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Journal of Trace Elements in Medicine and Biology

Jinlong Li, Xiaoxu Duan, Dandan Dong, Yang Zhang, Lu Zhao, Wei Li, Jinli Chen, Guifan Sun, Bing Li
Groundwater contaminated with inorganic arsenic (iAs) is the main source of human exposure to arsenic and generates a global health issue. In this study, the urinary excretion, as well as the time-course distributions of various arsenic species in murine tissues, especially in different brain regions were determined after a single oral administration of 2.5, 5, 10 and 20mg/kg sodium arsenite (NaAsO2). Our data showed that the peak times of urinary, hepatic and nephritic total arsenic (TAs) were happened at about 1h, then TAs levels decreased gradually and almost could not be observed after 72h...
October 4, 2016: Journal of Trace Elements in Medicine and Biology
Anatoly V Skalny, Natalia V Simashkova, Tatiana P Klyushnik, Andrei R Grabeklis, Ivan V Radysh, Margarita G Skalnaya, Alexandr A Nikonorov, Alexey A Tinkov
The existing data demonstrate a significant interrelation between ASD and essential and toxic trace elements status of the organism. However, data on trace element homeostasis in particular ASD forms are insufficient. Therefore, the objective of the present study was to assess the level of trace elements and electrolytes in serum of children with childhood and atypical autism. A total of 48 children with ASD (24 with childhood and 24 with atypical autism) and age- and sex-adjusted controls were examined. Serum trace elements and electrolytes were assessed using inductively-coupled plasma mass spectrometry...
September 29, 2016: Journal of Trace Elements in Medicine and Biology
Anja Mikolić, Neala Schönwald, Martina Piasek
The effects of cadmium (Cd) were evaluated in offspring exposed from birth until weaning (neonatal day 0-21) and 4 weeks after exposure cessation focusing on iron (Fe) and zinc (Zn) levels in organs and hematological parameters. Wistar female rats were administered 50mg Cd/L in drinking water (Cd-exposed) for 4 weeks before mating and during 3 weeks of gestation plus 3 weeks of lactation. Controls were supplied drinking water. At birth, part of Cd-exposed dams' litters was cross-fostered to control dams (CCd group) and their control litters were cross-fostered to Cd-exposed dams (CdC group)...
December 2016: Journal of Trace Elements in Medicine and Biology
Judita Grzunov Letinić, Marijana Matek Sarić, Martina Piasek, Jasna Jurasović, Veda Marija Varnai, Antonija Sulimanec Grgec, Tatjana Orct
Pregnant and lactating women and infants are vulnerable population groups for adverse effects of toxic metals due to their high nutritional needs and the resultant increased gastrointestinal absorption of both, essential and toxic elements. Although breastfeeding is recommended for infants worldwide, as human milk is the best source of nutrients and other required bioactive factors, it is also a pathway of maternal excretion of toxic substances including toxic metals and thus a source of infant exposure. The aim of this research was to assess health risks in breastfeeding women in the coastal area of the Republic of Croatia and their infants (N=107) due to maternal exposure to Cd and Pb via cigarette smoking, and Hg via seafood and dental amalgam fillings, and their interaction with essential elements...
December 2016: Journal of Trace Elements in Medicine and Biology
Petr Dusek, Susanne A Schneider, Jan Aaseth
Disturbance of cerebral iron regulation is almost universal in neurodegenerative disorders. There is a growing body of evidence that increased iron deposits may contribute to degenerative changes. Thus, the effect of iron chelation therapy has been investigated in many neurological disorders including rare genetic syndromes with neurodegeneration with brain iron accumulation as well as common sporadic disorders such as Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease, and multiple sclerosis. This review summarizes recent advances in understanding the role of iron in the etiology of neurodegeneration...
December 2016: Journal of Trace Elements in Medicine and Biology
Raquel González de Vega, María Luisa Fernández-Sánchez, Juan Carlos Fernández, Francisco Vicente Álvarez Menéndez, Alfredo Sanz-Medel
Selenium, an essential trace element, is involved in the complex system of defense against oxidative stress through selenium-dependent glutathione peroxidases (GPx) and other selenoproteins. Because of its antioxidant properties, selenium or its selenospecies at appropriate levels could hinder oxidative stress and so development of diabetes. In this vein, quantitative speciation of selenium in human plasma samples from healthy and diabetic patients (controlled and non-controlled) was carried out by affinity chromatography (AF) coupled on-line to inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) and isotope dilution analysis (IDA)...
September 2016: Journal of Trace Elements in Medicine and Biology
S F Xu, Q Wu, B B Zhang, H Li, Y S Xu, Y Z Du, L X Wei, J Liu
Zuotai (mainly β-HgS) and Zhusha (also called as cinnabar, mainly α-HgS) are used in traditional medicines in combination with herbs or even drugs in the treatment of various disorders, while mercury chloride (HgCl2) and methylmercury (MeHg) do not have known medical values but are highly toxic. This study aimed to compare the effects of mercury sulfides with HgCl2 and MeHg on hepatic drug processing gene expression. Mice were orally administrated with Zuotai (β-HgS, 30mg/kg), α-HgS (HgS, 30mg/kg), HgCl2 (33...
September 2016: Journal of Trace Elements in Medicine and Biology
Bassam Lajin, Doris Kuehnelt, Kenneth B Jensen, Kevin A Francesconi
Selenium is an essential micronutrient widely present in our diet. It plays its role through the selenoproteins. Previous reports have shown marked variation between individuals in the excretion of this trace element, but the intra-individual variability in selenium excretion has not been specifically investigated. The present study investigates the intra-individual variation in the urinary excretion of selenium in a group of healthy volunteers. We also discuss inter-individual variability trends. Urine samples were collected from healthy volunteers without selenium supplementation twice a day for 7 days and then once a week for an additional 7 weeks...
September 2016: Journal of Trace Elements in Medicine and Biology
Mónica Andrews, Elba Leiva, Miguel Arredondo-Olguín
OBJECTIVE: We evaluated the relationship between the HO1 genotype, ferritin levels and the risk of type-2 diabetes and inflammation. RESEARCH METHODS: Eight hundred thirty-five individuals were evaluated and classified according to their nutritional status and the presence of type-2 diabetes: 153 overweight (OW); 62 obese (OB); 55 type-2 diabetes mellitus (DM); 202 OWDM; 239 OBDM and 124 controls (C). We studied biochemical (glycemia, insulin, lipid profile, liver enzyme, creatinine, hsCRP), hematological (hemoglobin, free erythrocyte protoporphyrin, transferrin receptor and serum Fe and ferritin) and oxidative stress (SOD, GHS and TBARS) parameters...
September 2016: Journal of Trace Elements in Medicine and Biology
Janet K Kern, David A Geier, Lisa K Sykes, Boyd E Haley, Mark R Geier
The brain pathology in autism spectrum disorders (ASD) indicates marked and ongoing inflammatory reactivity with concomitant neuronal damage. These findings are suggestive of neuronal insult as a result of external factors, rather than some type of developmental mishap. Various xenobiotics have been suggested as possible causes of this pathology. In a recent review, the top ten environmental compounds suspected of causing autism and learning disabilities were listed and they included: lead, methyl-mercury, polychorinated biphenyls, organophosphate pesticides, organochlorine pesticides, endocrine disruptors, automotive exhaust, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, polybrominated diphenyl ethers, and perfluorinated compounds...
September 2016: Journal of Trace Elements in Medicine and Biology
Marcus Korvela, Anne-Li Lind, Magnus Wetterhall, Torsten Gordh, Marit Andersson, Jean Pettersson
Neuropathic pain affects 1-10% of the general population and is caused by a lesion or disease of the somatosensory nervous system. Spinal cord stimulation (SCS), a method where implanted electrodes stimulate the spinal cord, has been successfully used to treat drug-resistant neuropathic pain, but the mechanism of action is largely unknown. Studies show that SCS changes the protein levels in CSF (cerebrospinal fluid) of pain patients. Several neurological conditions have been shown to alter the elemental composition of CSF...
September 2016: Journal of Trace Elements in Medicine and Biology
Roland Gärtner
Iodine is essential for the synthesis of thyroid hormones. These regulate metabolism, promote growth, development and maturation of all organs, especially the brain. Most iodine is found in oceans and most continental soil and ground water is deficient in iodine. Therefore, around 2 billion individuals are estimated to have insufficient iodine intake and are at risk of iodine deficiency disorders. The best carrier for save iodine supplementation is salt, as the daily intake of salt is mainly constant. Due to the collaboration between international and national organisations and the salt industry, many developing and developed countries introduced universal salt iodization (USI) or have mandatory or voluntary fortification programs...
September 2016: Journal of Trace Elements in Medicine and Biology
Franziska Ebert, Marlies Thomann, Barbara Witt, Sandra M Müller, Sören Meyer, Till Weber, Markus Christmann, Tanja Schwerdtle
Thio-dimethylarsinic acid (thio-DMA(V)) is a human urinary metabolite of the class 1 human carcinogen inorganic arsenic as well as of arsenosugars. Thio-DMA(V) exerts strong cellular toxicity, whereas its toxic modes of action are not fully understood. For the first time, this study characterises the impact of a long-term (21days) in vitro incubation of thio-DMA(V) on the expression of selected genes related to cell death, stress response, epigenetics and DNA repair. The observed upregulation of DNMT1 might be a cellular compensation to counterregulate the in a very recent study observed massive global DNA hypomethylation after chronic thio-DMA(V) incubation...
September 2016: Journal of Trace Elements in Medicine and Biology
Esther Humann-Ziehank
Diseases related to copper, selenium or iron overload or deficiency are common and well-described in large animal veterinary medicine. Some of them certainly have the potential to serve as useful animal models for ongoing research in the field of trace elements. Obvious advantages of large animal models compared to laboratory animal models like rats and mice are the option of long-term, consecutive examinations of progressive deficient or toxic stages and the opportunity to collect various, high volume samples for repeated measurements...
September 2016: Journal of Trace Elements in Medicine and Biology
Florent Penen, Julien Malherbe, Marie-Pierre Isaure, Dirk Dobritzsch, Ivo Bertalan, Etienne Gontier, Philippe Le Coustumer, Dirk Schaumlöffel
Chemical bioimaging offers an important contribution to the investigation of biochemical functions, biosorption and bioaccumulation processes of trace elements via their localization at the cellular and even at the subcellular level. This paper describes the combined use of high contrast transmission electron microscopy (HC-TEM), energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (X-EDS), and nano secondary ion mass spectrometry (NanoSIMS) applied to a model organism, the unicellular green algae Chlamydomonas reinhardtii...
September 2016: Journal of Trace Elements in Medicine and Biology
Sarah Blasig, Peter Kühnen, Andrea Schuette, Oliver Blankenstein, Jens Mittag, Lutz Schomburg
Thyroid hormones are of central relevance for growth and development. However, the underlying molecular mechanisms are still not fully understood. Recent studies in humans and mice have demonstrated that serum levels of selenium (Se) and copper (Cu) are positively affected by thyroid hormones. Given the importance of these trace elements for many biochemical processes, we tested whether this interaction is found in children at risk for hypothyroidism, potentially providing a novel factor contributing to the disturbed development observed in congenital hypothyroidism (CH)...
September 2016: Journal of Trace Elements in Medicine and Biology
Christina Pfister, Horst Dawzcynski, Franz-Josef Schingale
A significant percentage of cancer patients develop secondary lymphedema after surgery or radiotherapy. The preferred treatment of secondary lymphedema is complex physical therapy. Pharmacotherapy, for example with diuretics, has received little attention, because they were not effective and only offered short-term solutions. Sodium selenite showed promise as a cost-effective, nontoxic anti-inflammatory agent. Treatment with sodium selenite lowers reactive oxygen species (ROS) production, causes a spontaneous reduction in lymphedema volume, increases the efficacy of physical therapy for lymphedema, and reduces the incidence of erysipelas infections in patients with chronic lymphedema...
September 2016: Journal of Trace Elements in Medicine and Biology
Janine Martitz, Peter Josef Hofmann, Jörg Johannes, Josef Köhrle, Lutz Schomburg, Kostja Renko
Aminoglycosides (AG) are oligosaccharide antibiotics that interfere with the small ribosomal subunit in aerobic, Gram-negative bacteria, causing pathogen-destructing error rates in their protein biosynthesis. Aminoglycosides also induce mRNA misinterpretation in eukaryotic cells, especially of the UGA (Opal)-stop codon, albeit to a lower extent. UGA recoding is essentially required for the incorporation of selenocysteine (Sec) into growing selenoproteins during translation. Selenocysteine incorporation requires the presence of a selenoprotein-specific stem-loop structure within the 3'-untranslated region of the mRNA, the so-called Sec-insertion sequence (SECIS) element...
September 2016: Journal of Trace Elements in Medicine and Biology
Michael Dörpinghaus, Anne Brieger, Olga Panichkina, Lothar Rink, Hajo Haase
Lead is a widespread environmental pollutant and the highly poisonous metal compromises multiple organs in the body. Among other tissues and cells, lead ions (Pb(2+)) can affect macrophages and microglia cells. The present study observed a concentration-dependent protection of BV-2 microglia and RAW 264.7 macrophages by Pb(2+) against lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced toxicity. Both cell lines are potent producers of two substances that have previously been shown to mediate cytotoxic effects of LPS. These are the pro-inflammatory cytokine tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-α and nitric monoxide (NO), which creates nitrosative stress, hampering the distribution of invading pathogens and tumor cells...
September 2016: Journal of Trace Elements in Medicine and Biology
Elke Humer, Karl Schedle
Mineral deficiencies, especially of iron, zinc, and calcium, respectively, negatively affect human health and may lead to conditions such as iron deficiency anemia, rickets, osteoporosis, and diseases of the immune system. Cereal grains and legumes are of global importance in nutrition of monogastrics (humans and the respective domestic animals) and provide high amounts of several minerals, e.g., iron, zinc, and calcium. Nevertheless, their bioavailability is low. Plants contain phytates, the salts of phytic acid, chemically known as inositol-hexakisphosphate, which interact with several minerals and proteins...
September 2016: Journal of Trace Elements in Medicine and Biology
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