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Current impact factor: 3.55

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2014 / 2015 Impact Factor 3.545
2013 Impact Factor 3.511
2012 Impact Factor 3.498
2011 Impact Factor 3.794
2010 Impact Factor 3.722
2009 Impact Factor 3.29
2008 Impact Factor 3.206
2006 Impact Factor 2.81
2005 Impact Factor 2.391
2004 Impact Factor 2.532
2003 Impact Factor 2.091
2002 Impact Factor 2.054
2001 Impact Factor 1.587
2000 Impact Factor 1.554
1999 Impact Factor 1.185
1998 Impact Factor 1.291
1997 Impact Factor 1.149
1996 Impact Factor 1.228
1995 Impact Factor 1.266
1994 Impact Factor 1.167
1993 Impact Factor 1.129
1992 Impact Factor 1.236

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5-year impact 3.67
Cited half-life 5.80
Immediacy index 0.86
Eigenfactor 0.05
Article influence 0.76
ISSN 1873-3573

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    ABSTRACT: Over recent years threats to racing have expanded to include naturally occurring biological molecules, such as peptides and proteins, and their synthetic analogues. Traditionally, antibodies have been used to enable detection of these compounds as they allow purification and concentration of the analyte of interest. The rapid expansion of peptide-based therapeutics necessitates a similarly rapid development of suitable antibodies or other means of enrichment. Potential alternative enrichment strategies include the use of aptamers, which offer the significant advantage of chemical synthesis once the nucleic acid sequence is known. A method was developed for the enrichment, detection and quantitation of gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) in equine urine using aptamer-based enrichment and LC–MS/MS. The method achieved comparable limits of detection (1 pg/mL) and quantification (2.5 pg/mL) to previously published antibody-based enrichment methods. The intra- and inter-assay precision achieved was less than 10% at both 5 and 20 pg/mL, and displayed a working dynamic range of 2.5–100 pg/mL. Significant matrix enhancement (170±8%) and low analytical recovery (29±15%) was observed, although the use of an isotopically heavy labelled GnRH peptide, GnRH (Pro13C5,15N), as the internal standard provides compensation for these parameters. Within the current limits of detection GnRH was detectable up to 1 h post administration in urine and identification of a urinary catabolite extended this detection window to 4 h. Based on the results of this preliminary investigation we propose the use of aptamers as a viable alternative to antibodies in the enrichment of peptide targets from equine urine.
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    ABSTRACT: Electrospray is a commonly used ionization method for the analysis of liquids. An electrospray is a dispersed nebular of charged droplets produced under the influence of a strong electrical field. Subsequently, ions are produced in a complex process initiated by evaporation of neutral solvent molecules from these droplets. We coupled an electrospray ionization source to our previously described high resolution ion mobility spectrometer with 75 mm drift tube length and a drift voltage of 5 kV. When using a tritium source for chemical gas phase ionization, a resolving power of R=100 was reported for this setup. We replaced the tritium source and the field switching shutter by an electrospray needle, a desolvation region with variable length and a three-grid shutter for injecting ions into the drift region. Preliminary measurements with tetraalkylammonium halides show that the current configuration with the electrospray ionization source maintains the resolving power of R=100. In this work, we present the characterization of our setup. One major advantage of our setup is that the desolvation region can be heated separately from the drift region so that the temperature in the drift region stays at room temperature even up to desolvation region temperatures of 100 °C. We perform parametric studies for the investigation of the influence of temperature on solvent evaporation with different ratios of water and methanol in the solvent for different analyte substances. Furthermore, the setup is operated in negative mode and spectra of bentazon with different solvents are presented.
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    ABSTRACT: A highly sensitive voltammetric sensor, based on reduced graphene oxide on SWCNTs modified glassy carbon electrode (GCE), was constructed and used for sensitive detection of hesperetin. The electrochemical behavior of hesperetin at this sensor was investigated systematically and a novel voltammetric method for determination of hesperetin was proposed. The redox characters of hesperetin was discussed in detail and a reasonable reaction mechanism was proposed also. As the analytical method, the response currents were linear relationship with the hesperetin concentrations in the range of 5.0×10−8 to 3.0×10−6 mol L−1, with a detection limit of 2.0×10−8 mol L−1 (S/N=3). The method was also applied successfully to detect hesperetin in biological samples and Chinese herbal medicine Flos buddlejae with satisfactory results.
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    ABSTRACT: A flow potentiometric method for determination of caffeine in saliva is suggested. This task is important for non-invasive assessment of drug metabolizing system activity in hepatocytes. In the current study, stepwise injection analysis (SWIA) was successfully combined with single-drop liquid microextraction (SDLME) and solvent exchange procedure. The method is based on the caffeine SDLME with subsequent solvent evaporation and dissolution of analyte in sulfuric acid followed by potentiometric detection using poly(vinyl chloride) membrane electrode containing potassium tetrakis[3,5-bis(trifluoromethyl)phenyl]borate as electroactive component. SDLME was employed for elimination of interfering matrix effects of saliva and caffeine metabolites such as theophylline, theobromine and paraxanthine. A linear range of 10−5–10−2 M was established for caffeine with detection limit at 6×10−6 M. The sample throughput was 6 samples h−1. The proposed method was successfully applied to the determination of caffeine in saliva and the analytical results agreed well with the results obtained with reference HPLC method.
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    ABSTRACT: Using the carminic acid assay, we determined the concentration of boron in oilfield waters. We investigated the effect of high concentrations of salts and dissolved metals on the assay performance. The influence of temperature, development time, reagent concentration, and water volume was studied. Ten produced and flowback water samples of different origins were measured, and the method was successfully validated against ICP-MS measurements. In water-stressed regions, produced water is a potential source of fresh water for irrigation, industrial applications, or consumption. Therefore, boron concentration must be determined and controlled to match the envisaged waste water reuse. Fast, precise, and onsite measurements are needed to minimize errors introduced by sample transportation to laboratories. We found that the optimum conditions for our application were a 5:1 mixing volume ratio (reagent to sample), a 1 g L−1 carminic acid concentration in 99.99% sulfuric acid, and a 30 min reaction time at ambient temperature (20 °C to 23 °C). Absorption values were best measured at 610 nm and 630 nm and baseline corrected at 865 nm. Under these conditions, the sensitivity of the assay to boron was maximized while its cross-sensitivity to dissolved titanium, iron, barium and zirconium was minimized, alleviating the need for masking agents and extraction methods.
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    ABSTRACT: In this paper, a new chemiluminescence (CL) strategy was constructed for the determination of physiological thiols by using an isoluminol labeled nano-probe. The amino group on the surface of the magnetic beads (MBs) were converted into pyridyl disulfide groups by treatment with N-succinimidyl-3-(2-pyridyldithio)propionate (SPDP), in the meantime, isoluminol and thiolated signal DNA were labeled on the surface of the polystyrene microspheres (PSMs). By treating the SPDP activated MBs with the modified PSMs, isoluminol molecules on the surface of the PSMs, along with the thiolated signal DNA, were attached to the surface of the MBs through disulfide bonds to form a CL probe. In the presence of glutathione (GSH), the disulfide bonds could be cleaved readily. The isoluminol molecules modified on the surface of the PSMs released from the CL probes were detached by magnetic separation and transferred to the dark closet for CL detection of isoluminol-H2O2-HRP system. Using GSH detection as a model, we prove a linear dose response in the range from 5×10−10 to 8×10−8 M. The detection limit of this trial for GSH determined is 5×10−10 M. The proposed design was successfully applied to the extracts of K562 cell for intracellular thiols detection, the average amount of thiols was about 4.114×10−13 M per K562 cell.
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    ABSTRACT: An accurate and sensitive method for the determination of selected EDCs in soil and compost from wastewater treatment plants is developed and validated. Five parabens, six benzophenone-UV filters and the antibacterials triclosan and triclocarban were selected as target analytes. The parameters for ultrasound-assisted extraction were thoroughly optimized. After extraction, the analytes were detected and quantified using ultra-high performance liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry. Ethylparaben (ring-13C6 labelled) and deuterated benzophenone (BP-d10) were used as internal standards. The method was validated using matrix-matched calibration and recovery assays with spiked samples. The limits of detection ranged from 0.03 to 0.40 ng g-1 and the limits of quantification from 0.1 to 1.0 ng g-1, while precision in terms of relative standard deviation was between 9% and 21%. Recovery rates ranged from 83% to 107%. The validated method was applied for the study of the behavior of the selected compounds in agricultural soils treated and un-treated with compost from WWTP. A lixiviation study was developed in both agricultural soil and treated soil and first order kinetic models of their disappearance at different depths are proposed. The application of organic composts in the soil leads to an increase of the disappearance rate of the studied compounds. The lixiviation study also shows the risk of pollution of groundwater aquifers after disposal or waste of these EDCs in agricultural soils is not high.
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    ABSTRACT: This article demonstrates an example of a wearable chemical sensor based on a fingernail platform. Fingernails represent an attractive wearable platform, merging beauty products with chemical sensing, to enable monitoring of our surrounding environment. The new colorimetric pH fingernail sensor relies on coating artificial nails with a recognition layer consisted of pH indicators entrapped in a polyvinyl chloride (PVC) matrix. Such color changing fingernails offer fast and reversible response to pH changes, repeated use, and intense color change detected easily with naked eye. The PVC matrix prevents leaching out of the indicator molecules from the fingernail sensor toward such repeated use. The limited narrow working pH range of a single pH indicator has been addressed by multiplexing three different pH indicators: bromothymol blue (pH 6.0-7.6), bromocresol green (pH 3.8-5.4), and cresol red (pH 7.2-8.8), as demonstrated for analyses of real-life samples of acidic, neutral, and basic character. The new concept of an optical wearable chemical sensor on fingernail platforms can be expanded towards diverse analytes for various applications in connection to the judicious design of the recognition layer.
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    ABSTRACT: ATP, ADP and AMP are energy substances with vital biological significance. Based on the structural differences, a simple, rapid and comprehensive method has been established by 1H and 31P Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (1H-NMR and 31P-NMR) spectroscopies. Sodium 3-(trimethylsilyl) propionate-2,2,3,3-d4 (TMSP) and anhydrous disodium hydrogen phosphate (Na2HPO4) were selected as internal standards for 1H-NMR and 31P-NMR, respectively. Those three compounds and corresponding internal standards can be easily distinguished both by 1H-NMR and 31P-NMR. In addition, they all have perfect linearity in a certain range: 0.1-100 mM for 1H-NMR and 1-75 mM for 31P-NMR. To validate the precision of this method, mixed samples of different concentrations were measured. Recovery experiments were conducted in serum (91-113% by 1H-NMR and 89-113% by 31P-NMR).
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    ABSTRACT: In this paper, a novel dummy template molecularly imprinted polymer (DMIP) based on a vinyl-SiO2 microspheres surface for the simultaneous selective recognition and enrichment of 18 amino acids was prepared via a surface molecular imprinting technique using theanine as a dummy template. Compared to the imprinted polymers prepared using traditional polymerization techniques, the obtained DMIPs exhibited a regular spherical shape and were relatively monodisperse. The maximal sorption capacity (Qmax) of the resulting DMIPs for the 18 amino acids was up to 1444.3 mg g-1. A kinetic binding study showed that the sorption capacity reached 85.40% of Qmax in 25 min and sorption equilibrium at 30 min. The imprint factors of the sorbents ranged from 2.86 to 6.9 for the 18 amino acids, which indicated that the DMIP sorbents have high selectivity. An HPLC-UV method for the simultaneous determination of 18 amino acids in tobacco and tobacco smoke was developed using the DMIPs as sorbents for solid phase extraction (SPE) in the sample pretreatment procedure. Under the optimum experimental conditions, the materials had enrichment factors of up to 200 for the amino acids, and the recoveries of the 18 amino acids in tobacco smoke were in the range from 79% to 104% with relative standard deviations of less than 7.4%. It indicated that the obtained DMIP sorbents could specifically recognize the amino acids from complicated samples.
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    ABSTRACT: In this work, we presented a simple, label-free and rapid-responsive fluorescence assay for iodide (I−) detection based on “molecular beacon (MB)”-hosted thioflavin T (ThT), achieving a limit of detection as low as 158 nM. The proposed method exhibited very good selectivity to I− ions over other anions interference due to the strong binding force between I− ions with Hg2+. Upon the addition of I− ions, it would capture Hg2+ from a T–Hg2+–T complex belonging to the MB-like DNA hairpin structure, which eventually quenched the initial fluorescence as output. In addition, it was successfully applied for operation of an integrated DNA logic gate system and to the determination of I− in real samples such as human urine.
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    ABSTRACT: This work demonstrates the coupling of direct analysis in real time (DART) ionization with time-of-flight mass spectrometry (MS) in an off-axis configuration for the trace detection and analysis of potential partially nitrated and dimerized by-products of homemade nitrate ester explosive synthesis. Five compounds relating to the synthesis of nitroglycerin (NG) and pentaerythritol tetranitrate (PETN) were examined. Deprotonated ions and adducts with molecular oxygen, nitrite, and nitrate were observed in the mass spectral responses of these compounds. A global optimum temperature of 350 °C for the by-products investigated here enabled single nanogram to sub nanogram trace detection. Matrix effects were examined through a series of mixtures containing one or more compounds (sugar alcohol precursors, by-products, and/or explosives) across a range of mass loadings. The explosives MS responses experienced competitive ionization in the presence of all by-products. The magnitude of this influence corresponded to both the degree of by-product nitration and the relative mass loading of the by-product to the explosive. This work provides a characterization of potential by-products from homemade nitrate ester synthesis, including matrix effects and potential challenges that might arise from the trace detection of homemade explosives (HMEs) containing impurities. Detection and understanding of HME impurities and complex mixtures may provide valuable information for the screening and sourcing of homemade nitrate ester explosives.
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    ABSTRACT: The identification of trace levels of compounds in complex matrices by conventional low-resolution gas chromatography hyphenated with mass spectrometry is based in the comparison of retention times and abundance ratios of characteristic mass spectrum fragments of analyte peaks from calibrators with sample peaks. Statistically sound criteria for the comparison of these parameters were developed based on the normal distribution of retention times and the simulation of possible non-normal distribution of correlated abundances ratios. The confidence level used to set the statistical maximum and minimum limits of parameters defines the true positive rates of identifications. The false positive rate of identification was estimated from worst-case signal noise models. The estimated true and false positive identifications rate from one retention time and two correlated ratios of three fragments abundances were combined using simple Bayes' statistics to estimate the probability of compound identification being correct designated examination uncertainty. Models of the variation of examination uncertainty with analyte quantity allowed the estimation of the Limit of Examination as the lowest quantity that produced "Extremely strong" evidences of compound presence. User friendly MS-Excel files are made available to allow the easy application of developed approach in routine and research laboratories. The developed approach was successfully applied to the identification of chlorpyrifos-methyl and malathion in QuEChERS method extracts of vegetables with high water content for which the estimated Limit of Examination is 0.14 mg kg-1 and 0.23 mg kg-1 respectively.
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    ABSTRACT: In this work, a novel dendritic DNA–porphyrin superstructure was designed as mimetic enzyme for the amplified fluorescent detection of DNA. The dendritic DNA superstructure was in situ assembled with three auxiliary DNAs via hybridization chain reaction. With groove interaction between iron porphyrin (FeTMPyP) and double-stranded DNA, the dendritic DNA superstructure is capable to gather abundant FeTMPyP molecules to form dendritic DNA–FeTMPyP mimetic enzyme. Using tyramine as a substrate, the dendritic DNA–FeTMPyP demonstrated excellent peroxidase-like catalytic oxidation of tyramine into fluorescent dityramine in the presence of H2O2. Based on an amplified fluorescence signal, a signal on strategy is proposed for DNA detection with high sensitivity, good specificity and practicability. The assembly of porphyrin with dendritic DNA not only provided the new avenue to construct mimetic enzyme but also established label-free sensing platform for a wide range of analytes.
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    ABSTRACT: The present study developed a new optical chemical sensor for detection of nitroaromatic explosives in liquid phase. The method is based on the fluorescence quenching of phenol red as fluorophore in a poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) membrane in the presence of nitroaromatic explosives as quenchers, e.g., 2,4,6-trinitrotoluene (TNT), 2,4-dinitrotoluene (2,4-DNT), 4-nitrotoluene (4-NT), 2,4,6-trinitrobenzene (TNB), and nitrobenzene (NB). For chemical immobilization of phenol red in PVA, phenol red reacted with formaldehyde to produce hydroxymethyl groups and then attached to PVA membrane through the hydroxymethyl groups. The optical sensor showed strong quenching of nitroaromatic explosives. A Stern–Volmer graph for each explosive was constructed and showed that the range of concentration from 5.0×10−6 to 2.5×10−4 mol L−1 was linear for each explosive and sensitivity varied as TNB >TNT>2,4-DNT>NB>4-NT. The response time of the sensor was within 1 min. The proposed sensor showed good reversibility and reproducibility.
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    ABSTRACT: Ultrasound is known as a non-invasive imaging modality capable of propagating through highly scattering media such as tissue, blood, and other biological fluids, yet currently provides little chemical information. We have developed a straightforward and rapid methodology for estimating pH in albumin-rich biofluids based on analysis of ultrasonic frequencies. Albumin is the most abundant protein in serum and undergoes conformational changes with pH. It was shown that when ultrasound propagated through albumin solutions, the attenuation of collected ultrasound signals increased with pH. By measuring the ultrasound frequency spectra at several albumin concentrations and pH values, the pH of the solutions could be determined by multilinear regression. Differences in absolute protein content contributed to signal differences in the frequency profiles and were minimized through normalization of each spectrum by the sum of all its frequency intensities. This strategy was applied to human serum samples from multiple donors, for which a multilinear regression model was developed with a coefficient of determination (R2) of 0.93 and a standard error of estimate (SEE) of 0.08 pH units. The use of albumin as a pH indicator opens the doors for estimations in other albumin-rich media, such as amniotic fluid and cerebrospinal fluid.
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    ABSTRACT: Carbon fibers (CFS) are one kind of important industrial materials that can be obtained commercially at low price. Based on the high extraction efficiency of carbon sorbents, a cheap and accessible carbon fibers-in-poly(ether ether ketone) (PEEK) tube was developed for online in-tube solid-phase microextraction (SPME) method. Coupled to high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC), the CFS-in-tube SPME was applied to analyze eight polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in environmental aqueous samples. Extraction conditions (sampling rate, extraction time, methanol content) and desorption time were investigated for optimization of conditions. Under the optimum conditions, the CFS-in-tube SPME-HPLC method provided high extraction efficiency with enrichment factors up to 1748. Good linearity (0.05-50 μg L-1, 0.5-50 μg L-1) and low detection limits (0.01-0.1 μg L-1) were also obtained. The online analysis method was finally applied to determine several model PAHs analytes in real environmental aqueous samples. Some target analytes were detected and relative recoveries were in the range of 92.3-111%. Due to natural chemical stability of carbon fibers and PEEK tube, the CFS-in-tube device exhibited high resistance to organic solvent, acid and alkaline conditions.
    No preview · Article · Feb 2016 · Talanta