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Determination of biogenic amines by thermal lens microscopic detection of enzymatically released ammonium
Mladen Franko, Mojca Žorž, 2016, objavljeni povzetek znanstvenega prispevka na konferenci

Opis: Biogenic amines (BAs) are organic amines present in meat, fish, dairy produce and wine due to the breakdown of amino acids, catalysed by microbial decarboxylases. BAs determination in food is important not only because of possible toxicological effects such as nausea, sweating and headache but also due to their possible role as indicators of food spoilage. Chromatographic methods are traditionally applied for determination of BAs in food [1], which usually require preliminary operations for sample pre-treatment that are laborious and difficult to automate. On the other hand, screening analytical systems provide simple, low cost and rapid analysis with the possibility of subjecting high number of samples to the screening system in a short time [2]. In this work we present a novel method for screening determination of BAs using a microfluidic system with the detection by highly sensitive thermal lens microscope (μFIA-TLM). Four biogenic amines (putrescine, cadaverine, histamine and tyramine) were subjected to enzymatic catalysis by transglutaminase, where ammonia was released as a product of acyl transfer reaction between the peptide bound glutamine (Gln) and the amino group of BAs. Ammonia was further transformed into indophenol blue by the Berthelot reaction. The coloured product was detected in batch (static) mode in a 100 μm sample cell or in μFIA (flowing) mode in a microchip with the same optical path length. The detection was performed on a TLM system applying a solid-state diode as an excitation source (660 nm). Organic solvents were tested for signal enhancement. For evaluation of the sensitivity and determination of LOD values (S/N = 3 basis), the NH4Cl standard solution was applied in Berthelot reaction with further detection on TLM system. The LODs for NH4+ in batch mode and in μFIA were 24 μg/L and 109 μg/L, respectively. Both LOD values are lower than the LOD achieved with conventional spectrophotometry (180 μg/L). When mixtures of the indophenol standard solutions and EtOH in the ratio of 1:1 were prepared the LOD in batch mode was improved to 3 μg/L, achieving 60-times improvement compared to spectrophotometry.
Najdeno v: ključnih besedah
Povzetek najdenega: ...Biogenic amines, Thermal lens microscopy, microfluidics, translgutaminase...
Ključne besede: Biogenic amines, Thermal lens microscopy, microfluidics, translgutaminase
Objavljeno: 05.07.2016; Ogledov: 860; Prenosov: 0
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TLS Spectrometry & Detection in Liquid Chromatography, FIA and Microfluidic Systems
Mladen Franko, predavanje na tuji univerzi

Opis: This presentation provides theoretical backround for thermal lens spectrometry (TLS) and TLS microscopy (TLM) and describes the basic instrumentation for TLS and TLM measurements. Presented applications of TLS and TLM include detection in HPLC (carotenoids, bilirubin, biliverdin), FIA (alergens, Ag, Ag+, phytoplankton and cyanobacterial pigments, organophospate pesticides) and TLM detection in microfluidic systems (Cr(VI), microcystin, NGAL, study of diffusion proceses)
Najdeno v: ključnih besedah
Povzetek najdenega: ...Spekrometry TLS, TLM, HPLC, FIA, microfluidics, bilirubin, biliverdin, carotenoids, alergens, mikrocystin, pigments, organophos...
Ključne besede: Spekrometry TLS, TLM, HPLC, FIA, microfluidics, bilirubin, biliverdin, carotenoids, alergens, mikrocystin, pigments, organophosphate pesticides, NGAL, Ag, Cr(VI), diffusion
Objavljeno: 16.09.2016; Ogledov: 817; Prenosov: 0
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NOVEL METHODS FOR DETECTION AND REMOVAL OF POLLUTANTS FROM WATERS
Franja Prosenc, 2017, doktorska disertacija

Opis: Water security and quality are a global issue of concern, which have recently become alarming due to the growth of the human population, industrialisation and expanded agricultural activities. Biologically active compounds, such as pharmaceuticals and personal care products can have major adverse effects on aquatic organisms, and are therefore one of the biggest threats in water quality. Another major concern is the spread of waterborne pathogens, including multidrug resistant (MDR) bacteria, which can cause serious illnesses in humans. In order to maintain water abundance and quality, it is necessary that adequate wastewater treatment and analytical techniques allowing for sensitive and fast-response detection of water hazards are in place. Conventional (waste)water treatment technologies often fail to adequately remove all of the water hazards detailed above. Moreover, conventional analytical techniques currently used in water quality control are, although highly selective and sensitive, time-extensive, with throughput of merely 2 to 3 samples per hour, excluding the time for sample preparation. With respect to these drawbacks, research was proposed to explore new approaches for degradation of recalcitrant compounds, inactivation of microorganisms, and fast screening methods, which are listed in the second chapter of this dissertation as research objectives. In the third chapter, an extensive theoretical background on the hazards found in aquatic environment, namely pharmaceuticals and waterborne pathogens, is given. Pharmaceuticals enter the environment through several routes (disposal of unused medication via the toilet, pharmaceuticals passing through the human body unchanged/slightly transformed, animal excretions of pharmaceutically active compounds, insufficient wastewater treatment, etc.); therefore, traces of pharmaceuticals have repeatedly been reported in surface waters, groundwater, wastewater effluents, and even drinking water. Iodinated contrast agents (ICAs), as the compounds of interest in this project are further described. ICAs are eliminated from the human body practically unchanged; therefore a large proportion of them end up in municipal and hospital wastewater, where they can be present in concentrations of up to 2.4 g/L. Their ecotoxicity, degradation attempts, as well as detection monitoring in the environment are reviewed within the chapter. Additionally, waterborne pathogens, which account for 2.2 million deaths per year, are reviewed in this chapter, with emphasis on multidrug-resistant (MDR) bacteria. Although MDR infections are mostly prevalent in hospital environments, the presence of MDR bacteria in the environment is not a rarity. A high percentage of bacterial isolates in waters have been shown to be of an MDR phenotype. The theoretical background in analytical methods in water quality monitoring is also given in this chapter. Vanguard and rearguard techniques are explained, the first offering simple, cheap, and rapid sample screening, but sacrificing sensitivity and selectivity, whereas the second providing the highest quality information, excellent sensitivity and selectivity, but in expense of complicated and timely sample handling and high-cost instruments. By combining the two techniques the benefits of both can be exploited in a single system. The basic principles of thermal lens spectrometry (TLS) and its miniaturised version - the thermal lens microscopy (TLM) as fast screening methods providing high sensitivity are further explained, and their practical applications are reviewed. Furthermore, composite materials have recently been finding applications in water treatment technologies, as filter materials, adsorptives for pollutants, catalysts for degradation reactions, and disinfectants. The applications of three main types of composites: synthetic composites, biocomposites, and nanocomposites, are also reviewed within this chapter. The core of this dissertation is presented in the fourth and the fifth chapter, which examine two separate approaches for water treatment, as well as analytical methods for fast screening purposes. The fourth chapter is investigating options for degradation of iodinated X-ray agents (ICAs), namely diatrizoate, through biodegradation with extracellular enzymes of white rot fungus Dichomitus squalens, and chemical oxidation with manganese(III) acetate. Enzymatic degradation with laccase (Lac) and manganese peroxidase (MnP) at low enzymatic activities was unsuccessful, whereas at approximately 3-times higher activities the enzymes were capable of 60 % degradation in 12 days. Chemical oxidation of diatrizoate with manganese(III) acetate resulted in 85 % degradation in 12 days. Moreover, the suitability of microfluidic flow injection analysis coupled with thermal lens microscopy (μFIA-TLM) as a fast screening method for diatrizoate degradation was examined. The degradation was monitored through the release of iodide from the diatrizoate molecule. μFIA-TLM proved to be a preferable method over UV-Vis spectrophotometry, due to its higher sensitivity, sample throughput, and simple sample handling. Limit of detection (LOD) for μFIA-TLM method was estimated to be 0.14 µM in a 100 µm channel, which is 9 times lower than LOD obtained in UV-Vis measurements. In addition to μFIA-TLM and UV-VIS, high-pressure liquid chromatography (HPLC) was used to monitor the remaining parent compound in the reaction mix. In the fifth chapter, the second water treatment approach is described. This includes synthesis of biocomposite materials from cellulose (CEL) and keratin (KER), with metal (Ag0, AgCl, Au0) nanoparticles (NPs). Materials were characterised for presence, species, and size of NPs with X-ray diffraction (XRD) and with scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Nanoparticles were confirmed to be of expected species, with sizes as follows: 6.3 ± 0.5 nm for Au NPs, 12 ± 2 nm for Ag NPs, and 22 ± 1 nm for AgCl NPs. In order to evaluate antibacterial properties of the materials, contact tests with gram-negative (Escherichia coli and Pseudomonas aeruginosa) and gram-positive bacteria (Staphylococcus aureus, Methicillin-resistant S. aureus (MRSA), and Vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus faecalis (VRE)) were conducted. Direct-contact assay over 24 hours showed a dose and species-dependent antibacterial activity of [CEL:KER + Ag NPs] materials. The highest potency against the selected bacteria (up to 6-log of reduction) was observed for the material with 500 mg of Ag NPs. AgCl NPs appeared to be less potent than Ag NPs, whereas Au NPs exhibited antibacterial activity only against MRSA and VRE. In addition, antiviral properties of materials were investigated on selected bacteriophages (MS2, phiX174, and fr). However, biocomposite materials with 500 mg of Ag NPs and AgCl NPs, as well as, 240 mg of Au NPs did not exhibit any activity against selected bacteriophages. Biocompatibility with human fibroblasts was evaluated through a direct contact assay for 3 and 7 days of exposure. High concentrations of metal NPs turned out to be cytotoxic for human fibroblasts, whereas the amount of 69 mg of Ag NPs in [CEL:KER] was low enough not to affect the viability of the fibroblasts after 3 days of exposure. Composites with Ag NPs and AgCl NPs were also tested for leachability of NPs out of the materials. Both types of NPs were leaching out in two different forms, as silver ions, and as colloidal silver. Leaching of ionic silver from both materials stabilised after 3 days, whereas colloidal silver was still leaching out on the 7th day. The overall percentage of the total silver (ionic + colloidal) leached was only 0.04 % of silver incorporated in the material. In summary, this dissertation investigates alternative approaches for water treatment technologies, which could potentially serve as unit improvements of existing technologies, or as on-point pre-treatment technologies to facilitate further conventional water treatment techniques. It also demonstrates the suitability of μFIA-TLM for fast screening measurements in aquatic samples, offering high sample throughput, simple handling of the samples and superior sensitivity over the UV-Vis spectrophotometry.
Najdeno v: ključnih besedah
Ključne besede: Antibacterial biocomposites, nanomaterials, water treatment technologies, multidrug-resistant bacteria, iodinated contrast agents, thermal lens microscopy, flow-injection analysis, microfluidics
Objavljeno: 26.04.2017; Ogledov: 797; Prenosov: 19
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Immobilization of microbial transglutaminase on carboxyl-functionalized magnetic iron oxide maghemite (γ-Fe2O3) nanoparticle clusters for application in microfluidic flow injection analysis of biogenic amines
Mladen Franko, Slavko Kralj, Mojca Žorž, 2017, objavljeni povzetek znanstvenega prispevka na konferenci

Najdeno v: ključnih besedah
Povzetek najdenega: ...immobilization, microbial transglutaminase, biogenic amines, microfluidics, thermal lens microscope...
Ključne besede: immobilization, microbial transglutaminase, biogenic amines, microfluidics, thermal lens microscope
Objavljeno: 11.07.2017; Ogledov: 200; Prenosov: 0
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