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Neurotoxicology and Teratology

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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28603072/differential-expression-of-glutamate-transporters-in-cerebral-cortex-of-paraoxon-treated-rats
#1
Zohreh Zare, Mohsen Tehrani, Alireza Rafiei, Reza Valadan, Moslem Mohammadi
Glutamatergic system is involved in pathological effects of organophosphorus (OP) compounds. We aimed to determine in vivo effects of paraoxon, the bioactive metabolite of parathion, on the expression of glutamate transporters as well as Bax and Bcl2 in rat cerebral cortex. Male Wistar rats received an intraperitoneal (i.p.) injection of one of three doses of paraoxon (0.3, 0.7, or 1mg/kg) or corn oil as vehicle (1ml/kg). After 4 or 18h, cerebral cortices were dissected out and used for quantitative reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction (qRT-PCR) and western blot assays to measure mRNA and protein levels, respectively...
June 8, 2017: Neurotoxicology and Teratology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28579518/cognitive-impairment-in-agricultural-workers-and-nearby-residents-exposed-to-pesticides-in-the-coquimbo-region-of-chile
#2
Sebastián A Corral, Valeria de Angel, Natalia Salas, Liliana Zúñiga-Venegas, Pablo A Gaspar, Floria Pancetti
Chronic exposure to organophosphate pesticides is a worldwide public health concern associated with several psychiatric disorders and dementia. Most existing studies on the effects of pesticides only evaluate agricultural workers. Therefore, this study sought to establish if individuals indirectly exposed to pesticides, such as residents in agricultural areas, also suffer cognitive impairments. Neuropsychological evaluations were carried out on three groups (n=102): agricultural workers directly exposed to pesticides (n=32), individuals living in agricultural areas indirectly (i...
June 1, 2017: Neurotoxicology and Teratology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511916/pre-treatment-with-amitriptyline-causes-epigenetic-up-regulation-of-neuroprotection-associated-genes-and-has-anti-apoptotic-effects-in-mouse-neuronal-cells
#3
Nguyen Quoc Vuong Tran, An Nghia Nguyen, Kyoko Takabe, Zentaro Yamagata, Kunio Miyake
Antidepressants, such as imipramine and fluoxetine, are known to alter gene expression patterns by inducing changes in the epigenetic status of neuronal cells. There is also some evidence for the anti-apoptotic effect of various groups of antidepressants; however, this effect is complicated and cell-type dependent. Antidepressants of the tricyclic group, in particular amitriptyline, have been suggested to be beneficial in the treatment of neurodegenerative disorders. We examined whether amitriptyline exerts an anti-apoptotic effect via epigenetic mechanisms...
May 13, 2017: Neurotoxicology and Teratology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28476615/deficits-in-spatial-learning-and-memory-in-adult-mice-following-acute-low-or-moderate-levels-of-prenatal-ethanol-exposure-during-gastrulation-or-neurulation
#4
Uta B Schambra, C Nicole Lewis, Theresa A Harrison
Debate continues on the merits of strictly limiting alcohol consumption during all of pregnancy, and whether "safe" consumption levels and/or times exist. Only a relatively few experimental studies have been conducted that limit the timing of exposure to specific events during development and the exposure level to one that might model sporadic, incidental drinking during pregnancy. In the present study, the effects of two acute gavage exposures to low and moderate levels of ethanol (peak blood ethanol concentrations (BEC) of 104 and 177mg/dl, respectively) either during gastrulation on gestational day (GD) 7 (at GD7:0h and GD7:4h) or during neurulation on GD8 (at GD8:6h and GD8:10h) on the spatial learning and memory abilities of adult mice in the radial arm maze (RAM) were examined...
May 2, 2017: Neurotoxicology and Teratology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28465083/cocaine-sensitization-in-adult-long-evans-rats-perinatally-exposed-to-polychlorinated-biphenyls
#5
Mellessa M Miller, Jenna L N Sprowles, Jason N Voeller, Abby E Meyer, Helen J K Sable
Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) are ubiquitous environmental toxicants known to adversely affect the nervous system and more specifically the dopamine system. Developmental PCB exposure in rats has been shown to produce alterations in dopaminergic signaling that persist into adulthood. The reinforcing properties of psychostimulants are typically modulated via the dopaminergic system, so this project used a behavioral sensitization paradigm to evaluate whether perinatal PCB exposure altered sensitization to the psychostimulant cocaine...
April 29, 2017: Neurotoxicology and Teratology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28456551/41st-anniversary-annual-meeting-of-the-developmental-neurotoxicology-society-held-in-conjunction-with-the-57th-annual-meeting-of-the-teratology-society-grand-hyatt-hotel-denver-co-june-24-28-2017
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April 27, 2017: Neurotoxicology and Teratology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438663/acute-effects-of-amitriptyline-on-adult-zebrafish-potential-relevance-to-antidepressant-drug-screening-and-modeling-human-toxidromes
#7
Konstantin A Demin, Tatiana O Kolesnikova, Sergey L Khatsko, Darya M Meshalkina, Evgeniya V Efimova, Yuri Yu Morzherin, Allan V Kalueff
The need to develop novel antidepressants is an emerging problem in biomedicine. An aquatic vertebrate species, the zebrafish (Danio rerio) may serve as a useful in-vivo screen for CNS drugs, and displays high sensitivity to a wide range of antidepressants. Amitriptyline is a commonly used tricyclic antidepressant which acts primarily as a serotonin and noradrenaline reuptake inhibitor. Here, we characterize drug-induced behavioral and neurochemical responses in adult zebrafish following their acute exposure to amitriptyline...
April 21, 2017: Neurotoxicology and Teratology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435095/application-of-advanced-preclinical-models-and-methods-in-anesthetic-neurotoxicity-research
#8
REVIEW
Cheng Wang, Xuan Zhang, Fang Liu
Recently, there has been increasing concern regarding the potential of anesthetics to disturb the long-term function of the central nervous system (CNS). The field of anesthesia-related toxicology, therefore, has engaged multiple scientific disciplines and utilized a variety of pre-clinical research models in an attempt to identify the basic characteristics of the anesthetic agents that may produce acute and/or chronic adverse effects on the CNS. This review discusses how the application of advanced research approaches and models, such as the nonhuman primate, neural stem cell-derived organotypic slice cultures and/or organs-on-chips systems, can serve as translational models of infantile anesthetic exposure...
April 20, 2017: Neurotoxicology and Teratology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433669/environmental-enrichment-reverses-memory-impairment-induced-by-toluene-in-mice
#9
Sergio Montes, Rocío Del Carmen Solís-Guillén, David García-Jácome, Nayeli Páez-Martínez
Toluene is the main component of a variety of inhalants that are used for intoxication purposes. Alterations in memory have been reported in inhalant users; however, it is unclear whether these impairments could be reversed, and the mechanisms involved in the putative recovery. Therefore, the main purpose of this study was to model the deleterious effects of toluene on memory in mice and to evaluate the effect of environmental enrichment on that response. In the second part of the study, the concentrations of glutamate and GABA, following chronic toluene exposure and after environmental enrichment treatment, were evaluated...
April 20, 2017: Neurotoxicology and Teratology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28242457/prenatal-tobacco-exposure-maternal-postnatal-nicotine-dependence-and-adolescent-risk-for-nicotine-dependence-birth-cohort-study
#10
Natacha M De Genna, Lidush Goldschmidt, Nancy L Day, Marie D Cornelius
AIMS: The goals of this study are to determine if there is (a) a threshold effect for prenatal tobacco exposure (PTE) on adolescent risk for nicotine dependence, and (b) an additive effect of PTE and maternal postnatal nicotine dependence on adolescent risk for nicotine dependence. METHODS: Pregnant women were recruited in their 4th or 5th gestational month and asked about cigarette use during the first trimester. Mothers reported on third trimester cigarette use at delivery...
May 2017: Neurotoxicology and Teratology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223149/long-term-behavioral-change-as-a-result-of-acute-ethanol-exposure-in-zebrafish-evidence-for-a-role-for-sonic-hedgehog-but-not-retinoic-acid-signaling
#11
Derek F Burton, Chengjin Zhang, Oswald Boa-Amponsem, Shanta Mackinnon, Gregory J Cole
BACKGROUND: Developmental exposure to ethanol is recognized to produce long-term neurobehavioral impairment in multiple animal models. However, the molecular mechanisms underlying these deficits remain poorly understood. The present study was undertaken to ascertain whether two well-characterized targets of prenatal alcohol exposure, sonic hedgehog (Shh) and retinoic acid (RA), that induce the hallmark morphological phenotypes of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD), are involved in the generation of behavioral alterations as a result of alcohol exposure...
May 2017: Neurotoxicology and Teratology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212938/the-combined-effects-of-3-4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine-mdma-and-selected-substituted-methcathinones-on-measures-of-neurotoxicity
#12
Nicholas B Miner, James P O'Callaghan, Tamara J Phillips, Aaron Janowsky
The rise in popularity of substituted methcathinones (aka "bath salts") has increased the focus on their neurotoxic effects. Two commonly abused methcathinones, 3,4-methylenedioxymethcathinone (methylone, MDMC) and 3,4-methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV), are often concomitantly ingested with the illicit drug 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA). To examine potential neurotoxic effects of these drug combinations, C57BL/6J mice were administered 4 i.p. injection of the drugs, at 2h intervals, either singularly: MDMA 15 or 30mg/kg, methylone 20mg/kg, MDPV 1mg/kg; or in combination: methylone/MDMA 20/15mg/kg, MDPV/MDMA 1/15mg/kg...
May 2017: Neurotoxicology and Teratology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28163169/does-maoa-increase-susceptibility-to-prenatal-stress-in-young-children
#13
Suena H Massey, Amalia E Hatcher, Caron A C Clark, James L Burns, Daniel S Pine, Andrew D Skol, Daniel K Mroczek, Kimberly A Espy, David Goldman, Edwin Cook, Lauren S Wakschlag
BACKGROUND: We previously demonstrated a gene-by-prenatal-environment interaction whereby the monoamine oxidase A gene (MAOA) modified the impact of prenatal tobacco exposure (PTE) on adolescent disruptive behavior (DB), with the MAOA risk genotype varying by sex. We extend this work by examining whether this mechanism is evident with another common adversity, prenatal stress exposure (PSE), and whether sex differences are present earlier in development in closer proximity to exposure...
May 2017: Neurotoxicology and Teratology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27793660/reduced-expression-of-%C3%AE-5gabaa-receptors-elicits-autism-like-alterations-in-eeg-patterns-and-sleep-wake-behavior
#14
Lia Mesbah-Oskui, Antonello Penna, Beverley A Orser, Richard L Horner
A reduction in the activity of GABAA receptors, particularly α5 subunit-containing GABAA receptors (α5GABAARs), has been implicated in the etiology of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Genetically modified mice that lack α5GABAARs (Gabra5(-/-)) exhibit autism-like behaviors and both enhanced and impaired learning and memory, depending on the behavioral task. The aim of this study was to examine the electroencephalogram (EEG) activity and sleep-wake behaviors in Gabra5(-/-) mice and wild-type mice. In addition, since some individuals with ASD can exhibit elevated innate immune response, mice were treated with lipopolysaccharide (LPS; 125mg/kg intraperitoneal injection) or vehicle and EEG and sleep-wake patterns were assessed...
May 2017: Neurotoxicology and Teratology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28363668/methylphenidate-alleviates-manganese-induced-impulsivity-but-not-distractibility
#15
Stephane A Beaudin, Barbara J Strupp, Walter Uribe, Lauren Ysais, Myla Strawderman, Donald R Smith
Recent studies from our lab have demonstrated that postnatal manganese (Mn) exposure in a rodent model can cause lasting impairments in fine motor control and attention, and that oral methylphenidate (MPH) treatment can effectively treat the dysfunction in fine motor control. However, it is unknown whether MPH treatment can alleviate the impairments in attention produced by Mn exposure. Here we used a rodent model of postnatal Mn exposure to determine whether (1) oral MPH alleviates attention and impulse control deficits caused by postnatal Mn exposure, using attention tasks that are variants of the 5-choice serial reaction time task, and (2) whether these treatments affected neuronal dendritic spine density in the medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC) and dorsal striatum...
March 28, 2017: Neurotoxicology and Teratology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344103/evaluation-of-geranylgeranylacetone-against-cisplatin-induced-ototoxicity-by-auditory-brainstem-response-heat-shock-proteins-and-oxidative-levels-in-guinea-pigs
#16
Wu-Chia Lo, Chen-Tu Wu, Hillary Chiao Lee, Yi-Ho Young, Yih-Leong Chang, Po-Wen Cheng
This study aims to assess whether geranylgeranylacetone (GGA) could reduce ototoxicity induced by cisplatin through upregulation of not only heat shock protein(HSP)-70, but also HSP-27 and HSP-40, and to study if GGA would reduce cisplatin-induced increase in oxidative stress. 48 guinea pigs were used in this study and treated with the following regimen: 0.5% CMC (sodium carboxymethyl cellulose) control for 7days, GGA (600mg/kg/d) for 7days, a combination of GGA (600mg/kg) for 7days and then one dose of 10mg/kg cisplatin (GGA+Cis), and a combination of CMC for 7days and then 10mg/kg cisplatin (cisplatin group)...
March 24, 2017: Neurotoxicology and Teratology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288948/memory-and-depressive-effect-on-male-and-female-swiss-mice-exposed-to-tannery-effluent
#17
Abraão Tiago Batista Guimarães, Raíssa de Oliveira Ferreira, Aline Sueli de Lima Rodrigues, Guilherme Malafaia
Although tannery industries generate substantial profits to the countries they are located in, they work with one of the most environmentally harmful human activities. Tannery effluents (TE) are highly toxic; thus, their improper release into water bodies may cause severe problems to individuals depending on this water. Therefore, the aim of the current study is to assess the effects of oral exposure to TE on the anxiety-, memory deficit- and depression-predictive behaviors in male and female Swiss adult mice...
March 10, 2017: Neurotoxicology and Teratology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28286177/screening-for-novel-central-nervous-system-biomarkers-in-veterans-with-gulf-war-illness
#18
Mohamed B Abou-Donia, Lisa A Conboy, Efi Kokkotou, Eric Jacobson, Eman M Elmasry, Passent Elkafrawy, Megan Neely, Cameron R 'Dale' Bass, Kimberly Sullivan
Gulf War illness (GWI) is primarily diagnosed by symptom report; objective biomarkers are needed that distinguish those with GWI. Prior chemical exposures during deployment have been associated in epidemiologic studies with altered central nervous system functioning in veterans with GWI. Previous studies from our group have demonstrated the presence of autoantibodies to essential neuronal and glial proteins in patients with brain injury and autoantibodies have been identified as candidate objective markers that may distinguish GWI...
March 9, 2017: Neurotoxicology and Teratology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28263856/childhood-and-adolescent-fish-consumption-and-adult-neuropsychological-performance-an-analysis-from-the-cape-cod-health-study
#19
Lindsey J Butler, Patricia A Janulewicz, Jenny L Carwile, Roberta F White, Michael R Winter, Ann Aschengrau
OBJECTIVE: This exploratory analysis examines the relationship between childhood and adolescent fish consumption and adult neuropsychological performance. DESIGN: Data from a retrospective cohort study that assessed fish consumption from age 7 to 18years via questionnaire were analyzed. A subset of the population underwent domain-specific neuropsychological assessment. Functions evaluated included omnibus intelligence, academic achievement, language, visuospatial skills, learning and memory, attention and executive function, fine motor coordination, mood, and motivation to perform...
March 3, 2017: Neurotoxicology and Teratology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28259732/prenatal-exposure-to-anxiolytic-and-hypnotic-medication-in-relation-to-behavioral-problems-in-childhood-a-population-based-cohort-study
#20
Maja R Radojčić, Hanan El Marroun, Branislava Miljković, Bruno H C Stricker, Vincent W V Jaddoe, Frank C Verhulst, Tonya White, Henning Tiemeier
Benzodiazepines and benzodiazepine-related medications (BBRMs) are anxiolytics and hypnotics acting on γ-amino butyric acid (GABA)A receptors. BBRMs are assumed to have a low potential for major congenital malformations, but research on more subtle and protracted developing symptoms of these medications is lacking. Therefore, we prospectively investigated the association between BBRM use in pregnancy and long-term effects on child behavior in a large population-based cohort study. The study population consisted of 104 children prenatally exposed to BBRM, 527 children exposed to maternal prenatal anxiety or phobic anxiety symptoms (without exposure to BBRM), and 5609 control children...
March 1, 2017: Neurotoxicology and Teratology
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