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Nicola Stefano Fracchiolla, Claudio Annaloro, Francesca Guidotti, Bruno Fattizzo, Agostino Cortelezzi
Dioxin exposure and its effect on hematopoiesis and cancer have been largely investigated in both human and non-human settings. Here we systematically reviewed literature to address the question of what we know about TCDD biology and exposure. Most effects are due to TCDD interaction with a receptor of xenobiotics called AHR, which is ubiquitously represented and also works on hematopoietic myeloid and lymphoid stem cells, inducing proliferation and stem cell release from bone marrow to peripheral circulation...
October 17, 2016: Toxicology
Tatiane Aparecida Ribeiro, Kelly Valério Prates, Audrei Pavanello, Ananda Malta, Laize Peron Tófolo, Isabela Peixoto Martins, Júlio Cezar de Oliveira, Rosiane Aparecida Miranda, Rodrigo Mello Gomes, Elaine Vieira, Claudinéia Conationi da Silva Franco, Luiz Felipe Barella, Flávio Andrade Francisco, Vander Silva Alves, Sandra da Silva Silveira, Veridiana Mota Moreira, Gabriel Sergio Fabricio, Kesia Palma-Rigo, Deborah M Sloboda, Paulo Cezar de Freitas Mathias
Acephate has been used extensively as an insecticide in agriculture. Its downstream sequelae are associated with hyperglycemia, lipid metabolism dysfunction, DNA damage, and cancer, which are rapidly growing epidemics and which lead to increased morbidity and mortality rates and soaring health-care costs. Developing interventions will require a comprehensive understanding of which excess insecticides during perinatal life can cause insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes. A Wistar rat animal model suggests that acephate exposure during pregnancy and lactation causes alterations in maternal glucose metabolism and programs the offspring to be susceptible to type 2 diabetes at adulthood...
October 17, 2016: Toxicology
Terezinha M Souza, Linda Rieswijk, Twan van den Beucken, Jos Kleinjans, Danyel Jennen
Chemical carcinogenesis, albeit complex, often relies on modulation of transcription through activation or repression of key transcription factors. While analyzing extensive networks may hinder the biological interpretation, one may focus on dynamic network motifs, among which persistent feed-forward loops (FFLs) are known to chronically influence transcriptional programming. Here, to investigate the relevance a FFL-oriented approach in depth, we have focused on aflatoxin B1-induced transcriptomic alterations during distinct states of exposure (daily administration during 5 days followed by a non-exposed period) of human hepatocytes, by exploring known interactions in human transcription...
October 17, 2016: Toxicology
Jie Li, Yanli Zhang, Xianhui Cai, Qingqing Xia, Jingmeng Chen, Yi Liao, Zuguo Liu, Yalin Wu
Effective clearance of all-trans-retinal (atRAL) from retinal pigment epithelial (RPE) cells is important for avoiding its cytotoxicity. However, the metabolism of atRAL in RPE cells is poorly clarified. The present study was designed to analyze metabolic products of atRAL and to compare the cytotoxicity of atRAL versus its derivative all-trans-retinal dimer (atRAL-dimer) in human RPE cells. We found that all-trans-retinol (atROL) and a mixture of atRAL condensation metabolites including atRAL-dimer and A2E were generated after incubating RPE cells with atRAL for 6h, and the amount of atRAL-dimer was significantly higher than that of A2E...
October 14, 2016: Toxicology
Daniel Hanna, Ariane Emami Riedmaier, Kim S Sugamori, Denis M Grant
The incidence of liver cancer is higher in men than in women. This sex difference is also observed in murine tumor induction models that result in the appearance of liver tumors in adult mice following their exposure on postnatal days 8 and/or 15 to carcinogens such as 4-aminobiphenyl (ABP) or diethylnitrosamine (DEN). Previous studies performed in adult mice showed that acute hepatotoxic and inflammatory responses to high-dose DEN exposure were greater in males than in females, leading to the suggestion that these responses could account for the sex difference in tumor development...
October 13, 2016: Toxicology
Pavlína Hašková, Hana Jansová, Jan Bureš, Miloslav Macháček, Anna Jirkovská, Katherine J Franz, Petra Kovaříková, Tomáš Šimůnek
Catecholamines may undergo iron-promoted oxidation resulting in formation of reactive intermediates (aminochromes) capable of redox cycling and reactive oxygen species (ROS) formation. Both of them induce oxidative stress resulting in cellular damage and death. Iron chelation has been recently shown as a suitable tool of cardioprotection with considerable potential to protect cardiac cells against catecholamine-induced cardiotoxicity. However, prolonged exposure of cells to classical chelators may interfere with physiological iron homeostasis...
October 12, 2016: Toxicology
Xiaoli Peng, Jing Gan, Qian Wang, Zhenqiang Shi, Xiaodong Xia
3-Monochloro-1,2-propanediol (3-MCPD) is the most toxic chloropropanols compounds in foodstuff which mainly generated during thermal processing. Kidney is one of the primary target organs for 3-MCPD. Using human embryonic kidney cell (HEK293FT) as an in vitro model, we found that 3-MCPD caused concentration-dependent increase in cytoxicity as assessed by dye uptake, lactatedehydrogenase (LDH) leakage and MTT assays. HEK293FT cell treated with 3-MCPD suffered the decrease of mitochondrial membrane potential and the impairment of mitochondrial oxidative phosphorylation system, especially the reduced amount of mRNA expression and protein synthesis of electron transport chain complex II, complex IV, and complex III...
October 9, 2016: Toxicology
Daniel V Christophersen, Nicklas R Jacobsen, Maria H G Andersen, Shea P Connell, Kenneth K Barfod, Morten B Thomsen, Mark R Miller, Rodger Duffin, Jens Lykkesfeldt, Ulla Vogel, Håkan Wallin, Steffen Loft, Martin Roursgaard, Peter Møller
Exposure to high aspect ratio nanomaterials, such as multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) may be associated with increased risk of atherosclerosis, pulmonary disease, and cancer. In the present study, we investigated the cardiovascular and pulmonary health effects of 10 weeks of repeated oral or pulmonary exposures to MWCNTs (4 or 40μg each week) in Apolipoprotein E-deficient (ApoE(-/-)) mice fed a Western-type diet. Intratracheal instillation of MWCNTs was associated with oxidative damage to DNA in lung tissue and elevated levels of lipid peroxidation products in plasma, whereas the exposure only caused a modest pulmonary inflammation in terms of increased numbers of lymphocytes in bronchoalveolar lavage fluid...
October 7, 2016: Toxicology
Xudong Sun, Jianyu Liu, Cuicui Zhuang, Xu Yang, Yanfei Han, Bing Shao, Miao Song, Yanfei Li, Yanzhu Zhu
Aluminum (Al) is recognized worldwide as serious inorganic contaminants. Exposure to Al is associated with low BMD and an increased risk of osteoporosis. However, the precise molecular mechanisms remains unclear. Thus, in this study, rats were orally exposed to 0 (control group, CG) and 0.4g/L AlCl3 (AlCl3 treated group, AG) in drinking water for 120 days; osteoblasts were treated with AlCl3 (0.12mg/mL) and/or TGF-β1 (4.5ng/mL) for 24h. We found that AlCl3 decreased the BMD, damaged femoral ultrastructure, decreased the activities of GSH-Px and SOD, and increased the levels of ROS and MDA in bone, decreased the activity of B-ALP and content of PINP, and increased the activity of TRACP-5b and content of NTX-I in serum, decreased mRNA expressions of TGF-β1, TβRI, TβRII and Smad4, protein expressions of TGF-β1, p-Smad2/3 and Smad2/3/4 complex, and increased Smad7 mRNA expression in bone and in osteoblasts...
October 5, 2016: Toxicology
George J Dugbartey, Luke J Peppone, Inge A M de Graaf
Cisplatin is currently one of the most widely-used chemotherapeutic agents against various malignancies. Its clinical application is limited, however, by inherent renal and cardiac toxicities and other side effects, of which the underlying mechanisms are only partly understood. Experimental studies show cisplatin generates reactive oxygen species, which impair the cell's antioxidant defense system, causing oxidative stress and potentiating injury, thereby culminating in kidney and heart failure. Understanding the molecular mechanisms of cisplatin-induced renal and cardiac toxicities may allow clinicians to prevent or treat this problem better and may also provide a model for investigating drug-induced organ toxicity in general...
October 4, 2016: Toxicology
Xiaojiaoyang Li, Runping Liu, Linxi Yu, Zihang Yuan, Rong Sun, Hang Yang, Luyong Zhang, Zhenzhou Jiang
Alpha-naphthylisothiocyanate (ANIT) is widely used to induce cholestasis in basic researches. Although direct damage induced by ANIT to bile duct epithelial cells has been documented in previous studies, few works investigated ANIT-induced effects on hepatocytes. Our previous study indicated that activated AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) inhibited farnesoid X receptor (FXR) expression and further participated in the pathogenesis of estrogen-induced cholestasis. However, whether ANIT has effects on bile acid homeostasis in hepatocytes, and the role of AMPK-FXR pathway played in these effects remain unclear...
October 1, 2016: Toxicology
Hong-Tai Chang, Chiang-Ting Chou, I-Shu Chen, Chia-Cheng Yu, Ti Lu, Shu-Shong Hsu, Pochuen Shieh, Chung-Ren Jan, Wei-Zhe Liang
Cytochalasin B, a cell-permeable mycotoxin isolated from the fungus Phoma spp., shows a wide range of biological effects, among which its potent antitumor activity has raised great interests in different models. However, the cytotoxic activity of cytochalasin B and its underlying mechanisms have not been elucidated in breast cells. This study examined the effect of cytochalasin B on MCF 10A human breast epithelial cells and ZR-75-1 human breast cancer cells. Cytochalasin B (10-20μM) concentration-dependently induced cytotoxicity, cell cycle arrest, and [Ca(2+)]i rises in ZR-75-1 cells but not in MCF 10A cells...
October 1, 2016: Toxicology
Hsiang-Han Su, Hsin-Ting Lin, Jau-Ling Suen, Chau Chyun Sheu, Kazunari K Yokoyama, Shau-Ku Huang, Chih Mei Cheng
Pulmonary fibroblast migration and differentiation are critical events in fibrogenesis; meanwhile, fibrosis characterizes the pathology of many respiratory diseases. The role of aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AhR), a unique cellular chemical sensor, has been suggested in tissue fibrosis, but the mechanisms through which the AhR-ligand axis influences the fibrotic process remain undefined. In this study, the potential impact of the AhR-ligand axis on pulmonary fibroblast migration and differentiation was analyzed using human primary lung fibroblasts HFL-1 and CCL-202 cells...
September 30, 2016: Toxicology
Nicola Groll, Tamara Petrikat, Silvia Vetter, Christine Wenz, Joern Dengjel, Christine Gretzmeier, Frederik Weiss, Oliver Poetz, Thomas O Joos, Michael Schwarz, Albert Braeuning
The antiepileptic drug phenobarbital (PB) exerts hepatic effect based on indirect activation of the constitutive androstane receptor (CAR) via inhibition of the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) and the kinase Src. It has furthermore been observed that in mice PB suppresses the growth of hepatocellular carcinoma with overactive signaling through the oncogenic Wnt/β-catenin pathway, thus suggesting an interference of PB with β-catenin signaling. The present work was aimed to characterize effects of PB on β-catenin signaling at different cellular levels and to elucidate molecular details of the interaction of PB and β-catenin in an in vitro system of mouse hepatoma cells...
September 30, 2016: Toxicology
Marco Marzo, Sunil Kulkarni, Alberto Manganaro, Alessandra Roncaglioni, Shengde Wu, Tara S Barton-Maclaren, Cathy Lester, Emilio Benfenati
Application of in silico models to predict developmental toxicity has demonstrated limited success particularly when employed as a single source of information. It is acknowledged that modelling the complex outcomes related to this endpoint is a challenge; however, such models have been developed and reported in the literature. The current study explored the possibility of integrating the selected public domain models (CAESAR, SARpy and P&G model) with the selected commercial modelling suites (Multicase, Leadscope and Derek Nexus) to assess if there is an increase in overall predictive performance...
September 28, 2016: Toxicology
Larisa I Privalova, Boris A Katsnelson, Anatoly N Varaksin, Vladimir G Panov, Sergey L Balesin
We investigated by the optical microscopy some cytological characteristics of the bronchoalveolar lavage fluid cell population 24h after intratracheal instillation of microscale MnO2 and BaCrO4 particles (separately or together at two different doses) into the lungs of Wistar rats. Besides, the cytotoxicity of both particulates for rat peritoneal macrophages in vitro was assessed by the trypan blue exclusion test and proved significant. They were found to evoke a typical dose-dependent pulmonary phagocytosis response usually observed under inhalation or intratracheal impacts of low-soluble mineral and metal particles...
September 28, 2016: Toxicology
Katharina R Beck, Tanja J Sommer, Daniela Schuster, Alex Odermatt
The incidence of immune-related diseases increased over the last years in industrialized countries, suggesting a contribution of environmental factors. Impaired glucocorticoid action has been associated with immune disorders. Thus, there is an increasing interest to identify chemicals disrupting glucocorticoid action. The widely used flame retardant tetrabromobisphenol A (TBBPA) was reported earlier to potently inhibit glucocorticoid receptor (GR) and moderately androgen receptor (AR) activity in yeast-based reporter gene assays...
September 28, 2016: Toxicology
Elzbieta Zieminska, Jacek Lenart, Jerzy W Lazarewicz
A presynaptic protein SNAP-25 belonging to SNARE complex which is instrumental in intracellular vesicular trafficking and exocytosis, has been implicated in hyperactivity and cognitive abilities in some neuropsychiatric disorders. The unclear etiology of the behavior disrupting neurodevelopmental disabilities in addition to genetic causes most likely involves environmental factors. The aim of this in vitro study was to test if various suspected developmental neurotoxins can alter SNAP-25 mRNA and protein expression in neurons...
September 28, 2016: Toxicology
Monika Dubiak-Szepietowska, Aleksandra Karczmarczyk, Thomas Winckler, Karl-Heinz Feller
Nanoparticles (NPs) are widely used in consumer and medicinal products. The high prevalence of nanoparticles in the environment raises concerns regarding their effects on human health, but there is limited knowledge about how NPs interact with cells or tissues. Because the European Union has called for a substantial reduction of animal experiments for scientific purposes (Directive 2010/63), increased efforts are required to develop in vitro models to evaluate potentially hazardous agents. Here, we describe a new cell-based biosensor for the evaluation of NPs cytotoxicity...
September 28, 2016: Toxicology
Marcela Pizarro, Rodrigo Troncoso, Gonzalo J Martínez, Mario Chiong, Pablo F Castro, Sergio Lavandero
Doxorubicin (Doxo) is one of the most effective anti-neoplastic agents but its cardiotoxicity has been an important clinical limitation. The major mechanism of Doxo-induced cardiotoxicity is associated to its oxidative capacity. However, other processes are also involved with significant consequences for the cardiomyocyte. In recent years, a number of studies have investigated the role of autophagy on Doxo-induced cardiotoxicity but to date it is not clear how Doxo alters that process and its consequence on cardiomyocytes viability...
September 22, 2016: Toxicology
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