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An Electrochemiluminescence Biosensor for Detection of CdkN2A/p16 Anti-oncogene Based on Functional Electrospun Nanofibers and Core-shell Luminescent Composite Nanoparticles

In the pursuit of cancer research and clinical applications, one of the most important factors is the recognition and quantitation of the CdkN2A/p16 anti-oncogene, AKA the multiple tumor suppressor 1 gene (MTS1). This gene is associated with metastatic spread of...

A New Single-Laboratory Validated Method for the Detection of Pyrethroid Metabolites in Milk by GC/MS

With concerns over the household use of pyrethroid pesticides for mosquito control, researchers in Thailand have developed a validated method for analyzing cis/trans-permethrinic acid in powdered milk. Pyrethroids are naturally occurring pesticides that are synthesized to manufacture mosquito coils and...

Importance of umbilical cord analysis in determining prenatal drug exposure

Fentanyl serves as a powerful analgesic agent to manage pain during labor and delivery. However, prolonged prenatal exposure can make babies drug dependent and sudden discontinuation may result in conditions like Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) or Neonatal Opioid Withdrawal Syndrome...

Myelination and Node of Ranvier Formation in a Human Motoneuron−Schwann Cell Serum-Free Coculture

Motor neurons allow the body to move, speak, and breathe due to the propagation of action potentials between neuron nodes. The space between neurons, known as a node of Ranvier, are protected by a myelin sheath. When these nodes or...

Fungicides Affect Leafy Vegetable Biochemistry

Researchers at the Institute of Plant Protection-National Research Institute and the Academy of Agrobusiness in Poland determined individual fungicides, Fluazinam, Dithianon, and Dodine, and mixtures of the three fungicides cause diverse effects in leafy vegetables. When researchers mixed the herbicides,...

XtrackT SPE column used in research work focused on doping control in horse racing

The major metabolite of Dopamine, 3-methoxytyramine (3-MT) is monitored in equine urine samples as an indicator of dopaminergic manipulation from Levodopa administration. Tyramine is a biogenic amine produced by decarboxylation of amino acid L-Tyrosine. Changes in the diet could alter...

Silane Coupling Agent Modifies the Mechanical Properties of a Chitosan Microfiber

Microfiber materials have been widely used for many applications, in the medical field, such as in sutures. Chitosan fibers, along with chitin fibers, are candidates for similar biofibers due to stronger inherent mechanical properties, however the current synthesis of these...

Sri Lankan Folk Medicine Could Save Lives

The terpene-filled plant, Plectranthus zeylanicus Benth can be found growing in the hills of Sri Lanka and has been used in Sri Lankan folk medicine as a treatment for inflammation and microbial infections.  A team of international researchers has been...

UCT’s DAU column cited in a Study on Postmortem Quantitation of Amphetamine

In a recent article published in the MDPI journal, authored by Ahmed I. Al-Asmari et al., UCT’s Clean Screen® DAU column (CSDAU203) was employed to extract Amphetamines from cadaveric fluids. The objective of this research was to conduct an epidemiological...

Analyzing pesticides and metal(loid)s in imported tobacco to Saudi Arabia and risk assessment of inhalation exposure to certain metals

Researchers at the Reference Laboratory for Food Chemistry, Saudi Food & Drug Authority (SFDA), Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, have discovered more toxins in cigarettes than previously thought. The researchers analyzed 60 tobacco samples from 8 popular cigarettes brands commercially available in...