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Metabolomics, an emerging field of "omics" sciences, has caught wide scientific attention in the area of biomarker research for cancers in which early diagnostic biomarkers have the potential to greatly improve patient outcome, such as renal cell carcinoma (RCC). Metabolomic approaches have been successfully applied to various human RCC model systems,(More)
RCC usually develops and progresses asymptomatically and, when detected, it is frequently at advanced stages and metastatic, entailing a dismal prognosis. Therefore, there is an obvious demand for new strategies enabling an earlier diagnosis. The importance of metabolic rearrangements for carcinogenesis unlocked a new approach for cancer research,(More)
This paper reviews the use of NMR metabolomics for the metabolic characterization of renal cancer. The existing challenges in the clinical management of this disease are first presented, followed by a brief introduction to the metabolomics approach, in the context of cancer research. A subsequent review of the literature on NMR metabolic studies of renal(More)
The first outbreak of Q fever in Uruguay occurred in 1956. The infection, which is caused by Coxiella burnetti, occurs in sheep, cattle, swine, and horses, but not in fowl or guinea pig. Most of the cases studied have been traced to cattle. Fourteen outbreaks of this disease were studied between 1975 and 1985. All of the 1,358 clinically suspected cases(More)
In this study, the in vitro activity of tigecycline against 1140 enterococci collected from humans, food products, animals and the environment in Portugal (1996-2008) was analysed. Ten isolates (seven Enterococcus faecalis and three Enterococcus spp.) non-susceptible to tigecycline (minimum inhibitory concentrations of 0.5-1.0 mg/L), which were also(More)
Paraquat (PQ) is an extremely toxic herbicide upon oral ingestion that lacks a specific antidote. In case of intoxication, treatment primarily relies on limiting its intestinal absorption. In this study, we elucidate the intestinal transport mechanisms of PQ uptake using Caco-2 cells as a model of the human intestinal epithelium. The cells were incubated(More)
N-benzylpiperazine (BZP) has become popular among recreational drug users as the major active ingredient of “party pills” due to its stimulant and euphoric properties. Before BZP legal restrictions, these pills were sold as a safe and legal alternative to classical amphetamines like ecstasy. New Zealand, given the size of its legal market prior to BZP(More)
The analysis of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) emanating from biological samples appears as one of the most promising approaches in metabolomics for the study of diseases, namely cancer. In fact, it offers advantages, such as non-invasiveness and robustness for high-throughput applications. The purpose of this work was to study the urinary volatile(More)
A new and simple analytical approach consisting of headspace-solid phase microextraction (HS-SPME) sampling coupled with gas chromatography-ion trap/mass spectrometry (GC-IT/MS) was developed to study the volatile human urinary metabolome. A central composite design (CCD) was used in the optimisation of extraction conditions. Fibre selection and evaluation(More)