Take a look at our ten most accessed papers for October.
A study by Monica Butnariu and Cristina Coradini that aimed to identify and characterise the phenolic and flavonoid components of marigold flowers was the most read paper last month. Due to the diverse range of biologically active substances they contain, marigolds have had a number of therapeutic properties attributed to them, and marigold extracts have been used to treat eczema, conjunctivitis, stomach ulcers and inflammation, among other conditions. In this study, the authors used spectrophotometry to identify the biologically active compounds in marigold flowers, and evaluated their radical-scavenging activity. Methods like this that can obtain a bioactive profile of different vegetation matrices might help to meet the increasing demand for information on biological compounds in a whole range of natural food sources.
Another article that was widely read last month described a new LC-MS/MS based assay to simultaneously measure the levels of 8 vitamin D analogues. Historically, it has been difficult to accurately measure the active forms of vitamin D, leading to a poor understanding of their role in health and disease development. However, the new method, developed by Declan Naughton and colleagues at the University of Kingston, offers a significant advance over existing methods, and could lead to improvements in measuring the active forms of vitamin D in vivo.
1. Evaluation of Biologically Active Compounds from Calendula officinalis Flowers using Spectrophotometry
Monica Butnariu, Cristina Coradini
Chemistry Central Journal 2012, 6:35 (27 April 2012)
2. Method for simultaneous analysis of eight analogues of vitamin D using liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry
Iltaf Shah, Andrea Petroczi, Declan P Naughton
Chemistry Central Journal 2012, 6:112 (1 October 2012)
3. Avogadro: An advanced semantic chemical editor, visualization, and analysis platform
Marcus D Hanwell, Donald E Curtis, David C Lonie, et al.
Journal of Cheminformatics 2012, 4:17 (13 August 2012)
4. Cacao seeds are a “Super Fruit”: A comparative analysis of various fruit powders and products
Stephen J Crozier, Amy G Preston, Jeffrey W Hurst, et al.
Chemistry Central Journal 2011, 5:5 (7 February 2011)
5. Different extraction methods of biologically active components from propolis: a preliminary study
Boryana Trusheva, Dorina Trunkova, Vassya Bankova
Chemistry Central Journal 2007, 1:13 (7 June 2007)
6. OMG: open molecule generator
Julio E Peironcely, Miguel Rojas-Chertó, Davide Fichera, et al.
Journal of Cheminformatics 2012, 4:21 (17 September 2012)
7. Evaluation of phenolic contents and antioxidant activity of various solvent extracts of Sonchus asper (L.) Hill
Rahmat Khan, Muhammad Khan, Sumaira Sahreen, Mushtaq Ahmed
Chemistry Central Journal 2012, 6:12 (6 February 2012)
8. Inhibition of Listeria monocytogenes ATCC 19115 on ham steak by tea bioactive compounds incorporated into chitosan-coated plastic films
Dan C Vodnar
Chemistry Central Journal 2012, 6:74 (28 July 2012)
9. mol2chemfig, a tool for rendering chemical structures from molfile or SMILES format to LATEX code
Eric K Brefo-Mensah, Michael Palmer
Journal of Cheminformatics 2012, 4:24 (2 October 2012)
10. An analysis of Sorghum halepense’s behavior in presence of tropane alkaloids from Datura stramonium extracts
Chemistry Central Journal 2012, 6:75 (28 July 2012)