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Journal of Trace Elements in Medicine and Biology

Julia Krabbe, André Esser, Stephanie Kanzler, Till Braunschweig, Svetlana Kintsler, Jan Spillner, Thomas Schröder, Sebastian Kalverkamp, Galina Balakirski, Benjamin Gerhards, Annette D Rieg, Thomas Kraus, Peter Brand, Christian Martin
Recently, the pro-inflammatory effects of metal inert gas brazing welding fumes containing zinc and copper have been demonstrated in humans. Here, murine, rat and human precision cut lung slices (PCLS) were incubated in welding fume containing media with 0.1, 1, 10 and 100 μg/ml for 24 or 48 h. 24 h incubation were determined either by incubation for the total time or for only 6 h followed by a 18 h post-incubation phase. Cytotoxicity, proliferation and DNA repair rates, and cytokine levels were determined...
March 10, 2018: Journal of Trace Elements in Medicine and Biology
Philippe Collery
Many experimental models demonstrated that inorganic and organic selenium (Se) compounds may have an anticancer activity. However, large clinical studies failed to demonstrate that Se supplementations may prevent the outcome of cancers. Moreover, there are few randomized trials in cancer patients and there is not yet any Se compound recognized as anticancer drug. There is still a need to develop new Se compounds with new strategies. For that, it may be necessary to consider that Se compounds may have a dual role, either as anti-oxidant or as pro-oxidant...
March 8, 2018: Journal of Trace Elements in Medicine and Biology
Xue Lin, Yilin Liu, Tiantian Meng, Chunyan Xie, Xin Wu, Yulong Yin
The study was conducted to investigate the effects of different circadian calcium feeding regimes on parameters of Zn status and gene expression of circadian clock, calcium transporters and oxidative status in laying hens. In total, 180 of 41-weeks Brown Hy-line laying hens were assigned randomly into three groups, 1-CON group (Control Ca, diets contained 3.4% Ca at both 0730 and 1530 h), 2-HL group (High-low Ca, diets contained 3.6%-3.2% Ca respectively) and 3-LH group (Low-high Ca, diets contained 3.2%-3...
March 8, 2018: Journal of Trace Elements in Medicine and Biology
Tommaso Filippini, Silvia Cilloni, Marcella Malavolti, Federica Violi, Carlotta Malagoli, Marina Tesauro, Ilaria Bottecchi, Angela Ferrari, Luciano Vescovi, Marco Vinceti
This study provides the dietary intakes of six trace elements (cadmium, chromium, copper, manganese, selenium and zinc), generally characterized by both nutritional and toxicological features depending on their exposure. Being diet the most relevant source of exposure to trace elements in non-professionally exposed subjects, we measured content of these trace elements in foods composing the typical Italian diet using inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry, and assessing dietary habits using a validated semi-quantitative food frequency questionnaire we eventually estimated dietary daily intake of trace elements in a Northern Italian community...
March 8, 2018: Journal of Trace Elements in Medicine and Biology
Lili Fan, Long Tan, Yanting Chen, Cong Du, Mei Zhu, Kunling Wang, Hongyan Wei, Wei Wang, Min Gao, Yixin Zhang, Tingkai Cui, Wen Chen, Jun Shen, Wanqi Zhang
Studies have shown that prevalence of thyroid nodules (TNs) has been increasing recently. However, the factors that may influence TN prevalence is not fully understood. In this study, we aimed to understand the prevalence of TNs and identify possible factors that are associated with the prevalence of TNs in Tianjin, China. Subjects aged 18 years or older were randomly collected and all subjects received thyroid ultrasonography, physical examination and questionnaires. Subjects (n = 2647) were divided into the case group in which the subjects had TNs and the control group in which the subjects did not have TNs...
March 8, 2018: Journal of Trace Elements in Medicine and Biology
Po-Jung Pao, Eszter Emri, Safiya Bishar Abdirahman, Talha Soorma, Hui-Hui Zeng, Stefanie M Hauck, Richard B Thompson, Imre Lengyel
Population-based and interventional studies have shown that elevated zinc levels can reduce the progression to advanced age-related macular degeneration. The objective of this study was to assess whether elevated extracellular zinc has a direct effect on retinal pigment epithelial cells (RPE), by examining the phenotype and molecular characteristics of increased extracellular zinc on human primary RPE cells. Monolayers of human foetal primary RPE cells were grown on culture inserts and maintained in medium supplemented with increasing total concentrations of zinc (0, 75, 100, 125 and 150 μM) for up to 4 weeks...
March 1, 2018: Journal of Trace Elements in Medicine and Biology
Sarah Trame, Inga Wessels, Hajo Haase, Lothar Rink
Inadequate dietary zinc intake is wide-spread in the world's population. Despite the clinical significance of zinc deficiency there is no established method or biomarker to reliably evaluate the zinc status. The aim of our study was to develop a biochemically validated questionnaire as a clinically useful tool that can predict the risk of an individual being zinc deficient. From 71 subjects aged 18-55 years blood and urine samples were collected. Zinc concentrations in serum and urine were determined by atomic absorption spectrometry...
February 21, 2018: Journal of Trace Elements in Medicine and Biology
Gulab Chandra, Anjali Aggarwal, Muneendra Kumar, Anil Kumar Singh
Thirty-two advanced pregnant multiparous Sahiwal cows were used to study the effect of additional zinc (Zn) and vitamin E (VE) supplementation on hormonal and biochemical changes. Cows were randomly assigned to four groups and fed a basal diet of compounded concentrate, berseem fodder, and wheat straw in a ratio of 60:20:20. The groups were: (1) the basal diet with no supplement (control treatment); (2) the basal diet supplemented with 60 mg/kg DM/cow daily of Zn (Zn treatment); (3) the basal diet supplemented with 1000 IU/cow daily of vitamin E (VE treatment); and (4) the basal diet supplemented with a combination of 60 mg Zn/kg DM/cow and 1000 IU vitamin E/cow/d (Zn + VE treatment)...
February 21, 2018: Journal of Trace Elements in Medicine and Biology
Bernhard Michalke, Matthias F Kramer, Randolf Brehler
BACKGROUND: Aluminium is associated with disorders and is the commonly used vaccine adjuvant. Understanding the mechanisms of how Al is transported, metabolized or of its toxicity depends on the knowledge of Al-interactions with bioligands, i.e. Al-species. Al-speciation in serum is difficult because of low concentration and the risk of exogenous Al contamination. Furthermore, Al-measurements may be hampered according to various interferences. This study aims for developing quality controlled protocols for reliable Al- and Al-species determination and for investigating probable differences in Al (-speciation) after Al-containing subcutaneous immunotherapy (SIT)...
February 21, 2018: Journal of Trace Elements in Medicine and Biology
Desiree Willkommen, Marianna Lucio, Philippe Schmitt-Kopplin, Malaz Gazzaz, Michael Schroeter, Ali Sigaroudi, Bernhard Michalke
BACKGROUND: Parkinson's disease is affecting about 1% of the population above 65 years. Improvements in medicine support prolonged lifetime which increases the total concentration of humans affected by the disease. It is suggested that occupational and environmental exposure to metals like iron (Fe), manganese (Mn), copper (Cu) and zinc (Zn) can influence the risk for Parkinson's disease. These metals play a key role as cofactors in many enzymes and proteins. METHODS: In this case-control study, we investigated the Mn-, Fe-, Cu- and Zn-species in cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) by size-exclusion chromatography hyphenated to inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (SEC-ICP-MS) and the total concentration of these metals by inductively coupled plasma sector field mass spectrometry (ICP-sf-MS)...
February 20, 2018: Journal of Trace Elements in Medicine and Biology
Adriano Sofo, Hazem S Elshafie, Antonio Scopa, Stefania M Mang, Ippolito Camele
The growing of microbial resistance leads to a great interest about some natural alternatives to synthetic compounds. This study was carried out in two olive orchards (Olea europaea L., cv. Coratina) South Italy (Basilicata region), one located in a polluted area near a fertilizers factory releasing Zn and the other in a control unpolluted site, both managed with similar cultivation techniques. Olive oil samples were studied from both areas during 2014 and 2015. The soil microbiological status of the polluted and unpolluted orchards has been characterized and the antimicrobial effects of olive oils extracted from polluted plants (PP) and control plants (CP) against some phytopathogens have been explored...
February 19, 2018: Journal of Trace Elements in Medicine and Biology
Adriano Sofo, Inês Moreira, Concetta Eliana Gattullo, Luisa Louro Martins, Miguel Mourato
Zinc (Zn) is a common heavy metal in polluted soils, as it is a widespread pollutant deriving both from natural sources and anthropogenic activities. The antioxidant tolerance/defence mechanisms against oxidative stress induced by subtoxic concentrations of Zn (50 and 150 μM ZnSO4 ) were studied in a widespread edible plant (lettuce; Lactuca sativa L.) and in an important model plant (Arabidopsis thaliana (L.) Heynh.). After 10 days (Arabidopsis) and 20 days (lettuce) of Zn exposure, Zn uptake/translocation was evaluated in both roots and shoots, while indicators of oxidative stress and stress intensity, total antioxidant capacity, and enzymatic and non-enzymatic antioxidative defence were measured in leaves...
February 15, 2018: Journal of Trace Elements in Medicine and Biology
Christos Noulas, Miltiadis Tziouvalekas, Theodore Karyotis
A basic knowledge of the dynamics of zinc (Zn) in soils, water and plants are important steps in achieving sustainable solutions to the problem of Zn deficiency in crops and humans. This paper aims at reviewing and discussing the relevant aspects of the role of Zn in the soil-water-plant agro biological system: from the origins of Zn in soils and water to soil Zn deficiency distribution and the factors affecting soil Zn availability to plants, therefore to elucidate the strategies potentially help combating Zn deficiency problems in soil-plant-human continuum...
February 14, 2018: Journal of Trace Elements in Medicine and Biology
Djordje Grujcic, Thomas Hesselhøj Hansen, Søren Husted, Milanka Drinic, Bal Ram Singh
Agronomic biofortification is one of the main strategies for alleviation of micronutrient deficiencies in food and feed. The objective of this study was to investigate the effect of N supply on total concentration of Zn and Fe and their chemical species in the soluble extracts of maize silage grown under field conditions. Total concentrations of Zn, Fe, Cu, Mn, S and P were measured by flow-injection inductive coupled plasma (ICP) - mass spectrometer (MS). Soluble Fe and Zn were extracted and analyzed by size exclusion-inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry...
February 11, 2018: Journal of Trace Elements in Medicine and Biology
José C Fernández-Cao, Marisol Warthon-Medina, Victoria Hall Moran, Victoria Arija, Carlos Doepking, Nicola M Lowe
The aim of this systematic review, meta-analysis and meta-regression was to examine the relationship between type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) and concentration of zinc in whole blood, as well as dietary zinc intake. Searches were performed using Ovid MEDLINE, Embase (Ovid) and The Cochrane Library (CENTRAL). Observational studies conducted on diabetic and healthy adults, with data on dietary zinc intake and/or concentration of zinc in whole blood, were selected. The search strategy yielded 11,150 publications and the manual search 6, of which 11 were included in the meta-analyses...
February 7, 2018: Journal of Trace Elements in Medicine and Biology
M Peana, C T Chasapis, G Simula, S Medici, M A Zoroddu
A complex network of regulatory proteins takes part in the mechanism underlying the radioresistance of Deinoccocus radiodurans bacterium (DR). The interaction of Mn(II) ions with DR-proteins and peptides seems to be responsible for proteins protection from oxidative damage induced by Reactive Oxygen Species during irradiation. In the present work we describe a combined approach of bioinformatic strategies based on structural data and annotation to predict the Mn(II)-binding proteins encoded by the genome of DR and, in parallel, the same predictions for other bacteria were performed; the comparison revealed that, in most of the cases, the content of Mn(II)-binding proteins is significantly higher in radioresistant than in radiosensitive bacteria...
February 7, 2018: Journal of Trace Elements in Medicine and Biology
Florin Muselin, Eugenia Dumitrescu, Adina Berbecea, Alexandru Octavian Doma, Diana Brezovan, Jelena Savici, Alexandra Trif, Romeo Teodor Cristina
BACKGROUND: A clinically active structure with known antitumor activities is cisplatin (CDDP), but this it comes with toxicity characteristics which can be faded by the beneficial effects of Silver birch (Betula pendula) sap. OBJECTIVE: We aimed to assess the cisplatin activity on: Mn, Mg, Cu, Fe and Zn homeostasis in rats and to observe the effect of birch sap. METHODS: Healthy Wistar rats (n = 10/group) were divided in four groups: Control: receiving 1 mL saline I...
February 7, 2018: Journal of Trace Elements in Medicine and Biology
Manal H Al Khabbas, Samah A Ata, Kamal I Abu-Dari, Maha F Tutunji, Mohammad S Mubarak
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February 7, 2018: Journal of Trace Elements in Medicine and Biology
S M Müller, F Ebert, J Bornhorst, H-J Galla, K A Francesconi, T Schwerdtle
Lipid-soluble arsenicals, so-called arsenolipids, have gained a lot of attention in the last few years because of their presence in many seafoods and reports showing substantial cytotoxicity emanating from arsenic-containing hydrocarbons (AsHCs), a prominent subgroup of the arsenolipids. More recent in vivo and in vitro studies indicate that some arsenolipids might have adverse effects on brain health. In the present study, we focused on the effects of selected arsenolipids and three representative metabolites on the blood-cerebrospinal fluid barrier (B-CSF-B), a brain-regulating interface...
February 6, 2018: Journal of Trace Elements in Medicine and Biology
Martina Maywald, Fudi Wang, Lothar Rink
T helper (Th) 9 cells play a critical role in immune-mediated diseases, including allergic airway inflammation, autoimmune diseases, and cancer development. Thus, the promotion or suppression of Th9 cell differentiation, transcriptional control, and function is very important for a healthy immune system. Interestingly, T cell maturation, differentiation and function are highly dependent on the individuals' zinc status. This is especially seen in zinc deficient individuals as in the elderly population often suffering of autoimmunity and increased incidence of infections...
February 6, 2018: Journal of Trace Elements in Medicine and Biology
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