with 6% v/v 1-propanol. Reversed-electrode polarity stacking mode (REPSM) was applied as on-line preconcentration strategy. In order to carry out an effective and sensitive determination of these pesticides in wine samples, an off-line SPME procedure was optimized by means of an experimental design. After studying the extraction performance of different SPME coatings, PDMS/divinylbenzene (PDMS/DVB) fibers were found the most appropriate for the extraction of most of these pesticides. Carbendazim and metalaxyl could not be extracted from wine samples. Calibration curves for extracted standards and fortified white wines were studied in order to determine the presence of a matrix effect. The combination of both preconcentration procedures (SPME and REPSM) allowed the determination of ten of these pesticides in white wines at concentrations between 0.054 and 0.113 mg/L. (i.e., levels well below the maximum residue limits (MRLs) allowed for these compounds in wine grapes). Ten homemade wines were they analyzed with the optimized method demonstrating the usefulness of the proposed procedure.

  16. Solution- and solid-phase oligosaccharide synthesis using glucosyl iodides: a comparative study.

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    Lam, Son N; Gervay-Hague, Jacquelyn

    2002-11-19

    Glycosyl iodide donors have been used in both solid- and solution-phase syntheses yielding alpha-(1 --> 6)-linked glucosyl oligomers in highly efficient protocols. While the solid-phase strategy offers advantages in terms of ease of purification, it requires a total of 7.5 equiv of donor and approximately 12 h to complete the incorporation of one monosaccharide unit. In contrast, solution-phase methods require only 2.5 equiv of donor and 2-3 h reaction time per glycosylation. Moreover, since the reactions are virtually quantitative (> 90%) column chromatography of the material is facile. The overall advantages of solution-phase oligosaccharide synthesis were further illustrated in the convergent synthesis of a hexamer (methoxycarbonylmethyl 6-O-acetyl-2,3,4-tri-O-benzyl-alpha-D-glucopyranosyl-(1 --> 6)-tetrakis-(2,3,4-tri-O-benzyl-alpha-D-glucopyranosyl-(1 --> 6))-2,3,4-tri-O-benzyl-1-thio-alpha-D-glucopyranoside) that was constructed from dimer donor iodides in a two-plus-two and a two-plus-four fashion. Copyright 2002 Elsevier Science Ltd.

  17. Stereoselective syntheses of 3-mercaptoproline derivatives protected for solid phase peptide synthesis.

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    Kolodziej, S A; Marshall, G R

    1996-09-01

    The incorporation of cis- and trans-3-mercaptoproline (3-MPc and 3-MPt) into analogs of biologically active peptides has been shown to be an effective means for reducing the conformational mobility of the peptide backbone. We report herein a novel stereoselective synthetic route to L-1 and L-2, derivatives of 3-MPt and 3-MPc suitably protected for solid phase peptide synthesis. The optically active starting material was the previously reported cis-3-hydroxyprolinol derivative L-3. Oxidation of the C1 alcohol to the carboxylic acid, formation of the methyl ester and deprotection of the C3 alcohol yielded L-6 in an overall yield of 68%. Reaction of the secondary alcohol with thiolacetic acid under Mitsunobu conditions gave the thiolacetate L-7 in 77% yield with clean inversion of configuration. Conversion of L-7 to L-1 was accomplished in a one-pot sequence consisting of three steps: hydrolysis of the thiolacetate, formation of the thioether and hydrolysis of the methyl ester. The overall yield of L-1 from L-3 was 38%. Synthesis of L-2 required an epimerization of L-6, which was accomplished using a standard Mitsunobu inversion to give the trans-3-hydroxyproline derivative L-8. Transformation of L-8 to L-2 followed that described for overall yield of L-2 from L-3 was 18%. The availability of pure enantiomers of 3-MPt and 3-MPc protected for SPPS will greatly facilitate their use as conformational constraints for studying peptide-receptor interactions.

  18. SOLID PHASE MICROEXTRACTION SAMPLING OF FIRE DEBRIS RESIDUES IN THE PRESENCE OF RADIONUCLIDE SURROGATE METALS

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    Duff, M; Keisha Martin, K; S Crump, S

    2007-03-23

    The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Laboratory currently does not have on site facilities for handling radioactive evidentiary materials and there are no established FBI methods or procedures for decontaminating highly radioactive fire debris (FD) evidence while maintaining evidentiary value. One experimental method for the isolation of FD residue from radionuclide metals involves using solid phase microextraction (SPME) fibers to remove the residues of interest. Due to their high affinity for organics, SPME fibers should have little affinity for most (radioactive) metals. The focus of this research was to develop an examination protocol that was applicable to safe work in facilities where high radiation doses are shielded from the workers (as in radioactive shielded cells or ''hot cells''). We also examined the affinity of stable radionuclide surrogate metals (Co, Ir, Re, Ni, Ba, Cs, Nb, Zr and Nd) for sorption by the SPME fibers. This was done under exposure conditions that favor the uptake of FD residues under conditions that will provide little contact between the SPME and the FD material (such as charred carpet or wood that contains commonly-used accelerants). Our results from mass spectrometric analyses indicate that SPME fibers show promise for use in the room temperature head space uptake of organic FD residue (namely, diesel fuel oil, kerosene, gasoline and paint thinner) with subsequent analysis by gas chromatography (GC) with mass spectrometric (MS) detection. No inorganic forms of ignitable fluids were included in this study.

  19. Matrix solid-phase dispersion extraction for chromatographic analysis of labdane diterpenoids in Coleus forskohlii.

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    Yin, Jiajun; Wang, Yaqin; Tan, Bo; Kang, Yun; Xie, Daotao; Tian, Lulu; Huang, Jianming

    2013-02-01

    The quality of Coleus forskohlii is often evaluated by high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC), using bioactive labdane diterpenoids as chemical markers. However, the existing sample preparation methods for the analysis of diterpenoids in C. forskohlii are generally labour-intensive, time-consuming and require large volumes of solvents. To establish an efficient matrix solid-phase dispersion (MSPD) extraction method for the simultaneous analysis of five bioactive diterpenoids in C. forskohlii by HPLC. Herbal samples were prepared by an optimised MSPD procedure using C(18) as the sorbent. The quantification of the diterpenoids was achieved by HPLC with evaporative light scattering detector (ELSD), and the identification of the five compounds was performed by HPLC with tandem mass detector (MS/MS). The efficiency of the MSPD method was also compared with other extraction techniques including Soxhlet extraction, heat reflux extraction, ultrasonic-assisted extraction and microwave-assisted extraction. The MSPD extracted five diterpenoids with satisfactory recoveries ranging from 98.36% to 102.08%. Compared with other extraction methods, the proposed MSPD method had the advantages of combining extraction and clean-up into a single step, consuming less time and requiring lower solvent volumes. The MSPD method is simple, rapid and efficient for the extraction of labdane diterpenoids from C. forskohlii. The MSPD procedure coupled with HPLC-ELSD or HPLC-MS/MS is suitable for the quantification and identification of the diterpenoids in C. forskohlii. Copyright © 2012 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  20. Determination of volatile organic compounds in river water by solid phase extraction and gas chromatography.

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    Mottaleb, M A; Abedin, M Z; Islam, M S

    2004-01-01

    A simple, rapid, and reproducible method is described employing solid-phase extraction (SPE) using dichloromethane followed by gas chromatography (GC) with flame ionization detection (FID) for determination of volatile organic compound (VOC) from the Buriganga River water of Bangladesh. The method was applied to detect the benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, xylene and cumene (BTEXC) in the sample collected from the surface or 15 cm depth of water. Two-hundred ml of n-hexane-pretreated and filtered water samples were applied directly to a C18 SPE column. BTEXC were extracted with dichloromethane and average concentrations were obtained as 0.104 to 0.372 microg/ml. The highest concentration of benzene was found as 0.372 microg/ml with a relative standard deviation (RSD) of 6.2%, and cumene was not detected. Factors influencing SPE e.g., adsorbent types, sample load volume, eluting solvent, headspace and temperatures, were investigated. A cartridge containing a C18 adsorbent and using dichloromethane gave better performance for extraction of BTEXC from water. Average recoveries exceeding 90% could be achieved for cumene at 4 degrees C with a 2.7% RSD.

  1. Metal-organic aerogel as a coating for solid-phase microextraction.

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    Saraji, Mohammad; Shahvar, Ali

    2017-06-22

    An iron-based metal-organic aerogel was synthesized using metal-organic framework nanoparticles and applied as a fiber coating for solid-phase microextraction (SPME). Chemical, thermal and morphological characteristics of the material were investigated. Headspace SPME followed by gas chromatography-electron capture detection was used for the determination of chlorobenzenes in the environmental samples. The key experimental factors affecting the extraction efficiency of the analytes, such as ionic strength, extraction and desorption temperature, and extraction time were investigated and optimized. The applicability of the coating for the extraction of chlorobenzenes from the environmental samples including river and tap water, sludge, and coastal soil was evaluated. The detection limits were in the range of 0.1-60 ng L-1. The relative standard deviations were between 2.0 and 5.0%. The extraction recovery of the analytes was in the range of 88-100%. Compared to the commercial PDMS fiber, the present fiber showed better extraction efficiency. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  2. Preparation and characterization of porous carbon material-coated solid-phase microextraction metal fibers.

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    Zhu, Fang; Guo, Jiaming; Zeng, Feng; Fu, Ruowen; Wu, Dingcai; Luan, Tiangang; Tong, Yexiang; Lu, Tongbu; Ouyang, Gangfeng

    2010-12-10

    Two kinds of porous carbon materials, including carbon aerogels (CAs), wormhole-like mesoporous carbons (WMCs), were synthesized and used as the coatings of solid-phase microextraction (SPME) fibers. By using stainless steel wire as the supporting core, six types of fibers were prepared with sol-gel method, direct coating method and direct coating plus sol-gel method. Headspace SPME experiments indicated that the extraction efficiencies of the CA fibers are better than those of the WMC fibers, although the surface area of WMCs is much higher than that of CAs. The sol-gel-CA fiber (CA-A) exhibited excellent extraction properties for non-polar compounds (BTEX, benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, o-xylene), while direct-coated CA fiber (CA-B) presented the best performance in extracting polar compounds (phenols). The two CA fibers showed wide linear ranges, low detection limits (0.008-0.047μgL(-1) for BTEX, 0.15-5.7μgL(-1) for phenols) and good repeatabilities (RSDs less than 4.6% for BTEX, and less than 9.5% for phenols) and satisfying reproducibilities between fibers (RSDs less than 5.2% for BTEX, and less than 9.9% for phenols). These fibers were successfully used for the analysis of water samples from the Pearl River, which demonstrated the applicability of the home-made CA fibers. Copyright © 2010 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  3. Determination of terpenes in tequila by solid phase microextraction-gas chromatography-mass spectrometry.

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    Peña-Alvarez, Araceli; Capella, Santiago; Juárez, Rocío; Labastida, Carmen

    2006-11-17

    Solid phase microextraction and capillary gas chromatography-mass spectrometry were used for the determination of seven terpenes in tequila. The method was selected based on the following parameters: coating selection (PA, PDMS, CW/DVB, and PDMS/DVB), extraction temperature, addition of salt, and extraction time profile. The extraction conditions were: PDMS/DVB fiber, Headspace, 100% NaCl, 25 degrees C extraction temperature, 30 min extraction time and stirring at 1200 rpm. The calibration curves (50-1000 ng/ml) for the terpenes followed linear relationships with correlation coefficients (r) greater than 0.99, except for trans,trans-farnesol (r = 0.98). RSD values were smaller than 10% confirmed that the technique was precise. Samples from 18 different trade brands of "Aged" tequila analyzed with the developed method showed the same terpenes in different concentrations. The analytical procedure used is selective, robust (more than 100 analyses with the same fiber), fast and of low-cost.

  4. Determination of Trichloroethylene in Water by Liquid–Liquid Microextraction Assisted Solid Phase Microextraction

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    Mengliang Zhang

    2015-02-01

    Full Text Available A method for the determination of trichloroethylene (TCE in water using portable gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (GC/MS was developed. A novel sample preparation method, liquid–liquid microextraction assisted solid phase microextraction (LLME–SPME, is introduced. In this method, 20 µL of hexane was added to 10 mL of TCE contaminated aqueous samples to assist headspace SPME. The extraction efficiency of SPME was significantly improved with the addition of minute amounts of organic solvents (i.e., 20 µL hexane. The absolute recoveries of TCE at different concentrations were increased from 11%–17% for the samples extracted by SPME to 29%–41% for the samples extracted by LLME–SPME. The method was demonstrated to be linear from 10 to 1000 ng mL−1 for TCE in water. The improvements on extraction efficiencies were also observed for toluene and 1, 2, 4-trichlorobenzene in water by using LLME–SPME method. The LLME–SPME method was optimized by using response surface modeling (RSM.

  5. Microcapillary reactors using solid-phase DNA sequencing for direct sample introduction into slab gels.

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    Xu, Y; Bruch, R C; Soper, S A

    2000-05-01

    Solid-phase micro-reactors have been prepared in glass capillaries for DNA sequencing applications using slab gel electrophoresis, which consisted of a fused silica capillary (i.d. = 100 microns; o.d. = 365 microns; length = 15 cm; volume = 1.2 microL) that contained a covalently bound biotin molecule. With the addition of streptavidin to the capillary, an anchoring site was produced for the tethering of biotinylated DNA sequencing templates to the wall of the capillary. Using a four-lane, single dye primer chemistry sequencing strategy, the individual tracts were prepared in the capillaries using cycle sequencing (20 thermal cycles) on a PCR-generated lambda-bacteriophage template (about 1000 bp). The dye label in this case was a fluorescent tag that displayed emission properties in the near-IR and could be processed on an automated sequencer. The read length was found to be 589 bases, which was determined primarily by the fractionating power of the gel. It was also found that the tethering system was very stable to typical cycle sequencing conditions, with the amount of tethered DNA lost amounting to 40% after 120 thermal cycles. The ability to use dye terminator chemistry was also investigated by using a near-IR dye-labeled terminator (ddGTP). It was found that the quality of the ladder that was generated was comparable to that obtained in a conventional sample preparation format. However, ethanol precipitation was required before gel loading to remove excess terminator.

  6. Solid phase extraction and determination of carbamate pesticides in water samples by reverse-phase HPLC

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    Moreno-Tovar, J.; Santos-Delgado, M.J. [Departamento de Quimica Analitica, Facultad de ciencias Quimicas, Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Spain)

    1995-12-31

    Solid phase extraction. SPE. using C{sub 1}8 bonded silica cartridges for trace amounts determination of carbaryl, propoxur, thiram, propham and methiocarb in water samples was studied and the breakthrough volume of the cartridges was established. The high enrichment factor and large injection volume admissible in the isocratic reverse-phase HPLC system allows pesticides determination with UV detection at 22o nm even at a concentration lower than 0.05 mug/L. Purified tap natural and underground water samples were spiked with carbamate pesticides in the concentration range 0.16-16.0 mug/L. Large volumes of samples (up to 2L) were passed through available C{sub 1}8, cartridges and eluted with acetonitrile. The preconcentrated samples were analyzed by HPLC using a Spherisorb ODS column with a 42.58 acetonitrile-water mobile phase. From replicate samples, recovery for the pesticides ranged from 79.0 to 103.7% except for thiran which is not retained. Tehe relative standard deviation (n=4 at 0.16 to 1.61 mug/L concetration level) range from 1.1 to 6.8%. (Author) 14 refs.

  7. Analysis of free fatty acids in whey products by solid-phase microextraction.

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    Tomaino, R M; Parker, J D; Larick, D K

    2001-08-01

    To evaluate the impact of Cheddar cheese starter cultures on the level of free fatty acids in liquid whey, a solid-phase microextraction (SPME) technique was utilized. The determination of response factors relative to an internal standard and the verification of linearity over a wide concentration range allowed for the quantitation of free fatty acids in experimentally produced liquid whey and in a wide range of dry whey ingredients. Results indicated that whey produced with a Lactococcus lactis subsp. lactis starter culture contained the highest level of total free fatty acids with significantly higher levels of lauric, myristic, and palmitic acids. Significant declines in oleic, linoleic, and palmitic acid occurred during storage. Commercial whey ingredients demonstrated a linear increase in free fatty acids with increasing percent protein, except for whey protein isolate, which had the lowest concentration. The use of SPME for the rapid analysis of free fatty acids in whey products should allow for further research to determine the importance of these compounds on the quality and stability of whey products.

  8. Critical micelle concentration values for different surfactants measured with solid-phase microextraction fibers.

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    Haftka, Joris J-H; Scherpenisse, Peter; Oetter, Günter; Hodges, Geoff; Eadsforth, Charles V; Kotthoff, Matthias; Hermens, Joop L M

    2016-09-01

    The amphiphilic nature of surfactants drives the formation of micelles at the critical micelle concentration (CMC). Solid-phase microextraction (SPME) fibers were used in the present study to measure CMC values of 12 nonionic, anionic, cationic, and zwitterionic surfactants. The SPME-derived CMC values were compared to values determined using a traditional surface tension method. At the CMC of a surfactant, a break in the relationship between the concentration in SPME fibers and the concentration in water is observed. The CMC values determined with SPME fibers deviated by less than a factor of 3 from values determined with a surface tension method for 7 out of 12 compounds. In addition, the fiber-water sorption isotherms gave information about the sorption mechanism to polyacrylate-coated SPME fibers. A limitation of the SPME method is that CMCs for very hydrophobic cationic surfactants cannot be determined when the cation exchange capacity of the SPME fibers is lower than the CMC value. The advantage of the SPME method over other methods is that CMC values of individual compounds in a mixture can be determined with this method. However, CMC values may be affected by the presence of compounds with other chain lengths in the mixture because of possible mixed micelle formation. Environ Toxicol Chem 2016;35:2173-2181. © 2016 SETAC. © 2016 SETAC.

  9. Novel chromatographic separation and carbon solid-phase extraction of acetanilide herbicide degradation products.

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    Shoemaker, Jody A

    2002-01-01

    One acetamide and 5 acetanilide herbicides are currently registered for use in the United States. Over the past several years, ethanesulfonic acid (ESA) and oxanilic acid (OA) degradation products of these acetanilide/acetamide herbicides have been found in U.S. ground waters and surface waters. Alachlor ESA and other acetanilide degradation products are listed on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) 1998 Drinking Water Contaminant Candidate List. Consequently, EPA is interested in obtaining national occurrence data for these contaminants in drinking water. EPA currently does not have a method for determining these acetanilide degradation products in drinking water; therefore, a research method is being developed using liquid chromatography/negative ion electrospray/mass spectrometry with solid-phase extraction (SPE). A novel chromatographic separation of the acetochlor/alachlor ESA and OA structural isomers was developed which uses an ammonium acetate-methanol gradient combined with heating the analytical column to 70 degrees C. Twelve acetanilide degradates were extracted by SPE from 100 mL water samples using carbon cartridges with mean recoveries >90% and relative standard deviations < or =16%.

  10. Mechanisms of Neutral and Anionic Surfactant Sorption to Solid-Phase Microextraction Fibers.

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    Haftka, Joris J-H; Hammer, Jort; Hermens, Joop L M

    2015-09-15

    Octanol-water partitioning (Kow) is considered a key parameter for hydrophobicity and is often applied in the prediction of the environmental fate and exposure of neutral organic compounds. However, surfactants can create difficulties in the determination of Kow because of emulsification of both water and octanol phases. Moreover, not only is sorption behavior of ionic surfactants related to hydrophobicity, but also other interactions are relevant in sorption processes. A different approach to develop parameters that can be applied in predictive modeling of the fate of surfactants in the environment is therefore required. Distribution between solid-phase microextraction (SPME) fibers and water was used in this study to measure the affinity of surfactants to a hydrophobic phase. Fiber-water sorption coefficients of alcohol ethoxylates, alkyl carboxylates, alkyl sulfates, and alkyl sulfonates were determined at pH 7 by equilibration of the test analytes between fiber and water. Distribution between fiber and water of anionic compounds with pKa ∼ 5 (i.e., alkyl carboxylates) was dominated by the neutral fraction. Anionic surfactants with pKa ≤ 2 (i.e., alkyl sulfates and alkyl sulfonates) showed strong nonlinear distribution to the fiber. The fiber-water sorption coefficients for alcohol ethoxylates and alkyl sulfates showed a linear trend with bioconcentration factors from the literature. Fiber-water sorption coefficients are promising as a parameter to study the effects of hydrophobicity and other potential interactions on sorption behavior of neutral and anionic surfactants.

  11. Heavy-metal contamination and solid-phase fractionation in street dust.

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    Merrikhpour, Hajar; Mahdavi, Shahriar

    2017-09-03

    Fourteen street-dust samples were collected from Hamedan, western Iran. Street-dust samples received different amounts of heavy-metal pollution. The samples were analyzed for total cadmium (Cd), copper (Cu), lead (Pb), nickel (Ni), and zinc (Zn), and binding forms of heavy metal were determined in five fractions. The results showed Cd was the only metal present appreciably, 25.21% and 25.92%, in the exchangeable and carbonates fractions, respectively, and Cu was the only metal predominantly associated, 31.77%, with organic fraction. Zn, 45.84%, was present mainly in the Fe-Mn oxide fraction, and the residual fraction was the most dominant solid phase pool of Ni and Pb, respectively, with 42.56% and 41.31%. The order of apparent mobility and potential metal bioavailability for these contaminated street-dust samples is Cd > Zn > Cu > Pb > Ni. The risk-assessment code results showed very high risk for Cd; medium risk for Cu, Pb, and Zn; and low risk for Ni.

  12. Solid Phase Microextraction and Related Techniques for Drugs in Biological Samples

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    Mohammad Mahdi Moein

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available In drug discovery and development, the quantification of drugs in biological samples is an important task for the determination of the physiological performance of the investigated drugs. After sampling, the next step in the analytical process is sample preparation. Because of the low concentration levels of drug in plasma and the variety of the metabolites, the selected extraction technique should be virtually exhaustive. Recent developments of sample handling techniques are directed, from one side, toward automatization and online coupling of sample preparation units. The primary objective of this review is to present the recent developments in microextraction sample preparation methods for analysis of drugs in biological fluids. Microextraction techniques allow for less consumption of solvent, reagents, and packing materials, and small sample volumes can be used. In this review the use of solid phase microextraction (SPME, microextraction in packed sorbent (MEPS, and stir-bar sorbtive extraction (SBSE in drug analysis will be discussed. In addition, the use of new sorbents such as monoliths and molecularly imprinted polymers will be presented.

  13. Determination of aflatoxins in rice samples by ultrasound-assisted matrix solid-phase dispersion.

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    Manoochehri, Mahboobeh; Asgharinezhad, Ali Akbar; Safaei, Mahdi

    2015-01-01

    This work describes the application of ultrasound-assisted matrix solid-phase dispersion as an extraction and sample preparation approach for aflatoxins (B1, B2, G1 and G2) and subsequent determination of them by high-performance liquid chromatography-fluorescence detection. A Box-Behnken design in combination with response surface methodology was used to determine the affecting parameters on the extraction procedure. The influence of different variables including type of dispersing phase, sample-to-dispersing phase ratio, type and quantity of clean-up phase, ultrasonication time, ultrasonication temperature, nature and volume of the elution solvent was investigated in the optimization study. C18, primary-secondary amine (PSA) and acetonitrile were selected as dispersing phase, clean-up phase and elution solvent, respectively. The obtained optimized values were sample-to-dispersing phase ratio of 1 : 1, 60 mg of PSA, 11 min ultrasonication time, 30°C ultrasonication temperature and 4 mL acetonitrile. Under the optimal conditions, the limits of detection were ranged from 0.09 to 0.14 ng g(-1) and the precisions [relative standard deviation (RSD%)] were aflatoxins in rice samples. © The Author [2014]. Published by Oxford University Press. All rights reserved. For Permissions, please email: journals.permissions@oup.com.

  14. Determination of nanomolar chromate in drinking water with solid phase extraction and a portable spectrophotometer.

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    Ma, Jian; Yang, Bo; Byrne, Robert H

    2012-06-15

    Determination of chromate at low concentration levels in drinking water is an important analytical objective for both human health and environmental science. Here we report the use of solid phase extraction (SPE) in combination with a custom-made portable light-emitting diode (LED) spectrophotometer to achieve detection of chromate in the field at nanomolar levels. The measurement chemistry is based on a highly selective reaction between 1,5-diphenylcarbazide (DPC) and chromate under acidic conditions. The Cr-DPC complex formed in the reaction can be extracted on a commercial C18 SPE cartridge. Concentrated Cr-DPC is subsequently eluted with methanol and detected by spectrophotometry. Optimization of analytical conditions involved investigation of reagent compositions and concentrations, eluent type, flow rate (sample loading), sample volume, and stability of the SPE cartridge. Under optimized conditions, detection limits are on the order of 3 nM. Only 50 mL of sample is required for an analysis, and total analysis time is around 10 min. The targeted analytical range of 0-500 nM can be easily extended by changing the sample volume. Compared to previous SPE-based spectrophotometric methods, this analytical procedure offers the benefits of improved sensitivity, reduced sample consumption, shorter analysis time, greater operational convenience, and lower cost. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  15. Automated solid phase extraction and quantitative analysis of human milk for 13 phthalate metabolites.

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    Calafat, Antonia M; Slakman, A Ryan; Silva, Manori J; Herbert, Arnetra R; Needham, Larry L

    2004-06-05

    While the demonstrated benefits associated with breastfeeding are well recognized, breast milk is one possible route of exposure to environmental chemicals, including phthalates, by breastfeeding infants. Because of the potential health impact of phthalates to nursing children, determining whether phthalates are present in breast milk is important. We developed a sensitive method for measuring 13 phthalate metabolites in breast milk using automated solid phase extraction (SPE) coupled to isotope dilution-high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC)-negative ion electrospray ionization-tandem mass spectrometry. We used D(4)-phthalate diesters to unequivocally establish the presence in human breast milk of enzymes capable of hydrolyzing the ubiquitous phthalate diesters to their respective monoesters. The analytical method involves acid-denaturation of the enzymes after collection of the milk to avoid hydrolysis of contaminant phthalate diesters introduced during sampling, storage, and analysis. The method shows good reproducibility (average coefficient of variations range between 4 and 27%) and accuracy (spiked recoveries are approximately 100%). The detection limits are in the low ng/ml range in 1ml of breast milk. We detected several phthalate metabolites in pooled human breast milk samples, suggesting that phthalates can be incorporated into breast milk and transferred to the nursing child.

  16. CMOS-compatible method for doping of buried vertical polysilicon structures by solid phase diffusion

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    Turkulets, Yury [Micron Semiconductor Israel Ltd., Qiryat Gat 82109 (Israel); Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva 8410501 (Israel); Silber, Amir; Ripp, Alexander; Sokolovsky, Mark [Micron Semiconductor Israel Ltd., Qiryat Gat 82109 (Israel); Shalish, Ilan, E-mail: shalish@bgu.ac.il [Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva 8410501 (Israel)

    2016-03-28

    Polysilicon receives attention nowadays as a means to incorporate 3D-structured photonic devices into silicon processes. However, doping of buried layers of a typical 3D structure has been a challenge. We present a method for doping of buried polysilicon layers by solid phase diffusion. Using an underlying silicon oxide layer as a dopant source facilitates diffusion of dopants into the bottom side of the polysilicon layer. The polysilicon is grown on top of the oxide layer, after the latter has been doped by ion implantation. Post-growth heat treatment drives in the dopant from the oxide into the polysilicon. To model the process, we studied the diffusion of the two most common silicon dopants, boron (B) and phosphorus (P), using secondary ion mass spectroscopy profiles. Our results show that shallow concentration profiles can be achieved in a buried polysilicon layer using the proposed technique. We present a quantitative 3D model for the diffusion of B and P in polysilicon, which turns the proposed method into an engineerable technique.

  17. Sampling of benzene in tar matrices from biomass gasification using two different solid-phase sorbents.

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    Osipovs, Sergejs

    2008-06-01

    Biomass tar mainly consists of stable aromatic compounds such as benzene and polyaromatic hydrocarbons, benzene being the biggest tar component in real biomass gasification gas. For the analysis of individual tar compounds, the solid-phase adsorption method was chosen. According to this method, tar samples are collected on a column with an amino-phase sorbent. With a high benzene concentration in biomass tar, some of the benzene will not be collected on the amino-phase sorbent. To get over this situation, we have installed another column with activated charcoal which is intended for collection of volatile organic compounds, including benzene, after the column with the amino-phase sorbent. The study of maximal adsorption amounts of various compounds on both adsorbents while testing different sampling volumes led to the conclusion that benzene is a limiting compound. The research proved that the use of two sorbents (500 mg + 100 mg) connected in series allows for assessment of tar in synthesis gas with a tar concentration up to 30-40 g m(-3), which corresponds to the requirements of most gasifiers.

  18. Advanced Si solid phase crystallization for vertical channel in vertical NANDs

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    Sangsoo Lee

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available The advanced solid phase crystallization (SPC method using the SiGe/Si bi-layer structure is proposed to obtain high-mobility poly-Si thin-film transistors in next generation vertical NAND (VNAND devices. During the SPC process, the top SiGe thin film acts as a selective nucleation layer to induce surface nucleation and equiaxial microstructure. Subsequently, this SiGe thin film microstructure is propagated to the underlying Si thin film by epitaxy-like growth. The initial nucleation at the SiGe surface was clearly observed by in situ transmission electron microscopy (TEM when heating up to 600 °C. The equiaxial microstructures of both SiGe nucleation and Si channel layers were shown in the crystallized bi-layer plan-view TEM measurements. Based on these experimental results, the large-grained and less-defective Si microstructure is expected to form near the channel region of each VNAND cell transistor, which may improve the electrical characteristics.

  19. Monodisperse microporous carbon nanospheres: An efficient and stable solid phase microextraction coating material.

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    Zheng, Juan; Wang, Kun; Luo, Erlun; Wu, Dingcai; Zhu, Fang; Jiang, Ruifen; Su, Chengyong; Wei, Chaohai; Ouyang, Gangfeng

    2015-07-16

    The monodisperse microporous carbon nanospheres (MMCNSs) were applied in solid phase microextraction for the first time. The MMCNSs-fiber was prepared by sol-gel technique and good repeatability and reproducibility were obtained, due to the excellent monodispersity of the MMCNSs. The sol-gel-MMCNSs fiber exhibited superior extraction ability for polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and organochlorine pesticides (OCPs), compared with the commercial polydimethylsiloxane/divinylbenzene (PDMS/DVB) fiber and the fiber prepared with its precursor, the monodisperse microporous polystyrene nanospheres (MMPNSs). Moreover, the fiber has good thermostability and strong acid/base durability. The sol-gel-MMCNSs fiber was then employed to detect PAHs and OCPs in aqueous samples by combining with gas chromatography-mass spectrometer (GC-MS). Under the optimized conditions, the detection limits of the proposed method ranged from 0.10 to 5.5 ng L(-1). Furthermore, the method was successfully utilized for the analysis of PAHs and OCPs in real samples, with satisfactory recoveries in the range of 81.0-120% for the Pearl River water samples and 72.8-118% for the coking wastewater samples. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  20. An organically modified silica aerogel for online in-tube solid-phase microextraction.

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    Bu, Yanan; Feng, Juanjuan; Tian, Yu; Wang, Xiuqin; Sun, Min; Luo, Chuannan

    2017-09-29

    Aerogels have received considerable attentions because of its porous, high specific surface, unique properties and environmental friendliness. In this work, an organically modified silica aerogel was functionalized on the basalt fibers (BFs) and filled into a poly(ether ether ketone) (PEEK) tube, which was coupled with high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) for in-tube solid-phase microextraction (IT-SPME). The aerogel was characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and fourier transform infrared spectrometry (FT-IR). The extraction efficiency of the tube was systematically investigated and shown enrichment factors from 2346 to 3132. An automated, sensitive and selective method was developed for the determination of five estrogens. The linear range was from 0.03 to 100μgL(-1) with correlation coefficients (r) higher than 0.9989, and low detection limits (LODs) were 0.01-0.05μgL(-1). The relative standard deviations (RSDs) for intra-day and inter-day were less than 4.5% and 6.7% (n=6), respectively. Finally, the analysis method was successfully applied to detect estrogens in sewage and emollient water samples. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  1. Development of a sensitive solid-phase radioimmunoassay for melanin-concentrating hormone

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    Eberle, A.N.; Baumann, J.B.; Girard, J. (Univ. Children' s Hospital, Basel (Switzerland)); Baker, B.I.; Kishida, M. (Univ. of Bath (England))

    1989-01-01

    A two-step solid-phase radioimmunoassay for melanin-concentrating hormone (MCH) was developed for direct determination of the hormone in plasma samples. To this end, synthetic MCH was coupled to bovine thyreoglobulin and the complex was injected into rabbits. Specific antisera of high titer were obtained which did not crossreact with other hormones. The IgGs were chemically linked to immunobeads, an acrylamide/acrylic acid polymer matrix. In the first step, plasma MCH was immunoextracted by incubation of diluted plasma samples with anti-MCH immunobeads. In the second step, the washed polymer was incubated with radioiodinated MCH tracer for titration of non-occupied sites. This procedure made it possible to determine as little as 4 pg MCH per ml of plasma. Application of the radioimmunoassay to plasma levels of black or white background-adapted trout showed a marked difference in circulating MCH: while trout on a black background contained a mean value of 29 {plus minus} 5.6 pg/ml, animals on a white background had 106 {plus minus} 19 pg/ml.

  2. Mechanism and application of solid phase adsorption toxin tracking for monitoring microcystins.

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    Zhao, Hui; Qiu, Jiangbing; Fan, Hua; Li, Aifeng

    2013-07-26

    The production of toxic microcystins by cyanobacteria is an important safety issue in terms of ecological food chains and drinking water supplies. Studies were carried out to demonstrate the applicability of solid phase adsorption toxin tracking (SPATT) to the monitoring of microcystins in fresh water. Work focused on the distribution of the intra- and extra-cellular toxins MC-LR and [Dha(7)] MC-LR produced by Microcystis aeruginosa (FACHB 905). The dynamic adsorption and desorption behavior of both toxins on aromatic resins HP20 and SP700 was examined, and the use of SPATT bags for monitoring microcystins in cyanobacterial cultures is discussed. It was shown that intracellular MC-LR and [Dha(7)] MC-LR are released continuously during batch incubation. The adsorption capacity of the SP700 resin was higher than that of the HP20 resin, while the opposite was true for desorption efficiency. The highest desorption efficiency of HP20 was 91.5±4.6% and 89.0±7.1% for MC-LR and [Dha(7)] MC-LR, respectively; accordingly, that of SP700 was 78.1±4.1% and 72.3±2.1%, respectively. Taking both adsorption and desorption behavior into consideration, HP20 is recommended as an adsorbent for SPATT monitoring of microcystins in freshwater bodies. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  3. Application of solid-phase extraction to agar-supported fermentation.

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    Le Goff, Géraldine; Adelin, Emilie; Cortial, Sylvie; Servy, Claudine; Ouazzani, Jamal

    2013-09-01

    Agar-supported fermentation (Ag-SF), a variant of solid-state fermentation, has recently been improved by the development of a dedicated 2 m(2) scale pilot facility, Platotex. We investigated the application of solid-phase extraction (SPE) to Ag-SF in order to increase yields and minimize the contamination of the extracts with agar constituents. The selection of the appropriate resin was conducted on liquid-state fermentation and Diaion HP-20 exhibited the highest recovery yield and selectivity for the metabolites of the model fungal strains Phomopsis sp. and Fusarium sp. SPE applied to Ag-SF resulted in a particular compartmentalization of the culture. The mycelium that requires oxygen to grow migrates to the top layer and formed a thick biofilm. The resin beads intercalate between the agar surface and the mycelium layer, and trap directly the compounds secreted by the mycelium through a "solid-solid extraction" (SSE) process. The resin/mycelium layer is easily recovered by scraping the surface and the target metabolites extracted by methanol. Ag-SF associated to SSE represents an ideal compromise for the production of bioactive secondary metabolites with limited economic and environmental impact.

  4. Immunochemical recognition of the binding of C-reactive protein to solid-phase phosphorylethanolamine.

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    Coll, J M

    1988-06-01

    The influence of polyclonal and monoclonal antibodies, trypsin digestion and mercaptoethanol treatment of C-reactive protein (CRP) in the CRP binding to solid-phase phosphorylethanolamine (PE) has been investigated. Nine monoclonal antibodies reacting with CRP could be divided into at least 2 well-defined groups: one group of 6-7 monoclonals interfering with the binding of CRP to PE (mainly represented by monoclonal 2) and the not interfering with the binding of CRP to PE (mainly represented by monoclonal 5). Trypsin digestion resulted in sequence identified CRP fragments still able to bind to PE and detectable by monoclonal 5 but not by monoclonal 2. On the other hand, binding of CRP to PE was abolished by mercaptoethanol treatment. These results, together with the estimation of the extent of the antigenicity of the PE binding site and the characteristics of the hydrophobicity profile of CRP, suggest that most of the hydrophilic sequences contribute to the PE binding region except a non-overlapping region defined by monoclonal 5. Most probably, some of these sequences are located inside or around the internal bisulphide bridge of each monomer of the pentameric CRP.

  5. Solid-phase extraction of antimony using chemically modified SiO2-PAN nanoparticles.

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    Kaur, Anupreet; Gupta, Usha

    2010-01-01

    A new analytical method using 1-(2-pyridylazo)-2-naphthol (PAN)-modified SiO2 nanoparticles as solid-phase extractant has been developed for the preconcentration of trace amounts of Sb(III) in different water samples. Conditions of the analysis such as preconcentration factor, effect of pH, sample volume, shaking time, elution conditions, and effects of interfering ions for the recovery of the analyte were investigated. The adsorption capacity of nanometer SiO2-PAN was found to be 186.25 micromol/g at optimum pH and the LOD (3sigma) was 0.60 microg/L. The extractant showed rapid kinetic sorption. The adsorption equilibrium of Sb(III) on nanometer SiO2-PAN was achieved in 10 min. Adsorbed Sb(III) was easily eluted with 4 mL 2 M hydrochloric acid. The maximum preconcentration factor was 62.20. The method was applied for the determination of trace amounts of Sb(III) in various water samples (tap, mineral water, and industrial effluents).

  6. Polarization effects on the electric properties of urea and thiourea molecules in solid phase

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    Santos, O. L.; Fonseca, T. L., E-mail: tertius@ufg.br; Sabino, J. R.; Georg, H. C.; Castro, M. A. [Instituto de Física, Universidade Federal de Goiás, Campus Samambaia, 74.690-900 Goiânia, GO (Brazil)

    2015-12-21

    We present theoretical results for the dipole moment, linear polarizability, and first hyperpolarizability of the urea and thiourea molecules in solid phase. The in-crystal electric properties were determined by applying a supermolecule approach in combination with an iterative electrostatic scheme, in which the surrounding molecules are represented by point charges. It is found for both urea and thiourea molecules that the influence of the polarization effects is mild for the linear polarizability, but it is marked for the dipole moment and first hyperpolarizability. The replacement of oxygen atoms by sulfur atoms increases, in general, the electric responses. Our second-order Møller–Plesset perturbation theory based iterative scheme predicts for the in-crystal dipole moment of urea and thiourea the values of 7.54 and 9.19 D which are, respectively, increased by 61% and 58%, in comparison with the corresponding isolated values. The result for urea is in agreement with the available experimental result of 6.56 D. In addition, we present an estimate of macroscopic quantities considering explicit unit cells of urea and thiourea crystals including environment polarization effects. These supermolecule calculations take into account partially the exchange and dispersion effects. The results illustrate the role played by the electrostatic interactions on the static second-order nonlinear susceptibility of the urea crystal.

  7. Determination of rhodamine B in soft drink, waste water and lipstick samples after solid phase extraction.

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    Soylak, Mustafa; Unsal, Yunus Emre; Yilmaz, Erkan; Tuzen, Mustafa

    2011-08-01

    A new solid phase extraction method is described for sensitive and selective determination of trace levels of rhodamine B in soft drink, food and industrial waste water samples. The method is based on the adsorption of rhodamine B on the Sepabeads SP 70 resin and its elution with 5 mL of acetonitrile in a mini chromatographic column. Rhodamine B was determined by using UV visible spectrophotometry at 556 nm. The effects of different parameters such as pH, amount of rhodamine B, flow rates of sample and eluent solutions, resin amount, and sample volume were investigated. The influences of some alkali, alkali earth and transition metals on the recoveries of rhodamine B were investigated. The preconcentration factor was found 40. The detection limit based on three times the standard deviation of the reagent blank for rhodamine B was 3.14 μg L⁻¹. The relative standard deviations of the procedure were found as 5% in 1×10⁻⁵ mol L⁻¹ rhodamine B. The presented procedure was successfully applied to real samples including soft drink, food and industrial waste water and lipstick samples. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  8. Improvement of on-line solid-phase extraction for determining phenolic compounds in water

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    Pocurull, E. [Univ. Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona (Spain). Dept. de Quimica; Marce, R.M. [Univ. Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona (Spain). Dept. de Quimica; Borrull, F. [Univ. Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona (Spain). Dept. de Quimica

    1995-11-01

    Modifying the most common design for the on-line coupling of a precolumn to reversed phase LC with diode array detection has resulted in reduction of the broadening of the peaks which results when the compounds of interest are strongly retained by a highly hydrophobic sorbent. The modification consists of the desorption of the analytes trapped on the precolumn solely by the organic solvent used to modify the solvent strength of the mobile phase. Results obtained using this design were compared with those obtained with the conventional design, with C{sub 18} and PLRP-S precolumns. The performance of the system was also tested with a highly cross-linked styrene-divinylbenzene copolymer (ENVI-chrom P) precolumn for the determination of phenolic compounds in real samples. The advantages and disadvantages are discussed. Ion-pair solid phase extraction is used in order to increase the breakthrough volumes of more polar compounds, mainly phenol. The use of the new design enables phenolic compounds to be determined at the low {mu}g L{sup -1} level with limits of detection ranging between 0.1 and 2 {mu}g L{sup -1} in tap water when a 10 mL sample was analyzed. (orig.)

  9. Disks solid phase extraction based polypyrrole functionalized core-shell nanofibers mat.

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    Qi, FeiFei; Li, XiaoQing; Yang, BiYi; Rong, Fei; Xu, Qian

    2015-11-01

    A novel disks solid phase extraction (SPE) based on polypyrrole (PPy) functionalized core-shell electrospun nanofibers mat was proposed. The performance of the established disks SPE technique was evaluated in the extraction of trace polar analytes from environmental water samples. Disulphonated (acid yellow 9) and monosulphonated azo dyes (acid orange 7 and metanil yellow) were selected as typical model analytes. Under the optimum conditions, detection limits were 0.15-0.3 μg/L for all target analytes and the enrichment coefficients were 106-121. The recoveries of sulfonated azo dyes added to typical environmental water samples were 87.6-112.3%, suggesting that the interferences of the sample matrix did not affect the enrichment. Compared with existing methods, the device in this study showed higher recovery, lower detection limit and better precision. Moreover, the miniaturized disks SPE technique for sample preparation is simple and fast, with significantly reduced sorbent bed mass (2.5 mg) and eluent volume (500 μL). These results indicate that PPy nanofibers mat-based disks SPE may be a promising device that can effectively extract the polar species in water samples. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  10. Laboratory investigation of aluminum solubility and solid-phase properties following alum treatment of lake waters.

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    Berkowitz, Jacob; Anderson, Michael A; Graham, Robert C

    2005-10-01

    Water samples from two southern California lakes adversely affected by internal nutrient loading were treated with a 20 mg/L dose of Al3+ in laboratory studies to examine Al solubility and solid-phase speciation over time. Alum [Al2(SO4)3 . 18 H2O] applications to water samples from Big Bear Lake and Lake Elsinore resulted in a rapid initial decrease in pH and alkalinity followed by a gradual recovery in pH over several weeks. Dissolved Al concentrations increased following treatment, reaching a maximum of 2.54 mg/L after 17 days in Lake Elsinore water and 0.91 mg/L after 48 days in Big Bear Lake water; concentrations in both waters then decreased to 45% gibbsite. These results were supported by geochemical modeling using Visual MINTEQ, with Al solubility putatively controlled by amorphous Al(OH)3 shortly after treatment and approaching that of microcrystalline gibbsite after about 150 days. These findings indicate that Al(OH)3 formed after alum treatment undergoes significant chemical and mineralogical changes that may alter its effectiveness as a reactive barrier to phosphorus release from lake sediments.

  11. Experimental design approach for the solid-phase extraction of residual aluminium coagulants in treated waters.

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    Vanloot, P; Boudenne, J-L; Vassalo, Laurent; Sergent, M; Coulomb, B

    2007-09-15

    Solid-phase extraction (SPE) of trace elements before their analysis has become a conventional pretreatment step of analytes because of their frequent low concentrations in numerous samples. Additionally, interfering compounds often accompagny analytes of interest, thus requiring a clean-up step. The preconcentration step and/or matrix removal can be efficiently improved by chemometric approaches allowing obtention of reliable results. Single variable approach is often used but is time and cost consuming, and may be the source of mistakes; multivariable approach allows to overcome these problems and increases the probability of global optimum finding. In order to obtain a set of experimental conditions for the selective extraction of Al(III) in water samples, onto a modified organic support (salicylic acid grafted on XAD-4), a multicriteria approach (response surface methodology) has been applied. The extraction method was optimized by the aid of a factorial design and a uniform shell Doehlert design for six variables: sample percolation flow rate, trace metal amount, sample volume, concentration and volume of HCl used for elution of aluminium. Results demonstrate the synergic effects of four factors and allow us to define working ranges for each parameter tested. The designed SPE procedure was then sucessfully applied to synthetic and real samples, issued from a potable water treatment unit.

  12. Headspace solid-phase microextraction analysis of 3-alkyl-2-methoxypyrazines in wines.

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    Sala, C; Mestres, M; Martí, M P; Busto, O; Guasch, J

    2002-04-12

    A procedure to determine 3-alkyl-2-methoxypyrazines in wines is described. It is based on the headspace solid-phase microextraction (HS-SPME) technique after a clean-up of the sample by distillation (previously acidified to pH 0.5) to remove ethanol and other volatile compounds that can interfere in the SPME. Determination is performed by means of capillary gas chromatography using a nitrogen-phosphorus detector. The method allows quantification of 3-isobutyl-2-methoxypyrazine, 3-sec-butyl-2-methoxypyrazine and 3-isopropyl-2-methoxypyrazine at their natural concentration levels and below their sensory thresholds in Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot wines. The method was successfully applied to experimental red wines and the evolution of their pyrazine contents during the winemaking process was monitored. Pyrazine content increased during the first maceration day but did not change significantly during alcoholic and malolactic fermentation. Final contents in wines were 12-27 ng/l of 3-isobutyl-2-methoxypyrazine and 5-10 ng/l of 3-sec-butyl-2-methoxypyrazine.

  13. Solid-Phase Extraction of Pesticides by Using Bioinspired Peptide Receptors

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    Valentina Lanzone

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available A virtual development of hexapeptide receptors bioinspired by the acetylcholinesterase enzyme active site is proposed. A semicombinatorial approach was applied to generate a virtual hexapeptides library with different affinity properties towards organophosphate and carbamate pesticides. The virtual screening process was addressed to obtain peptides able to separate pesticide subclasses in the experimental work. Three hexapeptides, two generated by molecular modeling and one having a scrambled sequence, were used as selective sorbent materials for pesticides in preanalytical solid-phase extraction (SPE method. Selective adsorption and cross-reactivity were tested directly on a mix of four pesticides (carbaryl, chlorpyrifos-ethyl, malathion, and thiabendazole having different structures and physico-chemical properties, at a total concentration of 120 ppb (each pesticide at concentration of 30 ppb. The results were compared to traditional sorbent material such as C-18 and strata-X. Data showed that only one of the hexapeptides virtually designed had significant differences in competitive absorption between aliphatic pesticide malathion, fungicide thiabendazole chosen as negative control, and aromatic pesticides. These results partially supported the simulated strategy.

  14. Determination of acetone in seawater using derivatization solid-phase microextraction.

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    Hudson, Edward D; Okuda, Kadek; Ariya, Parisa A

    2007-07-01

    Acetone plays an important role in the chemistry of both the atmosphere and the ocean, due to its potential effect on the tropospheric HO(x) (= HO + HO(2)) budget, as well as its environmental and health effects. We discuss the development of a mobile, sensitive, selective, economical and facile method for the determination of acetone in seawater. The method consists of derivatizing acetone to its pentafluorobenzyl oxime using 1,2,3,4,5-pentafluorobenzylhydroxylamine (PFBHA), followed by solid-phase microextraction (SPME) and analysis by gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (GC/MS). A detection limit of 3.0 nM was achieved. The buffering capacity of seawater imposes challenges in using the method's optimum pH (3.7) on seawater samples, requiring calibration standards to be made in buffered salt water and the acidification of seawater samples and standards prior to extraction. We employed the technique for analysis of selected surface seawater samples taken on the Nordic seas during the ARK-XX/1 cruise (R.V. Polarstern). An upper limit of 5.5-9.6 nM was observed for acetone in these waters, the first acetone measurements reported for far North Atlantic and Arctic waters. Simplified schematic of transformations of organic compounds at the atmosphere-ocean interface.

  15. Determination of Atrazine, Acetochlor, Clomazone, Pendimethalin and Oxyfluorfen in Soil by a Solid Phase Microextraction Method

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    Rada Đurović

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available A solid phase microextraction (SPME method for simultaneous determination of atrazine, acetochlor, clomazone, pendimethalin and oxyfluorfen in soil samples was developed. The method is based on a combination of conventional liquid-solid procedure and a following SPME determination of the selected pesticides. Initially, various microextraction conditions, such as the fibre type, desorption temperature and time, extraction time and NaCl content, were investigated and optimized. Then, extraction efficiencies of severalsolvents (water, hexane, acetonitrile, acetone and methanol and the optimum number of extraction steps within the sample preparation step were optimized. According to the results obtained in these two sets of experiments, two successive extractions with methanol as the extraction solvent were the optimal sample preparation procedure, while the following conditions were found to be most efficient for SPME measurements: 100 μm PDMS fibre, desorption for 7 min at 2700C, 30 min extraction time and 5% NaCl content (w/v. Detection and quantification were done by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry(GC/MS. Relative standard deviation (RSD values for multiple analysis of soil samples fortified at 30 μg/kg of each pesticide were below 19%. Limits of detection (LOD for all the compounds studied were less than 2 μg/kg.

  16. Solid Phase Extraction for Monitoring of Occupational Exposure to Cr (III

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    S.J. Shahtaheri

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available Chromium is an important constituent widely used in different industrial processes for production of various synthetic materials. For evaluation of workers’ exposure to trace toxic metal of Cr (III, environmental and biological monitoring are essential processes, in which, preparation of samples is one of the most time-consuming and error-prone aspects prior to analysis. The use of solid-phase extraction (SPE has grown and is a fertile technique of sample preparation as it provides better results than those produced by liquid-liquid extraction (LLE. SPE using mini columns filled with XAD-4 resin was optimized regarding to sample pH, ligand concentration, loading flow rate, elution solvent, sample volume, elution volume, amount of resins, and sample matrix interferences. Chromium was retained on solid sorbent and was eluted with 2 M HNO3 followed by simple determination of analytes by using flame atomic absorption spectrometery. Obtained recoveries of metal ion were more than 92%. The optimized procedure was also validated with three different pools of spiked urine samples and showed a good reproducibility over six consecutive days as well as six within-day experiments. Through this study, suitable results were obtained for relative standard deviation, therefore, it is concluded that, this optimized method can be considered to be successful in simplifying sample preparation for trace residue analysis of Cr in different matrices for evaluation of occupational and environmental exposures. To evaluate occupational exposure to chromium, 16 urine samples were taken, prepared, and analyzed based on optimized procedure.

  17. Graphene oxide reinforced ionic liquid-functionalized adsorbent for solid-phase extraction of phenolic acids.

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    Hou, Xiudan; Lu, Xiaofeng; Tang, Sheng; Wang, Licheng; Guo, Yong

    2018-01-01

    An environmental friendly sorbent of polymeric ionic liquids modified graphene oxide-grafted silica (PILs@GO@Sil) was synthesized for solid-phase extraction (SPE) of phenolic acids. The sorbent was prepared via a chemical layer-to-layer fabrication including amidation reaction, surface radical chain-transfer polymerization and in situ anion exchange. After modification with PILs, the silica surface had higher positive potential so that it would exhibit stronger electrostatic interaction for acidic compounds compared with GO@Sil. The adsorption performance of phenolic acids was investigated through the theoretical calculation and static, kinetic state adsorption experiments. Under the optimized conditions, wide linear ranges were obtained with correlation coefficients ranging from 0.9912 to 0.9998, and limits of detection were in the range of 0.20-0.50μgL-1. Compared with other reported methods, the proposed PILs@GO@Sil-SPE-HPLC showed higher extraction efficiency. Finally, the black wolfberry yogurt and urine were analyzed as real samples and good recoveries spiked with standard solution were obtained. Copyright © 2017. Published by Elsevier B.V.

  18. Determination of Iron Species by Combination of Solvent Assisted-Dispersive Solid Phase Extraction and Spectrophotometry

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    Zahra Dehghani

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available A simple, rapid and sensitive solvent assisted-dispersive solid phase extraction method was developed for the extraction of iron(II prior to its spectrophotometric determination. The Fe(II reacted with 2,4,6-tris(2-pyridyl-1,3,5-triazine, neutralized with sodium dodecyl sulfate and extracted onto the fine particles of benzophenone which were formed upon rapid injection of a mixture of benzophenone as the sorbent and ethanol as the disperser solvent into the aqueous solution. After phase separation, the sedimented phase containing the complex was dissolved in ethanol and the analyte concentration was determined by measuring its absorption at 594 nm. Total iron was determined after the reduction of Fe(III to Fe(II with hydroxylamine hydrochloride. Under the optimized conditions, an enhancement factor of 32, the detection limit of 0.16 µg l-1, and the relative standard deviation of 1.9% (n = 6 at 20 µg l-1 concentration level of Fe(II were achieved. The method was successfully applied to the determination of iron species in water samples and total iron in infant dry formula milk, apple, rice, spinach and parsley samples.

  19. Headspace Solid-Phase Microextraction Analysis of Volatile Components in Narcissus tazetta var. chinensis Roem

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    Hai-Shan Chi

    2013-11-01

    Full Text Available The volatile components in single-flowered and double-flowered Chinese narcissus were identified by headspace-solid phase microextraction (HS-SPME coupled with GC and GC/MS. Changes in aroma during the vase-life (days 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 of two samples were also studied. A total of 35 compounds were identified, of which all were present in single-flowered and 26 in double-flowered samples. The main aroma components were (E-β-ocimene, and benzyl acetate. Single-flowered narcissus have a higher percentage of benzyl acetate, while double-flowered narcissus have a higher percentage of 1,8-cineole. In vase-life, the total volatile component content peaked on day 2 for single-flowered and day 3 for the double-flowered narcissus. For both single-flowered and double-flowered narcissus flowers, the total content of volatile components had decreased significantly by day 4.

  20. Single hair analysis of methamphetamine and amphetamine by solid phase microextraction coupled with in matrix derivatization.

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    Nishida, Manami; Yashiki, Mikio; Namera, Akira; Kimura, Kojiro

    2006-10-02

    A sensitive method for detection of methamphetamine (MA) and amphetamine (AP) in human hair was developed using solid phase microextraction (SPME) and one-pot derivatization. MA and AP were directly derivatized to N-propoxycarbonyl derivatives in an aqueous solution by propylchloroformate in a one-pot reaction before extraction by SPME. The derivatives were extracted to a coating of SPME from a headspace of the vial. The adsorbed derivatives were thermally desorbed in the injection port of a gas chromatograph. Pentadeuterated MA was used as an internal standard. The absolute recoveries of MA and AP from the spiked hair were 2.80-17.5%, respectively. The calibration curves showed linearity in the range of 0.05-20 ng/0.08 mg/vial for MA and 0.1-20 ng/0.08 mg/vial for AP in hair. Detection limits (S/N = 3) of MA and AP were 0.02 and 0.05 ng/0.08 mg/vial. The coefficients of variation of intraday were 1.04-26.4%. Additionally, this proposed method was applied to segmental analysis in clinical and medico-legal cases of MA intoxication.

  1. Carbon nanotube-coated solid-phase microextraction metal fiber based on sol-gel technique.

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    Jiang, Ruifen; Zhu, Fang; Luan, Tiangang; Tong, Yexiang; Liu, Hong; Ouyang, Gangfeng; Pawliszyn, Janusz

    2009-05-29

    A novel carbon nanotube (CNT)-coated solid-phase microextraction fiber was prepared based on sol-gel technique. Commonly used fragile fused silica fiber was replaced with stainless steel wire, which made the fiber unbreakable. An approach was also proposed for batch producing, and good reproducibilities for fiber to fiber and between fibers were achieved. Experiments showed that the sol-gel-CNT fiber exhibited high thermal stability to resist 350 degrees C and excellent solvent durability in methanol and acetonitrile. Compared to commercial polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) fiber, the sol-gel-CNT fiber represented significantly improved extraction efficiencies for both polar (phenols) and non-polar (benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, and o-xylene) compounds. Meanwhile, no replacement effect, low carry-over and wide linear range demonstrated that the newly prepared sol-gel-CNT coating has liquid properties, which allow a relatively easy quantification procedure. Moreover, the characterization of the sol-gel-CNT coating was also evaluated with McReynold probe solutes. The results showed that the coating has better affinity for all the five types of solutes compared to commercial 7microm PDMS fiber, which suggested that the coating has the potential to be developed as GC stationary phase.

  2. or without eggshell's contamination that produced in Tabriz.

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    M Khakpoor

    2011-08-01

    Full Text Available Zoonotic bacterial diseases are considered as the most important human infectious diseases. In this category, a disease that transfer and infect human through food has an special role. Among foods with animal origin, eggs due to their application as food ingredient in food products, like sauces, spices, ice creams and other food products that may use in half cooked or crude forms, always has the potential to transfer microbial pathogens to human. This study is about to prove that presence of remainder feces on eggshells leads the penetration of bacterial agents into egg yolk. A total of 120 daily egg samples (with and without fecal contamination were collected from henneries around Tabriz and transferred immediately to microbiology laboratory. After performing microbial examinations (using BHI Broth, BHI Agar, Blood Agar, Selenite F, Tetrationate, XLD,SS Agar,Gram Staining, Oxidase and Catalase tests, bacteria of eggshells and egg yolks has been identified. Out of 120 eggs, 15.83% bacterial contaminants were found in egg yolks samples. Among them, 73.68%  were gram negative and 26.31% were gram positive. Among gram negatives, Pseudomonas with occurrence of 8.3% and in gram positives group, Bacillus with abundance of  4.16% were the most frequent bacterias. Also in samples collected from eggshells, 99.16% of the eggs demonstrated bacterial contamination which 23.55% of positive samples were among gram negative group and 76.44% were gram positive. The most contribution of eggshell gram negative bacterias were relevant to Pseudomonas, E.coli, Proteus and Citrobacter with respectively 18.33%,10.83%,5.83% and 4.16% rations. Among gram positive bacteria that isolates form eggshell samples for the most frequent bacterias, were Bacillus, Staphylococccus, Streptococcus, Rhodococcus and Micrococcus with respectively 80.00%, 34.16%, 15%, 9.16% and 7.5% rations. Use and consumption of eggs with shells contaminated with faces in food products is a serious

  3. Comparative proteomics of matrix fractions between pimpled and normal chicken eggshells.

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    Liu, Zhangguo; Song, Lingzi; Lu, Lizhi; Zhang, Xianfu; Zhang, Fuming; Wang, Kehua; Linhardt, Robert J

    2017-09-07

    Eggshell matrix can be dissociated into three matrix fractions: acid-insoluble matrix (M1), water-insoluble matrix (M2) and acid-water facultative-soluble matrix (M3). Matrix fractions from pimpled and normal eggshells were compared using label-free proteomic method to understand the differences among three matrix fractions and the proteins involved with eggshell quality. A total of 738 and 600 proteins were identified in the pimpled and normal calcified eggshells, respectively. Both eggshells showed a combined proteomic inventory of 769 proteins. In the same type of eggshell, a high similarity was present in the proteomes of three matrix fractions. These triply overlapped common proteins formed the predominant contributor to proteomic abundance in the matrix fractions. In each matrix fraction and between both eggshell models, normal and pimpled eggshells, a majority of the proteomes of the fractions were commonly observed. Forty-two common major proteins (iBAQ-derived abundance ≥0.095% of proteomic abundance) were identified throughout the three matrix fractions and these proteins might act as backbone constituents in chicken eggshell matrix. Finally, using 1.75-fold as up-regulated and using 0.57-fold as down-regulated cutoff values, twenty-five differential major proteins were screened and they all negatively influence and none showed any effect on eggshell quality. Overall, we uncovered the characteristics of proteomics of three eggshell matrix fractions and identified candidate proteins influencing eggshell quality. The next research on differential proteins will uncover the potential mechanisms underlying how proteins affect eggshell quality. It was reported that the proteins in an eggshell can be divided into insoluble and soluble proteins. The insoluble proteins are thought to be an inter-mineral matrix and acts as a structural framework, while the soluble proteins are thought as intra-mineral matrix that are embedded within the crystal during

  4. Solid-phase PCR for rapid multiplex detection of Salmonella spp. at the subspecies level, with amplification efficiency comparable to conventional PCR

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    Chin, Wai Hoe; Sun, Yi; Høgberg, Jonas

    2017-01-01

    Solid-phase PCR (SP-PCR) has attracted considerable interest in different research fields since it allows parallel DNA amplification on the surface of a solid substrate. However, the applications of SP-PCR have been hampered by the low efficiency of the solid-phase amplification. In order...

  5. New Monte Carlo method to compute the free energy of arbitrary solid phases. Application to the FCC and HCP phases of hard spheres

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    Frenkel, D.; Ladd, A.J.C.

    1984-01-01

    We present a new method to compute the absolute free energy of arbitrary solid phases by Monte Carlo simulation. The method is based on the construction of a reversible path from the solid phase under consideration to an Einstein crystal with the same crystallographic structure. As an application of

  6. Effects of breeder age, strain, and eggshell temperature on nutrient metabolism of broiler embryos

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    Nangsuay, A.; Meijerhof, R.; Anker-Hensen, van den I.; Heetkamp, M.J.W.; Kemp, B.; Brand, van den H.

    2017-01-01

    Breeder age and broiler strain influence the availability of nutrients and oxygen through yolk size and eggshell conductance, and the effects of these egg characteristics on nutrient metabolism might be influenced by eggshell temperature (EST). This study aims to determine effects of breeder age,

  7. Combined Use of Electron and Light Microscopy Techniques Reveals False Secondary Shell Units in Megaloolithidae Eggshells.

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    Moreno-Azanza, Miguel; Bauluz, Blanca; Canudo, José Ignacio; Gasca, José Manuel; Torcida Fernández-Baldor, Fidel

    2016-01-01

    Abnormalities in the histo- and ultrastructure of the amniote eggshell are often related to diverse factors, such as ambient stress during egg formation, pathologies altering the physiology of the egg-laying females, or evolutionarily selected modifications of the eggshell structure that vary the physical properties of the egg, for example increasing its strength so as to avoid fracture during incubation. When dealing with fossil materials, all the above hypotheses are plausible, but a detailed taphonomical study has to be performed to rule out the possibility that secondary processes of recrystallization have occurred during fossilization. Traditional analyses, such as optical microscopy inspection and cathodoluminescence, have proven not to be enough to understand the taphonomic story of some eggshells. Recently, electron backscatter diffraction has been used, in combination with other techniques, to better understand the alteration of fossil eggshells. Here we present a combined study using scanning electron microscopy, optical microscopy, cathodoluminescence and electron backscatter diffraction of eggshell fragments assigned to Megaloolithus cf. siruguei from the Upper Cretaceous outcrops of the Cameros Basin. We focus our study on the presence of secondary shell units that mimic most aspects of the ultrastructure of the eggshell mammillae, but grow far from the inner surface of the eggshell. We call these structures extra-spherulites, describe their crystal structure and demonstrate their secondary origin. Our study has important implications for the interpretation of secondary shell units as biological or pathological structures. Thus, electron backscatter diffraction complements other microscope techniques as a useful tool for understanding taphonomical alterations in fossil eggshells.

  8. Effects of Eggshells Ash (ESA) on the Setting Time of Cement ...

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    Admixture properties of eggshells ash (ESA), with a focus on the setting time, were investigated. ESA was obtained by incinerating fowls' eggshells to ash. The ash was sieved through 75μm sieve. The ash passing the 75 μm sieve was used in the investigation. Consistency test was carried out to establish the quantity of ...

  9. Polymorphism of the SCNN1g Gene and its Association with Eggshell Quality

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    Kheirkhah Z

    2017-06-01

    Full Text Available Eggshell quality is the main trait to assess egg quality. Marker assisted selection can be used to improve this trait. During eggshell formation, a mass of inorganic minerals is deposited. The Sodium Channel (SCNN1 gene family plays an essential role in cation transportation and SCNN1g is a member of this gene family. The objective of this study was to estimate the frequency of SCNN1g gene variants and to find its associations with eggshell quality in Hy-Line breed. 100 hens were randomly selected and their eggs and blood samples were collected. DNA was extracted and purified using the phenol-chloroform method and genotyped using polymerase chain reaction-restriction fragment length polymorphism (PCR-RFLP analysis. GLM procedure of SAS software was used to evaluate the association of SCNN1g gene polymorphism with egg weight, specific gravity, eggshell strength, eggshell weight, and eggshell thickness. Based on the polymorphism of SCNN1g gene, three genotypes were observed including AA, AG, and GG with frequencies of 0.26, 0.57, and 0.17, respectively. Genotype only had a significant effect on eggshell strength (P < 0.05. Other traits were not significantly influenced by genotypes of this gene. Therefore, introducing this gene in marker-assisted selection programs may improve eggshell strength of Hy-Line breed.

  10. Trace-element interactions in Rook Corvus frugilegus eggshells along an urbanisation gradient.

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    Orłowski, Grzegorz; Kasprzykowski, Zbigniew; Dobicki, Wojciech; Pokorny, Przemysław; Wuczyński, Andrzej; Polechoński, Ryszard; Mazgajski, Tomasz D

    2014-11-01

    Concentrations of seven trace elements [arsenic (As), chromium (Cr), nickel (Ni), lead (Pb), copper (Cu), zinc (Zn), and cadmium (Cd)] in the eggshells of Rooks Corvus frugilegus, a focal bird species of Eurasian agricultural environments, are increased above background levels and exceed levels of toxicological concern. The concentrations of Cr, Ni, Pb, Cu, and Zn are greater in eggshells from urban rookeries (large cities) compared with rural areas (small towns and villages) suggesting an urbanisation gradient effect among eggs laid by females. In the present study, the investigators assessed whether the pattern of relationships among the seven trace elements in eggshells change along an urbanisation/pollution gradient. Surprisingly, we found that eggshells with the greatest contaminant burden, i.e., from urban rookeries, showed far fewer significant relationships (n = 4) than eggshells from villages (n = 10), small towns (n = 6), or rural areas (n = 8). In most cases, the relationships were positive. As was an exception: Its concentration was negatively correlated with Ni and Cd levels in eggshells from small town rookeries (where As levels were the highest), whereas eggshells from villages (with a lower As level) showed positive relationships between As and Cd. Our findings suggest that at low to intermediate levels, interactions between the trace elements in Rook eggshells are of a synergistic character and appear to operate as parallel coaccumulation. A habitat-specific excess of some elements (primarily Cr, Ni, Cu, As) suggests their more competitively selective sequestration.

  11. Secretion pattern, ultrastructural localization and function of extracellular matrix molecules involved in eggshell formation.

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    Soledad Fernandez, M; Moya, A; Lopez, L; Arias, J L

    2001-01-01

    The chicken eggshell is a composite bioceramic containing organic and inorganic phases. The organic phase contains, among other constituents, type X collagen and proteoglycans (mammillan, a keratan sulfate proteoglycan, and ovoglycan, a dermatan sulfate proteoglycan), whose localization depends on a topographically defined and temporally regulated deposition. Although the distribution of these macromolecules in the eggshell has been well established, little is known about their precise localization within eggshell substructures and oviduct cells or their pattern of production and function during eggshell formation. By using immunofluorescent and immuno-ultrastructural analyses, we examined the distribution of these macromolecules in oviduct cells at different post-oviposition times. To understand the role of proteoglycan sulfation on eggshell formation, we studied the effects of inhibition of proteoglycan sulfation by treatment with sodium chlorate. We showed that these macromolecules are produced by particular oviduct cell populations and at precise post-oviposition times. Based on the precise ultrastructural localization of these macromolecules in eggshell substructures, the timing of the secretion of these macromolecules by oviduct cells and the effects on eggshell formation caused by the inhibition of proteoglycan sulfation, the putative role of mammillan is in the nucleation of the first calcite crystals, while that of ovoglycan is to regulate the growth and orientation of the later forming crystals of the chicken eggshell.

  12. Ovocalyxin-32, a novel chicken eggshell matrix protein. isolation, amino acid sequencing, cloning, and immunocytochemical localization.

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    Gautron, J; Hincke, M T; Mann, K; Panheleux, M; Bain, M; McKee, M D; Solomon, S E; Nys, Y

    2001-10-19

    The eggshell is a highly ordered structure resulting from the deposition of calcium carbonate concomitantly with an organic matrix upon the eggshell membranes. Mineralization takes place in an acellular uterine fluid, which contains the ionic and matrix precursors of the eggshell. We have identified a novel 32-kDa protein, ovocalyxin-32, which is expressed at high levels in the uterine and isthmus regions of the oviduct, and concentrated in the eggshell. Sequencing of peptides derived from the purified protein allowed expressed sequence tag sequences to be identified that were assembled to yield a full-length composite sequence whose conceptual translation product contained the complete amino acid sequence of ovocalyxin-32. Data base searches revealed that ovocalyxin-32 has limited identity (32%) to two unrelated proteins: latexin, a carboxypeptidase inhibitor expressed in the rat cerebral cortex and mast cells, and a skin protein, which is encoded by a retinoic acid receptor-responsive gene, TIG1. High level expression of ovocalyxin-32 was limited to the isthmus and uterus tissue, where immunocytochemistry at the light and electron microscope levels demonstrated that ovocalyxin-32 is secreted by surface epithelial cells. In the eggshell, ovocalyxin-32 localizes to the outer palisade layer, the vertical crystal layer, and the cuticle of the eggshell, in agreement with its demonstration by Western blotting at high levels in the uterine fluid during the termination phase of eggshell formation. Ovocalyxin-32 is therefore identified as a novel protein synthesized in the distal oviduct where hen eggshell formation occurs.

  13. Eggshell powder, a comparable or better source of calcium than purified calcium carbonate: Piglet studies

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    Schaafsma, A.; Beelen, G.M.

    1999-01-01

    Powdered chicken eggshells might be an interesting and widely available source of calcium. In two studies using piglets we determined the digestibility of calcium from different diets. The first study compared casein-based diets with CaCO3 (CasCC) or eggshell powder (CasES). The second study

  14. Membrane-based processes for sustainable power generation using water.

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    Logan, Bruce E; Elimelech, Menachem

    2012-08-16

    Water has always been crucial to combustion and hydroelectric processes, but it could become the source of power in membrane-based systems that capture energy from natural and waste waters. Two processes are emerging as sustainable methods for capturing energy from sea water: pressure-retarded osmosis and reverse electrodialysis. These processes can also capture energy from waste heat by generating artificial salinity gradients using synthetic solutions, such as thermolytic salts. A further source of energy comes from organic matter in waste waters, which can be harnessed using microbial fuel-cell technology, allowing both wastewater treatment and power production.

  15. Gallium nitride electrodes for membrane-based electrochemical biosensors.

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    Schubert, T; Steinhoff, G; von Ribbeck, H-G; Stutzmannn, M; Eickhoff, M; Tanaka, M

    2009-10-01

    We report on the deposition of planar lipid bilayers (supported membranes) on gallium nitride (GaN) electrodes for potential applications as membrane-based biosensors. The kinetics of the lipid membrane formation upon vesicle fusion were monitored by simultaneous measurements of resistance and capacitance of the membrane using AC impedance spectroscopy in the frequency range between 50 mHz and 50 kHz. We could identify a two-step process of membrane spreading and self-healing. Despite its relatively low resistance, the membrane can be modeled by a parallel combination of an ideal resistor and capacitor, indicating that the membrane efficiently blocks the diffusion of ions.

  16. Membrane-based processes for sustainable power generation using water

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    Logan, Bruce E.

    2012-08-15

    Water has always been crucial to combustion and hydroelectric processes, but it could become the source of power in membrane-based systems that capture energy from natural and waste waters. Two processes are emerging as sustainable methods for capturing energy from sea water: pressure-retarded osmosis and reverse electrodialysis. These processes can also capture energy from waste heat by generating artificial salinity gradients using synthetic solutions, such as thermolytic salts. A further source of energy comes from organic matter in waste waters, which can be harnessed using microbial fuel-cell technology, allowing both wastewater treatment and power production. © 2012 Macmillan Publishers Limited. All rights reserved.

  17. A long-term increase in eggshell thickness of Greenlandic Peregrine Falcons Falco peregrinus tundrius

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    Falk, Knud; Møller, Søren; Matox, William G.

    2006-01-01

    Thickness of eggshell fragments and whole eggs from the Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus collected in South and West Greenland between 1972 and 2003 was measured and compared to shell thickness of pre-DDT eggs, also collected in Greenland. Linear regression yields a significant increase in the a......Thickness of eggshell fragments and whole eggs from the Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus collected in South and West Greenland between 1972 and 2003 was measured and compared to shell thickness of pre-DDT eggs, also collected in Greenland. Linear regression yields a significant increase...... in the average thickness of eggshells over the period of 0.19% per year, corresponding to a change in eggshell thinning from 13.9% in 1972 to 7.8% in 2003. Backwards extrapolation of the data, suggests that the Greenlandic Peregrine population probably was never critically affected by DDT-induced eggshell...

  18. Phosphorus removal from aqueous solution in parent and aluminum-modified eggshells: thermodynamics and kinetics, adsorption mechanism, and diffusion process.

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    Guo, Ziyan; Li, Jiuhai; Guo, Zhaobing; Guo, Qingjun; Zhu, Bin

    2017-06-01

    Parent and aluminum-modified eggshells were prepared and characterized with X-ray diffraction, specific surface area measurements, infrared spectroscopy, zeta potential, and scanning electron microscope, respectively. Besides, phosphorus adsorptions in these two eggshells at different temperatures and solution pH were carried out to study adsorption thermodynamics and kinetics as well as the mechanisms of phosphorus adsorption and diffusion. The results indicated that high temperature was favorable for phosphorus adsorption in parent and aluminum-modified eggshells. Alkaline solution prompted phosphorus adsorption in parent eggshell, while the maximum adsorption amount was achievable at pH 4 in aluminum-modified eggshell. Adsorption isotherms of phosphorus in these eggshells could be well described by Langmuir and Freundlich models. Phosphorus adsorption amounts in aluminum-modified eggshell were markedly higher compared to those in parent eggshell. Adsorption heat indicated that phosphorus adsorption in parent eggshell was a typically physical adsorption process, while chemical adsorption mechanism of ion exchange between phosphorus and hydroxyl groups on the surface of eggshells was dominated in aluminum-modified eggshell. The time-resolved uptake curves showed phosphorus adsorption in aluminum-modified eggshell was significantly faster than that in parent eggshell. Moreover, there existed two clear steps in time-resolved uptake curves of phosphorus in parent eggshell. Based on pseudo-second order kinetic model and intraparticle diffusion model, we inferred more than one process affected phosphorus adsorption. The first process was the diffusion of phosphorus through water to external surface and the opening of pore channel in the eggshells, and the second process was mainly related to intraparticle diffusion.

  19. Colorimetric Solid Phase Extraction (CSPE): Using Color to Monitor Spacecraft Water Quality

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    Gazda, Daniel B.; Nolan, Daniel J.; Rutz, Jeffrey A.; Schultz, John R.; Siperko, Lorraine M.; Porter, Marc D.; Lipert, Robert J.; Flint, Stephanie M.; McCoy, J. Torin

    2010-01-01

    In August 2009, an experimental water quality monitoring kit based on Colorimetric Solid Phase Extraction (CSPE) technology was delivered to the International Space Station (ISS). The kit, called the Colorimetric Water Quality Monitoring Kit (CWQMK), was launched as a Station Development Test Objective (SDTO) experiment to evaluate the suitability of CSPE technology for routine use monitoring water quality on the ISS. CSPE is a sorption-spectrophotometric technique that combines colorimetric reagents, solid-phase extraction, and diffuse reflectance spectroscopy to quantify trace analytes in water samples. In CSPE, a known volume of sample is metered through a membrane disk that has been impregnated with an analyte-specific colorimetric reagent and any additives required to optimize the formation of the analyte-reagent complex. As the sample flows through the membrane disk, the target analyte is selectively extracted, concentrated, and complexed. Formation of the analyte-reagent complex causes a detectable change in the color of the membrane disk that is proportional to the amount of analyte present in the sample. The analyte is then quantified by measuring the color of the membrane disk surface using a hand-held diffuse reflectance spectrophotometer (DRS). The CWQMK provides the capability to measure the ionic silver (Ag +) and molecular iodine (I2) in water samples on-orbit. These analytes were selected for the evaluation of CSPE technology because they are the biocides used in the potable water storage and distribution systems on the ISS. Biocides are added to the potable water systems on spacecraft to inhibit microbial growth. On the United States (US) segment of the ISS molecular iodine serves as the biocide, while the Russian space agency utilizes silver as a biocide in their systems. In both cases, the biocides must be maintained at a level sufficient to control bacterial growth, but low enough to avoid any negative effects on crew health. For example, the

  20. The contact angle of wetting of the solid phase of soil before and after chemical modification

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    Tyugai Zemfira

    2015-07-01

    chernozem (9.3 − 17,9 − 29.5º and ferrallitic soils (27.3 − 30.6 − 33,4 and 18.0 − 29.0 − 29.2 º. Relative hydrophobicity of the soil solid phase surface after treatment by Mehra and Jackson (1957 occurs in parallel to the carbon content reduction. Loss of carbon in the samples after the extraction of iron is related to the solubility of the hydrophilic components of humic substances. These results indicate that the main factor, which determines the wettability of soil solid phase, is the organic substance.