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HPTLC on amino plates, with simple heating of the plates for derivatization, has been used for quantification of glucosamine in nutritional supplements. On heating the plate glucosamine reacts to form a compound which strongly absorbs light between 305 and 330 nm, with weak fluorescence. The reaction product can be detected sensitively either by absorption of light or by fluorescence detection. The detection limit in absorption mode is approximately 25 ng per spot. In fluorescence mode a detection limit of 15 ng is achievable. A calibration plot for absorption detection is linear in the range 25 to 4000 ng glucosamine. The derivative formed from glucosamine by heating is stable for months, and the relative standard deviation is 1.64% for 600 ng glucosamine. The amounts of glucosamine found in nutritional supplements were in agreement with the label declarations.

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Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry
Authors: Chuan-Min Qi, Yong He, Xiao Wang, Man Feng, Jing-Li Xu, Rui Ding, Hang Liu, Yu-Rong Chen, Fang Li, Zhao-Hui Zhu, Yong-Hong Dang, Shu-Ting Zhang, and Ying Xie


d-glucosamine at concentration of certain range could kill tumor cells without influencing normal cells. There are also some reports on the antitumor activity of d-glucosamine and its derivatives in murine models. It was therefore postulated that d-glucosamine might have the potential to invade tumor cells. We designed and radiosynthesized a glucosamine derivative, N-(2-[18F]fluoro-4-nitrobenzoyl)glucosamine ([18F]FNBG([18F]7)). Evaluations in vitro and in vivo were performed on tumor bearing mice. Excitingly, the radiochemical purity of [18F]FNBG([18F]7) was 99%, and besides the best radiochemical yield was up to 35%. The best T/Bl (Tumor/Blood) and T/M (Tumor/Muscle) ratios of [18F]FNBG([18F]7) were 4.40 and 4.84. Although [18F]FNBG([18F]7) deserved further studies, the results revealed it might become a potential PET imaging agent for detecting tumors.

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On the basis of our earlier observations, preliminary experiments were conducted with the fire blight pathogen Erwinia amylovora with the BioArena system using the potential antibacterial substances 1′-methylascorbigen (MeAG) as formaldehyde (HCHO) precursor and trans-resveratrol (RES) as HCHO mobilizer, capturer, and scavenger. Results showed characteristic, strong, dose-dependent antibacterial effects of both MeAG and RES present as chromatographic spots on the adsorbent layer. It is supposed that the weak antibacterial effect of AG may have originated from MeAG formed in situ on the layer by partial enzymatic methylation of AG. Addition of HCHO capture compounds (l-arginine, glutathione, glucosamine) to the culture medium before inoculation partially or totally reduced the antibacterial effect of both molecules, that is, this simplest aliphatic aldehyde, the endogenous HCHO molecule, participates in the antibacterial activity of these compounds. It follows from these results that there is a possibility of interaction between endogenous H2O2 and HCHO in the chromatographic spots and it is supposed that these reactive molecules and potential derivatives, e.g. singlet oxygen (1O2) and ozone (O3), may be the causes of the destructive effect of the fire blight pathogen on fruit trees.

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, diaminopimelic acid and glucosamine contents of soils to monitor changes in microbial populations. Soil Biol. Biochem. 19 . 607--612. Use of ergosterol, diaminopimelic acid and glucosamine contents of soils to monitor changes in

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