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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731309/toxicology-of-lead-and-its-damage-to-mammalian-organs
#1
Samuel Caito, Ana Carolina B Almeida Lopes, Monica M B Paoliello, Michael Aschner
The toxicity of lead has been appreciated for centuries. Lead is a commonly used metal in industrialized nations, which results in the release of lead into the environment. Governmental agencies regulate the amount of lead permissible for workers to be exposed to; however, unregulated environmental lead exposure is a high concern. While essential metals have physiologic roles, there are no health benefits from lead intake. In this chapter, we discuss sources of lead exposure, the absorption, distribution, and elimination of lead from the human body, and molecular mechanisms of lead-induced toxicity...
April 10, 2017: Metal Ions in Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731308/lead-toxicity-in-plants
#2
REVIEW
Hendrik Küpper
This review looks critically at the relevance of lead (Pb2+) toxicity and proposed mechanisms of Pb2+ -induced stress in algae and higher plants. As a basis, the current main sources of Pb2+ contamination in the environment are presented, which include agriculture, industry, and road traffic. Further, bioavailability of lead is discussed as a basis for evaluating the environmental relevance of the many studies on lead toxicity that have been published in the past decades. These studies suggest three main mechanisms of toxicity of Pb2+: inhibition of photosynthesis, oxidative stress, and "genotoxicity" including DNA damage and defects in mitosis...
April 10, 2017: Metal Ions in Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731307/environmental-impact-of-alkyl-lead-iv-derivatives-perspective-after-their-phase-out
#3
Montserrat Filella, Josep Bonet
The use of alkyl lead derivatives as antiknock agents in gasoline can be considered as one of the main pollution disasters of the 20th century because of both the global character of the pollution emitted and the seriousness of the impact on human health. Alkyl lead derivatives in themselves cannot be considered to be persistent pollutants because they readily degrade either before being released from the tailpipes or soon afterwards in the atmosphere. However, the inorganic lead they produced has been deposited in soils all over the planet, largely, but not exclusively in urban areas and along motorways, since the direct emission of lead into the atmosphere favored its dispersal over great distances: The signal of the massive use of alkyl lead derivatives has been found all over the world, including in remote sites such as polar areas...
April 10, 2017: Metal Ions in Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731306/historical-view-on-lead-guidelines-and-regulations
#4
REVIEW
Hana R Pohl, Susan Z Ingber, Henry G Abadin
Lead has been used in many commodities for centuries. As a result, human exposure has occurred through the production and use of these lead-containing products. For example, leaded gasoline, lead-based paint, and lead solder/pipes in water distribution systems have been important in terms of exposure potential to the general population. Worker exposures occur in various industrial activities such as lead smelting and refining, battery manufacturing, steel welding or cutting operations, printing, and construction...
April 10, 2017: Metal Ions in Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731305/the-role-of-lead-ii-in-nucleic-acids
#5
REVIEW
Joana Palou-Mir, Miquel Barceló-Oliver, Roland K O Sigel
Although lead(II) is naturally not associated with nucleic acids, this metal ions has been applied with DNA and RNA in various contexts. Pb2+ is an excellent hydrolytic metal ion for nucleic acids, which is why it is mainly used as probing agent for secondary structure and to determine metal ion binding sites both in vitro and in vivo. A further application of lead(II) is in structural studies, i.e., NMR, but also in X-ray crystallography, mostly using this heavy metal to solve the phase problem in the latter method...
April 10, 2017: Metal Ions in Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731304/complex-formation-of-lead-ii-with-nucleotides-and-their-constituents
#6
Astrid Sigel, Bert P Operschall, Helmut Sigel
Lead is widely distributed in the environment; it is known to mankind for thousands of years and its toxicity is nowadays (again) well recognized, though on the molecular level only partly understood. One of the reasons for this shortcoming is that the coordination chemistry of the biologically important lead(II) is complicated due to the various coordination numbers it can adopt (CN = 4 to 10) as well as by the 6s2 electron lone pair which, with CN = 4, can shield one side of the Pb2+ coordination sphere. The chapter focuses on the properties of Pb2+ complexes formed with nucleotides and their constituents and derivatives...
April 10, 2017: Metal Ions in Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731303/lead-ii-binding-in-natural-and-artificial-proteins
#7
Virginia Cangelosi, Leela Ruckthong, Vincent L Pecoraro
This article describes recent attempts to understand the biological chemistry of lead using a synthetic biology approach. Lead binds to a variety of different biomolecules ranging from enzymes to regulatory and signaling proteins to bone matrix. We have focused on the interactions of this element in thiolate-rich sites that are found in metalloregulatory proteins such as Pbr, Znt, and CadC and in enzymes such as δ-aminolevulinic acid dehydratase (ALAD). In these proteins, Pb(II) is often found as a homoleptic and hemidirectic Pb(II)(SR)3- complex...
April 10, 2017: Metal Ions in Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731302/lead-ii-binding-in-metallothioneins
#8
REVIEW
Daisy L Wong, Maureen E Merrifield-MacRae, Martin J Stillman
Heavy metal exposure has long been associated with metallothionein (MT) regulation and its functions. MT is a ubiquitous, cysteine-rich protein that is involved in homeostatic metal response for the essential metals zinc and copper, as well as detoxification of heavy metals; the most commonly proposed being cadmium. MT binds in vivo to a number of metals in addition to zinc, cadmium and copper, such as bismuth. In vitro, metallation with a wide range of metals (especially mercury, arsenic, and lead) has been reported using a variety of analytical methods...
April 10, 2017: Metal Ions in Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731301/lead-ii-complexes-of-amino-acids-peptides-and-other-related-ligands-of-biological-interest
#9
Etelka Farkas, Péter Buglyó
Lead(II) forms (NH2,COO-)-chelated mono- and bis-complexes with simple amino acids, while mono-complexes with pH-dependent coordination modes exist with simple dipeptides. These mostly hemidirected complexes have moderate stability. While a weak interaction of side chain imidazole and carboxylate in lead(II)-aminoacidato complexes is found, the thiolate group has an exceptionally high affinity to this metal ion. For example, tridentate (NH2,COO-,S-)-coordination of penicillamine (Pen) and cysteine (Cys) results in an extremely strong interaction with lead(II), but, owing to the sterical effect of the 6s2 pair, a second ligand is not able to coordinate in the above mentioned tridentate way...
April 10, 2017: Metal Ions in Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731300/solid-state-structures-of-lead-complexes-with-relevance-for-biological-systems
#10
Katsuyuki Aoki, Kazutaka Murayama, Ning-Hai Hu
Structural information on the interaction between lead ion and its targeting biological substances is important not only for enriching coordination chemistry of lead but for successfully treating lead poisoning that is a present-day problem. This chapter provides structural data, mainly metal binding sites/modes, observed in crystal structures of lead complexes with biorelevant molecules, obtained from the Cambridge Structural Database (the CSD version 5.36 updated to May 2015) and the Protein Data Bank (PDB updated to February 2016)...
April 10, 2017: Metal Ions in Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731299/human-biomonitoring-of-lead-exposure
#11
Katrin Klotz, Thomas Göen
After a chronic exposure, lead accumulates in the human body, especially in bones and teeth. Critical effects of lead affect the nervous system, reproduction, fertility as well as genotoxicity and carcinogenicity [1]. Analyses of lead concentrations in human biological material are performed using inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry and atomic absorption spectrometry, but also electrochemical methods and X-ray fluorescence spectroscopy. The predominant sample matrices include blood and bone, as well as urine, hair, nail, and saliva...
April 10, 2017: Metal Ions in Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731298/lead-speciation-in-microorganisms
#12
Theodora J Stewart
The biogeochemical cycles of lead (Pb) have been largely affected by anthropogenic activities as a result of its high natural abundance and use over the centuries [1]. At sites more strongly impacted by urbanization [2] and mining [3], Pb is found at high nano to low micromolar concentrations in surface waters, and can be significantly higher in soil and sediment [4]. Microorganisms are found everywhere and their responses to Pb exposure can range from resistant to highly sensitive [5, 6]. These varying levels of toxicity can be attributed to the cellular handling of Pb, making it important to understand the role of intracellular Pb speciation for more accurate toxicity predictions...
April 10, 2017: Metal Ions in Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731297/smart-capsules-for-lead-removal-from-industrial-wastewater
#13
Bartosz Tylkowski, Renata Jastrząb
Ground and especially drinking water could be contaminated by heavy metal ions such as lead and chromium, or the metalloid arsenic, discarded from industrial wastewater. These heavy metal ions are regarded as highly toxic pollutants which could cause a wide range of health problems in case of a long-term accumulation in the body. Thus, there have been many efforts to reduce the concentration of lead ions in effluent wastewater. They have included the establishment of stringent permissible discharge levels and management policies, the application of various pollution-control technologies, and the development of adsorbent materials for lead reduction...
April 10, 2017: Metal Ions in Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731296/analytical-methods-for-the-determination-of-lead-in-the-environment
#14
Peter C Hauser
A survey of the methods for the determination of lead in environmental samples is given. These are mainly based on sensitive atomic spectrometry, but alternatives, such as electrochemical and separation methods are also possible. Discussed are also sample preparation and speciation for differentiation between different organometallic forms as well as applications of isotope-selective determinations.
April 10, 2017: Metal Ions in Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731295/biogeochemistry-of-lead-its-release-to-the-environment-and-chemical-speciation
#15
Jay T Cullen, Jason McAlister
Lead (Pb) is a metal that is not essential for life processes and proves acutely toxic to most organisms. Compared to other metals Pb is rather immobile in the environment but still its biogeochemical cycling is greatly perturbed by human activities. In this review we present a summary of information describing the physical and chemical properties of Pb, its distribution in crustal materials, and the processes, both natural and anthropogenic, that contribute to the metal's mobilization in the biosphere. The relatively high volatility of Pb metal, low melting point, its large ionic radius, and its chemical speciation in aquatic systems contributes to its redistribution by anthropogenic and natural processes...
April 10, 2017: Metal Ions in Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731294/the-bioinorganic-chemistry-of-lead-in-the-context-of-its-toxicity
#16
Wolfgang Maret
Owing to its abundance on earth and its multiple uses by humans, lead (Pb) is a major toxicant that has threatened human health for millennia and continues to do so. There is no safe level of exposure, necessitating a nuanced approach to its control in the food we consume, the water we drink, and the air we breathe. Turnover in soft tissues is within days. In contrast, lead accumulates in bone and turns over with a half-life of about 30 years, though it can be mobilized from bone under physiological and pathophysiological conditions of bone resorption...
April 10, 2017: Metal Ions in Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27169145/the-alkali-metal-ions-their-role-for-life-preface-to-volume-16
#17
Astrid Sigel, Helmut Sigel, Roland K O Sigel
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
2016: Metal Ions in Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/26860312/sodium-and-potassium-relating-to-parkinson-s-disease-and-traumatic-brain-injury
#18
Yonghwang Ha, Jeong A Jeong, Youngsam Kim, David G Churchill
Alkali metals, especially sodium and potassium, are plentiful and vital in biological systems. They take on important roles in health and disease. Such roles include the regulation of homeostasis, osmosis, blood pressure, electrolytic equilibria, and electric current. However, there is a limit to our present understanding; the ions have a great ability and capacity for action in health and disease, much greater than our current understanding. For the regulation of physiological homeostasis, there is a crucial regulator (renin-angiotensin system, RAS), found at both peripheral and central levels...
2016: Metal Ions in Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/26860311/lithium-in-medicine-mechanisms-of-action
#19
Duarte Mota de Freitas, Brian D Leverson, Jesse L Goossens
In this chapter, we review the mechanism of action of lithium salts from a chemical perspective. A description on how lithium salts are used to treat mental illnesses, in particular bipolar disorder, and other disease states is provided. Emphasis is not placed on the genetics and the psychopharmacology of the ailments for which lithium salts have proven to be beneficial. Rather we highlight the application of chemical methodologies for the characterization of the cellular targets of lithium salts and their distribution in tissues...
2016: Metal Ions in Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/26860310/bioinspired-artificial-sodium-and-potassium-ion-channels
#20
Nuria Rodríguez-Vázquez, Alberto Fuertes, Manuel Amorín, Juan R Granja
In Nature, all biological systems present a high level of compartmentalization in order to carry out a wide variety of functions in a very specific way. Hence, they need ways to be connected with the environment for communication, homeostasis equilibrium, nutrition, waste elimination, etc. The biological membranes carry out these functions; they consist of physical insulating barriers constituted mainly by phospholipids. These amphipathic molecules spontaneously aggregate in water to form bilayers in which the polar groups are exposed to the aqueous media while the non-polar chains self-organize by aggregating to each other to stay away from the aqueous media...
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