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Sagacious examination helps sage identification

Date: Mar 15, 2018

Author: Ryan De Vooght-Johnson

The roots of the medicinal plant Salvia miltiorrhiza or danshen are widely used in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), but are sometimes fraudulently substituted by other Salvia (sage) species. Researchers from the Shenzhen Institute for Drug Control and the University of Macao (both China) developed a method to distinguish Salvia miltiorrhiza from two related species using HPLC and chemometric methods.

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Journal Highlight: Determining degree of roasting in cocoa beans by artificial neural network (ANN) based electronic nose system and gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (GC/MS)

Date: Mar 12, 2018

Author: separationsNOW

An electronic nose system based on an array of gas sensors and GC/MS were both used in conjunction with artificial neural networks to predict the degree of roasting of cocoa beans with equal success.

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DEREK deals with diabetes drug degradation products

Date: Mar 1, 2018

Author: Ryan De Vooght-Johnson

It is important to identify the degradation products of pharmaceutical compounds and to investigate their toxicity. Scientists from the National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research in India used UHPLC and LC-MS to identify degradation products of the diabetes drug canagliflozin, using the toxicological software packages TOPKAT and DEREK to look at their likely toxicity.

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Polarity parameters put in place by QSPR

Date: Feb 15, 2018

Author: Ryan De Vooght-Johnson

Computational prediction of relative retention times for HPLC can, in theory, save the running of numerous trials when developing new methods. Scientists from the Islamic Azad University in Tehran, looked at the prediction of solute polarity parameters, which can be used to calculate retention times, using a support vector machine technique and an enhanced replacement method.

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Journal Highlight: Chromatographic and in silico assessment of logP measures for new spirohydantoin derivatives with anticancer activity

Date: Feb 5, 2018

Author: separationsNOW

A total of 14 chromatographic measures of lipophilicity (TLC and HPLC) and 11 computationally estimated logP-s for 21 newly synthesized spiro-5-hydantoin derivatives have been examined by multivariate exploratory analysis, principal component analysis, hierarchical cluster analysis, and sum of ranking differences.

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Tree metabolite identification combats beetle devastation

Date: Feb 1, 2018

Author: Ryan De Vooght-Johnson

The emerald ash borer is an invasive beetle that is currently destroying vast numbers of ash trees in North America. Scientists from Trent University, Peterborough and RB Consulting (both Ontario, Canada) used LC-MS to compare the metabolites from ash trees attacked by the insect with those from unaffected trees, thus providing a convenient method of early detection.

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Network premiere for fumarase-insufficient cells

Date: Jan 16, 2018

Author: Ryan De Vooght-Johnson

Fumarase is an important enzyme, and work with rats suggested that low levels may affect amino acid levels and possibly be associated with hypertension. Scientists in China have examined the metabolites of human cells that had been genetically altered to be deficient in fumarase, comparing them to the metabolites from control cells using GC-MS and chemometric methods, such as pathway analysis.

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Journal Highlight: Metabolite profiling of peppers of various colors reveals relationships between tocopherol, carotenoid, and phytosterol content

Date: Jan 8, 2018

Author: separationsNOW

The contents of various metabolites in peppers of various colors (green, red, pale green, and violet peppers) and in a high-pungency (green) pepper have been measured and correlated using PCA, Pearson's correlation analysis and hierarchical clustering analysis.

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Chemometrics gets to the root of TCM UHPLC data

Date: Jan 1, 2018

Author: Ryan De Vooght-Johnson

Morinda root, or ba ji tian, is commonly used in traditional Chinese medicine for a variety of conditions, but there is a lack of analytical methods that give an overall picture of the active compounds present. Researchers from the Institute of Medicinal Plant Development in China have developed a method using UHPLC to assay 11 bioactive compounds in morinda root, classifying samples by means of hierarchical cluster analysis, principal component analysis and partial least-squares discriminant analysis.

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Chemometrics shown to fix complexity of herbal mix

Date: Dec 14, 2017

Author: Ryan De Vooght-Johnson

Lianqiao Baidu pills are a popular traditional Chinese medicine made from a mixture of herbal ingredients, but up to now there has been no accurate way to analyse their quality. Researchers from Shenyang Pharmaceutical University in China categorised the quality of this material using extraction, HPLC, measurements of its antioxidant power and chemometric methods.

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