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Four plant parts (leaves, roots, fruits and seeds) of twenty samples of sixteen antidiabetic herbs including three commercially marketed capsules have been analyzed for 6 minor (Na, K, Ca, Cl, Mg, and P) and 21 trace (As, Ba, Br, Ce, Co, Cr, Cs, Cu, Eu, Fe, Hg, La, Mn, Rb, Sb, Sc, Se, Sm, Th, V and Zn) elements by instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA). Further, Ni, Cd and Pb contents were determined by AAS. Elemental data were validated by simultaneously analyzing reference material (RM), MPH-2 Mixed Polish Herbs. Several elements such as Cr and V (1–2 μg/g), Rb (10–40 μg/g), Cs (80–300 ng/g), Se (∼100 ng/g) and Zn (25–60 μg/g) play an important role in diabetes mellitus. Interelemental linear correlations have been observed for Cu vs. Zn (r = 0.89) and Rb vs. Cs (r = 0.87). K/P ratio varies in a narrow range with a mean value of 6.2 ± 1.4. Toxic elements As and Hg were found in <1 μg/g whereas Cd and Pb were in ∼5 μg/g and <10 μg/g, respectively.

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A study was conducted on erythrocytes in order to determine the composition and concentration of elements from patients undergoing coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) surgery with and without type II diabetes. Samples were taken at various timeperiods and analyzed by means of proton induced X-ray emission (PIXE) analysis. Elements detected reliably were P, S, Cl, K, Ca, Fe, Cu, Zn, Br and Rb. In particular, elements worthy of note are S, Cl and Ca, which have strong implications in surgical procedures and aftercare.

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The present work aimed to develop and validate a simple, rapid, sensitive, accurate, and precise method for simultaneous determination of metformin hydrochloride and vildagliptin in tablet and biological samples. Isocratic elution of both the analytes was performed at 35 °C by injecting 20 μL into Thermo Hypersil ODS C18 column (5 μm, 4.6 mm× 250 mm), while the flow rate was set to 0.8 mL/min. The mobile phase comprised of methanol, acetonitrile, and phosphate buffer (5:30:65, v/v, pH 3.5), and wavelength was selected at 212 nm. The overall run time per sample was 7.0 min with a retention time of 3.36 and 5.41 min for metformin hydrochloride and vildagliptin, respectively. The calibration curve was linear from 10–140 μg/mL for metformin and 1–14 μg/mL for vildagliptin with a coefficient of determination (R 2) ≤ 0.9919, while repeatability and reproducibility (expressed as relative standard deviation) were lower than 1.13 and 0.97%, respectively. Force degradation studies indicated a complete separation of the analytes in the presence of their degradation products providing a high degree of method specificity. The proposed reversed-phase high-performance liquid chromatography (RP-HPLC) method was demonstrated to be simple and rapid for the determination of metformin hydrochloride and vildagliptin in commercially available tablet and biological samples providing recoveries ranged between 100.13–100.29%.

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1. Introduction Diabetes mellitus is a chronic metabolic disorder characterized by hyperglycaemia, in which these two are the most common diseases of this era, and statistically, over 300 million people are affected by

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Developments in neutron activation analysis in its various modes for trace element determination are described with reference to reactor and other neutron sources, competing methods, tomography and detection systems. A selected number of areas of application are highlighted which provide challenges into the next millennium and to which a useful and in some cases a unique contribution can be made. The role that neutron activation analysis can play in decommissioning, landmine detection, boron neutron capture therapy, Alzheimer's disease, diabetes mellitus, the complex mechanisms of initiation and termination of feeding and obesity as well as in scar formation and the requirements for artificial skin are presented.

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Modifications of lens proteins play a crucial role in the formation of cataract, which is among the leading causes of world blindness in the ageing population. Although modern cataract surgery by phacoemulsification is a very successful and safe procedure, the prevention of cataract formation would be a real breakthrough in this field of ophthalmology. The aim of our study was to analyse the thermal denaturation of the cataractous lens proteins by the method of differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), to understand cataract formation and to work on its prevention possibilities. Samples were obtained from cataract patients of different age, sex, patients with and without diabetes mellitus. Samples were obtained from lenses of mature degree and progredient degree of cataract as well. Previous DSC examinations were performed on manually extracted human cataractous lens materials, however to the best of our knowledge, this is the first study, in which DSC examinations were performed on lens materials obtained by the phacoemulsification technique, which gained acceptance world-wide in the last decade.

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Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry
Authors:
Jan Zeevaart
,
Judith Wagener
,
Maria Neves
,
Maria Costa
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Cristina Rodrigues
,
Mildred Dithebe
,
Elmaré Kilian
, and
Ignacy Cukrowski

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99mTc-DMSA (dimercaptosuccinic acid) is known to be a safe and effective agent for static renal imaging. However, it has a long uptake time which is a limiting factor in diagnostic procedures and also leads to a relatively high radiation dose being administered to patients. There is a constant search for possible new renal imaging agents with a good resolution, kidney/liver contrast and low radiation dose to all organs. A series of biguanide derivatives (potential as non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus agents) labelled with 99mTc were investigated as potential alternative kidney-imaging agents on theoretical grounds (in silico) and their biodistribution (in vivo) verified in a limited number of animal experiments. Such a dual approach has the benefit that it reduces the number of animal experiments needed to evaluate a potential radiopharmaceutical. The blood plasma model shows little or no complexation of the biguanide type ligands by the metal ions in blood plasma. It was therefore expected that these ligands will clear rapidly through the kidneys and liver (increased lipophilicity). These predictions were verified by studies on single vervets comparing them with 99mTc-DMSA as gold standard. All the biguanide derivatives labelled with 99mTc show liver, kidney and gallbladder uptake in vervets. It was shown that the agent 99mTc-CBIG (carboxylbiguanide) has a very fast kidney clearance, which will reduce the dose to organs (as experienced for 99mTc-DMSA), although it’s potential as a kidney agent is limited by its gallbladder uptake.

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Mass spectra of gliclazide drug at various ion sources temperature

Its thermal behavior and molecular orbital calculations

Journal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry
Authors:
M. Zayed
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F. Nour El-Dien
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M. Hawash
, and
M. Fahmey

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Gliclazide (GL, C15H21N3O3S) drug is used as non-insulin-dependant diabetes mellitus. The drug was investigated using thermal analysis (TA) measurements (TG/DTG) and electron impact mass spectral (EI–MS) fragmentation at 70 eV techniques. The mass spectra of GL at different values of ion source temperatures (400, 416, 425, and 440 K) are recorded and investigated. Semiempirical MO calculation, using PM3 procedure, has been carried out on neutral molecule and positively charged species. These calculations included bond length, bond order, bond strain, partial charge distribution, ionization energy, and heats of formation (ΔH f). PM3 procedure provides a basis for fine distinction among sites of initial bond cleavage, which is crucial to the rationalization of subsequent fragmentation of the molecule. The primary fragmentation pathway in both TA and MS (at different values of ion source temperature) is initiated by S–N bond rupture. TA and DTG show one main weight loss at 250.38 °C and four peaks at 271.6, 360.99, 427.93 and 479.17 °C in DTA, which may be attributed to various fragments. Also, the rate constant (K′) of thermal degradation has been tested isothermally at 210 and 600 °C. The calculated rate values are 9.6 × 10−3 and 0.33 × 10−3 s−1, respectively, and discussed. In MS, the effect of ion source temperature on mass spectral fragmentation processes is discussed on the basis of energy considerations using quasi equilibrium theory.

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Gymnemic acid (GA), a well known anti-diabetic compound has been detected in methanol extracts of intact leaves and in vitro callus cultures derived from leaf explants of Gymnema sylvestre. Callus biomass was developed in MS medium with optimum plant growth regulators (OPGRs) of 2,4-D (1.5 mg L−1) + KN (0.5 mg L−1) under abiotic stress conditions at 45 days determined by growth curve analysis. GA detection and quantification were carried out using thin-layer chromatography (TLC), highperformance thin-layer chromatography (HPTLC), high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC), and gravimetric techniques. GA detection peak area and their absorption spectra were evaluated through HPTLC and HPLC with the standard GA. Quantification of GA had showed the linearity, accuracy, robustness and precision by HPLC. GA content was significantly higher in gravimetric method than HPLC. All these methods were found to be simple, accurate, selective and rapid and could be successfully applied for the determination of GA. It could have potential as a pharmaceutical drug for Type 1 diabetes mellitus (IDDM) and obesity.

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Artemisia pallens L. (Compositae) is used in Indian traditional medicine to treat diabetes mellitus, jaundice, hysteria, body pain, and bacterial and fungal infections. A major cause of a variety of diseases is oxidative stress which is reduced by antioxidants such as polyphenols. These secondary metabolites are generally ubiquitous in plants and extensively used in the pharmaceutical, cosmetic, and food industries. In this study a simple and sensitive HPLC-UV-MS-MS-based method was developed for separation, identification, and quantification of polyphenols, for example gallic, protocatechuic, chlorogenic, caffeic, and ferulic acids, rutin, quercetin, and kaempferol. Amounts of polyphenols detected in 50% methanol-water extracts of the plant varied from 0.005% (kaempferol) to 0.24% (protocatechuic acid). Separation of the polyphenols was achieved on a reversed-phase C18 with a mobile phase prepared from 1% aqueous with acetic acid and acetonitrile at a flow rate of 0.6 mL min−1. The phenolic compounds were detected by UV absorption at 254 nm. The method was validated for linearity, accuracy, precision, LOD, LOQ, specificity, selectivity, and compound stability. Results from intra and inter-day validation (n = 6) showed the method was efficient and rapid. The optimized method was applied to extracts of A. pallens for identification and quantification of the polyphenols. The reference standards and their presence in A. pallens were confirmed by mass spectrometry.

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