Implen Journal Club

Implen Journal Club

Welcome to the Implen NanoPhotometer® Journal Club. Here we will highlight relevant publications where the Implen NanoPhotometer® helped researchers to unravel the mysteries of modern molecular biology.


The first issue is delving into the topic of the Canadian wildfires of 2023, which are significantly impacting air quality across North America and Europe. A recent study published by Pantzke et. al. highlights the use of safe materials, particularly in wooded areas that are susceptible to forest fires.

The study demonstrates that the processing of carbon-reinforced construction materials, commonly used in various industries, releases fine particulate matter (PM2.5). These particles, when inhaled, can cause inflammation and secondary genotoxicity in human lung epithelial cells and fibroblasts.

The NanoPhotometer® N60 was used in this study to quantify RNA concentrations prior to transcriptome analysis.

The second issue brings you exciting news in health science! We are thrilled to share that Lactobacillus plantarum KC3 shows great promise in protecting against respiratory diseases caused by air pollution. The recently published work by Park et al. in Microorganisms unveils a potential breakthrough in respiratory health. In their study, the researchers highlight the remarkable protective effects of Lactobacillus plantarum KC3, a new probiotic strain, against respiratory diseases induced by air pollution. The study carefully evaluated the impact of Lactobacillus plantarum KC3 on reducing inflammation and oxidative stress in the respiratory system. These factors play a significant role in air pollution-related respiratory disorders.

The NanoPhotometer® NP80 was used in this study to quantify and assess the purity of mRNA; the ratio of absorbance at 260 nm and 280 nm ranged between 2.0 and 2.4 for all samples.


Next issue is featuring the groundbreaking research article by Shenoy et al. exploring the innovative application of mixed-phase Fe2O3/C3N4 photocatalyst, derived from natural hematite ores, for the efficient removal of Ofloxacin, a widely used antibiotic, from water sources. By harnessing the power of Z-scheme photocatalysis, the study achieved remarkable results in degrading Ofloxacin and enhancing water treatment processes.

When the mixed-phase Fe2O3/C3N4 photocatalyst was exposed to light, it effectively absorbed photons, leading to the excitation of electrons. The efficient electron transfer and separation, enabled by the Z-scheme mechanism, significantly enhanced the photocatalytic activity of the system.

The Nanophotometer® played a crucial role in evaluating the reduction in the concentration of the antibiotic Ofloxacin in the presence of the synthesized catalysts. This was accomplished by measuring the drug’s absorption, providing valuable insights into the effectiveness of the photocatalytic process.

In the final issue, we delve into an innovative study by Tsakiridis et al. recently published in the Food and Chemical Toxicology journal. This innovative research unveils the potential hidden impact of pesticide use on chronic inflammatory metabolic disorders, focusing on the effects of the pesticide Deltamethrin on obesity and insulin resistance.

The escalating obesity epidemic and its associated health risks have become major global concerns. Understanding the contributing factors is crucial for developing effective strategies to tackle this public health issue. The study’s findings offer profound insights into the potential consequences of pesticide exposure on metabolic health, shedding light on the intriguing link between pesticide use and insulin resistance.

The Implen NanoPhotometer® was used in this study to assess the RNA quality and quantity.

Implen nanophotometer journal club new year's resolutions issue

One of the top New Year’s Resolutions in 2023 is to reduce stress on the job. This issue is focusing on the potential effects of reducing acute and chronic stress on the supporting healthy immune system function. Stress is a growing condition of significant concern to public health as stressing episodes induce metabolic changes and may be linked to several illnesses including those that impact the central nervous system and cardiovascular diseases, such as depression and anxiety. Kirsten et. al. described in the International Journal on the Biology of Stress how stress, both acute and chronic, affected the brain’s expression of specific immune-related genes and neuronal function markers.

The NanoPhotometer® was used in this study to measure the RNA quality and concentration by spectrophotometry.

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