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An immunoinformatics approach for the design of a multi-epitope vaccine targeting super antigen TSST-1 of Staphylococcus aureus.

J Genet Eng Biotechnol 2021 May 11;19(1):69. Epub 2021 May 11.

Department of Biotechnology, Vignan's Foundation for Science, Technology and Research (Deemed to be University), Vadlamudi, Guntur - District, Andhra Pradesh, 522 213, India.

Background: TSST-1 is a secretory and pyrogenic superantigen that is being responsible for staphylococcal mediated food poisoning and associated clinical manifestations. It is one of the main targets for the construction of vaccine candidates against Staphylococcus aureus. Most of the vaccines have met failure due to adverse reactions and toxicity reported during late clinical studies. Read More

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Risk of SARS-CoV-2 transmission from humans to bats - An Australian assessment.

One Health 2021 Dec 3;13:100247. Epub 2021 May 3.

EcoHealth Alliance, New York, NY, USA.

SARS-CoV-2, the cause of COVID-19, infected over 100 million people globally by February 2021. Reverse zoonotic transmission of SARS-CoV-2 from humans to other species has been documented in pet cats and dogs, big cats and gorillas in zoos, and farmed mink. As SARS-CoV-2 is closely related to known bat viruses, assessment of the potential risk of transmission of the virus from humans to bats, and its subsequent impacts on conservation and public health, is warranted. Read More

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December 2021

Clinical Findings in Healthy Dogs Fed With Diets Characterized by Different Carbohydrates Sources.

Front Vet Sci 2021 22;8:667318. Epub 2021 Apr 22.

Department of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Production, University of Naples Federico II, Naples, Italy.

In recent years, pet owners have become more interested in the ingredients, and quality of pet-food, and several studies have demonstrated that feed management could affect healthy status. Recently, some authors indicated that commercial diets formulated without cereals, or using unconventional protein, and starch sources, can cause a reduction in taurine levels in both whole blood, and plasma. Nevertheless, the specific mechanism by means of which nutritional factors determine this reduction is not completely clear. Read More

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Safety assessment of the process Plastrec, based on Polymetrix pellet technology, used to recycle post-consumer PET into food contact materials.

EFSA J 2021 Apr 30;19(4):e06560. Epub 2021 Apr 30.

The EFSA Panel on Food Contact Materials, Enzymes and Processing Aids (CEP) assessed the safety of the recycling process Plastrec (EU register number RECYC181), which uses the Polymetrix pellet technology. The input is hot washed and dried poly(ethylene terephthalate) (PET) flakes originating from collected post-consumer PET containers, mainly bottles, with no more than 5% PET from non-food consumer applications. The flakes are extruded into pellets, crystallised and subsequently decontaminated in a ■■■■■ solid-state polycondensation (SSP) reactor under high temperature and inert gas flow. Read More

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Evaluating the Potential Benefit of a Combined Weight Loss Program in Dogs and Their Owners.

Front Vet Sci 2021 20;8:653920. Epub 2021 Apr 20.

Department of Clinical Sciences, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Utrecht University, Utrecht, Netherlands.

Little has been published on the psychological bond between the owner and the pet, and how this might influence shared habits that could lead to overweight and obesity. Another factor that could improve the effectiveness of a weight loss plan, is that the owner would see the dog as a weight loss partner and therefore this could increase the motivation to follow the assigned diet and exercise guidelines. The aim of this research was to evaluate the potential mutual effects of weight loss programs for both dogs and dog owners. Read More

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A cluster of Shiga Toxin producing O157:H7 highlights raw pet food as an emerging potential source of infection in humans.

Epidemiol Infect 2021 May 6:1-16. Epub 2021 May 6.

National Infection Service, Public Health England, 61 Colindale Avenue, London, UK, NW9 5HT.

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Prolonged Treatment with Grains of Paradise (Aframomum melegueta) Extract Recruits Adaptive Thermogenesis and Reduces Body Fat in Humans with Low Brown Fat Activity.

J Nutr Sci Vitaminol (Tokyo) 2021 ;67(2):99-104

Department of Nutrition, School of Nursing and Nutrition, Tenshi Collage.

Increasing adaptive thermogenesis through the activation of brown adipose tissue (BAT) is a promising practical strategy for preventing obesity and related disorders. Ingestion of a single dose of 40 mg of an extract of Grains of Paradise (GP), a ginger family species, reportedly triggers BAT thermogenesis in individuals with high but not in those with low BAT activity. We hypothesized that prolonged treatment with GP might revive BAT in individuals who have lost active BAT. Read More

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January 2021

Validation of the Modified Clear Safety Salmonella for Detection of Salmonella enterica in Selected Poultry and Pet Food Matrixes and on Stainless Steel: AOAC Performance Tested MethodSM 111802.

J AOAC Int 2021 May 4. Epub 2021 May 4.

Clear Labs, 1559 Industrial Road, San Carlos, CA, 94070.

Background: The Clear Safety Salmonella method was modified to improve sample preparation, PCR reagents, library preparation, flow cell quality control, library loading mix, priming mix and sequencing kit reagents and steps.

Objective: To evaluate the modified Clear Safety Salmonella method (manual and automated) via independent and method developer validation studies according to current AOAC Validation Guidelines.

Methods: Performance of the modified Clear Safety Salmonella method (manual and automated) was assessed for selectivity (using 105 inclusive and 30 exclusive strains), probability of detection in matrixes, product consistency, stability, and robustness. Read More

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Clinical health markers in dogs fed raw meat based or commercial extruded kibble diets.

J Anim Sci 2021 May 3. Epub 2021 May 3.

Department of Veterinary Physiology, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK, USA.

The interest and demand for healthy and less processed foods for people has been mirrored in the pet industry, with an explosion of alternative diets available. Several non-traditional feeding methodologies including raw meat based diets (RMBD) are believed by many dog owners to be superior to traditional extruded commercial dog foods. Despite the strong opinions, limited data are available comparing objective health measures among healthy dogs fed using different methods of diet preparation. Read More

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Commensalism or Cross-Species Adoption? A Critical Review of Theories of Wolf Domestication.

James A Serpell

Front Vet Sci 2021 15;8:662370. Epub 2021 Apr 15.

School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, United States.

The work of archaeozoologists and molecular geneticists suggests that the domestication of the wolf ()-the ancestor of the domestic dog ()-probably occurred somewhere between 40,000 and 15,000 years ago somewhere on the Eurasian continent, perhaps in more than one location. Wolf domestication was therefore underway many millennia before the origins of agriculture and the domestication of food animals, such as sheep and goats. Currently, there are two predominant "origin stories" concerning the domestication of the wolf. Read More

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Diving in Nose First: The Influence of Unfamiliar Search Scale and Environmental Context on the Search Performance of Volunteer Conservation Detection Dog-Handler Teams.

Animals (Basel) 2021 Apr 20;11(4). Epub 2021 Apr 20.

Anthrozoology Research Group, School of Psychology and Public Health, La Trobe University, Bendigo, VIC 3552, Australia.

Conservation detection dogs (CDDs) are trained to locate biological material from plants and animals of interest to conservation efforts and are often more effective and economical than other detection methods. However, the financial costs of developing and appropriately caring for CDDs can nonetheless prohibit their use, particularly by smaller conservation organizations. Training skilled volunteers to work with suitable pet dogs may help address this constraint. Read More

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Development of UHPLC/Q-TOF Analysis Method to Screen Glycerin for Direct Detection of Process Contaminants 3-Monochloropropane-1,2-diol Esters (3-MCPDEs) and Glycidyl Esters (GEs).

Molecules 2021 Apr 22;26(9). Epub 2021 Apr 22.

Center for Veterinary Medicine, Office of Research, Division of Residue Chemistry, Food and Drug Administration, 8401 Muirkirk Road, Laurel, MD 20708, USA.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA's) Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) has been investigating reports of pets becoming ill after consuming jerky pet treats since 2007. Read More

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A Sustainable Recycling Alternative: Electrospun PET-Membranes for Air Nanofiltration.

Polymers (Basel) 2021 Apr 5;13(7). Epub 2021 Apr 5.

Departamento de Engenharia Química, Universidade Federal de São Carlos-UFSCar, Rodovia Washington, Luiz, km 235-SP 310, São Carlos 13565-905, Brazil.

Currently, the inappropriate disposal of plastic materials, such as polyethylene terephthalate (PET) wastes, is a major environmental problem since it can cause serious damage to the environment and contribute to the proliferation of pathogenic microorganisms. To reduce this accumulation, PET-type bottles have been recycled, and also explored in other applications such as the development of membranes. Thus, this research aims to develop electrospun microfiber membranes from PET wastes and evaluate their use as an air filter media. Read More

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Dietary Carnitine and Carnosine Increase Body Lean in Healthy Cats in a Preliminary Study.

Biology (Basel) 2021 Apr 5;10(4). Epub 2021 Apr 5.

Department of Grain Science and Industry, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS 66506, USA.

The need to maintain body lean as cats age is shown in both health and disease. In healthy cats, body lean is associated with enhanced movement and overall longevity. In many disease states (i. Read More

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Incursions of rabbit hemorrhagic disease virus 2 in Canada - clinical, molecular and epidemiological investigation.

Transbound Emerg Dis 2021 Apr 29. Epub 2021 Apr 29.

National Centre for Foreign Animal Disease, Canadian Food Inspection Agency, Winnipeg, MB, Canada.

Rabbit hemorrhagic disease virus 2 (RHDV2) is a newly emerging Lagovirus belonging to the family Caliciviridae. After its first discovery in 2010 in France, this highly pathogenic virus rapidly spread to neighboring countries and has become the dominant strain, replacing the classical RHDV strains. RHDV2 was first reported in North America in 2016 in Mont-Joli, Quebec, Canada and it was reported again in 2018 and 2019 on Vancouver Island and the southwest mainland of British Columbia (BC). Read More

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Influence of type of starch and feeding management on glycaemic control in diabetic dogs.

J Anim Physiol Anim Nutr (Berl) 2021 Apr 27. Epub 2021 Apr 27.

School of Agricultural and Veterinarian Sciences, São Paulo State University (UNESP), Jaboticabal, SP, Brazil.

The present study evaluated the effects of two diets with different starch sources and two feeding methods on the glycaemic control in dogs with diabetes mellitus. The diets had similar nutrient contents (40% starch and 16% dietary fibre), one formulated with 46% of broken rice and the other with 42% sorghum and 10% lentils (as-fed). Ten client-owned diabetic dogs were fed with each diet for 2 months, in a crossover design. Read More

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Evaluation of nutritional value and microbiological safety in commercial dog food.

Vet Res Commun 2021 Apr 26. Epub 2021 Apr 26.

Department of Microbiology and Biotechnology, West Pomeranian University of Technology in Szczecin, 45 Al. Piastow, 70311, Szczecin, Poland.

In addition to properly balancing nutritional value in accordance with the needs of a dog, estimating the microbiological quality of dog food is crucial in providing healthy and safe foods. The aim of this study was to examine the quality of dry food for adult dogs, with particular reference to: (1) evaluating the nutritional value and compliance with nutritional guidelines for dogs, (2) comparing the nutritional value of dog foods, with particular emphasis on the division into cereal and cereal-free foods, and (3) evaluating their microbiological safety. All thirty-six evaluated dry dog foods met the minimum European Pet Food Industry FEDIAF requirement for total protein and fat content. Read More

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Case Report: Application and Limitations of a Plant-Based Diet Formulated for a Cat With Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease.

Front Vet Sci 2021 9;8:658265. Epub 2021 Apr 9.

Department of Clinical Studies, Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph, Guelph, ON, Canada.

A 2-year-old male castrated domestic shorthair cat was presented for recommendations for dietary management of chronic FLUTD using a strictly plant-based diet as per the stipulations of the cat's owner. The cat had a history of urethral obstruction of unknown etiology, persistent marked struvite crystalluria, and persistent inappropriate elimination. Commercial plant-based products meeting the nutritional recommendations for maintenance of adult cats with the lowest concentration of struvite precursors were identified, but the cat would not eat them. Read More

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Influence of polyethylene terephthalate/ polyamide (PET/PA) bilayer structure on physical and strength-related properties of superpressure angioplasty balloons.

Technol Health Care 2021 Apr 21. Epub 2021 Apr 21.

Business School, University of Shanghai for Science and Technology, Shanghai, China.

Background: Percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA), including balloon angioplasty, is a standard clinical invasive treatment for coronary artery disease. The coronary lesion with calcification is difficult to dilate and the prevention of balloon failure is especially important.

Objective: A novel superpressure balloon was fabricated with bilayered structure of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and PA12 (polyamide). Read More

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Highly sensitive fluorescent sensor based on coumarin organic dye for pyrophosphate ion turn-on biosensing in synovial fluid.

Spectrochim Acta A Mol Biomol Spectrosc 2021 Aug 8;257:119792. Epub 2021 Apr 8.

State Key Laboratory of Ophthalmology, Optometry and Vision Science, School of Ophthalmology and Optometry, School of Biomedical Engineering, Wenzhou Medical University, Wenzhou 325035, PR China; Wenzhou Institute of Biomaterials and Engineering, Chinese Academy of Science, Wenzhou 325001, PR China. Electronic address:

Highly sensitive fluorescence detection of pyrophosphate ion (PPi) is in urgent demand but remains a great obstacle, ascribing to scarcity of high-performance materials with promising optical property and high affinity. Herein, we report the design and fabrication of a coumarin-based organic dye (DCCH-TPD) containing both hydrazide group and terpyridine moiety for PPi biosensing through Cu-induced photo-electron transfer (PET) effect and target analyte-switched competitive coordination reaction. Individual DCCH-TPD was found to be highly emissive, and displayed a turn-off response toward Cu due to formation of Cu@DCCH-TPD and PET effect. Read More

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Effects of "fresh mechanically deboned meat" inclusion on nutritional value, palatability, shelf-life microbiological risk and digestibility in dry dog food.

PLoS One 2021 22;16(4):e0250351. Epub 2021 Apr 22.

Department of Veterinary Sciences, University of Turin, Grugliasco, Italy.

Fresh mechanically deboned meat (MDM) is usually claimed as high-quality ingredient on dry pet food recipes and this aspect may positively influence consumer choice. It is important to determine the scientifically sustainability of this claim and to assess the microbiological safety of MDM inclusion in dry pet food. Objectives were: 1) to evaluate the effect of inclusion of MDM in dry dog food on fatty acid profile and in vivo and in vitro digestibility, proposing a new system (DaisyII Incubator) to measure the in vitro digestibility for dogs; 2) to compare palatability of dry dog food containing MDM with dry dog food in which meat by-products (MBP) are the only animal protein sources; 3) to determine, whether or not, the inclusion of that ingredient changes the microbiology and the storage quality. Read More

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Amino Acid Digestibility and Digestible Indispensable Amino Acid Score (DIAAS)-Like Values of Black Soldier Fly Larvae Fed Different Forms and Concentrations of Calcium Using the Precision-Fed Cecectomized Rooster Assay.

J Anim Sci 2021 Apr 21. Epub 2021 Apr 21.

Department of Animal Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL, USA.

Black soldier fly larvae (BSFL) is an alternative protein source for animals, including dogs and cats. Dietary calcium source is an essential nutrient for BSFL development in the pupal stage. Calcium carbonate (CaCO3) and calcium chloride (CaCl2) are common calcium sources, but differ in solubility, acid-binding capacity, and calcium concentration. Read More

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Bacterial zoonoses transmitted by household pets and as reservoirs of antimicrobial resistant bacteria.

Microb Pathog 2021 Apr 18;155:104891. Epub 2021 Apr 18.

Department of Zoology, Government Degree College, Billawar, 184204, Kathua, Jammu and Kashmir, India. Electronic address:

Numerous individuals are committed to growing pet creatures like cats, dogs, and rats etc., pay care for them and as a result of this, there's a boost of their populace in advanced culture. The close interaction between family pets and individuals offers ideal conditions for bacterial transmission. Read More

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In extruded feline diets, thiamine degraded at a similar rate when stored at -20°C, compared to room temperature.

Can Vet J 2021 Apr;62(4):374-378

Department of Clinical Studies, Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario N1G 2W1 (DiSabatino, Kritikos, Monteith, Verbrugghe); Department of Small Animal Medicine and Surgery, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia 30605, USA (Parr).

Thiamine is an essential dietary nutrient in cats; however, studies on the stability of thiamine in pet food are limited. The objective of this study was to analyze thiamine concentrations in commercial feline extruded diets over time at room and freezing temperatures. Twelve diets were split in half and thiamine concentrations were assessed using fluorometry. Read More

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Equations used to develop commercial dog food feeding guidelines and Canadian owner feeding practices in 2018.

Can Vet J 2021 Apr;62(4):357-366

Department of Animal Biosciences, Ontario Agricultural College (Sutherland, Cargo-Froom, Shoveller); Department of Clinical Studies, Ontario Veterinary College (Verbrugghe), University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario N1G 2W1.

Feeding guidelines on commercial dog food packages provide a suggested starting point for food provision for dogs. The equations used to develop commercial dog food feeding guidelines and the owner feeding practices surveyed were examined in this study. The equations used to develop feeding guidelines and the energy density calculation method (Traditional Atwater or Modified Atwater equation) were investigated for 200 dry dog foods sold in Canada. Read More

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Determination of the composition and properties of PET bottles: Evidence of the empirical approach from Perm, Russia.

Waste Manag Res 2021 Apr 17:734242X211011222. Epub 2021 Apr 17.

University of Novi Sad, Faculty of Technical Sciences, Department of Environmental Engineering, Novi Sad, Serbia.

Efficient collection systems and information about the characteristics and quality of collected secondary plastic waste flows are of fundamental importance for the development of circular economies. In order to assess the effectiveness of the implementation of separate collection systems for plastic packaging, especially polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles, characteristic of the collected PET bottles in street mesh containers were studied in the city of Perm, Russia. The share of extraneous fractions was assessed and differentiation was carried out by volume, type of product, label presence, shape, content of solid and liquid impurities and colour. Read More

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DNA-templated fluorescent silver nanoclusters on-off switch for specific and sensitive determination of organic mercury in seafood.

Biosens Bioelectron 2021 Jul 6;183:113217. Epub 2021 Apr 6.

Key Laboratory for Analytical Science of Food Safety and Biology of MOE, Fujian Provincial Key Lab of Analysis and Detection for Food Safety, College of Chemistry, Fuzhou University, Fuzhou, Fujian, 350116, China. Electronic address:

Organic mercury including methyl-mercury and ethyl-mercury (CHHg and CHHg) has high toxicity and bio-accumulation, and thus is easy to generate bio-amplification in food chain. Hence, the specific detection of organic mercury has great significance for objectively assessing the health risk of mercury in seafood. We herein designed an aptamer (A), which consists of a silver nanoclusters (AgNCs) scaffold sequence (A) and a T-rich sequence (A), for simultaneously synthetizing DNA-templated AgNCs and recognizing organic mercury, and further developed a label-free fluorescent method for the sensitive and specific determination of organic mercury (CHHg and CHHg total concentration) by using DNA-templated AgNCs as signal. Read More

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Brown Adipose Tissue Volume and Fat Content are Positively Associated with Whole-Body Adiposity in Young Men, Not in Women.

Diabetes 2021 Apr 15. Epub 2021 Apr 15.

PROFITH "PROmoting FITness and Health through Physical Activity" Research Group, Sport and Health University Research Institute (iMUDS), Department of Physical Education and Sports, Faculty of Sport Sciences, University of Granada, Crta. Alfacar s/n, 18071 Granada, Spain.

Human brown adipose tissue (BAT) volume has been consistently claimed as inversely associated with whole-body adiposity. However, recent advances in the assessment of human BAT suggest that previously reported associations may have been biased. The present cross-sectional study investigates the association of BAT volume, mean radiodensity, and F-fluordeoxyglucose (F-FDG) uptake (assessed via a static positron emission tomography-computerized tomography (PET-CT) scan after a 2-hour personalized cold exposure) with whole-body adiposity (measured by dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry) in 126 young adults (42 men/84 women; 25±5 kg/m). Read More

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Somatostatin Receptors and Analogs in Pheochromocytoma and Paraganglioma: Old Players in a New Precision Medicine World.

Front Endocrinol (Lausanne) 2021 29;12:625312. Epub 2021 Mar 29.

Section on Medical Neuroendocrinology, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD, United States.

Neuroendocrine tumors overexpress somatostatin receptors, which serve as important and unique therapeutic targets for well-differentiated advanced disease. This overexpression is a well-established finding in gastroenteropancreatic neuroendocrine tumors which has guided new medical therapies in the administration of somatostatin analogs, both "cold", particularly octreotide and lanreotide, and "hot" analogs, chelated to radiolabeled isotopes. The binding of these analogs to somatostatin receptors effectively suppresses excess hormone secretion and tumor cell proliferation, leading to stabilization, and in some cases, tumor shrinkage. Read More

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Electrophoretic determination of taurine.

J Chromatogr A 2021 May 25;1645:462075. Epub 2021 Mar 25.

Department of Food Preservation, University of Chemistry and Technology Prague, Technická 3, 166 28 Prague 6, Czech Republic.

An electrophoretic method (on-line coupled capillary isotachophoresis and capillary zone electrophoresis) with conductometric detection for the determination of free taurine in selected food and feed is described. Taurine is converted to isethionic acid by van Slyke method. Under optimized conditions (leading electrolyte: 5 mM HCl, 10 mM glycylglycine, and 0. Read More

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