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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736150/prenatal-environmental-chemical-exposures-and-longitudinal-patterns-of-child-neurobehavior
#1
Joseph M Braun, Kimberly Yolton, Shaina L Stacy, Bahar Erar, George D Papandonatos, David C Bellinger, Bruce P Lanphear, Aimin Chen
BACKGROUND: Prenatal chemical exposures may adversely affect neurodevelopment, but few studies have examined the persistence of these associations. We examined whether associations between prenatal bisphenol A (BPA) or polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE) exposures persist or resolve as children age. METHODS: We followed 346 mother-child pairs (enrolled 2003-2006) from Cincinnati, OH from pregnancy until children were 8 years old. We measured BPA in urine collected at 16 and 26 weeks gestation and PBDE-47 in serum collected at 16 weeks gestation...
July 20, 2017: Neurotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736149/methylmercury-augments-nrf2-activity-by-downregulation-of-the-src-family-kinase-fyn
#2
Megan Culbreth, Ziyan Zhang, Michael Aschner
Methylmercury (MeHg) is a potent developmental neurotoxicant that induces an oxidative stress response in the brain. It has been demonstrated that MeHg exposure increases nuclear factor erythroid 2-related factor 2 (Nrf2) activity. Nrf2 is a transcription factor that translocates to the nucleus in response to oxidative stress, and upregulates phase II detoxifying enzymes. Although, Nrf2 activity is augmented subsequent to MeHg exposure, it has yet to be established whether Nrf2 moves into the nucleus as a result...
July 20, 2017: Neurotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728787/prenatal-co-exposure-to-manganese-and-depression-and-24-months-neurodevelopment
#3
Teresa Verenice Muñoz Rocha, Marcela Tamayo Y Ortiz, Martín Romero, Ivan Pantic, Lourdes Schnaas, David Bellinger, Birgit Claus Henn, Rosalind Wright, Robert O Wright, Mara Téllez-Rojo
BACKGROUND: Normal prenatal neurodevelopment follows stages that are potentially influenced by both chemical and psychosocial environments. Exposure to elevated manganese during this critically vulnerable period has been found to be neurotoxic. Independently, maternal prenatal depression has been associated with subsequent neurodevelopmental decrements in children. The association between child neurodevelopment and prenatal co-exposure to manganese and maternal depression has not been sufficiently studied...
July 17, 2017: Neurotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720388/strain-specific-effects-of-low-level-lead-exposure-on-associative-learning-and-memory-in-rats
#4
Megha Verma, J S Schneider
Exposure to lead (Pb) remains a significant public health concern. Lead exposure in early life impairs the normal development of numerous cognitive and neurobehavioral processes. Previous work has shown that the effects of developmental Pb exposure on gene expression patterns in the brain are modulated by various factors including the developmental timing of the exposure, level of exposure, sex, and genetic background. Using gene microarray profiling, we previously reported a significant strain-specific effect of Pb exposure on the hippocampal transcriptome, with the greatest number of differentially expressed transcripts in Long Evans (LE) rats and the fewest in Sprague Dawley (SD) rats...
July 16, 2017: Neurotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720389/exposure-to-pesticide-as-a-risk-factor-for-depression-a-population-based-longitudinal-study-in-korea
#5
Sang-Baek Koh, Tae Hui Kim, Seongho Min, Kyungsuk Lee, Dae Ryong Kang, Jung Ran Choi
BACKGROUND: Exposure to pesticides is associated with mental disorders, including depression, especially among occupationally exposed populations, such as farmers. The results of experimental studies ascribed the negative effects of pesticides on mental health to their neurotoxic and endocrine-disrupting activities. PURPOSE: This study aimed to investigate the association between the risk of depression and high- or low-level exposure to pesticides in a rural population...
July 15, 2017: Neurotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716743/low-level-exposure-to-manganese-from-drinking-water-and-cognition-in-school-age-children
#6
Maryse F Bouchard, Céline Surette, Pierre Cormier, Delphine Foucher
BACKGROUND: Manganese (Mn) is an element found in the environment and certain geographic areas have elevated concentrations in soil and water du to natural conditions or anthropic activities. A growing body of data suggests that exposure to manganese in drinking water could be neurotoxic. OBJECTIVE: Firstly, we aimed to examine the association between exposure to manganese from drinking water and cognition in children consuming well water. Secondly, we also aimed to examine the relation between cognition and manganese concentrations in children's hair, nail, and saliva...
July 14, 2017: Neurotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712943/sex-and-brain-region-specific-effects-of-prenatal-stress-and-lead-exposure-on-permissive-and-repressive-post-translational-histone-modifications-from-embryonic-development-through-adulthood
#7
G Varma, M Sobolewski, D A Cory-Slechta, J S Schneider
Developmental exposure to prenatal stress (PS) and lead (Pb) can affect brain development and adversely influence behavior and cognition. Epigenetic-based gene regulation is crucial for normal brain development and mis-regulation, in any form, can result in neurodevelopmental disorders. Post-translational histone modifications (PTHMs) are an integral and dynamic component of the epigenetic machinery involved in gene regulation. Exposures to Pb and/or PS may alter PTHM profiles, promoting lifelong alterations in brain function observed following Pb±PS exposure...
July 13, 2017: Neurotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28694016/-18-f-fdopa-positron-emission-tomography-in-manganese-exposed-workers
#8
Susan R Criswell, Susan Searles Nielsen, Mark Warden, Joel S Perlmutter, Stephen M Moerlein, Hubert P Flores, John Huang, Lianne Sheppard, Noah Seixas, Harvey Checkoway, Brad A Racette
Occupational manganese (Mn) exposure is associated with the development of parkinsonism; however, the mechanism of neurotoxicity is unknown. Brain positron emission tomography (PET) imaging provides a non-invasive method of assessing dopamineric neuronal function. 6-[(18)F]fluoro-L-DOPA (FDOPA) PET reflects in-vivo nigrostriatal function, but results in Mn exposure are conflicting. The objective of this study was to investigate the association between Mn exposure secondary to occupational welding, FDOPA striatal uptake, and clinical parkinsonism as measured by Unified Parkinson Disease Rating Scale motor subscore 3 (UPDRS3) scores...
July 7, 2017: Neurotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28687449/jp8-exposure-and-neurocognitive-performance-among-us-air-force-personnel
#9
Kristin J Heaton, Alexis L Maule, Kristen W Smith, Ema G Rodrigues, Michael D McClean, Susan P Proctor
Petroleum-based fuels such as jet propellant (JP) 4, JP5, JP8, and jet A1 (JetA) are among the most common occupational chemical exposures encountered by military and civilian workforces. Although acute toxicity following high-level exposures to JP8 and similar chemical mixtures has been reported, the relationship between persistent low-level occupational exposures to jet fuels and both acute and longer-term central nervous system (CNS) function has been comparatively less well characterized. This paper describes results of neurocognitive assessments acquired repeatedly across a work week study design (Friday to Friday) as part of the Occupational JP8 Exposure Neuroepidemiology Study (OJENES) involving U...
July 4, 2017: Neurotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28687448/effects-of-low-level-prenatal-lead-exposure-on-child-iq-at-4-and-8-years-in-a-uk-birth-cohort-study
#10
Caroline M Taylor, Katarzyna Kordas, Jean Golding, Alan M Emond
BACKGROUND: The association between childhood exposure to lead (Pb) and deficits in cognitive function is well established. The association with prenatal exposure, however, is not well understood, even though the potential adverse effects are equally important. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the association between low prenatal exposure to lead and IQ in children, to determine whether there were sex differences in the associations, and to evaluate the moderation effect of prenatal Pb exposure on child IQ...
July 4, 2017: Neurotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28676206/manganese-testing-under-a-clean-air-act-test-rule-and-the-application-of-resultant-data-in-risk-assessments
#11
Darcie Smith, George M Woodall, Annie M Jarabek, William K Boyes
In the 1990's, the proposed use of methylcyclopentadienyl manganese tricarbonyl (MMT) as an octane-enhancing gasoline fuel additive led to concerns for potential public health consequences from exposure to manganese (Mn) combustion products in automotive exhaust. After a series of regulatory/legal actions and negotiations, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued under Clean Air Act (CAA) section 211(b) an Alternative Tier 2 Test Rule that required development of scientific information intended to help resolve uncertainties in exposure or health risk estimates associated with MMT use...
July 1, 2017: Neurotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28655499/continuous-exposure-to-low-frequency-noise-and-carbon-disulfide-combined-effects-on-hearing
#12
Thomas Venet, Maria Carreres-Pons, Monique Chalansonnet, Aurélie Thomas, Lise Merlen, Hervé Nunge, Elodie Bonfanti, Frédéric Cosnier, Jordi Llorens, Pierre Campo
Carbon disulfide (CS2) is used in industry; it has been shown to have neurotoxic effects, causing central and distal axonopathies.However, it is not considered cochleotoxic as it does not affect hair cells in the organ of Corti, and the only auditory effects reported in the literature were confined to the low-frequency region. No reports on the effects of combined exposure to low-frequency noise and CS2 have been published to date. This article focuses on the effects on rat hearing of combined exposure to noise with increasing concentrations of CS2 (0, 63,250, and 500ppm, 6h per day, 5 days per week, for 4 weeks)...
June 24, 2017: Neurotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651968/sodium-p-aminosalicylic-acid-inhibits-sub-chronic-manganese-induced-neuroinflammation-in-rats-by-modulating-mapk-and-cox-2
#13
Shao-Jun Li, Wen-Xia Qin, Dong-Jie Peng, Zong-Xiang Yuan, Sheng-Nan He, Yi-Ni Luo, Michael Aschner, Yue-Ming Jiang, Dian-Yin Liang, Bing-Yan Xie, Fang Xu
Excessive manganese (Mn) accumulation in the brain may induce an extrapyramidal disorder known as manganism. Inflammatory processes play a critical role in neurodegenerative diseases. Therapeutically, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or analogous anti-inflammatory therapies have neuroprotective effects. As a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug, p-aminosalicylic acid (PAS) has anti-inflammatory effects, which are mediated by decreased prostaglandins E2 (PGE2) levels. The aim of the current study was to investigate whether PAS-Na treatment prevents Mn-induced behavioral changes and neuroinflammation in vivo...
June 23, 2017: Neurotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648949/welding-related-brain-and-functional-changes-in-welders-with-chronic-and-low-level-exposure
#14
Eun-Young Lee, Michael R Flynn, Mechelle M Lewis, Richard B Mailman, Xuemei Huang
Although an essential nutrient, manganese (Mn) can be toxic at high doses. There is, however, uncertainty regarding the effects of chronic low-level Mn-exposure. This review provides an overview of Mn-related brain and functional changes based on studies of a cohort of asymptomatic welders who had lower Mn-exposure than in most previous work. In welders with low-level Mn-exposure, we found: 1) Mn may accumulate in the brain in a non-linear fashion: MRI R1 (1/T1) signals significantly increased only after a critical level of exposure was reached (e...
June 23, 2017: Neurotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645554/monocrotophos-an-organophosphorus-insecticide-disrupts-the-expression-of-hpnetrin-and-its-receptor-neogenin-during-early-development-in-the-sea-urchin-hemicentrotus-pulcherrimus
#15
Xiaona Zhang, Lei Xu, Hua Tian, Cuicui Wang, Wei Wang, Shaoguo Ru
Netrins, chemotropic guidance cues, can guide the extension of serotonergic axons by binding to netrin receptors during neural development. However, little is known about whether disruption of netrin signaling is involved in the mechanisms by which organophosphorus pesticides affect serotonergic nervous system (SNS) development. In this study, we evaluated the effects of the pesticide monocrotophos (MCP) on the expression patterns of HpNetrin and its receptor neogenin as well as on the intracellular calcium ion (Ca(2+)) levels in Hemicentrotus pulcherrimus (sea urchin) by exposing fertilized embryos to 0, 0...
June 20, 2017: Neurotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28595911/manganese-exposure-exacerbates-progressive-motor-deficits-and-neurodegeneration-in-the-mitopark-mouse-model-of-parkinson-s-disease-relevance-to-gene-and-environment-interactions-in-metal-neurotoxicity
#16
Monica R Langley, Shivani Ghaisas, Muhammet Ay, Jie Luo, Bharathi N Palanisamy, Huajun Jin, Vellareddy Anantharam, Arthi Kanthasamy, Anumantha G Kanthasamy
Parkinson's disease (PD) is now recognized as a neurodegenerative condition caused by a complex interplay of genetic and environmental influences. Chronic manganese (Mn) exposure has been implicated in the development of PD. Since mitochondrial dysfunction is associated with PD pathology as well as Mn neurotoxicity, we investigated whether Mn exposure augments mitochondrial dysfunction and neurodegeneration in the nigrostriatal dopaminergic system using a newly available mitochondrially defective transgenic mouse model of PD, the MitoPark mouse...
June 19, 2017: Neurotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625925/vanadium-exposure-induced-striatal-learning-and-memory-alterations-in-rats
#17
Liping Sun, Keyue Wang, Yan Li, Qiyuan Fan, Wei Zheng, Hong Li
Occupational and environmental exposure to vanadium has been associated with toxicities in reproductive, respiratory, and cardiovascular systems. The knowledge on whether and how vanadium exposure caused neurobehavioral changes remains incomplete. This study was designed to investigate the changes in learning and memory following drinking water exposure to vanadium, and to conduct the preliminary study on underlying mechanisms. Male Sprague-Dawley rats were exposed to vanadium dissolved in drinking water at the concentration of 0...
June 15, 2017: Neurotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624528/derivation-of-an-occupational-exposure-level-for-manganese-in-welding-fumes
#18
Lisa A Bailey, Laura E Kerper, Julie E Goodman
Exposure to high levels of manganese (Mn) in occupational settings is known to lead to adverse neurological effects. Since Mn is an essential nutrient, there are mechanisms that maintain its homeostatic control in the body, and there is some level of Mn in air that does not perturb Mn homeostasis. However, the Mn exposure concentrations at which no adverse effects are expected in occupational settings vary considerably across regulatory agencies. We set out to derive a Mn Occupational Exposure Level (OEL) for welders based on a review of studies that evaluated Mn exposure concentrations from welding fumes and: (1) neurological effects in welders; (2) levels of Mn in the brains of welders (via pallidal index [PI] estimated from magnetic resonance imaging [MRI]); (3) other biomarkers of Mn exposure in welders (i...
June 15, 2017: Neurotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28600141/chlorpyrifos-and-chlorpyrifos-oxon-impair-the-transport-of-membrane-bound-organelles-in-rat-cortical-axons
#19
Jie Gao, Sean X Naughton, Wayne D Beck, Caterina M Hernandez, Guangyu Wu, Zhe Wei, Xiangkun Yang, Michael G Bartlett, Alvin V Terry
Chlorpyrifos (CPF) is an extensively used organophosphorus pesticide that has recently come under increasing scrutiny due to environmental health concerns particularly its association with neurodevelopmental defects. While the insecticidal actions and acute toxicity of CPF are attributed to its oxon metabolite (CPO) which potently inhibits the cholinergic enzyme acetylcholinesterase (AChE), there is significant evidence that CPF, CPO, and other organophosphates may affect a variety of neuronal targets and processes that are not directly related to AChE...
June 12, 2017: Neurotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28610744/prenatal-manganese-exposure-and-intrinsic-functional-connectivity-of-emotional-brain-areas-in-children
#20
Erik de Water, Erika Proal, Victoria Wang, Sandra Martínez Medina, Lourdes Schnaas, Martha María Téllez-Rojo, Robert O Wright, Cheuk Y Tang, Megan K Horton
Manganese (Mn) is an essential trace metal that is neurotoxic at high levels of exposure. Disruption of brain maturation processes during the prenatal period may have lasting consequences. During this critical period, the developing human brain is uniquely vulnerable to exposure to environmental toxicants such as Mn, and prenatal Mn exposure has been associated with changes in brain areas involved in emotion processing and regulation. The goal of the present pilot study was to examine whether prenatal Mn exposure is associated with changes in the intrinsic functional connectivity (iFC) of the brain in childhood, focusing on changes in emotional brain areas...
June 10, 2017: Neurotoxicology
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