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Problem solving: Separating and identifying human serum albumin isoforms

Date: Aug 13, 2018

Author: Jon Evans

As a highly abundant protein in the blood, human serum albumin (HSA) is often a problem, but a new method for separating and identifying different HSA isoforms could also turn it into a solution.

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Journal Highlight: Development of a fast gas chromatography tandem mass spectrometry method for volatile aromatic compound analysis in oenological products

Date: Aug 13, 2018

Author: separationsNOW

An innovative GC‐MS/MS method useful for fast analysis of the broad aroma profile of oenological products has been developed, using a set of fifty volatile compounds belonging to the main chemical classes.

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Journal Highlight: Proteins in xylem exudates from rapeseed plants (Brassica napus L.) play a crucial role in cadmium phytoremediation

Date: Aug 13, 2018

Author: separationsNOW

Two scientists from Taiwan have used two‐dimensional gel electrophoresis to investigate the proteins that play a role in cadmium transport in rapeseed plants.

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Journal Highlight: Contactless conductivity detection for analytical techniques: Developments from 2016 to 2018

Date: Aug 13, 2018

Author: separationsNOW

According to this review of recent developments in contactless conductivity detection, relatively few reports on fundamental investigations or new designs have appeared over the past two years, but the development of new applications has continued strongly.

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Journal Highlight: Different miniaturized extraction methodologies followed by GC–MS/MS analysis for the determination of UV filters in beach sand

Date: Aug 13, 2018

Author: separationsNOW

Scientists in Spain tested four different methods for extracting UV filters from beach sand, including ultrasound and vortex extractions, prior to analysis by gas chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry.

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GC spectra clarified when MCR technique applied

Date: Aug 13, 2018

Author: Ryan De Vooght-Johnson

The felty germander, Teucrium polium, is used as a herbal medicine, but contains a complex mixture of compounds that is difficult to analyse. Scientists from the University of Kerman and the Kerman branch of the Islamic Azad University (Iran) used GC-MS and chemometric methods (MCR-ALS and PARAFAC) to examine the components of this plant’s essential oil.

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Prediction of GC RT shows impressive accuracy

Date: Aug 10, 2018

Author: Ryan De Vooght-Johnson

The accurate prediction of GC retention times from thermodynamic properties is useful in order to save time and money, but still remains a challenge. Scientists from the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, developed a mathematical model for retention times, successfully applying it to five different compounds.

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Journal Highlight: Revealing the potential of capillary electrophoresis – mass spectrometry: the tipping point

Date: Aug 9, 2018

Author: separationsNOW

This perspective by French researchers reviews the major types of high sensitivity capillary electrophoresis-mass spectrometry instrumentation and details its use for characterizing biological molecules like peptides and proteins.

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Journal Highlight: Determination of trehalose by ion chromatography and its application on a pharmacokinetic study in rats after intramuscular injection

Date: Aug 9, 2018

Author: separationsNOW

Chinese scientists have developed an ion chromatography method for detecting trehalose in blood plasma after intramuscular injection.

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DBS and LC-MS crack cocaine analysis

Date: Aug 9, 2018

Author: Ryan De Vooght-Johnson

The accurate analysis of cocaine and its metabolites in blood samples is important for both health professionals and law enforcement agencies. Scientists from the University of Pavia, Italy, devised a new method of analysing dried blood spots (DBSs) containing cocaine or its metabolites by LC-MS/MS, applying it to post-mortem blood samples.

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