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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437641/human-neuronal-cell-based-assay-a-new-in-vitro-model-for-toxicity-evaluation-of-ciguatoxin
#1
Teresa Coccini, Francesca Caloni, Uliana De Simone
Ciguatoxins (CTXs) are emerging marine neurotoxins representing the main cause of ciguatera fish poisoning, an intoxication syndrome which configures a health emergency and constitutes an evolving issue constantly changing due to new vectors and derivatives of CTXs, as well as their presence in new non-endemic areas. The study applied the neuroblastoma cell model of human origin (SH-SY5Y) to evaluate species-specific mechanistic information on CTX toxicity. Metabolic functionality, cell morphology, cytosolic Ca(2+)i responses, neuronal cell growth and proliferation were assessed after short- (4-24h) and long-term exposure (10days) to P-CTX-3C...
April 14, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433807/silver-nanoparticle-induced-toxicity-to-human-sperm-by-increasing-ros-reactive-oxygen-species-production-and-dna-damage
#2
Enyin Wang, Yan Huang, Qingyun Du, Yingpu Sun
Silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) have been used in medical products and industrial coatings, due to their antimicrobial properties. Excessive use of AgNPs can have adverse effects on the human body, however, their toxicity characteristics to human sperm and the potential mechanisms are not entirely clear. In this study, we exposed human sperm to different doses of AgNPs (0, 50μgml(-1), 100μgml(-1), 200μgml(-1) or 400μgml(-1)) for various times (15min, 30min, or 60min), followed by analyses of the sperm viability, motility and the ratio of abnormal to normal sperm...
April 14, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433806/polymorphism-of-cyp1a1-gene-variants-rs4646903-and-rs1048943-relation-to-the-incidence-of-cervical-cancer-in-chhattisgarh
#3
Vijaylakshmi Jain, Yashwant K Ratre, Dnyanesh Amle, Pankaj K Mishra, Pradeep K Patra
Cytochrome P450 CYP1A1 is a phase 1 xenobiotic metabolizing enzyme involved in the metabolism of toxins, endogenous hormones and pharmaceutical drugs. It is therefore possible that polymorphism of CYP1A1 gene producing functional changes in the enzyme may be susceptible factors in cervical carcinogenesis. This study was aimed to look association of CYP1A1m1 (T>C) and m2 (A>G) gene polymorphisms in Chhattisgarh population. In this case-control study, we analyzed leukocyte DNA from a total of 200 subjects form Chhattisgarh (100 cases and 100 controls)...
April 13, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433804/crocin-attenuates-hemorrhagic-shock-induced-oxidative-stress-and-organ-injuries-in-rats
#4
Long Yang, Xiujuan Dong
We aimed to evaluate the effect of natural antioxidant crocin in alleviating hemorrhagic shock (HS)-induced organ damages. HS rats were treated with crocin during resuscitation. Mortality at 12h and 24h post resuscitation was documented. HS and resuscitation induced organ injuries, as characterized by elevated wet/dry ratio, quantitative assessment ratio, blood urea nitrogen, creatinine, aspartate aminotransferase and alanine aminotransferase, whereas rats received crocin treatment demonstrated improvements in all the above characteristics...
April 13, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432996/toxicological-effects-of-phenol-on-four-marine-microalgae
#5
Weiyan Duan, Fanping Meng, Yufei Lin, Guoshan Wang
The toxic effects of phenol on four marine microalgae (Dunaliella salina, Platymonas subcordiformis, Phaeodactylum tricornutum Bohlin, and Skeletonema costatum) were evaluated. The 96h EC50 values were 72.29, 92.97, 27.32, and 27.32mgL(-1), respectively, which were lower than those values of freshwater microalgae reported in the literature. During a 96-h exposure to a sub-lethal concentration of phenol (1/2 96h EC50) with green alga (D. salina) and diatom (S. costatum), reactive oxygen species (ROS) accumulation, and chlorophyll a (Chl a) content decrease were simultaneously observed in diatom cells after 48h treatment...
April 13, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433805/chronic-early-childhood-exposure-to-arsenic-is-associated-with-a-tnf-mediated-proteomic-signaling-response
#6
Lisa Smeester, Paige A Bommarito, Elizabeth M Martin, Rogelio Recio-Vega, Tania Gonzalez-Cortes, Edgar Olivas-Calderon, R Clark Lantz, Rebecca C Fry
Exposure to inorganic arsenic (iAs) in drinking water is a global public health concern and is associated with a range of health outcomes, including immune dysfunction. Children are a particularly sensitive population to the effects of inorganic arsenic, yet the biological mechanisms underlying adverse health outcomes are understudied. Here we used a proteomic approach to examine the effects of iAs exposure on circulating serum protein levels in a cross-sectional children's cohort in Mexico. To identify iAs-associated proteins, levels of total urinary arsenic (U-tAs) and its metabolites were determined and serum proteins assessed for differences in expression...
April 8, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412649/proinflammatory-effects-of-diesel-exhaust-particles-from-moderate-blend-concentrations-of-1st-and-2nd-generation-biodiesel-in-beas-2b-bronchial-epithelial-cells-the-fuelhealth-project
#7
Tonje S Skuland, Magne Refsnes, Pål Magnusson, Michał Oczkowski, Joanna Gromadzka-Ostrowska, Marcin Kruszewski, Remigiusz Mruk, Oddvar Myhre, Anna Lankoff, Johan Øvrevik
Biodiesel fuel fuels are introduced at an increasing extent as a more carbon-neutral alternative to reduce CO2-emissions, compared to conventional diesel fuel. In the present study we have investigated the impact of increasing the use of 1st generation fatty acid methyl ester (FAME) biodiesel from current 7% blend (B7) to 20% blend (B20), or by increasing the biodiesel content by adding 2nd generation hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO) based biodiesel (SHB; Synthetic Hydrocarbon Biofuel) on toxicity of diesel exhaust particles (DEP) in an in vitro system...
April 5, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412648/content-decline-of-serca-inhibitors-saikosaponin-a-and-d-attenuates-cardiotoxicity-and-hepatotoxicity-of-vinegar-baked-radix-bupleuri
#8
Shifeng Wang, Yuxin Zhang, Qiao Zhang, Sha Peng, Chen Shen, Yangyang Yu, Minyu Zhang, Wei Yang, Qinghua Wu, Yanling Zhang, Shiyou Li, Yanjiang Qiao
Improper usage of unprocessed Radix bupleuri root (chaihu) may cause cardiotoxicity and liver injury. Baking herb with vinegar is believed to attenuate the adverse responses. However, the chemical and molecular basis involved remained unclear. To this end, we investigated the in vitro toxicity of saikosaponin a, c, d, and their hydrolysates saikosaponin b1 and b2. Results showed that SSa and SSd possessed higher affinity with sarcoplasmic/endoplasmic reticulum calcium ATPase (SERCA) by molecular docking, and exhibited stronger toxic responses on cardiomyocytes and hepatocytes than the other three saikosaponins in equivalent concentrations...
April 4, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411581/silica-nanoparticles-and-lead-acetate-co-exposure-triggered-synergistic-cytotoxicity-in-a549-cells-through-potentiation-of-mitochondria-dependent-apoptosis-induction
#9
Chun-Feng Lu, Li-Zhong Li, Wei Zhou, Jun Zhao, Yi-Mei Wang, Shuang-Qing Peng
The adverse effects of PM2.5 are the results of combined toxicities of finer particles and their adsorbed toxic pollutants. Nevertheless, the combined toxicity of finer particles and air pollutants still remains unclear. The present study was therefore undertaken to investigate the combined cytotoxicity of silica nanoparticles (nano-SiO2, a typical atmospheric ultrafine particle) and lead acetate (Pb, a representative air pollutant) in A549 cells focusing on mitochondria-dependent apoptosis induction. The results showed that Pb exposure alone induced mitochondria-dependent apoptosis in A549 cells, as evidenced by increased apoptotic rate and Bax/Bcl-2 ratio, up-regulated caspases 3 and 9 expressions as well as decreased mitochondrial membrane potential...
April 3, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414942/coenzyme-q10-protects-against-statin-induced-myotoxicity-in-zebrafish-larvae-danio-rerio
#10
Rand Pasha, Thomas W Moon
3-Hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl-CoA reductase (HMGCR) is the rate-limiting enzyme of the mevalonic acid pathway and is required for cholesterol biosynthesis and the synthesis of Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10). Statins inhibit HMGCR, thus inhibiting the downstream products of this pathway including the biosynthesis of decaprenyl-pyrophosphate that is critical for the synthesis of Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10). We show that zebrafish (Danio rerio) larvae treated in tank water with Atorvastatin (ATV; Lipitor) exhibited movement alterations and reduced whole body tissue metabolism...
April 1, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411582/dexmedetomidine-attenuates-propofol-induce-neuroapoptosis-partly-via-the-activation-of-the-pi3k-akt-gsk3%C3%AE-pathway-in-the-hippocampus-of-neonatal-rats
#11
Jing Lv, Yi Wei, Yanhua Chen, Xu Zhang, Zheng Gong, Yage Jiang, Qin Gong, Lifang Zhou, Hao Wang, Yubo Xie
Recent studies have demonstrated that propofol causes neurodegeneration in developing brains. Evidence has shown that dexmedetomidine has neuroprotective effects. However, whether dexmedetomidine can reduce propofol-induced neuroapoptosis and by what mechanisms it acts remain unclear. We investigated whether dexmedetomidine can attenuate propofol-induced neuroapoptosis by disturbing the PI3K/Akt/GSK3β pathway during brain development. Seven-day-old rats were randomly exposed to 100mg/kg propofol and 100mg/kg propofol plus different doses of dexmedetomidine or 100mg/kg propofol and 75μg/kg dexmedetomidine plus PI3K inhibitor LY294002 or GSK3β inhibitor TDZD-8...
March 28, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410468/pharmacokinetics-of-sulfamethoxazole-and-trimethoprim-in-pacific-white-shrimp-litopenaeus-vannamei-after-oral-administration-of-single-dose-and-multiple-dose
#12
Rongrong Ma, Yuan Wang, Xiong Zou, Kun Hu, Beibei Sun, Wenhong Fang, Guihong Fu, Xianle Yang
The tissue distribution and depletion of sulfamethoxazole (SMZ) and trimethoprim (TMP) were studied in Pacific white shrimp, Litopenaeus vannamei, after single-dose and multiple-dose oral administration of SMZ-TMP (5:1) via medicated feed. In single-dose oral administration, shrimps were fed once at a dose of 100 mg/kg (drug weight/body weight). In multiple-dose oral administration, shrimps were fed three times a day for three consecutive days at a dose of 100mg/kg. The results showed the kinetic characteristic of SMZ was different from TMP in Pacific white shrimp...
March 28, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414941/endo-symbiont-mediated-synthesis-of-gold-nanobactericides-and-their-activity-against-human-pathogenic-bacteria
#13
Baker Syed, Nagendra Prasad M N, Mohan Kumar K, Dhananjaya B L, Sreedharamurthy Satish
Synthesis of gold nanobactericides (AuNBs) were achieved by treating 1mM chloroaurate with cell free supernatant of Aneurinibacillus migulanus. Formation of AuNBs was initially was monitored with change in colour to ruby red. Further confirmation was assessed with UV-visible spectra with maximum absorption occurring at 510nm. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) analysis revealed the polydispersity of AuNBs with size distribution ranging from 10 to 60nm with an average size of 30nm. Crystalline nature was studied using X-ray diffraction which exhibited characteristic peaks indexed to Bragg's reflection at 2θ angle which confers (111), (200), (220), and (311) planes suggesting AuNBs were face-centred cubic...
March 27, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28384514/occurrence-and-risk-assessment-of-estrogenic-compounds-in-the-east-lake-china
#14
Jun Wang, Yindi Zhu
Forty two surface water samples were collected in May and June of 2013 in five lakelets of the East Lake, China. Four steroid hormones (17β-estradiol (βE2), estrone (E1), 17α-estradiol (αE2) and 17α-ethinylestradiol (αEE2)) were analyzed in these samples. Determination of four estrogenic compounds was performed on high performance liquid chromatography/mass spectrometry (HPLC/MS). βE2 was detected with the highest detection frequency of 62% and its concentration range was from nd to 17.58ng/L. The mean total concentration of four compounds increased with the order: Houhu lake (L5) (8...
March 27, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28384516/effects-of-puerarin-on-intracellular-ca-2-and-cell-viability-of-mdck-renal-tubular-cells
#15
He-Hsiung Cheng, Chiang-Ting Chou, Wei-Zhe Liang, Chun-Chi Kuo, Pochuan Shieh, Jue-Long Wang, Chung-Ren Jan
Puerarin is a natural compound and has been used as herb medication in a number of countries, especially in Asia. The effect of puerarin on Ca(2+) signaling is unknown in renal cells. This study examined whether puerarin affected Ca(2+) physiology in MDCK renal tubular cells. Cytosolic free Ca(2+) levels ([Ca(2+)]i) were measured using the fluorescent dye fura-2. Cell viability was examined by using WST-1 assay. Puerarin induced [Ca(2+)]i rises and the response was reduced by removing extracellular Ca(2+). Puerarin-induced Ca(2+) entry was not altered by protein kinase C (PKC) activity, but was inhibited by nifedipine...
March 24, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28384515/pm2-5-induced-alterations-of-cell-cycle-associated-gene-expression-in-lung-cancer-cells-and-rat-lung-tissues
#16
Hui Zhao, Biao Yang, Jia Xu, Dong-Mei Chen, Chun-Ling Xiao
The aim of the current study was to investigate the expression of cell cycle-associated genes induced by fine particulate matter (PM2.5) in lung cancer cell line and tissues. The pulmonary lymph node metastasis cells (H292) were treated with PM2.5in vitro. Wistar rats were used to perform an in vivo study. Rats were randomly assigned to experiment and control groups and those in the experiment group were exposed to PM2.5 once every 15 d, while those in the control group were exposed to normal saline. The cell cycle-associated genes expression was analyzed by real-time PCR...
March 24, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28366868/recent-advances-in-the-study-of-11%C3%AE-hydroxysteroid-dehydrogenase-type-2-11%C3%AE-hsd2-inhibitors
#17
REVIEW
Chunchun Zhou, Fan Ye, He Wu, Hui Ye, Quanxu Chen
11β-Hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase (11β-HSD), which interconverts hormonally active cortisol and inactive cortisone in multiple human tissues, has two distinct isoforms named 11β-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase 1 (11β-HSD1) and 11β-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase 2 (11β-HSD2). 11β-HSD2 is an NAD(+)-dependent oxidase which lowers cortisol by converting it to cortisone while 11β-HSD1 mainly catalyzes the reduction which converts cortisone into cortisol. Selective inhibition of 11β-HSD2 is generally detrimental to health because the accumulation of cortisol can cause metabolic symptoms such as apparent mineralocorticoid excess (AME), fetal developmental defects and lower testosterone levels in males...
March 21, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28363129/severe-camphor-poisoning-a-seven-year-observational-study
#18
Mitra Rahimi, Fatemeh Shokri, Hossein Hassanian-Moghaddam, Nasim Zamani, Abdolkarim Pajoumand, Shahin Shadnia
In a retrospective case series from 2007 to 2014, we searched for any accidental/intentional, and recreational cases of pure camphor poisoning through hospital records. Epidemiological data, as well as factors correlated with seizure, were evaluated. Thirty cases including 29 males were recruited with a median age of 18 years (range; 0.2-87). Patient's reported ingestion rate of camphor was 1.5-15 grams. Almost all of the patients (96.7%) were conscious on arrival time and the ingestion to the presentation time ratio was 7±5h...
March 21, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410469/18%C3%AE-glycyrrhetinic-acid-the-major-bioactive-component-of-glycyrrhizae-radix-attenuates-airway-inflammation-by-modulating-th2-cytokines-gata-3-stat6-and-foxp3-transcription-factors-in-an-asthmatic-mouse-model
#19
Seung-Hyung Kim, Jung-Hee Hong, Ji-Eun Lee, Young-Cheol Lee
18β-Glycyrrhetinic acid (18Gly), the major bioactive component of Glycyrrhizae Radix, possesses anti-ulcerative, anti-inflammatory, and other pharmacological properties. Although 18Gly is associated with immunoregulatory functions of allergic diseases, the pathophysiological mechanisms of 18Gly action in allergic inflammatory lung disease have not been examined. Moreover, there are no in vivo studies on the anti-asthmatic effects of 18Gly in allergic asthma. We investigated its effect and mechanism of action in airway inflammation in a BALB/c mouse model of allergic asthma...
March 20, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28376377/combined-oral-contraceptive-and-nitric-oxide-synthesis-inhibition-synergistically-causes-cardiac-hypertrophy-and-exacerbates-insulin-resistance-in-female-rats
#20
Lawrence A Olatunji, Kehinde S Olaniyi, Taofeek O Usman, Bilikis A Abolarinwa, Caleb J Achile, In-Kyeom Kim
Combined oral contraceptive (COC) use or inhibition of nitric oxide (NO) synthesis has been shown to cause hypertension and insulin resistance. However, the concomitant effects of COC and NO deficiency on the heart and glucose regulation are not well known. We therefore hypothesized that COC treatment during NO deficiency would lead to the development of cardiac hypertrophy that is associated with aggravated glucose deregulation, pro-inflammatory and pro-fibrotic biomarkers. Eight-week-old female Wistar rats were randomly allotted into control, NO deficient (N(G)-nitro-l-arginine methyl ester: L-NAME; 20...
March 20, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology
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