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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199906/aucubin-and-its-hydrolytic-derivative-attenuate-activation-of-hepatic-stellate-cells-via-modulation-of-tgf-%C3%AE-stimulation
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Pei-Yu Lv, Han Feng, Wei-Hua Huang, Ying-Ying Tian, Ya-Qin Wang, Yu-Hua Qin, Xiao-Hui Li, Kai Hu, Hong-Hao Zhou, Dong-Sheng Ouyang
Eucommia ulmoides is an important traditional Chinese medicine and has been used as a tonic with a long history. Aucubin is an active component extracted from Eucommia ulmoides, which has liver-protection effects. However the mechanisms are still unclear. To investigate the inhibitory effects and the underlying mechanisms of aucubin on TGF-β1-induced activation of hepatic stellate cells and ECM deposition, Human hepatic stellate cells (LX-2 cells) were incubated with TGF-β1 to evaluate the anti-fibrotic effect of aucubin...
February 8, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192750/silver-nanoparticles-alter-the-permeability-of-sheep-pleura-and-of-sheep-and-human-pleural-mesothelial-cell-monolayers
#2
Zoi V Arsenopoulou, Ioannis A Taitzoglou, Paschalis-Adam Molyvdas, Konstantinos I Gourgoulianis, Chrissi Hatzoglou, Sotirios G Zarogiannis
Nanoparticles have been implicated in the development of pleural effusions in exposed factory workers while in experimental animal studies it has been shown that they induce inflammation, fibrosis and carcinogenesis in the pleura. The scope of this study was to investigate the direct effects of silver nanoparticles exposure on the membrane permeability of sheep parietal pleura, of primary sheep pleural cell monolayers and on a human mesothelial cell line. Our findings suggest that acute (30min) exposure increases the pleural permeability ex vivo, while longer (24h) exposure in vivo leads to late decrease of the pleural cell monolayers permeability...
February 6, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192749/ascorbic-acid-ameliorates-behavioural-deficits-and-neuropathological-alterations-in-rat-model-of-alzheimer-s-disease
#3
Olayemi Joseph Olajide, Emmanuel Olusola Yawson, Ismail Temitayo Gbadamosi, Tolulope Timothy Arogundade, Ezra Lambe, Kosisochukwu Obasi, Ismail Tayo Lawal, Abdulmumin Ibrahim, Kehinde Yomi Ogunrinola
Exploring the links between neural pathobiology and behavioural deficits in Alzheimer's disease (AD), and investigating substances with known therapeutic advantages over subcellular mechanisms underlying these dysfunctions could advance the development of potent therapeutic molecules for AD treatment. Here we investigated the efficacy of ascorbic acid (AA) in reversing aluminium chloride (AlCl3)-induced behavioural deficits and neurotoxic cascades within prefrontal cortex (PFC) and hippocampus of rats. A group of rats administered oral AlCl3 (100mg/kg) daily for 15days showed degenerative changes characterised by significant weight loss, reduced exploratory/working memory, frontal-dependent motor deficits, cognitive decline, memory dysfunction and anxiety during behavioural assessments compared to control...
February 6, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192748/exposure-to-pm2-5-induces-aberrant-activation-of-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-in-human-airway-epithelial-cells-by-downregulating-mir-331-expression
#4
Lei Song, Dan Li, Xiaoping Li, Lianjun Ma, Xiaoxue Bai, Zhongmei Wen, Xiufang Zhang, Dong Chen, Liping Peng
Exposure to particulate matter (PM) with an aerodynamic diameter≤2.5μm (PM2.5) induces reactive oxygen species (ROS) and pro-inflammatory cytokine production, leading to airway epithelial injury. However, the mechanisms underlying the toxicity of PM2.5 have not been clarified. Here, we show that exposure to PM2.5 induces sustained activation of the nuclear factor kappa B (NF-κB) signaling in human airway epithelial Beas-2B (B2B) cells. In addition, PM2.5 exposure significantly decreased miR-331 expression in B2B cells, which was abrogated by inhibition of ROS or phosphoinositide 3-kinase (PI3K)/Akt pathway...
February 6, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28183025/melamine-and-or-formaldehyde-exposures-affect-steroidogenesis-via-alteration-of-star-protein-and-testosterone-synthetic-enzyme-expression-in-male-mice
#5
Samah R Khalil, Ashraf Awad, Sozan A Ali
The reproductive effects of melamine and formaldehyde, either alone or in combination, on mature male Swiss mice were investigated. The animals were orally administered melamine (50mg/kg/day), formaldehyde (25mg/kg/day), a mixture of melamine and formaldehyde, or a vehicle control for 65 consecutive days. As a result, the deterioration of sperm characteristics and inhibition of testicular enzyme activity were observed in the melamine- and formaldehyde-exposed groups. In addition, testosterone and luteinizing hormone levels were significantly reduced in the melamine but not in the formaldehyde-exposed group, which correlated with down-regulation of transcription levels of steroidogenic-related genes...
February 6, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28189062/batch-and-fixed-bed-adsorption-of-levofloxacin-on-granular-activated-carbon-from-date-phoenix-dactylifera-l-stones-by-koh-chemical-activation
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Teeba M Darweesh, Muthanna J Ahmed
Granular activated carbon (KAC) was prepared from abundant Phoenix dactylifera L. stones by microwave- assisted KOH activation. The characteristics of KAC were tested by pore analyses, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and Fourier transforms infrared spectroscopy (FTIR). The adsorption behavior of levofloxacin (LEV) antibiotic on KAC with surface area of 817m(2)/g and pore volume of 0.638cm(3)/g were analyzed using batch and fixed bed systems. The equilibrium data collected by batch experiments were well fitted with Langmuir compared to Freundlich and Temkin isotherms...
February 5, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192751/ameliorative-potential-of-linagliptin-and-or-calcipotriol-on-bleomycin-induced-lung-fibrosis-in-vivo-and-in-vitro-study
#7
Ahmed M Kabel, Maaly A Abd Elmaaboud, Aliaa Atef, Mohammed H Baali
Pulmonary fibrosis is a serious medical problem that may significantly compromise respiratory functions. The aim of this work was to study the effect of linagliptin and/or calcipotriol on bleomycin-induced pulmonary fibrosis and to explore the possible mechanisms underlying this effect. One hundred and twenty male C57BL/6 mice were divided into 6 equal groups as follows: control group; bleomycin group; bleomycin+carboxymethylcellulose group; bleomycin+linagliptin group; bleomycin+calcipotriol group and bleomycin+linagliptin+calcipotriol group...
February 4, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28189063/the-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-inhibitor-celastrol-attenuates-acute-hepatic-dysfunction-induced-by-cecal-ligation-and-puncture-in-rats
#8
Ghada S El-Tanbouly, Mohammed S El-Awady, Nermeen A Megahed, Hatem A Salem, Hassan A El-Kashef
Acute hepatic dysfunction associating sepsis is mediated mainly by toll-like receptor-4 (TLR-4)/nuclear factor kappa-B (NF-κB) inflammatory pathway. This study explores potential hepatoprotective effect of the NF-κB inhibitor celastrol in cecal ligation and puncture (CLP) model in rats. Protective effect of celastrol (1mg/kg, i.p., 1h before CLP) was illustrated after 24h by preventing CLP-induced hepatic histopathological changes and elevation in serum hepatic biomarkers [alanine aminotransferase (ALT), aspartate aminotransferase (AST), total bilirubin (TB) and gamma aminotransferase (γ-GT)] without affecting mortality...
February 4, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28189061/pbde-209-exposure-damages-learning-and-memory-ability-in-rats-potentially-through-increased-autophagy-and-apoptosis-in-the-hippocampus-neuron
#9
Wen Sun, Lili Du, Wenting Tang, Liyun Kuang, Peili Du, Jingsi Chen, Dunjin Chen
This study is to investigate the neurotoxicity of PBDE-209 during pregnancy through autophagy and apoptosis in the fetal hippocampus neuron. The autophagy protein levels of LC3-II and Beclin-1 were significantly higher in hippocampus tissue and neuron, while P62 protein were lower. Apoptosis protein Cleaved Caspase-3 and Cleaved PARP was significantly higher in PBDE dose groups and BCL-2 levels in high PBDE dose groups were significantly lower. During the Morris water maze task, the escape latency times of high PBDE dose groups were significantly longer...
February 4, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28189060/response-of-the-antioxidant-enzymes-of-the-erythrocyte-and-alterations-in-the-serum-biomarkers-in-rats-following-oral-administration-of-nanoparticles
#10
Esin G Canli, Gülüzar Atli, Mustafa Canli
In this study, Al2O3, CuO and TiO2 nanoparticles (NPs) were administered to mature female rats (Rattus norvegicus var. albinos) via oral gavage (0, 0.5, 5, 50mg/kg b.w./day) for 14days to investigate their effects on 14 serum biomarkers and 4 antioxidant enzyme (catalase, superoxide dismutase, glutathione peroxidase, glutathione S-transferase) activities in the erythrocyte. Data showed that Al2O3 did not cause any significant (P>0.05) change in the parameters, except few cases, while CuO and TiO2 caused significant alterations in antioxidant system parameters of the erythrocytes...
February 4, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192752/genistein-inhibits-hypoxia-ischemic-induced-death-and-apoptosis-in-pc12-cells
#11
Yu-Xiang Wang, Kun Tian, Cong-Cong He, Xue-Ling Ma, Feng Zhang, Hong-Gang Wang, Di An, Bin Heng, Yu-Gang Jiang, Yan-Qiang Liu
A hypoxia/ischemia neuronal model was established in PC12 cells using oxygen-glucose deprivation (OGD). OGD-induced neuronal death, apoptosis, glutamate receptor subunit GluR2 expression, and potassium channel currents were evaluated in the present study to determine the effects of genistein in mediating the neuronal death and apoptosis induced by hypoxia and ischemia, as well as its underlying mechanism. OGD exposure reduced the cell viability, increased apoptosis, decreased the GluR2 expression, and decreased the voltage-activated potassium currents...
February 1, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28178594/the-effects-of-fluoride-based-fire-fighting-foams-on-soil-microbiota-activity-and-plant-growth-during-natural-attenuation-of-perfluorinated-compounds
#12
Renato Nallin Montagnolli, Paulo Renato Matos Lopes, Jaqueline Matos Cruz, Elis Marina Turini Claro, Gabriela Mercuri Quiterio, Ederio Dino Bidoia
The use of fluoride based foams increases the effectiveness of fire-fighting operations, but they are also accompanied by major drawbacks regarding environmental safety of perfluorinated compounds (PFCs). The main concern with PFCs release is due to their well-known persistence and bioaccumulative potential, as they have been detected in many environmental samples. There is a significant knowledge gap on PFC toxicity to plants, even though such data could be useful towards bioremediation procedures. It is consensus that a realistic assessment of fire-fighting foam toxicity should cover as many test organisms as possible, however, few studies combine the performance of ecotoxicological tests with a detailed study of microbial communities in soil contaminated with firefighting foams...
January 30, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28171821/the-endoplasmic-reticulum-stress-inducer-thapsigargin-enhances-the-toxicity-of-zno-nanoparticles-to-macrophages-and-macrophage-endothelial-co-culture
#13
Gui Chen, Yuexin Shen, Xiyue Li, Qin Jiang, Shanshan Cheng, Yuxiu Gu, Liangliang Liu, Yi Cao
It was recently shown that exposure to ZnO nanoparticles (NPs) could induce endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress both in vivo and in vitro, but the role of ER stress in ZnO NP induced toxicity remains unclear. Because macrophages are sensitive to ER stress, we hypothesized that stressing macrophages with ER stress inducer could enhance the toxicity of ZnO NPs. In this study, the effects of ER stress inducer thapsigargin (TG) on the toxicity of ZnO NPs to THP-1 macrophages were investigated. The results showed that TG enhanced ZnO NP induced cytotoxicity as revealed by water soluble tetrazolium-1 (WST-1) and neutral red uptake assays, but not lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) assay...
January 30, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28171823/the-insect-repellents-a-silent-environmental-chemical-toxicant-to-the-health
#14
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Dijendra Nath Roy, Ritobrata Goswami, Ayantika Pal
In recent years, a large number of insect repellents have been developed with the idea of consumer benefits. In addition to already known advantageous application of insect repellents, there is increasing concern about the potential toxicity in environment leading to health caused by random use of these compounds. An increasing number of evidence suggests that insect repellents may trigger undesirable hazardous interactions with biological systems with a potential to generate harmful effects including intermediate metabolites...
January 29, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28178595/effects-of-tio2-nanoparticles-at-predicted-environmental-relevant-concentration-on-the-marine-scallop-chlamys-farreri-an-integrated-biomarker-approach
#15
Bin Xia, Lin Zhu, Qian Han, Xuemei Sun, Bijuan Chen, Keming Qu
Manufactured nanoparticles (NPs) have caused extensive concern about their toxic effects on the marine environment. However, the chronic toxicity of NPs at predicted environmental relevant concentration on the marine organisms is poorly understood. In this study, we investigated the oxidative stress, neurotoxicity and histopathological effects of TiO2 NPs at predicted environmental relevant concentration (1mg/L) to marine scallop Chlamys farreri. The results showed that TiO2 NPs caused obviously oxidative damage on the scallops as evidenced by the significantly elevated superoxide dismutase (SOD), catalase (CAT) activities and malondialdehyde (MDA) contents...
January 27, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28189064/oral-application-of-carbon-nanofibers-in-rats-increases-blood-concentration-of-il6-and-il10-and-decreases-locomotor-activity
#16
Nina Vitalievna Sayapina, Tatyana Anantolievna Batalova, Alexander Alexandrovich Sergievich, Mikhail Anatolievich Shtarberg, Eugeny Alexandrovich Borodin, Pavel Pavlovich Khoroshikh, Vladimir Victorovich Chaika, Vladimir Valerievich Kodintsev, Alexey Anatolievich Vedyagin, Ilya Vladimirovich Mishakov, Antonis Vakis, Petra Henrich-Noack, Aristidis M Tsatsakis, Ayse Basak Engin, Kirill Golokhvast
Carbon nanofibers (CNF) are versatile nanomaterials that are widely used in various fields of science and technology. As a consequence, animals as well as humans may be exposed to such compounds via different routes. We hypothesized that oral intake of CNF will lead to an inflammatory reaction and consequently induce behavioral impairments. To address this issue, rats were fed with 500mg/kgCNF for 14days and their locomotor activity, emotional status and cognition were quantified by testing the animals in an open field set-up, elevated plus maze and in the universal problem solving box which provides information about motivation and cognition...
January 24, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28135651/baicalin-and-chrysin-mixture-imparts-cyto-protection-against-methylglyoxal-induced-cytotoxicity-and-diabetic-tubular-injury-by-modulating-rage-oxidative-stress-and-inflammation
#17
Jyotsna Singh, Bhushan P Chaudhari, Poonam Kakkar
Protective effect of mixture of flavonoids baicalin and chrysin (BCH) was studied against methylglyoxal (MG, a precursor of AGEs) induced cytotoxicity in NRK 52E kidney epithelial cells. Flow cytometry and microscopic analysis showed increased ROS generation, compromised antioxidant status, depolarization of mitochondria and apoptosis in MG stressed cells which were significantly transformed (p≤0.01) during BCH co-treatment. In vivo studies in streptozotocin induced diabetic rats increased protein levels of iNOS, protein kinase C (PKC) and decreased IκB which was modulated by oral BCH treatment (75mg baicalin and 10mg chrysin/kg b...
January 23, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28131076/computation-of-adsorption-parameters-for-the-removal-of-dye-from-wastewater-by-microwave-assisted-sawdust-theoretical-and-experimental-analysis
#18
Suganya S, Senthil Kumar P, Saravanan A, Sundar Rajan P, Ravikumar C
In this research, the microwave assistance has been employed for the preparation of novel material from agro/natural bio-waste i.e. sawdust, for the effective removal of methylene blue (MB) dye from aqueous solution. The characterization of the newly prepared microwave assisted sawdust (MASD) material was performed by using FTIR, SEM and XRD analyses. In order to obtain the maximum removal of MB dye from wastewater, the adsorption experimental parameters such as initial dye concentration, contact time, solution pH and adsorbent dosage were optimized by trial and error approach...
January 23, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28129581/concentrations-and-human-health-implications-of-heavy-metals-in-market-foods-from-a-chinese-coal-mining-city
#19
Jiali Cheng, Xianhui Zhang, Zhenwu Tang, Yufei Yang, Zhiqiang Nie, Qifei Huang
Concentrations of heavy metals (As, Cd, Co, Cr, Cu, Hg, Pb and Sb) in vegetables, meat and fish purchased from traditional agri-product markets in Huainan, China, were measured. Concentrations of the eight metals in most of the measured samples were lower than their respective maximum allowable concentrations (MACs), except for Pb, Cd, Cr and Cu in some of the samples exceeded safe limits. Based on local food consumption, the intake of individual metals was estimated to be less than their respective recommended limits...
January 21, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28119228/folic-acid-improve-developmental-toxicity-induced-by-aluminum-sulphates
#20
Heba A Yassa, Safaa M George, Heba K Mohamed
: Aluminum sulphate has a significant toxic effects for humans. Aluminum is one of the most abundant metal on the Earth crust. The purpose of this study is to evaluate the effects of short term exposure to aluminum sulphate on the bone development of the fetuses in rats, and if folic acid has a protective role upon that effects or not. Forty female rats were used, ten per group, GI served as negative control (receive nothing except normal feeding and water), GII served as positive control (receive water by gastric gavage), GIII treated with aluminum sulphate orally by gastric gavage and GIV treated with aluminum sulphate with folic acid...
January 18, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology
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