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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775624/characterization-and-comparative-analysis-of-a-new-mouse-microglial-cell-model-for-studying-neuroinflammatory-mechanisms-during-neurotoxic-insults
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Souvarish Sarkar, Emir Malovic, Deeksha Sarda, Vivek Lawana, Dharmin Rokad, Huajun Jin, Vellareddy Anantharam, Arthi Kanthasamy, Anumantha G Kanthasamy
Microglia are the first responders of the central nervous system, acting as the key modulators of neuroinflammation observed during neurotoxic insults as well as in the pathophysiology of several neurodegenerative disorders including Alzheimer's (AD), Parkinson's (PD), and Huntington's diseases (HD). The number of publications on microglia has increased steadily throughout the past decade because of immense interests in the neuroinflammation that precedes the neurodegenerative process. To study microglial biology and its role in modulating neuroinflammation, immortalized microglial cell lines derived from mice, rats, and humans have been developed...
May 15, 2018: Neurotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29751962/corrigendum-to-jp8-exposure-and-neurocognitive-performance-among-us-air-force-personnel-neurotoxicology-62-2017-170-180
#2
Kristin J Heaton, Alexis L Maule, Kristen W Smith, Ema G Rodrigues, Michael D McClean, Susan P Proctor
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
May 8, 2018: Neurotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29723552/pi3k-akt-gsk3%C3%AE-induced-creb-activation-ameliorates-arsenic-mediated-alterations-in-nmda-receptors-and-associated-signaling-in-rat-hippocampus-neuroprotective-role-of-curcumin
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Pranay Srivastava, Yogesh K Dhuriya, Vivek Kumar, Akriti Srivastava, Richa Gupta, Rajendra K Shukla, Rajesh S Yadav, Hari N Dwivedi, Aditya B Pant, Vinay K Khanna
Protective efficacy of curcumin in arsenic induced NMDA receptor dysfunctions and PI3 K/Akt/ GSK3β signalling in hippocampus has been investigated in vivo and in vitro. Exposure to sodium arsenite (in vivo - 20 mg/kg, body weight p.o. for 28 days; in vitro - 10 µM for 24 hrs) and curcumin (in vivo - 100 mg/kg body weight p.o. for 28 days; in vitro - 20 µM for 24 hrs) was carried out alone or simultaneously. Treatment with curcumin ameliorated sodium arsenite induced alterations in the levels of NMDA receptors, its receptor subunits and synaptic proteins - pCaMKIIα, PSD-95 and SynGAP both in vivo and in vitro...
April 30, 2018: Neurotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29704525/opportunities-and-challenges-for-using-the-zebrafish-to-study-neuronal-connectivity-as-an-endpoint-of-developmental-neurotoxicity
#4
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Galen W Miller, Vidya Chandrasekaran, Bianca Yaghoobi, Pamela J Lein
Chemical exposures have been implicated as environmental risk factors that interact with genetic susceptibilities to influence individual risk for complex neurodevelopmental disorders, including autism spectrum disorder, schizophrenia, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and intellectual disabilities. Altered patterns of neuronal connectivity represent a convergent mechanism of pathogenesis for these and other neurodevelopmental disorders, and growing evidence suggests that chemicals can interfere with specific signaling pathways that regulate the development of neuronal connections...
April 25, 2018: Neurotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29702159/quinolinic-acid-and-glutamatergic-neurodegeneration-in-caenorhabditis-elegans
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Tássia Limana da Silveira, Daniele Coradine Zamberlan, Leticia Priscilla Arantes, Marina Lopes Machado, Thayanara Cruz da Silva, Daniela de Freitas Câmara, Abel Santamaría, Michael Aschner, Felix Alexandre Antunes Soares
Quinolinic acid (QUIN) is an endogenous neurotoxin that acts as an N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor (NMDAR) agonist generating a toxic cascade, which can lead to neurodegeneration. The action of QUIN in Caenorhabditis elegans and the neurotoxins that allow the study of glutamatergic system disorders have not been carefully addressed. The effects of QUIN on toxicological and behavioral parameters in VM487 and VC2623 transgenic, as well as wild-type (WT) animals were performed to evaluate whether QUIN could be used as a neurotoxin in C...
April 24, 2018: Neurotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29698629/ag-nps-induce-apoptosis-mitochondrial-damages-and-mt3-osgin2-expression-changes-in-an-in-vitro-model-of-human-dental-pulp-stem-cells-derived-neurons
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Gabriele Bonaventura, Valentina La Cognata, Rosario Iemmolo, Massimo Zimbone, Annalinda Contino, Giuseppe Maccarrone, Bruno Failla, Maria Luisa Barcellona, Luisa Conforti Francesca, Velia D'Agata, Sebastiano Cavallaro
Silver nanoparticles (Ag-NPs) are one of the most popular nanotechnologies because of their unique antibacterial and antifungal properties. Given their increasing use in a wide range of commercial, biomedical and food products, exposure to Ag-NPs is now a reality in people's lives. However, there is a serious lack of information regarding their potential toxic effects in the central nervous system. In this study, we investigated the biocompatibility of "homemade" Ag-NPs in an in vitro model of human neurons derived from dental pulp mesenchymal stem cells...
April 23, 2018: Neurotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29684405/moderate-perinatal-thyroid-hormone-insufficiency-alters-visual-system-function-in-adult-rats
#7
William K Boyes, Laura Degn, Barbara Jane George, Mary E Gilbert
Thyroid hormone (TH) is critical for many aspects of neurodevelopment and can be disrupted by a variety of environmental contaminants. Sensory systems, including audition and vision are vulnerable to TH insufficiencies, but little data are available on visual system development at less than severe levels of TH deprivation. The goal of the current experiments was to explore dose-response relations between graded levels of TH insufficiency during development and the visual function of adult offspring. Pregnant Long Evans rats received 0 or 3 ppm (Experiment 1), or 0, 1, 2, or 3 ppm (Experiment 2) of propylthiouracil (PTU), an inhibitor of thyroid hormone synthesis, in drinking water from gestation day (GD) 6 to postnatal day (PN) 21...
April 20, 2018: Neurotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29680360/forebrain-glutamate-uptake-and-behavioral-parameters-are-altered-in-adult-zebrafish-after-the-induction-of-status-epilepticus-by-kainic-acid
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Ben Hur Marins Mussulini, Adriana Fernanda Kuckartz Vizuete, Marcos Braga, Luana Moro, Suelen Baggio, Emerson Santos, Gabriela Lazzarotto, Kamila Cagliari Zenki, Letícia Pettenuzzo, João Batista Texeira Rocha, Diogo Losch de Oliveira, Maria Elisa Calcagnotto, José Angelo Silveira Zuanazzi, Javier Santos Burgos, Eduardo Pacheco Rico
The development of new antiepileptic drugs is a high-risk/high-cost research field, which is made even riskier if the behavioral epileptic seizure profile is the unique approach on which the development is based. In order to increase the effectiveness of the screening conducted in the zebrafish model of status epilepticus (SE), the evaluation of neurochemical markers of SE would be of great relevance. Epilepsy is associated with changes in the glutamatergic system, and glutamate uptake is one of the critical parameters of this process...
April 19, 2018: Neurotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29678591/ferroptosis-is-newly-characterized-form-of-neuronal-cell-death-in-response-to-arsenite-exposure
#9
Qianghu Tang, LuLu Bai, Zhen Zou, Pan Meng, Yinyin Xia, Shuqun Cheng, Shaoyu Mu, Jianrong Zhou, Xuefeng Wang, Xia Qin, Xianqing Cao, Xuejun Jiang, Chengzhi Chen
Ferroptosis is a novel iron-dependent form of cell death implicated in brain pathology. However, whether arsenite is an inducer of ferroptosis in the neurons remains completely unknown. In this study, the seven-week-old healthy C57BL/6 J male mice were treated with environmental related doses (0.5, 5 and 50 mg/L) of arsenite for 6 months via drinking water, and the ferroptosis-related indicators were further determined. Our results demonstrated for the first time that, arsenite exposure significantly reduced the number of neuron and caused the pathological changes of mitochondria in the cerebral cortex of mice...
April 17, 2018: Neurotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29678590/comparlow-arsenic-concentrations-impair-memory-in-rat-offpring-exposed-during-pregnancy-and-lactation-role-of-%C3%AE-7-nicotinic-receptor-glutamate-and-oxidative-stress
#10
Nina María Mónaco, Mariana Bartos, Sergio Dominguez, Cristina Gallegos, Cristina Bras, María Del Carmen Esandi, Cecilia Bouzat, Leda Giannuzzi, Alejandra Minetti, Fernanda Gumilar
Inorganic arsenic (iAs) is an important natural pollutant. Millions of individuals worldwide drink water with high levels of iAs. Arsenic exposure has been associated to cognitive deficits. However, the underlying mechanisms remain unknown. In the present work we investigated in female adult offspring the effect of the exposure to low arsenite sodium levels through drinking water during pregnancy and lactation on short- and long-term memory. We also considered a possible underlying neurotoxic mechanism. Pregnant rats were exposed during pregnancy and lactation to environmentally relevant iAs concentrations (0...
April 17, 2018: Neurotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29673962/orexin-receptor-expression-is-increased-during-mancozeb-induced-feeding-impairments-and-neurodegenerative-events-in-a-marine-fish
#11
Merylin Zizza, Mariana Di Lorenzo, Vincenza Laforgia, Emilia Furia, Giovanni Sindona, Marcello Canonaco, Rosa Maria Facciolo
Food intake ensures energy resources sufficient for basic metabolism, immune system and reproductive investment. It is already known that food-seeking performances, which are crucially controlled by orexins (ORXs), may be under the influence of environmental factors including pollutants. Among these, mancozeb (mz) is becoming an environmental risk for neurodegenerative diseases. Due to few studies on marine fish exposed to mz, it was our intention to correlate feeding latency, food intake and feeding duration to potential neurodegenerative processes in key diencephalic sites and expression changes of the ORX neuroreceptor (ORXR) in the ornate wrasses (Thalassoma pavo)...
April 16, 2018: Neurotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29673961/metabolic-effects-of-manganese-in-the-nematode-caenorhabditis-elegans-through-daergic-pathway-and-transcription-factors-activation
#12
Priscila Gubert, Bruna Puntel, Tassia Lehmen, Joshua P Fessel, Pan Cheng, Julia Bornhorst, Lucas Siqueira Trindade, Daiana S Avila, Michael Aschner, Felix A A Soares
Manganese (Mn) is an essential trace element for physiological functions since it acts as an enzymatic co-factor. Nevertheless, overexposure to Mn has been associated with a pathologic condition called manganism. Furthermore, Mn has been reported to affect lipid metabolism by mechanisms which have yet to be established. Herein, we used the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans to examine Mn's effects on the dopaminergic (DAergic) system and determine which transcription factors that regulate with lipid metabolism are affected by it...
April 16, 2018: Neurotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29660375/the-secretome-of-adipose-derived-mesenchymal-stem-cells-protects-sh-sy5y-cells-from-arsenic-induced-toxicity-independent-of-a-neuron-like-differentiation-mechanism
#13
Theresa M Curtis, Joseph M Hannett, Rebecca M Harman, Nicholas A Puoplo, Gerlinde R Van de Walle
Arsenic exposure through contaminated food, water, and air causes irreversible neural damage and affects millions of people worldwide. Several studies have demonstrated that the secreted factors (secretome) from mesenchymal stromal/stem cells (MSCs) can promote neural recovery after several forms of injury including stroke and neurodegenerative diseases. The present study was conducted to determine if the secretome from adipose-derived MSCs (ADSCs) prevents arsenic damage to SH-SY5Y cells. To this end, human neuroblastoma cells (SH-SY5Y) were pre-treated with the secretome from ADSCs and then challenged with different concentrations of arsenic...
April 13, 2018: Neurotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29653138/neuroprotective-action-of-4-hydroxyisophthalic-acid-against-paraquat-induced-motor-impairment-involves-amelioration-of-mitochondrial-damage-and-neurodegeneration-in-drosophila
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Niveditha S, T Shivanandappa
Neurodegenerative disorders including Parkinson's disease (PD) are believed to be caused by oxidative stress and mitochondrial dysfunction. Exposure to environmental agents such as pesticides has been implicated in the etiology of sporadic PD. Paraquat (PQ), a widely used herbicide, induces PD symptoms in laboratory animals including Drosophila. PQ acts as a free radical generator and induces oxidative damage, which is implicated in neuronal cell death. Drosophila model of PQ-induced PD offers a convenient tool for mechanistic studies and, to assess the neuroprotective potential of natural antioxidants...
April 10, 2018: Neurotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29653137/hyperactivity-and-memory-learning-deficits-evoked-by-developmental-exposure-to-nicotine-and-or-ethanol-are-mitigated-by-camp-and-cgmp-signaling-cascades-activation
#15
Yael Abreu-Villaça, Anna C Carvalho-Graça, Gabriela Skinner, Bruna M Lotufo, Vitor H S Duarte-Pinheiro, Anderson Ribeiro-Carvalho, Alex C Manhães, Claudio C Filgueiras
Pregnant smoking women are frequently episodic drinkers. Here, we investigated whether ethanol exposure restricted to the brain growth spurt period when combined with chronic developmental exposure to nicotine aggravates memory/learning deficits and hyperactivity, and associated cAMP and cGMP signaling disruption. To further investigate the role of these signaling cascades, we verified whether vinpocetine (a phosphodiesterase inhibitor) ameliorates the neurochemical and behavioral outcomes. Swiss mice had free access to nicotine (NIC, 50 μg/ml) or water to drink during gestation and until the 8th postnatal day (PN8)...
April 10, 2018: Neurotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29634994/reduced-regional-volumes-associated-with-total-psychopathy-scores-in-an-adult-population-with-childhood-lead-exposure
#16
Travis J Beckwith, Kim N Dietrich, John P Wright, Mekibib Altaye, Kim M Cecil
Childhood lead exposure has been correlated to acts of delinquency and criminal behavior; however, little research has been conducted to examine its potential long term influence on behavioral factors such as personality, specifically psychopathic personality. Neuroimaging studies have demonstrated that the effects of childhood lead exposure persist into adulthood, with structural abnormalities found in gray and white matter regions involved in behavioral decision making. The current study examined whether measurements of adult psychopathy were associated with neuroanatomical differences in structural brain volumes for a longitudinal cohort with measured childhood lead exposure...
April 7, 2018: Neurotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29630914/reduced-maternal-behavior-caused-by-gestational-stress-is-predictive-of-life-span-changes-in-risk-taking-behavior-and-gene-expression-due-to-altering-of-the-stress-anti-stress-balance
#17
Eleonora Gatta, Jérôme Mairesse, Lucie Deruyter, Jordan Marrocco, Gilles Van Camp, Hammou Bouwalerh, Jean Marc Lo Guidice, Sara Morley-Fletcher, Ferdinando Nicoletti, Stefania Maccari
Exposure of the mother to adverse events during pregnancy is known to induce pathological programming of the HPA axis in the progeny, thereby increasing the vulnerability to neurobehavioral disorders. Maternal care plays a crucial role in the programming of the offspring, and oxytocin plays a key role in mother/pup interaction. Therefore, we investigated whether positive modulation of maternal behavior by activation of the oxytocinergic system could reverse the long-term alterations induced by perinatal stress (PRS; gestational restraint stress 3 times/day during the last ten days of gestation) on HPA axis activity, risk-taking behavior in the elevated-plus maze, hippocampal mGlu5 receptor and gene expression in Sprague-Dawley rats...
April 6, 2018: Neurotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29625197/a-single-subconvulsant-dose-of-domoic-acid-at-mid-gestation-does-not-cause-temporal-lobe-epilepsy-in-mice
#18
Fanny Demars, Kristen Clark, Megan S Wyeth, Emily Abrams, Paul S Buckmaster
Harmful blooms of domoic acid (DA)-producing algae are a problem in oceans worldwide. DA is a potent glutamate receptor agonist that can cause status epilepticus and in survivors, temporal lobe epilepsy. In mice, one-time low-dose in utero exposure to DA was reported to cause hippocampal damage and epileptiform activity, leading to the hypothesis that unrecognized exposure to DA from contaminated seafood in pregnant women can damage the fetal hippocampus and initiate temporal lobe epileptogenesis. However, development of epilepsy (i...
April 3, 2018: Neurotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29625196/sex-modulated-effects-of-sarin-exposure-in-rats-toxicity-hypothermia-and-inflammatory-markers
#19
Z Pittel, E Grauer, R Gez, Y Shlomovich, S Baranes, S Chapman
This work focused on sex differences in rats exposed to sarin. Females were found to be more sensitive to sarin toxicity (LD50 67 µg/kg) than males (88 µg/kg), showed less acute hypothermic effects than males (at 120 min post sarin, 3.1 ± 1.1 and 4.5 ± 1 °C decrease, respectively), but with a significant slower recovery over days. Females' temperature response to the cholinergic agonist oxotremorine (0.25 mg/kg, im) was more pronounced than that of males (at 30 min, 3.13 ± 0.27 and 2...
April 3, 2018: Neurotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29605442/intranasal-administration-of-sodium-dimethyldithiocarbamate-induces-motor-deficits-and-dopaminergic-dysfunction-in-mice
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Josiel M Mack, Tainara M Moura, Débora Lanznaster, Franciane Bobinski, Caio M Massari, Tuane B Sampaio, Ariana E Schmitz, Luiz F Souza, Roger Walz, Carla I Tasca, Anicleto Poli, Richard L Doty, Alcir L Dafre, Rui D Prediger
The primary etiology of Parkinson's disease (PD) remains unclear, but likely reflects a combination of genetic and environmental factors. Exposure to some pesticides, including ziram (zinc dimethyldithiocarbamate), is a relevant risk factor for PD. Like some other environmental neurotoxicants, we hypothesized that ziram can enter the central nervous system from the nasal mucosa via the olfactory nerves. To address this issue, we evaluated the effects of 1, 2 or 4 days of intranasal (i.n., 1 mg/nostril/day) infusions of sodium dimethyldithiocarbamate (NaDMDC), a dimethyldithiocarbamate more soluble than ziram, on locomotor activity in the open field, neurological severity score and rotarod performance...
March 29, 2018: Neurotoxicology
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