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Transfer of seven thin-layer chromatography (TLC) Global Pharma Health Fund E.V. Minilab protocols for screening counterfeit pharmaceutical products in the field to quantitative high-performance TLC (HPTLC)–densitometry methods was performed using a model process published previously. The developed and validated methods for tablets containing amlodipine besylate, cefpodoxime proxetil, cetirizine 2HCl, diclofenac sodium, efavirenz, mefenamic acid, and atovaquone + proguanil HCl involved the use of only relatively inexpensive and nontoxic solvents, Merck KGaA Premium Purity HPTLC silica gel 60 F254 plates, semi-automated sample and standard solution application with a CAMAG Linomat 4, and automated densitometry with a CAMAG Scanner 3 for detection, identification, and quantification. In addition, previously transferred HPTLC–densitometry methods for azithromycin and for cephalexin were used to analyze a new product of each drug to demonstrate the applicability of the methods.

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High-performance thin-layer chromatography (HPLTC)–densitometry methods are described for the analysis of the anti(retro)virals dolutegravir (D), lamivudine (L), and tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (TDF) in a pharmaceutical tablet product. To the best of our knowledge, no previous quantitative planar chromatography method has been reported in the literature for this combination formulation. The method for L was transferred from a thin-layer chromatography (TLC) screening method published in the Global Pharma Health Fund (GPHF) Minilab Manual designed for identification of counterfeit and substandard drug products using a model process published earlier. D and TDF are not included in the list of drugs for which TLC screening methods are published for the Minilab, but HPTLC–densitometry procedures were developed for them using the transfer process guidelines. L was analyzed simultaneously with TDF on Merck Premium Purity silica gel 60 F plates using the mobile phase ethyl acetate–methanol–acetone–concentrated ammonium hydroxide (30:7:3:1) and densitometric scanning at 254 nm. D was analyzed on a second plate by scanning at 366 nm after chromatography with the chloroform–methanol–formic acid (32:8:2) mobile phase. Data for all three drugs are shown to meet the requirements of the model transfer process for calibration curve r values, assay of tablets relative to their label values, peak purity/peak identity tests, and validation by standard addition analysis of samples spiked at 50%, 100%, and 150% of the label value of active ingredients. A TLC screening method for TDF in the combination product was developed and published online with open access.

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Background and aims

Sedentary lifestyles have recently been identified as potential mechanism for obesity and associated metabolic diseases linked to ill health. The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of standing and sitting–standing positional changes on energy cost and consequently interrupting sedentary sitting time while working.

Methods

A total of 26 healthy male volunteers performed normal typing and editing work for 100 min under three conditions. The conditions included sustained sitting, sustained standing, and sitting–standing alternation every 20 min using a sit–stand desk. Respiratory parameters measured included minute ventilation (VE), oxygen consumption (VO2), and energy expenditure (EE). Measurements were recorded using a calibrated Cosmed K4b2 portable gas analysis system.

Results

The mean value for VE was the highest in the standing position (VE = 13.33 ± 0.71), followed by sitting–standing alternation (VE = 12.04 ± 0.62). Both were significantly different from sitting (VE = 10.59 ± 0.69). The maximum VE and EE for standing (VE = 14.81 ± 0.43 and EE = 1.84 ± 0.10) and sitting–standing alternation (VE = 14.80 ± 0.40 and EE = 1.93 ± 0.08) were significantly higher than that of sitting (VE = 12.15 ± 0.42 and EE = 1.67 ± 0.07). No significant differences were observed in the mean VO2 among the three conditions. However, the maximum VO2 for both standing (VO2 = 5.40 ± 0.20) and sitting–standing alternation (VO2 = 5.14 ± 0.17) had shown to be significantly higher than sitting (VO2 = 4.50 ± 0.18). There were no significant differences observed in the mean EE levels between sitting (EE = 1.43 ± 0.07) and sitting–standing alternation (EE = 1.55 ± 0.08). However, the mean EE while standing (EE = 1.62 ± 0.09) significantly increased compared to sitting.

Conclusions

The findings of this study indicate that sitting–standing alternations may be implemented as an effective intervention to interrupt prolonged sitting while working.

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The two-dimensional angular correlation of annihilation radiation (2D-ACAR) technique has been developed to measure the hole structure of stretched and oriented polymers. The determination of polymer hole structure is demonstrated in a stretched semi-crystalline polyaryl-ether-ether-ketone (PEEK) sample. The atomic scale anisotropy is found to be consistent with the macroscopic scale stretch ratio. Applications of the 2D-ACAR method to image the three-dimensional hole, free-volume, and cavity structures of molecular systems are discussed.

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227Ac,228Th,226Ra,210Po and210Pb can be present at rare earth chlorides. A radiochemical procedure is presented for the identification and determination of natural radioactive impurities in rare earth chlorides. The determination limits for these radionuclides were 1.5·10–4 to 3·10–1 Bq/g. The relative standard deviations for determining 10–2 Bq/g radionuclides were usually less than ±7%.

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The recombination of hydrogen and oxygen in technical gaseous waste of nuclear power plants in enlarged scale experiment has been studied on the basis of our previous work.1 The catalyst and its best operating conditions for recombination of hydrogen and oxygen determined in a small scale experiment were demonstrated and tested. The results show that the data obtained in an enlarged scale experiment agreed well with that of in a small scale test. The recombination rate of H2 and O2 was higher than 98.3% and 99.98% respectively. After recombination, the residual concentrations of H2 and O2 in waste gas were O2<3 ppm, H2<400 ppm. The Pd-Al2O3 catalyst and operating conditions determined for gaseous waste processing of nuclear power plants were satisfactory.

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The sorption/desorption of radioruthenium was investigated by the batch method in sea water system at ambient temperature on the surface sediments obtained around the Daya Bay of Guangdong Province, where the first nuclear power station of China has been running from 1994. It was found that the sorption percentage was obtained to be around 40% for all the surface sediments in 60 minutes. Then, the sorption percentage goes up slowly. The sorption percentage of radioruthenium reached around 80% in 113 days (2713 hours). The distribution coefficients decreased from 3.16·104 to 1.35·103 ml/g with the increasing of sediment concentration in the range of 4–10000 mg/l. The results of the desorption experiments suggest that the sorption of radioruthenium is irreversible with 81.5% relative hysteresis coefficient.

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Three kinds of marine bivalves (wild Saccostrea cucullata, aquacultured Perna viridis and aquacultured Pinctada martens), collected from Daya Bay, the South China Sea, were used to investigate the bio-accumulation of radioruthenium in the glass aquarium with natural seawater (pH 8.20, 35‰ salinity, filtered by 0.45 μm) at ambient temperature under laboratory feeding conditions. The experimental results show that the stead-state of biology concentration factor (BCF, ml/g) of radioruthenium was approached around 6 days for most species of bivalves. The values of BCF in shells are the highest in organs all the three bivalves. The orders of BCF values (ml·g−1) are as: Perna viridis (33.2) < Saccostrea cucullata (47.0) < Pinctada martensi (208.4) for shells and Saccostrea cucullata (1.5) < Pinctada martensi (2.2) ≈ Perma viridis (2.4) for soft tissues, respectively, after exposed for 14 days. The rate constants of uptake and elimination of radioruthenium on marine bivalves were also discussed by first-order kinetics model. The Pinctada martensi may be applicable to be an indicator for monitoring radioruthenium among the three bivalves.

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Cereal Research Communications
Authors: Y.P. Jing, D.T. Liu, X.R. Yu, F. Xiong, D.L. Li, Y.K. Zheng, Y.F. Hao, Y.J. Gu, and Z. Wang

The objective of the present study was to understand the developmental regularity of wheat endosperm cells at different Days After Pollination (DAP) using microscopic and histochemical methods. Resin semi-thin sections of the endosperm and the enzymatically dissociated Starchy Endosperm Cells (SECs) were observed under a light microscope. The results showed that: (1) SECs were irregular-shaped and had two types of starch granules: large oval-shaped A-type starch granules and small spherical B-type starch granules. (2) The growth shape of SECs was referred to as S-curve and the fastest cell growth period was at 16–24 DAP. (3) The largest increase and growth of A-type starch granules were mainly at 4–16 DAP. B-type starch granules increased rapidly after 16 DAP and made up over 90% of the total starch granules in SEC during the late stage of endosperm development. (4) The nuclei of SEC deformed and degenerated during the middle and late stages of endosperm development and eventually disappeared. However, starch granules still increased and grew after the cell nuclei had degenerated. The investigations showed the development regularity of starch endosperm cells and starch granules, thereby improving the understanding of wheat endosperm development.

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The recombination of hydrogen and oxygen in technical gaseous waste of nuclear power plants has been studied. A highly efficient catalyst for reacting H2 with O2 to form water was prepared. Various operating conditions and factors affecting the recombination of H2 and O2 were tested and the best conditions were determined. Results show that the Pd–Al2O3 catalyst prepared had very good characteristics. The recombination rate of H2 and O2 was higher than 98.3% and 99.9%, respectively. After recombination, residual concentrations of H2 and O2 in waste gas were O2<3 ppm, H2<400 ppm. The Pd–Al2O3 catalyst and operating conditions determined for gaseous waste processing of nuclear power plants were satisfactory.

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