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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28082123/nicotine-suppresses-the-neurotoxicity-by-mpp-mptp-through-activating-%C3%AE-7nachr-pi3k-trx-1-and-suppressing-er-stress
#1
Yanxue Cai, Xianwen Zhang, Xiaoshuang Zhou, Xiaoli Wu, Yanhui Li, Jianhua Yao, Jie Bai
Parkinson's disease (PD) is a neurodegenerative disease. Nicotine has been reported to have the role in preventing from Parkinson's disease. However, its mechanism is still unclear. In present study we found that nicotine suppressed 1-methyl-4-phenylpyridinium ion(MPP(+)) toxicity in PC12 cells by MTT assay. The expression of thioredoxin-1(Trx-1) was decreased by MPP(+), which was restored by nicotine. The nicotine suppressed expressions of Glucose-regulated protein 78(GRP78/Bip) and C/EBP homologous protein (CHOP) induced by MPP(+)...
January 9, 2017: Neurotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077305/in-utero-exposure-to-fluoride-and-cognitive-development-delay-in-infants
#2
L Valdez Jiménez, O D López Guzmán, M Cervantes Flores, R Costilla-Salazar, J Calderón Hernández, Y Alcaraz Contreras, D O Rocha-Amador
The objective of this study was to evaluate the association between in utero exposure to fluoride (F) and Mental and Psychomotor Development (MDI and PDI) evaluated through the Bayley Scale of Infant Development II (BSDI-II) in infants. The sample included 65 mother-infant pairs. Environmental exposure to F was quantified in tap and bottled water samples and F in maternal urine was the biological exposure indicator; samples were collected during the 1st, 2nd and 3rd trimester of pregnancy. The mean values of F in tap water for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd trimester were 2...
January 8, 2017: Neurotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077286/assessment-of-neuroanatomical-and-behavioural-effects-of-in-ovo-methylmercury-exposure-in-zebra-finches-taeniopygia-guttata
#3
Maria S Yu, Margaret L Eng, Tony D Williams, Mélanie F Guigueno, John E Elliott
Methylmercury (MeHg) readily crosses the blood brain barrier and is a known neuro-toxicant. MeHg accumulation in the brain causes histopathological alterations, neurobehavioral changes, and impairments to cognitive motor functions in mammalian models. However, in birds the neurotoxic effects of MeHg on the developing pre-hatching brain and consequent behavioral alterations in adult birds have not received much attention. Moreover, passerine birds are poorly represented in MeHg neurotoxicology studies in comparison to other avian orders...
January 7, 2017: Neurotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069364/compact-mri-for-the-detection-of-teratoma-development-following-intrathecal-human-embryonic-stem-cell-injection-in-nod-scid-mice
#4
Yuval Ramot, Yael S Schiffenbauer, Netanel Amouyal, Nathan Ezov, Michal Steiner, Michal Izrael, Neta Lavon, Arik Hasson, Michel Revel, Abraham Nyska
Stem cells are emerging as a promising new treatment modality for a variety of central nervous system disorders. However, their use is hampered by the potential for the development of teratomas and other tumors. Therefore, there is a crucial need for the development of methods for detecting teratomas in preclinical safety studies. The aim of the current study is to assess the ability of a compact Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) system to detect teratoma formation in mice. Five NOD-SCID mice were injected intrathecally with human embryonic stem cells (hESCs), with two mice serving as controls...
January 6, 2017: Neurotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057462/monoamine-oxidase-inhibitory-activity-in-tobacco-particulate-matter-are-harman-and-norharman-the-only-physiologically-relevant-inhibitors
#5
Penelope Truman, Peter Grounds, Katharine A Brennan
Monoamine oxidase inhibition is significant in smokers, but it is still unclear how the inhibition that is seen in the brains and bodies of smokers is brought about. Our aim was to test the contribution of the harman and norharman in tobacco smoke to MAO-A inhibition from tobacco smoke preparations, as part of a re-examination of harman and norharman as the cause of the inhibition of MAO-A inhibition in the brain. Tobacco smoke particulate matter and cigarette smoke particulate matter were prepared and the amounts of harman and norharman measured...
January 3, 2017: Neurotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28048979/adult-hippocampal-neurogenesis-is-impaired-by-transient-and-moderate-developmental-thyroid-hormone-disruption
#6
M E Gilbert, J H Goodman, J Gomez, A F M Johnstone, R L Ramos
The hippocampus maintains a capacity for neurogenesis throughout life, a capacity that is reduced in models of adult onset hypothyroidism. The effects of developmental thyroid hormone (TH) insufficiency on neurogenesis in the adult hippocampus, however, has not been examined. Graded degrees of TH insufficiency were induced in pregnant rat dams by administration of 0, 3 or 10ppm of 6-propylthiouracil (PTU) in drinking water from gestational day (GD) 6 until weaning. Body, brain, and hippocampal weight were reduced on postnatal day (PN) 14, 21, 78 and hippocampal volume was smaller at the 10 but not 3ppm dose level...
December 31, 2016: Neurotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28043867/bont-ab-hybrid-maintains-similar-duration-of-paresis-as-bont-a-wild-type-in-murine-running-wheel-assay
#7
Anna Kutschenko, Marie-Christine Reinert, Nadja Krez, David Liebetanz, Andreas Rummel
The highly potent Botulinum neurotoxins (BoNT) are successful drugs to treat neuromuscular disorders. Efforts are being made to further reduce the injected BoNT dose and to lengthen the interval between treatments. Detailed knowledge of the BoNT structure-activity relationship (SAR) allows combining the best features of the different BoNT serotypes. Of all seven BoNT serotypes A-G, BoNT/A displays the highest potency despite low neuronal binding affinity, while BoNT/B exhibits much higher affinity. Recently, a new BoNT/AB hybrid (AABB) was constructed comprising the catalytic and translocation domain of BoNT/A and the 50kDa cell binding domain of BoNT/B...
December 30, 2016: Neurotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28041893/effects-of-methylmercury-on-spinal-cord-afferents-and-efferents-a-review
#8
Alexandra Colón-Rodríguez, Heidi E Hannon, William D Atchison
Methylmercury (MeHg) is an environmental neurotoxicant of public health concern. It readily accumulates in exposed humans, primarily in neuronal tissue. Exposure to MeHg, either acutely or chronically, causes severe neuronal dysfunction in the central nervous system and spinal neurons; dysfunction of susceptible neuronal populations results in neurodegeneration, at least in part through Ca(2+)-mediated pathways. Biochemical and morphologic changes in peripheral neurons precede those in central brain regions, despite the fact that MeHg readily crosses the blood-brain barrier...
December 29, 2016: Neurotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28011073/behavioral-effects-and-neuroanatomical-targets-of-acute-atrazine-exposure-in-the-male-sprague-dawley-rat
#9
V M Rodriguez, M S Mendoza-Trejo, I Hernandez-Plata, M Giordano
Atrazine (ATR) is an herbicide broadly used in the world to control weeds in corn and sorghum fields, and it is potentially toxic for the dopaminergic system. Alterations in dopaminergic markers after ATR administration in rats and C57BL/6 mice have been reported. Behaviorally, it has been observed that ATR exposure causes hypoactivity shortly after its administration. To understand how acute ATR administration induces hypoactivity, we set out to map the brain areas responsive to ATR using c-Fos as a marker of neuronal activity, and tyrosine hydroxylase (TH) as a marker of dopaminergic neurons...
December 21, 2016: Neurotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28007400/consequences-of-acute-nav1-1-exposure-to-deltamethrin
#10
T F James, Miroslav N Nenov, Cynthia M Tapia, Marzia Lecchi, Shyny Koshy, Thomas A Green, Fernanda Laezza
BACKGROUND: Pyrethroid insecticides are the most popular class of insecticides in the world, despite their near-ubiquity, their effects of delaying the onset of inactivation of voltage-gated sodium (Nav) channels have not been well-evaluated in all the mammalian Nav isoforms. OBJECTIVE: Here we compare the well-studied Nav1.6 isoforms to the less-understood Nav1.1 in their responses to acute deltamethrin exposure. METHODS: We used patch-clamp electrophysiology to record sodium currents encoded by either Nav1...
December 19, 2016: Neurotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27989617/the-application-of-pbpk-models-in-estimating-human-brain-tissue-manganese-concentrations
#11
Siva P Ramoju, Donald R Mattison, Brittany Milton, Doreen McGough, Natalia Shilnikova, Harvey J Clewell, Miyoung Yoon, Michael D Taylor, Daniel Krewski, Melvin E Andersen
Mn is an essential element that causes neurotoxicity in humans when inhaled at high concentrations. This metal has well-recognized route-dependent differences in absorption, with greater proportionate uptake for inhalation versus dietary exposure. Physiologically-based pharmacokinetic (PBPK) models for Mn have included these route specific differences in uptake and their effect on delivery of Mn to target tissues via systemic circulation. These PBPK models include components describing ingestion and inhalation, homeostatic control (concentration dependent biliary elimination and gastrointestinal absorption), and delivery to target sites within the brain...
December 15, 2016: Neurotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27988303/anticonvulsant-efficacy-of-antihistamine-cyproheptadine-in-rats-exposed-to-the-chemical-warfare-nerve-agent-soman
#12
Jennifer L Winkler, Jacob W Skovira, Robert K Kan
Organophosphate compounds, such as soman and sarin, are highly toxic chemical warfare nerve agents that cause a build-up of acetylcholine in synapses and neuromuscular junctions. Current therapies aim to prevent seizures and protect against brain injury following exposure. The present study was designed to evaluate the effectiveness of the antihistamine cyproheptadine in improving survival and controlling seizures in rats exposed to soman. Rats were pretreated with the oxime reactivator HI-6 (125mg/kg, ip) 30min prior to soman exposure (225μg/kg, sc) and then treated with atropine methylnitrate (AMN, 2...
December 14, 2016: Neurotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27986589/3-acetylpyridine-neurotoxicity-in-mice
#13
L Wecker, B Marrero-Rosado, M E Engberg, B E Johns, R M Philpot
3-acetylpyridine (3-AP) is a metabolic antagonist used in research to decrease levels of nicotinamide (niacinamide) in laboratory animals. The administration of 3-AP followed by nicotinamide to rats leads to the selective destruction of neurons in the medial inferior olive, resulting in a loss of climbing fibers innervating cerebellar Purkinje cells and a consequent ataxia manifest by alterations in both balance and gait. Although 3-AP has also been administered to mice to destroy neurons in the inferior olive, there are limited studies quantifying the consequent effects on balance, and no studies on gait...
December 13, 2016: Neurotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27979773/zinc-gluconate-toxicity-in-wild-type-vs-mt1-2-deficient-mice
#14
Heidi Hsieh, Michael C Horwath, Mary Beth Genter
Previous studies have suggested that oral zinc supplementation can help reduce the duration of the common cold; however, the use of intranasal (IN) zinc is strongly associated with anosmia, or the loss of the sense of smell, in humans. Prior studies from this lab showed that upregulation of metallothioneins (MT) is a rapid and robust response to zinc gluconate (ZG). Therefore, we assessed the role of MT in the recovery of nasal epithelial damage resulting from IN zinc administration. The main studies in this investigation used a high dose of ZG (170mM) to ensure ablation of the olfactory mucosa, so that the progression of histological and functional recovery could be assessed...
December 12, 2016: Neurotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27965035/experimental-toxicology-issues-of-statistics-experimental-design-and-replication
#15
REVIEW
Wayne Briner, Jeral Kirwan
The difficulty of replicating experiments has drawn considerable attention. Issues with replication occur for a variety of reasons ranging from experimental design to laboratory errors to inappropriate statistical analysis. Here we review a variety of guidelines for statistical analysis, design, and execution of experiments in toxicology. In general, replication can be improved by using hypothesis driven experiments with adequate sample sizes, randomization, and blind data collection techniques.
December 10, 2016: Neurotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932026/gene-environment-interactions-in-cortical-interneuron-development-and-dysfunction-a-review-of-preclinical-studies
#16
REVIEW
Lydia J Ansen-Wilson, Robert J Lipinski
Cortical interneurons (cINs) are a diverse group of locally projecting neurons essential to the organization and regulation of neural networks. Though they comprise only ∼20% of neurons in the neocortex, their dynamic modulation of cortical activity is requisite for normal cognition and underlies multiple aspects of learning and memory. While displaying significant morphological, molecular, and electrophysiological variability, cINs collectively function to maintain the excitatory-inhibitory balance in the cortex by dampening hyperexcitability and synchronizing activity of projection neurons, primarily through use of the inhibitory neurotransmitter gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA)...
December 5, 2016: Neurotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899305/low-signal-intensity-on-mri-in-the-globus-pallidus-in-children-with-long-term-oral-manganese-exposure
#17
LETTER
Luisa Chiapparini, Paolo D Pigatto, Gianpaolo Guzzi
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
November 27, 2016: Neurotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899304/caffeine-for-apnea-of-prematurity-effects-on-the-developing-brain
#18
REVIEW
Anzari Atik, Richard Harding, Robert De Matteo, Delphi Kondos-Devcic, Jeanie Cheong, Lex W Doyle, Mary Tolcos
Caffeine is a methylxanthine that is widely used to treat apnea of prematurity (AOP). In preterm infants, caffeine reduces the duration of respiratory support, improves survival rates and lowers the incidence of cerebral palsy and cognitive delay. There is, however, little evidence relating to the immediate and long-term effects of caffeine on brain development, especially at the cellular and molecular levels. Experimental data are conflicting, with studies showing that caffeine can have either adverse or benefical effects in the developing brain...
November 27, 2016: Neurotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894698/dual-effects-of-eugenol-on-the-neuronal-excitability-an-in-vitro-study
#19
Jafar Vatanparast, Samira Khalili, Maryam Naseh
Besides its well-known actions on sensory afferents, eugenol also affects general excitability of the nervous system, but the mechanisms involved in the recent effect, especially through modulation of ion channels, have received much less attention. In this study, we studied the effects of eugenol on the excitability of central neurons of land snail Caucasotachea atrolabiata and tried to elucidate the underlying ionic mechanisms. The lower concentration of eugenol (0.5mM) reversibly reduced the frequency of spontaneous action potentials that was associated with elevation of threshold, reduction of maximum slope of rising phase and prolongation of actin potentials...
November 25, 2016: Neurotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27888119/prenatal-phthalate-triclosan-and-bisphenol-a-exposures-and-child-visual-spatial-abilities
#20
Joseph M Braun, David C Bellinger, Russ Hauser, Robert O Wright, Aimin Chen, Antonia M Calafat, Kimberly Yolton, Bruce P Lanphear
INTRODUCTION: During fetal development, sex steroids influence sexually dimorphic behaviors, such as visual-spatial abilities. Thus, endocrine disrupting chemicals that impact sex steroids during gestation may affect these behaviors. OBJECTIVE: We investigated the relationship between prenatal urinary phthalate metabolite, triclosan, and BPA concentrations and visual-spatial abilities in a prospective cohort of 198 mother-child dyads. METHODS: Data are from a prospective cohort in Cincinnati, OH (HOME Study)...
November 23, 2016: Neurotoxicology
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